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of 57 residents opposed to the project. They’ll appeal the DRB’s decision to the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court, he told Seven Days. They’ve also requested a “jurisdictional opinion” from a state official about whether the plan should be subject to an Act 250 review. And then there’s the matter of a lawsuit that Franco brought on behalf of the Coalition for a Livable City, an activist group that opposes the mall development. Last year, the coalition sued over a tax-increment finance plan approved by voters, contending that the $21.8 million in financing — essential for the plan — was not sufficiently explained on the ballot. That suit is pending. Sinex sounded optimistic, though, when he spoke to reporters after the DRB meeting. “We’ve gone through a long, exhaustive, collaborative process,” he said. He said he hopes to break ground on the new project as soon as June. Keep up with developments at


he controversial plan for a $250 million Burlington Town Center makeover cleared a major hurdle Monday night when the city’s Development Review Board signed off on it. Opponents have long argued that the planned building, which would include residential towers of 14 stories, is simply out of scale with the rest of Burlington and will cast long shadows. Mayor Miro Weinberger, an early and ardent supporter of mall owner Don Sinex’s plan, has argued that it will reinvigorate the city’s core. “The approval … represents a major milestone in this historic effort to repair and revitalize three central blocks of our downtown,” the Democratic mayor said in a statement Monday. Weinberger’s views seemed to prevail on Town Meeting Day, when city council candidates who supported the redevelopment emerged victorious. So does Monday’s vote mean the mixed-use project will be built? Not so fast. Attorney John Franco says he represents a group


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I’m very fond of your paper but wondering why you featured a photo of mountains that do not appear to be in Vermont behind the headline “White Out,” which was celebrating all the great snow we had gotten [Last 7, February 15]. Opportunities abounded in this great state for a suitable photo op. Are you that shorthanded? Catherine Hughes



Kudos to Paul Heintz on his historical commentary about Anthony Haswell and freedom of the press then and now [“Early Sedition,” March 8]. Tyler Resch’s scholarship about that era in Vermont is invaluable. Our constitutional rights can and will be attacked, defended by our constitution and those who uphold it. Freedom of the press, however, is not freedom from criticism. American news media have relaxed the editorial standard of rigorous reporting. For example: “President Trump bans travel from six majority-Muslim countries.” “President Trump bans travel from six among 50 majority-Muslim countries.” The first statement is the American news media’s current editorial standard: assuming bias against Muslims. The second statement is their former


editorial standard: reporting why these six countries, but not the other 44. Freedom of the press entails the right to question freely, the responsibility to answer fully and the duty not to take for granted what is to be proved, aka petitio principii. Howard Fairman



[Re “Early Sedition,” March 8]: I’m starting to dislike former president John Adams nearly as much as I detest our current proto-fascist one. But this well-researched article gave me hope. History does repeat itself. The justice system, though delayed, prevailed — and the United States survived and prospered. Fred Abrahams



[Re “Life Sentence,” March 8]: As a probation and parole officer and a member of the Chittenden County Drug Court team in Burlington, I had many opportunities to interact with judge Ed Cashman over the course of 15 years. Mark Davis’ article captures his humanity, wit, compassion, intelligence and courage. Unfortunately, it should have been published a decade ago so that more people would have understood the complexities of the Mark Hulett case rather


than pass judgment themselves. The media, the public and especially our leaders should have made an effort to acquaint themselves with all the facts. Not doing so caused the vilification of a man who had the knowledge and guts to make a tough decision that ultimately changed access to treatment for sex offenders in Vermont. It was the system that was most flawed, not judge Cashman. It is discouraging that, 11 years later, we still find ourselves rushing to formulate opinions using information that is often incomplete, sometimes skewed and occasionally based on outright lies. I have sent a copy of the article to Bill O’Reilly at Fox News, demanding he issue a full retraction of his previous “reporting.” Carl Yalicki MORETOWN

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NO DEAL FOR CASHMAN Neither his so-called good intentions nor the passage of time is enough to wipe clean judge Cashman’s reputation [“Life Sentence,” March 8]. A 60-day jail sentence for a man who repeatedly raped a girl from the time she was 7 years old? There is no getting around it: Cashman deserves the reputation he has. David Don





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SWEET STUFF Maple sugaring season has begun, and Vermont’s famous flavor is on sweets lovers’ lips at a variety of familyfriendly functions this weekend. From Milton’s Sugar-on-Snow Party and the Capital City Winter Market Sugar-on-Snow on Saturday to Middletown Springs’ Maple Festival and the Shelburne Farms Maple Sugaring Celebration on Sunday, the state’s signature sweet takes center stage. SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGES 54 & 55

What better way to shake off cabin fever than with a concert where parents and tykes alike can let loose? Music lovers head to Higher Ground for “The Kids Are Alright” to hear local favorites Rough Francis, Swale, James Kochalka Superstar, Madaila, and Dwight & Nicole give kids’ songs the rock-androll treatment. Proceeds benefit the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler. SEE CLUB DATE ON PAGE 70


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the question of a longer-term funding source for another day. The House Judiciary Committee is set to approve H.170, a marijuana legalization bill that focuses on personal possession and cultivation. (A bill establishing a regulatory and taxation framework for marijuana will not pass.) H.196 would establish a paid family leave program funded equally by employers and employees. Workers would be entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid leave. Employers would be required to provide accommodation for pregnant workers under H.136. Another bill, H.462, would prohibit employers from seeking their workers’ social media passwords. Krowinski says it’s an effort “to address a growing issue in society.” Last year, the legislature banned socalled “conversion therapy” for LGBT


IF NOT EARTH-SHAKING. youth. This year there’s a bill, H.230, which would guarantee access to mental health treatment for minors with sexual orientation or identity issues without getting approval from a parent or legal guardian. Committees in the Vermont Senate have been similarly productive. Here are some of the key bills on track to meet the crossover deadline: S.22 would increase penalties for possession, sale or trafficking of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller. S.61 would establish rights for offenders and inmates with mental illness, including the right to special legal counsel for defendants found incompetent to stand trial and requiring that mental health evaluations, treatment and services are available to inmates who need them. The “shield law,” S.96, to protect journalists from being forced to reveal sources and turn over notes to authorities is likely to pass through committee by the Friday deadline.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee plans to pass a bill addressing the crisis in Vermont’s mental health care system. Senators have freely acknowledged that the system is broken, but don’t have a clear idea of how to fix it. The bill would mandate a series of studies to identify the fail points and bottlenecks in the system. The mental health bill also addresses severe staff recruitment and retention issues in the state’s designated agencies — private nonprofits that provide services for the state on a contract basis. The bill would mandate a minimum of $15 per hour in pay for the agencies’ staff. So far, the bill does not identify a funding source for the mandate; that will become a sticking point when it goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Finally, S.4 would require statefunded accountable care organizations such as OneCare to open their board meetings to the public. Two bills are likely, but not certain, to meet the deadline: S.99 would establish 14 new “tax increment financing” zones, two in each county, in which part of the cost of development projects could be financed by borrowing against future property tax growth triggered by the development. S.103 is a wide-ranging bill meant to impose new rules on the use of toxic chemicals in manufacturing. When you read coverage of the legislature, it’s easy to get a misleading picture of its work. The media tend to focus on a handful of high-profile stories — the budget, marijuana, the election recount — and largely ignore the other work that’s always going on. Budget issues aside, this session is on track to be productive, if not Earth-shaking.

Budget Battle 2.0 A confrontation is shaping up between Republican Scott and the Democratic legislature – but it’s not over how deeply to cut the budget. Well, it sort of isn’t. The real battleground is this: Scott is insistent on his plans to spend more on early childhood education, childcare, higher education and a few other priorities. It adds up to more than $18 million in spending hikes. He’s also standing his ground on no tax or fee increases. Which means that the governor has set a very high bar for legislative budget-cutters.


The House Appropriations Committee, in its effort to close a $72 million budget gap, has already stripped out the governor’s plans for new spending. To hear Administration Secretary SUSANNE YOUNG tell it, that dog won’t hunt. “We will continue to encourage them to find savings to offset the expenditures the governor wants to make,” Young says. “If we agree on the goals, we should be able to find a way to achieve those goals.” There is broad agreement on the goals, but finding the money is another thing. For the administration, the primary target remains the education fund. Scott’s original budget called for level funding of all school systems, with the savings shunted into the general fund. That plan went nowhere in the legislature. “We’re convinced that there can be savings garnered in the education fund,” says Young. “It’s a $1.6 billion fund that educates 80,000 students. There have got to be savings to be achieved in there.” She likens it to an outline of a hill. “You have the K-12 budget and it peaks up here, and on the edges we’ve got very little funding,” she says. “He’d like to push down the middle and add on the ends.” Easy peasy, right? She adds a warning for lawmakers who might look for cuts in the general fund instead. “One of the governor’s goals was to present a balanced budget that does not have deep program cuts,” she says. “And if they’re going to rely on general fund savings, I don’t know what they’re going to achieve without deeply cutting somewhere.” And she makes it clear that “they” are on their own. “We’ll see how the House Appropriations Committee does in achieving those goals,” she says. “We’ll react when we see it. I’m not going to get out in front of their process.” To put it another way, the administration will let lawmakers take the hit for unpopular cuts, and sweep the legs out from under the Democrats if they go too far in trying to meet Scott’s own budgetary targets. Seems fair. Meanwhile, time’s a-wastin’. The House Appropriations Committee has to finish work on a spending plan — by March 24.

(I-Vt.) announced a series of events right here in Vermont. Live! In person! In front of actual living Vermonters! This shouldn’t be a big deal, but, truth be told, Sanders has been almost as scarce as hen’s teeth in these parts since he launched his presidential campaign in 2015. We don’t have a full rundown of his travels because his office failed to answer our request for his schedule. But we believe that in the first two months of this year, Sanders attended a grand total of two events in Vermont that were open to the public. Yep. You can count ’em on two fingers. That all changes on Thursday and Friday, when Sanders will conduct a whirlwind tour of eastern and southern Vermont. There will be stops in St. Johnsbury, White River Junction, Brattleboro, Springfield, Bennington, Rutland and Randolph. Events include five town meetings, although three of the five are aimed at specific audiences — schools, senior centers and the like. The last time Sanders held a live, in-person town meeting in Vermont? According to information from his office, the answer is March 14, 2015 — two years ago this week. Sanders has been extremely active, of course, but his travels are aimed at an audience much broader than his home state. He’s trying to build a national progressive movement from the ground up, a task that isn’t advanced much by talking to us Vermonters. He’s already got us in the bag. So why now? I sent an email to PHIL FIERMONTE, Sanders’ top Vermont staffer. I sought confirmation that his most recent town hall was in March 2015, and asked if there’s any particular reason he’s appearing in Vermont now. Fiermonte’s entire answer: “Two-day Senate recess.” Gee, thanks. For those who’d like to catch a glimpse of Sanders, or even ask him a question, your best options are at a town meeting in Springfield at the Riverside Middle School Gymnasium, 7 p.m. Thursday; and a town meeting at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, 3 p.m. Friday. m


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tudents in hoodies and fleeces shuffled into a lecture hall at the University of Vermont shortly before 8:30 a.m. last Thursday for an intro-level course, the Principles of Microeconomics. Half the class had skipped to go on spring break early, and the rest looked as if they would rather still be in bed. The drowsy assemblage in Williams Hall woke up, however, when lecturer John Summa greeted students and got things rocking. Literally. He played a guitar-clanging Beastie Boys video from the 1980s to jumpstart his lesson on the dull-but-important economics concept known as the Coase theorem. The clip of the raucous Beastie Boys anthem “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” proved to be an effective, if unorthodox, entry point into a lecture about free versus regulated markets, with Summa pointing out the shortcomings of the former. Meanwhile, the provocative professor is fighting to keep his job at UVM. Summa is in a messy labor dispute that touches on academic freedom and job security at the powerful academic institution on the hill in Burlington. In January, the dean of the UVM College of Arts and Sciences, William Falls, informed Summa that his contract would not be renewed. Summa responded by filing a formal grievance,

thus far without success. As it stands now, he will be out of his $78,000-a-year job at the end of the semester, after eight years as a full-time lecturer. “I’m looking at unemployment starting in June,” Summa said during an interview at Muddy Waters coffee shop in Burlington, a short drive from the New North End home he shares with his wife and two teenage children. Some in his shoes might quietly agitate behind the scenes. Not Summa, a tall, balding, 59-year-old with a PhD in Marxian political theory. Summa says he was sacked for challenging the “straitjacket” economics curriculum at UVM. He maintains that he’s being punished for pushing more alternative models, including analysis and theories that show how globalization can promote environmental destruction. His job loss will be part of a documentary he’s shooting that’s already titled, Class Action: The Fight Against Dumb and Dumber Classroom Economics. It, too, is proving controversial. Last month Summa set up a camera during one of his classes to film himself

lecturing. UVM administrators got wind of it and ordered him to stop. Now Summa is planning to film himself lecturing at the Burlington Friends Meeting House on North Prospect Street on April 22. Also in the works: an April 10 event at Radio Bean in Burlington that Summa has headlined as a “Night of Rage Against UVM’s Thought Control Machine.” As Summa goes on a public crusade, UVM is responding with silence. Falls and Economics Department chair Sara Solnick both declined to comment. Burlington City Council president and former UVM provost Jane Knodell, a longtime professor of economics, ended a phone call abruptly. Other members of the department also clammed up when contacted by Seven Days, citing privacy rules around personnel issues. Even UVM union leaders are staying mum, with United Academics vice president Julie Roberts issuing a no comment on behalf of the labor group. UVM executive director of communications Enrique Corredera also declined to weigh in. Via email, he said UVM is not in a position “to discuss Mr.



Summa’s contentions, which involve a personnel matter that is currently being grieved. However, academic freedom is a highly cherished principle at UVM.” Against the advice of his union, Summa released documents related to his grievance to Seven Days. They show that Falls strongly disagrees with Summa’s version of the situation. In a March 9 letter denying Summa’s grievance, Falls said the decision not to renew Summa’s contract was based on his performance in the classroom. “The fact remains that there is evidence of significant weaknesses in your teaching,” Falls wrote, contending Summa used too many unconventional texts and failed to fully engage students during lectures. The dean dismissed the idea that academic freedom was at issue, or that Summa was being faulted for simply questioning the standard model of economics. “I find no evidence that your critique of the standard model in and of itself was a concern by your colleagues. In fact, your colleagues praise your willingness to critique the standard model,” Falls wrote. He cited peer review letters, including one by Solnick that said “we appreciate that Summa includes critiques of the standard neoclassical model in his teaching. Faculty in our department often strive to emphasize where the standard model falls short as well as where it is successful in reflecting and predicting behavior.” But, Falls continued, the concern of the faculty focused on how Summa presented the model and his critique. He then quoted Solnick again. “Professor Solnick summarized the faculty concern over the manner in which you presented the model this way: ‘The model must be presented fully and fairly before its limitations are examined. Rather than present the merits and weaknesses of both the standard neoclassical model and the alternative model and guide the students to think critically, he made provocative assertions that were not questioned or discussed.’” Summa contends that department leaders were not open to new thinking, and that they wanted to discredit him for using texts that brought Marxian analysis into the classroom. He suspects that conservative donors might have complained about him and has made a public records request seeking department emails in an effort to prove it. “In short, most of the peer concerns are red herrings to divert attention from their real concerns — use of Marxian economics,” Summa said.



He also points to the fact that the Faculty Standards Committee voted 5-0 to support his contract renewal. He considers that body more objective than the Economics Department faculty, which voted 10-1 to let him go. In a written rebuttal to the department’s vote, Summa compares himself to the character played by Tom Hanks in Sully, the Clint Eastwood film based on real events involving pilot Chesley Sullenberger. “Sully” landed a crippled passenger plane in the Hudson River, without anyone getting hurt — and still faced scrutiny for his actions.

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“I’m sort of the ‘Sully’ of the Department of Economics at UVM…” Summa wrote. Many students appreciate his teaching style, Summa told Seven Days, noting that some of his classes have been overenrolled. After last Thursday’s class, first-year student Jordan Tanneberger confirmed that Summa is a good professor who pushes students to analyze. “He likes to get you thinking on your own,” said the 18-year-old business administration major from St. Albans. Summa is well organized, and keeps things interesting, said Lucie Collimore, a 19-year-old first-year student from Connecticut. “He seems, like, very passionate about teaching and the subject that he teaches.” Born in Bronxville, N.Y., Summa grew up in Connecticut, where his father was a cardiologist who taught at Yale School of Medicine. Family trips to Jay Peak introduced him to skiing and, after high school, Summa moved to Stowe. He

competed on the professional freestyle ski circuit — and worked as a handyman — before eventually giving up aerials for academia. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the New School in lower Manhattan. One of his inspirations was the economist, author and philosopher Robert Heilbroner, a socialist who also saw benefits in capitalism.  Summa has had teaching stints at various colleges but claims he never wanted tenure, because the pressure to publish academic research would force him to specialize and limit his energy for other creative pursuits, such as filmmaking. He wrote and produced The Resurrection of Victor Jara, a film that tells the story of the Chilean political activist and folk singer, who was murdered in 1973. It won the Ben & Jerry Award at the Vermont International Film Festival in 2015. “I didn’t want to be tenured,” Summa said. “Tenured life is hell.” But lifetime job security would surely help now, if he had it. Tenured faculty are untouchable in comparison to nontenure track faculty, who may be up for reappointment annually, said Hans-Joerg Tiede, an expert on tenure and academic freedom at the American Association of University Professors in Washington, D.C. In principle, both types of employees have the same rights. But in practice, lack of tenure often constricts free speech in higher education, according to Tiede. Tenure protects faculty who disseminate research that might be challenging or unpopular, and also protects free speech in the classroom on difficult topics, he added. “The purpose of tenure is to make it possible for educators, for teachers, for researchers to do their job even though some people would take exception to it,” he said. It’s more difficult to get tenure than it used to be. The percentage of nontenured full-time faculty at U.S. colleges increased from 55 percent in 1975 to 73 percent in 2013, according to the AAUP. “That imperils academic freedom in this country and is a serious threat to the quality of higher education,” Tiede said. Summa’s defense is a spirited offense. Under the grievance rules, he can appeal to the UVM provost, then to the Vermont Labor Relations Board and, ultimately, to Vermont Superior Court. He vows to do all that and cover the odyssey in his Dumb and Dumber documentary. He said: “For me, this is a better platform to educate about economics than in the classroom.” m

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A Little Free Advice: Lawyers Help Vermonters Facing Eviction B Y KATI E JI CK LI N G




n hour before his court hearing last month, Henry Condo pulled out a wallet as if to make a deal. “I can pay something now, and I can pay the rest when I get my tax returns,” the twentysomething man told lawyers in a conference room inside the courthouse on Rutland’s Center Street. Maggie Frye, an attorney for the legal services nonprofit Law Line of Vermont, was privy to the conversation that was off limits to a reporter observing from the hallway outside. Condo and his fiancée, Norma Adams, were facing eviction for nonpayment of rent. They had racked up $4,344 in bills — back rent on their West Rutland apartment, plus their landlord’s legal fees, Frye said. Both in blue jeans, they had arrived in court without a lawyer, thoroughly unprepared for a formal process laden with dense legalese. Frye said Condo was worried that the couple and their young children would be out on the street that afternoon. She assured him that they would not be evicted immediately, and no one was going to shake him down for cash. “They had a hard time understanding what the heck was going on,” Frye said later. Coincidentally, Law Line of Vermont was hosting its first biweekly legal clinic in Rutland, providing volunteer attorneys for tenants. Danby attorney Herb Ogden was selected to guide the tight-lipped Condo and Adams through the convoluted courtroom process. The program is an expansion of one that has been up and running for more than two years in Chittenden County — the brainchild of Judge Helen Toor, who has presided over a steady stream of tenants who have little to no idea how to defend themselves. “I see people in court all the time; they don’t know what to do,” Toor said in her Rutland chambers, surrounded by potted plants and legal tomes. “They’re scared, confused.” In an effort to make proceedings in her courtroom more equitable, Toor teamed up with the local Law Line to provide free legal assistance to those facing complicated eviction cases. Now a $250,000 grant from Legal Services Corporation, a national nonprofit that provides legal aid, is financing its duplication in Rutland, where Toor has been working since last August. Addison and Washington counties are next. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the country, said Jim Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, who


Judge Helen Toor presiding over an eviction case in Rutland

selected the project from a pool of national applicants. It’s a “creative initiative,” he said, which could be “scalable and replicable” in other states. Across Vermont, about 90 percent of tenants facing eviction do so without an attorney. Compare that to landlords, more than three-quarters of whom have legal representation when they go to court. It’s worse in Chittenden County, where roughly 20 tenant defendants had lawyers in 365 eviction cases filed last year, according to court documents. That’s 5 percent. Toor said she sees a “large number of pro se parties” — people who represent themselves — and at least in Vermont, it’s the trend. As a judge, she can’t advocate for defendants, but “I try to explain,” she said. With a shrug, she added, “The system was made for people with lawyers.” So in the spring of 2014, Toor emailed Law Line proposing a clinic that would allow volunteer attorneys to provide one-time legal representation for tenants facing eviction. She gathered nearly a dozen attorneys on both sides of the issue to discuss the possibility. Toor proposed that the project would give tenants representation during the initial step in a legal eviction: a rent escrow

hearing. After that, the tenant pays rent to the court, sometimes for months, while the process continues. The hearing determines how much is paid, when and for how long. “There’s a lot at stake at that point,” said Angele Court, who is the director of Law Line’s clinic in Chittenden County. Often a tenant without representation won’t show up, and the landlord’s attorney does, resulting in a default judgment that is disadvantageous to the defendant. Or a tenant may agree to a figure that he or she can’t pay. A lawyer, Court added, is key “to make sure the tenants are getting all the information [they] need.” The pro bono attorneys represent only tenants who are being evicted for nonpayment of rent. As a one-time affair, it keeps lawyers from being dragged into an interminable legal process without pay. When the bar offered its support in fall 2014, Toor emailed law firms requesting that they send their young attorneys to volunteer. Kevin Lumpkin, who now works for Sheehey, Furlong & Behm in Burlington, signed up. “To the bar, a letter from the judge means something,” he said. Toor’s not just the catalyst for the program, Lumpkin said: “She’s the entire thing.” When the training

rolled around, she baked brownies for the volunteer attorneys. Toor also did the legwork required for implementation: changing the court scheduling system so the volunteer lawyers could handle the maximum number of cases in a single day. Every other Tuesday for two years, Court stood at the entrance of the austere courtroom in Burlington, answering questions, greeting volunteers and directing tenants to free attorneys. According to her estimates, around 125 clients — five a session — got representation in 2016. Running on a shoestring budget, Law Line didn’t keep track of the long-term outcomes, so Court couldn’t quantify the program’s impact. But it did host a party with court staff and volunteers to celebrate its success. Toor arrived with little wooden houses she had made for everyone. “The gesture was amazing,” Court said. It was a reminder that, “You’re saving homes for people,” she said. That’s precisely what happened in Rutland. Ogden spent nearly an hour scurrying back and forth between conference rooms, discussing a deal to keep Adams


and Condo in their home — a low-income housing unit run by Stanislaus Housing. In the end, the two parties hashed out an agreement. Adams and Condo could wait until they got their tax refunds to pay the first portion of the $4,344 that they owed. Under Ogden’s guidance, they agreed to get a case manager with Rutland’s Homeless Prevention Center and to attend a life-skills class there called Rental 101. After that, they’d pay the $670 monthly rent to the court by the first of the month. If Adams and Condo hadn’t had representation, Ogden speculated later, “The landlord would have been less willing to






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compromise.” The negotiation, he added, allows for strategies such as verbal promises to attend tenant trainings — “things no court order can do.” Those were the things that Kathy Dodge, who showed up with a lawyer on behalf of Stanislaus Housing, was looking for in the deal. “We want them to succeed, but they’ve got to communicate and follow through,” she said. Neither Condo nor Adams would speak with Seven Days and didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment after their day in court. Toor oversaw the proceedings, though the actual decision came from her job shadow, recently appointed Judge



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Elizabeth Mann. Until she donned a black robe, Toor said, “I had no idea how much crisis there is around us.” A Pennsylvania native, she came to Vermont in the mid-1970s to study at the University of Vermont. She worked for a decade in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont before former governor Howard Dean appointed her to the bench. Frequently, “Evictions are about personal crises: sickness, job loss, a divorce or breakup,” Toor said. “It’s something I feel very strongly about: people are at risk of losing a home.” Her goal is to have a legal assistance program for people facing eviction in every county in Vermont. The new grant moves the state in that direction and will allow Law Line to start tracking its cases. But success can be hard to measure. An attorney might buy a tenant a few more weeks until the next payday, or, in the case of Adams and Condo, until the IRS delivers. When they negotiate on behalf of defendants, lawyers look for technical errors with the landlord’s case. They might work out a “cash for keys” settlement, allowing the tenant to leave the apartment voluntarily, bypassing the court procedure, in exchange for forgiveness of back rent, said Lumpkin. Last year, he won a pro bono award for his work with the program. There are tricks of the trade, said Samantha Lednicky, an attorney who also volunteers regularly. In one case, she recalled, she represented a tenant with cancer who had lost her job while she was undergoing treatment. “I appealed to the landlord’s attorney and her emotions,” Lednicky said. In the end, the tenant went back to work and got caught up on rent. The judge dismissed the case. Even if representation doesn’t change the outcome of a case, “It humanizes the process,” said Law Line interim executive director Sam Abel-Palmer. “The worst thing for our clients is when they feel like they don’t get heard.” The problem of people who can’t afford counsel isn’t limited to Vermont, said Abel-Palmer. Across the U.S., “Legal fees have skyrocketed. The percentages of people who can’t afford a lawyer have gone way up,” he said. “It’s part of a broad conversation about access to justice.” Sandman of Legal Services Corporation said the Vermont program could be a national model. By early March — two weeks before the March 15 deadline set by Toor — Condo and Adams had received their tax refund and paid back rent and legal fees. Frye said that if they can pay March rent by the end of the month, their case will be dismissed. m Contact:

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If Congress’ plan to replace the Al Gobeille and Mary Kate Mohlman Affordable Care Act goes through as proposed, Vermont would lose just shy of $200 million a year in federal Medicaid funding starting in 2020, state leaders said Friday. “We think Vermonters should know this,” Al Gobeille, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, said at a media briefing in Montpelier. “You cannot tell from the coverage of these bills what impact this will have on Vermonters, and we think that’s important.” The Republican House majority’s proposal passed two key committees in Washington on Thursday and could reach the House floor by the end of March, according to news reports. The plan would replace federal insurance subsidies with individual tax credits and grants. President Donald Trump has endorsed the plan. Gobeille said he and his staff pored Congress’ plan would remove through the legislation, trying to penalties now in place for those who do determine its impact on Vermont. “We not have health care coverage. Coupled understand the legislative process,” with higher costs, “people won’t buy he said. “There’s still an opportunity for insurance,” Gobeille said. this to be made a great bill.” “Tough choices would have to be Congress’ plan, as written, would made” if the plan is passed as written, hurt not just Vermont Medicaid recipiaccording to Cory Gustafson, coments, he said. Low-income Vermonters missioner of the state Department would pay a higher share of their of Vermont Health Access. Among income for health insurance. But those the possibilities: reducing Medicaid making up to $75,000 would be eligible benefits and lowering rates paid to for new tax credits. providers.

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A former teacher of the year who was fired from a South Burlington middle school after a misconduct allegation has given up his teacher’s license. Jay Hoffman voluntarily surrendered the certificate, along with a principal’s license, on March 2. Hoffman “is alleged to have engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student,” according to the Vermont Education Agency’s list of “educator disciplinary actions.” The South Burlington School Board fired Hoffman in 2015 after a former student alleged he touched her inappropriately at school in 2005. The former student came forward after learning that the district was investigating a similar allegation involving Hoffman and a young girl who was not a student. Hoffman vigorously denied both allegations and fought to keep his job. An arbitrator upheld his firing in August 2016 based on the former student’s complaint. Neither allegation resulted in criminal charges. It’s unclear why Hoffman waited a year after his firing to give up the licenses, the surrender of which means he can no longer teach or be a principal in Vermont. The licenses were scheduled to expire at the end of June. Hoffman was a popular teacher at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School who ran a media lab and helped students produce their own newscasts and videos. He was named Vermont teacher of the year in 2013. Lisa Shelkrot, the lawyer who represented Hoffman while he fought to keep his job, did not respond to a message seeking comment. Hoffman also could not be reached. According to his LinkedIn Page, Hoffman is co-executive director of Project Shift, a nonprofit that provides technology training for teachers. The LinkedIn page makes reference to his turbulent past. “As I walked through perhaps my darkest valley to date I made a decision to live,” Hoffman wrote in December. “What I shared here I followed and it helped me thrive not just survive the storms we experience on our journeys.”


Mike Fisher, chief health care advocate for Vermont Legal Aid, listened to Gobeille’s presentation and has studied the proposed legislation himself. “The bottom line here is, many Vermonters will have no option but to go without care,” Fisher said. “They’ll get sicker, they’ll be less productive, their families will suffer and ultimately, people won’t live as long.”


Trump’s Vermont Campaign Director Gets Job in New Admin Last we heard, Darcie Johnston was in D.C. prepping for president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Trump’s Vermont campaign manager hoped to land a full-time job with the new administration. Johnston, it appears, got her wish. Records obtained by ProPublica show that she was hired January 24 — just a few TERRI HALLENBECK




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days after the inauguration — as a special assistant in the Department of Health and Human Services, a job listed at a starting salary of $88,136. Johnston is one of 400 “beachhead team” hires the president has dispatched to various agencies of federal government to “serve as his eyes and ears,” the nonprofit news outlet said. Such positions are temporary and do not require the confirmation hearings appointees must undergo. ProPublica described its list, obtained through public records requests, as “the complete accounting so far of who Trump has brought into the federal government.” Many are former lobbyists of the industries that they now will be in a position to regulate — or deregulate. Johnston herself is a longtime political operative who lobbied the Vermont legislature as the head of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom. Her group opposed former Democratic governor Peter Shumlin’s failed plan for government-funded universal health care coverage. She has also been an ardent opponent of the federal Affordable Care Act. Reached Friday, Johnston said she could not comment on her new position. A congressional Republican-led effort to repeal and replace the ACA is currently underway on Capitol Hill.





Conni Pressman passed in her sleep February 26, 2017, surrounded by people who love her. Conni was larger than life and will be cherished in the hearts of her friends and family forever. She was active in Barb Jordan’s Senior Fitness Group and Carol Ode’s Appletree Water Aerobics, she played pickleball, and she biked, hiked and kayaked regularly. She was a spirit sister and a good friend to many, many people. Her ashes will be scattered in Vermont, the place she loved and called home.

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I have a March 25, 1982, article from the Northfield News that includes a photo of my husband and son sugaring in our driveway using a rig that fits the description of the one in your article [“Tapping a Tradition,” March 1]. My husband built it. Not such a novel idea after all. Elizabeth Carney


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[Re “Almanac”: “My First Protest, Part II,” March 1]: This disturbing cartoon by Iona Fox portrays Palestine solidarity activists marching in Washington, D.C., as anti-Semitic, showing an Israeli flag with a swastika in the middle instead of a star, followed by a speech bubble of redacted words with the vague caption “anti-Semitic chant.” This is a seriously misleading message conflating Palestine solidarity with anti-Semitism, a common charge from the U.S. Israel lobby for which no evidence exists. Criticism of the government of Israel is not directed at Jews as a religious ethnic group, but at the behavior of a state that has flouted international law since 1948, when it expelled 750,000 Palestinians from their land; until today Israel continues its land theft and oppression of the people of Palestine with unjust laws, home demolition, arbitrary detention and violence. Many of us who criticize Israel are ourselves Jewish and members of organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace, who work for the same justice for Palestinians that only Israeli Jews enjoy. Messages like this are a dangerous distraction from the very real anti-Semitism emerging in the U.S. as a result of the general embrace of white nationalism by the current administration. Kathy Shapiro





were affiliated with the Black Panthers.” Obstructing traffic and sporting an “evocative ... raised-fist logo,” Nyoni is described as a “firebrand” from the Bronx whose “specialty” is “disturbing [people’s] environments” as she seeks to “tear … down and rebuild” Vermont’s systems, of which “the criminal justice system is just one symptom of a much larger disease.” I oversee a charity for Ugandan children, and we have raised thousands of dollars in the Northeast Kingdom, where the almost exclusively white population already demonstrates that it is aware that black lives matter. (Please see our Facebook page: Children in Need Uganda). This is not to say there is no racism in Vermont: It is to say that caustic recriminations will cause more antipathy and encourage racism. I suspect that the theft of BLMVT signs is a reflection of resentment rather than racism — much as some would remove KKK signs without hating white people. To quote Langston Hughes from the end of his poem “Democracy”: Freedom Is a strong seed Planted In a great need. I live here, too.   I want freedom Just as you. John Klar



Vermonters wish to be united without regard to race and do not appreciate being labeled racist and intolerant. Slavery was abolished here in 1777, and many of our forebears fought and died in the Civil War. Vermonters take pride in their independence, community and tolerance — all of which are being tarnished unnecessarily by generalizations being spewed by Black Lives Matter Vermont and legitimized by Seven Days in Dan Bolles’ cover story “On the March” [March 1]. Ebony Nyoni’s credentials appear to be that of an agitator, not a peacemaker. We are told that her activism “runs in the family,” where “extended family members


Given the current state of political affairs in Vermont and in the nation at large, I was thinking it might be helpful to add a new category to the calendar section. This section might be called “Protests” or something similar, and it could list any upcoming demonstrations or other similar events. It could be useful in planning. Dana Baron


Editor’s note: We added an “Activism” category to the calendar more than two years ago.


[Re “Early Sedition,” March 8]: I am an 89-year-old Vermont resident with macular degeneration, so a friend is typing this for me, but the thoughts are mine and are based on my history before and during World War II. I spent my childhood in Europe, moving as an adolescent to the United States to escape the repressive regimes of Franco, Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. I learned at a young age how dangerous suppressing the media is. I find recent comments suggesting that the media is the enemy of the American people frightening, because shutting down the free flow of information is one of the first tools dictators use to manipulate public opinion and obscure the leaders’ intentions. Despite claims of “fake news” and certain misrepresentations from competing publications, truth eventually emerges, thanks to the ongoing efforts of dedicated journalists. You can be sure that the more those in power complain about the press, the more they have something to hide. We must be ever vigilant in defending the First Amendment, which states in part, “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...” Our forefathers wrote these words to ensure that Americans are given facts and the context in which to separate facts from rumor or deceitful proclamations of the government. Calling the press “the opposition party” is a contemptuous dismissal of the amendment and thus our Constitution, which is why all of us, regardless of party affiliation, must insist that the administration operate within the laws outlined in our founders’ remarkable document. Alicia Cusimano



I’m writing from California, as one of many local political beneficiaries of the more frequent out-of-state visits by Sen. Bernie Sanders just dissed by John Walters in Fair Game: “Outta Town: Vermont’s Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home” [February 22]. Even from afar, I know enough about Vermont politics and the relative accessibility of the state’s two U.S. senators to recognize that Walters’ conflating of Sanders’ town meeting record and Pat Leahy’s is highly inaccurate and unfair. To conclude that Bernie Sanders isn’t “much different than oft-criticized Republicans” in the area of “constituent engagement” is even more off the wall. Few Republicans sign up for this kind of give-and-take, although more are getting a taste of it, as part of the anti-Trump backlash around the country today. Phil Fiermonte’s defense of Bernie’s record (he’s “held more public town meetings in Vermont than any elected official in Vermont history”) is not only correct but overly modest. Sanders has, without a doubt, led the entire U.S. Senate in this category since he was elected to that body in 2006. If more of us out-of-staters have had the chance to participate in these kinds of forums with Bernie in the last several years, the country has been better off for it — a fact that snarky reporters at Seven Days seem not to appreciate? Steve Early


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he GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL turns 20 this week with a Friday evening screening of Ken Loach’s blue-collar British drama I, Daniel Blake, launching a nineday movie marathon in Montpelier. But the GMFF isn’t dwelling on the past in its anniversary year. The progressive program includes a strong focus on female filmmakers and a glimpse at the potentially game-changing technology of virtual reality. The GMFF Virtual Reality Salon, a free event that will be held on four separate days at Montpelier’s CENTER FOR ARTS AND LEARNING, features the interactive VR film “Island Land.” The suite of linked 360-degree videos from Portland, Maine-based Yarn Corporation blurs the line between reality and imagination through an immersive tour of a coastal community. Its signature scene plunges the camera beneath the sea and lets viewers swim with lobsters in an underwater trap. Virtual reality is “such an emerging media right now, and really kind of hitting all of the major festivals, so we’re really proud and very fortunate to be able to bring it here,” says RACHELLE MURPHY, the festival’s executive director. “I’m so excited about this. I cannot wait to see how people react with it.” The 2017 GMFF program totals 49 feature films and 31 shorts, most

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of them curated and some submitted for consideration through the website According to Murphy, women directed 48 percent of films in the fest. That was a conscious decision by the all-female programming committee, she notes, to spotlight the work of women behind the camera. “As a woman, I feel very strongly that women need to be more visible in the film community,” Murphy says. In a nod to GMFF’s history, the fest will feature a panel discussion on March 18 with former staff and board members of FOCUS ON FILM, the festival’s parent organization. GMFF cofounder and longtime programmer RICK WINSTON will host a talk on March 25 about the

Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and ’50s. The event will include clips from the 1954 independent film Salt of the Earth, which was banned by the U.S. government for its alleged communist message. Speaking of bans, the program features two screenings of the Iranian drama The Salesman, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film last month. The film’s director, Asghar Farhadi, made headlines when he refused to attend the Academy Awards ceremony in protest of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which barred citizens from Iran and six other predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Following a contentious Hollywood awards season, GMFF isn’t afraid to dip its toes in the political waters. “We are delighted to bring you the best films from around the world — no ban here: we support filmmakers from all countries and backgrounds,” the program guide states. Murphy acknowledges that it was a difficult task to assemble the program during a politically volatile time. But she says she’s thrilled with the final lineup, which ranges from the abortion-rights documentary Jackson to the Swiss-French stop-motion animated feature My Life As a Zucchini to Terence Davies’ Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion to a program of student shorts from Iran, Laos, South Africa and the United States. “[Film] is a reflection of what’s going on in the world today, and so putting together a program can be tricky, because you are essentially shaping the viewpoint of the festival,” Murphy says. “I think the programming team really stepped up and came together, and I think we did a really nice, balanced job.” m

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Accompanying Wolfe’s work on the program are a piece by her student Anna Clyne, called Roulette (2007), another ETHEL commission; Missy Mazzoli’s Quartet for Queen Mab (2014); and Lawson’s own Chai — her first work written for the quartet. Lawson says the group asked each composer to name one female pop influence. Wolfe named Aretha Franklin, Clyne cited Stevie Nicks, and Mazzoli and Lawson both chose Janis Joplin. ETHEL’s violinists, Kip Jones and Corin Lee, then composed arrangements of Franklin’s and Nicks’ work, respectively. Violist and ETHEL cofounder Ralph Farris took on Joplin. “We like the audience to have things they can relate to as well as things they haven’t heard before,” explains Lawson. “And also, we want people to have fun.” ETHEL perform three or four different programs throughout the year; the group began presenting variations of “Blue Dress,” sometimes with a video component, a year ago. So, while the quartet’s UVM appearance coincides with Women’s History Month by design, the all-female program wasn’t meant to be siloed. In fact, says Lawson, “That was a consideration when we put the program together: ‘Well, do we even need to say that [it’s all women]? These are just great composers.’ “I feel there is a new strength, a real security in the works of women,” the cellist adds, assessing the growing field of 21st-century female composers. “There’s a real ferocity there.” AMY LILLY

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When violinist MARY ROWELL of Craftsbury and three fellow contemporary-music enthusiasts were brainstorming a name for their quartet back in 1998, Rowell hit on ETHEL. (She was recalling the movie Shakespeare in Love, in which Romeo’s great love in the Bard’s first draft is named Ethel.) A woman’s name thus came to describe what is now a leading new-music quartet. That has a certain resonance in a classical world whose programming remains maledominated, and in which cutting-edge quartets, such as San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet and New York City’s JACK Quartet, often have masculinesounding names. Fittingly, ETHEL will present a program of 21st-century works by women next Friday, March 24, as part of the Lane Series at the University of Vermont. The concert will be a mix of groundbreaking new pieces and recognizable pop music arranged by ETHEL’s own players, who are all composers as well. Lane Series director NATALIE NEUERT says the concert will have an “extreme audio component” that will appeal to students and fans of electronic music. The program, called “Blue Dress,” is named for its final piece, Blue Dress for String Quartet (2015), a work ETHEL commissioned from composer Julia Wolfe. A cofounder of the new-music collective Bang on a Can, Wolfe won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015 and a MacArthur Fellowship “genius” grant in 2016. Her music often has a driving beat; Blue Dress is influenced by bluegrass and requires the musicians to hum, sing and stamp their feet. Wolfe actually inspired the formation of ETHEL, says cofounder and cellist Dorothy Lawson, who spoke by phone from New York City. (Rowell left the group in 2011 to reduce her touring schedule, she explains in an email.) The foursome read through the composer’s 1993 quartet Early That Summer and decided on the spot to make new music their focus.


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n a chilly Sunday in February, several dozen New American and U.S.-born performers gathered at NORTH END STUDIOS in Burlington to rehearse an upcoming production simply called “the Fashion Show.” But no one talked about clothes or makeup. Instead, participants from more than 12 countries proceeded to dance across three stages, guided by tape outlines on the floor. They’d been practicing since January. Their goal, an hourlong program of dance, music and fashion, will come to fruition this Saturday, March 18, at Burlington International Airport. Seventeen local retailers have donated clothes and jewelry for the event. The performance features 35 cast members executing tight choreography by HEIDI TAPPAN, LOIS TROMBLEY, SARAH COVER and Winooski hip-hoppers A2VT. More live music, a poetry reading and displays of traditional clothing from some of the performers’ native lands are also on the program. The Fashion Show isn’t just about the latest couture. Organizers said they hoped attendees would come away with a better understanding of their New American neighbors. Also, that the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, for which this is a benefit, would leave with a generous check for its community support activities. MILISSA O’BRIEN, a driving force behind the production, used to organize a similar benefit show for the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. The last such event was in 2015, she said, because the nonprofit’s staff found it too time-consuming. But O’Brien wasn’t ready to let the idea go. She enlisted seven other community members to the cause and pitched VRRP: Let me organize a fashion show and raise some money for you. After receiving approval from its parent organization, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, VRRP’s leadership was happy to say yes. LAURIE STAVRAND, the organization’s community partnership coordinator, admitted that VRRP hadn’t staged an event of this scale before. The organizers hope to raise more than $50,000 from ticket sales and donations. O’Brien said the partnership ensured “appropriate ideas, messaging and involvement of [VRRP] clients and community participants.”


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oad names can speak volumes about a place — its topography, the people who settled there, where they hailed from and how they used the land. This week, a reader sent us an interesting “What the hill?” question about road names in Vermont and why some are more common than others. “I’m dying to know why almost every town has an East Hill Road [but] very few have a West Hill Road (Putney, for example), and I’ve never seen a North or South Hill Road,” wrote Jonathan Shapiro of Plainfield. “Something about the way towns were initially surveyed? Some pattern in river bottoms running north/south?” To get an accurate rundown of Vermont road names, I contacted Tyler Hermanson, a GIS specialist with the Vermont Enhanced 911 Board in Montpelier. Hermanson maintains and updates the digital maps used by 911 dispatchers, emergency responders, road crews and others to find particular addresses. Not surprisingly, I learned that the Green Mountain State does indeed have scads of roads with “Hill” in their names. In fact, “Hill” may be the word most commonly used to name the state’s roadways. Of the 28,650 roads listed from Addison to Worcester — the actual number is smaller, as the list is categorized by city and town, and some roads cross municipal boundaries — 1,849 have names containing that keyword. And those “Hill” monikers run the gamut from quaint to colorful to downright perplexing. Shapiro was way off in his assumption that “almost every town” has an East Hill Road, but his observation that that name is more common than West Hill Road is accurate, if not by a wide margin. Of Vermont’s 251 towns, 38 have an East Hill Road, 34 a West Hill Road. Twelve roads are named South Hill, seven named North Hill and 20 named simply Hill Road. Ludlow has the distinction of being the only Vermont town with East Hill, West Hill, North Hill and South Hill roads.

Other common hill road names include Sand Hill (18), Maple Hill (18), Church Hill (15), Oak Hill (13) and Spring Hill (13). Speaking of seasons, Vermont has Autumn, Spring and Summer Hill roads, but no Winter Hill Road. However, there’s a Frost Hill Road in Mount Holly and a Snow Hill Road in Bloomfield. Vermont’s hill roads are heavily populated by critters: Bear, Buck, Coon, Cow, Crow, Deer, Doe, Fox, Fish, Hedgehog, Herring, Hounds, Lamb, Lion, Moose Dog, Ox, Rabbit, Skunk, Snake, Turtle, Wolf and Woodchuck. Plenty of birds flock the hills, too, including Jay, Owl, Owl’s Head, Partridge, Pheasant, Quails, Raven, Robin, Swallow and Turkey. Bugs swarm the hills: Cricket, Black Fly, Locust and Monarch. Oodles of hill roads are named for trees: Apple, Beech, Birch, Cedar, Cherry, Chestnut, Elm, Hemlock, Hickory, Maple, Oak,

Pine, Tamarack and Walnut. There’s also an Arbor Hill, Branch Hill, Leaf Hill, Orchard Hill and simply Tree Hill Road. Ditto for plants: Basil, Briar, Clover, Fern, Ivy, Juniper, Laurel, Lupine, Sage, Thistle and Trillium. Some of Vermont’s hill roads practically gush with personality: Our hills are Bald, Bare, Bent, Breezy, Burnt, Busy, Coy, Darling, Folding, Hateful, High, Learned, Long, Misty, Old, Round, Ruff, Sandy, Single, Slack, Slippery, Steep, Stony, Sunny, Wild, Winding and Windy. There’s a Happy Hill Road in Lyndon and a Downer Hill Road in Weathersfield; a Dynamite Hill Road in Hinesburg and a Plain Hill Road in Springfield; a Gay Hill Road in Bethel and a Moody Hill Road in Vershire. Vermonters’ occupations are memorialized, too: Baker, Barber, Carpenter, Cook, Cooper, Hooker, Lackey, Mason, Painter, Potter, Shearer, Smith and Tinker. Religious themes abound: Baptist, Bible, Bishop, Chapel, Christian, Cross, Deacon, Minister, Parish, Parsons, Priory, Seminary and Zion. Understandably, there are many more Church Hill roads

(15) than Temple Hill roads (2), and not a single Mosque Hill Road. Yet. And there’s only one Devil’s Hill Road, in Peacham. Oddly, there are more Sunset Hill Roads (5) than Sunrise Hill Roads (1), which may say something about Vermonters’ sleep habits. There’s an Overhill Road and Underhill Road — and even an Under the Hill Road (but no Over the Hill Road). Edibles are fairly well represented in the hills: Bean, Berry, Biscuit, Butternut, Caper, Corn, Cream, Gingerbread, Honey, Jelly, Mutton, Pickle, Pineapple, Potato, Pudding, Rice and Russet. Berries are particularly popular: Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Raspberry and Strawberry,. Ditto for the adult beverages of Cider, Mead, Scotch Hill and Whiskey. As for nationalities, we’ve got German, Irish, Dutch and French Hill roads, and even a few Austin, Houston and Texas Hill roads. There’s a Barnum Hill Road (Shoreham) and a Bailey Hill Road (Cavendish), as well as a Jack Hill Road (Calais) and a Jills Hill Road (Wheelock). Perhaps most interesting are the oddball hill names, including Blood Hill Road in Norwich, Frisbie Hill Road in Castleton, Troll Hill Road in Mount Tabor, Sickman Hill in Hinesburg, Swearing Hill Road in Sandgate and Butts Hill Road in Wells. Must be some juicy stories behind those. Got the Hill Street blues because you didn’t see a hill name you like? No worries. Hermanson points out that Vermont adds 50 to 200 new road names per year, which means it’s probably only a matter of time before there’s a Bernie Hill Road — and it’ll likely veer sharply to the left.  Contact:

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How is the effectiveness of contraception measured? Do they survey people? Could researchers randomize different birth control methods, even if they wanted to? As much as I’d like to, I don’t think I could have nearly as much sex as it would take to make a statistically significant sample. — Christine


the control group got the pill; in a 1999 trial of polyurethane condoms, the controls used the latex kind. What you won’t see in these studies, for obvious reasons, is a placebo control group: Assuming your volunteers genuinely don’t want to get pregnant, you can’t just give some of them a sugar pill and tell them it’s the pill. Similarly, there usually isn’t a “nomethod” group to compare to; if researchers want a baseline conception rate for young women regularly having sex without contraception, they may use an estimate based on external data. (Something like 85 percent within a year is a decent guess.) And despite your concern, Christine, there’s no need for any one subject to shoulder the sample-size burden herself; the subjects enrolled in these studies regularly number in the thousands. FDA guidelines for condom-effectiveness studies, for instance, recommend at least 400 subject couples over a minimum of six menstrual

cycles; testing may be conducted “outside of clinical care settings.” (Most participants prefer it that way, you’d figure, though undoubtedly not all.) But with the real action taking place offsite, test results depend at least in part on subjects’ self-reporting: In that 1999 condom study, participants kept “coital diaries” to record frequency of use, breakage and slippage events, etc. To compare various contraceptives across multiple studies, you need a single apples-to-apples measurement of effectiveness. The most common is something called the Pearl Index, which professes to quantify how often a birth control method will fail per 100 woman-years of use: the lower the number, the more likely the method is to keep you fetus-free. Devised back in 1933, the Pearl Index enjoys the advantage of being simple to calculate: You just divide the number of pregnancies during a contraceptive study by the number of participants using the method and how many months the study went on,

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pregnancy rates, Trussell leans less on test results than on women’s responses (adjusted appropriately) from the long-running National Survey of Family Growth, run by the Centers for Disease Control. Now, it’s the CDC, so the survey is conducted with the utmost rigor. But trying to correct for known distortions in the data, Trussell suggests, is complicated to say the least: Study participants regularly underreport abortions, for instance, meaning a number of unintended pregnancies don’t get counted; but if you adjust for this by surveying women seeking abortions in clinics, they tend to overreport that they really were using contraception, meaning you count too many failures. If we’re always having to take the subjects’ word for it, you may wonder, how do we reliably distinguish between contraception failure — called “perfectuse failure” in the literature — and user error? This issue isn’t lost on Trussell: “Additional empirically based estimates of pregnancy rates during perfect use are needed,” he concludes. The march of science is being held back, it seems, because there aren’t enough folks who can roll a condom on correctly every time.


iven the stakes involved — higher than those associated with, say, nasal decongestant — you’d certainly hope there’s plenty of published research to confirm that birth control really does what it’s supposed to. And sure enough, there is. Though gauging contraceptives’ effectiveness isn’t quite the grueling sexual slog you apparently imagine, you’re right to guess that logistical and ethical concerns make this task somewhat trickier than figuring out how many noses got unstuffed. Typically, researchers test a birth control method about the same way they’d test any drug or medical device — via randomized, controlled trial. Participants are assigned randomly to one of several groups: Some use the contraceptive that’s under scrutiny; others use some previously tested treatment to establish a baseline — that’s the control group. So when pharmaceutical docs tested a transdermal contraceptive patch in 2001,

then multiply by 1,200. That’s it. Spermicide used alone might score as high as 20; the pill is somewhere between 0.1 and 3. Simple — or too simple? A big problem with the Pearl Index is that it assumes the results of a study are consistent from month to month, and that just ain’t so. The longer a contraceptive trial continues, the rarer pregnancies become. Why? The most fertile women conceive early and drop out of the study; the women who remain may be less pregnancyprone, or they may have grown increasingly adept at using the birth control method. Long trials, then, tend to produce lower Pearl numbers and thus can’t be compared fairly to shorter ones. For this reason, many researchers prefer a stat format called life tables (or decrement tables), which shows results broken out by month instead. But much of what we know about relative contraceptive effectiveness isn’t based on clinical trials at all. For decades now, Princeton population researcher James Trussell has been compiling and reviewing current data on birth control use for a series of reports called “Contraceptive Failure in the United States.” In setting out his 2011 charts of unintended


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In Vermont, two sisters chair the powerful appropriations committees of both the House and the Senate.


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Kitchel and Toll indeed have their differences — 14 years separate the sisters, after all — but they are clearly cut from the same cloth. Both have sweet, reserved smiles, the same wave to their short blond hair and trim builds that belie their ages. They speak with the same cautious style, and they base their politics in the same socially conscious vein. Kitchel is the second-oldest and Toll the youngest of 10 children raised on the family dairy farm of Harold and Kate Beattie in the hills outside Danville village.


“We grew up in a family where we were very connected to public service,” Kitchel said. Their mom and dad were once named Danville citizens of the year. They were reared on the McDonald dairy farm, where their mother was raised. In addition to milking cows and harvesting hay and corn, Harold Beattie served on the town selectboard. But it was their mother who ran the farm, as well as a gourmet kitchen. She was active in the Vermont Farm Bureau, served on the district environmental board and spent one term in the Vermont House. “She was very strong,” Toll said of their late mother, with whom she shared the first name Catherine. “Our father played games with us. He read stories to us … He had a softer side than my mother.” Politics were frequently discussed at home. The Beattie parents were supporters of Democratic governor Phil Hoff and active in his party, but they were also friendly with U.S. senator Ralph Flanders, a Republican. Though the Northeast Kingdom was and is tilted toward the GOP, the Beatties were socially liberal Democrats, Toll said. “They believed in taking care of people,” she added.


member who will represent her chamber’s point of view regardless of who else is at the table. Still, there’s a fascination — in the halls of the Statehouse and on the streets of Danville — about how Kitchel and Toll will divvy up the dough. “It’s going to be interesting to watch the conference committee,” said Rep. Johannah “Joey” Donovan (D-Burlington), whose legislative service overlapped for six years with that of her brother, former senator Jim Leddy. “It’s an interesting dynamic,” echoed Scott, who’ll ultimately have to negotiate with the Beattie sisters on the final budget. “But they are two different people.”


t the Danville Town Meeting lunch last week, Sen. Jane Beattie Kitchel and Rep. Kitty Beattie Toll squeezed into pint-size seats next to one another in an elementary school cafeteria and dug into the ham and baked beans. As tradition dictates, each had been tasked with bringing a dish to share. Kitchel made pickled beets; Toll brought spice cake. Well, actually, Toll carried the cake into the building. Kitchel baked the cake on her sister’s behalf. “I had to go to the Cabot informational meeting last night,” Toll explained. “Janie’s the better cook anyway.” In their personal lives, the two sisters look out for one another. Kitchel cooks; Toll offers technological advice — and the occasional wardrobe consultation. But their sisterly solidarity may be tested this spring at the Vermont Statehouse, where they both serve as Democratic state legislators. Toll and Kitchel are almost certainly in a unique position in U.S. politics: Two sisters chairing the powerful appropriations committees of both the House and Senate. As Vermont lawmakers determine how to spend the state’s money next fiscal year, the Beattie family and tiny Danville (population 2,196) will have an outsize influence over the outcome. Nearly two months after Republican Gov. Phil Scott pitched his version of the 2018 budget, Toll and her colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee are close to completing their own write-through. Once the full House signs off, Kitchel and the Senate Appropriations Committee will take a turn. Toll’s and Kitchel’s budgets are certain to differ — not just in their details but in their approach to closing the state’s $70 million budget gap. They’ll also both have to determine whether to challenge Scott’s pledge to avoid new taxes and fees. In April or May, two women who grew up around the same dinner table will face off across a Statehouse committee table to resolve the differences between their respective budgets. Will the state close a prison or stop funding public television? Will childcare subsidies get a boost, or should the state colleges — or is neither feasible? Kitchel and Toll will be the chief negotiators tasked with answering such questions. Kitchel, 71, and Toll, 57, insist their status as siblings will have no bearing on the outcome — that the decisions come down to policy and the will of the two chambers they represent. And, while end-of-session budget bargaining has been known to fray tempers and trigger outbursts among negotiators, the sisters say that’s not their style. “I think people are going to be disappointed,” Toll said. “I’ve never fought with my sister. We’re polite to each other.” House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero), who appointed Toll to succeed her as Appropriations Com-mittee chair this year, is even more emphatic. “I think it’s irrelevant,” she said of the sisters’ relationship. Toll, she argued, is a committed House






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Their parents would send one of the children to raise a red flag from the barn as a signal that they had leftovers to share with two neighboring men, Earl and Ray, who lived together, according to Toll. Earl, who typically dressed in women’s clothes, and Ray would come to the house to pick up the food — no questions asked. That was a powerful lesson in acceptance and helping others, Toll said. “Sometimes you need more than a friend and a neighbor. You need real assistance,” she said. “That’s very, very important to me.” Decades later, Toll’s and Kitchel’s political views hold true to family tradition: Both Democrats lean socially liberal, fiscally moderate. As they delve into their budget-writing duties, both say their intent is to balance the budget without raising taxes, but neither will take that option off the table. Discerning the differences between the two sisters’ politics is tough. Neither is prone to championing causes or particular bills. But a look

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through organizations’ legislative scorecards reveals some differences between them. The liberal advocacy organization Vermont Public Interest Research Group last year gave Toll a 92 percent rating for her votes on issues ranging from voter registration to renewable energy. The group rated Kitchel at 55 percent, a mark that reflected her support for restrictions on wind turbine siting. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, another left-leaning group, also scored Toll higher. In a 2013-14 scorecard, she earned an 86 percent rating while Kitchel scored 60 percent. The difference: Kitchel voted against a toxic-chemical regulation bill that Toll supported. The group Gun Owners of Vermont last year listed them both as “anti-gun” because they voted for a 2015 bill barring felons from possessing firearms. Kitchel and Toll are the only ones among the 10 siblings to run for office, though politics appears to be in the blood. The family has always been close, according to brother Marty Beattie, who owns Marty’s 1st Stop market in Danville.

All but one of their living siblings remain in the Danville area. Oldest brother Harold Jr. died in 2012. They still gather nearly every Sunday for dinner. Toll hosts. Kitchel cooks. Marty Beattie is the grill master. “Jane is the best cook in the family,” he confirmed. “Kitty’s very good at organizing.” Having grown up 14 years apart, the two are almost of a different generation, according to Kitchel. She occasionally refers to her sister as “Baby Kitty.” “We always thought she was the most indulged,” Kitchel said. “We would have to cook supper.” The older sister still indulges the younger. When Toll is too tired, Kitchel will drive — even if it’s not her turn. Nearly every legislative day, Kitchel makes lunch for Toll, as well as for several of her Senate colleagues: sandwich, chips, fruit and baked goods included. “That’s her therapy, like somebody else would knit,” Toll said. Her own therapy, Toll said, is raising money for community organizations. Her church’s capital campaign is within $6,000 of its $200,000 goal. “I just find that exciting,” she said. “I

won’t be done with that until I find the last $6,000.” Beattie said that it’s true his sisters don’t fight. “They have a lot of respect for each other,” he noted, adding, “It’s competitive.” Kitchel showed off some of that sibling rivalry when she heard her brother had weighed in on their relationship. “Did he tell you I’m thrifty and she’s not?” she asked. In fact, he did not. “She does spend more than I do,” Kitchel asserted, referring at least in part to the well-tailored dresses, jackets and suits Toll sports. Sartorial critiques go both ways between the sisters. On the Friday afternoon before the legislature recessed for town meeting, Toll was trying to help her sister assemble a legislative newsletter and had instructed Kitchel to come up with a different photo. “It’s a terrible picture,” Toll said, calling up on her computer the one Kitchel had chosen. It showed the older sibling standing in front of a Statehouse staircase — with an open smile, her hair finely coiffed, and a bright green cardigan sweater that seemed, in Toll’s view, outdated. “She’s much more attractive than that,” Toll said. Kitchel capitulated on the photo but later proclaimed that she had managed to finish the newsletter without her sister’s technological assistance.

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Toll was 5 and hadn’t yet started school when her mother took office in the Vermont House. “I spent many days in the halls of this building,” she said last month during a break in Appropriations Committee hearings. She remembers getting her knee wedged between the wooden spindles that line the balcony of the House chamber. Eventually, legislators noticed her plight. There was talk of sawing through one of the spindles. “I just remember bursting into tears,” she recalled. And yet, she was smitten. “I remember the smell of the building,” Toll said. “I always knew I’d be back.” The middle school language arts teacher married auto dealer Abel Toll and had two daughters before she returned to the Statehouse. In 2008, she ran unopposed to become the first woman since her mother to represent Danville in the House. Kitchel took a different path to Montpelier. When their mother served in the House, Kitchel was

already away at college. After graduating, she landed a job as a state social worker, a career that would last 35 years and put her in charge of the Agency of Human Services, the state’s largest division. Much of that time, while Kitchel and husband Guil raised a son, she made long commutes from Danville to Montpelier or Waterbury. When she retired in 2002, she had no desire to keep that up “I didn’t know I was going to do this. I was recruited to run,” Kitchel said. “It was, ‘Do I want to spend more time in the legislature?’ I spent a lot of time at the other end of the table.” Just as daunting was the notion that she could lose — as a Democrat challenging a Republican incumbent in the relatively conservative Northeast Kingdom. Nevertheless, she ended up as the top vote-getter in the two-seat Caledonia district and became its first female senator. The way Toll tells the story, she served as her sister’s campaign manager that year. Those aren’t the words Kitchel uses: “Well, she helped,” the senator countered. As the two sat next to each other last week during the Danville Town Meeting lunch, they had a chance to get their story straight. Was Toll the campaign manager? “She was not always as public as she is now,” Toll said, inferring that she helped Kitchel come out of her shell during the campaign. “I don’t remember seeing you in West Fairlee,” Kitchel responded, referring to one of the many rural campaign stops she believes were essential to her victory. Whoever gets credit, one thing is clear: Kitchel was not a typical freshman legislator. As a nod to her 35 years in state government — she knew the programs as well as anybody in the Statehouse — Kitchel was appointed vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee during her first term, in 2005. She became chair in 2011. When Toll was appointed to a seat on the House Appropriations Committee during her second term, in 2011, she did not have far to go to get up to speed. During their 40-minute shared commute from Danville to Montpelier, Toll peppered her sister with questions about state programs. “I kept notes,” Toll said. “What does DVHA mean? What is this special fund?”


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While the Beattie sisters’ dual chairmanships of the appropriations committees may be unprecedented, it is not unusual for family members to serve together — in Vermont or elsewhere. The National Conference of State Legislatures noted 27 instances of statehouse family ties across the country in 2016. The list was incomplete, as it didn’t include Vermont. Currently in Vermont, Sen. Dick McCormack (D-Windsor) and Rep. Curt McCormack (D-Burlington), who are brothers, are both serving their second stints in the Vermont legislature. Recent Vermont history offers other combos. When Donovan took her seat in the House in 2001, brother Leddy had been in the Senate since 1999. John Bloomer, a former state senator who is now Senate secretary, served with his mother, Judy Crowley, and his stepfather, John Crowley, in the early 2000s. (Before Bloomer’s time in office, his father, uncle and grandfather all served in the Senate — and as its president pro tempore.) Former governor Madeleine Kunin served in the House in the 1970s with her late brother, Edgar May, who was four years her senior. But the stickier situation came when she was governor in the 1980s and he was chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee — a scenario not dissimilar to that of the Beattie sisters. “It was interesting,” Kunin said last week. “I’d say 95 percent of the time, we agreed. The 5 percent we didn’t ended up in the spotlight.” Even two people who agree politically can come down on different sides of an issue — whether they are siblings or not, she noted. One year, she wanted funding for a juvenile detention center. He fought it. “He felt, if you build it, they will come,” she said, recalling that her own view was that kids were already being held in adult prisons and needed their own facility. She won. But, then again, she was the governor. Kunin predicted that political observers would be watching the sisters

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for similar signs of dissent. “I’m sure they’ll do fine,” she said. When Johnson won the speaker’s job last December — and left her perch atop the House Appropriations Committee — many observers thought Toll a likely candidate to replace her. But, some wondered, would it be wise to have two siblings as lead negotiators of the budget? Rep. Bob Helm (R-Fair Haven), one of four Republicans on Toll’s 11-member committee, said Johnson asked his opinion before appointing her chair. “I said, ‘You know, I don’t think that makes any difference … especially with those two,’” Helm recalled, offering a nod of respect to both women’s judgment.

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while putting the savings toward child- later, Toll felt compelled to clarify, lest care and higher education. her subtlety be misconstrued. So far, Toll appears to be taking a “There’s press in the room,” she page out of her sister’s playbook in said. “I want to make sure it’s clear responding to the governor’s pitch. I’m not suggesting we take local conThey both speak with a caution that is trol away.” In the next week or so, Toll’s mettle free of sound bites and intentionally will truly be tested as she and her non-incendiary. That’s a tone Kitchel deliberately cul- committee figure out how to plug the tivated during her 35 years in state gov- last $18 million of a $73 million hole. The first $55 million used all the easy ernment. “I don’t blow up,” Kitchel said. Kitchel’s predecessor in the Senate tricks. The rest could require cuts to Appropriations Committee, Susan programs that have survived previous Bartlett, was prone to declaring gov- budget crunches. Then the House will ship its plan ernors’ budget ideas “DOA” when she over to the Senate, where Kitchel’s thought they were. Here’s how calmly committee will revise, rework and Kitchel couched her criticism of Scott’s equally dead-on-arrival plan: “It just rewrite. The sisters insist there’s been no seems like there’s a lot of policy in this budget. That’s well beyond the jurisdic- Kitchel-Toll version of the budget written on their commutes tion of Appropriations.” between Danville and Toll has apparently Montpelier. In disbeen listening carecussing what’s to fully. She also come, they disdownplays any play the sibling sense of outrage competition and declines to their brother incite. As she mentioned. explained her “I don’t know committee’s what she’s going approach to the to do with the governor’s plan, budget,” Kitchel Toll put it this said, before adding, way: “The educa“I’m not going to tion piece has not tell her all my budget been well received.” tricks.” But for all the softness The differences between that tone exudes, both she and the House and Senate Kitchel share a no-nonsense budgets are more likely to demeanor that suggests neireflect the inherent difther the former social worker ferences between the two nor middle-school teacher chambers than between the were easily had. Kitchel often two women, they both said. cuts to the chase when a witToll has 150 House memness sitting before her combers to answer to. Kitchel mittee drones on. Toll is still has just 30 senators to learning the ropes of being a consult. On that score, even chair. Kitchel conceded she might During a February comhave the easier task. mittee meeting, Toll had SEN. JANE When they sit across KIT CHEL a particularly tense exfrom each other at a conchange with Administration ference committee table in Secretary Susanne Young the final week of the session, the two about the governor’s budget proposal. sisters won’t be arguing over whether Growing frustrated as Young declined to Toll appreciates the tuna sandwiches concede that the plan was unworkable, Kitchel makes or whether Kitchel Toll said in a calm, measured voice, “If dresses as sharply as she could. local control isn’t working, I think we “It will be a House-Senate issue, need to make the decision instead of just not a Jane-Kitty issue,” Toll said. disguising it.” Then, without missing a beat, she She was suggesting, it seemed, that added, “But not if she minimizes my the governor should acknowledge effort in her campaign.” m his plan would undercut a cherished democratic ideal. But a few minutes Contact:


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The State’s Kevin Allison talks about his storytelling podcast B Y D AN BOL L ES


hen his sketch comedy group the State broke up in 1995 — thus ending the cult-favorite MTV show of the same name — Kevin Allison found himself in comedic limbo. While other members of the State went on to more TV success with shows such as “Reno 911!” and “Stella,” Allison struggled to find his niche as a solo performer. “I was getting up on stage by myself, playing big, crazy characters. The monologues were clever, but it didn’t seem to connect with people in a way that had any momentum,” Allison recently told Seven Days by phone from New York City. “So for 12 years I was lost and afraid. I didn’t know how to express myself as an artist.” In 2009, he presented a solo show called “F***up” at SF Sketchfest in San Francisco. The show centered on five characters “who had somehow fucked up their careers or

their lives,” Allison explained. “It was very big and over-the-top. And it was also very obviously autobiographical,” he continued. “It was also a big failure.” Following the show, a dejected Allison debriefed with fellow State alum Michael Ian Black, who suggested that he “drop the mask and start telling your own true stories.” It was probably the best career advice Allison ever received. Soon after, he launched a live show and podcast called “Risk!” in which he and guests, famous and otherwise, tell stories about their lives that “they never thought they’d dare to share,” he said. Raw, unpredictable and often hilarious, Allison’s podcast has drawn raves from the likes of the New York Times, Slate and the A.V. Club. The show and podcast benefit from a healthy dose of comedic star power: Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt

and Sarah Silverman are just a few comedians who have shared intimate stories. But, as NYC PodFest noted in awarding Allison its first Excellence in Podcasting Award in 2015 — the award was subsequently named after him — the true brilliance of “Risk!” is not just that it’s a “groundbreaking storytelling podcast,” but that it gives “a voice to everyday people.” Allison hosts a “Risk!” live show this Saturday, March 18, at ArtsRiot in Burlington. It features local storytellers Dennis McSorley, Mark Redmond, Toni Nagy and Wes Hazard. What follows is the rest of our conversation with Allison. SEVEN DAYS: How did you react when Michael Ian Black suggested you start telling stories from your own life on stage? KEVIN ALLISON: I said, ‘Oh, God.” I have too many incongruous things about me. I’m too gay and too kinky. And yet I’m too

polite and midwestern. I’m too serious and intellectual. And yet I’m too silly and absurdist. I have too many things that are too hard to make sense of when you put them all together. It just felt too risky. And Mike said, “That’s the word. If it feels risky, you’re probably on to something. You’re opening up to something, and the audience will open up to you in return.” SD: So what happened next? KA: The very next week I came back to New York and decided to try this true storytelling thing. I went to the [Upright Citizens Brigade] theater in Chelsea to tell the true story of the first time I tried prostituting myself, when I was about 22 years old. I was so scared that I called the woman who was running the show and said, “Oh, my God, I gotta back out. I can’t do this.” And she said, “That’s great news!”




SD: Really? KA: She said, “There’s usually someone who calls me the day of and says, ‘This is just too risky.’” And she said, “If I can convince that person to do it, that’s usually the story that knocks it out of the park.” So I did it. And it really was like night and day. I could see it in people’s eyes. I could feel the energy coming back to me. And after the show, people weren’t just saying it was funny. They were saying things like “Oh, my God. I’ve never lived through that exact experience. But the way you described your emotions brought back to me this argument with my mom when I was in the eighth grade.” If you open up about your truest thoughts and feelings in actual life experiences, it will resonate with people. People live vicariously through hearing people describe the most sensitive things they’ve been through. I realized that that night, and realized I had to create a show called “Risk!” where people tell true stories they’d never dare to tell in public, and it will be a place where everything is OK; nothing will be censored. SD: And that’s the biggest difference between your show and, say, “The Moth”? KA: People have heard other storytelling shows, especially the ones on NPR. But they had never heard a show where people were as raw and unfiltered and emotional and sometimes controversial as they are on “Risk!”


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SD: Is there a sense of catharsis in sharing those kinds of stories? KA: Oh, absolutely. What I always tell storytellers is that you start off thinking it’s about you, that this is going to be like taking a verbal selfie. But what happens is that you realize a story is only worth sharing if you actually feel like you’re giving something to the audience. Like, “I lived through this. Here is my attempt to make some sense out of it, and maybe it will have some resonance for you.” What happens is that people respond, whether right after a show or [online], and people are very passionate about how the stories affect them personally. Like, “I’m thinking of changing this thing in my life because that story resonated with me.” So, there is definitely a therapeutic thing that happens in the transfer from storyteller to audience. But it’s also very entertaining. Even though it can sometimes veer into darker places, at any given show there are one or two stories that are just flat-out hilarious. So it’s a real rollercoaster ride. Laughs, tears, everything. m



SD: Do you see “Risk!” as expressing the opposing parts of your personality in a way that sketch comedy couldn’t? KA: Absolutely. For example, I just shared this story at the Bell House in Brooklyn last month about this gay men’s kink camp that I went to. And at a certain point I was ambushed and a bunch of guys peed on me. It’s a funny story. But in certain moments it gets very erotic, and then it gets kind of spiritual. And that’s what I love about telling a true story, as opposed to

SD: What are the elements of a great “Risk!” story? KA: What is most important is that the storyteller really cared about the incidents they’re describing. It’s usually a time that they were terrified or ecstatic or confused, a time in their life when they were pretty raw with emotion or stunned by a turn that life had taken, and it took their whole heart and brain to figure out which way to go next. Then, what’s really important is that the person is really able to take us there. In other words, that they’re not just intellectually describing, from a distance, the Wikipedia version of what happened. But they’re able to slow down at key moments and show us someone’s eyes, or the feeling they had in their gut, or the actual dialogue — those sights and sounds that make us feel like we’re there.



SD: Does that create problems for you? KA: That’s one of the headaches. People are always offended. And I really have to navigate that from week to week. Because I’m trying to create a safe space for people to feel like they can really bare their soul and talk in the way that they might talk over a beer with their best friend, or with their therapist, in a moment of total candor. But in order to create that space, I have to be very aware that people might be triggered or hurt or offended in a way that, all of a sudden, the show doesn’t feel safe for them anymore. It’s a weird balance we have to find, and we make mistakes sometimes. But we try our best.

walking into a comedy club where, if you’re going to spend a minute in the middle of your standup comedy set getting really emotional and serious, that’s not going to fly. Whereas at “Risk!” people understand that this could go from hilarious — where people are crying laughing one moment — to suddenly taking a turn that is stomach turning, tear jerking or profoundly beautiful. I love the fact that it has that flexibility to go wherever life itself goes.

Game Changer A New American women’s soccer team dreams big B Y KYMELYA SAR I








mong the soccer players gathered at the Shelburne Field House on a Saturday evening in late February, Binti Abdullahi cut a stark figure in her loose-fitting black dress and hijab. Standing on the sidelines, Abdullahi, the manager of the Golden Blazers Girls Soccer Team, looked exasperated. Few of her charges were on the pitch. Most were still in the changing room. By contrast, members of the Somali soccer club Juba Star were already playing a game on the adjacent field. “Let’s go, let’s go,” Abdullahi yelled at no one in particular. “There’s no time to fool around. Argh, they’re so slow,” she vented, sitting down. It didn’t take her long to rise again; Abdullahi’s second child was due in four weeks, and sitting gave her cramps, she said. Despite the approaching due date, she wasn’t taking it easy as she filled in for Coach Odysseus Manzi, who had called in sick. The rest of the players trooped onto the pitch, where some handed cash to Abdullahi. As team manager, she’s in charge of collecting money to pay for use of the field. At about quarter past eight, the Golden Blazers were Nasteha Abdullahi and Sami Lar ready for practice. Amid cries of “Come on, ladies, let’s go” and “Catch up, catch up,” the players ran around the pitch and stretched their hamstrings. Meanwhile, Abdullahi arranged mini-cones on the field for the team’s next set of warm-up exercise. She watched, arms akimbo, as the players did lunges and jumping jacks. During the scrimmage, Abdullahi yelled out tactical advice and encouragement from the sidelines. Dodging and shielding her face from flying balls, she urged the players to “take a hit [because] it’s supposed to make you stronger” and told them they were doing a “good job.” The greater Burlington-based Golden Blazers consists of 14 young women from the Nepali, Burmese, Gabonese and Somali communities. In January, a month after they first gathered to organize a team, they convinced Manzi to be their coach. A clinical social worker at the local U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center, he has expe- The Golden Blazers Girls Soccer Team practices at Shelburne Field House rience as a Juba Star coach. “Coaches get a sense when players are eager to learn and are coachable,” noted Manzi in an interview. With Dahero Iftin and Arbay Madey these young women, whose ages range from 14 to 22, “I saw that within the first practice,” he said. Some of the players observed that it’s uncommon for women in their cultural communities to be physically active. “Most Nepali girls don’t like sports,” said Anjana Raika, a senior at Burlington High School, who plays forward for the Golden Blazers. “They like dancing and other stuff.” Dahero Iftin, one of the four captains, said, “Some [Somali] parents think we’re going there just for the boys, when it’s really not [like that].

[We want] to have fun and get in shape,” the Community College of Vermont freshman explained. At 14, Sami Lar is the youngest on the team. The freshman at Winooski High School is candid about the escape that the game offers her. “I grew up without a dad, [and] my mum has a mental health illness,” she said. “[Soccer] is my escape from reality ... The energy I put in, I [feel] I’m doing something good.” While soccer formerly was a sport For more photos, go to played predominantly by boys and men, to three FIFA World Cup wins for the U.S. view a slideshow. women’s team have increased the sport’s popularity among females, Manzi observed. “There’s a competitive spirit in young women, just like in young men,” he pointed out. And the Golden Blazers players “are serious about wanting to come together as a team.” Manzi’s coaching history with some of the players goes back further, to his work with Juba Star from 2010 to 2016. In 2012, he helped coach a fledgling team of Somali girls. Abdullahi, then 17, was one of them. That team dissolved within a couple of months, as had another Juba Star girls’ team before it. “The boys laughed at us,” remembered Abdullahi, now 22, who was a member of both teams. “They’re like, ‘You guys are supposed to be home.’” When another former Juba Star player, Zahra Mohamed, suggested last fall that they form a soccer team, Abdullahi was skeptical. “I kinda lost hope,” she admitted. “Twice, we tried. The adults didn’t believe in us. We didn’t believe in us.” But Mohamed was determined. Although her stint with the Juba Star was short, she — like Abdullahi — remained physically active. Mohamed played sports, including softball and basketball, and ran track during middle and high school. In her senior year at Winooski High School, she played on the soccer team. “I really wanted to play soccer again,” said Mohamed, who also is now a freshman at CCV. Despite her initial reservations, Abdullahi supported her friend, and the pair began to recruit players. This time, however, Mohamed also reached out to young women beyond the Somali community. “We’re different shades of brown,” said Mohamed, another captain, of her teammates. For now, the Golden Blazers don’t have a team uniform. But they’ve set a standard that accommodates players who are Muslim. When the team had its first meeting in mid-December, members came up with a list of rules. Rule No. 10 addresses the dress code: “Shorts with something under or sweatpants.” That means the players have to cover their legs. Muslim players also don their headscarves. Some wear their head coverings in a turban style instead of letting the ends hang over their shoulders. “Sometimes when I’m playing, it gets so hot,” admitted Sami Lar. “And when I’m running, the hijab can fall off.” After she took a tumble during the drills, the Burmese teen asked a teammate to help redo her undone hair bun. Seconds later, both players returned to the field. When she wore leggings under her soccer uniform at Burlington High School, Abdullahi said, getting stares and questions was the norm. “[My] teammates are always

wondering, ‘Oh, my God, why are you wearing this? Isn’t it hot?’” she said. “I just explained to them ... ‘’Cause if I don’t, then my mom won’t let me play,’” she recalled with a chuckle. Like Abdullahi, Mohamed wore leggings under her high school team uniform, and her garb didn’t prevent her from participating in matches. “I don’t think uniform or religion has ever been a problem,” she said. Her parents, Mohamed added, were more concerned when she had to stay out late for practice. The Golden Blazers haven’t yet O D YS S E US MANZI played a match, but they practice Zu Ti Nar under Manzi’s supervision for payment for use of the field. about two hours every Saturday Sometimes the captains and at the Shelburne Field House. Previously, every Abdullahi have to contribute extra other Friday, they trained for free at the Edge to make up for a shortfall. Sports & Fitness, piggy-backing on a program orgaSome players balk at taking their turn nized by the Multicultural Youth Program at Burlingtonbetween the goal posts because they based Spectrum Youth & Family Services. don’t have goalkeeper gloves. Finding transportation But the more experienced players, such as Raika, to practice is another recurring problem; the team capSami Lar and Juanita Yangambi, think the team needs to tains sometimes have to ask Juba Star players, including practice more often. All three play for their high schools Abdullahi’s husband, for help. and joined the Golden Blazers because they wanted to Recently, to fund the field and their uniforms, remain active during the winter. Mohamed and some of her teammates collected bottles “In [the Burlington High School] team, we worked from private residences, stores and gas stations. After more on conditioning and kicks,” said junior Yangambi. three hours, they had four big bags, worth $6.25. The “In the Golden Blazers, we play [more] than we practice.” GoFundMe page they created to raise $4,000 has only An increase in required practice time might make netted them $5 since mid-January. the team inaccessible to some players, however; not all But financial constraints haven’t deterred the playof them find it easy to come up with their weekly $10 ers from dreaming big: They’d like to join the Vermont

Women’s Soccer League. “We used to be really bad,” admitted Raika. On a scale of one to 10, she rated the team as “not even a five.” Now she thinks the team is a “six or seven.” Mohamed agreed. “I really think our team can become bigger,” she said. Coach Manzi is a little more cautious, suggesting the players need “a few years at least” before they’re ready to join the league. In the meantime, he wants to organize a couple of friendly matches over the summer, including one on World Refugee Day in late June. For her part, Abdullahi said the doubled childcare commitment may keep her from joining the team. “My family doesn’t live here,” and if she did ask a relative to look after her children while she played soccer, “I think I’ll be looked at funny,” she explained. “‘Don’t you have a home, a husband to feed and take care of?’” she asked, mimicking some of the questions she would probably face. “I am not prepared for that part.” But Abdullahi said her husband is supportive of her desire to play soccer. The childcare arrangement is something “me and my husband are going to have to figure out.” 



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A Healing Movement A UVM study explores whether patients can be cured with fecal transplants S TO RY BY KEN PICARD








ne week after celebrating her 80th birthday in December 2015, “Iris” contracted Clostridium difficile, a serious colon infection that causes fever, nausea, severe abdominal pain and debilitating diarrhea. “It’s most unpleasant. You feel lousy and you lose weight,” says the Chittenden County resident, who requested anonymity for this story. “It’s all bad. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.” C. diff, as the bacterial bug is commonly known, typically is found in and transmitted through contact with fecal matter. It’s often contracted in health care facilities by elderly patients or those undergoing longterm antibiotic treatment, which can kill off the digestive tract’s “good” bacteria along with the “bad.” In Iris’ case, she picked up the infection in the community, but was soon hospitalized when her doctor became concerned about her chances for recovery. And with good reason. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2015, nearly a half million Americans contracted C. diff. Of those, at least 15,000 died, though some estimates put the number as high as 50,000. Today, it’s one of the leading hospital-acquired infections. C. diff can be very difficult to treat, especially when patients contract an antibiotic-resistant strain. In Iris’ case, she suffered two recurrences in as many months before her gastroenterologist, Dr. Peter Moses at the University of Vermont Medical Center, recommended an unusual treatment: fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), aka a stool transplant. Essentially, the process involves using fecal matter from a healthy donor to recolonize the sick patient’s colon with benevolent microbes that return it to a

healthy state. From the patient’s standpoint, the procedure is no different from undergoing a routine colonoscopy. Some patients recoil at the thought of having someone else’s poop squirted into their body, but Iris isn’t so squeamish, having worked for years as a medical technologist at what was then called Fletcher Allen Health Care. After researching the procedure online, she agreed to give it a try. “Everyone has what they call the ‘yuck factor,’” she says with a chuckle. “But when you’re that sick, you’re happy to agree to anything” that offers a potential cure. Iris’ recovery, she reports one year later, was “almost immediate.” Her appetite returned quickly and she suffered no ill effects from the procedure itself. Most importantly, the C. diff hasn’t returned. Iris’ outcome was typical for C. diff patients treated with FMT, says Moses, who’s done this procedure about 100 times. It has a success rate approaching 90 percent, he notes, with minimal side effects and very few reports of serious adverse outcomes. In fact, patients on their deathbeds have been known to recover in several hours after receiving FMT. In short, shit happens to help some very sick patients. In the eyes of many practitioners, including Moses, FMT is a miracle cure, not just for C. diff but potentially for other gastrointestinal and autoimmune disorders. He’s putting that last hypothesis to the test. Moses is the principal investigator on a Burlington-based clinical trial, overseen by the U.S. Food and



Drug Administration, that studies the effectiveness of using fecal transplants to treat patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. This debilitating autoimmune disorder, similar to Crohn’s disease, causes inflammation and open sores throughout the colon. Though ulcerative colitis has no known cure, FMT may hold real therapeutic promise, suggests Dr. Jessica Crothers, a research fellow in UVM’s pathology department and one of the researchers working with Moses on the study. As Crothers points out, fecal transplants are only considered a “new” form of therapy in western medicine. In other countries, the practice goes back centuries. Ancient Chinese texts from the fourth century describe the use of “yellow soup” mixed with human stool to treat dysentery. Similarly, veterinarians have used manure for years as a way to treat livestock with digestive problems. It wasn’t until the 1950s that modern medicine began to recognize poop’s

potential. In 1958, Dr. Ben Eiseman, then chief of surgery at the Denver Veterans Administration Hospital in Colorado, had four patients suffering from life-threatening enterocolitis, or inflammation of the colon, brought on by prolonged antibiotic use. Reasoning that he might reboot his patients’ digestive tracts with benevolent bacteria, Eiseman gave them enemas of stool obtained from new mothers in the maternity ward. When all four patients recovered, Eiseman published his findings in the journal Surgery, where he suggested that the fecal transplants had “re-establish[ed] the balance of nature” within their guts. Despite Eiseman’s findings, Crothers says, the procedure didn’t gain wider recognition until the 2000s, when a hyper-virulent strain of C. diff emerged. Reportedly, some patients desperate for relief began attempting fecal transplants at home using enema bags and turkey basters. In 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published the findings of a randomized controlled trial showing that FMT was highly effective in treating recurrent C. diff. In fact, FMT was so much more effective than the standard treatments that researchers halted the study early, considering it unethical to deny the benefits of FMT to patients in the study who weren’t receiving it. Still, Crothers says, the therapeutic use of human waste, something long seen as a source of disease rather than a cure, posed a unique challenge for FDA classification. Is it a drug? A supplement? A biological byproduct?

“[FMT] generated a huge buzz, and the FDA got very uncomfortable with it,” she says. In May 2013, the FDA issued a statement that it considered stool to be an “investigational new drug” that required extensive medical trials before it could be used in clinical settings. When this provoked an outcry from the medical establishment, the FDA relented on FMT’s use for treating recurrent C. diff, but not for other conditions. Now Moses and Crothers are trying to determine whether FMT is


“That’s what’s so cool about it for me,” he says. “What’s emerged over the last five or so years is that we’ve come to realize how important these commensal passengers that we carry are for good health and how important they are in a variety of disease states.” Indeed, early scientific data suggest that our microbiome plays a role in mood, immunity and various ailments, including migraines, psoriasis and even Parkinson’s disease. Moses points out that autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis have all increased in frequency since the 1950s, coinciding with a drastic rise in the use of antibiotics. FMT is now being studied as a way to treat conditions once thought to be unrelated to digestive health. In January, a researcher at Arizona State University published the results of a study of children with autism. In it, FMT reduced symptoms involving the children’s language skills, social interaction and repetitive behaviors. “It’s fascinating, because you’re born with your genes, and, yes, they can be turned off and on, but you can’t change the genetic cards you’re dealt,” Crothers says. “But if you think of your microbiome as an extension of yourself, that’s a malleable genetic landscape that you can shift. If we can [adjust] that, the implications are enormous.” Given the severity of ulcerative colitis, Moses and Crothers haven’t had to overcome FMT’s “yuck” factor with patients they’ve screened. If anything, they’ve had to turn away patients who don’t meet their criteria. Eight are currently enrolled, but another 12 are needed to complete the study. As for the results thus far, Moses says the FDA won’t allow him to comment on their findings until the study is completed. But if he and Crothers get the results they’re expecting, UVM could become the principal site for future FMT trials, opening the door to additional federal funding. And, in the world of medical research, being flush with cash is nothing to pooh-pooh. 


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OpenBiome extensively screens its donors for various diseases and for hypothetical risks that may be associated with gut health, such as obesity, diabetes and allergies. Only 4 percent of potential donors are accepted — and receive $40 for each “deposit” they make in the stool bank. Each sample is blended and quarantined for six weeks until it doubletests negative for nasty pathogens, Crothers says. Eventually, the UVM

researchers plan to analyze each stool donation for its unique genetic profile. “We don’t really know yet what the ideal donor looks like,” she says. “It’ll probably turn out that there are different ideal donors for different disease types.” The study of the human microbiome, that amalgam of microbes that dwell in the human body, is still in its infancy. It’s estimated that our bodies contain about 10 times as many microbial cells as human cells — literally trillions of fungi, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. The vast majority live in the digestive system. Moses, who’s been a gastroenterologist for more than 20 years, says that when he attended medical school, little was known about microbes’ role in human physiology.


effective in treating ulcerative colitis, too. Why ulcerative colitis? As Moses explains, it’s a fairly common disorder that causes considerable suffering and can even be fatal. Because UC is an autoimmune disorder, he goes on, the cornerstone of conventional treatment is manipulating the body’s immune response, which itself puts the patient at increased risk for infection and lymphoma. There’s also a practical reason for trying FMT, Moses adds: The disease always involves the distal colon or rectum, which is easily reached with an endoscope. UVM Medical Center has been doing fecal transplants for recurrent C. diff since 2014. Early on, Crothers recalls, one of the big challenges was the logistics: As stool is inherently infectious, physicians knew they’d have to screen donors for a variety of diseases, including HIV, hepatitis and rotavirus. But who should pay for such expensive tests? As Crothers puts it, “It all got sticky very fast.” That’s when Moses and Crothers discovered OpenBiome, the nation’s first stool bank. Sometimes referred to as

the “Brown Cross,” the Massachusettsbased nonprofit was founded in 2012 by medical researchers who’d watched a friend suffer with C. diff for 18 months before being cured by FMT. According to the company’s mission statement, OpenBiome’s goal is to “eliminate the practical barriers” to FMT and facilitate its research by freeing physicians from the hassles of managing a stool-donor program themselves. OpenBiome is now a partner in the UVM study. “The nurses are psyched because they don’t have to handle the poop,” Crothers says. “We were buying blenders and had a room converted for blending it. Brown Cross to the rescue!”

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Egret strives to protect memory, while Grey Mole’s incessant digging destroys it. Director Jordan Gullikson stitches the ensemble together to make a coherent whole of colloquial monologue, symbolic props, stylized animals reciting a verse play, and animation that operates like illustrations in a children’s book. He excels at distilling the story into moments when actors, and audience, can pause to take in a discovery. The production unfolds with a rhythmic, gliding pace that Gullikson accents with moments of stillness. Lefkoe takes such easy, gentle command of the audience that it’s possible to mistake her offhand naturalism for a simple performance. She spans several octaves here, winning over viewers with self-deprecating humor and then showing Vivienne battling herself to remain honest. Throughout, she holds back any


The setting is an abstract world. A row of three rustic stools stands in front of a tidy set of tree limbs, mounted vertically and furnished with little platforms that hold objects: a piggy bank, two balloons, scissors and other items. These are props for the story and are always on view, as if to prove that Vivienne has no tricks up her sleeve. A flat white back wall reflects light with an artificial, museumlike quality. It’s an antiseptic display of common and uninteresting objects. Artifice floods every crevice of the play’s presentation, but this only creates a vacuum in which Vivienne’s bluntness and humanity can shine. Yockey gives her a craving for metaphor, and so she fashions what she calls a creation myth for Alzheimer’s. Vivienne’s parable plays out through verses the animals speak on stage and is reinforced by animation projected on the back white wall. White


n Blackberry Winter, playwright Steve Yockey subverts the artistic dictum “show, don’t tell.” Showing isn’t any more powerful than a character with a strong need to tell, and Yockey taps that drive in creating Vivienne, a fortysomething baker whose mother is descending through dementia. Vivienne speaks to make sense of her mother’s decline, and of her own reactions to it. The play explores her struggle to be honest with herself, and, in Vermont Stage’s production, Karen Lefkoe’s riveting performance invites audiences to connect with a resolute and moving character. Vivienne addresses the audience with the deadpan humor of the self-aware as she talks about Rosemary, her mother. Rosemary has Alzheimer’s and is getting worse. “Of course it’s getting worse,” Vivienne says. “What a stupid thing to say. That’s all it can do.” Vivienne shares the stage with two mythic animals of her own imagination, which become additional manifestations of her thoughts. The animals speak occasionally, but the majority of the story is told in monologue. Vivienne addresses the animals and the audience, and the animals occasionally react to her. Yockey’s adroit script and Lefkoe’s gentle manner give the audience every reason to trust Vivienne. Besides, any woman with a killer coconut cake recipe isn’t going to lie to us, right? Or to herself. Vivienne’s impulse to reveal her feelings drives this story and this character. The casual, passive heroism of every caregiver begins with having no choice. Vivienne’s unceasing smile and civility are her armor. She can pretend all she likes to the world, but she won’t deceive herself. Acknowledging the grim topic of Alzheimer’s, Vivienne tells the audience we’re free to go and she won’t be offended. “More accurately, you won’t be able to tell I’m offended because this smile … is made of granite.” The subject matter of Blackberry Winter is serious, yet the tone is far from bleak. Yockey doesn’t prettify Alzheimer’s, nor does he bludgeon the viewer into misery. Instead, he shows the emotional reserves needed to cope with the disease in a loved one, and lets us laugh, too.



trace of rage or sorrow. The bedrock of her performance shows the cost her character pays to maintain such composure. And at every turn, Lefkoe brings to life Vivienne’s courage to carry on. Sarah Mell uses gorgeous physicality to animate White Egret. Her eager, dancing egret moves with the same haltand-flow rhythm of a bird that’s alert to the world; she pauses to swivel her head and train her gaze upon something that, after a beat, registers as a source of joy, curiosity or worry. White Egret supplies the play’s entire ration of optimism, and Mell’s smile is deep enough to give hope an anchor. White Egret moves impulsively and seems always to be struggling to please — or even save — Vivienne. As Grey Mole, Nicholas Caycedo spends the play with a thick rope binding his upper arms snug to his torso and a blindfold he tugs on and off his eyes by bending his head to his hands. Caycedo gives him a calm demeanor; his only interest is slow and steady digging, not frantic tunneling. The mole is stuck personifying the evil of Alzheimer’s, but Gullikson and Caycedo resist projecting a moral overtone by emphasizing animal innocence. The only trouble is, Yockey’s construction leaves Caycedo with little to do and no chance to balance White Egret, who’s busy radiating human emotion. Blair Mielnik’s tree-based stage design teases the audience to imagine how the starkly ordinary objects on display fit into Vivienne’s life. Lighting designer Jamien Lundy Forrest soaks the space in light and uses delicate changes in color to mark subtle shifts in Vivienne’s thought process. The uncredited animation is cutesy — pretty much Disney’s big-eyed Bambi without the copyright infringement. It’s plausible that Vivienne’s personal aesthetic might be sappy enough to give the mole an underground bed, nightstand and quilt, but that doesn’t make the mawkish projected images any less distracting. But the background projections work wonderfully when limited to forest scenes that go gray as an echo of Rosemary’s failing memory. The arc of the play is downward, but Vivienne grows stronger with each step. What she’s facing takes courage, and it’s ennobling to watch her prepare, without flinching, for all that lies ahead. m






At Stone Soup, evening meals unfold outside the Web


here’s no cell service in upper Strafford village, which is just a handful of antique homes clustered around a green with white clapboard churches on both ends. The town also has a post office and a town clerk’s building — and the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead is just a quarter-mile down the road. While many of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, no shops or other attractions draw visitors to town. And no signage marks the hamlet’s sole restaurant, Stone Soup, which has stood at 7 Brook Road for 44 years. In the 1970s, the food was different; the restaurant’s original owners proffered a groovier, more countercultural flavor than co-owners Gil Robertson and William Milne serve today. That



pair, who live on the property, bought the place in 1984. As they restored the 1799 building to a polished 19th-century sheen, the food evolved, too. “It began to look a lot better in here,” Robertson said, “and we began to cook differently.” By 1990, supper at Stone Soup had become a lush, multisensory experience. Thursdays through Saturdays, nine tables serve up to 25 guests in one seating. In summer, visitors can wander through blooming perennial gardens, cocktails in hand, before dining. In winter, they whet their appetites on couches before an open fireplace. Post-Y2K, as food culture migrated online, the restaurant abstained from internet engagement. No website narrates its history; no Facebook page describes its cuisine; no Instagram feed offers LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...


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well-composed photos of evening specials. Aside from a phone number in the local white pages and user-generated Yelp and TripAdvisor pages, scarcely a published trace of the place exists. “We’re a little publicity shy,” Robertson said, uneasy but chatty on the phone during a rare interview last week (his third, he estimated, in 33 years). His residual southern drawl sang softly over the line, recalling half a life in North Carolina before he moved to Strafford. “We’re very private people,” Robertson added. Yet the restaurant offers a window into a pair of lives that appear to be lived with well-worn, genteel charm and a reverence for quiet, simple pleasures. At dinner on a recent, torrential late-winter’s eve, the tables were set


with pressed white tablecloths and pale tapered candles that flickered in glass boxes. Tiny vases held pale pink carnations, and dinner for three was delivered on old English china and sturdy 1970sera stoneware. Vintage cutlery — two forks per setting —  glowed with silver luster. Our meal began with warm bread and butter. First-course options consisted of soup or a house salad ($7); all entrées ($25 to $32) were sided with a blend of sweet and savory roasted root vegetables, the seasonal roughage du jour. Robertson said the spare, oldfashioned format is practical: He and his partner split the cooking, with him on prep and Milne on a one-man “line” SUPPER WITHOUT STATIC

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Less than two years after replacing Dharshan Namaste Asian Deli at 212 Main Street in Winooski, the Spice Traders’ Kitchen closed in February. A sign on the door assured visitors that new owners would be taking over soon, but offered no details. After weeks of concerned local chatter, NAMUNA ASIAN KITCHEN began serving noodles, dumplings, curries and pan-Asian finger snacks in the space last weekend. Owner MAN GURUNG fled his native Bhutan in the 1990s, part of a wave of refugees who departed that country when the government began expelling people of Nepali descent after its 1988 census. Gurung lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for almost two



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called Waterbury Center’s “agritourism corridor,” near the BEN & JERRY’S factory and the COLD HOLLOW CIDER MILL. The new facility has four large storage silos that will hold green beans, allowing the company to purchase lots of coffee more “efficiently and effectively,” she noted. Previously, Vermont Artisan had to find storage off-site. Once the roasters — both human and mechanical — have settled into the facility, the company will encourage visitors to drop by for a “mini self-guided tour,” Alves added. Passersby will also be welcome to sip cappuccino or espresso. A coffee bar in the new building will open once the dust from the move has settled, most likely in early May. “We want to get our staff in place and our drinks perfected [first],” said Alves. “Our other businesses can’t really stop, so we’re concentrating on getting everything [settled] and getting equipment running.”

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Nor do they fuss with time-consuming niceties such as “making swans out of meringue or folding pralines into little cones,” Robertson added. However, they do make pralines. At dessert, the almond cookies formed brittle bookends for scoops of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with salty caramel to dazzling effect. Rare, indeed, is the discovery of a dazzling ice cream sandwich. As the conversation hushed over dessert — with spooned slices of wobbly,


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RESTING ON WILD RICE CAKES THAT TASTED OF MUSHROOMS AND EARTH. mollusks were soft and creamy in the middle, resting on wild rice cakes that tasted of mushrooms and earth. My mother-in-law’s braised lamb shank — seasoned with aromatics, then slow-roasted with tomatoes, alliums and fresh rosemary — fell effortlessly from the bone into an unctuous stew of soft white beans. My husband’s Cornish hen, with its herbed cornbread stuffing, was baked to a crisp, amber hue and hinted at warm nuts and an autumn forest after a soaking rain. Though we were full midway through the entrées — portion sizes are ample without crossing into gluttony — we kept going. “We appreciate having people come in and giving them a lot of good food,” said Robertson. From a business perspective, the formula works primarily because the kitchen uses luxe ingredients sparingly and keeps labor costs low. If you’re paying people to cook, the budget has to give somewhere else. “Restaurants that can’t cut corners with the labor have to cut corners with the food,” Robertson said. Stone Soup’s owners would rather be generous with their plates than hire outside help.

candied-ginger custard and port-soaked peaches dissolving on my tongue — I couldn’t help but overhear diners at the next table. Their chatter drifted from the goings-on at a nearby hospital to models for good medical schools to agenda items for the upcoming town meeting. Inevitably, someone took a jab at America’s new president. A woman at the table groaned. “So you don’t want to talk national politics?” the jabber asked. He seemed willing to let it go. “I guess we can,” answered the woman without enthusiasm, “if you want.” As they mulled over whether to go there, awash in dancing candlelight, cellphones remained tucked away in pockets or bags — perhaps even in cars. A bitter February rain pounded mercilessly outside. m Contact:

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More recently, serving mixed drinks with meals has become a trend written up in places such as and Food & Wine. Men’s Fitness even described the creation of apt food and booze pairings as a surefire seduction technique (if only!). The fad has a rational foundation. When pairing food with beer or wine, chefs are stuck with what comes out of the bottle. If they think a wine could use a little more acidity, they can’t stir in some lemon juice and call it a day. Bartenders, on the other hand, can tailor drinks to the flavor profiles in a given dish. “There’s more control with cocktails,” explains Laura Wade, co-owner

A white rum, grapefruit and oregano drink — in a glass rinsed with anise-scented Pastis — appeared with a plate of homemade tater tots. The latter were topped with cured arctic char, crème fraîche and a scattering of herbs and seeds. The aroma of licorice




In addition to customizing fragrances for bartenders, weddings and more, the Wisniewskis tend bar at local events and do food-pairing dinners with area chefs. Most recently, they partnered with Hen of the Wood in Burlington for an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-themed dinner, serving a bevy of unusual drinks to match food from chef Jordan Ware. For instance, a steaming cast-iron teapot held a green potion chilled with dry ice and made with cucumber, lemon and lime juice that had been spritzed just before serving with a fragrant spray called Southeast Asian Flavor Elixir. The Wisniewskis’ concoction accompanied a tender octopus


he veggie hash arrived five courses into a brunch-time cocktail pairing at Misery Loves Co. in Winooski — hunks of mushroom and cauliflower and strips of roasted bell pepper and onion, all mounded on a smear of verdant pesto. A pair of orange-yolked eggs slumped off the vegetables like the melting clocks in Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory.” At my elbow was an unusual drink called “A Walk in the Woods.” Made of gin, juniper, the bitter aperitif Byrrh and reduced mushroom stock, the earthy, woodsy concoction was a perfect complement to the hash. The fungus in the drink picked up the




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fungus in the food. The bitter components cut through the fat from the egg yolks, just as the latter streaked gold into the pesto’s green. Misery is one of a handful of Burlington-area restaurants that have made an art of creating food-friendly cocktails, with elements that echo ingredients on the plate or sharply counterpoint them. Other local purveyors of such drinks — which can be served alone or alongside a meal — include the Inn at Shelburne Farms, ArtsRiot and Juniper at Hotel Vermont. A decade ago, pairing beer with food — instead of wine — was edgy.

of Misery. She adds, “Our cocktails are culinarily driven. We craft them the same way we make our food.” That means taking available seasonal ingredients — often kitchen byproducts such as fermented beet juice, whey and egg whites — and working them into the drinks. At that same brunch, fermented beet juice showed up in a bright pink drink that came out alongside a half-dozen oysters. Like mignonette sauce — the blend of vinegar, shallot and pepper typically served alongside raw mollusks — the cocktail had an acidity that went nicely with the brine.

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and green herbs united the food and drink in a surprising, powerful and lovely combination. Another local chef who takes a culinary approach to the craft of mixing cocktails is Aaron Wisniewski, who’s also a certified sommelier and bartender. He and his brother, Sam, own Alice & the Magician Cocktail Apothecary in Burlington. Using a proprietary method, the Wisniewskis create fragrances that can be sprayed on drinks — or plates of food. Want the aroma of celery without the crunch? A little spritz from a bottle does the trick.

tentacle garnished with cucumber slices, a piece of cured pork cheek and scallion. The cucumber on the plate danced with the cucumber in the drink. “I like to work from food,” Aaron Wisniewski says. “[I] have the chef build a menu, and I build cocktails around it.” Instead of making drinks that are perfectly balanced in themselves and then trying to match them with food, he designs beverages that mesh with the flavors of a dish but are still delicious on their own. Wade takes a similar approach. When pairing is

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[CONTINUED] of a building to a mini storage and construction of 12,900 sq. ft of new mini storage. 18,585 sq. ft of new coverage and site improvements. Stormwater utility installation. (Project Manager, Mary O’Neil) 2. 17-0786AP; 220 Pine Street (RM, Ward 5S) Nicholas Papaseraphim Appeal of Notice of Zoning Violation #320536 relative to expanded parking and lack of certificates of occupancy. (Project Manager, Jeanne Francis) Plans may be viewed in the Planning and Zoning Office, (City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington), between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent

appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Planning and Zoning office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at pz/drb/agendas or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard. CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 7 No-parking areas No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1)-(3)    As Written. (4) [Reserved.] In the space in front of 278 Colchester Avenue. (5-538)    As Written. *Adopted this 15th day of February, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E.

Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 02/15/17; Published 03/15/17; Effective 04/05/17. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add. CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 11-1 Thirty-minute parking. No person shall park any vehicle, at any time, longer than thirty (30) minutes at the following locations: (1)-(13)    As Written (14) On the south side of Marble Avenue in the first space east of Pine Street. The restriction is in effect Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Adopted this 19th day of October, 2016 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners:






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Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 10/19/16; Published 03/15/17; Effective 04/05/17. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add. CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 17 Designation of parking meter zones. (b) Thirty (30) minute zones. The following streets or portions of streets are hereby designated as thirty (30) minute parking meter zones: (1)-(2)    As Written (3) [Reserved] On the south side of King Street in the first space west of South Champlain Street. (4) As Written. (5) [Reserved] On the west side of Saint Paul Street in the third space south of College Street. (6)-(7) As Written. Adopted this 15th day




of February, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 2/15/17; Published 03/15/17; Effective 04/05/17. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add. SMALLEY PARK SOFTBALL FIELD INFIELD RENOVATION This Bid request invites responses from experienced professional site-work contractors to assist the City of Burlington Department of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront with the renovation of the Smalley Park softball field. Submit questions concerning this RFP via email per the schedule outlined below. Responses to all submitted questions will be posted online. Full details can be found at: opportunities/requestsfor-proposals/ Issue date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM Optional Site Visit: Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10 AM (meet at softball field)

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. Questions due: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by 4:00 PM Proposal deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017 by 4:30 PM Inquiries/submissions to: Max Madalinski, Associate Parks Project Coordinator Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront 645 Pine Street, Suite B, Burlington, VT 05401 STATE OF VERMONT ADDISON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT DOCKET NO: 85-5-14 ANCV WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. v. GARY P. FRENCH, VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF TAXES AND DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE OCCUPANTS OF: 117 Davis Road, Hinesburg and Monkton, VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the

Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered May 10, 2016, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Gary P. French to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Primelending, a Plainscapital Company, dated November 23, 2010 and recorded November 30, 2010 in Book 130 at Page 387 of the land records of the Town of Monkton and recorded December 8, 2010 in Book 215 at Page 786 of the land records of the Town of Hinesburg, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Primelending a Plainscapital Company, its successors and assigns to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., dated February 20, 2012 and recorded in Book 135 at Page 197 of the land records of the Town of Monkton; same Assignment dated November 13, 2012 and recorded November 19, 2012 in Book 229 at Page 218 of the land records of the Town of Hinesburg, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage

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and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 117 Davis Road, Monkton, Vermont (property is located in towns of Monkton and Hinesburg) on April 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Gary P. French by Warranty Deed of Alan D. Blaise and Laura J. Blaise dated January 20, 2009 and recorded on January 22, 2009 in Volume 121, Page 193 of the Monkton Land Records and recorded on February 5, 2009 in Volume 202, Page 2 of the Hinesburg Land Records. Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Alan D. Blaise and Laura J. Blaise by Warranty Deed of Philip R. and Paula K. Fortin dated May 17, 1983 and recorded on June 3, 1983 in Volume 37, Page 361 of the Monkton Land Records, and recorded on September 17, 1986 in Volume 59, Page 525 of the Hinesburg Land Records. The property contains

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS 14.1 acres, more or less, and is commonly known and designated as 117 Davis Road, Monkton, Vermont.

Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: 2/15/2017 By: /s/ Bozena Wysocki Bozena Wysocki, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described.



In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered August 1, 2016 in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Lisa Daine to Universal Mortgage Corporation, dated August 12, 2005 and recorded in Book 307 Page 244 of TEN THOUSAND the land records of the ($10,000.00) Dollars of Town of St. Johnsbury, the purchase price must of which mortgage the be paid by a certified Plaintiff is the present check, bank treasurer’s holder by virtue of an or cashier’s check at the Assignment of Mortgage time and place of the from Universal Mortgage sale by the purchaser. Corporation to U.S. Bank STATE OF VERMONT The balance of the purNational Association CALEDONIA UNIT, CIVIL dated October 30, 2010 chase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank DIVISION and recorded November VERMONT SUPERIOR treasurer’s or cashier’s 1, 2010 in Book 350 Page COURT check within thirty (30) 472-473 of the land DOCKET NO: 271-10days after the date of records of the Town of 15 CACV sale. St. Johnsbury, for breach U.S. BANK NATIONAL of the conditions of said ASSOCIATION The mortgagor is mortgage and for the v. entitled to redeem the purpose of foreclosing LISA DAINE, CAPITAL premises at any time the same will be sold ONE BANK (USA) N.A., prior to the sale by payat Public Auction at BARCLAYS BANK DELAing the full amount due 109 Brunelle Street, St. WARE, CAVALRY SPV under the mortgage, Johnsbury, Vermont on I, LLC F/K/A EQUABLE including the costs and March 29, 2017 at 12:00 Using of the mathFINANCIAL, operations as fillthe ASCENT expenses the enclosed sale. PMa allguide, and singular


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premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being a parcel of land together with a single family house, situated on the northwesterly side of Brunelle Street, and known and numbered as 109 Brunelle Street, formerly known as 5 Elliott Street, Vermont and being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Lisa Daine by Warranty Deed of Edith M. Wells of even or near date herewith and to be recorded in the St. Johnsbury Land Records; being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Edith M. Wells by Administrator’s deed of Sandra N. Edelmann and Armand E. Veilleux, Co-Executors of the Estate of William L. McGraw which deed is dated April 4, 1995 and is recorded in Book 229 at Page 176 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records; being all and the same land and premises conveyed to William L. McGraw and Mary M. McGraw by Milton G. Valentine and Marion C. Valentine by their warranty deed dated June 3, 1965 and recorded in Book 125 at Pages 302304 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records.

deeds and the records thereof and to all prior deeds and their records for a further and more complete description of the land and premises hereby conveyed. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within thirty (30) days after the date of sale.

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Reference is made to the Dissolution, Termination and Revocation of 132 Rivermount Terrace Condominium Pursuant to 27 V.S.A. §1316 dated February 19, 1999 and recorded in Volume 615 at Page 234 of the City of Burlington Land Records.

In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered December 15, 2016, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by the late Richard A. McGrath to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as a nominee for Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc., dated October 22, 2010 and recorded in Volume 1118 Page 569 of the land records of the City of Burlington, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc. to U.S. Bank National Association dated March 18, 2015 and recorded March 24, 2015 in Book 1271 Page 410 of the land records of the City of Burlington, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 132 Rivermount Terrace, Burlington, Vermont on April 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

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Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Richard A. McGrath by Warranty Deed of Ernest E. Lowder and Mary M. Lowder dated February 19, 1999 and recorded in Volume 615 at Page 236 of the City of Burlington Land Records, and also all and the same land and premises conveyed to Richard A. McGrath by Warranty Deed of Katherine Vose dated February 19, 1999 and recorded in Volume 615 at Page 239 of the City of Burlington Land Records. Being a lot of land said to contain .37 acres, more or less, together

The post office box address of the Property is 132 Rivermount Terrace, Burlington, Vermont. Reference is hereby made to the above-mentioned instruments, the records thereof and the references made therein contained in further aid of this description. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within thirty (30) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: March 1, 2017 By: /s/ Rachel K. Jones Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 NOTICE:  THE LAW FIRM OF BENDETT & MCHUGH, PC IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT.  ANY INFORMATION WE




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Being the same property as more fully described in Deed Book 323 Pages 100-101, Dated 09/21/2007 Recorded 10/01/2007 in Lamoille County records.



TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within thirty (30) days after the date of sale.

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Historically renovated CNRR Railroad Station includes fully outfitted restaurant, baggage building and beautiful outdoor park. Excellent parking spaces. Ground floor: 1,661 sf. Mezzanine: 590 sf. Basement: 1,560 sf. Baggage building: 400 sf. Asking price, $800,000.


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A 10,000 square foot, beautifully renovated retail and office building in a prime location on the corner of Main Street and Merchant’s Row. Entire ground floor totaling 5,000 sq. ft. is available for lease. 32 parking spaces. Asking price, $1,250,000/$125/sq.ft.


DATED : March 6, 2017 By: /S/Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 186-2-17CNPR In re estate of Claudette M. Smith. NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of late of Claudette M. Smith late of South Burlington, VT. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Date: 3/10/2017 Kenneth N. Perrotte Executor/Administrator: PO Box 1069 King George, VA 22485 540-775-5441 Name of publication Seven Days

Publication Dates: 3/15/2017 Name and Address of Court: Chittenden County Probate Court PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402

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FAMILIES, PARTNERS, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF TRANSGENDER ADULTS We are people with adult loved ones who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. We meet to support each other and to learn more about issues and concerns. Our sessions are supportive, informal, and confidential. Meetings are held at 5:30 PM, the second Thursday of each month at Pride Center of VT, 255 South Champlain St., Suite 12, in Burlington. Not sure if you’re ready for a meeting? We also offer one-on-one support. For more information, email rex@ or call 845-705-5816. FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends and community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety and other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family and friends can discuss shared experiences and receive support in an environment free of judgment and stigma with a trained facilitator. Weekly on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586. FCA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Families coping with addiction (FCA) is an open community peer support group for adults 18 & over struggling with the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based

but provides a forum for those living this experience to develop personal coping skills & draw strength from one another. Weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Turning Point Center, corner of Bank St., Burlington. (Across from parking garage, above bookstore). G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING) Are you a family member who has experienced the death of a loved one to substance abuse? Find support, peer-led support group. Meets once a month on Mondays in Burlington. Please call for date and location. RSVP graspvt@gmail. com or call 310-3301. G.Y.S.T. (GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER) GYST creates a safe & empowering community for young men & youth in transition to come together with one commonality: learning to live life on life’s terms. Every Tue. & Thu., 4 p.m. G.Y.S.T. PYNK (for young women) meets weekly on Wed., 4 p.m. Location: North Central Vermont Recovery Center, 275 Brooklyn St., Morrisville. Info: Lisa, 851-8120. GRIEF & RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP 1st & 3rd Wed. of every mo., 7-8 p.m., Franklin County Home Health Agency (FCHHA), 3 Home Health Cir., St. Albans. 527-7531. HEARING VOICES GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice hearing experiences as real lived experiences which may happen to anyone at anytime.  We choose to share experiences, support, and empathy.  We validate anyone’s experience and stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest and accurate representation of their experience, and as being acceptable exactly as they are. Weekly on Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@ HEARTBEAT VERMONT Have you lost a friend, colleague or loved one by suicide? Some who call have experienced a recent loss and some are still struggling w/ a loss from long ago. Call us at 446-3577 to

Post & browse ads at your convenience. meet with our clinician, Jonathan Gilmore, at Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 North Main St. All are welcome. HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living with cancer & their caretakers convene for support. INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) is recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder & pelvic region & urinary frequency/urgency. This is often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. We are building a Vermontbased support group & welcome you to email bladderpainvt@gmail. com or call 899-4151 for more information. KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients as well as caregivers are provided with a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. The program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers. For further info, please contact sherry.rhynard@gmail. com. LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/ or hate violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain information on how to better cope with feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace 863-0003 if you are interested in joining.

MALE SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE GROUP A monthly, closed group for male identified survivors of violence including relationship, sexual assault, and discrimination. Open to all sexual orientations. Contact 863-0003 for more information or MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem with marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts to get & stay clean. Ongoing Tue. at 6:30 p.m. and Sat. at 2 p.m. at Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., suite 200, Burlington. 861-3150. THE MEMORY CAFÉ The Memory Caféis where people with memory loss disorders and their care partners can come together to connect and support one another. Second Saturday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Info: 223-2518. MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families and Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies and a support network by participating in the group experience with people that have been though similar situations. Third Tuesday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at the New Hope Lodge on East Avenue in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Bennington, every Tue., 1-2:30 p.m., CRT Center, United Counseling Service, 316 Dewey St.; Burlington, every Thu., 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry St. (enter from parking lot); Berlin, second Thu. monthly, 4:30-6 p.m., Central Vermont Medical Center; Newport, first Wed. of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 44 2nd St.; Rutland, every Sun., 4:30-6 p.m., Rutland Mental Health Wellness Center, 78 S. Main St.; St. Johnsbury, every Thu., 6:30-8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist

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Church, 47 Cherry St. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@namivt. org or 800-639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Brattleboro, 1st Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro; Burlington, 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6 p.m., Community Health Center, Riverside Ave., Mansfield Conference Room; Burlington, 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., HowardCenter, corner of Pine & Flynn Ave.; Berlin, 4th Mon. of every mo., 7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Room 3; Georgia, 1st Tue. of every mo., 6 p.m., Georgia Public Library, 1697 Ethan Allen Highway (Exit 18, I-89); Manchester, 4th Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., Equinox Village, 2nd floor; Rutland, 3rd Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., Rutland Regional Medical Center, Leahy Conference Ctr., room D; Springfield, 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., HCRS (café on right far side), 390 River St.; St. Johnsbury, 4th Wed. of every mo., 5:30 p.m., Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Library, 1315 Hospital Dr.; White River Junction, last Mon. of every mo., 5:45 p.m., VA Medical Center, William A. Yasinski Buidling. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, info@namivt. org or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living mental illness. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live w/ out the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or Held in Burlington, Barre and St. Johnsbury.



CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people whose common purpose is to develop healthy & fulfilling relationships. By actively working the program of Codependents Anonymous, we can realize a new joy, acceptance & serenity in

DECLUTTERERS’ SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming? Maybe two or three of us can get together to help each other simplify. 989-3234, 425-3612.

including individuals who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic violence. The support group offers a safe, confidential place for survivors to connect with others, to heal, and to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences and hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a resource for those who are unsure of their next step, even if it involves remaining in their current relationship. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare is provided. Info: 658-1996.

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COMING OFF PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION MUTUAL SUPPORT GROUP Through sharing experiences and resources, this group will provide support to individuals interested in coming off psychiatric medications, those in the process of psychiatric medication withdrawal or anyone looking for a space to explore their choices around psychiatric medication use. The group is also open to those supporting an individual in psychiatric medication withdrawal. 12-1:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Pathways Vermont, 125 College St., 2nd floor, Burlington. Contact: Cameron Mack cameron@ or 888 492 8218 x 404.

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BURLINGTON AREA PARKINSON’S DISEASE OUTREACH GROUP People with Parkinson’s disease & their caregivers gather together to gain support & learn about living with Parkinson’s disease. Group meets

CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life! This confidential 12-Step recovery program puts faith in Jesus Christ at the heart of healing. We offer multiple support groups for both men & women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction & pornography, food issues, & overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome; sorry, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we begin at 7 p.m. Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex. Info:, 878-8213.

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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT Montpelier daytime support group meets the 3rd Thu. of the mo. at the Unitarian Church ramp entrance, 1:302:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury support group meets the 3rd Wed. montly at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Colchester  Evening support group meets the 1st Wed. monthly at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the Board Room Conference Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Brattleboro meets at Brooks Memorial Library on the 1st Thu. monthly from 1:15-3:15 p.m. and the 3rd Mon. montly from 4:15-6:15 p.m. White River Jct. meets the 2nd Fri. montly at Bugbee Sr. Ctr. from 3-4:30 p.m. Call our helpline at 877-856-1772.

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support groups [CONTINUED] NAR-ANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (small room), 191 Bank St., Burlington. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106.





NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd Thu. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: hovermann4@comcast. net. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-step fellowship for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. Tue., 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4 St. James Place, Essex Jct. All are welcome; meeting is open. Info: Felicia, 777-7718. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Do you promise you’ll only have one more but then you eat the whole bag? Have you tried every diet possible and nothing works? There is hope. Come to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and find out about a 12 step program of recovery. There is a solution! Turning Point Center, 191 Bank Street, Suite 200, Burlington. Weekly on Thursdays, 7 p.m. Info: Elise, 302-528-6672. OA Big|Book Solution Group of Burlington.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answer for you. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai, 500 Swift St., S. Burlington. Info: 863-2655. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) Meetings in Barre Tue. 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St. Info, Valerie 279-0385. Meetings in Burlington Thurs. 7:30-8:30 a.m., at the First United Church, 21 Buell St. Info, Geraldine, 730-4273. Meetings in Johnson occur every Sun., 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Johnson Municipal Building, Rte. 15 (just west of the bridge). Info, Debbie Y., 888-5958. Meetings in Montpelier occur every Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St. Info, Joan, 223-3079. Steps to Food Freedom Meetings in Morrisville occur every Sat., 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 85 Upper Main St. Contacts: Anne, 888-2356. Big Book Meetings in Morrisville occur every Tue., 6 p.m. at the North Central Recovery Center (NCVRC), 275 Brooklyn St. Info: Debbie, 888-5958. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-step. Sat., 9-10 a.m. Turning Point Center, 182 Lake St., St. Albans. Is what you’re eating, eating you? We can help. Call Valerie, 825-5481. PARKINSON’S DISEASE OUTREACH GROUP This group meets on the second Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m. of the month at Pillsbury Homestead Senior Community Residence at 3 Harborview Rd., St. Albans in the conference room next to the library on the first floor. Wheelchair accessible. Info: patricia_rugg18@ PEER ACCESS LINE Isolated? Irritable? Anxious? Lonely? Excited? Bored? Confused? Withdrawn? Sad? Call us! Don’t hesitate for a moment. We understand! It is our choice to be here for you to listen. Your feelings do matter. 321-2190. Thu., Fri., Sat. evenings, 6-9 p.m.

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Held every 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-8 p.m. at the Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington. Newly diagnosed? Prostate cancer reoccurrence? General discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Info, Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990, QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFE The Queen City Memory Café offers a social time & place for people with memory impairment & their fiends & family to laugh, learn & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood & connected. Enjoy coffee, tea & baked goods with entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets the 3rd Sat. of each mo., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839. QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members and caregivers of queer, and/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more information, email info@outrightvt. org. QUIT TOBACCO GROUPS Are you ready to be tobacco free? Join our FREE fi ve-week group classes facilitated by our Tobacco Treatment Specialists.  We meet in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  You may qualify for a FREE 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Contact us at (802)-847-7333 or QuitTobaccoClass@ SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held 4th Tue. of the mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Ralph, 658-2657. Visit slaafws. org or for meetings near you.


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SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are available for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@ STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUPS If you’re a person who stutters, you are not alone! Adults, teens & school-age kids who stutter & their families are welcome to join one of our three free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM. Adults: 5:30-6:30, 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30, 1st Thu. monthly; school-age children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15, 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus. Info:, burlingtonstutters@, 656-0250. Go Team Stuttering! SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide. Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m. the 3rd Tue. of ea. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 257-7989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Circle (Washington Co. only). Please call 877-5439498 for more info. SURVIVORSHIP NOW Welcome, cancer survivors. Survivorship NOW has free wellness programs to empower cancer survivors to move beyond cancer & live life well. Regain your strength & balance. Renew your spirit. Learn to nourish your body with exercise & nutritious foods. Tap in to your creative side. Connect with

others who understand the challenges you face. Go to today to sign up. Info, 802777-1126, info@ survivorshipnowvt. org. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE — BURLINGTON Who: Persons experiencing the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When: 1st Wed. of each mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Comfort Inn, 5 Dorset St., Burlington. Facilitators: Myra Handy, 951-5156 or Liz Mahoney, 879-7109. Request: We find it important to connect with people before their first meeting. If you can, please call one of the facilitators before you come. Thank you! SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide and wish to have a safe place to talk, share and spend a little time with others who have had a similar experience, join us the 3rd Thu. at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Rte. 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook), 7-9 p.m. Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284. THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS Burlington Chapter TCF meets on the 3rd Tue. of ea. mo. at 7 p.m. at 277 Blair Park Rd., Williston; for more info, call Dee Ressler, 598-8899. Rutland Chapter TCF meets on the 1st Tue. of ea. mo. at 7 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church, West St., Rutland; for more info, call Susan Mackey, 446-2278. Hospice Volunteer Services (HVS) also serves bereaved parents w/ monthly peer support groups, short-term educational consultations & referrals to local grief & loss counselors. HVS is located in the Marble Works district in Middlebury. Please call 388-4111 for more info about how to connect w/ appropriate support services.

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter meeting. Hedding United Methodist Church, Washington St., Barre. Wed., 5:15-6:15 p.m. For info, call David at 371-8929. VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want to feel supported on your vegetarian/ vegan journey? Want more info on healthy veggie diets? Want to share & socialize at veggie potlucks, & more, in the greater Burlington area? This is your opportunity to join with other like-minded folks. veggy4life@, 658-4991. WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FAHC. Led by Deb Clark, RN. Every 1st & 3rd Tue., 5-6:30 p.m. Call Kathy McBeth, 847-5715. YOGA FOR FOLKS LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE Join as we build community and share what works on the often confusing, baffling and isolating path to wellness while living with Lyme disease. We will have a gentle restorative practice suitable for all ages and all levels from beginner to experienced, followed by an open group discussion where we will share what works and support one another in our quest for healing. By donation. Wear comfortable clothing. March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4. 2-3:30 p.m. More information at laughingriveryoga. com.

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XA – EVERYTHING ANONYMOUS Everything Anonymous is an all encompassing 12-step support group. People can attend for any reason, including family member challenges. Mondays, 7-8 p.m. Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Info: 777-5508, definder@

TOGETHER IN RECOVERY Community members with a friend or family member affected by Opioid use are invited to come for support, discussion and encouragement. Chittenden Clinic, 75 San Remo Dr., So. Burlington. Every third Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. Info: 488-6456, jspagnuolo@

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Clinical Director & Clinician The Park Street Program is a residential program in Rutland offering high quality treatment to males who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviors. We currently have openings for: A Clinician to coordinate mental health services and deliver individual/group therapy. Master’s Degree req. Job ID# 3788 A Clinical Director to oversee clinical programming, deliver individual/group therapy and provide supervision. License req. Job ID# 3739

Howard Center offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental and life insurance, as well as generous paid time off for all regular positions scheduled 20-plus hours per week. For more information and to apply, please visit our website Howard Center is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants needing assistance or an accommodation in completing the online application should feel free to contact Human Resources at 4886950 or

DESKTOP AND NETWORK TECHNICIAN, BURLINGTON VT OFFICE Primmer, a New England-based law firm with offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Washington, DC, seeks an experienced professional to join our busy Information Technology team. This technician will provide help desk support and end user training within a Windows environment and will assist with network monitoring and maintenance, including the physical infrastructure. Required technical proficiencies include an in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Windows operating systems, network infrastructures and desktop virtualization products. A working knowledge of legal-specific applications (e.g. WorkSite, Juris) is a plus. Qualified candidates will possess a college degree (AA or BA) and at least 2 years’ experience with networked systems in a business environment. The ideal candidate will also possess a solid work ethic, strong communications skills at both technical and non-technical levels and a commitment to solution based support working directly with users. Some flexibility in work schedule and interoffice travel required.

Accounting Assistant The Abbey Group has an immediate full-time opening for an Accounting Assistant. Responsibilities include all aspects of Accounts Payable for over 70 accounts, Accounts Receivable and a variety of other tasks. An Associate's degree in accounting or at least 3 years of relevant experience is required.Must be a team player, detail oriented and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel a plus. Benefits. Please send cover letter and resume to Please submit letter of interest and resume to:

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NAMI Vermont is seeking Dynamic media professional sought to lead lively an Office Manager to ensure 40 hours per week, 6 and 9 effective administration of public access TV station in the Mad River Valley. month positons available. day-to-day operations. Flexible Coordinate programming focused on the people, Positions open until filled. 24 hours/week. Visit places, and politics of the Mad River Valley. Be at Apply Today! EOE. Send cover letter and resume to Call 264-5640 or visit the center of what is happening, while assuring public COLCHESTERVT.GOV. access to coverage of local events, meetings, and locally produced content. Responsible for station management, 1t-NAMI-VT031517.indd 1 3/10/17 1t-ColchesterParksRec031517.indd 4:03 PM 1 3/13/17 11:59 AM including public reports, budgets, scheduling, EXECUTIVE community outreach and fundraising/sponsorship. DIRECTOR PARKS LABORER 40 hours per week

Harrison’s Restaurant in Stowe is hiring an experienced Head Chef to join the team. Candidates must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment with attention to detail in food quality, cleanliness, staff organization, ordering, inventory and food preparation. Creativity and a passion for food are a must! Competitive salary and paid vacation time. Send resumes to:

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LABORATORY TECHNICIAN Lab duties include extracting blood & marrow fractions under a clean room hood. We will train you but it is high precision work! Office duties include educating patients regarding our interventional procedures, handling lab and patient logs, etc. Excellent communication skills a must. PHLEBOTOMY SKILLS A PLUS! If not we will train you to draw blood. Full-time 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pay commensurate with experience, minimum $15 per hour. Full benefits after 90 days. Starting ASAP for training. Send resume and references to: karen@vermont

Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC), a premier nonprofit housing and community development organization serving the Adirondack region, seeks a highly skilled, visionary and mission-oriented Executive Director. The ideal candidate will bring expertise in community planning, development and management of housing 2:23 PMprograms, staff supervision, budget and financial management, and grant administration. Excellent interpersonal skills ranging from office management to relationships with local residents, elected officials, and fellow agency heads, to state-level elected officials and agencies are essential. Learn more about HAPEC and position requirements at: hapec. org. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements by April 8 to:

Wake Robin, Vermont’s premier continuing care retirement community, seeks dedicated nursing professionals with a strong desire to work within a community of seniors.


Evening Nurse Manager (RN)

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The Nurse Manager oversees the delivery and coordination of care during the evening shift. This individual manages care plans and related documentation, reinforces best practices, acts as primary liaison with families and other care providers, coordinates staffing resources for the shift, and provides primary nursing care when needed. The successful candidate will be an RN in the State of Vermont, with a minimum of two years of clinical oversight experience in a long term care or related setting. S/he will demonstrate a solid understanding of geriatric care delivery, and the ability to lead and communicate with others in a positive and supportive manner. This position works Monday – Friday.


FULL-TIME EVENING POSITIONS Wake Robin seeks LNAs licensed in Vermont to provide high quality care in a fast paced residential and long-term care environment, while maintaining a strong sense of “home.” Wake Robin offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting.

Community Health Care Coordinator RN BURLINGTON, VERMONT 

Provides advanced professional nursing care to patients in varying stages of health and illness through assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the patient’s health needs.

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preferred Two years relevant RN experience. Must have prior experience working with patients/clients with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.

Apply Online: Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protective veteran status.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The not-for-profit Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation seeks an Executive Director to lead the 400-seat Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, a vibrant gathering place that inspires, educates and entertains all who live, work and play in the greater Stowe community. The ED will mobilize staff, board, and contractors to connect with patrons while maximizing earned and contributed revenues.

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CASHIER/STORE ASSOCIATE AND DELI/ICE CREAM ASSOCIATE Sandri Energy, a family-owned company, is seeking a Cashier/ Store Associate and a Deli/Ice Cream Associate for our popular and recently renovated Williston store. Usual schedule is from 2pm to 9pm and includes at least one weekend day. FT/PT negotiable. Must be reliable, friendly, work in a safe and sanitary manner, and be able to accurately manage a cash drawer. This is a great opportunity and openings at this location are rare, so please apply in person at 2939 St. George Road Williston, VT. EOE. Competitive pay and benefits package on the first of the month after 60 days for full time employees.

Residential group home is seeking individuals to work with adolescent girls in a treatment program. Must be confident, motivated and have some experience working with kids. Available positions include: Sunday through Thursday 3 pm- 11pm, Friday -Sunday full time (40 hours) and one part time position 2030 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Training provided. BC/BS and Dental benefits as well as paid time off. Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to have a background check. Please send resumes to Blaire at 111 Bliss Road, Montpelier, VT 05602 or email to

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Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. This opening and others are updated daily. Journey Plumber - Physical Plant Dept. - #S926PO - Perform a wide variety of skilled plumbing functions to include the repair, installation, and preventative maintenance of plumbing equipment and systems. Access information utilizing appropriate computer software programs. Promote a workplace that encourages safety within the Shop and field. May operate University vehicle. This position reports to the Utilities Trades Supervisor and requires active engagement in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion, environmental sustainability and delivering great customer experience. High School Diploma; 4 year apprenticeship; one year experience with license in construction plumbing/heating system installation in maintenance plumbing; Vermont State Journey Plumbing License required; Backflow Prevention Device Inspector Certification and Natural Gas Installer Certification or ability to obtain within six months. Valid driver’s license and driver check required. Specific physical requirements may apply based on job functions. Initial employment contingent upon successful completion of physical screening. Must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while performing specific job tasks. Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to workplace diversity, sustainability and delivering exceptional value and great experience to customers. For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit our website at:; Job Hotline #802-656-2248; telephone #802-656-3150. Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Job positions are updated daily. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications, from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Untitled-21 1

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EO II – Facilities

This position provides essential services associated with maintaining the O’Brien Community Center, Winooski Senior Center, Dog Parks and occasionally other City buildings and facilities under the direction of the Deputy Director of Public Works. The EOII – Facilities position executes routine maintenance and also coordinates outsourced repair and

Howard Center is looking for a compassionate, reliable and adaptable family, couple or individual to provide full time therapeutic foster care. This family would reside in a Howard Center owned home, in a quiet cul-de-sac in Colchester. This spacious four bedroom house will care for two children full time. This home has a beautiful backyard and is less than a half a mile from Niquette Bay State Park. Children living in this home will be receiving wrap around services through the Enhanced Family Treatment program.

maintenance of the City’s physical assets.

EO II – Water Resources

The EOII – Water Resources works under the direction of the Utility Manager to execute duties including, but not limited to, the operation and maintenance of the City’s underground municipal water distribution, waste water collection, and storm water conveyance systems. This position’s primary focus is basic to moderate water resources maintenance and operations.

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Thrive Program Assistant

Thrive After School uses a mix of academic learning activities and recreational opportunities to provide school-age children (grades K – 5) in Winooski with enriching out-of-school programming. We are seeking a Thrive Program Assistant to work collaboratively with the program Director and other staff to develop and implement age-appropriate activities. APPLICANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. CRIMINAL BACKGROUND, EMPLOYMENT HISTORY AND REFERENCE CHECK REQUIRED.

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DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S PROGRAMS Vermont Works for Women, a non-profit organization helping women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence is seeking to hire a Director of Women’s Programs. The position will be based out of our headquarters in Winooski, with occasional statewide travel. The Director will provide leadership and strategic vision for our workforce development training programs in the community and the women’s correctional facility. Our ideal candidate will have superb programmatic design, grant management, partnership development, and supervisory experience.

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LCSW LCSW for primary health clinic in Wells River. LCSW will provide behavior health services to our patients, to include individual and group counseling to Medication Assisted Therapy program patients. Ideal LSCW will have: • MSW degree • Vermont Licensure as clinical social worker • Clinical practice and substance abuse counseling experience For more information visit our web site or contact EOE



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PHARMACY BOARD CONSULTANT Serving Franklin & Grand Isle Counties

Our Behavioral Health Division is hiring Women’s Health Initiative

– Part-Time Social Work Care Coordinator We’re hiring! Our Behavioral Health Division is seeking a Social Worker to join our Community Health Team. Contribute to an exciting new initiative that will directly impact the health of women in our community, helping them to navigate family planning. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Social Worker will work to ensure women’s health providers have the resources they need to help women be well, avoid unintended pregnancies, and build thriving families. This is a part-time position combined in both St. Albans Health Service area and the Burlington Health Service areas, located at two different Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) sites.

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The Vermont Secretary of State, Office of Professional Regulation, is seeking proposals from qualified individuals to provide expert consultation services and guidance required on a contractual basis for the VT Board of Pharmacy to license and regulate the practice of pharmacy in Vermont in support of the Board’s public protection mission. Applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist which includes the requisite education (either B.S. or Pharm. D. degree in Pharmacy, and examination credentials for licensure); have never had their Pharmacist license suspended or revoked by any board of pharmacy; be experienced in the practice of pharmacy. The full request for applications can be found at: Applications are due no later than Wednesday, March 29th at 3:00 pm. If you have questions regarding this solicitation, contact Lora Nielsen, Assistant Director, Office of Professional Regulation, at 828-5030 or

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HARK is a Burlington Based award winning design and development studio where experience, passion, and imagination come together to help today’s innovative companies tell their stories online.


The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts seeks applicants for a full-time Director of Production Operations to join our team and be part of Northern New England’s premier performing arts center.


Compass Construction is seeking a full time Office Manager in our Waterbury Center office whose responsibilities will be as follows: Web Developer • Full fledge bookkeeping for Commercial General Contracting firm including but not + This is a FT in-house position limited to tax preparation, financial reports, AP/AR, monthly requisitions, payroll, + Turn PSD designs into fully functional, responsive web sites payroll tax and sales and use tax filing + Knowledge of PHP, MySQL, • Contract administration such as subcontractor contracts, collection of W9's, Drupal, Wordpress, jQuery, git insurance certificates and overall subcontractor compliance source control, and LAMP stack • Project administration such as material procurement, submittals, shop drawings, + Attention to detail is a must - a sense of humor just as important bid-work proposals and general project coordination assistance to project managers >> << and estimators • Assist owner in meetings, schedules, and other daily administrative help • Experience in construction bookkeeping or relevant field preferred. Experience in 1 3/1/17 11:39 AM Sage 100 Contractor, Microsoft Office Suite preferred. Competitive pay, paid holidays and vacation time. Position available immediately.

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Vermont Council of Special 5v-CompassConstruction031517.indd 1 3/13/17 Education Administrators is seeking an Executive Director to carry out a critical leadership role in promoting the mission The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) board of directors is seeking an and vision of this organization.

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This part-time position begins on July 1, 2017. Application and job description are available at Applications should be submitted by March 27. Qualifications for this position include eligibility for administrative certification in Vermont, and knowledge of federal and state law and regulation concerning students with disabilities. More information about VCSEA is available at the website, or 595-5799.

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The Director of Production Operations oversees and manages stage production operations for events at the Flynn Center, including off-site events produced by the Flynn, and ensures the readiness and smooth operation of the venue during all events. This work includes advancing all technical aspects of events; oversight of technical operations, such as lighting, sound, and set design and assembly; coordination of staffing needs and schedules; providing budget estimates and addressing feasibility issues for venue requests and proposals; and preparing night-of-show financial settlements. The Director of Production Operations serves as the principal liaison between production personnel and users of the MainStage and off-site productions and works closely with the Artistic Director and Education Director to plan and coordinate programs. This is a hands-on position that requires 6-8 years of relevant professional, technical, and supervisory experience in live performance productions, as well as a broad base of knowledge and skills related to technical theater production. The ideal candidate will also have strong production management skills, excellent personnel and labor relations skills, will be highly organized with a keen attention to detail, will remain calm and composed under pressure, and will be comfortable with new and evolving technologies. The ability to maintain a flexible schedule is a must.

Executive Director to lead this beloved and multi-faceted community organization. The successful applicant will identify with MALT’s mission statement, “To conserve the working landscape, important natural areas, special open spaces, areas with key visual or aesthetic attributes, For a full job description and how to apply, please visit: to link green spaces, where possible, and to protect water quality,” and with the board and other staff to achieve these goals. internship-opportunities.html This position could be full time or part time, dependent upon the circumstances of a qualified applicant. Hours can be flexible, but Please submit application materials would include outdoor work on the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) by March 24, 2017 to: and other MALT properties, as well as office hours and meetings Flynn Center - Attn: Human Resources with the board, committees and other civic interest groups, organizations and individuals. Duties include the management of 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401 a volunteer base, fundraising initiatives, public outreach, financial or email management and board/committee communication. No phone calls, please. EOE If you are looking for a stimulating career opportunity that can exercise your skills at fundraising and publicity on behalf of a vital non-profit, while enabling you to spend time in the outdoors advancing the network of conserved lands and public trails, then this 8t-FlynnCenter031517.indd 1 3/13/17 D is the perfect opportunity for you! FIN


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Accountant/ Bookkeeper Small manufacturing company in Waterbury Center seeking experienced accountant/bookkeeper. CPA Preferred. 32 hours per week. Salary plus benefits. Qualified candidates please email cover letter and resume. No recruiters please. Send resumes to

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program year. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a background in environmental conservation, natural or agricultural sciences, environmental studies, engineering, government/policy, communications or other related fields. Preference may be given to applicants with a college degree. ECO AmeriCorps members serve at host sites across Vermont with a focus on projects to improve water quality and reduce waste in Vermont. Full-time: 40 hours per week, September 2017-August 2018. Benefits include: an AmeriCorps living allowance of $16,500, paid in bi-weekly stipends; health insurance; child-care assistance; professional training and networking; student-loan forbearance; and a $5,815 AmeriCorps Education Award. Application deadline is March 31. Apply online, and learn more about ECO AmeriCorps at

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seeks a motivated team-oriented individual to join our staff.

Commercial Loan Officer

Monday – Friday 1st shift: 8:30 am - 3:30 PM (32.5 hours per week)

VEDA has an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to join its commercial lending staff. The Commercial Loan Officer will analyze loan applications and prepare loan write-ups and recommendations for presentation to management and the VEDA Board; work with borrowers, other lenders and various agencies to structure projects using VEDA’s many loan programs; prepare commitment letters; service and manage ongoing relationships with borrowers; and represent the Authority at various functions. Requirements include strong written and verbal skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, comfortable learning and using various financial software applications and electronic information systems; and an excellent customer service attitude. Minimum ten years’ previous commercial lending experience preferred and a Bachelor’s Degree in finance, accounting, business administration or a related field required. Salary will be commensurate with experience and ability. VEDA has a competitive benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.

3rd shift: 12 am - 7 am (32.5 hours per week)

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to:

As a data entry specialist you are responsible for accurately and quickly entering data. Your focus is on process effectiveness and high quality service and productivity. You will have the opportunity to work with an outstanding team that provides thorough training and support. Ability to pass a background check and drug screening.

Pay Rate: $13 - $14.95/hour If this sounds like a perfect fit for you please apply or attend our hiring fair this Friday 3/17. Questions: email

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HARTLAND, VERMONT The Town of Hartland (pop. 3,393) seeks a collaborative and energetic town manager to serve as its chief administrative officer. A detailed job description is available at A Bachelor’s in relevant field required (Master’s degree preferred). Salary range is $60,000 to $80,000, with excellent benefits. Please submit a confidential cover letter, resume, three references via email to with “Hartland” as subject, or send via U.S. mail to: Hartland Town Manager, c/o VLCT, 89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602-2948. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 31, 2017. EOE

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The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has an exciting opportunity for an outgoing person who wants to have a significant impact on the future of Vermont. We are looking for a motivated individual with a minimum of 5+ years of experience in communications and marketing to serve as Director of Communications. VNRC is Vermont’s oldest independent environmental advocacy organization. VNRC works from the grassroots to the Legislature to advance policies, programs and practices that strengthen the foundation upon which Vermont’s economy thrives — vibrant communities and healthy downtowns, clean and abundant fresh water, working farms and forests, wild places, and clean energy. The successful candidate must be outgoing, self-directed and have excellent writing skills, including experience writing articles, opinion pieces, press releases, and social media campaigns; have the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, including the general public, advocates, and policy makers; have the ability to work collaboratively in a busy work-environment; have experience in strategic use of digital advocacy tools, online and social media to increase visibility and encourage advocacy action; and be committed to working on behalf of Vermont’s citizens, environment and communities. Experience with membership development and fundraising is a plus. Applicants should have a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. in a relevant field and, preferably, experience with an advocacy organization. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. Email a letter of interest, resume, salary requirements and three references to, no later than Friday, April 8th. Letters should be addressed to Brian Shupe, Executive Director, VNRC, 9 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, VT 05602.


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PRIMMER PIPER EGGLESTON & CRAMER PC, a full service Vermont Railway, Inc. (VTR), a law firm with offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and long established and growing Washington, DC, seeks an experienced attorney to join our Northeast Short Line rail carrier, Accounts Payable Supervisor busy captive insurance practice. This position is based in our is accepting applications for Burlington, Vermont, office and will focus on a wide range of a full time train Conductor BURLINGTON, VERMONT services associated with the planning, formation, operation at its Burlington terminal. Responsible for the daily oversight of assigned workflow for  VTR is primarily a freight and dissolution of single parent and group captive insurance process team members as well as leading accounts payable railroad. A train Conductor is companies. Candidates with at least three years of corporate, related projects. responsible for safe switching financial and/or regulatory experience are preferred. Ideal Competitive pay and great benefits.  and movement of trains. The candidates will possess excellent academic and legal credentials. candidate must be at least Qualified Candidates Will Have: eighteen (18) years of age. The Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Business or related field.  candidate must be able to lift, Please submit letter of interest and resume to 5+ years of relevant experience. Demonstrated skills in  bend, climb and work on and business partnership and accounting. around heavy and moving Experience using Concur Invoice management or similar  machinery, stand and sit for program is preferred. extended periods of time and Apply Online: work primarily outside and 4t-PrimmerPiperEgglestonATTORNEY030817.indd 1 3/6/17 11:12 AM in inclement weather. VTR Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive trains operate 24 hours a day, consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protective veteran status. 365 days a year. Employees are required to work nights, The Washington County Youth Service Bureau (WCYSB) holidays and weekends. This is seeking a Director for the Vermont Youth Development position is a Federal Railroad Program. Join a dynamic team overseeing Vermont’s transition Administration (FRA) covered and aftercare program for youth ages 15-22 aging out of the position subject to random foster care system.The Director is responsible for developing drug and alcohol testing. and maintaining supportive relationships with an existent VTR offers competitive pay provider system operating statewide. The program is part of and benefits and is an equal Untitled-16 1 3/10/17 11:06 AMthe WCYSB’s statewide youth services enhancement mission opportunity employer and will provide training. and the position plays a key role in efforts to develop the framework for youth care in Vermont. Key elements of the Applications are available at job include: Vermont Rail System 1 Railway Lane • Providing routine support to Youth Development Burlington VT 05401 Program professionals including ongoing or on our website at communications, facilitation of provider meetings,; click on VRS Emp. training opportunities, and program monitoring Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice • Engaging in broad program development efforts is currently seeking: • Collecting, analyzing and reporting on program data • Acting as liaison to the VT Department for Children 4v-VtRailway031517.indd 1 3/13/17 5:03 PM HOME CARE WOUND CARE SPECIALIST (RN) and Families on matters pertaining to YDP


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The ideal candidate will have a rich history working with youth and young adults, a comprehensive knowledge of positive youth development, and will hold a valid clinical license with the ability to approve plans of care in the State of Vermont. For a complete job description or to apply, contact Christine Hartman: WCYSB Office Manager at Applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least three references. Background check required. Position open until filled. WCYSB IS AN EOE.



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Client Systems Administrator Mansfield Hall is an innovative residential college support program for students with diverse learning needs.


Seeking a person with the dynamic skill-set to supervise direct service staff, case manage and coach students, partner with parents, and build a cohesive team and strong community. The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree in social work or in a related field, have residential program experience, a background in mental health and/or educational programming, strong writing skills, and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Applicant information available at Apply:

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LANDSCAPE TECHNICIAN(S) Needed for fast approaching season. Experience, Reliable transportation, Valid VT driver’s license and clean driver’s record a must. CDL, equipment operation, stonework experience are all helpful. Attention to detail, communication and hard work are what put us a step above. Please respond to with a description of your talents or resume.

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This position provides a broad range of technical services to our clients across the US. Responsibilities include providing telephone support, performing remote system administration tasks, researching and developing system improvements and traveling to client sites to install servers, networks and perform upgrades. Candidates should have two or more years of professional, client-facing IT experience including Linux and Windows system administration, proficiency in TCP/IP networking, good security practices, and comfort with hardware configuration and installation. Experience with server virtualization is desirable. This position requires a blend of technical expertise and exceptional customer care and communication skills. You will develop enduring relationships with pediatricians and their office staff while you support their servers and networks.

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As a Benefit Corporation, we place high value on client, employee and community relationships. Our company offers a friendly, informal, and professional work environment. PCC offers competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks. PCC is located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski. To learn more about PCC, this position, and how to apply, please visit our website at The deadline for submitting your application is April 2, 2017.

Executive Director. Serving the greater Burlington area since 1961, BHA assists over 2,100 low-income households by providing access to safe, affordable housing and retention support services that promote self-sufficiency and vibrant neighborhoods. With a 50-person staff and an annual operating budget of approximately $26 million, BHA has consistently been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a “High Performer” agency. BHA’s HUD-funded Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program assists with affordability of both rental housing and home ownership while allowing recipients mobility in choosing housing in neighborhoods that best meet their needs. Rental assistance is also provided under a number of other programs serving special needs populations, with partnership support from multiple state and local organizations. Additionally, BHA owns and/or manages approximately 650 federallyassisted apartments with affordable rents that house seniors, people with disabilities, and families. To help prevent homelessness, BHA also provides a variety of housing retention supportive services to its residents and program participants.


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The Executive Director (ED) of BHA reports to a five-person Board of Commissioners (Board) and is responsible for all aspects of operations including policy development and strategic planning, operational administration, development, and financial management. The ED also works closely with state and local partner agencies and non-profits to coordinate comprehensive support to low-income households. The Board is seeking an accomplished, strategic, collaborative leader dedicated to efficiently and effectively managing federal and local resources to provide maximum impact and support in the community. Candidates for ED must possess a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, finance, or related fields, with a Master’s Degree preferred. It is also expected that Candidates will have a minimum of five years of executive-level leadership in public housing management, public administration, public finance or in similar professional employment. Experience in affordable-housing operations or a related field as well as a working knowledge of HUD programs, policies, and procedures is strongly desired. The salary is competitive and open, depending on the qualification and extent of relevant experience. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter, maximum two-page resume, and expectation for compensation to Submission deadline is March 22.

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Grocery Manager Do you want a professional leadership position with great people, great food, and an excellent benefit package? We are seeking a Grocery Manager to grow with us. As manager of a whole department you are instrumental to the entire operation. You know the products, have strong relationships with vendors, and an eye for natural foods trends. The Grocery Manager is a great communicator, embraces a servant leadership style, and knows how to lead a high quality natural foods grocery department. You are in this role because you were looking for a challenge with a company full of dedicated staff who do awesome things. You are passionate in going above and beyond to offer great customer service. To lead our grocery team, we want you to have · 5 or more years of a leadership role in retail and natural foods · 2 or more years of recent management experience To apply for this exciting opportunity please submit a resume, cover letter and Co-op application to Search Committee at Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op 1 Washington Street Middlebury, VT 05753.

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PCC is looking for a talented, energetic systems administrator to join our company. We are an award-winning provider of software solutions for pediatric medical practices.

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Experience the independence and satisfaction of one-to-one patient care in a supportive professional environment. Work for Addison Co. Home Health & Hospice! JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Full- and Part-Time

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DIRECTOR, BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS Join our Green Economy Development Team! VSJF seeks a program director to advance entrepreneurial success and job growth within Vermont’s green economy. The position manages engagements with business owners and their management teams in the business sectors of sustainable agriculture and forest products, waste systems, renewable energy, and the climate economy. The Director will also develop and advance a Climate Economy business accelerator program and statewide Network. Full job descriptions available at


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This position will be a central member of the global finance team and will be responsible for all aspects accounting, control and reporting for the US business.

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This position will support the global operations in developing planning, forecasting and value creation models to drive the business forward. The remuneration will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience. We are looking for the best and brightest Vermonters who want to make a difference on a global scale.

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“Make a difference in the life of a child!”- NFI Vermont, a leader in Specialized trauma and adolescent development, is looking to expand our team of innovators. Full time and part time positions available. Competitive wages, training opportunities, flexible work schedules and family oriented culture. Excellent benefits with tuition reimbursement offered for 30 or more hour employees.

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Providing Innovative Mental Health and Educational Services to Vermont’s Children & Families.

Please email resume and cover letter to This local multi-national company is a leading mission-driven food company. It is also dedicated to building sustainable livelihoods for their farming partners as well as leading the charge as the best environmental stewards on a global scale. The company is a champion for a brighter future in food and it's an ethos that starts right here in Vermont.

Program Director 2017-2018 School Year St. Johnsbury The Arlington School in St. Johnsbury, VT is an approved independent school that serves students in grades 8-12 who need an alternative setting to traditional high school and may require therapeutic supports. The Arlington School is managed by Northeastern Family Institute of Vermont (www.nfivermont. org). We are seeking a collaborative and compassionate leader for our program. The Director is responsible for leading the program, partnering with LEAs, community providers and overseeing the daily management and operations of the school, which includes clinical and educational services. We are looking for a candidate who would enjoy working in a collaborative and community oriented environment. Candidates will ideally have experience in clinical and/or education settings, working with families, collaborating with community based teams, and supervising staff. Experience working with systems like PBIS is a plus. Bachelor’s degree in Counseling or Education required, Master’s preferred. This is an 11 month position with a full-time, full year salary. NFI offers a generous tuition reimbursement program. To apply please send your resume, a letter of interest and the names of three references to: Suzanne Masland, Regional Director, – Deadline: March 31, 2017

Facilities Maintenance Coordinator NFI Vermont The Facilities Maintenance Coordinator is responsible for minor building repairs and coordinates preventative maintenance (electrical, HVAC and plumbing) by contacting and scheduling vendors. This role also identifies and resolves facility compliance issues related the ADA, OSHA, fire and building codes to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies. This is a highly visible role that provides general support to 8 of our locations in Chittenden and Franklin Counties. Extensive experience in facility and grounds maintenance is required. Certifications in facility and grounds maintenance is preferred. Must hold a valid drivers license and be able to travel. Please submit cover letter, salary requirements and resume to: EOE



Providing innovative mental health and educational services to Vermont’s children and families.

Community Integration Specialists Community Based Services

CBS is committed to empowering youth by providing family based treatment through innovative, diverse and community integrated methods. CBS is seeking full time community integration specialists to join our talented team of mental health professionals. Responsibilities include working individually with children and adolescents with mental health challenges both in the community and in their homes. The opportunity to bring personal interests/hobbies to share with youth is encouraged. Ideal candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, be able to work afternoon and evening hours, have a valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation. Please send a cover letter and resume to

Community Skills Workers St. Albans

NFI-St. Albans is looking for energetic, empathetic, patient, and nurturing Community Skills Workers to join our team of skilled mental health professionals! You must be motivated to help children and families make positive changes in their lives and have prior experience working with youth and/or families in the fields of Social Work, Psychology, or Education. This position involves providing treatmentbased activities to clients in a variety of community and home-based settings and hours are on an as-needed basis, including weekend opportunities. A reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license is required. Please send resume and cover letter to NFI-St. Albans, You can also call (802) 524-1700 ext. 108.

Family Engagement Specialist St. Albans

Coordinators work directly with children and families involved with DCF, who experience multi-system issues, including substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health challenges. Responsibilities include coordinating and facilitating large meetings, teaming with community service providers, creating treatment plans through collaboration with DCF, and parent education. We are looking for candidates with strong communication and documentation skills, who work well in a team setting. Experience with Family Time Coaching, Family Safety Planning and Family Group Conferencing preferred. This full-time position with a $500 sign on bonus requires a Bachelor’s degree and/or two years’ experience in related field. Please submit cover letter and resume to

HDP Program Clinician NFI Hospital Diversion Program


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“Make a difference in the life of a child!”- NFI Vermont, a leader in Specialized trauma and adolescent development, is looking to expand our team of innovators. Full time and part time positions available. Competitive wages, training opportunities, flexible work schedules and family oriented culture. Excellent benefits with tuition reimbursement offered for 30 or more hour employees.

Contracted or Part-time Special Educator The Arlington School, St. Johnsbury

The Arlington School is looking for a part-time or contracted special educator for the remainder of this school year. We are an approved independent school that serves students in grade 8- 12 who need an alternative setting to traditional high school and may require therapeutic support. The Arlington School is managed by Northeastern Family Institute of Vermont ( Licensure required or qualifications for a provisional license. To apply please send your resume, a letter of interest and the names of three references to: Suzanne Masland, Regional Director– Position open until filled.

Foster Parents and Respite Providers Vermont

Make a difference in the life of a child! NFI is seeking Vermont homes to support children in need. A sense of humor, flexibility and willingness to work as a team are essential. We are also seeking weekend respite providers. If you are a VT home in the Greater Hartford Area or in Chittenden or Franklin counties, please contact Jodie Clarke at 802-658-3924 x 1028 or email

Residential Counselor Positions NFI Hospital Diversion Program

The Hospital Diversion Program of NFI VT is seeking a full time Residential Counselor. Counselors provide supervision and support to youth, as well as provide a sense of safety and security. Superior interpersonal skills and ability to function well in a team atmosphere a must. B.A. in psychology or related field required. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to

Group Home

The Group Home is a residential program, which provides assessment and stabilization services to males and females, ages 13-18. Counselors provide supervision and support to the youth as well as provide a sense of safety and security to the youth. Job requirements: Superior interpersonal skills and ability to function well in a team atmosphere a must. Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field required. This is a full time entry level position that includes nights/ weekends. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to

Allenbrook Group Home

The NFI Hospital Diversion Program is looking for a full time mental health professional to join our clinical team working with adolescents and families experiencing a psychiatric crisis. The NFI Hospital Diversion Program is a short-term, inpatient facility working with adolescents in psychiatric crisis. The program clinician is a multifaceted position to include: clinical consultation with community members, initial clinical assessments/mental status evaluations, family and treatment team meetings, supervision of residential counselors, coordination of referral and participation on the leadership team.

NFI VT’s Allenbrook Group Home is looking for part time residential counselors to cover evening and weekend shifts. Additional shifts and the potential for full time, benefited employment is possible. Qualified candidates will hold a valid driver’s license and possess basic skills required to manage a house and parent teenagers. Competitive salary, supportive team, and fun work environment included. Criminal background check required. Please submit cover letter and resume to

The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree in counseling, social work or a related field and have significant experience working with adolescents who have mental health and/or behavioral challenges. In addition, a candidate will be able to work well in crisis, be flexible and collaborative, function in a fastpaced environment, has the ability to navigate the system of care, and multi-task effectively. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Anne Peterson at

Shelburne House is a residential program which provides assessment and stabilization services to male teenagers, ages 13-18. Responsibilities include supporting youth, ADL (activity daily learning), assisting with independent living skills, and implementing treatment plans created by clinicians. Experience working with teenagers with emotional and behavioral challenges desired. BA in psychology or related field highly desirable. Our full time position is offered with a comprehensive benefits package. Send cover letter and resume to

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DONOR & CORPORATE RELATIONS MANAGER Works collaboratively with the CDO to design and implement an enhanced major donor and prospect program to improve communications with and support from individuals throughout Vermont; assists the grant writer when required and serves as the back up to the grant writer to ensure the timely submission of grants when required; creative thinking and the ability to maintain meaningful relationships with current donors and forge new philanthropic partnerships for the Foodbank. A complete job description is available upon request.

New England Federal Credit Union, Vermont’s largest Credit Union with 7 branch locations, is a growing organization committed to excellence in service, convenience, and simplicity. NEFCU offers a stable, supportive, high-standards work environment, where employees are treated as key stakeholders. Please visit our website,, to learn more about the great opportunities and benefits that exist at NEFCU.

Please submit application on-line at employment; be sure to include a cover letter and resume. Attention: Human Resources Department, Francine Chittenden.

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Teller Positions Available

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Chittenden County Offices

Vermont’s largest credit union is growing and has a full-time teller opportunity available for the right person. Preferred candidates will present a responsible work history preferably in a retail environment and be comfortable and skilled with face to face communication.

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Successful candidates for this position will provide friendly, fast and accurate service to members. The ability to explain our various products and services as well as the ability to recognize and suggest solutions to our members will be necessary. This position requires standing and/or sitting at a computerized work station. Daily member interactions include cash handling and processing of all member transactions. Extensive keyboarding and the ability to use multiple system applications are required. This position requires occasional lifting of coins and cash, up to 20 pounds. Qualified applicants should submit a complete resume and cover letter ( illustrating reasons for interest and further qualification or visit our website to complete an online application.

NEFCU enjoys an employer of choice distinction with turnover averaging less than 10%. More than 96% of our 165 staff say NEFCU is a great place to work. (2016 Annual Staff Survey) If you believe you have the qualifications to contribute to this environment, please send your resume and cover letter and salary history to 10v-NEFCU030817.indd 1

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Are you passionate about local and organic food, your community, and customer service? Do you thrive on working in a fast-paced, dynamic, supportive and fun environment? Do you love to help others, and are you willing to drop everything to assist a customer or coworker? If you answered yes to all of the above, you’ve come to the right place! Hunger Mountain Coop is central Vermont’s fastest growing Member-Owned natural foods market. We are seeking a Lead Buyer to join our Grocery department team. The Lead Buyer position effectively manages Grocery Department inventory in support of Coop goals for sales, gross margin, returns and customer satisfaction. We are seeking a candidate with prior retail buying experience and experience in the natural foods industry who can provide excellent service to our customers, vendors, staff and community. Please review the full job description and complete an application online via the link at HUNGER MOUNTAIN COOP IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, VETERANS, AND MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR EMPLOYMENT.



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Tourism & Marketing: Director of Communications

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Department of Health Experienced professional sought to lead the Vermont Department of Tourism Join the team that brings public health to local communities! We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and & Marketing’s public and trade relations efforts. This mission-critical position motivated professional to apply their strengths across the public health spectrum. This leadership in in thethe Division is designed to generate positive tourism-related coverage of position Vermont of Local Health holds primary responsibility for oversight of the health department’s district offices. The ideal candidate national and international marketplace. The Director of Communications is will have demonstrated success in personnel management, supervision, problem solving, communication, responsible for the development and implementation of a proactive facilitation, business outreach plan consistent with the goals and mission the Department of topics assessment, planning and evaluation. Additionally, candidates must be comfortable with of a range of public health Tourism Marketingatas well as consistent communications and interacting with the public healthand infrastructure a variety of maintaining levels. Statewide travel is required and duties are driven via the social This position is responsible allposition tourism by the needs of central office, localnetworking offices, and tools. the populations that these entities serve.for This is media designated relations in-state and out-of-state; press release development; pitching targeted to the Burlington, VT area. However, partial assignment to other district office locations within the state may be available. tourism story ideas to regional and national media; development of press Applicants within and outside the Burlington, VT area are encouraged to apply and explore this opportunity. For more familiarization trips and itineraries; management of media contact lists; and information, contact Allisonsupport Reagan at or email Reference ID #620906. for802-652-4190 Vermont’s international public relations initiatives. TheJob Director Status: Full-Time. Location: May be flexible. Application Deadline: March 22, 2017. will also collaborate with the Agency of Commerce executive team in the

The Waitsfield Selectboard is seeking candidates to fill the position of Town Treasurer. The Town Treasurer plays a vital role in the management of the finances of the Town and water system. Statutory responsibilities include receiving, investing, and disbursing all of the Town’s funds; keeping a record of taxes voted, billed and collected; collecting other funds receivable by the Town; and paying orders drawn on Town accounts. The Treasurer has a key role in the annual budget and audit process and provides the Selectboard and other officials with essential information about the Town’s finances. The term of the appointed position is from one to three years, four days a week. A full job description is available at

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Team and actively promotes a culture of continuous improvement in Customer Service standards. Successful candidates will have six (6) or more years’ experience as a manager or supervisor in a contact center, advanced customer service advocacy knowledge, and experience with contract development and vendor management. Critical skills include the ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce, to perform assessments of operational and technical situations, and to formulate objective and reliable recommendations on proposed solutions. Must be able to assess staffing needs and forecast resources for budgeting and workflow purposes. Proficiency in Excel, MS Access, Project, and PowerPoint required. Basic knowledge of State healthcare programs and current operating systems a plus. For more information contact Jody Kiefer Location: Essex Junction. Reference Job ID # 621038. Status: Full Time-Limited. Application Deadline: March 23, 2017.

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Department of Human Resources, Recruitment Services, at 855-828-6700 (voice) or 800-253-0191 (TTY/Relay Service). The State of Vermont offers an excellent total compensation package and is an EOE.

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Vermont State Parks is seeking proposals for a seasonal food truck or mobile concession operation at Sand Bar State Park in Milton, VT. Interested parties can request a bid package by emailing robert.peterson@vermont. gov. Proposal deadline: March 31st, 2017.













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RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOAN ASSISTANT We are seeking a full time Residential Mortgage Loan Assistant for our growing South Burlington Loan Office. This individual will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative duties to provide loan origination and documentation support for our Mortgage Loan Offiservice cers. Other responsibilities include overseeing the VT, is dedicated Union Bank, a full community bank headquartered in Morrisville, completion and accuracy of loan documents, processto providing superior financial advisory and trust services. As a local Vermont business, we and ensuring proper loan documentation inoffer challenginging andloans rewarding career opportunities. cluding input of information and preparing all related We are seeking an experienced Financial Advisor for a full time position in our growing loan documents, follow up on verifications and credit Asset Management Group. This individual will be joining an existing team to serve within reports, preparation of loans for underwriting, as well our entire northern Vermont and New Hampshire market area. Establishing a network as commitment letters, notes, and other loan documenof professional alliances and referral sources will be a key aspect for this position, as tation and set up, assisting customers with advances business development will be of significant importance for the successful candidate. construction lines and providing all other loan Responsibilities on willhome include developing new trust and asset management relationships. The support needed. Requirements includeand excellent writ-duties in order to Financial Advisor will additionally perform administrative managerial ten and oral communication, and a minimum of 2 years successfully manage existing trust and asset management relationships. of prior residential loan experience with a familiarity of A Bachelor’s degree in finance or business is loan desirable. The issuccessful secondary market mortgage products preferablecandidate should have a minimumbut of not 1 torequired. 2 years ofAttention trust andtoestate planning, as well as knowledge of detail, strong organizainvestment management, trust products and banking services. Required traits include being tional skills, and the ability to multi-task are essential.


UTC Aerospace Systems in Vergennes, Vermont is one of the world’s largest suppliers of

technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. We design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. We are also a major supplier to international space programs.


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Learn aboutLearn ourwhy full-time hourly openings for Assemblers, you should work at UTC Aerospace Systems by visiting Material Handlers, Inspectors, Platers, Manufacturing Technicians. Apply online to our many opportunities! FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017 • 9:00AM - 4:00PM International Trade Specialist – 3 openings

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food+drink THE PERSISTENCE OF SCENT MEMORY At a recent Hen of the Wood pairing dinner, wares from Alice & the Magician Cocktail Apothecary included a smoky fragrance inspired by co-owner Aaron Wisniewski’s memories of hiking. After sampling it, I wondered what it would be like to turn my own memories into scents, and then into cocktails. So, on a blustery Thursday afternoon, I showed up at the Soda Plant on Burlington’s Pine Street to visit the A&M laboratory. An unassuming entryway led to a small, comfortable room that, unsurprisingly, smelled great. Seated at a low table, I had a view of the bar, which was decorated like a mad scientist’s laboratory, complete with beakers, pipettes and a chalkboard filled with formulae. To prepare for our visit, I’d sent along a list of three memories — gardening, taking a vacation, hearing a friend’s favorite song — and associated scents. “We’ll start with ‘gardening,’” Wisniewski declared. He picked up one of the bottles and sprayed a puff of mist into a small plastic cup, which he immediately passed to me. I stuck in my nose, and the aroma hit me like a wheelbarrow full of compost: moist earth. As if it had just rained after not raining for a week. The scent was powerful, and it was “right” in some inalienable way. Just right. From there, he spritzed a parade of perfectly pitched scents: basil, sweet pea, tomato leaf, rain, green pepper. “What do you think?” Wisniewski kept asking. “How is it working for you? Is there anything you don’t want?”

I wondered if the green pepper would clash with the other aromas as the flavor can do with wine. Wisniewski assured me that the final result would come down to proportion and balance, and that the mix of aromas could be tweaked as we went. Once my gardening elixir was complete, we started on a scent based on a tropical dance cruise. It was heavy on fruity components such as coconut, banana and passion fruit. Other ingredients came from bottles labeled “sea water” and, fetchingly, “ball sweat.” Finally, we crafted a mixture we called “Turbo Lover,” inspired by the Judas Priest song. We summed up the homage to cars and sex with leather, tobacco, smoke, vanilla and pink peppercorn. To turn our new scent memories into cocktails, Wisniewski and I first agreed on the base spirits: gin for the garden, rum for the tropical vacation and bourbon for the heavy metal song. After a run to City Market/Onion River Co-op for ingredients, we convened at the bar, beakers in hand. We spent the next hour perfecting the drinks — adding one

element, subtracting another, strengthening and weakening others as we went. Our final version of the fruity tropical drink leaned sour rather than sweet, with added intrigue from the funkiness of the passion fruit, seawater and sweat. Still, it was my least favorite of the three. The drink based on gardening, made with tomato and cucumber juice spritzed with vegetable and herb aromas and a healthy hit of soil, made me giggle. In an entirely pleasant way, the dirt lingered on the palate long after the drink was gone. But, of the three, the Turbo Lover was the most saleable. With sprays of leather, tobacco and smoke, combined with bourbon and Campari, the drink practically purred in the glass. Wisniewski likes to point out that 90 percent of flavor comes from aroma and that smell is the sense Aaron Wisniewski most strongly linked to memory. After a few hours at the lab, I better understood that curious phenomenon. The tropical cocktail might not have returned me to the scorching sun of the Caribbean, but, as I walked back into the snow with the taste of soil in my mouth, I could imagine that I’d just been working in the garden.



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Vermont’s spirits industry. The state now boasts 20 distilleries that turn out gin, rum, whiskey, maple liqueur and everything in between — some from local grains. Pairings give the state’s bartenders another way to showcase those products. Some distillers even team up with chefs for pairing dinners. Last week, Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury and Mary’s Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek in Bristol partnered on a dinner based on Wes Anderson movies. One course, the “Moonrise Kingdom,” matched a hazelnut-crusted halibut with bourbon-brown-butter glaze and

root vegetables to a drink made from whiskey, brown butter syrup, bitters and dry Shacksbury cider. It was a feat of whimsy worthy of the auteur himself — and a testament to the potential of the trend. m Contact:


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Because booze can clobber the palate, it’s imperative that drinks be mixed deftly, with deference to the food. Just as precise control over the finished product can foster subtle, playful pairings, so an inelegant coupling can crush a good dish. “Higher alcohol can be really rough on the palate,” Wisniewski says. “In a certain way, I treat the alcohol [in a cocktail pairing] like the tannins in wine.” While pairing mixed drinks can be tricky, local chefs are motivated to do so beyond the fun of experimentation — namely, the growing strength of

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done well, the drink can function as “a satellite to the plate,” she says. Wisniewski likes that cocktails offer a broader palate than other alcoholic drinks. “When you’re doing beer or wine, you’re kind of handcuffed to sour, bitter and sometimes sweet,” he notes. “If you’re designing cocktails, you have salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. You have a bigger palate to work with.” The current trendiness of cocktail and food pairing poses the threat that people will overdo it. (Remember when chefs turned everything into foam, and put foam on everything?)

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INTERFAITH PEACE GATHERING & DISCUSSION: Families of various religions join Kids4Peace to counter negativity by sharing, discovering and fostering understanding. University of Vermont Interfaith Center, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 522-3125. LEARNING ABOUT NONVIOLENCE: Participants of all ages explore nonviolence through discussion, song and excerpts of the short documentary Mighty Times: The Children’s March. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


ARTHUR GILMAN: Floral fans soak up snippets of the botanists’ new book, New Flora of Vermont. Richmond Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, gmas@ LISTENING TOUR: Farmers sound off on issues that matter most to them during an open discussion hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. Pavilion Building, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 828-5667. POLYPORE MUSHROOMS IN YOUR BACKYARD: Naturalist Elliot Cluba leads an exploration into the ecological importance, health benefits and harvesting of wood-eating cap-and-stem varieties. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $12-15. Info, 224-7100. SEED LIBRARY MEET-UP: Green thumbs get the dirt on a regional reserve of garden starters. Snacks and beverages are provided. Jericho Town Library, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 899-4686.



‘THE CURIOUS WORLD OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH’: Art hounds get a close-up look at the unconventional Dutch painter through this documentary from 2016. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 11 a.m. $5-10. Info, 382-9222. FIGURE DRAWING: Artists sharpen their skills of observation of the human form. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 6-8 p.m. $10-15; preregister; limited space. Info, 775-0356.



KELLEY MARKETING GROUP BREAKFAST MEETING: New members are welcome at a brainstorming session for marketing, advertising and communications professionals. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 864-4067.

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BTV COMMUNITY DINNER & DIALOGUE NIGHT: Area residents forge connections with teens by discussing hot topics such as peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, and sexual health — and dig into a delicious meal. Burlington High School, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 652-0997. COMMUNITY DINNER: Marathon Health representatives serve up resources for healthy living during a wellness-themed supper. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-4565. COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. Bring a dessert to share. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 5-5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. CURRENT EVENTS CONVERSATION: Newsworthy subjects take the spotlight in this informal and open discussion. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.


DROP-IN HIP-HOP DANCE: Beginners are welcome at a groove session inspired by infectious beats. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 540-8300.


Coffee Break For many of us, coffee is a muchneeded part of the morning routine — but how much do we know about the background of this brewed beverage? Don Holly, a 30-year veteran of the coffee industry, schools java lovers on the drink’s past, present and future in the talk “Dark, Bitter, Sweet and Aromatic: A Social History of Coffee.” Drawing on his experience as a retailer, roaster and

WEST AFRICAN DANCE: Master dancer Moustapha Bangoura of Guinea brings his years of experience in movement, drumming and choreography to a rhythm-driven class. North End Studio A, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $18. Info, 608-692-0679.

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BURLINGTON IRISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: The best of Ireland comes to the Queen City and surrounding areas with music, dance, workshops and presentations. See for details. Various locations statewide. Prices vary. Info,


CASTLETON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinephiles feast their eyes on a diverse lineup of motion pictures highlighting women in contemporary American independent cinema. See for details. Herrick Auditorium, Castleton College, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-639-8521. MOVING PICTURES: FILMS ABOUT IMMIGRATION: Film fanatics take in tales of uprooted people. Call for details. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ‘NOVA: BECOMING HUMAN — UNEARTHING OUR EARLIEST ANCESTORS’: Scientific research sheds light on our hominid relatives in this PBS television program. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. WED.15






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‘MURDER ON THE NILE’ Friday, March 17, 7 p.m., at Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy. $15-42; free for students with a paying adult. Info, 748-2600.

barista, Holly explores the outside forces — social, political and economic — that have influenced coffee drinking around the globe. A quick taste gives listeners a jolt following this lecture delivered in conjunction with the Fleming Museum of Art’s exhibit “Imbibe: Drinking in Culture.”

DON HOLLY Wednesday, March 22, noon, at Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont in Burlington. Regular admission, $3-10; free for members, faculty, staff, students and kids 6 and under. Info, 656-0750.





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Saturday, March 18, 5-7 p.m., at ArtsRiot in Burlington. $5; preregister to compete. Info, 540-0406.







Shaving is for losers — if you’re competing in the first annual Vermont Beardies, that is. After a round of online voting and banking donations for Make-A-Wish Vermont, hirsute hopefuls from all over the state show off their facial hair before a panel of judges at Burlington’s ArtsRiot. Sitting on the panel are the original Most Interesting Man in the World, Jonathan Goldsmith (pictured), Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Matthew Cohen of Fiddlehead Brewing, ArtsRiot’s Ben Rutter (pictured) and Wish Kid Noah Cohen. Shaggy champions in categories such as backwoods, urban, freestyle and overall best will bag trophies, bragging rights and photos with Goldsmith.



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Group Mentality “Who are we as individuals?” “Who are we together?” “What are the visible and invisible boundaries we create?” These and other questions drive The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, an evening-length dance performance by Maree ReMalia and her group merrygogo. ReMalia, who is the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer at Middlebury College, joins forces with nine performers from across artistic disciplines in a kinetic exploration of their individual and collective identities. The choreographer and her crew let audience members in on their creative process by opening Saturday’s preshow warm-up to the public.

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Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, 8 p.m., at Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. $6-20. Info, 443-6433.

Saturday, March 18, 6:45-7:15 p.m., at Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. Free. Info, 4436433.

getting into hot water. Committed to making high-quality theater accessible to all, the touring company makes a stop at St. Johnsbury Academy’s Fuller Hall as part of the KCP Presents Performing Arts Series.






City’s Aquila Theatre stages Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie’s white-knuckle mystery story set in 1940s Egypt. Peter Meineck directs this high-energy whodunit that sees its cast of quirky characters


When a famous heiress and her husband — who happens to be broke — board a paddle steamer set to cruise the Nile River, what could go wrong? A lot, it turns out. Death, betrayal and intrigue ensue when New York


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WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL: Forty pictures directed by leading ladies tell compelling stories at this 26th annual cinematic assembly. See for details. New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro. $8-40; $30 for gala. Info, 257-7364.

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VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: Local products — think veggies, breads, pastries, cheeses, wines, syrups, jewelry, crafts and beauty supplies — draw shoppers to a diversified bazaar. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 342-4727. WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET: Delicious, local fare is accessible to both newbies and foodies at a year-round emporium of prepared foods, baked goods, produce, seafood, meats and cheeses. Woodstock Farmers Market, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3658.


BRIDGE CLUB: Strategic players have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6. Info, 872-5722. CHESS CLUB: Strategy comes into play as competitors try to capture opposing game pieces. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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BONE BUILDERS: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in this exercise and prevention class. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 7:30-8:30 & 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. EPIC MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Guided practice and group conversation with Yushin Sola cultivate well-being. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $14. Info, 299-9531. EVERY WEDNESDAY, EVERYONE TAI CHI: Beginners and longtime practitioners alike improve balance, posture and coordination through the Chinese martial art. Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-8866.





GENTLE TAI CHI: Madeleine Piat-Landolt guides students in a sequence of poses with an emphasis on relaxation and alignment. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 658-3585. GINGER’S FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Students get pumped with an interval-style workout that boosts muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness, agility, balance and coordination. Middlebury Municipal Gym, 7-8 a.m. $12. Info, 343-7160. INSIGHT MEDITATION: Attendees absorb Buddhist principles and practices. Wellspring Mental Health and Wellness Center, Hardwick, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 472-6694. NIA WITH LINDA: Eclectic music and movements drawn from healing, martial and dance arts propel an animated barefoot workout. South End Studio, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $14; free for first-timers. Info, 372-1721. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: Physical and mental strength improve as the result of a stretching session for all ability levels. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT NURSING STUDENT VISITS: Presentations on different types of healthy lifestyles promote well-being. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-3585. WORKSHOP ON LIVING HEALTHIER: Community members ages 18 and up who are living with ongoing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or anxiety learn to better manage their well-being in a six-week seminar. United Way of the Adirondack Region, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1:30-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-564-3371.


CHILDREN’S FILM NIGHT: A short movie paves the way for a community supper. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 5:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

FILMMAKING FROM START TO FINISH: Lights, camera, action! Mini movie mavens learn the basics of screenwriting, filming and editing. Catamount Outback Artspace, St. Johnsbury, 3:30-5 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, 748-2600. LEGO CHALLENGE: Kids tackle construction tasks with colorful blocks. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1391. PAJAMA STORY TIME: Tykes cuddle up in PJs for captivating tales, cookies and milk. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. READING BUDDIES: Little pals in grades K and up meet with mentors to bond over books. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. RICHMOND STORY TIME: Lit lovers ages 2 through 5 are introduced to the wonderful world of reading. Richmond Free Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. SEWING CLUB I & II: Needle-and-thread neophytes stitch together new skills. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. STORY TIME & PLAYGROUP: Engrossing plots unfold into fun activities for tots up to age 6. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. TODDLER TIME: With activities ranging from Legos and Play-Doh to stories and snacks, little ones and their caregivers find plenty of ways to play. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 745-1391. YOGA FOR KIDS: Yogis ages 2 through 5 strike a pose to improve balance and flexibility. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


BEGINNER ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Students build a foundation in reading, speaking and writing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Pupils improve their speaking and grammar mastery. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Learners take communication to the next level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.



A COURSE IN MIRACLES: A monthly workshop based on Helen Schucman’s 1975 text delves into the wisdom found at the core of the world’s major religions. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920.


WOMEN’S PICKUP BASKETBALL: Ladies dribble up and down the court during an evening of friendly competition. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 8:15-9:30 p.m. $3; preregister at Info,


‘CRAFT SKIS + CRAFT BREWS’: Small-batch ski makers speak up during a moderated panel discussion. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe, social hour, 6 p.m.; panel discussion, 7 p.m. $15-25. Info, 253-9911. EVERY WOMAN HAS A STORY: Fierce females of Castleton University share 15-minute personal stories in honor of Women’s History Month. Alumni Room, Huden Dining Hall, Castleton University, noon. Free; $4 for lunch. Info, 800-639-8521. SIMON HOWARD: “Mind Your Bias: The Roots, Causes and Consequences of Implicit Bias” gets to the bottom of underlying prejudices. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2356. TALK ON SENIOR ISSUES: Rights & Democracy VT representatives touch on topics facing the older generation. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585. TEDX BROWNELL LIBRARY: Curious minds watch TED Talk videos centered on the theme “Who We Are.” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ‘WOMEN & THE COUNTERCULTURE’: 1970s feminists and their challenges and experiences are at the center of a roundtable discussion. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500.


HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY: Attendees pick up tips on staying safe and secure while surfing the net. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036. TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955. WEB DEVELOPMENT FOR SENIORS: A seminar serves up basic information about internet sites and tools with the aim of creating web applications for area nonprofits. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 985-5124.

Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup. com; limited space. Info, 383-8104. WRITE NOW: Wordsmiths let their creativity flow freely at a monthly meeting. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 6:30-9 p.m. $15-20; preregister; limited space. Info, 775-0356. WRITING CIRCLE: Prompts lead into a 30-minute free write and sharing opportunities without judgment. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.

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OPEN STUDIO: Friends new and old convene for a creative session. Expressive Arts Burlington, 12:302:30 p.m. $15. Info, 343-8172. PHOTO CO-OP: Shutterbugs gather to share their experience and knowledge of their craft. River Arts, Morrisville, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB: Shutterbugs develop their picture-taking skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


NEWBERRY MARKET: Shoppers browse specialty foods, clothing, pottery, décor, collectibles and more at a weekly indoor bazaar. Newberry Market, White River Junction, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 299-0212.


MARKETING ON A SHOESTRING: Entrepreneurs learn to reach potential customers through the right message and media. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 391-4872. RUN YOUR BUSINESS AS A SOLOPRENEUR: Enterprisers prepare for the specific challenges of going it alone in business. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 391-4872.


ARTISTS’ TOWN MEETING: A potluck meal organized by Rockingham Arts and Museum Project gets creatives cooking and collaborating while exploring challenges and opportunities. 33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 463-3252. COMMUNITY DISCUSSION: Area residents chew the fat over the values of space and community growth. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-4928218, ext. 303.


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.

‘KIM’S CONVENIENCE’: A Korean immigrant in Canada faces social and familial challenges as he supports his wife and children with his Toronto convenience store in Ins Choi’s personal play staged by Soulpepper. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1 & 8 p.m. $24.50-60. Info, 514-739-7944.



‘GROUNDED’: Northern Stage presents a one-woman examination of America’s transition to drone warfare. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $15-55. Info, 296-7000.

FOR REAL WOMEN SERIES WITH BELINDA: GIT UR FREAK ON: R&B and calypso-dancehall music is the soundtrack to an empowering sensual dance session aimed at confronting body shaming. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info, bestirredfitness@


WEST AFRICAN DANCE: See WED.15, Middlebury Recreation Facility. $15.

40TH ARMY BAND: Founded in 1907, the iconic group plays traditional patriotic tunes alongside current selections. BFA Performing Arts Center, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 338-3480. CARPENTERS TRIBUTE CONCERT: Vocalist Sally Olson lends her sound-alike pipes to top hits by the famed musical duo, such as “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Close to You.” ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-12. Info, 540-0406. SONG CIRCLE: Singers and musicians congregate for an acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182. VERMONT FIDDLE ORCHESTRA: The Farmers Night Concert Series continues with a bow-and-string extravaganza. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2228.

‘BLACKBERRY WINTER’: A woman comes to terms with her mother’s degenerative dementia in a Vermont Stage production. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: David Quammen’s Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic sparks a lively dialogue. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1390. TELLING OUR STORIES: EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL!: Writer Reeve Lindbergh walks authorsin-training through the process of preserving thoughts and memories through memoir writing. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1391. WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: Lit lovers analyze works-in-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C,



DANCE, PAINT, WRITE: DROP-IN: Teens and adults create, connect, heal and grow through self-guided movement and art set to music. Expressive Arts Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $20; free for first-timers. Info, 343-8172. POSTNATAL SELF-EMPOWERMENT: Mothers and babes-in-arms circle up for a reflective session centered on embracing one’s self and family amid the chaos of daily life. Prenatal Method Studio, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. $10-20. Info, 829-0211.


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‘ALL OF ME’: Bess O’Brien’s latest documentary explores the lives of people consumed with eating disorders. A Q&A follows. Conference Room 126127, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 357-4616. ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ VERMONT PREMIERE: Emma Watson stars as Belle in a live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic about a fearsome creature who learns to love. Costumes are encouraged and characters will be there. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $12-15. Info, 863-5966. ‘BIG NIGHT’: Two brothers make a last-ditch effort to save their failing Italian restaurant in this 1996 drama. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, mixer, 6 p.m.; movie, 7 p.m Free. Info, 417-1528, ext. 706. ‘THE LOCAL MOTIVE’: A six-part PBS series digs into aspects of Vermont’s local food system. A discussion accompanies the screening. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL: See WED.15.

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UVM MEDICAL CENTER FARMERS MARKET: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. Davis Concourse, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 847-5823. WINE DINNER: WINES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: Specially chosen vinos accompany a curated five-course meal hosted by Owen Roe winery. Simon Pearce Restaurant, Quechee, 6-9 p.m. $95; preregister. Info, 295-1470. WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET: See WED.15.


CHITTENDEN COUNTY CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Strategic thinkers make calculated moves as they vie for their opponents’ kings. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 324-1143.

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CHAIR YOGA: Yogis limber up with modified poses. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 316-1510.

CORNWALL FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Interval training helps participants improve strength, agility, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info, 343-7160.

GUIDED PARTNER THAI YOGA BODYWORK: Lori Flower of Karmic Connection teaches techniques for relaxation and rejuvenation. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $810; preregister. Info,

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TRAVIS ELLIOTT: In the talk “Beyond Best Guess Medicine,” the naturopathic physician reveals underlying causes of symptoms to help listeners unlock their individual pathways to health. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. YOGA: A Sangha Studio instructor guides students who are in recovery toward achieving inner tranquility. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


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BABY & TODDLER PLAYGROUP: Parents connect while kids up to age 3 enjoy toys, stories, challah and juice. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, grace@ FILMMAKING FROM START TO FINISH: See WED.15. JOURNEY FROM SAP TO SYRUP: From bucket to boiling, preschoolers follow a droplet of maple sap through the sugaring process. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068. LEGO CLUB: Brightly colored interlocking blocks inspire developing minds. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Captivating narratives pave the way for crafts and activities for youngsters ages 3 through 6. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. READ TO ARCHIE: Budding bookworms join a friendly therapy dog for entertaining tails — er, tales. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


BEGINNER-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Basic communication skills are on the agenda at a guided lesson. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. FRENCH CONVERSATION: Speakers improve their linguistic dexterity in the romantic tongue. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. FRENCH THURSDAY: SOCIAL HOUR: Francophones fine-tune their French-language conversation skills over cocktails. Bar, Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $4; free for Alliance Française members. Info,

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LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: FRENCH: Bag lunches in hand, attendees brush up on their linguistic abilities. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


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LENTEN NOONDAY CONCERT: Opera Company of Middlebury first violist Elizabeth Read McQuillan hits all the right notes. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the Green, Middlebury, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7200.

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MEDICINE MAKING SERIES: OIL PREPARATIONS: Herbalists take notes on natural remedies in a class focused on infusions, salves and lotions. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info,

TAI CHI BEGINNER CLASS: Students get a feel for the ancient Chinese practice. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.


FORZA: THE SAMURAI SWORD WORKOUT: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when using wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

TAI CHI: Personal trainer Denise Ricker leads seniors in meditative movements. All ages are welcome, though this class is geared toward an older population. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, pdricker@


COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161.

of stability and calm. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-8602.


POKÉMON LEAGUE: I choose you, Pikachu! Players of the trading-card game earn weekly and monthly prizes in a fun, friendly environment where newbies can be coached by league leaders. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0498.

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HAVE YOU HAD A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE?: Spiritual seekers engage in dialogue to explore past-life recall, out-of-body encounters, dreams and more. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390.

PARENTING WORKSHOP SERIES: Moms, dads and guardians listen up for “Guiding Kids’ Safe Use of Technology,” presented by Angelique Fairbrother. Fairfax Community Library, 6:15-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

PEACE VIGIL: Friends and neighbors come together, bringing along their signs and their hearts. Top of Church St., Burlington, 5-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 899-1731.

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‘BLACKBERRY WINTER’: See WED.15. ‘CLOUD TECTONICS’: A mystical wanderer searches for the man who impregnated her in José Rivera’s magical realist story of boy meets girl, starring student actors. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $5. Info, 443-3168. ‘GROUNDED’: See WED.15. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘HEDDA GABLER’: Ruth Wilson plays the dramatic title role in an onscreen production of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s tale of an aristocratic newlywed who confronts the banality of married life. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘PETER AND THE STARCATCHER’: A cast of 12 actors captures imaginations with a staging of this Tony Award-winning prequel to Peter Pan. Randolph Union High School, 7:30-9:45 p.m. $6-10. Info, 728-3397. ‘SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET’: Madness and mayhem in 19th-century London drive Stephen Sondheim’s chilling musical, staged by Main Street Arts. Bellows Falls Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $5-100. Info, 869-2960.


ABIGAIL CARROLL: The author celebrates the launch of A Gathering of Larks: Letters to Saint Francis From a Modern-Day Pilgrim, which contains 40 pieces of correspondence from her to Saint Francis. Phoenix Books Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350.


PLAYS & PINTS: Beer and pizza prime attendees for six one-act comedies featuring the local acting group Read Between the Lines. River Arts, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 888-1261.


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FRIDAY PERCH FRY: Plates of crispy, goldenbrown fish satisfy seafood lovers. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 5-8 p.m. $10. Info, 518-643-2309. WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET: See WED.15.





EXPLORE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION RESOURCES: A workshop for those looking to start or expand a business covers available SBA programs and services for technical assistance, government contracting, loans and more. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4872.



‘REMEMBERING THE 1992 MONTPELIER FLOOD’: Listeners bring lunches for a look back on one of the worst floods in the Capital City’s history with Vermont Historical Society staff members. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500.


ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER: Diners feast on corn beef and cabbage. A 50/50 raffle rounds out this benefit for the senior center’s Meals on Wheels program. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 4-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 223-3322.

‘MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE’: A crew of astronauts fights off a creeping fungus in this 1965 sci-fi flick shown on 16mm film. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info,


REIDUN NUQUIST: “Green Mountain Girls: Women of the Long Trail” follows the footsteps of the first women to hike the long-distance path. Stowe Free Library, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 253-6145.

GARDENING ROUNDTABLE: ADVANCED GARDENERS: Experienced cultivators prepare for the upcoming growing season during a facilitated discussion with ecology enthusiast Miriam Hansen. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2518.


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NICK STAATS: A water-dwelling species takes center stage in the Love the Lake Speaker Series lecture “American Eel in Lake Champlain — Will They Make a Comeback?” Lake Champlain Basin Program Office, Grand Isle, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3213.




CONVERSATION ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE IN VERMONT: Friends and neighbors join Justice for All to hear a talk and take action against injustice in the state. Judd Gym, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 431-3653.

BRIAN WARWICK: “A Brief History of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and the Serious Work Behind Being Funny” highlights the assistant professor’s experience as a Grammy-winning recording engineer. Burke Mountain Room, Lyndon State College, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 626-6413.



NATURAL MARSHFIELD: Wildlife experts uncover the wonders of the local environment. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.




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ACUDETOX: Attendees in recovery undergo acupuncture to the ear to propel detoxification. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. BONE BUILDERS: See WED.15, 7:30 & 9:15 a.m. FITNESS FLOW YOGA: All types of athletes can build strength, increase flexibility and prevent injuries with a moderate-to-vigorous vinyasa flow. Colchester Health & Fitness, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $15; free for members. Info, 860-1010.



#MINDFULMARCH MOVE & RESTORE: Body and breath find synergy in a class complete with bolsters and props. All money raised benefits the LoveYourBrain Foundation. Sangha Studio, downtown Burlington, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $5-20. Info, 448-4262.

BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Learn new moves with Ballroom Nights, then join others in a dance social featuring the waltz, tango and more. Singles, couples and beginners are welcome. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance social, 8-9:30 p.m. $10-14; $8 for dance only. Info, 862-2269. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Jubilant motions with the Green Mountain Druid Order inspire divine connections. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 505-8011.

RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.15. REIKI: Touch activates the body’s natural healing abilities, aiding people in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. TAI CHI ADVANCED CLASSES: Attendees keep active with a sequence of slow, controlled movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.


ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE: Aaron Marcus, Char Morgan and Sara Babbitt Spaeth provide live music for newcomers and experienced movers in casual dress. Bring snacks to share. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 899-2378.

‘THE MAGIC OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY’: An adults-only cocktail party paves the way to a spellbinding all-ages show by Marko the Magician. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, cocktail party, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; show, 7-8 p.m. $8-60; preregister for cocktail party. Info, 457-3981.

MAREE REMALIA & MERRYGOGO: Nine performers from across artistic disciplines question the bounds of their own identities in an eveninglength work titled “The Ubiquitous Mass of Us.” See calendar spotlight. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6-20. Info, 443-6433.

PETE’S POSSE ST. PATRICK’S DAY CONCERT: Vermont’s own multigenerational folk trio takes revelers on a musical journey to the Emerald Isle with original tunes and Irish ballads. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20. Info, 457-3500.


AARP TAX HELP: Professionals offer advice and answer questions as Tax Day approaches. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center,

ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: Little ones up to age 4 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.

BIG & MESSY — ART SPACE: Process, not product, is the ER S focus of this parent-child creative OU TRI BU TE CONCERT | C session with open-ended art stations. River Arts, Morrisville, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 888-1261.

FREESTYLE DANCE FITNESS: Jumps, flips, spins, kicks and squats set to high-energy music help students shake awake their chi. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $14. Info,

FEAST TOGETHER OR FEAST TO GO: Senior citizens and their guests catch up over a shared meal. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, noon-1 p.m. $7-9; preregister. Info, 262-6288.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION: Knotwork, the Northern Lights and the Church Restoration Project provide a traditional Irish soundtrack with Celtic Company dancers high stepping throughout. Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center, 7-9:30 p.m. $20. Info, 244-4168.



ORAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths join Burlington Writers Workshop members in a “Moth”-style exploration of telling tales for live audiences. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

WOMEN & GIRLS WISDOM CIRCLE: Sisterhood is supreme in this open gathering focused on guided visualization, songs, ritual and community. Expressive Arts Burlington, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 343-8172.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY BREAKFAST: Special speakers such as Gov. Jim Douglass and historian Howard Coffin pay tribute to Sen. William Doyle over festive fare. Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 7:30 a.m. $25; preregister. Info, 229-5711.


WASHER: Guitar, bass, drums and vocals converge in indie-rock songs from the Brooklyn band’s 2016 album Here Comes Washer. Bethlehem Steel open. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8-10. Info, 540-0406.

Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3585.


OPEN MIC NIGHT: A relaxed and supportive atmosphere allows aspiring performers ages 16 and up to debut their musical talents. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3500.

LUNCH & LEARN: Jennifer S. Brown covers her novel, Modern Girls, in which an immigrant mother of five in 1935 New York City and her unmarried daughter find themselves pregnant at the same time. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 863-4214.


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SAINT PATRICK’S DAY COMEDY GALA: A trio of Boston comics inspires gut-busting laughter. The Connolly Celtic Dancers and Brinytide also appear. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 8 p.m. $30-35. Info, 603-448-0400.






EARLY-BIRD MATH STORY TIME: Books, songs and games put a creative twist on mathematics. Community Room, Richmond Free Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. FAMILY MOVIE: ‘THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS’: A 12-year-old girl devises a plan to get her birth mother to rescue her from a strange foster family in the film adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s novel. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. KIDS’ HERBAL WORKSHOP: FROM WINTER TO SPRING HERBAL WELLNESS: An interactive workshop with a focus on Irish traditions allows budding herbalists ages 6 through 12 to get hands-on with medicinal plants. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. $20. Info, KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: An obstacle course, rock climbing, kickball, basketball and swimming put smiles on youngsters’ faces. SHAPE Fitness Center, Johnson State College, 6-9 p.m. $10. Info, 635-2356. LIVE ACTION ROLE-PLAY: Gamers in middle and high school take on alter egos and embark on mythical adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. MUSIC WITH ROBERT: Sing-alongs with Robert Resnik hit all the right notes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. PLAY GROUP: Crafts and snacks amuse young’uns up to age 5. Doty Memorial Elementary School, Worcester, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, moonsong148@ STORY TIME: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers drop in for books, rhymes, songs and activities. Winooski Memorial Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.


CELTIC CELEBRATION: Classical ensemble Heliand Consort showcases its virtuosity in a themed program. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 540-0406. NORTHEAST REGIONAL COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY CONFERENCE: Performers from all over the country convene for two days of noteworthy presentations, concerts and lectures. Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $15-25. Info, 518-564-2243. PRYDEIN: The local group teams up with Catamount Pipe Band to belt out Celtic rock. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-20; free for kids 5 and under; cash bar. Info,



VEENA & DEVESH CHANDRA: A mother-and-son duo doles out Indian classical and folk-inspired music on the sitar and tabla in the Northeast Chapter for the Society of Ethnomusicology Conference opening concert. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. WINTER WINE DOWN MUSIC SERIES: Locals welcome the weekend with an Irish dance performance, award-winning wine and mouthwatering eats. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, 6-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.


BERNIE SANDERS: Students and members of the public make their voices heard during an open forum with the Vermont senator. Judd Hall, Vermont Technical College, Randolph, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, EDUCATION ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE: Britta Tonn explores historical waterfront lights in “The Burlington Breakwater, Past and Present.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF EBIRD: Avian enthusiasts sharpen their skills on the online checklist program for birders. Bring a laptop if you have one. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $5; free for members. Info, 229-6206.


‘BLACKBERRY WINTER’: See WED.15. ‘CLOUD TECTONICS’: See THU.16. ‘GET SMART’: Agent Maxwell Smart and his lovely assistant must keep an evil organization from blowing up the Statue of Liberty in this kneeslapping comedy staged by the Champlain Valley Union High School Theatre Program. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $6-9. Info, 482-6991. ‘GROUNDED’: See WED.15. ‘MURDER ON THE NILE’: Whodunit? Set on a paddle steamer in 1940’s Egypt, Aquila Theatre’s staging of Agatha Christie’s mystery story keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. See calendar spotlight. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. $15-42; free for students with a paying adult. Info, 748-2600. ‘PETER AND THE STARCATCHER’: See THU.16.


BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:301:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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PRUNING & GRAFTING FRUIT TREES: Mike Hebb helps orchard owners and home horticulturalists prep apple trees for spring. Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford, 1-4 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 765-4288.

BAKE & BOOK SALE: Homemade treats sustain bookworms as they browse bargain-priced titles. United Church of Fairfax, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 849-6313.

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IRISH COMEDY TOUR: Standups with roots in the land of Guinness channel the raucous humor of hooligans. For mature audiences. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 775-0903.

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QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ: People with memory loss accompany their caregivers for coffee, conversation and entertainment. Thayer House, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 656-4220.

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NORTHEAST CHAPTER FOR THE SOCIETY OF ETHNOMUSICOLOGY CONFERENCE: Dartmouth College’s William Cheng keynotes a day of lectures and presentations by regional scholars. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


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ADULT COLORING: Grown-ups pick up colored pencils for a meditative and creative activity. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


CONTRA DANCE: Dugan Murphy calls the steps at a spirited social dance with music by Pete’s Posse. Capital City Grange, Berlin, instruction session, 7:35 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-9. Info, 249-7454. DANCE PERFORMANCE: Movers of all ages twist and twirl through a variety of forms in a showcase of works-in-progress. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 229-4676. MAREE REMALIA & MERRYGOGO: See FRI.17. PRESHOW WARM UP: Members of the public can watch choreographer Maree ReMalia and friends get in step for their dance performance “The Ubiquitous Mass of Us.” See calendar spotlight. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 6:45-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. WEST AFRICAN DANCE: See WED.15, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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SQUARE-FOOT GARDENING: Master gardener Peter Burke promotes the use of permanent beds to maximize production in small spaces. City Market/Onion River Co-op, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. $510; preregister. Info, 861-9753.



VETERANS FOR PEACE: Those who have served their country attend a morning meeting to discuss conflict resolution. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-3338.

FAIRY & DEMON DRAWING WORKSHOP: Artist Emily Anderson shares her pen-and-paper technique for banishing personal demons and celebrating uplifting thoughts. This month’s theme is “Planting Our Seeds.” Bluebird Fairies, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $16; preregister. Info,


FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths offer constructive criticism on works-in-progress by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.




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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION: Young Writers Project, Muslim Girls Making Change and Nepali Dancers entertain attendees at an afternoon honoring community members for their work with women and girls. King Street Center, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, geezlouise1010@ LEGAL CLINIC: Attorneys offer complementary consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 863-7153. READINGS FOR RAPTORS: Animal lovers treat themselves to 10-to-20-minute psychic, tarot, numerology, and aura and chakra readings to benefit North Stream Wildlife Rescue. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 1-5 p.m. $10-20. Info, 660-8060. VERMONT BEARDIES: Whiskered contestants show off their facial hair for judges including Most Interesting Man in the World Jonathan Goldsmith and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Vermont. See calendar spotlight. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $5. Info, 540-0406.

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‘VOICELESS’: A young war veteran risks his marriage and his ministry job to oppose a neighborhood abortion clinic in a 2015 drama. The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 565-8013. WEEKEND MOVIE: Popcorn is provided at a showing of a popular flick. Call for details. Norwich Public Library, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL: See WED.15.

CAPITAL CITY WINTER MARKET SUGAR-ONSNOW: Maple syrup makes a special appearance at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. City Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 793-8347. CHOCOLATE TASTING: With the help of a tasting guide, chocoholics of all ages discover the flavor profiles of four different confections. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. PIE BREAKFAST: Dessert comes first when diners dig into sweet and savory pastries. Live music,


health & fitness

GINGER’S FITNESS BOOT CAMP: See WED.15, 8-9 a.m. MATERIA MEDICA: MUGWORT, ARTEMIS & HER BOW: Those interested in natural healing head to this open class in which Kenzie McDonald talks about the aromatic plant and its benefits for the body. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. $10. Info, RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.15, 10:45 a.m. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.


‘KIM’S CONVENIENCE’: See WED.15, 8 p.m.


BOOGIE BENEFIT: Live tunes from the Avant-Garde Dogs and Band of the Land lift winter spirits at a party and silent auction supporting the Willowell Foundation. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 6-11 p.m. $10. Info, 453-6195. CHIAROSCURA: Selections by Heinrich Ignaz, Franz Biber, Marin Marais and François Couperin make up the program “A Concert of Baroque Gems.” Vergennes Congregational Church, 4-5 p.m. Donations. Info, DIDIER LACOSTE: Hailing from Democratic Republic of the Congo, the musician gets listeners on their feet with world beats. North End Studios, Burlington, 10 p.m. $32.25; $27 for couples. Info, 863-5966. AN EVENING OF SONGS & ARIAS: Middlebury College students travel from the baroque era to the present with varied compositions. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. JEREMIAH MCLANE & TIM CUMMINGS: The accordionist and the multi-instrumentalist present originals and traditional tunes rooted in the diverse heritage of Appalachian, Cajun and Québécois music. WalkOver Gallery and Concert Room, Bristol, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 453-4613.



EXORDIUM ANIMAL TRACKS NATURE WALK: Young explorers search for signs of animal activity. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. GRACE EXPLORATION PLACE FOR CHILDREN: A pancake breakfast prepares pupils for Bible-themed stories, songs, crafts and games. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-8071. JUNIOR IRON CHEF VERMONT: Middle and high school students put their culinary skills to the test at this 10th annual statewide competition highlighting local ingredients. Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $3; $5 per family of up to four. Info, 985-0318.

NORTHERN FLYER: Four veteran Vermont musicians band together, bringing their first-rate harmonies and instrumental expertise to harddriving bluegrass numbers. Music Box, Craftsbury, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10; free for kids under 16. Info, 586-7533. VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS: Jaime Laredo conducts pianist Joseph Kalichstein in works by Mahler, Mozart and Beethoven. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10-61. Info, 863-5966.


MOUNT HUNGER & THE RESERVOIR HIKE: An invigorating snowshoe OF LE PH SY trek covers 4.5 miles of ground AN TE UR TA O C ND and gains 2,250 feet in elevation. Y’ | PIG G IE’S W E A RE IN A PL A Contact trip leader for details. Free; MARTIAL ARTS WORKSHOP FOR TEENS: preregister. Info, 355-7181. Active bodies discover the dynamic Japanese practice of aikido. Wear long pants. Aikido of Champlain seminars Valley, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 951-8900. FINDING FRENCH-CANADIAN ANCESTORS USING MEET THE CAT IN THE HAT: Dr. Seuss’ mischievous PRDH & LAFRANCE: Ancestor investigators fill the feline drops in to regale readers with tales of his gaps in their family trees with the help of genealescapades. Bring a camera! Phoenix Books Rutland, ogy databases. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort 11 a.m. Free. Info, 855-8078. Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, NEIGHBORHOOD UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST 310-9285. YOUTH CONFERENCE: Youngsters from around the VCAM ORIENTATION: Video-production hounds region gather to build connections, share experimaster basic concepts and nomenclature at ences and focus on social justice issues. Unitarian an overview of VCAM facilities, policies and Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 11 a.m.7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. S

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DIGITAL PHOTO BASICS: Those with working knowledge of Microsoft Windows learn how to import and edit images from phones and cameras. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.



ZUMBATHON: SURVIVE & THRIVE: Supporters break a sweat while dancing to raise funds for Steps to End Domestic Violence. South Burlington High School, 1 p.m. $35 or minimum $100 in funds raised. Info, 658-3131.


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WINDSOR FARMERS MARKET: Locavores go wild for fruits, veggies, maple syrup, honey, eggs, meats, crafts and more. Windsor Welcome Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 359-2551.


‘YOUTH’: Michael Caine portrays a retired orchestra conductor who receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for a royal birthday party. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.

VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: See WED.15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



‘A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE’: Haley Joel Osment plays a robotic boy who longs for the love of his human mother. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

TASTE OF VERMONT: Southern Vermont chefs, caterers, bakers and delis dish out mouthwatering eats for the tasting. Stratton Mountain Resort, 7-9 p.m. $20-100. Info, 297-2096.

WHOLE-BOOK APPROACH STORY TIME: Tykes learn how words, pictures and book design work together to complete a narrative. Phoenix Books Essex, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.




SUGAR-ON-SNOW PARTY: Vermont’s signature sweet shines when drizzled atop snow at a flavorful fest complete with tasty treats and live music. Arrowhead Senior Citizen Center, Milton, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598.




SOUTHERN VERMONT WINGS & WINTER HOMEBREW FESTIVAL: Fans of all things fermented taste their way through beverages and bites, voting to crown the Best Home Brewery and Best Regional Wings. Masonic Hall, Bennington, noon-4 p.m. $30; limited space. Info,

VERMONT KIDS’ DAY: Children are the guests of honor at a fun-filled fête featuring face painting, bouncy houses, an obstacle course and costumed characters. Sheraton Burlington Hotel, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $8; limited space. Info, 872-9000.


INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE: Brainstorming leads to forming activity groups for hobbies such as flying stunt kites and playing music. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030.

ST. JOHNSBURY FARMERS MARKET: Growers and crafters gather weekly at booths centered on local eats. St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info,


THE FASHION SHOW: Looks from local retailers and designers lead to a live performance by A2VT and a high-energy dance party. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Second Floor Mezzanine, Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $50-60. Info, 863-5966.

SATURDAY DROP-IN STORY TIME: A weekly selection of books and music engages all ages. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.


EQUINOX CELEBRATION + MEET YOUR FARMER: A shared meal and kids’ activities give way to an herbal mocktail bar with live Americana music by Hannah Fair. Bring a dish to share. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, 6-11 p.m. Free. Info,

a silent auction and a used book sale make for a can’t-miss morning. Woodbury Community Library, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $4-7; free for kids under 4. Info, 472-5710.


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‘GROUND HOG OPRY’: Woodchuck Theatre Company cures cabin fever with a zany production full of Vermont flavor. Hardwick Town House, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 244-6150. ‘GROUNDED’: See WED.15. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘LA TRAVIATA’: Sonya Yoncheva lifts her voice as the tragic courtesan Violetta in a broadcast production of Verdi’s masterpiece. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $29. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘PETER AND THE STARCATCHER’: See THU.16, 2-4:15 p.m. ‘PUNCH & JUDY: A MELODRAMA’: The perennial puppets and their handmade friends star in a gut-busting trilogy presented by Modern Times Theater. Prizes, popcorn, cider and coffee are on hand. Gohl Building, Hardwick, 2 p.m. $5. Info, moderntimestheater@ ‘SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET’: See THU.16.


POETRY EXPERIENCE: Rajnii Eddins facilitates a poetry and spoken-word workshop aimed at building confidence and developing a love of writing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ‘RISK!: TRUE TALES, BOLDLY TOLD’: Comedian Kevin Allison hosts the live version of a podcast featuring folks telling real-life stories that they never thought they’d share in public. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 9 p.m. $17-20. Info, 540-0406. WORDSHIPS: FINDING YOUR VOICE; FINDING YOUR COMMUNITY: Guided writing workshops for any and all genres provide an outlet for expression during challenging times. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-3338.

SUN.19 activism

STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE PLANNING GROUP: This social justice subcommittee aims to promote positivity and compassion for all. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., noon. Free. Info, 518-561-6920.


COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS WITH THE CENTER FOR MINDFUL LEARNING: Peaceful people gather for guided meditation and interactive discussions. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5-7 p.m. $10. Info,


BEING IN MOVEMENT: ENHANCING POTENTIAL & EXPRESSION: Sara McMahon guides dancers in a monthly workshop aimed at facilitating a lively interplay between inner connectivity and outer expressivity. Chase Dance Studio, Flynn Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, 652-4537.

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AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM: Low-to-moderateincome seniors get help filing their taxes. Community Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 12:30, 2 & 3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3982. COMMUNITY HU CHANT: Folks of all faiths lift their voices in a spiritual singing session. Eckankar Center, Burlington, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390. MAPLE SUGARING CELEBRATION: A pancake breakfast prepares participants for a lesson on the origin of maple syrup, a tasting session and a live bird presentation. Shelburne Farms, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; $4-8 for breakfast. Info, 985-8686.

fairs & festivals

BURLINGTON IRISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: See WED.15. MAPLE FESTIVAL: From sap to syrup, Vermont’s liquid gold steals the show at this annual family-friendly fête. Middletown Springs Historical Society, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 235-2376.


‘SHANE’: A gunfighter struggles to raise his family amid ongoing conflicts in George Stevens’ visually stunning 1953 western based on Jack Schaefer’s eponymous novel. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 6:30 p.m. $9. Info, 728-6464. WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL: See WED.15.

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PEER-LED MINDFULNESS MEET-UP FOR TEENS: South Burlington High School junior Mika Holtz guides adolescents toward increased awareness through music, movement and other techniques. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 9-10:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 720-427-9340. ‘WASABI, A DRAGON’S TALE’: Using 11 handcrafted marionettes, No Strings Marionette Company brings traditional puppetry to a modern fairy tale about a spunky princess. Barre Opera House, 1 p.m. $7. Info, 476-8188.


‘DIMANCHES’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Parlezvous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.

STORYYOGA: OPEN HOUSE & FUNDRAISER: Folks in recovery learn about opportunities with a nonprofit yoga teacher training program. A gentle stretching session, a Q&A and light refreshments round out the afternoon. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, yoga, noon-1 p.m.; open house, 1-2 p.m. Donations. Info, 373-4558.


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BACH ORGAN MARATHON: Seven players approach the keyboard to pay homage to the German composer. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 1:30-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 223-3631. HINESBURG ARTIST SERIES 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: Guest soloists join the South County Chorus and the Hinesburg Artist Series Orchestra to perform “Magnificat” by John Rutter and “Festival Te Deum” by René Clausen. Hinesburg St. Jude Catholic Church, 4 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-5966.


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MONTPELIER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OPEN REHEARSAL: Questions are welcome as classical connoisseurs witness the orchestra in collaboration with renowned pianist Adam Tendler. First Church in Barre, Universalist, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info,

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PHIL BROWN: Pianist Marie-Hélène Bélanger accompanies the tenor in a recital for Lent and spring, featuring selections by Monteverdi, Poulenc, Schubert and others. United Community Church South Building, St. Johnsbury, 3 p.m. $10; free for students. Info, 633-3043.

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RHYTHM OF LIFE: DRUMMING: Folks keep the beat at a sensory-friendly workshop for families with a child or adult on the autism spectrum. Chase Dance Studio, Flynn Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 863-5966. VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — SUNDAY MATINEE SERIES: Piano soloist Joseph Kalichstein tickles the ivories in works by Mahler, Mozart and Beethoven. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 3 p.m. $10-32. Info, 775-0903. WINDSONG: The classical woodwind quintet carries out a varied program under the library’s glass dome. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 877-2211.


STOWE PINNACLE HIKE: Outdoor adventurers put one foot in front of the other on an easy-tomoderate snowshoe excursion covering 3.6 miles of ground. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info,


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‘ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S ‘WE ARE IN A PLAY’’: Characters from Mo Willems’ best-selling children’s books sing and dance their way through lighthearted challenges in a live-action play presented by Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 3 p.m. $13-23. Info, 603-646-2422.

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ZUMBA FITNESS: High-spirited students dance toward health in an easy-to-follow fitness program set to red-hot international music. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9 a.m. $8-10. Info, 777-7032.

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NIA WITH SUZY: Drawing from martial, dance and healing arts, sensory-based movements push participants to their full potential. South End Studio, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $14. Info, 522-3691.

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‘KIM’S CONVENIENCE’: See WED.15, 2 & 7 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE CHOIR: Global choral works, including 21st-century compositions from Western and non-Western musical traditions, ring out. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.

TEXAS HOLD ’EM TOURNAMENT: Poker-faced players compete at this benefit for Black River High School Project Graduation. American Legion Post 36, Ludlow, 1 p.m. $60 buy-in. Info, vtpokerinfo@

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GAMES PARLOUR: Strategic thinkers bring favorite tabletop competitions to play with others. Champlain Club, Burlington, 2-8 p.m. $5. Info,

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JULIAN LAGE & CHRIS ELDRIDGE: The acoustic guitar duo takes the stage in support of its latest release, Mount Laurel. Aoife O’Donovan opens. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25-38. Info, 877-987-6487.


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A CONTEMPORARY EVENING: Bolshoi Ballet principals, soloists and corps de ballet move to masterful choreography in a broadcast performance. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600.



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PEDAL TO END CANCER: Athletes spin their wheels on stationary bikes to support the American Cancer Society. DJ entertainment, a raffle and food top off the fun. Pulse Cycling Studio, Williston, 9 a.m.-noon. $25; fundraising encouraged. Info, WOMEN’S PICKUP SOCCER: Swift females of varying skill levels shoot for the goal. For ages 18 and up. Rain location: Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center. Soccer fields, Leddy Park, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; $3 for rain location. Info,


JESS ROBINSON: The state archaeologist excavates precontact Native American history in “An Archaeological History of Chittenden County.” Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5403.

BAG SALE: Patrons purchase preowned items by the boatload. First United Methodist Church, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-1151.


HARNESSING THE POWER OF LINKEDIN FOR YOUR BUSINESS: Bosses learn to make the most of the social media service for professionals. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 391-4872.


FRENCH CONNECTIONS : ‘FRANCONNEXIONS’: Three panels highlight the historical, cultural and economic contributions of French Canadians to New England. Livak Room, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $40. Info, 373-1131.














MICHELLE ARNOSKY SHERBURNE: A slide lecture by the local author explores slavery in northern New England and the people who risked everything to help others find freedom. Woodstock History Center, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 457-1822.

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CONTACT IMPROV DANCE: Movers engage in weight AR | T IS RT sharing, play and meditaTS CE E RIE ON S 20 TH RY C tion when exploring this style A NNIVE RS A influenced by aikido and other somatic practices. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, theater 7:30-9:30 p.m. $4. Info, 864-7306. ‘BLACKBERRY WINTER’: See WED.15, 2 p.m. SALSA MONDAYS: Dancers learn the techniques and patterns of salsa, merengue, bachata and cha‘GET SMART’: See FRI.17, 2-4 p.m. cha. North End Studio A, Burlington, fundamentals, ‘GROUNDED’: See WED.15, 5 p.m. 7 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 227-2572. ‘INTO THE WOODS’: Classic Grimm characters WEST AFRICAN DANCE: Live djembe and dundun get entangled in the darker side of fairy tales in drumming drive a family-friendly class with Vermont Family Theatre’s staging of Stephen teacher Seny Daffe of Guinea. Zenbarn Studio, Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical. Orleans Waterbury, 5:30-7 p.m. $10-16; preregister. Info, Municipal Building, 2-5 p.m. $6-15. Info, 754-2187. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘LA TRAVIATA’: See SAT.18, Spaulding Auditorium, education Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, CAMPUS TOUR: From culinary arts to carpentry Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $29. Info, 603-646-2422. to office administration and beyond, prospecWEST RUTLAND VARIETY SHOW: Talented tive students ages 16 through 24 learn about performers take the stage with music, comedy trade training programs. Northlands Job Corps and dance numbers. Proceeds benefit the Rutland Center, Vergennes, 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, County Women’s Network & Shelter. West Rutland 877-0121. Town Hall, 3 p.m. $5-8; $20 per family. Info, 438-2490.

SHORT STORY MEGAPHONE: Community members take turns reading acclaimed works of short fiction aloud in a weekly series. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-2:15 p.m. Free. Info,

MON.20 agriculture

GROUNDSWELL: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT LAND USE, LIVELIHOOD, FOOD & THE FUTURE OF VERMONT: Rural Vermont representatives field feedback about visions for the state’s agricultural economy. A light dinner is served, and farmer and childcare stipends are available. Rutland Free Library, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-7222.

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ADULT AERIAL DANCE CONDITIONING: With or without previous experience, folks forge strength, grace and confidence in the air. North End Studio B, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. $15. Info, 863-6713.




fairs & festivals

CAREER & GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR: Students seeking employment and education opportunities discover a wide range of options. Spartan Athletic Complex, Castleton University, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1339.

food & drink

COOKING WITH ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS: Home cooks learn to whip up dishes that offer relief from arthritis. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-3585. HONEY ROAD RESTAURANT POP-UP: Snacks sustain gourmands who wet their whistles with handpicked wines. Cork Wine Bar & Market, Waterbury, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20; cash bar. Info, VANYA FILIPOVIC TAKEOVER: The Montréal wine importer and sommelier curates and pours a palate-pleasing lineup of natural vinos. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 4-11 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 865-2368.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.15, 7 p.m. MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 6:30-10 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498.

LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: Bring a bag lunch to practice the system of communication using visual gestures. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


health & fitness

BONE BUILDERS: See WED.15, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

GUITAR CLASS: Notes ring out at a six-string lesson for folks in recovery. Instruments are available. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.

MEDITATION FOR A SANE & PEACEFUL WORLD: Those needing respite from the intensity of today’s world find a quiet place for reflection and prayer. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-6203.

MONDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY KIRTAN: Instruments are welcome during call-and-response chanting of mostly Sanskrit mantras in the bhakti yoga tradition. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations. Info,

NIA WITH SUZY: See SUN.19, 7 p.m.

SAMBATUCADA! OPEN REHEARSAL: Newbies are invited to help keep the beat as Burlington’s Brazilian-style street-percussion band sharpens its sound. Instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.

PRESERVING NUTRITION: Home cooks sharpen their skills in the kitchen during a four-part educational series. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.15. TAI CHI: See THU.16. TAI CHI ADVANCED CLASSES: See FRI.17. VERMONT CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE HERBALISM STUDENT HERBAL CLINIC: Third-year interns evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. Burlington Herb Clinic, 4-8 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, ZUMBA: Lively Latin rhythms fuel this dancefitness phenomenon for all experience levels. Vergennes Opera House, 6 p.m. $10. Info, 349-0026.


BABY LAP TIME: Babes up to 24 months experience color, sound and movement through stories, songs, bounces and rhymes. Richmond Free Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. KIDS’ AERIAL FABRIC DANCE CLASS: Adventurous youngsters ages 7 through 12 learn to hang, climb and spin on silks in a high-flying class for all experience levels. North End Studio B, Burlington, 3:15-4:15 p.m. $15. Info, 863-6713. LAB GIRLS: Aspiring scientists learn through hands-on experiments and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. OPEN GYM PLAY GROUP: Parents can socialize while tykes stay active with movement-centered recreation. River Arts, Morrisville, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-1261. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: See THU.16. ROBIN’S NEST NATURE PLAYGROUP: Outdoor pursuits through fields and forests captivate tykes up to age 5 and their parents. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 229-6206. SPANISH MUSICAL KIDS: Amigos keep busy in an interactive class with Constancia Gómez. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. ‘STAR WARS’ CLUB: May the force be with you! Fans of George Lucas’ intergalactic epic bond over common interests. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. STORY TIME & CRAFTS WITH CAITLIN: Creative projects complement themed narratives. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. TEENS’ & TWEENS’ AERIAL FABRIC DANCE CLASS: Adolescents use suspended silks to integrate ground and sky with seamless transitions. North End Studio B, Burlington, 4:15-5:15 p.m. $15. Info, 863-6713.


ADVANCED-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Language learners perfect their pronunciation with guest speakers. Private residence, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONIE FLAG RAISING: Folks fête French-speaking cultures as part of the International Month of Francophonie. Burlington City Hall, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8826.


LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST: Members of the business community connect with lawmakers at this morning meal hosted by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 7:30-9 a.m. $26-46. Info, 863-3489.


FAMILY-TO-FAMILY CLASS: The National Alliance on Mental Illness builds understanding between individuals struggling with psychological health and their loved ones. Call for details. 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7949. SHIFTING WORKSHOP: Cyclists bring their bikes for a lesson on changing gears. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-4475.


HERB CARPENTER: “Astronomy and Cosmology at 30 City” captures listeners’ interest. 30 City Place, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-5279. TANEEM HUSAIN: “Love, Romance and the ‘Good’ Muslim Woman,” presented as part of Castleton University’s Women’s History Month activities, captures listeners’ attention. 1787 Room, Campus Center, Castleton University, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 800-639-8521.




MONDAYS AT THE IMPROV: Emerging entertainers express themselves through theater games and acting techniques for onstage and off. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373.


BOOK SALE: Readers of all ages bag bargain titles. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. THIRD MONDAYS OPEN-GENRE WORKSHOP: Penmen and -women zero in on elements of craft in works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry submitted by Burlington Writers Workshop Members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

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VERMONT BUSINESSES FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY NETWORKING GET-TOGETHER: Like-minded professionals merge to discuss employee well-being and management. The Alchemist, Stowe Brewery & Visitor Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10;

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TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO: Players cover squares and dip into refreshments. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 6 p.m. $5 per card. Info, 223-3322.

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RUTLAND REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER: Area professionals network over hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. LaFlammes Furniture Mall, Rutland, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-2747.

BRANDON FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Hop to it! Get fit with strength, endurance, agility and coordination exercises. Otter Valley North Campus Gym, Brandon, 5-6 p.m. $12. Info, 343-7160.

TUESDAY VOLUNTEER NIGHTS: Helping hands pitch in around the shop by organizing parts, moving bikes and tackling other projects. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.

DE-STRESS YOGA: A relaxing and challenging class lets healthy bodies unplug and unwind. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 5:45-7 p.m. $14. Info, 434-8401.


COLORING FOR GROWN-UPS: Stress melts away as participants put colored pencils to paper. Snacks and supplies are provided. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. OPEN CRAFT NIGHT: Creative sparks fly in the studio as attendees whip out woven wall hangings and crochet, knitting and sewing projects. Nido Fabric & Yarn, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 881-0068.


BEGINNER WEST COAST SWING & FUSION DANCING: Pupils get schooled in the fundamentals of partner dance. North End Studio B, Burlington, 8-9 p.m. $11-16. Info, INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED WEST COAST SWING: Fun-loving folks learn the smooth, sexy stylings of modern swing dance. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $11-16. Info, burlingtonwestie@ SWING DANCING: Quick-footed participants experiment with different forms, including the Lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


‘ALIVE INSIDE’: A 2014 documentary follows a nonprofit founder as he fights to have music recognized for its ability to combat memory loss. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 649-2200.

KNIGHTS OF THE MYSTIC MOVIE CLUB: Cinema hounds view campy features at this ode to offbeat productions. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 356-2776.

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A MOSAIC OF FLAVOR: BOSNIAN SOGAN DOLMA & TUFAHIJE: A seasoned cook demonstrates how to prepare traditional dishes. McClure Multigenerational Center, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 861-9753.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.15, 7 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Sam Louie

Book Signing & Reception

FELDENKRAIS: AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT: Whether you consider it relaxing exercise or active meditation, this experience can reduce pain and increase mobility. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $15; free for first-timers; preregister. Info, 735-3770.

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FITNESS FLOW YOGA: See FRI.17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. GETTING READY FOR AN ACTIVE SUMMER: Strength, agility, coordination and heart-healthy exercises are modified for folks of all ability levels. Charlotte Senior Center, 9:15-10 a.m. $10. Info, 343-7160.

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HERB TASTING GROUP: HONING OUR SENSES & INTUITION: Blind taste tests prompt herbalists to note flavors, physical reactions and natural impressions of various medicinal plants. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info,

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PEACEFUL WARRIOR KARATE: Martial-arts training promotes healthy living for those in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.

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R.I.P.P.E.D.: See SAT.18, 6-7 p.m. STRETCH & SIP YOGA WITH LIVE MUSIC: Tunes by Ousmane energize participants for a flow yoga practice suitable for all levels. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 6-7:15 p.m. $15-20. Info, studio@ TAI CHI BEGINNER CLASS: See THU.16.

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ZUMBA WITH ALLISON: Conditioning is disguised as a party at this rhythm-driven workout session. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $10. Info, 227-7221.


MUSIC & MOVEMENT: Infants through preschoolers sing and swing to the beat. River Arts, Morrisville, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-1261. PRESCHOOL MUSIC: Melody makers ages 3 through 5 sing and dance into the afternoon. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 11:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 264-5660. PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR: SPRING: Imaginations blossom when kids up to age 6 engage in themed tales and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. READ TO A DOG: Tots share stories with a lovable pooch. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. READ TO DAISY: Budding bookworms join a friendly canine for ear-catching narratives. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. READ TO WILLY WONKA THE VOLUNTEER THERAPY DOG: Kiddos cozy up for story time with the library’s furry friend. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4:15-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. SPANISH MUSICAL KIDS: Amigos ages 1 through 5 learn Latin American songs and games with Constancia Gómez, a native Argentinian. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. STORY TIME FOR BABIES & TODDLERS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of children and their caregivers. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. STORY TIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and early math tasks work youngsters’ mental muscles. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. TUE.21

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COOKING EMPANADAS WITH GLADYS: Foodies fill pastries with a variety of savory ingredients to make this authentic Latin American dish. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.

University of Vermont Dudley H. Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom


‘THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN’: Residents of an oppressed peasant village hire a band of gunfighters to defend their homes in this American Western starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018.

Slanted Eyes: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


‘BROKEN ON ALL SIDES: RACE, MASS INCARCERATION AND NEW VISIONS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN THE U.S.’: Representatives from Justice for All, Black Lives Matter Vermont and Central VT Showing Up for Racial Justice are on hand for a discussion and screening of this hard-hitting 2012 documentary. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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TODDLER STORY TIME: Good listeners up to 3 years old have fun with music, rhymes, snacks and captivating tales. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.


‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. New Moon Café, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431. SOCIAL GATHERING: Those who are deaf or hard of hearing or want to learn American Sign Language get together to break down communication barriers. The North Branch Café, Montpelier, 4-6 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 595-4001.


OPEN JAM SESSION: Musicians follow the flow and explore sound together. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.


HOME-BUYING SEMINAR: Property-purchasing experts walk potential homeowners through the process of acquiring a new abode. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0406.


‘CHANGE THE STORY VT: ADVANCING WOMEN, FUELING THE ECONOMY’: A panel discussion hosted by the Greater Burlington Women’s Forum focuses on Vermont women in leadership in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Networking follows. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, noon-1:15 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info,



JANE GUILTINAN: The talk “Naturopathic Medicine 101: Applying the Healing Powers of Nature to Create, Restore and Maintain a Healthy You” is just what the doctor ordered. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2356. KATHRYN WOODS: Drawing on the famed abolitionist’s own words, speeches and songs, the speaker tells the story of Sojourner Truth in “A Woman, Ain’t I?” South Burlington Community Library, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. PHIL DAVIDSON: The Navy admiral captivates listeners with “Junior Officers Leading in the Fleet,” presented as part of the Todd Lecture Series. Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2633. TEDDY CRUZ & FONNA FORMAN: “Cross-Border Citizens” questions traditional definitions of boundaries. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, 4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 502-443-6433.




‘GROUNDED’: See WED.15, 7:30 p.m.


BOOK SALE: See MON.20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. MEMOIR WRITING GROUP FOR SENIORS: Wordsmiths write their way from childhood to present day, drawing on personal objects and photos for inspiration. Call for details. Cathedral Square, Burlington, 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 859-8849. POETRY CLINIC: Writers keep their pens and minds in motion with generative exercises and respectful critiques. River Arts, Morrisville, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. SEARCH FOR MEANING DISCUSSION GROUP: Readers reflect on The Disappearance of the

Universe: Straight Talk About Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics and the Miracles of Forgiveness by Gary R. Renard. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. WINE & STORY OPEN MIC: Prompts trigger firstperson narratives told to a live audience. Shelburne Vineyard, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 863-1754.

‘UNBROKEN GROUND’: Food production is a main ingredient in climate change, according to a 2016 documentary. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


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COMMUNITY MEAL: Diners dig into a hot lunch. United Church of Johnson, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2356. COMMUNITY SUPPER: See WED.15.

WED.22 activism

NONVIOLENT ACTIVISM 101: Community members explore strategies for addressing oppression without the use of physical force. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $15-20; free for people under 25; preregister; limited space. Info, 863-2345. WATER IS LIFE MARCH: Demonstrators march down College Street to show their solidarity with the water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. University of Vermont Waterman Building, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. Free. Info, contact@waterislifemove

INTRODUCTION TO SOURDOUGH: Brotbakery’s Heike Meyer breaks down the steps of making naturally leavened loaves with a fermented culture. City Market/Onion River Co-op, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 861-9753. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: See WED.15. WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET: See WED.15.


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SOCIAL MEDIA MADE SIMPLE: Business owners learn to parlay posts on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms into money in the bank. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 391-4872.

EMBODYING PRACTICE: Robert Kest dives into the role of the physical form in meditation and mindfulness. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@ EPIC MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: See WED.15. EVERY WEDNESDAY, EVERYONE TAI CHI: See WED.15. GENTLE TAI CHI: See WED.15. GINGER’S FITNESS BOOT CAMP: See WED.15.



BURLINGTON BIKE BABES OPEN SHOP NIGHT: Those who identify as female or nonbinary come first at a drop-in bicycle repair session with seasoned mechanics. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 863-4475.

INTRODUCTORY FELDENKRAIS CLASS: This exercise therapy method improves students’ mental state and mobility. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 249-0861. NIA WITH LINDA: See WED.15.





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WORLD WATER DAY: Student art sets the stage for a visual presentation on green technology by Lake Champlain Sea Grant Green Infrastructure Collaboration’s Rebecca Tharp. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1414.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SOUND BATH: Draw in the good vibrations of gongs, bowls and didgeridoos — a relaxing sonic massage to get you through the week. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $15. Info, 510-697-7790.



NURSING BEYOND A YEAR MEET-UP: Breastfeeding parents connect over toddler topics such as weaning and healthy eating habits. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-8228. RUTLAND DEATH CAFÉ: Men and women discuss issues related to the end of life. Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center, Rutland, 7-9 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 353-6991.


AN EVENING OF WORDS & MUSIC: The Farmers Night Concert Series continues with compelling melodies and readings by Vermont College of Fine Arts alumni artists. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2228. THE JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW: Musicians channel the Man in Black through renditions of his iconic songs. Chaplain Mark Fay’s presentation “The Real Story of How Johnny Cash Overcame His Addiction” complements the concert. Community Bible Church, South Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info,







I CHING: Instructor Baylen demonstrates the ancient Chinese oracle used for insight and guidance in a five-part series. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. SIMPLE STRATEGIES FOR NAVIGATING DIVORCE EMOTIONALLY & FINANCIALLY WITH EASE: Participants prepare for the roller coaster that can accompany the end of marriage, from dividing assets to sharing children. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.




DON HOLLY: Java lovers perk up for “Dark, Bitter, Sweet and Aromatic — A Social History of Coffee.” A brief tasting follows. See calendar spotlight. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, noon. Regular admission, $3-10; free for members, faculty, staff, students and kids 6 and under. Info, 656-0750. EVERY WOMAN HAS A STORY: See WED.15. JEREMY DESILVA: The associate professor unearths elements of the past in “The Complete Evolutionary History of Bipedalism: What New Fossils From South Africa Are Revealing.” Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. THE SPARK OF CREATIVITY: CONVERSATION SERIES: Fran Stoddard moderates a discussion between Michael Metz, Cairn Cross and Seven Days’ Pamela Polston, who consider the topic “Fearless Entrepreneurism.” All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-8686.






‘BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON’: A lively musical presented by the Castleton University Department of Theater Arts follows America’s seventh president from his early days as a child on the wild frontier to his controversial reign in the White House. Casella Theater, Castleton University, 7-9 p.m. $10-15. Info, 468-1373.


‘GROUNDED’: See WED.15, 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.



LEGO FUN: Creative kids in grades K and up build unique structures with brightly colored pieces. Kids under 5 require adult supervision. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


‘FALLINGWATER: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S MASTERWORK’: Shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, this 2011 documentary opens the door to the house considered to be one of the 20th century’s greatest. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, adfilmseries@

YOUNG WRITERS & STORYTELLERS: Kindergartners through fifth graders practice crafting narratives. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.

MOVIE: Snacks are provided at a showing of a popular flick. Call for details. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.




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astrology ASTROLOGY AT RAILYARD: 30-minute or 1-hour astrology readings: Sat., 1-3:30 p.m., must preregister. Astrology Series, come for one or all: Sun., Mar. 12-Apr. 9, 3-4:30 p.m. Embodied Dream Work private sessions with Janis: Fri., contact studio for appointment. Monthly Astrologers Meet-Up: Apr 6, 7-8:30 p.m., free! See website for details and registration. See website for schedule. Location: Railyard, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 318-6050,,







ADULT: BEGINNER CLAY: Instructor: Rik Rolla. Learn how to throw clay on the wheel. Explore centering, throwing, trimming and glazing. Gain confidence with hands on demonstrations and one-on-one time with the instructor. Leave with several finished pieces. Gas reduction kiln and electric oxidation kiln are available for firing. Fri., Apr. 7-Jun. 2, 10 a.m.noon, no class Apr. 28. Cost: $335/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. ADULT: COLOR THEORY: Instructor: Dana Heffern. Explore advanced color theory using Munsill’s Color Theory Workbook. Gain an understanding of ambience, atmosphere, clash, vibration and other color perceptions through guided experiments and lively class discussions. Then develop your own style with how color can create environment, mood and a sense of aesthetics. Fri., Apr. 7-Jun. 2, 10 a.m.-noon, no class Apr. 28. Cost: $248/

person; member discount avail.; you purchase book & materials. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. ADULT: DRAWING: Instructor: Misoo Filan. Learn fundamental skills of observational drawing. Explore technical and conceptual foundation of drawing using a variety of drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal, pen and ink. Develop personal goals while examining creative concepts through demonstrations, including drawing from a model in the final class. Materials not included. Mon., Apr. 3-Jun. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, no class Apr. 24 or May 29. Cost: $258/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. ADULT: INTRO TO INK: Instructor: Misoo Filan. Learn the fundamental skills of ink drawing. Explore technical basics through observational drawing, still life, landscape and abstract design concepts. Gain confidence with composition and surface manipulation by trying out different kinds of ink and discovering new ways to create with the medium. Materials not included. Mon., Apr. 3-Jun. 5, 1-3 p.m., no class Apr. 24 or May 29. Cost: $248/ person; member discount avail.; you purchase materials. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. ADULT: METALS 1: This class will focus on jewelry design, small sculpture or functional art. Students will complete several practice pieces before designing and creating wearable finished pieces out of sterling silver. There will be weekly demonstrations, including sawing, drilling, piercing, annealing, texturing, jump rings, forming and soldering techniques. Instructor: Sarah Sprague. Thu., Apr. 13-Jun. 8, 6-9 p.m., no class Apr. 27. Cost: $427/person; member discount avail. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: METALS INDEPENDENT PROJECT: Instructor: Sarah Sprague. Develop your own signature design with guidance on small metals fabrication ideas. This is a mixed-level studio designed for students who have already taken a metals class and want to gain practice and experience in a metals studio. Thu., Apr. 13-Jun. 8, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., no class Apr. 27. Cost: $365/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. ADULT: MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL: Instructor: Mary Sweeney. Further develop the fundamentals of wheel throwing. Explore techniques through demonstrations and hands-on assistance. You set the pace and gain experience through guided individualized practice. Gas reduction kiln and electric oxidation kiln are available for firing, including an option to explore other firing methods. Tue., Apr. 4-May 30, 6-8 p.m., no class Apr. 25. Cost: $335/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. ADULT: PAINTING IN OIL: Instructor: Brooke Monte. Develop confidence in composition, color, layering and mixing using oil paints. Designed for beginners. Students will use still life setups to explore techniques ranging from layout and surface preparation to a variety of brush work, including wet into wet, scrubs and glazing.

Materials are not included. Wed., Apr. 5-May 31, 12:30-2:30 p.m., no class Apr. 26. Cost: $248/person; member discount avail.; you purchase materials. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. ADULT: SHAKER HALL TABLE: Instructor: Chris Ramos. A comprehensive introduction to woodworking, this course explores basic principles of lumber selection, hand-tool and machinery usage, milling, joinery and finishing. You will build a Shaker-style hall table, taking the project from blueprint through completion, while gaining familiarity with the wood shop environment. Wed., Apr. 5-Jun. 14, 6-9 p.m., no class Apr. 26. Cost: $565/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: Sage Tucker-Ketcham, 9853648,, ADULT: STAINED GLASS: Instructor: Sarah Sprague. This class will teach you the copper-foil stained-glass method pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Begin with a project that introduces you to pattern selection and creation using different types of glass as well as cutting and fitting glass pieces, then learn how to foil and solder. Thu., Apr. 13-Jun. 8, 3-5 p.m., no class Apr. 27. Cost: $365/person; member discount avail. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: Sage TuckerKetcham, 985-3648, info@,

BLACKSMITHING 1: Instructor: Robert Wetzel. Using a forge, you will learn basic blacksmith techniques from building and maintaining a fire to hammer control. Students will create hooks, pokers and small leaves during this two-day workshop. Sat. & Sun., May 27-May 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $235/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. WORKSHOP: BRANCH TO SPOON: Instructor: Rob Palmer. Learn to carve spoons from locally sourced green wood using hand tools and traditional Swedish carving methods at Rokeby Museum. Learn to identify appropriate species of wood for carving spoons and other utensils. Learn about the anatomy of a spoon and carving safety and techniques. Sat. Jun. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $160/workshop; incl. materials & a set of carving tools to take home. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. WORKSHOP: PASTELS: Instructor: Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc, CPS. Explore bold landscapes with pastels. Working from sketches and photos, students will experiment with color and design. Demonstrations and a variety of instructor-guided approaches, critiques, at-easel assistance and lots of painting time will make this an educational and enjoyable painting experience. All levels welcome. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $100/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org. WORKSHOP: RELIEF PRINTMAKING: Instructor: Noah Lagle. Come home with a lovely set of carving tools and an edition of test and final prints made from your own carved wood and linoleum blocks. In this introductory workshop, learn about printmaking and design and how to make relief prints. Sat., Jun 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $155/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, WORKSHOP: STAINED GLASS: Instructor: Sarah Sprague. This is a one-day stained glass workshop. Learn to select glass and colors, cut glass and apply copper foil, and solder as you work on a small colorful glass design for hanging in your window. All materials will be supplied. Bring a brown bag lunch. Sat., May 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $163.50/

person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: The Shelburne Craft School , 985-3648, info@, WORKSHOP: TOWN & COUNTRY: Instructor: John Brickels. Create one-of-a-kind, wall-mounted buildings and barns using slab and extruded clay. Students will learn how to use this celebrated ceramicist’s signature mocha colored clay and will explore the many techniques for creating a country-inspired, wall-mounted sculpture. Sun., Jun. 4, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $110/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, WORKSHOP: WATERCOLORS: Instructor: Joel Popadics. Explore the vistas of the Shelburne region and enjoy en-plein-air watercolor painting with renowned watercolorist Joel Popadics. Each day, participants will meet at different locations, and Joel will offer the group??two brief painting demonstrations followed by an opportunity to paint and apply technique with individual instruction. Mon.-Fri:, Aug. 7-11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $650/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@theshelburnecraftschool. org, theshelburnecraftschool. org.

cultural festival CULTURAL FESTIVAL: The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) and Saint Michael’s College will present Matsuri ‘17, a Japanese cultural festival that includes arts, crafts, music, food, demos, performances, games, prizes and much more. This year is special: A Noh performer was invited from Japan and will perform a solo traditional dance on stage. Sun., Mar. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $5/students & seniors; $20/family; free/ JASV members & kids under 5. Location: St. Michael’s College, Ross Sports Center, Colchester.

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wed., 6 p.m. $15/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 5981077, DJ SMART LIVE DANCE CLASS: Amazing opportunity to dance with DJ Smart, a brilliant performer and one of today’s most


versatile and gifted dancers. Interactive, large-screen class: Instructors and students see each other and communicate. Get big-city dance instruction without the travel, big-city costs and huge class size. Limit 25. Reserve now! 383-8468,, Fri., Mar. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $25/1-hour interactive class. Location: Arabesque Etc. at Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge St. , Richmond. Info: Martina Price, 383-8468, arabesqueetcdance@, DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Jon Bacon, 355-1818, crandalltyler@, LEARN TO DANCE WITH A PARTNER!: Come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but

intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4-week class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

drumming DJEMBE & TAIKO: Classes in Burlington, Hyde Park and Montpelier. Drums provided. Classes for adults (also for kids with parents) Mon., Tue. & Wed. in Burlington. Wed. a.m. or Friday a.m. in Hyde Park. Thu. in Montpelier. Most classes are in the evenings or after school. Conga classes, too! Visit our schedule and register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington; Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin; Moonlight Studios, 1670 Cleveland Corners Rd., Hyde Park. Info: 999-4255,

Feldenkrais RELAX YOUR NECK AND JAW FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: Come and enjoy finding some simple, easy movements that will relax your neck and improve your smile! Gillian Franks is a

Feldenkrais practitioner, and will she verbally guide the class to find the ways to uncrunch your neck and release the tension in your jaw that life with computers, phones and even books and writing have created. Register online. Sat., Mar. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25/ person. Location: The Wellness Collective, 431 Pine St., Maltex Building, Burlington. Info: 6550950,

financial DOWNSTREET SMART START WORKSHOPS: For those who want to build or repair their credit, create a budget and get their finances in order, our Smart Start Workshop is the perfect place to Start! Learn about how to set a S.M.A.R.T. budget and stick to it, moneysaving tips, understanding your credit report, and building or improving credit. 477-1341, Sat., Apr. 1, 9.a.m.-1 p.m. Signup deadline is Mar. 20. Cost: $99/person. Location: Downstreet Housing and Community Development, 22 Keith Ave., Barre. Info: Kira, 477-1341,

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JUST MOVE! BODY, BREATH, & BEAT WITH SAKSHI KEETON: Just move! Inspired Dance is a free-form movement exploration unifying our innate body intelligence with beat, breath and space. Through this practice, participants are able to investigate who they are and how they move in the world, both literally and metaphorically as reflected through their spontaneous dance. No dance experience is necessary, just a desire to engage with yourself and just move! This two-week class can be taken individually or as a series. Fri., Mar. 24, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, MUSIC TOGETHER WITH ALISON MOTT: Bring your babies to five-year olds and join Alison in singing, dancing and playing drums, bells, shakers and triangles. The whole family makes music together in these joyful classes, based on the


recognition that all children are musical. Join a community of families sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants and movement in a relaxed, playful non-performance-oriented setting. Mon., Apr. 3-Jun. 12, 9:3010:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m. Cost: $136/10 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, MUSICAL THEATER COMPOSITION: Students bring in and discuss ideas for their own musical theater storyline, including a song to incorporate into their musical. This will be a collaborative composition with the goal of creating a musical theater piece. Students are guided through the process of establishing melody, lyrics and basic harmonic accompaniment for their song. Instructors: Randal Pierce and Trish Denton. Fri., Mar. 17-Apr. 21, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $150/6 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548,

gardening HOW TO GROW MORE IN LESS: Gardening more efficiently in a smaller space makes sense not only to reduce your work, but also to grow more plants. Call

or register online. Sat., Apr. 1, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505, PERENNIAL VEGETABLES: Perennials can be more than just beautiful flowers. Learn about edible perennial vegetables that thrive in Vermont. Call or go online to register. Sat., Mar. 25, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15/ person. Location: Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505, gardeners-supply-stores. VERMONT FLOWER WORKSHOPS: What could be more fun than spending a day on a small cut-flower farm, playing with freshly cut flowers, working and learning with like-minded people? Truly, this becomes an unforgettable outing. Many delightful workshops are available throughout the season. Fabulous Vermont Flower Workshops are the ultimate gift idea! Apr. through Sep. Cost: $145/half day & full day. Location: Maple Flower Farm, 3340 Christian Hill, Bethel. Info: Liz Krieg, 234-6576,, HELEN DAY ART CENTER

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martial arts INTRO TO COMICS: Instructor: Stephanie Zuppo. We’ll cover the basics of making a comic or graphic novel: character design, script writing, page layout, drawing and a plot twist. Sat., Mar. 18, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $50/person; $40/members. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,,





MAKING YOUR BEST WORK: ABSTRACT PAINTING: Explore color relationships, composition and mark making with an eye towards making fresh, bold paintings that surprise and inspire us. Instructor: Galen Cheney. Sat., Mar. 25, 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Cost: $125/person; $100/members. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,,

kids CAMP PAW PAW AT HSCC: Camp Paw Paw offers a unique learning experience for children who share one thing in common: their love for animals. Camp sessions are for kids ages 7-12 and start on Jul. 10. Please visit our website for more information: Camp-Paw-Paw. Sessions start Jul. 10-Aug. 18. Cost: $390/ session. Location: Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington. Info: Erin Alamed, 862-0135-14, erina@,

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this spring. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Also lessons for young children; they love it! Our 11th year. See our website or contact

ACHIEVE YOUR POTENTIAL: Come to Wu Xing Chinese Martial Arts. Join other thoughtful, intelligent adults to learn and practice Tai Chi, Kung Fu, meditation and dynamic physical exercises. Maximize your mental tranquility and clarity, physical health and fitness, and self-confidence. For people who never thought this would be for them. Fri., 6-7 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m.; Tue., 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $15/1-hour class; $50/mo. (incl. all classes offered); $5/trial class. Location: 303 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 355-1301, info@, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a Martial Arts Combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu selfdefense curriculum is taught to Navy Seals, CIA, FBI, Military Police and Special Forces. No training experience required. Easy-to-learn techniques that could save your life! Classes for men, women and children. Students will learn realistic bully-proofing and self-defense life skills to avoid them becoming victims and help them feel safe and secure. Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them realistic martial arts training practices they can carry with them thoroughout life. IBJJF & CBJJ Certified Black Belt 6th Degree Instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr.: teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil! A five-time Brazilian National Champion; International World Masters Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Iimitations. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839, julio@,

massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: This 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 five-element theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology are taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. Begins Sep. 2017. Cost: $5,000/600-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Scott Moylan, 288-8160, scott@, e

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: 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. Shambhala Cafe (meditation and discussions) meets the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Sunday of each month, noon-2 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

music SUMMIT SCHOOL SPRING CLASSES: Registration is now open! The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents classes in Old-Time Fiddle, OldTime Banjo, Dance, American Harmony Singing, Songwriting Workshop, Afro-Cuban and Hatian Drumming, Singing for Kids and Families, Blues Guitar, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Swedish Fiddle, Breton Dance Music, and more! Evening classes begin Mar. 6. 60-90-min. classes. Location: Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier. Info: The Summit School of Traditioanl Music and Culture, Dana Robinson, 793-3016, director@,

psychology INTRODUCTION TO DREAMWORK: Learn how to work with your dreams, connect to your inner life and empower yourself in a safe, supportive setting. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Apr. 4, 11& 25 & May 2, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences,

55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

spirituality SURVIVE SPIRITUALLY IN OUR TIMES: As we face the many challenges in our lives today, how can we stay uplifted and keep a spiritual focus? This onehour workshop will explore how to keep a balanced perspective in stressful situations and learn simple spiritual exercises that can help us thrive spiritually in a changing world. Hosted by Eckankar. Tue., Mar. 28, 6:307:30 p.m. Location: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington. Info: Eckankar of Vermont, 800-772-9390,,

tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: 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. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902,

women STRENGTH TRAINING AT UVM: Are you interested in strength and conditioning to gain overall physical fitness? UVM Campus Recreation’s Strength School offers professional coaching in a smaller, supportive group

environment in our Women on Weights and our CatFit classes. They run in six-week sessions and meet twice a week. Schedule varies. Cost varies. One-hour classes meet twice a week for six weeks. Location: Athletic/Rec Complex at UVM, 97 Spear St., Burlington. Info: UVM Campus Recreation, 656-4485,,

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: Evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers yoga classes for everyone from beginner to expert. Choose from a wide variety of drop-in classes, series and workshops in Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Gentle, Vigorous, Yoga on the Lake, Yoga Wall, Therapeutics, and Alignment. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/class; $140/10-class card; $5-10/ community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, HONEST YOGA: Honest yoga offers practices for all levels. We just expanded to have two practice spaces! Your children can practice in one room while you practice in the other. No need for childcare. Yoga and dance classes ages 3 months and up. Brand-new beginners’ course: This includes two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily heated and alignment classes kids classes in yoga and dance, pre- and postnatal yoga. We hold yoga teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels,

as well as children and dance teacher training courses. Daily classes & workshops. $50/new student (1 month unlimited); $18/class; $140/10-class card; $15/class for student or senior; or $110/10-class punch card; $135/mo. adult memberships; $99/mo. kid memberships. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Hana, South Burlington. Info: 497-0136, honestyogastudio@, honestyogacenter. com. NONPROFIT, DONATION-BASED YOGA: Burlington’s only nonprofit, donation-based studio offering yoga at two downtown locations. Sangha Studio hosts over 60 weekly classes, workshops, and special events. Offering free yoga service initiatives and outreach programs at organizations in the community. Become a Sustaining Member for $60/month. Daily. Location: Sangha Studio, 120 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Caitlin Pascucci, 448-4262,, RAILYARD YOGA STUDIO: We are a studio committed to teaching the classical traditions of Kundalini Yoga and Dharma Yoga. Clearing Subconscious Kundalini Yoga Series with Sukhpran: Tue. in Mar., 7:15-8:45 p.m. Women’s Teachings for Radiance, Health and Invincibility Workshop with Sukhpran: Sat., Apr. 15, 4-6 p.m. Kundalini Yoga (new time!): Thu., 7 p.m., with Mansukh. Dharma Yoga: Tue., 5:30 p.m., with Amy. Life Force Dance: Fri., 6-7 p.m., with Silvia. See website for schedule. Location: Railyard Yoga Studio, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 318-6050,, WE RISE SERIES: The We Rise Series is designed to extract the roots of oppression from our hearts, minds, bodies and culture. Through a yogic lens, recognize how the forces of oppression manifest within us and begin the work to dismantle them. Together, let us move toward the liberation of all beings. Sun., Feb. 19, Mar. 12, Apr. 16, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $45/series; scholarships & sliding fees avail.; all are welcome. Location: Laughing River Yoga, 1 Mill St., Suite 126, Chace Mill, Burlington. Info: Emily Garrett, 343-8119,, YOGA ROOTS: Join us at our Shelburne studio flooded with natural light, and feel safe, seen and heard. Since 2013, Yoga Roots has stayed true to being rooted in the healing traditions of yoga, welcoming people wherever they are, from never evers to experienced yogis. We offer daily classes, workshops and series. Daily; see website for schedule. Location: Yoga Roots, 120 Graham Way, Suite 140, Shelburne. Info: Lynn Alpeter, 399-4956, info@yogarootsvt. com,

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One Man’s Trash “TRASHburgh” revels in the seedy side of Plattsburgh B Y JORD A N AD AMS


lattsburgh, N.Y. musician Matthew Hall has a mastery over basic concepts such as time, dates and question for you: How poopy is your butt? No, geography. seriously. The question is repeatedly asked in Hall is active in the Lake City’s music and nightlife interviews throughout the first two seasons scenes and has his hands in a plethora of creative projof his web series, “TRASHburgh.” The program plays ects. Aside from “TRASHburgh,” he plays in punk bands like a loosely structured variety show, schizophreni- Bren, Comrade Nixon and his semi-solo folk-punk cally darting among sketch comedy, bizarre animation, project, Marco Polio. He also raps and makes beats for musical elements and man-on-the-street interviews. the hip-hop collective the Plattsburgh Home Team. He Some segments are mere seconds long, which makes the operates the independent music blog DIY Plattsburgh show feel a bit like channel surfing, but without actually and founded the cassette-tape label Rat Pâté Records. changing the channel. He seems well-known as a go-to guy for “TRASHburgh” bills itself as celemusic happenings. Before Hall can even brating “the trashier side of Plattsburgh,” sit down for the interview, an enthusiaswhich suggests that the city itself is the tic, almost ravenous fan accosts him to main focus. But the show is really more talk shop. like a window into some of the city’s Hall moved to Plattsburgh from most interesting creative people. The his native Syracuse in 2010, seeking Season 2 finale of “TRASHburgh” apa smaller, less chaotic city. He found pears on YouTube on Tuesday, March 21. Plattsburgh’s size manageable and its In a recent interview with Seven Days proximity to other desirable cities apMAT T H E W H AL L at a funky Plattsburgh coffeehouse, Hall pealing. He also likes its grittiness. Hall is quick to define what he means when isn’t sure if he coined the nickname he refers to his city as “trashy.” In his mind, he’s reclaim- “Trashburgh,” though he claims he’d never heard it in ing the term, “taking ownership of it in a certain way, the local lexicon. where it’s not such a pejorative.” Trashiness has been of interest to Hall most of his life. “Plattsburgh’s pretty scrappy,” he explains. “It’s He recalls being equally enamored of John Waters and rough around the edges. It’s not too posh or polished.” Jerry Springer while growing up. He adds that his web Hall, 29, is slight and scruffy, and sports a green-and- series draws inspiration from the old-school New York purple flannel shirt and a baseball cap that reads “Steel City public access television series “Midnight Blue,” as Force.” He’s a bit spacey and takes long pauses to shore well as MTV’s “Liquid Television” and Nickelodeon’s up his responses. He brazenly admits to holding little “KaBlam!” One might also see some similarities between


various late-night programming on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. “TRASHburgh” began as an exercise for Hall to sharpen his videography and editing skills — and sharpen he has. He’s been able to use those new skills in his day job at the North Country Food Co-op. Hall mostly appears on screen as the show’s host, an amplified version of himself at his worst. He mumbles into the microphone, staring vacantly and bleary-eyed into the camera, as if he’s simultaneously battling a nervous breakdown and the worst hangover of his life. He’s barely able to string a sentence together, sipping Black Velvet from a flask as he introduces various segments. This downtrodden persona is, in fact, based somewhat in reality. Hall recalls his mental and emotional state when “TRASHburgh” was first gestating in 2015. “I was severely depressed and definitely drinking too much and just not in a good place at all,” he recalls. “[I was] having these dark, suicidal thoughts,” he continues, calling the period “one of the darkest times of my life.” “I was definitely exploiting that a little bit and trying to make light of it,” says Hall of his not-quite alter ego on the show. He is without a doubt the creator of “TRASHburgh,” though he doesn’t necessarily define himself that way. “I feel like I’m more of a coordinator,” says Hall. His main responsibilities are hosting, shooting and editing. His creative associates conceptualize and pitch almost all of the show’s content. In fact, many of the bits are conceived ONE MAN’S TRASH

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in Burlington leading up to the day of green, Friday, March 17. The BRAYZEN HEADS, a traditional barroom duo out of Orlando, Fla., are in the midst of a five-night run. Originally from Dublin, they’ve played more than 4,000 shows since the early 2000s. I suppose playing seven nights per week at Walt Disney World for years helps bolster one’s scorecard. You’ve got four more chances to join the foot-stomping fun this Wednesday through Saturday, March 15 to 18. Also taking the stage is Celtic printmaker and bodhrán player REAGH GREENLEAF JR., on Thursday, March 16. The X-RAYS perform on Paddy’s Day proper.

Some exciting things are happening on the other side of Lake Champlain. Plattsburgh-based musician MATTHEW HALL (COMRADE NIXON, BREN, MARCO POLIO), a champion of his local scene, just announced two new weekly music happenings at Monopole. You can read all about Hall and his web series, “TRASHburgh,” in this week’s music feature on page 64. In a recent Facebook post announcing the series, Hall wrote that this new series is a slow burn, and that he’s aiming to build something sustainable for the Plattsburgh music community. He also mentioned in an interview with Seven Days that he hopes the series’ earlier start time of 9 p.m. entices both performers and patrons. (Shows at Monopole usually start at 10 p.m.) The two new music happenings alternate on Thursdays beginning in April. First to debut is “New Sounds,” which promises to be a low-key affair featuring singer-songwriters, folk musicians and pop-oriented acts. The current lineup includes singersongwriter KEVIN LEWIS on April 6, reggae band LAST NUGG on April 20, North Country folk singer JON WAGAR AND FRIENDS on May 4 and epic folk-rocker WILLIAM HALE on May 18. The other series, “Deconstruction” aims to be more earsplitting. This one’s all about the metal, punk and experimental acts. The initial lineup includes Burlington’s doom-metal band KIEFCATCHER on April 13, punks MODEL 97 on May 11 and thrash-metal band EXECUTIVE DISORDER on May 25. June dates are up for grabs, so if you’re looking to get involved with either series, check out diyplattsburgh., the hub for independent music in the Lake City. Oh, by the way, Hall’s band Comrade Nixon play on Wednesday, March 22, at Radio Bean in Burlington.

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A storm is coming. No, not another Nor’easter. I’m talking about the yearly maelstrom of binge drinking and misplaced aggression that is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s probably my least favorite holiday. I feel like it combines Halloween’s ubiquity with Independence Day’s righteous fervor. But it excludes what makes those two holidays actually fun — costumes and explosions. Maybe it’s just that I have a really, really low tolerance for drunken hordes. Maybe I’m just a curmudgeon. Anyway… There’s a pretty kickass lineup of Irish music this week at Rí Rá Irish Pub


If that’s not enough to quench your thirst for Irish jams, you might head across the street on Friday to Red Square for EVERYBODY’S FAVORITE IRISH DRINKING SONGS BAND. Seven Days’ art director, REV. DIANE SULLIVAN (DIRTY BLONDES), heads a rowdy troupe of merrymakers who lead the crowd in rousing jigs and choruses. The group provides songbooks for an immersive, inclusive experience. And you should come hungry — the band serves hot and buttery baked potatoes. And by “serves,” I mean they hurl them at the audience.

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minutes before shooting, with little to no preparation. Sam Egan, who also plays in Bren and Marco Polio, is one of the show’s most frequent contributors, both on and off screen. He and Hall compose most of the background music. Egan also writes the interview questions, creates the animated sequences and frequently appears with Jessica Rigby as part of the show’s de facto house band, the Super Super Serious Please Don’t Laugh Band. Egan also performs dramatic readings from Speakout, the reader comments section of daily newspaper the PressRepublican. Egan facetiously delivers these testimonials with over-the-top flair, highlighting their inanity and frequently misplaced outrage. Another regular contributor, ex-Plattsburgh resident Justin Passino, writes many of the show’s sketches. In Season 1, he introduces us to Frances Berg, a wackedout weatherman who’s never right about the weather. He also portrays Chaz LOL, a douchebag gamer who thinks he’s hot shit yet can’t seem to get past the first Goomba in Super Mario Bros. Hall finds that taking on a curatorial role is helpful for him and his admitted autocratic tendencies. “I’m a big control freak, so I like to make opportunities for collaborative art,” he says. “Even in that, I still have a hard time letting go.” Season 2 has noticeably better production values than Season 1. Hall purchased a green screen and a fancy, official “TRASHburgh” microphone flag. Another difference is a slightly serialized progression for Hall’s host character. A few episodes into Season 2, an alien or technological entity seems to be controlling what Hall says. Shortly thereafter, Egan declares himself the show’s new host. Next, an imposter has replaced him.

Later on, Hall lies naked, gagged and handcuffed on the floor of his apartment. Most recently, Hall is missing entirely, though his microphone remains alone on his apartment floor. The season seems to be building to some kind of grisly climax. Another of Hall’s favorite interview questions is: “What is the trashiest thing you’ve ever done in Plattsburgh?” He grins sheepishly as the tables are turned on him. He recalls a particular New Year’s Eve performance during which he faked a seizure onstage. By the end of his episode, he’d stripped off his clothes, revealing a makeshift cloth diaper and satin sash. For the rest of the night, he became “Baby New Year.” “Thinking back on it, that was really trashy. I don’t know if I would do that again,” he says. As Season 2 draws to a close, Hall is unsure if a third season is in the cards. He’s currently writing some new comedy material, but he’s not sure if it’s right for “TRASHburgh.” He also thinks maybe he’s taken the trashy thing as far as it can go. “I feel like I’ve been able to explore [trashiness] really deeply, especially in performance,” he says. “I remember getting to a point where I was like, ‘Man, I gotta try something else. I don’t know how much further I can take this without getting into GG Allin territory, where I’m just smearing shit all over myself,’” Hall says. “You can’t be GG. That’s been done. I don’t know how to progress any deeper without regressing.”  Contact:

INFO The season finale of “TRASHburgh” airs on Tuesday, March 21, on YouTube. Comrade Nixon perform on Wednesday, March 22, at Radio Bean in Burlington.




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The 2017 summer concert season is rapidly approaching. Several big-time artists are set to play the Shelburne Museum as part of Ben and Jerry’s Concerts on the Green, courtesy of Higher Ground Presents: CAKE on Saturday, May 27; MY MORNING JACKET on Wednesday, July 12; and ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS on Sunday, July 23. Also, Higher Ground Presents brings the SHINS to Burlington’s Waterfront Park on Sunday, July 30, as part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival — just one

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Congratulations are in order for Burlington-based “grunge” band CLEVER GIRLS! (In an email to Seven Days, the band’s vocalist, DIANE JEAN, clarifies that by “grunge,” she means she and her bandmates, ROB SLATER and WINFIELD HOLT — the latter of 1881 — rehearse in a basement.) Just days after the release of Clever Girls’ new EP, Loose Tooth, they were nominated for the Deli magazine’s New England Artist of the Month. The Girls are going up against some promising regional talent: Boston-area acts MAD YONDER, PENDEJO. and EVA CASSEL, as well as FAKE FRANK from Providence, R.I. If you want to make your voice heard, head over to newengland. to vote. Voting ends on Sunday, March 19. And be on the lookout for a review of Loose Tooth in an upcoming issue of Seven Days.

week after Mr. Costello. First of all, I want to acknowledge that this is an impressive group of performers, and I’d be psyched to get my peepers and earholes on any one of them. What strikes me as a little funny — and I could be totally, utterly wrong — is that these artists seem to appeal to a demographic that’s … well … old. And, without revealing too much personal information, I do include myself in that demo. Just to be clear. Again, I could be wrong, but I wonder: Is anyone under the age of 25 super psyched about any of these shows? Feel free to let me know. Obviously, buttloads of other summer festivals are undisputedly youthoriented — a few of which Higher Ground also presents, such as WILCO’s Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Mass., this June. Rest assured, we’ll be checking in with all that as the weather warms up. As for the aforementioned standalone shows, I’d hazard a bet that babysitters are likely to be in high demand on the nights in question. If I had kids, I’d probably need one, too.

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ARTSRIOT: The Carpenters Tribute Concert, 7:30 p.m., $10/12.

Holy Matrimony! There’s something visceral about watching two people in love sing their

hearts out. Take Amanda Sudano Ramirez and her husband, Abner Ramirez, who are the soul-tinged, folksy duo


Songs such as “In My Arms” and “Say Goodnight Instead,” which come from their latest album,

CITIZEN CIDER: Brett Hughes (country), 6 p.m., free.

Georgica Pond, are dripping with honeyed sentiments and romantic tableaux. The Nashville natives take turns on

THE DAILY PLANET: Seth Yacovone (blues), 8 p.m., free.

lead vocal duties, but their harmonies are most devastating. Catch Johnnyswim on Friday, March 17, at the Higher

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington. MARC SCIBILIA opens.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Tom Pearo with Dave DeCristo and Shay Gestal (acoustic, ambient jazz), 9 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Vinyl Night with DJ Disco Phantom (vinyl DJs), 6 p.m., free. Soule Indomitable (funk, jazz), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: The Brayzen Heads (traditional), 7:30 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ KermiTT (hits), 10 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Orange Julians (electro-pop), 7 p.m., free. Sally & George (Americana, rock), 9 p.m., free. The LC (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Ethan Snyder Presents (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Fattie B (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Ben Slotnick, the Sugar Snap Trio (folk), 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (hits), 8 p.m., free. DJ David Chief, 11 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Chris Gregory (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.




THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Hannah Fair (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Girl Crush Comedy (standup), 9 p.m., free.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Bow Thayer (folk-rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Dennis Wilmot Trio (blues), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


CORK WINE BAR & MARKET OF STOWE: George Walker Petit (jazz), 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Lesley Grant (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., free. BAR ANTIDOTE: Cooie Sings (blues, jazz), 7 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.


TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free.

PHO NGUYEN: Jack Schroeder (Southern folk), 8 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Song Band, 3 p.m., free. Josh Panda (acoustic soul), 6 p.m., free. Craig Mitchell (house, hits), 11 p.m., $5.

PHO NGUYEN: Happy Folk (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. The Drunken Hearts, Let’s Be Leonard (Americana), 9 p.m., $5.

RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. Joe Adler (folk), 7 p.m., free. Geneviève Beaudoin (folk), 8 p.m., free. Doghouse Charlie & the Buck Knife (psychedelic folk), 11:30 p.m., $5.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation. John Lackard Blues Jam, 7:30 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: People Skills (rock, psych-pop), 10 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: Live Irish Music, noon, free. The Brayzen Heads (traditional), 4 p.m., free. The X-Rays (covers), 10 p.m., free.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free.

(psych-rock, jam), 9:30 p.m., free. Taka (vinyl DJ), 11 p.m., free.

PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free.


ARTSRIOT: Washer, Bethlehem Steel (rock), 8 p.m., $8/10. THE DAILY PLANET: The Hot Pickin’ Party (bluegrass), 8 p.m., free. DRINK: BLiNDoG Records Acoustic Sessions, 5 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Matt the Gnat and the Gators (alt-country), 8:30 p.m., free. DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic dance), 10 p.m., $5. NECTAR’S: Trivia Mania, 7 p.m., free. Primate Fiasco (jam), 9:30 p.m., $2/5. 18+. PHO NGUYEN: Karaoke with DJ Walker, 8 p.m., free. RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: Reagh Greenleaf (singer-songwriter),

5 p.m., free. The Brayzen Heads (traditional), 8 p.m., free. Rob Benton (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Alex Brewer (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Dr. No (funk, rock), 11 p.m., $5.

SIDEBAR: Patrick Crowley (folk), 7 p.m., free. WYD (EDM), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Happy Folk (Americana), 7 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Short Jam (improv), 6 p.m., free. Ms. Pat (standup), 7 p.m., $15. The Daily Grind (improv), 8:45 p.m., $5.

chittenden county BACKSTAGE PUB: Trivia, 9:30 p.m., free.

JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Irish Jam Session (traditional), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Anthill Presents 3rd Thursdays (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers, 7 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Invisible Dowry, July 26 Movement, Acid Roach (experimental), 9 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Dave Langevine (ragtime), 6 p.m., donation.


MARTELL’S AT THE RED FOX: Cal Stanton (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. Open Mic & Jam Session, 9 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic with Allen Church, 8:30 p.m., free. SUSHI YOSHI (STOWE): Ray Vega and Will Sellenraad 4Tet (jazz), 4:30 p.m., free.

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TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Da.Root (hits), 9 p.m., free.


PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute), 8 p.m., $20.12.

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OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Sally & George (Americana, rock), 7 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Celtic Celebration featuring Helian Consort (classical), 7 p.m., $5.

BIG PICTURE THEATER AND CAFÉ: Bruce Sklar and Jeremy Hill (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: George Petit (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

GREEN MOUNTAIN LOUNGE AT MOUNT ELLEN: Clint Bierman and Peter Mays Band (rock), 2:30 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: The Medallions (disco, funk), 9 p.m., $10.

ZENBARN: Eric George (folk), 7 p.m., free.

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CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Throttle Thursdays with DJ Gold (hits), 9 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: The Maple Street Six (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Rowan (Celtic), 9 p.m., free.

T. RUGG’S TAVERN: Bootless and Unhorsed (rock), 2 p.m., free. THE TAP ROOM AT SWITCHBACK BREWING: Will Hatch (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Ms. Pat (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $20/27.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Johnnyswim, Marc Scibilia (soul, folk), 7:30 p.m., $17/20. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: The Smokey Newfield Project with the McFadden School of Irish Dance (folk, rock), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: MacKenzie, Wilmott & Slim (blues), 5 p.m., free. Rhythm Rockets (rock), 9 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Alison Turner (indie acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Jeff Salisbury Band (blues), 9 p.m., free. LA PUERTA NEGRA: Joe Moore (jazz), 6 p.m., free. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): African Dance with Sabouyouma (West African, funk, jazz), 10 p.m., $5.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: StringDeck (folk, bluegrass), 7 p.m., free. Gnomedad FRI.17

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REVIEW this Mask, World Gone Crazy


Wallingford’s Mask have released what has got to be one of the shortest local EPs in recent memory, World Gone Crazy. The five blisteringly paced songs, the longest of which is little more than two minutes, altogether take up seven minutes and 27 seconds. There’s something to be said for brevity, particularly in heavy music. But, man, don’t blink or you’ll miss it. World Gone Crazy starts with the ominous “You’re Next,” which sets the tone immediately. A Deftones-like guitar riff comes piercing out of the speaker, and Mask lunge into their punk-metal stomp. It’s a roadmap for the rest of the ridiculously brief demo, which is a mosh-


record — particularly in the DIY scenario. World Gone Crazy feels like a preview for a big summer action flick. You can see all the explosions and get a few quips — maybe an oh-so-quick hint of a bigger plot — but it’s just a primer. A larger sample and cleaner production would go miles for the band. Will Killingsworth recorded the band at Dead Air Studios in Massachusetts, and the basic tracks sound pretty damn good — particularly the drums. But Mask opted to record vocals in a basement, and you can tell. A little reverb here, some compression there and, instead of an unintelligible squall squaring off against the band’s fury, we could actually hear the vocals. I’m just saying, that never hurts, dudes. Still, if you’re in the mood for a quick hit of noise, Mask’s World Gone Crazy will scratch that itch — especially if you have somewhere to be in 10 minutes. It’s available for download at maskvt., or you can purchase the cassette at

on the opening track, “Will.” His reedy tenor is as pleasant and unhurried as ever as he adds, “I wrote the old one down.” A rubbery bass line ambles beneath him, imparting a sunny feel punctuated by bright bursts of jangly guitar. The song has an exultant, breezy air like that first real day of spring, when you can practically feel the Earth itself unclench and exhale after a long, cruel winter. For Roberts, Working Weather comes after a period of uncertainty. Familial duties — he’d recently become a father — and a lingering throat issue that made singing difficult for nearly a year caused him to question how much of his life and resources he could devote to music. That is, until he was visited by a late night muse and penned “Get Down” in one sitting. If “Will” is like the bloom of spring, then “Get Down” represents the preceding winter’s gloom. “All the snow has come out / and I’ve been screaming out loud,” Roberts sings over Asa Brosius’ icy pedal steel. “Someone make me get down,” he pleads before sketching bleak midwinter images of “leafless trees” and “all the wind and the poetry.” If you don’t already have cabin fever, you might by song’s end.

But as Roberts notes in the album’s liner notes, the song also represents finding balance between life and art once again. And that sentiment pervades Working Weather. “Country Sun” plays like a Faulkner tale set to music as Roberts invokes pastoral imagery, both rural and religious, with tender affection. The gently funky “Real Blood,” a rumination on impending fatherhood, owes a debt to Randy Newman. So does the later ode to Roberts’ daughter, “Sweet Dreams Ada,” which features a rambunctious, Dixieland-style horn section. On “Slow Warm Weight,” Roberts embraces domestic life, if cautiously. And on album closer “Day Jobbing,” he wryly examines the inevitable submission to the daily grind. Backed by 12 musicians, including old friends Katie Trautz, Sam Moss and brother Frank Roberts, Michael Roberts doesn’t just make peace with his new life on Working Weather; he welcomes and celebrates it. Here’s hoping he keeps writing it all down, even when it, too, eventually becomes his old life. Working Weather by Wooden Dinosaur is available at woodendinosaur. Wooden Dinosaur play Saturday, March 18, at La Puerta Negra in Montpelier.

Pat Donohue Thursday, March 30, 7:30 pm GRAMMY® winning fingerpicker and story-teller Pat Donohue’s has appeared on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” for 20 years.


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Over some 10 releases dating back 20 years or so, Wooden Dinosaur’s Michael Roberts has crafted songs by nailing them onto his own emotional framework. One imagines it’s an artisan-like process not unlike that of crafting the house he built in southern Vermont with his wife. During that time, Roberts wrote and recorded WD’s 2014 release, Rhubarb Wine. Fittingly, that EP had a stripped-down, nutsand-bolts feel — let’s call it “unfinished back-porch music.” Like most of Roberts’ work, it was a reflection of, and on, his life at the time. Earlier, in 2010, Nearly Lost Stars offered celestial indie-folk inspired by Roberts’ literal and metaphorical wanderlust. WD’s 2012 record, Spaces, was the product of a more grounded but no less curious mind. Which brings us to his latest, Working Weather. “I’ve got a new life now,” Roberts sings

ready collection of songs with pounding drums, driving guitars and vocals that try to scream above the cacophony. “Neighborhood Watch” and “Evil Eye” pretty much blend right into the opener, and there’s little thematic movement until you hit the title track. A vicious, punishing song, “World Gone Crazy” displays some attributes Mask might focus on more: They control dynamics and navigate hairpin turns and jagged stops. The uptick in arrangements, albeit slight, help “World Gone Crazy” and closer “Convince Me (You Don’t Gotta)” stand out from what is otherwise a pretty gray statement of a demo. With music such as Mask make, there can often be something lost when listening on a laptop or one’s stereo as opposed to seeing them live. The shared experience of being in a hot, sweaty club with a band raging in front of swarming kids is difficult to replicate on a

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MARTELL’S AT THE RED FOX: The What Dudes with Mike Hamilton (acoustic rock), 9 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Chris Lyon (solo acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute), 9:30 p.m., $5. RUSTY NAIL: Spiritual Rez, COPOUTS (reggae, funk), 8 p.m., $10.

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GREEN MOUNTAIN LOUNGE AT MOUNT ELLEN: The Pub Crawlers (rock), 3 p.m., free.

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Anthony Santor Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: St. Patrick’s Day Party with Twist of Fate (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Rehab Roadhouse (rock, jam), 9 p.m., $3.



PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: The Zoo (rock), 8 p.m., free.

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NORTH HERO HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT: Cooie Sings (blues, jazz), 6 p.m., free. TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Uncle Jimmy (rock), 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: St. Patrick’s Day Party with Jiggawaltz (funk, metal), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: All Request Night with DJ Skippy (hits), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Fellow Pynins (Americana), 7 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Risk!: True Tales, Boldy Told (storytelling), 9 p.m., $17/20. BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Tiffany Pfeiffer (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome With DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Eric George (folk), 9 p.m., free.

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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Giovanina Bucci (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. The Welterweights (Americana), 9 p.m., free. Taka (vinyl DJ), 11 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Decoys (rock), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Silver Bridget (saw-folk), 7 p.m., free. The Renegade Groove Presents: March Madness Jock Jams 2017 with People Skills (funk, rock), 9 p.m., $7. RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: The Brayzen Heads (traditional), 7:30 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Sarah Griffin (singersongwriter), 11 a.m., free. Will Hatch (Americana), 7 p.m., free. Megan Rice (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. Maitri (indie soul, R&B), 9:30 p.m., free. Rose Street Collective (jazz), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Chris Page (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., free. Turbine (rock), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Justice (rock), 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The Kids Are Alright featuring Rough Francis, Swale, James Kochalka Superstar, Madaila, Dwight and Nicole (kids’ music gone rock and roll), 12:30 p.m., $5-12. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: The Brevity Thing (rock, folk), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Zodiac Sutra, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, NODON (acoustic death-pop), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Mitch and Friends (folk, rock), 5 p.m., free. Real Deal (soul, funk), 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Doom Service, Sink or Swim, Mr. Doubtfire (punk), 9 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (hits), 6 p.m., $5. DJ Reign One (EDM), 11 p.m., $5.

ESPRESSO BUENO: Stuart Ross Johnson (Americana), 7 p.m., free. Lines West (indie pop), 8 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic dance), 10 p.m., free.

LA PUERTA NEGRA: Wooden Dinosaur, Michael Chorney (folk, rock), 8:30 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): The What Dudes (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. SMITTY’S PUB: Kyle Stevens (rock, country), 8 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Ms. Pat (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $20/27.



MARTELL’S AT THE RED FOX: Coon Hill John (folk, rock), 9 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: The Ramblers (bluegrass, Americana), 9 p.m., free. RUSTY NAIL: An Evening with Bon/ Fire: VT’s AC/DC Tribute to Bon Scott, 8 p.m., $7.

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GREEN MOUNTAIN LOUNGE AT MOUNT ELLEN: The Aardvark (rock), 3 p.m., free.

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: O’hAnleigh (traditional Irish), 7:30 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. HATCH 31: The Good Parts (soul, funk), 7 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Binger (jam), 9 p.m., $3.


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TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Ellen Powell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: The Paisley Vibe (folk), 10 p.m., free.

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FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge (acoustic), 8 p.m., $25-38. FOAM BREWERS: Chris Page and Collin Cope (folk, rock), noon, free. NECTAR’S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9:30 p.m., free/$3. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Pete Sutherland & Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session (traditional), 1 p.m., free. Flaca Music SUN.19

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Presents (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. Will Sellenraad Group (jazz), 9:30 p.m., $5-10. Stains of a Sunflower (futurefolk, rock), 10:30 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: SideBar Sundays (eclectic), 6 p.m., free. Jack Bandit (EDM), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, $5-10 donation. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Tinder Nightmares (improv), 7 p.m., free. Slinky Says Relax (improv), 8 p.m., free.

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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Holly Bowling (jam, classical), 8 p.m., $15/17. MONKEY HOUSE: The Show Up Shows, Vol. 2 featuring Cricket Blue, the Parts, Phil Yates & the Affiliates, Silver Bridget (eclectic), 6:30 p.m., $5.


SWEET MELISSA’S: Live Band Karaoke, 7 p.m., donation.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, free.


SIDEBAR: Cam Will (folk), 7 p.m., free. Blackout Barbie & SVPPLY (hip-hop, top 40), 10 p.m., free.

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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: A Tribe Called Red (electronic), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: DJ Jessbro Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Open Mic, 7 p.m., donation.


HATCH 31: Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Kelly Ravin and Lowell Thompson (country), 7 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Grace Kendall, Ashley Hamel (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Win Win Jr. (alt-rock), 10:30 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 7 p.m., free. DJ Aras (dance), 8 p.m., free. Pop Rap Dance Party, 10 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. Joey Pizza Slice Film Night ‘panned & scanned’, 11 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: The 2017 StrangeCreek Battle of the Bands featuring Blaming Casey, Swimmer, the Mangroves (rock), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

SIDEBAR: Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 7 p.m., free.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Open Mic, 9:30 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Kelly Ravin (country), 6 p.m., free. Stains of a Sunflower (future-folk, rock), 8:30 p.m., $3/8. 18+.


MOOGS PLACE: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.

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PHAT KAT’S TAVERN: Jay Natola (solo guitar), 9 p.m., free.



THE GRYPHON: P’tit Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Will Patton (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Open Mic with Eric George, 7 p.m., free. Sarah Potenza and Joshua Davis (roots, rock), 8 p.m., $5-10.


RADIO BEAN: Lokum (music of the Near East), 6:30 p.m., free. Grup Anwar (classical Arabic), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Eric George & Friends, 10 p.m., $3.

MOOGS PLACE: Abby Sherman (Americana), 7:30 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.


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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Erin Cassels-Brown (folk), 10 p.m., free.

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TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Karaoke with Roots Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.

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OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Jazz & Fondue, 7 p.m., free.

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CITIZEN CIDER: Brett Hughes (country), 6 p.m., free. THE DAILY PLANET: Tim McKenzie (folk), 8 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Ciarra Fragale (indie folk), 9:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Vinyl Night with DJ Disco Phantom (vinyl DJs), 6 p.m., free. Soule Indomitable (funk, jazz), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Sophie Patenaude (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Emma Cook & the Beat (folk-rock), 8 p.m., free. Cooper Smith, Comrade Nixon, Eric George (punk, folk), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (hits), 8 p.m., free. DJ David Chief, 11 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: AliT (folk), 7 p.m., free. Good Morning Gils (indie), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Hannah Fair (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.

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JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Bluegrass Jam Session, 7 p.m., free.


SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation.

WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Christine Malcolm (folk), 8 p.m., free.

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CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free.

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the effect by dropping each bubble, still molten hot on the pipe, straight onto the wood. The glass molds itself to the wood, burning it where it makes contact. Faber pays for hourly furnace sessions at AO Glass on Pine Street and rents a small studio in that building. There, old runs of terrariums and newly thrown greenware mugs line shelves and tables. A pile of branches and crooked logs is tucked beneath a long drafting table. New pieces for the Blackened Timber line sit on top. Seven Days visited Faber in her studio to hear more about her work. SEVEN DAYS: When did you first blow glass? ALISSA FABER: When I was at [Alfred University]. We weren’t allowed to do anything in freshman year, but I always snuck into the glass shop. I didn’t blow glass, but I would help the upperclassmen, and I’d just stare at the furnace and want to be in there. The first time I did anything myself was when I was in a sophomore class. SD: What made you want to be there? AF: I went to art school thinking I was going to be a potter. There were so many people who were so good at pottery, [but then] we all took this glass

class together and everyone was awful. You couldn’t just be good off the bat, because it was such a hard material. I think about it all the time when I teach people now. You could be twice my age and be an amazing artist, but if you’ve never touched glass, you’re going to make the same mistakes in the beginning. SD: What inspired Blackened Timber? AF: So, there’s a lot of history with wood and glass. We use wood to shape the glass, and I wanted to experiment with a piece [of wood] that was not smooth and going to give you the right shape. I made a few pieces for a photo shoot for my Alluvial Forms terrariums, and I was like, Oh, I’ll just make a few of these funny experiments I have in mind, and we’ll stick them in the photo shoot. It was fun to style them, and they came out even better than I had [pictured them] in my head. So I kept going with it, and getting a little more creative with the wood. I couldn’t stop seeing wood whenever I was outside. I would see pieces [and] want to see how they interacted [with glass], and now I just have a lot of wood everywhere. I feel like I haven’t exhausted what could happen. I’m learning more about what the glass will do, or how far I can push it, each time I do it.

INFO Alissa Faber’s glass and wood sculptures on view in “Momension” through April 25 at New City Galerie in Burlington.

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alk into New City Galerie on Burlington’s Church Street some afternoon, and you’ll get the full effect of Alissa Faber’s wall-mounted sculptures. The distorted glass bubbles draped over charred tree branches glow in the light flooding through the venue’s tall windows. The sculptures, from Faber’s Blackened Timber series, are part of the “Momension” group show at New City. Faber also shows her work at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. “Momension” captures three views of functionality in art objects. Bech Evans’ ceramic mugs and coffee-making apparatus are fully utilitarian; gallery-goers can even use them to make themselves a cup of coffee. Conversely, rusty metal sculptures by Patrick O’Shea are tasked only with inciting the imagination. Faber’s works fall somewhere in the middle. The 30-year-old glass artist started this series two years ago, after a period focused on glass and ceramic terrariums. Pieces from the Blackened Timber series look like they might function in the same way. Glass bubbles with polished openings — many with vaselike shapes — rest on charred branches. Faber achieves



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 ‘GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT’: Burlington artists Rose

C. Hebert and Sarah Ingraham show new works. Reception: Thursday, March 16, 7-10 p.m. March 16-April 6. Info, 865-6223. Cavendish Gallery in Burlington.


 ‘SHOW 16’: An exhibition of recent works by the collective gallery’s Vermont contemporary artists. Reception: Friday, March 17, 5-9 p.m. Fridays March 17, 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Info, 272-0908. The Front in Montpelier.  NORTHERN VERMONT ART ASSOCIATION EXHIBITION: A group exhibition of works by NVAAE members. Reception: Thursday, March 23, 5-7 p.m. March 21-April 28. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier.


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SD: Sometimes you like objects in art precisely because they’re not functional. And yours capture process. AF: I think, for a lot of people, unless they’ve been around it, glass is quite a mystery, which is fascinating to me because it’s so prevalent in our lives. 



‘GLASSTASTIC’: Glass sculptures inspired by children’s drawings of imaginary creatures. CLAIRE VAN VLIET: “Ghost Mesa,” lithographs of rock formations printed on a variety of handmade papers and collaged with pulp paintings and marbled papers. EDWARD KOREN: “Seriously Funny,” works by the Brookfield-based New Yorker cartoonist. MARY WELSH: “Appearances & Reality,” collages that use art historical and pop-culture sources, among others. PAUL SHORE: “Drawn Home,” drawings of every object in the artist’s home, inspired by Audubon’s project to draw all the birds of North America. SOO SUNNY PARK: “Luminous Muqarna,” an immersive sculptural installation based on muqarnas, ornamental vaults found in Islamic architecture, especially mosques. March 18-June 18. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

ART EVENTS CARTOONISTS SEEKING STORIES: WOMEN IN THE MILITARY: The White River Junction VA Medical Center and the Center for Cartoon Studies invite cartoonists and women who are serving or have served in the U.S. military to gather for a preliminary storytelling and sketching session in preparation for an upcoming comics anthology. Women, transmen, transwomen and nonbinary individuals are welcome. White River Junction VA Medical Center, Tuesday, March 21, 6-8 p.m. Info, FIGURE DRAWING: Artists sharpen their skills of observation of the human form. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Wednesday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. $10-15; preregister; limited space. Info, 775-0356. ‘PLANTING OUR SEEDS’ FAIRY & DEMON DRAWING WORKSHOP: Artist Emily Anderson shares her pen-and-paper technique for banishing personal demons and celebrating uplifting thoughts in this down-to-earth workshop. Bluebird Fairies, Burlington, Saturday, March 18, 1-3 p.m. $15. Info, TALK: ‘FOCUS ON THE SHELDON’: Middlebury College professor Pieter Broucke leads this panel discussion with the artists featured in “Focus on


4TH ANNUAL OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: Group exhibition of images by 44 Vermont photographers. Through March 31. Info, 490-6547. Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington. AARON SCOT INGHAM: The artist behind Bent Nails Studio shows his works and furniture made from found and salvaged materials. Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. . Info, 595-4148. Burlington Town Center. ‘ART OF WINTER’: A juried group exhibition of works by 26 artists addressing themes of winter, curated by Christy Mitchell and Ric Kasini Kadour. The show is accompanied by an “exhibition-in-print” of works by 19 artists in Vermont Art Guide #3. Through April 1. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. ‘ART-CADE’: The Cardboard Teck Instantute celebrates its 11-year anniversary with an exhibition featuring its award-winning cardboard pinball game system, the PinBox 3000, as well as playable versions customized by Vermont artists. Through March 30. Info, audrie@ Info, 861-3155. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. ‘EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?’: A traveling Smithsonian exhibition exploring milestones of human evolution through panels, interactive kiosks and displays, videos, and a cave fort. Through March 17. BELCATE SCHOOL, HOWARD CENTER ARTS COLLECTIVE & GUESTS: Works by the Vermont artists. Through April 1. Info, aforguites@ Info, 865-7211. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. ‘IMBIBE: DRINKING IN CULTURE’: An exhibition using an eclectic selection of drinking vessels to investigate the complex social, physical and aesthetic experience of liquid consumption. CATHERINE JANSEN: “1008,” an exhibition of the photographer’s images of India, including digital prints and projections, as well as ambient sound from field recordings. Through May 21. Info, 656-8582. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont in Burlington. ‘FIBER EXPRESSIONS’: Textile and fiber artworks by 14 area artists. Through March 31. Info, 656-4200. Living/Learning Center, University of Vermont in Burlington. ‘IN THE DETAILS’: A group exhibition of works by 17 Vermont artists: David Ambrose, Emily Barletta, Mel Bernstine, Halsey Chait, Cathy Cone, Jonathan Cowan, Denise Driscoll, Lori Ellison, Patricia Fabricant, Jeanne Heifetz, Karen Henderson, Taney Roniger, Jessica Rosner, Gowri Savoor, Lynda Schlosberg, Oriane Stender and Carleen Zimbalatti. Through March 31. Info, 859-9222. SEABA Center in Burlington.


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SD: Your work seems to straddle a line between functional objects and art objects. When you look at these, are they functional? Or are they strictly art? AF: I like that they’re on the line. I’m very intrigued by that — by function versus art. Because I think they definitely hint at function, and I think if someone wanted to choose to use them functionally, they

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BONNIE BARNES: “Travels,” selected photographs by the international traveler and photographer. Reception: Sunday, March 19, 5-7 p.m. Festival Gallery, Waitsfield, March 19-25. Info, 496-6682.

TALK: ‘NEW HORIZONS IN CHINESE GOLD IN THE HAN DYNASTY’: Middlebury College curator of Asian art and professor Sarah Laursen examines the production of gold objects during the Han dynasty, when China increased its contact with other states and became integrated into trade networks like the Silk Road. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Friday, March 17, 12:15 p.m. Info, 443-3168.


could — the function maybe would be to put [in] some kind of plant. A lot of times for photo shoots, I’ll style them with some kind of branch or berries, grasses. Or they make you think of something else; maybe because people know my other work, they see this and go, “Oh, this is a new way to make a terrarium!” And I think, Would you say that if you didn’t know my other work? I think there’s also quite a history of glass needing to have a function. Everywhere in our life that we have glass, it’s functional, from a window to a drinking glass. It’s harder sometimes to see glass in other mediums as just art. People want to give a function to it, no matter what the artist says.

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TALK: KATE SIMON: Kate Simon, whose work features prominently in “Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography,” shares a retrospective of her music photography spanning 1974 to 2007. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Wednesday, March 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Info, 985-3346.


SD: What’s your process? AF: So, I always find a piece of wood first, and I really like things that are rotting or irregular. I’ll … go in the shop to sit with all the wood before I blow the glass, to think about how I want the glass to sit on it. And then I spray the wood down a little bit, but as soon as I put a glass bubble on it, there’s a lot of smoke and steam and fire. The wood does burn where the glass sits on it. Sometimes it takes three or four times. Recently, I started cutting a lot of the [wood] tops. All the wood gets a finish at the very end. I use PolyWhey [Furniture Finish], which is actually a Vermont brand. It’s a water-based polyurethane; it doesn’t smell as much. I give everything one coat, and it helps keep the bark on and makes it more sellable.

a thesis exhibition by the graduating MFA student, who created her large-scale oil paintings while watching dancers perform live hip-hop, jazz, ballet and other movements. Reception and artist talk: Wednesday, March 29, 4 p.m. March 20-31. Info, 635-1247. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College.

the Sheldon”: Suki Fredericks, Paul Gamba, Kate Gridley, Kirsten Hoving and Eric Nelson. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Wednesday, March 15, noon. Info, 388-2117.


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JACQUES BURKE: Mixed-media works by the Vermont artist. Through April 30. Info, 859-9222. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. JUDE DOMSKI: “The shape of water,” recent works by the Vermont photographer. Through April 1. Info, 917-399-7120. Brickwork Art Studios in Burlington. LYNN CUMMINGS: Paintings in a wide variety of styles by the local artist. Through March 31. Info, 6519692. RETN & VCAM Media Factory in Burlington. LYNNE REED: “Interiors,” abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 233-6811. Indigo in Burlington. MICHAEL METZ: A retrospective of 50 years of taking photographs. Through March 25. Info, Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington. ‘MOMENSION’: A sculptural environment made primarily from glass, metal and clay by Vermont artists Bech Evans, Alissa Faber and Patrick O’Shea. Through April 25. Info, Info, 355-5440. New City Galerie in Burlington. ‘THE PAST PRESENT’: Works by Molly Bosley and Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, who use metaphorical objects to explore humanity and unpack our relationship to the past. Through April 8. Info, 865-7166. Vermont Metro Gallery, BCA Center in Burlington. PETER KATZ: Mixed-media works by the self-taught Burlington artist. Through May 31. Info, 658-6016. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee (Pine Street) in Burlington. RIK CARLSON: “Celebrate Your Ride: The Passion & The Art,” photographs of automobiles and automobilia by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 881-3821. Noyes Auto & Tire Service in Burlington.



SALLY LINDER: “White Magnetism,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings inspired by the artist’s visits to the Arctic. Through April 1. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.


and what we know is never settled,” wrote the late author and art critic John Berger. What can we learn from studying artifacts, next to pictures of those very same objects? What objects capture whose attention, and how? This exhibition at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury offers the results of an original experiment in pairing five local artists with the institution’s storied collection. Suki Fredericks,

SARAH BUNKER: “Explorations in Abstract,” mixedmedia paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 18. Info, 540-8333. Sequoia Salon in Burlington.

Paul Gamba, Kate Gridley, Kirsten Hoving and Eric Nelson each trained their camera’s lens on objects that appealed to them in some way,

SHANE LAVALETTE: “One Sun, One Shadow,” a photographic series of the American South by the Burlington native, informed by the rich history of southern music: bluegrass, old time, gospel and blues. WYLIE SOFIA GARCIA: “With My Voice, I Am Calling You Home,” a new body of work featuring paintings and lenticular prints that embody themes of domesticity, meditation and personal place-making. Through April 8. Info, 865-7166. Burlington City Arts.

Pieter Broucke, is Wednesday, March 15, at noon. Through May 13. Pictured: “All the Better to See You With” by Nelson.

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GABRIELLE T. REGISTRE: “Down to Earth,” a travel-inspired exhibition of new paintings based on photos taken from an airplane. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through April 6. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington.

of 100 wooden hands, decorated by local artists and community members including Aaron Barton, Megan J. Humphrey, Liz LeServiget, Jess Polanshek and Jon Young. The works will be auctioned to raise funds for HANDS, a local nonprofit providing food for older adults in Vermont. Closing reception and auction: Thursday, March 30, 6-8:30 p.m. Through March 30. Info, 651–8834. Penny Cluse Café in Burlington. WARREN KIMBLE: “Bits & Pieces: Assembled Antique Elements,” an exhibition of sculptural assemblage by the Vermont artist and collector. Through March 31. Info, 863- 6458. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery in Burlington.

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‘THE ART OF CARTOONING’: An exhibition organized by Vermont Comic Creators, which represents more than 100 cartoonists and illustrators. Through April 15. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. “BACKSTAGE PASS: ROCK & ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY”: An exhibition featuring more than 300 photographs, many rarely seen by the public, of famous rock-and-roll and jazz greats including Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, David Bowie, Prince and the Beastie Boys. Through May 7. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. ‘BLACK & WHITE (& BLUE)’: A group exhibition of 53 monochromatic images from 42 photographers,

and revealed something about themselves in the process. A panel discussion with the artists, moderated by Middlebury College professor

including five Vermonters. Through March 26. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. ‘FLUORESCENT LIGHT IN VACANT STOREFRONT’: A site-specific light installation by Montpelier artist Chris Jeffrey, presented by Overnight Projects. Through March 15. Info, abbey@overnightprojects. com. 11 East Allen St. in Winooski.

‘THE HEART SHOW’: More than 70 “artist-interpreted” hearts by local artists are on display and for sale to benefit Burlington’s Spectrum Youth & Family Services. Through March 26. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne. ‘KALEIDOSCOPE’: A group exhibition of works by local artists. Through March 31. Info, ealexander22@ Jericho Town Hall. KATE LONGMAID: “Freedom Speak,” an exhibition of portraits with graffiti-like phrases and slogans that merge the artist’s interest in capturing individual identities and political realities through image and voice. Through May 31. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.


ELLIOT BURG: “Sunset Park, Brooklyn,” black-andwhite images by the Middlesex photographer. Through April 20. Info, 272-4920. Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier.


‘FOLLOWING THE RULES, BREAKING THE RULES’: A group exhibition of 25 works by 20 artists in pastel, acrylics, oils, photography and sculpture. Artists include Nitya Brighenti, Hasso Ewing, Cindy Griffith, Lysa Intrator, Joyce Kahn, Hannah Morris, Maggie Neale, Dan Neary, Jack Sabon, Sarah Spletzer and Ann Young. Through April 28. TWINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ART EXHIBIT: Photography, drawings and paintings by Vermont students. Through March 17. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. ‘FREAKS, RADICALS & HIPPIES: COUNTERCULTURE IN 1970S VERMONT’: An exhibition that explores the influx of people and countercultural ideas to the state, from communes to organic agriculture, progressive politics to health care reform, alternative energy to women’s and gay rights. Through December 31. Info, 479-8500. Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre. ‘IN PRAISE OF WATER’: Goddard College artists approach the theme of water from multiple perspectives: aesthetic, ecological, social, political, spiritual and contemplative. Artists include Richard Ambelang, Susan Buroker, Kate Egnaczak, Dan Goldman, Tom Hansell, Seitu Jones, Phillip Robertson, Cynthia Ross, Sharon Siskin, Ruth Wallen and Nanci Worthington. Through April 15. Info, 322-1604. Goddard Art Gallery, Pratt Center, Goddard College in Plainfield. JOELEN MULVANEY: “Piranha Bark,” an exhibition of recent paintings by the Barre artist.Through March 31. Info, 479-1931.Barre Opera House. ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’: An exhibition of works made by joining two or more dissimilar mediums,


such that one plus one equals more than two. Assembled by director Sue Higby and guest curator Mark Waskow. Through April 15. JAMES SECOR: ‘#nomophobia,’ paintings about phones, lives and memories by the Vermont artist. Through April 15. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. KATHY STARK: “... and the journey continues...,” abstract collages from five distinct series spanning the artist’s career from the 1980s to the present. Through March 30. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. LARK UPSON: “Lark Upson Portraits and a Call to Action,” an exhibition of paintings featuring posed models and endangered species. Through March 31. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. LINDA MIRABILE: “Avian Inspired,” paintings of birds and bird life. Through March 31. Info, Info, 371-4100. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. PRIA CAMBIO: “And Somewhere Else There’s a Beach,” beachscape paintings and drawings by the Vermont artist. Through April 8. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli in Barre. STEPHEN M. SCHAUB: “From Far Away,” works by the Pawlet artist that share narrative fragments through unique material combinations and customized photographic processes. Through March 31. Info, 828-5657. Governor’s Gallery in Montpelier.



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‘ART WORKS!’: Seeking submissions of art that invites viewers to engage and interact with the work, including manual interactive devices, electronic installations and kinetic sculpture. To submit and for details, visit Deadline: April 28. Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members, $10 nonmembers. Info, 479-7069. ‘100 DAYS OF SPACE FOR CREATIVITY’: Inspired to act by the potential call to defund the arts on a federal level, Backspace Gallery offers a free and open space for artists to work while processing reactions to the current political climate. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., through April 29, artists are invited to meet with gallery director Christy Mitchell to pitch ideas on using the venue for displaying, creating, speaking or performing work. Email ideas to or show up during open gallery hours for more information. The Backspace Gallery, Burlington, Through April 29. Info, ‘BELLS & WHISTLES’: Seeking artists and contributors for the museum’s upcoming 2017 exhibition consisting of or relating to all aspects of bells and whistles. May include bells for cows and sheep, bellhops, alarms and timekeepers, as spiritual or musical instruments, jingle bells, etc. Contributions may be personal artifacts accompanied by individual narrative, raw ideas for displays, fully realized art objects or theoretical writings and research. To contribute, or for more info, contact Clare Dolan via Deadline: May 5. The Museum of Everyday Life, Glover. Info, ‘BIRDING BY THE NUMBERS’: What would ornithology be without math? What new facts and figures about feathered phenomena do you most appreciate? Seeking bird-focused art in any medium that incorporates a feeling for numbers with artistic expression. New and returning artists are invited to submit up to three JPEGs of work to Put “Submission for Birding by the Numbers” in the subject line. Or, send up to three prints to the museum, ATTN: Birding by the Numbers. Include contact info and description of work (medium, artwork size, date). For further details, visit birdsofvermont. org. Deadline: Tuesday, March 21. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington. Info, 434-2167.

‘LIGHTS! CAMERA! AUCTION!’: Seeking taxdeductible donations of art, beautiful and useful things, amusements, experiences and events for this annual auction to benefit Town Hall Theater and its programming. To contribute, contact Magna Dodge at magnadodge@gmail. com. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Through May 22. Info, 462-3898.

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‘SEEING THE FORESTS FOR THE TREES’: Seeking artworks reflecting the diversity of woody plants, forests and the feeling of forests, including abstract works, for an April 25-May 27 exhibition. In particular, small installations, artwork that grows, and work made from roots, branches, cones and bark are of interest — traditional photography less so. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: March 20. Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members, $10 nonmembers. Info, 479-7069. SOLO & SMALL GROUP SHOWS 2018: Inviting proposals for upcoming exhibitions. To submit, send a brief written statement about yourself or the artist group and what you want to accomplish with a show, as well as a CD or DVD with eight to 12 images of representative work. Label carefully with name, medium, size, price and date of your work. Mail submissions to 201 N. Main Street, Barre, VT 05641. Deadline: June 9. Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members, $10 nonmembers. Info, 479-7069.

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SOUTH END ART HOP: Registration is now open for the 25th annual South End Art Hop, to take place September 8-10. For details, visit seaba. com/art-hop. Deadline: June 16. SEABA Center, Burlington. Info, 859-9222. SPRING OPEN ARTIST SHOWCASE FESTIVAL: Inviting all Vermont theater and performance artists to submit an application for the first-ever Spring Open Artist Showcase Festival, June 1-11. For details and to apply, visit Deadline: March 17. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. Info, ‘TEN’: Seeking submissions of artworks inspired by the old counting nursery rhyme, “One, two buckle my shoe…” For the full rhyme, details and to submit, visit Deadline: June 2. Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members, $10 nonmembers. Info, 479-7069.


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UPCOMING JURY FOR BRANDON ARTISTS GUILD: Seeking new artist members to join fine art gallery. Artists must live in Vermont for at least six months of the year. Two- and threedimensional works will be considered, as well as fine craft. Applications must be made online. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: March 21. Brandon Artists Guild. $25 jury fee. Info, 247-4956. VART: Seeking contemporary visual art made in Vermont for a forthcoming print magazine. All work must be made in Vermont within the past seven years; all mediums welcome. To submit, send four portfolio samples, a one-paragraph artist bio and statement to with Attn: Kenelle, “Vart submission,” and artist name in the subject line. Label each image with artist’s name, title of work, date, medium, dimensions, editions (if applicable) and artist’s email. Include contact info in body of email. Deadline: April 15. Various locations statewide. Info,

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‘MAP/ART’: The Vermont Center for Geographic Information seeks submissions for an exhibition to be installed May 1-30. The show aims to

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‘INTIMATE PORTRAITS’: Seeking portrait photography that reveals aspects of the subject that usually remain hidden, for an upcoming exhibition to be juried by Joyce Tenneson. All capture methods and processes are welcome. Deadline: March 27. PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury. $35 for up to five images; $6 for each additional. Info, 388-4500.

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COMPUTERS FOR CHANGE: Seeking Burlington area artists to exhibit work. For details and to submit, email Computers for Change, Burlington, Through March 15. Info,

RUTLAND COUNTY AUDUBON WILDLIFE ART SHOW: Inviting visual artists working in any medium to submit up to three works to be included in an art show featuring nature and wildlife, May 26-June 11. Scenic landscapes will not be considered. Works need not be for sale. For details and to submit, contact birding@ Deadline: May 22. Stone Valley Arts, Poultney. Info, birding@


‘THE COLOR OF LIGHT’: Seeking submissions of works in oil, acrylic and watercolor by emerging and established artists (ages 18 and older) from the New England states, plus New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Works selected by jurors Claudia Fiks and Andrea Rosen will be included in a June exhibition. Works must be ready for professional display and ready to hang, and all accepted works must be for sale. Cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for best in show, $500 for second place and $250 for third. For details, guidelines and submission form, visit edgewatergallery-vt. com/juriedshow2017. Deadline: April 3. Edgewater Gallery on the Green, Middlebury. $20 per entry, up to three entries per artist. Info, 989-7419.

O.N.E. GARDEN PROJECT: The O.N.E. Garden Project seeks six artists to decorate food culture-centric little libraries in Burlington. Artists should email an example of work with a statement on what this community means to them at Selected artists will be supplied with the kiosk and $100. Deadline: March 19. Meredith LeComtpe, Burlington. Info,



ART SHOWS highlight creative approaches to using maps to illustrate Vermont, and to encourage understanding of place in the Green Mountain State. For details and to submit, visit artshow/call_for_submissions_2017. Deadline: April 3, 3 p.m. Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria, Montpelier. Info,



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CAROLYN MECKLOSKY: “Women, Beasts and Dreams,” vibrant acrylic paintings by the Waterville artist and arts instructor. TED ZILIUS: “Jazz and Sad,” mixed-media works created through a process of collage and dance by the Vermont artist. Through May 9. Info, 888-1261. Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville. DOROTHY SIMPSON KRAUSE: “A Matter of Time,” an exhibition of mixed-media works and UV-cured flatbed prints that address the increasing threats to Earth’s ecosystems. 571 Projects, Stowe, Through April 29. Info, 881-0418. JOSEPH SALERNO: “Woods Edge,” small oil paintings created on-site at a stretch of woods near the artist’s home. Through March 19. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery in Johnson. LEGACY COLLECTION: An exhibition featuring 23 living and 12 deceased artists whose works continue the legacy of Alden and Mary Bryan, founder and namesake of the gallery. Through April 2. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. NATALIE JEREMIJENKO: The artist, engineer and inventor exhibits a mixture of recent and past works that focus on activating the space through environmentally conscious projects, in conjunction with her Spruce Peak artist residency. Through April 8. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. ‘ON PHOTOGRAPHY: IMPRESSION’: Images from Maine photographer Cig Harvey’s “Gardening at Night” series and California photographer Brittany Powell’s “The Debt Project.” Through March 17. Info, 635-1247. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. PHOTOS BY MARIE LAPRÉ GRABON: Photographs by the Vermont artist. Through June 30. Info, 635-7423. Dream Café in Johnson. VERMONT LANDSCAPES: An exhibition of 38 artworks by 20 artists, featuring landscapes in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylics, curated by Bryan Memorial Gallery. Through June 30. Info, 644-5100. Lamoille County Courthouse in Hyde Park.

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AMY ROSS: “Butterfly Effect,” works in graphite, watercolor, walnut ink and collaged paper that envision hybrid flora and fauna. Through March 31. Info, 617-842-3332. Walker Contemporary in Waitsfield. ‘THE BOOK AS ART’: Nine women artists explore the possibilities of the book as art. Cocurated by visual artist Marilyn Gillis. Through April 8. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

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ADVANCED DRAWING EXHIBITION: Diverse drawing techniques and approaches on view in works by students in ART300, taught by Hedya Klein. Through March 21. Info, 443-6433. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. ‘AMERICAN FACES: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF PORTRAITURE AND IDENTITY’: An exhibit that brings together 90 portraits from more than 20 collections, exploring and explaining Americans’ 300-year fascination with images of themselves. Through April 30. Info, 443-6433. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. ‘THE COLOR OF LIGHT’: A group exhibition juried by Arthur Meyerson, displaying the work of 35 photographers from around the world. Through April 8. Info, 388-4500. PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury. DELSIE HOYT: “Re-imagine the Braided Rug,” an exhibition of innovative textiles by the West Fairlee artist. Through April 29. STANLEY HORACE LYNDES: “Family Traits: Art, Humor and Everyday Life,” an exhibition exploring family identity through the artist’s cartoons, caricatures, carved objects and fiber arts. Through May 12. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. EMERGING ARTISTS SHOW: The eighth annual exhibition of works by Mt. Abraham High School students, including photography, painting, drawing, jewelry, felting, comics and more. Through March 26. Info, 453-4032. Art on Main in Bristol.

‘FOCUS ON THE SHELDON: FIVE-POINT PERSPECTIVE’: Photographs of objects from the Sheldon’s collection by local artists Suki Fredericks, Paul Gamba, Kate Gridley, Kirsten Hoving and Eric Nelson. Through May 13. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. GRACE MELLOW: “Not for Show,” an exhibition of figurative drawings by the Rutland-born, New York City-based artist. Through April 9. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. ‘UNTOUCHED BY TIME: THE ATHENIAN ACROPOLIS FROM PERICLES TO PARR’: Early archaeological publications, antiquarian paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, books and more that represent enduring fascination with the Acropolis. Through April 23. Info, 443-5007. Middlebury College Museum of Art.


DICK KIRBY: “Metal Madness,” a solo exhibition of artist-designed steel works, including lamps, weathervanes, candleholders and coat racks. Through April 30. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. PHOEBE STONE: “Still Life With Universe,” an exhibition of recent large-format pastels and oils that address the subject of still life, the quotidian and our mysterious relationship with the universe.

Through March 31. Info, 282-2396. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton University. ‘PRELUDE TO SPRING: BOTANICAL ART IN VERMONT’: Works by Vermont artists Bobbi Angell, Susan Bull Riley and Stephanie Whitney-Payne. Through April 1. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. ‘RELEASE & REACT’: Works by 16 artists from Brush Strokes Studio, East Mountain Mentoring Artists and the Vermont Abstract Connection. Through March 31. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. ‘REVIVAL: STONE AND STEEL’: An exhibition of sculpture by Sabrina Fadial, Paul Marr Hillard, Don Ramey and Heather Ritchie. Through March 18. Info, Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. ‘THE SHE PROJECT – PART I’: An interactive exhibition exploring what women of all ages experience as they cope with the pressure to maintain a youthful appearance at any cost, by Vermont multidisciplinary artists Mary Admasian and Kristen M. Watson. Through June 24. Info, galleries@castleton. edu. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland.

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DOUG MASURY: “As If — Weavings From Oz,” handwoven art objects including Indonesianinspired wall hangings, African-style headdresses

Phoebe Stone “Still Life With Universe,” at the Christine Price Gallery at Castleton University, presents new, large-format pastels and oil paintings

that speak to the entanglements of the minute and the cosmic, the personal and the universal. Stone’s imaginative subject matter reflects in part her dual career as author and illustrator of fantastical children’s books, such as When the Wind Bears Go Dancing. For this allegorical series, Stone uses a soft palette and surrealism to create evocative dream sequences populated by flowers, beasts and optical illusions. Through March 31. Pictured: “Bouquet With Night Sky #3.”

and hand-dyed bamboo scarves. Through March 31. Info, 603-795-4909. Long River Gallery & Gifts in White River Junction. ‘MAKING MUSIC: THE SCIENCE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS’: An exhibition that explores the science behind making rhythms and harmonies heard. Through September 17. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. ‘SPIRIT OF ODANAKSIS’: Ten members of the 14-year-old art collective, named for the Abenaki term for “little village,” show works in oil, watercolor, pastel, multimedia, photography and prints. Artists: Gail Barton, Le Liu Browne, Becky Cook, Helen Elder, Anne Webster Grant, Linda Laundry, Anne Rose, Jonathan Rose, Susan Rump and Jo Tate. Through May 10. Info, 295-3118. Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction.

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KELLY DOYLE: “Improbable Surfaces,” an exhibition of mixed-media works that transform existing materials. Through April 22. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. KENT SHAW: New images by the Vermont photographer. Through April 10. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. MARIE LAPRE’ GRABON: Selected drawings and paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 3. Info, 578-8809. 3rd Floor Gallery in Hardwick. ‘MIRROR/MIRROR’: An exhibition reflecting upon the looking glass and all that it contains, from telescopes to magic tricks, disco balls to dentistry, fashion to psychotherapy, myth to superstition. Through May 1. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. ‘X-RAY VISION: FISH INSIDE OUT’: A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution featuring 40 large-scale digital prints of X-rays of several species of fish. Through June 1. Info, 748-2372. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

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CAROLYN ENZ HACK: “Change Your Mind,” an immersive, site-specific installation consisting of layers of mesh, screens and reflective surfaces that undulate above and around the viewer. Through March 15. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. DIANNE SHULLENBERGER: “Personalities of Nature,” an exhibition of natural object collages, colored pencil drawings and fabric collages. Through April 6. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in West Brattleboro. ‘SIGNS OF LIFE’: An exhibition featuring the works of married artists Roger Sandes and Mary Welsh. Through April 21. Info, 258-3992. The Great Hall in Springfield.


‘ART FROM THE SCHOOLS’: Students from more than 20 local schools exhibit their artwork. Through April 2. Info, 362-1405. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. RENÉE BOUCHARD: “We the People,” new paintings and sculptures by the college artist-in-residence. Through April 7. Info, 447-4041. Southern Vermont College Gallery in Bennington.


JASPER TOMKINS: “Expansions,” colorful acrylic paintings by the award-winning author and illustrator. Through April 30. Info, 498-8438. White River Gallery at BALE in South Royalton. JEANNE MCMAHAN AND PETER NERI: “Two Perspectives of Rural Vermont,” an exhibition of collages and pen-and-ink drawings by the Vermont artists. Through March 26. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge Village. YOUTH ART MONTH: An exhibition of paintings, drawings and other artwork created by 50 South Royalton School elementary, middle and high school students. Through April 14. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton.m

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movies Neruda ★★★★★



scarsSoWTF. This past year, the great Chilean director Pablo Larraín (The Club) presented the world with a pair of films in which famous names figure prominently. Jackie centered on the days following the Kennedy assassination and Natalie Portman’s whispery imitation of the First Widow. Neruda also takes a page from history, but it transforms real events and people into a work of towering beauty and imagination by slyly intertwining fact and fantasy, politics and poetry. Inexplicably, the former film received multiple nominations from the Academy, while the latter — arguably the year’s most apposite work of cinema — was completely ignored. “In the middle of the night I ask myself / what will happen to Chile? / What will become of my poor, dark country... / I feel that now / with the dead year of doubt scarcely over... / the menace once again appears / and on the walls a rising rancor...” Talk about history repeating itself. Though it reads like something an American poet might have written in the past month, “Insomnia” was composed by Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda in 1964. Yup, a Chilean election year. Neruda opens in 1948, when the poet was

so famous and beloved by the people of Chile, both working-class and cultured, that he was as influential as a high-ranking politician. In fact, he was a high-ranking politician, representing the Communist Party in the Chilean senate. A surreal early scene shows Neruda joking and discussing issues of the day with colleagues in the most majestic men’s room in movie history. “Emperor Caligula,” one calls him, alluding to the writer-statesman’s legendary sensualism. Despite a belly and comb-over, the dude was a rock star. Larraín and screenwriter Guillermo Calderón keep the unexpected touches coming. It’s a fact that, at this time, President Videla (Alfredo Castro) outlawed communism, forcing Neruda to go underground. A warrant was indeed issued for his arrest. It is pure fantasy, however, that a detective named Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal, never better) was assigned to track Neruda down and pursued him into the snowy southern mountains. The film is such a playful feat of metafiction that the fictitious inspector himself provides its narration. Peluchonneau is a tragic figure straight out of the trashy crime fiction the real Neruda savored so improbably. His growing self-doubt reaches its zenith when the poet’s wife (Mercedes Morán) confronts him with

TAKING A STANZA Larraín’s latest offers a kaleidoscopic chronicle of the poet’s persecution for publicly opposing the Chilean leadership.

the concept that he’s merely a supporting character in a story her husband is writing. “He created you,” she taunts the officer. “He thinks about you thinking about him.” Did I mention that Picasso (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba) pops by as a sort of artistic partner in crime? That’s a lot of Pablos. Invention drenches every frame of this film. The acting’s magnificent, the dialogue’s a delight, and its visuals will take your breath away. As captured by cinematographer Sergio Armstrong, Neruda’s Chile is a phantasmagoria of often- dreamlike shadow, color and light. Think David Lean on acid. Equal parts detective story, political thriller, chase movie, black comedy and

head trip, Larraín’s film is unequaled in its breadth and intellectual boldness. The furthest thing imaginable from a traditional biopic, Neruda is that rarest of achievements: a work about an artist that is itself a work of art. Neruda will be screened on March 20 and 23 as part of the Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier ( and on April 26 in Alumni Auditorium at Champlain College in Burlington as a benefit for the Vermont International Film Foundation and the Burlington Book Festival. RI C K KI S O N AK





Kong: Skull Island ★★★


oviegoers over a certain age will look at the poster art for Kong: Skull Island and immediately see the iconic one-sheet for Apocalypse Now. The story of the great ape has served as a metaphor for human hubris, colonialism, racism and more; now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his writing team offer it as an antiwar parable. It’s not a terrible idea: Set in 1973, just as the U.S. withdraws from Vietnam, this reimagining sends a helicopter squad led by a gung-ho lieutenant colonel (Samuel L. Jackson) to explore an island newly discovered by satellite technology. In charge is scientist Bill Randa (John Goodman), who has conned a senator into funding his expedition to the place he believes is Giant Monster Central. Lest you wonder why anyone would remake King Kong (1933) a third time, be aware that Skull Island isn’t a remake but a prequel to a monster title fight. Randa represents a shadowy organization first seen in Godzilla (2014). Legendary Entertainment has Godzilla vs. Kong on its schedule for 2020, and the venerable ape has been supersized in preparation. Already too big to scale the Empire State Building, he’s still growing, we’re told. For viewers who feel invested in the battles of these big CG critters, Skull Island may be essential viewing. For those who don’t, it’s a mixed bag. Don’t come expecting the familiar King Kong story beats: the hos-

APE-SNIT Kong doesn’t take kindly to humans invading his domain in the new entry in Legendary’s giant critter franchise.

tile natives, the creepy-yet-affecting “beauty and the beast” love story, the final stand in New York. A blond war correspondent (Brie Larson) fills the role of “beauty” here, but, apart from one soulful stare at her, Kong doesn’t seem particularly obsessed. Indeed, this Kong (Terry Notary) doesn’t have much personality at all. The film is at its best when it sweeps us into the terror of confronting giants. The initial Kong-versus-helicopters scene is viscer-

al and jarring, while a later encounter with a vast arachnid offers a tableau both horrific and absurd. These set pieces suggest that Vogt-Roberts, known for the indie The Kings of Summer, might be good at making actual war movies. The soldiers are distinct characters, and their banter sets an amiably irreverent mood. The film verges into outright goofiness when John C. Reilly pops up as Marlow (yes, a Conrad reference), a pilot who’s been

stranded on the island since World War II. “Kong’s king around here,” he solemnly informs the explorers. If only Marlow were the film’s protagonist, instead of Tom Hiddleston’s haunted hunter-tracker. Aside from posing like a matinee idol and muttering darkly about the costs of war, the latter barely even registers. Larson’s journalist is equally flat, and saddled with some of the worst lines in the film. Because it lacks a compelling hero or anti-hero, Skull Island comes off as a bunch of intermittently fun stuff orbiting an absent center. The antiwar theme becomes window dressing once Marlow clarifies that Kong is actually humanity’s ally against the true enemy: hungrier, scalier monsters. War may be hell, in short, but it’s better to fight than to be eaten, and primates need to stick together. The film exemplifies the difficulty of trying to fit a writer or director’s “vision” into the framework of a franchise. The politics of the 1933 King Kong were highly questionable, but the metaphor resonated, making audiences fear and fear for the title character. In Skull Island, nothing resonates because nothing sticks. When Reilly’s Marlow sheepishly apologizes for giving the scaly monsters a silly name, you half-wish the filmmakers would apologize for their haphazardness, too. MARGO T HARRI S O N


NEW IN THEATERS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Disney returns to the fairy tale that inspired the 1991 animated hit with this live-action musical featuring songs from the original. Emma Watson plays the book-loving girl forced into imprisonment in the castle of the dreaded Beast (Dan Stevens). With Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Kevin Kline. Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes) directed. (129 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) KEDI: Cat lovers, prepare for cute overload! This documentary from director Ceyda Torun profiles the city of Istanbul through the unusual lens of its street cats and the people who love them. (80 min, NR. Roxy)


I AM NOT YOUR NEGROHHHHH In this film essay, director Raoul Peck uses James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript about the deaths of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X to reflect on race in contemporary America. (95 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 2/1) JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2HHH1/2 In the sequel to the cult action hit, the tough-guy title character (Keanu Reeves) finds out he has an underworld bounty on his head. Chad Stahelski returns as director. With Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan and Ian McShane. (122 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 2/15) KONG: SKULL ISLANDHHH The folks who brought us the 2014 Godzilla take a shot at the story of the great ape, in which soldiers fresh from the Vietnam War explore the titular island in search of monsters. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson star. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) directed. (120 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 3/15)

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LA LA LANDHHHH1/2 Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star as lovers aiming for the big time in this jazzy tribute to old-time Hollywood musicals from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). (128 min, PG-13) THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIEHH A breakout star of The LEGO Movie gets his own animated showcase. With the voices of Will Arnett (as the Caped Crusader), Jenny Slate, Channing Tatum and Ralph Fiennes. Chris McKay directed. (104 min, PG; reviewed by R.K. 2/15) BEFORE I FALLHHH A high school mean girl (Zoey Deutch) finds herself reliving the day of her death over and over and solving the mystery of how to live it better in this adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s YA novel. Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks) directed. (99 min, PG-13)

LIONHHHHH Twenty-five years after being lost on the Calcutta streets, a young man (Dev Patel) tries to find the family he left behind. With Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. Garth Davis directed. (118 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 12/21) LOGANHHHH Hugh Jackman returns as the impregnable X-Man in a new take on the comicbook mythos, set in the near future and featuring Patrick Stewart as a decrepit Professor X. James Mangold (The Wolverine) cowrote and directed. (137 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 3/8)

FIFTY SHADES DARKERH1/2 Supposedly sexy sadist Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) is back in the sequel to the hit erotic drama; now his beloved Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) must tangle with his creepy exes. James Foley (Perfect Stranger) directed. (115 min, R)

MOANAHHHH A young girl (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) who longs to escape her small island enlists the aid of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in the latest Disney family animation. Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid) directed. (113 min, PG)

GET OUTHHHH Writer-director Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”) swerves from comedy to socially conscious horror with this thriller about a young African American (Daniel Kaluuya) who senses something very wrong at the home of his white girlfriend’s folks. With Allison Williams, Lakeith Stanfield and Bradley Whitford. (103 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 3/1)

MOONLIGHTHHHH1/2 This acclaimed drama from director Barry Jenkins tells the story of a young African American growing from boy to man in a rough part of Miami. (111 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 11/23)

THE GREAT WALLHH This historical fantasy action spectacle posits that the Great Wall of China was built to keep supernatural evils out — and mercenary Matt Damon has to make sure they stay there. Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers) directed. (103 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 2/22)

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PATERSONHHHHH The latest from writer-director Jim Jarmusch showcases Adam Driver as a bus driver-slash-poet quietly going about his daily routines. With Golshifteh Farahani and Nellie. (118 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 2/8) THE RED TURTLEHHHHH Animator-director Michael Dudok de Wit teamed up with Japan’s Studio Ghibli for this Oscar-nominated wordless film about a castaway surviving on a desert island — with a touch of the surreal. (80 min, PG; reviewed by R.K. 3/1) ROCK DOGHH1/2 In this family animation, Luke Wilson voices a Tibetan mastiff inspired by a radio to seek musical stardom. With the voices of Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons and Lewis Black. Ash Brannon (Surf’s Up) directed. (80 min, PG) NOW PLAYING

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HIDDEN FIGURESHHH1/2 The fact-based story of three math-minded African American women who helped get NASA’s space program off the ground features strong performances from Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Theodore Melfi directed. (127 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 1/11)

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Would you like some free healing that’s in alignment with cosmic rhythms? Try this experiment. Imagine that you’re planning to write your autobiography. Create an outline that has six chapters. Each of the first three chapters will be about a past experience that helped make you who you are. In each of the last three chapters, you will describe a desirable event that you want to create in the future. I also encourage you to come up with a boisterous title for your tale. Don’t settle for My Life So Far or The Story of My Journey. Make it idiosyncratic and colorful, perhaps even outlandish, like Piscean author Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.


(May 21-June 20): Many Geminis verbalize profusely and acrobatically. They enjoy turning their thoughts into speech and love to keep social situations lively with the power of their agile tongues. Aquarians and Sagittarians may rival your tribe for the title of The Zodiac’s Best Bullshitters, but I think you’re in the top spot. Having heaped that praise on you, however, I must note that your words don’t always have as much influence as they have entertainment value. You sometimes impress people more than you impact them. But here’s the good news: In the coming weeks, that could change. I suspect your fluency will carry a lot of clout. Your communication skills could sway the course of local history.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your world is more spacious than it has been in a long time. Congrats! I love the way you have been pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and into the wilder frontier. For your next trick, here’s my suggestion: Anticipate the parts of you that may be inclined to close down again when you don’t feel as brave and free as you do now. Then gently clamp open those very parts. If you calm your fears before they break out, maybe they won’t break out at all. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I like rowdy, extravagant longing as much as anyone. I enjoy being possessed by a heedless greed for too much of everything that feels rapturous: delectable food, mysterious sex, engrossing information,

liberating intoxication, and surprising conversations that keep me guessing and improvising for hours. But I am also a devotee of simple, sweet longing ... pure, watchful, patient longing ... open-hearted longing that brims with innocence and curiosity and is driven as much by the urge to bless as to be blessed. That’s the kind I recommend you explore and experiment with in the coming days.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You know that forbidden fruit you’ve had your eyes on? Maybe it isn’t so forbidden any more. It could even be evolving toward a state where it will  be both freely available and downright healthy for you to pluck. But there’s also a possibility that it’s simply a little less risky than it was before. And it may never become a fully viable option. So here’s my advice: Don’t grab and bite into that forbidden fruit yet. Keep monitoring the situation. Be especially attentive to the following questions: Do you crave the forbidden fruit because it would help you flee a dilemma you haven’t mustered the courage to escape from? Or because it would truly be good for you to partake of the forbidden fruit? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I expect you  will  get more than your usual share of both sweetness and tartness in the coming days. Sometimes one or the other  will  be the predominant mode, but on occasion they  will  converge to deliver a complex brew of WOW!-meets-WTF! Imagine chunks of sour apples in your vanilla fudge ripple ice cream. Given this state of affairs, there’s no good reason for you to be blandly kind or boringly polite. Use a saucy attitude to convey your thoughtfulness. Be as provocative as you are tender. Don’t just be nice — be impishly and subversively nice. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I want to gather your darkness in my hands, to cup it like water and drink.” So says Jane Hirshfield in her poem “To Drink.” I bet she was addressing a Scorpio. Does any other sign of the zodiac possess a sweet darkness that’s as delicious and gratifying as yours? Yes, it’s true that you also harbor an unappetizing pocket of darkness, just like everyone else. But that sweet kind — the

ambrosial, enigmatic, exhilarating stuff — is not only safe to imbibe, but can also be downright healing. In the coming days, I hope you’ll share it generously with worthy recipients.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Saturn has been in your sign steadily since September 2015, and will  continue to be there until December 2017. Some traditional astrologers might say you are in a phase of downsizing and self-restraint. They’d encourage you to be extra strict and serious and dutiful. To them, the ringed planet is an exacting taskmaster. There are some grains of truth in this perspective, but I like to emphasize a different tack. I say that if you cooperate with the rigors of Saturn, you’ll be inspired to become more focused and decisive and disciplined as you shed any flighty or reckless tendencies you might have. Yes, Saturn can be adversarial if you ignore its commands to be faithful to your best dreams. But if you respond gamely, it  will  be your staunch ally.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Born in the African nation of Burkina Faso, Malidoma Somé is a teacher who writes books and offers workshops to Westerners interested in the spiritual traditions of his tribe. In his native Dagaare language, his first name means “he who befriends the stranger/enemy.” I propose that we make you an honorary “Malidoma” for the next three weeks. It  will  be a favorable time to forge connections, broker truces, and initiate collaborations with influences you have previous considered foreign or alien. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): EVERY rela-

tionship has problems. No exceptions. In the beginning, all may be calm and bright, but eventually cracks will appear. Here’s the corollary to that rule: EVERY partner is imperfect. Regardless of how cool, kind, attractive or smart they may seem in the early stages, they will eventually unveil their unique flaws and troubles. Does this mean that all togetherness is doomed? That it’s forever impossible to create satisfying unions? The answer is HELL, NO! — especially if you keep the following principles in mind. Choose a partner whose problems are: 1. interesting; 2. tolerable; 3. useful in prodding you to grow; 4. all of the above.


ARIES (March 21-April 19): The more unselfish and compassionate you are in the coming weeks, the more likely it is you will  get exactly what you need. Here are four ways that can be true. 1. If you’re kind to people, they will want to be kind to you in return. 2. Taking good care of others  will  bolster their ability to take good care of you. 3. If you’re less obsessed with I-me-mine, you will magically dissolve psychic blocks that have prevented certain folks from giving you all they are inclined to give you. 4. Attending to others’ healing  will  teach you valuable lessons in how to heal yourself — and how to get the healing you yearn for from others.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I hope you will  consider buying yourself some early birthday presents. The celebration is weeks away, but you need some prodding, instigative energy now. It’s crucial that you bring a dose of the starting-fresh spirit into the ripening projects you’re working on. Your mood might get overly cautious and serious unless you infuse it with the spunk of an excited beginner. Of course only you know what gifts would provide you with the best impetus, but here are suggestions to stimulate your imagination: a young cactus, a jack-in-the-box, a rock with the word “sprout” written on it, a decorated marble egg, a fox mask, a Photoshopped image of you flying through the air like a superhero.


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instead of getting back in my car to drive over. You had a long-sleeved black tee on, and I had a long purple down coat on. Would love to meet up again! When: Friday, March 3, 2017. Where: by Burton store. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913882 ISO: WE CHATTED AT HG! We saw your iSpy from the Wood Brothers show and want to offer you and the lovely lady tickets to see Galactic or Holly Bowling! Would love to connect so that you two lovebirds can reconnect! Much love. —HG. When: Thursday, March 2, 2017. Where: Higher Ground. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913881 SUBTLE FLIRT AT RITE AID We parked next to each other. You were in a blue F150; I was in a tan SUV. Exchanged smiles going in. I was with my daughter; you passed me in the aisle, and when I called out to her, you joked she was off shoplifting. I laughed but wish I had said something more. When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Where: Winooski Rite Aid. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913880 LOOKOUT — DOUBLE A RON Not an hour passes that I don’t think about the bright light we shared. You are missed immensely. I’m sorry things will never again be the same. You are my twin flame, and our paths will forever cross just as they have over the last two decades. You’ll always have a special spot in my heart, with so much love. See you in the next lifetime, or maybe sooner. When: Saturday, May 14, 2016. Where: Lookout. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913879 UNCOMMON STAR WARS I sat next to you at Uncommon Grounds. Your comics caught my attention. I wanted to ask if you only got Star Wars titles, then I saw your tattoo. Wish I asked anyway. When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Where: Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913878 I SPY GARY EFFIN LANE Yes, I’m talking the Gary Lane. I spy you saving my a**, literally all the time. All hail Gary. I’m buying this weekend. When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Where: Stewart’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913877 MASSAGING MOTOR VEHICLES We both pulled over because our cars were shaking like massage chairs. I asked you if you needed help, even though you already had a shovel and all I had was an ice scraper. Your smile made my day. When: Monday, February 13, 2017. Where: Richmond rest area. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913876 SHARP Wow. Where are you located? This just might work. Reach out if you are interested. I am, lol. When: Sunday, February 26, 2017. Where: Seven Days. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913875 I SANG A FAST SONG ...for you at karaoke. I hope you liked it. I wanted to talk more, but you left. You’re a teacher. I package coffee, but don’t hold it against me. When: Friday, February 24, 2017. Where: Backstage. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913874

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My fiancé recently asked me for some space. I love him so much, but he says I’m smothering him. He says he’s worried our relationship will feel like a duty for him. We had an argument about a strip club. I really don’t like the idea of guys going to a strip club, but he says I don’t let him do anything. What do I do? I don’t want to lose him. I cry myself to sleep.


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Abort mission, abort mission! Or, at least, pause mission! Maybe there are some wonderful bits about your connection that you haven’t shared here — but your letter raises major red flags that you need to address asap. I know you don’t want to lose him, but I’m really put off by his negative comment about marriage feeling like a “duty.” Here’s the thing: It is a duty. Relationships are a responsibility. Marriage is many things, but it is, at its core, a lawful contract between two consenting adults. It comes with terms and conditions — set by both of you — and it means honoring those agreements. You two need to sit down and make a list of what a happy marriage looks like to each of you. What are the traits of a successful relationship? What can you offer each other? What do you expect of one another? If you think strip clubs are gross, make that part of your terms. Assert yourself and get the clarity you need. Listen, it’s natural for a proposal to generate jitters and doubts — marriage is a big deal! Maybe he’s feeling overwhelmed about the whole “forever” part. Fear sometimes comes in the form of claustrophobia, and that might be why he’s feeling smothered. If you’re noticing his nerves, you might, in turn, be holding on to him a little tighter than usual — see the cycle? But if he really feels that your expression of love is smothering and is concerned about your relationship turning into a job, space may be just what both of you need. The great Nina Simone sang, “You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.” Instead of shedding tears over how you’re going to keep him, focus on what he needs to do to keep you. This is the rest of your life, too, my dear.

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