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On behalf of all the Earthlings at Dealer. com, I would like to thank Seven Days reporter Alice Levitt for shining a spotlight on our Dot Calm Café and the wealth of healthy food choices we offer at our company [“Delicious Deal,” November 23]. However, there are a few points that I would like to clarify. First, the guidelines of the Weston A. Price Foundation are not a “diet” we follow, but rather a resource and shopping guide to source the best possible food ingredients for our menus. The foundation’s shopping guide is very helpful in that it lists the best sources to purchase food from all food groups, many of which we proudly source locally. This helps us to provide ample food choices for all types of eaters, including vegetarians, vegans and those on gluten-free diets.

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Thank you Seven Days for having a food review I can sink my teeth into [“Against the Grain,” November 30]! Those who have to live gluten free have suffered from a lack of knowledge and sensitivity to our condition from local restaurants — and food reviewers. I’ve found that most chain restaurants, unfortunately, are better equipped to deal with food allergies. Now I have some local restaurants to visit. Thanks again! Toni Drowne

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Is Vermont Failing Its Livestock? A Tale of Two Animal-Abuse Cases

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40 Window Dressing

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42 Bounce of Prevention Sports: A new indoor training facility

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Wendy James, Lynn Rupe and Carolyn Hack, Burlington International Airport

71 Soundbites

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80 Gallery Profile

Visiting Vermont’s art venues BY MEGAN JAMES

95 Mistress Maeve

50 Getting Comfortable

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Suit Yourself Skiers and riders see red, and lots of it, at Bolton Valley Resort’s annual Santa Ski Day. Here’s the deal: Deck yourself out as Father Christmas in all his glory in exchange for the gift of free lift tickets. But make sure to go all out; simply wearing “a red hat won’t cut it,” the rules assert. Nobody likes a Scrooge. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 63

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Stand under the mistletoe and pucker your lips, ’cause it’s gonna be a Christmas of all things kitsch. Ugly holiday sweaters swarm the Monkey House for its annual Crapulous Christmas Party. Expect tunes both merry and bright from the Crapulous Honky Tonk Christmas Band, and, if you’re lucky, a visit from “Angry Santa.” The frothy festivities benefit the Vermont Foodbank. SEE CLUB DATE ON PAGE 74

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he Democratic machine that has dominated state politics for the better part of a decade is poised to reclaim the remaining brass ring of Vermont politics: mayor of Burlington. By a clear 655-530 majority, Queen City voters at a Democratic caucus last Sunday chose “fresh” over “fusion” by 1:03 PM electing political newbie MIRO WEINBERGER over former Progressive city councilor and current state Sen. TIM ASHE (D/P-Chittenden). The candidates were tied at 540 votes apiece after three rounds of voting and a recount on November 13, and the nominating process was suspended until last weekend. The monthlong gap gave Weinberger and his supporters time to regroup, and they used it well. The city’s Democratic establishment circled the wagons to keep out Ashe, a perceived Progressive interloper. That Democratic clique has waited 30 years to reclaim the mayor’s office, and they probably smell victory. Before they get the keys to the third6:56 PM floor corner office, however, Weinberger has to beat Republican City Councilor and state Rep. KURT WRIGHT in the March general election. Wright has twice run for mayor, and lost, each time gaining more support. He garnered 32 percent in 2009; the next mayor will need to win at least 40 percent to claim victory. If the Dems’ repeated attacks on Ashe are any indication, Wright can expect a rough ride. Democrats are likely to hammer Wright for being president of the city council, and chairman of the city’s board of finance, when Burlington Telecom was bleeding millions of dollars with nary a public peep of concern. With the primary behind him, Weinberger knows he’ll need the support of Ashe and the Progressives to beat Wright. Upon winning, Weinberger immediately reached out to Ashe during a victory speech at Memorial Auditorium. “I want to thank Tim for a truly great race, and I hope he’ll come out here and stand with me,” said Weinberger. Ashe obliged and gave Weinberger a hug. Aww. The sign of a budding political bromance? Or indicative of the Democratic mandate to retake city hall? At a “unity” press conference Monday, Weinberger was more emphatic and direct about his need to build bridges with Progressives in order to build a center-left coalition to combat Wright’s

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likely emerging center-right coalition. Ashe not only endorsed Weinberger on Monday, but pledged to help broker peace talks with key Progressives and with the Progressive Party itself. Weinberger promised, if elected, to lead in the tradition of former Burlington mayors BERNIE SANDERS and PETER CLAVELLE. “I will take action and move the city forward with tolerance and ensuring no one is left behind,” he said. Weinberger told Fair Game his harsh rhetoric during the caucus campaign was targeted at incumbent Mayor BOB KISS and not the Progressive Party’s 30year history of running the city.

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“I have often agreed with a substantial number of issues they have championed,” said Weinberger. “It’s time to turn the page on the past six years … not the last 30.” Progressives would be hard pressed to argue with that point. (Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor PAULA ROUTLY. See disclosure on page 7.)

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The Progressive Party’s obituary has been written many times in the past decade. When former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle sought, and won, the Democratic nomination for governor in 2003. When the party looked like it didn’t have a candidate for mayor in 2006. And now, post-Democratic caucus 2011. That’s one reason the party’s city caucus Sunday night felt like a wake, with hand-wringing, memory sharing and a little crying. State Sen. Tim Ashe was seen by some

old-guard Progressives as their last best hope to hold onto city hall. The Progs have no obvious candidate in the wings, a remarkable turn of events given that the party has dominated the city’s political psyche for three decades and self-identifies as the “most successful third party in the nation.” Speaker after speaker at Sunday’s caucus said they were unimpressed by Weinberger’s take on Progressives’ bread-and-butter issues of social and economic justice. Oddly enough, no one mentioned that the most blue-collar candidate currently in the race is Republican Kurt Wright. The crowd seemed split as to whether to run someone or not, but Ward 2 Progressive MAX TRACY persuaded the party to hold off on making a rash decision. “While I would like to see us have a candidate, I also know that we make bad decisions when we make decisions too quickly,” said Tracy. “We need to pause and think about our values and what our needs are and then see where the candidates sit.” Does that mean they should run a less-than-ideal candidate? Take time to find the perfect one? Sit out the mayor’s race and focus on winning more seats on the city council? We’ll learn the answers to those questions when the Progs meet again in early January. So, rather than let the Democrats write their obituary, it appears Progressives have chosen to write their own. Or write the party’s next chapter.

Pay to Play

Miro Weinberger may be a newbie to politics, but he raised campaign cash like a seasoned pro. In fact, he outraised and outspent Tim Ashe nearly 3-to-1. As of Sunday’s caucus, Weinberger raised and spent around $40,000. Comparatively, Ashe raised about $16,000 and spent about $14,000. How does their spending stack up with past races? In the general election of 2009, incumbent Mayor Bob Kiss spent about $20,000; Democrat ANDY MONTROLL about $25,000; Republican Kurt Wright spent about $34,000 and independent DAN SMITH spent more than $51,000. To date, however, state Sen. HINDA MILLER holds the record: She spent close to $60,000 on her unsuccessful 2006


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mayoral campaign, which included a primary against Montroll. At this rate, Weinberger seems on pace to eclipse that mark. Change, it turns out, doesn’t come cheap.

Randy Republicans

The Vermont GOP establishment let out a collective sigh of relief last week as former state auditor and current state Sen. Randy BRock (R-Franklin) announced he is running for governor in 2012. The entire GOP establishment stood behind Brock at a Statehouse press conference, including several pols who flirted with gubernatorial bids themselves: former lieutenant governor BRian duBie, Vermont GOP chairwoman Pat Mcdonald, State Auditor toM SalMon, former governor JiM douglaS and current Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. Brock is well liked and well regarded within the GOP. He’s a good public speaker and one of the party’s more articulate spokesmen for its key issues and values. McDonald said she believes Brock’s candidacy will allow the GOP to fill out its electoral dance card for the 2012 elections. Brock isn’t afraid to throw some rhetorical punches — something that will come in handy against Democrat Gov. PeteR ShuMlin, who is smooth on the stump and a sharp debater. “Peter Shumlin’s policies — especially in the areas of health care and energy — are built on rosy assumptions and wishful thinking constructed over a foundation of quicksand,” Brock told supporters. Follow that? It gets better. “They are good at politics, they are good at promising all things to all people, they are great at dealing with the press, but my experience tells me that Vermonters want more,” said Brock. Come November 2012, Vermonters will see through Shumlin’s shallowness and realize “we can do better,” he said. Sounds like a campaign slogan in the making.

through college and helping to manage his family’s sugaring operation in Fairfield. “We moved to Fairfield to help my brother Mark in the sugar woods. We will be real busy,” Dubie told Fair Game via email. “It was a privilege to have served on the school board and as lieutenant governor. I have no plans to run for the state senate.”

One Happy Union

Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont State Employees Association settled on a tentative, two-year contract last week that restores past pay cuts and offers pay increases over the next two years. The deal would restore a 3 percent pay cut effective July 1, 2012, that was enacted under Republican governor Jim Douglas. The cut was supposed to sunset in 2012, but Shumlin aides had been signaling that they might seek to keep the cut in place to help balance the state budget. If VSEA members ratify the contract, state workers will see a nice stocking stuffer: 2 percent raises in each of the next two years. On the flip side, state workers will pay higher copays for some prescription medications and Columbus Day will no longer be a holiday. The increasingly rancorous relationship between Shumlin and VSEA hit a low point in October when Shumlin called some state workers “greedy” and publicly asked that they withdraw a grievance against his administration. About 80 workers filed a grievance with the Vermont Labor Relations Board for emergency work completed in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Shumlin’s tough talk played well with some Vermonters, but it rankled many rank-and-file Democrats, labor leaders and Progressives. In fact, it appeared Shumlin could have been headed for an electoral collision course with union leaders and a possible left-wing challenger in the 2012 election. Now? Less likely. For the guv, this new union contract could be the gift that keeps on giving. m

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way: “There’s always three digits available when every other option fails: 911.” These shifting responsibilities partly reflect a harsh reality: There’s no room left in Vermont’s jails. The state sends about onequarter of its 2100 sentenced offenders to prisons in Massachusetts and Kentucky. And in addition to having maxed out its in-state capacity, Vermont’s search for alternatives to jail time stems from awareness that incarceration just isn’t effective in deterring criminal activity. The state has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country. Two-thirds of Vermont prisoners were re-incarcerated within three years of their initial release, according to a study released earlier this year by the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center. In other words, “we know that putting people in jail makes them worse when they come out,” says Margaret Jansch, director of the Chittenden County Public Defender Office. And from a prosecutor’s perspective, Donovan offers this example: “When we have a person coming in for a third or fourth retail theft — we’ve tried probation, we’ve tried a short hit of jail, we’ve tried fines. Are we just going to put that person in jail for a long time? Fine, but they’re going to get out, and will the outcome be any different then?” Consequently, the cops as well as the courts and prosecutors have put stronger emphasis in recent years on delivering services intended to prevent crime. That, after all, is the primary goal of policing, Schirling points out, gesturing to a plaque on the conference table in his office. It’s a runner-up award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the

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needs of functionally impaired individuals” as another key reason for the crime upsurge. But don’t think it’s simply a matter of insufficient resources, Schirling cautions. “Resistance to services is also an important factor,” he says. “We can’t make someone go into treatment.” The inability of the state’s criminal justice system to provide “a credible threat of punishment” also contributes to the crime overload, which includes large numbers of repeat offenders, Schirling says. “We can’t convincingly say to someone that you’ll end up in jail if you continue acting this way. They know it’s not going to happen.” This part of the problem is systemic, the chief suggests, insisting “it isn’t anyone’s fault.” But he does use the “revolving door” metaphor to refer to the cycle of criminal offense, arrest, processing, release and repeat criminal offense. Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan dislikes the “revolving door” term, but he doesn’t dispute its accuracy. In discussing the criminal justice system, Donovan prefers to speak about another point of ingress, saying the objective of prosecutors in regard to nonviolent offenders “is to provide a window of opportunity for people to get sober, to get healthy, to get a job and education, to become taxpaying members of the community.” His office and the courts no longer exclusively address crime, Donovan points out. “We’ve become the safety net and are being asked to deal with drug abuse, poverty, homelessness, lack of education and mental illness,” he says. Schirling sees the cops’ role in the same

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in the pasture and no hay or grain to eat. Vertebrae near their tails and heads were “very prominent,” she continued, and the horses were extremely lethargic. “Those poor horses were so hungry they were eating the branches off birch trees,” says Larson, who was Vermont state veterinarian in 1984 and spent six years as a veterinary medical officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Larson’s report and the new photographs went to the state police in early September, but it wasn’t until mid-October that authorities mobilized horse trailers for a possible seizure. With his horses still underweight, Fletcher was issued a civil ticket on October 14 under Vermont’s animal cruelty statute. Fletcher agreed to put the horses on pasture with adequate grass, but they

remained in his care and custody. “If I were state veterinarian, I would have had those horses confiscated,” Larson says today. “No ifs, ands or buts.” Larson, however, was not the official veterinarian of record on the case — so the call was not hers to make. That decision fell to David Sequist of Sequist Large Animal Veterinary Service in Morrisville. When Sequist visited the horses in July, he found them “ribby” and covered in botfly eggs — indicating a lack of deworming, according to a report he made of the visit. Because it was summer, Sequist concluded the horses weren’t in imminent danger. But he warned that the coming fall weather would put the horses in “dire straits.” “These horses probably do not have

enough body fat to maintain themselves through the upcoming winter,” Sequist wrote on September 8. In an interview, Sequist explains that in neglect cases, authorities would rather work with owners to address the problem than seize animals. Fletcher’s horses were making gains by October — albeit very slowly — so seizure wasn’t warranted, he says. State police Sgt. Julie Cooper, the investigator in the case, acknowledges that no one checked up on Fletcher’s horses for at least a month after that initial July visit. And while the animals’ condition had worsened in that time, Cooper says Fletcher was “cooperative” and “responsive” after a second visit from police. “At that point, we deemed we would work with him and monitor him more frequently,” Cooper explains, adding, “Animals don’t make miraculous recoveries within a week. You have to give them time. You can’t just all of a sudden dump all this food, because then it makes them sick.” Fletcher spoke to Seven Days at length about the case in a phone interview last week, but he asked that his comments


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not be used in this article. Sequist re- Humane Federation, which coordicalls that Fletcher “wasn’t able to get nated logistics on the Highgate horse enough pasture and evidently he didn’t seizure last month. have much money.” “We don’t send people out there who To animal welfare advocates, the are looking to take everyone’s animal Jeffersonville case highlights critical away,” Loring says. “We’re trained to gaps in Vermont’s system for investigat- differentiate what our personal opining cruelty involving large animals and ions are from what the law says. There livestock. are objective body-condition scores for “Vermont has a real problem,” says bovine and horses. With dogs and cats, Gina Brown, who runs Spring Hill there are specific requirements about Horse Rescue in Clarendon. “I’ve been leash length and shelter.” doing cruelty investigations for 10 years The Vermont Humane Federation now and seen a lot of cases similar to the receives hundreds of reports of animal Jeffersonville one.” cruelty every year through its website Vermont doesn’t have a single au- ReportAnimalCruelty.com. In 2010, thority responsible for investigating the organization logged 343 complaints livestock cruelty cases. That duty falls concerning almost 1600 animals. Of to individual those, 857 were police agencies companion aniand municipalimals, such as dogs, ties with varying cats and lizards, levels of expertise, and 721 were farm plus a network of animals, such as humane agents, horses, cows and many of whom are sheep. volunteers. And as Seldom do the Jeffersonville these tips result in case shows, vetcriminal charges erinarians can or seizures — last look at the same year, not one of animals and come the 343 reports PE GGY L ArSoN, to vastly different did, says Joanne VEtEr INAr IAN conclusions about Bourbeau, norththeir health and east regional welfare. director of the Humane Society of the Under state law, the Vermont Agency United States. of Agriculture, Food and Markets must According to state police records, be consulted on all large-animal sei- 31 individuals have been criminally zures, but the agency’s approval is not charged with animal cruelty since required. Unlike neighboring states, 2009; an additional three were arrested Vermont doesn’t have a chapter of the for the more serious “aggressive animal ASPCA, or American Society for the cruelty.” What’s not known is how those Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And cases break down between companion unlike Maine, which budgets roughly animals and livestock; Vermont law $2 million a year for enforcement shields police reports of ongoing crimiagainst animal cruelty, Vermont sets nal cases from public disclosure. aside no money for handling livestock Sequist, the large-animal veterinarabuse, Brown says. ian, continues to check up on Rick That leaves nonprofit organizations Fletcher’s horses about once a week, like Spring Hill Horse Rescue to pick up he says. With winter approaching, it’s the hefty expense of sheltering seized important that horses are well fed. “The or neglected animals. And with the horses are doing all right now. They recession forcing many owners to give wax and wane, but they’re basically up their horses, organizations such as doing well,” he says. “We’ll see how they Brown’s are feeling the squeeze. do in the middle of winter.” “We did a large hoarding case, 62 While he can’t speak to Fletcher’s case animals that we took in on one shot,” specifically, Sequist stresses that cases of says Brown. “Think about the vet care, horse starvation often involve people hoof care, blankets, nutrition and feed. who can no longer afford their animals, There’s just so much involved, and we but can’t bear to give them up, either. rely solely on donations to cover those “There are crazy horse people,” says expenses.” Sequist. “They really feel such a strong For that reason and others, seiz- bond that they just can’t get themselves ing animals is actually a last-resort to part with them, even though they option, says Deb Loring of the Vermont starve them.” m

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looms through the window behind them. “Congratulations on your great progress,” Crucitti tells one man. “There are lots of positives here,” he says to a woman who has been struggling to fulfill her treatment obligations. “Keep working hard.” Only one case generates a negative reaction from Crucitti: a man whose progress Crucitti says has “stalled,” owing to a recent positive test for marijuana. First, the judge cajoles the client to complete a writing assignment — the same one Crucitti hands out to many of those who appear in his drug court. “Tell us what you need from the treatment team in order to make your recovery work,” Crucitti instructs the man, who nods his assent. The judge then orders him to spend a night in jail, and two uniformed officers lead him out a separate door. Balding and with gray temples, Crucitti looks like a character central casting would send to a movie set to fill the “wise and compassionate judge” role. In addition to his writing assignments and soft-spoken reassurance, he regularly hands out three-hour community service stints at social service agencies. But does this gentle approach actually work? Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t, according to one of the case managers, who will reveal only his first name — Eric. “It can be difficult to get people to understand they even have an issue,” Eric says, “and they can’t really cooperate until they acknowledge that they do.” He also makes reference to a culture that envelops many substance abusers. “They’re hearing all the time that it’s OK to act this way,” Eric observes. “It can be hard to overcome that.” — K.J.K.


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items are on view at any time; the other 95 percent sit on shelves upstairs, neatly labeled but as good as invisible. That will change in January. Thanks to a couple of grants — more than $87,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and a matching grant from the 1675 Foundation — along with internal sources, the museum is

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mong the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial events you may have missed back in 2009 was the creation of a time capsule. No worries; it’s still incomplete. The stainless-steel box, measuring 2-by-2-by-1 feet, is intended mostly to preserve mementos from the celebration — commemorative coins, T-shirts, license plates, work plans, invitations, local press coverage. The idea is to provide a blueprint for Quincentennial planners, who will open it in 2106. Meanwhile, though, the box sits in the office of Nancy Bove, the special-events coordinator at Burlington Parks & Recreation. Asked what the time frame for the installation is, she chuckles: “It was, like, last August.” Bove is still waiting on contributions from several chairs of the celebration’s various committees — educational, entertainment, French heritage and so on. The Abenakis have already submitted “a lovely document,” she says, but she has

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let the deadline slide for others. “It’s not always easy to get people as psyched about [the time capsule] as, for example, I am,” she explains wryly. Bove, who also produces Kids Day and Winter Festival, researched time capsules extensively for the project. From one book, she learned about a capsule in Pennsylvania that’s “supposed to be opened in the year 6000. It’s beyond my comprehension. You have to wonder, are people going to be speaking any language at that point?” Most are opened after 100 years, she adds, though the company that manufactured the Quad capsule, Time Capsules, Inc., guarantees it for 500. The biz must have some cred: Its customers

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anie Cohen walks through the stacks on the top floor of the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art, running a finger along the shelves and pointing out favorites. Ancient Native American pottery shares a shelf with pre-Columbian artifacts, which perch next to small-scale European sculpture. Cohen, the museum’s executive director, stops to point out a tattered-looking collection of maps created by Napoleon and his troops, then continues down to the end where the paintings hang. A nearby table displays smoking apparatuses, under consideration for a winter exhibition; a row of hunting spears hangs above a drawer full of Native American beadwork. This area of the museum — where the Fleming keeps its treasures — is generally off limits to visitors. It’s one of three on-site storage vaults, and it’s crammed with objects dating from 3500 BC to the present day. Cohen knows them all. Visitors, even regular ones, probably haven’t seen a quarter of the collection. All museums struggle to represent the full range of their holdings, and the Fleming is no exception. Cohen estimates that only 5 percent of its 24,000

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with its visitors. Digital images open the door to universal information sharing. A student anywhere in the world will be able to reference the museum’s Fragonard in a book report; a photograph of a never-before-displayed object might spark a conversation on Facebook. For the first time, art lovers on the outside will get a peek at what the Fleming’s staff already knows about: the hidden treasures in those stacks. As a university museum, the Fleming is charged with supporting a full range of academic initiatives, and the staff works closely with faculty to integrate art studies into courses ranging from nursing to mathematics to engineering. Currently, faculty seeking information simply ask Fleming curator Aimee Marcereau DeGalan. “We have so many requests that it’s often difficult to keep up,” she says. “I can usually think of relevant objects off the top of my head, but professors have to start from scratch every time. Digital access to the collection would at least give them somewhere to start.” Not only would the project streamline collegiate lesson plans, but Cohen also sees its potential to enhance the museum’s interaction with grades K-8. In recent years, she’s observed with “pleasure and a little bit of amusement that, when kids come to the museum after seeing something online first, they get really excited,” Cohen says. That may be a commentary on the

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include the U.S. government — for which it created 56 Bicentennial time capsules, to be opened at the Tricentennial — and NASA. In addition to a Lake Champlain Quincentennial road map, the Quad capsule will contain a “snapshot of the day,” Bove explains: a book by Chris Bohjalian, a panoramic photo of city hall by Fred Hill, a poem by Yvette Mason — one of Bove’s department colleagues. Schoolchildren’s answers to a Q&A on life in 2106 will rest alongside a Lake Champlain Basin Program “State of the Lake” report about current pollution levels. And, of course, there will be a Ben & Jerry’s pint cup. “The ice cream has been washed out,” Bove assures. “But we are putting


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state of the arts these days, but there’s no denying that technology can greatly enhance an in-person cultural experience. Indeed, it has been an arts game-changer for the past decade — never mind critics who claimed that digital photography and live broadcasts would kill off paying audiences. The Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet proved exactly the opposite true, attracting broader audiences by streaming live performances at movie theaters across the country. (You can see the NYCB’s The Nutcracker live at the Palace 9 Cinemas on December 13; and the Met’s The Enchanted Island on January 21.) The Fleming, which has digital records for less than 1 percent of its collection, is late to the technology game, but it is striving to catch up. One way it will do so is by plugging into the DIY craze that has struck museumgoers across the country. “Everyone wants to conduct their own art experiences,” Cohen remarks. “There’s a huge emphasis on do-ityourself museum visits, whether that means curating a digital exhibition or conducting your own site tour. That’s exciting to me because that’s really at the heart of museum work, and too few people understand how creative the process can be.” To craft do-it-yourself experiences, though, the museum needs feedback from its audience.

Traditionally, museums have been stewards of fine art that invite visitors to come and look at — but not interact with — carefully organized shows. But you can only look at the same works of art for so long. While changing exhibitions reinvigorate the experience, conversation about the arts is impossible if it only goes in one direction. “This needs to be a two-way street if we’re going to truly serve the community and the university,” Cohen says. “What if visitors could vote on their favorite artwork, and we could then incorporate it into an upcoming exhibition? What about members’ choice? Visitors’ choice? Having access to the collection digitally opens up brand-new possibilities.” It opens up new options for DeGalan, too, who will be able to compare and evaluate objects digitally when planning exhibitions. “It’ll save many hours of time, but I will miss going treasure hunting,” she says. “We have such a large and comprehensive collection that I’d go up there looking for one thing in particular and find myself getting lost in the boxes. One idea leads to another, and you end up discovering things you weren’t even looking for in the process.” m

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the last U2 tour. Wanna guess the size of that convoy?” “Jeez, lemme think,” I said. “U2 does those mega-arena shows. Could they use, like, 15, 20 trucks?” “Try 51,” Stu replied. “Something like six complete different stages are set up for each show. It’s crazy.” We got off the Interstate at exit 12 and went straight into the mild delirium of Taft Corners during the holiday season. As a shopper, the “big-box experience” inevitably leaves me agitated and depleted. Give me the smaller, local store any time; if it costs a few extra bucks, I consider it money well spent. And don’t get me started on the chain restaurants out there; I simply don’t get the allure. Then again, all this resistance to a changing world just might be further evidence — as if it were needed — that I’ve entered the “old fart” demographic.

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boots. Dude looked badass, no doubt about it, but his demeanor couldn’t have been friendlier. “This is a great town you got yourself here,” he said, climbing into the backseat. “It really is.” “You’re preaching to the choir, brother,” I agreed with a chuckle. “B-town is all that and then some. Where do you hail from?” “That’s a tough question, ’cause I grew up just about everywhere. Kind of like in the Allman Brothers tune: I was born in

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approach to health care is largely the province of males. It has three defining characteristics: First, it involves dramatic — some would say foolhardy — gestures; second, there’s an underlying logic to it, although this may not be evident in application; and third, it’s best carried out while drunk. The suction method, like all duct-tape techniques, addresses a genuine need. Snakes have been messing with humans since the days of Adam and Eve. Even now they bite as many as 5 million people worldwide per year (estimates vary widely), of which something like 100,000 cases are severe. In the U.S. alone, venomous snakes bite 4000 to 6000 people annually. Few American victims die, but the odds tilt

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against you elsewhere. India alone may have 30,000 deaths annually, and thousands more succumb throughout the rest of the developing world. Given this grim reality, it’s no surprise human ingenuity devised ways to deal with snakebite early on. The suction method made its way into the body of traditional Indian medical wisdom known as Ayurveda somewhere between 1000 and 600 BC, in writings attributed to the surgeon Susruta. First, you applied a tourniquet above the wound to contain the venom. Second, you sliced the wound open, typically with an incision between fang punctures, to facilitate draining. Third, you sucked out the venom, by mouth if necessary, although the squeamish might opt for a suction cup. Fourth, you cauterized the wound, in hopes of destroying any toxin that remained.

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West as an approved medical practice. The Boy Scout manual of my childhood, for example, wisely refrained from advising America’s youth to set one another on fire. But drastic techniques didn’t disappear. After stun guns hit the market, some hikers, hunters and others touted them as providing an up-to-date method of snakebite cauterization. This daft idea was so widely accepted that in 1992 a research team felt obliged to put it to the test. Their conclusion: A full 90 seconds of continuous shock didn’t accomplish squat.  Eventually all aspects of the suction method, not just cauterization, fell into official disfavor. True, experiments with radioactively tagged venom showed suction could remove more than 50 percent of the poison, if done within three minutes. But other research found that as a practical matter suction produced no demonstrable improvement and often made matters worse. The dangers of tourniquets and incisions using unsterilized instruments require no further explanation. Merely attempting to suck out poison sounds harmless but may delay more effective measures. The recommended medical procedure nowadays is to keep snakebite victims calm and immobilized and get them to a hospital quickly. Despite professional disapproval, I don’t expect the suction method to die out soon — the call of testosterone is too strong. “If this was good enough for people who were dust in Alexander the Great’s day,” it tells one’s inner caveman, “it’s good enough for you.”


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a director of the Caledonia County Fair forever. He’s also a member of just about every charitable organization in town. In fact, Mullally recently received a plaque honoring his perfect attendance for 31 years at the St. J Kiwanis Club. That’s a lot of commitment, especially because the organization’s Monday-night meetings rub up against his early bedtime.

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hough he’s worked pretty much every shift at WSTJ over the years, Mullally has manned the 6 to 9 a.m. slot, Monday through Friday, for more than a decade. He gets up at 3 a.m. to prepare and make his way to the station at the top of Concord Avenue. This bastion of hyperlocal radio is, to put it delicately, humble. The former cellar hole of a barn, it clings to a precipitous hillside, and its dark-red exterior echoes that of its past incarnation. The administrative offices are on the upper level, three

from home — mostly the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and his favorite, Frank Sinatra. The station doesn’t have a budget for buying music; nearly everyone gets it online. But this doesn’t work for Mullally — he’s the first to admit he isn’t “a computer person.” It may be the nearest he gets to complaining. “Anybody who wants to get into broadcasting now,” he laments, “they have to be a computer nut.” Mullally is visibly fond of WSTJ’s building and its history, showing a visitor around like he’s introducing a rumpled old friend. He steps outside to explain the original architecture of the building. Inside, he points out the wall beside the steep flight of stairs, filled with award plaques and framed documents; the tiny, windowless original studio; the bathroom, which someone has labeled “Studio X.” Long accustomed to the unpolished environs, Mullally seems not to notice the

such as a blood drive in Lyndonville — “all types are urgently needed!” — a toy collection for needy children in St. J., an open house at Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury or Santa’s arrival for an annual holiday celebration. No event is too insignificant. A church supper? Of course. He’ll even reveal what’s for dessert. Mullally seems to relish being the guy who tells listeners what’s happening in their world and, perhaps more importantly, in their smaller circle, defined by the 60-mile radius that WSTJ’s 1000 watts embrace. These goings-on are the lifeblood of a place, and almost no one cares for his place more than Don Mullally.

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— including two terms as a side judge — Mullally has been in radio for more than half a century. He’s earned his share of accolades and awards along the way, including one for Distinguished Service from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. He was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame in 2001. Whether he’s interviewing hometown schoolchildren or a high-level politician, Mullally is “synonymous with that station,” says Ken Squier, owner of WDEV in Waterbury. He praises the DJ for his community mindedness and relevance. “If you’re not relevant,” Squier adds, “radio is as antiquated as the horse and buggy. Don stands as the representative of what radio needs to be.” State Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Essex/ Orleans) concurs. “When I first ran for office in 1980, everyone said I had to get on Don’s show,” he recalls. “The locally owned stations are the ones people come to rely on.” Mullally isn’t just a disembodied voice on the radio; he’s a presence outside the booth, too. He was a singer in a local big band in his younger years, and an actor with the St. Johnsbury Players (“I’m just a ham,” he says about his stage time). He sings in the church choir and has been

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cramped studios below — WSTJ is cheekby-jowl with the Notch and Kix, rock and country FM stations, respectively. Mullally can see, and sometimes hear, his fellow morning DJs through glass panes in the walls between them. The Notch’s Ed Garcia can get a “little rambunctious,” Mullally says with grandfatherly indulgence. The décor here could be called vintage, but not in the trendy sense — nothing is new except the inevitable computers. The large, red analog clock in Mullally’s studio dates to the station’s early years, when original owner E. Dean Finney called it WTWN. Beneath the clock sits a plastic bin filled with CDs Mullally has brought

slightly buzzing fluorescent lights or disarrayed ceiling tiles overhead. What matters are the listeners he knows are out there — the microphone his link to their ears. On the air, it’s a little disquieting to hear this cheerful, kindly octogenarian obliged to utter lines such as “Herman Cain’s consensual sexual affair” — referring to the (former) presidential wannabe — or even reporting on some Vermont miscreant arrested for domestic violence or holding up a convenience store. But then, someone who’s been on the radio since Harry Truman was president has heard, and read, his share of unsavory stories. Even so, Mullally’s voice subtly relaxes when he ticks off numerous local events,

grandparents’ house in St. J. “I thought Don was the most professional announcer I’d ever heard,” he says. “When I was in third grade, our class took a field trip to the radio station, and it was a thrill to see Don. It’s such a coincidence to come to this full circle.” One of the things he likes about WSTJ, James notes, is that “the feel of the station is the station we grew up with.” State Sen. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia/ Orange) feels much the same. “He was just sort of that voice,” she recalls of Mullally. Raised in a large farming family in Danville, she says, “We always had the radio on, so many of the cows in the area would have heard him, too.” Now 66, Kitchel has known Mullally for decades both on air and off. In turn, he’s followed her career with the keen interest he’s shown for every politician, from presidents to local officials. Like locally owned newspapers, Kitchel observes, “Radio connects the community with what’s going on, what the issues are, who the candidates are and what their values are.” Though Mullally pointedly says he’s politically independent, he speaks with unabashed affection of Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. When the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce named Mullally


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Citizen of the Year, in 1991, he received a special gift from the senator: a flag that had flown over the Capitol. Two years later, Leahy entered Mullally in the Congressional Record with a proclamation about his achievements. Mullally’s admiration is reciprocated. “Don Mullally is a longtime friend and the quintessential Mr. St. Johnsbury,” Leahy writes in an email. “In the tradition of Vermont’s best broadcasters, Don has always been committed to the communities he serves so well.” Leahy singles out Mullally’s talk shows and his legendary coverage of high school sports with former colleague Doug Drown. “When I think of outstanding live and local radio,” the senator concludes, “I think of Don.”

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r. St. Johnsbury” was born in West Somerville, Mass., Mullally reveals during an interview at his daughter’s home atop another of the town’s many hills. Mullally and his wife, Vel, moved in with Lynda Mullally-Baker in 1995. Their furry companions are a pug named Maxine, a shih tzu named Tyson and two cats, Muffin and Tina. Mullally explains that his parents moved to Montpelier when he was 5, and to St. J when he was 10. He attended elementary school there, and then St. Johnsbury Academy, but dropped out in 1946 to join the Navy. “I was a radio operator seaman for one and a half years,” he says, noting that his job was primarily telegraphy transmission. Though naval communication has nothing to do with commercial broadcasting, his radio foundation was an omen of things to come. When he returned to St. J after the Navy, Mullally finished high school, married Velvier Findley of Randolph (their 62nd wedding anniversary was last week) and worked several jobs, including ones at a haberdashery and a furniture store. “Because of the Navy experience, I thought [working on] cruise ships would be fun,” he says, “but that didn’t work out.” Instead, in 1952, Mullally answered a newspaper help-wanted ad and applied for a job at WTWN. He had attended a radiotechnician school in Massachusetts, but failed to pass his exams. “At that point, you had to have your FCC third-class license to take the readings on the dials,” he recalls. “I told them I had one, but I didn’t, really.” And so Mullally’s radio career started off with “a little white lie,” his daughter teases. “I could always read and talk,” Mullally says with a shrug and mischievous grin. He’s certainly proved he can do the job. Mullally started on the night shift at what was then just a 250-watt station. “It was all live then,” he reminisces. “At one time there were about 13 to 15 employees.” He eventually “graduated” to a day shift, created an interview show called


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officials was and still is pretty simple. “There is nobody of prominence in the Northeast Kingdom I haven’t talked to,” Mullally asserts. He’s also talked to all the state’s governors since the ’50s — except the current one. “I haven’t met Gov. Shumlin yet,” he concedes. Also in the scrapbook is a newspaper account of Mullally getting the Citizen of the Year award in 1991, which reports that chamber members thoroughly roasted him. One choice remark: “Your wife may go to bed with Johnny Carson, but she wakes up with Don Mullally.” Vel Mullally even saved her husband’s letters from local nuns — nuns! — whose compliments were considerably less prurient. “Your grammar and diction as well as pleasing manner and courteous way of dealing with people has been an example for all of us,” wrote the Sisters of Notre Dame Convent in 1963. The following year, Sr. Aloysius Marie, a principal, congratulated Mullally on his “impeccable command of the English language.” Besides offering proof that people used to send thank-you notes, the many letters in Vel Mullally’s scrapbooks unfurl a whole spectrum of ways — from sports analysis to entertainment to grammar — in which her husband has touched people’s lives.

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in favor of a simpler option. “Cut out the canned food and cut the kibble back,” she suggests. “We want to see a nice tuck at the waist.” McMillan also takes a few minutes to explain that, although Rowden can get her dogs vaccinated against Lyme disease, the first line of defense in shorthaired dogs is simply pulling ticks off within 48 hours of attachment. “Oh, yeah. We check them every time they come in [from outdoors],” agrees Rowden. Even preventive vaccines have alternatives, in other words. This kind of decision making, with its emphasis on less expensive and less invasive choices, is a hallmark of low-resource medicine. Full disclosure: McMillan takes care of this reporter’s tortie cat, Junie Moon. More to the point, my experience as an

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MD tells me American medicine has a lot to learn from effective low-resource practice. When I taught at a clinic in a poverty-stricken area of Indonesia, we tried to protect both the patients’ lives and their livelihoods. If the treatment a physician wanted to recommend was so expensive that the family would go hungry paying for it, we looked for ways to cut costs. Could we try a medication in place of surgery? Could the patient’s family take over some nursing care? Some diseases resolve spontaneously; would it be better to do nothing? When treatments are pricey and only temporarily effective, is it time to talk about palliative care? Practitioners trained in Western medicine often hesitate to suggest such options, worried that it is unethical not to “do everything.” But alternatives to doing everything can be effective, humane and holistic. Doctors can build more trusting and effective relationships with their patients by discussing the patient’s (or, in a pet’s case, the owner’s) specific circumstances. In short, low-resource medicine teaches us that sometimes less is more. McMillan and Roberts get this. “Her real talent,” says Roberts of her partner, “is answering the questions and really being open to taking the time ... She’s really good [at] helping them to understand what’s going on, what their options are. And their options aren’t always really expensive.”

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perform anesthesia and surgery. All of that means higher prices. “The cost of other things is going to be increased in order to pay for the full-service possibility,” Alton says. Historically, Alton explains, peopledoctors have been able to run less expensive offices because they had access to the equipment and facilities of hospitals, whose high costs were often tax subsidized. Vets haven’t had that luxury. They are fewer in number than doctors and often work in rural regions, so they’ve had to be self-sufficient. “You got out of

it gets to where the standard of care requires $200 to diagnose a simple urinary tract infection, it’s just not going to work.” ONEVC’s exam room has a picture window facing the street. Because she’s right-handed, McMillan explains, rolling her eyes, she has to examine pets with their rears facing the window. Sometimes she has an audience; there’s plenty of foot traffic. A man with a Korean War veteran baseball cap makes his way down the sidewalk. Nepali kids run or whiz by on bikes. African immigrants walk past; the clinic is kitty-

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making house calls on wheels and doing administrative work from their kitchen table. In 2006, they added their brickand-mortar clinic, which they lease at low rates from the Champlain Housing Trust. Some pets, of course, require more than the basics. A critical component of ONEVC’s success is its agreements with local animal hospitals. If their owners are willing and able to pay, pets needing X-rays and blood tests are sent to those partner clinics. McMillan has also contracted to use their facilities to perform operations. “[McMillan and Roberts] have a very low-overhead business altogether, whereas my business is much more of a full-service business,” explains Elizabeth Alton. She’s a veterinarian at Green Mountain Animal Hospital, one of ONEVC’s partner clinics; it has an X-ray machine, pharmacy, in-house lab, boarding facilities and the capacities to

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he Great Room at the Matterhorn Inn leaves no question that Christmastime has come. The high-ceilinged lobby at the West Dover inn near Mount Snow bursts with lushly decorated evergreens, and the halls are amply decked with boughs of holly. But it’s the adjacent bar area that betrays this scene as a Polish Christmas. Shiny, brightly colored szopki, or Christmas cribs, fill every available surface. Here Baby Jesus, Mary and the three wise men gather not in stables but in replicas of Krakow’s historical buildings decorated with metallic paper.

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The nativity scenes may seem novel to American visitors, but the food served just through the door in Chopin Restaurant is inarguably comforting. The innkeepers, Joe and Wanda Kruszewski, serve three Polish American meals a day, Wednesday through Sunday, all year long. On the first Saturday of each month, their Eastern European heritage asserts its dominance with a Polish buffet. On a recent weekend, that buffet fills the dining room to its 75-person capacity with families, friends and colleagues, from Vermont, Massachusetts, and as far away as Connecticut and Québec,

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speaking a mix of English and Polish. Joe Kruszewski flips effortlessly between the languages as he makes the rounds to each table. The 63-year-old still harbors a slight Slavic accent, though he left Łapy (the Ł is pronounced like an English W) for the heavily Polish community of Bridgeport, Conn., in 1962. Wanda arrived in Connecticut in 1960, at age 6. In 2005, Joe bought the inn and left his construction business for Vermont. Wanda only joined him last year. Before that, she commuted between the Matterhorn and Connecticut — where, for 39 years, she

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ran a travel agency that specialized in planning trips to Poland. Given their backgrounds and their frequent visits to Europe, the two are walking repositories of information on their homeland and fellow immigrants. They partner with the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., to keep cultural displays at the inn, including photos of Hussar armor, maps and regional costumes. Joe can expound on notable Polish Americans, ranging from Revolutionary War heroes Kazimierz Pułaski and Tadeusz Kościuszko to the railroad workers who settled in the Ludlow and Putney areas in the late 19th century. In fact, in the Kruszewskis’ America, those not of Polish heritage are the exception. When Joe discusses his restaurant’s all-out Wigilia celebration, a fish-based Polish Christmas dinner that took place last weekend, he refers to guests who brought non-Polish spouses as having “mixed marriages.” It’s no surprise, then, that none of these guests wrinkle their noses at the pot of pickle soup that greets them at the start of the buffet. They know that, while the chunky, light-green broth is indeed made from hot, dill-pickled cucumbers, the taste is far milder than swigging pickle juice would be. In fact, the soup’s slight tanginess is mitigated with plenty of stock. It’s both comforting and refreshing. Joe explains that soups are a key element of Polish cooking. “They’re more hearty,” he says, than soups are in other European cuisines. “They’re almost like a meal in themselves.” Since many regulars hit the Polish buffet each month, the Kruszewskis make sure to keep the offerings fresh. Among other soups they have served are żurek, a sour rye broth, populated with eggs and kiełbasa, that tastes equal parts creamy and tart; mushroom soup, particularly popular in Poland in late autumn; and, of course, barszcz czerwony, the sweet red-beet borscht favored by peasants and royals alike. NORTHERN POLES

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that two a month may satisfy his kitchen’s needs. Those include the towering Pig Mac, a ground-pork burger topped with pork belly and house-cured bacon. Figuring out how to use each cut of beef is a greater challenge, says Huizenga. “Ground beef is the biggest thing I’ll have, obviously. There are two prime ribs and two tenderloins per animal. How is that going to flow out?” The desserts at Antidote were already a family affair: Right now, maple syrup from the family farm goes into

the maple crème brûlée and other dishes, and Huizenga’s mother whips up chocolate silk pies every week. The meat of the matter isn’t all Huizenga plans to add. He will introduce his own pork to the menu by January, and beef a month after that, he says, followed later in the year by familygrown vegetables. Soon the “cure” won’t be just in the libations at Antidote, but in the food, as well.

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Not everything at Chopin Restaurant is homemade; certain items are simply too popular to produce from scratch. Joe Kruszewski says that on a good weekend, the restaurant goes through 900 pierogi. The dumplings, filled with meat, potatoes, and cheese or sauerkraut, are too labor intensive for the staff to make in such bulk, so they come from a business in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Kiełbasa hails from Bernat’s Polish Meat Products in Chicopee, Mass. It was the marquee item in Joe Kruszewski’s “Vermontski Kielbaski” sandwich, which won second place this year at Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers Ultimate New England Sandwich Competition. The local roll, stacked with sausage, homemade sauerkraut, maple bacon and Grafton Village Cheese horseradish cheddar, just missed earning Joe a trip to the World Sandwichship in Sydney, Australia. “Come on, there’s no way they’ll send a Polish sandwich to Australia,” Joe scoffs in retrospect. Perhaps it’s enough for him to gather raves at the buffet as guests try his bigos. At Chopin Restaurant, the classic hunter’s stew of slowcooked sauerkraut is filled with chopped kielbasa. In Poland, it rarely stops there. “In real life, what you put in there is all the leftovers,” says Joe of the dish, which can boast as many as seven kinds of meat. “You’d cut them up for later. The big thing is, you have to cook it extremely slowly.” While the flavor of bigos is often characterized by sweet tomatoes and earthy mushrooms, the Kruszewski version relies more heavily on its fermented-cabbage base for a highly acidic taste. The fatty, salty sausages are a gorgeous foil, cutting through the tender, sour cabbage with juicy, garlicky meat accents. cOlby Dix

On the adjacent table, mizeria is laid out with other salads, and, yes, the name means “misery.” That refers to the • Prime Rib poverty of the people driven to invent • Tenderloin the cucumber salad, but the experience Roast of eating it is anything but depressing. • Net Result Typically, the dish is composed of thinly Marinades sliced cucumbers in sour cream, or smi& Patés etana. Salt and sugar add a vivid flavor. • Local Turkey The version at Chopin Restaurant is vin& Ham egared, too, which makes it a little more like good old American cucumber salad. With the salads sits a big basket 104 Cornerstone Drive of rolls and butter. Notably absent is Williston • 878-2020 smalec, a seasoned lard spread dotted VTMeatandSeafood.com with salty cracklings that is more apt to M-Sa 10-7, Su 10-5 be offered in Polish restaurants than plain, boring butter. 12v-vtmeatandseafood121411.indd 1 12/12/1112v-kimberleeforney121411.indd 3:58 PM 1 12/12/11 3:25 PM Joe says he provides it on special occasions, such as New Year’s Eve. Old Poles seeking pork therapy need look no further than a chafing dish full of gołąbki. Legend has it that 15th-century King Kazimierz IV Jagiellończyk fed his armies the stuffed cabbage dish. Chopin Restaurant’s rendition, made by Wanda Kruszewski herself, is certainly hearty enough to score a military victory. Both the cabbage leaves and the herb-speckled ground pork melt in the mouth. Each little package is stewed in a mild tomato sauce that’s also clearly homemade. 8h-Gullivars122910.indd 1 12/17/10 12:55 PM When the Kruszewskis purchased the Matterhorn Inn, neither had any experience running a hotel or restaurant. “My wife is a very good cook, because when we had family get-togethers, it would be 50 or 60 people,” says Joe of their extended clan in Connecticut. So it fell to Wanda to teach each new Chopin chef her family recipes. Right now, she’s giving instruction to fresh hire Dan Kosek, who admits he wasn’t familiar with Polish food when he started last month. Kosek did, however, impress the Kruszewskis with his way with soups: His recipe for fire-roasted tomato24 Main St, Downtown Winooski: 655-4888 Essex Shoppes & Cinema 878-2788 basil bisque won last year’s Vermont Life Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm /4:30-9:30 pm Closed Sun Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:00pm Sun 12-7pm Wine & Harvest Festival soup contest.

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later adopted some of them. “When I lived in Poland in the 1960s, you would not go swimming in a lake until after June 24 — that’s when they’ve blessed the waters,” remembers Joe. For now, the Kruszewskis are just trying to get through Wigilia, then New Year’s Eve, when they will add duck or pheasant to the buffet and have a Champagne toast. After that, the family will focus on introducing a new menu that includes more gluten-free and vegetarian options. On January 13, the Kruszewskis will celebrate their seventh year at the inn. Joe and his son, a landscape architect, worked on the site for nearly two years after the opening. Making this retirement project profitable is still a challenge. “Seven years, and we’re still learning and probably still didn’t make money,” says Joe. “We had no experience running an inn and running a restaurant, but seven years on we’re still here.” If fans of the Polish buffet have any say, there will be many more to come. m

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harks back to the nation’s dark ages, before ruler Mieszko I officially accepted Christianity in 966. Every June 24 (now recognized as John the Baptist Day), the Matterhorn Inn celebrates the summer solstice with a medieval feast that includes a pig roast, long rings of kielbasa, bloodwurst and headcheese. Over a bonfire, the family and their guests share legends of the pagan rituals that were celebrated that day. Christians

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MALI DANCE WORKSHOP: Solo Sana, a principal member of Mali’s Ballet du District de Bamako, shares his extensive knowledge of the traditional dances of the Mandé culture. Grange Hall, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. $15. Info, 355-0755, jehkulu@yahoo.com.

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

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

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Encore, Encore Forget, for a minute, the dancing bears, the massive serpent, the sorcerer and the evil queen. At the heart of Mozart’s final opera, The Magic Flute, are a boy and a girl. The 1791 tale of love trumping all is one for the ages — and, thanks to the Metropolitan Opera, the original German libretto is now accessible to all ages, too. Abridged, translated into English, and embellished with a veritable circus of puppetry and set design, producer Julie Taymor’s 2004 version of the opera is decidedly kid friendly — and the tricky special effects are way more seamless than her work on the recent Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Through the magic of rebroadcasting, Palace 9 screens Flute locally next Wednesday.

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‘annie’: Leapin’ lizards! The famous little orphan graces the stage with heartwarming musical favorites such as “Tomorrow.” Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $31-70. Info, 296-7000. FlynnartS PerForMance enSeMble: Adult acting students wrap up a 12-week semester with skits and scenes. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966.

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book diScuSSion grouP: World War II lends a tumultuous political backdrop to Howard Norman’s The Museum Guard. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. SaM Stockwell: The poet shares verses from her collection. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

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‘blooM: tHe eMergence oF ecological deSign’: The follow-up to Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain further investigates pollution sources and focuses on design solutions. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3093. ‘taking root: tHe viSion oF wangari MaatHai’: Alan Dater and Lisa Merton’s 2008 documentary chronicles the life of the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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A LAtke PArty: Learning Center chef/instructor Nina Lesser-Goldsmith unlocks the secrets to this Hanukkah favorite while whipping up classic potato pancakes and a few new twists. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. A MosAic of fLAvors: BurMese Beef-AndPotAto curry & Bok choy: Burmese native Htun Sein stirs up a warm and savory winter stew. Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700. fiLL the BowL: Area eateries serve samples of their fare 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 Intervale Center and Heifer International. Info, 874-8475.

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Argentine tAngo: Shoulders back, chin up! With or without partners, dancers of all abilities strut to bandoneón riffs in a self-guided practice session. Salsalina Studio, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $5. Info, 598-1077. BAllroom lesson & DAnce sociAl: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. english country DAnce: Those keen on Jane Austen’s favorite pastime make rural rounds to music by McKinley James, Aaron Marcus, Ana Ruesink and Wayne Hankin. All dances are taught; newcomers welcome; festive attire encouraged. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $5-8; $1 extra for first half hour for experienced dancers; bring finger food to share. Info, 899-2378.

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cAnDy-cAne-mAking Demo: See WED.14, 11 a.m. hArtlAnD winter FArmers mArket: Everything from freshly grown produce to specialty food abounds at stands highlighting the local plenitude. Damon Hall, Hartland, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2500, hartlandfarmersmarket@ gmail.com.

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AlBurgh wAlking group: Neighbors in clean-soled shoes take strides and socialize. Alburgh Volunteer Fire Department, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 865-0360. gentle yogA For everyone: Yogis ages 55 and up participate in a mostly seated program presented by Champlain Valley Agency on Aging’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor AmeriCorps program. Winooski Senior Center, Winooski, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 865-0360, ext. 1049. the AlexAnDer technique: Instructor Katie Black shares a method to remedy postural habits and natural coordination in order to improve well-being and relieve chronic pain. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $3-5; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@ hungermountain.com.

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‘A very oFF x-mAs’: Santa and his helper host this grown-up holiday romp with Potato Sack Pants Theater, Green Candle Theatre Company, Firefly Productions and the Off Center Players. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $10. Info, 540-0773.

‘greeDy gretA visits christmAs town’: See THU.15, 7 p.m. helping hAnDs giFt wrAp: See WED.14, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. holiDAy ArtisAns BAzAAr: See THU.15, noon-6 p.m. holiDAy Artist mArket: Upcycled goods, skateboard crafts, clay robots and other oneof-a-kind creations from local vendors ensure unique holiday gifts. BCA Center, Burlington, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. sAntA comes to st. JohnsBury: Twinkle lights sparkle through town when Father Christmas drops by for storytelling and photos. Various locations, St. Johnsbury, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 748-7121. silver Belles holiDAy gAlA: Folks in formal attire tune in for entertainment by DJ Corey Hevrin, Miss Vermont 2011 Katie Levasseur, Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen 2011 Sophia Hadeka and Irish dancer Zack Warshaw — plus food and dancing. Proceeds benefit the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization. BCA Center, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $18-20; cash bar. Info, 735-3799. winooski holiDAy pop-up Art mArket: See WED.14, noon-8 p.m. yuletiDe concert & cArol sing-Along: The Good Shepherd Folk Group, Green Mountain Celts and the Good Shepherd Contemporary Worship & Praise Band go festive with carols.

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community plAygroup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. enosBurg FAlls story hour: Young ones show up for fables and occasional field trips. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328. kiDs knight out: Swimming, arts and crafts, movies, games, and concession food keep 5- to 10-year-olds on the move. Proceeds benefit the Purple Knights’ basketball program. Ross Sports Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 5:30-9 p.m. $10-15; preregister. Info, 654-2503. montgomery tumBle time: Physicalfitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. swAnton plAygroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. toDDler time: Simple crafts meet books, rhymes and songs in an early-literacy session for 1- to 3-year-olds and their caregivers.

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CapiTal CiTy COnTra danCe: Feet in soft-soled shoes make the rounds to tunes by Crowfoot and calling by Adina Gordon. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $8. Info, 744-6163. ‘The green mOunTain nuTCraCKer’: Introducing ... the Maple Sugar Fairy! The Moving Light Dance Company mounts a locally accented production of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet. Barre Opera House, 6 p.m. $12-24. Info, 476-8188. ‘The nuTCraCKer’: Dance students from the Vermont Ballet Theater perform Tchaikovsky’s beloved work about Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $21-33. Info, 863-5966 or 878-2941. weST aFriCan danCe wOrKShOp: Experienced native dancer Chimie Bangoura demonstrates authentic Guinean moves for kids, teens and adults. Burlington Taiko, noon-1 p.m. $12. North End Studio B, Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 377-9721. ‘winTer illuminaTiOnS’: In collaboration with 802 Quartet, the dancers of the Northern Vermont Ballet Company present Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile, Vivaldi’s Autumn and Winter, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and Bach’s Ave Maria. See calendar spotlight. Performing Arts Center, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 393-8655.

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Woodstock Film Festival: Winter Series: In Larry Weinstein’s 2005 documentary Beethoven’s Hair, a lock of the composer’s tresses sheds light on his troubled life and death. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $4-10. Info, 457-2355.

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Trader Duke’s, South Burlington, 9-11 a.m. $9.9516.95. Info, 660-7523. Christmas at the Farm: Families celebrate like it’s 1899 with a variety of traditional activities, which may include 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. Decorate for Wildlife: Bird lovers craft edible treats for the wildlife after a telling of Eve Bunting’s Night Tree. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 3-4 p.m. Regular admission, $9-11; free for kids ages 3 and under. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223. ‘Greedy Greta Visits Christmas Town’: See THU.15, 7 p.m. Helping Hands Gift Wrap: See WED.14, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Holiday Artisans Bazaar: See THU.15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday Artist Market: See FRI.16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ‘Miracle on Maple Street’: The production is a slight adaptation of Celeste Clydesdale’s play about the true Christmas spirit. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-8071. Recycled Holiday Crafts ne Workshop: Give the gift of Bo xa ll sustainability by fashioning repurposed presents, ornaments and boxes. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free; nonperishable food donations accepted for COTS and the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter; preregister. Info, 863-5744, americorps@ wvpd.org. Santa Comes to St. Johnsbury: See FRI.16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Winooski Holiday Pop-Up Art Market: See WED.14, noon-8 p.m. al

Ba Create Your Own Gifts for nd Any Occasion: Crafty kids produce handmade presents — boxed, wrapped and ready for giving. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Fairfax Tumble Time: Tots burn off some energy in an open gym. Special play area for infants provided. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Family Decoration Station: Clever crafters fashion baubles for the tree from clay, origami, felt and more. Author Gordie Little leads story time with hot cocoa and marshmallows. North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1-4 p.m. $10-12 for kids includes two or three finished ornaments. Info, 518-563-1604, outreach@chandler-arts.org. Kids Night Out/Parents Night Out: Adults go out on the town while kiddos ages 4 and up immerse themselves in art, dance and storytelling activities. Proceeds support a teen jazz dance-tour fund. Preregister. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 4-8 p.m. $5 per child per hour. Info, 229-4676. Music With Raphael: See THU.15, 11 a.m. North Hero Tumble Time: Free-play stations around the gym keep youngsters — and their adult companions — on the go. North Hero Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Solstice Craft: Kids ages 5 and up make their own light by transforming a glass jar into

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Bread & Bones: Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron unleash original songs from their newly released album Could Have Been a Dream. Chris Dorman opens. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 922-5349. Cats Under the Stars: Vermont’s Jerry Garcia tribute band wishes listeners a “Jerry” Christmas at a holiday celebration. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 9 p.m. $5. Info, 496-8994. Jane Boxall: The solo marimbist plays works by John Psathas, Paul Lansky, Thierry Deleruyelle, Ludwig Albert and Kai Stensgaard — using up to eight mallets. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-20; half-price tickets available at deals.sevendaysvt.com while supplies last. Info, 863-5966. Music 101: Workshops & Café: Burlington Ensemble tune up in a new series of open rehearsals. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, snacks and socializing, 6 p.m.; music, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 598-9520, michael.dabroski@gmail.com. Social Band: A lively band of singers presents a collection of choral pieces old and new, as featured on their album Deep Midwinter: Songs From Winter’s Heart. First Baptist Church, Bristol, 7:30 p.m. $15 donation. Info, 658-8488. VYO Chorus & Concert Chorale: The choir presents songs of harmony through the ages in “And on Earth, Peace.” Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $7-12. Info, 863-5966. Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet & Counterpoint: See THU.15, the White Church, Grafton, 5 p.m. Free; ticket required. Vermont Youth Orchestra Association Midseason Auditions: See FRI.16, 2-4 p.m. West African Djembe Workshop: Chimie Bangoura trains kids, teens and adults alike in traditional rhythms and techniques. Burlington Taiko, 11 a.m.-noon. $15. North End Studio B, Burlington, 1 p.m. $5. Info, 377-9721.

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51st Plainfield Christmas Bird Count: Birders leave no chickadee unsighted in an annual “census” for Vermont and beyond. Optional potluck dinner follows. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; free for kids under 19. Info, 229-6206. Wagon Rides: Wheel through the quaint downtown shopping area. Pickup and drop-off is in front of La Brioche, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.

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Final Cut Pro Open Lab: Beginning, intermediate and advanced film editors complete three tracks of exercises as a VCAM staff

member lends a hand. Preregister. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692. From Tree to Dinner Party: A Lesson in Furniture Making: Furniture maker Kit Clark takes listeners through the steps of turning hand-picked hardwoods into cherished family furnishings. A craft activity for children is available. 3093 HOME, Shelburne, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 497-0559. Fundamentals of Digital Cinematography: VCAM Access users with a basic working knowledge of video fundamentals immerse themselves in a lengthy discussion of f-stops, exposure, depth of field, composition and more. The subsequent test serves as a prerequisite for signing out certain VCAM equipment. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692. Intermediate Excel: Students get savvy about electronic spreadsheets by creating a loan-payment schedule. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217. VCAM Access Orientation: Video-production hounds get an overview of facilities, policies and procedures. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.

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East Coast Snocross Series: Snowmobilers from across New England tackle the jumps and bumps of the race track. Burke Mountain Ski Resort, gates, 7 a.m.; first race, 10 a.m. $15. Info, 626-7300.

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‘Annie’: See WED.14, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical’: See FRI.16, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘Night Fires’: See THU.15, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘Pinocchio’: Puppetry meets parable in National Marionette Theatre’s production about the wooden doll who wants to become “a real boy.” Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. $5-15; free for kids under 12, but ticket required. Info, 863-5966. ‘The Christmas Revels’: See THU.15, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Jonas Kaufman stars in a broadcast screening of Gounod’s Faust. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1 p.m. $16-23. Info, 748-2600.

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

HARMONY IN MOVEMENT: Dec. 10, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $15/class (better rates with studio class card). Location: Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, top floor, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Info@ BurlingtonDances.com, BurlingtonDances.com. Lucille Dyer teaches of mastery of movement: Pilates, Delsarte, Laban, Bartenieff and ballet for balance and harmony in the mind, heart and body. Learn about meaning and self-expression. Classes serve as an incubator to inspire the process of self-development, ethical awareness and humanitarianism inherent in this kind of practice. LEARN TO SWING DANCE: Cost: $60/6-week series ($50 for students/seniors). Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: lindyvermont.com, 860-7501. Great fun, exercise and socializing, with fabulous music. Learn in a welcoming and lighthearted environment. Classes start every six weeks: Tuesdays for beginners; Wednesdays for upper levels. Instructors: Shirley McAdam and Chris Nickl.

TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@gmail. com. Burlington! Beginners Taiko starts Tuesday, January 10, March 13, April 24; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Advanced classes start Monday, January 19, March 12, April 23, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Women’s Haitian Drumming starts Friday, January 13, February 3, March 9, 5 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Morning Taiko starts Saturday, January 7, February 4, 9-10:45 a.m., $45/3 weeks. Cuban Bata and house-call classes by request. Montpelier Thursdays! Voudou drums start January 12, February 1, March 22, 1:302:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. East Montpelier Thursdays! Djembe starts January 12, March 22, 5:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Cuban congas start February 2, April 19 $45/3 weeks. Taiko starts January 12, March 22, 7 p.m., $45/3 weeks.

fishing FLY-TYING COURSE: 6-wk. course starts Sat. or Sun., Jan. 14 or 15, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $120/ course. Location: Schirmer’s Fly Shop, 34 Mills Ave., S. Burlington. Info: 863-6105, schirmersflyshop@gmail. com, schirmersflyshop.com. This 6-wk. course offered by Schirmer’s Fly Shop is for beginners who would like to become strong intermediate tiers. Schirmer’s supplies all needed tying materials. Students need their own tools. Tools are available for purchase at the shop.

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

gardening MASTER GARDENER 2011 COURSE: Feb. 7-May 1, 6:15-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $385/incl. Sustainable Gardening book. Late fee after Jan. 20. Noncredit course. Location: Various locations, Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waterbury, White River Jct. Info: 656-9562, master. gardener@uvm.edu, uvm. edu/mastergardener. Learn the keys to a healthy and sustainable home landscape as University of Vermont faculty and experts focus on gardening in Vermont. This noncredit course covers a wide variety of horticultural topics: fruit and vegetable production, flower gardening, botany basics, plant pests, soil fertility, disease management, healthy lawns, invasive plant control, introduction to home landscaping, and more! STONE WALL WORKSHOP: 1-day workshops run Jan. through Mar. 2012. Cost: $100/1-day workshop. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411, macmartin@igc.org, queencitysoilandstone.com. Our introductory workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day

TEXTURED CLAY POTS: Dec. 15, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply Garden Center, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433, seminars@gardeners.com, gardenerssupplystore.com. Learn the unique technique to turn simple clay pots into stunning gifts. Free to attend. No preregistration required.

herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Winter Ecology Walks w/ George will be announced on our Facebook page or join our email list or call us. Wisdom of the Herbs 2012: Apr. 21-22, May 19-20, Jun. 16-17, Jul. 14-15, Aug. 11-12, Sep. 8-9, Oct. 6-7 & Nov. 3-4, 2012. Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Spring/ Summer Term: May 27, Jun. 24 & Jul. 22, 2012 & Summer/ Fall Term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool.com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Beginning week of Jan. 9 for 10 weeks. Cost: $175/10 1-hr. classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 5851025, spanishparavos@gmail. com, spanishwaterburycenter. com. Spanish classes starting in January. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers; get ready for your winter trip south. Lessons for children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details.

martial arts AIKIDO: Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. Aikido for Children (ages 6-12) at MARTIAL ARTS

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PAINTING: OIL: Jan. 24-Mar. 27, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $245/person, $220.50/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd floor, Burlington. Learn how to paint with nontoxic, water-soluble oils. Students will learn many painting techniques and will learn how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to their work. This class includes studio time,

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

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Register online at flynnarts.org. Call 652-4537 or email flynnarts@flynncenter.org for more info.

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

BALANCE, HARMONY, BALLET: Beginning level, Fri., 11 a.m., & Mon., 6:45 p.m. Beginner/ Intermediate, Wed., 5:45 p.m. Cost: $13/class (better rates w/ studio class card). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@naturalbodiespilates. com, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. Love ballet? Release unnecessary tension and connect with your inner dancer to shape, tone and align your body while experiencing elegance, personal growth and grace. Classes include teachings of the masters of movement, Pilates, Delsarte, Balanchine, Vagonova, Laban and Bartenieff, for balance and harmony in the mind, heart and body.

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DROP-IN: FAMILY CLAY: Jan. 13-May 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/participant, $5/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn wheel and hand-building techniques at BCA’s clay studio while hanging out with the family. Make bowls, cups and amazing sculptures. Staff will give

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

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LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, St. Albans, Colchester. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@firststepdance.com, FirstStepDance.com. Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Three locations to choose from!

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DROP-IN: ADULT POTTERY: Fri., Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 16, Apr. 20 & May 18. Cost: $12/ participant, $11/BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs, bowls. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant.

wheel and hand-building demonstrations throughout the evening. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. All ages.

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Vermont Aikido. Class starts October 29. Saturday mornings, 9:30-10:30. $50 monthly fee includes uniform you get to take home. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility with flowing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confidence in oneself. AIKIDO: Join now & receive a 3-mo. membership for $190. Special rate incl. free uniform ($50 value) & unlimited classes 7 days/wk. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art that promotes physical and mental harmony through the use of breathing exercises, aerobic conditioning, circular movements, and pinning and throwing techniques. We also teach sword/staff arts and knife defense. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. We also offer classes for children ages 5-6. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s only fully certified (Shidoin) Aikido teacher. MARTIAL WAY SELFDEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt. com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, JiuJitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense.

VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa.com, vermontbjj.com. Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sunday mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Saturday of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. An Open House occurs every third Friday evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr. org. Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.

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

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

tai chi HWA YU TAI CHI/ MONTPELIER: Jan. 9-Apr. 30, 5-5:45 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $135/16-wk. semester; or $72/8 wks. Location: Montpelier Shambhala Center, 64 Main St, 3rd floor, Montpelier. Info: Ellie Hayes, 456-1983, grhayes1956@ comcast.net. Winter-spring semester, beginners welcome. Soothe the aches and pains of winter with fluid motion. Grounding and cultivating intrinsic energy has numerous health benefits, not to mention the the simple pleasure of being more mindfully present and at ease. Instructor Ellie Hayes has been teaching tai chi since 1974.


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

Queer-affirming yoga: Dec. 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $10/class or pay what you can. Location: All Wellness VT, 128 Lakeside Ave., suite 103, Burlington. Info: Vanessa Ament, 206-335-3923, yogavibes. vament@gmail.com. Join us for queer-affirming yoga. A class created for the queer community and allies, ensuring a safe space for all. The class is rooted in vinyasa yoga and can help reduce stress, stretch, strengthen and deepen your connection between mind, body and spirit. All levels and experiences are welcome.

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

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laughing river yoga: $13 class, $110/10 classes, $130 monthly unlimited, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. classes sliding scale $5-15. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, laughingriveryoga. com. Yoga changes the world through transforming individual lives. Transform yours with classes, workshops and retreats taught by experienced and compassionate instructors. We offer Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Trance Dance, Yin, Restorative, meditation and more. All bodies and abilities welcome. Gift certificates available.

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eat Better. live Better. feel Better.: Jan. 10-Feb. 7. Cost: $195/person, or $165 if you register with a friend. Location: All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington. Info: Laura M Savard, 8639900, laura@allwellnessvt. com. Eat Better. Live Better. Feel Better is a five-week course designed to educate you about the foundations of how to build a healthy lifestyle that works for you. Each week will focus on one aspect of real whole foods and how to incorporate them into your life. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What should I EAT?” then this course is for you.

evolution yoga: $14/ class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642, yoga@evolutionvt.com, evolutionvt.com. Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusara-inspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt.com/evoblog.

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tarot for life WorkShop: Jan. 8-Feb. 12, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $160/entire 6-wk. workshop. Location: Rainbow Institute, 19 Church St., studio 8, Burlington. Info: Tarot Insights, Sherri Glebus, 224-6756, sglebus@gmail. com, tarotinsights.vpweb. com. This six-week workshop of one two-hour session per week will guide participants through learning the basics of the deck, how to use it for readings for oneself and others, developing intuition, and using Tarot for personal/ spiritual development.

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aroma reiki yoga: Dec. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $10/class. Location: Blissful Wellness, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: 238-9540, blissfulwellness. biz. Melt away your holiday stress. Workshop is designed to encourage the body’s natural relaxation. It will include gentle movement, restorative yoga postures and mindful breath, along with gentle Reiki and essential oil therapy.

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

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

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cally interesting results. “Worthy” (track 8), which Rosenstein calls “one of the best songs we ever did,” features an entirely differentsounding Gustafson than is heard on the earlier two albums — imagine Natalie Merchant’s rich, clear alto with the range and playful delivery of Pearl Jam’s Ed- Wide Wail die Vedder. “Take Me Home,” a poppy track with a c h e e r y/ c r e e p y chorus, a xylophone melody and some of Gustafson’s most demure singing, brings peeping frogs into the background rhythms, seven Onetime Burlingt years before Neko on scene Case’s “Middle Cynot how it works. darlings r BY JES e clone” went there. You have to be ini s s u S W IS L e for Iren OSKI “It was a very credibly ambitious.” e special creative alliance, and I Rosenstein now think we came up with a lot of stuff that no sees that time in LA one’s really heard,” says Rosenstein. “I’m as the end of an era in sort of pumped up about it, but noreally psyched for it.” the music industry. body ever did anything. Alanis Morissette It took 10 days living, sleeping and rebroke ‘You Oughta Know’ and [record The band’s former manager, Dennis Wygcording in that Weehawken studio to commans, echoes the thought. companies] were all looking for that. plete the ambitious 13-track record. But “Back then, there were some major-laGustafson thinks part of their failure Wide Wail were kind of extreme like that. bel-type people who were very interested to become a megaband had to do with And their characteristic devotion to the in [Wide Wail],” he recalls. “Back then, her, and the band’s, priorities. Though art, and the process, seemed like it might selling out was a dirty word. You didn’t she’d been writing with Rosenstein since even pay off. see bands — at least not cool bands — dothey met at a University of Vermont In 1998, the band’s managers, Justin ing commercials. You didn’t see indie-rock freshman orientation in 1990, and even and Dennis Wygmans, then owners of bands shilling for Volvo or something.” dropped out of college for Wide Wail, she Club Toast, scored an LA recording sesWygmans, now an entertainment lawsays they were a practical bunch. They sion with Paul Fox, who had produced always had day jobs and never did a sum- yer, opened up a law firm in Winooski the Sugarcubes and XTC. To raise funds last month, but lives in Irene-devastated mer tour. for the trip, instead of benefit concerts or “I don’t know, I can only speak for my- Windham County. He wants to see a Wide pursuing more traditional moneymaking self, but I was never really interested in Wail reunion benefit show. avenues, they went gonzo and painted a “I think it would be interesting to see fame … I’ve never really wanted any part house. Then they took the band’s van and what people’s response is,” he says. “It of it,” Gustafson says, as she watches her drove 55 hours straight, stopping only for would be great to help out. There are espe3-year-old daughter hang ornaments on an overnight in New Mexico. cially a lot of elderly folks who have been the Christmas tree in her home. She now “It was a really good time … we were displaced.” has a 3-month-old, too, and is happy to retreated very nicely,” said Rosenstein. They Since returning to the area after years cord in her home studio, with her husband stayed in Beverly Hills and worked in Stuin New Jersey, it seems to him there’s a and Swale bandmate, Eric Olsen. Former dio A of the A&M Records studios, where kind of buzz around Burlington’s music Wide Wail drummer Jeremy Frederick “We Are the World” was recorded. scene that he hasn’t heard in ages. completes the trio. While you can’t find that excellent 1998 “Maybe [Wide Wail] were more ahead Rosenstein now lives in Brooklyn, owns demo tape on Bandcamp (yet), it’s at the of their time than people realize,” he says. a carpentry firm and has two sons, ages 3 Vermont Music Library for listening. It “It would be ironic to release a reissue that and 5. He agrees with Gustafson to an exwas supposedly shopped around by Fox, is foretelling of things to come.”  tent. who claimed of the five people he shared “We created this environment to be reit with, nobody ever “heard that hit,” says ally creative and productive, and we figRosenstein. Wide Wail’s rereleases are available at ured if we did that, everything would just “There’s sort of a bad taste in my mouth widewail.bandcamp.com. take care of itself,” he says. “And that’s just about the LA thing,” he says. “We were all

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t took three feet of snow and three days in a Pine Street studio in 1995 for Burlington band Wide Wail to finally record their first album. “It was a snowy, snowy day. It was one of those thunder-snowstorms,” recalls David Rosenstein, now 38, on of the band’s founders and a core member over its 12year lifespan. Though they’d been together nearly five years at the time, Wide Wail solidified their chunky, guitar-driven sound with that self-titled album — a sound highlighted by Amanda Gustafson’s belting vocals and poetic lyrics laced with subtle irony. It also established the band as a fixture in Burlington’s flourishing live-music scene and nudged them close to national fame. Now, nearly 10 years after breaking up, the once-popular alt-rock band has dug up its old albums and is rereleasing them online. Proceeds from sales will benefit the continuing cleanup efforts in Vermont following Tropical Storm Irene. “I decided it would be nice to use the holiday season to make a donation toward a nonprofit that would help people who lost their homes during Hurricane Irene,” says Gustafson, 39, now lead singer of the local art-rock trio Swale. “And as a bonus, they get some Wide Wail music.” She insists that the band has few followers left, and was surprised to hear from supportive fans after Seven Days plugged the releases in a Soundbites column on November 23. “I don’t presume that anybody really knows anything about us,” Gustafson says. “I don’t know that we’re even going to make any money.” Thus, they haven’t picked a charity yet, for fear of promoting what might be a lousy payout. For her part, Gustafson says, “I’m proud of what we did. I think those are good records.” Indeed, they are. For $5 each, you can download Wide Wail (1995) and the acclaimed Like It Never Was (1998) on their Bandcamp site, or get single tracks for $1. Through December, all the money will go to Irene victims, says Gustafson. In addition to the previously available albums, the band is finally releasing a 2002 album, Looking for Tiger, that never saw the light of day. It’s easily the most experimental, if a little disjointed, of Wide Wail’s three albums. Recording Tiger in New Jersey was a huge departure from their previous studio efforts in Vermont. Calling their recording process “painstaking,” Rosenstein, who played guitar and bass, describes that album’s creation as a “horrific science experiment” during which the band virtually never left the studio. And it yielded mani-

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As the old song goes, ’tis the season to be jolly. And also to be seasonally depressed, drunk, overextended on your credit limit, gorged on unhealthy food, watching JIMMY STEWART or BING CROSBY flicks, decking out your house with lights like CLARK GRISWOLD on an eggnog bender, listening to increasingly obnoxious music — looking at you, MARIAH CAREY — and donning gay apparel — still looking at you, Mariah Carey. Fa la la la la, la la la la. It’s Christmas, folks. Can ya feel it? It may come as a surprise to regular readers, who perhaps expect Grinchier tidings from this column, but I actually enjoy this time of year. It’s not so much that I dig Christmas, per se. But I do love Christmas parties. And with just about two weeks to go until we celebrate Santa’s birthday, the Christmas-party season is in full swing. In particular, there are two holly-jolly fêtes on deck this week that could go a long way toward determining whether you make the naughty or nice list this year. Actually, if you attend either one, I

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BEE'S KNEES: Michael Murdock (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MATTERHORN: The Heavy Pets (jam), 8 p.m., $8. MOOG'S: Big John (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.

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Out Past the Sun, the south-Florida-based quartet blends rock, jazz, funk and reggae into … well, OK, into heady jam music. But it’s a danceable, digestible take on the genre, offering a fresh perspective while nodding to past classics. Just ask David Grisman. The Jerry Garcia collaborator was so taken with the Pets that he sat in for a few songs on the new album. This week, the band plays a trio of Vermont dates: Wednesday, December 14, at the Matterhorn in Stowe Thursday, December 15, at Nectar’s in Burlington; and Friday, December 15, at the Snow Barn in West Dover. Jam on. LEVITY CAFÉ: Open Mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Patrick Lehman Band (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

LIFT: DJ Josh Bugbee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Kevin Killen (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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MONKEY HOUSE: The Porters, Chris Valen (indie folk), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. NECTAR'S: Trivia Mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. The Heavy Pets (jam), 9:30 p.m., $7/10. 18+.

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O'BRIEN'S IRISH PUB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.

1/2 LOUNGE: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe Adler (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Harder They Come with DJs Darcie and Chris Pattison (dubstep), 10 p.m., Free.

RADIO BEAN: Jazz Sessions, 6 p.m., Free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. The Unbearable Light Cabaret (eclectic), 10 p.m., $3. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.

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RASPUTIN'S: 101 Thursdays with Pres & DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. RED SQUARE: DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 8 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (house), 9 p.m., Free.

VENUE: Karaoke with Steve LeClair, 7 p.m., Free.

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THE BLACK DOOR: Old Time Night, 6 p.m., $5. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.

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51 MAIN: Bread and Bones (folk), 8 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Gabe Jarrett & Friends (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Jam Man (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

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BEE'S KNEES: Folk by Association (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MOOG'S: Flat Top Trio (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., Free.

MONOPOLE: Peacock Tunes & Trivia, 5 p.m., Free. Doomf*ck (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Live Music, 10 p.m., Free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Karaoke with Benjamin Bright and Ashley Kollar, 6 p.m., Free. TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: Karaoke Night with Sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free. THERAPY: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYCE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.

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Band Name of the Week: DOOMF*CK. Yet another virtually un-Google-able BNOTW winner, this Plattsburgh-based (I think) band plays the Monopole this Thursday, December 15. Out of curiosity, am I allowed back in Plattsburgh yet?

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MEMARANDA all will be. Oh, and the evening’s ticket also scores you a copy of the CD.

The Occupy Burlington movement may have been displaced, but it seems its spirit lives on. Following a pair of successful “Occupy Metronome” showcases in support of the movement, a new series debuts at Metronome this Thursday, December 15, called Conscious Thursdays. Each monthly showcase will serve as a benefit for a deserving local organization. This month’s proceeds go to aid the Root Center, and the show will include performances by One Over Zero, WORKINGMAN’S ARMY, ANDY LUGO, SOULSTICE and local high-minded hip-hop supergroup the MINDFULLY DISCONTENT HIP-HOP ALL STARS, which features MCs RAJNII, HUMBLE, MUD BUDDHA and MISTER MODOU. And if you can’t make the show, it

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arbitrary categories, such as (my all-time favorite) “tightness.” On still another hand, assessing music is pretty much what I do on a daily basis, so what the hell am I bitching about? I’m confused. Anyway, the point of all this is that on Wednesday, December 14, you can see a massive battle of the bands go down at both Nectar’s and Club Metronome. It features a slew of great bands from just about every corner of the local scene. Presented by Broke in Burlington and new local culture rag Thread Magazine, “I Make Music” is probably the biggest, most comprehensive BOTB this town has seen in a decade or more. The show is somewhat split by genre. Upstairs, you’ll find electronic-based music and hip-hop from the likes of K-SPITZ, Y-DNA, MEMARANDA, JAKOB ES, CAKE EFFECT, LYNGUISTIC CIVILIANS and PRINCIPAL DEAN, with 2K DEEP’s DJ HAITIAN taking the stage, in a noncompetitive role, to close out the night. Meanwhile, Nectar’s boasts a slew of indie and rock, including HELLO SHARK, TOMMY GOLDMAN, GANG OF THIEVES, the ZACK DUPONT BAND, DR. RUCKUS, PARMAGA and SPIT JACK. ROUGH FRANCIS oblige as the evening’s (noncompeting) headliners.

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LIFT: DJ EfX (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

BEE'S KNEES: Dan Liptak & Greg Evans (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. GREY FOX INN: Folk by Association (folk), 6:30 p.m., Free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Stavros (house), 10 p.m., $5.

MATTERHORN: Dr. Yes & the Nos (jam), 9 p.m., $5.

RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.

MOOG'S: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9 p.m., Free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

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

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Judson Kimble (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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THE BLACK DOOR: Rusty Belle (Americana), 9:30 p.m., $5.

RUSTY NAIL: The Abby Jenne Band (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

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MONOPOLE: Lucid (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

CHARLIE O'S: Concrete Rivals CD release (surf rock), 10 p.m., Free.

OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Party Wolf (rock), 10 p.m., NA.

GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

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SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: Mud Season (jam), 9 p.m., Free.

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51 MAIN: Telling Point (tribal rock), 10 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: X-Mas Ball with the Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 8 p.m., Donations. STARRY NIGHT CAFÉ: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 8 p.m., Free.

THE SNOW BARN: The Heavy Pets (jam), 8 p.m., $10.

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1/2 LOUNGE: Dusty Jewels (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. SinOrgy DJs: T-Watt, R2 & QDO (house), 10 p.m., Free. BANANA WINDS CAFÉ & PUB: Karaoke, 8 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.

JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Audrey Bernstein Quintet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: The Crapulous Christmas Party (holiday), 8:30 p.m., $5. NECTAR'S: Dan Lavoie (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Midnight Spaghetti and the Chocolate G Strings, Dominic and the Lucid (funk), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The In-laws (rock), 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Kevin Killen (singersongwriter), 12:30 p.m., Free. Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club, 3 p.m., Free. Last October (folk), 6 p.m., Free. Bandit Kings (rock, country), 7:30 p.m., Free. Brad Byrd (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Freedom Jazz (jazz), 11 p.m., Free. AstroCat (rock), 12:30 a.m., Free. RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Kevin Killen (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., Free. Close to Nowhere (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: The Blame (rock), 10 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: The Dewey Drive Band (country, blues), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free. THE BLACK DOOR: Miriam Bernardo Band (rock), 9:30 p.m., $5. SAT.17

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drilling undying beats and spasmodic fills that are strongly welded together. There is an obvious driving force here: frenetic guitar player Jay Ekis. He assails his hollow-body Gretsch, offering a tremolo-sonic assault through his feral double picking. Ekis means business. The Rivals scatter genres in creative directions. This element keeps the record alive. The absence of predictability makes Eating Their Weight in Snakes refreshing, whether compared to modern-day music or surf classics. Although it’s hard to follow Bill Mullins and local surf giants Barbacoa, the Vermont music community should be excited about a band like the Concrete Rivals emerging from Montpelier. The production on their debut is great and has a timeless feel — although some wet reverb on the guitar could go a long way. Still, Eat Their Weight in Snakes is an intelligently composed instrumental record. It makes you wonder what a Rivals live show entails. Experience one this Saturday, December 17, at Charlie O’s in Montpelier for the Concrete Rivals’ official CD release party.

songwriter — all but three of the songs here are Ruane originals — it’s no surprise that he sounds right at home fronting the band. Like a few other fine Vermont songwriters — such as Mary McGinniss, Josh Brooks, Kristina Stykos and Alan Greenleaf — Ruane is a talented storyteller, painting whole scenes with his lyrics. “Will I Be Welcome” is a meditation on returning home to friends and family after a long time gone. “This Is the Day” is an invocation to new beginnings. One of my favorites is “Play a Waltz and Go Home,” a three-quarter-time twirl that truly feels like the last waltz at the end of a wonderful night of dancing. The song also features the exquisitely gentle touch of Pete Sutherland’s fiddle.       Duquette has a lovely voice, and whenever she sings lead — “Could Have

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Been a Dream,” “Love Is a Reason,” “In the Air,” “Who Do You Think It Was” Experience — her soulfulness shines through. On the customer satisfaction. rest of the tracks her harmonies provide a lovely contrast to Ruane’s plaintive tenor.        Last but definitely not least, Barron is, for my money, the top acoustic bass We participate in Lifeline/Link-Up programs. Call for info! player in Vermont. He is always solid and 877.877.2120 sovernet.com tasteful, providing the foundation at all times and adding boom and variety when needed. 1 Could Have Been a Dream has minimal 12v-sovernet121411.indd The Oriana Singers Present 11/30/11 4:20 PM liner notes, so the music does most of the J.S. Bach’s talking. These 14 tracks range from banjo waltzes (“Emily Sits by the Window”) to a quirky ukulele version of Bob Marley’s Friday, December 16, 2011 • 7:30pm “Three Little Birds.” That variety and a College St. Congregational Church solid sound are two of the reasons that Burlington Bread and Bones are attracting a growing ~ with ~ fan base, from the Caffé Lena in Saratoga Conductor: William Metcalfe Springs, N.Y., to coffeehouses in Maine Soloists: Jill Hallett Levis, Jane Snyder, and throughout Vermont. Marjorie Drysdale, Linda Radtke, You can hear Bread and Bones live Linda Patterson, Wayne Hobbs, twice this week in northwestern Vermont: Gary Moreau and the Oriana/ Thursday, December 15, at 51 Main in NYCS Orchestra Middlebury, and on Saturday, December 17, as part of the Silo Sessions music series at Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne.

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Charlie O's: tim Brick (countryrock), 10 p.m., Free. POsitive Pie 2: made in iron, KuFui (rock, iron maiden tribute), 10:30 p.m., $5.

champlain valley

51 Main: George's Back pocket (rock), 9 p.m., Free. City liMits: Dance party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9 p.m., Free. twO BrOthers tavern: 3 sheets 2 the Wind (rock), 10 p.m., $3.

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

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Grey FOx inn: Folk by association (folk), 6:30 p.m., Free. MatterhOrn: The sugardaddies (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG's: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9 p.m., Free. riMrOCKs MOuntain tavern: DJ two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rOadside tavern: DJ Diego (top 40), 9 p.m., Free. rusty nail: star 92.9 presents christmas is for Kids with the cab, adam Ezra Group (rock), 9 p.m., $10/ toy donation.

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MOnOPOle: Eat sleep Funk (funk), 10 p.m., Free. Olive ridley's: party Wolf (rock), 10 p.m., Na.

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On taP Bar & Grill: Leno & Young (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.

CluB MetrOnOMe: Black to the Future (urban jamz), 10 p.m., Free.

rOzzi's laKeshOre tavern: trivia Night, 8 p.m., Free.

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radiO Bean: Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free.

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

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neCtar's: mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. radiO Bean: Old time sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Greg alexander (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Erin Kvam (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Winter Film Night, 9:30 p.m., Free.

1/2 lOunGe: Family Night Open Jam, 10 p.m., Free.

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

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hiGher GrOund BallrOOM: Wu-tang clan (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., $45. aa.

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

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neCtar's: Big Heavy World & the Radiator 105.9 Fm Holiday Bash (rock), 9 p.m., $8/10. 18+.

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radiO Bean: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., Free. Honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

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radiO Bean: anders parker (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

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taBu CaFé & niGhtCluB: all Night Dance party with DJ toxic (top 40), 5 p.m., Free.

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neCtar's: metal monday: Filthy minutes of Fame, swiftshire, Knights of crintus, siva, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. On taP Bar & Grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.

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

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

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1/2 lOunGe: sofa Kings with DJs J Dante, Jordy & snack Johnson (moombahton), 10 p.m., Free. CluB MetrOnOMe: Bass culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free. leuniG's BistrO & CaFé: Juliet mcVicker (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. MOnKey hOuse: am presents: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, the milkman's union (indie), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. MOnty's Old BriCK tavern: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free. neCtar's: cats under the stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. On taP Bar & Grill: trivia with top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

Charlie O's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. slide BrOOK lOdGe & tavern: tattoo tuesdays with andrea (jam), 5 p.m., Free.

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51 Main: Quizz Night (trivia), 7 p.m., Free.

red square: Gordon stone (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

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

twO BrOthers tavern: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

the BlaCK dOOr: swing Night with the Bohemian Blues Quartet, 9:30 p.m., $5.

northern

GustO's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

Bee's Knees: Rick Redington & Heather Lynne (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

champlain valley

MOOG's: Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.

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

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1/2 lOunGe: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. CluB MetrOnOMe: Big Heavy World & the Radiator 105.9 Fm Holiday Bash (rock), 9 p.m., $8/10. 18+. Franny O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. leuniG's BistrO & CaFé: cody sargent trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Manhattan Pizza & PuB: Open mic with andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

51 Main: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Free.

northern

Bee's Knees: Live music, 7:30 p.m., Donations. MOOG's: allen church (folk), 8:30 p.m., Free.

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Wendy James, Lynn Rupe and Carolyn Hack, Burlington International Airport PHOTOS: MARC AWODEY

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hether coming or going, Vermonters will be among the 23 million passengers nationwide who are flying for the holidays. Those who pass through Burlington International Airport will be able to take in exceptional works by local artists this month, courtesy of the Burlington City Arts leasing program. Wendy James’ intriguing paintings are hung in the Gates 1-8 area. She’s a photographer as well as a painter, and her photographs provide excellent source material for her canvases. The 16-by-20-inch “Brookdale” depicts an old tire-selling garage with a worn soft-drink sign on its side. The sky is yellow. James seems to favor morning or evening hues for her skies, and sometimes bathes her subjects in crimson light. “Workspace” is a 28-by-14-inch factory scene with a worker at his task in the lower left. The vignette recalls Diego Rivera’s monumental mural of the auto industry at the Detroit Institute of Arts. But James’ painting is a little starker. The focal point is not the worker or the pipes overhead, it’s actually a blank wall. Still, that wall is beautifully painted in shades of pale blue, crimson and yellow. In the 18-by-24-inch “Meters,” the subject is four gas meters beside a building. The image has no real narrative, and that’s one reason why James’ expressive realism is so appealing. Her pieces have subtle distortions and unexpected hues.

LYNN RUPE’S PAINTINGS ARE ABOUT THE AFTERMATH OF AN AWFUL EVENT,

YET THEY SEEM ALMOST CHEERFUL.

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“Brookdale” by Wendy James

The wires and poles, dumpsters, beatup bricks, and siding resemble stage sets, yet nothing is happening there. Lynn Rupe’s paintings are about the aftermath of an awful event, yet they seem almost cheerful. Her “Disaster Detritus” series, installed in the Skyway area on the airport’s second floor, is based on the mountains of debris Rupe witnessed on trips to the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Irene. She saw “miles of long piles of riding lawn mowers, pieces of jungle gyms, and every imaginable remnant of once rich, colorful lives,” Rupe writes in an artist statement.

That sight inspired a group of 12-by12-inch panels that seem interchangeable, each painted with a jumble of abstract, ironically playful shapes against a textural white background. While a couple of the panels are black and white, most have the vivid colors of children’s toys: blue, yellow, red, green, purple. The “Disaster Detritus” series has 32 panels, many organized into vertical columns of two or three panels each. There are also two horizontal arrangements, one composed of four conjoined panels, the other of five. All the small forms in these works have heavy, dark

lines that make them seem to pop from the white backgrounds. Hanging above the escalator is Carolyn Hack’s assemblage “Flight Simulator,” a vertically oriented pair of fourpanel constructions in paper and mixed media. Like Rupe’s panels, Hack’s green and silver pieces come together to form a unified whole. The three-dimensional constructions on the flat surfaces look like large flying bugs. Each panel is identical, and the entire work features interesting rhythms and strange paper surfaces. The Transportation Safety Administration advises that passengers arrive at the airport a couple hours before their flights. While this may seem excessive at BTV, it leaves plenty of time for art appreciation.  M A R C AWO D EY

Paintings by Lynn Rupe and Wendy James; assemblage by Carolyn Hack. Burlington International Airport, South Burlington. Through December 20.


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hEAthEr Enyingi: high-contrast photographs of the human body. Through December 31 at Red square in burlington. info, 318-2438.

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AdAm PutnAm: "Magic lantern" installations in which putnam projects architectural interiors on empty gallery walls; drawings of abstracted cathedral-like sculptures; and photos of the 6-foot-8 artist folded into cabinets and bookcases (through February 25); EviE LovEtt: "Rainbow Cattle Co.," photographs documenting the drag queens at a Dummerston gay bar; in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center (through March 31). At bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. ALAn ALEjo & toni-LEE SAngAStiAno: watercolors by Alejo; sideshow banners and carnival scenes by sangastiano. Through December 31 at sangastiano studio in burlington. info, 646-415-1212. ALthEA FrEEmAn-miLLEr & nAtAShA BogAr: block prints by Freeman-Miller; paintings by bogar. Through December 31 at nectar's in burlington. info, 658-4771. AndrEw rAFtEry: "open house," a five-part print series, as well as the artist's preparatory drawings and models, depicting moments in the process of shopping for a new home. Through December 16 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750.

hEAthEr grAy: photographs. Through January 3 at salaam in burlington. info, 658-8822. hoLidAy Art Show & SALE: work by Matt Thorsen, Mr. Masterpiece, winnie looby, Melissa Knight, and ethan and Jesse Azarian. Through December 31 at Rose street Co-op gallery in burlington. info, 540-0376. hoLidAy miniAturE Show: small works by eric Tobin, Charles Movalli, gary eckhart, Katharine Montstream and Mark boedges. Through December 31 at Mark boedges Fine Art gallery in burlington. info, 735-7317. jAmES mArC LEAS: oil paintings that blur the line between landscape and abstraction. Curated by seAbA. Through February 24 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 862-9614.

mArk ChAnEy: "guiding light," disparate digital photographs blended to create a single image. Through December 31 at Dorothy Alling Memorial library in williston. info, 445-5123. mAry hiLL: paintings. Curated by seAbA. Through February 24 at speeder & earl's (pine street) in burlington. info, 658-6016. moLLy dAviES: A retrospective spanning three decades and featuring meditative underwater video works, including a collaboration with composer David Tutor and another starring a swimming polly Motley, the Vermont choreographer. Through December 31 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4500.

FrAngLAiS: "The Decembering Tide," drawings and paintings created collaboratively and independently by the art duo. Through December 31 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005.

joLEnE gArAnzhA & dAnA dALE LEE: "loonatic Tales and other happy omens," drypoint etchings by garanzha; oil paintings by lee. Through January 30 at Vintage Jewelers in burlington. info, 862-2233. joyCE CArroLL & Lynn BEACh: "winter wonderland Along the shore — Celebrating the Magic of nature," a seasonal window display. Through January 1 at The green life in burlington. info, 862-4150. kArEn dAwSon: "occupy the wall," drawings, paintings and mixed-media work. Through December 31 at City Market in burlington. info, 861-9700. kimBErLEy hAnnAmAn tAyLor: photographs from the banks of the Mississippi River during the new orleans memorial for poppa neutrino. Through January 2 at Computers for Change in burlington. info, 279-1623.

ShAynE Lynn: large-scale color photographs of lake Champlain. Through December 31 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. info, 865-7166. 'SmALL workS': Artwork perfectly sized for gift giving; 'SmALL giFtS': everything under $50, in the backspace gallery. Through January 28 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info, spacegalleryvt. com.

SuSAn oSmond: paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Alchemy Jewelry Arts Collective in burlington. info, 660-2032. SuSAnnAh ALLEn: gifts from Allen's Vermont Apron Company, as part of Mangione's holiday studio sale. Through January 1 at Jackie Mangione studio in burlington. info, 598-1504. 'thE hoLLy dAzE': Artwork that explores the relationship between commercialism and belief. Through January 31 at union station in burlington. info, 864-1557.

LorrAinE rEynoLdS & LiSA LiLLiBridgE: Mixed-media assemblages by Reynolds; painted and carved wood pieces by lillibridge. Through December 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 578-8304.

'thrEE SEniorS' ExhiBit': Art Affair by shearer presents work by Kim, sylvie and pogo senior. Through December 31 at shearer Chevrolet in south burlington. info, 658-1111.

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StEwArt mChEnry: "Fall and winter photographs," photographic collages. Through December 30 at pickering Room, Fletcher Free library, in burlington. info, 865-7211.

LiSA LiLLiBridgE: "hi-Fi Collection," work inspired by thrift shops and album art from the ’60s and ’70s. Through December 31 at barnes & noble in south burlington. info, 238-3485.

Lynn ruPE: "Disaster Detritus," abstract paintings, skyway; wEndy jAmES: oil paintings, gates 1-8; CAroLyn hACk: "Flight simulator," assemblage, escalator. Through December 20 at burlington Airport in south burlington. info, 865-7166.

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'PEn & ink': illustrations by nicholas heilig, Anthony green, Kimberley hannaman Taylor and Thomas pearo; 'oCCuPy thE worLd': notes and art from the occupy movement. Through December 31 at the Firefly Collective in burlington. info, 559-1795.

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'FiniSSAgE': selected works by artists featured at seAbA-curated sites over the past year. Through January 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222.

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dELiA roBinSon: Artwork from AlphaBetaBestiario, a new book of poetry by Antonello borra; also, "Captive," new paintings. Through December 29 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 863-0093.

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dECEmBEr FEAturEd ArtiStS: Cut-paper creations by nicole bregant; origami dragons by Dan Flanders; landscape and portrait photography by James gero. Through December 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.

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PAtriCiA Lyon-SurrEy: "Romancing the Art of photography," work full of montage, panning and color play. Through December 31 at Marilyn's in burlington. info, 658-4050.

BrAd PEttingiLL: photographs. Through December 31 at the gallery at Main street landing in burlington. info, 734-7344.

dECEmBEr ExhiBit: work by Annemie Curlin, Charlie hunter, Carolyn enz hack, leah Van Rees, Judy laliberte, Jeff Clarke, steven Chase, Melvin harris and Axel stohlberg. Through December 31 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166.

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PAigE hALSEy wArrEn: "pages," graphic-novel-inspired acrylic paint- 12v-citylights102710.indd 1 ings; LonginA SmoLinSki: Abstract paintings; ChAd FAy: paintings. Through January 2 at the Daily planet in burlington. info, 917-287-9370.

AnnuAL hoLidAy grouP ExhiBit: A constantly evolving display of juried artisans' holiday-themed creations. Through December 31 at Frog hollow in burlington. info, 863-6458.

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

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nAthAn CAmPBELL: "own and occupy," an interactive video game. Curated by seAbA. Through February 24 at VCAM studio in burlington. info, 651-9692. niChoLAS hEiLig: "pop up people," stencil-inspired portraits of icons such as Marilyn Monroe, bob Ross, James bond and Martin luther King Jr. Through January 1 at nunyuns bakery & Café in burlington. info, 861-2067.

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

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ainter Mark Boedges suspects that in another life, he was a peasant farmer. His wife, Rebecca, teases that he must have been an ancient warrior. “Regardless of whether I spent time digging trenches and forging rivers or whether I tilled the earth and fertilized the soil, I do have a connection to the land,” Boedges writes in his artist statement, “and it is this connection that has always informed my work and to which I continually try to give expression.” Now the 37-year-old artist also has a connection to a more urban spot. In early November, he and Rebecca opened Mark Boedges Fine Art Gallery on Battery Street in Burlington. The goal was to exhibit Boedges’ richly textured landscape paintings, but the couple will occasionally show other artists also. They want the gallery to be known for its high-quality representational art and plan to offer painting workshops and figure-drawing get-togethers there. This month, a holiday show features small works by Eric Tobin, Charles Movalli, Gary Eckhart and Katharine Montstream, along with diminutive Christmas-themed still lifes by Boedges. He acknowledges that he knew it might be difficult to sell seasonal paintings (think artful arrangements of Christmas tree balls, poinsettia leaves and miniature snowmen), but he went ahead with them anyway. “For me, it’s a study in reds,” he says. Boedges is an artist who takes pleasure in the study, and it’s evident in his work. Two large landscapes (unaffiliated with the holiday series) currently anchor the gallery. One depicts an August sunset tearing through dark clouds over Lake Champlain, which Boedges captured from the grounds of All Souls Interfaith Gathering. Primarily a plein-air painter, he prefers not to work from photographs, he says, “because most times I end up just correcting the photo.” The other large piece, a breathtaking view of the Appalachian Gap from a late- afternoon visit last fall, practically glows. “I’ve tried the Vermont fall hillside many times; it’s hard,” Boedges admits. “How do you make them brilliant and still believable?” Boedges’ candid written descriptions of his process, wall mounted beside a few of the paintings, are almost as captivating as his artwork. “Francis Bacon said the job of the artist was to deepen the mystery,” he writes. For Boedges, the goal is to walk the fine line between providing too much detail and not enough; to record what he sees while leaving room for the imagination.

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“In an age when all manner of visual media are easily produced and propagated, a well-crafted painting has one clear advantage: It has a real, tactile surface,” he writes in another description. “Depth is not just an illusion of pixels but a real quality of pigments layered

and smooshed around a canvas. So I attempt to let the paint do what it does best: look like paint.” About the All Souls series — which includes several smaller studies of the same sunset view, including one bisected by a thick, vertical pencil line

— Boedges writes, “Sometimes a study done on location feels like an unalterable moment in time.” He thought about erasing the pencil line, he explains, but resolved to leave it; the painting should reflect his experience out there by the lake. Boedges, a native of St. Louis, Mo., has always been artistic, inspired and encouraged by his father, whom he calls “a really good draftsman,” and his grandfather, who painted and built musket rifles. But it wasn’t until after Boedges graduated from college — with a philosophy major — that he began taking his painting seriously. These days, when he’s not perched outside with his weasel and paints, he’s programming software for National Life. “I’m an introvert,” Boedges says with a smile, and cites the three interests that keep him blissfully focused inward: painting, programming and philosophy. When a visitor to his gallery points out the acoustic guitar propped against a wall, Boedges laughs at the suggestion that he might serenade gallery visitors. He only plays for his dog, Shelby, who, he says, “is in gallery training.” In addition to his landscapes, Boedges paints still-lifes of flowers, eschewing the tendency of some artists to stage the scene. “I’ve seen guys tape a leaf down,” he says. “I’d rather it be natural.” Lately, Boedges has been experimenting with leaving more detail out of his paintings. When he first moved into the gallery, he set up an easel on his front stoop. (“The best marketing is when I just stand outside and paint,” he says.) He looked south toward the Burlington railyard — a departure from his more pastoral landscapes — and painted what he saw, omitting the buildings and road in the foreground entirely. The resulting panorama of stacked rail cars and rose-colored boulders is augmented with a little spattered paint. Boedges says he was “trying out some Pollock.” His preference is still for painting trees and streams in the woods, even though the resulting works are usually a tougher sell than, say, a resplendent lakeside sunset. Chalk it up to his introverted personality — or perhaps to his rugged past lives. Boedges says he would always rather be out in nature on his own, walking through the forest, easel in hand. m

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seekinG artists for sHoW: Vermont fine art festival seeks vendors. May 25 through 28, 2012. Info, vtartisanfestival.com.

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tHe HUMan forM: entry call: Simple yet subtly complex, always present yet hidden. Expose your vision. A juried photography exhibit at Darkroom Gallery. Info, darkroomgallery.com/ex24. Deadline: December 28. cHandler call to artists: Chandler Gallery in Randolph seeks artists for the upcoming exhibit “Art of the Chair: Process and Possibility,” January 21 through March 6, 2012. The subject is the chair; the concept is beyond the limits of sitting. It is about process, utility, history, sentiment, from representational to the obscure. Looking for innovative multimedia submissions (digital, conceptual, 2-D, 3-D). Deadline: December 31. Info, 431-0204, qpearlmay@valley. net. 2012: WoMen in tHe arts: Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center is accepting submissions

BURLINGTON-AREA ART SHOWS

'celeBrate': Three floors of affordable crafts and fine art by local artists. Through December 30 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. The "Mad Wrapper" returns to put a creative finishing touch on SPA gifts: Saturday, December 17, noon-3 p.m. Info, 479-7069. 'cHeaP art Holiday sale': Creative gifts. Friday, December 16, 4-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Christ Church, Montpelier. Info, 223-0352. Peter Miller: The Vermont photographer signs copies of his books. Saturday, December 17, 1-4 p.m., Frog Hollow, Burlington. Info, 863-6458. Bca Holiday artist Market: Handmade gifts by more than 30 local artists. Friday, December 16, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, December 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Contois

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Winooski Holiday PoP-UP art Market: Artists and artisans sell their wares in a vacant storefront on the top right side of the traffic circle. Through December 31 in Winooski. Info, 264-4839. 'Winter landscaPes': Paintings by Sean Dye, Mary Krause and Tony Conner. Through February 29 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222. Winter sHoW: Paintings by Elizabeth Nelson and many others. Through January 21 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848.

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art resoUrce association annUal sHoW: Work by more than 50 area artists. Through December 18 at T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center in Montpelier. Info, 828-8743. 'BUndle of Joy': Artwork and craft on sale for the holidays. Through January 21 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.

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roBert cardinal & JUlian cardinal: Landscape and figurative paintings by father and son; also, paintings by Joe Keiffer, John Olson and Jacob Neagle. December 17 through January 6 at Scarlet Galleries in Burlington. Reception: Saturday, December 17, 6-8 p.m. Info, 508-237-0651.

cyntHia craWford: "Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities," photographs and paintings of Upper Valley wildlife and scenery. Through January 18 at Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction. Info, 295-3118. david BUMBeck: Bronze sculpture and intaglio prints; JoHn & kate PenWarden: Photographs of post-Irene Rochester; 'tHe sMall Great art Wall': Work under $1000 by gallery artists. Through January 15 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. Hal MayfortH: Paintings that combine abstract signs and symbols with creatures in hobnailed boots. Through January 3 at the Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Info, 262-2253. Heidi Bronor: "At Work," paintings. Through January 2 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info, 371-4375. Holiday artisans Bazaar: Gifts from more than 50 juried New England artists, craftspeople and specialty-food producers. Through December 21 at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Info, 728-9878. Joy HUckins-noss: "The Texture of Light," plein-air paintings. Through December 29 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. kari Meyer: "Play of Light," contemporary landscapes. Through December 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@capitolgrounds.com. katHryn liPke viGesaa: "Observations From the Edge," photo-based works. Through December 30 at Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 644-2821. Marie laPré GraBon: Landscape paintings. Through January 27 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. neal rantoUl: “Lions, and Tigers, and Bears (Oh My!),” photographs taken in 17 different Cabela’s stores since 2004 by the director of Northeastern University's photography program. Through December 22 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320.

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'2011 Portfolio of Prints & Holiday sHoW': Limited-edition prints by 26 artist members and faculty from Vermont and New Hampshire. Through January 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901.

'tHe fall sHoW': Student artwork in a variety of media. December 16 through 22 at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Reception, including a performance by the CCV Community Choir: Friday, December 16, 6-8 p.m. Info, 654-0513.

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'Wosene Worke kosrof: PaintinGs froM tHe PaUl HerzoG and Jolene tritt collection': An exhibit exploring the role of language and graphic systems in the Ethiopian-born artist's work; 'systeMs in art': An exploration of the systems that artists use to establish parameters for their work, to explore spatial relationships, and to invent new grammars and rationalities, on the occasion of IBM's centennial anniversary. Through December 16 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.

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'aBstractions': Work in a variety of media by Frances Holliday Alford, Jim Kardas, Scott J. Morgan, Frieda Post and Harry Rich. December 17 through January 29 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. A reception doubles as an opening celebration for the new contemporary art gallery: Saturday, December 17, 5:30-7 p.m. Info, 875-1018.

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Kari Meyer She may paint the landscapes of Vermont, but Kari Meyer takes

inspiration from Japan, namely, the concept of wabi-sabi, which puts a positive spin on

the transience of life. “Loneliness, old age and death become beautiful because they are inevitable and represent the constant flux of the universe,” Meyer writes in her artist statement. The acrylic-on-canvas works in her show, “Play of Light,” at Montpelier’s Capitol Grounds don’t overtly broadcast that message, but they do evoke the peaceful sense, as Meyer puts it, “of everything either coming from or returning to nothingness.” Through December 31. Pictured: “Drifting Inward.”

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'Nikon Small World': Award-winning photomicrographs that offer a glimpse into the microscopic natural world. Through January 16 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200. Phyllis Chase: "Vermont: Inside and Out," a retrospective of paintings and prints. Through December 21 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338. Ray Brown: New abstract oil paintings and older representational works. Through December 31 at the Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-2902. Rebecca Beisswenger-Maxfield & Marcella Rose Milne: Paintings by mother and daughter. Through December 31 at the Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info, 223-5454. Sabra Field: "Cosmic Geometry Suite," woodblock prints exploring universal order. Through January 30 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. Info, 728-1231.

'The History of Goddard College: An Era of Growth, Expansion and Transitions, 1960-1969': Photographs, historical records, college papers, interviews and video recordings that focus on the college's response to the rapid growth of the 1960s, in the Eliot D. Pratt Library. Through December 20 at Goddard College in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311.

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'A Child's Delight': Antique toys and games, historic photographs and holiday decorations, plus the Midd-Vermont Train Club’s three-level electric train layout. Through January 14 at Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117. 'Exhibit of Gingerbread Creations': Community members created edible masterpieces for the annual competition. Through December 17 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356.

John & Kate Penwarden When Tropical Storm Irene tore through the region last summer, it knocked out nearly all the roads and bridges

connecting Rochester to the rest of the state. So after surveying the damage from a helicopter, Vermont photographers John and Kate Penwarden hiked into town on foot. They spent the days that followed documenting the disaster — and the community’s resilience. The resulting black-and-white photos might seem a grim choice for BigTown

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Geri Taper & ronald BraunsTein: "Portraits/2," self-portraits and playful “Paul Klee-esque” watercolors by Taper; abstract paintings by her son, ME2/orchestra conductor Braunstein. Through January 13 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188. KaTra Kindar: "Les Bicyclettes de Paris," watercolor paintings. Through December 24 at rD Studio/Gallery in Vergennes. Info, 985-1014. 'leT iT snow! leT iT snow! leT iT snow!': Original work by member artists offered for $200 or less, plus handcrafted holiday ornaments. Through January 31 at Brandon Artists' Guild in Brandon. Info, 247-4956. 'perspecTives': Art and fine crafts by 20 juried Champlain Valley artists. Through December 31 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222. phyllis demonG: New oil-on-paper works by the Cornwall nonagenarian; 'shorT sTories': Small works under $500. Through December 31 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. roBerT BlacK: "The Memory Chamber," an architectural installation; 'phoToGraphic memory': An exhibition by photographers of all ages. Through December 23 at Gallery in the Field in Brandon. Info, 247-0125. ruTh hamilTon: "A Walk Through the Woods and Other Favored Spaces," paintings of England and Vermont. Through February 29 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071. sheri larsen: Photographs from Vermont and surrounding states, as well as from Egypt, China and elsewhere. Through January 31 at Charlotte Senior Center. Info, 878-6828. Tausha sylver & Joan macKenzie: "Festive & Fanciful," holiday stockings, scarves and pillows by Sylver; animal paintings and prints by MacKenzie. Through December 31 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032. 'The GovernmenT morGan': Photographs, paintings, prints and leather tack. Through March 31 at the National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury. Info, 388-1639.

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BarBara waGner: "Something Ventured — Something Gained," abstract works in oil. Through December 31 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. Ben Barnes: Paintings of gothic mansions and abandoned trucks in rural landscapes. Through January 9 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.

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

'GheTToGloss presenTs: doGTown in sTowe, vermonT': Original 1970's drawings and handdrawn skateboard decks by artist Wes Humpston presented alongside customized decks by several of his contemporaries, including Shepard Fairey. Through January 10 at Darkside Snowboard Shop in Stowe. Info, 253-0335.

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harrieT wood: New abstract paintings and works in clay. Through January 2 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2600. 'holiday small picTure show': Work in a variety of media by Jane Ashley, Peter Barnett, Elisabeth Wooden, Tim Fitzgerald and Lisa Angell. Through January 1 at Vermont Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-9653. JeaneTTe Fournier: "Art of Nature," watercolors depicting creatures in their native surroundings; 'Trees': Paintings, drawings and prints by 65 juried artist members. Through December 23 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100.

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'KicK oFF The holidays': Artwork and crafts by members. Through December 24 at Memphremagog Arts Collaborative in Newport. Info, 334-1966. 'lend a helpinG hand': A holiday exhibit of Stephen Huneck's work coinciding with an animal food drive. Through December 23 at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2700. mary Byrom: Oil paintings from Maine. Through January 9 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696. 'small worKs': Work by gallery artists, including collographs by Sheryl Trainor and colorful miniatures by Lois Eby. Through January 31 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.

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alicia adams hunsicKer: “Moments of Creation,” paintings inspired by the moment in which thought is transformed into matter. Through December 31 at Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro. Info, 257-4777.

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'memBers' holiday sale & exhiBiTion': Work in a variety of media by Vermont and New Hampshire artists. Through December 30 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. 'naTive american arT aT darTmouTh: hiGhliGhTs From The hood museum oF arT': More than 100 historical and contemporary works, many on view for the first time, make up an exhibit that explores continuity and change within North American indigenous cultures. Through March 11 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808. sue lezon: "Rubáiyát," photographs by the associate professor of art at SUNY Plattsburgh. Through January 15 at Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. Info, 518-564-2474. m

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

Gayleen aiKen: "Music and Moonlight," work by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857.

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Fred swan: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans. Info, 524-3699.

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

'FesTival oF Trees & liGhT' & memBers show: Community-decorated evergreens and Hanukkah lights; artwork by members. Through December 31 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.

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nd, with an under-the-wire entry from acclaimed writer-director David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls), the award season’s best-picture race just got very, very interesting. Naw, I’m messing with you. Everybody knows the once-promising auteur went Hollywood years ago and is now content to crank out paycheck pictures such as Pineapple Express and Your Highness, perhaps the worst film ever made by a good director. But, if there were an award for Picture You Expected to Be Borderline Fecal That Surprised You by Proving Howlingly Funny, The Sitter would be a shoo-in. I haven’t laughed this hard since the UPS guy rang my doorbell and handed me a For Your Consideration DVD of Tower Heist. (I’m not kidding this time.) What we’ve got here, essentially, is an unacknowledged remake of Adventures in Babysitting (1987) with Jonah Hill standing in for Elisabeth Shue (a concept already funnier than a lot of comedies) and the humor given an Apatow-age tune-up by fledgling screenwriters Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. Hill plays Noah, a twenty-

something slacker on hiatus from college and crashing with his single mother (Jessica Hecht) in the New York suburbs. Noah reluctantly agrees to look after the kids of a family friend so she can go on a much-needed double date, and, from the moment he arrives, it’s clear he’s in over his head. Blithe (Landry Bender) is a 9-year-old whose role models appear to be limited to the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. When introduced, she tells Hill, “Noah is a hot name.” He explains that it’s actually biblical, to which she responds, “The Bible is a hot book.” Not long afterward, she asks him for a Red Bull and vodka. Did I mention she wears more makeup than Gene Simmons? Blithe’s older brother, Slater, is played by Max Records from Where the Wild Things Are (which would have made a pretty apt title for this film if it hadn’t been taken). He’s 13 and wears a fanny pack filled with pharmaceuticals. Slater believes he suffers from severe anxiety, but, as Noah will help him understand in the course of their night together, he’s simply gay. Far less easy to explain is Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez), whom the family recently adopted from El Salvador. His fondness for

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explosives, indiscriminate property destruction and public urination make for more than a few awkward moments THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT when Noah finds Three underage nutjobs somehow survive a night in Hill’s care. he has no choice but to load the gang in the family does Sam Rockwell, who turns in the dafminivan and make a run into the city. fiest performance of his career as the dope What else is a young man to do when peddler — and that’s saying something. The his manipulative, two-timing girlfriend (Ari delights of this deranged romp lie in the Graynor) phones to say she’ll have sex with twisted details, and Rockwell’s character him if he’ll pop by her homicidal maniac of has enough to justify a sequel. When, for exa dealer’s place and pick up a little coke for ample, was the last time you happened on a her? That’s all it takes to set in motion an uncrime lord who friended his new customers hinged chain of events in which lessons are on Facebook? learned and the lives of all are endangered As always, Hill is fabulous. He’s got it all — but, most importantly, laughs are nonstop. — timing, a gift for physical comedy and the Movie-critic law prohibits me from exchops to elevate any script with improvisapanding on the frequently surreal details of tion. Moneyball may be the movie that finally their odyssey. Suffice it to say that accusanabs him a nomination, but it’s The Sitter that tions of pedophilia, exploding toilets, homolets him knock one out of the comedy park. sexual bodybuilders working out to “Escape RICK KISONAK (The Piña Colada Song)” and Sammy Davis Jr. impersonators play prominent roles. So

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he latest from director Pedro Almodóvar is hard to give a single rating, because it seems to be trying to be four or five movies at once. One of those films-within-a-film is the type of classy drama the Spanish auteur gets awards for: the story of a winsome young woman under duress (Elena Anaya), who fortifies herself with yoga and the art of Louise Bourgeois. But the movie is also a glossy thriller — and a mad-scientist horror flick. Finally, despite its higher budget and chillier tone, The Skin I Live In is a throwback to the early days when Almodóvar’s films played like telenovelas directed by John Waters: Anything could happen, and many wacky, random and disturbing things did. In short, be prepared for moments of art-film beauty and pathos. But also for a brutal sexual assault performed by a guy in a tiger costume. Antonio Banderas plays Robert Ledgard, an elite plastic surgeon obsessed with the goal of using transgenic therapy to toughen the human skin. (He avails himself of pig DNA.) Like the mad scientist in Georges Franju’s horror classic Eyes Without a Face, Ledgard has a personal motivation — his wife died after suffering hideous burns — and he keeps a human guinea pig locked up

SKIN DEEP Banderas keeps a watchful eye on his “patient” in Almodóvar’s twisted thriller.

in his sumptuous home. That’s Anaya, who traipses around her luxurious modernist prison wearing a body stocking. For the first half hour or so, Almodóvar chronicles the creepily tender relationship between the doctor and his mysterious captive, using a style that could only be called clinical. When the plot finally kicks into gear, it lurches wildly in one direction, then in another, then into an extended flashback, before delivering a revelation that finally puts the film on course to the last frame. By that time, squeamish members of the

audience may have bowed out, while horror fans may resent the director’s apparent lack of interest in exploring his original premise. Despite the promise of Cronenbergian surgical shenanigans, the film ends up being more emotionally than viscerally grotesque. Adapting a short work by French noir novelist Thierry Jonquet, Almodóvar has added so much stylish window dressing that the central narrative of abuse, revenge and folie à deux takes time to emerge. When it does, however, it’s genuinely shocking and compelling, in large part because of Anaya’s

nuanced performance. Wan and watchful, she keeps her captor and the viewers guessing about whether she’s fallen prey to Stockholm syndrome or is just biding her time. The script gives Banderas’ character so many motivations — some believable, others plain campy — that he comes across as a sleek, sinister archetype, not a person. Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suárez and Jan Cornet are more memorable in their supporting roles. Thematically, Almodóvar seems to be getting at something about the skins and clothes we wear to protect ourselves, the identities they conceal and create, and the impossibility of shielding ourselves against pain. It’s easy to see why the material attracted him, but the film is so muddled that all it conveys clearly, in the end, is the strange pathos of the central character — whose plight, one hopes, is unique even in fiction. Still, for those who remember his early style with fondness, a crazy mess from Almodóvar is preferable to a coherent film from most directors. It may be something of a Frankenstein’s monster, assembled of crudely severed parts from better movies, but The Skin I Live In is very much alive. MARGOT HARRISON


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ANoNYmoUSHH1/2 Director Roland (2012) Emmerich throws his weight behind the old Shakespeare-wasn’t-Shakespeare argument in this Elizabethan political thriller about the supposed real Bard, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans). With Vanessa Redgrave, Rafe Spall and David Thewlis. (130 min, PG-13. Palace; ends 12/15)

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pUSS iN BootSHHH The swashbuckling, fearsome feline goes after the goose with the golden eggs in DreamWorks’ animated prequel-slash-spinoff of the Shrek films. With the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis. Chris Miller directed. (90 min, PG. Essex [3-D]) tHE SittERHHH1/2 In this comedy, Jonah Hill plays a college student who finds himself stuck watching the neighbors’ kids on what evolves into a night of wacky adventures, à la Adventures in Babysitting. With Max Records, Ari Graynor and Sam Rockwell. David Gordon (Your Highness) Green directed. (81 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

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FRiGHt NiGHtHHH1/2 This surprisingly funny remake of the 1985 horror comedy about a high schooler (Anton Yelchin) who suspects his cool new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire quickly disappeared from theaters. With Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and David Tennant. Craig (Lars and the Real Girl) Gillespie directed. (120 min, R)

DEtEctiVE DEE AND tHE mYStERY oF tHE pHANtom FlAmE: Hong Kong action meister Tsui Hark directed this steampunk murder mystery set in ancient China. Andy Lau, Bingbing Li and Carina Lau star. (119 min, PG-13. Read Margot Harrison’s Movies You Missed review this Friday on our staff blog, Blurt.)

toWER HEiStHH Workers at a luxury condo tower plot to get their own back from the resident Wall Street billionaire who stole their retirement funds in this caper comedy from director Brett (Rush Hour) Ratner. Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda star. (104 min, PG-13. Welden; ends 12/15)

KUNG FU pANDA 2HHH1/2 Kung-fu-fighting panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) has to defeat a threat to his beloved martial art in this sequel to the DreamWorks animated hit. Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Dustin Hoffman also do voice work. Jennifer Yuh directed. (91 min, PG)

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A thief who tried to steal a Corvette in Prince George, British Columbia, stalled the car and then ran down the battery trying to restart it. Without power, the electric door locks wouldn’t work. Feeling trapped, the thief tried to break the side window with the victim’s antitheft steering wheel lock but failed. He then tried to smash the window with a hatchet that he had in his backpack but couldn’t. He finally managed to break the window and was crawling through it when the police arrived. They arrested Brent Jameson Morgan, 20. “As it turns out,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Craig Douglass pointed out, “all the suspect would have had to do was manually slide the door lock to the side, and the door would have opened.” (Prince George Citizen)

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A gunman robbed a Los Angeles hotel, but two guests getting off the elevator heard the desk clerk call for help and chased the fleeing suspect. They happened to be martial arts experts in town for a tournament, so even though the robber was still holding a loaded 9mm handgun, they wrestled the weapon from him, knocked him to the ground with a leg sweep, and pinned him until police arrived and arrested Luis Rosales, 31. (Los Angeles’s KTLA-TV)

Sky’s-the-Limit Marketing

The Medford, Ore., City Council voted to allow advertising on the city airport’s control tower. The 25-by-25-foot corporate logos will appear on all four sides of the 100-foot-tall tower and could raise as much as $3000 a month. Councilor Al Densmore said the revenue would be spent to lower landing fees and help attract new airlines. (Associated Press) Tourist officials in Norway accused tourist officials in Finland of trying to “steal” the celestial phenomenon known as the northern lights. The display is the prime, if not only, attraction for winter tourists. Norway had the market to itself until the Finnish Tourist Board posted time-lapse video footage of the aurora borealis on YouTube, where it was viewed 400,000 times in just two months. “We cannot stand by and watch the Finns try to grab a bigger share of the northern-lights market,” Per-Arne Tuftin of Innovation Norway, the state-owned company that promotes tourism, told the Tromsobased newspaper Nordlys (whose name translates as “Northern Lights”). “We will not give up — the northern lights will be ours.” (Germany’s Der Speigel)

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A 22-year-old man in Lubbock, Texas, returned home with his wife and child around 1 a.m. but realized he had left his key inside the house. Not wanting to pay a locksmith, he decided to climb down the chimney. He got stuck, and his wife had to call 911, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless, who said firefighters finally rescued him after about an hour by dropping a rope down the chimney and hoisting him up. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) Ethan Bennett, 36, told sheriff’s deputies in Benton County, Ore., that he was startled when a squirrel ran up his left leg at his residence and fired a .22-caliber rifle at it. He missed the squirrel but shot himself in the foot. (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

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Federal prosecutors said salespeople for a West Palm Beach, Fla., company conned a dozen elderly customers into spending about $1 million to buy unnecessary septic products, in some cases more than 70 years worth of toilet paper. The con artists at FBK Products told their victims the federal government had changed regulations governing toilet paper and that they needed the company’s special toilet paper to avoid ruining their septic tanks. (Miami Herald)

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A British bakery that signed up with Chicago-based Groupon to offer a 75 percent discount on a dozen cupcakes, which normally cost $40, was forced to bake 102,000 cupcakes when 8500 people signed up online for the $10 bargain. To fill the orders, Need a Cake bakery owner Rachel Brown had to spend $19,500 to hire temporary workers through an employment agency, wiping out her year’s profits. Her Reading bakery also lost between $2.90 and $4.70 on each batch of cupcakes she sold. “Without doubt, it was my worst ever business decision,” Brown said. (BBC News)

Fire Power

Arthur Joseph Knafla, 84, greeted the opening day of hunting season in Minnesota by trying to light a propane heater in his deer stand. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the heater set his clothing on fire, and he fell to the ground and died. (Minneapolis’s Star Tribune)


REAL fRee will astRology by rob brezsny DecembeR 15-21

taURUs (april 20-May 20): one possible way to tap into the current cosmic opportunities would be to seek out storegasms — the ecstatic feelings released while exercising one’s buyological urges in consumer temples crammed with an obscene abundance of colorful material goods. but i advise you against doing that. it wouldn’t be a very creative solution to the epic yearnings that are welling up in your down-below-and-deep-inside parts. instead, i offer a potentially far more satisfying recommendation: routinely maneuver yourself into positions where your primal self will be filled up with sublime wonder, mysterious beauty and smart love.

Sagittarius (nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The Amazon is the secondlongest river in the world, and has such a voluminous flow that it makes up 20 percent of all river water in the world. And yet there is not a single bridge that crosses it. I love that fact. It comforts and inspires me to know that humans have not conquered this natural wonder. Which leads me to my advice for you this week, Sagittarius. Please consider keeping the wild part of you wild. It’s certainly not at all crucial for you to civilize it.

(May 21-June 20): i’m not an either-or type of person. i don’t think that there are just two sides to every story and that you have to align yourself with one or the other. That’s one reason why, as an america voter, i reject the idea that i must either sympathize with the goals of the Democratic Party or the republican Party. it’s also why i’m bored by the trumped-up squabble between the atheists and the fundamentalist Christians, and the predictable arguments between dogmatic cynics and fanatical optimists. i urge you to try my approach in the coming weeks, gemini. Find a third way between any two sides that tend to divide the world into Us against Them.

caNceR (June 21-July 22): no one actually looks like the retouched images of the seemingly perfect people in sexy ads. it’s impossible to be that flawless, with no wrinkles, blemishes or scars. acknowledging this fact, the iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford once said, “i wish i looked like Cindy Crawford.” our unconscious inclination to compare ourselves to such unrealistic ideals is the source of a lot of mischief in our lives. your assignment in the coming week, Cancerian, is to divest yourself, as much as possible, of all standards of perfection that alienate you from yourself or cause you to feel shame about who you really are. (More fodder to motivate you: tinyurl.com/ softKill.) leo (July 23-aug. 22): barney oldfield (18781946) was a pioneer car racer who was the first ever to run a 100-mile-per-hour lap at the indianapolis 500. He was a much better driver while setting speed records and beating other

ViRgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): back in august

2010, there was an 11-day traffic snarl on a Chinese highway. at one point the stuck vehicles stretched for 60 miles and inched along at the rate of a mile per day. in that light, your current jam isn’t so bad. it may be true that your progress has been glacial lately, but at least you’ve had a bed to sleep in and a bathroom to use, which is more than can be said for the stranded Chinese motorists and truck drivers. Plus, i’m predicting that your own personal jam is going to disperse sometime in the next few days. be prepped and ready to rumble on.

libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): Here’s a joke from

Woody allen’s movie Annie Hall: “two elderly women are in a Catskills Mountain resort and one of them says: ‘boy, the food at this place is really terrible.’ The other one says, ‘yeah, i know — and such small portions.’” is it possible you’re acting like the second woman, libra? are you being influenced to find fault with something that you actually kind of like? are you ignoring your own preferences simply because you think it might help you to be close to those whose preferences are different? i urge you not to do that in the coming week. according to my analysis of the astrological omens, it’s very important that you know how you feel and stay true to your feelings.

scoRPio

(oct. 23-nov. 21): The los angeles school district dramatically downgraded the role that homework plays in the life of its students. beginning this fall, the assignments kids do after school account for only 10 percent of their final grade. as far as you’re concerned, scorpio, that’s not a good trend to follow. in fact, i think you should go in the opposite direction. During the enhanced learning phase you’re now entering, your homework will be more important than ever. in order to take full advantage of the rich educational opportunities that will be flowing

your way, you should do lots of research, think hard about what it all means and in general be very well prepared. The period between late 2011 and early 2012 is homework time for you.

caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): emotion is the resource we treasure when we’re young, says poet naomi shihab nye, but eventually what we thrive on even more is energy. “energy is everything,” she says, “not emotion.” and where does energy come from? often, from juxtaposition, says nye. “rubbing happy and sad together creates energy; rubbing one image against another.” That’s what she loves about being a poet. Her specialty is to conjure magic through juxtaposition. “our brains are desperate for that kind of energy,” she concludes. i mention this, Capricorn, because the coming weeks will be prime time for you to drum up the vigor and vitality that come from mixing and melding and merging, particularly in unexpected or uncommon ways. aQUaRiUs

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): studies show that if you’re sharing a meal with one other person, you’re likely to eat up to 35 percent more food than if you’re dining alone. if you sit down at the table with four companions, you’ll probably devour 75 percent extra, and if you’re with a party of eight, your consumption may double. as i contemplate your horoscope, these facts give me pause. While i do suspect you will benefit from socializing more intensely and prolifically, i also think it’ll be important to raise your commitment to your own physical health. Can you figure out a way to do both, please?

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I’m a 28-year-old woman, recently engaged to the love of my life. I love everything about him, except his family. My in-laws are American beer-guzzling, Nascar-loving, Tea Party-voting freaks. My fiancé somehow escaped this fate, went to college and is a full-on liberal. Being the amazing guy that he is, my fiancé loves his family, and I can usually put on a happy face and tolerate a day with them (despite the racist and homophobic undertones that often characterize conversations). However, my fiancé and I are at an impasse about the holidays. For the last two years, we’ve spent Christmas with my family. This year, he’s putting his foot down and insisting we go to his family. Mistress, I am heartbroken about not spending Christmas with my family, and I’m not sure I can make it through three whole days with his. Do I really have to have a crappy Christmas with his family, or can we go our separate ways for the holidays?

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Trash&Vaudeville boy on Riverside bus I asked you where you got your leather jacket, you recommended T&V in NYC. Alas, I had just returned from there. I never do these I-Spy things, but would you possibly be interested what I hope it means? Hope to hear in coffee, or a game of pool? When: from you When: Monday, December 5, 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd 6/14/10 2:39:13 PM Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Where: 2011. Where: Gym,1South Burlington. Female Russell Brand Riverside bus toward Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909779 You: Man. Me: Woman. #909784 You wandered into our house on Halloween. You saw the 1%, a Barbarian, be my chubby muffin;) SweetD I love your smile an anime character, a hipster ghost At the Chubby Muffin, I saw you Your smile is bright, beautiful and and more. You were hilarious and stuffin’ your face with muffins and amazing. I would love to get to we enjoyed your fake accent but cuteness. You’re missing some hair, know you better. Take a chance, you when you went out to smoke a fag but might have a lovely personality never know :). When: Wednesday, we had to leave to go to a party and that compensates. Lots of plaid in December 7, 2011. Where: Huntington. couldn’t say goodbye. You should join the morning makes this coolcat a You: Woman. Me: Man. #909783 our ragtag band of misfits. When: happy lady. Let’s take our dogs for Thursday, October 27, 2011. Where: Our a walk? When: Friday, December Hotel Hottie apartment on Halloween weekend. 2, 2011. Where: Chubby Muffin. To the bellman with the windswept You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909768 You: Man. Me: Woman. #909778 hair and a fabulous behind: I’ve seen I wanna get with you your skills in moving bags, and I’d Gorgeous blonde at Shaws love for you to play with mine ;). I saw you at JCPenney, I think your You caught my eye and it really threw When: Saturday, October 22, 2011. name tag said “Jenny.” I cool step to me off. You seem to be very nice and Where: Courtyard Marriott. You: you, with a fresh pack of gum, cuz definetly very cute. Sorry if I was Man. Me: Woman. #909782 somehow I knew, you were looking standoffish. I want to know more for some. (Oh no!) When: Friday, about you. Let’s have a drink When: chuch street biker babe December 2, 2011. Where: JCPenney. Sunday, December 4, 2011. Where: Seen you on Church Street, Tuesday, You: Woman. Me: Man. #909767 VT. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909777 11/29/11, aprox. 4:30 p.m. You: sitting When you’re away, I’m away at bench in front of City Hall with a Barista(o?) at a Coffee Shop bum. Is he your boyfriend/lover or Oh two - I’ve missed you beyond. More You’re a barista(o?) at a coffee shop I friend? Would like to get to know you than I can tell you. And anxiously frequent. You: on the shorter side with over a drink. Maybe play some darts, await you back here. So much to share glasses. You stare...next time I’m in or or whatever you’d like to do for fun, and plan. Can’t wait for your return. next time I see you around town (which because you got nice buns. In hopes Je t’aime mon amour me- yours happens often) say hi? Or stop staring. we can get something going that always. When: Saturday, November One or the other. When: Saturday, will last. MADCAP When: Tuesday, 26, 2011. Where: Heading south. December 3, 2011. Where: Church November 29, 2011. Where: Church You: Woman. Me: Man. #909763 Street. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909776 Street. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909781 Flynn Theater More than Butterflys and Sunsets_Labs You were in a white sweater sitting LunaMoths You wrote a very nice response to me next to me. I made sure you didn’t Lighting, earthquakes, fire! Your hand on 11/30. But when I tried to respond, leave your glasses. Thought you were reaching for your belt-intense desire. I you had blocked me. I hope that was pretty sexy. When: Tuesday, November adore that you enjoy your wood stove, an accident, as you sounded pretty 29, 2011. Where: Flynn Theater. and I can’t wait to spend a bit of time cool. When: Wednesday, November You: Woman. Me: Man. #909762 with you, in your new abode. When:

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