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Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan outlined what state and federal authorities now know from extensive interviews with Keyes prior his death: that he left Alaska on June 2, 2011, and flew to Chicago “with the specific purpose of kidnapping and murdering someone.” He drove to Vermont in a rented car, checked in at the Handys Suites in Essex Junction and looked for a house he could easily break into, authorities said. Before their deaths, Donovan said that Bill and Lorraine fought to escape. Lorraine broke Israel Keyes the plastic ties Keyes had bound her with, and started to run away before Keyes caught her. Bill broke the stool on which he was bound and repeatedly shouted to Keyes, “Where’s my wife?” A clearly emotional Donovan then described how Keyes fatally shot Bill using a gun with a silencer and how Keyes sexually assaulted and ultimately strangled Lorraine. “It is clear from the facts of this case
FEMA now says the state hospital was “damaged” — not destroyed — by Irene, meaning Vermont will get less money to build a new one. Heckuva job, Shummy.
Mayor Miro Weinberger has ordered a “review” of Burlington’s livable wage ordinance in the wake of crepegate. Maybe paying dishwashers $17.71 an hour is a little much.
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he most mysterious police investigation in Vermont — the 2011 disappearance and murder of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex — came to a startling conclusion this week. Federal authorities confirmed that the couple was murdered by a confessed serial killer named Israel Keyes, a 34-year-old handyman who committed suicide in an Alaska jail cell on December 2 while awaiting trial for another killing. FBI agents now believe Keyes murdered as many as seven people across America over a decade long crime spree. As staff writer Ken Picard reported on Off Message this week, authorities held a press conference at the federal courthouse in Burlington Monday to release new and previously undisclosed information about the couple’s abduction and murder on June 9, 2011. Those details included the fact that both Curriers nearly escaped their kidnapper and that Lorraine Currier had been sexually assaulted before being strangled. In their final minutes of life, Lorraine and Bill Currier fought valiantly for their lives against a cold and calculating serial murderer with no motive, who targeted them for no other reason than the random circumstances of where and how they lived, said U.S. Attorney for Vermont Tristram Coffin.
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I enjoyed reading about Paul Heintz’s hunt with Gov. Shumlin [“Riding Shotgun,” November 21]. Unfortunately, the humorous nature of his article conceals some real safety problems with this adventure. Hunters have always been required to show proof of a prior
hunting license or completion of a hunter safety course before obtaining a Vermont license. Mr. Heintz, a novice to both hunting and guns, who accidentally discharges his rifle only hours before hunting with Gov. Shumlin, had neither. Instead, he purchased a “mentored hunting license,” with the governor serving as his mentor. This license requires that the mentored hunter is in the direct control and supervision of the fully licensed adult hunter and is within 15 feet of the fully licensed adult hunter. Mr. Heintz writes that the governor left “a space of 50 or 60 yards between us” and that “now and again, I’d lose sight of his orange vest.” It seems like the next trip these two should take should be to the game warden’s woodshed. Chris Greene
[Re Last 7 and Feedback, “The Price Isn’t Right,” November 28]: An interesting juxtaposition in last week’s Seven Days, with Benjamin Adler of the Skinny Pancake maintaining that he couldn’t sustain a business selling $20 sandwiches made with ingredients from “local farmers” to the captive, post-security airport crowd (hence the living-wage exemption), while Jed Davis and Kristina Bond
wondered how to attract folks to dine at Guild, where prices for “local food” are higher. (What does a dishwasher earn in a South Burlington steak house?). My experience with airport travel and the Vermont dining public leads me to believe that while hungry travelers will pay almost anything for mediocre food in an airport (e.g., the $18 clam roll at Logan), convincing the Texas Roadhouse clientele to go upscale in price will be very difficult. While I personally prefer to support local business, especially local food sources, the majority of shoppers define value with a heavy emphasis on price — hence Walmart. My own term for this is “product iconization”; compare a shrink-wrapped Chinese knockoff with the genuine article. Though the labels are, in truth, the same, with much restaurant food, the quality differs. Truth and Quality — discussed in Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — might have a useful bearing on the subject. Steve Levy
[Re “Why Middlebury College Put Five Students on Trial Over a Dalai Lama Prank,” November 7]: How disappointing and outrageous that such a nationally known institution of higher learning is so lacking in transparency and fair play — especially when dealing with thoughtful, well-intentioned and morally correct students. It really would give me pause if my alma mater acted so inappropriately and then asked for my financial support of “their” endowment. Tedd Saunders BOSTON, MASS.
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Story Time Conceived and directed by Vermont Stage Company’s former director Mark Nash, Winter Tales features dramatic readings of individual accounts of the season. Local folk singers Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland join VSC for the production’s eighth year. This time around, the scope of material includes stories from other places — including “A Puerto Rican Holiday,” written by artistic director Cristina Alicea’s sister just for the show. SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGES 56, 59, 62 AND 65
TWICE INSPIRED For several months, painter Julie Y Baker Albright collected pieces from Frog Hollow artisans to incorporate into her new still-life series “Painted Holidays” (pictured: “Peaches in a Pewter Bowl”). At the gallery, visitors can view those three-dimensional works of art and craft alongside the paintings. Albright counters the man-made objects represented on her canvases with images of organic offerings from her garden and nearby meadows.
Penned & Inked Lovers of paneled story lines and talk bubbles convene at the Center for Cartoon Studies Open House & Holiday Bazaar. This family-friendly event includes artists in the “Cartoon Sketch Factory” creating holiday cards on demand, a reading by CCS cofounder James Sturm and tours of the school’s new building — a renovated post office. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 58
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When CNN’s WOLF BLITZER asked last week whether he’d back the Medicare age hike, Ol’ Bernardo shook his head vigorously and said, “No.” Asked why not, Sanders shot Blitzer a rather incredulous look, saying, “Why not? Because there are working people out there who have worked 30, 40, 50 years. They’re in construction. They’re waiters. They’re waitresses. These are people who have worked their entire lives. They are exhausted, and they should not be asked to continue working to 67 before they get their health care.”
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Welch, too, says raising the Medicare eligibility age is “a bad idea.” But asked Monday whether he’d vote against a deal that included such a hike — or cut Medicare or Social Security benefits in other ways — the Norwich Democrat said he’s unwilling to take anything off the table, preferring to weigh the entirety of any grand bargain. “What I’m doing is refraining from doing absolutes at this point,” Welch told reporters at the Cathedral Square event. “My preference is to maintain all the benefits, and I think we can do that if we are able to get the system reforms. But I’m not drawing lines in the sand at this point.” If that sounds like a dodge, it is. But it’s also smart politics. Why lock into a position you may not be able to keep when the real negotiations are being conducted above your pay grade? After all, Welch and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) are sure to rally around whatever deal Obama cuts. (In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Leahy rejected entitlement reforms that would hurt beneficiaries, but an aide declined to say whether he would vote against a deal that included such cuts.) If the president manages to raise taxes on the wealthy without significant concessions on entitlements, then mission accomplished for Vermont’s Democratic duo. If not, Sanders may find himself the odd man out, voting against a deal he’ll surely call “outrageous.” Meanwhile, if Welch and Leahy back unpopular entitlement reforms, they’ll
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In response to the proliferation of super PACs in Vermont this past campaign season, Secretary of State JIM CONDOS late last week proposed a slew of changes to the state’s campaign-finance laws. Condos’ suggestions, which he first unveiled on the liberal blog Green Mountain Daily, track closely with those offered by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and other advocacy organizations. Among them: requiring candidates, parties and PACs to file reports more frequently; penalizing those who fail to do so on time; and requiring super PACs to report contributions within 24 hours and to disclose the names of major donors on campaign materials. The big kahuna? Condos wants an online campaign-finance database that’s easy to search and sort. You know, what Vermont would already have if we didn’t live in the campaign-finance stone age. That could cost “somewhere under half a million,” he says. While lawmakers in the past have been cool to the idea of requiring themselves to disclose more (shocker!), Condos thinks the heat they felt from super PACs this year will motivate them. “I think the legislators are more in tune because they’re now being impacted,” he says. Senate President Pro Tem JOHN CAMPBELL indicated last week during a Democratic caucus meeting that he’d back campaign-finance reforms — though he didn’t talk specifics. His counterpart in the Vermont House, Speaker SHAP SMITH, says he broadly agrees with Condos’ proposals, though there are a number of details he’d like to examine. “I think one of the problems we have in our campaign-finance system here in Vermont now is, we don’t have even close to real-time disclosure, and I think that we could do better in the ability to search our disclosures,” Smith says. The sticking point might be cash. While Smith says a new database “should be a priority,” the state’s already tight budget could pose a challenge. “I need to understand what the hole in the budget is before I start promising to make payments for things,” Smith says. One reform that hasn’t received
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much attention? Mandatory personalfinance disclosure for statewide candidates. As VTDigger.org’s Anne GAllowAy reported in October, Vermont is one of just three states with no such laws on the books. On that, Smith says he’s not so sure. “My knee-jerk reaction is ‘of course.’ But I do want to balance it with the notion that it might discourage people from running,” he says. “Do you also have financial disclosures for each representative? We have a hard time getting people to run now.” Though personal-finance disclosure didn’t make Condos’ initial list, he says he has no problem with it. “I’m not a wealthy guy,” Condos says. “Frankly, it doesn’t faze me in the least.”
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Gutman is not the only Vermont pol making moves. Here’s a roundup of other recent job changes — or additions — among the Vermont politerati: • Gov. Peter SHumlin was formally — and unanimously — elected to lead the Democratic Governors Association Tuesday night during the group’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. • Former Progressive and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor cASSAndrA GekAS was hired last week by the Department of Vermont Health Access to serve as its health access policy and planning chief. She’ll be tasked with helping the state develop the federally mandated health insurance exchange. • Another unsuccessful statewide candidate, Sen. vince illuzzi (R-Essex/ Orleans), is in negotiations with the Vermont State Employees Association to serve as lobbyist and counsel on a parttime, contractual basis. That would be on top of Illuzzi’s part-time elected job as Essex County state’s attorney. • Sen. John Campbell hired rebeccA rAmoS as his chief of staff last month. If you didn’t know the president pro tem had a chief of staff, that’s because he didn’t — until now. Ramos says Campbell elevated the “assistant” position’s title — and its salary — because of her experience and training as an attorney. At $67,500, Ramos is making roughly $20,000 more than her predecessor, she says. Before leaving Vermont to live in South Carolina for eight years, Ramos worked for Welch in the pro tem’s office and for former governor HowArd deAn. • The conservative Ethan Allen Institute this week hired radio host and former Vermont Republican Party chairman rob roPer as its president. • Lastly, JASon GibbS, who made his name as spokesman for former governor Jim douGlAS, left Ski Vermont late last month to start a new communications firm. As the Burlington Free Press first reported, one of Gibbs’ initial clients is the fiscally conservative advocacy group Campaign for Vermont. Asked if he had any plans to run again for public office, the 2010 Republican secretary of state nominee said no, “except reelection to our local school board.” He added, “It’s no secret that I am drawn to, and enjoy, public service and would like to return to state government — but not for a considerable period.” m Disclosure: Paul Heintz worked as Peter Welch’s communications director from November 2008 to March 2011.
When Sanders begins his second six-year term in the U.S. Senate this January, he’ll be doing so without close friend and chief of staff Huck GutmAn. The University of Vermont poetry professor, who took a leave of absence to run Sanders’ Senate office, says he plans to return to teaching next fall. In the meantime, he plans to write. Gutman’s last day on the job is January 2. “I have thought about returning to teaching, about how much I like working with students, every week of the time I have been here in Washington,” Gutman says. “It is possible, as most people know, to fit more than one thing into a life.” This is Gutman’s second tour of duty with the socialist senator. He took leave from UVM for a year to work for Sanders when he was first elected to the House in 1990, and then again in 2006 to serve as a senior policy adviser focusing on education. In January 2009, Sen. Sanders named him chief of staff. Gutman earned a reputation as one of Capitol Hill’s most unconventional aides. As the Washington Post reported in a fantastic 2010 profile, Gutman became known for “lobbing poems into the email inboxes of every chief of staff in the Senate” and for beginning committee meetings with a poetry reading. Gutman told the paper it was his way of connecting with people — particularly those with whom he disagreed politically. And, indeed, in responding to Seven Days’ request for comment on his departure, Gutman quoted a little wAllAce StevenS: “He had to choose. But it was not a choice / Between excluding things. It was not a choice / Between, but of. He chose to include the things / That in each other are included, the whole, / The complicate, the amassing harmony.” No word yet on who will replace Gutman. Or if he’s even replaceable.
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program that houses homeless Vermonters in motels when shelters are full is costing the state more than ever before — and critics say the money does little permanent good for families in crisis. Last fiscal year, the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) spent more than $2.2 million to house nearly 2000 homeless households in private motels, a 55 percent increase over the previous year. That money purchased 38,350 nights in motels at an average cost of $58 per night. Some families spend just a few nights in motels, while others stay for as long as three months. Social-service providers and lawmakers are all frustrated with the stopgap program, saying it does nothing to help homeless individuals land permanent housing. “When their stay is over, it’s a bridge to nowhere,” said Janet Green, the program coordinator for homelessprevention initiatives at the Burlington Housing Authority. For their part, homeless Vermonters benefiting from the program said that while a room and bed offer temporary relief, the motel stays are far from a free vacation. Charles Knoll stayed twice at the Swiss Host Motel & Village in South Burlington on state emergency assistance, in 2008 and 2009. He recalled that he was on a first-name basis with local police because of how frequently law enforcement was called to the motel for disturbances in other rooms. “It’s horrible,” said Knoll. “In the wintertime, I had to keep the air conditioning running to keep the smell of the mold at bay.” Motel rooms often lack food storage or preparation areas — or even a way to reheat frozen food — leaving some families to rely on fast food. Other homeless motel dwellers have complained of not being allowed to use amenities such as the pool or continental breakfast. Ashley Sawyer, a 28-year-old mother, has been living with her husband and two daughters at Handys Extended Stay Suites in Colchester. On the day we met Sawyer last week, it was her 83rd day at the motel — one shy of the 84 allowed under the state program — and the day before her daughter Alyena’s eighth birthday. Sawyer has
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secured a temporary extension to stay at the motel but isn’t sure how long it will last. “I search for apartments every day,” she said, ticking off a long list of organizations from which she has sought assistance: Vermont State, Burlington and Winooski housing authorities; and DCF. Sawyer is ninth on the waiting list for a Section 8 voucher at BHA, where she qualifies for special assistance for homeless families. Sawyer said Handys is a big step up from some of the other budget motels the state uses for emergency housing, and she had to fight her way “up the ladder” to get a room there. She has a small kitchen with a refrigerator and stove, so she can store groceries and cook meals for her family. During a brief stint at another South Burlington motel, Sawyer said she wasn’t even allowed to use a microwave in the hotel
lobby to reheat food for the kids. Also unlike other motels, the Handys suite has a separate bedroom, where Sawyer and her husband sleep. Alyena sleeps on the pullout couch and her 15-month-old sister, Emmie, beds down in a pack-and-play — a portable playpen. There’s a small playground around back. The suite is tidy, if crowded, with toys and a storage container full of clothes stacked against one wall. Last week, Sawyer and her mother visited a two-bedroom apartment for rent in Essex Junction, not far from Alyena’s elementary school. But after Sawyer disclosed her rental history, poor credit and felony convictions on her application, she never heard back from the landlord. That’s been typical of her experience, she said. Sawyer got hooked on prescription painkillers after complications
stemming from the birth of twins in 2009, whom she gave up for adoption to an aunt and uncle. “It just went downhill from there,” she said. Her prescriptions ran out. She started buying pills illegally, then switched to a cheaper alternative: heroin. Sawyer got tangled up in burglaries and forgery. She sent Alyena to live with her mother. After police raided her apartment and she lost her Section 8 rental voucher, Sawyer spent the next few years bouncing between shelters, rehab programs and temporary housing. She’s been clean since March 2011, when she was several months pregnant with Emmie. Now she’s slowly chipping away at classes at the Community College of Vermont toward a certificate in substance-abuse services. Sawyer’s family has called the Handys suites home since September. Each day, Alyena rides the bus from the motel to her Essex elementary
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with Sens. Ginny Lyons (D-Chittenden) and Sally Fox (D-Chittenden) that would have transferred funds from the stateâ€™s motel program to the federally funded Burlington Housing Authority. The goal was preventing homelessness by providing direct-cash assistance â€” as well as counseling services â€” to people at risk of losing their housing due to unpaid rent or utility bills. â€œRegularly Iâ€™m hearing about people who are in really precarious situations, and we donâ€™t have enough staffing capacity at this time to really address that the way we would like to,â€? explained BHAâ€™s Green. â€œItâ€™s a really strange thing to be watching someone at the precipice of homelessness and feel pretty helpless about it.â€? But the bill met with stiff resistance from organizations that provide homeless services and shelter, including the Committee for Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Burlington. â€œThe bill blew up because of fears that the money would be taken from other worthy state investments,â€? said Ashe. â€œIn the time that we had, we just couldnâ€™t GrEEN overcome that misconception.â€? COTS Director Rita Markley saw it differently. She said COTS already has programs in place that provide short-term interventions for families in crisis. In 2008, COTS drummed up $250,0000 in private donations for a homeless-prevention fund, which the state then supplemented with an additional $800,000. That money helped COTS keep 351 people in their homes who otherwise might have become homeless in 2008 and 2009, according to Markley. Asked why COTS objected to the senatorsâ€™ bill, she said, â€œTo have funding to duplicate at the housing authority what COTS had already been doing with private and public funds seemed unfortunate. We didnâ€™t inherently oppose the concept, we just thought, Why do what COTS has already built five blocks away at the housing authority?â€?
school and back again. On the day we visited, Alyena popped through the motel door at around 3:30 p.m., dumping her backpack and pink-andpurple parka on the floor. Sawyer greeted her daughter with a bright smile. â€œYour birthday is tomorrow!â€? she reminded her, before asking the girl to head next door and visit their neighbor, a mother of 17-month-old twins who is also at the motel on emergency assistance. â€œI donâ€™t discuss this stuff in front of Alyena,â€? Sawyer said once her daughter was gone, moving the girlâ€™s coat and backpack to a door handle. â€œI keep things as stable and secure for my children as possible, because of the pieces of this I canâ€™t control.â€? That means Emmie sleeps in the same pack-and-play every night, with the same blankets and stuffed animals. â€œI donâ€™t care if we sleep in a car,â€? Sawyer said. â€œIâ€™ll find a van and set the pack-and-play up in the van.â€? The family rises and heads to bed at the same time each day. With so little control over what happens next in the JANEt their life, Sawyer said the least she can do is stick to a routine. With motel spending at the highest itâ€™s ever been, policymakers are calling for change to avoid prolonged motel stays like Sawyerâ€™s. â€œThe stateâ€™s approach to date has been skewed toward crisis management and not crisis prevention,â€? said state Sen. Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden). The number of households tapping the motel benefit has shot up in recent years, from 548 families in 2008 to nearly 1954 last year. DCF Deputy Commissioner Richard Giddings attributes the increase to the recession, which left more families homeless, and to a loosening of eligibility rules under the Douglas administration. â€œWe wanted to serve more people,â€? Giddings said of the relaxing of rules prior to his time at DCF. â€œThe challenge is that the budget itself didnâ€™t increase.â€? Last year, Ashe cosponsored a bill
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he U.S. attorney’s office in Burlington usually sets its sights on embezzlers, child pornographers and drug traffickers. But some far less nefarious “offenders” have now come under its scrutiny: Vermont businesses guilty of providing cramped restrooms, toonarrow entryways and coat hooks hung out of reach of someone in a wheelchair. The recent crackdown is part of a nationwide campaign by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to enforce long-ignored mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the last six months, at least a dozen Vermont businesses, including six restaurants and bars on Burlington’s Church Street, have been the subject of “compliance reviews” by the DOJ’s civil rights division. And while the violations cited were all relatively minor, often the cost of compliance is not, with upgrades sometimes running into the tens of thousands of dollars. Nikolas Kerest, an assistant U.S. attorney and the DOJ’s civil rights coordinator in Burlington, has overseen the recent ADA enforcement actions. He says that most resulted from random inspections of local businesses rather than from citizen complaints. Nevertheless, Kerest says that civil rights enforcement, especially the rights of people with disabilities, has become “one of the top priorities” of the DOJ. “The ADA is an important law,” Kerest says, “and we want businesses to realize that they need to come into compliance if they’re not already.” In Vermont, that’s meant some decades-old businesses are suddenly being told they’re in violation of federal law. Burlington establishments caught in the feds’ dragnet include Church Street Tavern, Three Tomatoes, Red Square, the Scuffer Steak and Ale House, Ken’s Pizza and Leunig’s Bistro. None was fined or prosecuted for the violations, but all entered settlements with the U.S. attorney’s office in which they agreed to make the necessary upgrades. Leunig’s co-owner Bob Conlon, who has worked at the restaurant at 115 Church St. since 1980, says that this was the first time Leunig’s has been inspected for ADA compliance and the violations came as a surprise to him. Fifteen years ago, the restaurant
can weather this,” Conlon adds. “But if you’re a marginal business and had to do this, it could really hurt you.” Sam Handy, co-owner of the Scuffer at 148 Church Street, says the DOJ’s enforcement action in June came as a surprise to him, too. Handy has owned the business for just two years and assumed the previous owners had addressed such issues. The Scuffer was cited with “a pretty big list” of violations, he says, most of which relate to the age of the building, which dates to the 19th century. Among the violations: a front door that wasn’t wheelchair accessible and coat hooks that were too high. Handy hasn’t estimated what it cost to comply, but he insists the Scuffer’s improvements will be completed shortly. “The U.S. attorney was awesome. They were clear that it needed to be done, but at the same time they were here to help us,” Handy says. “Their doors were always open if we had any kind of questions about anything.” It wasn’t just Burlington businesses — or those in historic buildings — that were cited. In July, Smugglers’ Notch Resort was cited for failure to offer a sufficient number of handicap-accessible parking spaces at its on-mountain lots for skiers and riders. Smuggs’ public relations director, Karen Boushie, estimates the cost of compliance at $10,000. In August, the U.S. attorney’s office cited the Savoy Theater in Montpelier for not having assistive-listening devices for patrons with hearing impairments. Terrence Youk, owner of the Savoy, says he’s long been sensitive to ADA concerns. Shortly after purchasing the theater, in December 2009, he installed an ADA-compliant restroom. But while Youk agrees that Kerest was “fair” in his dealings, he was irked that the U.S. attorney’s office issued a press release about the violation without any further details. According to Youk, the Savoy’s old sound system for the hearing impaired failed about a month before he was cited. Youk was shopping around for a new one, which cost him about $1700, when the DOJ popped him. As he puts it, “It would have been nice to have some warning that we were going to be publicly whipped.”
Chains hang from window boxes at Leunig’s to alert people with visual impairment
Bob Conlon demonstrates the automatic door opener at Leunig’s
upgraded its bathrooms to make them more handicap accessible — or so he thought. “We thought it was pretty good, but it wasn’t enough,” he says. In July, Leunig’s, which is located in a circa-1830 building, agreed to the DOJmandated upgrades, which included installing new automatic openers on the front door and restroom, new plumbing, and better signage for visually impaired patrons. While Conlon isn’t thrilled by the new automatic opener on the front
entrance — it allows a lot of cold air to blow in during the winter, he complains, and the button often gets hit by passing teenagers as a prank — he and his staff are dealing with it. “My mother-in-law is in a wheelchair, and we have plenty of customers who come in with wheelchairs or are disabled,” Conlon says. “We want to accommodate them.” He estimates that the improvements cost between $8000 and $13,000. “None of it was insurmountable and, luckily, we’ve been successful and
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How often does the system get used? “So if putting a ramp in is equivalent “Hardly ever,” Youk adds. “Probably to what it costs to wash your windows once or twice a month at most.” or what you pay for landscaping, no Although President George H. W. court of law is going to think that’s too Bush signed the ADA into law in July expensive,” she says. “But usually, the 1990, disability-rights advocates say expense really isn’t that much. It’s just that enforcement of its provisions over that nobody has looked at it. Nobody’s the last 22 years has been spotty, with been made to look at it.” actions often taken only after repeated Moreover, those costs don’t necespublic complaints. During the eight sarily need to be borne exclusively years of the second Bush administra- by the business or building owner. tion, enforcement of ADA’s provisions, Devin Colman, historic preservation and most civil rights laws generally, was review coordinator for the Vermont a lower priority than concerns about Agency of Commerce and Community terrorism. Development, says that in the last five Since President Obama’s election years, the state has awarded more than in 2008, however, the DOJ has taken a $5.5 million in tax credits to building renewed interest in the ADA, advocates owners and businesses to accommosay, largely driven by date the ADA. That Assistant U.S. Attorney has paid for installing General Thomas Perez, elevators, lifts, new who has called the landbathrooms and wheelmark law “one of the chair ramps. great civil rights laws of “The state recogour generation.” nizes that if you’re a “The ADA has been small business owner, on the books since 1990 this can be a financial and it’s not acceptable burden,” he says, adding that, 20-plus years later, that historic buildings there’s still not a lot of are not exempt from compliance by busicomplying with ADA. nesses,” says AJ Ruben, “But it’s really imporsupervising attorney tant to ensure that for Disability Rights everyone can use these Vermont. In the last buildings.” two years, his office has While some accesconducted hundreds of sibility issues cannot be accessibility surveys of easily addressed — for tE rrE Nc E You k Vermont’s disaster shelexample, a historic ters and polling places. bank building with a While Ruben hasn’t granite front entryway compiled the results of those surveys need not be chiseled out to allow for the yet, he says most are in compliance or passage of a wheelchair — with a little close to it. creativity, less invasive and less costly Disability-rights advocates point solutions are doable. out that ADA noncompliance often has Evidently, Conlon found one. little to do with the size of the busi- Following the ADA compliance survey ness or municipality. Kim Brittenham, of Leunig’s, he was informed that community access coordinator for the the restaurant’s window boxes along Montpelier-based Vermont Center for College Street had to be replaced with Independent Living, notes that until ones that didn’t protrude more than four the election of Burlington Mayor Miro inches from the wall. Why? Someone Weinberger last March, Vermont’s with a visual impairment could accidenlargest city went years without an ADA tally walk into them, the feds said. coordinator on staff to field complaints Since smaller window boxes apand questions from the public. parently don’t exist, Leunig’s has hung “Without a coordinator,” Brittenham chains from the window boxes so that says, “that piece just wasn’t happening.” a person with a cane will notice they’re Brittenham disagrees with the sug- there. gestion that complying with ADA can While Conlon thought the requirebe prohibitively expensive. She points ment sounded a bit “silly,” the historic out that the law itself, as well as case preservation expert points to it as an law over the last 22 years, allows for the example of how ADA rules need not be removal of physical barriers to access “show stoppers” for businesses. only if they’re “readily achievable” “It can be done,” Colman says. without undue financial hardship on a “Sometimes it just takes a little more business. planning and creative thought.” m
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wo staff members of a local housing action group were attending a recent training session for prospective volunteers at Chittenden Regional Corrrectional Facility, a women’s prison in South Burlington, when the subject of banned publications came up. Matthew Cropp and Adelle Lawrence, who work at Pathways to Housing Vermont, both say an instructor informed the 30-person training group that Seven Days is among the publications disallowed behind bars. “You can thank the male inmates for that,” Cropp and Lawrence recall the instructor telling the group. Cropp, who attended the training because his counseling job involves contacts with jail inmates or ex-offenders, assumes the trainer was referring to sexually explicit content in the paper, such as the sex-advice column or personal ads that sometimes include sexually suggestive language. Calls to the Department of Corrections didn’t clarify what happened at the training session in question but did reveal a relatively new prison policy on inmates’ access to magazines that has gone largely unscrutinized. Corrections officials also suggested the new rules may not always be followed by prison employees. Even DOC higher-ups weren’t completely clear about which publications are banned behind bars. DOC Commissioner Andrew Pallito’s executive assistant, Penny Carpenter, initially confirmed that Seven Days is, in fact, banned from Vermont prisons due to sexually explicit content. Soon afterward, however, the DOC’s facilities director, William Lawhorn, called to say that Carpenter was mistaken. “I apologize for you receiving inaccurate information based upon your first inquiry,” Lawhorn wrote in a follow-up email message, Seven Days has not been banned at any Vermont correctional institution, he said.
Bob Arnell, superintendent of Chittenden Regional, said he was unaware of any trainer saying the paper is not allowed inside. Both Lawhorn and Arnell acknowledged, however, that DOC policy may not always be scrupulously applied by local officials.
a list of 40 issues of publications that have been banned in Vermont prisons during the past two years. Among them are some unsurprising entries, such as the 102nd edition of The Shooter’s Bible and various editions of Playboy.
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Until two years ago, the DOC didn’t have formal rules regarding inmates’ access to publications. Prisons only had “general guidelines” forbidding pornography, Lawhorn says, adding that those guidelines “did get interpreted differently at different facilities.” Pallito put an official 18-page policy on the books in 2010 with the aim of clarifying the rules. Today, there’s TIM
The winter 2011 swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated is on the list, as are several editions of soft-core Maxim magazine. Wired magazine for February 2011 is banned because it “facilitates criminal activity,” according to DOC officials. “The Underworld Exposed” is the theme of that edition of Wired, which includes stories on “The Anarchist Cookbook, a guide on how to build bombs, and a sidebar headlined “How to Ship Coke.”
Outdoor Life for February of this year also makes the list because it allegedly “constitutes a threat to the safety, security or order of the facility.” Was it that issue’s story headlined “Make Your Own Snow Camo” that triggered the ban? Or maybe it was the “Shooting” section with a report on tests of the Beretta A400 Xtreme weapon and a comparison of the Ruger and Steyr rifles. The DOC policy states at its outset that the Vermont prison system intends for inmates to be able to correspond with those on the outside and to receive publications and audio/visual material “consistent with the security needs and institutional order of a correctional facility.” Books, magazines and newspapers are potentially available to prisoners only by mail. Visitors are not permitted to bring printed or visual material in to a Vermont corrections facility, except when it relates directly to legal matters or for approved instructional purposes. Pallito’s policy statement says that a publication will be prohibited only when it is deemed — in accordance with a multilevel review by prison officials — to constitute “a threat to the safety, security or order of the facility,” or if it features “nudity or sexually explicit material.” The directive defines nudity as “a pictorial depiction where buttocks, genitals or female breasts are exposed.” It says the term “sexually explicit” refers to “a pictorial depiction of actual or simulated sexual acts, including intercourse, oral sex and masturbation.” The ban on sexually explicit material is intended “to assist with rehabilitation and treatment objectives, to reduce sexual harassment, prevent a hostile work environment, and to fully implement the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act,” the directive declares. When DOC officials deem a publication a security risk, both the publisher
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and the intended recipient of the magazine are notified, and the inmate has an opportunity to appeal the decision. Is the state abridging inmates’ First Amendment right to look at legal material? Allen Gilbert, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, says a state may have a sound basis for denying some prisoners access to certain types of material. “You could argue that with sex offenders, this is the kind of material you want to keep away from them,” Gilbert remarks. “Some sex offenders have issues involving dominance and control over women, and pornography can suggest that. It wouldn’t be considered consistent with rehabilitation objectives.”
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“upstream,” with the goal of preventing rather than responding to homelessness. He talked up the state’s rental subsidy program. It costs between $7200 and $7500 per family per year, Giddings said.
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vouchers, the federal rental subsidy offered through BHA, is five to seven years. At the state level, Giddings said the state is trying to shift its focus
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While that price tag is slightly higher than an 84-day motel stay, the difference adds up to another nine months in stable housing. It might be slow going, but Giddings said the state is firmly committed to shifting spending from crisis management to prevention. “I really believe that if you invest money in preventing a family from becoming homeless, it’s a wise investment,” he said. “We are definitely continuing down that path.” What happens to families like Sawyer’s after their motel stays expire? It’s hard to say. The state is doing little tracking or data collection about families who end up in motels, and where they go after their stays. “At present, it’s a little bit of a Wild West,” said Ashe. “People will scrape and scrap to survive.” Sawyer said she’ll make it work. She just doesn’t know how. But on day 83 of her motel stay, as she made plans for a makeshift birthday party for her daughter, she insisted she’d get by. “The bottom line is, I will figure it out,” Sawyer said. m
Even if organizations can’t agree about how best to fund homelessnessprevention programs, there’s little disagreement about the motel program itself. “You wonder, what are we actually getting for this other than the obvious value of a safe and warm place to stay?” asked Ashe. “Once we make that one-night investment, that money’s just gone.” Homeless individuals such as Knoll and Sawyer are equally skeptical about the usefulness of the motel money. Knoll suggested spending the funds to build transitional housing, while Sawyer said it could be better used for rental subsidies. “That money could be used in a permanent sense,” she said. In the short term, however, it’s not clear where else the homeless could go. Affordable housing is in short supply, and Markley said 25 families are waiting for space in the 15-bed COTS family shelter. COTS closed a second family shelter earlier this year after Champlain College — which temporarily loaned the downtown building to COTS — began construction on new student housing. The waiting time for Section-8
earlier this year in a Slate.com article headlined, “Free Willy: Should prison inmates have the right to masturbate?” In Gilbert’s experience, directives from the DOC “aren’t uniformly applied at all facilities,” and Wright agrees. Often, both men say, officials at local jails will ignore or misinterpret a state corrections policy. Today, Lawhorn says there should be no confusion at local lockups about the standards and procedures for allowing or banning publications. Officers at the women’s prison and all other corrections facilities in Vermont were given “extensive training” soon after the policy was decreed, Lawhorn says. “I’m pretty certain that every one of our facilities understands the process now,” he says. m
to “a bunch of bullshit,” in Wright’s estimation. “Is harassment or rape in our prisons going to be stopped by a ban on porn? Please.” Wright argues that there’s no correlation between access to pornography and incidents of sexual assault. He says studies show that, if anything, sexual aggression becomes less common if such material is made available to prisoners. “A lot of the nation’s prisons are run by evangelical Christians,” Wright says. “They can’t stop the rest of the country from having abortions or reading porn, so they stop inmates from having abortions or reading porn.” Court challenges have been initiated in Connecticut and other states against bans on sexually explicit materials in prison, a controversy addressed
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Gilbert notes that prison inmates do not have the same rights as unincarcerated Americans. “There’s certainly no right to privacy in jail,” he points out. “You get searched pretty regularly.” But Paul Wright, cofounder and editor of the Brattleboro-based national publication Prison Legal News, sees bans on newspapers and magazines as justifiable in only limited circumstances. “There are certain things [prison authorities] have a legitimate interest in censoring,” says Wright, a former inmate who launched PLN 22 years ago. “Examples would be information on how to make bombs or how to escape from facilities.” Defending a ban on sexually explicit materials by referring to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 amounts
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interests, masquerading as “green energy,” sending intermittent electricity to a grid already laden with much cheaper and substantially carbon-free energy — will continue to be vigorously opposed in the Northeast Kingdom. On November 6, Shumlin lost to Brock, not only in Craftsbury and Albany (the other side of the mountain), but also Orleans and Essex Counties. I do not see communities along the wind-rich east coast of Lake Champlain lining up for their turbines. Maybe when that part of the state has some skin in the game, a writer from Seven Days will take the role of investigator a bit more seriously. Phil Lovely
[Re “One Homeowner’s Creative Clutter Stirs Controversy in South Burlington,” November 21]: As a resident of Meadow
Road in South Burlington, which borders Hadley Road and the green space in question, I have been aware of the growing disgruntlement of my neighbors over Adam’s house on the corner, but was surprised to hear that they had organized and gone to city officials before talking to Adam himself about their concerns. Adam’s a nice, approachable guy and there’s certainly nothing sinister about the vibe at his house. It just doesn’t seem cricket to work neighborhood issues out in this fashion, at least not without trying to work them out on the ground floor first. It seemed clear to me that Adam was making an effort to clean things up after he heard that neighbors were having issues with how things looked at his place. That shows his willingness to collaborate. Such an effort could have been answered in kind. Unfortunately, my feeling is that the issue of vehicles parked on the green space is being used as a front for the real issue, which is about, as Ben Aleshire so aptly put it, middle-class fear. Frankly, many of us need to look
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at this in ourselves, and I’m including myself here, because our resources as a society are limited and we need to have our priorities straight. We have had several violent, drug-related events in this neighborhood in the past few years,
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Doctor, Doctor We got a lot of letters in reaction to kathryn flagg’s november 14 story, “toll on call” — mostly from patients of dr. david toll, 87, st. Johnsbury’s longestpracticing pediatrician. sounds like he’s getting pretty good at it.
Dr. Toll has been my family doctor for as long as I can remember. I am almost 30, and he is still my doctor as well as my four children’s. I am so scared for the day that he is no longer able to practice medicine. There is no doctor around like him. He is very caring and good with kids, but he also has the “I am gonna give it to you straight” attitude. I have seen that a few times, and I still love that man. I hope he can find someone who will take over for him who is just as caring as he is. Dr. Toll will be greatly missed when he is no longer here; until then, he is greatly loved. tanika bandy
times, and if it wasn’t for Dr. Toll’s help, he would have died. I’m grateful for Dr. Toll every day and am so happy he is still practicing. Angela Devoid st. Johnsbury
over and said nothing was wrong with him. His pulse and everything was fine. When they left, I called Dr. Toll. He said to bring him in. Because I don’t drive, Dr. Toll paid for a taxi to get me to the hospital. That night my son stopped breathing five
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Last fall I took my daughter to the ER at Fletcher Allen. She had had no bowel movement for three days and a history of intestinal blockage. We told the physician of her history. He didn’t seem that interested in what we had to say. They sent us home with a bisacodyl suppository. The next morning we called Dr. Toll and he told us to bring her in to see him. He spent a few minutes examining her and sent us directly to Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital, where she spent two days on IVs. She had a serious blockage that stretched her intestines and took six months to heal. She could have died. Dr. Toll is not an old-school doctor; he is a real doctor.
Dr. Toll was my and my sister’s doctor when we were kids. I remember him always having a smile on his face. He has been my 12-year-old son’s doctor since my son was born. I remember after I had my son, the nurse at the hospital asked who would be the baby’s medical doctor. Without hesitation, I said “Dr. Toll.” I never considered anyone else, because I knew Dr. Toll was warm and caring, and I loved his way of doing things. When my son was 5 months old, I went to check on him and his face was blue. He wasn’t breathing. I did CPR on him and called the ambulance. I got my son to breathe. When the ambulance got to my house, they looked my son
Thank you for the great article on Dr. Toll. I remember my mom calling him at home when my brother and I were sick during the night, and he answered his own phone. He’d meet us at the hospital if needed or make sure and fit us in first thing in the a.m. He’s been calming the fears of children and parents in the Northeast Kingdom for over 60 years. Thank you for recognizing his unique practice.
as well as a crack-house bust, a Peeping Tom, and numerous car burglaries. Why are we so focused on a few cars and boats when we have real problems to work on?
A Champlain College Crew Documents the “Worst” of Coming Out B Y PA MEL A PO LSTON
hat’s the worst thing about her the way she is and loves her the coming out as gay, lesbian, way she is. Others, even close family bi or trans? That simple members, are not always so accepting, question elicits many particularly those who hew to religious answers in a recent web-based project fundamentalism. from Champlain College, as well as proIn the final moments of the docuviding its title. Produced by ROB SCHMIDT mentary, interviewees begin to answer an unheard question: What advice do you BARRACANO, assistant professor of digital filmmaking, and a team of students over have for someone who is in the process of this past year, worstthingaboutcoming coming out? The answers correlate with out.com features video interviews with the personal experience of the individuindividuals simply telling their coming- als. One suggests “getting it over with” out stories. While there are unsurprising as a teenager. Another, who almost comparallels between them, each of the sto- mitted suicide before finally, torturously, ries is engagingly unique. Last Thursday, coming out in his late twenties, advises an hourlong documentary, which spliced taking “as much time as you need.” For together anecdotes from more than a some, coming out in increments — first dozen interviewees on the website, was to close friends, then to cousins or other shown in public for the first time. A Q&A relatives and finally to immediate family members — seems to have been the way with the filmmakers followed. Worst Thing About Coming Out, to go. The absence of just one right way the movie, is mostly riveting as a cin- to reveal one’s true identity may come ematic experience. The emotions of as a comforting or a confusing revelathe speakers are palpable, tion, depending on the viewer. and the recounting of their What’s most important, the doc journeys to “out” is sometimes and the website underscore, is devastating, sometimes funny that you’re not alone. and always dramatic. In a way, WTACO has Shot at extremely close “something for everyone” range with a stark white — given that everyone backdrop, the individuals who chooses to visit the look and speak directly website or view the doc into the camera, which is likely to be either in enhances the intimacy the LGBT community or of the storytelling, of the a straight ally. The interconfessions, and of the viewees here are male, shared fears, confusion, female and trans and rejection and, eventually range in age from teen ROB SCHMIDT BARRAC ANO for some, relief, pride and to senior citizen. Most joy. appear to be American, At about the halfway point, the doc’s but one young man mentions his family pace changes: Quick cuts from person in Guyana — which has completely to person give way to longer segments rejected him. Though the individuals with a handful of individuals, as if the don’t explicitly mention their economic filmmakers, and New York-based editor backgrounds, they appear to represent Frank Reynolds, didn’t want to interrupt a range from working class to middle particularly intense stories. These are class. Class status, we discover, is not a generally focused on the actual outing, predictor of tolerance. the moments when the speaker revealed The interviews are powerful in the Big Secret to someone significant in part because of what they reveal about his or her life. Quite often, it’s a parent, human nature: that we fear judgment or both of them — the people whose from those we care about, and that some judgment tends to have the most impact of us, at least, fear anyone who upsets on their children, even in adulthood. the perceived norm. More than one interviewee describes For all the negatives, though, Worst having struggled because of their Thing About Coming Out occasionChristian faith. Would God still love ally shows that the “worst” wasn’t all them? Yes, concluded one; God made that bad. Family members and friends,
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according to some interviewees, “knew” long before the person in question came out as gay, and were fine with it. Many of the speakers note that, first, you have to come out to yourself. At the screening, Schmidt Barracano indicated that the group will continue running WTACO, the website. “As long as the project keeps helping people, I will run it,” he said, and recalled feeling special satisfaction when he noticed a kid from Ohio had landed on the site at three in the morning and spent an hour and a half there. Then, Schmidt Barracano said, “I feel like we really helped someone.” But he admitted later that there are challenges to working with a student crew, which soon moves on to the next class or graduates. WTACO may not have a dedicated staff to keep the project going. The future of Worst Thing as a documentary is even more uncertain. Schmidt Barracano mentioned the possibility of submitting it to film festivals. But, for now, this is a project that can at least claim to have provided solace,
empowerment or solidarity to a number of anonymous individuals. Especially after last February, when actress Eliza Dushku — of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame, who starred in two films Schmidt Barracano directed — discovered the website and tweeted about it, sending traffic to more than 30,000 hits in a single day. “Hopefully [other GLBT individuals] will find comfort in our stories,” said production assistant Sam Buford in the Q&A session after the screening last week. “I wanted to touch people who were struggling.” Even so, he conceded, “I don’t know if we’ve decided what we’re going to do with this next.” Additional reporting by Seven Days intern Michael Garris. For more info, or to participate in the WTACO project, contact crew@ worstthingaboutcomingout.com. worstthingaboutcomingout.com
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“Are there any therapists here?” Burlington artist DUG NAP asked an audience at his live FLYNNSPACE show last June. It was a reasonable question. “Napshots of the Suburbs,” an autobiographical monologue paired with brightly colored slides Nap created on his iPad, suggests a tale of American childhood coauthored by Charles Schulz and Sigmund Freud, with occasional touches of David Lynch. This Friday, Nap will release a DVD version of “Napshots” that combines a video recording of the performance with sound effects and occasional animation. So fans who missed the show can experience the traumas visited on its narrator and main character (also called “dug”) by the scary matriarch Rose (“I think she was my mother,” he says, still sounding unsure), and his struggles with the strictures of midcentury morality. (Our hero is a budding voyeur.) The story may be material for a therapist’s couch, but it’s also funny, much like Nap’s popular prints and greeting cards. The artist’s deadpan delivery bleeds any self-pity from anecdotes such as one where Rose waits until she’s washed her hair to bring young dug — unconscious from a concussion — to the doctor. Viewers may shake From “Napshots of the Suburbs” their heads in censure, but Nap presents these stories from a kid’s point of view, without judgment or sentimentality, his monologue generally as straightforward as his cheerful, artfully “primitive” drawings. In the process, characters such as Rose — memorably depicted as a controlfreak Amazon toting her consort, Harold, around like a child — gain human dimensions. Nap is in many ways the polar opposite of Vermont’s best-known autobiographical cartoonist, Bolton’s ALISON BECHDEL. His images are bold and simple, while hers are detailed and meticulous; his stories often end in one-liners, while hers are full of erudite self-analysis. But both artists have captured uniquely messed-up childhoods — and the taboo topic of childhood sexuality — in ways bound to appeal to an audience extending well beyond pros paid by the hour. The DVD gives us a vivid glimpse into Nap’s world — and makes us hope he’ll continue the series he calls “Napshots of My Life.” You can watch clips and meet the artist at a FIRST FRIDAY launch party at Burlington’s FROG HOLLOW. For more about Nap, read Kathryn Flagg’s June 20, 2012, cover story “Outside In” in Seven Days online.
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about Burlington’s lost Little Italy. But what about the city’s once-thriving Jewish immigrant community? How did itinerant peddlers fleeing European persecution become the founders of three synagogues and a department store? Just in time for Hanukkah, LITTLE JERUSALEM, a new documentary produced by VERMONT PUBLIC TELEVISION, examines the tight-knit Orthodox community that flourished in the Old North End from the 1880s to the 1940s. See its premiere on December 6. M ARGOT H ARRI S ON
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STATEof THEarts Attention, Gallerygoers: What to Do When You Suffer From FOMO B Y PA MEL A PO LSTON
Christy Mitchell’s “A Grand Petition” at S.P.A.C.E Gallery last month
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO FOCUS ON A SINGLE OPENING RECEPTION — AT BEST, TWO OR THREE — DURING FIRST FRIDAY.
Lee Rosenbaum is the award-winning blogger behind Culture Grrl, on the New York-based ArtsJournal weblog, and a critic who delivers plainspoken truths to arts institutions and publications coast to coast. Last Wednesday, she was at Middlebury College’s Twilight Auditorium, delivering a talk titled “Critical Mass: How Reviewers Influence Museums (and vice versa).” The audience included some local museum personnel, a handful of artists and, it appeared, a single reporter, but it mainly consisted of students enrolled in a new class with the alluring name “Gold, Sex and Death in the Museum.” Its professor is RICHARD SAUNDERS, who also happens to be Lee Rosenbaum the director of the MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART and, not surprisingly, a scholar of museum history. Rosenbaum was one of nearly 30 invited speakers over the course of the semester. A cultural writer for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Huffington Post and other publications, as well as an occasional commentator on public radio, Rosenbaum also penned the ambitious-sounding book The Complete Guide to Collecting Art. She confessed the volume is out of print, but she still sells autographed copies on her blog. Rosenbaum began her talk by qualifying its title — “A more basic question is, do reviewers influence museums?” — and faux-complaining about the stature of critics: “Art Review magazine’s ‘The Power 100’ list didn’t include any art critics.” COURTESY OF LEE
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They and the other gazillion visitors to Art Basel are likely to experience FOMO. Which brings us to the reason for this article: FOMO occurs in Vermont, too — at the annual SOUTH END ART HOP, for instance, and even during the state’s various FIRST FRIDAY art walks. So what is FOMO? Glad you asked. It’s fear of missing out, and it’s an actual phenomenon acknowledged by both
his week, much of the international art world is frothing with excitement about the annual arts extravaganza that is Art Basel Miami Beach. While it’s not in our purview to cover events far outside the Seven Days circulation area, we have noted that some Vermont artists are exhibiting in Miami — including CAROL MACDONALD and ELIZABETH BILLINGS.
social psychologists and neuroscientists, according to an article in the latest Hyperallergic e-newsletter. It’s along the same lines as Stendhal, or Florence, syndrome: heart palpitations, dizziness and confusion — even hallucinations! — in the presence of awesome, or simply too much, art. At an event the size of Art Basel, which comprises dozens of venues and hundreds of artists, FOMO could be utterly crippling. But it strikes at more compact events, too. Raise your hand if you have been known to focus on a single opening reception — at best, two
or three — during First Friday, overwhelmed by the prospect of hitting any more. (At Burlington’s First Friday, the venues exhibiting artwork number more than 40.) Hyperallergic writer Jillian Steinhauer spoke with psychologist and attention expert Lucy Jo Palladino to get the skinny on FOMO. Of the phenom
also known as “loss aversion,” she says this: “The adult human brain registers loss three times more intensely than it registers reward. So, left unchecked, the urge to avoid loss is stronger than the urge to achieve gain.” Who knew? Palladino offers both practical and surprisingly new-agey advice: Plan ahead, and get your Zen on. In other words, before you go out to Art Basel; a museum; or First Friday in, say, White River Junction, read up on the exhibits, decide what you really want to see and stick to your agenda. And while you’re out, if those loss-aversion chemicals begin to flood your brain, take a deep breath, focus on the present, even close your eyes and go within if you must (not while driving, please). Rather than fret about what you’re missing, express mental thanks for what you are seeing. Come to think of it, this method could be applied to so many things in life, such as Christmas shopping. Facebook. Choosing a toothpaste, or a mate. Anyway, art lovers, we hope this advice helps at your next exhibition binge. But if you’re the type who just goes to the gallery that serves the best snacks, never mind.
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Though critics have “little to no impact on popular shows,” she went on — that is, exhibitions by such art stars as Andy Warhol — they can exercise an influence on sleeper shows, “when rave reviews bring people in.” Rosenbaum, who has earned the “grr” in her chosen blogname, cited instances where her own pointed criticism may have held sway. Then she turned to the converse: how museums and galleries influence reviews. Well-heeled institutions may offer art junkets — whisking an art critic to, say, the opposite coast to visit a new facility or exhibition — but even smaller, regional museums typically give members of the media press kits, photographs, exhibition catalogs or private tours with curators. Does this “special treatment” come with an expectation of positive reviews? Rosenbaum asked rhetorically. Probably, she answered, then added, “My job is not to be influenced by this. Access is important, but not so important that I pull my punches.” A critic should “write it as you see it and let the chips fall where they may,” Rosenbaum concluded. She acknowledged, however, that art-specific blogs and magazines have limited influence on the public at large — which typically doesn’t read them. The most influential? General-interest newspapers. Ahem. PA M E L A P O LS TO N
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s you drive south from Middlebury on Route 7, the vistas are all ramshackle farmhouses, dense forests and rolling fields — your average Vermont fare. That is, until you hit Leicester, where one roadside attraction has been turning heads and distracting drivers for 25 years. Meet Queen Connie, the enormous concrete gorilla stationed along Route 7, where she proudly hoists a rusting Volkswagen Bug high above her head. Erected in 1987, Connie was the brainchild of sculptor T.J. Neil. He pitched the gorilla as an advertising ploy to attract attention to Pioneer Auto Sales, the used-car lot over which Connie presides. Neil promised “a sculpture that would get world recognition,” recalls Pioneer’s owner, Joan O’Neil-Gittens. The stunt worked: Over the next two and a half decades, Connie lured in visitors by the busload. She presided over one wedding, and earned Car & Driver magazine’s kudos, in 1991, at the top of its “Carchitectural Wonders” list.
What’s with the giant gorilla holding a Volkswagen?
“I can’t say that it put money in our pockets,” O’Neil-Gittens says, but then again, “It’s served its purpose.” She contends Connie put the dealership on the map. O’Neil-Gittens met the sculptor who would create Connie during a trip to Cape Cod, where Neil and his family were living at the time. Neil died in 2010, but his son, T.J. Neil Jr., says his father got his start as an artist after leaving the Marines in the late 1950s. He got a job plastering in Boston, repairing old walls, crown molding and eventually the ornate plasterwork on historic buildings. By the time the Neil family moved to Cape Cod, Neil Sr. was experimenting with concrete as a medium for sculpting — “no molds, all hand-sculpted,” his son says. “I grew up with aliens in the yard, and dragons and whales,” Neil Jr. recalls. He eventually went into the family business, and the Neils created sculptures all over the United States as well as internationally. Among Neil’s favorites is the concrete dragon commissioned by a man in Webster, Mass., who plunked the large sculpture in the middle of a manmade lake on his property. Neil says that, after visitors are buzzed through the gates of the man’s home, they
drive around the lake — and the dragon belches fire at just the right moment. Leicester’s resident gorilla is no fire breather, but Neil remembers her all the same. When I called his studio in Florida to inquire about the sculpture, he responded immediately with “Oh, Queen Connie!” In 1987, the Neil family had already made the move to Florida, but Neil Sr. was planning a trip to complete a series of commissioned sculptures in the Northeast. He put in a call to O’Neil-Gittens, the automobile dealer who’d purchased a few of his smaller sculptures, including a dolphin and lighthouse, for her property. They were “more or less lawn ornaments,” she says — albeit lawn ornaments that required transportation in a truck. So Neil Sr. made the pitch: Would O’Neil-Gittens consider something bigger — a landmark? The sculptor and his clients began tossing around ideas. At first O’Neil-Gittens considered a pioneer woman, the embodiment of Pioneer Auto Sales. (The first female car salesperson and dealership owner in Vermont, O’Neil-Gittens says she chose her business name because she felt like something of a pioneer back in 1969, when she set up shop.) But her son nixed the pioneer idea, so she put the question to Neil. If he could build anything, what would it be? He suggested a “King Kong”-type character — an enormous gorilla — and O’Neil-Gittens agreed. Her only stipulations were that the gorilla be female, in a nod to her trailblazing ways, and that the sculpture have some tie to the automobile industry. The dealership sponsored a contest for local schoolchildren to pick a name for the sculpture, and “Queen Connie” — so dubbed because of her concrete structure — earned a kid from Pittsford a bright-red bicycle. Neil arrived on the Fourth of July in 1987 and spent the next several weeks
constructing Connie on the small rise overlooking Route 7. He mixed his concrete in a wheelbarrow and applied layer upon layer atop a steel rebar armature. “I believe that gorilla’s got some serious steel in it,” Neil Jr. says. They hoisted Connie’s crowning glory, an old VW bug, into place with a crane. “A structure should last lifetimes, as long as it’s taken care of,” says Neil Jr. Connie’s seen better days — she needs a fresh paint job, O’Neil-Gittens concedes, and the VW has gone rusty with age. The dealership, too, has struggled in recent years. The family business once specialized in wholesale auto sales. In its heyday, the family stored as many as 100 cars on the lot and sold upwards of 1000 in a given year. Now just nine or 10 languish in front of the dealership, which is housed in an old West Salisbury railroad depot that was relocated to the roadside spot in the 1930s or ’40s. O’Neil-Gittens says that, though she and her son, general manager Michael Cameron, have dialed back operations in recent years, they’re hoping to jump-start the ailing business in the months ahead. Meanwhile, T.J. Neil Jr. carries on his father’s concrete-sculpting tradition in Florida. “It’s not easy,” he warns. “You’ve got to be a plasterer, an iron worker, an artist and an engineer to make these sculptures.” But the benefit, he says, is that he can create works of art that the public can touch and sit on. Asked what he’s working on these days, he mentions a “cat-goyle” — think a mix of gargoyle and cat — and a few manatees and dolphins. Now firmly rooted in the Sunshine State, Neil is in manatee country. “I would rather make dragons and gargoyles,” he says, “but you’ve got to pay the rent.” Outraged, or merely curious, about something? Send your burning question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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with oxygen. Glucose and oxygen are carried by the blood, so during times of strenuous mental activity you’d expect a boost in cerebral blood flow plus an increase in glucose and oxygen use, reflecting greater energy consumption. And, for a long time, that’s what scientists figured was happening: • In 1878, an Italian scientist working with a patient with a hole in his skull found the brain pulsated faster when the fellow solved arithmetic problems. • When volunteers participated in a card-sorting test for a 1995 study, their brain blood flow and glucose use both increased 12 percent. • A 1987 study asking volunteers to daydream in detail about taking a walk found their overall brain
metabolism increased by 10 percent. • A 1992 study of Tetris players found that over the course of playing the game five days a week for one or two months their brain glucose consumption declined significantly, suggesting their thinking had become more efficient with practice. However, on closer examination, things aren’t so simple. For example, in that card-sorting test, while brain blood flow and glucose went up, oxygen use didn’t, meaning there was no increase in combustion — the brain wasn’t burning appreciably more fuel. Exactly what it is doing neuroscientists are still trying to figure out. Brain blood flow doesn’t increase fast enough to provide an instant energy boost; researchers now guess the blood
in a remarkably efficient way. The human brain has about 86 billion neurons packed into the same volume as a grapefruit. (Gorillas and orangutans, our closest primate competitors brain-sizewise, each have about 33 billion neurons.) The most powerful electronic brain in the world is currently the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, which can perform 17.6 quadrillion floating-point operations per second, or 17.6 petaflops. With the caveat that minds and computers aren’t strictly comparable, it’s been estimated that the computing power of the human brain is 1 exaflop, or 57 times greater. Sure, in terms of sheer processing power, machines will undoubtedly overtake humans, some say within the decade. But let’s put that in perspective. Remember, the adult brain uses about 20 watts, meaning its productivity is about 50 petaflops per watt. The output of a typical supercomputer is just under 2.5 gigaflops per watt. That’s 1/20 millionth the efficiency of the brain. To put that in terms a little easier to grasp, the Titan supercomputer is a liquid-cooled 8.2-megawatt monster filling a building the size of a large suburban house. The more powerful human model fits under a hat.
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ou know in the cartoons when a guy thinks so hard steam comes out his ears? OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but churning of a serious nature does go on up there when you’re putting forth mental effort. The brain burns plenty of calories when at rest, and from outward signs you could easily believe concentrating causes energy use to spike. The reality, however, is more complex and arguably more interesting. Your brain accounts for only 2 percent of your body weight but consumes roughly 20 percent of your calorie intake. The percentage is even higher in kids, whose brains are still developing. The average newborn’s brain uses close to 75 percent of available energy, and an 11-year-old’s still burns through a third. For an adult, that translates into something like 20 watts. About 60 to 80 percent of the brain’s energy is used for “neural signaling” — thinking, as the common folk call it — with the remainder devoted to repair and replenishment. Like other bodily tissue, the brain burns glucose for fuel, which means combining it
rate ratchets up to cool the brain or carry away waste products. Glucose breakdown increases, but without combustion (oxidation) the energy surge is modest, maybe less than 1 percent. Nonetheless the fact remains: The brain consumes a disproportionate share of energy, most of which goes into thinking. That being the case, some brain scientists say we need to take a different view of what goes on up there. The old notion was that the brain was essentially passive, reacting to external stimuli. Now that we realize external events don’t change cerebral energy use that much, a different picture is emerging: Most of our mental activity is strictly internal. Duh, you say. Now, now. Neurologist Marcus Raichle, writing in the journal Science, calls the brain “a Bayesian inference engine, designed to generate predictions about the future.” Another way of putting it is that the brain is the repository of the self, the construct of memories, conclusions and desires that constitute our personalities. All that energy goes to feed the crew of pipe-smoking dwarves between our ears who rummage through the accumulated input of our senses, ponder its significance and plot our next move. And those dwarves go about it
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and the baby — she merits a termination only when dealt the grimmest of fates. In Ireland, as in the U.S. before Roe v. Wade, there are no elective abortions, only “therapeutic” ones. Doctors — not women — decide. Abortion’s radical foes consider women’s sexual freedom trivial at best. But that’s not all they assign minimum value to. “To save a 4-month-old fetus, they killed my 31-year-old daughter,” Savita’s mother told Indian television. Make that a 4-month-old dead fetus. Jessica Valenti, in the Nation, stated it more boldly: “Savita’s death is a reminder that no matter how far we think women have come, to some ... [o]ur lives are worth nothing.” A shrinking majority of Americans supports a woman’s right to choose abortion. A recent Gallup poll found that only 38 percent favored abortion’s legality in any or most circumstances, compared with 39 percent who believed it should be legal in only a few and 20 percent who would outlaw it entirely. Other surveys, such as one by CBS and the New York Times, yield similar responses. The U.S. government has a clear anti-choice majority. Thirty-four states elected Republican majorities in their statehouses along with Republican governors. In spite of gains on the prochoice side in this election, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, antichoice U.S. Congress members still outnumber pro-choice ones 3 to 2. In the Democrat-controlled Senate, the antis lead the pros, as well. Last month, the bullet to the heart of reproductive freedom hit its target on the other side of the Atlantic. But make no mistake: It is aimed at American women, too. m
persons — was meant to ban abortion “even in cases of rape or incest.” No, the fact-checkers conceded, the party platform did not mention these caveats. And, yes, an amendment would let states criminalize abortion in all cases. But not all Republicans are so radical. Supporting the amendment, FactCheck concluded, is “a far cry from advocating an abortion ban that would apply in cases of rape or incest.” It may be a far cry from exactly that, but it’s not a far cry from, essentially, outlawing abortion. Rape, incest and the threat of maternal death account for about 3 percent of pregnancy terminations in the U.S. More fundamental: Limiting abortion to these circumstances demolishes women’s choice, and the concept of abortion as a choice, entirely. Who would determine, and how, whether the legal criteria were met? Would a victim’s word suffice as proof of incest, or would the opinion of child-protective authorities be required? Would a woman have to report a rape to the police, or wait for a conviction, by which time the baby would be born? The judgment, in any case, would be out of the woman’s hands. And what if imminent death were the only instance in which an American could terminate a pregnancy, as Ryan would prefer? We could expect inquests like the one going on in Ireland, which will parse whether Savita was in fact expiring or merely ill enough to, say, lose her liver. It is not only the tiny quantity of abortions covered by these cases that makes their exclusive acceptance a disguised ploy to outlaw choice. It is the quality of their circumstances. In rape or incest, a woman becomes pregnant by coercion or violence; she does not have sex of her own volition, with one unintended consequence. And if her life is in danger — even if she wanted the sex
SEVENDAYSVT.COM 12.05.12-12.12.12 SEVEN DAYS 30 FEATURE
As one foster child relates her harrowing journey, Vermont struggles with the loss of a major care provider BY DAVID GOODMAN
Note: In order to protect the privacy of alleged victims of sexual abuse, the names of Tanya, her sister Liza, and her foster parents, Amy and Bob Wilson, are pseudonyms. All other facts and quotations in this story are real.
foster-care systems, which has been sharply criticized by many foster-care families. Until recently, Tanya and Liza were “Casey kids.” CFS offers “therapeutic foster care” for what are deemed the most difficult and complicated cases, often involving older and high-needs children, including children with disabilities. Tanya became a Casey kid at the age of 17 after a number of other foster-care placements failed. For years, CFS has provided foster-care programs under state contracts in Maryland, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It is part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), which UPS founder Jim Casey and his siblings launched in 1948 and named in honor of their mother. AECF is one of the largest private foundations in the United States, with assets of about $2.7 billion. Foster kids often have a long history of being abandoned by the adults they trust. So when the board of the Annie E. Casey Foundation announced in June that it was closing CFS after 36 years of operation — including its offices in Winooski and White River Junction — the story had an all-too-familiar ring for Vermont’s foster children. AECF “has an obligation to the kids currently in their care,” says Mark Floegel, a Burlington resident who has been a foster parent to five Casey kids. “These kids have already been traumatized by the abandonment of trusted caregivers.” Instead of continuing CFS as a direct-service agency, AECF will award $20 million in grants to other agencies in order to “have the potential to impact thousands of children and families, far beyond those currently served,” according to a statement issued by the foundation. Casey Family Services has been funded by a $34 million annual grant from AECF. Floegel and other Vermont foster parents wrote to the foundation in July urging them to gradually phase out Casey Family Services rather than abruptly leave. AECF vice president of external affairs Lisa Hamilton says in a phone interview, “We are honored
The abrupt shutdown of CFS
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that those families think so highly of the work done by Casey Family Services, and we have worked to ensure a smooth transition for the children in our care. “We have proceeded with our plan when we announced the closure, working with state agencies to find the best solution for the children,” Hamilton adds. Asked who will be receiving those grants, Hamilton says that it will take several years before AECF can “figure out who the right organizations are to partner with for the new strategy,” but that some grants will be awarded next year.
Currently there are about 1000 children in foster care in Vermont. Cindy Walcott, DCF deputy commissioner for family services, explains that children can be in foster care for three primary reasons. In Vermont, just over two-thirds of foster children are there as a result of being abused and neglected at home, 14 percent have behavior issues and are “beyond parental control,” and 18.5 percent are found guilty of a crime. About 600 of Vermont’s foster children live with foster parents or with relatives. Another 170 children live in supervised group homes, and a number, including some who have broken the law, live in treatment centers. Vermont foster families typically receive monthly stipends of $500 to $600 from DCF to cover the cost of food, housing, clothing and other expenses for each child. DCF Commissioner Dave Yacavone explains that Vermont offers “a system of care whereby some of the children just have a foster-care home and a state social worker, while other children need more intensive treatment services, and we contract with organizations that can provide those services.” Among the organizations with whom DCF contracts are Casey Family Services, Easter Seals, Northeastern Family Institute, Laraway School and the HowardCenter. By contrast, some states, including Kansas, Florida and Colorado, have privatized their
anya was a hardworking student who dressed impeccably and got good grades. The sociable sixth grader at Stowe Elementary School was popular with her friends. But her cheerful exterior masked a secret. Every day when the 12-yearold came home, she confronted a monster. Tanya alleges that, for about two years, her stepfather routinely abused her sexually, verbally and physically. Her mother did not, or could not, stop the abuse and would sometimes beat the young girl herself. So begins the story of one Vermont foster child. But it is also the story of a strained state foster-care system forced to cope with a new challenge. In a move that stunned Vermont’s social-service community, Casey Family Services (CFS), which has provided direct assistance to about 100 of the most challenging fostercare and adoption cases in Vermont, announced last summer that it was closing its doors and transferring all its cases — including Tanya’s — by the end of December. For Tanya, entering the foster-care system was supposed to help restore her broken trust. Instead, Casey’s departure this month is yet another in a series of betrayals by those who were supposed to care for her. Tanya, who came to the U.S. from South Asia at the age of 8, was adept at hiding the bruises from her beatings and keeping quiet about her ongoing sexual abuse. Her stepfather terrified her. On weekends, the petite girl would work alongside her mother cleaning hotels in central Vermont. It was hard work that she says was often “disgusting.” As Tanya got older, her stepfather grew more violent. She says of the alleged sexual assaults, “I don’t think we had a week without it. It was pretty constant.” Tears stream down her face as she quietly recounts the story in a recent interview. Why didn’t she tell someone? “Abusive men have control over you,” she replies with wisdom beyond her years. “He was very persuasive. I feel like I was brainwashed into thinking what he was doing was right. It took me a couple years to realize that.” Tanya endured, thinking that she was at least protecting her younger sister, Liza. But when her stepfather began to threaten Liza, too, Tanya found the strength to defy him. In the spring of 2006, Tanya walked into the office of her school guidance counselor and described everything that was going on at home. But there was a caveat: “I told her, please don’t tell anyone, I don’t wanna be in foster care.” The concerned counselor gave Tanya her home phone number and urged her to call any time she needed to. Then, as required by law, she reported the abuse to Vermont’s Department for Children and Families (DCF). At home, Tanya grew more defiant. Her stepfather began unplugging the phone so she couldn’t call for help. But the girl discovered a sense of power she didn’t know she had. “I felt a little stronger and more sure of myself and I knew what he doing was wrong,” she recalls. “So he had less control. I wasn’t letting him touch
me. He tried — he yelled more. But at that point I just didn’t care. “I remember one time he was yelling at me to sweep a certain place,” Tanya continues. “I slammed the broom down and said, ‘No. You do it.’ He was almost startled. I remember that felt so good, just saying no to him.” On the last day of school that year, Tanya and Liza took the bus to Stowe Elementary as they always did. They were excited — summer break was only a few hours away. But the guidance counselor met the girls as they got off the bus and asked them to come to her office. She told them they were not going home. The sisters would soon be picked up by different parents and brought to a new home. As her classmates ran around squealing and cavorting on the playground, Tanya sat. She was scared, not knowing what lay ahead. At the age of 12, Tanya suddenly had a new role: foster child. Now 18, Tanya is able to legally speak for herself about her experiences. She has a bright, infectious smile that fills a room and belies what she has gone through. To meet this attractive, upbeat young woman, you would never guess the rough road she has traveled to get where she is. Tanya chose to tell her story to a reporter on behalf of other Vermont foster children who are too young to speak for themselves.
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The abrupt shutdown of CFS has roiled the social-service and philanthropic communities. Nita Lescher, director of CFS’ Vermont office, says she was surprised and saddened by the announcement, which blindsided state agencies and Vermont’s child-welfare advocates. Michael Brennan, the mayor of Portland, Maine, and the chair of the CFS board of advisers, says of the closure, “I think it’s a terrible decision, the wrong decision and it’s based on wrong information.” Brennan notes that he was not consulted about the nonprofit’s termination and that it was not done for financial reasons. He says new AECF CEO Patrick McCarthy is determined to change the direction of the foundation. “I think it’s a huge step in the wrong direction in New England and across the country in terms of direct services in child welfare,” Brennan asserts. The closure on December 31 will result in a total of 280 CFS employees losing their jobs and will affect 400 children around the region. In Vermont, 28 employees will lose their jobs and 100 Casey kids, including Tanya and 28 other foster children, adoptees and other kids with special needs, will find themselves with new social workers. Most of Casey’s existing cases have already been transferred to DCF, which has scrambled to find service providers for the most challenging individuals. One thing is almost certain: The high level of support and services provided to Casey kids — which can include intensive psychological counseling for children and families, financial support for college, and highly responsive case management — will likely be reduced. “The state cannot [provide] and has not provided the level of support that Casey did,” concedes Yacavone. “We are going to have to adjust gradually and carefully to maintain the level of care.” He adds quickly, “As commissioner, I want to do more than that.” Yacavone says he is determined to break the cycle of poverty, violence and failure in which many foster children are trapped. He notes that under the Shumlin administration, DCF added 18 social workers in 2011 and another nine in 2012 in an effort to reduce the size of caseloads and improve services to foster children. But Yacovone notes that the problems of foster children run deep: of children served from 2006 to 2008, 30 percent of boys and 10 percent of girls ended up in prison within three years of leaving foster care. “We’ve got to do better than that. I want to make sure these kids succeed,” says Yacavone. “I gotta fight for those resources.”
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On the last day of elementary school, in 2006, a couple from Eden picked up Tanya and Liza. “At first it was very exciting because everything was new — new beds, everything new. They were kind to us,” Tanya recalls.
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SOME 30 PERCENT OF BOYS AND 10 PERCENT OF GIRLS END UP IN PRISON WITHIN THREE YEARS OF LEAVING FOSTER CARE.
That fall, she entered Lamoille Union Middle School, relieved to be in a better place. Meanwhile, Tanya’s stepfather was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and domestic assault. The brave 12-year-old testified for six hours against her stepfather and was grilled by attorneys. The legal drama was surreal and disturbing for her. “I thought they didn’t believe me,” Tanya says. She didn’t know the outcome of that case until told by a journalist for this article. According to Lamoille County Deputy State’s Attorney Todd Shove, who prosecuted the case, the stepfather pled guilty in 2007 to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault and was given a suspended sentence of six to 12 months. He did not serve jail time, but he and Tanya’s mother were subsequently divorced. DCF’s effort to terminate the parental rights of Tanya’s mother and birth father was appealed by the parents and ultimately went before the Vermont Supreme Court, which ruled last year that the terminations had
been improperly conducted. The parental-rights issue became moot for Tanya when she turned 18 this year, but Liza remains in legal limbo. After a year in DCF-licensed foster care, the situation with Tanya’s new foster mother “started getting a little more complicated. I think she was having issues with herself, and she couldn’t take care of us any longer. It was frustrating,” Tanya recounts, “because she told us we were going to be there forever and she was going to adopt us.” Tanya was “very depressed and very emotional,” she says, when the foster mother’s condition meant that she and Liza unexpectedly had to leave their foster home. Over the next year, the girls moved in and out of two more foster homes. They were then returned to their birth mother, who was separated from her abusive husband but was now pregnant. DCF had been working with their mother; the agency almost always prefers to keep children with biological parents when a situation is safe and stable. “I was very excited,” Tanya says of returning to her mother. “I liked the foster home I was in, but I didn’t feel like I belonged in the family. The kids treated us like foster kids,” she says of the last home she was in before returning to her mother, and the parents would always side with their biological child “even if they were lying.” But old problems quickly resurfaced with Tanya’s birth mother. “My mom was yelling 24/7,” says Tanya. The conflict peaked when her mother threw a glass vase at Tanya that cut her face. She and Liza escaped to a neighbor’s house. A week later, DCF returned them to foster care. For the first time, the sisters were separated and moved into different homes. Tanya moved in with foster parents in Hardwick. “I loved them,” she says. “They had the whole white picket fence, three kids, and I felt very supported and felt they really cared about me.” The couple promised to adopt her, and Tanya took her foster parents’ last name and enrolled in Hazen Union High School. She had a group of friends and the stable family and home she had always wanted. “I just put [my foster mother] on Cloud 9,” Tanya recounts. “She said I reminded her of herself. She saw herself in me. I felt like she had a connection with me.” Tanya’s rough life finally hit a smooth patch. It lasted for a little more than two years. A week before her senior year was to begin, in August 2011, Tanya’s foster parents called her into the kitchen. Her DCF social worker was there. Tanya’s foster mother, who had promised to adopt her, abruptly announced that the girl had 20 minutes to gather her things and leave. She accused Tanya of flirting with her husband. Tanya was stunned, bewildered and hurt. Her dream had once again turned into a nightmare.
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Tanya hurtles toward Earth at breakneck speed. The ground is coming up fast. Then her chute opens. She drifts down gently into a soft landing. She beams with pride. Skydiving. That’s how Tanya chose to spend the day following her high school commencement in June, an experience she describes during an interview. When asked why, she breaks into a bright smile and laughs. She says that jumping out of a plane is one of many things on her bucket list.
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who’s going through a rough time,” she says. “They might spill their guts in public to anyone, and people look at them like they’re idiots. They just want someone to listen to them.” Asked how she’s able to be so resilient, Tanya goes to her room to retrieve her journals, which she has kept since she was a young girl. “I love the fact that I kept diaries, because there are times I wonder, did that really happen or did I make that up?” she says. “And I read back what I said. It’s bizarre to me that I almost don’t recognize myself sometimes, because I feel like a whole new person. I am still young, and … I have been given the opportunity to turn my life around. “I always tell myself that things are worse for other people,” Tanya goes on. “I at least have a roof over my head and people who care about me. I have a good support system and people to fall back on. That keeps me going. Without them, I couldn’t be here, for sure.”
Amy and Bob Wilson already had a full house. They had adopted two other foster children and, six months earlier, had become foster parents to Liza. When Tanya was suddenly turned out of her house last fall, Liza begged the Wilsons to take her sister in. The bighearted family was about to get bigger. One reason the Wilsons felt they could expand was that Tanya and Liza had recently begun working with Casey Family Services, which Amy describes as “top of the ladder” in the foster-care system. “Knowing that support was available, my husband and I took it on,” says Amy. “We were doing this in partnership with an agency that was gonna be there for the long haul.” The Wilsons took out a loan and built an extra room in their Essex home to accommodate their growing family. It was the sixth home for Tanya and the eighth for Liza since they were first removed from their mother five years prior. Tanya registered for her senior year at Essex High School — her 11th school since entering kindergarten. Amy Wilson, who works with at-risk youth, and Bob Wilson, a supervisor for a Burlington construction company, sit at the table as Tanya tells her story. Bob, a big man with a deep voice, dabs his eyes as Tanya recounts a life in which hope and heartbreak alternate with breathtaking speed. “I never heard some of these stories,” he observes quietly. Bob says of being a foster parent, “People say they’re not really your kids. But it’s not like that. It’s about who loves you and who stands by you. That’s what family is.” Says Amy, “We have the kids we have because that’s who we were meant to parent. We could have our own children.” She motions to the kids running around the house. “They are clearly supposed to be here. They are our children.” Amy adds, “A remarkable piece of Tanya’s story is how many times these children have, with absolutely no processing, their life changes — boom — here’s your new family. Why would they believe anyone anymore? How many times can you hear that you are going to be in our family forever?” Last year, Tanya took on a familiar task: reinventing herself in a new school. She was soon connecting with friends, doing well in school and building a life with her new foster family. She keeps her troubles to herself. Few, if any, of her friends know what she’s gone through. “Kids would be surprised,” Tanya concedes. “I’ve been told by others, ‘Oh, you must be a spoiled rich girl who has anything she wants.’ I was just the preppy girl who dressed nicely.” She continues, “I always smile a lot and people think I’m happy all the time. Which I am. But I’m very good at hiding my emotions. “I’m sometimes embarrassed,” Tanya says. “I don’t want people to treat me differently because of my past. I think it’s better to keep things to myself.” Tanya’s experiences seem to have given her a sixth sense about other young people. “I can almost sense
Tanya has big plans for the future. She is currently working with children in a local after-school program. “I absolutely love working with kids,” she says. “It’s a chance for me to be a kid again. I get to run around the playground and play tag. So it’s for my own needs, too.” Tanya is currently taking classes at a local college. But nothing is simple for her. Her immigration status is preventing her from getting financial aid, which she will need to fulfill her dream of getting a bachelor’s degree. She hopes someday to be a clinical psychologist. “Counselors say, ‘We understand.’ But they don’t,” says Tanya. “It would be nice to have a professional who has been through the system. This is my way of giving back and supporting other foster kids.” “The state was my parent,” she muses. “It’s been part of my life since I was 12.” What would she tell other kids in foster care? “You’re not what they tell you you are,” she replies. “You are better than that. I want to show you that you have control over your life, [especially] in your attitude.” There’s something else Tanya would do for kids in her situation. “I would just listen. It would have been nice to have someone who just sits there and listens to you. And I would remind them that [their situation] is not their fault.” Tanya has maintained a relationship with her biological mother and her mother’s young son, who visit periodically. Tanya has mixed feelings. “There’s still part of me that remembers that she didn’t protect me. I still have an image of what a mother should be, and she was not fit to be a mother. But there’s part of me that sees that she’s trying and she’s changing. And I want to give her a chance. Life is unpredictable, and I wouldn’t want to regret anything. “It’s not easy for her, either,” Tanya says. “She’s single, in a minimum-wage job and raising a son. I still want to help her out, financially, I guess.” As she speaks, the Wilsons’ other three kids buzz around the house, coming in from soccer practice, running out to the backyard to play on the swing set. Amy and Bob sit quietly in the dining room, visibly moved by Tanya’s stories. Tanya “gives me so much hope for me and my children and in the work that I do,” says Amy. “The resiliency and ability to suffer unimaginable things … and to not just survive but to thrive — that’s remarkable. I feel incredibly blessed and lucky that I get to share this journey with her. It’s an honor. I think she’s gonna set this world on fire.” Tanya, says Amy, “changes people who she meets. People don’t forget about her.” In October, the Wilson family gathered in probate court in Burlington to finalize their legal adoption of Tanya. At long last, she has found her “forever family.” “It’s messy. It’s not the white picket fence,” concedes Amy. “But there’s never a doubt that we are a family and we are going to stay together.” And what does finally being adopted mean to Tanya? She pauses briefly to consider the question. “It feels like we have closure,” she finally replies, “and that it’s just the beginning to something better.” m
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TV in the cutting room is drowned out by the purr of saws as crafters cut puzzles to order, one piece at a time. But even during the crush of the holiday season, the operation appears to run smoothly. And the down-home charm of this Vermont business seems to be part of its appeal. At the workshop recently, Richardson’s friendly demeanor and colorful outfit — a lime-green vest over a pastel plaid shirt — belie the devilishness for which he’s known. Richardson and his clientele have a sadomasochistic relationship, evident in his fan mail: “Happily tormented for 15 years and looking forward to more!” “I love you! I hate you! I can’t live without you!” The seeds of Richardson’s puzzle-making career were planted early. When he was 9, his grandfather gave him a Dremel electric jigsaw so he could make his own puzzles. He set up the saw in the basement of his Attleboro, Mass., home but kept cutting himself. After a particularly harrowing accident, his mother
hat do you buy for the person who has everything? Steve Richardson has spent the last four decades answering this question, usually with some variation on the following: hours and hours of diabolical jigsaw-puzzle-induced agony. The owner and self-described Chief Tormenter of Stave Puzzles, Richardson designs beautiful, infuriating puzzles for the rich and famous. The Norwich, Vt.-based company counts Bill and Melinda Gates and Barbara Bush among its most devoted customers. Musical composer Stephen Sondheim gives the elegant, cherry-backed puzzles to his cast and crew on opening nights. Even Queen Elizabeth II has a pair of Stave puzzles, which never feature an image on the box, the better to keep puzzlers guessing. “I’m out to entertain the best and the brightest,” says Richardson, a 73-year-old computer scientist who never thought the puzzle company he started with Dave Tibbetts 38 years ago would last, let alone dominate the über-niche market for high-end custom puzzles — from a small workshop in Vermont. These days, Stave employs 25 people and sells $200,000 worth of puzzles a month. The workshop doesn’t look like the kind of place you’d imagine churning out luxury puzzles (which range from $145 to several thousand dollars each; either way, if you lose a piece, it’s $85 to replace it). Richardson’s office is cluttered with piles of paper, notebooks and jars overflowing with pens. Employees walk around without shoes. A
ran down to the basement to whisk him off to the doctor, but not before unplugging the saw and throwing it in the trash. “One week!” exclaims Richardson. “That’s how long my puzzle-cutting career lasted.” Life went on. Richardson graduated from Colby College, where he majored in math and met Martha, now his wife and current business partner. He went on to earn an MBA in computer science from the University of Michigan. Eventually, Richardson ended up working for an accounting firm in New Jersey. On a visit to the Upper Valley in 1969 — Martha’s dad was an engineering professor at Dartmouth College — Richardson recalls, “I was walking around in a funk because I knew I had to drive back to New Jersey.” He passed the offices of a computing company and, curious, popped in. They were hiring. Richardson leapt at the opportunity to relocate, bringing Martha and their two sons with him. But six months later, the company ran out of money and laid him off. Also laid off was a graphic designer named David Tibbetts, who teamed up with Richardson to start a custom cardboardpuzzle company called Strategy House. The pair scraped by until 1974, when a wealthy Bostonian saw their ad in the Yellow Pages. He wanted to know if they ever made wooden puzzles. For many years, the guy had been a customer of Par Puzzles, a New York City-based operation that since 1932 had been producing elegant puzzles for deeppocketed customers and celebrated families such as the Rockefellers, DuPonts and Mellons. Before Par’s founders retired in the early ’70s — the company has since been revived in Massapequa, N.Y. — it was selling puzzles for $300 a pop. Richardson and Tibbetts sold their 500-piece cardboard puzzles for $3 each. When Richardson visited the Boston puzzle collector to see what a $300 specimen looked like, “I practically fainted,” he says. Back in Norwich, resolved to switch to wood puzzles, Richardson and Tibbetts set up shop in the former’s garage. Richardson acquired a saw from his father-in-law and used the Boston man’s puzzle for reference. He still needed to procure saw blades and the right wood — “This is five-ply wood, mahogany back; you don’t go to the lumber yard to get that,” he says. Gradually, the two honed their technique. And then came their new name, Stave — a hybrid of their first names and a verb meaning to break into pieces. Their big break came when they placed an ad in the New Yorker that fall. The very first customer from that ad, Richardson says, spent an average of $50,000 a year with Stave over the next 20 years. Talk about customer loyalty. According to Richardson, the guy was a “zillionaire living down in Cape Cod. He’d just given up booze, just given up smoking. And we were the next addiction.” Every day for the next two decades of his life, the fellow worked to crack Stave codes.
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“Puzzling is very therapeutic for everybody,” Richardson says, “because you feel like you’re making order out of chaos.” After the first two years of Stave, Richardson bought out Tibbetts, who he says had grown bored, for $1 and a saw. These days, Stave’s reputation is akin to that of the jewelry empire Tiffany & Co., with its iconic blue boxes. Puzzle lovers know they’re getting the best when they see a Stave box. “If they don’t get the blue box with the green trim and the gold clown, they think, What is this?” Richardson says. But it’s what’s inside that really matters. At Stave’s headquarters, completed puzzles are displayed in archive drawers. Some are traditional, made with family photos. Others are composed of original commissioned artwork, such as a Nutcracker Suite puzzle with threedimensional dancers. Others are maddening, such as a monochrome “trick” puzzle, meaning the pieces fit together many different ways, but only one way is correct. An included clue, or “biscuit,” explains how to know if you’ve found it. Adorning the walls are letters from Stave admirers, including one from Queen Elizabeth II after she received her limited-edition Midsummer Night’s Dream puzzle: “Her majesty much looks forward to enjoying it!” At least once a month, Richardson says fondly, someone calls wanting to strangle him. It might be because he used negative
space to create infuriating shadows of the seven dwarves in a Snow White puzzle. “This is why I love this business, because we’re paid to drive people crazy,” he says, grinning. For Richardson, keeping people like Bill and Melinda Gates happily puzzled is an especially delicious challenge. The couple once bought one of Stave’s mystery puzzles, which come with corresponding whodunit story booklets. To advance the story, you have to make progress in the puzzle, and, when you finish a chapter, you’re instructed to call Stave to find out if your answer to the mystery is correct. Richardson came into the office one Monday morning after sending off the Gateses’ five-chapter puzzle to find five messages from Bill and Melinda on his answering machine, each one delightedly announcing a correct answer. Once, in 1989, Richardson’s devilish scheming went too far. He designed an April Fool’s puzzle made up of five simple pieces that appeared to fit together in a circle. However, each piece was cut so that, no matter how they were arranged, the last piece would never quite fit. The joke fell flat with puzzlers who were so used to being tortured by Stave designs, they figured even this one must have a solution. Embarrassed, Richardson reimbursed the 40 people who had bought the puzzle and pulled it from the market. Like any product, puzzles must be
tested before they’re sold to make sure they work — and appeal to puzzlers. “We have to be careful there’s not too much chaos, that there’s puzzle integrity, so when the final piece goes in, it feels right,” Richardson says. Jan Binger has been testing Stave puzzles from her home in Plainfield, N.H., for the past five years. The 79-year-old retired mapmaker has done jigsaw puzzles all her life. “I love them,” she says. “This way I get to do [Stave puzzles] without paying the price. They’re not cheap.” While testing them, she may notice that the title of a puzzle doesn’t correspond with the image. Or that the pieces fit together too loosely. Or that the concept is a dud. “One time [Richardson] tried to do a new puzzle, and it was just squares, and I didn’t like it at all,” Binger says. “I said, I hate this; I can’t do it! And I’ve never seen one since.” Stave’s No. 1 source of new customers is the luxury resort Twin Farms in Barnard, Vt., which caters to a similarly well-heeled clientele — rates start at $1300. Forty Stave puzzles are distributed throughout the common spaces, and guests receive a small complimentary puzzle to take home with them. Twin Farms also hosts Stave puzzleparty weekends. The participants, who come from all over the country, “do a lot of serious, latenight puzzling,” says Jessica Johnson, a
marketing/executive assistant and event coordinator at the resort. They take breaks, of course, for cocktails, meals and an outing to Stave’s Norwich workshop. “They are a first-rate business in everything they do,” says Johnson, and notes that Stave’s position as a local Vermont business “adds to the appeal” for resort guests. The parties are a fun way for Richardson to meet his devotees, too. “We find that our customers are often so embarrassed about how much money they spend with us that they don’t tell their friends and family,” he says. “But they love to come to a party where there are other nutcases who enjoy the same thing.” It took about 20 years to get there, Richardson says, but Stave has reached critical mass. “I don’t want to grow the business anymore,” he admits. “When you have a luxury craft business like this, there’s only so much market out there.” But he’s still adding warm new touches, such as the thank-you notes he began writing when the recession hit to customers who had spent more than $1000 in any given month. And, most importantly, Richardson says, he hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for lovingly torturing the 1 percent. “It’s still fun coming in every day,” he says. m
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From Planet Jr., the Vermont writer’s latest collection of poems, winner of the 2012 Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award at Iowa State University.
Winter as a Profit and Loss Statement Saplings stuck in the bank will show the plow truck, in a month, the road’s edge.
The desk replaces the field, the lamp replaces the sun, one hand tills with a pencil.
The torrential rains, wind. Later, after dawn, clotted flakes cataract the skylight.
She bangs the paddles of the gutter cleaner with a mallet.
The windows are opaque with ice, fissure lines squiggle like the seam where the plates of the human skull fuse. Snow driven in the slice of space between the barn boards.
To cool a hot pie they place it in the snow beyond the back door and cut into it an hour later. In the morning: the plate shape embossed there, ghost of the full moon. *
She’s felt a man go away without moving a muscle. She’s seen a man veer away from a woman and he didn’t move at all. The chicken’s struggle written in wing-marks and scarlet beside the dog prints stabbed in the snow. The plow’s growl scrapes her out of a dream, dumps her back on the mattress.
Snowflakes stick singly and doubly to a cow’s roan coat, skewered to a hair.
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reign: her daughter Laura. The girl was just getting interested in gymnastics eight years ago when the University of Vermont closed its gymnastics facility and turned its collegiate program into a club sport. So Reeves and her husband, Tom, a vice president at IBM in Essex Junction, bought UVM’s gymnastics equipment and opened Regal in a rented Winooski warehouse. When the entire Reeves clan relocated to Connecticut for Tom’s job, Laura and her sister, Katherine, received a level of coaching unavailable in Vermont. In 2010, Laura was Connecticut state champion; Katherine ranked second in her level. qUEEn oF FUn
The keeper of the castle is Regal’s ultra-high-energy owner and founder, Erika Reeves. The 53-year-old mother of seven — her children range in age from 11 to 35 — says she channels all her energy into the gym, which occupies her seven days a week. In addition to having a Type-A personality, Reeves admits that running Regal is a form of therapy. Reeves’ son, Mark, died of cancer in June 1998, just three days before his eighth birthday. “You have two choices in life,” she says. “I could have stayed home and been bitter for the rest of my life, or I can use him to be a positive force that drives me.” There’s another reason for Regal’s
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he toddlers at Regal Gymnastics Academy in Essex are in a fullthrottle energy burn during a Tuesday morning open-gym hour, scampering over colorful foam blocks, teetering on balance beams and dangling from parallel bars. In another part of the brightly lit gym, several 4-year-olds “work out” on miniature exercise benches —with foam-rubber barbells — and pint-size treadmills, while others swing on nearby climbing ropes.
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On weekends, Regal now hosts as many as 10 two-hour birthday parties, providing parents with a one-price party package that includes “everything but the cake”: goodie bags, art projects, organic juices, coffee for the parents, full run of the kid village and, of course, plenty of gymnastics. “Where else can you have a party in a real stone castle?” Reeves asks rhetorically. The centerpiece of the birthday area is as lavish as it gets. And there’s nary a paper napkin or plate in sight. Isn’t she worried about kids breaking her dishes? “Eh, who cares?” she says, with a shrug. The royal treatment doesn’t come cheap: A two-hour party costs $300 for eight kids and $10 for each additional child. In September, Meghan Stockamore of Colchester spent $380 on a Regal birthday party for her 7-year-old daughter, Avery. The mother of two said it was a bit more “programmed” than Avery’s previous birthday parties at the former, more “free-for-all” Regal gym in Winooski. But she didn’t regret the investment. “The kids seemed to enjoy it,” says Stockamore. It’s “a great facility, so I’ll give them props.” Adults who bring kids to Regal’s classes seem to share that sentiment; the gym offers classes for both children and adults, ranging from beginner hip-hop to ballroom dancing. On a recent November morning, Kathy Swigon is seated in Regal’s bistro — her granddaughter, Sabena Dymond, 3, of Milton, is gobbling down a bran muffin before her tumble class. “Oh, it’s a wonderful place. Sabena totally enjoys it here,” says Swigon, who drives in from Plainfield once a week to bring her granddaughter to the gym. “She
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for practicing flips, tumbles and other aerial maneuvers. That includes half-pipe tricks on snowboards. The training area is outfitted with a time-delay, instant-replay system, so that gymnasts practicing their routines can watch themselves on a large video monitor immediately after performing a move. “Kids want to see what they’re doing,” explains Beach, who can stop, rewind and pause each video, then show the athletes when and where to point their toes or tuck their elbows. “It’s really been a helpful tool. It saves me work because I don’t have to constantly tell them what I want. They can just see it.” Carolyn Bronz of Enosburg Falls sees something else on a recent morning at Regal. She’s there with two of her three grandchildren for the open-gym hour but wants to talk about how much confidence her older granddaughter — a 9-year-old — has gained in her gymnastics class. “What she’s learning here is just amazing to me,” says Bronz. Reeve is still tinkering with Marky’s Kid Village, a play space named for her son. In a separate room, for an additional fee, kids can play in a child-scale town that features a cinema, Vermont country store, Sweets ’n’ Treats room, firehouse, kitchen and one-room schoolhouse. On the one vacant wall, Reeves envisions erecting either a Ferris wheel or climbing wall. “I like to go over the top with everything I do,” she adds, with a smile. “I want to leave this world knowing I did something really well.” In other words, a crowning achievement. m
wakes up every morning and asks, ‘Is this gymnastics day?’” Swigon isn’t the only one driving more than an hour to get to Regal. Of more than 700 students enrolled in Regal’s gymnastics and dance classes, some travel from as far away as Rutland, Plattsburgh and Montréal. They pay anywhere from $8 an hour for open gym to $50 for a private lesson. Elite athletes pay $300 a month for 12 to 16 hours of instruction a week. Many classes have waiting lists. The demand may have something to do with Regal’s new head coach, Paul Beach. Four months ago, Reeves won a bidding war with a gym in Chicago to land the 30-year-old trainer who has brought athletes to national championships seven times. The Texas native joins Regal’s staff of 45. Reeves was looking for a coach who shared her vision of cultivating America’s next Gabby Douglas or Jordyn Wieber. Though Vermont Olympic athletes typically compete in the winter games, Reeves’ goal is for Regal Gym — whose motto is: “We crown champions” — to become a world-class training center for gymnasts aiming for national or international stardom. Beach is definitely on board. He has pledged to bring a Vermont gymnast to the Olympics within eight years. “I could have gone anywhere ... but to build a program from the ground up is something I’m embracing,” Beach says. “Regal really sets itself apart as being the whole package.” Beach admits that when he first saw the gym and party room, with the real china and glassware, he thought, They’re crazy! With a gym full of kids? Now he seems sold on it. “Nobody else would do that. And Erika does a lot when nobody is even here.” In addition to rings, bars and balance beams, Regal also has inground trampolines, rod floors and pits full of foam cubes
THEATER Theater review: The Moreau Horrors B Y KEENAN WAl S h
t’s a fact: As frigid air arrives, we northerners find ourselves daydreaming of lusher climes. Well, it’s not a proven fact, but we all do it, don’t we? Adding a new layer to our fantasies with each minute lost to shortening days, with visions of sandy beaches and tropical foliage dancing in our heads? Or perhaps of some human-animal hybrids vivisected by a mad scientist in exile. OK, that daydream just became a nightmare. But, as depicted in Burlington playwright Seth Jarvis’ new work, The Moreau Horrors, a nightmare can provide a fun break from reality — even if it is sometimes silly and sexually preoccupied. The new musical play — staged by the Saints & Poets Production Company — is Jarvis’ loose adaptation of H.G. Wells’ 1896 sci-fi novel The Island of Dr. Moreau (adapted to film in 1932, 1977 and 1996). Wells himself described the story as “an exercise in youthful blasphemy” in the preface to the 1933 edition. “Blasphemous” might be an appropriate adjective for this play as well — though today we’re more likely to use words such as “edgy” and “irreverent.” Most of the story takes place on a small, unnamed island, “beyond the map” — a distinctly otherworldly domain. A naïve recent college grad and would-be scientist named Prendick, played here with Hardy Boys-style earnest enthusiasm by Matt Parisi, has been picked up in the ocean after a shipwreck. He wakes to find himself in the cabin of another ship, under the care of the über-macho Montgomery (who is described by his half-dog servant as a “drinker but not a drunk” and insists the difference is crucial). When Prendick, ill at ease on the eerie new vessel, asks where he is, Montgomery (Jordan Gullikson) explains that they are in “uncharted waters,” and hints that Prendick (whom he and the other characters repeatedly call “Pendrick”) might have been better off left to drown at sea. When they arrive on the island, Prendick is brought to a cellar, where he is intrigued to hear his captors talk of Moreau (Patrick Clow), a scientist ostensibly conducting research there. Prendick resolves to learn more about Moreau’s mysterious work and to have a look around this odd place. Montgomery promptly drugs him (taking a bit himself ). In his dream state — depicted in beautiful shadow puppetry, a specialty of Saints and Poets — Prendick recalls what he has
heard about Moreau: He was a mad scientist, banished from London for conducting gruesome vivisections. Prendick wakes up and meets the scientist himself, at which point things begin to take a turn toward the promised horror, as well as toward violence, love, sex and maniacal laughter. Prendick’s first venture into the island’s depths reveals the beauty of the malleable set designed by S&P cofounder Kevin Christopher. One smooth turn of the threesided backdrop elements transforms the cellar into a tropical forest. There ensues a convincing and entertaining stage jungle: Three black-costumed actors appear with leaves on their arms and repeatedly move in front of Prendick, making strange jungle noises as he roams deeper into the wild. When they grab at him, he tries to keep calm, but, alas, the jungle is just too creepy, and he promptly loses his cool. Of course, Prendick’s cool was never too convincing in the first place. Parisi’s portrayal of his character is sometimes awkward, his delivery a bit too self-conscious. Or is it intentionally campy? To be fair, his performance recalls the character of Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Picture Show — one of several similarities between the two productions. In that sense, Parisi’s forced demeanor fits. But it contrasts with those of the actors who play Montgomery and Moreau: Gullikson and Clow both maintain a remarkably composed and dominant presence on stage, even if the latter is sometimes, yes, deliciously maniacal. Montgomery/Gullikson in particular commands the audience’s attention — perhaps in part because of the alarmingly large “stuffing” inside his white pants. But, more than that, his character is mysterious and multilayered. Gullikson manages to hint at softheartedness beneath his callous exterior, bringing depth to a man in a sea of one-dimensional characters. Also in the vein of Rocky Horror is the over-the-top, albeit mostly catchy, music, written by Adam Cooper Wood (who plays
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keyboard and prerecorded some backing tracks) and Nathan Jarvis (who also performs ably and nimbly as the monkey manservant). Half the time, the music energizes the show, played sensitively by a live ensemble and sung with gusto by the cast. Unfortunately, some of the melodies are repetitive, the lyrics uninteresting. The reliance on repetition (apparently for poetic value) renders some of the songs bland and rhythmically redundant. The notable exceptions are “Half Human, Half Animal, All Yours,” a sweet duet crooned by Parisi and Cael Barkman (Puma Girl); “I Am the Her,” delivered with sultry cool by Amanda Gustafson as a pregnant, defiant Her character; and “(Un) natural Selection,” belted out by Syndi Zook, whose übermatriarchal character is one of the funniest — and perhaps raunchiest — in the show. The script of Moreau is quite witty, if rather lopsided between acts. Act I is fleshed out with voice-overs and plenty of dialogue, with many memorable oneliners (“Excuse me, I have an obstinate seaman to straighten out”). All of Moreau’s bizarre hybrid creatures get a turn to introduce their quirky animal characteristics and flaunt outlandish costumes, designed by Catherine Alston. Plus, Prendick discovers — and falls for — the cat-woman Puma, whom Barkman plays with feline sexiness. The rest of the plot more or less hangs on Prendick’s quest to rescue Puma from Moreau’s wicked domination. In Act II, music monopolizes. It’s
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almost as if, halfway through, Jarvis tired of writing dialogue. Regardless, the tension is heightened and resolved — simplistically but entertainingly. Jarvis deserves credit for translating B-movie material to a small stage with absolute confidence and only a charming amount of self-consciousness. That alone is a feat, and the show has many wonderful moments. One caveat, though: While sexual innuendo is usually a welcome addition to a spoof horror story, The Moreau Horrors seems rather too preoccupied with gettin’ it on; the wordplay, costumes and choreography are all drenched in sexuality. The first few jokes and accidental-walk-in-on moments are funny, even necessary for the plot. But as the show progresses, so does the reliance on sex, amplified by the titillating appearance of nipple pasties. Once sly, the references become less humorous and more distracting. Still, the second act’s musical montage — a Broadway-style, song-and-dance grand finale — is quite a spectacle. As a theatrical production, The Moreau Horrors is an ambitious undertaking by a talented crew of writers, musicians, actors and designers. While imperfect, it’s still a rewarding two-hour break from reality, including the manufactured merriment of the holiday season. And, in the end, this nightmare doesn’t require a lot of postdream analysis. m
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elcome to the holiday season — and to the Seven Days guide to gifts. Every Wednesday for the next few weeks, we’re offering ideas for just about everyone on your list. For greater variety, a different writer weighs in each week: same set of recipients, unique presents of mind. (Note: Some of these giftees are figments of our imaginations.) In this week’s segment, we’re going all out, imagining the fabulous gifts we would bestow if we were elite members of Vermont’s 1 percent. We can dream, can’t we?
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Like many of us, my mom spends most days tethered to her computer and smartphone. This lady needs to unplug. She needs a bright, summer day out on Lake Champlain, with several bottles of bubbly, coolers full of snacks and seven of her besties along for the ride. To make this vision a reality, I’m dropping $970 to reserve her a full day’s sail aboard the sloop Friend Ship. Whistling Man Schooner Company offers halfand full-day private charters from late May through early October. whistlingman.com
Nanny’s eyesight is going, and she can’t really walk on her own these days. Fortunately, she can still do the one thing she loves the most: eat. That’s why I’m buying her a huge hunk of mustard-yellow, hand-kneaded Animal Farm butter. The fatty gold comes from grass-fed Jersey cows in Orwell, and most of it is shipped straight to Thomas Keller’s legendary restaurants in New York and California. Nanny can smear the stuff — which goes for $20 a pound — on crackers at cocktail hour and imagine she’s dining at the French Laundry. Animal Farm butter, available at Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op. animalfarmvt.com
This guy needs to relax. A weekend at Twin Farms resort in Barnard should do the trick. We’ll stay — I’m coming, too! — in the eclectic Treehouse cottage. For $2100 a night, we’ll get our own private abode with Adirondack twig work along its vaulted ceiling, carved wooden parrots atop the four posters of our Italian bed and a hand-painted leather chair. We’ll lounge in our Jacuzzi and then gorge on complimentary housemade confections in front of our fireplace. When we get bored, we’ll make calls to everyone we know all over the world with our unlimited complimentary phone package. Twin Farms is in Barnard. twinfarms.com
My little sister is one of the beautiful people. I know she’ll drool over the luxury skincare products of Tata Harper, whose search for perfect natural beauty aids has taken her “to ancient-walled laboratories in European castles, to English lavender fields that stretched out like a sea of purple and white and to the verdant green valleys of Vermont.” I’m getting my sis the Max Results beauty set for sensitive skin, a $540 package including a refreshing cleanser, hydrating floral essence and rejuvenating serum, among other mysterious potions. Sis and her radiant skin won’t know what hit them. Tata Harper Skincare, available at Tootsies in Burlington. tataharperskincare.com
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Alexander may look cool on the outside, but he’s a nerd at heart. All the way through high school, my Tolkien-loving brother played Middle Earth role-playing games, often in full costume. He also loves brain teasers; he introduced me to the addictive world of sudoku. So I’m getting my bro a Stave puzzle. Namely, the $7895 limited-edition Knight at Stavely Castle puzzle. With 750 pieces, five confounding layers of which are interchangeable, and a maddening translucent moat, this puzzle masterpiece promises hours of agony.
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You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but kitty has class. She’s missing part of her tail, and her meows sound broken. But the one eye she has is discerning. That’s why I’m buying her a Damien Hirst spot painting. The wealthiest living British artist, Hirst stirred up controversy with his “Mother and Child Divided,” a dissected cow and calf preserved in formaldehyde. The HAVOC Gallery in Burlington recently acquired two of his more minimalist works, including “Mepartricin,” a single red dot printed on a 12-inch square and selling for $6000. Kitty will love its seductive simplicity. She’ll marvel at its purity. And when she tires of contemplating it, she’ll happily scratch the hell out of it.
Death by cheese: This is my dad’s destiny. When he spends a weekend home alone — with no one there to stop him — Dad will demolish every last shred of aged dairy deliciousness from the fridge. We have discussed installing a lock on the cheese drawer to protect him from himself. But, hey, it’s Christmas. So in the spirit of YOLO, I’m making Dad’s dreams come true with a 25pound wheel of Consider Bardwell Farm’s Alpine-inspired Rupert. At $22 per pound, that’s $550 of pure Vermont cheese heaven.
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From those suggestions, Lechthaler will choose five appetizers and five entrées to feature on the restaurant’s December 20 blackboard menu. The contributor whose dish sells the best will win a $50 gift certificate, a bonus to a dinner the Lechthalers already see as a gift to their regulars before ski season makes it difficult to get a reservation. Though his chalkboard menu is always a vibrant addition to the standard bill of fare, Lechthaler says he especially enjoys
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special occasions that give his creativity free rein. “It’s fun to do something fun and witty or snarky and get people involved,” he says. Last Valentine’s Day, that included a special of skewered duck hearts. For his part, Gilman is using his December 21 final meal at Caroline’s as an opportunity to make his upscale restaurant more approachable. The selection of small plates tops out at $14. Among them is Gilman’s own choice of last meal: five-spice-lacquered duck with “drunken” chile-basil noodles, long beans and a crispy duck-skin chicharrón. Other items are decidedly less earthy. A warm kale salad sounds ordinary enough, but the dish includes a sous-vide-cooked, 93-degree egg; beets; rösti potato; and a bacon-vinaigrette “candle.” That’s right: Gilman will craft candles from rendered pork fat and vinegar, which, as they melt, will become the dressing to top the ambitious salad. Yet another dish will be conceived based on Facebook fans’ descriptors of their desired last meals: adjectives this time, not items. Those who stop in next door for the aporkalyptic meal at the Village Cup will know exactly what they’re getting. That’s not a misspelling. Aporkalypse is a pigroast feast, complete with appetizers such as salt-and-vinegar pork rinds, pigs in a blanket, and pieces of shank labeled “spicy pork wings.” Outside the restaurant, an actual pig — a Berkshire-Chester White cross from Vermont Family Farms — will turn on a spit in Lord of the Flies style. Its head will make its way to Caroline’s charcuterie boards in the form of head cheese. But the rest of the animal will be served family style at the Village Cup, with comfort-food sides such as macaroni and cheese and braised collard greens. Of course, if the world ends, this will all be immaterial. “I hope that we have dinner service the following night, too,” jokes Lechthaler of his December 20 event. Live or die, what Gilman calls “a historically significant occasion” is surely an excuse to indulge — or, at his restaurant, pig out.
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A classified ad in last week’s Seven Days quickened our pulses: “Lake Champlain Chocolates is seeking a creative executive chef to participate in the development of a new rustic-Americana south end eatery...” it read. We imagined the savory chocolate dishes that might result — perhaps a Vermont mole? We’ll have to wait to find out. While the chocolate company is planning to open an eatery inside the former Sondik Supply building at 716 Pine Street, which it purchased last year, the details remain under wraps. “We have no time frame, but we’re looking at integrating food and chocolate. That would be a no-brainer,” says Gary COffEy, LCC director of retail operations. LCC is far from having a concrete vision for the eatery, he adds. Farther north on Pine Street, the space formerly known as Cheese Outlet/ Fresh Market is still on the leasing block, according to Tony Blake of V/T Commercial, the building’s
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chef has a knack for relieving his dishes of their weight, turning them into more diaphanous versions of their usual selves. Zucchini and feta pancakes ($13.50) were like clouds, each bite melting into a puddle of earthy greens and salty white. A brick of poached salmon ($16.95) was rainforest-moist, and the pungent blackbean sauce and shaved ginger that topped it popped across the tongue. Happily, Moos and Moorby inherited Clean Slate’s smoker — so the Smoky Burger ($11.95) still reigns. Beef from Marshfield’s Knob Hill Farm is coldsmoked for several hours, then grilled and served on a toasted brioche bun, the patty shimmering with melted Cabot cheddar. The intensely garlicky aioli delivered with it served a dual purpose: I smeared some over the meat, then dipped my fries in it. Those fries, dusted with salt and paprika, are solidly in the floppy-fry camp — which makes them perfect ingredients for Moorby’s messy, fattening, chicken-gravydoused poutine. Puffy, warm pockets of Maplebrook Fine Cheese curd ooze over the plate and burst in your mouth like savory gumdrops. If you try to resist — for instance, telling everyone at your table, “Just one bite” — you won’t succeed. It’s not Québec poutine, and it could use a touch less gravy, but it’s hard to put down. Though the Thrush’s menu doesn’t mention it, a portion of the fare is local — at least, when the couple can get it. “We’re not billing ourselves as a local, organic place,” Moos notes. “We’re trying to use what’s accessible when we get a good price. People want to get in and out of here for $10.” Vermonters could use more places like the new Thrush: unpretentious yet creative eateries where you can go once (or more) a week and not feel too much of a sting. As for the half-realized décor, perhaps the owners will tweak it as they get up to speed. Moos and Moorby already plan to change the menu in a few weeks. I just hope they don’t change the basic formula: generous portions and offbeat combinations that are reason enough to find your way to this slightly out-of-the-way restaurant. m
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from the menu of Plainfield’s erstwhile River Run Restaurant. Also satisfying is the Smoky Benedict ($11.95), for which Moorby wedges two hunks of smoked tofu between a crisp muffin and perfectly poached eggs, then sparingly spoons over a Hollandaise sauce that’s light and restrained — far from cloying. The midday menus are loaded with ways to combine soups, salads and sandwiches, such as the soup-and-halfsandwich combo ($8.50). On the day we visited, the mushroom soup was rich and peppery, tasting as if sherry had been added; the roast beef stuffed inside a half sandwich was enlivened by a tangy horseradish mayonnaise. For those of the boozy-brunch persuasion, Thrush’s Bloody Mary is bracing and spicy, if a bit thin; the Mimosa is large but will set you back $9. At many restaurants of late, it’s the appetizer or small-plate menu that offers the most creativity. At the Thrush, the reverse is true. The selection of appetizers seems almost reflexive — think Caesar salad and fried calamari — with one exception: the lobster cakes ($12.95), three to a plate and crisped to a nut-brown. The flesh itself was minced and mildly spiced, almost like a crab cake; the accompanying Thai-inspired peanut sauce was creamy and tasty. Yet it was the other sauce, a ramekin of clarified butter with a curl of spicy sriracha at the bottom, that I wanted to drink straight. Speaking of drinks, the brews here will satisfy the basic beer lover — on tap are Vermont craft brews such as Fiddlehead IPA, Shed Mountain Ale and Switchback Ale. The wine, however, is a letdown; the only vino offered by the glass is Canyon Road Winery in all its iterations. Order the Chardonnay only if you are in dire need of such a thing: It tastes seriously sugared — that is, chaptalized. The Cabernet Sauvignon, while only vaguely resembling a Cabernet, is drinkable enough, and there is a marginally more interesting bottle list. Instead, you could ask the bartender to make a classic Stinger or Grasshopper, or order from the selection of Scotches and whiskeys. The Thrush has a tiny pub in the back, and Moos told Seven Days that she hopes it becomes known for classic drinks. The dinner entrées confirmed that the
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MOVE IntErnatIOnal MarkEt: handmade crafts from the Dominican Republic and india are displayed alongside holiday items. proceeds benefit the organizations visited on moVE service trips to the two countries. Alliot student Center, st. michael's College, Colchester, 10 a.m.6 p.m. free. info, 654-2536.
COMEDy fOr a CausE: top Vermont laugh-getters Justin Rowe, Chad Cosby, tony Bates, tracie spencer and A stand up Life founder Colin Ryan deliver punchlines to benefit Linking Learning to Life. mcCarthy Arts Center, st. michael's College, Colchester, 7-8:40 p.m. $5-15; for ages 18 and up. info, 734-2802.
MakE stuff!: Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. free. info, 264-9687. OpEn knIt & CrOChEt: stitch and tell: fiber fans work on current projects in good company. Kaleidoscope yarns, Essex Junction, 4:30-6:30 p.m. free. info, 288-9200.
CataMOunt COMMunIty CInEMa: 'hOlIDay Inn': Bing Crosby and fred Astaire star in this film about two show-biz performers interested in the same girl. Catamount Arts Center, st. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. free. info, 748-2600. ClassIC fIlM nIght: movie lovers watch Remember the Night, the 1940 madcap romantic adventure through the heartland of America, then share their opinions. Jaquith public Library, marshfield, 7 p.m. free. info, 426-3581.
BurlIngtOn gO CluB: folks gather weekly to play the deceptively simple, highly strategic, Asian board game. uncommon grounds, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. free; bring a set if you have one. info, 860-9587, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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fIVE COMMOn BarrIErs tO hEalIng: Alicia feltus discusses nutrition-response testing and its detection of chemical and metal toxicity, immune balances, food sensitivities and scar tissue that contribute to illness. hunger mountain Co-op, montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. free; preregister. info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
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IMMunIty tInCturE & COlD-CarE CapsulEs: having studied herbal medicine for 11 years, sage Zelkowitz offers attendees a hands-on approach to natural remedies. Jaquith public Library, marshfield, 3-5 p.m. $1-10 sliding-scale materials fee. info, 426-3581. MEDItatIOn & DIsCussIOn: powerful energies arise from this participant-led session, which chases 30 minutes of meditation with a brief reading and discussion. inspired yoga studios, Jay, 7-8 p.m. Donations accepted. info, 988-0449. nIa Class: A movement session with suzy finnefrock inspires health, fitness and exploration of human potential. Burlington Dances, Chace mill, 6-7 p.m. $13. info, 522-3691.
fEstIVal Of trEEs: This celebration of the holiday season includes a one-mile fun run, friday night gala, children's snowball dance and live tree auction. Various downtown locations, st. Albans, 5 p.m. prices vary by events; see festivaloftreesvt.com for details. info, 355-0694. VIllagE trEE lIghtIng & traIn hOp: Community members stop at "grand Central station" and other local businesses displaying miniature locomotives and get raffle tickets punched along with way. tree lighting at 7 p.m. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. free. info, 878-6956.
BOOk talks fOr hOMEsChOOlErs: students in grades 4 to 8 discuss titles from this year’s Dorothy Canfield fisher Children's Book Award list. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. free; preregister. info, 878-6956. EnOsBurg playgrOup: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing and other activities. American Legion, Enosburg falls, 10-11:30 a.m. free. info, 527-5426. faIrfIElD playgrOup: youngsters find entertainment in creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop memorial Library, fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. free. info, 527-5426. hIghgatE stOry hOur: gigglers and wigglers listen to age-appropriate lit. highgate public Library, 11:15 a.m. free. info, 868-3970. larry DuBIn: The local author reads from Santa’s Big Red Hat, in which Christmas is almost canceled when the jolly old man's cap goes missing. Dorothy Alling memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. free. info, 878-4918.
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Leah and Chloe smith grew up in Atlanta but often visited the mountains for which their band, Rising Appalachia, is named. The essence of these two places, along with influences they’ve picked up while traveling, informs their distinct sound. The banjo and fiddle factor heavily into these songs, anchored by the sisters’ powerful harmonies. yet their “crunk-folk” style also includes an upright bass, bongos, a beat boxer and even circus performers. Through it all, the smiths’ voices hold steady — with Leah occasionally breaking into spoken-word sound bites. Their newest release, Filthy Dirty South, brings intellect, artistry and even a radical puppet show to the stage.
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Industrial Revolution Dressed in jeans and boots on a construction-site-inspired set, the performers in Dein perry’s award-winning Tap Dogs don’t look like your typical tap dancers. But it’s clear, upon seeing and hearing their highly synchronized steps, they sure can dance. Raised in a steel town outside sydney, Australia, perry — like most of his quick-footed mates — worked as a machinist before taking to the stage. After his big break in a sydney production of 42nd Street, perry wanted to incorporate his working experience into a high-quality production. The result is a thoroughly modern show that takes this dance style in a new direction.
‘tAp DogS’ friday, December 7, 8 p.m., at the paramount Theatre in Rutland. $34.50-45.50. info, 775-0903. paramountvt.org
DEC. 5&6 | THEATER
On the Air in 1946, audiences were introduced to frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life, in which a guardian angel saves businessman George Bailey from the depths of despair on Christmas Eve. since then, the story of the Bedford falls residents has gone through several adaptations. Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play uses five actors to embody several characters each in a live radio broadcast set in the 1940s — complete with a foley artist’s sound effects. Now in its fifth year, Lost Nation Theater’s interpretation of this engaging production stars returning actors Kim Allen Bent and Maura o’Brien.
Wednesday, December 5, and Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m. at City Hall Auditorium in Montpelier. $10-15; kids under 12 free with accompanying adult. suitable for ages 6 and up. info, 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org
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Gary smulyan’s tenure as one of the greatest baritone saxophonists of his generation is marked by an esteemed career and a profound commitment to his craft. A highly sought-after live performer known for his bebop sound, smulyan has won six Grammy Awards, among other accolades. Having played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, B.B. King and Ray Charles, he continues to perform with the world’s top musicians, as well as teach the style to college students and developmentally delayed young adults. of his many projects, he leads a jazz trio that includes bassist Ray Drummond, with whom he performs in Vermont.
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green Mountain taBle tennis cluB: Pingpong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, 7-10 p.m. Free for first two UR TE sessions; $30 SY OF annual memberVE RM ON T STAGE COMPANY ship. Info, 247-5913.
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $31-70. Info, 296-7000. 'Play on' auditions: The Middlebury Community Players hold tryouts for their February production of Rick Abbot's hilarious play-within-a-play. Callbacks set for December 8. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222. 'ringing doWn the curtain': Theater and dance students perform the semester's top works. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-3095. 'Winter tales': Conceived and directed by Mark Nash, this Vermont Stage Company holiday tradition features stories and songs from around the world. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $24.30-27. Info, 863-5966.
May's World Music & MoveMent: Energetic children lace up their dancing shoes for a fun class with May Poduschnick. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Moving & grooving With christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Music With Mr. chris: Rug rats raise their voices to original and traditional sing-alongs with local musician Chris Dorman. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 497-7217. red clover Picture Books for hoMeschoolers: Students in kindergarten to 3rd grade read two titles that are up for this year’s Red Clover Award, then participate in related activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. richford PajaMa story tiMe: Kids up to age 6 wear their jammies for evening tales. Arvin A. Brown Library, Richford, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 12V-CSWD(lights)120512.indd 1 12/3/12 10:19 AM st. alBans PlaygrouP: Creative activities and storytelling engage young minds. NCSS Family Center, St. Albans, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. story tiMe & PlaygrouP: Read-aloud tales pave the way for themed art, nature and cooking projects. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, firstname.lastname@example.org. story tiMe for 3- to 5-year-olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and picture books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. story tiMe With Mrs. claus: Little ones don their PJs to enjoy cookies and milk while Santa's wife reads holiday favorites. JCPenney Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 6:30-7 p.m. Free; suggested donation of gently used winter outerwear. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. youth Media laB: Aspiring Spielbergs learn about movie making with local television experts. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30< m e n s r o o m v t. c o m > 1 0 6 m ain s t. 8 0 2 . 8 6 4 . 20 8 8 4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4097.
sPend sMart series: Struggling to save? This practical introduction to money management focuses on individual and personalized financial goals. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114 .
chloe schWenke: The senior advisor on LGBT policy, democracy, human rights and governance at the Africa Bureau of USAID discusses how these issues manifest in the country. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2615. david Blight: The Yale professor and author of the acclaimed Race and Reunion presents "American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era." Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. environMental & health sciences lecture series: Kevin Johnston, a product engineer with Environmental Systems Research Institute, talks about the effect of climate change on wildlife habitats. Room 206, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1327. george jaeger: This distinguished veteran diplomat discusses how pursuits of national interest affect America’s relationships in a rapidly changing world. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338 . hoWard Mosher: In "The Great American Book Tour," the author reflects on his threemonth, 20,000-mile road trip around the country following his cancer treatment. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. Marlene heck: The Dartmouth College senior lecturer details Thomas Jefferson’s lifelong project, Monticello, which his surviving family was forced to auction off. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. reeve lindBergh: The Vermont author and daughter of aviator Charles reflects on four decades of previously unpublished musings from her mother in “Rowing Against Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh.” Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.
'it's a Wonderful life': With live sound effects, on-air signals and applause signs, a Foley artist and five actors transport audiences to a 1940s broadcast studio with Frank Capra’s classic. See calendar spotlight. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-15; free for kids under 12 with accompanying adult; for ages 6 and up. Info, 229-0492. 'Peter Pan': Broadway performers join local children in Northern Stage's production about an unforgettable trip to Never Never Land.
Burlington Writers WorkshoP Meeting: Members read and respond to the poetry and prose of fellow wordsmiths. Participants must join the group to have their work reviewed. Preregister at meetup.com. Levity, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8104. deceMBer Book sale: Lovers of the written word peruse hundreds of titles. All proceeds benefit library collections and activities. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. $3 and under. Info, 773-1860.
Move international Market: See WED.05, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
siMPle stePs for starting your Business: A five-part series helps entrepreneurs reach a "go or no go" decision about launching their biz. This week's topic: funding and deciding. Office Squared, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $25. Info, 951-6762.
energy-efficiency foruM: Efficiency Vermont provides detailed information on locking in energy to help municipalities save money and improve their public buildings. Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 888-921-5990.
civil War round taBle Meeting: History buffs gather to discuss aspects of the war between the Union and the Confederacy, and its effect on the Green Mountain State. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 644-2433.
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discoveries in Wine: the skinny vine challenge: Attendees sip this lower calorie vino in a blind taste test and compare notes. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6:30 p.m. $16.50; preregister; 21 and older. Info, 872-7111 . easy, healthy, affordaBle & tasty fish: Participants learn how to choose low-mercury seafood and prepare budget-friendly recipes. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9757. eat a rainBoW of Phytonutrients for great health: Clinical herbalist Suzanna Bliss shares information and current research about the benefits of these powerhouses of the plant
world. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9757. UnUsUal TreaTs TasTing: Attendees sample various foods and gather ideas for giving gifts to eat. Sweet Clover Market, Essex, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8288.
Chess groUp: Novice and expert players compete against humans, not computers. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2. Info, 324-1143.
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Forza: The samUrai sword workoUT: Folks channel their inner warrior in an intense fitness class. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $8-10. Info, 578-9243. samhain herbals: elderberry syrUp: Health nuts prepare for the cold season and learn about the benefits of this locally made remedy. Sweet Clover Market, Essex, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8288.
holiday arTisans bazaar: More than 50 juried New England artists join specialty-food producers to offer unique holiday gifts. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 728-9878.
'napshoTs oF The sUbarbs' dVd release: Visual and performing artist dug Nap previews the first installation of his Napshots of My Life series. Frog Hollow, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6458.
moVe inTernaTional markeT: See WED.05, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. monTpelier CraFT & arT weekend: More than 50 art venues kick off this three-day celebration of locally made goods, which includes horse-drawn wagon rides, crafting workshops and face painting for kids. Various downtown locations, Montpelier, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 279-9285.
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Vergennes opera hoUse Comedy nighT: Award-winning funnyman Nathan Hartswick www.movinglightdance.com of the Vermont Comedy Club hosts an evening of laughs featuring headliner Stephen Bjork, Natalie Miller and Chad Cosby. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-12; mature content. Info, K8v-movinglightdance(nutcracker)1212.indd 1 11/29/12 877-6737.
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VermonT's new eConomy: Keynote speaker Ellen Brown of the Public Banking Institute considers financial models that help create prosperous local economies. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 413-512-1133.
ballroom lesson & danCe soCial: Singles and couples of all experience levels take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson 7-8 p.m.; open dancing 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. english CoUnTry danCe: Piano, cello and oboe accompany creative expression from newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are taught. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring snack to share. Info, 899-2378. QUeen CiTy Tango milonga: No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. North End Studio B, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $7. Info, 658-5225. Tap dogs: Turning the dance style upside down, this six-member group performs on a construction-themed site set to a driving score by composer Andrew Wilkie. See calendar spotlight. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $34.50-45.50. Info, 775-0903.
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jeanne blaCkmore: The local author reads How Does Sleep Come?, after which Jackie Bailey leads story time and the Rick Marcotte Central School third grade holiday chorus performs. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Free; a percentage of daylong store purchases benefit Rick Marcotte Central School. Info, 893-1457.
adVenT ConCerT series: This lunchtime performance features soprano Betsy Brigham singing arias by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach. Organist Lynette Combs provides accompaniment. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 864-6515.
'godspell': Scott Weigand directs this humorous and heartwarming production of a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew. Smilie Auditorium, Montpelier High School, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 225-8000. 'iT's a wonderFUl liFe': See WED.05, 7 p.m. 'menopaUse, The mUsiCal': Jeanie Linders' production stars four women who meet in a department store and discover a sisterhood within their shared experience of "the change." Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $37-63.50. Info, 863-5966. 'peTer pan': See WED.05, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'play on' aUdiTions: See WED.05, 7 p.m. 'ringing down The CUrTain': See WED.05, 7-9 p.m. 'The moreaU horrors': Director Seth Jarvis uses actors, musicians, puppetry and video in his original, comedic adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic, The Island of Doctor Moreau. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20; for mature audiences only. Info, 863-5966. 'winTer Tales': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m.
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albUrgh playgroUp: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Alburgh Family Center of NCSS, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Food For ThoUghT library VolUnTeers: Pizza fuels teen discussion of books and library projects. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Franklin sTory hoUr: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 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. la leChe leagUe oF essex: Moms and mothers-to-be gather to discuss parenting and breastfeeding. Little ones are welcome. First Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8544. middlebUry presChool sTory Time: Little learners master early literacy skills through tales, rhymes and songs. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4369. monTgomery inFanT/Toddler playgroUp: Infants to 2-year-olds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. mUsiC wiTh raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limit one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. pajama sTory Time: Little kids rock nightgowns and flannels as special guests read from books. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
bUrlingTon songwriTers: Lyricists share and critique original works. Heineberg Community & Senior Center, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. Free. Info, 859-1822. Frank bUrkiTT band: The Scottish folk singer joins guitarist Calum Wood and American piper Hazen Metro for an evening of raucous songs, instrumentals and a cappella shanties. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 735-6200. gary smUlyan: Bassist Ray Drummond accompanies the Grammy Awardwinning saxophonist's aggressive rhythms and creative harmonies. See calendar spotlight. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 465-4071. johnson sTaTe College ConCerT band: Musicians lend their CO airs to a commuUR TE Sy nity ensemble in weekly OF D UG N AP rehearsals of contemporary compositions. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 821-0504, email@example.com. me2/orChesTra rehearsal: Ronald Braunstein conducts this classical ensemble composed of musicians with mental health issues and the people who support them. All ability levels welcome. Chill Out Center, Burlington Town Center Mall, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 238-8369, firstname.lastname@example.org. wind & jazz ensembles: Chris Gribnau and Brian McCarthy, respectively, direct selections from Bach, Charlie Parker and others. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-42536.
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Douglas sweets tasting: Debra Townsend shares samples of her locally made, traditional Scottish shortbread. Sweet Clover Market, Essex, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8288. Hot-CoCoa tasting: Community members gather at this small-batch food producer to sip a cold-weather comfort drink made with Ecuadorian dark chocolate. Nutty Steph's, Middlesex, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090. inDoor garDen worksHop: Peter Burke teaches his innovative method for growing and harvesting salad greens throughout the winter. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202, email@example.com. MontHly wine Dinner: Chef Dennis Vieira stirs up a special menu of local food designed to complement the featured pours. Red Clover Inn & Restaurant, Killington, 6 p.m. $75 plus tax and tip. Info, 775-2290.
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avoiD Falls witH iMproveD stability: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477. Forza: tHe saMurai sworD workout: See THU.06, 9-10 a.m. norDiC naturals: Curious about omega oils? Attendees gain knowledge about their various forms and health benefits. Sweet Clover Market, Essex, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8288.
Center For Cartoon stuDies open House & HoliDay bazaar: Art enthusiasts watch artists create seasonal cards on demand, tour the Charles Schulz Library, listen to CCS cofounder James Sturm read from his new book, and more. Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 295-3319. CHristMas Cookie walk: Shoppers with a sweet tooth — or two — choose from different varieties of cookies and fudge. Puffer United Methodist Church, Morrisville, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-7 per pound. Info, 888-2248. CHristMas MusiC Festival: Community members get into the holiday spirit with songs, readings and refreshments. United Reformed Church, New Haven, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 877-2486. ColCHester CoMMunity CHorus: Carol Reichard directs this group in “Happy Holidays,” accompanied by young musicians Evan Bokelberg and Giselle Glaspie. Colchester High School, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-3910, firstname.lastname@example.org. Counterpoint: Nathaniel G. Lew directs Vermont's professional vocal ensemble in "Shouts and Cradle Songs," a 10-movement suite of Christmas spirituals and folk songs. North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $5-20. Info, 748-2600 . HoliDay artisans bazaar: See THU.06, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. illuMination nigHt: Folks gather for the lighting of the tree in front of College Hall, then mingle over hot drinks, refreshments and music. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8600. 'sHop For a Cause' Day & HoliDay party: Partial proceeds from sales benefit Bolton Valley's nordic and backcountry land at this 4t-magichat120512.indd 1
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seasonal event that includes a raffle and refreshments. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $5 for raffle tickets; free to attend. Info, 262-1241. tHe CaMpbell brotHers: This awardwinning band brings shouts, wails, growls and soaring vocals to the sounds of the steel guitar in a vast repertoire of holiday songs. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $30-35. Info, 457-3981. wassail weekenD: Guests step back in time for historic Christmas ornament and candle crafts, as well as horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides on Sunday, weather permitting. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Regular admission; $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. wooDstoCk FarMers Market: Five FriDays oF CHristMas: Distinguished cheesemonger and executive chef Lisa Battilana hosts a wine-and-cheese party at the third week of themed — and discounted — shopping. 979 West Woodstock Rd., Woodstock, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3658 . wooDstoCk wassail weekenD: Townwide festivities include visits with Santa, an equestrian parade, theater and musical performances, a home tour, a craft fair and more. Various locations, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Prices vary by event. Info, 457-3555.
enosburg Falls story Hour: Young ones show up for fables and finger crafts. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FairFax CoMMunity playgroup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. HanD in HanD FaMily nigHt FunDraiser: Bounce for a cause! Local kids raise money for the Birthday Boxes — kits that contain supplies for a child’s special day — that are stocked at HOPE food shelf. Whirlie’s World, Middlebury, 5-8 p.m. $7.50-11.75; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 388-4369. isle la Motte playgroup: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. kiD's knigHt out: The members of the Saint Michael's College softball team host an evening of games, sports, swimming, movies and more. Ross Sports Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 5:30-9 p.m. $10-15; for kids in kindergarten to 5th grade. Info, 654-2676, email@example.com. MagiC: tHe gatHering: Decks of cards determine the arsenal with which participants or "planeswalkers" fight others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free; for grades 6 and up. 'Mini MiC': Teens and tots prove themselves to be up-and-coming performing artists in short acts. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation; preregister to perform. Info, 728-9402, firstname.lastname@example.org. MontgoMery tuMble tiMe: Physical fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. presCHool story Hour: As part of the ongoing "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibit, little ones learn about race and racism through literature and personal stories. 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. songs & stories witH MattHew: Musician Matthew Witten helps kids start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell
Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Swanton PlaygrouP: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. teen Heart & Soul neigHborHood ConverSation: High schoolers participate in a facilitated discussion about their experiences living or working in Essex. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956, email@example.com. teen Movie: In The Lucky One, a marine travels to Louisiana to search for the woman he believes was his good-luck charm during his tour in Iraq. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. toddler tiMe: Little ones build literacy skills with stories, songs, rhymes and crafts. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; for kids ages 1 to 3. Info, 878-4918.
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doreen CHaMberS: The local author signs Images of America: Williamstown, which is part of a pictorial history series of small towns and downtowns across the country. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8519. HarveSt oF wordS: Local authors Ben Hewitt, Julia Shipley, Bethany Dunbar and Shari Altman share stories about agrarian life, food and being human. Center for Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, 6:30 p.m. Donations and/ or nonperishable food items. Info, 472-5840, ext. 2. S.S. taylor: The author signs copies of her new book, The Expeditioners and the Treasure
atlantiC braSS Quintet: This acclaimed ensemble performs a unique holiday repertoire ranging from renaissance to classical to street music from Brazil, Cuba and New Orleans. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 656-4455. FirSt Friday Piano ConCert: "Holiday Classics and More Merry Music" features a performance by teen library trustee Rose Yin and friends. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. FirSt Friday youtH ClaSSiCal MuSiC ConCert: Young musicians take advantage of great acoustics and fill the air with polished pieces. Christ the King Church & School, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 864-6411. Frank burkitt band: See THU.06, North End Studio B, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 735-6200. lewiS FranCo & tHe MiSSing CatS, Featuring tHe browneyed girlS: These two groups join forces to perform jazz harmonies, CO original tunes and UR TE SY swing styles from the OF R OB ER T A N 1930s and ’40s on the guitar, D EDDY mandolin and bass. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 888-1261. naia kete witH Sera CaHoone & CHriS Pureka: Kete, who was featured on NBC's "The Voice,” is joined by fellow guitarist-songstresses, both of whom bring innovative sound and style to the stage. BCA Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for BCA members; cash bar. Info, 865-7166 . naPPy rootS: This best-selling Southern rap group brings the skills and swagger behind hit singles such as "Po' Folks," "Awnaw" and "Roun' The Globe." Jay Peak Resort, 7-10:30 p.m. $2025; $50 for VIP tickets. Info, 988-2611 . tHe HiP rePlaCeMentS: This neo-folk string band combines fiddle and banjo with electric bass, percussion and guitar in original, old-time and Celtic tunes. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7368. tHe Saturn PeoPle’S Sound ColleCtive: Brian Boyes directs this 20-person big-band
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$5 per adult; sliding-scale donation for families. Info, 223-7313. 'leS pATineruS (The SkATerS)': The Adirondack Dance Company and dancers from SUNY Plattsburgh and the North Country present Constant Lambert's ballet to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Chazy Central Rural School, N.Y., 7 p.m. $10. Info, 518-335-7385. norWiCh ConTrA dAnCe: Folks in clean-soled shoes move to tunes by Northern Spy and calling by David Millstone. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 785-4607, rbarrows@ cs.dartmouth.edu.
Model rAilroAd open houSe: Locomotive lovers gather for more than 1000 square feet of fully operational freight and passenger trains. Pinewood Plaza, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 893-1740.
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BenefiT SpAgheTTi dinner for hurriCAne SAndy ViCTiMS: Neighbors convene over plates of hot pasta to help those who were affected by the storm. Masonic Lodge, Bradford, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 222-4014. BreWfeST AT SMugglerS' noTCh: Attendees sip craft beers from Vermont and around the country, and sample munchies from the Mountain Grille to deejayed tunes. Smugglers' Notch Meeting House, Jeffersonville, 6-10 p.m. $18; for 21 and older. Info, 644-8851. ChiCken & BiSCuiTS Supper: Community members gather for a hearty meal of this favorite comfort food, served buffet-style. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 877-3150. MiddleBury WinTer fArMerS MArkeT: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers' totes. Mary Hogan Elementary School, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4699, email@example.com. pAnCAke BreAkfAST & SilenT AuCTion: Community members feast on flapjacks and bid on items such as Lake Monsters tickets, art lessons, ski passes and more. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $4-6; $15 for families; free for kids under 3. Info, 864-8480. piTTSford WinTer fArMerS MArkeT: Area vendors move indoors, bringing with them a variety of local food, preserves, maple products, artwork, jewelry and crafts. Lothrop Elementary School Gym, Pittsford, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 483-2218. ruTlAnd WinTer fArMerS MArkeT: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other fine made-inVermont products at this new indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Free. Info, 779-1485.
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ChriSTMAS CrAfT ShoW & BAke SAle: Attendees celebrate the holiday season with fine arts and crafts, jewelry, specialty products and homemade eats. Moose Lodge, St. Albans, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 527-1327. CounTerpoinT: Nathaniel G. Lew directs Vermont's professional vocal ensemble in "Shouts and Cradle Songs," a 10-movement suite of Christmas spirituals and folk songs. Christ Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $5-20. Info, 540-1784. holidAy ArT & loCAl-goodS fAir: Artists present creative wares alongside offerings from various businesses â€” including vintage clothes, instruments and food. Firefly Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 559-1795. holidAy ArTiSAnS BAzAAr: See THU.06, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. holidAy WellneSS open houSe: Chair massages, Shiatsu treatments and hot soup relax attendees as they peruse handmade items. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 522-0374. 'iTâ€™S A Wonderful hArTlAnd holidAy': Hartland Community Arts presents singers, actors and musicians as they portray George Bailey and his family rediscovering life's simple gifts. Damon Hall, Hartland, 7 p.m. Free; nonperishable donations encouraged. Info, 436-3047. loCAl ArTiSAnS holidAy CrAfT fAir: Art prints, hand-painted silk, textile origami, pottery and more are offered along with refreshments and sweet treats. Starksboro Public Library, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 453-3732. MonTpelier holidAy Book SAle: Affordable titles of all kinds are arranged by category for easy browsing, enhanced by musical offerings. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. reCyCled holidAy CrAfT WorkShop: The Winooski Valley Park District provides inspiration, direction and materials with which to create repurposed gifts. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Nonperishable food donation. Info, 863-5744. The floATing Bridge holidAy MArkeT & Tree CuTTing: The Floating Bridge Food & Farms Cooperative rings in the season with caroling, refreshments and local gifts, including canned goods, meats, winter produce, soaps and candles. The Fork Shop, Brookfield, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., tree cutting at 1591 Twin Ponds Road in Brookfield. Free. Info, 276-0787. 'The polAr expreSS': Audiences young and old watch the story of a doubting boy who boards a magical train en route to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 382-9222. ToyS for ToTS holidAy pArTy: This collection of children's gifts includes a raffle to benefit the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, along with the Killington/Pico Rotary. The Foundry at Summit Pond, Killington, 5-8 p.m. Donations of unwrapped toys. Info, 422-3035. VerMonT SyMphony orCheSTrA: 'holidAy popS': Robert De Cormier conducts a program including a Swedish carol, selections from Messiah and the premiere of teenage composer Jacob Morton-Black's Danse Slav et Valse. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $9-52. Info, 863-5966. WASSAil Weekend: See FRI.07, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. WeSTford holidAy BAzAAr: Kids make and wrap homemade gifts while adults sample food and drinks and peruse various crafts. Red Brick
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Waterbury coMMunity band benefit concert: A program of marches, show tunes and seasonal favorites help support the Waterbury Food Shelf. Waterbury Congregational Church, 3:30 p.m. Donations and nonperishable food items. Info, 223-2137.
genealogy WorksHoP: Professional genealogist Christopher C. Child presents strategies for accessing family history through New York State archives. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 238-5934. introduction to digital Video editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692.
adaMant Winter Music series: ira friedMan Jazz Quartet: The popular pianist is joined by musicians Rob Morse, Keith Gibbs and Paul Reynolds. Adamant Community Club, 7 p.m.; optional potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. $1015. Info, 456-7054. cHaMPlain Valley Voices & suny PlattsburgH cHoral union: Karen Becker directs this joint performance of Handel’s Messiah. United Methodist Church, Plattsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Info, 518-565-0145. country Music benefit for Make-a-WisH Vt: Keeghan Nolan, Jimmy T. Thurston and the Sleepy Hollow Boys provide live music, to which attendees groove for the good of others. American Legion Post 14, Vergennes, 7-11 p.m. $10. Info, 349-9315. full circle recorders: Five women perform Celtic, renaissance and medieval tunes using a variety of instruments and their voices. Phoenix Books Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 658-6536 . green Mountain youtH syMPHony: The senior orchestra plays selections of Verdi, Gallagher and Tchaikovsky. Featured soloists are Anthony Barrows and Sophia Pellegrino. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $1018. Info, 476-8188. green Mountain youtH syMPHony & uPPer Valley Music center enseMble: This eclectic joint performance features selections from Verdi and Vaughn Williams, holiday music and a James Bond medley. Barre Opera House, 3:30 p.m. $5; free for kids under 18. Info, 476-8188. HungrytoWn: Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson perform folk music with an edge at the Northwoods Kingdom Coffeehouse. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115. rising aPPalacHia: Two sisters lead this group in an old-time sound that melds sweet Southern harmonies with hip-hop and spoken word. See calendar spotlight. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, radical puppet show at 7 p.m.; music at 8 p.m. $10-20 sliding scale donation. Info, 229-6300. sister Hazel: Energized by their two most recent albums, Release and Heartland Highway, the band performs its signature mix of Southern pop and country rock. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $26.50-34.50. Info, 775-0903. string Quartet concert: Young musicians Eileen O'Grady, Gabe Mantegna, Gawain Usher and Noah Marconi perform works by Handel, Bach and Beethoven. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. tHe MicHele fay band: The Vermont-based quartet brings forth original and roots music with the sounds of guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bass. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $3-8. Info, 388-6863. Voice recital: Students of Carol Christensen, Susanne Peck and Beth Thompson showcase a semester of vocal study with an evening of songs and arias. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
cornelia Ward: The intuitive counselor offers a presentation on the different ways that our angels interact with us — and how to access their support at any time. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Donations. Info, 660-8060.
'godsPell': See THU.06, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'Just because it’s cHristMas': See FRI.07, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Musical tHeater scenes: Professor Bethany Plissey leads students in a compilation of both old and new hits in this revue. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. 'Peter Pan': See WED.05, 2 p.m. 'tHe best cHristMas Pageant eVer': See FRI.07, 6 p.m. tHe Met: liVe in Hd series: HanoVer Opera stars Marcelo Alvarez and Sondra Radvanovsky bring to life Verdi's Un Ballo In Mashecra,the tale of a conflicted king and his secret passion. Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-29. Info, 603-646-2422. tHe Met: liVe in Hd series: lake Placid Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $1218. Info, 518-523-2512. 'tHe Moreau Horrors': See THU.06, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'tWo for cHristMas': See FRI.07, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'Winter tales': See WED.05, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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frenCH Conversation group: diManCHes: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.
green Mountain Curling CluB: Players of all abilities sweep the ice every Sunday throughout the season. No special equipment is needed. Green Mountain Arena, Morrisville, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 per game with membership; $16 per game otherwise. Info, 399-2816. WoMen's piCkup soCCer: Ladies of varying skill levels break a sweat while passing around the spherical polyhedron. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; for women ages 18 and up. Info, 864-0123.
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green Mountain MaHler festival: open CHoral reHearsal: Singers who wish to lend their voices to a New Year's Day performance of Beethoven's Ninth at Saint Michael's College join fellow classical enthusiasts. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0788 , email@example.com. green Mountain youtH syMpHony & upper valley MusiC Center: Robert Blais conducts a joint concert of the two young orchestras. United Methodist Church, Lebanon, N.H., 3:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-448-1642. MiddleBury CoMMunity Wind enseMBle: Catherine Ott conducts a program of music by Richard Rodgers, Richard Wagner and Robert Russell Bennett, as well as holiday favorites. Holley Hall, Bristol, 3 p.m. Donations. Info, 453-5885. pentangle CHaMBer MusiC series: Woodstock's Wassail Weekend closes with four soloists performing the Christmas portion of
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INTerNaTIoNal BouTIque: See SAT.08, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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MoNTpelIer holIday Book Sale: See SAT.08, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
MuSIC WITh raphael: See THU.06, 10:45 a.m. SouTh hero playgroup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grownup companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
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greeN drINkS: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. Skinny Pancake, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 262-2253.
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'12 gIFTS oF ChrISTMaS': Moviegoers screen a live-broadcast lineup of storytelling, music and comedy celebrating the Christmas season. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 660-9300. holIday opeN houSe: Kimberley Arnold provides live music at this event that includes exhibits, antique toys, a Santa collection and kids activities. Milton Historical Museum, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1604 . MoNTpelIer holIday Book Sale: See SAT.08, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 'SCrooged': Bill Murray stars as cynically selfish TV executive Frank Cross, who gets haunted in New York City in this 1988 version of A Christmas Carol. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first-come, first-served basis. Info, 540-3018, firstname.lastname@example.org. TUE.11
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French conversAtion grouP: Beginnerto-intermediate French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. PAuse-cAFé French conversAtion: Francophiles of all levels speak the country's language at a drop-in conversation. Mr. Crêpe, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.
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coMMunity cineMA FilM series: Neil Berkeley's documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing chronicles the life of artist Wayne White — cartoonist, illustrator, Pee-wee's Playhouse set designer and painter. A discussion follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
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Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. enosburg PlAygrouP: See WED.05, 10-11:30 a.m. FAirField PlAygrouP: See WED.05, 10-11:30 a.m. highgAte story hour: See WED.05, 11:15 a.m. holidAy tAles With lindA costello: Kids in grades 1 to 5 listen to stories about Christmas, Hanukkah, winter solstice and Kwanzaa. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. MAy's World Music & MoveMent: See WED.05, 10:30-11:15 a.m. MontgoMery story hour: Good listeners are rewarded with an earful of tales and a mouthful of snacks. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Moving & grooving With christine: See WED.05, 11-11:30 a.m. Music With Mr. chris: See WED.05, 10 a.m. PAjAMA story tiMe: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. st. AlbAns PlAygrouP: See WED.05, 9-10:30 a.m. story tiMe & PlAygrouP: See WED.05, 1011:30 a.m. story tiMe For 3- to 5-yeAr-olds: See WED.05, 10-10:45 a.m. story tiMe With Mrs. clAus: See WED.05, 6:30-7 p.m. youth MediA lAb: See WED.05, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
itAliAn conversAtion grouP: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads 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.
johnson stAte college enseMbles: Students, faculty, staff and community musicians combine talents for an evening of music that explores jazz, percussion, funk and guitar. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. Middlebury coMMunity Wind enseMble: See SUN.09, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'rocket shoP' live: Jazz vocalist Jen Crowell and rock band Vedora take the stage at a monthly concert series hosted by MC Matt
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architecture MASTER GARDENER 2013 COURSE: Feb. 5-Apr. 30, 6:15-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $395 /person. Incl. sustainable-gardening book. Late fee after Jan. 18. Noncredit course. Location: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston. Info: 6569562, master.gardener@uvm. edu, 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!
coaching REPURPOSE YOUR LIFE, TRANSFORM LIMITING BELIEFS & CREATE POWERFUL GOALS FOR 2013!: Sat., Dec. 8 & 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $69/special 2012 rate. $199 value. Register early to ensure your seat at the table. Location: Hawks Meadow Apartments, 17 Charmichael St., Essex Jct. Info: 857-5641, jim@ worklifepurpose.com. For more than 20 years Jim Koehneke, MA, career and life coach, has guided individuals to transform their lives. In this workshop you will discover insights, assess lessons learned, uncover and transform limiting beliefs, reconnect with your authentic self and learn ways to successfully manifest the outcomes you really want.
dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 5981077, email@example.com. Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout!
DSANTOS VT SALSA: Mon. evenings: beginner class 7-8 p.m., intermediate 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10 /1-hr. class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, firstname.lastname@example.org, dsantosvt. com. Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now!
fitness NIA: Tues./Thurs./Sat. 8:30 a.m. Cost: $13 /1-hour class. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St, Burlington. Info: Rebecca Boedges, 922-2400, rboedges@ hotmail.com, rebeccaboedges. com. Mind/body fitness that will change your life! Joyful movement for the body and soul. Fusion fitness that incorporates dance, martial arts and the healing arts with a focus on joy. Love your body, love your life! Join me.
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STONE WALL WORKSHOP: All workshops Sat. 8:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Jan. through Mar. Cost: $100 /1-day workshop. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg. Info: Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin MacMartin, 318-2411, email@example.com, queencitysoilandstone.com. Our introductory workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The 1-day workshop covers the 652-4548 basic techniques for creating firstname.lastname@example.org dry-laid walls using stone native LEARN TO DANCE W/ A to Vermont. Workshops are PARTNER!: Cost: $50 /4-wk. 1x1-FlynnPerfArts093009.indd 1 9/28/09 3:32:51 PM held in warm greenhouses in class. Location: Champlain Hinesburg. Space is limited; gift Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. certificates available. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, DANCE CLASSES: Classes start email@example.com, in Jan. Location: Flynn Center FirstStepDance.com. Come for the Performing Arts, 153 WILDERNESS FIRST alone, or come with friends, but Main St., Burlington. Info: 652RESPONDER: Apr. 6-Apr. 14, 8-5 come out and learn to dance! 4500, flynnarts.org. Classes for a.m. daily. Cost: $865 /$250 Beginning classes repeat each teens and adults. Modern, jazz deposit; tuition includes texts month, but intermediate classes (Afro-modern, cabaret and varied & instruction materials. Only 21 vary from month to month. As styles), hip-hop (reggae fusion & slots; register now. Location: with all of our programs, everySassy Ladies’ class), tap, ballet Vermont Center for Integrative one is encouraged to attend, and (including pointe), and repertory, Herbalism, 250 Main Street, no partner is necessary. composition and performance. Suite 302, Montpelier. Info: Drop-ins possible only if classes Vermont Center for Integrative do not fill, and many popular Herbalism, 224-7100, info@ classes fill quickly, so register vtherbcenter.org, vtherbcenter. ASAP! TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & org. Taught by Peter Muckerman, BATA!: Location: Burlington ADULT ACTING, STANDUP WEMT. This 76-hour course Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., COMEDY, JAZZ MUSIC, & VOICE offers nationally recognized suite 3-G, Burlington. Info: LESSONS: Classes start in Jan. Wilderness First Responder and Stuart Paton, 999-4255, Location: Flynn Center for the adult CPR certificates. It trains firstname.lastname@example.org. Call for Performing Arts, 153 Main St., “everyday people” to be medics Thursday 9:30 a.m. conga class Burlington. Info: 652-4500, flywhen the need arises√¢??to enlocation. Friday 5 p.m. conga and nnarts.org. Build skills and find a gage emergencies with compe6 p.m. djembe classes are walkcreative release in a supportive tence, courage and confidence, in classes for $15/class. Drums environment led by professional whether at home, work or in the are provided. Call to schedule teaching artists. Discover your wilderness. your own classes! inner spark and potential!
empowerment OPEN HEART WORKSHOP: Dec. 7-9. Fri., 7-10 p.m. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $150 /3 days. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909. Learn new communication skills and ways to deal with conflict in this experiential workshop that offers deeper self-confidence, greater authenticity, and a stronger sense of connection with others and the world. Led by Jeanne White Eagle, teacher, author and peace activist.
AUDITIONS FOR ADULT CABARET PROGRAM AND TEEN SHOW CHOIR: Jan. 5, This is a summary of the repeat configuration. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 6524500, flynnarts.org. Adults work on honest delivery of meaningful material while rehearsing toward performance of an original cabaret. Teens develop “triple threat” skills in acting, singing and dancing as a dynamic ensemble. Both groups perform in FlynnSpace in May. Audition info online. KIDS AND TEENS CLASSES: Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4500, flynnarts.org. Kids’ and teens’ acting, dance, creative play, jazz music and musical theater classes start in January. Ages 4-18, plus a parent/child music
herbs MEDICINE IN THE MICROCOSMOS: February 16 & 17 and March 2 & 3, 9am-5pm daily, 28 hours total. Cost: $280 /$30 deposit required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main Street, Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100, info@ vtherbcenter.org, vtherbcenter. org. Discover the many different levels at which the environment interfaces with human beings. Examine basic chemical structures, study the fundamentals of cell biology, and explore solubility, extraction, and absorption to gain a rich and nuanced understanding of the actions of what we put into our bodies. Taught by Guido Mase.
WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Now accepting applications for Wisdom Eight-Month Certification Program, Apr. 20-21, May 18-19, Jun. 15-16, Jul. 13-14, Aug. 10-11, Sep. 7-8, Oct. 5-6 & Nov. 2-3, 2013. Tuition: $1750; nonrefundable deposit: $250; payment plan: $187.50/ mo. Applications for Wild Edibles spring term: Apr. 28, May 26, Jun. 23, 2013. Tuition: $300. VSAC nondegree grants avail. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, email@example.com, 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.
horticulture HOLIDAY BOXWOOD TREE: Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $35 /2-hr. class. Location: City Market, 82 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington. Info: Lisa Nelson, 720-203-0853, lisa.nelson@ vycc.org. Boxwood trees are a holiday favorite for everyone! Whether plain or traditionally decorated, these trees are a delightful centerpiece that will last throughout the holiday season, and you can create this masterpiece yourself in one fun workshop. Donna Covais, Registered Horticultural Therapist and Master Gardener will guide you every step of the way.
kids FRENCH & ART CHRISTMAS BREAK CAMP — FOUND TREASURE SCULPTURE: Dec. 27-28, 8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Cost: $125 / single, $200/pair. Ages 6-14. Visit website or call to register. 10 percent early-bird discount by Dec. 10. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: 233-7676, firstname.lastname@example.org, wingspanpaintingstudio.com/classes.html. In beautiful artist’s studio, combine found objects and natural materials to create one of a kind fantastical creatures! We’ll do sketching, learn French songs and vocabulary, partake in high end dumpster diving and explore line, color, texture and form. One person’s trash is another’s treasure!
language ALLONS-Y ET BONNE ANNEE! FRENCH CLASSES FOR PRESCHOOLERS, YOUTH & ADULTS: Preschool FRART! Jan. 11-Feb. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Youth Afterschool FRART! Jan. 16-Feb. 20, 3:45-5:15 p.m. Adult Adv. Beg., Jan. 15-Mar. 19, 6:45-8:15 p.m. Adult Intermediate, Jan. 15-Mar. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. Location: winspand Studio, 4A Howard St., 3rd floor, Burlington. Info: 2337676, maggiestandley@yahoo. com, wingspanpaintingstudio. com/classes. Immerse yourself in a beautiful, supportive and fun environment learning French and opening new doors. New Sessions begin January. Maggie Standley, fluent speaker and experienced instructor has lived in Paris and West Africa. Weaving together cultural knowledge, multiple learning modalities and familiarity w/ language pitfalls, these classes are “vraiment chouette!” LEARN SPANISH AND OPEN NEW DOORS: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, email@example.com, spanishwaterburycenter.com. Connect with a new world. We provide highquality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our fifth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private instruction, student tutoring, AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details.
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Aikido: Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and relieve stress. Adult classes meet 7 days a week. Classes for Adults, Teens and Children. We also offer morning classes for new students. Study with Benjamin Pincus Sensei, 6th degree black belt and Vermont’s only fully certified Aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome.
exploring the Art of song interpretAtion: Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $75 /participants, $40/auditors. Location: StudioThree at Spotlight on Dance, South Burlington. Info: 8627326, billreedvoicestudio.com. Alan Langdon, acclaimed acting teacher and faculty member at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC will work with students in exploring the art of song interpretation. The workshop is geared toward high school juniors and seniors auditioning for musical theatre college programs, however, the workshop is open to the public and anyone interested.
Aikido ClAsses: New: Tues. afternoon Children’s class (ages 6-12) 4:15-5:15 p.m. Starts Dec. 4. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 8629785, vermontaikido.org. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. MArtiAl WAy self-defense Center: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt.com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense.
snAke-style tAi Chi ChUAn: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, iptaichi. org. The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. yAng-style tAi Chi: Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo. Beginners welcome. new beginners Session starts Wed., Sep. 19, at 5:30. $125/8 classes. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immed. after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 434-2960. Tai chi is a slowmoving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. For more info, 735-5465 or 434-2960.
yoga eVolUtion yogA: $14/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolutionvt.com. Evolution Yoga offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and prenatal, community classes, and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Breast Cancer Survivor and Alignment classes. Certified teachers, massage and PT, too. Join our yoga community and get to know the family you choose.
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leArn to MeditAte: Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. The Shambhala Café meets the 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house occurs every 3rd Fri. evening of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 6586795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org. Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.
intro to nAtUre photogrAphy: Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $145 /8-hr. class. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, TBA, Central Vermont. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, Kurt Budliger, 2234022, firstname.lastname@example.org, greenmtnphotoworkshops.com. Ever wonder how professional photographers create those stunning images you see in magazines, calendars and books? Join professional photographer Kurt Budliger as he sheds light on the secrets. Beyond lots of inspiring imagery, this workshop will give participants practical take-home skills to help master exposure/metering, composition and working with light.
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omen may be from Venus, and men may indeed hail from Mars. But with apologies to John Gray, musicians — of a certain ilk, anyway — are from Saturn. The ringed gas giant’s most notable export is certainly Sun Ra, who famously claimed natural Saturnian citizenship. The groundbreaking space-music composer and “cosmic philosopher” may have progeny — at least spiritually — in Vermont: the Saturn People’s Sound Collective. The new orchestra — arkestra? — led by centralVermont-based bandleader Brian Boyes, boasts, in addition to 20 local all-star musicians, a galaxy of influences ranging from the celestial works of Mr. Ra to the more Earthbound musings of post-punk pioneers Sonic Youth and minimalist mastermind Steve Reich. The band, which makes its debut appearance this Friday, December 7, at the Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College in Plainfield, exists on an astral plane where the dimensions of big-band music, postrock, impro-
visational jazz and world music intersect. Insert “big bang” joke here. Boyes, 39, first burst into the local scene as a member of seminal acid-jazz subverts viperHouse. He left that band after roughly a decade to pursue his own musical ambitions under the guise of the Tala Sextet. “ViperHouse’s music was very exciting, intellectually,” Boyes says in a recent phone interview. “Tala was a response to playing the club circuit for 10 years. I wanted to play creative, original music.” But he says that experiment, for a variety of reasons, “hit a wall.” The group’s comparatively sparse instrumentation was a poor fit for bars and nightclubs, which often compelled a shift in sonic focus. “It was a good time,” Boyes concedes. “But we’d The Saturn People’s Sound Collective play the Local Spotlight Series at the Goddard College Haybarn Theatre in Plainfield this Friday, December 7, 8 p.m. $15/20. AA.
wind up playing louder and groovier than I would have wanted.” After a modest five-year run, Boyes moved on to other projects, including the eclectic cover outfit Money Jungle and, more recently, Movement of the People, a Fela Kuti tribute band. Concurrently, Boyes has been teaching music at the Cabot School, a pre-K-through-12 public school. Out of necessity, he began arranging music for the school’s performance bands. “Because it’s a small school, we don’t do the stock band arrangements,” he explains. “So I really began to hone my arranging chops.” Two years ago, Boyes was selected to conduct a band at the Winooski Valley District Jazz Festival, an all-star ensemble for high school players in central Vermont. He included a few original compositions in the band’s repertoire. OTHERWORLD MUSIC
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Speaking of the Monkey House, BTV expats PReTTy & niCe swing through the Winooski Speedway — Google it — this week, with a new EP, Us You All We, in tow. I recently gave the four-song quickie a spin on the ol’ Spotify and, not surprisingly, I liked what I heard. While all the hallmarks we’ve come to know and love from the band are there — catchy Costello-ian hooks, unpredictable structures and weird lyrics about animals — the band seems to have refined and expanded upon their already potent formula. It’s a
sophisticated but relentlessly infectious EP that I’m guessing will more than translate live. VeTiCa and ChuCK The Plains open. In non-Monkey news, Calais has a new bar. Or rather, a bar. It’s called the Whammy Bar — great name — and they opened for business about a month ago. In addition to trivia and open-mic nights — on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively — I’m told they’ll also have regular live local music, including this Thursday, December 6, when Jay Ekis of ConCReTe RiVals drops by for a solo set. Welcome to the fray. Local hip-hop act a2VT were one of my favorite stories to emerge from the local scene this year. Composed of three young African refugees, the trio has a unique perspective on life, and music, in these United States. The band is set to premier a video for its single, “Winooski, My Town” at the New City Galerie on Church Street in Burlington this Saturday, December 8. For what it’s worth, that was one of my favorite cuts from A2VT’s debut album, which dropped this summer. It finds the band at its most bombastic and personal and is a tantalizing glimpse of the group’s potential. I know how you kids like the rock music. (You do still like the rock music, don’t you?) And for sheer locavore rockin’, your best bet this week is likely Nectar’s on Thursday, December 6. The evening features grunge-y Villanelles offshoot PhanToM suns, indie-pop darlings Lendway and saVage hen, the last of which is the doom-gaze side
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coming music and actually has been responsible for more than his share of great shows at the club. Rogers writes that he doesn’t foresee any major changes to the Monkey’s booking philosophy. If it ain’t broke… Rogers does add that he’s got some exciting shows in the works for 2013. Given his track record, I’m inclined to believe him. As for Reagan, he says he’ll be focusing on his bedbug-sniffing-dog business — yes, really — as well as devoting more time to his own musical endeavors, including his excellent indiefolk outfit PaPeR CasTles. More music from that band is undoubtedly a win for local audiences. Also, it means I can officially add them to my list of “Bands to Publicly Harass About Putting Out New Albums.” (Speaking of which, PaRMaga? lendway? shelly shReddeR? WTF?) So on behalf of a grateful scene, thank you, Paddy.
The crown jewel of Little Williamsburg, er, Winooski nightlife, the Monkey House, is about to undergo a subtle but significant change. Namely, longtime booking guru and all-around swell guy Paddy Reagan is stepping down on January 1. His departure closes the book on a nearly six-year run in which the Monkey House has evolved from an out-of-the-way sleeper nightspot to a still-kind-of-out-of-the-way scene cornerstone. In that time, the Monkey has become the local epicenter for hip music of all varieties, from indie to indie rock to indie folk and (indie) beyond. In all seriousness, Reagan’s contributions can’t be overstated. And coming from a guy prone to overstating things, that’s quite a statement. But the list of bands Reagan has helped funnel through the roundabout during his tenure reads like a who’s who from hipster music blogs over the last half decade. Just off the top of my head: Thao and The geT down sTay down, the MoRning BendeRs, KuRT Vile, VeTiVeR, wye oaK, the TallesT Man on eaRTh. I could go on. The point is, the Monkey House has legitimately upped the area’s cred with a consistently great calendar, week in and week out. And Reagan has been the man behind the curtain — and often behind the soundboard. If I had accomplished what Reagan has with the Monkey, I’d probably be an arrogant, insufferable ass — or, y’know, more of one. But that’s the thing about Paddy Reagan. He’s one of the most genuine, humble people you could ever hope to meet. In a business bloated with inflated egos and hipster-er-thanthou smugness, his humility is kind of amazing, actually. There is an attendant stigma in underground music that the people who champion it do so as much for a badge of imagined hipster honor as out of an appreciation for the music. That’s not entirely unjustified. But in the nearly six years I’ve worked with him, I’ve only gotten the sense that Reagan does what he does — whether with the Monkey, Angioplasty Media or Tick Tick — out of a legitimate desire to share cool music with the people around him. Fortunately, Reagan is leaving booking duties in the capable hands of MSR Presents’ MaTT RogeRs, who knows a thing or two about great up-and-
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Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Lendway, Phantom suns, savage Hen (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. o'briEn's irisH Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. on taP bar & grill: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 7 p.m., Free. raDio bEan: Dave Fugal & Julian chobot (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. michael chorney & Dollar General (Amerarcana), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. rED squarE: Honest Thieves (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squarE bluE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. signal kitCHEn: DrFameus, Dr. Ruckus, FRNDs (EDm), 9 p.m., $10/12. 18+. skinny PanCakE: Josh Panda and the Hot Damned (rock), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation. vEnuE: Thirsty Thursdays, 7 p.m., Free.
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long Thursday residency at the café this week. The Chorndog — oops, I’m not supposed to use that nickname anymore — tells me he’s particularly excited for the residency because each week different special guests will join the band, including marimbist JANE BOXALL, fiddler KATIE TRAUTZ (and possibly Trautz’s WOODEN DINOSAUR cohort, MICHAEL ROBERTS), and keyboardist RAY PACZKOWSKI, among others. He also hinted at some big news that I’m really not supposed to mention, unrelated to
that band. I’m not saying you should hit the Bean on Thursdays and ply him full of Five Dollar Shakes until he talks about it. But I’m not not saying it, either … ahem. Anyway, stay tuned. Last but not least, local funky bunch BEARQUARIUM release a new record — like, on vinyl — this week and celebrate by headlining Nectar’s on Saturday, December 8. Local totally-not-stonerrockers GANG OF THIEVES open the show.
project of Lendway guitarist MATT HAGEN … and, as always, his beard. Whenever I interview famous rock-star types, I make a point to ask what they’ve been listening to lately. That stuff doesn’t always make it into the interviews you read — sometimes I just gotta do for me, y’know? But occasionally it does. For example, in my recent interview with SHARON VAN ETTEN, the indie songstress espoused the virtues of LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER, saying, “She has such a beautiful spirit.” Well, in a divine twist of serendipity/ booking coincidence, the apiary Lady Lamb — and, presumably, her spirit — will be at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Thursday, December 6, opening for KAKI KING. Tell ’em Sharon sent ya. We’re already five whole days into December and yet I’ve only heard tell of two holiday-related hoedowns on the horizon. (Looking at you, BOB WAGNER, BRETT HUGHES and REBECCA KOPYCINSKI.) What gives, grinches? The first, with rockabilly guitar god BILL KIRCHEN, takes place at Club Metronome on Tuesday, December 11. (See the spotlight on page 80.) The second is a more localized affair, the last Girls Rock VT showcase of the year, on Sunday, December 9, at Radio Bean. Among the musical elves — or wisewomen, depending how much Christ you put in Christmas — slated to appear are the SMITTENS, VEDORA, LILY SICKLES and SWALE. Sticking with Radio Bean for the moment, I recently had a nice chat with MICHAEL CHORNEY, whose band, DOLLAR GENERAL, embarks upon a month-
Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment in which I share a sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, 8-track player, etc., this week.
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bill kirChen, but you’re probably familiar with his work. The Commander
Cody founder is the “Titan of the Telecaster,” the Jimi Hendrix of honky-tonk, an iconic guitarist who helped shaped the course of modern twang and has lent his searing licks to innumerable recordings by Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris, to name but a few artists. Christmas comes early this year — Tuesday, December 11, to be precise — when Kirchen brings his Honky-Tonk Holiday Show to Club Metronome in Burlington. cOurtEsY OfBiLL KirchEN
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I could easily imagine “Garlic Patch Rag,” the first track on Doug Perkins’ new album, playing alongside the opening credits to one of Woody Allen’s lighter endeavors — perhaps Radio Days. This is true of a large portion of the album’s tracks. The lineup for the majority of Music for Flat-Top Guitar is Perkins on acoustic guitar, Jamie Masefield on mandolin, Patrick Ross on fiddle and Tyler Bolles on upright bass. And every Vermont musician, fan and critic knows that these names bode something good. What’s immediately apparent about Perkins’ latest is the chemistry among
the musicians. It’s not uncommon within the acoustic genres for the front person’s backup band to change depending on who’s available at the time of a gig or recording session. But the sonic bond heard here just might be unbeatable, and to mess with it would be a shame. The switch-ups and trade-offs that keep Music for Flat-Top Guitar moving forward, up, down and back are the products of a like-minded and tuned-in crew. And the playing of each individual is just impeccable.
The tunes are traditionals and Perkins-penned originals, and they sound so natural and consistent, it seems Perkins’ songs must have always existed. At the same time, there’s a sense that the songs are being imagined and played simultaneously, and the resulting freedom is utterly joyful. Music for Flat-Top Guitar could be the soundtrack to one of your groggy, Sunday-morning excursions in search of coffee and the meaning of your life. Perkins and co. gently offer you a moment to breathe, to slow down, to dwell in the excellence of their sound. Doug Perkins celebrates the release of his new record with a show at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington this Saturday, December 8. SEAN HOOD
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“Somebody tell me / A story of how it feels / To find inspiration of a lifetime.” He proceeds to paint — if somewhat by numbers — a portrait of a character trying to discover his role in life’s divine comedy. “Now the new direction is clear / in this live production / Be myself or nothing / Make the roles disappear.” It’s not an especially profound revelation. But Nunn’s forthright prose effectively imparts a universal sense of disillusionment and, ultimately, redemption. What he lacks in nuance, Nunn makes up for in sheer energy. His round baritone — picture some combo of
On his new solo album, Between Two Points, local songwriter and teacher Perry Nunn offers a heartfelt collection of material rooted in his midlife experiences and given color by the various crises — and salvations — encountered along the way. While not exactly overflowing with earthshattering revelations, it is a likable suite shaded in bluesy folk rock and occasional jam and pop indulgences, and the collection endears itself on repeated listens. As a lyricist, Nunn generally writes in a direct fashion, exploring the ins and outs of love, life and liberty — the last of both personal and social varieties — with a straightforward attack grounded less in layered metaphor than blunt, confessional exposition. On opener “Life in Production,” Nunn sings,
Michael McDonald and Darius Rucker — is pure and powerful. He sings with unassailable swagger. And his backing band, which includes Peter Engisch on piano, Russ Lawton on drums and Aram Bedrosian on bass, is equally compelling. This formidable group of music vets infuses Nunn’s tunes with palpable electricity and emotional urgency. All of which combines to form a pleasant outing. Nunn clearly has a gift for melody and knows his way around a solid hook — check the groovy “I Don’t See Why” and slyly funky “This Moment.” He’s earnest on occasion, but not gratingly so. And there’s a charm to his upbeat optimism that’s difficult, even for a whippersnapper critic, not to admire. Between Two Points by Perry Nunn is available at perrynunn.com.
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Can anyone Let’s organize a M ai s O ui , nch Fre a recommend conversation group. ce rt ai ne m en t! tutor? Otherworld Music « p.76 “That’s when it hit me, that I wanted to do my music with a big band, with professionals,” he says. He let the idea steep for two years, at the same immersing himself in the music of modern big-band composers, including Darcy James Argue and Maria Schneider. Then, this past June, he indulged what is so often the seed of great ideas: the declaration of reckless intent. “Finally, I just said, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to do this.’”
f science fiction is to be believed, aliens are physically imposing and curious creatures. Though no one has yet made first contact with Saturn People’s Sound Collective, visually the notion likely holds true here. Around a pulsing core of bassist Rob Morse, drummer Simeon Chapin and percussionist Gabe Halberg, tentacles of brass, string and reed instruments flail wildly. Trios of trombones (Dan Silverman, Lloyd Dugger, Matt Avery) and trumpets (Boyes, Dave Purcell, Alex Wolston) curl around slithering cellos (Indigo Ruth-Davis, Nelson Caldwell) and violin (Caleb Elder), punctuated by errant flute (Hilary Goldblatt) or guitar (Max Bronstein) — or perhaps the band’s lone vocalist, the otherworldly Miriam Bernardo. Likewise, aliens probably speak a very foreign language. In this case, that etymology is derived from Boyes’ own musical experiences as a fan, performer and educator. “The music we’re doing really reflects everything Brian has ever heard in his life,” says Morse, who has known Boyes since their shared viperHouse days some 20 years ago. “I have a deep interest in world music, and the ethics of playing and teaching world music as sort of privileged, white Westerners,” says Boyes, explaining roots that also include jazz, rock and groove-oriented music. He adds that in the last year he began digging into minimalist music, particularly the works of Reich. SPSC’s repertoire includes a cov-
er of that composer’s “Clapping Music,” a piece originally consisting solely of repeating hand-clap patterns staggered by eighth notes, reimagined to include harmonic elements. Reich’s influence, particularly his experiments combining rhythmic phasing with melody on his famed suite “Daniel Variations,” is apparent in other aspects of Boyes’ compositions. “[Reich] uses the phasing quality, but he changed a lot of his other approaches,” says Boyes. “There’s more melody. There is a lot of emotion in the music that is not necessarily always heard in his other music. That really spoke to me.” Boyes says he’s often heard room for improvisation in Reich’s music and uses those phasing patterns and the textures they create as a foundation for SPSC’s melodic and improvisational flights in the context of a big band. “One of my goals was to arrange as much as possible,” he says. “Even the improvised sections have specific directions, if not prescribed notations. It’s an exercise in stretching the compositional process as far as it can go.” If that all sounds complicated, well, it is. “It’s kind of hard to describe,” Boyes admits. But his goal is not to outsmart his audience. Rather, Boyes says the point of SPSC is to create “challenging music that is not a challenge to listen to.” “He’s got a real way with melody,” says Morse. “While we might change meters or feels, throughout that there is a strong melodic sense that is singable and you don’t need to be a musician to pick up on.” Sun Ra was fond of describing music as his spaceship, the vehicle that would deliver him — and, presumably, us — from the shackles of our Earthly bondage. It’s a notion Boyes has considered in his own work. “For Sun Ra, it was about using music to transcend the nonsense of what goes on here on Earth,” he says. “I’ve always liked that.” m
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Orange, Abaddon, Boil the Whore, (metal), 9 p.m., $10. 18+. Nectar'S: Linda Bassick and Tickle Belly (rock), 6:30 p.m., $5. mind the Gap, Radio underground (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ON tap Bar & grill: pine street Jazz, 7 p.m., Free.
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Bee'S kNeeS: Al 'n' pete (singer-songwriters), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MOOg'S place: poor Howard stith (blues), 8:30 p.m., Free.
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Reality Show Julie Y Baker Albright at Frog Hollow
ealist painters who want their work to offer something more than technical proficiency face the challenge of endowing static subject matter with mood or personality — something to set it apart from mere reproduction of reality. Within that realm, portraiture — even when literally faithful to a sitter’s appearance — lends itself to psychological interpretation. Landscapes, not so much, but even there, skilled artists can evoke some emotion. Still lifes, however, may be the hardest type of traditional painting to lift beyond an exact representation. Vermont artist Julie Y Baker Albright offers the alternative approach of dazzling viewers with near-photographic perfection. She approximates hyperrealism in her still-life oils in a show called “Painted Holidays” at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Albright is expert at imitating the succulent red of ripe strawberries, even the gray-green of their unripe bunch-mates. She presents sensuous details with exceptional precision. Look, for example, at the reflection in a wooden tabletop of the yellow lettering on the spine of a book in the work titled “Nathaniel Hawthorne.” Most impressive, perhaps, is the tactile quality Albright imparts to ewers and bowls, as can be vividly seen in the spidery crackle marks on the empty vase in the “Hawthorne” painting, arguably the most beautiful piece in this lovely show. (Albright has a particular empathy for the texture of fired clay, having started her artistic career as a potter.) Despite these true-to-life elements, Albright’s work could never be mistaken for photography or trompe l’oeil, nor is that her objective. Brush strokes are clearly visible in nearly all of the 18 paintings on display. The edges of her tables aren’t utterly straight. White tablecloths don’t actually have blue, yellow and rose highlights in their weave, but they do in this artist’s work. In a statement accompanying the show, Albright says she strives in her
VERMONT ARTIST JULIE Y BAKER ALBRIGHT OFFERS THE ALTERNATIVE APPROACH OF
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art to achieve “the illusion of the third dimension, to paint the air behind the object and to generate a tranquil experience.” She succeeds on every count. Even so, some viewers who swoon at Albright’s impressive level of skill may still leave the show feeling vaguely unsatisfied. That may be because “tranquil” is another way of saying “undemanding.” That’s consistent with the aesthetic at Frog Hollow, and Albright’s art fits right in even as it stands out. Art aficionados looking for something edgi-
er may admire her work but not choose to take it home. “I paint from life in northern light with oil on panel in the classical style,” Albright explains in her introductory statement. That cool light appeals because of the warm shadows it casts, she adds. Albright’s classical style most closely adheres to the great Dutch still-life tradition. But it’s not just a penchant for northern light she shares with those 17th-century artists; Albright also possesses their sure sense of color contrasts, harmonies and geometric composition. The Dutch may be unsurpassed at painting glasses half-filled with water, but Albright performs this feat just as persuasively in “Black Eyed Susans.” She’s also their equal in rendering wrinkled folds of fabric — and even the fuzz
on peaches — as is evident in “Peaches in Pewter Bowl.” Albright’s choice of gilded frames reinforces her paintings’ old-school quality. She understands that a frame can greatly affect perceptions of what’s within it. Albright’s art elicits associations with other eras and styles, too. The white paint she thickly applies for the tablecloth in “Petunias and Vetch,” along with the thinner white with subtle pastel shadings in the background of the same painting, might remind some viewers of the white-on-white composition of John Singer Sargent’s unforgettable “Fumée d’Ambre Gris,” which hangs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. The Frog Hollow show, which runs through the end of December, represents something of a homecoming for Albright. She worked as resident potter at the craft center’s now-defunct Middlebury outlet after graduating from the University of Vermont in 1980. Albright also pays homage to Frog Hollow by incorporating objects crafted by fellow artisans there into many of her paintings. And, quite cleverly, several of those pottery pieces are displayed on pedestals in front of the paintings in which they’re depicted. The Vermont State Craft Center has done justice — mostly — to a returning daughter. Albright’s paintings command a corner immediately to the left of the entrance, within front-window view of passersby on the Church Street Marketplace. But a couple of her pieces might be overlooked because they’re hung far below eye level on the sides of stool-height display platforms. Admirers who can’t afford Albright originals, which range from about $900 to $3500, can find affordable takeaways in the gallery’s reproductions bin. Items there go for a mere $25 — a perfect price for budget-conscious holiday gifters. K EV I N J . K EL L EY
“Painted Holidays,” still-life paintings by Julie Y Baker Albright, Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, Burlington. Through December. froghollow.org
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Art opportunity for Vters: Fun-A-Day mission: Do something creative every day for the month of January. Fun, free, noncommercial, noncompetitive, all-ages community art project. Visit funadaybtv.tumblr. com. 45th AnnuAl Juried eXhiBit: $2000 in cash awards; $1000 for best of show! submit three works for $30. All media and methods accepted. Deadline: December 8. info, octagonarts.org. color story photo eXhiBit: Calling for submissions. Deadline: January 19. Juror: seth Resnick. if a confident use of color defines your work, we want to see it. info, darkroomgallery.com/ex38. rAre eArth photo eXhiBit: Darkroom gallery explores how varied the landscape-photography genre can be. Deadline: December 12. Juror: william neill. info, darkroomgallery.com/ex37. eXposed 2013: open call to artists and writers for the 22nd annual exposed outdoor sculpture exhibition at helen Day Art Center in stowe. Deadline: January 4. info, helenday.com/exposed. thinking out of the BoX: This show features art made from cardboard in all of its forms — corrugated, boxboard, tubular and more, including cardboard that is imprinted, painted or basic brown. shape it, bond it, sculpt it, build it, wear it, bend it, mold it — use it! Deadline: December 14. show dates: January 22 through February 22. info, studioplacearts.com.
JeAn luc duchime: “The hands of hope,” a photographic celebration of immigrants and former refugees who have rebuilt their lives in a new country. Through January 31 at ArtsRiot gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-9 p.m. info, artsriot.com. ‘smAll works & ornAments’: Artist-made holiday ornaments and works smaller than 12 square inches; ‘smAll gifts under $50’: work by 10 local artists in the backspace gallery. December 7 through January 26 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-9 p.m. info, spacegalleryvt.com. kAthryn milillo: "barns and landscapes," paintings, giclée prints and notecards by the Vermont artist. Through January 30 at left bank home & garden in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 7, 6-8 p.m. info, 862-1001. JAne Ann kAntor: Abstract acrylic paintings. Through December 31 at Fiddlehead brewing Company in shelburne. Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5-7 p.m. info, 318-2225. Jesse AzAriAn: "To boldly search for bacon," paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Red square in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-8 p.m. info, 318-2438. BriAn o'neill: "everything Must go: paintings, Drawings, sculpture and new lithos Made in Cuba," a retrospective. Through January 5 at pickering Room, Fletcher Free library, in burlington. Reception: wednesday, December 5, 5-8 p.m. info, 865-7211. lincoln hAllorAn: impasto paintings from the artist's "sunday studio" series. December 7 through January 31 at speaking Volumes in burlington. Reception: live music and refreshments. Friday, December 7, 5-7 p.m. info, 540-0107. AthenA tAsiopoulos: "Transcend," found photographs embellished with graphite, watercolor and acrylic. Through December 30 at Capitol grounds
ongoing '1st AnnuAl stocking stuffer show': local artists such as haley bishop, Jude bond, Jeannie Tucker, lisamarie Charlesworth, laura Dame and Rachel wisdomork sell their smaller-than-six-squareinch artworks for the holidays. Through December 24 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 355-5418.
Ben Aleshire: "slow Art: photographs & prints," natural-light portraits made with a medium-format Mamiya twin-lens camera and hand-bound books, presented as part of an Artlab residency. Through December 31 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.
michAel lew-smith: "portraits in stone," black-and-white photographs of historic granite cemetery statues and monuments. December 10 through February 26 at Claire's Restaurant & bar in hardwick. Reception: Monday, December 10, 4-6 p.m. info, 472-7053.
kAt cleAr & torin porter: "unfamiliar picnic," works by the Vermont sculptors. December 7 through January 4 at goddard Art gallery in Montpelier. Reception: saturday, December 8, 5-8 p.m. info, katherineclear.com. 'south end holidAy shop Artist mArket': Artist-made holiday gifts such as greeting cards, jewelry, glassware and many other crafts. December 7 through 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-8 p.m. info, 859-9222. 'this plAce of Vision: 21st AnnuAl winter group eXhiBit': work by more than a dozen artists including featured artist Kerry o. Furlani. Through January 31 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 985-3848. 'proJects of 8': work in a variety of media by visual art majors at the Community College of Vermont. December 7 through 31 at Rose street Co-op gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 7, 6-8 p.m. info, 540-0376. JAckson tupper: line drawings transposed from the burlington artist's freshman-year notebook onto the white walls of the venue. December 7 through January 31 at signal Kitchen in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 7, 7 p.m. info, 399-2337. hAley Bishop: Mixed-media pieces inspired from childhood memories and locations and made from pen-and-ink illustration, watercolors, acrylics and computer scans. December 7 through 31 at
'celeBrAte the holidAys': new paintings by Carolyn walton, susan bull Riley, Athenia schinto, gail bessette and betty ball, plus jewelry by Tineke Russell. A portion of proceeds benefit sandy Dog nannies of Vermont, a group offering foster care to the canine victims of hurricane sandy. Through January 27 at luxton-Jones gallery in shelburne. info, 985-8223. cindy griffith: "newest works," paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at east shore Vineyard Tasting Room in burlington. info, 229-4326. dAmien hirst: Two spot paintings by the english artist presented alongside bruce R. MacDonald's stainless-steel light sculptures, Joel urruty's minimalist sculpture and george peterson's abstract wood wall panels. Through December 31 at the havoc gallery in burlington. info, 863-9553. donA Ann mcAdAms: "A View From the backstretch," photographs and audio stories from
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senior degree proJect presentAtions: senior work by student photographers: "Time Through light" by Melanie Despres; "Dissent and Dissonance: occupy and the Re-ignition of American Radicalism" by Dylan Kelley; and "on island Time: A portrait of south Andros" by hallie wolklin. December 6 through 14 at the gallery at burlington College. Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5-7 p.m. info, 862-8616.
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'cAll of the wild': Two- and three-dimensional work made from gathered materials by wendy Copp, Juliet McVicker, Cindy Cowles, bethany Myrick, John Rivers, ben barlow, Max hodgson and John hodgson.Through December 28 at All souls interfaith gathering in shelburne. Reception: wednesday, December 12, 5-7 p.m. info, 985-3819. Artists' BAzAAr: Jewelry and cutlery by stacy hopkins, sculpture and wooden platters and bowls by Ria blaas, artwork by Toby bartles, collage and assemblage by David powell, glass work by Robin Mix and ceramics by Ara Cardew. December 7 through 24 at scavenger gallery in white River Junction. Reception: Artisanal Cellars provides a wine tasting, Friday, December 7, 5:30-8 p.m. info, 295-0808. JennA endresen: "Circling back," mandalas created with pen and ink and other media. December 7 through January 25 at new City galerie in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-7 p.m. info, 735-2542.
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trAcy pesche: nature-inspired www.alchemyjewelryarts.com works in painted wood, clay and wire. December 7 through January $ 7 at The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, December 7, 4-6 6v-timothygrannis(alchemy)120512.indd 1 12/3/12 5:41 PM p.m. info, 223-1981.
the venerable saratoga racecourse, produced in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center. Through January 26 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4510. dug nAp: Art Affair by shearer presents prints by the iconic, self-taught burlington artist. Through December 31 at shearer Chevrolet in south burlington. info, 658-1111. elizABeth lemAire: "Kinetic Fragments," mixed-media works incorporating fragments of tossed-aside items. Through December 31 at block gallery in winooski. info, 578-9001. gAllery grAnd opening: Artwork and artisan food and crafts by Kimberly bombard, Karen barry, Annalisa parent, Ann McFarren, Chantal lawrence, Tinka Teresa Martell, ben Thurber and others. Through December 31 at Vermont Artisans Craft gallery, burlington Town Center. info, 863-4600. buRlingTon-AReA shows
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'memBers' Art show And festiVAl of trees & light': work by member artists exhibited with community-decorated evergreens and a menorah display by the Jewish Community of greater stowe. December 7 through 30 at helen Day Art Center in stowe. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-7 p.m. info, 253-6131.
Ali BAddoe: Acrylic portraits and abstract paintings inspired by travels in haiti. Through December 14 at Community College of Vermont in winooski. info, 654-0513.
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Group Show: Works by Lorraine Manley, Nancy Dwyer, [michael smith], Ray Brown, Clark Derbes, Elizabeth Nelson and Ron Hernandez. Curated by SEABA. Through February 28 at the Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. 'Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine': A traveling exhibition that uses materials from the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter's world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine. Through February 1 at Dana Medical Library, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0695. Jane Ann Kantor: Abstract acrylic paintings. Through December 31 at Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne. Info, 318-2225. Jason Hanasik: "Fall in Line," photographs and video projections that aim to unpack traditional Western expectations related to masculinity, social class and valor within the context of the military. Through January 19 at BCA Center in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. John Anderson: "Drawings: 2006-2012 Constructed Conceptual," four bodies of work by the Vermont-based artist and architect in which paper and graphite drawings are cut, torn, rolled, twisted, folded and painted to create sculptural objects. Through January 19 at BCA Center in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. Joy Huckins-Noss: "The Texture of Light," oil paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through January 2 at Pompanoosuc Mills in Burlington. Info, 229-0832. Julie Y Baker Albright: "Painted Holidays," photorealistic oil paintings of items created by other Frog Hollow artisans. Through December 31 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458. Karen Guth: "Vestiges," black-and-white photographs capturing the depopulation of Detroit. Through December 7 at Living/Learning Center, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-4200.
Kelly Schulze: Animal portraiture by the owner of Mountain Dog Photography. Through January 15 at the Gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction. Info, 872-7111. 'Labor of Love': An exhibit featuring photos of and excerpts from interviews with women who are passionate about their work, are an inspiration to others and exemplify excellence in their field. Created by Vermont Works for Women in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center; Winooski Holiday Art Market: Art, crafts and other locally made products from around the region. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Through December 31 at Winooski Welcome Center & Gallery. Info, 655-8900. 'Latitude/Longitude: Weaving Themes, Assembling Stories': Reflections on identity and geographical coordinates by Bren Alvarez, Merche Bautista and Tina Escaja. Through December 30 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 363-4746. Lynn Beach & Joyce Carroll: A holiday window display created in collaboration with the Lake Champlain Land Trust. Through January 15 at The Green Life in Burlington. Info, 862-4150. Marianne deVaux: Food-themed artworks. December 7 through February 27 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 862-9614. Mark Boedges: "One Year Anniversary Show," new paintings by the plein-air artist. Through December 29 at Mark Boedges Fine Art Gallery in Burlington. Info, 735-7317.
Nicholas Heilig: Work by the Burlington artist. Curated by SEABA. Through February 28 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. 'Oceanic Art and the Performance of Life': Intricately crafted objects, including masks, textiles and weaponry, from indigenous cultures of the Pacific Islands. Through May 24 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.
‘Multimedia Miniature Holiday Group Show’ Small is beautiful at Island Arts South Hero Gallery this winter. Lindsey Julow’s handmade miniature book earrings are filled with tiny individual pages and decorated
with delicate gold detail on the binding. Philip Hagopian’s painting “Tree of Knowledge” includes mysterious three-dimensional mini-windows filled with intriguing tiny objects. And Mary Jane Healy’s dollhouse quilt (pictured) is all pretty petite patchwork. You’ll also find prints, 35mm photography and painted rocks at the gallery through December 31. 'Personal Style': A juried exhibit of photography by Vermont high school students. Through December 9 at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686.
Steve Clark: Watercolor, acrylic and mixed-media works depicting iconic Vermont scenes. Through February 28 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222.
Philip Brou: "Central Casting," paintings of veteran film extras. Through February 1 at Office Hours Gallery in Burlington.
'Strength in Numbers': Work by 11 Vermont art teachers who meet twice monthly to work on their own art. Through December 29 at Mezzanine Gallery, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Info, 865-7211.
'Shaped Paintings': Work by Johnson State College art students. The show is dedicated to the late Marc Awodey, who taught at Johnson for a decade. Through December 23 at Muddy Waters in Burlington. Info, 635-1315.
Thornton Dial Sr.: "Thoughts on Paper," early drawings by the self-taught artist; 'Outcasts and Rebels: Prints by William Blake and
Leonard Baskin': Works dealing with a range of charged political, social and religious themes; 'From Mourning to Night: John Singer Sargent and Black in Fashion': An exhibit exploring Sargent's role in popularizing the color black in America as a choice for high fashion rather than mourning. Through December 14 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.
'1861-1862: Toward a HigHer Moral PurPose': An exhibition exploring the experiences of norwich University alumni who fought in the civil war, featuring photographs, artwork, weapons and equipment, including a cannon likely used by norwich cadets. Through April 30 at sullivan Museum & history center, norwich University, in northfield. Info, 485-2183.
'exPressions': Bronze-and-alabaster nests, wall sculptures made from found objects, and abstract paintings by Blake larsen, Mareva Millarc, pat Musick, polly whitcomb and Johanne Durocher Yordan. Through January 27 at vermont Institute of contemporary Arts in chester. Info, 875-1018. 'Holiday sHow 2012': works priced under $1000. Through January 13 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.
arT resource associaTion annual exHibiT: work by central vermont artists. Through December 9 at college hall Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-8600.
kelly McMullen-fekerT: "Groovy Green Designs," artworks upcycled from furniture. Through January 1 at Red hen Bakery & café in Middlesex. Info, 496-7895.
'beguiled by THe wild: THe arT of cHarley HarPer': Twenty-three serigraph prints by the artist known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations, presented alongside hands-on art activities and a companion exhibit, carToonisTs' Take on cHarley HarPer: graPHic work froM THe cenTer for carToon sTudies. Through February 3 at Montshire Museum of science in norwich. Info, 649-2200.
'ligHT & sPace': work by printmakers sabra Field and Dan o’Donnell, fiber artist Karen Madden, and sculptor pat Musick. Through May 10 at the Great hall in springfield. Info, 885-3061.
'celebraTe': locally made pottery, scarves, paintings, journals, hobby horses, ornaments, cards, jewelry and more, on sale for the holidays. Through December 28 at studio place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. caMeron Howard: hand-painted floor cloths. Through December 31 at collective — the Art of craft in woodstock. Info, 457-1298. dan barlow & scoTT baer: "Green Mountain Graveyards," photographs of vermont's historic, artistic and spooky cemeteries. Through December 31 at Main street Museum in white River Junction. Info, 356-2776.
PaT swyler: "serenity," ceramic figurines. Through December 14 at Feick Fine Arts center, Green Mountain college, in poultney. Info, 287-8398. susan abboTT: "paris/provence," still-life and landscape paintings. Through January 18 at central vermont Medical center in Barre.
‘creaTive coMPeTiTion’: Artists bring a work of any size and medium and face off in a people’s-choice competition. $8 entry fee; winner takes all. Friday, December 7, 6-10 p.m., The Root Gallery at Rlphoto, Burlington. Info, 540-3081.
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susan bull riley: oil and watercolor paintings by the vermont artist. Through February 28 at vermont Thrush Restaurant in Montpelier. Info, 225-6166. 'THe Holly & THe ivy': A holiday exhibition and sale of art and fine craft by local and out-of-state artists. Through January 26 at nuance Gallery in windsor. Info, 674-9616.
Interior Design, Burlington. Info, 658-2775. oPen House & Holiday bazaar: The school celebrates the holidays with tours of the renovated post office that has become its new building, family comics activities, a reading by cofounder James sturm and cartoonists making holiday cards on demand. Friday, December 7, 5-8 p.m., center for cartoon studies, white River Junction. Info, 295-3319. crafT and arT weekend: More than 30 venues display art, artists open their studios and craft fairs will pop up in city hall, the Unitarian church, the senior center and city center. Friday, December 7, 4-8 p.m.; saturday and sunday, December 8-9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., various locations, Montpelier. Terry zigMund: The glass artist discusses her work while twisting her signature copper trees. Friday, December 7, 2-4 p.m., Frog hollow, Burlington. Info, 863-6458. JoHn brickels: The Burlington artist known for his clay architectural wonders, domesticated robots and steam-punk machines demonstrates his technique. saturday, December 8, noon-3 p.m., Frog hollow, Burlington. Info, 863-6458. MoreTown arTisans’ sale: More than two dozen
artisans sell their pottery, jewelry, teas, wreaths, stained glass and other crafts. live music on saturday; santa on sunday, noon to 2 p.m.; silent auction throughout the weekend. saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; sunday, December 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Moretown elementary school. Holiday oPen sTudio & sale: photos by Terry Allen, wood-block prints by Mary Azarian, sculpture by Georgia landau and glass by chet cole and viiu niiler. saturday and sunday, December 8-9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 280 Guyette Road, east Montpelier. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘THe arTisT and THe coPyrigHT’: Jaime heins from Burton snowboards and Andrew Manitsky from Gravel & shea lead participants through the ins and outs of artist copyright issues and solutions in this free workshop sponsored by lake champlain chocolates. wednesday, December 5, noon-1:30 p.m., seABA center, Burlington. Info, 859-9222. oPen House: Artists open their studios and give demonstrations, refreshments are served, and liz Ross and David westby sell their snow globes to benefit the arts organization. saturday, December 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., AvA Gallery and Art center, lebanon, n.h. Info, 603-448-3117.
‘arcHiTecTure for THe birds’: A silent auction of birdhouses constructed by staff members and friends of the firm; proceeds benefit the King street center. Food, wine and local brews add to the festivities. wednesday, December 5, 5-8 p.m., Truexcullins Architecture &
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dr. skeTcHy’s anTi-arT scHool: Artists age 18 and up bring sketchbooks and pencils to a cabaret-style lifedrawing session. This month’s theme is “The world of nikola Tesla.” Tuesday, December 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Triple play, west lebanon.
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Myra Hudson: landscape and figure oil paintings by the Royalton artist. Through January 18 at Tunbridge public library. Info, 889-9404.
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in Jeffersonville invited art collectors who felt ready to move on from such works to contribute them to a show called “Hidden Treasures.” The result, juried by a panel of artists, is an eclectic survey of local collections featuring 80 works by 25 artists such as Emile Gruppe, Charles Curtis Allen, Thomas Curtin and Luigi Lucioni. All the pieces are for sale in the hopes these once-cherished artworks will find new homes. After all, one man’s “trash” is another’s treasure. Through December 30. Pictured: “Winter Hillside” by Lorraine Van Tassell. CENTRAL VT SHOWS
'The Mary azarian FaMily exhibiT': Paintings, fabric collages, wood-cut prints and books by Ethan Azarian, Melissa Knight, Jesse Azarian, Tim Azarian, Willaiwan Phonjan and Mary Azarian. Through December 31 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338.
Theodore Kaye: Photographs from central Asia, including landscapes, images from daily life and scenes from buzkashi, a fierce version of polo on horseback. Through January 27 at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield. Info, 454-0141.
Ward Joyce: "Human Landscapes," paintings and drawings that explore the forms of the city and the architecture of the human body. Through January 31 at Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College, in Randolph Center. Info, 728-1237.
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'We are VerMonT STrong': Artworks created in response to Tropical Storm Irene, first exhibited in Randolph to commemorate the disaster's one-year anniversary. Through December 28 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.
'14Th annual gingerbread houSe coMpeTiTion and exhibiT': Edible creations that reflect this year's theme, Hansel and Gretel. Through December 19 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.
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'2012 WinTer all MeMberS ShoW': An annual exhibit of member artwork. Through January 12 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. 'arTiSTS oF The ForeST': Abenaki baskets, Acadian wood carvings, birchbark canoes, dogsleds, snowshoes, furniture and more by 13 traditional artists from the Northern Forest region; el eMigranTe de hidalgo, México: "Imagines de mi Alma/Images From My Soul," paintings, drawings and sculptures by one of the anonymous artists featured in last spring's migrant farmworker project, "Invisible Odysseys;" peTe SuTherland: Cut-paper collage by the nationally known Vermont fiddler. Through December 22 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. carolyn ShaTTucK: Works created by layering individual monoprint plates over one another to create subtle environments of color, pattern and line. Through April 1 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071. 'china Modern: deSigning 20Th-cenTury popular culTure': A touring exhibit developed by California's Pacific Asia Museum that explores the rich tradition of Chinese designs in advertising, packaging and promotional art for cinema, music, comic books, pulp fiction, fashion, games and toys; 'oliphanT: ediTorial carToonS and The aMerican preSidency, 1968–2007': Political cartoons by the syndicated artist Patrick Bruce Oliphant, who won the Pulitzer Prize in
1967. Through December 9 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. 'conTeMporary JeWelS: an oFFering': Works by five artists of Tibetan heritage presented in honor of the Dalai Lama's recent visit to Middlebury. Through January 11 at Davis Family Library, Middlebury College. Info, 443-5235. deb runge: "Naturally Vermont," watercolors by the retired elementary school teacher. Through December 28 at Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. Info, 482-2878. FiFTh annual holiday ShoW: Art and fine crafts by 27 regional artists. Through December 31 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222. gingerbread houSe conTeST: Participants display their edible holiday creations for people'schoice voting. Through December 15 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. 'in The SpiriT oF The SeaSon': A holiday show of member artworks priced under $200. Through January 15 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4956. peTer WolF: "Country Life & Rock N Roll," a 33-year retrospective of the Jericho photographer's work, from black-and-white nature shots to a portrait of Carlos Santana. Through December 20 at Mt. Mansfield Community Television in Richmond. Info, 434-2550.
'Small WorkS ShoW': Paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed-media constructions — all under 14 square inches and $500 — by more than 20 gallery artists; VceVy StrekaloVSky: Paintings by the 1960 Middlebury College graduate. Through January 2 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. 'the autumn campuS': Large-scale oil paintings of the college campus; SilkScreen ShoW: Work by printmaking students. Through December 6 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168.
ann FaiSon: "Backyard Birds and Trees," watercolors. Through January 14 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366.
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artS FundraiSer ShoW: Easily portable and affordable works of art by students, faculty and local artists; proceeds benefit Johnson State College's Visual Arts Center. Through December 15 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1251. 'Barn paint out': Plein-air paintings of Vermont barns. Through December 28 at Jericho Center Town Hall. Info, 849-2049. decemBer ShoW: Bentwood boxes by Carl Newton, photography by Maggy Young and paintings by Jim Foote and Martha Ohliger. Through December 29 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403. Gayleen aiken: "A Grand View," paintings and drawings of the Vermont landscape made between 1958 and 2000. Through December 31 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857.
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harlan mack: "Waking Rage: The Tank Ages," the local sculptor and mixed-media artist's MFA thesis show. Through December 20 at Vermont Studio Center Gallery II in Johnson. Info, 635-1251. 'hidden treaSureS': Works by 25 deceased artists from the personal collections of gallery members; keVin Fahey & mary S. martin: Paintings. Through December 30 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. 'inSpired By Gruppe': Work by members of the Northern Vermont Artists' Association. Through December 23 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.
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Jan reynoldS: "The Tibetan Blue Collection," photographs taken in the highest region of the Himalayas and on the Nangpa La, an ancient salt trade route. Through December 30 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696.
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multimedia miniature holiday Group ShoW: Paintings, jewelry, book arts, doll-house fiber arts, photography and other works by Vermont artists. Through December 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 489-4023. thomaS FuSS: "Backroads America," photographs of Americana, from Monument Valley and the California redwoods to Graceland and the murder scenes in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood; 'FiGurinG it out': Work by participants in River Arts' figure drawing open studio sessions. Through January 7 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.
carrie hayeS: Bird-focused artwork in watercolors and pastels. Through December 31 at VINS Nature Center in Quechee. Info, 359-5000.
‘Call of the Wild’ There is a Hindu belief that after the first 60
from social obligations, into the forest for a period of reflection and self-discovery. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne is showing the work of local artists inspired Juliet McVicker, Cindy Cowles, Bethany Myrick, John Rivers, Max Hodgson, Ben Barlow and John Hodgson. Contemplate these artists’ mystical paintings, sculptures and gourds, plus elvish dresses, coats and shoes all made painstakingly from leaves Couture” by Wendy Copp.
alySSha cSük: Photographs of the region’s operating and abandoned quarries. Through December 31 at Slate Valley Museum in Granville, N.Y. Info, 518-642-1417. 'croSSinG cultureS': A survey of Australia's contemporary indigenous art movement from the 1970s to the present drawn from one of the world's largest collections of aboriginal art. Through March 10 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2095. holiday Salon: Work by a variety of artists. Through December 24 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. 'once upon a time... impreSSioniSm: Great French paintinGS From the clark': A traveling exhibit of paintings by Bonnard, Corot, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Millet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley and Toulouse-Lautrec. Through January 20 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. 'Women oF WeStport art ShoW & holiday Sale': Work in a variety of media by more than a dozen up-and-coming area female artists. Through January 8 at Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y. Info, 518-962-8680. m
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linda durkee: “The Poetry of Color,” collages, paintings and photographs. Through January 14 at the Gallery at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. Info, 362-4061.
MONEYBULL In Pitt’s latest, the robbery of a mob card game becomes a metaphor for the fiscal crisis. Or something.
Killing Them Softly ★★★
emember the adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? I wish writerdirector Andrew Dominik had. Right about the time he decided to turn the 1974 George V. Higgins novel Cogan’s Trade into a big-screen allegory for America’s financial collapse. Few works of crime fiction feature dialogue more beautifully hard-boiled or shady dealings more shrewdly observed, and none cry out less for fixing. It’s the story of the mess three Beantown lowlifes make when they rob a mob card game, and what happens when out-of-town muscle arrives to clean it up. The movie’s early scenes set the stage smartly with “The Sopranos”’ Vincent Curatola as the bottom feeder with a brainstorm. As he explains to his two young associates, the game he has in mind is the one mob game it wouldn’t be suicide to hold up, because the guy who runs it held it up himself years before and somehow got away with it. When it happens again, the old-timer figures, that’s the guy the bosses will come after. The hired guns are Frankie (Scoot McNairy) and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn), a couple of dim, scuzzy bulbs who could almost be
cousins of the criminal halfwits Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare immortalized in Fargo. They pull off the job in spite of themselves, only to realize their mentor must have meatballs for brains, because the powers that be end up coming after both the fellow they robbed and them. In Higgins’ universe, the mob works in mysterious ways. Dominik’s film benefits from primo wiseguy DNA. In addition to Curatola, it costars Ray Liotta. The original goodfella plays the doubly baffled Markie Trattman, who can’t believe anyone would be crazy enough to hit his poker game, and then can’t believe his superiors plan to make him pay. And who flies in from Florida to push that button but James Gandolfini as New York Mickey, a veteran hit man who turns out to be more intent on destroying himself. The actor delivers a mesmerizing series of monologues in the service of a character coming slowly unraveled as he holes up for days in a hotel room drinking himself into a paranoid stupor. “I can’t go out,” he announces finally, sealing his own fate. Picking up the pieces and restoring order all around falls to Brad Pitt’s Jackie Cogan, an enforcer increasingly frustrated by the mod-
ern mob’s corporate, decision-by-committee management style. The picture reunites the star and the Australian director, who worked together on 2007’s vastly underrated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. But lightning fails to strike a second time. Pitt can play smooth criminals in his sleep at this point, but Dominik proves nowhere near the top of his game. While Killing Them Softly boasts a number of stunning visual flourishes and some of the most darkly hysterical banter in recent movie history, the film is undercut by a clumsy device. Not content simply to tell a great gangster story, Dominik decided — for reasons I can’t begin to fathom — to evoke the economic meltdown of 2008. In adapting the Boston-based book, the filmmaker first relocated the action to post-Katrina New Orleans (something he never makes clear to the audience) and then
switched the time frame to the weeks just before and after the presidential election. Throughout the picture, televisions and radios incongruously carry images of Bush, McCain and Obama along with dire updates on the fiscal freefall. You’ve never seen such well-informed wise guys. Like the heist at the center of Killing Them Softly, the topical theme is a spectacular miscalculation. The parallel between crime and the economy is never successfully elucidated, so Dominik comes off simultaneously as being heavy handed and having nothing to say. By the time Pitt reacts to a broadcast of Obama’s victory speech by announcing, “America isn’t a country; it’s a business,” you may find yourself wishing these hooligans would raise a little more hell and watch a little less C-SPAN. RICK KISONAK
REVIEWS Chasing Ice ★★★★
f you’ve been considering renting Roland Emmerich’s 2012 to watch on December 21 and relish the Earth’s fictional devastation, don’t bother. Not only is it a terrible movie, but you can catch a comparably awe-inspiring cataclysm in Jeff Orlowski’s documentary Chasing Ice, and it’s real. Among the incidents filmed by Orlowski’s crew as they sojourned in arctic regions was the abrupt crumbling of an ice formation the size of lower Manhattan and two or three times higher — counting the skyscrapers. True, the frigid glacier hosted no human habitation, which gives its self-destruction a bit less poignancy than, say, the demise of Los Angeles while John Cusack is arguing with his ex. But, while this stunning scene may not be an immediate disaster in human terms, it foretells the long string of disasters a climate affected by increasing atmospheric CO2 could unleash — and, in some places, already has. Footage of Tropical Storm Irene’s ravages in Vermont opens Chasing Ice, which profiles photographer James Balog and his quest to record evidence of climate change that no one could ignore or dismiss as scientific groupspeak.
Balog’s solution: pictures. Fascinated by ice, the acclaimed nature photographer had noticed that some of his best subjects seemed to be disappearing. So he formed a team called the Extreme Ice Survey to set up cameras at strategic locations near glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and Montana and capture time-lapse footage of their changes over several years. At first, the cameras fell prey to arctic conditions. But once the team figured out the logistics — a process shown in the film — they gathered dramatic evidence that glaciers are melting into our seas with unprecedented speed. The vast majority of these ice masses are not, as some climate-change skeptics assert, creeping back in the winter. They’re gone for good. None of that will surprise anyone who has seen Balog’s TED talk or the extensive press coverage of his work. As a documentary, Chasing Ice offers most of its likely viewers grim confirmation of what they already know, rather than the thrill of discovery. To add an element of drama, Orlowski sometimes turns the camera on Balog himself, emphasizing the doggedness that keeps him climbing glaciers with a bum knee when he’d
NICE ICE Greenland’s Survey Canyon is one of the stunning locations for Orlowski’s doc, which asks how long this arctic landscape will last.
rather be with his family. But, driven as he may be, the photographer is just too normal for his obsessiveness to carry the film; this is no Errol Morris or Werner Herzog material. The real trump card of Chasing Ice is its beauty. Balog calls ice a “limitless universe of forms,” which he proceeds to depict in stills that will take your breath away. Sometimes glaciers just look like dirty snow; sometimes their melt fields and “calving” areas (where chunks break free of the mass) seem to shim-
mer before us, as unearthly and alluring as anything in a visionary science fiction film. It’s easy to get mesmerized by the images caught by Balog’s and Orlowski’s cameras, so much so that one almost forgets the point they’re making. What we’re witnessing as this foreign ice world shifts and dissolves could be the inexorable ending of another world — ours. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N
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cHASiNG icEHHH1/2 Jeff Orlowski’s documentary follows the quest of photographer James Balog to record graphic, undeniable evidence of climate change through global footage of glaciers in retreat. (76 min, PG-13. Savoy. See review, this issue.) tHE HoBBit: AN UNEXpEctED JoURNEY: J.R.R. Tolkien’s relatively brief prequel to The Lord of the Rings, chronicling Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim a dragon’s treasure, is slated to become three long movies. This first installment of the new fantasy series is directed by LOTR’s Peter Jackson and stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis. (170 min, PG-13. Midnight screenings on 12/13 at Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace [3-D], Paramount [3-D], Savoy) plAYiNG FoR KEEpS: Soccer moms slaver and swoon over Gerard Butler, as a sports star fallen on hard times who finds himself coaching his kid’s team. Will movie-goers be as welcoming to him in this rom com? With Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Gabriele (Seven Pounds) Muccino directed. (106 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Palace)
KilliNG tHEm SoFtlYHHH Brad Pitt plays a mob hitman in this darkly comic thriller based on a George V. Higgins novel and updated to the 2008 recession. With Richard Jenkins and Ray Liotta. Andrew (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) Dominik directed. (98 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic) liFE oF pi HHHH Ang Lee directed this adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel about a zookeeper’s son who finds himself adrift in a boat with an assortment of hungry animals. Starring Adil Hussain, Irrfan Khan and Suraj Sharma. (126 min, PG. Bijou [3-D], Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Roxy) liNcolNHHHHH Steven Spielberg directs this look inside Honest Abe’s cabinet during the Civil War, as the president (Daniel Day-Lewis) works to gather the political capital to pass the 13th Amendment. Playwright Tony Kushner scripted. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field. (150 min, PG. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) tHE pERKS oF BEiNG A WAllFloWERHHH1/2 Stephen Chbosky directed this adaptation of his 1999 novel about a shy, troubled high schooler (Logan Lerman) who blooms when he joins a group of quirky friends. With Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. (102 min, PG-13. Roxy, Stowe)
ARGoHHH Ben Affleck plays a covert agent who uses a daring deception to try to rescue Americans trapped in Iran during the hostage crisis in this drama based on actual events. With John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston. Affleck directed. (120 min, R. Majestic, Palace, Roxy)
RiSE oF tHE GUARDiANSHHH Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other childhood icons team up, Avengers-style, to combat a world-threatening menace in this DreamWorks family animation. With the voices of Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. Peter Ramsey directed. (97 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Paramount [3-D], Welden)
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tHE SESSioNSHHHH In this fact-based drama, John Hawkes portrays a poet paralyzed by polio who turns to a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) so he can lose his virginity. With William H. Macy. Ben Lewin wrote and directed. (95 min, R. Palace)
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A RoYAl AFFAiR: This Danish period drama tells the true story of young Queen Caroline’s affair with her royal physician (Mads Mikkelsen) in the late 1700s. With Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. Nikolaj Arcel directed. (105 min, R. Savoy; ends 12/6)
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FliGHtHH1/2 Denzel Washington plays an airline pilot whose heroism in an emergency is questioned after certain circumstances come to light in this drama from director Robert (Cast Away) Zemeckis. With Don Cheadle and John Goodman. (139 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe)
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RED DAWNH1/2 In this remake of the 1984 Cold War flick, teens survive the invasion of the U.S. by North Koreans and learn to fight back. The TV-pretty guerrillas include Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Isabel Lucas. Dan Bradley makes his directorial debut. (93 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace)
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ANNA KARENiNAHHHH Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in this adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel about adultery among the 19th-century St. Petersburg aristocracy, scripted by Tom Stoppard and directed by Joe (Atonement) Wright. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Domhnall Gleeson. (130 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)
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ESSEX cINEmAS & t-REX tHEAtER 21 Essex Way, #300, Essex, 879-6543, essexcinemas.com
wednesday 5 — thursday 6 Killing Them Softly 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 10:15. Life of Pi 12:45 (3-D), 3:40, 6:50 (3-D), 9:35. Red Dawn 1:15, 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Rise of the Guardians 1:30 (3-D), 3:50, 6:10 (3-D), 9:50. Lincoln 1, 4:05, 7:10, 9:15 (Wed only). The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 12:40, 1:15, 3:10, 4, 5:45, 6:45, 8:30. Skyfall 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 8:25, 9:25. Flight 12:45, 3:40 & 6:35 & 9:30 (Wed only). Wreck-It Ralph 12:30 (3-D), 2:50, 5:10 (3-D), 7:30 (3-D), 9:45. friday 7 — thursday 13 ***The Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon Sat: 12. Sun: 11 a.m. *The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (3-D) Thu: 12:05 a.m. *Playing for Keeps 1:15, 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Killing Them Softly 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50. Life of Pi 12:30 (3-D), 3:15, 6 (3-D), 8:45. Red Dawn 1:15, 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Rise of the Guardians 1 (3-D), 3:15, 5:30 (3-D), 7:45, 10 (3-D). Lincoln 12:30, 3:35, 6:40, 9:30. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:15. Skyfall 12:45,
1:05 (except Sat), 3:40 (Sat & Sun only), 4:05 (except Sat), 6:35, 7:05 (except Sat & Thu), 9:45. Flight 3:40 (except Sat & Sun), 9:50. Wreck-It Ralph 12:30 (3-D), 2:50, 5:10 (3-D), 7:30 (3-D), 10 (except Sat, Sun & Thu). See website for details. Schedule changes frequently; call to confirm.
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wednesday 5 — thursday 6 Killing Them Softly 1:15, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40. Life of Pi (3-D) 1:05, 3:55, 6:50, 9:35. Red Dawn 1:40, 4:20, 6:30, 9:40. Rise of the Guardians 1:30 (3-D), 1:50, 3:50 (3-D), 4:10, 6:10 (3-D), 8:30 (3-D). Lincoln 1, 4:15, 6:25, 7:25, 8:50. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:30. Skyfall 12:50, 3:45, 6:45, 8:40, 9:35. Flight 3:40, 9:20. Wreck-It Ralph 1:20, 3:55, 6:20. Argo 1, 6:40. friday 7 — thursday 13 *The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (3-D) Thu: midnight. Killing Them Softly 1:15, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40. Life of Pi (3-D) 12:40, 3:30, 6:50, 9:35. Red Dawn 1:40, 4:20, 6:30, 9:40. Rise of the Guardians 11:10 a.m. (Sat & Sun only; 3-D), 11:30 a.m. (Sat & Sun only), 1:30 (3-D), 1:50, 3:50 (3-D), 4:10, 6:10 (3-D), 8:30 (3-D). Lincoln 12:30, 4, 6:25,
wednesday 5 — wednesday 12 Anna Karenina 1:10, 3:45, 6:20, 9:05. Life of Pi 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:10. Lincoln 1, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15. The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 1:25, 4:10, 6:50, 9:25. Skyfall 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20. Argo 3:30, 8:15. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1:20, 6:15.
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WELDEN tHEAtRE 3 104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 527-7888, weldentheatre3.com
wednesday 5 — thursday 6 The twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 5:30, 8:30. Skyfall 5, 8. Rise of the Guardians Wed: 5, 9:30. Thu: 5, 7:15. Full schedule not available at press time.
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SKYFALL★★★★ Sam (Revolutionary Road) Mendes directed the latest James Bond adventure, in which the superspy (Daniel Craig) faces a threat to M-16 from within. With Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes. (143 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2★★1/2 Having an insta-grow vampire daughter can be such a pain when the other vamps refuse to accept her and threaten your clan with bloody annihilation. Yes, this is finally the end. With Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, plus Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen. Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn Part 1) directed. (116 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) WRECK-IT RALPH★★★★ In this animated family comedy, an old-school video-arcade villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) leaves his game on a quest for self-realization. But can he find a place in the world of modern gaming? With the voices of Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer. Rich Moore directed. (108 min, PG. Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace)
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A cleaning person arrived for work one morning at a social club in Boldon Colliery, England, to find owner Kim Collins, 42, bound to a chair with her mouth taped. Collins explained that a masked man had woken her in the night, dragged her along the hallways to turn off the alarm, then tied her up before snorting a bag of cocaine, emptying the safe and fleeing. Suspicious detectives discovered the alarm had been deactivated only 40 minutes before the cleaning person got there. Outside security cameras showed nobody arriving earlier that night, and investigators found Collins’s saliva on the cable ties binding her wrists. When confronted, Collins admitted making up the incident to convince her boyfriend-business partner that they should sell the club and move away, explaining she got the idea from watching the television show “CSI.” “This lady clearly thought this was a good idea in the short term but hadn’t realized how the police would deal with it,” her attorney, David Forerester, said. (South Tyneside’s the Shields Gazette)
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After Maine, Maryland and Washington voters approved same-sex marriages, the Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA School of Law, estimated that nearly 18,000 same-sex couples will exchange vows in the next three years, generating $166 million in wedding spending, boosting tax revenue and creating jobs. Six states and the District of Columbia where gay weddings are already legal have already benefited economically. (Associated Press) Washington and Colorado anticipate an influx of tourists after voters approved marijuana possession by both state residents and out-of-staters. Likeliest to benefit are Colorado’s ski resorts, which, according to the resort association Colorado Ski Country USA’s Jennifer Rudolph are “closely” watching the development of marijuana tourism. “If people want to come to Colorado because pot is legal, and that’s the sole reason, it’s up to them,” said Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, whose jurisdiction includes Aspen. “I am not the lifestyle police.” (Associated Press)
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Thirty-six percent of the people asked about their privacy once police are permitted to use drones to track suspects said they’re “not too concerned” or “not concerned at all.” The Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll found that 35 percent of Americans are “extremely concerned” or “very concerned,” and 24 percent are only “somewhat concerned.” (Associated Press) As facial-recognition technology improves, businesses anticipate using signs and billboards able to identify people and track other ads they’ve seen recently, then adjust ads to their tastes and buying history. “Something has to be done,” Justin Brookman, director for consumer privacy at the Center for Democracy and Technology, insists, “because otherwise we are living in a world of ubiquitous identity where you can’t walk out your front door.” One proposal to regulate the growing “data-mine” of raw video and photography is a comprehensive privacy law, administered by a “privacy commissioner.” (The Washington Times)
Hurricane Sandy generated 5,000 jobs for New Yorkers being hired for cleanup and rebuilding efforts. Federal and state officials said the positions, funded by $27 million in federal Labor Department money, pay about $15 per hour and will last about six months. In addition, the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency expect to hire another 700 temps for administrative and community relations positions. (Associated Press)
Scottish police responding to a complaint of sexism against a Glasgow pub organizing an “Ugliest Woman” competition stood down after the Islay Inn’s George Hogg explained the contest was for “ugly men dressed up as women.” Hogg said that when two female officers investigating learned the facts, “they were amused.” (Britain’s Daily Record)
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If you thoroughly shuffle a deck of cards, the novel arrangement you create is probably unique in all of human history; its specific order has never before occurred. I suspect the same principle applies to our lives: Each new day brings a singular set of circumstances that neither you nor anyone else in the last 10,000 years has ever had the pleasure of being challenged and intrigued by. There is always some fresh opportunity, however small, that is being offered you for the first time. I think it’s important for you to keep this perspective in mind during the coming week. Be alert for what you have never seen or experienced before.
ViRgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): one of my spiritual teachers once told me that a good spiritual teacher makes an effort not to seem too perfect. she said some teachers even cultivate odd quirks and harmless failings on purpose. Why? to get the best learning experience, students must be discouraged from overidealizing the wise advisers they look up to. it’s crucial they understand that achieving utter purity is impossible and unrealistic. being perceived as an infallible expert is dangerous for teachers, too; it makes them prone to egotistical grandiosity. i bring this up, Virgo, because it’s an excellent time to reduce the likelihood that you’ll be seduced by the illusion of perfection. libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): This would be a good week to talk to yourself far more than you usually do. if you’re the type of person who never talks to yourself, this is a perfect time to start. and i do mean that you should speak the words out loud. actually address yourself with passionate, humorous, ironic, sincere, insightful comments, as you would any person you care about. Why am i suggesting this? because according to my interpretation of the
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leo (July 23-aug. 22): “Drama is life with all the boring parts cut out of it,” said filmmaker alfred Hitchcock. by that criterion, i’m guessing that your experience in the coming week will have a high concentration of magic and stimulation. you should be free from having to slog through stale details and prosaic storylines. your word of power will be succulence. For best results, i suggest you take active control of the unfolding adventures. be the director and lead actor in your drama, not a passive participant who merely reacts to what the other actors are doing.
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speak with you about your hesitancy to fully confront your difficulties. but i will not speak forthrightly, since i’m pretty sure that would irritate you. it might even motivate you to procrastinate even further. so instead i will make a lame joke about how if you don’t stop avoiding the obvious, you will probably get bitten in the butt by a spider. i will try to subtly guilt-trip you into taking action by implying that i’ll be annoyed at you if you don’t. i will wax sarcastic and suggest that maybe just this once, ignorance is bliss. Hopefully that will nudge you into dealing straightforwardly with the unrest that’s burbling.
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(March 21-april 19): spencer silver was a coinventor of Post-it notes, those small, colorful pieces of paper you can temporarily attach to things and then remove to use again and again. speaking about the process he went through to develop this simple marvel, he said, “if i had thought about it, i wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.” i’d like to make him your patron saint for the next few weeks, aries. like him, you now have the chance to make practical breakthroughs that may have seemed impossible, or at least unlikely. ignore conventional wisdom — including your own. trust your mischievous intuition.
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aMazonian princeSS We are two very tall handsome men wearing hats who saw you when you graced us with your divine presence at the check out in City Market. We were struck by your ethereal beauty and immediately decided that you were the best cashier we had ever had the pleasure of purchasing from. And you know what they say about good cashiers; they make good wives. We propose that you take us out on a double -1 date and we vie for your approval to decide the better man. Please reply with haste. When: tuesday, november 27, 2012. Where: city Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910808
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BearDeD preeMie at BirthDaY Bonfire Who would have thought? I couldn’t make this stuff up. I’ve gone to sleep every night, and woken up every morning thinking of you. I guess even though time will tell, the last five days have felt pretty spectacular. I’m nervous, too, so let’s both throw caution to the wind and enjoy what we have. I think it’s pretty awesome. When: Saturday, november 24, 2012. Where: night at the roxbury. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910816 thing for aSian I was eating a Pho Dang not to long ago and I noticed a good-looking man in the kitchen. His head was bold and shiny. I would like to get to know him more. I came back Sunday night and noticed he wasn’t working. I will keep looking and hope to see you the next time I come by. When: Monday, november 26, 2012. Where: pho dang Vietnamese cafe. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910815 WinooSKi - eVerYDaY Seeing you, talking with you, laughing with you brightens my day and makes the worst of times that much more bearable. The problem is I can’t say anything, it might ruin what we have. Though I can’t have you, I have your friendship, and at the end of the day that is what I appreciate the most. Thank you. When: Thursday, november 29, 2012. Where: Winooski. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910814 cute BoY at MaVen Saw you at the counter while I was shopping for my brother on Wednesday. I have brown hair with a Monroe piercing. I like your style and hope you like mine too. Can you be my personal shopper? When: Wednesday, november 28, 2012. Where: Maven. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910813 pottY talK You and your lil’ one were in line at the City Market potty and my boys and I were in line behind you. I was apparently too busy talking with them and checking out your food to say hello to you (until we later passed you outside), and I realized I should have been a bit friendlier. Second chance, perhaps? When: Wednesday, november 28, 2012. Where: in line at the potty at city Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910812 SuperMan at the BanK! Thanks for recovering my $60 ... amazing! When: Monday, november 26, 2012. Where: bank on college Street. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910806
reD DreSS at Man oVerBoarD Super cute girl in the red dress with the septum ring, I was in the red flannel shirt. We stood next to each other for most of the show and talked a little bit after the show in line to meet MOB, but I was disappointed when I lost you in the crowd. Maybe we could get coffee together sometime? When: Wednesday, november 28, 2012. Where: higher ground. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910811 to: olDer, lonelY Saw your ad a while back. Regret not responding then. Realize I may have missed the chance of a lifetime. Believe our needs are mutual. Willing to take another stab at it? When: tuesday, May 15, 2012. Where: Seven Days personals. You: Man. Me: Man. #910810 QuarterS onlY pleaSe Stood behind you in line at the co-op. Smiled and made silly small talk while you counted quarters to pay for your purchase. As I watched you walk away, I thought to myself ‘damn ... that man can rock a pair of clogs like it’s nobodys business’! Just thought I should tell you that. :-) When: tuesday, november 27, 2012. Where: hunger Mountain co-op. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910809 MiSS D You have become the only reason I look forward to the next day. I love you so much. Thanks for being there for me. When: Monday, november 26, 2012. Where: at home. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910804
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pop-up Queer Dance partY We recognized each other from a First Friday a while back. We exchanged a brief hug and smiles and then danced the night away. You were wearing Carhartts, a vest and a trucker hat. I was wearing a black T-shirt with rolled up sleeves and jeans. It would be great to get to know you more. Coffee/tea some time? When: Saturday, november 24, 2012. Where: pop-up Queer Dance party. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910805 not too ShY for i-SpY Your “new to town, seeking friends!” profile of the week caught my attention. I, too, am new to the area, enjoy being active and surrounded with laughter. I think we may have more in common. Only difference is I’m too shy to create a profile. I’m intrigued; if you feel the same, contact me. When: Wednesday, november 21, 2012. Where: 7 Days newspaper. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910803 cute citY MarKet caShier City Market-you checked me out at register two. You were wearing a cardigan and heavy frame (black?) glasses. I was with a friend, I was was the guy in baseball cap and coat with the goofy mustache. I was being clumsy paying for my stuff, “paper or plastic”? Wondering if a pretty girl like you would be into more of my antics. When: Monday, november 26, 2012. Where: city Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910802 fairfax Man at airport 11/17/12 I am looking for the Fairfax “cowboy” flying back from Houston 11/17/12. You and I spoke briefly about your cowboy outfit and your trip from Houston as we were exiting the plane at the BTV airport. I would love to get to know you! When: Saturday, november 17, 2012. Where: Burlington international airport. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910801 turKeY DaY SMile! You: stopped on Chase St. M: stopped on Grove Street in Burlington. You: driving a black Mercedes wearing a tan baseball cap, around 10:00 a.m., Thanksgiving morning. Me: driving a black Fusion. We sat there (for no real reason), you flashed an AMAZING smile that made my day! Hope you had a wonderful day! Would LOVE to see that smile again! When: Thursday, november 22, 2012. Where: corner of grove and chase streets. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910800 i SpY JuSt1, 47 I spy a warm, fun, caring, loving, romantic man who is seeking no drama or head games. I’m interested in getting to know you. I am more than okay in a bi-racial relationship. North Ave. Alliance Church Sunday service? I’ll be in the back row. Freckles, blue eyes, strawberry hair. When: Saturday, november 24, 2012. Where: Men seeking Women. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910797 MiSSing a VerMont Man toDaY I had just seen you again after years. After years of feeling friendship for you, I felt something more. Your giant smile and tenderness captured my heart under the stars that night. The brown Burton hoodie you usually wear, playing your banjolele and cracking quirky jokes, will always stay in my memories. Keeping hope in my heart. Still missing you. When: friday, october 5, 2012. Where: on a magical mountain far away under the stars. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910796
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