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to Ward 7 in Burlington from Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997. Progressives, meanwhile, are well positioned to hold their ground or even gain a fifth councilor. Selene Colburn is running unopposed for an open Ward 1 seat, while Progressive Councilor Max Tracy is hoping to hold onto his in Ward 2. Ryan Emerson, a Democrat, stepped down as spokesman for the Vermont Democratic Party in early December and is now competing for Tracy’s spot. Wards 5 and 6 will be quiet; no one emerged to challenge Democratic Councilor Chip Mason in the former or Independent Councilor Karen Paul in the latter. In Ward 3, Ron Ruloff, an Independent who has run in past years, will square off against Progressive Councilor Rachel Siegel. Wright will have the advantage of widespread name recognition in Ward 4. He said he’d be concerned if Republicans were edged off the council completely. “There’s a real distinct possibility we could have, for the first time in memory, no Republicans on the council.”
More good news for local tech: Burlington’s Civic Cloud project, to support noncommercial, community-minded app development, won a $35,000 grant.
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Really, Seven Days? Front-page news?” In [“Gray Is the New Orange,” January 22] those serving time for aggravated sexual assault, lewd and lascivious conduct with an 8-year-old, etc. are whining about how “They’ve had a hard life,” “They can’t find housing,” “That it took months” to get a medical diagnosis. Victims, too, serve “life sentences,” struggle for housing and medical care and diagnosis, and the perps are the ones whining and getting representation and front-page news! An advocate states that prisons should “keep people away from the general public for reasons of public safety” and that holding those who are low risk due to their age is “a waste of taxpayer money, not to mention human capital.” As a survivor, I spend each and every day of my life with these struggles and more, so forgive me if I do not share in this pity party for perps. Bonnie L. Barrows BURLINGTON
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Rick Kisonak’s otherwise fine review of the new movie Lone Survivor has an error that many in the media often make [Movie Review, January 15]. In his description of the storyline, he notes that “four soldiers are dropped into a remote patch of the Hindu Kush.” Had the story
been about Army Special Forces, aka Green Berets, this would have been OK. But it is about SEALS, who are Navy personnel, and hence sailors. This may seem trite to those who have not served in the military. I can assure you, as a retired U.S. Navy commander, that we sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen don’t take it so. It is yet another reminder of how disconnected most Americans are from those of us who have served. I’ve noted in recent years the frequent use in the media of “soldier” in its generic sense, or as a verb, but please make a point of calling actual service members by their proper branch. It is important, to us. Terry Ryan
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Certainly, a slurry of facts was represented in Mark Davis’ article [“Diagnosing the Drug Deal: Did Shumlin Overstate the Case for Vermont’s Opiate ‘Crisis’?” January 15]. But what floated to the top for me was an arrogant dismissal of reality. Shumlin has brought this very serious, private, deadly issue to the forefront, and Davis’ compilation of facts says we are using the wrong yardstick? Suggesting that because this trend is not a rising tide and opiate use is not an epidemic is just semantics. This article
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In the January 15 Fair Game [“A Choice Change”] Vermont Right to Life stated that the discussion of S.315 in the legislature is a “joke.” In a country where reproductive health care for women continues to be threatened by antiabortion statutes, this conversation is certainly not something to laugh about. Columnist Paul Heintz rightly points out that S.315 would eradicate an archaic law that was written in 1846. The statute criminalizes abortion providers with up to 20 years of prison time. This is completely outdated and this is not Vermont: We believe in access to reproductive health care and a woman’s right to choose. I suppose keeping an outdated criminal statute on the books year after year is kind of funny, but this year, hopefully, it will finally go. heather Allen
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civil war has ignited at Vermont Public Television — and we’re not talking about the KEN BURNS documentary. April 4-13, 2014 | Flynn MainStage Factions divide the 46-year-old station, with current and former board members With generous and employees pitted against one another TICKETS: $21-$35 support $5 student/senior discount at some — and allegations of sexual harassment from the performances; group rates available Hickok & Boardman flying. Who’s responsible for the interneNetwork of 802-86FLYNN Companies cine warfare? Either president and CEO flynncenter.org JOHN KING or board chairwoman PAM ~ Mature Themes ~ MACKENZIE, depending on whom you ask. For the past two years, the duo has been Info: lyrictheatrevt.org duking it out behind the scenes, according to several people involved. At issue: whether King, a 27-year veteran of the sta12v-lyric012914.indd 1 1/28/14 4:52 PM tion and a leading national figure in public television, should stay or go. P R E S E N T S Since the station announced three weeks ago that it was the subject of a Corporation for Public Broadcasting investigation, the press coverage — including last week’s Fair Game — has mostly focused on whether the board held at least 20 meetings in violation of federal open meetings laws. That’s what an anonymous critic — seemingly with inside knowledge — alleged in a letter sent on Christmas Eve to the CPB, which provides VPT with 16 percent of its funding. But a better question is why the board would meet so frequently behind closed doors. According to four people with knowledge of board business, a preponderance of the secret meetings were held to discuss anonymous allegations lodged against BEATRICE King by a former employee in February 2012. That former employee told Seven Days FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 7:30 PM on Monday that King repeatedly directed UVM RECITAL HALL sexually explicit remarks at her. She al[ $30 adult ] [ $15 student ] leged that King made “inappropriate” sexual comments in her presence roughly “there can be no doubt of a dozen times, contributing to what she this young italian’s command called a hostile environment. She also of the score, both as a virtuoso accused him of engaging in questionable workout and an exercise in practices when fundraising and managing far-flung poetic expression.” grant money. — THE MONTREAL GAZET TE King vigorously disputed all the charges. SPON S ORED BY: “There was a complaint filed two years THE LANE SERIES PIANO CONSORTIUM ago by a former employee, which was fully investigated over the course of several weeks and found to be unsubstantiated,” HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP: King said in a statement responding to Nordic Voices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1/31 Seven Days’ questions. Valentine’s Day: Gryphon Trio & Patricia O’Callaghan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2/14 Backing King up was former board Fatoumata Diawara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2/21 chairman JIM WYANT. “During 2012, the board undertook an TICKETS/ARTIST INFO/EVENTS/BROCHURE: investigation of complaints that had been made by a former employee and concluded UVM.EDU/LANESERIES that they were without merit,” said Wyant, 802.656.4455 who resigned from the board in November.
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But the allegations were taken seriously enough at the time that in the four months after the former employee approached Mackenzie with her allegations, the board’s executive committee met in secret at least 13 times to discuss the matter. In March 2012, board members hired Church, Engle & Associates — a Shelburne-based human resources firm — to investigate the matter and interview current and former employees. What came of the inquiry — and the secret meetings — remains unclear. But in an email she sent to the former employee on April 20, 2012, Mackenzie wrote, “Thank you for participating in the investigation. The Board has taken the information you
A FORMER EMPLOYEE ALLEGED THAT KING REPEATEDLY DIRECTED SEXUALLY EXPLICIT COMMENTS AT HER. KING DISPUTED THE CHARGES. provided seriously, and has followed up.” In addition to the original accuser, four other former VPT staffers spoke with Seven Days — and all expressed grievances with King. One accused him of “intimidation,” while two others said they witnessed him engaging in “inappropriate” behavior. The fourth described witnessing King making sexually explicit comments to the original complainant four times and routinely making “raunchy” and “sexual” comments about and toward other female employees. They variously described King as presiding over an “unhappy place,” with “an environment of fear” and a “culture of real paranoia.” Not everybody at VPT shares the exemployees’ concerns. In a letter sent to board members in December 2013, four senior managers expressed support for their boss in the face of what they called a “strained relationship between a few members of the Board and our President.” “Again, we understand that John has lost the confidence of several members of the Board,” the senior management team wrote. “We speak unanimously, however, when we say that he has not lost ours. We look forward to moving ahead with the leadership of our CEO and the support of our Board.”
And while some ex-employees may place the blame for the station’s public relations problems at King’s feet, many current employees appear to find fault with Mackenzie and her fellow board leaders. When the board met Monday at Burlington’s DoubleTree Hotel, 10 VPT staffers stood up as major gifts director CHUCK BONGIORNO read a letter signed by 19 of the station’s 32 non-managerial employees. The letter’s signers expressed concern that the CPB’s investigation into the board’s private meetings could result in fines that would deal “a financial blow” to the station. “It is our understanding that the resignations of board members referenced in the complaint may help to expedite the investigative process and minimize catastrophic impact to VPT,” Bongiorno said, reading from the letter and referring to Mackenzie and vice chairman ROB HOFMANN. “With that in mind, we would urge you to consider this possibility.” Thus far, it doesn’t appear that Mackenzie and Hofmann are going to take that advice. The two joined a unanimous vote Monday morning to accept a trio of recommendations pitched by the board’s audit committee designed to mend fences with the CPB. Those include reviewing the station’s public meetings compliance policies and assuring the CPB — in writing — that the board is addressing the matter. So what’s next for Vermont’s most dysfunctional television station? One that relies on the good will — and cold hard cash — of the state and federal government, loyal viewers and corporate underwriters? For now, it looks like relations between King and the board may get worse before they get better. When asked for comment Monday about the ex-employee’s allegations, King suggested that the board was responsible for leaking information about the situation. “It is the obligation of the Board to protect all personnel matters,” he said in the statement. “I would be outraged if any personal information of staff or management was compromised. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions here, but there are serious consequences for a Board that cannot protect personnel matters of its staff.” And King quickly sought to redirect the conversation toward the board’s alleged misdeeds. “The matter at hand is the Board’s compliance with open meeting requirements — not a closed and confidential personnel matter,” he wrote. “Let’s focus on improving VPT’s compliance, not changing the subject.” No doubt everybody at VPT would
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For more than 30 years, lobbyist Michael has walked the corridors of the Statehouse, haranguing legislators to vote in the interests of his mostly liberal clients. But on February 11, Siroktin will join the ranks of the harangued. That’s when the Queens native and South Burlington resident will be sworn in as Chittenden County’s newest state senator. The occasion will surely be bittersweet. Sirotkin will be replacing the late senator Sally Fox, his wife of 35 years. “It was a hard decision, but I think I can do the job well and honor Sally’s work of the past and continue it,” he said Monday after he was appointed to the seat by Gov. Peter ShuMlin. Sirotkin’s ascension to the Senate was a sudden development. In the weeks after Fox’s January 10 death, no fewer than six Chittenden County Democrats expressed interest in completing her two-year term. Several of the candidates — including former Vermont Democratic Party chairman Jake PerkinSon and Reps. keSha raM (D-Burlington) and tiM JerMan (D-Essex Junction) — were well known and well liked by local Dems. Still grieving his wife, Sirotkin did not put his name into the running until late last Tuesday, on the eve of the county Democrats’ meeting to nominate three potential successors. As word spread of Sirotin’s interest, Perkinson and Ram quickly dropped out. Jerman followed suit Wednesday evening. With just three candidates remaining, the county Dems recommended all three — Sirotkin, Williston selectboard member Debbie ingraM and Burlington management consultant Dawn elliS — to Shumlin. According to Shumlin spokeswoman Sue allen, the governor spoke with Ingram and Ellis and met with Sirotkin late last week. “There were several exceptional candidates interested in this Senate seat,” Shumlin said in a written statement. “But Sally wanted her husband to fill her seat after her death, and recognizing Sirotkin’s strong qualifications, I’m honoring that request. I’m confident that Michael will continue the great work Sally did for the district and the state.” In order to avoid conflicts of interest with his current clients, Sirotkin said he planned to quit his day job and sell his interest in his lobbying firm, Sirotkin &
Necrason. “I’m hoping to disengage both informally and formally as soon as possible, but certainly before I’m sworn in,” he said. In the Statehouse last week, several fellow lobbyists said they felt confident that Sirotkin would be able to vote independently of the interests of his former clients, which include the Community of Vermont Elders, the Vermont Troopers Association, Gun Sense Vermont, the Marijuana Policy Project and Comcast. “I think people who understand the role of government in society understand the need to wear one hat and then take that hat off and wear another hat,” said Ellis Mills lobbyist kevin elliS. “Because Michael’s a lawyer, he gets that.” Sirotkin’s appointment didn’t take effect immediately, Shumlin explained in a written statement, because he wanted to give Sirotkin some space. “In light of Sally’s recent passing, I asked Michael to take a little time to himself before assuming his duties in the Senate,” the governor said.
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hree defendants sat at a table in a small office ce inside inside thethe Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Offi Office, ce, describing describing their addictions to heroin and prescription opiates. The group included a 25-year-old law school student who was found passed out in his car with a bag of heroin; a 21-year-old 21-year-old hostess hostess from from aa Church Street restaurant who said she routinely drove to New York York City City to to support a $500-a-day heroin habit; and a 31-year-old mother who who 31-year-old mother lost custody of her four children because she got caught stealing to fi nance a prescription-drug addiction. All three were arrested in the past year, but none is facing criminal charges, thanks to a program recently cited by Gov. Peter Shumlin as a model for a more eff ective and humane approach to drug-related crime: Chittenden County’s Rapid Intervention Community Court. “I just needed somebody, one person, to give me a chance and have a little bit of hope,” said the Burlington mother, Jessica, Jessica, who, who, like like her her fellow fellow defendants, requested anonymity for MI this article. CH AE LT ON It looks like many more Vermonters Vermonters N will be entering similar programs: What began four years ago as an experiment to reduce recidivism in Chittenden County is now being hailed as a example for others. Addison and Lamoille counties have recently launched their own versions of RICC; programs in Rutland and Franklin counties are scheduled to come online in early February. justice system: RICC works. A recent In his recent State of the State independent study showed that its address, which focused squarely on graduates were signifi cantly less likely Vermont’s opiate problem, Shumlin to reoffend than other wrongdoers. proposed investing $760,000 to further “It’s looking at the criminal acts as a expand the program, which treats drug result of a disease. We’re trying to treat crime as a public health issue as well as a the disease,” said criminal justice challenge. Donovan. “You Chittenden County State’s Attorney want change in a T.J. Donovan pioneered the rapid- system that doesn’t intervention approach — which allows like to change, you addicts to avoid prosecution by agreeing have to push the envelope a little bit. to treatment shortly after arrest — and How do you get people on board? You has built a statewide profi le based on take a risk and let the numbers speak for its success. Donovan says there is one themselves.” fundamental diff erence between his But even Donovan acknowledged program and the traditional criminal that implementing rapid-intervention
can people get nothing for doing something significant?” cant?”he heasked, asked,then then answered his own question: “What we’re trying to do is break the cycle. We We can can do do the same thing that’s not working, or we can do something different.” Prosecutors, police, defense attorneys and treatment providers generally agree that courts spend too time much dealing with defendants who commit crime after crime while in the grip of substanceabuse problems. In recognition of that pattern, the rapid-intervention program primarily accepts repeat offenders enderswho whohave havebeen beenarrested arrested for nonviolent crimes and have an underlying addiction. If they successfully complete a 90-day treatment plan of counseling, drug treatment and life skills training, they can walk away. Case closed. If they bail out, they face the original charge. “The key is, don’t burden them with the court case,” said Emmet Helrich, a retired Burlington police officer cer whowho manages RICC. “I “I manages RICC. always say, say, ‘Forget ‘Forget about about the the court court case. Get healthy.’” But not everyone gets accepted into the program. The centerpiece of RICC is the risk-assessment process officials cials use to determine if someone is a good candidate. Developed by university researchers in Ohio, it probes a potential participant’s family support, living situation, substance-abuse history, friends and behavioral patterns. RICC has handled 1,221 cases since launching in September 2010 and currently has 95. While the group does not keep track of the percentage programs in other counties could prove of people who are rejected, last week to be diffi cult. Located in the state’s most four people were deemed unsuitable, populous county, his operation benefi ts Donovan said, because of concerns that from easy access to treatment and other arose during screening. The success rate? The Vermont services, job opportunities, and public transportation — all of which are harder Center for Justice Research examined to come by in more 654 people who entered Chittenden County’s rapid-intervention program rural settings. “What I think between September 2010 and December the public won’t 2012. Only 7.4 percent of those who understand is completed it were convicted of a new how somebody can go rip off an ATM, crime after leaving the program. Of be caught by the police and not have those who didn’t make it through, 25 traditional consequences,” Lamoille percent went on to reoffend. “This study has shown that the RICC County State’s Attorney Joel Page said of his constituents in central Vermont, is a potentially eff ective program in where he just launched a RICC. “How reducing recidivism among participating
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offenders and warrants further research,” VCJR concluded in February 2013. Bram Kranichfeld, director of the state’s attorney’s association, said that prosecutors in every other county in Vermont are mulling ways to create their own programs. Both Page and Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster are following Donovan’s lead, but with some significant tweaks to make their approaches more ruralVermont-friendly. For example, most of the treatment services in Lamoille County are based in Morrisville, but Page expects many participants will come from the “hinterlands” and won’t have driver’s licenses or cars. “This is a novel approach. Change can be difficult. There are always risks involved and there are people who look at these programs skeptically,” said Fenster, JOEL who launched an Addison County rapid-intervention program in November. Fenster may be referring to the fact that state’s attorneys in Vermont are independently elected, which gives them autonomy but also makes them vulnerable to political pressures. There’s nothing worse for one’s rep than an addict doing something horrible while enjoying an alternative to incarceration. “When I sit up late at night thinking about this, I get nervous, because it takes one person to screw up, and it’s on me,” said Donovan. One way to minimize the risk: Donovan’s program is considered “precharge;” defendants are diverted before they ever appear in court. However, a state’s attorney could choose a “postcharge” arrangement similar to the more familiar court diversion and reparative justice programs. Under that model, participants are formally charged with a crime but offered the chance to complete treatment in exchange for a charge that can be reduced or dropped altogether. That approach, which Kranichfield said Franklin County is considering, gives prosecutors the power to threaten more
sanctions if an offender fails. It also leaves defendants with a criminal record. The downside? It may move too slowly. For all but the most serious crimes, defendants are cited to appear in court four to six weeks after they’ve been arrested. As Shumlin noted, experts say the most opportune time to convince addicts to get help is when their worlds have been turned upside down by an arrest. A month or more later, the defendant may not be as eager to accept a treatment-based deal. After his arrest in August, the law student interviewed at Donovan’s office didn’t think he’d be allowed to return to school in Virginia. He believed his career was over. He jumped at the offer to join RICC, avoid a criminal record and get back to school. He has been clean since his arrest. “I thought, Well, that’s PA gE it,” he said. “My therapist was like, ‘You’re so lucky you didn’t get popped in Virginia.’’’ “The pre-charge piece is absolutely based on the philosophy of the prosecutor,” said Robert Sand, the Shumlin administration’s point person in promoting alternative court programs. Fenster has designed a compromise between pre-charge and post-charge approaches. In his program, the Addison County state’s attorney holds off filing a criminal charge for 90 days, the time it takes a defendant to go through the program. If the treatment is successful, he or she appears in court and is allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge that comes with no penalties. But it still goes on that person’s criminal record. “We wanted to try it out and be more incremental about it,” Fenster said. Advocates say anything is better than the status quo. “Keep in mind, the traditional system is far more failures than successes,” Page said. “I don’t know if we can do any worse. I don’t know if there’s anything harder to change, but it’s worth a try.” m
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epending upon whom you ask, raw milk is either nature’s elixir or a foodborne illness waiting to happen. “This is an incredibly emotional issue,” says Andrea Stander, executive director of Rural Vermont, who says there’s not much middle ground between the two points of view. “People who feel that raw milk is dangerous feel that it is incredibly dangerous.” Now, five years after Vermont passed its first regulations governing the sale of raw, aka unpasteurized, milk, the two camps are set to do battle again, as farmers push for easing some of the rules governing raw milk production and sales in Vermont. The Agency of Agriculture is ramping up its on-farm inspections for raw milk producers. Dan Scruton, head of the agency’s dairy section, says the rules have “been on the books long enough we do have to start enforcing these statutes.”
Meanwhile, several raw milk producers are lobbing complaints at Scruton’s agency for fostering what Tunbridge dairy farmer Lindsay Harris called an “anti-small-dairy culture … which is rampant and aggressive.” “It is supposed to be promoting farming, promoting working landscapes, helping farmers, supporting agriculture in Vermont,” Harris says of the Agency of Agriculture. “And when it comes to raw milk, they are doing everything they possibly can to put us out of business.” “We follow the laws as set forth by the legislature, and the legislature has made it very clear that raw milk sales are allowed,” responds Diane Bothfeld, Vermont’s deputy secretary of agriculture. “The Agency of Agriculture takes no position for or against it.” Rural Vermont is taking the farmers’ complaints to lawmakers; on
Wednesday, the farm advocacy group presents its annual raw milk report to the House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products. The testimony aims to bolster support for S.70 — a bill dealing with the delivery of raw milk at farmers markets, which made it out of the Senate ag committee last year. Rural Vermont would love the House to amend and pass the bill before May. Rural Vermont is proposing, among other goals: • allowing the sale of raw milk at farmers markets; • tweaking the required animal health testing regimens for tuberculosis, brucellosis and rabies to be more “reasonable and affordable”; • changing the language of the current warning signs required on farms and milk bottles, which warn of illness and the possibility of “miscarriage or fetal death, or death of a newborn.”
“Get rid of that damn death sign,” pleads farmer Lisa Kaiman, who is facing sanctions from the agency for violating some of the current raw milk rules. The Agency of Agriculture hasn’t reacted yet to Rural Vermont’s most recent demands. Says Scruton: “I can’t weigh in on what I haven’t seen.”
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Vermont’s first raw milk regulations passed in 2009 — in part, ostensibly, to protect consumers from the potentially harmful pathogens eradicated by pasteurization. Before that, raw milk sales in Vermont went largely unregulated. According to Stander, “It wasn’t illegal, but it wasn’t codified in any way in statute.” Formal inspections from the Agency of Agriculture started in earnest a year ago. Prior to that, regulators had focused on providing “technical assistance” to farmers to come into compliance with
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State ag regulators disagree and want each of Kaiman’s animals to get a blood test — a requirement for all raw milk producers in the state but not their conventional dairy counterparts. If Kaiman complies, she’ll have a hefty veterinary bill. If she doesn’t, she could lose her right to sell raw milk and face fines up to $500. Either way, she’s out milk revenue and attorney fees. “I’m trying to do a good thing,” Kaiman told the officials when it was her time to testify last Tuesday. She described the lengths to which she goes to care for her “closed” herd of 25 milkers. The only animals to enter the herd are born on her farm, further limiting the possibility of disease.
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The Vermont Department of Health recommends against consuming raw milk — as do both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last month the American Academy of Pediatrics advocated for an all-out ban on raw milk sales, citing health risks that they say are especially grave for pregnant women, fetuses, infants and young children. Milk sold in Vermont grocery stores has been heated to a specific temperature. That pasteurization process is intended to kill most of the possible pathogens in milk; it both protects against disease and slows spoilage caused by microbial growth. Raw milk, on the other hand, is completely unprocessed. Consumers rely on farmers to practice good sanitation in order to keep pathogens out of milk in the first place.
But Diane Zamos, the agency’s lawyer, was quick to point out that Kaiman is breaking rules that are clearly outlined, both by the Agency of Agriculture and Vermont statute. “There’s plenty of case law in Vermont that indicates the way to challenge a law is not to break it,” said Zamos as the hearing wrapped up. The case is still ongoing, and agency officials said they couldn’t comment on Kaiman’s situation. Bothfeld gave both sides 14 days to submit legal briefs, after which she’ll rule on Kaiman’s case. In an interview after the hearing, Kaiman continued her story. A New Jersey transplant who originally planned to be a large-animal veterinarian, she’s earned a certification from a Virginiabased nonprofit, Animal Welfare Approved, for “meat and dairy products that come from farm animals raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards.” Testing at Cornell showed her milk to be free of harmful bacteria. She said she doesn’t understand why state ag officials are giving her and other raw milk producers such a hard time.
“Our good, responsible farmers deserve more than this,” she said. Slapping on labels that warn of “fetal death” and sticking her cows with bloodtesting needles doesn’t sit right with Kaiman. She works too hard, she says, to kowtow to “insulting” restrictions. “No one’s going to force me to do anything to my cows that I don’t want to do to them,” says Kaiman. “That’s my deal with them.” Kaiman’s been milking cows on her Chester farm — enlivened by murals of colorful Jersey cows by local painter Jamie Townsend — since 1999. When they’re not in the parlor, the girls are out on fresh pasture or ambling freely around the open barn. Kaiman has a small processing plant, from which she sells raw and pasteurized milk to cheese makers, restaurants and individual consumers. Customers willing to trek to the farm pay $10 per gallon for the raw stuff — $3 more than the statewide average. She is not allowed to sell more than 12.5 gallons a day, according to state statute, but Kaiman says she could do a lot more business. Doing so, she argues, would help her afford to comply with all the raw-milk regulations; she says it’s hard to make enough money otherwise. Customers rave about Kaiman’s milk 8v-windjammer(signatureburger)012914.indd and her farm; in letters on her behalf, customers implored agency officials to restore Kaiman’s ability to sell raw milk. “As an educated consumer of local, organic food, I trust my ability to discern what foods and beverages belong on my table,” wrote Annie Hawkins, a Grafton resident and six-year customer.
the regulations, which Scruton cites as evidence of the agency’s willingness to work with raw milk producers. Since gearing up for inspections, the agency has issued notices of violation to three farmers — in Chester, Charlotte and Londonderry — for failing to abide by the current raw milk regulations. All three were cited for not having performed or posted the results of required tuberculosis, brucellosis and rabies tests. Additionally, the Charlotte farm was cited for failing to post a warning sign on the farm about raw milk’s dangers; the Chester farmer was cited for improper bottle labeling. State veterinarian Kristin Haas says that many more Vermont farmers have failed inspections for raw milk production, but the agency gives them time to come into compliance before issuing a formal notice. The latest notice of violation went out on October 31 to farmer-proprietor Kaiman of Jersey Girls Dairy, in Chester. Last week the petite, forthright 46-yearold took her case before the Agency of Agriculture. Kaiman showed up for her hearing in the stately brick building across the street from the Statehouse dressed in a Carhartt jacket and a bulky knit sweater, her graying hair piled in a messy bun atop her head. She and her lawyer, Dan Richardson, settled in at a conference table across from Haas, Scruton, an agency attorney and the inspector who visited Kaiman’s farm. Bothfeld — serving that day in the capacity of hearing officer — took a seat at the head of the table. Kaiman and her lawyer weren’t disputing that she failed to affix a warning label to her bottles. Calling it a “death sticker,” she noted later that it’s more harshly worded than warning labels on cigarettes or alcohol. At issue were the state’s animal health testing standards, which Kaiman and her lawyer argued are overly rigorous. Specifically, they object to procedures around TB and brucellosis, both bacterial diseases that can be transmitted to humans — but neither of which has been seen in Vermont for decades. After failing the initial inspection, Kaiman tested her cows for TB — and the Jersey Girls cows all tested negative. (She and Richardson argue that Vermont’s yearly TB test is onerous and point to New Hampshire, where rules require a test only every three years.) Kaiman says she vaccinates every calf born on her farm against brucellosis. That, plus annual brucellosis tests of her milk, should be enough to meet the state’s health standards, Kaiman says.
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Records obtained from the Vermont Attorney General’s Offi ce lay bare one of the most tragic aspects of the November 6 death of a mentally ill man in Burlington. Wayne Brunette’s parents saw police fatally shoot their 49-year-old son for refusing to drop a shovel. After summoning police to their home, Ruthine and Lawrence Brunette were the only two civilians to witness the incident, which lasted approximately two minutes. Their statements to investigators appear to have been signifi cant factors in the Wayne decision to clear Brunette Burlington Police in 2003 offi cers Brent Navari and Ethan Thibault of criminal wrongdoing. “They both started shooting, and I don’t know how many times they hit him, he went down,” Lawrence Brunette told investigators, according to the documents obtained by Seven Days. Lawrence Brunette said he had often felt powerless to deal with his son, who had started chopping down a tree in their front yard earlier that day and refused to calm down. “When he gets to that state, the only thing you can do is call the police.” “I don’t blame the police,” he said. “Something snaps in him.” In separate interviews with investigators, his wife agreed. Asked whether she thought her son would have hit an offi cer with the shovel, Ruthine Brunette said, “Yes.” She had repeatedly heard the offi cers tell her son to drop the shovel. “To me, he went towards them, as they were saying that, you know, and he didn’t put the shovel down.” —˜MARK DAVIS
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The Burlington City Council gave its blessing Monday night to a multimillion-dollar plan for redeveloping Burlington’s downtown waterfront. The approval clears the path for the proposal to go before voters on Town Meeting Day. The redevelopment plan bundles six projects into one and would rely on $7.5 million in tax-increment fi nancing, along with other public and private funding sources. At its cornerstone is a $26 million proposal to convert the Moran Plant into a performance space, rooftop restaurant, “nanobrewery” and “maker space.” The city launched a public competition for proposals last January. Mayor Miro Weinberger selected the fi nal slate two weeks ago — and tacked on a contingency plan to the Moran proposal. That backup plan was the greatest source of contention among mostly enthusiastic city council members Monday. If residents approve the revelopment package, they’ll also be acquiescing to a single alternative, should the Moran renovation not pan out: demolition. The only two councilors who voted against the plan — Rachel Siegel and Vince Brennan, both Progressives representing Ward 3 — said they liked the Moran Plan proposal but couldn’t stomach the prospect of demolition. (Two other councilors recused themselves, citing a confl ict of interest.) “It is muddy to have two questions mixed together as one question,” Siegel said. “That we have to say yes to both is problematic to me.” Jane Knodell, P-Ward 2, contended that the “all-or-nothing” approach will rally voters around the project, improving COURTESY OF BURLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
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Two months after her fi ring as Gwendolyn Hallsmith Montpelier’s planning and community development director, Gwendolyn Hallsmith says she’s seriously considering running for mayor of Vermont’s capital Hollar, who was fi rst elected to the city. part-time post in March 2012, announced “My motivation for running is to his plan to run for reelection two weeks continue to give citizens a voice in their ago. He says he welcomes a challenge, but future and to make sure their voice is said Hallsmith might not make the best not forgotten,” says Hallsmith, who is mayor. collecting signatures to put her name on “I think it would be a challenging posithe ballot and is “tentatively” planning to tion for her to be in, because of the terms announce her bid on February 5 — though of her departure,” Hollar says. “My hope she says she may still reconsider. is that we’ll run a campaign, though, that Hallsmith would face off against Mayor would be based on issues that would be John Hollar, with whom she publicly important to Montpelier and not persontangled throughout the fall. After she was alities, her past personal issues or mine.” put on paid leave in November, Hallsmith Hallsmith is appealing her fi ring in accused the mayor of orchestrating her Washington County civil court. Asked
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prevent excessive clearing; and maintain “vegetative cover” along the shoreline, intended to prevent erosion and filter runoff. There are exceptions built in, including: Projects under a certain size won’t need permits, and towns can take on the permitting process themselves if they design a system “functionally” similar to the state regs; landowners would be able to develop a small path to the water’s edge and would be able to clear a small area of land within the buffer zone — for instance, for a shed, gazebo or fire pit; development of agricultural land does not require a permit within the buffer zone, so long as a farmer adheres to best practices as outlined by the Agency of Agriculture. Sound complicated? That’s intentional. Sen. Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden), says lawmakers explicitly wanted regulations written into the proposed legislation, rather than tasking
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Erica Berl, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the Vermont Health Department, says that raw milk was implicated in three 2010 Vermont outbreaks of campylobacteriosis — a gastrointestinal disease caused by bacteria, similar in nature to E. coli, salmonella or listeriosis infections. One hit a school field trip, affecting around 14 children. There were four confirmed, and another six probable, cases associated with a bed and breakfast. Finally, six inmates at a work camp got sick after drinking raw milk. Berl says no one was sick enough to be hospitalized, though a few patients did seek treatment. Berl says that most cases of campylobacteriosis aren’t associated with outbreaks; they’re what the department calls “sporadic” cases — of which the state sees, on average, 176 per year. Berl says that between 8 and 15 percent of campylobacteriosis patients report exposure to raw milk or unpasteurized dairy products. There’s no causal link, she says, but it’s still a worrying figure for health officials. Berl is unwavering: “Don’t buy raw milk and don’t drink it.” There’s no meaningful difference between nutritional values of raw and pasteurized milk, she said, and the risk just isn’t worth it. “That’s total bullshit,” says Harris, the raw milk farmer in Tunbridge. She and her husband Evan Reiss started Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg; as operators of the state’s largest raw milk dairy, they provided milk for hundreds of Burlington-area families before selling the business last fall. They’d been leasing the farm — from Agency of Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, no less — and wanted to buy their own. The family ended up in Tunbridge, but because “we wanted to live out in the middle of nowhere,” Harris says, they had to give up on raw milk sales. They’re still milking cows, but they intend to produce an artisan, cultured — and pasteurized — butter. Harris says building a business solely around raw milk only works near a major population center with lots of customers, like Burlington, and so they needed to focus on a product they could sell through retail outlets. “That was the biggest compromise,” says Harris. Resorting to pasteurization, for her, meant “letting go of selling … the best possible food we could.” Pasteurizing milk, Harris says, leads to nutrient breakdown and the loss of enzymes and probiotics, including
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the loss of approximately 10 percent of thiamine and vitamin B12 and about 20 percent of vitamin C, according to one study. She points to a European report that found a direct link between exposure to raw milk and decreased likelihood of allergies. As for food safety? Harris has dug deep into CDC statistics on foodborne illnesses and raw milk consumption rates. “It’s a perishable food, and sure it can make you sick, but it’s not outside the norms of foodborne illness in any way,” says Harris. Between 1998 and 2011, the CDC got reports of 148 outbreaks it attributes to the consumption of raw milk or unpasteurized dairy products. These resulted in 2,384 illnesses, 284 hospitalizations and two deaths. But what about massive outbreaks of contaminated spinach, cantaloupe or ground beef? Between 1998 and 2008, according to the CDC, produce was responsible for 46 percent of documented foodborne illnesses. Dairy products, both raw and pasteurized, came in at 20 percent. “It just doesn’t seem fair to put raw
milk in this whole other category when the data show that it doesn’t belong there,” says Harris. Harris’s Family Cow Farmstand was the first “tier two” raw milk seller in the state, a designation that permits it to sell up to 40 gallons a day and deliver milk directly to customers while meeting stricter regulations, including twicemonthly quality testing. The farm met all the raw milk standards, but Harris said she was still deeply frustrated by the system. The rules required them to distribute their product with “warning labels that say, ‘This is going to kill your kid.’” And they were limited in how much they could sell each day. “It’s double jeopardy,” says Harris. “We can show that we have the quality really going, but you still restrict us.” Harris understands the origin of the stigma. In the late 19th century, dairy farms were moving into industrial centers to provide milk for increasing numbers of city dwellers. But they were filthy places, and the milk was very dangerous to drink. Pasteurization changed all that — but Harris believes that many regulators
don’t understand how far farming has come since. “They are not taking into account that now we know how to clean up farms,” she says. Farmers today know how to sanitize equipment, keep cows healthy and vaccinate against diseases. “We can farm and we can produce milk in a way that makes it extremely safe without having to pasteurize it.” Kaiman, the Chester farmer, has considered moving to nearby New Hampshire, where state regulations allow farmers to peddle raw milk at markets — with labels that simply read, “Raw milk is not pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys organisms that may be harmful to human health.” But she’d much rather stay where she is — and see Vermont regulations change. Rural Vermont’s Stander thinks that’s a real possibility. Ultimately, Stander says, it’s a consumer issue. “This is an issue of freedom for informed adults to make their own choices about what they want to eat.” m Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Palestinian/Israeli confl ict” by the Palestine Human Rights Committee, Chicago, and an honorary citation for “significant contribution to a better understanding of the Arab World” by the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Detroit. Sr. Miriam was the recipient of the Janet Rogan Peace Award by Pax Christi Burlington. Sister was the founder of Vermonters for Middle East Peace and was a member of the Vermont Human Rights Delegation to El Salvador/ Honduras. Sister Miriam is survived by her sisters, Ruth Mary Vahle of Baldwinville, N.Y., and Dolores Swanson of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; several nieces and nephews in the Robinson family in North Carolina, the Swanson Family in California, and the Ward and Vahle families in New York and Maryland; and also by her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy. She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Dora (Douglas) Ward; and siblings, Robert, Thomas, James, Joseph, John, and Rose Marie. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Mt. St. Mary Chapel. Arrangements were in the care of the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy in support of their ministerial works, c/o the Life and Ministry Administrator, 100 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.
Michael Carl LaTulippe, 64, of South Burlington, Vt., passed away on January 17, 2014, at home after losing his battle with cancer. Mike was born in Colchester, Vt., to Freida and Bernard on August 22, 1949. He went to school in South Burlington. He loved and lived with Lynda Boileau for nearly 40 years. He worked as a mover for Allied Van Lines, as an Ames Department Store employee and for Fletcher Allen Health Care, his longest employment of 10 years, and retired in 2010. Mike was a huge lover of cats; he had many. He also was an avid mountain biker. He, Lynda and Jason rode all over Chittenden County, and he and Lynda raced at Catamount Outdoor Center. Mike is survived by his wife, Lynda Boileau, and
their son, Jason Michael LaTulippe, both of South Burlington; his brother, Ronald LaTulippe of Winooski, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to the Humane Society or to the American Cancer Society. The family of Michael LaTulippe wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all the doctors and nurses at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Arrangements were in the care of Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home.
BIRTHS Natalia Nina Ardesh On December 29, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Anna (Luksza) and Danial Ardesh welcomed a baby girl, Natalia Nina Ardesh.
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Pat, of Berkshire, Vt., Fran Mercure and her husband, Mike, of Richford, Vt., David Gross of Richford, and Becky Thompson and her husband, Orlyn, of Berkshire; sister-in-law Annette Blouin and her husband, Noel, of Enosburg Falls, Vt.; brotherin-law George Perry of St. Albans; and several cousins and nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Ron was predeceased by an infant daughter, Doreen Gross. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Sanderson Corners Cemetery, Fletcher Rd., Fairfax. For those who wish, contributions in Ron’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, 89 Beaumont Ave., Given E213, Burlington, VT 05405. Condolences may be sent to Ron’s family online through spearsfuneralhome. com.
1926-2014, BURLINGTON Sister Miriam Ward, RSM (Dorothea Irene Ward), 88, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, Vermont, died at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on January 17, 2014, in her 70th year of religious life. Sr. Miriam was born in Salem, N.Y., on January 14, 1926, the daughter of Raymond and Dora (Douglas) Ward. She attended Proctor Elementary School, Middlebury High School and Mt. St. Mary High School in Burlington. Sr. Miriam received her BA in English from Trinity College, an MA in theology from Providence College and her PhD in religion from the University of Ottawa. Sr. Miriam entered the Sisters of Mercy on February 18, 1943, and was professed on August 18, 1945. She taught in elementary and secondary schools staffed by the Sisters of Mercy and was an instructor of religious education in many parishes throughout Vermont. Sr. Miriam was a professor of religious studies and chairperson of the religious studies department at Trinity College and founder and director of the Annual Biblical Institute held at Trinity College from 1966 to 1990. She was a lecturer at Providence College and an adjunct professor at St. Michael’s College. Sister Miriam was a leader and a passionate force for global justice and peace throughout her lifetime. She was a founding member of Pax Christi Burlington. She also wrote many guest editorials and op-ed pieces on issues of peace and justice, particularly ones regarding the Middle East, El Salvador and South Africa. Sister just completed a book for publication: Behind the Wall: Palestinians Under Occupation. Sr. Miriam received an honorary citation for “contribution to a better understanding of the
Ronald A. Gross, age 78, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014, at his home in Essex Junction, Vt. He was born September 20, 1935, in Barre, the son of the late Frank and Hazel (Gamble) Gross. Ron graduated from Richford High School, class of 1953. After high school he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. When Ron was discharged from the Army in 1957, he began working at IBM, where he spent 30 years before retiring in 1987. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 35 in Cambridge and served as groundskeeper for the Sanderson Corners Cemetery. Ron’s hobbies included ice fishing, camping, reading and gardening. He was an avid NASCAR fan and also completed the 251 Club. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Theresa (Lavoie) Gross of Essex Junction; three children, Dan Gross and his wife, Nancy, of Fairfax, Vt., Kevin Gross and his wife, Sherry, of Charlotte, Vt., and Donny Gross of Fairfax; five grandchildren, Erin, Andrew, Jordan, Zach and Matt Gross; three step-grandchildren, Dylan, Morgan and Kacy Preston; six siblings, Conan Gross and his wife, Bea, of Palm Bay, Fla., Mary Ducolon and her husband, Bernard, of St. Albans, Vt., Marty Hoadley and her husband,
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the LIvIng/Learn Ing Center at the University of Vermont is an arresting sight. Paired beige and brown figurines, averaging a foot tall, appear to march and dance their way toward the entry. Some are recognizably human or animal; others look mythological, with three heads or legs. The figures are not really moving, of course, but each pair is frozen in a moment of interaction or movement. All 40 or so are arranged on three rectangular pedestals that diminish in height as they approach the door. Above them, three more figures — or at least their heads — pop directly from the back wall, suggesting that the scene stretches beyond the confines of this small, windowless gallery. If there were a soundtrack to the show, one imagines a cacophonous din — something like the sound of, well, life itself. The artists responsible for this busy procession, Janet van FLeet of Cabot and rI kI Moss of Grand Isle, call it “Parade: A Collaborative Installation.” Each artist’s gaLLery
component also has its own title. Van Fleet’s collection of dark, stick-figurelike human and animal shapes, made from driftwood, wood furniture wheels and other found objects from the natural and human worlds, is called “Thin Sections.” Moss calls her expressively gestural, monochromatic, off-white creatures, made from handmade abaca paper wrapped around wire frames, “Passing Through.” Parades are already part of Vermont’s living fabric — think of sheLburne Museu M’s 500-foot-long display of circus figurines, the pageants devised by bread and Pu PPet t heater in Glover, and Warren’s eclectic Fourth of July parade. Van Fleet and Moss’ parade, however, doesn’t limit itself to human activity, or even to human time. “Parade” considers planetary time, Earth’s existence over eons — a long view that makes the installation fundamentally about the environment. “The whole history of the planet is ancestral relationships,” declares Moss in a phone call. “Everyone who ever
lived, their DNA is still there. To me, they’re all confused: They’re not animals or plants or people; they’re everything at once.” Hence, for instance, her chimerical sculpture with the posture of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the head of a bighorn sheep and an anchoring third leg. Moss doesn’t plan out how her figures will look. Instead, she “let[s] them happen” out of “bits and pieces of dreams and mythological bases,” she says. When they emerge, they usually come with a message: “They look at me and say, ‘Hey, I’ve been here. Be kind to the planet and to animals.’” At the opening last Thursday, Moss read from a statement in which she called that relationship between humans and other creatures not just “cellular” but “moral”: “Animals take what they need to survive … we humans take as much as we can … Draining the planet, we forget that Earth sustains us.” Some of Van Fleet’s figures express that morality more overtly. “Our food is
gone someone ate it,” reads a message written in caps on a small blackboard screwed to one figure’s rectangular body. “We live you die we eat you starve,” reads another. Each of these figures’ pairs of “arms” are formed by a discarded fork and spoon. “A huge amount of space on the planet is now given over to growing food for humans,” explains Van Fleet, and mentions an article she recently read in a favorite publication, New Scientist, about how China is buying up land in Africa to grow food for its own people. But most of Van Fleet’s sculptures don’t have messages inscribed on them. For her, they are vessels of history, assembled to create “a dialogue between the human and nonhuman,” as she puts it. She creates her figures, like most of her art, from found or recycled objects. “Things kind of jump into my hands,” she says. Rather than altering their shapes, Van Fleet leaves the fragments’ “histories intact” and manipulates the attitude, motion or emotion they already express.
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“Parade: A Collaborative Installation,” sculptures by Riki Moss and Janet Van Fleet, through Friday, February 7, at the Living/ Learning Gallery, University of Vermont, in Burlington. uvm.edu/llcenter/gallery
The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington has embarked on its own monthlong series of socially conscious screenings. The selected docs “highlight marginalized groups in Vermont today,” including people struggling with hunger (A Place at the Table), depression (Depression: Out of the Shadows) and opiate addiction (local director Bess o’Brien ’s The Hungry Heart). Each comes with a discussion led by a local expert.
emeritus at Union Theological Seminary, who writes that “better than any other film I know, it makes clear that our profit-oriented growth economy has caused the climate catastrophe and cannot itself rescue us from disaster.” Sounds pretty bleak, but series organizer chris Wood says the doc has a “hopeful” side. In a press release, he recommends that locals come “prepared to challenge yourself about where and how you respond in your life … and turn it into engagement.”
each other’s work in Japan in 2009 as two of four Vermont artists showing in an exhibit related to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya. Having seen each other’s figures in separate shows at the 350 Vermont Climate Change Exhibit in Montpelier last summer and elsewhere, the artists searched for months for a way to show the works together. The Living/Learning Gallery, Moss says, allowed them the latitude to experiment on-site. Seeing these two artists’ visually different but ideologically matched work together is rewarding — but the window of opportunity is brief. “Parade” ends in a week. Somehow, that seems fitting for an exhibit about “passing through.” As Van Fleet puts it, “Species have come and species have gone. Change is the constant.”m
“Climate change is no longer just a consequence of the Industrial Revolution. It is a crime against humanity,” says one of the talking heads featured in a new documentary called The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community. That activist spirit infuses the 56-minute film from directors Anne MAcksoud of Woodstock and New York-based John Ankele. It will premiere this Thursday at Randolph’s ch Andler center for the Arts as part of an ongoing event series devoted to the topic of building a local economy. The doc features footage of devastated landscapes and determined activists from around the world. Many of the experts interviewed target the destructive linkage between Western consumer culture and global warming; they include Vermonters such as Bill MckiBBen , Ben fA lk of Moretown’s Whole Systems Design, and whalesong expert r oger P Ayne . Macksoud will attend the premiere, to be followed by a discussion led by r ev. dAniel J Antos of the nearby North Universalist Chapel Society. Soprano shyl A nelson of one eArth. one voice. will close the program with song. The film program is the sixth in a series called “Why Build a Local Economy: Community, Engagement, Gratitude,” organized by Building a Local Economy in partnership with the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation. The Wisdom to Survive comes with glowing blurbs from academics such as Tom F. Driver, a professor
Two of her stick-like human figures, who appear to be chatting, have driftwood heads — one elephant-like, the other robotic-looking — that are as expressive as Moss’ swirling forms simply by virtue of how they’re attached. Five ingenious beetles and insects in the show are made from naturally round stones with objects such as metal tongs for pincers. The beetles are placed as if emerging from a shadow cast by a pedestal — an instance of the humor Van Fleet uses to balance her occasional didacticism. Playfulness has been a key to her work at least since her delightful stop-action video “March of the Tea Pots” (2002; viewable on YouTube) — one of several parades Van Fleet has created over her career. The pairings in this “Parade” create mini-narratives that amuse as well as startle and confound; in one, Van Fleet’s figure holds out a childlike bundle, and Moss’ appears positioned to catch it. It’s no surprise that the two have collaborated before. They first got to know
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A Cartoon School Fellow Talks About Her Graphic Memoir, Life in White River Junction and Psychics B y X i A n C Hi A ng - W AREn
the “colon cancer” lie, the book hints). It’s a comingof-age story that touches on themes of love, honesty and identity far beyond the search for the truth about her father. Georges’ interactions with her pets, her romantic partners and her willful, severe, initially homophobic mother form the backbone of the story.
She did. Making comics about her life had been Georges’ creative and therapeutic outlet of choice since early childhood. “I started making autobiographical zines and stories when I was 13 years old in Kansas,” she says. “I was doing comics about myself and my dog and the things that I did during the day.” Georges remembers “getting in trouble for running out of paper and drawing on the walls,” occasionally creating inappropriate or risqué material such as “an illus-
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with her Midwestern family, and working as a karaoke jockey at a dive bar. The book flashes back to revealing moments from her younger years: her family’s moves, encounters with various stepfathers, absences from school and chronic constipation (perhaps triggered subconsciously by the trauma of
Parts of Calling Dr. Laura were first published in Georges’ zine (Invincible Summer, launched in 2000), including the titular anecdote, in which Georges calls the raging-conservative talk-show host for advice about calling her mother out over the lie of her father’s death. Georges presented the “Dr. Laura” comic while touring with the lesbian-feminist spoken word collective Sister Spit in 2007. After a reading in Brooklyn, an agent approached her, asking if Georges had enough personal material to make a book-length story.
trated poem for my mom, because I had this idea that women liked to be told they had big boobs.” Georges first got the idea to draw for a living when she ordered her first zine online. It cost a dollar, and when it arrived she was initially devastated to find that it was terrible. Then she recognized an opportunity: “Why couldn’t I be the one getting those dollars?” “I was obsessed with zines that were personal and that dealt with traumas and family relations,” Georges adds. “I took for granted that I was sitting on a giant story that one day I could tell.” Years later, when creating Calling Dr. Laura, she stayed faithful to that impulse.
LIt N Ew S: Go ING GEEk Author readings in Vermont tend to spotlight “literary” fiction, the kind of realistic, contemporary work that appears in journals thick with MFAs. But, as fans of science fiction and fantasy will be quick to point out, stories about time travel and postapocalyptic living can be just as artfully told as tales of time-shares and divorces. These days, those oncedisrespected genres run the gamut from pulpy space operas to the literary sophistication of China Miéville or Margaret Atwood. With its Vermo Nt sf Writer’s series , local blog Geek mou Ntai N state is
establishing opportunities for serious fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror to meet and, well, geek out. This Saturday brings gMS’ third reading in the space of a few months, Vermont Science Fiction, to Phoe Nix Books Burli NGto N. The six authors showcased run the gamut, too. deaN Whitlock of Thetford Center is a frequent contributor to prominent genre mags such as Asimov’s Science Fiction. r achel carter , a Vermonter who recently returned to the area, has a yA time-travel trilogy called So Close to You published by HarperCollins (the third book will
appear in July). l ocal radio DJ mike l uoma of the Point has self-published a slew of space adventures, graphic novels and podcasts. r ya N meath and r achel mullis both hold MFAs from the Vermo Nt colle Ge of f iNe arts . Software engineer r oB f riesel writes fiction that “tends to involve lost artifacts and tiny subversions.” More “tiny subversions” are sure to happen at a reading held on Thursday by r eNeGade Writers’ collecti Ve. The writing center will bring six poets to Burlington’s arts r iot , including eliza Beth Po Well , editor of Green
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s a kid, cartoonist Nicole Geor Ges was always told her father had died of colon cancer. It was a lie she believed right up until her 23rd birthday, when she was given a session with a psychic as a birthday gift by her girlfriend. In Georges’ sparse, black-and-white rendering of the scene, which opens her award-winning 2013 graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura, that psychic informs Georges that her father is definitely alive. The revelation, later confirmed by Georges’ sister, catalyzed a five-year period of truth seeking for the noted cartoonist, who is currently living and working in White River Junction as the 2013-2014 fellow at the ceNter for cartoo N studies . “I tried to tell as many stories as I could, as honestly as I could, so that people could identify with the experience,” says Georges, now 33, of the scenes she drew up from that period and crafted into the book-length memoir. Like aliso N Bechdel ’s 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home, Georges’ book is raking in positive reviews across the board. And it’s earned her fans in high places. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, for one, says in a book blurb that Calling Dr. Laura is “an engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant trip through a harrowing emotional bottleneck in family life.” At the time of her encounter with the psychic, Georges was living in Portland, Ore. She was dating women but closeted
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contemporary tibetan art “I included a lot of embarrassing things [and] things I wasn’t proud of,” Georges says. “I wanted to have some kind of intimacy with readers that way, so I hope that intimacy and vulnerability helps real people and makes them have stakes in the characters.” The cartoonist has been in Vermont since receiving the prestigious annual fellowship at the cartoon school. As a fellow, she works with students on individual projects and has a studio and an intern to help with her own. She first heard of CCS from Portland cartoonist friends who had themselves visited, taught or held fellowships at the school and spoken highly of the experience. “From what I heard — and this has proven true — it’s a hive of cartooning energy and creativity,” Georges says. “Vermont is a great place to hunker down, get snowed in and get some serious writing done.” So far, she’s completed a 2014 animal calendar, has “met some of her heroes,” is about to launch a community “punk aerobics” (aka “Homorobics”) class, and is working on a second book proposal. The new book, too, will begin with a psychic, Georges reveals — this time, an animal whisperer. m
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I came across your column on what zero means on the Fahrenheit scale. You blew it. You said that, unlike 32 or 212 degrees, zero degrees corresponded to nothing in nature — it was merely an arbitrarily assigned number. It isn’t. It’s the temperature at which seawater will freeze. Of course it’s an approximation, because the freezing point of salt water varies based on salinity, but zero degrees is a rule of thumb. I’m not playing gotcha here — just battling misinformation wherever it rears its ugly head.
To get rid of the awkward fractions, Fahrenheit did some multiplication, eventually winding up with 32 as the freezing point and 96 as body temperature. (Boiling point initially didn’t figure in his scheme.) I said that when Fahrenheit was set to demonstrate his system to London’s Royal Society in 1724, he worried it would look odd if zero on his scale was untethered to reality, and thus had to concoct a rationale. Here’s what he wrote in the paper he presented: “The division of the scale depends on three fixed points, which can be determined in the following manner. The first is found in the uncalibrated part or the beginning of the scale, and is determined by a mixture of ice, water and sal ammoniac [ammonium chloride], or even sea salt.” The “or even” part (the original Latin phrase is vel etiam [salis] maritimi) is a giveaway
— the freezing point of seawater was an afterthought. Fahrenheit underscores this as he continues: “If the thermometer is placed in [the water-ice-ammonium chloride] mixture, its liquid descends as far as the degree that is marked with a zero. This experiment succeeds better in winter than in summer.” Think what this means: The method supposedly used to determine zero on Fahrenheit’s scale doesn’t always work. Who would be foolish enough to invent a temperature scale that wouldn’t permit thermometers to be reliably calibrated? In contrast, the freezing point of fresh water, as manifested in an ice/water mixture, is constant for practical purposes, making it a dependable benchmark. It seems obvious the ammonium chloride/seawater procedure had been invented after the fact to provide a physical correlative
had no fundamental meaning, following the tradition of others who preceded him. Fahrenheit chose to define a zero below the coldest temperature likely to be encountered by everyday use of his thermometers.” As I said. To be fair, Fahrenheit wasn’t the only early scientist to come up with quirky calibration procedures: • Robert Boyle proposed that thermometers should be calibrated to the temperature of congealing aniseed oil. • Joachim Dalencé suggested pegging thermometers to the freezing point of water and the melting point of butter. • The Encyclopaedia Britannica thought a useful temperature reference point was “water just hot enough to let wax, that swims upon it, begin to coagulate.” At least these benchmarks were practical. Try calibrating your thermometer using the standard proposed by 19thcentury Scottish astronomer Charles Piazzi Smith, who nominated a scale set to “the mean temperature of the King’s Chamber at the center of the Great Pyramid of Giza.” Um, great idea, Chuck. On the other hand: road trip!
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hen let me assist you in your battle, Richard: You’re wrong. I admit you’ve got a lot of company. Wikipedia takes your side, as does at least one college physics textbook. But close examination makes it reasonably clear the seawater explanation derives from a misreading of the evidence. In my 1989 column I explained that Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, the father of the Fahrenheit scale, based his system of temperature measurement on an earlier scale devised by Danish astronomer Ole Roemer. Roemer, I said, had set zero arbitrarily — his main consideration was that it was colder than the temperature ever got in Denmark, because he didn’t like using negative numbers in his weather logbook. Roemer’s scale had 7 1/2 as the freezing point of water and 22 1/2 as body temperature, in those days called “blood heat.”
for a point originally chosen for other reasons. But you needn’t take my word for it. In a letter Fahrenheit wrote to a patron on April 17, 1729, he says that when he visited Roemer in 1708, he found several thermometers being calibrated by standing in water and ice. These thermometers were then heated to body heat, and “after [Roemer] had marked these two points on them all, half the distance found between them was added below the point of water and ice, and this whole distance was divided into 22 1/2 parts, beginning at the bottom with 0, arriving thus at 7 1/2 for the point of water mixed with ice, and 22 1/2 for the point of blood heat.” There you have it. Fahrenheit, following Roemer, simply determined the distance between the marks for the freezing point of water and body heat on his glass thermometers (64 degrees, in the scale he would ultimately develop), measured off half this distance (32 degrees) below the freezing point and called that zero. Recounting this story in a 1991 article, R.J. Soulen of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory writes: “The zero on this scale
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Whatever happened to Burlington’s ban on excessive car idling? health, the environment and the economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records Vermont’s adult asthma rates — exacerbated by exhaust gases — as the highest in the country, with rates for children not far behind. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy reported that unnecessary idling in the United States wastes six billion gallons of fuel annually and emits particulates (from diesel engines), nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. A 2009 study from Vanderbilt University found that idling alone accounts for 1.6 percent of total U.S. CO2 emissions. “Much of this idling,” the authors noted, “is unnecessary and is economically disadvantageous.” The study further stated that “a one-minute decline in idling among the estimated 57 percent of Americans who hold inaccurate beliefs about [idling] would reduce CO2 emissions by roughly 8 million tons annually [and] eliminate the need for 903 million gallons of gasoline per year.” The researchers concluded optimistically, “Motor vehicle idling among individual private citizens is one behavior that may be amenable to largescale policy interventions.” So have Burlington’s “interventions” made any difference? Idling citations by the Burlington Police Department have been infrequent over the years; in 2010 Chief Michael Schirling said that the idling ordinance is not “high on our radar.” While city parking officers wrote 55,689 tickets in Burlington in 2013, according to BPD records, idling citations over the past seven years totaled 81, including only eight last year. Parking-enforcement manager John King tells Seven Days that his officers “don’t see a lot of violations that meet the three-minute time span.” Does this mean the violations aren’t happening, or that the enforcers of the ordinance don’t have the time — or the motivation — to “see” them? Bruce Bovat, spokesperson for the police department, points out that often violations of the ordinance aren’t clearcut. “We address many more violations than we issue tickets for,” he says. “It all comes back to education.” Former mayor Kiss thinks that the ordinance has always served just “to reinforce common sense” about idling. Jennifer Green, the city’s sustainability
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alking up Marble Avenue on a recent 35-degree morning, I noticed a parked car idling with no one in it. Presumably the owner didn’t want to get in a cold car to drive to work. On St. Paul Street, another car was idling. This time the driver was inside, absorbed in texting. Near Main St., I saw one of those bright-red no-idling signs (“Idling pollutes and is illegal”), erected in 2007. Next to it, a truck was idling while the driver made a delivery to a nearby restaurant. WTF? If it’s illegal to idle in Burlington, why are so many people doing it? A Burlington ordinance passed in 1990 limited idling to five minutes, but only April through October; idling in colder months was given a pass. In its early years, the ordinance was never enforced. By 2007, with a growing awareness that greenhouse gas emissions were contributing to climate change, Burlington’s Progressive city administration under then-mayor Bob Kiss breathed new life into the idling ban. At an April press conference that year, Kiss, along with police chief Tom Tremblay and other officials, called for an “idle-free Burlington.” At the time, the fine for a violation was $45. Tremblay said at the conference he hoped that, with increased citizen awareness, “enforcement won’t be necessary.” In late 2009, the Public Works Commission substantially modified the ordinance. The idling limit was reduced to three minutes and the winter exemption was removed. The fine, however, was lowered to $12. Exceptions were made for refrigerated trucks, vehicles running while being repaired, work vehicles repairing or installing equipment and situations involving “the health or safety of a driver or passenger.” The state has also taken action on idling. In 2008, after a campaign initiated by Richmond middle schoolers, the Vermont School Bus Idling Rule (Act 48) was instituted, limiting idling to five minutes on school grounds. This year, on May 1, Act 57 will take effect, prohibiting the “idling of motor vehicles” statewide. It specifies a five-minute limit and has a longer list of exemptions than does Burlington’s ordinance. Why is idling a big deal? Because it has a demonstrated negative impact on
coordinator, asserts that the ordinance is there primarily to “offer an educational opportunity,” but admits, “we can do a lot more to use it.” Mary Sullivan, communications coordinator for the Burlington Electric Department, was a key advocate for the 2009 ordinance changes and a member of the committee that helped draft the city’s new Climate Action Plan. She regrets the number of vehicles that she still sees idling around town. “Despite the signs, [people] seem unaware that it’s illegal to idle in Burlington,” she says. Mayor Miro Weinberger agrees that the city could do more. “There are far more significant steps that can be taken to address … transportation-related greenhouse gasses in Burlington,” he tells Seven Days. However, none of the steps he suggests (more electric vehicles, less circling for parking downtown) directly addresses the idling problem. City Councilor Rachel Siegel is a little more blunt: “Without meaningful action on climate change, all the other issues before us — even violent crime — will be
irrelevant,” she says. Burlington’s climate plan indicates that cars, trucks and buses produce 51 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a 24 percent increase since 2007. Granted, there is no way of knowing how much of that can be attributed to idling. But observable evidence around the city — and the police department’s own statistics on lack of enforcement — suggest that the message on those red signs isn’t really getting across. m
There will be a screening of idle Threat: man on emission on Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m., at Perry Hall Presentation r oom, Champlain College, in burlington. Q&a session to follow with filmmaker George Pakenham, as well as representatives from idle-Free Vermont and the City of burlington, to discuss local antiidling efforts. champlain.edu/events o utraged, or merely curious, about something? send your burning question to email@example.com.
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t goes without saying that in devoting his entire State of the State address to the “crisis” of opiate addiction, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was changing the subject. “The state of our state is strong and growing stronger,” he said. Jobs are coming back; house prices are up; unemployment is low. “Most people” he meets “are hopeful and optimistic.” In fact, Vermont is in a stubbornly sorry state. Yes, jobs are coming back, but largely in low-wage sectors such as service and retail. Housing is unaffordable to many, so homelessness is rising. Unemployment is down because workers are giving up looking for jobs and dropping out of the labor force. Optimistic? You tell me. It’s understandable that the chief of state would like us to think about something else. But if you’re going to drag attention from the sickly elephant in the room, you’ve got to choose your distraction carefully. You must win not just the minds but the hearts of the public. You must, in short, scare the bejesus out of them. Your plague of choice must be big and growing. A 770 percent increase in this, a 250 percent rise in that — Shumlin ticked off the statistics. To solve the puzzle of a massive problem that almost no one has noticed, you should describe the scourge as clandestine — opiate addiction is “bubbling just below the surface.” Besides invisible, it must be stealthy and tenacious. “Addiction comes at people insidiously,” the governor said. Before you know it, recreational drug
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taking “devolves into an uncontrollable, unrelenting addiction … a lifetime battle,” sometimes to the death. Incomprehensible, amoral, stronger than human will, the enemy must strike at the innocent and defenseless — “our children,” “Vermont families” — and strike indiscriminately. At his speech, Shumlin showcased Dustin Machia, a recovered addict and prominent subject of The Hungry Heart, Vermont filmmaker Bess O’Brien’s doc about St. Albans pediatrician Fred Holmes and the opiateaddicted kids he treats. Dustin is the handsome son of a loving farm family. The governor also mentioned Will Gates, a University of Vermont science major and skier, “born to opportunity,” dead of
an overdose. Heroin — in a phrase that could have been plucked from Reefer Madness — “stole Will.” But the most important criterion for a politically profitable crisis is this: Culpability cannot reside anywhere near you or your policies. Among blame-free catastrophes, natural disasters can’t be beat. Terrorism and pedophilia run close seconds. But for reliable bipartisan panic production, you can always count on drugs. Drugs are firewater to the Native Americans, syphilis to the upstanding soldier, a moral and physical contagion smuggled into Eden — from “Boston, New York, [and] Philadelphia,” said Shumlin. Drugs are the Other. They are
not “our” fault — or, if you’re the governor, not my fault. Or so he’d like us to think. To begin with, as Seven Days reporter Mark Davis wrote recently, that galloping epidemic is hyperbole at best. The nearly eightfold increase in addicts showing up for help in getting clean is “attributable not just to a surge in demand … but also to an increased supply of treatment” in the state. In plain numbers, the doubling of heroin deaths in 2013 — from nine to 17 — is matched by an almost identical drop in prescription opiate fatalities, from 46 to 39. And all those break-ins and thefts, the crimes addicts commit to fund a fix? These, too, “have steadily declined in Vermont since 2008, according to federal statistics.” As for dealing and possession, Max Schlueter of the Vermont Center for Justice Research told Davis that drug arrests reflect enforcement activity: “They aren’t a measure of actual crime.” In fact, national and global data show that if there are now more prescription painkillers on the street, they’ve simply replaced other drugs. Heroin gives way to cocaine, crack to meth. And over the long term, the percentage of addicts in a population remains steady, closely correlated with mental illness. Opiate addiction is not a gangsta-mobile from Philly parked outside the barn. According to a 2006 report from the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute, in virtually every category of illicit drugs, abuse among rural people ages 12 to 25 equals or exceeds that of their urban counterparts. Less educated and unemployed youth turn to heavy
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substance use the most. And country kids drink more and start younger than kids in the city; Vermont ranks high in underage alcohol consumption. Maybe the heroin syringe is not a common sight in the households of farmers and foresters. But Mom and Dad getting shitfaced on a case of beer every Friday night is an indigenous custom. A kid who takes a snort in the schoolyard is not destined for the shooting gallery, or an early grave. The influential work of New York City researcher Charles Winick in the 1960s uncovered what he called “maturing out” — the common cessation of drug use between the ages of 20 and 30, not by death but by quitting. Subsequent research yields a complex picture of an opioid user’s career. According to University of Glamorgan (Wales) criminologist Trevor Bennett, “It usually takes more than a year to become addicted and … even when addicted, the opioid user is frequently able to control his or her habit.” Although it’s not easy, people stop for various reasons — from the departure of the lover who supplied the drugs to an intolerable weariness with the constant, arduous, oftencriminal pursuit of the high. Of course, if narcotics were decriminalized and the core population of congenital addicts maintained with substitute medicines, the profits would disappear, and with them the costs and crime required to feed a habit. “Recovery” — the word used to describe what the kids in The Hungry Heart are engaged in — implies a return: to safety, to health, to home and people who care for you. But, aside from Machia and a few others, the teenagers in this film started out with none of these, or lost them early, and repeatedly. Child after child speaks of emptiness, pain and a sense of worthlessness. Drugs “made me feel like a human.” “That hole got filled up.” “It was the only thing that didn’t betray me.” One young woman holds up a sign printed out for Holmes: “Fred’s Kids.” She says, weeping: “I was never anybody’s kid.” Given the circumstances, painkillers, though not a healthy choice, are a rational choice. The Hungry Heart is heartbreakingly intimate. But it drives home a bigger point: Addiction is a disease; it alters the brain and body. Stigma is cruel, criminal punishment counterproductive, and
treatment is desperately needed. As for prevention, the few intact families interviewed stress keeping a close eye on your kids and talking a lot about drugs. But Holmes and the experts whose interviews are posted on the film’s website express another, more damning message. These young people need more than medicine and counseling. They need education, housing, jobs, food and money. In other words, addiction is a disease. But, as with tuberculosis or malaria, social factors make some people more susceptible and some more resilient; social factors are critical to a cure. A massive, early-1970s study of returning Vietnam Army vets found that almost half the soldiers used opium or heroin while deployed; 20 percent were addicted. But a year after coming home, only 5 percent were still using. The vast majority quit without treatment or abstinence. What happened? They no longer needed to numb themselves. Now they had families, jobs and homes. Lives. People need a reason to get clean. In the film, one boy, 18, skinny and homeless, arrives at the doctor’s office on a bike that’s too small for him; he is traveling to manhood on a beater of a childhood. “What’s to make him keep trying?” asks Holmes, who keeps helping the boy to try. Bob Bick, the HowardCenter’s director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, tells O’Brien these teens’ addiction is the community’s failure. I’d put it this way: Addiction is a political failure, an economic failure. Addiction “comes at people,” Shumlin said. But watching The Hungry Heart, you can’t help but feel that some people have been on a forced march toward addiction since the day they left the cradle. What put them on that path may be DNA or mental illness. But what vigilantly foils escape is income inequality coupled with social-service cutbacks — a growing governmental indifference to human need, couched in false claims of economic scarcity. That state of the state is failing. It is afflicted by growing epidemics — poverty, hunger, homelessness and joblessness. Opiate addiction is not the illness. It is a symptom. When children are dying of a preventable disease in a wealthy state in a wealthy nation, it’s not just “the community” at fault. The people elected to lead are to blame. m
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nonymity and self-expression may seem incompatible, yet both are currents that run through and electrify “Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art.” These are works not previously seen in Vermont, or indeed in most of the world. Each is surprising and revelatory. To some viewers — particularly traditional Tibetans — the works may be shocking, outrageous, sacrilegious. But not necessarily for the reasons Western art viewers might expect. Opening next week at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum, “Anonymous” consists of paintings, sculpture, photographs, installation and videos by nearly 30 artists. They responded to a call to Tibetan artists by guest curator Rachel Perera Weingeist, senior adviser to the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. Most of the works are now part of the Rubins’ vast collection of traditional and contemporary Tibetan art, much of which resides in their eponymous museum in New York. What visitors to the Fleming should know first about “Anonymous” is this: No works except the videos are, in fact, anonymous; rather, they are attributed to individual artists. That practice alone is new and radical in Tibetan culture. Such a tradition may be hard for viewers to grasp in the United States, where individuality is expected and celebrity worship is practically a national pastime. But Tibet has a long history of classical artworks that went unsigned by their makers. The thangkas, mandalas and sand paintings familiar to many in the West are created for a spiritual purpose — to assist viewers on their path to enlightenment — and not, as Weingeist puts it in a phone interview, “to decorate the walls of an office.” The concept of the self, let alone the “selfie,” is just not a thing. Yet, for more than six decades, the notion of “traditional Tibet” has been under siege — politically, culturally and geographically. It began when the country was forcibly incorporated into the People’s Republic of China in 1951, its government dissolved. Since 1959, the country’s spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and thousands of other Tibetans have lived in exile in Dharamsala, India. In what is now called the Tibet Autonomous Region, Chinese authorities repress
“Mr. XXX” by Jhamsang
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indigenous culture, language and religion. As Weingeist notes, “Tibetans live under pretty extreme circumstances. They have to register in internet cafés, they can’t photocopy anything and many have lost their passports.” Those in diaspora witness the continual dilution of Tibetan culture — less violent, but inexorable — as they assimilate into other countries. Is it any wonder, then, that Tibetan artists have begun to rebel against a forced “anonymity,” claiming not only their individual identities but a collective cultural one? What does it mean today to be Tibetan? How can a people resist the repression of its traditions while simultaneously inventing new ways of being in the 21st century? What does “home” mean for the 200,000-odd Tibetans outside the country? The tumult and anxiety of displacement are powerfully reflected in “Anonymous.” So are pride, protest, courage and nascent self-awareness.
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showing “Aiming to initiate a dialogue about the role of identity and self-expression in contemporary Tibetan art, ‘Anonymous’ is a petri dish for the exploration of this changing attitude,” writes Weingeist in the show’s catalog, actually a substantial and engaging hardcover book. “Will contemporary art be able to formulate a visual language that bridges Tibet’s tradition with its evolving modern context?” she asks rhetorically. “Is it possible for both anonymity and self-expression to be reflected in artists’ intentions as they respond to their world?” The pieces in “Anonymous” — by artists living in Tibet, India, Nepal, Switzerland, the United States and Australia — indicate just how far their creators are willing to push in their efforts to answer those questions. The mere presence of the word “contemporary” in the exhibition’s title signals something unusual; this is just the second show in the U.S. to focus on new artworks by Tibetans. The first, “Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond,” featuring nine artists, launched at the Rubin Museum in 2010 and traveled to two other venues, including the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. Similarly, “Anonymous” will appear in three museums; the Fleming is its second stop.
Weingeist, who curated both exhibitions, says she is delighted to get this one to Burlington, which is home to a relatively large community of Tibetans. Vermont is special to the curator for another reason: She has a number of relatives here and has been wrangling residencies for Tibetan artists at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson for “six or seven” years, she notes. The Fleming’s staff aims to engage the local Tibetan community, as well as other Vermonters, with a series of associated events that include artist talks, performances and a film. “Anonymous” will give them all plenty to think and talk about.
he first painting to greet visitors in the Fleming’s East Gallery has a familiar reference and title. But this 2012 “Mona Lisa” is an update of the Renaissance-era original, an “encrypted self-portrait” by a female artist named Dedron that uses a surrealistTibetan style to express feminist and environmental concerns. Created with traditional, brilliantly colored mineral pigments, the 39-by-31-inch painting casts its Mona Lisa figure in florid pink, her large, limpid eyes bright blue. A sort of shroud of classically painted cloud formations surrounds her, and the background is a field of orange.
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Tibetans experience a loss of identity: the PRC-issued passport. His large-scale mixed-media work on canvas contains a replica of such a passport, indicating what the Chinese do with Tibetans’ traditional single name. That one is listed as “surname” and “XXX” appears where a first name would go. (“FNU,” for “first name unknown,” is also used.) These iconographic stand-ins serve to “blur identity,” writes Weingeist, rather than clarify it. Jhamsang further represents alienation by replacing his passport photograph with a metallic, robotic-looking head of Tara (the female bodhisattva or Buddha) that is open on her left to reveal nothing inside. Nortse, age 50, also lives in Lhasa and works in a variety of media to address topical issues including environmental degradation, overpopulation, alcoholism among the
Marie-Dolma Chophel, 29, who currently splits her time between Paris and New York. Her work could not be more different from Dedron’s. “Winter,” executed in oil paint, enamel, marker and spray paint, conveys the topography of the lost country of Chophel’s Tibetan father. The artist has transferred outlines of the Himalayas onto canvas and filled in the shapes with white paint. This is laid over a computer-generated “net” whose rigid red lines imply containment. Beyond are dark, roiling clouds. The minimalist work is ghostly, its symbolism unmistakable. The artist Jhamsang, 42, lives in Lhasa, apprenticed under a master thangka painter, and studied computer science and Chinese literature. His work “Mr. XXX” addresses another way in which
Other black-outlined clouds seem to float over the figure, as three exotic birds hover around her, and seven unnaturally colored fish swim by at the bottom of the canvas. There’s a lot going on here, and the painting is deceptively pretty. But the focal point is Mona’s white face mask — which helps us to grasp that those clouds are actually smog. The wall text informs us that these symbols “articulate the artist’s concerns with the destruction of the Tibetan landscape in the wake of China’s rapid industrialization.” Weingeist confirms that the air in the artist’s home of Lhasa has become quite bad, and face masks are an increasingly common sight. Dedron, 36, is one of Lhasa’s few female artists working in a contemporary style. She is one of just two women in “Anonymous.” The other is French-born
“Mona Lisa” by Dedron
young and the search for identity in a massmedia-influenced world. The diversity of his interests and artistic forms is reflected in two distinctively different contributions to “Anonymous.” The trio of figures in the chromogenic photograph on the cover of this issue depicts three stereotypes — “Auto Man,” “Big Brother” and “Prayer Wheel.” Each figure’s face is obscured, with a metal mask, strips of newsprint and brocade, respectively. The portraits are simultaneously amusing and chilling. Nortse’s installation “Zen Meditation” is eerie yet quietly beautiful: Six dark-red monk’s robes sit inside metal trapezoidal frames arranged in a neat row. The stiff fabric of the robes keeps them partly propped up, as if a shrunken body remained within the folds. Scattered in front of each frame are Chinese currency, scriptures and butter lamps. The there-but-notthere “figures” inspire both reverence and sorrow for something lost. “Anonymous,” despite its weighty themes, is not without humor. At least, American pop-culture images such as Mickey Mouse, Shrek and Marilyn Monroe look funny in the context of classic Tibetan forms. To a religious or artistic traditionalist, however, such depictions stacked within the exacting iconometry of a Buddha head (in “Faces of the Buddha,” by Ang Sang) may appear brazen at best. These are but a few of the works and viewpoints expressed by the artists in “Anonymous,” each expressing an identity that seems a hybrid of old and new, traditional and radical. As for the show’s revealingly ironic title, Weingeist says that was unplanned. She had invited artists to participate in the exhibit without using their names and was surprised when they chose to identify themselves. “I thought it would liberate artists to express themselves freely,” she says. “But no one jumped at the chance to be anonymous.” m
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t’s minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit as Kalsang Gangjong Gesar Tsang hurries across the snow-covered parking lot of the G.G.T. Tibet Inn, the 21-room motel on Shelburne Road he’s owned for 14 years. On this bright and bitterly cold morning, three flags — American, Canadian and Tibetan — crackle in the stiff wind. Once inside, the South Burlington innkeeper blows into cupped hands, unlocks his office door and flashes a warm smile to a reporter. G.G.T. — who prefers to use the acronym rather than his long last name — was born in a tiny Himalayan village in eastern Tibet. “Gangjong” means “land of the snows” in Tibetan, but G.G.T. confesses he’s no fan of Vermont’s recent Arctic-like weather. “It was minus 14 when I woke up today,” he exclaims. “Never this cold in Tibet.” G.G.T. has had time to acclimate in other ways to his adopted “land of the snows.” He was one of the first three Tibetans to arrive in Vermont in February 1993. Under the 1990 Immigration Act, 1,000 Tibetans living in exile in India, Nepal and Bhutan were chosen, via a Tibetan lottery, to receive U.S. visas. In 1993, Vermont became one of 25 resettlement sites in the United States. However, unlike other immigrants
who came to Vermont as refugees, the Tibetans were deemed “displaced persons” and hence received no financial support from the U.S. government. Instead, Vermonters had to create a private nonprofit, Burlington’s Tibetan Resettlement Project, to help them get established. Twenty-one years later, Vermont’s Tibetan community is thriving. The community includes 37 families and about 155 people, most of whom still live in the Burlington area. Some work in entry-level jobs typical of new immigrants — housekeeping, custodial work, food services, assembly-line manufacturing — but many others have moved on to professional careers, including nursing, computers and, like G.G.T, entrepreneurship. “They’re homeowners; they’re holding down one or more jobs and they’re sending their kids to school,” says Gerry Haase, who cofounded the Tibetan Resettlement Project two decades ago. “A family may have two cars, a house and money in the bank. So it’s a very successful community.” But some local Tibetans lament one missing aspect of their former lives: a communal gathering place where they can chant, pray, circumambulate, or just drink tea and talk. They lack a community center
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of their own in which to hold weddings, celebrate birthdays or offer classes in Tibetan language and culture. Some further express an ambivalence about being welcomed in Vermont yet feeling like strangers in a foreign land, far removed from their ancestral homeland and the 14th Dalai Lama, their political and spiritual leader. Other Tibetans, like G.G.T., are as firmly rooted in Vermont as any assimilated immigrant. His motel lobby is a shrine of sorts to the 46-year-old’s adopted country. On the walls hang framed letters from Sen. Patrick Leahy and former government officials, including president Bill Clinton, governor Howard Dean and Burlington mayor Peter Clavelle. Also displayed are letters of congratulations from the Tibetan Central Administration (Tibet’s official government in exile) and G.G.T.’s naturalization certificate. Behind the front desk are his family quarters, where G.G.T. lives with his wife and 8-year-old stepson. Along one wall, beside a large-screen TV, sits a traditional,
ornately carved Tibetan breakfront displaying Buddhist objects, photos of Tibetan spiritual leaders and an electric “eternal flame.” On another wall hangs a large, autographed photo of the Dalai Lama, whom G.G.T. has met several times, including during His Holiness’ 2013 visit to Middlebury College. G.G.T.’s story is typical of many Tibetans in exile. Born in Kham, Tibet, he spent most of his youth raising yaks, goats, sheep and cows but never ventured far from home. At 18, upon the death of his grandmother, G.G.T. convinced his parents to let him travel to Lhasa to pray at a Buddhist monastery. He journeyed four days across the mountains in an open-bed truck until he reached the ancient city. “Exciting but also scary,” he recalls. G.G.T. planned on a one-month stay but remained much longer, against his parents’ wishes. In 1989, shortly after China’s Tiananmen Square uprising, he attended a demonstration to protest China’s occupation of Tibet. There, he was photographed by the Chinese army.
“After two or three hours, Chinese soldiers come and start shooting people,” he recalls. “Everybody run, run, run.” G.G.T. hid in a corner and saw a woman get shot in the back. She pleaded for his help, but G.G.T. was too frightened to go back for her. “The army was coming behind me. I was so sad,” he says. After G.G.T. escaped, he and another Tibetan fled on foot across the mountains into India, where he lived for the next three years. Later, he was offered an opportunity to move to Switzerland but declined, remembering how his grandfather often spoke of his desire to see America. Upon his arrival in Vermont, G.G.T. spent five years working two jobs, seven days a week: at Vermont Teddy Bear Company and as a dishwasher at the Ramada Inn in South Burlington. By 1998, he’d saved enough money to buy a small house on Rose Street, and he brought his first wife and sons to Vermont. He’s since sold and bought several other properties, including the motel, which he acquired in 2000. Unlike most Tibetans in exile, G.G.T. was able to return to Tibet to see his elderly parents. It was 2008, shortly before the Olympic Games in Beijing, when China briefly eased travel restrictions to Tibet. G.G.T. hasn’t returned since and doubts he’ll get another chance. “I’m happy here with my life. I can’t leave that,” he says. “But when I think of Tibet, I’m very sad.”
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naturally comes when you’re with kids,” Tsering says. “You become active and you start acting like a kid. I enjoy it a lot, and the kids love me.” What’s it like raising two kids in America? “The pace is unbelievable,” Tsering says, his face suddenly brightening with laughter. His kids didn’t even speak English when they arrived. Three years later, “their English is better than their Tibetan.” But after another three, he fears they may not remember Tibetan at all. For this reason, Tsering takes his role with the Tibetan Association of Vermont seriously. After seeing his first Tibetan festival in Burlington, he began teaching the younger generation traditional Tibetan dances. He also plays the dramyin, a sevenstringed Himalayan lute, which he wants other young Tibetans to learn to keep their culture alive in exile, as the Dalai Lama has instructed them. “To be frank, being homeless, living a life outside of your country, and being guests to a host for the rest of your life, it’s really a pain,” Tsering says. “It’s something I wish no one would have to do in their life. Even if you are happy, you are always not yourself,” he adds. “You have a lot of compromises to make.” m
of getting his blessings. But now I miss that,” Tsering says. “Now, the Dalai Lama doesn’t belong to Tibetans only. He belongs to the whole world. So we have to compromise.” After Tsering earned a bachelor’s degree in science and education, he returned to the Tibetan Children’s School to teach and “give something back.” He moved to Vermont in 2011 after his wife’s family settled here. Tsering’s first job was as a cashier at Walgreens. The pay wasn’t good, he admits, but it enabled him to interact with people. Tsering says he quickly realized that being fluent in English didn’t bridge all the cultural gaps. “I’m a very social person. I like making friends, talking to people, sharing stuff,” he says. “But over here, I realized, people don’t have time. It’s ‘hi’ and then ‘bye.’ That’s very strange.” For the time being, Tsering is satisfied to work for the city and live in South Burlington with his two young children and his wife, a licensed nursing assistant at Wake Robin retirement community. But he doesn’t intend to remain a custodian forever and wants to return to teaching. “There’s a special kind of energy, which
It was years before Tsering saw or heard from his relatives again. Like thousands of other Tibetan kids, he was raised in the Tibetan Children’s Village…, a boarding school in Dharamsala, India, which is also home to the Tibetan Central Administration and the 14th Dalai Lama. There, Tsering became fluent in English and first learned his native country’s history. “I didn’t know that Tibet was a part of China,” Tsering says, then quickly corrects himself. “No, no, no! I didn’t even know Tibet was invaded by China.” Every year, he recalls, each child at the school received a personal blessing from the Dalai Lama himself. The children lined up, prayer scarves in hand, and waited for the Dalai Lama to lay a hand on their heads. “It felt so good, I couldn’t wait for another year to come,” Tsering remembers with a smile. “It went on and on like that for five years,” until the Dalai Lama’s visits became less frequent. “He’d become busy,” Tsering explains with a sigh. After the Tibetan leader won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, he spent more time overseas. “As a child I cherished those moments
alden Sangmo’s experiences as a Tibetan immigrant are quite different. The 33-year-old Burlington resident has lived in the States since 1998, when her family moved here from southern India. Her father was one of the lucky 1,000 Tibetans chosen for a U.S. visa in the early 1990s. Once he became a U.S. citizen, he sent for his wife and kids. In all, it took more than five years to reunite the family. Sangmo, who attended Burlington High School, now waits tables at Sherpa Kitchen, a Himalayan restaurant on College Street. Born in southern India, she’s never visited her parents’ homeland. In fact, before arriving in Vermont, she’d never even seen snow. Sangmo briefly relocated to Seattle for six months, but soon realized big-city life wasn’t for her. Now engaged to be married, she says she’ll likely stay in Vermont. “Now that my whole family is here, I don’t feel like moving anymore,” she says. “I love it here now.” A few blocks up the street, fellow Tibetan Migmar Tsering quietly sweeps salt off the stairwell of Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. Dressed in a wool cap, black trousers, weathered boots and a Burlington Parks and Recreation hoodie but no gloves, Tsering greets a reporter with a big smile and leads the way upstairs to the building’s warmest spot: the loft. The 37-year-old Tibetan has lived in Vermont only since 2011 but speaks
impeccable English. Last year, he was elected president of the Tibetan Association of Vermont, a post that brings no salary but plenty of responsibilities, he says. Those include finding places for Tibetan gatherings, such as prayer vigils, which are held whenever someone dies in Tibet from self-immolation. Since 2009, at least 125 Tibetans have taken their own lives this way to protest the Chinese occupation. Says Tsering, “This time in Tibetan history is a very saddening era.” He has only vague recollections of his childhood in Tibet. The third of eight children, Tsering lived there until he was 8, when his parents smuggled him into India. What he remembers best from that arduous journey is being forced to stay hidden beneath the seat of a truck for hours. “That was very uncomfortable. I couldn’t move. I just had to stay there,” he remembers. “I can still see the face of my father — the grief, the sadness, that he has to do that for me. That moment is one that I never forget.”
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s a rivulet of blood trickled from his nose to his chin, super heavyweight Golden Gloves boxer Jonathan Marinelli inhaled and grudgingly shook his head from side to side. He knew he’d been beaten. Just 25 seconds after it started, this fight was over. Marinelli, of Hanover, N.H., seemed even more stunned by his defeat than were the 600 or so spectators at Saturday evening’s semifinal round of the Northern New England Golden Gloves of Vermont, held at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. His opponent, Luis Diaz Ramos, of Northfield, used a blizzard of wallops to score a TKO, or technical knockout, and advance to the finals. Ramos is now one of a select few local athletes for whom the road to Las Vegas may very well run right through downtown Burlington. January 18 was the first of three successive Saturdays of competition in the regional chapter of the country’s premier amateur boxing tournament. The semifinals were held on January 25, and the finals will take place at Memorial Auditorium on February 1. Fighters in two divisions compete in the Golden Gloves tournament. Boxers with fewer than 10 bouts under their belts are
classed in the novice division, and their fights consist of three two-minute rounds; the open division is for more experienced fighters, who spar for three three-minute rounds. The boxers who win in each of 10 weight classes proceed to the New England Golden Gloves tournament in Lowell, Mass., in late February, where they’ll battle other regional champions. Las Vegas will host the National Golden Gloves event in May. You won’t recognize any of these fighters from Sports Illustrated, or even from the pages of local sports sections. These are amateur boxers: unpaid and competing for — pick one or more of the following — pride, glory, exercise, the fulfillment of a dream, the love of the sport or a long-shot chance at the Big Time. The only money that changes hands goes toward basic operating expenses, such as travel, food and lodging. The boxers competing in the tournament are not even under contract, which means that it’s not unheard of for a match to be canceled because one of the scheduled boxers simply doesn’t show up. But the occasional no-show is just part of the experience, explains tournament director Ernie Farrar, 71, who’s been running this event for nearly four decades.
Saturday’s card didn’t fall into place until 24 hours before the bouts began. Farrar — who’s better known locally for his 40-plus years on the air at WVMT — took over operations of the tournament “right after the ’76 Olympics.” He was just 33, and then the youngest tournament director in the nationwide Golden Gloves network. At the time, Farrar, a longtime resident of St. Albans, was running a couple of informal boxing competitions for teenage kids, which was experience enough for him to step into a supervisory role. By the mid’70s, the local Golden Gloves tournament had been dormant for a few years. That meant Farrar didn’t have access to a venue, or boxing gloves, or a boxing ring. “So I went out and found a ring,” he says. “I can’t remember who it was from. It was an old wooden ring that had been around and was used in the Gloves years before.” Farrar approached his friend Bernie Cummings, then the director of the Burlington Boys Club, who provided a sparring space in the club’s gym. The space prohibited the elevation of the ring, and the room held only about 200 people, but the tournament survived. A few years later, after a short stint in the Winooski High School gymnasium, the Golden Gloves
Greatest Boxers, Trainers, and Personalities, coauthored by Farrar and Alan E. Rubel. Winkler’s own research is focused on local boxing in the years prior to 1935, when the sport was popular, ubiquitous and relatively uncorrupted by financial interests. “When you talk about boxing in Vermont,” Winkler says, “it really means boxing in New England, because people would come in from Maine, come in from Boston.” He adds that the sport was “seen as an outlet for young men. Instead of roaming around the streets and getting into trouble, they would box and learn discipline and learn how to compete.” Asked what he loves most about the sweet science, Farrar concurs with Winkler: It gives kids an outlet for their
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youthful energy and aggression, and keeps them out of trouble. Both Farrar and Winkler insist that boxing, despite its reputation, is safer than many other sports. “In all of the years that I’ve been doing this,” Farrar says, “I’ve probably seen only one broken nose.” Golden Gloves fighters are required to wear protective headgear, and are further protected from grievous bodily harm by watchful referees, who will halt a match if a boxer gets hurt — a safeguard not necessarily in place in high-stakes professional boxing. Boxing’s profile in Vermont is holding steady, if in a fairly low orbit. There are boxing facilities in Winooski, St. Albans, Williston, Hardwick and Rutland, among other towns. And the tournament, especially the finals, attracts a solid crowd. Still, Winkler is concerned about the prospects of the sport in the Green Mountain State. The local Golden Gloves tournament, he believes, must address at least two concerns to secure its future — and, by extension, that of Vermont amateur boxing. First, the venue. “I love Memorial [Auditorium],” Winkler says, “but it’s been around almost a hundred years, and I don’t think it does justice to the boxers.”
Koch with his defensive skills, Bambara quickly turned on the offense, stunning Koch with quick uppercuts. By 1:49 of round one, Koch informed the ref that he couldn’t continue, and Bambara had scored a TKO in his very first bout. Bambara trains at Opposing Force Boxing Club in South Burlington. He took the fight on short notice, which meant he had to lose 10 pounds in about seven days. “I really had to clean up my diet … and be careful with my liquid intake,” he says. “Lots of grilled chicken and steamed vegetables.” Bambara looked great on Saturday night — but … a boxer from Vermont? Sure, it’s happened before. The name of Charlie “Buster” Beaupre is not especially remembered today, but, says local boxing historian Robert Winkler, he was one of the more notable Vermont boxers, having contended for the middleweight championship in the early 1940s. Most of Beaupre’s contests took place within Vermont’s borders, at venues in Burlington, Bennington and Barre. “There’s a rich history of boxing in the Montpelier-Barre area,” says Winkler, who runs the website Vermont Boxing History & International Pugilist Review, and edited the book Gloves: The Stories of Vermont’s
moved to Memorial Auditorium, where it has taken place every year since. Each regional tournament has a specific geographical area from which it draws its fighters; the local tournament draws from all of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire north of Concord. Vermont fighters received the biggest cheers last Saturday night, but the enthusiastic crowd had clearly converged on Burlington from all over the region to cheer on their own local boys. Hollered encouragement and advice — “Uppercut!” “Get ’im, Scotty!” — rang out in the arena. While northern New England may not have a strong association with boxing, Farrar asserts that the region has produced its fair share of good fighters. And big ones, too: “This year,” Farrar notes, “we’re short with the lower weight classes. We don’t grow ’em that small here,” he says with a wink. The heavyweights attract the most attention, but some of the best boxing last weekend occurred in the middleweight division. South Burlington’s Anthony Bambara, 23, making his ring debut, was the most impressive fighter on the card. His agile ducking and bobbing ensured that his opponent, Ben Koch of Essex Junction, connected only rarely. Having disoriented
That may be true, but neither the boxers nor the crowd seemed put out on Saturday night. Memorial Auditorium, with its exposed girders and uncomfortable bleacher seats, feels like an old boxing gym. And the ring is situated right in the center of the floor, so every seat affords an excellent view. More important, Winkler notes, is the need for Farrar to groom his own replacement. Winkler suggests there may be no one else “with the passion and the love and the determination and the time and everything else — for free, basically — to do this.” Farrar doesn’t see either situation as a problem; in any case, his wife, Sherry, and sons Mike and Tony all take part in the operation of the tournament. He’s confident there’s plenty of community support for local amateur boxing. Dave Huckabay of Burlington, who fought on Saturday in the light heavyweight division, was something of a crowd favorite, and it was easy to see why. Handsome and affable, Huckabay is a powerful puncher and has a gracious presence in the ring. He bypassed the de rigueur glove bump and actually hugged his opponent, Achelas Anchers of Strong, Maine, after their bout, then greeted and thanked Anchers’ trainers. Huckabay’s small fan club had drawn up signs of support using markers on paper plates. Huckabay, 25, a bouncer and waiter at several Burlington restaurants, trains at Precision Boxing Club in Williston. He got into boxing about three years ago for precisely the reason that makes Farrar value the sport: to clean up his act. “I was into drugs and partying, and I hit 20, 21, and I just realized I wasn’t doing anything with my life,” Huckabay said in an interview before his bout. “I quit the drugs, got straight and, two months later, walked into a [boxing] club and said, ‘This is what I want to do. This is it.’” Huckabay characterized his former self as a “street fighter, a puncher,” but said he realized — after being “embarrassed” the first time he stepped in the ring — that he was not even close to being a boxer. “If you’re out fighting on the street, don’t think you can walk in here and land a big punch on any of these guys,” Huckabay said, “’cause they’re smarter and faster, and they know what’s up.” Because Huckabay started a boxing career at 21, his chances of reaching the big time are remote, though he still holds the slim hope of achieving that goal. That’s not why he was here, though. Summing it up in words that would surely make Farrar proud, Huckabay said, “[Boxing] has done wonders for me … [I want to] prove to myself what I’ve got. I don’t want to be one of those guys who looks back when he’s, like, 35 and goes, ‘I didn’t see what I was made of. I didn’t see what I had to offer.’” m
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Father Richard O’Donnell
On the evening of January 5, the Sunday before Epiphany, a couple hundred people attended O’Donnell’s mass, including several children. Epiphany marks the arrival of the Magi in Jerusalem, so O’Donnell had placed actual pieces of gold, frankincense and myrrh in front of the altar. “If you touch the gold,” he said drolly at the beginning of his sermon, “you’ll burn forever.” The audience laughed. The pastor went on, wondering aloud what gifts the churchgoers would have brought to the Christ child’s manger. “The KitchenAid mixer you have on your counter? Would you simply get a card and write a check? Would you find a family heirloom and wrap that up?” Soon O’Donnell got to the meat of his sermon, a recommendation that all churchgoers give their hearts to the Lord. Stirring words, certainly, but fire and brimstone this sermon was not.
“I guess that’s my personality,” O’Donnell says about his jokes in an interview several weeks later. “The mass is very sacred, but I always try to make my sermons applicable to daily living. I think we’re all just trying to get through the week … I don’t expect perfection, and I want us all to try our best and be happy.” Born in the Boston area and raised in Bellows Falls, O’Donnell says he decided to enter the priesthood early. He took inspiration from the positive example of pastors he knew growing up, “great men [who] weren’t grumpy about their work.” O’Donnell’s father worked for the town of Brattleboro; his mother was a nurse’s aid. After attending Boston College, O’Donnell did his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. His early clerical duties included turns as chaplain of the Mount St. Mary’s baseball team, assistant priest in St. Johnsbury and administrator at an Enosburg Falls church. In June 2009, the Most Rev. Salvatore Matano, who had just been ordained bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, assigned O’Donnell to become priest at Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church and School in Brattleboro. When O’Donnell arrived there, he says, attendance had declined at mass, and the school was on the verge of closing. He handled those challenges, attracting “inactive Catholics” back to the parish and leaving the school with its debts repaid. But when Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc on Windham County in 2011, O’Donnell recalls, his administrative talents were taxed to the limit. As chaplain of the Brattleboro fire and police departments, O’Donnell was with the first responders during the storm. Only after the waters receded could they start delivering aid to nearby towns such as Newfane, O’Donnell says, “but there was a lot of work, a lot of devastation, and a lot of it was just listening. I remember going to people’s homes that had lost almost everything, and you would just listen.” Timothy O’Connor Jr., a St. Michael parishioner and former speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, recalls O’Donnell speaking at a vigil after the storm. “He had a great way of understanding ... that there were issues that had to be dealt with,” O’Connor says. “He was trying to drum up the people to make contributions and do things and help get the community back together.” Because of those people skills, O’Connor adds, “I used to kid him; I used to tell him, ‘I think you would have made a hell of a politician.’” Now in Burlington, O’Donnell is a politician of sorts. He’s starting a variety of ministries “to get as many people pho Tos: m ATTh Ew Tho Rs En
n January 13, Earl Handy was having such a bad day that he thought about hitting the bottle. He’d spilled five gallons of fryolator oil on the floor of his Burlington restaurant, Handy’s Lunch, then had a car accident on his way to pick up cat litter. Looking for a lifeline, Handy, 39, reached out to his priest at Christ the King Church. It wasn’t booze that tempted Handy. Father Richard O’Donnell had handed out bottles of holy water to parishioners several weeks earlier, Handy recalls, “so I sent Father Rich a message saying, ‘I still have the holy water. How much of it can I drink?’” O’Donnell texted back his assurance that Handy’s day hadn’t been that bad. When Handy still insisted he needed a sip of the blessed beverage, the pastor recommended he instead sprinkle the water around him and say a prayer, after which everything would work out. For Handy, that seemed to do the trick. “I’ve never had that connection!” he now marvels. “Maybe it’s just the 21st century, where you can send your priest a text when you’re having a tough one — but [O’Donnell] responds, and he’s a busy man.” Handy isn’t the only Catholic who’s taken a shine to Burlington’s new reverend. Among O’Donnell’s fans, the restaurateur says, are Handy’s 5-year-old twins, who now enjoy going to mass every Sunday, in part because the church recently started providing crayons and gospelthemed “kids’ bulletins” for them to color. More adults are getting involved at Christ the King, too, and in the process are bucking a decades-long trend. Although Catholicism remains the Green Mountain State’s majority religion, from 2000 to 2010 the number of practicing Catholics in Vermont dropped by 20,000 people — 13 percent — according to a report from the Association of Religion Data Archives. Between 1980 and 2000, 8,300 Catholic Vermonters stopped attending church. O’Donnell, 36, was installed at Christ the King Church and School (which shares a parish with St. Anthony’s Church) just last July. Since then, 56 families have joined his church. The number of parishioners who volunteer at mass has tripled, and this coming Easter, 15 people — young and old alike — are slated for baptism. Does the rock-star aura of Pope Francis deserve credit for those numbers? “That was my first thought,” says the Very Rev. Michael Cronogue, an Edmundite priest at Saint Michael’s College. “But I think it’s more Father Rich’s personality and his willingness to come and work. Not that the people before [him] didn’t work, but he’s a very engaging and dynamic guy.” Indeed, for all the media attention around Pope Francis, his progressive statements have yet to lure a critical mass of Americans across the religious aisle. A November study by the Pew Research Center found that the portion of Americans identifying as Catholic had remained steady at 22 percent since last spring. At Christ the King, however, “the church is full. There’s more families and younger people,” says Handy, a lifelong parishioner. “I think it’s a Father Rich thing.”
involved in their faith as possible,” he says. One of them enlists parishioners to give roses to people with disabilities on Valentine’s Day. While his church is in Burlington’s comfortable South End, O’Donnell says he’s trying to draw his parishioners’ attention to the needs of people elsewhere in the city. He himself serves some of those needs as chaplain for the Burlington Fire Department. Finally, O’Donnell is social-media savvy. On Facebook, he announces upcoming masses to his 2000-some friends, describes himself as being “in a complicated relationship” and updates his status with varying degrees of seriousness. On March 13 of
How would he react if a same-sex couple wanted to join Christ the King? O’Donnell says, “We never would turn anybody away. The gospel obviously calls us to love, and to love everybody, and our present pope is calling us to really speak with that action and speak with that love.” Asked about the sexual abuse cases that have racked the Catholic Church here and abroad, O’Donnell points to policies now in place to ensure such acts don’t recur. “As a whole, yeah, the church really needs to respond with a renewed sense of hope that we’re going to be vigilant and make sure … those horrific moments will never happen again,” he says. “Here we have a
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last year, for example, came this update: “Bells are ringing in Brattleboro. We have a pope.” A week earlier, he’d shared a meme: “Pubs: The Official Sunblock of Ireland.” “That’s one of the reasons he connects so well. He’s got a unique sense of humor,” says Matt Vinci, former president of the Professional Firefighters of Vermont. He appointed O’Donnell as that organization’s official chaplain after meeting him in Brattleboro. “Get him in a firehouse and he’s a natural,” adds Vinci. It’s easy to draw comparisons between Christ the King’s young, iPhone-equipped pastor and Pope Francis. The latter has made waves not just by opening a Twitter account and posing for selfies with members of his flock, but also by denouncing conservatives for their narrow focus on social issues such as gay marriage, when poverty looms so large around the world. O’Donnell says he doesn’t believe what Pope Francis is saying about poverty is new; rather, it’s “how’s he saying it.”
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school where we want to make sure that all children are protected.” As Catholic schools around the country face declining enrollments, the challenges are twofold for priests at churches with schools, points out Cronogue, the pastor at St. Michael’s. Angela Pohlen, Christ the King’s new principal, suggests that O’Donnell is up to the task of fostering the church’s educational mission, saying she appreciates the new priest for not being “a micromanager.” “It was a great sense of reassurance to step into the position and find right away that we were on the same page,” Pohlen says. “He’s up on popular culture … He brings a joyful air with him, and that’s so, so important. Kids are joyful, and you need to meet them where they’re at.” O’Donnell is also meeting adults where they are. Last summer, Handy — whose twins attend Christ the King school — wasn’t able to attend mass one Sunday. He sent the priest a message: “Sorry, Padre, I didn’t make it to mass today. It wasn’t a good day.” In response, O’Donnell asked Handy, “Do you think Jesus told the Romans that ‘Friday wasn’t a good day. I can’t make it’?” At first, Handy says, “I was like, Come on! You’re going to play that card? But I haven’t missed a day of church since,” he continues. “He’s so young and fresh that it’s not like he’s calling you out.” m
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Purchasing produce is Plasha’s job, but eating it is his pleasure. During an interview at the store, his eyes light up when he speaks of local apples, carrots and arugula. In an email later, he singles out the unsung scarlet turnip as a parA food buyer weighs in on local options for winter eating ticularly good option for wintertime roasting. The simpler the preparation B Y ET HA N D E SEIFE of such root veggies, the better: oil, salt and pepper. “Sometimes I sprinkle in rubbed sage or dried rosemary,” Plasha adds, “but not if I want to connect with the essential fl avor of the vegetable, like when I’m preparing it for the first time.” The year-round abundance of good produce is partly due to a “vast array” of such root vegetables, Plasha says, and notes that Healthy Living sells four or fi ve varieties of turnips alone. Roots store well, and fall crops can be sold with no appreciable loss in quality through the following spring, even early summer. So it’s not that big a deal to fi nd, say, locally grown carrots on grocery shelves in January. What’s more remarkable is that some of those carrots are still available in June, long after being harvested. “It’s just incredible that we have that potential here,” Plasha says. The same holds for local apples. Some Vermont orchards — Plasha mentions Shoreham’s Champlain Orchards — have “pretty sophisticated storage facilities” that enable them to deliver one season’s crop of apples to local stores right up until the next year’s harvest. That means the apple you eat in May might be several months old. Narayan Plasha at Healthy Living Market Plasha admits he can taste a bit of a diff erence. Still, he says, “From my standpoint, it’s better eating than anyhe locavore movement has lover to do when the temperatures make how a Vermont deep freeze can aff ect thing coming from New Zealand or gustatory habits. Nevertheless, he says, Washington or South America. I prefer made pretty serious inroads even the kale plants quiver? Narayan Plasha, 35, is the weekend “My basic perspective is that we’ve got the local apples, whether the quality is in Vermont: Grocery stores proudly promote the local supervisor of the produce department it really good in Vermont as far as food high or mediocre.” He singles out Dwight provenance of their wares, and many at South Burlington’s Healthy Living availability goes, for being in such a cold, Miller Orchards of East Dummerston as residents are willing to pay a little more Market. He has spent most of his pro- northern climate.” having particularly delectable fruit. A number of local farms have comfor food that’s local, organic and sustain- fessional life in the natural foods fi eld His employer, Plasha notes, is com— including working on organic farms mitted to growing and selling fresh mitted to off ering as much local produce ably raised. But even the most devout Vermont lo- in Hawaii and upstate New York. He produce year-round. Plasha regularly as possible. “It’s our primary concern,” cavores must annually confront a thorny communicates weekly with growers and buys from, for example, Jericho Settlers he says. “We will even sell the local dilemma: winter. The recent subzero distributors of local produce and may Farm, Diggers’ Mirth Collective Farm in option because it’s local, even if it’s going snaps have underscored the fact that, for bear partial responsibility for some of Burlington’s Intervale, and two farms to be at a higher cost.” that belong to the Deep Root Organic a good portion of the year, eating locally the meals you’ve eaten recently. During the colder months, though, requires creativity — and some sacrifi ces Plasha, who lives in Charlotte, Co-op: Valley Dream Farm of Cambridge certain crops are simply not available — in the kitchen. What’s a local-food understands better than most people and River Berry Farm of Fairfax.
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Many American shoppers still face a steep learning curve with Middle Eastern cuisine, but Altameemi says he enjoys introducing his neighbors to the culinary secrets of his culture. “I welcome anyone to come visit me and see what I have,” he says. “What he has” also includes an array of cheeses you’re unlikely to see elsewhere in Vermont, along with candies, vinegars and halal meats. Later this week, Altameemi and chef LOAY ALKHAFAJI will introduce prepared foods to their store while continuing to expand their range of groceries. Altameemi says to expect kebab, shawarma and homemade kajmak, a spread somewhere between mild cheese and clotted cream, in the grab-andgo area. What of the restaurant just down the steps from the grocery? For now, Altameemi says, the extreme cold has made work on the space nearly impossible. But he expects to be serving shish taouk, hummus and salads by the end of February.
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Fresh on the heels of the news that they’re planning a new brewery, the peeps at the ALCHEMIST made their fans very happy earlier this week when they announced a forthcoming canned IPA called FOCAL BANGER. “[Co-owner] JOHN [KIMMICH] has been playing with the recipe and getting hops contracts in line, so that this will be our second canned label,” writes JEN KIMMICH in an email. “Once our new brewery is built, this will be brewed and canned all the time.” Since the Kimmiches shuttered their Waterbury Center retail store in November, John Kimmich has expanded the distribution of their signature HEADY TOPPER and released a few draft beers — including a dark IPA called EL JEFE — to local bars and restaurants. “In a couple weeks, we will be releasing the first batch of Focal Banger, an American IPA first brewed at the pub back in the day,” writes Kimmich on the Alchemist blog. The beer draws on Mosaic and Citra hops, “and we are working on fine-tuning the malt bill,” he adds. The Kimmiches aren’t planning a big reveal; rather, Focal Banger may “pop up for sale
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will have views of the lake and the island from which it takes its name, according to owners MARY T. PEARL and TERRY SCHMALTZ, who drew inspiration from the region’s booming beer scene. “We went through the AMERICAN BREWERS GUILD [classes] in Vermont and graduated from there last summer,” says Pearl, referring to the brewing school inside Middlebury’s DROP-IN BREWING COMPANY. “We decided, You know what, let’s take the hobby that we love doing and do it full time.” Though the couple will not break ground until mid-April, they’ve been busy perfecting beer recipes alongside head brewer BRIAN COMBS. They’re also honing plans for their post-and-beam tasting room and a deck with views of Mt. Mansfield across the lake. Though they currently live in Virginia, Pearl and Schmaltz have deep ties in northern New York; Pearl grew up in the Plattsburgh area, where her family still owns a house. Brewer Joseph, who will also migrate to northern New York, seems charged by the prospect of turning out Valcour’s hop-driven brews. “I’ll brew a line of pale ales, a black IPA, and we’re going to do an amber ale as well,” he says. Some of the initial offerings will be “stepping-stone beers,” as Joseph puts it, that appeal to diverse palates. Seasonal
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Even though wintertime is citrus time, Plasha finds that, aside from such popular items as navel oranges and satsuma tangerines, “some of the other citrus gets ignored.” The store has a hard time moving such fruits, despite their seasonality. If you’re curious about the taste of some oddball citrus fruit, or any other item in the produce department, ask for a sample, Plasha advises. Most customers don’t know this is an option, but many produce merchants will let you try a slice of that weird yellow thing next to the pineapples. So when summer’s bounty is unavailable, what do customers buy? “Warming foods,” says Plasha: butternut and delicata squash; root veggies such as carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes; and greens such as kale and arugula. The latter, Plasha speculates, feels “warm” due to its spicy bite. “And ginger. We sell tons of ginger in the winter,” he adds. To continue growing certain hardy crops during the winter, some
winter range from minus 10 to minus 35 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s pretty damn cold for a human, but at least we can put on layers and turn up the thermostat. The chill is lethal to most crops. Susan Littlefield, the horticultural editor at Williston’s nonprofit National Gardening Association, says that the Plant Hardiness Zone Map is a useful document, but it’s more relevant to perennials than to annuals like most food crops. More important, she says, is the duration of a region’s growing season, defined as the span between the spring’s last frost and the fall’s first. According to data compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, most of Vermont is frost free only from late October to early May. “That’s why, commercially, no one’s growing watermelons in Vermont,” says Littlefield. For her part, she’s more than happy
locally, and that’s when Healthy Living and other grocers have to fill the gap with produce from other states and countries. “I’m amazed that we sell as many organic berries as we do in the winter,” Plasha remarks, “especially because the prices are so high.” Still, the produce buyer knows when it’s not advantageous to “push our luck,” as he puts it, citing stone fruits as a prime example. “Somewhere in the world, they’ve got fresh peaches and plums right now, but they’re probably conventional, and we just choose not to sell those,” Plasha says. “And I think customers accept that.”
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with Vermont’s cold-weather crops. “I’m a big squash fan,” Littlefield says. Could hydroponically raised produce fill in the gaps in the produce calendar? “That’s not happening,” Plasha says. “Not yet, anyway.” At the moment, he explains, hydroponic produce occupies a niche, but the process is too complicated and costly to address cold-weather fruitand-vegetable needs in any broad-based way. One notable exception is the store’s offering of hydroponically raised Bibb lettuce produced by Waitsfield’s Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics, a company that Alice Levitt profiled in Seven Days in October 2013. Aside from a few other products — local tomatoes, watercress (from California) and European cucumbers (from Canada) — Healthy Living carries little hydroponic produce, Plasha says. In any case, he says, only one local company — Vermont Hydroponic Produce in Florence — can provide such produce in any significant volume. Plasha calls its tomatoes “good enough, and local, so people are excited about
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The Statehouse is far from the Abbey Group’s only cafeteria account. The Sheldon-based business manages nearly 80 institutional sites around the state, as well as a few across the border in New Hampshire and New York. Its story began in 1982 when Sheldon native David Underwood returned home from California and purchased the spacious Abbey Restaurant. “I realized I was going to have to diversify and not rely on being in the middle of nowhere,” Underwood recalls. He expanded his restaurant to include a banquet hall and began offering off-site catering. Bolstered by that success, Underwood put in a successful bid against corporations Sodexo and Aramark to feed students at his alma mater, Bellows Free Academy. In the quarter century since, the company has ballooned; it now employs nearly 450. According to Underwood, the key to the Abbey Group’s success is that each location adapts to its community. Individual chefs work with nearby farmers as well as with bigger suppliers, such as Reinhart FoodService and Burlington Foodservice Company, to include Vermont products
on menus whenever possible. Available dishes also vary by location. For example, Abbey Group cafeterias in the Winooski school system always offer options to fit the dietary needs of the diverse religions represented there. Underwood takes pride in having insisted on whole-wheat baked goods and lots of fruit and vegetable options in his school cafeterias long before the government mandated them, he says. And what about feeding the people who make the laws? According to Gerry Morris of lobbyist group Morris & DeMag, Capitol Food Court at lunchtime feels like an oasis in the middle of a hectic day. “This is our second home, and [Wood] makes our homecooked food,” says the man whose clients include Entergy, the company that owns Vermont Yankee. “It’s very comfortable.” Morris says his favorite dish is Wood’s American chop suey with a side of “Italian coleslaw,” a vinegar-and-dill cabbage salad available on the salad bar. He’s not even Capitol Food Court’s most devoted fan, though. Senate Minority Leader Bill Doyle (R-Washington) is. While several dishes at the cafeteria’s grill station have government-themed
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CHRONIC INFLAMMATION'S LINK TO DEGENERATIVE DISEASE : Peter Farber discusses the link between inﬂ ammatory conditions and cancer, heart disease and more. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6:307:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. GENTLE YOGA WITH JILL LANG: Students get their stretch on with the yoga certiﬁ cation candidate. Personal mat required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. MONTRÉAL-STYLE ACRO YOGA: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower guides participants through poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic beneﬁ ts. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 324-1737. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet deﬁ ne this high-intensity physical-ﬁ tness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.
A Call to Action What does it mean to be “green” amid all the reduce, reuse, recycle discourse of our times? Poets, essayists and photographers explore this question in So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis. Blurring the lines between political activism, spirituality and nature, the anthology addresses pressing issues related to our rapidly changing environment. Deemed “a book of eloquent testimony” by Publishers Weekly, it features local poet Greg Delanty, who serves as lead author. His verse and writing from Galway Kinnell, Julia Alvarez, Major Jackson and others complement black-and-white photography by notable visual artists, including Ansel Adams disciple Mariana Cook.
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BABYTIME PLAYGROUP : Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7555.
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BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: Mountaineering buffs and outdoor enthusiasts tap into the spirit of adventure with short ﬁ lms and documentaries. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $18-23. Info, 603-448-0400. BOOKS-TO-FILM SERIES : François Ozon's thriller Swimming Pool explores a dark series of events that takes place when a mystery writer visits her publisher's home in the south of France. A discussion with library director Richard Bidnick follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'CHASING ICE': National Geographic photographer James Balog captures a multi-year record of climate change with sophisticated time-lapse cameras in Jeff Orlowski's 2012 documentary. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. 'HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE': David France's documentary proﬁ les the coalitions ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) and their collective efforts in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-9. Info, 603-646-2422.
NORDIC MOVIE NIGHT : Folks screen a ﬂ ick in the spirit of the "Kick & Glide" exhibit documenting Vermont's nordic skiing legacy. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe, 7 p.m. Info, 253-9911, ext. 201.
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When the Vida Guitar Quartet performs, it’s hard to believe that a sound so large and complex comes from just four musicians. Formed in 2007, the internationally acclaimed group is one of the United Kingdom’s most sought-after ensembles. Known for expanding the range of the acoustic guitar, members Mark Ashford, Mark Eden, Helen Sanderson and Chris Stell meld technical mastery with lighthearted spontaneity. This dynamic mix of control and creativity allows for a diverse repertoire that travels from the gypsy-inspired music of Spain to selections from Scotland, Brazil and beyond. The result? Gramophone says, “There’s only one word for it: magic.”
VIDA GUITAR QUARTET ˜ ursday, January 30, 7 p.m., at Casella ˜ eater, Castleton State College. $10-15. Info, 4681119. vidagq.com
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ith every performance, Le Vent du Nord bring the past into the present. One of the top French Canadian bands touring today, the group interweaves its Québécois roots with modern progressive folk. ˜ is innovative, accessible approach has won over audiences and critics alike, as evidenced by the foursome’s two Juno Awards, among other industry accolades. Since 2002, these Francophone ambassadors have honed a sound the Boston Herald claims “is deﬁ ned by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn ﬂ avor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” ˜ e energetic performers deliver traditional tunes and originals in a toe-tapping concert. LE VENT DU NORD Saturday, February 1, 7:30 p.m., at Barre Opera House. $16-30. Info, 476-8188. barreoperahouse.org
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Crafternoon With niCole: CirCus toys: Local artist Nicole Vance guides kiddos ages 6 and up through the steps of making a parachuter and a unicycle rider. Fairfax Community Park, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420. homeWork help: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science students assist first through eighth graders with reading, math and science assignments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. meet roCkin' ron the friendly pirate: Aargh, matey! Youngsters celebrate the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. moving & grooving With Christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and worldbeat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. story time & playgroup: Engaging narratives pave the way for art, nature and cooking projects. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. story time for 3- to 5-year-olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Winter story time: Kiddos share read-aloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.
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'Bhopal': Under the direction of Liz Valdez, Teesri Duniya Theatre stages Rahul Varma's drama about the aftermath of the 1984 explosion of Union Carbide's pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 8 p.m. $15-25. Info, 514-739-7944.
'vermont history through song': Singer/ researcher Linda Radtke lends her voice to a costumed interpretation of the state's major events. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. vermont philharmoniC Chorus open rehearsal: New members are welcomed in preparation for the 2014 concert season. Waterbury Congregational Church, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. L HEINT PAU Z
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essential online tools for nonprofits Workshop: An open format with Rob Fish helps local organizations utilize digital technology to meet specific needs. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091. peaCe is possiBle Workshop: In multimedia and interactive sessions, John Reuwer presents nonviolent action as a powerful tool for dealing with an increasingly violent world. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6. Why everyone needs an estate plan: Bill Root details the ways in which wills, trusts and more can safeguard against future uncertainties. Edward Jones, Shelburne, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-9991.
green mountain taBle tennis CluB: Pingpong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, 6-9:30 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.
farmers night series: Calvin trillin: The award-winning journalist, humorist and novelist considers the current state of America — including Vermont's food culture. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-3480. gary naBhan: The acclaimed author and ethnobotantist considers the link between foodcrop diversity, human health and climate change. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 847-2278. hoWard Coffin: In "Lincoln and Vermont," the historian traces the evolution of the president's relationship to the state. American Legion Post 59, Waterbury, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8989.
'other desert Cities': Vermont Stage Company presents Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed drama about a memoirist whose book reveals devastating family secrets. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966. spank! harder: the sequel: Picking up where Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody left off, this satirical romp pokes fun at all things pop culture. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $37.75. Info, 775-0903.
Big ideas dine & disCuss: Led by Edward Cashman, folks share a meal, then converse about John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister; bring a California-inspired dish to share. Info, 878-6955. Book sale: Bibliophiles pore over a plethora of pages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. fiCtion Writing Workshop: Wordsmiths read and respond to selected essays, then discuss stories by two members. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104. midrash in verse!: Jan Peter Dembinski excerpts The Golden Calf: The Fall & Redemption of Israel in the Sinai Wilderness. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. play Writing Workshop: Lit lovers read and discuss theatrical works by group members. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104.
seed starting 101: Green thumbs learn how to navigate the first stage of planting. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, Williston, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433. vermont farm shoW: See WED.29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
maggie's t.g.i.f.f: 'thank goodness it's fiBer friday': Veteran knitter Maggie Loftus leads fellow needle workers in a fireside crafting session. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 8786955, email@example.com.
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'Flicker': Middlebury College students showcase choreography reflective of their personal experiences and individual voices. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
Beginner spanish lessons: Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 3241757, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burlington gap Year Fair: Students learn about service and learning opportunities between high school and college — including interning, volunteering and studying abroad. South Burlington High School, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7000.
'Bhopal': See WED.29, 8 p.m. iglooFest: An an igloo village and electronic music from top DJs draw crowds by the thousands to this popular outdoor festival. Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old-Port of Montréal, Montréal, 6:30-midnight. $15-20; $40 weekend pass; for ages 18 and up. Info, 514-904-1247.
'lawrence oF araBia': Peter O'Toole stars as British Army officer T. E. Lawrence in David Lean's 1962 masterpiece. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 457-3981.
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Downton aBBeY Dinner & etiquette lesson: See WED.29, 6:30 p.m. komBucha: Suzanna Bliss of Rooted Wisdom demonstrates how to make this beneficial fermented tea. Bring a wide-mouth, half-gallon Mason jar to take a starter home. City Market, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at citymarket.coop; limited space. Info, 861-9700.
open BriDge game: Players of varying experience levels put strategic skills to use. Vermont Room, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 462-3373.
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eric smith: Drawing on the history of computation and 30 years of experience, the lecturer presents "The Next 700 Programming Languages." Room 101, uVM Perkins Hall, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, meetup.com.
national theatre live: 'coriolanus': A broadcast production of Shakespeare's tragedy stars Tom Hiddleston opposite Mark Gatiss in a dark tale of political manipulation and revenge. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-17; preregister. Info, 382-9222. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-24. Info, 748-2600. 'other Desert cities': See WED.29, 7:30 p.m.
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20-30-somethings Book group: Bibliophiles swap ideas about Piper Kerman's Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. Book Discussion: 'health care & humanitY': Readers chat with Linda Bland about Marianne Paget's A Complex Sorrow: Reflections on Cancer and an Abbreviated Life. Morristown Centennial Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-2616. Book sale: See WED.29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. greg DelantY: The poet and St. Michael's College professor presents So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis. See calendar spotlight. Pomerleau Alumni Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795. renegaDe reaDing series: Emerging writers from Vermont and beyond share their work. Live music by Dark Green Folk follows. ArtsRiot Gallery, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 267-467-2812.
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Franklin storY hour: Preschoolers convene for tales, songs and crafts. Haston Library, Franklin, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6505. music with Derek: Traditional and original folk inspires preschoolers up to age 5 to bust out song-and-dance moves. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. music with mr. chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. reaD with arlo: Lit lovers share stories with the therapy dog and his owner, Brenda. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister for a 20-minute time slot. Info, 223-3338.
Financial aiD Forms workshop: Students and their parents join VSAC representatives to learn about the college financial aid process and tackle related paperwork. A Q&A session follows. See vsac.org for details. Colchester High School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 864-8581.
Bio-inDiviDualitY & epigenetics workshop: Holistic health coach Sarah Richardson discusses theories and current research related to aging and familial health traits. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. OH AN 202. PE R SS ON communitY healing circle: Likeminded attendees join Raphael Groton in an evening based on loving, pure intentions. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 6:308:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 660-8060. Forza: the samurai sworD workout: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. 'Yoga on church street' FunDraiser: A vinyasa class led by Kerry Fantelli supports the annual event, which raises awareness about Prevent Child Abuse Vermont programs and services. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info, email@example.com.
viDa guitar quartet: The internationally recognized foursome brings a varied program to the stage, featuring gypsy-inspired music from Spain and more. See calendar spotlight. Casella Theater, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 468-1119.
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oPeRaTIon waRMTh CoMedy TouR: Vermont's top comedians elicit big laughs at this benefit for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity's WARMTH project. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-20; preregister. Info, 373-4703.
ChITTenden CounTy CoMMunITy baby showeR: Expecting parents take advantage of pampering stations, photo opportunities and activities sponsored by local organizations. South Burlington Community Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 489-0410. navIgaTIng The new veRMonT healTh CaRe exChange: Peter Sterling of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security helps attendees choose appropriate individualized plans. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
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ballRooM & laTIn danCIng: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. ConTRa danCe FeaTuRIng MaIvIsh: The electrifying band delivers step dancing, traditional songs and original compositions alongside caller Nils Fredland. Dunbar Hall. Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Info, 586-7711, ext. 164. Queen CITy Tango PRaCTIlonga: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisaAI VI SH tion, community and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smoothsoled shoes required. North End Studio B, Burlington, beginner lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.
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ChInese new yeaR CelebRaTIon & 'ChaRT youR FuTuRe' woRkshoP: Folks ring in the Year of the Horse, then analyze their birth charts with a local Chinese astrology practitioner. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $17; preregister. Info, 540-0186.
asbuRy shoRTs FIlM ConCeRT: Movie buffs screen award-winning flicks in the drama, animation and live-action comedy categories. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10-12. Info, 518-523-2512. 'blue Is The waRMesT ColoR': When Adéle meets Emma, the two high school students form a relationship in which they explore social acceptance, sexuality and more. French with English subtitles. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600. FRIday nIghT FIlM seRIes: Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush's documentary A Place at the Table examines poverty and hunger in America through specific children and their families. A discussion with Hunger Free Vermont follows. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1248.
TouRnées FRenCh FIlM FesTIval: This celebration of francophone cinema opens with the drama Couleur de Pau: Miel (Approved for Adoption) based on codirector Jung Henin's eponymous graphic novel. French with English subtitles. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795. 'whaT's In a naMe?': When a father-to-be reveals the chosen name for his offspring, his friends have dramatic reactions in this 2012 comedy. French with English subtitles. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.
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CRaFT beeR TasTIng: Discerning hops lovers crack cans of fermented brews. Cork Wine Bar, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 882-8227. skI veRMonT sPeCIalTy Food TouR: Skiers and riders take a break from the slopes and sample products from local food producers. Jay Peak Resort, Jay, 9 a.m. Cost of lift tickets. Info, 223-2439.
all aboaRd boaRd gaMe nIghT: Players of all ages put their skills to the test with traditional American and European games. Adult accompaniment required for children. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free to attend; $1-2 for food and drink. Info, 864-0123.
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adulT yoga Class: YogaFit instructor Jessica Frost incorporates traditional fitness moves into stretching and breathing exercises. Cafeteria, Highgate Elementary School, 7 p.m. $7; preregister. Info, 868-3970, firstname.lastname@example.org. InTeRMedIaTe TaI ChI: Ruth Barenbaum leads participants through gentle, controlled movements to help increase flexibility and decrease joint pain. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. yoga nIdRa: Basic asanas and breathing exercises prep students for a deep relaxation or "yogic sleep" designed to restore the nervous system. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25-35. Info, 223-5302.
aCoRn Club sToRy TIMe: Little ones up to age 6 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. ChIldRen's sToRy TIMe: Budding bookworms pore over pages in themed, weekly gatherings. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. CRaFTeRnoon: Students in grades 4 through 8 convene for a creative session. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. eaRly bIRd MaTh: Inquisitive minds explore mathematic concepts with books, songs, games and activities. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 434-3036. eleMenTaRy oPen gyM & aCTIvITy TIMe: Supervised kiddos in grades K through 6 burn off energy, then engage their imaginations with art, puzzles and books. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. gIddyuP! sToRy TIMe (haPPy yeaR oF The hoRse): Youngsters don themed attire for an equine extravaganza. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. hoMewoRk helP: See WED.29, 3-6 p.m.
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green MounTain cluB WinTer Trails fesTival: Group hikes and ski outings complement workshops, demos and kids activities. A bonfire, live music and tasty fare round out the day. Green Mountain Club Visitor Center, Waterbury Center, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $8-10; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 241-8327. 'kiDs vT' caMp & school fair: Dreaming about summer? Representatives from dozens of camps and schools share information about exciting programs to look forward to. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5482.
'hoW karMa Works' MeDiTaTion: Ven. Amy Miller leads a guided daylong practice focused on integrating the knowledge of the dharma. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20; preregister; includes vegetarian lunch. Info, 633-4136. r.i.p.p.e.D.: See WED.29. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. yoga for survivors of sexual violence: H.O.P.E. Works presents a confidential, traumainformed program focused on healing and resiliency. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0555, ext. 19.
naTional TheaTre live: 'The haBiT of arT': Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour star in a broadcast production of Alan Bennett's acclaimed play about aging, creativity and artistic passion. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. 'oTher DeserT ciTies': See WED.29, 7:30 p.m. 'ruMors': Thomas Ouellette directs this BarnArts Center for the Arts production of Neil Simon's comedy about four upper-class couples and a dinner party gone horribly wrong. Barnard Town Hall, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 332-6020. The capiTol sTeps: The award-winning political satire group delivers puns and parodies based on the latest news and headlines. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $22-38. Info, 476-8188. 'urineToWn, The Musical': Lake Champlain Waldorf High School seniors interpret the dystopian Tony Award-winning satire that tackles everything from capitalism to Broadway shows. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 985-2827.
John lucy: As part of the Faith Adventure Series, the lecturer recounts his cross-country cycling journey to raise awareness about human trafficking. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6764, email@example.com. The WonDers of fungi: Eric Swanson of Vermush explains the processes behind growing mushrooms from cultures. Participants receive spawns to take home. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 2238000, ext. 202. verMonT ToWn hall: a conversaTion WiTh Bill MckiBBen: The internationally recognized environmentalist chats onstage with journalist David Goodman about climate change and more. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 760-4634.
a MiDWinTer Musical TasTing: Live music entertains foodies as they sip craft beer from Queen City Brewery and nosh on appetizers and desserts. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Choral Union. Richmond Free Library, 4-7 p.m. $20 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. BurlingTon WinTer farMers MarkeT: Farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh and prepared foods, crafts and more in a bustling FEBRUARY 1-8 indoor marketplace with live music, lunch seating and face painting. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, email@example.com. caleDonia WinTer farMers MarkeT: Fresh 21 Taft Corners Shopping Center, Williston baked goods, veggies, beef and maple syrup figure prominently in displays of "shop local" 288-9666 • www.beadcrazyvt.com options. Welcome Center, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-1 CLASS LIST AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088. cenTral verMonT seeD sWap: Green thumbs get revved up for the growing season with an exchange of non-GMO seeds and gardening tips. 1/17/14 2:18 PM First Presbyterian Church, Barre, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 12v-beadscrazy012914.indd 1 community Free. Info, 225-6597. frienDs of The alDrich liBrary WinTer farMer's Dinner: Locavores please their BanqueT & aucTion: Lit lovers feast on a beef palates at a four-course meal featuring pretenderloin dinner, then place bids benefitting sentations by Maple Wind Farm, Starbird Fish library programs and services. Elks Club, Barre, and Pete's Greens. Juniper at Hotel Vermont, 5-9 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 476-7550. Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. $55; $90 includes beverToWn MeeTing: Sen. Bernie Sanders welcomes age pairings; preregister. Info, 651-5027. David Cole of Georgetown Law School and Heidi fish fry: Plates of crispy, golden-brown fish Participate in a Research Study Boghosian of the National Lawyers Guild, who satisfy seafood lovers. VFW Post, Essex Junction, discuss the National Security Agency's violations and Help Prevent Dengue Fever 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 878-0700. of constitutional rights. Montpelier City Hall, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 862-0697. french canaDian supper: Diners honor Vermont's Québécois condance nection with a traditional feast of pea soup, meat pie, mashed 'sleeping BeauTy': Set to a potatoes and dessert. Our Lady Tchaikovsky score, the Rudolf of the Holy Rosary, Richmond, Nureyev State Ballet Theatre 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. interprets this classic fairy tale Info, 434-2521 or 876-7713. about a princess' long nap. Spruce Peak Performing ruTlanD WinTer farMers Arts Center, Stowe Mountain MarkeT: More than 50 vendors Resort, 7 p.m. $65-75. Info, sell local produce, cheese, homeB CO E 760-4634. made bread and other made-in-VerUR AT TE ST SY mont products at the bustling indoor YEV OF RU DOLF NU RE venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, etc. Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269. MaD river valley ski resorT 65Th spagheTTi Dinner: Families fill up on allanniversary gala: Revelers don vintage ski you-can-eat pasta and sauce, salad, bread and wear and/or old season passes at this soirée dessert at this benefit for the Lincoln Cooperative featuring a dinner buffet, live music and dancing. • Healthy adults, Preschool. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 4:30-6:30 p.m. A torchlight parade and fireworks complete the $3-7; free for kids 6 and under. Info, 453-3113. evening. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 7-11 ages 18 – 50 p.m. $35. Info, 496-3551. The TasTe of verMonT: Amateur and professional chefs join area restaurants and Vermont 'MounTain MoMenTs' open house: Skiers food producers to present their best recipes for chat with Mad River Glen's staff naturalist about • One-year vaccine study tasting. Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, Stratton, the wildlife and ecosystems on the mountain. 7-9 p.m. $20-100; cash bar. Info, 297-2096. Kent Thomas Nature Center. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3551. • Earn up to $2420 games syMphony Ball: Attendees in black-tie attire in compensation celebrate the Vermont Symphony Orchestra with scraBBle cluB: Wordsmiths use lettered tiles a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed to spell out winning combinations. St. Johnsbury by dinner and dancing. Grand Maple Ballroom, Athenaeum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291 or Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.. 563-2934. $175-325; preregister. Info, 800-876-9293, amy@ Call 802-656-0013 for more info vso.org. health & fitness ATRE
norDic voices: The internationally renowned Norweigan a cappella ensemble performs a repertoire that ranges from medieval to contemporary works. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 863-5966. The english concerT: Led by conductor/ harpsichordist Harry Bicket, London's acclaimed ensemble interprets works by Bach, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Georg Philipp Telemann. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-50. Info, 603-646-2422.
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Book sale: See WED.29, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. creaTive WriTing Workshop: Original work by group members inspires spirited conversation. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104. MagDalena góMez: The poet gives a performative reading of her forthcoming book Why I Lost the Popularity Contest. A Q&A follows. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 322-1724. rosalinD renfreW: Vermont Center for Ecostudies' wildlife ecologist discusses The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, compiled from 56,000 local observations. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 229-6206.
'Blue is The WarMesT color': See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m.
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verMonT vauDeville: Local performers incorporate comedy, circus, music and mayhem into an all-ages show. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $8-15. Info, 533-2589.
Magic: The gaThering: Decks of cards determine the arsenal with which participants, or "planeswalkers," fight others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free; for grades 6 and up. Info, 878-6956. Music WiTh Derek: Kiddos up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. songs & sTories WiTh MaTTheW: Musician Matthew Witten helps children start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Teen aDvisory BoarD: Teens gather to plan library programs. Yes, there will be snacks. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. ToDDler yoga & sTories: Little ones up to age 5 stretch their bodies and imaginations with Karen Allen. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
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Open T OT Gym & Infan T/paren T play T Ime: Slides, jump ropes and a rope swing help little ones drain their energy in a safe environment. A separate area for babies provides age-appropriate stimulation. Elementary School Gymnasium, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. play On! S TOry Thea Ter Sa Turday : Budding thespians ages 3 through 7 bring a fairy tale or children's story to life. See northernstage. org for details. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 10-11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $20-25. Info, 296-7000. r uSSIan play Gr Oup : Tykes up to age 5 bring a toy to a tea party, where snacks and a car race await. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. SaTurday S TOry TIme: Youngsters and their caregivers gather for entertaining tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. STOry expl Orer S: WInTer Bear S: How do these predators snooze through the snow and cold? Little ones learn the answers with a themed tale. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. yOG a TOTS: YogaFit instructor Jessica Frost leads kiddos ages 3 through 6 in poses that focus their energy and relax their minds. Community Room, Highgate Municipal Building, 9 a.m. Info, 868-3970. yOun G adven Turer S Clu B Cr OSS-COun Try SkI: Kiddos on skis or in a carrier explore the outdoors at an easy pace for approximately 2 miles. Intervale Center, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 999-7893.
l eSBIan pOTlu Ck: Ladies share a meal, then celebrate feminist activism of the 1960s and ’70s with a screening of Myriam Fougère's documentary Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, potluck, 6 p.m.; film, 6:30 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share. Info, 860-7812.
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rI pTOn COmmun ITy COffeeh OuSe: Local performers warm up the microphone for the acoustic trio Rusty Belle. Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $3-10; preregister for open mic. Info, 388-9782. verm OnT ph Ilharm OnIC WInTer C OnCer T: Lou Kosma conducts a performance of works by Richard Stöhr, Camille Saint-Saëns and César Franck, featuring pianist Anna-Sofia Andrea Botti. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 380-0621.
ear ThWalk C Ommun ITy day : Snow-shelter building, animal tracking, games and more culminate in a potluck meal complete with cob-oven baking and fireside songs and stories. Hawthorn Meadow, Goddard College, Plainfield, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share and personal place settings. Info, 454-8500. The WIld S Ide Of S Tark mOun TaIn: Nature lovers seek out tracks and other signs of local wildlife. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.
InTr Odu CTIOn TO mICr OSOf T WInd OWS: Folks looking to become more tech savvy improve their computer skills with an overview of relevant software. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.
BOl TOn af Ter dark : When the sun sets, skiers and riders explore Vermont's most extensive night-skiing terrain, then screen selections from Meathead Films. Bolton Valley Resort, 4-8 p.m. $19 lift tickets; $2 refreshments; cash bar. Info, 434-6804. Craf TSBury mara Th On: Cross-country skiers from all over New England go the distance in 25K or 50K races. See craftsbury.com for details. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 9 a.m. $5-120. Info, 586-7767. Green mOun TaIn der By dameS dOuBleheader : Hot wheels! Fans watch the Black Ice Brawlers and Grade A Fancy in their season opener against Monadnock Roller Derby and the Granite State Legislashers. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $6-12. Info, 318-1751. nen Sa eaSTern Cup/ uvm Carn Ival : Nordic skiers hit the snow in sprint and freestyle heats. See nensa.net for details. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-5719. STOCk Car & G O-kar T Inf Orma TIOnal meeTInG: Drivers and teams interested in competing in developmental classes at Devil's Bowl Speedway convene for an town-meeting style forum. Renegade, noon-1 p.m.; mini stock, 1-2 p.m.; kart series, 2-3 p.m. Holiday Inn, Rutland, noon. Free. Info, 265-3112. WOmen'S Telemark Sk I Cl InIC: Positive attitude, tactics and techniques help ladies of all skill levels achieve their personal skiing goals. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. $115-170 includes lunch. Info, 496-3551.
alek Sey Semenenk O: Accompanied by pianist Inna Firsova, the prize-winning violinist interprets works by Beethoven, Debussy,Tchaikovsky and others. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $1020. Info, 775-0903. davyd Ov-f ann InG duO: Joining forces, the pianist and cellist present works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin and others in a varied program. Kendall at Hanover, N.H., 7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 388-6897. GeT The l ed Ou T: The Led Zeppelin tribute band capture the essence of the iconic rockers, to the delight of fans young and old. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $25-35. Info, 603-448-0400. l e venT du nOrd : Québec's acclaimed folk foursome energizes theater audiences with traditional and original compositions. See 'a dan Cer' S dream: T WO calendar spotlight. Barre Opera WOrk S By STrav InSky' : A House, 7:30 p.m. $16-30. Info, broadcast production of the 476-8188. New York Philharmonic's 2013 season finale uses music, live meShell ndeGeOCell O: animation, video, puppetry and In "A Dedication to Nina circus arts to portray a young Simone," the vocalist and CO woman's quest to become a dancUR bassist pays tribute to the soul TE SY er. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, icon. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 OF C H A R LI E G R O S S N.Y., 1 p.m. $5-12. Info, 518-523-2512. p.m. $15-42. Info, 863-5966. 'amaz InG Ch Ina' : The Confucius Institute r aChel rI eS: The singer-songwriters who dubs brings opera, dance, acrobatics, and vocal and her music "prairie-swing and city-folk," performs instrumental music to the stage. E. Glenn Giltz an intimate show. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., $15; $30 includes dinner package; preregister; 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-3287. BYOB. Info, 465-4071.
'OTher deSer T CITIeS': See WED.29, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'r umOr S': See FRI.31, 7 p.m. 'ur IneTOWn, The muSICal' : See FRI.31, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. verm OnT vaudev Ille : See FRI.31. Barton Memorial Building, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 533-2589.
BOOk Sale : See WED.29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. BOOk Sale: mIddle Bury : Readers stock up on new titles. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. The pOeTry exper IenCe: Creative prompts inspire writers to put pen to paper, after which they share stanzas in a supportive environment. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 489-5546. verm OnT SCIenCe fICTIO n Wr ITer S Ser IeS: Locals authors excerpt selected works of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Phoenix Books Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.
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Balkan fO lk dan CInG: Louise Brill and friends organize people into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. No partner necessary. North End Studio B, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Info, 540-1020. dan Ce l aB: A study of the art form with Polly Motley allows regional dancers to explore freedom and structure in performance. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 1:15-5:15 p.m. $20. Info, 279-8836, email@example.com. ISrael I fO lk dan CInG: All ages and skill levels convene for circle and line dances, which are taught, reviewed and prompted. No partner necessary, but clean, soft-soled shoes are required. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $2; free first session. Info, 864-0218, ext. 21.
'Blue IS The Warme ST COl Or' : See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'Wha T'S In a name?': See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
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verm OnT ph Ilharm OnIC WInTer C OnCer T: See SAT.01. Barre Opera House, 2 p.m. $5-15. Info, 380-0621.
all aBOuT Bear S SnOWSh Oe hI ke: Animal lovers discover facts and lore about the omnivores who call local forests home. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551. 'l eave nO Tra Ce' aWarene SS WOrk Sh Op: Instruction in outdoor ethics provides insight into the concept of treading lightly on the land. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5744. WInTer Tree S & BIrd S Of r ed rOC kS: Folks learn about the diverse ecosystem within the park while keeping an eye out for resident feathered flyers. Red Rocks Park, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $10-15; preregister. Info, 434-3068, firstname.lastname@example.org.
mad rI ver valley Sk I mOun TaIneer InG r aCe: Competitors test their endurance, equipment and skills when tackling challenging terrain. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, registration, 8-9 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $40. Info, 496-3551. nen Sa eaSTern Cup/ uvm Carn Ival : See SAT.01, 10 a.m.
Jane W Ill IamSOn: Rokeby Museum's director offers insights on the history of the Underground Railroad in Vermont. Waterbury Senior Center, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.
'OTher deSer T CITIeS': See WED.29, 2 p.m. 'r umOr S': See FRI.31, 2 p.m. 'The Sea Gull' : Lucy Peacock and Diane D'Aquila star in director Peter Hinton's modern version of Chekhov's masterpiece about the romantic and artistic conflicts between a group of artists gathered at a country estate. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1:30 p.m. $24-39. Info, 514-739-7944.
COmmun ITy Breakfa ST: The Ladies Auxiliary hosts a hearty start to the day for members and nonmembers alike. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. $3-6. Info, 878-0700.
alex and anI f undra ISer : The sale of ecofriendly charm bracelets with positive messages benefits the HowardCenter's Community Friends Mentoring program. Alex and Ani, Burlington, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 488-6650.
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SOul purp OSe devel OpmenT: lIG h T BOdy medITaTIOn: Cynthia Warwick Seiler helps attendees access their higher selves in a focused practice. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 11 a.m.noon. $15 suggested donation. Info, 671-4569.
r uSSIan play T Ime WITh naTaSha : Kiddos up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.
f ren Ch C Onver SaTIOn Gr Oup: dIman CheS: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.
'Bh Opal' : See WED.29, 2 p.m.
nOr Thea ST fI ddler S aSSOCIaTIOn meeTInG: Lovers of this spirited art form gather to catch up and jam. Moose Club, Williamstown, noon-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 728-5188.
'Blue IS The Warme ST COl Or' : See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m. 'GaSland' : Josh Fox's 2010 documentary explores the far-reaching consequences of new oil-drilling practices in America — including affected residents who can light their drinking water on fire as a result. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. 'Wha T'S In a name?': See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m.
food & drink
COCkTaIl Walk : Distillers, producers and bartenders make Vermont-inspired libations with local spirits and bitters, then discuss their creations. See vermontfarmtours.com for details. Various downtown locations, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $45; preregister. Info, 922-7346. l eGISla TIve Breakfa ST: Community members start the day with a buffet-style meal and a meet-and-greet with Governor Peter Shumlin. Franklin Conference Center, Rutland, 7:30 a.m. $10; preregister at chamber@rutlandvermont. com. Info, 773-2747.
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Trivia NighT: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.
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herbal CoNsulTaTioNs: Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Masé and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister at email@example.com; limited space. Info, 861-9757. iNTroduCTioN To ayurvediC lifesTyle & dieT: Adena Rose Harford presents the nutritional principles of the ancient Indian alternative medicine. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. r.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.29, 6-7 p.m.
aliCe iN NoodlelaNd: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. MusiC WiTh PeTer: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. My Child & Me: hoMeMade CraCkers & sPreads: Kiddos 5 and under join their caregivers to prepare tasty fare using organic ingredients. City Market, Burlington, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $5-10; free for WIC adult/child pairs; preregister at citymarket.coop; limited space. Info, 861-9700.
reCorder-PlayiNg grouP: Musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, firstname.lastname@example.org. saMbaTuCada! oPeN rehearsal: New faces are invited to pitch in as Burlington's samba street-percussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.
adulT CoMPuTer WorkshoP: An interactive session teaches participants how to get started with Microsoft Windows 8. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-noon. $10; preregister. Info, 864-1502.
Paul Taylor 2 daNCe CoMPaNy: Humor, emotions and athleticism drive an interpretation of the work of dance icon Paul Taylor. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 518-523-2512. sWiNg daNCe PraCTiCe sessioN: Twinkle-toed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.
'blue is The WarMesT Color': See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m. CoMMuNiTy CiNeMa: 'las MarThas': Cristina Ibarra's documentary examines the traditions surrounding this annual debutante ball in Texas, at which Latino girls dress as figures from America's colonial history. A panel discussion follows. Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1200. 'high PoWer': Filmmaker Pradeep Indulkar presents his award-winning short documentary about the negative effects of India's Tarapur Atomic Power Station on area residents. Community Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 862-4929. PeaCe & PoPCorN: Cinema buffs peruse the Peace and Justice Center's video library and choose the evening's film. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6. 'WhaT's iN a NaMe?': See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m.
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beNefiT bake: Pizza lovers dine on slices in support of Local Motion. Partial proceeds from each flatbread sold are donated. American Flatbread — Burlington Hearth, 5-9 p.m. Prices vary. Info, email@example.com. The PeNNyWise PaNTry: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister at citymarket.coop; limited space. Info, 861-9700.
health & fitness
aikido WorkshoP: An introduction to the Japanese martial art focuses on the relationship between conditioning, relaxation exercises and self-defense. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, 951-8900. NaTural MediCiNe for ChildreN: fevers, Nausea & voMiTiNg: Clinical herbalist Shona MacDougall presents herbal and homeopathic remedies for cold-weather ailments. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. viNyasa aT The viNeyard: A gentle yet invigorating class incorporates long, strengthening holds with deep stretches to foster renewed focus. A journaling session follows. Shelburne Vineyard, 5:45 p.m. $13. Info, 985-0090.
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'The addaMs faMily': Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday and the rest of the gang hit the stage as part of the national Broadway tour of this award-winning musical comedy. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $49.5059.50. Info, 775-0903.
'selliNg your busiNess' PaNel disCussioN: Area professionals offer ideas and expert insights related to the logistics of selling companies. A Q&A follows. Valcour Conference Room, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 8-10 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 233-4995.
J. Craig veNTer: As part of the Todd Lecture Series, the biologist, entrepreneur and leading genomic researcher presents "Life at the Speed of Light." Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2886. Job heiNTz: The CEO of the Himalayan Cataract Project shares the local nonprofit's global mission to treat preventable and curable blindness. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408. Mike sChirliNg: Burlington's chief of police considers the effects of opiate use in the region. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, coffee and refreshments, 1:15 p.m.; lecture, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.
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Creative tuesdays: Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. HomesCHool Program: vermont's History tHrougH arCHaeology: Students ages 8 1/2-off and up discover clues about the state's past bottles of with a hands-on artifact activity. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregwine every ister. Info, 878-4918. Wednesday PresCHool story time & Craft: Tales and night. creative projects centered on "Dinsosaurs" entertain little ones ages 3 through 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Wed-Sat 5:30-9pm reading WitH frosty & friends tHeraPy 197 n. winooski avenue dogs: Youngsters share a story with lovable Visit us on Facebook pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, BarrioBakeryvt.com • 863-8278 Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-4918. bakery by day. pizza by night. story exPlorers: sHadoWs: Did the groundhog see his likeness on the snow this year? Little ones explore the concept of how images get cast on the ground. ECHO Lake Aquarium and 8v-pizzabarrio012914.indd 1 1/27/14 2:32 PM Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, The 2013 Milkin Outstanding Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, Teacher Award Winner $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. story time WitH Corey: Read-aloud books and crafts led by store employee Corey Bushey engage young minds. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Saint Michael’s College, ’05 Winter story time: See WED.29, 10 a.m.
Starting February 2014.
frenCH Conversation grouP: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. Pause-Café: French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.
From your friends at Saint Michael’s College The 2012 Milkin Outstanding Teacher Award winner was Saint Michael College’s Matt Hajdun, M.Ed., 2013 For information on the Saint Michael’s College graduate education programs, contact Karen Abbott at 802-654-2611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
green mountain derby dames fresH meat PraCtiCe: Get on the fast track! Vermont's hard-hitting gals teach novices basic skating and derby skills. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30-10 p.m. Free. Info, 203-675-0294, email@example.com. traPP nordiC CuP: Cross-country skiers race against the clock at a weekly 5K skate and/or timed trial. See trappfamily.com for details. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $8. Info, 253-5755.
'tHe seagull': See SUN.02, 8 p.m.
Cady/Potter Writers CirCle: Literary enthusiasts improve their craft through assignments, journal exercises, reading, sharing and occasional book discussions. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 349-6970. rosalind renfreW: Vermont Center for Ecostudies' wildlife ecologist discusses The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, compiled from more than 56,000 local observations. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2436. 1/28/14 9:30 AM tales from tHe bear Cave: Dre Idle emcees a night of open mic, off-the-cuff storytelling based on the theme "Laptops and Libidos." ArtsRiot Gallery, Burlington, 6 p.m. Donations. Info, 267-467-2812.
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team in training information meeting: Folks learn about the world's first and largest charity sports training program, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through marathons and bike rides nationwide. Pomerleau Family YMCA, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-0014, firstname.lastname@example.org.
better buildings by design ConferenCe: Top professionals from around the country, including keynoter Eric Corey Freed, explore cutting-edge green building trends. See efficiencyvermont.com for details. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. $100-325. Info, 877-248-9900.
make your oWn fasHion aCCessories: Delna Boyce demonstrates how to craft flowers to adorn jewelry, clothing, bags and more. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:307:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
'animal' oPen reHearsal & installation PerformanCe: Hanna Satterlee's work-inprogress begins on a dirt-lined stage, then travels outdoors, where footprints on the snow reflect the choreography. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 1:15-2:45 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com. farmers nigHt series: sid mClam & tHe steP ’n time line danCers of Central vermont: The local dance troupe delivers an evening of fancy footwork. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-3480.
teCHnology droP-in day: Library patrons learn to navigate the new catalog system and how to download e-books and audiobooks. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-5 p.m. Free.
'blue is tHe Warmest Color': See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'CasablanCa' sCreening & disCussion: Film expert Rick Wilson presents the 1942 World War II classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergmann as a masterpiece of wartime propaganda. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. 'tHe dark side of CHoColate': In their eye-opening documentary, Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano travel to Africa to shed light on the issue of child labor on cocoa plantations. City Market, Burlington, 6:45-8 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. 'WHat's in a name?': See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
health & fitness
introduCtory HiP-HoP fusion fitness Class: Older teens and adults break a sweat in this high-energy session. South End Studio, Burlington, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0044. montréal-style aCro yoga: See WED.29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. r.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.29, 6-7 p.m. tHe mediCine of tHeobroma CaCao, tHe CHoColate tree: Folk herbalist Sandra Lory presents an intimate examination of the ancient plant's origin and its status as sacred herbal medicine. A screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate follows. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at citymarket.coop; limited space. Info, 861-9700.
evening babytime PlaygrouP: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 876-7555. mallory leWis & lamb CHoP: Continuing her mother's legacy, the ventriloquist performs with the beloved sock puppet. Proceeds benefit Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic Riding Program. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. $4. Info, 748-2600. meet roCkin' ron tHe friendly Pirate: See WED.29, 10-10:45 a.m. moving & grooving WitH CHristine: See WED.29, 11-11:30 a.m. story time & PlaygrouP: See WED.29, 1011:30 a.m. Winter story time: See WED.29, 11:15 a.m.
squeer danCing: See WED.29, 7-9 p.m.
vermont PHilHarmoniC CHorus oPen reHearsal: See WED.29, 7-9 p.m.
adult ComPuter WorksHoP: Social media newcomers learn the basics of Facebook. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 1-4 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 864-1502.
green mountain table tennis Club: See WED.29, 6-9:30 p.m.
eugene uman: Vermont Jazz Center's artistic director pays tribute to American jazz pianist and composer Thelonius Monk. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. H. niCHolas muller iii: The former director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation discusses the renowned architect's work after 1932, which marked the most productive decades of his career. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Jim fouts: The local Civil War historian presents "The Confederate Raid on St. Albans." A light lunch is provided. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, noon. Free. Info, 485-2183. kativa finn: In "The Six Wives of Henry VII," the author and scholar examines the lives of the iconic king's brides. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. miCHael arnoWitt: In a performance lecture, the acclaimed jazz and classical musician explores the legacy of George Gershwin. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. randall balmer: The Dartmouth College professor examines the rise of the religious right during the lifetime of president Jimmy Carter. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. riCHard W. sCHneider: Norwich University's president discusses the evolution of the university concept and the future of higher education in the United States. Sugarbush Inn, Warren, 7:45 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 591-0975.
'otHer desert Cities': See WED.29, 7:30 p.m. 'tHe fox on tHe fairWay': Maggie Burrows directs this Northern Stage production of Ken Ludwig's comedy about a hilarious rivalry between two country clubs. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $10-60. Info, 296-7000. 'tHe seagull': See SUN.02, 8 p.m. m
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art ACCESS ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Watercolor with Ginny Joyner, Drawing, Zentangle, Colored Pencil, Block Print, Miniature Fruits & more, Polymer Clay, Calligraphy, kids art choices. Culinary arts: one-night, hands-on classes where you eat well! Dim Sum, Indian Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Szechuan, ˜ ai, Turkish, Greek Coastal, Middle Eastern, Korean, Balinese, Chocolate, Argentinian, Vegetarian, Ricotta Cheese Cake, Pasta Bene, Berry Pie, Cookie Bake & Decorate. Yum. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/ access/.
CLAY: THE UTILITARIAN TEAPOT: In this lecture-style workshop, Jeremy Ayers introduces the elements needed to create a successful teapot that is ready for daily use. Along with class discussion, demonstrations will be given on lid-to-body relationships and how to construct spouts and handles to make your teapots truly functional and beautiful. Feb. 9, 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING II: Reﬁ ne your wheelwork in Wheel II for advanced beginners and intermediate potters.
JEWELRY: LEATHER CUFFS: Co-owner of New Duds/professional crafter Tessa Valyou leads this one-night class in creating leather cuffs. Using scrap leather from a local purse manufacturer, Tessa will show you simple ways to make one-of-a-kind jewelry that you’ll want to wear and give as gifts. No experience needed. Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. KIDS: FASHION DESIGN: Spend the afternoon altering old clothing into new trendy styles using methods such as cutting, painting, resewing fabric and adding embellishments. Students will also learn quick and easy fashion design techniques to transform drab duds into something exciting. Bring old clothes or fabric to incorporate into your designs. All other supplies included. Ages 8-12. Mar. 8, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. KIDS: FREE WHEELIN’: Come play with clay on the potter’s wheel and learn how to make cups, bowls and more in our clay studio. Price includes one ﬁ red and glazed piece per participant. All supplies provided. Ages 6-12. Feb. 15, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25/
PAINTING: CONTEMPORARY FIGURE: Intermediate and advanced painters, revitalize your painting practices with a contemporary approach to the ﬁ gure. Turn the page on traditional representation, using fresh color and dynamic composition to strengthen your personal expression. Work from live models each week, explore a variety of contemporary techniques. Figure drawing experience helpful. Weekly on Wed., Feb. 5-Apr. 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $325/person; $292.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PAINTING REALISM: Create paintings so real they pop off the canvas! Classically trained realist painter Sheel Gardner Anand presents a simple approach to oil painting from life and photos. Using a multi-layered process, learn to work with color to portray light and shadow, create atmosphere, and design a composition. Weekly on ˜ u., Feb. 6-Mar. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PHOTOGRAPHING ICE: Ice, one of the wonders of our New England winters, comes in many forms and offers photographers a wealth of subject matter. Join us for three classes including a lecture discussing images and technique, a ﬁ eld shoot and a critique slide show of student work followed by a printing session. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Feb. 20 & 27, 6-9 p.m., & Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA members. Location:
SILKSCREENING: Torrey Valyou, local silkscreen legend and co-owner of New Duds, will introduce you to silkscreening and show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, ﬁ ne art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Weekly on ˜ u., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $230/person; $207/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. SOUND ART: Learn the basics of ﬁ eld recording with digital audio devices and editing using Garage Band. You will be guided through making loops and using processors and will come away with a foundational knowledge of Sound Art. Students will work on building a cache of loops, sounds and compositional sketches. Mar. 10-24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $80/person; $72/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
computers ACCESS COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Computer & Internet Basics, iWant iPods & iPhones, Improve Your Internet Experience, Windows Security: File and Control Panels, Cloud Control, Twitter, CS Sampler, Google Sketchup, MS Word Basics and More, Smartphone Use, MS Excel Basics, Excel Up: ˜ e Next Steps, Excel Data Analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web Essentials, personalized lessons. Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12.. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb. cvuhs.org/access/.
cooking BREAKFAST IN BED: ˜ ere’s nothing better than waking up to a home-cooked breakfast, especially when you don’t need to leave your bed. Learn to cook a delicious breakfast that’s sure to
CHOCOLATE FONDUE: Fun for the whole family! Learn how to make delicious fondue at home. Chef Nicole will teach you how to create some classic and unique fondues with multiple origins of chocolate, white chocolate and more. ˜ en she’ll share her favorite ways to ﬂ avor the chocolates. Let the dipping begin! Feb. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $35. Location: ˜ e Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. 864-0505, southendkitchenvt.com/classes. CHOCOLATE-BAR MAKING: Tie on your apron and learn more about actual chocolate making, from tempering to moulding. A great class for ﬁ rst-time confectioners, we’ll start with a brief lesson on chocolate types, then we’ll dive right into creating your very own bars. Choose your chocolate and an array of inclusions, wait for the bars to set, and then wrap your masterpiece to take home. 3 sessions avail: Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-noon & 3-4 p.m.; Feb. 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Feb. 8, 3-4 p.m.; Feb. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $25/session. Location: ˜ e Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. 864-0505, southendkitchenvt.com/classes. COOK FOR YOUR SWEETIE: Don’t want to deal with the hassle of making a reservation and dealing with restaurant crowds on Valentine’s Day? Do something different for Valentine’s Day: Learn how to make a memorable meal with our executive chef. Imagine champagne cocktails, prosciutto-wrapped shrimp, and petit ﬁ let mignon with horseradish crust and red wine pan sauce. Now add a decadent chocolate dessert, and Valentine’s Day is all wrapped up. Feb. 6, 6:308:30 p.m. Cost: $75. Location: ˜ e Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. 864-0505, southendkitchenvt.com/classes. DESSERT AND DESSERT WINE PAIRINGS: ˜ rowing a dinner party, and you’re not sure what to have for dessert? We can help! Chef Sarah will show you three mouthwatering dessert and dessert wine pairings that are just as easy as they are impressive. Feb. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $50. Location: ˜ e Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. 864-0505, southendkitchenvt.com/classes. KIDS COOK: CHOCOLATE HEART POPS: Join our chocolate sculptress, Emily, in the education kitchen for chocolate heart pop making! She’ll teach students how to mould and decorate COOKING
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP BASICS: Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop. ˜ is class will cover uploading and saving images for print and the web, navigating the workspace and basic editing tools. Bring images on your camera or a Mac-compatible ﬂ ash
CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel ˜ rowing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. You will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces like mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various ﬁ nishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on ˜ u., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
DROP-IN: VALENTINE’S WHEEL: Bring your valentine to a special adult wheel drop-in at the clay studio for a unique (and affordable) date! Students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. No registration necessary; space is limited; ﬁ rst come, ﬁ rst served.Feb. 14, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $12/participant; $11/ BCA members. Couple discount, $20/couple; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
PHOTO: DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: Explore the basic workings of the digital SLR camera, learning to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds, sensitivity ratings and exposure, and learn the basics of composition. Pair with Adobe Lightroom 4 for a 12-week experience learning the ins and outs of photo editing and printing! Weekly on Wed., Feb. 5-Mar. 12. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
SILKSCREEN SLIP TRANSFERS: Using silkscreen printing techniques to transfer slip onto your clay work can add aesthetic depth. In this lecturestyle workshop, Chris Vaughn demonstrates the possibilities of surface decoration using slip transfers on thrown and slabbuilt forms. He will also introduce basic silkscreen techniques using photo emulsion. Mar. 9, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
impress your special someone. Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $50. Location: ˜ e Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. 864-0505, southendkitchenvt.com/classes.
Call 865-7166 for info or register online at burlingtoncityarts.org. Teacher bios are also available online.
CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel ˜ rowing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various ﬁ nishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on ˜ u., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 12:30-3 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
MIXED-LEVEL DARKROOM: Take your work to the next level! Guided sessions to help improve your printing and ﬁ lm processing techniques; discussion of technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work will be included. Cost includes a darkroom membership. Prerequisite: Intro to Black and White Film and the Darkroom or equivalent experience. Weekly on ˜ u., Feb. 6-Apr. 3, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $275/ person; $247.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
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ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LAYERS: Learn the role of layers and layer masking in Photoshop. Class includes layer blending modes, nondestructive editing and methods to remove and add elements to an image. Bring a Mac-compatible ﬂ ash drive with your images to the workshop. Prerequisite: basic Photoshop knowledge. Mar. 6, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $40/person; $36/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
DRAWING: In this introductory drawing class, learn a variety of techniques including basic perspective, compositional layout, and use of dramatic light and shadow. Work from observation and with a variety of media including pencil, pen and ink, ink wash and charcoal. Comics and illustrations may be incorporated. No experience necessary. Weekly on Wed., Feb. 5-Mar. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $200/ person; $180/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
COLLABORATION WITH COLLAGE: Sign up with a friend, spouse, or relative for this exciting 2-day workshop. We’ll explore the possibilities of creatingÌâåÊwith a partner. ÌâåÊWe will use collage as a means of personal expression. We’ll demonstrate use of materials, share examples from our own collaborative projects and discuss collage throughout art history. Mar. 1 & 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or Mar. 22 & 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $80/person. Location: Janet Frederick’s studio, 100 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln. Lily Hinrichsen, Janet Fredericks, 453-5425, lilyhinrichsen@gmail. com or janetfredericksstudio@ gmail.com.
drive to class. No experience needed. Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $40/person; $36/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
Learn individualized tips and techniques for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorative and glazing methods. Individual projects will be encouraged. Students should be proﬁ cient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Weekly on ˜ u., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
chocolate heart pops for the perfect Valentine’s snack or gift. Feb. 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Feb. 14, 3-4 p.m. Cost: $35. Location: The Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. 864-0505, southendkitchenvt.com/classes. Make Your Own Chocolate Frame: If you want to impress someone this Valentine’s Day, make them a chocolate frame! Chocolate maker extraordinaire Emily will show students how to pour, pipe, cut and decorate chocolate frames for their loved ones. Feb. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $50. Location: The Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. 864-0505, southendkitchenvt. com/classes. Sweet and Spicy Truffle Making: Learn to make truffles from one of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ pros! Lauren, your chocolate instructor, will show you how to make and pipe ganache, then you’ll dip and roll each one to create a beautiful box of handmade truffles with unique sweet and spicy inclusions. Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $50. Location: The Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. 864-0505, southendkitchenvt. com/classes.
craft ACCESS CRAFT CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Pottery, Bowl Turning, Woodworking, Machining, Basket Weaving, Rug Hooking, Wool Dyeing, Wood Carving, 3 Bag Sewing, Pillows, Needle Felting, Quilting, Cake Decorating, Knitting Clinic, Paint on Glass, Perennial Gardens, Corsage & Boutonniere. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access/.
dance B-Tru Dance w/ Danielle Vardakas Duszko: B-Tru is focused on hip-hop, funkstyles (poppin, locking, waaking), breakin’, dance hall, belly dance and lyrical dance. Danielle Vardakas Duszko has trained with originators in these styles, performed and battled throughout the world. Classes and camps age 4-adult. She is holding a Hip-Hop Yoga Dance 200-hour teacher training this fall/winter. Kids after-school & Sat. classes. Showcase at the end of May. Feb. & spring break camps ages 4-13 also avail. $50/mo. Ask about family discounts. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. 497-0136,
firstname.lastname@example.org, honestyogacenter.com. Dance Studio Salsalina: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Victoria, 598-1077, email@example.com. Dsantos VT Salsa: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Cost: $10/1hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Tyler Crandall, 5989204, crandalltyler@hotmail. com, dsantosvt.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: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@ firststepdance.com, firststepdance.com.
drumming Taiko, Djembe & Congas!: Stuart Paton, co-founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko Group, has devoted the past 25 years to performing and teaching taiko to children and adults here in the Burlington area and throughout New England. He is currently the primary instructor at the Burlington Taiko Space and his teaching style integrates the best of what he experienced as a child growing up in Tokyo with many successful strategies in American education. Call or email for schedule. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Stuart Paton, 999-4255, firstname.lastname@example.org, burlingtontaiko.org.
empowerment ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Beekeeping, Creative Writing, Memoir Writing, 10 Amazing Journeys with Chris O’Donnell, Solar Energy 101, VT Architecture, Bridge (2 levels), Cribbage,
Career Plan, EFT, Health Topics, Mind-Body Connection, Suburban Homesteading 101, Motorcycle Awareness, Shoulder Massage, Bird Watching, Cat Behavior, Wildlife Rehab, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Body Lotions, Herbal Facial, Tree Pruning. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/ access/.
exercises lead to wonderful “creative accidents,” helping you painlessly uncover source material and original ideas while you confront and slay that monstrous inner critic. Get down to the business of writing a great 10-minute play, and take away tips for longer works! During the second week, hear your work read aloud and glean insights from a feedback session. Instructor: Geeda Searfoorce. Teens/adults, Fri., Feb. 7 & 21, 5:45-8:45 p.m. Cost: $70/2 sessions. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. 652-4548, flynnarts.org.
gardening Exploring Connections Series: Enhancing Movement Potential & Expression: This four-part workshop series uses movement and metaphor to explore the expressive body, incorporating movement fundamentals as well as drawing and writing to explore the relationship between movement and personal expression. Our goal will be to facilitate a lively interplay between inner connectivity and outer expressivity to enrich your movement potential, change ineffective neuromuscular movement patterns, and encourage new ways of moving and embodying your inner self. Instructor: Sara McMahon. Teens/adults: 1st Fri. of the mo., Feb.-May., 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $22/session; $80 for all 4. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. 652-4548, flynnarts.org. College Audition TuneUp: Practice Session & Feedback: About to brave your college auditions? Take a dry run free of make-it-or-break-it pressure, in a mock audition setting with the directors of the Flynn Summer Youth Theater Program. Perform your songs and/or monologues and receive multiple perspectives and feedback on your work, including advice on making strong choices that will sharpen your performance and make you a hard applicant to resist! Instructors: Gina Fearn, Danielle Sertz & Christina Weakland. Grades 11-12, Jan. 31, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. 652-4548, flynnarts. org. Playwriting: Plotting Along: This nuts and bolts workshop gives writers from any genre a toolbox of techniques, tricks and devices to use when writing for the stage. Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned writer suffering from writer’s block, our tips and writing
Concepts in Landscape Design: A step-by-step approach to planning your garden and landscape. Learn the fundamentals of design in this seminar for gardeners of all skill levels. Feb. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Ave., Burlington. 660-3505-4, gardenerssupplystore.com. Seed starting: Learn the basic science and techniques for seedstarting success from the get-go, and do it right the first time! Feb. 1, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Ave., Burlington. 6603505-4, gardenerssupplystore. com.
herbs Community Herbalism Classes: Evergreen Medicine: Sat., Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m.; Sunrise to Sunset: Everyday Aromatherapy: Wed., Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m, $8 materials fee; the Energetics of Depression: Wed., Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m.; Recipes for Healing: Herbal Salves: Mon., Mar. 10, 6-8 p.m., $5 materials fee.; Natural Remedies for Stress: Wed., Mar. 12, 6-8 p.m. Visit vtherbcenter.org for details. Cost: $12/workshop; $10 for members + materials fee (if indicated). Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100, email@example.com, vtherbcenter.org. Wisdom of the Herbs School: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certification Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as first medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Hands-on
curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. 456-8122, annie@ wisdomoftheherbsschool.com, wisdomoftheherbsschool.com.
holistic health Hand Wisdom: A Holistic Guide to Hand Injuries and Your Health. Have an injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel in your hands? Your hands are sending you a message to heal some part of your life. Join authors Janet Savage and Julie Sonack to explore a new pathway to health using your hands. Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $15/class. Location: Spirit Dancer Books, 122 S. Winooski St., Burlington. HandTales, Janet Savage, 279-8554, firstname.lastname@example.org, handtales.com.
kids WINGSPAN STUDIO YOUTH CLASSES/CAMPS: Join us in a magical setting and real working studio: after-school classes in art/French/nature; an exciting February break camp: Geography with Wizards & Faeries; pre-K Frart! French/art/movement. Learn and explore with professional artist, educator and fluent french speaker Maggie Standley, and let your imagination soar! Location: winspan Painting Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Maggie Standley, 233-7676, maggiestandley@ gmail.com, wingspanpaintingstudio.com.
language ACCESS LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. French (4 levels), Kids French, Beginning Spanish (2 levels), Intermediate Spanish (3 levels), Immersion Spanish, Kids Spanish, Italian for Travelers (3 levels), Beginning Mandarin (2 levels), German 1, Ancient Greek! Low cost, hands-on, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/ access/. Bonjour! French Classes: Adult, Youth & Pre-K Frart! Study French in beautiful atelier with the supportive, fun, hands-on teaching of Madame Maggie. Experienced educator, fluent French speaker, lived/worked in France, West Africa. Next time someone asks, “Parlez-vous francais?” you can say “Oui!”
Call with any questions, et Allons-y! Winter-session classes start Feb 3. Check website for details & to register. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 233-7676, email@example.com, wingspanpaintingstudio.com. 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. Traveler’s lesson package. Our eighth 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. Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, firstname.lastname@example.org, spanishwaterburycenter.com.
martial arts Aikido: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Visitors are always welcome. Adults are welcome to try a class on Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m., for $15. Classes for children (ages 7-12) begin on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. 5-6 y/o kids classes begin Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. Aikido Classes: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. Aikido in Balance: Learn how to manifest balance internally and externally. Move with grace and precision. Begin the study of observing your own mind.:) Tue. & Thu., 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10/class, $65 for monthly membership. Location: Tao Motion Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Aikido in Balance, Tyler Crandall, 5989204, tyler@aikidoinbalance. com, aikidoinbalance.com. Combat Fitness Martial Arts: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy featuring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, judo, MMA, and strength and conditioning classes for beginners through advanced. Men, women and youth programs. Private lessons and gift certificates available. Try your first class for free! All certified and caring instructors. Exit 15. Location: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy, 276 E Allen St., Hillside Park,
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Winooski. Combat Fitness LLP, Vincent Guy, 655-5425, vteguy@ yahoo.com, combatfitnessmma. com. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: c lasses for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconfidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. accept no imitations. l earn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, c BJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under c arlson Gracie s r., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! a 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight c hampion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro s tate c hampion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. 660-4072, email@example.com, vermontbjj. com.
AdOBE LIgh TROOM BOOTCAMp: adobe l ightroom 5 has quickly become one of the industry’s leading photo editing software applications. Join professional photographer Kurt Budliger during this one-day workshop, where you’ll learn to harness the power of l ightroom 5 for organizing, editing and making your images sing. Sat., Feb. 15, 2014. Cost: $195/1-day workshop. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, central Vermont TBA. Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, Kurt Budliger, 223-4022, info@ kurtbudligerphotography.com, greenmtnphotoworkshops.com. ph OTOSh Op hEL p: One-on-one, as-needed basis, tailored to your needs. I will guide you step by step at the pace that suits you. l earn as much or little as you want in a calm, safe environment. References available: “s idney is very knowledgeable and patient. s he introduces new concepts and tools at a pace that works for me until they become automatic.” --s atisfied customer. Weekday & weekend slots avail. 1st hour free. Very affordable rates. Location: Adams Ct., Burlington. 355-3794. SLR dIgITAL ph OTOgRAphy wINTER CLASSES OR 1-ON1: Beginner or Intermediate Photography; Digital Workflow; l ighting Technique; adobe l ightroom; Portrait Posing; s etup Your Photo Business. Location: Linda Rock Photography, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. 238-9540, lindarockphotography.com.
BROTh ER SUN, SISTER MOON: Th E ECOLOgICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Of S T. fRANCIS : l earn how the environmental radicalism of s t. Francis can inform a new attitude toward the natural world and foster a global ecological ethic. l ed by s ue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Feb. 8, 15 & 22 & Mar. 1, 2-4 p.m.; snow day Mar. 15. Cost: $60/person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. 244-7909. COURSE IN MySTICAL Exp ERIENCES: explore life beyond the body with Out-ofBody experiences and the s tudy of Dreams. a free course that teaches simple and effective techniques for exploring life beyond the physical world. expand your understanding of how and why we exist for a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Tue., 7:30-8:45 p.m. for 9 weeks starting Jan. 28. 1.25-hour class. Location: Burlington Friends Meeting, Basset House, 173 North Prospect St., Burlington. Andrew Sepic, 730-9094, firstname.lastname@example.org, esotericteachings.org. dRUId TRAININg 2014: The Green Mountain s chool of Druidry announces our ninth annual Druid Training starting March 2014 in Worcester. Druidry is a nature-based spirituality with an emphasis on self-transformation, creativity and awareness. Join our magical, loving community and become an empowered and skilled steward of the earth. Starts Mar. 31. Cost: $1,800/1 weekend/mo. over 9 weekends/year. Location: Dreamland, address avail. at registration, Worcester. Green Mountain School of Druidry, Ivan McBeth, 505-8010, ivanmcbeth@ aol.com, greenmountaindruidorder.org.
tai chi yAN g-STyLE TAI Ch I: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. c ome breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Mindful Breath Tai Chi (formerly Vermont Tai Chi Academy and Healing Center), 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. 735-5465, email@example.com.
well-being ACCESS CLASSES IN h INESBURg AT CVU h Igh SCh OOL: 200 offerings for all ages. c ore s trength with c aroline Perkins, Weight Training, Weight Bearing and Resistance Training, Golf c onditioning, Zumba Gold, Yoga, Tai c hi, s wing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, s alsa, Jazzercise, Voice-Overs, Guitar (2 l evels), Banjo, Mindful Meditation, Neck Massage, s oap Making, and Juggling. l ow cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Materials included. Full descriptions available online. s enior discount. Ten minutes from exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb. cvuhs.org/access/.
writing ART Of wRITIN g pICTURE BOOkS: Instructor elizabeth Bluemle. Picture books are among the most fun and challenging forms to master. This six-session workshop will address both the craft and magic of creating contained worlds, and look at the kinds of refinements that make the best picture books stand out in the crowd. 6 Wed. beginning Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Cost: $150/1.5-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@ windridgebooksofvt.com, windridgebooksofvt.com.
pOEMS fOR CUpId: True l ove and Not: Poems For c upid’s arrows with poet Daniel l usk. Dwell on whatever excites or ails you, in empathetic company; pen a poem of your own. This session may help you locate and adapt your words to your own distinctive voice and beloved person, place or thing. Sat., Feb. 8, 10 am-10 p.m. Cost: $50/3hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com. SOCIAL MEdIA TOOLS f OR wRITERS : l earn how to use Facebook and Twitter more effectively to make connections with readers, to inform and promote your own writing, and to build an effective author’s platform. In today’s environment, Facebook and Twitter are essential tools for connecting with your readers, shared interest group and experts in your field. Wed., Jan. 29, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $30/1.5-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, firstname.lastname@example.org, windridgebooksofvt.com.
yoga BURLINgTON hOT yOgA: TRy SOMETh INg d Iff ERENT!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga featuring practice in the Barkan Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Go to our website for the new fall schedule. ahh, the heat on a cold day, a flowing practice, the cool stone meditation, a chilled orange scented towel to complete your spa yoga experience. Get hot: 1st visit 2-for-1 offer, $15. 1-hour classes on Mon., 5 & 6:15 p.m.; Wed. & Fri., 5 p.m.; Thu., noon & 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 & 10 a.m.;
EVOLUTION yOgA: evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, c ore, Therapeutics and alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. 864-9642, evolutionvt.com. hONEST yOgA, Th E ONLy dEdICATEd hOT yOgA fLO w CENTER: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in essentials, Flow and c ore Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. 497-0136, honestyogastudio@ gmail.com, honestyogacenter. com. LAUgh INg RIVER yOgA: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. c heck our website to learn about classes, advanced studies for yoga teachers, class series for beginners and more. all bodies and abilities welcome. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. 343-8119, laughingriveryoga.com. yOgA ROOTS: Flexible, inflexible, athletic, pregnant, stressed, recovering from injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! s killful, dedicated teachers are ready to welcome, nurture and inspire you in our calming studio: anusara, Gentle, Kids, Kundalini, Kripalu, Meditation, Prenatal, Postnatal (Baby & Me), Therapeutic Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Yin and more! “Living, Loving & Lighting UP!” w/ Dr. Maria Sirois, Jan. 31 & Feb. 1; “Building Emotional Understanding” a 6-week parenting course with Sa Budnitz, OT begins Feb. 2. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. 9850090, yogarootsvt.com.
BURLINgTON TO OpRAh S wINTER : Join author Jessica Hendry Nelson for a reading, publishing, and marketing discussion. Nelson will read from her new book and discuss her journey to publication, as well as answer questions about bringing your book to market. We will also discuss marketing/publicity once your book is out in the world. Mon., Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $30/2-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books
dELIgh TS ANd Sh AdOw S: “Delights and s hadows” with poet Daniel l usk. Guided practice in poetry writing for adult poets looking to jump-start practice, try a new direction or enliven poems that initially fall flat. Beginners and veterans welcome. explore the craft of poetry and develop fresh, new ideas in a supportive setting. Tue. beginning Jan. 28. Cost: $150/6 classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com.
Sun., 10 a.m. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. 9999963, hotyogaburlingtonvt.com.
BARSCULpT/MAT pILATES CLASSES: Pilates evolved! High energy barre classes use ballet barres and, like our Mat c lasses, small hand weights and mats for intense one-hour workouts. c hange your body in just a few classes led by a friendly, licensed instructor. Build strength and cardio and create long, lean muscles and lift your seat. Daily.
pLAyBACk Th EATER: STORyTELLINg IN ACTION: s tories are how we understand our world. Using Playback Theatre as the core, participants will learn to use theater to transform personal stories into theater pieces on the spot using movement, ritual, music and spoken improvisation. Participants will share and learn to bring these stories to life through Playback and other creative theater techniques that also develop intuition, insight, creativity, empathy and effective communication skills. Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $40/ person. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 N. Ave., Burlington. 8606203, email@example.com, journeyworksvt.com.
of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@ windridgebooksofvt.com, windridgebooksofvt.com.
LEARN TO MEdITATE: Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington s hambhala c enter offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. s hambhala c afe (meditation and discussions) meets the first s aturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. an open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Friday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave.,
ACCESS CAMERA CLASSES IN h INESBURg AT CVU h Igh SCh OOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Photoshop Basics, Digital c amera: Buttons/Menus, Dsl R Foundations, Digital action Photography, Picasa Workshop, aperture Info, s hutter s peed s kills, s hoot & s hare Video, Photoshop Basics, Digital s pectrum, Next l ayers of Photoshop, advanced Digital Photography: Blending/Filters. Full descriptions available online. s enior discount. Ten minutes from exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb. cvuhs.org/access/.
Cost: $15/1-hour class. Location: Studio 208, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3K, Burlington. Burlington Barre, 862-8686, firstname.lastname@example.org, burlingtonbarrevt.com.
ASIAN BOdyw ORk Th ERApy pROgRAM: This program teaches two forms of massage, amma and s hiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-element Theory. additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. Vsac nondegree grants are available. Nc BTMB-assigned school. Cost: $5,000/500-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Junction. Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 288-8160, email@example.com, elementsofhealing.net.
Burlington. 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org.
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as a return, or a continuation. What do you think? MH: I’m glad you said that. I see it the same way. I put out two records in a row, To Willie and Here’s to Taking It Easy, that, for me, felt like the departures. But as it turned out, those were the fi rst records a lot of people heard. To me it was more of a return to what I had been doing for a while now. The other thing is that I’m more successful recording these kinds of sounds. They were always on the old records, but they weren’t executed as well. The ideas, the electronic sounds, I guess you’d call them experimental sounds, they weren’t SCAN as easily packaged or experienced.
Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck talks about his brilliant 2013 record, Muchacho B Y D A N BOL L ES
t the end of a tour for his band’s 2010 record Here’s to Taking It Easy, Phosphorescent front man Matthew Houck was beyond burned out. He had been touring almost constantly for nearly a decade, and the ravages of life on the road had fi nally taken their toll. Houck had reached a crossroads with his music. Or rather, a dead end. In a recent phone interview with Seven Days, Houck explains that he lost interest in music altogether and didn’t put pen to paper to write a new song for close to two years. “I didn’t think I was ever going to make another Phosphorescent record,” he says. It turns out there’s a word for that: anhedonia. That’s a clinical term defi ned as an inability to experience pleasure in things one normally enjoys. In 2012, Houck decided to give music one last go. He left his Brooklyn home and spent a week writing in Tulum, Mexico. There, he began writing a suite of songs that would serve as a core for his band’s 2013 record, Muchacho. Those songs included “A New Anhedonia,” an album centerpiece. Muchacho has proven to be Phosphorescent’s most successful album to date. It graced the year-end best-of lists of innumerable critics, including those at Paste, who named it the best record of 2013. It is a beautifully lush and expansive record that
features some of Houck’s most aff ecting and personal writing. And it almost never happened. In advance of Phosphorescent playing ArtsRiot in Burlington on Monday, February 3, here is the rest of our conversation with Matthew Houck. SEVEN DAYS: You covered Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” for an upcoming Valentine’s Day comp for Starbucks. Why choose that song? MATTHEW HOUCK: I’ve been playing it on and off for years live. And they asked for a love song, so it was a great chance to record it. It’s a gorgeous tune. It’s a stunning piece of music, a little lesser-known Dylan song that I’ve loved for a lot of years. SD: Your brief vacation in Mexico played a big role in the creation of Muchacho and helped get you back into songwriting. Was it something in the water? MH: It was just a little writing retreat. A chance to get out of town and clear my thoughts, get out of my own life for a little while. My life in New York wasn’t allowing me time to work on new songs. So it was a chance to go see if I was going to keep writing and get a chance to make another Phosphorescent record. SD: Prior to that, you had reached a crossroads with music and en-
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countered anhedonia. ˜ at sounds terrifying. MH: I think everybody hits points in their life where things can be rough. I didn’t really know that word, anhedonia, until I was writing that song. And it kind of came through the process of writing. You keep your antennae out and see if things fi nd you at the right time. You get lucky, basically. So that song really summed up a lot of rough stuff that was happening to me, the loss of enjoyment of a lot of things I’d always placed my faith in. SD: So the narrative about the record, from people like me who write about this stuff, has become that Muchacho is a departure. But being familiar with your older records, I see it more
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SD: You’ve likened your recording process to sculpting. MH: It’s very similar. You’re cutting away and fi nding little pockets where sound can go. And it’s usually just me. We never have a band all playing together in the same room. So it takes a lot of time.
SD: So how do you go from that solitary setting to a much more communal experience playing with a band live in concert? MH: Well, the band right now is really, really good. In the past, I used to just throw a band together and play the songs however they sounded. And they would take on a new life and new sound. With this band, it’s kind of the fi rst time we’re able to be true to the arrangements on the record onstage. That’s not to say they haven’t changed. They do evolve slowly. But it’s nice to bring those sounds to life live. SD: Given the success of Muchacho, do you feel any pressure for the next record? MH: Not really. It’s been a very good year. In the past, maybe two years ago after touring Here’s to Taking It Easy, I was ready to get off the road, and I didn’t think I was going to make another Phosphorescent record. This time, I’m really excited to get off the road and make another record. I’m feeing pretty inspired.
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Last Friday, January 24, Grace Potter announced via Twitter that she would be singing the national anthem at this year’s Pro Bowl, the NFL’s all-star exhibition that took place Sunday, January 26, in Honolulu. Even being an avid sports fan, I never, ever watch the Pro Bowl. And I confess that, even given the local angle, I skipped it this year. (Look, I’ve spent the past 19 Sundays — and occasional Thursdays and Mondays — watching football. And I’m still bummed about my beloved Patriots losing in the playoffs last week. It’s just
Continuing on the national beat: we wuz robbed. Sort of. Much like the Pro Bowl, I almost never watch the Grammys, which also took place Sunday. I don’t much care about most of the artists nominated, and I usually find the voting by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to be a bit out of touch — though I’ll admit they’ve been getting incrementally better on that score in recent years. Anyway, two Vermont-ish acts were nominated for shiny little statues this year: neKo case for Best Alternative Music Album and della Mae — fronted by VT expat celia woodsMith — for Best Bluegrass Album. Sadly, neither won. Case lost to VaMPire weeKend. I’ve
Well, folks. It’s official. We’re in the period of the calendar I’ve come to refer to as the Winter Doldrums. That’s the time from roughly mid-January until, say, Valentine’s Day — St. Patrick’s Day in some years — when there just ain’t a whole hell of a lot going on in the local music scene. Oh, sure, there are some highlights here and there. PhosPhorescent at ArtsRiot this Monday, February 3, comes to mind. (See my piece on the band on page 58 for more about that.) But because the weather makes going out frequently a tough sell, truly notable shows are few. And because many artists use this time of the year to write and record, the stream of great new local albums tends to slow to a trickle. However, the Winter Doldrums also affords us a chance to engage in one of my favorite down-time activities:
fucking around. So on that note, I present a scatterbrained and scattershot edition of Soundbites, only partially inspired by my creeping cabin fever. Buckle up.
… too soon. Also, The Godfather: Part II was on. I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.) Anyway, I did catch her performance on YouTube the next day. And I gotta say, Grace did a commendable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” That’s a tough, tough song to sing. For one thing, it requires a range of one and a half octaves — for the theory illiterate, that’s a lot — including some gnarly interval jumps. Also, because it’s so often sung as a prelude to huge national events, it’s become an opportunity for egocentric singers to show off, most often leading to endless, cringe-worthy caterwauling at the climactic finish. So much so that one of the most heavily wagered prop bets for the Super Bowl is the over/ under on how long the national anthem will be. To her credit, Potter clocked in at just under two minutes, which is about average. By comparison, alicia Keys broke the fabled 2:30 mark at last year’s Super Bowl, which was sort of like Roger Bannister running the first sub-four-minute mile: astonishing. And Grace kept the histrionics to a minimum, save for some tasteful ornamental wails. I’d say she done Vermont proud. Also, it was kinda fun to see Saints quarterback drew Brees mouthing the lyrics with Potter’s voice coming out.
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Club MEtronoME: mihali & friends (rock), 9 p.m., free.
Moog's PlaCE: Live music, 8 p.m., free.
thE Daily PlanEt: peter Krag (jazz), 8 p.m., free.
PiECasso: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
Franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.
bEE's knEEs: Abby sherman (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.
halFloungE: funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Wanted Wednesday with DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. highEr grounD shoWCasE loungE: New politics, magic man, sleeper Agent (indie), 8 p.m., $15. AA. JP's Pub: pub Quiz with Dave (trivia), 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free. JuniPEr at hotEl VErMont: ray Vega Quartet (Latin jazz), 8 p.m., free. lEunig's bistro & CaFé: paul Asbell, clyde stats and chris peterman (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., free. MonkEy housE: Winooski Wednesdays: Binger (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. nECtar's: What a Joke! comedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., free. The mountain says No, causewell Apollo, Elijah Ocean (rock), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
oliVE riDlEy's: DJ skippy All request Live, 10 p.m., free.
Club MEtronoME: Thirsty Thursdays: A Greek Life Throwdown, 7 p.m., free/$2.
bagitos: Jason mallery (folk), 6 p.m., donation. grEEn Mountain taVErn: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. skinny PanCakE: Jay Ekis saves Wednesday in montpelier (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. sWEEt MElissa's: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Big John (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. WhaMMy bar: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., free.
Dobrá tEa: robert resnik (folk), 7 p.m., free. Finnigan's Pub: craig mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. halFloungE: Half & Half comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. Live DJ (EDm), 10:30 p.m., free.
o'briEn's irish Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., free. on taP bar & grill: The House rockers (blues), 7 p.m., free. Pizza barrio : Eric George (American roots), 6:30 p.m., free. raDio bEan: cody sargent & friends (jazz), 6 p.m., free. shane Hardiman Trio with Geza carr & rob morse (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11:30 p.m., $3. rED squarE: The Heisenbuells (jam), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.
on thE risE bakEry: Dan Johnson (Americana), 7:30 p.m., donation.
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and indie-rock sensibilities. Led by banjo-slingin’ songwriter Shannon Carey — sister of S. Carey, of Bon Iver renown — Luray are on the rise. Catch them at Radio Bean in Burlington on Tuesday, February 4.
51 Main: possumHaw (Americana), 8 p.m., free.
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FONDUE! Cheese or Chocolate (Btown) Last but not least, this Saturday, EVZEN & BAD ACCIDENT February 1, Club Metronome in 8pm Fri (Btown) Burlington plays host to the third annual Rock Lotto. The show is a benefit for Girl’s Rock Vermont, a 60 Lake St, Burlington 540-0188 weeklong summer day camp aimed at 89 Main Street, Montpelier 262-CAKE teaching aspiring young female rockers to channel their inner ANN WILSON. And Burlington International Airport just what the hell is a rock lotto, exactly? Glad you asked! That morning, the names of 25 local 8v-skinnypancake012914.indd 1 1/28/14 musicians, regardless of gender identity, will be tossed in a hat and then drawn at random to create new, never-beforeseen bands. Those bands will then scurry away to work on a four-song set to be performed at the Metronome showcase that night. The results will be … well, totally unpredictable, which is the whole point. There could be train wrecks, there could be transcendent performances. Either way, it should be a fun show, and you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better local cause.
Closer to home, the folks at Signal Kitchen announced via press release last week that the club/studio will be reopening its doors to live shows in the coming weeks. Recently, the venue has diverted its efforts to booking in partnership with the ever-ascendant ArtsRiot while it renovated its basement space. The release was short on specifics except to say, “We’ve changed a ton.” Good to know! Look for more details on that in next week’s column. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the club’s grand reopening weekend with a pair of free shows. On Friday, February 7, catch CAROLINE ROSE, PLATO EARS and SAFAR!. On Saturday, February 8, it’s DJ RASHAD, BLESS THE CHILD and PRINCIPAL DEAN.
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never been a big VW fan, but even I’ll admit that Modern Vampires of the City was a great record. I thought Case’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, while depressing as all hell, was better. But I get the decision. Meanwhile, Della Mae came up short against the DEL MCCOURY BAND, who are, well, the fucking Del McCoury Band. No shame there. My only other real Grammy quibble — nonlocal division — is with DARIUS “Hootie” RUCKER winning the Best Country Solo Performance for his version of OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW’s “Wagon Wheel.” Not so much because I think it was undeserving. Rucker gave that song all the Blowfishian cheesiness it deserves. It’s more because “Wagon Wheel” has become the crutch of every pandering, hacky Americana band on the planet. (“OK, guys! We’re gonna need a little help from the crowd on this one!”) It needs to stop. So, by the power vested in me, I hereby decree that it shall henceforth
Meanwhile, in Montpelier, here’s a show that might fly under most folks’ radars. This Sunday, February 2, local trio BRAMBLEWOOD will play a rare gig at the Montpeculiar Skinny Pancake. For the unfamiliar, the group features three of the area’s top Americana talents, including award-winning songwriter CAROL HAUSNER, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer extraordinaire COLIN MCCAFFREY, and DANNY COANE, who, in addition to fronting rockabilly stalwarts the STARLINE RHYTHM BOYS, is widely regarded as one of Vermont’s finest bluegrass banjo players. Like you really wanted to watch the Super Bowl anyway.
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SKINNY PANCAKE: Evzen, Bad Accent (localized world music), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
CLUB METRONOME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.
VENUE: Last Words (rock), 9 p.m., $5.
EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Shane Cariffe (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE: Live Music, 8 p.m., free. Bonjour-Hi (EDM), 10 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute), 8 p.m., $20/23. AA. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Yarn (Americana), 8:30 p.m., $8/10. AA. JUNIPER AT HOTEL VERMONT: DJ Brunch (house), 9 p.m., free.
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BAGITOS: Patrick Monaghan Quartet (jazz), 6 p.m., donation.
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CHARLIE O'S: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 10 p.m., free.
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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.
SWEET MELISSA'S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., free. Hillside Rounders (Americana), 9 p.m., free.
MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Jake Whitesell (jazz), 8 p.m., free.
rock into a classic reggae vibe, MIGHTY MYSTIC has become the foremost purveyor of an
NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Mad Satta, 9 p.m., $5.
CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with Top Hat Entertainment (Top 40), 9 p.m., free.
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51 MAIN: BandAnna (rock), 8 p.m., free.
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irie new subgenre he calls “hard roots.” That energetic sound has earned him fans across
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RADIO BEAN: Kid's Music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick, 11 a.m., free. Srch Party (indie folk), 7 p.m., free. Cricket Blue (folk), 8 p.m., free. Nora Zimmerly (singer-songwriter), 9:30 p.m., free. Midnight Snack (rock), 11 p.m., free. Grundlefunk (funk), 12:30 a.m., free.
TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: The RetroFit (rock), 9 p.m., $3.
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RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.
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MATTERHORN: Abby Jenne and the Enablers (rock), 9 p.m., $5.
THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.
MOOG'S PLACE: The Usual Suspects (blues), 9 p.m., free.
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REVIEW this Steph Pappas Experience, Jellyfish (GUITAR GIRL, CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)
Steph Pappas has been around the Burlington music scene for so long, it seems like she’s always been here. This writer has recollections of seeing her name on tattered show posters back in the 1990s, which was roughly a decade after she started rocking in Vermont. Pappas is a grinder, quietly plying her trade and pumping out record after record — at least nine, by our count, and probably more — whether solo, with her all-female band
Miss Bliss in the 1980s or, most recently, as Steph Pappas Experience. Come to think of it, “quietly” is the wrong word for the selfdescribed “psychedelic cowboy chick.” As SPE’s new record, Jellyfish, indicates, very little is quiet about Steph Pappas. Her latest opens in ear-rattling fashion on the title cut. From a murky stew of dissonant, effects-laden guitars, Pappas unleashes a wordless, mewling howl. It’s jarring and, at first, a little grating. It’s also oddly hypnotic, and serves as a warning shot across our collective bow: Papas isn’t screwing around. Well, until she does. The next track, “Pirate Fer Peace” is sinister blues-rock. Pappas has taken to calling herself “Jimi Hendrix’s baby sister.” Like her adoption of the term “experience,” it’s a reference to her impressive guitar chops and willingness to paint with a psychedelic palette. But, judging from this song and its lean, crunchy riffs and rakish attitude, perhaps she’s more like Jack White’s long-lost aunt. “Energy” is a redux of a 2013 single, which was originally presented as jumped-
up pseudo rap-rock. Spacey and slow, the new version shades more psychedelicWestern. If Björk had grown up in the barren expanse of the American Southwest instead of the barren expanse of Iceland, it might sound something like this. “Danny,” presented with only guitar, drums and vocals, is sonically the most straightforward of the album’s 10 cuts. It’s also the most direct lyrically, centering on a friend who is retreating from life, “drifting and drinking.” Given the abundance of sound found elsewhere on the record — it features nine additional players on everything from bass and drums to sitar banjo and didgeridoo — the song’s uncomplicated tack is refreshing, and a reminder that Pappas is a sturdy songwriter, whether backed by a wall of noise or just her acoustic guitar. Jellyfish by Steph Pappas Experience is available at cdbaby.com.
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dance pop (I ( Am the Beast, Beast, 2012) and, most recently, back around to muscular rock and roll on last year’s Beautiful Man. If nothing else, 4-Track Egomaniac provides the fraying thread that ties all of those varied, often-mystifying experiments together. Regardless of the surrounding sonic aesthetic, Kochalka’s work almost always bears certain traits, including, but not necessarily limited to, anthemic-butrudimentary melodies, crude sexual and bathroom humor, clever barbs at rock and pop iconography, and a pervasive, albeit playful, sense of arrested development. All of those characteristics can be found in spades on 4-Track Egomaniac. On album opener “Join My Band,” the only song rerecorded for the rerelease, Kochalka sings in his trademark strained warble, “Take my hand / Join my band / We’ll go places / Where no one has been. / I will sing / And you play the instruments / And we’ll go places / Where no one has ever been.” And that’s it. The whole song clocks in at 36 seconds. And yet it almost seems emblematic of everything Kochalka
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In early January this year, James Kochalka Superstar released a curious recording. In truth, virtually everything Kochalka does, from music to cartoons, is curious in varying degrees. So to term his latest release as such is really saying something. The record, 4-Track Egomaniac, is a rerelease of a cassette album originally put out in a very limited run in 1996. It features Kochalka on vocals and longtime bandmate Jason Cooley on, well, everything else. And it’s fascinating on a number of levels. For starters, it presents rare and unfettered insight into a developmental period of one of Burlington’s most celebrated, idiosyncratic and, at times, divisive artists. It’s a unique look at some of his early musical explorations and, as such, is something of a must-have for serious fans and Kochalka completists. Also, it fucking rawks. Over the years, JKS have morphed in and out of a variety of styles and formations, from the cheeky, punkish bent of his majorlabel work (Our Most Beloved, Rykodisc, 2005), to his chippy explorations of the limits of the Game Boy Advance sound card (Digital Elf, 2009) to ironic, sleazy
has written since. It’s typically strange, yet oddly sweet. 8v-KTC012914.indd 1 The rest of the album is, as Kochalka himself rightly describes, “all very rough and tumble.” “Sour Summer” is an antisummer jam. (“The summer sun is like a lemon / Squeezed into my eye.”) Alternating between sludge metal and bouncy acoustic pop, “Rock Will Never SCAN THIS PAGE Die” suggests a schizophrenic Messiah WITH LAYAR complex. (“Rock and roll will never die SEE PROGRAM COVER / As long as I am alive.”) “Human Shit,” “Bathroom Buddies” and “Pecker Scabs” introduce his longstanding affinity for scatological humor and dick jokes. Hell, he even gets political, in his own manic way, on “Hey, Ronald Reagan” and “I’m the Shah.” (“I’m the Shah of Iran / I live in a garbage can. / I am the man.”) 4-Track Egomaniac will not win any new converts to the Cult of Kochalka. But those already in the fold should be thrilled at the prospect of rifling through the dancing skeletons in JKS’ closet. What they’ll find is weird, wacky and, if you’re of a mind for it, lots of fun. In other words, essential James Kochalka. 4-Track Egomaniac by James Kochalka Superstar is available at kochalka. bandcamp.com. DAN BOLLES
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t the Chaff ee Downtown gallery, the fourth annual “Full House” exhibition features fi ve Vermont artists. The card game referenced by the show’s name is not one of strategy but of artistic choice; the Chaff ee opens with a made hand of artists Peter Lundberg, Skip Martin, Joshua Rome, Brigitte Rutenberg and Claemar (Kleng) T. Walker. Four comfortable chairs surround a table near the back of the gallery; viewers might consider sitting down and taking the time to look. Rutenberg’s ink-on-vellum collages draw viewers in close. Described by the artist as “paper quilts,” her work is collage, quilt and picture in one. “Women have traditionally occupied themselves in their lives with detail,” Rutenberg says in her artist statement, “which led them to become ‘quilters’ by nature, putting small things together for the purpose of creating a larger one.” Her twofold process is intricate. Postage-stamp-size drawings — ink on tiny pieces of vellum — are partially attached to board, creating a layered texture. The drawings themselves consist of crosshatches, geometric designs, fl owers, trees and miniature abstractions. Collaged together, they form a larger image. In Rutenberg’s largest collages, “Kimono” (36 by 24.5 inches) and “The Wedding Quilt” (35 by 27.5 inches), hundreds of drawings compose the images. “The Wedding Quilt” evokes the classic motif of interlocking rings, known to quilters as the Double Wedding Ring pattern. Martin’s digital color photography is straightforward documentation of the natural world, such as a long shot skyward in “Golden Aspens” (10 by 15 inches), or elk captured in “A Dance.” As a boy, Martin spent summers wandering the Ozarks, treasuring “the peace of wild places and the wonders that nature revealed,” he writes in an artist statement. “Photos captured those little happy times we can never relive.” Having inherited his father’s camera, Martin continues to share those intimate, fl eeting moments in the natural world, connecting viewers to his experience and their own. “Winter Dust” (5 by 15 inches) revels in the beauty of geometry as displayed by a mountainous landscape.
“One for the Ladies” by Joshua Rome
“Aglow” by Skip Martin
Mood and narrative elevate Joshua Rome’s woodblock prints, such as the 15-by-9-inch “Market Day,” a portrait of a man with a bundle on his back pushing an empty cart; or the dark, mesmerizing palette of “Moonlight on the Water”
“Jambalaya” by Peter Lundberg
“Mystery of the Waistline” by Brigitte Rutenberg
(33 by 10 inches). At the age of 21, Rome planned to study Japanese cabinetry, according to his biography, but an appreciation for color and paper in woodblock prints claimed his interest. So did Japan itself. Rome apprenticed with Amer-
ican-born, Japanese-style woodblock artist Clifton Karhu and lived for more than 20 years in the mountains outside Kyoto, documenting the lives of his fellow villagers using the traditional printing technique.
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BAr BAr A K WAters : An exhibit of mono prints in various styles by the local artist. Through January 31 at n ew Moon Café in burlington. info, 383-1505. 'Boldly P Atterned And suBtly iMAgined' : The 22nd annual winter group show highlights the work of painter/printmaker/book artist Carolyn s hattuck and potter boyan Moskov; and also features works by 16 regional artists in a variety of mediums. Through January 31 at Furchgott s ourdiffe gallery in s helburne. info, 985-3848. courtney Mercier : "escape," photography that represents adventures in the here and now. Curated by se AbA, including in adjacent ReTn offices. Through February 28 at VCAM s tudio in burlington. info, 859-9222. dj Ango Hul PHers : influenced by "California lowbrow art," these acrylic and spray paintings and retouched antique photographs feature absurdity and odd juxtapositions. Through February 28 at s peaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107. 'dorot Hy And Her B vogel: Fi Fty Wor Ks For FiFty st Ates' : w ork from the Vogels' extensive collection by more than 20 artists, including Carel balth, Judy Rifka, pat s teir and Richard Tuttle; 'eAt : tH e soci Al l iFe oF Food' : A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, u VM, in burlington. info, 656-0750. eliz ABet H A. HAgg Art : "w onder," paintings made with w onder bread by the Vermont artist, on view during visiting hours in pamela Fraser's office. Through March 12 at o ffice h ours gallery, u VM Art Department, in burlington. info, 656-2014. 'Five ele Ments' : More than 15 photographers exhibit images that depict the natural world, macro and micro, abstract and realistic. Through February 2 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. info, 777-3686. jAM es vogler : Abstract oil paintings by the Charlotte artist. February 1 through April 29 at l eft bank h ome & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001. j oHAnne duroc Her yord An: Multimedia collage-paintings by the burlington artist. Through January 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 355-5418. j oHn Bis Bee: "n ew blooms," wall and freestanding installations made entirely from foot-long nails. The Maine sculptor is the first-ever contemporary artist to show in the museum's new, year-round venue. Through May 26 at pizzagalli Center for Art and education, s helburne Museum. info, 985-3346. j oHn dougl As: "u nreal and Real images," 40 prints of recent photography and computergenerated images. Through February 1 at l ake and College building in burlington. info, jdouglas@ burlingtontelecom.net. KAte donnelly : "A period of Confinement," work created during a residency at burlington City Arts, in which the 2013 barbara s mail Award recipient explores the routines of everyday life through performance, sound and video. Through April 12 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. KAte gridley : "passing Through: portraits of emerging Adults," life-size oil paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 12 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4500. 'lA rge Wor Ks': Artists display works between three and 15 feet in size in this annual exhibition. Through January 31 at s oda plant in burlington. info, spacegalleryvt.com.
r icH Fedorc HAK, gAlen cHeney, gil scullion And enrico r iley : Collage, assemblage and films by Fedorchak; large-scale, abstract paintings by Cheney; an installation by s cullion; and pastels and paintings by Riley. Through February 14 at AVA gallery and Art Center in l ebanon, n .h . Fedorchak gives an artist talk. Thursday, January 30, 5:30-7 p.m. info, 603-448-3117. '1864: soMe suFFer so Muc H': w ith objects, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit examines surgeons who treated Civil w ar soldiers on battlefields and in three Vermont hospitals, and also the history of post-tramautic stress disorder. Through December 31 at s ullivan Museum & h istory Center, n orwich u niversity in n orthfield. in a lunchtime talk, Jim Fouts, a member of the 18th Vermont Regiment and a Civil w ar reenactor, will present “The Confederate Raid on s t. Albans.” w ednesday, February 5, noon-1:15 p.m. info, 485-2183. scul Pture dedic Ation : Community members unveil and dedicate h eather Ritchie's "Coffee break," which honors the city's stoneworkers past and present. w ednesday, January 29, 4-5 p.m., barre City place. info, 479-7069. 'in r esidence: conte MPor Ary Artists At dArt Mout H': This exhibit celebrates the school's artist-in-residence program, which began in 1931, and presents works by more than 80 international artists who have participated in it since then. Through July 6 at h ood Museum, Dartmouth College in h anover, n .h . For a lunchtime gallery talk, exhibitions director and s tudio Art senior lecturer Jerry Auten presents "n ot s o s till l ife." Tuesday, February 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m. info, 603-646-2808.
r eBecc A WeisMAn: "ethan Allen nights," a multimedia installation incorporating sculpture, film and sound that imagines the eve of the storming of Fort Ticonderoga and the Revolutionary w ar hero's relationship with his abandoned wife, Mary. Through February 28 at burlington College. Reception: w ednesday, January 29, 5-7 p.m. info, 862-9616.
ste PHen scHAuB: Mixedmedia works that reference the delicate nature of life, in-between moments and anonymous figures. Through February 21 at Christine price gallery, Castleton s tate College. Reception: Thursday, January 30, 5-7 p.m. info, 468-6052. scott Ketc HAM: "beauty and Darkness," an MFA exhibit of paintings. Through February 8 at Julian s cott Memorial gallery, Johnson s tate College. Reception: Thursday, January 30, 3-5 p.m. info, 635-1469. PAul Bo Wen: "s culpture: 1973-2013," works created from scavenged sea materials and wood by the w elsh-born, Vermont-based artist. Through February 15 at Castleton Downtown gallery in Rutland. Reception: Friday, January 31, 6-8 p.m. info, 468-6052. Annu Al student Art sHoW: An energetic exhibition of works by local schoolchildren, in tribute to their teachers. January 31 through February 28 at brandon Artists guild. Reception: Friday, January 31, 5-7 p.m. info, 247-4956.
'dorot Hy And Her B vogel: on dr AWing' : A collection of drawings on paper represents the second half of the Vogels' gift to the museum, and focuses on new attitudes on the medium by artists over the past 40 years. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, u VM, in burlington. Reception: w ednesday, February 5, 5:40-7 p.m. info, 656-0750.
l ydi A l itt Win : "blind Contours," works drawn from memory, or from direct observation, with eyes closed. Curated by se AbA. Through February 28 at pine s treet Deli in burlington. info, 859-9222. l ynn cuMMings : "Textures," collages and nature-inspired paintings on gessoed paper. Through January 31 at Dostie bros. Frame s hop in burlington. info, 660-9005.
First Annu Al grou P Art sHoW: s elected works from each of the local artists who have had solo shows at the library over the past year. Through March 8 at Jacquith public l ibrary in Marshfield. Reception: Friday, January 31, 6-8 p.m. info, 426-3581. noAH sAvett : "Dreams and Visions," abstract bronze sculptures and drawings by the upstate new York artist. Through February 23 at plattsburgh state Art Museum, n.Y. Reception: Friday, January 31, 5-8 p.m. info, 518-564-2474. sus An good By: Collages and paintings filled with color, emotion and atmosphere. Through April 13 at Claire's Restaurant & bar in h ardwick. Reception: Monday, February 3, 4-6 p.m. info, 472-7053.
'Anony Mous' : A collection of contemporary Tibetan art, featuring paintings, sculptures, installation and video, by artists in Tibet and in diaspora. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, u VM, in burlington. Reception: w ednesday, February 5, 5:40-7 p.m. info, 656-0750.
l oc Al Artist grou P sHoW: paintings by Carl Rubino, Jane Ann Kantor, Kim s enior, Kristine s lattery, Maria Del Castillo, philip h agopian and Vanessa Compton on the first floor; and by h olly h auser, l ouise Arnold, Jacques burke, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Tessa h olmes on the second. Curated by se AbA. Through February 28 at innovation Center of Vermont in burlington. info, 859-9222.
'tH e Founder's collection' : A group exhibit of works by regional artists hand selected by the gallery's founders. February 1 through March 2 at Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Reception: Friday, January 31, 5:30-8 p.m. info, 875-1018.
jA red K Atz : "Reflections on the w orld i s ee," photographs by the local artist. January 30 through February 28 at Mount Mansfield Community Television in Richmond. Reception: Thursday, January 30, 5-8 p.m. info, 434-2550. Ally sil Ber Kleit : The studio-art senior presents thesis works that explore the lost innocence of her childhood and teenage years. Through January 31 at Christian A. Johnson Memorial building, Middlebury College. Reception: Thursday, January 30, 4:30-6 p.m. info, 443-2250.
MAri A del cAstillo : The l ima, peru-born self-taught artist created these vibrant and meticulous geometric works to honor the labor of her immigrant mother in a sweat-shop clothing factory. each piece contains thousands of tiny dots, for which she used the same fabric paint as her mother did. February 1 through 28 at Red s quare in burlington. info, 318-2438. nAncy t oMcz AK: Avian watercolor paintings by the local artist and ornithologist. Curated by se AbA. Through February 28 at s peeder & earl's (pine s treet) in burlington. info, 859-9222. nicole M Andeville : "l ightscapes," acrylic paintings that explore light, shadow and perspective. Through February 12 at east s hore Vineyard Tasting Room in burlington. info, 859-9463.
bu Rling Ton AReA shows
“Full h ouse,” featuring peter l undberg, skip Martin, Joshua Rome, brigitte Rutenberg and Claemar (Kleng) T. w alker. Through February 28 at Chaffee Downtown in Rutland. chaffeeartcenter.org
'Alice's Wonderl And: A Most curious Adventure' : A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic l ewis Carroll tale. Through May 11 at eCho l ake Aquarium and s cience Center/l eahy Center for l ake Champlain in burlington. info, 864-1848.
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Rome’s “End of the Road” (33 by 21 inches), with its retired, rusting machinery blanketed in snow, could be depicting an old Vermont hill farm rather than a rural Japanese one. In “One for the Ladies” (33 by 21 inches), Rome explores abstraction through outsize yellow leaves on a tree. For this exhibit, Claemar Walker uses coffee as her medium to create “watercolors” sans paint. Images of covered bridges and sap buckets hugging trees appear in monochrome, surrounded by dark frames. “I love the warm tones and sepia looks,” Walker explains in her statement. In “Good Old Days,” a full frontal view of an old pickup truck fills the frame. It’s impossible to know if the truck recently sputtered to a halt, or if it’s been stuck for years, but, either way, Walker’s powerful brushwork revs up the image. Philippines-born Walker recently returned to making art with an enthusiasm for all mediums. In “Self Love,” she builds up layers of coffee “paint” to create shading. Combining bold brushstrokes with a judicious use of negative white space, she paints a powerful “selfie.” Peter Lundberg is internationally known for his l a rg e - s c a l e, often sitespecific sculptures. Space “Self Love” by limitations Claemar Walker at Chaffee Downtown presented a different opportunity: He has crafted small works in stainless steel and aluminum mounted on pedestals. Most consist of metal bands twisting and turning around one another, like multiple helixes spiraling out of control. Even up close, it’s impossible to understand how “Jambalaya” (30.5 by 17 by 13 inches) or “On the Right Track” (17.5 by 19 by 15 inches) manages to defy gravity in a glorious confusion. The satisfying journey of curves leads both nowhere and everywhere. Lundberg’s monumental sculptures made his reputation, but these works are lively and intimate. Getting up close to figure them out is half the fun; the other half is appreciating how much movement he can contain in a static sculpture. “Full House” may not have three of a kind and a pair, but this exhibition of five artists is a winning hand.
art bu Rling Ton AReA shows
Nikki Laxar : w atercolor illustrations and prints. Through January 31 at Red s quare in burlington. info, 318-2438.
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r iki Moss & Ja Net Va N FLeet : "parade: A Collaboration," a collection of creatures made from paper, mixed media and found materials that examine life's migration through time and space and address issues of species loss, ethnicity and death. Through February 7 at l iving/l earning Center, u VM, in burlington. info, 372-4182.
to brunch specials to the Amtrak line. Most recently, local experimental artist Rebecca Weisman created a bizarre and original new reference point for
'r oadside Pic Nic': l arge-scale leaf prints by emiko s awaragi gilbert and an installation of sculptures by Midori h arima that reflect her experiences in Vermont. Through February 28 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 363-4746.
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sheLbur Ne cra Ft schoo L educators origi NaL Works : s ix artist-teachers exhibit their crafts in wood, ceramics, painting and more. Through February 28 at Frog h ollow in burlington. info, 863-6458.
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'sM a LL Works' : in this annual exhibit, artworks in a variety of media and subject matter measure 12 inches or less. Through January 31 at s .p.A.C.e. g allery in burlington. info, spacegalleryvt.com.
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s te Ve h adeka : "Riffing on the Modern birdhouse," avian architecture in a variety of midcentury styles. Through January 31 at penny Cluse Cafe in burlington. info, 318-0109.
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her surrealist installation at the Gallery at Burlington College. Titled “Ethan Allen psychotherapist C. Wright Cronin, the multimedia installation uses sound, video, imaginary reenactment of the night Allen stormed Fort Ticonderoga with the Green to be a turning point in the war.) In Weisman and Cronin’s interpretation,
s tre Ngth i N Nu Mbers : "A Mixing of w ords and Media," collaborative paintings and individual works by a group of art teachers who regularly meet to support each other in art making. Through January 30 in the Mezzanine balcony, Fletcher Free l ibrary, in burlington. info, 865-7211.
Allen and his first wife, Mary, write invisible hate letters to one another while being consumed by “parallel but divergent” psychoses — he succumbing to
studio 266 grou P exhibitio N: Fourteen working artists open their studios and show their works in a variety of media. Through January 31 at s tudio 266 in burlington. info, 578-2512.
violence at the behest of spirits, she slowly turning to stone. Visitors to the exhibit can view the video in three locations
sue Mo Wrer ada Mso N: "Monsters, o wls and Zombie bunnies … o h My!" funky, colorful prints in frames or on wood bases. Through February 15 at Chop s hop in burlington. info, 233-6473.
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tr ericsso N: "Crackle and Drag: Film index," a portrait of the artist's mother using photos, sculptural objects and moving images, and an ongoing investigation of a deteriorating archive of personal artifacts. Through April 12 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.
rocks, and one with a traditional projector. A reception on January 29, 5-7 p.m. includes an artist talk at 5:30. The exhibit remains on view through February 28.
't extured' : Contemporary works in two and three dimensions by gowri s avoor, Mary Zompetti, Jennifer Koch and Karen h enderson. Through March 22 at Vermont Metro gallery, bCA Center, in burlington. info, 865-7166.
— X I A N c H I A N G - WA R EN February 3 at Royalton Memorial l ibrary in s outh Royalton. info, 763-7094.
't he Labe Ls For Libatio Ns r oad sho W': An exhibit of more than 70 submissions over two years to the label competition sponsored by Magic h at. Through January 31 at se AbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222.
h oLiday sho W: s mall works by artist members in a variety of printmaking media. Through January 31 at Two Rivers printmaking s tudio in w hite River Junction. info, 295-5901.
Ver MoNt Waterco Lor society : A selection of watercolor paintings by members of the burlington and s t. Albans branches of the 240-member group. Through January 31 at Art's Alive gallery in burlington. info, 660-9005.
2Nd aNNua L h igh schoo L art sho W: This juried exhibit presents the works of 65 young artists from Vermont and n ew h ampshire. Through February 9 at Chaplin h all gallery in n orthfield. info, 485-2886. aLec Frost : "h ouses, barns and bridges of Tunbridge," a selection of photographs by the retired local architect. Through March 17 at Tunbridge public l ibrary. info, 889-9404.
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buddhist t ha Ngkas : beautiful scrolls by various artists from n epal and india are for sale, to benefit the nonprofit Child h aven international. Through January 31 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. info, 223-0043.
'chaos' : A group exhibit addressing pandemonium, disorder and turbulence in art, Main Floor gallery; Leah soPhri N: "s pring l oaded," abstract paintings; and katy sudo L: "Color of expression," prints, s econd Floor gallery; and r obert W. bru NeLLe Jr. : "w alking h ome," new acrylic paintings, Third Floor gallery. Through February 22 at s tudio place Arts in barre. info, 479-7069. chris stear Ns: l andscape photographs printed on sheets of aluminum by the Morrisville artist. Through February 1 at Axel's gallery & Frameshop in w aterbury. info, 244-7801.
'earth as Muse: beauty, degradatio N, h oPe, r egeNeratio N, aWake NiNg': Artwork that celebrates the earth's beauty while reflecting on tensions between mankind and the environment by Fran bull, pat Musick, h arry A. Rich, Jenny s wanson and Richard w eis. Through April 4 at great h all in s pringfield. info, 258-3992. h ea LiNg a rts For Wo MeN exhibit : The monthly support group is open to women who have suffered from trauma or abuse. Five members, Jenny h arriman, l auren w ilder, Tracy penfield, and Anne and Mitch beck, show artworks in a variety of media. Through
'iNter Preti Ng the iNterstates' : Compiling photographs from state archives taken between 1958 and 1978, the l andscape Change program at the u niversity of Vermont produced this exhibit, which aims to illustrate how the creation of the interstate highway system changed Vermont's culture and countryside. Through April 26 at Vermont h istory Museum in Montpelier. info, 479-8500. 'Juice bar ' WiNter sho W: The annual rotating members' show features works by Virginia beahan and l aura Mcphee, Jessica s traus, Kirsten h oving and Richard e. s mith. Through April 5 at bigTown gallery in Rochester. info, 767-9670. Joa N h oFFMaN: o il and watercolor impressionist paintings en plain air, and paintings of birds. Through February 19 at Chandler gallery in Randolph. info, 728-9878. Joh N sN eLL: "Taking Time to s ee," photographs inspired by the natural world and local environs.
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Frog Hollow and the Shelburne Craft School partnered up and gave their members access to the other’s benefits. The two Vermont institutions are kicking off 2014 with a new display of mutual affection: a showcase of works, including furniture, pottery and jewelry, by SCS educators at the Frog Hollow Gallery in Burlington. “Craftucation” features pieces by Rik Rolla, Kim O’Brien, Gerard Williams, Evelyn McFarlane and Ryan Cocina, among others. According to Frog Hollow’s executive director, Rob Hunter, the show is designed to spotlight courses offered by these teachers. SCS catalogs are available for visitors, along with The show runs through February 28, with a reception on Friday, February 7, 5-8 p.m. — XI A N CHIANG-WAREN Through February 28 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338.
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CENTRAL VT SHOWS
'LOIS FOLEY: A LIFE IN SERVICE TO ART': Works in a variety of media by the late Vermont artist, collected and curated by Mark S. Waskow. Through February 10 at ORCA Media in Montpelier. Info, 224-9901.
VERMONT ARTISTS WEEK AT VERMONT STUDIO CENTER April 28-May 5. VSC’s annual Vermont Artists Week supports Vermonters coming together each spring for an intensive week of focused studio work, community and interaction with our visiting artists and writers. Applications must be received by January 31. Visit vermontstudiocenter.org for information, or apply at vsc.slideroom.com.
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KEN LESLIE: "Golden Dome Cycle and Other Works: Arctic and Vermont," an exhibit of multimedia works on a variety of surfaces and shapes, including the 360-degree panorama showing the view from the top of the Statehouse over a year's time. Through March 28 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0321.
HEART ATTACK! A VALENTINE’S EXHIBIT AT S.P.A.C.E. GALLERY Bring us your good, bad and lovely! All work will be considered in this Valentine-themed exhibit of love and loss. Submit up to 10 pieces to be juried (all artists will be represented with at least one piece selected) and bring unlimited Valentine cards! Submit your work online through January 31; drop-off times to be announced February 1-5; First Friday opening on February 7. Visit spacegalleryvt. com/call-to-artists for all the details and submission forms!
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KATE REEVES: "My Winter World," watercolor landscapes that express the artist's passion for wintry scenes and feature her technique of creating snowfall or frost on branches. Through February 12 at Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. Info, 457-2295.
EXPOSED! Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Open call to artists and writers for the 23rd annual Exposed! Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Deadline: January 27. helenday. com/exposed.
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Lorraine Man Ley: "Luminous Vermont," vibrant, colorful paintings that capture the beauty of the artist's home state. Through March 31 at Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682. MFa Visua L arts exhibition : MFA students in visual arts show their works during the winter 2014 residency. Through February 1 at College Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier. Info, 828-8703. 'Making an iMpression: Ver Mont print Makers' : Eighteen printmakers from around the state exhibit a wide variety of work that reflects the natural world, the process of aging, sacred geometry and the history of art. Through March 9 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 802-728-9878. r ay brown : "Retrospective: From Nature," oil paintings on canvas by the local artist. February 1 through 28 at Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. r egis Cu MMings : "Places and Faces on a Journey," paintings and multimedia works by the local artist. Photo ID required for admission. Through March 28 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. r uddy r oye : "Telling Stories," an exhibit of selected images by the Brooklyn-based photographer and self-described "Instagram Activist," in conjunction with weeklong residency at the college. Through February 14 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. Info, 287-8398. 'shared Lands Cape' : Kim Ward and Terri Kneen exhibit photography and multimedia landscapes. Through January 31 at Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@ capitolgrounds.com.
"sustainab Le sheLter: dwe LLing w ithin the For Ces o F nature" : An exhibition that examines new homebuilding strategies and technologies that help restore natural systems. February 1 through May 26 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200. t oM berri Man : Bird photography from wildlife and management areas in Vermont. A portion of sales will benefit VINS' educational, conservation and rehabilitation work. Through March 31 at Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. Info, 359-5001.
annua L student art show : An energetic exhibition of works by local schoolchildren, in tribute to their teachers. January 31 through February 28 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4956. 'FuLL h ouse' : An exhibit of works in a variety of media by regional artists Peter Lundberg, Skip Martin, Joshua Rome, Brigitte Rutenberg and Claemar Walker. Through February 28 at Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0062. 'new Li Ves, new eng Land' : Weaving, henna art, drums and other cultural traditions illustrate how Vermont's refugee communities stay connected to their heritage and form new lives from "whole cloth." Through February 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. 'obser Ving Ver Mont ar Chite Cture' : Photographs by Curtis Johnson and commentaries by Glenn Andres explore the state's diverse built environment and accompany their forthcoming book, The Buildings of Vermont. Through March 23 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-5007.
t oM Merwin : Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071. w inter art Mart : Local artists show photography, pottery, jewelry, painting, prints and more, and Divine Arts Recording Group offers CDs of rare recordings, classical music and rediscovered masterpieces. Through March 31 at Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. Info, 247-4295.
Ken Leslie Ken Leslie’s paintings are occasionally served up on traditional rectangular canvases, but the Hardwick-based painter and Johnson State fine arts professor is especially known for painting in the round. His panoramic, 360-degree works are done on paneled circles that show landscapes changing in stages. As the artist’s view shifts, so does the light or the seasons, eventually coming “full circle” in a cohesive cycle. “I’ve used this fanning structure to measure time — hours, days, weeks or years,” says Leslie, who cites trips to the Arctic and Vermont seasons as his inspiration. Most recently, Leslie spent a year climbing to the top of the Statehouse dome in Montpelier once each week to paint the view. The result was “Golden Dome Cycle,” the pièce de résistance of Leslie’s exhibition that’s on view in the Vermont Supreme Court Lobby through March 28. An artist’s reception is February 20 at 5 p.m. — X I A N c h I A N G - w A r EN
CLaire desjardins : Colorful and energetic abstract paintings. Through March 2 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. eVie Lo Vett : "Backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co.," photographs taken at a gay bar in Dummerston, along with audio interviews by Lovett and Greg Sharrows of Vermont Folklife Center. Through March 9 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.
sophia Cannizzaro : New photographs of nature by the local artist. Through February 28 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366.
have used to describe seeing the Earth from space. Through February 28 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info, 257-0124.
'surrea L': Surreal and otherwise weird paintings, photographs, sculptures and video by northern Vermont artists Bradleigh Stockwell, Mary Brenner, Donald Peel, Diana Mara Henry, Chris Hudson, Sam Thurston and Mandee Roberts. Through January 31 at 99 Gallery and Center in Newport. Info, 323-9013.
sabra Fie Ld: “Cosmic Geometry,” work by the Vermont printmaker. Through March 9 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info, 257-0124.
'kiCk and gLide: Ver Mont's nordi C ski Lega Cy': An exhibit celebrating all aspects of the sport, including classic and skate skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski jumping, telemark and back-country skiing. Through October 13 at Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. Info, 253-9911.
'sur VeiLLan Ce soCiety' : With works in a variety of media, artists Hasan Elahi, Adam Harvey, Charles Krafft, David Wallace and Eva and Franco Mattes explore notions of privacy and safety, security and freedom, public and personal. Through April 20 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.
'eVoLVing perspe Cti Ves: h igh Lights Fro M the aFri Can art Co LLeCtion' : An exhibition of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection's development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. Through December 20 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808.
t rine w iLson & doris w eeks : Photography, and watercolor and oil paintings, respectively. Through January 31 at Westford Public Library. Info, 355-4834.
j uLes de baLin Court : A premier exhibit of contemporary paintings by the Franco-American pictural artist. Through March 13 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000.
Libby daVidson : "The 50 Project," 50 plein-air watercolor paintings produced by the local artist over a year in celebration of her 50th birthday. Through February 23 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.
w iLLia M b. h oyt : "Realizations," realistic paintings. Through February 28 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.
keVin sabourin : New paintings by the local artist and musician. Through February 5 at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Info, 518-314-9872.
peter doig : "No Foreign Lands," a major survey of contemporary figurative paintings by the Scottish artist. Through May 4 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. m
keLLy h oLt : "Where," mixed-media abstract paintings. Through March 9 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.
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Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars ★★★★★
obert Greenwald makes documentaries. He also makes waves. And enemies. In the capital of this country, there are seriously powerful people who’d doubtless love to see him come to harm. And they’re the kind of folks who can make this happen. Robert Greenwald makes documentaries about them. He made two this past year alone. First, in April, came War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State, featuring analysis from and interviews with fi gures such as David Carr, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald and Seymour Hersh. The fi lm examined the president’s campaign of intimidation against journalists — and anyone else whose conscience might compel him or her to report government wrongdoing. On its heels comes Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars (recently released on DVD), an excoriating meditation on the “implications of killing hundreds of people ordered by the president, or worse, [by] unelected and unidentifi able bureaucrats within the Department of Defense without any declaration of war.” Those aren’t the words of a fi lm critic but of Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla), one of the
organizers of the congressional briefi ng on drone strikes held on October 29, 2013. The session provided the fi rst-ever opportunity for U.S. lawmakers to hear directly from the YOUR YOUR PAGE THE THIS ART OF WAR When 9-year-old Nabila Rehman came all victims of America’s drone program. Exactly SCAN TEXT TEXT WITH the LAYAR way from Pakistan to tell members of Congress what it’s five elected officials popped by. like to have an American fired at your family, HERE HERE PROGRAM COVER Hellfire missile One of the people who testifi ed that daySEE she drew a picture but not much of a crowd. fi gures prominently in the fi lm. Rafi q ur Rehman is a Pakistani schoolteacher and father of two who lives in Waziristan. On the afternoon of October 24, 2012, his son from a haunted 27-year-old Air Force vet escalation of drone warfare, Greenwald has (age 13), daughter (9) and mother (67) were named Brandon Bryant, who recounts his said, is “breeding anti-American sentiment picking okra in the fi eld behind their home experience as a remote-control executioner. at a rate that would make Al Qaeda jealous.” Rather than making us safer, Greenwald’s when they heard a buzzing overhead. “I Let’s just say that playing real-life Call of could see the drone,” Rehman’s son testifi ed, Duty hasn’t done this dude’s psyche any latest reveals, the slaughter of civilians has radicalized large numbers of Pakistanis who “but I wasn’t worried because we’re not favors. One of the things I love about Greenwald’s once considered the U.S. a valued ally. “Yes, militants.” Seconds later, the woman was work is the way he gets to the point. As there were 100, maybe 200 fanatics in tribal dead and both children gravely injured. Unmanned contains all too many stories with Whistleblowers, he’s in and out in an areas,” explains Imran Khan, chairman of like that, fi rsthand accounts of innocent hour in Unmanned and doesn’t leave a base the Pakistan Movement for Justice party. men, women and children winding up on the uncovered. The bottom line: The present “Now you have 80,000 people who hate you. wrong end of a Hellfi re missile. Their stories administration is basically the previous How will that make you more secure?” Perhaps our Nobel Peace Prize-winning make you wonder how CIA Director John administration on steroids. Instead of learning from Dubya’s mistakes chief executive will answer that question in Brennan keeps a straight face when claiming that “there hasn’t been a single collateral in the Middle East, Obama is making them his State of the Union address. This goes to all over again, only in a bigger way. If the press just before the broadcast, so I will wait. death,” as he’s shown doing. At the same time, the fi lm off ers a credible Iraq debacle taught us anything, it was that I will see. What I won’t do is hold my breath. sense of the damage that can be sustained American foreign policy can be a powerful RI C K KI S O N AK on the opposite end of the process. We hear terrorist recruitment tool. The secret
I, Frankenstein ★★
ow I wish I could say that I, Frankenstein is a work of unsung genius and not exactly what you think it is. Namely, a fi lm in which once-respected actor Aaron Eckhart takes off his shirt, grimaces to convey his inner torment and makes bad CGI explode into more bad CGI. From the storyteller who gave us the Pirates of the Caribbean and G.I. Joe fi lm franchises (cowriter-director Stuart Beattie) and the one who gifted us with the Underworld fi lms (cowriter Kevin Grevioux) comes this standard exercise in urbanfantasy collage. The movie opens with a helpful recap of Mary Shelley’s classic, here used as an origin story from which Victor Frankenstein’s monstrous concoction of stitched corpses (Eckhart) emerges as a Byronic superhero. It’s not a bad idea, given the intelligence, sensitivity and lofty Miltonic rhetoric with which Shelley endowed the creature. Put him in a grimy urban setting to fret about his lack of a soul, and he basically is a modern comic-book antihero. Beattie and Grevioux spare their protagonist such internal confl ict, however, by immediately throwing a host of fl ying demons at him. Next come the gargoyles.
The monster dispatches the former in a fl urry of mangy digital fi reballs, after which the latter transform themselves into a buff , leather-clad, multiethnic human crew and drag him to their leader (Miranda Otto). Madame Gargoyle dubs the monster “Adam” (as he himself did in Shelley’s version) and unfurls a lengthy backstory. The gargoyles are actually angelic beings locked in an eternal Manichean battle with the hosts of hell, whose leader, Naberius (Bill Nighy), wants to get his hands on Frankenstein’s creation and unlock the secrets of creating life. Achieving this goal takes a couple of centuries, during which resurrection science remains at Enlightenment levels. When Naberius fi nally gets Adam into his 21stcentury lab, which is run by a comely blonde described as “the world’s most respected electrophysiologist” (Yvonne Strahovski), we discover that her technique consists of jolting corpses with electricity, just like in the 1931 Frankenstein. “I am a partisan of progress,” Nighy exults with rolled Rs and curled lip, but he doesn’t seem to have progressed far. In occasional moments like that one, I, Frankenstein hints at the midnight masterpiece it might have been. Visually,
FROM R.I.P. TO RIPPED Eckhart plays the monster, not Frankenstein, which doesn’t matter given that he’s basically Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine without the claws.
Eckhart is an inspired choice for the role; it’s hard to tell where his Dudley Do-Right facial contours end and the makeup begins. Wearing a hoodie and laddered with fake scars, he gamely wraps his mouth around lines such as “We have to get to Leonore, the Gargoyle Queen.” Strahovski, Nighy and Otto all contribute the appropriate degrees of ridiculousness, the steampunk production design evokes all the usual (better) inspirations and Beattie puts his camera at jarring angles to enhance the comic-book feel. But none of it can overcome a script that rotates obsessively around video-game slice-and-kick battles fought on murky animated backgrounds. If
you’ve seen an Underworld fl ick, you’ve seen most of this one. Among afi cionados of so-bad-they’regood movies, there’s some argument about whether such fi lms should present their conceits with straight-faced solemnity and heavenly choirs on the soundtrack, as I, Frankenstein does, or with huge winks at the audience. But the point is moot when a movie is bad in such a boring way. No creator’s spark of inspired lunacy arrives to bring this dead hunk of commercial clichés alive. MARGO T HARRI S O N
tHE BESt oFFERHH1/2: geoffrey Rush plays a snobbish art auctioneer who becomes obsessed with a young woman and her family collection in this drama from director giuseppe tornatore (Cinema Paradiso). with Sylvia hoeks. (124 min, R) tHE BRokEN ciRclE BREAkDoWNHHH1/2: In this belgian drama on the Oscar short list, a bluegrass-singing couple struggles with their young daughter’s grave illness. Johan heldenbergh and Veerle baetens star. felix Van groeningen directed. (110 min, nR) DEVil’S DUEHH: cross Paranormal Activity with What to Expect When You’re Expecting, et voilà. allison Miller plays the newlywed with beelzebub (we hope) in her belly in this found-footage horror flick. V/h/S veterans Matt bettinelli-Olpin and tyler gillett directed. (89 min, R)
The InvIsIble Woman
new in theaters lABoR DAY: a small-town single mom (Kate winslet) finds herself sheltering and falling for an escaped convict (Josh brolin) in this adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air). with gattlin griffith and tobey Maguire. (111 min, Pg-13. capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace) tHAt AWkWARD momENt: a romantic comedy from the guys’ perspective? Miles teller, Michael b. Jordan and Zac Efron play three best buds struggling with commitment issues in the first feature from writer-director tom gormican. (94 min, R. bjiou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, welden)
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HERHHHHH: In this near-future fable from writer-director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are), Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely man who finds himself falling in love with his computer’s sophisticated operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. with amy adams and Rooney Mara. (126 min, R)
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tHE HoBBit: tHE DESolAtioN oF SmAUgHHH1/2: are we really only in the middle of this Middle Earth saga adapted from tolkien’s short novel The Hobbit? bilbo baggins clutches his precious as his dwarf companions set out to reclaim their homeland in director Peter Jackson’s adventure. Martin freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard armitage star. (161 min, Pg-13) tHE HUNgER gAmES: cAtcHiNg FiREHHH1/2: In the second flick adapted from Suzanne collins’ best-selling dystopian ya trilogy, rebellion in the districts leads to a very special 75th hunger games. with Jennifer lawrence, Josh hutcherson, liam hemsworth and Philip Seymour hoffman. francis (I Am Legend) lawrence directed. (146 min, Pg-13. Starts Thursday, november 21) i, FRANkENStEiNH1/2: yet another action fantasy based on a graphic novel reconceives Mary Shelley’s frankenstein’s monster (aaron Eckhart) as a kick-ass hero who intervenes in an age-old war between vampires and werewolves — er, actually between gargoyles and demons, but does it matter? with bill nighy and yvonne Strahovski. Stuart beattie (Tomorrow, When the War Began) directed. (92 min, Pg-13) iNSiDE llEWYN DAViSHHHH Oscar Isaac plays a hard-luck folk singer trying to make his name in 1961 greenwich Village in this music-studded drama from writer-directors Joel and Ethan coen. also starring carey Mulligan, John goodman and Justin timberlake. (105 min, R) tHE iNViSiBlE WomANHHHH1/2 Ralph fiennes directed and stars in this fact-based tale of the secret love charles dickens shared with a younger woman (felicity Jones) during his years as Victorian England’s greatest celebrity novelist. with Kristin Scott Thomas. (111 min, R) JAck RYAN: SHADoW REcRUitHH1/2: chris Pine plays tom clancy’s spy hero in a franchise reboot involving the discovery of a dastardly Russian terrorist plot. with Kevin costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth branagh, who also directed. (105 min, Pg-13)
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The outdoor site will be bursting with free activities—braziers, shows, activities for children, the giant slide, projections, etc.—and will glimmer and dazzle with artistic lighting and projections, in a wonderfully festive ambience that perfectly captures the renowned joie de vivre of Montrealers. It’s magical!
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This year’s theme is our own city: MONTREAL! The chefs of the festival’s Finest Tables have undeniably illustrated they have what it takes to host the world’s culinary greats. It’s their turn to take centre stage! We have extended the pairings concept by inviting the chefs of the festival’s Finest Tables to cook up new activities, to amaze us with exciting cross-discipline partnerships.
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AUgUSt: oSAgE coUNtYH1/2 tracy letts adapted his play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family dealing with tragedy to the screen. Meryl Streep plays the matriarch; Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Julianne nicholson, Ewan Mcgregor, Juliette lewis, chris cooper, Margo Martindale and benedict cumberbatch have to put up with her. John wells directed. (121 min, R)
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ANcHoRmAN: tHE lEgEND coNtiNUESHHH: will ferrell reprises his role as blowhard Ron burgundy, who heads east and struggles to adjust to the new world of 24-hour news. adam McKay directed the sequel to his hit comedy, also starring Paul Rudd, christina applegate and Steve carell. (119 min, Pg-13)
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AmERicAN HUStlEHH1/2 In the 1970s, an fbI agent (bradley cooper) enlists two con artists (christian bale and amy adams) to work undercover among Jersey’s high rollers. with Jeremy Renner and Jennifer lawrence. david O. (Silver Linings Playbook) Russell directed. (138 min, R)
FRoZENHHH1/2: In the latest disney animation, inspired by hans christian andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” a girl embarks on a quest to end the eternal winter enfolding her kingdom. with the voices of Kristen bell, Josh gad and Idina Menzel. chris (Surf’s Up) buck and Jennifer lee directed. (108 min, Pg, bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Stowe, welden)
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BiG picture theater
48 Carroll Rd. (off Rte. 100), Waitsfield, 496-8994, bigpicturetheater.info
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BiJou cinepleX 4
Rte. 100, Morrisville, 888-3293, bijou4.com
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ryan: shadow recruit 7. lone survivor 6:50. The nut Job 6:30. friday 31 — thursday 6 american hustle Fri: 6:40. Sat and Sun: 3:40, 6:40. Mon to Thu: 6:40. The hunger Games: catching Fire Fri: 8:45. Sat: 1, 8:45. Sun: 1. Wed and Thu: 8:45. lone survivor Fri: 6:50, 9:10. Sat: 1:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:10. Sun: 1:20, 3:50, 6:50. Mon and Tue: 6:50. Wed and Thu: 6:50, 9:10. The nut Job Fri: 6:30, 8:10. Sat: 1:10, 3:30, 6:30, 8:10. Sun: 1:10, 3:30, 6:30. Mon and Tue: 6:30. Wed and Thu: 6:30, 8:10. *That awkward moment Fri: 7, 9. Sat: 1:30, 4, 7, 9. Sun: 1:30, 4, 7. Mon and Tue: 7. Wed and Thu: 7, 9.
capitol showplace 93 State St., Montpelier, 2290343, fgbtheaters.com
wednesday 29 — thursday 30 american hustle 6:10, 9:10. august: osage county 6:20, 9:10. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 6:45. lone survivor 6:25, 9:15. saving mr. Banks 6:15, 9:05.
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friday 31 — thursday 6 american hustle Fri: 6:10, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:15, 3:10, 6:10, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 6:10, 9:10. august: osage county Fri: 6:20, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:30, 3:20, 6:20, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 6:20, 9:10. Frozen 3d Sat and Sun: 12:30, 3:30. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 6:45. *labor day Fri: 6:30, 9:05. Sat and Sun: 12:20, 3:15, 6:30, 9:05. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 9:05. lone survivor Fri: 6:25, 9:15. Sat and Sun: 12:25, 3:15, 6:25, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 6:25, 9:15.
esseX cinemas & t-reX theater 21 Essex Way, #300, Essex, 8796543, essexcinemas.com
wednesday 29 — thursday 30 american hustle 12:55, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. august: osage county 12, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10. devil’s due 12:10, 3:05, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35. Frozen 2:40, 5, 7:20. her 12, 9:40. i, Frankenstein (2d) 12:15, 9:25. i, Frankenstein (3d) 2:30, 4:45, 7:10. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. lone survivor 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:45. nebraska 1, 3:40, 6:20, 9. The nut Job (3d) 3, 5, 7:10. The nut Job (2d) 1, 9:15. ride along 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35.
friday 31 — thursday 6 american hustle 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. august: osage county 12:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50. Frozen 2:20. Frozen (singalong) 12, 4:40. i, Frankenstein (2d) 12:15, 9:25. i, Frankenstein (3d) 2:30, 4:45, 7:10. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. *labor day 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40. lone survivor 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:45. nebraska 7, 9:35. The nut Job (3d) 3, 5, 7:10. The nut Job (2d) 1, 9:15. ride along 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35. *That awkward moment 12, 3:10, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25.
190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010, majestic10.com
wednesday 29 — thursday 30 american hustle 1:10, 3:35, 7:30. august: osage county 1:35, 4:15, 6:35, 9:15. Frozen 1:05. Frozen 3d 4:35. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 7:10. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 4:10. The hunger Games: catching Fire 1:25, 4:30, 7:40. i, Frankenstein 2d 1, 7, 9:10. i, Frankenstein 3d 4:40. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:10. lone survivor 1:15, 4:05, 6:30, 9:10. The nut Job 3d 6:55, 9. The nut Job 1:20, 3:30, 5:40. saving mr. Banks 1:50, 6:40, 9:15. The wolf of wall street 1, 3:10, 7:50. friday 31 — thursday 6 american hustle Fri to Sun: 12:50, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 1:30, 3:10, 8:10. august: osage county Fri to Sun: 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:20. Mon to Thu: 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 8:50. Frozen 3d Fri to Sun: 11:50 a.m., 2:15. Mon to Thu: 1:40. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d Fri to Sun: 4:40, 6:10. Mon to Thu: 4:20, 6:05. The hunger Games: catching Fire Fri to Sun: 12, 8:10. Mon to Thu: 4:35, 7:40. i, Frankenstein Fri to Sun: 4, 6, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 3:50, 6, 9:10. Jack ryan: shadow recruit Fri to Sun: 1, 3:30, 6:50, 9:40. Mon to Thu: 1:50, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15. *labor day Fri to Sun: 1:10, 4:20, 7, 9:35. Mon to Thu: 1:10, 3:40, 6:20, 9:05. lone survivor Fri to Sun: 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:25. Mon to Thu: 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9. The nut Job in 3d Fri to Sun: 3:50, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 3:30, 9:20. The nut Job Fri to Sun: 12:10, 2:20. Mon to Thu: 1:25. saving mr. Banks Fri to Sun: 1:15, 6:20. Mon to Thu: 1:15, 6:10. *That awkward moment Fri to Sun: 11:50 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 1, 4:30, 6:45, 9:20. The wolf of wall street Fri to Sun: 3:10, 8. Mon to Thu: 1, 7:45.
marQuis theatre Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841
wednesday 29 — thursday 30 american hustle 7. dallas Buyers club 7. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 7. friday 31 — thursday 6 Full schedule not available at press time.
Jack Ryan: Shadow RecRuit
merrill’s roXy cinema 222 College St., Burlington, 8643456, merrilltheatres.net
wednesday 29 — thursday 30 american hustle 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 9. august: osage county 1, 3:40, 6:15, 9:10. her 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:05. inside llewyn davis 1:20, 3:55, 6:45, 9:15. philomena 1:10, 3:50, 6:10, 8:50. The wolf of wall street 1:15, 4:50, 8:15. friday 31 — thursday 6 american hustle 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 9. august: osage county 1, 3:40, 6:15, 8:35. her 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:05. inside llewyn davis 1:20, 3:55, 6:45, 9:15. philomena 1:10, 3:50, 6:10, 8:50. The wolf of wall street 1:15, 4:50, 8:15.
palace 9 cinemas 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, palace9.com
wednesday 29 — thursday 30 12 years a slave 1, 3:45, 6:30, 8:40. american hustle 1, 3:50, 6:40, 8:40. dallas Buyers club 3:30, 8:45. devil’s due 4:40, 6:45, 9:20. Frozen 2. i, Frankenstein 2d 1:20, 9:20. i, Frankenstein 3d 4:20, 7. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:10. lone survivor 1, 4, 6:30, 9. nebraska 1:05, 6:20. The nut Job 3d 4:40, 9:10. The nut Job 2d 1:30. ride along 1:40, 4:50, 7:05, 9:15. friday 31 — thursday 6 12 years a slave Fri to Sun: 12:50, 6:10. Mon to Thu: 1, 6:10. american hustle Fri: 12:40, 3:45, 6:40. Sat and Sun: 12:40, 3:45, 6:40, 8:40. Mon to Thu: 1:05, 3:45, 6:40, 8:40. dallas Buyers club 3:40, 8:55. Frozen Fri: 1:15. Sat and Sun: 1:15, 6:15. Mon to Thu: 1:15, 6:15, 6:40. i, Frankenstein 2d 4, 9:25. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 1:20, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20. *labor day Fri: 1, 3:30, 6:30, 8:45. Sat to Thu: 1, 3:30, 6:20, 8:45. lone survivor 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9. nebraska 9:05. The nut Job 3d 4:45, 6:55. The nut Job Fri to Sun: 12:30, 2:40. Mon to Thu: 1:40. ride along 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:10. *That awkward moment Fri to Sun: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 1:50, 4:50, 7:10, 9:15.
paramount twin cinema 241 North Main St., Barre, 4799621, fgbtheaters.com
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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 her 6:30, 8:45. The invisible woman 6, 8:15. friday 31 — thursday 6 *2014 oscar nominated animation shorts Fri: 6. Sat & Sun: 1, 6. Mon to Thu: 6. *2014 oscar nominated live action shorts 8:15. her Fri: 6:30, 8:45. Sat and Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:45.
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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 american hustle 7. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 7:25. lone survivor 7:05. The nut Job 6. friday 31 — thursday 6 american hustle Fri: 7, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 4:15, 7, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 7. Frozen Sat & Sun: 2. lone survivor Fri: 7:05, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 4:15, 7:05, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 7:05. The nut Job Fri: 6. Sat & Sun: 2:10, 6. Mon to Thu: 6. The nut Job 3d Sat & Sun: 4:15. *That awkward moment Fri: 7:25, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 2:05, 7:25, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 7:25.
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Curses, Foiled Again
Surveillance video of an attempted break-in at a Chicago bar showed the would-be burglar removing the lock on the front door. He got no further, police Officer Jose Estrada said, because instead of obeying the sign on the door that read “PUSH,” he kept aggressively pulling. He finally left in frustration. (Chicago’s DNAInfo.com)
After two men got lost driving on rural roads east of Pincher Creek, Alberta, they ran off the road and into a ditch. Fearing they might freeze to death in the sub-zero weather, they removed the crashed vehicle’s seats and set them on fire, along with all of their personal belongings. As that fire died out, the men decided to burn the car. “They actually had two fires going,” RCMP Cpl. Jeffrey Feist said. “Their car was completely consumed by fire.” In the morning, the men, both of whom had cellphones, discovered they were within walking distance of a nearby house and headed there to find help. Authorities who responded took the men to the hospital for treatment for minor burns and frostbite and arrested one for outstanding warrants. (Canada’s QMI Agency) Police reported that a man who built a fire to keep warm outside a house in Sisters, Ore., decided to stoke the fire by pouring gasoline on it. The resulting b y H arry
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Trendy facial hair is hurting the bottom line at Gillette, whose owner, Procter & Gamble, reported “seeing a slight decline in wet shaving incidence in the U.S. right now driven by fashion.” P&G chief financial officer Jon R. Moeller also blamed sagging razor sales on Movember, an annual charity event whose participants raise awareness of prostate cancer by growing mustaches. Meanwhile, noting “increased shaving below the neck, particularly among younger men,” ages 18 to 24, P&G has begun marketing its new Gillette Body razor to meet “guys’ holistic shaving needs.” (Los Angeles Times)
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After two women having car trouble pulled into a gas station near Albany, Ore., police said that a barefoot woman approached and dropped her pants. She ran off but returned shortly,
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climbed onto the car’s hood and began jumping up and down until she caved in the windshield. She then jumped down and ran across Interstate 5. The occupants called 911, and a state trooper arrested Victoria Dawn Lohmann, 24. (Portland’s KPTV-TV)
Second-Amendment Follies David Counceller, 60, police chief of Connersville, Ind., accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gun shop while examining a handgun similar to the one he carries. He had compared the two Glocks and was putting his back into its holster when “it got tangled in my clothing” and fired, he explained, adding, “I need to pay more attention.” (Indianapolis Star)
Dean Buckley, 59, was shooting at a water tower from his backyard target range in Paso Robles, Calif., but two shots missed and went into his neighbor’s house. When the neighbor complained, Buckley reportedly declared, “I can do anything I want on my own property” and fired three more rounds from his .45-caliber revolver. Police charged Buckley with felony discharge of a firearm with gross negligence. (San Luis Obispo’s Tribune)
U.S. customs agents searching a vehicle belonging to a 56-year-old Arizona man crossing the border from Mexico at the Port of Nogales unzipped one of the man’s suitcases in the backseat
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Kaveh Kamooneh spent more than 15 hours in jail after authorities arrested him for plugging his Nissan Leaf into an electrical outlet at a middle school in Chamblee, Ga., and drawing about a nickel’s worth of power. “He stole something that wasn’t his,” said Police Sgt. Ernesto Ford, who ticketed Kamooneh 20 minutes after he admitted plugging in without the school’s permission. “A theft is a theft.” (Atlanta’s WXIA-TV)
Students at Montreal’s McGill University won the $1 million Hult Prize to fund their project to produce insect-based, protein-rich flour to feed malnourished people in other countries. “We will be starting with grasshoppers,” team captain Mohammed Ashour said, noting that ingredients will vary to accommodate local dietary customs. He added that in order to research the feasibility of their five-year plan to develop Power Flour, all team members have consumed “kilos” of insects, even one who identifies himself as a vegetarian. (ABC News)
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suspect an equally momentous shift is possible for you. some taboo you have honored for a long time, some rule you have obeyed as if it were an axiom, is ripe to be broken.
(Jan. 20-feb. 18)
Extravagant wigs became fashionable for a while in 18thcentury England. They could soar as high as four feet above a woman’s head. Collections of fruit might be arrayed in the mass of hair, along with small replicas of gardens, taxidermically stuffed birds and model ships. I would love to see you wear something like that in the coming week. But if this seems too extreme, here’s a second-best option: Make your face and head and hair as sexy as possible. Use your alluring gaze and confident bearing to attract more of the attention and resources you need. You have a poetic license to be shinier and more charismatic than usual.
Daniel Kahneman, who won a nobel Prize in economics, says that consulting experts may be useless. In his study of Wall street traders, he found their advice was no better than information obtained by a chimpanzee flipping a coin. Meanwhile, psychologist Philip tetlock did a 20-year study with similar results. He found that predictions made by political and financial professionals are inferior to wild guesses. so does this mean you should never trust any experts? no. but it’s important to approach them with extra skepticism right now. The time has come for you to upgrade your trust in your own intuition.
gemini (May 21-June 20): I’m a big fan of
ViRgo (Aug. 23-sept. 22): you are not as
logic and reason, and I urge you to be, too. using your rational mind to understand your experience is a very good thing. The less stock you put in superstitious head trips and fear-based beliefs, the smarter you will be. Having said that, I recommend that you also make playful use of your creative imagination. relish the comically magical elements of your mysterious fate. Pay attention to your dreams, indulge in the pleasure of wild fantasies and see yourself as a mythic hero in life’s divine drama. Moral of the story: both the rational and the fantastical approaches are essential to your health. (P.s. but the fantastical needs extra exercise in the coming weeks.)
(June 21-July 22): sorry, Cancerian, you won’t be able to transform lead into gold anytime soon. you won’t suddenly acquire the wizardly power to heal the sick minds of racists and homophobes and misogynists. nor will you be able to cast an effective love spell on a sexy someone who has always resisted your charms. That’s the bad news. The good news is this: If you focus on performing less spectacular magic, you could accomplish minor miracles. for example, you might diminish an adversary’s ability to disturb you. you could welcome into your life a source of love you have ignored or underestimated. And you may be able to
broken as you may think you are. your wounds aren’t as debilitating as you have imagined. And life will prove it to you this week. or rather, let me put it this way: Life will attempt to prove it to you — and not just in some mild, half-hearted way, either. The evidence it offers will be robust and unimpeachable. but here’s my question, Virgo: Will you be so attached to your pain that you refuse to even see, let alone explore, the dramatic proof you are offered? I hope not!
libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): Kenneth rexroth wrote a poem called “A sword in a Cloud of Light.” I want to borrow that image. According to my astrological analysis and poetic intuition, you will generate the exact power you need in the coming weeks by imprinting your imagination with a vision of a sword in a cloud of light. I don’t want to get too intellectual about the reasons why, but I will say this: The cloud of light represents your noble purpose or your sacred aspiration. The sword is a metaphor to symbolize the new ferocity you will invoke as you implement the next step of your noble purpose or sacred aspiration. scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): every autumn,
the bird species known as the Clark’s nutcracker prepares for its winter-food needs by burying 30,000 pine nuts in 5,000 places over a 15-square-mile area. The amazing
thing is that it remembers where almost all of them are. your memory isn’t as prodigious as that, but it’s far better than you realize. And I hope you will use it to the hilt in the coming days. your upcoming decisions will be highly effective if you draw on the wisdom gained from past events — especially those events that foreshadowed the transition you will soon be going through.
sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): Can you imagine what it would be like to live without any hiding and pretending? How would you feel if you could relax into total honesty? What if you were free to say exactly what you mean, unburdened by the fear that telling the truth might lead to awkward complications? such a pure and exalted condition is impossible for anyone to accomplish, of course. but you have a shot at accomplishing the next best thing in the coming week. for best results, don’t try to be perfectly candid and utterly uninhibited. Aim for 75 percent. caPRicoRn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s a favorable time to gather up resources and amass bounty and solicit help and collect lots of inside information. I won’t call you greedy if you focus on getting exactly what you need in order to feel comfortable and strong. In fact, I think it’s fine if you store up far more than what you can immediately use — because right now is also a favorable time to prepare for future adventures when you will want to call on extraordinary levels of resources, bounty, help and inside information. Pisces
(feb. 19-March 20): one of your anti-role models in the coming weeks is the character that Piscean diva rihanna portrays when she sings in eminem’s tune “Love the Way you Lie.” study the following lyrics, mouthed by rihanna, and make sure that in every way you can imagine, on psychological, spiritual and interpersonal levels, you embody the exact opposite of the attitude they express: “you’re just gonna stand there and watch me burn / but that’s all right because I like the way it hurts / you’re just gonna stand there and hear me cry / but that’s all right, because I love the way you lie.” to reiterate, Pisces, avoid all situations that would tempt you to feel and act like that.
aRies (March 21-April 19): on my 15th birthday, I finally figured out that eating dairy products was the cause of my chronic respiratory problems. from that day forward, I avoided foods made from cow’s milk. My health improved. I kept up this regimen for years. but a month ago, I decided to see if my long-standing taboo still made sense. Just for the fun of it, I gave myself permission to gorge on a tub of organic vanilla yogurt. to my shock, there was no hell to pay. I was free of snot. In the last few weeks, I have feasted regularly on all the creamy goodies I’ve been missing. I bring this up, Aries, because I
leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Cosmopolitan maga-
zine is famous for offering tips on how to spice up one’s sex life. Here’s an example: “take a few of your favorite erotically appealing flavor combinations, like peanut butter and honey or whipped cream and chocolate sauce, and mix up yummy treats all over your lover’s body.” That sounds crazy to me, and not in a good way. In any case, I recommend that you don’t follow advice like that, especially in the coming days. It’s true that on some occasions, silliness and messiness have a role to play in building intimacy. but they aren’t advisable right now. for best results, be smooth and polished and dashing and deft. togetherness will thrive on elegant experiments and graceful risks.
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We have good news and bad news. The latter is that, after many years dispensing advice to Seven Days readers, Mistress Maeve is moving on. She’s sad to leave us, and you, behind, but she’s making her way up the career ladder. It would not surprise us to someday find her advising, say, the president of the United States. Or, for that matter, being the POTUS. But not to worry, all you lovelorn, relationshipchallenged and sexually curious dears, we’ve found another wise woman to assume the adviser’s mantle. Here’s how she asked us to introduce her: Hello! My name is Athena. I am a third-generation matchmaker, vagabond, love goddess and sexplorer, and I am here for you. Got a question you can’t spill even to your closest friend? Got carnal queries or insecurities? What’s got you wild, mad, sad or utterly perplexed? Go ahead — just ask Athena. Ask Athena will begin next week, February 5. Meantime, enjoy Mistress Maeve’s final column and, as always, heed her words.
Dear Mistress Maeve,
My girlfriend of three and a half years “broke up” with me, but she wants to be friends and “work on things.” That was two weeks ago, and we still talk and text many times a day, and we still have lots of sex — and she says she won’t have any physical relations with anyone else. I’m confused. I don’t want to move on, but I’m not thrilled with being demoted. Thoughts?
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This is a classic case of someone having her cake and eating it, too — and she will continue to gorge until you put an end to this nonsense. Your “girlfriend” or “friend,” or whatever she calls herself now, wants many of the benefits of the committed relationship you used to have without having to own up to being the girlfriend of anyone. So you have her now, but you don’t have her; and your use of “demotion” suggests you are none too pleased. However, because you don’t want to move on and have not set any boundaries, she is able to get whatever she wants from you. What does she want to work out and why couldn’t she do that within the context of your relationship? You say she does not want physical relations with anyone else, but it doesn’t seem she actually knows what she really wants. This is where you come in: Tell her what you want. Set those boundaries. If you don’t want to be demoted, then tell her. It could be painful. She might not give you the response you want, but maybe that’s OK. You deserve to be in a relationship with someone who wants to be with you in the streets as well as the sheets. If she can’t share her cake with you, perhaps it’s time to switch to pie.
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Blonde at the coffeehouse The Block gallery and Coffeehouse, I was so preoccupied working on a project that I missed all the signs until just this moment when I remembered your look as I was leaving. I could be mistaken but if not. When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: the Block Gallery and Coffeehouse. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911954 Huggable Ski Instructor at Smuggs I lost control of my skis trying to turn on the bunny slope during a lesson. I almost crashed into you, but you held up your arms and caught me gently instead. You said, “You looked like you needed a hug.” I was so embarrassed, I moved quickly away. Thanks for helping me! Can I repay you with a drink? When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: Smugglers’ Notch. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911953 Tattooed Waiter at Sukho Thai You: attractive waiter at Sukho Thai with a tattoo on your arm. Me: cute girl in blue sweater with long hair. My friend and I were the only ones sitting at a table. Wanted to write my number on our bill, but wasn’t sure if you’d be the one to pick it up. Care to grab a drink? When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: Sukho Thai in Essex Outlets. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911952 Burlington Square Mall, 1/25/14 I noticed you in the Burlington Square Mall, walking and shopping with your daughter. She went into stores and you waited. Sitting on the benches, I walked by (long, green, down jacket) trying to get your attention, but you were looking at your phone. You look familiar to me. When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: Burlington Square Mall. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911951 Friendly Brunette at The Edge You settled in next to me on the elliptical at Twin Oaks. We laughed about the spectators. You seemed smart, confident and sexy. You mentioned it was “practically balmy” as we left, and I regretted not being friendlier. I’d like a second chance. Can I make it up to you with a cocktail? Include something that let’s me know it’s you. When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: The Edge, South Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911950
HEY ... HEY YOU If you understand the headline, then yep, this is for you. Just a reminder on how wonderful you are, and no matter what I’ll wait as long as it takes babe. I love you more than words can express :). P.S: 1/19/2014=1 year together. When: Sunday, January 19, 2014. Where: Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911947
“busting up the place” It was a rare quiet moment in the store and I spied you beating up the cabinets. You were very helpful and chatty, we joked about your fight with the cabinet. I’ll apologize in advance if this is out of line, but coffee or a drink sometime? When: Thursday, January 23, 2014. Where: CVS, Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911948
Cute Brunette/Redhead at Oak45 You: a cute lady having drinks by the bar with a slightly older woman (aunt/mom/not sure). Me: with my friends by a table. Black guy, olive glasses, green tie. I had a headache that night and didn’t want to interrupt. We should get hot chocolate sometime (don’t drink coffee). When: Thursday, January 23, 2014. Where: Oak45. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911949
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Diane At the Villiage Tavern I saw you at the Village Tavern. Even though you didn’t dress up, you looked gorgeous! You were wearing a Killington shirt. It’s been almost a year since you tried talking to me at the last Smuggs party. I still can’t stop thinking about you. Which is why I’m an idiot for not talking to you! When: Thursday, January 16, 2014. Where: Village Tavern, Jeffersonville. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911935
Smiley Mama I met you at Manhattan’s on Monday after I sang so gorgeously that talent scouts were fainting on pizza slices. I wish we got to chat longer, but circumstances had me jogging home. You were sitting alone at the bar smiling wide as I settled my check. In conclusion, I know your name but shouldn’t share it here, A*****. When: Monday, January 20, 2014. Where: Manhattan’s. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #911943
Christmas Cactus Just in case you’re wondering, I’ve wanted you since you smiled at me from the window seat. Shame we’re in a tightly knit place. I will never confess, but I can keep wishing :). Maybe you’ll drop a hint if you feel the same about me. If not, that’s OK! Keep being awesome, and let’s not get awkward about anything. When: Thursday, September 26, 2013. Where: in the wrong place. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911934
Piercing Eyes On The Rise You: beautiful piercing eyes, On the Rise, skates and lovely black dog. Not sure if you’re attached or noticed me close by: shy and wanting to smile but thinking you’re on a date — who skates alone? Me: green jacket, phone, wanting to say hello. If you’re interested you can send me an I-Spy in response. When: Sunday, January 19, 2014. Where: On the Rise Bakery, Richmond. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911942
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Good Day to Grocery Shop You were the dark and handsome hottie with the sexy smile, behind me in line at the checkout. We exchanged a glance or two and then another in the parking lot. Any chance in hell you’re available? When: Sunday, January 19, 2014. Where: Shaw’s, Tafts Corner, Williston. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911939
Vodka & Red Bull I gave a tip to you about where your brother could find his favorite beer. You complimented me on my memory, as I had previously pointed out a change in your hairstyle, when suddenly you coughed twice. The last time our paths crossed you said three magic words while walking out the door. Single? Coffee? When: Friday, January 10, 2014. Where: same place as always. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911932
DOWN-TO-EARTH CLASSY GENTLEMAN You: dressed in blue jeans and a red fleece shirt at a table in Daily Planet bar, appearing handsome, fit and personable, a pleasant vibe. Me: two tables away. Me: dressed in a green classy lady hat and white sweater. We are both middle aged and I am presuming single. Want to meet there for a glass of wine and connection? When: Sunday, January 19, 2014. Where: Daily Planet. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911938 mud between your toes You were on maybe a first date with a nicesounding guy, seated behind me. I was having a brandy and reading. When the noisy young ladies left I heard your voice and was certain I knew you. But when I turned around, I didn’t know you. But I want to! If it doesn’t work out with the nice guy... When: Saturday, January 18, 2014. Where: Vergennes. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911937 Fine man in some Timbs It was that special night: New Year’s Eve. We both got on the bus from Burlington to Saint Albans. We were sitting across from one another. You had a brown coat with a kindle in your hand. I could hear you were playing Candy Crush. Me: thick red hair with blue eyes. I was picturing your arms wrapped around me as the ball dropped. When: Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Where: on the Saint Albans bus. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911936
Blonde “BooBoo” Pirate I worked next to you for a pinch. Got to know each other well. Had a blast with you drinking rocket fuel on Christmas. I’m sorry I ran away. Forgive me? Ran into each other again at RJs and that was the last time I saw you. Come back into my life? Find me. Let’s go adventure together. When: Thursday, January 9, 2014. Where: University Mall/RJs. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911931 Enjoy classy modern women Sunday, Jan. 12, 11:00 a.m., appeared to be a self-confident woman about 5’8” tall at Price Chopper in Essex. She was attractively dressed wearing leggings (one black/one red), which caught my eye. Very stylish dress code and carried herself with total class. She looked about 35 to 45 years old. What a beautiful woman. When: Sunday, January 12, 2014. Where: Price Chopper, Essex. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911929 Taylor Swift from Oregon Met you at Burlington Airport dropping off your friend. I was picking up my brother. Your friend said you just moved to Vermont from Oregon and for some reason you’re living in Barre!? Everyone tells you that you look like Taylor Swift because you do! Was going to ask you out but alarm went off. You’re super sweet and beautiful. When: Friday, January 3, 2014. Where: Burlington Airport. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911928
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