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he sat next to her, talking in hushed tones, and the two hugged before she stepped out of the room.   Schirling and Barbara Brunette, it turns out, grew up close to one another in the North End. They both came to Monday’s meeting to support a resolution put forth by City Councilor Dave Hartnett (D-Ward 4) that calls for a review of police procedures for dealing with mentally ill people. Councilors asked for a moment of silence after Brunette spoke, and they later passed the resolution unanimously. During his remarks, Schirling described a beleaguered mental health system — “We have folks literally living in our emergency departments for weeks on end” — that’s relying too heavily on local law enforcement. The Burlington police chief has said that while all officers carry pepper spray, it wouldn’t have been a plausible alternative in Brunette’s case; because the man was threatening officers in a deadly way, they needed to respond in kind. Schirling said he recognizes that police presence can be counterproductive in these scenarios and that his department is continuing to work with the HowardCenter to minimize his officers’ involvement in situations that don’t involve “imminent risk.”


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I read [“Can ‘Niches in Inpatient Psychiatry’ Redeem the Brattleboro Retreat?” December 18] with interest, for I finished up an eight-year term on the board of trustees in 2012. In fact, I was involved when the organization decided to expand the specialty service offerings as well as to open its doors to the state hospital patients after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Your readers would be interested to know the Retreat began offering specialty programming long before Tropical Storm Irene. Its LGBT and uniformed-service programs started in 2009 and were in no way designed to “redeem” the hospital, as suggested in the article’s title. Those expansion decisions were made in response to the changing nature of providing mental health services, and in recognition that 1. with health-care reform coming, the old way of providing services would need to be changed, and 2. the financial need to innovate. At the time, the Retreat was under severe financial duress and, simply put, such problems can be met basically in one of two ways: Increase revenues with growth or cut costs. Thankfully, the Retreat chose the former path, and, while it has not been without its pitfalls and challenges, the results have justified the decision. The Retreat is now a healthy organization serving more patients and employing more health care professionals than ever before.


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Your article also discusses challenges the Retreat has faced in 2013 with respect to deficiencies as cited by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While I’m not privy to what occurred, I am aware that the hospital ultimately received a clean bill of health from the federal government — a fact that the article failed to mention. Until Tropical Storm Irene forced the closing of the state hospital in Waterbury, the Brattleboro Retreat’s patient mix was largely voluntary. The decision to accept involuntary patients who were suddenly made homeless by a natural disaster showed

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In last week’s story “In Honor of Elvis: South Burlington ‘King’ Leads a Parallel Life,” we implied that Rosanne Greco was no longer on the South Burlington City Council. She is, but was not reelected as chair. Our apologies for the error.

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HEALTH & FITNESS It’s mid-January, and this issue is timed to bolster your

commitments to eat less, exercise more, quit smoking, drinking, etc. But there’s more to life than resolutions. Charles Eichacker goes out for Recess — a new enterprise that gets some Burlington employees playing games at lunchtime. Ken Picard pursues the safe-sex beat with a report on Sustain condoms, while Sarah Tuff interviews some black-belt babes who teach women self-defense, and Lindsay J. Westley tries to keep up with one-legged skier Vasu Sojitra. Alice Levitt tells us about professional foodies — including herself — who’ve found ways to drop pounds; and Corin Hirsch reports on the alarming rise of food allergies and sensitivities — and how chefs are coping.




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Hot cider, horse-drawn vehicles and visits with farm animals make for a memorable winter’s day. At the Sleigh Ride Weekend, folks travel across open acres, then head inside where the award-winning documentary Nine From Little Rock screens in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 50



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introduced in the House last year by Rep. TIM JERMAN (D-Essex Junction) and 18 others. In addition to striking out the old language, the House bill would affirmatively state that, “The right of a woman to terminate her pregnancy shall not be restricted.” Jerman says he introduced his bill after learning from a daughter who works at the Guttmacher Institute that Vermont is one of just 12 states with pre-Roe, antiabortion laws on the books. He says that even if there’s no immediate threat to Roe or Beecham, Vermont should still take action. “When Vermont leads on almost any issue, it’s noticed nationally,” Jerman says. MARY HAHN BEERWORTH, executive director of Vermont Right to Life, calls the whole discussion “a joke.”



“If they take it up, we’re going to be pointing out that it’s a nonsensical waste of time,” she says. “The legislature is doing, knee-jerk, whatever Planned Parenthood wants them to. Could they stop and see if there’s an actual problem they’re trying to address?” Whether the legislature will actually take action this year remains an open question. While majorities in both the House and Senate favor abortion rights — as does Gov. PETER SHUMLIN —  there is some risk that bringing it to the floor could result in unintended consequences, says Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman DICK SEARS (D-Bennington). “It’s always an issue of who might amend it,” Sears says. “It might put people on record on certain issues.” Of course, that might not be a bad thing for Democrats and Progressives hoping to distinguish themselves from Republicans on more popular, social issues ahead of an election that will surely focus on the challenges of health care reform. Sears, whose committee will determine whether Ashe’s bill moves forward, says that the legislature typically leaves standing statute alone until it has some other reason to meddle with it. But, noting that

he supports abortion rights, Sears says, “I don’t have a problem with picking it up at some point this session.”

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Gov. Shumlin did a masterful job last week of changing the subject in the Statehouse to something other than Vermont Health Connect. On the first day of the legislative session last Tuesday, the gov got out in front of lawmakers who’ve grown testy over chronic technical problems plaguing the state’s federally mandated insurance exchange. At a rare appearance before the House and Senate health care committees, he announced that he would dispatch Commerce Secretary LAWRENCE MILLER to troubleshoot the system and hire an outside entity to investigate its persistent problems. Vermont Health Connect, he assured committee members, was “hitting its stride.” What’s more, he said, the website’s problems wouldn’t deter him from pursuing universal health insurance by 2017. And then he moved on. The next day, Shumlin devoted all 34 minutes of his ceremonial State of the State address to a single subject: the opiate crisis he said is threatening Vermont (see Local Matters story, page 14). Nary a word was mentioned about Vermont Health Connect. Shumlin’s singular focus on opiates was so compelling and so unique that even the national press corps took notice of little old Vermont — home of ice cream, teddy bears and now, um, heroin addicts. An onthe-scene report by the New York Times’ KATHARINE SEELYE, which briefly sat atop the Grey Lady’s homepage Thursday morning, spawned a flurry of news hits for the gov. Soon enough, Shummy was talking opiates on PBS, NPR, MSNBC and any other station that could book him. Unfortunately for Shumlin, with legislators back in town after an eight-month siesta, it wasn’t that easy to shake the Vermont Health Connect story. Later in the week, insurance company officials told members of the House Health Care Committee they needed to know within weeks whether problems processing small business employees’ premium payments would be resolved. If not, the insurers said, they’d seek yet another contingency plan: to allow businesses still lacking new health plans to bypass the state’s website and enroll directly with the carriers. Speaking on VPR’s “Vermont Edition” Friday, Shumlin said he hoped to work out the kinks in time to meet the insurance

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companies’ deadline. But, he hinted, “If there is a contingency needed, we’re going to deploy it.” Sure enough, that contingency was deployed Tuesday morning. Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson, who oversees the exchange, told reporters at a Winooski press conference that, once again, the administration had fallen short of its goal: The system still couldn’t process payments for small businesses seeking to insure their employees. In order to provide “clarity” and “predictability” to employers, Larson said, those required to select new plans by April 1 would now be required to sign up through the insurance companies — not Vermont Health Connect’s website. “Our decision today isn’t based on an impending deadline,” Larson said, but rather a desire to provide “time and clarity” to employers to get the job done. Not everyone bought the “predictability” spin. Vermont Chamber of Commerce President Betsy Bishop, who has been calling for such a contingency plan since October, said later Tuesday, “Very little about small business enrollment in Vermont Health Connect has been predictable over the last four or five months.” First, businesses with 50 or fewer employees were told they had to enroll through the website by December. Then, they were told in November they could also choose to put it off until April 1 or enroll through their carrier. In December, businesses that opted to stick with the website were told that, like it or not, their new plans might not take effect until April. Now, they’re being told to skip the website altogether and just call the insurance companies. “It begs the question,” said Lt. Gov. phiL scott, a Republican, “When all is said and done, if we’re saying insurance companies are better able to process payments after all we’ve done, what have we gotten for the eightysomething-million dollars we’ve spent? Because we’ve gone back to what we had before: The insurance companies are doing the processing.” In the legislature, Tuesday’s announcement threatens to add fuel to the fire. House Minority Leader Don turner (R-Milton), who’d planned to reiterate his calls for such a contingency plan at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning, said he’s “disappointed it took so long for the governor to come to this conclusion. I mean, we’re 14 days into the month of January. We were calling for this back in October.”

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• A 2013 Vermont Department of Health report found the number of people hospitalized for opiate overdoses in the preceding 10 years has remained “consistent.” • The number of opiate-related deaths in Vermont has not changed significantly since 2006, and actually dropped 8 percent from 2011 to 2013. The Department of Health said it could discern “no specific trend” in opiate deaths in the past decade. (In 2013, as Shumlin noted, the number of heroin deaths nearly doubled, from nine to 17. Deaths from prescription opiates fell from 46 to 39.) • Shumlin correctly stated that the number of Vermonters in treatment for opiate addiction has surged nearly 800 percent since 2000. However, health experts say that figure likely overstates the increase in new addictions; at least some of the jump can be traced to existing addicts claiming a greatly expanded array of treatment slots. • While Shumlin accented the growing problem of heroin, he also suggested

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ov. Peter Shumlin grabbed state and national headlines last week when he used his State of the State address to launch a campaign against a “rising tide” of opiate addiction and related crime. “In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us,” Shumlin declared to a packed House chamber as the 2014 legislative session began. “It is a crisis bubbling just beneath the surface that may be invisible to many, but it’s already highly visible to law enforcement, medical personnel, social services, addiction treatment providers and far too many Vermont families. It requires all of us to take action before the quality of life that we cherish so much is compromised.” There is little doubt that Shumlin was correct in identifying opiate addiction, and a shortage of treatment options, as serious problems. Vermont had the nation’s highest rate of illicit drug use in 2010-2011; police are making more arrests for heroin and other drug-related crimes; and 1,000 people are on waiting lists for treatment. But was the governor correct to assert that there is a “growing epidemic” and a “rising tide” of addiction and drug-related crime spreading across Vermont? The answer to that question is far from simple. While the measures of opiate addiction and drug-related crime cited by Shumlin and his supporters are going up, other key indicators have remained unchanged — or even fallen — in recent years. Consider:

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that prescription drug abuse was part of the “rising tide.” However, 2013 Vermont Health Department surveys of adults, high school students and middle school students have shown that the misuse of prescription drugs, most of which are opiates, has not increased since 2007. • Overall property crimes, which in clude larceny, burglary and vehicle theft — the category of crime that law enforcement officials typically identify as being committed by addicts seeking money to buy drugs — have steadily declined in Vermont since 2008, according to federal statistics. The Shumlin administration referred most questions to Health Commissioner Harry Chen. While acknowledging figures that seem to contradict the assertion of a “rising tide,” Chen said his boss was right to draw attention to opiate addiction and those who cannot access treatment. “The case can be made very easily that it’s a huge problem in Vermont,” Chen said. “Most Vermonters agree that this requires focus and attention, and I applaud the governor.”

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In his State of the State address and appearances afterward, Shumlin painted a grim picture of opiate addiction spreading from big cities into a peaceful state, leaving shattered lives in its wake. He pointed to the example of Dustin Machia, one of the addicts featured in The Hungry Heart, Bess O’Brien’s documentary film about drug abuse in the St. Albans area. A young man raised on a dairy farm, “Dustin started using drugs in 10th grade, during a 15-minute break between school exams,” Shumlin recounted. His addiction to OxyContin, a prescription painkiller, quickly grew from a $100-a-week to a $3,500-a-week habit, leading him to steal more than $20,000 worth of farm tools and equipment from his own parents. “‘Be careful because your addiction is waiting out in your driveway, just getting stronger, just waiting for you to slip up and take you away,’” Shumlin quoted Machia as saying. With support from his family and treatment from Franklin County pediatrician Fred Holmes, Machia beat his drug problem and has been clean for five years. Machia is just one of many Vermonters who have seen their lives — and those of

their families, friends and communities — ravaged by addiction. Shumlin cited a 770 percent jump in people receiving treatment for opiate addiction since 2000 and a long list of people waiting to enroll. But health experts acknowledge that those numbers should probably come with a disclaimer: The dramatic rise in people enrolling in opiate treatment is at least partly a product of successful initiatives to open new treatment centers and allow doctors to treat addicts in their own offices. The 770 percent is attributable not just to a surge in demand for treatment, they said in response to questions, but also to an increased supply of treatment. “We began to look at, ‘Is there a better way to put the pieces together to expand access and getting it to more people who need this treatment?’” said Barbara Cimaglio, the state health department’s deputy commissioner for alcohol and drug abuse programs. “It’s in everyone’s best interests to get people help and get them into recovery.” In 2000, the baseline year of Shumlin’s treatment statistic, there was no place to receive treatment for opiate addiction in Vermont; patients had to travel out of state.


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But in 2002, the HowardCenter opened a methadone clinic in Burlington and other clinics followed — in West Lebanon, N.H. (2004), the Northeast Kingdom (2005), Brattleboro (2007) and Berlin (2008). On January 1 of this year, a regional treatment facility opened to serve St. Johnsbury and Newport. The treatment efforts went well beyond new centers. In early 2004, Vermont doctors got the green light to administer patients buprenorphine, another drug used to treat opiate addicts, in the privacy of their own offices. By 2012, more than 4,200 Vermonters were in treatment for an opiate addiction, according to the Department of Health. Asked whether an increasing number of addicts, or the expansion of programs, accounts for the surge, Cimaglio said: “I think it’s a combination of both. If you look at all the data and listen to law enforcement, they are seeing a spike. At the same time, you’re seeing us provide more treatment.” In response to questions about whether the increased supply of treatment accounts for a portion of the treatment statistic, Chen said: “Your point is well taken. I don’t really know that, but right now we’re getting Vermonters treated for their addiction, and that’s what my [focus] is.” Demand for treatment has held steady — rather than increased — in recent years, said Bob Bick, director of mental health and substance abuse services at the HowardCenter. But demand is strong, he stressed, noting he welcomed Shumlin’s pledge to devote $200,000 to expand treatment options in the short term and to devote more resources to the problem over time. “Part of the talk for the state and providers is we don’t know how much of this iceberg is below the water,” Bick said. “We know what’s above the water; that’s the people in treatment. We’re trying to predict what actual unmet demand is. Right now, the goal is to meet the demand that we know exists, and then we will see what continues to exist.”


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and 11 percent had used marijuana. By comparison, 4.6 percent had misused a prescription drug, and 3.9 percent had used an “illicit drug.” The study did not provide specific figures for heroin. “Alcohol is the No. 1 problem we look at in every data set. The data suggest that alcohol and marijuana are more significant in terms of burden on the system,” Searles said in an interview. He added, “But the increase in people on opiates, that’s a huge public health concern. It’s clear to me, in terms of treatment data, something needs to be done.”

example, last March, state police stopped a Cadillac in Williamstown that was allegedly returning from Brooklyn with 2,600 bags of heroin in the trunk. “Anyone who works in law enforcement or the treatment field will tell you we have a huge problem here,” Coffin said. Max Schlueter runs the Vermont Justice Research Center, a state-funded

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In a press conference following his State of the State address, Shumlin, who faces reelection in November, was flanked by key legislators, police officials, prosecutors — even Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber, who has been unusually outspoken in declaring that the court system cannot alone fix the drug problem. They were there to reinforce the point that opiate addiction is directly linked to increased criminal activity. “He travels the state almost every single day and has heard from addicts, providers of treatment, police chiefs, the U.S. Attorney … He’s heard from just about everyone, and he gets the same response everywhere he goes,” Shumlin spokeswoman Sue Allen said. The Vermont Judiciary says that felony filings have increased by 9 percent in the past five years, half of which can be attributed to drug crimes. Additionally, the judiciary says, abuse and neglect cases are up 33 percent in the same time frame; Reiber said he believes much of that is tied to families ravaged by drugs. U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin said his office has seen a big spike in indictments of heroin defendants. In 2010, the office saw 12 heroin indictments; the number rose to 72 in 2013. The amount of heroin seized during busts also seems to have increased, said both Coffin and Schirling. For

Schleuter and other experts say a more reliable measure of whether opiate addiction is fueling additional crime is propertycrime statistics, which tend to rise when addicts break into homes and businesses and use other types of theft to pay for expensive habits. The most up-to-date figures on crime rates come from the Federal

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group that examines crime trends and the impact of policy decisions. He said drugcrime arrests may not be as useful a barometer as they might seem. Drug arrests, he said, are usually a product of police enforcement efforts — searching a car, for instance, or setting up a sting. “It’s important to understand that arrests for drugs are really a measure of police action,” Schlueter said. “They aren’t a measure of actual crime.” Thus, he said, it’s impossible to determine whether the increase represents a dramatically increased drug-crime rate, heightened enforcement efforts — or both.

Bureau of Investigation, whose numbers show that nearly every type of crime in Vermont has fallen in recent years, including property crime, which law enforcement officials have long described as an outgrowth of drug addiction. In 2008, the state recorded 15,903 property crimes. By 2012, that number had dropped 6 percent, to 15,016 property crimes.

‘Tomorrow Could Be Too Late’

In his speech, Shumlin called for an array of initiatives to address the opiate problem. He

proposed setting aside $200,000 to bolster staffing and reduce waiting lists at treatment centers; $760,000 for county prosecutors to conduct evidence-based screenings and redirect addicts out of the court system and into treatment; and $20,000 to fund a high school tour for O’Brien and her movie’s subjects. He also proposed stiffer sentences for out-of-state dealers who come here to sell drugs and for anyone who breaks into a house using a gun. Those proposals have already gained support in the Statehouse, where lawmakers are pondering a variety of related measures. “We do believe the opiate problem has risen to a level where we have to take action. I don’t think there’s anybody in this building who would proclaim it isn’t a problem,” Republican State Sen. Joe Benning, a defense attorney, said in an interview. People directly involved with efforts to combat addiction were cheered by Shumlin’s push to immediately improve access to treatment. Standing at the governor’s side, Machia explained: “If I’m an addict today, and something major happens, and I decided it’s time to go, find a bed at a rehab somewhere, and I’m ready to go right now, I need to go right now because if I don’t go right now and I wait until tomorrow, tomorrow could be too late,” Machia said. “I could be dead.” In Burlington, Bick said even if the statistical case is more muddled than what officials presented last week, it matters little to the addicts trying to get help, and to the providers who don’t have enough resources to go around. “To the individuals and families affected by this, it’s one person at a time. Sometimes we look at treatment numbers and waiting lists, we lose sight of the trees for the forest,” HowardCenter’s Bick said. “When I’m talking with a mother who has just lost her 25-year-old son to an opiate overdose, all the data and statistics become meaningless. It’s very personal, and it’s very real.”  Contact:


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Ethan Allen himself may also have been a slave owner, Whitfield suggested in an interview. “I can’t say this will be proven, but he does refer to having servants, and in the English Atlantic world references to ‘servants’ often means ‘slaves,’” Whitfield said. Due to his previous research on slavery in the northeastern United States and in Canada’s Maritime provinces, Whitfield says he was not surprised to find that slavery continued in Vermont long after it had been declared over. Those circumstances prevailed in many of the states that had decreed an end to slavery, he notes. “But I was surprised to see the brazen attitude of certain people in Vermont in holding slaves,” Whitfield adds. The story of Judge Jacob’s arrogant enslavement of a woman named Dinah was “really shocking,” he says, in that it revealed the indifference of many of the Windsor notable’s neighbors to his repudiation of the principle of liberty for all Vermonters. “It’s important to me as an Africandescended person living in Vermont to see these nuances,” comments Whitfield, who has taught at UVM for 10 years. In showing that the elimination of slavery in Vermont was actually an ongoing



ermont’s founding family — the Ethan Allen clan — is generally extolled as a collection of freedom fighters embodying the qualities of courage, independence and tolerance that have come to characterize today’s state. Aspects of that image — the freedomfighter and tolerance parts, anyway — need revision, according to a new study of slavery in early Vermont by UVM historian Harvey Amani Whitfield. He’ll be discussing his findings in a pair of talks in Montpelier and Burlington on January 20 — MLK Jr. Day. Whitfield’s research explodes the myth that the abolitionist provision in the Republic of Vermont’s 1777 constitution ended slavery in the territory. The ban on holding black adults as slaves was indeed the first of its kind in the New World and launched Vermont’s progressive tradition, Whitfield acknowledges. But, he adds, an unknown but significant number of black Vermonters remained in bondage several years after slavery was supposedly prohibited. “In fact, the state is home not only to a rich abolitionist history, but also to the more troublesome story of slavery,” Whitfield writes in The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810. Limiting the ban to African males older than 21 and females over the age of 18 meant children could lawfully remain enslaved in Vermont for as long as 20 years after the constitution was promulgated. But plenty of adult Vermonters of African descent also did not gain freedom because the 1777 decree went unenforced, Whitfield points out. Many residents of what would become the State of Vermont in 1791 apparently had no problem with neighbors who continued to hold slaves, Whitfield suggests. Those defying the emancipation initiative included some of “the most respectable inhabitants of the state,” the historian observes in his book. Among this slave-holding and lawless elite were Vermont Supreme Court Judge Stephen Jacob and Levi Allen, described by Whitfield as “Ethan’s troublesome brother.” And nearly 60 years after the supposed abolition of slavery in Vermont, Ethan Allen’s daughter, Lucy Caroline Hitchcock, returned to Burlington from Alabama in possession of two slaves — a mother and child. Hitchcock continued to enslave this pair for six years in the Queen City.

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heir polychromatic presence is evident every day in Chittenden County’s supermarkets, schools and streets: Somali women in kaleidoscopic kangas brightening the Old North End; Vietnamese and Tibetan entrepreneurs selling banh mi or momo at food shops in Winooski; Bhutanese becoming suburban homeowners in Essex, Williston and South Burlington. Since 1989, at least 6,300 men, women and children have come to Vermont through a f ederal ref ugee resettlement program. That 25-year total includes 1,705 Bosnians, mostly Muslims; 1,437 Bhutanese, many of whom had been living in exile in Nepal; and about 1,000 Africans fleeing violence in Burundi, Congo, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. Hundreds of additional non-Englishspeakers f rom poor countries have made their way here as asylum seekers or ordi nary immigrants. Another 300 or so are expected to arrive this year. The large majority of these new Vermonters “have adapted successfully” to a society, economy and climate markedly unlike that of their homelands, says state ref ugee coordinator Denise Lamoureux. Those who suffered “severe traumas” have overcome even greater challenges, adds Michelle Jenness, director of Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates. “They show remarkable resilience and courage,” Jenness says. Has the process been largely f ree of xenophobia or racism on the part of longestablished Vermonters? Has the state lived up to its reputation for tolerance and compassion? Yes and yes, say Lamoureux, Jenness and several other Vermont resettlement specialists, as well as almost all of the 15 immigrants interviewed by Seven Days. “Very f ew people don’t want to interact with you because of the color of your skin or your language,” says Thato Ratsebe, a Botswanan who works as deputy director of the Association of Af ricans Living in Vermont. At the same time, Lamoureux cautions, “All transitions require effort, flexibility and adaptation.” Those qualities could be strained as the proportion of immigrants in the Burlington area continues to grow. Laurie Stavrand, an outreach worker f or the Colchester-based Vermont Ref ugee Resettlement Program, acknowledges the possibility of a “tipping,” or saturation, point. “We’ve been going through a long recession,” she notes, “and everybody has been trying to look out f or themselves.”


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Racial tensions two years ago at Burlington High School and in other local settings more recently suggest that the integration of nonwhites into a still heav ily white part of the country is not without challenges. “Change is always hard,” con cedes Judy Scott, director of the resettle ment program. And that may be especially true in Vermont, which, Scott notes, “is very much behind the times, compared to the rest of the country, in becoming culturally diverse.” Acts of insensitivity, if not outright hostility, do take place on occasion. Top lead ership at Burlington’s City Market had to overrule a manager who insisted that for eign-born employees should be required

to speak English on the job. Ratsebe says a few African refugees told her they were treated disrespectf ully by employees at a different local supermarket because they had difficulty speaking English. It’s impossible to gauge the degree of suspicion or resentment among white Vermonters toward immigrants of dif f erent skin colors — though the f olks at Vermont Ref ugee Resettlement are espe cially attuned to prejudice. Hints of it oc casionally surf ace. For example, an email message sent recently to a Seven Days staffer suggested that the status of some refugees should be “investigated.” The writer recounted being at the downtown Burlington Rite Aid and seeing

“an Af rican ref ugee couple (the woman was in traditional dress) having the cashier process a money order for $300 to be sent out of the States — my guess was to rela tives back home.” The couple “didn’t look well-off,” the writer added, “and could very well be getting Section 8 [rent subsidies] and/or food stamps. And considering how many people in VT are struggling financially, I’m sure no one would be happy to know that refugees are sending taxpayers’ money out of the country.” Part of the writer’s supposition was likely correct. Immigrantsf rom many places — not just Af rica — do typically send funds to family members back home. These remittances, as they are known, constitute a cornerstone of the economy in countries with per-capita incomes of less than $1,000 a year. The couple seen at Rite Aid may indeed have been receiving Section-8 assistance and/or food stamps. But that doesn’t mean they were jobless. In fact, about 95 percent of refugees in Vermont find work within six months of their arrival, says resettle ment program employment counselor Alyssa Vigneault. And because many of these jobs pay less than $10 an hour, some immigrants have to work 60 hours or more per week in order to meet the high cost of rent in Chittenden County, Ratsebe notes. Chandra Pokhrel, an employment counselor at AALV, calls housing “the single biggest challenge” f aced by immi grants in the Burlington area. Bhakta Rai said through a translator at AALV’s office in the Old North End that he pays $1,350 a month, not includ ing utilities, f or a three-bedroom apart ment in Winooski that the Bhutanese immigrant shares with his wife and four children. Rai said he works part-time in a laundry while caring f or his wif e, who is ill. The f amily gets additional support f rom an adult son and daughter living nearby, he added. The concerned emailer could have been giving expression to one of the urban myths spun about immigrants, Stavrand suggests. It’s sometimes assumed of ref ugees that “they’re all on welf are,” the resettlement program staffer says. But in addition to the housekeeping jobs they typically find, many refugees work as caregivers in nurs ing homes, where “they’re literally wiping the bottoms of our parents,” Stavrand points out. Refugees do many of the least glamor ous jobs in Vermont, a state with an aging population that is f acing labor shortages, says Scott, the resettlement program’s director.


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service providers reach a point when they are unable to respond adequately to the needs of a burgeoning refugee and immigrant population? Lamoureux leads a network of service agency directors and local leaders that addresses such concerns at meetings held every six weeks. Their assessments — of impacts on housing, schools and the local labor force — generally indicate that the opportunities and assistance available in the Burlington area are sufficient to meet newcomers’ needs, Lamoureux reports. Last year, however, the agency network suggested to the U.S. State Department that the planned influx of 325 refugees to Vermont might be too large. It was subsequently agreed that the state would receive 300 refugees, Lamoureux recounts. “We need to keep a balance between our capacity to continue to help refugees succeed and the desire of the federal program to maintain the numbers it thinks are appropriate,” she comments. “So far, the balance is there. I don’t see a time when there are too many refugees here.” Harka Khadka is a Bhutanese refugee who works with disabled adults at the HowardCenter in downtown Burlington. His parents, who farmed in Bhutan, are both illiterate. But he received a bachelor’s degree in English literature while spending seven years at a camp in Nepal. Khadka says he’s pleased with the quality of teaching at Burlington High School, which his daughter attends. His 4-year-old son will attend kindergarten in Winooski, where Khadka has bought a home. Although he has provided well for his family, Khadka says he knew from the outset five years ago that the experience of being a refugee “wasn’t going to be easy — even for a person like me. And it hasn’t been easy.” Learning to drive a car presented unexpected difficulties, for example, as did his initial homesickness and the lack of jobs in Vermont during the depths of the Great Recession. Khadka says he has encountered no explicit prejudice based on his brown skin, although, he suggests, “maybe I have not noticed subtle types of discrimination.” Life in Bhutan, by contrast, involved “harsh discrimination that was always obvious,” Khadka explains. Few refugees have come to Vermont under circumstances more harrowing than those experienced by Sudanese “Lost Boys.” Escaping mayhem in Sudan, they trekked hundreds of miles across arid expanses populated by human and animal predators to seek refuge in Kenya. Most

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And many of them toil with purpose. Immigrants, almost by definition, are strivers. That’s a centuries-old story in the United States, and it’s being told again today in Vermont. Consider the case of Ko Gyi, a Burmese refugee who works as a cook at the University of Vermont’s student center. He came to Burlington five years ago after spending 17 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. “I hope one day my children will go to UVM,” Ko said at the resettlement program’s office in Fort Ethan Allen. “I hope also one day to open my own food business.” Refugees who find jobs — no matter how menial — are strongly motivated to continue working, adds Loan Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant who works as a counselor for the resettlement program. “People are really afraid,” she says. “When they get something here, they want to hold onto it. They don’t want trouble with the police. They don’t want to be hungry again.” Another myth holds that all refugees are uneducated or were impoverished in their native countries, Stavrand notes. “We’ve had clients with PhDs,” she reports. “They had worked as professors. It’s simply not true that everyone from Africa comes here at the lowest possible economic level.” Due in part to the assistance offered by organizations such as AALV, which serves refugees from all over the world, the Burlington area is seen as a hospitable destination for immigrants — especially in comparison to some other parts of the United States. During a recent visit to Atlanta, Pokhrel of AALV recounts, he heard reports of Bhutanese fighting with African refugees. “That sort of thing doesn’t happen here,” he observes. “Vermont people are friendly and kind.” Vermont is regarded as such a welcoming place that many immigrants move here from elsewhere in the U.S., Ratsebe notes. She says AALV does not have statistics on such “secondary migrants,” but she estimates their number to be “substantial.” In addition, “very few” immigrants to Vermont leave the state, Ratsebe says. The cost of housing may be prohibitive, but it’s easier to find jobs in Chittenden County than in many other metropolitan areas, she notes, adding that Vermont is also perceived as a safe environment where the children of immigrants can get a good education. That’s evident in Chittenden County schools — particularly in Burlington and Winooski —  where dozens of languages are spoken in addition to English. But could Chittenden County institutions and

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on the issues,” said Kitchell, who later served as Fox’s chairwoman on the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Sally was just so smart and so knowledgeable and such a hard worker.” But in the winter of 2012, Fox’s luck turned. Af ter coming down with what appeared at first to be a cough, she was diagnosed with a rare f orm of sarcoma. A surgery to remove a tumor and her left lung kept her out of the Statehouse f or weeks, but she returned that spring with a new outlook on an issue she held dear. “It was a miraculous experience f or me,” Fox told Seven Days in June 2012. “I learned a lot about the health care system, really. I’m going to have a different perspective than I have up until now, certainly, seeing it from a consumer point of view.” Despite her health struggles, Fox vowed to seek another term that fall. “I’ve got work lef t to do,” she said. “I want to go back and finish the job — or at least continue the work on health care reform.” Sure enough, Fox won a second term in the Senate. Though her voice was weak S E n . P H i Li P bAR u T H ened and her energy depleted, she rarely missed a day of work during the 2013 leg islative session. In 2010, then a resident of South “She was a force to be reckoned with,” Burlington, Fox returned to the political said Senate President Pro Tem John f ray, running to represent Chittenden Campbell (D-Windsor). “Even though it County in the Vermont Senate. was a small voice, it rang loud f or those “I think she always missed the people whose voices are seldom heard in legislature,” said Rep. Martha Heath this building.” (D-Westford). While f riends say Fox did not dwell Though a decade had passed since she had last run for public office, Fox easily on her illness, it was inextricably linked rose to the top of the pack. Out of a field to one of the most contentious issues of of 16 candidates, she came in second place, last year’s legislative session: the debate over whether to let doctors prescribe lifebesting three incumbent senators. “She was so worried about every race,” ending drugs to terminally ill patients. With the Senate deadlocked over the said close f riend Susan Elliot, a commu nity liaison for Congressman Peter Welch. question last winter, Baruth recalls, Fox spoke out at a meeting of Democratic “Af ter that election I just kept saying, legislators held at a Montpelier ‘Doesn’t that reassure you at all?’” Said Judy Dickson, another close friend, apartment rented by Sens. Jeanette “Even when she was a high vote-getter, she White (D-Windham) and Claire Ayer never ever took for granted that she would (D-Addison). “Her voice was very f aint. She said, be reelected. She knew she would have to ‘Look, let’s strip this away. I may need earn everybody’s vote.” this in the next year or two,’” Baruth said. In the Senate, Fox quickly established “There was this big pause. And she said, ‘I herself as a serious player on the health and welfare and finance committees. want my choice to do this protected. It’s not theoretical. This is something I’m ac While her cohort of f reshman senators earned a mixed reputation for their loqua- tually having to think about now.’” “Sally cared enough about it that she ciousness, Fox was rarely considered part was willing to voice that, which is every of the newbie pack. body’s greatest fear — that they’re not going “Obviously because of her many years to survive their bout with cancer,” Baruth of experience in the legislature, she just said. “I thought that showed a tremendous had a historic perspective and a depth COu RTESy Of ALEx TRACy


ust three days after they returned to Montpelier last Tuesday, Vermont legislators received the worst of news: They had lost one of their own. “It is with a heavy heart that I gavel in today’s session,” Lt. Gov. Phil Scott told grief -stricken members of the Vermont Senate on Friday morning. “For those of you who haven’t heard, our dear f riend and colleague, Sen. Sally Fox, passed away early this morning, bringing the first week of the session to a tragic close.” That such a day was expected — Fox had been diagnosed with a rare and lethal form of sarcoma nearly two years before — did not diminish the heartache. Throughout the Statehouse, business ground to a standstill. Legislators hugged one another and openly wept. The governor ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff. A single white rose appeared on Fox’s senate desk No. 9. “We’re all f eeling the loss,” said Sen. Jane Kitchell (D-Caledonia). Born in Omaha, Neb., in 1951, Sally Fox made her mark on the world 1,300 miles to the east in her adopted state of Vermont. She spent nearly four decades fighting for the state’s children, low-income f ami lies, and those with mental and physical disabilities. “She was a rock star f or people who were in dire need,” said Sen. Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden). Starting in 1977, Fox spent more than a decade working as an attorney with Vermont Legal Aid’s developmental dis abilities law project. In 1986, she was elected to the first of seven terms representing Essex in the Vermont House, eventually serving as assistant majority leader and chair of the judiciary and appropria tions committees. “The thing that impressed me about Sally was her sense of justice, which was strong,” said Michael Obuchowski, commissioner of buildings and general services, who credits Fox with helping to elect him speaker of the House in 1995. “She knew the difference between right and wrong and really stood up for what she thought was right.” Af ter leaving the legislature in 2000, Fox kept both feet firmly planted in public policy. She directed f amily court opera tions for the Vermont Supreme Court and ran the city of Burlington’s offender reentry program. She remained a presence in the Statehouse, too, lobbying for Vermont Businesses f or Social Responsibility and then for the Vermont State Colleges.

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amount of courage, but it also showed how much she cared about the policy.” Fox’s Statehouse colleagues came out in droves Sunday for her funeral at South Burlington’s Temple Sinai. Legislators, lobbyists, committee staffers and governors past and present joined Fox’s friends and family for a reflection on a life devoted to others. “Sally herself would never have ex pected all of this. She was a very humble person and, at times, very shy,” said Michael Sirotkin, her husband of 35 years. “All this love and praise would have made that broad and beautiful smile of hers even broader and more beautiful.” Sirotkin, who was joined in eulogiz ing his late wif e by sons Jacob and Jesse, described meeting Fox 39 years bef ore in a nighttime bar review class in Colorado and finding himself “immediately smitten.” Af ter a cross-country road trip cemented their romance, they were, he said, “The city boy from Queens and the country girl, who turned out to be a fireball, from Omaha.” Throughout her political career, Sirotkin said, “She truly put family first.” But it was Fox’s devotion to the legislature, which “had always been her love, her passion,” that kept her focused on staying well in her final year. Just 10 days before, he said, they had settled on a plan to ensure that she’d be able to return to the Senate last week. “She wanted to continue to make a dif ference, as she had done all her life, in whatever small way she could,” Sirotkin said. Af ter the service, friends reflected on her drive to carry on. Dickson, who first met Fox when the two worked together at Vermont Legal Aid, recalled seeing her old friend near the end of the year. “She reallyf elt terrible,” Dickson said. “But on her lap she was editing the report of the Mental Health Oversight Committee, which she had chaired over the summer, making corrections to send back to legislative counsel, so it would be ready f or a meeting they would have the following week. She just never stopped.” “I think the legislature was her salva tion,” Heath said. “It could give her a sense of accomplishment at a time when she was dealing with a very tough illness.” Fox was not one to wallow in self-pity, her friends said. “She was so good at being quiet and brave about it,” Elliot said. “It was totally unf air to her that she got cancer, but she never complained about it.” m Contact:

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abuse. “A lot have not had their dreams of education fulfilled,” she adds. “They’re also under pressure to send money home, and many are looking for wives in Sudan. It’s tough to negotiate the bride price in cows from here” — a reference to the sub-Saharan tradition of using livestock as currency to win the consent of a potential bride’s family. Vermont’s vicious winters don’t pose as big a problem as is commonly supposed for Africans and immigrants from other tropical climes, says Vigneault, the job counselor at the resettlement program. “I told a guy from Iraq a while



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ago who was wearing a thin jacket that he had to put on a parka or he’d get hypothermia,” Vigneault relates. “He told me, ‘It’s fine like this. I’ve been too hot for a long time.’” Acclimating to freezing temperatures is “nothing, compared to what they’ve experienced in refugee camps,” Ratsebe adds. “They’re survivors. Being cold is not a big deal for them.” Cultural factors taken for granted by those born in the U.S. can present much greater challenges than Vermont’s weather, some refugees say. Ahmed Yousif Shareef, an Iraqi immigrant who worked as a translator for the U.S. Army in combat zones such as the city of Fallujah, identifies “the pace of life” and “closely scheduled free time” as aspects of life in the U.S. that have proved hardest for him to adjust to. “At home there was no time limit on socializing,” notes Shareef, who works as a pharmacy technician in Williston. “We all lived near one another and just hung out. Here, you’ve got to work hard at keeping friends.” Acquiring English fluency is essential for immigrants seeking to climb the job ladder, refugee counselors point out. But learning English can prove quite difficult for some refugees. U.S. admissions programs make no provision for teaching English, leaving it to nongovernmental groups such as the refugee resettlement program to help immigrants find language instruction. Liliane Ndizihiwa, a refugee from war and hunger in Congo who arrived in Vermont nine months ago, appeared lost as she sat on a bench in AALV’s office, waiting to get help in applying for Medicaid. “I go to the health center but they give me papers to fill out I did not understand,” she said in halting English. “It’s hard for me to learn how to speak,” added Ndizihiwa, who works part-time at the Autumn Harp cosmetics factory in Essex Junction. Happy endings to sagas such as hers are not guaranteed. But U.S. history does show that many immigrants gradually assimilate into American society. Older refugees, such as 68-year-old Ah Chan from Burma, may remain outside the U.S. mainstream, but her son, Ko Gyi, the UVM cook, says he finds it easy to make friends with American natives. And Ko’s children will probably ease into local ways and adopt them as their own. Khadka, the Bhutanese refugee who works at the HowardCenter, is seeing this process unfold in his family. “We still like to eat curry, lentils and rice,” he says about himself and his wife. But his kindergartenage son “won’t eat our food,” he laments with a wry smile. “He wants hamburgers and French fries and ice cream.” m Contact: 4T-SkiRack011514.indd 1

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sons, Jacob and Jesse. She gave more than 100 percent to them and loved them dearly. Every holiday and family event or activity was C special to Sally. She would do everything she could to gather the family and to make these M occasions memorable. She loved boating on Y Shelburne Bay with her family, walking with her dog, Ruby, and her friends in Red Rocks CM park, visiting with friends and family, doing MY New York Times crossword puzzles, playing Angry Birds, and going to the movies. She wasCY also an avid reader. Survivors include her husband, Michael CMY Sirotkin; son Jacob Sirotkin, of New York, N.Y.; K son Jesse Sirotkin, of New York, N.Y.; sister Marsha Fox and her husband, Michael Greene; brother Rick Fox and his wife, Shelly; brother Michael Fox; mother-in-law Beverly Sirotkin; brother-in-law Andrew Sirotkin and his wife, Amy; and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her very dear parents, Philip and Delores Fox; and by her caring father-in-law, Joseph Sirotkin. Memorial contributions in Sally’s honor may be made to Vermont Cancer Network, c/o VCCM, 792 College Parkway, Suite 207, Colchester, VT 05446; and to Voices for Vermont Children, 149 State St., Montpelier, VT 05602. 


Sally Gail Fox, age 62, died peacefully on January 10, 2014, with her loving family by her side. She was born on January 30, 1951, in Omaha, Neb., to Delores and Philip Fox. She married her husband, Michael Sirotkin, on October 7, 1979, in North Ferrisburgh, Vt. Sally and Michael resided in Essex Center, Vt., until relocating to South Burlington, Vt., in 2006. Sally was raised in Omaha and attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Following college, she earned a JD from State University of New York, Buffalo. She worked as an attorney and director of the Vermont Disabilities Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid before being elected in 1986 to the Vermont House of Representatives from the town of Essex. She was reelected six times before retiring from office in 2000. While a state representative, she was the chair of the Judiciary Committee and House majority assistant leader, and by the time she retired she had risen to become the second woman in Vermont history to chair the House Appropriations Committee. Sally held several leadership positions over the next decade before returning to politics. She was director of family courts for the Vermont judiciary, policy director for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, coordinator for the City of Burlington Offender Re-entry Program and governmental affairs director for the Vermont State Colleges. In 2010, Sally was elected to the Vermont State Senate from Chittenden County and was reelected in 2012, despite having been diagnosed that same year with a rare form of sarcoma. She was working hard to be able to fill out her term when she passed quickly during the opening week of the 2014 legislative session. Sally loved the Vermont legislature and serving the people of Vermont. She was a politician without an ego or personal agenda and was a tenacious fighter for children’s rights and other progressive causes. Even though Sally was a public figure for most of her professional life, her family came first. She was a devoted wife and mother, and nothing made her prouder than her two


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II veteran recovering in a Staten Island hospital, De Cormier began singing in the nascent Congress of Industrial Organizations’ labor chorus. “But the director took me out af ter a rehearsal and said, ‘Don’t be stupid. Apply to Juilliard.’” De Cormier went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the

for 17 years; and founded Vermont’s only professional singing group, counterpoint , among other highlights. Through it all, De Cormier f ound ways to raise social awareness through music. He collaborated with the likes of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, di rected the Jewish Young Folksingers and specialized in music of the oppressed, such as Af rican American spirituals, as an “attempt to make the world better,” as he puts it. “His passion, his love f or the music, his causes — the Holocaust, slavery, bullying — are all of a piece,” says eleanor l ong , the VSO’s manager. So, too, was De Cormier’s choice to commute practically the length of Vermont to teach a class at Saint Michael’s College called “Songs of Resistance: Music in Struggle” at the age of 86. “The students didn’t know anything at all conservatory and became a prolific com- about the subject matter,” he recalls. “It poser-arranger in styles ranging f rom was really good to teach them.” Broadway to classical to Af rican. He A sense of social justice also under directed the f olk group Peter, Paul and lay his decision to f ound Counterpoint Mary and arranged and composed f or in 2007. Recognizing that many of the Harry Belaf onte. He scored a ballet f or singers who had joined the all-volunteer the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater VSO Chorus were highly trained and that’s still in the group’s active repertoire; deserved to be paid, De Cormier lob directed the New York Choral Society bied the VSO f or years to establish a COu RTESy OF VERmOn T SympHOny O RCHESTRA


hen outgoing choral con ductor r oBert de cor Mier was considering which two pieces to program for his final concert next week with the ver Mont syMphony orchestra chorus , he knew one had to be Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. The 92-year-old choral conductor and the group he f ounded 20 years ago perf ormed the work at their first concert, and 17 of those who sang it that day are still members. The other piece, however, De Cormier lef t to a vote. The 102 singers voted against his first choice — British composer Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time , a secular oratorio written in response to Kristallnacht and first performed in 1944 — and instead chose another of the conductor’s f avorites, Brahms’ Requiem. De Cormier’s open, democratic ap proach is no surprise to those who have known this beloved, renowned musi cian, a full-time Vermont resident since 1977. His passion for social justice is the unifying thread of his long, fearless life. In f act, he recalls during a birthday phone call f rom his home in Belmont, “I thought I might be a labor organizer.” The idea formed when, as a World War

Short tA k ES o N Film: ciNEmA SiNcérité Like your movies with sides of earnestness and activism? It’s time once again for the annual Mountain t op Fil M Festival , which showcases narrative and documentary films devoted to human rights issues. Some of the seven selections in the fest, which runs Friday through Thursday, January 17 to 23, have already popped up in Vermont’s multiplexes or at last fall’s ver Mont international Fil M Festival . But here’s a second chance to see them in the mad River Valley, at Waitsfield’s Big picture t heater — starting with the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which screens every night of the fest. (Idris Elba of “The Wire” plays the late South African leader.) While Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station may not win Oscars, critics have consistently championed this film dramatizing the last day in the life of a young Bay Area man trying to

make a fresh start. It puts a human face on a real-life cause célèbre. With marriage equality again in the news, the documentary Bridegroom offers a searing reminder of why it matters. It tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone, a Californian who found himself barred from his dying lover’s hospital room, and then from his funeral, by relatives who refused to recognize their relationship. Four more docs foreground relations — some constructive, others toxic — between the developed and developing worlds. In Blood Brother, a young American devotes himself to helping HIV-positive orphans in India. Sweet Dreams is about Rwandan women working to heal their country — by opening its first ice cream parlor. In Rafea: Solar Mama, a Bedouin gets training to provide her remote village with solar power. A River Changes Course traces the long-term social and

environmental damage wrought by industry in Cambodia. In short, even if you wander into the theater a rebel without a cause, you’ll probably leave with one. Speaking of human-rights-themed cinema: In the 2013 documentary Inequality for All, former u .S. secretary of labor Robert Reich makes his case for the destructive effects of America’s widening income gap. Vermont Sen. Bernie sanders wants you to see the movie, so he’s offering a free screening on January 26 at the palace 9 cine Mas , followed by a panel discussion with audience participation. The senator will be there to get your reactions to director Jacob Kornbluth’s film, which won the Special Jury prize last year at the Sundance Film Festival. When filmmakers seek out n oam Chomsky, it’s usually because they

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professional group from its ranks. The money was lacking, however, so De Cormier started his own group. The director made sure to split Counterpoint’s small profits evenly: “Everybody got the same amount, including me. It’s a principle I really believe in.” The VSO Chorus had been born in 1993, when then VSO director Kate Tamarkin and executive director Tom Philion approached De Cormier. “We put out the word for a conductor,” Long recalls, “but everybody in Vermont knew that Bob was the one.” Before then, the orchestra had included choral works only rarely in performance, using the local choruses of the towns it visited. Under De Cormier’s direction, the VSO Chorus has performed

at least one memorable concert a year, alternating between a Masterworks and a Holiday Pops concert. De Cormier is so enthusiastic about the VSO Chorus’ upcoming performance, it’s hard to believe it will be his last. Describing the 13-year-old boy who will solo in the Bernstein, Vermonter JuStin murray, De Cormier says he’s “just beautiful, with an angelic face surrounded by a head of brown curls. The audience is going to fall in love with him.” And the Brahms is the kind of music that, with careful listening, “can reach your soul. I guess we all have that,” he adds. The storied musician plans to focus on playing classical guitar for personal enjoyment after he steps down from the VSO podium. “I’d love to not say that this will be the final concert,” De Cormier says, “but I just thought it’s time.”

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want him to expound on the ills of capitalism. Not so Michel Gondry, oddball director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind. “What makes you happy?” he asks Chomsky in Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, a documentary billed as an “animated conversation” with the linguist. That’s just one of the questions — most of them far more abstract, exploring core issues of philosophy and epistemology — that Chomsky and Gondry broach in the unique film. Their conversation is literally animated by Gondry’s bright, hand-drawn cartoons and collages, which compose most of the visuals, offering a whimsical counterpoint to the heady topics on offer. The A.V. Club compares Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? to “watching the graduate-seminar equivalent of ‘Schoolhouse Rock.’” You can

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An Illegal, Iranian-Directed Film That Isn’t a Film Makes Its Way to Middlebury B y E THA n D E S Ei F E




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At present, Panahi is not incarcer ated, though he lives under the threat of that eventuality. He resides in Tehran, can move about the country and has even attended Iranian film festivals. Yet the ban on Panahi’s filmmaking remains in place, and the director is not allowed to leave the country. Af ter Panahi was sentenced, leading figures in world cinema raised their voices in protest. Abbas Kiarostami,

w or DS u p it’s time again for the New England Review’s NeR VeRmoNt Readi Ng seRies at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café in Middlebury. This Thursday, listeners will hear from Midd professor Jay PaRiNi, who just released a rather unusual biography: Jesus: The Human Face of God. The first in a series called Icons edited by James Atlas, Jesus aims to “re-mythologize” its subject rather than seeking the historical or literal truth of the gospels. The Boston Globe calls it a “deeply personal” work. in addition to Parini, the reading will showcase West Windsor poet aPRil ossma NN, VeRmoNt studio Ce Nte R writing program director Rya N Walsh (also a poet), and Middlebury senior Rya N Kim. The last is also a photographer with a current exhibit at Burlington international Airport.

Festival that This Is Not a Film, saved on a USB drive and smuggled into France inside a cake, made its début. Its unusual distribution method complements its unusual production: Panahi was careful to obey the restrictions placed on him, thereby highlighting their absurdity. The essay was shot partly on video and Jafar Panahi partly on an iPhone (and is thus not a film per se). It shows Panahi reading Iran’s most acclaimed director and from a script he was to have filmed and Panahi’s mentor, penned an open letter describing how he intended his shots to calling for his release; in the West, scores be framed. of filmmakers, critics and film-festival For reasons both political and cin organizations condemned Panahi’s ematic, This Is Not a Film fits in well punishment and drew public attention with the mission of the Hirschfield to his situation. At the 2010 Cannes Film series, says Jaso N mittell , Middlebury Festival, a chair was lef t symbolically professor of film and media culture and empty on the jury panel on which Panahi American studies. The series is commithad been slated to serve. ted to showing international films that It was at the subsequent Cannes Film have received limited (or no) release

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he brief closing credits of Jaf ar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s 2011 semi-documentary This Is Not a Film may well be the key to understanding this cryptic, fascinating work. Those credits inform viewers that they’ve just watched not a film but an “effort,” and the names of all but the directors are redacted. This Is Not a Film , in other words, makes every effort to live up to its title. But if it’s not a film, and a phantom cast and crew made it, then what is it? Local viewers will have the opportunity to peel back the many layers of this one-of -akind work when it screens at Middlebury College’s hiRsChfield iNte RNatio Nal f ilm seRies on Saturday, January 18. Panahi, one of the leading lights of the Iranian New Wave film movement, was sentenced in December 2010 by his country’s Islamic Revolutionary Court to six years in prison and a 20-year ban on filmmaking. The official charge was that Panahi had worked on an “antiregime” film. Though the director had already been hassled and arrested by the Iranian government numerous times, the 2010 sentence was unusual in its strictness. It stipulates that Panahi is “banned from making films, writing any kind of scripts, traveling abroad and talking to local and foreign media for 20 years.”

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in Vermont, and often screens films of a political nature, the better to jibe with the college’s longtime academic strength in international politics. This Is Not a Film, for all its ambiguity, is an impassioned statement on Panahi’s political-artistic conundrum. Still, despite the seriousness of his situation, the project (which A.O. Scott, writing in the New York Times, dubs a “video essay”) is surprisingly playful and witty.

Its titular nod to René Magritte’s painting “The Treachery of Images” is the first indication that Panahi’s approach is not entirely one of despondence. CHristian KeatHley, associate professor of film and media culture at Middlebury, notes that Panahi’s work often evinces a political conscience that exceeds that of his mentor. “Panahi has always been much more directly politically antagonistic than Kiarostami ever is,” he says. Panahi continues to use his art to test the limits of Iran’s laws — a potentially dangerous project, given that This Is Not a Film’s codirector, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, was himself imprisoned for several months in 2011. Panahi’s most recent film, Closed Curtain, was made surreptitiously in private homes in Iran; it played internationally in 2013, winning the Best Script prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Though the Iranian government is aware that Panahi has continued to make films, so far he has not received any stricter punishment, for reasons unclear. m


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Why did the family behind Seventh Generation launch an eco-friendly condom?

oming soon to a health f ood store near you is the latest Earth-f riendly product f rom a guy who once mass-marketed sustainable and nontoxic diapers, detergents, toilet paper and other household consumer goods. This product, unlike the others, will be worn exclusively by men but marketed primarily to young women of the Millennial generation. It’s the first-ever Fair Trade-certified, organically sourced, vegan, nontoxic, non-an imal-tested and GMO-free prophylactic. Known as the Sustain condom, it could revolutionize rubbers forever. A boner with a conscience? WTF? Does the world need a new approach to condoms? And why market them spe cifically to young women? Sustain condoms were the brainchild of Jeffrey Hollender, the 59-year-old entrepreneur who cof ounded Burlingtonbased Seventh Generation in 1988. More accurately, Sustain is a family project be a “net positive” business that plays a “regenerative” role, both socially and created by Hollender and his 26-yearenvironmentally, rather than just being old daughter, Meika, a recent business school graduate of New York University. “less bad” than traditional companies. To that end, penetrating the condom This is the f ather-and-daughter duo’s market makes sense on several f ronts. first business venture together. First, the product itself is already a so The elder Hollender, who grew cially responsible tool for global populaSeventh Gen into a $150 million-a-year tion control, f amily planning, women’s business bef ore he was f orced out as CEO in 2010, says he launched the proj - rights and preventing sexually transmitted diseases. ect af ter realizing he was “a f ailure at Sustain takes that ethos to the next retirement.” level. The Hollenders found an organic, “Starting and running businesses is f amily-owned rubber plantation in what I love to do most, and I felt there was a lot of unfinished opportunities, southern India that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council for preservparticularly when it comes to the role ing biodiversity, sequestering carbon businesses play in society,” Hollender and mitigating climate change. The explains. “While there’s been a lot of plantation also pays its workers “pre good work by a lot of companies, at the mium wages,” offers free health care end of the day we really haven’t come at its own hospital and provides f ree close to reaching the tipping point where businesses are solving more prob- schooling to all workers’ children. Next, the Hollenders identified a lems than they’re creating.” Evidently, that’s as true for condoms f amily-owned, unionized condom f ac tory, also in southern India. It, too, as it once was f or cleaning products. Twenty years ago Hollender trade - pays its workers “significantly” higher wages than others in the region, Jeffrey marked the name Rainf orest Rubbers with a plan to market eco-friendly jim - Hollender says. From a health standpoint, Hollender mies made of sustainable rubber har expects one big selling point of Sustain vested f rom the Amazon, without the condoms to be the absence of measur use of toxic chemicals or child labor. able nitrosamines. A 2012 study pub That product never materialized, and lished by the Chemical and Veterinary Hollender turned his f ocus to Seventh Investigation Office in Stuttgart, Generation. Germany, f ound that 29 of the 32 con The goal of the newly created doms it tested contained N-nitrosamine, Hollender Sustainable Brands, which a carcinogenic compound. While makes Sustain condoms, he says, is to

Germany’s social ministry reassured consumers that those chemicals don’t pose an imminent health risk, it advised manufacturers to seek safer alternatives. The Hollenders rose to that chal lenge. Their nitrosamine-f ree condom also contains lower protein levels than conventional condoms, Jeffrey Hollender adds, making the latex less likely to cause allergic reactions. Finally, Hollender emphasizes that his daughter is leading the marketing campaign, which is aimed at women in her age group. Although f emales make up about 40 percent of all condom purchases, he notes, most condom ads target young male consumers — and their engorged egos. For example, ads for the Durex brand of ten emphasize that they come in an XXL size. That may boost sales, but it does little to improve the product’s reliability. Hollender says a major com plaint he and Meika have heard f rom women about condoms is that men buy too-large sizes that fall off. Moreover, women are of ten reluctant to buy a properly sized (i.e., small) condom, fearing it will offend their partners. To that end, Sustain comes in a “secure fit” size that, Hollender asserts, is less likely to create bad blood in the boudoir. “We want to change the experience of being embarrassed when women buy condoms to something they f eel proud about,” he adds. “You go into a store and buy organic food, and you feel great that

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It seems pirates have made a comeback, and so with great excitement, and possibly a bit of delusion, I’ve decided to become one. How much would it cost to buy or commission a ship of the line, fully stocked with cannons, cannonballs, food, muskets, rifles, gunpowder and crew of 300? Is it legal to purchase all of this? Howard Grao, London


that was an 80-ton ship, I’ll take a flyer and project the cost to reconstruct the 200-to-300 ton Revenge at $11.6 million. Next, the crew. Most pirate ships were fairly small, with maybe a dozen guns and crews of about 50, but some carried crews of more than 200, and the Queen Anne’s Revenge carried 300 to 400. You want 300, let’s figure payroll for 300. Pirate crews back in the day typically worked for a share of the plunder, but this is the 2010s, when even cutthroats expect a regular paycheck. In addition to generalpurpose crew, you’re going to need a captain, first mate, quartermaster, boatswain and so on. To estimate your likely outlay, I took current U.S. Navy pay rates and multiplied them by 1.4 to cover everything from Social Security and Medicare to 401(k) contributions (look, be glad I didn’t include stock options), arriving at an annual cost of $11.3 million — spreadsheet on request.  Costs for food, drink, toiletries and other essentials can

be estimated by a standard business contractor per diem charge of $75 per person per day, or about $8.2 million. Total crew costs: about $19.5 million per year. OK, cannons. It may surprise you to learn that, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, muzzleloading cannons are legal to own, so long as they don’t use exploding shells and the shot, powder and primer are all separately loaded. The Queen Anne’s Revenge sported up to 40 cannons plus numerous swivel guns and other smaller arms. A full-size 32- to 36pound iron cannon costs about $22,000, and cannon-grade black powder is about $15 per pound. At five to six pounds of powder per shot, firing 40 guns (let’s say) 250 times per voyage would require 55,000 pounds of powder, or about $825,000. Throwing in the price of

knots (although no successful attack has been perpetrated against a target vessel traveling faster than 18 knots). These typically operate in pairs sent from a mothership carrying fuel, ammunition, other supplies and any hostages previously obtained. Somali pirates don’t use cannons — just AK-47s, rocketpropelled grenades and such. When they get close enough, they try to board using hooked poles, ropes and grapnels, or lightweight ladders. (Ships with a freeboard of eight meters or more and a reasonably stouthearted crew are largely immune to such assaults.) Cost? On the assumption it’s all or mostly stolen, I’m guessing close to zip, making for a much more attractive return on investment, assuming you’re OK with the possibility of bloody death.  But give that last part some thought, Howard. How many pirates in expensive suits were punished in any way whatsoever for their role in the recent financial meltdown? Lesson: For serious plunder, stick close to your desk and never go to sea. 


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cannonballs, we get a total armaments cost of about $5.6 million. So with the ship, crew, food and sundries, and cannon, powder and shot, you’re looking at around $36 million for a one-year voyage. Is this a cost-effective expenditure of scarce resources?  Back to our spreadsheets. The direct ransoms paid to all real-life Somali pirates were $80 million in 2010, $135 million in 2011. Individual Somali pirates have been estimated to earn somewhere between $33,700 to $78,800 per year over a fiveyear career. (This happens to be more than 60 times the annual earnings of the average lawfully employed Somali.) If we take your crew of 300 and assume a median earning potential, you might be able to take in $17 million annually. In other words, after the first year, even if things go well by the standards of modern piracy, you’ll still be $19 million in the hole. Is there a cheaper way? Of course. Somali pirates, unencumbered by romantic notions, use small skiffs capable of 25

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martial-arts skills along with research from law-enforcement officers and interviews with survivors — and sometimes perpetrators — of violence. As a “sister” organization, the Safety Team collaborates on curriculum with Think Safe in Colchester but works as a nonprofit; the women frequently travel to different sites to offer workshops. “A unique aspect of our program is that it’s by women, for women,” says DiBlasio. “Female participants can identify with the instructors, who have likely shared their safety concerns, both for themselves and for other women DiBlASio — daughters, friends, family members — that they care about.” Participants start by expressing those concerns on paper, in a pre-class questionnaire that also asks them which activities they engage in that might make them inadvertently vulnerable to a potential attack. “Really, the physical skills are kind of the last resort,” Richardson-Miller says. “The easiest thing and the most effective thing is just staying out of the situation in the first place.” So part of the Safety Team’s work is educating women on how to remove the risk

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orientation, teaching instruction and workshops. Sojitra was one of those volunteers this summer, and he became an intern on January 2, just after arriving home from a trip out west. It’s not surprising that Sojitra is in great skiing condition. He and fellow UVM grad Tyler Wilkinson-Ray hit four states in three weeks in search of powder while promoting United We Ski, a documentary that WilkinsonRay and his brother, Elliot, made about small ski areas in Vermont. Next they hope to shoot a documentary about adaptive sports and Sojitra’s quest to qualify for the Paralympics. A screening of United We Ski at Burlington’s Outdoor Gear Exchange this Thursday will kick off a campaign to fund that project. Sojitra says he’s found a coach through Vermont Adaptive who’s willing to train him for the Paralympics, and he skis as often as possible, both in and out of bounds. He frequently rises extremely early for “dawn patrol” with friends and gets in a few runs before work — and before the lifts open. Hauling yourself up a mountain using only detachable traction on the bottom of your skis is hard work for anyone, but for Sojitra, it means relying on arm strength. “I had a lot of trouble with post-holing [sinking deep into the snow] when I first started backcountry skiing,” he says, “but my friends and I modified my outriggers to give them more stability, and now they work great.” The support of friends has been a crucial component of Sojitra’s development as a skier and an athlete, he says. He didn’t take advantage of adaptive sports while growing up in Connecticut or during a five-year stint living in India; he preferred to figure out his own solutions. “My brother definitely helped out a lot with trying new sports and stuff when we were younger,” Sojitra says. “He and all my other friends were pretty much just like, ‘Yeah, you’re going to do this, so shut up about it.’ And I’d be like, ‘Yeah, OK, fine!’” We stop talking for a minute to watch a skier below us surveying the Cliffs, a black diamond that today is marred by rocks poking through the snow and plenty of ice drop-offs. It looks like skier suicide to me, but Sojitra watches with an appraising eye as the skier takes the plunge. “I hit that yesterday, and it really wasn’t too bad,” he says. “Well, at least I didn’t tear up my ski, which was pretty good. I was happy with that.” m

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SEVEN DAYS: Where does the name Ursa major come from? OLIVER SWEATMAN: We tortured our selves choosing a name, and we tortured our f riends, too. At some point, we stum bled onto Ursa Major [Latin f or “larger bear” and the Big Dipper constellation]. We were riffing on the whole bear thing, and I took Latin, so we were like, “That’s f un.” Em’s a big animal lover, and there’s also this cool mythology around the Big Dipper being a way of finding stars. We liked that idea of awareness and discovery, and we thought that was a cool thing to weave into our brand story. In some ways, it reflects what we’ve done moving to Vermont.

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n December 2010, a new Vermont company called Ursa Major launched its first product: a shaving cream. And its f ounders, Emily Doyle and Oliver Sweatman, had a moment of terror. “We launched with this expensive shaving cream in a recession, in Vermont, where everyone was already growing a beard, and with a [company] name no one could pronounce!” Sweatman says. “It was like, oh, my God.” Doyle and Sweatman, lif e partners and veterans of the skin-care industry, had met in New York City and decamped to Vermont in 2009. They planned to start a business together, but “at the time, we didn’t know what it was going to be,” Sweatman recalls. “We thought maybe we should try something else — snacks, beer, sausages, whatever.” The economy was tanking, though, so Doyle and Sweatman decided to stick with what they knew. A year of research and development went into Ursa Major’s shaving cream, which didn’t f all victim to the whiskers trend af ter all. Two years af ter it hit the market, Esquire magazine declared it the best shaving cream of the year. Now the company offers four other products: face wash, tonic, balm and wipes. Sweatman and Doyle live in Morrisville; until last summer, they based their business in Stowe (their f ormulators work in labs outside Vermont). In the f all, they hired six employees and moved operations to a Burlington office on lower Maple Street. For this week’s issue focused on health, Seven Days sat down with Doyle and Sweatman to learn about their products and what men should be doing f or their body’s largest organ.

of “Oh, my God. This f eels so good, and my skin f eels so comf ortable. I don’t f eel itchy.” OS: One analogy for this is beer. Maybe 20 years ago, most people drank Budweiser, Coors, Coors Light. Now, in craft-beer culture, there’s a whole language. When you talk to college kids now, they’re like, “I like an IPA, a lager, an ale,” and they know the difference. It’s not exactly the same, but there are some parallels in terms of guys getting more familiar with different kinds of products. ED: And also being willing to pay up a little bit for something they love. SD: So, I’m your young guy in Vermont growing a beard in the winter. What sort of regimen would you prescribe for me? OS: First of all, I get skeptical of these companies that say, “Here is this regimen that you need to f ollow every step.” No one’s the same. But generally speaking, I think washing your face twice a day with a good, sulfate-free cleanser is a very good thing to do. If you shave, you shave. That’s great. But the next step would be a light hydration product, and, if you’re going to spend any time outdoors, I would put on a natural SPF. Above and beyond that, a mild scrub or exfoliation-type product can be very helpful, because guys tend to build up a lot of dry skin. If you have shaving issues, I think a f ace tonic can be very helpf ul. A lot of guys have ingrown hairs or razor bumps.

EMILY DOYLE: Our brand is about get ting outdoors and connecting with nature, so we wanted to reflect this feeling of getting outside. SD: We don’t typically think of men as consumers of skin-care products. How has it been marketing to them? OS: I would say that there’s a growing pool of men increasingly interested in taking better care of themselves. They’re much more open to engaging with these

products than my dad, f or example, or my grandfather. As the awareness around potentially unhealthy chemicals in [skincare] products is growing, there are more health-conscious guys who are looking for an effective, natural alternative. We’re trying to focus on that guy. ED: That said, there’s also still that barsoap guy out there, and he uses the bar soap head to toe. But when we introduce him to our stuff, often we see this response

SD: Beyond the immediate face-wash or shaving products, are there any products or life habits that you recommend for better skin? OS: First of all, genetics has a lot to do with it. Putting that aside, your diet can make a huge difference: staying well hydrated, having a healthy, balanced diet. Stress is a big one. Sleep. People in Vermont tend to spend a large amount of time outdoors, but only about 30 percent of men use SPF, whereas 78 percent of women use SPF, so that’s a huge one for guys. ED: We’re working on a natural SPF, be cause that’s the No. 1 thing you can use to really keep your skin looking younger. SD: Are there any broad differences between men’s and women’s skin care? OS: There are definite physiological

differences. Men’s skin is thicker and oilier and has whiskers, so I think there’s definitely a case to be made that men need guy-specific products. Men also tend to like different textures, aromas and language, which is more of an emotional, psychological thing. Having said that, we’re getting an increasing number of women saying they love these products. So we’re asking ourselves, “What the hell are we doing?

products like ours, and there are other brands out there that we use as well that are beautiful, smell amazing and work. SD: How do you make sure your products are natural? OS: We formulate to a standard called Ecocert, which is used in Europe. Basically, we formulate as close to 100 percent natural as possible. But we’re actually going to be moving towards the Whole

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ED: Women have way more choices, and that can be off-putting for a guy, even if the ingredient is pure and beautiful, because the scents are often so different for women. For guys, it’s immediately like, “You’re going to try to get me to use face cream, and I’m going to smell like roses? Forget it. It’s over.” But there are some choices. m


ED: Why use all this stuff that’s untested and banned in Europe? You just don’t have to anymore. You can find awesome, clean

SD: When people are trying to go natural, what are some things on the labels they should look for? OS: We personally look for a statement around percent natural — as close to 100 percent natural as possible. We also look for an overt statement around no toxins, which would be no parabens, phthalates, sulfites, PEGs or synthetic fragrances, colors or SPF. Some good men’s brands are Aveda, Burt’s Bees, John Masters [Organics], Naturopathica.


SD: Should we be scared about toxins? OS: If you do the research, this is a totally unregulated industry, so there are now over 3,100 synthetic chemicals that are used with very little regulatory oversight. Well over 90 percent of those chemicals have not been adequately tested for use on humans. I think Americans are especially lax on this front. There’s a growing body of credible evidence that leave-on products [e.g., deodorants, lotions and colognes] penetrate the skin. In fact, most of these products have synthetic penetration enhancers to drive it deeper in your skin, or you ingest it through your nose. There are endocrine disruptors that mess with your hormones. There are carcinogens. There’s neurological stuff that’s happening.

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a resource that could set him up with spontaneous rec-sports opportunities, the way mobile apps such as Uber connect travelers with taxi drivers. Consalvo approached Andy Rossmeisl, af ellow Middlebury grad who f ounded the movile app Faraday. “Are there any apps f or pickup sports?” he recalled asking Rossmeisl. “And he said, ‘I don’t know, but if there are, they’re not very good, or at least people aren’t using them.’” Consalvo and two others decided to use Burlington as an incubator f or their con cept. They set up a website and began working with venues such as the Edge to store equipment and reserve space during lunchtime. The noon-to-1-p.m. time slots are convenient not just because athletic facilities are quieter in those off-peak hours, Consalvo said, but because they allow people to fit exercise into busy schedules and return to work ref reshed in the afternoon. Now Recess’ advisers include Rossmeisl,f ormer New York City parks com missioner Adrian Benepe and Sports Illustrated staff writer Alexander Wolff. Several local companies subsidize the cost for their employees. One of the those companies, Dealer. com, already offers exercise classes for its employees. But for Jeremy McKittrick, 39, a f ront-end web developer there, the appeal of Recess is the healthy element of competition it adds to his day. He has used the service to find soccer and Ultimate games. “Chasing a Frisbee around, getting the endorphins going, it’s more of a sport than exercise,” McKittrick explained. “I have newborn twins, which is pretty hectic. What’s cool about Recess is I’m not carv ing out time after work.” As with any start-up, the challenges now f acing the Recess f ounders involve f orming partnerships, securing more in vestment and adding innovation to their product. Currently, people who use the


t was 12:36 p.m., and I was wheez ing like a beached whale. Metallica blasted f rom one corner of the Edge athletic complex in Williston. In one of its facilities — a large AstroTurf field house — a dozen guys in white and black pinnies were sprinting to and f ro. Yours truly was doing his best to keep up with them while not puking. An hour earlier, I’d absconded f rom Seven Days’ Burlington headquarters to participate in the pilot phase of Recess, a web-based platf orm f or people in the area looking to play recreational sports at lunchtime. Now I was booking it to one end of the field house. My teammate had hucked a Frisbee over the end zone, and I was closing in on it, readying to pluck the disk out of the air. Out of nowhere, the long paw of a 6-f oot-something def ender swooped in

front of me. With a LeBron-like wingspan, he smacked the Frisbee out of the air, and it flopped onto the fake grass. My opponent picked it up. Back on defense, I jogged off to guard someone else. That f ast-paced game of Ultimate Frisbee quickly reminded me how much my fitness has declined in recent months. But winning wasn’t the point; we weren’t keeping score. Just as jogging can reinvigorate you after a night of drinking, the game turned out to be f un in a cathartic way, making me work up a sweat in the heated field house despite arctic temps outside. To sign up for the game, I’d visited the website of Burlington-based Recess and chosen Ultimate Frisbee from a menu that also included soccer on Tuesday and bas ketball on Wednesday. The attendees came f rom locally based companies, including LORD MicroStrain, Seventh Generation

and Each paid $5 to partici pate. Most wore shorts and running shoes. A f ew simply rolled up their jeans and played barefoot. “It’s always good to get some other companies togetherf or some social exercise,” LORD employee Ryan Mills explained as he made a beeline to the water f ountain af ter our game. Mills has been using Recess since late summer, he said, when the service first started and the weather permitted outdoor activities. (In our game that day, he was the one who smacked down the Frisbee en route to my hands.) The idea of Recess came to cof ounder Alex Consalvo af ter he graduated f rom Middlebury College in 2009. He’d played soccer there but always pref erred pickup sports to regimented exercise. So, af ter graduating, Consalvo said, he looked f or


F I TNE S S service pay $5 to support its facility and operating costs. For now, someone from Recess — last Thursday, it was Consalvo — must attend each game to hand out the equipment. The founders are toying with the idea of recruiting users called “captains” to manage those tasks instead. As Consalvo and fellow cofounder Ward Wolff look to expand outside Burlington, they’ve been in talks with the San Francisco parks and recreation department. They plan to add yoga and rock climbing to their Burlington menu, and they’ve partnered with City Sports, which markets special offers to Recess participants. Recently, the lacrosse company Warrior donated a set of reversible mesh pinnies.

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Those were the shirts on our backs as we tossed the Frisbee around last week. Consalvo (who would be laundering them) was happy with the 12-person turnout. “That was a good run,” he said after the game, when the other attendees had taken off. “Sometimes we don’t have enough people, or we have too many, and people have to sit out.” So far, Recess has seen 350 total participants since it started setting up games in September, and participation is growing by an average of 60 percent each month. As Consalvo looks to grow the enterprise, he acknowledges that it might be tough to sway people who are reluctant to — or simply can’t — escape from work at lunchtime. “Instilling culture is incredibly difficult,” said Consalvo, and added that he’s considered establishing an additional 7 a.m. recess. But when it comes to making time at midday, “All we’re saying is, instead of paying $10 for a Coke, a sandwich and Facebook, you could be paying $5 for the chance to run around.” m

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hen I became a f ull-time f ood writer in 2008, I stopped weighing myself . My hef t (or lack thereof ) was never of any concern to me. I’d eaten whatever I wanted my whole lif e, and with my height of just more than fi ve f eet, the number on the scale had only ever grazed triple digits. So why worry? Within a year, I was aware my old clothes no longer fi t, but that was no surprise to someone who ate out for half her meals. It wasn’t until I began having gallbladder problems that it occurred to me that my eating was less than healthy. Losing the organ last spring was my wake-up call. Hearing how much I weighed stopped me in my tracks. In fi ve years, I had gained more than 40 pounds, nearly 50 percent of my former self. Culinary pros will always put their bodies on the line to cook, grow and taste food and make it better for their customers, their consumers and their readers. But there are limits. Here’s my story — and those of three other prominent local foodies who recently made big changes in their eating and exercise habits. I happened to kick o° my career at an especially inopportune time for my waistline. While vegan and gluten-f ree eating may be gaining traction in some circles, most serious food lovers have been rolling in lard, tallow and shmaltz. In our “everything’s better with bacon, even bacon” culture, cutting portions may not be enough. For me, even reducing intake was a challenge, because brain damage f rom seven years of neuro-Lyme disease has lef t me unable to sense my own satiety. If I like something enough, I could keep eating until I approach vomiting. Once I recovered su˛ ciently f rom surgery, I slowly worked my way up to hitting the gym fi ve or six times a week for cardio and weights. When I couldn’t

I’ve lost 30 pounds and am back to a size 2, but I’m not ready stop yet. I doubt I’ll ever weigh less than 100 pounds again, but I feel the healthiest I have in my adult lif e. That’s even better than winning a burger-eating contest. And I’m not alone in feeling that way.

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make it, I tried to do some cardio boxing on my Wii Fit. By the time I arrived at Ideal Weight Solutions in South Burlington, I had already shed 10 pounds. Though my general practitioner, a f ormer colleague of Robert Atkins, thought IWS’ prescribed diet would be too strict for me, I started buying food from the storefront. On days when I didn’t have time to make lunch, I used a protein-powder shaker to mix up protein-enhanced chicken à la king or creamy mushroom soup, as if I were an astronaut.

As chapter president of Slow Food Vermont, Mara Welton does more than her f air share of dining out with f riends. At the end of 2011, during one of those meals, she had a thought that would drastically change the path of her diet. “I was sort of refl ecting and looking around the table at all my f riends,” Welton recalls, “and I was thinking, Oh, my goodness, we are all getting a little chubby. Is this lifestyle sustainable?” Welton answered that question in the negative af ter she noticed herself losing her breath “doing dumb things,” such as climbing stairs and even tying When I did cook ahead, lunch might her shoes. She took a f ew months to be a few slices of local, grass-fed brisket steel herself for a major lifestyle change, or a spice-rubbed, roasted chicken thigh and in March 2012 she and her husband, with lef tover delicata squash and kale Spencer, began the Jillian Michaels salad. Without even realizing it, I had Body Revolution Plan. gone paleo. Welton describes the 90-day regiGrains are now part of my lif e only men as “a severe weight-loss plan.” She when I have to eat them for work. Unlike did daily workout videos and ate a diet strict proponents of caveman eating, consisting of three meals plus two however, I haven’t cut out dairy. My snacks — more f ood than Welton was f avorite dessert is low-f at Greek yogurt used to eating, but focused on lean prowith a bit of honey and dark berries tein and veggies with a few grains. Her mixed in. And I cheat whenever I eat daily intake was stripped down to 1000 f or work, which makes it much easier to 1500 calories, depending on the intento stick to my very fi rst diet the rest of sity of the accompanying workout. the time. The di° erence is that, when At the end of the 90 days, Welton had I’m reviewing a restaurant, I don’t eat dropped 31 pounds. Once she was done the whole pork shank anymore. Now with Jillian, she kept those pounds o° it’s more likely to last me a couple more by staying active as a farmer and eating meals, mixed with greens and ovensmall portions. Reintroducing bread crisped eggplant.







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Stowe’s après-ski scene will regain a familiar face next month when new owners reopen the well-loved RUSTY NAIL at 1190 Mountain Road. A trio of partners purchased the 45-year-old venue earlier this month for $1.2 million and plan to have it up and running by Presidents’ Day weekend under the same name. “This has been here since 1969, and we’re going to let that history ride,” says DAVE O’CONNOR, who will comanage the space with DAVE O’ROURKE. Both Daves are currently bartenders at CROP BISTRO & BREWERY, the nearby restaurant co-owned by BILL DAVIS. Davis is the third partner who purchased the 9,500-square-foot Rusty Nail building on January 3. O’Connor says that he and his colleagues plan to hook up almost all of the 24 taps to Vermont beers (Guinness

The most recent iteration of the Nail closed just about a year ago, but the building’s previous owner — Massachusetts urologist Stan Swierzewski — had it on the market long before that. In March 2012, the Rusty Nail was listed for $1.95 million. According to town records, the new owners paid $28,168 in delinquent taxes when they took ownership. After riding out the remainder of the ski season, O’Rourke says, he and his partners will complete “minor renovations” to the building in the spring. Perhaps the process has already begun: Earlier this week, an observer could see workers chucking a stream of crates and equipment out the back door and into a dumpster. — C. H.

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Burlington culinary consultant Robin Schempp doesn’t weigh herself, she says, so she doesn’t know how much weight she lost last year. But Welton offers a testimonial for her colleague. The last time she saw Schempp at an event, she notes, “I didn’t even recognize her.” The former co-owner of the greatly missed Mist Grill in Waterbury says

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ining in a London restaurant a few years ago, I received an order of penne bolognese drowning in sauce. When I asked if I might have a less slathered version, the server sneered, and my boyfriend slumped in his chair, mortified. In England, I learned at that moment, you eat what you are given — no complaints, no substitutions. I thought of that incident recently when a Portland, Ore., restaurant named Ox posted to Instagram a photo of its kitchen plastered with bright-yellow Post-it notes. The notes displayed the dizzying range of apparent food allergies and restrictions at the restaurant’s New Year’s Day tables: 11: gluten allergy. B6: one vegetarian. 43: one lactose intolerance, one egg allergy. 17: one crab allergy. And so on. The post went viral. Restaurant staff and media outlets around the country, including a few in Vermont, shared the photo on social media. One commenter on a Huffington Post story sniped, “It’s out of control, at least in Portland.” According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), 15 million Americans have food allergies, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that food allergies among children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. Theories about the reasons abound; everything from antimicrobial soap to processed food is a possible culprit. As FARE writes, “The number of people who have a food allergy is




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meat-free eaters to those who insist they’re allergic to alliums such as garlic, scallions or onions. “Sometimes I play a game with all of the tickets that I read, and try to figure out what the real motivation behind the order is,” the chef says. Still, Werneke and his staff work hard to please every guest. “It’s not always easy. This is a really, really small and really busy kitchen. We’re set up to crank out food, and anytime there’s a special request, we have to try and say, ‘All right, how do we do this?’” Werneke

says. “That takes extra time that slows every other ticket, which is unfortunate. But at the same time, you can’t alienate people for making special requests.” And the kitchen can’t always please its diners, try as it may. For instance, Prohibition Pig is not an entirely gluten-free facility and cannot — as a patron once requested — keep a separate fryer and cooking surface for gluten-free food. How “real” are all these reported allergies? Patty McKibben, a clinical dietician at Fletcher Allen Health Care, confirms that her department is seeing more patients with food allergies and celiac disease, in part because, she says, “A lot more people are aware of it.” The staff occasionally helps patients delineate between true allergies and intolerance. “An allergic reaction is one that is activated by the immune system and triggers things like anaphylaxis and hives,” McKibben notes. “I think some people come in with a food intolerance that they think is an allergy.” The semantics and science of dietary restrictions are immaterial to Sue Bette, the owner of Bluebird Tavern and Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington. “It doesn’t matter to us whether it’s an ‘allergy’ or a ‘preference.’ It’s important for us to take care of guests,” she says. “If you’re going to go out and spend money, you want to make sure your needs are met.”

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a few pies,” writes co-owner Leslie Wells. “But our completely glutenfree customers tell us how much they appreciate the option and the effort, so it was the right decision.” Though Prohibition Pig stops short of providing a dedicated gluten-free menu, it tries to guide special-needs diners by indicating ‘V’ beside vegetarian items and ‘G’ beside glutenfree items on the menu. The practice is becoming more common — Crop Bistro & Brewery in Stowe does it, too. Other establishments, such as Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, focus on training staff to guide guests through menu choices. “I’ve been in the restaurant business a long time, and I don’t ever remember it being like this,” notes Keven Ring, the wine and beverage director at Simon Pearce. “Some people have deadly food allergies, and the staff needs to be informed.” Whenever the kitchen rolls out a new menu, Ring says, “Before we even go live with it, we offer very in-depth descriptions of all ingredients, as well as RiN g cooking terminology, to staff. They have to be very informed, because they have a bigger role than in the last few years.” The restaurant has also made a commitment to sourcing wine that is produced sustainably, using fewer pesticides or additives that may cause allergic reactions. Werneke has food allergies of his own, including sensitivities to a few fresh fruits and vegetables. He creates easily customizable versions of dishes, such as the chicken pot pie he thickens with a rice-flour roux — “and if you order it without the buttermilk biscuit [it] is gluten-free,” he adds. (Werneke sometimes tests these recipes on a coworker with celiac, whom he calls “very brave.”) When he’s besieged with specialrequest tickets, Werneke wonders if “it might be my karmic return. When I was 20, I went into a little Mexican place in Raleigh [N.C.] and ordered the steak quesadilla without mushrooms,” he recalls, “and when it came with mushrooms, I said, ‘I can’t eat this. I’m allergic to mushrooms.’” Was he? “No, I’ve never been allergic to mushrooms,” Werneke admits. “I just didn’t like them at the time.” m

Just the day before our conversation, Bette held a meeting with staff to keep them on point with special requests. “It can be viewed as a burden, or it can be viewed as taking care of people,” she says. She understands the stress that alterations can put on chefs “who have put a lot of time into composing a dish and then need to deconstruct it.” But, Bette adds, “This is going to be part of the industry, and I think that’s OK.” Dawn Boucher, co-owner of Boucher Family Farm in Highgate Center, is a foodie who calls herself “severely allergic” to wheat and soy and sensitive to nightshade vegetables, which include tomatoes, potatoes, chiles, peppers and eggplant. Once Boucher pinpointed the foods that were causing her distress — via a food diary — she curtailed her dining out from roughly six days a week to “only once a month, if that.” She also instituted a new set of guidelines: “I never eat anywhere that I haven’t had a take-away meal from at least twice — it’s the KEVi N old ‘trust no one’ idea,” she writes in an email. “But really, the commitment [at a restaurant] has to be more than printed on the menu,” Boucher continues. “Everyone on staff has to be on board and live up to the declaration they can cater to allergies.” Boucher is a fan of the glutenfree menus at Leunig’s Bistro and American Flatbread in Burlington, and she frequents Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Sarducci’s in Montpelier and the My-T-Fine II diner in Swanton. However, she stops short of making special requests. “I consider it rude and unjustly entitled in attitude to make special requests off-menu, unless I have a relationship with the owner, or have called ahead to see if they can accommodate me,” Boucher writes. “I would never do that, and would confront anyone in my dinner party who would dare do so, especially on a prix-fixe menu or a holiday.” The owners of Pizzeria Verità in Burlington had guests like Boucher in mind when they planned from the start to source gluten-free flour and to bake gluten-free crusts in a separate oven. “The product is more costly, from the ingredients to the prep to the gas oven that is fired up all night waiting for


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KEll Ey Mar KEting M EEting : Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495. rE cruiting 2020: coMpEting for t al Ent in th E Digital agE: The Vermont Human Resource Association hosts industry professionals, who explore current online trends. See for details. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $75-95; preregister. Info, 865-5458.


coMMunity Dinn Er : Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565.


Vall Ey night fE aturing th E Daly t rio : Locals gather for this weekly bash of craft ales, movies and live music. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation; $2 drafts. Info, 496-8994,

coMMunity cin EMa: 'l as 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. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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WEDnEsDay Win E DoWn: Oenophiles get over the midweek hump by pairing four varietals with samples from Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Cheese and more. Drink, Burlington, 4:30-8 p.m. $12. Info, 860-9463.



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achi EVing hE alth goals : Clinical nutritionist Alicia Feltus shares strategies for managing weight loss, blood pressure, sleep and more. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 2238000, ext. 202. DEcr Eas E your E VEry Day t oxic Exposur E: Michelle Robbins of Inside Out Body Therapy discusses common petrochemical exposures, then offers tips for a safer, healthier life. Dorothy


BaByti ME 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. h oMEWor K hE lp : 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. lE gos aft Er- school f un : Tinkerers of all ages craft structures with interlocking colored pieces. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. MiDDl E school plann Ers & hE lp Ers : Lit lovers in grades 6 to 8 plan cool projects for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. pr Eschool art class : Mini Picassos ages 3 to 5 and their adult caregivers get creative with painting, clay sculpting, collage and more. Davis Studio, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 425-2700. story t iME & playgroup : Engaging narratives pave the way for art, nature and cooking projects. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. story t iME at th E aquariu M: Tykes gather for themed tales and activities. Discovery Place. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. story t iME for 3- to 5- yEar- ol Ds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

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Frozen Fête What to do with chilly temperatures, snow and ice? Head to the Waterbury Winterf est, where a wide array of events inspires f olks to embrace Mother Nature’s colder side. Snowshoe demonstrations, ice sculpting and a Nordic ski race kick off 10 days of activities for all ages and skill levels. Bouts of friendly competition include a 5K run, broom ball and winter mountain biking, which complement ice skating, sledding, snow-f ort building and a giant Christmastree bonfire. A poetry slam, theatrical presentations and service opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day round out the festivities while tapping into the community spirit.

WAt Erbur Y WiNt Erf ESt Friday, January 17, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, January 18, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, January 19, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday, January 20, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, January 21, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, January 22, 6-8:30 p.m.; see website for future times, at various Waterbury locations. $5. Info, 345-5728. Info, waterbury-winterfest.




Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Montréal- styl E acro yoga : Using partner and group work, Lori Flower guides participants through poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic benefits. 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 define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. 'sWEat' group f itn Ess class : Intermediate and advanced students push their physical and mental limits in a challenging program. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $13.50; free for newcomers; preregister. Info, 540-0186.



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Memory Keeper Jessica Hendry Nelson’s If Only You People Could Follow Directions is no ordinary memoir. In a series of linked autobiographical essays, the local writer reimagines the genre by forgoing chronology in favor of moving back and forth through time. From within this fluid approach comes her story. Beginning with her childhood outside of Philadelphia, Nelson explores the relationships that shaped her life — specifically those with her mother and brother following her f ather’s death. Driven by themes of addiction, mental illness and the struggle for stability amid ongoing chaos, this unflinching debut explores complex family dynamics with open eyes.

JESSicA hEND r Y NELSo N tAL k Thursday, January 16, 7 p.m., at Phoenix Books Burlington. Free. Info, 448-3350.


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The speed of April Verch’s dancing feet is pretty much the only thing that matches the speed of her bow. A native of Canada’s Ottawa Valley, the award-winning fi ddler and step dancer was exposed to the region’s rich Franco-Celtic musical heritage at an early age. Also a singer-songwriter, she channels these strongly rooted traditions into bluegrass, country, old-time melodies and originals along with upright bassist Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Gri° n. From this f oundation, the three deliver an energetic show of toe-tapping tunes, including selectionsf rom their 2013 release, Bright Like Gold.


‘HOSPITAL’ Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18, 8 p.m., at Moore ° eater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. $5-25. Info, 603-646-2422.

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n recent months, debates surrounding health care have captured the nation’s attention. For the Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Netherlands-based theater collective Wunderbaum, the issues take center stage. Pairing dramatic scenes and fi rstperson narration with music and video, the companies deliver a multimedia examination of modern medicine in Hospital. Deemed a “raw, kinetic, in-yourface sociopolitical message” by Fabrik, the work draws on documentary material and the personal experiences of LAPD members — most of whom have battled poverty, addiction or homelessness — to tell one man’s story from birth to death.

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Student Matinee Serie S: 'r oMeo & Juliet' : Toronto's Classical Theatre Project presents Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers and warring families. For grades 6 through 12. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. $8. Info, 863-5966. Winter Story t iMe: Kiddos share read-aloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.


Squeer dancing : Folks swing their partners ’round during an evening of square dancing in a supportive environment. Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Burlington, introductory lesson, 7-8:30 p.m.; plus-level class, 8:30-9 p.m. $5; free for newcomers. Info, 735-5362 or 922-4550.


'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. 'h anafuda denki' : Toyko's world famous Ryuzanji Company interprets Shuji Terayama's avant-garde, gender-bending musical about life and death. In Japanese with English subtitles. Bain Saint Michel, Montréal, 8 p.m. $20-25. Info, 514-987-1774.





f ar Mer S night concert Serie S: Ver Mont' S 40th ar My Band : The patriotic ensemble takes the stage with a varied performance featuring the Liberty Belles, the Power of 10, and Ruck and Load. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-3480. Song circle: coMMunity Sing-along : Rich and Laura Atkinson lead an evening of vocal expression. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Ver Mont philhar Monic choru S open r ehear Sal : New members are welcomed in preparation for the 2014 concert season. Monteverdi Music School, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info,


f ull Moon Sleigh r ide: Weather permitting, families join Pat Palmer of Thornapple Farm and his team of draft horses for an excursion across open acres. Shelburne Farms, 5:30 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 6:40 p.m. $8-10; free for kids under 3; preregister. Info, 985-8686. Sno WShoe naturali St: f ore St ecology & Winter t ree id: On a woodland trek, folks identify key plant, animal and arboreal characteristics. Fireside hot cocoa in the lodge rounds out the day. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 3:30 p.m. $5; preregister; snowshoes are available. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115. Sno WShoe Walk : The Winooski Valley Park District leads a winter outing in search of tracks and other wildlife signs. Snowshoes available. Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve, South Burlington, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5744.


l uxuriou Sly h ealthy h air: Si Mple h aircare r ecipe S: Joann Darling of Green Sylk Soap Company demonstrates natural preparations for herbal shampoos, rinses and scalp treatments. City Market, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister at Info, 861-9700. peace i S poSSiBle Work Shop: peace f ro M 'a' to 'Z' : John Reuwer presents techniques for creating positive change on personal and interpersonal levels. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.

Social Media Surgery Work Shop : Flummoxed by Facebook? Bewildered by blogs? A hands-on information session demystifies these online tools. Room 105, St. Joseph Hall, College of St. Joseph, Rutland, 5-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091.


green Mountain t aBle t enni S clu B: 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.


Brian Mohr & eMily John Son : Adventures abound in the Vermont photographers' multimedia presentation, "Off Piste in the Alps: BicyclePowered Skiing in the Swiss and Italian Alps." Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free; $5 raffle. Info, 496-5434. catherine caBeen: The Middlebury College visiting assistant professor of dance shares her expertise in "Embracing the Immaterial: Dancing with Nouveau Realism." Room 103, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Jerry f ox : In the narrated slide show, "Susie Wilson: Her Life and Her Myth," the Essex historian considers the town's famed — and at times controversial — resident. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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detoxification : Greg Giasson of Alternative Roots Wellness Center shares key information about the process of ridding the body of toxins. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700. f or Za: t he Sa Murai S Word 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. t he My Steriou S "V" part one: Wo Men'S "V" anato My: Chelsea Hastings and Hannah Allen of Well Within Midwifery teach an all-female workshop devoted to women's reproductive and sexual organs. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. yoga With l eo l each : A sequence of postures exposes yogis ages 14 and up to the fundamentals of movement and breath. Personal mat required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


Mentoring diScu SSion group : King Street Youth Center volunteers catch up and chat about mentor/mentee relationships. St. John's Club, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 8649778,

f ranklin Story h our : Preschoolers convene for tales, songs and crafts. Haston Library, Franklin, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6505. MuSic With derek : Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. predator pro Wl : Explorers ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions mimic wildlife behaviors when foraging for food, sniffing for snacks and honing hunting skills. Meet at the education barn. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068. r ead With arlo : Lit lovers share stories with the therapy dog and his owner, Brenda. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister for a 20-minute time slot. Info, 223-3338. Skater t ot S: Little ones join Ms. Diana on the ice for a frosty good time. Skates and crates available on a first come, first served basis. Highgate Sports Arena, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.




f iction Writing Work Shop : Wordsmiths read and respond to selected essays, then discuss stories by two members. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at Info, 383-8104.

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Mount Man Sfield Scale Modeler S: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765.


l iBrary f il M night: ' t he l iVeS of other S': A captain in East Germany's secret police allows a surveillance mission to become personal in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Academy Award-winning drama. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. 'pandora' S pro MiSe': Award-winning filmmaker Robert Stone presents his 2013 documentary about environmentalists and energy experts who went from opposing nuclear energy to supporting it. A panel discussion follows. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5710. 'united We Ski' : T-Bar Films' documentary examines the role of small ski areas in Vermont's winter-sport culture. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5. Info, tyler.wilkinsonray@


open Bridge gaMe: Players of varying experience levels put strategic skills to use. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 462-3373.


Brian Mohr & eMily John Son : In "Off Piste in the Northeast," the local photographers highlight the region's skiing with photos, video and narration. Proceeds benefit the Rochester Sports Area Trails Alliance. Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 7 p.m. Free; $5 raffle tickets; cash bar. Info, 496-5434. t hird t hur Sday l unch Serie S: Referencing photographs and storyboards, local author Judith Edwards discusses the legacy of Vermont's Civilian Conservation Corps. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 828-2180.


acting Work Shop : Budding thespians ages 16 and up develop their craft under the direction of seasoned actor Tom Nielsen. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 875-1018. garri Son keillor : The radio star of "A Prairie Home Companion" shares anecdotes about the midwest, the fictional residents of Lake Wobegon and fatherhood. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $49.50-100. Info, 775-0903. national t heatre l iVe: 't he h aBit 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. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $12-20. Info, 457-3981.


'ale t ale S: an eVening of Storie S aBout drinking' : Featured writers travel beyond typical tales of drunken antics to material at once poignant, funny and surprising. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, JeSSica h endry nel Son : The local writer reads from her recently released memoir If Only You People Could Follow Directions. See calendar spotlight. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. 'neW england r eVieW' Ver Mont r eading Serie S: Jay Parini, April Ossmann, Ryan Walsh and Ryan Kim share recent works. Carol's Hungry Mind Café, Middlebury, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5075.

Beginner Spani Sh l eSSon S: Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 3241757,

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operation W ar Mth coMedy t our : Vermont's top comedians elicit big laughs at this benefit show for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity's WARMTH project. Bliss Auditorium, St. Albans Historical Museum, 8-9:30 p.m. $1520; preregister. Info, 373-4703.

'Bhopal' : See WED.15, 8 p.m. 'h anafuda denki' : See WED.15, 8 p.m. igloofe St : An igloo village and electronic music from top DJs draw crowds by the thousands to this popular outdoor festival. Jacques-Cartier Quay, Old-Port of Montréal, 6:30 p.m.-midnight. $15-20; $40 weekend pass; for ages 18 and up. Info, 514-904-1247.


r ed Baraat : The Brooklyn-based, eight-piece band melds North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop and more. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $20-30. Info, 603-646-2422.


intro to digital r eSource S: Participants learn how to access available services on tablets and e-readers via library cards. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.



naVigating the neW Ver Mont h ealth care exchange : Peter Sterling of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security helps attendees choose appropriate individualized plans. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 2-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Ballroo M & l atin 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. engli Sh country dance : Albert Joy, Aaron Marcus, Margaret Smith and Roxann Nickerson provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are taught by Martha Kent and Val Medve. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring a snack to share. Info, 899-2378.


Queen City tango PraCtilonga: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisation, community and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smooth-soled 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.


Waterbury Winterfest: Folks revel in all winter has to offer with family-friendly activities including nordic skiing, snowshoeing, broom ball, bonfires and more. See wtrbry-winterfest. org for details. See calendar spotlight. Various locations, Waterbury, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $5 bracelet. Info, 345-5728.

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. 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. yoga story tiMe With Chrissy lefavour: Mini yogis and their adult companions strike playful poses inspired by story and song. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.



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MountaintoP filM festival: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., documentary and dramatic films address social and environmental issues from around the world. See for details. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 2 p.m. $6-10; free for students with valid ID. Info, 496-8994,


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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full Moon snoWshoe hike: Nature lovers explore Montpelier's hillsides by lunar light with North Branch Nature Center staff. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 229-6206.


kathy & Jerry kilCourse: In "Walking the Camino: No Experience Required," the pair details their 475-mile trek along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela route through the French and Spanish Pyrenees. Green Mountain Club Visitor Center, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7037. PaM Pearson: The director of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative considers the impact of global warming on the earth's iceand snow-covered regions. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Middlebury College, 12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343 .


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'hosPital': The Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Netherlands-based collective Wunderbaum explore the precarious state of contemporary health care in this "ficto-mentary." See calendar spotlight. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $25. Info, 603-646-2422. neW Works noW: a neW Play festival: Carol Dunne directs a staged reading of Marisa Smith's romantic comedy Mad Love, in which cabbage soup, a rare baseball card and a lizard named Pogo all play a part. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 296-7000. the logger's Cabin fever variety shoW: Backed by his band the Fellers, Rusty DeWees helps folks beat the winter blues with an evening of music, comedy and storytelling. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 775-0903.

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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 kick off the weekend with 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. hoMeWork helP: See WED.15, 3-6 p.m. 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 robert: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.

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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, highgatepublic@comcast. net. guided Partner thai bodyWork: Lori Flower of Karmic Connection shares basic techniques that create relaxation and personal connection. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. 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.

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Brown Bag Book Clu B: Bookworms voice opinions about Kathleen Grissom's The Kitchen House. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Creative w riting w orkshop : Original work by group members inspires spirited conversation. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at Info, 383-8104. wor D!Cra Ft : experimental art r hymes : Wordsmiths deliver original material based on the theme "The Year of the Horse," which is streamed live at this spoken word/hip-hop event. Basement, Eliot D. Pratt Library, Goddard College, Plainfield, registration, 7:30-8 p.m.; spoken word, 8-9 p.m.; hip-hop, 9-10 p.m. Free. Info, 755-6336,

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annual game supper : A feast featuring moose, deer and more benefits the Knights of Columbus charity fund. St. Pius X Parish, Essex Junction, 5:306:30 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m. $6-18. Info, 878-8314. Burlington w inter Farmers market : Farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh SA MA and prepared foods, crafts and more R IE M AZ ZUCCO in a bustling indoor marketplace with live music, lunch seating and face painting. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, r utlan D w inter Farmers market : More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at the bustling indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269.

CoDer Dojo B tv : kiCk-o FF event & intro to sCrat Ch : Tech-savvy youth ages 7 through 17 develop their skills in a supportive environment. Office Squared, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, open t ot gym & inFant/ parent 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, play on! story t heater satur Day : Budding thespians ages 3 through 7 bring a fairy tale or children's story to life. See for details. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 10-11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $20-25. Info, 296-7000. pres Chool art Class : See WED.15, 10-11 a.m. satur Day story t ime: Families gather for imaginative tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. seminars sharing the w on Der o F IL Civil w ar era-Clothing w inter: an early Chil Dhoo D LI NG w orkshop : Referencing examples SF w orkshop : Teens and adults A RM & MUSEU M of period attire, Lynn Sawyer helps folks expand their natural history knowlprepare for the St. Albans Raid 150th anedge with outdoor activities and mentoring niversary celebration. Bliss Auditorium, St. Albans techniques. Meet at the education barn. Green Historical Museum, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, stalbanMountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 3:30 p.m. $10-15; preregister. Info, 434-3068. t inker- maker series : Participants improve w inter w il Dli Fe Dete Ctives : Youngsters ages their digital literacy with instruction in the basics 5 and up learn about local wildlife, then explore of coding an Arduino microcontroller. Adult acthe farm for signs in nature. Shelburne Farms, 10 companiment required for participants under a.m.-noon. $6-12 per adult/child pair; $5 for each 12. Craftsbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, additional child. Info, 985-8686. 586-9683. B

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Celti C w inter gathering : The Young Traditions Touring Group and Heather Morris Celtic Company join accomplished regional and Canadian highland dancers in traditional dances. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 7 p.m. $16.50. Info, 863-5966. FaCulty & stu Dent Choreography show Case : Instructors and their pupils present original works-in-progress as part of the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio 40th anniversary celebration. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 7-8:15 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 229-4676. ottawa step Dan Cing w orkshop : April Verch guides participants through this eclectic mashup of clogging, tap dancing and Irish hardshoe step dancing. Hard-soled shoes recommended. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 10-11 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 728-6464.

all aBout Bears snowshoe h ike : 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 ake Champlain Bir Ding : Avian enthusiasts explore wetlands, fields and water bodies of the Champlain Valley for waterfowl and winter birds. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 229-6206. meDiCinal plants o F the w inter l an DsCape : Clinical herbalist Rebecca Dalgin leads a stroll to identify native vegetation with healing properties. Meet outside the Wild Heart Wellness office. Goddard College, Plainfield, 1-2:30 p.m. $4-10 suggested donation. Info, 552-0727. mt. h unger & w hite r oCks h ike : Adventure seekers get knee-deep in powder on a 6-mile trek. Contact trip leader for details. Mount Hunger, Worcester, 8 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4036. sleigh r iDe w eeken D: Weather permitting, horses offer scenic rides across frosty farm fields. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the awardwinning documentary Nine From Little Rock screens on the hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355.







FiBer arts group : Needle crafters work on current projects in an informal environment. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 849-2420.

'Dallas Buyers Clu B': Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto star in Jean-Marc Vallée's drama about Ron Woodroof, who treated his HIV-positive diagnosis by illegally importing meds from Mexico. Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422. mountain t op Film Festival : See FRI.17, 2 p.m. t elluri De mountain Film on t our : Cinema buffs screen highlights of the famed festival dedicated to art, adventure, culture and the environment. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-9. Info, 603-646-2422. 't his is not a Film' : Banned from making films, acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi investigates the ontology of cinema while under house arrest in this documentary exploring artistic expression. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

'martin's Big w or Ds': In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, kiddos ages 6 and up screen the animated documentary about the civil rights leader based on the eponymous book by Doreen Rappaport. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.



aDDitional r eCyCla Bles Center open h ouse : Eco-minded locals tour the new facility and watch a demo of compost trucks. CVSWMD Additional Recyclables Collection Center, Barre, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9383. r oBBie Burns Dinner & Cele Bration : Tasty fare complements performances by the Highland Dancers, Pipes & Drums of the St. Andrews Society of Vermont and the Highland Weavers. Elks Club, Barre, 5-11 p.m. $18-30. Info, 770-2234. vermont h ealth Conne Ct inFormation session : Navigators provide assistance with health care plan enrollment and answer questions. Haston Library, Franklin, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 285-6505.






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kamikaze Come Dy: Founded in 1995, the improv troupe delivers big laughs via audience-interactive "games." Memorial Hall, Essex, family-friendly show, 6 p.m.; adult show, 8 p.m. $6-10. Info, 578-4200.

aCryli C painting For Beginners : Under the guidance of Teresa Davis, participants explore color mixing and discover tools for creating various effects. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.


'ali Ce's w on Derlan D' opening : Lewis Carroll's classic tale comes to life with developmentally appropriate learning experiences in math, science and literacy for kiddos ages 3 through 8. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with admission, $10.50-13.50. Info, 864-1848. Bark For l iFe at Dog mountain open h ouse : Animal lovers and their canine companions don ugly sweaters at this festive gathering featuring door prizes and a silent auction. Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, noon-4 p.m. Donations of pet food and bedding. Info, 800-449-2580. 'mountain moments' open h ouse : Skiers chat with Mad River Glen's staff naturalist about the wildlife and ecosystems on the mountain. Kent Thomas Nature Center. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.

Champlain or Char Ds w inter w assail : Folks celebrate the old English tradition of visiting orchards and singing to the trees to promote the coming year's harvest. Skiing, snowshoeing, kids activities and a bonfire round out the evening. Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info, 897-2777. stowe w inter Carnival : The 40th annual frozen fête features a varied lineup of wintry wonderment, including snow golf, ice carving and live music. See for details. Various locations, Stowe, 1-3 p.m. & 7-11 p.m. Free for spectators; some entry fees for participants. Info, 777-5510. w ater Bury w inter Fest : See FRI.17, 8:30 a.m.9 p.m.





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gawler Family Con Cert : Tapping into various traditions, the multi-instrumentalists deliver an evening of far-reaching folk music. Tillotson Center, Colebrook, N.H., 7 p.m. $15. Info, 603-2379302 or 246-8998. l ake Champlain Cham Ber musi C Festival: Burlington Cham Ber or Chestra : Karina Canellakis conducts a performance of works by Mozart and Haydn, featuring celebrated violinist Soovin Kim. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 595-0104. simone Dinnerstein : The masterful pianist presents a varied program, including the local premiere of Nico Muhly's You Can't Get There From Here. Proceeds benefit Chandler Center for the Arts. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-40. Info, 728-6464. t he Cha D h ollister Ban D w ith Bow t hayer : Positive vibes abound in the Burlington-based band's repertoire of funk, world music and infectious rhythms. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7:30 p.m. $30. Info, 760-4634.


Bolton aFter 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. t our De t rapp : Cross-country skiers hit the snow and compete in 15K or 30K freestyle skate races. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, registration, 8 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $40. Info, 253-5755.


'h ospital' : See FRI.17, 8 p.m. national t heatre l ive: 'Frankenstein' : Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation in a broadcast production directed by Danny Boyle. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $10-16. Info, 518-523-2512. new w orks now: a new play Festival : Under the direction of Peter Hackett, a staged reading of Orwell in America by award-winning playwright Joe Sutton portrays George Orwell in the aftermath of World War II. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 296-7000. t he l ogger's Ca Bin Fever variety show : See FRI.17, 8 p.m.






Boys & Books Discussion: Duncan McDougall of the Children's Literacy Foundation and librarian Dan Greene lead an open dialogue about how to motivate males of all ages to embrace reading. Children's Room, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 229-0774. The PoeTry exPerience: 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.



Balkan Folk Dancing: Louise Brill and friends organize people into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. No partner necessary. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Info, 540-1020. Belly Dance WiTh emily PiPer: Drawing from ancient traditions and far-reaching cultural influences, participants tap into meditation and self-compassion. Comfortable clothing required. 2 Wolves IC Holistic Center, Vergennes, HA RD 5-6:30 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361. DO RTE





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arT herTTua: The jazz guitarist entertains diners as part of the Sunday Brunch Music Series. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4245. mounTainFolk concerT series: Blues troubadour Guy Davis performs selections from his recently released Juba Dance. Tunbridge Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 431-3433. sheesham & loTus & son: Sousaphone player 'Son Sanderson joins the acclaimed duo in an evening of traditional folk music performed on antique and homemade instruments. New City Galerie, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 735-2542.

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BackcounTry ski on WooDWarD mounTain Trail: Weather permitting, skiers test their skills on 5.6 miles of difficult terrain amid stunning scenery. Outing requires a car drop and the potential purchase of a single-ride lift ticket. Contact trip leader for details. Bolton Valley Nordic Center, 9 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 614-425-5027, rosemtexpress@ sleigh riDe WeekenD: See SAT.18, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. sToWe Tour De snoW: Skiers, snowshoers, runners and walkers take advantage of activity stations, where warm-up exercises, winter arts and crafts, dog sledding and more await. Festivities conclude at the Helen Day Arts Center. See for details. Stowe Recreation Path, 12:30-2 p.m. $5. Info, 253-9216. The norThern ForesT: Nature lovers explore the ecology of Stark Mountain's hardwood and boreal forests. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551. / 656.0750 3v-Fleming(Pecha)011514.indd 1



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'marTin's Big WorDs': See SAT.18, 1-4 p.m. sharon roBinson: The author and daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson delivers a Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance with a special tribute to Nelson Mandela. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 657-4219.

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aikiDo WiTh sensei ryan miller: Students tap into personal empowerment during an exploration of the Japanese martial art's self-defense techniques. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361. naTural colD & Flu PrevenTion: Herbal education coordinator Cristi Nunziata presents remedies for increasing immunity and avoiding seasonal illnesses. City Market, Burlington, noon1 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.

French conversaTion grouP: Dimanches: 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.

chanDler Film socieTy: Victor Sjöström plays an aging professor who must reconcile his lacking emotional past in Ingmar Bergman's 1957 RI K drama Wild Strawberries. Chandler LO V IN Gallery, Randolph, 7 p.m. $9. Info, 431-0204. DarTmouTh Film socieTy: 'kill your Darlings': Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas's 2013 drama about the birth of the friendships that sparked the Beat movement. Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $5-8; $15-25 for a DFS pass. Info, 603-646-2422. mounTainToP Film FesTival: See FRI.17, 2 p.m.

homeWork helP: See WED.15, 2-6 p.m. my chilD & me: BuckWheaT Pancakes & homemaDe aPPlesauce: Kiddos 5 and under join their caregivers to mix, measure and 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; limited space. Info, 861-9700. 'The secreT garDen' auDiTions: Budding thespians ages 10 through 18 try out for the Valley Players' summer production of the Tony Award-winning musical. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 793-4220.

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kids cookin G class: soul f ood : In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, budding chefs ages 6 through 12 make a savory stew of black-eyed talks peas and southern-style cornbread. McClure Paul Gillies : The attorney and historian considMultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 ers court cases from 1779 to the present in "All p.m. Free; preregister at; limited Rise: Standing up to Vermont Judicial History." space. Info, 861-9700. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Mar Tin l uTher kin G Jr. convoca Tion: lT . Info, 865-4556. col. consuelo cas Tillo kickbusch : The national immigrants’ rights advocate presents theater "Fighting the Good Fight: The Power of Ethics, 'The secre T Garden' audi Tions : Commitment and Leadership in Actors showcase their skills for the Pursuit of Justice." Chapel of consideration in the Valley Players' Saint Michael the Archangel, St. summer production of the Tony Michael's College, Colchester, Award-winning musical. Valley 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Players Theater, Waitsfield, 4-6 Mar Tin l uTher kin G p.m. Free. Info, 793-4220. Jr. ora Torio 2014: a celebra Tion in son G, sPeech & dance : Middlebury College a cappella groups, student orators and dancers honor the civil rights leader's legacy. dance CO Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 7 UR TES shak Ti Tribal belly dance Wi Th Y O F E R IK L O V I N p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. susanne : Ladies get their groove on with this ancient and spirit-inspired improvisakids tional dance form. Soul Fire Studio, Burlington, siT & kni T: Little ones ages 6 and up and their 5:30-6:45 p.m. $15. Info, 688-4464. parents join Joan Kahn for a creative session appropriate for all skill levels. Kellogg-Hubbard fairs & festivals Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, sToWe Win Ter carnival : See SAT.18, 11 a.m. 223-3338. WaTerbury Win Terfes T: See FRI.17, 9 a.m.sTory Ti Me aT The aquariu M: See WED.15, 3:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. SUN.19

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Moun TainTo P f il M f esTival : See FRI.17, 2 p.m.


Trivia niGh T: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.




health & fitness

childbir Th r efresher class : Parents-to-be review the physical and emotional aspects of giving birth, such as relaxation and breathing techniques. Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans, 7-9 p.m. $25. cyn Thia War Wick seiler : The spiritual teacher presents "Soul Purpose Development: Healthy Healing Practices: A Gateway to Being in Right Relationship to Persons, Places, Things and Spirit." Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 671-4569. do-iT-yourself body care series: f ro M The neck doWn: Herbalist Dana L. Woodruff teaches participants how to rescue dry skin from the depths of winter using local ingredients. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. h el Pin G kids Make h eal Thy choices : Nutritionist Alicia Feltus presents dietary changes that can improve children's mood and concentration. Cedar Wood Natural Health Center, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5828. r .i.P.P. e.d.: See WED.15, 6-7 p.m.


echo : Mar Tin l uTher kin G Jr. day celebra Tion : Family-friendly programming, including a workshops, interactive activities and a performance by A2VT celebrate the life of the civil rights activist. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4. Info, 864-1848. h arvey aMani Whi Tfield : In memory of Martin Luther King Jr., the author and UVM professor shares his research in "Consider the Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont." Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon; Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2180.


charly & Mar Gaux : The Brooklyn-based indie classical composers deliver a distinct sound that draws on everything from baroque to blues. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408. r ecorder-Playin G Grou P: 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, saMbaTucada! oPen r ehearsal : 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.


slei Gh r ide Weekend : See SAT.18, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


adul T coMPuTer Worksho P: An interactive session teaches participants how to organize digital photos into online albums using Picasa. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-noon. $20; preregister. Info, 864-1502.


'Play Makers' : Playwrights develop new work with directed and cold readings in a collaborative environment. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $3-5 suggested donation. Info, 540-0773.


book discussion : Lit loves swap ideas and opinions about J.P. Choquette's Epidemic. Highgate Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. PoeTry Wri Tin G Worksho P: Wordsmiths read and respond to selected essays, then discuss work by two poets. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at Info, 383-8104.



h oMe share noW infor MaTion session : Interested folks of all ages learn about homesharing opportunities in central Vermont. Home Share Now, Barre, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544. navi GaTin G The neW ver Mon T h eal Th care exchan Ge: See FRI.17, 2-5:30 p.m.


sWin G dance Prac Tice 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.


cine Ma borealis: boreas borealis: 'Who/ Wha T is nor Th?' : The Center for Circumpolar Studies presents an exploration of the Arctic featuring the differing cultures of its 4 million residents. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

kundalini yoGa Wi Th alexandra : Ancient techniques combine movement, breath and mantra to help move creative energy and awaken the authentic self. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 279-6663. 'MediTaTion: iT's noT Wha T you Think!' : Michael Hechmer helps attendees gain insight into to the benefits of this calming practice. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420. vinyasa a T 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. viTaMin d: The sunshine nuTrien T: Kirsten Nielsen delves deep into the vitamin's characteristics and how it impacts health and well-being. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569.


WaTerbury Win Terfes T: See FRI.17, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Mar Tin l uTher kin G Jr. convoca Tion: Panel discussion : "Where do we go from here? The Challenge of Inequality in the Post-Civil Rights Era" inspires conversation between St. Michael's College faculty members. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.



fairs & festivals

Moun TainTo P f il M f esTival : See FRI.17, 4 p.m. 'r ivers and Tides' : Thomas Riedelsheimer's 2002 documentary captures the genius of artist Andy Goldsworthy, who creates intricate masterpieces using materials found entirely in nature. A discussion follows. BCA Center, Burlington, reception and cash bar, 6 p.m.; screening, 6:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 865-7166. 'Whi Te h eaT': James Cagney stars in Raoul Walsh's 1949 film noir about a psychopathic criminal mastermind who escapes from prison to lead a heist that takes an unexpected turn. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018.

food & drink

a Mosaic of f lavor: con Golese f ish & f oufou : Accompanied by Bembe music, Bruno Kombo channels the essence of the Congo with traditional dishes. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.


chess club : Checkmate! Players of all ages and abilities apply expert advice from a skilled instructor to games with others. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420, knorwood@ GaMin G for Teens & adul Ts: Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Ages 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

health & fitness

achievin G h eal Th Goals : See WED.15. Cedar Wood Natural Health Center, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5828. allo Win G h ealin G in: Fred Cheyette presents ways to free unconscious blockages and safely open to all forms of healing. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. inTro To acu Punc Ture & chinese Medicine : Acupuncturists Corey Williams and Montana Burns discuss the ancient healing modality. Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0186.

children's sTory Ti Me: See FRI.17, 10:30 a.m. crea Tive Tuesdays : Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. f iddle f esT sTory Ti Me WiTh kaTie Trau Tz : Melodies interwoven into captivating tales get youngsters dancing. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Preschool ar T class : See WED.15, 10-11 a.m. Preschool sTory h our: 'Thin Gs Tha T Go': Kiddos up to age 6 convene for engaging narratives and themed crafts. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Preschool sTory Ti Me & craf T: Books and creative projects help little ones tap into their imaginations and gain early literacy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ska Ter To Ts: See THU.16, 10 a.m. sTory Ti Me aT The aquariu M: See WED.15, 11:30 a.m. sTory Ti Me for 3- To 5-year- olds : See WED.15, 10-10:45 a.m. sTory Ti Me for babies & Toddlers : Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of kids under 3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Win Ter sTory Ti Me: See WED.15, 10 a.m.


f rench conversa Tion Grou P: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. inTer Media Te conversa Tional sPanish l essons : Adults sharpen their grammar skills while exploring different topics. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 3241757, Pause- café : French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


Personal blo GGinG series : Dave Sullivan leads participants through the steps of creating a WordPress blog. Personal laptops required. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 457-2295.



Trapp Nordic cup: Cross country skiers race against the clock at a weekly 5K skate and/or timed trial. See for details. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $8. Info, 253-5755.


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.

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Home sHare NoW iNformaTioN sessioN: See TUE.21, 4:30 p.m. HomesHare VermoNT iNformaTioN sessioN: Those interested in homesharing and/ or caregiving programs meet with staff to learn more. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5625.


Valley NigHT feaTuriNg THe gulcH: Locals gather for this weekly bash of craft ales, movies and live music. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation; $2 drafts. Info, 496-8994,

fairs & festivals

sToWe WiNTer carNiVal: See SAT.18, 9 p.m. WaTerbury WiNTerfesT: See FRI.17, 6-8:30 p.m.


mouNTaiNTop film fesTiVal: See FRI.17, 4 p.m.

food & drink

WedNesday WiNe doWN: See WED.15, 4:30-8 p.m.


health & fitness

marTiN luTHer KiNg Jr. coNVocaTioN: 'freedom WriTers': Oscar winner Hilary Swank stars in this 2007 drama about a new teacher who goes to great lengths to inspire her diverse students. Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.



'bHopal': See WED.15, 8 p.m.


laKe cHamplaiN cHamber music fesTiVal: WiNTer eNcore coNcerT: Marking 50 years of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, a chamber music performance celebrates distinguished alumni, violinist Soovin Kim and composer Pierre Jalbert. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 863-5966. VermoNT pHilHarmoNic cHorus opeN reHearsal: See WED.15. Waterbury Congregational Church, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info,


fiNaNcial aid forms WorKsHop: Students and their parents join VSAC representatives to learn about the college financial aid process and fill out related forms. A Q&A session follows. See for details. Burlington High School & Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 864-8581. geNealogy WorKsHop: Family-tree enthusiasts learn procedures and tips for navigating's Library Edition. Reference Room, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 388-4095. iNVesTiNg semiNar: Members of the Fortune Group Investment Club present an introductory class focused on various aspects of long-term stock investing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. peace is possible WorKsHop: NoNVioleNT commuNicaTioN: In multimedia and interactive sessions, John Reuwer introduces specific language for improving physical and mental health and relationships. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.


greeN mouNTaiN Table TeNNis club: See WED.15, 6-9:30 p.m.


eNdaNgered species recoVery iN VermoNT: eagle, falcoN & TerN: Avian experts discuss the species' decline and comeback, along with plans for long-term conservation. For adults and children 8 and up. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3068. VeN. amy miller: Drawing on mindfulness and meditation, the Tibetan Buddhist nun presents "Transforming the Judgmental Mind." KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


coNTemplaTiVe meeTiNg: Reading material inspires discussion about Gnostic principles relative to "Silence: Where Can We Find It?" Foot of the Hill Building, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9706. ficTioN WriTiNg WorKsHop: See WED.15, 6:30 p.m. m

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babyTime playgroup: See WED.15, 10:30 a.m.-noon. HomeWorK Help: See WED.15, 2-5 p.m. prescHool arT class: See WED.15, 10-11 a.m. read To a dog: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420. sTory Time & playgroup: See WED.15, 1011:30 a.m.

squeer daNciNg: See WED.15, 7-9 p.m. WiNTer reNdezVous: The northeast's largest and longest-running LGBTQ ski event celebrates 30 years of wintry bliss with skiing and riding, live music, bonfires and more. See for details. Stowe Mountain Resort, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 857-445-7198.



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creaTiNg aN Herbal mediciNe cHesT for cold & flu: Clinical herbalist Rebecca Dalgin presents plants that support immunity in relation to common cold-weather ailments. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. moNTréal-sTyle acro yoga: See WED.15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. r.i.p.p.e.d.: See WED.15, 6-7 p.m.


games uNplugged: Ben t. Matchstick leads players ages 8 through 18 in a wide variety of board games, including Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan and more. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

sTory Time for 3- To 5-year-olds: See WED.15, 10-10:45 a.m. WiNTer sTory Time: See WED.15, 11:15 a.m.

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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. Info: 482-7194, http://cvuweb.

AN AYURVEDIC CLEANSE COURSE: Take charge of your health in the new year. Join this online Ayurvedic cleanse and use dietary changes and yoga to remove toxins, boost your metabolism, improve stubborn health issues and make changes that stick. Free Q&A call dates online. For more info and to register: ayurvediccleanse. At your convenience, beginning Jan. 10. Cost: $130 /7-day cleanse. Location: online, anywhere. Info: Adena Rose Ayurveda, Adena Harford, 310-7029,, adenaroseayurveda. com/ayurvediccleanse.

ART & POTTERY IN MIDDLEBURY: Adult: Mon. a.m. Wheel, Mon. Beg. Oils, Mon. a.m. Landscapes in Oils with Joe Bolger, Tue. Watercolors, Wed. Int/Adv Oils with Tad Spurgeon, Wed. Wheel, ˜ u. Drawing the Head, ˜ u. Silver Jewelry, Monet in a Day, March 22. Children’s: Mon. & Wed. Wheel, ˜ u. Hand Building, Adventures in Painting, Draw, Paint & Build, Vacation Drawing Ducks, Japanese Windsocks, Whirligigs & ˜ ingamagigs. Location: Middlebury Studio School, 1 Mill St., lower level, Middlebury. Info: Middlebury Studio School, Barbara Nelson, 247-3702,, TOUCH DRAWING STUDIO WORKSHOP: Great gift idea. Touch Drawing is a simple, intuitive, meditative process that moves us deeply into ourselves. Paper is placed over inked Plexiglas. Impulses from within take form through the movement of fi ngertips on the page. Artists of any level, including absolute beginners, can experience inner imagery coming alive. Fri., Feb. 7, 14 & 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $135 /3 sessions (incl. basic Touch Drawing supplies & 1 canvas). Location: Expressive Arts Burlington/Studio 266, 266 South Champlain St., Burlington. Info: Expressive Arts Burlington, Topaz Weis, 343-8172,

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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. 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 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. ARTIST MEET-UP & CRITIQUE: Connect with other artists in the community and receive constructive feedback on your artwork in a supportive setting. Bring several pieces in any media, your artist statement and your ideas. Feb. 3 or Mar. 3, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $20 /person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. 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. 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 ˜ ursdays, Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $280 /person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. DESIGN: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6: Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, creating interesting graphics, design posters and other single-page documents. Participants will explore a variety of software techniques and create projects suited to their own interests. ˜ is class is suited for beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Mar. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $205 / person; $184.50/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. DROP IN: FAMILY WHEEL: Learn wheel and hand-building techniques at BCA’s clay studio in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Make bowls, cups and amazing sculptures. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per participant. Additional fi red and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary. All ages. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! Weekly on Fri., Jan. 31-May 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 /person; $5/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. DROP-IN: ADULT WHEEL: ˜ rough demonstrations and individual instruction, 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 serve. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! Weekly on Fri., Jan. 31-May 23, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $12 /participant; $11/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.

DROP-IN: LIFE DRAWING: ˜ is drop-in life drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit for free! Weekly on Mon., Jan. 27-May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $8 /participant; $7/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. DROP-IN: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Participants will create paintings, sculptures, prints and more, with a variety of changing projects to keep everyone engaged! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Ages 6 months to 5 years. Weekly on ˜ u., Jan. 30-May 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $6 /child; $5/BCA members. Purchase a drop-in card & get the 6th visit for free. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church 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. 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: ITSY BITSY FAHION DESIGN: Bring your favorite doll (American Girl dolls welcome) and become a miniature fashion designer. Learn some basic hand stitch sewing techniques and create some fashionable outfi ts and accessories for your doll! Ages 6-8. Feb. 1, 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 / person; $22.50/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. 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. PRINT: ETCHING: Join local printmaker and illustrator Hilary Glass for an introductory etching class. ˜ is type of printmaking is perfect for artists who love to draw and want to make highly detailed prints. Learn the basics of etching a plate through drypoint and acid bath and transferring images onto paper. Weekly on Mon., Feb. 3-Mar. 31, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $220 /person; $198/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. 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. PAINTING: OIL: Learn how to paint with nontoxic, watersoluble oils. Discover a variety of painting techniques and learn how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to your work. ˜ is supportive class will have a nice balance of studio time, gentle group discussion and critique. Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Apr. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $250 /person; $225/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: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PRINTMAKING: ˜ is introductory class explores a whole range of printing techniques that can be used on their own or in combination to create unique artwork. Over the six weeks, you’ll be introduced to the studio’s equipment and materials and learn techniques such as block printing with linoleum, collograph and drypoint etching. Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Mar. 18, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $200 /person; $180 BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. 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 handdrawn, 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. 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. WHEEL THROWING II: Refi ne your wheelwork in Wheel II for advanced beginners and intermediate potters. 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.

business GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT BUSINESS: ˜ is one-day workshop may change your life direction! ˜ is introduction to self-employment class will help


you brainstorm business ideas, reality filter business ideas, and figure out what you need out of a business. in a supportive classroom environment, you’ll get technical information, resources and support so you can get serious about making an informed decision about business in your life. Sat., Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $125 /7-hour workshop + workbook. Location: Women’s Small Business Program, 255 South Champlain St., Burlington. Info: Women’s Small Business Program, Gwen Pokalo, 8467338,, GettinG SeriouS: An introduction to Selfemployment: Meets Sun., Jan. 5 & Sun., Jan. 12, non-4 p.m. Cost: $125/person. Location: Women’s Small Business Program at Mercy Connections, 255 South Champlain St., Burlington. Info: Gwen Pokalo, 846-7338.

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: The 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. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access/.

cooking roAStinG And BrAiSinG primer w/molly SteVenS: learn the basics of two of the oldest and most essential cooking techniques from awardwinning cooking teacher and cookbook author molly stevens. in this demonstration class, molly will explain differences and similarities between these two cooking techniques as she demonstrates a selection of recipes from her authoritative cookbooks all about roasting and all about Braising. Thirty seats available. Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $75 /person. Location: The Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine

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SAVory winter tArtS witH molly SteVenS: in a hands-on workshop, cooking teacher and cookbook author molly stevens will teach you how to make two types of savory pastry and various ways to shape and fill them. You will learn how to make your own delectable creations using a variety of toppings. You will make free-form rustic tarts and traditional quiche-like pies. Twelve seats available. Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $110 /person. Location: The Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8641808,

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. Info: 4827194,

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 & Saturday classes. Showcase at the end of May. February & spring break camps age 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. Info: 497-0136,,

Slow food locAl cHeeSe tAStinG: explore the history, taste and terroir of four Vermont artisan cheesemakers. enjoy a hands-on tasting and conversation with Kate Turcotte, head cheesemaker at shelburne Farms (formerly of consider Bardwell) and Jeremy stephenson, head cheesemaker at spring Brook Farm and president of the Vermont cheese council. moderated by Jeff roberts, author of the atlas of american artisan cheese. Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $45 /person. Location: The Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8641808,

BeGinner SwinG-dAnce leSSonS: learn the basics of six-count (east coast) swing dancing and get some great exercise with Vermont’s premier swing-dance teacher, Terry Bouricius. no partner necessary, but bring shoes that won’t track in snow or dirt. 4 Wed.: Jan. 22-Feb. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $40 /4-week series. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Swings, Terry Bouricius,

864-8382,, vermontswings. 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. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, dSAntoS Vt SAlSA: experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer manuel dos santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10 /1-hour. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,,


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drumming Taiko, Djembe & Congas!: Taiko drumming in Burlington! Tuesday Taiko adult c lasses begin Jan. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Kids c lasses begin on the same dates, 4:30-5:20 p.m. $60/6 weeks. Djembe classes start Jan. 17, 6 p.m., $60/4 weeks, $18/class. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255,,

empowerment aCCess CLasses in Hinesb URg aT CVU HigH sCHoo L: 200 offerings for all ages. Beekeeping, c reative Writing, Memoir Writing, 10 amazing Journeys with c hris O’Donnell, s olar energy 101, VT architecture, Bridge (2 levels), c ribbage, c areer Plan, eFT, Health Topics, Mind-Body c onnection, s uburban Homesteading 101, Motorcycle awareness, s houlder Massage, Bird Watching, c at Behavior, Wildlife Rehab, Reiki, aromatherapy, Body l otions, Herbal Facial, Tree Pruning. Full descriptions available online. s enior discount. Ten minutes from exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access/.

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VT YoUng P LaYw RigHTs PRog Ram: Work with a professional playwright educator to craft an original 10-minute play from scratch, honing your understanding of essential dramatic elements and refining your script through cold readings and feedback sessions. s ome plays will be chosen for submission to the VYP Festival, where a panel of theater professionals may select yours to be read or staged by Vermont s tage c ompany actors and directors at the Flynns pace in May! Instructor: James W. Moore. Grades 8-12, Jan. 25 & Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $90 /2 sessions. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, CoLLege aUD iTion T UneUP: PRaCTiCe session & FeeDba Ck: 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 s ummer 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 s ertz & c hristina 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. Info: 652-4548,

ather and learn the best tricks and techniques to harness the power of the earthworm! Jan. 25, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10 /person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505-4,

songw RiTing Dis TiLLeD: TaPPing in To Yo UR sTYLe & Voi Ce: examine the different elements of songwriting: idea and inspiration, lyric and narrative, song structure, melody, and voicings. Referencing different songwriters, from the Beatles to contemporary artists, we’ll distill what makes a song compelling and how that can inform our own writing styles and personal expressions. Instructors: c lint Bierman and Rich Price. Teen/ adult, Jan. 24 & 31, 5:45-7:15 p.m. Cost: $32 /2 sessions. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548,

FoR eneRgY w oRk PRoFessiona Ls: l earn a powerful, hands-on technique to treat clients’ chakras, meridians, central channel, aura. It is also diagnostic, revealing where further healing is needed. If you can perceive energies, you can use this technique to treat a wide variety of needs. Nonprofessionals with expertise are also welcome. Four-and-a-half-hour class with optional follow-up. Sat., Jan. 18 or Sun., Jan. 19. Love offering (you determine your payment). Location: Inside Out Body Therapy & SomaWork, 528 Essex Rd. & 50 Court St., Williston & Middlebury. Info: Barbara Clearbridge, 324-9149, clearbridge@feelingmuchbetter. org,

gardening mas TeR ga RDeneR 2014 CoURse: l earn the keys to a healthy and sustainable home landscape as University of Vermont faculty and experts focus on gardening in Vermont. This noncredit course covers a wide variety of horticultural topics: fruit and vegetable production, flower gardening, botany basics, plant pests, soil fertility, disease management, healthy lawns, invasive plant control, introduction to home landscaping, and more! Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Apr. 29, 6:15-9 p.m. $395/ person includes Sustainable Gardening book. (Noncredit course). Location: Various locations, Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston. Info: 656-9562,, uvm. edu/mastergardener. sTone wa LL wo Rks HoP: Our introductory stone wall workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day, hands-on workshop focuses on the basic techniques for creating dry-laid walls with a special emphasis on stone native to Vermont. Workshops are held inside warm greenhouses in Hinesburg. s pace limited. Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Mar. 22; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $100 /1-day workshop. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411,, w oRm ComPos Ting: l ove to compost and want to continue through the winter? a worm composter works faster than a traditional compost pile and can provide natural fertilizer for your houseplants and seedlings! Join master composter Mike

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herbs HeRbs F Rom THe gRoUnD UP: c urious about growing and using herbs? Join Betzy Bancroft, l arken Bunce, Joann Darling and l aura l itchfield in this newly expanded short-course. Discover the rich history of herbal remedies, how they work in the whole human being, and how to safely apply the basics of herbalism for self and family care! Mon., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. to mid-Nov. Cost: $1,950 /person; $150 deposit, preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100,, w is Dom o F THe HeRbs sCHoo L: c urrently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 c ertification Program, apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, aug. 23-24, s ep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. l earn 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. Handson 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 Mcc leary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com.

language aCCess Lang Uage CLasses in Hinesb URg aT CVU HigH sCHoo L: 200 offerings for all ages. French (4 levels), Kids French, Beginning s panish (2 levels), Intermediate s panish (3 levels), Immersion s panish, Kids s panish, Italian for Travelers (3 levels), Beginning Mandarin (2 levels), German 1, ancient Greek! l ow cost, hands-on, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions available online. s enior discount. Ten minutes from exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access/. aLLian Ce FRan Caise w in TeR w aRm-UP!: s ix-week French classes at our c olchester and Montpelier locations. Designed to refresh, review and firm up your skills, readying you for your next full-term class. Just $135 per course starting January 16 (Montpelier) and January 18 and during the following week (c olchester). Descriptions and signup at Placement or other questions? c ontact Micheline. Cost: $135 /. Location: Alliance Francaise Center, see website for addresses. Info: 8818826, bonjo UR! FRenCH CLasses: French classes: Pre-K FRaRT!, after-s chool Youth & adult evening & Morning. s tudy 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!” c all with any questions, Winter session classes start Feb 3. Check website for details & to register. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 233-7676,, LeaRn sPanis H & oPen new Doo Rs: c onnect with a new world. We provide high-quality affordable instruction in the s panish language for adults, students and children. Traveler’s lesson package. Our eighth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. s mall classes, private lessons and online instruction. s ee our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,,

martial arts aiki Do: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. c lasses are taught by Benjamin Pincus s ensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome. Visit our new website

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. Info: 660-4072,,


at Adult introductory classes begin on Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m.; children ages 7-12, 4 p.m.; ages 5-6 kids classes begin Jan. 2, 4 p.m. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington . Info: 951-8900. aiki Do 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. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, aiki Do in baLan Ce: l earn 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. Info: Aikido in Balance, tyler crandall, 598-9204,, Comba T FiTness maRTia L aRTs: c ombat 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, Winooski. Info: Combat Fitness LLP, Vincent Guy, 655-5425,, VeRmon T bRaZiLian ji Uji TsU: 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

inTRoDUCTion To Zen: This workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. c all for more info or register online. Sat. Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (please arrive at 8:45 a.m.). Cost: $30 /half-day workshop; limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746,, 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. Meditation instruction avail. s un. mornings, 9 a.m.noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. The s hambhala c afe meets first s at. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. an open house occurs third Fri. of each. month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center , 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

photography aCCess CameRa CLasses in Hinesb URg aT CVU HigH sCHoo L: 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. Info: 482-7194, aDobe LigHTRoom boo TCamP: 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. Feb. 15. Cost: $195 /1-day workshop. Location: Green Mountain Photographic

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Workshops, central Vermont TBA. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, Kurt Budliger, 223-4022, info@, Photosho P h el 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. Info: 355-3794.

poetry Wednesday Worksho Ps: s undog Poetry c enter, llc , presents Wednesday Workshops. For readers, writers and those just curious about poetry. January 15: Introduction to Poetry; January 22: Do You Haiku?; January 29: Reading (and Writing) Robert Frost. Wed. starting Jan. 15. Cost: $20 /2-hour workshop. Location: Sundog Poetry Center, LLC, 197 Higgins Run, Jeffersonville. Info: Sundog Poetry Center, LLC, Tamra Higgins, 598-0340,,

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yang- style t ai Chi: 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. Info: 735-5465,

shamanism introdu Ction to shamanism: l earn how to journey into the spirit realms where you will meet powerfully compassionate and intelligent spirit guides, teachers and healers. The session will include an introduction to the practice of shamanic divination and an overview of shamanic healing. Saturday, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $85 /7.5-hr. class. Location: Shaman’s Flame office, 644 Log Town Road, East Calais. Info: Shaman’s Flame, Peter Clark, 456-8735, peterclark13@,

spirituality t ou Ch dra Wing: Touch drawing is a form of printmaking that involves using the hands to draw and paint. The connection of fingers to the paper offers us a direct relationship to the soul. In this two-day workshop, you will have the time and space to create a series of touch drawings. Jan. 25. Feb. 1. Cost: $35 /2 3-hour classes. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: JourneyWorks, Jennie Kristel, 860-6203,,

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Play BaCk t heater: 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. 22, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $40 / person. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 N. Ave., Burlington. Info: 860-6203, jkristel161@hotmail. com,

Brave neW Worlds: Bill s chubart is the author of several books and writes about Vermont in fiction, humor and opinion pieces. He will discuss/answer questions about the relative merits of seeking discovery by traditional publishers or seizing the bull by the horns and self-publishing. He will be explicit about costs, services and challenges. Wed., Jan. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $30 /1.5-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@, delights and shado Ws: “Delights and s hadows” with Poet Danielle 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. Thu. beginning Jan. 28. Cost: $150 /6 classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of VT, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, novel Writing Worksho P: Recommended for aspiring novelists who have completed at least 35,000 words of a novel and wish to move the manuscript toward a final draft. Participants will learn and apply the writing techniques of the commercially successful author. c lasses consist of lecture, writing exercises and small-group critique. Tue., 6-9 p.m. Runs Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25, & Mar. 4. Cost: $300 /6-week course. Location: Renegade Writers’ Collective, 47 Maple St., suite 220, Burlington. Info: Renegade Writers’ Collective, Jessica Nelson, 267-467-2812,,

Writing miCro memoirs: Flash fiction as a short form also works well for memoir and nonfiction. Writing short-short pieces can give a laser focus on the most important aspects of your story and highlight key people and events. explore how short, intense busts of writing illuminate the larger truths of our lives. Thu., beginning Jan. 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $150 /6 classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com,

yoga Burlington h ot yoga, t ry something different!: 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

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. Info: 864-9642, h onest yoga, t he only dedi Cated h ot yoga f lo 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. Info: 497-0136,, l aughing r iver 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. Classes 7 days a week. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, yoga r oots: 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! Jan. 18, Yoga ROOTS Kids w/ Nic Tuff; Jan. 21, Free Tuesday Night Topics & Tea “Pelvic Health Before and After Baby” w/Katie DeCarolis; Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, “Living, Loving & Lighting UP!” w/Dr. Maria Sirois. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090,


f inding Calm amid the Chaos: h oW to Be h aPPy and stress f ree desPite massive Change: l earn both practical and fun ways to navigate transition and change in this course that teaches you how to manage stress well. l ed by c ornelia Ward, consultant, coach and author of a book on stress reduction soon to be published.



soCial media: t ools for 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 Road, Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com,

spa yoga experience. Get hot: 1st visit 2-for-1 offer, $15. 1-hr. classes on Mon. at 5 & 6:15 p.m.; Wed. & Fri.: 5 p.m.; Thu.: noon & 5:30 p.m.; Sat.: 8:30 & 10 a.m.; Sun.: 10 a.m. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. Info: 999-9963,


What is orthodoxy?: This look at the central tenets of the Greek Orthodox c hurch will explore how one of the oldest branches of c hristianity resonates deeply in the world today. Informed by a video series featuring theological thinkers,

snake- style t ai Chi Chuan: The Yang s nake s tyle is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902,

aCCess Classes in hines Burg at Cvu high sChool : 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. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access/.

Performan Ce Writing: Join local actress, drama teacher and writer alexandra Hudson in a day of creative writing for the stage. Take creative risks through games and play to help create characters, scenes, monologues and dialogue for the stage. Be brave, and make the magic of theater come alive on the page. Sat., Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $75 /5-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com,


Blissful Wellness Center: Reiki 2, Jan. 19, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Reiki s hare, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Blissful Wellness Center, Essex Jct. Info: Linda Rock, 238-9540,

natural sCien Ce for h er Balists: Gain a rich and nuanced understanding of nature in this short-course with Guido Masé. s tarting at string theory and ending at the cell, participants will learn about ions and molecules, reactions, fluid balance and osmosis using simple, practical experiments. This is a perfect foundation for understanding the science behind how and why herbal medicine works. Feb. 15 &16 & Mar. 1 & 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $280 /person; $30 deposit, preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100, info@vtherbcenter. org,

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Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $30 /person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

Qigong: Qigong is the graceful and transformative c hinese energy Medicine practice that connects us with the mysteries of life and flow of nature. c omprising symbolic movements, breath work, visualizations, self-massage and meditation, Qigong reduces stress, increases vitality, improves circulation, and strengthens your mind-body connection, thereby enhancing overall health. 6-week series, Tue., 1:152:15 p.m. starting Jan. 28. Cost: $95 /6 1-hour classes. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info:, Anandi Anderson, 518-528-9958, aanderson@newwayofhealth. com,

the free class will tackle topics from contemporary family life to the environment. Every Sat. for 10 weeks starting Jan. 11, 10-11 a.m. 1-hour class. Location: Dormition Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, 600 S. Willard St., Burlington. Info: Dormition Greek Orthodox Church, Father Ephraim Ehrs, 862-2155, frephraimehrs@mail.,



‘I Claim the Blues’ Blues man Guy Davis talks about music, acting and his formative years in Vermont BY D AN BO L L E S



SEVEN DAYS: You have a signifi cant connection to Vermont. You went to summer camp here, correct? GUY DAVIS: Oh, yes. That was decades ago. A summer camp called Killooleet. I can only spell it if I sing the song. I can’t spell it straight out. I went f rom the ages of 8 to about 13. But that’s where I fi rst saw good friends with Utah Phillips. And when hands-on guitar playing and fi ve-string he asked if I would play the folk festival, I banjo playing. told him yes, but that he had to pay me one dollar less than he paid Utah. SD: And Pete Seeger’s brother ran the camp, right? SD:You’ve pursued acting alongside GD: Yes, Pete’s brother, John. He was the your music career. What were some of head of the camp. your acting highlights? GD: Oh, let’s see. I was in a movie called SD: And you have a connection to [VerBeat Street in the ’80s. And I was on the mont folk singer] Rik Palieri? soap opera “One Life to Live.” GD: I’ve known him f or years. I met him through Pete Seeger back in 1976 in New SD: Wait … really? Jersey. We were in a group together GD: [laughs] Yes. I played a doctor. called the Sloop Singers. Since that time, I’ve known him mostly through Pete and SD: Well, of course. through gatherings that had to do with the GD: Most of my acting has been onstage. Clearwater [Hudson River Sloop]. He had I’ve been in about fi ve di° erent theater me up in Vermont a few years ago for a gig companies. But the highlight of my acting at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival; I career has to do with a piece that I wrote stayed with Rik and his wife. He was very called The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In


uy Davis, 61, wears a lot of hats. He is a well-regarded actor, writer, composer and director. But fi rst and foremost, Davis is a blues man. Blues music and all its attendant traditions are at the core of everything Davis does, f rom writing and perf orming his own stage plays to recording each of his 15 albums, including his most recent, Juba Dance. That f eatures several Davis originals along with classic acoustic blues songs by seminal artists such as Blind Lemon Jeff erson and Bertha “Chippie” Hill, among others. Davis’ versions of songs such as “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” and “Some Cold Rainy Day” help to draw a line f rom early acoustic blues music and his own works, collectively illustrating why Davis is widely regarded as a torchbearer for both blues tradition and innovation. In advance of his show at the Tunbridge Town Hall this Sunday, January 19, as part of the ongoing MountainFolk Concert series, Seven Days spoke with Davis by phone, one day after he gave a concert at a North Carolina prison.

SD: You just performed at a prison in North Carolina. How did it go? GD: It went well. There were about 200 prisoners there from a population of about 400. It was a good thing, if only for me to be able to let them know that I care. I think SCA they appreciated it.

WITH SD: Why was playing a prison important SEE to you? GD: It’s important because these people are shut away f rom society, regardless of what they have or have not done. There are certain things that are very human that I’m trying to appeal to. I’m hoping that people come away f rom my shows f eeling good, uplifted in some way, and feeling that whatever need to stand up is in me, they have the same creative spirit in them. I may have more musical skills or performing skills, but those are malleable. You can get more, you can get less. But there is a creative spirit that lives in all of us. And I want those folks to see that, because they might need to see it more than anyone.



Bed with the Blues. It’s the story of a hobo. And he sits on a porch, drinking cider or beer, telling stories, tall tales. The most signifi cant story is how he leaves home and fi nds a hobo camp and how it changes his life. But it can be presented in a lot of di° erent ways — one act, several acts. It’s breathable, it expands and contracts.

SD: On your latest record, Juba Dance, you paired your original songs with some classic old blues tunes. How did you decide which covers fi t best alongside your own music? GD: I approached the record very freely. I don’t constrain myself, I just do what feels good. So some of those songs were ones that I loved but maybe had never dared to do before, like “Some Cold Rainy Day” and “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” I want the world to hear me doing them, to a degree. But really I want enough of the quality of the song itself to come through so that someone might say, “Well, how does Blind Lemon Je° erson sound when he sings it?” “How does Bertha ‘Chippie’ Hill sound when she sings ‘Some Cold Rainy Day?’” So I think that me placing covers alongside my own music tells people that I claim the blues. I’ve decided I don’t need to ask anyone’s permission to put my songs with older, maybe even classic songs. I just hope it works. 

INFO Guy Davis, Sunday, January 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Tunbridge Town Hall, as part of the MountainFolk Concert Series. $15/20. AA.



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At the start of a new year, it’s become tradition in this column to gaze ahead at the calendar and make some generally silly predictions about the year to come in local music. Typically, that piece would run in the first column of the year. But due to the circumstances and tone of last week’s issue — a memoriam for Andy “dJ A-dog” WilliAms — it seemed crass to run it then. So here is a slightly abridged version of that column, in which we again gaze into the crystal disco ball to see what 2014 has in store. As always, these predictions are not to be taken seriously. After all, in the seven years we’ve been making them, not a single one has come true. After Phish front man Trey AnAsTAsio successfully lobbied the Seattle Seahawks to play the band’s song “Wilson” at Seahawks home games throughout the 2013 NFL season — an homage to phenom quarterback russell Wilson, for the non-sports inclined — a number of NFL teams follow suit in 2014, using songs written by bands with strong Vermont ties to pump up home crowds. In Minnesota, the Vikings use gogol Bordello’s “Start Wearing Purple” to introduce the violet-clad team. In San Francisco, the 49ers blast grAce PoTTer & The nocTurnAls’ “Sweet Hands” every time receiver michAel crABTree — a player famous for his incredible hands

— catches a touchdown pass. Across the bay in Oakland’s Black Hole, neko cAse’s “Wild Creatures” becomes the anthem for the especially crazy sect of Raiders fans — and her song “Bracing for Sunday” is used in a run of general NFL marketing campaigns. JAmes kochAlkA suPersTAr’s “Spread Your Evil Wings and Fly” becomes a hit at Philadelphia Eagles games — and at Finnigan’s Pub on College Street in Burlington every Sunday afternoon. In a related story, during Super Bowl week in New York City, Wilson is seen at a party with Phish on the Bud Light Hotel cruise ship. In a shocking development, the normally clean-cut star QB fails a drug test mere days before the game and is not allowed to play. Seattle goes on to lose the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos, 34-3. Wilson never returns to football and spends the next five years following Phish. The trend of local bands performing album-tribute shows continues, growing exponentially in popularity with Queen City audiences. By July, it’s discovered that Burlington bands have covered every single album in existence, threatening to throw the entire scene into chaos when bands are forced to

play their own music again and onceeager crowds dry up to pre-tribute-era levels — save for Tim leWis, who still manages to go to every show in town, despite all generally accepted laws of physics. In a twist of marketing brilliance, sWAle bill the release show for their new album as “Swell: A Tribute to Swale.” The show is moved from Radio Bean to the Higher Ground Ballroom, where the band plays a three-night run to accommodate the massive crowds. By tricking audiences into thinking they are watching a tribute act, Swell becomes the city’s most popular band, just edging out another beloved local group, WAilin’ sPud. Following the unexpected success of his new lamp shop, lee Anderson buys the remaining storefronts and apartments in the North Winooski Avenue building that houses the lamp shop, Radio Bean and ¡Duino! (Duende). Filled with galleries, bars and stages, the building essentially becomes an enormous adult playground that locals refer to as “Andersonville.” Waking Windows 4 in Winooski becomes the highest-grossing music festival in Vermont, out-drawing even the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Not that BDJF organizers are upset, having enjoyed one of their best years to date — perhaps in part to yet another provocative BDJF tagline: “OK, smart guy. You tell us what jazz really is!” WW4’s success is due to the novelty of using a city’s entire downtown as a concert venue, which attracts international press and the interest of major indie acts, many of which are on the bill for a landmark, festival-closing concert held in the park thingie at the center of the city’s roundabout. Finally, following the success of the first Andy Williams Day, August 30 is declared an annual, citywide holiday in Burlington. On that day every year, skateboarding is made legal in all public spaces — as is smoking weed … unofficially, anyway — and amazing concerts take place all along Church Street, culminating in a massive DJ battle at the end of the day. In front


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Artsriot: meklit, Quiet Lion, plato Ears (world music, pop), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA.

Moog's PlACE: Big John (rock), 8 p.m., free.

Club MEtronoME: Drop it with DJ Drew and J DuBz (EDm), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

PiECAsso: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

bEE's knEEs: Danny Ricky cole (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

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thE DAily PlAnEt: charlie hilbert (blues), 8 p.m., free. FrAnny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. hAlFloungE: Wanted Wednesday with DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. 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 Quintet (Latin jazz), 8 p.m., free.

PArkEr PiE Co.: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


MonoPolE: Open mic, 8 p.m., free. oliVE riDlEy's: Open mic, 6 p.m., free.


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lEunig's bistro & CAFé: Dan Liptak trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

Club MEtronoME: Lyngustic civilians present Judah priest, Dizzy Disaster (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5/7. 18+.

MAnhAttAn PizzA & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., free.

thE DAily PlAnEt: trio Gusto (parisian jazz), 8 p.m., free.

MonkEy housE: Binger, Joshua Glass (jam), 8:30 p.m., free.

Dobrá tEA: Robert Resnik (folk), 7 p.m., free.

nECtAr's: What a Joke! comedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., free. mother Falcon, And the Kids (Radiohead tribute, chamber pop), 9:30 p.m., $8. 18+. on tAP bAr & grill: chad hollister (rock), 7 p.m., free. rADio bEAn: myra Flynn (neo-soul), 7 p.m., free. irish sessions, 8 p.m., free. This time stars (screamo), 11 p.m., free. rED squArE: Jake Whitesell trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. skinny PAnCAkE: Josh panda's Acoustic soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.


bAgitos: papa Greybeard (blues), 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. Open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free. WhAMMy bAr: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., free.



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51 MAin: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., free. City liMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., free. on thE risE bAkEry: Doug perkins (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., donation. tWo brothErs tAVErn: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

FrAnny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.


hAlFloungE: half & half comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. highEr grounD shoWCAsE loungE: The Alternate Routes, Thomas John cadrin (rock), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. MAnhAttAn PizzA & Pub: hot Waxxx with Justcaus & pen West (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., free.

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MonkEy housE: This time stars Fall (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5. nECtAr's: trivia mania with top hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. Flabberghaster, Great Blue (jam), 9:30 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. o'briEn's irish Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., free. on tAP bAr & grill: Bob macKenzie Blues Band, 7 p.m., free. PizzA bArrio : Juliana Just costa (singersongwriter), 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: Rick Redington and the Luv (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. rED squArE bluE rooM: DJ Reign One (house), 10 p.m., free. skinny PAnCAkE: town mountain (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $8/10.


ChArliE o's: DJ crucible (metal), 10 p.m., free. sWEEt MElissA's: The hubcats (blues), 8 p.m., free.

Brass Balls On their latest record, Brass, Knoxville’s

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the hoary sonic layers of their earlier albums and deliver a sharply focused work. While the band’s sound is noticeably leaner, the key underlying elements of its appeal remain

SCAN and-roll swagger. The band plays ArtsRiot in Burlington on Wednesday, January 22,TO LIS TRAC with SoCal rockers bAD suns and locals biblE CAMP slEEPoVEr. intact, including chewy hooks, charmingly disaffected lyricism and charismatic rock-

WhAMMy bAr: poetry slam with Geoff hewitt, 7:30 p.m., free.

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City liMits: trivia with top hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. on thE risE bAkEry: Gabe Jarrett (jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation. tWo brothErs tAVErn: DJ Third culture (EDm), 10 p.m., free.


bEE's knEEs: Bruce Jones (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. broWn's MArkEt bistro: The Wall-stiles (folk), 6:30 p.m., free.

SCAN HER TO LISTEN T Moog's PlACE: Open mic, 8:30 p.m., free. TRACK thE hub PizzEriA & Pub: Dinner Jazz with Fabian Rainville, 6:30 p.m., free. Open mic, 9 p.m., free.

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some PBR&B slow jamz, it might sound something like PE’s “Cobra,” for example. You can catch Plato Ears at Nectar’s every Monday this month, and at ArtsRiot on Wednesday, January 15, with MEKLIT and QUIET LION.


In case you couldn’t tell from the previous 900 words of, er, creative writing, it’s a slow week on the local music front. It’s just that time of year. But a few notable happenings this week bear mentioning… First up, this Friday, January 17, we have the debut of a new open-mic-ish series in the basement of the Goddard College library dubbed Word!Craft. The brainchild of MC MYCELIUM, the series will feature a mix of spoken word, poetry and hip-hop, including a freestyle cypher. The series will take place on the third Friday of each month and will change venues each time. The inaugural edition will be broadcast on Goddard’s WGDR radio station.


Last but not least, Stowe has had a SUNDAY 1/19 BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SCRAMBLE! notable live-music void since the 12PM • EVERY SUNDAY (BURL) Rusty Nail shut its doors about a year OPEN IMPROV COMEDY JAM! ago — which may or may not have had 7PM • EVERY SUNDAY (BURL) something to do with a rather notorious KAREN KRAJACIC 6PM (MONT) incident involving local punk band SPIT JACK, whiskey, violence and vomit. After MONDAY 1/20 KIDZ MUSIC WITH RAPHAEL! consulting with the 7D legal team, let’s 11AM • EVERY MONDAY (BURL) say “not.” Anyway, recently a new Rusty Nail Facebook profile appeared, teasing followers with possible music acts they’d like to see, names that ranged 60 Lake St, Burlington 540-0188 from locals such as the EAMES BROTHERS BAND to superstars such as MOS DEF. That 89 Main Street, Montpelier 262-CAKE raises the obvious question: Is the Rusty Burlington International Airport Nail reopening? As reported in this week’s Food News by CORIN HIRSCH, the answer is yes. (See page 41.) The Rusty Nail is 8v-skinnypancake011514.indd 1 1/14/14 1:34 PM scheduled to open again under new ownership by Presidents’ Day weekend. And yes, the owners plan to have a healthy live-music schedule, though whether the Mighty Mos will be gracing VT remains to be seen. However, he is tight with DEATH and ROUGH FRANCIS, so you never know. In the meantime, Rusty Nail dudes, I do have Spit Jack’s number if you need it. 



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Moving on, MARK DALY (ex-CHAMBERLIN) has a new musical outlet he’s calling PLATO EARS. In a recent email, Daly writes that his latest venture fuses classic soul samples with danceable electro beats, while taking cues from the likes of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, MIGUEL, BON IVER, FLEET FOXES and RADIOHEAD. In other words, every hip sound that’s ever been hip. Perusing PE’s Soundcloud page bears out that notion. If JUSTIN VERNON got together with STARFUCKER to make


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MONOPOLE: The Snacks (rock), 10 p.m., free.

GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

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MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Gary Peacock (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., free.

HOSTEL TEVERE: The Usual Suspects (blues), 9:30 p.m., free.


THERAPY: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYCE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., free. Blue Fox & the Rockin' Daddies (blues), 9 p.m., free.

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CLUB METRONOME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Martin Sexton, the Sweet Remains (singer-songwriter, rock), 7:30 p.m., $25. AA. M .CO


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EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Papa Greybeard (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.

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CHARLIE O'S: Boomslang, No Humans Allowed, the Aztext (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Audrey Bernstein (jazz), 8 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: House Jawn (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Red Baraat, Otis Grove (world fusion), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: King Me (rock), 5 p.m., free. Smokin Gun (rock), 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Kid's Music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick, 11 a.m., free. Matteo Palmer (fingerstyle guitar), 7 p.m., free. Doctor Sailor (indie), 8 p.m., free. Iris Downey & Colin Lenox (jazz-pop), 9:30 p.m., free. Vedora (rock), 11 p.m., free. Funkwagon, 12:30 a.m., free.

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Cats Under the Stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 8 p.m., $15. WHAMMY BAR: Granite Junction (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free.

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51 MAIN: Afinque (Latin jazz), 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with Top Hat Entertainment (Top 40), 9 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Buckshot (rock), 7:30 p.m., donation.


BEE'S KNEES: The Glass Project (jazz-pop), 7:30 p.m., donation. MATTERHORN: Wolfpack (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG'S PLACE: Abby Sherman (singersongwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 9 p.m., free. PARKER PIE CO.: Celtic Acoustic Sessions, 6 p.m., free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE: Ellen Powell Trio (jazz), 5 p.m., free. The Burritos (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

MONOPOLE: Universal Transit (rock), 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Mixx (EDM), 9 p.m., $5.

THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Ashley Koller & Liz Chaskey (folk), 5 p.m., free. Power Stallion (rock), 10 p.m., NA.

RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., free.

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Pete Sutherland with the Young Tradition Vermont Singers, Farmland: The School Songs Project (EPACT RECORDINGS, CD)

After more than four decades spent making music with everyone from the Arm and Hammer String Band to the Clayfoot Strutters, Vermont folk music icon Pete Sutherland has given us a bona fi de musical jackpot on his new CD, Farmland: The School Songs Project. In addition to years of playing and producing acoustic music hither and yon, Sutherland has spent many fruitful hours teaching songwriting workshops and making folk music more accessible for youngsters. Collaborating with the Young Tradition Vermont Singers, Sutherland has distilled his talent for writing catchy songs about Vermont and his genius for inspiring young musicians into a collection of 10 originals. They could provide the core of outstanding elementary school music classes. °° There would be a lot to learn in those classes. Who knew that Monkton — Sutherland’s hometown — had a thriving industry in the mid-20th century of mining kaolin, aka china clay, a fi ne-grained white clay used for everything from whitening paper to formulating Kaopectate? Or that Washington, Vt. — just south of Barre on Route 110 — was visited by a tornado in May 2009? Or that Richard Cote, a relative of one of the kids in a Sutherland songwriting class, was saved

from going over Niagara Falls when his wedding ring miraculously caught on a nail?° A wealth of interesting and fun facts leap around in the songs on this collection, imbued with the wonder and excitement of the kids who worked with Sutherland to make them. The cherry on top of this musical sundae would be the CD’s title track and “Pepper Road,” two songs that glorify and celebrate the diminishing population of farmers and others in rural Vermont.°The songs are poignant, graced with Sutherland’s minimalist accompaniment on guitar, banjo or mandolin and the kids singing along on some of the refrains. This lovely collection is already a shoo-in for my vote as one of the very best Vermont recordings of 2014. Pete Sutherland and members of Young Tradition Vermont will perform at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne on Saturday, January 18. All proceeds from the sale of Farmland will go toward the costs of the group’s music-oriented trip to Northumberland later this year. ROBERT RESNIK







Palmer speaks volumes about the young musician’s talent. And the album says everything else. Through 50 minutes and 11 immaculately crafted instrumental compositions, Palmer’s near virtuosic skill is on display. If you can fi nd a sour note, a clam or fl ub, you have better ears than mine — or Ackerman’s.


You could be forgiven if you’ve never heard of fi ngerstyle guitarist Matteo Palmer. Outside of his classmates at Vergennes Union High School, few have. Well, aside from Will Ackerman, that is. Ackerman is the founder of Windham Hill Records, otherwise known as the most infl uential new-age record label on the planet. When he was a VUHS sophomore, Palmer, now 17, reached out to Ackerman, who lives in Dummerston, about playing a concert Palmer was coordinating to benefi t the Vergennes Opera House. Ackerman agreed to play. At the show, he heard Palmer perform for the fi rst time and presumably had the same reaction that anyone will who listens to the kid’s recently released debut album, Out of Nothing. To paraphrase: holy shit. The next day, Ackerman approached Palmer about mentoring the teenager through the recording process. As something of a guru in acoustic and newage circles, Ackerman is constantly approached by musicians seeking his guidance. For him to seek out

Palmer plays with equal measures of elegance and energy, delivering fl uid melody lines and hammering rich, percussive phrases that are stunning on a technical level. But virtuosity can be its own worst enemy sometimes. To that point, what is most remarkable SCAN THIS about Matteo Palmer is his sensitivity. Whether a WITH LAYAR result of Ackerman’s teaching or his own maturity, SEE PROGR Palmer performs with a sense of humility and grace that might be the envy of many players two and three times his age. He is delicate and precise, his tone pure and beautiful. Every note he plays, every tap of the fret board, every bend of a string, every ringing harmonic, is employed only in service to his ethereal and evocative compositions. The result is a rich tapestry of sound that’s both soothing and thrilling, and an album that signals the arrival of a brilliant young Vermont talent. Out of Nothing by Matteo Palmer is available at Palmer plays Radio Bean in Burlington on Friday, January 17. SEVENDAYSVT.COM

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Venue : s aturday Night mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $5. 18+.


BAgiToS: peter Farber (jazz), 11 a.m., donation. irish s essions, 2 p.m., free. The Wall-s tiles (folk), 6 p.m., donation. cHArlie o'S: Dance party, 10 p.m., free.

to the brink of international stardom. In the coming year he’s slated to bring his hard-charging, genre-smashing beats to some of the biggest clubs and festivals on the planet. But bef ore he does, Butch headlines the next installment of Sunday Night Mass at Club Metronome in Burlington on Sunday, January 19, with support from Montréal’s greg Pidcock .


THe HuB Pizzeri A & PuB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. MATTer Horn : Live music, 4 p.m., free. s eth Yacovone Band (blues), 9 p.m., $5.

51 MAin : mint Julep (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

ciTy l iMiTS: Dance party with DJ Earl (t op 40), 9 p.m., free.


Bee'S kneeS: Granite Junction (americana), 7:30 p.m., donation.


BAgiToS: Eric Friedman (folk), 11 a.m., donation. Skinny P Anc Ake: Karen Krajacic (folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.

SCAN HERE TO LISTEN TO PArker Pie co.: Lespecial champlain valley (rock), 8 p.m., $5. TRACKS Hine SBurg H PuBlic Hou Se: Moog' S Pl Ace: Wiilie Edwards Blues Band, 9 p.m., free.


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Fr Anny o'S: Vermont's Got t alent Open mic, 8 p.m., free.

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THe r eSer Voir r eSTAur AnT & TAP r oo M: michelle s arah Band (funk), 10 p.m., free.

wHAMM y BAr : michael t . Jermyn and the aristocratic peasants (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.


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clu B MeTrono Me: s unday Night mass: Butch, Greg pidcock (EDm), 9 p.m., $12/15. 18+.

Swee T Meli SSA'S: andy pitt (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. The aerolites (rock), 9 p.m., free.


more than 100 releases to his credit in the last five years alone. And you thought

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s unday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free.


Bee'S kneeS: David Langevin (piano), 11 a.m., donation. alan Greenleaf & the Doctor (blues), 7:30 p.m., donation. Swee T crunc H BAke SHoP: t ed Lambert & s ergio (acoustic rock), 10:30 a.m., free.


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t equila project (funk), 10 p.m., free.

l eunig' S BiSTro & cAFé: c ody s argent (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Monkey Hou Se: The Royal Noise, s imple Ritual, s mooth antics (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5. 18+. Mon Ty'S old Brick T AVern : Open mic, 6 p.m., free.

Mon .20

HAl Flounge : Family Night (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

on TAP BAr & grill : t rivia with t op Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.

JP'S PuB: Dance Video Request Night with melody (dance), 10 p.m., free. MAnHATTA n Pizz A & PuB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

rA dio Be An: Lokum (t urkish gypsy), 6:30 p.m., free. Grup anwar (arabic), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky-t onk s essions, 10 p.m., $3.

necTAr' S: Family Night (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

r ed Squ Are : c raig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

on TAP BAr & grill : Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.


rA dio Be An: Eric Daniels (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Open mic, 9 p.m., free. r uBen JAMeS: Why Not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. Skinny P Anc Ake: Kids music with Raphael, 11 a.m., free.


cHArlie o'S: t rivia Night, 8 p.m., free.


Moog' S Pl Ace: s eth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., free.

r ed Squ Are : c olin c raig c ontinuum (jazz), 7 p.m., free. DJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

Moog' S Pl Ace: The Jason

Skinny P Anc Ake: Josh panda's

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Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free.

acoustic s oul Night, 8 p.m., Wedlock s how (rock), 8 p.m., free. SCAN PAGES $5-10 donation. PArker Pie co.: acoustic Fusion Jam, 7:30 p.m., free. IN THE MUSIC SECTION central Fr Anny o'S: Dawna Hammers BAgiToS: The people's c afé TO WATCH VIDEOS (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. (poetry), 6 p.m., donation. wed .22 ARTISTS HAl Flounge : Funkwagon's OF THE green Moun TAin TAVern : Ar TSr io T: Damian Jurado, anaïs mitchell, c ourtney marie (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $12. 18+.

necTAr' S: Gubbulidis (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. Dead s et: a month of Europe 1972 (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

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a.m., donation. Derek Burkins (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.

Ar TSr io T: Royal Bangs, Bad s uns, Bible c amp s leepover (indie), 8:30 p.m., $10. aa . clu B MeTrono Me: spa Gs & DJ Benefit present HOus E!party (EDm), 9 p.m., free. THe dAily Pl AneT: Queen c ity Hot c lub (gypsy jazz), 8 p.m., free. Fr Anny o'S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. HAl Flounge : Wanted Wednesday with DJ c raig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. HigHer ground B Allroo M: Lotus, marvel Years (live EDm), 9 p.m., $22/25/40. aa . JP'S PuB: pub Quiz with Dave (trivia), 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free. Juni Per AT HoTel Ver Mon T: amber deLaurentis t rio (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

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

l eunig' S BiSTro & cAFé: mike martin and Geoff Kim (parisian jazz), 7 p.m., free.

Skinny P Anc Ake: s heesham and Lotus (americana), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

MAnHATTA n Pizz A & PuB: Open mic with andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., free.

Swee T Meli SSA'S: Dan s tein (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Open mic, 7 p.m., free.

Monkey Hou Se: Binger, s quimley and the Woolens (jam), 8:30 p.m., free. 18+.

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necTAr' S: What a Joke! c omedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., free. Lerot Justice, c arraway (roots rock), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

Two Bro THer S TAVern : monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.


Bee'S kneeS: c hildren's s ing along with Lesley Grant, 10:30

on TAP BAr & grill : Nerbak Brothers (blues), 7 p.m., free. rA dio Be An: irish s essions, 8 p.m., free. Lotango (tango), 6:30 p.m., free.

Skinny P Anc Ake: Jay Ekis s aves Wednesday in montpelier (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. Swee T Meli SSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. c arrie c ook, pete Lind & D. Davis (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. wHAMM y BAr : Open mic, 6:30 p.m., free.

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ciTy l iMiTS: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., free. Two Bro THer S TAVern : t rivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


Bee'S kneeS: James t autkus (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation. Moog' S Pl Ace: John Daly t rio (acoustic), 8 p.m., free. PArker Pie co.: t rivia Night, 7 p.m., free. PiecASSo: t rivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


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“Observing Vermont Architecture,” Middlebury College Museum of Art

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ay the words “Vermont” and “architecture” together, and the image of a barn — say, Waitsfi eld’s Round Barn — may spring to mind. But what about the Canal Street School in Brattleboro, an elegant beaux-arts work f rom 1892 by McKim, Mead & White, who would complete their masterpiece, Manhattan’s old Penn Station, 18 years later? Or House II in Hardwick (1970), one of Peter Eisenman’s fi rst attempts at embodying architectural deconstructivism? Vermont is home to fi ne buildings of every major American style and era, and that is one of the pleasing insights of “Observing Vermont Architecture,” currently on view at Middlebury College Museum of Art. The modestly scaled exhibit includes 20 f ramed black-andwhite photos (only three feature barns) and a digital slideshow of 100 more notable examples of architecture around the state. “The place is a real revelation if you look at it closely,” said Salisbury resident Glenn Andres in the measured but enthused tones one might expect from a Midd professor of the history of art and architecture. Andres and his longtime collaborator, Calais-based photographer Curtis B. Johnson, jointly created the exhibit. The show is a tiny selection f rom a book project Andres and Johnson have been working on f or 20 years: Buildings of Vermont . The groundbreaking tome, detailing the signifi cance of 643 photographed examples of architecture statewide, is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press as part of its Buildings of the United States series. Both men have deep knowledge of local and general architectural history. Johnson, now a f ull-time photographer, was architectural historian at the Vermont Division f or Historic Preservation from 1983 to 2000, during which time he edited books on the historic architecture of Addison and Rutland counties. Andres has served since 1986 on the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation — the governor-appointed body that recommends properties for the National Register of Historic Places.


Johnson and Andres probably know more about Vermont’s built heritage than anyone. They started with the 40,000-odd structures listed in the state and f ederal historic registries, selected 900 through an agonizing culling process, then were forced to cut that number by nearly a third when UVA took over the series f rom Oxf ord University Press and introduced a new format. The fi nal choices were required to cover “every period and genre and every part of the state,” Andres said. For the f ar smaller exhibit, the men followed similar guidelines. A large, centrally mounted map of the state marked with each building’s location shows a fairly even distribution of red tabs. The f ramed photos are arranged in roughly chronological groupings of two or three buildings. These begin with Rockingham’s extraordinarily well-preserved meetinghouse, built between 1787 and 1801 by John Fuller, and end with Bennington College’s Crossett Library, an International Style award winner f rom 1959 designed by Pietro Belluschi, then dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Some of the selections are inevitable, such as Ammi B. Young’s 1838 classical statehouse in Montpelier and the 1885 Romanesque gem that is Henry Hobson Richardson’s Billings Library at the University of Vermont — two buildings widely viewed as the state’s most significant. Another unsurprising inclusion is Stra° ord’s Town House, a white-spired beauty completed in 1801 whose very presence makes it worthwhile to live in Vermont. The looped slideshow, with nonchronological categories such as “unusual and one-of-a-kind buildings” and “landmarks,” does hold surprises. One is auto-parts manufacturer Sonnax Industries’ 1997 postmodern facility in Rockingham, designed by Joseph Cincotta of the sustainability-oriented fi rm LineSync Architecture in Wilmington. On the exhibit’s opening day, Johnson explained his methodology. Architectural photography is an art in itself , and his crisp, closely cropped shots are



Above: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rutland At left: Crossett Library, Bennington College Photos by Curtis B. Johnson

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Abbie bowker : "w inter-Time," a selection of old and new prints inspired by vermont's winter landscape. Through January 29 at Brownell l ibrary in essex Junction. Info, 578-1968. AidAn Collins : The cartoon artist displays his work inspired by fantasy, adventure and superhero lore. Through January 25 at n orth end s tudio A in Burlington. Info, 863-6713.

'boldly P Atterned And subtly imAgined' : The 22nd annual winter group show highlights the work of painter/printmaker/book artist c arolyn 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 mer Cier : "escape," photography that represents adventures in the here and now. c urated by se ABA, including in adjacent ReTn offices. Through February 28 at vc AM s tudio in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. dj Ango Hul PHers : Influenced by "c alifornia 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 Herb vogel: Fi Fty w orks For FiFty st Ates' : w ork from the vogels' extensive collection by more than 20 artists, including c arel Balth, Judy Rifka, pat s teir and Richard Tuttle; 'eAt : tH e soCiAl 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, UvM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. 'Five elements' : 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. jAC kson t uPPer : "o h Um Ah," paintings by the vermont artist. Through January 28 at n ew c ity Galerie in Burlington. Info, 735-2542. j oHAnne duro CHer yord An: Multimedia collage-paintings by the Burlington artist. Through January 31 at vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 355-5418. j oHn dougl As: "Unreal and Real Images," 40 prints of recent photography and computergenerated images. Through February 1 at l ake and c ollege Building in Burlington. Info, jdouglas@ 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 c enter, in Burlington. Info, 652-4500. 'lA rge w orks' : Artists display works between three and 15 feet in size in this annual exhibition. Through January 31 at s oda plant in Burlington. Info,

r iCH Fedor CHAk, gAlen CHeney, gil sCullion And enri Co r iley : c ollege, assemblage and films by Fedorchak; large-scale, abstract paintings by c heney; an installation titled "The l ate, l ate s how" by s cullion; and pastels and paintings by Riley. January 17 through February 14 at AvA Gallery and Art c enter in l ebanon, n .h . Reception: Friday, January 17, 5-7 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117.

'mAking An imPression: v ermont Printm Akers' : 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. January 18 through March 9 at c handler Gallery in Randolph. Reception:

l oCAl Artist grou P sHow : paintings by c arl Rubino, Jane Ann Kantor, Kim s enior, Kristine s lattery, Maria Del c astillo, philip h agopian and vanessa c ompton 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. c urated by se ABA. Through February 28 at Innovation c enter of vermont in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. l ydi A l ittwin : "Blind c ontours," works drawn from memory, or from direct observation, with eyes closed. c urated 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. nAnCy t omCz Ak: Avian watercolor paintings by the local artist and ornithologist. c urated by se ABA. Through February 28 at s peeder & earl's (pine s treet) in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. nikki lA xAr : w atercolor illustrations and prints. Through January 31 at Red s quare in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. r iki moss & jA net vAn Fleet : "parade: A c ollaboration," 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, migration, ethnicity and death. Through February 7 at l iving/l earning c enter, UvM in Burlington. Info, 372-4182. 'r oAdside Pi Cni C': 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. 'smAll w orks' : 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. Gallery in Burlington. Info, steve H Adek A: "Riffing on the Modern Birdhouse," avian architecture in a variety of midcentury styles. Through January 31 at penny c luse c afe in Burlington. Info, 318-0109.

Ale C Frost : "h ouses, Barns and Bridges of Tunbridge," a selection of photographs by the retired local architect. January 17 through March 17 at Tunbridge public l ibrary. Reception: s unday, January 19, 2-4 p.m. Info, 889-9404. CHris ste Arns : l andscape photographs printed on sheets of aluminum by the Morrisville artist. January 17 through February 1 at Axel's Frameshop in w aterbury. Reception: Friday, January 17, 6-8 p.m.

strengt H in numbers : "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 at Mezzanine Balcony, Fletcher Free l ibrary in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. studio 266 grou P exHibition : 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. sue mowrer Ad Amson : "Monsters, o wls and Zombie Bunnies … o h My!" funky, colorful prints in frames or on wood bases. Through February 15 at c hop s hop in Burlington. Info, 233-6473. 'tH e lA bels For l ibAtions r oAd sHow' : 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 c enter in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. vermont wAter Color 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.


'1864: some suFFer so muCH': w ith objects, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit examines surgeons who treated c ivil 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 c enter, n orwich University, in n orthfield. Info, 485-2183. budd Hist tHA ngk As: Beautiful scrolls by various artists from n epal and India are for sale, to benefit the nonprofit c hild h aven International. Through January 31 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Info, 223-0043. 'eArt H As muse: beAuty, degr AdAtion, Ho Pe, r egener Ation, Aw Akening' : 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. cen TRAl v T shows


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“o bserving vermont Architecture” at Middlebury college Museum of Art, through March 23. exhibit photographer curtis B. Johnson gives an illustrated lecture and gallery talk, “photographing vermont’s Architecture,” on Thursday, January 23, 4:30 p.m. in Mahaney Room 125.

bArb Ar A k wAters : An exhibit of mono prints in various styles by the local artist. Through January 31 at n ew Moon c afé in Burlington. Info, 383-1505.

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j oHn bisbee : "n ew Blooms," floral-inspired steel sculptures, including a field of steel flowers made from nails, by the Maine artist. January 18 through May 26 at pizzagalli c enter for Art and education, s helburne Museum. Reception: Friday, January 17, 7-9 p.m. Info, 985-0881.



'Ali Ce's w onderl And: A most Curious Adventure' : A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic l ewis c arroll tale. January 18 through May 11 at echo l ake Aquarium and s cience c enter/l eahy c enter for l ake c hamplain in Burlington. Info, 864-1848.

n iCole mAndeville : "l ightscapes," acrylic paintings that explore light, shadow and perspective. January 16 through February 12 at east s hore vineyard Tasting Room in Burlington. Reception: s unday, January 19, 3-5 p.m. Info, 859-9463.

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Al sAlzm An: "s ubversive," paintings and drawings. Through January 17 at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Info, 540-0406.

w inter Art mArt : l ocal 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, Brandon. Info, 247-4295.

r egis Cummings : "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 o ffice Gallery in Montpelier. Reception: w ednesday, January 22, 3-4:30 p.m. Info, 828-0749.

stunning. Taken with a D800 Nikon, they capture each building at the time of day and in the weather that best expose its architectural details. “A little earlier — say, 20 minutes — and you wouldn’t have gotten this depth,” Johnson said, pointing to the precisely shadowed French Sec ond Empire detailing on the Morgan Horse Farm Barn in Weybridge (Clinton G. Smith, 1878), which he shot on a sunny day. A building in Canaan’s Alice M. Ward Memorial Library re quired multiple trips and a 20-mil limeter lens to minimize the library’s lawn sign and show off its exemplary second-story recessed arch. Johnson took all-new digital pho tographs f or the exhibit owing to his publisher’s copyright restrictions, though many early originals in the project are on film. He handled the project’s logistics and f ocused on ag ricultural and vernacular buildings; Andres covered those in architectural high styles. “Observing Vermont Architecture” makes it clear why the National Trust f or Historic Preservation twice de clared Vermont the only state to be a “national historic treasure.” That happened most recently in 2004, noted Andres, in response to Walmart’s ef fort to build 11 new stores in the state. The exhibit will likely inspire viewers to embark on Vermont road trips — past some key barns, yes, but also a host of churches, university buildings, town meetinghouses and private residences. In Stowe, for example, a 1938 ski lodge off the Mountain Road called the Hob Nob, designed by Royal Barry Wills in a rustic modernist style, set the image of the ski industry f or half a century.

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Healing arts for Women exHibit: The monthly support group is open to women who have suffered from trauma or abuse. Five members, Jenny harriman, lauren wilder, Tracy penfield, and Anne and Mitch Beck, show artworks in a variety of media. Through February 3 at Royalton Memorial library in south Royalton. Info, 763-7094. Holiday sHoW: small works by artist members in a variety of printmaking media. Through January 31 at Two Rivers printmaking studio in white River Junction. Info, 295-5901. 'interpreting tHe interstates': compiling photographs from state archives taken between 1958 and 1978, the landscape change program at the University 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 history Museum in Montpelier. Info, 479-8500. 'JUiCe bar' Winter sHoW: The annual rotating members' show features works by virginia Beahan, laura Mcphee, Jessica straus, Kirsten hoving and Richard e. smith. Through April 5 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. JaniCe Walrafen: "Grief and praise," decorative clay masks created by the artist in reflection of a seven-day walk-about fast in Arizona. Through January 21 at contemporary Dance & Fitness studio in Montpelier. Info, 223-1242. Joan Hoffman: oil and watercolor impressionist paintings en plain air, and paintings of birds. Through February 19 at chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 728-9878. 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.

'sHared landsCape': 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@

Joan Hoffmann South Royalton artist Joan Hoffmann’s cheerfully impressionistic, color-saturated oil and watercolor

“adventure paintings” of birds and open landscapes seem to draw equally from her background in bold Asian brushwork and her enthusiasm for painting en plein air. “I am integrally connected to the landscape by painting, teaching and preserving the wild places I explore,” the painter and educator writes on her website. The Chandler Downstairs Gallery in Randolph is exhibiting a collection of Hoffman’s paintings through February 19 and will hold a reception on February 8. Hoffman, who has taught painting classes around the country, will give an informal lecture on the history of American landscape painting. Pictured: “Covered Bridge.”

John Bisbee: New Blooms


rUddy roye: "Telling stories," an exhibit of selected images by the Brooklyn-based photographer and self-described "Instagram Activist," in conjunction with a weeklong residency at the college. January 21 through February 14 at Feick Fine Arts center, Green Mountain college, in poultney. Info, 287-8398.

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New work by John Bisbee. The Maine sculptor transforms everyday nails into works of art by manipulating individual spikes and welding them for the finished form. Reception with the artist, Friday, Jan. 17, 7-9 pm, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. New Blooms is made possible by a gift from Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic.

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Call to artists   art for the 99% Submit your original work, prints, drawings, posters or photographs under $50 by February 18. The 99 Gallery and Center,, 323-9013. arts Walk artists Wanted The Middlebury Arts Walk seeks artists for the 2014 season. Second Fridays, May through October, 5 to 7 p.m. Calling all Crafters Do you have unfinished projects, maybe quilts, tapestries, garments, unopened project packages, or even leftover or unused yarns, fabrics and buttons that could be reinvigorated, revamped or repurposed to create something remarkable by someone else? If so, sell them at our indoor Crafters Repurposing Yard Sale on January 25 and make some cash. $30/space. Deadline: January 23. Edna, 247-4295,  gallery 6 Call to artists Gallery Six in Montpelier is calling for unique and serious artists to exhibit and represent. No crafts, unfinished work or the vernacular. exposed! Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Open call to artists and writers for the 23rd annual Exposed! Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Deadline: January 27. 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 for all the details and submission forms! the nitty gritty Often Vermont is depicted as a bucolic, utopian dream. This show invites artwork in all media that shows another side: Show us the industrial buildings, the quarries, the tools and equipment, and the people who have left an indelible imprint. Deadline: January 24. Show dates: March 4-April 5.

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'neW liVes, neW england': 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.

‘illumine’: Call for photos For “Illumine” we are looking for works that explore the vast languages of light. Low light, bright light and every stop in between. Deadline: February 5, midnight. Juror: Robert Hirsch. Info: indoor artist yard sale! The Space Gallery in Burlington is hosting an indoor artist yard sale on January 25! Looking to make some money from those leftover art supplies, unused materials or unfinished art projects? All creative objects will be for sale, with the option to staff a booth of your own or drop off items for the gallery to sell for you. Visit for all the details and applications. Deadline January 20, or until all the spots are filled. CreatiVe Competition The Space Gallery is now hosting the Creative Competition! Artists may drop off one piece of work, in any size and medium, that is ready to display or hang on the wall. Entry is $8, and work will be labeled with the title, medium and price. Drop off at 266 Pine Street from noon on Wednesday through noon on the first Friday of every month. The gallery will display the work during viewing hours for one week after the opening. Pickup/drop-off times, commission structure and location details can be found at

Friday - DJ Disco Phantom/9PM Monday -Trivia/7PM January 25th - Vermont’s Funniest Comedian Showcase, $5 at the door/ 8pm February 1st - Farmer’s Dinner, $55 per person by reservation/6:30pm — go to 6h-HotelVt011514.indd 1

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Robert De Cormier, conductor Jonita Lattimore, soprano Kevin Deas, bass Justin Murray, boy soprano


Robert De Cormier and the 20th Anniversary of the VSO Chorus 'obserVing Vermont arChiteCture': 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. paul boWen: "Sculpture: 1973-2013," works created from scavenged sea materials and wood by the Welsh-born, Vermont-based artist. Through February 15 at Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. Info, 468-6052. 'small treasures': Small-scale artwork and crafts by guild members, plus handcrafted holiday ornaments. Through January 28 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4956. stephen sChaub: Mixed-media works that reference the delicate nature of life, in-between moments and anonymous figures. January 21 through February 21 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Info, 468-6052.


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Saturday, January 25, 2014 8:00 pm at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington SPONSORED BY: Bravo Society Members Yoine and Elaine Goldstein

tom merWin: Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071.


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'full house': 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.

Waterbury artoberfest 2014 Be the artist! Call for the perfect logo to represent Waterbury’s first ever ARToberFest. Deadline: February 1. Full details at

Wednesday - Ray Vega Quartet/8PM


tom berriman: 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.

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 for information, or apply at

'something to Celebrate': A twofold exhibit includes "Out of Bounds," works by Vermont Watercolor Society members Richard Weis, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Frieda Post; and a variety of pieces by returning VTica artists Nancy Pulliam Weis, Miranda Updike, Laura Rideout, Irene Cole and Nicholas Kekic. Through January 19 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018.

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Paul Bowen Sculptor Paul Bowen grew up in a beach town in Wales and brought his love of the sea with him to this side

of the pond. For 30 years he’s been combing the shores of Cape Cod for driftwood and other scavenged materials to use in his intricate abstract sculptures, giving new form to washed-up detritus that might have come from ships, crates, barrels or houses. Now landlocked

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in the Green Mountains and teaching at Dartmouth College, Bowen has taken his affinity for “earthy wood art” inland. “Sculpture: 1973-2013,” at the Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland, exhibits old and new works. Since coming to Vermont, Bowen’s style has evolved rather than shifted radically — he still tends to favor circles of unfinished wood, punctuated by planks or resting on horizontal shelves, these sometimes overflowing with stacks of marble and boughs of branches, or speckled with tar. Bowen’s precise sense of geometry and rough materials are an evocative combination; the sculptures are open to interpretation, but you can feel where they


came from. Through February 15. Pictured: “Kedge.”


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Ann Young: New oil paintings. Through January 20 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366.

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EviE LovEtt: "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. KELLY HoLt: "Where," mixed-media abstract paintings. Through March 9 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. KEnt SHAw: Color photographs taken in Morrisville, Elmore and Hardwick. Through January 20 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.

'KicK And gLidE: vErmont'S nordic SKi LEgAcY': 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. LibbY dAvidSon: "The 50 Project," 50 plein-air watercolor paintings produced by the local artist over a year in celebration of her 50th birthday. January 19 through February 23 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211. Scott KEtcHAm: "Beauty and Darkness," an MFA exhibit of paintings. January 20 through February 8 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. 'SurrEAL': 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. trinE wiLSon & doriS wEEKS: Photography, and watercolor and oil paintings, respectively. Through January 31 at Westford Public Library. Info, 355-4834. wiLLiAm b. HoYt: "Realizations," realistic paintings. Through February 28 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.


PAt muSicK: "Our Fragile Home," sculptures and works on paper inspired by the words astronauts have used to describe seeing the Earth from space. Through February 28 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info, 257-0124. SAbrA FiELd: "Cosmic Geometry," work by the Vermont printmaker. Through March 9 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info, 257-0124.

Art ShowS

Abbie Bowker

If the

past few weeks’ ice and rain dampened your affection for Vermont’s wintery landscape, a trip to see Abbie Bowker’s original prints at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction might be the right antidote. Inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson poem of the same name (“Black are my steps on silver sod/ Thick blows my frosty breath abroad/ And tree and house, and hill and lake/ Are frosted like a wedding cake”), the exhibit “Winter-Time” features new and old silk-screen prints from the local artist, whose Vermont roots provide the muse for a sizable body of landscape

work. Though all that frost and silver sod could feel like overkill in mid-January, Bowker’s richly textured prints and fine eye for detail might inspire gallerygoers to look around with new eyes. “WinterTime” is on view through January 29.


Pictured: “Abbie’s Trees.”


Jules de Balincourt: 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.


‘splendore a Venezia: art and Music FroM the renaissance to Baroque in Venice’: An exhibit featuring approximately 120 paintings, prints and drawings, plus historical instruments, musical manuscripts and texts, including the first edition of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Through January 19 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000.

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‘studio selections’: Work by current students in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Through January 26 at Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. Info, 518-564-2474. m

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Lone Survivor ★★★★


egular readers will recall that I’ve found it fun on occasion to play a little game called “What If They’d Had a Cellphone?” So many movie catastrophes could have been avoided had the story taken place in the era of instant connection. Today we’re playing “What If They’d Had a Cellphone and a Satellite Radio and an Unsecured Line, Not to Mention the Technological Advantages of the Biggest, Richest, Most Bad-Ass Military the World Has Ever Seen?” Certainly all that would save the day, whatever sort of trouble might pop up. Sadly, this time it’s not a game, and sadly, the day isn’t saved. Lone Survivor is the true story of a Navy SEAL mission gone horrendously wrong in the mountains of Af ghanistan. Think Zero Dark Thirty minus the happy ending. Director Peter Berg (The Kingdom) has adapted Marcus Luttrell’s 2007 memoir depicting the debacle that was Operation Red Wings. As the fi lm retells the events, in June of 2005 four soldiers are dropped into a remote patch of the Hindu Kush range with orders to capture or kill a Taliban strongman. The SEAL Team 10 members are Lt. Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Gunner’s Mate

Danny P. Dietz (Emile Hirsch), sonar technician Matthew Axelson (Ben Foster) and Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), a sniper. The four arrive safely, but winding up in the right place is the last thing that goes according to plan. Glitch one: Mountains block their radio signal. Glitch two: No sooner have they hiked higher in the hope of getting a better look MISSION STATEMENT Berg’s latest offers an affecting testament to the SEALs’ dedication to their job and, more importantly, to one another. at the village below (success) and a better signal (no luck) than they’re discovered by three guys herding goats. YOUR YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE never trivialized, and watching them can they continue not only to fi ght but to stay The herders carry a military-style TEXT TEXT WITH LAYAR hardly be described as entertaining. positive. walkie-talkie, so it’s a cinch they’re Taliban. HERE HERE Another thing Lone Survivor can hardly In the end, this isn’t a picture concerned But they’re also unarmed, so the rules of SEE PROGRAM COVER be described as is a “fi lm-length recruitment with politics or patriotism or polemics, but engagement say the SEALS must let them ad” — as, incredibly, it has been in outlets with the bond that battle is known to foster go. “I know,” says Axelson. “And I don’t care.” Because he also knows that, if they do, and with the level of endurance and courage that should know better. Calum Marsh of the Atlantic, f or example, called it human beings are capable of attaining. enemy troops f rom the village will descend “propagandistic” and “almost pornographic on them from all sides. Nonetheless, Murphy “Films like this are more usef ul than gungho capers like Behind Enemy Lines,” Roger in its excess.” I haven’t got a clue where gives the order to free the herders. So much Ebert observed in his review of Black Hawk Marsh’s pref erences lie when it comes to for karma. What follows is the most brutally realistic, Down. “They help audiences understand and porn, but I can say one thing with certainty: Watch this movie. The last thing you’re going sympathize with the actual experiences of unrelentingly intense and grippingly to fi nd arousing is the prospect of being in combat troops instead of trivializing them choreographed depiction of a lopsided these guys’ boots. into entertainments.” fi refi ght since 2001’s Black Hawk Down. I believe Ebert would have felt similarly Outnumbered, at the mercy of opponents RI C K KI S O N AK about Berg’s fi lm. It’s that good. Every who know the terrain and unable to call for help until it’s almost too late, the four SEALs directorial decision and every perf ormance absorb astonishing levels of punishment, yet honors the actions of these men. They’re






Her ★★★★★


e’ve changed in the past decade in ways we don’t f ully comprehend. More and more of us interact more comfortably with the tiny internet portals we carry everywhere than we do with people. Yet it’s a change that most movies have so far f ailed to acknowledge, because people who stare at screens are inherently undramatic. Uncinematic. Boring. That changes with Her, a movie that feels like an elegy, a love story, a dark piece of foreshadowing and an a° rmation of human potential all at once. What Spike Jonze’s latest does not f eel like, despite its wit, is a wacky comedy about a lonely man who falls in love with a more advanced version of Siri. If you’re looking for a blanket condemnation of computer culture and an exhortation to start connecting with real people, dammit, you’re likewise out of luck. Jonze’s nearf uture f able, which he wrote as well as directed, requires you to draw your own conclusions. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a resident of a streamlined, dayaf ter-tomorrow Los Angeles who has a job writing other people’s love letters. Like a high-tech Cyrano de Bergerac, he fi nds the words they can’t to express their a˛ ection. Yet his romance with the troubled Catherine (Rooney Mara) recently ended in divorce. When video games and phone sex fail to provide him with adequate companionship,

MODERN LOVE Phoenix takes a romantic outing with his girlfriend — tucked in his front pocket — in Jonze’s sci-fi fable.

Theodore tries out a new operating system touted as a leapf orward in artifi cial intelligence. Like his old OS, it talks to him. Unlike his old OS, it talks like a person — a she (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) who promptly names herself Samantha and starts teasing him about the messy state of his fi les. At fi rst, Samantha is merely a fantasy Girl Friday — a super-intelligent, sexy-voiced being devoted to satisf ying Theodore’s every whim. As he inevitably f alls f or her, the audience waits f or the revelation that Theodore is being had: It’s all just brilliant, insidious programming.

Samantha does indeed turn out to be too good to be true — how could she not? — but not in the ways we expect. Rather than using Samantha as a metaphor or a tool to teach Theodore a lesson, Jonze takes his conceit seriously, imagining how sof tware that learns like a person might approach life and love. Samantha is, in short, a real character — as vivid as Theodore’s best human friend (Amy Adams), whose subplot o˛ ers a second take on human-OS relationships. Johansson may have no body to work with, but her performance is the real deal, as nuanced and

powerful as her recent turn in Don Jon was cartoonish. It’s Phoenix, however, who must keep the audience riveted as the camera lingers on hisf ace during conversations with his incorporeal lover. His skill at microexpressions — tiny twitches marking swerves from hope into grief — serves him well. With that f ace and Johansson’s voice, Jonze has solved the screens-are-boring problem. When Theodore ventures outside (into a world where most passersby are glued to their own screens), the fi lm takes on the saturated, nostalgic quality beloved by Instagram users. Arcade Fire’s music cements the impression that we’re gazing at a physical world in the process of becoming obsolete — or perhaps just secondary to the universe of ones and zeroes. And yet, ironically, it’s Samantha who encourages Theodore to get out and experience that world in all its corporeal bloom. (He shows it to her through his phone’s camera.) Many movies have asked: What happens if the machines take over? They’ve never suggested that the “takeover” could be more of a bittersweet slide into emotional dependence on the devices that organize our lives. Her could serve as a romantic prequel to The Matrix or The Terminator series. More likely, though, it prefi gures a world we can’t yet imagine. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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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.Benefitting (119 min, Pg-13) 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) 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)

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new in theaters tHe Best oFFeR 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. Savoy) Devil’s DUe 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. Essex)

tHe NUt JoB will arnett supplies the voice of a curmudgeonly squirrel named Surly who plans an elaborate urban nut-store heist in this family adventure. with the voices of brendan fraser, liam neeson and Katherine heigl. Peter lepeniotis directed. (86 min, Pg. bijou, Essex, Paramount, welden)


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Ray Gunn

Featuring over 55 performers from the U.S. and Canada

Presented by Green Mountain Cabaret and BlueHair Media. Benefitting Vermont Cancer Center, RU12? Community Center and the local burlesque community.

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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) 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) tHe HoBBit tHe DesolAtioN oF smAUg HHH1/2 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) 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 legeND oF HeRcUlesH The ancient greek strongman and son of Zeus (Kellan lutz) gets his very own superhero origin story in the year’s first action spectacular, also starring gaia weiss and Scott adkins. Renny harlin directed. (99 min, Pg-13) loNe sURvivoRHHHH Mark wahlberg stars in the fact-based account of an ill-fated 2005 navy SEal team mission in afghanistan. with taylor Kitsch, Emile hirsch and ben foster. Peter berg (The Kingdom) directed. (121 min, R) mANDelA: loNg WAlk to FReeDomHHH Idris Elba plays South africa’s first democratically elected president in this biopic tracing the late nelson Mandela’s youth, struggle and rise to power. with naomie harris and terry Pheto. Justin (The Other Boleyn Girl) chadwick directed. (139 min, Pg-13)

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 6:00 Pre-Film Discussion 6:45 Film Screening

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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)

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JAck RYAN: sHADoW RecRUit 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. bijou, Essex, Marquis, Paramount, Stowe, welden)

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wednesday 15 — thursday 16 american h ustle 6:30. anchorman 2: The l egend continues 7. Frozen 5. friday 17 — thursday 23 11th annual mountaint op Film Festival.

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wednesday 15 — thursday 16 american h ustle 4, 6:40. Frozen 3:30. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug 6:50. The h unger Games: catching Fire 7:10. The secret l ife of w alter mitty 3:50. The w olf of w all street 3:40, 6:50. friday 17 — thursday 23 american h ustle Fri: 4:10, 6:40, 9:10. Sat: 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10. Sun: 1:30, 4:10, 6:40. Mon to Thu: 4:10, 6:40. *Jack r yan: shadow r ecruit Fri: 3:50, 7, 9:10. Sat: 1:20, 3:50, 7, 9:10. Sun: 1:20, 3:50, 7. Mon to Thu: 3:50, 7. l one survivor Fri: 4, 6:50, 9:10. Sat: 1, 4, 6:50, 9:10. Sun: 1, 4, 6:50. Mon to Thu: 4, 6:50. *The nut Job in 3d Fri and Sat: 3:40, 8:15. Sun: 3:40. *The nut Job Fri: 6:30. Sat and Sun: 1:10, 6:30. Mon to Thu: 3:40, 6:30.

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21 Essex Way, #300, Essex, 8796543,

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 american h ustle 12:55, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45. anchorman 2: The l egend continues 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35. *devil’s due Thu: 10. Frozen 12, 2:20, 7:05. h er 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug in h Fr 3d Wed: 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45. Thu: 12, 3:15. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug Thu: 6:30, 10. *Jack r yan: shadow r ecruit Thu: 9. The l egend of h ercules 3d 2:45, 5, 7:15. The l egend of h ercules 12:30, 9:30. l one survivor 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:45. paranormal activity: The marked o nes Wed: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30. Thu: 1:30, 3:30. saving mr. Banks 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30. The secret l ife of w alter mitty Wed: 4:40, 9:25. Thu: 4:40. The w olf of w all street 1, 4:45, 8:30. friday 17 — thursday 23 american h ustle 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. anchorman 2: The l egend continues 3:30, 9:45. august: o sage county 12, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10. *devil’s due 12:10, 3:05, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35. Frozen 12, 2:20, 7:15. h er 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug 12:15, 6:30. *Jack r yan: shadow r ecruit 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. The l egend of h ercules 3d 2:45, 5, 7:15. The l egend of h ercules 12:30, 9:30. l one survivor 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:45. *The nut Job in 3d 3, 5, 7:10. *The nut Job 1, 9:15. saving mr. Banks 4:40, 9:40.

friday 17 — thursday 23 Full schedule not available at press time.

mar Quis theatre

Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 american h ustle 7. saving mr. Banks 7. The w olf of w all street 7. friday 17 — thursday 23 american h ustle Fri: 6, 9. Sat: 1, 3:30, 6, 9. Sun to Tue: 1, 3:30, 7. Wed and Thu: 7. Frozen Sat to Tue: 1. *Jack r yan: shadow r ecruit Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 1, 3:30, 6:30, 9. Sun to Tue: 1, 3:30, 7. Wed and Thu: 7. saving mr. Banks Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 3:30, 6:30, 9. Sun to Tue: 3:30, 7. Wed and Thu: 7.

merrill ’s ro Xy cinema

222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456,

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 american h ustle 1:05, 3:45, 6:35, 9:20. august: o sage county 1, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10. h er 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:15. inside l lewyn davis 1:20, 3:55, 6:45, 9:05. philomena 1:10, 3:50, 6:20, 8:40. The w olf of w all street 1:15, 4:50, 8:15. friday 17 — thursday 23 american h ustle 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 9. august: o sage county 1, 3:40, 6:15, 8:10, 9:10. h er 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:05. inside l lewyn davis 1:20, 3:55, 6:45, 9:15. philomena 1:10, 3:50, 6:10. The w olf of w all street 1:15, 4:50, 8:15.

palace 9 cinemas maJestic 10

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

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 american h ustle 1:35, 4:30, 7:30. anchorman 2: The l egend continues 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9:10. Frozen 1:30. 8:50. Frozen 3d 4:20. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug in h Fr 3d 4, 7:20. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug 1:25. The h unger Games: catching Fire 1, 6:20. The l egend of h ercules 3d 1:40, 7:10. The l egend of h ercules 4:45, 9:20. l one survivor 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05. paranormal activity: The marked o nes 4:10, 6:50, 9:20. saving mr. Banks 1:05, 3:45, 6:25, 9:05. The secret l ife of w alter mitty 1:20, 4:05, 6:40, 9:10. The w olf of w all street 1, 4:40, 8:20.

10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610,

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 american h ustle 1, 3:50, 6:45, 8:30. anchorman 2: The l egend continues 1:40, 4:05, 6:30, 9. Frozen 1:20, 3:40. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 6. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug 1:30, 3, 8:15. The l egend of h ercules 3d 1:45, 6:40. The l egend of h ercules 4:30, 9:20. l one survivor 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:15. mandela: l ong w alk to Freedom 6:35, 8:45. nebraska 1:20, 3:55, 6:20, 8:50. paranormal activity: The marked o nes 1:05, 4:40, 6:15, 9:25. The secret l ife of w alter mitty 1:15, 3:45, 6:10, 9:10. friday 17 — thursday 23 Full schedule not available at press time.

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241 North Main St., Barre, 4799621,

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 Frozen 6:25. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug 7. The h unger Games: catching Fire 9:05. friday 17 — thursday 23 *Jack r yan: shadow r ecruit Fri: 6:30. Sat to Mon: 12:45, 3:15, 6:30, 9:05. Tue to Thu: 6:30, 9:05. *The nut Job 6:30, 9. *The nut Job 3d Sat to Mon: 1, 3:15.

st . al Bans drive -in theatre 429 Swanton Rd, Saint Albans, 524-7725,

Closed for the season.

the savoy theater 26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509,

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 The Broken circle Breakdown 6, 8:15. inside l lewyn davis 6:30, 8:30.

friday 17 — thursday 23 *The Best o ffer Fri: 6, 8:15. Sat and Sun: 1, 3:30, 6, 8:15. Mon to Wed: 6, 8:15. Thu: 6. inside l lewyn davis Fri: 6:30, 8:30. Sat and Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:30. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:30.

stowe cinema 3 ple X Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534678.

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 american h ustle 4, 7:15. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 4, 7:15. The w olf of w all street 4, 7:15. friday 17 — thursday 23 american h ustle Fri: 7:10, 9:20. Sat and Sun: 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:20. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15. *Jack r yan: shadow r ecruit Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15. The w olf of w all street Fri: 6:30, 9:20. Sat and Sun: 2:30, 6:30, 9:20. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15.

sunset drive -in theatre 155 Porters Point Road, just off Rte. 127, Colchester, 8621800.

Closed for the season.

welden theatre

104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 527-7888,

wednesday 15 — thursday 16 The Book Thief 7:05. The h obbit: The desolation of smaug 7. saving mr. Banks 7:10. friday 17 — thursday 23 Frozen Sat and Sun: 2. *Jack r yan: shadow r ecruit Fri: 7:25, 9:30. Sat and Sun: 2:05, 4:30, 7:25, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 7:30. l one survivor Fri: 7, 9:30. Sat and Sun: 4:30, 7, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 7. *The nut Job Fri: 6, 9:30. Sat and Sun: 2:10, 4:15 (3D), 6, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 6. saving mr. Banks Fri: 7:05, 9:30. Sat and Sun: 4:30, 7:05, 9:30. Mon to Thu: 7:05.

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A Pakistan International Airlines flight was preparing for an on-time departure from the Lahore airport to New York City when the pilot learned that the airline’s cost-cutting policy limited the in-flight menu to peanuts, chips and cookies. He demanded “sandwiches at any cost,” even though the catering department informed him they had to come from a five-star hotel in town and that getting them would take more than two hours. The pilot insisted. The sandwiches finally arrived, and the flight took off two and a half hours late. PIA official Mashhood Tajwar said the airline considered the delay “serious” and intended taking action “against those responsible for it.” (ABC News)

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Helen Ann Williams, 44, stabbed a man with a ceramic squirrel when he returned home without beer because the stores were closed, according to sheriff’s deputies in North Charleston, S.C. (Associated Press) Police arrested Dana Allen, 40, for assaulting her neighbor during an ongoing argument over a doormat at their apartment complex in Des Moines, Iowa. The victim said the doormat belongs to her, but Allen kept moving it to her own door. (Des Moines Register)

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A new submarine built for the Spanish navy turned out to be too heavy and sank when launched. Officials said that the 233-foot Isaac Peral, costing 1.9 billion pounds, was at least 75 tons overweight. Officials indicated that correcting the problem would take two years. (Britain’s Daily Telegraph)

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During a presentation about proposed traffic improvements in Albuquerque, N.M., project lead engineer Jim Heimann was discussing building a traffic circle when he referred to the “queue” of cars that would form waiting to enter the circle. “This is America,” a woman in the audience yelled. “We don’t say ‘queues’ in America. We say ‘lines.’ We stand in line, we wait in line. We do not queue.” Presenters subsequently abandoned the word “queue” for the remainder of the meeting, although no one objected to repeated use of the British term “roundabout.” (Albuquerque Journal)

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After reviewing 200,000 video applications, the Dutch nonprofit Mars One advanced toward its goal of sending 40 volunteers on a one-way trip to the Red Planet in 2025 by narrowing the field of applicants to 1,058. The initial cut separated “those who we feel are physically and mentally adept to become human ambassadors on Mars from those who are obviously taking the missions with much less seriousness,” Mars One cofounder Bas Lansdorp said, including “a couple of applicants” whose videos showed them in the nude. (ABC News)

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E-cigarettes are causing flat tires because smokers are throwing spent nicotine cartridges out car windows as if they were cigarette butts. “We have seen usually one or two a week puncturing the tire,” said Tony Dewildt, manager of Belle Tire in Bay City, Mich. “They’re made out of metal, so when they slash a tire, they usually leave a pretty big gash in it.” Dewildt pointed out that the puncture usually is too big to repair, requiring victims of e-cigarette cartridges to buy new tires. (Flint’s WNEM-TV)

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Seattle police arrested Lydell Coleman, 36, for having sex with a sandwichshop window. According to charging papers, which reported the accounts of two women witnesses, after dropping his pants and mashing himself against the cold glass at Sub Shop, “Coleman was observed making sexual motions on the glass window that were described as ‘humping’ and rubbing his genitals against the window.” (Seattlepi.)

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Researchers who examined 18 studies of links between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and obesity found that 10 of the 12 studies claiming no connection to the soft-drink industry concluded that sugary drinks were associated with obesity and weight gain. Five of the six that reported receiving funding from Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the American Beverage Association insisted there was insufficient evidence for a conclusion. “I wouldn’t say that industry participation alone is enough to dismiss the study’s results in the whole of nutrition research,” lead author Maira Bes-Rastrollo of Spain’s University of Navarra said, “but…” (PLOS Medicine via the New York Times)


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REAL fRee will astRology by rob brezsny JanuaRy 16-22

be tempted to escape the laws of gravity and rebel against the call of duty. I suspect that your dreams, at least, will feature uninhibited forays into the wild blue yonder. While you’re sleeping you may float weightlessly in an interplanetary spaceship, become an eagle and soar over forests, wear a futuristic jet pack on your back and zip through the sky, sail across the serengeti Plains in a hot-air balloon, or have a picnic on a cloud with a feast of cotton candy and sponge cake and mint tea. Would you consider bringing this kind of fun into your waking life?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Metaphorically speaking, you have recently come into possession of some new seeds. They are robust. They are hardy. They have the potential to grow into big, strong blooms. So when should you plant them, metaphorically speaking? I’m going to suggest that you wait a while longer. It wouldn’t be bad for them if you sowed them right now, but I think their long-term vitality will be even greater if you postpone the planting for at least a week. Two weeks might be better. Trust your intuition.

tauRus (April 20-May 20): you tauruses are customarily more grounded than the rest of us. but this week, I’m wondering if you will


(June 21-July 22): In her poem “Catch a body,” Ilse bendorf says she dislikes the advice “Don’t ever tell anybody anything.” on the other hand, “tell everyone everything” isn’t the right approach, either, she says. Judging from your astrological omens, Cancerian, I surmise that you’re wavering between those two extremes. you’re tempted to think you’ve got to do one or the other. should you cultivate the power that comes from being silent, and keep people guessing about your true feelings? or should you seek greater intimacy but risk giving away your power by confessing all your inner thoughts? I suggest you take a middle path. tell the vivid truth, but carefully and incrementally.

leo (July 23-Aug. 22): If a substance has

been burned, it can’t be burned again. There’s no flammable stuff left to feed a fire. That’s simple physics. now as for the question of whether a person can be burned more than once — we’re speaking metaphorically here — the answer is, unfortunately, yes. some folks don’t learn from their mistakes and don’t


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year,” said author Peter Drucker. “People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” In general I agree with that assessment. but I think it needs to be altered for your situation in the coming months. Here’s the adjusted version of the formula: Virgos who don’t take risks in 2014 will make an average of 3.1 big mistakes. Virgos who do take risks in 2014 will make, at most, a half a big mistake.

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): “you know what

the greatest tragedy is in the whole world?” asks novelist terry Pratchett. “It’s all the people who never find out what it is they really want to do or what it is they’re really good at. It’s all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be.” If that description applies to you even a little, Libra — if you’re still not completely sure what you’re good at and what you want to do — the coming months will be prime time to fix that problem. start now! How? open your mind to the possibility that you don’t know yourself as well as you someday will. take vocational tests. Ask smart people you trust to tell you what they think about your special aptitudes and unique qualities. And one more thing: be wildly honest with yourself about what excites you.


(oct. 23-nov. 21): In his book Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition, ben schott dreams up new compound German words for use in english. Here’s one that would serve you well in the coming week: Fingerspitzentanz, meaning “fingertips-dance.” schott says it refers to “tiny triumphs of nimble-fingered dexterity.” His examples: fastening a bracelet, tightening a miniscule screw, unknotting, removing a recalcitrant sticker in one unbroken peel, rolling a joint, identifying an object by touch alone, slipping something off a high shelf. both literally and metaphorically speaking,

scorpio, you now have an abundance of this capacity. everything about you is more agile and deft and limber than usual. you’ll be a master of Fingerspitzentanz.

sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): The four elements that compose cocaine are the same as those that make up tnt, caffeine and nylon: hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. The combinations and proportions of elements are different in each substance, of course. but the point, for our purposes, is that the same raw materials lead to different results. I foresee a similar drama unfolding in your own life, sagittarius. How you assemble the ingredients you currently have at your disposal could produce either a rough and ragged high, a volatile risk, a pleasant stimulation or a useful resource. Which will it be? aQuaRius (Jan. 20-feb. 18): The flemish

artist Jan van eyck (1385-1441) was renowned for his innovative mastery of oil painting. He signed many of his works not just with his name but also with his motto: Als ick kan. Its idiomatic translation is “The best I can do.” What he meant was that he had pushed his talent and craft to the limit, and then stopped and relaxed, content that he had given all he could. I invite you to have a similar attitude as you wrap up the projects you’re currently involved in, Aquarius. summon all your passion and intelligence as you create the most excellent outcome possible, but also know when to quit. Don’t try too hard; just try hard.


(feb. 19-March 20): It’s an excellent time to rise up and revolt against conventional wisdom. I urge you to immunize yourself against trendy groupthink as you outwit and outmaneuver the status quo. Have fun and activate your playful spirit to the max as you create workarounds to the way things have always been done. At the same time, Pisces, stay acutely attuned to your compassion and common sense. Don’t be a quarrelsome intransigent. Don’t be rebellious just to please your ego. If you follow these guidelines, you will be able to pull off a graceful insurrection that both soothes and stimulates your soul.

aRies (March 21-April 19): Whose enemy are you? Are you anyone’s adversary or obstructionist or least favorite person? Answer honestly, please. Don’t be in denial. next question: Do you derive anything useful from playing this oppositional role? If your answer is yes, that’s fine. I won’t try to talk you out of it. Continue to reap the benefits of being someone’s obstacle. but if, on the other hand, you get little value out of this negative relationship, now would be a good time to change it. you have more power than usual to free yourself from being an antagonist.

gemini (May 21-June 20): What part of your life is too small, and you want to make it bigger? Is there a situation that’s overly intense and dramatic, and you wish you could feel more lighthearted about it, less oppressed? Are you on a quest that has become claustrophobic, and you’d love to find a way to make it more spacious and relaxed? If you answered yes to any of those questions, Gemini, there’s good news. Very soon now, you will have a close encounter with the magic you need to open what has been closed and expand what has been narrow. be alert for it. be crafty as you gather it in and harness it for your use.

have enough emotional intelligence to avoid the bullies and manipulators who burn them again in the future. but I’m confident that you aren’t one of these types, Leo, or that at least you won’t be in the coming days. you may have been burned before, but you won’t be burned this time.

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JoYful, Spiritu Al, o ptimi St s oulful woman seeks sweet and caring man to share in life. I’m the mom of an active teen looking for a partner in crime to have fun with. s eek intelligence, kindness, tolerance and a great sense of humor. joy2me, 55 comE Sk At E With m E! Come on, join me skating! We’ll show the kids how it’s done! How are you? My life’s full, but I miss the company of a man. Important to me: family, friends, work with children, exercise (keeping me sane!). What do you do on a date? l ove to hit a local concert or meet over a coffee/beer. Happy holidays! girl wcurl S, 46 You compl Et E mE 44 DWF looking for someone who just gets me. I am loyal, loving and pretty sentimental. people tell me they don’t believe my age. I try to take care of myself. I am military and work in my edu training. I am a good listener but people say I don’t let people give back to me. I am working on it. Get to know me and we might complete each other ... hugs. me4u, 44 gr EEti NgS For me, happiness comes in many forms. In the broad sense, it stems from simplicity, a conscious appreciation of my surroundings — both place and people, the capacity to contribute and the well-being of others. o n a daily basis, it means an opportunity to learn something new and to be outside every day in every season. echo65, 48


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cr EAti VE, WEll-tr AVEl ED, po Siti VE pEr So N I’m a successful person looking for a committed relationship. I enjoy good conversation, snowboarding, museums, my dog, hiking, travel, popular culture & all animals. I’m looking for someone with similar interests that’s honest, kind, generous, loyal and has a career that they are passionate about. please do not contact me if you are not looking for a committed relationship. Whatsina, 46, l hEAD iNg iNto th E WiND I’m an even mix between adventurous and homey. I like to finish up an active day with a mellow night of curling up with some n etflix and maybe a whiskey or two. s ense of humor is pretty important to me – I rarely take life very seriously. Jumpkick, 31 curiou S, out Door SY, DEEp thi Nk Er I care deeply about people and the future of the earth. I want to make the best of life and I believe that means being honest with myself and the people around me and spending as much time as I can outside, learning, playing and working. Snowl ovinmountaingirl, 22, l h umorou S, outgoi Ng AND Str Aightfor WAr D I am a creative, passionate and outspoken woman. I enjoy watching the sun set and doing other outdoor activities. I’m looking to find a decent man to spend time with and see where things go. dragonflylover, 47 cr EAti VE, ENtr Epr ENEuri Al, Str Aitl AcED I’m interested in real estate, landlording and local travel, such as Boston trips and n ew York City for Christmas? I would love a handyman who puts family trips before hunting trips and wants a camper someday. I would like to walk, hike and bike more. I don’t mind dogs, but don’t respond if you “can’t live without a dog”! l ionessence, 42, l SAlut Atio NS! I have traveled a bit but not as much as I want to. I love my dog, I enjoy hiking and I’m funny. I enjoy good humor, good beer and really good conversation. I think a lot differently than other people so I would like someone with a very open mind! Catch me on the flip side! h 3mph 3ad, 21, l

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f uNNY, gEEk Y AND prou D I am a fun and hopefully funny guy. I like fantasy, which some consider to be geeky. l ooking for someone with similar interests to spend time with. I am not a fan of the bar scene and have not had much experience in relationships but I want to learn! Jib080187, 26 A uNiqu E Br AND of cr Az Y I’m a laid-back, artsy, minimalist kind of guy. I love many art mediums; traditional, culinary and melody. I’d consider myself a “jack of all trades” but sometimes also a jackass. f orevercomescrashing, 22, l Wick ED gr EAt guY I’m a single dad looking for someone to make it even better. I am a hard worker and enjoy my career. I love my family and enjoy being with them. I enjoy watching and playing sports. I enjoy staying physically fit. I love hanging out at my camp on beautiful lake Champlain, cooking, kayaking, fishing and hanging by the fire! greenmountainBoy77, 37

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looki Ng for l ADY pl AYmAt E I am in a very happy long-term relationship. I want to play with a girl and explore my bisexual side. My man doesn’t have to be involved, though he would love to watch. chocolatekisses, 24 SEEki Ng c Ar EEr wom AN, NSA routi NE SEx I am a professional man and I am looking for a professional woman who is in need of sex but does not have the time to invest in dating and looking. I am in a relationship that is sexless and I am looking for someone who is looking for sex a couple times a week with a single person. looking4NSA, 41, l fE ti Sh ES tur N mE o N l ooking for a relationship to build trust in therefore allowing for greater ability to explore deeper and wilder fetishes. l ooking for someone who knows how to conduct themselves in public and when alone is a real fetish freak. I am discreet. I am sober, drug free, and s TD clean and cautious. I prefer you have recent s TD results before sex. Discreetf etishf an, 26, l o ut for A Stroll I’m yearning to lie down with some beautiful little thing so we can share and explore each other for hours. I would love to discover what makes you quiver and squirm and giggle. I’m very happy with my boyfriend, but we both agree that I need a female playmate. A_good_r ead, 29

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ZEN f uN Mature, emotionally stable, financially secure, physically fit gentleman adept at living in the moment. l et’s explore and enjoy all of our senses. zenfun247, 58 ENErg Etic l o VEr l ooki Ng for f uN I am a young professional looking for some discreet, no-strings-attached, passionate fun. I aim to please and I have the moves that will make you feel amazing. Think you are up for it? Dreaml over, 23, l f r Equ ENt, Di Scr EEt, NSA Frequent nsa hookups sought. Central and n orthwest VT. just4funx, 43, l r EADY to SAti Sf Y Great-looking guy looking to meet new friends. athletic build, love the outdoors, all sports. l ove to tease and please. Truly kindhearted and respecful and true. redtosatisfy, 37 cr EAm piES, t Alk to m E a guy looking for a storyteller. l ove to hear of your experiences and love dirty talk in explaining it. Good looking, have a lot to give and just plain love life and all it offers. am straight and am a voyeur and love cream pies. Much more I guess but will only ramble on in words. 2179, 55 Scorpio l o VE I am a male in my late 20s; attractive, d and d free, looking for discreet adventure. s imple enough. o pen to most anything. Kind, down-toearth and eager to please. please don’t hesitate. s pecial interest in woman over 50 :). johnnyk, 29 goo D xxxS Totally new to this, looking for some sexy fun and new experiences. Don’t let our youth go to waste. l ou, 26, l

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Dear Mistress,

I have large, long labia — and I don’t like them. What is the use of them during lovemaking?


Dear Lip Reading,

l ip r eading

I have written before about the Large Labia Project, a Tumblr blog that aims to shine light on the beauty of large and asymmetrical labia. I highly recommend you check it out, but be careful, because it’s not safe for work! There’s no “wrong” way to have labia — they come in all shapes and sizes. Some lips are petite and tuck neatly into the labia majora, while others are voluminous and protrude, especially when aroused. As far as sexual function, there is some evidence to support that women with larger labia experience enhanced sexual pleasure. It makes sense — the larger the labia, the more nerve endings to be stimulated. And there’s substantial anecdotal evidence to suggest that large labia provide enhanced visual and tactile stimulation — plenty of erotica and pornography for admirers of larger lips. Sadly, the internet holds a bevy of self-esteembusting information about labia. Do a search for “large labia” on Google and you’ll be served ads for labia reduction and labiaplasty — a procedure to correct “irregular” labia. Rack these medical “fixes” right up there with senseless plastic surgeries, bleached butt holes and lip injections. You don’t need ’em. Your lips are perfect as they are, and the sooner you fall in love with them, the sooner others will, too.


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l ooki Ng for mor E! Down-to-earth couple looking for more in our sex lives. We’re fun-loving and know how to party, but have our shit together and live normal lives too. Discretion is important for us, and will be afforded to you as well. Cum and see what you have been missing! BTW he can make you pass out with his tounge. hisandhers, 44


SExu All Y EDuc At ED SExY iN th E Sh EEt S l ooking for discreet encounters Hello, I am cute, sexy, slender regular with women and/or couples. 1x1c-mediaimpact050813.indd 1 5/3/13 4:40 PM person! I have a life, husband, all w annareelman86, 28 that “fun” stuff. I am looking for a clean, slender, easygoing girl to get Dow N to pou ND in the sheets with once in a while. I am a young, good-looking guy. My husband is cool with it & doesn’t l ooking for someone that is young, get to join. n o drama seriously! or older especially, and looking to go n o guys! sweetcheeks, 34 all the way. Don’t be shy, message me if curious and I will surely SomEo NE to pl AY with message you back. jackson802, 21 l ooking for discreet fun! o pen to most anything and very fun. sopretty, 38 Dr AmA-fr EE, NSA I am a fun-loving, funny, intelligent f lirt Y, f l Exibl E, f u N male. I am looking for either one Married but encouraged to play. I’m time or FWB pending chemistry, as a petite, curvy, attractive female long as drama is left at the door. l et seeking experienced, sexy men the fun begin. Discretion expected (ages 25-50) for very discreet and assured. happy20104, 39 encounters. moxiehart, 42, l

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u p for A thr EESomE? We’re a polyamorous couple in our 30s looking to add another woman as a play partner. s he is pan-sexual (gender blind) and he is straight. We dabble in BDs M, but are not hard core. We’re super lowkey, fun, slightly geeky and very open. If you think you might be interested, let’s grab a drink. We’re always excited to meet new people! welovewomen802, 32

f wb 5’4”, athletic, attractive professional looking for an nsa FWB. Must be athletic, attractive, professional and d&d free. Ideally this would be an ongoing thing. vtluna, 33

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Enjoy classy modern women Sunday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m., appeared to be a selfconfident 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 Jake at The Spot You waited on my friend and I on Sunday. When I saw you come to our table, I thought you were hot and I quickly tried to fix my unruly, reddish, curly hair. You startled me when you came to clear our plates. Would you like to grab a drink sometime? I promise I won’t be so jumpy. When: Sunday, January 12, 2014. Where: the Spot on Shelburne Rd. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911927 radicalacceptance38 Saw your profile, sounds like we have a lot in common. I’m looking for a chill girl to grab a brew, check out bands and hopefully spend endless time in bed with. I’m 26, strawberry-blond with a tall, slender build. I’m tomboy-femme, love to be on top — I’m a giver ;). You’re cute Let’s hang out. Check out PRODUCE at HMC in Montpelier! ~M~ When: Sunday, January 12, 2014. Where: 7 Days hookups; Hunger Mountain Co-op. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #911926

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on the rise On Friday night I came into the bakery, for only a moment. You were working the register and rang up what my friend ordered. I went back today, but you weren’t working. I hope to run into you again soon. When: Friday, January 10, 2014. Where: Richmond. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911924

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Cryptic is about right But I’m usually wrong. It doesn’t really matter. It’s all about the butterfly effect for me. Pass it on. That’s the point. When: Saturday, December 8, 2012. Where: I didn’t. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911917 K.B., Middlebury co-op deli I have been crushing on you since the day we met. We have some things in common and you are so cute. When I told you WS was playing at Nectar’s I was hoping you would go. Sometimes I’m so nervous around you I blather on and make no sense. If you see this, drinks if you are interested? When: Thursday, November 14, 2013. Where: Middlebury Co-op deli dept. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911916 Chances are I wouldn’t see it, but maybe I did. When: Thursday, January 9, 2014. Where: not in a long time. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911912 That’s Hot! You had blond hair, a black coat and Sorel boots and were reading the personals section of Seven Days on Jan. 9 at approximately 8:10 a.m. while in line for coffee. Here’s me saying ‘’That’s HOT!” Wishing I had an ad in there! Me: man wearing black jacket and black-rimmed glasses. When: Thursday, January 9, 2014. Where: Starbucks at Shelburne Rd. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911911 PC, Can I bother you? You had a long black jacket, black backpack on your back. We met when I asked if you could help me please. You got me a PC sugar and we met again as I was leaving the soda section. You are so beautiful. When: Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Where: PC on Shelburne Rd. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911910

Friday Night Blues for Breakfast You are a beautiful woman with a great smile and curly blond hair. I was the brown-haired guy dancing near you during the second set wearing a blue hoodie. Thought we had a moment. I’m terrible at bar small talk but wish I had said hello. Hope we run into each other again soon. I’m often out seeing music. When: Friday, January 10, 2014. Where: Nectar’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911922

Beez I saw your post in the personals and would like to know more about you. When: Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Where: Seven Days personals. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911909

City market blt I ordered a BLT with roasted red peppers. Then I thought we shared eye contact and a smile – twice. At the counter, then as you passed me at the checkout. Either way, I think you are cute. Coffee sometime? When: Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Where: City Market. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #911920

Two Peas in a Pod? Suddenly you appeared next to me in the City Market produce section and said, “I always eat the snap peas.” You secretly snuck one, mischievously took a bite, then smiled. I stood in awe as I watched you quietly slide away. Meet me sometime, you sexy pea thief. When: Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Where: City Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911908

chances do really matter It was an original point, and “chances are” multiple folks are responding to our original cryptic post, as I. Took me half a decade to figure why trillium flowers head to the forest floor. If it’s you then I have the right person. If not, your butterfly effect is solid in any effort. When: Friday, January 10, 2014. Where: rock ledge. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911919

twelfth night concert Saw you at the Twelfth Night concert at St. Mike’s. I was sitting in the same back row. You: dark-haired brunette. Me: tall, dark hair, glasses. Wanted to say hi afterward. Would love to meet for coffee or tea. When: Saturday, January 4, 2014. Where: Twelfth Nigh concert. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911906

Favorite doctor’s appointment I think you said your name was Emma. You came and got me from the waiting area in orthopedics. I was wearing a black Bruins hat, you white pants. You were unforgettably pretty, had a sense of humor. I left slowly, wishing I could see what you were doing later. When: Friday, January 10, 2014. Where: Fletcher Allen, Orthopedics Sports Medicine. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911918

always and forever My life is drenched with memories of you and us. Even though it’s been a long, often treacherous, path, the love for you that has blossomed inside me will remain forever and for that im grateful and blessed. You are my sweet lil baby girl, my dollop, my love and light. Continue to shine babes, and make the world glow. When: Friday, January 3, 2014. Where: everywhere. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911905

New Years Eve Juniper Bar Juniper Bar, sexy black dress, long brown hair. I asked to buy you a drink but you declined, and made me laugh. Tried to find you on the dance floor but you were impossible to reach. You’re beautiful. I’m interested. Whiskey on the rocks sometime? When: Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Where: Juniper Bar. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911904 Army “Annie” at On Tap Very cute, petite blonde, nice, smart and so easy to talk with! I’m “Bill” and we met in between bites of your huge burger :), Seems we have much in common and covered a lot in a short time (helicopters, Ft. Rucker, teaching, kids). Would love to meet again and learn more about you — maybe at a quieter place this time? When: Saturday, January 4, 2014. Where: On Tap, Essex Junction. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911903 Penalty Box Colchester I saw you NYE and so wanted to talk to you, but I think you were with your boyfriend. We exchanged glances a couple times and you even grabbed my ass as you walked by and took some food off of the table I was sitting at. Please contact me. You are a hot-looking, long-haired woman. When: Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Where: Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911902 Tattoo freak Christmas Day. We shared an amazing kiss outside of a gas station. It’s been a few months since we have seen each other; we used to spend lots of amazing times together. You were my best friend and I want you to know I miss you! I want everyone to know that I truly did and still do LOVE you! When: Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Where: Champlain Farms (next to Chuck’s Mobil). You: Man. Me: Woman. #911901

mr. flatbread bartender We have mutual friends and we’ve hung out several times but it’s been awhile. I’ve been to your lake house and we’ve snuggled on couches. You offered to walk me home last time I saw you. I should have said yes —a decision I regret all the time. Been thinking of you. Have always thought you’re pretty amazing. Happy New Year! When: Friday, November 1, 2013. Where: close to home. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911894 FAHC Harvest Café You: a handsome, tall, blond man who was having lunch with a colleague at the Harvest Café. Me: I sat right behind you, blond, glasses, usually wearing a scarf. We’ve been making eye contact and saying hi for months. Would you like to get some coffee? When: Thursday, January 2, 2014. Where: FAHC Harvest Café. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911893 Baggage claim from Atlanta 1/1 We were both checking each other out while waiting for our bags, until your BF and my GF showed up. You: tall, hot, blond, white blouse. Me: tall, short brown hair, brown T-shirt, 40ish. Would love to meet and have some fun. When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Where: baggage claim at airport from Atlanta. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911891 eyes dilate when we kissed Been thinking of you often. Miss the fun we had together. The looks and smiles we would get as we passed people; the drinks of coffee,;the hotel stays; local road trips. I always said I’d spy you someday. Your eyes dilate when we kiss. Text me if you want. Same # for me. Friends again? When: Friday, October 2, 2009. Where: Price Chopper. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911890 Black Beanie in RJ’s Place: Reuben James. Date: New Years Eve (ball drop). You: tall, handsome, bearded gentleman with black beanie standing with your buddy. Me: brown hair, champagne and black striped dress. New year rung in with a wonderful kiss. Looked for you after but you had already left. Be in touch. When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Where: Reuben James. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911888 Tunbridgeshindigger too! December 7,2013 I might be who you are looking for. Across a crowded room of dancers, a tall, silver man, very interesting looking. I saw you look at me and wondered who you were. When: Saturday, December 7, 2013. Where: Tunbridge shindig. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911887

devosail I’d love to go for a ski. Do you teach? When: Friday, January 3, 2014. Where: surfing on a chilly day. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911899 I fell for you, willow1116 I guess I flew a bit too close to the sun. All I can see now are diamonds. I’m so glad you found me. What a sweet relief! 143 bigrigg When: Friday, January 3, 2014. Where: somewhere before or maybe not. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911898 Hen of the Wood Hostess I came in with some friends last Friday around 9:30. You greeted us at the door with an unforgettbale smile and those eyes, I couldn’t look away. I was too nervous to say anything to you when we left. You’re a gorgeous girl. When: Friday, December 27, 2013. Where: Hen of the Wood. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911897 Looking For Anna I saw you working in a jewlery store on Church Street. I have been wanting to talk with you but I’m a little shy. I beleive your name was Anna. If you should see this and would be interested in coffee or something, please let me know. When: Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Where: at jewlery store on Church Street. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911896


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