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portunities to succeed. We offer employees advancement opportunities, competitive pay and benefits. And we invest in training and professional development that helps them learn practical and transferable business skills. “We also respect the right to voice an opinion,” she continued. “To right-size the headlines, however, the events taking place are not strikes. Outside groups are traveling to McDonald’s and other outlets to stage rallies. Our restaurants remain open today — and every day — thanks to our dedicated employees serving our customers.” Fast-food workers in the United States earned on average $9 an hour, or $18,720 a year in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s more than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, but less than a Senate proposal — endorsed by the president — to boost the minimum to $10.10. Ashley Smith, a member of the Vermont chapter of the International Socialist Organization, said that Burlington’s municipal workers and employees of city contractors won “an important victory” with the adoption 12 years ago of a livable-wage ordinance. It currently sets a minimum of $13.94 an hour for those with health insurance and $15.83 for those without. “But there are hundreds of retail workers in Burlington who aren’t making a livable wage,” Smith noted. “Everyone in this city, this state and this country should be guaranteed at least $15 an hour.”

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ast Wednesday, President Barack Obama declared the growing gap between rich and poor “a fundamental threat to the American dream.” The next day, customers at the McDonald’s on Williston Road in South Burlington were serenaded with a noontime chant of “Hold the burgers, hold the fries. Make our wages supersize!” About two dozen protesters brought their demand for livable wages into the fastfood eatery as McDonald’s workers looked on silently — seemingly stunned. It was unclear how much those workers make; local managers declined to comment on the South Burlington manifestation of a nationwide day of walkouts and solidarity demonstrations at fast-food restaurants in support of a $15-an-hour wage. The demonstrators weren’t at all reticent, Kevin J. Kelley reported on the Seven Days Off Message blog. One of them led several others in the “mic check” call-andresponse popularized by the Occupy Wall Street movement. “On this day...” the leader shouted. Her fellow protesters joined in with this chant: “Workers in 100 cities / are going on strike / and people like us / are standing with them / to demand McDonald’s respect the right / to work with dignity.” Lisa McComb, a spokesperson with McDonald’s USA, had this to say: “McDonald’s and our owner-operators are committed to providing our employees with op-

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Shelburne Museum would like to thank the hundreds of donors whose generous contributions to the Campaign for Shelburne Museum made it possible to broaden and enhance the Museum’s educational and cultural missions with the opening of the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. The Pizzagalli Center will be open year-round, providing greater opportunity for innovative exhibitions, new and expanded programming for all audiences, and community events. Thank you for helping to transform Shelburne Museum in a way that enriches the cultural and educational offerings for Vermont and the region. Founding Gifts

James and Judith Pizzagalli Fund Angelo Pizzagalli Fund Remo and Donna Pizzagalli Fund The Theodore H. Church Foundation Lois H. McClure in honor of J.Warren McClure and Family Stiller Family Foundation

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Morris & Bessie Altman Foundation Kenneth and Mead Brownell Carmel Hill Fund Nancy and Ed Colodny Clayton Cormier and Brian Gurney Arthur D. Dana Foundation Birgit N. Deeds Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation Fieldstone 1793 Foundation

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Ancel and Ashe, the plan’s champions, say they’ve done little more over the past seven months than meet with leaders of several nonprofit groups who had expressed concern about how it would affect charitable giving. They have held no committee meetings on the matter. “The speaker and I talk every so often and we certainly discussed the income-tax proposal, but at the moment there isn’t a clear path or a decision about if or when we’ll take up the proposal again,” Ancel says. That, to her, is not terribly surprising. “Time goes by and things change and people’s perspectives change,” she says. “I knew that and I think we all knew that at the end of the session.” One thing that’s changed: Legislators no longer have the leverage they did when the session was winding down and they could hold the governor’s other priorities hostage. For Smith, the problem with resurrecting the plan comes down to this: As they head into the next session, legislators are staring down yet another $70 million budget gap. If they reengage in the fight over Ancel’s and Ashe’s revenueneutral proposal, it might not stay that way for long.

“Trying to make changes in a revenueneutral way with an income tax might be difficult in that context,” he says. “People are going to want to raise revenue. So they’re going to look at the income taxes to do that.” “That,” says Ashe, “is a very valid concern. Because what we were proposing at the end of the session was lowering all the tax rates and making it fairer. If he believes we can’t get through a discussion about tax reform because it would turn into tax generation, that’s a call he has to make.” And then there’s Shumlin, who — no great shocker — appears disinclined to reconsider a proposal he panned last year. No matter that Spaulding said at the time that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the gov and the legislature reached “common ground for some tax reform next year.” What does Spaulding say these days? “Our position is still the same as has been reported: that we would prefer not to do tax reform every year,” he says. “We have been clear we would strongly prefer that they not do that this session.” Shumlin: 1; legislature: 0.

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Congressman PETER WELCH nearly rode into one of D.C.’s biggest lobbying battles — on a bicycle. When he arrived by car outside the Environmental Protection Agency’s Arlington, Va., offices last Thursday to testify against corn-based ethanol mandates, Welch spotted a four-wheeled, pedal-powered, billboard-toting contraption. Its message — opposing the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires petroleum refiners to blend billions of gallons of renewables into gasoline each year — matched his own. “Fix the RFS and protect our fuel!” the bicycle’s billboard read. “Tell the EPA to reduce ethanol mandates.” Welch hopped on the bike, posed for a photo and posted it to Twitter, writing, “What do you think of my new ride? #RFS” The bicycle, it turns out, was sponsored by Energy Citizens, a front group for the American Petroleum Institute. That’s one of the more than 200 organizations that spent as much as $79 million last quarter lobbying on either side of the ethanol issue, Bloomberg reported last week. Joining API and the petroleum industry in opposing ethanol mandates were the restaurant and meat-growing industries, which compete for corn crops, and the small engine and boat industries, which blame ethanol for damaging engines. They — and Welch, who has become a leading anti-corn-ethanol voice in Congress


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fact that Vermont farmers were the ones who got me interested and my investigation showed that this was, I think, a really important issue for lots of reasons. As far as who contributed to me, you’ve got the record there,” he says. “Why they contributed, you’d have to ask them. But there haven’t been any coordinating activities or anything like that.” Welch also has a personal interest in the issue. As he mentioned during last week’s EPA hearing, the congressman’s chainsaw stopped working unexpectedly several years ago. When he brought it into the shop, he says, he was told ethanol-blended gasoline was to blame. “My own chainsaw got wrecked,” Welch says.

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— scored a big victory last month when the EPA released a draft rule reducing next year’s Renewable Fuel Standard by three billion gallons. Renewable Fuels Association president BoB Dinneen, who represents the corn growers and agribusinesses that favor ethanol mandates, says Welch’s ride on the API’s bike is a fitting metaphor. “It’s a perfect example of Rep. Welch sort of carrying their message literally and figuratively,” Dinneen says. “The oil industry clearly is pushing and coordinating the effort to repeal the RFS.” Welch concedes that the complexities of the issue have created “strange bedfellows,” with oil companies fighting alongside anti-hunger organizations and some environmental groups. But he says he’s never worked with Energy Citizens or the API, clarifying that his joy ride was “a spontaneous thing.” “I had no idea who sponsored the bikes, but I agreed with the message, so I just hopped on,” he says. “It was a cool bike and a good message.” Welch maintains that his opposition to ethanol is “totally Vermont homegrown.” He says he first learned about the issue several years ago at Franklin County Field Days in Highgate, where a man told him that ethanol-blended gasoline had wrecked his chainsaw. Further investigation, he said, revealed that the mandate was driving up feed prices for Vermont dairy farmers. Since then, Welch has distinguished himself as one of the loudest anti-cornethanol voices in the House — holding press conferences, introducing legislation to scale back the mandates and testifying at last week’s EPA hearing. His industry allies have evidently taken notice. In the past year, several trade groups fighting the Renewable Fuel Standard have contributed to Welch’s reelection campaign. Those include the Petroleum Marketers Association of America ($2500), Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America ($4500), National Association of Convenience Stores ($10,000), National Association of Truck Stop Operators ($1000) and the National Restaurant Association ($2500) Welch says his work on ethanol issues predates that flurry of contributions — and he’s right. Welch held his first ethanolrelated press conference at a Malletts Bay marina in April 2011. But it’s worth noting: From a politician’s perspective, the best big-money lobbying fights in D.C. are those in which you can pick a side amenable to your constituents, make a lot of noise and watch the industry contributions roll in. Welch doesn’t see it that way. “My advocacy has been based on the

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eventeen months ago, Nicole Citro tied a green ribbon to a railing on the f ront porch of her Essex Junction home. Her simple gesture started something big: what Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Peter Shumlin both recently hailed as a winning “grassroots campaign” to base a squadron of F-35 fighter planes at the Burlington International Airport. But to the plane’s opponents, the Green Ribbons campaign is more like po litical AstroTurf, an effort underwritten by Vermont’s biggest business interests and hyped by the state’s most powerf ul pols. It’s a case of the 1 percent pretending to be the 99 percent, says Paul Fleckenstein, a leader of the Stop the F-35 Coalition. Citro, owner of a South Burlington in surance agency and daughter of a Vermont Army Guard master sergeant, acknowl edges receiving financial help from organizations such as the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. and the regional and statewide chambers of commerce. Wealthy

executives such as realtor Ernie Pomerleau also made contributions, as did “20 or so” local companies, Citro adds. Together, she reckons, business sources accounted for “around half” of the Green Ribbons campaign’s total take of “a little more than $20,000.” Citro says the rest of

“It was definitely a grassroots thing. Nicole really worked Facebook hard,” Pomerleau says. And f or opponents who depicted the campaign as “a bunch of big, bad business guys” who wanted the F-35 for the money it would bring in, Pomerleau has two words: “That’s bullshit.”

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an effort underwritten by Vermont’s biggest business interests and most powerful pols. the money came from “hundreds” of work a day Vermonters who either made small donations or bought marked-up merchandise such as hats and T-shirts emblazoned with pro-F-35 slogans. “I love jet noise” was a particularly popular bumper sticker associated with Citro’s campaign.

Proponents such as he and Citro were actually motivated by a desire to “stand up f or the Guard,” Pomerleau says. F-35 op ponents, he charges, were “demonizing” the 1100 Vermonters who serve with the Green Mountain Boys. Citro adds that she got involved because “I didn’t want the men and women of the Guard to think the

community wasn’t behind them.” The plane’s opponents deny they have been critical of the Guard. Their objec tions, they say, have been directed solely at the F-35. GBIC president Frank Cioffi depicts the Green Ribbons campaign as a genuinely populist push f or a local basing option favored by a majority of Vermonters. “One thing I learned from working with Nicole,” Cioffi says, “is that grassroots support for the F-35 just overwhelmed the opposition” in terms of numbers. That was despite backers not being “as loud or as well orga nized” as those opposed. Citro initiated the campaign spontane ously, without prompting from, or coordi nation with, any established organization, Cioffi adds. “She’s a one-woman army.” As evidence of the rootsy nature of the effort, Citro points to the “many gas stations and mini-marts” that gave away green ribbons, along with pre-addressed postcards that supporters were asked to sign and send to the Air Force.

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S. Sen. Patrick Leahy stood with the top brass but sounded a populist note at a press con f erence last week celebrating the U.S. Air Force’s announcement that 18 F-35 fighter planes would fly out of Burlington International Airport. “I’ve never seen such a grassroots effort in this state,” Leahy remarked to 200 members of the Vermont Air National Guard. But f or some people who make their homes near the airport, Leahy’s statement didn’t convey the whole picture. “Yeah, there’s broad grassroots sup port. But there’s also broad grassroots opposition,” said Julian Portilla, a Winooski resident and associate prof essor at Champlain College who counts himself among the opponents. This past weekend, a Seven Days reporter visited roughly 20 households in the flight path in Winooski and South

couple doesn’t worry about the F-35s on the horizon. If anything, he and his wif e have f elt like minorities in their support f or the F-35, he said. The months of debate leading up to last week’s decision were dominated by the opposition, Hart said, so when the South Burlington City Council held a meeting near his home f or resi dents to voice their opinions, he took the opportunity to present “a more neutral Kari Hoose and Julian Portilla position.” In his argument, Hart made a case f or the strategic importance of the Burlington. Residents were divided Vermont Air National Guard base. As the evenly between those who welcome the Northeast’s largest, he said it deserved jets and those who do not. A former Air Force pilot who still flies the most advanced military technology. privately, Tyler Hart lives on Kirby Street Af ter the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Hart pointed out, the Vermont in South Burlington. In f act, he and his wife, Kathy, moved there seven years ago Guard was the first to establish an air patrol in New York City. in order to better access BTV. Hart says Several Winooski residents echoed he and his wife don’t mind the noise from that point, including Kelley and Karon the F-16s currently based there, and the

Sims on West Spring Street. Their son just reenlisted with the Green Mountain Boys, they explained, and Kelley used to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. Now retired from working as a lineman and firefighter, Kelley enjoys watching the F-16s fly over their home. “They’re gonna be noisy,” he said of the F-35s, “but every jet is noisy.” “That’s the noise of freedom,” his wife added. Portilla and his wif e, Kari Hoose, a teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School, listed several reasons f or their opposition to the planes. The Air Force hasn’t demonstrated the saf ety or costeffectiveness of the jets, Portilla said, and no one has raised the possibility of creating a f und f or homeowners whose property values drop as a result of the basing. With three young children, the couple is worried about the impact on students and believes thicker windows


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Citro says that over a four-month period earlier this year, F-35 backers in Vermont mailed more than 10,000 of the postcards to officials mulling the basing decision. The campaign printed 40,000 cards in all and also bought advertisements on TV and radio stations, as well as in several northern Vermont newspapers, including Seven Days. In light of that lobbying blitz, F-35 opponents maintain that Citro’s “little more than $20,000” calculation lowballs the amount actually raised and

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the F-35s,” Campbell explained, pointing to the mom-and-pop stores that rely on business from the airport. But on Valley Ridge Road in South Burlington, William Gay, also a UVM staff member, expressed shock at the Air Force’s decision. The claims of economic development, he says, haven’t been fleshed out. “I think couching it in terms of, ‘It’s going to bring all kind of jobs to the area,’ well, no one’s saying what kind of jobs,” said Gay. Donna Carlson moved to Kirby Road in 1986 and — although she stresses that she isn’t anti-military — has always taken issue with the sound of the F-16s. An inner ear disorder known as Meniere’s disease necessitates that Carlson cover her ears or go inside whenever the planes take off or land, and she worries that lowered property values will prevent her from selling her home after 2020. Also disturbing to Carlson has been the lack of representation by leaders like Leahy, who she says have been cheerleaders for the basing. “Because our congressmen don’t live in this area, they don’t have any sense how these planes affect these neighborhoods,” Carlson said.

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should be installed in schools to protect their hearing. Referring to the closed-door process by which the Air Force ranked locations for the basing of the F-35s, Hoose added, “One of the pieces that’s been undemocratic is that elected leaders haven’t discussed the risk and benefits.” Although he now lives in Colchester, Tom Campbell, an operations director at the University of Vermont, grew up in the Onion City and on Saturday was repairing his sister’s porch there. He pointed to IBM’s recent layoffs as a reason to welcome the economic development that may come as a result of new jets, which are expected in 2020. “I’m not a warmonger, but I support

spent in support of stationing the plane in Vermont. Roger Bourassa, treasurer of the Stop the F-35 Coalition, puts pro-F-35 expenditures at “over $100,000.” The price of printing and mailing all of those postcards came to around $17,000, according to Citro’s calculations. Bourassa, a U.S. Air Force and Vermont Air Guard veteran, estimates, “It must also have cost thousands and thousands” to buy two weeks’ worth of 30-second spots

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According to a 2010 report from the Environmental Protection Agency, shoreline degradation is the number-one problem for lakes all around the country. Vermont is no exception. Here, 82 percent of lake shorelands are in “poor” or “fair” condition because of excessive clearing that’s often compounded by the installation of driveways, parking lots and other impervious surfaces. In a report to the legislature in January of this year, ANR officials confirmed that damage rates in Vermont’s lakes exceed the national average. In fact, they’ve fared worse, in terms of shoreland disturbance, than other lakes in the northeast region. A well-vegetated shore is the first line of defense, according to the same ANR report: Vegetation filters runoff, prevents erosion and provides habitat for fish and other shoreland-dwelling wildlife. But in Montpelier, crafting legislation to protect lakeside vegetation has been an uphill battle. Environmentalists and some lake property owners supported a Housepassed version of new rules, which would require permits for most new or expanded clearings for impervious surfaces within 250 feet of a lakeshore. H.526 also calls for ANR to create vegetation management standards for those lots. But concerns about property rights and governmental overreach caused the bill to stall out in the Senate, specifically in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. Over the summer, lawmakers dispatched a shorelands commission to collect public comments


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state of Vermont?” he says. “Not going to happen.” Rep. Thomas Terenzini (R-Rutland Town) sure hopes not. He calls the proposed rules a “power grab” by ANR and its leader, Secretary Deb Markowitz, and wishes lawmakers would drop the proposed legislation altogether. “If you buy a home or a camp on a lake or a pond, you paid a considerable amount of money right there,” says Terenzini. “And then for the state to come in and set up all these guidelines of what you can and can’t do with your property — I just think it’s wrong. I think it’s an overreach by government.” COuRTESy Of ThOMAS TEREnzini

and educate Vermonters about potential protections; more than 700 people turned out for six meetings throughout the state. In Iarappino’s view, the legislative roadshow was a stalling tactic designed to pacify opponents of the bill. Sen. Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden), vice-chair of the natural resources committee, saw it as a chance to hear specific complaints about ways in which H.526 could be improved. One she heard repeatedly: “People are really concerned about how much bureaucracy there is.” Some citizens who attended the commission’s meetings argued that other water quality threats are more pressing than lakeshore development, including beavers, pesticide spraying, invasive species and agricultural runoff. Although the commission’s final report isn’t due until January 15, a draft released last month recommends the legislature continue its consideration of regulations in the coming session. Meanwhile, Snelling has drafted a new bill that regulates shoreland development under Act 250, the state’s land use and development act, rather than setting up a new permitting process. Currently most lakeshore parcels aren’t subject to Act 250 because of their small size. Additionally, Snelling’s legislation, which she’ll introduce during the coming session, lays out specific numbers and definitions for shoreland protections — for example, she suggests preserving vegetative buffers for 75 feet from a lakeshore edge. “It provides a standard which people can comply with,” says Snelling. “I heard very clearly from people that they want to do the right thing, that Vermonters want to help protect their water, and they realize that everybody has to participate. They just want to know what the right thing is.” Warren says that ANR routinely hears from property owners concerned about potentially destructive development on their lakes — but for the time being, ANR has little or no oversight over these activities. About 20 percent of towns have enacted shoreland protections, but ANR officials say that’s no substitute for consistent and clear statewide guidelines. You’d expect logger Nicholas EckerRacz of Glover to support that effort. He called ANR over the summer to report that one of his clients had asked him to remove lakeshore vegetation from the shores of Lake Parker, but he refused on grounds it would lead to erosion. The client simply hired another logger to do the environmentally questionable work. Despite that, Ecker-Racz still believes regulation and enforcement are best left to individual towns and cities. He points out that state agencies can barely enforce the laws they already have on the books. “Now you want to throw in shoreland monitoring of every lake and pond in the

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1) Extraversion (E) or introversion (i): Do you focus more on the outer world (E) or you own inner world (i)? 2) Sensing (S) or intuition (n ): When absorbing information, do you focus on the facts (S) or try to interpret and add meaning (n )? 3) Thinking (T) or f eeling (f ): When making decisions, do you prefer to look at logic and fairness (T) or people and special circumstances (f )? 4) Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): When dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided and resolved (J) or do you like remaining open to new information and options (P)? Source: myersbriggs.org

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( ( (mDispatCh True to his word, Torres never solicited an emotional conf essionf rom anyone during the workshop — in part because everyone had already done that with him. In advance of the event, all attendees had taken online assessments that included the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a questionnaire that asks a range of hypothetical questions meant to determine your personality type. After delivering a short lesson on Jungian psychology, Torres, director of leadership development f or the American Farm Bureau, handed back the individual results and launched into an explanation of its four main sets of traits. Under the Myers-Briggs rubric, human personalities are marked by these contrasting variables: extraversionintroversion, sensing-intuition, thinkingfeeling and judging-perceiving (see sidebar for more information). The assessment classified Tina Burt, a dairy f armer sitting near the back of the conference room, as an ISFP — an introvert with sensing,f eeling and perceiving qualities. In her late thirties, Burt wears many hats as the owner and manager of a 220-head dairy f arm in St. Albans: accountant, payroll manager, laborer, equipment operator. While Burt enjoys the solitary nature of the farm work, she acknowledged, “You get so involved with working alone, you almost forget how to work with other people.” Burt signed upf or the workshop, she explained, to help her interact with suppliers and her f our employees. Appreciating that her own introversion

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f or its employees, Chaput doesn’t always go. He only recently trained under a hoof trimming expert from Wisconsin, and now likes to focus as much as he can on that task. Sometimes, he blows up when people try to talk to him. “I’m trying to process things I’ve learned,” Chaput said. “My boss said I don’t work so well with people,

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extroverts thrive on interaction, introverts can emerge from their solitude with much to offer — unless groupthink drowns out their quiet voices. On this day, the quiet types had plenty of company. Af ter a buffet-style lunch of tacos and cornbread, Matt Chaput — an ISTP with a black beard and shaved head — expressed similar frustrations. As the hoof trimmer at Chaput Family Farms, a large dairy farm in North Troy, Chaput’s boss happens to be his second cousin — and an extrovert to boot. Although the f arm holds regular meetings

and I thought it would be educational for me to learn a little about why.” As a youth basketball coach, Chaput added, he has already learned that every member of a team has a different personality. Louise Waterman, an education coordinator at the state agriculture agency, conceived of the workshop as a way f or producers and service providers to understand their personality types, leading to better management practices. To that end, Torres devoted a healthy chunk of the program to the topic of managing conflict.

According to the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, another assessment all attendees took ahead of time, there are five ways to manage conflict: competing, collaborating, compromising, avoiding and accommodating. After having everyone write down in journals a time they did and didn’t manage to get their way, Torres explained the merits of each approach. “If it’s not affecting your bottom line, and if it’s not affecting the safety of your organization, do you need to win every time?” Torres wondered aloud, trying to illustrate the need for managers to remain open to their employees. Simultaneously, he warned, too much collaboration can lead to inaction. The latter point may have been the greatest takeaway f or Spencer Welton (INFJ), a self -described “Myers-Briggs junkie” who runs Half Pint Farm in Burlington’s Intervale with his wife Mara (ISTJ) and is president of the Burlington Farmers Market steering committee. “We hear that collaboration is the pinnacle all the time,” Welton said, “but it’s meaningf ul to hear that it can be cumbersome.” In the 20 years they’ve been together and the 11 years they’ve managed a f arm, the Weltons said they’ve invested significant effort in understanding each other and the personalities of their two employees. Nevertheless, Spencer Welton said, “it still takes events like this to beat it into me.” m Contact: charles@sevendaysvt.com


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Instead, she says, “I’ve been keeping very detailed records for my own tax return” in regard to money she collected and spent in the name of the Green Ribbons campaign. But the public won’t have access to Citro’s personal tax returns, while it would have been able to review at least some of the donations and expenditures for the pro-F-35 effort if the campaign were to file the 990 IRS form that nonprofit organizations are required to submit annually. The Stop the F-35 Coalition has a different arrangement: It’s an affiliate of Burlington’s Peace & Justice Center, notes activist Eileen Andreoli, which places it under the umbrella of a nonprofit. But that doesn’t mean journalists or members of the public can see its basic financal data on the PJC’s tax return; the IRS form doesn’t require enough detail to reveal each affilate organization’s separate finances. In the interest of transparency, Bourassa said he’d be “perfectly willing to sit down with any journalist” to go over the Stop the F-35 Coalition’s payables and receivables. Bourassa says that so far this year it had raised $27,620 CIOF F I from about 200 donors, $21,000 of which went to pay legal fees. The largest donor — who asked to remain anonymous — gave $12,000 in cash and paid $8000 to improve the organization’s website, Bourassa reports. Another contributor stopped gifting the Vermont Democratic Party to the tune of $100 a month and now instead sends that sum to the coalition, Bourassa adds. He says he doesn’t know the names of the many individuals who put small bills into a bucket that the coalition passed around at its events. Ice cream tycoon Ben Cohen says he gave the coalition “around $12,000 or $15,000”— a sum that included the cost of the massive sound system the plane’s opponents rigged in City Hall Park this summer to simulate the roar of an F-35 takeoff. And the Stop the F-35 Coalition isn’t giving up — at least not in terms of getting its message out, which Andreoli says has consistently been, “Love the Guard, hate the plane.” It’s aiming to raise another $75,000 in 2014. 

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of traditional rituals. °Th eebook’s book’sfifirst rst half recalls Turner’s first rstself-published self-published Turner’s fi collection, Eat the Apple, with its jagged imagery of war, sometimes experienced through the lens of posttraumatic stress disorder. “[E]ach fear became a metronome,” writes Turner of a soldier on alert, “// and his gun was the instrument / remembering only one song.” In “Chastity,” he writes powerfully of wanting to expel memories as well as shrapnel: I am hoping that one day a large pimple will rise from my cheek and with one quick squeeze the memories are gone In the second half ofReasons, Turner turns his attention to songs of calming, love and healing, many evoking nature and Lakota traditions. A poem about tree identifi cation,for for identification, instance, becomes quasi-mystical: “° ee “Th year round ash has / diamonds / undug from its callused skin / that interweave / through vast chambers / of unknown life,” Turner writes. War’s “true faces” may hide in poems yet unwritten — one of Turner’s poems describes an Iraqi child begging for a pencil, as if to write his own story. But this author has given us access to harrowing moments from that chapter of his experience, along with moments of surprising grace.

more like the title lyric. For many urban dwellers, four-way stop signs spell aggravation. Yet it’s hard not to feel a little ashamed of one’s irascible reactions to drivers who dawdle or jump the gun as one reads Olson’s radically optimistic take on taking turns at the signal: A feeling like kinship or family or love comes over me every time.

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Plainfi eld educator’s verse sometimes poses the question: Is it possible for poetry to be too happy? ° at’s not to say there’s no darkness in the collection, which touches on war, global catastrophe and the travails of the inmates to whom Olson teaches poetry writing at a correctional center. Most of these poems, however, are

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Service, Doerner plays, too, with the Vermont handbell group NORTHERN BRONZE, which has performed with BELLA VOCE women’s chorus. Clearly a handbell devotee, she graciously attempts to straighten out this reporter on the

Tower bell ringers’ enthusiasm f or practicing the complicated algorithms of change ringing can easily exceed the neighbours’ patience, so in the days bef ore modern sound control, handbells o° ered them a way to continue ringing without the aural assault.

Five handbell choirs in the Green Mountain State are listed on the Handbell Musicians of America website, none of them the Austin group. (Not everyone belongs to the same national associations, Doerner says.) Adding to the conf usion, a choir with the webvarious kinds of bells and chimes and site austinhandbells.org is in Texas. In the ways of ringing and striking them. The origins of handbells are as much Burlington, the Austin Handbell Choir gets its name from its original benefactor. practical as aesthetic, as this oddly Warren R. Austin (1877-1962) was a entertaining passage f rom a Wikipedia U.S. senator f rom Vermont f or 15 years page suggests:

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did the research that helped put white lines along our highways. The poet describes following those white lines as an everyday pleasure, one of many the collection showcases. Among the moments Olson monumentalizes are trips to Paris and Greece, restaurant meals, dog walks, listening to “Greg Izor And His Band At The Black Door,” making toast, taking out compost and gathering “delicious and beautiful” CSA vegetables. “It couldn’t be any better,” opens one poem about Saturday morning at a dog-friendly bookstore. In short, some of these poems could double as advertisements for the crunchy Vermont lifestyle. Yet they have an eloquent simplicity, and Olson’s pleasure in her subjects feels both genuine and contagious. By the end of the book, readers may find themselves resembling the airplane seatmate in “Flying,” whom the poet asked to “clap with me / if the landing was good.” We clap along with Olson in thanks for blessings we normally take for granted. Autobiographical poems sometimes get a bad rap, but they need not be navel-gazing; often, the poet “monumentalizes” his or her own youth to capture and preserve QUICK LIT

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all. “I’m happiest when making other people happy,” Killacky says, “and the shows at the Flynn make a lot of people happy.” That’s why practically all of them get standing ovations, he suggests.

and Fantasy at the Edge of the Forest,” which runs until year’s end. The wild collection of history- and nature-based costumes has been wowing all who see it, Brooks says. He also hopes Vermont rail enthusiasts of all ages will visit the model-train exhibit that the Middlebury institution organizes every holiday season. This year’s version currently fills a 50-by-50-f oot room with miniature f arms, villages, passenger stations and three sets of Lionel trains. alex aldrich isn’t asking f or any gif ts f or the Vermont arts council , per se. Instead, the VAC executive director says his f ondest wish f or the f estive season is for the members of the U.S. Congress — particularly those in the darkly be nighted House of Representatives — to get “a new attitude.” Yes, Aldrich ac knowledges, that could result in state arts organizations receiving slightly larger slices of the f ederal-f unding pie. But, he says, he’d settle f or Congress “just becoming more aware that the arts can be part of so many sectors” — education and social services, for example. Jody Fried isn’t leaving any doubt

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nyone who has puzzled over the odd imbalance of Winooski’s roundabout — one side thriving with restaurants, the other mostly vacant storef ronts — will be happy to learn of Winoos Ki circle arts . The store, which had its grand opening on Friday, creates a year-round home f or the pop-up arts markets that brightened those empty storefronts for a few holiday weeks in 2011 and 2012. On a recent morning, sunlight brightens the room’s dominant f eature: two angled columns painted red, reaching from cement floor to lofty ceiling. It’s hard to remember why such a space was ever empty. The caref ully chosen selection of fine arts and craf t items, most made in Vermont, are grouped by use rather than artist. A kitchen display includes South Hero-based r iKi moss ’ lamps, whose swirling f orms are made f rom pulped banana leaf . Pin Up Pickles and Craf ts jams made by Winooski’s r achel smith , who grows her own ingredients or picks them from the riverbank, adorn a table.

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shades in her Winooski home. One bluepainted wall displays prints and original art of all styles, f rom the f ramed, ab stract, black-and-white ink-on-gouache works of eliza Beth ciano (owner of the former Burlington design store Weller), to ironic holiday cards by Colchesterbased print artist ginny Joyner . “Bad girl,” reads one with a picture of a chunk of coal tied up in a bow. The attractive, homey displays were jointly designed by retail manager l iza coWan of Burlington and store f ounder Jodi h arrington , a longtime Winooski resident. Harrington painted f aux-tile floors for each display area, and Cowan scoured yard sales and Barge canal mar Ket in Burlington for the vintage display tables, racks and chairs. Cowan is an artist and photographer whose “Fake” series paintings in the style of Matisse and Picasso, vintagecover keepsake boxes and framed photos of her pug Saki are among the items for sale. She “heavily curated” the remain ing inventory, she says. Cowan’s thor ough knowledge of the local art scene

led her to such finds as the meticulously woven sweet-grass baskets of h enry Jerome Washington , a Winooski resident whose South Carolina relatives mail him the grass that’s been used since slavery days in this Southern traditional art. What isn’t evident f rom browsing among these gems is that Winooski Circle Arts is an artists’ cooperative. Starting af ter the holiday season, members will pay a f ee to cover rent in return f or a share of the store’s profits. (Until then, they earn a generous percentage on sales of their own work.) Harrington and Cowan weren’t merely intent on promoting local artists and artisans, as

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they had done with the pop-up stores. They wanted to create community, too. “It’s ethical. It’s about keeping a healthy, thriving, local economy,” says Cowan. “If it doesn’t build community, it’s just about commercialism, and I’m not interested,” continues the frank 64-year-old. Cowan moved to Burlington from New York City in 2001 and owned Pine Street Art Works until closing it in 2010. Harrington, a native Vermonter whose family dates back many generations, is equally adamant about bolstering her community. The 57-year-old worked for 10 years in cooperative business environments — seven with City Market/Onion River Co-op in Burlington and three with Opportunities Credit Union. She says original discussions about the Winooski store centered on socially responsible business models, such as a B corporation. But “in terms of profit, people, planet — the triple bottom line of socially responsible businesses,” she says, “the cooperative is easier because

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about the size of the gift he wants Santa to bestow on Catamount arts. Make that check out for $700,000, Mr. Claus. That sum would pay off the mortgage on the community arts center’s building in St. Johnsbury and enable the nonprofit to spend $4000 a month on programs rather than interest payments. The money would specifically be used, Fried says, to expand arts education for local students and to make reduced-price tickets available to Northeast Kingdom residents who otherwise can’t afford to attend Catamount shows. In Burlington, Doreen Kraft has an equally specific and even more supersize wish. The director of BCa Center would like Santa to please wedge beneath the arts organization’s tree “a Christo-sized wrapped gift” of a 30,000-square-foot


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Quick Lit « P.23 the shades of a way of life gone by. In this way, MARY JANE DICKERSON brings her North Carolina childhood alive in Tapping the Center of Things, a collection that spans decades. The book’s first half is a series of deftly described recollections: The reader experiences tobacco harvesting; chitlins; a segregated tent show; a “Polio Summer” that is “shadowed by the rising fear of paralysis” yet rich in eerie beauty (“magnolia leaves wove their patterns / in black and white over moon-splashed walls”). A Jericho resident and retired University of Vermont English professor, Dickerson may seem to have left the South behind. But ties to the past aren’t so easily broken, as she reveals in “My Inheritance,” a powerful lyric that appeared in Harper’s in 1980: … still I am pulled southward always toward red clay, toward gray sandy loam crumbling and falling through fingers, my grandfather’s and yours, my father, until I too reach out

through years and miles and cup my hands to receive the soil… In the collection’s second half, Dickerson explores the Vermont landscape, and with the evocations of sledding hills and crisp autumns come creeping reminders of entropy and mortality. A tribute to the “Red Sox Nation” doubles as an elegy for a beloved Sox fan. In the delicately devastating “Nantucket Elegy,” the shifting coastline below a beach house becomes an emblem of time’s destructive power. Yet the poem stands, just as Rossetti suggested poetry should, as an indelible reminder “of what this seaside place has meant to us, / its presence and ours alive always in every passage / we make through memory’s house.” MAR GO T H AR R IS O N

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the woman who lives in my iPhone is like being in a Samuel Beckett play — the two of us never seem to be on the same page. I handed the phone to my customer, who managed to get the number the old-fashioned way: Google. The Ho Hum didn’t have a vacancy, as she suspected, but the North Star came through. “So what brings you through Burlington?” I asked. “Oh, I’ve been here since the spring,” she replied. “The living situation has been shaky, though. But, you know, things always have a way of working themselves out.” “Have you been doing anything for work?” “Yeah, I sing on Church Street.” “Quite cool,” I said. “But that’s gotta be a lot better in the summer than this time of year. What can you make on a

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good day busking? Can you take in, like, a hundred bucks?” “Yeah, on a good day. It is getting too late in the year now, though. Today I did 73 dollars. That’ll cover my room, which’ll be 48. So, I’ll be able to afford a decent dinner tonight. That’s what I do — I sing for my supper.” “Where are you from, like, your home town?” “I grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, but I left home pretty early. I’ve been all around the country since then.”

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unday is my one day off, except when I work on Sunday, which is most of the time. Perhaps I should quit saying that I’m off on Sundays, but that would be too depressing — the recognition that I work seven days a week. My problem (well, one of my problems) is that I’m constitutionally incapable of turning down lucrative outof-town jobs, and Sunday is a prime day for travelers returning from trips. On a Sunday in November, I was booked for two airport runs: a student heading back to Middlebury College and a friend returning to her home in Hinesburg. (These friend jobs are a whole other issue, because taking money from a friend feels awkward to me, even though they always seem to be more than fine with it.) Both trips went off without a hitch, and by late afternoon — the rain blustery, the sky darkening — I arrived in downtown Burlington en route to my place. My cellphone was switched off, as Sunday is my day of rest (ha!). I longed to get home, put my feet up and engage in that quintessential American male ritual: watching football while eating cholesterol-laden food. Waiting for the light to change on the corner of Winooski and Main, I noticed a husky girl trotting toward me in the rain. She was pulling a wheeled suitcase and wearing a puffy jacket with a fur-lined hood. I couldn’t tell whether the hood was a part of the coat or attached to a separate garment underneath. I lowered the passenger window as she reached me. “Could you take me up to the Ho Hum on Shelburne Road?” she asked.


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farm. Among the trials you may have to endure: • Fecal floods. A modern hog-raising operation may house tens of thousands of animals, all producing waste nonstop, which flows into a vast holding pond and mainly just stays there — when all goes according to plan. When it doesn’t, such as happened in June 1995 at Oceanview Hog Farm in North Carolina, the holding pond gives way and 25 million gallons of liquid waste inundates the vicinity, submerging planted fields and killing 3000 fish in a nearby river. On the plus side, the soybean crop, which thrives on this kind of fertilizer, is likely to come out looking pretty good. • Exploding, foaming pig poop. You think I’m making this up? Sadly, no. Pig manure, like most forms of solid animal excreta, gives off methane as it decays — not a good thing

for the environment, but historically not an immediate threat. That changed four or five years ago, when factory farm workers started finding a layer of foam up to four feet thick forming on top of some pig waste pits. Methane and other gases get trapped beneath, and when ignited by a stray spark, they can explode with deadly effect. Since 2009, more than such 30 incidents have been reported, with barns destroyed, workers injured and pigs killed as result of FPP detonations. One blast in Iowa turned 1500 hogs into premature bacon. So far the cause is unknown; speculation centers on changing pig diets or else the evolution of new microorganisms in the waste pits. The practice of

feeding hogs leftover grain from ethanol production may have something to do with it: The foam primarily afflicts farms in the ethanol belt — Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa — and not so much in hog-rich North Carolina and Virginia. Others, though, say this theory is a pile of crap. • Intense eau de pig. The noise and in particular the smell of hog farms can affect your health. My assistant, Una, who’s been downwind of a big feedlot on a warm day, describes it as being “like a pile of burning diapers.” The gases from the urine and feces of hog farms contain ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, methane and other chemicals so corrosive that the miasma from the barns dissolves metal. A survey of residents near North Carolina hog farms found many suffered from burning eyes, scratchy throat, respiratory problems, nausea, vomiting and similar complaints. The University of Iowa found more than half of pig farmers suffer from job-related illnesses. Noise inside hog barns can

exceed 110 decibels, enough to cause permanent hearing loss. • Toxic waste. Thus do we arrive at your question, Mike. No question, heavy metals and other poisons readily find their way into what goes into hogs and thus what comes out. An extreme example is China, where arsenic is commonly added to pig feed to make the meat redder — a big feedlot there can add a ton of arsenic to the soil in five years. Similar problems, albeit on a lesser scale, can be found in Western countries. Extensive searching of news databases turned up no case of anyone dying purely as a result of tumbling into pig excrement. Just the same, you don’t want to lose your footing at a pig farm. In September 2012 a 69-yearold Oregon hog farmer named Terry Garner, known for the exceptional size of his animals (some weighed more than 700 pounds), went missing after going out to feed them. All that could be found several hours later was his dentures and some body parts. Although too little remained to permit a precise determination, apparently he’d fallen and been eaten by his pigs.

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he only sign of activity inside the former American Legion Hall in White River Junction is the low hum of the high-tech, ultraefficient heating system, which sits incongruously amid blackened cast-iron furnaces in the back room of the gutted building. Still, you can sense the presence of the fraternal occupants who only recently vacated the premises. Dark, glistening grease coats various kitchen fixtures, and the funky reek of thousands of smoked cigarettes is so thick you can feel it on your tongue. As he leads a tour through this boxy, midcentury building just south of the modest but busy downtown, real estate developer Matt Bucy, 50, acknowledges with a chuckle that the place requires a bit more work than does the standard fixerupper. But the scale of this renovation project, which will extend the reach of the downtown commercial district by nearly two blocks, doesn’t seem to faze Bucy. He purchased the 22,500-square-f oot prop erty about a year ago, for $600,000; it’s his fourth major renovation project in White River in the past 20 years. The previous three — the Hartf ord Woolen Mill and the Tip Top and Dreamland buildings — have already played major roles in the surprisingly rapid revitalization of this small Upper Valley village. (Along with Quechee, Wilder, Hartf ord and West Hartf ord, White River Junction is one of the five unincorporated villages that constitute the town of Hartford.) Each of those projectsf ollowed a similar plan: Bucy purchased a tired old building whose decrepitude evoked White River’s long-lost industrial glory days. For tenants, he courted commercial and fine artists, thereby becoming one of several


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population, the size of its commercial dis trict and its wealth. These were the boom years, and they barreled into town by rail. The Central Vermont Railway and the Connecticut River Railroad arrived in 1847; the Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers Railroad and the Northern New Hampshire Railroad came through town in 1848 and 1849, respectively; and the short-lived 14-mile Woodstock Railway was finally completed in 1875. These lines made the village into a hub of intra- and interstate commerce. The downtown — with

and even emotional one, but no less real. In recent years, the town’s blue-collar identity has converged with the so-called creative economy. It’s impossible to discuss the renewal of White River without referring to Northern Stage and the Center for Cartoon Studies. This small village is home to both a professional regional theater company and an internationally renowned school of graphic arts — a claim that few, if any, similar-size towns could ever hope to make. More than any others, these two enti ties embody the notion of White River’s creative economy. Not only do both Northern Stage and CCS employ artists, but, in attracting patrons of the arts to the town, their very presence stimulates the local economy, inspiring visitors to take in a meal before the show, a cup of coffee after the exhibit, local shopping while in town for the weekend. Were it not for the artsy vibe that Northern Stage and CCS bring to White River Junction, there would likely have been no influx of other artists setting up shop there. Catherine Doherty, 54, is Northern Stage’s producing director. She notes that it was not a simple task to establish a theater company in White River, but that it would have been even more difficult without the support of locals. “We’ve been navigating a nonprofit in a very challenging economic time,” Doherty says, “but the Upper Valley saw us through … The subscriber base and the community have stayed behind us.” In White River Junction, past, present, f uture, art and commerce are hitched to each other like so many train cars. And, at the moment, Matt Bucy is operating the switchyard.

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The river that runs through this small vil lage is white in name only (except in the winter), but the last word of the town’s name could hardly be more apropos. The past, present and f uture of this village — home to f ewer than 3000 Vermonters — have been irrevocably shaped by the forces of confluence.

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its hotels, depots, saloons and, later, textile mills, bakeries and f actories — owes its very existence to the railroad. Finally, there were the roads. Now known to motorists as the point where Interstates 89 and 91 meet — a conjunc tion made possible by construction crews in 1969 — White River Junction is also the place where the east-west U.S. Route 4 intersects the north-south U.S. Route 5. If you’re driving across eastern Vermont f rom almost any direction, on almost any road, you have to make an effort to avoid passing through White River. The meeting of the highways was a boon to big-box retailers and chain restau rants, which flourished just across the river in tax-free New Hampshire. It also helped hotel chains, which opened locations just off the highway in White River. But that growth occurred a mile or more f rom the Junction’s village core, and few tourists or commercial truck drivers visited the village center. The railroads brought the boom, and the highways brought the bust. As less and less vehicular and commercial traffic found its way downtown, f actories, warehouses and mills shut their doors, leaving hulking buildings to a decades-long period of decay. The sucker punch came when the railroads themselves f ell into decline. By the 1970s, semis were hauling much of the cargo that had once filled freight trains, leading some of the rail lines to discon tinue service to White River altogether. The interstate interchange is the most recent of the village’s historic convergen ces, and the last that could be charted by mapmakers and surveyors. But there’s another, less measurable convergence that has given just as much definition to White River Junction. It’s more of a creative

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First there were the rivers — the reason that the village exists at all. The settlement was originally built at the site where the White River, on its way southeast from the mountains, joins up with the Connecticut River. Once a few bridges were constructed there in the early 19th century, the place became an ideal site for a trading post. Then came the railroads. Between 1847 and 1875, developers brought no f ewer than five railroad lines through the small settlement, thereby swelling the village’s

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local trendsetters to lay down a new path for the village’s future. White River would no longer be a depressed, rough-andtumble mill town but a nexus of Vermont’s creative economy. Which is not to say that the village couldn’t or wouldn’t hang on to certain elements from its colorful past. The denizens of White River have embraced the changes wrought by Bucy’s improvements. It’s hard to find anyone who isn’t enthusiastic about this major transf ormation, and it would probably be impossible to find someone who doesn’t like Matt Bucy himself, a tall, amiable man with an easy laugh. He’s something of a local celebrity, in f act. On a recent Monday morning in the Tuckerbox café, the de facto hub of White River Junction’s downtown, Bucy greets about every third patron who enters. “He is beloved by everybody who knows him,” says one of them to a visiting reporter. “I’m serious!” Bucy may be the central and currently most active figure in White River’s turnabout, but he’s not the only one. He has picked up a gauntlet thrown down by an earlier generation of residents who long sought to make their village a more pleas ant place to live and work. To understand what White River is and will be, it’s necessary to understand what it once was.

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Bucy is nothing if not motivated. The Wyoming native bought his first property, the f ormer Hartf ord Woolen Mill, when he was just 29 and had no experience as a developer. At the time, he didn’t even feel particularly connected to White River. “I thought I was going to move to New York City,” he says. “But then I thought maybe I could just sort of do the ‘New York’ thing up here.” He financed the purchase and renovation of the building by maxing out six credit cards, and, studied the f undamen tals of construction so he could do it him self . Prospective tenants started calling him up before he even formally owned the building. Bucy’s f ather, appalled by his son’s use of credit cards to finance real estate development, stepped in to help him out financially; along the way, Bucy taught himself everything he needed to know about finance. “I think I ended up with a better understanding of all that stuff than my father,” he says. With the debt paid off and all 10 of the building’s artists’ spaces rented, Bucy moved on to his next project: a complex on North Main Street that had housed a vari ety of commercial bakeries since the 1880s. “I worked right next to it f or almost 10 years but had never even set foot in it,” says Bucy, ref erring to his days as a pro grammer at the pioneering, now-def unct sof tware company New England Digital.

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“It was an amorphous blob of a building, and it didn’t really have any street pres ence … For a building of that size, it was pretty inexpensive, but it needed millions of dollars of work.” Af ter charting out a series of financial projections on the property, Bucy was convinced it was a sound investment. Upon purchasing it, he decided to renovate the exterior first, thereby establishing the property’s curb appeal. Bucy held an open house at the prop erty in December 2001, not expecting much response. “Seven hundred people showed up. It was crazy,” he says. That very day, Bucy chalk-marked the floors of the Tip Top Media and Arts Building, as it has since been rechristened, to demarcate

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the layouts of its rental spaces. The whole place was rented out within three weeks. It is still rented out, and to a diverse array of tenants. The Tip Top’s 41 spaces host, among others, a public-access TV station, a puppet maker, massage therapists, a ballet studio, and numerous painters and sculptors. Google rents a small space there, too — the odd one out amid all these non traditional businesses; f ormer state sena tor and nearby resident Matt Dunne is the company’s director of community affairs. Bucy’s own office is in the Tip Top, as well. The Tip Top is Bucy’s flagship project, and no visitor to White River can miss it. It’s anchored by the Tip Top Café, a well-re garded American bistro with a lively menu. Along with another restaurant, Elixir, just across the street from the Legion hall, the café is one of the local businesses that have helped White River transform itself from a “drive-by” town into a destination. Bucy’s next project, dubbed the Dreamland Building, was less ambitious in scale, but its occupants are equally varied: They include a yoga studio, a theatrical supply company and a writers’ workshop. Its parti-colored exterior quotes architec tural elements from the buildings on either side of it, a design decision that suggests Bucy is sensitive to the village’s past. Still, he says he’s “not a huge history buff” — that is, he’s not afraid to lay a path f or the f uture without ref erring to the past. “I have no trouble with memorial izing or even celebrating the past. I think that’s great,” Bucy says. “But it is in the past. I’m definitely a future thinker; I’m much more interested in what will happen in 20 to 30 years.” That impulse is reflected in his ideas for the American Legion Hall, for which Bucy is planning something quite different from his previous projects: a mix of commercial and residential rental spaces. “I still want to keep catering to the creative energy. That’s really healthy f or a downtown,” he says. “But the thing that’s missing, es pecially on South Main Street, is quality housing … A lot of [residential rentals] here

have been worn down. There’s nothing like a modern apartment building downtown.” Students at CCS are among those who stand to benefit from downtown housing: The Legion building is across the street f rom the school, and its small, affordable apartments would be well suited f or stu dent life. James Sturm, cofounder of CCS, is enthusiastic about the project. “We’ve had three or four other developers contact us about wanting to build dorms,” he says, “but we’re not in the dorm business. As a school, we can’t do that … Here’s the thing about Matt: He’s an ‘if you build it, they will come’ sort of guy.” David Briggs has lived in White River Junction nearly all his lif e. The landlord and developer of several key properties here — including the Hotel Coolidge and the Briggs Opera House, where Northern Stage perf orms — he has f or decades led the charge to remake his hometown. Briggs was one of several f orward-thinking resi dents who, as early as the 1970s, introduced the concepts of “sprawl” and “downtown revitalization” into the conversation about White River’s future. Is he concerned that Bucy has sup planted him as the village’s leading voice f or change? “Holy smokes, no. It’s a total vindication,” Briggs says. “I’m thrilled. [Bucy’s work] indicates the completeness of the process of White River being re stored … You’d have to be kind of nutty not to celebrate it to the max.” For Briggs, one of the chief problems over the last century of White River’s eco nomic history is that business owners had no connection to the village itself . They lived elsewhere, and, when their factories closed, they simply fired their employees, turned off the lights and left town. Briggs believes that having better residential options in town — such as those Bucy is proposing for the Legion hall — will reverse that course. “People will call [White River Junction] home. They haven’t done that since 1910.” While the plans for the Legion building are not yet certain, Bucy is considering

several nontraditional options, one of which is to turn part of the building’s first floor into a “coworker f acility.” He envi sions a central open space surrounded by small, glassed-in private offices, each of which could be rented on a short-term basis by, for instance, freelance writers or students at the cartoon school. The second floor would hold the 21 small apartments that Bucy estimates the space could support. Above that, on the 11,000-square-f oot roof , he hopes to in stall solar panels. Those, along with extra insulation and the ultraefficient heating system, could enable the building to oper ate at near net-zero energy levels. Bucy hopes to complete the permitting process by February 2014 and to begin construction by March or April. He’s already fielding calls from construction companies that wish to bid on the project. Lori Hirshfield, director of planning and development for the town of Hartford, says “the potential is incredible” in the Legion building. “The thing about Matt is that he comes up with quality projects,” she says. “There’s no question in my mind that he’ll do something that’s going to make a contribution to the downtown.”

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Ken Parker, owner of a local insurance agency and a member of the Hartf ord selectboard, has lived in White River Junction nearly all his lif e. He says of Bucy, “[He’s] a thoughtf ul, enterprising individual who has brought innovation and creativity to repurposing a couple of old structures in town. For that, I think he’s certainly owed a note of gratitude for his visions and his belief that Hartford is a good place to do business.” Parker also praises Bucy’s efforts to cultivate an artistic community in White River Junction, noting that the Tip Top Building, for example, now boasts “an artful vibrancy that is pretty pervasive and inviting.” Perhaps the cornerstone of that artistic community is the Main Street Museum,


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Sturm is more optimistic about fostering White River Junction’s artistic community. “What choice does the town have?” he asks. “It’s not going to be a retail giant, being on the New Hampshire border” — referring to that state’s lack of a sales tax. “We had a downtown like Swiss cheese with all these holes in it, with underutilized infrastructure. That’s great for the arts.” Several local ventures may augur the convergence of White River’s artistic and business communities. One of these is Scavenger Gallery, a boutique operated by acclaimed jewelry designer Stacy Hopkins; another is Revolution, an upcycled-clothing store run by Kim Souza. Both businesses are right downtown, and both sell stylish, well-designed goods to customers with discerning eyes. Initially, Hopkins wasn’t sure that her high-end jewelry would find buyers in White River. “But it’s been working,” she says. “We’re creating a steady clientele of people who tell their friends about us … I feel pretty confident that [White River] is moving in a direction that’s good for artists.” Souza concurs. “Even though I’m running a commercial retail store,” she says, “I’m showcasing a number of artists … I didn’t want to get into retail for the sake of retail. I don’t even care about retail.” Another local artist who has found great success in business is Bucy himself. Never mind his commercial ventures; he doesn’t even call himself a real estate developer. His business card reads, “Matt Bucy, Filmmaker and Director of Photography.” Bucy has been out of town a lot lately, shooting a film project in Connecticut. With the help of his sole employee, Jacob Colby, and his ever-present iPhone, he keeps tabs on his business even when away from White River. “Filmmaking is not unlike building development,” Bucy says. “In terms of the number of people involved, the schedules, the hierarchy that exists — it’s very similar. Being a general contractor totally prepared me for being on a film set.” One of his upcoming projects, in fact, demonstrates how Bucy himself embodies the convergence implicit in the term “creative economy.” In the months before the American Legion renovations get under way, Bucy will use the place as a soundstage for a planned web series about a young woman who is magically able to communicate across time with her grandfather — who just happens to be Andy Warhol. “I still don’t really know what the creative economy is,” Bucy says. “I went to a conference about it, and I’m still not clear on it. I think it just means entrepreneurs doing creative stuff on their own: the power of the little person. And it doesn’t strike me as anything new.” Even so, since Matt Bucy has been investing in it, there’s a great deal of the new in White River Junction. m

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n elementary-school-age brother and sister have been waiting for Santa Claus for an hour. They arrived at the Berlin Mall at around 11 a.m., decked out in red-and-white hats and ready to reveal their whims to the big man. He finally arrives at noon, pushing a shopping cart filled with presents. With the boy and girl both sitting on his lap, Santa asks the children if they know how to get what they want for Christmas. “Be good?” asks the girl. “Yes,” Santa confirms. “And no fighting. And not just around Christmas. All year.” Clearly, this Santa has a “do as I say, not as I do” policy. The man beneath the beard is 76-year-old Paul “the Butcher” Vachon. From the late 1950s until the 1980s, Vachon traveled the world to compete in the squared circle. He was inducted into the Prof essional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004, along with his older brother, Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon (who passed away on November 21 at the age of 84). The two were recognized for their legendary “heel” (bad guy) tag team. But now Vachon is working “babyface” (good guy). In f act, he’s playing the ulti mate ’face: jolly old Saint Nick. Vachon, a native of Glen Sutton, Québec, just across the borderf rom Richf ord, returned home to Route 105 when he retired f rom wrestling in 1987. Now, he lives much of the year in Newport with his f ourth wif e, Dee. He also travels the country selling signed photos and his four self-published autobiographies, along with jewelry and knickknacks. In summer, that means hitting f airs and f estivals all over Vermont. Every October, Vachon starts his run at the Berlin Mall. Through the holidays, he lives with Brenda and Bob Sambel, owners of Northfield-based Sambel’s Catering, to stay close to his uncommon day job. How did the tough guy become Père Noel? It all began 13 years ago with a soused Santa, says Vachon. “I was setting up my stuff here [at the mall kiosk], and he showed up drunk. He was slobbering all over, and finally he fell off the chair,” he recalls. The other Santa was fired on the spot, and the mall manager asked Vachon to take over. He agreed to do so in exchange f or his kiosk’s rental f ees, and with the

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stipulation that he would not wear the same suit the previous Santa had soiled. Vachon got a new suit and a Christmasmovie-cute second act for his career in the bargain. “They pay me quite a bit more now,” he says with a grin. Vachon begins his days as the Butcher, greeting f ans at his booth just down the hall from Walmart. But, about 20 minutes bef ore noon, he commences his transf or mation. His own beard is still dark, so he covers it with a false one that matches the white eyebrows that shade his vivid blue

eyes. The 6-f oot-1 f ormer athlete is no longer the 280 pounds of his heyday, but no stuffing is required to fill out the suit, even if Vachon is f ar f rom shaking like a bowl full of jelly. Years of taking bumps in the ring have lef t Vachon’s back “all screwed up,” he says. To get from his changing area to his Santa chair, he employs a shopping cart stuffed with prop presents as a walker. While people come to him with all kinds of Christmas wishes, the wrestler himself says he’s happy just to be alive.

Af ter beating colon cancer in the early ’90s, Vachon locked up with throat cancer. Radiation treatments f or the latter lef t his jaw weakened to the point of needing replacement. More recently, Vachon traveled to Montréal to receive a replacement valve to fix a bent aorta. He’s living with diabetes, so he makes sure always to have a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich handy to keep his blood sugar stable. All this has lef t Vachon’s Frenchaccented growl a bit halting, as if clouded by pain, but the kids don’t seem to mind.


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Older fans, including Vachon’s longtime weekday elf, Fonda Perkins, remember seeing him perform at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium, or in Richford or St. Albans. Children of the 1980s are more likely to recall his groundbreaking TV “wedding” on a 1984 episode of WWE’s (then WWF) “Tuesday Night Titans.” The show was originally planned as a real wedding for Vachon and his fiancée at Madison Square Garden. But when she broke the engagement, WWE head Vince McMahon Jr. decided to substitute a lengthy series of skits, an early stab at the soaps-for-men genre he would create on the USA Network. Audiences watched a scripted narrative in which “Captain Lou” Albano objected to the marriage until he found out the bride wasn’t a virgin — all leading to a massive, messy pie fight. Vachon ducked out of that battle early, he remembers. “I had my brand-new suit; I knew to stay out of the way.” Of course, Vachon’s biggest fans today know him for a different suit entirely. Perkins says that numerous parents have told stories of bringing their kids to see other Kris Kringles, only to get requests to go back to the Berlin Mall and see “the real Santa.” And, though Perkins says she has to help keep Santa awake during slow times, Vachon says he relishes hearing kids’ gift requests. “I love the kids,” says the father of seven. “[When I first started,] I didn’t think I was gonna like it, but I do.” In the past 13 years, fans of Santa and Butcher Vachon alike have sat on the same man’s knee during the holidays. And whether it’s the 92-year-old grandmother, the 48-hour-old infant or generations of pugs, everyone who crosses the man’s path leaves with a dose of good cheer. m

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And neither does the wrestler as he looks back on his career. “If I had known when I first started out that I was going to wind up like this, I would have done it anyway,” he says. The first seeds of Vachon’s wrestling aspirations were planted in Richford, he says. His brother, Maurice, was already wrestling professionally, but Paul had never seen him on television. At 12 or 13, he crossed the border to see a Western double feature at the movies. “I was standing on the corner waiting for the theater to open,” recalls Paul Vachon. “On a round-screen, blackand-white TV, I saw my brother … wrestling. I was mesmerized [and thought], When I grow up and get as big as [Maurice], I’m gonna be a wrestler, too.” Paul Vachon followed through by winning silver at the Canadian amateur national championships at age 17. But his celebration was not long-lived. Maurice, who was eight years older, told him, “You’re never gonna make money that way. You’re turning pro this summer.” So Vachon followed in his brother’s footsteps. Having a relative in the business didn’t give him any major advantages, though, until 1962, when Maurice asked Paul to cover for him on an Asian tour. While his older brother stayed in Hawaii, Vachon wrestled in Japan and India, then Africa. The younger wrestler didn’t return to North America for four years. In the meantime, Maurice Vachon adopted the name “Mad Dog,” which turned out to be his lucky break. His younger brother recalls him saying, “Ever since I became Mad Dog, I’ve been making nothing but money. I had a chance at the world championship.” Maurice thought his brother needed a more impressive name, too. After floating the idea of “Cochon Vachon” — “pig Vachon” in English — they settled on “the Butcher of Paris” to capitalize on Vachon’s thoroughly un-Parisian French Canadian accent. The “of Paris” part of the sobriquet faded away after a few months. But today, when parents bring their children to see Santa, many still address Vachon in covert whispers as “the Butcher.”


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simply to share our own wish lists — with a di˜ erent theme for each of the remaining issues of 2013. This time, it’s “Indoor/Outdoor” — digital, analog or physical. So let’s get started… 

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few months ago, Mark Tucci was smoking a joint of Cheesehead, a strain of marijuana he’d never tried bef ore. Tucci says he’s probably smoked three or f our joints a day f or the last decade, so there aren’t many kinds he hasn’t tried. But unlike some of his f avorites — including God Bud, AK-47, TNT and Train Wreck, all of which are “kick-ass heavy” indica strains — Cheesehead is a sativa, known more for its energy-giving than pain-relieving properties, and it didn’t do much for him. Still, Tucci doesn’t complain. It’s his job to sample every strain of medical marijuana grown by the Vermont Patients Alliance, the state-licensed nonprofit dispensary in Montpelier. Before each strain is distributed to patients, he reports back to the staff on how it performed, informing them not only about its look, feel, taste, smell and potency, but also how it affected his body and his mood. In all, Tucci has smoked or eaten more than 30 marijuana strains f or the dispen sary, providing staff with advice and suggestions from himself and dozens of other patients on the state’s medical marijuana registry. He has also acquired, f rom his vast nationwide network of patients and caregivers, many of the seeds, clones and cuttings the dispensary now uses to grow its plants. For Tucci, who turns 57 this month, it’s by f ar the sweetest gig of his life. But, bef ore anyone turns green with envy, it’s worth keeping a f ew points in mind. First, Tucci earned his coveted job — technically, he’s an independent consultant — only after years of fighting f or Vermonters’ right to grow, possess and consume cannabis f or their chronic, debilitating and of ten lif e-threatening conditions. There’s another reason why most people wouldn’t trade places with him: Since his diagnosis with multiple sclero sis in 1996, Tucci’s condition has steadily worsened. Although he estimates that his daily cannabis use has given him an ad ditional seven years of mobility, his doctor says it’s only a matter of time bef ore the degenerative disease gets the better of him.

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“Last year I went to vote, stood up out of the wheelchair in f ront of my car and couldn’t move my legs,” Tucci recalls. “They say I’ve got maybe six to eight months of functioning left.” And then what? “I’ll be JELL-O guy, living up here [in Burlington] in a nursing home.” In the meantime, Tucci, who currently lives independently in a cabin in southern Vermont, plans to work f or as long as he can toward a single goal: to ensure that Vermont’s marijuana dispensary patients have the best medicine money can buy. To that end, he has largely eschewed taking other, non-cannabis meds to treat his symptoms so he won’t corrupt his research.

One Washington County physician who serves on the board of the Vermont Patients Alliance says that Tucci is giving the dispensary an invaluable service: bridging the gap between science and an ecdotal evidence. The dispensary’s stateof -the-art laboratory supplies the f ormer: It has a gas chromatograph for testing the plants for their spectra of cannabinoids, or active compounds; and a dissecting microscope for examining them for mold, mites and other parasites. What was missing, until Tucci came on board, was someone who could provide the patients’ subjective perspective on how well the marijuana actually works. “As physicians, we want scientific research and evidence,” says the physician, who asked that his name and employer not be identified owing to the legal and political complexities that still surround medical marijuana. “When Bristol-Myers Squibb is studying a new drug f or Alzheimer’s, they’re spending $2 billion on clinical testing at 50 or 100 different hospitals worldwide. That’s the kind of evidence doctors are used to, not a few patients in one state. But the kind of evidence we’d like to have just doesn’t exist yet.” Nor is it likely to appear in the foresee able future. As this doctor points out, the vast majority of drug studies conducted in the United States are f unded by either the pharmaceutical industry or the federal government, neither of which has shown any interest in f urthering this particular body of medical research. In the absence of such evidence, phy sicians like this one have turned to the relatively few high-quality, peer-reviewed articles about medical marijuana treat ment that are based on randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of the kind used in approving conventional medicines. But even their scope is limited. When it comes to knowing precisely which can nabis strain to recommend to patients, for which symptoms and in what quantities, this physician says, “There is no dosing chart … There are more standards for soil and water testing.” Hence the work Tucci performs, as both patient liaison and adviser, f unctions as a

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a scientific reason why the Cheesehead strain didn’t do much for his pain or muscle spasms. A gas chromatography analysis revealed it’s high in delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, one of the more than 70 unique cannabinoids in marijuana. As the dispensary’s expert pointed out to Tucci, he’s had similar bad experiences VERmonT’s BEsT BUd

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“For years we were told we were crazy by doctors,” Tucci says. “We were told that cannabis had no medical value and [that] if you used it as medicine, you were a drug addict or self-medicating for depression … and [that] anecdotal evidence had no value at all. But it does.” The flow of information goes both ways. Recently, for example, Tucci learned from the dispensary’s chemist that there’s

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with other strains containing high levels of delta-8-THC, which he now avoids. “Who the hell would know that just from smoking weed?” Tucci asks. “No one.”

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ucci didn’t seek out this job — it came to him, largely because of all the work he’s done in the past on behalf of Vermont’s medi cal marijuana community. As Seven Days described in a May 6, 2009, cover story about him, “Growing Legit,” Tucci was instrumental in the passage of Vermont’s first medical-marijuana law in 2004. Three years later, he lobbied the leg islature to expand the scope of the law to allow more patients and conditions to qualif y f or the state-run registry, and to allow patients to possess more plants and processed weed in case their plants died or got contaminated by mold or insects. Later, when it became obvious that many medical-marijuana patients were either too incapacitated to grow their own or too f earf ul about going on the black market to buy medicine of unknown source and potency, Tucci pushed for the passage of Act 65. That law, signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in May 2011, allowed for the creation of up to four state-licensed med ical-marijuana dispensaries in Vermont. Three are up and running today; the fourth is due to open sometime next year. Over the years, Tucci has helped hun dreds, if not thousands, of Vermonters cultivate their own medicinal plants. His 2006 self -published book The Patient’s Simple Guide to Growing Medical Marijuana is still the bible of Vermont’s DIY pot pa tients and their registered caregivers. And, despite his own physical incapacity, Tucci still helps educate and advise patients who, for a variety of reasons, have opted to grow their own rather than sign up with a dispensary. Board members of the Montpelier dispensary approached Tucci about six months before it opened earlier this year, seeking his expertise. By that point, the dispensary had already gone through the state’s rigorous application process, which included providing the Vermont Department of Public Saf ety with its de tailed business and security plans — and $22,500 in nonrefundable application and licensing fees. The business plan called for someone to serve as a patient liaison. Tucci was the obvious first choice. How does Tucci go about his work? Because he suffers from neuropathic pain, which is among the more difficult types of pain to control, he says he’ll take a strain and smoke it exclusively f or about two days, at different times of day, to see how it affects his conditions. After that, he tries incorporating the strain into his usual regimen and seeing how it works. “In the morning when I wake up throbbing and spasming, I need a kick-ass

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was someone who could provide the patients’ subjective perspective on how well the marijuana actually works. indica, a Skunk or an AK, to break down my pain,” he says. “In the afternoon, when I’m trying to function and I just want to get through the day, I smoke a [sativa/indica] blend, some Skunk or Amnesia Haze, so I feel some pain-relief benefits, but also so it doesn’t knock me out.” At night, Tucci turns to the heavier indicas “so I sleep better and don’t go to the bathroom a hundred times during the night,” he says. Thanks in part to Tucci’s work, the dispensary now carries what he calls its “staple strains” — five basic varieties that come in smokeable f orm, such as buds and hashish, as well as tinctures and edibles. So, for instance, if a patient finds the strain called Train Wreck effective but doesn’t like to smoke in the morning, he or she can eat a cookie or put a drop of

tincture under the tongue. Having options is crucial, Tucci explains, as patients often have to manage many different symptoms throughout their day. “It’s like prerolled joints,” he says. “Nobody ever thinks to preroll until they become a quad [quadriplegic] and rolling a joint takes 20 minutes. It’s huge just to have these joints ready for you.” Since patients react differently to different strains, Tucci advises them on how to manage and refine their own cannabis use. He can help identify strains based on properties such as high content of cannabidiol, a cannabinoid known for controlling pain and other symptoms without producing a “high.” He says these strains are good for children, old people and others who don’t want the mind-altering psychoactive ef f ects. Others, he says, pref er strains that

both relieve pain and improve their overall mental attitude about their incurable con ditions, “because that’s really important, too.” Variety is also crucial, Tucci adds, be cause patients can quickly develop a tolerance to one particular strain, rendering it less effective. He tells patients to try several kinds and keep track of which work best and at which times of day. When a patient asks his advice on a condition with which he’s unf amiliar, Tucci has f riends in the medical-marijuana community across the country to whom he can turn for advice — or more. If there’s a particularly beneficial strain that the dispensary doesn’t carry yet, for instance, Tucci can usually track it down and get someone to donate seeds or cuttings. Another important aspect of Tucci’s job is providing emotional and moral support to patients who may have little or no prior experience with marijuana. He recounts the story of a woman in her seventies who had end-stage bone cancer and couldn’t eat anything but thin soup. As he recalls, the woman was reluctant to try marijuana, which her doctor had suggested as a way of boosting her appetite. Her fears weren’t allayed by her doctor’s assurances about marijuana’s outstanding safety profile compared with the antibiotics and opioids she was taking, which are lethal in high doses; or by his promise that it wouldn’t interact with those meds. Tucci recalls, “I had to say, ‘Good God, honey! What are you af raid of ? You’re dying!’” Eventually, Tucci convinced the woman to “just treat it like any other med.” Every few hours, take two or three hits, he instructed, then wait 10 minutes and see if it makes a difference. It did. “Her husband shows up at my house a few weeks later with the biggest smile on his f ace,” Tucci recalls. “He says, ‘You’re not going to believe it. She’s eating again.’ Some of the things people say cannabis does for them, even I don’t believe.” Tucci endured years of stoner jokes and Cheech and Chong ref erences while he lobbied f or the compassionate treatment of the disabled and terminally ill, many of whom have since died. Such stories about his patients keep him going. And, all weed humor aside, he’s still willing to answer a burning question: Do you ever get high when you smoke? “Every now and then — thank you, Jesus! — there will be a strain I haven’t smoked in a while, and I’ll get a good old buzz and feel good about life,” he says with a smile. But, like his ability to stand up and walk, those moments are rare and fleeting. How much longer will Vermont’s medical marijuana patient No. 77921 be able to continue his work? “I do not know. God, I don’t know,” Tucci says, shaking his head as he sits in his wheelchair. “As long as I think it’s doing some good.” m


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or most celebrants, the Christmas holiday revolves around family traditions such as stuffed stockings, or singing carols learned as children. For others, it’s about listening to the First Night story or A Christmas Carol, or watching for the umpteenth time the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. The holiday musical Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, currently running at Northern Stage in White River Junction, brings all these good feelings together. After absorbing two hours of happy song and dance and storytelling, it’s hard not to feel all warm and fuzzy. The show begins with the song “White Christmas” as it brings comfort to a ragged group of World War II soldiers trying to celebrate the holiday somewhere near a dark battlefield. Berlin wrote it for his 1942 movie musical Holiday Inn. The movie was a minor hit, but the song was a major one, topping the Billboard charts and winning an Academy Award that year. Within a decade of its instant success, “White Christmas” became the centerpiece of a new Irving Berlin movie musical of the same name. White Christmas starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as the popular song-and-dance team of Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. This time the film itself was a hit, and it soon became a holiday classic. The basic plot of the movie, as well as of the 2004 Broadway musical version, follows Wallace and Davis as they meet and fall in love with the singing, dancing Haynes sisters, Betty and Judy. The

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performer with a big, brassy voice (think Martha Raye). Fletcher and her character are welcome additions to this show. It’s hard to put aside comparisons to Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen from the film. But fortunately, Syiek and Brad Bradley look nothing like Crosby and Kaye, and they’ve created their own personae for the characters. Syiek is darkly handsome and brings a smoldering, moody quality to Wallace that suits both the world-weariness and tenderness that he must convey. Bradley plays the dancer-playboy who seems to have all the moves, both on the dance floor and in his casual affairs with the chorus girls. Paired with Katerina Papacostas as Judy Haynes, Bradley shows his character’s humanity as he struggles to give up his womanizing ways. His scenes with a couple of ditzy dancers are a treat: as the women ooze sexiness, Bradley first encourages it, then controls himself for Judy.

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The one exception to Dunne’s judicious management comes near the end of the show, when Gen. Waverly is presented to all his past soldiers, who have come to Vermont to surprise him. It’s a moving moment, but, while the film had many extras in uniform, here the general is alone on a bare stage. Kimmins’ presence is strong, but there are no props, lighting effects, recorded voices or any other theater “magic” to give a sense of the crowd ostensibly surrounding him. Saving the best for last is tricky when reviewing a quality production such as this one, but the Broadway musical version adds two more characters that are a definite bonus. In the hands of a gifted comic actor like Scot Cote, both are downright joyful. Cote reveals his full range in delivering the effervescent TV producer Sheldrake and the taciturn, monosyllabic old Vermonter Ezekiel. Both are memorable performances, only sharpened by the contrast between them. Cote’s sense of timing is impeccable, and he wrings maximum humor from the pause and drawl of a Vermont-y “a-yah.” It may be particularly funny to a New England audience, but Cote’s performance alone is nearly worth the price of admission. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is worth adding to your holiday traditions — if this run at Northern Stage is not already sold out. m

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Papacostas is a lithe, expressive dancer who really brings her character into her dances. Her first dance with Bradley, to the tune of “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” is a highlight of the first act; the partners beautifully work their way through movement styles as well as emotions. Their eye contact and expressions while doing so convey their growing attraction to each other. Judy pushes and pulls herself toward or away from Phil, often pausing mid-move as if to reconsider her choice. Syiek and Stacie Bono (Betty Haynes) are also well cast and have excellent chemistry. Bono’s voice is the equal of Syiek’s, and they harmonize nicely, building emotion both in and outside their songs. Only once does Bono let the strength of her voice and her use of the currently popular powerhouse singing style — à la “American Idol” — get in the way of an otherwise flawless performance. In the classic torch song “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me,” Bono relies too much on belting and not enough on emotional modulations. A musical is nothing without dancing, and choreographer Keith Coughlin brings out the best in his capable dancers during featured moments as well as in difficult synchronized numbers, such as the Act II opener, “I Love a Piano.” The whole eightmember chorus, along with Judy and Phil, put on their tap shoes and do outstanding ensemble work with speed and finesse. It is easy to go on praising this delightful, well-crafted production of White Christmas. Director Carol Dunne has made excellent use of the stage and limited cast. For example, before Bob and Betty meet, they share a sweet duet on “Love and the Weather.” They foreshadow their meeting and reveal their similar attitudes as they sing about their reluctance in romance from opposite sides of a dressing-room mirror.


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hances are, it’s happened to you: the experience of unwrapping a f ruitcake or a garbage can of stale, fl avored popcorn, surrounded by watchf ul relatives. The well-meaning but clueless loved one knows you’re a food lover. You nod with an awkward smile, then take a bite and feign satisfaction. But your loved ones don’t have to be part of the problem. Luckily f or them and you, Vermont entrepreneurs are venturing f ar beyond maple candy and preserves these days. We talked to the owners of f our fl edgling f ood businesses to learn more about their stories and their appetizing gif t ideas. Even confi rmed do-it-yourself ers are bound to fi nd something to like among their uncommon products. And if you really miss that fruitcake, you can always make one yourself.

explains Dowsett. “It helps to have a couple of condiments and small things prepared. These saved my butt a little bit. They’re all designed to be multipurpose and real food.” Now Dowsett has applied that same inventiveness to his product line, Wozz! Kitchen Creations, f or sailors and landlubbers alike. As he puts it, the

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large collection is “not your traditional blueberry jam.” Dowsett’s wares include dressings, condiments and vinegars, all designed to be versatile in the kitchen. They’re available online and at a growing number of markets and co-ops around the state, including Healthy Living, the Woodstock Farmers Market and the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center.

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Ever wondered how Prince Albert of Monaco and Rupert Murdoch eat on their private yachts? Warrick “Wozz” Dowsett knows, because he made the f are himself . Dual passions f or sailing and cooking led him to the nomadic life of a seaf aring private chef . And it took serious ingenuity f or him to mimic the fi ve-star f are he had cooked at Sydney hotels on the high seas. “I was in a position where I had to do interesting, real f ood. [But] sometimes it can be three months straight [at sea],”

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Take, f or instance, Wozz’s North Af rican Chermoula dressing. The aromatic combination of cumin, coriander and lemon is great on salad, but on his website, Dowsett also tells cooks how to use it as a marinade, as braising liquid for lamb or folded into couscous or other sauces. Other eclecticf lavors include Vietnamese green-tea-and-mint dressing, goji-berry-and-miso dressing and Indian-spiced beetroot relish. Many of the products originated when Dowsett and his wif e, Ashley, were living in Australia. When they moved to the States last year to be closer to her native New Hampshire, Dowsett decided to focus on keeping his ingredients as regional as possible. It didn’t hurt that the couple settled in Hardwick, home of the Vermont Food Venture Center and some of the state’s best farms. Despite the presence of many tropical f ruits in his creations, Dowsett has largely succeeded in localizing them. Even the miso paste now comes f rom a Massachusetts company. One group of items Australian fans never got to taste is Dowsett’s salsas. There wasn’t much demand f or salsa in the Southern hemisphere, he says, but “here, it’s the first thing people ask me for.” And it’s no surprise, when the staple is as addictive as Wozz’s puckery kiwi-lime salsa verde. It’s a f resh taste of summer that anyone would appreciate stuffed in their stocking.

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Last week, Vermont’s Farm to Plate initiative released a report on the state’s hard cider, spirits and wine businesses with the words, “Vermont’s contribution to the hard cider resurgence is significant.” Among the growing crop of nine or so Vermont cideries mentioned is a new name: Stowe Cider, founded a few months ago by chemist and biologist Stefan Windler and his wife, Mary. “There’s definitely a cider renaissance in America,” says Windler, explaining why he chose to take on the rigors of running

a cider operation alongside his full-time job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Stowe Cider’s production and tasting facilities lie two miles north of Stowe village on Route 100, in a former market and deli at 1815 Pucker Street. Here, the

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the market’s chef, loay alkHafajI, referring to the supermarket up the road. An idle threat? Alkhafaji, an Iraq native who recently came to Vermont, says that in Michigan, where he previously lived, it’s not uncommon for big American markets to shutter when a low-cost Arabic one opens nearby. “Always the best customers I have are American,” says Alkhafaji, who has also run a restaurant in Memphis.

and cranberries; and a batch that’s being aged in bourbon barrels from Smugglers’ Notch Distillery. “When you go to Europe, it’s nearly one-for-one between beer and cider on taps there,” notes Windler. He plans to begin distributing to Stowe-area restaurants and bars this spring in an effort to achieve that parity.

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The split-level space at 70 Roosevelt Highway in Colchester was long known as Noah’s Ark Pet Center & Center. More recently, it was a dollar store. Now, the large storefront that shares a building with BEvo is undergoing major renovations to become Vermont’s first large-scale Arabic market. Iraq native wIsaM altaMEEMI has lived in Vermont for three years. Though he says, “Vermont is my country now,” he adds that he finds food expensive and prefers not to have to travel to big cities for his native flavors. He plans to change that by opening araBIc MarkEt. The store recently received its first shipment of Middle Eastern nonperishables, Altameemi says. Hard-to-find ingredients already on the shelves include dried mallow — popular in Egyptian soups — date vinegar and fig preserves. Altameemi also stocks a large range of housewares, from curtains and sheets to sparkly sculptures of both Muslim and Christian icons. A large meat case lies waiting to be filled with halal flesh. Fruits and vegetables will also be available, and Altameemi says he’ll have regular door-buster sales, such

Windlers — with their three young children in tow — ferment 500-gallon batches of cider every two weeks using apples from Champlain Orchards. This past August, the Windlers released their flagship product: an unfiltered, unpasteurized dry cider with 6.5 percent alcohol. Growlers (and half-size “growlettes”) of the cider sold so swiftly that by October the Windlers had to scale back tastingroom hours (currently Fridays and Saturdays, 4 to 6 p.m.). “It was clear it was really popular, and demand was high,” Stefan Windler says. In the next week or so, the couple will tap their next batch and reopen six days a week. In early 2014, they’ll add to their line a cyser, or apple-based mead; ciders flavored with blueberries

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like China is to find markets that will generate demand for Vermont products to support this working landscape,” Ross says. “We’re an export state and always have been when it comes to agricultural products. With only 626,000 people, we can’t support the working landscape with just ourselves.” The group was stewarded by Ross — who was recently elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture — and Tim Hamilton, executive director of Food Export USA-Northeast, a nonprofit that promotes exports abroad, and of which Vermont is a member. Hamilton says his group has helped make inroads in the Asian market for lobster and wild blueberries; he calls himself “bullish” about promoting Vermont food products next. Both Hamilton and Ross see the region’s relative unfamiliarity with Vermont as an opportunity, especially as the Chinese become more focused on healthy food as a result of ongoing pollution and food scares, such as the 2008 milk and infant-formula scandal.

That tragedy was an unexpected boon to American dairy producers, who now ship 15 to 17 percent of their milk abroad. Among them is AgriMark, which has facilities in Cabot and Middlebury and exports millions of dollars’ worth of whey protein. But the road ahead is longer for specialty products such as cheese. In Hong Kong, the Vermonters noticed that high-end food markets and cheese shops offered “hardly any American cheeses,” says Bardot Lewis. She saw Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Tillamook cheddar and products from Organic Valley — but no Cabot cheddar or Spring Brook Farm Reading. “When you go into the high-end retail stores, you see products marked by their country’s flags. You can identify Europe, New Zealand, Canada,” says Ross. “Certainly, products from afar can be marketed successfully. If the Canadians can do it and the Europeans can do it and the New Zealanders can do it, so can we.” Jeremy Stephenson, co-owner of Spring Brook Farm, represented four other Vermont cheese companies on the trip. He hadn’t thought much about international exports until he set foot for the first time in China. “[The trip] forced me to look at different ways of selling our cheese through new channels,” Stephenson says. His company makes nearly 180,000 pounds of cheese a year and supports three other dairy farms in Reading, but it sells only 13 percent of the cheese in Vermont. “You have to sort of step out of what you know, and your routine, in terms of sales and marketing,” he says. “It broadened my overall view of sales.” For years, the prevailing maxim has been that the Chinese are averse to dairy products, even lactose intolerant. Yet Stephenson saw those myths dissipate at a Shanghai food and hospitality trade show where he set out platters of his raclette-style cheese, Reading, as well as Cabot Aged Cheddar, chèvre from Vermont Creamery, and Bayley

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Hazen Blue and Cabot Clothbound which is vastly different from that of Cheddar from the Cellars at Jasper the West. “The Chinese … are partial Hill. “Everybody in the booth thought to brown spirits and are crazy about our cheese was a magnet,” he says. The French wine — but are less prone to buy samples were snapped up eagerly. bottles of premium liquor to drink at Even if most Chinese have little home,” he says. “Retail sales of booze are knowledge of American cheese, there’s infinitesimal compared to on-premises another built-in market in the country, consumption.” Stephenson notes: expats. “There’s While the Vermont group was in Asia, a lot of Europeans, Americans and a nice serendipity occurred: Barr Hill Gin Australians living on the Pacific Rim, won a gold medal at the International especially in the major cities,” he says. Wine and Spirit Competition in Hong Maple has a slightly larger presence Kong, which Ross accepted on the comin the Chinese market, but that sector pany’s behalf. However, that doesn’t is still dominated by Canadians — and assure smooth sailing for the product that’s something Arnold Coombs thinks in China. The mainland has much more a lot about. A seventhcomplicated sales generation sugar channels, fees and maker and owner of tariffs than does Hong Brattleboro’s Coombs Kong, where Barr Hill Family Farms, he’s Gin is already sold. been marketing his “An important piece products abroad for of criticism we received 20 years and currently is that our product will sells in 33 countries. be really expensive Coombs, who was part in China,” says Weiss, of the Vermont ag delwho notes that a 47 egation, recalls being percent tariff is just one surprised to find one element of the costs of his maple products involved in exporting chu ck RoSS, VERmoN t for sale in a Chinese spirits to that country. SE cREtARY of AgR icu ltu RE store; a distributor had “I think that can be an shipped it there withasset, though,” he says. out his knowledge. “Some people know “We’re told we should target luxury cliabout it; some people don’t. It’s still a entele. People in China want what they raw market,” he says. can’t get. You have to create an image of Coombs took part in meetings with scarcity and exclusivity.” Chinese importers and distributors Weiss is neither surprised nor disthat had been set up by the USDA. He appointed that, like others on the trip, says “some meetings were on target, he didn’t make a single sale; he didn’t and some weren’t even close,” and that expect to. “Business in China takes exporting a low-margin commodity a long time. It takes guanxi,” he says, such as maple syrup “can be full of head- referring to the Chinese concept of aches.” Still, he thinks the Asian market business connections nurtured slowly is important to pursue. With maple — and sometimes aided by frequent gift production growing faster than current exchanges. (He handed out gin and raw demand, Coombs says, “we need to keep honey.) “The trip was a huge success, not developing our marketing.” necessarily in terms of any of us getting How do you sell a food product that direct sales,” Weiss says, “but in terms of isn’t used in Chinese cuisine? “A lot of the gaining a much broader understanding Chinese people we met didn’t express a of the market and how it works.” He met desire for other cuisines,” acknowledges with 20 people, he recalls, but considers Bardot Lewis, who found herself en- only two or three “potential partners.” raptured by fiery Szechuan dishes. She “As Arnold [Coombs] said, being in suggests that Vermont could introduce China was like being outside this big maple as an ingredient in glazes, sauces, mansion: You can tell there’s a party baked goods and ice cream, perhaps via going on inside, and we’re just rattling chefs. “Everyone loved tasting maple, the windows,” notes Bardot Lewis. but they were trying to figure out what Like Weiss, Ross thinks the trip laid the usage might be,” she says. important groundwork for future sales Caledonia Spirits’ Weiss, who once of local agricultural goods. But he was lived in southern China as a Fulbright glad to get home. In China, he found the scholar in ethnobotany, is also ponder- perpetual traffic “both impressive and ing that country’s consumption patterns entertaining,” but adds, “The air is so as he plots ways to sell Barr Hill Gin and thick you almost need a spoon to breathe other spirits. As a young student, Weiss it. You could taste the air. It really made was privy to Chinese drinking culture, me very glad to be a Vermonter.” m

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CLOUD COMPUTING FOR SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP : An interactive training session focuses on creating an online presence, protecting sensitive documents and increasing offi ce effi ciency. Room 105, St. Joseph Hall, College of St. Joseph, Rutland, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091, vtsbdc.centerdynamics.com. MOBILE MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP : Professionals learn the basics of mobile technologies and how to use the ever-changing digital world to their advantage. Mascoma Savings Bank, White River Junction, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091, pripley@vtsbdc.org.

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FRIENDS OF BROWNELL LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING : Locals mingle over refreshments and music, then learn about the organization's plans for the coming year. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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HOMESHARE VERMONT INFORMATIONAL SESSION : ˜ ose interested in homesharing and/or caregiving programs meet with staff to learn more. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5625. MENTORING DISCUSSION GROUP: "Big buddies" in the King Street Center's program fi nd common ground over a lunch meeting focused on mentor/mentee relationships. King Street Center, Burlington, noon. Free; preregister. Info, 862-6736.

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SANDRA O'FLAHERTY CAIN : ˜ e lecturer outlines the efforts of the Climate Reality Project and the science, consequences — and solutions — behind the global warming crisis. South Hero Community Library, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 372-6209.

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COMMUNITY CINEMA: 'THE STATE OF ARIZONA': ˜ e complex issues surrounding illegal immigration at the state's border drive Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini's documentary. A panel discussion follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'IN THE HIGH COUNTRY' SCREENING & DISCUSSION : Joel Wolpert's documentary follows ultra-runner Anton Krupicka, who trains in the Colorado Rockies. A Q&A and short fi lm by Bernd Heinrich follow. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 651-0833.

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CANDY-CANE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION: Attendees watch confectioners pull, roll and twist these seasonal treats, then create their own. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 11 a.m. Free to watch; $6 to make your own; preregister; limited space. Info, 253-9591.

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EMPTINESS AND THE 12 LINKS OF DEPENDENT ARISING : Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi leads techniques and practices aimed at liberating the self from the cycle of suffering. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-4136.

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Time-Tested Talent According to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Vance Gilbert has “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil and the guitar playing of a god.” A f olk fi xture f or more than 20 years, the singer-songwriter began performing in the early 1990s. Industry professionals took notice, including Shawn Colvin, who invited him to join her 1992 Fat City tour. Ten albums later, the former art teacher has shared the stage with Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker and the late George Carlin, among others. Pairing his signature tenor with hard-hitting lyrics, Gilbert delivers an intimate performance.

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CREATIVE FLOW YOGA WITH DEBORAH FELMETH: A blend of meditation, Vinyasa-style asana, chanting and yogic philosophy builds physical and emotional strength. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 5:30-7 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361.

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KUNDALINI YOGA WITH CALLIE PEGUES: Students align organ and glandular systems while increasing energy and awareness. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 9-10:15 a.m. $14. Info, 870-0361. NATURAL MEDICINE CABINET: Homeopath Patricia Hechmer shares time-tested alternative remedies applicable for fi rst aid. Westford Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5639.

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WinTer hOlidaY CenTerpieCe: Participants tap into their creative side and use provided materials to make table arrangements with Sharon of Williston's Buds and Roses. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

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BaBY & Me sTOrY TiMe: Mother Goose-inspired plotlines entertain parents and little listeners ages 2 and under. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 12/6/13 1:56 PM a.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

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hOlidaY COOkie sharing & gifT Making: Folks bring their favorite recipes and cookies to share, then make presents with provided materials. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

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YOga Class: Dominique Meyers leads a mixedlevel, therapeutic practice based on Anusara and Kripalu styles. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 5-6:30 p.m. $12; preregister. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115, anitra99@yahoo.com.

hOlidaY arTisans Bazaar: More than 40 regional artisans and specialty food producers exhibit handcrafted wares, mouth-watering delectables and other seasonal creations. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 431-0204.

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relieving pain & prevenTing injurY WiTh The alexander TeChnique: Katie Back teaches ways to move correctly and without strain, so as to better perform daily physical activities. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

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BaBYTiMe plaYgrOup: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7555. fall sTOrY TiMe: Kiddos share read-aloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. hisTOrY fOr hOMesChOOlers: In "Myths and Legends," children ages 6 through 12 listen to tall tales about the state's past. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $4-5; preregister; limited space. Info, 828-1413. hOMeWOrk help: First through eighth graders get help with reading, math and science assignments from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science students. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

MOving & grOOving WiTh ChrisTine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. presChOOl arT Class: Mini Picassos ages 3 to 5 and their adult caregivers get creative with painting, clay sculpting, collage and more. Davis Studio, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 425-2700. read TO COCO: Budding bookworms share words with the licensed reading-therapy dog. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-4665. read TO van gOgh The CaT: Feline lovers share page turners with the therapy cat in 10-minute sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. read TO a dOg: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420. sTOrY TiMe & plaYgrOup: Engaging narratives pave the way for art, nature and cooking projects. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. sTOrY TiMe fOr 3- TO 5-Year-Olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

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english-language Class fOr neW aMeriCans: Beginner-to-advanced speakers improve their skills. Administrative Office and Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

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lgBTqa faMilY plaYgrOup: Like-minded folks bring infants and children up to age 4 together for crafts and physical activities. Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 860-7812, jean@ru12.org.

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aMarYllis: verMOnT's earlY vOiCe: Susanne Peck directs members in "Laudibus! A Renaissance Choral Christmas," featuring Nicholas Gombert's Magnificat and other notable works. St. Stephen's on the Green Episcopal Church, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $12 suggested donation. Info, 453-3513. flYnn shOW ChOirs: Fifty of Vermont's top singers, actors and dancers ages 9 through 18 perform Broadway favorites and pop hits with live accompaniment. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 863-5966. jOhnsOn sTaTe COllege MusiC enseMBles: Students give a rousing end-of-semester performance of funk fusion, jazz and percussion. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2356. 'lessOns and CarOls': Under the direction of Nathaniel Lew, the St. Michael's College Chorale complements readings of biblical text with a performance of works by Mozart and Vivaldi. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.

politics

WhaT is de udder parTY?: Organic candidate Emily Peyton details her approach to Vermont's 2014 governor race. Turning Point Center, Rutland, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 579-5524.

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liTTle explOrer prOgraM: 'disCOver YOur COMMuniTY': Little ones learn about bird feeders and how they provide food to feathered flyers during the winter months. Sheldon Elementary School, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970.

adulT WindOWs 8 WOrkshOp: An interactive session teaches participants the basics of the computer program. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-noon. $20. Info, 864-1502.

MeeT rOCkin' rOn The friendlY piraTe: Aargh, matey! Youngsters celebrate the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

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green MOunTain TaBle Tennis CluB: Pingpong players swing their paddles in singles and

doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, 6-9:30 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.

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jeff Mullen: In "Racing the Tour Divide: 2745 Miles in 23 Days," the Richmond resident recounts what many consider the most difficult mountain bike race in the world. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2700.

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'COnCerT in C flaT' audiTiOns: Thespians showcase their skills for consideration in a February production of Bob Dzikowicz's drama about the occupants of two adjoining apartments. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 6 p.m. Free. Info, duckberg@gmavt.net. naTiOnal TheaTre live: 'MaCBeTh': Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in a broadcast production of Shakespeare's tragedy about a corrupt general's quest to become King of Scotland. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18. Info, 457-3981. 'privaTe lives': Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor play divorcées whose love is rekindled upon a chance meeting in a broadcast production of the 2012 revival of Noël Coward's 1930 comedy of errors. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $12.50. Info, 660-9300. 'WhiTe ChrisTMas': Carol Dunne directs this Northern Stage interpretation of the holiday film about two World War II veterans who bring their theatrical show to Vermont to win over the singing Haynes sisters. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $10-60. Info, 296-7000.

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elena geOrgiOu: As part of the Readings in the Gallery series, the local writer excerpts poetry and short stories from Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants, mercy mercy me and The Immigrant's Refrigerator. A book signing and reception follow. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. healing jOurnal & CreaTive jOurneYing: Attendees develop new material in a guided, supportive session led by Kat Kleman. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Info, 671-4569.

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CrOssrOads Bni: Local professionals serious about expanding their business network with like-minded attendees. Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, 8-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 496-6251.

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sTandup COMedY perfOrManCe: Rookie jokesters deliver punch lines to mark the completion of a four-week comedy class. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free to attend; $5 suggested donation to the FlynnArts Scholarship Fund. Info, 863-5966.

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BranCh OuT BurlingTOn! aWesOMe Tree COnTesT aWard CereMOnY: Pizza and dessert honor the winners of the 2013 contest, which are featured in a slide show. Parks and Recreation Department Building, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-5440. verMOnT healTh COnneCT One-On-One assisTanCe: Health care navigator Jon Hodgkin helps folks choose appropriate individualized plans. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-6955.


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Vermont Press AssociAtion AnnuAl meeting: Journalists convene for presentations and panel discussions that address relevant industry topics. An awards ceremony follows. Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $25-35; limited space. Info, 654-2442.

education

PArtnershiP for chAnge imPlementAtion teAm meeting: Students, educators, parents, business leaders and community partners discuss current initiatives to redesign Winooski and Burlington schools. Childcare and interpretation provided. Library, Burlington High School, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2342.

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reseArch in Your BAckYArd: Vermont Biosciences Alliance hosts a panel discussion of professionals from UVM, FAHC and PhRMA, who highlight current biomedical research and clinical trials in the state. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 373-8356. tech tutor ProgrAm: Local teens answer questions about computers and devices during drop-in sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

food & drink

echo AfterdArk: sPirits of Vermont science fAir: Imbibers learn about the chemistry, artistry and flavors of craft spirits through samples and presentations from six local distillers. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $20-25; for ages 21 and up. Info, 864-1848.

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AdirondAck Young ProfessionAls holidAY PArtY: Folks don their tackiest threads for an evening of merriment at an "Ugly Sweater Party." Plattsburgh Brewing Company, N.Y., 5:30 p.m. $5; free for members. Info, 355-8578.

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cctV holidAY PArtY: Community members celebrate the holiday season with good eats, camraderie and live TV. Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 862-1645, ext. 19, kathleen@ cctv.org.

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cots tree sAle: See WED.11, 7 a.m. choir of clAre college holidAY concert: Founded in 1866, England's internationally acclaimed university choral group performs a varied repertoire of seasonal music. North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $10-39. Info, 357-4616.

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holidAY ArtisAns BAzAAr: See WED.11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 'sing noel! A counterPoint christmAs': Nathaniel Lew directs Vermont's professional vocal ensemble in traditional carols and works celebrating composers Benjamin Britten and Giuseppe Verdi. First United Methodist Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5-20. Info, 540-1784.

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'the christmAs reVels: An APPAlAchiAn celeBrAtion of the winter solstice': Multiinstrumentalist Pete Sutherland leads this Revels North production featuring 75 local performers, folk duo Sheesham & Lotus and vocalist Suzannah Park. See calendar spotlight. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $8-38. Info, 603-646-2422. 'the sAntAlAnd diAries': Drunken Santas and crazed sales clerks drive this stage adaptation of David Sedaris' famed essay about his stint as a Macy's elf during the holidays. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $15-21. Info, 518-523-2512.

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frAnklin storY hour: Preschoolers convene for tales, songs and crafts. Haston Library, Franklin, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6505.

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fill the Bowl: Folks share a simple meal provided by local restaurants and served in ceramic bowls made by third graders. Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5 per bowl benefits the Vermont Campaign to End Hunger and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Info, 874-8475.

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communitY YogA clAss: Rachel DeSimone guides participants of all skill levels through a series of poses. Room 108, Burlington College, noon-1 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 862-9616.

grouP meditAtion: Folks still their minds in a supportive session. Westford Library, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-3725. heAling with Ancient wisdom: Reiki master Christy Morgan helps folks find relaxation through the Japanese technique, aromatherapy and Andara crystals. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $11. Info, 671-4569.

music with derek: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918.

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music with mr. chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. worcester PlAYgrouP: Crafts, snacks and outdoor adventures delight little ones up to age 5. Doty Memorial Elementary School, Worcester, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-1312.

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sYstemA with rYAn miller: An in-depth exploration of breath and natural movement informs this individualized approach to the Russian martial art. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 7-8:15 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361.

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montgomerY infAnt/toddler PlAYgrouP: Infants to 2-year-olds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Beginner sPAnish lessons: Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757, gsyaranga@gmail.com.

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middleBurY Preschool storY time: Little learners master early-literacy skills through tales, rhymes and songs. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4369.

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Hebrew Class: Those looking to learn the ancient language attend this weekly session. Temple Sinai, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 862-5125.

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'exHibition series': Art lovers take a high-definition broadcast tour of the exhibit "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum," on view at the British Museum. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. $6-10. Info, 382-9222. Hal mayFortH: Referencing his sketchbook, the nationally recognized comedic illustrator discusses his craft. Frog Hollow, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6458.

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Happy Jawbone Family band, tHe Caring babies & tHe grand mandibles: Rock-and-roll fans get their groove on during an evening dedicated to the genre. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8 p.m. $4-40. Info, 356-2776.

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student Jazz Combo & adult Jazz VoCal ensemble: Under the direction of Tom Cleary, performers culminate 12 weeks of study with a live show. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free to attend; $5 suggested donation benefits the FlynnArts Scholarship Fund. Info, 863-5966.

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Know tHe 10 warning signs oF alzHeimer's disease: Attendees learn about the progression of the disease and how to identify early symptoms. Alzheimer's Association, Williston, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-272-3900.

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'ConCert in C Flat' auditions: See WED.11, 6 p.m. 'wHite CHristmas': See WED.11, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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James wHitField tHomson: The Massachusettsbased author reads and signs his acclaimed debut novel, Lies You Wanted To Hear. See calendar spotlight. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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lou VarriCCHio: In a narrated slide show, the Middlebury resident details his experience at an archeological dig for dinosaur eggs on Montana's famed "Egg Mountain" in July. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

aCting worKsHop: Budding thespians ages 16 and up develop their craft under the direction of seasoned actor Tom Nielsen. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 875-1018.

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Joel naJman & stan greenberg: The local personalities discuss the musicians and stories behind vinyl recordings in "Rock and Roll: Up Close and Personal." Refreshments provided. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 864-0218.

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susan morse: The wildlife tracking expert explores big-cat biology, ecology and habitat diversity in "The Cougar Returns to the East." Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 7-8:30 p.m. Free to attend; donations benefit the Waterbury Conservation Fund. Info, 244-8131.

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soCial media surgery worKsHop: Flummoxed by Facebook? Bewildered by blogs? A hands-on information session demystifies these online tools. Northwest Technical Center, St. Albans, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091.

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publisHing panel disCussion: Editors from esteemed print and web publications throughout New England weigh in on current trends, share behind-the-scenes tales and advise aspiring writers. Renegade Writers' Collective, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 267-467-2812.

louise VoJtiseK: The needleand-yarn artist demonstrates the techniques behind her whimsical knit creations. Frog Hollow, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6458.

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international boutique: See WED.11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. montpelier CraFt & art weeKend: Local craftspeople offer speciality food items, fine art, international wares and more. Various downtown locations, Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.

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laugH loCal Comedy open miC nigHt: Jokesters take advantage of a lighthearted atmosphere and perform brief material before a live audience. American Legion Post 03, Montpelier, registration, 7:30-8 p.m; open mic, 8 p.m. Donations. Info, 793-3884.

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ballroom & latin danCing: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. queen City Contra danCe: Sassafras Stomp dole out live tunes while Mary Wesley calls the steps. Edmunds School Gymnasium, Burlington, beginners session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165. queen City tango milonga: No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Introductory session, 7-7:45 p.m.; dance, 7:45-10 p.m. North End Studios, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.

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Coupon queen-ing witH darby: Shoppers who love to save bond over a coupon swap. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. trunK sale: Local herbalists, crafters and farmers display handmade crafts, foods and more at this seasonal gathering. Plainfield Community Center, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 505-8437. Vermont HealtH Care exCHange inFormation session: See WED.11, 2-4 p.m.

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Candy-Cane-maKing demonstration: See WED.11, 11 a.m. naCHo nigHt: Diners fill up on plates of tortilla chips loaded with melted cheese and all the fixings. Live music by One Duzzi follows. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 878-0700.

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aVoid Falls witH improVed stability: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477.


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Community Wellness Day: Practitioners offer Reiki, Shiatsu, aromatherapy, acupressure, energy work and more to those looking to experience alternative healing. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sliding-scale donations; preregister. Info, 870-0361.

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Cots tree sale: See WED.11, 7 a.m. Christmas at the Farm: Families celebrate the holidays 19th-century-style with candle dipping, ornament making, horse-drawn sleigh rides and sledding. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. holiDay artisans Bazaar: See WED.11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. holiDay story time: Gale Parmelee reads classic tales based on the adventures of Charlie Brown and his sidekick, Snoopy. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4295. 'irish Christmas in ameriCa': Backed by an all-star band, vocal duo Lumiere, awardwinning vocalist Séamus Begley and step dancer Samantha Harvey bring the best of the Emerald Isle to the stage. See calendar spotlight. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $15-33. Info, 457-3981.

Drop-in story time: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captivate children of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. early BirD math: Inquisitive minds explore mathematic concepts with books, songs, games and activities. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 434-3036. enosBurg Falls story hour: Youngsters show up for fables and crafts. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. homeWork help: See WED.11, 3-6 p.m. little DriBBlers BasketBall program: Drive to the hoop! Preschoolers through first graders learn new skills in a supportive environment. Gymnasium. Highgate Elementary School, 4:45 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 868-3970. magiC: the gathering: Decks of cards determine the arsenal with which participants, or "planeswalkers," fight others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free; for grades 6 and up. Info, 878-6956. marko the magiCian: A family-friendly show of sleight-of-hand tricks delights audience members of all ages. Multipurpose Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

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ChilDren's story time: Budding bookworms pore over pages in themed, weekly gatherings. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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santa night: Carolers dressed like old St. Nick spread good cheer at local establishments. Proceeds benefit children and families in need. See santanight.com for details. Various downtown locations, Burlington, 5 p.m. Donations. 'sing noel! a Counterpoint Christmas': See THU.12, St. John's Episcopal Church, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $5-20. Info, 540-1784. 'the Christmas revels: an appalaChian CeleBration oF the Winter solstiCe': See THU.12, 7 p.m. vermont holiDay Festival: Family-friendly activities, musical performances, Santa's workshop and 100 decorated trees transport folks to a winter wonderland. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 4:30 p.m. $5-10; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 773-4181.

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toDDler time: Little ones build literacy skills with stories, songs, rhymes and crafts. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; for kids ages 1 to 3. Info, 878-4918. Write on!: Budding wordsmiths ages 6 to 10 brainstorm ideas and spin a story or two. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. youth yoga: Yogis ages 14 through 17 hit the mat for a stretching session. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 279-6663.

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'Beauty anD the Beast, Jr.': Eric Mallette directs this Rutland Youth Theatre production of the classic Disney musical about what lies beyond a prince's physical appearances. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 775-0903.

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musiC With roBert: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.

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musiC With Derek: Kiddos up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toetapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

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The Oriana SingerS & OrcheSTra: William Metcalfe directs a performance of Handel's Messiah featuring soloists Sarah Cullins, Mary Bonhag, Wendy Hoffman, Adam Hall and Gary Moreau. St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 864-0788 or 863-5966.

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Full MOOn SnOwShOe hike: Nature lovers explore Montpelier's hillsides by lunar light with North Branch Nature Center staff. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 229-6206.

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Sarah waiTe: Utilizing the natural forms of animals, plants and trees, the artist creates intricate pen-and-ink illustrations with symbolic elements. Frog Hollow, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6458.

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craFT Fair: Vendors offer a wide variety of items to complete shoppers' decorating and holiday needs. Proceeds benefit veterans' families. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 518-643-2309. inTernaTiOnal bOuTique: See WED.11, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. MOnTpelier craFT & arT weekend: See FRI.13, 10 a.m. piTTSFOrd craFT ShOw: Local artisans display a wide variety of jewelry, pottery, knitted items and homemade eats. Gymnasium, Lothrop Elementary School, Pittsford, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 483-6351.

Marcia ShibaTa: The master Kado instructor details the practice of using traditional Japanese flower arrangement as a moving meditation. A demonstration follows. Shambhala Meditation Center, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-6795.

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'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. $15-42. Info, 863-5966.

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'a chriSTMaS STOry': The Valley Players present a stage adaptation of Bob Clark's 1983 classic film about a boy growing up in the 1940s whose holiday hopes repeatedly fall short. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $8-12. Info, 839-9037. 'FaMe: The MuSical': David De Silva's interpretation of New York City's celebrated performing arts high school in the early 1980s comes to life via the Lebanon High School Wet Paint Players. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-10; free for Lebanon High School students with ID. Info, 603-448-0400. 'iT'S a wOnderFul liFe': A despondent man is saved by a visit from his guardian angel on Christmas Eve in this Lamoille County Players' production of Doug Rand's theatrical adaptation of Frank Capra's 1946 film. Hyde Park Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 888-4507. The lOgger'S hOliday VarieTy ShOw: Backed by his band the Fellers, Rusty DeWees leads an evening of music, comedy and acting featuring special guest Uncle Furmon. South Burlington High School, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 888-8838. 'whiTe chriSTMaS': See WED.11, 7:30 p.m.

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brOwn bag bOOk club: Bookworms voice opinions about O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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candleliT Vigil OF reMeMbrance FOr Sandy hOOk VicTiMS: Folks honor the memory of the 26 children and adults who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. First Church, Universalist, Barre; First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington; Congregational Curch, Charlotte; Mount Mansfield Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Jericho, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8860. Vigil OF reMeMbrance FOr Sandy hOOk VicTiMS: Folks honor the memory of the 26 children and adults who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Shelburne Parade Ground; Essex Town Offices; Red Hen Bakery & Café, Middlesex, 9:30 a.m.; Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8860.

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SOlidariTy craFT Fair: More than 40 vendors showcase locally made crafts. A silent auction, face painting and homemade eats round out this benefit for Planting Hope. Unitarian Church & Bethany Church, Montpelier, 9 AN V A a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 778-0344. AR EC

STarkSbOrO arTiSan craFT Fair: One-of-a-kind wares including pottery, jewelry, accessories and more are offered alongside tasty fare at this benefit for the library. Starksboro Public Library, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 453-3721. STOwe high SchOOl craFT Fair: Handmade wares from 40 local vendors complement sweet treats and a visit from Santa at this benefit for Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Stowe High School, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, ed@therapydogs.org.

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healTh inSurance inFOrMaTiOn SeSSiOn: Marjorie Stinchcombe and Dylan Frazer of the Vermont Health Care Ombudsman's office share key information regarding access to health care services. A Q&A follows. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 800-917-7787.

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leT'S painT pOTTery: Nichole Cunningham leads a creative ceramic session for adults and kids. Adult accompaniment required for children under 14. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m.-noon. $10; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420.

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cOnTra dance: Old Sam Peabody provide live music while Delia Clark calls the steps at this traditional New England social dance. Clean-soled shoes required. Caledonia Grange, East Hardwick, potluck, 5:30 p.m.; dance, 6:30 p.m. Donations; bring a dish to share and personal place settings. Info, 472-5584. 'happy grinchMaS': Fusion 802 brings Dr. Suess' meanest, greenest character and the inhabitants of Whoville to the stage in this heartwarming production. Auditorium, Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 4 p.m. $5. Info, 310-7266. Swing dance: Live tunes by Mint Julep accompany the lindy hop, Charleston and more. No partner necessary, but clean-soled shoes are required. Champlain Club, Burlington, introductory lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $10-15. Info, 448-2930. willOwell dance & FundraiSer wiTh bandanna: The local band delivers a program ranging from the 1940s to the present at this annual benefit for Addison County arts and environmental-education programs. Vergennes Opera House, 7-10 p.m. $5-15; cash bar. Info, 453-6195.


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Migrant Justice Fiesta: DJ Craig Mitchell enlivens this celebration of 2013 advances for migrant farmworkers featuring authentic Mexican fare, traditional Latin American dances and more. North End Studios, Burlington, 6:30-midnight. $20-25; cash bar. Info, 658-6770.

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ProJections: reel to real conversation: Greta Gerwig plays a young woman living in New York City who blindly follows her dream of being a dancer in Noah Baumbach's drama Frances Ha. A discussion follows. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 875-1018. 'Williston revisited': Folks track the town's monumental changes in the documentary by local filmmaker James Heltz. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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United Church of Milton, 9 a.m. $10; donations of toys or nonperishable food items grant a photo with Santa. Info, 893-1457. cots tree sale: See WED.11, 7 a.m. christMas cookie & craFt sale: Hot cider and festive music fuel shoppers as they select from a wide variety of homemade sweet treats, sold by the pound. Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-9986. christMas at the FarM: See FRI.13, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. FaMily day at helen day art center: Little ones and their parents celebrate the season with dreidel games, gingerbread houses, music and sweet treats. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 253-8358. Fresh tracks FarM & vineyard holiday Party: Anthony Santor and Friends provide live music at this family-friendly fête featuring tasty fare and high spirits. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, Berlin, 6-9 p.m. $10. Info, 223-1151.

Burlington Winter FarMers Market: Farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh and prepared foods, crafts and more in a bustling indoor marketplace with live music, lunch seating and face painting. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, info@burlingtonfarmersmarket.org.

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holiday Pottery sale: Art lovers nosh on light refreshments as they browse unique wheel-thrown ceramic wares. Claude Lehman Pottery, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 658-1077.

chaMPlain islands Winter FarMers Market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. South Hero Congregational Church, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291. chicken & Biscuits suPPer: Diners complement this comfort-food standard with stuffing, vegetables and dessert, served buffet-style. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $4-8; takeout available. Info, 877-3150. cookie Walk & silent auction: Attendees fill a box or bag with sweet treats at this festive fundraiser. Congregational Church, Hartland, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost of food. Info, 457-2674. MiddleBury Winter FarMers Market: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers' totes. Mary Hogan Elementary School, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 989-7223.

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hot chocolate hut: See WED.11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 'irish christMas in aMerica': See FRI. 13, Partial proceeds benefit the Vermont Foodbank. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $32-38. Info, 760-4634. Mad river chorale holiday concert: Led by Piero Bonamico and pianist Mary Jane Austin, members lend their voices to "Rejoice and Be Merry: Songs of the Season." Family-friendly audience sing-alongs complete the evening. United Church of Christ, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $12-15; free for kids 11 and under. Info, 496-4781.

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Maiden verMont 'holiday harMony': Accompanied by the Jingle Bells and the Snowflake Brass Quartet, the all-female chorus presents an annual show of traditional tunes. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $10-17. Info, 382-9222.

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BreakFast With santa: Kiddos fill their bellies before story time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at this benefit for the Milton Family Community Center.

'the christMas revels: an aPPalachian celeBration oF the Winter solstice': See THU.12, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 'the santaland diaries': Local actor Joseph Grabon interprets David Sedaris' famed essay about his stint as a Macy's elf during the holidays in this Bad Quarto production. Artfull Cup Studio, Jeffersonville, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 473-1801. touch oF verMont holiday giFt Market: Fifty local vendors, including jewelers, artists and wood workers, display their handiwork alongside producers of artisan foods and spirits. Montpelier City Hall, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 279-5762.

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a Winter's eve: History buffs head to an 18thcentury tavern, where period refreshments, music and demonstrations await. A lantern-lit tour rounds out the evening. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.

sWanton christMas in the Park: Horse-drawn wagon rides, dog sleds, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa get folks amped up for the memorial tree lighting. Village Green, Swanton, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 868-7200.

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yoga With reBeccah Brinton: A mix of asana, pranayama and meditation makes for a mixed-level, occasionally rigorous class. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 9-10:30 a.m. $14. Info, 870-0361.

'sing noel! a counterPoint christMas': See THU.12, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $5-20. Info, 540-1784.

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northern Bronze handBell enseMBle: See FRI.13, All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 7 p.m. $10-12; $40 per family. Info, 372-5415.

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rutland Winter FarMers Market: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at the bustling indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269.

holiday ice shoW: Local skaters of all skill levels hit the ice with themed routines. Donations benefit the Committee on Temporary Shelter. Leddy Park Arena, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 578-0566.

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Vermont Holiday FestiVal: See FRI.13, noon. Vermont sympHony orcHestra Holiday pops: See FRI.13, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $9-52. Info, 863-5966. Victorian cHristmas: Families gather for holiday music, refreshments and a special reading of "The Night Before Christmas." St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.

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Winter Holiday on neWbury common: As part of ongoing 250th anniversary celebrations, community members ring in the holidays with ice skating, sledding, Santa, crafts, horse-drawn sleigh rides and more. Various locations, Newbury, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, lesaelm@yahoo.com.

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yuletide concert & carol sing-along: The Green Mountain Celts join the Good Shepherd band and choir for a family-friendly evening of festive music. Donations benefit People Helping People Global. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho, 7-8:30 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 899-3932 or 434-3233.

kids

'beauty and tHe beast, Jr.': See FRI.13, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. katHerine WasHburn: Joined by the "author," one-eyed pit bull Eddie Justice, the local artist explores the benefits of animal rescue in Eddie's Tails. A book signing follows. Bear Pond Books, Stowe, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 747-8833. open tot gym & inFant/parent play time: Slides, jump ropes and a rope swing help little ones drain their energy in a safe environment. A separate area for babies provides age-appropriate stimulation. Elementary School Gymnasium, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, fairfaxsx6@gmail.com. prescHool art class: See WED.11, 10-11 a.m.

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adamant Winter music series: mayFly: Multiinstrumentalists Katie Trautz and Julia Wayne present original songs alongside old-time regional music. An optional potluck precedes the show at 5:30 p.m. Adamant Community Club, 7 p.m. $10-15; bring a dish to share. Info, 456-7054.

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Full circle: The all-female group entertains shoppers with a mix of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, folk and holiday music. Phoenix Books Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. gabo & Zani: The Burlington brothers enliven holiday shopping with classic seasonal tunes on the violin and cello, respectively. Frog Hollow, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6458.

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green mountain youtH sympHony repertory & concert orcHestras: Paul Perley and Robert Blais conduct a concert featuring "Highlights from Harry Potter" alongside new and familiar pieces. Barre Opera House, 3:30 p.m. $5; free for kids under 18. Info, 476-8188. green mountain youtH sympHony senior orcHestra: Under the direction of Robert Blais, members present a full-length program of classical favorites and seasonal music, including works by Bruch and Strauss. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-18. Info, 476-8188.

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kingdom coFFeeHouse: International musical traditions from Appalachia to the British Isles entertain fans of Americana, bluegrass, country and jazz. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 7 p.m. $10 includes refreshments; preregister. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115.

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leWis Franco & tHe missing cats Featuring tHe broWn-eyed girls: Jazz harmonies, original tunes and swing styles from the 1930s and ’40s come to life when the musical talents join forces. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 7:30 p.m. $8-10. Info, 586-7533.

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Va-et-Vient: The trio brings traditional folk music from France, Québec and Louisana to the stage. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $8; free for kids and teens. Info, 388-6863.

outdoors

island pond bird count: Avian enthusiasts don binoculars and track their sightings at this annual gathering. A potluck dinner follows. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister; bring a dish to share. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115, events@northwoodscenter.org. plainField bird count: See above listing. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. snoWy oWl appreciation day: Fans of the nocturnal predator explore its habitat, then have an up-close encounter with a resident owl. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $11-13; $3 snowshoe rental. Info, 359-5001, ext. 223.

seminars

3d printing, designing & scanning WitH blu-bin: Instruction in basic programs teaches attendees how to build digital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 345-6030. introduction to digital Video editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the most recent version of the editing software. Prerequisite of VCAM Access Orientation or equivalent, or instructor's permission. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692.

sport

international Women's ski day: Girl power! Female skiers and riders of all ages hit the mountain to make their presence known with a giant photo shoot and related activities. See k2skis.com for details. Stowe Mountain Resort, 10 a.m. Cost of lift tickets. Info, 253-7222.

talks

eileen mckusick: The sound therapist presents "Sound Modulation of the Human Biofield: A New Approach to Wellness" at the Chittenden County Dowsers meeting. Shelburne Town Offices, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5; free for members. Info, 434-4904.

theater

'a cHristmas story': See FRI.13, 7:30 p.m. 'Fame: tHe musical': See FRI.13, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 'it's a WonderFul liFe': See FRI.13, 7 p.m. tHe logger's Holiday Variety sHoW: See FRI.13, 8 p.m. tHe met: liVe in Hd series: Ambrogio Maestri stars in a broadcast production of Verdi's comedic opera Falstaff. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $10-16. Info, 518-523-2512. 'WHite cHristmas': See WED.11, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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book discussion series: Farms & gardens: Readers chat with Linda Bland about Sue Hubbell's Second Nature: A Country Year. Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 644-6632. Holiday book sale: Thousands of titles — from new bestsellers to antique curiosities — complement a wide array of music selections. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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WOKO Flea MarKet: More than 200 tables display antiques, collectibles, crafts, yard sale treasures and more at Vermont's largest indoor bazaar. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $3; free for kids under 12. Info, 878-5545.

gingerBreaD hOuse DecOrating: Extensive candy choices inspire participants to assemble colorful creations to take home. The Inside Scoop, Brandon, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices vary per size of house; preregister. Info, 247-6600, janet@brandon. org.

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hOliDay artisans Bazaar: See WED.11, noon3 p.m.

BalKan FOlK Dancing: Louise Brill and friends organize people into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. No partner necessary. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Info, 540-1020. Belly Dance With eMily PiPer: Drawing from ancient traditions and far-reaching cultural influences, participants tap into meditation and self-compassion. Comfortable clothing required. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 5-6:30 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361. WOMen's sOlstice sacreD circle Dance: Ladies of all ages and abilities join hands and learn a sequence of steps in a welcoming, meditative atmosphere. Refreshments follow. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 978-424-1482.

environment

intrODuctiOn tO ecOlOgical Design & PerMaculture: Ecological designer Lily Jacobson outlines ways to positively impact the ecosystem — from backyard homesteads to alternative wastewater treatment. AllTogetherNow!, East Montpelier, 1-4 p.m. $5-12. Info, 831-236-6247.

film

chanDler FilM sOciety: Victor Sjöström plays an aging professor who must reconcile his lacking emotional past in Ingmar Bergman's 1957 drama Wild Strawberries. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7 p.m. $9. Info, 431-0204.

food & drink

canDy-cane-MaKing DeMOnstratiOn: See WED.11, 11 a.m.

health & fitness

hOliDay gala: Accompanied by the Johnson State College jazz ensemble, concert band — and Santa — members of the JSC chorale, chamber singers and Badgertones present a seasonal concert. Proceeds benefit the G. Thomas Fisher scholarship fund. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 4 p.m. $5; free for JSC students with ID. Info, 635-1476.

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hOliDay POttery sale: See SAT.14, 10 a.m. hOliDays With the laKe regiOn high schOOl select chOir: Sarah Doncaster directs a varied program of sacred music from South Africa and beyond. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Newport, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7365. 12v-videosyncracies112013.indd 1 MaD river chOrale hOliDay cOncert: See SAT.14, United Church, Warren, 4 p.m. $12-15; free for kids 11 and under. Info, 496-4781. nature's Mysteries hOliDay Wellness Fair: Attendees unwind with tarot readings, massage, aromatherapy, all-natural products and much more. Next Level Studio, South Burlington, noon5 p.m. Free to attend; prices vary for individual services. Info, 525-8842. santa sKi Day: Kris Kringle look-alikes hit the slopes in full costume. Arrive at guest services fully dressed. Bolton Valley Resort, 10 a.m. Free for those in Santa costumes. Info, 877-926-5866.

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'sing nOel! a cOunterPOint christMas': See THU.12, North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 4:30 p.m. $5-20. Info, 540-1784. sOlaris vOcal enseMBle: Northern Vermont's new chamber choir interprets various holiday selections in "A Festival of Carols." UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 3 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-5966. 'the christMas revels: an aPPalachian celeBratiOn OF the Winter sOlstice': See THU.12, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

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aiKiDO With sensei ryan Miller: Students tap into personal empowerment during an exploration of the Japanese martial art's selfdefense techniques. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361.

hOliDay BeneFit Dinner & Festival: A buffet of turkey and ham serves up holiday cheer at this annual event featuring live entertainment and a visit from Santa. Mary's Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek, Bristol, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free; deliveries available. Info, 453-2432.

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cOMMunity carOl sing: Accompanied by the pipe organ and the Green Mountain Brass Quintet, locals lift their voices in seasonal songs. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Donations or nonperishable food items. Info, 223-2424, ext. 224.

JaMBO! aFrican-style teen Dance Party: Middle and high school students boogie down at this multicultural meet-up. North End Studio B, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $3-5. Info, 862-2608 or 863-6713. russian Play tiMe With natasha: Kiddos up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

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cOOliDge hOliDay OPen hOuse: Folks step back in time to the 1870s and explore the birthplace of of America's 30th president. Crafts, sleigh rides, kids activities, music and presentations round out the festivities. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 672-3773.

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christMas carOling: An afternoon of timely tunes lifts holiday spirits. Light refreshments follow. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6515.

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French conversation Group: Dimanches : Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.

music

austin h an Dbell choir 50th anniversary concert : Bells will be ringing! The local ensemble reflects decades of dedication in a celebratory performance. A reception follows. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5010. Festival o F Gre Gorian chant & seasonal music : Organist William Tortolano directs a multilingual choral concert of chants, carols and more. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. orchestra chorus palooza : Vermont Youth Orchestra members perform works by Bach, Brahms and others, featuring soloist Nathan Chan. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 4 p.m. $5-10. Info, 863-5966. sun Day Folk series : Neptune's Car hit the stage for an intimate acoustic show of original folk tunes. New City Galerie, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5. Info, 735-2542.

Refreshments follow. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 5:15-6:45 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 978-424-1482.

caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.

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t ibetan sin Gin G & h ealin G boWl meDitation : Using multitonal frequencies, Kirk Maris Jones accesses the power of the ancient instruments. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $9 suggested donation. Info, 671-4569. vermont h ealth care exchan Ge inFormation session : See WED.11, 2-4 p.m.

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ciné salon: l es blank: ' bur Den o F Dreams' : Utilizing a nonevasive shooting style, the documentarian follows Werner Herzog's attempt to drag a steamship over a mountain in the Peruvian amazon for the film Fitzcarraldo. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.

games

chess & bri DGe clinic : Monty Montgomery shares his expertise with players in a supportive environment. Vermont Room, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. t rivia niGht : Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.

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vance Gilbert : A mainstay of the folk scene for more than 20 years, the singer-songwriter pairs introspective lyrics with acoustic guitar licks. See calendar spotlight. Richmond Free Library, 4-6 p.m. $17.50-20. Info, 434-4563.

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t he met: l ive in h D series : See SAT.14, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222. 't he t otal t his & t hat circus' : Bread and Puppet Theater explores new characters — including those who battle F-35 jets — amid politically charged scenarios. Plainfield Community Center, 3-4 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 525-1271. 'White christmas' : See WED.11, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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Do-it- yoursel F GiFts : Dana Woodruff demonstrates the process of making handmade herbal presents such as lip balm and bath salts. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; half-price for kids; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

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aDaptive international Folk Dancin G: Creative movers of all ages, abilities and mobility learn international routines. Walkers and wheelchairs are accommodated. North End Studio A, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. $5; free for assistants. Info, 863-6713. salsa Dance class : DsantosVT leads hip-shaking steps for dancers of all experience levels. North End Studios, Burlington, beginners, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 863-6713. Women's solstice sacre D circle Dance : See SUN.15, Personal tea-light candles encouraged.

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l au Ghter yoGa: Giggles help students decrease stress and tap into a playful practice. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. prenatal yoGa: Sila Rood leads expectant mothers in poses and stretches focused on preparing the body for birth. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 7 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361. r .i.p.p.e.D.: See WED.11, 6-7 p.m.

holidays

Green mountain brass Quintet : Traditional Christmas carols for trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba delight audience members of all ages. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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alice in noo Dlelan D: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. imaGination station : Kiddos craft original creations with Legos and other building materials at this arts-and-crafts session. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. make your oWn star book : Art teacher MC Baker leads youngsters in grades K and up in a creative project. Adult accompaniment is required for children ages 8 and younger. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. music With peter : Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. stories With meGan : Little ones expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Daycare programs welcome with one

Glbt QQia Discussion Group : High school students and adults who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allies chat about relevant issues and topics. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955, kat@brownelllibrary.org.

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Festival o F Gre Gorian chant & seasonal music : See SUN.15, St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. r ecor Der- playin G Group : Musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, info@prestomusic.net. sambatuca Da! open r ehearsal : New faces are invited to pitch in as Burlington's samba streetpercussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.

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michelle r ath : Referencing her experience in Vermont schools, the educator details her Fullbright semester in Israel, where she researched high school counseling through Tel Aviv University. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

theater

'playmakers' : Playwrights develop new work with directed and cold readings in a collaborative environment. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $3-5 suggested donation. Info, 540-0773.

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book Discussion: 20th century presi Dents: beFore & Durin G Worl D War ii: Helen Lang facilitates conversation about David McCullough's Truman. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-0659. book sale : Bookworms eye new, gently used, rare and antique tomes. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. h oli Day book sale : See SAT.14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 10 a.m.-8 p.m. shape & share l iFe stories : Prompts from Recille Hamrell trigger recollections of specific experiences, which are crafted into narratives and shared with the group. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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h ome share noW inFormation session : Interested folks of all ages learn about home-sharing opportunities in central Vermont. Home Share Now, Barre, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544. peace & Justice center annual meetin G: Like-minded locals meet PJC's new executive director Rachel Siegel and get information on PJC programs. Lorraine B. Good Room, BCA Center, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.

conferences

'Future o F vermont's Workin G l an Dscape' summit : Panel discussions and presentations address current issues faced by agricultural and forestry industries. See vtrural.org for details. Judd Hall, Vermont Technical College, Randolph, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. $30. Info, 223-6091.

dance

Flynn arts Dance sho Wcase : Students reflect 15 weeks of hard work in choreographed performances highlighting various styles. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free to attend; $5 suggested donation benefits the FlynnArts Scholarship Fund. Info, 863-5966. sWin G Dance practice session : Twinkle-toed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.

film

Global l ens Film series: ' moDest r eception' : An Iranian couple shares their wealth with poor villagers on the condition that the latter fulfill strange requests in Mani Haghighi's 2012 drama. Persian with English subtitles. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. 'it's a Won Der Ful l iFe': James Stewart stars in Frank Capra's 1946 film about a despondent man saved by a visit from his guardian angel on Christmas Eve. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018. 't he h un Gry h eart' : Presented through the eyes of Franklin County residents and St. Albans pediatrician Fred Holmes, Bess O'Brien's documentary illuminates prescription-drug addiction and recovery. A panel discussion follows. Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, cornerstone@madriver.com.

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Gamin G For t eens & aDults : Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Ages 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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beGinnin G meDitation Workshop : Newcomers learn basic tools for calming the mind. 132 South Main Street, St. Albans, 9-9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 782-3821. Family-Frien Dly yoGa With Deborah Felmeth : Meditation, Vinyasa-style asana, chanting and yogic philosophy help parents tap into creative expression. Kiddos ages 3 through 5 do the same at an art class across the hall. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 9-10:30 a.m. $14; $25 includes kids art class; preregister. Info, 870-0361. GiFt o F l iFe marathon : Community members partner with the American Red Cross to set a one-day national record for blood donation. See giftoflifemarathon.com for details. Various downtown locations, Rutland, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 775-0570. interactive music t herapy Workshop : Using a harmonium, Robin Hanbridge leads an evening of kirtan call-and-response chanting from India's bhatki traditions. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 671-4569. kun Dalini Fusion yoGa: Participants facilitate an awareness of the body and mind through a blend of ancient teachings and exercises. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 279-6663. sami pincus : Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, the Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage faculty member outlines the benefits of the Alexander Technique. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 671-4569. systema With r yan miller : See THU.12, 7-8:15 p.m.

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little dribblers basketball Program: See FRI.13, 5:15 p.m. PresChool art Class: See WED.11, 10-11 a.m. PresChool story hour: 'ChiCkens and eggs': Kiddos up to age 6 join farmer Virginia for engaging narratives and crafts. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. sCienCe story time: animal traCks: Who's been stepping in the snow? Kristen Littlefield explores the inquiry with youngsters ages 3 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. story time With Corey: Read-aloud books and crafts led by store employee Corey Bushey engage young minds. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. story time For 3- to 5-year-olds: See WED.11, 10-10:45 a.m. story time For babies & toddlers: picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of kids under 3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. youth media lab: Aspiring Spielbergs learn about moviemaking with television experts. Ilsley public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 388-4097.

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Conversational sPanish: David Forman chats en español with folks whose skills allow them to converse comfortably. Ilsley public Library, Middlebury, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2118. FrenCh Conversation grouP: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. intermediate Conversational sPanish lessons: Adults sharpen their grammar skills while exploring various topics. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757, gsyaranga@gmail.com.

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Creative FloW yoga With deborah Felmeth: See WED.11, 5:30-7 p.m. katie baCk: In "Relieving pain … Finding Ease on the Cushion," the Alexander Technique teacher shares tips with meditators looking to adjust their sitting practice. Montpelier Shambhala Center, 7:158:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-5137. kundalini yoga With Callie Pegues: See WED.11, 9-10:15 a.m. oPen Chakras … oPen hiPs: trust the bones yoga series With sansea sParling: See WED.11, 3:30-4:45 p.m. oPen meditation: See WED.11, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

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train songs & stories: In conjunction with an electric train display, singer-songwriter Rik palieri presents a vocal program inspired by the history and lore of locomotives. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $8-10; free for kids under 6. Info, 388-2117. valley night Featuring karen krajaCiC: Locals gather for this weekly bash of craft ales, movies and live music. Big picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation; $2 drafts. Info, 496-8994, bigpicturetheater.info. vermont health Care exChange inFormation session: See WED.11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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holiday artisans bazaar: See WED.11, 5-8 p.m. song CirCle: holiday sing-along: Rich and Laura Atkinson lead singers of all ages and abilities in an evening of merriment. Musicians welcomed with personal instruments. Jaquith public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Winter holiday bloCk Print Party: Using provided materials and time-tested techniques, participants carve a block, then use it to create colorful holiday cards. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

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global lens Film series: 'southWest': In Eduardo Nunes' cerebral debut, a baby girl is born, only to morph into each phase of her life within 24 hours. portuguese with English subtitles. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. 'the oPiate eFFeCt': Fueled by the death of his son from a heroin overdose, Skip Gates' documentary sheds light on drug addiction in Vermont and New England. A panel discussion follows. Vermont Commons School, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

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story time & PlaygrouP: See WED.11, 10-11:30 a.m. story time For 3- to 5-year-olds: See WED.11, 10-10:45 a.m. Wii gaming: players show off their physical gaming skills. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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astrology TUNING INTO YOUR CREATIVE IMAGINATION: WORKING W/ YOUR NEPTUNE: Learn how to access the wealth of inner treasures in your creative imagination by using insights provided by your Neptune. No familiarity with astrology is required. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2-4 p.m. Snow day Feb 1. Cost: $60/ person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Sue, 244-7909.

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honestyogastudio@gmail.com, honestyogacenter.com. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Victoria, 598-1077, info@salsalina.com. DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance fl oor! ˜ ere is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, crandalltyler@hotmail.com, dsantosvt.com.

DROP-IN: LIFE DRAWING: ˜ is drop-in life drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit for free! Weekly on Mon., Jan. 27-May 19, 6:308:30 p.m. Cost: $8/participant; $7/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@ fi rststepdance.com, fi rststepdance.com.

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WOOD SUP BUILDING: We’re opening our shop to stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts ready for the challenge of building their own personalized wooden SUP. Our craftsmen have dedicated SUP stations for individuals or couples willing to work hands-on to create their own boards, from wood skeleton to fi berglass. Work is mentored by skilled shop foremen. Tue. &/or ° u. evenings. 6-9 p.m., + 1 weekend. Cost: $1460/2 mos. desk space & materials. Location: Tao Woodworking, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Tao Woodworking, Duane Albro, 999-3075, duane@ taowoodworking.com, taowoodworking.com.

dreams DREAMWORK PRACTICUM: Learn how to apply Jungian principles in working with your dreams, including how to deal with symbols and gain insight and guidance from dream material. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 7-9 p.m. Snow day Feb. 3. Cost: $60/person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Sue, 244-7909.

drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE & CONGAS!: Taiko drumming in Burlington! Tuesday Taiko Adult Classes begin Jan. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Kids Classes begin on the same dates, 4:30-5:20 p.m. $60/6 weeks. Djembe classes start Dec. 13 & Jan. 17, 6 p.m., $60/4 weeks, $18/class. Montpelier Djembe classes start Jan. 2, 7:30-8:30 p.m., $54/3 weeks! Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@ gmail.com, burlingtontaiko.org.

empowerment HOW TO BE SUPER! A YOUTH CONFERENCE (ALL AGES WELCOME): Each of us has incredible capacities. We are striving to become Human Beings, to fi nd our talents and put them into the service of our destiny. ˜ rough exploring our passions and our quirks, we will dive into the depths of what is possible. We will cultivate our abilities and look into our biography to explore our unique mission. Facilitated by Per Eisenman, David Sewell-McCann, Hannah Schwartz and Seneca Gonzalez, this is a casual, creative and open event. Dec. 13-15. Location: Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, Charlotte. Per Eisenman, 825-8636, peisenman@gmail. com.

gardening MASTER GARDENER 2014 COURSE: Learn the keys to a healthy and sustainable home landscape as University of Vermont faculty and experts focus on gardening in Vermont. ˜ is noncredit course covers a wide variety of horticultural topics: fruit and vegetable production, fl ower gardening, botany basics, plant pests, soil fertility, disease management, healthy lawns, invasive plant control,

introduction to home landscaping, and more! Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Apr. 29, 6:15-9 p.m. $395/ person includes Sustainable Gardening book. (Noncredit course). Location: Various locations, Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfi eld, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston. 656-9562, master. gardener@uvm.edu, uvm.edu/ mastergardener. STONE WALL WORKSHOP: Our introductory stone wall workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. ˜ e one-day, hands-on workshop focuses on the basic techniques for creating dry-laid walls with a special emphasis on stone native to Vermont. Workshops are held inside warm greenhouses in Hinesburg. Space limited. Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Mar. 22; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $100/1-day workshop. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411, macmartin@igc.org, queencitysoilandstone.com.

herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certifi cation Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as fi rst medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Handson curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. 456-8122, annie@ wisdomoftheherbsschool.com, wisdomoftheherbsschool.com.

kids MATHMAGIC, ART, NATURE CAMP: Do you know that math can be found throughout art and nature?! Join us to explore people-made structures, such as the Pyramids and Notre Dame,

and nature’s treasures, such as sunfl owers and pinecones. In a real working studio, you’ll create your own 2-D and 3-D masterpieces! Mon., Dec. 23; Fri., Dec. 27. Cost: $75/per day. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., 3rd fl oor, Burlington. wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 2337676, maggiestandley@yahoo. com, wingspanpaintingstudio. com.

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this winter. Our seventh year. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Also lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. Beginning wk. of Jan. 6 for 10 wks. Cost: $225/10 classes of 90+ mins. each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, spanishparavos@gmail.com, spanishwaterburycenter.com.

martial arts AIKIDO: ˜ is circular, fl owing Japanese martial art is a great

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connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. ˛ e Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & ˛ u., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-˛ u., 6-7 p.m. ˛ e Shambhala Cafe meets 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house occurs 3rd Fri. of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center , 187 S. Winooski Ave. , Burlington. 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org.

pilates ALL LEVELS BARSCULPT CLASSES: Pilates Evolved! ˛ is high energy class uses ballet barres, small hand weights and mats for a one-hour wonderfully intense workout. Change your body in just a few hours every week, led by a friendly, licensed instructor. Build strength and cardio, and create long, lean muscles while lifting your seat.

Daily. Cost: $15/1-hr. class. Location: Studio 208, A Lifestyle Community, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3K, Burlington. Burlington Barre at Studio 208, 862-8686, corestudioburlington@gmail. com, burlingtonbarrevt.com.

sports BEGINNING FENCING CLASSES: Classes in Middlebury and Charlotte, ages 9 through adult. Fencing is fun, challenging and a great workout. No experience necessary, all equipment provided. vtfencingalliance. com for more info. Mon. in Middlebury, 6:30-9 p.m.; Tue. in Charlotte, 7:30-9:30 p.m., starting Jan. 6. Cost: $135/10-wk. course, incl. equipment rental. Location: Mary Hogan School & Middlebury/Charlotte Central School, Middlebury & Charlotte. Vermont Fencing Alliance, Viveka Fox, 759-2268, vfox@gmavt.net, vtfencingalliance.com.

stress reduction ART OF FLOATING AWAY STRESS: Learn the art of letting go and releasing holiday stress while fl oating like a cork in a warm Epsom salt bath. Our comfort controlled Samadhi Floatation Tank provides the solitary peace and quiet needed for complete relaxation and effortless meditation. Unique gift idea! Instant gift certifi cates avail. online. By appt. Cost: $50/person; multiple-session discounts. Location: Satori Float Spa, 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd. No. 1135, Shelburne. Satori Float Spa, Rahn Bouffard, 498-5555, rahn@satorifl oatspa.com, satorifl oatspa.com.

support groups SOCIAL ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP: Do you feel nervous when you are the center of attention? Do you avoid social situations? Does social anxiety prevent you from living your life fully? Meet other people with similar experiences and learn techniques to reduce anxiety based on the Social Anxiety Institutes program. A supportive and confi dential environment. Weekly. Cost: $10/2 hrs. Location: TBD, Montpelier. Danielle, 595-9821, freefromsa@ yahoo.com.

tai chi HWA YU TAI CHI, MONTPELIER: Hwa Yu is an early form of Tai Chi in the Liuhebafa lineage. Regular practice of Tai Chi can enhance physical and spiritual well-being, improve balance and coordination, ease tension, and wake up the mind. Get grounded and let your energy fl ow. Mixed-level class maximizes mentoring potential. Weekly on Mon. starting Jan. 6, 5-6 p.m. Cost: $160/16week semester; $88/half semester. Location: Montpelier Shambhala Center, 64 Main St., 3rd fl oor, Montpelier. Ellie Hayes, 456-1983. SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: ˛ e 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, fl exibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. 864-7902, ipfamilytaichi.org. YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: ˛ e slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Tai Chi for Lunch, meets weekly on Tue. at noon. $16/person. Location: Mindful Breath Tai Chi (formerly Vermont Tai Chi Academy and Healing Center), 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. 735-5465, mindfulbreath@gmavt.net.

yoga BURLINGTON HOT YOGA, TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga featuring practice in the Barkan Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Go to our website for the new fall schedule. Get hot: 2-for-1 offer. $15. 1-hr. classes on Mon. & ° u. at 5:30 p.m.; Wed. & Fri.: 5 p.m.; ° u.: noon; Sat.: 8:30 & 10 a.m. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. 999-9963, hotyogaburlingtonvt.com.

EVOLUTION YOGA: Evolution Yoga and Physical ˛ erapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, ˛ erapeutics and Alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $14/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. 864-9642, evolutionvt.com. HONEST YOGA, THE ONLY DEDICATED HOT YOGA FLOW CENTER: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in Essentials, Flow and Core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. 497-0136, honestyogastudio@ gmail.com, honestyogacenter. com. LAUGHING RIVER YOGA: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. Check our

website to learn about classes, advanced studies for yoga teachers, class series for beginners and more. Gift certifi cates available online too! Classes 7 days a wk. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. 343-8119, laughingriveryoga.com. YOGA ROOTS: Flexible, infl exible, an athlete, expecting a baby, stressed, recovering from an injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! Our aim is to welcome, nurture and inspire. A peaceful studio offering: Prenatal, Postnatal, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, ˛ erapeutic Restorative, Gentle, Kundalini, Kripalu, Anusara, Tai Chi, Qigong & Meditation! Pelvic Health Before and After Baby with Katie DeCarolis, PT, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Yoga ROOTS Kids with Nic Tuff, Dec. 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Dream Deep with the Solstice with Laurel Clement Waters, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. 985-0090, yogarootsvt.com.


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en Taylor is a celebrity brat. Yes, it’s cool to call BT: Listening is something everyone needs to get him that. It is, after all, how he refers to himself. better at. I can’t preach to any choir other than my Taylor’s parents are James Taylor and Carly Siown private, personal choir. And when I do enough mon, two singer-songtalking I get sick of it. But I am writers who hardly need an introdefi nitely the one in question. duction. But rather than shy away I’m the one who is having a f rom — or perhaps twerk away — hard time listening, having a his musical lineage, as many other hard time understanding. celeb kids might, Ben Taylor emIt has to do with your style braces it, even if it’s not always a of communication. People have comfortable fi t. a way of fi guring out what it is Much of Ben Taylor’s music, up they’re talking about and then BEN TAYL O R to and including his 2012 record, having a preconception of Listening, evokes reasonable, if prewhere that converdictable, comparisons to that of his parents — especially sation is going. And then they use their dear ol’ dad. While he’s proud of and has benefi tted from words to corral it into that place. As a his legacy, he’s careful not to let that looming shadow com- result, people spend a lot of the time pletely defi ne him. A raft of upcoming projects, including thinking about what they’re going one curious record in particular, reveals there is more to to say next, instead of listening Ben Taylor than simply inheriting the family business. to what’s being said. And I cerIn advance of his show at the Higher Ground Showcase tainly do that too much myself. lounge this Friday, December 13, with local songwriter By trying to be clever and have Caroline Rose, we spoke with Taylor by phone from Cali- the right thing to say, I actually fornia. miss the point.

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SEVEN DAYS: You didn’t get involved with music until later in your life, which is surprising, given your famous folks. What took you so long? BEN TAYLOR: With some rare exceptions, for very young kids to get into a heavy music practice when they’re young enough to excel as young adults, their parents have to really force them into it. And I think the kind of parents who force their kids into that are often not famous musicians themselves. The f amous musicians like to try to shelter their kids f rom the pressure of comparison f or as long as possible. And I think that happens a lot with celebrity brats, which is what I refer to my group of second-generation family-business entertainers. So it’s partially that and it’s partially because they’re trepidatious, on account of all of the adoration they see their parents receive. SD: I can see that being intimidating. A lot of people would have unreasonable expectations. BT: I think they do. And no one more than me. SD: Well, that might be a good quality for someone in your position to have. BT: It’s a good quality to have … sometimes. Being your own worse critic, you can use that to make you ambitious and tireless and have a good work ethic. But if you step too far with it, it can make you neurotic. SD: At fi rst glance, the title of your last record,Listening, almost seems likes a directive to the listener. But it’s really more about you listening, isn’t it?

SD: I think you just described my entire journalistic career. BT: [Laughs] Rumi said, “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” That’s the best advice I’ve ever heard. SD: What are you working on now? BT: A couple of di° erent albums. One of them is, I think, the best Ben Taylor album I’ve ever made. And, like I said, I’m hypercritical of myself, so that means a lot to me. And then I’m doing a side project, an electronic project called Antler Boy, which is an anagram of Ben Taylor. I’m in the midst of making crazy, melt-your-f ace beats in my spare time. SD: Whoa. Ben Taylor is an EDM fan? BT: It’s something I’ve always liked. Most of the concerts I go to are not the kind of music I make. I generally go to see rap shows, I go to see DJs. I like to dance. And when I go to see a show, that’s what I want to do, because I’m a bad listener. SD: [Laughs] I admit it, I’m surprised. BT: Well, I did this because I was inspired to get into the family business and I’m so proud of what my parents have done. To be following in their footsteps, there is a certain amount of prestige. It’s a little bit more prude and demure than I’d like it to be sometimes. So I go back and f orth between bringing elements of electronic music into the Ben Taylor set and thinking, Oh, God. These people want to hear introspective, philosophical songs, and I’m trying to

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melt their faces. So I think not to alienate fans of singersongwriter Ben Taylor, it’s best to let those things join sparingly. As proud as I am to be my parents’ son and of the music I make, the whole singer-songwriter thing can get a little uptight. SD: Do you think the uptightness surrounding the singer-songwriter thing is maybe why, whenever journalists ask you a question about your parents, they start by apologizing for the question? BT: [Laughs] Yeah, they always do that. It’s f unny. If I know somebody and I’m taking an interest in their lives, I always ask what their parents do. Parents are people’s archetypal examples. So why wouldn’t you ask somebody about their parents? I get the sense that a lot of celebrity brats have chips on their shoulders and don’t want to talk about their parents, so maybe that’s the root of the preemptive apology. But the way I look at is that, if I got into this business thinking I was going to talk to press and not talk about who my parents are, I would have to be smoking something strange. 

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Not-so-new band alert! Following a two-year hiatus, RAQ is baq, yo. Led by virtuoso local axeman CHRIS MICHETTI, the “high-performance rock ’n’ roll” band will play a two-night stand at Nectar’s this weekend with opening support from TWIDDLE offshoot GUBBULIDIS on Friday, December 13, and AMERICAN BABIES on Saturday, December 14. Jam on. In comedy news, Burlington watering hole Drink unveils a new monthly standup series this Friday, December 13. It will continue on the second Friday of each month and take place in the bar’s downstairs special-events room, the Cellar — dubbed, of course, the Comedy Cellar on comedy nights. Personally I would have gone with Laugh — or, depending on who is performing, Heckle. The debut show features the comedic stylings of WILL BETTS, NATASHA DRUHEN, MIKE THOMAS and COLIN RYAN, with host ADAM COOK.

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residency at Nectar’s last Wednesday. But, judging from the Facebook pictures that popped up in the days following, NOCTURNALS’ drummer MATT BURR wasn’t kidding about the laser light show accompanying the band’s PINK FLOYD fetishizing. I think I hallucinated just looking at them.

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New band alert! Welcome to the fray, APEX. Led by local saxophonist DAN LIPTAK, the 10-person ensemble features members from several notable outfits, including KAT WRIGHT & THE INDOMITABLE SOUL BAND, SATURN PEOPLE’S SOUND COLLECTIVE, the GRIPPO FUNK BAND and AFINQUE, to name a few. According to a recent press release, the group trades in the “grooves of SNARKY PUPPY” and hearkens to the heydays of 1960s Bay Area funk, blending “funk, rock, fusion, jazz and even chamber music.” Interesting, no? They’ll be at Positive Pie 2 in Montpelier this Friday, December 13.

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First up, on the holiday beat: Have you heard “Christmas Sled,” the new single from FARM-offshoot the MOUNTAIN SAYS NO? Well, you should. I daresay it’s destined to join all three PHYSICS CLUB records, MYRA FLYNN’s “Harvest,” GRACE POTTER’s “Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Actin’ Nice)” and VICTOR RUDOLPH GITTENS’ amazing — and amazingly hard to find — “Christmas Everyday” as a local holiday classic. Check it out on the Seven Days arts blog, Live Culture.

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I do have one suggestion for Burr and co. for the remaining Wednesday shows, though: If you guys do any songs from Animals, you should borrow the inflatable flying pig that Northfield Savings Bank displays on the Flynn Center marquee during jazz fest. You’re welcome.

Back in September, State & Main Records threw a pretty kickass showcase featuring a choice selection of Montpelier bands at the Monkey House. Unfortunately, little did they know that down on the Burlington waterfront that same night, GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS were holding court with their annual Grand Point North festival. I skipped out on GPN a little early and made my way to Winooski for the show. I was pretty much the only one who did. With the majority of Burlington’s show-going public previously engaged, the turnout at the Monkey was sparse at best. Still, our capital-city brethren — and sistren — put on a hell of a show. And, lucky for you, they’re coming back. On Tuesday, December 17, this time at Nectar’s, the S&M crew will reprise that ill-fated September showcase with four killer bands that I promise are worth your time. The lineup includes hip-hop duo BOOMSLANG, garage rockers LAKE SUPERIOR, spastic-punk outfit PISTOL FIST and surf-metal heroes the CONCRETE RIVALS. By the way, that last band will be performing as a duo, as it’s still searching for a new bassist in the wake

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The 2014 Grammy Awards could have a Vermont-y feel, as a pair of artists with strong Green Mountain ties are nominated for nifty little statues. That includes self-described “two-time Grammy Award loser” NEKO CASE. The semi-recent Vermont transplant is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for her latest, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, which, as Case revealed in a recent NPR interview, is obviously about me. It’s cool, Neko. I love you, too. (Editor’s note: No, it’s not.) The other Grammy nominees with VT connections are DELLA MAE, a Nashville-based Americana outfit

Last but not least, I goofed. Last week’s column featured a blurb about famed Americana producer JIM ROONEY sitting in this Thursday, December 12, with COLIN MCCAFFREY — no slouch as a producer himself — as part of the latter’s ongoing residency at Bagitos Café in Montpelier. Such a big deal was this rare appearance that I broke with column convention and gave you a heads up on the show a week early. The only problem: The show was actually last Thursday, not this one. Oops. Either because he’s a hell of a guy or, as I’ve long suspected, writing this column grants me superpowers to alter the future, Rooney is covering my ass. Though he wasn’t scheduled to, he’ll again join McCaffrey at Bagitos this Thursday, December 12, allowing those of you who missed him last week 8V-ValleyStage121113.indd 1 12/10/13 because I screwed up the dates the chance to see him live. Thanks, Jim! And just in case I really do have future-changing journalistic superpowers: BRETT HUGHES will throw the Holiday Ho Ho Ho Down this year after all, New England Patriots tight The ONLY authorized end ROB GRONKOWSKI’s season-ending Dr. Hauschka Treatment ACL tear was misdiagnosed and is really just a mild case of the willies, and Center in the area. Neko Case will invite me to a romantic dinner at her farmhouse after she wins her Grammy. (Editor’s note: Dan, your Gift certificates girlfriend reads this, right?) 

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Speaking of Grand Point North, one of the festival highlights for me was witnessing the jaw-dropping, showstopping antics of soul singer CHARLES BRADLEY. So intense were the Screaming Eagle of Soul’s hip-swinging moves that my girlfriend coined an incredible new term to describe them: gyrotechnics. We weren’t the only ones taken by Bradley’s hypersexualized performance. At one point during the apex of Bradley’s set, local songwriter JER COONS tapped me on the shoulder. “Dan,” he said, nodding toward the stage. “I think I’m pregnant.” If that’s not endorsement enough for you to go see Bradley at the Higher

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HALFLOUNGE: Half & Half Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free.

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CITY LIMITS: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.

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Most Vermonters likely know Colby Dix as one-fourth of the band Touchpants, a foulmouthed local supergroup of sorts that also includes Chris Friday, Aram Bedrosian and Phish’s Jon Fishman. That band is notorious for its aggressively non-politically-correct brand of humor, a base, off-color style that makes Tenacious D seem like Raffi by comparison. But as he reveals on his debut solo record, i am. it is. you should be., there is more to Colby Dix than dick jokes. In truth, Dix has accomplished far more as a musician than simply

being part of a Fishman side project. As an engineer and/or performer, the Berklee grad has worked with the likes of country superstars Brooks & Dunn, indie popsters Matt & Kim, locals the Jazz Mandolin Project and jam stalwarts the Breakfast, to name a few. That’s a diverse resume. And it’s one that informs the wide-ranging sounds found on his freshman solo outing. Dix’s varied musical interests are unquestionably a plus, and he generally wears his coat of many colors well. “Closer Walk” is a pretty, slowburning alt-folk cut that bears some resemblance to the work of Boston’s Joe Pernice in his Scud Mountain Boys days. “Forget This” is a scintillating number that should get the jam band set a-wiggling. Dix follows that up with an elegant acoustic gem, “I Know I Know I Know,” that tugs at the heartstrings. “Too Far” is an ambitious, atmospheric epic that hints at an affinity for Dawes. “Away” finds Dix vacillating between a clean falsetto and a strained chest voice that suggests time spent with a Justin Vernon record or three. The album closes on a trio of songs, “Try as You Might,” “WTF” and “20 June,” that

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unapologetic about them as he is about his unabashed hooks. “Been There All Along” sets the record’s upbeat tone with a driving groove and warm sheen of guitars and keys. Day drops the record’s title at the bridge, repeating, “Break down the heavy, gonna find a song.” If James Taylor and Paul Simon got together to out-soothe each other with agreeable crooning, it might sound something like this. Day writes that his solo record was born out of finding beauty in dark times. “The Beauty That Surrounds” is the most overt example of that idea. And especially at the harmony-heavy, Doobie Brothers-styled chorus, it is undoubtedly beautiful. The same could be said of “If You Looked Both Ways.”

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For more than a decade, Peter Day has co-fronted local rockers the Grift, a group whose technical prowess and innate knack for tight harmonies and sticky melodies have made them staples of the Vermont scene at large. That band’s most recent album, 2009’s Doppelganger, found them shedding some of their earlier jammy tendencies in favor of a leaner, more pop-centric sound. On his new solo record, Break Down the Heavy, Day continues that shift, delivering a sunny collection of tunes that should satisfy fans of the Grift and attract new listeners with a pop-rock sweet tooth. On his website, Day outlays a lengthy list of influences that reads like who’swho of pop-rock luminaries: Paul Simon, Rubber Soul-era Beatles, Tom Petty, James Taylor. Those are pretty common touchstones for anyone who has penned a catchy verse-chorus-verse in the last 50 years. And in Day’s case, he wears his influences proudly on his rolled-up Oxford shirtsleeves. He’s as

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BagitoS: peter farber (singer-songwriter), 11 a.m., donations. irish sessions, 2 p.m., free. ChaRlie o'S: Dance party, 10 p.m., free. PoSitiVe Pie 2: Hot Neon magic (’80s New Wave), 10:30 p.m., $5. the ReSeRVoiR ReStauRant & taP Room: Gang of Thieves (rock), 10 p.m., free. Sweet meliSSa'S: Blue fox (blues), 5 p.m., free. steady Betty (rocksteady), 9 p.m., free.

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tuPelo muSiC hall: sophistafunk (funk), 8 p.m., $15.

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whammy BaR: Big Hat, No cattle (western swing), 7:30 p.m., free.

ChamPlain laneS Family Fun CenteR: Laughs at the Lanes (standup), 8 p.m., free.

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ChuRCh & main ReStauRant: Night Vision (EDm), 9 p.m., free.

Bee'S kneeS: cosa Buena (Latin jazz), 7:30 p.m., donations.

51 main: small change (Tom Waits tribute), 8 p.m., free.

CluB metRonome: retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.

the huB PizzeRia & PuB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

City limitS: city Limits christmas party with the Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., free.

Finnigan'S PuB: mix of Lydia (rock), 10 p.m., free.

moog'S PlaCe: Hillside rounders (bluegrass), 9 p.m., free.

on the RiSe BakeRy: Giovanina Bucci (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., donations. two BRotheRS taVeRn: Bill (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

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RuBen JameS: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., free.

BaySide PaVilion: mark Abair and friends (rock), 7 p.m., free.

Rí Rá iRiSh PuB: supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., free.

Bee'S kneeS: The Hubcats (blues), 7:30 p.m., donations.

Venue: phil Abair Band, phil 'n' the Blanks (rock), 8 p.m., $5.

matteRhoRn: season pass party (rock), 7 p.m., free.

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moog'S PlaCe: Tim Brick Band (country), 9 p.m., free.

BagitoS: Winston Ball (rock), 6 p.m., donations. ChaRlie o'S: swillbillies, Dirty Blondes (rock), 10 p.m., free. eSPReSSo Bueno: Beyond Question: A singles Event (dating), 7 p.m., free. gReen mountain taVeRn: DJ Jonny p (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. PoSitiVe Pie 2: Apex (funk), 10:30 p.m., $8. Sweet meliSSa'S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., free. red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 9 p.m., free. tuPelo muSiC hall: The Grand slambovians (avant-folk), 8 p.m., $25.

RimRoCkS mountain taVeRn: friday Night frequencies with DJ rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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monoPole: Haewa & North funktree (rock), 10 p.m., free. theRaPy: pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

FRanny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. higheR gRound BallRoom: charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Jay Vons (soul), 7:30 p.m., $18/20. AA.

PieCaSSo: Black mountain symphony (eclectic), 10 p.m., free.

monkey houSe: Dionysia, Love Anonymous (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

VeRmont ale houSe: DJ rekkon (EDm), 9:30 p.m., free.

neCtaR'S: colby Dix Abum release (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free. rAQ, American Babies (jam), 9 p.m., $17/20/30.

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Radio Bean: Gina macKinnon (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. cal folger Day (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. clara Berry & Wooldog (pop), 9:30 p.m., free. Amanda ruth (ghost folk), 11 p.m., free. Abbie morin & co. (indie soul), 12:30 a.m., free. Red SquaRe: Juliana reed Band (rock), 7 p.m., $5. mashtodon (mashup), 11 p.m., $5.

Rí Rá iRiSh PuB: Kenny mehler (rock), 10 p.m., free.

BaCkStage PuB: sturcrazie (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

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muSiC Box: Lewis franco & the missing cats, the Brown Eye Girls (swing), 7:30 p.m., $10.

maRRiott haRBoR lounge: Dave Grippo (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

RuBen JameS: craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

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matteRhoRn: red Bull DJ party (EDm), 9 p.m., $5.

PaRkeR Pie Co.: The Kingdom Tribute revue (Beatles tribute), 8 p.m., $5.

Red SquaRe Blue Room: DJ raul (salsa), 7 p.m., free. DJ stavros (EDm), 11 p.m., $5.

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JP'S PuB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free.

monoPole: capital Zen (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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Bee's Knees: Rebecca padula (folk), 11 a.m., donations. steve Hartmann & Hana Zara (singersongwriters), 7:30 p.m., donations. MaTTerhOrn: chris Tagatac (acoustic rock), 4 p.m., free. sweeT CrunCh BaKe shOp: Joey Zola (folk), 10:30 a.m., free. VerMOnT ale hOuse: Talking Doctors (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

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halflOunGe: Family night (rock), 10:30 p.m. Jp's puB: Dance Video Request night with melody (dance), 10 p.m., free. ManhaTTan pizza & puB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. neCTar's: metal monday: carnivora, Barishi, pOLYpHOnY, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free. radiO Bean: nora Zimmerly (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free. Open mic, 9 p.m., free. red square: mashtodon (mashup), 10 p.m., free. ruBen JaMes: Why not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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CluB MeTrOnOMe: Dead set with cats under the stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. halflOunGe: Funkwagon's Tequila project (funk), 10 p.m., free. leuniG's BisTrO & Café: paul Asbell, clyde stats and chris peterman (jazz), 7 p.m., free. MOnKey hOuse: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. MOnTy's Old BriCK TaVern: Open mic, 6 p.m., free. neCTar's: Gubbulidis (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. state & main Records showcase: pistol Fist, Lake superior, concrete Rivals, Boomslang (rock), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. radiO Bean: Lokum (Turkish gypsy), 6:30 p.m., free. Grup Anwar (Arabic), 8:30 p.m., free. HonkyTonk sessions, 10 p.m., $3. red square: craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

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sKinny panCaKe: Josh panda's Acoustic soul night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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leuniG's BisTrO & Café: Dan Liptak Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

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BaGiTOs: papa GreyBeard Blues, 6 p.m., donations. sKinny panCaKe: Jay Ekis saves Wednesday in montpelier (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. sweeT Melissa's: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free. whaMMy Bar: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., free.

champlain valley sweeT Melissa's: Bruce Jones (folk), 5 p.m., free. Open mic, 7 p.m., free.

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TwO BrOThers TaVern: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

51 Main: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., free. CiTy liMiTs: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., free. On The rise BaKery: mark and sophia (singersongwriters), 7:30 p.m., donations. TwO BrOThers TaVern: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.

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MOOG's plaCe: The Jason Wedlock show (trivia, rock), 8 p.m., free.

The huB pizzeria & puB: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.

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Bee's Knees: Girls night Out (folk), 7:30 p.m., donations.

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CluB MeTrOnOMe: naughty & nice: max cohen, craig mitchell, Golditron (house), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. The daily planeT: paul Asbell (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

Bee's Knees: Bruce Jones (folk), 7:30 p.m., donations.

MOOG's plaCe: Zack nugent (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. pieCassO: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.

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MOnOpOle: Open mic, 8 p.m., free. OliVe ridley's: completely stranded christmas show (standup), 8 p.m., nA. m

franny O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. halflOunGe: Wanted Wednesday with DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

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t’s one thing to snowboard the world’s biggest mountains. It’s another to snowboard the world’s biggest mountains while lugging along camera equipment and handling a lens deftly on death-defying terrain in subzero temperatures. That’s just what Burlington’s Dean “Blotto” Gray does f or nearly three-quarters of the year, as the principal photographer for Burton Snowboards.

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The 44-year-old earned his nickname in the late 1980s when a buddy blurted out the word “blotto” during a skateboarding session in the desert. But f rozen surf aces are now his pref erred stomping grounds. Blotto’s work captures not only the beauty of snowboarding but also the exuberance, silliness, bravery and style that have helped make the sport, and Burton, a notable cultural phenomenon of the 21st century. Blotto has been working f or Burton since 1999 and as principal photographer since 2003. He was recently named one of the top 50 fi nalists in the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2013. Judges selected his “sequence” image of snowboarder Jeremy Jones leaping o° a building and sliding down a ramp made of snow f rom tens of thousands of entries from around the world. Blotto carved out time to talk with Seven Days about his lif e of riding and making art on the snowy road. SEVEN DAYS: How did you get into photography? BLOTTO: During the mid-’90s, I worked for a small snowboard company; we didn’t have the budgets to hire photographers and graphic designers every time we needed something done, so we purchased a camera and computer and taught ourselves. SD: You grew up in Arizona and Texas — was it at college that you started snowboarding? B: I started riding BMX bikes in Texas [and] found skateboarding some years later in Phoenix, which eventually led to the discovery of snowboarding in northern Arizona. I was attending college in Flagsta° f or graphic design as snowboarding took over my life.

three primary locations, all very di° erent f rom each other, requiring varied modes of transportation and preparation. First is the backcountry, accessed via helicopter, snowmobile or hiking. Second is working within the urban environment, moving around by automobile. Third is shooting in bounds at ski resorts — usually in the springtime — using snowcats to build large terrain-park features specifi c to our needs. Most of the riding, for me, happens when hiking or using a helicopter; it’s my mode of transportation f or descending the mountain. There are times when I have camera in hand while snowboarding, snapping photos as we move about, but most of the time the tripod is set up and I’m moving from angle to angle as the session progresses. SD: What gear are you now bringing to shoots? B: The amount and type of gear varies depending on whether we’re scheduled f or backcountry, urban or resort. The camera body and lenses are suited for every photo shoot; it’s the amount of fl ashes, strobes and tripods I get to bring [that changes], given the location and complexity of the shot list.

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SD: What makes snowboarding an interesting subject? B: The creative individuals that come with snowboarding and the progression happening on a daily basis with these athletes is unbelievable. SD: You’ve been documenting the snowboard life 250 days a year for the last 14 years. Can you expand? B: The Burton team is busy fi lming, competing and touring in the Northern and

SD: How have Instagram and other social-media channels impacted your Southern Hemispheres year-round, so work? there are endless opportunities to capture B: Instagram has given photographers the the crew in action. ability to display their work more frequently, engaging f ollowers on a daily basis — SD: What are some of the farthest-fl ung Facebook included. A website allows you to places you’ve shot, or snowboarded? expand on any given subject, photo shoot B: Northern Japan sits atop the destination or travel update by posting a number of list each season due to massive snowf all, “behind-the-scenes” photos with descripphoto opportunities galore and the overall tive text. If you stack Instagram, Facebook, beauty and vibe of the country. In the non- a website and print media together, the snow world, heading into the Middle East photographic publishing circle is complete. to document professional mountain bikers looking for rideable terrain in Jordan was SD: Any close encounters with avaquite the experience. lanches, yeti or diffi cult celebrity snowboarders? SD: What does it mean to be the princi- B: Unstable snowpack is the biggest varipal photographer for Burton? able while working in the backcountry; big B: I’m blessed to work with so many cremountains covered in snow are never taken ative, talented and motivated individuals lightly. We test the snowpack on every sinat Burton. My coworkers and the team rid- gle slope we plan to descend and make the ers are next level, raising the bar every day, decision to drop in or pull back. Even if the which is constant motivation to do my best, slope could produce the best clip ever, it’s keep my photography progressing and, of not worth the risk — there’s enough terrain course, have fun! and days in the season to play it smart. Our No. 1 fear in the backcountry? Avalanche. SD: Are you riding to get a particular shot, or how does that work? INFO B: Snowboard photography takes you to blottophoto.com, redbullillume.com


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tAlks & eVents life drAWing for Artists: Artists 18 and older bring their own materials and sketch, draw and paint from a live model. wednesday, December 11, 6-9 p.m., Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester. info, 875-1018. life-drAWing session: Artists practice their painting and drawing techniques with a live model. Reservations encouraged. wednesday, December 11, 6-9 p.m.; sunday, December 15, 2-5 p.m.; wednesday, December 18, 6-9 p.m., black horse Fine Art supply, burlington. info, 860-4972. 'Art under the influenCe': Art supplies are provided at seAbA's community art-making event with guest artist sue Adamson. Thursday, December 12, 6-8 p.m., Drink, burlington. info, 859-9222. John geMignAni: "painting outside the lines," representational, graphic paintings and abstract, textural works by the Vermont artist. Through December 27 at walkover gallery & Concert Room in bristol. Talk: Thursday, December 12, 6 p.m. info, 453-3188. uninstruCted life-drAWing session: Artists gather to draw from live models. Call for registration and full schedule. Thursday, December 12, 6-8 p.m., shelburne Craft school. info, 482-2407. grACe AnnuAl holidAy oPen house & Art sAle: The nonprofit community-arts program invites art lovers to party and potentially purchase pieces by its participants. saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.2 p.m., gRACe, hardwick. info, 472-6857.

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sArAh WAite deMonstrAtion: The artist shows how she uses the forms of animals, plants and trees in a symbolic style to create her pen-and-ink illustrations. saturday, December 14, 1-3 p.m., Frog hollow, burlington. info, 863-6458. zoë ink AnnuAl studio sAle: The burlington graphic designer offers her letterpress paper products in a shared holiday sale with jewelry designer Tina Christensen. Friday, December 13, 5-8 p.m.; saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; sunday, December 15, noon-4 p.m., Zoë ink, 266 pine st., suite 103, burlington. info, 863-1468. Book Arts guild of VerMont: At this monthly meeting in the sophia Fahs Community Room, members share a potluck and swap-and-shop. wednesday, December 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., unitarian Church, burlington. info, bookartsvt@gmail.com. CheAP Art shoW: A group exhibit of affordably priced works by local artists. Friday, December 13, 4-7 p.m.; saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Christ Church, Montpelier. info, 223-0352. holidAy oPen studio: Print And CrAft sAle: photographs by Terry Allen, woodblock prints by Mary Azarian, glass by Chet Cole and nii Viiler, and sculpture by georgia landau in a seasonal show and sale. saturday through sunday, December 14-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Terry Allen studio, east Montpelier. info, 229-0303 . "Art under the influenCe' With sue MoWrer AdAMson: learn to create your own superhero with the locate cartoonist/artist in this workshop. seAbA provides all the materials and a stress-free environment. Thursday, December 12, 6-8 p.m., Drink, burlington. info, 859-9222. festiVAl of trees & light And MeMBers' Art shoW & sAle: Ten holiday trees decorated by

ongoing 2nd AnnuAl Artist MArket: A selection of handcrafted jewelry, greeting cards, glassware and other holiday gift options by local artists. Through December 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222.

Antonello BorrA & deliA roBinson: borra's new collection of bestiary poems, Alfabestiario, with illustrations by Robinson, is displayed alongside Robinson's new works on canvas called "The Middle sister." Through December 31 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 863-0093. 'Art of Winter' exhiBition And PoP-uP Art MArket: eleven Vermont artists explore the season in paintings and photography; a temporary

grouP JeWelry shoW honoring lAurie Peters: The retiring uVM fine-metals teacher and 15 of her former students show their works in this commemorative exhibit. Through December 18 at Von bargen's in burlington. Reception: wednesday, December 11, 5-8 p.m. trine Wilson & doris Weeks: photography, and watercolor and oil paintings, respectively. December 13 through January 31 at westford public library. Reception: Friday, December 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 355-4834. Courtney MerCier: "escape," photography that represents adventures in the here and now. Curated by seAbA, including in adjacent ReTn offices. Through February 28 at VCAM studio in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 13, 5-8 p.m. info, 859-9222. JeAn CArlson MAsseAu: Meet the artist and hear her talk about her work at this open house. 6-8 p.m. at pompanoosuc Mills in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 13, 6-8 p.m. 'ConfederAte PiCtures': A mixed-media installation by phil whitman based on a gettysburg battlefield of the American Civil war and using photographs he took of tourists at the site. Through

shop from Kasini house offers artful gifts in a variety of media. Through December 28 at burlington Town Center Mall. info, info@kasinihouse.com. BArBArA k WAters: An exhibit of monoprints in various styles by the local artist. Through January 31 at new Moon Café in burlington. info, 383-1505. 'Boldly PAtterned And suBtly iMAgined': The 22nd annual winter group show highlights the work of painter/printmaker/book artist Carolyn shattuck and potter boyan Moskov, and also features works by 16 regional artists in a variety of mediums. Through January 31 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. info, 985-3848. 'Cool MoVes! Artistry of Motion': An interactive exhibit that explores the beauty of motion. Through January 6 at eCho lake Aquarium and science Center/leahy Center for lake Champlain in burlington. info, 877-324-6386.

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

senior shoW: graduating seniors sarah barnes, Kelly Chiesa, Rebecca Jocek and Tamarra lessor show their works in photography, graphic and expressive arts. December 12 through 20 at burlington College. Reception: Thursday, December 12, 5-7 p.m. info, 862-9616. strength in nuMBers: “A Mixing of words and Media,” collaborative paintings and individual works by a group of art teaches who regularly meet to support each other in art making. December 15 through January 30 at ; in the Mezzanine balcony, Fletcher Free library in burlington. Reception: December 15, 12:30-2 p.m. in the pickering Room at Fletcher Free library in burlington. info, 865-7211.

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leArning netWork exhiBit: paintings on cedar shingles by Karen Dopp, Clinton Mcleod, Joe bushey, Ann Campbell and Denise gleason at ResouRCe in barre. Reception: Thursday, December 12, 7-9 p.m. info, 477-7800.

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CAMeron dAVis: "endless spring," paintings that address ecological emergencies and embrace our belonging to the earth and the cosmos. Through January 4 at All souls interfaith gathering in shelburne. info, 985-3819. CArl ruBino: A selection of landscape photographs taken over the last six years. Through December 31 at Artspace 106 at the Men's Room in burlington. info, 864-2088. CArol BouCher: More than 40 landscape paintings created from memory in the artist's essex Junction studio. Through December 31 at Alchemy Jewelry Arts Collective in burlington. info, 660-2032. CArolyn WAlton: "Visions," an exhibit celebrating walton's 15 years showing her paintings at the gallery. Athenia schinto, susan bull Riley, betty ball and Tineke Russell also exhibit their work. Through December 28 at luxton-Jones gallery in shelburne. info, 985-8223. buRlingTon-AReA shows

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ellen sPring And BruCe BAker: hand-dyed silk wearables and silver designer jewelry, respectively, by the Vermont artists. Through December 31 at Art on Main in bristol. Reception: Friday, December 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 453-4032.

'onCe they Were': An invitational exhibit of tricolor prints designed by 15 artists, in conjunction with bCA's print studio and Torrey Valyou of new Duds; "loCAl: A Winter sAle": Affordable works by more than 14 Vermont artists who participate in the bCA Art sales and leasing program; and "referenCe for rAdiCAls": An exhibit of works by local artists based on terms in an activist booklet and expressing the artists' experiences, beliefs and desires. December 13 through January 8 at bCA Center in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 13, 5-8 p.m. info, 865-7166.

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Al sAlzMAn: "subversive," paintings and drawings. Through January 17 at ArtsRiot in burlington. info, 540-0406.

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(pine street) in burlington. info, 859-9222. niCole WelCome: "Reflections on Vermont," landscape photography in the Montpelier area. Through December 29 at Fletcher Free library in burlington. info, 865-7211.

'Color, Pattern, Whimsy, sCale: the Best of shelBurne museum': nearly 100 works from the permanent collection including paintings, folk art, furniture, wallpaper, decorative arts, textiles, costumes and more, exhibited in conjunction with the grand opening of the pizzagalli Center for Art and education. Through December 31 at shelburne Museum. info, 985-3346.

'Poster riot: 32 years of PerformanCes at the flynn': show posters from the Flynn archives, plus posters from partner organizations such as lyric Theatre Company, Vermont symphony orchestra, Vermont stage Company, uVM lane series, higher ground and the burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Through January 4 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4500.

Devon Kelley: "You Could never be boring," an installation of cut-paper banners that communicate inspirational and motivational phrases collected through conversations with women. Through December 22 at ArtsRiot in burlington. info, 540-0406.

steez art: "Vibes," signed and numbered prints by Kyle 'Fattie b.' Thompson. Through December 31 at halflounge in burlington. info, 865-0012.

'Dorothy anD herB vogel: fifty WorKs for fifty states': work from the Vogels' extensive collection by more than 20 artists, including Carel balth, Judy Rifka, pat steir and Richard Tuttle; 'eat: the soCial life of fooD': A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750.

'small WorKs': in this annual exhibit, artworks in a variety of media and subject matter measure 12 inches or less. Through January 31 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info, spacegalleryvt.com. susan larKin: "land & lakeshore," oil paintings of lake Champlain and northern Vermont landscapes. Through January 2 at skinny pancake in burlington. info, 928-3081. tessa hill: "black Rhino Designs Mushrooms," wall hangings composed of painted polymer clay mushrooms and found wood. Through December 30 at speaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107.

elvira triPP: Art Affair by shearer presents work by the Mexican-born artist. Through December 31 at shearer Chevrolet in south burlington. info, 658-1111. 'gifts $50 anD unDer': A dozen local artists display their works for one-of-a-kind, affordable presents. Through December 31 at backspace gallery in burlington. info, spacegalleryvt.com.

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haley BishoP: "Day Dreaming," mixed-media works by the local artist. Through December 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 355-5418.

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inaugural exhiBit: prints by bill Davison, sculpture by Kathleen schneider, photographs by Don Ross and paintings by John gonter. Through January 9 at Vermont Metro gallery, bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. international art exhiBit: Art objects from around the world from the private collection of ben bergstein and April werner, along with artwork by winners of last year's contest in the Vermont international Festival. Through December 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.

Janet mCKenzie: Artwork depicting an African American Jesus and the women of the bible whose stories were untold. Through December 31 at salaam and the Men's store in burlington. info, 658-8822. Jon young: "where the wild Things were," paintings of north American wildlife versus human expansion. Through December 31 at Red square in burlington. info, 318-2438.

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JaCKson tuPPer: "oh um Ah," paintings by the Vermont artist. Through January 28 at new City galerie in burlington. info, 735-2542.

filled with furniture, which might make it easier to imagine how a Jean Carlson Masseau and botanical subjects reflect her way of “seeing design in nature,” she writes — and she has an eye for serenity. Her limited-edition prints of transparent watercolor and gouache paintings adorn the store’s walls through December 31. Masseau gives an artist talk about her work this Friday, December 13, 6-8 p.m., at Pompanoosuc Mills. Pictured: “Charlotte Barn.”

'large WorKs': Artists display works between three and 15 feet in size in this annual exhibition. Through January 31 at soda plant in burlington. info, spacegalleryvt.com. loCal artist grouP shoW: paintings by Carl Rubino, Jane Ann Kantor, Kim senior, Kristine slattery, Maria Del Castillo, philip hagopian and Vanessa Compton on the first floor; and by holly hauser, louise Arnold, Jacques burke, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Tessa holmes on the second. Curated by seAbA. Through February 28 at innovation Center of Vermont in burlington. info, 859-9222. 'looK again: images of Daily life, 17th-21st Century': Depictions of daily life by Adriaen van ostade, John Thomson, Martin parr, Tina barney,

nikki s. lee, guy ben-ner and laToya Ruby Frazier. Through December 14 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750.

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lyDia littWin: "blind Contours," works drawn from memory, or from direct observation, with eyes closed. Curated by seAbA. Through February 28 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 859-9222.

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vermont artisan Craft shoW: The seasonal pop-up gallery features works in a variety of media by more than 50 crafters. Through December 28 at Vermont Artisans Craft gallery in south burlington. info, 652-0376.

annual holiDay artisans' Bazaar: More than 40 area artisans and specialty food producers offer everything from pottery and blown glass to wreaths and chocolates. see website for hours wednesday through sunday. Through December 23 at Chandler gallery in Randolph. info, chandlerarts.org.

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JuiCe Bar winter show: The annual rotating members' show features works by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Jessica Straus, Kirsten Hoving and Richard E. Smith. Through April 5 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.

Buddhist thangkas: Beautiful scrolls by various artists from Nepal and India are for sale, to benefit the nonprofit Child Haven International. Through January 31 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Info, 223-0043.

Janet FrederiCks: "Quiet Observations: Anthills, Insects & Water," contemplative paintings on the natural environment by the Vermont artist. Through January 10 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info, 371-4100.

Ceilidh galloway-kane: "The People, the Places," works in watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite by the Vermont artist. Through December 29 at Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@capitolgrounds.com.

JaniCe walraFen: "Grief and Praise," decorative clay masks created by the artist in reflection of a seven-day walk-about fast in Arizona. Through January 21 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 223-1242.

'CeleBrate': An annual show of fine art and craft by artist members. Through December 28 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. deluxe unlimited: "Wreckage," a janitor's closet filled with collages that explore "the doomsdayhappy world we live in, and the cultural debris left in its wake," by the local artist also known as Ben Peberdy. Through December 31 at Utility Arts Center in White River Junction. Info, 345-6685.

Jen morris: "Pastoral," photographs that explore the history and complexity hidden in Vermont’s idyllic countryside. Through December 27 at Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0321. Jennie harriman & Christopher smith: "Intersectionalism: An Interdisciplinary Art Show," drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture, works of graphic design and childrens' literature, plus a participatory art activity. Through December 27 at Tunbridge Public Library. Info, 889-9404.

'earth as muse: Beauty, degradation, hope, regeneration, awakening': Artwork that celebrates the Earth's beauty while reflecting on tensions between mankind and the environment by Fran Bull, Pat Musick, Harry A. Rich, Jenny Swanson and Richard Weis. Through April 4 at Great Hall in Springfield. Info, 258-3992.

lisa Forster BeaCh: Abstract paintings by the Stowe artist. Through December 31 at Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682.

elizaBeth mayor: Innovative prints that turn into collage, sculpture and mini installations. Through December 31 at Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction. Info, 295-0808.

marC Beerman: Wildlife and nature images by the Pennsylvania-based photographer. Through January 5 at VINS Nature Center in Quechee. Info, 359-5001.

FrederiC rudi: "Laundry and Eggs," paintings. Through January 7 at Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield. Info, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com. georgia myer: "Authenticity," mixed-media works featuring oil, paper, pastels, charcoal, ink and watercolor on paper, canvas and linen. Through December 27 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. 'good Beginnings: group holiday exhiBition': Work in a variety of media by artists from around the region. A portion of proceeds benefit Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley, a charity for newborns and families. Through December 24 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.

holiday show: Small works by artist members in a variety of printmaking media. Through January 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. humBerto ramirez: Recent acrylic paintings by the chair of the art department at Landmark College. Through December 17 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. Info, 283-8397.

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Craftsbury Common, you can pick up locally baked pies, take classes, listen to poetry readings and buy arty merch in the gift shop. Through December 21, you can also view the charcoal paintings of Vermont artist Gabriel Tempesta. Earlier this year he received a creation grant from the Vermont Art Council, and what he created is a series of images focused on bumblebees. Tempesta’s process involves mixing charcoal with water on a board, then drawing, scratching, erasing and sometimes painting with gouache, finishing with an archival sealant. The black-and-white works are meant to “help bring awareness to the plight of Vermont’s bumblebees,” Tempesta writes on his website, but the up-close images also are intimate portraits of nature’s little pollinators. Pictured: No. 1 in the Bumblebee Series.

'interpreting the interstates': Compiling photographs from state archives taken between 1958 and 1978, the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont produced this exhibit, which aims to illustrate how the creation of the

interstate highway system changed Vermont's culture and countryside. Through April 26 at Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Info, 479-8500.

peter miller: An exhibit celebrating the iconic Vermont photographer's new book, A Lifetime of Vermont People. Through January 2 at Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. Info, 457-2295. 'round': Circular objects ranging from uniform buttons to oddities such as a foot-powered dentist’s drill; 'these honored dead: private and national Commemoration': An exhibit that tells the stories of Norwich alumni from both sides of the Civil War, focusing on the military draft, prisons and mourning rituals. Through December 20 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183. sarah rosedahl: Illustrations from the artist/ author's new book Chickens!, about chicken breeds from A to Z. Through December 31 at The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. Info, 223-1981. CENTRAL VT SHOWS

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'Something to Celebrate': A twofold exhibit includes "out of Bounds," works by Vermont watercolor society members Richard weis, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Frieda post; and a variety of pieces by returning VTica artists Nancy pulliam weis, Miranda Updike, Laura Rideout, Irene Cole and Nicholas Kekic. Through January 19 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018. the PaletteerS of Vermont art Club: "peaceful places," works by members that speak to the theme. Through December 27 at Aldrich public Library in Barre. Info, 262-6400. 'the White Stuff': The group exhibit featuring local artists celebrates the "glory, glitter and moods of snow." Through December 29 at Blinking Light Gallery in plainfield. Info, 522-3172. 'toyS: the inSide Story': An interactive exhibit of playthings shows visitors of all ages the gadgets and gizmos that make them work. Through January 14 at Montshire Museum of science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200. Winter grouP ShoW: sculpture, illustration, photography and acrylic and oil paintings by nine Vermont artists. Through January 4 at Axel's Frameshop in waterbury. Info, 244-7801.

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'faShion & fantaSy at the edge of the foreSt': selections from the museum’s vintage clothing collection paired with Vermont artist wendy Copp's imaginative couture creations made from natural materials such as ferns, birch bark and hydrangea. Through December 31 at sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117. gingerbread houSe ComPetition & holiday boutique: Gingerbread houses made by a number of locals of all ages adorn the gallery, along with artful gift items. Through December 21 at Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356.

JaCkSon gallery Sixth annual holiday ShoW: The juried exhibit includes works by 28 regional artists in a variety of mediums, from painting to quilts to jewelry. Through December 31 at Jackson Gallery, Town hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222.

'neW liVeS, neW england': weaving, henna art, drums and other cultural traditions illustrate how Vermont's refugee communities stay connected to their heritage and form new lives from "whole cloth." Through February 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. r. baird & g. Weber-graSSi: "Mary, Mary," modern visions of the Queen of heaven, in mixedmedia. Through December 30 at ZoneThree Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 989-9992. 'Small treaSureS': small-scale artwork and craft by guild members, plus handcrafted holiday ornaments. Through January 28 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4956. tom merWin: Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071. 'your Junk, my art: the tranSformation of found obJeCtS': work by B Amore, Nancy weis, Karen Koziol, Catherine hall, Bob hooker, Janet Van Fleet, Kristin humbargar, Ronni solbert, Dick weis, susan Farrow, Gene Childers, Tom Absher and Ruth hamilton. Through December 15 at Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. Info, 247-3000.

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'aPronS-r-uS': The Catamount Fiberistas organized this group exhibit, which "celebrates the apron through personal response and historical and cultural artifacts." on view are two- and three-dimensional samples made from fabric, clay, paper, recycled items and more. Through December 31 at Catamount Arts Center in st. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2600. barbara aCkerman: "histories," an MFA thesis exhibit influenced by a recent trip to the American southwest. Through December 14 at Julian scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson state College. Info, 635-1469. CaSPian artS exhibit: sixteen members of the artist group show paintings, glass, sculpture, fiber works, jewelry and more. Through December 22 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.

'CatS and tigerS and turtleS, oh my!': Artwork by Gayleen Aiken, Berta Diller, huddee herrick, Dot Kibbee and phyllis putvain. Through January 14 at GRACE in hardwick. Info, 472-6857. ChriS StearnS: "Vermont on Aluminum," highdynamic-range landscape photographs printed on sheets of aluminum. Through January 2 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. elinor oSborn: photographs. Through December 16 at parker pie Co. in west Glover. Info, 525-3366. gabe temPeSta: works in charcoal that focus on bumblebees. Through December 21 at Art house Gallery, studio & school in Craftsbury Common. Info, 586-2200. kent ShaW: Color photographs taken in Morrisville, Elmore and hardwick. Through January 20 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in hardwick. Info, 472-7053. 'kiCk and glide: Vermont'S nordiC Ski legaCy': An exhibit celebrating all aspects of the sport, including classic and skate skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski jumping, telemark and back-country skiing. Through october 13, 2014, at Vermont ski and snowboard Museum in stowe. Paul gruhler: Abstract acrylic paintings on linen. Through January 2 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. 'ShadeS of fall: Small PiCture exhibition': one hundred fifty paintings by 88 artist members. Through December 29 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. 'Surreal': surreal and otherwise weird paintings, photographs, sculptures and video by northern Vermont artists Bradleigh stockwell, Mary Brenner, Donald peel, Diana Mara henry, Chris hudson, sam Thurston and Mandee Roberts. Through January 31 at 99 Gallery and Center in Newport. Info, 323-9013. timothy Jude Smith: In the Upstairs Gallery, smith's solo show, "wherever There Is a soul to Admire," uses video and photography to investigate the midwestern phenomenon of suburbs being named after walden pond of Massachusetts, made famous in the writings of henry David Thoreau. Through December 27 at west Branch Gallery & sculpture park in stowe. Info, 253-8943. William b. hoyt: "Realizations," realistic paintings. Through February 28 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in stowe. Info, 253-1818.

Call to artiStS red Square needS art! Busy establishment on Church street currently booking monthlong shows for 2014. All mediums considered. please contact Diane at creativegeniuses@burlingtontelecom.net. Call to PhotograPherS: professional and amateur photographers are invited to participate in an exhibit at the Jericho Town hall from January through April. one requirement: All images must include at least one actual Jericho road. You may submit up to two photographs of any size. The show will not be juried; there’s no participation fee and no commission if you wish to sell your work. Deadline: December 15. For info and registration, contact Barbara Greene, 899-2974, blgreene@myfairpoint.net. loVe: Calling for PhotoS: Deadline: January 8. Jurors: Joe DiMaggio and JoAnne Kalish. Love. hearts entwined. Unrequited. Moonstruck. star-crossed. Info, darkroomgallery.com/ex52. fiVe elementS: Photo ComP: photograph the beauty of nature; five elements provide the foundation for our entire physical world. Deadline: December 11. Juror: Eddie soloway. darkroomgallery.com. Exhibit is in January.

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Out of the Furnace ★★★

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razy Heart, the Oscar-winning directorial debut of actor-turnedfi lmmaker Scott Cooper, told a story of small-town people with dwindling prospects who, against all odds, achieve a level of grace. It didn’t have what we generally consider a happy ending, but, while its characters didn’t get what they wanted, they ended up almost as happy as if they had. Heartwarming in the best sense of the word, it was a great fi lm. For his follow-up, the writer-director has gone in a di° erent direction. Set in Braddock, Penn., a blighted stretch of the Rust Belt, Out of the Furnace tells a story of steeltown people with dwindling prospects who, against all odds, end up worse o° than they started f or all their fi nely craf ted, superbly acted trouble. Heartrending in the best sense of the word, it isn’t a great fi lm. That doesn’t mean Out of the Furnace doesn’t have its moments or doesn’t deserve to be seen. It’s a movie made in the tradition of character- and issue-driven pictures of the ’70s. Let’s just say it f ares better at evoking that moment in cinema than at equaling it. It’s The Deer Hunter lite.

The fi lm echoes motifs from other titles, too, but let’s stick with the Deer Hunter homage. The got-his-shit-together Robert De Niro correlative is the older of the two MIGHTY CASEY STRIKING OUT Affl eck plays a troubled Baze brothers, Russell, played with f ormivet whose winning streak ends tragically. dable attention to detail by Christian Bale. He works in the mill (a real-life relic called the Carrie Furnace). Casey A˛ eck plays the these days good things do not, as a rule, come crosshairs and — well, you know what hapChristopher Walken stand-in, Rodney, who of encounters with his characters. pens. That’s the point. The director knows is back from four tours in Iraq and is a tickThe movie eventually gets around to the ing post-traumatic time bomb. He’s drawn to you know. It’s like he’s saying, “Wasn’t The revenge fest the ads promise. Yet, given the the back-room world of bare-knuckle boxing Deer Hunter a great fi lm? Don’t we all carry YOUR caliber of the acting, the earthy music of theYOUR it insideTHIS us?” PAGE in the absence of a thriving Russian roulette SCAN dialogue Much of the movie can be seen comscene. TEXTand the many superbly observed TEXT WITH LAYAR details that distinguish the picture up to its ing, and not just because its trailer leaves Willem Daf oe costars as John Petty, an fi nal act, the real surprise is just how f ew HERE no plot point unspoiled. Out of the Furnace underworld fi xer who sets up and bets on theSEE HERE PROGRAM COVER surprises that last half hour holds. haunted kid’s fi ghts. He approximates Pierre also shares a number of plot elements with There are pictures that simply aren’t Winter’s Bone, a primeval f orest setting, an Segui’s Julien Grinda, the shadowy fi gure greater than the sum of their parts, and this underground meth culture and a violent, who gives De Niro’s character handf uls of is one of them; it’s one of those movies — I tweaked-up hillbilly from hell among them. the cash he’s won wagering on Walken near see them all the time — that doesn’t have a The minute Rodney convinces Petty to the end of Michael Cimino’s movie. Cooper dull moment but leaves you f eeling kind of isn’t subtle about his wistful love for the clas- get him a match against one of the fi ghters ho-hum once the credits roll. You’ll laugh. in Harlan DeGroat’s stable, we pretty much sic. He lifts one iconic scene verbatim. After a know where things are headed. After all, the You’ll cry. You’ll wish you’d watched The painful and transformative experience, Rus- crank kingpin is played by Woody Harrelson. Deer Hunter. sell goes hunting with his uncle (Sam Shepa- If you’ve seen No Country for Old Men, RamRI C K KI S O N AK part or Seven Psychopaths, you know that rd), tracks a majestic buck, gets him in his

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The Book Thief ★★★

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he Book Thief has touched o° a mini-debate about whether the world needs more Holocaust fi lms. Yet nobody has asked the truly pressing question: Does the world need more movies that exhort young people to read and, more problematically, to write books? Has anybody checked out the sheer number of Kindle self-published titles lately? I kid, sort of. Books are great. Kids should read (pref erably extensively bef ore they of f er the world their own literary creations). But one of the problems with this adaptation of Markus Zusak’s acclaimed novel is that it treats the horrors of Nazi Germany primarily as f odder f or one sensitive budding writer. While it’s lavishly appointed and well acted, The Book Thief overemphasizes the redemptive value of the protagonist’s art and underemphasizes, well, the horror. That’s rather a surprise from a fi lm narrated by Death himself (voice of Roger Allam). It’s 1938, and Death inf orms us that he has taken a particular interest in Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), an illiterate 9-year-old whose Communist mother has lef t her with a f oster f amily in rural Germany bef ore fl eeing the country. We watch the familiar narrative unfold — Kristallnacht, book burning, blond children extolling “Deutschland Über Alles” — through the eyes of a kid only gradually realizing something’s wrong with this picture.

WAR WITHIN Rush and Nélisse play Germans during the Nazi era in Percival’s literary adaptation.

That realization comes home when Liesel’s foster father, Hans (Geo° rey Rush), decides to shelter Max (Ben Schnetzer), a young Jew to whose f amily he owes a debt of honor. Max nurtures Liesel’s nascent love of stories; she brings him stolen books. Combining a personal history with a collective one is a delicate matter, especially when the person in question occupies a relatively privileged position. By all accounts, Zusak succeeded in fl eshing out both Liesel and Max so that their literary companionship would serve as a meaningful rebuke to

the inhumanity surrounding them. The fi lm fails on that score. Director Brian Percival, a veteran of numerous “Downton Abbey” episodes, has given The Book Thief an impressively livedin look; set designer Mark Rosinski makes us feel the deprivation of Liesel’s home compared with those of prominent party members. But the characters remain static icons: Hans is goodness personifi ed, his wife (Emily Watson) has a sharp tongue but a heart of gold, and so f orth. Soulf ul-eyed Max seems to exist solely to f urther Liesel’s coming of

age; he has no quirks of his own, let alone the anger one might expect f rom someone f orced into a dank cellar by a genocidal regime. Québécois actress Nélisse shows great promise in her emotional moments, but Liesel is of ten f rustratingly opaque. One problem is that she ages considerably during the story, without corresponding changes in her behavior; another is that she’s been saddled with a f aux German accent in a misguided attempt at authenticity. (Note to writers: Tossing “und” and “nein” into your characters’ dialogue will not f ool us into thinking we’re hearing German.) It is possible to treat dark material with tastef ul obliqueness, and that’s where Percival seems to be aiming, at least until a rankly sentimental scene late in the fi lm. But he lacks the skill to convey the weight of atrocities while keeping them o° screen. Instead of mounting dread, we may f eel impatience at Liesel’s all-too-familiar tale. Yes, stories have great power, and gentiles could be important witnesses to the Holocaust, too. But seriously, Death, when Anne Frank was busy writing her diary, this is the girl you chose to obsess over? The book may justify that choice; the movie doesn’t. MARGO T HARRI S O N


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All is lostHHH Robert Redford plays a man who struggles to stay alive as he wakes up to finds his damaged boat sailing blindly through the Indian Ocean. J.c. (Margin Call) chandor directed. (100 min, Pg-13)

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BlUe is tHe WARmest coloRHHHH1/2: a high school student comes of age when she finds herself falling in tumultuous love with another woman in this french drama from director abdellatif Kechiche. with adèle Exarchopoulos and léa Seydoux. (179 min, nc-17.)

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tHe Book tHieFHH1/2: In nazi germany, a young girl (Sophie nélisse) bonds with the Jewish refugee her adoptive parents are sheltering. brian Percival directed the drama based on Markus Zusak’s novel. with geoffrey Rush and Emily watson. (131 min, Pg-13)

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cAptAiN pHillipsHHHH1/2 tom hanks plays the title character in this drama based on the true story of the Vermonter whose cargo ship was boarded by Somali pirates in 2009. with barkhad abdi and barkhad abdirahman. Paul (The Bourne Ultimatum) greengrass directed. (134 min, Pg-13)

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new in theaters ANcHoRmAN: tHe legeND coNtiNUes: will ferrell reprises his role as blowhard Ron burgundy, who heads east and struggles to adjust to the new world of 24-hour news. adam McKay directed the sequel to his hit comedy, also starring Paul Rudd, christina applegate and Steve carell. (119 min, Pg-13. Starts tuesday, 12/17)

kill YoUR DARliNgs: daniel Radcliffe plays allen ginsberg in this fact-based film about the poet’s involvement with a murder during his college years. with ben foster as william burroughs, dane dehaan and Michael c. hall. John Krokidas directed. (95 min, R)

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FRee BiRDsHH: back to the future … with turkeys? two gobblers go back in time to get their species off the time-honored Thanksgiving menu in this animated family comedy from director Jimmy (Jonah Hex) hayward. with the voices of woody harrelson, Owen wilson, amy Poehler and george takei. (91 min, Pg)

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FRoZeNHHH1/2: In the latest disney animation, inspired by hans christian andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” a girl embarks on a quest to end the eternal winter enfolding her kingdom. with the voices of Kristen bell, Josh gad and Idina Menzel. chris (Surf’s Up) buck and Jennifer lee directed. (108 min, Pg, bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Stowe, welden) gRAvitYHHHHH: Sandra bullock and george clooney play an astronaut and a medical engineer who find themselves adrift in space after their shuttle is destroyed. alfonso (Children of Men) cuarón directed. (91 min, Pg-13) tHe HUNgeR gAmes: cAtcHiNg FiReHHH1/2: In the second flick adapted from Suzanne collins’ best-selling dystopian ya trilogy, rebellion in the districts leads to a very special 75th hunger games. with Jennifer lawrence, Josh hutcherson, liam hemsworth and Philip Seymour hoffman. francis (I Am Legend) lawrence directed. (146 min, Pg-13. Starts Thursday, november 21)

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JAckAss pReseNts: BAD gRANDpAH: Johnny Knoxville made himself up as an 86-year-old geezer and hit the road with his 8-year-old “grandson” (Jackson nicoll) to punk the unsuspecting public for this borat-style comedy. Jeff tremaine directed. (92 min, R) HomeFRoNtHH: Jason Statham plays a former dEa agent who moves his family to a nice little town and proceeds to tangle with James franco, as a local meth lord named “gator,” in this action flick scripted by Sylvester Stallone. with winona Ryder. gary (The Express) fleder directed. (100 min, R)

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12 YeARs A slAveHHHHH: chiwetel Ejiofor plays a free man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the antebellum South in this drama from director Steve (Shame) McQueen, based on a real slave narrative. with Michael fassbender and Michael K. williams. (134 min, R)

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DeliveRY mANHH: In this remake of the Québécois comedy Starbuck, Vince Vaughn plays an underachiever who discovers that his sperm-bank donations have produced hundreds of now-grown children. with chris Pratt and cobie Smulders. Ken Scott again directed. (104 min, Pg-13)

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tHe HoBBit: tHe DesolAtioN oF smAUg: are we really only in the middle of this Middle Earth saga adapted from tolkien’s short novel The Hobbit? bilbo baggins clutches his precious as his dwarf companions set out to reclaim their homeland in director Peter Jackson’s adventure. Martin freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard armitage star. (161 min, Pg-13)

DAllAs BUYeRs clUBHHH1/2: Matthew Mcconaughey plays Ron woodroof, a texas good ol’ boy who defied government regulations to import aIdS drugs after he was diagnosed in the 1980s. Jared leto and Jennifer garner also star. Jean-Marc (The Young Victoria) Vallée directed. (121 min, R)

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48 Carroll Rd. (off Rte. 100), Waitsfield, 496-8994, bigpicturetheater.info

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 a christmas story 5. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Thu: Midnight. friday 13 — thursday 19 a christmas story Fri to Mon: 5. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri and Sat: 5, 8. Sun: 2, 5, 8.

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wednesday 11 — thursday 12 Free Birds 4. Frozen 6:40. Frozen 3d 4. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d Thu: Midnight. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Thu: Midnight. The hunger Games: catching Fire 4, 7. last vegas 7. Thor: The dark world 4, 6:50.

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capitol showplace 93 State St., Montpelier, 2290343, fgbtheaters.com

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 The Book Thief 6:10, 9:10. captain phillips 6:20, 9:10. homefront 6:30, 9. The hunger Games: catching Fire 6:10, 9:10. out of the Furnace 6:15, 9:15. friday 13 — tuesday 17 The Book Thief Fri: 6:10, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:10, 3:05, 6:10, 9:10. Mon to Tue: 6:10, 9:10. captain phillips Fri to Tue: 6:15, 9:10. Free Birds in 3d Sat and Sun: 1, 3:30. homefront Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat and Sun: 12:40, 3:25, 6:30, 9. Mon and Tue: 6:30, 9. The hunger Games: catching Fire Fri: 6:10, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:15, 3:10, 6:10, 9:10. Mon to Tue: 6:10, 9:10. out of the Furnace Fri: 6:15, 9:15. Sat and Sun: 12:20, 3:20, 6:15, 9:15. Mon to Tue: 6:15, 9:15.

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friday 13 — thursday 19 *anchorman 2: The legend continues Wed and Thu: 6:50. Frozen Fri: 3:50, 6:40, 8:40. Sat: 1, 3:50, 6:40, 8:40. Sun: 1, 3:50, 6:40. Mon to Thu: 6:40. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d Fri: 4, 7:10. Sat and Sun: 12:30, 4, 7:10. Mon to Thu: 7. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri and Sat: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30. Sun: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30. Mon to Thu: 6:30. The hunger Games: catching Fire Fri: 3:40, 6:50, 9:30. Sat: 12:40, 3:40, 6:50, 9:30. Sun: 12:40, 3:40, 6:50. Mon and Tue: 6:50.

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esseX cinemas & t-reX theater www.KissTheCook.net 72 Church Street 863-4226 Mon–Sat 9am–9pm, Sun 10am–6pm

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21 Essex Way, #300, Essex, 8796543, essexcinemas.com

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 captain phillips 1, 8:30. delivery man 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10. Frozen 1, 3:30, 6, 8:30. Frozen 3d 12:15,

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2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40. Gravity 3d 12:30, 2:35, 4:40, 6:45, 8:50. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3d Thu: Midnight. homefront 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30. The hunger Games: catching Fire 12, 12:35, 3:05, 3:40, 6:10, 6:45, 9:15. Jackass presents Bad Grandpa 4, 6:15. out of the Furnace 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Thor: The dark world 3d 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:35. friday 13 — thursday 19 captain phillips 1, 8:30. delivery man 3:50, 6:10. Frozen 1, 3:30, 6, 8:30. Frozen 3d 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40. Gravity 3d 12:30, 2:35, 7:15. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 12:30, 1:20, 4, 4:40, 7:15, 8. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3d 12, 3:20, 6:40, 10. The hunger Games: catching Fire 12, 12:35, 3:05, 3:40, 6:10, 6:45, 9:15, 9:50. out of the Furnace 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Thor: The dark world 3d 4:40, 9:20.

maJestic 10

190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010, majestic10.com

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 delivery man Wed: 1:05, 3:20, 6:50, 9:10. Thu: 1:05, 3:20, 6:50. Frozen 1:40, 4:05, 6:30, 9:10. Frozen 3d 1, 3:40, 6:15, 8:45. Gravity 1:25. Gravity 3d 8:50. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d Thu: Midnight. homefront 1:30, 4, 7, 8:40. The hunger Games: catching Fire 1:10, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:40, 6:40, 7:40, 8:40. last vegas 1, 3:50, 6:10. out of the Furnace 1:40, 4:20, 6:40, 9:15. Thor: The dark world 1:10, 9:15. Thor: The dark world 3d 3:40, 6:25. friday 13 — monday 16 delivery man 12:50, 3:20, 6:20, 9:40. Frozen 12, 1:10, 3:50, 6:15. Frozen 3d 11:30 a.m., 1:55, 4:20, 7, 9:30. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 2:30, 6:10, 9:30. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 1, 4:30, 8. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 12:10, 3:40, 7:20, 8:50. The hunger Games: catching Fire 11:50 a.m., 12:20, 3, 3:30, 6, 6:40, 8:40, 9:10. out of the Furnace 11:35 a.m., 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35. Thor: The dark world 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40.

marQuis theatre Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 12 years a slave 7. Frozen 7. The hunger Games: catching Fire 7. friday 13 — thursday 19 Frozen Fri: 6, 8:30. Sat: 1:30, 6, 8:30. Sun: 1:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri: 6, 9:30. Sat: 1:30, 6, 9:30. Sun: 1:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. The hunger Games: catching Fire Fri: 6, 9. Sat: 2, 6, 9. Sun: 2, 7. Mon to Thu: 7.

merrill’s roXy cinema 222 College St., Burlington, 8643456, merrilltheatres.net

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 12 years a slave 1, 3:55, 6:30, 9:10. The Book Thief 12:55, 3:30, 6:35, 9:05. dallas Buyers club 1:05, 3:40, 6:40, 9:25. The hunger Games: catching Fire 12:50, 3:35, 6:25, 9:10. philomena 1:15, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20. wadjda 1:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:15. friday 13 — tuesday 17 *anchorman 2: The legend continues Tue: 9. The Book Thief Fri to Mon: 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:10. Tue: 1:05, 3:50, 6:35. dallas Buyers club 1:10, 3:55, 6:25, 9:30. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 2, 6:05, 9:15. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3d 1, 4:30, 8. The hunger Games: catching Fire 12:50, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20. philomena 12:55, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:25.

palace 9 cinemas 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, palace9.com

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 all is lost 1:05, 4:05, 6:20, 9. captain phillips Wed: 1:15, 3:10. Thu: 1:15, 3:10, 6:10, 9:05. Frozen 1:40, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25. Frozen 3d 1, 3:30, 6:30, 8:50. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d Thu Midnight. homefront 1:50, 4:50, 7, 9:15. The hunger Games: catching Fire 1:10, 3, 4:20, 6, 7:30, 8:40. national Theatre live presents: macbeth Wed: 6:30. noel coward's private lives Wed: 7. out of the Furnace 1:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:20. Thor: The dark world Wed: 1:30. Thu: 1:30, 6:40. Thor: The dark world 3d Wed: 4. Thu: 4, 9:10. friday 13 — monday 16 12 years a slave 12:40, 3:20, 6:20, 9:10. all is lost 12:20, 6:40. Frozen 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:25. Frozen 3d 1, 3:50, 6:10, 8:50. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d Fri: 1:10, 4:30, 8. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 12:10, 2:40, 3:40, 7, 9:05. The hunger Games: catching Fire 12, 12:30, 3, 3:30, 6, 6:30, 9, 9:25. *The metropolitan opera: Falstaff Sat: 12:55. out of the Furnace Fri: 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:20. Sat: 6:50, 9:20. Sun and Mon: 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:20.

paramount twin cinema 241 North Main St., Barre, 4799621, fgbtheaters.com

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 Frozen 6:25, 9. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Thu: Midnight. The hunger Games: catching Fire 6:10. 9:20.

friday 13 — thursday 19 Frozen 6:25, 9. Frozen 3d Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:15. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri: 9:30. Sat: 1:30, 9:30. Sun: 1:30. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3d Fri & Sat: 6. Sun to Thu: 7.

the savoy theater 26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509, savoytheater.com

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 Blue is The warmest color (la vie d’adËle) 4, 7:15. dallas Buyers club 6:30, 8:45. friday 13 — thursday 19 dallas Buyers club Fri: 6:30, 8:45. Sat and Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:45. *kill your darlings Fri: 6, 8. Sat and Sun: 1, 3:30, 6, 8. Mon to Wed: 6, 8. Thu: 8.

stowe cinema 3 pleX Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534678. stowecinema.com

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 Frozen 7. The hunger Games: catching Fire 7. last vegas 7. friday 13 — thursday 19 *anchorman 2: The legend continues Wed & Thu: 7. Frozen Fri: 6:45. Sat: 4:30, 6:45. Sun: 4:30. Frozen 3d Fri: 8:45. Sat: 2:30, 8:45. Sun: 2:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri & Sat: 9:20. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3d Fri: 6:30. Sat: 2:30, 6:30. Sun: 2:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. The hunger Games: catching Fire Fri: 6:30, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 6:30, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7.

welden theatre

104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 5277888, weldentheatre.com

wednesday 11 — thursday 12 Frozen 7:05. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Thu Midnight. homefront 7:10. The hunger Games: catching Fire 7. friday 13 — thursday 19 *anchorman 2: The legend continues Tue: 9. Frozen Fri: 7:05, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 2:05, 7:05, 9:30. Mon & Tue: 7:05. Frozen 3d Sat & Sun: 4:30. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri: 6:30. Sat & Sun: 2, 6:30, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 7. *The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3d Fri: 9:30. The hunger Games: catching Fire Fri: 7, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Mon to Tue: 7.

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pHilomeNAH: Stephen Frears (The Queen) directed this fact-based drama about a journalist (Steve Coogan) who helps a woman (Judi Dench) search for the son the Catholic church forced her to give up decades earlier. (98 min, R)

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tHoR: tHe DARK WoRlDHH1/2: The saga of the Marvel superhero universe continues as the Norse god of thunder (Chris Hemsworth) faces a threat too extreme for the denizens of Asgard to handle. Expect smiting. With Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Christopher Eccleston. Alan Taylor directed. (125 min, PG-13)

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WADJDAHHHH Haifaa Al Mansour’s story of a pop music-loving 10-year-old (Waad Mohammed) is the first feature film shot in Saudi Arabia by a female Saudi director. (98 min, NR) 

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Police investigating a burglary in Lake Worth, Fla., identified Derek Codd, 19, as their suspect because he left his cellphone at the scene, and his mother called. Investigators answered and asked the woman whose phone it was. They then arrested Codd and Kristen Rynearson, 19, with the stolen goods. (South Florida Sun Sentinel) Authorities in Jonesboro, Ark., thwarted Larry Barnett’s plan to have a former employee murdered because the intended victim overheard the plot for himself when Barnett, 68, butt-dialed him while talking to a third party about burning down the man’s house “with him in it.” The call lasted 90 minutes, giving the target time to alert police, who found that his gas stove had been tampered with. (Jonesboro’s KAIT-TV)

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Utility companies in Georgia, Arizona, California and Idaho, fearing the loss of revenue from customers who install rooftop solar panels, are proposing to charge solar customers extra or to roll back programs that allow those customers to trade the solar power they generate for power from the grid that they need when the sun isn’t shining. Georgia Power, for example, wants owners of basic home solar systems to pay an extra $22 a month. (Associated Press) Most solar panels are facing the wrong way, according to a study by the Pecan Street Research Institute. Instead of b y H arry

in the fiction section of its store . pointing south as most do to get the maximum benefit, panels pointed west produce 49 percent more electricity during peak demand time. (Treehugger.com)

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Daniel Pirtie, 46, shot a Walmart assistant manager at a store in Anchorage, Alaska, who asked him to leave after he wouldn’t put his service dog on a leash inside the store. After wounding Jason Mahi, 33, Pirtie, a double amputee, tried to flee in a motorized shopping cart, but police arrived and stopped him at the door. (Anchorage Daily News)

Hazards of Cabin Life

A man was shot while sitting on the toilet in a cabin in Norway’s Hvaler district when a hunter aiming at a moose missed. Police investigator Anders Stroemsaether told public broadcaster NRK that the bullet whizzed past the animal, pierced the cabin’s wooden wall and wounded the man in the stomach. (Reuters)

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New York City police accused William Footman, 55, of as many as 37 bank thefts in 11 weeks, according to an official at JPMorgan Chase, his preferred target. Investigators said that the thief never took money, however, only rugs inside the front door. “I sell them to bodegas,” Footman explained, adding that he got $30 or higher per rug. (New York Times) British police reported that thieves cut a hole in the curtain side of a delivery truck parked in Cookhill, Worcestershire, and stole more than 6000 cans of baked beans with sausages. Police appealed for information “about anyone trying to sell large quantities of Heinz baked beans in suspicious circumstances.” (BBC News) Authorities charged David A. Neese, 57, with stealing four cases of hand bells from Sheboygan (Wis.) First Presbyterian Church, where he is an elder, and pawning them. The bells, each weighing 40 pounds, are valued at $10,500. (Sheboygan Press)

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Costco apologized for selling Bibles in the fiction section of its store in Simi Valley, Calif., after church pastor Caleb Kaltenbach noticed them there while shopping. Two weeks later, newspaper columnist Robin Abcarian was shopping at another Costco near Los Angeles and spotted movie character Ron Burgundy’s “autobiography” in the non-fiction section. (Los Angeles Times)

Government Giveaway Programs

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) misplaced 420 million cigarettes — more than 2.1 million cartons — during at least 20 separate sting operations, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general. The agency also misused some of the $162 million in profits from the stings, including letting a tobacco distributor working as a confidential informant keep $4.9 million received from cigarette sales to criminal suspects. ATF Director B. Todd Jones blamed management and oversight lapses but insisted that “the report’s findings do not reflect current ATF policy or practice.” (Associated Press) An entrenched practice of claiming unearned overtime at the Department of Homeland Security costs taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year, according to the federal Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Many DHS employees consider the overtime their due, whistleblowers told the OSC, pointing out that government managers trying to recruit new employees often promote padding paychecks as a perk. “Employees will sit at their desks for an extra two hours, catching up on Netflix, talking to friends or using it for commuting time,” whistleblower Jose Rafael Ducos Bello said. “It’s pick-pocketing Uncle Sam.” (Washington Post)

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could be easier for you to maneuver when you’re not dealing with familiar, up-close matters. What’s outside your circle might be more attracted to your influence than what’s nearer to home.

taURUs (April 20-May 20): In 2009, ac-

Sagittarius (nov. 22-Dec. 21)

There are pregnant truths I could reveal to you right now that I’ve decided not to disclose. I don’t think you’re prepared to hear them yet. If I told you what they are, you wouldn’t be receptive or able to register their full meaning; you might even misinterpret them. It is possible, however, that you could evolve rather quickly in the next two weeks. So let’s see if I can nudge you in the direction of getting the experiences necessary to become ready. Meditate on what parts of you are immature or underdeveloped — aspects that may one day be skilled and gracious, but are not yet. I bet that once you identify what needs ripening, you will expedite the ripening. And then you will become ready to welcome the pregnant truths.

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caNceR (June 21-July 22): Are you feeling

a bit pinched, parched and prickly? Given the limitations you’ve had to wrestle with lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were. even though you have passed some of the sneaky tests and solved some of the itchy riddles you’ve been compelled to deal with, they have no doubt contributed to the pinched, parched prickliness. now what can be done to help you recover your verve? I’m thinking that all you will have to do is respond smartly to the succulent temptations that life will bring your way in the coming weeks.

ViRgo

(Aug. 23-sept. 22): Mythically speaking, this would be a propitious time for you to make an offering to the sea goddess. In dreams or meditations or fantasies, I suggest you dive down into the depths, find the supreme feminine power in her natural habitat and give her a special gift. show her how smart you are in the way you express love, or tell her exactly how you will honor her wisdom in the future. If she is receptive, you may even ask her for a favor. Maybe she’ll be willing to assist you in accessing the deep feelings that haven’t been fully available to you. or perhaps she will teach you how to make conscious the secrets you have been keeping from yourself.

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(sept. 23-oct. 22): Don’t linger in a doorway, Libra. Don’t camp out in a threshold or get stuck in the middle of anything. I understand your caution, considering the fact that life is presenting you with such paradoxical clues. but if you remain ambivalent too much longer, you may obstruct the influx of more definitive information. The best way to generate the clarity and attract the help you need will be to make a decisive move — either in or out, either forward or backward, either up or down.

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(oct. 23-nov. 21): “It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear,” said tV talk show host Dick Cavett. I will love it if you make yourself one of those rare types in the coming week, scorpio. Can you bring yourself to be receptive to truths that might be disruptive? Are you willing to send out an invitation to the world, asking to be shown revelations that contradict your fixed theories and foregone

conclusions? If you do this hard work, I promise that you will be granted a brainstorm and a breakthrough. you might also be given a new reason to brag.

caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “finifugal” is a rarely used english adjective that I need to invoke in order to provide you with the proper horoscope. It refers to someone who avoids or dislikes endings — like a child who doesn’t want a bedtime story to conclude, or an adult who’s in denial about how it’s finally time to wrap up long-unfinished business. you can’t afford to be finifugal in the coming days, Capricorn. This is the tail end of your cycle. It won’t be healthy for you to shun climaxes and denouements. neither will it be wise to merely tolerate them. somehow, you’ve got to find a way to love and embrace them. (P.s. That’s the best strategy for ensuring the slow-motion eruption of vibrant beginnings after your birthday.) aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-feb. 18): According

to 20th-century british author John Cowper Powys, “A bookshop is a dynamite-shed, a drugstore of poisons, a bar of intoxicants, a den of opiates, an island of sirens.” He didn’t mean that literally, of course. He was referring to the fact that the words contained in books can inflame and enthrall the imagination. I think you will be wise to seek out that level of arousal in the coming weeks, Aquarius. your thoughts need to be aired out and rearranged. your feelings are crying out for strenuous exercise, including some pure, primal catharses. Do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.

Pisces (feb. 19-March 20): “I am not fear-

less,” says Mexican journalist and women’s rights advocate Lydia Cacho, “but I’m not overtaken by fear. fear is quite an interesting animal. It’s like a pet. If you mistreat it, it will bite, but if you understand it and accept it in your house, it might protect you.” This is an excellent time to work on transforming your fright reflexes, Pisces. you have just the right kind of power over them: strong and crafty and dynamic, but not grandiose or cocky or delusional. you’re ready to make your fears serve you, not drain you.

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ated yourself between two big bonfires on a beach and basked in the primal power? Was there a special moment in your past when you found yourself sitting between two charismatic people you loved and admired, soaking up the life-giving radiance they exuded? Did you ever read a book that filled you with exaltation as you listened to music that thrilled your soul? These are the kinds of experiences I hope you seek out in the coming week. I’d love to see you get nourished stereophonically by rich sources of excitement.

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aRies (March 21-April 19): franklin D. roosevelt was elected President of the united states four times, more often than any other president. We can conclude that he was one of the most popular American leaders ever. And yet he never won a majority of the votes cast by the citizens of his home county in new york. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life. you may be more successful working on the big picture than you are in your immediate situation. It

tress sandra bullock starred in three films, two of which earned her major recognition. for her performance in All About Steve, she was given a Golden raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Her work in The Blind Side, on the other hand, won her an oscar for best Actress. I’m thinking that you may experience a similar paradox in the coming days, taurus. some of your efforts might be denigrated, while others are praised. It may even be the case that you’re criticized and applauded for the same damn thing. How to respond? Learn from bullock’s example. she gave gracious acceptance speeches at the award ceremonies for both the Golden raspberry and the oscar.

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For Christmas this year, I want to get my girlfriend something she’s been wanting for a long time. I want to shave my junk for her. She has been after me for a while to cut it back, but I’ve been reluctant. She says she would go down on me more if I was shaved, so I’d like to make that happen. I tried to use trimmers once, but my hair got stuck and it hurt like hell. I want to shave my balls the old-fashioned way, but I need some tips so I don’t hurt my most valuable body parts.

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I’ve heard of trimming the tree together for the holidays, but it sounds like she’d rather trim your south pole. You and your girlfriend might be interested to know that the ’80s-style full bush is making a comeback. In this week’s T: New York Times Style Magazine blog, Amanda Hess remarks that pubic hair is making a “return to a more natural state.” She notes that popular porn stars such as Stoya aren’t afraid to grow out their pubic and armpit hair. Based on her more than 155,000 Twitter followers, it seems Stoya’s fans aren’t put off by a bountiful bush. FYI, you can follower her on Twitter at @Stoya — but be careful, not all her links are safe for work! However, pubic hair being en vogue means very little if it turns your lady off. Before performing this Christmas miracle, check in with your partner. Is she expecting a full shave? Or would she be satisfied with a tight trim? If she’s going for smooth, try these tips: 1. Trim the excess hair using scissors or clippers. 2. Sit in a warm bath or take a hot shower — this will loosen the scrotum and soften the hair. 3. Use quality shaving cream or gel — no soap. 4. Pull the skin of the scrotum taut, creating a flat shaving surface. 5. Using a sharp razor, make deliberate strokes until all the hair is gone (please, no dull blades on the balls, OK?). 6. Continue carefully shaving around the base of the penis and taint for a smooth-all-over look. 7. Moisturize with a mild cream, such as a facial moisturizer. If bringing a razor blade to your scrotum is too much to bear, you can always visit an aesthetician for a genital wax. Plus, it’s something you and your girl can do together — ’tis the season, after all.

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