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Readers got fired up about last week’s news story “Hunting Foes Want to Snare Seats on Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Board,” regarding whether nonhunters should be represented on the group of sportsmen that currently decides how Vermont manages its game. Those willing to use their names were mostly socalled “nonconsumptives.” Here’s a taste. I am a veterinarian who has treated injuries and removed limbs from pet dogs and cats caught in leghold traps. I could not save the cat from Hinesburg who must have been in the trap for days, considering the dehydration she suffered. I have four issues with leghold traps: 1. They are exceedingly inhumane and cause a tremendous amount of pain to the animal. 2. For every target animal trapped, there are two nontarget species caught 3. The trapped animal is not killed humanely. 4. Trappers do not check their traps often enough. We need members on the board who, based on their training and knowledge, can present differing opinions on trapping. This will better serve the public and the animals. Peggy W. Larson


Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s mission is “to protect and conserve our fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.” That means all


people, not just consumptive groups such as trappers or hunters. Shouldn’t we be asking Fish & Wildlife Board chair Kevin Lawrence and the rest of the board members: How does a group of trappers, taxidermists and hunters not hold bias and discriminate voting based on their own interests and hobbies? Lawrence said: “If someone is totally against something, how can they work to support it?” Conversely, how is someone who is invested both personally and financially in a particular consumptive activity such as trapping able to adequately, equitably and ethically make a decision that represents all people and supports the tenets of “protect and conserve” wildlife, fish, plants and their habitats? As for experience, there are many environmental biologists, veterinarians, veterinary technicians and wildlife rehabilitators who could be Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board members. It is time that nonconsumptive


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I would like to thank all of the trapping opponents for clarifying one point: The reason that we need sporting conservationists on the board is that they understand the issues. If you read the comments opposed to the makeup of the board, you will note that nowhere did they discuss actual wildlife management issues. They engage in a great deal of hyperbole and conjecture but never mention the issues generated by excessive populations of any animal: Habitat degradation, increased disease transmission, negative population impacts on other species and starvation due to excessive competition are all real issues which have been observed by scientists to occur in the absence of active management such as hunting and trapping. One opponent states that they will no longer support the nongame wildlife fund. So you will penalize nongame species because you are mad that their predators are managed? Statements like those clarify that the concern is for the agenda, not the health and welfare of our wild populations. Mike Covey


Covey is conservation director for the Vermont Trappers Association.

It’s revealing that Fish & Wildlife Board chair Kevin Lawrence reduces attitudes toward trapping and hunting to “for” or “against.” That defensiveness captures the board’s inability to interact with the wider public. Some oppose all hunting and trapping. But there are Vermonters who oppose trapping, not hunting. Or they oppose the all-year, anything-goes season on coyotes, but not regulated deer season. (Why can’t coyote season be regulated?) Others are Mon - Sat 10-7 / Sun 10-5 802-862-2714 / fine with hunting to obtain food.  1184 Williston Road, S. Burlington, VT. /AlpineShopVT V E The motives behind hunting and trapRide Bike Ski Swim ping are varied, too: food on the table, getting out in nature or making a profit. A few have darker motives (see Facebook). Many, Untitled-53 1 like Patrick Berry relishing his woodcock canapés, are driven by feel-good reasons. To be clear — hunting and trapping are about human needs. Current knowledge of animals goes well beyond their game characteristics. The article references the need for hunting and trapping experience in board members. Actually, the experience that’s most vital now for wildlife management is science-based and grounded in data expertise. That experience doesn’t land on the board, because such people are shut out unless they are gung-ho trappers or hunters. That expertise exists in the department and should be expanded, and board members recruited who actually embrace its value. If the board can’t open up to a changing society, it deserves to become the department’s dead end.


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I attended the September 21 Fish & Wildlife Board meeting and was astounded to witness the members attempt to vote down the recommendation of their own wildlife biologist and ignore folks requesting that they deny the trapping petition under consideration. Vermont’s wildlife does not belong exclusively to consumptive users, but because I do not hunt or trap, I am not allowed to have a voice in how public lands are managed. The discussion surrounding the issue of trapping should be about ethical and responsible conservation of public resources. Trapping is inherently indiscriminate, a fact that should negate its effectiveness as a management tool. We exist in the 21st century, not the 18th. Science is rapidly providing a wealth of information on wildlife biology and behavior. Unlike our ancestors, we confront the daunting and challenging effects of climate change. The protection and support of plant and animal species and biodiversity must be a priority for any conservation agency in today’s world. The Fish & Wildlife Department’s current promotion of wanton, indiscriminate and reckless


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week to defend Minter’s credentials: her former boss at AOT, BRIAN SEARLES. Though he served as secretary in both the Dean and Shumlin administrations, Searles is no partisan player. “I admit that I may have voted for more Democrats than Republicans over the years, but I don’t have a label,” he says. “And I vote for a lot of Republicans.” Searles says he’s close to both Minter and her Republican rival, Lt. Gov. PHIL SCOTT, and had hoped to steer clear of the race. “But I don’t want judgments to be made by voters on the basis of something that’s not accurate,” he says. “Questioning that went over the line for me.” So last week, Searles released an op-ed saying he was “personally of-


fended that anyone would question [Minter’s] contribution for partisan political gain.” He explained that, during the first four months after Irene, she played an “invaluable” role as deputy secretary in getting 500 miles of highway reopened and 200 bridges reconnected. Minter, Searles said, “worked as hard and as effectively as anyone on the team.” Others who were directly involved at the time back his account. “She played a key role in the recovery efforts after Irene, and I think that’s beyond dispute,” says Vermont State Colleges chancellor JEB SPAULDING, who was serving as Shumlin’s administration secretary when the storm hit. Even Lunderville, who has endorsed and contributed to Scott’s campaign, corroborates Minter’s story. During his four months as chief recovery officer, he says, “Sue was the person I primarily worked with on transportation recovery.” Debating who did more or less to help the state through its crisis misses the mark, Lunderville argues.

“There was nobody I worked with who wasn’t giving a 110 percent effort — including the lieutenant governor and Sue,” he says. “It wasn’t political, and it wasn’t about taking credit. It was about how quickly we could rebuild.” That Bartley and the GOP apparatus would question Minter’s credentials isn’t shocking. That’s what political parties do. But what is surprising is that Scott would pile on. According to his campaign coordinator, BRITTNEY WILSON, Minter “has been given a total pass for exaggerating her résumé.” “Frankly,  what we hear from the Agency of Transportation employees who were there during that time is that they all collectively roll their eyes whenever Sue suggests she was principally  responsible for any part of the actual recovery,” Wilson says. Scott’s staffer also shares Bartley’s impression that Minter was “a midlevel bureaucrat for years with no managerial responsibility.” Minter herself takes umbrage with that claim. While it’s true that she served as secretary for just eight months — after Searles retired and before she stepped down to run for governor — Minter says she was actually more involved in the budgeting process in her prior role as deputy secretary. “This was a collaborative process that needed leadership,” she says. Searles echoes the point, saying that he has always viewed the agency’s two top roles as “more like a job share.” “She did a lot of tough work on budget development,” he says. Either way, denigrating Minter as a “mid-level bureaucrat” is about as smart as shifting the debate to Irene. After all, anyone who understands Vermont state government knows that even a deputy secretary has a lot more responsibility than a part-time lieutenant governor.

All Players Waver Sometime next week, state regulators are poised to make the most consequential decision in years about Vermont’s health care system. And, chances are, you don’t know the first thing about it. The choice before the Green Mountain Care Board is whether the state should sign an agreement with the federal government to move from a fee-for-service health care delivery model to one that reimburses providers for positive health


Indeed, not long after Shumlin announced the provisional deal, Lt. Gov. Scott called for more public meetings to discuss it, saying that it was “disrespectful” that none had been scheduled for southern Vermont. The board added more meetings and delayed its vote, but the Republican gubernatorial nominee still doesn’t sound convinced. “Phil believes that Vermonters have not been provided enough information to make a decision,” Scott spokesman ETHAN LATOUR says. “Perhaps a few people at the GMCB or in the Shumlin administration know all the details, but those details are not being communicated if they exist.” While the all-payer model has “legitimate potential,” Latour says, “The details and process are important, because Gov. Shumlin’s track record with health care reform is incredibly poor.” Republicans aren’t the only ones who hold that view. Rep. CHRIS PEARSON (P-Burlington), the vice chair of the House Health Care Committee and a candidate for state Senate, says Shumlin faces a pervasive “lack of trust” over his struggles to implement Vermont Health Connect and his abandonment of singlepayer health care. “Any innovation involves a level of trust, so I think that presents a real challenge for the state — and particularly for the Shumlin administration,” Pearson says. “My own sense is, there’s a tremendous amount of potential, but it also could go horribly wrong.” LAWRENCE MILLER, Shumlin’s chief of health care reform, says he understands the skepticism but isn’t concerned. After the vote, he argues, all the players will


have plenty of time to work out the details — and the state can pull out of the contract at any time, with 180 days’ notice. “This is completely different than a large IT project on an absurd schedule,” he says, referring to Vermont Health Connect. “That was truly set up for terrible pain.” So far, those most affected by the proposal — namely the medical community — appear largely on board with it. The Vermont Medical Society, which represents the state’s doctors, and most hospitals and health insurers have sent letters of support. Minter, meanwhile, sees the plan as “a promising approach” to cut costs, according to spokesman ELLIOT BENT. “As governor, she will have the ability to end the agreement if it is not in the best interest of Vermonters,” Bent says, adding that Minter’s been discussing it with providers around the state. “She will continue to assess details and, as governor, will move forward in a transparent, community-based manner.” While Gobeille says he hopes his board will be ready to vote next week, he doesn’t want to rush it. “I’ve told the governor and his staff that we’ll vote when I think it’s the right time to vote,” he says. “I’m not being obstinate, but I’m not going to be pushed, either.”

Media Notes In a last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, the former owners of the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus ceased daily publication in July and moved to a four-day-a-week schedule. Ever since, the papers have distributed print editions

only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Now the new owners, READE BROWER of Maine and CHIP HARRIS of New Hampshire, are looking to bring back at least one day of print. Editor in chief ROB MITCHELL, whose family sold the papers to Brower and Harris last month, announced Sunday that, after next month’s election, the Herald and the TA would start publishing on a Tuesday-throughSaturday schedule. It will scrap the papers’ Sunday edition and replace it with a single “weekender” edition. “This is one of many steps that will continue the course of these newspapers back from the brink of insolvency,” wrote Mitchell, who remains at the helm even though his family no longer owns the papers. “There have been a number of very successful ‘weekender’ publications,” Harris explains, citing the Wall Street Journal’s and the St. Albans Messenger’s Saturday editions. “That’s really the sort of direction we would be going in.” According to Harris, he and Brower may yet return to print on Mondays — but not immediately. “Ideally, we’d like to be out more days than even five,” he says. “How many more than that is a good question, but we do want to come up with a frequency that best serves the community, and we really are not there yet.” m


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outcomes. Proponents argue that such an “all-payer model” would not only slow the growth of health care spending but actually make Vermonters healthier. The proposal, which has been in the works for years, took on new urgency last month when Shumlin reached a provisional agreement with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services SYLVIA MATHEWS BURWELL. The governor announced the deal September 28 and said he wanted the GMCB to vote on it within three weeks, after a mere trio of public hearings. What was the rush? The same thing that pushed the state and the feds to a deal in the first place: the electoral calendar. With both Shumlin and President BARACK OBAMA leaving office in January, the respective administrations knew their time was running out. “They agreed they couldn’t sign it after the election,” GMCB chair AL GOBEILLE says. “So what I’ve told the governor is, I’m going to try to get an up or down vote before the election.” Ironically, the very thing that’s expediting the process has dampened the debate. With an election looming, Vermont voters, politicians, policy makers and reporters have been focused on other matters — from the state’s gubernatorial race to the national nightmare of a presidential campaign. The all-payer waiver hasn’t exactly jumped to the top of the pile. That’s not the worst news in the world to those hoping to make it happen. “I’m desperately trying not to politicize this,” Gobeille says, adding, “I recognize it’s already been politicized.”


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ot long after daybreak on October 11, an elderly Bhutanese woman wearing a black hoodie and rubber gloves walked briskly along Lafountain Street, pulling a dolly-like cart. The temperature hovered just above freezing, and the streets of Burlington’s Old North End were nearly deserted. She paused at a curbside blue recycling bin, rummaged through its contents, tossed two tall-boy beer cans into her cart and headed down the street to the next bin. The woman, who declined to give her name, is one of a loose brigade of “canners” who make a living or supplement their income by gleaning redeemable bottles and cans. Her bottle-collecting rounds used to bring her to the Old North End’s only redemption center, where she exchanged her haul for cash —  until last month, when the Burlington Beverage Center & Bottle Redemption closed after 38 years in operation. Neighbors likely won’t miss the cacophony of clanking bottles or the stalebeer aroma. But for people who make their living one five-cent can at a time, the closing was akin to losing the only bank within

walking distance —  the one that cashed their paychecks. How are canners coping? Through a translator, the Bhutanese woman explained that she has downgraded to a smaller cart and her children now drive her to the next-closest redemption center, two and a half miles away in Winooski. She knows two people who stopped collecting “because they didn’t have a car.” Vermont is one of 10 states with a “bottle bill” that requires customers to pay a deposit on bottles and cans containing carbonated and malt beverages, to cut down on littering. The law led to the creation of redemption centers, where people could return their empties — for cash. In 1978, five years after the bottle bill was enacted, Richard and Georgette Hammond opened theirs on a triangle of land where North Union Street meets North Winooski Avenue. Burlington made recycling mandatory in 1992 and rolled out a citywide pickup program the following year. Residents began using curbside bins, and many, for convenience’s sake, throw in redeemable containers as well, making it easy for people to collect discarded cans. They traverse the streets in the evening or shortly after dawn

in advance of the city’s recycling trucks, rifling through bins, often while toting gravity-defying loads. Redeemed liquor bottles are worth 15 cents; carbonated beverage containers fetch five. Centrally located in one of the state’s most diverse neighborhoods, Burlington



Beverage Center & Bottle Redemption attracted plenty of business. After the Hammonds paid collectors, they’d sell the material back to the manufacturer or a third-party processor. A 2007 survey commissioned by the state Agency of Natural Resources found that redemption centers processed a range of 9,000 to 875,000 containers per month. The revenue they received from returning the material to the

manufacturer or a third party ranged from $300 to $30,000 per month. When Robin Hammond took over for Richard and Georgette in 1998, his wife, Jessica, recalled, people used to stand in line for hours to turn in their cans for cash. Their ranks included longtime Vermonters and New Americans, teens and elderly people. Seven Days spoke to five city canners for this story, mostly older women with limited English. All were reluctant to give their names, either because they didn’t want to embarrass their families or feared being taxed on the income. One Burlington resident said he’s been collecting for 40 years. He does it to supplement his income, but he said others rely on the money to survive. “We call them career canners,” said Robin, who said he’s seen people bring in $100 worth of cans in a day — 2,000 cans and bottles. Jessica said that closing the business has been “bittersweet,” but after more than 30 years, they were ready for a change. Robin has already found a full-time trucking job. Redstone, a real estate and development company, is buying the property and doesn’t plan to resurrect the redemption center. “Our goal is to repurpose the existing building,” said managing partner Erik Hoekstra. “It’s a building that I’ve always kind of admired.��� He’s looking for commercial tenants; a local architect has expressed interest in opening an office there, he said. That won’t help another Bhutanese woman — this one in a blue knit hat — on nearby Intervale Avenue. On a recent Tuesday, her shopping cart was overflowing, with extra garbage bags slung over the cart. Since the Hammonds’ place closed, her son has been driving her load to Winooski’s Beverage Warehouse, which has a redemption center out back. A few streets away, another New American canner wearing a conical straw hat said she also relies on her son to drive her bottle bounty to the Onion City. Not everyone has car-owning kin. A white woman in her sixties said she now pays someone $5 — the equivalent of 100 bottles — to drive her load from Johnson Street to a New North End redemption center. She uses the extra cash to buy diapers and food for her grandchildren. “Right now, we’re collecting for Christmas,” she added. She said she knows several other people who stopped looking for cans after the redemption center on North Winooski Avenue closed.


A Lilliputian woman wearing a green jacket and a headscarf explained in broken English that she now walks to Winooski — a 4.5-mile round-trip from where she stood on Archibald Street. The lines are getting longer, and “we have a lot more walkers,” confirmed Derrick Guilmette, who mans the customer window at the drive-through redemption center behind Beverage Warehouse. Inside, two men wearing earmuffs and protective eyewear grabbed cans off an enormous wooden lazy Susan and tossed them into bins, organized by material. Guilmette noted that one New American man has been coming with a $60 load — several times a day. Options are limited for canners who can’t get out of downtown Burlington. Pearl Street Beverage accepts only $3 worth of containers at a time. Most grocery stores have reverse vending machines

canners. “I’m thinking of the other people who don’t have the strength and health,” he said, noting that some are elderly and disabled. Wanda Hines is also concerned that canners who can’t make the trek could lose their livelihood. Hines is the director of the Joint Urban Ministry Project, a lowincome advocacy organization that owes its existence to a $10,000 bequest made by a longtime Queen City can collector named Nathan Johnson. “For people who are economically oppressed, one of the biggest challenges is transportation,” Hines said. For those traveling to redemption centers without cars, “what routinely would amount to several blocks will now be three to five miles round-trip by foot.” Winter will make the trips more arduous, she added. Hines also noted that Burlington canners have run into another obstacle: The

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city recently installed downtown recycling bins with locked lids. And a more existential threat looms for both canners and redemption centers. As Robin Hammond put it, “They’ve been trying to do away with the bottle bill ever since they started it.” Members of the beverage industry have never been big fans, and changes in recycling practices have bolstered the case that it’s too costly. The state has made recycling mandatory and adopted a “single stream” system so that all materials can be sent to a single processing location. Critics say maintaining a parallel system for bottles and cans is redundant. Environmental groups such as the Vermont Public Interest Research Group defend the bottle bill, pointing out that roughly twice as many redeemable bottles and cans get returned as materials that are simply recyclable. Canners don’t feature prominently in this debate, but if the bottle bill is abolished, they would be collateral damage. “We wouldn’t have our income,” said the grandmother collecting for Christmas presents. And, she added, “This place would be a dump.” m


that process cans and bottles, but there aren’t any in the Old North End. A little more than two miles away, the New North End has two redemption centers, one on either side of North Avenue. Employees at Beverages R Us, located in the Ethan Allen Shopping Center, and Spring Discount Beverage, directly across the street, report modest increases in customers, some of whom are walking from the Old North End. One of them will likely be “Birdman,” the Jamaican native known in Burlington for pushing an elaborately adorned shopping cart. He’s been “recycling,” as he calls it, for about 20 years, and he’s proud of his bottle-picking prowess: “I know the tactics and skills to get bottles,” said Birdman. But whether it’s to Winooski or North Burlington, his next trip to redeem them will be a long haul. “I don’t have no choice. I have to do it,” he said. Ideally, he could minimize his trips by waiting until he’d amassed a large collection of cans, but there’s no room for them inside his jampacked apartment. If he leaves them outside, they get stolen, he said. “It’s terrible,” said Birdman, but he’s more worried about the plight of other

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On Campuses, Vermont Candidates Pitch Locavore Politics B Y T ER R I HA LLEN BEC K




arolynn van Arsdale faced a dilemma. Should she vote back home in Connecticut via absentee ballot? Or should the University of Vermont freshman register in the new home she is eager to embrace? “I haven’t really lived here yet. However, I see this place as my home,” the Westport, Conn., political science major said. At a meeting of the UVM College Democrats earlier this month, van Arsdale was one of 15 students who heard a strong pitch from Jim Dandeneau, the state party’s political director, to make Vermont their political home before Election Day. “We need your help,” he told them. In the governor’s race, “UVM could be the deciding factor.” Political parties can often count on strong interest from students in a presidential election year. But this year, neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is generating much enthusiasm. Worried that students might skip voting altogether, both parties are hoping to persuade them to turn their attention to state races. David Zuckerman, the Progressive/ Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, and David Goodman, husband of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter, joined Dandeneau to rally young Democrats. Zuckerman, a 1995 UVM graduate, told the students how he was once in their shoes. Inspired by then-congressman Bernie Sanders, the Massachusetts native ran for the state House in 1994, knocking on scores of doors and registering 1,400 students to vote. He lost by just 59 votes, he said, before winning a seat two years later. “These votes can make the difference,” Zuckerman asserted. “This is a competitive race,” Goodman told the group. Minter would be just the second female governor in Vermont’s 225-year history, he emphasized. “I would encourage you to be part of making some history here.” Indeed, UVM’s 11,000 undergrads represent a potentially important page in a political playbook, particularly for Democrats. Minter is in what many expect will be a close race against Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for the


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open governor’s seat. If a sizable share of the mostly liberal student body votes in the Vermont election, it could tip the scale. That’s why, on a Monday evening at the height of the campaign, Goodman, Zuckerman and Dandeneau managed to squeeze in a meeting with 15 students. The 2010 open-seat governor’s

“They were significantly energized,” recalled Rep. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington), the incumbent who lost his seat to Ram that year. He returned two years later to win back the second House seat in the same district. In 2016, can UVM students make the difference for candidates such as Minter and Zuckerman? “There’s a huge ques-

STUDENTS CONFIRM THEIR LINGERING LOVE FOR SANDERS, LUKEWARM SENTIMENT FOR CLINTON AND DISLIKE OF TRUMP. election was decided by 2,600 votes, Dandeneau told the group. “There are more than 2,600 students here,” he said of UVM. The university’s students have swayed past elections. In 2008, their overwhelming turnout to vote for Barack Obama also helped sweep brand-new UVM grad Kesha Ram into the Vermont House representing the legislative district that includes the university.

tion mark there,” said Pearson, who is running for state Senate this year. “It really depends on whether they show up.” History suggests a student voting surge won’t be enough to catapult a gubernatorial candidate to victory, according to UVM political science professor Garrison Nelson. In 2008, Obamamania wasn’t strong enough to keep Republican Jim Douglas

from handily winning his reelection bid. Douglas did the same in 2004, when Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry won Vermont. “This is not a state where coattails work,” Nelson said. Eight years ago, UVM students paraded down Main Street to celebrate Obama’s victory, recalled Phil Baruth, a Democratic state senator and UVM English professor whose course on postmodern American literature and culture opens the door to talking politics with students. “I don’t think they’re jazzed enough about Hillary to go out in the streets like they did for Obama, but I think they will vote against Trump,” Baruth predicted. Students confirm their lingering love for Sanders, lukewarm sentiment for Clinton and dislike of Trump. When Jason Maulucci, chair of the UVM College Republicans, asked members at a September 12 meeting if any of them wanted to volunteer to campaign for Trump in New Hampshire, not a single hand went up, according to the clean-cut senior from Connecticut.



“The GOP nominee’s values don’t necessarily align with UVM Republicans,” said Maulucci, who also serves as Student Government Association president. “He doesn’t have the temperament to be president.” Who’s Maulucci voting for? “Not Donald Trump,” he insisted. “I could see myself voting for Hillary Clinton,” he added, sounding almost surprised at his own words. His group decided not to focus on national politics at all this year, he said. Instead, they’re doing like the Dems: Last week college Republicans from UVM, Castleton University and Middlebury College met at Middlebury’s Kirk Alumni Center to fire their members up about local elections. Four of the five GOP statewide

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candidates addressed the group of 25, along with former governor Douglas, a Middlebury alum and professor. “You can make a lot more difference in one of these races,” said Maulucci, who is working on Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott’s campaign. His goal, he said, is to persuade students that state government affects their lives more directly than the federal government. That includes their employment prospects. Republicans, Maulucci argued, have a better plan to create jobs in Vermont. “Our goal is to make this a place you want to stay,” Randy Brock, the party’s candidate for lieutenant governor, told the young Rs last week at Middlebury. Maulucci said that while there’s no question Democrat-voting students outnumber those who lean Republican at UVM, he still thinks his party’s candidates can find supporters among students. “If we do a good job of taking Phil’s message … we can win a lot of votes on campus,” he said.

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vinyl cutters, 3D printers, a sophisticatedlooking sewing machine — for creating interactive media, games and mobile apps. As they sketched out the plot and began designing the game, they wrestled with how to make it entertaining without trivializing the issue. Crispel and her team chose not to sanitize the content. The game opens with a trigger warning that alerts players to be prepared for vulgar language, sexual assault and emotional abuse. The narrative is told through comic panels, drawn by students using Photoshop. They’re black and white, which gives them a foreboding feel. Emily is the protagonist, and Leo, who is new to the school, starts pursuing her right away. Things get weird on their first date, when he starts texting her when she’s using the restroom. Emily stops responding to Leo’s entreaties but stops short of telling him she’s not interested. At the end of the date scene, the player enters a mini-game called Digital Defense. The goal is to connect icons, which represent homework and other tasks, into chains — the longer the chain, the more points. Distracting the player throughout: Leo’s benign but relentless text messages keep popping up on the screen. It’s one of several ways in which Make a Change addresses the relationship between technology and harassment. In another challenge within the game, the player determines whether or not Leo’s behavior toward Emily qualifies as sexual harassment. Leo, who opted not to send that dick pic, barely avoids crossing that threshold. During another side game, the player has to arrange the characters in an apartment in a way that satisfies them all. It’s like solving a puzzle, but instead of pieces, there are college kids, with different desires. Make a Change culminates with a rape. The crime is implied but not depicted, and it’s unclear at first who the perpetrator is. “We used a little bit of a soap opera technique in that you want to have a little bit of mystery,” Crispel explained. But they were careful not to overdo it. “The goal isn’t to shock,” she said. “It’s not like watching ‘CSI.’” Information about where to access support resources, what constitutes sexual harassment and why bystander intervention is important is woven throughout the game’s main narrative and its mini-challenges. Last spring, the Office of Student Life introduced Make a Change to students. Groups of them played together in their residence halls. Some loved the platform; others didn’t engage at all, according to Danelle Barube, director of residential life. This fall, they offered it to freshmen



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eo has his eye on Emily, a pretty blond college sophomore. They’ve gone on one date, but he hasn’t heard from her since, despite texting her repeatedly. When he mentions his predicament to Michael, his friend has a suggestion to get Emily’s attention: Send her a dick pic. Leo, Emily and Michael are fictional characters in a new online game from Champlain College that addresses a tough subject: sexual assault and harassment. Called Make a Change, it follows a group of sophomores from a dorm room to an awkward date to a booze-filled party. Playing the hourlong game feels like reading a graphic novel, with mini challenges embedded in the narrative. Last spring, Champlain’s Office of Student Life began using it to educate students about sexual misconduct — taking an unconventional approach to what’s become a pervasive issue on college campuses nationwide. In recent years, student activists have criticized various schools for ignoring the problem of sexual assault. The Obama administration, too, has been prodding

colleges to do more. Much of the attention has been focused on how these institutions investigate and adjudicate sexual assault cases. But increasingly, people are also demanding more comprehensive college prevention programs. Such initiatives, required under federal law, often follow a similar script. Freshmen listen to a lecture, read some material online, maybe watch a skit. Champlain College, a 2,200-student private school known for offering innovative majors such as digital forensics and game design, provides those kinds of activities, too. Its first-years attend a safety talk that addresses sexual assault; the college posts information in its residence halls; and it recently launched what it calls the See, Say, Do Campaign to bring attention to the importance of bystander intervention. Amanda Crispel, assistant dean for game development at Champlain College, wanted to do more. “The cohort of students that are in game development are primarily male, and we do have instances of sexual harassment,” she said during an interview last week.

The gaming industry overall has a reputation for sexism and misogyny. Most notoriously, hackers harassed Zoë Quinn, Brianna Wu and other high-profile female gamers in a 2014 campaign known as Gamergate, sharing nude photos of them online, distributing their personal information and making death threats against them. Crispel said she became even more eager to address the issue after a student who had been raped — by someone not affiliated with the school — sought her counsel. When Crispel discussed her concerns with staff at the Office of Student Life, they had a suggestion: Make a game about it. “Initially, I was terrified and said, ‘No, that’s crazy,’” Crispel recalled. “It’s a really, really difficult topic to make a game about. I wasn’t certain that we could make a game that was approachable and that would engage people but wouldn’t offend people.” But Crispel agreed to give it a try. It took three years to develop Make a Change, and a number of students and staff pitched in. They worked in Champlain’s Emergent Media Center, which is equipped with software and prototyping tools — laser and


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during the first week of school, when the risk of sexual assault is highest. It wasn’t mandatory, but about 200 of them played. “I think that says a lot,” she said. According to Barube, several students “have come forward to a campus resource and said, ‘After I played, it made me rethink an experience I had, and now I think I need to get in touch with some sort of support resource, because I’m questioning what happened.’” Champlain officials stress that they don’t consider the game a “silver bullet” or even a stand-alone tool. After students play, staff lead a discussion about it. “I think Make a Change is us attempting to utilize that platform to start a really important TATI AN A conversation that PRINCIVIL some students would potentially not engage in otherwise. It creates this other entry point,” Barube said. Online games come with another advantage: Because the experience is active, as opposed to passive, “you experience it in your brain in many ways like it’s an actual event,” Crispel said. As a result, the content is more likely to have a lasting impression. Nikki Pito, a senior studying game art, was one of several artists who drew the characters in Make a Change. She couldn’t recall what kind of sexual-assault education she received as a freshman. It wasn’t until playing Make a Change last year that she understood the range of support resources available to students. “I’ve been lucky enough that I haven’t needed to look into them while I’ve been here, but I wouldn’t have known anything otherwise,” she said. Pito said collaborators could opt out of being listed in the credits at the end of Make a Change, in case the game caused a backlash. She kept her name in and hasn’t heard from any offended classmates.

On campus last Monday, earbud- and backpack-wearing students walked to and from class. Asked if they’d played the game, responses ranged from “What’s Make a Change?” to “I think I saw some posters about it” to “I probably should.” One trio of juniors — two female, one male — had played it. “People had been talking about it, and it sounded kind of sketchy. I was like, ‘There’s no way a school handled this properly,’” said Tatiana Princivil, a digital forensics major who wore bright red lipstick and a slouch beanie. She continued, “So I played it, and it wasn’t bad.” Robin Shafto, a computer science major who was holding her computer to her chest, said she is glad to see the college stepping up its sexual assault prevention efforts: “This game represents a really solid effort.” But they all agreed it could be improved. “It wasn’t that exciting,” said Christian Fusco, a computer science major who wore a hoodie and a baseball cap. “There were parts that were really easy to do.” As a resident adviser, sophomore Olivia Lyons played Make a Change with a group of freshmen this fall. “I heard some people making fun of it,” Lyons said. But she noticed that the game-design majors got into it. “It started a conversation,” she said, noting that of the 20 people who played that day, 19 were male. Lyons said she thinks Make a Change has potential as a prevention tool, pointing out that “a lot of kids won’t go listen to a speaker.” Crispel and her team are applying for a grant to study the efficacy of the game. With more schools paying attention to sexual assault, it’s easy to envision Make a Change spreading to other campuses. But Champlain isn’t releasing Make a Change to the public at this point — it’s still in beta-testing on the school’s student portal — and is mum about future plans for the game. In the meantime, Crispel wants to make it more relatable for a wider range of people, by adding protagonists who are male, transgender, lesbian, multiracial and so on. Said Crispel: “This is a story about the human condition, not just about one particular sexual orientation or one gender.” m

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Burlington School Board member David Kirk is drawing the ire of some parents who say his Facebook posts are racially insensitive, degrading to women and demeaning to students. Kirk, who represents Ward 7 in the city’s New North End, should resign, said parent Alison Segar, in a post on the Support Our Burlington Schools Facebook page. “I have just looked Burlington School Board member David Kirk at his Facebook page which spews forth hatred towards many of the groups of people represented in our school district. I think we should be calling for his resignation,” Segar wrote. “I am embarrassed that he is a representative on our board and that he is part of the decision making process. UGH.” In a telephone interview with Seven Days, Segar said she wanted to hear what Kirk had to say about the page. But she also reiterated that he should resign and vowed to bring it to the school board. Kirk did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Kirk’s Facebook posts defend the Confederate flag, suggest that immigrant students ask schools to make too many changes for them, and poke fun at the Black Lives Matter movement. Another shows a lingerie-clad woman tied to a bed. Kirk’s term runs through 2018. As of Tuesday, his Facebook page was publicly accessible. Some of the criticism about Kirk’s posts circulated among teacher union members who said they did not want to be quoted by name in Seven Days. The union and the school board are in the midst of heated labor negotiations, with a mediation session scheduled for Wednesday and a possible strike looming Thursda .       


Spending Exceeds $9.6 Million in Vermont Gubernatorial Race Candidates for Vermont’s top office and those suppo ting them have doled out more than $9.6 million this campaign season, according to an analysis by Seven Days. With less than three weeks remaining until Election Day, that puts the 2016 gubernatorial race on track to be the most expensive in state history. The majori y of the money, nearly $6.5 million, has been spent by the fi e major-party candidates themselves: Democratic nominee Sue Minter, Republican nominee Phil Scott and their three vanquished primary-election rivals. Another $3.1 million has come from national party organizations, special-interest groups and one wealthy individual. The analysis reflects only money spent exclus ely on the gubernatorial race, so it likely undercounts the total. For example, it does not include the $7,904 that the National Rifle Association spent on postcards last week, because those mention not only Scott but 19 other candidates. More significantl , it does not include spending by the Vermont Democratic Party or the Vermont Republican Party, since that money typically benefits the respective parties’ entire slates. By far the biggest player in recent months has been a super PAC funded by the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association. The organization, ca led A Stronger Vermont, has

spent more than $1.8 million bolstering Scott’s campaign, according to a disclosure filed late Saturday with the Secreta y of State’s Office. In the latest 15-day filing period, which ended October 12 it spent $573,000 — largely on television advertising criticizing Minter. The RGA continued to vastly outspend its Democratic counte part. A super PAC funded by the D.C.-based Democratic Governors Association, called Our Vermont, has invested $767,000 in Minter’s candidacy. In the latest period, it spent $288,000. (It dropped another $98,000 on TV ads last Friday, after that period had ended.) In recent weeks, both super PACs outspent the candidates they’re supporting. Saturday’s filings show that Minter has spent $1.46 million over the course of her campaign, including nearly $201,000 in the previous 15 days. (She spent another $62,000 on TV ads last Friday.) Scott, meanwhile, has spent $1.25 million since he launched his campaign, including $138,000 in the most recent period.


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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will join state Democratic candidates for six rallies across Vermont this weekend. The e ents start Friday in Montpelier with a 5 p.m. rally at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Alumni Hall, according to Elliott Bent, the spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter. Saturday and Sunday stops are scheduled for Vergennes, Bennington, Rutland, Burlington and St. Albans. Minter will join Sanders at all six events. Also expected to attend at least some of the rallies are Sen. David Zuckerman (P/DChittenden), who is running for lieutenant governor; Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, who is running for attorney general; and state House candidates. Sanders has only made a few public appearances in Vermont since he won 86 percent of the state’s Democratic presidential primary vote. Needless to say, he’s likely to draw sizable crowds. His support could be particularly helpful for Minter, who came into the open governor’s race with less name recognition than her opponent, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. Sanders endorsed Minter and Donovan last week. He also announced his support for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Treasurer Beth Pearce, Secretary of State Jim Condos and Auditor Doug Hoffer. He had previously endorsed Zuckerman, along with a slew of legislative candidates. Sanders’ statement heaped praised on Minter and Donovan but said nothing specific about Leah , with whom he has served in Congress for 16 years. Leahy endorsed former secretary of state Hillary Clinton over Sanders during the Democratic presidential primary. Vermont’s senior senator is facing a challenge from Republican Scott Milne.


on the local voting rolls. Only four of the 15 said they were registered in Vermont. Without inquiring whether they knew anything about the candidates on Vermont’s ballot, Dandeneau passed out voter registration forms, urging the out-of-staters to rethink where home is and get their classmates to do the same. Some might claim they need to vote at home because they’re from a presidential swing state, he said, advising students to “lean on them a little bit.” As Zuckerman, Goodman and Dandeneau  spoke, the students sat quietly around a table. But when the meeting ended, van Arsdale spoke up. They shouldn’t take her silence for lack of interest, she said; she was ready to pitch in. Just a month into her college career, van Arsdale came away from the meeting motivated to get involved. She never had the sense that she was welcome in local politics as a teenager in Connecticut. Vermont has a different vibe, she said, describing Burlington as “the perfect city for me.” Two days later, van Arsdale was volunteering at a Vermont Democratic Party voter registration table, alongside party staffer Andrew Champagne. Bitesize Milky Way bars served to lure students, though only a few inquired about voting. Van Arsdale filled out the form to switch her own registration from Connecticut to Vermont. Then she set it aside. “I haven’t really decided this yet,” she said, wondering aloud whether she should look more closely at her hometown politics first. A day later, she’d made her decision: She will stay registered to vote in Connecticut this year. “I think it’s best for me to become informed through working on politics here for a year first before I completely commit to switching over,” she said. She will continue to help Vermont Democrats register students and will help get out the vote in November. But at least this year, she won’t fill in any ovals for Vermont politicians. Or Burlington ballot items. Mayor Miro Weinberger met with the SGA last week, and members unanimously supported a downtown mall expansion plan on which local residents are voting. What won them over? Maulucci said the project promises long-needed student housing. m Contact:




OBITUARIES Jill Marie (Mortimer) Hartman

1945-2016, MILTON Our dearly beloved Dave Fayette, 70, left us˛on ° ursday, September 29, 2016. He was born on October 22, 1945, to Ellen and Frederick J. Fayette Sr. — sixth child in a loving family of 11. Dave was a graduate of Rice Memorial High and the University of Vermont, which he followed with service in the United States Army. He and˛his brother Fred owned and operated Marble Island Resort in˛Colchester from 1972 to 1987. It’s hard to sum up the life of a legend, and to his family andcountless friends that’s what he is … But here goes: He did it “his way” always, and made sure you thought he was doing it your way! With unforgettable charisma and charm, he made˛everyone smile and feel welcome. A better listener and sounding˛board could not be found. Principled, considerate, kind, caring˛and extremely intelligent are just the beginning. A more interesting life would be difficult to imagine, with occupations including the military, professional-caliber golfer and pool player, chef, private

became legendary, and he˛was known affectionately as “Mr. Dave” throughout Savannah. Dave’s return home to Vermont in July was a gift to all of us as we gathered together to help him on his final journey. ° ere was much laughter, good food, stimulating conversations, many outings to various homes and nostalgic visits to special places. But he glowed with the love-filled visits with his siblings, nephews, nieces and cousins. He leaves his siblings and their spouses: Teresa and Vince Wall, Kathy and Walter Baumann, Fred Fayette and Susan Walter, Amy Tarrant, Marilyn Larkin, Karen Fayette, Diane Fayette, Linda Fayette, Peter and Sandra Fayette, Jay and Susan Fayette and “adopted” sister, Susan Shaw; as well as many adoring nephews, nieces˛and loyal cousins. ° e family would like to thank the medical team at the University of Vermont Medical Center. And how can we ever thank the Allenwood staff enough for the amazing care of Dave throughout the summer? He really loved it there, and that made his return home complete. A private family celebration of his life was held˛on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

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she loved being outdoors with her family and friends even more. She biked, hiked, paddled, swam and skied because these activities kept her outside with loved ones. She was never happier than on a casual walk in the woods. Jill had a relentless appetite for self-improvement. It could be seen as she knit ever more complicated clothing or declared that next time out she would ski a few more miles. However, when it came to others, she was not proscriptive. She and her husband John raised their four children through love, encouragement and freedom. Jill saw people as complicated beings and was temperamentally incapable of holding grudges or ill will. When her mother, Evelyn, died in 2005, she maintained the threads of love and communication between her siblings. In fall 2015, Jill made the difficult transition from caretaker to patient when she was diagnosed with ALS. ° roughout her illness, she lived life to the fullest. She swam in her childhood

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investigator, expert negotiator, business owner, stock market savant, and computer technician, to name a few. An avid Dodgers, Giants and Celtics fan and a political˛enthusiast throughout his life. Eccentric? Shooting a subpar round in sneakers duct-taped together, using 30-year-old clubs and reminding us after each birdie that he won’t be satisfied until he fixes his swing. To plan something a week out was impossible, but to do anything spur of the moment was expected. His sense of humor was always present, with laughter coming easily. Ribbing his friends, setting hooks to see who’d bite and reveling in the story. ° ere was no one better to hang out with or confide in, and he always put others before himself. He’ll always be remembered for his kindness, inviting personality and humanity. He spent the final 20 years of his life dedicating all his time to his “Savannah Kids” project. Rebuilding and installing computers(597) for inner-city kids who could not afford them was just the beginning. He gave up everything, most importantly his time, to serve as mentor, tutor, protector, role model and father figure for those in need. His devotion to the families


ST. ALBANS, 1958-2016 Jill Marie (Mortimer) Hartman loved, lived, nursed and nurtured with an energy that drew out the best in others. She was born in Bellows Falls on October 8, 1958, to Wendell Gilson Mortimer and Evelyn Mae (Clark) Mortimer of Putney. She spent her childhood between Westfield, Mass., and the family camp in Newfane. Jill was blessed with a combination of intelligence and stubbornness that made her an excellent student, and it was nursing that appealed to her spirit. Already a mother of two, she graduated first in her class from Greenfield Community College with a nursing degree in 1989. In 1990, Jill and her husband, John, moved their family to the St. Albans area. As a registered nurse, she began working at the University of Vermont Medical Center, where she spent the next 25 years caring for women and their newborns on the labor and delivery unit. ° ere she entered a close-knit community of genuinely wonderful coworkers who became some of her closest friends. A respected nurse on the unit, she regularly mentored medical and nursing students and was known for her insistence on mothers being active during their labor. Jill loved her work, but

brook, watched the sunset from atop Mount Mansfield and did a half marathon. She knew how to set big goals, and, in the face of her illness, she declared that she would be the “miracle baby”; she wanted to make it to 95. While her body would not allow her to reach that goal, over the past year her spirit grew the wisdom and compassion that comes with the age she aspired to. As in everything she attempted, Jill Hartman did very well in life. Despite the challenges of her final year, her nurturing character shone through, and she remained a teacher of love and kindness until her last day. Jill passed away in her St. Albans home on October 4, 2016, and her gifts are carried on by all those who survive her. Her loving husband, John; her children, Heather (Lincoln) Jaycox and her husband Wayne of St. Albans, Ian Hartman and his wife Timea Kasa of Burlington, and Owen Hartman and Cora Hartman, both of St. Albans; her three grandchildren, Colby, Paige and Sienna Jaycox; her four siblings, Cheryl Mortimer, Steve Howe, Jeffrey Mortimer and Alyson (Howe) Cox; her innumerable friends who supported her family over the past year; and her devoted dog, Jacques. May she be dancing with a smile to her next life. A memorial service for Jill will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 152 Pearl Street, Burlington on Saturday, October 22, at 3 p.m., with a reception to follow. To send Jill’s family a written expression of sympathy, please go to our guest book at

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he candy-colored landscape and light electronic music belie the message that you, “a lonely spaceport sanidrone,” receive when you sign up to play: “One day, you’ll find your way off this ancient death trap of a planet.”

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smiles when she talks about movies. So does SETH JARVIS, her right-hand man. The executive director and outreach coordinator, respectively, are two of the busiest bodies at the VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FOUNDATION and at the organization’s yearly festival. But even as they rush to prepare for the 10-day affair — which begins this Friday, October 21, in Burlington — Yadin and Jarvis speak about the selected films with more than a little reverence. Perhaps that’s because they and four more members of the programming committee spent almost eight months scouring the landscape of modern cinema for gems, and developed an affection for certain titles in the process. Many of the films they winnowed from that search focus on current issues, ranging from gender and sexuality to refugees to rebellion. At this year’s festival, Yadin says, RLY YADIN



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of capitalism featuring a space-station janitor who, while stuck picking up trash, is constantly forced to reassign, or reidentify, their gender. That theme can be traced to the game’s principal creator, 22-year-old JAMES SHASHA, who identifies as genderqueer and nonbinary and prefers the pronoun “they.” Shasha is currently completing their degree in creative media at Champlain. Sundae Month’s other two founding members and coowners are 22-year-old RYAN HUGGINS, who graduated with a degree in game design last year, and 21-year-old LEVI ROHR, who’s still a student. Diaries isn’t the young group’s first game, but it’s by far the most successful to date. Picked up by independent publisher tinyBuild Games, it was released on September 16 on the gaming platform Steam. Since then, Diaries has won the Honorary Autodesk Award for Best 3D Game and has been shown at the Montréal Independent Games Festival and other indie game events around the country.

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A copy of Diaries was recently installed in the gallery at Champlain College with other games the collective has designed over the past three years. Those include Rohr’s Petrichor, which invites the player to wander through a forest; and Shapedown, which involves catching different shapes in a rotating square. Gallery curator CHRIS THOMPSON compares Sundae Month to an indie-punk band. “They’ve got this rock-and-roll attitude,” he says, “but what they do is more like an art collective.” The principal creatives of Sundae Month draw on the skills of their close friends, usually fellow students, for each project. For Diaries alone, Shasha collaborated with 11 other artists on everything from vocals to music to art. “Most people, they go study game making, then work for a [highly rated] game company,” Thompson says, “and they make texture maps of crates in a basement, and they do that for three years. And then they get to move up to doing texture maps of someone’s backpack. This group is like, Fuck that, we’re doing our own game, we’re doing it right now and we’re going to do something that’s really interesting to us.” Sundae Month’s creations don’t conform to expectations for a typical video game, Thompson notes. Take the

a few things will look different. She’s particularly pleased that nearly half of the filmmakers represented are women — a drastic departure from Hollywood norms. Returning festivalgoers may also notice an increase in the number of fiction films over documentaries, which have historically dominated VTIFF. And, last but not least, “I think it’s the first time ever that we have chosen a Vermont film [for] the opening night,” Yadin enthuses. “I’m very happy and proud about that.” That would be The Hanji Box (2016), directed, written and produced by Norwich-based NORA JACOBSON. The fictional tale, filmed in New York and Vermont, chronicles one woman’s conversation with herself about adopting a Korean daughter. “I think international adoption is a very curious phenomenon,” Jacobson reflects over the phone, “that only exists in what we call ‘first-world countries,’ where people have the [ability] to pay quite a bit of money to get children.” “Curious” may be a careful choice of words, but that carefulness also characterizes the film, in which one woman’s

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realities of the cycle of poverty might seem to run against a successful business model. But the members of Sundae Month put art before commerce. In Rohr’s mind, it’s not just about catering to players’ desire for fulfillment. “We want to make art/games/experiences for people,” he says. “And, personally, I want to create things that allow people to see the world differently. Perhaps make people ask questions they didn’t have before.” m

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legislators in California. One of them, former state senator Carole Migden, will be in attendance to present the film and facilitate a Q&A. “Seth and I love it,” Yadin says of Political Animals, “but we were thinking, How are we going to sell this film? Because it’s basically the story of several court cases, and you think, Oh, my God, how boring is that? But it’s actually one of the most fascinating documentaries in the festival this year.” The list goes on — with 15 documentaries, 27 narratives and a selection of Lunchtime Shorts and family-friendly flicks, not to mention the 16 films in the Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase. Says Yadin with a smile, “It gets better every year.” m


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search for answers seems intended to open a discussion about issues of ethnicity, heritage and privilege. Fittingly, conversation occupies a significant portion of this festival. Yadin observes that this year’s event will host more speakers than those of past years. One panelist is the former United States ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, who now lives in Vermont. He’ll introduce A Syrian Love Story (2015), which Yadin says is one of her favorite films of the season. It hits on one key theme she sees emerging in this year’s lineup: home. “It’s a very good example,” she says, “because it deals with this [activist] family who has to leave Syria [for France], but it’s not the usual refugee story at all.” Rather than stay in relative safety, the woman in the doc returns to her homeland to continue protesting, leaving her husband and four children behind. Powerful female figures like this pop up throughout the program. Four notable ones appear in the 2016 documentary Political Animals, which tells the story of openly gay female


gender component of Diaries. “Once every few days, the screen goes all fuzzy and [the] text becomes hard to read,” Shasha explains, “and the game tells you [that] you need to gender shift. You do this by going to a kiosk that literally sells gender for you to eat.” Some 25 genders are for sale, with names such as Susan Sarandon and Slimefield. “It’s a bit of an analogue for how gender dysphoria can feel in real life, at least for me personally,” Shasha says. Adding to the list of quirks, “Diaries is anti-adventure,” Rohr says, “because it’s the exact opposite. It’s the loop of disempowerment, and making you feel bad and powerless. Instead of picking up trash, and then leveling up and getting stronger, it’s fueling more of a narrative where you’re actually experiencing a system of poverty and you can’t actually go anywhere.” There is no escape for the lowly sanidrone. Taunting users with the depressing

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ix years ago, RONALD BRAUNSTEIN landed in Vermont as the new conductor of the VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA. Previously he had appeared with orchestras around the world, including at the Juilliard School, where he had trained. Yet Braunstein simultaneously struggled with bipolar disorder, buffeted by the manic cycle that defines the illness. “I would spend two years up, three years in bed,” he recalls. “My relationship with an orchestra depended on where I was in the cycle.” The condition finally caught up with him in Vermont. After only a few months, the VYO fired him for undisclosed reasons. That experience solidified Braunstein’s feeling that discrimination against persons with mental illness in the orchestra world was a problem that needed intervention, he recalls. So in 2011, with his soon-to-be wife, CAROLINE WHIDDON, he founded a new Burlington orchestra dedicated to erasing the stigma placed on mental illness — by musicians and the public. Today, ME2/ORCHESTRA, as the couple named it, is a thriving 50-member group that performs several times a year. It has a 3-year-old sister orchestra called Me2/ Orchestra-Boston; affiliates forming in Portland, Maine and Indianapolis; and

plans to export the model around the U.S. and abroad. Braunstein describes what makes Me2/ special in part by comparing it with professional orchestras —  in which, he says, musicians compete for chair positions and tend to mistrust the conductor, who makes those decisions. “In major orchestras, they don’t like you,” Braunstein says flatly. In Me2/, by contrast, “I’m conducting people who really like me, and I like them. It’s very warm.” Braunstein has eliminated competition by requiring only that members be able to read music and play a classical instrument. No audition is necessary, and chair positions change with each concert. Not all the players have mental disorders; about half are musicians who simply support the mission. Nor is there pressure to disclose one’s condition. “It’s not a support group, like Alcoholics Anonymous,” Braunstein says. JESSICA STUART, 32, one of Me2/ Burlington’s dozen violinists, confirms that “there are no judgments” in the orchestra. “That stigma-free environment means that if I were to say, ‘I’m really struggling,’ I would feel support.” Stuart also has bipolar disorder, a condition that caused her to drop music for years during and following college. She learned of Me2/ from her physician

shortly after moving to Vermont in 2014. Though she receives regular treatment, she still succumbs to “self-medicating” bouts of drug and alcohol use, she says, followed by stints in rehab. For her, it’s been a relief knowing “I had the orchestra to go back to.” As executive director, Whiddon takes charge of efforts to make that experience available wherever willing organizers exist. The nonprofit has set up a legal framework for affiliates that ensures Me2/’s mission and vision will be maintained. Whiddon, a French horn player who trained at the Eastman School of Music, gave up a career as a professional musician when her generalized anxiety disorder led to panic attacks at performances. She worked in music administration for the next 18 years and was executive director of the VYO when Braunstein arrived. During Me2/Orchestra’s second year, she picked up the horn again and still plays with the group. Me2/ strives to eliminate stigma around mental illness in part by playing in alternative venues, such as mental hospitals, community centers and airports. Increasingly, the founders and musicians receive invitations to give talks, as they did last week at the University of Vermont psychiatry department’s grand rounds. Braunstein lived for years in New York and major cities in Europe. Since moving to Vermont, he’s finally found steady treatment for his illness with a local psychiatrist, he says. That, along with meeting his wife and simply living in Vermont, has enabled him to find his purpose, says the conductor who once won a four-year apprenticeship with the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic. “The most important thing in my career,” Braunstein says, “was starting Me2/Orchestra, bar none.” m Contact:

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20TH ANNUAL CINÉ SALON TURNS BACK THE CLOCK The 20th annual Ciné Salon is turning back the clock — literally. On Monday, October 24, the Hanover, N.H.-based film series wi l screen the Vincente Minnelli classic The Cloc . The 1945 comedy-drama stars the director’s future wife, Judy Garland, as a secretary who falls in love with a soldier (Robert Walker) during his two-day leave in New York City. Released during the waning days of World War II, it’s a quintessential love story from Hollywood’s golden age. Theres just one catch: The version of The Cloc that will be screened at the Howe Library is a digital reconstruction of a 16mm dual-screen projection that film critic and former Dartmouth College professor David Thomson sprung on a class of unsuspecting students in 1978. The 90-minute film was cu roughly in half for the Dartmouth screening and was simultaneously shown forward and backward. The left-hand projection was played forward with sound; the right-hand side was projected silently in reverse. The e fect was an experimental presentation of a thoroughly traditional movie. “Theres all these Hollywood elements coming together in a completely new context with the two screens,” says Ciné Salon founder and curator BRUCE POSNER, who co-supervised the digital reconstruction. “It does this thing where these elements that were meant to be an epiphany in one way are now an epiphany in another way. Thats what’s wonderful about it.” Thomson, who wi l join Posner for a FaceTime discussion following the screening, called the original two-screen projection perhaps “the


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most exciting film show I ha e ever seenâ€? in his 2012 book The Big Screen: The Sto y of the Movies. He wrote, “This was a fusion of narrative, cinema, and technology that no one had witnessed before.â€? The two-screen The Cloc will be shown as part of a 20th-anniversary CinĂŠ Salon celebration that Posner is calling “The Pip Dip Film Clip Pa ty.â€? It’s the sixth installment in a 13-week series of Monday movie nights that began on September 19 and will conclude on December 12. In a clever touch that’s typical of Posner’s eclectic programming tastes, the “Pip Dipâ€? event takes its name from a scene in the 1944 Woody Woodpecker animated short “The Barber of Sevi le.â€? The ca toon spoof of the Rossini opera will be paired with another tonsorial romp: a rare outtake from Charlie Chaplin’s 1919 short “Sunnyside,â€? in which the Little Tramp makes a futile attempt at a shave and haircut. The Chaplin outtake will feature live piano accompaniment of a new score by composer BOB MERRILL, a South Pomfret resident. Subsequent entries in the series are similarly wide-ranging, from a pair of “bad girlâ€? cult exploitation flicks on N vember 14 to a program of milestones in early queer cinema on December 5. And on any given night, a Posner film program is subject to the improvisatory whims of the moment. “I’m known for infamous three- to four-hour-long digressions,â€? Posner says, breaking into a characteristic ebullient laugh.



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removing and repositioning, and Memorial Auditorium. Style is subjective, of course, and not everyone likes Memorial. Regardless, this building has so much history, and they don’t build ’em like this anymore.

to retain each judge whose term of office is expiring. A judge was last “un-retained” in the 1993-94 biennium. A bit more often, a judge who is at risk of not being retained will retire in lieu of going through the retention process.

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[“Shumlin’s Unlikely Legacy: A Judiciary of His Appointees,” October 12] states that Beth Robinson argued before the Vermont Supreme Court “successfully for the legalization of civil unions.” Robinson argued not for civil unions, but for full access to marriage. The civil union law was created by the General Assembly as an effort to create a legal status parallel to civil marriage, around two years after she presented her arguments to the court. The same article states that a legislative board reviews and “almost always reappoints” Vermont judges. Strictly speaking, the joint legislative committee on judicial retention does not reappoint the judges; rather, it makes recommendations to the General Assembly, which meets in joint session and votes by secret ballot whether


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“Yeah, we get out — what would you say, Paul — three times a year?” “That sounds about right,” Paul replied. “For about 20 years now. We’ve hiked all around the country.” “How do you guys know each other?” “We’re both professors at LSU. Blake retired two years ago, and I’ve gone to part-time status.” “What’s your field, Paul?” “Both Blake and I are entomologists.” “Interesting. So, at some point, did either of you have, like, an actual medical practice?” “Entomology is a branch of zoology,” Paul explained. “The study of insects.” “Oh, jeez,” I said. “I think I actually knew that.” The route to the Appalachian Gap was a straight shot down Route 100. Along the way, the guys didn’t talk much. When they did, it was mostly to marvel at the passing topography. Where they lived, southern Louisiana, was as flat as it comes, with nary a hill, let alone mountain. In Waitsfield, I took the right onto Route 17, and soon we reached the apex of the gap road. Here the parking lot was huge, and dozens of campers and day hikers milled about in various stages of preparation. The moment we pulled to a stop, Blake popped out to unload their packs, while Paul paid me and thanked me for the ride. There were no long goodbyes before, in silence, they turned and walked into the woods. m

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Oh, yeah, I’m such an experienced outdoorsman. Dropped into the wilderness alone, I’d likely be in a fetal position within the hour. I leaned against the fender of my cab, watching them empty out their vehicle and methodically pack their large backpacks. I found myself fascinated with the process. Their attention was calm and focused as they moved separately, yet in tandem, loading in water bottles, freeze-dried food, clothes, plastic bags. That they were old friends I had no doubt. For two people to be utterly comfortable in silence demonstrates an affinity that develops only with time. “Ya ever forget anything important?” I asked, and immediately regretted it. Not the question — which was entirely benign — but my violation of the moment. I felt like a squawking toddler in a Zen temple. In the quietude, my voice resounded like a bullhorn in a library. All of this apparently was happening only in my head, because the boys seemed fine with me. Blake chuckled, saying, “Last year, Paul forgot a spoon — remember that? For a day or two, we both shared mine, until we ran into another hiker who generously gave him a spare.” On cue, Paul held up a spoon. “Well, I won’t make that mistake this time.” They finished up, and we loaded their packs into the taxi trunk and headed south with Blake in the back and Paul riding shotgun. “Do you do this often?” I asked. “You seem like experienced hikers.”


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Any guidance for those who fear a fascist takeover of the United States and think they may need to get out in a hurry? What countries will accept political refugees from the U.S. on short notice? What’s the easiest way to get your money out of the country in advance? Are there people who will arrange to ship one’s art collection overseas, no questions asked? Albert Ettinger




’m happy to note, Al, that the odds of a fascist takeover look somewhat slimmer than they did when your question arrived a few weeks back. Even so, one has to deal with the tension somehow as this debilitating campaign enters its final stretch: For some, that may mean constantly re-refreshing poll-tracking sites; for others, evidently, it means packing the bags and setting ’em by the door. The bad news for blue-state types ready to scram on November 9 is that things will have to get really scary before any old American citizen can pass as a political refugee. The good news? That leaves more time to plan your exciting new life abroad and find a safe harbor for you and your money. Well, most of your money.  A refugee, you see, has to persuade some kindly foreign government that she has, per UN convention,  a “well-founded fear” of persecution because of “race, religion, nationality,

membership of a particular social group or political opinion.” The election of an unqualified bully as chief exec won’t in itself do the trick, and even if President Trump concluded his inaugural address with a declaration of martial law, you’d still have to demonstrate that you’re a likely target of government oppression. Finding yourself on a national database of Muslim Americans might not even be enough until federal goons actually start rounding up the registrants. Where to flee to? If you’re concerned about Trump, I can’t imagine you’re a big Putin fan, so following Edward Snowden to Russia is probably a no-go. Closer to home, Canada’s liberal refugee policy doesn’t mean they’ve been overly sympathetic to putatively oppressed Americans. A black American, Kyle Canty, who’d argued that he was endangered by racially motivated police violence in the U.S., lost his Canadian asylum bid in January. But you never

know. In 2014 Canadian immigration officials ruled that a Florida court’s 30-year prison sentence for having sex with a 16-year-old boy was excessive and let U.S. citizen Denise Harvey stay up north. Assuming a long, slow slide into totalitarian hell for the U.S. rather than a sudden putsch, consider less urgent forms of emigration. Line up employment in Canada beforehand, for instance —  they’re much more welcoming to foreigners seeking a work visa than we are, and if you’ve got the right skills (plus enough cash savings to ensure that you won’t beeline onto the dole) they might open their doors even before you score a job offer. Then again, if you’ve really got some extra bucks in the bank, invest in a business overseas — most countries just love deep-pocketed foreign entrepreneurs.  Staying in your new nation is potentially trickier than getting in — one pink slip and it could be back to the U.S. with you,

freeloader. If you plan on marrying into citizenship, choose your destination wisely: Wedding your Saskatchewanian sweetie, for instance, doesn’t put you on the fast track to becoming a naturalized Canadian. Most European nations are more accommodating to foreign-born spouses, though, and if you tie the knot with an obliging Brazilian, full citizenship can be yours within a year. Some countries might grant you citizenship based on descent: The Law of Return permits Jews to relocate in Israel, and if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland there’s a process for repatriation to the auld sod. With enough assets at your disposal, even if you’re on the lam, you don’t have to live like a refugee. But you may find foreign banks increasingly more reluctant to take your cash —  following the passage of a 2010 U.S. law demanding stricter reporting on the financial doings of Americans living abroad, many overseas institutions have decided we aren’t worth the effort. If you’re the particularly suspicious sort, you

could get more creative — buy a foreign gold certificate or dive into the murky world of Bitcoin. As for your art collection —  for a displaced person, Al, you certainly are a high roller —  some governments will indeed demand a sizable chunk of its value. Sweden might otherwise be a dream relocation site, but you’d have to cough up a 25 percent value-added tax. Certainly there are shady professionals who can assist, but immigration officials prefer their admittees with clean hands, and a smuggling racket is a good way to make a bad (read: extraditable) first impression. Though we hear the same talk about moving to Canada or Europe every four years, evidence suggests that few Americans actually skedaddle after the wrong candidate gets elected. This year the big difference is that the people most likely endangered by a Trump victory are the ones who really want to stick around. It’d be cruelly ironic if the subjects of mass deportation were to find a mess of American expats waiting for them in Mexico.


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he cover of this year’s Tech Issue shows a person wearing a virtual-reality headset. What’s visible through those goggles? It’s impossible to say. Chances are it’s a more appealing version of reality than the one we’re experiencing in this maddening election year. VR headsets aren’t some futuristic dream — they’re already on the market. Dan Bolles describes what NN O T A EL CH it feels like to wear one in “SCI-FI GETS REAL” on MI page 34. Bolles played video games wearing an HTC Vive, but he notes that more serious applications of VR devices are on the horizon. VR is just one way that new technologies are altering our world. We explore a variety of others in this issue. Food writer Suzanne Podhaizer explains how a new Barre business is using a web-based tool to connect Vermont farmers with farflung customers (“DELIVERING THE GOODS,” page 52). Ken Picard describes how LiDAR imaging is changing what we know about historic sites (“REMAINS TO BE SEEN,” page 38). Cathy Resmer interviews a data scientist whose newly acquired computer programming skills allowed her to change careers (WORK, page 36). And Alicia Freese reports on a new video game created by Champlain College students and staff that educates students about the problem of campus sexual assault (“GAME CHANGER? A COLLEGE COMBATS SEXUAL ASSAULT WITH TECHNOLOGY,” page 18). Adam L. Alpert, co-owner of BioTek Instruments in Winooski, offers a technological assessment of the controversial F-35 jets that are set to arrive in Vermont in 2019. Alpert, an experienced civilian pilot, got access to a flight simulator and took the “plane” for a test-drive. He presents his findings in “VIEW FROM THE COCKPIT,” page 40. All these new tools don’t change the fact that even tech entrepreneurs and innovators still need and want to gather in person: The coworking and maker spaces popping up all across Vermont are proof. Cathy Resmer and Sadie Williams map them in “STARTUP HOT SPOTS” on page 33. Need more evidence? Check out Innovation Week, a series of events organized by BTV Ignite and partners including Seven Days. The festivities conclude with the 10TH VERMONT TECH JAM, our annual career and tech expo, which takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. More than 70 exhibitors gather under one roof to recruit employees and showcase their products. They range from large companies such as and MyWebGrocer to small startups including BeaconVT and Heco Engineering. Find them all, along with a schedule, in the program guide inserted in this issue. If you want to try on a VR headset, come to the “Beer & Gear” demonstrations happening daily during Innovation Week. The last one takes place on Friday night, October 21, at the Tech Jam After Hours party. From 5 to 7 p.m., you can find out what it’s like to enter an alternate reality. m

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Schenck says he’s been inspired by Generator, Burlington’s community maker space, and by the less formal community “hacker space” Laboratory B, also in Burlington. He says he takes notes when he talks with Generator executive director Lars Hasselblad Torres to find out what to try next. Some of the state’s coworking spaces also acknowledge a debt to Torres. In June 2012, he launched a coworking space in Montpelier called Local 64, the state’s first outside of Burlington. He helped promote others statewide while he served as director of the state’s Office of the Creative Economy from early 2013 to fall 2014. No single person is driving the spread of coworking and maker spaces statewide now (the OCE was defunded in

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early 2015 due to state budget cuts), but they’re popping up across Vermont anyway. The upswing in maker spaces has been driven in part by a national maker movement and a growing local maker network. We’ve counted and mapped both kinds of spaces here, and have included more information about them in our interactive map online. Nearly all of these spaces were established within the last six years. This map shows only locations that open membership to the public; it doesn’t include, for example, the many 4 maker spaces for students on college campuses, or ones that are still in early stages of development. Looking for a place to work on your project or prototype? Find it here.  Contact: and

INFO Meet members of Generator, Excelerate Essex and Laboratory B at the Vermont Tech Jam on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Learn about the Greater Rutland Makerspace and the Lightning Jar during the Lightning Talks on Friday, October 21, 2-3:30 p.m.












mir Heco of Essex and Jim Schenck of Passumpsic are trying to do the same thing: promote economic development by creating spaces designed to boost entrepreneurship. But they’re going about it in slightly different ways. A year and half ago, Heco bought a former retail shop near Five Corners in Essex Junction and founded a coworking space called Excelerate Essex, aka e2. Like most such spaces, it’s designed to attract small startups, independent contractors and remote workers. In this case, Heco points out that it appeals to young professionals who’ve moved to the area to start a family but telecommute to their jobs in larger cities. E2 members pay a monthly fee that ranges from $75 for a shared desk to $450 for a private office. All share communal conference rooms and office amenities such as a Wi-Fi network. Heco, 31, lives in Essex with his wife and two children. His own startup, a product design and development firm called Heco Engineering, is located a few miles away. Heco says e2 has been purposefully seeking members with a variety of skills so that local entrepreneurs like him can find the resources they need to run their businesses. He often contracts with the professionals based at the coworking space — many of them are software engineers and developers. Having them nearby means “we don’t have to go searching regionally and nationally to find them,” Heco points out. Eighty miles to the east, Schenck helped found a nonprofit maker space in Lyndon Center called the Foundry and serves as its president. “We spent a good while coming up with the name,” he says. “It was a good name that we could tell our spouses, ‘We’re off to the Foundry!’” As at most makerspaces, the Foundry offers its members access to tools they can use to build stuff. Members pay $35 a month to use metal, wood and welding shops, computers and a 3D printer. Schenck says a fully functional electronics shop, with space to tinker with computer and robotics components, is coming soon. The space and the equipment belong to Lyndon Institute; the Foundry pays the school for access two nights a week and on Saturdays. Schenck’s hope is that entrepreneurs will be able to use the facility to prototype and commercialize their products. But that’s not his only motivation. Schenck, an engineer employed at New England Wire Technologies in New Hampshire, has been working for various manufacturers for 35 years. He says he and the other founders wanted to help the next generation of Vermonters learn to work with their hands. Today’s “young creatives,” he says, “don’t have a clue how to work around a sanding disk or a table saw.” The Foundry helps teach those skills through member interactions, as well as in free monthly classes that are open to the public. For Valentine’s Day, for example, Schenck says they taught people to weld metal roses. The Foundry also participates in community events such as the Champlain Mini Maker Faire at Shelburne Farms in September.

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am a ninja. The blades of my twin katana are a steely, shimmering blur of elegant death. I slice through my adversaries with blinding speed and precision, turning each into little more than pulp as they fly toward me. There goes a pineapple. Whoosh! A few oranges. Whoosh-whoosh! A watermelon. Splat! And finally, a kiwi — at least I think it was a kiwi. I am a fruit ninja, vanquisher of kiwi. “Dude, that was almost a record!” That’s Jake Blend, a gaming enthusiast and technician who works as the “pinball wizard” at Burlington bar-arcade the Archives. Presently, he and Kip Steele are introducing a handful of local kids and one thirtysomething journalist to virtual reality through a VR version of the popular mobile game Fruit Ninja.. Blend pats me on the back and calls me a “natural” as I remove the HTC Vive goggles — I missed his high score by a mere five points. I’m pulled from the bright, ancient Japanese dojo where I was just dicing flying strawberries like a Ninja Turtle on a fruit-smoothie diet to the dim environs of the Generator, the cavernous maker space in the basement of Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. It takes a minute for my eyes, and mind, to adjust. “Pretty cool, right?” says Steele. Still in a bit of a daze, I nod in hazy agreement. Steele is tall and stands with the posture and alertness of a former Marine, which he is. There is also a pleasantly soft dad-ness about him. Steele, who works as the IT quality assurance and testing program manager at UVM Health Network, is a father of three. Or four, if you count the supercharged gaming computer he built himself to run the Vive and its voluminous suite of games and software. On several occasions during the 90-minute Generator session, he refers to the machine as his “fourth child.” It’s unclear whether he’s joking.

What is clear is Steele’s passion for virtual reality and his excitement for the possibilities the technology holds. He is the founder of Vital VR, a startup creative studio that’s working to develop a variety of VR technology for use in hospitals. As such, Steele is part of a small but growing community of VR enthusiasts and developers in the Burlington area. Collectively they aim to expand the emerging technology across a wide array of interests and industries — from health care to defense to hacking up flying fruit in feudal Japan. Virtual reality has been a staple of science fiction for decades. But in real life, the technology is still in its infancy. “We’re at the really early stages of the innovation process,” Steele explains. “We liken it to the battle between VHS and Betamax.” In his estimation, the HTC Vive would be VHS and competing VR hardware such as the Oculus Rift would be Betamax. He suggests that the winning format will strike a balance between performance and cost. Much like VCRs in the early 1980s, VR hardware is almost prohibitively expensive. The Vive retails for $800, Oculus Rift for $600. And that doesn’t include the powerful (read: pricey) computer required to run VR software. Smartphone VR sets such as Google Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR are exponentially less expensive options, but they’re also technologically limited by comparison. VCRs profoundly changed home entertainment. Virtual reality has the potential to be just as transformative, if not more so. You need only to slip on a headset to understand why. Even in a game as simple and silly as Fruit Ninja, VR is a revelatory experience. To don VR goggles is to step into another world. It’s a computerized world, sure. But it’s an alternate reality just the same. Imagine if you could



to the first hour of critical care that can make the difference between life and death. “What if, using VR and robots, you were able to start that care in the ambulance before the patient even gets to the hospital? This is a gateway.” Ben Throop is the owner and founder of Frame Interactive, a Burlingtonbased game-design company. His game, Headmaster, was a launch title for Sony’s venture into virtual reality, PlayStation VR, which debuted on October 13. Before moving to Vermont, Throop was a game director at an Activision studio in Albany, N.Y., called Vicarious Visions. He says the potential for virtual reality is nearly incomprehensible. “You can convey experience in a way that wasn’t possible before,” he explains. “There is no sense of where the front and back are. VR changes the relationship to the thing you’re consuming. “When you’re at a movie theater, no matter how immersed in the movie you are, you can always step back and know you’re in a movie theater,” Throop continues. “When you’re in VR, the technology is aligned to make you believe you’re in that place.” Throop reiterates that VR’s immersive quality can have implications far beyond the gaming world. “It’s almost too big a question to ask what the possibilities are,” he says. “What would you do if you could be virtually anywhere?” m




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physically exist inside a video game; that, instead of interacting with a flat, twodimensional screen, you could immerse yourself in the game completely. You’re not playing Fruit Ninja. You are the ninja. That’s the essence of virtual reality. In Fruit Ninja, a series of fruits are lofted into your field of vision. The goal is to slice through as many as you can within an allotted time. You can step forward and backward and from side to side, just as you would if you were, for some reason, to attack the produce department at your local market with swords. And your field of vision is, well, anywhere you choose to look — up, down and all around. Movement in virtual reality is natural and intuitive — if somewhat deceptive. As I carve my way through fruit after flying fruit, I imagine I’m something close to Uma Thurman’s sword-wielding assassin Black Mamba in Kill Bill. And I’m working up a bit of a sweat — it turns out VR can offer a decent cardio workout. I feel smooth and agile, even powerful. But then I see the video Steele has shot of me playing the game. Unlike the expert swordsman I feel like in the game, the video reveals a jackass flailing around like a drunk. Such is the power of VR: It can transform an uncoordinated journalist into a ninja. Or a space warrior. The other game we play is called Alien: Isolation. It’s essentially a glorified version of the classic arcade game Space Invaders. Aliens appear in the sky, and it’s up to you to shoot them down. It’s addictive and even more immersive than Fruit Ninja. While gaming is the sexy draw for VR, the real-world applications of the technology are staggering. For example, using VR, Steele envisions allowing doctors to practice surgeries without the use of cadavers, and other potentially game-changing advances. “In health care we talk about the ‘golden hour,’” he explains, referring



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people to provide the quality of care that is demanded throughout the region, so that you don’t have to wait three months or nine months to get in to see somebody, ideally. SD: What does your typical day look like? AC: I spend a lot of time doing what we call exploratory data analysis. SD: What does that mean? AC: If you talk to any data scientist, they’ll tell you that 80 to 90 percent of their job is just getting to the point where they have a functional data set. In a health care setting, we have many different systems where we’re sourcing data — everything from our registration system to our clinical electronic health record systems to billing systems. In order for me to paint a picture that makes sense, I need to be able to get data from those places and connect it accurately in a way that’s meaningful. I have to understand all of the ways that the information gets in. When someone comes into registration, what does that process look like? Which questions are being asked? What

does it mean when you say they live in the city? Is that where they actually live? Are they there just for now? Are they there permanently? I have to understand not only what the words at the top of the column in the data warehouse mean, but also the history of how that data got there, to know what it means in practice. SD: What advice do you have for other people considering a career change? AC: To change your career over 35, it’s totally doable. If you want to become a programmer, if you want to become a web developer, you don’t have to be 19 years old. You don’t necessarily have to have any background in it. You just have to find a way to do it that works for you. m Contact:

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fficially, Alison Cossette is a data analyst for the University of Vermont Medical Center. Unofficially, she says proudly, “I’m the resident data nerd.” The 45-year-old mother of two is passionate about statistics. “Being able to kind of sift through and find the needle in the haystack of the information that we actually need,” she says, “I get very, very excited.” Cossette says she’s always been analytical, but she only recently launched her data-science career. After graduating from Colchester High School in 1989, she moved to New York City to attend New York University; she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. She spent a few years managing artists, and then tried investment banking. That ended after 9/11, when Cossette says she felt moved to do something to help others. For 10 years, she worked primarily with oncology patients as a lymphedema therapist and educator. When she and her husband moved back to Vermont in 2013 with their two young boys, Cossette switched gears again. She enrolled in online programming classes at Champlain College and started learning the computer language Python through a class offered by the nonprofit Girl Develop It Burlington. For the summer of 2015, Cossette and her family relocated to New York City so she could complete a 12-week datascience boot camp. In January this year, she landed the job at UVMMC. Now Cossette uses her analytical mind examining the health network’s data on a big-picture level — for example, combining patient, location and population data sets to anticipate future demand for services. Though Cossette’s work affects patient care, she rarely sets foot in the hospital. Seven Days spoke with her from the Center for Health Care Management office in South Burlington’s Technology Park. A magnetic whiteboard covered with multicolored charts and graphs leans against the back wall of Cossette’s cubicle. On the outside wall is a sign that reads, “Keep calm and let the data analyst handle it.”

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rchaeologists dream of that “Aha!” moment, when one discovery leads to even more. Vermont state archaeologist Jess Robinson had one such moment recently. But, unlike most archaeological finds that come from digging in the ground, his “most amazing revelation” was captured from an altitude of about 12,000 feet. On a laptop, Robinson displays two side-by-side aerial views of New York’s historic Fort Ticonderoga. The first, a Google Earth satellite image, shows the 18thcentury fort that was built by the French on Lake Champlain’s western shore. The image includes its star-shaped bastions, outbuildings, modern roads, parking lots and surrounding vegetation. Beside it is a black-and-white image created with LiDAR, a much newer surveying technology that uses lasers to generate topographic maps. LiDAR shoots and collects up to a half-million data points per second, creating a 3D map of the landscape that’s accurate to within 10 centimeters. Beyond conventional satellite imagery or aerial photography, though, LiDAR can effectively “see” the forest floor’s contours through the trees. When a LiDARequipped aircraft flies over a wooded area, some of its laser beams penetrate the


canopy and bounce back. An algorithm then factors out the vegetation, creating a more accurate topo map. The LiDAR image of Fort Ticonderoga reveals features that have been there for years but escaped notice until now — old trenches, earthworks and roads from Fort Carillon, which predated Fort Ticonderoga. Robinson emailed his findings to staff at Fort Ticonderoga, who informed him that he indeed identified previously unknown historic features. A LiDAR map of Vermont’s Mount Independence in Orwell reveals batteries and other landscape features that were similarly concealed from view. “You’d be amazed what people built, even in the early- and mid-1800s, that are almost invisible today,” Robinson says. “It’s just remarkable.” Archaeology is often described as the “slow science,” he says. Traditionally, the work involved painstaking processes that took months or even years to interpret. But in the last few years, Vermont archaeologists have been using various new technologies, including LiDAR, to identify previously unknown cultural resources. Then, by combining them with other modern technologies such as GIS — or geographic information system software,

which maps data spatially — archaeologists can now predict with greater accuracy where they’re likely to discover new sites. Aerial LiDAR is just one new tool in archaeologists’ ever-expanding toolbox. Ground-based or terrestrial LiDAR is now being used to create 3D maps of historic structures, such as covered bridges, which can then be used to measure subtle changes in their structure over time — or even re-create them in the event they’re destroyed by fire or flood. LiDAR has its origins in the 1960s and ’70s, notably, when the Apollo 15 space mission used a laser altimeter to map the moon’s surface. But, according to Vermont Agency of Transportation archaeologist Brennan Gauthier, it wasn’t until Tropical Storm Irene ravaged Vermont in August 2011 that state employees began using aerial LiDAR. They used it to survey transportation corridors and map storm damage to highway infrastructure and river banks. Those initial LiDAR scans weren’t done to identify archaeological sites per se. Still, the VTRANS archaeologist says, “It was great for me because I was able to find a lot of cool sites that no one knew about.” Those included old cellar holes, stone walls, abandoned roads and even old cemeteries.

Aerial LiDAR is now a standard tool that Gauthier uses for archaeological reviews, which are required on all state- and federally funded bridge and highway projects. Recently, Gauthier used GIS software to combine LiDAR scans with historic Beers Atlas maps made in the 1860s, which plotted every road and town in Vermont. He can now shift between 19th- and 21stcentury maps to see how the built landscape has changed over time. State archaeologist Robinson and his colleagues have done something similar, using LiDAR and GIS software to determine likely travel routes of the Champlain Valley’s earliest known human inhabitants. As he explains, when archaeologists first excavated Paleo-Indian sites in Williston in the early 1990s, they didn’t know yet that the Champlain Sea, which existed between 13,000 and 10,000 years ago, went that far inland — or that it was around when Paleo-Indians occupied the area. More recently, however, Robinson and his colleagues have plotted known Paleo-Indian sites and compared them to the Champlain Sea’s shoreline. Among them is the Mahan archaeological site in Williston, which contained spear points and other stone tools made from materials not native to this area. As Robinson

explains, that material was sent off to a lab that used X-ray fluorescence to determine its chemical composition. His team then compared the findings to known mineral sources in the region. Robinson can now say with “a high degree of confidence” that some of the stone unearthed in Williston came from Munsungan Lake in Maine, as well as from the Hudson Valley and Pennsylvania, a region spanning about 600 miles. The archaeologists’ next challenge was to determine how the Paleo-Indians made their way from, say, interior Maine to Vermont. Robinson and his colleague, Wetherbee Dorshow from the University of New Mexico, used digital elevation models of the region — including some created with LiDAR imagery — to rank the travel routes based on slope, elevation, forest cover, water flow and other topographic features.



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Then, by crunching the numbers using a GIS technique called “least-cost path analysis,” they determined that the likeliest route the native peoples took to Vermont wasn’t by walking overland through what are now called the Green and White mountains, as previously theorized, but by following the Champlain Sea. “This technology shows that they could have used watercraft to get down here,” Robinson says. Other new technologies enable archaeologists to wring new data from artifacts unearthed in Vermont decades ago. Karine Taché is an assistant professor of anthropology at Queens College, City University of New York. A few years ago, she asked Robinson’s permission to borrow a 2,500-year-old pottery shard that had been excavated along the Connecticut River in 1985. Her goal, Robinson recalls, was to see if she could extract lipids out of the shard to determine what its makers had cooked in it. “She was remarkably successful,” Robinson says. Taché’s research, later published in the British journal Antiquity, found that the pot had been used for cooking fish. “Ten years ago,” he adds, that discovery “would have been a pipe dream. Now, she’s applied for another analysis … to actually take those micro fats and radiocarbon date them” to pinpoint their age to within a 40-year time span. John Crock, associate professor and director of the Consulting Archaeology

Program at the University of Vermont, points to similar techniques that are allowing archaeologists to extract new data from old finds. In one study, which involved archaeological sites in the Caribbean, researchers extracted starch grains from cracked boiling stones — or rocks that were heated in a fire, then used to cook food — and then determined what meals they’d cooked. Another study extracted tartar from 1,000-year-old dental remains to determine what plants that human had eaten — and even how the plant had been prepared. Still other technologies facilitate underground discoveries without ever using a shovel. Robinson points to the example set by Sarah Parcak — a professor, Egyptologist, anthropologist and 2016 winner of the $1 million TED prize. She’s using crowdsourcing and satellite imagery to identify previously unknown ruins in the Egyptian desert. Eventually, Robinson would like to see Vermont use LiDAR scans, GPS and GIS software, and similar crowdsourcing to identify previously unknown cultural sites throughout the state. As UVM’s Crock points out, “The more we can do to leave things in the ground, the better. We believe that in a hundred years, we’ll be better at what we do. Just like we look back a hundred years and think how barbaric archaeology was when they used pick axes and only found large objects.” Robinson agrees. Another state archaeologist — his predecessor, Giovanna Peebles, who retired in 2014 after 38 years on the job — suggests that much more remains to be discovered. As of January, Vermont had fewer than 6,000 known archaeological sites, of which 2,201 are of Native American origin. The rest are from early European settlers, old military bases such as Mount Independence and abandoned industrial sites such as the Elizabeth copper mine in Orange County. That puts Vermont at the low end of archaeological sites per square mile nationally, Robinson points out, largely because the state is so mountainous and many areas have never been developed or studied. But rapid technological advances in the “slow science” are highlighting the importance of proper archaeological curation for future generations. As Robinson puts it, “Who knows what tools will be available to us in 20 years?” m

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n August 25, four Vermont Air National Guard officers gathered in a planning room at the South Burlington base to war-game a hypothetical mission — destroying a nuclear plant in North Korea. Their primary weapon: two F-35s, the military’s controversial new stealth attack planes. This sort of “whiteboard” exercise is a regular part of their training. But that day, the simulated world seemed uncomfortably close to the real one. Fewer than 24 hours earlier, North Korea had test-fired a ballistic missile toward Japan. It was yet another sign of the isolated country’s dangerous belligerence. Could the F-35 evade North Korea’s air defenses to destroy the nuclear plant in case of war? Could it do the job better, with fewer losses of pilots and planes, than the F-16 fighters it is scheduled to replace at the VANG in 2019? My day job is running a life science company in Winooski, but my passion is flying airplanes and helicopters. So I have followed the national debate over whether the F-35 is necessary and reliable — or a waste of billions of dollars. The military has billed the single-seat, single-engine F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter as the answer to the increasingly sophisticated weapons in the arsenals of our potential enemies. The plane, the most expensive weapon in history, is equipped with advanced stealth technology that makes it invisible to most forms of radar. The F-35 has also generated heated local arguments about whether it is properly based in Chittenden County, where some people feel the plane will create unacceptable levels of noise. This summer, a federal judge dismissed opponents’ latest challenge, apparently clearing the way for the F-35 to arrive here in three years. I asked the VANG to take me behind the scenes to make its case for the aircraft. I hoped my flying experience, albeit in much simpler aircraft, would inform my reporting. I began with an assumption that the F-35 is likely a good idea, but with an open mind about whether it is capable of carrying out its mission and worth the time and billions invested in it.

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That’s how I found myself “transported” to North Korea. Although the mission briefing was unclassified, it was not dumbed down. Even with my training and experience flying jet airplanes and turbine-powered helicopters, I was hanging on by the tail most of the time. And it was not just the dozens of acronyms and abbreviations that pepper military speech. Following the elaborate choreography of Air Force fighters and support aircraft required a real knack for rapid data assimilation. At times, the exercise felt as challenging as riding a unicycle while playing a high-speed game of chess. Capt. Chris Clements, an Air Force intelligence officer, began the briefing with an overview of the target objectives,

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assets and weapons, threats and contingency plans. Then Lt. Col. John Rahill, an F-16 instructor/pilot and mission commander for the operation, described the attack as it would be planned if pilots were flying the F-16, the Guard’s current plane. Destroying the Yongbyon nuclear plant was categorized as high risk for the F-16, he told us, meaning there was a good chance some Guard airmen and women wouldn’t make it home. At the very least, the mission would require a huge arsenal of aircraft, 20 in all: two Navy Super Hornet aircraft to jam enemy radar, eight F-15 fighters to clear away any North Korean fighter jets, eight F-16s to take out North Korean surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and to

destroy the nuclear plant, one AWAC command and control aircraft high above the battle to direct the attacking planes, and one Boeing 707-style plane to remotely gather electronic intelligence. Those last two qualified as big fat targets. “That’s 40 to 55 people you are putting in the air,” in danger, just to do control and intelligence, Rahill said. “That is not to mention the 20 people needed to fly the fighter-bomber aircraft; 60 to 75 people in total, all at risk.” Then Rahill ran through a different scenario, substituting F-35s for the F-16s. This time the mission required just four aircraft: two F-35 fighter-bombers, each carrying two GPS-guided penetration bombs to destroy the nuclear plant; and two F-22 fighter jets to fend off any enemy fighters. The risk level for the F-35 version of the mission would be medium to low. Total personnel at risk: four pilots. Normally, no aircraft would be lost. They say the best offense is a good defense. In Air Force terms that means pilots on a bombing mission must neutralize the enemy’s air defenses in order to destroy their targets and return home safely. But missile technology has improved dramatically, especially in places like Russia and China, since the U.S. Air Force launched the F-16 fighter jet. The plane is no longer a match for SAMs such as the Chinese-designed HQ-9, the VANG pilots told me emphatically. And while no one is anticipating a war with Russia or China, their weapons technology could wind up in less stable countries such as Syria and North Korea. Lt. Col. Tony Marek, an F-16 instructor/pilot who helped conduct the whiteboard session, summed up the situation. Assuming North Korea has cutting-edge SAMS, there would be only one word for flying the F-16 on this mission, he said: “suicide.”

$360 Billion Over Budget Twenty years after the U.S. military started work on the F-35, it remains a work in progress. When development started in November 1996, the military’s concept for a next-generation fighter aircraft was really three airplanes

— each a little different to satisfy the varying needs of the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, but sharing common components. The airplane also had to appeal to our allies around the world, whose requirements also varied. Selling the plane abroad would bring production numbers up, theoretically reducing the cost of each plane. Another challenge was the variety of missions required of the F-35. Initial draft specifications described a plane capable of engaging enemy aircraft, close air support of ground troops, suppression of enemy air defenses, and strategic and tactical bombing. The Marine version would need to be able to land and take off like a helicopter. The Navy wanted their version to be able to land and take off from aircraft carriers.


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‘Flying’ the F-35 Part of the reason Guinee and other fliers are so positive about the F-35 is the way it fights compared to the F-16. To make their case, they offered me the chance to fly both, using the flight simulators on which military pilots train. A console replicates the cockpit. The F-16 has had so many incremental technology upgrades that just finding the right buttons and switches required enormous effort in a facsimile flight over Vermont and New York. At the same time, I had to act upon a hailstorm of information, integrating electronic countermeasures, defensive and offensive weapons, navigation, communication and coordination with other allied aircraft. Never mind just flying the plane. Having logged more than 1,000 hours in various models of business jet, I expected the F-16 to be mostly a faster, more agile version. And so it was. But




So it came as no surprise to many early skeptics of the program that a design able to do all those things, with multiple masters running the show, would be over budget and behind schedule. What startled even the most die-hard detractors was the magnitude of the miss. The most recent numbers from the U.S. Government Accountability Office suggest that, by the time an operational Air Force version of the airplane is deployed, the cost will be more than $400 billion — $360 billion over original estimates. To date, only the Marine version has any significant flight time within an operational combat unit. The Air Force version was recently declared combatready, but even ardent supporters acknowledge that it will be a while before this variant, the F-35A, is able to do all the things it’s supposed to do. The program already enjoys the unenviable distinction of being the most expensive and delayed procurement in Pentagon history — to date, more than eight years late with a cost likely to exceed $1 trillion by the time the airplane is retired from service some 60 years from now.

There are other problems, too. Most of the savings associated with mandating commonality among the various versions of the airplane have disappeared. The ambitious goal of 70 percent common parts long ago went by the wayside. Twenty percent is closer to what we are likely to see, according to remarks from Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the Pentagon person responsible for running the F-35 program, at a defense conference last March in Washington, D.C. So it is not surprising that each airplane is now expected to cost $130 million, $50 million over the projection used to justify the program. To put this in perspective, the truly iconic World War II P-38 Lightning, from which the F-35’s name is borrowed, cost just $1.3 million per airplane in 2016 dollars and took a mere three years to develop. And it was one of the most successful fighters in history. There have been additional concerns from within the program. The Pentagon has acknowledged reliability problems with the engine and the critical onboard sensor integration software. That software is supposed to make the multitude of data collected by remote sensors easier for the pilot to understand. Nevertheless, “I would be happier today knowing the pilots I am responsible for were in the F-35 aircraft doing the current mission than an F-16,” said VANG wing commander Col. Patrick Guinee. Even with its limitations, he said, the F-35 would be a better weapons system than the F-16.

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the procedure to deploy a 500-pound, laser-guided bomb, for example, was pretty much a full-time job. Clumsily operating the multitude of switches and buttons needed to complete the task, I managed to take out the VANG hangar. Boom! Thankfully, no one was shooting back at me. A few days later, I was in an F-35 simulator in front of a dashboard that looked much like an oversize iPad. A big screen in front of the console displayed my environment: blue sky and high clouds 25,000 feet above the ground. Below was not the Adirondacks but a well-defended stretch of darkening desert. The F-35 is built to greatly reduce the pilot’s workload, with onboard software integrating much of the information I needed to complete the mission: to destroy an imagined high-value enemy asset. Unlike the F-16 with its byzantine layout of controls and displays, the F-35’s cockpit is very clean. In addition to the single screen, I had a stick on the right side to control pitch and roll, a throttle on the left, a lever to raise and lower the landing gear, and a handle to eject the pilot. Conventional rudder pedals on the floor controlled yaw — much the same way a boat rudder controls direction of travel on the water. Everything else I needed I could read off the computer touch screen. It gave me only the most important information so I could focus on critical challenges, such as remaining stealthy and taking out the bad guys. At moments, I felt like I was playing an elaborate video game in which I could call on an array of apps that kept me updated on my weapons inventory, engine status, threats and targets. The most important app of all —  stealth status — revealed exactly how difficult it would be for the enemy to detect me. We were flying too high and too fast to be concerned about more conventional threats, such as those posed by antiaircraft artillery or the older Russiandesigned missiles. But I was plenty worried about a particularly menacing type of SAM. Although it hadn’t been identified in the pre-sortie briefing, I assumed it would be the Chinese-designed HQ-9 or something equally dangerous. Why else would we need the stealth of the F-35? Now with 75 nautical miles to go, I could see my position relative to the target on the F-35’s tactical display. At my speed of about 600 miles an hour, it would be less than a minute before I reached the “launch acceptability

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region,” the point in space where my GPS-guided bomb would have sufficient height, energy, impact angle and attack angle to destroy the threat. While my wingman focused on electronic countermeasures to confuse any active enemy shooters, I set up for the kill. Moving the cursor over the triangularly shaped objective on the screen, I added the target to the top of the shoot list. Worrisome, though, was the short distance between the solid greenlined, nine-sided figure on the screen that depicted the launch acceptability

region and the dangerous airspace where I might be detected. This was depicted as a gray, flower-like blob on the screen. My tactical app showed that, even with all those clever stealth systems, I would need to risk being seen by the enemy, most likely when releasing the bomb. During that brief moment when the bay doors open to launch the bomb, the F-35 becomes detectable by ground radar and a giant target for surface-toair missiles, not to mention enemy fighters. I didn’t want to waste any time getting out of town once I’d done the job.

I was never threatened by enemy aircraft during the simulator session, a blessing given that I was pretty busy just flying and setting up to hit the target. Still, I wondered how well the airplane would perform in a dogfight. The Air Force acknowledges that a clean F-16, free of externally mounted weapons, pods, tanks, etc., is probably better in an air-to-air battle. But that’s not the way the mission planners and pilots expect to operate the F-35. “If you get into a dogfight with the F-35, somebody made a mistake. It’s like VIEW FROM THE COCKPIT

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Critics argue that it would be better, cheaper and safer to use drones or artificial-intelligence-controlled aircraft to carry out missions like the one I flew in the F-35 simulator. Guinee argued that this technology is unproven for many of the jobs the F-35 is intended to conduct. At the moment, drones lack stealth and do not fly high enough or fast enough. “Literally, they would fall out of the sky like flies,” he said. They also lack the ability to make the tough calls that depend on a pilot, such as deciding whether a potential target is friend or foe. But, Guinee acknowledged, “Someday unmanned aircraft may be able to perform this role.” The jury is still out as to whether the F-35 will become the truly renaissance aircraft that has been promised. The program’s secret nature makes it difficult to know for sure if the multitude of serious problems encountered during development and testing foretells more problems or were the kind of initial difficulties involved in tackling any big technical challenge. Critics including retired Air Force Col. Rosanne Greco of South Burlington, leader of the local Stop the F-35 Coalition, have come to one conclusion. “In addition to being grossly over budget, decades behind in development, and having complicated and costly maintenance problems, the F-35 is the only new fighter the Air Force has,” she said. “The military plan to make one aircraft accomplish three very different missions sounded great … except it hasn’t worked.” If drones do become the weapon of choice in the future, the F-35 may be the last manned fighter to join the U.S military arsenal. The airplane’s introduction may signal the iconic fighter pilot’s last stand. While Guard pilots acknowledge the F-35 isn’t perfect and won’t be for a long time, they argue that, even with its problems, the plane will be more effective against modern enemies than what they have now. We had better hope they are right. As the critics point out, there really isn’t a Plan B. m


The plane and I returned safely to our base. According to Lt. Col. Chris Caputo, who is charged with integration of the F-35 at the South Burlington base, this would not have happened if I’d been flying an F-16. “We absolutely need the F-35 with its superior technology to accomplish our mission and actually live to tell about it,” he said. If the simulator’s stealth performance is representative, F-35 attacks on enemy air defenses will be devastatingly effective. Engaging multiple ground and air targets during my flight, only once was I detected. The combination of electronic countermeasures, external airframe geometry, protective coatings and a bunch of secret things make the F-35 difficult to track. Only when the plane got very, very close to its SAM ground target or airborne enemy aircraft was there danger. The pilot can tell by observing varying

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degrees of gray color on the moving tactical map. More gray equals less stealth. Less equals more. Stay out of the gray areas, and you are invisible.



Left to right: Cael Barkman, Ben Ash, Jon van Luling and Emily Benway

Living to Serve Theater review: American Hero, Vermont Stage B Y A L EX BROW N






he three main characters in Vermont Stage’s production of American Hero are a comic lineup of coping strategies for minimum-wage earners. Nothing can penetrate Jamie’s don’tgive-a-shit armor. Ted proclaims he’s too good for the work but snaps to attention to obey the rules. And Sheri, juggling two McJobs, is the portrait of the service-worker zombie rationing her energy by staying in the shadows. That’s what it takes to reconcile earning $7.25 an hour with any shred of self-worth. That and a huge sense of humor. Bess Wohl’s 2013 comedy comes right to the edge of diatribe but steers clear of heavy moralizing. Like a Bruce Springsteen song, the play delivers some acute character details as it asks us to take a long look at people working at a fast-food franchise. But, unlike Springsteen, Wohl has to serve up a plot, and it’s here that her play reveals itself as neither social-commentary fish nor charactersketch fowl. The performances almost rescue a script that can’t decide whether to aim a jab at capitalism or patronize its victims. The characters are introduced as caricatures: can’t-be-bothered hell-raiser, bossy windbag, beatendown nonentity. Wohl’s main political act is asking us not to dismiss people whose days are spent asking, “For here or to go?” To earn that second look for her characters, Wohl creates conditions that force them to reveal the shame or sorrow they’d rather hide. After a deeper view, we can have sympathy for the circumstances that brought each of them to a dead-end job. And we can laugh, with them and at them. The setting is a franchise sub shop. Human ingenuity has found a way to extract the maximum profit from food by confining people and product to strict standardization, but the characters in American Hero aren’t great candidates for homogenization. Nevertheless, they don matching ball caps and aprons for the same reason

anyone does: They need a job badly enough to take a miserable one. Bob, the franchise owner, is new to entrepreneurship, but he’s got a manual and a stopwatch to drill his trio to assemble a sandwich in 20 seconds. Mysteriously, he doesn’t show up for opening day, or any of the days thereafter. Stuck together, the hapless sandwich crew makes the best of it. For Jamie, that means living out the Mount Everest theory of sexual attraction: Her insta-tryst with very-married Ted takes place because he’s there. The squad stays on the fast-food front lines, but when the sandwich ingredients dwindle, the only instructions that come from corporate headquarters are to keep the store open. An indignant customer howls the existential question, “How can you be out of turkey?” Wohl tries to pin her plot on this dilemma of three misfits running a franchise “abandoned by corporate.” The playwright tosses in a dream sequence and attempts to blend social satire with theater of the absurd, as if juggling genres will conceal the structural flaws in the comic premise. Adding ingredients to a sandwich might work, but too many tropes compromise this concoction. Wohl’s characters, and not her story, make this show. Director Cristina Alicea gives the actors chances to demonstrate their collective skills at repartee and their fine comic timing. Thursday’s audience laughed readily at banter spiked with physical gags and nice feats of deadpan drollery. Jamie wheels out pail and mop with gum-cracking nonchalance. Ted helpfully points out a spot she missed and waits, idiotically, for her to care enough to return to it. Not gonna happen. And so this mismatched group never becomes the “team” of a training manual but builds its own us-against-the-world bond. Cael Barkman, as Jamie, is a master of the sexy slouch. She slinks in with an oversize handbag that she’ll brazenly fill with sandwiches she’s swiped. Barkman gives

Jamie’s very indifference a kind of grandeur, turning cracking gum into the definitive response to an inhospitable world. If Jamie’s self-confidence is limited to shoplifting, Barkman makes it damned heroic. Ben Ash masterfully keeps Ted swerving between bravado and humiliation. An MBA left on the recession scrap heap, he craves at least a modicum of the authority he had in a previous position. But, like his fellow “sandwich artists,” he must keep this fast-food job at all costs. Ash’s bright eyes glow when Ted blusters, and his desperate search for a middle-manager toehold behind a sneeze guard is both hilarious and heartrending. Emily Benway plays Sheri as a tightly wound worker bee, trying to keep both her pride and her pain a secret. With a relentless deadpan style, Benway shows Sheri gripping her coffee to steel herself for another day. And when she finds a reason to hope, Benway keeps Sheri’s poker face in place — happiness is an alien emotion that she treats with suspicion. Jon van Luling plays four supporting characters with nice comic flourishes — Bob the store owner, who signals blind obedience to a bulky franchise manual; an indignant customer; a corporate franchise representative and an actual sandwich. Scenic designer Jeff Modereger and prop master Sue Wade create a fine working sub store, down to the Coke dispenser and restaurant equipment. However, it looks more like a valiant local sandwich shop than one of hundreds of identical franchises endowed with milliondollar marketing. The spatial design is excellent, but the set lacks intimidating corporate perfection. The workers don’t rise up to overthrow anything, but they do give us a window into life at the short end of the economic stick. The actors easily earn the laughs and make a nice bid for empathy, too. Unfortunately, the play itself is too much like fast food. The first few bites are tasty, but ultimately the fare isn’t satisfying. This production portrays the characters with great comic style, but the script’s calories are empty ones. m Contact:

INFO American Hero by Bess Wohl, directed by Cristina Alicea, produced by Vermont Stage. Through October 30: Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $28.80-37.50.

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Left to right: Tika Ghimire, Shreepali Rajbanshi, Jeetan Khadka, Damber Kumari Ghimire

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Ghimire worked in Bhutan, Nepal and Madras (now known as Chennai) in South India. WHAT’S ON THE MENU? paneer pakora

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ooking is a family affair at Nepali Kitchen, a restaurant run by Jeetan Khadka and his uncle, Tika Ghimire. The younger man is responsible for managing the front end. The older gentleman is the main chef; his wife, Damber Kumari Ghimire, and Khadka’s wife, Shreepali Rajbanshi, are his assistants. Khadka’s and Ghimire’s families were among the tens of thousands of Bhutanese nationals of Nepali descent who fled to refugee camps in Nepal after they were stripped of their citizenship in the early 1990s. They spent about two decades in the camps before resettlement to the U.S. began in 2008. Khadka and his immediate family were among the first Bhutanese to move LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

to Vermont. A year after arriving in Spokane, Wash., in 2011, Ghimire moved to the Green Mountain State. Khadka’s wife, a Nepali citizen, joined him earlier this year. Khadka is a community leader in the Burlington area. He was an AmeriCorps volunteer, worked with Spectrum Youth & Family Services and served on the Burlington Parks Commission. While he didn’t have any experience operating a business, he has always liked cooking. When Seven Days met with the chefs, they were getting ready for the lunch crowd. Khadka did most of the talking and interpreted for his uncle and aunt.


SEVEN DAYS: How did you get into the food business? JEETAN KHADKA: I was looking for some business venture for a long time. My aunt owns a store down in Burlington. They have a dumpling place [Nepali Dumpling House]. Also, I was told by a lot of my family members, “Why can’t you do something productive and make some money?” Asian families, you know, they want you to make some earnings, buy a house and lead a happy life.  The work I was doing — social work, volunteering and spending time with the community — that’s very good work, very productive work and very rewarding, but there’s not much earning you can make. That was one of the reasons. We love to cook. There are so many foods that we can make.  KITCHEN QUARTET

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Fans of the fluorescent food truck CHEF BRAD’S CRAZY SIDE will soon be able to find chef BRAD PIRKEY’s “crazy side” in a new location — a storefront at 1 Quechee Main Street. After 15 years as the chef at Z CORNERS INN, Pirkey left Bridgewater Corners to drive across country in search of culinary inspiration. The funky seaside eateries of the West Coast stuck in his mind, he says. When homesickness brought him back to Vermont, he took the ethos of a coastal beach stop with him, opening his tropical-hued food truck in June 2012. “I called [the truck] my ‘Crazy Side’ because everyone thought I was nuts for doing it,” says Pirkey. “I had 22 years of fine-dining education, but eventually I started looking for different ventures.”


In the words of company president SEAN BUCHANAN, North Springfield’s BLACK RIVER PRODUCE “started with a handful of cash and a dream.” STEVE BIRGE and MARK CURRAN, who described themselves at the time as “ski bums,” founded the food distributor 38 years ago. BRP has operated as an independent entity — until now. On October 24, the company’s new owner will be Illinois- and Wisconsin-based Reinhart Foodservice, the fourth largest food-service distributor in the country. BRP staff was informed of the change last Friday. According to Buchanan, the company will retain its identity even as it becomes part of the Reinhart family of businesses. “Black River is a strong brand,” he says. “The trucks will still be out there. They’ll still say Black River.” And, he continues, the company will remain dedicated to using green technology, participating in the local community and selling food sourced from Vermont farmers and artisans. Given that revenues have been steadily

increasing, why sell? With Reinhart’s weight behind BRP, Buchanan suggests, the company will be able to do more to help farmers. “Last week, someone called in with 120 [cases of ] broccoli, and we could only take 40,” he says. “We want to be able to take all of them.” While BRP has strong ties to area colleges and hospitals, Reinhart does more business with elementary and high schools. “We want to see an increase in that [sector],” Buchanan says. He believes joining the Reinhart family will also help BRP place more Vermont products in mainstream grocery stores and big-city restaurants. Buchanan notes that Birge and Curran, both in their sixties, are ready to be a little less involved in the company — though neither is leaving. Over the years, Buchanan says, they’ve received “tons of offers,” including ones from Reinhart. This time, they decided to bite. “People get nervous when there’s change, and that’s totally OK,” Buchanan says. “I got a lot of calls over the weekend [from farmers], and I was like, ‘Look, did we pick up the squash

today? Yes. Are we going to pick the squash up next week? Yes.’” The president hopes locals will give his company time to demonstrate that, though its new owner is headquartered in the Midwest, BRP’s heart is still in Vermont. “I just hope people really give us the chance to put our money where our mouth is,” says Buchanan. “We’re not looking to change anything we do, but to have the capital and resources behind us to do it better.”

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food+drink Kitchen Quartet « P.48 After [Shreepali] came from Nepal, she’s always wanted to do a food truck. She used to watch all those food channels.  And I spoke with [Tika]. He worked in local restaurants here. He worked at Shalimar [of India]. He did work at Central Market for some time. If you know how to cook, owning your own business makes more sense. SD: Where did your uncle learn to cook? JK: When he was little, his dad died. He went to Thimphu, which is the capital of Bhutan, and he started working in a restaurant and started [with] dishwashing,  chopping firewood and things like that. He did that for a year, and then he started cooking. There are a lot of [Indians from Madras] in Bhutan. The restaurant he worked for sent him to Madras to learn how to make dosa [savory pancakes]. He worked there for a year.  In Nepal, he used to own a canteen. It was for the staff who worked for [the United Nations Commission on Human Rights] and World Food Program.

Tika Ghimire with samosas

Jeetan Khadka with tandoori chicken Momos

JK: One food I cannot live without is rice. We don’t get a chance to eat in the morning because we come early and we make soups, some dumplings, and eat right here for lunch. TIKA GHIMIRE: Chapati, roti and peas.





SD: What dishes are selling really well at the restaurant right now? JK: Our top-selling dishes right now are chicken tikka masala, chicken curry and butter chicken. Most of our curries are very popular. Our saag dish, which is spinach, tastes very rich. A lot of people like it. Popular among the Nepalis are dumplings, noodle soup and chow mein. SD: Since your uncle left Bhutan and Nepal, what food does he miss most? JK: In Nepal, we used to slaughter goats. We had fresh meat every day. It’s not frozen meat. Here, once you keep in the freezer [and since] it comes a long way, it does not taste as good, no matter how best you try to prepare.  Ema datshi [chile-cheese stew], the national dish from Bhutan, is very popular. It’s very good. We do make it here. We do get cheese from Bhutan. [But] it’s not good as it used to be. SD: How do you divide the work among four chefs? JK: I’m a chef in the making. [Tika] does the main entrées and samosas. I do the prep work. [Damber] does everything, the same thing [as her husband]. [Shreepali] makes the pakoras and dumplings. I run the front. I do the accounting, marketing, paying the bills and writing the checks for everybody. SD: Who are your customers? JK: Most of our customers are local Americans. We have a lot of regular

SD: If money were no object, what kind of restaurant would you open? JK: We didn’t take any loans from the bank to start the business. I borrowed from my sister and my mom. If I had money, I would have added more equipment. I’d probably buy one more deep fryer. I would change the flooring; it’s slippery here. customers, and sometimes they come twice a week, three times a week. We do have some Nepali customers. I think it’s because of the location. If we were in Burlington or Winooski, we would get a lot of Nepali customers. SD: Are you planning to introduce any new items for winter? JK: I’m thinking about adding more soup [options]. I’ve been experimenting with some new ideas. For example, ema datshi could be a really nice, cheesy soup for winter. [For] our house special thali, we get ema datshi and gundruk, which is fermented dried mustard leaf. We make a soup out of it. I’m thinking, maybe gundruk noodle soup — spaghetti noodles with gundruk soup. SD: What’s the one food item you can’t live without?

SD: What’s on your playlist? JK: In the morning, I play bhajan [Hindu religious songs]. After 11 a.m., I play Nepali pop songs. Sometimes I play Hindi songs. Sometimes I play reggae. If you come out to eat diverse, ethnic food, you have to have a taste of ethnic music. SD: What about when you’re not working — any hobbies? JK: I used to spend a lot of time driving around the state. I love to take pictures, enjoying the sunset. I haven’t been able to watch a single sunset since I opened the restaurant. I miss that — being able to go down to Battery Park and just relax. I was doing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work. Now, it’s 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. SD: What do you and your uncle like about having your own restaurant?

JK: Being able to work for yourself. Being with your family all the time. TG: One of the things I like about having my own business and working in a restaurant is being able to cook whatever I love to cook. There’s no one telling you, “Oh, you’re five minutes late today.” I come in at 7 in the morning. I stay up until 11:30 [p.m.] to do the ingredients, the cleaning. SD: Are you thinking of starting any other food venture? JK: I’m thinking of getting a food cart — masala grill, tandoori grill. My wife has always wanted to do that. That would be my gift for her. SD: What is the strangest thing about American food habits? JK: When I first came here, at the airport in New York, JFK, somebody came to receive us, and they brought a big bag. Inside, there were sandwiches, uncooked tomatoes, veggies. Most of our food are cooked, half cooked or steamed. I never had salad like that before. Nobody tried the sandwiches. We were hungry all the way here because we couldn’t eat anything. But now, because I went to school here, I started eating American food. TG: I see Americans eating bread, sandwich. They don’t eat a lot of rice. We don’t have naan [baked flatbread] right now. We make pratas [flour-based pancakes]. So every time, people ask, “Do you have naan?” They’re always asking for bread. m




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The new Chef Brad’s Crazy Side, which Pirkey aims to open the second week in November, will serve breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Saturday, plus “full-on” Sunday brunch. The menu, like the food truck’s, will feature healthy, California-style fare — “like a coastal oasis within Vermont,” says Pirkey. Homemade soups, sandwiches, tacos, burritos and breakfast staples will be filled with “as much local product as I can get my hands on,” Pirkey adds. “A buddy in Boston” will offer a direct supply of fresh seafood. Made-from-scratch desserts such as profiteroles, crème brûlée and white chocolate panna cotta will spotlight the chef’s culinary training. No need to worry about the fate of the food truck and its adjoining American-flag-bedecked school bus — during the summer months, Pirkey plans to park his mobile eatery outside the new restaurant. Though the bus is no longer needed as indoor seating, he says it will gain a second life

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regory Georgaklis, cofounder of the food-distribution business Farmers to You, strides through the company’s headquarters on his way to run some errands. The offices are located atop a hill in Berlin with a gorgeous view of mountains that now are streaked with autumnal colors. The top of Camel’s Hump pokes up just at the horizon. The path to his white pickup takes Georgaklis through the warehouse, where floor-toceiling shelves hold large plastic coolers and stackable crates. Folding tables and rolling metal racks filled with product are scattered around the concrete floor. Seven warehouse staffers move with focused energy. One pulls legs of lamb out of a chest freezer and piles them on a table, ready to weigh and price them. It’s noon on Tuesday, and, by 3 p.m., it’ll be all hands on deck to “work the pick,” using printed lists to pack orders of food destined for families in Massachusetts. Farmers to You is a business that combines something old — getting food from farms into the hands and mouths of hungry diners — with some things that are quite new. Specifically, it uses a customized internet shareware program to maintain inventory from its partner farms, accept orders from customers, and track what customers want and how often they want it. Each Wednesday and Thursday, Farmers to You sends a pair of refrigerated, 20-foot box trucks to Boston to deliver some six tons of food, the vast majority of it — around 85 percent — sourced from Vermont farmers and artisan food producers. Packages bulge with German butterball potatoes from Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington, teriyaki tempeh from Rhapsody Natural Foods in Cabot, pork from Snug Valley Farm in East Hardwick and ice cream from Strafford Organic Creamery. “We pack grocery bags like they’re gifts,” Georgaklis says proudly. The “gifts” are destined for some of the 800 families who regularly use the service, which began its weekly runs in 2010. This year, FTY will spend $1,200,000 buying from area farms and delivering “directly … with literally no wasted food,” says Georgaklis. By spring he plans to have 200

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Vermont families as customers, too. Currently, there’s a pickup point at the company’s HQ in Berlin, with additional spots planned in the Mad River Valley, Waterbury area and Burlington. The new sites should be up and running in the next month and a half.



How does FTY work? Kind of like a cross between a grocery store delivery service and an aggregated farm share, such as the ones offered by the Intervale Food Hub in Burlington and Craftsburybased Pete’s Greens. FTY offers a way of accessing a range of “free choice” local foods to consumers who may not have much time for shopping or picking the food themselves. The offerings are based on what is seasonal and what partner farmers are keen to sell.

The online interface is simple. First you sign an agreement in which you pledge — in a nonbinding, handshake-y way — to order at least $40 worth of food per week and to strive for consistency for the sake of the participating farmers. Then you can scroll through a list of about 280 items — grouped into categories such as “meat and fish,” “dairy and eggs” and “bakery and grains” — and add what you like to your basket. With the cost of aggregation, packaging and delivery built in, FTY’s pricing lands somewhere between farmers market and gourmet store. This week, for example, organic golden beets are $1.95 per pound. A Crossett Hill Batard from Red Hen Baking, made with Vermont-grown wheat, is $5.90. And von Trapp Farmstead’s Oma cheese is $21.90 per pound. (By comparison, Boston’s Formaggio Kitchen sells it online for $31.95 per pound.) Having a busy week? You can save even more time by choosing one of four predetermined shares — omnivore, paleo, vegetarian and dairy-free — for about $60 a pop. Your order is delivered to a drop point of your choice. FTY isn’t cheap, but it’s a timesaver, and it guarantees access to fresh, New England-sourced ingredients.

Vermonters will receive a 5 percent discount off of the listed prices, because their food won’t travel as far. Georgaklis says his customers are not necessarily well-heeled — some live in more affordable neighborhoods and have just one family car. “They’re solid middle-class, but they’ve prioritized food,” he explains. Laurie Sheffield, who shops for a family of four, is a Farmers to You customer in Boston. She signed up for the deliveries because she was interested in a CSA but wanted more choices, Sheffield says via email. Now, 50 percent of her family’s sustenance comes on the box truck from Vermont. Similarly, Somerville teacher Rachel Otty says she used to have a CSA but enjoys having a wider variety of foods available through FTY. Now, Otty says, almost everything her family eats is local and organic. Georgaklis notes that Americans, on the whole, spend more on entertainment, transportation and health care than they do on healthy food. But he’s convinced that most families have room — or can make room — in their budgets for the farm-fresh fare his company sells. Education is key. People might change their behaviors if they learn the value of eating “food that’s alive, food that’s going to heal you, not make you sick,” he says. “Industrial food makes you sick.” When Georgaklis and his family moved to Vermont, he intended to be one of the people growing healthful, life-giving food. As they searched for land, he used the skills he’d developed over 30 years of running his family’s Bostonarea horticulture business. Georgaklis worked as a self-employed agricultural consultant, helping farmers analyze and strengthen their business models. Many of his clients kept telling him that, even with CSAs, farmers markets and wholesale restaurant accounts, they were struggling to make ends meet. “If it weren’t for my wife having a job off the farm, we’d be destitute,” he recalls hearing from some farmers. But they were reluctant to talk publicly about their challenges, Georgaklis says. He recognized that small farmers

food+drink required more income than one-at-atime sales could garner but were unable to supply thousands of cases of produce at a time to behemoth grocery stores. They needed another outlet. So Georgaklis began to envision a medium-scale delivery service that would purchase larger, consistent quantities of product from farmers — even though it would mean postponing his own farming dream. With Tom Furber (who now works at High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott), he developed FTY. The business partners were aware of the value placed on eating close to home and minimizing food miles. But

However, it may be inevitable that some of the latter will defect. “Support your local infrastructure first, then use us,” Georgaklis suggests. “Make the supermarket last.” FTY is not yet profitable, but it’s getting close, he says. Investors and a capital fund have kept it afloat during the growth phase. One of the associated costs of FTY, albeit a worthy one, has been paying livable wages to staffers; they start at $15 an hour and receive a discount on food orders. FTY currently has six full-time and 20 part-time employees, including its truck drivers. Anyone familiar with central



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Vermont agriculture would recognize many of the faces at FTY as they pack orders and prepare for truckdriving shifts. There’s Doni Cain of CheckerBerry Brook Farm in Plainfield (soon to be known as Quill Pig Farm). There’s Kuenzi Wiswall, whose father, Richard Wiswall of Cate Farm, literally wrote the book on making organic farming a viable business. Watching them work, it’s clear this is a tight-knit crew of people who are passionate about the food system. Every Tuesday, after packing is done, the whole FTY group gathers for a staff dinner. This week, a cut of beef that’s been cooking all day is on the menu. “Nobody has to stay, but they all do,” Georgaklis says. He hopes the same will be true for those who buy from FTY, too: “We’re looking for customers for life,” he says. m

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THE COALITION FOR A LIVABLE CITY: Burlington’s community-centered groups work in alliance to restore threatened public processes in defense of the quality of life in the city. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.


LIFE DRAWING: Artists put pencil to paper with a live model as their muse. Bring personal materials. ˜ e Front, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10. Info, 839-5349.


INNOVATION WEEK: EMBOLDIA NETWORKING EVENT: Venture capitalist Cairn Cross of FreshTracks Capital joins forces with angel investor Michael Cohen to hash out strategies for entrepreneurs to make themselves heard in a crowded marketplace. Networking and cocktails are on the menu. Karma Bird House, Burlington, 5:15 p.m. Free. Info, INNOVATION WEEK: FROM STARTUP TO SUCCESS — INSIGHTS INTO GROWING A TECH BUSINESS IN VERMONT — LUNCH & LEARN: Melissa Dever, Brian Leffler and Ted Adler outline how they expanded their businesses from small operations to successful medium-size Vermont tech enterprises. Competitive Computing, Colchester, noon. Free. KELLEY MARKETING GROUP BREAKFAST MEETING: Professionals in marketing, advertising and communications brainstorm ideas for nonprofit organizations. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 864-4067.

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. HOMESHARE VERMONT OPEN HOUSE: ˜ ose interested in home sharing mingle with staff over cider, cheeses and apple pie. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5625.


WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS NETWORK FALL CONFERENCE: “Telling Your Story” is the theme of a daylong gathering focused on taking entrepreneurial endeavors to the next level.’s Anne Galloway keynotes. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m. $50-150; free for legislators, sponsors, partners and Champion members. Info, 503-0219.


KNITTERS & NEEDLEWORKERS: Crafters convene for creative fun. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.


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.


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: Healthy donors give the gift of life. Champlain College, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-733-2767. DEATH CAFÉ: Individuals meet for a thoughtprovoking and respectful conversation about death, aimed at accessing a fuller life. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 203-748-7473. A DUCT-TAPE HAPPY HOUR: Imbibers sip cocktails, beer and wine while constructing wallets and jewelry out of adhesive strips. ONE Arts Center, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $5. Info, oneartscollective@ GIRLS’ RIDE OUT: WRENCH NIGHT: Femaleidentifying cyclists come first at a drop-in bike-repair shop where questions are welcome. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-4475. HISTORICAL TROLLEY TOURS OF BURLINGTON: Ride in style while learning fun facts about the Queen City on themed tours exploring history, brew culture and even haunted houses. See for details. 1 College St., trolley stop, Burlington, 10 a.m., noon & 2 & 6 p.m. $8-18; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 497-0091. INNOVATION WEEK: ‘BIO’ BEER & GEAR: Techies try out four games utilizing virtual-reality gear. Kip Steele speaks on the health and medical applications of virtual reality. Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Colchester, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info,



INNOVATION WEEK: HEALTHCARE INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE IMPACT: Experts in the medical field share their expertise in a series of presentations over a light breakfast. Mary Fletcher Room, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, 7:30 a.m. Free. Info,

Sunday, October 23, 7 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $16.50-36.50. Info, 863-5966.

PETAL IT FORWARD: Commuters’ days get a little brighter when Forget Me Not Flowers and Gifts representatives hand out free bouquets on Main Street. Downtown Barre, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 272-4337.



Comedian Mike Birbiglia has paid his dues. The funnyman has taken the stage in more than 70 cities around the world, contributed to numerous episodes of National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and inspired laughter in dozens of late-night television audiences. All that time spent with his nose to the grindstone seems to be paying off: Don’t Think Twice, the 2016 feature film he wrote and directed, hit big screens across the country this summer, and the New York Times’ Neil Genzlinger lauded Birbiglia’s current routine, “Thank God for Jokes,” as “an admirable piece of writing, so funny and yet so smart.” Check out Seven Days’ arts blog, Live Culture, to see what Birbiglia has to say ahead of his upcoming Flynn MainStage show.

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In an interview with Seven Days’ Margot Harrison last winter, environmental author Jonathan Mingle said he hoped to raise awareness of black carbon emission caused by burning solid fuels such as wood and coal. Mingle brings his message to Norwich University as part of the school’s Writers Series with a reading from his 2015 book, Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World, in which he uses the Himalayan village of Kumik as a case study in climate change. The former Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism shares his expertise during a Q&A about environmental writing and climate issues.



Wednesday, October 26, 4 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University, in Northfield. Free. Info, 485-2261.

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˜ ursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m., at Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. $6-25 for concert; $30 with cash bar for dinner; preregister. Info, 443-6433.


The popularity of the Netflix show “Orange Is the New Black,” based on a memoir by former inmate Piper Kerman, has sparked an increase in awareness of the prison experience. The topic hits home for many in the Green Mountain State. Intersections, a theater project directed by Tara Lee Downs, aims to give voice to incarcerated Vermonters and their loved ones. Informed by inmate letters, first-person stories from the inside, and accounts from victims’ and inmates’ family members, this compilation of monologues and scenes provides a broader portrait of those affected by the criminal justice system.



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Although they came together more than a decade ago, the members of the Belcea Quartet “still play like a young quartet,” writes the Guardian, “seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo.” This is some high-octane praise for a string ensemble, and the Belcea Quartet has earned it with a dynamic approach to chamber music. Drawing on the diverse backgrounds of its players — Romanian violinist Corina Belcea, Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, and French cellist Antoine Lederlin and violinist Axel Schacher — the ensemble breaks traditional boundaries in interpretations of classical and modern-day compositions. Concertgoers with reservations can partake in a preperformance dinner in Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Lower Lobby before reveling in works by Brahms and Schubert.

Tuesday, October 25, and Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m., at ArtsRiot in Burlington. See website for additional dates. $1722. Info, 540-0406. CALENDAR 55

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VIDEO SERIES: Leading Christian voices discuss topics of religion and faith in an honest and approachable manner. Peru Community Church, N.Y., 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 518-643-8641.


‘THE BEST OF ENEMIES’: This documenta y focuses on the 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. 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.

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COMMUNITY DINNER: Neighbors link up over a shared meal and discuss the future of parking in Winooski. Children’s Literacy Foundation provides free books for kids. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 655-4565. COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. Bring a dessert to share. The ellness Co-op, Burlington, 5-5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. REVERSING INFLAMMATION THROUGH BAKING THE NATURAL WAY: Gluten-free foodies find tole able grains and simple recipes for healthy breads from Brotbakery’s Heike Meyer. City Market/Onion River Co-op, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 861-9753. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: Local products — think produce, breads, pastries, cheeses, wines, syrups, jewelry, crafts and beauty supplies — draw shoppers to a diversified bazaa . Depot Park, Rutland, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 342-4727. WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET: Whether you’re a foodie or a newbie, delicious, local fare is accessible to all 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.

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AGING HERBALLY TO MAINTAIN HEALTH & VITALITY: Plant-based diet and medicine promote mobility, strength, memory and more in folks young and old. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; free for VCIH students; preregister. Info, 224-7100. EPIC MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Guided practice and group conversation with Yushin Sola cultivate well-being. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 7:308:30 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. FOOT-CARE CLINIC: Nurses from Franklin County Home Health Agency help patients care for their tootsies. Call for details. Various Franklin County locations. $20; preregister. Info, 527-7531. GINGER’S FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Students get pumped with an interval-style workout that boosts muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness, agili y, 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. MINDFUL WORKWEEKS: WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEDITATION: Give your brain a break at a midweek “om” session followed by tea and conversation. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 7-8 p.m. Donations. Info,

MORNING FLOW YOGA: Greet the sun with a grounding and energizing class for all levels. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $10. Info, 540-0186.

PAJAMA STORY TIME: Tykes cuddle up in PJs for captivating tales, cookies and milk. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

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.

READING BUDDIES: Little pals meet with mentors to bond over books. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

PERSONAL BEST RUNNER’S CIRCUIT: A small-group training class prepares athletes to meet their goals and avoid injury. Your Personal Best Fitness, South Burlington, 5:456:30 p.m. $15. Info, 658-1616. PUBLIC FLU CLINIC: Those looking to avoid the ailment bring their insurance cards to an immunization station. Kings Daughters Home, St. Albans, 10 a.m.-noon. Prices vary. Info, 527-7531.

RICHMOND STORY TIME: Lit lovers ages 2 through 5 are introduced to the wonderful world of books. Richmond Free Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. STORY TIME: Classic tales and new adventures spark imaginations. Phoenix Books Rutland, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 855-8078.


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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.

RAILYARD APOTHECARY EAT ’S ‘ OP ER | HERB TASTING GROUP: K SH MIDD TODDLER TIME: Puzzles, LEBURY ACTORS WOR HONING OUR SENSES & INTUITION: puppets, stories and art supplies Blind taste tests prompt homeopaths entertain kids ages 4 and under. St. Johnsbury to note fla ors, physical reactions and intuitive Athenaeum, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. impressions of various herbs, then compare their findings with known uses. Railyard Apotheca y and language Yoga Studio, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info, BEGINNER ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Students 318-6050. build a foundation in reading, speaking and writing. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: A stretching sesFletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. sion for all ability levels builds physical and mental Info, 865-7211. strength to support healing. Turning Point Center, BEGINNER RUSSIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. Learn the basics of the Eastern Slavic tongue. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometFletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-6:45 p.m. Free. rics, endurance and diet define this high-intensi y Info, 865-7211. physical-fitness program. No th End Studio B, GERMAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP: Burlington, 6 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. Community members practice conversing auf TAI CHI FOR ALL: Shaina Levee instructs attendees Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 wearing loose, comfy clothing in moving meditap.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. tion. Jericho Town Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: 899-4686. Fine-tune your ability to dialogue in a nonnative WEDNESDAY NIGHT SOUND BATH: Draw in the language. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:45good vibrations of gongs, bowls and didgeridoos 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. — a relaxing sonic massage to get you through the INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Pupils week. The ellness Collective, Burlington, 7:30-9 improve their speaking and grammar mastery. p.m. $15. Info, 510-697-7790. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, ZUMBA: Lively Latin rhythms fuel this dance324-1757. fitness phenomenon for a l experience levINTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE els. Vergennes Opera House, 6 p.m. $10. Info, CLASS: Learners take communication to the next 349-0026. level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. TH


SPOOKY MAKEY FAMILY WORKSHOP: HALLOWEEN FUN USING MAKEY MAKEY KITS: Grown-ups and kids work together to use Scratch programming to pair audio files with items in a mini haunted landscape, yielding a cacophony of creepy sounds. Generator, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20 per adult with up to 2 kids; $5 per additional kid. Info, 540-0761.


FUSE BEADS: Aspiring artisans bring ideas or borrow patterns for Perler-bead creations. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: MAGNIFICENT MONARCHS: Youngsters spread their wings while exploring the world of butterflies through writing, inquiry and art. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING: Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offer extra help in reading, math and science. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.


‘CONSTELLATIONS’: A physicist and a beekeeper find l ve in parallel worlds, where every choice they make has a different, life-altering outcome in this quantum-mechanics comedy. Centaur Theatre, Montréal, 8-9:15 p.m. $28-51. Info, 514-288-3161.


BREADFOOT: Twangy guitar sounds from the multiinstrumentalist make for a boot-stomping good time. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8-11 p.m. $5. Info, 356-2776. 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. TSUSHIMAMIRE: The Japanese alternati e-rock trio mixes elements of punk, pop, metal and more. We are the Asteroid and Cave Bees open. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8-10. Info, 540-0406.


AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: Drivers ages 50 and up learn to safely navigate the road while

addressing the physical changes brought on by aging. Hinesburg Town Hall, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $15-20; preregister; limited space. Info, 482-4691, ext. 6. 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, 518-645-1930. GENEALOGY 101: A three-part series supplies ancestor investigators with a wide range of research tools. Vermont History Center, Barre, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-2518.


BURLINGTON HASH HOUSE HARRIERS: Beer hounds of legal age earn sips with an invigorating jog and a high-impact game of hide-and-seek. See for details. Various Burlington locations, 6:30-9 p.m. $5; free for first-timers. Info, WOMEN’S PICKUP BASKETBALL: Ladies dribble up and down the court during an evening of friendly competition. See for details. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $3; $50 for season pass. Info,


BROUGH ZANSLER: The ermont native recounts his seven icy seasons working as a science support crew member for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. JOE ROMAN: The conse vation biologist dives into a discussion on the whale. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, leslie.


‘AMERICAN HERO’: Vermont Stage serves up Bess Wohl’s comedy about three up-and-coming sandwich artists pursuing the American Dream. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966. CHRISTOPHER SCHEER: ‘IN DEFENSE OF PLEASURE — A CLOWN PLAY FOR ADULT AUDIENCES’: A workshop production of the actor’s one-man show is inspired by his experiences working as a rednosed jokester in New York City streets, homes and hospitals. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 229-0492. NORTHERN STAGE’S ‘MACBETH’: Northern Stage opens its 20th season with Shakespeare’s tragedy about a corrupt general’s quest to become king of Scotland. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $14-55. Info, 296-7000. ‘ONE NIGHT’: Audience members respond when characters present true-to-life situations related to alcohol use and violence in an interactive performance by Equalogy Inc. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2356. STOWE THEATRE GUILD’S ‘THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: Actors, singers and dancers do “The ime Warp” in a production of the cult-classic musical comedy. No outside props are allowed. Stowe Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $25; $3 for prop bags. Info, 253-3961.


CHAMP MASTERS OPEN HOUSE: Those who wish to wow crowds with their speaking skills check out the local Toastmasters International club where members practice giving speeches and gain feedback in a supportive atmosphere. Miller Center, Champlain College, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, ELIZABETH POWELL & DAVID HUDDLE: Poetry meets cyber thriller when the Vermont writers launch Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances and My Immaculate Assassin, respectively. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. $3; limited space. Info, 448-3350. WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: Lit lovers analyze worksin-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop


INNOVATION WEEK: LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY THROUGHOUT THE BUSINESS LIFECYCLE: Panelists delve into the role of technology in various size operations, ranging from startups to enterprise-level organizations. Symquest Group Inc., South Burlington, 8:30-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info,

INNOVATION WEEK: BTV IGNITE STAKEHOLDER & COMMUNITY FORUM: Oulu University of Applied Sciences’ Blair Stephenson appears via Skype at a gathering of local leaders focused on the future of Burlington’s tech and innovation ecosystem. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, PUBLIC FORUM: The ermont Transportation Board fields feedback on possible freight and passenger rail expansion. Gateway Center, Newport, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2942.


RUTLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNUAL MEETING: Sen. Patrick Leahy approaches the podium for a keynote speech at this convergence of local business leaders. Casella Theate , Castleton University, 5-7 p.m. $20; cash bar. Info, 773-9147.


STARTUP GRIND BURLINGTON MONTHLY FIRESIDE CHAT: An evening centered on Vermont’s startup environment, funding options and methods for success features cofounder Kyle Clark. Karma Bird House, Burlington, 6 p.m. $10. Info, 435-1414.

FARM TO PLATE: The Farm to Plate Network culti vates Vermont’s food system plan with two days of talks, breakout sessions and socializing. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $50-225; preregister. Info, 865-5202.


WORKING BOARDS BURLINGTON: GOVERNANCE, TEAM WORK & RESULTS: “How can teams identify dysfunction and get better results for my organization?” That question guides a simple exercise and a discussion between nonprofit board co leagues. Lunch will be served. CCTV Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. $20. Info, 862-1645, ext. 21.

members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. WRITING CIRCLE: Prompts flow into a 30-minute free-write and sharing opportunities in a judgmentfree atmosphere. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.

THU.20 FACILITATOR GATHERING: Community-minded folks learn the ABCs of leading the activism center’s educational programs. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.

NICKO RUBIN: Green thumbs get the dirt on topics ranging from soil preparation to planting to restoring old vegetation in “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fruit Trees but Were Afraid to Ask.” Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

FIGURE DRAWING: Participants interpret the poses of a live model. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 6-8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 775-0062.


FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER: Area professionals nosh on catered eats while mingling with special guests from Northwestern Orthopaedics and Age Well. Doctor’s Office Common, Suite #3, No thwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-8; preregister. Info, 524-2444.


CHITTENDEN SOLID WASTE DISTRICT PUBLIC FEEDBACK MEETING: Community members meet CSWD general manager Sarah Reeves and get the latest information on recycling and composting. Surveys, pizzas and prizes keep spirits high. Williston Town Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8111. COMMUNITY DISCUSSION: Residents chew the fat over the values of space and community growth. The ellness Co-op, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.


INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION: CONNECTING STUDENTS & MANUFACTURING TO MAKE VERMONT’S FUTURE: A panel discussion and an address from former governor Jim Douglas inspire today’s students to become tomorrow’s manufacturing innovators. Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $50-75. Info,


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.


CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASS: Instruction for individuals of varying ability levels is tailored to each mover’s unique style. North End Studio B,

Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $5; free for first-timers. Info, 863-6713. FOR REAL WOMEN SERIES WITH BELINDA: GIT UR FREAK ON: R&B and calypso-dancehall music is the soundtrack to an empowering stepping session aimed at confronting body shaming. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info, bestirredfitness MODERN BASICS BLAST: Pupils build a base of fundamental techniques while honing their personal aesthetics. South End Studio, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $14. Info,


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: See WED.19, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. HISTORICAL TROLLEY TOURS OF BURLINGTON: See WED.19. INNOVATION WEEK: TECH TALKS & SOCIAL HOUR + BEER & GEAR: Technology enthusiasts get their hands on the latest virtual-reality gadgets and open their ears for talks by employees., Burlington, 5 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info,


‘ALL OF ME’: Vermont filmmaker Bess O’Brien turns her lens toward women, girls and boys struggling with eating disorders. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $7-12. Info, 357-4616.


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‘BALA LOCA’: Assistant professor David Miranda Hardy presses play on the first episode of his TV se ries centered on the suspicious death of a Chilean reporter, then sticks around for a discussion. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘BEGIN AGAIN’: A washed-up music executive and a budding singer-songwriter combine their talents in this drama starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘FOOD FOR CHANGE: THE STORY OF COOPERATION IN AMERICA’: As part of National Cooperative Month, locavores feed their minds with a discussion and screening of this 2014 documentary focused on food co-ops as agents of change. The Sa oy Theate , Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 229-0598. REEL ROCK 11: Climbing’s biggest stories and athletes are the subject of fi e new films fu l of edge-of-your-seat action. Food-truck fare fuels viewers before the screening. Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $8-10. Info, 657-3872.

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COCKTAIL PARTY: Themed be erages please palates at a weekly sipping session complete with shuffleboard. Stonecutter Spirits, Middlebu y, noon-8 p.m. Cost of drinks; BYO food. Info, 388-3000.

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PICK YOUR POISON BEER-INFUSED COCKTAIL PARTY: Switchback Ale and other brews tempt taste buds when mixed with Stonecutter Spirits in specialty refreshments. The ap Room at Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Cost of drinks. Info, 651-4114.

PREPERFORMANCE DINNER: Concertgoers fi l up for Belcea Quartet’s performance with a seasonal buffet-style meal. See calendar spotlight. Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury 10/17/16 1:54 PM College, 6 p.m. $30; cash bar; preregister. Info, 443-3168.

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PX RUM RELEASE PARTY: Spanish-inspired cocktails and tapas are on the menu at a bash for the limited-release spirit. Mad River Distillers Burlington Tasting Room, 6-9 p.m. $20; limited space. Info, 489-5501.


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

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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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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.


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






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.

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HAPPY HOUR VINYASA YOGA: A flow class with Hanna Satterlee provides a fresh alignment of body and soul. The ellness Collective, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. $10. Info, HERBAL MEDICINE-MAKING SERIES: Homeopaths take notes on preserving and preparing plants for the purpose of healing. Railyard Apothecary and

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Yoga Studio, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 318-6050. INTRODUCTION TO KUNDALINI YOGA: Mansukh Kaur breaks down the basics of the awarenessbased practice in a four-part series. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $14. Info, 318-6050. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Seekers clear their heads, finding inspiration and creativi y. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.


COSTUME MAKING: A monster, a hero or a historical figure? oungsters and their parents transform their ideas into eye-catching trick-or-treat threads. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 per adult/kid pair; $5 per additional kid; preregister; limited space. Info, 253-8358.


BABY & TODDLER PLAYGROUP: Parents connect while kids enjoy toys, stories, challah and juice. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, COLCHESTER LEGO CLUB: Brightly colored interlocking blocks inspire young minds. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. FALL-ING INTO WINTER: Animal lovers ages 3 through 5 and their adult companions find out how different creatures adapt to the cold-weather months. Brrrr! Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. $8-10 per adult-child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068. MONTPELIER LEGO CLUB: Budding builders erect geometric structures with snap-together blocks. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. MUSICAL STORY TIME: Little ones keep the beat with rhythm instruments while Inger Dybfest strums the guitar. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. PLAINFIELD PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Tykes ages 2 through 5 discover the magic of literature. Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 454-8504. PRESCHOOL MUSIC: Half-pints have fun with song and dance. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 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 THE THERAPY DOG: Bookworms join a friendly canine for entertaining tails — er, tales. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. THURSDAY PLAY TIME: Kiddos and their caregivers convene for casual fun. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. TREE WEAVING CRAFT: Bridget Meyer guides youngsters in grades 1 and up in creating works of arboreal art. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


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 con ersation skills over cocktails. Bar, Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $4; free for Alliance Française members. Info, info@aflc .org.


‘CONSTELLATIONS’: See WED.19. MAINLINE THEATRE’S ‘THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: Hot patootie! An all-star Montréal cast stages the cult-classic sci-fi musical. MainLine Theatre, Montréal, 8 p.m. $15-25; for ages 18 and up. Info, 514-849-3378.


BELCEA QUARTET: The renowned string en semble brings equal parts elegance and energy to works by Brahms and Schubert. See calendar spotlight. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $6-25. Info, 443-6433. THE NTH POWER: The qua tet uses funk and gospel sounds to spread its message of love and understanding on its To Be Free tour. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $15. Info, 540-0406. SCOTTISH FOLK SONGS HOUSE CONCERT: Alan Reid and Rob van Sante serve up songs new and old on accordion, piano and guitar. The Ceilidh Barn, Sheldon, 7-9 p.m. $20; preregister; limited space. Info, 393-7120. WILLA MAMET & PAUL MILLER: Two voices and a six-string work together in folk, country and Americana strains. Black Box Theate , Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $9.25-16.50. Info, 863-5966.


MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: Voters scope out the specifics of candidates’ plans for leadership. On-site voter registration is available. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 535-8695.


CLOTH DIAPER WORKSHOP: Parents get down and dirty on the particulars of reusable diapers, covering types of diapers, cleaning techniques and more. Prenatal Method Studio, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $20. Info, 488-0413. NATURAL MARSHFIELD: Wildlife experts uncover the wonders of the local environment. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


BURLINGTON RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB: Veterans and new players lace up for practices and games on mixed-gender teams. Bring personal cleats, a mouth guard and a water bottle. Fort Ethan Allen Athletic Fields, Colchester, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,


IGNITE BURLINGTON: Local professionals heed the mantra “Enlighten Us, but Make It Quick” in condensed stories akin to the popular TED Talks. A cocktail hour, snacks and a performance by A2VT top off the day. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15. Info, 861-1120. JACK MAYER: The author of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project details the humble Holocaust hero’s underground children’s rescue network. H.F. Brigham Free Central Library, Bakersfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 827-4414. LUNCH & LEARN: Howard Ball connects past and present in “‘America Firsters’ of 1939 and Trump’s ‘America First’ Movement in 2016: Why Are We Repeating a Sordid Chapter in American History?” Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Donations. Info, 863-4214. MATTHEW MARSIT: The Da tmouth College Wind Ensemble director schools listeners on music history in “Early Winds and British Influence.” Room 132, Hop Garage, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. PANEL DISCUSSION: THE ALCHEMY OF SCIENCE, SPIRITUALITY & THE ARTS — CREATING A CULTURE OF CLEAN WATER: Cameron Davis, Phelan Fretz and reverend Nancy Wright exchange ideas as part of the “Of Land & Local: Watershed” art exhibition. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. PHIL BARUTH: Vermont’s senate majority leader details a United States senator’s underdog election in “The Childre ’s Crusade: How Patrick Leahy’s 1974 Election Changed Modern Campaigns in Vermont.” Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-9775.




‘AMERICAN HERO’: See WED.19. FIRST YEAR SHOW: ‘SAVAGE+LOVE’: Middlebury College students stage one-act plays by Sam Shepard in this annual production. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $5. Info, 443-3168. NORTHERN STAGE’S ‘MACBETH’: See WED.19, 2 & 7:30 p.m. MIDDLEBURY ACTORS WORKSHOP’S ‘MACBETH’: Morality, decency, friendship and honor fall to the wayside in the face of unbridled ambition in Middlebury Actors Workshop’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Town Hall Theate , Middlebury, 7:30-9:15 p.m. $10-22. Info, 382-9222. ‘A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN’: Essex Community Players’ season opens with Eugene O’Neill’s bittersweet tale of love, loss, loneliness and redemption in the lives of a tenant farmer, his daughter and their alcoholic landlord. Essex Memorial Hall, 7:30 p.m. $18. Info, 878-9109. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE IN HD: ‘THREEPENNY OPERA’: London’s beggars will disrupt the upcoming coronation if police don’t arrest the man who secretly married a gangster’s daughter in an on-screen performance. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $23. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘A SHOT IN THE DARK’: Fairfax Community Theatre raises the curtain on this three-act farce in which a good-hearted chambermaid is charged with murder. Brick Meeting House, Westford, 7:30 p.m. $10-12. Info, 229-0112. STOWE THEATRE GUILD’S ‘THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: See WED.19. ‘SYLVIA’: Theater l vers howl with laughter during A.R. Gurney’s comedy about a love triangle with a dog at its heart, presented by Lost Nation Theate . Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492.


CATAMOUNT WRITERS PROJECT: Ideas make their way from the brain to the page in a creative workshop with storyteller Leah Carey. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 748-2600.

FAMILY CONTRA DANCE & CABARET: Those who play acoustic strings or flute may sit in with the Woodbury Strings band at a shindig called by Lausanne Allen. The Schoolhouse, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $8-15; donations for ages 12 though 18; free for kids under 12. Info, 658-4164. SWING FOR THE ARTS: A short lesson by Dave Allen paves the way for a night of high-energy hoofing to benefit commun y programs. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 7-10 p.m. $25; cash bar. Info, 247-4295.

LAUGHTER YOGA: Breathe, clap, chant and giggle! Both new and experienced participants reduce stress with this playful practice. The ellness Coop, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. NIA WITH REBECCA: An expressive workout combining dance, martial arts and healing arts strengthens the mind, body and spirit. Shelburne Town Hall, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $16; free for first-timers. Info, 489-6701.

HISTORICAL TROLLEY TOURS OF BURLINGTON: See WED.19. VERMONT TECH JAM: Seven Days organizes the annual showcase of local tech-related companies, which gather under one roof for a job fair and expo. See for details. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5684.




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CHICKEN ’N’ BISCUITS DINNER: Folks fi l their plates with hearty helpings of piping-hot poultry. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 5:307:30 p.m. $5-10; $30 per family; preregister. Info, 862-5010. COCKTAIL PARTY: See THU.20. FOODWAYS FRIDAYS: Cooks use heirloom herbs and veggies to revive historic recipes in the farmhouse kitchen. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $414; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.


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REIKI: Touch activates the body’s natural healing 12v-threebros100516.indd 1 abilities, aiding people in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.

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HALLOWEEN DANCE: Revelers groove to music by High Def and Peak DJ at this benefit for Easter Seals Vermont. Raffles and a silent auction round out the fun. Morrisville VFW Post, 8 p.m.-midnight. $10. Info, 888-0546.

GHOST WALK: DARKNESS FALLS: Local historian Thea Lewis treats pedestrians to tales of madmen, smugglers, pub spirits and, of course, ghosts. Democracy sculpture. 199 Main St., Burlington, 7 p.m. $18; preregister; limited space. Info, 863-5966.

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DINNER & A MOVIE: A classic spaghetti spread satisfies viewers of the 1942 romantic comedy I Married a Witch. Bellows Falls Moose Lodge, 5:30 p.m. $8-10. Info, 603-313-0052.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: See WED.19, Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


VSO STRING QUARTET HALLOWEEN FAMILY CONCERT: Spooky selections performed by members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra captivate costumed kiddos. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 10 a.m. $6. Info, 728-6464. WICKED BROOMS & WIZARD STAFFS: Munchkins embellish hardwood tree saplings just in time for trick-or-treating. Generator, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $20 per adult with up to 2 kids; $5 per additional kid. Info, 540-0761.

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Book launch for Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter & My Immaculate Assassin.


Storytime with Phoenix & City Market. Free. All Ages.


ACORN CLUB LITERACY CELEBRATION: Children’s author and illustrator David Martin delights kids and caregivers with stories and songs. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 746-1393. 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. ALL-AGES STORY TIME: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers participate in finger plays and action rhymes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. DOROTHY’S LIST: Clara guides readers through Rebecca Bond’s Escape From Baxters’ Barn. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 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.



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FAMILY MOVIE: Parents and tots break out the popcorn for an all-ages flick. Browne l Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 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, reference@


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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.

FELDENKRAIS WITH GILLIAN FRANKS: A movement-centered class with instructions such as “Do less” and “Rest” renders participants rejuvenated. The ellness Collective, Burlington, 7-7:45 a.m. $10. Info, 540-0186.

DEADNBERRY MANOR HAUNTED TOURS: Brave your way through the twisted halls of a ghostly mansion and discover the terrifying secrets and dark history it holds. Wilson Castle, Proctor, 7-11 p.m. $12-15. Info, 773-3284.

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinephiles keep their eyes glued to the big screen at this annual RI .2 AZ showcase of international, 1| M MU IE AR SIC independent and local flicks. M | PA A S I L C IFI See for schedule and CA Q U Y OF AR T E T | C O U RTE S details. Various Burlington locations. Prices vary. Info, 660–2600.

RUMMAGE SALE: Bargain hunters browse to their hearts’ desire. Richmond Congregational Church, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2053.

ACUDETOX: Attendees in recovery undergo acupuncture to the ear to propel detoxification. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.


‘ALL OF ME’: See THU.20, Holley Hall.

HARVEST BAZAAR: Holiday crafts and other homemade treasures fi l shoppers’ bags. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 862-2020.


ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Jubilant motions with the Green Mountain Druid Order inspire divine connections. Auditorium, Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 505-8011.

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BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Learn new moves with Ballroom Nights, then join others in a dance social featuring 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.





BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.19, 9:15 a.m.


YOUNG ADULT WORKSHOP: Joined by guest author Laban Carrick Hill, readers swap ideas and opinions about YA stories written by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup. com; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

FARM TO PLATE: See THU.20, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.



WRITE NOW!: Wordsmiths let their creativity flow freely at a monthly meeting. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 6:30-9 p.m. $1520; preregister; limited space. Info, 775-0356.


THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: PUTTING THE BITE BACK IN THE LAW: Professor Zygmunt Plater of Boston College Law School keynotes Vermont Journal of Environmental Law’s annual symposium. Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info,

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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: Tots stay engaged with puppets, page-turners and sign language. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


OUT IN THE OPEN SUMMIT: A weekend of roundtables, storytelling and workshops gets to the heart of the rural and small-town LGBTQ experience.See for details. Various southern Vermont locations. $35; preregister. Info,


STOWE THEATRE GUILD’S ‘THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: See WED.19. ‘SYLVIA’: See THU.20. ‘THE TOOTHBRUSH: TIPS TO START YOUR DAY (EL CEPILLO DE DIENTES: CONSEJOS PARA INICIAR LA JORNADA)’: Alissa Gamberg and Diego Mattos portray a married couple in this loose adaptation of a play by Jorge Díaz. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, English performance, 7 p.m.; Spanish performance 8 p.m. $15. Info, godiedeone@ VERMONT VAUDEVILLE: A madcap troupe of performers celebrates all things Canadian with music, comedy and circus arts in Vaudeville, Eh? Hardwick Town House, 8 p.m. $6-15. Info, 472-1387.


BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about The Muralis by B.A. Shapiro. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



DAYVE HUCKETT & ART DEQUASIE: Guitar, voice and double bass blend in a collaborative concert of original and classic compositions. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

DIVERSITY COALITION POETRY SLAM: Masters of verse make themselves heard by sharing selected works. Roy Event Room, Dion Family Student Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

LINDA WARNAAR: Poignant original songs are set to Latin, blues, reggae, jazz and folk rhythms at the release concert for Zero Gravity. United Community Church North Building, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for students. Info, 748-2600.

THE FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOP: Penmen and -women focus on specific elements of cra t while giving constructive criticism on fiction, nonfictio and poetry by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

PACIFICA QUARTET: Works by Haydn, Beethoven and Shostakovich charm classical connoisseurs in a program performed as part of the University of Vermont Lane Series. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5-35. Info, 656-4455.

INTERGENERATIONAL BOOK DISCUSSION: Caroline Alexander’s The Endurance: Shackleto ’s Legendary Antarctic Exposition brings students and seniors together. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

TURNMUSIC: The aterbury ensemble puts a contemporary spin on classical chamber music with a Halloween-themed program. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $1215; free for students with ID. Info, 540-0406.

USED BOOK SALE: Fiction, nonfiction, oung adult and children’s titles appeal to readers at this Friends of the South Burlington Library sale. A Novel Idea, South Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 324-5380.






ELDER EDUCATION ENRICHMENT SERIES: Vermont Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Peter Hirschfeld shares his expertise in “The Candidates of 2016: Competing Visions for the Future of Vermont.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5. Info, 846-4835.





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‘AMERICAN HERO’: See WED.19. ‘CABARET’: Local performers travel to 1930s Berlin in a production of the time-tested musical. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $17-30. Info, 457-3981. FIRST YEAR SHOW: ‘SAVAGE+LOVE’: See THU.20, 8 & 10:30 p.m. ‘THE LARAMIE PROJECT’: Staged by St. Johnsbury Players, Moisés Kaufman’s drama examines the aftermath of the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. Auditorium, St. Johnsbury School, 7:30 p.m. $7-10. Info, 748-2600. MIDDLEBURY ACTORS WORKSHOP’S ‘MACBETH’: See THU.20. ‘A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN’: See THU.20.


NORTHERN STAGE’S ‘MACBETH’: See WED.19, 7:30 p.m. ‘THE PRODUCERS’: A pair of theatrical producers’ scheme to create a Broadway flop backfires in Me Brooks’ Tony Award-winning musical, performed by Adirondack Regional Theatre. Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N. ., 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 518-324-2787.




PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: An overview of the center’s history and mission gives insight into the role of the retail store and the organization’s larger goals. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info,


OPEN SPACE: AN IMPROVISATIONAL LABORATORY: Artistic students, faculty and community members try out ideas during an hour of silent experimentation, followed by an hour open to musicians. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


HARVEST BAZAAR: See FRI.21, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. RUMMAGE SALE: See FRI.21, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


ROB BARTLETT: The television and Broadway actor seen on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” takes audience members on a comedic romp. Ruthless Women Sketch Comedy Troupe opens. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $35. Info, 775-0903


REAL WOMEN, REAL STORIES CONFERENCE: Ladies seeking meaning in their lives listen up as speakers

talk about their faith. Barre City Auditorium, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. $40-60. Info, 878-8213.

Hayloft, Waterbury Center, 5-8 p.m. $35; preregister. Info, 476-3811.

VERMONT FRENCH-CANADIAN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Ancestry afi cionados learn more about Patriote Rebellion of Québec, naval campaigns in the Champlain Valley and a possible double spy during the American Revolution. St. John Vianney Parish Hall, South Burlington, 8:30 a.m. $25-30. Info, 310-9285.

GENUINE JAMAICAN DINNER & DANCE HALL NIGHT: Authentic island cuisine propels revelers who move and shake to Jamaican music spun by a DJ. Cabaret Room, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.; dance, 7-10:30 p.m. $25. Info, 748-2600.

VERMONT MUSIC TEACHERS STATE CONFERENCE: A noteworthy gathering focuses on the question “Scientific Research and Brain Studies: What Do They Ha e to Do With Music Teaching and Music Reading?” Richmond Free Library, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $35-79; free for students with ID; preregister. Info,



DIY PLAID SCARF: Participants beat the cold by making cozy no-sew neck wraps with seamstress Karin Hernandez. Fairfax Community Library, 1011:30 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 849-2420.


COMMUNITY DANCE PARTY: A workshop for movers and musicians gives way to a lively social dance set to tunes by Larks in the Attic. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, workshops, 6:30-7:20 p.m.; dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10-15; free for kids under 6; cash bar. Info, 728-6464. NORWICH CONTRA DANCE: Folks in clean-soled shoes move to music by Richard Forest and Everest Whitman and calls from David Kaynor. Bring snacks to share. Tracy Hall, Norwich, beginner walkthrough, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. $6-9; free for kids under 16. Info, VERMONT SWINGS ANNIVERSARY DANCE: Participants put their best foot forward at a celebratory stepping session where Lewis Franco & the Missing Cats provide the soundtrack. Indoor shoes are required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $15. Info, 864-8382.


LAKE CHAMPLAIN WALDORF SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE: Campus tours, a presentation and fallthemed activities introduce prospective students and their parents to the education model. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: See WED.19, Hannaford Supermarket Middlebury, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Canadian Club, Barre, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. BENEFIT DINNER & CALCUTTA: Fans of furry friends share a meal, then vie for prizes to support Franklin County Animal Rescue. St. Albans Knights of Columbus, 5 p.m. $125 includes two dinners and one ball. Info, 524-9650. BENEFIT FOR MEDICAL CLINIC IN HAITI: Music lovers sport their dancing shoes for a concert by the Fog and an informative slide show with funds going toward repairs to the hurricane-damaged facility. The Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Donations; loose change is accepted for a coin jar. Info, 434-4939. BLUE JEAN BALL: Revelers dress up in denim for a fiesta-themed fundraiser for the Franklin Coun y Home Health Agency. American Legion, St. Albans, 6 p.m. $50. Info, 527-7531. ESTATE AUCTION: Sterling silver, furniture, stoneware, jewelry, textiles, Victorian clothing and an antique narwhal tusk are up for grabs at this on-site bidding war. Private residence, Williston, preview, 8-10 a.m.; auction, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 272-7527. FALL COMMUNITY DAY & HARVEST CELEBRATION: Families join EarthWalk Vermont for an autumnal affair featuring pizza, games, crafts, songs and pumpkin carving. No pets, please. Hawthorn Meadow, Goddard College, Plainfield, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $3; $10 per family. Info, 454-8500. FUR FEST: Animal lovers throw potential pets a bone at a Central Vermont Humane Society benefit with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, live and silent auctions, and piano music by Michael Arnowitt. The


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. PACEM SCHOOL’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: The Montpelier learning communi y marks a decade of student-centered education with pizza, cake, ice cream, all-ages activities and a talk by educational psychologist Peter Gray. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, activities, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; pizza, 4-6 p.m.; talk, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 223-1010. SINGLE ADULT VOLLEYBALL/GAME/PIZZA NIGHT: Social butterflies se ve, set, spike and snack at a fun-fi led gathering. Essex Alliance Church, 6-9 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 989-4081. SOCIAL RENDEZVOUS WITH ADULT COLORING: Attendees unleash their inner creativity when rubbing elbows over cocktails, beer and wine. ONE Arts Center, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $5. Info, VERMONT TECH JAM: See FRI.21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


‘ALL OF ME’: See THU.20, Rutland Free Library. ‘GODSPELL’: Victor Garber portrays Jesus in this 1973 musical peppered with well-known numbers such as “Day by Day.” Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info, ‘JAUJA’: A soldier played by Viggo Mortensen searches desperately for his daughter in the Argentinian desert. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘SALAM NEIGHBOR’: Director Zach Ingrasci presents his 2015 documentary about a Syrian refugee camp before weighing in during a panel discussion. Casella Theate , Castleton University, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1258. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.21.

food & drink

BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers artisan wares and prepared foods. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172. CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, and locally made arts and crafts. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 793-8347. CHEESE TASTING DEMONSTRATION: A Spring Brook Farm representative slices fla orful samples in celebration of American Cheese Month. Woodstock Farmers Market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3658. CHICKEN PIE SUPPER: A comfort-food feast served family-style includes squash, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, pickles, homemade pies, coffee and tea. First Baptist Church of Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $6-12; preregister. Info, 864-6515. CHILI COOK-OFF: Home cooks ladle up different variations of this one-pot meal. Proceeds benefit Sara’s Stories. Pittsford Recreation Center, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations; preregister to compete. Info, 483-2972. CHOCOLATE TASTING: With the help of a tasting guide, chocoholics of all ages discover the fla or profiles of four di ferent confections. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. COCKTAIL PARTY: See THU.20.

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NORTHERN VERMONT SCRABBLE CLUB: Wordsmiths use lettered tiles to spell out winning combinations. Panera Bread, Barre, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1801. THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE!: Over-the-top prizes reward contestants in this interactive stage show hosted by Jerry Springer. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $49.75-60.25. Info, 863-5966.

health & fitness

ATTAINING PEACE: Bliss-seeking students use asana, pranayama, meditation and deep healing relaxation to overcome life’s obstacles. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 2-4:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 448-4262. GINGER’S FITNESS BOOT CAMP: See WED.19, 8-9 a.m. GUIDED PARTNER THAI MASSAGE: Lori Flower teaches techniques for reaching relaxation and peace of mind through healing touch. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $20-25. Info, 448-4262. PARKING LOT PARTY: Fitness fanatics help the wellness retailer fête a year in business with samples, gift bags, a rock wall, chair massages and more. Greene Mountain Nutrition & Smoothies, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 662-5910. PERSONAL BEST RUNNER’S CIRCUIT: See WED.19, 9-10 a.m. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.19, 10:45 a.m. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.19, North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. STRESS & FATIGUE: Tense attendees create a fi estep plan for resolving exhaustion and emotional strain with help from natural health physician Suzy Harris. Cedar Wood Natural Health Center, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 863-5828.


DEADNBERRY MANOR HAUNTED TOURS: See FRI.21. HALLOWEEN COSTUME CLINIC — KIDS’ EDITION: Prepare for the big night by turning your outfit ideas into reality in an open-studio setting. Generator, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. $18-20 per adult with up to 2 kids; $5 per extra kid. Info, 540-0761.

OOKY SPOOKY 5K: Runners in Halloween garb hit the trail for a 5K benefiting the Committee on Temporary Shelter. Rock Point School, Burlington, 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 863-1104.

THE BORDERLANDS: A WALK THROUGH THE FAERIE WOODS: Storytellers, musicians, dancers and poets await whimsical wanderers on a guided forest foray. Groups leave every 15 minutes. Treewild, Shelburne, 2-5 p.m. $10-15. Info, 985-1124.



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BARBARY COAST JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Joined by guest artists Peter Apfelbaum and Nicole Mitchell, students deliver a lively program of contemporary jazz, pop, gospel and African rhythms. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422. BID & BOOGIE: Live tunes from the Grift entertain attendees who bid on a wide array of items to raise funds for the Spring Hill School. Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, 7-11:45 p.m. $20-25. Info, 496-2139

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THE BIG BAND ERA: A MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH LC JAZZ: Cool cats take a journey from the birth of jazz in New Orleans through the fabulous ’50s with an 18-piece band. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 877-6737. BOB MACKENZIE’S BAND: Music lovers can’t help but move to a melodic medley of blues, jump, swing and R&B sounds. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner package; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. BURLINGTON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: BCO founder and guest conductor Michael Hopkins leads local musicians in selections by Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and others. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 863-5966. CHAMPLAIN PHILHARMONIC: Under the baton of guest conductor, Matthew LaRocca, the ensemble presents music by Russian composers, featuring Middlebury College student Gareth Cordery on piano. Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 800-776-6675. KINGDOM BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE: Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing lead seasoned performers in a varied program highlighting the region’s acoustic talent. Alexander Twilight Theatre, yndon State College, 7 p.m. $11; free for kids and students under 21. Info, 748-2600. PHIL BROWN & VIVIAN SPATES: Compositions by Mozart, Fauré and Dvořák alongside spirituals and show tunes for tenor and piano celebrate the beauty of the leaf-peeping season. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for students. Info, 748-2600. POSSUMHAW: Vocalist Colby Crehan leads the quintet in bluegrass and country-folk harmonies. Immanuel Episcopal Church, Bellows Falls, 7:309:30 p.m. $13-17. Info, 460-0110.

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SILVERTEETH: The New ork City duo doles out indie-rock numbers from its self-titled 2016 EP. Speaking Volumes, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5. Info, 540-0107.


CHAMPLAIN LAKE WATCH: Ornithology enthusiasts keep their eyes peeled for ducks, geese and other migratory waterfowl. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $25-30; free for teens. Info, 229-6206.

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SAW-WHET OWL BANDING: Outdoorsy types bearing warm clothes and flashlights seek the seldom-seen pint-size species. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-6206.

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CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Players make strategic moves and vie for the opposing king. Adult supervision is required for those 8 and under. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.






HALLOWEEN PARTY: People of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families and friends gather for a hair-raising affair. Masonic Lodge, St. Albans, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 524-5197.

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.


WALK TO END HOMELESSNESS: Community members make strides to support Tim’s House homeless shelter. Smoothie bikes, tasty treats and powerful speakers top off the event. Collins-Perley Sports Complex, St. Albans, registration, 2 p.m.; walk, 3 p.m. $100. Info, 527-0847.

author’s humorous children’s book. Phoenix Books Essex, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.

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SPEED QUESTIONS STATE SENATE CANDIDATES: Candidates rotate among small groups, where they answer rapid-fire queries in a speed-dating format. Refreshments follow. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1908.


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. NAMI MENTAL ILLNESS & RECOVERY WORKSHOP: Students at this National Alliance on Mental Illness seminar get schooled on effective treatments, services, coping strategies, crisis prevention and more. Hedding United Methodist Church, Barre, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7949.


LUIS VIVANCO: Cyclists and history buffs find common ground during the University of Vermont professor’s lecture, “Of Wheelmen, the New Woman and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont 1880-1920.” Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.






MIDDLEBURY ACTORS WORKSHOP’S ‘MACBETH’: See THU.20. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘DON GIOVANNI’: Three singers share the title role in a broadcast performance of Mozart’s infernal opera. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55 p.m. $23. Info, 775-0903. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $26-29. Info, 603-6462422. Town Hall Theate , Middlebury, preshow talk, 12:15 p.m.; show, 1 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222. ‘A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN’: See THU.20. NORTHERN STAGE’S ‘MACBETH’: See WED.19, 7:30 p.m. ‘THE PRODUCERS’: See FRI.21. ‘A SHOT IN THE DARK’: See THU.20, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. STOWE’S ‘THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: See WED.19. ‘SYLVIA’: See THU.20, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘THE TOOTHBRUSH: TIPS TO START YOUR DAY (EL CEPILLO DE DIENTES: CONSEJOS PARA INICIAR LA JORNADA)’: See FRI.21. ‘UNDERNEATH THE ABOVE SHOW NO. 1’: Bread and Puppet Theater pe forms a politically charged work inspired by the ongoing presidential election campaign. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 525-3031. VERMONT VAUDEVILLE: See FRI.21, 2 & 8 p.m.


USED BOOK SALE: See FRI.21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


SUN.23 comedy

MIKE BIRBIGLIA: Standup comedy infused with storytelling has audience members in stitches. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $16.50-36.50. Info, 863-5966.

BURLINGTON WOMEN’S CIRCLE: Those who identify as female form sisterly bonds and connect through ritual, sharing, movement and self-care. Feel free to bring a sacred object for the communal altar. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $5-20. Info, 448-4262. 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,

participants to their full potential. South End Studio, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $14. Info, 522-3691. STRETCH & SIP YOGA: Yogis at all levels do the downward-facing dog before quenching their thirst with a pint or flight of Switchback suds. The ap Room at Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $20; preregister; limited space. Info, 641-4114. WARM VINYASA: Hanna Satterlee helps students heat up from the inside out in a 90-degree room. Tapna Yoga, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. $15. Info, 651-8979. 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. $810. Info, 777-7032.

PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER ANNUAL MEETING: Likeminded attendees take notes on the work of PJC staff and volunteers and elect new board members. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.



ZUMBA WITH ALLISON: Conditioning is disguised as a party at this rhythm-driven workout session. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $10. Info, 227-7221.

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VCAM’S DIGITAL EDITING CERTIFICATION: Adobe Premiere users get familiar with the most recent version of the editing software. Prerequisite of VCAM Access Orientation or equivalent, or instructor’s permission. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.



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GHOST WALK: DARKNESS FALLS: See FRI.21. HISTORICAL TROLLEY TOURS OF BURLINGTON: See WED.19. SUNDAY SALON: A fundraiser for Lebanon Opera House treats supporters to refreshments, live music by Vermont novelist and musician Jon Clinch, and the chance to chat with board members and staff. Norwich Bookstore, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 603-448-0400.



food & drink

FARM BREAKFAST: Home-cooked eggs, French toast, flapjacks and breakfast meats make for a mouthwatering morning meal in a sun-soaked sugarhouse. Limlaw Family Maple Farm, West Topsham, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost of food and drink; preregister. Info, 439-5995. VERMONT ITALIAN CLUB PASTA DINNER: Diners pile their plates with antipasto salad, chicken Parmesan, vegetable lasagna, bread and desserts. Proceeds benefit club programs. Burlington Elks Lodge, 5 p.m. $10-30; free for kids 5 and under; cash bar; preregister. Info, vermontitalianclub@ WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET: See WED.19, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.


POKÉMON LEAGUE: See THU.20, noon-5 p.m.

health & fitness

DYNAMIC QIGONG: Breathing, stretching and meditative motions enhance health and well-being. Charlotte Congregational Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $1015. Info, 238-2637. HANDSTANDS, ARM BALANCES & PARTY TRICKS: Adventurous yogis delve into a full-length flow with pauses to break down impressive poses such as crow, side crow and astavakrasana. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. $20-25. Info, 448-4262. MORNING FLOW YOGA: See WED.19. NIA WITH SUZY: Drawing from martial, dance and healing arts, sensory-based movements push

PUMPKIN PARTY: Games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, snacks and a costume parade are part of a hair-raising Halloween celebration. Enosburg Opera House, 2-4 p.m. $2. Info, 933-6171.


THE BORDERLANDS: A WALK THROUGH THE FAERIE WOODS: See SAT.22. KIDS’ HALLOWEEN DAY DROP-OFF EVENT: Parents may relax or participate when costumed boys and ghouls spend a spooktacular afternoon creating whimsical haunted houses. ONE Arts Center, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $20; $10 per sibling. Info, SUNDAYS FOR FLEDGLINGS: From feathers and fly ing to art and zoology, junior birders ages 5 through 9 develop research and observation skills. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Regular admission, $3.50-7; free for members; preregister. Info, 434-2167.


DIMANCHES FRENCH CONVERSATION: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431. SPANISH GROUP CLASSES: Students roll their Rs while practicing en español. New Moon Café, Burlington, 2:45-4:30 p.m. $15. Info, maigomez1@


CHAMPLAIN PHILHARMONIC: See SAT.22, Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4 p.m. $5-15. Info, 443-3168. FREVO: Listeners lean in for an eclectic sampling of chamber music for flute, clarinet, ce lo and guitar. United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 879-4028. INORA BRASS: The Burlington-area quintet hits a l the right notes in a horn-driven concert. Newport St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3-4:15 p.m. $10. Info, 334-7365. ORGAN CONCERT: Joined by the First Unitarian Universalist Choir, Wayne Schneider masters the black and white keys in “Early American Organ Music: Gentlemen Amateurs, Immigrant Professionals and Ornery Yankees.” First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5630. UKULELE MELEE: Fingers fly at a group lesson on the four-stringed Hawaiian instrument. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info,


DEBATE SUNDAY: ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE FORUM: Deborah Bucknam Walden, T.J. Donovan and Rosemarie Jackowski vie for votes during a public discussion. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966. DEBATE SUNDAY: GOVERNOR CANDIDATE FORUM: Voters pose questions, and Sue Minter, Phil Scott and Bill Lee respond. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966. DEBATE SUNDAY: LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATE FORUM: Randy Brock, Boots Wardinski and David Zuckerman lay their cards on the table when replying to audience inqueries. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966.


RUN FOR YOUR LIFE HALLOWEEN 5K: Costumeclad runners and walkers pound the pavement to support Relay for Life of Nordic Style. Williston Community Park, registration, 8 a.m.; run/walk, 9 a.m. $10-25. Info, 872-6344. 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,


FREDERICK WISEMAN: The professor shines a light on the museum’s Abenaki artifacts with a talk on his research into the archaeological and ethnographic collection. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 3 p.m. $2. Info, 877-3406.


‘AMERICAN HERO’: See WED.19, 2 p.m. ‘CABARET’: See FRI.21, 4 p.m. ‘THE LARAMIE PROJECT’: See FRI.21, 2 p.m. ‘MACBETH’: See THU.20, 2-3:45 p.m.

LGBTQ FIBER ARTS GROUP: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.

‘MACBETH’: See WED.19, 5 p.m.






BELLA VOCE: The wome ’s vocal ensemble gets in tune with selections honoring the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in “Shakespeare, Spirituals and a Little Jazz.” The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, 4 p.m. $10-20. Info, 863-5966.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘DON GIOVANNI’: See SAT.22, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $26-29. Info, 603-646-2422.

‘THE PRODUCERS’: See FRI.21, 2 p.m. ‘SYLVIA’: See THU.20, 2 p.m.

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THE CAPITOL STEPS: A troupe of former Senate staffers and performers presents musical parodies and skits satirizing the headlines of the day.


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ADULT CONTEMPORARY DANCE: A weekly class crescendos with expressive phrases of movement. North End Studio B, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $12. Info, 863-6713.

CRAFT FOR KIDS: Half-pints ages 5 and up pour their energy into unique projects. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

SALSA MONDAYS: Dancers learn the techniques and patterns of the salsa, merengue, bachata and cha-cha. North End Studio A, Burlington, fundamentals, 7 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 227-2572.

EXTRAORDINARY SCULPTURE WITH ORDINARY MATERIALS: Aspiring artists explore space, texture and form with a variety of everyday media. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 3:30-5 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, 748-2600.


FRENCH SONG & CONVERSATIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS: Francophiles who study the language in school practice communicating with a native speaker. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info,


GREEN MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARD READER’S CLUB: Teens chat about Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

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

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: See WED.19, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 10:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. West Rutland Town Hall, 1-6 p.m.

ONE-ON-ONE TECH APPOINTMENTS: Staff members troubleshoot tech issues during individual sessions. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-5124.

BABY LAP TIME: Babes up to 24 months experience color, sound and movement through stories, songs, bounces and rhymes. Richmond Free Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.

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 No th Branch Café, Montpelier, 4-6 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 595-4001.

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 a l experience levels. North End Studio B, Burlington, 3:15-4:15 p.m. $15. Info, 863-6713.


PRESCHOOL MUSIC: See THU.20, 11 a.m.

THE PIP DIP FILM CLIP PARTY: CINÉ SALON AT 20: Film critic David Thompson introduces his two-screen version of Vincent Minelli’s The Cloc during a cinematic celebration with smoothies, snacks and screenings. Mayer Room, Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.21.

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FORGET-ME-NOTS BROWN BAG LUNCH: Women ages 65 and up meet for a midday meal. Bring a bag lunch. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., noon. Free. Info, 518-561-6920.

BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.19, 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. MAH JONGG: Longtime players and neophytes alike compete in the popular Chinese tile game. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

ROBIN’S NEST NATURE PLAYGROUP: Naturalistled pursuits through fields and forests fascinate tykes up to age 5. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 229-6206. SATURDAY DROP-IN STORY TIME: A weekly selection of songs and storylines engages all ages. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

ZUMBA: See WED.19.

HALLOWEEN STORIES: Kids in PJs or costumes bring their favorite stuffed animals for themed tales, crafts and bedtime snacks. Dorothy Alling

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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.


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


GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE FORUMS: State politicians vie for votes during public discussions hosted by Channel 17/Town Meeting Television. See for details. CCTV Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, 5:25 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966. MON.24



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VERMONT CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE HERBALISM STUDENT HERB CLINIC: Third- ear interns evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. Burlington Herb Clinic, 4-8 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info,

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STORY TIME & CRAFTS WITH CAITLIN: Engaging plots complement seasonal creative projects. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 955-5124.


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STORIES WITH MEGAN: Budding bookworms ages 2 through 5 open their ears for exciting tales. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, reference@

NIA WITH SUZY: See SUN.23, 7 p.m. PUBLIC FLU CLINIC: See WED.19, Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING: See WED.19, 6-8 p.m.

ADVANCED-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Language learners perfect their pronunciation with guest speakers. Private residence, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.


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ADULT HOCKEY SCRIMMAGE: Beginners and experienced players grab sticks and shoot for the goal during a friendly bout. Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 p.m. $10. Info, debbie. PICKUP DODGEBALL: Coed groups of adult players drop in and heave balls at the competition. Orchard School, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $5. Info, 324-3036.



BOOK DISCUSSION: FAMILY HISTORY: Readers look closely at The Shipping New by Annie Proulx as part of a series focused on how a family’s past plays into its present. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8998. BOOK GROUP FOR ADULTS: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates inspires an intelligent dialogue. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. KARA RICHARDSON WHITELY: The author and motivational speaker retraces her steps from her three trips up the Tanzanian volcano in Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds. Roy Event Room, Dion Family Student Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


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.


BOOK DISCUSSION: EARTH TONES: Thomas Ber y’s The Great ork: Our Way Into the Future touches on environmental topics. Heineberg Senior Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7221.


FRIENDS OF WINOOSKI MEMORIAL LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING: Neighbors unite to promote and support the Onion City’s public library. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.





LET’S GET GRAPHIC: AN INTRODUCTION TO CARTOONING & GRAPHIC NOVELS PANEL: From splash to spread, cartoonists and teachers cover the creative process and the role of graphic novels in the classroom. Recital Room, McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

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

MONDAY NIGHT POETRY WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths analyze creative works-in-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. ‘NEW ENGLAND REVIEW’ VERMONT READING SERIES: Fiction writers Jensen Beach and Eugene Mirabelli, poet Elizabeth Powell, and student translator Bernardo Andrade excerpt recent works. 51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5075.



BURLINGTON GARDEN CLUB MEETING: Green Mountain Harvest’s Dave Hartshorn sows seeds of knowledge in “Hydroponic Gardening.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 489-5485.


RENTAL INCOME SEMINAR: Those seeking financia freedom and security get wise to the ways of real estate investment. Preferred Properties, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 318-7654.


THE CAPITOL STEPS: See MON.24, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-42. Info, 863-5966. 64 CALENDAR


PANDEMONIUM AT THE PIERSON: SPOOKTACULAR EDITION: Host Reggie Condra joins library comics for a hysterical Halloween-themed night. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 7-8 p.m. Free; for ages 18 and up. Info, 985-5124.

VERMONT WEB MARKETING SUMMIT: National experts and local professionals convene for an indepth exploration of the digital marketing industry. Hilton Burlington, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $277-299. Info, 862-8783.

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.


‘PHANTASM’: A grave robber known as the Tall Man terrorizes a teenage boy and his friends in this 1979 fantasy flick. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.21.

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CHESS CLUB: Players of all ages put on their thinking caps in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124.

PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR: PUMPKINS: Imaginations blossom when young’uns up to age 6 engage in themed tales and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

PARLOR GAME NIGHT: Laughter and silliness come in spades at an evening of lighthearted competition. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-2518.

READ TO A DOG: Tots share stories with lovable pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.19, 7 p.m.

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BRANDON FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Hop to it! Get fit with strength, endurance, agility and coordination exercises. Otter Valley North Campus Gym, Brandon, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $12. Info, 343-7160. 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.

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@

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

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: See WED.19, Newport Elks Club, Newbury, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. CENTRAL VERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA: Top businesses are recognized with an awards ceremony following a buffet dinner and a networking session. Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 5-7:45 p.m. $35260; cash bar. Info, 223-4654. GHOST WALK: DARKNESS FALLS: See FRI.21.

FELDENKRAIS CLASS: Free up your joints with Gillian, who leads participants through the neuro-physical learning method. The ellness Collective, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0186. FITNESS AT ANY AGE: Strength, agility, coordination and heart-healthy exercises are modifie for folks of all ability levels. Charlotte Senior Center, 9:15-10 a.m. $10. Info, 343-7160. LENGTHEN & TONE BOOT CAMP: Dancers enjoy conditioning specifica ly for their art form with a mix of yoga, pilates, ballet barre and resistance training. Chase Dance Studio, Flynn Center, Burlington, 5:40-6:55 p.m. $15. Info, slowell@flynncente . org. NIA WITH REBECCA: See FRI.21.

PEACEFUL WARRIOR KARATE: Martial-arts training promotes HISTORICAL TROLLEY TOURS T UE T S’ C E . F 25 | T healthy living for those in recovery. OF BURLINGTON: See WED.19. HEATER | ‘SIDE EF Turning Point Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. ONE-ON-ONE TECH APPOINTMENTS: See Free. Info, 861-3150. MON.24.

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SUGARBUSH RESORT JOB FAIR: Outdoors-loving attendees seek potential employment opportunities at the mountain vacation spot. The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 583-6380.


‘THE BEST OF ENEMIES’: See WED.19, Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 800-635-2356. 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.

LEGO CHALLENGE: Burgeoning builders tackle construction tasks with colorful blocks. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.


DROP-IN GENTLE HATHA YOGA: Folks bring their own mats for a mindful stretching session with Betty Molnar. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4:305:30 p.m. Free. Info,


FALL STORY TIME: A wide variety of seasonally inspired books jump-starts preschoolers’ earlyliteracy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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.


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,

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.


PUBLIC FLU CLINIC: See WED.19, Fairfield Community Center, East Fairfield, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 527-7531. TREAD & SHED: Active bodies take to treadmills and elliptical machines for a motivating group workout. Your Personal Best Fitness, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $15. Info, 658-1616. YOGA WITH GISELE: Breath guides gentle-yetactive poses that prepare the mind for the day to come. North End Studio C, Burlington, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $13; limited space. Info, 777-9662. ZUMBA FITNESS: See SUN.23, 6-7 p.m. ZUMBA WITH ALLISON: See SUN.23, 7-8 p.m.

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 CHOCOLATE LAB: Kiddos cozy up for story time with the library’s furry friend. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4 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, STORY TIME: See FRI.21. STORY TIME FOR BABIES & TODDLERS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of children under 3. 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. 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.


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. ‘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. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics engage in dialogue en français. Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.




GREENFIELD PIANO ASSOCIATES: Members tickle the ivories in a varied program titled “Autumn Piano Potpourri.” Bring a bag lunch. The Cathedral Church o St. Paul, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0471. IAN BOSTRIDGE: Pianist Thomas Adès accompanie the world-renowned tenor as he interprets Schubert’s song cycle “Winterreise.” Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-50. Info, 603-646-2422. OPEN JAM SESSION: Musicians follow the flow and e plore sound together. The ellness Co-op, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.




MEDICARE & YOU: AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDICARE: Members of the Central Vermont Council on Aging clear up confusion about the


application process and plan options. Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, 3-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-0531.




DAVID R. MONTGOMERY & ANNE BIKLE: The authors of The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health dig into the ecologies of soil and the human body. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 454-8504. ERIC GARZA: Listeners digest information on foods that nourish the mind and body during “The Gut-Brain Connection & Health.” City Market/Onion River Co-op, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 861-9700. JASON SMILEY: Occult enthusiasts are enchanted as the presenter lifts the veil on Vermont’s mystical Eddy family of spirit mediums and demonstrates some séance techniques. Charlotte Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 425-3864.


the Queen City a safer, healthier place. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, registration and breakfast, 8 a.m.; program, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 652-0997.




DANCE MASTER CLASS: B-girl Anna Rokafella Garcia breaks down locking, popping and other hip-hop moves. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. DROP-IN HIP-HOP DANCE: See WED.19.

FOLK SHOW & BOOK READING: Plainfields Jandroid and RaaArrr open a noteworthy night of words and music featuring artists from across the country. Plainfield own Hall Opera House, 7-10 p.m. $7-15. Info, plainfieldtownha

FALL LITERATURE READING SERIES: Bookworms discuss selected chapters of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup. com; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

‘RADICAL DHARMA: TALKING RACE, LOVE & LIBERATION’ BOOK CONVERSATIONS: angel Kyodo williams and Lama Rod Owens’ call to action informs a fi e-part conversation series led by Jennifer Decker and Denise Casey. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 6:45-8:15 p.m. Donations; limited space. Info, 735-2265.


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NURSING BEYOND A YEAR MEETUP: 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. ONE-ON-ONE TECH APPOINTMENTS: See MON.24. 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.

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VIDEO SERIES: See WED.19. WATERBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FALL MEETING: Locals take a virtual tour through the town of Waterbury to discover how its streets got their names. Steele Community Room, Waterbury Municipal Building, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089.


‘ALL OF ME’: See THU.20, Rivendell Academy, Orford, N.H. ‘DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR’: A new documentary directed by Ken Burns focuses on a minister and a social worker who risk their lives to assist refugees in 1939. A panel discussion follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘FOOD FOR CHANGE: THE STORY OF COOPERATION IN AMERICA’: See THU.20, Community College of Vermont, Rutland, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 786-6996. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.21.



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SEARCH FOR MEANING ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP: Readers reflect on selected texts. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920.

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KARA RICHARDSON WHITELY: The author and motivational speaker retraces her steps from her three trips up the Tanzanian volcano in Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.



CRAFT SESSION: CREATIVE NONFICTION: Wordsmiths give feedback on memoir, essays and journalism written by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: See WED.19, Randolph Union High School, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. MyWebGrocer, Winooski, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘FRANKENSTEIN’: Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation in a broadcast production directed by Danny Boyle. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $1625. Info, 748-2600.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION: Lit lovers look closely at Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.


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CARVING OUT A DAY IN BARRE: Green Mountain State explorers carpool to the Granite City to explore sites such as the Vermont History Center and Old Labor Hall. Bring a bag lunch. Starbucks, South Burlington, 8:15 a.m. Prices vary; preregister; limited space. Info, 453-4157.


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‘THE GOLDEN AGE’: A young fisherman falls head over heels for the beautiful dancer Rita in a satire of Europe during the roaring twenties performed by the Bolshoi Ballet and shown on the big screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600.

‘INTERSECTIONS: A THEATRE PROJECT ABOUT PRISON AND REFORM’: First-person accounts and inmate letters inspire a full-length performance exploring incarceration in Vermont. See calendar spotlight. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $17-22. Info, 540-0406.

‘SIDE EFFECTS’: Michael Milligan’s one-man play examines the challenges facing America’s primary care doctors. Casella Theate , Castleton University, 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 468-1119.



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BUILDING A HOME APOTHECARY: REMEDIES FOR POISON IVY & SKIN RASHES: Participants prepare to stock their medicine cabinets with plant-based treatments during a workshop with clinical intern Stephanie Cohen. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $5-15; preregister. Info, 224-7100. EPIC MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: See WED.19. EVERY WEDNESDAY, EVERYONE TAI CHI: See WED.19. GINGER’S FITNESS BOOT CAMP: See WED.19. INSIGHT MEDITATION: See WED.19. MINDFUL WORKWEEKS: WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEDITATION: See WED.19. MORNING FLOW YOGA: See WED.19. NATUROPATH: Travis Elliot prescribes homeopathic health care methods, then fields audience ques tions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. NIA WITH LINDA: See WED.19. PERSONAL BEST RUNNER’S CIRCUIT: See WED.19. PUBLIC FLU CLINIC: See WED.19, CarePartners Adult Day Center, St. Albans, 10-11 a.m. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.19. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.19. SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP: HERBAL SUPPORT FOR GROUNDED ACTION: Community leaders enhance their capacity for creativity and collaboration through herbal and nutritional strategies. Railyard Apothecary and Yoga Studio, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $25. Info, 318-6050. TAI CHI FOR ALL: See WED.19. WEDNESDAY NIGHT SOUND BATH: See WED.19. ZUMBA: See WED.19.


‘TRICK ’R TREAT’: Five scary stories intertwine in a hair-raising horror film starring Dylan Baker and Anna Paquin. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 9 p.m. $13. Info, 863-5966. TRICK-OR-TREAT STREET: Festive families fin four blocks of candy gathering, complete with face painting and photo ops. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-5384.

KIDS’ DUNGEONS & DRAGONS NIGHT: Experienced and novice players take on challenges to defeat enemies in this pen-and-paper role-playing game. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, jmuse@

LGBTQ GENDER-FREE SQUARE DANCE CLASS: Folks with a twinkle in their eye and in their toes bring a water bottle and a sense of humor to a stepping session for all ability levels. No partner necessary. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5-10; free for first-timers. Info,




VOCAL MASTER CLASS: All are invited to observe as British tenor Ian Bostridge helps Dartmouth College students achieve vocal virtuosity. Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2010.

ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING: See WED.19. RICHMOND STORY TIME: See WED.19. STEM CLUB: Inquisitive kids tackle challenges in science, technology, engineering and math. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.


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STORY TIME: See WED.19. STORY TIME & PLAYGROUP: See WED.19. TODDLER TIME: See WED.19. YOUNG WRITERS & STORYTELLERS: Kindergartners through fi th graders practice crafting narratives. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.







ADVANCED GENEALOGY SEMINAR: John Kelley moderates as ancestor investigators share tips for taking their search to the next level. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-5124. INTRO TO HAM RADIO: David Hale and David Ferland get neophytes on their frequency with an introduction to two-way shortwave radios. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 454-1177. WINTER BIKING WORKSHOP: Those who wish to cycle year-round learn the ins and outs of staying safe, warm and comfortable on two wheels. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-4475.


BRITTANY POWELL: The shutterbug pr vides a snapshot of her multimedia undertaking, “The Debt Project,” in which she photographs and collects stories from people who owe money. Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 800-635-2356. FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ: A book signing follows “Beyond Hunger: Toward Food Democracy,” the acclaimed author’s talk on revitalizing democracy to regain control of the food system. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, IS LIFE A RANDOM WALK?: An open discussion hosted by Eckankar encourages spiritual seekers to reflect on the purpose of being. Rutland Free Library, 2-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390. JON KIM: The geologist takes an up-close look Bennington’s contaminated bedrock aquifer. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info,




JONATHAN MINGLE: The author of Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World reads from his book and engages in a Q&A about environmental writing and climate issues. See calendar spotlight. Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University, Northfield, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2261. MEDEA BENJAMIN: In Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, the humanrights activist sheds light on a controversial element of United States foreign policy. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 3. VETERANS BOOK GROUP: Those who ha e served their country join Michael Heaney for a discussion of texts. South Burlington Veterans Center, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 862-1806.


WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: CHAPTER FOCUS: Folks give feedback on selections of up to 40 pages penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.










LEGO FUN: Tinkerers in grades K and up create unique structures with geometric pieces. Youngsters under 5 require parental supervision. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.





HOMEWORK HELP: Students seek out staff from the Stern Center for Language and Learning for help in reading, writing, math and social studies. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.




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art ACCESS CVU EDUCATION: French Pastry (Oct. 13), Bracelet (Oct. 13), Risotto (Oct. 17), Voice-Overs (Oct. 17), Crochet (Oct. 18), Mushrooms (Oct. 18), Zentangle (Oct. 19), Meditation (Oct. 19), Primal Movement (Oct. 19), Creative Writing (Oct. 24), Nutritional Jungle (Oct. 25), Constitution (Oct. 25), Gnocchi (Oct. 26), Juggling (Oct. 26), Vision Board (Oct. 27), Tree ID (Oct. 27), Origami (Nov. 1). Many computer options. Full descriptions online. Enroll to save spot, confirmation will provide info. Follow @accesscvu on Twitter/ Facebook/Instagram. Many courses at CVUHS in Hinesburg starting soon. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,





astrology ASTROLOGY AT RAILYARD: Regular astrology offerings from three experienced astrologers! Astrology 101 workshop: Tue., Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m. $20. Scorpio Astrology Party: Sun., Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. $25! See website for details: Location: Railyard, 270 Battery St, Burlington. Info: Railyard, 318-6050, railyardyoga@gmail. com,

Burlington City Arts

Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. EARRINGS: Come check out the jewelry and fine metals studio and make your own silver or metal earrings. Open to all skill levels. Class includes copper and brass, silver ear wire, and all basic tools. Silver can be purchased separately. Instructor: Rebecca Macomber. Nov. 3, 6-9 pm. Cost: $35/ person; $31.50/BCA members. Location: Generator, 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. PHOTOSHOP CRASH COURSE: Learn all of the basics of Adobe Photoshop in this three-evening intensive workshop. Uploading

and saving images for print and the web, navigating the workspace, adjustment layers and basic editing tools will be covered. Bring images on your camera or on a Mac-compatible flash drive to class. Instructor: Dan Lovel. Weekly on Tue., Nov. 1-15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $90/person. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

climbing 3-WEEK ADULT CLIMBING CLINICS: A great introduction for those new to climbing or a way to hone skills for those who already have experience. Price includes three additional visits, gear rentals and three sessions with one of four clinics: coed beginner or intermediate, and women’s beginner or intermediate. Coed on Tue., women’s on ˜ u. beginning Nov. Cost: $105/3 1-hour sessions + 3 additional visits. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School, 105 Briggs St., Burlington. Info: Andrea Charest, 657-3872,, adultclasses. 3-WEEK LEADING CLINIC AT PETRA: Climbers who are climbing around 5.10 comfortably and feel ready to start leading in the gym, this clinic is for you! $105 gets you three sessions with our professional instructors, where you will learn how to lead climb and belay. Also included: three additional visits to come in and practice. Fri., Oct. 21-Nov. 4, 5:307:30 p.m. Cost: $105/3 1-hour sessions + 3 additional visits. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 105 Briggs St., Burlington. Info: Craig Morrill, 657-3872,, petracliffs. com/climbing/learntoclimb.

computers ACCESS CVU EDUCATION: French Pastry (Oct. 13), Bracelet (Oct. 13), Risotto (Oct. 17), Voice-Overs (Oct. 17), Crochet (Oct. 18), Mushrooms (Oct. 18), Zentangle (Oct. 19), Meditation (Oct. 19), Primal Movement (Oct. 19), Creative Writing (Oct. 24), Nutritional Jungle (Oct. 25), Constitution (Oct. 25), Gnocchi (Oct. 26), Juggling (Oct. 26), Vision Board (Oct. 27), Tree ID (Oct. 27), Origami (Nov. 1). Many computer options. Full descriptions online. Enroll to save spot, confirmation will provide info. Follow @accesscvu on Twitter/


ADULT: DRAWING: Instructor: Misoo Filan. ˛ is class will focus on fundamentals of observational drawing skills. Students will acquire the technical and conceptual foundation to develop their personal vision. Students will gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of drawing materials and drawing techniques, including drawing from a model in the final class. 8 Mon., 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 23-Mar. 20; no class Feb. 27. Cost: $248/ person; member discount avail. Location: ˜ e Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: METALS 1: ˛ is 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. ˛ ere will be weekly demonstrations including sawing, drilling, piercing, annealing, texturing, jump rings, forming and soldering techniques. Instructor: Sarah Sprague. 8 ˜ u., 6-9 p.m., Jan. 19-Mar. 16, no class Mar. 2. Cost: $427/person; member discount avail. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: MIXED-LEVEL BEGINNER: Instructor: Rik Rolla. For beginners and those with some clay wheel throwing experience. You set the pace; the instructor helps with demos and guided assistance. ˛ e gas reduction kiln and electric oxidation kiln are for your use, as well as an option to explore all other available firing methods. 8 Tue., 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 24-Mar. 14. Cost: $335/person; member discount avail. Location: ˜ e Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: PAINTING IN OIL: Instructor: Brooke Monte. For beginners and folks who want to learn about oil painting.While painting from still lifes, students will learn about color theory, compositions and learn about various painting techniques in

surface prep, mixing color and layering. 8 Wed., 12:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 18-Mar. 15; no class Mar. 1. Cost: $248/person; member discount avail. Location: ˜ e Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: PORTRAITURE: Instructor: Misoo Filan. ˛ is class guides students through the creation of portraits from life and from photographs using basic drawing and paint media. Students will gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of materials and techniques, including painting with a model in the final class. 6 ˜ u., 6-8 p.m., Jan. 26-Mar. 23; no class Mar. 2. Cost: $258/person; member discount avail. Location: ˜ e Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, 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 woodshop environment. 10 Wed., 6-9 p.m., Jan. 18-Mar. 22. Cost: $565/ person; member discount avail. Location: ˜ e Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: Sage Tucker-Ketcham, 9853648, info@, ADULT: STAINED GLASS: ˛ is class will teach you copper-foil stained-glass method pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Begin with a project that will introduce you to pattern selection and creation, using different types of glass, and cutting and fitting glass pieces, and then learn how to foil and solder. Instructor: Sarah Sprague. 8 ˜ u., 3-5 p.m., Jan. 19-Mar. 16, no class Mar. 2. Cost: $365/person; member discount avail. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: Sage TuckerKetcham, 985-3648, info@,

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN SEWING: Gear up for kitchen cooking with our kids’ holiday sewing class! Students will learn how to use a sewing machine to design and create a gathered applique apron. Participants will learn techniques from piecing to sandwiching to sew their second project of the day, patchwork potholders. Ages 9-13. Mon., Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $98/1 5-hour class w/ a 1-hour lunch

break; materials incl. Location: Nido Fabric and Yarn, 209 College St., Suite 2E, Burlington. Info: 881-0068,, KNITTING HOUSE SOCKS: In this three-part class, increase your beginner knitting skills and learn how to make house socks. Master working in the round on double-pointed needles creating a rib, heel flap, turning the heel, picking up and creating a gusset, decreasing, and using the Kitchner stitch to graft the toe. ˜ u., Nov. 3, 10 & 17, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $108/2, 3-hour classes; materials incl. Location: Nido Fabric and Yarn, 209 College St. Suite 2E, Burlington. Info: Nido Fabric and Yarn, 881-0068, info@, LEARN TO SEW SERIES AT NIDO: Take our two-part Learn to Sew series beginning Mon., Nov. 7, with Learn to Sew I. Learn machine basics and fundamental sewing techniques. Follow up with our Learn to Sew II class, Mon., Nov. 28, to continue building your sewing repertoire. Leave with finished projects and inspiration. Register today! Mon., Nov. 7 & Nov. 28, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $106/2 3-hour classes; materials incl. Location: Nido Fabric and Yarn, 209 College St., Suite 2E, Burlington. Info: 881-0068, info@,

culinary ACCESS CVU EDUCATION: French Pastry (Oct. 13), Bracelet (Oct. 13), Risotto (Oct. 17), Voice-Overs (Oct. 17), Crochet (Oct. 18), Mushrooms (Oct. 18), Zentangle (Oct. 19), Meditation (Oct. 19), Primal Movement (Oct. 19), Creative Writing (Oct. 24), Nutritional Jungle (Oct. 25), Constitution (Oct. 25), Gnocchi (Oct. 26), Juggling (Oct. 26), Vision Board (Oct. 27), Tree ID (Oct. 27), Origami (Nov. 1). Many computer options. Full descriptions online. Enroll to save spot, confirmation will provide info. Follow @accesscvu on Twitter/ Facebook/Instagram. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 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, 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! ˛ ere 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@hotmail. com, LEARN TO DANCE W/ 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: $50/4week class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

drumming DJEMBE IN BURLINGTON & MONTPELIER!: Learn drumming technique and music on West African drums! Drums provided! Burlington Beginners Djembe, Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m.: come this week! (No class Oct. 19.) New session starts Oct. 26, $48/4 weeks; $15/drop-in. Montpelier Beginners Djembe, ˛ u., 7-8:20 p.m. starting Nov. 10 (no class Nov. 24), $54/3 weeks; $22/walk-ins. Montpelier Conga workshop, ˛ u., Oct. 20, 5:30-6:50 p.m., $22 each. Sixperson minimum required to run most classes; invite friends! Please register online or come directly to the first class. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington; Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin. Info: 999-4255, KID’S AND PARENTS’ WORLD DRUMMING IN BURLINGTON & MONTPELIER!: Tue. Taiko in Burlington (ages 6 and up), 4:30-5:20 p.m., starting Oct. 25, $40/child or $72/parentchild for 4 weeks; Wed. Djembe in Burlington (ages 6 and up), 4:30-5:20 p.m., starting Oct. 26, $40/child or $72/parent-child for 4 weeks;. Montpelier: ˛ u., 3:304:20 (ages 3-5) and 4:30-5:20 (ages 6 and up), starting Nov. 10, $36/child or $69/parent-child for 3 weeks (no class Nov. 24): Five-person minimum required to run most classes; invite friends! Please register online or come directly to the first class. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington; Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin. Info: 999-4255, TAIKO DRUMMING IN BURLINGTON & MONTPELIER!: Study with Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko! Burlington Beginner/Recreational Class, Tue., 5:30-6:20 p.m., starting Oct. 25, $48/4 weeks. Accelerated Taiko Program for Beginners, Mon. & Wed., 6:30-8:20 p.m., starting Oct. 24, $120/5 classes (no class Nov. 2); Nov. 14, $120/5 classes (no class Nov. 23); Dec. 5, $144/3 weeks. Montpelier Taiko Beginners, ˛ u., 5:30-6:50 p.m., single-day workshop on Oct. 27, $22. Six-person minimum required to run most classes; invite friends!


Please register online or come directly to the first class. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington; Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin. Info: 999-4255,

empowerment ACCESS CVU EDUCATION: French Pastry (Oct. 13), Bracelet (Oct. 13), Risotto (Oct. 17), Voice-Overs (Oct. 17), Crochet (Oct. 18), Mushrooms (Oct. 18), Zentangle (Oct. 19), Meditation (Oct. 19), Primal Movement (Oct. 19), Creative Writing (Oct. 24), Nutritional Jungle (Oct. 25), Constitution (Oct. 25), Gnocchi (Oct. 26), Juggling (Oct. 26), Vision Board (Oct. 27), Tree ID (Oct. 27), Origami (Nov. 1). Many computer options. Full descriptions online. Enroll to save spot, confirmation wi l provide info. Follow @accesscvu on Twitter/ Facebook/Instagram. Many courses at CVUHS in Hinesburg starting soon. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, FINDING YOUR MISSION IN LIFE: Open your life to greater joy, meaning and wonder as you discover your mission in life via a series of exercises, readings and supplemental techniques (e.g. hand analysis, type test, chart reading). Led by the Jungian

Center Life Mission team. Tue., Nov. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. WORKING WITH THE ANCESTORS: Acknowledging our Ancestors, showing our gratitude to them, and asking for their aid, are important activities in many traditional cultures. In this workshop, participants will learn ways of paying respect to Ancestors, enlisting their aid, and offering healing to Ancestors who may be suffering or may have harmed others. Preregistration required. Sat., Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. by donation. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: 860-6203, jkristel61@hotmail. com,

Feldenkrais SURVIVE IN A CULTURE OF CHAIRS: In this 6-week series, Uwe will teach a series of Awareness Through Movement lessons that are designed to improve your sitting posture. You will learn to avoid muscular discomfort with a better skeletal organization. The improvements will allow you to sit for longer periods of time without pain and with less effort. Thu. starting Nov. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $90/6-week series; $20 drop-in class. Location:

Sacred Mountain Studio, 215 College Street, Burlington. Info: VermontFeldenkrais, Uwe Mester, 735-3770, info@,

healing arts REIKI 1 COURSE: Reiki is easy to learn and practice! You will begin practicing self-Reiki during the first class. Learn protocols for self-Reiki and for offering informal Reiki sessions to your family, close friends or animals in your life. Learn how Reiki supports your wellness and medical therapies. A comprehensive manual is included. 5 Thu. starting Oct. 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $300/5-week course & comprehensive manual. Location: Green Mountain Reiki Institute, 33 Blair Park Rd., Suite 101, Williston. Info: Sandy Jefferis, 343-2634, sandy@,

Helen Day Art Center

medium as you learn innovative mark-making techniques and explore color theory on a large format. All levels welcome. Sat., Nov. 5 & Sun., Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $300/person; $275/ member. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@helenday. com,

hypnosis HYPNOVATIONS: CLINICAL HYPNOSIS BASIC WORKSHOP: (20 CEUs) Prepares clinicians to immediately begin incorporating hypnosis into their practice. Registration: Approved by American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) for Medical/Mental Health Clinicians such as licensed mental health counselors, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers and graduate students. For more information, please contact mturner@ Seats limited; please reserve now! Nov. 4-6. Location: Hampton Inn, 42 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester.

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LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Connect with a new world. We provide high-quality affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our 10th year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,

VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a Martial Arts Combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defense 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, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian National Champion; International World Masters Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Imitations!. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839, julio@,

martial arts CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Come to Wu Xing Chinese Martial Arts. Join other thoughtful, intelligent adults to learn and practice Tai Chi, kungfu, and Chinese internal and physical exercises. Maximize your mental tranquility and clarity, physical health and fit ness, and self-confidence. Our classes are 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: Wu Xing Chinese Martial Arts,


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Get your spooky on at the Mahana Magic Foundation 7th Annual Fundraiser

Monster Bash Friday, October 28, 2016 | 7-11 PM

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3186 Greenbush Road, Charlotte $65/ticket (Adults only) Buy tickets early…last year sold out!

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The Mahana Magic Foundation Supports kids whose parent or adult care giver has cancer.

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The Mahana Magic Foundation is a non-profit organization which offers support to a child who is coping with the fear and uncertainty of having a parent or adult care giver with cancer. In affiliation with the Cancer Patient Support program (, a free and comprehensive support service program that assists cancer patients and their families, Mahana Magic comforts and empowers children by giving them a sense of peace, confidence and control through the support of a Child Life Specialist, Ropes Courses, and Art Therapy opportunities.


The late Greg Couture created Mahana Magic realizing that his cancer was a family diagnosis. In honor of his two daughters, Makena and Hana, Mahana is a combination of their names and means to create warmth.

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Support a great cause having a ghostly evening with… haunted house, light appetizers, sweet treats and cash bar, thrilling entertainment, dancing with a rockin’ DJ…plus much more!

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LEARN TO MEDITATE: ˜ rough 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. ˜ e 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. & ˜ u., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.˜ u., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, MINDFULNESS & CANCER WELLNESS: Mindfulness Tools for Health and Wellness eightweek class for cancer patients/ survivors and caregivers. Reduce stress and encourage wellness with mindfulness practices including a body scan, sitting meditation and gentle yoga. Practice at home with guided CDs. No experience necessary. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program certified instructor. No cost for this valuable workshop. Weekly on Mon. Oct. 24 (5-8 p.m.)-Dec. 12 (5-7:30 p.m.) and Sat., Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: University of Vermont Medical Center, McClure Lobby Conference Room, Burlington. Info: Roz Grossman, MA, 2332461,, QIQONG: Join us for a rare opportunity to study Qiqong with guest teacher, Beth Latchis. Qiqong cultivates strength of body and calmness of mind through gentle, relaxing exercises that integrate movement, breath, and qi (internal energy) to promote health, longevity and mental clarity. New and experienced practitioners are welcome. Limited space. Sat., Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., & Sun., Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $175/person. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Elizabeth Kanard, 658-6795,

WHO AM I? THE BASIC GOODNESS OF BEING HUMAN: Come to an inspiring and rich introductory mindfulness course for beginners and experienced meditators. We will ask the question “Who am I?” and explore teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, Buddha nature and the confidence of warriorship. ˜ e course includes meditation instruction and practice, talks on Shambhala teachings, and discussions. Mon., Oct. 24-Nov. 21, 7-9 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $120/person. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Elizabeth Kanard, 658-6795,

movement THE EVERYTHING SPACE: A somatic education and social justice studio curated by Abbi Jaffe and Amanda Franz. Unleash your body’s intelligence and cultivate resilience. Classes include: Bodies in Wild, Primal Practice, Contemplative Community Building Practices, Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Embodiment Activism and private sessions. Classes are trauma informed. Sliding scale. Everyone is welcome. Many days of the week. Sliding scale: $0-20. Location: ˜ e Everything Space, 64 Main St., 3rd Floor, Montpelier. Info: Abbi Jaffe, 318-3927,,

nature ACCESS CVU EDUCATION: French Pastry (Oct. 13), Bracelet (Oct. 13), Risotto (Oct. 17), Voice-Overs (Oct. 17), Crochet (Oct. 18), Mushrooms (Oct. 18), Zentangle (Oct. 19), Meditation (Oct. 19), Primal Movement (Oct. 19), Creative Writing (Oct. 24), Nutritional Jungle (Oct. 25), Constitution (Oct. 25), Gnocchi (Oct. 26), Juggling (Oct. 26), Vision Board (Oct. 27), Tree ID (Oct. 27), Origami (Nov. 1). Many computer options. Full descriptions online. Enroll to save spot, confirmation will provide info. Follow @accesscvu on Twitter/ Facebook/Instagram. Many courses at CVUHS in Hinesburg starting soon. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,


Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 8649642,

CORE STUDIO BARRE CLASSES: Join us and shake in uniquely formatted and upbeat Barre classes for all fitness levels. ˜ is non-impact endurance/ strength/flexibility workout pairs well with your cardio workouts, as we use Pilates principals as the foundation of this challenging but super fun workout. Very beneficial to your core! Monthly specials! Barre classes offered 7 days a week!. Location: Core Studio, Pilates, Barre, Fitness, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3K, Burlington. Info: corestudioburlington@gmail. com,

pregnancy/ childbirth PRENATAL METHOD STUDIO: Prenatal and postnatal yoga and barre classes. Yoga for Fertility Class Series. Childbirth Education Series and weekend intensives. Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program. Infant CPR. Empathy circles, infant massage and new mothers’ groups. Supporting women and their partners in the management and journey of pregnancy and childbirth. Every day: lunchtimes, evenings & weekends. Cost: $15/1-hour prenatal or postnatal yoga class. Location: Prenatal Method Studio, 1 Mill St., suite 236, at the Chace Mill, Burlington. Info: 829-0211, beth@,

psychotherapy LEARN TO DO EMDR THERAPY!: ˜ e renowned evidence-based approach for trauma and beyond. EMDRIA approved: basic training and low-cost refresher course for licensed and license-eligible clinicians only. All consultation, CEU’s and payment plan included. Get details and registration online. Part 1: October 28-30; Part 2: Jan. 20-22. Location: Howard Center, Burlington. Info:

spirituality INNER GUIDANCE: Ever had a gut feeling about something, only to find later that it was right on? Insight can come as a nudge, a dream or a quiet voice within you. All are welcome to this afternoon of panels and a workshop on inner guidance. Bring your stories or just your curiosity. Find new ways to connect with your own inner source of truth. Hosted by Eckankar. Sun., Nov. 6, 12:30-3 p.m. Location: Eckankar Center, 95 College St., Burlington. Info: Eckankar of Vermont, 800-7729390,, POWER ANIMALS/TOTEMS: A dynamic workshop to learn about the Power Animals/ Totems that love, guide and support us. ˜ rough instruction, journeying to a drumbeat and sharing, we’ll discover the Spirit

Allies and connect with them for greater health, happiness, growth and awareness. No experience necessary. Sun. Oct. 23. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $50/4-hour class. Location: Springfield Food Co-Op, 355 River St., Springfield. Info: Lightheart Healing Arts, Maureen Short, 453-4433,,

tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: ˜ e 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,

well-being MAKING A RATTLE: CELEBRATING SPIRIT AND NATURE: Making rattles out of native hide, wood and corn is an ancient practice indigenous to North America. While details of the practice vary across tribes, the healing power of the rattle to connect people to the directions (and their animal spirits), the cycles of seasons, day and night, and plant and animal life is universal. Making a rattle involves creating a sacred physical space that allows us to circle around connecting seemingly opposite poles in powerful ways. Preregistration required. Led by Alicia Daniel. Mon., Nov. 14 & 28 & Dec. 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $75/person; incl. cost of materials. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: 860-6203, jkristel61@hotmail. com,

writing ACCESS CVU EDUCATION: French Pastry (Oct. 13), Bracelet (Oct. 13), Risotto (Oct. 17), Voice-Overs (Oct. 17), Crochet (Oct. 18), Mushrooms (Oct. 18), Zentangle (Oct. 19), Meditation (Oct. 19), Primal Movement (Oct. 19), Creative Writing (Oct. 24), Nutritional Jungle (Oct. 25), Constitution (Oct. 25), Gnocchi (Oct. 26), Juggling (Oct. 26), Vision Board (Oct. 27), Tree ID (Oct. 27), Origami (Nov. 1). Many computer options. Full descriptions online. Enroll to save spot, confirmation will provide info. Follow @accesscvu on Twitter/ Facebook/Instagram. Many courses at CVUHS in Hinesburg starting soon. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,

yoga DEEP DIVE: EXPERIENCE ANATOMY: “Deep Dive” yoga studies for teachers and practitioners with Kristin Borquist and Heidi Kvasnak: Learn anatomy from the feet to the hips through movement rather than lecture. Feel more confident when you offer verbal and hands-on assists. Find creative ways to cue your students into alignment and deeper openings. CEU credits available. Sat., Nov. 5, 1:30-4:30pm. Cost: $75/3-hour class. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne. Info: Yoga Roots, Heidi Kvasnak, 9850090,, EVOLUTION YOGA: Evolution Yoga and Physical ˜ erapy 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, ˜ erapeutics, and Alignment. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/class; $140/10-class card; $5-10/community classes.

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. Brandnew beginners’ course: ˜ is 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,, NOON COMMUNITY YOGA CLASSES: We offer three weekly lunchtime Community Yoga classes, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Tue.: Hatha Flow w/ Carolyn Crotty; Wed.: Katonah Yoga w/ Lauren Godes; and ˜ u.: Hatha Flow w/ Adam Bluestein. Yoga for every body, every level, only $6. Quality, friendly classes in a welcoming, nonintimidating, noncompetitive environment. Come practice with us! weekly ongoing. Cost: $6/1-hour class. Location: South End Studio, Burlington. Info: 540-0044. QUEEN CITY BIKRAM YOGA: All first-time students $30 for 30 days! Bikram Yoga $30 for 30 days. Cost: $30/unlimited classes. Location: Queen City Bikram Yoga, 40 San Remo Dr., South Burlington. Info: Queen City Bikram Yoga, Marla Ceppetelli, 578-8437, marla@, RAILYARD YOGA STUDIO: Welcome home to Kundalini Yoga and Dharma Yoga! Intro to Kundalini: ˜ u., 5:30-7 p.m., with Mansukh Kaur. Clear Subconscious Kundalini yoga: Mon. in Nov., 7:459:15 p.m., with Sukhpran Kaur. Life Force Dance: Fri., 5-6 p.m., with Silvia. October deal: $35 unlimited classes! Check our website for details! Location: Railyard Yoga Studio, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: Railyard Yoga Studio, 3186050,, YOGA ROOTS: Come find out how we have created a refreshing take on the “typical yoga studio.” Yoga Roots connects the practice, the people and the possibilities by creating a safe space to learn, nourish and illuminate!. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne. Info: Yoga Roots, Lynn Alpeter, 985-0090, lynn@, yogarootsvt. com.

The 10th Season of Champlain Valley’s Biggest Halloween Event


October 20-22, 27-29 $12/$15 Mr. Binkie says: “Don’t miss the Extra Bloody show on Thurs, Oct. 27th!”

THE WHITE HOUSE? Someone will win the White House this November! Why not YOU! Your party affiliation doesn’t matter, because the White House you could win is an 8’x6’ child’s playhouse built by


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Customize your scares with a “Safety Ward” or a “Monster Teaser” in over 10,000 square feet of theatrical haunted house. Let the blindfold maze electrify your senses. Escape from ghoulish circus folk, and beware what’s been summoned in the basement.


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Exploring the complexity and simplicity of Orange Julians BY J O R D AN AD AMS

Musician Julian Rumney DeFelice, of Orange Julians, with his digital DJ controller at his home in Stowe







ulian Rumney DeFelice is the man behind Vermont’s freshest electro-pop project, Orange Julians. He lives high in the Green Mountains, in Stowe. From this lofty vantage, DeFelice says he feels a bit daunted by what he sees as a local scene with minimal room for the kind of sounds he makes. “Vermont is a really hard place to do this kind of music,” he says. “It’s not the easiest to describe when you’re trying to book shows.” Perhaps this is because no qualifier aptly describes his particular take. Orange Julians isn’t exactly dance-pop, though certain cuts will surely inspire a booty shake or two. Nor is it straight-up synth-pop, disco or vocal house, styles that have made sweeping comebacks recently in the form of Tesla Boy, Midnight Magic and Disclosure, among others. With no subgenres or trendy modifiers to cling to, Orange Julians is, in essence, simply pop. And that broad term makes claiming a niche nearly impossible. The orange-haired 30-year-old just dropped his first album as Orange Julians, a 10-track, hook-heavy monster called Object. The album-release party is Friday, October 21, in the Tap Room at Switchback Brewing in Burlington. In its current form, Orange Julians has existed for less than a year. For most of the 2010s, DeFelice released music as J. Rumney, but recently he decided to don a new persona — albeit a little reluctantly. “I often battle with myself about whether I should’ve changed it or not, because I actually started to build a little something [as J. Rumney], but [since] my musical tastes have changed so much, can you really call it the same thing?” he ponders. DeFelice made his initial recordings in his early teens. His first band, the Sparkling Love Brothers, was inspired by mainstream techno of that era — think the Crystal Method and the Prodigy. He claims to be grateful that none of those recordings is still kicking around. His new work, Object, is a deeply personal album, mainly about loss. In 2015, DeFelice lost his father to liver cancer, a mere two weeks after the disease was diagnosed. Those who’ve been around Vermont a long time may remember Robert DeFelice’s keyboard work with the Blues Brothers-inspired Union Street Band in the late 1970s — or as proprietor of DeFelice’s Café in Northfield. The day after his father died, Julian DeFelice adorned his left arm with a memorial tattoo. “It’s a ‘next’ button,” he says, pressing down on the tattoo as if to skip ahead to whatever the future will bring. The album also reveals some of DeFelice’s stress and fears regarding relationships. While he acknowledges the dystopian architecture of modern dating, such as Tinder and consent apps, he considers himself a romantic at heart. “A lot of this album was me thinking about my teen years, like when I was 19 and had no idea how relationships worked,” says DeFelice. Nor does he claim to be an expert at age 30. “Our parents taught us the way that they were raised to believe in relationships. How were they supposed to know that [relationships] would completely change?” he asks.






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BHW founder JIM LOCKRIDGE, perhaps the city’s most vocal champion for 242, states, “242 Main is the city’s voice for diversity in art and the human experience, fostering social bonds and confidence. It’s launched many young people on creative paths that led to fulfilling lives. It has a treasured history of inclusivity and a triumphant legacy of being the nation’s oldest, longestrunning all-ages punk-rock venue.” Truth. Look for Simmon’s doc in 2017. (Disclosure: I’ve agreed to be interviewed for the film.) For now, mark December 3 on your calendar. As of this writing, no lineup details have been announced, other than that the show will double as local heavy metal superfan GARY LANE’s 50th birthday party. Because of course it will.


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If 242 Main really does go the way of CBGB in December, the club’s closure will create a void in the local punk and hardcore scene. So here’s yet another question: How to fill it? The punk scene is pretty resourceful and, by nature, insular. I suspect for the most part, its members will be fine playing basement shows and other teen centers in the area. But it wouldn’t hurt if other local clubs opened their doors to more heavy music. Like, for example, Nectar’s. This Tuesday, October 25, the House That PHISH Built hosts a punk-rock hat trick featuring three excellent local punk bands: “Scooby doom punk” outfit

Yonder Mountain String Band


Well, damn. We knew this day would come eventually. But, like any sad news, even when it’s inevitable and we’ve been given time to prepare for it, when it finally comes it’s still a shock to the system. So here it is: 242 Main will host its final show on Saturday, December 3. In case you haven’t been following along, this past summer the City of Burlington ordered all tenants of Memorial Auditorium out, citing legitimate safety concerns. Memorial is, to use a technical term, a shithole. But it just so happens to be the shithole that has housed 242 since 1985, making it the oldest all-ages punk-rock club in the country. Given the uncertainty surrounding the future of the building, the fate of 242 has weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of many in the local scene, past and present. Uncertainty is really nothing new for 242. The club is operated by city government and has been a bureaucratic misfit for decades. It was originally founded as a teen center under mayor BERNIE SANDERS’ administration as an extension of the Mayor’s Youth Office. It was later handed off to Burlington City Arts, then to Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront. Most recently, 242 — the program, not the space — has come under the stewardship of the Fletcher Free Library. Essentially, 242 is like a troubled orphan bouncing around from foster home to foster home. Nobody really seems to know what to do with it.

Perhaps that’s because it’s hard to identify what, exactly, 242 is. Is it still a teen center? Is it strictly a punk club? Is 242 really just an idea that has more value as nostalgia to aging generations of punk rockers than it does to the current crop of kids it’s supposed to serve? In other words, is it still relevant? If it is, might 242 be able to exist elsewhere? What would that look like? These are big questions. And the answers deserve more space and thought than this li’l column allows. They really require something like an in-depth documentary helmed by a talented local filmmaker… Oh, hey! This just in: Talented local filmmaker BILL SIMMON — of the excellent film High Water Mark: The Rise and Fall of the Pants — is helming a doc intended to preserve and celebrate the legacy of 242 Main. In a press release sent out this week, Simmon announced that production is beginning, well, right now. To produce the film, Simmon is teaming up with BTV Parks & Rec, local noble do-gooders Big Heavy World and Vermont Community Access Media. Simmon is VCAM’s director of media services. In the press release, BTV Parks & Rec director JESSE BRIDGES is quoted as saying that making the doc will “help us reflect on the values that are at the foundation of the city’s youth programming.” He adds: “We should all celebrate the success of 242 Main, learn from it and put that understanding at the center of what we accomplish for Burlington’s teens in the future.”

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What if we told you that you could share your jokes with the world?



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check out the “Parmelee Post” online. It’s a new humor column on local news that hasn’t happened yet.

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DeFelice has had a hard time sitting DeFelice, referring to the near daily still since graduating Harwood Union tweaks West made to his most recent High School at age 17. His wanderlust album leading up to and even following has taken him all around the country — its release. a year in Brooklyn, a brief stint in Maine In addition to being a songwriter and and nonconsecutive years in Montana. producer, DeFelice considers himself a Yet he’s always been drawn back by DJ. Though 90 percent of what we hear Vermont’s siren song. from Orange Julians is original, vinyl “It’s always been about where I can samples are essential to the composiplay music,” DeFelice says. “You can tion. However, by the time the songs are certainly do it in Brooklyn, but you complete, the samples are hardly intact spend so much time working to stay after the chop-and-screw process. [there] that your projects can really get “The idea is to subtract as much subdued.” as you can [from a sample] until you His father’s passing was a key factor have something that’s yours,” DeFelice in DeFelice’s most recent return home, explains. as was his desire to “Here We Are,” the help his mother with oldest song on Object, his two sisters, both contains the most of whom have special notably intact sample, needs. a musical theme from DeFelice uses an arTavares’ “Never Had a senal of electronic inLove Like This Before.” struments for Orange Throughout Object, Julians, including the DeFelice’s vocalizaKorg Pa1X Pro keytions vary drastically board, a Roland AIRA from track to track. TR-8 drum machine He comes off as scragand a Numark DJ gly and desperate on controller for sampling “I Can’t Breathe.” But during live perforon “Together, Again” mances. In his show, and “Here We Are,” J U L I A N R U M N EY Orange Julians is a true he’s smooth and laidD EF EL I C E, one-man electronic back. DeFelice relates AKA ORANGE JULIANS band. DeFelice intends this to his educational to keep it that way. background. He holds “If I’m the only one up there, I’m a degree in acting and directing from the best-looking guy onstage,” he quips. Castleton University, where he once “I’m also the worst-looking guy.” mounted an original rock opera. He Synthesizers and samples are the finds that taking on the identity of foundation for nearly all of DeFelice’s various characters better informs his work, and he creates most of the songwriting when he’s struggling to samples he uses in his live act. His articulate. “synth-spiration” is deeply rooted in “You don’t always agree with your’80s pop, and he cites Brian Eno as his self. A different character might have true north. DeFelice is adept at cobbling a different outlook than you,” DeFelice together stuttering samples of disparate says. origins. An earlier version of “Inside His nomadic tendencies and someJoke,” which was formerly available on what isolated, mountain-man lifestyle SoundCloud, paired ’90s alt-guitar riffs could help explain why he feels like an with a Motown-esque sample, sprinkled outlier in Vermont’s music community. with 16-bit Super Mario Bros. synth. Or it could just be his own insecurities However, the current version of — though his seeming confidence in “Inside Joke” has been chopped and person and onstage belie that. DeFelice’s screwed within an inch of its life. Many style may be underrepresented locally, of Object’s previously posted tracks disap- but Orange Julians is likely to be well peared before the album’s actual release. received by lovers of true pop.  DeFelice takes a certain Kanye West-style approach to finalizing his songs. INFO “[If ] I’m committed to a release date, Object is available on iTunes. Orange Julians [but] I get dissatisfied with a song’s plays on Friday, October 21, 6 p.m., in the Tap mix, I feel like I have all the way up to Room at Switchback Brewing in Burlington. that date to Life of Pablo that shit,” says Free. AA.








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In other news, the contemporary chamber music series TURNmusic returns this week with a pair of shows: Friday, October 21, at ArtsRiot in Burlington and Sunday, October 23, at

the Green Mountain Club in Waterbury Center. If you’re unfamiliar, TURNmusic is a project helmed by local conductor ANNE DECKER. The concerts feature small ensembles performing contemporary music not typically associated with chamber music. To wit, the upcoming performances are billed as “Music to inspire your Halloween” and include “Murder Ballades” by the NATIONAL’s BRYCE DESSNER, a suite by RANDY WOOLF called “Where the Wild Things Are” and MISSY MAZZOLI’s “A Door Into the Dark.” The ensemble will also perform some new works by local composer and bandleader BRIAN BOYES (VIPERHOUSE, BIG BANG BHANGRA BRASS BAND.) Speaking of Halloween, our old friend

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Last but not least, I recently conducted WED & SUN | STANDUP / OPEN MIC an email interview with the great MIKE THURS | IMPROV COMEDY BIRBIGLIA ahead of his Flynn MainStage show this Sunday, October 23. I’m a big fan, so having the chance to pick the comedian’s brain, even via email, was (802) 859-0100 | WWW.VTCOMEDY.COM a pleasure. But the really cool part was 101 main street, BurlingtoN that I had the rare treat of including one of my oldest and dearest friends in the interview. Untitled-32 1 10/17/16 11:29 AM STEVE WALTIEN is a Shelburne native who has gone on to become a successful improv comedian with Second City in Chicago. Currently, he’s a writer for JON STEWART’s new HBO show. More germane to this bit, he was also Not sure your credit is in the best in Birbiglia’s latest film, Don’t Think Twice. So I asked Steve to whip up a place to buy a house? Don’t wait! few questions for Birbiglia, which he Start now with me. Let’s sit down happily did. I don’t mind telling you, his and take a look at the numbers. questions were far more entertaining Maybe it’s not going to happen now, than mine. Look for that interview but it’s never too early to make a on our arts blog, Live Culture, this plan. Don’t worry, I am patient! Thursday, October 20. 


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pop-punk wunderkinds BETTER THINGS. I know, I know. Especially given its rep for funk and jam, Nectar’s seems an unlikely fit as the new home for local punk rock. And maybe that won’t happen. But the club’s programming is more eclectic than it sometimes gets credit for. And it’s already had success in the heavy music scene with the longrunning Metal Monday series. True, “Punk Rock Tuesday” doesn’t have quite the same alliterative ring as MM, but I could see it catching on. Just spitballin’ here…

touring as his delightfully spooky alter ego, DOCTOR GASP. The New Hampshirebased songwriter will be at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington this Friday, October 21. If you’ve never seen Blakeslee’s spooktacular, I recommend it. It’s a goofy throwback to the likes of BOBBY PICKETT’s “Monster Mash” and other oldtime horror faves. DOCTOR GASP AND THE EEKS’ 2013 record, Vampire Fish for Two!, is a regional Halloween classic featuring a mix of campy originals and cult favorites — the band’s take on MICHAEL HURLEY’s “The Werewolf” is especially well done.

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A peek at what was on my iPod, turntable, eight-track player, etc. this week. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the music section. TERRY ALLEN, Lubbock (On Everything) WAREHOUSE, super low BIG STAR, Complete Third EMMA RUTH RUNDLE, Marked for Death NORAH JONES, Day Breaks



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Sibling Revelry From the Bee Gees and the Carpenters to First Aid Kit and Haim, the family band

is a long-held musical tradition. And the sisters of JOSEPH — from America’s earthy folk capital of Portland, Ore.

ARTSRIOT: TsuShiMaMiRe, We Are the Asteroid, Cave Bees (rock), 8 p.m., $8/10.

— are keeping the dream alive. Released last August, their sophomore album, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, continues

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

from those who share the same DNA. Joseph headline a series of North American dates between runs with heavy

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Jasher (all-ages youth dance party), 4 p.m., free. Steve Waud (Americana), 8 p.m., free. Aquatic Underground DJs (trap, house), 10 p.m., free.

hitters James Bay and Michael Kiwanuka. Catch them on Saturday, October 22, at the Higher Ground Showcase

and sharpens the trio’s emotional folk-pop mastery. Their intense harmonies blend in ways that are only possible

Lounge in South Burlington, with support from WILLIAM WILD.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Myra Flynn and Paul Boffa (neo soul), 9 p.m., free. Film Night: Indie, Abstract, Avant Garde, 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: D Jay Baron (house), 9 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Vinyl Night with DJ Disco Phantom (vinyl DJs), 6 p.m., free. Drunk & in the Woods, the Mangroves (soul, funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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

RED SQUARE: Funkwagon (funk, gospel), 6 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

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


PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda’s Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Vermont’s Funniest Comedian: Preliminaries, 7 & 9:30 p.m., $8.

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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Shellac, Shannon Wright (rock), 7:30 p.m., $15.

CORK WINE BAR & MARKET (WATERBURY): Myra Flynn (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m.

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HATCH 31: Bristol Folk Session, 6 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Classixx, Alex Frankel, Harriet Brown (electronic, pop), 8:30 p.m., $20/23.

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

MONKEY HOUSE: ˜ e Bony Tenants, Blue Slate (rock), 8:30 p.m., free/$3. 18+.

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Leno, Young & Cheney (acoustic), 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Papa Graybeard Blues, 6 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth & Katie Trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. SWEET MELISSA’S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. John Lackard Blues Jam, 7:30 p.m., donation.

SIDEBAR: Shane Murley & the Apothecarians (folk), 7:30 p.m., free. DJ Steal Wool and Matt Hagen (eclectic), 10 p.m., free. DJ Fattie B (mashup), 11 p.m., free.


SIDEBAR: Ethan Snyder Presents (jazz), 10 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE: Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

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

RADIO BEAN: Danza Del Fuego (nuevo flamenco), 7 p.m., free. Orange Julians (synth-pop), 9 p.m., free. ˜ e Simple Pleasure (synth-punk), 11 p.m., free.


MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: DJ Moar Mead (house, hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. Caroline Reese, Lizzie No (Americana), 7 p.m., free. ˜ e Parts (alt-country), 10 p.m., free. Stig (funk), 11 p.m., free. Daniel Ouellette and the Shobijin (New Wave), midnight, free.

JUNIPER: Ray Vega and Son de los Montes (jazz), 9 p.m., free.


LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Ben Cosgrove (instrumental), 7 p.m., free. Dr. Gasp Halloween Spectacular (Dan Blakeslee) (folk), 9 p.m., free. Taka (vinyl DJ), 11 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Blues for Breakfast, 9 p.m., $7.

JP’S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with Melody, 10 p.m., free.


JUNIPER: Kelly Ravin (country), 9 p.m., free.

WINDSOR STATION PUB: Breadfoot (tin pan folk), 6 p.m., free.

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

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NAKED TURTLE: Jay Lesage (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: So You Want to Be a DJ?, 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Bow ˜ ayer (folk-rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

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ARTSRIOT: ˜ e Nth Power (soul, funk), 8:30 p.m., $15. CHURCH & MAIN: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free. THE DAILY PLANET: Collin Cope & Chris Page (bluegrass), 8 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Kermit (top 40), 10 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Ethan Tischler (folk), 7 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): ˜ e New Review (jazz, funk), 8 p.m., free.

DRINK: BLiNDoG Records Acoustic Sessions, 5 p.m., free. Art Herttua with Ray Carroll (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Short Jam (improv), 6:30 p.m., free. Trump Takes On ... Burlington (improv), 7 p.m., $15. Napoleon (improv), 7:30 p.m., $5. New England Improv Jam, 8:30 p.m., $5.

FINNIGAN’S PUB: Craig Mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free.

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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half Comedy (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free. DJ Dakota (hip-hop, hits), 10:30 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Dylan DeBiase (jazz), 8 p.m., free. DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic dance), 10 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Intrepid Travelers (funk, rock), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Trivia Mania, 7 p.m., free. Bluegrass ˜ ursdays Featuring Damn Tall, 9:30 p.m., $2/5. RADIO BEAN: Steve Volkmann (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Blue Smiley, Bleach Day (indie, glo-fi), 11:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: ˜ e Jeff Salisbury Band (blues), 6 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8, 10 p.m., free.

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

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Dirty Heads, New Beat Fund, RDGLDGRN (reggae, hip-hop), 8 p.m., $30/32. MONKEY HOUSE: Bless the Child (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+. OAK45: Myra Flynn and Paul Boffa (neo soul), 8 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Jenni & the Jazz Junketeers, 7 p.m., free. PENALTY BOX: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. SUGAR HOUSE BAR & GRILL: Country DJ, 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Shane Cariffe (acoustic rock), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Ladybeast, Seax, Hessian (metal), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Al Teodosio and Friends (jazz), 6 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA’S: BYOV ˜ ursdays, 3 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic, 8 p.m., free.

middlebury area

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Joe Moore Band (jazz), 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: ˜ rottle ˜ ursdays with DJ Gold, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Blinie (dance party), 9 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: As If (‘90s tribute), 10 p.m., free. NAKED TURTLE: Turtle ˜ ursday with 95 Triple X (pop), 9 p.m., NA. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Kelly Ravin (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: TURNmusic (contemporary classical), 8 p.m., $12/15/free. BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Bryan McNamara (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. CLUB METRONOME: Gang of ˜ ieves, Harsh Armadillo (rock), 9 p.m., $10. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Danny LeFrancois (Americana), 7 p.m., free. DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic dance), 10 p.m., free.

THE TAP ROOM AT SWITCHBACK BREWING: Orange Julians (electro-pop), 6 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Aparna Nancherla (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $20/30.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Acoustic Happy Hour, 5 p.m., free. Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Dirty Heads, New Beat Fund, RDGLDGRN (reggae, hip-hop), 8 p.m., $30/32. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Manic Focus (electronic), 8 p.m., $15/17. MONKEY HOUSE: About Time Vermont Band (funk, jazz), 7:15 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Bootless & Unhorsed (traditional Irish), 5 p.m., free. Nightrain (rock), 9 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: ˜ e Dog Catchers (rock), 8 p.m., free. SUGAR HOUSE BAR & GRILL: ˜ e Growlers (rock), 9 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: ˜ e Full Cleveland (yacht-rock), 9:30 p.m., $5.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Stefani Capizzi (folk, country), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Abby Jenne & the Hard Livers (soul-rock), 6 p.m., free. ˜ e Pilgrims, Faux in Love (rock), 9 p.m., free.


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REVIEW this Gang of Thieves, Born to Be Loud

such as Paste Magazine — which named the band one of the top 10 Vermont bands in 2015 — have helped to generate mass exposure for the ’90s-flavored party boys. GoT create thoroughly accessible and undeniably danceable music. One thing the band has mastered is the interplay between instrumentation and vocals. Bass licks and horns bubble and pop at just the right times to

undercut vocal melodies. This keeps the songs lively and fresh as Born hurtles forward. Depending on how you hear music, it’s a toss-up over which themes will get stuck in your head. Nearly every component is catchy as hell. Just prior to the album’s release came the adorably dorky music video for GoT’s soon-to-be mega-hit, “Work Together.” The song’s message of unity and tolerance comes to life in an epic mini-blockbuster. In it, the band members cast themselves as C-list superheroes who overcome oneupmanship and infighting to defeat evil and apathy. It’s the perfect combination of silliness and timeliness, reminding us that self-righteousness is a waste of time. The video also suggests that the growing divide in American society could be mended if everyone just flushed their hubris down the crapper.

Other standout cuts include the explosive opener, “Bow to the Pedal,” which grabs the listener by the (insert body part) as singer Michael Reit warns, “It’s only a matter of time before the people rise.” “Love Ya ’Til the Morning,” a sexy ode to one-night stands, is perhaps the smoothest and gentlest cut — until its shredding electric guitar solo takes over. Born to Be Loud is the perfect introduction to GoT for new listeners and should invigorate longtime fans as well. Every track is teeming with energetic vigor, and a nonstop party atmosphere tempers the band’s social messages. Play it loud. Born to Be Loud by Gang of Thieves is available at gangofthieves.bandcamp. com. Check out their album-release party on Friday, October 21, at Club Metronome in Burlington.

past, dealing with love lost and trying to figure out the next step. It’s immediately clear from opening track “Dreamer” that Peryer and company are feeling a little judged by the world. “From these questions I will shy / from the disappointed look in their eyes / ’cause I’m a man with a purpose / and I will prove I deserve this,” Peryer sings. The dizzying crescendo of guitars evokes feelings of

being overwhelmed and spinning in circles. “Fit the Mold” is a heartstringtugging little number about realizing your life plans don’t mesh with your love life, choosing to stay your own course and not conform to your lover’s wishes. Peryer’s voice is at its best here as he coos lines such as, “You fill a void with every touch / I shy from promises / we expect too much.” Simple, subdued piano and fluttering drums run underneath. The upbeat, us-against-the-world message on “Hey, Kid” falls a little flat with this cringe-worthy rhyme: “But I’m gonna make you happy / and when your eyes are red and sappy / well I’ll be the one who’s always here.” Still, the plucky sing-along is a nice breather. The closer, “A Minor Reconciliation,” is a brooding, six-minute sprawler built on morose guitar licks. “I float above the skyline / no ground beneath my wings

/ just a man alone with his thoughts / who sweats the little things,” sings Peryer. An extended electric guitar outro wraps up the song and the EP. Smithfield Boulevard’s debut EP, The Golden Years, draws from emo-altrockers of yore. Yet, it’s not accurate to place them in the confessional lyric tradition. Their writing lacks the urgency and feverish intimacy of that genre. In the absence of specificity, references to drinking the pain away, feeling adrift, losing love and chasing your dreams — while certainly relatable — come off as middle-of-the-road. With a decent instrumental foundation in place, it would be gratifying to hear Smithfield Boulevard dig deeper into their emotions. Smithfield Boulevard’s debut EP, The Golden Years, is available at The band plays on Saturday, October 22, at Radio Bean in Burlington.


If you’ve seen your Vermont friends posting about “GoT” on social media in the past few weeks, there’s a good chance they weren’t talking about “Game of Thrones.” Rather, they might have been raving about Burlington’s hard-funk sextet Gang of Thieves, who just dropped their fourth full-length album, Born to Be Loud. It’s a return to form of sorts, when contrasted with their slightly less in-your-face 2015 EP, Mantra. The latter is by no means a downer, however. It’s just more subdued than the funk-and-roll bitchslap that is the new record. The band is well-known beyond the Queen City bubble. Massive touring schedules and shout-outs in outlets

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Smithfield Boulevard owe their name to a road in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Most of the band’s members are former SUNY Potsdam music students. Leading the group is North Country native and recent Vermont transplant Andrew Peryer. SB began as a cover band, as so many young musicians do. But in August, they released a debut EP of original work, The Golden Years. Smithfield Boulevard’s piano-driven rock ballads and existential-crisis lyricism are reminiscent of early 2000s alt-rock outfits such as Something Corporate or the Starting Line. The EP’s title nods at bittersweet recollection of the best years. Accordingly, these four songs, penned by Peryer, touch on tried-and-true themes of burying the


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ESPRESSO BUENO: Stroke Yer Joke (open mic standup), 8 p.m., free.



LA PUERTA NEGRA: Joe Moore (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5 p.m., donation. WHAMMY BAR: Big Hat No Cattle (Western swing), 7 p.m., free.


RIMROCK’S MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Rekkon #FridayNightFrequencies (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Mogani (Latin fusion, jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Navytrain (alternative), 7 p.m., free.



MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.

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NECTAR’S: Dale & Darcy (folk), 7 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Stephen Chopek (folk-pop), 7 p.m., free. Todd Lewis Kramer (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. Steve Fletcher (Americana), 9 p.m., free. Humble Digs (psych-folk), 10:30 p.m., free. Smithfield Boulevar (indie rock), midnight, free. RED SQUARE: Chris Page (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Dave Grippo’s Funktet, 7 p.m., free. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

RUBEN JAMES: Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

MONOPOLE: Intrepid Travelers (funk, rock), 10 p.m., free.

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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Mothership SoulBrother (gypsy-soul, funk), 10 p.m., free.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: The Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 6 p.m., $3. Totally Submerged (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Ladies Rock Lotto (Girls Rock Vermont showcase), 7 p.m., free. Thomas Pearo Trio (folk), 9 p.m., free. Taka (vinyl DJ), 11 p.m., free.

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

JASPER’S TAVERN: Herkel (classic rock), 9:30 p.m., $5.

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JUNIPER: J&M Boutique (alt-pop), 9 p.m., free.

CITY LIMITS: Aliendog (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

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JP’S PUB: Karaoke with Megan, 10 p.m., free.



SIDEBAR: Julie Winn (folk), 7 p.m., free. DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic dance), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): The Fo (rock covers), 7 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Aparna Nancherla (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $20/30.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Full Tilt Band (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Yonder Mountain String Band, Pert Near Sandstone (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $25/30. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Joseph, William Wild (folk-pop), 8 p.m., $15/17. MONKEY HOUSE: Youth Posse and Dino Bravo Halloween Spectacular — One Week Early (rock), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+.

BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Max Bronstein (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Third Shi t (rock), 5 p.m., free. Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Green Mountain Cabaret Presents Skintillating Secrets: A Burlesque Masquerade, 7 p.m., $15/20. Retronome With DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.

PARK PLACE TAVERN: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Sugarsnap Trio (Americana), 7 p.m., free. DJ Peaches (house), 10 p.m., free.

SUGAR HOUSE BAR & GRILL: DJ Steve B (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation.

Scary Party For a band that

claims to draw influences from mainstream rock-and-roll legends such as Bruce Springsteen and Black Sabbath, New York City’s YOUTH POSSE make rock music that’s anything but normal. From songs about doing unspeakable things with seafood to


music videos featuring human-pug hybrids and people vomiting in broad daylight on

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bit afraid to let their freak flag fly. That

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store for Halloween; this is a band whose

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average day is known to include purple monkeys, after all. If you dare, check out Youth Posse’s Halloween Spectacular on Saturday, October 22, at the Monkey House

Tuesday, November 22, 8 pm

in Winooski. Locals DINO BRAVO open.

WHAMMY BAR: Bob Hannan and Friends (folk), 7 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Josh Brooks Acoustic Brunch (roots), 11 a.m., free. J.C. Sutton & Sons (bluegrass), 1 p.m., free. Old Sky Country Band with Andrew Stearns and Shay Gestal, 4 p.m., free. Death Has 1000 Ears (folk, punk), 9 p.m., free. Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes (Americana), 10 p.m., free. Silverteeth (alternative), midnight, free.


SIDEBAR: Sidebar Sundays (mashup), 6 p.m., free. Jack Bandit (mashup), 10 p.m., free.

ESPRESSO BUENO: Bird Full of Trees (folk), 8 p.m., donation. SWEET MELISSA’S: Brickdrop (funk, rock), 9 p.m., $5.

MOOGS PLACE: Eames Brothers Band (R&B, soul), 9 p.m., free. RUSTY NAIL: Nightrain (rock), 8 p.m., $7.

middlebury area

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Hot Box Honey (swing, soul), 8:30 p.m., free.

SUGAR HOUSE BAR & GRILL: Vermont’s Next Star (open mic), 8 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Southern Old Time Music Jam, 10 a.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Kelly Ravin (country), 6:30 p.m., donation. Live Band Karaoke, 8:30 p.m., donation.

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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Myra Flynn (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free. DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9:30 p.m., $3.


HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Family Night (open jam), 10:30 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Dance Video Request Night with Melody, 10 p.m., free.

Saturday, December 3, 7 pm

Christmas in Ireland with the McLean Avenue Band Saturday, December 17, 7 pm

JUNIPER: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. Two Bears North, A World For You (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Seven Leaves (rock, reggae), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. MON.24

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Don’t miss the 4th Annual Northwest Nightmares Film Festival premiere at the Welden Theatre in St. Albans on October 24th where local film submissions will be shown on the big screen! #nwnightmaresvt


THE OLDE NORTHENDER PUB: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


Friday, November 25, 3 & 7 pm


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Dave Clark & Juke Joynt (blues, rock), 7 p.m., free.

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., free.

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PARKER PIE CO.: Lyndon State College Music Showcase, 8 p.m., free.

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Gang of Thie es (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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PENALTY BOX: Trivia With a Twist, 4 p.m., free.

MONOPOLE: Black Mountain Symphony (symphonic groove-pop), 10 p.m., free. zombierun

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HATCH 31: Dan Brown, Reagh Greenleaf, Jr. (jam), 8 p.m., free.

JASPER’S TAVERN: Wound for Sound (dance party), 9 p.m., free.

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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: House of LeMay (drag), 5 & 7:30 p.m., $12.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants (rock), 8 p.m., $30/33/65. VIP.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch Scramble, noon, $5-10 donation.

CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Cooie DeFrancesco (acoustic), 6 p.m., free.

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RADIO BEAN: The Ghostwrite (acoustic punk), 7 p.m., free. Brenna Sahatjian, Adhamh Roland (indie-folk), 8:15 p.m., free. Latin Sessions with Mal Maiz (cumbia), 9:30 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Justin LaPoint (folk), 7 p.m., free. DJ Ron Stoppable (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Stephen Callahan Trio (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Tim McKenzie & the Trio featuring Karen McFeeters, John Gibbons and Craig Anderson (folk), 7 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Eric George & Friends, 10 p.m., $3.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT, 8 p.m., free. Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Class Show, 7 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Seth Yacovone (blues), 6 p.m., free. Local Hip-Hop Showcase, 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Mashtodon (hip-hop), 8 p.m., free.

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


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Trivia, 8:30 p.m., free.


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.

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OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Dana Barry, 9 p.m., free.


THE GRYPHON: P’tit Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free.



JP’S PUB: Open Mic with Kyle, 9 p.m., free.


as part of his quickie repartee with contestants between rounds. Nerdcore is a hip-hop subgenre that focuses on geeky delights such as science fiction, video games and comic books. MC Chris, who once voiced a giant spider named MC Pee Pants on Adult Swim’s animated stoner comedy “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” is regarded as “the king of nerd rap.” But his subject matter treads territory relatable to most hip-hop fans. MC Chris nerds it up on Tuesday, October 25, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington, with support from MC LARS and MEGA RAN.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Will Patton (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Really Big Pinecone (indie-pop), 9:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Joey Keough (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free.

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Blues Jam with Collin Craig Trio, 7 p.m., free.


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MOOGS PLACE: Lesley Grant (Americana), 8 p.m., free. PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

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MONKEY HOUSE: The Full Cleveland (yacht-rock), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.


WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


JP’S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with Melody, 10 p.m., free.

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OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

LA PUERTA NEGRA: Salsa Lessons with Dsantos, 6:30 p.m., $12.

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SWEET MELISSA’S: The Soft Openings (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., donation. Open Mic, 7 p.m., donation.




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

THE DAILY PLANET: Paul Asbell & Clyde Stats (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Vermont’s Funniest Comedian: Semifinals, 7 p.m., $15.

SWEET MELISSA’S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Godfather Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.



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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Improv Class Show, 6:30 & 8 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Kelly Ravin (country), 6 p.m., free.

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NECTAR’S: Better Things, Doom Service, Mr. Doubtfire (punk), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 10 p.m., $3/5.18+.

Locals & Company (soul, funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

JUNIPER: The Blue Gardenias (jazz), 9 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Remember Yourself Tour (indie), 7 p.m., free. Hart Bothwell (rock), 9 p.m., free.

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

RED SQUARE: Funkwagon (funk, gospel), 6 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Myra Flynn and Paul Boffa (neo soul), 9 p.m., free. Film Night: Indie, Abstract, Avant Garde, 10 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Ethan Snyder Presents (jazz), 7 p.m., free. DJ Fatty Shay and Friends (mashup), 10 p.m., free.

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

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda’s Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

NECTAR’S: Vinyl Night with DJ Disco Phantom (vinyl DJs), 6 p.m., free. Drunk & in the Woods,


CORK WINE BAR & MARKET (WATERBURY): Myra Flynn (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m.

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CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HATCH 31: Bristol Folk Session, 6 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free.

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NAKED TURTLE: Jay Lesage (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: So You Want to Be a DJ?, 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Bow Thayer (folk-rock), 7:30 p.m., free. 

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“Rock Solid XVI: Giuliano Cecchinelli,” Studio Place Arts B Y KEV I N J. K ELLE Y



employed his father and that operated from 1880 to 1993. The SPA retrospective features the first work Cecchinelli created in the United States: “Three Phases of Life,” a trio of bronzed plaster busts on a quartzite base. It’s a skillfully executed piece by an 18-year-old, and a harbinger of the classically styled work Cecchinelli has been producing since 1965 at Buttura & Gherardi Granite Artisans in Barre. “I came equipped with all the smarts I needed,” he said. “I had the same smarts then that I do now.” Asked if he didn’t improve with maturity and experience, Cecchinelli demurred. “No, I didn’t improve over the years,” he replied. “I’ve regressed. I’ve gone backward.” All evidence to the contrary, the sculptor insisted that he’s “just a mechanic.” He acknowledged, however, “What I’ve got is a gift.” And, Cecchinelli added, “If there’s something to know about granite, I know it.” In addition to the skills he transported to Vermont, Cecchinelli brought along hammers, chisels and king-size calipers from Italy. These are the only instruments he uses in carving granite blocks that other sculptors drill with pneumatic tools. Most of his work stems from Renaissance antecedents such as Michelangelo, who also sculpted in marble from Carrara quarries. Cecchinelli agreed that he’s part of that tradition but waved off the suggestion that he’s been inspired by Michelangelo. “Each individual develops his own style,” he said. “Everybody who cuts stones does it their own way.” Cecchinelli’s religiously themed work most directly channels Renaissance artists. His pieces at SPA include “Scourging of Christ,” various New Testament scenes and a bust of Pope John XXIII. “I’m a Catholic,” he noted. Cecchinelli shared that faith with John F. Kennedy, the subject of four stone


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INFO “Rock Solid XVI: Giuliano Cecchinelli” is on view through November 5 at Studio Place Arts in Barre.



arre’s tradition of Italianimmigrant stonecutters stretches back more than a century, and now it’s nearing an end. “He’s the last one,” Studio Place Arts director Sue Higby says of Giuliano Cecchinelli, 73, whose artistry in granite and marble is being celebrated at the Barre gallery. About 50 of his political, religious and erotic sculptures make up the entirety of “Rock Solid XVI,” the latest of SPA’s annual exhibition of work made of stone hewn from local quarries. “The Italian stoneworkers used to gather on Saturdays in front of Whelan’s drug store, which was right near where SPA is now,” Cecchinelli recalled in a recent interview. “I was the youngest of them all. Everybody else is gone now.” Cecchinelli was born in Carrara, a town midway between Genoa and Pisa and famous for the white marble that’s been quarried there since the time of the Roman Empire. Several generations of his family earned their living by cutting and sculpting Carrara marble. A plaster bust that Cecchinelli made in 1969 of his grandfather, Francesco, crinkly lipped and wearing a hat, is included in the SPA show, along with a graphite profile of his uncle, Andrea Sacchi, that Cecchinelli drew at age 9. He was clearly well schooled at the Carrara arts institute that he attended for six years; classes ran eight hours a day from October to July. “You do that much, and you’ve got to learn something,” Cecchinelli remarked with characteristic self-effacement. He migrated to Vermont in 1961, two years after his father, Alberto, had been among a dozen Carrara craftsmen recruited to work on columns at the U.S. Capitol building. Cecchinelli initially settled in Proctor, home of a marble “Shafted Since 1620” company that by Giuliano Cecchinelli



portraits in the exhibit. A prayerful president’s face appears to be suppressing a smile in “Cuban Missile Crisis,” in which Kennedy is flanked by cigars in Cuban-labeled canisters made to resemble missiles. The political (and satirical) dimension of an artist who calls himself “a current-events person” is further manifested in “Shafted Since 1620.” A Native American’s head grows out of a shaft of corn in this four-year-old piece. Then there’s “George Aiken’s Formula,” an undated granite work

“Once Upon a Rock” by Giuliano Cecchinelli


‘GROUP OF THREE’: An exhibition of the plein air oil paintings of Barbara Greene and Susan Larkin, and the watercolor paintings of Maurie Harrington. October 20-November 20. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.


 GOWRI SAVOOR: “Where Do We Go From Here?” works that explore how humans map, chart and document their environment to better understand the planet and define geographic and cultural identities. Reception: Wednesday, October 19, 6-8 p.m. October 19-November 19. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery in Johnson.

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 THE MANDALA PROJECT: Visionary artwork

by the late Martha Stringham Bacon. Reception: Friday, October 21, 5-7 p.m., with reading from Martha’s Mandala by author Martha Oliver-Smith, the artist’s granddaughter. October 21-November 20. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.


BHAKTI ZIEK: A solo exhibition of works by the Randolph-based weaver and fiber artist. October 26-November 26. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

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 GERALD AUTEN AND JOHN KEMP LEE: “Take Home Geometry,” graphite drawings and sculpture by the Vermont artists. VERMONT WATERCOLOR SOCIETY: A fall juried exhibition featuring works selected by Pittsburgh-based artist Jeanne McGuire. Reception: Friday, October 21, 5-7 p.m. October 21-November 11. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

ART EVENTS ‘ANGLING & ART’ BENEFIT AUCTION: A silent auction of art ranging from finished works and studies to oil and watercolor paintings, including pieces by Nick Mayer, George Van Hook, Arthur Shilstone, Brett James Smith and Mike Stidham. American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester Center, Friday, October 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 362-3300. ANNUAL ART AUCTION: Support the public library by bidding on art and handmade goods by local artists and artisans. Bradford Congregational Church, Saturday, October 22, 1-4 p.m. Info, 222-4536. BILLY BRAUER ON ARTISTS AND THE WPA: ° e Warren artist introduces the federal government’s Works Progress Administration project. His presentation focuses on his personal involvement as a printmaker with the Associated American Artists Gallery and WPA artists he knew. T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, Friday, October 21, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 262-6035. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY QUILT GUILD SHOW: “All ° at Jazz,” the 33rd annual exhibition of more than 100 quilts, from traditional to contemporary. Youth quilts, themed contests, award ribbons, demos, vendors, a raffle quilt and crafts for sale. Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, October 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, free for children under 12. Info, CONVERSATION WITH CREATIVES: ° e Vermont chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts meets for an informal presentation by Mia Troy-Vowell, titled “Instant Results With Instagram.” ° e Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room, Waterbury,


HOOKED IN THE MOUNTAINS RUG SHOW AND FIBER ARTS EXPOSITION: ° e 18th annual exposition features some 400 rugs hand-hooked by members of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, accompanied by demonstrations, classes and vendors selling rug-hooking items and supplies. Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Wednesday, October 19, through Sunday, October 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; free for children under 12. Info, 434-8191. LIFE PAINTING SESSION: Join Billy Brauer to draw and paint from live models, who generally hold one pose for two hours. BYO materials; all media welcome. T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, ° ursday, October 20, 7-9 p.m. $12. Info, 839-5349. TALK: BRITTANY POWELL: ° e California documentary photographer discusses “° e Debt Project,” a multimedia investigation into debt after the Great Recession. Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, Wednesday, October 26, 9-11 a.m. Info, 635-1664. TALK: ‘KANDINSKY: A STUDY IN CONTRASTS’: Independent art historian and curator Vivian Barnett speaks about the Kandinsky watercolor included in “From Sargent to Basquiat,” within the context of the artist’s work at the Bauhaus during the 1920s. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, October 19, 6 p.m. Info, 656-0750. TALK: ‘LESSONS FROM DETROIT: ARCHITECTURE AS AN AGENT OF CHANGE’: Architect Beverly Eichenlaub speaks about the built environment of Detroit and its surrounding communities. Williams Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, Tuesday, October 25, 6 p.m. Info, 656-3131. TALK: ‘NAKAMURA HIROSHI: ART AND POLITICAL CRISES IN POSTWAR JAPAN’: A lecture by Ohio State University professor Namiko Kunimoto explores the oeuvre of Hiroshi in terms of gender, nation and political contention in postwar Japan. Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury College, ° ursday, October 20, 4:30 p.m. Info, 443-3168. TALK: ‘VIDEO ERGO SUM: ON CAMPUS AND BEYOND’: Emmie Donadio, curator of modern and contemporary art, surveys the museum’s collection of art, seen and unseen. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Friday, October 21, 12:15 p.m. Info, 443-3169.

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‘ACROSS THE LAKE’: An exhibition of works by alumni of Plattsburgh State University. ° rough November 29. Info, 922-3915. RL Photo in Burlington. ‘ART EDUCATORS UNITE 2016’: An exhibition of 18 Vermont art teachers who support each other in their personal art making. ° rough October 29. Info, Flynndog in Burlington. ART HOP GROUP SHOW: An exhibition featuring works by more than 30 local artists. ° rough November 30. Info, 651-9692. VCAM Studio in Burlington. THE ART HOP WINNERS’ CIRCLE: Selected works highlight winners John Douglas, Larry Bissonnette, BURLINGTON SHOWS


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FIGURE DRAWING CLASS: Fine-tune your drawing skills and observational eye by working with a live nude model. Benches and boards provided; BYO materials. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, ° ursday, October 20, 6-8 p.m. $15; $10 for members. Info, 775-0356.


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with the subtitle “Declare Victory and Get Out.” That was the Vermont senator’s famous suggestion for how the United States should extricate itself from the Vietnam War. Cecchinelli here depicts an eagle, with wings spread and a miniature tank in its talons, as it’s about to land in its nest. The septuagenarian sculptor is au courant in his political commentary, as well. One piece, “Freedom From Genetically Modified Organisms,” shows a pair of hands gripping a scythe in a teardrop-shaped enclosure. The single most beautiful sculpture in the show, however, may be that of a hermaphroditic figure carved in purple Westerly granite and bearing the confusing but probably politically incorrect title “Two She or Two He = It2.” The sexy side of Cecchinelli’s artistry emerges in “Once Upon a Rock,” which apparently took him 49 years to complete. An undulating female form has been carved from granite and quartz in this piece dated 19582007. A similarly curvaceous body, back arched, is presented in a cubistinflected bronzed plaster piece titled “Driftwood Figure.” One notable work that doesn’t fit any category is the scale model for the “Mr. Pickwick” sculpture that stands in front of Barre’s Aldrich Public Library. The bespectacled Dickens character is shown reading one book while holding a second in his other hand, cradling another beneath an arm, and with two more wedged between his legs. The bibliophile is also standing atop a stack of four books. Visitors to SPA may be fortunate enough to see Cecchinelli on the sidewalk outside the gallery chiseling away at a block of granite that, when completed, will be his tombstone. That monument might also mark the end of a long line of Italian-born stone artists who’ve left indelible marks in Barre and beyond. But it won’t be the absolute end of a tradition that has put down roots of its own in central Vermont. Cecchinelli has been schooling his thirtysomething Vermont-born son, Giuliano Jr., in the granite arts. “My son is doing the same thing I’ve been doing,” the father said. “He’ll take the name, and he’ll run with it.” 



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Cara Lai FitzGibbon and People’s Choice winner Robert Gold. Through N vember 30. Info, 859-9222. SEABA Center in Burlington. ‘THE ART OF HORROR’: The eighth annual exhibition featuring 84 artworks by more than 40 New England artists, guest curated by Beth Robinson and Sarah Vogelsang-Card. Through October 31. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. ASPEN MAYS: “Pyrite Sun,” an exhibition of works by the San Francisco-based photographer. Through October 28. Info, 656-2014. Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, in Burlington. DAVID ROBY JR.: A selection of black-andwhite and color images from a lifetime by the Burlington photographer. Through October 21. Info, 861-3155. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. DICK BRUNELLE: New abstract watercolor paintings. Through October 31. Info, 658-3074. Mirabelles Café in Burlington. ‘DIRECTORS’ DIGRESSIONS’: An exhibition of works presented by two prominent Vermont arts leaders: Janie Cohen, director of the Fleming Museum of Art, and Sara Katz, assistant director of Burlington City Arts. Through N vember 26. Info, 652-4510. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington. EBEN MARKOWSKI: “Gravity,” a life-size steel sculpture of a female Asian elephant inspired by the tragedy of the global ivory trade. Through December 10. GOWRI SAVOOR: “Peripheral Vision,” paintings and 3D-printed sculptures inspired by the elaborate geometric designs of the ancient Indian art of Rangoli. Through N vember 5. PEACE PAPER PROJECT: Workshop participants confront sexual and domestic violence by transforming clothing into handmade paper. Through October 29. Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington. Info,


JANET MCKENZIE: “Honoring Eadie and Chuck Templin: The A t of Janet McKenzie,” a solo exhibition of the Vermont artist’s original paintings that celebrate the bond between women, the Madonna and Child, and the iconic individual. Through N vember 6. Info, 864-0471. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington.


INNOVATION CENTER EXHIBITION: Works curated by SEABA in a variety of mediums. First floor: Ke ley Taft, Kristen Watson, Littlest Penguin Photography, Rae Harrell, Robert Gold and Stephen Zeigfinger; second floor Amanda Vella, Janet Bonneau, John Metruk, Marilyn Barry and Pete Boardman; third floor: Donna Bister, Gaal Shepherd, Nicole Colella, SRMPhotography and Terry L. Mercy. Through November 30. Info, 859-9222. The Inn vation Center of Vermont in Burlington.


‘GROWING FOOD, GROWING COMMUNITY’: An exhibition showcasing images from VCGN’s Community Teaching Garden taken by Dan Daniel and Cristina Clarimon-Alinder. Through October 31. Info, 861-4769. ermont Community Garden Network in Burlington.

KATIE LOESEL: Works on paper that use abstraction, color and layering to explore ideas of geological history, microscopic surfaces and rocky formations. Through October 31. Info, 859-9222. The Ga lery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

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MARILYN RUSECKAS: “Life’s Natural Perspective,” new pastels by the Warren artist. Through October 31. Info, 863-6458. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery in Burlington. MIMI MAGYAR: “Obsessive Compulsive Dzines,” an exhibition of works in graph paper and ink. Through October 31. Info, 301-938-8981. Revolution Kitchen in Burlington.

NORTHERN VERMONT ARTIST ASSOCIATION: A group exhibition of works by association members. Through October 31. Info, 859-9222. Union Station in Burlington.

‘GRITTY HAVANA’: Alternative black-and-white darkroom photographs of Havana by Jordan Douglas. Through October 31. Info, 336-2126. Sweet Simone’s in Richmond.

‘OF LAND & LOCAL: WATERSHED’ AT BCA: The fou th iteration of the annual exhibition features new site-specific and place-based works relating to the Vermont landscape, presented by Shelburne Farms and Burlington City Arts. Exhibiting artists include Sean Clute, Cameron Davis, Al Larsen, Rachel Moore, Michael Zebrowski, John Douglas, Casey Blanchard, Galen Cheney, Mark Reamy and Gail Salzman. Through Janua y 14. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.

‘HAUNTED’: Images from photographers worldwide who responded to the challenge, “What is it that haunts you?” Some images may not be appropriate for children. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction.

THE POPPYCLOCK COLLECTIVE: Collaborative mixed-media works by Burlington artists Haley Bishop Rockwood and DeAnna Kerley. Through November 30. Info, 658-6016. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee, Pine Street, in Burlington. ‘SARGENT TO BASQUIAT: UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT ALUMNI COLLECTIONS’: An exhibition of works on loan that span the late 19th to the early 21st centuries and represent some of the most influential s yles of the last 130 years. Through December 16. Info, 656-8582. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. ‘THE SHE PROJECT, PART I’: Interactive installation by Mary Admasian and Kristen M. Watson, featuring works that honor the art tradition of femmage and explore image, selfworth, sexual power and personal branding in the social-media age. Through October 28. Info, 578-0300. University of Vermont Living/ Learning Center in Burlington. STELLA MARRS: “In Her Shoes,” a solo exhibition of new painting, drawing and multimedia works by the Burlington artist. Through October 25. Info, New City Galerie in Burlington. TESS ELIZABETH HOLBROOK: “Childhood Home,” a collection of oil paintings from a child’s point of view. Through October 31. Info, Computers for Change in Burlington. ‘THINK OF OTHERS’: Local artists collaborate with Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/ Israel in bringing to life the poem “Think of Others” by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Artists include Jen Berger, Robert W. Brunelle Jr., Marita Canedo, Gregory Giordano, Betsy Kelly, Delia Robinson and Michelle Sayles. Through October 31. Info, 338-0028. ONE A ts Center in Burlington.

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ANGUS MCCULLOUGH: “This as the Future,” a multimedia project incorporating video, writings/books, drawings and sculptures as dialogue, dealing with the nature of space and time from a personal perspective. Through November 4. Info, McCarthy Arts Center Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. ‘GRANDMA MOSES: AMERICAN MODERN’: This exhibition co-organized with Benningto Museum showcases more than 60 paintings, works on paper and related materials by Anna Mary Robertson Moses, aka Grandma Moses, alongside work by other 19th- and 20thcentury folk and modern artists. Throug October 20. DOMINIQUE EHRMANN: “Once Upon A Quilt,” an exhibition of 16 quilts by the Québec-based fiber a tist. Through Octobe 31. GEORGE SHERWOOD: “Wind, Waves and Light,” an outdoor exhibition of eight large-scale, stainless steel kinetic sculptures. Through October 31. Info, 985-3346 Shelburne Museum. ‘FUTURE WAVE’: A group exhibition featuring the work of Robert Bent, Karen Henderson, Madeleine Hopkins, Jane Ann Kantor and Jon Young. Through October 29. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.

‘IN LAYERS: THE ART OF THE EGG’: A group exhibition of 20-plus artists whose works focus on the beauty, biology and essence of eggs. Through October 31. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. ‘OF LAND & LOCAL: WATERSHED’ AT SHELBURNE FARMS: The fou th annual iteration of this exhibition features site-specific and place-based works presented by Burlington City Arts and Shelburne Farms. Artists include Cameron Davis, John Douglas, Janet Fredericks, Brenda Garand, Karen Henderson, Rachel Moore, Jen Morris, Erika Senft Miller and Michael Zebrowski. Through October 23. Info, 985-8686. Shelburne Farms.

Aspen Mays


Sun” at the University of Vermont’s Francis




Burlington is a photographic series of close geological studies by the San Francisco artist. The exhibition includes 54 images of pyrite surfaces, which varyingly look like a tree cross-section, an embryo, a sand dollar, algae, a pockmarked moon, an explosion, a gushing water main and, yes, a radiating sun. Set against a deep matte black, the rock forms

PATTI BELLE HASTINGS: An exhibition of works that explore drawing as meditation. Throug October 31. Info, Living Room: Center of Positivity in Essex Junction.


‘BIG ART, BOLD VISION’: An exhibition curated by Janet Van Fleet featuring enlargements of works by 16 artists in mall windows. Artists include Rosalind Daniels, Anna Dibble, Janet Fredericks, Jessa Gilbert, Steven P. Goodman, Wendy James, Mark Lorah, Mickey Myers, Maggie Neale, Elizabeth Nelson, Adelaide Murphy Tyrol, Arthur Schaller, Jayne Shoup, David Smith, Kathy Stark and Frank Woods. Through N vember 26. Info, janetvanfleet Berlin Mall. CHUCK BOHN AND FREDERICK RUDI: “Two Views From Hollister Hill,” landscape paintings. Through N vember 5. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield DARYL BURTNETT: “SCARS,” photographs documenting the degradation and repair of a particular highway underpass. Through November 20. Info, 224-6878. Local 64 in Montpelier. DJ BARRY BENEFIT EXHIBITION: “Get Spooked” features renderings of iconic scary movie characters. Fifty percent of sales will benefit ANEW Place in Burlington. Through October 31. Info, Capitol Grounds Café 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 30. $5-20. Info, 479-8500. Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre. GIULIANO CECCHINELLI: “Rock Solid XVI,” a career-spanning exhibition that includes a variety of sculptures, models and sketches by the master sculptor, who was trained in Carrara, Italy, as a young boy. PAUL CALTER: Paintings and daily sketches by the Vermont artist. SHANNON LEE GILMOUR: “In Our Hands,” a solo exhibition of environmental art and architectural works made using postconsumer plastic. Through N vember 5. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. ‘HANDCRAFTED VERMONT’: New handcrafted, intricately detailed furniture from 17 members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Through October 28. Info, 828-0749. ermont Statehouse in Montpelier. HERBERT A. DURFEE JR.: Black-and-white photographs taken in Europe in the early 1950s by the late Burlington physician. Through Octobe 31. Info, 595-4866. The Hi e in Middlesex.

appear nearly three-dimensional, as both objects of obstruction and as holes or tunnels opening into other dimensions. Curator Bill McDowell’s own recent photographic pursuits feature the mysterious black spot made by the hole-punch of the Farm Security Administration’s Roy Stryker. As such, it’s easy to see his attraction to Mays’ contemplative practice, which turns simplicity into gold. Through October 28. Pictured: “Pyrite Sun.”


CALL TO ARTISTS CUNTS ZINE NO. 2: College Undergraduates Not Tolerating Sexism seeks submissions of feminist artwork and writing from community members of all genders. All forms welcomed, including photos, drawings, comics, poems, playlists, anecdotes, opinions and more. To submit, email uvmzine@ Deadline: November 15. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington. FOAM BREWERS: Seeking local artists to showcase their work for two-month intervals. To be considered, please email an artist statement and digital images of works to danicasey@ Deadline: October 24. Foam Brewers, Burlington. Info, 399-2511. ISLAND ARTS CALL TO ARTISTS: Artists interested in a monthlong exhibition at the gallery during 2017 are invited to submit an artist statement and/ or bio, mediums used, and two to fi e high-resolution digital images of works. Submissions should be emailed to Deadline: October 31. Island Arts South Hero Gallery. MEMBERS ART SHOW: Artist members are invited to submit up to two works for this annual exhibition starting December 2. All artwork must have been completed within the last two years and be ready to hang. Diptychs and triptychs may not be submitted as single pieces. Deadline: November 11. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Info,,

‘STILL LIFE: THE ORDINARY MADE EXTRAORDINARY’: Seeking submissions of still-life photography for an exhibition to be juried by Kate Breakey. Deadline: November 14. PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury. Up to fi e photographs for $30; $7 for each additional. Info, 388-4500,

‘SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE WORKING FOREST’: An exhibition of paintings by visual artist Kathleen Kolb and poetry by Verandah Porche. Through December 31. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. ‘SHOW 13’: An exhibition of recent works by the 15 artist members of the collective gallery. Throug November 26. Info, 272-0908. The Front in Montpelie . ‘SYMBOLIC LANDSCAPES’: Oil paintings by Elizabeth Nelson, based on northern New England landscapes and inspired by the ancient Chinese divination text I Ching. Through October 28. Info, 828-5422. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION IN VERMONT: An exhibition of more than 100 New Deal-era artworks bequeathed to the State of Vermont that highlight a moment in American history when the nation sparked relief projects to help create a new economy and recover from the Great Depression. Through N vember 11. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier.


‘F/7 PHOTOGRAPHY: SIMPLICITY’: Seven Vermont photographers who meet regularly to share and discuss their work present new images based on the theme of simplicity: Elliot Burg, Annie Tiberio Cameron, Lisa Dimondstein, Julie Parker, Sandra Shenk, John Snell and Rob Spring. DONALD VAN DYKE: “Great Outdoors,” an exhibition of landscapes by the Nantucket painter. Through N vember 1. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. GARY ECKHART: “On a Vermont Shelf,” a collection of Vermont-inspired watercolor still-life paintings. Through October 31. Info, 253-1818. Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. ‘LAND AND LIGHT AND WATER AND AIR’: Annual juried landscape exhibition featuring more than 100 landscape paintings by New England artists. HARRY ORLYK: Solo exhibition of landscape oil paintings. Through N vember 6. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. KENT SHAW: “Retro Looks,” an exhibition of works by the Elmore photographer. Through Janua y 3. Info, 888-1261. Morrisville Post Office MOLLY DAVIES: “Beyond the Far Blue Mountains,” a remastered digital projection of the original 16mm “three-screen fairy tale.” PAT STEIR: An exhibition of prints and drawings by the world-renowned New York painter, accompanied by video of the artist by Molly Davies. SALLY GIL: “Intergalactic Current,” a solo exhibition of collaged paintings by the Brooklyn-based artist, curated by 571 Projects. Through N vember 13. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

mad river valley/waterbury BRENDA MYRICK: Watercolors by the Vermont artist. Through October 31. Info, 496-5470. Thre Mountain Café in Waitsfield

‘THE FEMALE EYE’: An exhibition of monoprints by Greta Anderson of New Jersey, oil paintings by Candy Barr of Vermont and sculptures by Marjorie Kaye of Boston. Through October 23. Info, 583-5832. The Bundy Modern in aitsfield

STEPHANIE STOUFFER: “The Creati e World of Stephanie Stouffer,” an exhibition featuring works by the successful commercial artist, including paintings and a selection of licensed objects. Through October 29. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.

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ASHLEY WOLFF: The a tist, author and illustrator displays a series of gouache paintings that combine imagery from the Mexican Day of the Dead, Ukrainian pysanka eggs and rural Vermont. Through N vember 13. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theate , in Middlebury. ‘BLOOM AND DOOM: VISUAL EXPRESSIONS AND REFORM IN VIENNA 1900’: Exhibition of works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and other members of the Viennese Secession, which illuminate how these individuals rejected the traditional academic system and turned to new means of expression. Through December 11. Info, 443-3168. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. CHRIS TRIEBERT: “Geomorph: Things Change and They Change Again,” an exhibition of photographs featuring remnants of Tropical Storm Irene’s aftermath, accompanied by audio and film docu mentation. Through N vember 5. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. THE FIGURE: MIDDLEBURY LIFE DRAWING EXHIBITION: Observational works by members of the Middlebury Life Drawing Group, which has been meeting for 15 years. Featured artists are Joe Bolger, Duker Bower, Sara Farr, Fred Lower, Mary Lower, Jill Madden, Gabrielle McDermit and Santo Santoriello. Through October 21. Info, 388-1827. WalkOver Gallery and Concert Room in Bristol. ‘MADONNAS MAKE YOU BRAVE’: A grand-opening exhibition of works by Anne Cady and Pamela Smith. Through N vember 1. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. ‘OF THE LAND’: A group exhibition of landscapebased works by Tom Dunne, Sabra Field, Gary Hall, Tom Marrinson, Julia Purinton and Jen Violette. Through October 31. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.

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‘BIRDS ARE DINOSAURS’: An exhibit that traces the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, featuring skeletons, life-size replicas and hands-on activities. Through October 31. Info, 359-5000. ermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center in Quechee. ‘DINOSAUR REVOLUTION’: An interactive maze and hands-on learning experience that investigates all things dinosaur. Through Janua y 1. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. GUEST ARTISTS: The ga lery welcomes master knitter Rachel Kahn, illustrator Zoë Tilley Poster, polymer clay jeweler Mindy Jackson-Jefferys and woodworker Detlev Hundsdorfer. Through December 31. Info, 235-9429. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. ‘LOCAL COLOR’: Annual autumn group exhibition of landscapes by local artists. Through October 22. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret. POLLY FORCIER: “Early American Decoration,” a retrospective exhibition of stenciled and painted objects by the local stenciling expert, including replicas of different types of hand-decorated early American objects. Through October 31 Info, 649-0124. Norwich Historical Society and Community Center. ‘REPRESENTATION MATTERS: CONVERSATIONS ON IDENTITY & COMMUNITY’: A group exhibition of regional artists curated by Laura Di Piazza and Josh Turk honors LGBTQ History Month. Exhibiting artists are: Paedra Bramhall, Rebecca Levi, Rachel Robinson, Mark E. Merrill, Amy Malcolm, Morris Fox, Katherine Finkelstein and Patricia RAIN Gianneschi. Through October 27. Info, 356-2776. Main Street Museum in White River Junction.

‘POST POP: PRINTS OF KEITH HARING’: An exhibition of select, limited-edition prints on loan from the Keith Haring Foundation. Through December 11. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art.

SCULPTUREFEST 2016: “Grounding” features works by 17 regional artists in this annual outdoor sculpture show. Another portion of the exhibition, on nearby Posner Road, features Judith Wrend and Joseph Chirchirillo, along with more than 20 other sculptors. Through N vember 16. Info, 457-1178. King Farm in Woodstock.

‘QUAKER MADE: VERMONT FURNITURE, 18201835’: Furniture made by Monkton Quaker Stephen Foster Stevens, exhibited alongside account books, diaries, documents, photographs and other personal ephemera. Through October 30. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.

f SUE SCHILLER & NANCY WIGHTMAN: “It Takes Two,” new hand-pulled prints including traditional etchings, collagraphs and 3D multiplate prints. Reception: Friday, November 4, 6-8 p.m. Through N vember 30. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

STEVEN JUPITER: “Communion,” an exhibition of watercolor-based prints loosely inspired by myths, folklore and fairy tales. Through Octobe 31. Info, 917-686-1292. Steven Jupiter Gallery in Middlebury.

‘THROUGH THE EYES OF LITTLE VILLAGE’: Landscapes of the Upper Valley by members of the artist group Odanaksis (Abenaki term for “little village”): Jo Tate, Susan Rump, Jonathan Rose, Anne Rose, Anne Hartmann, Anne Webster Grant, Helen Elder, Alexandra Corwin, Becky Cook and Gail Barton. Through December 10. Ha tland Public Library.

TIMOTHY HORN: “Here and There,” a solo exhibition of paintings depicting the rural areas of Marin and Sonoma counties near the artist’s California home, as well as scenes from travels around the United States. Through October 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls.


‘POLITICAL CARTOONS’: An exhibition of historical political cartoons from the collection of John Stewart, alongside modern political cartoons by artist Steven Halford and students from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Through N vember 6. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. SCULPTFEST2016: Sculptures addressing the theme “Forecast Now,” selected by guest curator Taylor Apostol, featuring Johanna Becerra, Dalila

TWO RIVERS PRINTMAKING: Hand-pulled prints by studio members that explore ambition and redemption, and the magic and passion of Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. Through December 31. Info, 295-5901. Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. ‘WINNERS AND NOT’: An exhibition hosted by the Bradford Historical Society includes a large display of vintage political posters, buttons and pamphlets from state and federal elections. Through October 31. Info, 222-4423. Bradford Academy.


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JUDY DODDS: A retrospective exhibition featuring works in a variety of mediums, including hand-dyed and woven fabric, appliqué and quilted wall hangings, and hooked rugs by the octogenarian artist. Through December 30. Info, 496-6682. ermont Festival of the Arts Gallery in Waitsfield

‘WOOD + METAL REIMAGINED’: Exhibition of contemporary wood and metalwork by a selection of central Vermont artists and artisans, including Erich Auer, Ben Cheney, Chris Eaton, Philip Herbison, Bruce MacDonald and Eyrich Stauffer. Through October 29. Info, 244-7801. Axels Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.


WINTER DANCE GALA: Seeking original choreography for dance event at Lost Nation Theater on Februa y 3 and 4. Submissions should include choreographer name, contact information, bio, title, short description and video sample of piece, list of dancers, and a link to past works. Also include a statement of willingness to share event administrative tasks. Deadline: November 18, 6 p.m. Lost Nation Theate , Montpelier. Info, hannasatt@

MICHAEL SMITH: “¿Hungry?” paintings of foods such as Wonderbread, chicken and blueberry pie. Through N vember 1. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli in Barre.

Bennett, Tamara Berdichevsky, Ray Ciemny, Charlie Hickey, Jessica Leete, Desmond Lewis, Beth Miller, Chris Miller, Alexander Jose Ramirez, Rick Rothrock and Gordon Wright. Through October 23. Info, 438-2097. The Ca ving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.


VERMONT CHORAL UNION LOGO DESIGN CONTEST: The chorus seeks a new logo to celebrate its first 50 years. The winning ent y will receive $250 and credit on concert programs and publications. A full creative brief is located at Deadline: October 31. Vermont Choral Union, Colchester. Info, 660-4601, logodesign@

MAAYAN KASIMOV: “The Many Faces of Dog,” photographs printed on a variety of nontoxic mediums in the lobby of Lost Nation Theater during its run of Sylvia. Through October 23. Info, 229-0492. Montpelier City Hall.

‘WHAT HAVE WE DONE?’: Exhibition featuring the work of Crystal Liu, Lauren Matsumoto, Ryan McLennan, Charlotte Potter and Tara Tucker, who each address the precarious relationship between humans and nature. Through October 29. Info, 617-842-3332. Walker Contemporary in Waitsfield


‘ROUND’ MAGAZINE: CALL TO ARTISTS: Round is a submission-based art magazine on the idea of celebration of self. Round accepts photography, collage, prose, poetry, graphic design work and anything else that expresses your interests. Submit via hkmallette@ Johnson State College, through October 31. Info, 393-7865.

IRIS GAGE: Handcrafted botanical art by the apothecary owner. Through December 31. Info, 223-0043. Grian Herbs Apothecary in Montpelier.



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BENJAMIN N. BARNES: “New Turf, Old Haunts,” an exhibition of recent paintings depicting scenes of St. Johnsbury. Through N vember 19. Info, 502-748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. CAROLYN MECKLOSKY: “Dream Seeds and Birds Eggs,” new paintings by the Vermont artist. Through N vember 1. Info, 472-9933. 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 o Everyday Life in Glover. VICTORIA MATHIESEN: Paintings of near and far-away landscapes. Through N vember 7. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West 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 and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

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‘UNION STATION: GATEWAY TO THE WORLD’: An exhibit of images and stories of Brattleboro’s Union Station, home of BMAC, to mark the 100th anniversary of its opening. ‘UP IN ARMS: TAKING STOCK OF GUNS’: A group exhibition considers the enormous physical, psychological and symbolic power of guns in the U.S. Artists include Liu Bolin, Linda Bond, Kyle Cassidy, Madeline Fan, Susan Graham, Jane Hammond, Don Nice, Sabine Pearlman and Jerilea Zempel. BABETTE BLOCH: “Flora and Fauna,” large-scale steel sculptures of birds and magnolias. JAMIE YOUNG: “Chaos and Light,” a solo exhibition of paintings depicting several species of vines covering trees all over New England. JOHN WILLIS: “House/Home: A Work in Progress,” photographs of houses and homes in Native American communities. Through October 23. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.




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including Deb Bump, Sloan Dawson, John Stephen Nicoll, Wendy O’Dette, Susie Peters, Frieda Post, Roberta Streeter, Della Thompson and Debbie Wetzel. Reception: Thursda , October 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Through N vember 11. Info, 869-2960. Main Street Arts in Saxtons River. KAREN GAUDETTE: An exhibition of surreal storybook scratchboard drawings which explore archetypal and mystical imagery. Through October 31. Info, 257-4777. Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro.

‘LANDSCAPES AFTER RUSKIN: REDEFINING THE SUBLIME’: An exhibition curated by American artist Joel Sternfeld, who uses Victorian scholar John Ruskin’s work as a departure point for contextualizing contemporary renderings of landscapes and nature. Works are by Joseph Beuys, Katherine Bradford, Christo, Gustave Courbet, Naoya Hatakeyama, Anselm Kiefer, Raymond Pettibon, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ru f, Ai Wei Wei, David Wojnarowicz and more. This show also se ves as the world debut of Sternfeld’s 2016 film London Bridge. Through N vember 27. Info, 952-1056. Hall Art Foundation in Reading.


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‘MILTON AVERY’S VERMONT’: Works the American modernist created based on his summers spent in southern Vermont during the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s. Through N vember 6. DUANE MICHALS: “Photographs From the Floating World,” an exhibition of vibrant color images. Through October 30. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum. ‘HARMONIC RESONANCE: RETURN TO THE MYTHIC’: Works by Terry Hauptman and Hugh Joudry. LUIGI LUCIONI: “Within the Birch Grove,”

‘Toward Form’ BigTown Gallery in Rochester hosts a three-artist exhibition uniting works by Marcy Hermansader,

Rick Skogsberg and Laurie Sverdlove in what curator Anni Mackay calls “a vortex of swirling symbols.” Hermansader’s circular,

monochromatic drawings appear sometimes as flora-inflected abysses, providing an inverse to Sverdlove’s rich and deeply textured landscape collages. Self-taught artist Skogsberg’s vibrantly painted shoes disrupt these more somber works. Mackay says she’s showing some of these shoes during Miami Art Week and the Satellite Art Show. Of her current exhibit, Mackay explains, “All three Vermont artists share a deep and abiding interest in color and form.” Through November 19. Pictured: “Zwartkop” by Sverdlove. oil paintings and etchings by the late Italian-born artist. Through December 11. Info, 362-1405. Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester. NORTH BENNINGTON OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: The 19th annual exhibition of dozens of public sculptures throughout town, curated by artist Joe Chirchirillo. Through October 23. Info, Various Bennington locations.


BRENDA GARAND: “Touching at a Distance,” sculptures and paintings made with cold-rolled steel, flood cla , wool from the Johnson Woolen Mills, porcupine quills, walnut ink and black felt paper. Through December 15. Info, 498-8438. White River Gallery at BALE in South Royalton. MARIANNE MCCANN: “Facial Recognition,” a selection of acrylic portrait paintings by the Chelsea artist. Through N vember 4. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library. ‘TOWARD FORM’: Drawing, painting and collage works by Marcy Hermansader, Rick Skogsberg and Laurie Sverdlove, respectively. Through N vember 19. NANCY TAPLIN: A solo exhibition of paintings

by the Vermont artist. Through October 22. PETER FRIED AND CELIA REISMAN: “Painting in the Neighborhood,” an exhibition of artworks depicting built landscapes. Through October 31. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. ‘SLEIGHT OF HAND: CLAY AND PAINT’: Works by Randolph painter Laurie Sverdlove and ceramicists Sarah Heimann, Gail Kendall and Holly Walker. Through N vember 6. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. SUE LENFEST: A solo exhibition of 11 pastel, oil, pencil and charcoal drawings and paintings by the South Woodstock artist. Through October 22. Info 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton.

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‘SHE PHOTOGRAPHS’: An exhibition featuring 70 works by 30 contemporary women photographers, including Nan Goldin, Catherine Opie, Kiki Smith and Marnie Weber. Through Februa y 19. ‘THE BLACK SUN OF MELANCHOLY: MONSTERS OF THE UNCONSCIOUS, FROM GOYA AND BLAKE TO REDON AND MUNCH’: Drawings and lithographs by 16 romantic artists who delved the depths of their imaginations to evoke strong feelings in the beholder. Through December 11. ‘TOULOUSE-

LAUTREC ILLUSTRATES THE BELLE ÉPOQUE’: More than 90 prints and posters from the famed artist’s lithographic career. Through October 30. JULIE FAVREAU: “SHE CENTURY,” video installation by the Québec artist. Through N vember 13. Info, 514-285-1600. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. ‘CINÉ SALON AT 20’: An exhibition celebrating 20 years of film screenings and in-person encounters with international and local filmmakers and critics. Two displays include newspaper full-page reproductions and vintage Ciné Salon posters and announcements. Through October 27. Info, 603-640-3252. Howe Library in Hanover, N.H. LAETITIA SOULIER: “The Fractal Architectures,” an exhibition of works by the contemporary French photographer. Through December 11. Info, 603-646 2426. Hood Downtown in Hanover, N.H. ‘TRANSFORMING THE HYDE: THE FEIBES & SCHMITT GIFT’: An exhibition featuring works from the newly accessioned 160-piece collection donated by Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt. The show expands the museums focus to include postwar nonobjective and abstract art. Through December 31. Info, 518-792-1761. The de Collection in Glens Falls, N.Y. m






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movies The Last Laugh ★★★★★


irector Ferne Pearlstein does something very clever at the opening of her latest documentary, a look at the ever-shifting line separating good taste from bad in comedy. The film deals overwhelmingly with the ultimate taboo subject — the Holocaust. A succession of talking heads weighs in: Gilbert Gottfried, Rob Reiner, Sarah Silverman and, of course, Mel Brooks. Then, suddenly, we’re in the kitchen of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, and she kills. The 91-year-old recounts an occasion when prisoners received “checkups” from Josef Mengele. When her turn came, Firestone recalls, she was told that, should she survive, she should have her tonsils removed. “So I’m thinking, Is he insane? Tomorrow I may die. I’m worried about my tonsils? It was funny.” The scene nicely captures the thesis of The Last Laugh, which will screen at the Vermont International Film Festival this weekend. The film demonstrates that humor is uniquely human, yet ultimately beyond human comprehension. All of the picture’s interviewees agree that a joke about a tragedy better be a really funny one. But who decides what’s really funny? Brooks goes batshit discussing Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful, calling it “the worst movie ever made.” Cut

to Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League declaring it “absolutely brilliant.” Who’d have guessed humor and the Holocaust would make such a great Hollywood couple? But Pearlstein (Sumo East and West) examines the relationship from so many perspectives and with such perceptiveness that they prove fascinating costars. The documentarian reveals, for example, that concentration camp prisoners were permitted to put on cabarets, and presents captured Nazi footage of several. Initially, we learn, audiences consisted entirely of inmates, but eventually SS members began to attend. “All I can deduct,” says survivor (and “Hogan’s Heroes” cast member) Robert Clary, “is they had such a terrible life hitting us and killing us, they wanted to be entertained, too!” Brooks is the perfect choice to play éminence grise here. In the movie’s first half, the comic icon credits himself with pushing the envelope in 1967’s The Producers, which famously featured the fictional musical Springtime for Hitler. Brooks’ own daring provides an effective counterpoint to his comments on other comedians in the second half. Both Joan Rivers and Sarah Silverman come under scrutiny. Alluding to Heidi Klum on “Fashion Police” in 2014, Rivers joked, “The last time a German looked this

LAUGHING MATTERS ˜ e latest from documentary filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein examines the ever-shifting line between good and bad taste in comedy.

hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” Brooks judges the remark “in terrible taste.” But when it comes to Silverman’s “What do Jews hate most about the Holocaust? The cost!” he allows, “Maybe the time has come for that joke.” You’ve probably heard the axiom “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.” Pearlstein mines it to illuminating effect. As actor Harry Shearer points out, “When The Producers was a movie, it was daring. If it had been Springtime for Saddam Hussein when it appeared on Broadway [in 2001], it would’ve had the original kick.” The issue takes on charged significance when the subject matter becomes current. “Nine-eleven — not funny,” states comic Judy Gold in the film. Yet, 13 years after the attacks, Chris Rock made comedy out of the

tragedy. Hosting “Saturday Night Live” in 2014, he questioned the decision to build the Freedom Tower in the same spot where the original Towers stood. “They should change the name of the Freedom Tower,” he quipped, “to the Never-Going-in-There Tower. Does this building duck?” Will some future comic do a bit on ISIS? The movie doesn’t explicitly raise the question, but its wide-ranging meditation on the meaning and functions of humor will leave you with a deepened appreciation for comedy’s power and possibilities. It’s the finest film study I’ve seen on the business of being funny. And that’s no joke. The Last Laugh will screen on Sunday, October 23, 3:45 p.m., at Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington. Visit for info. RI C K KI S O N AK





The Accountant ★★★


he plot of The Accountant is beyond convoluted, yet it all boils down to a simple, crowd-pleasing formula: Autistic accountant kicks ass. The movie is wildly ambitious, profoundly clueless and pretty damn entertaining, when it doesn’t just feel offensive to your intelligence. Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and scripted by Bill Dubuque (The Judge), The Accountant could be used as a master class in how not to write a screenplay. It’s jammed so tight with exposition that, when a particular character fails to expound on his backstory, we can be sure that backstory will receive a dramatic reveal down the line. The titular accountant is Christian Wolff — played by Ben Affleck, who seems to equate autism with a lack of facial expression. Wolff operates a modest business out of a midwestern strip mall, and a far more lucrative one — “uncooking the books” for the world’s biggest criminal organizations — out of an Airstream in his backyard. Trained in martial arts, he spends his non-numbercrunching hours in sniping practice and ogling priceless works of art he stores in his hideout. He self-medicates with Zoloft and sensory overload to keep the more obvious manifestations of his condition at bay. There’s potential here for a character study, even if Affleck’s performance is far less compelling than Christian Bale’s portrayal of a similar character in The Big

THE BOURNE EQUATION Affleck plays an action hero/math genius in a drama that requires considerable suspension of disbelief.

Short. But then Dubuque tacks on an elaborate procedural plotline that is reminiscent of those high-budget serial-killer dramas of the 1990s. While Wolff takes a job tracking down financial malfeasance at a robotics company, a U.S. Treasury bigwig (J.K. Simmons) sends a young agent (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to hunt for the elusive accountant. Rather than simply doing their jobs, these characters sit around and unpack their deepest motivations, just to make sure we don’t miss any themes. Then

there’s the mysterious hit man (Jon Bernthal) who pops in to lecture his victims on the evils of pursuing the profit motive at all costs. The script keeps hammering at its messages — family is everything, vigilante justice is necessary, neurodiversity has value — even as it attempts to dazzle us with twist after implausible twist. Like the serial killer in those (Bill) Clinton-era procedurals, Wolff is a living puzzle that everyone is trying desperately to decode. When the pieces fall into place, however, the picture reveals not a ge-

nius psychopath but something equally Hollywood: a troubled superhero. That’s right: The Accountant is a stealth superhero movie. While Wolff is a mere man, he arguably has more special powers than Batman, if fewer gadgets. His backstory — laboriously unveiled in flashbacks — involves learning to embrace morally guided violence as the only route to self-realization. And, by the end of the film, virtually everyone else on screen has accepted him as the hero this harsh world deserves. No surprise, then, if The Accountant’s well-meaning postscript about the human potential of people on the autism spectrum falls a little flat. While movies should certainly explore and celebrate that potential, Wolff doesn’t realize his in particularly believable ways. Instead, the film simply dumps every cliché of the brilliant eccentric into a blender with every cliché of the stoic action hero. The Accountant is propulsive and rarely boring, but the filmmakers would have done well to take their creation less seriously. Unlike Super, another movie about a “real-life superhero,” The Accountant espouses the comic-book notion of purifying violence without really questioning it. I found myself wishing Hollywood could envision an empowerment of the underdog that doesn’t involve sharpshooting and krav maga. Bale’s accountant character was no hero, but he brought global banks to their knees without throwing a single punch. MARGO T HARRI S O N


Great Food = Better Meetings NEW IN THEATERS AMERICAN HONEY: The Ju y Prize at Cannes went to this story of a girl (Sasha Lane) who teams up with a crew of dissolute young people who drift around the Midwest selling magazines. With Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough. Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) directed. (163 min, R. Roxy)

THE BIRTH OF A NATIONH1/2 Nate Parker directed and stars as preacher Nat Turner in this historical epic about the slave uprising led by the latter in 1831, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. With Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Jr. and Colman Domingo. (120 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 10/12) BLAIR WITCHHH1/2 The 1999 horror flick tha started the found-footage craze fina ly gets a found-footage sequel, in which a film students brother heads back into the woods to investigate her mysterious disappearance. Adam Wingard (The Guest) directed. (89 min, R)

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DEEPWATER HORIZONH1/2 Mark Wahlberg plays a worker on the titular drilling rig in this drama that re-creates the worst oil spill in U.S. history. With Kurt Russell and Douglas M. Griffin. Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) directed. (107 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 10/5) DENIAL: In this fact-based drama, Rachel Weisz plays a historian who must prove the Holocaust happened in court after a denier (Timothy Spall) sues her for libel. With Tom Wilkinson. Mick Jackson (Th Bodyguard) directed. (110 min, PG-13. Roxy, Savoy) JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK: Tom Cruise once again plays Lee Child’s crime-solving ex-military man: This time, hes on the run and investigating a government conspiracy. With Cobie Smulders and Aldis Hodge. Edward Zwick (Pawn Sacrific ) directed. (118 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: A suburban soccer mom and dad (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) sample a life of adventure after a sex spy couple (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) moves next door. Hey, it could happen! Greg Mottola (Superbad) directed the action comedy. (101 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount) OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL: This prequel to horror flic Ouija takes place in 1967 and chronicles what happens when a family of con artists who fake seances gets hold of an all-too-real spirit communication device. With Elizabeth Reaser and Lulu Wilson. Mike Flanagan (Oculus) directed. (99 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset)

THE ACCOUNTANTHH1/2 Ben Affleck plays a math savant who cooks books for criminals but finds out his most dangerous client might be a ���legitimate” company in this crime drama from director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior). With Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons. (128 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 10/19)

HARRY & SNOWMANHHH1/2 Ron Davis’ documentary tells the story of a Dutch immigrant who saved a plow horse from slaughter and turned him into a champion jumper. (84 min, NR) KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?HHH In this concert film, the comedian pe forms for a crowd of 50,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. Halle Berry and Don Cheadle show up. Leslie Small and Tim Story directed. (96 min, R) THE MAGNIFICENT SEVENHH1/2 Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke play three of the gunslingers who team up to save an imperilled village in this remake of the classic western. Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) directed. (132 min, PG-13) MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: Moviegoers watch 10 short films from around the world, then vote for their favorites, at this annual celebration of cinema. (Approximately 120 min, NR) MASTERMINDSHH1/2 Zach Galifianakis plays an armored-car driver stuck in the middle of a deeply flawed heist scheme in this comedy from director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). With Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis. (94 min, PG-13)

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDRENHHH A boy discovers a mysterious orphanage full of children possessed of special powers in this fantasy adventure based on Ransom Riggs’ novel and directed by Tim Burton. Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson star. (127 min, PG-13)


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MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFEHH1/2 A tween (Griffin Gluck) makes a plan to break every one of his school’s rules in this family comedy based on the novel by James Patterson and Vermont writer Chris Tebbetts. With Lauren Graham. Steve Carr (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) directed. (92 min, PG)




MAX STEELH1/2 In this action flick based on an old Mattel toy line, a teenager (Ben Winchell) teams up with an alien (voice of Josh Brener) to become a superhero. With Maria Bello and Andy Garcia. Stewart Hendler (Sorority Row) directed. (92 min, PG-13)

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AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORYHHH1/2 How did author Laura Albert convince the literary establishment that she was a young ex-prostitute named JT Leroy? She presents her case — and the fallout — in this documentary from Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston). (110 min, R) THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK — THE TOURING YEARSHHHHH Director Ron Howard assembled this found-footage compilation that chronicles the band’s 250 shows between 1963 and 1966. (99 min, NR; reviewed by R.K. 9/28)

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAINHHH An alcoholic commuter wonders if the solution to a missing persons case lies in her fractured memory in this adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller. With Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett and Rebecca Ferguson. Tate Taylor (The Hel ) directed. (112 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 10/12)

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190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010,

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friday 21 — thursday 27 The Accountan Deepwater Horizon The Girl on the rain *Jack Reacher: Never Go Back *Keeping Up With the Joneses Kevin Hart: What Now? The Magnificent S en Max Steel Middle School: The orst Years of My Life Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children *Ouija: Origin of Evil Storks Sully

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PALACE 9 CINEMAS 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610,

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QUEEN OF KATWEHHHH Disney’s latest family film te ls the underdog story of teenage Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi. With Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) directed. (124 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 10/5) THE SECRET LIFE OF PETSHHHHH What do pets get up to when their owners are away? Plenty of shenanigans, this animated family comedy suggests. Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate and Albert Brooks contributed their voice talents. (90 min, PG; reviewed by R.K. 7/13)

SULLYHHHHH Tom Hanks plays airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who successfully landed his disabled plane in the Hudson River, in this drama about the incident’s aftermath from director Clint Eastwood. With Laura Linney and Aaron Eckhart. (96 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 9/14)

NOW ON VIDEO ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASSH1/2 Disney’s hybrid of Harry Potter and Lewis Carroll returns as Alice (Mia Wasikowska) must save Wonderland from the threat of a villain with the power to control time. (113 min, PG)

SNOWDENHHH Director Oliver Stone presents his dramatized take on the saga of the whistleblower (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who exposed the farreaching activities of the National Security Agency. With Shailene Woodley and Melissa Leo. (134 min, R)

CAFÉ SOCIETYHHH In Woody Allen’s latest, set in the 1930s, a young New Yorker (Jesse Eisenberg) goes to Hollywood in search of work and falls under the spell of his uncle’s secretary (Kristen Stewart). (96 min, PG-13)

STORKSHHH In a world where storks deliver packages for an internet conglomerate, a bird attempts to revive the outdated practice of delivering a baby to a happy couple. Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Doug Sweetland directed the family animation. (89 min, PG)

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCEH1/2 Roland Emmerich returns to direct this belated sequel to his 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster. (120 min, PG-13)

Refresh your reading ritual. Flip through your favorite local newspaper on your favorite mobile device. (And yes, it’s still free.)

OUR KIND OF TRAITORHHH A Russian mafia operative (Stellan Skarsgård) seeking sanctuary in the UK enlists the aid of a college professor (Ewan McGregor) in this espionage drama. (108 min, R)

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SEPT. 23-OCT. 22:

In the course of her long career, Libran actress Helen Hayes won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. Years before all that glory poured down on her, she met playwright Charles MacArthur at a party in a posh Manhattan salon. Hayes was sitting shyly in a dark corner. MacArthur glided over to her and slipped a few salted peanuts into her hand. “I wish they were emeralds,” he told her. It was love at first sight. A few years after they got married, MacArthur bought Hayes an emerald necklace. I foresee a metaphorically comparable event in your near future, Libra: peanuts serving as a promise of emeralds.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When the wind

blows at 10 miles per hour, a windmill generates eight times more power than when the breeze is fi e miles per hour. Judging from the astrological omens, I suspect there will be a similar principle at work in your life during the coming weeks. A modest increase in effort and intensity will make a huge difference in the results you produce. Are you willing to push yourself a bit beyond your comfort level in order to harvest a wave of abundance?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cuthbert Colling -wood (1748-1810) had a distinguished career as an admiral in the British navy, leading the sailors under his command to numerous wartime victories. He was also a good-natured softie whose men regarded him as generous and kind. Between battles, while enjoying his downtime, he hiked through the English countryside carrying acorns, which he planted here and there so the “Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country’s safety depended.” (Quoted in Life in Nelson’s Navy, by Dudley Pope.) I propose that we make him your role model for the coming weeks. May his example inspire you to be both an effective warrior and a tender soul who takes practical actions to plan for the future. LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22): Eighteenth-century musician Giuseppe Tartini has been called “the godfather of modern violin playing.” He was also an innovative composer who special-

ized in poignant and poetic melodies. One of his most famous works is the Sonata in G Minor, also known as the Devil’s Trill. Tartini said it was inspired by a dream in which he made a pact with the Devil to provide him with new material. The Infernal One picked up a violin and played the amazing piece that Tartini transcribed when he woke up. Here’s the lesson for you: He didn’t actually sell his soul to the Devil. Simply engaging in this rebellious, taboo act in the realm of fantasy had the alchemical effect of unleashing a burst of creative energy. Try it!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The planets have aligned in a curious pattern. I interpret it as meaning that you have cosmic permission to indulge in more self-interest and selfseeking than usual. So it won’t be taboo for you to unabashedly say, “What exactly is in it for me?” or “Prove your love, my dear” or “Gimmeee, gimmeee, gimmeee what I want.” If someone makes a big promise, you shouldn’t be shy about saying, “Will you put that in writing?” If you get a sudden urge to snag the biggest piece of the pie, obey that urge. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Welcome to the Painkiller Phase of your cycle. It’s time to relieve your twinges, dissolve your troubles and banish your torments. You can’t sweep away the whole mess in one quick heroic purge, of course. But I bet you can pare it down by at least 33 percent. (More is quite possible.) To get started, make the following declaration fi e times a day for the next three days: “I am grateful for all the fascinating revelations and indispensable lessons that my pain has taught me.” On each of the three days after that, affir this truth fi e times: “I have learned all I can from my pain and therefore no longer need its reminders. Goodbye, pain.” On the three days after that, say these words, even if you can’t bring yourself to mean them with complete sincerity: “I forgive everybody of everything.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For the

foreseeable future, you possess the following powers: to make sensible that which has been unintelligible ... to find amusement in situations that had been tedious ... to create fertile meaning where before there had been sterile chaos.

Congratulations, Sagittarius! You are a first class transformer. But that’s not all. I suspect you will also have the ability to distract people from concerns that aren’t important ... to deepen any quest that has been too superficial or careless to succeed ... and to ask the good questions that will render the bad questions irrelevant.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the past 11 months, did you ever withhold your love on purpose? Have there been times when you “punished” those you cared about by acting cold and aloof? Can you remember a few occasions when you could have been more generous or compassionate but chose not to be? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, the next three weeks will be an excellent time to atone. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can reap maximum benefit from correcting stingy mistakes. I suggest that you make gleeful efforts to express your most charitable impulses. Be a tower of bountiful power. AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1415, a smaller English army defeated French forces at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France. Essential to England’s victory were its 7,000 longbowmen — archers who shot big arrows using bows that were six feet long. So fast and skilled were these warriors that they typically had three arrows flying through the air at any one time. Thats the kind of high-powered proficiency I recommend that you summon during your upcoming campaign. If you need more training to reach that level of effectiveness, get it immediately.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Let’s imagine your life as a novel. The most recent chapter, which you’ll soon be drawing to a close, might be called “The Redemption of Loneliness.” Other apt titles: “Intimacy With the Holy Darkness” or “The Superpower of Surrender” or “The End Is Secretly the Beginning.” Soon you will start a new chapter, which I’ve tentatively dubbed “Escape from Escapism,” or perhaps “Liberation From False Concepts of Freedom” or “Where the Wild Things Are.” And the expansive adventures of this next phase will have been made possible by the sweet-and-sour enigmas of the past four weeks.


ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the 1980s, two performance artists did a project entitled A Year Tied Together at the Waist. For 12 months, Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh were never farther than eight feet away from each other, bound by a rope. Hsieh said he tried this experiment because he felt very comfortable doing solo work but wanted to upgrade his abilities as a collaborator. Montano testified that the piece “dislodged a deep hiddenness” in her. It sharpened her intuition and gave her a “heightened passion for living and relating.” If you were ever going to engage in a comparable effort to deepen your intimacy skills, Aries, the coming weeks would be a favorable time to attempt it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the coming weeks would you prefer that we refer to you as “voracious”? Or do you like the word “ravenous” better? I have a feeling, based on the astrological omens, that you will be extra-super-eager to consume vast quantities of just about everything: food, information, beauty, sensory stimulation, novelty, pleasure and who knows what else. But please keep this in mind: Your hunger could be a torment or it could be a gift. Which way it goes may depend on your determination to actually enjoy what you devour. In other words, don’t get so enchanted by the hypnotic power of your longing that you neglect to exult in the gratification when your longing is satisfied.


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CURIOUS, ENERGETIC, HAPPY Life has been one long, exciting adventure, and this former city girl has found her new life in Vermont as a “retired person” — not tiring. I’m a former artist, and now I write for a living. Would love to find an open-minded man who is healthy, active and still appreciates what’s good in the world. CLC, 70, l HEALTHY, FIT, CREATIVE WOMAN Daily doses of yoga exercises and a veggie diet have helped keep me looking and feeling much younger than my years. I am an intuitive, creative, spiritually motivated woman with poetic talents and a compassionate passion for life. It would be lovely to share the rest of this earthly journey with a loving, sensitive, compatible man. stardust, 73, l




LOUD, FUNNY ARIES SEEKING BIKER Looking for a single, honest motorcycle lover to take me on rides. I’m looking for a man who appreciates a good meal and a good laugh. STARRLADY, 54, l

FUN-LOVING FOODIE LOOKING FOR LOVE I’m romantic, generous, adventurous and playful. I love to make people laugh. My friends call me Lucy. I hope to find a ma who is secure. He will look me in the eye and be kind. It’s great if he dances, but if he doesn’t, he will watch me. He will show affection in public and fall asleep holding my hand. Acrossthepond, 56, l

PAST, HISTORY. FUTURE A MYSTERY! I’m a happy, honest, healthy person. I don’t play games and don’t want to be with anyone who does. Love candlelight, dinners, dancing and bridge. I enjoy the water, a walk on the beach or a boat ride. I enjoy travel. I take pride in my appearance and staying mentally and physically fit. I’m a good listener, and I’m told I’m fun to be with. Happyfunperson, 74, l

OUTDOORSY MOM I’m a happy, energetic, compassionate mom of two kids. I like to be out in the sun, woods and water every chance I get. I live in Burlington, in a very family-oriented neighborhood where my kids and I have a supercozy home and super-fun backyard. I’m looking for someone who is similarly active and family oriented. PlayOutsideOften, 42, l

EXPRESSIVE, ADVENTURESOME, THOUGHTFUL All I know at this stage of my life is that I want to still experience anything I can. I would love to travel more, but I still love going to happenings right here in Vermont. Staying active and enjoying it are my goals. In between, I love good movies and meaty books, cooking and yoga. Majewa, 69, l

MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME... that I could be anything I wanted to be. I chose fabulous. Seriously, I am a bright, passionate, energetic widow with naturally curly hair who stays fit through strength training and yoga. I seek an active man who makes me laugh, enjoys his family and community, fine food, music, good con ersation, dancing, and travel. Sailing mates always valued. lv2swimno10, 69, l

ATTRACTIVE, ACTIVE, FIT, POSITIVE, HAPPY Keeping in touch with family/friends is important. Good cook, inquisitive. Enjoy, travel, especially exploring off the beaten path, VPT/VPR, classical music, theater, symphony, some opera in high def at the movie theater, kayaking, year-round hiking, many adventures and learning that retirement gives us. Let’s explore together! Enjoying_life, 76, l INDEPENDENT, ARTSY BUSINESS OWNER I love great conversation. Conversation where time flies y and there’s a sense of connection and common ground. I like bookstores, flea markets, m vies, plays, live music, art, politics, gardening, dancing, swimming and creating, and I love not camping. I like men who are smart, funny and sincere. If I’d met my ideal mate, I could describe him, but I haven’t. TimeForArt, 54, l

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OPTIMISTIC, ENTHUSIASTIC AND FUNNY It is important to be present and available to the people you love. I think life is interesting when you are open to new experiences and people. I love Airbnb; I love the sharing economy. I love carefully embracing all parts of life. 4reallife16, 57, l BOHEMIAN ADVENTURER LOOKING FOR SAME I’m a recent transplant to Burlington from the Washington, D.C., area. I’m originally from Long Island, N.Y., but have lived in Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts and Virginia as well as Prague and an all-toobrief time in Ireland. I’m looking for friends and perhaps a special companion who is interesting, well traveled and possesses a great sense of humor. TravelAce, 58, l


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WOMEN Seeking WOMEN OVERLY NICE, HELPFUL AND CARING I graduated from high school. I’m a pre-K teacher at a daycare. I have brown hair, brown eyes. I’m 5’6. I’m on the bigger side. I’m looking for someone who will like me for who I am. I want to find someone who wi l like me for my looks and all. Looking4female, 31, l GENUINE, HONEST, UNBELIEVABLE, COUNTRY, CLASSIC Live in the present and tweak the past. I know that I don’t know tomorrow, and so I enjoy what the days bring: maybe a sunrise or maybe an interesting soul crossing my path; it is all good. So much more with less: French culture versus American. Living well? Sharing is so much better. Nature, animals, dirt, rain, relax. nature, 53

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LOOKING FOR FUN What is there to say? I’m looking for someone to have a good time with. Shade, 57, l

READY Ready to please you and be pleased. imlookin4fun, 45 LOVE TO EAT Looking for playtime with the right plaything. Foreplay a must! Love to snuggle and roll around in bed. Also love sex outside! Let’s go on a hike sometime! Osprey16, 55, l

HIPPIE LOVERS IN THE SUNSHINE Couple madly in love looking for a third person to join us in a casual evening of candlelit massage, lovemaking and body/soul appreciation. Let us cook you dinner, pour you a glass of wine, and we’ll see where it goes! stargazers, 23 DISCREET DEBAUCHERY We are a married couple who would like to find another like couple seeking discreet debauchery. Perhaps meet someplace for drinks and see if we share similar sexual interests. We are open to new adventures. Woman is bi, D cups, average body. Man is straight, very well endowed and thick. Let’s start with drinks and see where it goes! vtbeercouple, 40 YOUNG, OUTDOORSY, OPEN-MINDED! We are an outdoorsy young couple ready to explore more sexual experiences. We are interested in making sexual connections with a woman as well as couples play and MMF/FFM adventures! We love having sex out in the woods, by the river or atop a mountain. Let’s go camping and see how we can please each other! Bring your party tent! DiosaSabrosa, 29, l CAREFREE LOVER Looking for something new. Wanna spice things up a little. Hoping to find a hot lady to join us in the bedroom. :) Justforfuncple802, 29, l TASTY TREATS Curious couple, freaks in the sheets, looking for a tasty treat to share with my man. Come one, come all; couple or individual welcome. Continuous if desired, or one time. curiouscouple26, 27 SOMEWHAT CURIOUS We’re a young professional couple, looking to see if anyone is out there with similar interests. We’re fairly low-key, looking to grab a drink first to see if there’s any chemistry. vermontcpl, 26, l

I am asexual, but most of my friends and some of my family members just don’t get it. They can’t understand how that would be real. Like, my mother thinks I will never marry, and it’s annoying hearing about it all the time. My father thinks I am weird. My friends who are in relationships are sort of cool, but the single ones don’t want to hang out at all anymore when they go out looking for hookups. I feel left out and upset. What is happening to my life right now?


Dear Asexual,

Asexual, Not an Alien

Of course you feel upset! It’s 2016, and you’ve summoned up the courage to be open about who you are. And now you’re being met with awkward questions and cold shoulders. I wish I could remind these people that, no matter how you identify sexually, you’re still the same friend and family member you’ve always been. The good news is, you can do that. Your loved ones might feel flustered because they think you’re somehow different now. And apparently they don’t know much about being asexual. While you don’t owe them repeated explanations, you can certainly try to answer their questions, educate them and, most importantly, keep being you. Your parents want you to be happy and taken care of, and maybe they think marriage is the equivalent of all that. Parents will worry about their kids no matter what, but hopefully in time they’ll see that you’re happy on your own. Your friends are being insensitive and immature, and you can tell them that. Being asexual isn’t contagious, and you’re not going to cock-block anyone in the club, if that’s what they’re thinking. Perhaps you can help them see the error of their ways and you can all hang out again. Bottom line: The people in your life will either learn to grow with you or they won’t. I trust that in time your real friends will surface and your parents will come to respect the authentic person that you are.


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WAIT A MINUTE, MR. POSTMAN You came in that morning to deliver the mail at the inn where I work. I hadn’t seen you before, but you were quite the sight with that burly beard, bright eyes and uniform. If you ever come back while I’m working, I’ll be trying not to blush while you hand me the mail. When: Friday, October 7, 2016. Where: Willard Street. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913701 OWL-SHIRTED, COMPLETELY ADORABLE SAX PLAYER Okay, Seven Days. I spy a tallish, bespectacled musician-type gal with short red hair. I came for a cable and left with a bass. I’d love to have left with you, too. You’re so saxy. When: Thursda , October 13, 2016. Where: Guitar Center, Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913700 PRETTY LADY AT ANDREW BIRD Pretty elf lady at the concert. You had sexy green tights and a wool skirt with beautiful legs. Let’s hang out soon? When: Monday, October 10, 2016. Where: Higher Ground. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913699 VAN HEUSEN SALE, SUNDAY 10/09/16 Came for the sale around 2 p.m. but was distracted by you, easily the most attractive woman there. You wore a light blue jacket with white panels. Nice to see a confident woman who makes eye contact in public. When: Sunday, October 9, 2016. Where: Essex Outlet Center. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913698 UVM MED STUDENT, WAITSFIELD FARMERS MARKET You were doing surveys about farmers and respiratory conditions. Long dark hair, glasses, jeans and an Apple Watch. You spoke to my friend. You are crazy cute! Wanted to say something, but it felt inappropriate at the time. Maybe we can meet up and you can ask me some questions, though probably not about farming. Really hope you see this. When: Saturday, October 8, 2016. Where: Waitsfield Farmers Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913697





UNCOMMON MARKET MONTPELIER: CURLY BLONDE Been there at lunchtime during the week to order lunch. You: behind the counter. Our eyes met several times. I was drawn in by your eyes and pretty smile. Is there perhaps some interest there? I would love to get a coffee sometime with you in Montpelier to get to know you! When: Friday, October 7, 2016. Where: Uncommon Market, Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913695 CONSIGN MY C**T AT OGE Blond consignment prince. You’ll remember me; I tried to consign my technical underpants. Used for NOLS trip ... if only it was (em)bareassing. Look me up in your system and give me a call. When: Thursda , October 6, 2016. Where: OGE. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913694 YOU CAUGHT GRACE’S SHOE You were at GPN on Saturday night and caught Grace Potter’s shoe. I caught the other. I would love to reunite them. Can you help make this happen? When: Saturday, September 17, 2016. Where: Grand Point North music festival. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #913692 BRUNETTE AT FOAM BREWERS Cute brunette with the tight leatherette pants selling CDs and guarding the chocolate chip cookies. I spied you, but you were paying more attention to the drummer, and probably rightfully so. See you again at the next concert? When: Friday, September 30, 2016. Where: Foam Brewers. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913691 HAYDEN HILL MOUNTAIN BIKER You were just finishing up a ride. Blond. Athletic. Du bist sehr schön. Would you ever be up for a ride? When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Where: Hayden Hill, Hinesburg. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913690 BEAUTIFUL SMILE AT WORK Short Asian woman at the WSOC. Every time I see you, you always have a beautiful smile. I don’t know if you love your job or if you’re just a happy person all the time. Either way,


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thanks for making my day a little better! When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Where: Waterbury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913689 BLIND DOG AT RED ROCKS You were with two friends. You asked me to take your picture with your phone. You had two dogs with you; one could not see too well. You had long, wonderful hair in a ponytail. You were so kind and had a beautiful laugh. When: Sunday, September 25, 2016. Where: Red Rocks. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913688 STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, BLOND, CHIVALROUS WOMAN You were wearing a Citizen Cider sweatshirt and looked beautiful. My BFF and I were trying our best to load my mattress into a U-Haul. You saw that we were struggling and offered to help. You made my day! Can I buy you a drink to thank you? When: Friday, September 30, 2016. Where: Kilburn Street, Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #913687 SOMETIMES SILLY JOHNSON/BAKERSFIELD Pretty girl, you penned me a letter from your bath, then our journey began, full of beauty, love and kids. Not always easy, we endured with love. Our track neglected, our train derailed, people were hurt. The l ve has remained. I see you when those songs play. I wonder what it means? Are you out there? Are you happy? A chance to hold you one more time? Would you want that? Talk? When: Saturday, October 1, 2016. Where: Johnson. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913686 BEAUTY AT UNCOMMON Was behind you in line at around 5 and thought you were the most beautiful woman. I think you gave me the opportunity to say hi, but I played the fool and now am just wanting another chance to say hi to you. You’re tall with fair skin, a yellow sweater, amazing curly hair tied up, exposing your shoulders. Elegance becomes you. When: Friday, September 30, 2016. Where: Uncommon Grounds. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913685 FORMER MIDDLEBURY MUSTANG GAS GAL Last time I saw you, you told me you were in Bridport now. We used to compare our tans when I came in for gas. I was always a couple shades ahead of you. I’d love to connect with you, if you’re connectable? Maybe we can compare tan lines. :) When: Saturday, October 1, 2016. Where: Middlebury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913684 BIRD HUNTER Stunning, standing there with your shotgun cocked, your wavy hair, glasses and then the wink. Very intriguing to me. Made me curious to know if you are single. Coffee or a beer soon? When: Thursda , September 29, 2016. Where: hiking. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913683 ZOE, ZOEY, ZOEE? I see you walking a small hamster on a leash often. Horses must be your spirit animal. You never have shoes on. I saw you once getting kicked out of St. John’s Club for being drunkenly heartbroken. Let me mend that heart of yours over nachos and mimosas. Or perhaps you’re a whiskey kind of girl? How about a beer? When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Where: Lakeside. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913682 WRIGHTSVILLE STATE PARK PICNIC I smiled at you, and you liked me. You were wearing a polo shirt and jeans. I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt. I said hello to you, and I was very nervous.

You grabbed my arm and said, “Don’t go.” I tried to flee, but ou put a spell on me like no other. When: Sunday, September 18, 2016. Where: Wrightsville State Park. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913680 CURLY BLONDE ON PITKIN You were walking onto North Street that morning. You were wearing a flannel and had the prettiest blue eyes and dirty blond hair. My dog jumped on you, and you saw her tag and said we both had dogs named Roxy. What I’m really interested in is your name and maybe a date this weekend? When: Friday, September 30, 2016. Where: Pitkin Street. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913679 ENERGETIC DANCER AT AGAINST ME! Do you remember when you bumped up against me at the show and grabbed my shoulder a few times? You had a green/turquoise sweater. I had a beard and glasses. You wanted to set the world on fire at the show, and I’d like to get to know you more. I liked your two-toned glasses frames and piercings, too. When: Thursda , September 29, 2016. Where: Higher Ground. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913678 HOPE YOU SEARCH HERE Saw you at the entrance. It seemed that you were fli ting; however, I was deep in thought and didn’t give you a proper “hello” and “good morning” response. Was really hoping to have another chance. ;) When: Thursda , September 29, 2016. Where: WSOC. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913677 BASKING AT OAKLEDGE PARK You were sitting in the soft grass by the pavilion. I drove by playing some music that caught your attention. As I walked by, you were wearing bright colors breathing in the lakeside air, eyes closed directly taking in the afternoon sunshine, and I felt it best to let you be. A few minutes later, I came back and missed you. When: Monday, September 26, 2016. Where: Oakledge Park. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913676 ‘ANONYMOUS’ IN THE ROOM So, I see you in meetings quite a bit and loved what you had to share Sunday night. We chatted briefly a terward, and I complimented your kicks and nice tan but busted your chops over your NY Giants sweatshirt. You’ve been on my mind ever since. This should be a dead gi eaway. ;) Co fee? When: Sunday, September 25, 2016. Where: Walk for Recovery. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913675 FRECKLED BEAUTY AT SUNDAY BREAKFAST You: draped with freckles accentuating your smile, using hot sauce and sarcasm. Me: trying a spicy Bloody Mary. We joked that there were sober college kids who would be happy with my drink. Me: cheesy mustache and a deep belly laugh. Go for a walk, cup of coffee (probably fun to people watch with), have a laugh? Let me know. When: Sunday, September 25, 2016. Where: the Spot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913674 STATELY GENTLEMAN HIKING LT You were hiking toward Smuggler’s Notch Picnic Area parking lot before noon. A younger girl was with you, very absorbed in what she was telling you. You flashed the most incredible smile that stirred something in me. I was wishing you were alone so we could exchange more than the standard trail greeting. Let’s get together soon. When: Sunday, September 25, 2016. Where: LT north of 108 parking area. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913673 HAPPY THURSDAY! Instead of our Happy Friday, we had a Happy Thursday ... and I had a hap y

WHO ARE YOU? You were the blonde dancing by the bar with your shorter friend. I was in a blue polo hoodie. You complimented my beard, and I said “thank you.” After I got a drink, I turned to look for you, and you were gone. I kicked myself with regret for choking on my tongue in the moment. When: Friday, September 23, 2016. Where: RJ’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913670 ART HOP PHOTOGRAPHER AT CONANT We talked briefly ver anatomy posters that afternoon. I turned to ask your name, but you had slipped away. Really wanted to bump into you again. Too late? When: Saturday, September 10, 2016. Where: Conant Metal & Light. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913669 J###Y M######, IT’S ME G## You are the girl of my dreams! I knew you were the one for me the first second I saw ou. Your beauty and personality stole my heart right then. I want you to follow your heart and your lust I see in your eyes. I belong making your life one with mine. — Your friend, coworker and man you dream about, g##. When: Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Where: Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913667 BARK & BREW SIDECAR PUP We were walking together toward the parking lot at the end, our dogs wearing the same kind of harness. When you told us the motorcycle and sidecar were for you and your sidekick, I knew it was love at first sight. Puppy playdate? When: Thursda , September 22, 2016. Where: Bark & Brew, Humane Society. You: Man. Me: Woman. #913666 HEADING DOWNTOWN ‘ROUND 8:45 We both were heading downtown and exchanged smiles at the light. I was talking on the phone when I saw you. Makes me wish I wasn’t and could have gotten another good look at how cute you are. Saw you again and waved as I continued down College Street. Maybe we can get coffee or something — see where things go. When: Thursda , September 22, 2016. Where: downtown. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913664 TRADER JOE’S GODDESS Tall, poised beauty wearing a white shirt and tan skirt. I spied you first in the center aisles and then again behind me in line at the registers. I wish I had said something then, but I found myself dumbstruck. I was the dark-haired guy in the black pants and plaid shirt. When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Where: Trader Joe’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #913663


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