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[Re Fair Game, October 26, November 2; “Power in Play,” November 9]: When I first read Kurt Wright’s privatization plans for Burlington Electric, I would have thought, had I not known better, that Mr. Wright was an economist for the World Bank or the IMF prescribing one of the 10 commandments of neo-liberalism’s so-called Washington Consensus: namely, the sale of state assets to the private sector. The Washington Consensus is a form of market voodoo


to woo lesser-developed nations so that they, too, can be just like us successful, wealthy gringos — if only they play by our rules. Somehow, it doesn’t always work out well, but hey, the privateers get the gain and the public gets the pain. Furthermore, I was not surprised by Mary Powell’s coy reluctance to show an interest in purchasing the Burlington Electric franchise — at least for now. What with the pending Public Service Board decision on the GMP/ CVPS merger, the last thing Green Mountain Power’s CEO would want to do is provide further evidence that the Gaz Metro/GMP octopus is anxious to wrap one of its tentacles around another Vermont asset. As we are seeing in Europe right now, CEOs, banksters and their minions in many European governments seem to hate something about public property and unpredictable, democratic elections. Fortunately, Burlingtonians still have some enviable public assets and the power to vote to preserve them. Bruce S. Post ESSEX


Your cartoon [“Newcomb,” November 9] also misses the point that most smartmeter sellers miss: Smart grid will make it easier for hackers to disrupt our electric grid. If hackers can get into highly

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For Bryan Memorial Gallery’s juried theme exhibit, artists were asked to interpret a topic with deep roots. In “Trees,” 65 painters, drawers and printmakers contribute vastly different landscapes that speak to all seasons. Take the scenic route and examine the sun-dappled forests, snowy limbs and rust-colored foliage, now through December 23.

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will begin and — voila! — Burlington Democrats will, presumably, have a candidate. The party is tentatively scheduling a unity rally for 7 p.m. that evening. Across town at 5 p.m. on the same day, Burlington’s Progressives will gather for a potluck dinner at the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler, followed by a 6 p.m. caucus to pick mayoral and city council candidates. The Democrats’ decision to hold their caucus at the same time certainly steals the Progs’ thunder and makes any “unity” event a one-party fête. Perhaps it’s one more “purity” test for Ashe, who is seen by some Democratic Party stalwarts as an interloper.











utter side up or butter side down? That the question Democratic caucus-goers may be asking one another on December 11 as they choose between two mayoral wannabes: TIM ASHE and MIRO WEINBERGER. Dr. Seuss fans may recall The Butter Battle Book, a story about the Yooks who eat their bread with the buttered side up —Level 1— and the Zooks who eat their bread with Foundation in wine 2 classes the buttered side down. (each class runs 2 Saturday mornings) January 14th & 21st The 1984 book was a critique of the February 11th & 18th Cold War arms race, with warring Yooks and Zooks marching toward annihila—Level 3— tion with an arsenal of fantastical weapIntermediate ons such as the “Triple-Sling Jigger” and Award in Wines & Spirits the “Jigger-Rock Snatchem.” (runs for 9 weeks on Monday evenings) This allegory perfectly describes February 6th Burlington politics in year 30 A.B. (After Bernie). Mounting tensions between For more information visit: the two dominant political parties, Democrats and Progressives, could lead to mutual assured destruction at 999-4232 the polls in 2012 and allow a — gasp! — Republican to become the next mayor. Following the cliffhanger caucus 8vLamante-112311.indd 1 11/21/11 12:49 PM on November 13, I congratulated (on Facebook) the real winner of the Democratic caucus: Republican mayoral candidate KURT WRIGHT. Needless to say, that assessment didn’t sit well with city Dems. Oh, but the sense of unity and energy in the room, Dems told me. It was just T T L E ITA A LI L IA IT H like the five-way primary for governor in N W T 2010. Democrats are fired up and ready UP to win! Suuurrrre. This is Burlington, folks, not Vermont. Party politics plays out differently here. You’d have better luck brokering a peace treaty between Israelis and Palestinians than between Progs and Dems in Burlington. Weinberger, a developer and airport commissioner, is a purebred Democrat. Ashe is a “fusion” candidate who won two terms in the state Senate with the endorsement of Democrats and CHURCH STREET MARKETPLACE Progressives. After three rounds of BURLINGTON voting on November 13, the two were 802.660.9533 deadlocked at 540 votes apiece, setting BE SMART. EAT WELL. ENJOY YOUR DAY. up a runoff election and a one-month MAPLE TREE PLACE minicampaign. WILLISTON Starting at 1 p.m. on December 11, 802.857.2200 the 1309 people who cast ballots on November 13 can reconvene at Memorial Auditorium. This time, voters can cast ballots immediately after registering, anytime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Once the last ballot is cast, the tallying 11/22/11 7:49 AM

Two of Ashe’s Senate colleagues — Senate President Pro Tem JOHN CAMPBELL (D-Windsor) and Senate Majority Leader BILL CARRIS (D-Rutland) — recently held a press conference to attest to the young pol’s Democratic bonafides. “The main reason I spoke up is because people kept saying Tim isn’t really a Democrat, he’s a Progressive. That’s not been my experience,” Campbell told Fair Game this week. Campbell considers Ashe “part of my inner sanctum of policy advisers. He’s one of my go-to guys.” Campbell’s endorsement hasn’t swayed establishment Democrats in Burlington, who are largely circling the wagons around Weinberger. The last time establishment Dems were asked to pick between “fusion”

and “purity” was when former mayor PETER CLAVELLE — a Democrat-turnedProgressive-turned-Democrat again — won the nomination of both parties in 2002. And as it happened, the Progs and Dems also held their caucuses on the same night that year. Clavelle was uncontested among the Progressives and narrowly defeated Democrat ANDY MONTROLL, thanks to the support of Democratic stalwarts such as former governor MADELEINE KUNIN and Sen. HINDA MILLER. In this year’s contest, Kunin and Miller are backing Weinberger. Another Democratic bigwig, former governor HOWARD DEAN, was on WDEVFM’s “Mark Johnson Show” on Monday and was asked by host MARK JOHNSON who he’s supporting. Dean expressed agreement with Weinberger’s call for a “clean break” from the past, noting Ashe has previously supported Mayor BOB KISS. “The city is in the worst trouble I’ve ever seen, and there’s a reason for that, and I think we don’t want the same people in charge,” said Dean. So Dean’s endorsing Weinberger? Not exactly, he told Johnson. “The reason I may not endorse in this race is because I think it’s an opportunity for Democrats and Progressives to heal 30 years of wounds,” said Dean, “and I don’t want to exacerbate those wounds.” Weinberger told Fair Game he’s trying to walk a fine line between anger at the current administration and upholding 30 years of progressive values as a city. “I want to see a change from the last six years, not the last 30,” said Weinberger. “We have made remarkable progress as a city over the past 30 years. I think we’ve gotten away from that in the past six years, and I want to get the city back on track.” Ashe is working hard to answer his critics and prove himself someone who can build a governing coalition that upholds the city’s progressive traditions but cleans up some of the recent messes. “I have never been into tribal politics, and for the last month people who have had a party purity test have raised concerns about my candidacy,” said Ashe. “I will likely not satisfy people who have a purity test, but I think most people in this city have an interest in putting issues before tribal politics.” I guess that notion will be put to the test when the tribes reconvene next month — and the candidates find out where their bread is buttered.

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As November comes to a close, Queen City politicos are awaiting word from Mayor Bob Kiss on whether he’ll seek a third term in office. Count on it. That was the takeaway after a brief one-on-one interview with Fair Game last week. Kiss had just announced the completion of a nearly three-year, $10 million paving effort. “I feel like we’ve made a lot of accomplishments in the past six years in terms of keeping the budget down, investing in infrastructure and preserving affordable housing,” Kiss said. “At the same time there is a lot I’d like to see move further along: I’d like to see Moran finished, the Champlain Parkway started and a solution for Burlington Telecom.” Doesn’t sound like a guy who’s backing down, even though his odds of winning reelection at this point hover between slim and none. He still hopes to announce his plans by month’s end, and his decision isn’t dependent on who Democrats or Progressives nominate. That’s good, because it’s looking more likely that he’ll have to run as an independent. How so? The Progressives have put the words “No Candidate” as a choice on their party ballots to preserve the option of endorsing no one in the next election, said Elijah BErgman, vice chairman of the city Progs. Hint, hint.

The author of the Democratic resolution — Lamoille County Democratic Committee chairman PEtEr BurgESS — was on hand Saturday to watch the Progressives pass the resolution. “I’m glad it got out there,” Burgess told Fair Game as he left the Statehouse. “I think it will be a lot harder for the Democrats to push it away now that another major party has passed it.” Burgess will try again to persuade Democrats to pass the resolution at their January meeting.


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If state employees were looking for a party that supports them unconditionally, the Progressive Party may be it. At their annual state convention on Saturday, more than 100 members of the party unanimously adopted a resolution supporting state employees’ effort to file a grievance against Gov. PEtEr Shumlin’s administration. The resolution calls on state officials to “desist from the castigation of the efforts of working Vermonters to see an adjudication of contractual grievances.” Shumlin angered state workers after calling a group of them “greedy in a time of crisis” for seeking emergency pay for work they did in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Democrats in Washington and Lamoille counties passed similar resolutions in October and tried — unsuccessfully — to get the Democratic State Committee to vote on the measure at the party’s annual meeting earlier this month.

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Barre v. Waterbury: Two Towns Duke It Out for Vermont’s Displaced State Workers

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ayor Thom Lauzon leads the way through downtown Barre to a vacant lot on North Main Street. Aside from a few granite sculptures, the parcel is just a patch of grass and gravel. But Lauzon has a very different vision for the empty lot: a new office building big enough to accommodate a grocery store, a health club and 300 to 500 state employees. As the Shumlin administration considers where to permanently house 1500 state workers displaced from offices in Waterbury, Lauzon is hard-selling Barre as a potential location. The city council recently approved a $1.3 million purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the properties that abut the vacant lot where Lauzon hopes to build a $13 million office building to be called “City Place.” Within a month of the floods from Tropical Storm Irene, Lauzon had toured the heavily damaged Waterbury complex and met with administration officials about moving some state workers to the Granite City. Lauzon says he has a direct line to the governor and his deputies and has spoken to them on several occasions. “I wasn’t chasing ambulances, but I wasn’t wasting time, either,” he says. Meanwhile, Waterbury is preparing its own pitch, heating up a competition between the two Vermont towns for state workers and the dollars they bring. As Lauzon pictures it, City Place would be a five-story, 100,000-squarefoot building big enough to house an entire government agency, such as the Agency of Natural Resources. Barre is on a “little bit of an upward trend,” the mayor suggests, and the sudden injection of hundreds of downtown workers would help jump-start the local economy. Lauzon even expressed interest in acting as the project’s developer before public concern about the conflict of interest made him give up the idea. Lauzon owns a development company with his wife, Karen. Together, they have spent millions of dollars buying

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and rehabbing Barre real estate, turning empty storefronts into furniture stores, law offices and a copy shop. But much of downtown remains vacant and neglected. Strolling along North Main Street, Lauzon peers through the glass into one unoccupied space. The tile floor is buckled as a result of water raining down from the ceiling. Lauzon acknowledges this sort of blight contributes to the “scary Barre” image. “People’s perceptions of Barre are frozen in time,” the mayor says. Transplanting several hundred workers to downtown Barre in “one fell swoop” could potentially fix that problem, he notes. The town of Waterbury, meanwhile, has launched an equally aggressive effort to repatriate state employees that have worked there since the 1970s. The town hired two Montpelier lobbying

firms — KSE Partners and MacLean, Meehan & Rice — to make the case for returning 1500 displaced state employees to Waterbury. Rebecca Ellis, a state representative and chair of the Waterbury select board, says local businesses have suffered since the floods emptied out the state office complex. She says it would take no fewer than all of the workers to restore the town’s economic vitality. As evidence, Ellis points to an online survey of local businesses. Of the 88 who replied, 60 said revenues had declined by an average of 30 percent in the two months since the floods. Prominent landlords and newspaper editorial boards are wading into the battle, too. In a recent Burlington Free Press op-ed, Ernie Pomerleau — whose company, Pomerleau Real Estate, owns a

shopping center in Waterbury — called for the state to return employees to Waterbury and rebuild the complex to be “green” and flood-proof. The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus recently penned an almost giddy editorial supporting relocation of state workers to the Granite City. “To have hundreds of state workers and professionals shopping and dining in downtown Barre is just the shot in the arm the city needs,” the November 9 editorial reads. “Overnight, the city would be catapulted into being a cultural and economic center — much the way it was when the granite industry was king.” Neither Waterbury nor Barre has calculated the actual economic impact of hosting state workers — or losing them — but leaders in both towns say they are working on compiling such estimates. The anecdotal evidence is strong in


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in assessing the legality of the provision, Gilbert notes. He points out that private landlords are entitled to include restrictive wording in leases with their tenants. Melinda Moulton, for example, says she requires all 50 or so commercial tenants of her waterfront buildings to agree not to oppose her Main Street Landing company’s plans for renovations or development. “The last thing we want is for a tenant in our building to oppose work we need to do,” Moulton says. “They need to not be obstructionists.” Renters in her properties haven’t objected to the wording of their leases, nor have they tried to block any of the half-dozen or more city permits that Main Street Landing seeks annually, Moulton notes. “There’s a cooperative spirit,” she says. A couple of tenants did, however, express misgivings about the flying monkeys she put on the roof of Union Station, Moulton recalls. “They didn’t understand the purpose, but no one tried to prevent it.” As for 300 Lake Street, the publicprivate lines are a bit blurry. Although the land 50 yards northeast of the Moran Plant is city-owned, the building itself belongs to the Champlain Housing Trust. This private, nonprofit entity uses government and corporate investors’ money to develop homes for low- and


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and Economic Development Office, both say the leases for tenants of 300 Lake Street contain a “disclosure” of the city’s intentions and not a “prohibition” restricting tenants. That may in fact be the case for leases signed by some of the residents who moved into the building during the past five years. The language in those documents echoes the gentler clauses in the trust’s ground lease with the city. A few leases, moreover, do not contain any wording at all regarding the city’s development plans. Donnelly says 31 of the building’s 40 units do not have conditions discouraging tenants from



moderate-income Vermonters. Formed in 2006 through a merger of the Burlington Community Land Trust and the Lake Champlain Housing Development Corp., the trust manages, or “stewards,” nearly 2000 apartments and owner-occupied homes in northwestern Vermont. The “ground lease” that the trust signed with the city includes a softer provision related to tenants’ responses to proposed waterfront development. It says “all leases of dwelling units in the project shall acknowledge and provide for the City’s right to continue development in the area surrounding the project.” The trust’s agreement with the city goes on to suggest that tenants’ leases should require that a renter “acknowledges and understands” the city’s development plans. Chris Donnelly, the trust’s director of community relations, and Brian Pine, a housing specialist in the city’s Community

opposing development. And the trust will not include such stipulations in future leases, he says. Both Donnelly and Pine say they were unaware of the seemingly threatening language in the original leases. Efforts to discourage 300 Lake Street residents from trying to block private and public waterfront construction have their origin in a city council debate 10 years ago. Councilors were at odds over whether that project should be built. Opponents led by then-councilor Andy Montroll argued that the addition of 40 sets of residents would complicate the city’s ability to establish or expand public amenities in the area north of Waterfront Park. As Donnelly observes, “the way the appeals process works, it doesn’t take a lot of intervention to halt something.” The reasoning of many city officials, he adds, was that “the waterfront is for everyone in

Burlington, not just those who live there.” Montroll recalls that his “initial thought was to develop the public uses first, then bring people there to live.” In the end, the 300 Lake Street project was approved by an 8-6 council vote that reflected “an agreement to let people live there now but make sure they don’t impede” the city’s development plans, Montroll says. He still voted against the project, however. Then-mayor Peter Clavelle pushed hard for construction of the project. It was, Pine notes, “the realization of the longheld goal of a mixed-income waterfront.” At the same time, however, virtually no development — public or private — has taken place on the waterfront since the council’s move to dissuade 300 Lake Street tenants from impeding development. It’s also the case that even the most restrictive version of the lease has not prevented some of its signers from speaking out on waterfront issues. Ann Livingston, one of the original tenants, recently signed a petition circulated by Lockwood suggesting that the city has failed to abide by the noise and public access provisions of an Act 250 permit covering festivals held in Waterfront Park. “I don’t think I’ll get evicted for signing that,” Livingston says with a smile. It is hard to imagine the Champlain Housing Trust objecting to a tenant speaking out on waterfront issues, Pine says. And there’s no record of any such move on the part of the trust, Donnelly adds. But Livingston nonetheless views even an unenforced restriction on tenants’ rights as “annoying.” The ACLU’s Gilbert meanwhile suggests, “If somebody were to sue over this, it would be a really complicated case.” The fact that some of the trust-tenant agreements contain a “vague and overly broad” prohibition would not augur well for the trust’s defense, Gilbert cautions. Judges tend to find against a defendant in such situations, he notes. 



he residents of 300 Lake Street on the Burlington waterfront have been eerily silent about the city’s proposed new waterfront skatepark. Some critics of the plan have speculated that it is because occupants of the 40-unit apartment building are all renters; they’re not concerned about the skatepark’s impact on home prices. But there’s another possible reason for the tenants’ silence on the issue. Many of those living in the $7.2 million building — constructed with a mix of public and private funds — are subject to leases that appear to forbid them from exercising their free-speech rights in regard to waterfront development. “The tenant acknowledges, understands and accepts that this housing is located in an underdeveloped part of the Burlington waterfront and that the City of Burlington plans to continue development of the waterfront for the benefit of all Burlington residents,” reads a provision in the lease signed by the original tenants of the seven-year-old building. “Tenants are prohibited from inhibiting or discouraging the general public’s right to use and enjoy public and private development now existing and hereafter created in connection with the project.” To Allen Gilbert, director of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, “the spirit of this wording was to tamp down criticisms of subsequent actions” relating to waterfront development. “If the government is essentially telling people they can’t express an opinion on public policy issues, including development on the waterfront, that would seem like a restriction on First Amendment rights.” Tenants such as Michael Clark resent the provision as a gag rule. He recalls the property manager of 300 Lake Street “telling me when I signed the lease that we don’t have the right to oppose anything the city wants to build.” Clark adds, “the threat of what they say when you sign the lease is enough for me not to get involved because I don’t want to get an eviction notice.” Judy Greensmith, who has the same stipulation in her lease, calls it “unreasonable.” She argues, “I have a right to live here and I also have a right to a say about what’s going on around us.” The provision was news to Alison Lockwood, owner of a nearby townhouse, who says she’s found it difficult to engage residents at 300 Lake Street about some issues related to uses of the waterfront. “I’m shocked that the City of Burlington would muzzle people and deny them their First Amendment rights,” she declares. But is it “the city” that’s behind the lease’s wording? That’s a crucial question






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Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) has added his voice to the chorus calling on President Obama to end the controversial immigration enforcement initiative known as Secure Communities. Last Thursday, Welch signed a letter penned by U.S. Rep. José Serrano (D-NY) calling on the president to “immediately stop” the enforcement program, which compares fingerprints of people arrested by local police to a federal immigration database to look for deportable illegal immigrants. “Secure Communities sows mistrust of the police and other uniformed personnel, thereby making our communities less safe,” reads the letter. “The broad scope of the program means that immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are afraid to cooperate with police officers, because doing so may lead to deportation of themselves or their families.” Welch could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but spokesman Scott Coriell told Seven Days that the congressman “continues to be frustrated that Congress has not enacted comprehensive immigration reform that creates a fair path to citizenship for law-abiding undocumented immigrants, including a guest-worker program that establishes clear guidelines for farmers and their employees.” The Obama administration’s stated goal of Secure Communities was to catch and deport dangerous, criminal aliens who might otherwise go undetected. But the program has come under fire for separating families and sweeping up large numbers of immigrants with no criminal records. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initially said the program was optional, and several states — including New York, Illinois and Massachusetts — signed memoranda with the feds to opt out, or publicly declared they would not participate. Thirty-two members of Congress, including Welch, signed the letter to Obama.


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citizens how they should live. I still think that’s what theater ought to be doing.” Other plays that might fit the bill, he notes, are Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation and Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone — as well as more Albee works. If this high-theater talk sounds lofty in such a soft economy, DeSanto says he’ll hedge his bets with small-cast plays that don’t require expensive production values. After At Home at the Zoo, his troupe will cou rtesy

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remember the name of the World War I documentary that inspired his play An Afternoon in France, but he does remember the simple image from it that caught his eye: a young American soldier watching a train go by. It made Moats think of his grandfather. The playwright’s grandfather didn’t fight in World War I — his father served


in the next Great War — but Moats was taken by the mysterious, fleeting image of a man from another era. “When you start thinking about your grandparents, you realize there’s a lot you don’t know,” he says. He began to build a story around discovery and family secrets. Moats, a Rutland Herald editor who won a Pulitzer Prize for editorials in support of civil unions in 2001, finished the play 12 years ago, but it has never been produced — until now. The Middlebury Community Da vi



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or actor Mike DeSanto, the show definitely must go on — even after a 25-year hiatus. It was 1985 when DeSanto, today co-owner of Phoenix Books in Essex, decided to trade a prolific and periodically self-sustaining acting career in the Washington, D.C., area for a more lucrative role as a lobbyist for the National Solid Wastes Management Association. “My kids needed new jeans,” he recalls. “I didn’t have any money. I realized this wasn’t working.” Fast-forward a quarter century — and a move to Vermont and two bookstore ventures later — and DeSanto is poised to make a bold stage re-entrance as artistic director of the Phoenix Theater Group (PTG). The company will make its debut next month at Burlington’s Off Center for the Dramatic Arts with Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, a pairing of his Homelife and The Zoo Story. The latter is the playwright’s breakout one-act, which had its U.S. premiere in 1960; the former a prequel written in 2004. DeSanto will act alongside Vivian Jordan and Adam Cunningham, who will each direct a piece. For DeSanto, who earned an MFA in theater directing from George Washington University in 1979, Albee’s play exemplifies the kind of work he thinks the local theater scene lacks these days — serious plays that hold a mirror up to audiences for a potentially discomfiting glimpse of their reflection. Under his direction, the PTG will mount plays that are “contemporary and speak to the world we live in today,” DeSanto says, “plays that mirror what I learned about Greek theater, that show

look to mount three shows a year for two years, and then take stock of the reception. Such frugality makes especially good financial sense when considering that DeSanto and his wife/business partner, Renée Reiner, hope to open a second Phoenix Books in downtown Burlington. John D. Alexander, cofounder of the Off Center and an experienced theater actor and producer, welcomes DeSanto’s new company and agrees with his basic

Players, who have put on four of Moats’ plays since 1994, are holding auditions next week for the premiere production in February. Moats will direct. “For all these years, I’ve had sort of a parallel writing life, on my own, privately,” he says. “I wrote these plays in the mornings or in the evenings over the years.” This one was never produced because Moats “got involved with other things,” he says. But he never wanted to let it go. An Afternoon in France spans four generations of “yearning, love and betrayal,” and it all unfolds on a family vacation. Middle-aged economics professor Michael Branch takes his family to visit his father’s cabin in Lake Tahoe. When he asks his dad, Frank, about a small strip of newsreel showing Branch’s grandfather in

strategy. “I think there’s totally room for another production company that wants to put on shows,” Alexander says. “And I think they’ll add to the variety … [But] because the audience draw is not a sure thing, even if it’s a great show with great press, putting a lot of money into production values is a risk.” Alexander is less sanguine about DeSanto’s notion of creating a theatrical venue in the new, still-unspecified bookstore space. “At the theater venues in the area that I know of, all of the smaller stages … have been experiencing unusually low turnout, and that’s because of the economy,” he says. “I don’t know how many performance spaces the area can bear.” But balancing the books isn’t foremost in DeSanto’s thoughts as PTG prepares for curtain time. After picking up a role here and there over the past year or so, he’s bought into the maxim about what to do if you want something done right. Having his own “sandbox,” as DeSanto puts it, will enable him to produce the shows he wants, when he wants. What’s more, he hopes to open the PTG to staged readings and full productions of plays by local authors. “Either the thing catches fire, or it doesn’t,” he says. “I just hope we can do it well enough so that other actors want to participate.” m At Home at the Zoo, produced by the Phoenix Theater Group. Lisa Steele opens with The Care and Feeding of Baby Birds. Wednesday through Saturday, December 7-10, 7:30 p.m., at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $10-15.

France, it unlocks stories from the family’s past. Moats structures the tale as a dreamlike saga that weaves in and out of eras and locations. And, “Everybody’s going through something,” says Moats. But don’t expect a dark drama. The play’s heavy themes are balanced with comedic moments, he explains. “They’re all good people,” Moats says. “They’re just trying to do the best they can.” m — M E G A N JA M E S

An Afternoon in France by David Moats Auditions are at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. There are parts for 14 actors, ages 9 to 85. Info, 388-1436.

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The Shelburne Museum Shuts Down for Winter, But Not Everything Hibernates B y L i n d say J . Westley


it gets very cold and you accidentally tap on a painting, you could literally crack it. So we put most of the paintings on canvas in climate-controlled storage.” The rest of the collection, he says, “stays as it is.” Critters are the other main threat to the eclectic museum. “We have terrible problems in Beach Lodge with squirrels,” Kerschner says. “We had two owls last year that were attacked in a major way. Nothing else was touched, so we figured the squirrels were probably just taking revenge.” While winterizing much of the museum amounts to placing it in controlled hibernation, the presses are still in full operation at the Printing Shop, where operator Heather Hale is covering the plates on a 1954 printing press with green ink for the museum’s annual holiday card. A self-described letterpress purist, Hale will make 1500 copies of the hand-pressed card for friends, donors and members of the Shelburne. The daughter of newspaper-publishing parents, she talks fondly of typesetting, building the design on wooden

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blocks and setting the quoins (clamps) and furniture (spacing blocks) that produce a hand-pressed design. “We usually use hand-carved wooden type for the holiday cards, but this year we didn’t have enough letter As in the typeface we wanted to work in, so we went with a polymer plate,” Hale says. “It’s a bit easier — wooden typesetting requires actual construction, as opposed to digital scanning, but it’s so very pleasant to do, and the letters off the wooden type tray just seem to talk out loud.” In museum offices across the road, the curatorial staff is in high-production mode as well, as the bulk of exhibition planning and research occurs during the winter months. “We’re not at all in hibernation during the winter — this is the busiest time of the year for us, and we’ll be working like mad to organize eight exhibitions by May,” says curator of design arts Kory Rogers. “Exhibition renovations and research for next year’s big show, ‘Time Machines: Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk,’ is ongoing, and we still have to act as stewards for the collection even while we’re closed.” In addition, Rogers will continue to delve into the permanent collection, which numbers upward of 180,000 objects. He estimates that nearly 80 percent of the collection is on view, and likens combing through the database to treasure hunting. “Someone came up to me the other day and told me we had more than 300 examples of porcelain mustache cups — you know, the 19th-century cups with lip guards that dandies used to protect their mustaches from coffee foam,” he explains, as if such things were common knowledge. “Those kinds of little eccentricities make it exciting,” Rogers adds. “I wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to learn about mustache cups.” As for the groundskeepers, there’ll be no winter respite for Rick Peters and his crew, who put 1700 day lilies to bed and sifted 30 to 40 yards of compost this fall — in addition to collecting benches, trash cans and visitor detritus. The weather has been fine thus far, but Peters expects that his crew will be trading their gardening tools for snow shovels very soon. Snow removal is key to winter maintenance; year-round access is imperative should the museum experience “Revenge of the Squirrels, Part 2.” Maintaining a museum is full-time work — even when it’s supposed to be in hibernation. m

n Beach Lodge, the bears are hibernating. The temperature is a chilly 45 degrees, and the windows will soon be boarded up, leaving the taxidermy Ursus in darkness. It’s creepy in here. Outside, groundskeepers, curators, gardeners, carpenters and conservators rove the grounds in golf carts, their activity recalling a scene from Richard Scarry’s Busytown. Twenty-three gardens have already been cut back and composted; the carousel has been disassembled and stored. Welcome to the end of the season at the Shelburne Museum, where workers have indeed been busy battening down the hatches for winter. It’s an aspect of the museum the May-to-October crowd never sees. And, in a way, that’s too bad, because the process of buttoning up 39 historic buildings over 45 sprawling acres is itself an interesting “exhibition” with history lessons. On board the 220-foot grounded steamboat Ticonderoga, director of buildings Chip Stulen resurrects many winterizing tactics from the early 20th century, when the ship was still sailing Lake Champlain. “In those days, the Ti would be pulled up close to the shipyard, and the crew would disassemble as many moveable parts as possible, from the deck boxes to the block and tackle,” says Stulen, a former professional boat builder. “We still do that today, but at least we don’t have to literally roll up the carpets and put them in storage with all of the dishes, silverware, glassware and furniture.” It’s imperative to remove the 16-foot signboard on the front of the pilothouse, though, as it’s gilded in gold leaf, most of it original to 1906. The rest of the boat is swaddled in nearly 2000 square feet of reinforced plastic sheeting that covers the flagpoles, steam whistles, lifeboats and searchlight and allows for ongoing winter maintenance. Elsewhere, similar preparations are under way. Many projects resemble any homeowner’s to-do list this time of year: gutters to clean, storm windows to attach. But, of course, it’s a much bigger job to winterize a museum campus filled with historical buildings and artifacts. Rick Kerschner, director of preservation and conservation, monitors the temperature systems in each of the buildings, where humidity is the biggest danger. Too little moisture means that paintings crack and wood dries out; too much, and they’ll mold. He’s not terribly worried about the bitter winter temperatures. “It’s OK for most things to get very cold as long as they heat up slowly and cool down slowly,” Kerschner explains. “But if



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Health Care Coincidence?

You published an interesting mix of articles recently, involving children and current health care issues and practices [“Health Care Providers Take a Shot at Increasing Childhood Immunizations” and “Reading, Writing

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Skatepark Clarification


Burlington waterfront residents do not oppose a city skatepark [“Burlington’s Proposed Skatepark Hits a Big Bump — a Legal Appeal,” November 2]. Rather, residents are irritated that the Community and Economic Development Office does not listen to their comments, invite them to meetings or present data to support CEDO decisions. This disregard and lack of transparency underlie the residents’ complaints — not the existence of a skatepark. At a poorly advertised development board meeting on September 19, the size of the proposed skatepark was increased by 80 percent, to more than 19,000 square feet, prompting the residents’ appeal, which contests aspects of Waterfront North development but not the presence of a skatepark. Waterfront residents are also incensed that the current skatepark, as well as other parks citywide, remain in disrepair while $150,000 of the Pennys for Parks funds is earmarked to pay for the new facility.    This expanded skatepark is not a community resource. As currently approved, it is fundamentally a revenue source for the city, attracting tourists and competitive skating events. That’s not the vision of a community resource accessible to local youth. Further, the enlarged skatepark excludes users served THO


[Re “Health Care Providers Take a Shot at Increasing Childhood Immunizations,” November 2]: As a young mother of two sons, I dutifully had them receive the full roster of shots. Both thrived, one with a sturdier immune system than the other. Six years later, I followed an intuitive impulse to not vaccinate my daughter. She is now 16. Her health is good, though she leans towards frequent colds and flus like her oldest brother. Ten years ago, one of my sons brought whooping cough home from school. All three of my children came down with the disease. It wasn’t pretty: many sleepless nights of incessant coughing, trips to numerous doctors and alternative health care practitioners. The child with the sturdy immune system shook the illness off the quickest. With the other two, it lingered for almost two months. But they survived and have no visible scars. The question then is: Why do we vaccinate? Is it to relieve the parents from the hassle of nursing their children for days and weeks? A sensible German aunt gave me a guide to caring for sick children at home that includes chapters on measles, mumps, whooping cough and rubella — all diseases that kids are now vaccinated against. The MD who wrote the book notes that kindergarten teachers have observed a marked change in their students’ development after an absence for measles. Their ability to concentrate in class and absorb information appeared increased. Do childhood diseases have a place in our kids’ development? I am grateful that the state of Vermont upholds my right to refuse vaccinating my children for philosophical reasons. I would not want the government to make such fundamental decisions for me.


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people, and engages them in making changes they believe to be important. I believe that a good leader engages the community and inspires citizens to be great. Tim is such a leader. He’s well aware of the issues that face our community and is already working with the people within the city to address some of them. Vote Tim Ashe in the final round of voting, and vote for your community!

and Rx,” November 2] On the one hand, your childhood immunization article promotes the promise of better health for highly vaccinated populations. And on the other hand, your Vermont school nurses article states that, on average, children are much less healthy today than they were in the 1950s. According to that piece, the rates of life-threatening allergies, diabetes, seizure disorders, etc. have skyrocketed in the last 50 years. Curious then, that the number of vaccinations children routinely receive has also skyrocketed. All this does point to the need for further exploration into what is truly going on here. Concurrently, the Occupy Wall Street movement has brought forth the understanding that corporations, including major pharmaceuticals, are not necessarily in business for the good of the general public, but rather for shareholder profit. Corporations often engage in media campaigns to distort facts, discredit independent research and promote their own products. Just saying: We’re going to need to look a lot deeper here.


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by the original proposal, namely in-line skaters, who also rightfully seek a centralized recreational facility in the city. If CEDO continues to make back-door changes and does not actively solicit residents’ input, the Waterfront North project will fail to be a true resource for all Burlington residents. Rory Waterman Burlington

Skatepark is Doomed

I don’t have much hope for the park [“Burlington’s Proposed Skatepark Hits a Big Bump — a Legal Appeal,” November 2]. I’ve never seen as many NIMBYs as I have in Vermont. Something has to be done to stop the train of objections that comes with any progress that might be made. Let’s have a date after which no new complaints could be filed. John Selmer Sr. Westfield

“Public” Publisher

The article on Alan Newman’s “Magic Touch” [November 2] contained a small but significant inaccuracy. Alan described his book as “self-published,” but it was, in fact, published in partnership with the Public Press, an organization that was created to make it easier for authors like Alan to bring their stories to the highly fraction-ated book market. Don’t expect to find High on Business at WalMart, but it is readily available through independent booksellers via Amazon and is downloadable as a Kindle book. (Knowing Alan, he probably has a case of books in the trunk of his car, too!) Book publishing has traditionally been a business governed by the economies of scale ... large scale, that is. New technologies and distribution options have made small-scale publishing not only possible, but viable. Good job, Andy Bromage and Seven Days! Stephen Morris Randolph

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Occupy the Lowell Mountains

The Occupy Wall Street movement is all about money and government power squashing the people, and we have our own version here in Vermont [“Green Mountain Powell,” October 12]. If Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service merge, the new company will control the distribution of more than 70 percent of Vermont’s power. Do

we want our power concentrated in the hands of one company, and that company to be foreign owned? It’s not in the spirit of independence and self-sufficiency that Vermonters believe in. In the years to come, Vermont will lose control of its power sources and it will lose its mountaintops in the name of money. Take the Lowell Mountains and the wind project. This version of “squashing the people” involves Green Mountain Power’s grab for millions in production tax credits with its wind project in Lowell. It’s a project that will cost ratepayers tens of millions more than other renewable-energy-generation options. Why is this happening? Because Vermont’s SPEED [Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development] legislation benefits developers, not ratepayers. Vermont ratepayers everywhere should be up in arms about this.    If you want to be part of the Occupy movement, please consider following the lead of the campers who are going up on the Lowell Mountains every single day to call attention to the wrongs that are being committed in the name of “public good.” Occupy the Lowell Mountains! And, maybe while we are at it, instead of Wall Street or City Hall Park or Montpelier, maybe we should occupy the offices of Green Mountain Power.  Diane Grenkow Hardwick

Affordable Ed v. ipads

I am disturbed by the fact that the Vermont K-12 budget can allow the purchase of iPads for their students [“iPads for All: Public Schools in Northwestern Vermont Make Education Interactive,” October 26]. At a time when Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and the Vermont State College system are suffering due to underfunding, the school systems are being overzealous with resources. I have heard, from attending college in Vermont as an out-of-state student, that the state would like to see more Vermonters stay in the state after graduation. Giving affordable college experiences instead of providing iPads may actually, in fact, do this! After attending a state college, I was in an urgency and almost freak-out mode when I was faced with the decision to give up one form of financial assistance for work-study. Not being able to afford a computer myself on financial assistance for college, I must ask myself: Does an 11-year-old really need an iPad? Are there other areas in the budget where this money could be used? There is a difference between providing students access to computers to increase their skills for college and high school and being overly zealous with the budget.   Danielle Rochford Burlington

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Simendinger a 1931 photo of the house on the rotary, he was thrilled. He had bought the property in 1982 when it was still Crosby’s Gulf and for years operated it as Rotary Gulf, a combined gas station and repair garage. But the difficulty of driving in and out of the site made the business impractical. He was pleased to return the spot to its original use and revive the structure as much as possible — even though, he says, “Mary determined there was no historic value.” Planning and Zoning is presumably pleased, too. According to O’Neil, the site was always zoned for low-density residential use, “so the request to convert from a nonconforming use (automotive service station) to residential use moves the parcel toward conformity.” Simendinger is aware that the building is taking unusually long to complete; returning a phone query, he began by joking, “So, you’re watching the slowest project in Burlington.” (He applied for a permit in March 2010 and began work on the house nine months later.) Not all the delay is due to building rehabilitation. The amount of remediation work required by the state to render a

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f you regularly navigate the Shelburne Road rotary — reputed to be the most accident-prone intersection in Burlington — you may have noticed a building being erected on the rotary’s southeast corner. Over months (or has it been years?) of monumentally slow progress, the site’s former gas station was dismantled, the building stripped to its bones, and a new structure concocted out of the old one. Now it’s finally starting to resemble something. Wait, is that a house? It is, confirms developer Dave Simendinger. The 3000-square-foot dwelling will be divided into three rental units. But its footprint, roofline, window arrangement and parts of its frame all derive from the original single-family home.

“This building goes back a hundred years — the whole thing was post-andbeam,” Simendinger enthuses during a stroll around the premises. Unfortunately, in stripping the building down, his crew discovered that most of the first floor’s wood had rotted. The structure had been built without a foundation; “it was just rocks and a river down there,” recalls the developer. The walls had to be rebuilt one at a time to preserve the thick roof beams and other salvageable parts. Simendinger could have torn down the entire structure and built a new one, but he seems to have a fondness for local history. The fiftysomething developer grew up in Burlington and attended the University of Vermont. He now owns and is renovating the house where he lived as an undergrad, at the southwest corner of Maple and South Prospect Streets. It’s one of a dozen rental properties he owns around the state, along with 40 Champlain Farms gas stations and the Rotary Mart across the street from the building site. When Mary O’Neil, an associate planner with Burlington’s Planning and Zoning Department, showed

former gas-station site safe is enormous, Simendinger says. Not only do underground tanks need to be removed, but so does any soil that may have absorbed leaked fuel. Mounds of possibly contaminated dirt still border the site, waiting to be trucked to lined landfills. Another factor accounts for the slow progress. As passersby may have noticed, workers on the site seem scarce. On a recent sunny day, there was even a handwritten sign posted beside one entrance stating “Carpenters Needed.” Simendinger explains that he’s using his “in-house” team, rather than hiring a contractor, to save money, and the men are often needed on other sites. He hopes to have the building completed by May. The building’s renters will be taking on a mixed bag. They’ll be falling asleep to the sounds of louder and more continuous traffic than their 1931 predecessors endured. But they’ll also be within walking distance of downtown, Lake Champlain and the Spot restaurant — another converted gas station three blocks away. Of course, the last thing on the minds of rotary drivers is pedestrians. And the property’s sidewalk directly borders the road, with no curb or green space to put walkers at ease. When asked if he will redirect the sidewalk, Simendinger looks surprised but says he’ll consider it. As it turns out, though, the city is scheduled to restructure the rotary itself beginning in 2014. The new configuration will “definitely change the sidewalks through there,” says the Department of Public Works’ bicycle, pedestrian and environmental planner, Nicole Losch. And what’s another three or four years to this project?

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ccording to Minneapolis reporter Rick Ellis, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other federal police agencies have been advising cities on how to destroy their Occupy movement encampments. Ellis’ source at the Justice Department says the feds have recommended massive shows of police force, middle-of-the-night raids to avoid press coverage, and justification of the evictions using local zoning or health laws. DHS denies involvement. President Obama has said only that each municipality should do its own thing. So it’s unclear what, if anything, the feds had to do with last week’s crackdowns. But after Oakland, Calif., Mayor Jean Quan let drop that she’d been on a conference call with 18 mayors the Sunday night before the police raided Occupations from Portland to Nashville to Salt Lake City to New York, it’s hard to believe the whole thing wasn’t coordinated. Not to mention that every police force employed tactics that looked just like the ones DHS endorsed. But it’s not just the methods that are uniform. It’s the ideology. In dislodging the occupiers with batons, rubber bullets, tear gas and noise cannons; in kettling every street action, even the tiniest, with police and barricades; in trailing protesters everywhere they go, including church (in New York), every official has spoken the homeland-security gospel: We had no choice. Public safety was at risk. “From the beginning, I have said that the City had two principal goals: guaranteeing public health and safety, and guaranteeing the protesters’ First Amendment rights. But when those two goals clash, the health and safety of the public and our first responders must be the priority,” announced New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last Tuesday, after a massive phalanx “Poli Psy” is a twice monthly column by Judith Levine. Got a comment on this story? Contact

of police in full riot gear stormed into Zuccotti Park at 1 a.m. Besides bloodying human bodies and ravaging tents, generators, computer equipment and a kitchen that served hundreds of people a day, the cops stuffed the encampment’s 5000-plus-book library into a Dumpster — a fire-code-abiding version of book burning. Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson also explained that the department’s 17 arrests on Bank Transfer Day last month were “a public safety issue.” The infraction? Erecting a folding food table on the edge of Civic Center Park. “When you have people that have to walk around these things that are blocking the sidewalk, having to walk almost to the street, having them basically trip hazards and things like that,” Jackson said, “we have to be conscious of that.”

They were more than “conscious,” Denver occupiers reported. “An officer waited until a protester turned around and hit him in the back three times,” read a press release on occupydenver. org. “They assaulted people verbally, including threats to ‘break the teeth’ of protesters. One officer told another officer to ‘SHOOT EM!! SHOOT EM NOW!’ One protester was struck by an officer on a motorcycle and was hospitalized.” Denver shut down its encampment last week, too. After University of California Berkeley campus police charged into a crowd of students last week, jabbing billy clubs into their bellies, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau allowed that the university is “not equipped to manage the hygiene, safety, space and conflict issues that emerge when an encampment takes hold and the more intransigent individuals gain control.” Contending that linking arms to resist the police onslaught is “not nonviolent civil disobedience,” the chancellor spoke of the beatings in the passive bureaucratic voice: “We regret that ... the police were forced to use their batons.” UC Berkeley had offered the students the use of Sproul Hall for a week to talk about their

issues, which they declined. Was it an ironic coincidence or a veiled threat for the administration to choose Sproul, scene of the 1964 Berkeley Free Speech Movement occupation, during which thousands of students spent two days studying, singing and even celebrating Chanukah before the police cordoned off the building at 2 a.m. and moved in to arrest 800? Even in progressive Burlington, Mayor Bob Kiss’ (waffling) support for the City Hall Park encampment was rescinded after a transient named Josh Pfenning shot himself inside a tent. It was great for the protesters to exercise their First Amendment rights, Police Chief Michael Schirling suggested, explaining the city’s newly imposed midnight-to-6-a.m. curfew to the press. But “it just has to be done in a way where we can do a better job of ensuring safety. And right now the biggest impediment to that safety is the presence of the tents.” In other words, mentally ill homeless people are safer with no roof, even a canvas one, over their heads. And (as numerous mayors have argued), the “public” is safer when homeless people do not gather at tent cities seeking the food, medicine and attention they’re not getting elsewhere. Brutality is peace. Arm linking is violence. Eviction is shelter. Food tables are hazards. Book trashing is free speech. Crushing a movement against gross economic equality makes the citizenry safer. From Robespierre to Pinochet to Gaddafi, every authoritarian regime in history has justified political repression and police thuggery as public security. Since 9/11, America has moved closer and closer toward a police state, and the Occupy events have shown its paranoia and legal impunity like nothing since the roundup of Muslims after the terrorist attacks. This latest shameful moment is lightened only by the grace and optimism with which the occupiers have met their assailants. La luta continua. 


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Dear cecil, In your recent column on conspiracy theories about the government injecting chemicals into the atmosphere, you disparaged the idea of geoengineering, or at least using sulfur dioxide to counter global warming. But you don’t defend your position. Is it a good or bad idea, and why? Rob, via the Straight Dope message Board


a mess of the environment just like before. Even in summary you can glimpse the dubiousness of this scheme, and the more you dig into it the worse it sounds. The core issue is this: Although everybody calls what’s supposedly happening global warming, the more precise term is “anthropogenic global climate change” — a critical difference. While increased greenhouse gases are expected to lead to a warmer environment overall, that’s just on average. Some areas will get wetter and some dryer. Many will get hotter; a few will get cooler. Not to be parochial, but your columnist, who lives in Chicago, analyzed weather service data a couple years ago and found that

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average late-spring temperatures in northern Illinois, hardly tropical to start with, have gotten noticeably cooler over the past 60 years. Is that due to humancaused climate change? I have no idea, but I do know the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines was followed by cooler summers in the midwest, which climatologists attribute to blocked sunlight. If we start heaving volcanic gases aloft on a regular basis, that doesn’t just mean fewer days at the water park; we take the chance of screwing up the weather in one of the leading agricultural regions of the world. That brings me to my larger point: Even if you can get past the idea of fighting pollution with pollution, we’d be fooling with a complicated system we don’t fully understand. I’m not the only one to be alarmed about

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ne problem at a time, muchacho. First I had to explain why it was unlikely that aliens had absconded with Earth’s gold using genetically engineered man-monkey slaves. Having dispatched that issue, we now turn to the advisability of shooting crap into the atmosphere to solve the problem of crap in the atmosphere. Call me crazy, but I don’t think this is the world’s best plan. The basic idea is simple. Our problem is global warming, right? We know when volcanic eruptions blast vast quantities of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, the pollution blocks sunlight and the earth noticeably cools off. Therefore, if we create artificial volcanoes to pump sulfur dioxide or other substances into the air on purpose, the resultant global cooling will cancel out global warming and we can go on happily burning fossil fuels and generally making

this. In 2008, Rutgers meteorology professor Alan Robock contributed a piece to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists called “20 Reasons Why Geoengineering May Be a Bad Idea.” Among his concerns: • Effects on regional climate. This is essentially what I said above. Robock points out that while volcanic eruptions may have brought about some global cooling, they’ve also led to disastrous reductions in rainfall. “The eight-month-long eruption of the Laki fissure in Iceland in 1783-1784 contributed to famine in Africa, India, and Japan…” he writes. “At the fall 2007 American Geophysical Union meeting, researchers presented preliminary findings from several different climate models that simulated geoengineering schemes and found that they reduced precipitation over wide regions, condemning hundreds of millions of people to drought.” • Ozone depletion. More pollutants in the upper atmosphere will lead to the destruction of more ozone and thus to more dangerous UV radiation making its way to the surface. • Less sun for solar power. Geoengineering could make the earth not only cooler but darker, reducing the output of the solar power systems touted as an alternative to fossil fuels. “Following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and the 1982 eruption of El

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s long as electronic dance music has existed, Burlington has had its vibrant share. But in the past, it was typically a small share, with the genre’s venues confined to underground raves, niche nightclubs, such as the now-defunct 135 Pearl and the occasional larger dance party at Club Metronome or Higher Ground. Suddenly, electronic dance music, or EDM, is ubiquitous in Burlington. While a local indie-rock or jazz fan may search in vain for suitable auditory options on, say, a Tuesday night in the dead of winter, EDM fans suffer no such shortages. Virtually seven nights a week, the propulsive, bass-heavy strains of all manner of club music styles — and substyles, and sub-substyles — can be heard rumbling from sound systems all over the city. Not to mention from the bumper-rattling subwoofers of innumerable car stereos. So, why now?



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for more than two decades and is universally regarded as the godfather of Burlington house music. He agrees that, while electronic dance music has always been warmly received in Burlington, now it’s downright pervasive. “It’s not just underground anymore,” Mitchell says. “You hear it at clubs and college bars, parties. It’s everywhere.” To be sure, there are more individual EDM DJs working in the Queen City than ever before. But it’s the small community of interconnected DJ collectives and crews that has diversified the music and energized and educated its audiences, driving the trend. “Now you have all these crews that can partner with clubs to bring in bigger acts and can do their own promotion,” says Mitchell. “And they have their own fan bases, which clubs want to capitalize on.” DJ crews are not a new phenomenon in Burlington. Mitchell says that, because of Burlington’s insularity and the specific niche EDM has long occupied here, DJs often collaborated with like-minded colleagues to find strength in numbers. But he notes that the current generation of EDM crews arrives amid a perfect storm of factors encouraging the rise of the genre.


In part, the local rise of EDM reflects a larger national trend and, specifically, the inroads electronic music has made into popular culture. From the Black Eyed Peas’ to Coldplay, Top 40 radio is currently dominated by pop musicians who are adopting — and adapting — electronic music to create their hits. In particular, house music, the best known of the countless iterations of EDM, is becoming mainstream. Even pop star Britney Spears is getting in on the EDM action. Her recent single “Hold It Against Me” is essentially a hypercommercialized take on dubstep — a controversial, bass-heavy genre viewed as both a scourge and savior of EDM. (More on that later.) But EDM’s takeover in Burlington is surprising, even to those most familiar with the music and scene. Craig Mitchell, 40, has been DJing here and in Boston and New York City

Chief among them is technology. It sounds obvious, but electronic dance music is, first and foremost, electronic. Those snappy, repetitive drum lines in house music or the oozing, subconscious-rattling bass of dubstep aren’t played, per se. They are programmed, often through MIDI-based sequencers and other electro gadgets. That technology is all relatively new, much of it dating to the late 1970s. House music itself, the grandfather of most modern EDM styles, first arrived in Chicago in the early 1980s. EDM is a relative infant, culturally speaking, and its development relies on technological advancements. Thanks to a new generation of programming tools and DJing software such as Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live, EDM technology has never been as sophisticated, accessible or user-friendly as it is today. That ease of access and use has translated into an EDM boom. Technically, DJs don’t even have to know how to, well, DJ anymore — at least not in the traditional sense. Software programs can match beats and sequence tracks at the push of a button. All a wannabe DJ has to do is decide what to play. That’s an important role, certainly. Mitchell notes that guiding a throng of dancers through a sweaty set of drum and bass or moombahton (another subgenre) is job one. But technology pushes the trend. Though purists may object, those innovations, combined with the explosion of social media and increasing pop-culture acceptance, make this a particularly fertile time for EDM and the collectives shaping electronic dance music in Burlington. “It’s a brave new world,” says Mitchell.

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“We never insisted that people had to be high to listen to us,” jokes Concklin, who initially shared the WRUV show with Mike Labita. “But it wasn’t a typical radio program.” Mixing CDs, MP3s and records, Concklin and Labita took a distinctly experimental approach to college-radio DJing. An average show might include a heady mix of spoken word, “Sesame Street” songs, custom sounds and anything else they could get their hands on. “It just became a two-hour amalgamation of sound,” Concklin explains. “It was like putting together a puzzle.”




If Bonjour-Hi! are the cool kids among Burlington’s EDM devotees, then Mushpost is their geeky little brother. Helmed by Nick Concklin, 24, the collective began in 2008 as a radio program called “Mushroom Compost” at the University of Vermont’s WRUV 90.1 FM. Today, Mushpost contributes to dance parties in local clubs what its members call an “omnistep” take on intelligent dance music (IDM), itself an EDM offshoot. Its fans would find little resemblance to Concklin’s old radio show in the music he plays now — but the links are there.


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Tomie Marosy, 24, says he had his first taste of EDM while attending school in Montréal. He got hooked through parties thrown by Montréal DJ crews such as Peer Pressure, Kops Crew and I Love Neon. But when he came home to Burlington, Marosy could never find anything that matched the size or energy of Montréal shows — such as Megasoid’s first “Bridge Burner” party, held in an abandoned lot underneath an overpass in Mile End; or Diplo and Chromeo playing in an empty swimming pool. So in 2007, Marosy formed Bonjour-Hi! with fellow DJ Travis Higgins. The two started throwing dance parties at clubs in Burlington. “I wouldn’t say that we set out to copy the type of parties they were throwing [in Montréal],” says Marosy, aka DJ Toma. “But they definitely did help influence our taste and expose us to what a successful party should look like.” “Montréal was probably the biggest influence on me getting into dance music,” agrees Higgins, 23, aka DJ Travmatic. “Burlington definitely didn’t have the dance scene it does now. But keep in mind we were also too young to really go out in the States at this point.” Travel to and from Montréal also generated the group’s cute moniker. With Higgins in Burlington and Marosy in Canada, the two frequently crossed the border, where guards would meet them with a familiar bilingual greeting: “Bonjour. Hi.” Marosy now lives in San Francisco and Higgins in New York City. But Bonjour-Hi! has continued performing in area clubs with a second generation of DJs, including Allie Pacelli (DJ Treatz), Ryan Brennan (Vidi Vici) and Stefan Echo (Echonomic), all of whom joined the crew in 2008. With so many different DJs, a typical Bonjour-Hi! set is, well, anything but typical. Its members often perform as one, swapping turntable duties and mixes on the fly. And, while they comprise a self-described “house music” collective, Bonjour-Hi! draws from a variety of genres, not just EDM styles. The group’s overarching musical philosophy is to filter underground and vintage dance music through a prism of modern house beats. “When I started DJing with these guys, I had never heard any music like it before,” says Pacelli. “And I never heard anyone in Burlington playing music like that.” “We started DJing really just trying to bring something new to Burlington,” adds Higgins. “I think the one thing we really strived for is to keep things new,” says Marosy. “Whether it’s making sure we keep our DJ sets diverse each night or inflating a six-foot blow-up pig on the dance floor at 2 a.m., we just want to keep it live.”

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Driven by intellectual curiosity — and the nearimpossibility of accurately mixing tracks while adjusting for iTunes delay — Concklin began teaching himself to use Ableton, a software music-sequencer popular in EDM DJ circles. He soon delved into bass music and, after Labita left the radio show, began honing his chops along with fellow WRUV DJ John McMillin (Sycofont), 24. The new duo shortened its moniker to Mushpost and decided to take the act out of the studio and into the clubs. Mushpost’s first show, in 2009 at Club Metronome, was at “Bass Culture” — a Tuesday-night dubstep residency hosted by veteran area DJs Jahson and Nickel B. “We realized that we should be going to ‘Bass Culture’ and supporting it,” says Concklin. “At the time, dubstep was very experimental, and it was a small community. But it was the future.” Concklin’s DJ name, the Orator, is an apt one. Dude is a walking encyclopedia of EDM history. Ask him for his take on any of the genre’s bazillion offshoots, and he can tell you where and when it started, what its roots are, and even the social climate under which it emerged. That hyperintellectual approach to music sets Mushpost apart. The collective, which now has a rotating cast of DJs, has a stated mission to act as “cultural ambassadors,” cultivating “forward-thinking, bassdriven transnational music.” In other words,

making music that shakes minds and asses. “The struggle with IDM is that you can’t really dance to it,” says Concklin. IDM is less beholden to particular sonic characteristics than are other EDM styles, being based more in technological experimentation than in danceable grooves. Concklin compares it to another style of high-minded geek music: prog rock. “The focus is on how complex and academic you can get with rhythms and time signatures,” he says. “It’s

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taking disparate forms of music and trying to make a cohesive fusion, and in doing so [to] make a new expression.” Concklin says he was initially drawn to dubstep in particular because he felt the genre’s spatial elements and use of subbass frequencies embodied progressive aspects of IDM while presenting them in a danceable way. “What was interesting about dubstep is that it was dance music, but taking these really intricate rhythms from post-house Members of 2K Deep, from top: Shahriyar Sherkat, Dave Leikin, Adrian Sackheim PHOTOS: MATTHEW THORSEN

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and shuffling them with rhythms from different cultures,” he explains, noting the lineage of dubstep from reggae in particular. “It was something you could physically feel and hear at the same time. It was asking how far we could push the science of sound.”

Step on it Ask a room full of DJs what they think about dubstep, and you may incite a small riot. The genre, which first appeared in the UK in the late 1990s, has recently experienced a global renaissance and become a deeply divisive topic in EDM circles — even among members of the same DJ crews. In short, you either love it or hate it.

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The local champions of dubstep are 2K Deep. The five-member DJ collective has been hosting parties and promoting big-name EDM acts in Burlington since 2004, from underground raves to club gigs. Most recently, they were responsible for two sold-out shows at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium, one featuring dubstep and house act Nero; the other featuring Skrillex, a star of brostep (dupstep’s more aggressive cousin). But even 2K’s DJs diverge on dubstep. Adrian Sackheim (DJ Haitian), 26, takes a diplomatic view. While he admits that dubstep and brostep may not be the music he prefers to listen to, it’s what his audiences want to hear. “It’s huge right now, especially with younger crowds,” Sackheim says. He adds that he sees an opportunity to use dubstep as a way to introduce young audiences to other elements of EDM. “If we book some big act and then open for them, we can sneak some more underground styles into our set,” he says. “It’s kind of a bait and switch, but it’s great when the crowd realizes they might like this other stuff, too.” “That’s the winning formula,” says Dave Leikin (Sleezy D), 25. “You do what you’ve got to do to get them to listen. But hopefully you can turn them on to something else cool as well.” Craig Mitchell says he was initially confused by dubstep. He didn’t get it.

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work, and his passion for the subject soon emerges. So does his wry sense of humor. Collier arrived on campus this fall to teach sculpture and digital media. He’s been setting up new labs and building a woodworking shop, he says. But you wouldn’t guess any of that from visiting Collier’s neat studio in Sloane Hall on the Fort Ethan Allen campus. It’s a large and sparsely furnished room, with a desk and a chair, a kitchen-size wood table, and a few more chairs. The bigger table holds a very thick, square, handmade book with accordion-fold pages — it’s The Collier Classification System for Very Small Objects, which contains an entire

language Collier has invented along the lines of scientific taxonomy. It offers words that mean, for example, “once living” and “found on the sole of a shoe” and “to accumulate in corners.” The book could be displayed completely unfolded if you had a very long expanse of wall, Collier notes. On the table, too, are some of those “very small objects,” catalogued, stored in tiny glass vials and tucked inside wooden boxes like, well, specimens. Other items are waiting to be processed, he says. Collier’s definition of very small: “Any object that is visible to the naked eye but small enough to go unnoticed most of the time.” It might be an unidentifiable piece of

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debris lurking under your couch cushions, or a minute fragment of animal bone in the backyard. Also on the table, curiously, is a brown paper grocery bag filled with carp — stuffed ones stitched in silvery fabric, made for a different project. “I was showing my class how to sew,” Collier explains. A couple of black megaphones — one large, one small — are used in the public tours he’s been known to lead in association with his exhibitions. Along an adjacent wall, a long, narrow shelf displays some slightly larger found objects, meticulously organized by type and size. This collecting obsession preceded Collier’s focus on birds, but his gathering and cataloguing of very small objects is ongoing, he says. So is his starling project, which literally announces itself when you enter Collier’s studio. Just over the threshold, a handmade wooden birdhouse labeled “Teach the Starlings: Audio-rigged Nestbox” hangs on the wall. When the motion of a passerby triggers it, a shrill “Schieffelin!” sounds. The voice is supposed to be that of a starling — a bird that, Collier says, is a great mimic. It is shrieking the surname of New Yorker Eugene Schieffelin, who introduced starlings to North America in the late 19th century. Schieffelin was a founding member of the American Acclimatization Society, whose then-trendy mission was to bring animals and plants to new habitats — apparently before the concept of “invasive species” was understood. In particular, Schieffelin wanted to introduce this continent to all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare’s works, notes Collier. Bird-brained, indeed. Such Euro-centric thinking also brought us pigeons and house sparrows. Collier’s “Teach the Starlings”


rian Collier’s artwork is for the birds. The St. Michael’s College professor has probably heard that cliché before, but it’s hard to resist applying it to a project called “Bird Shift.” The subtitle of Collier’s current multimedia exhibit at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is “The Anthropogenic Ornithology of North America,” and its overarching purpose is to examine “how humans are affecting bird activity and habitat.” In a corollary project, Collier is investigating “the ornithology of big-box stores,” referring to the avian life often found within the cavernous quarters of such retailers as Home Depot. Wait. This is art? Sure. If you allow that an artist can research a subject as diligently as any scientist, and then use photographs, created and found objects, videos, web-based elements, installations, and printed pieces to make a case about such issues as the swelling population of certain bird species and its correlation with the intentional behaviors of certain humans. If you allow that an artist can be a dedicated environmentalist in disguise. And he can: Collier, an assistant professor of fine arts at St. Mike’s, is interested in the “ways in which elements of the nonhuman natural world exist, or have reinserted themselves, in severely human-altered habitats,” he writes in his artist statement. His mission is “about making connections, modeling ways we can interact with the world that’s more sustainable.” If all that sounds wonky, Collier clarifies, “I’m a wannabe scientist, but I’m very clear on the distinction: This is art, not science.” Collier, 41, is dark-haired and bespectacled with a serious mien; he seems almost wary when meeting for an interview on a recent morning. But he’s not shy about explaining his


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cardinal — a “rare thing” in these places, he says. The confused bird is hurling herself against a skylight, not realizing that she could head downward and fly out the open side of the enclosure. After adjusting his lens, Collier snaps a few pictures. That cues a nearby clerk to inform him sternly that taking photographs inside the store is not allowed. “How could I get permission to take photographs?” Collier asks innocently, putting the camera away. “You’d have to get in touch with our corporate office,” says the clerk. As he walks away, Collier confides that he’s already done that with every big-box retailer in the area. “Mostly they ignore me,” he says; “some have said they wouldn’t let me.” So he just goes in and takes pictures until someone tells him to stop. Collier recalls discussing his project with one employee, who told him the bird population in that store was on its fifth generation. “They have this interesting human-related history,” Collier says of the birds; usually sparrows inhabit the highceilinged spaces, often near some food source. “Their choice to live here is an extension of that. “It’s a strange life, kind of zoo-like,” Collier adds, noting that for his project he has designed special c olliEr awnings to “cap the top shelves to protect the merchandise from bird shit.” He’d also like to see plants on the top shelves to give birds a place to rest, and envisions shoppers pushing carts beneath a dropped ceiling of clear Plexiglas “so the kids can identify the birds they see,” says Collier. So far, he hasn’t convinced any stores to embrace the birds’ presence, but a guy can dream. After all, Collier says, “The natural-world experience is everywhere; it’s not an exotic thing. This project is about getting people to see that.” It’s also plainly about the irreversible effects of human intervention. “Environmental problems are ongoing; they’ll never go away,” says Collier. And neither will artists who show us what we’ve done. m

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et’s get one thing straight. You will — if you have wheels, some money ($35, to be precise) and sufficient élan — go to Jay Peak’s brand-spanking-new indoor water park, the Pump House. Because it’s the wildest thing to happen to Vermont’s ski resort scene since the Civilian Conservation Corps cut trails on Mount Mansfield in 1933. Because it’s already given a boost to Vermont’s economy, providing 500 people with jobs and promising even more work by winter’s end, when the Hotel Jay & Conference Center becomes

fully operational. Because Jay Peak’s president and chief operating officer, Bill Stenger, was just named Citizen of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Because, c’mon, it’ll be freaking cold soon. Modeled on the gnarliest water parks around the world and infused with Jay Peak’s own ballsy brand, the Pump House has two signature features: a tangle of translucent, colored fiberglass slides — the red one is called La Chute — and a surf machine. Recently, I got to be one of the human

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John Coburn, top, & Lexie Kaknes ride down a waterslide at the Pump House.

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his November, Hannah Archibald is writing a novel. “It’s about exiled killer librarians,” says the Burlington High School senior, who’s wearing an Elmo T-shirt. “I have about 24 characters right now; half of them are named after animals. It’s pretty sweet.” For most writers, the first novel is a big, open-ended endeavor — and a lonely one. But Archibald knows how long her first draft will be — at least 50,000 words — and that she’ll finish it on November 30. She has plenty of company. More than 30 students at BHS are participating in National Novel Writing Month, including everyone in Archibald’s creative writing class and their teacher, Eve Berinati. The first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) took place in 1999 in San Francisco with 21 participants. The founders gave themselves a challenge: They didn’t have to produce

minichallenges called “dares” to keep the creative juices flowing. (Sample: “We dare you to turn one of your characters into a werewolf.”) Archibald and her friend Mia Benson, who matches her pop-art style in a Pac-Man T-shirt, enjoy describing the dares. One of their favorites, just for writers of literary fiction, involves forcing your protagonist to meditate on a box of Kleenex ’til an existential crisis results. The two seniors are old hands at NaNo — they’ve been “doing it since freshman year,” says Archibald, with “usernames so old they’re embarrassing.” She has “kinda” completed the challenge, she says, while Benson’s




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longest November manuscript so far is 30,000 words. The idea of organizing a collective NaNo effort came from BHS English teachers Benjamin Roesch and Erika Lowe, who both write when they’re not teaching. They hadn’t tried NaNo yet, so they thought, “Why don’t we open it up to the school? We can have some kind of support group,” Lowe recalls. The teachers held an open organizational meeting and were “surprised how many students showed up,” says Roesch. They enlisted fellow teachers Jill Kelley and Berinati, who admits that writing a novel was “nothing I ever thought I wanted to do.” But she figured it wouldn’t hurt to give NaNo a month of class time, she says. Berinati’s senior creative writing elective is the only class incorporating NaNo into its curriculum; the other teachers offer it as an option.


anything of lasting literary merit, but they did have to write 50K words in 30 days. “We had taken the cloistered, agonized novel-writing process and transformed it into something that was half literary marathon and half block party,” recalls cofounder Chris Baty on NaNoWriMo’s website. A classic internet success story, NaNoWriMo kept growing; in 2010, it drew 200,000 participants from around the world. They register and create user profiles on NaNo’s website, meet other local participants at “write-ins,” and update their word counts as they go. Every registrant who uploads a 50,000-word manuscript to the site by midnight on November 30 gets recognition on the NaNo Winner’s Page. Best-sellers have emerged from the challenge: Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and Erin Morgenstern’s recent debut The Night Circus both started as NaNo novels. For most participants, though, and especially for young writers, NaNo is not a path to fame and fortune; it’s a motivator and a community. The Bay Area-based nonprofit that runs NaNo, the Office of Letters and Light, offers a special youth version of the challenge, complete with educators’ resources, online forums and



Lowe, who has 11 freshmen participating, gives them opportunities to work on their novels by opening her English classes with “seven-minute quick writes.” In all, students in four BHS classes are currently busy “noveling” away, in NaNo parlance. They can join Roesch on Mondays for after-school write-ins featuring contests such as “word wars,” where they compete to generate the most words in 25 minutes. To complete NaNo at a steady rate, students would need to produce 1667 words per day. But, as every writer knows, writing is more like sprinting (or, when you’re blocked, plodding) than walking on a treadmill. And it’s easy to procrastinate by reading the lively forums or “NaNo stalking” your classmates and teachers to see how many words they’ve written. At a recent session of Berinati’s 18-person class, not one student raises his or her hand when asked who’s ahead of schedule. That includes Berinati, though she did get into a groove the preceding night and churned out 4000 words. Next, the class checks Roesch’s stats and marvels at his output — about 40K words at press time. What are all those words about? Lowe’s novel concerns a kleptomaniac who goes to work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Roesch, who usually writes literary fiction, is experimenting with a “science fiction/horror mashup.” Berinati is drawing on her own experience to tell the story of a young educator in her fifth year — the point where 65

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A SAmpliNg of NANo plotS from EVE BEriNAti’S clASS “A series of short stories about mental illness” (Mia Benson) An incarcerated 19-year-old flashing back to “how her life spiraled down” (Sarah place) “I kinda lost interest in my novel, so I decided to write another novel within my novel” (Aric LaMotte) “A presidential assassination, told from two points of view” (Keith LaFountaine) “A cop in the 1940s dealing with corruption” (Eric Bean) “A woman trying to escape the World Trade Center before it collapses” (Emily Anderson)

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answer directly to the CEO. No one else in the company does,” says Shawn Burdick, manager of’s Dot Calm Café, of his interactions with boss and founder Mark Bonfigli. “That’s how important food is to this company.” At many Burlington businesses, employees still brownbag it. But at, Vermont’s fastest-growing company, Burdick’s team of 10 prepares breakfast and lunch each day with local, healthy ingredients. For their at-home cooking needs, employees get 10 percent discounts on CSA shares from the Intervale Food Hub or Jericho Settlers’ Farm. Soon an in-office market will allow them to shop for locally crafted items such as Aqua Vitea kombucha and From the Ground Up pizza dough without ever leaving the office. All those foodie perks help make Dealer attractive to tech-savvy applicants. Burdick says the company, which currently has 580 “Earthlings” (as it calls them) in Burlington and 50 more in its Manhattan Beach, Calif., satellite office, is hiring about 30 new employees every two weeks. Most of them will be charged with building and maintaining websites for auto dealers — time-consuming, labor-intensive work. In feeding its employees well for the long haul, Dealer follows a trend set by higher-profile tech companies such as Pixar, in Emeryville, Calif., where animators can enjoy chilled asparagus soup amid pictures of Ratatouille’s Remy the gourmet rat. But Burdick’s in-house eatery at has a secondary agenda: keeping employees healthy, as defined by the whole-fat guidelines of the Weston A. Price Foundation. The controversial diet is a pet cause of Bonfigli’s wife, Marisa Mora. Thanks to Bonfigli’s over-the-top ardor for maintaining employees’ wellbeing, the Burlington company has earned a reputation as a fun place to work. A nook decorated with Christmas lights houses the “life team,” whose full-time jobs involve improving the






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lifestyles of the “Earthlings.” Life director Heidi Brigham mentions a recent apple-pie-and-cider-themed “life social” as one companywide activity. Everyone

is invited to take free, in-house French or guitar lessons and get a weekly chair massage. The company offers discounts at more than 100 businesses, including restaurants such as Chef’s Corner, Fresh Market and Three Tomatoes Trattoria. To work it all off, the massive “Playground” has classes all day; during a break, hearty eaters can lift kettle bells or stretch on the Pilates reformer bed, then relieve stress with Ping-Pong or Air hockey. If that’s no ordinary office gym, Dot Calm is no ordinary cafeteria. Burdick, 40, has worked as executive sous-chef at both the Topnotch and Stoweflake resorts. After that, he says, he refined

his cooking in Aspen, Colo., restaurants. His staff includes alumni of A Single Pebble, the Windjammer Restaurant and Sadie Katz Delicatessen. Matt Lunde, the new rounds cook, has also worked at Topnotch and cooked at the James Beard House in New York two years ago as sous-chef to Team Vermont captain Mark Timms. It’s an accomplished team, better suited to a restaurant than a cafeteria, but Burdick says the lifestyle attracts top talent. “We get 10 personal days,” he says, his face lighting up. “You don’t see that in restaurants. I’ve taken [my staff ] all out of coming to work not knowing when you’re coming home. They know they’re coming home at 3 p.m.” Because the company subsidizes the endeavor, Dot Calm doesn’t have the tense atmosphere of restaurants whose owners keep one eye on profit margins. “I don’t cut people because of my payroll,” says Burdick, who admits that he loses money on all his wares except the prepared chocolate bars and healthy snacks. “We have that buffer of the company.” All team members, however, need to learn a new system of cooking. The principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation inform all the recipes prepared at the company; that’s due to the influence of Mora, who was its wellness director until last year. This year, paid for every member of the kitchen staff to attend the foundation’s “Wise Traditions” conference in Dallas, Texas. Weston A. Price (1870-1948) was a globe-trotting dentist who claimed he’d observed a higher level of both dental and general health in unindustrialized nations where people ate unprocessed foods with whole fats. In accordance with his findings, menus at the Dot Calm Café focus on local, grass-fed meats, fresh dairy and organic vegetables. Burdick admits that he finds some of Price’s tenets “over the top,” such as DELICIOUS DEAL



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Street next week. Owner suE BETTE hadn’t solidified a specific opening date by press time. The restaurant will intially find its footing with a dinner menu that Bette says will “investigate a style of New England cuisine.” That includes expanded cold and cured seafood offerings and what Bette calls a “beef section” featuring à la carte steakhouse specialties. “After-work” and late-night menus will enhance what Bette hopes will be a newly booming bar scene. Folks will be able to munch on burgers, cheese plates and other classic Bluebird fare until midnight, seven days a week. In the restaurant’s second week, it will start serving lunch at 11 a.m., with brunch at 10 a.m. on weekends. “We’re really focused on offering a simple but elegant lunch,” says Bette. “There will be a lot of the elements out of the dinner menu, plus simple baguette sandwiches and pressed sandwiches.” For the daytime weekend scene, Bette envisions “a relaxing brunch over a copy

Six years ago, the legal department of Atlanta-based fastfood giant Chickfil-A sent a cease-and-desist order to Montpelier’s Bo Muller-Moore, creator of the iconic Eat More Kale stickers and T-shirts. Specifically, Chick-fil-A claimed the Vermonter’s motto conflicted with its marketing slogan, Eat Mor Chikin, which is also its domain name on the web. Last summer, when MullerMoore applied for a federal trademark for Eat More Kale, he had a bit of déjà vu. The corporation, which has more than 1560 locations nationwide and reported sales of $3.58 billion last year, filed a federal trademark block. Muller-Moore is puzzled that Chick-fil-A sees his T-shirt business as a threat. “This is legitimate Davidversus-Goliath corporate bullying,” says Muller-Moore to Seven Days. “I’m not a restaurant. I’m not a kale farmer. I’m a T-shirt artist.”

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their white-flour glory once a week. Meanwhile, muffins prepared by From the Ground Up entice Earthlings who suffer from celiac, and those who don’t. “Some people have hangups about gluten free, so I don’t tell them,” says Burdick. Beidler bakes crunchy, buttery chocolate-chip cookies using buckwheat flour. Another Beidler specialty — duck-fat potato chips — is currently on hold. He’s still figuring out how to make enough to feed more than 580 people. Meanwhile, he’s concocting recipes for homemade ketchup and mustard to replace the expensive prepared bottles the café uses instead of sugar-laden Heinz. At lunch last Thursday, employees could sample pork loins from Vermont Family Farms in Enosburg, stuffed with

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kale and croissant crumbs. The tender, caramelized pork was beautifully seasoned and would have fit in at a highend restaurant, especially with the addition of mascarpone-bolstered polenta made from Nitty Gritty Grain Company cornmeal, and heaping servings of garlicky broccolini and kale. A large plate from the cafeteria line costs $6.50; a small portion, as little as $4.25. Those looking for something even lighter can get a nutrient-packed smoothie. Against his better judgment, Burdick also provides a daily vegetarian option. “I did get a lot of vegetarian and vegan resistance, and they won,” he says of his effort to cook with more animal fats, per Price. “My job is to play to vegan, vegetarian and gluten free.” Last Thursday, the veggie option was balsamic

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portabella Caprese, an indulgent-tasting tower of mushrooms, tomatoes, pesto and fresh mozzarella drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The life team serves as a liaison between Burdick and the diners to let the chef know what will and won’t fly. “Are people going to come in here and drink goat’s milk? I don’t think so,” he says of one Price favorite. If the demand did present itself, Burdick doesn’t doubt he could find a supplier. Both he and Beidler are members of Rural Vermont, with strong ties to many local producers. However, the team is realistic about not being able to serve all local, organic and preservativefree food all the time. “It’s easy for a family of four,” says Burdick. “It’s harder when it’s a family of 600.” It became even more difficult after Tropical Storm Irene, when disastrous flooding in the Burlington Intervale left without one of its major resources. Jericho Settlers’ Farm picked up much of the slack, replacing the Intervale CSA and providing 130 dozen pastured, free-range eggs each week.



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GROW YOUR OWN MUSHROOMS: Eric Swanson of Vermush leads an examination of the fungus among us as he teaches folks to culture and grow mycelia into fungi. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 2238004, ext. 202,


‘BRIDE FLIGHT’: Three war brides share a flight to New Zealand in this epic 2008 drama by Ben Sombogaart. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘BRIGHTON ROCK’: A British gangster well on his way to infamy hits a speed bump when a girl witnesses him taking out a rival in Rowan Joffe’s 2010 crime drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘MOZART’S SISTER’: René Féret’s 2010 drama reimagines the early life of Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, a musical prodigy in her own right pushed out of the spotlight to make room for her brother. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

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CANDY-CANE-MAKING DEMO: Confectioners boil, pull, turn, roll and twist striped seasonal sweets. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 11 a.m. Free to watch; $6 to make your own (preregister). Info, 253-9591.

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. TAI CHI/QIGONG CLASS: Simple techniques, practiced sitting or standing with Madeleine Piat-Landolt, enhance physical and emotional well-being. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.




WINOOSKI HOLIDAY POP-UP ART MARKET: Fine arts, crafts and locally made products fill a vacant space. Entrance to the market is on Main Street, by the top right side of the Winooski circle. 25 Winooski Falls Way, suite 17, noon-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-4839,


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Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-3659. 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. PAINTBALL: Who will emerge victorious and who will end up a multicolored mess? Teens test their endurance and cooperation skills with members of the Bristol Hub Teen Center & Skatepark. Colchester Paintball, noon-5 p.m. $30; parents must fill out consent forms. Info, 453-3678.


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.


VALLEY NIGHT: James McSheffrey graces the lounge with country, rock and alternative originals and covers. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.

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HUG A SNOWMAKER DAY: Folks head to ski resorts throughout the state to give thanks for the white stuff at Ski Vermont’s celebration of resort opening dates. See calendar spotlight. Various locations statewide, all day. Info 223-2439.

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SENIOR ART CLASSES: Folks ages 55 and up explore drawing, pastels, oil and acrylic paints, printmaking, collages, and sculpture while discussing basic design concepts such as shape, texture and color. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 864-0604.

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.

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Good Things Come in Threes Like Big Joe Burrell and Trey Anastasio, Burlington jazz luminary James Harvey has something of a reputation as the “godfather” of the Queen City music scene. He has played a trombone or piano in countless local collaborations, including touring as part of Phish’s horn section. Though he keeps a low profile these days and performs rarely, folks got a glimpse of his troubled pursuit of creative expression in Alison Segar’s documentary James Harvey: A Master at Play, shown at the 2010 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. On Friday, Harvey drums up a new project, literally — a trio with longtime collaborators Andrew Moroz on piano and Robinson Morse on bass. Check ’em out in a special FlynnSpace jazz cabaret.

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In a roundup of acrobatic stunts, Time Out Chicago awarded Cirque Shanghai the top “OMG” rating: six out of six big-top tents. No wonder. Mixed in with old-school circus antics — daredevil headstands, plate spinning and hoop diving, for starters — are jaw-dropping feats derived from ancient Chinese performing arts. In the troupe’s latest show, Bai Xi (meaning “100 amazing acts”), contortionists, trapeze artists and aerialists share acrobatic traditions dating back to the Han Dynasty. Expect pretzel-like nimbleness, a brightly costumed dragon dance and, perhaps, a ballet dancer performing en pointe atop another person’s head. OMG, indeed.

CIRQUE SHANGHAI Friday, November 25, 2 and 7 p.m., at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. $36. Info, 760-4634.


Thursday, November 24, all day, at ski resorts throughout the state. Regular liftticket prices apply. Info, 223-2439.





Some families toss around the old pigskin. Others plop down in front of the big game. Ski Vermont has another idea for mixing Thanksgiving and sports. Give thanks for powder — and the people who bring it to us — at Hug a Snowmaker Day, a celebration of the start of Vermont’s ski-and-ride season. This “snowmaker-appreciation day,” as Ski Vermont’s Jen Butson calls it, encourages folks to strike up conversations with steadfast ski-resort employees. We know you’re stoked to see ’flakes, but a quick review of embracing etiquette can’t hurt. Take a pointer from Facebook group the Rules of Hugging: “Only hug if you are sure it will be well received.” Then hit the slopes with open arms.



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‘Love Crime’: When a top executive and femme fatale steals one of her assistant’s ideas, her not-so-innocent protégé is ready for war in Alain Corneau’s 2010 thriller. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘The miLL and The Cross’: Lech Majewski’s 2011 historical drama chronicles the making of Pieter Bruegel’s controversial painting “The Procession to Calvalry.” Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.

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Tai Chi for seniors: Folks over 50 increase flexibility, balance, strength, energy and stamina while reducing chronic pain, anxiety and falls. Pine Crest at Essex, 10-11 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-0360, ext. 1028.


hoLiday arTisans’ Bazaar: More than 50 artists and crafters from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine exhibit pottery, weaving, glass work, jewelry, ornaments and other seasonal creations. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 431-0204. hoLiday Parade & LighTing Ceremony: A noon promenade kicks off daylong visits with Santa. Sy At 5:30 p.m., Open Stage Theatre OF ST Company heralds a version of “The UH ALL Night Before Christmas” shortly before 250,000 lights make the marketplace glow. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Free. Info, 865-7596. TE

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BLaCk friday kids day oUT: Active 5- to 12-year-olds burn off some energy playing “freeze” dance, musical games and more. Bagels and juice provided. Urban Dance Complex, Williston, 7-10 a.m. $18 per child; $30 per two; preregister. Info, 863-6600.


sanTa’s seasonaL arrivaL: Kris Kringle sneaks away from the North Pole to participate in the Church Street parade to Burlington Town Center. Kids share their wish lists with him in the mall. Burlington City Hall, noon. Free. Info, 658-2545.


sToryTeLLing & LefTovers: Authors David Martin, Leda Schubert, Reeve Lindbergh, Beth Kanell and Kate Messner spin holiday stories over surplus Turkey Day eats. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 229-0774.



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

James harvey Trio: One of the godfathers of the Burlington music scene performs in a jazz-piano trio with Andrew Moroz and Robinson Morse. See calendar spotlight. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $14-18. Info, 863-5966.


CirqUe shanghai: Bai Xi, the “show of a hundred wonders,” features ancient and modern acrobatic spectacles from China. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $36. Info, 760-4634. ‘fUnny girL’: Douglas Anderson directs the Middlebury Community Players in this beloved musical about comedienne Fanny Brice. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 382-9222.


readings: Local writers pipe up with original works. Listeners are welcome to join the discussion. Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, Newport, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 334-1966, laplante@vtlink. net.



saTUrday arT samPLer: Adults and teens learn a “simple, fun and super-addictive process” for various felting projects. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24; preregister. Info, 425-2700.


BreWhaha: Beer meets cheer as Boston yuksters make wisecracks in a theater-turned-comedyclub. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $25 includes four samples and a souvenir glass; cash bar. Info, 775-0903.


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.25, 7-10 p.m. norWiCh ConTra danCe: Wild Asparagus energize the dance floor as George Marshall leads a traditional social dance. Beginners and singles welcome; bring clean-soled shoes. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $8-10; free for ages 16 and under. Info, 785-4607, Thanksgiving shake-off danCe ParTy: Folks recover from too much food (or family time) to tunes spun by DJs Llu, Mothertrucker, Classic Hits and Michael Sundue. Proceeds support Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom. Union Station, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10-100 suggested donation; cash bar. ‘The nUTCraCker’: A girl’s Christmas Eve dream plays out, Sugar Plum Fairy and all, to soaring music by Tchaikovsky in this annual Albany Berkshire Ballet production. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $16-38. Info, 863-5966.


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handcrafted puppets. See calendar spotlight. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 11 a.m. $6. Info, 728-6464.

West AfricAn JubA DAnce & DJembe Drum clAsses: Beginning and somewhat-experienced hand drummers learn traditional rhythms and techniques with Guinean master drummer Chimie Bangoura at 11 a.m. Barefoot dancing follows at noon. Burlington Taiko. $15 for djembe class; $12 for dance class. Info, 377-9721, chimiebangoura@


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Women’s festivAl of crAfts: Three floors fill with unique wares handmade by 50-plus local female artisans. Burlington City Hall, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 864-7528.


‘love crime’: See FRI.25, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘the mill AnD the cross’: See FRI.25, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. WooDstock film festivAl: Winter series: A young girl sent to live with her grandparents in an Irish fishing village learns of the Selkie legend in John Sayles’ 1994 family drama The Secret of Roan Inish. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $4-10. Info, 457-2355.

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cAleDoniA spirits & Winery open house: Visitors amble through the distillery, learning about the production of its mead, raw honey and honey vodka. Caledonia Spirits & Winery, Hardwick, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8000. cAnDy-cAne-mAking Demo: See WED.23, 11 a.m. hot-chocolAte tAsting: Brrlingtonians warm up with four varieties of liquid chocolate and house-made marshmallows. Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1808. miDDlebury Winter fArmers mArket: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. American Flatbread, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 388-0178, middleburyfm@


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holiDAy mix-up: Cheery entertainment meets seasonal food at an all-ages mingle organized by queer youth center Outright Vermont and the Champlain Senior Center. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585,

thAnksgiving WeekenD: See FRI.25, 10 a.m.3:30 p.m. Winooski holiDAy pop-up Art mArket: See WED.23, noon-8 p.m.

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‘love crime’: See FRI.25, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘the mill AnD the cross’: See FRI.25, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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sunDAy breAkfAst: Early birds catch the bacon, eggs, biscuits, sausage gravy and more. Proceeds benefit veterans, their families and local charities. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 9 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 518-643-2309. vine intervention: Foodies wine and dine on fruits from the vine as Jessica Bongard whips up dishes such as agrodolce grape tart and grapeand-moscato jelly. The Plumpest Peach, Jericho, 5-8:30 p.m. $25. Info, 858-4213.


burlington-AreA scrAbble club: Triple-lettersquare seekers spell out winning words. New players welcome. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7558.

‘the snoWmAiDen’: No Strings Marionette Company adapts the Russian folktale with 15 SuN.27


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sAturDAy fAmily Drop-ins: Young artists of all ages gaze at the current exhibition and make and take home a special piece of art. Parents must accompany their children. BCA Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 865-7166.

WAgon riDe WeekenD: Riders lounge in sweetsmelling hay on narrated, horse-drawn routes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355.

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holiDAy crAft fAir: Visits with Santa spark the holiday spirit as gift givers scope out local crafts, specialty food items and a soup-and-sandwich snack bar. Georgia Elementary & Middle School, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 893-2172.


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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,


HOliday artisans’ Bazaar: See FRI.25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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WagOn ride Weekend: See SAT.26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


lOUise rOOMet tUrkey lane trOt: Runners and walkers (dogs, too) burn off the bird on a 4.25mile jaunt benefiting Hinesburg Land Trust. Lewis Creek Road, Hinesburg, registration, 11:45 a.m.12:45 p.m.; walk, 12:45 p.m.; run, 1 p.m. $15; $20 per couple; $25 per family. Info, 482-5120.

‘FUnny girl’: See FRI.25, 2 p.m.

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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.


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‘BUCk’: Cindy Meehl’s documentary paints a portrait of American cowboy and original Horse Whisperer inspiration Buck Brannaman. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 748-2600. Ciné salOn: A series devoted to 16mm film seeks to enlighten with clips in “100 Films to See Before It’s Too Late.” Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.

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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. MUsiC WitH rapHael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. stOries WitH Megan: Preschoolers ages 3 to 6 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. sWantOn playgrOUp: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


MUsiCian JaM: Singers and instrumentalists mingle at a casual recording session. The tunes may be edited and shortened for TV or radio play. Vibesville Audio & Visual Production Studio, Essex, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, tHe CHaMplain eCHOes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:159:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.


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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.

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.


sarWar kasHMeri: The author discusses foreign policy with regard to his latest book, NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.



let’s learn Japanese!: Little linguists get a fun intro to the language and culture of the Land of the Rising Sun with Middlebury College student Jerry Romero. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

‘tHe Mill and tHe CrOss’: See FRI.25, 5:30 p.m.

COMMUnity HerBalisM Class: Jade Mountain Wellness’ Brendan Kelly discusses using local herbs in a Chinese medical framework to treat cold and flu symptoms. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15-18; preregister. Info, 224-7100,

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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.

interMediate internet explOratiOn: Master the art of the world wide 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.

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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.


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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@

WinOOski HOliday pOp-Up art Market: See WED.23, 10 a.m.-3 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.


tai CHi FOr seniOrs: See FRI.25, 10-11 a.m.

zUMBa gOld: Invigorating Latin music fosters a party-like workout atmosphere for baby boomers and active older participants. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5:15-6 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.

tHanksgiving Weekend: See FRI.25, 10 a.m.3:30 p.m.

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gentle yOga FOr everyOne: Yogis ages 55 and up participate in a mostly seated program presented by Champlain Valley Agency on Aging’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor AmeriCorps program. McAuley Square Senior Housing, Burlington, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-0360.

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Book Discussion series: How THey LiveD: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 illuminates a bygone era. Heineberg Community & Senior Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. 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@



‘ouT of THe pasT’: A former private eye finds himself back in the game against his will in Jacques Tourneur’s 1947 film noir. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2356.

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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. pickinG a DieT THaT’s riGHT for your BoDy: Chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist Suzy Harris helps folks confused by cleanses and discouraged by diets decide what foods to turn to for maximum health benefits. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

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aLzHeiMer’s eDucaTion proGraM: Folks gain a basic understanding of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, from causes and risk factors to treatment and hope for the future. The Lodge at Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 376-3816,

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‘naTionaL LaMpoon’s cHrisTMas vacaTion’: Clark Griswold and his family have famously bad luck in this 1989 yuletide romp. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018, mariah@

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Green Drinks: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. Lake Lobby, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-7999.

‘DoDes’ka-Den’: Akira Kurosawa’s 1970 film — and major box-office flop — looks at the hopes and dreams present within Tokyo slums. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


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coMMuniTy cineMa: Anne Makepeace’s 2010 documentary We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân follows linguist Jessie Little Doe as she attempts to revive the Wampanoag language more than a century after its last native speaker died. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966.







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Tai Chi: Easy, intentional poses for intermediates increase chi, 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.


alburgh PlaygrouP: Tots form friendships over stories, songs and crafts. Nonmarking shoes required. Alburgh Elementary School, 9:15-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. CreaTive Tuesdays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. FairFax sTory hour: Good listeners are rewarded with folklore, fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. hand in hand: The Middlebury youth group organizes volunteer projects to benefit the environment and the community. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

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highgaTe sTory hour: Good listeners soak up classic fairy tales. Highgate Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Kids in The KiTChen: Hands-on bakers mix, mash, measure and, of course, munch as they learn how to make pumpkin bread packed with walnuts and golden raisins. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. 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. PresChool sTory hour: Stories, rhymes and songs help children become strong readers. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. sCienCe & sTories: hibernaTion: Kids have aha! moments about animals’ winter sleeping habits. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. souTh hero PlaygrouP: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

sT. albans PlaygrouP: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. sTory TiMe For ToTs: Three- to 5-year-olds savor stories, songs, crafts and company. CarpenterCarse Library, Hinesburg, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 482-2878.

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CreaTing a FinanCial FuTure: Folks with basic money management under control learn about long-term savings and investing. 279 North Winooski Ave, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 8601417, ext. 104. inTro To genealogy CoMPuTer researCh: ParTs i and ii: Ancestry enthusiasts learn more about tracking down their family trees with modern software. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-3585. Keys To CrediT: A seminar clears up the confusing world of credit. 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 104.


audiTions For ‘an aFTernoon in FranCe’: Salisbury resident David Moat’s play, to be produced in February by the Middlebury Community Players, explores human frailties and strengths within four generations of one family. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7432 or 352-9839.

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aWaKening 2012: MindFulness-based business-visioning WorKshoP & neTWorKing evenT: Healers, artists, activists, educators, small-business owners and others participate in guided meditation and visualization exercises to actualize their fullest potential in business. Shambhala Meditation Center, Montpelier, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 225-5960.


iMProv nighT: Fun-loving participants play “Whose Line Is It Anyway”-style games in an encouraging environment. Spark Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.


TeaCher aPPrenTiCeshiP PrograM inFo session: Career changers learn about an opportunity to become a licensed educator in eight months. Cafeteria, Essex High School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 238-9637.


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inTernaTional Movie nighT: A woman and her young son living illegally in Belgium are faced with imminent deportation in Olivier Masset-Depasse’s 2010 drama Illégal. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


‘love CriMe’: See FRI.25, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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


sTudenT PerForManCe reCiTal: Music scholars take their various instruments for a spin on stage. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.

Chris Cornell: The rock icon performs solo and acoustic versions of his hits from Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 7 p.m. $47-52. Info, 863-5966. 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 p.m. Free. Info, 879-3105. noonTiMe ConCerT series: Laura Markowitz and John Dunlop offer violin and cello duets spanning from the Baroque era to the 20th century. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0471.

sToWe MounTain FilM FesT: Groundbreaking action, adventure, environmental and cultural films greet the snow season. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe, 6 p.m. $7-10 per night; $30 all-film pass. Info, 253-9911. ‘The Mill and The Cross’: See FRI.25, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

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BaByTiMe: See wED.23, 10:30 a.m.-noon. enosBUrgh 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.

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FairField PlaygroUP: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. highgaTe sTory hoUr: See TUE.29, 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. hogWarTs reading soCieTy: Fascinated by fantasy? Book-club members gab about the wizarding world of Harry potter and other series. Ilsley public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. leT’s learn JaPanese!: See MON.28, 4:30 p.m. Middle sChool Book groUP: Young people dish about their current reads. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. MiddleBUry BaBies & Toddlers’ sTory hoUr: 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. Moving & grooving WiTh ChrisTine: See wED.23, 11-11:30 a.m.


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FREE MAT PILATES: CHACE MILL: Nov. 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m., This is a summary of the repeat configuration. Location: Burlington Dances Studio, upstairs in the Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Lucille@, Every Body Loves Pilates! Feel the feeling! See the difference! You’ve heard of the Seal, Teaser, Corkscrew, Swan and Mermaid! Relieve stress, promote whole body health, restore awareness and enjoy overall well-being. Share your good fortune and bring a friend! Chace Mill, Winooski River Falls, top floor, 372.


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language LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, 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.

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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., 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! STONE WALL WORKSHOP: 1-day workshops run Jan. through Mar. 2012. Cost: $100/1-day workshop. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411,, Our introductory workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day workshop focuses on the basic techniques for creating dry-laid stone walls. Workshops are held in warm greenhouses in Hinesburg. The workshops are hands on, working with stone native to Vermont. WORKING WITH SEASONAL GREENS: HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL WREATHS, SWAGS & MORE: Dec. 1, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply Garden Center, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433,, Free to attend. No preregistration required.

BATH FIZZIES: A MINIWORKSHOP: Nov. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $5/1hour hands-on miniworkshop. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 West Canal Street, Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 865-4372, psherbs@sover. net, purpleshutterherbs. com. Effervescent little balls filled with scent and sound promoting cleanliness and fun is the quintessential description of a bath fizzy! They are easy to make and are wonderful gifts. This class is open to all ages√¢??kids are encouraged to attend (parents are free, if just assisting). HOLIDAY CHEER: THE HERBAL WAY: Nov. 27, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $20/2-hour funfilled workshop. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 West Canal Street, Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 8654372,, You’ll formulate your own chai blend. To promote restful sleep, you’ll choose the herbs that suit your personal needs for a dream pillow. A stocking-stuffer is melt-andpour mini gift soaps. And to fill the air with holiday cheer, you’ll blend an aroma-mister, using only the finest essential oils. LOCAL HERBS & CHINESE MEDICE: Nov. 28, 5:308:30 p.m. Cost: $18/3-hr. class & detailed handouts. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Hebalism, 250 Main St., suite 305, Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100, info@, Acupuncturist and herbalist Brendan Kelly will discuss using local, Western herbs to treat colds and flus within the perspectives of older, pre-Westernized schools of Chinese medicine. Class includes an introductory discussion of Chinese medicine and is appropriate for those with a general interest in herbs as well as practitioners. Detailed handouts provided. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Open House, Sat., Dec. 3, 1-3 p.m. at Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St., Montpelier. Winter Ecology Walks w/ George will be announced on our Facebook page or join our email list or call us. Wisdom of the

Herbs 2012: Apr. 21-22, May 19-20, Jun. 16-17, Jul. 14-15, Aug. 11-12, Sep. 8-9, Oct. 6-7 & Nov. 3-4, 2012. Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Spring/Summer Term: May 27, Jun. 24 & Jul. 22, 2012 & Summer/Fall Term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@ 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.


WINTER CLASSES ENROLLING NOW!: Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Info: 652-4537, flynnarts@, flynnarts. org. Acting, singing, dance, standup comedy, jazz music, parent/child music making and more! Children, teens and adults all welcome, scholarships available as needed. how choirs will be filling open spaces in January for grades 4-6 and 7-12 and adults. Jazz music combos will be holding placement sessions for




TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave. Suite 3-G, Burlington. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 9994255, Burlington! Beginners’ Taiko starts Tuesday, November 8 and January 10; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Advanced classes start Monday, November 7 and January 9, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Women’s Haitian classes start Friday, November 11


grades 5-12 and adults on January 10. Dance exhibition “Open Marley Nights” is accepting applications for dancers who want to share works-in-progress. Visit website for full listings and to register.


BALANCE, HARMONY, BALLET: Beginning level, Fri., 11 a.m. Beginning/intermediate, Wed., 5:45 p.m. Cost: $13/class (class-card rates & annual memberships, too). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@, 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. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, 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! HARMONY IN MOVEMENT: Mon., 6:45 p.m., & Sat., 10:45 a.m.: work-inprogress format, drop-ins welcome. Cost: $15/class (better rates w/ your Any Class Card). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Info@BurlingtonDances. com, BurlingtonDances. com. Have you ever pictured what your body movement means? Come to Burlington Dances and learn about meaning and selfexpression, Laban, Delsarte, Bartenieff, and how dance “technique” classes give you

the creative tools, strength, alignment and endurance to move with meaning, elegance and style in a workin-progress format. LEARN TO SWING DANCE: Cost: $60/6-week series ($50 for students/seniors). Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info:, 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, kevin@firststepdance. com, Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Three locations to choose from!

and December 9, 5 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Morning Taiko workout/polish starts Saturday, November 12 and December 3, 9-10:45 a.m., $45/3 weeks. Beginning Cuban Bata starts Sunday, November 20, 1:30-3 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Montpelier Thursdays! Haitian starts November 10 and December 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. East Montpelier Thursdays! Djembe starts November 10, 5:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Cuban congas start December 8, $45/3 weeks. Taiko starts November 10 & December 8, 7 p.m., $45/3 weeks.

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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, Aikido for Children (ages 6-12) at Vermont Aikido. 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. MARTIAL WAY SELFDEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, and a courteous staff that is dedicated to helping each member achieve his or her maximum potential in the martial arts. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward, fair tuition and billing policies. VERMONT BRAZILIAN 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: 6604072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardiorespiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best,

Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. VING TSUN KUNG FU: Mon. & Wed., 5:30-7:30. Cost: $90/mo. Location: Robert Miller Center, 130 Gosse Ct., Burlington. Info: Moy Tung Kung Fu, Nick, 318-3383,, 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.

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sunday mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Saturday of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every third Friday 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, 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.

movement OILING THE HIP JOINTS: A FELDENKRAIS WORKSHOP: Nov. 27, 3-5 p.m. Cost: $20/2-hour class. Location: 20 Duxbery Rd., Richmond. Info: 735-3770, The hips are the biggest joints in our body and are the key to easy and comfortable movement. Without properly functioning hip joints, movement becomes more difficult and inefficient—we may even experience pain in the joint or the surrounding areas (lower back). In this workshop, we will teach a series of Awareness through Movement lessons that will help you to discover your hip joints and explore their potential for movement. For further information:

nature ROOTS SCHOOL: Location: Roots School, 20 Blachly Rd., E. Calais. Info: Roots School, Sarah Corrigan, 4561253,, Fibers from a wild landscape: This is a working process and understanding of fibers that live around us with emphasis on an ethno-botanical, primitive technology and craftsmanship focus. 12/10-11/11. Origins: This is a nine-month adult program devoted to studying, making and using primitive weapons, tools and technologies. January 2012.

photography DIGITAL CAMERAS REVEALED: Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10/2-hour class. Location: First Baptist Church of Montpelier, 3 St. Paul St., Montpelier, VT, Montpelier. Info: Wings Photography, Bryan Pfeiffer, 454-4640,, Give me two hours and I’ll give you photography enlightenment (in time for the holidays). You’ll finally understand the dials and buttons on your point-and-shoot camera. You’ll get refreshments, a handout and wisdom for capturing your world. No need to register. Bring your camera! wingsphotography. com.

pilates ALL WELLNESS: Location: 128 Lakeside Ave., suite 103, Burlington. Info: 863-9900,

clASS photoS + morE iNfo oNliNE SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSES 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, lightfilled studio-your first fitness class is free if you mention this ad! EvEry Body LovEs PiLatEs!: Free Mat Class Sat., Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m. Check website for full details. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@, Feel the feeling! see the difference! You’ve heard of the seal, Teaser, corkscrew, swan and Mermaid! Try a free class and find out why every body loves pilates! share your good fortune and bring your friends to Natural Bodies Pilates! chace Mill, top floor.

peace of mind and martial skill. yang-styLE tai chi: Beginner’s class, Wed., 5:30. All levels class on Sat., 8:30 a.m. Cost: $16/class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immediately after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 318-6238. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance, a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Janet Makaris, instructor.

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intro to shamanic JournEying: Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $75/5-hr. class. Location: Shaman’s Flame, 78A Cady Hill Rd., Stowe. Info: Sarah Finlay & Peter Clark, 253-7846, peterclark13@gmail. com, experiential workshop includes shamanic cosmology, shamanic journeying. Meet spirit guides, find your seat of power and begin to walk the path of selfempowerment. learn about divination and basic forms of shamanic healing. Discover the great relevance of this ancient spiritual practice. expand your consciousness, learn of integrative spiritual healing.

and Iyengar yoga. Babies/ kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: Laughing rivEr yoga: $13 class, $110/10 classes, $130 monthly unlimited, Mon.-Fri. 9 am classes sliding scale $5-15. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, laughingriveryoga. com. Yoga changes the world through transforming individual lives. Transform yours with classes, workshops and retreats taught by experienced and compassionate instructors. We offer Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Trance Dance, Yin, Restorative, Meditation and more. all bodies and abilities welcome. check out our costa Rica yoga retreat March 11 through 17. yoga for runnErs: Tue., 6:15-7:15 p.m.; Wed., 6:15-7:15 p.m.; Sat., 9:1510:15 a.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: Green Mountain Rehab, 90 Main St., Burlington. Info: Susan Foerster, 861-6700, susan@, as a runner you don’t have to be flexible to benefit from yoga. come begin your cross-training journey to improve your strength and minimize or heal from injuries. classes are designed to cultivate mobility, stability, alignment and strength in the ligaments, tendons and muscles used in training or often overused.






y most measures, Boston-based songwriter Audrey Ryan is a successful musician. She’s toured nationally and internationally. She’s recorded a handful of critically acclaimed albums and was signed to a European label, Folkwit Records. Since leaving Burlington a decade ago — the University of Vermont grad is responsible for painting the door of Radio Bean red, by the way — Ryan has carved out a career many musicians would envy. At least those unconcerned with, you know, actually making any money. For all her accomplishments, Ryan has never been able to translate her hard work into a sustainable living. That frustration led her to pen a new book, The Need to Be Heard, which chronicles her experiences in the music business as a DIY artist. Through anecdotal stories and extensive interviews with a wide range of musicians and industry types — Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye, Pitchfork Media’s Mark Richardson and Asthmatic Kitty Records founder Lowell Brams, to name a few — Ryan details her life as a professional musician and draws surprising and often provocative conclusions about whether pursuing music as a career is ultimately worth it. Seven Days recently spoke with Ryan by phone, in advance of her upcoming release party at the 1/2 Lounge in Burlington on Saturday, November 26. SEVEN DAYS: What inspired you to write a book about the music business? AUDREY RYAN: Well, writing is my number-two passion — and sometimes my number one. But when I was touring all the time, I had a lot of time on my hands; there is a lot of down time. So I started journaling, basically. Each of the segments in the book where I kind of rant about whatever is sort of like a blog. So I compiled them, then interviewed other people to get second opinions — or third or fourth. It ended up being very cathartic. SD: The music industry, especially in the current climate, is an unwieldy topic. I imagine that must have been a challenge to distill. AR: Absolutely. And I really only focus on a small part of what is out there. But that’s why I interviewed as many people as I did — 12 or 15 industry people and 20 or 30 artists. It helped me to focus. SD: You started writing in 2008. But even in the short time since, the industry has changed. Did that affect how you wrote your book? AR: It did. And I’ve actually changed quite a bit as a person since I started writing it. In 2008 I was in the thick of [being a working musician] and I was really cynical and jaded. I had been working so hard and still was struggling

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to make a living. So I started writing the book almost as a way to admit that maybe trying to make my living in music wasn’t the best idea. SD: That’s a sobering thought. What surprised you the most in writing the book? AR: Lee Anderson, from the Radio Bean — there is something about him in the beginning of the book and an interview at the very end of the book. He was one of the people who inspired me to write it. The first story the book tells is about me being interviewed for a documentary film about some indie-rock band, like, four years ago. After the interview I asked the camera guy who else they had interviewed and he said that his interview with Lee Anderson was his favorite, because Lee said he thinks people should just keep their jobs and do music because they love it and not make a career out of it. SD: At the time, that must have been a tough thing to hear. AR: I was actually kind of offended, because at the time I was trying to make my living on music. But I also had this feeling in the pit of my stomach, like, “You know what? I think he’s right. Maybe I have the wrong idea here. And maybe that’s why I’m so miserable all the time.” I realized I was so frustrated by the business of music — I didn’t get it. I didn’t get

how you could work so hard and still not get what you want. That’s when I started writing the book. SD: There seems to be a widely held, pie-in-the-sky sentiment that, once upon a time, there was an era when it was easier to be a working musician. Do you think that time ever really existed? AR: I asked that question to a guy named Willie Wisely. He’s in his forties and has been in the business basically since the 1980s. I asked him if it was easier then and he said, “No, there were shitloads of bands back then, too.” I mean, even though the internet clogs the airwaves, it’s so much easier to get a gig. You can reach a global audience without leaving your house. But what makes it harder is that music has just been devalued to the point that no one wants to pay you for it. In some cases, clubs want to you to pay them to play. They make you buy tickets and sell them to your friends. SD: Is the internet a double-edged sword? On one hand, music is more accessible than ever. But on the other, at least for consumers, there’s so much more crap to wade through. AR: It’s overwhelming. And it’s really hard to rise to the surface. I’ve been fortunate to rise in Boston, and in Portland, Maine, because I’m from Maine. And I’ve been in Boston forever, so people

know who I am. But even just to do well in two towns took me almost 10 years. SD: Let’s say I’m a 16-year-old singersongwriter. I’m bright eyed, bushy tailed and full of passion to make it work as a musician. Do you tell me to go for it or run screaming for the hills? AR: That’s funny. On my book tour I interviewed a 15-year-old songwriter who was totally that kid. He was all excited because he was applying to Berklee [College of Music]. And my honest opinion on that is, don’t waste your money. But I’m not going to tell him that, because he’s totally bright eyed and bushy tailed. And I don’t want to squash anyone’s dreams. That’s not constructive. When I was that age, I had that burning desire and I would have been so mad if someone had told me that. So I think you need to go through that process of understanding by yourself. But where I think the book can help is that if people read it before they go into music, they’ll know it’s going to be really friggin’ hard.  Audrey Ryan celebrates the release of her new book with a show at the 1/2 Lounge in Burlington this Saturday, November 26, at 7 p.m. Free. Alice Austin opens. The Need to Be Heard, by Audrey Ryan, Burst and Bloom Records, 227 pages. $15.


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this year. That goes double for Langdon Street Café in Montpelier. Both were great, unique rooms and both are missed. On a related note, I’m thankful the Black Door reopened in Montpelier, which at least takes some of the sting out of losing LSC. I’m thankful Charlie O’s ain’t goin’ nowhere. I’m still thankful for MSR Presents and Angioplasty Media. thurston Moore? Seriously? I’m thankful ryan Power is recording a new record. I’m thankful farM is, too. And that waylon sPeed is releasing their new album week. And doll fiGht! too. And finally, I’m thankful for you, dear reader. We couldn’t do what we do here without you. So thanks.








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GRIEVES & BUDO K.FLAY TUE, 11/29 | $13 ADV / $15 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30PM

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at Club Metronome this Wednesday, November 23, for a Thanksgiving eve rocka-thon. Speaking of acts that don’t get a lot of ink in 7D, Grateful dead reggae cover bands … (cue chirping crickets). OK. I know what you’re thinking. This will be the part of the column when I go off on some half-cocked rant about how slimy it is to capitalize on the intellectual property of great artists with a pandering gimmick like playing it all reggae. But I’m not gonna do that. Instead, I’m going to suggest that you should go and check out the Grateful dread at Nectar’s this Saturday, November 26. (Yes, really. Grateful Dread.) One, the idea of a bunch of middle-aged guys from Martha’s Vineyard playing reggae covers of the Dead without a single dreadlock between them is so goofy SoUnDbITeS

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Bar bands don’t get much love in the esteemed pages of Seven Days because, well, they’re bar bands. Nothing against them, of course. I love a good rockin’ night at a townie dive bar as much as the next guy. But if you really need me to draw a distinction between whose Journey covers are the best in town, we’re both in the wrong place. However, PleasuredoMe stands out among the boozy rock cover bands because they boast an unusual lineage: They’re all veterans of seminal Queen City hardcore bands from the 1990s and early 2000s, including slush, uncoMMon tonGue and drowninGMan. They’re a little older now, so they don’t do the aggro rage thing quite as much. But judging from their YouTube clips, they do more than justice to 1980s rock classics like “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Jessie’s Girl.” Looks like they put on one hell of a show. They’ll be


Now, just because it’s a slow week on the local music front doesn’t mean we are totally bereft of options to rock away the stank of Black Friday. To wit, funkwaGon, who will set up shop at Red Square this Friday, November 25. In the past, I’ve teased the band about their name — and, generally, about the strange tendency of funk bands to include the word “funk” in their names. We get it. You play funk. Thing is, Funkwagon play funk really well. I caught the band at a recent gig at the Magic Hat Brewery in South Burlington and came away mighty impressed. They’re super tight instrumentally and employ interesting arrangements. What’s more, front man aaron BurrouGhs is a friggin’ dynamo onstage. You seriously can’t take your eyes off of him as he hoots and hollers through the band’s set. If you’ve yet to catch them, I highly recommend it.


Well, here we are once more. Another Thanksgiving and another incredibly slow week for local music. Every year, this is one of the most challenging columns to write cuz there’s just not much on the docket. So as has become Soundbites tradition, we’re leading off with a few things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving week. It’s been a tough year for Vermont, most notably dealing with that uppity bitch, Irene. But it’s also been heartening to witness the response, especially from the local music scene. A few million dollars here from Phish, a couple hundred grand from Grace Potter there. A cool 10 gees from the devil Makes three — not technically from VT, though guitarist Pete Bernhard did grow up here. While the big bennys have justifiably grabbed headlines, there have been dozens of smaller events and projects that have meant just as much. From starline rhythM Boys playing a last-minute benefit gig at the Starry Night Café to the local bands that rocked Higher Ground at the Brave Little State show to a number of compilation albums and other releases, the local music community banded together. We should all be thankful for that. Speaking of which, swale’s aManda Gustasfon recently wrote in to say that she’ll soon be digitally re-releasing a bunch of material from her excellent local 1990s alt-rock band, wide wail, and that proceeds from sales will go to flood-relief efforts. So I’m doubly thankful here. One, Wide Wail rocked and I lost my old copy of Like it Never Was years ago. And two, it’s a good reminder that we’re not totally out of the woods yet. I’m thankful I got to see some great music at Parima before they closed

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

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CLub MEtronoME: PleasureDome (rock), 9 p.m., $5. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. LEunig's bistro & CaFé: cody sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. MonkEy housE: Jam for Tots Benefit with DJ Gunner, Positive mental Trip, Freedom of Expression Experiment, DJ Apollo Del sol (house), 7 p.m., Donations.

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nECtar's: Flat Nose Diesel Bus, Jeremy Harple (singer-songwriter, jam), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on taP bar & griLL: The Fizz (rock), 7 p.m., Free.

raDio bEan: Jason Lee (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Ensemble V 11/16/11 1:35 PM(jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free.

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Cork WinE bar: D. Davis (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.

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City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. on thE risE bakEry: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Donations. tWo brothErs tavErn: The Grift (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


thE hub PizzEria & Pub: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Moog's: Rick cole (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free.

Sweet! Judy Blue Eyes Helen of Troy may have had a face that launched

a thousand ships. But JuDy CoLLins has eyes that inspired one of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s great

songs, “Suite Judy Blue Eyes.” But Collins’ importance transcends her status as Stephen Stills’ muse in the 1960s. Collins is among the most beloved voices of a seminal era of American folk and continues writing and performing to this day. This Saturday, November 26, the two-time Grammy winner performs at the Tupelo Music Hall with opening support from songwriter aMy sPEaCE.

rusty naiL: The cop Outs (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

with DJ Hector cobeo, 7 p.m., $3. No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.


Franny o's: merge (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.

oLivE riDLEy's: completely stranded (improv comedy), 7 p.m., Free. Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

LEvity CaFé: Friday Night comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $5.

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


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rED squarE: Thanksgiving surprise, 9 p.m., Free.


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1/2 LoungE: Live music, 7 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi! with Juan macLean (house), 10 p.m., Free. baCkstagE Pub: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. banana WinDs CaFé & Pub: Kala cooper (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Free. CLub MEtronoME: salsa Night

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JP's Pub: Dave Harrison's starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

LiFt: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. DJ AJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Marriott harbor LoungE: cooper & Lavoie (blues), 8:30 p.m., Free. MonkEy housE: Jimmy Ruin (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., $5. nECtar's: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Events Are Objects, Gang of Thieves, suncooked (rock), 9 p.m., $5. on taP bar & griLL: shaun & shelby (acoustic), 5 p.m., Free. The Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Park PLaCE tavErn: Live music, 9:30 p.m., Free. raDio bEan: Eric sonoda (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. The matchsticks (folk), 8 p.m., Free. Red clover & the Hermit Thrush (folk), 11 p.m., Free. Beet Juice (rock), 12:30 a.m., Free.

rasPutin's: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3.

tWo brothErs tavErn: The Blame (rock), 10 p.m., $3.

rED squarE: Funkwagon (funk), 8 p.m., $5.


rED squarE bLuE rooM: DJ stavros (house), 10 p.m., $5.

bEE's knEEs: cosa Buena (Latin jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

rubEn JaMEs: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.

Moog's: sweet and Lowdown (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

rí rá irish Pub: supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

riMroCks Mountain tavErn: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

thE skinny PanCakE: Live music (Americana), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.


thE bLaCk Door: Hot Flannel (bluegrass), 9:30 p.m., $5. CharLiE o's: Left Eye Jump (blues), 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.

rusty naiL: Yarn. Tallgrass Getdown (Americana), 9 p.m., $5.


MonoPoLE: Roadside mystic (rock), 10 p.m., Free. oLivE riDLEy's: Gary Henry (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free. Friday Night Live (Top 40), 10 p.m., NA. thEraPy: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

tuPELo MusiC haLL: The Amazing Kreskin (mentalist), 8 p.m., $25.

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This Friday, November 25, they’re throwing a benefit showcase for the Vermont Food Network. It seems social action will remain a priority for the new club; the first show at Levity benefited Revitalizing Waterbury. If anyone wants to start their Christmas shopping for me a little early this year, the new split 7-inch from ADVANCE BASE and Vermont’s HELLO SHARK would make a nice stocking stuffer. Advance Base is a new project from CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY


fans of Casiotone should dig the new stuff. It’s melancholy and quirky pop with the same sort of clumsy charm

as his earlier work. Good stuff for a low-key, chilly night, like, say, Wednesday November 30, when both bands play the Monkey House in Winooski.

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in Burlington playing the massive Labor Day weekend Silent Disco party at North Beach. Since then, MacLean has scored praise from Pitchfork for a collaboration with HOLY GHOST, released a killer compilation album, Everybody Get Close, and toured all over Europe. And now he’s playing the Half, where I’m told he’ll be rocking an all-vinyl set. Cool.

Last but not least, if you didn’t get enough house music coverage in this week’s cover story, the cool kids from BONJOUR-HI! have a pretty righteous show lined up at 1/2 Lounge this Saturday, November 26. Founding member TRAVIS HIGGINS will be in town from New York City for Thanksgiving, marking a rare occasion that the collective is (almost) whole. He’s bringing along legendary house DJ JUAN MACLEAN, who was last seen


Sounds like things at Vermont’s first/only comedy club Levity are going swimmingly. The jokey java joint has sold out each of its first six Friday night showcases and a buzz is building.

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that it almost has to be awesome. And two, that puntastic name got me thinking about some other reggae tribute bands I’d like to see someday. For example, the DREAD KENNEDYS, CROSBY, STILLS AND HASH and, my personal favorite, FUJAHZI. (Yes, I made those up. I told you it was a slow week.) Band Name of the Week: MATT DEMON. Whenever I’m in a pinch for BNOTW, I can always count on Metal Monday at Nectar’s to help me out. As I’ve stated time and time again, I love hardcore and metal band names. True to form, this week’s winner is Matt Demon, a new-ish metal outfit from Springfield, Vermont. So are they any good? Not a clue. But they’d at least have to be better than The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, right? Find out this Monday, November 28, when they play Nectar’s with HEAD OF THE TRAITOR and SWIFTSHIRE.

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Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc., this week.


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RUSTY NAIL: Twiddle (jam), 9 p.m., $10.


RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Party Wolf (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

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

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

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Bill Buyer (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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

VENUE: Mesa (country), 9 p.m.

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

1/2 LOUNGE: Audrey Ryan & Alice Austin (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Flashback with DJs Rob Douglas & Alan Perry (retro dance), 10 p.m., Free.

ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

RED SQUARE: DJ Raul (salsa), 5 p.m., Free. Perry Nunn (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. This Way (rock), 8 p.m., Donations. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.

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RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

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


HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Quadra, Mister French, Sideshow Bob (rock), 8 p.m., $12/15. AA.

THE BLACK DOOR: Live Music, 9:30 p.m., $5.


LOUNGE: Homegrown Metal with Negativz, Terraform, Blinded By Rage, Mind Trap, Oraculum, Through the Illusion (metal), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free.

CHARLIE O'S: Bad Dog (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

MONOPOLE: Eat Sleep Funk (funk), 10 p.m., Free.


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1/2 LOUNGE: Bitch'n'beats with T-Watt & R2 (DJ), 9 p.m., Free.

CORK WINE BAR: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 7 p.m., Free.

CLUB METRONOME: Black to the Future (urban jamz), 10 p.m., Free.

POSITIVE PIE 2: Barika (world music), 10:30 p.m., $7.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Bombino, Barika (world music), 8 p.m., $16/20. AA.



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1/2 LOUNGE: Family Night Open Jam, 7 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Hey Rosetta, Ivan & Alyosha (indie), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. NECTAR'S: Metal Monday: Head of the Traitor, Swiftshire, Matt Demon (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. ROZZI'S LAKESHORE TAVERN: Trivia Night, 8 p.m., Free. RUBEN JAMES: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


BAGITOS: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.

Canadian Invasion Oh, Canada. America’s quirkily polite neighbors to the north have contributed greatly

to the wider pop-culture dialogue over the years. Neil Young. SCTV. Pamela Anderson. Curling. But from Broken Social Scene

to Arcade Fire, recently the country has been as reliable a source for cutting-edge indie rock as American hipster hotpots such


as Brooklyn or Portland, Ore. Blending chamber-folk with a garage-rock aesthetic, the next in line for some southern exposure

would appear to be HEY ROSETTA! The sextet has scored virtually every music-biz accolade in their native land, including

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TAP ROOM: Bumpin' Uglies (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

NECTAR'S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free.

Cassarino Family Band (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Judy Collins, Amy Peace (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $50. AA.

MONKEY HOUSE: Oobleck (rock), 10:30 p.m., $3.

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

RADIO BEAN: Old Time Sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Acoustic Airmen (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Free. Jay Burwick (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free. Rajnii Eddins (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., Free.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Challenger (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


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NECTAR'S: John Daly (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Grateful Dread (reggae, Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5.




ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Rhythm Rockets, 9 p.m.

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RADIO BEAN: Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club, 3 p.m., Free. Stephanie Keesler (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Hannah Zaic, Scott Mangan & Friends (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., Free. Pooloop (rock), 10:30 p.m., Free. The Great Afternoon (rock), midnight, Free. Eric George (singer-songwriter), 1 a.m., Free.


BEE'S KNEES: Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., Free. MATTERHORN: Spiritual Rez (reggae), 9 p.m., $6. MOOG'S: After the Rodeo (bluegrass), 9 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

BEE'S KNEES: Borealis Guitar Duo (acoustic), 11 a.m., Donations. PARKER PIE CO.: Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., Free. YE OLDE ENGLAND INNE: Corey Beard, Dan Liptak and Dan Haley (jazz), 11:30 a.m., Free.


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1/2 LOUNGE: DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Bass Culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Grieves & Budo, K. Flay (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $13/15. AA. LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: The Cartwheels (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: Dusty Neutrals (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. MONTY'S OLD BRICK TAVERN: Open Mic, 6 p.m., Free.


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another Reinhardt notable. But there’s no shadow casting here. Each man plays his part, as if acknowledging that none is bigger than the songs themselves. It’s a recipe that doesn’t grow stale over the course of the album — in part because the songs themselves are so varied, and because the strength of the group is in the balance its members strike. When egos step aside and the music — with all its history, tradition and great players — takes center stage, man, does it sound good. Trio Gusto play Radio Bean this Sunday, November 27. Trio Gusto with Mike Martin can be purchased online at


Fans of Radio Bean regulars Trio Gusto will be spilling their Five-Dollar Shakes to put hands on the group’s latest release, Trio Gusto with Mike Martin.. The 13-song assortment of jazz standards, gypsy waltzes and swingin’ French chansons neatly represents the musical influences and abilities of the Burlington-based quartet. From early jazz hits and traditional blues numbers to Parisian swing and back again, Trio Gusto whisk their sonic blend into each of the album’s tracks, taking songs best known for their Django Reinhardt or Duke Ellington renditions and making them their own. And while there’s no mistaking the traces of the Parisian gypsy-jazz musician in the rhythm and lead guitar work of Mike Martin and Buck Maynard, respectively, the mature restraint here smacks of egalitarianism within the group: None of the four hogs the limelight.

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Bleating Heart, the sophomore release from Burlington trio Paper Castles, is presented in a wholly unassuming DIY package. The cassette’s sleeve — yep, cassette — is a plain, Xerox-y alphabet soup of fragmented words, mostly illegible except for the band’s name, which stands out in a ghostly typewriter font. There is no track listing, no liner notes, nothing but a series of framed geese and the Angioplasty Records logo inside. One has to wonder if this kitsch is purposeful or if the exterior betrays the album as tacky and contrived. It turns out it’s appropriate that the new Paper Castles album has been released on a medium as flawed as the cassette tape. Imperfection is a theme in Paddy Reagan’s music. From the disappointment in fairy tales that were never true to begin with to the complexities of personal relationships, Reagan travels through anxiety, adolescence and the struggle toward maturity on Bleating Heart. Reagan’s signature slow, deliberately thin guitar dominates his songs. His voice is austere, stripped down and cavernous. Like Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, Reagan drags out the verses, pulling his voice through each song like a child drags a teddy bear down a long hallway. A solitary glockenspiel reinforces that notion of innocence throughout the album, as if to say, “This is my violated childhood trust.” The songs are like wide, empty spaces. That is, until erratic drums break out. Where Reagan’s guitar and voice embody loneliness and contemplation — not unlike Tom Brosseau’s Empty Houses Are Lonely — Peter Negroponte’s percussion is a violent explosion of emotion. The subdued soundscape is

Take, for example, the album’s jumping-off song, “After You’ve Gone,” a 1918 Henry Creamer/Turner Layton collaboration on which Reinhardt, Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong have each taken a turn. Though he’s got the chops to make Johnny Dodds smile in his grave, clarinetist Geoff Kim sticks to subtle understatement through the tune’s first few sections, weaving 802.881.0068 • complementary two- and three-note 209 College St., Suite 2e strands into Martin’s punch-drunk Burlington, Vermont lyrical lines. But when the solos come around, Kim’s horn squeals, squelches and sings like a bird released from its 16t-Nido070611.indd 1 7/4/11 11:36 AM cage. Maynard walks the same line on lead, teasing playful licks and twinkling chords out of his guitar on songs such CROWDER as “Black Trombone” and “Careless HOURS: Love.” His contributions layer as sweet Mon 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed 11 a.m.-7 p.m. as custard between the downbeat Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. juking of Martin’s rhythm guitar and Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the unflagging ambulation of John SAVE 20% Thompson-Figueroa’s double bass. when you book Sure, Maynard struts up and down the with Cailyne fret board on “The Sheik of Araby” — an with this ad album standout. And he might as well Expires 12/31/11 be plucking at our own heartstrings with his opening notes on “I Can’t 40 Main St., Suite 120, Burlington Believe You’re in Love with Me” — • 802-657-4000


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turned over by a tornado of percussion. But Ian Kovac’s bass brings security and confidence to the album. After the storm of chaos and cacophony, his low, bowed notes offer solid ground amid an uneasy sonic landscape. The first track, “At Night,” comes in like a lullaby with a simple piano and slow guitar. The track is nostalgic and unsettling, like the late-afternoon groaning of an old house. Some songs are painfully slow, like “O’ Brother.” It’s a struggle to listen through the piece, as it addresses familial relationships, love, war and suffering through sustained notes and bending discord. If the album is a sunless landscape with a lingering cloud of weakness and neglect, then “Call It Off ” is a break in the clouds. A synthy organ evokes the feel of 1970s lounge music. Though there are sonic differences among the tracks on Bleating Heart, the collection is still held together by a common thread. Reagan works through a coming-of-age process, awakening from sleepiness, struggling through dissonance and, finally, finding resolution. As its packaging suggests, Bleating Heart is imperfect. But therein lies its humble beauty: It is flawed and real.



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Star Power It has been a whirlwind year for Tuareg guitarist and songwriter

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shared the stage with the likes of Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder and Janelle Monae. His latest record, Agadez, has caught the ears of music scribes around the globe, who have almost universally hailed him as the voice of the next generation of Tuareg musicians.

Taking as many cues from rock guitar icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend as from the traditional music of his native Niger, Bombino truly seems poised to become world music’s next crossover star. This Sunday, November 27, Bombino drops by the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. Barika opens. tue.29

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Nectar's: spit Jack, Doll Fight!, stone Bullet (punk), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ON tap Bar & Grill: trivia with top Hat entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. radiO BeaN: stephen callahan and mike piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Andru Bemis (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3. red square: upsetta international with super K (reggae), 7 p.m., Free.


charlie O's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. slide BrOOk lOdGe & taverN: tattoo tuesdays with Andrea (jam), 5 p.m., Free.

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Bee's kNees: steve Lotspeich (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations. the huB pizzeria & puB: Dale and Darcy (acoustic), 9 p.m., Free. MOOG's: Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.


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1/2 lOuNGe: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. cluB MetrONOMe: mushpost presents tropical Bass 2 (eDm), 9 p.m., NA. FraNNy O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

MaNhattaN pizza & puB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

ON the rise Bakery: Open irish session, 8 p.m., Free.

MONkey hOuse: Am presents: Advance Base, Hello shark (indie folk), 9 p.m., $8. 18+.


Nectar's: Flat Nose Diesel Bus, Jeremy Harple (jam), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ON tap Bar & Grill: paydirt (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., Free. radiO BeaN: ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Ben Gross (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. red square: emma Frank (hip-hop), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. the skiNNy paNcake: paul cataldo (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.

hiGher GrOuNd shOwcase lOuNGe: The Barr Brothers, Jocie Adams (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. AA.


leuNiG's BistrO & caFé: cody sargent trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

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BaGitOs: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free.

city liMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.

Bee's kNees: Last October (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. the huB pizzeria & puB: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. MOOG's: carl stanton (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.


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ArVAD’S griLL & Pub, 3 S. Main St., Waterbury, 2448973. big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE bLAck Door, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 223-7070. brEAkiNg grouNDS, 245 Main St., Bethel, 392-4222. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. cJ’S At thAN WhEELErS, 6 S. Main St., White River Jct., 280-1810. cork WiNE bAr, 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8227. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919. hEN of thE WooD At thE griStmiLL, 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. kiSmEt, 52 State St. 223-8646. L.A.c.E., 159 N. Main St., Barre, 476-4276. LocAL foLk SmokEhouSE, 9 Rt. 7, Waitsfield, 496-5623. mAiN StrEEt griLL & bAr, 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188. muLLigAN'S iriSh Pub, 9 Maple Ave., Barre, 479-5545. NuttY StEPh’S, 961C Rt. 2, Middlesex, 229-2090. PickLE bArrEL NightcLub, Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035. PoSitiVE PiE 2, 20 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453. PurPLE mooN Pub, Rt. 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422. thE rESErVoir rEStAurANt & tAP room, 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827. SLiDE brook LoDgE & tAVErN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1736. tuPELo muSic hALL, 188 S. Main St., White River Jct., 698-8341. WhitE rock PizzA & Pub, 848 Rt. 14, Woodbury, 225-5915.

1/2 LouNgE, 136 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 865-0012. 242 mAiN St., Burlington, 862-2244. AmEricAN fLAtbrEAD, 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999. AuguSt firSt, 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060. bAckStAgE Pub, 60 Pearl St., Essex Jct., 878-5494. bANANA WiNDS cAfé & Pub, 1 Market Pl., Essex Jct., 8790752. thE bLock gALLErY, 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150. bLuEbirD tAVErN, 317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 428-4696. brEAkWAtEr cAfé, 1 King St., Burlington, 658-6276. brENNAN’S Pub & biStro, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington, 656-1204. citY SPortS griLLE, 215 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 655-2720. cLub mEtroNomE, 188 Main St., Burlington, 865-4563. frANNY o’S, 733 Queen City Park Rd., Burlington, 8632909. thE grEEN room, 86 St. Paul St., Burlington, 651-9669. hALVorSoN’S uPStrEEt cAfé, 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278. highEr grouND, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, 652-0777. JP’S Pub, 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389. LEuNig’S biStro & cAfé, 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759. Lift, 165 Church St., Burlington, 660-2088. thE LiViNg room, 794 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. mANhAttAN PizzA & Pub, 167 Main St., Burlington, 864-6776. mArriott hArbor LouNgE, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 854-4700. miguEL’S oN mAiN, 30 Main St., Burlington, 658-9000. moNkEY houSE, 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563. moNtY’S oLD brick tAVErN, 7921 Williston Rd., Williston, 316-4262. muDDY WAtErS, 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466. NEctAr’S, 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771. NEW mooN cAfé, 150 Cherry St., Burlington, 383-1505. o’briEN’S iriSh Pub, 348 Main St., Winooski, 338-4678. oDD fELLoWS hALL, 1416 North Ave., Burlington, 862-3209. oN tAP bAr & griLL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309. oScAr’S biStro & bAr, 190 Boxwood Dr., Williston, 878-7082. PArimA, 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 864-7917. PArk PLAcE tAVErN, 38 Park St., Essex Jct. 878-3015. rADio bEAN, 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346. rASPutiN’S, 163 Church St., Burlington, 864-9324. rED SquArE, 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909. rEguLAr VEtErANS ASSociAtioN, 84 Weaver St., Winooski, 655-9899. rÍ rá iriSh Pub, 123 Church St., Burlington, 860-9401. rozzi’S LAkEShorE tAVErN, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342. rubEN JAmES, 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744.

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Branching Out “Trees,” Bryan Memorial Gallery





new forest has sprouted in Jeffersonville, and it offers more color than the usual foliage season. Simply titled “Trees,” the juried members’ exhibition at Bryan Memorial Gallery is alive with deciduous foliage and conifers. Nearly 200 pieces by 65 artists appear in the show. Though this is an exhibit of 2-D works, Theresa Tinker Martell’s untitled hanging triptych seems to have greater dimension. Three strips of painted canvas, hung from small branches, combine to resemble a large tree trunk. The central vertical strip is five feet long, the two strips on either side four feet. The abstraction utilizes the colors of nature, primarily browns and green. The work is more like an object than a painting. Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude adopts the hue as his middle name because of his penchant for using it in his work. The colorful artist, a fine painter, is reported to sport a yellow beret. His “Big River’s Edge” is a simplified vista of bands of color: just two blues in the sky, two purples in the mountains. A row of dark, nearly black trees is like a fence in the background of the 36-by-36-inch acrylic. Of course, several yellows appear in the foreground. Another expressively colored piece is Alice Ingraham’s “Magic Banyan.” The 29-by-41-inch oil’s sinewy roots are sapphire blue with warm highlights, and the background is a patchwork of hues. Distant trees recede in aerial perspective, becoming paler in the farther space. Ingraham’s 15-by-27-inch oil “Mountainside Vista” is a more traditional landscape, overlooking a scenic view from a mountain.

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AIA-VERMONT ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION: Vermont entries in the American Institute of Architects design-excellence competition; visitors can vote for the people's choice award. Through December 7 at Windows & Doors by Brownell in Williston. Info, 425-6162.


“Big River’s Edge” by Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude

Elizabeth Nelson’s 44-by-58-inch acrylic “April Stream” depicts a torrent of white water wending its way through a forest. A birch tree in the foreground is loosely painted in a cross-contour fashion, with grays and silvery white wrapping around its trunk. The forest floor is rendered in reddish browns and mossy greens. The ground is littered with damp-looking leaves. “Apple Trees” is a more detailed, realistic painting by Nelson. The 20-by24-inch mixed-media work has a color



photograph embedded at its center that practically disappears. This, too, seems like a painting of early spring, with scant foliage and no apples in sight. While paintings dominate the exhibition, a few photographs, prints and drawings are included. Joann DiNicola’s “Morning Mist Canopy” is a 17-by-12inch photograph with strong contrasts in value and a limited range of hues. The trees seem nearly black, silhouetted against the morning sun, while the foliage is a subtle dark green. A patch of blue sky appears in the upper right of the composition. Gabriel Tempesta’s “Arcadian Mist” is an impressive 22-by-30-inch charcoal drawing focused on a craggy conifer overlooking a misty vista. Tempesta employed powdered charcoal as well as other varieties, and his detail is remarkable. It’s a fine composition, with the focal point at the right of the tall, vertical piece. Darlene A. Ratte favors fire: Her medium is collaged burnt paper tinted with watercolor. The 32-by-15-inch painting “Beauty Is Ageless” features a leafless tree with a rough trunk in late autumn. Ratte’s technique produces scruffy bark and irregular shapes that appear more naturalistic than smooth-edged cut paper would be. This exhibit demonstrates that not all of Vermont’s “tree products” are tapped or milled. Wouldn’t it be nice to export as much artwork as we do, say, maple syrup? M A R C AWO D EY “Trees,” paintings, drawings and prints by 65 juried artist members. Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville. Through December 23.

COLIN-PATRICK CHARLES: Drawings by the Burlington artist. Curated by SEABA. Through November 26 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 658-6016.

DIERDRA MICHELLE: "Dualities, Doppelgangers and Dreams," new works. Through November 25 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. Info, 864-8001.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY GROUP EXHIBIT: A constantly evolving display of juried artisans' holiday-themed creations. Through December 2 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458.

'COLOSSUS AND THE BAD WOOD SHOW': Five local woodworkers used construction and wood-shop scrap to create a spontaneous and collaborative sculpture, displayed with other works completed individually. Through November 30 at Shelburne Art Center. Info, 985-3648.

'DISCOVERY IN OUR EVERYDAY WORLD': Photographs taken by HowardCenter adults participating in VSA Vermont's Can Do Arts program. Through November 27 at Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Info, 865-7211.

ART HOP EXHIBIT: Work by artists who took part in the 2011 South End Art Hop. Curated by SEABA. Through November 26 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 651-9692.

DELIA ROBINSON: Artwork from AlphaBetaBestiario, a new book of poetry by Antonello Borra; also, "Captive," new paintings. Through December 29 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 863-0093.

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.

GRACE COTHALIS: Vibrantly colored paintings, monoprints and collage. Through November 28 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 849-6051.

Art ShowS

'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. Janet frederIcks: "Minute particulars," drawings and paintings that recognize the infinite in the small. Through november 29 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. info, 985-3848. Jessa GIlbert: boldly colored paintings that investigate movement and time. Through november 30 at gallery 388 at burlington Furniture Company. info, 862-5056. JIm thompson: handmade painted kites. Through november 30 at salaam in burlington. info, 658-8822. Joan hoffmann: Vermont and western landscapes in oil; local birds in watercolor. Through november 30 at the skinny pancake in burlington. info, 540-0188. John brIckels & Wendy James: "Cluster bot infestation," clay robots and "Mini Ma Cheens" by brickels; paintings and photographs by James. Through november 30 at brickels gallery in burlington. info, 825-8214. JohnnIe day durand: A solo exhibit curated by seAbA. Through november 26 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 862-9614. Jon younG: "F words," paintings. Through november 30 at Red square in burlington. info, 318-2438. katherIne taylor-mcbroom: "paranormal hollow," mixed-media work inspired by life in a haunted Vermont home. Through november 27 at uncommon grounds in burlington. info, 865-6227. kImberley hannaman taylor: photographs from the banks of the Mississippi River during the new orleans memorial for poppa neutrino. Through December 1 at Computers for Change in burlington. info, 279-1623. lorIn duckman: "god Faces the street," photographic street portraits. Through December 4 at st. paul's Cathedral in burlington. info, 864-0471.

'make art, repeat': Artwork by Ashley Roark, Christy Mitchell, Jaclyn bishop, wylie sofia garcia, hilary Ann love glass, Abby Manock and isaac wasuck, who explore the use of repetition in this annual exhibition. Through november 26 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info,

marIlyn GIllIs: stitched and layered textiles. Through november 30 at Marilyn's in burlington. info, 658-4050.

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

‘Ways of seeInG’: photography by Vermont high school students. Through november 25 at Vermont photo space Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. Juror shane lavalette discusses the exhibit, his own photography and his art book publishing company, lay Flat: Friday, november 25, 6-8 p.m. info, 777-3686.

receptIons JennIfer palkoWskI & robyn pIerce: “origins and the species,” watercolors by palkowski; mixed-media works by pierce. Through november 29 at Capitol grounds in Montpelier. Reception: Tuesday, november 29, 4-6 p.m. Cupcakes provided. info, fred sWan: paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Village Frame shoppe & gallery in st. Albans. Reception: saturday, november 26, 1-3 p.m. info, 524-3699.

seekInG artIsts for shoW: Vermont fine art festival seeks vendors. May 25-28, 2012. the human form: entry call: simple yet subtly complex, always present yet hidden. expose your vision. A juried photography exhibit at Darkroom gallery. info, Deadline: December 28. the holly daZe: seeking artwork representing iconic images of the holidays in America with a focus on the relationship between commercialism and belief. info, annual GInGerbread house contest: The Chaffee Art Center is inviting everyone — kids, adults, students and professionals — to let their culinary imaginations run wild! Create a holiday work of art using entirely edible materials. gingerbread is only one of the many possibilities! participants will exhibit their creations December 1 through 18. gingerbread creations must be delivered to the Chaffee on november 29 or 30. Applications can be found at or by visiting the Chaffee Art Center. a metafesto: Connectivity. emergence. Technology. Artists, send us your digital work for the second annual emergent Media symposium

December 31 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center in burlington. info, 652-4500. mr. masterpIece & mIchael smIth: paintings by the burlington artists. Through november 30 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005. nIcholas heIlIG: "pop up people," stencil-inspired portraits of icons such as Marilyn Monroe, bob Ross, James bond and Martin luther King Jr. Through January 1 at nunyuns bakery & Café in burlington. info, 861-2067.

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

all a’board: traIn exhIbIt: bryan Memorial gallery invites entries into “All A’board,” a train exhibit. specs: paintings, sculpture, prints (no giclées.) Deadline: november 19. archItectural 16t-dobratea111611.indd 1 photoGraphy: “build environment,” a juried photography exhibit of images capturing visions of the man-made world. Deadline: December 1. exhibit dates: December 27 through January 20. 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,

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2012: Women In the arts: Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center is accepting submissions from Vermont women artists interested in being featured during a festival for women in the arts. Deadline: January 1. info,

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november exhIbIt: work by Annemie Curlin, Charlie hunter, Carolyn hack, leah Van Rees, Judy laliberte, Jeff Clarke, steven Chase, Melvin harris and Axel stohlberg. Through november 30 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166. november shoW: work by Mary provenzano, nicholas heilig, John David o'shaughnessy and sean Metcalf. Through november 30 at speaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107.

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phyllIs chase: “Vermont: inside and out,” a retrospective of paintings and prints. Through December 21 at Kellogg-hubbard library in Montpelier. Artist Theodore hoppe interviews Chase about her work: Tuesday, november 29, 7-8 p.m. info, 223-3338.

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thInGs that move: bryan Memorial gallery invites artist entries for “Things That Move.” specs and entry form: Deadline: november 19 for winter exhibit.


matt thorsen: "sound proof: The photography of Matt Thorsen, Vermont Music images 1990-2000," chemical prints accompanied by audio recordings in which the photographer sets the scene and the bands play on. Through november 30 at Maglianero Café in burlington. info, 865-1140.

sebastIaan bremer: The new York-based artist discusses the photographs he manipulates with ink and acrylics. wednesday, november 30, 5:30 p.m., williams hall, uVM, burlington. info, 656-2014.

on December 9 at Champlain College. Deadline: December 1. info, metafesto2011@


marc aWodey: "An Artist's View," mixedmedia work; tessa holmes & barbara nedd: paintings, in the second Floor gallery. Through november 30 at Community College of Vermont in winooski. info, 654-0513.

h. keIth WaGner: The landscape architect presents recent examples of his firm’s design approach and collaborative strategies, in uVM’s 12th annual Roland batten Memorial lecture. saturday, november 26, 6 p.m., williams hall, uVM, burlington. info, 656-2014.

carol macdonald & erIk rehman: “Transcendence: Mooring the storm,” artwork inspired by interviews with survivors of sexual violence, presented in collaboration with the women’s Rape Crisis Center. Through november 30 at seAbA Center in burlington. gov. shumlin accompanies the wRCC as it debuts its new name and celebrates the launch of a new chatline for sexual-violence survivors: Tuesday, november 29, 5-7 p.m. info, 859-9222.

lynn rupe: "Disaster Detritus," abstract paintings, skyway; Wendy James: oil paintings, gates 1-8; carolyn hack: "Flight simulator," paper and mixed-media work, escalator. Through november 30 at burlington Airport in south burlington. info, 865-7166.

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'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. PaigE HalsEy WarrEn: "Pages," graphic-novelinspired acrylic paintings (through January 2); lOngina smOlinski: Abstract paintings (through January 2); ida ludlOW: "Feasts, Food and Fowl," vibrantly colored paintings of Vermont lake wildlife (through December 1). At the Daily Planet in Burlington. Info, 917-287-9370. PHiliP HErbisOn: "Plastic Personae," close-up photographs of dramatic tension in plaster faces. Through December 1 at Artspace 106 at the Men's Room in Burlington. Info, 864-2088.

art rEsOurcE assOciatiOn annual sHOW: Work by more than 50 area artists. Through December 18 at T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center in Montpelier. Info, 828-8743. 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. 'bundlE Of JOy': Artwork and craft on sale for the holidays. Through January 21 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616. 'cElEbratE': Three floors of affordable crafts and fine art by local artists. Through December 30 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. daVid bumbEck: Bronze sculpture; JOHn & katE PEnWardEn: Photographs of post-Irene Rochester; ‘tHE small grEat art Wall’: Work under $1000 by gallery artists. Through January 15 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.

rOnald braunstEin: "Re/collection," paintings on recycled brown paper and cardboard in homage to Ludwig van Beethoven and his struggle with mental illness. Through November 30 at North End Studio A in Burlington. Info, 863-6713.

'EartH frOm sPacE': More than 40 views of the Earth as captured by orbiting satellites in an exhibit developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Through November 27 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200.

sHaynE lynn: Large-scale color photographs of Lake Champlain in February. Through November 30 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166.

HEatHEr ritcHiE: Acrylic paintings of ethereal dreamscapes. Through November 30 at the Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info,

silEnt art auctiOn: Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Organized by the Nu Gamma Colony of the University of Vermont's Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. Through December 9 at Levity Café in Burlington. Info, 730-4234.

HOliday artisans' bazaar: Gifts from more than 50 juried New England artists, craftspeople and specialty food producers. Through December 21 at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Info, 728-9878.

'tHink Out Of tHE bOx': Artwork and holiday gifts, all under $50, by local artisans. Through December 31 at Block Gallery in Winooski. Info, 373-5150. 'tHrEE sEniOrs' ExHibit': Art Affair by Shearer presents work by Kim, Sylvie and Pogo Senior. Through December 31 at Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington. Info, 658-1111. 'VErmOnt ski POstErs': Nicholas Heilig's posters illustrated in a vintage European style. Through November 30 at Davis Studio Gallery in Burlington. Info, 425-2700.

WinOOski HOliday POP-uP art markEt: Artists and artisans sell their wares in a vacant storefront on the top right side of the traffic circle. Through December 31 in downtown Winooski. Info, 264-4839. 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.

An audio/visual depiction of a dynamic decade through the lens of Seven Days’ photographer Matthew Thorsen.

Jan gHiringHElli & PHilliP rObErtsOn: "Paint and Print: The Vermont Landscape," recent work. Through December 2 at City Center in Montpelier. Info, 229-5209. JasOn lutEs: "Berlin: City of Drafts," a chapter from the cartoonist's latest book, plus source material, thumbnail drafts and preliminary sketches. Through November 26 at Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Info, 295-3319.

A touring time capsule that combines photographs with music and audio commentary from the artist.

JOy Huckins-nOss: "The Texture of Light," plein air paintings. Through December 29 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. Patty castEllini: "Monotypes," work by the New Hampshire artist. Through November 30 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. '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. Through December 20 at Eliot D. Pratt Library, Goddard College, in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311.

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'backstagE at tHE rainbOW cattlE cO.: tHE drag QuEEns Of dummErstOn, VErmOnt': Folklife Center audio interviews paired with the photographs of Evie Lovett, who spent two years documenting the queens at the Rainbow Cattle Co., a gay bar on a rural strip of Route 5 just north of Brattleboro. Through December 4 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. 'lEt it snOW! lEt it snOW! lEt it snOW!': Original work by member artists offered for $200 or less, plus handcrafted holiday ornaments. Through January 31 at Brandon Artists' Guild. Info, 247-4956.

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'WOsEnE WOrkE kOsrOf: Paintings frOm tHE Paul HErzOg and JOlEnE tritt cOllEctiOn': An exhibit exploring the role of language and graphic systems in the Ethiopian-born artist's work; '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. Through December 16 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.


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anniE tibEriO camErOn: "Art Seen," photographs of the natural world. Through November 30 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-9369.

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'the GovernMent MorGan': Photographs, paintings, prints and leather tack. Through March 31 at the National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury. Info, 388-1639. 'the landscaPe re-iMaGined': Large-scale images of Middlebury's campus executed by art students in marker, pen, oil paint and digital photography. Through November 25 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168. 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.


althea freeMan-Miller: "Childish Things," work by the Stowe printmaker. Through November 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. Bfa senior exhiBits: Work by Johnson State College art students. November 28 through December 10 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. BarBara waGner: "Something Ventured — Something Gained," abstract works in oil. Through December 31 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. Ben Barnes: Paintings of gothic mansions and abandoned trucks in rural landscapes. Through January 9 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.

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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. CArol BouCher: "New Work," oil pastel paintings created from imagination, memory and personal photographs. Through December 23 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. GAyleen Aiken: "Music and Moonlight," work by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857. JAne s. morGAn: "Light and Mood," landscapes in oil. Through November 27 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.

JeAnette Fournier: "Art of Nature," watercolors depicting creatures in their native surroundings; 'trees': Paintings, drawings and prints by 65 juried artist members. Through December 23 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. 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. 'kiCk-oFF the holidAys': Artwork and crafts by members. Through December 24 at Memphremagog Arts Collaborative in Newport. Info, 334-1966. lori hinriChsen & liz kAuFFmAn: "Open Ended," paintings, monotypes, intaglio and collage. Through December 12 at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. Info, 635-2727. '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; 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. Info, 253-8358. novemBer Artists: Photographs by Charlotte Rosshandler; multimedia work by Becky Wright; paintings by Jean Cannon and Sharon Fiske; and pottery by Barbara Colgrove. Through November 30 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403. 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. 'smAll Works': Work by gallery artists, including collographs by Sheryl Trainor and colorful miniatures by Lois Eby. Through January 31 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.

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'nAtive AmeriCAn Art At dArtmouth: hiGhliGhts From the hood museum oF Art': More than 100 historical and contemporary works, many on view for the first time, make up an exhibit that explores continuity and change within North American indigenous cultures. Through March 11 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808.

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movies Martha Marcy May Marlene ★★★★


et’s begin at the end: This movie doesn’t have one. If a filmmaking trend has emerged over the past year, it’s the arthouse affectation of the no-ending ending. Meek’s Cutoff pulled the same stunt. I hope the fashion will prove short lived. If a director’s going to ask us to give our attention to a picture’s beginning and middle, it’s only good manners to provide us with an ending. The practice is particularly irksome when the film in question is well crafted, and compelling and powerfully acted, like this one. The impressive feature debut of writerdirector Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a psychological thriller about a damaged young woman adrift between two worlds. She’s brought to life in a star-is-born performance by Elizabeth Olsen, who is, improbably, the little sister of billionaire former child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley. Thought you’d never live to see the words “Olsen sister” and “awards buzz” in the same sentence? Get used to it. Durkin’s script zigzags back and forth in time. We catch our first glimpse of the title character — whose given name is Martha

— as she slips out of the upstate New York farmhouse she’s called home for two years and makes an early-morning dash for the nearby woods. We catch on to the fact that she’s escaping from a cult of some sort when people in bedclothes chase her. Once in town, Martha calls her estranged sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson). The next thing she knows, she’s in a lakeside Connecticut McMansion, seemingly safe and sound. The truth, we gradually discover, is that Martha is neither. Artfully interspersed flashbacks reveal experiences that have led to her disorientation and increasingly erratic behavior, and offer ample justification for her mounting paranoia. The first scenes of life in the farmhouse commune suggest a peaceful neo-hippie paradise with youthful men and women working the land and tending to household chores side by side. Cleverly, Durkin punctuates this chapter with a foreboding detail: The men are served dinner first. The women wait and eat together in silence. The group’s soft-spoken leader, Patrick, is chillingly rendered by John Hawkes, who has demonstrated remarkable range in such

films as Winter’s Bone and Contagion. By means that remain mysterious, Patrick routes a stream of IDENTITY THEFT Olsen gives a shattering runaways and lost performance as a victim souls to his iso- of cult programming. lated compound. Most, not coincidentally, are attractive females. “You look like a Marcy May,” Patrick decrees with a smile upon Martha’s arrival. Her new name won’t be the last thing forced on her. Meanwhile, back in the present-day scenes at the lake, Lucy and her husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy), find their patience tested by their guest’s refusal to reveal what she’s been up to — and by her ever-stranger antics. They’re taken aback when Martha strips off her clothing to join them in a swim. When she crawls into bed with them while they’re having sex, the couple reach the end of their rope. They’re mystified, not knowing what the viewer knows — that Patrick has reprogrammed Martha, and that rape, group sex and worse have been part of her everyday

life for so long that she appears unable to remember when they weren’t. A sense of dread builds as Martha slowly falls apart. It becomes clear she’s still under Patrick’s spell, and a call to the commune in the middle of the night raises both the question of her sanity and the possibility that she’ll be tracked down. This is seriously unsettling stuff, handled all around with exceptional deftness — one of the most riveting character studies to be done on a shoestring in some time. For many viewers, a testament to just how mesmerizing the movie is will be their frustration that the spell it casts is broken several scenes too soon. RICK KISONAK






The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 ★★


et’s not mince words. I’m not the target audience for Twilight films. And, if you’re bothering to read this review rather than rushing off to the theater for an eyeful of Bella’s wedding dress, you’re probably not, either. Chances are, you’re reading this only because (a) You want some snide laughs at the expense of Twi-hards or (b) You suspect someone is going to drag you to Breaking Dawn, and you need to know what to expect. Well, I can help. I’m an old hand at these films. I even kind of enjoyed the first one. I’m convinced the Twilight film pentalogy could have been a blast — a lurid, ludicrous, sparkly teen dream — if only Summit had condensed Stephenie Meyer’s four novels into just a movie or two. But that approach would have precluded making nearly $140 million last weekend from a film that mostly consists of two pretty young actors gazing moodily at each other. Don’t get me wrong. Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is actually the most eventful Twilight movie since the series’ opener. When Edward the pure-hearted vampire (Robert Pattinson) finally proposed to his human love, Bella (Kristen Stewart), he put an end to most of that love-triangle nonsense. Jacob the pectorally over-endowed werewolf (Taylor Lautner) is still around, but his main func-

KISS ME UNDEADLY The world’s most winsome necrophiliac embarks on married life in the fourth entry in the gothromance series.

tion is to glower brutishly as he worries that Edward’s spousal attentions will endanger Bella’s life. After a lavish wedding that seems to last an hour, enlivened only by the occasional dark omen, we finally get to the superhuman but totally morally approved sex that Meyer has been dangling in front of her readers since page one. As in the novel, fulfillment leaves our heroine bruised, blissful and quickly knocked up, at which point

she decides that the life of her half-vampire child — which is literally devouring her — is more valuable than her own. Bella’s found a new family of gorgeous, fabulously wealthy, blood-sucking control freaks, and she is determined to add to it before becoming one of them herself. And here’s where Breaking Dawn starts to confirm my theory that Twilight is just a tamer version of The Story of O, as the narrative leads us from honeymoon soft porn

into nightmare visions of bodily degradation worthy of David Cronenberg. If you want to scare your daughter about teen pregnancy, the sight of Stewart’s digitally emaciated body might work. The sheer perversity of it all is fun for jaded adult viewers, provided they aren’t too troubled by the parallels between Breaking Dawn and Martha Marcy May Marlene, a more self-aware tale of a wan young girl who surrenders her will to a man and his hermetic clan. The salient difference: Besides being totes hot, Bella’s cult leader is the most BoyScoutish vampire in all of gothic fiction. Director Bill Condon (of Dreamgirls and Kinsey) doesn’t revolutionize the material. The northwestern vistas still give the saga a brooding beauty it doesn’t deserve, and the CGI wolves are still hilarious, particularly when they converse in echo-chambered human voices. When it’s time for the novel’s more outlandish moments, Condon gives them as tasteful a spin as he possibly can, disappointing those of us who might have preferred a John Waters treatment. But if you’re looking for high camp in Twilight, Twilight isn’t for you. Sit down. Get comfortable. Let the moody gazing begin.  M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

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mARGiN cAllHHH J.C. Chandor wrote and directed this fictional thriller about real-life scary stuff: It takes us inside an investment firm on the brink of the 2008 financial crisis. With Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore. (105 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)

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JAcK AND JillH Movie-goers have voted with their dollars for more Adam Sandler, so Sandler obliged with this holiday comedy in which he plays both the hero and his obnoxious female twin. With Katie Holmes and Al Pacino. Dennis (Grown Ups) Dugan directed. (91 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Welden)

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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. Roxy)

J. EDGARHHH Clint Eastwood directed this biopic exploring the controversial life and career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio). With Naomi Watts, Judi Dench and Armie Hammer. (137 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)

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tHE mUppEtS: A threat to their theater reunites Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the other fuzzy folk in this kids’-adventureslash-Gen-X-nostalgia-fest from Disney and director James Bobin. Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper play the human roles. (98 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

immoRtAlSHH Set in ancient Greece, this adventure tries to recapture the magic (and box office) of 300 with Henry Cavill as the Titan-fighting hero Theseus. Mythology nerds, get out your red pens. With Stephen Dorff, Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto. Tarsem (The Fall) Singh directed. (110 min, R. Capitol [3-D], Essex, Majestic [3-D])

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JANE’S JoURNEY: Lorenz Knauer’s documentary profiles Jane Goodall, the 75-year-old primatologist turned passionate planetary defender. Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan show up. (107 min, NR. Savoy)

HAppY FEEt tWoHH1/2 In this sequel to the animated hit, a tap-dancing penguin tries to win his son’s respect as they face a threat to their Antarctic world. With the voices of Elijah Wood, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. George Miller directed. (99 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Stowe, Welden)

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wednesday 23 — thursday 24 Happy Feet two Wed: 5, 7:15. Thu: 5, 7:30. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 Wed: 6, 8:30. Thu: 5, 7:30. Full schedule not available at press time. Times change frequently; please check website.

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friday 25 — thursday 1 ***We Bought a Zoo Sat: 7:15. *Arthur christmas 11:30 a.m. (3-D), 1:50 (3-D), 2:15, 4:10 (3-D), 4:50, 6:30 (3-D), 8:50 (3-D). *Hugo (3-D) 11:45 a.m., 12:35, 2:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:35. *The muppets 11 a.m., 1:30, 4, 4:45, 6:50, 7:20 (except Sat), 9:20. Happy Feet two (3-D) 11:15 a.m., 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:10. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 11:05 a.m., 12:15, 1:40, 3:05, 4:15, 6:15, 7, 9:15, 9:45. Immortals (3-D) 7:15, 9:50. J. Edgar 3, 6:40, 9:45. Jack and

thursday 24 *Hugo 3:55, 6:40, 9:10. *Like crazy 5, 7:20, 9:25. martha marcy may marlene 7:10. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 3:40, 7, 9:30. J. Edgar 3:50, 9:15. margin call 3:35, 6:30, 8:45. The Way 6:20. 50/50 9:20.


10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610,

wednesday 23 *Arthur christmas 11:10 a.m., 1:30, 4, 6:35, 9. *The Descendants 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2, 3:20, 4:30, 6, 7:05, 8:30, 9:40. *The muppets

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wednesday 23 — thursday 1 *The muppets 1:30 (Wed 23, Fri, Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. Happy Feet two (3-D) 1:30 (Wed 23, Fri, Sat & Sun only), 6:30. Immortals (3-D) 9. Jack and Jill 1:30 (Wed 23, Fri, Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. tower Heist 6:30, 9. Puss in Boots 1:30 (Wed 23, Fri, Sat & Sun only). J. Edgar 1:30 (Wed 23, Fri, Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9.


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wednesday 23 — sunday 27 ***madagascar Sat: 10 a.m. *Arthur christmas 10:15 a.m., 12:35 (3-D), 2:50, 5:10 (3-D), 7:25 (3-D), 9:40. *The muppets 10:30 a.m., 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:15. Happy Feet two 10 a.m., 12:30 (3-D), 12:50, 2:45 (3-D), 5 (3-D), 5:30, 7:15 (3-D), 7:45, 9:30 (3-D). The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 12:50, 1:15, 3:45, 4:15, 6:30, 7:15, 9, 9:35, 10. Immortals 3:05, 10. J. Edgar 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. Jack and Jill 12:45, 3:20, 5:25, 7:30, 9:40. Puss

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only). The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 11 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 1:40, 3:30, 4:30, 6:05, 7:10, 8:35, 9:45. J. Edgar 1:25, 4:35, 7:45. Jack and Jill 11:20 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 1:35, 4:10, 6:40 & 9:05 (except Wed). tower Heist 11 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 9:10 (except Thu & Fri). Puss in Boots 11:05 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 1:20. ***See website for details.

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wednesday 23 — thursday 1 *Arthur christmas 1:30 (Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun only; 3-D), 6:30, 8:45. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 1:30 (Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9.

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monday 28 — thursday 1 *Arthur christmas 12:35 (3-D), 2:50, 5:10 (3-D), 7:25 (3-D), 9:40. *The muppets 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:15. Happy Feet two 12:30 (3-D), 12:50, 2:45 (3-D), 5 (3-D), 5:30, 7:15 (3-D), 7:45, 9:30 (3-D). The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 12:30, 12:50,

9:40. tower Heist 4:40, 7:10. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D christmas (3-D) 9:35.

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wednesday 23 — thursday 1 *Arthur christmas 1:15 & 3:45 (Wed 23-Sun only), 6:40, 8:30 (Wed 23-Sat only). *The muppets 1:15 & 3:45 (Wed 23-Sun only), 6:50, 8:30 (Wed 23-Sat only). Happy Feet two Wed 23-Sun: 12:30, 2:15, 4:15. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 12:45 & 3:30 (Wed 23-Sun only), 6:30, 9:15 (Wed 23-Sat only). Jack and Jill 7, 9 (Wed 23-Sat only).

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1:15, 3:45, 4:15, 6:30, 7:15, 9, 9:35, 10. Immortals 3:05, 10. J. Edgar 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. Jack and Jill 12:45, 3:20, 5:25, 7:30, 9:40. Puss in Boots 12:45 (3-D), 2:50, 5 (3-D), 7:10 (3-D), 9:15.

Jill 12:20, 2:40, 7:20, 9:35. tower Heist 12:30, 9:40. Puss in Boots (3-D) 12:05.

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wednesday 23 *Arthur christmas 11:30 a.m. (3-D), 1:50 (3-D), 2:15, 4:10 (3-D), 4:50, 6:30 (3-D), 8:50 (3-D). *Hugo (3-D) 11:45 a.m., 12:35, 2:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:35. *The muppets 11 a.m., 1:30, 4, 4:45, 6:50, 7:20, 9:20. Happy Feet two (3-D) 11:15 a.m., 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:10. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 11:05 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3:05, 4:10, 6:15, 7, 9:15, 9:45. Immortals (3-D) 7:15, 9:50. J. Edgar 3, 6:40. Jack and Jill 12:20, 2:40, 7:20, 9:35. tower Heist 12:30, 9:40. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D christmas (3-D) 9:45. Puss in Boots (3-D) 12:05. thursday 24 *Arthur christmas (3-D) 4:50, 7:15, 9:45. *Hugo (3-D) 6, 9. *The muppets 4:35, 7:05, 9:30. Happy Feet two (3-D) 4:30, 6:55, 9:20. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 4:25, 5:30, 7:05, 8:20, 9:45. Immortals (3-D) 4:45, 7:20, 9:50. J. Edgar 5, 8. Jack and Jill 4:55, 7:25,

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mARQUIS tHEAtER wednesday 23 — thursday 1 *Arthur christmas Wed 23, Fri & Sat: 1:30, 4, 6, 8:30. Sun: 1:30, 4, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Happy Feet two Wed 23, Fri & Sat: 1:30, 6. Sun: 1:30. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 Wed 23, Fri & Sat: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9. Sun: 1:30, 4, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. tower Heist Wed 23, Fri & Sat: 4, 9. Sun: 4, 7. Mon-Thu: 7.


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wednesday 23, friday 25 — thursday 1 *Hugo 1, 3:55, 6:40, 9:10. *Like crazy 1:15, 3:10, 5, 7:20, 9:25. martha marcy may marlene 1:20, 7:10. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 1:05, 3:40, 7, 9:30. J. Edgar 3:50, 9:15. margin call 1:25, 3:35, 6:30, 8:45. The Way 1:10, 6:20. 50/50 4, 9:20.

11:15 a.m., 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Happy Feet two 11:25 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 11 a.m., 1:40, 3:30, 4:30, 6:05, 7:10, 8:35, 9:45. J. Edgar 3:40, 6:30. Jack and Jill 11:20 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 6:40, 9:05. tower Heist 11 a.m., 1:15, 9:25. Puss in Boots 11:05 a.m., 1:20. thursday 24 *Arthur christmas 4, 6:35, 9. *The Descendants 3:30, 4:30, 6, 7:05, 8:30, 9:40. *The muppets 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Happy Feet two 4:20, 6:50, 9:10. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 3:30, 4:30, 6:05, 7:10, 8:35, 9:45. J. Edgar 3:40, 6:30. Jack and Jill 4:10, 6:40, 9:05. tower Heist 9:25. friday 25 — thursday 1 ***Bolshoi Ballet: Esmeralda Wed: 6:30. ***National Theatre Live: The collaborators Thu: 7. *Arthur christmas 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 11:10 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 1:30, 4, 6:35, 9. *The Descendants 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 11:30 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 12:45, 2, 3:20, 4:30, 6, 7:05, 8:30, 9:40. *The muppets 11:15 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Happy Feet two 11:25 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 1:50, 4:20, 6:50 (except Thu), 9:10 (Fri


friday 25 — thursday 1 *Jane’s Journey 1:30 (Fri-Sun only), 6 (except Tue). The Way 1 & 3:30 (Fri-Sun only), 6:30, 8:40. margin call 4 (Fri-Sun only), 8 (except Tue). Closed on Thanksgiving.


Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678.

wednesday 23, friday 25 — thursday 1 *Arthur christmas Wed 23: 4:30, 7, 9. Fri & Sat: 2:30, 4:30, 7, 9. Sun: 2:30, 4:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Happy Feet two Wed 23: 4:30, 7, 9. Fri & Sat: 2:30, 4:30, 7, 9. Sun: 2:30, 4:30, 7. MonThu: 7. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 Wed 23: 4:30, 7, 9:15. Fri & Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:15. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Closed on Thanksgiving.


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wednesday 23 — thursday 1 *Arthur christmas 2 & 4 (Wed 23-Sun only), 7, 9. Happy Feet two 2 (Wed 23-Sun only). The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 2 & 4 (Wed 23-Sun only), 7, 9. Jack and Jill 4 (Wed 23-Sun only), 7, 9.

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Picture, Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) A VERY HARolD AND KUmAR 3D cHRiStmASHHH Harold (John Cho) juggles his friendship with Kumar (Kal Penn) and the responsibilities of married life in this comedy sequel, in which the two stoner buds reteam for a holiday adventure. With Neil Patrick Harris and Danny Trejo. Todd Strauss-Schulson directed. (90 min, R. Majestic [3-D]; ends 11/24) tHE WAYHHH A grieving father (Martin Sheen) follows in his son’s footsteps on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route across Spain in this drama from writer-director Emilio Estevez. With Deborah Kara Unger and Yorick van Wageningen. (115 min, NR. Roxy, Savoy)

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coNAN tHE BARBARiANHH1/2 The vengeful Cimmerian warrior of pulp novels and ’80s flicks returns to the screen, this time with Jason Momoa showing off his pecs instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger. (112 min, R) tHE DEVil’S DoUBlEHH In Lee Tamahori’s slick action drama set in Baghdad, Saddam Hussein’s degenerate son has a devil-may-care attitude that endangers one army lieutenant, who is forced to be

his body double or watch his own family die. Dominic Cooper plays both men. (108 min, R) tHE FAmilY tREE: A dysfunctional clan hopes Mom’s sudden amnesia might solve their problems in this quirky comedydrama from director Vivi Friedman. With Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney and Selma Blair. (90 min, R. Read Margot Harrison’s Movies You Missed review this Friday on our staff blog, Blurt.) SARAH’S KEYHH Kristin Scott Thomas plays an American journalist in Paris who uncovers disturbing secrets when she researches the fate of a Jewish family that inhabited her apartment until 1942. Gilles Paquet-Brenner directed. (111 min, PG-13) SpY KiDS: All tHE timE iN tHE WoRlD iN 4DHH In the fourth franchise entry, Jessica Alba plays a spy mommy whose intrepid tween offspring (Mason Cook and Rowan Blanchard) battle a villain who wants to “steal time.” (89 min, PG)

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Curses, Foiled Again

When a man entered a bank in New Castle, Del., and handed a teller a hold-up note, she told him she couldn’t make out what it said and asked him to rewrite it. Instead, he left emptyhanded. Police spotted a man fitting the suspect’s description and arrested Thomas J. Love, 40. (Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV)

When eHarmony Fails

Authorities accused Robbie Suhr, 48, of disguising himself by wearing dark clothes and a mask, then attacking a 26-year-old exchange student living with Suhr, his wife and their two children in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Police said Suhr told them he wanted to be in a relationship with the woman and that he “intended to tie her up while masked, leave the area, and then return as himself to rescue her.” The woman had stepped outside for a smoke when the masked man appeared. “She fought back, and the suspect eventually gave up the attack and fled from the garage,” police Sgt. Peter Jung said. (Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV)

Lasting Impression

Detailed photos of the moon’s surface, taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from an altitude of 13 to 15 miles, revealed that Apollo astronauts who visited the moon from 1969 to 1972 left behind buggy ruts in the surface and trash that included discarded backpacks, the bottom parts of three lunar landers, packing material and an insulation blanket. Arizona State University geology professor Mark Robinson, the orbiter’s chief scientist, predicted it would take 10 million to 100 million years for dust to cover signs of the astronauts’ landings. (Associated Press)

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A Tokyo dental clinic began offering a procedure aimed at giving men and women an “imperfect” look to make them more attractive to the opposite sex. The theory behind Dental Salon Plaisir’s Tsuke-yaeba — Stick-on Crooked Teeth — is that classic good looks intimidate suitors, whereas ordinary-looking people are more approachable. Tsuke-yaeba, which involves applying crooked false teeth over real teeth with glue, costs upwards of $390. (CNN) California inventor Gregg Homer announced the development of a 20-second procedure that turns brown eyes blue by using a computer-guided laser to break down the brown pigment. “People like the depth of a light eye,” he said, citing a poll conducted by his Stroma Medical firm that found 17.5 percent would have the procedure, which is irreversible and costs $5000. (New York’s Daily News)

Suspicions Confirmed

Missing work to stay at home waiting for deliveries and service calls is costing American workers $37.7 billion this year, according to a survey by IBOPEZogby. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they spent more than four hours waiting. More than a quarter said they lost wages from waiting at home for appointments, and half used a sick day or vacation day. Most — 57 percent — said they spent the most time waiting for the cable guy. (CNN)

Reckless Driving

Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call of a couple fighting in Broward County, Fla., couldn’t find anyone but then heard “cries for help” coming from the darkness. They noticed a woman struggling to stay above water in a lake. After rescuing her, they learned her husband had been hitting her while she was driving, causing her to lose control of the car and veer into the lake. The husband, Sandro Michel, 27, drowned. (Broward-Palm Beach New Times)

Second-Amendment Follies

When Stephen M. Comrie, 20, and a friend hid in the woods and made animal noises intending to frighten a group of 10 to 20 people partying around a bonfire in Manlius, N.Y., Jeremy J. Messina, 21, responded by firing his shotgun three or four times. Police Sgt. Tina Stanton reported that Comrie suffered wounds in the face, arm, chest and thigh. (Syracuse’s Post-Standard)

Them That Has, Gets

New Jersey’s Crestek, which makes ultrasonic cleaning equipment, became the first company in America to be fined for stating in a help-wanted ad for a service manager that applicants “must be currently employed.” Crestek chief executive J. Michael Goodson said he’s contesting the $1000 fine, explaining he wanted to hire someone “at the top of their game” and that if he hired someone not currently working, “my concern would be that their last job was in a bakery or pumping gas.” (Newark’s Star-Ledger)

Thrust and Parry

A 37-year-old man kicked in the door of a motel room in Wichita, Kan., and told the 57-year-old man inside that his actions toward a woman who wasn’t present “were unacceptable.” The intruder refused to leave and threatened the older man with a sword with a 2-foot-long blade. The victim countered by grabbing two steak knives to defend himself. The two men fought in the room and then in the motel parking lot. Police Lt. Doug Nolte said that when officers arrived, the older man had pinned his attacker against a wall. (Wichita Eagle)

REAL fRee will astRology by rob brezsny NovembeR 24-30

Hemingway character says, “all cowardice comes from not loving, or not loving well enough.” given the state of your current astrological omens, taurus, that is an excellent piece of advice. i suspect you are going to be asked to call on previously untapped reserves of courage in the coming weeks — not because you’ll have to face physical danger but rather because you will have a chance to get to the bottom of mysteries that can only be explored if you have more courage than you’ve had up until now. and the single best way to summon the valor you’ll need is to love like a god or goddess loves.

Sagittarius (nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything,” said Sagittarian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. “I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.” I urge you to consider trying that approach yourself, Sagittarius. Instead of worrying about how to launch your rebirth, maybe you should just dive into the middle of the new life you want for yourself. Avoid stewing interminably in the frustrating mysteries of the primal chaos so you can leap into the fun in full swing.


(april 20-May 20): in Woody allen’s film Midnight in Paris, the ernest


“all my life i have longed to be loved by a woman who was melancholy, thin, and an actress,” wrote 19th-century French author stendhal in his diary. “now i have been, and i am not happy.” i myself had a similar experience — craving a particular type of women who, when she finally showed up in the flesh, disappointed me. but it turned out to be a liberating experience. relieved of my delusory fantasy, i was able to draw more joy from what life was actually giving me. as you contemplate your own loss, Cancerian, i hope you will find the release and deliverance i did.

leo (July 23-aug. 22): if you traveled 300

million years back in time, you might freak out in abject fear as you encountered dragonflies as big as eagles and cockroaches the size of dogs. but since you’re quite safe from those monsters here in the present, there’s no need

viRgo to prepare for her role in the film The

Help, actress Jessica Chastain forced herself to gain 15 pounds. it was tough, because she normally follows a very healthy diet. The strategy that worked best was to ingest a lot of calorie-heavy, estrogen-rich ice cream made from soybeans. to be in alignment with current cosmic rhythms, it would make sense for you to fatten yourself up, too, Virgo — metaphorically speaking, that is. i think you’d benefit from having more ballast, more gravitas. you need to be sure you’re well-anchored and not easy to push around. it’s nearly time to take an unshakable stand for what you care about most.

libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): in a famous Monty Python sketch, a Hungarian tourist goes into a british tobacconist’s store to buy cigarettes. since he doesn’t speak english, he consults a phrase book to find the right words. “My hovercraft is full of eels,” he tells the clerk, who’s not sure what he means. The tourist tries again: “Do you want to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy?” again, the clerk is confused. in the coming week, libra, i foresee you having to deal with communications that are equally askew. be patient, please. try your best to figure out the intentions and meanings behind the odd messages you’re presented with. your translating skills are at a peak, fortunately, as are your abilities to understand what other people — even fuzzy thinkers — are saying. scoRPio There are modern Chinese paint-

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aRies “basic research is what i am doing when i don’t know what i am doing,” said rocket scientist Werner von braun. i think it’s an excellent time for you to plunge into that kind of basic research, aries. you’re overdue to wander around frontiers you didn’t even realize you needed to investigate. you’re ready to soak up insights from outside the boundaries of your understanding. in fact, i think it’s your sacred duty to expose yourself to raw truths and unexpected vistas that have been beyond your imagination’s power to envision.

gemiNi (May 21-June 20): “When i see your face, the stones start spinning!” wrote the poet rumi, as translated by Coleman barks. “Water turns pearly. Fire dies down and doesn’t destroy. in your presence i don’t want what i thought i wanted.” i think you need to be in the presence of a face like that, gemini. you’ve got to get your fixations scrambled by an arresting vision of soulful authenticity. you need your colors transposed and your fire and water reconfigured. Most of all, it’s crucial that you get nudged into transforming your ideas about what you really want. so go find that healingly disruptive prod, please. it’s not necessarily the face of a gorgeous icon. it could be the face of a whisperer in the darkness or of a humble hero who’s skilled in the art of surrender. Do you know where to look?

to worry yourself sick about them. similarly, if you managed to locate a time machine and return to an earlier phase of your current life, you’d come upon certain events that upset you and derailed you way back then. and yet the odds are very high that you’re not going to find a time machine. so maybe you could agree to relinquish all the anxiety you’re still carrying from those experiences that can no longer upset and derail you. now would be an excellent moment to do so.

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Life sex death Discretion is best: former military (married; open relationship) man interested in no strings attached sexual encounters w/women who are of the same mind. Versatile, adaptable, imaginative and open to suggestion. No limits, no excuses, no apologies; life is short, live like there’s no tomorrow. Anything with anyone anytime, or, whatever with whomever whenever... Crazy1, 45, l, #122450 Dirty old man Married twice, four children all with the first, bought and paid for, all on the West Coast. Feeling a bit flesh starved as of late and find myself here, seeking someone local to share my orgasms with. Into fantasy chat voyeurism/exhibitionism, mutual masturbation, nudism, threesomes, you know, all that dirty old man stuff. I’m fun, easygoing, polite and respectful. longshotvt, 55, #122305

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Looking to play I’m bi and he’s a straight transguy, looking to bring another partner into our bed. We’re in a committed relationship; only seeking occasional play. Seeking a woman for me to play with while he watches (and maybe joins a little too) or another FTM for him to share me with. Come play with us, we can host. Meow91, 20, #122578


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 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

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Enoteca Wine Tasting 11/5 You were pouring, I was tasting. We have a mutual friend from your CC days and a mutual respect for the Vitis Vinifera. Let’s get a glass sometime. When: Saturday, November 5, 2011. Where: Enoteca Wine and Provisions. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909708 Blond Cashier at City Market I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about asking him that before. And by before I mean every time I go into the store. Which is a lot :). He’s just a cute and interesting guy! When: Thursday, November 17, 2011. Where: City Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909706 birthday boxcake I like a man with a strong handshake. I like white birthday boxcake at night. I like that shade of red on your raggedy shirt, and how you chew your zippered shirt collar underneath it. I like it that I’m almost as old as you! I like this exercise! You: man, kind of tall. Me: woman, kind of small. When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Where: Purdyville. You: Man. Me: Woman. u #909705 Curly Science Sexy Nerd Man I see you from the fish bowl in the DC every day. You look so dapper in your lab coat performing experiments. Hopefully one day we can experiment together ;). I heard from one of my friends that you teach animal anatomy, but maybe I can teach you a thing or two about my anatomy! When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Where: In a laboratory. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909704 Blonde cashier at City Market w/ glasses Are you single?! When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Where: City Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909703

hair, green jacket. You: an artsy looking man with short salt and pepper hair wearing a blue shirt. When: Thursday, November 10, 2011. Where: Tiny Thai, Essex. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909693

Seated solo at Tiny Thai We walked into Tiny Thai in Essex at the same time, you to be seated/me dinner to go. I noticed that you were seated by yourself. I wish that I had the confidence to ask to join you. Me: wavy shoulder- length light brown

That’s a great necklace! “Haven’t seen you in a long time.” A long shot I know, but I am wondering if you are interested in seeing each other a bit more often? When: Sunday, November 13, 2011. Where: Over coffee. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909692

Your guide to love and lust...

mistress maeve Dear Mistress,

I’m bisexual, but I didn’t admit it or act on any of my homosexual desires before getting married to a woman. She knows I’m bi now and is fine with it, as long as I’m monogamous. I love my wife, but it does bother me sometimes that I never tried out a gay relationship. Should I just ignore this feeling, or will it lead to disaster later on? She really does try to meet me halfway (gay porn, open dialogue about it). Am I being stupid worrying about what I haven’t gotten to try?


Dear Married Bi,

Married Bi


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Bi the way,


I have so many questions. You say your wife is “fine with it,” but how did that conversation go? Was she upset that you weren’t truthful before you got hitched? I, for one, would be pissed — not because I’m opposed to being in a long-term relationship with someone who’s bisexual, but because that information seems crucial to know before I do that whole “’til death do us part” thing. I’m not going to sugarcoat this for you, Married Bi — I see troubled waters ahead if you continue to deny yourself. Some proponents of monogamy may strongly disagree with me, but I don’t think it’s healthy to suppress sexual desires — homosexual or otherwise — for the sake of your marriage. All that pent up desire will likely cause serious resentments in you and your partner, causing the “disaster” you reference in your letter. All is not lost, Married Bi. I’m encouraged that you’re having open dialogue and negotiating gay porn with your lady. If your wife is accepting of your sexuality, perhaps she’d be amenable to an open relationship? Google “ethical non-monogamy” and do some research — it can be done, and it may be the only way for you to maintain your marriage in an honest, authentic way.

Sweet Remains/Barefoot Truth You are a stunning blonde with your friend hanging at the back by the bar. We had eye contact and smiles several times during the evening. Care to AP Chem. every day last week meet? When: Saturday, November 12, 2011. Where: Higher Ground. Speaking of French nationalism, 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd 1 6/14/10 2:39:13 PM You: Woman. Me: Man. #909701 that smile on your face was, oh, Muddy Waters Flannel Man oh, AWESOME! Danish? When: I was the brown Asian guy. I noticed you Eyes of the world Monday, November 7, 2011. sitting against the wall with a dark beer I have wondrous visions of events Where: Every day last week. You: and I was with my friend. We exchanged yet to pass for us, and it scares me a Woman. Me: Man. #909712 looks and smiles. You left and gave bit. But I won’t give up, because I love me a smooth “see ya” and I went after re: Blond City Market Cashier you guys. When: Monday, November you to initiate something but you 14, 2011. Where: My dreams. You: Hey Mr. Popularity. Remember me? The were on your phone. I really hope you Woman. Me: Man. #909699 weirdo who isn’t enough of an adult to see this, and me, again. When: Friday, have chocolate covered pretzels in her November 18, 2011. Where: Muddy The Story of Us possession. I couldn’t help but notice Waters. You: Man. Me: Man. #909719 What started in flames ended in flames. you got spied AGAIN! Nice work. Next We always had passion right. I never time I need a pretzel fix I’m coming Sweet Remains/Barefoot Truth saw it coming to this but in the stillness to your line! When: Wednesday, Was the friend also blond? When: of the night, I look back in love. I hope November 16, 2011. Where: City Market. Saturday, November 12, 2011. one day, you’ll do the same. I carry You: Man. Me: Woman. #909711 Where: Higher Ground. You: you with me. There is a field, I’ll meet Man. Me: Woman. #909718 let’s do it again you there. Goodbye. When: Sunday, November 6, 2011. Where: Cloud 89. Your fingers clasping my hair; your the Rock Cultivator You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909697 lips brushing my neck; your hands It’s been a while, so...a smile grasping my breasts. I’m reeling still, from me to you :D. When: Friday, Three Needs, Saturday 11/12 and longing for more When: Friday, November 18, 2011. Where: Work. Leo, it was so nice to see you at Three November 11, 2011. Where: UVM. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909717 Needs the other night. I wish we You: Man. Me: Woman. #909710 could have stuck around to play pool Re: Blond Cashier at City Market Fixing a forklift and catch up, but you know how it Okay maybe someone should really ask is. I wouldn’t mind running into you You said you missed me when you him if he’s single because I (and I’m sure again, and hopefully next time it won’t came back a second time in two days other people, too) would want to know. take another year. C When: Saturday, to fix a leak on the forklift. You don’t It’s about damn time! (If anyone finds November 12, 2011. Where: Three see many pretty women at a lumber out-please help a sister a out!) Haha. Needs. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909696 yard? I enjoyed talking with you while I hope he sees this :). When: Friday, you were working. I know things are November 18, 2011. Where: City Market. Neck Breaker “complicated” right now, but I would You: Man. Me: Woman. #909716 Almost made me crash the whip, like to get a drink. I’m close by your smoking short sexy woman with long work. When: Tuesday, November pretty blonde casey black hair, black leggings, red puff vest, 15, 2011. Where: Curtis Lumber. You: best auntie/godmother ever. I face like whoa!, ass like dam! Driving You: Man. Me: Woman. #909709 picked you for a reason and it wasnt in Colchester, green Buick with child your “strong catholic presence,” but

seat. Me sliver car, black hat, white shirt, black jeans. Would love to take you out for a drink. When: Friday, November 11, 2011. Where: Driving. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909695

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