MAGNIFICENT FICENT MUST SEE, MUST DO THIS WEEK COMPI L E D BY COU RTNEY COP P
DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Ho-ho-snow! Nothing says happy holidays like a group of old Saint Nick look-alikes ﬂ ying down a mountain on skis and snowboards. At Bolton Valley Resort’s Santa Ski Day, adventurous winter athletes don beards and red-and-white suits, then hit the slopes, where they spread good cheer with each run. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 61
All in the Family
Roses are red, violets are blue, ﬂ owers are beautiful ... and Zen, too. For Marcia Shibata, an introduction to Buddhism in 1974 quickly developed into an intensive study of kado — the Japanese art of arranging stems and blossoms as a moving meditation. Now a master instructor, she shares her knowledge, then demonstrates the craft.
Carly Simon and James Taylor’s son, Ben Taylor, has some of the best musical pedigree around. ° e folk icons’ spawn proves the talent apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with his acoustic guitar stylings, effortless vocals and easygoing stage presence. Taylor warms up Higher Ground with songs from his latest release, Listening.
What if your entire life occurred in a 24-hour period? Such is the case for Clarice, who is born, then matures through adulthood, in Eduardo Nunes’ acclaimed ﬁ lm Southwest. Shot in black and white, this Global Lens ﬁ lm series selection weaves magical realism into a dreamlike examination of human consciousness.
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Celebrate Good Times
Mixing It Up
With a series of human-rights victories in their favor, 2013 has been a good year for Vermont’s migrant farmworkers. ° e Migrant Justice Fiesta honors these accomplishments with an evening of multicultural merriment featuring tunes from DJ Craig Mitchell, karaoke, authentic Mexican fare and traditional Latin American dances.
When it comes to cocktails, the presenters at the Spirit of Vermont Science Fair know a thing or two. As part of the ECHO After Dark series, six local distillers augment samples of their craft spirits with in-depth explorations of the chemistry and artistry behind masterful concoctions.
For Dean “Blotto” Gray, a typical day at the “ofﬁ ce” involves the world’s most daunting peaks and hanging with pro snowboarders. As Burton Snowboards’ principal photographer, the Burlington resident is on location more than 250 days a year — and has been for the past 14 years, securing a reputation as one of the sport’s leading creative forces.
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COURTESY OF BOLTON VALLEY RESORT
At the Crossroads: Artist-developer Matt Bucy is making White River Junction into a next-generation nexus