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n the days before Tropical Storm Irene hit, some Vermonters battened down the hatches, while others wondered if they should even be worried. The storm didn’t look that bad. It was downgraded from hurricane status before it even got here. And unless you were living next to a river, at first, Irene seemed underwhelming. It dumped some rain and took down a few branches, but most people in the Burlington area didn’t even lose power. For them, the first indication that something was wrong came on Sunday night, when images and urgent status updates on social media sites started appearing from friends and media outlets in the southern and central parts of the state. By the next morning, it was clear that much of Vermont was in the midst of a full-scale disaster. Vermonters spent the rest of the year repairing the damage caused by the storm and reckoning with its consequences. Seven Days has covered that process extensively in print and online over the past few months. We’ve updated some of those stories in this week’s Local Matters news section, starting on page 14. And in last week’s episode of her web video series “Stuck in Vermont,” Eva Sollberger revisited the storm-ravaged towns she covered in Irene’s immediate aftermath. See the footage at No doubt we’ll be covering Irene-related stories — i.e., what the heck will happen with the Waterbury office complex? — for years to come...


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I have to disagree with the comment that these owners have a “bond” with their animals [“Is Vermont Failing Its Livestock? A Tale of Two Animal-Abuse Cases,” December 14]. The bond that these people feel for their animals is not love for the animal; it is the same sickness that affects hoarders. According to research on this condition, hoarders are mentally ill. I have been in hoarding situations where dead cats were decaying in the house. Dying cats were left to die by owners who “loved” them. This is not love; this is an obsession. People who ignore the suffering of animals they own do not love them. Animals belonging to these sick people need protection. The law protects them from abuse and neglect, but only if applied effectively. Not the case here. Peggy W. Larson WILLISTON

Larson is a Colchester-based veterinarian


[Re “Is Vermont Failing Its Livestock? A Tale of Two Animal-Abuse Cases,” December 14]: I saw a skeletal horse in Vermont last year and was so incensed by its appearance, I called to report it. I started with our local humane society, which referred me to the police of the


area. I called them and was referred again to a state representative for animal welfare, who was then out of town, who then referred me back to the police, who then told me they couldn’t do anything about it until the person was back in town. I asked all of these agencies to let me know they had followed up on my complaint and not one of them called me back. That horse was on its last leg and, having described it that way, I was shocked that not one person seemed even a little interested in doing anything about it. It was disgusting. It was also very frustrating that no one seemed to know a set course of action. Each person I talked to seemed unsure of who the right contact was, didn’t know a name and certainly didn’t seem concerned at all. Beth Demers



[Re “Is Vermont Failing Its Livestock? A Tale of Two Animal-Abuse Cases,” December 14]: It is all well and good to say seize them, when referring to neglected animals, but then, who pays for that? You can’t give away good horses in this market. I used to be able to comfortably retire my horses — that have taught hundreds of children to ride — with former students. Now I am reduced to putting

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the left of the foul pole in Fenway. I grew up spending summers in the Northeast Kingdom. I can tell you that people there in no way reflect the snobbishness of Burlington — in fact, they are much more pleasant to be around than anyone I’ve ever known in the Queen City. I also think it’s a good time to point out that for a number of years the print edition of this paper was printed in Plattsburgh. Steven Jones

ads on the internet and poring through hundreds of responses from people who are clueless. Now our choices are to euthanize the animal (dealing with remains is problematic), give the animal to a clueless person or not being able to afford to feed everyone, our families included. Please give us some suggestions, not just righteous anger. Amanda Gifford fairfax

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[Re “Pork, Please,” December 14]: For the record, we have had a “Pig Mac” on our lunch menu at Crop Bistro & Bar in Cleveland for the past three years, and it is our no.-1-selling sandwich: grilled pork loin, braised shoulder, cob-smoked bacon, special sauce, challah, and you know the rest. It will also be featured at the new Crop Bistro & Brewery in Stowe soon. Let’s see how long it takes for the Golden Arches’ counsel to give notice! Steve Schimoler cleVeland, OhiO

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Seriously? I’m kinda surprised by the narrow-mindedness of this article [“Things to Do in Plattsburgh When You’re Drunk,” July 27]. I would have thought people from across the pond were more open minded, if a little bit to

I was interested to read in last week’s Seven Days about the Fleming’s project to digitize its collection and to share it and interact with it in a variety of new ways on the web [“Digitizing a Treasury of Objects at the Fleming,” December 14]. It may not be long before I can selectively interact with the Fleming collection and thereby relive some of my impressionable, early exposures to the arts. The Fleming’s digitization project interested me in another way, too. I have begun to interact with several small-town historical societies in Vermont that proudly, diligently and spiritedly hold and maintain invaluable pieces of their local and state history. As a community director for e-Vermont: The Community Broadband Project, I am seeing exciting ways that technology can be used to research, catalog, identify, manage and share these priceless historical resources. For example, e-Vermont has provided equipment and software to Martha Canfield Library’s Russell Collection in Arlington for one of its digital history projects. The Bridgewater Historical Society is developing a project to first catalog and then share its holdings online. There is a tremendous and present


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I returned to the “North Country” from New York City two years ago, so you probably know where I am coming from. I did my junior high school in the late ’60s and early ’70s in Plattsburgh. It has not changed. I have to go to City Market and Healthy Living to buy my organics. Pretty sad, since many of our neighbors from Canada who come shop here would help support the same type of store. Dan Bolles, who wrote [“Things to Do in Plattsburgh When You’re Drunk,” July 27] showed up in a recent article.

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For the fi rst December 31 in a while, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals willnot be ushering in the new year at Higher Ground. But if you can trade one Vermont institution for another — and GPN for GFB — catch the Grippo Funk Band in action at the Showcase Lounge. Sax-y sounds and high-octane jams make for a rollicking goodbye to 2011.


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° is year’s First Night offerings reach lofty heights: Glittering fi reworks and airborne lanterns ring in 2012 in Burlington, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury. Even more impressive, the dazzling sky-high entertainment caps hours and hours of on-the-street festivities below. Read up on where to party down in our handy guide to New Year’s Eve. COURTESY OF GRIPPO FUNK BAND



Feet First While most of the world catches up on Zs, a select group of Vermonters chooses instead to seize the day —˛and the new year —˛at RunVermont’s 24th annual FirstRun. Come to this 5K in costume for an extra spring in your step. Too much to handle before noon? Try a fun run.




Beyond Borders With tunes collected from university archives and maple-sugar shacks alike, Montréal’s De Temps Antan approach the rich history of Québécois music with fresh fervor. French lyrics, seated clogging and that unmistakable joie de vivre defi ne the trio’s style.






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Maybe it’s his 6-foot-8 vantage point, but artist Adam Putnam has a rare perspective on the use of space. He’s no magician, but in his “Magic Lanterns” exhibit at the BCA Center, Putnam creates something from nothing (through lit plexiglass installations) and squeezes a lot into a little (via photos of his own body’s contortions). Be amazed through February 25.

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eah, yeah, whatever. This is my last column. You’d think that after writing 184 Fair Games, hundreds of blog and Facebook posts, and thousands of tweets, coming up with a final 1600 words would be easy, right? Not really. Where to start? Where to end? Deep breath. I guess I could start at the beginning. “PETER FREYNE, my predecessor in this space with his long-running Inside Track column, was a fearless reporter and is still a helluva guy,” were among the opening lines in my April 2008 in30 Church Street augural Fair Game. “He’s a hard act to APPLE Burlington, 658-6452 follow — though, like any good second Wed–Fri 9:30am– 9pm, MOUNTAIN New Year’s Eve 10am–5pm act, I don’t plan to mimic his routine. Vermont Gifts Nicknames will probably not be found Specialty Foods here, but you can expect independent, behind-the-scenes reporting — with dashes of humor — that holds the high 8v-KTC(applemtn)122811.indd 1 12/18/11 3:08 PM and mighty accountable. As this new column’s name suggests, everything and everyone will be fair game, and will be treated fairly.” I hope I lived up to the promise I made in that initial column. When I fell short, readers usually let me know. Politicians, too — some more bluntly than others. I’ve had a remarkable run at Seven They say, “Consider Days. As I’ve told folks in recent weeks, the source.” In Seven it was not an easy job to give up. Writing a political column is truly a Days you can be sure gift gig, in an industry with few gift gigs that employment left. It’s the rare newspaper in Vermont that employs a political columnist. advertisers are legit Which is a shame, because there’s no and local. If you can better way to keep elected officials of all stripes accountable — and to shine a trust us on news and light on important stories that otherwise arts coverage, you go unnoticed or ignored. Since announcing my departure, a can trust us on this. lot of people have asked: Do you have a favorite column? After reading, and rereading, them, I can honestly say I don’t have one favorite. Although the Fair Game from March 18, 2009, comes pretty close. Find a real, local job: I broke a major story in that column, about a $7.25 million golden parachute awarded to WILLIAM R. MILNES JR., former and in the Classifieds CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of section of this issue Vermont. Lawmakers proposed legislation allowing BCBS members to elect

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the board of directors and a state investigation. The legislation went nowhere, but the investigation resulted in a $3 million levy against BCBS. No chump change. That column also had a First Amendment theme: The Vermont Supreme Court had ruled in favor of two horse loggers protesting at a JOHN NEGROPONTE commencement speech at St. Johnsbury Academy; Republican KURT WRIGHT was getting heat for calling the cops to City Hall Auditorium during a contentious parliamentary debate involving Democratic city councilors DAVID BEREZNIAK and ED ADRIAN.


THERE’S NO BETTER WAY TO KEEP ELECTED OFFICIALS OF ALL STRIPES ACCOUNTABLE. I also pointed out how lawmakers were easily making up for a 5 percent pay cut with reimbursements for meals, lodging and mileage. The BCBS story was the first scoop in Fair Game. There were others. Among them: the $17 million “loan” that Queen City taxpayers unknowingly gave to Burlington Telecom, and the behind-the-scenes story of money, not-quite-sex and intrigue involving the spouse of University of Vermont nowformer president DAN FOGEL. Fogel resigned a year ahead of schedule, and UVM launched an internal probe as a result of my reporting. UVM’s board of trustees adopted a new policy governing the volunteer work of presidential spouses. Additional policies are slated for revision, including an updated “campus climate” policy that would give employees more ways to report on-thejob harassment. At Burlington Telecom, things went from bad to worse. Though as Fair Game reported last week, BT may soon

have a new sugar daddy, er, financial partner. Holding the high and mighty accountable — regardless of party — has been my guiding mission. I exposed the cozy relationship that existed between the Douglas administration’s Department of Public Service and the owner of Vermont Yankee. The nuke plant’s top exec was among the guests at Commissioner DAVID O’BRIEN’s annual holiday party. I shined the same bright light on the Shumlin administration’s replacement: DPS Commissioner LIZ MILLER. She may have a conflict of interest on rulings related to Green Mountain Power because her husband is a managing partner in the law firm that represents the utility. In addition, several of Gov. PETER SHUMLIN’s top aides or confidantes either work or have worked for GMP. I’ve had my share of dustups with pols, too. The most memorable was with state Auditor Tom Salmon. In response to an innocent email asking why his office was using a state email account to distribute a campaign message, Salmon replied, “Fuck off.” Good times. My rapport with Salmon has improved to what it was pre-outburst — friendly but professional. In recent days, Salmon even thanked me for holding him, and other state officials, accountable. “I am a better person from what we’ve gone through,” he said. Me, too, Tom. Accountable goes both ways. During my tenure, I’ve also had the privilege of documenting some of the biggest stories of the past decade, ones that will have an impact on future generations of Vermonters. Same-sex marriage should have been a no-brainer, but the issue produced an emotional legislative session that turned into a veto showdown between lawmakers and then-governor JIM DOUGLAS. No one doubted the Senate could override the gov’s veto, but the House was another matter: It needed 100 votes to pass. In the end, the House landed on the right side of history. It was during the same-sex-marriage debate that my tweeting really took off. My tweet-by-tweet report of the House debate served as a news ticker for hundreds of Vermonters who couldn’t fit inside the tiny House chamber.

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To be honest, though, my favorites were more low-key news items that went on to affect state policy. Three examples: • In 2009, a top aide to Gov. Douglas claimed budget cuts weren’t affecting the administration’s ability to draw down federal funds. Guess what? They were. On the chopping block was a program that hooked up low-income kids with fresh food and veggies. In response, the Department of Education staffed up to ensure schools could sign up for the federal grants. The new staffers were also able to accept applications for a special federally funded after school meals program championed by Sen. Bernie SanderS (I-VT). • In 2010, I revealed that the private owners of the Wharf Lane apartments in Burlington might sell the building to Champlain College. Wharf Lane was one of thousands of affordable housing complexes built 30 years ago using taxpayer-subsidized mortgages and rental subsidies provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The deal was that at the end of the mortgage, the developers would have the option to sell the low-income housing to the highest bidder. You know how it goes: The public subsidizes the risk, and the owners privatize the profits. As a result of public scrutiny by Fair Game, the landlords returned to the table with a couple of nonprofit housing agencies. With assistance from the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, the Burlington Housing Authority bought the building, and the 44 residents of Wharf Lane — and nearly 100 in a nearby building — avoided eviction. • Finally, in August 2010 I broke the news that the state was falling further and further behind in processing foodstamps requests as well as applications for other forms of public assistance. In some cases, people were waiting up to three months for help. A court order from the 1990s requires the state to respond within 30 days. More staff were added, the wait times shortened, and people began to get help more quickly. Did it make a difference? Months after the story ran, an elderly

woman approached me at the grocery store. “When I read your column, I realized I wasn’t alone. I thought I was the only one having problems getting help from the state,” she said. Yeah, it made a difference. By now you must be asking yourself: Won’t he miss it? Of course I will. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. I plan to remain an engaged and informed Vermont citizen — something I’ve been almost all my life. I’ll have plenty of opportunity to chime in on the events of the day, including politics, thanks to my role as communications director for Chelsea Green Publishing. Their authors are at the cutting edge of politics, agriculture, food, farming, the environment, energy and business. It’s a provocative bunch, and I’m happy to be tossed in with it. I leave Fair Game in the extremely capable hands of andy Bromage. My advice to him: Trust your instincts and develop your voice as a writer, and you’ll do just fine. And if people tell you that you have big shoes to fill, just nod and smile. Andy will make his own mark with this column by taking it in new directions. I will be an avid reader. Before I sign off, I want to thank Paula routly and Pamela PolSton for believing I could follow in the footsteps of a larger-than-life presence. I did my best to prove them right. Each is a great editor and boss and I’ve been lucky to work with the two of them. They have provided consistent guidance and support — right up to and through my decision to leave. I also want to thank Seven Days staffers for welcoming me into their awesome, quirky, caring, hardworking and successful newspaper family. To you, dear readers, I offer two simple words (no, not those two): Thank you. m


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Whatever Happened to…? Seven Days writers revisit some of the big stories from 2011



ews travels fast and often doesn’t hold the public interest for very long. That’s one reason to go through the ritual of recalling what happened in 2011. Remember dr. h siao? The other reason to do so is because the stories you read in these pages — and our blog, Blurt — don’t end when the reporter files them. They continue to evolve, sometimes taking turns that are more interesting than whatever made us pursue them in the first place. w ith that in mind, our news writers followed up on some of the most compelling stories of the year, from the spring floods in Burlington to Occupy Lowell Mountain. Of course, that led us to the well-trod wake of Tropical Storm Irene. No other story this year packed as much punch or led our print and video journalists down so many fascinating tributaries.

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Death-With-Dignity Bill Never Had a Chance... Backers of a right-to-die law had high hopes at the start of the 2011 legislative session. Newly elected Gov. Peter Shumlin pledged support for “death with dignity” legislation during the 2010 campaign and had cosponsored a right-to-die bill as a state senator the year before. The death w ith dignity National Center targeted Vermont as the most likely state for a legislative victory in 2011 and helped launch a local grassroots campaign through Patient Choices Vermont. The bill would have given terminally ill Hans Penner patients with fewer than six months to live the option to request a fatal dose of medicine. h ans Penner of Shelburne, a 76-year-old retiree with inoperable stage IV lung cancer, thought it sounded like a good idea. “I’m a good darwinian. I understand that’s a natural thing,” Penner said of death back in January. “If that’s what it came to, my hope is the legislature would have passed that bill.” doctors and religious groups opposing the bill warned that “physician assisted suicide” was a slippery slope the state should not start down.








Update: Two right-to-die bills attracted large numbers of cosponsors — 44 in the House, 11 in the Senate — but neither got a hearing in committee. House Speaker Shap Smith said he wouldn’t bring it up because it didn’t have enough votes to pass, and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, a devout Catholic, opposed the legislation. The same politics — and same leaders — will greet right-to-die supporters in 2012, but Patient Choices Vermont hasn’t given up hope. It’s collecting video testimonials from high-profile pols, such as former governor Madeleine Kunin, as well as from average Vermonters who support the legislation. As for Penner, PCV lobbyist Amy Shollenberger reports he is “in pretty bad shape. He is getting radiation, and his voice is almost totally gone. He’s just not feeling well at all.”



PBG vs. BTV: Despite Turbulence, the Rivalry Continues By expanding service, lowering fares and upgrading its facility, Plattsburgh International Airport appeared to be positioning itself as an alternative to Burlington’s beleaguered BTV. Cheapo Florida flights from PBG, which calls itself “Montréal’s U.S. Airport,” had propelled a surge in passenger traffic, with Canadian and North Country fliers also attracted by three direct flights a day to Boston on Pinnacle Airlines. A few PBG customers interviewed in February said they would have flown from BTV had the same prices and destinations been available.



Update: PBG is experiencing turbulence that could delay its arrival as a competitive threat to BTV. Plattsburgh airport manager Tom Long resigned suddenly in September f or unexplained personal reasons. That same month, Pinnacle Airlines announced it would sever the link between PBG and Boston’s Logan airport. Long’s replacement, Christopher Kreig, who’s been on the job just two weeks, spins both developments as no big deal. Operations at PBG, including an expansion of its terminal, are proceeding smoothly, he says. “We’re growing as projected,” Kreig declares. Pinnacle, flying as US Airways Express, will account for only about 10,000 of PBG’s 130,000 anticipated departures this year, Kreig says. What’s more, the terms of the federal subsidy Pinnacle receives for serving PBG stipulate that it can’t stop flying to Boston until a replacement carrier is found for that route. Kreig acknowledges, though, that a Pinnacle successor might charge more than the $178 PBG-Logan round-trip fare listed for mid-January. The Florida flights, priced as low as $177 round trip in January, remain a huge draw, Kreig adds. Canadians account for 90 percent of PBG’s departing passengers, and their numbers have doubled in the past three years. In contrast, BTV has experienced a slight decrease in passengers. It reports 430,000 year-to-date “enplanements,” down from 434,000 for the same period in 2010 — a 0.9 percent decrease.

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Have Audiences Accepted Vermont’s New Ticket Tax? In 2010, the Vermont legislature passed a law requiring nonprofit arts presenters to collect a 6 percent sales tax on ticket purchases. Some presenters said the law, which went into effect on April 1, was the last thing they needed. Lyric Theatre and Champlain Valley Exposition officials warned that the extra fees could dissuade less-affluent Vermont families from buying seats for their shows, especially in a bad economy. Taking note of the recession, Flynn Center CEO John Killacky suggested: “To introduce a 6 percent sales tax at this moment just isn’t right.”



The legislature softened the projected impact by passing an amendment exempting nonprofits that register less than $100,000 in ticket sales annually. The law had originally set a $50,000 threshold. Consequently, only about a dozen nonprofits have to charge the tax, notes Vermont Arts Council UPDATE:

executive director Alex Aldrich. He estimates that the tax will generate about $250,000 in new annual revenues for the state rather than the anticipated $700,000. Lyric Theatre CEO Syndi Zook says she can’t tell if the tax affected sales for the troupe’s recent production of Hairspray. But she does know that the extra charge has caused “exasperation” among Lyric patrons and staffers. Additional bookkeeping obligations have “cost us staff time, which is another burden for a shoestring nonprofit.” Killacky says it’s not clear if the tax, which amounts to 7 percent in Burlington, represents a tipping point in an economy that hasn’t improved. He has heard complaints about the tax — but acknowledges that they’ve come primarily from people who bought tickets anyway. Just before Christmas, the Flynn received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor that will be used to replace the theater’s 1453 seats.

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There was a lot of competition in Vermont this year for Most Calamitous Weather Event. Before Tropical Storm Irene, the Champlain Islands projected “winner” was the spring flooding that damaged hundreds of homes on Lake Champlain. Scientists speculated the May inundation could have long-lasting repercussions for the lake’s already-troubled ecosystem. One scientist in particular expressed concern about the “huge phosphorus load” flushed into the lake. There was fear of unprecedented algae eruptions that would be deadly to fish and hazardous to boaters and swimmers. But there were also suggestions of positive outcomes in the form of a carp population explosion and lots of construction work.



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ithout question, Tropical Storm Irene was the story of 2011, almost eclipsing memory of any events that occurred during the eight preceding months of the year. Individual artists, as well as arts organizations and venues, were among those a˜ ected by the fl ooding that Irene wrought. All have their stories, which we’re likely to be retelling and updating f or months and years to come. In this, the last issue ofSeven Days in 2011, we check in with two of them.


Post-Irene, Two Arts Enterprises Look Back, and Forward






n the day after Irene struck Vermont, Queen Elizabeth was a mess — covered with muck f rom toes to crown. So were all the other costumes in the White REVELS River Junction storage room of NORTH, a performing arts group that presents solstice-centric pageants in medieval, Renaissance and Victorian traditions. Though based in Hanover, N.H., the Revels had been storing 35 years’ worth of costumes and stage props just across the White River in a Bridge Street facility for the past few years. The space also housed a center f or theater craf t, shared with other companies in the area, which taught costume and set construction. On August 28, the storm and the river took top billing in an unexpected, historic drama of their own making. The Revels’ set shop and storage spaces were “under seven feet of water,” recounts the playbill for the company’s recent production of its 37th annual Christmas Revels at Dartmouth College’s HOPKINS CENTER — its biggest show of the year. “When the water receded, it pulled costume racks

and storage tubs down into thick, slick mud, leaving leaving an image o f of image devastation that is is very verydif difA team f o team of fi cult to erase.” “Revels respondLOIS JACKSON JACKSON, ers” showed up after the storm Cleaning costumes who created the the almost immediElizabethan cosately to pluck costumes, notes that tumes out of the mud, assess their condithey are particution and take whatever steps were needed larly heavy — “lots of tapestry, upholstery, to salvage them. The volunteers comprised velvety, rich-looking f abrics,” she says. not only sta˜ and friends of the group but They were even weightier saturated with community members who read about the water and mud. Revels’ plight in the local Valley News. Nonetheless, as happened in so many Jackson says she had always treated hard-hit communities around the state, her costumes — which she rents to Revels everyone rolled up their sleeves, pulled on and other groups — with kid gloves. their boots and got to work. Af ter all, some f eature lace or beads or

Dog Mountain Saved Earlier this year, still reeling from the suicide of her husband, folk artist Stephen Huneck, Gwen Huneck faced what seemed like another certain tragedy: With more than $50,000 in unpaid back taxes to the town of St. Johnsbury, Huneck feared Dog Mountain — her husband’s legacy and her home — was headed for the auction block. ˜ e couple’s fi nancial problems began during the depths of the recession in 2009. Despite drastically reduced art sales, the Hunecks couldn’t bear to lay off their 12 full-time employees. So they didn’t pay their property taxes. “We tried to sustain it as long as we could,” says Huneck. But eventually, they were forced to let all their employees go. Two days later, Stephen shot himself. When Gwen Huneck learned that their property, including the 150-acre Dog Mountain, Healing House, a retreat for dogs and their owners, and her own home would be added to the town’s tax-sale list, Huneck sent out an appeal in her weekly newsletter. “I was very frank,” she says. “People obviously knew Stephen had committed suicide, largely based on fi nancial problems we were having.”

When Seven Days reported the story in August, she had agreed to pay the town of St. Johnsbury $7600 each month for the next three months. Orders poured in right away. Huneck says the response came as a surprise. “I thought I was going to be a homeless person, to tell you the truth,” she says. People responded with an “overwhelming, touchingly amazing amount of support.” And in the end, she was able to pay off all her back taxes, plus this past year’s taxes. “It’s still a diffi cult time for me emotionally,” says Dog Chapel Huneck. ˜ e tremendous support, including countless stories shared with her about the profound

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you don’t don’tjust justtoss tossthem theminin fragile fabrics; you the washing machine. But after the fl ood, she says, “It was a choice between cleaning them and throwing them out.” And clean them they did: “We powerwashed them to get all the mud o˜ ,” Jackson recounts. Then they fi lled huge storage tubs with water and dunked the costumes in successive ones until they came out clean. Finally, volunteers spread out all the clothes on the lawn, or hung them on clotheslines, to dry. “I have to say, I was amazed at how these costumes went through the process with fl ying colors,” says Jackson. “We lost

infl uence of Stephen, his artwork and Dog Mountain, made a “huge difference,” she says. It has taken time, Huneck adds, but she has begun to look at her husband’s suicide through a different light. “I actually think he kind of understood what was going to happen,” she says. “In this case, it wasn’t that he was trying to run away; he was trying to love me and provide for me the only way he could think of doing.” “Consequently,” says Huneck, “I am 100 percent determined to keep Dog Mountain open forever.” To To that that end, end, she she has begun an application to establish a Dog Mountain foundation. “Stephen’s death made me think about my own mortality,” she adds. “I’ve got to have something set up to keep Dog Mountain going even after I’m gone.”  MEGAN JAMES

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hen Burlington playwright James Lantz took his play The Bus on the road this past autumn, some of his supporters expressed concern over how the work would be received out of town. But snarky city critics were the least of their worries. It was Lantz’s decision to stage the play — a poignant tale of homophobia and intolerance — as close as possible to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka,

Lantz and company’s first stop was New York City, where the show’s cast solidified under the direction of John Simpkins. The Bus ran for four weeks in October at the off-Broadway venue 59E59 Theaters. The play garnered good publicity and generally receptive audiences in the Big Apple, but Lantz also remembers getting “stung” a few times by critics. He also recalls the “dressing down” he received from a teacher at an elite, all-

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Kan., that sounded risky to the point of reckless. The WBC enjoys a national reputation for virulent antigay protests, including a 2000 visit to Vermont at the height of the civil-unions debate. But Lantz, who had been compelled to restart The Bus by a spate of gay teen suicides that made headlines in 2010, was undeterred. “As a parent, I couldn’t handle sitting on the sidelines anymore,” he says. “I knew that The Bus had been warmly embraced in Burlington [in 2006], so I pulled it out of the drawer.” Lantz also fired up his computer and began raising money through Kickstarter, a fundraising website that involves meeting goals on set deadlines. The first effort failed, but a second campaign came through to the tune of roughly $50,000. And The Bus pulled away.

girls prep school on the Upper West Side, where he and his crew appeared by invitation, over his decision to take the show to Kansas. Now, some 3000 miles, $100,000 in costs, four weeks off Broadway and four Kansas performances later, Lantz is reflecting on a theatrical run he calls “nothing short of a religious experience.” The tour involved driving the show’s set, designed by michaeL schWeikardt, all the way to Kansas and back to Vermont. Under Simpkins’ direction, The Bus closed on December 10 in Topeka, where Nate Phelps, the estranged son of infamous WBC pastor Fred Phelps, facilitated post-show talk back sessions. The Kansas shows were also remarkable, Lantz notes, for drawing together religious believers, nonbelievers, gay people

and straight people. “I didn’t want the play to preach to the choir,” he says. “It was fascinating to take the play to the heart of its drama — literally … These people are right on the front lines.” An email dispatch from the production’s Kickstarter campaign mentions “a mother whose son died of AIDS, parents who came to ‘understand,’” and “students who drove up to three hours to see our show.” Lantz estimates that turnout for the talk backs was in the neighborhood of 90 percent of the audience. A recurring theme in these exchanges: Kansans’ insistence that the WBC not only doesn’t represent their beliefs and values but that the church’s hate mongering has actually fostered a more tolerant community. The response to The Bus has left Lantz feeling profoundly “humbled” but “hellbent” on keeping his creative wheels turning. He says that the play’s productions have generated interest for more of them in the heartland — Oklahoma and

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own small gallery. Looking at exciting art and successful art institutions enabled her to bring back “the conversation that it’s important for art to reach people as much as it can,” Mackay explains. “To make the line between high and low art thinner and thinner.” To that end, she curated three simultaneous holiday exhibits: bronze sculptures, and a few prints, by Middlebury artist DaviD BumBeck; photographs of Irene’s devastation in the area by John and kate PenwarDen of Mount Holly, Vt.; and a group show of petite works, priced under $1000, by notable regional artists whom Mackay has previously shown at the gallery. Titled “The Small Great Art Wall,” the selection features pieces under 20 inches square by the likes of Ben Frank moss, Bunny harvey, eDwarD koren and henry isaacs. Mackay, like everyone else in Rochester, hopes to put the place back on the map and into the minds of potential visitors. In her case, visitors who would appreciate, as she calls it, “my little gallery in my little town.” m

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Today, the roads are back — though not all of Rochester’s homes or businesses are. Even so, says Mackay, “A lot of very positive things have happened from the point of view of the community itself.” An organization called Green Mountain Valley Business Community has been formed to help the five-town area comprising Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Stockbridge and Pittsfield. And, though there is still “a palpable sense of fragility,” Mackay says there is “a lot more energy toward reaching out, creating a dynamic system by which people can be joined with us.” For one thing, the group is seeking state designation as a “scenic byway,” filling in what Mackay calls a gap (on Route 100) between Killington and Warren. She envisions having a tourist welcome center in Rochester to “show people what the area has to offer.” Meanwhile, Mackay also managed to get away from the post-Irene fray; she attended the huge festival Art Basel Miami Beach, and visited museums in Chicago and Milwaukee. The trips got her “charged up” about the mission of her

Nebraska — as well as in San Francisco, London and South Africa. The playwright is “cautiously optimistic” about whether The Bus will roll on. In any event, Lantz says he wants to “proselytize” to other thespians about reaching new audiences while he ponders what his latest Bus trip has taught him. Some of these lessons have to do with using art to advance a cause — and vice versa. “The minute that there was a cause behind this,” Lantz recalls, “people became backers of the project. Doors opened for us.” Another lesson is more personal: “Along the way to Kansas, I learned some things about my tribe, about my people on this side of the fence, about my own prejudices of Kansas,” he says. “And I have some work to do.” m

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in the lower rectum.” I say we stop right there. Hideous as all this sounds, one wonders whether it at least partly accounts for the coelacanth’s longevity as a species. The earliest recognizable coelacanth fossil is something like 360 million years old, while more recent ones date back 65 million years, around the time the dinosaurs disappeared. It was initially thought coelacanths had followed the big lizards into oblivion, but then fishermen landed one off the coast of southern Africa in 1938. In addition to the population living near the Comoros Islands, between Mozambique and Madagascar, a couple more have been found in Indonesia.  The question is why the coelacanth, sometimes referred to as

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a living fossil, has evolved so little in that vast span of time. You’ll forgive me for thinking it may have stumbled upon the perfect defense mechanism. We toothsome mammals were obliged to adapt quickly lest we wind up as lunchmeat. But potential coelacanth predators were more likely to conclude: No way am I eating that. Do Alaska caribou really like the oil pipeline from Prudhoe Bay, which was predicted to be such an environmental disaster? Right-wing pundits claim the herd has thrived because the caribou like the warmth, but we’re suspicious. charlie and mike, chicago And well you might be. The happy-caribou story was circulated in 2008 by, among others, Michelle Bachmann, famous for her rigorous command of

the facts. Rush Limbaugh and columnist Jonah Goldberg also chimed in. These people have their axes to grind, and the idea that the pipeline has been a boon to the caribou goes beyond what I’ve seen in the professional literature. But the important point is this: While one may argue whether the Prudhoe Bay pipeline helped the caribou, it sure didn’t hurt. The caribou population living in the region through which the pipeline passes, known as the Central Arctic Herd, has thrived since the oil began flowing in the late 1970s. In 1975 the herd numbered just 5,000; as of 2008 it had reached 67,000. Meanwhile some caribou populations more distant from the pipeline, such as the Porcupine Herd in the northeast corner of the state, have declined. That may superficially suggest that living near the pipeline is a plus, but charts of fluctuating

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caribou numbers don’t track in an obvious way with the pipeline’s presence. For example, the size of the Central Arctic Herd, which had increased at a moderate rate until the early 2000s, doubled between 2002 and 2008. Why, nobody knows. Wildlife biologists report some behavioral differences in caribou possibly linked to the pipeline, but the overall impression is it didn’t make much difference — an interesting commentary in itself, given the predictions of disaster when the pipeline was being planned. One much-touted fear was that an earthquake might rupture the pipe, but a 2002 quake registering 7.9 on the Richter scale caused only minor damage and no spill. The biggest fiasco connected with the project didn’t happen on land at all, namely the 1989 wreck of the Exxon Valdez.  None of this is to suggest caribou defenders have nothing to worry about. Whatever may be happening in Alaska, the worldwide caribou population is in steep decline, with average herd size having fallen 57 percent from historical peaks. Disrupted weather stemming from global warming is widely blamed.  Using the above facts, you can draw whatever conclusion suits you. An optimist can say the political process worked — environmental concerns didn’t warrant canceling the pipeline, but the nagging led the builders to take precautions. To which the pessimist will reply: Get out. Because of the headlong rush to exploit the fossil fuel endowment, of which this project was a prime example, the caribou are still screwed.

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“The trip went fine, except for the last 24 hours, which have been a fucking nightmare. My fiancé broke up with me by phone while I was waiting for my connection at JFK. By fucking cellphone! Can you believe it? Michel was supposed to pick me up in Burlington. That’s why I’m taking your cab.” “Jeez, that’s crazy. Were you, like, totally blindsided, or were there signs?” “Things started going bad last night. He called me in the hotel room late, after midnight, and my assistant, Jacques, picked up. By the time Jacques passed me the phone, Michel was freaking out about him being in my room so late. But it was nothing! We were just working late. Anyway, Jacques works for Michel’s company in Montréal.

Montréal. In the darkness, in the bubble of the taxi, I tried to read the emotional temperature. Did Chantelle still want to talk, or at least vent? “I just don’t know what I’m going to do,” she said, her despair palpable. “He’s booked a hotel room for me. He doesn’t even want me to come to the apartment.” “Do you have friends or family in town?” “Well, my mother, but we’re not close. She used to be a stewardess and, before that, a model. She’s an exquisite woman, really. On a layover in Europe, she met my father, who’s from Austria, and they got married and settled in Montréal, where my mom is from. They divorced when I was 3, and my dad went back to Austria. I would visit with him every summer. Anyway, my

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I trIed to read the emotIonal temperature. Michel basically lent him to me for this trip. I mean, seriously. Michel’s last fiancée cheated on him, so he has, like, a big issue with this. But I couldn’t believe he’d call off the wedding.” I felt for this woman, who was clearly in emotional shock. I’ve never forgotten the feeling when my longtime college girlfriend broke up with me: It was like a sledgehammer to the head. But at least I saw it coming over our last few months together. Twentyfour hours ago, Chantelle was dreaming of her wedding. Then, in an awful flash, it was all over. That’s too much to absorb. And by cellphone? That is stone cold. I was kind of hating Michel, and I’d never met the man. We made it across the border without a hitch and motored along the mostly straight, flat road that leads north to

mom was away all the time, and she would leave me with strangers, and I would cry and cry and cry. Eventually, I toughened up, so I just don’t feel anything. So, you see…” Chantelle paused for a moment and chuckled, which threw me a little, given the painful history she was recounting. “I have what they call major abandonment issues.” The thought drifted through my mind that we are all products of our childhoods. The patterns repeat themselves over and over, sometimes even getting passed down from one generation to the next. This seems to be the human condition, and I find it tragic. But it is possible, though not easy, to step out of the drama, to review what’s been going on and change the script. This I have done myself, albeit late in life. Better late than never.

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“What about friends? Anyone you can talk to?” I asked Chantelle. “I’ve lost all my friends over the past year. I had this big fight with my one close girlfriend the week before I left on this California trip. So I have no one.” Chantelle wasn’t angling for my pity, and somehow that made her plight all the more heartrending. She was simply relating the facts of her life as she saw it at that moment. In the distance, Montréal came into view, glistening like the Emerald City of Oz from the field of poppies. As we crossed the Pont Champlain, the iconic searchlights atop the Place Ville-Marie pierced the cityscape. Chantelle directed me to the hotel that her now ex-fiancé had booked for her. It was posh, a real four-star establishment. Somehow I didn’t think that would even slightly ease her broken heart. “I do have a plan,” Chantelle said as we stood behind the cab with her luggage and she paid me the fare. “I think I’m going to move to Austria to live with my father. I have two stepbrothers there who work for a design cooperative. This is mostly the work I’ve done, web design. They’ve told me there’s a place for me in the company if I would consider it. So maybe this is all for the good. I’ve had it with Montréal — I really have.” I took her right hand in both of mine. Looking into her sad and misty eyes, I said, “Good luck to you, Chantelle.” m

s we stood silently, side by side at the baggage carousel, I stole a glance at the customer I would be driving to Montréal. Chantelle was as beautiful as her name, a slim brunette with dark, sad eyes. If she were a little taller, I thought, she could be a model. Looking past her beauty for a moment, I noticed the woman appeared exhausted, as if she hadn’t slept much for days. As if on cue, she let out a deep sigh. I said, “You look tired,” and that’s what broke the ice. “I am tired,” she said, with a touch of a French accent. “I don’t think I’ve slept five hours over the whole week I was in LA.” “Was it a work trip?” I asked. “Yes, I’m trying to launch a fashion line I’m designing. Oh, that’s my luggage coming around.” I yanked her large suitcase off the belt, and she accepted my offer to wheel it out to the taxi for her. She followed me carrying her thickly packed garment bag. Thinking about it now, I probably took the easier job. As we exited the terminal, everything looked fashionable — the suitcase, the garment bag, the woman, her coat. Everything except me. We loaded her stuff into the trunk, and she took the shotgun seat. Off we drove — two hours, give or take, to Montréal. When I’m driving an especially attractive woman, I sometimes worry that she will think I’m only making conversation because — well, men like to talk with attractive women. I take solace in the fact that I’ve never hit on a female customer and never will. Plus, I think I’m fairly adept at reading social cues: If a customer, male or female, indicates he or she doesn’t want to converse, I get it and button my lip. “How did the trip go?” I asked. “Did you accomplish what you set out to?”

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Lyme disease is a serious disease that manifests differently in each patient [“Lyme Time? A Single Scientist Proves Vermont’s Tick Problem Is Growing,”

December 7]. It is alsof requently misdiagnosed, as it mimics lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. In [“Ticked Off,” June 23, 2010], Ken Picard mentions the documentary Under Our Skin, which can now be watched f or f ree on It covers little-known information such as in utero transmission of Lyme. Under Our Skin should be required viewing for any health-conscious person. I certainly wish I had known the risk moving to and traveling around New England (though the disease is now in every state in the country). Many doctors, including local doctors, use tests that f ail to detect up to 50 percent of Lyme disease cases. I visited numerous doctors locally, but, partly due to my strong immune re sponse, went undiagnosed for five years. Only 15 to 50 percent of Lyme disease sufferers remember a tick bite. Two thousand twelve is supposed to be the worst year for Lyme disease. Visit ilads.

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In his November 30 story, Ken Picard asked about Green Mountain Power’s approach to workplace saf ety and the company’s relationship to state and f ederal saf ety inspections [“Why Aren’t Vermont’s Wind Turbines State Inspected? Ask Green Mountain Power”]. GMP is a recognized leader in workplace and employee saf ety in Vermont and nationally. In 2005, GMP reached Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification through the Vermont Department of Labor, Project WorkSAFE and federal OSHA. This recognition spans all GMP f acilities, including our Searsburg wind farm, and has been recertified twice. Saf ety is central to everything we do, and we open our doors to regulators. As part of the SHARP program, every facility is inspected from top to bottom, job sites are visited, every saf ety policy is evalu ated, all employees have a voice, and the IBEW Local 300 has a strong presence. This past summer, GMP invited f ederal OSHA to participate in an annual saf ety training held at our Searsburg wind facility. OSHA sent staff from Boston and Washington. Following the visit, the OSHA team expressed their confidence in our programs and in the great work and relationships created with Vermont OSHA and Project WorkSAFE. They have asked us to partner with them in an effort to educate OSHA about safe operation of wind installations. At GMP, saf ety com pliance is a minimum expectation, and understanding the rules is a very basic component of that. However, providing our employees with the saf est possible workplace means that we go beyond compliance. That is what we do today, and that is what we will continue to do in the future. John t edesco South h ero

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Chick-fil-A’s shameless attempt to stop Vermont artist Bo Muller-Moore f rom silk-screening the words “eat more kale” on shirts and bumper stickers makes me want to … well, eat more kale [Side Dishes, November 23 & December 7]. Chick-fil-A’s so-called trademark “eat more” slogan makes light of a very serious matter: animal suffering. Both cows and chickens can agree that people should eat more plantbased foods. Unlike bee f and chicken, kale is cholesterol free, extremely low in calories, and ex ceptionally high in antioxidant vitamins A, C and K. It’s also a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and other essential minerals. The fiber-filled super veggie can help consumers lower their blood cholesterol level, combat heart disease and cancer, and maintain healthy eyes. And kale is not only nutritious; it’s delicious, too. This king of greens is great sautéed or in salads, sandwiches and soups. You can toss it in pasta or on pizza, or use it in place of spinach or collards in your f avorite recipes. Support local agriculture: See f or f ree

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I am writing in response to Judith Levine’s Poli Psy column “Is Greed the Enemy?” [December 7]. Maximizing one’s individual gain regardless of the cost to others is the simplest definition of raw greed. One can easily see that greed is the cornerstone of all dynasties, corporations, empires, etc., throughout history. Being honest, though, it is also one of the ugliest ways that we organize ourselves. We actually thrive in spite of the power of greed, not because of it. Our f amilies would never survive if we sur rendered to greed entirely. Just because my mom is elderly and has a lovely home doesn’t mean that I’ll invade it, stuff her in the basement and take over. For some reason we submit to the domination of gigantic greed cults — except at levels of family and community where we have a self-interest “fail-safe.” The state of absolute corporate domination in which we find ourselves requires a sophisticated domination and control system. The myth and su perstition that make up much of our worldview go hand in hand with blind nationalism, racism, misogyny and antiintellectualism. These are the means by which a very few people control most of the world’s wealth and power. Many people are cognizant that the “group f antasy”f o import is not contained in the f reef orm, open discussion practiced by the Occupy movement, but the Orwellian al legiance to corporatist f alse democracy and supply-side bullshit. To save ourselves, a deconstructreconstruct period of rational analysis is very much called f or. To expect that choosing the means of our own demise will satisf y our need f or self -determi nation and meaningf ul democracy is no longer realistic. The year 2012 need not be filled with paranoid apocalypse, but could be the start of a “democratic spring.” brad Hartley f erri Sburgh



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SD: What’s your favorite kind of firework? TS: I really like the individual display shells, and the effect I like the most is called a chrysanthemum. It’s like a blue chrysanthemum; then there’s a yellow crossette inside. Blue is the hardest color to make. I think the chemicals are hard to find. The metals are unique. SD: What’s the difference between an “aerial artist” and a technician? TS: It doesn’t take too much to get fireworks in the air — you’ve just got to light them. To be an artist, you need to understand the chemical compounds of the fireworks and understand what the effects are. Then you can start painting pictures.


SD: Have you ever done a display that didn’t work out the way you wanted? TS: I’ve done a couple where maybe the weather didn’t work out so well, or the site might not have [had] the best visibility for the crowd, and they didn’t get to see the full effects. That doesn’t happen too often. This isn’t just a job; it’s a huge passion of mine, so every show gets 100 percent, whether it’s a little backyard show or a town’s 250th anniversary show.


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SD: What makes you so passionate? TS: The oohs and ahs of the crowd. I’ll spend hours and hours on one show. Everyone has a memory of sitting on a blanket on the Fourth of July watching a fireworks show. If you notice, at parties or town celebrations, you shoot the show, and, as soon as it’s done, the crowd cheers and then they go home. It’s pretty awesome to see how many people you can make smile. Then there’s that little bit of adrenaline in lighting a shell. It’s all those things. m

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displays at another 14 locations throughout New England that night, including 6 p.m. and midnight shows for the city of Burlington. On the same evening, countless consumers will set off fireworks they purchased at one of Northstar’s stores. Brought up in the business, Swenson says he wishes there had been a school to teach him the ins and outs B y a l i c E lEV i T T of fireworks. Now he’s teaching others. On December 27, Swenson will hold an informational session at the om Swenson, 27, is hard at work on the Steak House Restaurant in Barre for those interested in computer in his spacious office. He spends becoming “lead shooters” for Northstar’s busy summer much of his 50-hour workweek behind a season. Throughout the winter and spring, he’ll teach desk, laboring on a program that would the science and safety of his volatile profession. look familiar to music or film editors. But Seven Days checked in with Swenson Finale Fireworks has f ar more eruptive Name to learn what makes a pyrotechnician tick, results than does Pro Tools or Final Cut. Tom Swenson tick, boom. Surrounded by dummy shells and PVC SEVEN DAYS: Your dad started the Tow N piping, the pyrotechnician is plotting out a business. Did you always know you’d East Montpelier New Year’s Eve fireworks show. shoot fireworks for a living? Swenson’s father, Dave, opened the first Job TOM SWENSON: I think I did. I went to of three Northstar Fireworks locations in Pyrotechnician, all of his shows growing up. That’s part East Montpelier in 1986 — the other two Northstar of the reason I’m good at designing the are in Fairlee and St. Johnsbury. Just more Fireworks shows. I’ve seen thousands of them. than a year ago, Tom Swenson instituted SD: People seem to think selling the software system he uses to design dis plays that color the sky to the beat of musical accompa- fireworks isn’t legal in Vermont. What are the niment. When he’s finished, after as many as 80 hours rules? of work, he uploads the file to the digital Pyromate TS: In the state of Vermont, you need a permit to pos Firing System, which will send off shells just as he plot- sess and shoot fireworks. The permit is something you can get from your local fire department or town office. ted, usually for scarcely more than 15 minutes. We have [customers] sign a release — [as confirmation] Swenson will personally shoot a show at Jay Peak this December 31. The company will put on fireworks that the buyer understands the law.

SD: What’s the biggest, craziest display you’ve done? TS: In 2010, I shot a show for the town of East Montpelier. The town gather ing is called Rally Day. That’s a show we usually do for training for our em ployees, so it’s a donated show. That year, there were 50 racks [to hold the explosive mortar tubes]. It was probably close to 1300, 1400 shells in the body of the show. It was a fourday setup. We had close to a 20-man crew on the show. It was all electronically fired and choreographed. That was kind of a weird show, ’cause I was hiking the Long Trail at that time. We stayed up for a few days straight; then I went back and finished a 270-mile hike.

Whatever Happened to...? « P.17 Fogel Falls, but Won’t Say Farewell to UVM in February, University of Vermont President Daniel Fogel announced his resignation, effective July 2012. His plans changed as a result of a Seven Days investigation, which exposed a sexually charged relationship between his wife, Rachel Kahn-Fogel, and a top UVM fundraiser. The paper’s investigation prompted an internal campus probe, the findings of which were made public in August. By then, Fogel had stepped down from his post ahead of schedule, assisted by a very golden parachute that promises to pay him more than $30,000 a month through the end of 2012. Fogel also received a $195,000-a-year faculty appointment in the English department — over $85,000 more than the next-highest-paid prof — with the expectation that he’d begin teaching in January 2013. Fogel’s severance package, and his “build it and they will come” legacy, prompted much debate on campus about the affordability and future of the state’s only public university. UVM trustees named former provost John Bramley as interim president and began a search for a permanent, full-time prez.


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update: In October, UVM trustees adopted a new presidential-spouse policy that puts stricter oversight on husbands and wives who want to raise money, coordinate alumni events or engage in other aspects of university lif e. Their volunteer work must be approved by the board and not include any supervisory authority. The UVM Presidential Search Committee recently spent a few days in Boston interviewing 12 candidates f or the top job on campus. A list of finalists will be made public in early 2012. Meanwhile,f ormer president Fogel dispelled rumors that he might forgo the teaching gig due to the bad vibes caused by his departure. He told Seven Days he’s been assigned to teach classes on English Romantic poetry and Henry James next fall. A James scholar, Fogel is working on a new biography about the f amous American author. “I am currently directing an honors thesis with a UVM under graduate,” wrote Fogel in an email, “and am greatly looking f orward to returning to teaching at UVM in the next academic year.”

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Accounting Questions Percolate at Green Mountain Coffee Waterbury-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters began 2011 under a cloud of suspicion: an ongoing investigation of its accounting practices by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But investors hardly seemed to care. As the months ticked by, the value of the company’s stock climbed steadily, from $34.45 a share on January 3 to $82.54 a share on May 27. But one bean counter smelled trouble. Sam E. Antar, the accountant who cooked the books at appliance chain Crazy Eddie in the 1980s, claimed he had discovered numerous accounting “irregularities” in GMCR’s financial filings. He posted them on his blog, White Collar Fraud, and outlined them in a letter to the SEC that accused GMCR of selectively disclosing financial information, in violation of SEC regulations.



in the past, Antar’s muckraking forced companies such as to admit accounting errors and revise financial reports. But his warnings over the spring and summer didn’t have a lasting negative effect on the coffee company; by September 19, GMCR’s stock had soared to $111.62 a share.

Green Mountain Coffee’s stock took a hit in October — but not because of Antar’s warnings. David Einhorn, the hedge-fund manager famous for predicting the downf all of Lehman Brothers, precipitated the plunge. In a presenta tion at an investor conf erence, Einhorn criticized GMCRf or overspending, overcharging and “poor transparency.” GMCR shares promptly slid from $90 to a low of $56 before rebounding. Is Antar compelled to say, “I told you so”? Not exactly. “David Einhorn is a brilliant man. He’s an 800-pound gorilla whose track record of f erreting



Montpelier Gun Club Targets Its Biggest Critic Anti-lead crusader Bruce Ryan claimed victory last spring when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finally cracked down on lead pollution at the Montpelier Gun Club — the result of Ryan’s 16-year letter-writing campaign. The 69-year-old retiree from Highgate was a trophy-winning trapshooter who became an unlikely environmentalist after learning about the dangers of lead poisoning. Due to Ryan’s efforts, the gun club was forced to erect a shot curtain to keep lead pellets from sailing into the adjacent Winooski River. When Ryan returned to the riverbanks on July 31 to see if the new barrier was working, gun-club members called the cops. He was cited for trespassing on club property — an offense punishable by three months in jail or a $500 fine. Ryan maintained his



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out frauds like Lehman Brothers speaks for itself,” Antar says. “If Einhorn were a white-collar criminal like me, he’d be even faster and smarter. Unlike Einhorn, I have firsthand experience about how the game is played on both sides of the law.” A year later, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has still not reached a conclusion about accounting practices at GMCR. — A.B.

innocence, saying he was standing in a public waterway, not private property, and he filed a “motion to dismiss” with the court. But club members said they clearly saw Ryan stray onto their side of the river. update: The state dismissed the trespass charge on September 13 — but Ryan didn’t find that out until November 7, when he drove 88 miles to Barre for his next scheduled court ap pearance. Naturally, Ryan wrote a letter to the Washington County state’s attorney to find out why the charge was dropped — and why he wasn’t told sooner — but he had not heard back as of December 17. The dustup hasn’t deterred him from inspecting the riverbanks for new lead. “The next time they shoot, I want to go down there,” he says.

— A.B.






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Windpipe Transplant Candidate Waits … and Waits Rachel phillips performed with some of the world’s most prestigious dance companies, including the Royal and Kirov ballets. now each breath is a struggle for the former ballerina and Burlington resident. She suffers from a degenerative, lifethreatening condition called Ehlers-danlos syndrome. The genetic disorder afflicts her body’s connective tissues and causes her airways to collapse. Increasingly, phillips is at risk of suffocating. She has undergone dozens of procedures to stay alive. In July, phillips met the only doctor in the world capable of saving her life: Italian surgeon paolo Macchiarini, who works at a Swedish hospital, was in Burlington for an international conference on regenerative medicine. his groundbreaking procedure uses a patient’s own stem cells to grow a replacement organ — in phillips’ case, a new trachea. Macchiarini agreed to perform the surgery on her in Sweden — at no charge. But phillips and her husband, Steven, still need to raise about $400,000 to cover other medical and travel expenses.



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February provided the Phillipses raise enough money. Steven has tried to interest national media outlets in Rachel’s plight, to no avail. But thanks to social networking, fundraisers are happening worldwide: One, in a London bar, challenged men to shave their legs; another, in Chicago, involved a gourmet pastry tasting. Upcoming fundraisers are also happening in the U.S., Norway, Canada and Australia. In all, the couple has raised almost $90,000 toward their $400,000 goal. They have 1500 Facebook friends. “A lot of these people have EDS themselves,” Steven notes, “and are looking at Rachel as a kind of focal point of what’s happening with the research.”

is still waiting for the cutting-edge surgery that could save her life. Meanwhile, she underwent a lumbar-puncture procedure to relieve pressure on her cerebrospinal fluid, a condition known as intracranial hypertension, which may explain her debilitating headaches. Phillips’ doctors may also try another procedure before she undergoes the transplant, the latter of which could happen as early as

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All About Irene by any measure, irene was a game changer for Vermont. The tropical storm, only the second in recorded history to make a direct hit on Vermont, dumped more than a foot of rain in a matter of hours, turning babbling brooks and lazy rivers into raging rapids. When the storm finally departed, three people were dead, and more than 1400 homes had been damaged or destroyed. irene disabled 18 sections of state highway and 34 bridges, some of which were iconic, centuriesold covered bridges. Damages resulting from irene are expected to approach $600 million. Gov. peter Shumlin has predicted such storms will become Vermont’s “new normal” in the years to come. Although state officials have been lauded for their speedy, herculean recovery efforts, many of irene’s victims are still struggling to get back into their homes and businesses. Some of the hardest hit are still months away from what might be considered a full recovery. This week, Seven Days checked back with several of the Vermonters we interviewed for stories and videos in the days after irene to see how they’re faring. While each slowly recovers, the storm’s collective toll is lasting and undisputable: it forever altered the physical and psychological landscape of the state.


Jeremy ayers, Waterbury: Ayers’ Waterbury home was built by his great-greatgrandparents; his grandfather, Gleason “Gus” Ayers, had to evacuate a house up the street during the Great Flood of 1927. Along with many other homes on Randall and Elm streets in Waterbury, Jeremy Ayers’ place flooded during Irene. Water inundated the basement, which housed Jeremy’s pottery studio, and reached thigh high on the first floor.


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The Ayers family — Jeremy, his wife, Georgia, and son, Fletcher —  have been working on their house since the floodwaters receded; the work is about 85 percent complete. The kitchen is functional, and the whole family was able to cook and celebrate Thanksgiving there. They’ve been back in the house for about a month. Dumpsters and contractors are still visible in the neighborhood, which is only about one-third occupied. Jeremy Ayers says he’s looking forward to getting back into his pottery studio, which he projects will happen at the beginning of February. In the meantime, he’s been teaching pottery part time at St. Michael’s College and Burlington City Arts. Ayers’ grandfather, Gus, died two days after Thanksgiving. He got to see the work in progress but not its completion. Lisa suLLivan, WiLmington: Sullivan and her husband, Phil Taylor, own Bartleby’s

Books, which was gutted when floodwaters raged through Wilmington. Amazingly, their previous bookstore — the Book Cellar, in Brattleboro — was lost to a fire in April 2011. Despite their backto-back calamities, the couple decided to rebuild; Taylor has done much of the work himself. Many Wilmington businesses are still closed, but Christmas lights are twinkling around town, Sullivan reports. Some retail stores have reopened in recent weeks; the restaurants appear to be taking longer. The town offices are still in their temporary location — an old drugstore near the Shaw’s supermarket. Fortunately, Bartleby’s reopened at 10 a.m. on Black Friday. Regulars were lined up out the door, holding signs that read “Bartleby’s or Bust” and “We Love Bartleby’s.” Sullivan says the community support has been tremendous and the townspeople have made it clear that they want her community bookstore to succeed.

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The 72-yearold native Vermonter was featured on the cover of the September 28 issue of Seven Days. A widower who’s lived in his house for 37 years, he had no flood insurance and was unsure of how he was going to find the money to fix his house, which sustained damages valued in the tens of thousands. Though he wasn’t back living in the house by mid-December, he expected it to be by the end of 2011, and is doing all the reconstruction work with the help of one laborer. Initially, Nelson was adamant about not accepting assistance from FEMA. He didn’t want the federal government telling him how he should reconstruct his house. As he put it at the time, “I’ll rebuild and fight the consequences later.” Although Nelson is still fiercely self-reliant, his attitude toward FEMA appears to have changed. “I had to do something,” he explains, plus FEMA reconsidered some of its rebuilding requirements. Nelson no longer has to fill in the cellar or raise the entire house by several feet. With estimated reconstruction costs expected to exceed $40,000, Nelson says he’s more open to accepting help from Uncle Sam. “You’ve got to put it all back together and just hope to hell it never happens again.”

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the days after Irene, Seven Days found 63-year-old DiCarlo sweeping the steps of a house otherwise devoid of walls, floors and insulation. During the storm, floodwaters from the Mad River inundated the newly renovated, 1870 home, sweeping away its back deck and many of its furnishings. The mudroom was knocked off the foundation. DiCarlo had full flood insurance and a FEMA determination that the house was “substantially damaged,” qualifying him for additional federal assistance. Despite all that, repairs are on hold until spring. Part of the delay is owing to the flood insurance; FEMA steps aside until the insurance settles up. Also, FEMA mandates flood-mitigation measures as a condition of assistance. In Becker and DiCarlo’s case, that includes raising the rear of the house, moving all of the utilities to the first floor and pouring a new foundation, which can’t be done until

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Megan Schultz, Moretown: Moretown experienced disproportionate devastation during Tropical Storm Irene. In all, 65 houses were destroyed in a town of 1600 people. Among them: the 1820 home of Megan Schultz and her parents, John and Annette. The floodwaters resulted in what Megan calls a “forced remodel.” Most of the first floor had to be gutted. The kitchen was a total loss. Today, Megan is living just up the road, in North Fayston. She doesn’t expect to be back in her office, which was based in her parents’ garage, for another six months. Her event-planning business has continued, however. Most recently, she organized the Moretown Artisans Sale, which included a fundraiser for four artists affected by the floods. Her Wet Paint Fund raised about $2500. “It’s not a huge amount,” she admits, “but this time of year, especially, every little bit helps.” Schultz’s parents are back in the house, which now has new walls, windows, appliances and insulation. Although Thanksgiving was celebrated elsewhere, the family expects to have Christmas at home this year. Schultz adds, “My mom is very excited because she gets to pick out wallpaper.”


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After Controversial Traffic Stop, Vermont Strives to Be More Immigrant Friendly

More than 99 percent of all U.S. hospitals reported at least one drug shortage in the first six months of 2011. More than half of them experienced shortages of more than 20 drugs, according to a survey by the American Hospital Association. This includes some Vermont hospitals, as well as New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where Ondis Eardensohn was a patient with stage-IV breast cancer. The hospital ran out of Doxil, a cancer-fighting drug, and had to cancel two of Eardensohn’s treatments. When doctors are unable to secure scarce, critical meds in a reliable manner, it doesn’t just cost the health care system hundreds of millions of dollars; in some cases, drug shortages claim patients’ lives.


Vermont dairy farms depend on the labor of migrant workers — some legal, others undocumented. One has emerged as a forceful spokesman for the migrant cause. Danilo Lopez, a 23-year-old undocumented Mexican who is employed on a Charlotte farm, risked deportation to speak out against Secure Communities, a controversial federal immigration-enforcement program that forces local police agencies to look for deportable aliens. Lopez ambushed Gov. Peter Shumlin with a petition asking him to speak out against “S-Comm”; at a Statehouse rally, Lopez railed against the fingerprint-sharing enforcement program. In September, he and a fellow migrant worker, Antonio Mesa-Sandoval, were riding in the backseat of a car traveling on I-89. A state trooper pulled the driver over for speeding and quickly surmised the car’s passengers might not be U.S. citizens. So he turned them over to U.S. Border Patrol. Lopez and Mesa-Sandoval were released, but the VT Migrant f armworker Solidarity Project claimed that racial profiling was behind the traffic stop and filed a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission. The state police launched an investigation of the trooper involved to determine whether he had followed the agency’s “bias-free” policing policy. The fallout for the Mexicans: Both face a federal immigration judge in Boston.



Update: A state-police committee cleared state trooper Jared Hatch of wrongdoing in October, concluding that his questioning of the immigrants was not motivated by race and conf ormed with statepolice policy. Weeks later, Gov. Shumlin an nounced a new state-police policy that bars troopers from asking suspected illegal immigrants f or papers unless they are suspected of another crime. That makes Vermont one of the most immigrant-friendly states in the U.S. On November 8, the Human Rights Commission released results of its inves tigation, finding “reasonable grounds” that state police discriminated against the farmworkers based on “their national origin, race and color,” the first step in a possible civil lawsuit. Mesa-Sandoval went back to Mexico voluntarily in November. Lopez is still here with a deportation hearing set for February. On December 10, Lopez recieved a Human Rights Hero award at a Human Rights Day event at the University of Vermont.

— A.B.



In October, President Obama signed an executive order directing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to streamline the process of approving production changes and allowing the Department of Justice to investigate al leged price gouging on the part of phar maceutical companies. On December 15, the administration issued an interim rule requiring all manuf acturers that make critical drugs to report to the FDA any interruptions or delays in the manuf ac Ondis Eardensohn and Gregory Sanford turing process. The result: Potential shortages of 96 drugs were avoided, including 86 drugs manufactured by a single pharmaceutical firm, according to a fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA is in the process of building a new database to track drug shortages. Ondis Eardensohn no longer depends on Doxil, which remains in short supply. She has switched to a new cancer-fighting drug, Eribulin, which is readily available. “I’m still pissed off, but I’m doing OK,” she says. “I’m still livid and appalled by what’s going on in the drug industry in general. I’ve always felt that way about them, but it’s now confirmed all my worst fears about Big Pharma.” Update:


Lowell Mountain Becomes Battleground in Vermont’s Industrial Wind Wars In 2009, Green Mountain Power proposed building a 21-turbine wind farm on Lowell Mountain. GMP sold the idea to Lowell residents; three out of four of them voted for it at the polls. With such support, CEO Mary Powell said, “Vermonters [would] look on this with great pride in years to come.” Since then, however, the Kingdom Community Wind project has become the target of a small but vocal group of industrial-wind opponents who have aligned themselves with the values and tactics of the Occupy Wall Street movement. In October, protesters erected an encampment on the 600-acre property of Don and Shirley Nelson, whose land abuts GMP’s construction zone. Despite a court order requiring the Nelsons to keep visitors clear of the blast zone, the occupiers said they were prepared to stay all winter. Their goal is to bring greater public scrutiny to a project they believe is too big for Vermont.







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Protesters camped on the Nelsons’ property near the blasting zone

Update: The construction zone on Lowell Mountain has become the symbol of Vermont’s industrial-wind development debate. Even local environmental groups don’t see eye to eye on it. In early December, six Occupy Lowell

Mountain protesters and a journalist were arrested f or trespassing. Several days later, 18 more protesters blocked work crews, but departed bef ore more arrests could be made. The two-hour work stoppage cost “thousands of

dollars,” according to GMP spokes person Dottie Schnure. She claims the occupiers are creating a saf ety risk f or themselves, the 200 workers on site and area townspeople, whose police are being called away to deal with the demonstrations. But industrial-wind opponents are determined to call attention to what they see as a great irony: destroying the environment to slow global warming. Apparently, their message has reached Shumlin’s administration. Department of Public Service commis sioner Liz Miller told Vermont Public Radio that she’s “sensitive” to the con cerns of some Northeast Kingdom resi dents and suggested that f uture wind development on Vermont’s ridgelines may not be appropriate. Annette Smith, with Vermonters for a Clean Environment, was more sarcastic. “Wind developers are the closest thing to God this state has.” — K.P.



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The fight has moved to the Burlington City Council, which recently urged Mayor Bob Kiss to seek funding other than the $150,000 allocated from the Penny for Parks fund. Critics contend that money from this reserve — which is supported by a dedicated tax — would be better spent on repairs and maintenance at existing park facilities. Some condemn the planning process, as well. “The skateboard park scam is an example of lack of transparency,” suggests New North End activist Lea Terhune, comparing the project’s planning process to the closed-door financial maneuverings for Burlington Telecom. Kiss reacted to the council’s move by refusing to endorse the resolution calling for consideration of a new skatepark funding source. That course of action “makes no sense,” Kiss wrote in a message to councilors, arguing, “there is no more appropriate source of city funding” for the skate facility than Penny for Parks. A $4 million federal package for waterfront redevelopment is expected to cover most of the project’s costs, which could run as high as $900,000. If it gets built just north of the Moran Plant, the proposed park will be the largest in New England and a draw for skaters throughout the region. Some skeptics suggest the waterfront is the wrong location for such a project. Activist Tim Jarvis, for one, says he suspects “the majority of taxpayers would want to preserve the green space on the waterfront and see the skatepark built in a more secluded area.” Many would also “question why Burlington needs to have the biggest and most expensice skatepark in New England,” Jarvis adds.


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Definitely not, the movement’s members insist. Occupy Burlington has continued to assemble and march while organizing free holiday markets in City Hall Park. Protesters have been taking part in “listening sessions” related to Vermont’s universal health care law. A demo in support of the single-payer plan is scheduled for the Statehouse on January 3, the legislature’s opening day. More than 30 working groups, each infused with the energy of youth, are planning various initiatives, says occupier Brad Hartley. He won’t reveal what one of them might involve. But Hartley does declare, “The loss of the park is not permanent.” At Sunday-afternoon general assemblies, open to everyone, Occupy’s intervention in the city’s mayoral race has been posed as a possibility. Housing-focused protests are also being planned, notes activist FaRied Munarsyah. He suggests they could involve occupation of a foreclosed home, as has taken place in Brooklyn. Hartley offers a New Year’s prediction: “We’re going to experience a florescence of environmental and social justice movements in 2012.” Update:



Seven Days was the first local media outlet to report that Burlington’s Occupy City Hall park protest was having problems accommodating some of the homeless men who had joined the encampment. The next day, one of those men fatally shot himself inside a tent. The police closed the occupied portion of the park, which they had designated a crime scene. The following confrontation between campers and police threatened to become a riot — until Mayor Bob Kiss stepped in to make peace. Coupled with the onset of winter, does eviction equal the end of Occupy?




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Shumlin is staking a lot of political capital on his goal of making Vermont the first state to enact a universal, single-payer health care system. And he’s looking to one person in particular to navigate the policy and politics required to get the job done. Post-election, Shumlin named Anya Rader Wallack his special assistant in charge of health care ref orm. This September, he appointed her chair of the five-member Green Mountain Care Board, the panel designing the singlepayer system. Health care is a political minefield and attempts at compre hensive ref orm have vexed many a politician. Republican candidate Randy Brock is already taking swipes at Shumlin’s health care plan — he called it “f undamentally an -

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Earlier this month, Republican state Sen. Randy Brock stepped forward to announce his candidacy for governor in 2012 — but he said his campaign won’t begin until the legislative session wraps up in May. While he may not raise campaign cash or hire staff before spring, everything Brock does in the Senate this session will be viewed through a political lens — and with heightened scrutiny that could boost or sink his

gearing up to runf or office against Shumlin, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders or someone else. Instead, he launched Campaign for Vermont to unite Vermonters of all political stripes around “economic security, better job opportunities and growing prosperity f or Vermonters of every generation.” Lisman, viewed in business circles as a sort of elder statesman, has cited generic goals of government accountability and transparency, but otherwise has given f ew clues about his group’s agenda. Campaign For Vermont has already aired four separate radio ads and, at the governor’s invitation, met with Shumlin and his top aides. Campaign for Vermont bills itself as nonpartisan, but it counts several high-rolling GOP donors among

corporations, unions and individuals for f ederal election campaigns. Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Right?

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its f ounding partners, including Walt election prospects. A retired executive Freed and Angelo Pizzagalli. Lisman at Fidelity Investments, Brock served himself has donated to Democrats and as state auditor from 2005 to 2007 Republicans, but in 2010 contributed before winning a Senate seat in 2008. $10,000 to the Vermont Republican In making his announcement, Brock Federal Elections Committee. proclaimed that Shumlin’s health care and energy policies are “built on rosy assumptions and wishful thinking Todd Bailey constructed over a foundation of Todd Bailey quicksand.” That’s a lot of metaphors. has been a As a candidate, Brock will be forced to fixture at the elaborate on those shortcomings in the Statehouse months ahead. As a senator who sits f or years on committees with jurisdiction over — first as taxes and energy, he’ll be expected to do executive something to fix them. directorf o the Vermont Bruce Lisman League f o Conservation You may or may not see Bruce Lisman Voters and around the capital this year, but he’ll now as a be at work nonetheless. The f ormer lobbyist for the Dem-friendly firm Wall Street executive made a splash in KSE Partners. Come January, Bailey November when he told a gathering of will take on a new role as treasurer of the Associated Industries of Vermont a new “Super PAC” named Americans that state government should put the f or a Better Tomorrow, Today, part of brakes on health care and renewable a new branch of KSE Campaigns. The energy — two of Shumlin’s signature priorities — to focus exclusively on Irene PAC name is a ref erence to Stephen recovery. Some speculated that Lisman, Colbert’s Super PAC Americans For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, but the a native Vermonter who came home to purpose is dead serious. Bailey has said retire, was josh l ARkin/v Tdigg ER.o Rg


n just a few short days, Montpelier will be crawling with politicos. The start of the legislative session her alds a crush of lawmakers, lobbyists, advocates and citizens who descend on Vermont’s capital city and spend the next five months jockeying for position. All eyes will be on a trio of Democrat men who decide what gets done — or doesn’t — bef ore the session ends and campaign season begins: Gov. Peter Shumlin, House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell. On the Republican side, House Minority Leader Don Turner will carry the GOP banner into battle — and into the fall election campaign. All those guys get a lot of ink. But who else is worth watching? With hun dreds of characters pushing agendas in committee rooms, at cafeteria tables and on barstools after hours, separating the power players from the pip-squeaks can be tricky. Seven Days asked several political observers to nominate some less obvi ous contenders, and we threw in a f ew of our own suggestions. Warning: This list is by no means comprehensive, and we’re sure dozens more will emerge as standouts in the months ahead. But each of the f ollowing seven is poised to do something big this year. Whether they prove worthy of our collective gaze re mains to be seen.

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Instead, he launched “ campa Ign for Vermont.” the Vermont-based political action committee will advocate f or progressive tax policies, cleaner energy, economic security and collective bargaining rights f or unions — channeling energy f rom the Occupy movement into f undraising f or progressive causes. Bailey’s partner in crime is Bob Stannard, a former law maker and longtime antinuclear lobby ist. What makes the PAC super? Under the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, Super PACs — officially known as “independent expenditureonly committees” — can raise and spend unlimited sums of cash f rom

tidemocratic” on Vermont Public Radio on December 13 — suggesting the issue could take center stage in the 2012 gov ernor’s race. Rader Wallack certainly has the policy chops f or health ref orm: She was president of Arrowhead Health Analytics, a health care policy consulting firm, and served as executive director of the data analysis nonprofit Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care Inc. And she’s a veteran of past health care battles. She worked for then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 1990s and later f or f ormer Vermont governor Howard Dean. The good news for Rader

Wallack: The $122,866-a-year post allows seven years to get the job done.

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The Progressive Party won’t exactly be celebrating when the 2012 legislature convenes. Its highest profile officeholder, Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss, is leaving office in March under a cloud of scandal. Their best choice to replace him, state Sen. Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden), lost in a Democratic caucus and won’t run as a Prog. For the first time in three decades, the party faces the prospect of having no mayoral candidate. As chairman of the legislature’s seven-member Progressive Caucus, state Rep. Chris Pearson has the job of rebuilding the Progressive brand and maintaining its relevance in 2012. Progressives have already called on Shumlin to tax the wealthy, rather than cutting state services, to pay for repairing flooddamaged roads and bridges — a perennial cause that could gain popularity with the Occupy movement behind it. When state Democrats rejected a laborfriendly resolution at its state organizational meeting this fall, Progressives reaffirmed their union support with an identical measure weeks later — and started hinting about a challenge to Shumlin in 2012. When the governor is challenged from the left next year — on politics or policy — look for it to come from Pearson and the Progs. m

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The Vermont Public Service Board is the trio of state regulators — appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature — that decides utility cases. Often, those are routine and unremarkable matters, but in 2012 a few big utility cases will loom large over state politics. One is the fate of Vermont PSB Chair James Volz Yankee. Does the state have authority to shut down its sole nuclear power plant? As of December 19, U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha had

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You may not read VT Digger often — or at all — but the Statehouse denizens who shape state policy read the nonprofit news website religiously. Since launching in 2009, Digger has become a must-read for Montpelier policy wonks, political junkies and, increasingly, lawmakers. Digger goes in-depth on topics most news outlets don’t touch for fear of putting their audiences to sleep, such as health care and tax policy. It also posts verbatim press releases sent in by lobbyists, campaigns and special interest groups — and it attracts at least 3000 unique visitors a day. Editor Anne Galloway has single-handedly put Digger on the map as a self-described “one-woman reporting band,” but now she’s getting some much-needed help. Digger recently hired a full-time reporter, Alan Panebaker, to cover health care and energy, plus a part-time editor, parttime business manager and full-time sponsorship sales director. “Journalism is a team sport,” says Galloway, a former Barre-Montpelier Times Argus editor. “It’s been a scramble to cover the Statehouse and the big issues.”

not ruled on Entergy’s lawsuit against the state over its refusal to relicense the plant. But some legal scholars, including Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, have speculated that Murtha might kick the case back to the Public Service Board to decide. In February, the PSB will also take up the proposed merger of the state’s two largest utilities, Central Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain Power. The perceived coziness between the Shumlin administration and Green Mountain Power has made the corporate marriage complicated, and the PSB will be in the unenviable position of officiating. No matter what the regulators decide, someone will likely end up feeling disempowered.

The Remains of the Day Sunset brings a little magic to the Green Mountains

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wing by Church Street at just the right Dancing Dragons Parade time this New Year’s Eve and it may resemble a scene straight out of Chinese New Year. Floating above the crowds are massive, serpentine dragons that are more auspicious than ferocious. The mythical creatures, symbols of luck in Chinese folklore, are said to give bad spirits the boot. Crafted in part by children from area schools and hoisted along on poles, each monstrous, glittering being undulates its way down the marketplace in a colorful celebration of community and new beginnings.



oy, if ever a year came with baggage, it’s 2012. The end-year of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is rife with doomsday predictions — and, though Mayans and modern scientists alike have largely dispelled those as myths, it’s still pretty heavy stuff to weigh on your mind this New Year’s Eve. We’d rather subscribe to British rapper Jay Sean’s more festive forecast in “2012 (It Ain’t the End)”: “We gonna party like, like it’s 2012 ... It ain’t the end of the world.” Whatever the coming year brings, three First Night celebrations around the state make sure we ring it in right. Buy a button — it’s your ticket to music, theater, dancing and fi reworks. Burlington and Montpelier’s festivities rev up at noon; St. Johnsbury joins the club at 4 p.m. As always, the Queen City pulls out all stops in its impressive 12-hour celebration. Comic offerings are on the incline this year, with two helpings of funny at the Flynn — and you’ll want to hit up at least a few of the 15-plus venues for gigs by Circus Smirkus, the Starline Rhythm Boys, the House of LeMay and many more. ° e big draw, of course, is the fi reworks, and you can get a double dose at 6 p.m. and midnight. ° e Capital City forgoes fi reworks for the second year in favor of a lantern launch. At 9:30 p.m., magical, biodegradable Kongming lanterns light up the night, capping a day of face painting, ice skating, puppetry ... you name it. Everything’s over and done with by 10:30 p.m. for those who want to hit up another party — or maybe just hit the hay. Over in the Northeast Kingdom, St. Johnsbury offers the best of both worlds. Dancing Djinn performers play with fi re before helping revelers send sky lanterns into the night at 8:15 p.m. Traditional midnight pyrotechnics wrap up a Messiah sing-along, belly dancing and the always-popular planetarium shows. So much to do, and only one night to do it! Read on for some of the highlights. Neighboring towns also offer their own take on New Year’s Eve; see the sidebar for a roundup of dance parties and parades. It’s been a good run, 2011. Now, cheers to the new year!

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ireworks boom between Aya Inoue’s two First Night performances, but the scene set by this Burlington songstress counteracts the deafening clatter. “Aya Inoue’s voice is the defi nition of tranquility,” writesState of Mind music magazine, and yet her style — a blend of folk, Americana and country — is explosive in its own way. As one of the region’s top songwriters, she’s toured with Mike Gordon of Phish, collaborated with Lowell Thompson and Blues and Lasers, and currently fronts popular local folk-rock band the Amida Bourbon Project. Might some of those familiar faces be among the friends helping Inoue usher out 2011 onstage? Let’s fi nd out.


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rom the presidential election to alleged planetary shifting, 2012 is shaping up to be quite a ride. One band takes listeners there and back again Parade of LIghts with songs that evoke the open road. As Hotels & Highways, Erin “Syd” Sidney, Patrick Thomas and Vermont native Lisa Piccirillo weave aspects of blues and jazz into whimsical folk songs about going with the flow: “Spin the globe/ Wherever it stops, I’m going,” begins “Train Whistle.” That song was one of 10 written and recorded at a short lakeside retreat, a compilation of “cabin-grown” tracks that turned into the band’s debut album, Lost River. Guess you never know what the future will bring. Hotels & Highways 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Church. If you like this, try: Joshua Panda Band, 8 to 8:40 p.m. at Burlington City Hall Auditorium, First Night Burlington. Hotels & Highways

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ew Year’s Eve is all about looking up, from making optimistic Dancing Djinn resolutions for the coming months to simply craning your neck to see the fireworks. The puppeteers of Brattleboro’s National Marionette Theatre, however, have their heads firmly facing downward — to see the stage below, that is. The operators of this two-time UNIMA-citation-winning troupe, founded in 1967, play the roles of puppet master, carver, sculptor, painter and costumer in order to produce stunning rod-and-string fairy-tale adaptations. In their first visit to St. J, they’ll go above and beyond by featuring select marionettes in vignettes of their most popular performances. National Marionette Theatre 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Charles Hosmer Morse Center for the Arts, St. Johnsbury Academy.


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Best Bites of 2011 Two new ethnic eateries were the stars of the Burlington dining scene this year BY AL IC E L E VITT







Last summer, I began splitting my work-lunch loyalties between takeout at Farah’s Place on North Winooski Avenue and San Sai Japanese Restaurant on Lake Street. In recent weeks, I’ve been getting lunch out even more often, owing to the debut of Pistou on Main Street, with its creative, brilliantly craf ted sandwiches and soups that change daily. I can’t help but thank its sta° for diligently posting the lunch menu early each day. Although deciding is a bummer when you’re conf ronted with a sandwich containing chicken-liver mousse, bacon, apple and sherry vinegar on the same day as a sandwich with ricotta, beets and fi gbalsamic glaze. With any luck, Pistou will stick around f or a long time so we can try them all. For now, though, the Persian and Japanese spots share my annual pick f or best new restaurant of the year. In tribute, here are snippets of my reviews of both, with some updates.





early every day, sometimes several times a day, I meet readers who want to know my f avorite restaurants in Burlington. For most of my three years at Seven Days , this was a tough question. Bluebird Tavern was obvious — though, bef ore it moved to St. Paul Street f rom Riverside Avenue this month, it really f elt more like a Winooski dining spot. At Trattoria Delia, the gnocchi with boar is a treat, but outside my everyday budget. More of ten than not, I pref erred to seek my meals outside the Queen City. Then, this year, something magical happened. Great ethnic food fi nally came to Burlington.

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Since Farah’s Place opened quietly and signlessly in Burlington, I just haven’t been able to stay away. And it’s not just me. One of my Seven Days colleagues put the menu on the o˛ ce fridge while I was on vacation. A good f riend now swears by the huge weekly Thursday bu° et, complete with Middle Eastern music by local band Locum; he says the fare temporarily alleviates his tennis elbow. I am not making this up. Across the board, everything I’ve eaten there has been delicious, though, admittedly, each item tastes slightly di° erent f rom visit to visit. One dish that is always excellent is the tah chin. Available as a frequent special, this brick of sa° ron-colored basmati rice is fi lled with a creamy combination of chicken, yogurt and eggs. The crisped outside and soft inside make it something like a giant arancino. Instead of marinara, it’s topped with dried barberries, close kin to cranberries. A salad of f resh greens, lightly dressed in tangy yogurt sauce, adds color, but who are we kidding? It’s all about the tah chin. Kof teh, fi st-sized split-pea-and-beef meatballs, are also an unerring wonder, with a spicy tomato sauce and a side of bread f or dipping. Best of all, the sof t, raisin-and-walnut-stu° ed balls are so large, I get two meals from the $7 order. Speaking of the fl u° y bread that Farah serves, made at A Taste of Europe in Colchester, you would be remiss not to try it with the mirza ghasemie, or eggplant dip. A small portion of both (easily enough for an appetizer for two) is $3. Somewhat like a com f ortf ood baba ghanoush, the mirza ghasemie is fl avored with tomato and garlic, then topped with mint f ried in oil and surrounded by a moat of a yogurt-like whey product called kashk. Kebabs dominate the menu at Farah’s Place. They’re available as platters or tucked into those same lovely loaves of bread, and, either way, the meals are shimmeringly f resh. This is not a surprise, since local products are common on this menu. Even the lamb comes from Winding Brook Farm in Morrisville.



morE 2011 SupErlAtiVES Hottest restaurant trend: pop-up dining opportunities, such as Richard Witting’s now-discontinued isolé Dinner Club and Misery Love Co.’s many tasty experiments in burlington and Winooski. The trend that fell flat: Mexican. Despite a new crop of restos, Vermonters still seem dissatisfied with the options. the Vermont-finally-caught-up award: Avant-garde cuisine, in the form of foams, emulsions and sous-vide cooking, finally seemed to catch on at such restaurants as Amuse at the essex Culinary Resort & spa, pistou, and the North Hero House inn & Restaurant. Quickest open and close: Nite Life Café in Winooski. Was the Vietnamese late-night spot ever really open? Hottest business to start: A distillery. The more esoteric the booze, the better. Worst bummer: tropical storm irene, which closed dozens of restaurants throughout the state, some permanently. Biggest shocker: sudden closures in stowe, including the beloved shed Restaurant & brewery and santos Cocina Latina.

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Manhattan that New York magazine’s website rated 9 out of 10. At San Sai, sushi and sashimi options exemplify the creative tastes available at top spots in New York, and they feature sauces and flavored salts not previously seen in Vermont. When I visited for my review, I tried a particularly interesting creation called Hanamaki soba, fusing sushi rolls, noodles and tempura. The unique maki was filled with soba noodles and strands of seaweed. The ample pasta overhang was dipped in tempura, then fried into a cloud-like formation that floated above the nori roll. Slices of gourd (one of the wild edibles, or “san sai,” that lend the restaurant its name) surrounded the maki, and the whole thing sat in a light pool of sesame-based sauce. The dish was truly a stunner, but only a warm-up for the dinner I enjoyed. Like many of its upscale counterparts, San Sai offers an omakase, or chef’s-choice option. The diner sets the price, but from there the folks in the best bites OF 2011

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Mountain Fish. But the location’s relative obscurity can leave the restaurant lamentably quiet, especially at lunchtime. Diners don’t know what they’re missing. The interior of San Sai is as fresh visually as its food is on the palate. A large, naturalistic example of ikebana stands in the alcove behind the host stand; a giant vase holds brightly colored flowers, brought down to earth by a piece of driftwood. Tapestries decorated with Japanese characters hang from the ceiling. On the walls above the metal tables, a series of sumi-e ink-and-wash paintings depicts hungry cranes with their heads raised for a snack. There’s even artistry in the papers that hold the chopsticks, each printed with a sumi-e fish or flowers. If this attention to detail augurs well for the food, so does the quirky menu. The chef-owners are American Chris Russo and his mentor, 35-year culinary veteran Kazutoshi Maeda. They arrived in Vermont fresh from closing Tsuki, a sushi spot on the Upper East Side of


San Sai could hardly have a better home than the high-ceilinged space on the Burlington waterfront that was previously occupied (in succession) by Isabel’s, O and Taste. Lake views are perfectly suited to the fishy menu, supplied partly by local distributor Wood

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The koobideh are unaccountably juicy sausage lengths of ground chicken, lamb or beef. Lightly spiced with tiny flecks of red pepper throughout, they have a flavor so complex that they need nothing but a squeeze of lemon to dress them. However, the greatest kebab of all has got to be the boneless chicken. Just be sure to ask how long it’s been marinating when you order. Half a day isn’t enough. This moist, flavorful poultry is at the peak of its power after about three days. The yogurt-based marinade does something for me that nothing else in Vermont has: It takes me back to my favorite Indian restaurants when I was growing up around New York. The tangy, aromatic flavors are strong but comforting and as big as Texas — or rather, as the whole Middle East. The chicken kebab’s side of saffron rice benefits from its accompanying charred tomato. Cut it up and combine the two for a real treat. But, whatever you do, go to Farah’s. Chances are I’ll be there.

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rice and dressed with a few matchsticks of cucumber. Tuna made appearances in a pleasantly chewy roll topped with ume sauce and in a nigiri-style wand of coarsely chopped tartare mixed with brilliant-yellow pickled radishes. The clear headliner on the plate was the volcano roll, another dish that has since become one of my dietary staples. The simple inside-out rolls were filled with meaty chunks of tuna, lubed lasciviously with rich, spicy mayonnaise and piled into a pyramid. A shower of tempura crumbs coated the outside. On top, a lava flow of ikura, tobiko and fried strands of sweet potato added crunchy, poppy texture and salty sweetness. We were so full, we almost refused the final course of green-tea ice cream. The soft texture was pleasant, but the flavor was somewhat neutral. Russo, in classic sushi-master garb, made the rounds of tables at each of my meals. His modesty, friendliness and knowledge have made it a pleasure to talk with him about the dishes he and his master concocted. San Sai has invented Vermont Japanese cuisine. Each meal I’ve enjoyed there has been an adventure, full of surprises. Imitators may soon spring up, but unless they have Maeda and Russo’s mastery, San Sai will continue to stand alone. m FiLe: mAttheW thOrSeN



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kitchen rule. One key difference from metropolitan restaurants was that we were able to set the price at a relatively wallet-friendly $30 per person. The meal began with three small plates. A cube of pork belly was braised to creamy submission in a sweet mirinand-soy sauce. A nugget of homemade tofu was studded with mushrooms and served with ginger sauce. Perhaps most dazzling were a large round of tender daikon and three teensy French breakfast radishes, all bathed in sweet miso and poppy seeds. I had never seen anything quite like this dish before, but it felt familiar, like comfort food from another planet. Broiled-eeland-cucumber salad followed. The briny fish was moist and tender inside, with crisp, airy Chris Russo skin to rival pork rinds. Cucumbers provided a bright foil, along with a sweet and slightly tangy dressing. If the meal had ended there, we would have left thinking we’d got our money’s worth. However, six more courses followed. First came a cylinder of salmon tartare in carrot sauce, covered in its own salty — but not fishy — roe called ikura. Then there was the ume-shiso roll, which has since become a weekly musthave for me. For those unfamiliar with shiso, the leaf can be a revelation. Its neon flavor encompasses elements of lemon, mint and sage. Wrapped around sour pickled plum and a jicama-like root, yamaimo, it packed a wallop and left me salivating even after I’d eaten all the rice- and nori-wrapped slices. The roll provided an apt palate cleanser for what turned out to be the main event: a large plate filled with a veritable pantheon of aquatic delights. The carrot-sauced salmon returned, this time served on a slice of cucumber. So did the ikura, packed into nori over a layer of

Farah’s Place, 147 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, 540-3093. San Sai Japanese Restaurant, 112 Lake Street, Burlington, 862-2777.

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t’s only 90-odd miles from the Upper Valley to Burlington, but for me, taking a job in Chittenden County was akin to stepping through the looking glass. Last winter, I packed up my possessions and headed north to start my new gig as a food writer for Seven Days. I’d written about food culture back in the UV, but this was new territory and, as I found out, markedly different. I haven’t yet been able to put my finger on the nature of the distinction. The restaurants here are more numerous, the willingness to engage in discussion of food, agriculture and related policy more widespread, but there’s something else. This entire year felt like a journey through another country — disorienting, invigorating and sometimes bumpy — in which more than a few meals, trends and places stood out. Here’s a hodgepodge annotated list of the foods, libations, people and trends that left a mark on this (former) stranger.

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Big plate (and place) i won’t soon forget: Churrasco a la parrilla, Santos Cocina Latina, Stowe

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I pass by the now-vacant Santos often, and wish I had visited more than once. That one night I did — during Restaurant Week — chef Miguel Garcia’s grilled skirt steak was so perfect, earthy and moist, with an addictive, smoky, roasted-tomato chimichurri sauce painted across the top.

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with the season — as it should be. So I revisit my favorites while they’re still around. In Shelburne, I learned that chef Andrea Cousineau commands soy with the same skill as she does flesh. She gently fries tofu cakes in panko until crispy, then nestles them in a pool of tangy but lighter-than-air lemon-caper emulsion. I hope the dish comes around again this spring. One momentous summer night, I happened into Richmond’s Sonoma Station and met the crab and avocado Napoleon, a Jenga-like tower of


I’m a dedicated small-plate surfer. I usually find them more creative and original than main dishes, and their size fits the way I eat: often and in small bites, like a perpetually hungry sparrow. Some small plates vanish, as their components do,

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The plate was the essence of warmth. This beautiful space now sits empty; I hope something just as exquisite follows in Santos’ wake. If I had to choose a close second, anything chef John Delpha at Essex Junction’s Belted Cow Bistro does to his meat is fine by me. For instance, there was the “little bit of foie” he blended into a ragû he served once at a wine dinner there, or the plates of tender ribs that preceded it.


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Best reason to detour off I-89 in Randolph: Black Krim Tavern It was inside this dim, sparkly space, while eating a bowl of garlicky whitewine-butter broth full of warm kernels of sweet corn, wedges of heirloom tomato, a smear of tangy pesto and wilting baby lettuces, that Black Krim Tavern first made me weak at the knees. Chef Emily Wilkins reveres the farmers around her and transforms their efforts into unfussy but delicious fare: fish cakes with lemon aioli; poached shrimp over rice noodles with a coconut-lime sauce; braised chicken crêpes with Napa cabbage and cremini mushrooms. While you sample those dishes, Sarah Natvig, who manages the front of the house, might banter with you from behind her little bar and let you try her carefully selected wines. I only wish this place were closer.

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Though I live in Moscow, I wonder if Vergennes might be my spiritual home, and Bar Antidote my eventual church. The green, backlit bar is reminiscent of a retro pharmacy (an intentional resemblance, I guess) and loaded with all manner of local brews and libations. The drinks are strong, the plates of local fare hulking and often fleshy — the Pig Mac has ground pork, pork belly and house-cured bacon all in one bun. And the stranger at the bar beside you 1:49 PM might hold forth on physics, Civil War ephemera and slaughterhouses all in one conversation. The owners have just upped the originality ante: The chef is now raising his own pigs.

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That Sunday, I watched the rain lash the windows and thought Irene wasn’t living up to the hype. I didn’t know that, a few miles away, Route 131 was being ripped to shreds by the Black River, or that the neighbor’s cornfields were filling with water or that havoc reigned by late afternoon. That is, until tweets began racing by with tales of rivers teeming with propane tanks, bridges crumbling and friends fleeing for higher ground. Monday mornings are when fellow writer Alice Levitt and I usually collect food news. Instead of making me come straight into the office, the editors gave me carte blanche Simon Pear ce Restau to roam. With a 2 p.m. deadline looming, I jogged a half mile rant of closed road into Quechee to gawk in awe at the battered covered bridge, the flooded Simon Pearce Restaurant and friends of mine sweeping mud from the stairs of the Parker House Inn & Restaurant. An unscathed I-89 belied the fact that wrecked houses and flooded farms lined the country on either side. In Montpelier, I found business owners in a state of mute, exhausted shock after their second flood in three months. Farther up the road in Waterbury, the waters had receded, but a similar state of shock reigned, especially inside the Alchemist Pub & Brewery, where the floors and walls were wet and the basement brewery a shambles. Employees and others had tears in their eyes. Neighbors down the street were just beginning to yank out furniture, floorboards, carpets, books and bric-a-brac, piling them on front lawns where they would remain for days, often weeks. The stock of the Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Company sat drying outside, and the inside of Juniper’s Fare looked like death. On to Waitsfield, where, near dusk, Bridge Street business owners such as Jason Gulisano of the Green Cup and Savitri Bhagavati and Iliyan Deskov of MINT Restaurant and Tea Lounge neared the end of a long day of mucking out. An entire photo studio lay crumpled and shoved into the side of the Green Cup. What was indelible about that day was how much destruction was wrought in such a short time, but also how tenaciously the victims got things done in those very first, surreal 24 hours. Since then, witnessing the speed with which many food producers, brewers, farmers and others have sprung back is both moving and humbling. Take, for instance, the owners of Juniper’s Fare, who rallied to put together a café even more vibrant than it was before. The stories are not all heartwarming. Denied insurance claims mean more waiting and uncertainty for businesses such as MINT. The Green Cup remains shuttered; the Alchemist Pub & Brewery is not returning (at least, not in its former incarnation); and many farmers must wait until spring to start their year anew, some with vastly eroded footprints and concerns about what the muck has left behind on their land. Food-related businesses account for 15 percent of Vermont’s economy, create 21,000 jobs and generate $837 million in wages. Behind those stats lie stunning resilience, creativity and connectedness from border to border. Irene brought those qualities to the fore and left many observers humbled, including me.


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Best why-didn’t-someonethink-of-this-sooner combination: Sushi and local craft brews at Blackback Pub and Flyshop, Waterbury When I moved up the road from Waterbury, I learned that Stebu Sushi chef Stephen Shaefer had a following for the imaginative rolls he created from raw fish shipped weekly from Hawaii — mahimahi, pumpkin swordfish, kaku (openwater barracuda) and barramundi, among others. This summer, the subterranean pub next door to his tiny sushi shop — Blackback Pub and Flyshop — knocked down the wall that separated the two. Wonder Twin powers activated, and, by early September, Shaefer was serving

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his fare right on the bar, alongside Hill Farmstead brews and other local elixirs. Everyone seems very happy in here all the time. Maybe it’s because, while they can get all of the standard ingredients — salmon, eel, avocado, carrot — Shaefer makes his sushi doubly creative with unusual accoutrements such as mango, shiitake mushrooms and pickled vegetables, or Fukujin zuke. His tangy

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in the car, devouring it like a savage. I made a pilgrimage to Elmore Mountain to see how it’s made. I continue to haunt the store shelf where it arrives every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I also keep going to Burlington’s City Market on Wednesdays in hopes of grabbing one of Gérard Rubaud’s famous loaves, but I have yet to succeed. So, for now, Elmore Mountain is my holy grail.

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On Saturdays, the crew here serves shimmering raw oysters fresh from the docks in Massachusetts, with a mignonette sauce that sparks their flavors to life. The ever-changing beers with which to wash them down include such quaffs as Hill Farmstead Everett Porter and Lawson’s Finest Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. It’s like a little bit of Galway in landlocked Vermont.

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Best place I haven’t been yet, though everyone else talks about it: Ariel’s Restaurant, Brookfield I’ve called here a few times to talk with Lee Duberman or Richard Fink for stories. I’ve drooled over their menus. I’ve listened to others gush about unforgettable meals and experiences. And I have yet to make it down to Brookfield.

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Harrison’s Restaurant and Bar, Stowe Before I first darkened the threshold here, I figured Harrison’s would be a nondescript place to grab a burger or wings or a plate of something hearty. Wrong. There’s a reason this spot is always busy, even when Stowe’s Main Street is deserted: It’s a burrow into which you can descend and feel immediately at home. To boot, the fare is well rendered, and the chef pays attention to detail — crafting a spinach dip made with mascarpone and a hint of heat, for instance, or braised short ribs in a charlike blackberry chipotle barbecue sauce that tastes like midnight. The glasses of wine are generous, too. It’s the essence of an unpretentious neighborhood American bistro. 


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For me, Red Hen Baking Company was love at first sight: a welcoming café just off the highway I drive regularly, where I could park with my laptop and feast on scones, tea, warm bread and hearty soups. Only after a few visits did I realize it also harbors a taut yet eclectic wine selection. Whoever curates this has a head for good grapes and unusual varietals: Zweigelt, Marsanne and local wines galore.

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Once I saw one hop plant, I began seeing them everywhere: wending up posts and along trellises and the sides of buildings, dripping with aromatic cones. There was a time, in fact, when the whole of the Vermont landscape was covered in hops. One day soon, I hope — and so do local brewers — state growers will reach a critical mass and begin rivaling production on the West Coast.



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

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SERENITY YOGA : Gentle poses foster a sense of peacefulness in a deep-relaxation fl oor class. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation; bring a pillow and blanket if desired. Info, 881-5210.


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. WINOOSKI HOLIDAY POP-UP ART MARKET : Fine arts, crafts and locally made products fi ll a vacant space. Entrance to the market is on Main Street, by the top right side of the Winooski circle. 25 Winooski Falls Way, suite 17, noon-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-4839, info@kasinihouse. com.




BABYTIME : Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. MOVING & GROOVING WITH CHRISTINE : Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


DARK GREEN FOLK WITH JOSH : Listeners get all folked up with dark, and sometimes funny, original songs and rock covers redone with “green” lyrics. Big Picture ˛ eater & Café, Waitsfi eld, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 223-5844, OPEN REHEARSALS : Singers lend their voices in preparation for the Green Mountain Mahler Festival’s New Year’s Day performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-10 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 864-0788.



‘ANNIE’ : Leapin’ lizards! ˛ e 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. CIRCO COMEDIA : Daredevilry meets hilarity in stunts by Montréal’s Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 760-4634.





COMMUNITY BIKE SHOP NIGHT : Steadfast cyclists keep their rides spinning and safe for year-round pedaling. FreeRide Bike Co-op, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 552-3521.


s fun funas asit it is to is party to party intointo the wee weehours hours of January of January 1, let’s let’sface faceit:it: Sleeping Sleeping ’til ’til 2 p.m. p.m.and andnursing nursinga hangover a hangover is is no way waytotogreet greet New New Year’s Year’ Day. s Day. Folks looking lookingforfor a fresh a fresh start start begin 2012 2012with with their their bestbest foot foot forward by setting their alarm —˝or — or perhaps forgoing sleep altogether — for RunVermont’s 24th annual FirstRun. Wacky costumes keep the festive spirit strong at this 5K with half- and one-mile fun run options; postrace food, prizes and a raffl e follow in stride. Besides, pounding a path through quiet downtown Burlington shouldn’t be too hard of a resolution to keep.


CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM : See WED.28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. WINOOSKI HOLIDAY POP-UP ART MARKET : See WED.28, noon-8 p.m.


EARLY-LITERACY STORY TIME : Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, westford_pl@vals. LEGO CREATIONS : Kids ages 5 and up fashion astonishing creations out of plastic bricks and building supplies. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. THU.29

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Full Speed Ahead

SLEIGH RIDES : Weather permitting, jingling horses trot visitors over the snow and rolling acres. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., rides depart every half hour from the Welcome Center. $6-8; free for kids under 3. Info, 985-8442.





FIRSTRUN Sunday, January 1, at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington. Registration, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.; 5K, 11 a.m.; kids half-mile and one-mile fun runs, 11:05 a.m.; food, awards and raffl e, 11:30 a.m. $7-20. Info, 863-8412.

Over the Moon





Friday, January 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. $5-8; preregistration recommended; snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. Info, 229-6206.



With sparkling snow crunching pleasingly beneath their feet and the man in the moon lighting the night sky above, outdoorsy to to look up or at North types won’t won’tknow knowwhether whether look updown or down at North Branch Nature Nature Center’s Center’s Full FullMoon MoonSnowshoe SnowshoeHike. Hike.It’s It’snot nota a lunar phases, these bad problem problem to tohave. have.Determined Determinedbybythe the lunar phases, these guided monthly treks — or hikes, if snow doesn’t show — take take adults into the the hillsides hillsides of ofthis this28-acre 28-acrenature naturepreserve, preserve,and and orays proceed and North sometimes f forays proceedinto intoHubbard HubbardPark Park and North Branch Park. Stargazing and barred-owl sightings add to the celestial celebration — as does a hot chocolate fi nale, served in a heated barn.


Time After Time


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CHRIS SMITHER Saturday, January 7, 7 p.m., at Town Hall Th ˜ eater eaterininMiddlebury. Middlebury.$24-27. $24-27.Info, Info,388-0216.



Across the Universe


JAN.06 & 07 | THEATER


Friday, January 6, and Saturday, January 7, 8 p.m., at Moore ˜ eater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $10-35. Info, 603-646-2422.




“It’s a planet! Like the one we’re on ... only, this one is blue and pretty,” one character exclaims in Baby Universe, a puppet playlet of apocalyptic proportions by New York City’s Wakka Wakka Productions and Norway’s Nordland Visual Theatre. The premise is this: The sun is dying, taking Earth, its neighboring planets and all their inhabitants out with it. Deep in a bunker, scientists nurture a lab-grown “baby universe” — a tantrum-prone toddler that, with any luck, will soon birth a habitable planet. Incorporating Stephen Hawking theories amid references to Al Gore and the Muppets, this visually stunning story tackles the bleak end of days with creative vim and vigor. And it’s a hell of a way to ring in the doomsday hype of 2012.

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Music With Raphael : Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


sleigh Rides : See WED.28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.



FiRst- t iMeRs Fo Rza class : Participants channel their inner samurai warrior in an intense, sword-laden fitness class. Perkins Fitness Consulting and Personal Training Studio, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $5. Info, 578-9243.

anaïs Mitchell : The Vermont artist who gained national acclaim for her folk-opera Hadestown flies solo and acoustic. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $35. Info, 760-4634.




aFte Rnoon poet Ry & cReative W Riting gRoup : Scribes come together for an artistic exploration of the inner voice led by lit lover Janie Mardis. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.

FRi.30 art

senio R aRt classes : Folks ages 55 and up explore drawing, pastels, oil and acrylic paints, printmaking, collages, and sculpture while discussing basic design concepts such as shape, texture and color. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 864-0604.





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

‘annie’ : See WED.28, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. t he unplugged B Road Way seRies : Hit show tunes prevail in “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rogers & Hammerstein.” Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $32. Info, 760-4634.


‘kung Fu panda 2’ : Jack Black voices a rotund, computer-generated bear in this martialarts sequel. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

aRgentine t ango : 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. Ball Roo M l esson & 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.

health & fitness

al BuRgh Walking gRoup : Neighbors in clean-soled shoes take strides and socialize. Alburgh Volunteer Fire Department, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 865-0360.


ch Rist Mas at the Fa RM: See WED.28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Winooski h oliday pop- up aRt Ma Rket : See WED.28, noon-8 p.m.


Book vs. Movie : Readers screen animated adventure The Tale of Despereaux and discuss its merits against the book by Kate DiCamillo. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. kids in the kitchen : From sticky rice to seaweed sheets, adventurous gourmands assemble vegetarian sushi rolls. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

evening sleigh Rides : Pat Palmer of Thornapple Farm and a team of Percheron draft horses lead a celestial ride under the winter sky, weather permitting. Shelburne Farms, rides depart at 6 p.m., 6:45 and 7:30. $7-15; free for kids under 3; preregister. Info, 985-8686. sleigh Rides : See WED.28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


‘annie’ : See WED.28, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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


Ball Roo M l esson & dance social : See FRI.30, 7-10 p.m. capital city cont Ra dance: neW yeaR’s eve paRty : Feet in soft-soled shoes make the rounds to tunes by Mary Lea, Roger Kahle and Mary Cay Brass, and calling by Will Mentor. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $8. Info, 744-6163. West aFRican dance Wo Rkshop : Experienced native dancer Chimie Bangoura demonstrates authentic Guinean moves for kids, teens and adults. Burlington Taiko, noon-1 p.m. $12. Info, 377-9721.


Woodstock Fil M Festival: Winte R seRies : Norwegian film students attempt to capture footage of folkloric creatures in Troll Hunter, André Øvredal’s 2010 fantasy/horror flick. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $410. Info, 457-2355.


a Wicked sMaRt neW yeaR’s: The Wicked Smart Horn Band enliven a buffet dinner and dance bash. Tamarack Grill, Burke Mountain Ski Resort, 6:30 p.m. $60; make reservations; for ages 21 and up. Info, 626-7300. ch Rist Mas at the Fa RM: See WED.28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. FiRst night Bu Rlington : Stage shows, musical acts and arts activities kick off the new year as part of a citywide, substance-free party. See for a complete schedule. Various downtown locations, Burlington, noon-midnight. $5-27 button; free for kids under 3; some shows require additional $4 tickets. Info, 863-6005. FiRst night Montpelie R: Music, ice skating, puppetry and a parade of lights help citizens

celebrate the advent of 2012. Visit for the full schedule. Various downtown locations, Montpelier, noon-10:30 p.m. $10-18 per button. Info, 371-9242 or 223-9604. FiRst night sing- along : Megan Butterfield, Emer Feeney and Robert Resnick lead festive songs old and new. First Congregational Church, Burlington, noon-12:40 p.m. Free with First Night Button. Info, 865-7216. FiRst night st. Johns BuRy: Fireworks, a fair and live music top off this arts-centered evening. See for a complete schedule. Various downtown locations, St. Johnsbury, 4 p.m.-midnight. $12-17; free for preschoolers. Info, 748-2600. FiRst night st. Johns BuRy at the Fai RBanks Museu M: Before the fireworks, visitors see stars at special planetarium tours of the galaxy. Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, 7-10 p.m. Free with First Night button; reserve tickets early.. Info, 748-2372. neW yeaR’s eve FiReWoRks & t oRchlight paRade : Ring in the New Year with a skyhigh lights show, visible from the base lodge. Bolton Valley Resort, 8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 877-926-5866. neW yeaR’s eve knights o F colu MBus paRty : Revelers toast 2012 with cocktails, dinner, dancing and a midnight brunch. Knights of Columbus, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. $45; preregister. Info, 309-1492. neW yeaR’s eve l atin dance : Dance the night — and the year — away to Latin American and Caribbean rhythms. Snacks, hats, tiaras, leis and horns provided. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9 p.m. $6-15. Info, 324-3161 or 324-7754. neW yeaR’s eve Ma MBo: Latin dance gets the party started, and a Cuban dinner, island drink specials, fireworks and a midnight toast follow. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 9 p.m. $5-10. Info, 496-8994. neW yeaR’s eve paRty & Fi ReWoRks : The Grift provide a soundtrack to an evening of food, fireworks and general revelry. Jay Peak Resort, 10 p.m. Various prices. Info, 988-2611, info@ neW yeaR’s eve With the h oRse tR ade Rs: Danceable tunes by Deb Brisson, Rich Marshall, Jon Rooney, Pete Ryan and John Wallace build to a Champagne toast at midnight. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 382-9222. Rockin’ neW yeaR’s eve: A bubbly toast at midnight caps a gala dinner and dance party with tunes by Sturcrazie and Smokin’ Gun. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $52.25; for ages 21 and up. Info, 863-5966. t oRchlight paRade : Burke Mountain Academy athletes and staff make the mountain glow as they bring torches from Darling Point and Bunker Hill down to the Sherburne Base Lodge. Burke Mountain Ski Resort, 8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 626-7300.


West aFRican dJeMBe WoRkshop : Chimie Bangoura trains kids, teens and adults alike in traditional rhythms and techniques. Burlington Taiko, 11 a.m.-noon. $15. Info, 377-9721.


sun .01 holidays

ch Rist Mas at the Fa RM: See WED.28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


gReen Mountain Mahle R Festival : A large group of musicians and singers do justice to Beethoven’s grand orchestral work, Symphony no. 9. Proceeds benefit the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. $10-25. Info, 863-5966.


sleigh Rides : See WED.28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


FiRstRun : Community members of all ages start 2012 off on the right foot on a 5K course through downtown. See calendar spotlight. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, registration, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; 5K, 11 a.m.; kids’ half-mile and one-mile fun runs, 11:05 a.m.; food, awards and raffle, 11:30 a.m. $7-20. Info, 863-8412.

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health & fitness

z uMBa gold : Invigorating Latin music fosters a party-like workout atmosphere for baby boomers and active older participants. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5:15-6 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.


isle l a Motte playg Roup : Stories and crafts make for creative play. Yes, there will be snacks. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. sWanton playg Roup : Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. WRiting FoR Fun : Middle schoolers get the creative juices flowing by penning short stories, memoirs and poems. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


FoRza Wo Rkout : See THU.29, North End Studio A, Burlington.


MaRJoRie cady Me MoRial W Rite Rs gRoup : Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-2926,

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sleigh Rides : See WED.28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

coMMunity Bike shop night : See THU.29, 6-8 p.m.



‘annie’ : See WED.28, 2 p.m.

cReative t uesdays : Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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FairFax Story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with folklore, fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. Grand iSle Pajama Story time: Listeners show up with blankets for bedtime tales. Grand Isle Free Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. HiGHGate Story Hour: Good listeners soak up classic fairy tales. Highgate Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. muSic WitH robert: Music lovers of all ages engage in sing-alongs. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Science & StorieS: SnoW: Kids have aha! moments regarding properties of precipitation. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. SoutH Hero PlayGrouP: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grownup companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. St. albanS PlayGrouP: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. teen adviSory board: Middle and high schoolers have a say in program planning and the teen collection. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


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

abiGail mcGoWan: In “The Kashmir Dispute: Historical Origins and Current Prospects,” the UVM professor looks at the roots of the IndiaPakistan conflict. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. beSS o’brien: The Vermont filmmaker shares clips from and discusses Ask Us Who We Are, her documentary about foster care. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. jan alberS: The author of Hands on the Land pinpoints the historical forces that have shaped Vermont’s landscape. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. marjorie ryerSon: The author explores one of life’s most profound experiences in “The Intimate Privilege of Being With the Dying.” Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. PHiliP ambroSe: The UVM classics professor emeritus looks at how plays from ancient Athens became the foundation for Western literature in “Once There Were Greek Tragedies, Then ...” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. rick WinSton: Twelve video clips presented by this film expert attempt to answer the question “What Makes a Classic Film?” Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. rolF diamant: The national-park superintendent and writer identifies the lasting impact of the War Between the States in “From the Northeast Kingdom to Baton Rouge: Vermonters, the Civil War and the Road to Emancipation.” Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902.




‘annie’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m.

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imProv niGHt: See WED.28, 8-10 p.m.


9/1 SAT

Rusko @ Memorial Auditorium Zach Deputy Band @ Rusty Nail Bar & Grille, Stowe “Cabin Fever Reliever 2012”—Bill Kirchen with The Starline Rhythm Boys, Elisabeth von Trapp, and special guests @ Emerald Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan @ Champlain Valley Fair, Essex Junction

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Beethoven’s 9th Symphony @ Elley-Long Music Center @ Saint Michael’s College, Colchester Flynn/BCA’s 30/30 Anniversary Print Project Opening Reception (FREE) @ Amy E. Tarrant Gallery Community Cinema Series (FREE): “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” @ FlynnSpace The Bengsons: “Music from Hundred Days” @ FlynnSpace Burlington Chamber Orchestra (1/14-15) @ Saint Michael’s College McCarthy Arts Center Theatre “Mamma Mia!” @ Flynn MainStage Nan O’Brien: Share The Spirit! @ BFA Performing Arts Center, St. Albans “The Intergalactic Nemesis” @ Flynn MainStage William Porter (organ): Kaleidoscopic Sounds of the Pipe Organ @ The Cathedral Church of St. Paul The Clean House (1/25-29, 2/1-5, 2/8-12) @ FlynnSpace Anonymous 4: “ANTHOLOGY 25” @ UVM Recital Hall Carolina Chocolate Drops @ Flynn MainStage Vermont Symphony Orchestra: “Masterworks 3” featuring the VSO Chorus and guest soloists @ Flynn MainStage Vermont Youth Orchestra Winter Concert @ Flynn MainStage

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entertainment induStry mixer: Theater, film, television and commercial professionals convene to forge friendships, collaborate on artistic projects and share ideas. Spark Arts, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.


aSSeSSment oF Prior learninG ProGram/ claSSeS: Adults who are considering going to college attend a general information session about earning credit for learning acquired on the job or in other settings. Held at all Vermont Interactive Television locations statewide, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 828-4064.




celebrate tHe artS niGHt: High schoolers exhibit visual and practical artwork, put on short musical and theater performances, and host family activities. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-7100, community bike SHoP niGHt: See THU.29, 6-8 p.m. THU.05

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leGal- & Financial-PlanninG WorkSHoP For Same-Sex couPleS: Presenters Kenneth M. Nussbaum and Alexia Venafra address wills, advance directives, financial powers of attorney, surrogacy and donor agreements, and more. Held at Vermont Interactive Television studios around the state, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0217.

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enoSburGH PlayGrouP: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FairField PlayGrouP: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. HiGHGate Story Hour: See TUE.03, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. HoGWartS readinG Society: Fascinated by fantasy? Book-club members gab about the wizarding world of Harry Potter and other series. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. middle ScHool book club: Passionate readers recount their favorite works. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. movinG & GroovinG WitH cHriStine: See WED.28, 11-11:30 a.m. Pajama Story time: Kids up to age 6 wear their jammies for evening tales. Arvin A. Brown Library, Richford, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

‘annie’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m. kick-oFF/inFo meetinG For ‘titanic: tHe muSical’: Cast members are needed for Lyric Theatre Company’s spring show about the RMS Titanic’s maiden — and, tragically, last — voyage. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1484. tHe metroPolitan oPera: live in Hd encore: Renée Fleming stars in a broadcast screening of Handel’s Rodelinda. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18-24. Info, 660-9300.

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food & drink

No-KNead Bread: Bakers churn out cheap yet delicious loaves and mix up a cheddar spread. Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700.


early-literacy Story time: See THU.29, 11 a.m. Fletcher PlaygrouP: Little ones make use of the open gym before snack time. Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FraNKliN Story hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. georgia PlaygrouP: Provided snacks offer an intermission to free play. Georgia Youth Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. oPeN comPuter time: Teens play games and surf the web on library laptops. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Pajama Story time: Little kids rock nightgowns and flannels as special guests read from books. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-53. Info, 603-646-2422. muSic iN the loFt coNcert SerieS: Jen Crowell executes Americana and folk tunes. Ten percent of proceeds benefit the Lake Champlain Land Trust. Shelburne Vineyard, 5:30-8 p.m. Free; wine available by the glass (proper ID required). Info, 985-8222. Soul @ home: Upper Valley funk/blues band Green Room and neo-soul songstress Myra Flynn share the stage. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 603-448-0400.


tele thurSdayS: Slopes fans try out free heel skiing with the folks from Eastern Mountain Sports. Bolton Valley Resort, 5-8 p.m. Regular lift tickets prices apply; reservations suggested to reserve demo equipment. Info, 877-926-5866.


‘the eNd oF the world aS we imagiNe it’ PaNel diScuSSioN: In conjunction with Baby Universe, a professor, a librarian, a cartoonist, a performing-arts pro and a guest puppet debate the apocalypse and its depiction in pop culture, the media, the arts, and more. Faculty Lounge, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 5 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2010.


‘aNNie’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m.


aFterNooN Poetry & creatiVe writiNg grouP: See THU.29, 2-3:30 p.m.


Big Bad Voodoo daddy: The SoCal swingrevival band — known for hits like “Go Daddy-O” — draws from classic American jazz and big-band music. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $45. Info, 760-4634. BurliNgtoN SoNgwriterS: Lyricists share and critique original works. Heineberg Community & Senior Center, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 859-1822. daVid FiNcKel, wu haN & PhiliP Setzer: Pianist Han and two members of the Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet celebrate the musical genius of Mendelssohn in collaborative performances. RT







SeNior art claSSeS: See FRI.30, 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Ballroom leSSoN & daNce Social: See FRI.30, 7-10 p.m. worceSter Family daNce: Movers of all ages take over the dance floor to tunes by


americaN iNterNatioNal cluB oF VermoNt: Expats, well-traveled citizens and Vermonters with a case of wanderlust gather for drinks in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. Lobby, Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at Info, 347-569-4336.

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alBurgh walKiNg grouP: See FRI.30, 10-11 a.m. 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, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 865-0360, ext. 1049.


‘cliFFord the Big red dog liVe!’: The brighthued pooch embarks on adventures with friends in an all-new musical. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. Call for price. Info, 775-0903. 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. middle School BooK grouP: Page turners chat about favorite works of lit. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. 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.


tertulia latiNa: See FRI.30, 5:30-7 p.m.


looSe chaNge: Local young rockers Daniel Mench-Thurlow and Eben Schumacher kick off the first THT Cabaret of 2012. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 382-9222. VizioNary cd-releaSe Party: Former Burlingtonian Adam Cram shares his first official album, Third-I, dubbed “conscious music for the conscious mind.” The Firefly Collective, Burlington, 5 p.m.-midnight. Donations accepted. Info, 314-265-0654, vizionarysight@ youNg traditioN reuNioN: They may be young, but they’re old souls. Winners and favorites from past Young Tradition Weekends perform — Les Poules a Colin, the Irregulars, Hannah Beth Crary and more. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 6 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 863-5966.


Full mooN SNowShoe hiKe: Crunch across snowy hillsides in lunar light. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. See calendar spotlight. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-8; preregistration recommended. Info, 229-6206.


‘amahl aNd the Night ViSitorS’: A concert with Arthur Zorn and the Bethany Church Choir precedes a production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s beloved holiday opera, starring Justin Murray and Lisa Jablow. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $10 donation for adults; $25 donation for family of three or more. Info, 223-2424, ext. 224, ‘aNNie’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m. ‘BaBy uNiVerSe’: Wakka Wakka Productions and Nordland Visual Theatre team up for a










High-Low-Jack and calling by Michael Travis. Town Hall, Worcester, supper, 5:30 p.m.; family dance, 6:30 p.m.; dessert, 8 p.m.; music by John Mullet and Dillon Delano, 8:30-10 p.m. $5 per person; $8-12 per family. Info, 229-0173.

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BurlingTon YogA ConferenCe: Yogis ignite positive change through mat sessions, group workshops, meditation and discussion. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. $55 full-day pass; $16 single-workshop pass.

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frAnklin CounTY humAne SoCieTY BenefiT AuCTion: Animal lovers let the bidding begin to help the shelter take care of its fuzzy tenants each year. Diamond Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7-11 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9650.

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BurlingTon WinTer fArmerS mArkeT: More than 50 local farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh and prepared foods, crafts, and more in a bustling indoor marketplace with live music, lunch seating and face painting. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, CAleDoniA WinTer fArmerS mArkeT: Freshly baked goods, veggies, beef and maple syrup feature prominently in displays of “shop local” options. Welcome Center, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088. CApiTAl CiTY WinTer fArmerS mArkeT: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958, empTY BoWl Supper for hAiTi: A modest meal of soup in a handmade dish raises awareness about world hunger and supports education, health care, and clean water in the village of Boc Banic. Bread, a beverage and dessert included. St. John Vianney Parish Hall, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $5 includes keeping the bowl. Info, 878-7434.

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‘WAr horSe’: Supporters of Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program’s Horses for Heroes equine-therapy program for Vermont veterans suffering from war-related injuries screen Steven Spielberg’s latest war drama. Horsedrawn carriage rides, a raffle and an art show augment the affair. Majestic 10, Williston, 7 p.m. $35 for dinner (5:30 p.m.) and the movie; $15 for movie only. Info, 264-6722 or 372-4087. WooDSToCk film feSTivAl: WinTer SerieS: A woman hopes to escape the Brazilian desert in Andrucha Waddington’s House of Sand. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $4-10. Info, 457-2355.


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We’ll Help You Start the Year Off Right! Stay well (and well•informed) this New YearCheck out these upcoming workshops at The Coop! Tuesday, January 3rd 5-6pm

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TWELFTH NIGHT CELEBRATION: A message of peace rings out in a collaboration of choral literature, music, dance and prose from the Essex Children’s Choir and special guests Full Circle, the Wheeler Trombone Quartet, the Adirondack Ballet Liturgical Dance Ensemble, and more. Snow date: Sunday. Chapel, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 863-9161.


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.



CHRIS SMITHER: The American artist draws inspiration from the blues, American folk music and modern poets. See calendar spotlight. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $24-27. Info, 382-9222. DE TEMPS ANTAN: Québécois musicians add to their country’s francophone traditions. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-35. Info, 603-646-2422. WEST AFRICAN DJEMBE WORKSHOP: See SAT.31, 11 a.m.-noon. RT











BURLINGTON-AREA SCRABBLE CLUB: Triple-letter-square seekers spell out winning words. New players welcome. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7558. NEW YEAR’S BINGO: The more players, the bigger the payout — making someone’s 2012 start off with a bang. Regular Veterans Association, Winooski, 1-3 p.m. $20 for 10 cards. Info, 655-9899.


CHILDREN’S AUDITIONS FOR ‘TITANIC: THE MUSICAL’: Two to four young thespians are needed to play both first- and third-class passengers in Lyric Theatre Company’s spring production about a ship that turned out to be sinkable, after all. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1484.


DIMANCHES: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


SLEIGH RIDES: See WED.28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


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

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CENTER MIDWINTER BALD EAGLE SURVEY: Sharp eyes monitor the national bird by the theater lower portion of the Winooski River. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ‘AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS’: See FRI.06, Free. Info, 229-6206. 3 p.m. SLEIGH RIDES: See WED.28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ‘ANNIE’: See WED.28, 2 p.m. AUDITIONS FOR ‘AN EVENING WITH DURANG’: sport Cast and crew hopefuls throw their hats in the ring for Essex Community Players’ production MOONLIGHT SKI & SNOWSHOE: A blazing of four one-act plays by Christopher Durang. bonfire and hot chocolate await in a wooded Memorial Hall, Essex, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878clearing, just a kilometer’s traverse away. 9109, Kingdom Trails Nordic Center, East Burke, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 626-6005 or 535-5662, info@ AUDITIONS FOR ‘TITANIC: THE MUSICAL’: Teens and adults hope to break a leg in tryouts for Lyric Theatre Company’s tragic spring show, to theater be presented on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. ‘ANNIE’: See WED.28, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1484. ‘BABY UNIVERSE’: See FRI.06, 8 p.m. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD ENCORE: See WED.04, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 4 p.m. $12-18. Info, 518-523-2512. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD ENCORE: SPAULDING AUDITORIUM: Jonas bazaars Kaufman stars in a broadcast screening of ANTIQUES MARKET: Treasure hunters find Gounod’s Faust. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins bargains among collections of old furniture, Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. art, books and more, supplied by up to 20 $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422. dealers from the New England area. Elks Club, THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD Montpelier. $5 for early buyers (7:30 a.m.); $2 ENCORE: TOWN HALL THEATER: See above listfor the general public (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Info, ing, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $24. 751-6138. Info, 382-9222.




NOFA VERMONT’S 7TH ANNUAL DIRECT MARKETING CONFERENCE: Farmers glean advice from marketing experts to better connect to the local-food movement. Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $30-35; free for one representative from each farmers market. Info, 434-4122.



WOMEN’S POETRY GROUP: Writers give and receive feedback on their poetic expressions in a nonthreatening, nonacademic setting. Call for specific location. Private home, Burlington,


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high sChOOL OPeN hOuse & PaNeL: A panel of high schoolers and graduates describe the Waldorf education. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, Charlotte, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2827.

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LegisLative Breakfast series: Dining and discourse come together as Gov. Shumlin details his priorities for 2012. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7:30-9 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-3489.

health & fitness

geNtLe YOga fOr everYONe: See FRI.06, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30 p.m. ZuMBa gOLd: See MON.02, 5:15-6 p.m.

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isLe La MOtte PLaYgrOuP: See MON.02, 10-11:30 a.m. Let’s LearN JaPaNese!: Little linguists get a fun intro to the language and culture of the Land of the Rising Sun with Middlebury College student Jerry Romero. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. stOries With MegaN: Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. sWaNtON PLaYgrOuP: See MON.02, 9:30-11 a.m. WritiNg fOr fuN: See MON.02, 3:30-4:30 p.m.


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the ChaMPLaiN eChOes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.

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Friday, December 30


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steveN B. YOuNg & kathLeeN OsgOOd: Speakers from the Center for Circumpolar Studies address climate change, traditional lifestyles, and untapped energy and mineral resources in “From Northern Studies to a Circumpolar World.” KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.












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Creative tuesdaYs: See TUE.03, 3-5 p.m. fairfax stOrY hOur: See TUE.03, 9:30-10:30 a.m. highgate stOrY hOur: See TUE.03, 10-11 a.m. MusiC With rOBert: See TUE.03, 11-11:30 a.m. sCieNCe & stOries: sNOWfLakes: Kids have aha! moments regarding the six-armed frozen ice crystals, each one of them unique. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. sOuth herO PLaYgrOuP: See TUE.03, 10-11 a.m. st. aLBaNs PLaYgrOuP: See TUE.03, 9:30-11 a.m.


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auditiONs fOr ‘aN eveNiNg With duraNg’: See SUN.08, 6-9 p.m. auditiONs fOr ‘titaNiC: the MusiCaL’: See SUN.08, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, registration, 5:45-6:15 p.m.; auditions, 6-10 p.m.

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saLLY PiNkas, JaN MüLLersZeraWs & sauL BitraN: Two world-renowned players join the Hop’s pianist-inresidence in piano trios by Dvořák, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-27. Info, 603-646-2422.



COMMuNitY CiNeMa: Sharon La Cruise’s Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock chronicles the civil-rights activist’s efforts to desegregate an all-white high school. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966.

WOMeN & girLs ZuMBa CLass: Fast-paced rhythms fuel a Latin-inspired dance-fitness party led by Casey Clark. Chabad of Vermont, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $7. Info, 658-5770.


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WiNter BarN: WaterCOLOr CLass: Painters capture the pasture with their palette in a hands-on course with local artist Deb Runge. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

auditiONs fOr ‘titaNiC: the MusiCaL’: See MON.09, 5:45-10 p.m.

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iMPrOv Night: See WED.28, 8-10 p.m.


WiNOOski COaLitiON fOr a safe aNd PeaCefuL COMMuNitY: Neighbors and local businesses help create a thriving Onion City by planning community events, sharing resources, networking and more. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1392, ext.10.


kNit Night: Crafty needleworkers (crocheters, too) share their talents and company as they

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Community Cinema: See TUE.10, Rutland Free Library. Info, 773-1860.



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‘Real Foods, Real HealtH: oR, WHy We’Re in a HealtH PiCkle’: Farmer and sauerkraut producer Doug Flack of Flack Family Farm lays out a fascinating time line of industrial food production in a conversation about the modern American diet versus farm-fresh foods. Food samples provided. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.


enosbuRgH PlaygRouP: See WED.04, 9-11 a.m. FaiRField PlaygRouP: See WED.04, 10-11:30 a.m. HigHgate stoRy HouR: See TUE.03, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. let’s leaRn JaPanese!: See MON.09, 4:305:30 p.m. middle sCHool book Club: See WED.04, 3:30-4:30 p.m. montgomeRy stoRy HouR: Good listeners are rewarded with an earful of tales and a mouthful of snacks. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. moving & gRooving WitH CHRistine: See WED.28, 11-11:30 a.m. PaJama stoRy time: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

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Reading & disCussion: FaRms & gaRdens seRies: Bibliophiles react to Michael Pollan’s Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education, which has been called a modern Walden. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. m


Ray PealeR: The East Calais resident and one of the state’s top experts on wireless technology explores the “Potential Health Concerns of Wireless Devices.” Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581,


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CideR aWaRds: Cider Magazine presents more than 30 awards to area musicians, artists and businesses. The Lynguistic Civilians, Stonewall, Natalie Turgeon, Rusty DeWees and many others perform. Bellows Falls Opera House, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15. Info, 665-7407. 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, staRline RHytHm boys: The Vermont band sounds out swingin’ honky-tonk and rockabilly. Bayside Pavilion, St. Albans, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 524-0909.


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

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PRINT: EXPERIMENTAL PRINTING: Jan. 26-Mar. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $230/person, $207/ BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Print Studio, Burlington. Learn how to do etching and linoleum cuts to create uniquely expressive artwork. Students will also be encouraged to push the limits of print possibilities and challenged to combine them in ways that will further their own artistic visions. Students will also work together on collaborative prints. PRINT: INTRO SILKSCREENING: Jan. 31-Mar. 20, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $215/person, $194/ BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Print Studio, Burlington. Students will learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Learn how to apply photo emulsion, how to use a silk-screen exposure unit, and how to mix and print images using water-based inks. PRINT: JAPANESE WOOD BLOCK: Feb. 1-Mar. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $240/person, $216/BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. In this class, you’ll learn how to carve images into soft wood blocks and make designs on paper, fabric and even T-shirts. Contemporary design techniques will be combined with this ancient printing technique to give you a unique effect in your prints.



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BALANCE, HARMONY, BALLET: Classes return in Jan.: Check the website & sign up. Cost: $13/class (better rates w/ studio class card). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@, 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.


make original fi nished pieces of wearable art. Students will learn many techniques including sawing, forming, polishing and soldering while working with copper, brass or silver. 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 fl oor, 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. ˛ is class includes studio time, group discussion and critique. Materials list will be provided. PHOTO: 2-D ARTWORK: Jan. 31 & Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $95/person, $85.50/ BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn techniques for photographing your 2-D artwork in this hands-on, two-day artist professional development workshop. Lighting, use of backdrops, uploading images, and sizing for print and the web will be covered. Bring some pieces to photograph, your digital camera and a Mac-compatible fl ash drive to the fi rst class. PHOTO: DIGITAL BASICS: Weekly on Tue., Jan. 31-Mar. 13 (no class Mar. 6), 3:305:30 p.m. Cost: $205/person, $194.75/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Info: Learn the basics of digital photography. Camera functions and settings, white balance, composition, uploading and organizing images, making basic edits in Photoshop, printing, and much more will be covered. Any digital camera is acceptable! Bring your charged camera with its memory card, cords and manual to the fi rst class. PHOTO: MIXED LEVEL: Feb. 2-Mar. 22, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $250/ person, $225/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts, Community Darkroom, Burlington. Guided sessions to help you improve your printing and fi lm processing techniques and discussion of the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work will be included. Prerequisite: Intro to Black and White Film and the Darkroom or equivalent experience.


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 wheel and hand-building demonstrations throughout the evening. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per participant. All ages. 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 fl oor, Burlington.˛ is dropin 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. DROP-IN: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Jan. 12-May 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $6/per parent/ child pair, $5/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd fl oor, Burlington.˛ is 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. 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. ˛ is popular drop-in program introduces your child to artistic explorations in a creative and social environment. Young artists will hand-build with clay to create pinch pots, coil cups, sculptures and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per child. Ages 3-5. JEWELRY: JEWELRY/ METAL DESIGN: Cost: $230/ person, $207/BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Craft Room, Burlington. Make your own earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more, while discovering the art of fi ne metal craftsmanship. Learn how to use jewelry hand tools to


CLAY: CERAMIC BUTTONS & BEADS: Jan. 26-Mar. 1, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $150/person, $135/ BCA member (clay sold separately @ $20/25-lb. bag, glazes & fi rings incl.). Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Craft Room, Burlington. Students will learn how to make their own wearable ceramic art and other small hand-built forms with a focus on rich surface texture. Students will create clay, plaster and linoleum stamps. Demonstrations will cover the use of slips, oxides and glazes to highlight the texture in our printed designs. CLAY: INTERMEDIATE/ADV. WHEEL: Jan. 26-Mar. 15, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Weekly on ˜ u.

Cost: $260/person, $234/ BCA member (clay sold separately @ $20/25-lb. bag, glazes & fi rings included). Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Wheel Room, Burlington. Students will learn individualized tips and techniques for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorating and glazing methods. Class size will be kept small to provide individual attention to personal development. Students should be profi cient in centering and throwing basics cups and bowls. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING I: Jan. 26-Mar. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $220/ person, $198/BCA member. Clay sold separately at $20/25 lb. bag, glazes and fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Wheel Room, Burlington. Students will be working primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. Students will also be guided through the various fi nishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. DESIGN: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR: Jan. 30-Mar. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $185/person, $166.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, a program used to create interesting graphics, clipart and more! Students will explore a variety of software techniques and will create projects suited to their own interests. Bring a Maccompatible fl ash drive to the fi rst class. DESIGN: ADOBE LIGHTROOM: Feb. 1-Mar. 7, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $250/person, $225/ BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington.

Upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs. Importing images, using RAW fi les, organization, fi ne-tuning tone and contrast, and color and white balance adjustments will all be covered. Bring a Mac-compatible fl ash or hard drive with your images to the fi rst class. Prerequisite: Intro Film/Digital SLR Camera or equivalent experience. DESIGN: ADOBE PHOTOSHOP: Feb. 2-Mar. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $195/person, $175.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Uploading images into Adobe Bridge, use of Camera Raw, image correction tools such as color and white balance correction, layers, masks, selections, retouching and much more will be covered. Bring a Maccompatible fl ash drive or hard drive with your images to the fi rst class. DRAWING: Jan. 25-Mar. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $185/person, $166.50/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd fl oor, Burlington.Learn a variety of drawing techniques including basic perspective, compositional layout, and use of dramatic light and shadow. Students will work mostly from observation. Media include pencil, pen and ink, ink wash, charcoal, conte crayon, and colored pencil. Materials list will be provided. DRAWING: FASHION: Jan. 26-Mar. 22, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $185/ person, $166.50/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd fl oor, Burlington. Students will draw and paint using gouache, watercolor and more and will be encouraged to render fabrics, illustrate their own designs and experiment with a variety of fashion drawing styes. ˛ is is a mixed-level class that includes fi gure drawing with a live fashion model. Materials list will be provided. 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. ˛ rough demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs, bowls. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per participant.







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DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. Argentine Tango class and social, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., walk-ins welcome. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! HARMONY IN MOVEMENT: Classes return in Jan.: Check the website & sign up. Cost: $15/class (better rates w/ studio class card). Location: Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, top fl oor, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Info@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:, 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. LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4week class. Location: ° e Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, St. Albans, Colchester. Info:

First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@fi, 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. ˜ ree locations to choose from!

drumming 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, 9994255, 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 ˜ ursdays! Voudou drums start January 12, February 1, March 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. East Montpelier ˜ ursdays! 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.

exercise FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE PILATES!: Free Pilates Circut Training classes Dec. 31 at 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Only 6 spaces per class; sign up by noon, Dec. 30, to reserve your place. Location: Burlington

Dances Studio, upstairs in the Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Lucille@, Every body loves Pilates! Take class the way Joe Pilates taught for great posture, a positive mood and a clear head. Learn Mat, Cadillac, Reformer and standing weight-bearing and coordination exercises essential for body, mind and heart! Feel the feeling, see the difference and derive pleasure from healthy movement!

feldenkrais FELDENKRAIS: Tue., 6:30 p.m. Starting Jan. 3. Wed., 9:30 a.m. Starting Jan. 4. Location: Ten Stones Common House, Charlotte. Info: 735-3770. First class is free! New classes are starting in 2012! ˜ e FeldenkraisMethod, a form of somatic education, will help you to overcome aches and pains, reduce muscle tension, and increase your self-knowledge, fl exibility and awareness of your body. Anyone, young or old, physically challenged or physically fi t, can benefi t from the FeldenkraisMethod. For more information about Feldenkrais (including testimonials) and complete class schedule and weekend workshops 2012, please visit

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WINTER CLASSES ENROLLING NOW!: Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Acting, Singing, Dance, Standup Comedy, Jazz Music, Parent/ Child Music Making, and more! Children, Teens, & Adults all welcome, scholarships available as needed. AUDITION/APPLY FOR PERFORMANCE GROUPS AT THE FLYNN!: Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Show Choirs will be fi lling 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 & adults on January 10. Dance exhibition “Open Marley Nights” is accepting applications for dancers who want to share works-in-progress.

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, Springfi eld, St. Albans, Waterbury, White River Jct. Info: 656-9562, master., uvm. edu/mastergardener. Learn the keys to a healthy and sustainable home landscape as University of Vermont faculty and experts focus on gardening in Vermont. ˜ is noncredit course covers a wide variety of horticultural topics: fruit and vegetable production, fl ower gardening, botany basics, plant pests, soil fertility, disease management, healthy lawns, invasive plant control, introduction to home landscaping, and more! STONE WALL WORKSHOP: 1-day workshops run Jan. through Mar. 2012. Cost: $100/1-day workshop. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411,, Our introductory workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. ˜ e one-day workshop focuses on the basic techniques for creating dry-laid stone walls. Workshops are held in warm greenhouses in Hinesburg. ˜ e workshops are hands on, working with stone native to Vermont.

healing THE PRESENCE PROCESS BY MICHAEL BROWN: Jan. 17-Mar. 13, 12 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Location: Cfe at Gardener’s Supply Co., Williston. Info: Kraye, 9171217, krayegrymonnt@mac. com, thepresenceportal. com. A healing journey into present moment awareness.

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, Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as fi rst 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@, 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: Join now & receive a 3-mo. membership for $190. Special rate incl. free uniform ($50 value) & unlimited classes 7 days/ wk. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art that promotes physical and mental harmony through the use of breathing exercises, aerobic conditioning, circular movements, and pinning and throwing techniques. We also teach sword/staff arts and knife defense. ˜ e

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 certifi ed (Shidoin) Aikido teacher. AIKIDO: Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd fl oor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, Special holiday opportunity through January 31st! Get 2-for-1 membership for up to three months. Offer also good for children’s classes, January Intro, and winter LGBTQ Intro. Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting physical fl exibility with fl owing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confi dence in oneself. MARTIAL WAY SELFDEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, Beginners will fi nd a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, ˜ inksafe 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: 6604072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, fl exibility, balance, coordination and cardiorespiratory fi tness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confi dence. 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 certifi ed 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 Jiu-Jitsu 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.-noon. An Open House occurs every third Friday evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington shambhala center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.


spirituality AccEssINg BLIss BY TRANscENDINg ThE EgO: Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $35/class incl. a simple lunch. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909, reeniesargent@ Practice “living in love” and explore what is accessed on that plane in this experiential workshop focused on transcending the ego to access one’s loving self. limited to 10 participants. led by Reenie sargent, teacher and spiritual healer. INTRODucTION TO cABALA: Jan. 11-Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $60/ class. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 2447909. learn about the basics of Jewish mysticism in this experiential workshop; includes readings in the major cabalistic works. led by sue Mehrtens.

tai chi hwA Yu TAI chI/ MONTPELIER: Jan. 9-Apr. 30, 5-5:45 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $135/16wk. semester; or $72/8 wks. Location: Montpelier Shambhala Center, 64 Main St, 3rd floor, Montpelier. Info: Ellie Hayes, 456-1983, 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, The Yang snake style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. YANg-sTYLE TAI chI: New 9-week Beginner’s session starts 1/11 and will meet on Wed. at 5:30. $125. 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: 318-6238. 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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and sharing and bonding exercises. special guest: Jill Mason. BALANcED BODIEs: A TRANsITIONs LIFEsTYLE sYsTEM hEALThY wEIghT gROuP: Jan. 10-Apr. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $350/ series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, Balanced Bodies, a Transitions lifestyle system, provides a holistic approach to weight that promotes healthy, respectful food choices, realistic movement, stress management, reflective journaling and supportive supplementation. led by Nicole Draper and Kimberly evans.


sLOw YOgA & AgINg wELL suPPORT gROuP: Jan. 15Apr. 1, 2-4:30 p.m., Weekly on Sun. Cost: $300/12-wk. series. Location: The Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, This group is for senior women who wish to be alert to possible negative tendencies or habits that emerge as we age and to support each other to develop in positive ways as we move further into this phase of life. experience yoga

EAT BETTER. LIvE BETTER. FEEL BETTER.: Jan. 17-Feb. 15. Cost: $195/person, or $165 if you register with a friend. Location: All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington. Info: Laura M Savard, 863-9900, laura@ 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.

writing FIcTION wRITINg w/ ThE INNER PARTNER: Jan. 12Feb. 2, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $60 Location: 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. learn how to dialogue with your inner partner and use Jungian concepts to develop plot, character and setting in writing fiction. led by Joe Nusbaum, author, teacher and editor of eltanin Publishing.

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2011 in Review A look back at the year in local music news


loods. Fires. Protests. Hippies. Two thousand eleven proved an unusually dramatic year in Vermont and, by extension, Vermont music. So before we close the books on the year that was, here’s a look back at some of the major stories from the last 12 months.




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Irene. There simply was not a bigger story in Vermont this year than the widespread devastation caused by the tropical storm that ravaged the state on August 28. Even those who escaped unharmed were a˜ ected. Irene touched everyone. Not surprisingly, the biggest music stories of 2011 sprang f rom the aftermath of the storm. At the top of the list are jam titans Phish. Vermont’s most f amous phoursome threw a benefi t to end all benefi ts at the Champlain Valley Exposition in September. The jamstravaganza was the band’s fi rst show in Vermont since its “f arewell” at Coventry in 2004, and anticipation was predictably high. Hundreds of eager f ans waited more than 24 hours in line for tickets, camping out on the street in front of the Flynn Center the day before tickets went on sale, and turning downtown Burlington into something like the f abled Phish parking-lot scene for a night. Most would say it was worth the wait. At the show, Phish tore through a mix of classics spanning nearly the entirety of their considerable catalog, while tens of thousands of fans wiggled and danced beneath a full moon — and a killer light show. All totaled, the Phish benefi t grossed more than $1 million for fl ood relief. Not to be outdone, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals lent their considerable cachet to local fl ood-relief e˜ orts , as well. The band played a sold-out benefi t show at the Flynn MainStage in October that was simulcast on Vermont Public Television. With that show, a charity auction and a $1000-per-ticket acoustic gig at Sugarbush, GPN accounted f or more than $250,000 in relief donations. While those two bands garnered the lion’s share of press about the, well, fl ood of Irene benefi ts, they were hard-

ly the only locals to rock for the cause. There were dozens of smaller Irene bennies in venues all over the state in the months f ollowing the storm. Additionally, a number of benefi t compilation albums were released as the whole local scene rose to the challenge.

Eugene Hutz in Burlington City Hall Park

Adler upped the caliber and class of performers and turned the Pearl Street juke joint into a legitimate weekly entertainment option. Adler has since moved on to handle booking at Radio Bean and has found a new home, bringing a similarly progressive booking philosophy to the already eclectic café.

Indie promotions outfi ts MSR Presents and Angioplasty Media scored a coup this summer when they booked Neutral Milk Hotel’s Je˜ Mangum f or a solo show at Burlington’s Unitarian Universalist Church. The sold-out show was the fi rst stop on the reclusive songwriter’s much ballyhooed return Closing Time tour. It was so successful that MSR and two thousand eleven saw the passing of What’s So Funny? AM plan to utilize the church as a venue two beloved live-music institutions in For the last few years, standup comedy for similarly big acts on a regular basis. Vermont: Langdon Street Café in Mont- in Vermont has been on the rise. And Next up: Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore pelier and Parima in Burlington. now, the burgeoning local comedy scene on Sunday, January 29. has a home of its very own. In October, Montpelier’s quirky music hotspot was the fi rst to go. Citing fi nancial dif - Burlington welcomed Vermont’s fi rst The Occupy Burlington encampment fi culty, LSC owner Meg Hammond comedy club, Levity. was treated to a surprise perf ormance Prior to Levity opening, ground and her partner/booking maven Ben f rom a notable Burlington expat when T. Matchstick made the heart-wrenchzero f or local comedy was the open Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz showed mic at Patra Caf é. From established ing decision to close the caf é’s doors up for an impromptu performance atop at the end of May. During its six and a comedians honing their chops to the fountain in City Hall Park in October. half years, LSC became the lifeblood of newbies working through stage jitHutz wasn’t the only star to lend his Montpelier’s music and arts scene. Per- ters, the Vietnamese coffeehouse was voice in solidarity with the Queen City haps no other venue in the state — inthe place to be f or cutting-edge locamp. A f ew weeks earlier, Sarah Lee cluding Burlington’s Radio Bean, upon cal comedy. But when whispers surGuthrie and her husband, Johnny Irion, which LSC was loosely modeled — was f aced this summer that Patra was on led protesters in a sing-along march up as vital a cog in its community. “Montthe market, calling into question the Church Street. peculiar” has become a little less so. open mic’s longevity, comedian Ryan In the wake of LSC’s closing, the cap- Kriger jumped into action and purGrace Potter had a big year. First, the ital city seems to be trying to rediscover chased the café. inaugural Grand Point North Festival Levity now hosts weekly open mics its musical identity. A few venues have on the Burlington Waterf ront was an stepped up to sof ten the blow, includon Thursdays, and a pair of regular unbridled success. For two full days this ing the reopened Black Door and Bagishowcases on Fridays. Moving forward, August, thousands rocked to big-name tos Café, both of which host live music Kriger plans to begin a Saturday-night acts such as Taj Mahal and Fitz and throughout the week. And, of course, showcase and host improv-comedy the Tantrums, as well as an impressive there’s always Charlie O’s and Positive nights. He also hopes to bring in region- roster of local bands. Potter was even Pie 2. But the void remains. al and national touring comedians. joined onstage by country superstar In Burlington, Parima closed, rather Kenny Chesney for a rendition of their abruptly and amid great conf usion, in Odds and Ends duet, “You & Tequila.” By the way, September. While the impact of losing Irene wasn’t the only local tragedy worthy that tune was nominated f or a pair of the Thai restaurant/live-music venue in of big-name benefi t love. In January, the Grammies. Big year. Burlington was not nearly so prof ound storage and processing facilities at Pete’s Potter wasn’t the only Vermonter as LSC’s closing, it was still signifi cant. Greens farm in Craftsbury were destroyed garnering Grammy attention. Local In the year and a half that local songin a fi re. So in February, a cast of local su- composer Al Conti is up f or Best New writer Joe Adler had handled booking perstars, led by Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Age Album f or his 2011 record, Northfor the club, Parima went from scene af- rocked the Higher Ground Ballroom and ern Seas.  terthought to an increasingly vital asset. raised some serious cabbage.



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Moog’s? The local Dead acolytes begin a three-night stand at the club this Thursday, December 29, and rock right on through New Year’s Eve. Doing a little jam-band math on the fly, that means they will play roughly seven songs total. Just kidding, Deadheads! (Resolution No. 3: Retire lame jam-band jokes.) Meanwhile, at the House That Phish Built, local rootsy soul man Joshua Panda and his band take the stage on NYE with support from Montreal’s PatriCk LehMan. No word on whether Bret MiChaeLs will be joining Panda. But we can hope. We can hope. Over the river in the ’Noosk, dJ disCo PhantoM is hosting a NYE throwdown at the Monkey House featuring a sampling of the Burlington area’s favorite-est indie bands, including heLLo shark, tooth aChe., Missy BLy and rough FranCis. (Resolution no. 4: Write a profile on Hello Shark. Those guys are awesome.) The Capital City gets irie on New Year’s Eve, as satta sounds and MC huMBLe turn Positive Pie 2 into a dance hall undulating with dub and reggae vibes. Also, it’s apparently “ladies night” at PP2, so there’s that. (An aside: Isn’t the idea of ladies night kinda creepy? I get the logic: Women get in free, ergo, lots of women will come. But the reality is usually the opposite, right? Because


docket, here are a few entertainment options for NYE that may have slipped under your radar in all the hubbub. (Resolution No. 2: Never use the word “hubbub” again.) Grace Potter and the Nocturnals decided not to do their annual threenight NYE run at Higher Ground this year, much to the dismay of fans. But, come on, people. They threw a two-day festival in Burlington this summer — Grand Point North — plus two significant Irene benefits this fall. Throw in that bassist Catherine PoPPer recently left the band, and you can understand why they elected to break with tradition this year. However, Vermont’s marquee juke joint is not bereft of local talent to ring in the new year. Opening for Martin sexton at the Ballroom this Saturday, December 31, is none other than Burlington’s own mistress of light and dark, good and evil, naughty and nice, nuda Veritas. On the surface, the experimental-loop-loving songwriter and the soulfully crooning Sexton may seem an odd pairing. OK, they kind of are. Still, I would strongly encourage folks planning to drop the ball at HG to not drop the ball — see what I did there? — and show up early and catch the opener. One, Veritas’ new record, Verses of Versus, was easily among the best local recordings of the year — see page 67. Two, you would be hard-pressed to find a more daring, inventive and progressive songwriter. Three, because I said so. Looking to jam out while rocking in 2012? Might we suggest the dead


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Probably. Ah, New Year’s Eve! Though on the surface, NYE would seem to be a favored holiday of this here party-loving column, I’ve gotta admit, I’ve never been a fan. First of all, NYE is amateur night, as scores of people who only go out once or twice a year get hideously hammered and overcrowd our favorite nightspots. It’s kind of like St. Patrick’s Day, only without the vaguely offensive cultural stereotyping. Second, has there ever been an NYE that’s really lived up to the hype? I can’t think of another holiday that requires so much planning for, generally, so little payoff. On the plus side, there is certainly no shortage of things to do. Obviously, there are several First Night celebrations around the state — though, technically, shouldn’t it be “Last Night”? But I digress. (New Year’s resolution No. 1: Stop digressing so much. Ah, but there I go again.) Anyway, with so much on the

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Knocked Up Here’s a dirty secret: Ninety-nine percent of all music sucks. (It’s true.

Look it up.) Given that the digital age allows any no-talent hack with a laptop to unleash sonic drivel upon the world, that means there has never been more bad music at any point in history than there is right now. Chilling, no? Enter the knoCks. The NYC-based production duo became a blogosphere darling in 2011 behind a string of exquisite global dance hits and a heat-seeking new EP, Magic, that has been shaking dance floors across the country. They are the 1 percent. But in this case, that’s a good thing. Catch the Knocks at Club Metronome on Monday, January 9. rED squarE BLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 9 p.m., Free. rí rá irish PuB: Kitchen Party (rock), 9 p.m., Free. thE skinny PanCakE: Thomas Bryan Eaton (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. vEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.



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BaCkstagE PuB: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. Banana WinDs CaFé & PuB: island Time steel Band, 5:30 p.m., Free. CLuB MEtronoME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.

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highEr grounD BaLLrooM: The Warm up: A Pre-NYE celebration with craig mitchell First Order, Lazerdisk Party sex (house), 9 p.m., $12/15. AA.

sLiDE Brook LoDgE & tavErn: malicious Brothers (blues), 9 p.m., Free.

highEr grounD shoWCasE LoungE: 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, & Today Dance Party, 9 p.m., $5/10. AA.

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raDio BEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. The Poison Oaks (folk), 10 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.

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what you’re essentially saying when you advertise a ladies night is “we need to bribe women to come.” Hot.) Moving on, local blues man DAVE KELLER released one hell of an album earlier this year, called Where I’m Coming From. The record featured a sampling of funk, soul and R&B classics that informed Keller’s musical leanings. But the remarkable thing was how well he plays the soul dynamo. Keller is best known for his monster guitar chops, but dude can


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seriously howl. He’ll be at the Black Door in Montpelier on NYE. Sorry, ladies, you’ve gotta pay for this one.


We won’t have to wait long for the first great local albums of 2012. Four days into the new year, to be precise. On Wednesday, January 4, Katie Trautz and the Tall Boys — love that name — release their new album, with a party on tap for Saturday, January 7, at the Black Door in Montpelier. Joshua Panda


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Listening In Since it’s the last Soundbites of 2011, in this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, I’m sharing a less-random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc. this year.

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Happy anniversary to the Monkey House! On December 29, the Monkey celebrates five years as the area’s hippest indie hot spot with a blowout

local showcase including DINO BRAVO, JOEY PIZZA SLICE, SWALE, the SMITTENS — who played the first show at the Monkey after the joint changed hands five years ago, FYI — KELLY RAVIN and, of course, PADDY REAGAN, the man largely responsible for the indie-rock renaissance in the ’Noosk in the last half decade. Congrats, guys. And thanks.


Though I have yet to hear the full record, Trautz was kind enough to send along a teaser track. She describes the material as being on the “outer edge” of Americana, resembling Eilen Jewell, but with a honky-tonk touch. I’m inclined to agree. Like Jewell, Trautz has a sweetly innocent voice. But the twangy atmospherics with which she surrounds herself lend the material a darker, heavier quality. Trautz also writes that the new Wooden Dinosaur album should be along sometime in February or March. Wow. 2012 is already awesome. Continuing on a theme, Justin Levinson releases his new record with backing band the Valcours, This Side of Me, at Nectar’s on Saturday, January 7. A follow-up to his 2009 effort, Predetermined Fate, the album finds a more introspective and mature songwriter. We’ll dish fully on the record after the new year, but it’s safe to say Levinson has a few things on his mind, and he’s done a masterful job capturing them this time around. But wait, there’s more. Former Burlingtonian and heady hip-hop/reggae songwriter Vizionary — “Zion,” get it? — returns to Vermont on Friday, January 6, with a new album in tow called THIRD-I. After perusing some tunes on his website, I’ll say this: the world probably wasn’t begging for a throat singing and dulcimer duet. But now it has one. It also has a song called “Jesus Puppy.” So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice. Vizionary will be at the Firefly Collective in downtown Burlington.

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on TAP BAr & grill: pleasuredome (rock), 9 p.m., free. PArk PlAce TAvern: ambush (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. rAdio BeAn: canadian lesbian twins (indie), 3 p.m., free. eric & matthias (singer-songwriter), 4 p.m., free. sean Hood (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., free. pierce edens (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. chelsea berry (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free. stan berry (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. scott mangan (singer-songwriter), 9:30 p.m., free. The wee folkestra (folk), 11 p.m., free. red SquAre: perry nunn (singersongwriter), 4 p.m., free. mellow yellow (rock), 7 p.m., $5. dJ a-dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5. rí rá iriSH PuB: The Groove Junkies (rock), 10 p.m., free.

THe Skinny PAncAke: The move it move it (afro-pop), 10 p.m., $5-10 donation. venue: bluewater (rock), 9 p.m., $10.


BAgiToS: irish session, 2 p.m., free. Big PicTure THeATer & cAfé: new years eve mambo! with dJ Hector (salsa), 9 p.m., $5/10. aa. THe BlAck door: dave Keller band (blues), 10 p.m., $8. cHArlie o'S: all request dance party (top 40), 10 p.m., free. PoSiTive Pie 2: satta sounds with mc Humble (reggae), 10:30 p.m., free/$5/10. 18+. PurPle Moon PuB: dan liptak trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free. THe reServoir reSTAurAnT & TAP rooM: torpedo rodeo (surf-punk), 10 p.m., free.


MonoPole: eat sleep funk (funk), 10 p.m., free. olive ridley'S: new years eve ball with ross mafia (rock), 10 p.m., na. TABu cAfé & nigHTcluB: all night dance party with dJ toxic (top 40), 5 p.m., free.


burlington area

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. tango sessions, 7 p.m., free. Joe redding (singersongwriter), 9:30 p.m., free.


burlington area

TuPelo MuSic HAll: dr. burma (r &b), 8 p.m., $25. aa.

necTAr'S: metal monday: underneath the scabby sheets, Homeland security, phantom suns (metal), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

champlain valley

on TAP BAr & grill: open mic with wylie, 7 p.m., free.

ciTy liMiTS: nye bash with dJ earl (top 40), 9 p.m., free. TWo BroTHerS TAvern: The blame (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


Bee'S kneeS: open mic, 7:30 p.m., free. MATTerHorn: close to nowhere (rock), 9 p.m., $25. Moog'S: dead sessions (Grateful dead tribute), 9 p.m., na. riMrockS MounTAin TAvern: dJ two rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. roAdSide TAvern: dJ diego (top 40), 9 p.m., free. ruSTy nAil: ryan montbleau band, sister sparrow & the dirty birds, dwight & nicole (rock), 9 p.m., $50/65.

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rAdio BeAn: open mic, 8 p.m., free. red SquAre: industry night with robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. ruBen JAMeS: why not monday? with dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


BAgiToS: open mic, 7 p.m., free.


burlington area

cluB MeTronoMe: bass culture with dJs Jahson & nickel b (dubstep), 9 p.m., free. leunig'S BiSTro & cAfé: paul ryan (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

MonTy'S old Brick TAvern: open mic, 6 p.m., free. on TAP BAr & grill: trivia with top Hat entertainment, 7 p.m., free. rAdio BeAn: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., free. Third wheel duo with samara lark (folk), 8 p.m., free. michael louis smith & the Hot House trio (gypsy jazz), 9 p.m., free. Honkytonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3. red SquAre: upsetta international with super K (reggae), 8 p.m., free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.


cHArlie o'S: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

champlain valley

TWo BroTHerS TAvern: trivia night, 7 p.m., free. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.


Moog'S: open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., free.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: rewind with dJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., free. frAnny o'S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. leunig'S BiSTro & cAfé: paul ryan (jazz), 7 p.m., free. MAnHATTAn PizzA & PuB: open mic with andy lugo, 10 p.m., free. necTAr'S: conscious roots, the Hamiltones (reggae), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. on TAP BAr & grill: cooper & lavoie (blues), 7 p.m., free. rAdio BeAn: eric & matthias (singersongwriters), 6 p.m., free. ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., free.


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statewide audiences with releases from the Pilgrims and Giant Travel Avant Garde. Dr. Green got grungy, Squid City got proggy, Pulse Prophets got irie, and Waylon Speed got thrashy. Not to be outdone, punk resurfaced with new patches from Lord Silky, riot grrrls Doll Fight!, northern degenerates Gas & Oil and, of course, Vermont legends the Wards.

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LIVE@5:25 clock with a transcendent debut at the tender ShoW on loCal ISSUeS age of 63. Neo-soul siren Myra Flynn put it WeeKnIghtS > 5:25 Pm all together, delivering a signature work. Sara Grace & the Suits proved there is more than gET MORE INfO OR WATCH ONLINE AT vermont • one Grace to watch out for. Sara Wallis made CHANNEL17.ORg a name for herself on a pop-tacular freshman effort. Top-notch hip-hop continued flowing 12/16/11 4:07 PM from the 802. Danny Bick brought West16t-retn122811.indd 1 Coast lean to Montpelier and Aleck Woog made a big step forward. Coba Stella got trippy. Face One and Andy Lugo joined forces and got high (minded). Lugo’s 2nd Agenda also released a new record, further cementing their impressive local legacy. Gypsy jazz continued as the go-to style for local hepcats. Mike Martin and Trio Gusto reinvigorated hothouse cool. They Might Be Gypsies revealed a giant-in-waiting in teenage guitar phenom Aiden Ryan. And scene godfather Will Patton added another chapter in his “get Friendly On-site Computer Support rich slowly scheme.” Local saxophonist Brian McCarthy stepped 16t-rentageek102109.indd 1 10/19/09 6:37:12 PM out of the shadows and into the spotlight on a scorching debut of original compositions. Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats found cheeky swing for grownups. And Jane Boxall proved marimba isn’t just for band geeks anymore. Compilation albums figured prominently this year, in large part to aid Irene recovery efforts. Good Night Irene lent serious star power to the cause, and Vermont (VT Artists for Flood Relief ) offered more local support. Meanwhile, Chamberlin notched a fun EP of reworked indie hits, also to benefit flood victims. Montpelier’s Golden Dome Musicians’ Collective released two intriguing comps, introducing the state to a bustling little scene in the capital. 12/8/11 11:57 AM Gone but not forgotten, Vermont ex pats16t-Girlington121411.indd 1 released some good ones this year, too. Hotels & Highways hit the road with a rootsy gem. Pretend You’re Happy stopped pretending. O N E D O Z E N C U P CA K E S Rubblebucket evolved into an orchestral artVALID BOTH LOCATIONS. EXP. 1/11/12. LIMIT 1 PER CUSTOMER. rock juggernaut. Tumbling Bones got back to bluegrass basics. Francesca Blanchard stunned from Boston. Dirigo proved to be in the strange folk, indeed. And Crinkles made us all wish they’d just come home. And so went another fascinating year in with some Vermont music. A strong case could be made that many of the aforementioned records are among the finest of 2011. But tradition dictates that we choose only 10. So these albums represent this critic’s best of the best, 217 College St., Burlington, 660-9330 or 4 Carmichael St., Essex, 872-7676 in no particular order. As always, thanks for listening, and for supporting local music. 

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The indie scene continued to skinny up our jeans. Paper Castles put a lo-fi charmer to tape — literally. The Fifth Business further mined classic indie-rock jangle. First Crush put butterflies in our bellies with an indie-pop love letter. Teleport beamed us back to the golden age of Hall & Oates, and without a shred of hipster irony. Phil Yates hooked us with unabashed pop. And Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ protégés Chamberlin came out of nowhere with a staggering, reverb-drenched debut. In Vermont as elsewhere, the nebulous definition of “singer-songwriter” continued to expand. Aaron Flinn got twangy with a veritable local all-star band on his latest. Pop prince Gregory Douglass was nothing short of regal on a collaboration with cellist Monique Citro. Blues man Dave Keller struck R&B gold. Erstwhile rock star Rich Price grew up but not old. And Steven Leibman turned back the


emember 2010? Among other things, it was a transitional year for Vermont music, as several longtime stalwarts called it quits or split town. And that made room for a new generation of artists to emerge. In 2011, many of those artists blossomed, establishing the next era of great Vermont music. While recent years have seen a return to rock-and-roll roots in Vermont, 2011 was notable for diversification. In fact, so many genres and subgenres appeared that it’s hard to say any one style characterizes, or even dominates, Vermont music. The result: as vibrant and varied a collective local scene as any in memory. To wit: Folk and Americana have never lacked for representation in Vermont, and this year was no exception. We heard traditional strains from the likes of the Mid-nite Plowboys’ Willy Lindner, and trad Celtic fare from Jennifer Culley Curtin. On the other end of the acoustic spectrum, stellar alt- and indie-folk debuts from Last October and Lila Mae & Jeff Hahn proved provocative and disarming. Hungrytown returned with a sparkling, long-awaited sophomore record loaded with retro charm. Kristina Stykos melded timeless rural imagery with touches of new-age mysticism. Erin McDermott staked her claim as the state’s next major musical export with a polished treatise on alt-country. And wily musical hobos the Hokum High Rollers dropped a spirited debut before hopping the last freight car out of town. String bands featured heavily in the mix, as well, delivering myriad grassy varietals. Newcomers Something With Strings painted in several shades of blue on their plucky debut. Rambunctious upstarts Gold Town poured a double shot of whiskey-grass on their first fullength. And another Plowboy, Al Davis, dazzled us with his side project, the Dazzlers. As ever, Vermonters suffered no shortage of rock and/or roll. Blue-collar bards Duane Carleton and Tim Brick each sidled up to the bar with country-rock gems. Veteran local songwriter Josh Brooks showed the kids a thing or two about garage-y blues-rock with his duo Grant Black. Torpedo Rodeo got geeky on their sophomore surf-punk effort. Not to be out-geeked, the Fizz continued riding the New Wave on their latest. Pariah Beat paid homage to their heroes with a tremendous record. New label/collective What Doth Life introduced Upper Valley rock to

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Red Squa Re: michael Louis s mith & the Hot House Trio (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., Free.dJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


t heRapy : Therapy Thursdays with dJ NYce (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.


moog' S: max w eaver (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.


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

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burlington area

1/2 l ounge : Burgundy Thursday: Aya inoue (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. FRanny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. l evity caFé: Open mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free. monkey h ou Se: c itizen Bare, milton Busker (rock), 9 p.m., $5. necta R'S: Trivia mania with Top Hat entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Jenke Records presents c onscious Thursdays (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. o'BRien' S iRiSh puB: dJ dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. on t ap Ba R & gRill : Nobby Reed project (blues), 7 p.m., Free.

city l imit S: Top Hat entertainment dance party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

t he Black doo R: s wing Night with the Bohemian Blues Quartet, 9:30 p.m., Free.

city l imit S: Karaoke with Let it Rock entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.

Radio Bean : Jazz s essions, 6 p.m., Free. s hane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat w right & the indomitable s oul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. The u nbearable Light c abaret (eclectic), 10 p.m., $3. Red Squa Re: dJ dakota (hiphop), 8 p.m., Free. A-dog presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Red Squa Re Blue Room : dJ c re8 (house), 9 p.m., Free. t he Skinny pancake : Live music, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.


olive Ridley' S: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free. t aBu caFé & nightclu B: Karaoke Night with s assy entertainment, 5 p.m., Free.

champlain valley


champlain valley

monopole down Stai RS: Gary peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free.

Bagito S: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free.

guSto' S: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

venue : Karaoke with s teve Lec lair, 7 p.m., Free.



burlington area

Back Stage puB: Karaoke with s teve, 9 p.m., Free. clu B met Ronome : No diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. h ighe R gRound Showca Se l ounge : First Friday with Let's w hisper, dJs precious & Llu (indie pop, house), 8 p.m., $5/10. 18+. Jp'S puB: dave Harrison's s tarstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. l evity caFé: Friday Night c omedy (standup), 8 & 10 p.m., $5. l iFt : Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. maRRiott h aRBoR l ounge : dan s kea (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. necta R'S: s eth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Tomorrow Never Knows (Beatles tribute), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on t ap Ba R & gRill : paydirt (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., Free. phil Abair Band (rock), 9 p.m., Free. paRk place t ave Rn: The Groove Thing (funk), 9:30 p.m., Free. Radio Bean : Robby Hecht & Liz Longley (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Red c lover & the Hermit Thrush (folk), 9 p.m., Free. Billy w ylder (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. The All New, s ame Old Balogna s how (variety), 11 p.m., $10. Red Squa Re: s hady Alley (bluegrass), 5 p.m., Free. Zack dupont Band (indie folk), 8 p.m., $5. Bonjour-Hi! (house), 11 p.m., $5. Red Squa Re Blue Room : dJ s tavros (house), 10 p.m., $5. RuBen Jame S: dJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. Rí Rá iRiSh puB: s upersounds dJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. t he Skinny pancake : One morning Fair (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

t he Black doo R: Old Time Night, 6 p.m., Free.

venue : Last w ords (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

gReen mountain t ave Rn: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.


champlain valley

t he Black doo R: evan c randell and the Too Hot Too Handle (funk), 9:30 p.m., $5.

51 main : don and Jenn (folk), 8 p.m., Free.

cha Rlie o'S: Abby Jenne & the enablers (rock), 10 p.m., Free.


gReen mountain t ave Rn: dJ Jonny p (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

BRown' S maRket Bi St Ro: Karen Krajecic & Jon Rose (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. moog' S: After the Rodeo (ukulele), 8:30 p.m., Free.

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RimRock S mountain t ave Rn: dJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

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51 main : dan Aaron (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free.

t wo B Rothe RS t ave Rn: dJ Jam man (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.


matte Rho Rn: The X-Rays (rock), 9 p.m., $5. moog' S: mighty Loons (rock), 9 p.m., Free. RimRock S mountain t ave Rn: Friday Night Frequencies with dJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


monopole : s hameless s trangers (rock), 10 p.m., Free. t heRapy : pulse with dJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

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Back Stage puB: dark Horse (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

commonness of romantic love into something close to sublime — a word that could very

burlington area

clu B met Ronome : Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. FRanny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. Jp'S puB: dave Harrison's s tarstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. maRRiott h aRBoR l ounge : The Trio (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free. monkey h ou Se: insurrecttion dance party, 10 p.m., $5. necta R'S: The w ee Folkestra, Justin Levinson & the Valcours cd release (rock, indie folk), 9 p.m., $5. on t ap Ba R & gRill : Buddy dubay & the minor Key (rock), 2:30 p.m., Free. s ideshow Bob (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Radio Bean : Less digital, more manual: Record c lub, 3 p.m., Free. Jamie w illiamson & Anne-marie c osta (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Tommy Alexander (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. w orkingman's Army (rock), 10:30 p.m., Free. Red Squa Re: Rick Redington (rock), 5 p.m., Free. Funkwagon (funk), 8 p.m., $5. dJ A-dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5. t he Skinny pancake : The w illoughbys (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.


Bagito S: irish s ession, 2 p.m., Free. t he Black doo R: Katie Trautz and the Tall Boys (folk), 9:30 p.m., $5. cha Rlie o'S: w hite Zinfandel (Americana), 10 p.m., Free. poSitive pie 2: Township, Bad dog (rock), 10:30 p.m., $5. t he ReSeRvoi R ReStau Rant & t ap Room : The c hris w hite Band (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

t he ReSeRvoi R ReStau Rant & t ap Room : dJ s lim pknz All Request dance party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

t upelo muSic h all : mickey Hart Band (rock), 8 p.m., $65. AA.

t upelo muSic h all : c omedy: mike macdonald and Bob s eibel (standup), 8 p.m., $17. AA.

51 main : w iley dobbs (bluegrass), 9 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

city l imit S: dance party with dJ earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

career, Sexton has done just that, elevating the minutiae of daily lif e and the simple well describe his voice, too. This Saturday, December 31, Sexton celebrates New Year’s Eve with a performance at the Higher Ground Ballroom. Local songwriternuda t wo B Rothe RS t ave Rn: in the pocket (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


matte Rho Rn: Blues for Breakfast (Grateful dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5. moog' S: The Hamiltones (rock), 9 p.m., Free. RimRock S mountain t ave Rn: dJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Road Side t ave Rn: dJ diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.


monopole : Yeah Budd (rock), 10 p.m., Free. t aBu caFé & nightclu B: All Night dance party with dJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.

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burlington area

necta R'S: mi Yard Reggae Night with Big dog & demus, 9 p.m., Free. Radio Bean : Old Time s essions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Girls Rock VT: Antara, Root 7, Tommy Alexander, Nuda Veritas (rock), 7 p.m., Free.

necta R'S: metal monday: musical manslaughter, Amadis, Knights of c rinitus, mac s wan, Black Holly, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on t ap Ba R & gRill : Open mic with w ylie, 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean : Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. Red Squa Re: industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. RuBen Jame S: w hy Not monday? with dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


Bagito S: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free.

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burlington area

clu B met Ronome : Bass c ulture with dJs Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free. l eunig' S BiSt Ro & caFé: mike martin & Geoff Kim (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

wed .11

burlington area

1/2 l ounge : Rewind with dJ c raig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. FRanny o'S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. l eunig' S BiSt Ro & caFé: Tom c leary (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. manhattan pizza & puB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. on t ap Ba R & gRill : The Fizz (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean : c harley Orlando (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish s essions, 9 p.m., Free.


on t ap Ba R & gRill : Trivia with Top Hat entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

mon .09

clu B met Ronome : The Knocks, dJ disco phantom (hip-hop, electro), 9 p.m., $7/10.

moog' S: Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.

necta R'S: John "s cooch" c ugno Blues Band, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

Red Squa Re: u psetta international with s uper K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free. c raig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.

burlington area


Red Squa Re: The Groove Thing (funk), 7 p.m., Free. dJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


t he Skinny pancake : Live music, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.

Night, 7 p.m., Free. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

monty' S old B Rick t ave Rn: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free.

Radio Bean : s tephen c allahan and mike piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Julian c hobot (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Greg Burroughs (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk s essions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

venue : Karaoke with s teve Lec lair, 8 p.m., Free.

veRita S opens.


cha Rlie o'S: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

t wo B Rothe RS t ave Rn: Trivia

Bagito S: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. t he Black doo R: c omedy Night with B.O.B. (standup), 8 p.m., Free. mulligan' S iRiSh puB: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

city l imit S: Karaoke with Let it Rock entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.


moog' S: Jason w edlock (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.


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

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Lost in Space Adam Putnam, BCA Center

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isitors to the “Adam Putnam: Magic Lanterns” exhibition now at the BCA Center will no doubt be drawn to the show’s eponymous “lanterns” installed in the front and back rooms of the gallery — “Untitled (Red Hallway)” and “Untitled (Green Hallway),” respectively. The devices, which date to the 17th century and much later fi gured in early motion-picture development, here project unpeopled architectural interiors upon the walls. But while the murky, seemingly endless rooms are intriguing, viewers should not dismiss Putnam’s one small, blackand-white photograph and fi ve modest drawings in the BCA’s f ront room: Despite the show’s title, these works represent the heart of the exhibition. Putnam’s compelling mixed-media works on paper are def t renderings of imaginary structures — architectural fragments with undefi ned interior and exterior spaces, like the ruins of a past civilization. He describes these works as “fragments of spaces.” In “Untitled (Entry)” and “Untitled (Slit),” these spaces appear infi nite and not confi ned to the paper, frame or wall. In “Untitled (Entry),” Putnam has fi lled the entire drawing surface with a red-brick wall interrupted by a crenulated passageway. One side of the wall remains unfi nished, perhaps suggesting an infi nite, or impermanent, edifi ce. In a subtle illusion of a refl ective surf ace, the passage leading toward a darkened, rectangular entryway is mirrored on the fl oor. “Untitled,” a mixed-media work on paper depicts a squat, red-brick building fi xed in a greasy, sooty, charcoal void. With no visible doors or windows, it’s a su˛ ocating image, bringing to mind a mausoleum or crematorium. “Untitled (Steeple)” depicts the exterior of a fortress-like structure. The impenetrable mass of white bricks recalls

In this enigmatic photograph and Putnam’s drawings, physical and psychological spaces intersect. Real or imagined architectural spaces f unction as allegorical sites in which the artist, or the viewer, can imagine a self. Putnam’s architectural constructions seem to be inviting habitation, provoking both desire and uncertainty. His lanterns, however, f all short of such intriguing realms. Putnam says he fi rst conceived of the idea f or his lanterns af ter seeing a fi lm by experimental fi lmmaker and author of Hollywood Babylon , Kenneth Anger, who utilized the device to project a fantasy scene. Belying the artist’s intention that his lanterns look “like they could “Untitled (Slit)” fall apart any minute,” they are decidedly not f ragile constructions. They are humble and rather coarsely made; illuminated via dim electric light rather than fl ickering candle, the lanterns are set on sturdy pedestals several feet from the gallery walls. The lantern’s Plexiglas sides are British artist Rachel Whiteread’s sculp- smudged with fi ngerprints; the exposed ture “Ghost,” a full-scale cast of the ininteriors (is the fl oor really an industrial terior of an entire living space in plaster. carpet remnant?) and single bare bulb Similarly, Putnam’s drawing suggests reveal the inner workings — the artifi ce the presence of something not seen, just of the enterprise. The viewer might be as it defi es the logic of habitable space. momentarily captivated by the hazy, In the helpf ul cellphone audio tour “magical” projections, yet may leave of the exhibition, Putnam acknowledges wondering, Is that all there is? that small photograph as the “keystone Ultimately, Putnam’s lanterns are for the rest of the show.” The silver-gel- unconvincing; they are a limited illusatin self-portrait depicts the bare-chest- tration of a concept, not an expansive ed, 6-foot-8 artist improbably folded be- engagement with one. In his works on hind the glass vitrine of a small cabinet. paper and his photography, Putnam His face obscured by a corona of glare, constructs f antastic realities, narrating Putnam takes his own picture via a caa fi ction worth believing. ble connected to the unseen camera. A S U M R U T EK I N viewer can’t help but wonder how he can extricate himself without breaking “Adam Putnam: Magic Lanterns,” the glass. It’s an uncanny image, like an mixed-media installation, drawings and anonymous tra˝ c accident that simulphotography. BCA Center, Burlington. ˜ rough taneously repels and attracts us. February 25.




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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. ALicE BowmAn: portraits in charcoal. January 3 through 30 at pickering Room, Fletcher Free library, in burlington. info, 865-7211. ALthEA FrEEmAn-miLLEr & nAtAShA BogAr: block prints by Freeman-Miller; paintings by bogar. Through December 31 at nectar's in burlington. info, 658-4771. 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. '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. 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. 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.

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.

monochromAtic: A juried photography exhibit at the Darkroom gallery, any monochromatic process. info, darkroomgallery/ex25. Deadline: January 25. Juror: Rafal Maleszyk. Art & crAFt FAir: Fair at the Central Vermont Chamber in berlin, saturday, February 4, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Vendor table, $20/day. Register by calling 431-3540. StorytimE: nArrAtivE, ALLEgory & grAPhicS: This show is for storytellers and meaning-seekers. spA is looking for installation, video, conceptual pieces, graphic novels, collage and other media — whatever gets us going and asks, “what happened, and why?” show dates:  March 6 to April 7. Deadline:  January 20. info, nEvEr ForgEt: A multimedia, group exhibit focusing on the challenges and journeys of creative women, past and present, in the united states and overseas. show dates:  March 6 to April 7. Deadline:  January 20. info,

A juried photography exhibit at Darkroom gallery. info, 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 from Vermont women artists interested in being featured during a festival for women in the arts. Deadline: January 1. info,

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SEEking ArtiStS For Show: Vermont fine art festival seeks vendors. May 25 through 28, 2012. info,

'ABStrActionS': work in a variety of media by Frances holliday Alford, Jim Kardas, scott J. Morgan, Frieda post and harry Rich. Through January 29 at Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Rich discusses his work: Friday, December 30, 5:30 p.m. info, 875-1018.

thE humAn Form: Entry cALL: simple yet subtly complex, always present yet hidden. Expose your vision.

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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.

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.

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

kArEn dAwSon: “occupy the wall,” drawings, paintings and mixed-media work. Through December 31 at City Market in burlington. info, 861-9700.

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

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.

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BrAd PEttingiLL: photographs. Through December 31 at the gallery 16t-flaghill-112311.indd 1 11/21/11 6:56 PM at Main street landing in burlington. Reception: Friday, December 30, 5-9 p.m. info, 734-7344. Serving leaders with distinction since 1971 wEndy croSS: “not a pretty picture: America in the 21st Century,” paintings depicting scenes of economic decline. January 6 through February 26 at gallery in the woods in brattleboro. Reception: Friday, January 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. info, 257-4777. 'thE BuiLt EnvironmEnt': photographs of architecture and the manmade world. Through January 20 at Darkroom gallery in Essex Junction. Reception: sunday, January 8, 3-5 p.m. info, 777-3686.

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EthAn & jESSE AzAriAn: paintings on wood and 16t-uvmeducation112311.indd 1 canvas. January 3 through 31 at Red square in burlington. Reception: Friday, January 6, 5-9 p.m. info, 318-2438.

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LiSA LiLLiBridgE: “hi-Fi Collection,” work inspired by thrift shops and album art from the ’60s and ’70s. Through December 31 at barnes & noble in south burlington. info, 238-3485. LorrAinE rEynoLdS & LiSA LiLLiBridgE: Mixed-media assemblages by Reynolds; painted and carved wood pieces by lillibridge. Through December 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 578-8304. 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.


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mAry hiLL: paintings. Curated by sEAbA. Through February 24 at speeder & Earl's (pine street) in 16t-greenthumbgardening121411.indd 1 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. nAthAn cAmPBELL: “own and occupy,” an interactive video game. Curated by sEAbA. Through February 24 at VCAM studio in burlington. info, 651-9692. buRlingTon-AREA ART shows

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kAthErinE gLuck: “landscapes and portraits,” oil paintings, watercolors and prints. January 2 through February 29 at the Daily planet in burlington. info, 316-7269.

'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. Reception: Friday, January 6, 5-9 p.m. info,


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.



'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.

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.

Art school’s people’s-choice competition at Rl photo studio in burlington. Friday, January 6, 6 p.m. $8 entry fee. info, 540-3081.

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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Fiber Options Dianne s hullenberger B Y mEg AN J AmES mATThew Tho Rsen

“Floating Grasses”

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he hundreds of f abric shreds pinned to Dianne Shullen berger’s fiber-collage workstation look like mounted butterflies: Each specimen is a different color and texture; some satiny, some rough and some with delicate edges that curl around the pin like wings. Shullenberger, 67, uses those scraps to create landscape-inspired collages so intricate, they could almost pass as wa tercolor paintings. The trick, she says, is in the layering. She begins with large blocks of color and builds them up until she has perfectly captured the sheen on a bog, or a stand of papery birches. All of Shullenberger’s work — in cluding colored-pencil drawings — is a response to nature. “I spend a portion of every day outside,” she says and adds, “I love sports.” In fact, she was a physi cal education teacher before moving to Vermont in the late ’70s. Shullenberger skis, hikes, bikes and kayaks, and always brings a camera to capture images f or use in her art. Shullenberger’s gallery and stu dio are attached to her Jericho home, which, she discovered af ter moving in, once belonged to Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley (1865-1931), the pioneering snowflake photographer. During a renovation project two decades ago, Shul lenberger uncovered items he had used in developing his photos. The works on her gallery walls are odes to Shullenberger’s f avorite places, such as a trail on Camel’s Hump and a

stream in West Bolton. One coloredpencil drawing depicts the silver shim mer of an early-morning, early-fall frost on a Mount Mansfield trail. “People who don’t hike would never see this,” she notes. Michigan also figures in Shullenberger’s work — she spends summers at her husband’s family cottage on Lake Michigan. The artist is mesmerized by the sand dunes there; she recreates them, along with wildflowers, bogs and swamps, in her collages.

By the time she moved with her husband and two kids to Jericho in 1978, she had committed to pursuing f abric collage. At her studio, Shullenberger pulls out some examples of her early collage work. At first, she’d often make tree boughs from big swaths of a single fabric cut to a desired shape. Gradually, she began working with much smaller scraps, layering them over one another to arrive at just the right line and form. These days, Shullenberger says, “No piece is cut.” She’ll only cut f abric into

Shullenberger createS landScape-inSpired collageS So intricate,

they could almost pass as watercolor paintings. Shullenberger has al ways sewn. She grew up in a Midwestern house full of fabric and sewing notions, and her mother made all of her clothes. “I assumed every one’s mom made their clothes,” she reflects. During her years as a PE teacher in Chicago, Shullenberger painted in watercolor and dabbled in a kind of stuffed quilting technique called trapunto, but, she says, she found the handwork boring. So she began experimenting with collage. She was attracted to the “raw edges and textures,” she says. “It seemed wilder.”

small patches roughly the size she needs. And if a hue shows up in more than one place in a single composition, she uses different fabrics for each recurrence of it. “In whites, that can get complicated,” she says. “So I’ll use different sheens.” This means she goes through boatloads of f abric. Shullen berger visits f abric stores everywhere she goes. “I’ll buy it without even hav ing a project in mind,” she says. Friends and acquaintances are constantly send ing her old ties, slips and handkerchiefs to incorporate in her work.

“Fabrics have many different personalities,” she writes in her artist state ment, “and I manipulate them by wrin kling, coiling, pulling threads, cutting through layers, reversing sides, expos ing raw edges, and constantly altering the textures and color combinations.” Shullenberger has a special place in her heart for sheer materials, the magic of which is showcased in a recent col lage called “Evening Fog.” She used layers and layers of sheer scraps to create a thick, visceral mist rising off sunsettinted water. But it’s not just the f abric scraps that give Shullenberger’s collages their depth. “The thread is almost as impor tant as the f abric,” she says. A drawer at her workstation brims with spools of every color. Some threads are nubby, while others are satiny smooth. Shul lenberger uses them to make subtle color changes, but also to “draw,” say, tufts of fine grasses or debris along a river’s edge. She knows a piece has succeeded when it looks different to her every time she sees it. “I travel back into it,” she says. It’s all about communing with na ture, something Shullenberger is thankf ul to be able to do daily. “Every day,” she says, “it’s like finding new art.” m

s hullenberger’s work is part of “w inter s how” at the Furchgott s ourdiffe Gallery in s helburne, through January 21.

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look at “The Built Environment” at Essex Junction’s Darkroom Gallery through January 20. Photographers from all over Vermont, and the world, capture swooping arches and elegant dovetails, a rain-splattered empty parking lot, and swirling department store escalators. The work honors the vision and engineering feats of architects, but also the evidence of the people who’ve invigorated — or abandoned — these constructed spaces.


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Paige halsey WarreN: “Pages,” graphic-novelinspired acrylic paintings; loNgiNa smoliNski: Abstract paintings; chad Fay: Paintings. Through January 2 at the Daily Planet in Burlington. Info, 917-287-9370.

Peter laNgrock: Landscape and still-life paintings; sponsored by Langrock Sperry & Wool. Proceeds benefit the college's campaign to renovate a historic portion of its campus. Through January 13 at the Gallery at Burlington College. Info, 923-2350. robert & JuliaN cardiNal: Landscape and figurative paintings by father and son; also, paintings by Joe Keiffer, John Olson and Jacob Neagle. Through January 6 at Scarlet Galleries in Burlington. Info, 508-237-0651.

'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.


tom culliNs: Abstract paintings. Through December 31 at Weller in Burlington. Info, 660-4889. 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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shayNe lyNN: Large-scale color photographs of Lake Champlain. Through December 31 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166.

'the holly daze': Artwork that explores the relationship between commercialism and belief. Through January 31 at Union Station in Burlington. Info, 864-1557.


'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.

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.



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.

susaN osmoNd: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Alchemy Jewelry Arts Collective in Burlington. Info, 660-2032.

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

steWart mcheNry: “Fall and Winter Photographs,” photographic collages. Through December 30 at Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Info, 865-7211.


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'2011 Portfolio of Prints & Holiday sHow': Limited-edition prints by 26 artist members and faculty from Vermont and New Hampshire. Through January 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. 'Bundle of Joy': Artwork and craft on sale for the holidays. Through January 21 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616. 'CeleBrate': Three floors of affordable crafts and fine art by local artists. Through December 30 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. CyntHia Crawford: “Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities,” photographs and paintings of Upper Valley wildlife and scenery. Through January 18 at Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction. Info, 295-3118. Hal MayfortH: Paintings that combine abstract signs and symbols with creatures in hobnailed boots. Through January 3 at the Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Info, 262-2253. Heidi Bronor: “At Work,” paintings. Through January 2 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info, 371-4375. JoHn & Kate Penwarden: Photographs of post-Irene Rochester; david BuMBeCK: Bronze sculpture and intaglio prints; 'tHe sMall Great art wall': Work under $1000 by gallery artists. Through January 15 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. Joy HuCKins-noss: “The Texture of Light,” plein-air paintings. Through December 29 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.

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'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. 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.

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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.



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.


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Kari Meyer: “Play of Light,” contemporary landscapes. Through December 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info,

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.

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

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. 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. sCulPtural arCHiteCture sHow: Student works in foamcore, wood and fused glass, many scaled for actual sites on campus, plus working drawings and photographs. January 10 through 17 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-4168. 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. 'winter all MeMBers' exHiBit': Work by juried and unjuried artists. Through January 31 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. 'younG visions': Photographs by Champlain Valley and Mount Mansfield Union High School students. January 7 through February 15 at Gallery 160 in Richmond. Info, 434-6434.


annie MaHeux: “Early Experiments,” work in a variety of media by the University of Vermont art student. January 2 through 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 372-5049. 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. 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. david Kearns: “Out of the Woods,” new paintings. Through January 21 at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. Info, 510-435-7377. 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. '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. fred swan: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans. Info, 524-3699. Gayleen aiKen: “Music and Moonlight,” work by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857. '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. Harriet wood: New abstract paintings and works in clay. Through January 2 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2600.

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'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. 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.


'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.


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. m

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The Year in Film 2011


Our critics look back on their picks and pans — and preview some fl icks still to come B Y RI CK KISONA K & MARGOT HARRISON




RICK KISONAK: As a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, I get to help decide every December which of the year’s releases will be honored with a Critics’ Choice award in January. It’s usually a lot of fun to look back at the best movies and put together a list of nominees from scratch. Traditionally, the greatest challenge is whittling down my list of candidates. But 2011 has been di˜ erent. For the fi rst time, I found it di˛ cult to come up with enough nominees. Not that it’s been a terrible 12 months — unless you happen to own a theater (ticket sales have been down all year). Now that I’ve seen the best 2011 has to o˜ er, though, I feel it fair to categorize it as resoundingly underwhelming. There was no shortage of good fi lms — just a near-absence of great ones. Is it me? Did I miss something? When you look back on it, how would you say the year measured up?

absolutely blew me away. That’s just an incredibly inventive piece of acting. I need a sequel. And fast.

nothing came close to Bridesmaids. It’s in a league of its own. Any word on that sequel?

MH: This was a star-making year for Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain: His roles ranged from Mr. Rochester to Carl Jung to a sex addict; hers from trailer-trash bombshell to Israeli spy. And they riveted in all those parts. But Andy Serkis (aka Gollum) gets the prize for making the CGI chimp of Rise of the Planet of the Apes into a revolutionary hero we can all root for. Occupy humanity!

MH: Tie between “Community” and “American Horror Story.” Wait, no. We’re talking big screen only, so I vote Bridesmaids, too.

MARGOT HARRISON: This was a sad year for multiplex fare, with remakes, sequels and adaptations the order of the day, but I think it was an excellent year for indie and foreign fi lms. Directors are experimenting all over the place, whether they’re shattering their narratives into kaleidoscopes of striking images (The Tree of Life, We Have to Talk About Kevin) or staging the apocalypse (Melancholia, Take Shelter) or resurrecting vintage movie styles in loving detail (Drive, The Artist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) or just pushing boundaries (Shame). The results aren’t always great, but the adventurousness makes multiplexes fun again. As a lover of stories and characters as well as style, though, I didn’t like anything I saw on the big screen this year as much as I did the fi rst four seasons of “Breaking Bad.”

Most Annoying Performance

RK: A number of normally reliable

actors turned in underwhelming performances this year: George Clooney turned in two (The Ides of March and The Descendants), as did Jodie Foster (The Beaver and Carnage). Tom Hanks was annoying as hell in the embarrassment that was Larry Crowne. But, let’s face it, nobody was more annoying this year than Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don’t Know How She Does It. I read on WikiLeaks that they’re forcing detainees at Guantanamo to watch that thing. I’m pretty sure even Dick Cheney wouldn’t have signed o˜ on that.

It. He’s a talented guy, but as long as people keep paying to watch Sandler do half-assed, mush-mouthed ri˛ ng, he will keep doing it. I managed to miss Jack and Jill, where he plays his own fat sister. Hilarious!

Best Comedy

Most Stellar Performance

Michael Shannon (Take Shelter), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) all did vastly impressive work, but it was Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy who

Lamest Comedy

RK: As mentioned already, The Beaver,

Larry Crowne and I Don’t Know How She Does It were très lame. So were Bad Teacher and 30 Minutes or Less. One picture took lameness to a new level, however, if only because it squandered more comic talent than all of those fi lms combined. I give youTower Heist, the old-school romp that reminded us precisely why they don’t make them like that anymore.

MH: My lamest comedy is also my pick for worst picture (see below). An honorable mention to The Hangover Part II, a slavish retread of the original that wasn’t fresh enough to be funny.


RK: There were lots of good ones —

Cedar Rapids, Everything Must Go, Midnight in Paris, 50/50, Horrible Bosses and The Guard among them — but

MH: My biggest letdown was watching cool movies such as Take Shelter and The Skin I Live In disappear almost instantly from our theaters, while others, such as Attack the Block, never arrived. I don’t blame theater owners for this: They need to see butts in seats. The price we pay for the convenience of video on demand, it seems, is more uniform dreck on our big screens.

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Biggest Letdown


RK: Michael Fassbender’s willy. The

MH: Adam Sandler in Just Go With

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I’m still trying to fi gure out who the target audience is for this thing — 12-year-old girls who love horses and collect World War I memorabilia? The biggest letdown for me, though, had to be The Artist. Talk about not living up to the hype. Black and white and silent for the most part, it’s a cute experiment with a couple of clever touches, but the best fi lm of the year? Please.

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RK: This could easily prove the year’s

most crowded fi eld. Disappointing, subpar work poured in from every corner of the moviemaking world. Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) was shockingly o˜ his game. Alexander Payne (The Descendants) turned in a ho-hum, seven-years-in-themaking follow-up to Sideways. George Clooney missed the mark as director, cowriter and star in The Ides of March. Since when does Roman Polanski waste his time and talent on over-the-top, sitcom-y gab-a-thons like Carnage? A Dangerous Method snapped David Cronenberg’s streak of winners. And I can’t imagine what Steven Spielberg was thinking when he made War Horse.

suddenly much-in-demand actor (also this year: X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method and Jane Eyre) certainly gave new meaning to the phrase “endowment for the arts” with his performance alongside Carey Mulligan in Shame, writer-director Steve McQueen’s NC-17-rated portrait of a sex addict. But the biggest surprise wasn’t the nonstop frontal nudity; it was that this glum snoozefest ever made it to the screen. A meaningless movie about meaningless sex. That would’ve made a pretty good tag line, actually.

MH: My biggest (happy) surprises were Hugo and Rango, two fi lms nominally for kids that were also genuine pleasures for adults. The former channels old-movie love, and the latter will prepare your young’uns for Chinatown!

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Most Unnecessary Remake Rk: Do you ever wonder about the

thinking behind these things? Old bad movies don’t beg to be updated, and timeless classics are unlikely to be equalled by new versions, so what’s the point? All I know for certain is that choosing Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 masterpiece Straw Dogs was about as dumb as studio decisions get. What’s next — Justin Timberlake in a redo of Chinatown?

mh: Fright Night could have been a shoo-in here, but the remake ended up better than the original. By contrast, The Thing was actually a prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing, but it felt as superfluous and perfunctory as any remake I’ve seen.

Disappointing, subpar work poureD in from every corner of the moviemaking worlD. Least Superfluous Appropriation of a Comic Book, Video Game or Toy Rk: I’m going to cheat on this one

Rk: Speaking of Green Lantern and

Cowboys & Aliens: At the box office, they came in at No. 21 and No. 26, respectively, among the hundreds of films released this year, and together took in well over $200 million domestically. I’d call that inexplicable.

mh: How about Pirates of the

Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at No. 5? This franchise ran aground two movies ago. If you want a fix of Johnny Depp doing the things he does, Rango is your film.

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in, I wonder, where I Don’t Know How She Does It is the 128th most successful motion picture of the year, and The Guard — a work of monumental genius — is the 136th? Have people lost their minds? Brendan Gleeson is universally acknowledged to be Ireland’s finest living actor, and his Sgt. Gerry Boyle, a County Galway cop with a fondness for liquor, ladies of the evening and LSD, is one of the most brilliantly original movie creations in recent memory. It’s beyond inexplicable.

mh: Consider Warrior (No. 118), a film with all the elements of a huge crowd pleaser — muscly dudes fighting in a cage, high family drama à la The Fighter, underdog themes, and did I mention those muscly dudes are played by future stars (I hope) Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton? I couldn’t care less about mixed martial arts, and I was whiteknuckling through the fights. You’ll have to catch it on video.

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because, frankly, I didn’t see any nonsuperfluous movies this year that would fall under this heading. Does it get more superfluous than Green Lantern and Cowboys & Aliens? I don’t think so. My vote therefore goes to James Gunn’s one-of-a-kind Super, in which Rainn Wilson plays a fry cook who switches careers and becomes a masked crime fighter called the Crimson Bolt. Ellen Page is great in the role of his “kid sidekick,” Boltie. Super only seems like it was based on a comic book: Gunn wrote the script. But it’s a superhero story. One of the weirdest and most wonderfully original I’ve seen.

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RK: I’ve got to go with Attack the

Block, writer-director Joe Cornish’s delightfully demented sci-fi/comedy mashup about a South London teen gang defending their hood against an alien invasion. No stars, no budget, just loads of fun.

MH: Agreed, but my pick is The Future, the second film from art-world-butnot-film-star Miranda July, starring her, Hamish Linklater and a stuffed kitty-cat. It’s every bit as melancholic and thought provoking as Melancholia. Really!

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RK: The very scary fact that the science in Contagion is sound. I mean, if you believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. I asked Santa for a gas mask after reading that.

MH: The millions of dollars Hollywood expended this year on crafting thinly disguised masturbatory fantasies for boys (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), girls (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1) and director Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch). At least the third one had a plot!

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RK: Bridesmaids 2! I can dream,

RK: Take your pick — Tower Heist,

can’t I? More realistically, I’d say the postholiday season is likely to bring such presents as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Albert Nobbs, The Iron Lady and — the best of the bunch, for my money — We Need to Talk About Kevin, the super-creepy story of a woman whose worries about her son’s psychological well-being are brushed off by everyone around her, until the day he unleashes a one-man high school massacre. Tilda Swinton is riveting.

MH: Remember that trailer last winter where Vince Vaughn informed us that “electric cars are gay”? The controversial clip has more staying power than the comedy from which it came, The Dilemma, directed by Ron Howard and starring Vaughn, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin James, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah.

MH: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a spy movie that actually stimulates your brain — just don’t come sleepy or undercaffeinated. Take your hardcore cinephile friends to Kevin, Shame and A Dangerous Method and enjoy the debates afterward. Do not see any of those three on a first date. For a film that won’t kill romance — or if you want to take your grandma — wait for The Artist. It’s not groundbreaking cinema, just a sweet, feel-good film that will remind you to start watching TCM again.

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Larry Crowne, Cowboys & Aliens, I Don’t Know How She Does It. They each blew big time, and I guarantee you every one of their big names got paid more than it cost to make Attack the Block.

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more reviewers’ top-10 lists, but I maintain that The Last Mountain is one of the most important films of 2011. Bill Haney’s shocking documentary indictment of Big Coal also ranks as one of the year’s most horrifying. Freddy Krueger looks like Mr. Rogers next to some of the walking, talking monsters in this movie. Every bit as incendiary as Inside Job. You owe it to yourself to make this No. 1 in your Netflix queue.

MH: I love documentaries about unique, troubled people, and The Arbor fits the bill. It’s the story of a teen welfare mom who became the toast of London literary society, but died young

Worst Picture

RK: OK, I think we’ve sufficiently

razzed a handful of the year’s lesser efforts. Being stinky is one thing, however, and being the most detestable is something else. It requires more than mere idiocy or derivativeness or dullness. This year, one film crossed a line you don’t approach if you have even an ounce of good taste, and that was the WWII weepie Sarah’s Key. I’m sorry: You just don’t get to play the Nazi card if all you’re trying to do is jerk tears and tug heartstrings. Watch a few hours of TLC: There are any number of triedand-true alternatives. In 2011, nobody stooped lower than director Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Just what the world

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mH: Adam Sandler hasn’t made a Holocaust film. Yet. (All he’d have to do is remake Life Is Beautiful with fart jokes.) But he did give us Just Go With It, a film that relentlessly milks “humor” from pratfalls, prosthetics, kids with funny accents and Dave Matthews picking up a coconut with his ass. I know it sounds silly and inoffensive, but there’s something creepily condescending about the whole carefully programmed endeavor. Next time you watch a politician pandering to voters’ dumbest impulses, think of the $103 million this film grossed.

Best Picture

RK: Melancholia. I know, I know.

No one’s going to see the latest from Lars von Trier except critics and the hardcore art-house crowd. But that doesn’t change the fact that nothing released this year came close to matching its dark humor, artistic fearlessness and otherworldly beauty. Two things I doubt anyone will contest: Kirsten Dunst gives the most complex performance of 2011, and this is one movie that definitely has an ending.

mH: I contest the part about Dunst — she’s nude, she’s glum, and she’s von Trier’s mouthpiece, but Charlotte Gainsbourg was the one who made me care about impending doom. My own favorite movies of the year were two: The Tree of Life and Drive. The first is an intricately wrought stained-glass window into one filmmaker’s life, his dread of death and his intimations of immortality. (Plus dinosaurs!) The second is basically Fast Five for jaded hipsters, but it’s the year’s very best ride. m

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Two thieves stole $500 worth of Christmas decorations f rom a lawn in Sweetwater, Fla., that included a Mickey Mouse on a horse, hugging penguins, Snoopy on a doghouse and Santa on a sled. Police arrested two women who lived less than a block away after victim Inrid Alemendarez notified police that she’d spotted those same stolen items on their lawn. (Associated Press)

team had exceeded the league limit of two heterosexual players per team. The NAGAAA settled bef ore the case went to trial in Seattle by paying the players an undisclosed sum and awarding their team the second-place trophy it was denied. (Associated Press) Jesse Dimmick filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Jared and Lindsay Rowley, seeking $235,000 in damages. Dimmick, who was convicted of kidnapping the Topeka, Kan., newlyweds in 2009 while fleeing from police, contends that they reached a legally binding, verbal contract that they would hide him for an unspeci fied amount of money. Instead, they fled the house when he f ell asleep, and the police rushed in. His suit claims that they reneged on their contract, “resulting in my being shot in the back by authorities.”

Complaining the gunshot “almost killed me,” Dimmick stated that his hospital bills alone “are in excess of $160,000, which I have no way to pay.” (Topeka Capital-Journal) A suit filed by the family of Agnes Zimmick charges that af ter her death, Zimmick’s granddaughter and great-granddaughter were at the cemetery and watched as graveyard workers “jumped up and down on the casket, apparently to f orce the casket into a gravesite which was not large enough for the casket … repeatedly walked along the top of the casket … [and] also repeatedly struck said casket with poles.” The suit against the Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh seeks a jury trial and at least $25,000 from each defendant. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

While acting as his own attorney at his robbery trial in Lehigh County, Pa., defendant Philome Cesar, 32, asked a witness who’d been robbed at gunpoint to describe what the robber sounded like. “He sounded like you,” Daryl Evans testified. The jury broke into laughter. Moments later, Cesar asked another witness to describe the robber’s voice. “It sounded exactly like you,” Charlotte Sine answered. Cesar dropped that line of questioning. Af ter a ram REAL f REE WIll a St Rology by rob brezsny bling closing argument, during which Cesar para phrased a quote attributed capricorn (dec. 22-Jan. 19) to deceased “Family Circle” cartoonist Bill Keane (“The n botticelli’s painting The Birth of things that happened yes Venus, the goddess of beauty and terday are history”), the love is shown arriving on dry land jury promptly pronounced for the first time after having been born him guilty. (Allentown’s in the ocean. naked, she is trying to Morning Call) cover her private parts with her hand Litigation Nation and thigh-length hair. h er attendant, a The Iranian-born owner fully clothed nymph, is bringing a cloak of Eastern Shore Toyota to cover her up. analyzing this scene, outside Mobile, Ala., sued art critic sister w endy suggests it’s Bob Tyler Toyota in nearby actually quite sad. it symbolizes the fact Pensacola, Fla., af ter Bob that since we humans can’t bear the Tyler’s sales staff branded confrontation with sublime beauty, we their Alabama competitor must always keep it partly hidden. your assignment in the coming “Taliban Toyota” and told year, Capricorn, is to overcome this inhibition. i invite you to retrain customers that anyone yourself so that you can thrive in the presence of intense, amazing who bought cars there was and transformative beauty. f unding terrorism. Bob 12.28.11-01.11.12 SEVEN DAYS 80 quirks/astrology

Three softball players who were disqualified from playingf or their team in the 2008 Gay Sof tball World Series filed a federal lawsuit against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, claiming discrimination because they are bisexual, not gay. The organization banned Stephen Apilado, Laron Charles and John Russ after other teams protested that their San Francisco


(March 21- april 19): in north america, a farmer who grows wheat gets only 5 percent of the money earned by selling a loaf of bread made from his crop. w hen my band recorded an album for MC a, our contract called for us to receive just 7 percent of the net profits. i encourage you to push for a much bigger share than that for the work you do in 2012. it will be an excellent time to raise the levels of respect you have for your own gifts, skills and prod ucts — and to ask for that increased respect, as well.

ta URUS (april 20-May 20): For much of the 19th century, aluminum was regarded as a precious metal more valuable than gold. it was even used for the capstone of the w ashington Monument, dedicated in 1884. The reason for this curiosity? until the 1890s, it was difficult and expensive to extract aluminum from its ore. Then a new technology was developed that made the process very cheap. in 2012, t aurus, i’m predicting a metaphorically similar progression in your own life. a goodie or an asset will become more freely available to you because of your increased ability to separate it from the slag it’s mixed with. gEmINI

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using this as a template, Cancerian, i urge you to treat 2012 as a time when you will be like Melville and Malick in your chosen field. t rust your daring, expansive vision.

l Eo (July 23-aug. 22): i love the way they celebrate the new year in stonehaven, scotland. a procession of revelers swings big flaming baskets around on the ends of long chains. i recommend that you carry out a comparable ritual as you barge into 2012, l eo. symbolically speaking, it would set the perfect tone. The coming months should be a kind of extended fire festival for you — a time when you faithfully stoke the blaze in your belly, the radiance in your eyes and the brilliance in your heart. are you ready to bring all the heat and light you can to the next phase of your master plan? i hope so. burn, baby, burn. VIRgo

(aug. 23-sept. 22): h istorian david McCullough wrote The Greater Journey, a book telling the stories of ambitious young american artists who relocated to paris between 1830 and 1900. They had to move away because their home country had no museums or art schools at that time. you Virgos may want to consider seeking a similar enlargement of your possibilities in the coming months. as you seek out the resources that will help you follow your dreams, be prepared to look beyond what you already know and what’s immediately available.

investigating the Church of the Flying spaghetti Monster. devotees of this reli gion call themselves pastafarians. Their main dogma is the wisdom of rejecting all dogma. h aving such a lighthearted approach to spiritual matters would be quite healthy for you to experiment with. For extra credit, you could draw inspiration from a church member named niko alm. h e convinced authorities to allow him to wear a pasta strainer on his head for his driver’s license photo. h aving a jaunty approach to official requirements and formal necessities will also serve you well.

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ca NcER (June 21-July 22): t errence Malick’s Tree of Life is an ambitious work that deviates from formulaic approaches to filmmaking. some observers hated its experimental invocation of big ideas, while others approved. New York Times critic a.o. scott compared the movie to h erman Melville’s Moby Dick, one of america’s great works of literature. h ere’s what scott wrote: “Mr. Malick might have been well advised to leave out the dinosaurs and the trip to the afterlife and given us a delicate chronicle of a young man’s struggle with his father and himself. and perhaps Melville should have suppressed his philosophizing impulses and written a lively tale of a whaling voyage.” w eekly


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Af ter Jack Johnson, 62, pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting more than $1 mil lion in bribes during his term as county executive of Prince George’s County, Md., his lawyers asked f or compassion at his sen tencing, pointing out that their client, who entered the courtroom using a cane, has advanced Parkinson’s disease and insisting that a lengthy prison term would amount to “a death sentence for him.” Prosecutors disputed the claim, citing photos from the U.S. Attorney’s office that show Johnson playing golf and carrying a f ull bag of clubs. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte sentenced Johnson to 87 months in federal prison, labeling his crimes “a deliberate march down a long path of kleptocracy.” (Washington Post)

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(sept. 23- oct. 22): professional basketball player r on artest petitioned the court to let him change his name to “Metta w orld peace.” “Metta” is a buddhist term that signifies loving-kindness and benevolence. w hen the new moniker finally became official, Metta w orld peace sealed a radical shift away from his old way of doing things, symbolized by the time he leaped into the stands in the middle of a game to punch a fan in the head. The coming months will be an excellent time for you l ibras to initiate a rite of passage that will expedite an equally dramatic transformation.

Sco RPIo (oct. 23- nov. 21): Many of the questions we had as children never got resolved or answered to our satisfaction. They still remain marinating in the back of our minds. Meanwhile, fresh queries keep welling up within us as the years go by. after a while, we’ve got a huge collection of enigmas, riddles and conundrums. some of us regard this as a tangled problem


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that weighs us down, while others see it as a sparkly delight that keeps making life more and more interesting. w here do you stand on the issue, scorpio? if you’re in the latter group, you will be fully open to the experiences that will be flowing your way in 2012. and that means you will be blessed with a host of sumptuous and catalytic new questions.

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21): The first half of 2012 will be an excellent time for you to exorcize any prejudices you might be harboring toward anyone who lives or thinks differently from you. you’ll be able to see your own irrational biases with ex ceptional clarity, and are also likely to have exceptional success at scouring yourself free of them. This will give you access to new reserves of psychic energy you didn’t even realize you were shut off from. (p.s. i’m not saying you possess more intolerance or narrow-mindedness than any of the rest of us. it’s just that this is your time to deal brilliantly with your share of it.)

aQUaRIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The coming months will be an excellent time to take an inventory of your life to deter mine whether there are any ways in which you act like a slave. do you find it hard to defeat an addiction that saps your energy and weakens your ability to live the life you want? are there institutions that you help sustain even though they cause harm to you and others? is it hard for you to change or end your relationships with people who are no damn good for you? are you trapped in a role or behavior that is at odds with your high ideals? discover what these oppressors are, aquarius — and then summon all your intelligence and willpower to escape them. PIScES (Feb. 19-March 20): California engineer r on patrick put a jet engine in his silver Vw beetle. now he’s got a 1450-horsepower vehicle — but it’s not legal for him to drive on public highways. in the coming year, pisces, i suspect you’ll be tempted to try something similar: create a dynamic tool with a modest appearance or a turbocharged source of energy in a deceptively small package. but if you do, please make sure that you can actually use it to improve your ability to get around and make your life better.

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waki Ng up Grew up in Vermont, moved to Burlington, study at UVM. Now going stir-crazy in the “city.” Looking for someone who appreciates the simple things, is willing to teach and eager to learn, and who will break me out of this city funk. If you like conversation, beers in the woods and having a good time, I would love to meet you. r osesblue, 20, l, #118835

pea CeFul laug Hter I’m an outgoing, physically active, animal-loving, gentle soul. Looking for a cute, fun and interesting lady to spend time with. This is a crazy, wonderful world, let’s have fun and leave it a wee bit better than when we left. summer, 28, l, #122715

w ell Hello I am looking for women for friendship and conversation. I would be happy meeting someone and talking over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. I am honest, funny and smart. I am looking for the same. r isti, 44, #122543

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Ho NeSt, lovi Ng, Cari Ng, aFFeCtio Nate woma N I am a very sincere woman. I want to settle down with a man who can love me for ever and we can get old together. I want a stable man who can offer me a wonderful life with no fincancial worries. I want to be treated like a queen as I have so much love to give him. bobbilady4u, 49, l, #122675

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emotio Nally i Ntellige Nt, attra Ctive, orga Nized Let’s get together. We are worth it. Go for coffee and see if there is any sugar. If not, then we can drink it black. Take a risk and see me. I am here and as real as it gets. If there is a good feeling then we will be on our way to an awesome place. lee, 46, u, #122638

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“C’eSt la vie” Capable, hard working, outdoor oriented. Woodworker and trail builder. Height/ weight proportionate; brown hair. Adventurous spirit, but looking to begin setting some roots here in VT. Interests include hiking, canoeing, gardening, cooking, spontaneous car rides. Long for thoughtful conversation, but crave humor as well. Enjoy keeping busy, yet appreciate a lazy Sunday afternoon accompanied by good food, good tunes and a woodstove. rooted_n_ramblin, 26, l, #122696

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Cari Ng, Fu NNy Soul te Nder I am looking for someone who makes me laugh. I want to be able to have an amazing conversation with someone, or be able to say nothing at all. Definitely need a man who is my man and no one else’s. I am not jealous but don’t want to get hurt. ashmom86, 25, l, #122682

eNt Hu Sia Sti C, eNergeti C, evo Cative, emergi Ng arti St 56 YO DWW looking for a man 50-65 who can easily mesh his life with mine. Someone who is self assured, wise, fiercely compassionate and funny as hell. I hope that he enjoys moving outside under his own power, reading and working with his hands. I am a tall, slim, athletic, health care provider living a rural lifestyle. nextbestfriend, 56, l, #122637

k iNd, SeNSe o F Humor, Ho NeSt I’m fun and friendly and love a good laugh. I have brown hair, blue eyes and a slender build. My preference is feminine girls. Come out for lunch and a few laughs. We could start a friendship or maybe more. Bixby, 27, #122642

explore, Ski, Sail, Hike Hi, I enjoy living in Burlington and I love to explore by car, train, sail. Snowshoeing, skiing are winter pleasures and camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing are fun in the summer. I would enjoy someone who likes the above and can get away to sail in the Gulf. Local music and theater, as well as dining in/out, are great fun. rangerrobin, 64, l, #117701

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shy, funny an D creative I am looking to meet a lady (butch or femme, does not matter) to start a friendship, with the possibility of a relationship. vttat2bigrl, 26, l, #121924

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sWeet an D innocent :) I may look sweet and innocent. I am the type of girl you can bring home to mom and dad. But in the bedroom or other places, I can get a little freaky. Looking for some discreet fun, men ages 25 to 40. haileysmommy, 26, #118803

Dessert f irst? Curious, feeling insatiable. threshold, 48, #122641

ageD to perfection Like a fine wine, some things just get better with age! I am a mature, sexy woman looking to start over. I was married to my late husband all my life and am looking for new excitement-it’s never too late! Teach me how to, as the kids say, “dougie.” silverfoxx, 63, #121512

Looking for fun! I am 38 years old and looking to meet a female to get to know. I love to have a good time in and out of bed. Let’s chat. Thef ungirl, 38, l, #122741

Mrebecca21 I’m looking for some fun! ;) Mayyggg21, 24, #122633 t akes o r Ders We LL Lonely sub in need of a master. Looking to please you and be rewarded when I do a good job. Love lingerie and high heels, as well as public places. Wanna play? extragirliesub, 33, #122619

h ot phone f antasies Wo Man coup Le I am an experienced 70’s, hot, sexy woman looking for a woman, to talk with me and my Man to enjoy phone fantasies. Someone who will do a 3way call at no expense to you. So have your vib or dildo and join us for

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goo D ti Mes to be ha D I’m looking for a casual thing. Sex, sleeping, foreplay, cuddling, oral, movies, drinking, hanging out. One, some or all of the above. Not sure what to expect from this, but message me and we’ll see what happens. c_ullr, 23, l, #122616 t ake Me for a spin I’m bisexual and looking for a friend with benefits from either gender. I’m relaxed and easy to get along with and looking for someone I can hang out with and fool around with when we feel like it. I’m up for pretty much anything, so hit me up. Must enjoy couples play. <3. t estingTheWaters, 21, #122455

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bi-sexua L f eMMe seeks saMe I’m looking for open-minded friends to 1x1c-mediaimpact030310.indd 1 3/1/10with. 1:15:57 PM create fun, quality relationships If you like to go out on the town or enjoy a wild time at home, then look no further. You must be STD- drug-free, respectful and discreet. If you are a woman/women, or a “couple” (man/ woman) and are interested in the wilder side of life, let’s get together! whynotbeyourself, 43, #122313 panty f etish I have a secret: I have a pantie fetish and I would like to share it with you. I also like to do lots of phone play and pics.I am 27 yrs, married and very discreet. nikkisbox84, 27, l, #122205


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pleasure that we make for ourselves. mymamadoll, 74, l, #121297 What’s your horoscope? Did you know Scorpio is the most sexual of signs? Looking for some NSA summer fun. Don’t be afraid to contact me for a walk on the wild side! sexiscorpio69, 26, l, #121339 skin-Deep passion f reak I’m horny as hell for a hot femme but also need a connection and some emotional grounds to really let myself go. Once the cap is’re in for pleasure that will only end when you want it too ;). vtvegan, 33, l, #120509 hungry In a committed relationship with a much less hungry man. He knows I am looking around but, out of respect, discretion is a must. I am looking for a man who wants discreet encounters to leave us breathless and wet. Laughter, playfulness, mutual respect a must. Into light bondage, oral play, etc.; mostly I want to get laid. penobscot, 42, u, #119855 neeD More fun I usually don’t do this, but I need a little spice in my life. Tired of the same old stuff every day! I am willing to try new things, so give me a shout! lookn4fun, 23, #118014 Want to Make you gLo W I want a woman who loves to play and be played with. I want to watch my man take you the way he takes me: properly. I want you to watch me surrender and inspire you to join me in creating more pleasure we can possibly imagine. happylovers, 46, l, #114918

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i Love ne W iDeas Have been in a relationship for seven years and wanna experience the exhibitionistic side of me. Have never been told I’m small but have been told it’s a beautifull, perfect specimen. Looking for somone to explore my mind and body. I’m really open. Hit me up. lonelydaddy, 33, #122672 co MpLeting a fantasy I am a WMM that would very much like to find a couple to explore sexual ideas with. Discretion is a must. I am very fit and fun loving and have pics available if anyone is interested. I am open to your desires and would love to help you achieve them. vt 311, 54, l, #121613

Looking to p Lay I’m bi and he’s a straight transguy, looking to bring another partner into our bed. We’re in a committed relationship; only seeking occasional play. Seeking a woman for me to play with while he watches (and maybe joins a little too) or another FTM for him to share me with. Come play with us, we can host. Meow91, 20, #122578

Mutua L extre Me pLeasure Playmates/lover. Very passionate, LOVE to please! No pain, extreme hedonist. I think oral is the most intimate sex, but love ALL pleasure. musicman69, 52, #110923

exre MeLy horny coup Le Horny couple looking to add a third in our active sex life. We are very clean and want the same. 420 friendly. Can host. Hoping this is you. Will send pictures. calalily, 37, #122567

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scorpio With a sensua L t ouch I think all Scorpios are hardwired for sex. I like teasing a lot. I love kissing and performing oral sex. Oral is probably my biggest fetish. Luckily, I have nice lips! ;) I am turned on by the idea of girl-on-girl and would love to do an erotic girl-ongirl photo shoot sometime. I have a weakness for confident women. Luv2t ease, 47, l, #111096 fro M his on Line profi Le: My biggest turn on is... confidence accompanied by sexy eyes and a smile. Looking for Discreet fun Recently separated, looking for casual encounters. Good-looking, average-built man, mid-thirties. caligulacaesar, 34, #122621 sextacu Lar Hello, I’m looking for some discreet fun. There are a few things I haven’t been able to try and would like to find some interested ladies. Let me know if you’re interested. jonny51, 27, l, #122611

Worth it People say not to judge a book by its cover, but replying to photos is doing exactly that. If you’re on this site and reading this ad, we are here for the same reason. A little NSA fun. A discreet connection. And some pretty erotic emails. So say hello. You may find I’m worth it. Moosehead, 31, #122733

easygoing guy Easygoing guy exploring possibilities of on-line dating site. Enjoy giving massages. if interested maybe we can discuss possibilities. dick808, 61, l, #122590

Mature satyr Tall, slim 58-year-old professional in a dead relationship, looking for discreet good times with uninhibited lady. Financially secure; prefer fairly intelligent women. Occasional daytime meetings possible. snowguy145, 57, #115318

sexyan DWekno Wit Looking for a female friend. Could you be her? Water signs welcome, lol. venus28, 31, #122692

skier seeks take-charge LaDy WM, tall, thin, looking for open-minded lady into role play and reversals, a skier is a plus, into music as well, all limits respected. vts kier, 51, l, #105940 serious Ly Let’s just do this. I’m a well-groomed, intelligent and humorous male. Searching for a discreet FWB/ NSA relationship. Sophistication, discretion and intelligence a must. deep55, 45, #122674

We are both quite attractive (slender, in shape, tattoos, sex appeal, etc.) and we’re seeking a female of the same caliber. This is our first time posting, and we’re eager to see what fruits this search might “bare.” :). seductiveandspontaneouswithclass, 28, l, #122630

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coup Le in search Husband and wife looking for a female who would like to hang out more than just in the bedroom. We would like to find that female to work with us for what we would like to happen to start with. We are NOT Ken and Barbie. Both are extremely sexual. We are looking forward to hearing from you. couplensearch, 32, #122650 DeLicious Ly DeLightfu L Duo seeking La Dy We are a sexy and spirited couple looking to play with a third lady to fulfill our desire for threesome fun.

Massage, connection, co Mfort, k issing, o rgas Ms Massage explores pleasure with or without stepping into the sexual. We’d like to massage a woman, man or couple at your level of comfort. Softness of skin, the bliss of massage. We offer nonsexual, sensual massages, or ones that progress to orgasmic bliss. Four-hand massage is an amazingly sensuous path to sensual bliss, or all the way to orgasm. Lascivious, 57, l, #117437 nor MaL, inte LLigent, DecentLooking, u2? Looking for a decent-looking, inshape, intelligent couple (like us) to fool around with. No cigarette smokers. We’re educated, liberal, ~39, live near Burlington, exercise regularly, enjoy good wine and food. curiouscpl, 38, l, #106297 position open/ Looking to fi LL Applicant requirements: sexy, fun, outgoing, assertive and confident female, experience not necessary (willing to train the right person). Position offers opportunity for travel, outdoor activity, savory feasts, fun in and out of the bedroom. We have an excellent benefits package with room to grow. You will be paid in orgasms. We look forward to an oral interview. evilhippie, 39, #121640

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Bemustached dRINK WaIte R Keep the Tom Collins’ coming, and feel free to creep anytime. You have a bespectacled admirer. When: saturday, december 17, 2011. Where: drink. You: man. me: Woman. #909802 WaIt Ress at mo Nt Y’s IN WIll Isto N You caught my attention as my waitress last week (Sunday 12/11) just as I returned on a red eye flight. You have shorter dark hair and amazing eyes. I was having brunch with my mother and we spoke about the new plans for the Alchemist. I’d like to get to know you better if you aren’t already taken! When: sunday, december 11, 2011. Where: monty’s o ld Brick t avern in Williston. You: Woman. me: man. #909801 sIgNal K Itche N Oh hey, Chamberlin! Thanks for a night of sweet tunes on Friday. I dig your footwear, especially those Darn Toughs. When: Friday, december 16, 2011. Where: o n stage. You: man. me: Woman. #909800 Yes Please Yesterday marked the beginning we have been waiting for. I cannot wait to spend the lifespan of seven Boston Terriers together. When: Wednesday, december 14, 2011. Where: Jesus christ of cipis. You: man. me: Woman. #909798

never known, a world of unchained devotion, because you were my very own. I had fallen in love with you. When: saturday, april 1, 2006. Where: Night shift. You: Woman. me: man. #909794 Was that You R Ball? Not hardly stood up. Hint 3rd date at the batting cage. When: Friday, december 2, 2011. Where: h ot2t rot. You: man. me: Woman. #909792

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sweater, realizing later I must have looked ridiculous! Failed at finding you the pants you needed. I think you are amazingly gorgeous. Are you available? Can we get together sometime? When: Thursday, december 8, 2011. Where: church street. You: man. me: Woman. #909787 Pla Id h ood Ie Bu YINg salad I caught a glimpse of your handsome face Wednesday morning at the Mobil in Waterbury. Looked like you were getting rations for the day: water, salad, etc....I was commenting on the terrible hats. How about lunch with me some day soon? When: Wednesday, december 7, 2011. Where: mobil in Waterbury. You: man. me: Woman. #909786 FaNtast Ical att Itude To the beautiful blond cashier that brightened up my hazy day with something super nice to say: Thanks for the bright and cheery sendoff; it was much appreciated! When: t uesday, december 6, 2011. Where: city market. You: Woman. me: man. #909785 tR ash& vaudev Ille BoY o N 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 in coffee, or a game of pool? When: Wednesday, december 7, 2011. Where: Riverside bus toward Burlington. You: man. me: Woman. #909784 sWeet d I love You R smIle Your smile is bright, beautiful and amazing. I would love to get to know you better. Take a chance, you never know :). When: Wednesday, december 7, 2011. Where: h untington. You: Woman. me: man. #909783

mistress maeve Dear Mistress,

About two years ago, my boyfriend expressed that he prefers when women are completely shaved or waxed. Having always kept my pubes neatly trimmed, it wasn’t that big of a deal for me to go all-the-way smooth (and sometimes I get Brazilian waxes for special occasions). I don’t mind putting in the time and effort to keep my man interested and happy, but I’ve been frustrated in the past because he wouldn’t do the same for me. Mistress, I like pleasing my guy orally, but come on — no one likes a mouthful of hair. He would sometimes trim if I nagged enough, but it was always short lived. Well, my dream has finally come true. He has agreed to make it his New Year’s resolution to fully shave, balls and all, and keep it maintained for at least three months. The only thing is, he’s terrified to take a razor to his delicate “man areas.” Can you give him some pointers for a safe and easy shave?


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Kudos to you for continually making an effort for your man, even when he wasn’t doing the same for you. I’m glad to hear he’s finally realized that men aren’t the only ones who appreciate pubic grooming. Besides, doesn’t he realize that when you trim the bush, the tree looks taller? Manscaping his most delicate areas should be easy and pain-free, so long as he takes his time and follows these tips for safe grooming: Trim excess hair using clippers or small scissors. Sit in a warm bath to loosen the skin and soften the hair for easier shaving. Lather up with a generous portion of shaving cream or gel — no harsh soaps! Making sure his hands aren’t slippery, pull the scrotum taut, creating a flat shaving area. Using a new blade, make slow, light strokes until the hair is removed. (Do not press down; let the razor do the work.) Continue around the base of the penis and underneath the scrotum for maximum smoothness! Rinse, pat dry and moisturize with a mild lotion (face lotion works great). If your guy follows the above directions, the only balls dropping this New Year’s Eve will be smooth ones.


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