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The state Senate wouldn’t sanction doctor-assisted death, but it would indemnify docs who help the terminally ill die. Your move, House.
Gov. Peter Shumlin finally reimbursed taxpayers $65.80 for using the state plane for a campaign fundraiser last fall. Guess he forgot?
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[Re Poli Psy: “Poor Logic,” January 30]: I was a lawyer for Vermont Legal Aid in the 1980s, representing parents who needed public assistance. They loved their kids, but there was not one I met who could work at a regular job without great difficulty, in spite of their desire to do so. Some were very kind people but low IQ. Some had been abused when their parents went to work and were scared about putting their kids in daycare. Don’t judge. Good job, Judith Levine.
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Selling magazines these days is tough, but I don’t think Vermont Life did itself any favors by embarking on such a radical redesign of the magazine when the new editor took over from Tom Slayton [“Vermont Life Support?” January 23]. There’s a lot of emphasis now on food, no doubt due in some part to the editor’s background as a food editor. Is that what readers actually want? I’m not sure. No doubt the “staid, nostalgic look,” as you put it, had to undergo a change, but I think the new direction of the magazine, with its attempt to be more hip and edgy, has alienated a lot of its former readers and obviously not attracted enough new ones to make up for their loss. Pierre Home-Douglas
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[Re Last 7, “Horse Horrors,” January 30]: The horrific case of horse abuse in Shelburne and the owner’s denial of responsibility goes beyond the obvious facts. It is a sad truth that many Americans do not take responsibility for their actions, whether something as mundane as littering or something far more serious such as animal or child abuse. We have become a very entitled society with a “me first” attitude. Sadly, this entitlement is seen in all ages, from the 7-year-old who bullies another child to someone like George Wilson, whose biggest concern was the “invasion” of his property. That entitlement reaches to the laws in Vermont regarding animal abuse. Far too often one reads of cases of severe abuse and, ultimately, no punishment or a slap on the wrist for the perpetrator. I suspect this goes back to a more rural time when people felt they were entitled to treat their animals however they chose without interference from a higher authority; the old “you can’t tell me what to do on my property” Vermont philosophy. I hope Seven Days will keep the updates coming on this case, and bless Spring Hill Horse Rescue for taking in the horses. If the media keep their circumstances in the public light, perhaps some Vermonters will feel entitled to help with donations for their care.
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Outspoken Russian journalist and music critic Artemy Troitsky has lots to say. Highly regarded among his country’s intellectuals and activists, he has his ﬁ nger on the pulse of an artistic protest movement he calls the “creative class.” Troitsky references its sociopolitical implications in his talk “Enemies of the State,” with speciﬁ c focus on the 2012 arrest and imprisonment of members of the feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot.
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A Life Observed Heidi Holland is a complex woman. Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play ˜ e Heidi Chronicles follows its title character from her passionate feminism in the 1960s through the ’80s, watching her struggle to balance her professional ambitions as an art historian with her private yearnings for personal connection. ° e UVM Department of ° eatre presents this dramatic work, which in both humorous and touching ways explores issues of gender, power and intimacy. SEE THEATER REVIEW ON PAGE 36
Offbeat Original Singer-songwriter and guitarist Mike Doughty has been around the block a few times. After leading the indierock band Soul Coughing from 1992 to 2000, he kicked a heroin addiction and built a solo career with evocative lyrics and an edgy, stream-of-consciousness delivery. Songs such as “Na Na Nothing” from his Yes and Also Yes album — written at legendary artists’ colony Yaddo — reﬂ ect Doughty’s ability as a wordsmith, which he further demonstrates in two recently published books. SEE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT ON PAGE 64
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Singer and guitarist Corey Harris takes a unique approach to the blues. Honing his skills on the streets of New Orleans before studying African linguistics in Cameroon, he brings a strong sense of place to his music. ° is approach to the genre earned him a spot in Martin Scorsese’s 2003 PBS documentary series, “° e Blues,” as well as a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007. ° e acclaimed performer now calls Virginia home, which ﬁ gures prominently in his recently released album, Fulton Blues.
You expect a group of writers to have superior knowledge of the written word. But can they spell? Vermont poet-laureate Sydney Lea hosts an evening of sounding out syllables at the Cabin Fever Spelling Bee & Silent Auction. ° is fundraiser for Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library presents the local talent of Ellen Bryant Voigt, Tom Greene and David Budbill, among others, who test their skills at this lighthearted meeting of the minds.
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n his quest to reshape Vermont’s social safety net on a shoestring budget, Gov. Thursday, 2/21: 7-10pm PETER SHUMLIN has enlisted an unlikely Friday, 2/22: 7-10pm pitchman: Agency of Human Services Saturday, 2/23: 10am-1pm Secretary DOUG RACINE. 2pm (possible callbacks) Unlikely because, for much of the three decades he’s been in the public eye, Racine For additional details and audition materials, has fought against just the kind of cuts please visit stowetheatre.com. Auditioners are Shumlin is now proposing. encouraged to sign up for an audition slot by contacting When the two competed against one Amena Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. another in 2010’s five-way Democratic gubernatorial primary, Racine distinguished Akeley Memorial Building himself from Shumlin by focusing on povStowe Theatre Guild, Main Street, Stowe erty and promising to raise taxes before cutting services to the working poor. Now some advocates for low-income 12v-stowetheater021313.indd 1 2/8/13 3:55 PM Vermonters say that by carrying out Shumlin’s budget priorities, Racine is enabling his former rival to do just the opposite. “When he came to the Washington County committee, he said very strongly that fighting poverty was his central concern. And this seems incongruous,” says Washington County Democratic Party chairman JACK MCCULLOUGH of Racine’s WITH A QUALITY MASSAGE! 2010 gubernatorial pitch. Sen. DICK MCCORMACK (D-Windsor), a fellow liberal who served alongside Racine in the Senate, puts it this way: “The policies I see Doug representing now are not 60 minutes. exactly what I think he would have develOriginally $60. oped had he been elected governor.” But, McCormack adds, “He wasn’t elected governor. The people elected Peter Shumlin.” Like many on the left, McCormack opposes two signature proposals advanced by the Shumlin/Racine team. The first is 60 minutes. to save $6 million by capping eligibility Includes foot soak, for the Reach Up welfare program at three neck, shoulder, back, A GREAT VALUE! foot massage. consecutive years and five years in a lifetime. The second is to finance expanded Visit our website: childcare subsidies by cutting $17 million vermontorientalmassage.com of the state’s contribution to the Earned Income Tax Credit, which benefits 44,000 In Spa working Vermonters. 557-7303 Racine, who played a relatively low177 Church St, profile role in Shumlin’s first term, has in Second Floor recent weeks become suddenly omnipres(lower Church Street, ent — serving as the gov’s human shield as above Big Daddy’s Pizza) he pitches a plan that has so far failed to gain traction. Rarely does Shumlin mention his proposals without noting they 8v-InSpa022013.indd 1 2/18/13 12:05 PM were crafted by the “compassionate” Doug Racine. But would the secretary have supported the plan if he were still in the Vermont Senate, where he spent 14 years representing Chittenden County and another six years presiding over the body as lieutenant governor? “I have no idea,” Racine says. “If I had sevendaysvt.com stayed in the legislature I wouldn’t have
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“Anybody who wants to look at the record of what was said in that campaign, that’s absolutely true,” he says. “There were expressed differences. I lost. He won. And he gets to make those decisions.” Shumlin won, but not by much. In the initial tally, Shumlin came out just 197 votes ahead of Racine in a primary that drew 75,000 voters. He expanded that lead to 203 votes two weeks later, after Racine requested a recount. Despite the close margin, says one Racine ally who would not be named, “I think one thing Doug realized is that the people of Vermont chose Shumlin’s fiscal policy.” Soon after he was elected, Shumlin sought to create a “team of rivals,” bringing Racine and two other former Democratic opponents into his administration. SUSAN BARTLETT was named special adviser, while DEB MARKOWITZ became secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources. “I think he thought really hard when he took the job about whether he could really work for Peter,” the Racine ally says. “I think he made a decision both in his head and his heart that if he takes the job, that’s who he works for.” Despite clashing with the Shumlin
administration recently over its budget proposals, several advocates for lowincome Vermonters say they understand that Racine is boxed in. “I think Doug is trying to do the most good he can do in the position he’s in,” says Vermont Legal Aid attorney CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, who contributed to and volunteered for Racine’s political campaigns. “He’s in the tough position of having to balance a budget he’s given.” Though Curtis has become one of the most vocal critics of Shumlin’s proposed cuts to Reach Up and the Earned Income Tax Credit, he says, “I think a lot of folks who’ve worked with Doug on child-poverty issues or low-income issues know that Doug Racine has an open door for them — and that makes a difference.” Says Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council lobbyist KAREN LAFAYETTE, who served alongside Racine in the legislature, “I would rather have him there than not there.”
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between super PACs and parties. While the former are legally barred from coordinating with the candidates they support, parties are free to share resources and strategy with candidates. So if you reach the contribution limit of $2000 per election cycle to a candidate, you could simply write another $20,000 check to the Vermont Democratic Party, which could then spend that money on your fave politician. “This is, in a way, a more direct workaround to any kind of campaign finance limitations for candidates,” Pearson says. As it stands, you can already donate $10,000 per election cycle to the Vermont parties’ federal campaign accounts. That’s in addition to the $2000 you can give to the parties’ state campaign accounts. If the Perkinson Provision went into effect, any single donor could pony up $30,000 to a Vermont political party every two years. And that’s not counting the $2000 checks you and your lobbyist friends can cut to each of the Democrats’ and Republicans’ several Vermont-based PACs, which finance direct mail for legislative candidates. Nor is it counting the $2000 checks any man, woman, child and — wait for it — corporation can donate to any candidate for state office in Vermont. Last year, Sen. Peter GalbraitH (D-Windham) tried to bar corporations and unions from donating to Vermont politicians, but when he threatened to initiate an embarrassing roll-call vote on cutting off the cash flow, Senate leadership killed a broader campaign finance measure. Now that Broughton’s bucks have changed the game, will the legislature get its act together and pass real campaign finance reform? Maybe. But don’t be surprised to see the party bosses watering it down to benefit their own team. And if they fail to institute the Perkinson Provision, don’t be surprised if the same folks railing against super PACs this year start their own next year. m
calling for more disclosure, Koch didn’t mention that his bill would also gut the state’s contribution limits to candidates, parties and PACs. And when Vermont Democratic Party chairman Jake Perkinson announced his own transparency-lovin’ proposals two weeks later, he didn’t mention he was hoping to get rid of the $2000 cap on contributions to state parties and replace it with a much higher figure. How high? When the Vermont Press Bureau’s Peter HirscHfeld asked him that question after a Statehouse press conference, Perkinson pulled a number out of thin air: $20,000 per election cycle. “Jake was kind of thinking out loud with Hirschfeld,” explains party spokesman ryan emerson. “We’re sticking with it because it makes sense.” In Perkinson’s view, the only way to fight gobs of money raised by shadowy super PACs is to “level the playing field” and let political parties raise gobs of money, too. “Until there’s restrictions on the super wealthy and their ability to saturate the media, we’re going to have to provide some kind of backstop against that activity in the form of other groups that are more democratically accountable,” Perkinson explains. His GOP counterpart, Vermont Republican Party chairman Jack lindley, also likes the idea of raising the party contribution limit to $20,000 — what we’ll call the Perkinson Provision. “Jake and I have talked about that problem, and we’re in agreement that’s one thing that can be done to make things a lot better,” Lindley says. “Frankly, I don’t think there needs to be any limit if you have absolute disclosure.” To paraphrase the inimitable raHm emanuel, the Democratic and Republican party bosses aren’t letting a serious campaign finance crisis go to waste. They’re exploiting public outrage over the advent of super PACs to fill their own campaign coffers. Now that’s looking out for the public good! But Vermont’s naysaying third party isn’t along for the ride. “The point is not to bring more money into the process. The point is to limit money,” says Vermont Progressive Party executive director rob millar. “You don’t close one floodgate by opening another one.” Moreover, says Rep. cHris Pearson (P-Burlington), there’s a difference
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omework, backpack, gym bag. Those are the sorts of things most Vermont high school students grab on the way out the door each morning. But a passport? A handf ul of pupils can’t attend school without one. In communities along Vermont’s remote northern border, 13 students are choosing to attend a small private school in Québec rather than a stateside high school. What’s more, several of those are taking Vermont taxpayer dollars with them — roughly $12,500 per student per year — to partially f und their interna tional educations at Stanstead College, located about a half mile from the U.S.Canadian border. It’s an extreme version of school choice, a hot topic in state education circles these days. Schools statewide are bracing for a change that will next year allow students to freely choose between the state’s 61 public high schools. For the moment, that choice is restricted to the 93 Vermont towns that don’t have high schools. There, f amilies can choose a public or approved independent school to educate their kids, bringing taxpayer “tuition” dollars along with them. Most choose Vermont schools. But 315 students cross state lines to attend class in New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts — or to study abroad. In the 2011-12 school year, two f amilies sent their kids to high school in Costa Rica using Vermont tuition dollars while seven headed north to Stanstead College. In the past, public school stu dents have ventured further abroad — to Switzerland, Italy and elsewhere. Rep. Alison Clarkson (D-Woodstock) has a problem with that. She says she’s watched public school enrollment de cline during her eight and a half years in the legislature and worries that allow ing students to take tuition dollars out of state only exacerbates the problem. Clarkson has introduced legislation that would prohibit students from using state tuition payments at out-of -state inde pendent schools. “We are helping f und the problem by enabling kids to take our property taxes and that talent out of state,” says Clarkson, who unsuccessf ully pushed a similar bill last year. “Those are our statewide Vermont property tax dollars.
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I am not sure they should be going to Switzerland or boarding schools all over the country.” Stanstead College actively recruits students f rom across the border. When the U.S. dollar was stronger, more Americans were enrolling because the private education was a better bargain.
Craftsbury Common, Holland, Irasburg, Derby and Newport, who are paying full tuition — occasionally offset by scholarships or financial aid — to send their kids north. Stanstead College doesn’t f eel like an American public high school — it’s more Harry Potter than “Glee.”
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But Ross Murray, the school’s communications coordinator, says the number of U.S. students is holding steady. “We’ve had kids coming across the border for years,” says Murray. Three-quarters of Stanstead College’s 196 students board in stately brick dor mitories lining the campus. Four of the day students f rom Vermont come f rom Montgomery and Coventry, schoolchoice towns that pay $12,500 per stu dent toward the $20,000 yearly tuition. The remainder come f rom f amilies in
Classes here are small — typically just 12 students — and the student-faculty ratio an enviable eight-to-one. The boys wear crisp coats and ties, the girls pleated skirts and sweaters em blazoned with an ornate “S.” Students belong to one of f our houses and compete for house points in a series of games such as ice carving. Classes are primarily conducted in English, but all students study French. Participation in sports is also mandatory, and hockey is an especially big draw; one
of last year’s Stanstead graduates was a first-round draft pick for the Calgary Flames. French, Spanish and Chinese were among the languages being spoken during lunch on Valentine’s Day. Boisterous students streamed into the school’s dining hall, a bright and airy space with exposed raf ters and enor mous windows. Three dozen flags hung from the ceiling representing the native countries of students past and present. The students had just come back f rom February break and were finding their new table assignments, which change every few weeks. Af ter a brief prayer and some an nouncements, students orf aculty members at each table dished up a f amily-style meal of pasta and roasted vegetables. In honor of Valentine’s Day, a f ew older boys traipsed into the dining hall dressed in Cupid costumes, complete with heart-covered boxer shorts, holding roses and love notes in their teeth f or giggling recipients. The school’s headmaster and upper admin istrators took in the scene f rom cushy, leather-bound chairs around a table at the center of the room. In total, 20 countries are represented among the current student body. That’s a big draw f or some Vermont f amilies, says admissions director Joanne Tracy Carruthers. “It’s a different choice, for those kids that want an international experience right up the road,” she says, adding that it’s a radical shift from the more homogenous student body of most Vermont public schools. “Being f rom a small town, you don’t see a lot of different cultures and races,” says Erin Butler, a 15-year-old f rom Coventry who attends Stanstead College. Sadie Smith, a 15-year-old f reshman f rom Montgomery, says she’s now considering attending col lege abroad, inspired by her time at Stanstead and interactions with an Australian exchange student she be friended there. For some Vermont students, the Canadian private school is just as close as their local public school. Spencer Martin, 17, says Stanstead is an easy 10minute drive f rom his home in Derby, roughly the same distance as it is to
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North Country Union High School in Newport. Martin’s family has sent him to Stanstead since the seventh grade — mostly for the hockey program — and pays full tuition because Derby isn’t a choice town. For others, Stanstead is a long haul. Smith wakes at 5:30 each morning for the trip to school. Her parents drive her the first leg to Coventry — over Jay Peak on Route 242 — to meet up with two other students: Butler and her 17-year-old brother Rory, who drives the rest of the way to Québec. Smith’s commute can take more than 90 minutes each way, and on busy days, she doesn’t get home until 9:30 p.m. The Butler family actually moved from Montgomery to Coventry last summer to reduce Erin and Rory’s time in the car.
Courtney Close, the school counselor at Coventry Elementary School, says school choice can be an overwhelming decision for some eighth graders, especially those who have attended the same small elementary school for their entire lives. In her experience, most students think more about where their friends are going — or what school has a better football team — than about academics. “They’re so excited about moving on, period,” says Close. And even with a big chunk of the tuition bill paid, many Vermont families can’t afford to pay the balance, says Coventry Elementary School principal Matthew Baughman. The Northeast Kingdom has the highest unemployment rates in the state, he notes, and a few thousand dollars
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But long distance and the logistics of daily border crossings — students must obtain a special study permit — aren’t deterring other Montgomery families from considering Stanstead. In fact, Carruthers says there’s so much interest from Montgomery families this year — six additional students have made inquiries — that for the first time the school is thinking about running a bus. Does it constitute a trend? Probably not. Many more students in the schoolchoice communities of Montgomery and Coventry are staying stateside, opting instead to attend local schools: Coventry students typically head to Lake Region Union High School in Barton or North Country Union High School in Newport; most Montgomery residents choose Enosburg Falls High School or Richford High School.
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Crimes Against Children Task Force has had computer sof tware that enables police to locate Vermonters who use peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to download and swap child por nography, according to Attorney General Bill Sorrell. In the last f ew months, the state has stepped up its efforts to investigate and prosecute such crimes. At any given time, says Sorrell, ICAC sof tware can identif y at least 200 different IP addresses in Vermont that have recently accessed and downloaded known childporn files that have been previously identified by law enforcement and were provided to the National Center f or Missing and Exploited Children. Each file is identified by a “hash never downloaded to Kent’s hard drive, value,” or unique digital New York’s highest court ruled that they f ootprint, and includes a brief descrip didn’t legally constitute “possession” on tion of what’s in it. his part. But that doesn’t mean busting childUnder the proposed Vermont law, porn consumers is easy. “Those tools that behavior would be illegal. But Sears are great, but all they do is point us in a direction,” says Burlington police Lt. Kristian Carlson, ICAC’s commander. From there, old-f ashioned detective work kicks in. Investigators must hit the streets to determine exactly who is using those IP addresses. That can be difficult, Carlson explains, especially when sev eral people use the same IP address or the files are accessed via a public computer or unsecured wireless network. C h R i S T i n A R A in v i LLE Moreover, Carlson adds that because the police departments that staff ICAC says his bill tries to distinguish between have limited resources, most investiga those who didn’t know what they were tions were done on a “catch-as-catchdoing and ended up with child porn on can” basis, primarily by police officers their computer, then made a good-faith from Burlington and South Burlington. effort to delete it — as Dockum claimed “For a while these investigations he did — f rom those who deliberately were few and far between,” Carlson says. sought it out. “At the end of the day, it all comes down “I think all of us havef ound to staffing, which has been an issue for ourselves on websites we had no some time now.” idea how we got there,” Sears says. “And During the 2012 legislative ses sometimes they’re less than desirable.” sion, however, Sorrell convinced the For years, the Vermont Internet legislature to increase his budget by STEf An bu MbECK
recent spike in arrests for possession of child pornography suggests Vermont is gaining ground in the battle against this cyber crime. Since December, state and f ederal prosecutors have announced the f elony ar rests or convictions of at least eight men accused of possessing lewd, graphic and f requently violent images involving sex with children. Now police and prosecutors who handle these cases are urging lawmakers to close a loophole in state law that allows suspects to escape prosecution if they viewed those images over the internet but didn’t actually download — and thus “possess” — them. Under federal law it’s already illegal to view pornographic material involving anyone under the age of 18. But Vermont is one of 21 states that has not outlawed it in state statute. As a result, state prosecutors say it’s more difficult for them to secure child-porn convictions than it is for their federal counterparts. A bill coming up f or discussion this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee aims to change that. S.19, sponsored by the committee’s chair man, Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington), would make it illegal to “access with intent to view” photos, videos or other depictions of sexual or lewd acts in volving kids under 16. “The problem is that our current law is based on how people used to view child pornography, which is a magazine they would hold in their hand,” says Christina Rainville, chief deputy state’s attorney in Bennington County. “It doesn’t reflect the current reality of how child pornog raphy is looked at today, which is by surfing the web.” The Bennington County state’s attorney’s of f ice was at the center of a high-prof ile child pornography investigation last year involving John Dockum, af if th-grade teacher in Bennington who was charged with possession of child pornography on his school-issued computer. Dockum consistently maintained his innocence
and his attorney claimed he never viewed any of the 17 graphic images involving sex acts with children that were discovered in his laptop’s tem porary cache, or others f ound by his wife on Dockum’s home computer. He never downloaded the images. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Dockum, who was fired f rom his teaching job. His lawyer accused investigators of damaging his client’s reputation by “recklessly mis representing crucial facts.” But Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage didn’t exactly apologize to Dockum or rush to clear his name. Rather, she said the case simply highlighted the difficulty of prosecuting child-porn cases under current state law — and vowed to work with legislators to change it. The Dockum def ense was similar to one that led the New York Court of Appeals to overturn a conviction on May 8, 2012. James D. Kent, a f ormer assistant prof essor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., went to jail in 2009 f or possessing more than 100 illegal images f ound in his computer’s web cache. But because those images were
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$200,000 to pay for two new criminal investigators in his office to work almost exclusively on child-porn cases. By late last year, both a full-time and part-time investigator had been hired and trained. Their efforts are now bearing fruit: Last week, Kevin Gallagher and David Faulkner, both of Burlington, were arrested on felony child pornography charges; both pleaded not guilty. Those cases followed the December arrests of Homer Smith of Northfield on five felony counts of possession of child porn, as well as the guilty plea of Glenn Canaday, also of Burlington, on three misdemeanor counts. The increased focus on child pornography cases can take a toll on investigators — not only for technical reasons but also for emotional ones. Police and prosecutors say they’re now seeing a rise in both the number and severity of violent and sadistic images involving sex acts with children, some as young as infants. “This is really difficult stuff,” Carlson notes. “In all of my years in law enforcement, I can’t think of anything more horrific than some of things I’ve had to see as a result of this work.” Because investigators and forensic examiners must describe in legal affidavits exactly what they’ve unearthed, they still “have to put eyes on” previously known and identified files to confirm what’s in them. Oftentimes, Carlson says, that can involve hundreds, if not thousands, of images, including audio, video and text files. “And unfortunately, there seems to be no bounds for the depravity of these offenders.” For this reason, Vermont’s ICAC became the first such task force in the country to establish a mental-health wellness program for its personnel. That program, which the U.S. Department of Justice now holds up as a national model, has a mentalhealth professional “embedded” with the team, who tries to identify problems and educate investigators’ family members about what’s considered a “normal” versus “abnormal” response to continually viewing sexually graphic and violent imagery. Carlson, who’s aware of Sears’ legislation, says he’s heard from people concerned that the bill could result in innocent people inadvertently being arrested and charged because they “accidentally” downloaded a few illegal images. From his point of view, that’s not a legitimate concern. “If I have a case where someone has 10,000 images of adult pornography and
three images of child pornography, odds are we’re not going to charge possession of child pornography because this person is not someone who is actively seeking this stuff out,” Carlson says. “Right now there are much bigger fish to fry.” In fact, all the police officers and prosecutors interviewed for this story say they won’t move forward on a case involving child pornography if there’s any doubt about the age of the children portrayed. Echoing that, U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin says the cases his office pursues are the worst offenders — those involving dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, of images of children, nearly all of whom are prepubescent. Under federal law, Coffin’s office has authority to prosecute people for merely viewing child porn, but in practice, charges are only brought against those who possess it. Oftentimes, child porn investigations lead authorities to more serious, hands-on offenses. Rainville, who also prosecutes child sex abuse cases in Bennington County, says that in her experience, men caught sexually abusing children nearly always have child pornography at home — a trend consistent 1/7/13 8v-windjammer(steak)022013.indd 11:21 AM 1 2/18/13 with national studies on sex offenders in8v-smalldog010913.indd 1 federal custody. As a result, Rainville says that when someone gets arrested and charged with child sex abuse in Bennington County, investigators will now obtain a search warrant to look for child pornography, too. How often does it turn up? “We’ve found it every time we’ve looked,” she says. Even more disturbing, Rainville says, of all the child-porn files seized by police in Bennington County since 2007 when she started there, none included images previously identified by law enforcement or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “It’s all new, and it’s all abuse happening today somewhere in the world and being downloaded,” she adds. “A lot of people think they’re going to get rich with child porn.” If there’s any good news to report, it’s this: According to both Sorrell and Coffin, rarely these cases go to a jury. Virtually all the men arrested on child pornography charges — and no one Remodeling & Building interviewed for this story could recall a for an Affordable Future woman ever being charged in Vermont — plead guilty before the case ever goes to trial. Of course, that could change if and when the state lowers the bar for t o m m o o r e b u i l d e r. c o m 802.899.2376 possession. m
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rom the outside, a pair of lively city council races in South Burlington might appear to be a ref erendum on the local basing of the F-35 ﬁ ghter jet. The divisions between the candidates are clear-cut. Incumbents IncumbentsPaul PaulEngels Engels against and Sandy Dooley Dooleyboth bothvoted voted against the “bed-down,” while whilechallengers challengers Patricia Nowak and andChris ChrisShaw Shaw are in favor of of bringing bringing the thenew new warplane to Vermont’s Vermont’slarglargowned est airport, which whichis is owned citycity of of and operated by bythe the Burlington within the thegeogeographic borders of of neighboring neighboring South Burlington. Engels, Engels,a a 65-year-old retiree who is isseekseekonon ing a second secondtwo-year two-yearterm term thethe the council, suggests suggeststhat that March 5 election “could “could turn” turn” on on eel about how voters ffeel aboutthe thenoise noise of of the jets jets and andtheir theirpurported purported of hundreds preservation of hundredsof of Vermont Air Guard jobs. But Nowak, a a67-year-old 67-year-old investment adviser who whoisisrunrunning against Engels, Engels,views views the plane as only one issue among several that will determine the outcome of of the the two intensely contested races. Shaw, Burlington Shaw, aa South Burlington civic activist vying vying withwith Dooley for three-yearseat, seat, laughs f or aathree-year laughs loudly in reaction to Engels’ Engels’ assessment assessment of election. Shaw Shawclaims claimsf ew fewSouth South of the election. Burlingtonians are focused on the plane. While a signiﬁ significant of money money isis cant amount of being spent in the council campaigns, neither pro- nor anti-F-35 groups are writing checks. In Shaw’s view, the Town Meeting Day showdown will be “a referendum on the performance of the current city council.” He sees last year’s 4-1 vote against the F-35 as one element of the council’s thoroughly objectionable record. If Shaw and Nowak win their races, the city council will likely take on a sharply di° erent political complexion. That 4-1 majority against the F-35, f or example, would become a 3-2 majority in favor of the plane. Shaw and Nowak, who are running as a team, also criticize their respective opponents f or supporting a local development f reeze and f or their handling of both a proposed addition to the
Cairns Recreation Arena and the city’s relations with the National Gardening Association. The insurgents cite the recent ouster of City Manager Sandy Miller as another example of the tumult they associate with witha acouncil council that, that, in in Nowak’s words, of anyanywords, “can’t “can’t get much of thing right.”
Dorset Street to a building in Williston. Both black eyes were inﬂ icted in behind-the-scenes battles that f eatured former manager Miller as a central combatant, according to Dooley Dooley and and Engels. Engels. They both admit the council council did did not notvet vet Miller adequately when when itithired hiredhim himinin 2010. But Engels, who made made the the motion motion
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Longtime city resident resident Lisa Ventriss, president presidentof of the Vermont Business Roundtable, Roundtable, agrees. “The business business community communityin in South Burlington is interested in a lot more than the F-35,” says Ventriss. As a supporter of Nowak and Shaw, she cites the range of issues being raised by the challengers, along with their contention that the council behaves arrogantly in its decision-making process. “There’s a way to address contentious issues without being so antisocial,” Ventriss declares. The two incumbents acknowledge that the city mismanaged a local benefactor’s o° er to build a $1.8 million link between two buildings at Cairns. Dooley and Engels also say they regret the breakdown of lease negotiations that has led the National Gardening Association to move f rom Wheeler Nature Park on
earlier this month monthtotoﬁfire re Miller, points out that he was not on the the council councilatatthe thetime time of of Miller’s hiring. Dooley and Engels add that the council is seeking to soothe relations with the private association that runs Cairns so that the addition can be built. And Dooley says she has written to the gardening association asking it to reconsider its move. But their challengers are using both ﬂ aps to put the incumbents on the defensive —˝and in money-raising mode. Engels says he’s already put $1300 into the race in contrast to “about $60” he spent on his council campaign two years ago. In their attacks on the incumbents, Nowak and Shaw emphasize the council’s process as much as its products. At times, their complaints seem to be based more on political aesthetics than on substance.
“They’ve polarized this community,” Nowak declares in regard to the council’s majority. In shared f ull-page ads running in South Burlington’s Other Paper, Shawpromise promise“a “a thoughtful she and Shaw thought f ul civiland andrespectf respectful process and aacivil ul ap-approach to city government.” Nowak says current councilors are often rude rude to to residents who take dissenting public hearhearpositions at public ings. “They just justdon’t don’t listen to the thecommucommunity’s voices,” she says. says. Engels sees ititdidiffdon’t fferently. erently. “They don’t like the decisions we’ve we’ve made,” he says ofofShaw Shaw and Nowak. “When “When they say voices voicesaren’t aren’t being heard, they they mean mean the council isn’t isn’t doing what they they want.” Shaw and repNowak are representative of of aa South Burlington “old guard” aligned closely with developers and other business interests, interests, Engels says. He sees sees the thecouncil council majority as aa“progressive” “progressive” formation actingonon f ormation that isisacting behalf of the majority of residents. Engels likens likensSouth SouthBurlington Burlington of 2013 to Burlington Burlington in inthe theearly early1980s. 1980s. He equates council councilchair chair Rosanne Rosanne Greco with then-insurgent then-insurgent mayor mayor Bernie Sanders and depicts depictshimself himselfand and Dooley as similar to the ﬁ rst Progressive Burlington councilors who went to war against unresponsive politicians who had fallen out of touch with a changing constituency. Dooley doesn’t fully endorse Engels’ analogy, but the retired social worker declares, “I’d never shrink f rom being called a progressive.” Engels says today’s South Burlington electorate is signiﬁ cantly more liberal than it was 20 years ago. The city’s four representatives in the Vermont House are all Democrats, and South Burlington voters gave Barack Obama a 70 percent majority in November. Engels himself won a seat on the council two years ago by a 1234-758 margin. Council chair Greco was elected at the same time with the same number of votes as Engels.
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Engels says his opponent campaigned for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Nowak refuses to say whether she considers herself a Republican, saying “this election isn’t about partisan politics.” In 2006 however, Nowak donated $200 to congressional candidate Martha Rainville, according to federal fundraising records. But many of the 2000-plus South Burlingtonians expected to vote on Town Meeting Day are likely unaware of Nowak’s political affiliations, says a locally elected official who does not want to be named in connection with the council showdowns. “That’s not the sort of thing that has much influence on these kinds of races,” this official says. “It’s much more about nittygritty stuff that wears no labels.” Shaw, for his part, is a Democrat who rejects the portrayal of the council races as a struggle between left and right. South Burlington races are nonpartisan; candidates do not run with party designations. Shaw, a 56-year-old Stern Center teacher and former chair of the South Burlington Planning Commission, says it’s “unfortunate” that partisan ideology is being introduced into the campaigns.
Shaw lost by two votes in his race last year for a two-year council seat. The winner of that contest was Pam Mackenzie, who is now buying ads in the Other Paper to help elect Shaw — her former opponent. Mackenzie, the CEO of the locally headquartered DeckerZinn management consulting firm, says she has so far spent $1300 on behalf of Shaw and Nowak and plans to spend more.
interim zoning, does allow construction to occur in the city’s industrial and technology parks, but bars housing development not already in the pipeline unless approved following a special council hearing. The council has approved nine out of 12 housing developments it has considered. The objective of interim zoning, Engels says, is “to get a grip on what’s
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Council members, all of whom are elected on a citywide basis, “need to be representing the entire community,” says Mackenzie, who cast the lone vote last year in favor of the F-35 bed-down. “They need to be listening to all voices. They need to be civil and respectful.” Anti-incumbent attention is also being directed to the council’s decision to impose a two-year freeze on development. This initiative, referred to as
been happening here in terms of development.” The two-year timeout is meant to enable local officials to chart a direction that “will make South Burlington a more livable place for all its residents,” Engels adds. Four interim zoning study groups are focused on a citywide zone change that would encourage mixed-use development, preservation of the city’s open spaces, encouragement of sustainable
agriculture, and development of affordable housing. Dooley observes that about 100 residents have gotten involved in these committees, each of which is supposed to produce a study. But Nowak complains that others have been excluded because of their views, while Shaw argues that the council’s interim zoning action is “too broad” and will prove “too costly.” The studies could require $300,000 or more to be carried out. Some local developers strongly oppose interim zoning. Nowak says that by alienating them, Engels and other supporters of the freeze have made it less likely those interests will want to build affordable housing or the ambitious and longplanned City Center project that would give South Burlington a downtown. Engels responds that he works with developers on the study group that is formulating a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented blueprint for City Center and all of South Burlington. “They like me,” Engels says of builders such as Ernie Pomerleau. “They respect me.” South Burlingtonians can decide for themselves at a 7 p.m. debate featuring all four candidates on Wednesday, February 20, at South Burlington High School. m
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[Re Feedback, “Emergency, Indeed,” February 6; “Checkout Time? Leaders Question a Program That Puts Vermont’s Homeless in Motels,” January 30]: Saying that the “entire system of emergency housing is abused” and presumably in need of serious reform, overhaul, cutbacks, etc., is like saying that the Enron scandal is representative of the behavior of business owners as a whole. Like the author, I am an “insider” in this system and I believe that the author’s claims are little more than one-sided hyperbole. Of course there are abuses of the social safety net, just as there are myriad abuses of tax codes and financial regulations. Of course the emergency housing program is a crisis-oriented approach with little longterm social benefit. Of course the epidemic of prescription-drug abuse in Vermont contributes to the problem. Despite these challenges, we must not forget that people are often poor due to circumstances outside of their control and that most people would choose a livable-wage job over addiction, poverty and homelessness. Vermonters struggling with homelessness, hunger, addiction and poverty deserve our compassion. Pretending that these issues are the result of personal moral failing or that they represent a “choice” on the part of the individual is myopic and cruel. The end result is a less compassionate society and ineffective social policies that end up exacting unnecessary financial and human costs over the long run.
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It is too bad the majority of the media coverage, documentaries and public knowledge about migrant farmworkers in Vermont is focused on the negative aspects of their experiences here [“Midd Kids’ Documentary Shows How Vermont Dairy Workers Get Milked,” January 9; “Last Prostitution Ring Perp to be Sentenced, but Vermont Migrant Farmworker Scandal Is Not Over Yet,” February 6]. I have worked through UVM for nearly a decade, collaborating with and conducting research on a large number of migrant workers and farm owners throughout the state. My take is that, for the most part, migrants and dairies are a good match. Dairies are seeking a willing and able workforce; migrant workers are seeking lower-skill-level jobs that provide plenty of hours and decent pay. On the majority of the 400 or so Vermont farms that employ migrant workers, those needs are met mutually. It is unfair to expect that there would be no problems on these farms, given the cultural and language gaps. However, it is equally unfair to characterize farmers as slave drivers who don’t care about their workers. As many of us know, farming is hard, dangerous work. Long hours are an essential part of the job. It is also part of the reason migrant workers are attracted to the farms. Documentaries such as Hide are a valuable tool for the ordinary Vermonter to catch a glimpse into the life of a migrant farmworker. The danger is that they often are not representative of the whole migrant farm population in Vermont. Most farms truly appreciate their migrant workers — as valuable employees, as friends and, in some cases, as though they were members of the family.
in to Al Jazeera’s news coverage for a different perspective. But in 2008, members of the Israel Center of Vermont wrote letters demanding that the channel be dropped, and the then-business manager of BT agreed to do so. A large controversy ensued, with meetings involving hundreds of people. Since the great majority of those who weighed in were in favor of keeping the channel, that point of view prevailed. None of this would have happened with one of the big corporate providers. They restrict their offerings to what they think is good for us — take it or leave it. But since Burlington Telecom was publicly owned, it was possible for people to overrule what was seen as censorship. Burlington Telecom’s excellent physical system will presumably be put to use by some kind of enterprise, whether privately, publicly or cooperatively owned. At this point, the best hope for maintaining local democratic control over it is a member-owned co-op. The business model is sound; the question is whether enough people will pledge to buy shares when — and if — Keep BT Local reaches its critical mass.
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A New Artists’ Studio Space to Open in Burlington’s South End B Y PA MELA PO LSTON
n Burlington’s South End, a creative- the space theme. March 21, af ter all, economy hotbed, an artrepreneur is is “3-2-1 — blast o° !” She says there spreading her wings — again.CHRISTY will be a parade down Pine Street from S.P.A.C.E. to Satellite — participants will MITCHELL, director of the S.P.A.C.E. and BACKSPACE galleries at 266 Pine, took on a be encouraged to wear space-inspired managerial role last fall across the street costumes — with food and music, and an at STUDIO 266 (South Champlain Street), art exhibit and a photo booth awaiting at a warren of artist stuSatellite down the road. dios in a former Curtis When Roy Feldman Lumber building. This approached Mitchell spring, she’s develop(the two were executive ing eight more artist and associate director, spaces in rooms behind respectively, of the SOUTH END ARTS AND BUSINESS Feldman’s Bagels (see ASSOCIATION a year or food news, this issue). so back), she says, “I The former couldn’t really say no. Champlain Valley Auto I didn’t know if I was building — across from ready, but when an opthe Cumberland Farms portunity comes up…” gas station and conveC H R I S T Y M I T C H EL L Now, she adds, “I can’t nience store,f urther even stop thinking of south on Pine — is a new ways to collaborate capacious, industrial-looking structure with high ceilings, steel beams, concrete with other South End people. Starting a place like this really helps artists to get ﬂ oors and a towering (grandf atheredthemselves out there.” in) sign by the street. While the front of Accordingly, Mitchell has issued a the building will soon be occupied by call to artists — with a space theme. ROY and MADDY FELDMAN’s bagel bakery, the back, with four garage bays, will be divided into artist studios that Mitchell will manage. The studios will have a Satellite Arts will open on May 1 at 660 common hallway, Wi-Fi and shared Pine Street. ˜ e pre-party and heat, bathrooms and kitchen, she says. fundraiser will be March 21, 6 to 9 p.m., with a parade beginning at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. Mitchell is calling the space SATELLITE $25 ticket helps fund the construction of ARTS — launched from S.P.A.C.E., get it? working artists’ studios. Call-to-artist info While her opening is scheduled f or at spacegalleryvt.com/call-to-artists. May 1, Mitchell is planning an event satellitearts.com on March 21 that f urther plays with
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CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS ˜ e VALLEY PLAYERS is a small theater group in Waitsﬁ Waitsfield, eld,but but it is thinking bigger — Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine — for its annual Vermont Playwrights Award. Apparently, that means presented in Vermont, even if the recipient lives in a neighboring state. A $1000 award goes to a “full-length, nonmusical play suitable for production by a community theater ˜ ee company,” which must not have been previously produced. Th 34-year-old Valley Players, in fact, reserve the right to produce the winning work themselves. Last year’s winner was MICHAEL NETHERCOTT of Guilford, Vt., for his play Our Enemy’s Cup.
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The families, dog walkers and other visitors to Hubbard Park in Montpelier do not need to arm for bear. In fact, children will be encouraged to clamber on the one that may soon appear in the ball field, near a proposed playground. But it will be made of stone. Made, that is, if artist CHRIS MILLER can rustle up the money for it. Miller is a stone and wood sculptor who lives in Maple Corner, Calais (and, yes, he was in the infamous naked “Men of Maple Corner” calendar a decade or so ago). He made the stone truck that’s parked in his yard — a “crowdsourced community project,” according to Miller’s website, that serves as an outsized planter. Several local admirers apparently alerted the Montpelier Parks Commission, suggesting “it would be great to have something like this in the park,” Miller says. But instead of a vehicle, the commission — and Mayor JOHN HOLLAR — approved a life-size, granite bear sculpture that, the artist predicts, will weigh some 2500 pounds. Good thing “Sleeping Bear” will remain lying down. But the bear project won’t even get off the ground unless Miller raises the funds. These days, he says of art commissions, “Everybody wants something but has no money. It’s like, ‘We will accept this thing if you give it to us.’” But he’s not complaining too much. Instead, Miller made a maquette of the sculpture and launched — what else? — a Kickstarter campaign. The parks commission posted a link on its website, and an article in the local Bridge newspaper has drummed up “good feedback,” Miller says. Gifts to backers range from a Euro-style “I support the Sleeping Bear of Hubbard Park” sticker, to a studio visit with, uh, pizza. “I make wicked wood-fired pizza,” Miller declares on the page. “Ask around!” He’ll know by March 1 if supporters can bear it.
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he current Broadway produc tion of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play f rom 1955, features Scarlett Johansson in the elec trifying role of Maggie. Such star power pumps up the production’s popular appeal, despite its mixed critical reviews and the f act that New York audiences had another occasion to view the play just five years ago — with an all-black cast. The dramatic classic remains a f a vorite on stages across the country, with or without twists on the original, and without actors known f or looking hot in a body suit in The Avengers. Many other Maggies have taken their cue from the midcentury version of provocative: Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 movie adaptation. Liz and Scarlett — both are tough
acts to follow, yet what ambitious young actress would not like to pay Maggie? That’s what Melissa l ourie is finding out. The director of the Middlebury actors has already Workshop held auditions in New York f or the role (and others in the play) and is fielding Vermont contenders this coming week. MAW will stage Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in October at Midd’s Town Hall Theater. The instructions in a mEl i S S A recent MAW e-news letter say: “Bring a 1-3 minute monologue and be prepared to read from the play.” The company’s website offers only this guidance: “Beautiful,
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previous MAW productions alone, the state is hardly lacking in talent. Aside from beauty and youth, what does it take to be Maggie? “Her dilemma is universal,” says Lourie. “She’s trying to make someone love her who has shut her out. She has so many tactics and ways to get through to Brick.” Brick — played by Paul Newman in the movie — is Maggie’s husband, a handsome former football player drowning in alcohol. She’s trying to win back his affections while also finagling an inheritance from Big Daddy, the patriarch of this Southern clan. It’s a gothic story of greed, deceit, passion and family dysfunction. And it’s likely to bring a bit of steam to Middlebury’s stage in October. And, in one way or another, to local schools. Lourie says MAW is presenting stage classics for
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• Researchers found rugby players who wore helmets tackled harder than those without. • The use of quick-release bindings and helmets by skiers and snowboarders may have led to more risk-taking and associated casualties. Risk compensation may not apply to all sports, though:
Applying this theory to football, one might suppose that as players switched from simple leather helmets to today’s elaborate headgear, they’d hit harder, use their heads more and generally play more recklessly. In fact, that seems to have been what happened. When hard plastic football helmets became popular after World War II, tackling methods shifted, so that by the early ’60s players had gone from tackling shoulder first to head first. Possibly as a result, tackling injuries in the years from 1955 through 1964 rose significantly compared to a decade earlier. This eventually led to rule changes, notably a ban on “spearing” (hits delivered via a lowered head), and better standards for helmets. To be clear, helmets do work
— up to a point. Experiments have shown, for example, that a helmet reduces the impact of heading a soccer ball traveling at 35 mph from 19 g to 8 g. But protecting against obvious dangers often just makes the problems more insidious. While helmets reduce skull fractures and deaths, they also encourage players to endure frequent concussions that over a career add up to brain damage. Risk compensation isn’t limited to football. Examples from other sports: • A study of little leaguers found kids using soft rather than standard baseballs suffered more injuries, probably due to taking bigger fielding risks and being less afraid of wild pitches.
t’s partly rugby snobbery, but never mind. Is it true? Probably yes. The concept here is called risk homeostasis or risk compensation. It holds that everyone engaged in a dangerous activity has a personal risk-versus-reward level they’ll stick to no matter what. In other words, if you force someone playing a contact sport to wear protective equipment, they’ll take bigger risks to bring the overall danger back to the level they’re comfortable with. Does that sound self-destructive? If only. When risky behavior increases, others may bear the brunt. A watershed 1975 study of automobile safety measures theorized that motorists increased their driving “intensity” if they felt safer behind the wheel, leading to fewer driver and passenger deaths but more dead pedestrians.
Dear cecil, A rugby player friend of mine says one reason for the serious injuries in American football is pads and helmets. He says players can hit harder because of protective equipment and do so knowing they will suffer less injury than those on the receiving end. Also, he claims that if players went back to one-platoon football, meaning they played both offense and defense, the size of the players on offense and defense would be smaller and more equal and there would be less chance of a big, fast linebacker laying flat a receiver or quarterback. Any truth to either of these lines of thought, or is it just rugby snobbery? Sam Johnson
• Before masks and pierceresistant jackets, fencing was infamous for blindings, other serious injuries and death, even when using blunted foils. After protective gear became mandatory, injury and death rates plummeted, and the sport has seen only seven fatalities in international competition since 1937. • Studies have found hockey players wearing only upperface protection get injured more than those wearing full face masks and also are more likely to engage in illegal behavior. • Helmet-wearing bicyclists not only suffer fewer serious injuries but also use hand signals more and obey the rules of the road. On closer examination, though, the last two cases may not be exceptions after all. Bike helmets are generally optional equipment (for adults, at least), and anyone who wears protective headgear without being
compelled to is by definition a cautious sort. Likewise, you have to wonder if differences among hockey players can be attributed to more aggressive types who, given the choice, pick headgear that offers less protection. A concept related to risk compensation is moral hazard, where people do dangerous things because they won’t suffer the consequences. One muchstudied question is, why have American League batters gotten hit by pitches 15 percent more often than their National League counterparts since imposition of the designated hitter rule? For many, the explanation is obvious: Since AL pitchers don’t bat, a bean-ball thrower doesn’t risk retaliation. But some researchers say an equally important factor is that DHs are much better hitters than the pitchers they replace and thus likelier targets for brushbacks and beanings. Finally, would going back to one-platoon football would make the game safer? There’s virtually no data. On the one hand, it seems obvious that if the same squad had to play both ways, no team could afford 300-pound linemen. Then again, linebacker Lawrence Taylor, whose brutal quarterback sacks famously gave rise to the 300-pound blind-side offensive tackle, was a relative lightweight at 240 pounds. So I’m not convinced a no-sub rule would give us a kinder, gentler game.
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working constantly. I hardly date or go out or anything — and there I am, living in the greatest city on Earth!” “That sounds brutal,” I said. “I mean, I’d guess you’re making good money, but is it worth it?” “Well, I have a plan. If I can keep this up for, like, another 10 years, I could basically retire at around 40. Then I could devote my life to my real passion, which is writing. In college I majored in English and used to
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His dad being a ballplayer probably had a lot to do with it. In any event, as a typical man when it comes to this über-important subject, I was duly impressed. We exited the highway and took the state routes — through Bethel, Gaysville and Stockbridge. The ravages of Tropical Storm Irene were still on display in this part of the state. We passed bridges and side roads under construction or reconstruction. Finally, we reached the rental chalet in Killington. When Conor paid me and opened his door, it felt like minus 1 billion degrees. The blast of arctic air was a reassuring sensation — the world was in order, things as they should be. Now alone in my taxi and beginning the long ride home, I noticed wood smoke rising from a cabin. In the windless, frigid atmosphere, the smoke appeared not vaporous and billowy but dense and static. I beheld a gargantuan, free-floating vanilla mousse suspended in the sky. The effect was otherworldly. It was then that I saw the full moon and wondered how I had missed it on the ride down. A line of poetry popped into my head — from high school English? — the opening of Alfred Noyes’ “The Highwayman”: “The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.” As I barreled down the interstate, the giant, luminous orb would not stop glaring at me, unblinking, until — in capitulation — I got out my sunglasses and pulled down the visor. Another mystical, magical night in the Green Mountains. I did make it home by four, which I, the Night Hackie, took as a point of pride. m
’m a denizen of Burlington International Airport. Well, perhaps that overstates it, as I don’t actually live there, but it feels like I spend more time in the terminal than in my own home. Long ago I stopped working the airport’s taxi queue; the often multihour waiting times left me beyond antsy. What bring me to the terminal now are scheduled pickups. After 30 years prowling the building, through its many expansions, I know every square inch — at least those inches open to the public. But mostly I just take a seat by the arrival gate to people watch or read. A recent week night found me awaiting a postmidnight flight for a customer — one Conor Patrick — who needed a ride to Killington. Home to the famous ski area, this southern Vermont town changed its name from Sherburne in 1999. As I understand it, none of the residents had anything against the original name; it was a promotional move, pure and simple, aimed at seamlessly associating the town with the Killington ski resort. The townsfolk of Killington are a feisty bunch; at least twice they’ve voted to secede from Vermont and join the state of New Hampshire. Perhaps we could get Hanover in a trade? I always liked that town, and it would give us a beachhead on the eastern shore of the Connecticut River. The arriving passengers began streaming through the gate; one of them caught sight of his name on my sign, made eye contact and walked over to shake hands. Conor was maybe 30, handsome, compact and brawny — a man of evident Gaelic roots. With his rich black hair, thick eyebrows and swarthy skin, he brought to mind a Seth MacFarlane/Colin Farrell hybrid. I was glad he hadn’t checked any bags, so we could immediately get the show on the road. After a splash of small talk, he suggested, “Let’s bounce,” and I heartily agreed.
MUSIC From Muddy Waters to Iris DeMent, Vermontbased musician and producer Jim Rooney recounts a star-studded career
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im Rooney is seated at a round wooden table in an alcove o˜ the main room of his home in Sharon, Vt. His hands are folded, his long, spindly ﬁ ngers resting gently on the table’s well-worn surface. Occasionally, his sharp blue eyes drift beyond the row of large picture windows, where a snowy pasture rolls down to the edge of the Downer State Forest. A faint musk of wood smoke hangs in the air. Rooney, 75, is not a household name, but he should be. He has produced, performed with, promoted and written about some of the best-known musicians in this country. Think Muddy Waters. Bill Monroe. Nanci Gri˛ th. John Prine. And so many more. It’s no surprise that Rooney has great stories to tell, and he’s in the middle of one now. “And that’s when they
started burning the chairs,” he picks up, a conspiratorial smile deeply creasing the corners of his eyes and mouth. He’s recalling an infamous incident at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival. It wasn’t as iconic a moment as Bob Dylan going electric at the Newport Folk Festival in ’63 — though Rooney could tell stories about that, too. But the jazz incident was historic and nearly led to the demise of both festivals. In the late 1960s, Rooney was the talent coordinator for the Newport Folk Festival. He also managed the jazz f estival under f amed promoter George Wein, who produced both events and would eventually found other jazz f estivals around the country, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City.
According to Rooney, Wein had grown increasingly frustrated with the jazz festival’s meager attendance numbers, especially compared with those of its more popular folkie twin. So Wein did what any reasonable man might under the circumstances: He hired Led Zeppelin. That ’69 jazz fest was a groundbreaking and controversial experiment in genre comingling. The liberal concept of “jazz” applied by most modern fests is like a Dixieland cruise by comparison. In addition to Zep, hard-charging Brit rockers in the middle of their ﬁ rst American tour, the lineup included Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jethro Tull, Je˜ Beck, Frank Zappa, James Brown, and Sly and the Family Stone. And this was in addition to such famed hepcats as Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock. Su˛ ce it to say, Wein’s lineup drew a crowd.
“At that time, when you bought a ticket you bought a seat,” Rooney explains. Those seats were wooden folding chairs arranged in rows in front of the stage — some 18,000 of them. “But about 70,000 people showed up,” he says. Estimates vary but generally corroborate Rooney’s ﬁ gure, meaning that the total attendance f or the threeday festival exceeded capacity by tens of thousands. The overﬂ ow crowd gathered just beyond a wooden fence that marked the edge of the grounds. (This was long bef ore the f estival moved in 1981 to its current home at Fort Adams State Park. From ’65 to ’71 it was held at “Festival Field,” which was owned by a ﬁ sherman who used it to dry his nets. That ﬁ eld is now an apartment complex.) “There were all these people outside the fence, but we had a really big sound system. So we cranked it up,” Rooney recalls. “That was the important thing, that everybody be able to hear. We ﬁ gured, ‘Whatever. Let them enjoy it.’” Rooney points out that Newport, R.I., is, in f act, an island. So even in early July, it gets chilly at night, especially when the fog rolls in. “People were starting to get cold,” he says. “And there was nowhere for them to go.” As the temperature dropped that ﬁ rst night, the huddled masses began pulling slats from the fence to use for ﬁ rewood. By the second day, he says, the fence was practically gone. “But there were those wooden seats…”
Sure, folkie icons such as Joan Baez and Tom Rush — and, in ﬂ eeting instances, that Dylan fella — are more popularly associated with the era. But Rooney was there, too, just o˛ stage — and often literally on it, managing the scene’s epicenter, Club 47. And Rooney was there in the early days of Albert Grossman’s Bearsville Sound Studios in Woodstock, N.Y., in the 1970s. No, he doesn’t spring to mind like the artists who helped put the f amed studio on the map: Van Morrison, the Band, Todd Rundgren — and Dylan. But Rooney was the man behind the curtain, managing the studio during its formative years. In the late ’70s through the ’90s, Rooney was in Nashville. There, under the tutelage of legendary Sun Records songwriter and producer “Cowboy” Jack Clement, he became a highly sought-af ter producer and engineer. You probably know more about folk artists John Prine, Peter Rowan, Iris DeMent and Tom Paxton, f or whom Rooney produced Grammy-nominated albums. Or about Nanci Gri˝ th, for whom he produced a Grammy-
Jim Rooney at the 1969 Newport Folk Festival
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By Sunday, the f estival’s closing day, Rooney says the place was “a smoldering ruin.” Much as the town of Bethel, N.Y., would be in the aftermath of the Woodstock Festival later that summer, Newport was in an uproar — particularly as the folk fest loomed two weeks later. Threatening to cancel the folk fest, the town demanded that Wein build a chain-link fence — with a $40,000 price tag — and spring f or bulked-up security. According to Rooney, that meant hiring every o˛ -duty cop in the state at time-and-a-half. “It bankrupted us,” he says. “By the end of that summer, no town in America wanted to hear the word ‘festival.’” As with most of his tales, Rooney is not a starring ﬁ gure in the story of the near-death experience of Newport’s famous festivals. But he was an integral player, just as he was during the 1960s f olk revival in Cambridge, Mass.
winning album. But all these artists would likely tell you that Rooney was indispensable to their success. Just as country crooners Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill and others would concede they might be a few charttoppers lighter without songs from Rooney’s old publishing company, the Forerunner Music Group. Countless others have employed Rooney’s services over the years, including folks such as Townes van Zandt, Ian Tyson, Hal Ketchum and Alison Krauss. With a career spanning more than half a century, Jim Rooney is a walking time capsule of American music. And he tells some great stories. But his best one might be his own.
when the specter of McCarthyism banished singers such as Pete Seeger from the airwaves for expressing subversive political ideas — such as wondering where all the ﬂ owers went. “The 1950s were not a very interesting time to be a teenager,” Rooney says. “It was a restrictive society that we were growing up in … But then a couple of things happened.” Namely, the discovery of rhythm and blues and socalled “hillbilly music” by suburban — read: white, middle-class — audiences. “The music I was supposed to be listening to … was so vapid and uninteresting,” Rooney says. “But this other stu˛ was just jumping out of the radio at me.” Rooney fell in love with the rambling country strains of Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell and the more bombastic R&B shake of Fats Domino and Little Richard. “People all over the country were having the same experience. Though there weren’t lots of us. We were under the radar,” Rooney says. “But we were all f ollowing this
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ooney grew up in the Boston suburb of Dedham during the height of the Cold War in the 1950s. He paints a drab portrait of Dwight Eisenhower’s America, an era
little path, searching out records. It was like your own very personal quest.” At a certain point, those quests converged in pockets all around the country, in places like Berkeley, Calif ., Greenwich Village in New York City and Cambridge, Mass. “This fermentation starting happening when we all got together,” Rooney says. In Cambridge, blues singer Eric von Schmidt helped cultivate that f ermentation. He and Rooney would later coauthor a book about the 1960s Cambridge f olk scene, Baby, Let Me Follow You Down. Von Schmidt’s quest took him to the Library of Congress, where he unearthed dusty blues and country
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recordings from the 1920s and ’30s by the likes of the Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Boggs. “These were raw recordings,” says Rooney. “It was imperfect, but the energy jumps at you. … It made our suburban life seem very, very tame.” Those records would have a lifelong impact on him. Rooney and his friends began imitating what they heard, emboldened by both the energy and the simplicity of the music. “It was accessible stuff,” he says. “You could pick up a banjo or a guitar and just play it.” Various styles began to converge as players brought their own newfound interests to the mix: folk, bluegrass, jug band, blues. Eventually, Rooney says, a few people began writing songs, taking cues from Dylan, Phil Ochs and others, and coffeehouse scenes exploded in cities around the country — including at Club 47 in Cambridge. “And that’s when Joan Baez came in,” Rooney says. Baez’s near-immediate success opened the door for others to flourish on the Club 47 stage. She had an “arresting” voice, Rooney says. And it didn’t hurt that she was easy on the eyes. “Every guy fell in love with her,” he says. “And that voice … you couldn’t deny it.” Soon, more Boston artists began to call the Club 47 stage home, among them von Schmidt, Tom Rush, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, and Rooney himself, with a budding banjo player named Bill Keith. “That was a pretty exciting time,” says Keith in a recent phone conversation from his shop, Beacon Banjo Company, in Woodstock, N.Y. Keith, 74, is now widely acknowledged as one of the finest banjo players in history, credited with introducing a progressive variant of Earl Scruggs’ classic three-finger style that, as Rooney puts it, “changed the way people played the banjo.” Keith was a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, among countless later collaborations, and invented a tuning mechanism that allows players to change open tunings on the fly. The two met while studying at Amherst College, after Keith heard Rooney playing bluegrass and country records on the school’s radio station. They became fast friends and in 1962 recorded their first album together, Livin’ on the Mountain, produced by Paul Rothchild, who would go on to produce records for the Doors. Keith and Rooney would share a series of Cambridge apartments. As the folk revival bloomed and drew increasingly bigger names to the Club 47 stage, they found themselves hosts to a variety of musicians passing through town. “Nobody ever stayed in a hotel,” Keith says. “They usually stayed with us.” Those houseguests included blues great Muddy Waters — “’do rags and all,” remembers Keith. 2/11/13 11:51 AM
Rooney profiled Waters and Monroe through a series of lengthy interviews in his 1971 book Bossmen: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters. In the collection, which Rooney republished last year, he explores the striking similarities between two of popular music’s most influential — and seemingly quite different — greats. “Most people would say, ‘What have they got to do with each other?’” Rooney says. “But they were very similar people.” For starters, he says, they were both powerful, physically imposing men, with “an authority about them.” They were notoriously challenging to work with, competitive even with their bandmates. They came from isolated, rural backgrounds that shielded them from outside influences. They had commercial success with musical styles that were, at the time, decidedly not commercial. And they crashed on Jim Rooney’s couch.
“Sam Phillips at Sun Records, his whole dream was to bring these two musics together and show that they had all these commonalities,” he says. “And I think that was one of the good results of the folk revival, that it did bring all of those elements together. And those of us who were younger then have all of that in us now.”
ollowing his days in Cambridge, Rooney spent time in New York City and managed festivals for Wein. He fell in love and got married. He and his wife moved to Woodstock to work with Grossman at Bearsville Studios. He fell out of love and got divorced. He quit Bearsville, bought an RV and roamed the country, landing in Nashville in 1976. The qualities that made him successful earlier in his life aided him in his transformation into one of the Music City’s most valued recording engineers and producers.
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But most importantly, both Monroe and Waters had a habit of employing musicians who would later leave the band to start their own groups — for example, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (Monroe), and Willie Dixon (Waters). Rooney posits that the exodus eventually created two schools of popular music, as Monroe’s and Waters’ disciples fanned out to preach their respective gospels: bluegrass and Chicago blues, respectively. Rooney points out that blues and bluegrass share much of the same musical DNA.
Rooney’s finely tuned ear was an obvious asset. His calm demeanor put musicians at ease during often-grueling and sometimescontentious sessions. And his keen eye for talent unearthed diamonds in Nashville’s rhinestone-studded rough — perhaps most notably Nanci Griffith. “Who’s better than Jim Rooney?” asks Griffith in a phone conversation. “He’s magical. I wouldn’t have a career without Jim Rooney.” Rooney produced two of the songwriter’s early records in the 1980s, Once in a Very Blue Moon (1984) and The Last of the
True Believers (1986), both f or Vermont’s Philo Records. But in ’87, Griffith signed a major-label deal with MCA Records, which insisted on using in-house engi neers and producers. “That was difficult, knowing I wouldn’t be moving along with her,” Rooney recalls. At the end of her MCA contract in 1991, Griffith signed with Elektra Records, a label with a solid history in f olk music. Elektra allowed Griffith to choose her own producer. She chose Rooney. “He always guided me in the right di rection,” Griffith explains. The resulting album, Other Voices, Other Rooms, became Griffith’s most commercially successf ul. Composed of songs by artists who influenced her, it features an array of marquee f olk and country talent, including Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, John Hartf ord and Alison Krauss.
there was a serious possibility he might never regain his full voice. Af ter several months, Prine met with Rooney, determined to sing again. Sitting at a kitchen table, they strummed guitars and tried to sing through some songs. “He could sort of get some lyrics out. But then sometimes he’d open his mouth and nothing would come out,” recalls Rooney. “It was extremely disconcerting.” Prine’s luck would change when he was offered a small part in a Billy Bob Thornton movie, Daddy and Them . Prine penned a racy, offbeat song for the film called “In Spite of Ourselves.” “I was in tears when I heard it, because I hadn’t heard John sing in over a year,” Rooney says. “But I was laughing, too, because it was so f unny, and it meant we were going to finish that record. And we had a title.” Prine duets with Iris DeMent on
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Keith, who has been known to drop in on those gigs when he’s in town, calls the shows Rooney’s “recurring 39th birthday party.” In January, the duo played a show at Club Passim — f ormerly Club 47 — in honor of their “50th-ish” anniversary playing together. “It amazes me that we’ve been playing for so long,” Rooney says. Rooney still keeps an apartment in Nashville, and, though he’s not as busy with sessions as he once was, he is cur rently working on a record with husbandand-wife folk duo Robin & Linda Williams. Rooney says he’d like to work and play more, but he’s grateful for the opportuni ties he’s had. “I’d say I got my licks in,” he says. m Bossmen: Bill Munroe and Muddy Waters, by Jim Rooney, reissued 2012. JRP Books. 164 pages. $14.95.
records, and everyone is buying his. So there must be something more to it than that.” DeMent concurs. “You might have gone out of tune a little bit here or there,” she says of her experi ences recording with Rooney. “But that’s not the important thing f or Jim. He goes for the feel.” According to DeMent, part of capturing that f eel, and key to a producer’s role, is setting the mood in the studio. She says no one does that quite like Jim Rooney. “He brings the church into the room for me,” she says. “He switches the everyday life into something elevated. When I go to sing, I need to f eel like I’m not doing the dishes or mowing the lawn. I need to feel like I’m doing something special. “He’s a deeply intelligent man,” DeMent continues. “But he really cares about the music. His heart has been wrapped around it for a long, long time.”
the song, which opens the record. Like Griffith, DeMent says she owes her career to Rooney. “He was one of the first people in Nashville who was willing to give me the time of day,” she says in a recent phone interview. Rooney produced DeMent’s first two records, Inf amous Angel (1992) and My Life (1994), as well as a 2004 album of gospel songs, Lifeline. “The key thing with Jim is that he knows when the perf ormance has hap pened,” says DeMent. “He has an excellent instinct for when you’ve sung the song as well as you’re going to.” Rooney pref ers to record live, with as little layering or tinkering as possible. He concedes that in the age of Auto-Tune, that makes him something of a relic. “I like to work with artists that can sing live,” he says. “If you put the most popular recordings of Hank Williams,
“That was a very special album,” says Rooney of Other Voices. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences thought so, too. Griffith won the 1993 Grammy Award f or Best Contemporary Folk Album, and Rooney won f or Best Production. Another Rooneyf avorite is John Prine’s 1999 album In Spite of Ourselves . Coincidentally, save for the title track, that record is also composed of covers. In the classic country tradition of George Jones and Tammy Wynette, or Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, it features duets between Prine and some of the era’s best f emale country singers, including Harris, Lucinda Williams, Patty Loveless, Yearwood and Connie Smith. In the middle of recording, Prine was diagnosed with throat cancer. He imme diately underwent surgery and radiation treatment, which were successf ul. But
hese days, Rooney spends most of his time at home in Vermont with his wife of 16 years, Carol Langstaff, who bought the house in Sharon in the 1970s. Langstaff directs the local Flock Dance Troupe, and Rooney helps out with sound design and production for performances in the area. He plays when he can — Rooney hints at an upcoming collaboration with Vermonters Colin McCaffrey and Bob Amos — and has an ongoing gig in Nashville at the Station Inn with his band of Music City ringers, Rooney’s Irregulars.
Jim Rooney and John Prine
Johnny Cash and Ernest Tubb through a tuner, you would come up with something that didn’t sound like them. You’d lose the personalities. “And that is what country music was all about: a personal approach to singing,” he continues. “Whether it was perfect or not was irrelevant.” Rooney says he’s sat in “many a bar room” next to singers who claimed to sing better than Johnny Cash. “Maybe that’s true,” Rooney says he answered them. “But no one’s buying your
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ollege students these days wear a lot of hats — but not nearly as many as Middlebury senior Corinne Prevot. Last winter season, she sold some 10,000 hats and accessories for alpine and Nordic skiing, and she expects 50 percent growth this year.Forbes magazine has called her an all-star entrepreneur. Prevot’s company, Skida, has revolutionized a segment of the skiwear business with f un and f unky colors and fabrics. Her next goal? Well, graduating for one, along with launching a new line of kids’ caps and continuing to donate caps to a cancer center through her recently launched Skida [+1] charity. Not bad for what was a teenage girl’s hobby just ﬁ ve years ago. “It honestly started as a craf t project,” says Prevot of Skida’s origins in December 2007. At the time, she was a student at Burke Mountain Academy who had recently switched from alpine to Nordic skiing. “One rainy Christmas, my mom and I went and f ound some f abric and whipped together a hat, and then I made some f or myself and my teammates.” Whipped together? Truth be told, Prevot, who grew up in Pennsylvania f be ore attending Burke, was was bitten by the the Betsy BetsyRoss Ross She sewed sewed bug early on. She wallets, laptop cases and “all sorts of of weird weirdstu° stuff,”,” and crafted eece pants pants craf ted ﬂfleece with her mother. It was hats, however, that stuck — namely, on the heads of her Burke teammates and racing competitors, who were drawn to the ﬂ ashy and of ten f eminine patterns. After years of donning the same ho-hum, drab and itchy hats that Nordic skiers had been sporting for generations, Prevot’s compatriots were understandably drawn to pink paisley and turquoise dots, in breathable and moisturewicking poly-blend fabric. “The prints are all deﬁ nitely unique, and there’s not much of it in the Nordic ski-apparel market,” Prevot says. “They’re f un and colorf ul; they were comf ortable and warm, so it was fashion meets function at a basic level.” The hats were an instant hit. Within a few months of making them for fellow racers around the Northeast Kingdom, Prevot, then just 16, began selling the lids through East Burke Sports. Skida (an old Swedish word for ski) was o˝ cially launched before Prevot had even graduated from high school. Look around any ski shop these days, and you’ll see not only Skida hats but o° erings from bigger brands that the ﬂ edgling company seems to have inspired. “It’s ﬂ attering — imitation is the greatest form of ﬂ attery,” Prevot says modestly.
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She’s still a bit surprised by her success and is quick to credit the Kingdom-based seamstresses who make sure everything is made in Vermont, as well as the tight-knit world of New England’s winter athletes. “The whole ski community is small and very well connected,” Prevot says. “The story behind it is something else that attracts people; it’s a Vermont-local thing.” Today, the Skida line has expanded: For women there are headbands, ﬂ eece-lined neck and head warmers, bandanas and alpine hats. Prevot also has a men’s collection
with more masculine plaids and geometrics. “Flowers and swirls aren’t really their thing,” says Prevot, who sources some fabric from suppliers who also produce dancewear and swimwear. Next season, pint-sized skiers and riders will be able to don their own Skida hats, which ﬁ t under helmets, thanks to a new line designed for ages 4 to 10. No doubt Prevot will also be busy next winter supporting friend Liz Stephen, an elite cross-country racer who will be aiming for a spot on the Sochi 2014 Olympic team. Proceeds from sales of a special “Friends of Liz” Nordic hat will beneﬁ t Stephen by helping pay for travel costs and other expenses not covered by the U.S. ski team. Prevot has many more f riends she’s helped without ever having met metthem, them,allall because of email because of an email from manwhose whosewifwife was f rom a man e was going through chemochemotherapy. wontherapy. “He “He was wondering if he could could buy buy a dozen hats,” Prevot recalls. Instead f of o simply selling him him the soft shede-desof t caps, she cided to launch launch Skida [+1], a program that donates one one hat hat to a cancer cancerpatient patient orderthat thatis is ffor or every order placed with a special promotional code. Customers can now choose from a half dozen donation destinations, from Berlin’s Central Vermont Medical Center to the Vermont Cancer Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Prevot estimates she’s given away at least 150 hats, and is touched by “tearjerker” emails from patients. Meanwhile, back at school, her classmates may be shedding tears over thesis deadlines and job hunts. Prevot, a sociology and geography major at Middlebury who will graduate in May, admits things are “deﬁ nitely hectic right now,” but says she enjoys being able to run Skida alongside her studies. She left the Middlebury Nordic team after her sophomore year to study abroad in Nepal and still travels extensively around the region selling her wares and looking for new fabrics. “My mom jokes that I have an eye, but it’s really hard to tell what’s going to do well,” Prevot says. Judging by the number of Skida hats spotted on Vermont slopes and beyond, Prevot has a hunch about heads. “Honestly, I get so jittery when I see somebody walk into a store or on the ski hill wearing one,” she says. “They don’t know who I am — it’s so weird, this interaction. I’m shocked and so excited, seeing it on people I have no connection to. That’s really cool.” For more information or to purchase Skida Hats, visit shopskida.com.
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’m Alex. I’m the one who watches people sleep.” And with that introduction, Alex Svayg, a springy, boyish 38-year-old, bounded across the carpeted floor of the hotel room and shook my hand. It was 9 p.m. on a midweek night, and just moments earlier I had crossed the deserted, Muzakfilled lobby of the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. Up one story and down a generic hallway, I found the room number I’d been given at the front desk: 271. From the outside, it looked like any other room in the hotel. But inside, I found command central for an outpost of the Fletcher Allen Health Care Sleep Center. That’s right — in a hotel. The stripped-down room still bore traces of its original use: bland art on the walls, a nondescript desk in one corner. But in place of a bed and nightstand stood two whirring computer stations. Plastic chests of drawers filled with medical supplies covered one wall. In the center of the room, a chair sat beside a small table, electrodes dangling from a hook nearby. The place looked like a cross between a field clinic and an FBI stakeout. In truth, the work that happens in this room is fairly banal. Here, sleep technologists like Svayg monitor patients suffering from any number of sleep disorders. Doors branching off on each side
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of Svayg’s hub lead to hotel rooms with the usual bed, television and armchair. Aside from the cameras mounted in the ceiling and the medical equipment on the bedside tables, these could be any other rooms in the neatly appointed Sheraton. Why the hotel? Diverting patients there frees up space at the hospital, but Svayg also said that more and more professional sleep clinics are trying to exude a hotel-like atmosphere. They’ve found that patients sleep better there than they would in the uncomfortable — and sometimes hectic — atmosphere of a hospital. “At the very least, you get a free night at a nice hotel,” Svayg said. He directed that comment to Mark Delbeck, who’d arrived at the sleep center a few minutes after I did. But unlike me, Delbeck was here to sleep; it would be his second overnight. In December, Delbeck was diagnosed with sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing. Six nights a week, Fletcher Allen’s sleep technologists monitor six patients — four in rooms at the Sheraton and two at the hospital. The sleep center performed roughly 1500 sleep tests last year, in addition to about 2500 sleep-clinic visits. Sleep apnea is the most common diagnosis, according to clinic director Garrick Applebee, but cases range wildly. Put simply, most people seek medical attention when they’re sleeping too little or too much. Sleep medicine is still a fairly young field; in the past, many doctors wrote off sleep disorders as psychological
problems rather than ones due to physical or neurological ailments. Even today, as Applebee told me in an earlier interview at Fletcher Allen, “We still have a lot of questions to answer about sleep.” Research studies with volunteer subjects have shed light on what happens to the body when it’s sleep deprived, but there’s still plenty of uncertainty about why we sleep. Just a few decades ago, scientists thought of sleep as a passive, dormant part of our daily lives, but now doctors understand that sleep is crucial to good physical and mental health. Unfortunately, according to the National Institutes of Health, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, longterm sleep disorders. Moreover, adults today sleep about an hour less on average than they did a century ago, a change Applebee chalked up to societal changes, including 24/7 information technology. Delbeck, for one, knew he wasn’t getting a good night’s sleep. The 49-yearold arrived for his sleep study in University of Vermont sweatpants and a ball cap. Before getting wired up for the night, he changed into loose-fitting pajama pants and padded into Svayg’s control room in bare feet. His recent sleep-apnea diagnosis hadn’t come as a shock — Delbeck was often debilitatingly tired during the day, even after supposedly clocking eight hours of sleep. “I can actually feel my eyes closing while I’m driving, and that’s scary,” he said. So, after Delbeck’s initial study, in
which he was diagnosed with apnea, he had returned to the clinic for a customary follow-up visit to home in on a treatment plan. This time he was getting fitted for a CPAP — industry shorthand for “continuous positive airway pressure.” The machine includes a mask that fits over the patient’s nose and sometimes mouth, and a tube that connects to a small motor that continuously blows air into the tube. The CPAP is a device that Delbeck could use at home; by providing a constant stream of air, it helps regulate his breathing and guarantees him a better night’s sleep. It’s one tool used to treat sleep apnea; in other cases, doctors might recommend something as simple as lifestyle changes (including losing weight) or as drastic as invasive surgery. Svayg took a few minutes to show Delbeck his options, orienting him to the machine and trying on different masks to find the most comfortable fit. “You’ve got to sacrifice looking pretty at night,” Svayg joked. But then again, he added, “Your snoring and snorting at night isn’t very sexy, either.” Svayg has been a sleep technician for 13 years, since graduating from college in the Midwest with a degree in biology. He initially planned on medical school, but after Svayg saw a man drop dead while working his on-campus job at the university gym, he realized he didn’t have the stomach for high-stakes medicine. With his current gig, he said, “I get to help people, but no one dies on me.” Training for sleep technologists can vary from on-the-job learning to formal certification programs. Svayg answered an employment ad for a private sleep clinic in Ohio and never looked back. Over all these years of watching people sleep, Svayg has seen some unusual cases. There was the man who thrashed wildly at night — so wildly that he broke his wife’s nose. Another patient’s sleep apnea was so severe that he stopped breathing every 10 seconds. Delbeck’s case wasn’t that drastic, but he was looking forward to a change all the same. So was his bedmate. The first indications that he might be suffering from sleep apnea were his fiancée’s complaints about Delbeck’s snoring and unusual breathing at night. Svayg said significant others are often the first to notice a possible sleep disorder. The second tip-off? “Deer camp,” Svayg said. Hunting buddies, too, can clue in sleepers to strange habits or noises that might indicate a sleep disorder. With the clock nearing 10 p.m., Svayg finished prepping Delbeck for the night. He hooked a series of electrodes — 19 altogether — to his skull, face, chest and feet. These, along with a black-and-white
video feed of Delbeck in bed, would provide Svayg with a constant stream of information about his patient’s sleep. On a normal night, Svayg monitors two patients continuously from his post, while another technologist across the hall monitors another two. On this occasion, though, a computer glitch in one of the hotel rooms meant that Delbeck would have Svayg’s undivided attention. “You get the royal treatment,” Svayg told him. At about 10, Delbeck settled into bed with a book. A half hour later, he called out over the microphone, “I’m ready when you are, Alex.” Svayg slipped into Delbeck’s room, fiddled with the CPAP machine tfor a few minutes and double-checked the signals transmitted by the electrodes. Then he wished his patient a good night’s sleep and closed the door. Back in the command room, Svayg planted himself in front of the computer monitor and watched a dozen or so lines tick across the screen. He was looking for alpha waves, an unmistakable indication that Delbeck was beginning to fall asleep. Faking it is not possible. The readout showed that Delbeck was drowsy, drifting in and out of sleep. The real meat of the night’s work would come once Delbeck descended into the phase of deep-dream sleep — when apnea is usually most pronounced. Svayg’s goal for the evening was to fine-tune the CPAP’s pressure and other outputs, so that Delbeck could find the right air-pressure settings at home. “It’s almost like playing a video game, trying to make the levels all even,” said Svayg, clicking away at the computer to operate the CPAP machine remotely. This would likely be Delbeck’s last visit to the clinic; after his diagnosis on the first occasion, and tonight’s monitoring to identify a treatment plan, he’d be able to treat his apnea at home. I didn’t stick around for Delbeck’s deep sleep — by midnight, this reporter had learned that watching someone sleep was enough to put her to sleep. Not Svayg, though he admitted that it takes a special kind of person to put up with the schedule — and occasional tedium — of the sleep technologist’s job. More than a decade in, Svayg said he’s very happy doing this work. He has three 12-hour shifts every week and spends his weekends with his two kids. Of course, those night shifts aren’t exactly conducive to what Svayg and his colleagues seek to secure for their patients: a good night’s sleep. “We’re your biggest hypocrites in the world,” he said. m
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onsider the difference between a woman struggling to make a difficult decision and one who appears never to decide at all. The results are similar: little happens. But f or an audience, it’s the difference between engagement and distance. In the University o f Vermont’s production o f Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles, f aculty director Peter Jack Tkatch doesn’t quite succeed in helping his cast locate their characters’ goals. Great the ater is about ar ticulating desire, but that doesn’t happen in this production. The play’s humor entertains, but we miss what the charac ters need and want. Wisecracks work best when we know the pain that drives the characters to make them. First produced in 1988, The Heidi Chronicles f ollows Heidi Holland f rom 1965 to 1989 via 11 episodes designed to capture the changing zeitgeist. Heidi is the awkward-but-intelligent wallflower at a high school dance, watching her best f riend hike up her skirt in boy-crazy en thusiasm; the slightly baffled object of a relentless flirtation conducted at a Eugene McCarthy f or President rally; the uncer tain observer of a consciousness-raising group in which women struggle to articu late female roles in society. And on we go. Her pattern is clear: Heidi watches and doesn’t quite commit. On her way to a career as an art his torian, she develops three longstanding f riendships. While Heidi slowly tests the wind, best f riend Susan rushes headlong into each new cultural f ashion. From overdoing back-to-the-land in the ’70s to an equally exaggerated lust for power and money in the ’80s, Susan sputters in the margins like a flipbook of hyperbole. Why she remains Heidi’s best friend is a puzzler that probably can be answered only by a production that intensifies the personal warmth between the two women. Sardonic Peter is unthreatened by Heidi’s intellectual merits, but the two still play out many of the eternal, stereo typic male-f emale dynamics. It may be a happy indicator of the steady progress we’ve made toward gay rights that Peter’s coming out is matter-of-fact, but the script surely intends this to land as the bombshell it was in 1974. Finally, there’s Scoop, a relentless phi landerer who manages to keep gliding in and out of Heidi’s love lif e. He’s rich and
AIDS here comes close to a sanctimonious bid for unearned sympathy. As Susan, Ally Sass is a vivacious ball of fire as she f ollows Tkatch’s inclination to satirize the roles women tried to assume in the eras covered. Sass gamely over does a hormone-charged teenager and a Hollywood producer at a power lunch, but these exaggerated figures are objects of ridicule and theref ore reveal nothing about the real pressure to behave in these ways. Aidan Holding, Marykate Scanlon, Grace Trapnell and Emily Evans take on multiple supporting roles with good energy but are confined by the script and direction to superficial performances. Wasserstein, who died in 2006, set out archetypal moments to illustrate cultural context, but the episodic nature of the play compresses the material into sitcomgrade brevity. Thus Peter’s grief is peril ously shallow, while Scoop’s story seems limited to being born rich, toying with the
meaning of idealism and sleeping around with impunity. And what of Heidi? Sometimes it seems that the playwright created her to express her own smugness about never being en snared by feminist militancy, unapologetic motherhood, dumb-blond-ism, etc. Yet Heidi remains sadly on the sidelines of life because she won’t deceive herself about “having it all” — a delusion that did indeed make many women attempt simultaneous moon shots for career, family, wealth, ful fillment and romance. Making these choices is hard. And some degree of f ailure is inevitable, consider ing the impossible standards our culture promulgated f or women (and still does). Wasserstein circles around this struggle f or self -worth but ends up making Heidi more irresolute than insightful. And when she finally does make a choice, it’s one that makes women’s liberation look like the superficial indulgence many detractors claimed it to be. Perhaps Wasserstein could not imagine a radical choice for Heidi and so gave her a supremely predictable one. The production quality of this show is excellent. Lighting design by student David Luongo bridges the gap between the stylization necessary for quick change and the atmospheric qualities that swif tly set a tone in each new scene. The rest of the production team is on the UVM f aculty. Jeff Modereger’s set design uses the Royall Tyler Theatre’s three-quarter space as an almost clinical laboratory f or observing Heidi. Well-chosen props and f urniture add just enough texture to each scene. The costumes, designed by Martin Thaler, are generally pitch perf ect, including some triumphant ’80s outfits. It’s interesting to see if this play still works today. Tkatch emphasizes a humorous distance f rom events, which is cer tainly one way to look back. But we don’t want to know what happened; we want to know why. For that, actors must enter a scene needing something. In this produc tion, the laughs come easy, but we still need to know where they come from. m
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he pale-yellow drink that Don Horrigan sets down on the bar resembles a mashup of a coconut daiquiri and a miniature terrarium. A green leaf pokes from the rim of the curvy Collins glass, and a charred jalapeño pepper bobs at the foamy top. Turns out this Spicy Basil Paloma is devoid of coconut or cream; the f oam results f rom shaking the drink’s citrus juices so hard they froth. The ﬁ rst sip is all simmering heat and myriad jostling ﬂ avors. That charred pepper, along with jalapeño-infused tequila, lends the drink its slow, gentle burn. The leaf is basil, and the herb’s sweet ﬂ avor laces the rest of the drink — it’s from Sumptuous Lemon 3 Basil, one of the simple syrups that Horrigan cocreated and sells under the name Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont. The Spicy Basil Paloma is among about a dozen gutsy winter cocktails served at Positive Pie in Hardwick, where the lanky, 39-year-old Horrigan, a blur of kinetic energy in a newsboy cap, manages the bar. In the back, Horrigan chars his peppers in the same wood ﬁ re that turns out pizzas, as well as cooking the bacon f or a house bacon-inf used bourbon. “I look at drinks as a microcosm of what goes on on the plate, except you’re getting [the ﬂ avors] all at once,” Horrigan says. In other words, a drink can’t be deconstructed in the way a plate of food can. “If a drink isn’t perfect, you know it right away,” he adds. Flavor harmony is paramount in a good cocktail, and getting it right can take a lot of trial and error. At its heart, a cocktail is simply “the perfect balance of spirits, sugar and bitters,” Horrigan says. But balance in drinks, as in lif e, can be elusive — especially when the ingredients may include herbs, f resh f ruit and pickled vegetables. When it all comes
together, libations such as the Spicy Basil Paloma result. The Texas-born Horrigan doesn’t like to talk much about himself, but he allows that he f irst came to Vermont for a Grateful Dead show in the 1990s and never left. He took college classes and worked both in the mental health f ield and in restaurants — on the line, washing dishes or tending bar. During his time living in Burlington, Horrigan frequented local bars to feed his growing interest in craft cocktails. Af ter he moved to the Northeast Kingdom with his partner, Leah Pontius, the dearth of watering holes inspired him to develop a f ormidable home bar, he says. About six years ago, Horrigan walked into Claire’s Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick looking for a job, and thenchef Steven Obranovich hired him to tend bar and develop drinks. Horrigan and Obranovich shared an interest in local ingredients, and Horrigan began to create recipes based on available produce grown nearby. In the Kingdom, with its short growing season, that was sometimes a challenge. “Most of the year, it was hard to do localvore cocktails with fresh herbs, fresh f ruit and f resh veggies,” says Horrigan. He coped by using pickled veggies and the broader selection of Vermont-made spirits that eventually became available. And syrups. Sumptuous Syrups grewf rom a partnership with Hardwick resident Linda Fox, a regular at Claire’s. She had been creating simple syrups at home with fruit from her garden — blackberries, rhubarb, strawberries — and toting them to Claire’s f or Horrigan to use in his libations. Soon the two hatched an idea: Why not make and sell their own syrups? MIX MASTER
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It could be said that roy FELDmAn introduced Burlington to the New York-style bagel. “They really weren’t that culturally well known at the time if you didn’t grow up with that,” he says of the European Jewish bread he was raised on in New Jersey. In 1979, Feldman opened the first bUrLIngton bAgEL bAKEry. Nine years later, he sold his original Main Street location and a second one he had opened in 1985 on Shelburne Road. (The latter remains open.) Since then, Feldman has focused on consulting for other bagel bakeries and playing viola in the Vermont
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If Burlington is thirsty for a wine bar, relief is on the way. This April, L’AmAntE owners KEvIn and KAthI CLEAry will open a wine mecca, UvA, steps from their College Street restaurant. “It will be completely different than anything else in Burlington, or Vermont. It will be all things wine,” says Kevin Cleary, who is in the thick of renovations at 126 College Street to create a retail wine and cheese shop, a 36-seat wine bar and a glassed-in event and classroom area. There he’ll hold classes as part of his vErmont WInE sChooL.
A hand-cranked slicer will dole out imported and local meats and cheeses alongside a menu of small plates and charcuterie. The store will start out with about 150 bottles, mostly French, Italian and Spanish, and will eventually expand to 400, Cleary says. The initial food selection — a cheese list with Taleggio, Parmigiano-Reggiano and local goat cheeses — will grow to include a case filled with prepared sandwiches. The event space will enable Cleary to add shorter, one-off wine classes to the longer courses in his vErmont WInE sChooL and French Wine Scholar program. We’ll raise a glass to that.
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Though Cleary is mum on the planned décor of the 3000-square-foot Uva — Italian for “grape” — he does say it will be informed by the couple’s trips to Italy. “We love going to the small wine bars in Venice, Florence and Rome, where it’s a really laidback and casual atmosphere and you don’t feel pressured to eat a whole meal,” Cleary says. A full menu would be difficult at Uva, which won’t have a kitchen; prepared food will be carried from L’Amante. The bar — with a selection of 20 wines by the glass — will not be without sustenance, though.
Maple season is fast approaching, but in St. Albans it will arrive a bit sooner: this Thursday at 7 a.m. with the opening of the mApLE CIty DInEr. The owners of the new eatery are familiar faces in the Maple City itself — mArCUs and ErIKA hAmbLEtt, the owners of onE FEDErAL. KIm smIth, also previously of One Federal, will run the front of house. The menu, prepared by chef de cuisine and fellow One Federal alum stEphEn yoUng, takes a cue from sugaring time. Breakfast includes a bacon waffle topped with maple butter; brown-sugar-pecan French toast; and skillets such as the Vermonter, with apple, caramelized onion, bacon and cheddar over home fries and eggs. Lunch features classic diner fare, such as hot open hamburger and turkey sandwiches and a variety of burgers and clubs. Dinner brings seared pork loin
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afterward, hasn’t dampened the chagrin of Stella’s fans. It isn’t the last they’ll see of owners staCy and JoN Capurso, however. The couple is in the process of purchasing the shuttered Windsor Station Pub in nearby Windsor, where they plan to open a restaurant, lounge and event space this summer. “It’s quite a magical building,” says Jon Capurso of the 1901 station that has been a restaurant off and Romantic Dining Casual Atmosphere on since the 1970s, 27 Bridge St, Richmond • Tues-Sun and whose closure two 434-3148 years ago was a blow for Windsor. “Another restaurant is something we see 12v-toscano022013.indd 1 2/18/13 11:13 AM a need for in Windsor.” The Capursos, who both built careers in restaurants and hospitality long before they opened Stella’s, always knew they would move on. “We said, ‘Five years,’” Jon Capurso says. “It seems like a good time to try out our next concept.” The Hartland Diner will be owned and run by NIColE BartNEr and is expected to open by April 1.
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Commons. There, freshly made breads, sandwiches and prepared salads will be available, along with homemade pies, cakes and other pastries, including “big maple-cinnamon buns.” Doughnuts will also be part of the fun. A doughnut machine will soon be popping out fresh desserts, including a bacon flavor. Maple lovers of the world, unite.
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“We realized there were only four or five companies that were doing what we were trying to do,” Horrigan says. By that he means sourcing local produce for pure, highly concentrated simple syrups and targeting bartenders and serious home mixologists. In Fox’s kitchen, she and Horrigan experimented with dozens of flavors — from raspberry to chocolate mole — trying to perfect the concentrate. “We tackled some hard stuff,” recalls Horrigan, such as creating a basil syrup that was palatable to both of them. “We tried teas. We tried tinctures. We tried juicing basil, but that didn’t really work.” Fox and Horrigan were among the first clients of Hardwick’s Vermont Food Venture Center, which opened in 2011. That potent Lemon 3 Basil was one of their initial four flavors. After Horrigan left Claire’s in November 2010, he concentrated on building the Sumptuous Syrups brand by attending Vermont food events with Fox, doling out punches and samples. He also began private consulting. When Hardwick’s Caledonia Spirits launched its Barr Hill Gin and Vodka, the owners hired Horrigan to come up with an initial drinks menu. He invented concoctions such as the Caledonia Cooler in a marathon, three-hour mixing session at the distillery. Last year, Positive Pie’s owners lured Horrigan back behind the bar, and he designed tap lists and drink menus with Hardwick’s clientele in mind. “Rum’s the big thing in this town,” he says. The tap list ranges from Bud Light to Hill Farmstead Brewery. The drink menu is Horrigan’s baby, and a portion of it is devoted to vintage cocktails delivered in dainty, 4-ounce glasses. A Rye Ginger Sling is a potent, scarlet-hued thing in which Bulleit Rye and tart, fresh lemon juice jangle against cherry-infused brandy and a vein of spice from Sumptuous Yellow Ginger Syrup. A “drunken cherry” lurking at the bottom seems to ooze more nectar into the drink. That same syrup also appears in a Whiskey’d Apple, Horrigan’s twist on a classic whiskey and ginger ale that ingeniously uses Citizen Cider Unified Press for zest and effervescence. It’s a shame to leave such an original drink behind on the bar, but when snow starts to fall outside and the road home is long, that’s what I do. Not without first asking Horrigan some more questions.
SEVEN DAYS: What was the first alcohol you ever drank — where, when and how did it taste? Don Horrigan: My mother’s Canadian Mist with Diet Pepsi and lemon, when I was about 9 years old. I totally hated it and am still not fond of Canadian whiskey to this day. SD: What are the basic components of a solid, functional home bar? DH: Personally, I can’t get along without whiskey. I’d say the five core spirits [whiskey, rum, vodka, gin and tequila] and bitters, always bitters. A true cocktail is just spirits, sugar and bitters. Without bitters, you lack balance. Also, a good cocktail shaker and a citrus peeler or zester. SD: How did you start building your own home bar? DH: After I first moved to the Northeast Kingdom, what I missed most about living in Burlington and Montpelier was a truly good cocktail. Parima, the Daily Planet, the Alchemist and the Black Door [Bar & Bistro] were all out of reach during the daily grind. With no watering holes in the area, Leah and I built our home bar, the Voodoo Lounge, and I began to follow the progress of [artisanal mixologist] Scott Beattie [of the Goose & Gander in St. Helena, Calif.] and his extensive use of fresh, sometimes unusual cocktail ingredients. SD: What do you like most about what you do? DH: With Sumptuous Syrups, I love the creative process, [from] crafting and perfecting the syrups to creating new cocktails. And marketing gives me a chance to spend an extraordinate amount of time in bars and cocktail lounges throughout the Northeast,
food chatting up other bartenders. It’s definitely a win-win. I also love the rush of a heavy bar shift; there’s nothing more challenging and satisfying [than] to have the bar standing two to three deep and to be hit with a large dining-room order of specialty cocktails. SD: What kind of drink do people most often ask for? DH: “I want something fruity and a little bit sweet.”
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SD: What do you think is the next big thing in cocktails? DH: Rumor has it that ’80s drinks are on the way up, as is anything from Brazil. SD: What liquors can you not get in Vermont that you wish you could? DH: Tuthilltown [Spirits]’s entire line. And Crème de Violette. Without it, you can’t make a proper Aviation.
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SD: When you’re developing a new cocktail, who’s your go-to taster? DH: Leah [Pontius, Horrigan’s fiancée] is really the only person I am truly trying to impress with new
SD: How do you get inspired for new cocktails? DH: Thirst. And fresh, seasonal produce is always inspiring. Working with Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin and Vodka, Dunc’s Mill Backwoods Reserve Rum, Eden Orleans, Boyden Apple Crème Liqueur and Citizen Cider Unified Press has made it easy this year, as they’ve given me the highest-quality platform to start with.
SD: Were there any Sumptuous Syrups flavors that never saw the light of day? DH: Yes! A sweet and smoky syrup with fresh jalapeño and liquid smoke.
SD: What’s your favorite bartending book? DH: My bar Bible is a 1973 edition of Playboy’s Bar Guide; it has all of the classics without the fluff of the late ’70s and ’80s.
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made a reservation in a name not my own, but I wasn’t seated long at Hinesburgh Public House before owner Will Patten came to my table to thank me for coming. On my second visit, several days later with another set of f riends, chef Shawn Beede came out to chat, too. Wearing a wig or sunglasses would only have made me more of a sore thumb. For a few years now, those in the know have acknowledged the anonymous food critic as a relic of the past. In a 2011 post on anonymity, onetime Washington City Paper blogger Stefanie Gans wrote, “Just because a critic (or blogger) walks in doesn’t automatically elevate the f ood. Sure, better service can be given to VIPs, but it’s not as if a whole new kitchen staff with superior ingredients will be magically in place when someone important walks in.” I hope Gans is right, because, if it’s hard for a food critic to pass unnoticed in D.C., it’s a lot harder in Hinesburg, where until recently, the dining scene consisted mostly of sandwich shops and casual cafés. With a comfort-food menu heavy on local ingredients, Hinesburgh Public House aims to change that, and my experiences on both visits to the month-and-a-half -old restaurant were nearly faultless. Besides the anonymity conundrum, I had the opportunity to address another eternal restaurant diner’s quandary: Can a kitchen operate smoothly without its chef? My first meal at the Public House turned out to fall on Beede’s day off, and, in this case, I can answer with a firm yes. Going in, I managed my expectations for the small-town, 120-seat restaurant. Its location in a f ormer Saputo cheese plant didn’t augur well f or ambiance. Inside, however, I found the high ceilings lent the space a certain industrial chic, while contrasting homey notes came f rom a potbellied stove near the entrance; rugs hand-hooked by Patten’s wife, Kathleen; and mismatched vintage chairs. As f ar as I could tell, service was attentive at all tables, not just mine. But the real reason to love the Public House is its food.
Kale and beet salad at Hinesburgh Public House
The restaurant’s owners have danced around the word “gastropub,” preferring to emphasize the down-home, community aspect of the business. The Pattens opened the Public House hoping to bring Hinesburg “hearty, healthy, made-f rom-scratch and locally sourced Vermont f ood” and sold $500 shares in the restaurant, giving locals a true stake in the business. So perhaps it’s
more enlightened than your average gastropub, but that’s still the best way to describe the f are: innovative takes on classic pub grub alongside excellent brews f rom the likes of Middlebury’s Drop-In Brewing Company. And the kitchen excels at snacks to pair with a good beer. While every meal starts with warm, fluffy house focaccia drizzled with garlic-inf used olive oil, I
couldn’t resist ordering more bread in the form of soft pretzels. Good choice. Emerging fiery hot from the oven, the pair of good-sized pretzels was lusciously buttery and sprinkled with just the right amount of chunky sea salt. Homemade maple-Dijon mustard balanced sweetness and heat, and the whole thing was topped with a welcome addition of chopped apple matchsticks. The house free-range chicken wings were unif ormly crisp outside, tender inside and coated in an addictive sauce that sweetened tangy Maine blueberries with a touch of maple. Perch fingers, an uncommon menu addition, proved to be a true taste of Vermont terroir. The little chunks of flaky Lake Champlain fish were crusted in crisp cornmeal, then served with creamy, mild house tartar sauce. Pink pickled cabbage added a welcome burst of acid. A touch of pucker also defined the kale and beet salad, which combined the locally grown veggies with chunks of blue cheese, Granny Smith apples and crunchy candied pecans in a spicedcranberry vinaigrette. The salad stood out not only f or its bold, uncommon flavors but f or its apt use of local ingredients in the dead of winter. Strategic local sourcing is perhaps the greatest strength of Beede’s kitchen. The chef admits that, with a static menu f eaturing just a f ew daily specials, he can’t offer consistent local sourcing of his whole roster. But the lion’s share of the f ood is still produced not just in Vermont but in the Hinesburg area. Key to that system: dishes that morph daily with availability. Hinesburg’s Grass Roots Farm provides most of the restaurant’s beef , including the grassfed cuts in the Daily Braise, but the dish varies depending on the chunks available that day. When I tried it, shoulder was the boeuf du jour. Later in the week, it was a mighty slab of beef osso bucco. Either way, the dish was delectable. The beef was cooked to fork tenderness
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gills at around 8 p.m. When I tried to call for a Saturday reservation, I was told weekend reservations usually require at least a couple of days’ advance notice. It’s clear why. Much as Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen has filled a void by providing excellent food in Barre, Hinesburgh Public House serves a pressing need in an area where the nearest dinner option is a gas-station Subway. The place didn’t have to be as good as it is. But, even in its early days, the restaurant is thoroughly Vermont and thoroughly delicious. And there’s no faking that just because a critic walked in the door. m
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dessert doesn’t seem to be a priority at Hinesburgh Public House. The kitchen focuses on savory items, leaving sweets to Hinesburg’s Spoon & Sparrow Bakery. The desserts are laid out invitingly at the front of the restaurant, next to a grab-and-go fridge that holds Vermont Smoke & Cure RealSticks and Vermont Sweetwater Bottling Company sodas. Having to choose from the cheesecakes, carrot cakes and individually wrapped whoopee pies — plated by a server — felt like a letdown at the end of our exciting meals. The whoopee pie I tried was intensely chocolaty and all-around tasty, if a little dry. But that postscript just didn’t feel in step with the rest of the lusty dinner. That minor drawback doesn’t seem to be keeping diners away from the Public House. Even on a Wednesday night, the restaurant was packed to the
but didn’t fall apart in overdone strands. Bathed in a hearty demi-glâce, it had the slightly mineral flavor of grass-fed beef, but the dish as a whole didn’t skimp on fatty decadence. That was partly owing to the accompanying polenta, tasting of garlic and cream. Thinly sliced carrot coins were sweetened with a whisper of maple, and benefited even more from a liberal dose of butter. The always-available chicken pot pie was another eminently comforting, wholly delicious braise. In a velvety, herbaceous sauce, chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery were all cooked to perfection. The miniature skillet in which the dish was served was thoroughly covered with buttery puff pastry, ensuring that not a bite was missing its crust. Millhouse Mac & Cheese was emboldened by pickled jalapeños, which contributed a hint of heat to the whole dish and touches of acid to the individual slices. Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon, hand-delivered from the factory next door, added a meaty bite. But it was the Béchamel-based cheese sauce — slightly chewy with melted Cabot Extra Sharp, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company cheddar and imported Asiago — that made this bread-crumb-topped classic a delight. Speaking of classics, any pub worth its salt better have a burger worth chowing down on. The Public House’s “Hines” burger is just that. I don’t know what alchemy Beede uses, but he’s achieved the nearly impossible — a juicy grass-fed burger. Though the thick patty was cooked slightly over my requested medium, the center still ran with delectable moisture. The outside had a pleasant char. With a layer of melted Grafton Village Cheese Company cheddar and a rustic bun from Stewart’s Bakery in Williston (the Public House has since switched to Klinger’s Bread Company), the sandwich was enormously satisfying all around. Points to the chef, too, for topping the burger only with lettuce, onion and a crispy rasher of bacon from next door. Out-of-season tomatoes simply didn’t make the cut. They’ll be back in the spring, Beede says. The plate’s only disappointment was a pile of hand-cut fries that could have used another trip to the fryer for optimal crunch. Though I was stuffed by the end of the main course, I wouldn’t have said no to a warm chocolate cake or a crème brûlée with great local ingredients. But
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KELLEY MARKETING MEETING: Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495.
IMPROV NIGHT : Fun-loving participants play “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style games in an encouraging environment. Spark Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $7 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.
COMMUNITY DINNER : Diners get to know their neighbors and learn about O’Brien Community Center programs at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-8 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565.
FARMERS’ NIGHT SERIES: FOUNDING OF THE VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: State curator David Schutz narrates an evening of history and poetry as told by local actors, with period music from ﬁ ddler Susannah Blachly. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2180. HOMESHARE VERMONT INFORMATIONAL SESSION : ° ose interested in homesharing and/or caregiving programs meet with staff to learn more. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, 2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5625. WILLISTON SELECTBOARD INFORMATIONAL MEETING : Area residents gather information and share ideas about proposed highway facilities. Town Hall, Williston, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5121.
KNITTING & CROCHETING GROUP: Needleworkers of all levels gather to share ideas and work on current projects. Milton Public Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. MAKE STUFF! : Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.
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MOUNT MANSFIELD SCALE MODELERS: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765. TAX-PREPARATION HELP : Experts Tak and Dorothy Ng assist taxpayers in the lower- and middleincome brackets. Aimed at ages 60 and older. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.
2013 ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED SHORTS SCREENINGS : Two evenings of ﬁ lms display top talent in animated and live-action categories. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $6-10. Info, 518-523-2512. ‘HYDE PARK ON HUDSON’ : Bill Murray stars as president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Roger Michell’s comedic drama about the latter’s romantic trysts with his distant cousin, played by Laura Linney. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.
Start to Finish In 1945, Norwegian mountaineer Erling Strom raced Austrian Sepp Ruschp from the top of Mt. Mansﬁ eld into Stowe village. The latter won, and thus began the Stowe Derby, now in its 68th year. Sound easy enough? Not when the entire 20k course — with a vertical drop of more than 2600 feet — is done solely on cross-country skis. Today the event attracts hundreds of competitors ranging f rom amateurs to NCAA champions to prof essionals. The athletes’ e° orts do not go unnoticed, as large crowds gather to cheer them on — particularly at the daunting downhill portion, which requires equal parts bravery and skill.
STOWE DERBY Sunday, February 24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Stowe Mountain Resort & Stowe Recreation Path. $30-90. Info, 253-9216. stowederby.com
‘SAVING LINCOLN’ : Using Civil War photographs as a visual narrative, Salvador Litvak’s bigographical ﬁ lm tells the story of the 16th president’s relationship with his friend and bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600. STOWE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL : Skiers and riders watch adrenaline-pumping footage, including a retrospective of snowboarding from the Burton archives, on the big screen. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe, 7 p.m. Donations; see stoweﬁ lmfest.com for details. Info, 253-9911. ‘THE FIRST YEAR’ : Davis Guggenhiem’s documentary follows ﬁ ve new teachers as they navigate the Los Angeles public-school system and the initial stages of their careers. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5013.
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THE PENNYWISE PANTRY : On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister at citymarket.coop. Info, 861-9700.
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Acting Mechanics What brings an acclaimed playwright and theater director together with a world-renowned roboticist? The answer lies in Oriza Hirata and Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Japanese Robot Android Human Theater, a groundbreaking production in which remotely controlled actors star opposite their ﬂ esh-andblood counterparts. Two works portray a not-so-distant future in which people and their mechanical likenesses coexist. I, Worker presents a young couple living with two robots named Takeo and Momoko. In Sayonara, an android caretaker recites poems to a terminally ill woman to ease the latter’s pain. Both performances pose questions about the role of technology and how it relates to human experience.
JAPANESE ROBOT ANDROID HUMAN THEATER ° ursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22, 8 p.m., at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $25. Info, 863-5966. ﬂ ynntix.org
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or the past 40 years, Tom Murphy has made a career out of clowning around. ˜ e physical comedian, who originally moved to Vermont as a professional acrobatic skier, eventually turned his talents to the stage and never looked back. A passion for performing took him to Europe, where he won an international circus competition in Paris in 1987. A year later, 13 sold-out shows on Broadway garnered rave reviews for his unique style of slapstick humor. ˜ e funnyman, who has taught his craft at esteemed institutions worldwide, stumbles and trips his way through “Laugh ’Til You Die” to close out Lost Nation ˜ eater’s Winterfest. TOM MURPHY ˜ ursday, February 21, through Saturday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 24, 2 p.m., at Montpelier City Hall Auditorium. $10-20; for ages 6 and up. Info, 2290492. lostnationtheater.org
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When Israel and Palestine are used in the same sentence, the pairing most often concerns conﬂ ict and negativity. An ensemble of young adults ages 17 to 21 aims to change that. Heartbeat, an Israeli-Palestinian youth musicians’ collective, brings Jews and Arabs together through a shared love of creative expression and a commitment to nonviolence. The group’s original song “Bukra Fi Mishmish” — Arabic for “when pigs ﬂ y” — features the instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills of its members. Multilingual lyrics include the following, translated from Hebrew: “We’ll break down the walls / and take down the ﬂ ags / and then we’ll discover / a world where everything is possible.”
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Guided Meditation: Marna Ehrich guides an explorative weekly practice. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $11 suggested donation. Info, 238-7908. Meditation & discussion: Powerful energies arise from this participant-led session, followed by 20 minutes of meditation and a brief discussion. Inspired Yoga Studios, Jay, 5:45-7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 988-0449. sacred co-creation: Brennan Healing Science practitioner Nessa Rothstein leads guided meditation and visualization with sacred geometry. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202 . ’80s Workout Wednesdays: Break out the spandex and sweat bands, and get moving to aerobic workout videos led by Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 8-10 a.m. $2. Info, 496-8994.
BaBytiMe PlayGrouP: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy 1/11/12 11:35 AMAlling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. enosBurG PlayGrouP: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing and other activities. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FairField PlayGrouP: Youngsters find entertainment in creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
SUNDAY 2.24.13 4pm-9pm
HiGHGate story Hour: Gigglers and wigglers listen to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. liGHts, caMera, action!: Middlebury Community Television leads a four-day workshop for movie lovers in grades 3 and up, who use high-tech equipment to shoot and edit several short films. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 388-4097 .
oWls & tHeir calls: Young minds discover how these hooting hunters communicate and catch prey. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9-11; free for kids ages 3 and under. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223.
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PrescHool discovery ProGraM: Presto! cHanGe-o! caMouFlaGe!: Little ones hone in on animals in disguise and investigate how these crafty creatures blend in with their surroundings. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. $5-8. Info, 229-6206.
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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.
raPtors uP close: Avian enthusiasts learn about the lives of falcons and owls. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 2 p.m. Regular admission, $9-11; free for kids ages 3 and under. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223. st. alBans PlayGrouP: Creative activities and storytelling engage young minds. NCSS Family Center, St. Albans, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. story tiMe & PlayGrouP: Read-aloud tales pave the way for themed art, nature and cooking projects. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. story tiMe For 3- to 5-year-olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and picture books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Winter Mysteries: Little ones ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions follow clues to discover which animals have been out and about this season. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068. youtH Media laB: Aspiring Spielbergs learn about moviemaking with local television experts.
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Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 388-4097.
consortiuM ardesa: Clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, pianist Ellen Hwangbo and horn player Ann Ellsworth perform various works by SUNY composers. Preconcert talk, 6:30 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-565-0145. dark Green Folk WitH JosH scHlossBerG: The singer-songwriter’s life in the forested foothills of the Green Mountains informs originals, covers and traditional tunes. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 496-8994 . ‘rocket sHoP’ live: Aaron Flinn, Kat Wright and Brett Hughes perform at this monthly concert series hosted by MC Matt Gadouas. Proceeds benefit Big Heavy World. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, free musicians’ panel discussion at 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 865-1140. sonG circle: coMMunity sinG-alonG WitH ricH & laura atkinson: This experienced pair of musical leaders provides instrumental accompaniment to participants’ voices. No experience necessary. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. tHe Black arM Band: In their U.S. premiere, Australia’s finest Aboriginal musicians present dirtsong, a multimedia performance in native languages that portrays the emotions of “place.” Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422.
FaMily Fun Week: In addition to 105K of skiing terrain, kids and their caregivers snowshoe, ice skate and sit by outdoor fires, or stay warm inside with crafts and games. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 586-7767. sleiGH ride Week: If a blanket of snow remains, horses pull folks across farm fields. In observance of Presidents’ Day, the film A Place in the Land screens on the hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355.
BeGinner coMPuter class: Those looking to become tech savvy hone basic internet skills. Milton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644. internet tools For artists: BCA Center’s communication and art directors, Eric Ford and David Barron, discuss effective ways to create websites and attract online customers. BCA Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $13-15. Info, 877-324-6386. ProJect ManaGeMent institute: cHaMPlain valley cHaPter MeetinG: GE Healthcare engineering manager Sebastien Spicer outlines ways to avoid safety recalls in a legacy software medical device. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 5:308:15 p.m. $25-35 includes dinner. Info, 735-5359. sPend sMart series: This practical introduction to money management focuses on personalized financial goals. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 8601417, ext. 114 .
Green Mountain taBle tennis cluB: Ping-pong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, 7-10 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913. niGHt riders: Skiers and riders compete in the illuminated terrain parks for prizes. Bolton Valley Resort, 4:30-8 p.m. $18 includes lift ticket; $12 for season-pass holders. Info, 877-926-5866. traPP nordic cuP 2012-13: Race against the clock in this weekly nordic 5K skate and/or timed trial at the home of the first cross-country ski center in the U.S. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8 plus trail pass; see trappfamily.com for specific prices. Info, 253-5719.
BarBara Jordan & don kelleran: The active athletes, both in their 70s and members of the Vermont Senior Games Association, discuss health and well-being in “Fit After 50.” Richmond Free Library, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 434-6600. catHerine caBeen: In the lecture-demonstration “Hair Trigger: Femininity, Objectification and Violence,” the Middlebury College assistant professor of dance presents her collaborative piece Fire! Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168 . sandy reider, deBoraH kaHn & JenniFer stella: In “Forced Vaccination: Who Is Calling the Shots?” the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice members explain legislative and agency involvement in this controversial subject. A Q&A follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 626-6007. sHiFali Misra: The St. Michael’s College politicalscience professor presents “The European Crisis and Europe’s Democratic Deficit.” Room 315, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. steve & terri titcoMB: The well-traveled couple presents a narrated slide show of their 14-day trek around Mont Blanc via France, Italy and Switzerland. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 207-249-6138.
‘HaMlet’: Joanne Farrell directs Champlain Theatre’s take on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy about a vengeful prince’s plot against his uncle. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-20; free for Champlain students with valid ID. Info, 865-5468. ‘tHe iMPortance oF BeinG earnest’: Northern Stage produces Oscar Wilde’s comedy about a man’s double life within the constraints of Victorian society. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $10-60. Info, 296-7000. ‘tHe secret liFe oF Bees’: As part of its “Literature to Life” program, the American Place Theatre presents a verbatim adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s bestseller about a young girl’s adventures during the Civil Rights era. Discussions precede and follow the show. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476 .
Book discussion: The Johnson State College Women’s Center hosts a conversation about The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family, by former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin. Dewey Community Center, Johnson State College, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 635-1259. Book discussion series: lincoln: Bicentennial oF His BirtH: John Turner elicits opinions about Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. BurlinGton Writers WorksHoP MeetinG: Members read and respond to the poetry and prose of fellow wordsmiths. Participants must join the group to have their work reviewed. Halflounge, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104.
luncH & learn series: coMPostinG 101: Mike Ather of Backyard Wilderness.com explains the process of creating biologically active soil. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.
verMont venture netWork MeetinG: Peter Asch, CEO of Winooski’s Twincraft Soap, discusses the company’s evolution, including its
Tom murphy: In “Laugh ‘Til You Die,” the internationally renowned performer takes clowning around quite literally with his unique brand of slapstick humor. See calendar spotlight. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $10-20; for ages 6 and up. Info, 229-0492 .
CIrC AlTernATIves TAsk ForCe meeTIng: Affected residents discuss new plans and projects to compensate for incomplete areas of the Circumferential Highway. Town Hall, Williston, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1794. vermonT hIsTorICAl soCIeTy mIxer: Folks celebrate 175 years of the Green Mountain State’s past while networking with area professionals in a lighthearted atmosphere. Vermont Heritage Galleries, Barre, 5-7 p.m. $10; preregister at centralvt.com. Info, 229-5711.
Be A hIsTory helper!: The Vermont History Museum hosts an informational session for like-minded community members interested in becoming volunteer tour guides. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 828-1413. TAx-prepArATIon help: See WED.20, 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
2013 ACAdemy AwArd-nomInATed shorTs sCreenIngs: See WED.20, 7:30 p.m. ‘A royAl AFFAIr’: In Nikolaj Arcel’s Oscarnominated historical drama, a young queen’s difficult marriage to a mentally ill king leads her to fall in love with her physician. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018 . ‘A sense oF wonder’: Kaiulanee Lee’s biographical film portrays groundbreaking environmentalist Rachel Carson during the last year of her life. Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 295-5804.
‘hyde pArk on hudson’: See WED.20, 7:30 p.m. ‘sAvIng lInColn’: See WED.20, 5:30 p.m. sTowe mounTAIn FIlm FesTIvAl: See WED.20, 7 p.m.
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FrAnklIn sTory hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. lego Fun: Budding builders in grades K and up create unique structures with brightly colored pieces. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. lIghTs, CAmerA, ACTIon!: See WED.20, 9 a.m.-noon. monTgomery InFAnT/Toddler plAygroup: Infants to 2-year-olds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 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; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. owls & TheIr CAlls: See WED.20, 11 a.m. rApTors up Close: See WED.20, 2 p.m.
goIng solAr wIThouT goIng Broke: SunCommon’s Jessica Edgerly Walsh discusses financing options, as well as state and federal incentives, for harnessing the sun’s energy. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org. green mounTAIn gloBAl Forum: gInny mCgInn: The Mad River Valley’s Center for Whole Communities director explores how creating largeand small-scale change produces lasting effects. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-2111. holly knox: The recreation and trail coordinator shares the many possibilities for outdoor adventure at Vermont’s Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-44369.
lunCh & leArn: Tom Messner, chief meteorologist at WPTZ’s “NewsChannel 5,” recounts 22 years of wind-chill factors, blue skies and everything in between. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Donations. Info, 863-4214. mArk TerCek: The Nature Conservancy CEO and Middlebury College 2013 environmentalist-in-residence details how financial investment in the natural world benefits business and society. Room 216, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5710.
poTluCk dInner JAm: Mary Collins teaches the basic principles of a song swap before a shared meal CO UR TE and musical exploration of SY OF the technique. Summit School, MID DLE B URY COLLEGE Montpelier, 6:15-8:15 p.m. $20 plus dish to share; preregister. Info, 917-1186.
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CreATIng A FInAnCIAl FuTure serIes: Participants outline a long-term savings plan and explore investing while learning about money management. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 8601417, ext. 114 . geneAlogy workshop: Ed McGuire introduces participants to the process of researching their ancestral roots. Fairfax Community Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. peACe Is possIBle workshop: nonvIolenT ACTIon: In multimedia and interactive sessions, John Reuwer presents this technique as a powerful tool for dealing with an increasingly violent world. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.
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Ivor hughes: Historic photographs illustrate the avid hiker’s discussion of Klondike gold-rush stampeders’ route along the Yukon Territory’s famed Chilkoot trail. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 877-2211.
heArTBeAT: This ensemble of young adults with a profound creative vision launches its U.S. tour with multicultural selections that reflect a commitment to nonviolence. See calendar spotlight. Livak Room, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 401-529-7505 .
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‘AlICe In wonderlAnd’: The Lake Champlain Waldorf School class of 2013 presents Lewis Carroll’s tale of a young girl’s madcap adventures in an underground world. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 425-6195.
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‘hAmleT’: See WED.20, 7:30 p.m. JApAnese roBoT AndroId humAn TheATer: Mechanical actors star opposite their living, breathing counterparts in the groundbreaking works Sayonara and I, Worker from playwright Oriza Hirata and roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro. See calendar spotlight. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966. ‘The heIdI ChronICles’: The UVM Department of Theatre presents Wendy Wasserstein’s PulitzerPrize winning comedic drama about art historian Heidi Holland’s personal and professional challenges. Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $7-18. Info, 656-2094. ‘The ImporTAnCe oF BeIng eArnesT’: See WED.20, 7:30 p.m. THU.21
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AlBurgh plAygroup: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Alburgh Family Center of NCSS, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
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norTheAsT FAmIly InsTITuTe oF vermonT lunCheon: Attendees learn about the nonprofit’s programs and services for children and adolescents with mental-health issues. Texas Roadhouse, Williston, noon-3 p.m. $15 includes food and drink; see nfivermont.org for details. Info, 658-3924.
Tele ThursdAys: Eastern Mountain Sports hosts weekly free-heel skiing under the lights for all skill levels. Lessons start at 6 p.m. Bolton Valley Resort, 5:30-8 p.m. $40 includes lesson and equipment; lift ticket required; preregister at emsexploration. com. Info, 864-0473.
uvm Body In FIlm serIes: ‘seConds’: Rock Hudson stars in John Frankenheimer’s 1966 sci-fi thriller about a man who fakes his death with the help of a unique company, then returns to society as a different person. Billings Lecture Hall, UVM, Burlington, discussion, 6 p.m.; film, 6:45 p.m. $4-10. Info, 656-4455.
sITTIng QIgong workshop: Diedre Seeley introduces participants to a modified version of this ancient healing art with gentle exercises that improve balance, range of motion and more. RehabGYM, Colchester, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-0111.
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‘The Liar’ : Jamie Horton directs the Dartmouth Department of Theater’s production of David Ives’ adaptation of a 17th-century comedy, concerning a privileged young man learning the ways of world in Paris. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-19. Info, 603-646-2422.
Book Discussion series: unDers Tan Ding Pos T-coLonia L africa : Community members share ideas about Jonny Steinberg’s Sizwe’s Test: A Young Man’s Journey Through Africa’s AIDS Epidemic. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-2616.
r ichmon D f armers marke T memBershi P meeTing : Locals vote on logistical details and share ideas about how to best improve the agricultural gathering. Community Room, Richmond Free Library, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7514.
BaLLroom Lesson & Dance socia L: Singles and couples of all experience levels take a twirl. Lesson 7-8 p.m.; open dancing 8-10 p.m. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, 7-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. maD r oBin con Tra Dance : Folks in clean, softsoled shoes move and groove to music by the Irregulars in traditional New England social dances. All dances are taught. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $5-10. Info, 503-1251. Queen ciTy Tango miLonga : No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Introductory session from 7-7:45 p.m. North End Studios, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.
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Pacem schoo L showcase of The ar Ts: This annual event features performances from students in the Shakespeare workshop, as well as live music and local artwork. Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free; ages 10 to 18 preregister to submit art . Info, 223-1010.
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crea Te a Vision Boar D: Life-empowerment coach Marianne Mullen demonstrates how visual representations of goals can manifest positive change. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $7-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
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‘r us T an D Bone’ : Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard stars opposite Matthias Schoenaerts in Jacques Audiard’s drama about the relationship that develops between a single father and a beautiful woman after she loses her legs in an accident. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600. sTowe moun Tain f iLm f esTiVaL: See WED.20, 7 p.m.
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aLL-you- can- eaT f ish f ry : Locals fill up on fried or baked haddock, French fries, coleslaw and dessert. St. Ambrose Parish, Bristol, 5-7 p.m. $5-12; $35 for family of five. Info, 453-2488. BLue sTar moThers mexican nigh T: Plates of nachos with all the fixings fuel diners for dancing to the live entertainment that follows. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5-7 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 878-0700. communi Ty Dinner : Folks share camaraderie and conversation over homemade soups, corn bread and dessert. United Church of Hinesburg, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 482-3352.
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aVoi D f aLLs w iTh imPro VeD sTaBiLiTy: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477.
“It’s about celebrating nerdiness,” says Doug Dickey, planning committee cochair and assistant dean of UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. The VERMONT FIRST TECH CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT pits teams of 7th to 12th graders against each other in “Ring It Up,” a robotics competition rife with difficult challenges and everchanging alliances. The high-tech tourney is designed to encourage youthful participants — and onlookers — to pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering and math.
enos Burg f aLLs sTory h our : Young ones show up for fables and finger crafts. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. f airfax communi Ty PLaygrou P: 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. isLe La moTTe PLaygrou P: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Ligh Ts, camera, acTion! : See WED.20, 9 a.m.-noon. magic: The gaThering : Decks of cards determine the arsenal with which participants, or “planeswalkers,” fight others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free; for grades 6 and up.
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miDDLe schoo L PLanners & h eLPers : Lit lovers in grades 6 to 8 plan cool projects for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
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‘Jus T 45 minu Tes To Broa Dway’ : Henry Jaglom directs this comedic drama about an actress who returns to her parents’ country home for Passover and finds herself in the midst of family turmoil. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600 .
LenTen f ish Dinner : Neighbors gather for a shared meal of seafood, soup, salad and dessert. Children’s menu available. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Montpelier, 5-6:30 p.m. $6-10; free for ages 3 and under. Info, 793-4276.
programmer of Asia’s largest cinematic celebration, presents a curated selection of new acting talent and first-time directors. Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 603-646-2422.
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mon Tgomery Tum BLe Time: Physical fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. ow Ls & Their caLLs: See WED.20, 11 a.m. r aPTors uP cLose : See WED.20, 2 p.m. songs & sTories w iTh maTThew : Musician Matthew Witten helps kids start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. swan Ton P Laygrou P: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. ToDDLer yoga & sTories : Little ones up to age 5 stretch their bodies and imaginations with Karen
Allen. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
corey h arris : The singer and guitarist informs his version of the blues with the street music of New Orleans, West African culture and reggae. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-5966 . Down Town Jam session : Acoustic instruments take center stage at this musical gathering open to all playing styles. Recycled Reading of Vermont, Bristol, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 453-5982. inDigo gir Ls: Soulful harmonies and insightful lyrics from the Grammy Award-winnning folk duo are accompanied by the Shadowboxers, who also open the show. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $38.50. Info, 863-5966 . John Da Ly: Back by popular demand, this singer-songwriter plays acoustic originals. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. r ock- iT science concer T: Young musicians perform the culmination of a week’s worth of practicing with the Grift’s Clint Bierman and his rocker friends. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222. session americana w iTh PaT h uLL: The folk singer-songwriter’s compelling vocals warm up the stage for the Boston-based band, who bring an experimental edge to roots rock. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 454-8311. The swing Pee Pers : Vocal harmonies and interactive songs come to life as this inventive duo embraces improvisation and audience participation. Richmond Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Donations; cash bar. Info, 434-3654 . The Ta Lich Quar TeT: Widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest chamber ensembles, the foursome embodies Czech musical tradition with selections from Beethoven, Janáček and Dvořák. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $32-35. Info, 728-6464. w or LD music Percussion ensem BLe: Hafiz Shabazz directs Dartmouth College students in “Carnival Time — Hot, Hot, Hot!” sharing the stage with the noted Haitian musicians of Lakou Mizik. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-30. Info, 603-646-2422.
f amiLy f un w eek: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. f uLL moon snowshoe h ike : Explore the hills of Montpelier by lunar light and learn about local wildlife along the way. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 229-6206. sLeigh r iDe w eek: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
f ri Day nigh T ski & Dine : Kids and adults work up an appetite on illuminated slopes. Lessons available for beginners. Cochran’s Ski Area, Richmond, 5-8 p.m. $5-10; $25 lesson. Info, 434-2479.
off The w aLL: informa L Discussions aBou T ar T: Professor of art history Cynthia Packert facilitates a conversation about the recently acquired “Monkey Business,” an 18th-century Indian painting. A light lunch follows. Middlebury College Museum of Art, 12:15 p.m. Free to college students with valid ID; community donations accepted. Info, 443-3168. PaTricia a. Pre Lock : The dean of UVM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences presents “Understanding Autism and the Role of Parent Training in Intervention.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.
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‘Hamlet’: See WED.20, 7:30 p.m. Japanese Robot andRoid Human tHeateR: See THU.21, 8 p.m. ‘tHe Complete WoRld of spoRts (abRidged)’: Pendragon Theatre presents three local actors in this acclaimed physical comedy that pokes (affectionate) fun at the spirited banter between sports fans. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $14-16. Info, 518-523-2512. ‘tHe Heidi CHRoniCles’: See THU.21, 7:30 p.m. ‘tHe impoRtanCe of being eaRnest’: See WED.20, 7:30 p.m.
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CentRal VeRmont Humane soCiety adoption CenteR’s 3Rd biRtHday basH: Animal lovers bring gifts for potential adoptees and celebrate three years of finding pets forever homes with cake, face painting and raffles. Central Vermont Humane Society, East Montpelier, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 476-3811.
Ham-Con: tHe VeRmont Radio & teCHnology sHoW: Electronic enthusiasts peruse modern and vintage equipment and attend discussion forums at this high-frequency gathering. Holiday Inn, South Burlington, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $8; see ranv.org for details and schedule. Info, 879-6589.
dsantosVt salsa danCe paRty: Energetic Latin rhythms from Afinque, a 10-piece salsa dura band led by vocalCO UR TE ist Miriam Bernardo, get feet SY OF moving and hips shaking. North N EW H ALL FARM End Studios, Burlington, Free lessons, 8-9 p.m.; music, 9 p.m.-midnight. $10-15. Info, 227-2572.
‘fiRst’ teCH CHallenge: VeRmont CHampionsHip: Mechanically inclined high school students participate in a statewide robotics competition and vie for a chance to snag the world title in April. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4284.
best in sHoW: busan inteRnational film festiVal sCReenings: See FRI.22, 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m. blaCk HistoRy montH film sCReenings: Andy MacDougall revisits the past with 16mm footage, including “The Weapons of Gordon Parks,” which originally aired on CBS following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-7545. ‘Just 45 minutes to bRoadWay’: See FRI.22, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘Rust and bone’: See FRI.22, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. stoWe mountain film festiVal: See WED.20, 7 p.m. WoodstoCk film seRies: Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson spent 13 months capturing high-resolution footage from 24 countries for Baraka, a visually stunning exploration of mankind and nature. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $5-11. Info, 457-2355.
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noRWiCH WinteR faRmeRs maRket: Farmers offer produce, meats and maple syrup, which complement homemade baked goods and handcrafted items. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447. Rutland WinteR faRmeRs maRket: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at this indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 779-1485. VeRmont iCe-Wine festiVal: Curious about cryoconcentration? Sample the results of this unique process that uses frozen grapes and apples to produce worldclass libations. Jay Peak Resort, noon-5 p.m. $3035 includes tastings, hors d’oeuvres and souvenir glass. Info, 928-3377.
CaRVe a baRRed oWl: David Tuttle of Green Mountain Woodcarvers guides whittlers through the process of creating a miniature version of this large-eyed, nocturnal bird. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-35; preregister. Info, 434-2167.
South Burlington, advanced dance with teaching tips, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; advanced dance, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; class and mainstream dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. $5-13. Info, 862-2928.
englisH-sCottisH danCe paRty: Tap into the shared roots of these two traditions with live music by the Turning Stile and instruction from Val Medve and Martha Kent. No partner necessary, but clean, soft-soled shoes are required. A potluck dinner follows. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 2-5 p.m. $10; bring a dish to share. Info, 879-7618.
noRWiCH ContRa danCe: Folks in clean-soled shoes move to tunes by Cuckoo’s Nest and calling by Ruth Sylvester. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 785-4607. snoWflake squaRe danCe: The Green Mountain Steppers welcome Montréal’s Don Moger, who calls a series of dances. Faith United Methodist Church, 4t-umall022013.indd 1
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Waitsfield indooR faRmeRs maRket: Farm-fresh edibles and locally made provender go hand in hand with music and community cheer. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 496-8994.
CHamp Week: Does the famed lake monster really exist? Kids and their caregivers investigate this local legend with interactive programs and activities. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $9.50-$12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. meet CoRduRoy: Little ones get acquainted with the beloved character from Don Freeman’s popular children’s book series Corduroy, in addition to themed activities and story times. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. musiC WitH RapHael: See THU.21, 11 a.m.
liSt Your EVENt for frEE At SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTEVENT Open TOT Gym & InfanT/parenT playTIme: Tykes work up an appetite for snacks with feats of athleticism. Gymnasium, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Owl fesTIval: Visitors learn how this elusive bird of prey flies silently at night through hands-on activities and games. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 1-4 p.m. Regular admission, $911; free for kids ages 3 and under. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223. Owls & TheIr Calls: See WED.20, 11 a.m. rapTOrs Up ClOse: See WED.20, 2 p.m. saTUrday sTOry TIme: Youngsters and their caregivers gather for entertaining tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. UnderwaTer ImaGes In waTerCOlOr wOrkshOp: Karen Abbruscato teaches budding Picassos ages 4 to 12 how to use light and color to create themed artwork. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 9:30 a.m.-noon. $25; preregister; ages 5 and under must be accompanied by teen or adult. Info, 253-8358.
Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 238-5934. helena nICOlay: Concurrent with mid-February’s baby squirrel season, the NorthStream Wildlife Rehabilitation director details small-mammal rescue and rehab. The Writers’ Barn, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 985-3091. InTO TO exCel: Participants learn how to create an electronic spreadsheet with Ted Horton. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation. Info, 865-7217. InTrOdUCTIOn TO dIGITal vIdeO edITInG: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692.
bOlTOn afTer dark: After the sun goes down, skiers and snowboarders explore Vermont’s most extensive night-skiing terrain and watch movies from Meathead Films. Bolton Valley Resort, 4-8 p.m. $19 lift tickets; $2 refreshments. Info, 434-6804.
arThUr ZOrn: More than a dozen local performers join the singer in “Duets” to raise funds for Bethany Church’s sister parish in El Salvador. Dinner, 6 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations; $5-10 for dinner. Info, 229-0415.
maple OnIOn 15k freesTyle raCe: Crosscountry skiers make their way through challenging but scenic terrain in maple forests and open meadows. Proceeds benefit Onion River Nordic juniorski programs. Morse Farm Ski Touring Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-20. Info, 229-9409.
CabIn fever COnCerT serIes: peTe sUTherland & JOsh brOOks: Vermont’s famous fiddler pairs up with the singer-songwriter for an evening of spirited original music. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room, Bristol, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 453-3188, ext. 2.
plaTTsbUrGh rOller derby: blOOdy valenTIne bOUT: New York’s fiercest females face off when Cortland’s Roller Pains travel upstate to take on the North Country Lumber Jills. Plattsburgh City Recreation Center, N.Y., 6-9 p.m. $5-12, free for ages 4 and under. Info, 518-420-7687.
hIGhfalUTIn hOOTenanney: The Hokum Brothers join BandAnna to provide live tunes at this dance-party benefit for the Schlein family, who lost their New Haven home in a recent fire. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7 p.m. Donations; cash bar. Info, 989-5132.
ÜberwInTern: faT-TIred snOwbIke GrOUp rIde: The DeliBakery at Trapp Family Lodge provides treats, bratworst and brews, which fuel winter riders as they spin their wheels on worldclass cross-country ski trails. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 trail pass. Info, 253-8511, firstname.lastname@example.org.
sUsIe smOlen: In “Made in America: Voices of Labor in Story and Song,” the Rochester singer performs music reflective of the working-class experience from 1897 to 1983. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation; cash bar. Info, 728-6464.
bIrd-mOnITOrInG walk: Experienced avian seekers lead participants on a morning stroll to locate various species in their natural habitats. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8-9:30 a.m. Free; for adults and older children. Info, 434-2167.
famIly fUn week: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
sleIGh rIde week: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. sleIGh rIdes: Weather permitting, jingling horses trot visitors over the snow on a wintry tour of rolling acres. Rides leave every half hour; seats are first come, first served. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6-8; free for kids under 3. Info, 985-8442.
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‘hamleT’: See WED.20, 7:30 p.m. ‘The COmpleTe wOrld Of spOrTs (abrIdGed)’: See FRI.22, 7:30 p.m. ‘The heIdI ChrOnICles’: See THU.21, 7:30 p.m. ‘The ImpOrTanCe Of beInG earnesT’: See WED.20, 7:30 p.m. ‘The lIar’: See THU.21, 8 p.m. The meT: lIve In hd serIes: lake plaCId: Željko Lucic stars as the title character opposite Diana Damrau as Gilda in a broadcast production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $10-24. Info, 518-523-2512. The meT: lIve In hd serIes: sT. JOhnsbUry: See above listing. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $10-23. Info, 748-2600.
‘anGel Therapy handbOOk’ dIsCUssIOn GrOUp: Cornelia Ward outlines spiritual healing and psychic reading skills, as presented in Doreen Virtue’s book. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 660-8060. CabIn fever spellInG bee & sIlenT aUCTIOn: Vermont poet-laureate Sydney Lea hosts 21 local writers in a friendly competition to see who is the most words-worthy at this benefit for the library. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 223-3338.
Owl prOwl: shelbUrne: Participants take a walk through the habitat of these nocturnal predators, then meet them in person through an Outreach for Earth Stewardship educator. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. $5-10; preregister; for ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult. Info, 9858686, email@example.com.
bOlTOn baCkCOUnTry TOUr: The Friends of Bolton Nordic and Backcountry group introduces appropriate terrain to intermediate and advanced cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Bolton Valley Nordic Center, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 262-1241.
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Party host the “gay Super Bowl,” a screening of the Academy Awards featuring movie-themed costumes, hors d’oeuvres, games and prizes. Red Square, Burlington, 7-11:30 p.m. $15-20; $35 per couple includes $10 benefit ballot; for ages 21 and up; cash bar. Info, 865-9677.
MoNtpelier ANtiqUeS MArket: Lovers of all things yesteryear peruse offerings of furniture, art, toys, books, photos and ephemera from the New England area. Elks Club, Montpelier, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $2-5. Info, 751-6138.
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eNgliSh CoUNtry DANCe: Chris Levey calls steps while Trip to Norwich provide live music for an evening of creative expression. All dances are taught. No partner needed, but clean, soft-soled shoes are required. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 3-6 p.m. $3-8; bring a snack to share. Info, 785-4121. SACreD CirCle DANCiNg: Melly Bock leads participants through ancient and modern choreographed movements set to international music. No experience or partner required. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 978-424-7968. SqUAre DANCe: Friendship and fitness go hand in hand when folks swing their partners ’round to calling by Will Mentor and live music from Pete Sutherland and Jim Burns. Clean, soft-soled shoes required. An optional potluck dinner follows. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 3-6 p.m. $8; bring a dish to share. Info, 225-8921.
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BeSt iN Show: BUSAN iNterNAtioNAl filM feStivAl SCreeNiNgS: See FRI.22, 2 p.m. ‘JUSt 45 MiNUteS to BroADwAy’: See FRI.22, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. ‘rUSt AND BoNe’: See FRI.22, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. ‘the iNtoUChABleS’: Based on a true story, Olivier Nakache’s film explores commonalities across social classes when a wealthy quadriplegic befriends the young man he hires as his caretaker. French with English subtitles. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 1 p.m. $10-24. Info, 443-3168.
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MArDi grAS gUMBo Cook-off: Locals rev up their taste buds with Cajun cuisine at this fundraiser for the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department’s upcoming 100-year community celebration. Village Cup, Jericho, 4 p.m. $10. Info, 324-4363. SUNDAy BreAkfASt: Rise and shine! Bacon, scrambled eggs, corned-beef hash, sausage and biscuits await. Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5. Info, 518-643-2309.
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ChAMp week: See SAT.23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. kiDS & teeNS CookiNg ClASS: BrUNCh: Budding chefs learn to scramble an egg or two and make pancakes, muffins and applesauce from scratch. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-10; preregister at citymarket.coop. Info, 861-9700. reD roCkS wilDlife wAlk: Animal detectives of all ages search for tracks and play nature-based games while exploring the park. Meet at the entry gate. Red Rocks Park, South Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 825-8280 .
riCk CeBAlloS & MAtt witteN: Banjos, squeezboxes and rhythm instruments help this pair of explorative musicians perform a varied repertoire of folk, blues and original compositions. New City Galerie, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $5. Info, 735-2542.
CArDBoArD-Box rACe: Contestants test their luck on homemade “sleds” decorated according to this year’s “Surf’s Up” theme. Registration at 11 a.m.; race at noon. Northeast Slopes, East Corinth, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 439-5789. Sleigh riDe week: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sleigh riDeS: See SAT.23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
ADUlt piCkUp DoDgeBAll: Participants heave rubber-coated foam balls at opposing team members during weekly games. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5; for ages 15 and up; players under age 18 need parental permission. Info, 578-6081.
DowNhill for DiABeteS: Skiers and snowboarders take to the slopes in teams or as individuals at this fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Pico Mountain, Killington, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations; preregister at donationsfordiabetes.org. Info, 325-3257.
freNCh CoNverSAtioN groUp: DiMANCheS: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.
AN eveNiNg with JUDy ColliNS: Having delighted audiences for more than 50 years, the songstress continues to bring interpretative folk music — and her iconic baby blues — to the stage. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 6 p.m. $42.50-48.50. Info, 775-0903. DArtMoUth College wiND eNSeMBle: Matthew M. Marsit conducts the world premiere of Christopher Marshall’s Glimpses of Love, in addition to works by Copland, Stravinksy and others. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 2 p.m. $10-20. Info, 603-646-2422.
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Women’s PickuP soccer: Quick-footed ladies of varying skill levels break a sweat while stringing together passes and making runs for the goal. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; for women ages 18 and up. Info, 864-0123.
south hero PlaygrouP: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
edWards & Janet smith: Drawing on 40 years of experience, the couple discuss how transcendental meditation can prevent illness and promote ideal health. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 923-6782 . ‘the abolitionists’: Excerpts from the PBS historical drama spark conversation about key figures in the antislavery movement and how it manifested in Vermont. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3406. Vince Feeney: The local author and historian presents “Freemasons, Unitarians and the Founding of UVM.” A Q&A follows. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7121.
‘the heidi chronicles’: See THU.21, 2 p.m. ‘the imPortance oF being earnest’: See WED.20, 5 p.m. ‘the liar’: See THU.21, 3 p.m. the met: liVe in hd series: middlebury: See Sat.23, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 12:55 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222 .
international book club: Fair-trade enthusiasts discuss the cultural obstacles faced by artisans as depicted in Richard Lloyd Parry’s In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos. Ten Thousand Villages, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-3349.
‘star Wars’ club: moVie session: Fans of George Lucas’ cinematic opus join Aaron Masi in a screening of The Clone Wars. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. stories With megan: Preschoolers expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. story Walk: Kids and their caregivers take a stroll around the library grounds and read A Hat for Minerva along the way. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686.
recorder-Playing grouP: Musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
chamP Week: See SAT.23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
JoyFul noise laughter club: Robin Cornell and Charlotte Gilruth lead playful exercises for ages 8 and up that focus on moving, breathing and getting the giggles going. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3427 or 223-1607.
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adult dodgeball: Grown-ups hit the court in weekly games and take aim with brightly colored foam balls. Orchard School, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $5. Info, 598-8539.
artemy troitsky: In “Enemies of the State,” the outspoken Russian journalist considers the country’s growing protest movement, as related to the arrest and imprisonment of members of the band Pussy Riot. Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury College, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5324. Jeremy riFkin: The bestselling author and Foundation on Economic Trends president considers the impact of recent scientific and technological changes. Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2633.
biograPhy as history series: 19th-century russian noVelists: UVM professor Denise Youngblood discusses the works of Ivan Turgenev, which are regarded as major influences of their time. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. book club: Bibliophiles chat about Erik Larson’s The Garden of Beasts. Jacquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. book sale: Bookworms looking to stock their shelves with new material peruse a large selection of affordable titles. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
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duct-taPe extraVaganza: Inventive youngsters ages 9 to 12 craft purses and wallets from this sticky stuff with a million purposes. Milton Public Library, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.
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internet essentials WorkshoP: Ted Horton teaches participants how to navigate the worldwide web via different search engines. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.
‘raising Victor Vargas’: In Peter Sollett’s filmfestival favorite, Victor Rasuk portrays a teenager from Manhattan’s Lower East Side dealing with the challenges and triumphs of growing up. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
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‘rust and bone’: See FRI.22, 7:30 p.m.
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SaS Carey: The local author reads from her book, Reindeer Herders in My Heart: Stories of Healing Journeys to Mongolia, and presents slides and videos of the country. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
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‘a Late QUartet’: Yaron Zilberman’s drama about world-renowned chamber musicians affected by a member’s life-changing diagnosis stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600. CommUnity Cinema fiLm SerieS: ‘the powerbroker’: See THU.21, a discussion follows. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966. ‘JUSt 45 minUteS to broadway’: See FRI.22, 5:30 p.m. ‘Life in windSor CoUnty’: More than 250 historic photographs provide visual context for the narrative thread of this documentary as told by local residents. Woodstock Historical Society, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 457-1822.
Community Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. growing money throUgh goaLS: Lisa Helme of the Vermont State Treasurer’s office teaches good listeners in grades 1 to 5 financial lessons using Frances Kennedy’s book The Pickle Patch Bathtub. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-2:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. mUSiC with robert: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. riChford pLaygroUp: Rug rats let their hair down for tales and activities. Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, Richford, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Story waLk: See MON.25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. vaCation movie: ‘toy Story 3’: As Andy prepares to leave for college, a mix-up sends Woody, Buzz and the gang to a daycare center, where they meet 14 new toys. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11:40 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
frenCh ConverSation groUp: Beginner-tointermediate French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Halvorson’s Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. paUSe-Café frenCh ConverSation: Francophiles of all levels speak the country’s language at a drop-in conversation. Mr. Crêpe, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.
new SoUndS from the arab LandS: Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh leads a dynamic group of musicians from Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia, who combine their cultural tonality in classical and jazz selections. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-33. Info, 603-646-2422 .
aLiSon beChdeL: The acclaimed graphic novelist discusses her latest memoir, Are You My Mother?, as well as her creative process and redefinition of gender roles. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.
‘rUSt and bone’: See FRI.22, 7:30 p.m.
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five Common barrierS to heaLing: Alicia Feltus discusses nutrition-response testing and its detection of chemical and metal toxicity, immune balances, food sensitivities and scar tissue that conCO tribute to illness. Hunger UR TE Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, SY OF EL E 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregisNA S EIBERT ter. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. LaUghter yoga: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 355-5129. Living heaLthy with ChroniC ConditionS: Participants learn various self-management skills to better deal with issues such as diabetes, arthritis and asthma. Altona Town Hall, N.Y., 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-656-4620.
Champ week: See SAT.23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Creative tUeSdayS: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. ‘fanCy nanCy’ tea party: Fans of the popular children’s-book character dress in their best and celebrate with dancing and refreshments. Fairfax
eLLen eCker ogden: The author of The Complete Kitchen Garden presents a narrated slide show on the art of growing food. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 847-2278. roSe diamond: The singer and certified McClosky vocal technician discusses how the subconscious interacts with voice mechanics. A Q&A follows. Pathways to Well Being, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 989-2328.
middLebUry aCtorS workShop aUditionS: The semiprofessional ensemble holds tryouts for future performances of God of Carnage and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 6-9 p.m. Free; preregister at email@example.com. Info, 233-5255.
book SaLe: See MON.25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cady/potter writerS CirCLe: Literary enthusiasts improve their craft through “homework” assignments, journaling exercises, reading, sharing and occasional book discussions. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 349-6970.
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liSt Your EVENt for frEE At SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTEVENT Phoenix Books Reading gRouP: Lit lovers gather to voice opinions about Megan Mayhew Bergman’s short-story collection Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Phoenix Books Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.
Five — led by the furry red monster with a sweet voice — come to his rescue. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $16.76-52.46. Info, 863-5966 .
stoRy Walk: See MON.25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
st. alBans PlaygRouP: See WED.20, 9-10:30 a.m. video camP: Using professional equipment, budding film buffs ages 10 to 14 learn the craft and produce short bits for viewing during a special story time. Milton Public Library, 1-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.
imPRov night: See WED.20, 8-10 p.m.
youth media laB: See WED.20, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
make stuff!: See WED.20, 6-9 p.m.
‘hilaRy and Jackie’: Anand Tucker’s biographical film depicts the struggles of renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told by her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi. A discussion with library director Richard Bidnick follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘Just 45 minutes to BRoadWay’: See FRI.22, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. ‘Rust and Bone’: See FRI.22, 1:30 p.m. viBRant voices film seRies: ‘helen caldicott & the enviRonment’: The Australian doctor and international speaker outlines how nuclear weapons and radiation affect everyday life. A discussion follows. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
aRaBic music WoRkshoP: The members of New Sounds From the Arab Lands discuss Middle Eastern music and their merging of traditional and contemporary styles. Hartman Rehearsal Hall. Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2010. sPend smaRt seRies: See WED.20, 6-8 p.m.
college night: Current students take advantage of their flexible schedules and Vermont’s ski-andsnowboard opportunities. Bolton Valley Resort, Bolton Valley, noon-8 p.m. $19 lift tickets with valid school ID. Info, 434-6804.
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meditation & discussion: See WED.20, 5:45-7 p.m. ‘80s WoRkout Wednesdays: See WED.20, 8-10 a.m.
aRt of the civil WaR: Children ages 6 to 12 participate in themed activities related to the time period, including a visit to the Freedom and Unity exhibit. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 1-4 p.m. $6-8. Info, 828-1413. BaBytime PlaygRouP: See WED.20, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
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middleBuRy actoRs WoRkshoP auditions: See TUE.26, 6-9 p.m.
BuRlington WRiteRs WoRkshoP meeting: See WED.20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
contemPlative meeting: Reading material inspires discussion about the Gnostic principle “Images: The Language of our Time.” Foot of the Hill Building, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9706.
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M ON T MU SE UM may’s WoRld music & movement: Energetic children lace up their dancing shoes dine & discuss: Led by Edward Cashman, folks for a fun class with May Poduschnick. Ilsley Public share a meal and conversation about Geraldine Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, Brooks’ Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of 388-4097. Islamic Women. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 montgomeRy PlaygRouP: Little ones exercise p.m. Free; preregister; bring a Middle Eastern dish their bodies and minds in the company of adult to share. Info, 878-6955. caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 3:30-4:30 nicole geoRges & cassie sneideR: The authors p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. of the graphic memoirs Calling Dr. Laura and Fine moving & gRooving With chRistine: See Fine Music, respectively, sign and discuss their WED.20, 11-11:30 a.m. books. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. m sesame stReet live: ‘elmo’s suPeR heRoes’: When Super Grover loses his powers, the Fabulous
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cold WinteR, WaRm BiRds: Youngsters ages 6 to 12 conduct indoor and outdoor experiments to determine why certain avian species thrive in cold-weather habitats. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1:303:30 p.m. $10-15; preregister; limited space. Info, 388-2167.
hal fosteR: Referencing the work of Richard Hamilton, the Princeton University professor and author explores the relationship of painting and photography in pop art. Room 301, Williams Hall, UVM, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2014.
‘the dining Room’: Peter Marsh directs this Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre production of A.R. Gurney’s play, which spans time periods with interrelated scenes of upper-middleclass families sitting at the same table. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903.
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night RideRs: See WED.20, 4:30-8 p.m. tRaPP noRdic cuP 2012-13: See WED.20, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m.
guided meditation: See WED.20, 5:30-7 p.m.
gReen mountain taBle tennis cluB: See WED.20, 7-10 p.m.
BuRlington go cluB: See WED.20, 7-9 p.m.
makeR sPace foR kids: Students in grades 3 and up dismantle household objects to see how they work, then create something new out of the parts. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
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Charlotte Albers Kids are curious and need places to hide, dig, and discover nature now more than ever. Take a visual tour of gardens designed to delight and engage the next generation of earth stewards, and get tips on kid-friendly plants to know and grow.
March 9 • 9:30–11:00am
Basic Concepts in Landscape Design Silvia Jope & Forrest White A step-by-step approach to planning your garden and landscape. Learn the fundamentals of design and planning, for gardeners of all skill levels.
March 1, 2 &3
2013 Vermont Flower Show - “The Road Not Taken” Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction
Sponsored, in part, by Gardener’s Supply Take a fantastic journey filled with flowers and fragrance. Walk through the woods, gardens and plants galore. You will be inspired and delighted. Tickets available at Gardener’s Supply To register, call 660-3505, or sign up in store. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Classes are $10.00 per person. See www.GardenersSupplyStore.com for program details. 4+2 Plan is for Gardener’s Club members. Seminars are held at Gardener’s in Burlington.
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art ART & POTTERY IN MIDDLEBURY: Location: Middlebury Studio School, 1 Mill St., Middlebury. Middlebury Studio School, Barbara Nelson, 247-3702, firstname.lastname@example.org, middleburystudioschool.org. Adult pottery: Wed. Night Wheel, Wed. Night Hand Building. Mon. p.m. oils, Mon. a.m. acrylics. Tue. watercolors. Wed a.m. int. oils. ˜ u. silver jewelry, color workshop, digital photography. Kids pottery: Mon. & Wed. afterschool wheel, ˜ u. hand building. Wed. Young Artist Studio, home school pottery & art, papier mache.
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VIDEO: DIGITAL FILMMAKING: Mar. 25-Apr. 29, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $225/ BCA members; $250/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Filmmaking is a cross-discipline art form involving aspects of photography, writing, composition, audio design, motion graphics and video and sound editing, and this course will touch on all disciplines. Access to a digital video camera is a plus but not required. ˜ is course is taught in partnership with Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM) in the South End of Burlington (vermontcam.org). Instructor: Bill Simmon.
LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@ﬁ rststepdance.com, FirstStepDance.com. Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. WEST COAST SWING: Feb. 13-Mar. 30, Weekly on Wed. Location: vermontwestcoastswing.net, Middlebury/ Shelburne. Karen Graham, 5581870, karencdance@comcast. net, vermontwestcoastswing. net. West Coast Swing is a freestyle form of dance. A smooth linear motion with a casual frame makes West Coast Swing unique and fun! It’s not ballroom and it’s not your grandparents’ swing. No partner required, and beginners are welcome! Music is blues, pop, rock and funky, cool tunes.
ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages w/ great instructors. Swing: 5 ° u. starting Mar. 7, 6:15-7:30 p.m.; ballroom 5 ° u.starting Mar. 7, 7:30-8:45
LEARNING THE ART OF DREAMING: Mar. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Classes will be held every other Sunday until complete. Cost: $250/ﬁ ve classes; early registration $200. Location:
Studio 108 Fitness, 1056 Mountain Rd., Stowe. Gathering of Butterﬂ ies Productions, Anthony Pauly Jr, 324-5769, email@example.com, gatheringofbutterﬂ ies.com. Dream symbolism and interpretation. Techniques to help remember dreams and to have more lucid dreams. Strategies to help those struggling with nightmares and repetitive dreams. Meditation techniques to put dreams to a positive use. Demonstration of ceremony to help facilitate sacred dreaming space. Register online by March 8 for reduced price.
drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington. Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@ gmail.com. Tuesday Taiko adult classes begin March 5 and April 30, 5:30-6:20 p.m. $72/6 weeks. Kids classes begin the same dates, 4:30-5:20 p.m. $60/6 weeks. Conga and Djembe classes start Feb. 8, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., $15/class. Montpelier Conga class starts Feb. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $60/4 weeks. Montpelier Djembe classes start Feb. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. $72/4 weeks. Call for locations.
min. from Exit 12, Hinesburg. 482-7194, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://cvuweb.cvuhs.org/ access. Home Exchange & LowCost Travel Workshop with Julia Blake. Two sections, Monday or Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. for two weeks. Start March 4 or 6. Travel affordably. Learn the ins and outs and receive the resources you need. $35; limit 15 people per night. Materials included.
ﬁ tness R.I.P.P.E.D.:Mon., 7 p.m.; Wed., 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. Cost: $10/1hr. class. Location: North End Studio A, 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Stephanie Shohet, 578-9243, steph. email@example.com, rippedplanet.com. ˜ is total-body, highintensity program combines Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics and Endurance in ways that are fun, safe, doable and effective. With driving, motivating music, participants jam through R.I.P.P.E.D. with smiles, determination and strength. No boredom here; for all levels, R.I.P.P.E.D. will challenge your levels of ﬁ tness and endurance!
empowerment ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 Offerings for all ages with great instructors. Senior discount. Location: CVU High School, 10
PAINTING: REALISM: Mar. 28May. 16, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $176/BCA members; $195/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Do you want your paintings to be so real they pop off the canvas? Classically trained realist painter Sheel Gardner Anand will present to artists of all levels a simple and logical approach to oil painting from life and photos. Learn the foundation to create a believable
PRINT INTRO TO PRINTMAKING: Weekly on Mon., Mar. 25-May 20, 6-8:30 p.m. No class Apr. 1. Cost: $198/BCA members; $220/nonmembers. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn a whole platter of printing techniques to create unique prints. Explore and use a variety of layering techniques and have fun experimenting. Demonstrations on mono-type, intaglio, lino-printing, and silkscreening are included. Cost includes over 25 hours per week of open studio. Printing materials provided. Instructor: George Gonzalez.
DSANTOS VT SALSA: Mon. evenings: beginner class 7-8 p.m., intermediate 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, crandalltyler@ hotmail.com, dsantosvt.com. Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance ﬂ oor! ˜ ere is no better time to start than now!
USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO PROMOTE YOUR ARTWORK: Mar. 20, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $13/BCA members; $15/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 2nd ﬂ oor, Burlington. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Etsy, Blogs and more! Social media is an easy, and often free, way to promote yourself as an artist. Join BCA’s marketing director, Eric Ford, and local business owner Torrey Valyou of New Duds Silkscreen Company for an introduction to the social media world.
DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN CS6: Mar. 26-Apr. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $184.50/BCA members; $205/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe InDesign, a program used for magazine and book layout, for designing text and for preparing digital and print publications. Students will explore a variety of software techniques and will create projects suited to their own interests. ˜ is class is suited for beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. Bring a Mac-compatible ﬂ ash drive to the ﬁ rst class. No experience necessary. Instructor: Diana Gonsalves.
PHOTO: MIXED LEVEL DARKROOM: Mar. 28-May. 16, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $247.50/BCA members; $275/ nonmembers. Location: BCA Center Community Darkroom, Burlington. Take your work to the next level in this eight-week class! 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. Cost includes a darkroom membership for the duration of the class for outside-of-class printing and processing. Prerequisite: Intro to Black and White Film and the Darkroom or equivalent experience. Instructor: Mary Zompetti.
DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Victoria, 598-1077, firstname.lastname@example.org. Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout!
Call 865-7166 for info or register online at burlingtoncityarts.org. Teacher bios are also available online.
PHOTO: DIGITAL WORKFLOW: Mar. 28-Apr. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $184.50/ BCA members; $205/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn how to manage your digital ﬁ les, edit your photographs and print. Uploading images into Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop editing tools such as color and white balance correction, layers, masks, sections, retouching will be covered, as well as color-managed printing on our large format Epson printer. No experience required.
PHOTO: INTRO B&W DARKROOM: Mar. 25-May. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $193.50/BCA members; $215/ nonmembers. Location: BCA Center Community Darkroom, Burlington. Explore the analog darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-and-white ﬁ lm, process ﬁ lm into negatives, and make prints from those negatives. Cost includes a darkroom membership for outside-of-class printing and processing and all materials. Bring a manual 35mm ﬁ lm camera to the ﬁ rst class. No experience necessary. Instructor: Rebecca Babbitt.
p.m. Cost: $65/class. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from Exit 12, Hinesburg. 482-7194, email@example.com, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access. Swing and jitterbug with Terry Bouricius. Terry makes learning swing fun. With a step-by-step approach, he gets everyone learning immediately. Pairs encouraged; singles welcome. Ballroom dance with Terry Bouricius. Learn the basics of waltz, rumba, fox trot, merengue and tango. Sign up for swing and ballroom and save $30 ($100 per person).
TAI CHI/QI GONG BODYWORK: Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, Inc., 100 Church St, Burlington. Tai Chi Institute, Inc., Robert Boyd, 363-6890, firstname.lastname@example.org, ipfamilytaichi. org. Personalized training in the Asian arts of movement and energy cultivation. Emphasis on ﬂ exibility and core strength building using active and meditative tai chi and qi gong. Master Bob Boyd, 45-year martial arts teacher with 30 years of concentration in tai chi and qi gong. ipfamilytaichi.org. 363-6890.
PHOTO: ADOBE LIGHTROOM 4: Mar. 27-May. 1, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $225/BCA members; $250/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs in this comprehensive class using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Importing images, using RAW riles, organization, ﬁ ne-tuning tone and contrast, color and white balance adjustments, and archival printing on our Epson 3880 printer will all be covered. Bring a Mac-compatible portable ﬂ ash or hard drive with your images to the ﬁ rst class. Prerequisite: Intro Film/Digital SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Instructor: Dan Lovell.
three-dimensional illusion on a two-dimensional surface. Beginners welcome.
classes Develop self-awareness, learn how to playfully experiment and hone techniques for approaching a script. All experience levels welcome. Instructor: Kathryn Blume.
RUSTIC FURNITURE MAKING: Mar. 14-Apr. 11, 9 a.m.-noon, Weekly on ˜ ursday. Cost: $150/ person, plus material fee of $50. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. 253-8358, education@ helenday.com, helenday.com. Learn basic wood working, joinery and ﬁ nish techniques to produce a unique piece of rustic log furniture that you can take home. Students will use basic hand tools, including hand saws, electric drills and sanders. ° e course will cover sustainable harvesting of logs, drying, moisture content, project design, stock selection layout, joinery, seat weaving and ﬁ nish.
CHILD’S PLAY: BUILDING GARDENS FOR KIDS: Feb. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. 660-3505. Kids are curious and need places to hide, dig, and discover nature, now more than ever. Take a visual tour of gardens designed to delight and engage the next generation of earth stewards, and get tips on kid-friendly plants to know and grow.
INTERMEDIATE HERBAL PROGRAM: May. 5-Sep. 29, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2 Sun. monthly. Cost: $1200/person; incl. all books & supplies. Location: Horsetail Herbs/Kelley Robie, 134 Manley Rd., Milton. Horsetail Herbs, Kelley Robie, 8930521, email@example.com, horsetailherbs.org. Ten days through summer, formulating, harvesting, & preparing plants for medicinal use. Will focus on supporting body systems with our formulations. Projects will
THE FOLLOWING CLASS LISTINGS ARE PAID ADVERTISEMENTS. ANNOUNCE YOUR CLASS FOR AS LITTLE AS $13.75/WEEK (INCLUDES SIX PHOTOS AND UNLIMITED DESCRIPTION ONLINE). SUBMIT YOUR CLASS AD AT SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTCLASS. FITNESS
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ADULT ACTING SERIES: SCENE STUDY: Adults and teens: ˜ u., Mar. 7-Apr. 11, 5:45-7:15 p.m. Cost: $110/6-wk. course. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. 652-4500, ﬂ ynnarts. org. Work on paired scenes from a variety of genres, examining the depth of possibility within text, story and character.
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include advanced tinctures, tonics, salves, soaps, glycerites, creams, butters, capsules, oils, ﬂ ower essences, syrups, aromatherapy, liniments, incense, chocolate and more. VSAC grant opportunities. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Winter Ecology Walk w/ George Lisi, Sun., Mar. 3, 2-3:30 p.m., call to preregister, sliding scale $0-$10. Open house, Sat., Mar. 23, 1-3 p.m. at the Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St., Montpelier. Now accepting applications for Wisdom EightMonth Certiﬁ cation Program, Apr. 20-21, May 18-19, Jun. 15-16, Jul. 13-14, Aug. 10-11, Sep. 7-8, Oct. 5-6 & Nov. 2-3. Tuition: $1750; nonrefundable deposit: $250; payment plan: $187.50/ mo. Applications for Wild Edibles spring term: Apr. 28, May 26, Jun. 23. Tuition: $300. VSAC nondegree grants avail. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, 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 ABSOLUEMENT! FRENCH/ ART CLASSES/CAMPS CHEZ WINGSPAN: Preschool FRART! starts Fri., Mar. 15. Spring session Adult Group French, Adv. Beg. & Int., starts Apr. 11. Youth Spring Break African Art/ Language Vaca Camp: Apr. 2226. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St, 3rd Fl, Burlington. wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 233-7676, firstname.lastname@example.org, wingspanpaintingstudio.com. French, art and more for preschoolers, youth and adults in a beautiful atelier! ° rough multiple learning modalities, you will cultivate conﬁ dence in a supportive, fun, beautiful space. Madame Maggie is a ﬂ uent French speaker, is an encouraging and patient instructor and has lived/worked in Paris, France, and Yaounde, Cameroon. Allons-y! LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, email@example.com, spanishwaterburycenter.com. Connect with a new world. We provide highquality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our sixth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private instruction, student tutoring, AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. LEARN FRENCH THIS SPRING!: Spring term classes meet weekly for 11 wks. from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $245/11-wk. class. Location: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region,
302-304 Dupont Bldg. (Fort Ethan Allen), 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester. Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Micheline Tremblay, 497-0420, michelineatremblay@ gmail.com, aﬂ cr.org/classes. shtml. Registration now open for the spring schedule of French classes at the Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region in Colchester. Classes offered at six levels, evenings for adults, beginning the week of March 4 for 11 weeks through May 23. Full details and easy registration on website, aﬂ cr.org/classes.shtml.
martial arts AIKIDO: Adult introductory classes begin on Tue., Mar. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. ° is Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and relieve stress. Classes for adults, teens and children. We also offer morning classes for new students. Study with Benjamin Pincus Sensei, 6th degree black belt and Vermont’s only fully certiﬁ ed Aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome. AIKIDO CLASSES: Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd ﬂ oor), Burlington. Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical ﬂ exibility and strong center within ﬂ owing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and conﬁ dence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. 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. 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa.com, vermontbjj. com. Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, ﬂ exibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory ﬁ tness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconﬁ 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.
massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5000/500-hr. program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Elements of Healing, Scott
Moylan, 288-8160, firstname.lastname@example.org, elementsofhealing.net. ° is program teaches two forms of massage, Amma and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element ° eory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. EXPLORATION OF MOVEMENT: Mar. 16-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $245 ($225 if paid by Mar. 4; call about risk-free introductory fee). Location: Touchstone Healing Arts , Burlington. Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, swaffordperson@hotmail. com, ortho-bionomy.org/SOBI/ DianneSwafford. Using ortho-bionomy, participants will learn to recognize and palpate patterns of joint and muscle movement in order to facilitate tension release and increase range of motion. ° ese techniques help relieve tension in those stuck places in our body that keep our bodies from moving well (i.e., shoulder blades or pelvis that won’t move when someone is walking).
meditation BRAVERY AND DEATH: Fri., Mar. 1: 7-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2 & 3: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $110/weekend class. Location: Burlington Shambhala Meditation Center, 187 South Winooski Ave., Burlington. Burlington Shambhala Center, Charlotte Brodie, 658-6795, email@example.com, burlington.shambhala.org. “A warrior is one who is brave.” ° is weekend retreat includes meditation practice and teachings on bravery. By contemplating the groundlessness of our lives— that they will end, and we don’t know how or when—we discover an invitation to practice awareness and discover the powerful reality of the present moment. Taught by Eric Spiegel. Acharya Eric Spiegel has worked extensively with the ill and dying and has had a decades-long career in ﬁ nance. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 22. INTRODUCTION TO ZEN: Sat., Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/half-day workshop, limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 ˜ omas Rd., Shelburne. Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746, ecross@ crosscontext.net, vermontzen. org. ° is workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info or register online. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & ˜ u., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-˜ u., 6-7 p.m. ˜ e Shambhala Cafe meets the 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon.
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yoga eVoluTion yoga: $14/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. 864-9642, evolutionvt.com. evolution Yoga offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and prenatal, community classes, and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Breast Cancer survivor and alignment classes. Certified teachers, massage and PT, too. Join our yoga community and get to know the family you choose. hoT yoga BurlingTon: Get hot—2-for-1 offer. 1-hr. classes on Mon., Tue. & Thur.: 5:30 p.m; Fri.: 5 p.m.; Sat.: 10:30 a.m. Cost: $14/1st 2 classes, multi-class cards avail. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave, Old North End, Burlington. 999-9963, hotyogaburlingtonvt.com. Hot Yoga Burlington offers creative, vinyasa-style yoga featuring practice in the Barkan Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Try something different! m
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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.,
yang-sTyle Tai Chi: Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/ class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. New 8-wk. beginners session starts Sat., Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. $125/8 classes. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Immediate right turn after railroad tracks. Follow the curve, then turn right & go through the parking lot, passing Vermont Hardware. Turn left at the end of the brick building & you will find a Tai Chi sign on your left. 434-2960. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce
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Tai Qi easy wiTh liz geran: Mar. 9, 16, 23 & 30. Cost: $60/4 90-minute classes. Location: Burlington Dances Studio, 1 Mill St, suite 372 Chace Mill Building, Burlington. Jade Mountain Wellness, Liz Geran, 399-2102, email@example.com, jademtwellness.com/classes. Join us for easy-to-learn, slow movements that relieve stress, improve balance, and promote heart health, immune health and mental focus. Tai Qi easy is appropriate for all ages and experience levels and is a simple and profound way to promote well-being. Taught by Liz Geran, acupuncturist and herbalist.
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TeapoTs and pouring Vessels w/ Jeremy ayers: Mar. 2, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $50/ person, plus $15 material fee. Location: Seminary Art Center, 201 Hollow Rd., Waterbury. 253-8790, seminaryartcenter. com. In this hands-on class for intermediate and advanced potters we will cover the mechanics of pouring vessels and explore ideas of creation for forms such as sauce boats, creamers, pitchers and the assembly of teapots. Don’t miss this opportunity to work alongside and learn from this incredible local artist and educator!
Burlington. 864-7902, iptaichi. org. The Yang snake style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill.
An Open House occurs every 3rd Fri. evening of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org. 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.
healing grief Through mindfulness & moVemenT: Feb. 26-Apr. 2, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $140/series. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, South Burlington. 658-9440. Many of us hold unresolved grief. Is there a disappointment or loss from your life that stands in the way of your happiness now? Joey Corcoran and annette Brown will offer you tools to explore your grief from a fresh perspective through practicing gentle yoga and chakra work. Pre-screening req. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracks in the Woods Visiting the sonic universe of producer Colin McCaffrey B Y GA RY M I L L ER
COURTESY OF COLIN MCCAFFREY
hink of a recording studio, and chances are you’ll envision banks of technology, an engineer in headphones and one or more musicians doing their thing behind a sheet of glass. What you probably won’t imagine is the Green Room, the cozy, post-and-beam nook in the woods of East Montpelier. There, on a morning in early February, producer Colin McCa˜ rey is coaching singer-songwriter Je˜ Hahn through some vocal tracks. The room itself feels like a kind of instrument, carved of wood and resonant. A harp stands in the corner next to a Dobro and an upright bass; an acoustic sixstring hangs on the wall above. Warm light ﬁ lters in through the windows and makes the surf aces of the instruments glow. More important is not the place, but the music that happens within it. Hahn’s voice, accompanied by a parlor-size Guild acoustic, is a certiﬁ ed wonder, a trembling ache of an instru-
ment su˜ used with human emotion. It’s McCa˜ rey’s challenge to translate that vocal beauty to digital. Relaxed and assured, he seems perf ectly suited to the task. “How do you f eel about that mic as far as your voice?” McCa˜ rey asks. “Because you got a really cool gritty thing, and this mic is deﬁ nitely capturing a lot of that. But I’m wondering about maybe a ribbon mic, to see if we can get almost a more old-fashioned sound.” There’s no pressure implied — just an honest commitment to getting it right. McCa˜ rey has an ear, and Hahn knows it. You know it, too, if you’ve heard any number of albums McCa˜ rey has produced f or Vermont musicians over the past decade — Justin Levinson, Susannah Blachly, Lizzy Mandell and the Beerworth Sisters, to name a few. And as time passes, you’ll likely hear more. McCa˜ rey’s sublime studio work has made him a go-to producer for Americana mu-
sicians across the Green Mountain State. McCa˜ rey, 44, grew up in southern Vermont, playing classical violin in his early years and rock and roll as a teen. He graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music with a degree in composition and then moved back to Vermont, where he quickly f ell in with the Americana scene, playing bass and guitar and adding his vocals to the mix. He soon became an in-demand session player f or recording projects in f olk, country, bluegrass, swing and jazz. “And as I did that, I started watching over the shoulder of the Pro Tools guy,” he explains. “And I thought,I could do that.” In 1996, he bought his ﬁ rst Mac rig and Pro Tools recording sof tware and began tracking. Once people heard what McCa˜ rey could do at the control panel, they started asking him to produce their records. Hahn is just one of many who’ve found their way to the Green Room over the last several years. The ribbon mic set up and ready, McCa˜ rey pauses to take a closer look at the tune’s lyrics. Bef ore long, he and Hahn begin to tinker, massaging a line to correct a ﬂ aw in rhythm. A gifted songwriter himself — he was the winner of a 2012 USA Songwriting Award f or his jazz tune “Old Porch Swing” — McCaff rey of ten puts his skills as a lyricist to work for clients. But songwriting is just one part of a bigger picture. “There’s a lot of good engineers in the area, a lot of people doing good work. But I think it’s a musicality thing,” says producer Chuck Eller about McCa˜ rey. The two have f requently collaborated, and Eller plays keyboard in McCaf f rey’s Americana band the Stone Cold Roosters. Justin Levinson concurs. The Burlington musician hired McCa˜ rey to produce his 2012 album This Side of Me, This Side of Youand his 2013 EP Take My Time. “It’s like he’s scored out the whole arrangement in his head before he’s even picked up [an] instrument,” Levinson says. “He will pick up one instrument and play the part, and it won’t sound like very much. And he will pick up the next one and layer it over, then do another
one. “Bef ore you know it, he’s done 10 di˜ erent string tracks, and it sounds like an incredible orchestra. It’s pretty amazing.” McCa˜ rey’s musicality extends to his singing and playing as well. His voice, a rich, expressionistic tenor likened by local critics to that of James Taylor, has f ound its way onto any number of records. So has his top-shelf instrumental work — f rom jazz and bluegrass guitar to bass, mandolin, ﬁ ddle and cello. What that track record does not convey are two other assets: McCa˜ rey’s easygoing demeanor and his unpretentious approach to production. Myra Flynn describes reluctantly sharing the tunes that later became the McCa˜ rey-producedCrooked Measures, her 2009 debut record. She had been a member of the cover band Spark but felt nervous about making the leap to recording and performing her own songs. “He couldn’t believe that I didn’t think they were any good; [he was] just so supportive and cool about that part of me coming to life,” Flynn says. “And not much has changed. He is one of the most supportive, mentoring individuals in my life.” At the center of all this sits McCaf frey’s production philosophy: He doesn’t try to make the record he wants. Instead, he works to create a sonic universe that allows an artist to shine. “It’s one thing to have a great song,” McCa˜ rey says. “But it’s another thing to have a great song with great instruments and a great singer and a great microphone and a great sound, all the way down to a great arrangement. I love to have input into that whole process.” A few more takes in the bag, Je˜ Hahn packs up his guitar and puts on his coat. After writing McCa˜ rey a check for the session, he heads out into the snow. No sooner does the door close than McCaff rey sits down in f ront of his Mac, Pro Tools at the ready, to zone in and listen. There’s a jewel in there somewhere, and he’ll do his best to ﬁ nd it.
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of 17 and 21. The Heartbeat program seeks to bring young people from those war-torn countries together to share positive experiences and express creative ideas through music. They’ll make two Vermont appearances this week: Thursday, February 21, at the Davis Center at the University of Vermont, and Friday, February 22, at the Bennington College student center. Both shows are free and open to the public. When he left the local folk duo avi & Celia in 2010, avi salloway traveled to Israel to work with the Heartbeat organization and teach music. But he learned as much as he taught. Salloway brought back influences from the Middle East and applied them to his new band, Billy wylder, which played Signal Kitchen last week. He is producing Heartbeat’s current U.S. tour. In an interview with 7D in 2010, Salloway explained the goal of the organization, saying, “The idea is to highlight musical passion as a common thread.” He pointed out that Arabs and Israelis are “cousins,” with a long history of shared experiences, and added that music can be a way to jumpstart conversations between the two sides and act as “a vehicle for change.”
making, is a duet with Brooklyn singer Jefferson HaMer, which finds the duo reinterpreting a fascinating selection of traditional British Isles folk ballads. It’s a remarkable effort, rife with gripping storytelling that is by turns dark, heart-wrenching and whimsical. And there’s just something about Mitchell’s unique timbre that seems especially suited to the material and adds depth and character — especially contrasted with Hamer’s smooth tenor. Rooted in vivid, Old English poetry, it reminds me of something the deCeMBerists might do if they weren’t so insufferably the Decemberists. The noble do-gooders and champions of local music at Big Heavy world need your help. Or at least your feedback. BHW is conducting an online survey soliciting feedback on ways they could better serve the community — that would be you, BTW. It’s sort of like a comment card at a restaurant, except they’ll probably take your comments seriously. BHW is in the midst of building a new website and wants to know what you’d like to see more or less of. You can also weigh in on how the organization’s other ongoing projects — the Vermont Music Library, loaning out tour vans, photographing bands with a fisheye lens, etc. — are going. Check it out at surveymonkey.com/s/HP6Z23Q. My suggestion: A prominent link to the survey on the front page of your website, so local music scribes don’t have to write out weird web addresses.
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Congratulations to anaïs MitCHell, who announced via a baby-bump picture on Facebook that she is expecting her first child with husband noaH HaHn. Not only that, but Mitchell has a new record set for release on March 19, coincidentally titled Child Ballads. The record, several years in the
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Unity is a word that gets tossed around far too casually in certain musical circles — looking at you, conscious (insert genre here) bands. While it may be a half-assed rallying cry for over-privileged college students with acoustic guitars and hand drums, for some musicians, it is quite honestly a life-or-death concept. For example, the kids who make up the IsraeliPalestinian group HeartBeat. The band is currently composed of six Jewish and Arab musicians from Israel and Palestine, between the ages
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Last week’s feature story about local music superfan Tim Lewis [“Who’s That Guy?”] generated a surprising amount of reader feedback in the ol’ inbox. The majority were positive, running the gamut from, “Oh, I always wondered who that dude was!” to, “It’s about time somebody paid attention to that guy.” Most didn’t refer to Lewis by name, oddly enough. But because the internet is the internet, I also received some, shall we say, less charitable reactions to the story, from, “Slow news week, huh?” to, “You suck, dan Bolles!” I can’t figure you people out. I can write a scathing review of some lousy local band and not hear so much as a peep. But then I’ll write a relatively fluffy human-interest piece and the jackals come out of the woodwork. Maybe it’s the grips of Seasonal Affective Disorder finally taking hold? Anyway, I bring it up to let you know that you nasty types can go fornicate yourselves. Kidding! Mostly. (It’s just the SAD talking, I swear.) Actually, I bring it up to let you know that Lewis has signed on with the folks at local online radio station WBKM — tagline: “Burlington’s kinda music.” He’ll be debuting his new show, “The Sounds of Burlington,” this Thursday, February 21, at 9 p.m., on wbkm.com. If you read the aforementioned piece, you know there are few, if any, fans of local music as knowledgeable or as passionate as Lewis. I expect his show will reflect those aspects of his impressive fandom and will be a worthy listen for anyone else who feels similarly about homegrown tunes. Rock on, Tim.
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Hal Fl Oung E: s cott mangan (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ c raig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free.
On t aP bar & grill : Jenni Johnson & Friends (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
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cHarli E O's: DJ c rucible (metal), 10 p.m., Free.
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bagit Os: Acoustic Blues Jam with the u sual s uspects, 6 p.m., Free. cHarli E O's: c hicky s toltz (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free. tHE Pin Es: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. Pur Pl E MOOn Pub : s eth Eames & miriam Bernardo (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free.
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MOOg's Plac E: Bob Wagner and D. Davis (singersongwriters), 8 p.m., Free.
Park Er Pi E cO.: Alan Greenleaf & the Doctor (folk), 7:30 p.m., Free.
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r aDiO bEan : Dave Fugel & Julian c hobot (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. s hane Hardiman Trio with Geza c arr & Rob morse (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable s oul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.
MOnk Ey HOus E: Am & msR Presents: u .s . Girls, s lim Twig (indie), 9 p.m., $8. 18+.
On t aP bar & grill : c had Hollister (rock), 7 p.m., Free.
club M Etr OnOME: Jenke presents s et u p c ity, Lynguistic c ivilians, Bless the c hild (hip-hop), 9 p.m., Free.
backstag E Pub : Trivia with made in the s hade Entertainment, 6 p.m., Free. Karaoke with s teve, 9 p.m., Free. Why Not? (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. banana Win Ds caFé & Pub : Adam s pringer (rock), 7:30 p.m., Free. club M Etr OnOME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. 2K Deep Presents: Platinum with ETc !ETc ! (EDm), 9 p.m., $10. Hal Fl Oung E: The N'goni Trio (West African groove), 9 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi (moombahton), 10:30 p.m., Free. HigHEr gr Oun D sHOWcas E lO ung E: s pirit Family Reunion (indie folk), 8 p.m., $8/10. AA.
DObrá tE a: Robert Resnik (folk), 7 p.m., Free.
JP's Pub : s tarstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
Franny O's : Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
lE vity : Will Green, James s pizucco, Tony Bates, s ean Williams (standup), 9 p.m., $8.
Hal Fl Oung E: Josh Dobbs (ambient), 8 p.m., Free. The Harder They c ome (moombahton), 10:30 p.m., Free. HigHEr gr Oun D sHOWcas E lO ung E: GTA, Electrode DJs (EDm), 8:30 p.m., $10/13. AA. 64 music
nEctar's : Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. The mantras, c anopy (funk), 9:30 p.m., $5/8. 18+.
lE vity : s tandup c omedy Open mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free. Man Hattan Pizza & Pub : Hot Wax with Justcaus & Penn West (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
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l iFt : Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. Marri Ott Harb Or lO ung E: s hane Hardiman (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. MOnk Ey HOus E: c asio Bastard (electro-rock), 8:30 p.m., $5. nEctar's : Happy Ending Fridays with Jay Burwick (solo acoustic), 5 p.m., Free. s eth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Funkwagon, Dapp,
fri.22 // mik E Do Ught Y [rock]
Down to This In the mid to late 1990s,
Mik E DOug Hty
was the leader of
the band Soul Coughing. Behind the quirky beats and off-kilter lyrics of hit singles such as “Soft Serve” and “Circles,” the singer battled a dark secret: an addiction to heroin that ultimately derailed his career and nearly killed him. Doughty details the experience in his new memoir, The Book of Drugs, released in January 2012. Now clean for a decade and making music again, Doughty appears at the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction on Friday, February 22. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (funk), 9 p.m., $5.
songwriter), 8 p.m., Free.
On t aP bar & grill : The Woedoggies (blues), 5 p.m., Free. Justice (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
t uPEl O Music Hall : mike Doughty (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., $30.
Park Plac E t av Ern : in Kahootz (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
r aDiO bEan : Kid's music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick, 10:30 a.m., Free. c hris Nucci (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Paul Hubert (folk), 8 p.m., Free. Jer c oons & c aroline Rose (alt-country), 9 p.m., Free. s teady Betty (rocksteady), 11:30 p.m., Free. The Blim-Blams (rock), 1 a.m., Free. rED squar E: Aaron Flinn (rock), 5 p.m., Free. Jamie Kent Band (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ c raig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.
51 Main : Big mean s ound machine (Afrobeat), 9 p.m., Free. On t HE r is E bak Ery : Zephrus (rock), 8 p.m., Donations. tWO br Ot HErs t av Ern : Rehab Roadhouse (rock), 10 p.m., $3.
r ub En Ja MEs: DJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.
bEE's knEEs: Granite Junction (string band), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
r í r á iris H Pub : s upersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
tHE Hub Pizz Eria & Pub : c ats u nder the s tars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 9:30 p.m., Free.
signal kitc HEn: s peedy Ortiz, Black Norse (rock), 9 p.m., $7.
Matt Er HOrn : Funk c ollection with c am c ross (funk), 9 p.m., $5.
skinny Pancak E: mickey Western & the Rodeo c lowns (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
MOOg's Plac E: s tarline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 8 p.m., Free.
Park Er Pi E cO.: Americana Acoustic s ession, 6 p.m., Free.
cHarli E O's: The s tereofidelics (rock), 10 p.m., Free. gr EEn MOuntain t av Ern : DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. Pur Pl E MOOn Pub : Bobby messano (singer-
r iMr Ocks M Ountain t av Ern : Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. FRi.22
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This just in: Local all-girl rocksteady band PANTY TOWN have changed their name. The group, which includes MIRIAM BERNARDO, KAT WRIGHT, CAROLINE O’CONNOR (VEDORA), LINDA BASSICK (TICKLE BELLY),and JANE BOXALL and CHRISTINE MATHIAS (both of DOLL FIGHT!) shall henceforth be known as STEADY BETTY, which is nowhere near as cool as Panty Town — though I imagine it’s easier to mention to family members, clergy, etc. They will be at Radio Bean this Friday, February 22, just prior to the debut of RYAN OBER’s (INVISIBLE JET, LED LO/CO) new band, the BLIM BLAMS.
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Word on the street is that TOM MOOG, owner of Moog’s Place, is opening a new restaurant and music venue with JASON MERRIHEW in — wait for it — the old Langdon Street Café building in Montpelier. The new joint reportedly will be named Sweet Melissa’s. Calls to Moog were unreturned as of press time, but when reached for comment, the
entire music community in Montpelier said, “Holy shit!” adding, “Do they have to pay royalties to the ALLMAN BROTHERS?” We’ll have more as details become available.
A peek at what was on my iPod, turntable, eight-track player, etc., this week.
Veronica Falls, Waiting for Something to Happen
Aly Tadros, The Fits
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Congratulations to the STARLINE RHYTHM BOYS, who celebrated 15 years together last Friday, February 15, by … um, not playing a gig. Though considering they still gig upward of 100 dates a year, having a rare Friday off seems like a good way to go. It’s also worth noting that this year marks front man DANNY COANE’s 50th in the music biz, which is astounding, considering he hardly looks 50 to begin with. SRB are back in action this Friday, February 23, at Moog’s Place in Morrisville. Speaking of which…
Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. Town Hall Theater $20 advance, $22 at the door
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Band (soul), 5 p.m., free. Dapp (rock), 8 p.m., $5. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. red Square Blue rooM: DJ raul (salsa), 7 p.m., free. rí rá iriSh puB: The complaints (rock), 10 p.m., free. Signal kiTchen: mildred moody's full moon masquerade, 9 p.m., $10/12. venue: 18 & up Destination saturdays, 8 p.m., free.
BagiToS: irish sessions, 2 p.m., free. charlie o'S: All request Dance party, 10 p.m., free. cider houSe BBq and puB: Dan Boomhower (piano), 6 p.m., free. ouTBack pizza & nighTcluB: The shipwrecks (surf rock), 9 p.m., free. poSiTive pie 2: The Wondermics (soul, hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., NA. purple Moon puB: shrimp (blues), 8 p.m., free. The reServoir reSTauranT & Tap rooM: Orange Television (rock), 10 p.m., free.
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If the Spirit Moves You Brooklyn’s
Tupelo MuSic hall: fred Haas and the paul Broadnax Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., $20. club 188 at Tupelo music Hall (dance party), 10 p.m., $5. SpiriT FaMily reunion were born on the street corners and in the subway
stations of New York City. On their debut record, No Separation, the quintet bares a rambunctious hillbilly soul, a rambling, bourbonsoaked sound that belies their urban origins. Touring in support of that record, the band plays the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Friday, February 22. fri.22
51 Main: The N'goni Trio (West African groove), 8 p.m., free. ciTy liMiTS: Dance party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., free. Two BroTherS Tavern: unKommon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3.
10 p.m., $5.
Monopole: House on a spring (rock), 10 p.m., free. Therapy: pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.
BackSTage puB: The Hit men (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. church & Main reSTauranT: Night Vision (EDm), 9 p.m., free.
Franny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. halFlounge: flashback with DJs rob Douglas, Alan perry & Llu (retro), 10:30 p.m., free. higher ground BallrooM: Addison Groove project, potbelly (jam), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. AA. higher ground ShowcaSe lounge: Whitehorse, Bandleader (Americana), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA. Jp'S puB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free. leviTy : Will Green, James spizucco, Tony Bates, sean Williams (standup), 8 p.m., $8. MarrioTT harBor lounge: The Trio (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., free.
cluB MeTronoMe: retronome (’80s dance party),
Monkey houSe: insurrection: Dark Alternative Dance Nacht (EDm), 10 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
Bee'S kneeS: Open mic, 7:30 p.m., free.
necTar'S: Eric George (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. Big mean sound machine, NEKtones, Les racquet (funk, Afrobeat), 9 p.m., $5.
chow! Bella: The Best Little Border Band (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.
on Tap Bar & grill: sideshow Bob (rock), 9 p.m., free.
Moog'S place: spider roulette (blues), 8 p.m., free.
radio Bean: Eric George (blues), 5:30 p.m., free. chris Lewis (rock), 7 p.m., free. T. John cadrin (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. The Hatchet Boys (bluegrass), 9 p.m., free. Daniel Oullette and the shobjin (new wave), 10:15 p.m., free. Wave of the future (future rock), 11:30 p.m., free. The Ghost festival (rock), 1 a.m., free.
parker pie co.: The stereofidelics (rock), 8 p.m., $5.
The huB pizzeria & puB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.
Monopole: Jatoba (bluegrass), 10 p.m., free.
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Shrimp, the briny moniker of Cabot’s Greg T. McElwain, is well known locally as a member of Mark LeGrand and His Lovesick Bandits, Abby Jenne and the Enablers and the Rebecca Padula Band, among other central Vermontbased outfits. As a solo artist, the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter is equally active, gigging regularly at watering holes throughout the state. On his latest release, Shrimp Tunes, McElwain presents a collection of original songs rooted in Gulf Coast blues that displays impressive technical prowess and a sly, if at times silly, charm. The disc opens on “I Like Pigs.” A meandering electric riff skirls over a jaunty acoustic progression, flecked with harmonica courtesy of PB Jr.
Shrimp’s blues growl is more of a finegrit croon, and McElwain uses it to nice effect, especially when counting the ways in which he admires barnyard animals. (Short and round, by the inch and by the pound, etc.) The song is something like Dr. John meets Dr. Seuss, which isn’t a bad thing. That ode to hog heaven is followed by a version of Professor Longhair’s “Her Mind Is Gone,” one of the album’s two covers — the other is a stiff take on the Meters’ “Hey Pocky Way.” As he does for most of the record, here McElwain does all the heavy lifting musically, playing drums, bass, guitar and piano. Shrimp will never be confused with Bald Head Byrd, but this is a passable interpretation of the New Orleans legend’s tune. The record comes to a bizarre, halting head on “The Harbor.”Above a ripple of hand drums and open
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running up the Skinemax and burning 16t-retnWEEKLY.indd 1 the bills.” From “Hawdawgdancin’”: “Hot dog dancing, boogie romancing, mama I’m gonna make you m’bop like Hanson.” From “Solitaire”: “Hey, I’m 37, how are you? A panty and a shoe. The vomit on the lawn, tomorrow you’re already MENTION THIS AD gone. … Oh, the magic of solitaire.” Brooks is no latterday Bukowski. But his heart is in the right place, which is to say the absolute wrong place. Curmudgeon is a harrowing descent *excludes tabacco & vaporizers to the outer edges of the male psyche, where self-destruction is its own hypnotic drug. We romanticize Bukowski because he embodied a damaged persona we all imagine exists within us someplace. Sign Up to WIN A $200 PRIZE Brooks manages to convey that idea throughout the album, but nowhere • Fronto Tobacco Leafs • G-Pen, O-PHOS, more clearly, and disturbingly, than on Pax Vaporizer’s his overt ode, “Bukowski.” Here he tells • Pulse Glass us, “It’s an ordinary madness, mother…” • JM Flow Sci Glass Curmudgeon by Dead Creek Singers • Highly Educated TI is available at joshbrooksmusic.com. • The Biggest Selection of Concentrate Rigs In Town Brooks plays the WalkOver Gallery in Bristol on Saturday, February 23, with LUSIVE DEALER OF Illadelph EXCU Pete Sutherland. Illadelph
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Vermont home and begins working on a record under the name Dead Creek Singers. He calls it Curmudgeon. It has a “Parental Advisory Explicit Content” warning sticker on the cover. Obviously, the preceding story is pure fiction. But Brooks’ record is very real. I have no idea how he devised Curmudgeon. Maybe I don’t want to know. But it is one of the strangest and most dangerously engrossing local albums in recent memory. Brooks, perhaps better known for his roles in the comparatively genial Grant Black and Panton Flats, surrounds himself with all manner of stylistic wickedness, from gnarled, backwoods blues to demented hip-hop beats and beyond. But the crux of the record centers on his warped, irascible poetry, which reads like something ol’ Chuck might have scribbled on the back of a racing form and tossed in the trash. On the title track Brooks intones, “Mean old man with the rattling bone, take it to the limit and you leave it alone. / Grinding aphrodisiacs, snail and pills,
Let’s imagine Beck, Tom Waits and the ghost of Charles Bukowski meet at a bar. After wading through rivers of whiskey, they contemplate the kind of band they would start — y’know, if Chuck were still alive. There’s no shortage of bluntly poetic, lowlife lyrical content about women and the devil. Tom likely infuses a bit of blearyeyed, piano-lounge blues, while Beck messes around with samples, beats and other sonic playthings. As the booze flows, the conversation becomes more animated, the ideas more outlandish and crude. Then, Tom picks up the haggard barmaid, who was probably a beauty before years of hard living stole her youth. Chuck passes out after vomiting on his pants. Beck does… whatever Beck does. And they forget about the whole thing by morning. But in a dark corner of this dive, a guy named Josh Brooks sits at a table furiously hashing out notes, enthralled by the conversation he’s witnessing, and sipping mint juleps. (Just because, OK?) After last call, Brooks runs to his
acoustic-guitar sustains, McElwain tweaks the melody from Chariots of Fire with synth keys — it’s nearly identical save for the resolving note at the end of that song’s signature phrase. Given the Your LocaL Source more organic blues fare surrounding it, Since 1995 Shrimp’s synth-y instrumental interlude 14 ChurCh St • Burlington,Vt is wildly out of place. CrowBookS.Com • (802) 862-0848 He bounces back on the next cut — the cheeky, roadhouse rocker “I Drive the Car.” That guitar-fueled scorcher is 9/27/12 2:34 PM followed by the dark, sinewy groove of 16t-crowbookstore100312.indd 1 “Misery Train.” Channel 15 Shrimp closes the record with a advocacy lounge-y piano ballad, “West End team wednesdaYs > 10am Avenue.” It’s a wistful rumination on a former life that, if a touch sappy, has Channel 16 • tuesdaY nights a certain rainy-day appeal and reveals GUNd INStItUte at Uvm > 8Pm true heart. BIoNeeRS > 9Pm Shrimp plays the Bee’s Knees in ted > 10Pm Morrisville this Thursday, February 21, Channel 17 and the Purple Moon Pub this Saturday, call yoUR leGISlatoRS: February 23. 862-3966
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CHarlie o'S: trivia Night, 8 p.m., Free.
ClUb MetroNoMe: B-town Divaz (drag show), 8 p.m., $10/15/20. 18+.
HigHer groUNd ballrooM: murs, prof, Fashawn, Black cloud music, Lynguistic civilians (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. aa.
ClUb MetroNoMe: Dead set with cats under the stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.
oN tap bar & grill: Brunch with Joshua Glass (singer-songwriter), 11 a.m., Free. radio beaN: Queen city Hot club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., Free. saloon sessions with Brett Hughes (country), 1 p.m., Free. set up city for the Kiddies (hip-hop), 4 p.m., Free. steven Dwight Longe (instrumental, rock), 7 p.m., Free. Rabbit, Run (folk), 8 p.m., Free. curtis Becraft (folk), 9 p.m., Free. Burlington Bread Boys (old time), 10 p.m., Free. SigNal KitCHeN: shawn mullins, chuck cannon (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $20/23/35. 18+.
bee'S KNeeS: Rebecca padula (singer-songwriter), 10 a.m., Donations. Ed Lowenton & David Gibson (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MatterHorN: chris tagatac (acoustic rock), 4 p.m., Free. parKer pie Co.: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free.
leUNig'S biStro & Café: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
releases, a self-titled 2010 LP and a 2011 follow-up EP, What’s Your Pleasure, beaCH foSSilS
MoNty'S old briCK taverN: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free.
set out to find a more aggressive sound on their latest release, Clash the Truth. Rooted
NeCtar'S: mihali from twiddle (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Rev. Ben Donovan & the congregation, Hopeless Radio (country), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.
as much in punk aggression as hooky indie jangle, the album ably captures the band’s
olde NortHeNder: abby Jenne & the Enablers (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
Catch them at the Monkey House in Winooski on Monday, February 25.
oN tap bar & grill: trivia with top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. radio beaN: stephen callahan and mike piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Bob Wagner (rock), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.
wHaMMy bar: trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., Free.
MoNKey HoUSe: am & msR presents: Beach Fossils (indie), 9 p.m., $10. 18 +.
oN tap bar & grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. radio beaN: The Good Reverend Ben Donovan (acoustic soul), 7:30 p.m., Free. Open mic, 9 p.m., Free.
two brotHerS taverN: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
bee'S KNeeS: children's sing along with Lesley Grant, 10:30 a.m., Donations. matt townsend (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. tHe HUb pizzeria & pUb: Elizabeth Renaud (singer-songwriter), 9:30 p.m., Free. Moog'S plaCe: Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.
ClUb MetroNoMe: Jeff Bujak (iDm), 9 p.m., $5. fraNNy o'S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. HalfloUNge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. scott mangan (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Free. leUNig'S biStro & Café: paul asbell, clyde stats and chris peterman (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. MaNHattaN pizza & pUb: Open mic with andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. NeCtar'S: What a Joke! comedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., Free. Big something, Breakfast of superstars (groove), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. oN tap bar & grill: mitch & Friends (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. radio beaN: pacifico (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. p.J. Kairos (metal), 11 p.m., Free. red SqUare: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Wild man Blues (blues), 7 p.m., Free. SKiNNy paNCaKe: Josh panda and Brett Lanier (rock), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.
CHarlie o'S: Wes Hamilton & Jesse Gile (rock), 8 p.m., Free. greeN MoUNtaiN taverN: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. SKiNNy paNCaKe: Jay Ekis (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation. wHaMMy bar: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., Free.
City liMitS: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. oN tHe riSe baKery: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Free. two brotHerS taverN: trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free.
bee'S KNeeS: Girls Night Out (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. tHe HUb pizzeria & pUb: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Moog'S plaCe: max Weaver (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. parKer pie Co.: trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free.
MoNopole: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. m
bagitoS: acoustic Blues Jam with the usual 2:17 PM
Congratulations Ellen Doggett... You’re going to see the Indigo Girls! Tune into Tour Date for the full interview before this Friday’s show at the Fynn Center for the Performing Arts
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suspects, 6 p.m., Free.
rUbeN JaMeS: Why Not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. 4h-tourdate022013.pdf
notoriously raucous live act but doesn’t sacrifice the dreamy nuance of their earlier work.
Jp'S pUb: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free.
CHarlie o'S: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
HigHer groUNd SHowCaSe loUNge: VcH & the Big change Roundup Benefit: Eight 02, mcKenna Lee & the microfixers, Listen up Friends (rock, jazz), 6:30 p.m., $8. aa.
NeCtar'S: metal monday: Royal Thunder, anciet Vvisdom, Ground Zero, Vicious intent (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.
The Truth Hurts Following the softer fare found on their first two
MoNKey HoUSe: am & msR presents: charlie parr, Gold town Duo (country), 9 p.m., $10. 18 +.
HalfloUNge: Family Night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., Free.
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HigHer groUNd SHowCaSe loUNge: OcD: moosh & twist, Huey mack, amW (a million Wordz), consept (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $12/15/35. aa.
red SqUare blUe rooM: DJ Frank Grymes (EDm), 11 p.m., Free.
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Into the Woods Artist Rob Hitzig
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“I get plenty of requests about doing ﬂ oors f or people when they see my work — and I always have to say no,” Hitzig says with a slight grin. “I like to take wood into the ﬁ ne-art realm and make it look like art, rather than f urniture or something f unctional.” That hasn’t always been the case. Working ﬁ rst as an agrof orester f or the Peace Corps and then f or 10 years with the Environmental Protection Agency, Hitzig spent years thinking about f orests and timber in a practical way. He indulged in a furniture-making hobby for a while. And then, in 2007, he got tired of function. “I liked to make f urniture, but what I really loved was working with wood and exposing its natural beauty,” Hitzig says. “I was always thinking of how to turn the wood into art, rather than actually making something that served a purpose. And ﬁ nally I decided that, if I really wanted to do that, I needed my own workshop and my own tools.” So Hitzig moved f rom Washington, D.C., to Vermont. He and his then-wif e, Mary Jo Krolewski, opened the Lazy Pear Gallery in an old Victorian house in Montpelier. Hitzig soon decided he wanted to be a full-time artist. He began carving whimsical shapes and creatures out of wood and f inishing them with a shellacking technique developed by French f urniture makers in the 1820s, Hitzig explains. He became intrigued by the highly polished, intensely clear f inish he could generate with a ball of cloth, shellac, alcohol and a little oil rubbed repeatedly over the wood’s surface. The 15 or so wall-hung wood pieces on display in the SEABA Gallery lack the lightheartedness of Hitzig’s earlier creations. Though he takes care to make interesting shapes, the real artf ulness here is in his enhancement of the wood’s natural beauty.
anging against the white walls of the SEABA Gallery on Pine Street in Burlington, Robert Hitzig’s geometric wooden sculptures glow with a subtle sheen. Up close, the layers of tinted shellac magnify the natural grain of the wood. Viewers may have an urge to run a hand across their surfaces, just to see if the pale color hides any imperfections. But, tempting as it may be, don’t ask Hitzig what his ﬂ oor-laying schedule is. These days, his oeuvre is form, not function.
Be Televised” — and tinted in the color sequence of the old TV test pattern — Hitzig notes that he’s particularly drawn to the larger, freer curves evident in birch wood. “Because of the natural movement in the grain, it almost has a fabric look to it,” he says. “It’s perfect for my ﬂ ag series.” Referencing Jasper Johns’ neo-Dadaist take on the American ﬂ ag in the 1950s, Hitzig’s ﬂ ag series similarly attempts to divorce the artwork f rom its patriotic symbolism, redeﬁ ning it in a purely aesthetic sense. But his lustrous and meticulously joined pieces of wood are hardly blank. The striations in the wood’s grain make the surf ace appear to ripple. Hitzig hopes at some point to exhibit his ﬂ ag sculptures as a series. Meanwhile, the geometry and stripes of his other works more clearly ref erence painter/printmakers Frank Stella and Sean Scully. If Hitzig’s earlier works relied on the character of the wood to draw out a ﬁ gure or character, this recent body of work seems to reverse the process. “In f urniture, you spend a lot of time creating the design, so you can’t spend a lot of time on the ﬁ nish,” Hitzig says. “This is really an inversion of the furniture-making process. I see the wood as a canvas, so the art is painting, not sculpture.” Hitzig started moving away from standard geometric shapes af ter attending a talk by Frank Stella in conjunction with that artist’s 2010 exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. In a Q&A, Stella mentioned the moment when he “broke f ree of the tyranny of the rectangle,” and Hitzig was motivated to do the same. More abstract forms followed that revelation, such as the seven-sided “A Tear of Joy and Prof ound Admiration,” an angular, striped work, and “What Is?” one of the few works painted a single, solid color. Hitzig ref ers to the color as “black,” but the polished maple reﬂ ects colors f rom yellow-green to dark purple. While he still rejects the thought of turning his meticulously created paintings into functional art (or ﬂ oorboards), Hitzig admits he’s turning toward more austere woods and colors. “I’m more and more drawn to ash, and ﬁ gure that’s the direction I want to go,” he says. “The curly maple and the birch have a ﬁ gure that’s just too easy to make beautiful. By using something plainer and more austere, I can create more of a canvas for my work.”
I SEE THE WOOD AS A CANVAS,
SO THE ART IS PAINTING, NOT SCULPTURE. ROB HITZIG
“˜ e Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
He doesn’t stain the wood itself, but layers clear shellac thickly on top. That creates a canvas that seems to ﬂ oat above the wood, giving Hitzig a surf ace on which to paint with his hand-mixed, tinted shellac. The layers yield a soft wash of color that allows
the grain of the wood to show through, played up by the showiness of Hitzig’s preferred trees: curly maple, bird’s-eye maple and birch. Peering closely at the grain in a rectangular work titled “The Revolution Will Not
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ANTHONY SINI : "An Arrangement of Unequal ˜ ings," paintings and drawings. ˜ rough February 22 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 863-2227. 'BROKEN HEARTS & SWEET TARTS': Artwork about love and loss, and saucy depictions of "tarts" behind a red curtain in the Backspace Gallery. ˜ rough February 23 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. CARL RUBINO : "Facing the Music," photographs of musicians — some famous, some unknown — immersed in their performances. ˜ rough February 24 at Uncommon Grounds in Burlington. Info, 518-524-8450. CHRISTY MITCHELL : "Source and Alter," artwork made from discarded architectural drawings, children's books, magazines, wire and bathroom tiles. ˜ rough February 26 at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 355-5418. 'COLOR STORY' : Photographs that use color to characterize, describe, communicate and celebrate. ˜ rough Th roughMarch March33atatDarkroom DarkroomGallery GalleryininEssex Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686.
'FUN-A-DAY ART SHOW' : Work by more than 80 Vermonters who spent the month of January engaging in daily art making. ˜ rough February 28 at New Moon Café in Burlington. Info, 383-1505. GABRIELLE TSOUNIS : "Tzigane," oil and acrylic paintings inspired by the artist's world travels. ˜ rough April 1 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 862-2233. GALEN CHENEY : Mixed-media abstracts, Skyway; "Via della Spada," oil and enamel on three panels, Escalator; Steven Goodman : Abstract oil paintings, Gates 1-8. ˜ rough February 28 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166. GROUP EXHIBIT : Photography by Jaques Burke and Kristen Watson; paintings by Marie LaPre Grabon and Leslie McCool; mixed-media work by Maria Anghelache and Alan Arnold; collage work by Elizabeth Nelson and Erika Lawlor Schmidt; and sculpture by Janet Van Fleet. ˜ rough April 30 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. GROUP SHOW : Works by Paige Berg Rizvi, Tom Baginski, Lorraine Manley, Ruth Hamilton, Nancy Dwyer, Elizabeth Nelson and Ron Hernandez. Curated by SEABA. Th ˜ rough roughFebruary February28 28atatthe theInnovation Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Dozensofofwooden woodenhands hands HANDS ART EXHIBIT::Dozens decorated by artists from 8 to 80. Th ˜ rough rough March 1 at Penny Cluse Café in Burlington. "SubversiveininHis HisOwn Own HAL MAYFORTH::"Subversive Little Way," watercolors, abstract acrylics, word paintings, grid paintings and humorous paintings that originated in the artist's ˜ rough sketchbooks. Th roughMay May1111atatAmy AmyE.E. Center, in in Burlington. Burlington. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Info, 652-4510.
TALKS & EVENTS ‘AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY’: A documentary about the renowned Chinese artist and activist. At the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester. Film: Saturday, February 23, 7 p.m., followed by talk. $10. Info, 879-1018. 'USEFUL AND ELEGANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS': Landscape drawings by 19thcentury Norwich University alumni and their contemporaries, many of whom were involved in the Civil War; '1861-1862: TOWARD A HIGHER MORAL PURPOSE': An exhibition exploring the experiences of Norwich University alumni who fought ˜ rough in the Civil War. Th rough June 30 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich Northﬁeld. eld.Talk: Talk: University in Northfi Vermont Historical Society curator Jacqueline Calder gives a presentation called “˜ eeArt “Th ArtofofVermonters VermontersJohn John Jr.” Henry Hopkins, Sr. and Jr.” Light lunch is provided. Wednesday, February 27, noon. Info, 485-2183. 'OFF THE WALL: INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT Arthistory historyprofessor professor ART'::Art Cynthia Packert discusses the museum's recently acquired late-18th-
century Indian painting depicting a dramatic event from the Hindu epic ˜ e Ramayana . Lunch is provided. Friday, February 22, 11 a.m., Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. 'PRINT AND PROCESS': A behind-the-scenes look at prints by artist members. ˜ rough March 6 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Talk: Sue Schiller demonstrates 3-D printing and constructing with prints. Wednesday, February 20, 11 a.m.-noon. Info, 295-5901. 'PRINT AND PROCESS': A behind-the-scenes look at prints by artist members. ˜ rough March 6 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Talk: Rachel Gross demonstrates soft-ground etching. Wednesday, February 27, 11 a.m.-noon. Info, 295-5901. 'THE HAMILTON TEST: ON THE RAPPORT BETWEEN PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN POP ART': Hal Foster, Princeton professor of art and archaeology, discusses how photography recharged painting, based on the work of artist Richard Hamilton. Wednesday, February 27, 5:30-7 p.m., Colburn Gallery, Burlington. Info, 656-2014.
JACKSON TUPPER: Illustrationsby bythe the Illustrations senior. University of Vermont senior. ˜ rough Th roughFebruary February23 23atat Livak Room, Davis Center, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 201-919-2947.
taste of — or rather, a look at — the sweet life this month at the Green Bean Visual Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, titled “Good Eats.” Local artist Mary Jo Krolewski presents a spunky series of f ood-inspired sof t actually do look good enough to eat. The quirky collection of treats will be on display through February 28 in Montpelier’s Capitol Grounds co˜ ee shop.°
'FOLIO 2003 PROJECT': Handmade folios containing the original work of 22 of Vermont’s ﬁ nest artists. Curated by SEABA. ˜ rough February 28 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 658-6016.
J.B. WOODS : Paintings by the Vermont artist. ˜ rough February 28 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438.
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FACULTY AND STAFF 2013 ART EXHIBIT: Artworks in a variety of media by 21 members of the UVM art department. ˜ rough February 28 at Colburn Gallery in Burlington. Reception: Monday, February 25, 5-6:30 p.m. Info, 656-2014.
MARIANNE DEVAUX: Food-themed artwork. ˜ rough February 27 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 862-9614. MARK BOEDGES : An exhibit of new winter landscape paintings by the Vermont artist also includes scenes of other seasons. ˜ rough March 31 at Mark Boedges Fine Art Gallery in Burlington. Info, 735-7317. NICHOLAS HEILIG : Work by the Burlington artist. Curated by SEABA. ˜ rough February 28 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. NICHOLAS TAYLOR : "Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait," photographs of the artist at 19 taken by his friend and fellow frequenter of Manhattan's famed Mudd Club. ˜ e exhibit is on loan from Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum. ˜ rough March 30 at Bailey/Howe Library, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-3294. NORTHERN VERMONT ARTS ASSOCIATION: Work by artist members. ˜ rough March 2 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. 'OCEANIC ART AND THE PERFORMANCE OF LIFE': Intricately crafted objects, including masks, textiles and weaponry, from indigenous cultures of the Paciﬁ c Islands. ˜ rough May 24 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. QUINN DELAHANTY : Sculptural paintings that the artist infuses with a sense of beauty and discomfort. ˜ rough March 1 at Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington. Info, 658-2739. ROBERT HITZIG : Wood sculptures painted with tinted shellac; GWENDOLYN EVANS: Mixed-media work in clay and acrylics. ˜ rough February 27 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. ROGER COLEMAN : "Take Outs From the Hungry Ghost Series," paintings inspired by the creatures in Chinese mythology driven by intense emotional needs. ˜ rough February 28 at the Firebird Café in Essex Junction. Info, 658-1081.
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'HIGH TRASH' : Artworks from 18 contemporary artists using discarded materials address themes of waste, environment and consumerism in the age of climate change. ˜ rough May 24 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.
JONAS POWELL & RYAN PEDEN-SPEAR: Powell's photography of Chittenden County landmarks, food and culture; Peden-Spear's mixed-media works that explore perception and the merging of organic and machine. ˜ rough February 28 at Davis Studio Gallery in Burlington. Info, 425-2700.
'SHADOWS: AN EXHIBITION OF TATTOOS': Paintings and screen-prints by regional and Vermont tattoo artists. February 22 through March 20 at JDK Gallery in Burlington. Reception, including musical performances from Vaporizer, Vultures of Cult and Cruciﬁ xion: Friday, February 22, 7 p.m.-midnight. Info, 864-5884.
ERIC FITZGERALD : Art Affair by Shearer presents landscape photography by the Vermont artist. ˜ rough March 31 at Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington. Info, 658-1111.
JOAN MCKENZIE : Whimsical acrylic paintings of animals, in the Kolvoord Room. ˜ rough February 28 at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Info, 879-1131.
PHILIP HAGOPIAN: Paintings by the Vermont artist.˜ rough March 1 at the Gallery at Burlington College. Reception: ˜ ursday, February 21, 5-7 p.m.
sculptures. Using colorful fabric and faux fur, she renders fruits, candy and cakes that
JILL MADDEN: "Northern Landscapes," oil paintings inspired by the local woods, water, snow and mountains. ˜ rough April 27 at Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. Info, 862-1001.
'THINKING OUT OF THE BOX': Art made from cardboard; BETH BARNDT : "Winter," 20 years of collaged postcards; MICHAEL LEW-SMITH: "Accidental Abstracts." ˜ rough February 23 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Closing reception: Saturday, February 23, 3:30-5 p.m. Info, 749-7069.
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KIRIYA: "My JANICE KIRIYA Imagination," drawings by the Vermont artist. ˜Through roughMarch March 1 at Turning Point Center in Burlington. Info, 802825-6056.
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l oi S Beatty : Monoprints by the u pper Valley artist exhibited with jewelry by s tacy h opkins and sculpture by Ria blaas. Through February 23 at s cavenger gallery in w hite River Junction. info, 295-0808.
'Seat' S t aken' : An exhibition that aims to examine human interaction, question the way we navigate the world, and challenge our reactions to the unfamiliar, uncomfortable and different; Gre GG Bla Sdel : "bounty," a sculptural installation by the recipient of the 10th annual barbara s mail Award. Through April 6 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.
mary Jo krolew Ski : "good eats," playful, food-inspired soft sculpture by the Montpelier artist.Through February 28 at green bean Visual Art gallery at Capitol grounds in Montpelier. info, email@example.com.
Steve Clark : w atercolor, acrylic and mixed-media works depicting iconic Vermont scenes. Through February 28 at s helburne Vineyard. info, 985-8222.
Patri Ck l eahy : "The eye of s enator l eahy," a collection of photographs by the u .s . s enator, who has kept his camera close at hand during his 38 years in office. Through February 28 at Vermont s upreme Court l obby in Montpelier. info, 828-0749.
'Stren Gth in numBer S': w ork by 11 Vermont art teachers who meet twice monthly to work on their own art. Through February 28 at Mezzanine gallery, Fletcher Free l ibrary in burlington. info, 865-7211.
Sarah r oSedahl : "w himsical w atercolor birds," nature-inspired paintings by the self-taught artist and former engineer. Through February 28 at the Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. info, 223-1981.
'20-30/2d-3d': w ork in a variety of media by 20- to 30-year-old Vermont artists. Juried by cartoonist James s turm and printmaker Rachel gross. Through March 13 at Chandler gallery in Randolph. info, 728-9878.
'Survival Sou P': Collage, painting and mixedmedia work by Randolph artists Travis Dunning, Matthew Riley and s eth Tracy, and w hite River Junction artist ben peberdy. Through April 5 at Main s treet Museum in w hite River Junction. info, 356-2776.
Bar Bara l eBer : "s easons of the Year," acrylic paintings on board with the theme of color and light. February 25 through March 30 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness s tudio in Montpelier. info, 229-4676.
SuSan Bull r iley : o il and watercolor paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Vermont Thrush Restaurant in Montpelier. info, 225-6166.
daniel a. neary Jr. & Je SSiCa neary : "back in the Day: Artworks o ld and n ew," photography and poetry, and pastel paintings, respectively, by the father and daughter artists. Through February 28 at Kellogg-h ubbard l ibrary in Montpelier. info, 223-3338.
't he mySteriou S mind' : paintings and sculptures by n ina benedetto, Joan Curtis, Thomas Mcgraw, Mareva Millarc and Fran bull that aim to reflect the subconscious through the insights of Jungian psychology. Through March 24 at Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. info, 875-1018.
drew Pe Berdy : "Cheap Thrills," artwork that explores why directors make bad movies. Through March 13 at Main s treet Museum in w hite River Junction. info, 356-2776.
Carolyn Shattu Ck: w orks created by layering individual monoprint plates over one another to create subtle environments of color, pattern and line. Through April 1 at brandon Music. info, 465-4071.
Fiona Sullivan : "s hades of pussy," watercolor paintings of flowers. Through March 30 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. info, 223-0043.
Gallery memBer S Show : A group exhibit featuring works small and large, in a variety of media, by 35 regional artists. Through March 30 at bigTown gallery in Rochester. info, 767-9670. Glen Co Burn h ut CheSon : paintings, drawings and sculpture by the Montpelier artist. Visitors are invited to drop by Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m., and be the subject of a "talking portrait," a life-size pencil drawing. Through July 31 at s torefront s tudio gallery in Montpelier. info, 839-5349. 'h ey, t hey Can r eally draw a l ine' : A group exhibit of works curated from Mark w askow's w askowmium that examine line quality. Through March 30 at o RCA Media in Montpelier. info, 223-0432. 'h ow Peo Ple make t hin GS': in a hands-on exhibit inspired by "Mister Rogers' n eighborhood," visitors can make objects using four manufacturing processes: molding, cutting, deforming and assembly. l ab coats and safety glasses available! Through June 2 at Montshire Museum of s cience in n orwich. info, 649-2200. 'in the eye o F the Beholder' : paintings by three Vermont artists — Anne u nangst, Marcia h ill and Cindy griffith — interpreting the same landscapes. Through March 31 at governor's o ffice gallery in Montpelier. info, 229-4326. 'intertwined' : innovative fiber works by Marsha Chase, pamela Druhen, elizabeth Fram, Christine Fries, Marilyn gillis, Rae h arrell, Karen h enderson and eve Jacobs Carnahan. Through March 9 at Festival gallery in w aitsfield. info, 496-6682.
Joan h oFFmann : "American w ilderness and h abitats," oils and watercolors by the Royalton artist. Through March 22 at Tunbridge public l ibrary. info, 889-9404. John Snell : “s till l earning to s ee,” work by the lifelong photographer. Through March 15 at Central Vermont Medical Center in barre. info, 371-4375.
dou Gla S kirkland : photographic portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, elizabeth Taylor, Judy garland, paul n ewman, Audrey h epburn, s ophia l oren, John l ennon and george Clooney. Through February 28 at Jackson gallery, Town h all Theater in Middlebury. info, 382-9222.
Proving that there’s always room f or cute in the art scene
— perhaps especially animal cute — Burlington artist Liza Cowan displays perf ectly precious pics of her pet pug, Saki, at ArtSpace 106 at the Men’s Room. It’s hard to believe these pro-looking photographs were taken on Cowan’s iPhone. “I wanted to keep all the production local and affordable,” she says in an artist statement. As for the star of the show, “She’s just adorable and likes to pose,” says Cowan. “Saki: Pug for Fun” will be on view through March 31. Some days, salon owner Glenn Sautter’s own pug, Napoleon, will be happy to show you around. Joy Ce h ayden & nan Ce Silliman : "Resiliency," assemblage boxes, collages and paintings by h ayden; paintings and mixed-media work by s illiman. Through April 13 at n uance gallery in w indsor. info, 674-9616. 'l aBor o F l ove' : An exhibit featuring photos of and excerpts from interviews with women who are passionate about their work, are an inspiration to others and exemplify excellence in their field. Created by Vermont w orks for w omen in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center. Through February 28 at s tatehouse in Montpelier. info, 655-8900. 'l iGht & S PaCe': w ork by printmakers s abra Field and Dan o ’Donnell, fiber artist Karen Madden, and sculptor pat Musick. Through May 10 at the great h all in s pringfield. info, 885-3061.
l inda h oGan : "ever Moving ... ever Changing," digital photographs by the Montpelier artist. Through February 24 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness s tudio in Montpelier. info, 229-4676.
eliza Stam PS: l ine drawings inspired by Vermont's mountain ranges. Through February 28 at edgewater gallery in Middlebury. info, 458-0098. Full h ou Se: This annual exhibit showcases the colorful works of artists Richard w eis, brian s ylvester, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Katherine l anglands. Through March 23 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. info, 775-0356. Graziella w eBer-Gra SSi: "s ardinian Cupids," whimsical collages of winged cherubs emerging from sardine cans. Through February 28 at n ational bank of Middlebury. info, 800-249-3562. 'inter SeCtion: Pre SenCe || Creativity || dream S': Artwork by students of the Archetypal Dreamwork practice — Karla Van Vleit, l aura s mith, Joan Murray and l ily h inrichsen. Through February 28 at w alko ver gallery & Concert Room in bristol. info, 453-3188. Jani Ce a. Bau Ch : n ature photography by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at CarpenterCarse l ibrary in h inesburg. info, 482-2878.
l it t yler : "Memories of an u nconscious n othing," artwork by VTC's director of institutional research. Through May 31 at h artness gallery, Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. info, 728-1237.
l eonida S Chale PaS: "s culpture," work by the visiting artist in residence at w est Rutland's Carving s tudio and s culpture Center. Through February 22 at Calvin Coolidge l ibrary, Castleton s tate College. info, 468-6052.
l izzie h el BiG: "s hift: exploring the effects of s cale," a ceramic installation, drawings and collages that highlight the replication of forms and patterns in nature. Through March 1 at Feick Fine Arts Center, green Mountain College, in poultney. info, 287-8398.
l iBBy h illhou Se: "parallels," photographic portraits paired with text drawn from interviews with Vermonters living below the poverty line. Through March 30 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. info, 388-4964.
'Linear Thinking: SoL LeWiTT, Modern, PoSTModern and ConTeMPorary arT froM The CoLLeCTion': A LeWitt drawing installed by students; 'naTure TranSforMed: edWard BurTynSky’S VerMonT Quarry PhoTograPhS in ConTexT': Iconic photographs exhibited within the context of the geological and social history of the area, including the Italian immigrant stoneworkers in the granite quarries near Barre (through April 22). Through May 5 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168.
the Vermont artist. Through March 25 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.
raCheL Baird: "My Pooling Heart," acrylic paintings that explore emotional damage, vulnerability and redemption. Through February 28 at ZoneThree Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 800-249-3562.
eLiZaBeTh neLSon: "Winter," paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2600.
STudenT arT ShoW: An annual exhibit of artwork by children and teens from seven local schools. Through February 28 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4956.
anna diBBLe & dan goTTSegen: "Upstairs at West Branch," Dibble's paintings of humans and animals attempting to navigate social interactions paired with Gottsegen's paintings that offer multiple points of view on a single scene. Through February 24 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943. BianCa Perren: "The Center for Circumpolar Studies: Arctic Views," plein-air paintings and prints by the artist/scientist who studies the changes in Arctic landscapes as a result of climate change, pollution and human land use; LiSa forSTer BeaCh: "Cultural Energy," paintings by
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SideWaLk arT feSTiVaL Cambridge Arts Council announces the 5th annual Festival of the Arts, August 10, 2013, in Jeffersonville, Vt. Regional artists can register at cambridgeartsvt.org.
kaThy BLaCk: "Reconciling the Map," paintings that incorporate newspaper clippings, weather patterns, maps and views of the night sky. Through March 9 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. keLLy hoLT: "I Walk the Line," mixed-media paintings. Through April 30 at Green Goddess Café in Stowe. Info, 253-5255. Linda forrer: Colorful, original watercolors in recycled frames by the Grand Isle artist. Through February 28 at Merchants Bank in South Hero. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TriCk of The eye exhiBiT Calling for submissions: Optical illusions conjured by a variety of processes, from studio setups to spontaneously captured works, that inspire the question, “How did they do that?” Deadline: April 3. Juror: Benjamin Von Wong. More info at email@example.com. darkroomgallery.com/ex41
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ChandLer annuaL area arTiSTS ShoW: Orange, Washington and Windsor County artists are invited to submit one sample of their work. Drop-off: April 7 and 8. Opening: April 13. Info, chandler-arts.org. ‘The WorLd around uS’: Photographers 18 and under are invited to submit photos for a contest. First-, second- and third-place cash prizes will be awarded in three categories: people, animals and nature. Deadline: March 15. Call Camilla, 988-4300, or Emily, 988-4741, for info. Rules and applications, woodenhorsearts.com/photofun/index.shtml. Skin: CaLL for enTrieS: The undulating landscape of the human form is one of the most variable in nature. Photo entries. Juror: Allen Birnbach. Deadline: March 6. Info, darkroomgallery.com/ex40.
STorMy WeaTher The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery is curating an exhibit of artwork in any medium and size featuring ominous weather and moody skies. Artists are encouraged to submit up to 10 pieces of work in the online form; selections will be announced through email. Deadline: Friday, February 22. Info on entry details at form.jotformpro.com/ form/30353634914957.
feBruary ShoW: Work by woodworker Hans Jaensch and painters Genie Rybicki-Judkins and Pat Murphy. Through February 28 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.
TWo By TWo This SPA exhibit explores pairs. We’re thinking of two related objects (simple and complex, black and white, hard and soft), double portraits or diptychs. The show includes abstract, figurative, two- or three-dimensional works, in all media. Align with another artist or present a pair of your own. Deadline: March 1. Exhibit dates: April 16 through May 25. Info at studioplacearts.com.
'ConVerSaTionS in CLoTh': Quilted works by June Bugbee and friends. Through April 30 at Jericho Center Town Hall. Info, 899-2974.
oPen grouP ShoW “CreaTiVe CoMP” First Friday every month. $8 entry fee, limit 1 per artist. no rules, any size/media/subject. Entries accepted Wednesday through first Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening reception on first Fridays, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. People’s choice winner gets cash prize. Exhibit up for month. Location: Root Gallery at RL Photo, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington. For info, call 540-3081 or email email@example.com.
nCg PreSenTS eCoLogieS! new City Galerie is accepting submissions for its April show centered around environmental and ecological education and justice. Deadline: March 18. Submit via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ChriSTina Z. anderSon: Snowflake Bentley’s images printed with the mordançage process by the Montana State University, Bozeman, professor. Through March 15 at the Old Red Mill in Jericho. Info, 899-2335.
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Liza Myers: "Nesting Instincts," paintings and sculpture related to birds and migration. Through February 28 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 467-3701. Margot eastMan & Casey Dearborn: Photographs by Eastman; watercolors by Dearborn. Through March 4 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366. Mary ann Duffy goDin: "Birds, Blooms and Vintage," watercolor paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 17 at Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield. Info, 827-3945. MiChaeL Lew-sMith: "Portraits in Stone," black-and-white photographs of historic granite cemetery statues and monuments. Through February 26 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053. PoLLy whitCoMb: "Old Implements & Fresh Clay," sculptural wall hangings made from salvaged industrial parts. Through February 28 at Stowe Craft & Design. Info, 253-7677. ranDi siu: "Amoroso! The Art Show," acrylic heart paintings by the Boston-area artist. Through February 28 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696. sanDra ershow: Watercolors and pastels by the Waterbury artist. Through March 15 at Copley Woodlands in Stowe. Info, 253-7200. 'sourCe: guiLD of VerMont furniture Makers': An exhibition of fine furniture by Vermont craftspeople with a focus on the source of all the elements that collaborate to make the final piece; gaLen Cheney: Colorful, large-scale, abstract paintings that evoke urban graffiti, architecture and the organic (through February 24). Through April 14 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.
Jeanette fournier: Realist bird-focused watercolors by the New Hampshire artist. Through March 31 at VINS Nature Center in Quechee. Info, 359-5000.
‘2013 best of the uPPer VaLLey high sChooL exhibition’: Work by Upper Valley teens; Artwork by Students from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth: A series of coloredpencil drawings called “Metastasis” by Benjamin Blais; prints of watercolor and ink paintings by Thanapoom (Mo) Boonipat. Through March 1 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. art Lab exhibition: Work by adults with special needs who meet weekly for art classes at AVA Gallery and Art Center. Through May 31 at Courtyard by Marriott in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. ‘Crossing CuLtures’: A survey of Australia’s contemporary indigenous art movement from the 1970s to the present drawn from one of the world’s largest collections of aboriginal art. Through March 10 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2095. Jean-JaCques DuVaL: Paintings, stained-glass sculpture and preliminary drawings for large stained-glass windows installed in Europe, Japan and the U.S. Through March 24 at Burke Gallery, Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. Info, 518-564-2474. ‘Peru: kingDoMs of the sun anD the Moon — iDentities anD Conquest in the anCient, CoLoniaL anD MoDern eras’: A collection of pre-Columbian treasures and masterpieces, many of which have never been seen outside Peru. Through June 16 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Québec. Info, 514-285-1600. ‘tony bennett: the art of anthony beneDetto’: Watercolors, sketches and paintings by the world-renowned singer. Through April 14 at Galerie of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan in Montréal. Info, 514-288-8882. winter waterCoLor show: Work by the Vermont Watercolor Society. Through March 2 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. m
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he point isn’t that Dustin Ho˜ man’s directorial debut su˜ ers in comparison with other ﬁ lms about old age, such as Amour. The point is that it’s so spectacularly silly and sentimental, it simply su˜ ers in comparison with other ﬁ lms. The actor-turned-auteur isn’t entirely to blame. Ronald Harwood ( The Dresser), whose script was adapted from his own play, is responsible for concocting all 99 minutes of Quartet’s corny, cloying nonsense. Ho˜ man just made the inexplicable decision to bring it to the screen. The setting is an English manor called Beecham House that serves as a home f or retired musicians and opera singers. The premise is straight out of an old Mickey Rooney movie: The business is in danger of f olding, so the residents have decided to come to its rescue by — you guessed it — putting on a show. One of the reasons I use a word like “nonsense” is that Beecham is obviously a pricey operation. It’s the sort of pictureperf ect country estate where rock stars get away f rom it all. So when we see that the perf ormance space seats approximately 50,
it’s hard to imagine how the show’s going to raise enough to save more than, say, the joint’s croquet court. But that doesn’t stop some extremely long-in-the-tooth guests f rom taking the mission extremely seriously. The ﬁ rst member of the quartet in question is Wilf (Billy Connolly), the lech-in-residence. This is the kind of movie that thinks sexual harassment is cute, so long as the perpetrator is old and sounds like Fat Bastard. Pauline Collins plays Cissy, the ﬁ lm’s ofﬁ cial ditz. Quartet is also the kind of movie that plays dementia f or giggles. Then we have Tom Courtenay as Reg. He has perhaps the picture’s most embarrassing scene, a bit of baloney in which he lectures visiting teens on the similarities between opera and rap. Really. Last and anything but least is Maggie Smith’s Jean. In addition to being the ﬁ lm’s o˛ cial diva, she was brieﬂ y married to Reggie many years earlier. Her arrival at the home raises the two questions that drive the action, such as it is: (1) Will she reunite with Reggie? And (2) Will she reunite musically with Wilf, Cissy and Reggie (with whom she performed in their prime) for the climactic concert?
VOCAL ANESTHESIA Hoffman’s behind-the-camera debut is hampered by one-note performances and plotting dull enough to induce sleep.
A more pressing question is, are you likely to care, or even be awake, by the time the third act hobbles into view? I can’t imagine why anyone would. There isn’t a believable moment in this saccharine cartoon. Or a plot development a cataract patient couldn’t see coming a mile away. At the risk of being accused of blasphemy, I would ask additionally whether the world really needed another ﬁ lm in which a bitter Maggie Smith character sweetens up just in time f or the closing credits. Speaking of which, the credits are the one part of the picture that proves moderately captivating. Ho˜ man ﬁ lled his ﬁ ctional retirement home f or musicians (there’s a real one in Italy) with actual perf ormers and presents a photo of each from his or her heyday, along with a career synopsis. It’s a
motley crew that includes f amed soprano Gwyneth Jones; Ronnie Hughes, who played trumpet in Frank Sinatra’s orchestra; and Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in the John Cleese series “Fawlty Towers.” OK, I can’t explain why he’s there, but it was nice to see him. It’s nice to see a number of Quartet’s terriﬁ cally gif ted Brits, such as the great Michael Gambon, who has a small role as the beneﬁ t’s ﬂ amboyant organizer. But it would have been nicer had they been given something worthy of their gifts to do. The bottom line: I’m not sure what convinced Ho˜ man this was the perfect project for his ﬁ rst time behind the camera. The end result makes an inﬁ nitely better case f or it being his last. RICK KISONAK
Beautiful Creatures ★★★
ll the box-o˛ ce omens were auspicious f or Beautif ul Creatures. A tale of paranormal romance based on the ﬁ rst novel in a popular teen series (by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl), it drew inevitable comparisons to Twilight. Adapted and directed by Richard LaGravenese, best known these days f or sticky f are such as P.S. I Love You, the ﬁ lm was released on Valentine’s Day. It proceeded to bomb royally. Here’s the ﬁ nal twist:Beautiful Creatures is not that bad. Yes, it’s about teens f alling in love, and yes, there are witches and atrocious fake Southern accents and some painf ully stupid caricatures of small-town lif e. But this movie has things the Twilight series and recent Nicholas Sparks ﬂ icks lack: stu˜ happening. Stakes. A sense of humor. A f emale lead whose choices are not limited to sacriﬁ cing everything for the chance to stare into her boyfriend’s eyes for eternity. Oh, and thespians Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons, the last two chowing down on scenery and having a high old time. In short, this is a perfectly solid comingof -age f antasy, closer in spirit to “Bu˜ y the Vampire Slayer” than to the recent spate of Stephenie Meyer clones, that will probably
appeal to teens and teens-at-heart who catch it on TBS next year. Considerable credit belongs to the newcomer leads, Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert (daughter of director Jane Campion), who give emotional weight and charm to their stereotypical roles. He’s Ethan Wate, the dimpliest, quirkiest, most f reethinking boy in his hidebound South Carolina town. She’s Lena Duchannes, a sullen newcomer who belongs to a clan of witches (“casters,” she informs Ethan, is the PC term) and lives with her reclusive uncle (Irons) in an antebellum mansion that’s all picturesque decay on the outside and Tim Burton-esque sets within. Lena is sullen because, well, she’s 15 — but also because female casters are “claimed” for good or evil on their 16th birthdays, and they don’t get to choose which. That totally sucked for Lena’s cousin, Ridley (Emmy Rossum), who was transformed in seconds from a sweet, winsome girl into a snarling Siren who marches through town in black lace and practically eats boys alive. Wait, or did it suck? More than a f ew tween girls have fantasized about becoming femmes fatales the instant they put on high heels and lipstick, and Beautif ul Creatures
SEASONING OF THE WITCH Englert addresses the pressing question of whether she can dress like a sexy goth and be a nice girl in LaGravenese’s fantasy.
taps into those lurid imaginings with its silly central conceit. Of course, we all know that doing good or evil is a choice, that real people don’t embody absolutes, and that Lena will eventually attain moral autonomy with help from her love for Ethan. She’s the heroine, after all. But the ﬁ lm acknowledges that, for a girl accustomed to being ostracized at school, sexy, apocalyptic power might be kind of tempting. David Edelstein of New York Magazine is right to say that, while Beautiful Creatures is a better movie than the Twilight series, “it’s nowhere near as potent” — or as memorable. There’s just something about a chaste slab of man-marble who secretly wants to devour
you that makes some girls (and women) faint dead away. That’s why even people who resist the appeal of Twilight — especially those people — can’t stop talking about it. Beautif ul Creatures is just another passable entertainment, not a portal into a disturbing part of the human psyche. But if I were choosing something for a teenager, I’d rather she see a ﬁ lm where the heroine’s soul mate not only makes her laugh but doesn’t hesitate to tell her when she’s being a self involved pain in the ass. You know, kind of like in a real relationship. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N
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DARK SKiES: A suburban family faces an invasion by mysterious and sinister forces — aliens? ghosts? reality-show producers? The trailer didn’t specify — in this thriller starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and Dakota Goyo. Scott (Priest, Legion) Stewart directed. (95 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic) SNitcH: Dwayne Johnson plays a father who goes undercover with the DEA to save his son from a drug-related conviction in this drama from director Ric Roman (Felon) Waugh. With Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal and Susan Sarandon. (95 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic)
AmoURHHHHH Jean-Louis Trintignant plays an elderly man struggling to care for his beloved wife (Emmanuelle Riva) as she experiences dementia in this Oscar-nominated drama from director Michael (Caché) Haneke. With Isabelle Huppert. See review, this issue. (127 min, PG-13.) ARGoHHH Ben Affleck plays a covert agent who uses a daring deception to try to rescue Americans trapped in Iran during the hostage crisis in this drama based on actual events. With John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston. Affleck directed. (120 min, R) BARBARA: In 1980, an East German doctor (Nina Hoss) finds herself drawn to a colleague she knows is reporting on her to the secret police, in this behind-the-Iron-Curtain drama from director Christian Petzold. (105 min, PG-13) BEAUtiFUl cREAtURESHHH A Southern teen falls in love with a young woman from a family of witches, and yes, this paranormal romance is more of what Twilight wrought. Based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis star. Richard (P.S. I Love You) LaGravenese directed. (124 min, PG-13)
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mAmAHH1/2 Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau play a couple who take over the care of two disturbed young girls who spent five years in the woods alone — or were they? — in this horror flick. Andrés Muschietti makes his feature directorial debut with this expansion of his short film. (100 min, PG-13) QUARtEtH Dustin Hoffman directed this comedy-drama about a British retirement home full of former opera musicians, where the arrival of a diva (Maggie Smith) stirs up old rivalries and resentments. With Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly. (95 min, PG-13)
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RiSE oF tHE GUARDiANSHHH Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other childhood icons team up, Avengers-style, to combat a worldthreatening menace in this DreamWorks family animation. With the voices of Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. Peter Ramsey directed. (97 min, PG) SAFE HAVENH1/2 Young woman with dark secrets; picturesque Southern setting; soulful widower offering new love; seaside montages; staring, staring, staring. That’s a guess at what you’ll find in this Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders, directed by Lasse Hallström. (115 min, PG-13) SiDE EFFEctSHHH1/2 Rooney Mara plays a young wife whose anxiety medication fails to improve her mental state in this thriller-slash-critique-ofthe-pharmaceutical-industry from ever-versatile director Steven Soderbergh, who says his next step is to retire from big-screen filmmaking. Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law also star. (106 min, R) SilVER liNiNGS plAYBooKHHHH Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence play two people with degrees of mental illness who forge an oddball bond in this dark romantic comedy from director David O. (The Fighter) Russell. With Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker. (122 min, R) NOW PLAYING
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tHE impoSSiBlEHHH The true story of a vacationing family’s ordeal during and after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsumani inspired this disaster drama from J.A. (The Orphanage) Bayona. Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland star. (114 min, PG-13)
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A GooD DAY to DiE HARDH1/2 John McClane (Bruce Willis) finds out his son (Jai Courtney) is working for the CIA in Russia and decides to retire, take in some sights and leave the action stunts to the next generation. No, that’s actually not what happens in the fifth Die Hard movie. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead. John (Max Payne) Moore directed. (97 min, R)
iDENtitY tHiEFHH Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy? Our money’s on the lady with the smart mouth. In this comedy from director Seth (Horrible Bosses) Gordon, he’s the mild-mannered victim of identity theft; she’s the con artist. With John Cho and Amanda Peet. (111 min, R)
EScApE FRom plANEt EARtHHH1/2 The scary aliens are us in this family animation about a heroic astronaut from the planet Baab (voiced by Brendan Fraser) who responds to a distress call from Earth. With Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Sarah Jessica Parker. Cal Brunker directed. (90 min, PG)
tHE HoBBit: AN UNEXpEctED JoURNEYHHH J.R.R. Tolkien’s relatively brief prequel to The Lord of the Rings, chronicling Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim a dragon’s treasure, is slated to become three long movies. This first installment is directed by LOTR’s Peter Jackson and stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis. (170 min, PG-13)
DJANGo UNcHAiNEDHHHH Quentin Tarantino goes Southern gothic. Jamie Foxx plays a former slave who sets out to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington. (165 min, R)
HANSEl AND GREtEl: WitcH HUNtERS 1/2H The fairy-tale kids (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) are all grown up and using serious weaponry, and we sincerely hope this action flick isn’t taking itself seriously. With Peter Stormare and Famke Janssen. Tommy (Dead Snow) Wirkola directed. (93 min, R)
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mar Quis theatre
Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 escape from planet earth 3d 7. a Good day to die h ard 7. identity Thief 7. friday 22 — thursday 28 escape from planet earth Fri & Sat: 2, 4, 6:30, 8:30 (3-D). Sun: 2, 4, 5:30 (3-D). Mon-Thu: 5:30 (3-D). a Good day to die h ard Fri & Sat: 4, 9. Sun: 4, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. identity Thief Fri & Sat: 2, 4, 6:30, 9. Sun: 2, 4, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. w arm Bodies Fri: 6:30. Sat: 2, 6:30. Sun: 2, 7. Mon-Thu: 7.
BiG picture theater
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 django u nchained Wed: 7:30. escape from planet earth Wed: 1, 5, 7. Thu: 1, 5. l ife of pi 1, 5.
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 Beautiful creatures 6:15, 9:05. a Good day to die h ard 6:30, 9. side effects 6:15, 9. silver l inings playbook 6:20, 9. w arm Bodies 6:25, 9:05.
48 Carroll Rd. (off Rte. 100), Waitsfield, 496-8994, bigpicturetheater.info
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BiJou cineple X 4 Rte. 100, Morrisville, 8883293, bijou4.com
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 escape from planet earth 3:30 (3-D), 6:40. a Good day to die h ard 7. identity Thief 4, 6:50. mama 7:10. r ise of the Guardians 3:50. friday 22 — thursday 28 escape from planet earth 1, 3:30 (3-D), 6:40, 8:30 (Fri & Sat only). a Good day to die h ard 1:30, 3:40, 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). identity Thief 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). mama 7:10, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). r ise of the Guardians 1:10, 3:50.
93 State St., Montpelier, 2290343, fgbtheaters.com
friday 22 — thursday 28 Beautiful creatures Fri: 6;15, 9. Sat & Sun: 12:15, 3:10, 6:15, 9. Mon-Thu: 1:30, 6:15, 9. escape From planet earth Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat & Sun: 12:25, 3, 6:30, 9. Mon-Thu: 1:30, 6:30, 9. a Good day to die h ard Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat & Sun: 12:25, 3:20, 6:30, 9. MonThu: 1:30, 6:30, 9. silver l inings playbook Fri: 6:20, 9. Sat & Sun: 12:30, 3:15, 6:20, 9. Mon-Thu: 1:30, 6:20, 9. w arm Bodies Fri: 6:25, 9:05. Sat & Sun: 12:35, 3:10, 6:25, 9. Mon-Thu: 1:30, 6:25, 9.
esse X cinemas & t -re X theater 21 Essex Way, #300, Essex, 879-6543, essexcinemas.com
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 argo Wed: 4, 6:35. Beautiful creatures 1:25, 4, 6:35, 9:10.
friday 22 — thursday 28 argo 4:30, 7:05, 9:40. Beautiful creatures 1:25, 4, 6:35, 9:10. *dark skies 12:45, 2:55, 5:05, 7:15, 9:25. escape from planet earth 4:35. escape from planet earth 3d 12:25, 2:30, 6:40, 8:45. a Good day to die h ard 12, 1, 2:15, 3:15, 4:30, 5:30, 7:45, 10. identity Thief 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50. safe h aven 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. side effects 12:15, 4:50, 7:10. silver l inings playbook 1:15, 3:50, 6:25, 9. *snitch 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10. w arm Bodies 2:35, 9:30. ***See website for details.
190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010, majestic10.com
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 Beautiful creatures 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. django u nchained 2:55, 9:05. escape from planet earth 11:45 a.m., 2:25. escape from planet earth 3d 12, 2:10, 4:20, 6:35, 8:50. a Good day to die h ard 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35. h ansel & Gretel: w itch h unters 3d 2:35, 7:25, 9:40. identity Thief 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:35. safe h aven 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:30. side effects 12, 4:35, 7:15, 9:40. silver l inings playbook 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10. w arm Bodies 1:50, 4:30, 6:45, 9:25. Zero dark Thirty 11:45 a.m., 6:15. friday 22 — thursday 28 Beautiful creatures 12:40, 3:30, 6:20, 9:05. *dark skies 2, 4:30, 7:20, 9:40. escape from planet earth 11:50 a.m., 3:50. escape from planet earth 3d 11:30 a.m.,
241 North Main St., Barre, 4799621, fgbtheaters.com
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 identity Thief 6:30, 9. safe h aven 6:25, 9. friday 22 — thursday 28 identity Thief Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat and Sun: 1, 3:30, 6:30, 9. MonThu: 1:30, 6:30, 9. safe h aven Fri: 6:25, 9. Sat and Sun: 12:45, 3:30, 6:25, 9. Mon-Thu: 1:30, 6:25, 9.
the savoy theater 26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509, savoytheater.com
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 amour 6:30, 8:45. Barbara 6, 8. friday 22 — thursday 28 amour Fri: 6:30, 8:45. Sat and Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:45. Barbara Fri: 6, 8. Sat and Sun: 1, 3:30, 6, 8. Mon to Thu: 6, 8.
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wednesday 20 — thursday 28 amour 1, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05. django u nchained 3:30, 8:50. identity Thief 1:20, 4, 7, 9:20. The impossible 1:05, 6:40. Quartet 1:25, 3:40, 6:20, 8:30. safe h aven 1:10, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10. silver l inings playbook 1:15, 3:45, 6:25, 8:55.
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 a Good day to die h ard 7. identity Thief 7. silver l inings playbook 7.
222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456, merrilltheatres.net
escape from planet earth 4:35. escape from planet earth 3d 12:25, 2:30, 6:40, 8:45. a Good day to die h ard 12, 1, 2:15, 3:15, 4:30, 5:30 (Wed only), 6:45, 7:45 (Wed only), 9, 10. h ansel & Gretel: w itch h unters Wed: 9:15. The h obbit: an unexpected Journey in 3d 12:35. identity Thief 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50. ***r isky Business Thu: 7. safe h aven 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. side effects 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30. silver l inings playbook 1:15, 3:50, 6:25, 9. w arm Bodies 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30.
palace 9 cinemas
10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, palace9.com
wednesday 20 — thursday 28 argo 3:40, 6:30. Beautiful creatures 12:45, 3:35, 6:40, 9:25. escape from planet earth 12:35, 2:35, 4:35, 6:40, 8:45. a Good day to die h ard 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:30. identity Thief 1:15, 4, 6:55, 9:25. safe h aven 1, 3:45, 6:45, 9:20. side effects 1:25, 3:55, 6:50, 9:10. silver l inings playbook 12:55, 3:50, 6:35, 9:15. w arm Bodies 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:05, 9:30. Zero dark Thirty 12:30, 9.
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Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534678. stowecinema.com
friday 22 — thursday 28 a Good day to die h ard Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:30, 7, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. identity Thief Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. silver l inings playbook Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7. Mon to Thu: 7.
104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 5277888, weldentheatre3.com
wednesday 20 — thursday 21 escape from planet earth 3d 5, 7:30. identity Thief 5, 7. silver l inings playbook 5, 7:15. Full schedule not available at press time.
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WARM BODIES★★★ Vampire romance, OK. But zombie romance? Nicholas Hoult plays an undead teen who falls in love with a living one (Teresa Palmer), and, thank God, this appears to be a comedy. With John Malkovich and Rob Corddry. Jonathan (50/50) Levine directed. (97 min, PG-13) ZERO DARK THIRTY★★★1/2 The team behind The Hurt Locker (director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal) bring us this controversial fact-based drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt star. (157 min, R)
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Johnson and Domhnall Gleeson. (130 min, R) ARGO★★★ Ben Affleck plays a covert agent who uses a daring deception to try to rescue Americans trapped in Iran during the hostage crisis in this drama based on actual events. With John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston. Affleck directed. (120 min, R) ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART II★1/2 Samantha Mathis takes over the lead in this continuation of Ayn Rand’s libertarian epic in which the global economy approaches collapse. With Esai Morales and Jason Beghe. John Putch directed. (112 min, PG-13) FUN SIZE★★ First-time director Josh Schwartz attempts to mash up Superbad and Adventures in Babysitting in this comedy for the snarky-teen-girl demo. With Victoria Justice, Jackson Nicoll and Chelsea Handler. (90 min, PG-13)
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This week in Movies You Missed: Want to see how America might look after a full economic collapse? Look at Detroit.
n this documentary, directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp) present present-day Detroit with little commentary. It starts with images: a young woman exploring abandoned buildings. Opera singers on stage. Grass encroaching on bricks and pavement.
And we get the stats: In 1930, Detroit was the fastest-growing city in America. Now it’s the fastest shrinking… And the final irony: Now that prosperity has moved out of Detroit, the hipsters and starving artists are moving in.
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Then we meet the people: a video blogger who loves the city too much to leave, just chronicles its decay. A union man who remembers when a string of vacant lots were thriving factories. A nightclub owner who quotes radical sociologists.
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Panasonic’s introduced its attempt to slow global warming: the Artificial Photosynthesis System, a plant-like machine that uses light to scrub carbon dioxide f rom the atmosphere and turn it into organic material. “Currently, the main substance produced is formic acid,” chief researcher Satoshi Yotsuhashi said, “but in the f uture, we’d like to produce even more usef ul substances, such as hydrocarbons or alcohol.” (Science)
After police arrested Aleasha Haines in Peoria, Ariz., she complained of back pain and nausea and was taken to the hospital, where she asked to use the restroom. Five minutes later, the police report said, “a large crashing noise was heard,” and the officer guarding Haines ordered her to unlock the door. “The ceiling tiles above the toilet had been pulled down and broken,” the report stated. “Aleasha exited the bathroom and was covered with a white chalk substance con sistent with the ceiling tile material.” Police said the sink also broke under Haines’s weight, as did the steel support beams holding the ceiling in place, “showing f orce had been used to pull the ceiling down.” Damage from Haines’s escape attempt was estimated at $1500. (Phoenix’s Arizona Republic)
Convicted bank robber Kenneth Conley man aged to escape f rom Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center but was caught 17 days later living at an apartment building in Palos Hills, Ill., that’s located, according to reports, “just steps f rom Palos Hills police headquarters.” (NBC News)
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed a $3.1 billion transportation plan that would elimi nate the state’s gas tax but impose a $100 f ee on hybrid and electric vehicles. “It’s meant to compensate f or the f ederal gas tax that those vehicles do not pay,” McDonnell explained. (Washington’s WTOP-FM)
Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to a resi dence in Springtown, Texas, by two separate 911 calls. The first was from the homeowner, reporting he was holding a burglar at gunpoint. The second was from the suspect, identified as Christopher Lance Moore, 41, reporting that he was being held at gunpoint. Moore admitted breaking into the home with “bad intentions.” (Dallas Morning News)
(March 21- april 19): in the course of her world travels, writer Jane brunette has seen many wonderful things — as well as a lot of trash. The most beautiful litter, she says, is in bali. she loves the “woven palm leaf offerings, colorful cloth left from a ceremony, and flowers that dry into exquisite wrinkles of color.” even the shiny candy wrappers strewn by the side of the road are fun to behold. your assignment, aries, is to adopt a perceptual filter akin to brunette’s. is there any stuff other people regard as worthless or outworn that you might find useful, interesting or even charming? i’m speaking metaphorically as well as literally.
(april 20-May 20): The old t estament tells the story of a man named Methuselah, who supposedly didn’t die until he was 969 years old. some k abbalistic commentators suggest that he didn’t literally walk the earth for almost 10 centuries. r ather, he was extra skilled at the arts of living. h is experiences were profoundly rich. h e packed 969 years’ worth of meaningful adventures into a normal life span. i prefer that interpretation, and i’d like to invoke it as i assess your future. according to my analysis of the astrological omens, t aurus, you will have Methuselah’s talent in the coming weeks.
(May 21-June 20): in the coming weeks, i’m expecting your life to verge on being epic and majestic. There’s a better-than-even chance that you will do something heroic. you might finally activate a sleeping potential or tune in to your future power spot or learn what you’venever been able to grasp before. and if you capitalize gracefully on the kaleidoscopic kismet xthat’s flowing your way, i bet you will make a discovery that will fuel you for the rest of your long life. in mythical terms, you will create a new grail or tame a troublesome dragon — or both.
(June 21-July 22): Jackalopes resemble jackrabbits, except that they have antlers like deer and tails like pheasants. They love whiskey, only have sex during storms and can mimic most sounds, even the human voice. The milk of the female has curative properties. strictly speaking, however, the jackalope doesn’t actually exist. it’s a legendary beast, like the mermaid and unicorn. and yet w yoming lawmakers have decided to honor it. early this year they began the process of making it the state’s official mythical creature. i bring this to your attention, Cancerian, because now would be an excellent time to select your own official mythical creature. The evocative presence of this fantastic fantasy
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(July 23- aug. 22): The temptation to hide what you’re feeling could be strong right now. you may wonder if you should protect yourself and others from the unruly truth. but according to my analysis, you will be most brilliant and effective if you’re cheerfully honest. That’s the strategy most likely to provide genuine healing, too — even if its initial effects are unsettling. please remember that it won’t be enough merely to communicate the easy secrets with polite courage. you will have to tap into the deepest sources you know and unveil the whole story with buoyantly bold elegance.
VIRgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): The word “chain” may refer to something that confines or restricts. but it can also mean a series of people who are linked together because of their common interests and their desire to create strength through unity. i believe that one of those two definitions will play an important role in your life during the coming weeks, Virgo. if you proceed with the intention to emphasize the second meaning, you will minimize and maybe even eliminate the first. l IBRa
(sept. 23-oct. 22): people in sweden used to drive their cars on the lefthand side of the road. but a growing body of research revealed it would be better if everyone drove on the righthand side. so on september 3, 1967, the law changed. everyone switched over. all nonessential traffic was halted for hours to accommodate the necessary adjustments. w hat were the results? l ots of motorists grumbled about having to alter their routine behavior, but the transition was smooth. in fact, the accident rate went down. i think you’d benefit from doing a comparable ritual sometime soon, l ibra. w hich of your traditions or habits could use a fundamental revision?
(oct. 23-nov. 21): w hen a woman is pregnant, her womb stretches dramatically, getting bigger to accommodate the growing fetus. i suspect you’ll undergo a metaphorically similar process in the coming weeks. a new creation will be gestating, and you’ll have to expand as it ripens. h ow? h ere’s one way: you’ll have to get smarter and more
sensitive in order to give it the care it needs. h ere’s another way: you’ll have to increase your capacity for love. don’t worry: you won’t have to do it all at once. “ l ittle by little” is your watchword.
Sag Itta RIUS (nov. 22-dec. 21):
do you floss your teeth while you’re meditating? do you text-message and shave or put on makeup as you drive? do you simultaneously eat a meal, pay your bills, watch t V and exercise? if so, you are probably trying to move too fast and do too much. even in normal times, that’s no good. but in the coming week, it should be taboo. you need to slowwww wayyyy dowwwn, sagittarius. you’ve got … to compel yourself … to do … one thing … at a time. i say this not just because your mental and physical and spiritual health depend on it. Certain crucial realizations about your future are on the verge of popping into your awareness — but they will only pop if you are immersed in a calm and unhurried state.
ca PRIco RN (dec. 22-Jan. 19): t o make your part of the world a better place, stress-loving workaholics may need to collaborate with slowmoving underachievers. serious business might be best negotiated in places like bowling alleys or parking lots. you should definitely consider seeking out curious synergies and unexpected alliances. it’s an odd grace period, Capricorn. don’t assume you already know how to captivate the imaginations of people whose influence you want in your life. be willing to think thoughts and feel feelings you have rarely if ever entertained. aQUaRIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18 ): gawker.com came up with colorful ways to describe actress zooey deschanel. in a weird coincidence, their pithy phrases for her seem to fit the moods and experiences you will soon be having. i guess you could say you’re scheduled to have a zooey deschanel-according-to-gawker.com kind of week. h ere are some of the themes: 1. novelty ukulele tune. 2. overemphatic stage wink. 3. sentient glitter cloud. 4. over-iced Funfetti cupcake. 5. Melted-bead craft project. 6. l iving pinterest board. 7. animated h ipstamatic photograph. 8 . bambi’s rabbit friend. 9. satchel of fairy dust. 10. h ipster labradoodle.
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ou may have heard the thundering exhortation, “Know thyself!” Its origin is ancient. More than 2400 years ago, it was inscribed at the front of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. As important as it is to obey this command, there is an equally crucial corollary: “Be thyself!” Don’t you agree? Is there any experience more painful than not being who you really are? Could there be any behavior more damaging to your long-term happiness than trying to be someone other than who you really are? If there is even the slightest gap, Pisces, now is an excellent time to start closing it. Cosmic forces will be aligned in your favor if you push hard to further identify the nature of your authentic self and then take aggressive steps to foster its full bloom.
would inspire your imagination to work more freely and playfully, which is just what you need. w hat’ll it be? dragon? sphinx? phoenix? h ere’s a list: tinyurl. com/MythicCritters.
To cut its f uel costs, the Alaskan Brewing Co. installed a $1.8 million boiler system that turns waste grain accumulated during the brewing process into steam that powers the Juneaubased brewery’s operations. Brandon Smith, the company’s brewing operations and engineering manager, estimated that the spent-grain system will offset the brewery’s yearly energy costs by 70 percent. (Fox News)
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Gail Castle, 51, used the car she was test-driving as her getaway car af ter she robbed a bank, according to police in Manteca, Calif . The 83-year-old seller wanted $2200 for the vehicle, and after a short drive, Castle asked him to drive her to a bank so she could withdraw cash to buy the car. She returned a f ew minutes later with a purse stuffed with bills. On their way to the man’s house to seal the deal, police stopped the car and arrested Castle f or bank robbery and elder abuse. (Sacramento’s KTXL-TV)
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A f amily in Plymouth, England, credited their giant pet rabbit with interrupting a burglary by thumping its feet on the floor of its indoor cage. “In the early hours of the morning, Toby, our rabbit, did five loud thumps,” Kimberley May said, noting the 2-year-old rabbit is nearly 2 feet long, 10 inches tall and weighs 10 pounds. “We think that when the rabbit thumped, it scared the burglar off.” (Plymouth Herald) m
When police investigating a fight in Dayton, Ohio, detained Jerad Butler, 42, he gave them a fake name and said he didn’t know his Social Security number or birth date. Then he gave a SSN that returned a description matching Butler’s of a man who had an active arrest warrant, so police arrested him. Later, they determined that he wasn’t that wanted person but instead Butler, who also had an outstanding arrest warrant. (Dayton’s WHIO-TV)
Rabbits have been plaguing cars parked at Denver International Airport. “They like to
chew on the insulator portion of the ignition cables,” Wiley Farris of Arapahoe Autotek repair shop explained. To discourage the rabbits, U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlif e agents remove about 100 a month, while airport park ing companies are installing better f ences and building perches for predator hawks and eagles. Noting that damage to cars “can run f rom the hundreds into the thousands” of dollars, Farris said a cheap but effective deterrent is to coat the wires with fox or coyote urine. “You can pick up f ox urine at any pro hunting shop.” (Denver’s KCNC-TV)
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l o ViNg guY NEEDS l o ViNg lADY I am honest, caring, loving, romantic, affectionate, like to cuddle or go out and have fun; easygoing person. I am looking to meet a nice lady that is honest, caring, loving, romantic, affectionate, likes to cuddle at home and go out have fun too. I work hard all week. I drive for Good n ews Garage as a ready-to-go driver. I like the movies, seeing live bands, playing pool. vtcountryrocks, 41, l gorg Eou S, ENErg Etic, c ApAbl E FArm St EADEr o ne-of-a-kind, blue-eyed warrior. I am a self-sufficient gardener, herbalist, baker, cook, cheese and wine maker. I raise livestock, built my house, am an amazing lover. and ready to share. hotfarmer, 31 Flow i S l Etti Ng go When you have to think about things too long, they probably are all wrong. I believe in instinct and flow. I enjoy an adventurous existence. I am as much an ocean man as I am a mountain man. Meeting a cool, fun, and mellow lady would be delightful. I work with my hands and live by my heart. h eartandh andz, 40, l
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Q: I have kids, a job and a husband. When I get into bed, all I want is sleep — not sex. Any advice on how to stay awake? A: Time to reset your clock — sex isn’t just for night owls! Juggling a marriage, job and kids entitles you to a good night’s sleep, but you also deserve pleasure. Surprise hubby at work for a nooner, or send the kids to play at the neighbor’s — whatever it takes to sneak in some sex during the daylight hours. Q: I hate my partner’s smoking! A: Buy your partner an electronic cigarette — all the nicotine of a regular cigarette with none of the stench. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to put the hammer down: Quit or suffer the consequences. I’m not normally a proponent of ultimatums, but cigarette smoking is a nasty habit that could cause your love life to go up in smoke. Q: What’s your best advice for getting out of a dating rut? a: I suggest a “leave no stone unturned” approach. Join an online dating site, sign up for new classes or volunteer projects, and let your friends know you’re on the prowl. Between the online inquiries, new connections and setups, you’ll be swimming in dates in no time. Q: I have read many sex advice columns in my day. I have always enjoyed living vicariously through other people’s sex lives. How come many weeks your column reads like a PG-13 “Dear Abby” letter? A: For most people, sex comes along with complicated relationship issues — it’s not all anal sex and roses. I receive questions that run the gamut from first dates to first forays into fisting. I strive to actually help readers, not entertain the masses with salacious sex stories. What sounds PG13 to you is a burning question for someone else. Here’s a suggestion: Stop living vicariously through others and start living your own naughty fantasies — then write me about it. Q: Do you, or would you, like being forced to come when you are bound? A: That’s for me to know and you to find out. Or not.
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happy 23rd lauren I spy one of my best friends turning 23 this Saturday! Can’t wait for our spa day and crazy night shenanigans! I’m so lucky to have you as one of my best friends! Thank you for being you! Love you & keep flossing! When: Thursday, February 14, 2013. Where: l uke Bryan’s house. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #911023
5 p. M. on valentine’ S day As we passed by the crosswalk, you said “nice to see you.” As I walked away, I turned back and realized we used to know each other! Anyway, nice to see you again, too. How unfortunate that we didn’t have a conversation. When: Thursday, February 14, 2013. Where: the top of Church Street. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911015
dready Ma Ma With dog I was standing outside Capitol Grounds as you walked up with your pup. You told me I could pet her while you went inside. I wanted to ask you your name and talk to you more but your friend was there talking to you. I hope you read this and want to get coffee with me. When: Saturday, February 16, 2013. Where: Capitol grounds Montpelier. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911022
My dear Hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day! Miss you, love you, am you. When: Thursday, February 14, 2013. Where: by the sea. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911014
you Can Carve My t enderloin You were walking downtown with friends wearing chef whites, and my eye was on YOU. As I was walking by I overheard you talking about meat, but all the meat I want to discuss is your ass. You seem like the type of guy who I could move out to Oregon with and raise a family of Eagle Scouts. When: Saturday, February 16, 2013. Where: downtown Montpelier. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911021
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overlook park jogger I saw you. You saw me. I bombed a hill for you. You took off jogging. Your spandex was tight. Lookin’ alrite. Maybe I will see you again sometime. When: Friday, February 15, 2013. Where: o verlook park. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911019 i2pad Would love to Meet I saw you was — it on the net? that—outdoorsy look. I am captivated. Must I pay to reach you? I think naught —here I am. Let me know it is you! Your blue eyes, blond hair playing in the snow. Cancer to my Capricorn. When: Friday, February 15, 2013. Where: Colchester. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911018 nur Se Who Make S My day Every morning my first thoughts are of you, and every night I fall asleep with you on my mind. I have never been as happy as with you. I am so excited for our future together. When: Thursday, February 14, 2013. Where: bowling alley bar. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911017 valentine S Morning tag on 89S We played tag on 89S around 10 a.m., then parted with a wave at the Stowe exit when I went right, you left. You: pretty brunette, grey car. Me: dark hair, white GTI. Let’s get a drink — we’ve got a great story to start with! Know you made that drive even more fun than it already was. Happy Valentine’s Day! When: Thursday, February 14, 2013. Where: 89S, Stowe exit. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911016
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you With the Badge Thank you for accepting my perpetual spinning wheels, for patiently quieting them when the axle is too burdened. In turn, I welcome the twitches, quirks, dedication to reclaiming, oh, and the infinite supply of sweet tarts. When: Thursday, February 14, 2013. Where: with clarity. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #911013 dave g. I spy the best boyfriend ever. You make me happy when I’m sad and you are still the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I love you, I love you, I love you. When: Thursday, February 14, 2013. Where: all over my heart and in our crappy bed. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911012 7 day S Single party We walked into the Seven Days singles party at the same time, shared several glances throughout the evening, but alas were not placed in the same group. I was a number 1, I think you were a 3. Unfortunately an opportunity for introduction never presented itself, maybe this is it? When: Thursday, February 7, 2013. Where: Seven Days Single party, essex. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911011 Walking in a Winter Wonderland Place: Burlington Country Club on Jan 9th. You were CxC skiing with your large brown dog. I was snowshoeing, we crossed paths a few times and talked a bit. Wanted to give you my info but you were talking to some other skiers at the end of your trek. Hope we can get together and grab a bite or drink. When: Saturday, February 9, 2013. Where: Burlington Country Club. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911009 SWeet Caroline We met at physical therapy, then again at City, Market but I must admit I’ve been trying to get your attention for some time. Maybe if you’re single we can check out a yoga class together? Either way, it’s nice to meet you and hopefully we can get to know each other better. You know where to find me :). When: Thursday, February 7, 2013. Where: pt and City Market. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911007 you are My Favorite Two years ago today my world changed as I learned what love really feels like. It’s a magical feeling, a tingling sensation akin to warm rays of electric sunshine bursting from every single cell of my body. Love may be eternal, but our minds are fallible and I’d lost sight of what matters most. I love you always and forever. When: Monday, February 14, 2011. Where: earth. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911006
CaC Been thinking about you and your sexy little vampire tooth. Did Her Majesty ever get her window fixed? Let’s walk through Costco in a daze. It’s kinda like a 3-D Sky Mall anyway. If you’re good, I’ll serve you a drink at the bar. Maybe even ask you your name. Happy now? When: Sunday, February 10, 2013. Where: a mile high. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911005 andre W the hand So Me Baker You bagged me a whole wheat bagette today while I was helping my mother get groceries. You asked me if it was still snowing outside. It was sunny. I wanted to say something cute and ambitious, but I’m much too shy. Maybe we could get coffee sometime? When: Saturday, February 9, 2013. Where: price Chopper Shelburne r oad. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911004 j u St_Bill Wanna Meet plain_ j ane? Does Just_Bill wanna meet Plain_Jane? You say Henri le chat inspires you. I say Henri le chat conjoles me. Wanna laugh together about it? If so, respond back to my ISpy. When: Saturday, February 9, 2013. Where: t 2t. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911003 o ooo-la-long I have been lucky enough to spot you around town, feathered and tattooed. A beautiful creature. Now I am lucky enough to watch you while you make me tea like an alchemist. You seem to have emerged from a magical story. You said your favorite teas were Oolong. Have some with me? When: Saturday, February 2, 2013. Where: new barista at dobra. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #911002 girl at r ed Square You were wearing a Lacey black dress. I had a really fun time. I was wearing a black button-up and we danced up a storm. Your friend was dancing with my friend. When: Friday, February 8, 2013. Where: r ed Square. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911001 City Market driver j anne SSa What a ray of “sunshine” your smile brought today. When: Friday, February 8, 2013. Where: St. paul Street. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911000 WeBBie? You were on here a while back and I failed to contact you. Montpelier single dad here, our interests seemed similar. Drop me a note? When: t uesday, j anuary 8, 2013. Where: Montpelier. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910999 SWeet and Savory Sugar Snap Mo MMa You make my lunch in so many ways. I want to break bread with you, pair words with wine and revel together in gustatory bliss. Salt? When: Thursday, February 7, 2013. Where: r iverside ave. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910998 pork t ornado at h igher ground Literally ran into you after the show. You had some beautiful, pretty intense eyes that seemed to be staring me down in my flowered dress and jeans. We stood in that moment for a bit, both let out a sort of knowing laugh, and quietly moved on. It was pretty fiery! Just kicking myself for not taking that moment further. When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Where: pork t ornado at h igher ground. you: Man. Me: Woman. #910997 j en in the valley I first saw you five years ago at the Common Man, and then on rare occaisions from a distance after that ... until now! I see you almost every Tuesday at Sushi. I think you’re stunning, I always have since the very first time I saw you. I hope it’s OK, you have a “not-quite-so-secret” admirer :). When: Thursday, February 7, 2008. Where: Waitsfield. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910996 dead Band Singer I try to play it cool cause I get tongue-tied every time I see you. Talked to you several times but have never managed to keep your attention. I don’t expect anything out of this to be honest but you are beautiful my dear and seems like you should know even if through an I spy from a distance. When: Friday, February 1, 2013. Where: nectar’s blues for breakfast. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910994
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Eyes of the World 168 Battery St. Burlington
Magic Hat Artifactory Bartlett Bay Rd. So. Burlington
Northern Lights Smoke Shop 75 Main Street Burlington
Burlington Subaru/Hyundai 333 & 351 Shelburne Rd. Burlington
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