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Montpelier artist Bo Muller-Moore has been selling his “Eat More Kale” T-shirts and bumper stickers since 2000. But Atlanta-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has ordered him to stop, saying that “Eat More Kale” is too similar to its own trademarked marketing slogan, “Eat Mor Chikin.” The chicken chain, which has also been under fire from gay-rights advocates for its ties to anti-samesex marriage groups, has more than 1500 franchises across the country. The closest one to Vermont is in Nashua, N.H. Still, the company says Muller-Moore’s slogan “is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilutes the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A’s intellectual property.”

Seven Days first reported on Muller-Moore’s trademark fight on November 21 (“Chick-fil-A Files to Block ‘Eat More Kale’ From Becoming a Federal Trademark,” Blurt, 11/21/11), but it became a national story last week — the New York Times, the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune are among the hundreds of media outlets that have run stories about it. Corin Hirsch has an update in this week’s “Side Dishes” on page 49. Not surprisingly, Muller-Moore’s many fans have been expressing themselves online. Here’s a sampling of some of the thousands of comments they’ve left on Facebook:

hmmm...seems like a 1% vs. 99% issue. up with kale!!! you’re going down Chick-fil-A. SARA RUSTY, CHICK-FIL-A FACEBOOK PAGE


eat more gay kale, just to piss them off JIM ‘SKIP’ WOODARD, SEVEN DAYS FACEBOOK PAGE


I also know the difference between chicken and kale. I can spell chicken too. Leave the kale-man alone. LA TAKAWOLFFIE, CHICK-FIL-A FACEBOOK PAGE

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1. “Why Aren’t Vermont’s Wind Turbines State Inspected? Ask Green Mountain Power” by Ken Picard. A state-licensed elevator mechanic wants to know who’s overseeing the wind turbines in Sheffield. 2. “Herbal Essence” by Alice Levitt. Burlington’s newest restaurant, Pistou, opens its doors on lower Main Street. 3. “A Vermont Photographer Greets 2012 With Farm Femmes and Other Saucy Gals” by Pamela Polston. Photographer Heather Gray produces a pinup calendar with a decidedly Vermont twist. 4. “Coming Together” by Jen Vaughn and Pamela Polston. An illustrated look at the volunteer efforts to clean up flood damage in the Mad River Valley. 5. Fair Game: “Was Ashe Aware? Did Miro Know?” by Shay Totten. The two remaining Democratic mayoral candidates in Burlington deal with their respective roles in financial debacles.

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...As a language-arts educator, perhaps I should have shunned your products long ago. I think seeking trademark rights to a misspelling is itself a pretty lowbrow marketing approach. CHRISTOPHER SMITH, CHICK-FIL-A FACEBOOK PAGE

Kale tastes different than chicken? Man, if I had a dollar for every time I accidentally picked up some kale nuggets by accident ... thankfully, the kids never noticed. ROB POSTON, CHICK-FIL-A FACEBOOK PAGE

Burlington’s beleaguered mayor finally announced he would not run for reelection. Guess even a glutton for punishment can have his fill.

That’s Vermont’s rank in the 2011 edition of the United Health Foundation’s list of healthiest states. It’s the fourth time in the past five years that Vermont has been named the healthiest state in the country. What’s our secret? Kale. Lots of kale.


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As one of the displaced employees from the Waterbury Complex, I’ll be thrilled if either town wins [“Barre v. Waterbury: Two Towns Duke It Out for Vermont’s Displaced State Workers,” November 23]. It’s no picnic being forced to commute to Chittenden County in order to keep your job. When taking into consideration the cost of this commute, it amounts to another pay cut on top of the one we already took. Vicki Strobridge



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Last week’s Fair Game column mischaracterized a vote taken by Burlington mayoral candidate Miro Weinberger while a member of the Burlington Airport Commission. Weinberger voted in favor of issuing bonds to build what became a $14.5 million airport parking garage — a plan that unraveled over time and was financed, in part, through the city’s cash pool. After the airport’s bond rating was downgraded, the commission continued to support the plan, despite reservations, though it took no formal vote. one, which I try very hard not to do, I can go to the website. I discovered Seven Days shortly after we moved to Vermont in July 2009. I quickly came to the conclusion that Hackie is the best thing in it. I’m sure “Jernigan Pontiac” is good at driving a taxicab (not an easy task, I’m sure), but I think he is also a great writer. His dialogue and keen insights make the characters come alive. I could go on, but enough gushing! As a pastor who writes columns for the church newsletter and preaches sermons every Sunday, I know how much effort it takes to write in an engaging and entertaining way. Hackie does it so well! Rev. Patrice H. Goodwin JERICHO



There were some very strange reviews in “Against the Grain” [November 30]. Junior’s is soggy and not tasty at all. Upper Crust in Essex is great! The crust is thin and a little crispy and very tasty. I don’t know what was being talked about in terms of the sauce tasting weird. Maybe it’s the distance from NYC and good pizza, but having grown up in that area, I was really confused by the reviews. Kelly Gardner COLCHESTER


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It was with outrage that I read the article in Seven Days about Jay Peak’s new water park [“Just Chute Me,” November 23]. Temperatures in the 80s in mid-winter and a roof they can pull back so you can get a tan. I think my temperature almost hit the boiling point by the time I finished reading. All I could think was: For this we are destroying the Lowell Mountains?! So our “green” energy can be used for what?! All the demonstrations, all the speaking out about fracking and tar-sand extraction and pipelines, coal mining and coal plants, all those protests at Vermont Yankee, all the light bulbs we have changed — all that means absolutely nothing if we humans can not stop inventing amazing new ways to waste energy. Every time we turn on a light, walk into a store to buy something, throw away something we don’t need anymore, we need to stop and think hard about the energy used. Where did it come from? Even all the green energy in the world has side effects, from blasting off our ridgetops for a wind farm, to the finite precious metals used in photovoltaic panels. All the PR about “green” wind farms powering Vermont homes is propaganda. It goes into the grid pool and is shipped anywhere it is needed, including places like a water park. It is time to stop putting a “green” smiley face on wasteful, frivolous use of electricity.

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[Re Fair Game, “Was Ashe Aware? Did Miro Know?” November 30]: On November 13, I nominated Tim Ashe to be the next Democratic mayor of Burlington. As I said then, Burlington is obviously at a crossroads in respect to the challenges ahead, and we’re very much a town in need of someone able to harness the many factions and spirit of this place. Whether it’s Burlington Telecom or the airport garage, leadership — and the politics that go with it — has been a mess in this town. Having someone who’s capable of managing the politics of this city will be as important as navigating the immense financial challenges ahead. With his knowledge of city and state government and his proven ability to get votes in every part of this town, I believe Tim is that person. His seasoning in the Vermont Senate among some of the savviest political players around, including our current governor, will only serve us better in getting the city back on track. That, and his background as a councilor and work on affordable housing clearly gives him the most comprehensive skills to keep the city of Burlington the coolest place around… As a lifelong Burlington resident and the former co-owner of the Oasis Diner, which served as a hub for great political theater here in the Queen City for more than 50 years, I know that all the things

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Muckraking Journalist Greg Palast on “Occupy,” Big Oil and the U.S. Media



Lyme Time? A Single Scientist Proves Vermont’s Tick Problem Is Growing




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A Hip-Hop Nutcracker and a New Home for Waterbury Dance Studio

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AO Glass Lights Up the South End, and the Holiday Hop




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Barbara Wagner, Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery


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Urban Legend When the script calls for gingerbread soldiers and a Mouse King, you can expect ballet to follow in stride. Not so in Green Mountain Performing Arts’ Hip-Hop Nutcracka, which puts a gleeful urban twist on Clara’s Christmas Eve dream. The quirky production promises a mix of break dancing, street jazz, “funkified ballet” and a beatboxing chorus.





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Called simply “awesome” by Seven Days music editor Dan Bolles, Burlington’s Anders Parker continues his three-week solo residency at Radio Bean on Monday. Known to cross over from electro “laptop pop” to sparse folk songs all in the span of a double album, the former frontman of Varnaline makes good on his reputation as one of the country’s top songwriters. SEE CLUB LISTING ON PAGE 80



Everything to Gain What’s in Barbara Wagner’s artistic toolbox? Brushes and oil paints, for sure, but also sand, horsehair and handmade paper. Inspired by the natural world but decidedly abstract, the Vermont painter’s works — on display in Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery’s “Something Ventured — Something Gained” exhibit — swim in color and pop off the linen with layered textures. SEE ART REVIEW ON PAGE 82

FRIDAY 9 All harmonies and big heart, the acoustic folk rock of Philadelphia’s Good Old War is a “honey-sweet, pillow-soft concoction,” writes the UK’s the Music Fix, “that will happily soundtrack sunsets, civilized beach parties and even the occasional backyard barbecue.” Or an evening at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, of course.


Home Stretch If yoga is all about achieving dynamic flow, its practitioners are the perfect people to help boost the state’s post-Irene rebuilding efforts. Vinyasa for Vermont gathers local yogis all in one place for a flood-relief fundraiser led by eight local teachers. Salute the sun while supporting both the Intervale Farmer Recovery Fund and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 63


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Though the Golden Dragon Acrobats were established in 1967, the Chinese troupe’s contortions and dance have origins all the way back to the Warring States Period — roughly 475-221 BC. Still, there’s nothing dated about these mesmerizing ancient arts, especially when mixed with aerial acts and unicycle tricks.


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in the 1981 mayor’s race say they’d vote for a — gasp! — Republican before casting a ballot for Ashe. Lifetime A similar scenario holds true for Warranty Weinberger. Locally owned. If he wins, Progressives seem poised to run their own candidate — even if that candidate isn’t well known or even has a chance of actually winning. So, why run a Progressive and posSS LE • FIT NE YOGA • LIFESTY sibly split the left — and risk handing the 100 MAIN ST. BURLINGTON election to GOP candidate KURT WRIGHT? 802-652-1454 • YOGARAMAVT.COM Some Progs think Weinberger isn’t class conscious. To while away the time at this Sunday’s Democratic mayoral caucus, Fair Game “In talking to Progressives, there is 12v-yogarama120711.indd 1 12/2/11 1:55 PM offers readers this mayoral Mad Lib. still a strong desire to have Doors at Memorial a mayor who understands Auditorium open at 1 and represents the needs of p.m. for voting, and ballot working people,” said ELIJAH counting begins shortly after 4. BERGMAN, vice chairman of Send your completed the city Progressives. “We Mad Lib to Fair Game and know Tim Ashe would be we’ll publish the best ones such a mayor. However, on our staff blog, Blurt. I haven’t heard anything le (Email shay@sevedaysvt. sett will , Burlington Democrats After months of com, or send it by snail from Miro Weinberger to ‘ing’) (verb ending in mail to Fair Game c/o suggest the same would be . this Sunday Seven Days, P.O. Box 1164, on a true of him.” (noun) Burlington, VT 05402.) -540 540 a Funny, given that in ed Enjoy! And don’t forget The November 13 caucus end (adjective) Weinberger builds low-into share your story with airport Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) and come housing for a living. your fellow Libs, be they Your choice in fresh ocean water tie between State Sen. Tim Miro Maniacs or Tim City Councilor EMMA tanks. No chemicals, 4000 gallons er Miro Weinberger. Troopers. MULVANEY-STANAK (P-Ward commissioner/housing develop of Atlantic seawater trucked in. 3) is oft named by city have e and Weinberger supporters 1lb-6lbs, Starting at $4.99/lb. For the past three weeks, Ash Progs as an up-and-come is Ash m clai ers port ing politician who would sup rger . Weinbe duked it out After a four-way race make a strong mayoral rb) (adve Clams $3.99/lb. nberger supporters charge that Wei e candidate. Not this year. led to a cliffhanger 540Ash le whi , a Mussels $3.99/lb. (noun) “While I appreci540 vote last month, . Democrats are down to ate the underground King Crab Legs $19.99/lb. is a (noun) effort to support my two candidates in the final Oysters $10.99/doz. ! Easy, boys and mayoral candidacy, this runoff: nonprofit housing (plural noun) FAS Haddock $5.99/lb. and ts, ocra Dem is not the year I would developer and state Sen. to e he’s a Sounds like Ashe needs to prov (noun) TIM ASHE (D/P-Chittenden) run,” Mulvaney-Stanak FAS Large to Progressives. a not s told Fair Game. “I am and nonprofit housing he’ e trat ons dem to ds Weinberger nee Scallops $11.99/lb. (noun) definitely interested in developer and airport comthe , you’d think it was still 1981, Lobster Meat $33.00/lb. missioner MIRO WEINBERGER. higher office in the near Sheesh. For some (plural noun) With Progressive Mayor future, so stay tuned.” One Claw Lobster $4.29/lb. . way they’re acting so BOB KISS not seeking reelecThe council’s (adverb) Little Neck Clams $5.99/lb. h eac t other Progressive — tion, the Progs are left with ges sug I in? nberger tie aga What happens if Ashe and Wei Councilor VINCE BRENNAN the choice of endorsing “No . and do it Candidate,” one of the Dems (P-Ward 3) — is giving a the other with a (adverb) candidate er noun) (prop or some yet-to-be-named 2012 mayoral run some (verb) individual. thought, sources tell be more entertaining. ht mig It Over 1000 lbs lobster in stock! This uncertainty recalls Fair Game. Whole Belly Fried Clam Baskets With the intrathe political landscape of 2006, when Progressives liberal warfare raging Shrimp Baskets • Haddock Baskets helped nominate state Sen. behind them, both candidates pledged HINDA MILLER (D-Chittenden) over thenIf he’s cross-endorsed for mayor, during a Channel 17 debate Monday OPEN 7 DAYS city councilor ANDY MONTROLL as the Ashe may lose Democratic support as a night to work together postcaucus in 985-3246 • Fax 985-9716 Democratic Party’s mayoral candidate result. Dem purists who can’t seem to uniting the Left going into the general 2659 Shelburne Road because Progs didn’t have a candidate of get past the party’s loss to BERNIE SANDERS election. Double Wall Vacuum Insulated

ll eyes will be on Burlington this Sunday, December 11, as the city’s two major political parties — Democrats and Progressives — hold their mayoral caucuses. The question is, will they nominate the same guy? The Democrats should have a candidate before 5 p.m., just as the Progs meet for a potluck dinner ahead of their 6 p.m. caucus.

their own. When the Progressives met several weeks later in the H.O. Wheeler school gymnasium, a soft-spoken legislator by the name of Bob Kiss stepped forward and won the Progressive nod. The rest, as they say, is history. This time, the Progressives may end up cross-endorsing a Democrat. Ashe, a former Progressive city councilor, is a shoo-in to get the Prog nomination if he prevails at the Democratic caucus. Ashe has won two terms in the state senate as a “fusion” candidate endorsed by both parties.



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With party purists working at cross purposes to keep old grudges alive and settle old scores — scores nearly as old as the candidates themselves — the only person in the Queen City who may be left smiling is Kurt Wright. Readers may recall Wright only garnered 32 percent of the vote in the first round of the 2009 election; Kiss had 28 percent and Democrat Andy Montroll had 23 percent. Independent Dan Smith had 14 percent. A split Left with no strong independent in the race would appear to be Wright’s path to victory, making his third run for mayor the potential charm. (Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. See disclosure on page 7.)

special counsel now, because the merger is complex and touches nearly every aspect of the state’s economy. If the merger is approved, nearly two-thirds of the state’s power market will be controlled by GMP’s parent company, GazMétro of Québec. GazMétro also owns Vermont Gas. GazMétro would, in turn, wield significant sway over VELCO, the utility that manages the state’s power-transmission network. Given Commissioner Miller’s appearance of a conflict of interest, the 30 petitioners wrote that it’s necessary to have an independent set of eyes on the proposed merger. “This proposed merger, if approved, would have enormous ramifications for Vermonters for generations to come,” the petitioners wrote. “The public deserves to have a clear, uncompromised voice representing them, without any undercurrents of mistrust or cynicism due to the real or perceived conflict of interest of the commissioner.”


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Well, you’ve probably heard by now: I’m leaving Seven Days at the end of the year and turning over Fair Game to political editor anDy bRomage. Here’s the story: More than a month ago — out of the blue — I was offered a chance to return to the White River Junction-based book publisher Chelsea Green Publishing as its communications director. I was working at Chelsea Green in March 2008 when Paula Routly and Pamela PolSton approached me about writing the paper’s political column in the wake of PeteR FReyne’s retirement. I’ve had a great run with Fair Game and leave Seven Days with nothing but the utmost respect and gratitude for Paula and Pamela, my fellow staffers, and you, dear readers. I firmly believe opportunities present themselves for a reason — as the chance to write this column did more than three and a half years ago. My final column will be December 28. But, fret not: Until then, everything remains fair game. m

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There’s a growing rift among opponents of the proposed merger between Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service. Last month, state Sen. Vince illuzzi (R-Essex/Orleans) and 45 other electric ratepayers petitioned the Vermont Public Service Board to appoint an independent counsel to represent ratepayer interests when regulators hear the merger proposal in February. Their chief concern is a conflict of interest — or a perceived one — between Gov. PeteR Shumlin’s administration and GMP. Department of Public Service Commissioner elizabeth milleR’s husband, eRic milleR, is a managing partner in the law firm that represents GMP and, as such, derives indirect income from GMP’s payments to his firm. After meeting with Shumlin two weeks ago, Illuzzi voluntarily put the brakes on his request until he could sit down with Commissioner Miller and review her department’s official position on the merger. As of press deadline, that meeting had not been scheduled. “They need to show their hand a little,” Illuzzi told Fair Game this week. “But, my request for a delay wasn’t indefinite.” Perhaps Team Shumlin is trying to run out the clock for their pals at GMP, hmm? The PSB dismissed the request for an independent counsel but left Illuzzi and the other petitioners an opportunity to resubmit their petition after the DPS files its official comments on the merger. Thirty of the original 46 petitioners — upset by Illuzzi’s call for a delay — aren’t waiting. Last week they asked the PSB to reconsider its decision and appoint a

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Muckraking Journalist Greg Palast on “Occupy,” Big Oil and the U.S. Media b y K Ev i n J. K ELLE y



reg Palast was floating in a kayak off the Alaska coast in 1997 when he had an epiphany. He was working at the time as an investigator for the Chugach native people, whose lands had been slimed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. In the course of his study, Palast uncovered information about Exxon’s culpability for the disaster, but he had no way of publicizing it. So he decided to become a journalist. It’s proven a successful second career for Palast, 59, who studied business at the University of Chicago under right-wing economist Milton Friedman. He’s won six Project Censored awards for reporting important stories ignored by the mainstream press. He’s also the author of two international best sellers, Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. A native Californian, Palast reports regularly for Britain’s Guardian newspaper and for the BBC. Nation magazine writer Jim Hightower calls Palast “a cross between Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes.” Corporate executives he’s outed as wrongdoers call Palast other things. Palast spoke with Seven Days in advance of his scheduled talk next week at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Film House. SEVEN DAYS: You must be sympathetic to occupy Wall Street. Do you think it will have a lasting impact on U.S. politics? GrEG PALASt: It’s not a setback for Occupy to no longer be occupying. No one gives a shit about Wall Street. It’s just a piece of tarmac. It was never the point of the movement. the point has been to expose the 1 percent, the movers and shakers who are moving and shaking us, all those rich motherfuckers. Now we know their names, where they live, how they made their billions. So yeah, the impact has been huge. And it’s just starting. I’m deeply involved with Occupy.

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SD: You’ve got a new book out: Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High- Finance Carnivores. can you summarize what it’s about? GP: Vultures are financial speculators who seize the assets of the poorest nations by claiming these countries owe money that the speculators try to collect through intimidation, bribery and theft. One guy associated with this is Paul Singer; he’s Mitt romney’s top economic adviser. I’ve been investigating how romney’s “job creator” makes his money, and that’s a story Singer doesn’t want you to hear. By the way, I’m totally nonpartisan. Even though Singer owns the republican Party, I point out that he rents the Democratic Party. Most of the book is a five-continent investigation of British Petroleum. I’m bringing you the stuff you don’t get from CNN or the Petroleum Broadcasting System. BP’s blowout in the Gulf in 2010 was actually the

second big disaster it had. there was also a blowout in the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan in 2008, but BP covered it up with a combination of bribery, beatings and blow jobs. [Azerbaijani officials] kept their lips closed and their zippers open. SD: So your talk in Burlington is part of a book tour? GP: I’m on a troublemaking tour. My talks are platforms for Occupy activists in their transition away from their fixation with real estate. SD: You obviously come at stories from a left-wing perspective. Do you ever worry that your ideology might blind you to facts? GP: I don’t have an ideology. there’s really only the truth and the not-truth. I’m just an old-fashioned gumshoe reporter. the worst fucking thing about American journalism, by the way, is its “on-the-one-hand-this,





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Greg Palast will talk about “Why We Occupy: How Wall Street Picks the Bones of America,” on December 12 at 7 p.m. in Burlington’s Main Street Landing Film House. A screening of Sam Mayfield’s new film, Gentle Uprising, precedes Palast’s presentation. Donations. Info, 540-2516.

SD: Yeah, but Britain doesn’t have a First Amendment or a G r E G PA l AS t Freedom of Information Act. SD: Do you worry about your GP: That’s true, but the Brits could safety? borrow our First Amendment, beGP: I very much fear for the safety cause we’re not using it. And have of my sources. Some of them do end you tried using FOIA lately? Good luck. up in jail and/or beaten up. It’s insanely dangerous for some of It’s also true that I don’t have any legal protection for stories them to talk to me. One of my great sources was just charged in the British press. The resulting degree of self-censorship by with sedition. These guys are insanely courageous. But please some reporters is just astonishing. don’t give the impression that your life will be threatened if But it’s still not as bad as it is here. The entire front page of you become my source. That wouldn’t be helpful. the Guardian last week had my coverage of Singer, Romney’s biggest funder. There wasn’t one mention of his role is the U.S. SD: You’re talking about incidents in other countries, right? You haven’t had sources jailed or beaten up in the press. U.S., have you? SD: Staying with journalism for a minute, do you have a GP: Look at Bradley Manning, America’s most heroic political journalist hero? George orwell, maybe? prisoner [the U.S. Army soldier accused of supplying a cache of GP: Only Christopher Hitchens is pompous enough to compare secret diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks]. Lots of Americans are himself with Orwell. My model is Jack Anderson [a Pulitzer facing the ruin of their careers for whistle-blowing. Prize-winning modern muckraker who broke scandals involvSD: Have you spent any time in Vermont? ing both Democrats and Republicans]. I also always admired Ron Ridenhour, the soldier who GP: Yeah, skiing at Killington. Also, Ben Cohen is a big suprevealed the My Lai massacre [in which 500 Vietnamese vil- porter of mine. He fills me up with ice cream. And I get along lagers were killed by U.S. troops on March 16, 1968]. Ridenhour very well with Sen. Sanders. He’s been very helpful to me. In was the greatest investigative reporter of the last century. He D.C., you know, Bernie’s sort of an honorary member of the Congressional Black Caucus. m died way too young [of a heart attack in 1998 at age 52]. The TV show “Columbo” had a big influence on me, too. I learned a lot from it about how to do investigations. Lt. Columbo was just totally dogged. SD: How about Hunter Thompson? You’ve got an image like his. GP: People make that connection all the time because we have Rolling Stone in common. Another link is Transmetropolitan [a

SD: You must be embarrassed that one of the first things on Google for “Greg Palast” is a 2009 piece you wrote saying what a great job obama is doing. GP: It was right after he took office. And it was nice to see him acting for one week like a real president.

SD: matt Drudge wears the same kind of hat. GP: Yeah, some people say I’m a left-wing Matt Drudge, but there’s a big difference: Drudge is full of shit, and I’m full of information.

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SD: You do look like an old-school reporter with that Humphrey Bogart hat of yours. GP: I wear the hat because I’m bald and I’ll get painfully sunburned otherwise.

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cyberpunk comic book] that did a series that everyone thought was based on Hunter Thompson. It was actually based on Greg Palast, a reporter who goes out and punches bad guys in the face. But Thompson was a brilliant social analyst, and I’m just a gumshoe guy.

on-the-other-that” approach. It really distorts or omits truth. I exposed [Florida Secretary of State] Katherine Harris for purging thousands of black voters from the electoral rolls. That cost [Al] Gore the 2000 election. It was stolen from him. I documented it. I could not get that story into the U.S. media. There was a total news blackout of what had happened. It finally got picked up by the L.A. Times, and they played the story as “Democrats accuse Republicans of removing black voters from the rolls; the Republicans deny that.” Jesus Christ! We don’t have balanced news in the United States; it doesn’t fucking exist. News here isn’t reporting; it’s repeating.


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Lyme Time? A Single Scientist Proves Vermont’s Tick Problem Is Growing



has been sweeping for ticks at sites in Ascutney, Thetford, Newbury, Barnet and Lancaster, N.H. His preliminary results confirm that deer ticks are slowly marching northward. At southern survey sites such as Thetford, Giese says a single 100-meter transect could pick up literally hundreds of deer ticks. In far northern Lancaster, that same sweep yielded a maximum of two ticks — sometimes none at all. “It seems like ticks have sort of exploded,” Giese says. “Five to eight years ago, you hardly ever saw them, and suddenly — boom — they are everywhere.” Giese also turned up “tantalizing circumstantial evidence” consistent with a study done in Maine that suggests deer ticks are more prevalent in areas with invasive shrubs such as honeysuckle and buckthorn. If nothing else, Giese hopes that might open a new front in Vermont’s war on invasive species. “If we couldn’t motivate people to get rid of invasives by other means, we’ll scare the hell out of them with Lyme disease,” he says. “Get out the machetes and hack the stuff down!”

Lyme disease is transmitted by bites from deer ticks, officially known as,black-legged ticks, infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. The first U.S. case was documented in Lyme, Conn., in 1975; the disease has since spread from Maine to Virginia, and as far west as California. Vermont diagnosed “sporadic” cases of Lyme in the 1980s, says Berl, the state epidemiologist. But it wasn’t until 2006 that the state started to witness a sudden, dramatic increase (see sidebar). Most infections stem from ticks in the nymph stage because they are small enough — no bigger than a poppy seed — to go unnoticed until they are engorged with blood, 24 to 48 hours after latching onto a host. No solid data exist on the percentage of deer ticks infected with Lyme, but the state health department estimates it’s around 20 percent in Vermont. Symptoms of early-stage Lyme disease begin days or weeks after infection and are similar to the flu: chills, fever, headache and muscle pain. If left

A Growing Health Threat Since 2000, the incidence of Lyme disease has shot up in Vermont, particularly in southern counties. Below is the number of Lyme cases reported to the state Department of Health. For the years 2008 through 2010, the figures combine confirmed and probable cases.

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question that deer ticks — and Lyme — are spreading north. What’s responsible for the uptick? Several scientists point to Vermont’s healthy deer population, which has surged with the reforestation of agricultural land. When a female deer tick feeds on the protein-rich blood of a deer, it yields more eggs than from the blood of other animals, explains state entomologist Jon Turmel. Turmel suspects the higher incidence of Lyme in 2011 is due to last winter’s heavy snowfall — snow cover has an insulating effect for ticks — and relatively mild temperatures. “Last year we got a good snow cover before it got really cold,” Turmel says. “And we didn’t have those two weeks in January where it got to 20 below. So I think they overwintered well.” Another theory attributes the spread of Lyme to global warming. Turmel is skeptical of that explanation, but Giese says it makes logical sense. “Our winters are less severe,” Giese says. “They start later and end earlier, giving ticks a longer season to do their thing, more time to find a host.” With his research assistant, Giese




hile Vermont sportsmen spend November and December hunting deer, Lyndon State College biology professor Alan Giese is busy hunting deer ticks. He tromps through the woods armed with a white flannel sheet, waving it like a flag over brush so the fabric picks up specimens. It may not sound scientific, but Giese is surveying five locations along the Connecticut River for deer ticks, potential carriers of Lyme disease, for what he hopes will become Vermont’s first systematic tick-population study. He wants to assign hard data to a trend that scientists and public health officials have observed for years: the spread of deer ticks — and Lyme disease — throughout Vermont. Giese and a student research assistant started their work last spring. They had planned to be done by now, but, thanks to an unusually warm autumn, the research project and its blood-sucking subjects have stayed active longer than normal this year. “We expected them to shut down in mid-November, and they haven’t,” Giese says, noting that fall is peak season for adult-stage deer ticks. Giese warns that ticks won’t go underground until night temperatures drop below freezing — and stay there. Meterologists are forecasting warm weather for much of the next week. A decade ago, Lyme was virtually unheard of in Vermont. In 2000, the state Department of Health recorded just 40 cases, two-thirds of them likely contracted out of state. Yet by 2009, there were 408 confirmed and probable cases, with three-quarters of them determined to have originated in Vermont. After several years of climbing Lyme rates, 2010 saw a slight dip, to 356 cases, and health officials cautiously hoped that better prevention was causing the disease rates to plateau. Instead, 2011 is shaping up to be the worst year yet: As of last week, there were more than 500 confirmed and probable cases, according to Erica Berl, an epidemiologist with the Vermont Department of Health. “It had seemed like things were leveling off, so it’s a little concerning that things are going up again,” says Berl. “But one year does not a trend make. We don’t know if it will continue.” Better detection and diagnosis are probably responsible for some of this year’s increase, Berl says, but there’s no







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he United Health Foundation has just released the 2011 edition of America’s Health Rankings and, once again, Vermont comes out on top as the healthiest state in the country. If you feel like you’ve heard this before, it’s because Vermont has ranked No. 1 four out of the past five years, and hasn’t finished lower than fourth since 2002. Vermont hasn’t always been on top of the heap; it languished between positions 10 and 20 in the 1990s before shooting up to the top in the aughts. Why is Vermont so healthy? The UHF credits Vermont’s high rates of both early prenatal care and graduation from high school, coupled with few infectious diseases and violent crimes. Vermont’s love of local, healthy food helps (No. 1 in the Diet, Fruits & Vegetables ranking), as do the seemingly endless opportunities for active outdoor recreation (No. 2 in the Physical Activity ranking). Oh, and there are no Chick-fil-A restaurants in Vermont. Just sayin’. We’re not completely in the clear, though. The UHF warns that Vermont ranks high in binge drinking and that immunization coverage could be a lot better. Overall, New England had a good showing in the health rankings. New Hampshire came in second, and the rest of the New England states all landed in the top 10. The unhealthiest state in America? Mississippi, with Louisiana not far behind.

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the general public sends tick samples to Turmel and his colleagues for identification. While commending those efforts, Giese says tick surveillance in Vermont has historically been “spotty,” making it hard to compare data sets. Giese hopes his research will produce more concrete science on how ticks and Lyme are migrating across the state. 

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rash, which can make diagnosis more challenging. Turmel, the state entomologist, says the state lacks the funds to conduct comprehensive tick monitoring along the lines of what Giese is doing, but it has conducted numerous passive surveys. For three years, officials from the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation camped out at 30 deer check-in stations around the state on

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has been photographing storms for as long as he can remember. “I got serious at it when I got old enough to drive and could go to where the best weather was happening,” he says. There weren’t a lot of thunderstorms where he grew up near Portland, Maine, but enough to hook him on the dramatic displays. That fascination led him to the meteorology

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program at Lyndon State College. And now Bouchard, who turns 31 next week, is in his sixth year as a staff meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. As such, he’s one of the “Eye on the Sky” guys heard numerous times daily on Vermont Public Radio. Though forecasting and various educational programs at the museum keep him busy, Bouchard hasn’t stopped

chasing storms and taking pictures. In fact, the Fairbanks Museum is currently devoting space to his exhibit, titled “Fire in the Sky,” of 32 photographs of lightning. They were taken over the past few years and in several states, but the majority of the 16-by-20-inch images are from the Northeast — within chasing distance of Bouchard’s home in Lyndonville. In a statement for the

A Hip-Hop Nutcracker and a New Home for Waterbury Dance Studio B y Mega n James


n Laurie Flaherty’s version of the Christmas ballet classic The Nutcracker, Clara Silberhaus has a new Italian name: Claire Spinelli. Her brother, Fritz, goes by Frankie. And their godfather, the magician responsible for all those fantastical toys, including the Nutcracker himself, is not Herr Drosselmeyer but simply Uncle Tony. Welcome to Green Mountain Performing Arts’ Hip Hop Nutcracka, playing for one day only this weekend at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. The colorful show is the brainchild of Flaherty, the executive and artistic director of the Waterbury performing arts organization formerly called One Studio Dance and Yoga. The hip-hop adaptation is understandable — the school offers more hip-hop than ballet classes — but why “Nutcracka”?

“I’m from Boston,” says Flaherty simply. “Nobody says their Rs in Boston.” This show takes place in her hometown, but the story is the same: A little girl gets a magical nutcracker for Christmas. When she falls asleep, everything comes to life, and she finds herself in the midst of a war between her nutcracker and his toy soldiers, and a fierce rat king and his army. “I don’t think I’m the only person to take The Nutcracker and make a messed-up version,” says Flaherty. The Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group did a retro-modern adaptation set in the 1970s called The Hard Nut, she notes. In Flaherty’s version, it’s not just hip-hop. Seventy-five student dancers, four instructors, Spruce Peak executive director David Rowell (who plays the “flashy” Uncle Tony) and Flaherty

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exhibit, he explains that the lightning strikes shown here were shot from as far away as 15 miles and as close as an eighth of a mile. Matted on foamcore but not covered with glass, the photos offer unfettered proxy views of what Bouchard captured in person: great, sky-splitting bolts — sometimes doubled or tripled — that strike the ground or lash out in spider veins. Often, they bathe the earth below in eerie illumination. From a gallery’s remove, of course, the terrifying prospect of lightning, and thunder’s crashing sound effects, is absent. Nor do you have to get drenched to look at them. All that is left is the beauty. And these pictures are indeed beautiful. In one thunderstorm shot near a farm in Orford, N.H., in 2007, what looks like a fire in the woods throws warm light against a red barn as angry clouds roil overhead. In another, at Lake Willoughby in 2008, the spooky combination of lightning and fog enshrouds the lake in purple mist; a small boat and diving dock are spectral shapes, dimly outlined in orange. On May 26 of this year, Bouchard shot “a close bolt that takes out a tree in Monroe, N.H.” That was part of the storm that caused “all that flooding last spring,” he explains; it produced continuous lightning for about eight hours. Bouchard’s pictures from the

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explanation that begins with a surprising caveat: “We’re not exactly sure — it’s still an area of research.” The theory that Bouchard favors has to do with strong updrafts of air within a cloud, condensation, snowflakes and hailstones; the activity transfers electrons and builds up negative and positive charges that need release. Or something like that. “It’s a yin and yang thing, I guess,” suggests Bouchard. “And that’s only one little piece of the drama going on inside a cloud.” After some 15 years of chasing and shooting storms, you’d think a guy might tire of it. “It’s almost an adrenaline overdose if it goes on for hours at a time,” Bouchard admits. “I get physically exhausted. I never get sick of it, though,” he adds thoughtfully. “Thunderstorms don’t happen enough in Vermont to take them for granted.” m

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But the community wouldn’t let her close. “Everybody in town just got behind me,” she says. “I had one parent who just gave me a check for $25,000.” The local elementary and middle schools have offered her space to hold classes. Since the flood, the dance school has acquired nonprofit status, part of an effort to make dance education even more accessible to local families. And it’s raising money to move into a new studio space on Commercial Drive. So far, $43,000 of the $70,000 target has been raised. “I just hope, as a nonprofit, that we can all build a bigger dance community here in Vermont,” says Flaherty. m

herself (who plays Claire’s mother) weave a wide variety of dance styles into the show, including a cha-cha and a traditional Chinese dance. Then there are the two guest performers. New York City-based dancer and b-girl Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie opens the show with a breakin’ (otherwise known as break dance) number. And Ernest “E-Knock” Phillips brings his Boston dance crew, Status Quo, who made it to the finals of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” last year, to play the Sugah Plum Prince and his crew. The show has special significance for the dance school. This is the first time the dancers will perform since their studio was destroyed in Tropical Storm Irene — it used to be housed in a historic building next door to the former Alchemist Pub & Brewery. “I became very close to closing the door, even though we had 400 students, because I just didn’t know how we were going to rebuild,” says Flaherty, who founded the studio six years ago.

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he last time Seven Days wrote about AO GLASS, more than a year ago, the Burlington glassblowers had just moved into a new Pine Street workshop and were about to launch a brand-new community-supported business model. But they hit a huge roadblock: It took TOVE OHLANDER and RICH ARENTZEN more than 10 months to get city approval for their furnaces, and so they had to put everything on hold. Well, the fires are burning again at last — just in time for the seasonal shopping crunch and this weekend’s SOUTH END HOLIDAY HOP. Ohlander and Arentzen will give a glassblowing demonstration on Saturday, showing off tricks such as brewing coffee on molten glass. “The first three weeks [the furnaces were up and running], it was so hard to fathom that we could get up in the


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bike lane? And why is his helmet tilted over his eyes? This peculiar image doesn’t appear in the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, nor did a Google image search turn up cyclist symbols like this one. So I spoke with Steve Palmer, Winooski’s city engineer and public-works supervisor, to get to the bottom of it. “East Allen, that would have all been done as part of the downtown project,” Palmer said, estimating that the symbols went in over the summer of 2005. The work of buying and applying the road markings was done by a subcontractor. “Somebody obviously laid ’em in wrong,” he concluded. These road markings, Palmer explained, are made of tough tape that is laid into the asphalt while still warm. He led me to a stack of boxes in the city garage and extracted a sort of giant toilet paper roll. Around it were wound sheets of blue cellophane and pieces of the word “YIELD” broken into long, attenuated strips, like

evening shadows of letters. “Somebody, I think, probably flipped [one] piece around the wrong way,” Palmer said. As with “YIELD” and many other road markings, the tape for the cyclist symbol comes in several parts, and the “dancing” leg was applied backward. It was meant to go between the arm and the straight leg. That it occurred so many times in succession does suggest a certain sense of humor on the part of the person applying that tape to the asphalt. Some folks were less amused. The symbol made Michael Jager, cycling advocate and creative director of JDK Design, think of police chalk. “It looks like a dead body,” he said. “Does it communicate that you can ride a bike here? Yes, I suppose.” But, he added, graphic consistency is important. Jager pointed out that, in Burlington, several different bike symbols appear on bike lanes; he thinks the town would be better off choosing one and sticking to it. (Similar inconsistencies can be seen in Winooski.) “I do think standardization

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hen you ride a bike from Essex Junction to Winooski, you have to brave a long stretch of Route 15 that isn’t exactly bike friendly. After miles of praying that driver after impatient driver will go around rather than through you, crossing the railroad tracks in Winooski is a relief — now you can roll into downtown on a bike lane. And it’s a nice lane, separated from traffic, marked at intervals with a reassuring symbol of a cyclist on his bike. But wait a minute. What’s wrong with that guy? At East Street, across from the Community College of Vermont, Route 15’s mysterious bike-lane cyclist symbols begin. They look decidedly strange. Anatomically impossible, in fact. Is that cartoon figure doing messenger tricks? Is he dancing on two wheels, thrusting a heedless arm back, lifting his knee nearly over the wheel in his enthusiasm? Is he a StairMaster emblem who has somehow made his way onto a

of information-graphic systems builds respect,” Jager said. But Winooski seems to at least tolerate its egret-legged cyclist. Palmer admitted he hadn’t noticed and said no one had pointed it out to him in the six years since it was laid down. “I think it’s kinda funny that nobody caught it,” he said. “We had a consultant that was overseeing all of the fieldwork for us, too. They never caught it.” That stretch of road, Palmer noted, will be repaved within a couple of years, and the city plans to lengthen an existing multiuse path running along eastbound Route 15. So the dancing cyclist wasn’t, after all, the fevered vision of some designer trapped in a cubicle. It was a rollout glitch. With modest hopes of tracking down the actual culprit, Seven Days spoke to Deb Ricker, vice president and owner of L&D Safety Marking in Montpelier. At six years’ remove, though, neither she nor Palmer could be entirely sure whether L&D was the subcontractor on this particular job. “I guess it was just plain old common error,” she surmised. “These types of markings come preformed, so it’s like a puzzle — you just put it together. I’m sure it wasn’t done on purpose. “It surprises me that it got through an inspection,” Ricker added. “We don’t want to confuse the traveling public.” When viewed in his bike lane, the stick figure is clearly intended to be a cyclist, albeit a strange one. But when Christine Hill, assistant shop manager of Bike Recycle Vermont, looked at a photo of the road marking, she didn’t see that at all. “It looks like a man karate-chopping two doughnuts,” she said, laughing. “I just picture him coming from above, like in a ninja fashion, like when they fly through the air. “What I will say,” Hill added, is “that was absolutely made by someone who does not ride a bicycle.” m

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saw a terrific movie the other night, Margin Call, about a fictional toobig-to-fail investment bank on the eve of the financial crisis of 2008. The firm has been trading mortgagebacked securities — gazillions of them — and, as the markets get volatile, a young analyst figures out that the firm is at risk for more than its entire capitalization. The film follows a group of executives as they decide how to save their asses — all aware that when the curtain falls, the stage will be strewn with bodies. Obviously, the film isn’t exactly fiction. And among its most realistic aspects is its treatment of greed. Greed feels to the characters like everything but. It feels like need, entitlement or luck. It is even rationalized as some vague social good. The youngest character, a 23-yearold risk analyst, is obsessed with how much money everyone is making (he pulled in a mere quarter million the year before). But mostly, greed is coded deep in the software, invisibly making the machine run. Now that the banksters are Public Enemy No. 1, I’ve been wondering: Is greed a useful political target? I don’t think so. Let’s start with corporate greed. Corporate greed is a tautology. Maximizing the take is the raison d’être of a forprofit corporation. Condemning corporations for being greedy is like getting mad at giraffes for being tall. Second: Consider generational greed — the idea that the baby boomers’ collective avarice got us to where we are now. This narrative comes from both the grassroots and the elites (e.g., Laurence Kotlikoff and Scott Burns, authors of The Coming Generational Storm, who coined the term “fiscal child abuse”). It comes from the Right (Tea Party blogger: “the greedy oldies of the baby boomer generation who mortgaged our future and now visit electoral death upon anyone who challenges their ‘entitlements’”) and the Left (Occupy Wall Streeter: “[Boomers] don’t really

understand egalitarianism or a fair economy. They don’t understand direct democracy, don’t understand unity. They don’t understand anything but getting their own way ... Fuck ’em”). But boomer bashing gets us nowhere, too. I mean, who are these bad-news boomers? Angela Davis or George W. Bush? The CEO of Bank of America — or me? To blame everyone is to absolve anyone in particular of responsibility. That brings us finally to individual greed. As moral transgressions go, it’s a big one — a Deadly Sin — and politics need morality. But again, where do you draw the line? Am I greedy if I must have the iPhone 4S, but not if I’m fine with the G4? If I “need” a $200,000 salary and can’t get by on $60,000, or $20,000? Greed is a thought crime, not an act. That makes it a slippery political adversary. The real problem with aiming your political arrows at a feeling is that you miss the target you could actually hit: policy. Or you can deliberately avoid that target. Asked a couple of weeks ago what he felt about the Occupy movement, Gov. Peter Shumlin was enthusiastic. “We live in a country where the wealthiest have never paid lower income taxes. Where the gap between the top 1 percent and the rest of Americans has never been wider,” he replied. The movement, he said, is “a good thing for Americans; it’s a good thing for our democracy.” But look at Shumlin’s policies and you might question whether he thinks it’s a good thing for Vermont. The 1 percent is doing quite nicely here, as it is everywhere else. Its share of the state’s income has tripled, from 6.6 percent in 1970 to 19.1 percent in 2005, according to the Public Assets Institute (full disclosure: My domestic partner, Paul Cillo, is the executive director of PAI). The Bush tax cuts also dropped a windfall of $190 million in each of two years on the wealthiest Vermonters. Yet the governor has refused to

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raise income taxes on the rich to close Vermont’s budget gap or pay for the damage of Tropical Storm Irene. Instead, he asks state employees to take concessions and cuts services to the poor, elderly and disabled — more deeply than his predecessor ever did. Some suggest that these policies are the true expression of Shumlin’s class allegiance — he’s worth approximately $10 million, after all. The inference we can take, I believe, is that he stands with the greedy — or is greedy himself. Then again, the Democratic legislature has approved almost all of the governor’s fiscal proposals. What’s behind those decisions? Political cowardice? Misguided best intentions? Greed — for reelection? If the Occupy movement founders, it could be on this rock. As examples of egalitarian solidarity and consumptionfree zones, the encampments have stood implicitly against greed. And that’s important. But couple all those placards — End Corporate Greed and the like — with the movement’s reluctance to make any concrete demands, and the suggestion of a group fantasy emerges. Do these young occupiers, who grew up in a political era when personality and character eclipse positions and acts, imagine they might shame the greedy into changing? By the same token, rich people’s offers to pay more — such as Warren Buffett or the wealthy Vermonters who petitioned the state to raise their taxes — shouldn’t be read as altruism. Government is not charity; the willingness to pay taxes is not beneficent any more than it is stingy

to limit your tax bill to the minimum required by law. The reason we have laws and political structures is to save us having to search our souls every time the right thing needs to be done. That is, policy can demote greed simply by refusing to reward it. And the more egalitarian the social structure, the more feelings change. It has happened. “I had dropped more or less by chance into the only community of any size in Western Europe where political consciousness and disbelief in capitalism were more normal than their opposites,” wrote George Orwell in Homage to Catalonia, about the anarchist commune that flourished briefly in northern Spain in the 1930s, before that country’s Civil War. All industry was collectivized; no one was another’s master. A “mental atmosphere” of socialism prevailed, Orwell said, in which “many of the normal motives of civilized life — snobbishness, money-grubbing, fear of the boss, etc. — had simply ceased to exist.” Alas, the commune did not survive the war, or Spain’s fascist takeover, which gave greed and many other evils new vitality. We may always have the greedy among us. But we don’t have to give them what they want. Indict the crime, not the motive. Then act against the crime — with feeling, but act. m

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and green are visual antagonists, incapable of blending — there’s no such color as reddish green. If you’re a plant and you want to produce a fruit or flower sure to stand out against green foliage, red’s your best bet. Naturally, depending on circumstances, you, Joe Plant, may want to dial the red up or down. In the tropics, you may find yellow or orange fruit is the best way to increase your bird traffic. If you’re pushing berries in more temperate climates, you may have better luck with darker colors, which you can get by amping up on the blue in your anthocyanin paint box. But generally some red remains, and red and blue make purple, a common color for fruit. Now, under some conditions, it may be useful for a plant to

f we’re going to study the ancient texts, Matt, we need to have those texts in front of us. The question you cite was placed before the house by the late philosopher George Carlin while hosting the inaugural episode of “Saturday Night Live” in 1975: “Why is there no blue food? I can’t find blue food — I can’t find the flavor of blue! I mean, green is lime; yellow is lemon; orange is orange; red is cherry; what’s blue? There’s no blue! ‘Oh,’ they say, ‘blueberries!’ Uh-uh; blue on the vine, purple on the plate. There’s no blue food! Where is the blue food? We want the blue food! Probably bestows immortality! They’re keeping it from us!” Pretty funny, at least as delivered by Carlin. However, the bit works only because he cavalierly dismisses several nominally blue foods, including not just blueberries but, in other performances, blue cheese and bluefish. Cheese and fish I’ll let slide. The notion that blueberries aren’t blue, on the other hand, sticks in my craw. I love blueberries. In one of my few concessions to domesticity, I

suppress red to such a degree that its edible bits aren’t just purple or bluish but indisputably blue. Or the local environment may simply favor blueness — high acidity accentuates the red in anthocyanins, while low acidity brings out the blue. Circumstances evidently don’t align often, but when they do the result can be startling. Blueberries not blue enough for you? Search online for images of blue quandong or Decaisnea fargesii, both of which bear fruit that’s blue to the point of being unnerving — the fruit of D. fargesii, in fact, is popularly known as dead man’s fingers. For better or worse, the dominance of red in the edible food palette means such sights are rare. It might have been otherwise. Scientists have speculated that, prior to the emergence of chlorophyll as the primary medium for photosynthesis, primitive organisms used a pigment called retinal. Retinal is purple, meaning Earth would have been not a green planet but a purple one. Were that the case now, the dominant color in edible plants arguably would be the visual opposite of purple. Purple is a mix of red and blue, and the opponent color to blue is yellow, so the opposite of purple would be a mix of green and yellow. In other words, the most prevalent food color in a purple world might well be chartreuse. Far-fetched? Hush now — our hypothesis lets us offer hope to George Carlin disciples. All that’s needed is a planet where the foliage is yellow. Assuming the local fruit eaters perceive color the same way Earth’s do, the dominant food color would be blue.

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Teen Sis:

Mom loves to knit. And, frankly, we love that she does. Her hats and sweaters have kept us warm since before we could walk. This year, we’re giving her a hand with some top-notch yarn from nido, a boutique textile shop in downtown Burlington. Most skeins run under $15, though some more high-end yarns are double that or more. The best part is that yarn is a gift that keeps on giving. We won’t be surprised to see a new set of mittens under the tree next year.

OMG, we admit it. We’re stumped. Teenage girls have been a mystery to us since, well, we were teenagers ourselves. And being even a relatively hip adult doesn’t make decoding them any easier. But, like, whatever, right? How about we just buy you a cup of joe (or 10) and call it a day? (And, yes, LOL, we fully realize how lame it is that we just called your double soy mocha latte “joe.”) Here’s a gift card to one of Burlington’s finest java joints, Speeder & Earl’s. Speeder & Earl’s, Burlington, 849-6041.

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Best Friend:

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Though he’s getting on in years, Rex is still a pretty active pooch. And if he doesn’t get in his daily game of fetch, he can be kind of a pain. Problem is, during the winter months we don’t come home from work until well after dark, and we’re tired of losing tennis balls. That’s why we bought the Powzer Flash ’n Dash light-up ball. It has a batterypowered LED that shines as red as Rudolph’s nose, making it easy for our furry friend to find in the dark, or a few feet of snow. Good boy. $12.99.  Pet Food Warehouse, South Burlington or Shelburne, 862-5514, 985-3302.


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When we think of our best friend, we think of all the great times neither of us remembers. Stealing booze from Dad’s liquor cabinet in high school, buying cheap beer with a fake ID in college and that one time at your bachelor party we … um, never mind. But now we’re older and (a little) wiser, and more apt to appreciate fine spirits than rotgut in a plastic handle. So pour a tumbler of Vermont’s WhistlePig straight rye whiskey, and cheers to old friends. $66.99 at all Vermont State Liquor outlets.

He taught us how to swing a bat and how to throw a breaking ball. And while our dreams of playing left field for the Red Sox may have ended at Little League, Dad is the reason we still love baseball. Return the favor with season tickets to the Green Mountain boys of summer, the Vermont Lake Monsters, where the stars of tomorrow play today. Actually, maybe we’ll get him two. He’ll have to take someone out to the ball game, right? (Hint, hint.) $100/150/200.


arlene Love may be the most successful pop artist you didn’t know you knew. Hers is that recognizable voice on a multitude of records by some of the biggest names in music history: Sam Cooke, the Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Darin, the Righteous Brothers, Dusty Springfield and many, many others. It’s said that the great Luther Vandross would not even consider recording an album without first checking on Love’s availability. That 1962 Phil Spector-produced megahit “He’s a Rebel”? You probably thought that was by the Crystals, but no. It was recorded with Darlene Love and the Blossoms, hired when the legendary “wall of sound” producer was working in Los Angeles and didn’t feel like flying the Crystals out from New York City. Not that you could tell by reading the credits; Darlene Love’s name was nowhere to be found.


Darlene Love, the voice behind scores of iconic pop singles, talks about her career and upcoming Vermont show






After the success of the Gene Pitney-penned “He’s a Rebel,” Spector hired Love to sing on a string of other singles. Again, she didn’t get credited in the liner notes, but word got around to other artists and producers, and Love’s reputation as a go-to session singer was secured. During the ’60s, she and the Blossoms emerged from the studio to sing on the popular weekly rock-and-roll TV show “Shindig!” Love also appeared on Elvis Presley’s 1968 televised comeback special. If Love used to be the most famous pop singer you’d never heard of, her patience has been rewarded: Today she’s a marquee name with a busy performance schedule and a devoted horde of fans spanning several generations. From the shadows to the spotlight, her career is nothing short of music-biz legend. Love did disappear from the public eye for a while in the 1970s, taking time off to raise her family. She reemerged with a vengeance in the early 1980s — out in front for a change — beginning with a series of highly acclaimed shows at New York City’s Bottom Line. Broadway came calling: She played herself in the mid-’80s Tony-nominated jukebox musical Leader of the Pack, and followed that up with roles in productions from Grease to Hairspray. Love also made her way to the silver screen — for example, as Danny Glover’s wife in all four Lethal Weapon films.

SD: On December 2, you performed with composer Tim Janis at Carnegie Hall in The American Christmas Carol. Is it true you cowrote two songs for the CD? DL: Yes, and it’s amazing, as that was another dream of mine, to be able to do my Christmas show at Carnegie Hall. You never know, when you ask for something, how it’s going to turn out. SD: On December 23, you’ll be performing your Phil Spector-era classic “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” on the Letterman show for the 25th consecutive year. Paul Shaffer really gets it right with a big production. DL: For the past 25 years he has got it right! SD: I know he’s a big fan of yours and played a role in reintroducing you to the public back in the 1980s. DL: Yes, indeed. We did a play at a club called the Bottom Line, and Paul actually played Phil Spector in the play. And here we are 25 years later, and I’m still doing that one song on that television show, which is amazing. SD: Letterman himself says it’s his favorite part of Christmas. DL: I know! One year, with so many people on the stage, David came over to me and asked, “Who’s paying for all this?” And I said, “You are!” [Laughs.] SD: If anyone asks me about Darlene Love, I refer them to YouTube. Are you happy that there are so many of your great performances there?

SD: Can we go back to the early days? You were born in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a Pentecostal preacher. How did you manage to listen to the rhythm and blues that influenced you while growing up in what I assume was a very strict household? DL: I didn’t! [Laughs.] Not in my house, anyway. I listened to that music at my girlfriend’s house.

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SD: The earliest Darlene Love recording I have is one by the Echoes on the Combo label. Yours is one of those voices? DL: Oh, Lord, yes! Wow! Yes, that was the first group I ever sang with. SD: Then you joined the Blossoms. I hear your voice on an early recording of a song titled “No Other Love.” DL: Wow! Yes, that was my first recording as the lead voice. SD: And then you and the Blossoms became the first-call female studio backup group for recording sessions in LA. And some of your first sessions were with Sam Cooke? DL: Well, you know, I knew Sam Cooke before he started singing secular music. I used to go to church services and see Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers sing. So it was great to be able to go into the recording studio with him — not that I ever thought I would be called. But when we were called to do a session with him, it was like, “You’re kidding. We’re really going to record with Sam?” [Laughs.] SD: Back in my early days as a DJ, I was playing records that featured your voice prominently, but without knowing your name. You were in Duane Eddy’s Rebelettes, Al Casey’s K-C-Ettes, Hal Blaine’s Young Cougars, the Playgirls, the Wildcats, even Moose and the Pelicans!


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SD: And this year you were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This must be a dream come true for you. DL: Yes, you know, a lot of times you dream things, and then you let the dreams fade because you say, “This is taking too much of my time, so I’m just going to chill and let life deal with this.”

SD: Including your fantastic performance of “A Fine, Fine Boy” with Springsteen. DL: I’ve never seen anything like it, either, because I told him it’s really great being back with the “wall of sound” again.


Joel Najman is the host of “My Place,” a show about pop-music history airing Saturdays at 8 p.m. on Vermont Public Radio. This Saturday, December 10, his show is about “the other side of Darlene Love,” featuring her most famous backup recordings. program_about/68/

DL: It’s amazing! Other than the 25 years on Letterman, there’s the 25th show of the Rock and Roll Hall


Darlene Love performs her “Love for the Holidays” concert on Wednesday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Flynn Mainstage in Burlington. $15-45. Love will give a preshow lecture at 6 p.m. in the Hoehl Studio Lab, Flynn Center, third floor.

SEVEN DAYS: It’s hard to believe that someone so youthful and energetic and in such good voice has been a professional for 50 years. DARLENE LOVE: It’s a surprise for me, too.


Love has had a coveted spot on the “Late Show With David Letterman” every December since 1986, singing “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).” The show’s longtime music director, Paul Shaffer, a huge Love fan, reproduces the “wall of sound” — complete with extra musicians and a full choir — for Love’s live performance. The holiday number was originally recorded in 1963 for Phil Spector’s Christmas Album. The record failed to sell well at the time, released just before the period of deep national mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy. In recent years, Love has been touring and entertaining fans with her “Concert of Love.” The show morphs into “Love for the Holidays” in December and has become a much-anticipated annual event at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Her most recent CD, The Concert of Love, was released in 2010. On March 14 of this year, Darlene Love was at long last inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone has declared her “one of the best singers of all time,” while the New York Times once wrote that “her thunderbolt voice is embedded in the history of rock and roll.” The spotlight may be overdue, but it suits her well. Seven Days spoke to Love by phone in advance of her concert at Burlington’s Flynn Center next Wednesday, December 14. 

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SD: It was during that trip to New York when you met Dionne Warwick, who had just started recording for Scepter Records. DL: Yes, and she was on that same Murray the K show. SD: And for years, you were part of a touring backup group for Dionne that included her sister, Dee Dee, and…

stuff, and this is going to be the first year that she’s going to be singing with me, doing all my East Coast Christmas shows.

SD: As Darlene Love, you made some great records, including “(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait ’Til My Bobby Gets Home” and “A Fine, Fine Boy.” But what ever happened to “Stumble and Fall,” a great record that was released, but then Phil quickly withdrew it? DL: He withdrew it! It was a great song! As a matter of fact, there were two songs on that record that were really great. The other side was a song called “(He’s a) Quiet Guy.”

SD: Wonderful! Are you planning an album of duets with your sister? DL: Hopefully you are speaking a prophesy! [Laughs.] SD: When Phil Spector agreed to record songs under your own name, I found it ironic — I know you had a married name and, of course, your

SD: Very bluesy. DL: I love both those songs. I was doing “Shindig!” at the time, and he pulled the record. SD: He didn’t like the idea that you had a full career separate from him. Was it that he didn’t like not having full control of you? DL: That’s it! He always had to have control, and he had control of the Ronettes and the Crystals, but he never did have control of me. I think every time I would go and make an advancement that he didn’t have anything to do with, it would upset him.

SD: “He’s a Rebel” came out as being by the Crystals and became a No. 1, million-selling hit single. Did it bother you that you weren’t credited by name on the record label? DL: No, because we had a lot of songs like that: Al Casey, and the Rebelettes and all that, you know. So, in doing another song for Phil Spector, the only difference was that I was singing the lead. But I didn’t even think about it. I just charged him triple scale to do the lead. And I knew it was going to be a Crystals record. It was after that that we started having our problems! [Laughs.]

SD: Some of the musicians you worked with back then have told me that you were one of the few people who wouldn’t be intimidated by Phil Spector. If he acted a little crazy, you’d give it right back to him. DL: Oh, yeah, that’s right. I think because I didn’t have to depend on him for my livelihood, I really didn’t care. I just wanted to do the right thing, if you know what I’m saying. photos courtesy of project publicity

SD: By 1962, you were doing sessions with Phil Spector. Sadly, many people know him by the terrible tragedy that defines him today. But you’ve always been able to separate the genius of his music from his troubled life. How did you first become associated with Phil? DL: Yes, today it is unfortunate. I worked with his partner, although I didn’t know it at the time, Lester Sill. He was a record producer here in Hollywood when I first started out singing, and he hired the Blossoms to sing on some sessions for him. He pulled me aside and told me his partner was coming from New York and he wanted to record this song and he needed a lead singer. He introduced me to Phil, and we went to Gold Star [Studio] to rehearse the song, and that was the beginning of Darlene Love and Phil Spector.

as the lead singer of “He’s a Rebel,” and so we would actually perform that song, too.

SD: After that hit, as a DJ I received a letter from Spector saying, “Watch for my next hit, ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’ by Bobby and the Holidays.” But by the time the record came out, he came up with a different name for the group. DL: Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans. That was my next hit record. SD: As a New Yorker, I remember Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans appearing back then in New York. Were you touring with the group? DL: Yes! We first went to New York and we did Murray the K’s show at the Brooklyn Fox, and we toured as Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans. But Murray the K found out that I did the lead singing on “He’s a Rebel,” and he had a falling out with the Crystals, for whatever reason. So every night, we’d go on as Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans and sing “Zip-a-DeeDoo-Dah,” and he would introduce me

DL: Yes, me, Dee Dee and Cissy Houston. Yes, I worked for Dionne for about 10 years. SD: The singing sisters of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick make me think of another pair of great singing sisters, Darlene Love and Edna Wright [former lead singer of Honey Cone, with the smash 1970s-era hits “Want Ads” and “Stick-Up”]. DL: [Laughs.] Thank you! Now that we’ve gotten older, we’ve been trying for years to get together to do some

maiden name, neither of which is “Love.” Did Phil make up that name, too? DL: Yes, he actually changed it. He asked me if I liked the last name “Love,” and I said yes. It was after a gospel singer, Dorothy Love Coates, who Phil liked. About 10 years after that, I went and had it changed legally to Love so he couldn’t come back and say he owned it. SD: He would do something like that. DL: For sure!

SD: I know you recorded the original lead vocals on the big hit “Da Doo Ron Ron,” but then Phil put La La Brooks of the Crystals on lead for the released version. But don’t I still hear your voice on that recording? DL: Oh, it’s still there. He just put my voice down enough to put La La’s voice over mine. You know, the Crystals aren’t anywhere on that record. All the voices are the Blossoms. SD: Can I ask you about a couple of records? “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” by the Righteous Brothers. That record holds the distinction as the most-played-on-the-radio record of the 20th century, with more than 8 1/2 million airplays. And your voice is on that record. DL: Oh, yes. We did mostly all the background sessions for Phil Spector, until he decided to leave California and go to Europe to be with the Beatles and Rolling Stones and all of that. But other

than that we did almost all of the work that was done at Gold Star in California. SD: The beautiful ballad “Unchained melody” by Bobby Hatfield [of the Righteous Brothers] also has your voice there in the background chorus. today, Phil Spector takes credit for having produced that gorgeous recording, but I heard that’s not true. DL: No! He didn’t produce that. Bill Medley [of the Righteous Brothers] produced that. SD: You sang backup for Elvis Presley, including on his marvelous 1968 tV comeback special. What was it like backing up Elvis? DL: It was wonderful. But the thing about backing up Elvis — we ended up being really good friends. When we were doing those sessions, he found out I was a gospel singer, and his favorite music was gospel. So he would go get his guitar and we’d hang out and do gospel singing. He was truly, truly amazing. He was very introverted, very shy. But when it came to gospel music, he didn’t have a shy bone in his body.

movement in that area. So hopefully in the next year or so we’ll be on our way to making a movie on the Darlene Love story. SD: You and the Blossoms sing on “In my Room,” the beautiful harmony number by the Beach Boys, produced by the genius Brian Wilson. I heard that, to get the right echo, Brian had you singing in a swimming pool? DL: That’s very true! SD: Did you make any other records with the Beach Boys? DL: We also did “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” and I’ve never heard that song. I keep telling Brian, please send me that recording, because I don’t remember it.

You never know, when you ask for something, how it’s going to turn out.

SD: What a great résumé you have. DL: Never say never when it comes to Darlene Love! [Laughs.]

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SD: Well, we’ll have to give you some Vermont maple syrup and put skis on you when you’re here. DL: I don’t know about the skis, but I’d like the maple syrup.


SD: Any words for your fans in Vermont? DL: Well, just tell them we have a hell of a show for them. It will be “Love for the Holidays.” It will be very special for me having my sister on the show with me. It will be the first time my sister will be with me in over 20 years, so the show will be great.

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SD: You sang anonymously on the many big hits you made in the 1960s, but today I’m so glad you are the star you’ve become. DL: Well, you know, good things come to those who wait, and I have plenty of time! m


SD: Will there be a motion picture on the life of Darlene Love? DL: Well, we’re working on it. It’s taking more time than I ever thought it would take, putting everything together. Getting a director, getting a script written, being in the right place at the right time. But, yes, there has been a lot of

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SD: on Broadway in Hairspray, as motormouth maybelle, your performance of “I Know Where I’ve Been” was the absolute showstopper. It got you standing ovations each of the four times I saw the show. DL: Marc Shaiman, who is a dear friend, wrote that song. And every time I sing it, I say to myself that I know he wrote that song for me, because I lived that song!

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SD: You toured with Nancy Sinatra, and you backed up Frank Sinatra on his big hit recording of “That’s Life.” DL: You know, it was great, because he was such a great man. You know, just being in his presence. He just oozed personality. He was so nice, so friendly. Not only did we become friends with Nancy, but we also became friends with Frank. He would SD: You and the always come Blossoms went to our dressing on to portray room and say, nuns in Elvis’ “Thank you for DARLEN E LoVE film Change of working with my Habit. daughter. You DL: Yes, it was guys are great.” amazing. He decided he wanted us in the movie, and he wanted us in the SD: Have you ever been to Vermont gospel segment of his 1968 comeback before? DL: No, this will be the first time. special.

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he word-puzzle focus group went down last summer under the fluorescent lights of a conference room at the Colchester Hampton Inn. Jim Rader was at the helm, soliciting feedback from friends and fellow puzzlers on the mind bender he invented four decades ago. All those years, Rader had kept the puzzles primarily to himself. Sure, his wife, Meg Pond, had tried her hand at them. And he’d often surprise friends with puzzles embedded in birthday messages. But it wasn’t until this past summer, with a series of focus groups, that Rader finally put his puzzles to the test. The puzzle solvers at the Hampton Inn included Bill Gottesman, a self-described math hobbyist; Bill Dorsch, who does KENKENs twice a week; and Fred Pond, who admitted he’s not much of a puzzle guy but once bought a sudoku book to get him through a long flight to New Zealand. There was much talk of font, instructions and hints. There were cookies and coffee, and pencils for safe guessing. Everybody agreed that the puzzles were hard. “The purpose of a puzzle is that people can solve it,” said Dorsch. So with the help of the focus-group puzzlers and computer programmer Jan Schultz, Rader made some improvements and beefed up the tips and instructions. Now he’s finally publishing his puzzles in a book, Never Play Leapfrog with a Unicorn: The Quip-Find Puzzle Book of Advice. They’re still pretty tough, but if you’re a puzzle lover, they may just become a new obsession. Rader, 72, who served as Burlington city clerk from 1982 to 1993, followed by 11 years as a constituent advocate in Bernie Sanders’ congressional office, was an undergrad at the University of Vermont when the idea came to him. He had just solved a Soma Cube — a 3-by3-by-3-unit cube made by assembling seven different pieces — and was struck by the elegant cluster of 27 little cubes. Only, one cube was hidden inside, he noticed, leaving 26 — the number of letters in the alphabet — visible. He realized that if he arranged the cubes just so, he could spell out whole





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sentences in one continuous thread of letters that were linked either side to side or corner to corner. And he could do the same in a two-dimensional puzzle, with only three sides of the cube showing. Early on, Rader got two patents for

the puzzle and accompanying 3-D game, but he had trouble drumming up interest. “I just accepted that it wasn’t going to be a great commercial success,” he says. Still, he never gave up. At his Grand Isle home, Rader’s file cabinets are filled with thousands of puzzles he’s sketched out over the years. Rader acknowledges that his creation — the puzzle is now called Quip-Find; the 3-D game, Quipto — isn’t going to make him rich or famous. He just wants to finish something he started a long time ago. And, he says, “If I hadn’t done it, someday, eventually, somebody else would.”

Rader has some tips for cracking the QuipFind code. “First of all,” he says, “You have to guess at some point.” To that end, it’s best to use a pencil (though Rader admits he never does). A trio of Seven Days staffers got together last week to geek out over Rader’s puzzles. Deputy online editor Tyler Machado was a natural. He hates crosswords but enjoys the occasional sudoku. After solving a few easy Quip-Finds — one in under three minutes — he wanted more. “I will do the whole damn book, if you let me,” he said. His only gripe: He wanted an actual cube to hold for reference. Online editor Cathy Resmer is a former tournament Scrabble player and founder of the Burlington Area Scrabble Club. She loves word games and had a gleam in her eye as she faced down Machado and me. “It’s an appealing combination of numbers, logic and wordplay,” she said of the puzzle. “I wish there was an app for it.” I was pretty hopeless for a while. I’m a sudoku and KENKEN girl; word puzzles make me anxious. But after watching Resmer and Machado throw caution to the wind and start guessing, I tried the same. The key, we all agreed, is to work back and forth between the diagram and the cryptogram. Look for words in the diagram as you would in Boggle, and then try them out in the cryptogram. And don’t be afraid to erase everything and start over!

Rader had all but given up on publishing the puzzles when he met Schultz, a 69-year-old semiretired computer programmer looking to take on another project. Schultz came to Burlington in 1969 to create early electronic medical records for the UVM medical school. He was on the Burlington Electric Department commission in the ’80s and is currently the chief technology officer of Front Porch Forum. The two men have worked together for more than three years from Schultz’s home office, which is adorned with an autographed photo of Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Kathryn Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager” (“My hero,” Schultz says with a smile), and a handwritten poem by Allen Ginsberg called “Burlington Snow.” Schultz isn’t a word-puzzle guy, but the challenge of creating a program that could produce the Quip-Find puzzles appealed to him. “I love analyzing complex things,” he says. The Quip-Finds are indeed complex. With only three sides of the cube exposed, 19 small “cubicles” are visible, each with its own unique letter. The number of potential combinations, explains Schultz, is 25 digits long. To work with numbers so huge, he had to buy a bigger computer. Rader used to do it all with pen and

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Measuring up

Back in the 1990s, Kathy Dever, an interior designer from Stowe, was frustrated by her inability to use a tape measure to hang artwork and drapery hardware. As she often worked alone, Dever found it awkward to measure and mark distances accurately with a pencil or chalk while standing on a ladder or in a dark room. Unable to find a product that could ease the task, Dever invented one herself: a 16-foot self-marking tape measure. The concept is simple. The tape measure housing contains an ink stamp and pad that can be pressed

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against virtually any surface to create an easily erasable mark that’s accurate every time. After hundreds of marks, the disposable inkpad can be replaced. Dever says she was initially discouraged by the numerous rejections from companies she approached about developing the device. She eventually started her own company and patented her self-marking tape measure, in large part thanks to the help she received from fellow inventors at InventVermont. “I learned everything I needed to know and met people who were able to support my questions,” she says. Today, Dever’s company, I-Mark Tools, has other patents on similar self-marking devices, including one issued in 2007 for electronic measuring instruments, such as a self-marking laser tape measure and a self-marking stud finder.

Dever’s products aren’t in hardware stores yet, and she hasn’t given up her day job. Still, she remains optimistic that the concept will take off. “Are we profitable? No,” she admits with a laugh. “We’re just starting the process, but it’s encouraging because people who see it like it.”

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Since 2004, Kenneth Puzey, founder and president of QuantaSpec of Burlington, has been developing infrared technology that can detect everything from roadside explosives to smuggled uranium to infections that kill 200,000 hospital patients annually and cost the American health care system billions of dollars. In recent years, Puzey’s R&D has focused on one of the world’s most persistent and deadly parasitic diseases: malaria.

His patented invention uses a technology called infrared spectroscopy to differentiate between various strains of the malaria parasite. By hitting a thin blood smear on a slide with infrared light, Puzey’s instrument can measure the wavelengths that parasites in the blood absorb or reflect, which are unique and telltale like fingerprints. “It’s a way of sensing chemistry without using other chemicals,” Puzey says. “We’re using light to probe the chemistry of the cell. And we can detect a single parasite in a blood sample. There’s no other clinical technology in the world that can do that.” QuantaSpec’s technology is valuable to clinicians in the field, Puzey continues, because it allows them to use a computer to identify exactly which strain of malaria a THE EUREkA CLUB

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high-tech graphics of modern video games, but its functionality is in place. The object of the game, Bingham explains, is for a player (i.e., patient) to track a sine wave whose peaks and valleys change continuously across the screen. Using quicker, shallower breaths or longer, deeper ones, players must keep the cursor on the evermoving line. That’s done by breathing in and out of a controller called a spirometer, which measures the volume of breaths. By increasing their awareness of breathing changes, patients can learn to identify the increasing resistance they experience as their airway starts to constrict. “Some people believe that if you breathe in a certain way, you can forestall or prevent an asthma attack,” Bingham adds. “But no one has been able to sort that out yet. So the game then becomes a research tool to figure that out, too.” This isn’t Bingham’s first invention. He’s developed a pacifier designed to help premature infants better recognize the scent of their mother’s breast milk, which facilitates breast-feeding. He says InventVermont was “a nice home base for inventors in the area” that was very helpful in connecting him with useful resources, such as patent attorneys. Ultimately, Bingham says the best part of the invention process is working with young people to develop a medical device that actually improves their medical outcomes. “Kids sometimes feel that the things they have to do for their health are a drag, like going to the doctor or taking their medicine,” he says. But when they’re helping him with a creation such as the video game, “there’s a feeling that this is a fun thing that they can do for their health ... It’s like the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.” The InventVermont organizers hope the ECHO event will remind grown-ups that technology can be fun, too, whether it’s saving lives or just saving time. m

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Peter Bingham is a pediatric neurologist at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, but his latest invention was designed to benefit patients with respiratory problems, not neurological ones. Bingham has developed a video game that’s operated by breath rather than by a joystick, keyboard, mouse or gaming console. The idea, he explains, is to help patients — mostly children and teens — learn how to recognize the onset of an asthma attack. “Certain breathing exercises are good for people with different kinds of chronic diseases,” Bingham explains, “so this is a way to make that a little more fun.” The as-yet-unnamed game — it’s gone by various monikers, including the “Bronchobat” and the “Turblo” — is still a work in progress. Thus far, it hasn’t been “dressed out” with all the

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Classic Mettle

Says Burlington industrial designer Paul Henninge, Vermont Castings “set the standard, and the rest of the industry has been playing catch-up ever since.” However, the picture isn’t all warm and toasty. Statistics suggest that the domestic hearth and stove industry has been slow to reignite after the housing and construction bubble burst, and the coming years could snuff it out entirely. Vermont Castings and its Green Mountain rival, Hearthstone Stoves of Morrisville, compete against stove makers that have moved their operations overseas. The Randolph company has bucked industry trends by investing in new equipment and bringing dozens of manufacturing jobs back to Vermont from China. But survival is still tricky in a year like this one, when winter arrived late, new home construction remains flat, and consumers are wary of making costly discretionary purchases. The question is, will the company that virtually invented the classic Yankee woodstove survive?

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y guide through the foundry is manager Bob Wright, who has been at Vermont Castings for 30 years, almost as long as the company has been in existence. Since then, Vermont Castings has changed hands several times, but Wright has stayed. As he puts it, “Once a foundryman, always a foundryman.” We walk past a vast storage room where an electromagnet hoists hundreds of pounds of scrap iron, mostly automobile rotors and drums, from a towering pile. One hundred percent of the iron that is melted and poured in this foundry is salvaged, making Vermont Castings one of the state’s largest recycling plants. About 100 people work here, and another 140 are employed just down the road at Vermont Castings’ manufacturing plant in Bethel. The scrap iron from countless New England brake jobs is soon melted down in three electric furnaces, each of which holds 27 tons of molten metal. Every 15 minutes, a furnace tilts on hydraulic cylinders and pours liquid iron into a huge ladle suspended from a crane overhead. Metal sparks fly everywhere as the lava-like flow hits the ladle at 2700 degrees Fahrenheit. The foundry runs only four or five days a week, but the plant “holds” molten metal around the clock, all year long. As Wright explains, “This facility is not the type that you can just turn off. Once you start it, it’s got to keep going.” Case in point: Vermont Castings was physically undamaged by the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. The following day, however, Wright got a call from Central Vermont Public Service informing him that the last remaining transmission line to the plant had just slid into a river, and power could be out for days. Fortunately, the plant had backup generators. If Wright






A worker removes just-cast woodstove parts from a conveyor belt at the Vermont Castings foundry in Randolph


ntering the slate-blue industrial plant that lies on the southern outskirts of Randolph, along Route 12, is like passing through a portal back in time. The orange, ferrous haze that hangs in its dark, cavernous halls recalls the Industrial Revolution, when sooty, muscle-bound workers poured smoldering cauldrons of liquid fire into the raw materials that powered a growing nation.

This is the foundry of Vermont Castings, where each day 85 tons of molten metal are forged into cast-iron stoves, barbecue grills and cookware. Its fiery core is a gritty, beastly hot place, with extremes of size and temperature that overwhelm the senses. Even the word “foundry” harks back to a simpler age. When it was built, in 1979, this was the first foundry to open in

North America in decades. But it enabled Vermont Castings to innovate, reenvisioning the woodstove as something different from the dirty, ugly and inefficient potbelly furnace. Today, its iconic New England designs, which were copied throughout the industry, incorporate 21st-century technologies that make them cleaner burning, highly efficient and a growing component of the green-energy revolution.


had been forced to drain the furnaces, the foundry would have had to shut down entirely and restart — at a cost of a half million dollars. The “cast” in cast-iron production is made of black silica sand. It’s a fine, malleable, clay-like substance that coats the floors of the entire building. The sand is shaped using pattern plates that compress it into 400-pound molds. A computerautomated machine called an autopour injects the liquid metal into the sand molds. The “tolerances” of the sand are so precise, Wright explains, that it can hold an impression as detailed as a fingerprint. “We’re making furniture here,” he says. “This stuff will sit in living rooms and family rooms, and it’s got to look good. So the quality control of the molding sand is critical.” In less than a minute, the poured metal cools to solid form. It continues cooling as it moves along a conveyor belt, then enters a huge oscillating tube that resembles a water-park chute on bedsprings. Inside, the sand mold is shaken loose from the iron — the sand is constantly recycled —

finishing touches before being packaged and shipped to distributors nationwide. Rick Grant, manufacturing manager at the Bethel plant, walks me through the facility. He says that virtually every part of the finished stove, except for the glass and handles, is now made in Vermont. Even the wood pallets the stoves are shipped on are constructed from timber cut within a 100-miles radius.

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Grant proudly shows off a new, hightech laser cutter that Vermont Castings purchased a few years ago. It enabled the company to bring all of its sheet-metal fabrication back from China. Today, the laser cutter runs around the clock, producing not only steel stoves but also parts for barbecue grills. In fact, many consumers are more likely to recognize the Vermont Castings name from those top-of-the-line grills than from its woodstoves. For about five years, the company sold a quarter million of them annually through Lowe’s and Home Depot. At the end of the assembly line is a roll of American-flag stickers, which are slapped onto every crate before it rolls out the


until recognizable parts of cast-iron stoves emerge from the other end. The foundry pours about 3500 molds per day of various shapes and sizes. Some days, the plant produces cast-iron cookware for Lodge, a Tennessee-based cookery company, and puts out about 5000 pans per day. Most products are ready to be boxed and shipped within two hours of pouring. Such rapid turnaround time gives Vermont Castings a major advantage over its competitors in China, Wright explains, where shipping can take as long as six weeks. Most of the parts, though, go down the road to Vermont Castings’ Bethel plant. There, cast-iron and steel stoves are assembled, painted or enameled, tested for airtightness and given the

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he woodstoves that Vermont Castings virtually invented are such iconic fixtures in New England that it’s hard to believe they didn’t exist before the 1970s. There’s a lot of history alloyed in those cast-iron hearths, from 18thcentury architecture to the birth of the Environmental Protection Agency to the Y2K scare. The woodstove industry was reborn in the United States following the 1973 Arab oil embargo, when fuel prices spiked, worldwide oil supplies dwindled, and Americans rediscovered wood as a homeheating fuel. Before the ’70s, most woodstoves weren’t the ornate pieces of living-room

create something that was functional and yet looked nice in a family room. “In those days, either you couldn’t get [a woodstove] at all, or they were just too ugly,” she says. “Everyone else was making stoves that were appliances. Duncan wanted to make stoves that were furniture, that were sculptures.” Hence his decision to work with cast iron, a metal that lends itself well to molding into intricate patterns. For a time, Syme sourced his cast iron from European foundries, but that soon became prohibitively expensive. So in 1979, he and his business partner, Murray Howell, built the foundry in Randolph. Early on, Syme hired Smith as a design consultant. At her new job, she met Wilker, who became her business and life partner. The two live together in Brookfield and now have their own firm, Red House Design, where they craft wood- and gas stoves for other companies. (Neither they JEb WAllAcE-bRodEUR


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nor Syme are currently involved with Vermont Castings.) Wilker explains that, as a native New Englander, Syme admired the Federal architectural style indigenous to 18thand 19th-century Vermont. Notably, he incorporated its prominent feature of the fanlight, a semicircular or semielliptical window above a doorway. Visitors to Randolph, Bethel and other Vermont towns can see buildings that resemble Vermont Castings’ original stoves. Perhaps most importantly, Smith adds, Syme capitalized on a design innovation of the late 1970s to incorporate glass into his stoves that wouldn’t get dirty, so the flame remained visible. Suddenly, a woodstove wasn’t just an appliance but a hearth that conveyed comfort, warmth and security. Like the traditional hearths of American architecture, the woodstove became a central feature of the family room, something that drew the eye — and demanded artistry in its design. Syme didn’t invent soot-free glass,

Smith emphasizes, but Vermont Castings company’s Euro Collection has created popularized its use, and the rest of the an enormous buzz in magazines and trade industry quickly followed suit. This helps publications. The Tula model, for exexplain why so many woodstoves still re- ample, is “one of the most efficient stoves semble Vermont Castings’ designs. in the world.” Rated at 30,000 Btus, it has “Lo and behold, it was pretty and it an efficiency of 88 percent. held a fire,” Smith says. “And soon every“That’s as good as the boiler in your body wanted one.” house,” Kuhfahl says. “But I wish it sold as In the early days of the company, Smith well as its efficiency.” and Wilker wore many hats. Smith didn’t Kuhfahl admits that if Hearthstone design Vermont Castings’ first stove, the “threw out the entire [Tula] line, it Defiant, but she had a hand in designing wouldn’t affect my bottom line very much. the second, the Vigilant. As a former ad There’s an excitement about it, but the designer for Mother Earth News, one of the customer who loves it doesn’t actually buy original DIY mail-order rags, she helped it.” Hearthstone’s best-selling model is still with Vermont Castings’ direct marketing the Heritage, which is rated at 55,000 Btus in the years before it had a distribution and has a classic New England style rooted network. in the original Vermont Castings designs. “Selling consumer durables over mail In the late 1990s, the woodstove indusorder is not an easy thing to do,” Smith try underwent another resurgence. Earlier recalls. “But the demand was so great, and in the decade, 75 percent of Hearthstone’s the way they made the company out to be, stoves were gas-fired models. But as Y2K which was warm approached, and and fuzzy and comwith it fears of a fortable, it just took global technology off.” meltdown, the balIndeed. In ance soon shifted the early 1980s, back to wood. Vermont Castings “Everyone would host owners’ thought the world outings in Randolph was going to end that attracted thouand they would have sands of people. to have a woodstove. Rick GRANt Then, in 1983, So they all bought Howell, Syme’s one,” Kuhfahl says partner, died of a brain tumor. After a with a chuckle. “And, of course, we enseries of unprofitable business moves, couraged them.” the company was sold to a Canadian firm. For the next few years, the American Vermont Castings changed hands several stove industry enjoyed robust sales. more times in the ensuing years and is From 1998 to 2005, shipments of wood-, now owned by Monessen Hearth Systems pellet- and gas-fired stoves grew from 2.3 million to 2.8 million annually, accordof Paris, Ky. ing to figures from the Hearth, Patio and eanwhile, up north, a second classic Barbecue Association. But by 2007, sales Vermont stove maker emerged from had dwindled to 1.9 million; last year, they the fray. In the late 1980s, the industry were at 925,000. Only electric-stove sales underwent a dramatic upheaval when the have increased since 2008. EPA adopted new emissions standards Despite this worrisome trend, both for all woodstoves. Most of the “backyard Vermont Castings and Hearthstone conwelders,” as Wilker calls them, couldn’t tinue to be industry leaders, largely becomply, and about half went out of busi- cause they haven’t compromised on their ness virtually overnight. Others were quality. Iconic New England woodstoves forced to dramatically retool their enter- are still desired the world over. “The prises to stay alive. Japanese just love these solid, AmericanAmong those that did was Hearthstone made stoves,” says Kuhfahl. Stoves. Hearthstone popularized soapKuhfahl admits to some uncertainty stone, a highly durable material used for about his company’s prospects. New centuries to warm homes. It’s attractive EPA emissions standards are due out in and radiates heat evenly for hours. the next few years, he notes, which will Although Hearthstone declared bank- require wood, gas and pellet stoves to be ruptcy in 1988, it was bought and reor- even cleaner and more efficient. At the ganized the following year by a Spanish same time, those new rules will make firm, Hergom. Like Vermont Castings, it harder for Vermont’s stove makers to Hearthstone still produces some of the compete with cheaper models coming finest wood- and gas-fired stoves in the from the Pacific Rim. world. Still, he, Smith and Wilker express Today, Hearthstone’s extensive prod- cautious optimism about the future of uct line includes sleek and contemporary Vermont woodstove makers. As Kuhfahl designs, including several upright, or puts it, “Any time there’s discomfort in the “portrait,” European styles. Hearthstone world, people make apple pies and nest in president Dave Kuhfahl boasts that his front of their woodstoves.” m

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opheads may be happy to hear that the first beer to roll out of Matt Cohen’s brandnew brewery on Route 7 in Shelburne will be an India pale ale, and they won’t have to wait much longer — it should be flowing by Christmas. Those first kegs will mark the end of a year of intense work and planning for Cohen — known as “Matty O” from his days as the beloved head brewer at Magic Hat Brewing Company. He left his job last fall to pursue the dream of every beer maker: his own brewery. All year long, Fiddlehead Brewing Company has been gradually rising just across the street from Shelburne Vineyard — first its foundation and skeleton, then its steel shell, and finally a weathered, wooden, red façade. In September, gargantuan boilers and mash tuns arrived. This month, Cohen will finally start brewing. In a few weeks, craft-beer pilgrims can trickle in to sample two or three beers he’ll have on tap in his tasting room and order growlers that they can tote next door to Folino’s, a pizzeria soon to open in the same structure. There, building owner John Koerner — Cohen’s landlord — will crank out flatbreads from a brick oven, the perfect foil for fresh brew. The bearded Cohen, 37, plans to distribute Fiddlehead’s new IPA by the holidays, first to Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and a few other places around the state, including Burlington. The medium-alcohol ale (6.2 percent) will be “aggressively dry hopped,” he says, with strong citrus notes and hop aromas but not overwhelming bitterness. As for what he’ll conjure next, Cohen is somewhat oblique — though he’ll concentrate on “sessionable” beers that one can sip for hours, he says. “I’ve dusted off my old home-brewing equipment and have been working on recipes for brew day,” says Cohen. That’s about all he’ll share, other than his general plans for some seasonal beers and occasional one-offs with local hops. Anyone familiar with Cohen’s days at Magic Hat may already have a clue about his style; the quirky brewery was and is famous for playful and palatable beers, often with unusual flavor profiles.

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Cohen began making beer in his dorm room 16 years ago, when he was an anthropology student at Ithaca College. “At the time, it was hard to get beer, so I started making it, and the first batch turned out OK,” he says. He used a home-brewing kit from a magazine ad to concoct a beer that was supposed to be a light American lager. In 1996, after graduating from college, Cohen moved to Vermont with his then-girlfriend, now wife, Amy. His first brewery job was cleaning out growlers and kegs at the Shed Restaurant & Brewery in Stowe, where he stayed for nearly a year before landing at Magic Hat in 1998. There he started by filling kegs and worked his way up to head brewer about halfway through his 13year tenure. At Magic Hat, a culture of creativity flourished under founder Alan Newman. “He gave us the ability to brew what we wanted, to create unique brews,” recalls Cohen. At the company, then in its early years, Cohen learned “how to problem solve and brew at maximum capacity and efficiency with very little capital.” When North American Breweries purchased Magic Hat last year, Newman was pushed out and the culture changed, leaving Cohen disillusioned. “In my mind, [the brewing] became less and less about making beer and more and more about making units,” he says. “I got into beer because I feel it’s a great creative outlet. To me, it’s a perfect marriage between science and creativity.” He left on October 31, 2010, with plans for a self-funded craft brewery. At first, Cohen planned to open the brewery in Burlington, but, about a month after he left Magic Hat, he signed a 10-year lease on the not-yet-built structure on Shelburne Road. Owner Koerner had purchased the land a few years earlier — it was the former home of a commercial greenhouse — and had always envisioned a brewery on the spot. “I don’t know why. I just thought it would work here,” Koerner says. “I needed an anchor tenant. Matt took a big leap of faith.” Koerner started construction on a new building in April, and Cohen began







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hile Cohen remains somewhat mysterious about his upcoming beer menu, next door a dust-covered Koerner offers more details about Folino’s. He’s busy setting up the pizzeria, which he plans to open shortly after Fiddlehead begins cranking. Koerner used to own the Bagel in Shelburne, and, though he doesn’t pledge any allegiance to the food business, it may be in his blood. About six years ago, Koerner became “obsessed,” he says, with baking perfect bread, à la the crusty, slightly sour loaves of Gérard Rubaud. “You’d think bread is easy,” says Koerner. But perfection eluded

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So he’s using the slightly smaller portion of his building for a new flatbread bakery. Koerner envisions running it with just two people — himself and his son — and baking “really simple, basic things.” In the middle of a roughly 2000-square-foot room is a stone oven covered in foil. An enormous Pietro Berto standing mixer sits at the ready. Counters and seating are waiting to be built. Cavernous as the space is, Koerner is restricted by Folino’s location in a commercial/industrial zone to serving no more than 18 sit-down diners at one time. Because his seating will be so

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limited, Koerner is kicking around ideas for small, quasi-private dining areas where people can retreat with their flatbreads and serve themselves salads, drinks and desserts from refrigerators. Since service would be minimal, diners could instead donate tips to the nonprofit he runs for Ugandan children, 52 Kids Foundation. Though that plan is still nebulous, Koerner is certain that his eatery will be BYOB — or, as Cohen jokes, “BYOF”: Bring your own Fiddlehead. Customers will be able to tote growlers from the Fiddlehead tasting room to the pizzeria. For craft-brew lovers, it could be the perfect pairing. m




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diners can get smaller versions of dinner dishes such as penne Bolognese; orecchiete with caramelized turnips; grilled quail with Brussels sprouts and pancetta; and grilled swordfish with broccoli rabe.


fresh salads, paninis made with local meat and a daily “funky Argentine focaccia pizza.” Slices of bread from sTonE ARch bAkERy in Lebanon, N.H., are covered in cheese and sauce, then baked to order. For now, only plain pizzas are available, but DiTursi says to


“Good food should be for everybody,” says Rob DITuRsI, co-owner of AnA’s EmpAnADAs with his wife, AnA. That’s why the couple opened a third outlet for their healthy, local fast food at Rutland’s Diamond Run Mall. The new location, open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., joins the bake shop in downtown Rutland and a counter on the mountain in Killington. The Diamond Run Mall store will serve the eponymous empanadas, miniature Argentine meat pies that come in varieties such as pulled pork and butternut squash. But the menu has plenty more.


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hen Rachel Jacobs first started cooking kosher at the University of Vermont, she encountered an uncommon problem. The university’s Sodexo employees approached her with too much reverence. “They would talk to me from just outside the door,” says Jacobs. “When I asked why, they said, ‘We’re not blessed.’ I had to tell them, ‘Everyone is blessed.’ It’s not about being Jewish, just about keeping the rules.” “Keeping the rules” isn’t always easy at UVM — or, more generally, in Burlington. Between 1880 and the 1920s, hundreds of new, mostly Russian Jews settled in the city — enough so that the area surrounding Ohavi Zedek Synagogue on North Prospect Street was known as “Little Jerusalem.” Today,

just less than 6 percent of people in Burlington identifies as Jewish, but many of them have long been secularized and don’t make a habit of keeping kosher. At UVM, that’s changing. The strong Chabad community run by Rabbi Zalman Wilhelm, Chabad @ UVM, has made Burlington a destination for a growing number of religious college students. “We’ve had more and more Jewish students coming to UVM in recent years. We’re constantly getting questions from potential students if they’ll be able to keep kosher,” says Wilhelm, who opens his home to students for Sabbath dinners each Friday night. Now they can, and not just on the Sabbath. In August, Jacobs moved her catering business, Vermont Kosher, to

its very own kitchen headquartered at Redstone Unlimited Dining, Redstone Campus’ sprawling cafeteria. Under the hashgacha (supervision) of Chabad @ UVM, Jacobs provides hot dinners at Redstone Sunday through Thursday, and sends grab-and-go meals to six other dining outlets so the school’s 150 kosher students can get convenient and delicious, Israeli-influenced food throughout the week. Jacobs, with her round, deep-brown eyes and thick, dark hair, is of Spanish and Moroccan descent. She left her native Israel for South Royalton in 1992, at age 23, when she married a Vermonter. Though her grandmother was a noted Moroccan cook, Jacobs says she herself never took to the stove until necessity forced her to make all of her food at

food home. “Technically, I couldn’t eat anywhere,” she says of her early days in the United States. She spent them learning English by watching television — notably “Seinfeld” and the O.J. Simpson trial — and practicing her cooking skills. Once she became adept at re-creating her family recipes by copying the smells and textures she remembered, Jacobs began inviting larger and larger crowds to her Sabbath dinners. By then, the meals were in Burlington, where the Jacobses moved their family of five in 1999. Vermont Kosher began to jell in the new cook’s mind when she prepared a Tu B’Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day) dinner for 30. Jacobs, already known in the Burlington Jewish community for teaching Hebrew, began getting requests from locals and out-of-staters seeking brisket, schnitzel and grain-based salads for weddings and bar mitzvahs. Her first massive undertaking was “the rabbi’s daughter’s wedding for 400 people at the Hilton. I thought, I cater parties for a hundred. Four hundred is only four times more,” Jacobs recalls. Now she employs a team of six, with three people working in the small kitchen at once. The university is Vermont Kosher’s largest client, but not its only one. Last week, Jacobs and her crew were prepping their usual week’s meals for UVM; they were also in their third week of providing packaged meals to members of a Canadian hockey team playing in Lake Placid. Orthodox Jews are sometimes limited in their travel by dietary concerns, Jacobs notes, so her business serves as an ambassador to those communities. “Vermont Kosher is to say to other people, ‘Choose Vermont as your destination,’” she says. “‘Choose it for school. Choose it for business. Choose it for vacation.’” Once catering clients have chosen Vermont Kosher, they must choose whether they want their meals to include dairy or meat. The Torah states, “Do not cook a kid in its mother’s milk.” Therefore, the two can’t be mixed in a kosher kitchen — or on the plate. No dairy has ever entered the UVM facility. When Ashkenazi Jews need their lox and cream cheese for a bar mitzvah, Jacobs prepares the meal in her home kitchen, where she has separate storage

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One thing diners won’t find on the pizza is cheese, even a kosher vegan substitute. “We have so much other food,” says Jacobs. “I’m not into things made to be like other things, like vegan cheese. Shrimp is shrimp, and fake shrimp is fake shrimp,” she adds, referring to the prohibition against shellfish. “If you want sushi, have tuna or salmon.” Indeed, Jacobs uses mostly whole, fresh foods and says she tries to adapt the ingredients of all her recipes to what’s available in Vermont. She hopes


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come with a side of carrot, beet and apple salad sweet enough to please any palate. “A guy from New York loves the brisket,” says Jacobs. “We have regulars who want this international food.” In fact, she estimates that 80 percent of her customers buy the food for its taste, not its kashruth. Her dishes include native Israeli specialties, such as turkey schnitzel and soft, citrus-flavored eggplant called chatzilim, but also Moroccan ones influenced by Jacobs’ grandmother’s pastry skills. There are potato-filled pies called boreka and Moroccan pizzas covered with beef. In Morocco, the ground meat would probably be lamb, but prices preclude that stateside. Same with the use of fresh tamarind, which Jacobs replaces with maple syrup — one of her favorite ingredients and one she regularly includes as a nod to her adopted homeland. The pizza is perfumed with ras el hanout, a Moroccan blend of close to a dozen spices, including cinnamon, cloves, turmeric and cumin. Raisins and onions add sweetness, pine nuts contribute a crunchy nuttiness, and cilantro makes the whole thing refreshing.

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VERMONT LIBERTARIAN PARTY CAUCUS: Voters in Essex and Essex Junction who have not yet participated in another caucus this year convene. 32 Pine Crest Dr., Essex, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 310-9537.


DR. SKETCHY’S LIFE-DRAWING WORKSHOP: A VERY SKETCHY CHRISTMAS: Artists drink and draw two live models posing as the ultimate jolly couple: Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your own paper and pencils. American Legion, White River Junction, 8-10:30 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info, 295-4479.


INTERNATIONAL BOUTIQUE: Folks peruse carpets, handbags, silk scarves, inlaid boxes, pashmina shawls and more from Nepal, India, Brazil, Egypt, Haiti and other far-flung locales. Proceeds support Amurtel and Vermont flood relief. Masonic Lodge, Waitsfield, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5500.


LANDING A CAREER IN VERMONT: CAREERSEEKING STRATEGIES FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: Human-resources professionals from Green Mountain Coffee, Logic Supply, MyWebGrocer and Spherion lead a panel discussion about the local job market. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 999-1571.

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


‘TAKING FLIGHT’: Up-and-coming choreographers introduce their lightly produced dance experiments, facilitated by artist-in-residence Tiffany Rhynard. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


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CHITTENDEN COUNTY PHILATELIC CLUB: Stamp collectors of all levels of interest and experience swap sticky squares and stories about them. GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 660-4817, MRV SOLUTIONS: UVM students in the Local Community Initiatives course propose their own action plans for the Mad River Valley, which range from compost power to solar farms. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-8994.


‘HOLIDAY INN’: The Catamount Community Film Series brings old Hollywood favorites back to the big screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

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CANDY-CANE-MAKING DEMO: Confectioners boil, pull, turn, roll and twist striped seasonal sweets. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 11 a.m. Free to watch; $6 to make your own (preregister). Info, 253-9591. LOCAL FOODS CAN BE AFFORDABLE: Lisa Mase of Harmonized Cookery offers advice for stretching your food budget while consuming seasonal produce from Vermont vendors. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,

DEC.09 | THEATER In the Balance The gravity-defying antics of the Golden Dragon Acrobats practically scream, “Don’t try this at home!” As long as audiences heed that warning, they’re no worse off for witnessing these feats of dazzling — and, dare we say, dangerous? — acrobatics and dance. Channeling Chinese traditions 25 centuries old, these lionhearted performers exhibit a “total lack of fear as they form human totems and balance on perilous-looking stacks of ladders that lean like the Tower of Pisa,” writes the New York Times. Led by creator/director Danny Chang and choreographer/costume designer Angela Chang — both with a Drama Desk nomination to their name — the troupe swings through Rutland on Friday. A stop at the Flynn follows in March.

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS Friday, December 9, 8 p.m., at Paramount Theater in Rutland. $23.85-29.15. Info, 7750903.

health & fitness

BEGINNING HOT YOGA: Is it getting hot in here? Yogis practice in a heated studio to enhance stretching and reduce tension. North End Studio B, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. $10. Info, 999-9963. SERENITY YOGA: Gentle poses foster a sense of peacefulness in a deep-relaxation floor class. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation; bring a pillow and blanket if desired. Info, 881-5210. TAI CHI/QIGONG CLASS: Simple techniques, practiced sitting or standing with Madeleine Piat-Landolt, enhance physical and emotional well-being. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.

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DEC.10 | THEATER Angels and Demons Presumably based on the life of Johann Georg Faust, a Middle Ages alchemist suspected of being in cahoots with the devil, the German legend of Faust has been prominent in literature for centuries, and in folklore before that. But the Metropolitan Opera’s latest show — a reworking of Charles-François Gounod’s opera — fast-forwards the tale of a disillusioned scientist to a more recent era: the early 20th century. In director Des McAnuff ’s version, it’s the detonation of the atomic bomb that spurs the title character to sell his soul to Méphistophélès — and, spurning riches and power, all he wants in return is to regain youthful innocence. But is the devil real, or something dark and unrecognized within Faust? Decide for yourself at a live broadcast screening.

DEC.10 | IRENE BENEFITS Flow and Tell In one piece, dancer Paul Besaw puts on wet clothes, sending droplets flying all over the floor. In another, four dancers clean up tiny pools of water amid projected still images of the recent Vermont flooding. In all, 13 local choreographers come together in 10 difference dance pieces that, while not all a reaction to Tropical Storm Irene, draw attention to the ongoing need for relief efforts and funds. Organized by dancer Heather Bryce Labor, this large-scale benefit showcases modern dance and hip-hop from Big APE and Tiffany Rhynard, Clare Byrne, Double Vision, Hanna Satterlee, Joy Madden, Kiera Sauter and Candace Fugazy, Lucille Dyer, Rosemary Leach, and Willow Wonder and Amy LePage.

‘RISING ABOVE WATER: A VERMONT IRENE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE’ Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m., at Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, in Plainfield. $20 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Info, 3225040.

Saturday, December 10, 12:55 p.m., at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. $16-23. Info, 748-2600. Saturday, December 10, 1 p.m., at Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422.



Saturday, December 10, 12:55 p.m., at Palace 9 Cinemas in South Burlington. $18-24. Info, 660-9300.

Thursday, December 8, through Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m., at Hyde Park Opera House. $12-18. Info, 888-4507.




What’s a winter without snow? One that’s bad for business and holiday cheer alike, at least in 1954’s Technicolor musical White Christmas, which brims with Irving Berlin songs made famous by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Now a favorite on the stage, the play tracks two Army-buddies-turned-showbiz-stars as they attempt to woo a pair of singing and dancing sisters. Their romantic pursuits bring them to a Vermont lodge — coincidentally run by their former general — that, sans snowflakes to bring in overnight guests, is on the brink of bankruptcy. The Lamoille County Players usher in the seasonal spirit — and maybe even a few flakes — with sizzling songs such as “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.”


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Helping Hands Gift Wrap: Time-crunched shoppers take advantage of quick and pretty packaging while supporting the Burlington Emergency Shelter. University Mall, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Various prices. Info, 862-9879. Holiday Book Sale: Secondhand tomes make for gifts that are twice as nice. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. Winooski Holiday Pop-Up Art Market: Fine arts, crafts and locally made products fill a vacant space. Entrance to the market is on Main Street, by the top right side of the Winooski circle. 25 Winooski Falls Way, suite 17, noon-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-4839,





Enosburgh Playgroup: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Fairfield Playgroup: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Highgate Story Hour: Good listeners soak up classic fairy tales. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Let’s Learn Japanese!: Little linguists get a fun intro to the language and culture of the Land of the Rising Sun with Middlebury College student Jerry Romero. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Middlebury Babies & Toddlers Story Hour: Children develop early-literacy skills through stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Moving & Grooving With Christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and worldbeat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Pajama Story Time: Kids up to age 6 wear their jammies for evening tales. Arvin A. Brown Library, Richford, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Story Time With Mrs. Claus: Cookies and milk enhance Christmas tales read by Santa’s jolly wife. Kids and parents encouraged to come wearing pajamas. JCPenney Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.


Cherish the Ladies: Traditional Irish harmonies are set to step dancing in “A Celtic Christmas.” Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-42. Info, 863-5966. JSC Music Ensembles: Various student groups end the semester with a healthy dose of funk, fusion, jazz, Afro-Cuban and percussion. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. Percussion Ensemble: University musicians keep the beat. Room 301, Southwick Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. Student Recital: Students of pianist and harpsichordist Cynthia Huard offer key works by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Barber and Debussy. Mahaney Center for the Arts, MIddlebury Colege, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Tribute to Utah Phillips & CD-Release Party: Duncan Phillips, Dan Schatz, Paul Rasmussen, Doug Wintch, Anke Summerhill and Rik Palieri honor the activist and folk singer with songs from Long Gone: Utah Remembers Bruce “Utah” Phillips. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 863-6713.

Valley Night: The Bossman Blues Band grace the lounge with five-piece blues and classic-rock selections. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994. Vermont Youth Orchestra Association Mid-season Auditions: Instrumentalists try out for the orchestra. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 5:45-8 p.m. Free; auditions by appointment only. Info, 6555030, ext. 101,


Alan Fern: The National Portrait Gallery’s executive director discusses various “Approaches to the American Landscape” in connection to the reopening of the Athenaeum’s art gallery. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 7488291, David Sanger: The New York Times’ chief Washington correspondent offers an insider’s perspective in “Is There an Obama Doctrine?” Auditorium, Essex High School, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 262-2626, Edward Tick: This expert on posttraumatic stress disorder considers “War and the Soul: Transforming Our Communities to Heal Our Veterans.” Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. Jim Cooke: In “Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words,” the actor takes listeners back to the Roaring Twenties with a living-history presentation packed with historic letters and speeches. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. Jules Feiffer: The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist goes “Funny Side Up” in an examination of cartoons. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. Planning Vermont’s Transportation Infrastructure: Tom McGrath, Kevin Behm and Kevin Lehman discuss the “Clean Cities” design concept, eco-driving, hybrid cars and electrical charging stations. Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Middlebury, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 385-1911 or 388-3141. Sy Montgomery: No monkey business: In “Walking With the Great Apes,” the best-selling author chronicles the scientific successes of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and BirutėGaldikas. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338, Tom Powers: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author chronicles the rise and fall of a Lakota warrior in “The Killing of Crazy Horse.” Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095, info@


‘Annie’: Leapin’ lizards! The famous little orphan graces the stage with heartwarming musical favorites such as “Tomorrow.” Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $31-70. Info, 296-7000. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: Five capable actors and a busy sound-effects wiz bring Frank Capra’s classic holiday story to life as a radio broadcast performed in front of a live audience. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-15; free for children under 11 with paying adult; infants and toddlers not admitted to the theater. Info, 229-0492. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Richard Croft stars in a broadcast screening of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18-24. Info, 660-9300. ‘Winter Tales’: Folk singer Patti Casey and luthier Joe Cleary join Vermont Stage Company actors in stories and songs to beat the winter blues. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $1032.50; $55 for Sunday night gala (includes preshow reception). Info, 863-5966.



Indoor Gardening Workshop: Gardening guru Peter Burke teaches locavores the steps to harvesting fresh greens in seven to 10 days with only a cupboard and a windowsill. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,


International Boutique: See WED.07, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Mixer: Representatives from local businesses and the public brush elbows at a networking event. Mi Casita, St. Albans, 5-7 p.m. $5-8; preregister. Info, 524-2444, VBSR Networking Get-Together: Attendees learn about how small businesses and nonprofits can utilize social media and guerilla marketing at a Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility function. Yestermorrow Design/ Build School, Waitsfield, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-8347,


Candle Making: Participants mind their own beeswax as they fashion handmade light sources with general manager Clem Nilan. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700.


‘PUSH: Moving History Forward’: The Dance Company of Middlebury offers an informal showing of its work exploring the roots of American dance, from swing to improv to hip-hop. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


Branch Out Burlington! Annual Meeting: Pizza and refreshments honor the winners of the 2011 Awesome Tree Contest, and Burlington arborist Warren Spinner gives a presentation on past and present winners. Miller Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 656-5440, Burlington Ski & Outing Club Season Kick-off Party: Skiers, snowshoers, hikers, bikers, paddlers and more take on winter at a socializing party with door prizes. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $10 annual membership. Info, 434-7647. Community Bike Shop Night: Steadfast cyclists keep their rides spinning and safe for yearround pedaling. FreeRide Bike Co-op, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 552-3521. Echo After Dark: That’s Brilliant!: Seventeen Vermont mad scientists share their eclectic inventions, some of which are for sale. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6:308:30 p.m. $10-12; for ages 21 and up; cash bar. Info, 877-324-6386. ext. 7.


‘Gentle Uprising’ Trailer Screening & Fundraiser: Filmmaker Sam Mayfield teases his forthcoming documentary about the 2011 people’s revolt in Wisconsin before a silent auction of related art and political propaganda,

stories from Madison, and more. Michael Sipe Photography, Hood Plant, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 355-3910.

food & drink

Fletcher Allen Indoor Farmers Market: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. McClure Lobby Level L, Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, Holiday Wine Tasting: Oenophiles sip seasonal selections that would suit a sumptuous feast. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Italian Cooking Series: Biscotti: Bakers whip up crunchy oblong biscuits that are perfect for dipping; with Adele Dienno. Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700.


Follow the Stars Down Route 100: This town-wide holiday fête — and celebration of post-Irene community resiliency — includes the Christmas tree lighting, caroling, roasted chestnuts, sleigh rides and the launching of illuminated lanterns. Various locations, Rochester, 5-10 p.m. Free. Info, 767-9670 or 767-3271. Helping Hands Gift Wrap: See WED.07, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Holiday Artisans Bazaar: More than 50 artists and crafters from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine exhibit pottery, weaving, glasswork, jewelry, ornaments and other seasonal creations. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 431-0204. Winooski Holiday Pop-Up Art Market: See WED.07, noon-8 p.m.


Early-Literacy Story Time: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, westford_pl@vals. Fletcher Playgroup: Little ones make use of the open gym before snack time. Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Franklin Story Hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Gingerbread Houses: Kids in grades K through 4 become the envy of Hansel and Gretel by making their very own graham-cracker real estate. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Info, 878-4918. Middlebury Preschoolers Story Hour: Tiny ones become strong readers through activities with tales, rhymes, songs and crafts. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Music With Raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


Jazz Showcase: Top instrumentalists and singers from the college present selections of this term’s work. Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center

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‘AN ANAlysis of vermoNt’s food systems’: UVM lecturer and faculty member Glenn McRae leads a panel discussion of food-systems research with a focus on the implementation of the Farm to Plate plan in Vermont. Graduate students report their current research on agricultural networks. North Lounge, Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4389, mArk lABArr: The bird conservationist recaps his summer of projects from the coast of Maine to Arizona in a slide-show presentation. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2436 or 578-2773. ‘our Work iN HAiti’: Three St. John Vianney parishioners summarize their time spent aiding the village of Boc Banic through photos and discussion. St. John Vianney Parish Hall, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 876-7434.



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A metAfesto: 2Nd ANNuAl emergeNt lANdscApe symposium: Freshmen design and run a culmination of learnings and discoveries from the EMM510 Emergent Landscape class. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, gAlA AuctioN & diNNer dANce: Atlantic Crossing provide the melodies for partnered folk steps, following a feast and silent auction benefiting North Branch School. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 5:30-10 p.m. $10-20. Info, 388-3269.


fridAy NigHt flicks: Romantic mix-ups abound in White Christmas, the 1954 holiday classic about song-and-dance duos starring Bing Crosby. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 877-6737.

food & drink

BArre HolidAy fArmers mArket: Vendors proffer fresh produce, meat, eggs, canned goods and quality crafts. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 279-0396. cANdy-cANe-mAkiNg demo: See WED.07, 11 a.m. tHe greAt Brisket BAke-off: Diners meet for tender meats at a Hanukkah dinner party with games, music and crafts. Bring a brisket, side dish or dessert. Temple Sinai, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5125.


NAme tHAt movie!: Cinemaddicts try to correctly title films by screening a barrage of short clips at happy hour. The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 5 p.m. $2.50. Info, 229-0598.

health & fitness

AlBurgH WAlkiNg group: Neighbors in clean-soled shoes take strides and socialize. Alburgh Volunteer Fire Department, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 865-0360. geNtle yogA for everyoNe: Yogis ages 55 and up participate in a mostly seated program presented by Champlain Valley Agency on Aging’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor AmeriCorps




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ArgeNtiNeAN tANgo: Shoulders back, chin up! With or without partners, dancers of all abilities strut to bandoneón riffs in a self-guided practice session. Salsalina Studio, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $5. Info, 598-1077. BAllroom lessoN & dANce sociAl: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. HolidAy sWiNg dANce: Lindy Hoppers move their feet to high-energy tunes from the Starline Rhythm Boys. Proceeds benefit Camp Ta-KumTa. Champlain Club, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $10-15. Info, 233-5007. queeN city coNtrA dANce: Quena Crain calls the steps to tunes by Randy Miller, Mary Cay Brass and Roger Kahle. Edmunds Elementary School, Burlington, 8 p.m. Beginner’s session at 7:45 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 3719492 or 343-7165.

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AfterNooN poetry & creAtive WritiNg group: Scribes come together for an artistic exploration of the inner voice led by lit lover Janie Mardis. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.



‘ANNie’: See WED.07, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘irviNg BerliN’s WHite cHristmAs’: Two show-biz couples working on a Christmas show in a Vermont lodge fall in love in Lamoille County Players’ heartwarming musical. See calendar spotlight. Hyde Park Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 888-4507. ‘it’s A WoNderful life’: See WED.07, 7 p.m. operA NigHt: Theatergoers screen a broadcast of Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti’s dramma tragico. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $12. Info, 496-8994. ‘sHe migHt HAuNt us’: The senior theater work of Emily Rosenkrantz and Kelsey Ferguson promises to be “a night of fairy tales and fetish, distortion and alienation” centered on human interactions. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $4. Info, 443-3168. ‘tHe importANce of BeiNg eArNest’: One young man chooses to marry for love and another for money in Oscar Wilde’s classic romantic comedy about social class. Randolph Union High School, 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 728-3397. ‘WiNter tAles’: See WED.07, 7:30 p.m.

lAmoille couNty BusiNess NetWork mixer: Area organizations mingle as Carmela Ram of Hardwick’s Magic Spoon Bakery shares samples of her products. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 851-8015.





for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. NooNtime AdveNt music coNcerts: The lunch crowd gathers to hear Carol Hewitt and Lynnette Combs play piano four-hands. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6515.




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Helping Hands Gift Wrap: See WED.07, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Holiday Artisans Bazaar: See THU.08, noon-6 p.m. Santa’s Arrival Party: The man in the red suit makes his way to the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café via a cement mixer decked out in twinkly lights. He’ll hang out with kids over hot chocolate upon his arrival. Main Street, Waterbury, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 877-926-5866. South End Holiday Hop: Art lovers scamper through town to local studios and sales. Various locations, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 859-9222. Vermont Holiday Festival: The Grand Ballroom transforms into a winter wonderland for the glittering Festival of Trees. Other highlights include live music, a visit from Santa and his elves, the Jack Frost Marketplace, and horsedrawn sleigh rides. Partial proceeds benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 4:30-9 p.m. $5; free for kids under 6; additional $10 admission for Santa’s Workshop. Info, 773-4181. Winooski Holiday Pop-Up Art Market: See WED.07, noon-8 p.m. Woodstock Wassail Weekend: Neighbors and visitors alike spread good tidings through three days of festive events, including an equestrian parade, craft fairs, storytelling, a horseand-carriage parade and music. Visit for full schedule. Various locations, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Various prices; many events are free. Info, 457-3555. ur





Holiday Pops Concert: The Vermont Symphony Orchestra takes a child’s-eye look at Christmas with lighthearted selections, including excerpts from Hansel and Gretel and The Nutcracker. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-28. Info, 476-8188. JSC Concert Band, Chorale & Chamber Singers: The largest performing groups on campus present an eclectic program covering music from the Baltics, jazz medleys and other selections spanning 500 years. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1251. Mendelssohn Quartet: Student instrumentalists Sam Lee, Emily Wei, Matt WeinertStein and Grace Bell play it classical. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble: Alice Weston conducts musicians in air-powered instrumentals. Middlebury Union High School Auditorium, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-3215. Midwinter Madrigal Festival: Two hundred and fifty students from 14 Vermont high school vocal ensembles come together in three powerful songs under the direction of Sherrill Blodgett. North Avenue Alliance Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $6-8; $20 for family of three or more. Info, 857-7000, ext. 1581. Music Night: John Daly kicks off an evening of original acoustic guitar. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble: Ringsy a-ling! Community members of kids B il li n chime in with festive music old m gs F u arm & Muse Community Playgroup: Kiddos conand new in “Tinsel and Bronze.” College vene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, $10-12; free for kids under 10. Info, 372-5415. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Rich Price CD-Release Show: The Burlington Enosburg Falls Story Hour: Young ones songwriter gathers an all-star band to celebrate show up for fables and occasional field trips. his fourth solo record, Moonlight Breaks. Black Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing 933-2328. Arts Center, Burlington, 8 p.m. $12-15. Info, Kids in the Kitchen: Bakers follow a recipe for 864-7999. basic quick bread, customizing the batter with Summit School Open House: As part of assorted sweets, nuts and fruits. Healthy Living, ArtWalk Montpelier, folks come together for live South Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. $20 per child; free music, jam sessions, refreshments and a silent for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, auction. Summit School, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. 863-2569, ext. 1. Free. Info, 917-1186. Montgomery Tumble Time: PhysicalThe Rose Ensemble: An annual holiday confitness activities help build strong muscles. cert of ancient vocal works celebrates the culMontgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. tural and spiritual music of the Mediterranean. Info, 527-5426. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-30. Swanton Playgroup: Kids and caregivers Info, 656-4455. squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, outdoors Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Moonlight Snowshoe Walk: Snow or not, Toddler Time: Simple crafts meet books, a celestial orb casts its glow on nighttime rhymes and songs in an early-literacy sesexplorers. Hot chocolate awaits at an open fire sion for 1- to 3-year-olds and their caregivers. at the picnic shelter. Ethan Allen Homestead, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Nonperishable food a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. donations accepted for COTS and the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter. Info, 863-5744. Traveling Storyteller: A roaming raconteur presents Nanuk’s Arctic Adventure, a seminars puppet show starring a polar bear. A wintry craft project follows. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30 Keys to Credit: A seminar clears up the conp.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. fusing world of credit. 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 104. co


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


George Jaeger: In a foreign-policy lecture series, the retired American diplomat looks ahead to “The World We Face in 2012 and Beyond.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


‘Annie’: See WED.07, 7 p.m. Golden Dragon Acrobats: Showstopping acrobatics, dance and costumes collide in a show rooted in Chinese traditions. See calendar spotlight. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $23.85-29.15. Info, 775-0903. ‘Guys and Dolls’: Popular ditties such as “A Bushel and a Peck” thread through this upbeat musical about a parade of petty gamblers, street-corner sermonizers and nightclub performers. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 603-448-0400. ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’: See THU.08, 7 p.m. ‘She Might Haunt Us’: See THU.08, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’: See THU.08, 7:30 p.m. ‘Winter Tales’: See WED.07, 7:30 p.m.

SAT.10 activism

Human Rights Day: Vermonters blow whistles to call attention to human-rights violations on a walk to UVM’s Davis Center. Burlington City Hall Park, noon. Free. Info, 862-4929. Human Rights Day Conference, Dinner & Film Premiere: UVM’s Students Stand Up and the Vermont Workers’ Center host a day of workshops on grassroots organizing strategies and tactics, plus discussions about the Occupy movement in response to the economic and climate crises. Viewers catch the premiere of Strength of the Storm, a documentary about the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on local communities. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 861-4892.


Etsy Start-up Workshop: Participants bring their own laptop, digital camera and creations to learn about marketing and selling their work on the online handmade marketplace mecca from potter Abby Tonks. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 1-3 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 728-6464.


International Boutique: See WED.07, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Moretown Artisans Sale: Shoppers’ totes fill with the eclectic offerings of Vermont vendors, which include homemade fudge and candy, original stained glass, knit clothing, and wheelthrown pottery. Moretown Elementary School, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations accepted for the Artists’ Flood fundraiser. Info, 496-6466. Ski Swap: Athletic types prep for winter at an exchange of used skis, boots, clothing and more. Northeast Slopes, East Corinth, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 439-5789. Solidarity Craft Fair: For the 18th year, Planting Hope hosts booths of artisan-made crafts, homemade lunch and a silent auction. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 778-0344.


Senior Craft Classes: Folks ages 55 and up experiment with applied decoration — flower arranging, jewelry making, glass painting and more — while discussing design concepts and color. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 864-0604.


Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: See FRI.09, 7-10 p.m. ‘Hip-Hop Nutcracka’: A beat-boxing chorus and sugarplum fairies? Green Mountain Performing Arts dancers and special guests Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Ernest “E-Knock” Phillips and Status Quo put a spunky, urban spin on the E.T.A. Hoffman holiday classic. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m. $18. Info, 760-4634. Norwich Contra Dance: Northern Spy set the tone for a traditional social dance. Beginners and singles welcome; all dances are taught; bring clean, soft-soled shoes. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16. Info, 785-4607, Open Marley Nights: Local dancers take the floor at an informal sharing of in-progress pieces. Chase Dance Studio, Flynn Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15 choreographer fee; donations accepted from observers. Info, 863-5966,


A Winter’s Eve Celebration: Folks drop by an 18th-century tavern for old-fashioned group dancing and live music before taking a lanternlit tour of the Allen House, complete with reenactors in period garb. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $3-5; free for children under 6. Info, 865-4556, info@ethanallenhomestead. org. Bolton Valley Opening Day Celebration: Food purveyors — Olivia’s Croutons, Two Guys in Vermont, Vermont Cookie Love and more — offer skiers and riders edible samples; Eastern Mountain Sports hosts a telemark demo; and Mr. and Mrs. Claus lead a tree-lighting ceremony before night skiing. Bolton Valley Resort, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Regular lift tickets prices apply. Info, 877-926-5866. Healing Arts Open House: Greenheart Massage’s Sarah Shapiro, Inner Sea Healing Arts’ Nina Shoenthal, and Fusion Yoga and Bodywork’s Katy Leadbetter offer free chair massages, tea, treats and more. 56 East State St., Montpelier, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 522-0374. Sweet Notes: Musicians, storytellers, poets and other performers pipe up after dessert. Call to reserve a 10-minute slot; some walk-ins allowed. Community Center, Jericho Center, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 879-4606, lmarkowitz2408@ West African Juba Dance & Djembe Drum Classes: Beginning and somewhat-experienced hand drummers learn traditional rhythms and techniques with Guinean master drummer Chimie Bangoura at 11 a.m. Barefoot dancing follows at noon. Burlington Taiko, $15 for djembe class; $12 for dance class. Info, 377-9721,

food & drink

Caledonia Spirits & Winery Open House: Visitors amble through the distillery, learning about the production of its mead, raw honey

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aFriCan adventure story tiMe: Exciting safari tales teach kids about African culture. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097, ‘Cooties: the realities oF inFeCtion’: Inspired by “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body,” family audiences learn about sneezes, coughs and scabs. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. FairFax tuMble tiMe: Tots burn off some energy in an open gym. Special play area for infants provided. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FaMily Fun night: Snowshoers survey the full moon before cozying up to a campfire for tales of winter survival and woodland creatures. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 359-5000. Festival oF trees & light FaMily day: Folks of all ages decorate cookies under the guidance of NECI students, fashion holiday adornments and play dreidel games. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 1-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 253-8358. Franklin PlaygrouP: Toddlers and their adult companions meet peers for tales and singalongs. Franklin Central School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Franklin tuMble tiMe: Athletic types stretch their legs in an empty gym. Franklin Central School, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. hooP shoot CoMPetition: Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 try their hands at a free-throw competition for a chance at representing the Elks Lodge in a national contest. Parents or guardians must attend. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0291, kitChen goodies & giFts FroM the land: Little ones mix up easy holiday treats and fashion crafts from found objects. Shelburne Farms, 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 p.m. $20 per parent/child pair; $15 for each additional child; preregister. Info, 985-8686. saturday FaMily droP-ins: Young artists of all ages gaze at the current exhibition and make and take home a special piece of art. Parents

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to tea time to caroling. Various locations, St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 748-7121. viCtorian holiday oPen house: Visitors partake in the wreathing of the lions, carols, crafts and cookies amid turn-of-the-20th-century treasures. Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, 1:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2372. Wassail Weekend holiday house tour: Charming Woodstock homes deck their halls and open their doors to visitors on this quaint tour including horse-drawn wagon rides and live musicians. Various locations, Woodstock, 10 a.m. $30-35. Info, 457-3981. Winooski holiday PoP-uP art Market: See WED.07, noon-8 p.m. WoodstoCk Wassail Weekend: See FRI.09, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

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BluegrAss gospel projecT: The backporch super-group bands together for textured vocal harmonies and polished instrumentals in the bluegrass, folk and country traditions. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $13-15; free for kids under 9. Info, 877-6737. 270 Pine St., Burlington • 658-4482 • counTerpoinT: Under the direction of 270 Pine Street ★ Burlington, VT 05401 ★ 802 658-4482 Nathaniel G. Lew, the classical chamber en8h-conant120711.indd 1 12/1/11 4:53 PM10-5 ★ Tu-Sa semble and guest organist Susan Summerfield produce a mix of carols and holiday songs from around the globe in “There Is No Rose of Swych Vertu.” Christ Church, Montpelier, 3 p.m. North All Flashbags products are made from recycled materials right here in Burlington. Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 8 p.m. $5-20; free for kids under 6. Info, 540-1784, DAve Keller BAnD: The blues man and his backers offer tunes that are sweet one minute, gritty the next. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $3-8. Info, 388-6863. holiDAy pops concerT: See FRI.09, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $9-52. Info, 863-5966. Vermont Gifts MAiDen verMonT: The women’s chorus strikes Specialty Foods a harmony in “Sing for Joy.” Special guests are Road Show. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 382-9222. 30 Church St., Burlington, 658-6452 rooT 7: Smooth a cappella sounds support Sun 10– 6pm, M on – Sat 9am – 9pm the Howard Center’s holiday giving project. Old Brick Church, Williston, 7-9 p.m. $8-10. Info, 808-938-6041. 8h-KTC(applemtn)120711.indd 1 12/5/11 4:26 PM sKellig: Rachel Clark, Bob DeMarco and John Drury journey through Irish, Québécois, Scandinavian and original music traditions. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 728-6464. The Turning sTile: Joanne Garton and Aaron Marcus stir up English and Celtic contra-dance traditions. Adamant Community Club, optional potluck, 5:30 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 456-7054. WATerBury coMMuniTy BAnD: A program of marches and concert-band favorites supports the Waterbury Food Shelf. Waterbury Congregational Church, 3:30 p.m. Cash, check or nonperishable food donations accepted. Info, 223-2137, WinoosKi coMMuniTy chorus: Voices raise a joyous sound in an annual Christmas concert. Our Lady of Providence, Winooski, 2:30 p.m. Nonperishable food donations accepted for the local food shelf. Info, 655-1112. WinTer vocAl reciTAl: Art songs and arias by music students wrap up the semester of study. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.

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coMMuniversiTy: An afternoon teachin addresses five subjects: “Bringing the Economy Home,” “How to Organize an Event/ Demonstration,” “Bringing Agriculture Home,” “How to Know Violence and Nonviolence” and “Bringing the Discussion Home.” North Country Food Co-op, Plattsburgh, N.Y., noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-0494, DigiTAl viDeo eDiTing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. Preregister. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692. FinAl cuT pro open lAB: Beginning, intermediate and advanced film editors complete three tracks of exercises as a VCAM staff member lends a hand. Preregister. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692. inTro To excel: Students get savvy about electronic spreadsheets. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


BurlingTon BrAWl: FighT nighT 13: Talented scrappers compete in a mixed-martialarts tournament that combines wrestling, kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25-50. Info, 863-5966. eAsT coAsT snocross series: Snowmobilers from across New England tackle the jumps and bumps of the race track. Burke Mountain Ski Resort, gates, 7 a.m.; first race, 10 a.m. $15. Info, 626-7300.


‘Annie’: See WED.07, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘guys AnD Dolls’: See FRI.09, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘irving Berlin’s WhiTe chrisTMAs’: See THU.08, 7 p.m. ‘she MighT hAunT us’: See THU.08, 8 p.m. ‘The iMporTAnce oF Being eArnesT’: See THU.08, 7:30 p.m. The MeTropoliTAn operA: live in hD: cATAMounT ArTs: Jonas Kaufman stars in a broadcast screening of Gounod’s Faust. See calendar spotlight. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-23. Info, 748-2600. The MeTropoliTAn operA: live in hD: loeW AuDiToriuM: See above listing, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422. The MeTropoliTAn operA: live in hD: pAlAce 9: See above listing, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 12:55 p.m. $18-24. Info, 660-9300. ‘verMonT vAuDeville on ice’: There’s no rink, but this winter variety show does promise circus stunts, old-fashion comedy, Leo the Human Xylophone, a gorilla and more. Municipal Building, Orleans, 8 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 533-2589, vermontvaudeville@gmail. com. ‘WinTer TAles’: See WED.07, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


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vINyaSa For verMoNt: Patrick McAndrew and Heidi Champney lend live music to a flood-relief fundraiser led by eight leading yoga teachers. A new and used yoga clothing sale follows. All profits benefit the Intervale Farmer Recovery Fund and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. $30; fundraising encouraged. Info, 864-9642.


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‘A Prelude to ChristmAs’: Four-part choruses from Golden Harmony figure prominently in sprightly carols. Area children and audience members band together in a musical telling of the Christmas story. St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, West Rutland, 4 p.m. Donations accepted for a Ugandan children’s orphanage. Info, 518-879-4654. AnnAlise et trois: Annalise Rose Shelmandine, Julian Chobot and Johannes Garrett — and perhaps a few surprise guests — bring jazz sounds to the fireplace room. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 899-4962. Cody miChAels: The Northeast Kingdom resident performs his award-winning compositions for solo piano. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho, 1 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 899-3932. CounterPoint: See SAT.10, Shelburne United Methodist Church, 4 p.m. Green mountAin youth symPhony: Robert Blais directs all three GMYS ensembles — more than 100 musicians combined — in Saint-Saëns’ bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, the prelude to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Dvořák’s New World symphony. Barre Opera House, 2 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 2299214, holidAy PoPs ConCert: See FRI.09, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 3 p.m. Call for price. Info, 775-0903. ‘lessons And CArols for Advent And ChristmAs’: Jeff Buettner conducts the Middlebury College Chapel Choir in choral works, congregational singing and biblical texts. Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. mAiden vermont: See SAT.10, 2 p.m. milton Community BAnd: From carol singalongs to a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” the local ensemble offers its annual holiday concert. A five-member brass group also performs. Milton Middle/High School, 2-3:15 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1398. northeAst fiddlers AssoCiAtion: Stringedinstrument players gather for a monthly

reads aloud at a reception and book signing. Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center, Hanover, N.H., 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114.


villAGe-BuildinG ConverGenCe orGAnizers meetinG: New faces are welcomed at a planning meeting for the fourth annual Village-Building Convergence, a celebration of sustainability and community to be held in June. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-5844, gryneman@

women’s PiCkuP soCCer: Ladies of all ages and abilities break a sweat while passing around the spherical polyhedron. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3. Info, 862-5091.


‘A ChristmAs CArol’: The Nebraska Theatre Caravan stages a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story of the miserly Scrooge. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25-42. Info, 863-5966. ‘Annie’: See WED.07, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘Guys And dolls’: See FRI.09, 2 p.m. ‘irvinG Berlin’s white ChristmAs’: See THU.08, 2 p.m. ‘winter tAles’: See WED.07, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.


CAmPfire stories: holidAy edition: Forget the tent. Raconteurs spin five- to eight-minutelong tales about the holiday season as though they were sitting around the bonfire. No notes allowed; listeners welcome. Spark Arts, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703. PerformAnCe shAkesPeAre: Jim Hogue helps bring complex Elizabethan texts to life for audiences. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, ‘sCAttered showers’: Listeners take in a staged reading of Vermont playwright Tom Blachly’s original work about an eventful weekend at a New England cabin. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3955. sPenCer lewis: See SAT.10, Town Hall, Waterville, 3-5 p.m. susAn CooPer: The author of The Magic Maker: A Portrait of John Langstaff and His Revels




exPlore your ‘sCentuAlity’: mAkinG nAturAl inCense: Folks follow their noses while learning the basics to blending local and natural ingredients with Joann Darling. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $1012; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@


flynnArts dAnCe showCAse: Dance and choreography students wrap up a 12-week semester with eye-catching ballet, tap, ’80s jazz, hip-hop, cabaret and more. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966.


vCwA AnnuAl meetinG: Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power, offers “One View of Vermont’s Energy Future” after a networking reception. Wine, cheese and the council’s yearly business meeting follow. Pomerleau Alumni Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3:45-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343.

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BeGinninG hot yoGA: See WED.07, 5-6 p.m. Gentle GrAtitude yoGA: Easy lying, sitting and standing poses improve balance, coordination and flexibility, and encourage an appreciation for life. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 10-11:30 a.m. $5 suggested donation; bring a yoga mat. Info, 881-5210.

Gentle yoGA for everyone: See FRI.09, McAuley Square Senior Housing, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-0360. herBs for winter wellness: Guido Masé highlights useful plants and herbal recipes that can both prevent and treat common viral respiratory infections. City Market, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700. zumBA Gold: Invigorating Latin music fosters a party-like workout atmosphere for baby boomers and active older participants. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5:15-6 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.


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isle lA motte PlAyGrouP: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Yes, there will be snacks. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. leGos & Chess: Clever thinkers bring their own inspiration and expertise to provided games. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. mondAy mAll mAGiC: Adam Wilber’s sleight of hand awes and amazes kids and parents. JCPenney Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. musiC & movement with mAy: Caregivers and their charges lace up their dancing shoes for a fun and educational session with May Poduschnik. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. musiC with rAPhAel: See THU.08, 10:45 a.m. PAjAmA story time: Comfy-clothed kiddos get a bedtime tale and snack. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7147. stories with meGAn: Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. swAnton PlAyGrouP: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.





jam. Canadian Club, Barre Town, noon-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 728-5188. northern Bronze hAndBell ensemBle: See FRI.09, Richmond Free Library, 3 p.m. nowell sinG we CleAr: A midwinter pageant of carols spreads merriment from ages past. Unitarian Church, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. $10-25; free for kids under 5. Info, 388-4964.

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Musician JaM: Singers and instrumentalists mingle at a casual recording session. The tunes may be edited and shortened for TV or radio play. Vibesville Audio & Visual Production Studio, Essex, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, website@ The chaMplain echoes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398. ‘The VerMonT ciVil War songbook’: Linda Radtke employs music and letters in a costumed rundown of Vermont’s Civil War period with accompanist Arthur Zorn. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, Elder Education Enrichment luncheon, noon; program, 1 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


spend sMarT: Vermonters learn savvy skills for stretching bucks and managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1414, ext. 104.


coed dodgeball: Players break a sweat chucking and sidestepping foam balls at this friendly pickup competition. Arrive early to form teams. Orchard School, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $5. Info, 598-8539.




green drinks: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 262-2253.

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The pennyWise panTry: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.

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chair yoga & Tai chi: Slow, gentle movements aid stress reduction, balance and flexibility. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 881-5210. sTress-reducTion pracTice series: Participants take time out from the bustling holiday season for calming mindfulness-based practices with Laurie Crosby. South Burlington Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 6580521, Tai chi: Easy, intentional poses for intermediates increase chi, or energy flow, in a four-week cycle. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 881-5210.


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alburgh playgroup: Tots form friendships over stories, songs and crafts. Nonmarking shoes required. Alburgh Elementary School, 9:15-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. creaTiVe Tuesdays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. fairfax sTory hour: Good listeners are rewarded with folklore, fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. hand in hand: The Middlebury youth group organizes volunteer projects to benefit the environment and the community. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. highgaTe sTory hour: See WED.07, 10-11 a.m.




book discussion series: hoW They liVed: Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians illuminates a bygone era. Heineberg Community & Senior Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. book discussion: The genius of Mark TWain: Bibliophiles relish the satire and pointed social commentary of the man also known as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in a chat about Pudd’nhead Wilson. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-0659. MarJorie cady MeMorial WriTers group: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, shape & share life sTories: Prompts trigger true tales, which are crafted into compelling narratives and read aloud. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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aWakening 2012: Mindfulness-based business-Visioning Workshop & neTWorking eVenT: Healers, artists, activists, educators, small-business owners and others participate in guided meditation and visualization exercises to actualize their fullest potential in business. Heart Space Yoga & Movement Center, St. Johnsbury, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 225-5960.


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greg palasT: The investigative journalist and author of Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High-Finance Carnivores speaks on “Why We Occupy: How Wall Street Picks the Bones of America.” Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2516.



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Kids in the Kitchen: Hansel and Gretel springs to life as little ones assemble ornate gingerbread houses — and gingerbread men and women, too. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Morning PlaygrouP: Astrologer Mary Anna Abuzahra leads storytelling inspired by seasonal plants, fruits and flowers before art activities, games and an optional walk. Tulsi Tea Room, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-0043. Music With robert: Music lovers of all ages engage in sing-alongs. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Preschool story hour: Stories, rhymes and songs help children become strong readers. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. science & stories: elusive Moose: Kids have aha! moments regarding the antlered animals. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. south hero PlaygrouP: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grownup companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. st. albans PlaygrouP: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. story hour: Picture books and crafts catch the attention of 3- to 5-year-olds. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. story tiMe for tots: Three- to 5-year-olds savor stories, songs, crafts and company. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 11 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 482-2878.


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


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WinoosKi coalition for a safe and Peaceful coMMunity: Neighbors and local businesses help create a thriving Onion City by planning community events, sharing resources, networking and more. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 6551392, ext.10.

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Knit night: Crafty needleworkers (crocheters, too) share their talents and company as they spin yarn. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.


Public Meeting: Representatives of the CIRC Alternatives Task Force present its recommendations regarding “shovel-ready” projects. Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1794.


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coMMunity cineMa: Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein’s Troop 1500 documents the monthly interactions between a group of Girl Scouts and their mothers — inmates at Hilltop Prison in Gatesville, Texas Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.

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candy-cane-MaKing deMo: See WED.07, 11 a.m. ‘no sugar, dairy or Wheat? so What can i eat?’ holiday sides: Dietary restrictions or not, a holiday meal can still be delicious. Learning Center chef/instructor Nina LesserGoldsmith whips up roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, apples and onion; potato-and-zucchini fritters with curry oil; and other mouthwatering menu items. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. WoodstocK Winter farMers MarKet: Eggs, produce, meats, jams and more are readily available thanks to local farmers and crafters. Masonic Hall, Woodstock, 2-6 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2476.

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verMont PlayWrights circle scene WorKshoP: Three writers share up to 20 minutes or 20 pages of work in exchange for feedback. Actors to read are welcome. The Institute for Professional Practice, Berlin, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-0112, vtplaywrightscircle@ you coMe, too: Linger over poetic lines by Thomas Gray and Matthew Arnold with Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert. Vermont Humanities Council,

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flynnarts Jazz coMbos: Music students wrap up a 12-week semester in smooth-sounding combos. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966. green Mountain chorus: Men who like to sing learn four-part harmonies at an open meeting of this all-guy barbershop group. St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 879-3105. violin concert: Advanced students of Carolyn Bever’s violin studio in Essex Junction take a bow. JCPenney Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.

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cHriStMaS concert: Voices celebrate the yuletide season. Central Vermont Catholic School, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-5015. darlene love: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer revisits pop classics in “Love for the Holidays.” Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Joel Najman offers a free preshow lecture at 6 p.m. in the Hoehl Studio Lab. $29-45. Info, 863-5966. Me2/orcHeStra: Ronald Braunstein conducts an ensemble playing in support of people who struggle to maintain good mental health in a holiday concert and reception. North End Studio A, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6713. Middlebury coMMunity wind enSeMble: Alice Weston conducts musicians in air-powered instrumentals. Holley Hall, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-3215. Starline rHytHM boyS: The Vermont band sounds out swingin’ honky-tonk and rockabilly. Bayside Pavilion, St. Albans, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 524-0909.


HigHgate Story Hour: See WED.07, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. HogwartS reading Society: Fascinated by fantasy? Book-club members gab about the wizarding world of Harry Potter and other series. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Middlebury babieS & toddlerS Story Hour: See WED.07, 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, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Moving & grooving witH cHriStine: See WED.07, 11-11:30 a.m. PajaMa Story tiMe: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Project-SHaring day: Homeschoolers bond over their recent posters, science projects, writing and artwork. Fairfax Community Library, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Story tiMe witH MrS. clauS: See WED.07, 6:30-7 p.m.

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DROP-IN: TADPOLE PRESCHOOL CLAY: Jan. 13-May 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/child, $5/ BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room & Craft Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. This popular dropin program introduces your child to artistic explorations in a creative and social environment. Young artists will handbuild with clay to create pinch pots, coil cups, sculptures and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per child. Ages 3-5.


LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, St. Albans, Colchester. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,, Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month


TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave, suite 3-G, Burlington. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@gmail. com. Burlington! Beginners’ Taiko starts Tuesday, November 8 and January 10; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Advanced classes start Monday, November 7 and January 9, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Women’s Haitian classes start Friday, November 11 and December 9, 5 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Morning Taiko workout/polish starts Saturday, November 12 and December 3, 9-10:45 a.m., $45/3 weeks. Beginning Cuban Bata starts Sunday, November 20, 1:30-3 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Montpelier Thursdays! Haitian starts November 10 and December 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. East Montpelier Thursdays! Djembe starts November 10, 5:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Cuban congas start December 8, $45/3 weeks. Taiko starts November 10 and December 8, 7 p.m., $45/3 weeks.

empowerment LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: A WORKSHOP ON THE TEMPERAMENTS: Dec. 11, 1-5 p.m. Cost: $49/workshop. Location: Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne. Info: Per Eisenman, 825-8636, This transformative workshop will be led by David SewellMcCann of and Per Eisenman, director of Pathfinders. We will work with the Holy Nights as a framework for transforming our temperaments into capacities. The workshop will employ intuitive storytelling, movement, and exploration of personal symbols and cultural mythology.

fishing FLY-TYING COURSE: 6-wk. course starts Sat. or Sun., Jan. 14 or 15, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $120/ course. Location: Schirmer’s Fly Shop, 34 Mills Ave., S. Burlington. Info: 863-6105, schirmersflyshop@gmail. com, This 6-wk. course offered by Schirmer’s Fly Shop is for beginners who would like to become strong intermediate

Register online at Call 652-4537 or email for more info.

WINTER CLASSES ENROLLING NOW!: Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Acting, singing, dance, standup comedy, jazz music, parent/child music making and more! Children, teens and adults all welcome, scholarships available as needed. how choirs will be filling open spaces in January for grades 4-6 and 7-12 and adults. Jazz music combos will be holding placement sessions for grades 5-12 and adults on January 10. Dance exhibition “Open Marley Nights” is accepting applications for dancers who want to share works-inprogress. Visit website for full listings and to register.

gardening MASTER GARDENER 2011 COURSE: Feb. 7-May 1, 6:15-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $385/incl. Sustainable Gardening book. Late fee after Jan. 20. Noncredit course. Location: Various locations, Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waterbury, White River Jct. Info: 656-9562, master., uvm. edu/mastergardener. Learn the keys to a healthy and sustainable home landscape as University of Vermont faculty and experts focus on gardening in Vermont. This noncredit course covers a wide variety of horticultural topics: fruit and vegetable production, flower gardening, botany basics, plant pests, soil fertility, disease management, healthy lawns, invasive plant control, introduction to home landscaping, and more! PORCH POTS: Dec. 8, noon12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply Garden Center, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433,, Use pottery to create seasonal splash and color for outdoor decorating. Free to

STONE WALL WORKSHOP: 1-day workshops run Jan. through Mar. 2012. Cost: $100/1-day workshop. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411,, Our introductory workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day workshop focuses on the basic techniques for creating drylaid stone walls. Workshops are held in warm greenhouses in Hinesburg. The workshops are hands on, working with stone native to Vermont. TEXTURED CLAY POTS: Dec. 15, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply Garden Center, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433,, Learn the unique technique to turn simple clay pots into stunning gifts. Free to attend. No preregistration required.

herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Winter Ecology Walks w/ George will be announced on our Facebook page or join our email list or call us. Wisdom of the Herbs 2012: Apr. 21-22, May 19-20, Jun. 16-17, Jul. 14-15, Aug. 11-12, Sep. 8-9, Oct. 6-7 & Nov. 3-4, 2012. Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Spring/Summer Term: May 27, Jun. 24 & Jul. 22, 2012 & Summer/Fall Term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122,, 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.

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Beginning week of Jan. 9 for 10 weeks. Cost: $175/10 1-hr. classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, Spanish classes starting in January. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, LANGUAGE

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BALANCE, HARMONY, BALLET: Beginning level, Fri., 11 a.m., & Mon., 6:45 p.m. Beginner/ Intermediate, Wed., 5:45 p.m. Cost: $13/class (better rates w/ studio class card). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info:

LEARN TO SWING DANCE: Cost: $60/6-week series ($50 for students/seniors). Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info:, 860-7501. Great fun, exercise and socializing, with fabulous music. Learn in a welcoming and lighthearted environment. Classes start every six weeks: Tuesdays for beginners; Wednesdays for upper levels. Instructors: Shirley McAdam and Chris Nickl.


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DROP-IN: FAMILY CLAY: Jan. 13-May 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/participant, $5/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn wheel and hand-building techniques

DROP-IN: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Jan. 12-May 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $6/per parent/ child pair, $5/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd floor, Burlington. This popular dropin program introduces young children to artistic explorations in a multimedia environment that is both creative and social. Participants will work with homemade play dough, paint, yarn, ribbon, paper and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Ages 6 months-5 years.

HARMONY IN MOVEMENT: Dec. 10, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $15/class (better rates with studio class card). Location: Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, top floor, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Info@, Lucille Dyer teaches of mastery of movement: Pilates, Delsarte, Laban, Bartenieff and ballet for balance and harmony in the mind, heart and body. Learn about meaning and self-expression. Classes serve as an incubator to inspire the process of self-development, ethical awareness and humanitarianism inherent in this kind of practice.

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DROP-IN: LIFE DRAWING: Jan. 9-May 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $8/session, $7/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd floor, Burlington. This drop-in class is open to all levels and facilitated by a BCA staff member and professional model. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary.

DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. Argentine Tango class and social, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., walk-ins welcome. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout!

to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Three locations to choose from!


THE COMPLETE AUDITION WORKSHOP: Jan. 8-Feb. 26, noon-3 p.m., Weekly on Sun. Cost: $195/8 3-hr. classes. Location: Off Center For The Dramatic Arts, 294 N. Winooski Ave., suite 116C, Burlington (also a class in Waterbury, too!). Info: MOXIE Productions, Monica Callan, 244-4168, moxie@pshift. com, Show your best creative self in the audition room. Practice acting whether in a show or not. Build confidence and have fun! Combining auditioning tools with targeted text and physical techniques provides participants the ability to make a monologue uniquely theirs. Just in time for VATTA auditions and holiday gifting!

at BCA’s clay studio while hanging out with the family. Make bowls, cups and amazing sculptures. Staff will give wheel and hand-building demonstrations throughout the evening. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. All ages.

863-3369,, Love ballet? Release unnecessary tension and connect with your inner dancer to shape, tone and align your body while experiencing elegance, personal growth and grace. Classes include teachings of the masters of movement, Pilates, Delsarte, Balanchine, Vagonova, Laban and Bartenieff, for balance and harmony in the mind, heart and body.

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AIKIDO: Join now & receive a 3-mo. membership for $190. Special rate incl. free uniform ($50 value) & unlimited classes 7 days/wk. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art that promotes physical and mental harmony through the use of breathing exercises, aerobic conditioning, circular movements, and pinning and throwing techniques. We also teach sword/staff arts and knife defense. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. We also offer classes for children ages 5-6. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s only fully certified (Shidoin) Aikido teacher. AIKIDO: Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, Aikido for Children (ages 6-12) at Vermont Aikido. Class starts October 29. Saturday mornings, 9:30-10:30. $50 monthly fee includes uniform you get to take home. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility with flowing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confidence in oneself. MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, 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, JiuJitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. VING TSUN KUNG FU: Mon. & Wed., 5:30-7:30. Cost: $90/mo. Location: Robert Miller Center, 130 Gosse Ct., Burlington. Info: MOY TUNG KUNG FU, Nick, 318-3383, KUNGFU.VT@GMAIL.COM, MOYTUNGVT.COM. Traditional Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu. Learn a highly effective combination of relaxation, center line control and economy of motion. Take physical stature out of the equation; with the time-tested Ving Tsun system, simple principles work with any body type. Free introductory class.

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sunday mornings,

9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Saturday of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.noon. An Open House occurs every third Friday evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.

pilates ALL WELLNESS: Location: 128 Lakeside Ave., suite 103, Burlington. Info: 863-9900, We encourage all ages, all bodies and all abilities to discover greater ease and enjoyment in life by integrating physical therapy, Pilates Reformer, Power Pilates mat classes, Vinyasa and Katonah Yoga, and indoor cycling. Come experience our welcoming atmosphere, skillful instructors and beautiful, light-filled studio-your first fitness class is free if you mention this ad! EVERY BODY LOVES PILATES!: Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@naturalbodiespilates. com, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. You’ve heard of the Seal, Teaser, Corkscrew, Swan and Mermaid! With Integrative Movement, Space Harmony and Bartenieff Fundamentals along with your regular Pilates practice, you will relieve stress, promote whole-body health, restore awareness, enjoy creativity and well-being. Single rates, class cards and unlimited Pilates memberships.

reiki ANIMAL REIKI I CLASS: Jan. 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $190/12-hr. class. Location: Butterworks Farm, Westfield. Info: HeartSong Reiki, Kelly McDermott-Burns, 746-8834,, This is the foundation for self-care and animal work. History, precepts, the Japanese energy system, meditations and animal protocol covered. Four attunements. Practice time with animals. Students will gain basic knowledge for working on any animal. Manual and certificate


included. Percentage of class fee donated to Shelter Animal Reiki Association. REIKI (UsUI) LEVEL 1: Sun., Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $175/course. Location: Rising Sun Healing Center, 35 King St., #7, Burlington. Info: Chris Hanna, 881-1866, chris@risingsunhealing. com, Learn this powerful handson-healing art for healing and personal growth and be able to give Reiki energy to yourself and others by the end of class. Plenty of in-class practice time. Learn the history of Reiki and ethics of a Reiki practitioner. Individual sessions available. Member Vermont Reiki Association.

tai chi snaKE-styLE taI ChI ChUan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill.

yoga foR wIntER BLUEs: Dec. 15-Jan. 26, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $95/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: Deb Sherrer, 999-2703. Our bodies’ biorhythms are affected as the cold intensifies. Come explore the “skillful means” of using yoga and breath to work directly with shifting rhythms and varying energy states and to ultimately awaken the light and life force within. No experience necessary.


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LaUghIng RIVER yoga: $13 class, $110/10 classes, $130 monthly unlimited, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. classes sliding scale $5-15. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, Yoga changes the world through transforming individual lives. Transform yours with classes, workshops and retreats taught by experienced and compassionate instructors. We offer Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Trance Dance, Yin, Restorative, meditation and more. All bodies and abilities welcome. Gift certificates available.

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haPPy hIPs foR thE hoLIdays: Dec. 11-18, 1:303:30 p.m., Weekly on Sun. Cost: $45/both in advance; $25/single session or 2 punches on your class card. Location: studioM Yoga, 179 Main St. (above Linda’s Apparel), Vergennes. Info:, 399-0083,, With Misa Lindberg. Gentle mix of flowing asanas and longer-held yin postures to open the hips and relieve tension. Register for the series or single class by December 10 in studio or by phone or email. For more information and to view full class schedule, please visit our website.


PERsonaLIzEd CUttIng BoaRds: Start work anytime 5-8 p.m. on the following dates: Thu., Dec. 8; Fri., Dec. 9; Mon., Dec. 12; Wed., Dec. 14; Fri., Dec. 16. Cost: $120/course, most will finish in 2 or 3, but attend as many sessions as need be. Location: Waste Not Products Wood Shor/ReBuild, 339 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Measure Twice Community Learning Initiative, Jacob Mushlin, 578-2286, measuretwiceschool@gmail. com, measuretwiceschool. Keep one for the kitchen, give the other to your mother. Make two cutting boards for the holiday season. Participants compose, process and finish two hardwood cutting boards made from clean, salvaged off-cuts sourced by local furniture makers. Make and give the gift that keeps on giving!

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yang-styLE taI ChI: Beginner’s class, Wed., 5:30. All levels class on Sat., 8:30 a.m. Cost: $16/class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immediately after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 3186238. Tai Chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance, a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Janet Makaris, instructor.

to thE woRLd w/ MaRy BEth CaCCIoLa & MaRtha whItnEy: Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/class. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 6589440. When life speeds up we often forget the importance of rest, that which gives us quiet time, space, nourishment and rejuvenation. Experience the practices of Restorative Yoga and Reiki. Martha will guide a Restorative Yoga practice, while Mary Beth will offer Reiki, a subtle and effective form of energy healing.


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he Aerolites’ Jeremy Harple and Victor Veve hardly seem like glitzy Hollywood types. Veve, 31, seated at a table by the front window at Muddy Waters on a recent Thursday afternoon, sports a wild beard and a long, unkempt mane of hair beneath his crisp, blue trucker hat. Across the table, Harple, 33, is unassuming, clean shaven, and clad in muted browns and yellows and a cocked fedora. But as Vermont audiences will discover when the Burlington band plays at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Saturday, looks can be deceiving. And so can sounds. Earlier this year, the duo went to Hollywood to record the Aerolites’ debut album. The self-titled record, due out in early 2012, features some highwattage star power, including the Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Kenny Aronoff, a renowned studio drummer who currently plays with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Producer Oliver Leiber — son of the late, famed songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Leiber (“Stand By Me,” “Hound Dog,” etc.) — engineered and coproduced the album. Vermont expat filmmaker and musician Martin Guigui also coproduced. That’s certainly a cast worthy of La La Land. But as Guigui is quick to point out, Harple and Veve are the true stars of the show. “Their songwriting is unique,” writes Guigui in a recent email. “It’s a mesh of many old-school influences. But the lyrics are addicting, offbeat, poetic phrases with quirky melodies that create a rather indefinable style.” Harple and Veve have been crafting that style, which Harple has been known to nebulously define as “rebel folk,” for the better part of 20 years. The two have played together in various configurations since

they were teenagers, and claim to have 400 original songs between them. Veve estimates the Aerolites is “at least” the duo’s third band together. The most notable of those was Speakeasy, a popular local band active in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Both songwriters say they’ve taken profound lessons from their experiences in that group — lessons that manifested in the creation of the Aerolites’ debut. Though, curiously, Speakeasy never cut a record. “It was a slammin’ band,” says Veve of Speakeasy. “But we made a mistake never making an album.” He adds that the group’s grueling gig schedule, some 200 shows per year throughout the Northeast, was a double-edged sword. “Playing too many shows … it can kill your momentum.” Since Speakeasy, Harple has since gone on to a modestly successful solo career; Veve joined

local reggae act Lambsbread. But it was only a matter of time before the two would feel the itch to collaborate again. While the duo were on a recent road trip to a Harple gig in Rochester, N.Y., idle banter in the car turned to a serious discussion of a shared vision of what their music could and should be. “We realized we had to do another project,” says Harple. They began brainstorming the various connections they had throughout the music industry, which led them to Guigui, Leiber, Aronoff and Burbridge. Last February, Harple and Veve spent 14 days in LA, 13 of them in the studio. “We were sleeping, eating and breathing music,” says Harple. “It was exciting. I’d never had the opportunity to just dedicate two weeks of my time solely to music.” Those sessions were marked by a number of strange coincidences. It turns out Leiber had

originally planned to name his studio Speakeasy — he went with Chez Olivier instead. An effects pedal in the studio was called “Clyde,” which is the name of an Aerolites song. There was also some numerological weirdness. All of the band members’ hotel-room numbers added up to seven — 313, 331, etc. — and so did the street address of Lieber’s studio. (For what it’s worth, the print date for this story is Wednesday, December 7 … in Seven Days. Cue the “Twilight Zone” theme song.) Another more tangible coincidence is that Guigui’s film-editing suite was one block from Leiber’s recording studio in LA During the Aerolites’ sessions, Guigui was editing a new horror film, Beneath the Darkness, starring Dennis Quaid. During a break, Guigui invited Harple and Veve to watch a rough cut of the flick, whose central character smokes electric cigarettes.

The next day, Veve and Harple had a new song, “Electric Cigarette.” That tune will appear on the soundtrack, alongside songs by Alison Krauss, Warren Haynes and Bret Michaels, among others. “Jeremy and Vic frickin’ nailed it,” Guigui enthuses. Harple says working with experienced producers in Leiber’s studio helped him become comfortable relinquishing control of his songs and accepting outside input. That’s often tough for a songwriter to do, especially one who has worked solo for so long. But he says it has helped when bringing songs to the Aerolites’ touring band, which includes Death and Lambsbread drummer Dannis Hackney, guitarist Micah Sanguedolce and bassist Ian Wade. Though Harple and Veve split songwriting duties, arranging is a group effort. “It’s nerve-wracking to give up control,” Harple admits. “But you learn that any choice you make ultimately has to serve the song.” He cites “Every Third Day” as an example. Originally written in Harple’s familiar rebel-folk mold, the version that appears on the record is a bouncy, piano-driven pop song. Reimagined by Leiber, it’s a radio-friendly hit in waiting. Despite its glossy sheen, the song somehow retains Harple’s signature gritty style, which creates a gripping contrast. “The collective focus and goal was to make an album that was true to the songs’ inner voices,” says Guigui. “We really aimed to showcase the Aerolites’ diverse, eclectic style,” he continues. “We made this one just right, the way they used to back in the day.” 

The Aerolites and Citizen Bare play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge on Saturday, December 10, at 8 p.m. $10. AA.



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It seems there really is a wish-granting genie that resides in my column. (Go ahead and rub it. I dare you.) No, I haven’t met PENÉLOPE CRUZ … yet. But last week, I casually mentioned that I wished TORPEDO RODEO played out more often. Their last two records have been among my favorites locally, a quirky blend of geek rock and surf-punk that sates my thirst for, well, geeky surf-punk. As it turns out, the band has a gig coming up this Friday, December 9, at the Monkey House with two other pretty rocking outfits that deserve to be on your collective radar. The first is Burlington’s DINO BRAVO, a band descended from late, great debauchery-rock sorta-legends PARTY STAR. I’ve caught them in passing a couple of times now and can say they live up to their SOUNDBITES


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Band Name of the Week: EMYND. The fun-loving bilingual kids from BONJOURHI! unveiled a new Fridaynight residency at Red Square last week, called Night/Vision. The gist is that they take over the DJ booth in the main room — as opposed to the Blue Room, the back-alley space to which


house music is typically banished at the Square — invite some fellow party people to spin and generally get their untz-untz on. This week, internationally renowned Philly-based DJ and producer Emynd — pronounced “E-mind” — joins the crew to spin some of his seriously cool Bmore club mixes. Check it out this Friday, December 9.


Last week I promised a review of the new UTAH PHILLIPS tribute album, Long Gone: Utah Remembers Bruce “Utah” Phillips, which has a release party slated for Wednesday, December 7, at Burlington’s North End Studios featuring local folkie RIK PALIERI and Utah’s son, DUNCAN PHILLIPS, the latter of whom compiled the comp. It turns out I lied. (Sorta.) I had every intention of reviewing the record this week. It’s spectacular, and a perfect entry point into discovering one of America’s great songwriters. Problem is, it’s entirely composed of contributions from Utahbased tunesmiths. Utah — get it? At the time, I figured the Palieri connection would fulfill the requisite VT angle. And under normal circumstances it would have. But in recent weeks we’ve been deluged with an almost unprecedented flood of new local releases. Though that’s a nice problem to have, as it is, we won’t get to them all before the new year. So I couldn’t in good conscience review a nonlocal record with so much VT music in the queue. That said, I’d encourage you to check out the show, especially if you’ve been caught up in the Occupy Wall Street movement. For, as Utah himself once put it, “In a modern-day, mass-marketing economy, a revolutionary song is any song that you choose to sing


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Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has come under fire from rankled governments around the globe that have taken exception to the site airing their innermost dirty secrets — or, you know, doing major media journalists’ jobs. So pissed are they, in fact, that a financial blockade has been erected in an attempt to cripple the site — which it has, at least for now. WikiLeaks has suspended its publishing indefinitely, since no one who lives in the current century can send it money. Wanna send WikiLeaks some cash to help it continue unearthing damning political communiqués? Cool. Just don’t use a major credit card, PayPal, Western Union or the Bank of America. They — aka “the man” — won’t let you. Maybe try bartering in livestock? Offer an interesting trade? Got any gold handy? Better yet, drop by the Black Door in Montpelier this Saturday, December 10, when accordionist DAVID SYMONS and his newish band, the BRASS BALAGAN, throw a benefit to aid the website and raise some cold, hard cash — like, the paper kind — which they will then send, either via snail mail or in a sack with a dollar sign on it, to WikiLeaks. Symons, best known for his work with the BLACK SEA QUARTET and, more recently, INNER FIRE DISTRICT, writes that he’ll begin the evening with some special guests playing a set of BERTOLT BRECHT tunes, his own instrumental compositions and “probably some klezmer, TOM WAITS and SHOSTAKOVICH thrown in for good measure.” Well, of course. Symons will then be joined by the free-spirited Balagan, which he claims is “Vermont’s finest red-


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1/2 LoungE: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. CLub MEtronoME: 2K Deep and mushpost present clusterf*k (EDm), 9 p.m., $5/8. 18+. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. LEunig's bistro & CaFé: Paul Asbell & clyde stats (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.


Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

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MonkEy housE: msR & Am Present: Woods, mV & EE, DJ Disco Phantom (indie), 9 p.m., $10. 18+. nECtar's: 2K Deep and mushpost present clusterf*k (EDm), 9 p.m., $5/8. 18+. on taP bar & griLL: cooper & Lavoie (blues), 7 p.m., Free.

raDio bEan: Tim Berry (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Ensemble V 12/5/11 12:56 PM(jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Tom Waits Birthday celebration: Eric Olsen, Bob Gagnon, Joe Adler (Tom Waits tribute), 11 p.m., Free. rED squarE: Andric severance X-tet (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.


bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. thE bLaCk Door: swing Night with the Bohemian Blues Quartet, 9:30 p.m., Free. gusto's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. PurPLE Moon Pub: Phineas Gage (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Free.

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City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.



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bEE's knEEs: Audrey Bernstein & the Young Jazzers (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's: Dale and Darcy (folk), 8:30 p.m., Free.


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


burlington area

1/2 LoungE: Dan Liptak (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Danger Zone with DJs Rob Ticho & R2 (house), 10 p.m., Free. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. highEr grounD shoWCasE LoungE: Bruce in the usA (Bruce springsteen Tribute), 8 p.m., $15/17. AA. LEunig's bistro & CaFé: mike martin & Geoff Kim (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. LiFt: DJ Josh Bugbee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. MonkEy housE: Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons (alt-country), 9 p.m., $5.

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making national waves with an infectious brand of wistful, harmony-laden pop. Last year’s selftitled sophomore release was a favorite of indie tastemakers across the country and has audiences clamoring for their next one — rumored to be ready as early as March 2012. In the meantime, this Friday, December 9, the band reconnects with Queen City crowds at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. VaL EMMiCh opens. MuDDy WatErs: Abby's Agenda (eclectic), 9 p.m., Free.

on thE risE bakEry: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

nECtar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. sister sparrow and the Dirty Birds (soul), 10 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

tWo brothErs taVErn: DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

o'briEn's irish Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. on taP bar & griLL: Blues Flyer (blues), 7 p.m., Free. raDio bEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. The unbearable Light cabaret (eclectic), 10 p.m., $3. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. rasPutin's: 101 Thursdays with Pres & DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. rED squarE: DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 8 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squarE bLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 9 p.m., Free. rí rá irish Pub: Longford Row (irish), 8 p.m., Free. thE skinny PanCakE: Jeremy Harple (rebel folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. VEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.


bEE's knEEs: Andrew Parker-Renga (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's: Poor Howard stith (blues), 8:30 p.m., Free. ParkEr PiE Co.: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7:30 p.m., Free. riMroCks Mountain taVErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


MonoPoLE: Live music, 10 p.m., Free. MonoPoLE DoWnstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. oLiVE riDLEy's: Karaoke with Benjamin Bright and Ashley Kollar, 6 p.m., Free. tabu CaFé & nightCLub: Karaoke Night with sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free. thEraPy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.



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

1/2 LoungE: The Peterman Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Good Times with 2KDeep (house), 10 p.m., Free.

bagitos: John mowad (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free.

sLiDE brook LoDgE & taVErn: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free.

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51 Main: charlie Hilbert (blues), 8 p.m., Free.

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baCkstagE Pub: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. banana WinDs CaFé & Pub: Red stellar & the Workin' man Band (country), 7:30 p.m., Free.

CLub MEtronoME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. Franny o's: The Hitmen (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. highEr grounD baLLrooM: macklemore & Ryan Lewis, champagne champagne, Xperience (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $15. AA. highEr grounD shoWCasE LoungE: Good Old War, Val Emmich (indie), 8 p.m., $12/14. AA. JP's Pub: Dave Harrison's starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEVity CaFé: Friday Night comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $5. LiFt: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. DJ AJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Marriott harbor LoungE: Dave Grippo (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. MonkEy housE: Dino Bravo, concrete Rivals, Torpedo Rodeo (surf-punk), 9 p.m., $5. nECtar's: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Hot Day at the Zoo, Gold Town (zoograss), 9 p.m., $5. on taP bar & griLL: Leno & Young (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., Free. shakedown (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Park PLaCE taVErn: smokin' Gun (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. raDio bEan: Jerry Falzone (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Amy collins (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Phil Yates & the Affiliates (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. Hannah's Field (gypsy reggae), 11 p.m., Free. Dinosaur scum (experimental pop), 12:30 a.m., Free. rasPutin's: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3. FRi.09

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hard-partying rep. Or, as DB’s MATT PERRY warns in a recent email, “There will be people drinking and laughing and dancing. Also, most of the people there will be good looking.” Duly noted. The other band on the bill is Montpelier’s CONCRETE RIVALS, another surf-rock group about whom I’ve long been curious and have heard great things. All of which was recently confirmed when they sent along their killer debut album, Eat Their Weight in Snakes. Look for a proper review next week. Speaking of new releases, whiskey-grass auteurs GOLD TOWN have a new self-titled CD in hand, which they will celebrate by opening for HOT DAY AT THE ZOO this Friday, December 9, at Nectar’s — see the HDATZ spotlight on page 78. Not to spoil the review that will eventually wind up in these pages, but, as Gold Town’s selfdescribed genre implies, it’s a rollicking take on bluegrass that really does go quite well with whiskey.


and “The Apprehensive Carpenter” will be available for free download at on Wednesday, December 7. To celebrate, APR has two VT shows this week: Thursday, December 8, at the Bee’s Knees in Morrisville and Saturday, December 10, at Nectar’s. Newish rock outfit PHIL YATES & THE AFFILIATES were among the more pleasant surprises of 2011. Yates’ solo EP, Tumble Stairs, wormed its way into my regular rotation this summer with unabashed pop hooks, sugar-sweet harmonies and some of the catchiest damn melodies this side of the LA’S. I’m pretty sure I had the chorus from “Good Morning to You” stuck in my head until Labor Day. Anyway, Friday, December 9, at Radio Bean will be your last chance to see the band for a while. Following that hometown gig, they’ll be gearing up for a short run of out-of-town dates in January, including a stop in Philly opening for the DEAD KENNEDYS’ JOE JACK TALCUM. The nominees for this year’s Grammy awards were announced recently, and the Green Mountains were well represented. GRACE POTTER was nominated not once but twice for her duet

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with country superstar KENNY CHESNEY on “You and Tequila.” The song nabbed nods for Best Duo/Group Country Performance and Best Country Song. Also receiving a nomination was local composer AL CONTI, whose album Northern Seas is up in the Best New Age Album category, which apparently really exists. Or does it? (Sorry. That’s about as deep as I get into new-age philosophy.) In any event, congrats to our local nominees. Hopefully they won’t be joining the lovely NEKO CASE as “two-time Grammy losers.” (Neko’s words, not mine … call me, Neko!)

at both Nectar’s and Club Metronome, Thread Magazine will pit some of Burlington’s finest acts from across the musicsphere against each other in a noholds-barred, steel-cage death match called I Make Music to decide, once and for all, who the greatest band in the history of Vermont really is. Or at least which BTV band should get a spread in an upcoming issue of Thread and some studio time. Full details next week. 

Last but not least, mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 14. That night,

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Continuing on a theme — new releases, not whiskey — ANDREW PARKER-RENGA, recently relocated to Boston, is unveiling two tracks from a set he recorded at Nectar’s in October. The two tracks, “Drawing Dead”






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


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RED SQUARE: Me & You with Brett Hughes and Marie Claire (cosmo-rural), 5 p.m., Free. Musaic (soul), 8 p.m., $5. Night/Vision with Bonjour-Hi! and Emynd (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Stavros (house), 10 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.

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RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Megan Huddleston a.k.a. Mister Baby (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. 7/4/11 11:36 AM


BAGITOS: Aristocratic Peasants (folk), 6 p.m., Free.


THE BLACK DOOR: The Sklarkestra (funk), 9:30 p.m., $5. CHARLIE O'S: Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons (alt-country), 10 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. PURPLE MOON PUB: Wylie Shipman (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: Po Boyz (funk), 8 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

51 MAIN: Folk by Asscoiation (folk), 8 p.m., Free.

Don’t Feed the Animals What do you do when conventional music

genre tags don’t fit? Invent your own, that’s what. Massachusetts-based quartet HOT DAY AT THE ZOO did just that, coining the term “zoograss” to describe their frantic blend of rock, jazz, ragtime and, of course, bluegrass. And given the wooly, animalistic energy of their renowned live show, it’s an apt term. Catch the band at Nectar’s this Friday, December 9. Local whiskey-grass progenitors GOLD TOWN open the show and celebrate the release of a new album.

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BEE'S KNEES: Poor Howard Stith (blues), 4 p.m., Free. Stephen Morabito and Friends (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.



CLAIRE'S RESTAURANT & BAR: Glitter Ball with DJ Lesson 1 (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. MATTERHORN: The Abby Jenne Band (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG'S: Cats Under the Stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 9 p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., Free.

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TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Happy Hour with Cooper & Lavoie (blues), 4:30 p.m., Free. Dj Benno (house), 10 p.m., Free.





ON THE RISE BAKERY: Vorcza (jazz-fusion), 8 p.m., Donations.

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


MONOPOLE: Is (rock), 10 p.m., Free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Neil Gillespie (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free. Friday Night Live (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.


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1/2 LOUNGE: Zack duPont (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi! (house), 10 p.m., Free.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Nomad (rock), 9 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Alex Skolnik Trio (metal, jazz), 6 p.m., $10. Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Aerolites, Citizen Bare (rock), 8 p.m., $10. AA. JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LIFT: DJ EfX (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free. Dan Liptak (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. THE BLACK DOOR: The Brass Balagan and David Symons: a benefit for WikiLeaks (klezmer), 9:30 p.m., $5-500 donation. CHARLIE O'S: Mr. Yee's Musical Showcase (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. PURPLE MOON PUB: Poor Howard Stith (blues), 8 p.m., Free.

MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Simply Acoustic, 8:30 p.m., Free.

THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: One Way Out (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Todd Clouser's A Love Electric, Indigone (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., $8.

SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: Po Boyz (funk), 8 p.m., Free.

NECTAR'S: Andrew Parker-Renga (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Grippo Funk Band, 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Sideshow Bob (rock), 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Beako (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Megan Huddleston a.k.a. Mister Baby (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Musical Mandalas (ambient), 8:30 p.m., Free. Mildred Moody's Full Moon Masquerade with Osage Orange (indie folk), 10 p.m., Free. RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Ellen Powell Duo (jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Mission0 (rock), 8 p.m., Free. Champagne Dynasty, Danny Bick (rock, hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., $5. DJ Mixx (house), 10 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Hot Neon Magic (’80s New Wave), 10 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Paul Cataldo (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Comedy Night with Mike Donovan, Nathan Hartswick (standup), 8 p.m., $17. AA.

champlain valley

51 MAIN: Maiden Vermont After-Glow (folk), 9:30 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Lostdog (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


BEE'S KNEES: The Hubcats (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MOOG'S: Conscious Roots (reggae), 9 p.m., Free. MUSIC BOX: Flat Top Trio (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., $10. PARKER PIE CO.: Cats Under the Stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 8 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Nightrain (rock), 9 p.m., $5.


MONOPOLE: Capital Zen (rock), 10 p.m., Free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Ten Year Vamp (rock), 10 p.m., NA. TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 LOUNGE: Open Tables with Mario Maric (house), 9 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: There Is No Place Like Home with DJs Phatrix and Ben Barlow (house), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. Black to the Future (urban jamz), 10 p.m., Free. NECTAR'S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Old Time Sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Girls Rock VT: Caroline O'Connor, Linda Bassick, Guides (rock), 7 p.m., Free.


BAGITOS: Poor Howard Stith (blues), 11 a.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Live Music, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Martin Sexton (soul), 7 p.m., $50. AA.


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“Don’t Worry About Me” is the EP’s centerpiece and features Bick’s most pop-friendly beats and lyrical flow. Here, he dishes on the vagaries of his day job and trying to convince his friends and family that he is doing something with his life beyond slinging eggs Benedict at a diner. It’s amusing, poignant and oddly touching — especially if you’ve ever been stuck in a shit job, praying for a dream to come in. So here’s a thought: Just play ’em the EP, Danny. They’ll get it. Danny Bick play two shows this Saturday, December 10: an early gig at Red Square in Burlington with Montpelier’s Champagne Dynasty and, later, back home at Charlie O’s for a hiphop showcase with Mr. Yee.

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If you had to guess where the most innovative, West Coast-influenced hiphop in Vermont resided, you’d probably point to the state’s own left coast and the increasingly varied hip-hop scene emerging in Burlington. And you would be wrong. As the self-titled debut EP from Danny Bick reveals, the G-funk era lives on in … Montpelier? If the capital city seems an unlikely spot for that particular brand of laidback hip-hop to exist, well, it is. Though local hip-hop is certainly alive and well in the shadow of the Golden Dome — thank you, Mr. Yee and Tank — it generally bears more of an East Coast vibe. But, born in San José, Bick comes by his Cali roots honestly. And rather than disingenuously ape the chestthumping gangsta lean of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Bick infuses his music with wry self-deprecation, favoring winking turns of phrase about diabetic girlfriends and waiting tables rather than Glock-waving braggadocio. Bick is often irreverent and humorous, though not to the overt degree of, say, Das Racist. But his steady,

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Linda Bassick made a name for herself as a backup singer and member of local 1970s rock cover band Mellow Yellow. Finally, she has released a solo debut album, Tickle Belly. Clocking in at a scant seven songs and a brisk 22 minutes, the record is a short, sweet affair. But as the old showbiz axiom goes, it’s better to leave ’em wanting more. Bassick largely does just that, delivering a record long on sturdy songcraft and rock-solid performances and loaded with potential. A laid-back acoustic groove opens the record and introduces the lead track, “Live and Learn.” Bassick has a distinctive and malleable voice. Here, she favors a thin, edgy delivery that imparts a hint of prickly frustration to musings on the grind of daily minutiae and the feeling that she’s seen it all before. “The more we live, the more we learn. / The more we know, the more we burn,” she sings. It’s a jaded sentiment. But it’s somewhat softened by her shrugging, almost dismissive purr. Bassick’s vocal versatility is on full display on the following cut, “Get Along.” A lackadaisical lead-guitar line meanders alongside a fluttering acoustic progression. More full throated than on the preceding song, Bassick’s croon is emotionally charged as she pleads for just a little peace, love and understanding. If the record has a flaw, it’s that Bassick tends to lean heavily on variations of that tried-and-true



rhythmically restrained flow frames his unique observations with a deceptive heaviness — as on “No Landlord.” Don’t be fooled. While there’s an undercurrent of genuine angst and disillusionment throughout the EP, Bick uses it to his advantage, illustrating absurdities and foibles in his own life almost like a good standup comedian. Friendly On-site Computer Support Inventive beats courtesy of Brooklynbased producer Quarters bolster that cunning approach with a blend of West 16t-rentageek102109.indd 1 10/19/09 6:37:12 PM Coast bounce and gritty Southern grind. The lead track, “Necklace,” is where Serving leaders with distinction since 1971 we meet the aforementioned diabetic girlfriend. “My girl’s a Type-1 diabetic,” CONSIDER A MASTER’S IN he explains with a sleepy, sub-melodic EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP At UVM you will experience the only flow. “When her body wants sugar she’s researchbased,nationally accredited program gonna die if she don’t get it.” Whether in thestate. Students elect a concentration that his girl actually has diabetes is unclear prepares them for positions as leaders in public — and irrelevant. Bick cleverly uses the schools (teacher leaders or principal disease as an allegory for materialism endorsement), private schools, nonprofit orhuman service agencies. masquerading as love.


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rhythmic groove common to acoustic pop — think of every G. Love song ever written. Throughout the record, she mixes tempos and moods to decent effect. But underneath, particularly through the first four tracks, that pervasive bounce lurks, and the mildly repetitive feel detracts from her obvious lyrical strengths. However, Bassick is clearly capable of mixing it up and presenting her considerable songwriting charms under different stylistic guises. “Tell Me” is a winking roadhouse stomper. “Truth” puts a bluesy spin on that earlier acoustic-pop template and features Bassick’s most ambitious instrumental arrangement. Album closer “Hangin’” is an inventive, head-bobbing blues rocker. Its spirited angst suggests that Bassick might be at her best when she rolls up her sleeves and gets down and dirty. Linda Bassick plays Radio Bean this Sunday, December 11.


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nectar's: metal monday: musical manslaughter, Kairos, Wave of the Future, indecent Exposure (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.


Moog's: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.


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1/2 Lounge: DJ Dan (reggae), 10 p.m., Free. cLuB MetronoMe: Bass culture with DJs Jahson & nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free. Leunig's Bistro & café: Lila Webb (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Monty's oLd BricK tavern: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free. on tap Bar & griLL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

radio Bean: Anders parker (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

radio Bean: stephen callahan and mike piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Jennifer Haase (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. paper Thick Walls (indie), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

red square: industry night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

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

rozzi's LaKesHore tavern: Trivia night, 8 p.m., Free.


on tap Bar & griLL: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.

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


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

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cHarLie o's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. sLide BrooK Lodge & tavern: Tattoo Tuesdays with Andrea (jam), 5 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

51 Main: Quizz night (trivia), 7 p.m., Free. two BrotHers tavern: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.


Moog's: Open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free.


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

red square: starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. tHe BLacK door: comedy night with B.O.B. (standup), 8 p.m., Free. cHarLie o's: Jimmy Ruin (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. MuLLigan's irisH puB: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

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

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

good tiMes café: Garrett Brown (acoustic), 8 p.m., $8.

Leunig's Bistro & café: paul Asbell & clyde stats (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.


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

Bee's Knees: michael murdock (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

MonKey House: Am presents: pterodactyl (indie), 9 p.m., $8. 18+.

Moog's: Big John (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.

nectar's: Broke in Burlington and Thread magazine present i make music (battle of the bands), 8 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.


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bEE’S kNEES, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 888-7889. thE bLuE AcorN, 84 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-0699. thE brEWSki, Rt. 108, Jeffersonville, 644-6366. choW! bELLA, 28 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-1405. cLAirE’S rEStAurANt & bAr, 41 Main St., Hardwick, 472-7053. thE hub PizzEriA & Pub, 21 Lower Main St., Johnson, 635-7626. thE LittLE cAbArEt, 34 Main St., Derby, 293-9000. mAttErhorN, 4969 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8198. thE mEEtiNghouSE, 4323 Rt. 1085, Smuggler’s Notch, 644-8851. moog’S, Portland St., Morrisville, 851-8225. muSic box, 147 Creek Rd., Craftsbury, 586-7533. oVErtimE SALooN, 38 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0357. PArkEr PiE co., 161 County Rd., West Glover, 525-3366. PhAt kAtS tAVErN, 101 Depot St., Lyndonville, 626-3064. PiEcASSo, 899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411. rimrockS mouNtAiN tAVErN, 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9593. roADSiDE tAVErN, 216 Rt. 7, Milton, 660-8274. ruStY NAiL bAr & griLLE, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6245. thE ShED rEStAurANt & brEWErY, 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4765. ShootErS SALooN, 30 Kingman St., St. Albans, 527-3777. SNoW ShoE LoDgE & Pub, 13 Main St., Montgomery Center, 326-4456. SWEEt cruNch bAkEShoP, 246 Main St., Hyde Park, 888-4887. tAmArAck griLL At burkE mouNtAiN, 223 Shelburne Lodge Rd., E. Burke, 6267394. WAtErShED tAVErN, 31 Center St., Brandon, 247-0100. YE oLDE ENgLAND iNNE, 443 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2535320.



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

thE ScuffEr StEAk & ALE houSE, 148 Church St., Burlington, 864-9451. ShELburNE StEAkhouSE & SALooN, 2545 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-5009. thE SkiNNY PANcAkE, 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188. VENuE, 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 310-4067. thE VErmoNt Pub & brEWErY, 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500.

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Barbara Wagner, Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery


ainter Barbara Wagner gives the old aphorism “nothing ventured, nothing gained” a more positive spin in the title of her solo exhibition at Stowe’s Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery: “Something Ventured — Something Gained.” The “something gained” is 15 exuberant mixed-media abstractions from several different series. Wagner doesn’t render objects from the real world; rather, she creates brilliant expressions of color and texture, organized into engaging compositions. In an online artist’s statement, she writes, “Abstraction sets me free. It encourages exploration of aesthetic richness and complexity, and pushes me into uncharted territory.” That push happily sends viewers into uncharted territory, as well. The “Looking Eastward” series incorporates fabrics and collage elements to invent opulent surfaces with varied textures and engaging rhythms. At 28 by 40 inches, “Looking Eastward #13” is the largest piece in its series presented here. It’s a rumpled field of pale white and silvery gray impasto and shreds of patterned collage. Three areas of crimson and Hooker’s green, blended with other dark colors, float across the canvas. Wagner sets up a triangular composition as sturdy as any Renaissance painting using a similar device. Other pieces from the series are smaller, with the most petite just eight inches square. “Looking Eastward #6” is a wonderful blue abstraction with gold fabrics buried in the paint. It’s a departure from the warm, almost gaudy tones that Wagner typically favors. “Looking Eastward #9” is an 8-by-8inch canvas containing snippets of patterned fabrics in a convoluted surface of earthy hues, spiced with a bit of lavender. The relatively more open lower left and upper right corners offer a bit of breathing space, and they help create circular movement in the composition. Wagner stretched the little canvases in the “gallery wrap” style, extending the painted surface around the stretchers’ edges. In this

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way each picture becomes a three-dimensional object. Several paintings from the “Tracks and Traces” group have more organic hues than those found in other series. “Tracks and Traces #9” features the colors of late autumn: sienna, ocher and drifts of white. The 36-by-40-inch work has slivers of darkness embedded in impasto-white areas and the reddish brown of raw sienna at upper right. “Tracks and Traces #24,” at 32 by 38 inches, has a similar light-valued background. Patches of color, like leaves frozen into pond ice, are scattered over the surface. Here the sienna area, a focal point, is above and to the left of center. Wagner’s “In the Year of the Buffalo” group debuted several years ago, and a few pieces from the collection appear in this exhibit. Those works have a more linear compositional structure, with horizontal bands dividing the picture planes into several sections. The 32-by-26-inch “In the Year of the Buffalo #5” is broken into four large horizontal segments. Squares are lined up like building blocks within the sections, with pale values above and darker blues and greens below. A bright-purple line traverses the lower parts of the canvas, and six abstract forms in similar hues run horizontally in a band above. At a time when narratives seem to be all the rage in the visual arts, it’s refreshing to see the work of a painter enthralled with “the act of painting itself, the creation of my own varied shapes and textures and the orchestration of color,” as Wagner writes. In virtuosic hands, the formal, abstract elements of painting will never go out of style.  M A R C AWO D EY

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Barbara Wagner, abstract works in oil. Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery, Stowe. Through December 31.

Art ShowS

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tAlkS & eventS dr. SketChy'S Anti-Art SChool: Artists age 16 and up bring sketchbooks and pencils to a cabaretstyle life-drawing session. This month's theme is "A Very sketchy Christmas" and features Yule C. lebeouf as a buff santa and Diva J as a "scrumptious" Mrs. Claus. wednesday, December 7, 8-10:30 p.m., American legion, white River Junction. info, branch/whiteriverjunction. 'CelebrAte': Three floors of affordable crafts and fine art by local artists. Through December 30 at studio place Arts in barre. The "Mad wrapper" returns to put a creative finishing touch on spA gifts: saturday, December 10, noon-3 p.m. info, 479-7069. 'Art for irene': work by Celeste Forcier, heather Forcier, lynn Ann powers and Robert Vogel; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; sunday, December 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 3038 shelburne Road, shelburne. info, 985-3458. Silent Art AuCtion: proceeds from the sale of artwork benefits st. Jude Children’s Research hospital. organized by the nu gamma Colony of the university of Vermont's phi Mu Delta Fraternity. Friday, December 9, 11 p.m., levity Café, burlington. info, 730-4234. ClAude lehmAn holidAy Studio Show & SAle: wheel-thrown functional ware and decorative raku pieces are displayed in this annual event. light refreshments; free gift for the first 25 customers. saturday and sunday, December 10 and 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Claude lehman pottery, burlington. info, 658-1077.

South end holidAy hop: Thirty galleries and businesses promote shopping locally for the holidays. Friday, December 9, 5-8 p.m.; saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; sunday, December 11, noon-4 p.m., various downtown locations, burlington. info, 859-9222. Silent AuCtion for irene viCtimS: work by Vermont artists; proceeds buy art bags for children affected by irene. sponsored by the Art Therapy Association of Vermont saturday, December 10, 4-6 p.m., Maltex building, burlington. info, 598-2692. moretown ArtiSAnS' SAle: A silent auction and T-shirt sales benefit the wet paint Fund, which supports local artists affected by irene. Artist grant applications available at wet-paint-fund. saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; sunday, December 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Moretown elementary school. info, 496-6466. ethAn bond-wAttS: sculpture opening and holiday sale by the local glassblower. Friday, December 9, 5-8 p.m.; saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; sunday, December 11, noon-4 p.m., Rlphoto studio, burlington. info, 540-3081. fine Art print SAle: Archival, framed work and loose prints by local artists. Friday, December 9, 5-8 p.m.; saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; sunday, December 11, noon-4 p.m., Rlphoto studio, burlington. info, 540-3081.

reCeptionS dAvid bumbeCk: bronze sculpture and intaglio prints; John & kAte penwArden: photographs of post-irene Rochester; the SmAll greAt Art wAll: work under $1000 by gallery artists. Through January 15 at bigTown gallery in Rochester. Reception: Thursday, December 8, 5-10 p.m. info, 767-9670.

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dAwn o'Connell: "Facing images," portraiture and street photography; 'think out of the box': Artwork and holiday gifts, all under $50, by local artisans. Through December 31 at block gallery in winooski. info, 373-5150.

Art reSourCe ASSoCiAtion AnnuAl Show: work by more than 50 area artists. Through December 18 at T.w. wood gallery & Arts Center in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, December 9, 4-6 p.m. info, 828-8743. 'exhibit of gingerbreAd CreAtionS': Community members created edible masterpieces for the annual competition. Through December 17 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Reception, at which winners are announced and awarded: Friday, December 9, 5-8 p.m. info, 775-0356. rebeCCA beiSSwengermAxfield & mArCellA roSe milne: paintings by mother and daughter. Through December 31 at The shoe horn at onion River in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, December 9, 5-7 p.m. info, 223-5454. AdAm putnAm: "Magic lantern" installations through which putnam projects architectural interiors on empty gallery walls;

deCember exhibit: work by Annemie Curlin, Charlie hunter, Carolyn enz hack, leah Van Rees, Judy laliberte, Jeff Clarke, steven Chase, Melvin harris and Axel stohlberg. Through December 31 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166. deCember feAtured ArtiStS: Cut-paper creations by nicole bregant; origami dragons by Dan Flanders; landscape and portrait photography by James gero. Through December 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713. deliA robinSon: Artwork from AlphaBetaBestiario, a new book of poetry by Antonello borra; also, "Captive," new paintings. Through December 29 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 863-0093. 'finiSSAge': selected works by artists featured at seAbA-curated sites over the past year. Through January 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222. frAnglAiS: "The Decembering Tide," drawings and paintings created collaboratively and

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mArie lApré grAbon: landscape paintings. Through January 27 at governor's office gallery in Montpelier. Reception: Tuesday, December 13, 3-5 p.m. info, 828-0739.

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tom CullinS: Abstract paintings. December 3-31 at weller in 12v-billharwood120711.indd 1 burlington. Reception: Thursday, December 8, 5-7 p.m. info, 660-4889.

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rAy brown: new abstract oil paintings and older representational works.Through December 31 at the Drawing board in Montpelier. Reception: Thursday, December 8, 5-7 p.m. info, 223-2902. kAthryn lipke vigeSAA: "observations From the edge," photo-based works. Through December 30 at spotlight gallery in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, December 9, 4-7 p.m. info, 644-2821.

independently by the art duo. Through December 31 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005. heAther enyingi: high-contrast photographs of the human body. Through December 31 at Red square in burlington. info, 318-2438. heAther grAy: photographs. Through January 3 at salaam in burlington. info, 658-8822. holidAy Art Show & SAle: work by Matt Thorsen, Mr. Masterpiece, winnie looby, Melissa Knight, and ethan and Jesse Azarian. Through December 31 at Rose street Co-op gallery in burlington. info, 540-0376.

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geri tAper & ronAld brAunStein: "portraits/2," self-portraits and playful “paul Klee-esque” watercolors by Taper; abstract paintings by her son, Me2/ orchestra conductor braunstein. December 10 through January 13 at walkover gallery & Concert Room in bristol. Reception: saturday, December 10, 5-8 p.m. info, 453-3188.

ruth hAmilton: "A walk Through the woods and other Favored spaces," paintings of england and Vermont. December 9 through February 29 at brandon Music. Reception: sunday, December 11, 2-4 p.m. info, 465-4071.

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'CelebrAte the SeASon': paintings by Julie A. Davis, betty ball, Carolyn walton, gail bessette, Athenia schinto, susan bull Riley and Charles Townsend; jewelry by Tineke Russell. A portion of proceeds benefit the bentley Davis seifer Memorial Foundation. Through January 30 at luxton-Jones gallery in shelburne. info, 985-8223.

mAry byrom: oil paintings from Maine. December 9 through January 9 at galleria Fine Arte in stowe. Reception: Friday, December 9, 5-7 p.m. info, 253-7696.

drawings of abstracted cathedrallike sculptures; and photos of the 6-foot-8 artist folded into cabinets and bookcases (December 9 through February 25); evie lovett: "Rainbow Cattle Co.," photographs documenting the drag queens at a Dummerston gay bar. in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center (through March 31). At bCA Center in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 9, 5-8 p.m. info, 865-7166.


Andrew rAftery: "open house," a five-part print series, as well as the artist's preparatory drawings and models, depicting moments in the process of shopping for a new home. Through December 16 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750.

'ghettogloSS preSentS: dogtown in Stowe, vermont': original 1970's drawings and hand-drawn skateboard decks by artist wes humpston presented alongside customized decks by several of his contemporaries, including shepard Fairey. December 10 through January 10 at Darkside snowboard shop in stowe. Reception: saturday, December 10, 6-11 p.m. info, 253-0335.

montpelier Art wAlk: businesses stay open late to exhibit paintings, photography, sculptures, posters, handmade ornaments and more. Friday,

December 9, 4-8 p.m., various downtown locations, Montpelier. info, 223-9604.

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pelting rains, hurricanes, unrelenting blizzards, flash floods and mudslides. Artists are urged to explore how they are weathering the weather using a variety of media and perhaps incorporating items salvaged from a weather event. Show dates: January 24 through February 25, 2012. Deadline: December 9, 2011. Info, chanDLer caLL to artists: Chandler Gallery in Randolph seeks artists for the upcoming exhibit “Art of the Chair: Process and Possibility,” January 21 through March 6, 2012. The subject is the chair; the

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James marc Leas: Oil paintings that blur the line between landscape and abstraction. Curated by SEABA. Through February 24 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 862-9614. JoLene Garanzha & Dana DaLe Lee: "Loonatic Tales and Other Happy Omens," drypoint etchings by Garanzha; oil paintings by Lee. Through January 30 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 862-2233. Lisa LiLLibriDGe: "Hi-Fi Collection," work inspired by thrift shops and album art from the ’60s and ’70s. Through December 31 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. Info, 238-3485. Lorraine reynoLDs & Lisa LiLLibriDGe: Mixed-media assemblages by Reynolds; painted and carved wood pieces by Lillibridge. Through December 31 at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 578-8304. Lynn rupe: "Disaster Detritus," abstract paintings, Skyway; WenDy James: Oil paintings, Gates 1-8; caroLyn hack: "Flight Simulator," paper and mixed-media work, Escalator. Through December 20 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166.

mary hiLL: Paintings. Curated by SEABA. Through February 24 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 658-6016.

nathan campbeLL: "Own and Occupy," an interactive video game. Curated by SEABA. Through February 24 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 651-9692.

paiGe haLsey Warren: "Pages," graphic-novelinspired acrylic paintings; LonGina smoLinski: Abstract paintings; chaD fay: Paintings.Through January 2 at The Daily Planet in Burlington. Info, 917-287-9370.

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'smaLL Works': Artwork perfectly sized for gift giving; 'smaLL Gifts': Everything under $50, in the Backspace Gallery. Through January 28 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, space steWart mchenry: "Fall and Winter Photographs," photographic collages. Through December 30 at Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. susan osmonD: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Alchemy Jewelry Arts Collective in Burlington. Info, 660-2032.



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susannah aLLen: Gifts from Allen's Vermont Apron Company, as part of Mangione's holiday studio sale. Through January 1 at Jackie Mangione Studio in Burlington. Info, 598-1504. 'three seniors' exhibit': Art Affair by Shearer presents work by Kim, Sylvie and Pogo Senior. Through December 31 at Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington. Info, 658-1111.

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Winooski hoLiDay pop-up art market: Artists and artisans sell their wares in a vacant storefront on the top right side of the traffic circle. Through December 31 in downtown Winooski. Info, 264-4839.



'Winter LanDscapes': Paintings by Sean Dye, Mary Krause and Tony Conner. Through February 29 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222.





Winter shoW: Paintings by Elizabeth Nelson and many others. Through January 21 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848. Women artist GuiLD of richmonD hoLiDay market: Work by seven local artists and craftspeople displayed in an old driving range. Through December 22 at 6180 Williston Road in Williston. Info, 238-7994. 'Wosene Worke kosrof: paintinGs from the pauL herzoG anD JoLene tritt coLLection': An exhibit exploring the role of language and graphic systems in the Ethiopian-born artist's work; 'systems in art': An exploration of the systems that artists use to establish parameters for their work, to explore spatial relationships, and to invent new grammars and rationalities, on the occasion of IBM's centennial anniversary. Through December 16 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.



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'2011 portfoLio of prints & hoLiDay shoW': Limited-edition prints by 26 artist members and faculty from Vermont and New Hampshire. Through January 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. 'bunDLe of Joy': Artwork and craft on sale for the holidays. Through January 21 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.



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patricia Lyon-surrey: "Romancing the Art of Photography," work full of montage, panning and color play. Through December 31 at Marilyn's in Burlington. Info, 658-4050.


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nichoLas heiLiG: "Pop Up People," stencilinspired portraits of icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Bob Ross, James Bond and Martin Luther King Jr. Through January 1 at Nunyuns Bakery & Café in Burlington. Info, 861-2067.

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moLLy Davies: A retrospective spanning three decades and featuring meditative underwater video works, including a collaboration with composer David Tutor and another starring a swimming Polly Motley, the Vermont choreographer. Through December 31 at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Info, 652-4500.

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mark chaney: "Guiding Light," disparate digital photographs blended to create a single image. Through December 31 at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. Info, 445-5123.

concept is beyond the limits of sitting. It is about process, utility, history, sentiment, from representational to the obscure. Looking for innovative multimedia submissions (digital, conceptual, 2-D, 3-D). Deadline: December 31. Info, 431-0204, qpearlmay@valley. net.

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Cynthia Crawford: "Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities," photographs and paintings of Upper Valley wildlife and scenery. Through January 18 at Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction. Info, 295-3118. hal Mayforth: Paintings that combine abstract signs and symbols with creatures in hobnailed boots. Through January 3 at the Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Info, 262-2253. heidi Bronor: "At Work," paintings. Through December 30 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info, 371-4375. holiday artisans' Bazaar: Gifts from more than 50 juried New England artists, craftspeople and specialty food producers. Through December 21 at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Info, 728-9878. Joy huCkins-noss: "The Texture of Light," plein air paintings. Through December 29 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.

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kari Meyer: "Play of Light," contemporary landscapes. Through December 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, neal rantoul: “Lions, and Tigers, and Bears (Oh My!),” photographs taken in 17 different Cabela’s stores since 2004 by the director of Northeastern University's photography program. Through December 22 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320.

Phyllis deMonG: New oil-on-paper works by the Cornwall nonagenarian; 'short stories': Small works under $500. Through December 31 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. roBert BlaCk: "The Memory Chamber," an architectural installation; 'PhotoGraPhiC MeMory': An exhibition by photographers of all ages. Through December 23 at Gallery in the Field in Brandon. Info, 247-0125. sheri larsen: Photographs from Vermont and surrounding states, as well as from Egypt, China and elsewhere. Through January 31 at Charlotte Senior Center. Info, 878-6828. silksCreen exhiBit: Work by Hedya Klein's students, who have explored photo-stencil techniques, as well as direct-drawing application and color registration. Through December 12 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168. 'the GovernMent MorGan': Photographs, paintings, prints and leather tack. Through March 31 at The National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury. Info, 388-1639. 'winter all MeMBers' exhiBit': Work by juried and unjuried artists. Through January 31 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356.


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'nikon sMall world': Award-winning photomicrographs that offer a glimpse into the microscopic natural world. Through January 16 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200. Phyllis Chase: "Vermont: Inside and Out," a retrospective of paintings and prints. Through December 21 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338.

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'the history of Goddard ColleGe: an era of Growth, exPansion and transitions, 1960-1969': An exhibit of photographs, historical records, college papers, interviews and video recordings that focus on the college's response to the rapid growth of the 1960s, in the Eliot D. Pratt Library. Through December 20 at Goddard College in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311.

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'a Child's deliGht': Antique toys and games, historic photographs and holiday decorations, plus the Midd-Vermont Train Club’s three-level electric train layout. Through January 14 at Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117.

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Geri Taper once said of her work, “The images are the music.” The playful lines and abstract figures that populate her paintings appear to be dancing to

katra kindar: "Les Bicyclettes de Paris," watercolor paintings. Through December 24 at rD Studio/Gallery in Vergennes. Info, 985-1014.

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'let it snow! let it snow! let it snow!': Original work by member artists offered for $200 or less, plus handcrafted holiday ornaments. Through January 31 at Brandon Artists' Guild. Info, 247-4956.

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'Painted MetaPhors: Pottery and PolitiCs of the anCient Maya': Nineteen Chamá polychrome ceramics accompanied by more than 100 objects illustrating Mayan daily life, religious ritual and shifts in rulership; 'how did i Get here?': Recent acquisitions presented within the context of how they came to Middlebury by art history students; riChard duPont: Work that explores opportunities for self-surveillance and the perception of identity in an increasingly digital world. Through December 11 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168.

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'PersPeCtives': Art and fine crafts by 20 juried Champlain Valley artists. Through December 31 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222.

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struggled with bipolar disorder, just as has explored the intersection of visual art and music: Braunstein recently turned work as conductor of the newly formed ME2/orchestra, which he created for musicians with mental health issues and their advocates. Braunstein’s abstract work is exhibited alongside his mother’s in “Portraits/2” at Bristol’s WalkOver 13. Pictured: “Shredding Series no. 1,” by Braunstein.

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Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. BarBara Wagner: "Something Ventured — Something Gained," abstract works in oil. Through December 31 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.

Beth Barndt: "Winter," hundreds of collaged postcards that the artist has made and sent out over the past 20 holiday seasons. Through December 31 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.

Gallery in St. Albans. Info, 524-3699. gayleen aiken: "Music and Moonlight," work by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857. harriet Wood: New abstract paintings and works in clay. Through January 2 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2600. 'holiday small PiCture shoW': Work in a variety of media by Jane Ashley, Peter Barnett, Elisabeth Wooden, Tim Fitzgerald and Lisa Angell. Through January 1 at Vermont Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-9653.

'kiCk oFF the holidays': Artwork and crafts by members. Through December 24 at Memphremagog Arts Collaborative in Newport. Info, 334-1966.

deCemBer artists: Work by potter Marcia Hagwood, pen-and-ink artist Harald Aksdal, painter Jim Foote, crocheter and jewelry maker Kelee Maddox, doll maker Alison Dezotelle, and photographer Wayne Tarr. Through December 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.

'lend a helPing hand': A holiday exhibit of Stephen Huneck's work coinciding with an animal food drive. Through December 23 at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2700.

'Festival oF trees & light' & memBers shoW: Community-decorated evergreens and Hanukkah lights; artwork by members. Through December 31 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.

lori hinriChsen & liz kauFFman: "Open Ended," paintings, monotypes, intaglio and collage. Through December 12 at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. Info, 635-2727. 'small Works': Work by gallery artists, including collographs by Sheryl Trainor and colorful miniatures by Lois Eby. Through January 31 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943. m

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Fred sWan: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Village Frame Shoppe &


Carol BouCher: "New Work," oil pastel paintings created from imagination, memory and personal photographs. Through December 23 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.


BoBBy aBrahamson: "One Summer Across America," photographs of a 2001 cross-country bus trip. Through December 20 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469.

Jeanette Fournier: "Art of Nature," watercolors depicting creatures in their native surroundings; 'trees': Paintings, drawings and prints by 65 juried artist members. Through December 23 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100.

deCemBer holiday shoW: Painting, photography, jewelry and wood sculpture by 13 Island artists. Through December 16 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 372-5049.

Ben Barnes: Paintings of gothic mansions and abandoned trucks in rural landscapes. Through January 9 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.

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eave it to Lars von Trier to begin his latest with movie history’s most transcendently gorgeous spoiler. It’s a sequence that, except for its final seconds, could be an outtake from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. From a vantage point in space, we watch as a giant celestial body sails slowly toward the Earth. We listen to ominous strains from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. We realize we’re about as far from Hollywood as filmmaking gets when our planet is obliterated in a cosmic hit-and-run. So much for suspense, you might assume. Well, not quite. As the Danish writer-director has explained: “You can know what happens and still not know how it happens.” Melancholia is less concerned with the end of the world than with how it feels to confront that prospect, and it explores its theme on a radically intimate scale. Where the typical tale of global cataclysm drags in screaming mobs, dismissive bureaucrats bickering with scientists, real-life news media types doing cameos as themselves and, of course, lots of clock-racing heroes, von Trier focuses almost exclusively on the members of one extended family.

And what a family it is. His picture is divided into two parts, each named after one of the daughters. The first, entitled “Justine,” depicts the daylong wedding of a clinically depressed young woman played, in the performance of her career, by Kirsten Dunst. The setting is a luxurious country resort owned by Justine’s arrogant brother-in-law, John (Kiefer Sutherland). Her sister, Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), has overseen arrangements for the festivities and grows increasingly impatient as Justine grows increasingly less festive, hour by hour succumbing incrementally to the undertow of her condition. The viewer doesn’t have to look far for likely sources of her instability. Justine’s mother (Charlotte Rampling) is a warped and venomous creature. John Hurt, I have concluded, has for some time played only two types of characters — a dissolute ruffian or a dissolute man of means. He’s at his blackly comic best as Justine’s father, an addled gentleman who inexplicably addresses all women — his daughter included — as “Betty.” The first act is richly odd and obliquely funny. If you attend only one movie wedding this year, I urge you to make it Justine’s.




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re we waiting for the end of the world, or what? Like Melancholia, writer-director Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter takes apocalyptic terrors and puts them in intimate, indiemovie terms. The film will probably have vacated Vermont screens by the time you read this, or soon after. But, with its recent haul of Independent Spirit Award nominations, it won’t leave the public eye. Where von Trier’s film has stylistic brio and Euro glossiness, Nichols’ is a slow-burn character study set and shot in the American heartland. It plays like a drawn-out version of one of those classic “Twilight Zone” episodes with an unreliable focal character — one who might be a prophet, or just plain insane. An Ohio construction worker and family man, Curtis (Michael Shannon), begins dreaming of a storm of biblical proportions that makes dark rain fall from the churning sky and turns people against their near and dear ones. It sounds like a prequel to “The Walking Dead” or a Stephen King flick, except that Curtis experiences his nightly terrors as continuous with his bland waking reality. So does the audience, and that continuity makes the dream sequences disturbing on a deeper level than anything in the horror genre.

The final act is called “Claire” and appears to take place a short high drama time after the Things are not exactly looking up for the doomed nuptials. characters in von Trier’s saga of young A massive planet, love, family foibles and global cataclysm. which has been “hiding behind the sun,” can triguing possibility: that, in a time of unimaginow be seen approaching the Earth. Some nable catastrophe, the depressive personality people — John, for example — accept the might feel more at home and thus prove more word of scientists who say it will pass us by, functional than someone accustomed to beoffering the spectacle of a lifetime. Others lieving the universe is benignly ordered. If believe bloggers who insist it’s on a collision every day feels like the end of the world, the course. As it draws ever closer, an unexpected end of the world is just another day. switch in sisterly dynamics occurs. The preMelancholia is a stunning achievement arviously composed Claire begins to unravel, tistically, intellectually and in terms of filmwhile Justine assumes a calm, authoritative making craftsmanship. Its closing moments demeanor. It’s a fascinating transformation rank with the most unsettling and lovely superbly conveyed by both actresses. Some ever put on film. As you lock eyes with three reviewers haven’t known quite what to make human beings bracing for the big finish, the of it. Roger Ebert, for example, suggested that climax may not come as a surprise. It’s a tes“the two sisters exchange personalities.” tament to von Trier’s genius that this doesn’t A little research reveals that von Trier, stop it from coming as a shock. whose personal struggle with depression is R i c k K i s o nak well known, means to advance a more in-

storm brewing Shannon worries about wild weather — and who doesn’t these days? — in Nichols’ indie drama.

Being a methodical midwesterner, Curtis doesn’t overreact. He knows his mother (Kathy Baker) is a diagnosed schizophrenic, so he seeks psychiatric advice. At the same time, to cover all the bases, he beefs up his backyard tornado shelter and carefully distances himself from anyone who has attacked him in his dreams, such as his work partner (Shea Whigham). But what if those potential monsters turn out to include Curtis’ loving wife (Jessica Chastain), who tries hard to tolerate his behavior, and their young daughter (Tova Stewart)? How long can the family’s bonds

— and its finances — accommodate his obsession? As the film progresses, it becomes clear that, in Nichols’ mind, the storm is already here. The script isn’t subtle about the real forces closing in on these ordinary folks: bank loans, medical bills, job insecurity, dread of the future. Whether Curtis’ fixation is a cause, a symptom or merely a distraction, it’s a topical conceit that could have been painfully ham-handed if embodied by a lesser performer. But Shannon, the lanky, antsy actor who also starred in Nichols’ Shotgun Stories,

is nothing short of brilliant. In all but one scene, he keeps his performance quiet, letting the pinched tension in his face convey the character’s unraveling. Like his daughter, who is deaf (and tends to accompany him in his dreams), Curtis doesn’t have much use for words. Most of the communication falls to his wife, who is patient but no caricature of selfless devotion. Chastain matches Shannon with her fourth star-making performance this year. When it came to ending the film, Nichols gave himself a nasty dilemma: Stick with the kitchen-sink realism, or literalize the storm coming? His resolution isn’t one, and some viewers will leave frustrated or arguing. (A film that dared to go further with a similar doomsday premise, well into the realm of theodicy and bitter religious debates, was Michael Tolkin’s The Rapture. Maybe it’s time to dust that one off.) Overall, Take Shelter would have benefited from a tighter structure like those of the horror films it sometimes mirrors: Chilling parables are more chilling when they’re brief. Still, this is a showcase for two of the best actors of our time that resonates both figuratively and — when the thunder booms — literally. Mar g o t Harr i s o n

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ANoNYmoUSHH1/2 Director Roland (2012) Emmerich throws his weight behind the old Shakespeare-wasn’t-Shakespeare argument in this Elizabethan political thriller about the supposed real Bard, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans). With Vanessa Redgrave, Rafe Spall and David Thewlis. (130 min, PG-13. Palace) ARtHUR cHRiStmASHHH1/2 This family comedy-adventure from Aardman Animation (of the Wallace & Gromit films) explores the real story behind Santa’s Yuletide exploits. With the voices of James McAvoy, Bill Nighy and Hugh Laurie. Barry Cook and Sarah Smith directed. (97 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Paramount [3-D], Stowe, Welden)

Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloe Moretz. (127 min, PG. Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Roxy) immoRtAlSHH Set in ancient Greece, this adventure tries to recapture the magic (and box office) of 300 with Henry Cavill as the Titan-fighting hero Theseus. Mythology nerds, get out your red pens. With Stephen Dorff, Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto. Tarsem (The Fall) Singh directed. (110 min, R. Essex, Majestic [3-D]) J. EDGARHHH Clint Eastwood directed this biopic exploring the controversial life and career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio). With Naomi Watts, Judi Dench and Armie Hammer. (137 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

mARGiN cAllHHH J.C. Chandor wrote and directed this fictional thriller about real-life scary stuff: It takes us inside an investment firm on the brink of the 2008 financial crisis. With Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore. (105 min, R. Roxy, Savoy; ends 12/8)


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pUSS iN BootSHHH The swashbuckling, fearsome feline goes after the goose with the golden eggs in DreamWorks’ animated prequel-slash-spinoff of the Shrek films. With the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis. Chris Miller directed. (90 min, PG. Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace) tAKE SHEltERHHHH Michael Shannon plays a man driven to extremes by visions of an apocalyptic storm bearing down on his family in this fest-favorite drama from writer-director Jeff (Shotgun Stories) Nichols. With Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham. (120 min, R. Roxy; ends 12/8)


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tHE mUppEtSHHH1/2 A threat to their theater reunites Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the other fuzzy folk in this kids’-adventure-slashGen-X-nostalgia-fest from Disney and director James Bobin. Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper play the human roles. (98 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

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


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liKE cRAZYHHH1/2 A young couple struggles with separation after visa issues force her to leave the U.S. in this Sundance-winning indie love story from director Drake Doremus. With Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. (89 min, PG-13. Roxy)

tHE DEScENDANtSHHH George Clooney plays a Hawaiian grappling with family transitions after his wife suffers an accident in this comedy-drama from director Alexander (Sideways) Payne. With Beau Bridges and Judy Greer. (115 min, R. Majestic, Palace)

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mElANcHoliAHHHHH Director Lars von Trier goes apocalyptic with this tale of a severely depressed young woman (Kirsten Dunst) who discovers that she can function better than most people when the whole Earth is in danger. With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland and Alexander Skarsgard. (130 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)


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from director John Madden. Starring Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson. (114 min, R) tHE HANGoVER pARt iiHH1/2 In the comedy sequel, Stu (Ed Helms) is the one getting married, and the weirdness starts in Bangkok. With Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha. Todd Phillips directed. (102 min, R) tHE HElpHH1/2 In 1960s Mississippi, a reporter (Emma Stone) joins forces with the servants who wait on her privileged class in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel. With Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Sissy Spacek. Tate Taylor directed. (137 min, PG-13) liFE, ABoVE AllHHH A 12-year-old (Khomotso Manyaka) in a South African village grapples with the death of her infant sister and tries to protect her other siblings in this drama from director Oliver Schmitz. With Keaobaka Makanyane. (100 min, PG-13) mR. poppER’S pENGUiNSHH Jim Carrey plays a man afflicted with a plague of lovable penguins in this family comedy adapted from Richard Atwater’s book. With Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury. Mark Waters directed. (95 min, PG) poRtlANDiA, SEASoN oNE: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein star in IFC’s sketch comedy series about the hipster denizens of an ultra-PC city. With Heather Graham, Selma Blair and Aimee Mann. (132 min, NR. Read Margot Harrison’s review this Friday on our staff blog, Blurt.)

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Twice in one week, passengers on Comtel Air charter flights from India to Britain were asked to contribute additional money to cover the cost of fuel and airport fees. In the first incident, 180 passengers were told during a stop in Vienna that the cabin crew needed $32,000 to continue the flight. Passengers who lacked enough cash were allowed to leave the plane one at a time to use cash machines. Later that week, passengers were stranded at the airport in Amritsar, India, because they refused to chip in $200 each. “I understand very well that there are passengers in Amritsar,” Bhupinder Kandra, managing director of the charter line, acknowledged. “But nobody is ready to pay.” (New York Times)

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Driven by rage after her estranged husband started dating another woman, Laura Jean Wenke, 50, dressed in coveralls, rubber boots and bubble wrap, then drove to his office in Redwood City, Calif. There, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, she found him at his computer, shot a stun gun into his side and stabbed him in the neck. The husband survived the attack and called police, who found Wenke still in his office wearing her blood-streaked bubblewrap outfit. (Salinas’s KSBW-TV) A British court convicted Dalwara Singh of secretly feeding steroids to his wife of 17 years so she would gain weight and become unattractive to other men. “He constantly accused her of infidelity and having affairs,” prosecutor Caroline Bray told Leicester Crown Court. Victim Jaspreet Singh Gill said the tainted food tasted bitter, but he made her eat it out of guilt by telling her he made it especially for her. She grew hair on her chin, cheeks and back, developed spotty, constantly itchy skin, and some scalp hair fell out. (Britain’s Daily Mail)

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A Utah company has begun turning garbage into building materials intended to replace wood. At its prototype plant in Kearns, Better World Materials can convert up to 20 tons a day of milk jugs, cereal boxes and other trash that recycling centers have rejected into railroad ties. Better World president Dalyn Judd said the company just signed a contract to produce 2-by-6 planks for shed foundations and is negotiating to expand to plants in 15 states, each able to process up to 2000 tons of rejected recyclables a day and employ 360 people. “Are we going to run out of garbage?” Judd said. “I don’t think so.” (Salt Lake Tribune)

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When Democrats in Derby, Conn., nominated James R. Butler, 72, as their candidate for the 10-member Board of Apportionment and Taxation, his name was mistakenly listed on the ballot as “James J. Butler.” Butler received the most votes, but there’s a real James J. Butler, 46, who happens to be James R. Butler’s son. Av Harris of the secretary of state’s office said James J. Butler should be sworn in because he was the one elected. (Associated Press)

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Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice affirmed its right to order women whose eyes seem “tempting” to cover them immediately. Saudi women already must wear a loose black dress and cover their hair and sometimes their face when they appear in public. Sheikh Motlab al-Nabet of the Ha’eal district announced the CPVPV’s authority after a Saudi man fought with a member of the committee who ordered the man’s wife to cover her eyes. The husband was stabbed twice in the hand. (Egypt’s Bikya Masr news agency)

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Firefighters who found a 74-year-old woman at her home in Independence, Mo., said she had been in her reclining chair so long that her skin had fused to it and remained with the chair when she was pried from it. A fire captain described the woman as a “rotting corpse that was still breathing.” She died shortly after. (Associated Press)

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Harvey Ball was a commercial artist who dreamed up the iconic image of the smiley face. He whipped it out in 10 minutes one day in 1963. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t trademark or copyright his creation, and as a result made only $45 from it, even as it became an archetypal image used millions of times all over the world. Keep his story in the back of your mind during the coming weeks, Sagittarius. I have a feeling you will be coming up with some innovative moves or original stuff, and I would be sad if you didn’t get proper credit and recognition for your work.


(May 21-June 20): researchers at the University of oregon claim that in certain circumstances, they can make water flow uphill ( i’m not qualified to evaluate their evidence, but i do know that in the coming week you will have the power to accomplish the metaphorical equivalent of what they say they did. Don’t squander this magic on trivial matters, please, gemini. Use it to facilitate a transformation that’s important to your long-term well-being.


(June 21-July 22): “Dear rob: is there any way to access your horoscope archives going back to 1943? i’m writing a novel about World War ii and need to see your astrological writings from back then. — Creative Cancerian.” Dear Creative: to be honest, i wasn’t writing horoscopes back in 1943, since i wasn’t anywhere near being born yet. on the other hand, i give you permission to make stuff up for your novel and say i wrote it back in 1943. Most of you Cancerians have good imaginations about the past, and you’re currently going through a phase when that talent is amplified. While you’re tinkering with my history, have fun with yours, too. This is an excellent time for members of your tribe to breathe new life and fresh spin into a whole slew of your own personal memories.


(July 23-aug. 22): at, food critic l. nightshade gathered “The 78 Most annoying Words to read in a restaurant review.” among the worst offenders: “meltingly tender,” “yummilicious,” “crazy delicious,” “orgasmic,” “i have seen god,” “symphony of flavors” and “party in your mouth.” i understand the reluctance of any serious wordsmith to

resort to such predictable language in crafting an appraisal of restaurant fare, but i don’t mind borrowing it to hint at your immediate future. What you experience may be more like a “party in your head” than a “party in your mouth,” and “crazy delicious” may describe events and adventures rather than flavors, per se. but i think you’re in for a yummilicious time.

ViRgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): in “nan you’re a Window shopper,” british recording artist lily allen sings, “The bottom feels so much better than the top.” she means it ironically; the person she’s describing in the song is neurotic and insecure. but in using that declaration as a theme for your horoscope this week — the bottom feels so much better than the top — i mean it sincerely. What you have imagined as being high, superior or uppermost may turn out to be mediocre, illusory or undesirable. Conversely, a state of affairs that you once considered to be low, beneath your notice or not valuable could become rather interesting. and if you truly open your mind to the possibilities, it may even evolve into something that’s quite useful. libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): emily rubin invited authors to write about a specific theme for a literary reading she organized in new york last september: stains. “What is your favorite stain?” she asked prospective participants, enticing them to imagine a stain as a good thing, or at least as an interesting twist. included in her own list were chocolate, candle wax, lipstick, grass, mud, wine and tomato sauce. What are yours, libra? This would be an excellent time to sing the praises of your bestloved or most provocative blotches, splotches and smirches — and have fun stirring up some new ones. scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): Mickey Mouse is a scorpio, born november 18, 1928. bugs bunny is a leo, coming into the world on July 27, 1940. in their long and storied careers, these two iconic cartoon heroes have made only one joint appearance. it was in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They got equal billing and spoke the same number of words. i’m predicting that a comparable event will soon take place in your world, scorpio: a conjunction of two stars, a blend of two strong flavors

or a coming together of iconic elements that have never before mixed. sounds like you’re in for a splashy time.

caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There are 501 possible solutions to your current dilemma. at least ten of them would bring you a modicum of peace, a bit of relief and a touch of satisfaction. Most of the rest wouldn’t feel fantastic but would at least allow you to mostly put the angst behind you and move on with your life. but only one of those potential fixes can generate a purgative and purifying success that will extract the greatest possible learning from the situation and give you access to all of the motivational energy it has to offer. be very choosy. aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The quality

of your consciousness is the single-mostinfluential thing about you. it’s the source of the primary impact you make on other human beings. it changes every situation you interact with, sometimes subtly and other times dramatically. so here’s my first question: How would you characterize the quality of your consciousness? The answer is complicated, of course. but there must be eight to 10 words that capture the essence of the vibes you beam out wherever you go. now comes my second question: are you satisfied with the way you contribute to life on earth with the quality of your consciousness? it’s an excellent time to contemplate these primal matters.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): some martial

artists unleash a sharp percussive shout as they strike a blow or make a dramatic move — a battle cry that helps channel their will into an explosive, concise expression of force. The Japanese term for this is kiai. a few women’s tennis players invoke a similar sound as they smack the ball with their racquet. Maria sharapova holds the record for loudest shriek at 105 decibels. The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to call on your own version of kiai, Pisces. as you raise your game to the next level, it would make perfect sense for you to get your entire body involved in exerting some powerful, highly focused masterstrokes.

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boldly may turn out to be irresponsible,” said educator george leonard. i certainly think that will be true for you in the coming months, taurus. in my astrological opinion, you have a sacred duty not only to yourself, but also to the people you care about, to use your imagination more aggressively and expressively as you contemplate what might lie ahead for you. you simply cannot afford to remain safely ensconced within your comfort zone, shielded from the big ideas and tempting fantasies that have started calling and calling and calling to you.










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I’m you’re massage therapist and things get naughty. Or perhaps I’m a doctor in Victorian England, trying to cure your hysteria through genital stimulation. Exhibitionism? Voyeurism? I’ve got a fantastic imagination. You tell me what you want and I’ll spin the story. LordG, 38, l, #119275 Discrete and Healthy Gentleman I am a handsome, in-shape gentleman with a healthy sexual appetite seeking women for friendships and sexual encounters. Not adverse to a longterm relationship should one come along, but see my role as a friend and casual sex partner, especially for those women who require total descretion due to personal circumstances. BVT2012, 55, l, #122540 OMG Tilly was a candycorn! And Matthew was Curious George. Thanks for the funnest party of my life! So sweet. I do hope to do it all again! LCC4ME, 23, #122524 No Strings Attached Hot Sex! Looking for a woman or multiple women looking for some NSA sex. I’m open to anything. Shoot me a message and we can figure something out! jahern11, 20, #122520

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Looking to play I’m bi and he’s a straight transguy, looking to bring another partner into our bed. We’re in a committed relationship; only seeking occasional

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mutual oral fixation Playmates/lover. Very passionate, LOVE to please! No pain, extreme hedonist. I think oral is the most intimate sex. If you don’t want to swallow, you don’t understand the real passion and pleasure of oral sex. musicman69, 52, #110923 Sextacular Hello, I’m looking for some discreet fun. There are a few things I haven’t been able to try and would like to find some interested ladies. Let me know if you’re interested. jonny51, 27, l, #122611

Deliciously Delightful Duo Seeking Lady We are a sexy and spirited couple looking to play with a third lady to fulfill our desire for threesome fun. We are both quite attractive (slender, in shape, tattoos, sex appeal, etc.) and we’re seeking a female of the same caliber. This is our first time posting, and we’re eager to see what fruits this search might “bare.” :). seductiveandspontaneouswithclass, 28, l, #122630

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completing a fantasy I am a WMM that would very much like to find a couple to explore sexual ideas with. Discretion is a must. I am very fit and fun loving and have pics available if anyone is interested. I am open to your desires and would love to help you achieve them. VT311, 54, l, #121613

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Whaterver you want Looking to just have fun with no strinsg attached. Let’s talk and see what you like. I want to do everything you want and be so dirty. ExistentialAct, 18, #122571

are looking forward to hearing from you. couplensearch, 32, #122650

couple in search Husband and wife looking for a female who would like to hang out more than just in the bedroom. We would like to find that female to work with us for what we would like to happen to start with. We are NOT Ken and Barbie. Both are extremely sexual. We

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play. Seeking a woman for me to play with while he watches (and maybe joins a little too) or another FTM for him to share me with. Come play with us, we can host. Meow91, 20, #122578 Massage, Connection, Comfort, Kissing, Orgasms Massage explores pleasure with or without stepping into the sexual. We’d like to massage a woman, man or couple at your level of comfort. Softness of skin, the bliss of massage. We offer nonsexual, sensual massages, or ones that progress to orgasmic bliss. Four-hand massage is an amazingly sensuous path to sensual bliss, or all the way to orgasm. Lascivious, 57, l, #117437 normal, intelligent, decentlooking, U2? Looking for a decent-looking, inshape, intelligent couple (like us) to fool around with. No cigarette smokers. We’re educated, liberal, ~39, live near Burlington, exercise regularly, enjoy good wine and food. curiouscpl, 38, l, #106297 Quality Couple Seeks Quality Others We are an attractive, educated, married, bisexual couple seeking an adventurous female or select couple of any combination/orientation with a sexually dominant personality for pleasures of the mind and body. VtCpl4Adventure, 43, l, #121185

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me up ;). When: Monday, November 28, 2011. Where: Church Street. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909755

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Tiny Thai in Winooski I spy a distinguished guy at Tiny Thai, evening of December 3. Love the overalls. I was the lady in red. When: Saturday, December 3, 2011. Where: Tiny Thai in Winooski. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909771 Miss Rachel Unfortunately I don’t see you around much but I am jealous of those who do! I wish I was around town more to remind you of your awesomeness and general astounding uniqueness. I predict 2012 will be a pura vida year for you love. Here’s to seeing you sooner than later =) xoxo! When: Sunday, November 27, 2011. Where: On the phone. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909770 Hiking in shorts? We passed on the Camel’s Hump trail. You: beard, shorts and gaiters. Me: blond braids hiking up with a girlfriend. I saw you and was rendered speechless. I mumbled a “How are you?” but really I was thinking,”You are smokin’ hot but your knees look cold. Want to go on a date?” When: Saturday, December 3, 2011. Where: Camel’s Hump. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909769

29, 2011. Where: Flynn Theater. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909762 Disc Golfing Woman at Johnson You were playing at the Johnson disc golf course on Sunday November 27. I asked you how your day was going. You mentioned that you played in New York the day before and you were getting ready for snowboarding. I would love to play some disc with you and maybe get a drink afterwards. When: Sunday, November 27, 2011. Where: Johnson disc golf course. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909761

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Four years Thanksgiving together. Our day to be thankful for each other and our love. xoxo When: Thursday, November 24, 2011. Where: Essex Jct. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909754 Thanks City Market peeps Thanks to the sweet City Market peeps in the check-out line today for dealing with my hot-mess sick self and making my Monday a little better. I’d like to be friends with all of you. =] When: Monday, November 28, 2011. Where: City Market. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909753 Sunday at Olde North Ender You know who I am. You sat next to me and we talked about our past. You ran off for your ride home before I got to say goodbye. I would like to talk to you again. When: Sunday, November 27, 2011. Where: Olde North Ender. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909752 You: Jane the dancing machine Met briefly dancing with your friends on the stage at Retronome. My disco-pants friend said “hi” and you wisely danced right over to me :). You and your friends headed out way to soon and I know you and I should go dancing again... soon! You had such fun energy and a great smile. Let’s bust a move! When: Saturday, November 26, 2011. Where: RetroNome. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909748 Girl at Starbucks We were waiting for our order together. I asked if you ordered the pizza, because of the wait. You had a silver piercing in your nose. We both took off way too soon :). When: Saturday, November 26, 2011. Where: Starbucks. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909747 homes

City Market Wine Section Saturday you (medium length blonde hair) gave me (short unspiked mowhawk) great advice, the McManis was delicious and perfect for my beef stew. Maybe we could share that nice Italian bottle you were pointing out sometime? When: Saturday, November 19, 2011. Where: City Market wine section.

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mistress maeve Dear Mistress Maeve,

My girlfriend of five months is still having issues with her ex-girlfriend. They share custody of a 4-year-old black lab. (Let’s call him “Cujo” because he’s killing our relationship.) In the beginning, everything was fine. Cujo spent every other weekend with the ex, and it was convenient when we wanted to go on vacation (built-in dog sitter). However, the ex just moved into a new apartment building that doesn’t allow dogs, so she’s insisting that she be able to visit Cujo when my girlfriend is at work (this would require her having a key). We have a weekend getaway planned next month, and the ex wants to stay at my girlfriend’s apartment and watch the dog. My girlfriend doesn’t want the ex in her apartment, but she feels obligated (the ex had to move into her new apartment building because it was all she could afford after my girlfriend kicked her out). It just feels like too much to me, especially given that they aren’t on good terms and the ex is constantly doing mean, manipulative things to my girl. Am I overreacting?


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I hate to break it to you, but Cujo is not ruining your relationship. If anything is to blame, it’s your girlfriend’s inability to let go of the leash tethering her to her old relationship. Sharing custody of pets is often the most emotionally responsible thing to do, both for the pets and the parents; however, it’s important to maintain appropriate break-up boundaries in the process. While it’s sad that the ex cannot have dogs at her new place, it’s not your girlfriend’s responsibility. If maintaining joint custody of Cujo is that important, the ex will have to continue looking for affordable, dog-friendly accommodations. Until then, she can take Cujo to the dog park and on camping trips — activities that do not require a key to the house. Period.

Female Russell Brand You wandered into our house on Halloween. You saw the 1u, a Barbarian, an anime character, a hipster ghost and more. You were hilarious and Wednseday night outside charlie we enjoyed your fake accent but o’s when you went out to smoke a fag we had to leave to go to a party and We sat outside Charlie O’s and couldn’t say goodbye. You should join you asked me for a cigarette. You: cutie at Jay Pump House our ragtag band of misfits. When: beautiful brunette that completely You work at the Jay Pump House Thursday, October 27, 2011. Where: Our caught my eye. We chatted for a bit 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd 1 6/14/10 2:39:13 PM and I first saw you in the cafeteria. I apartment on Halloween weekend. and you kinda had me speechless. was standing in line and you were in You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909768 You seem really cool and I hope I run the kitchen and came up and asked into you again. When: Wednesday, if I needed a drink. After that I saw I wanna get with you November 23, 2011. Where: Charlie you again by the locker rooms. We I saw you at JCPenney, I think your O’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909745 made eye contact and smiled. You’re name tag said “Jenny.” I cool step to cute. Wish I talked to you more! Echo Center you, with a fresh pack of gum, cuz When: Saturday, November 26, somehow I knew, you were looking Woman with long black hair, blue eyes 2011. Where: Jay Peak Pump House. for some. (Oh no!) When: Friday, wearing white shirt, blue jeans and black You: Woman. Me: Man. #909758 December 2, 2011. Where: JCPenney. heels. November 12, 2011. I am the male You: Woman. Me: Man. #909767 who was wearing a red sweatshirt and At Liquor and Lobster Store blue jeans. I have black hair and wear I can’t believe I am posting this. My sweet babe glasses. We met by the snake exhibit You: seafoam Volvo. Me: blue We say that we are never on the and there was a spark. When: Saturday, Jeep? When: Friday, November same page. I am on a great page, as November 12, 2011. Where: Echo Center. 25, 2011. Where: Shelburne. You: now I know I can’t live without my You: Woman. Me: Man. #909744 Man. Me: Woman. #909757 true love. I have been wrong, and Hawt BB biking to Muddy’s know it. I will never let you down Bikram Studio Burlington or go. Here is the page. Jump on. I conventionally drafted behind you Response to your I Spy. We had mats When: Thursday, December 1, 2011. ‘til our chat at a red light on Pearl. next to one another, you had a cute Where: Every night in my dreams. It was cold and you weren’t wearing and mischevious look in your eye You: Woman. Me: Man. #909765 UGGs(!), but seems like you’re still and a tattoo about snow, or winter too alt. Did my bicycle stick-figure coming. I have one around my waist When you’re away, I’m away attached to my numero totes turn you in Greek. Find the poster of me on Oh two - I’ve missed you beyond. More off? Should I have worn a turtleneck Pine. When: Saturday, October 29, than I can tell you. And anxiously instead of a neon jacket? Holler 2011. Where: Bikram Studio. You: await you back here. So much to share back cuz we should really discuss Woman. Me: Man. #909756 and plan. Can’t wait for your return. what’s relevant. When: Saturday, Je t’aime mon amour me- yours November 12, 2011. Where: Muddy’s. Hardcore cutie downtown always. When: Saturday, November You: Woman. Me: Man. #909743 Saw you on Church Street on Monday, 26, 2011. Where: Heading south. but I’ve seen you at shows before. You See this Beetus? You: Woman. Me: Man. #909763 have snakebites and shoulder-length Mumwah wants her pupwei. hair and were wearing a plaid coat. Flynn Theater Scooping, rooting and burrowing are I’ve always wanted to talk to you but You were in a white sweater sitting on the menu. When: Wednesday, didn’t work up the nerve until now. If next to me. I made sure you didn’t November 23, 2011. Where: Ball pit. you’re not with that other hardcore leave your glasses. Thought you were You: Man. Me: Woman. #909742 dude with the beard, you should hit pretty sexy. When: Tuesday, November

Tessa from POF Hey, I thought we clicked and would keep talking. Then you canceled your account. Maybe I’m not so great at reading into what women are thinking, but I thought “I would love to talk to you again and hang out” meant just that. Haha, get back to me? When: Monday, November 21, 2011. Where: POF. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909741

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