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With Rick Kisonak’s dour review of American Hustle [Movie Review, December 18] somehow I sense a familiar theme: another debunking of a film that has received wide acclaim. We’ve come to expect such counter-establishment trailblazing against the weight of popular opinion; history is punctuated by such. But more often than not today, artists, musicians and the intelligentsia, including critics, latch onto this notion for its shock value and the appearance of being a cultural trailblazer — the ones “in the know.” It’s a clever act of self-aggrandizement. The fact that this film resembles or “imitates” Martin Scorsese’s style is Rick’s main problem and leaves him searching for faults along those lines, ignoring the genuinely good parts (I thought the acting was superb and not just “serviceable”). It’s clear that Rick has some sort of personal Scorsese shrine he’s trying to protect, which is all well and good, but if a critic’s review becomes too personal or selfaggrandizing, it will always miss its target. How can any interpretation of art not be personal? That is the critic’s historic dilemma, why this Seven Days review is off and why critics will never hold a place in the history books: They have to convey generalities out of the personal experience and nuance of any art. It’s like trying to employ the scientific method to decode, say, the nuance of a Rembrandt.
The best critics are the ones that accept the varieties of experience in viewing art and their own subjectivity towards it. In a word: humility. If I had never seen a Martin Scorsese film, then saw this one and enjoyed it, are my experiences wrong? That’s absurd. If for one day the critic could switch roles and create art themselves, that would surely be a day to stay in. Larry Altman
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The quality of Vermont’s 800 lakes and ponds is becoming degraded, and poor shoreland development is one significant cause. Kathryn Flagg’s December 11 article, “Too Close to the Edge: Vermont Lawmakers to Focus on Shoreline Protection,” was accompanied by a photo of a recently deforested, steep lakeshore edge that could spell disaster for the small lake it borders in Benson. According to the article, the landowner cleared the parcel to avoid restrictions that could be enacted if a lakeshore protection bill, passed by the Vermont House in 2013, became law. The bill is now being debated in the Senate. As a shoreland property owner and avid user of Lake Champlain’s significant resources, I am concerned about threats to our water bodies. In my town, good development regulations prevent excessive shoreline clearing, reducing water pollution and habitat loss. These requirements
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[Re Movie Review, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” January 8]: It would be more believable if the Coen brothers had said this film was inspired by an article in Cat Fancy magazine instead of Dave Van Ronk’s luminous memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. Van Ronk was a unique, larger-than-life, brilliant, charismatic, influential musician. How he inspired such a hapless, depressed, mediocre character like Llewyn Davis is one of the great mysteries of filmdom. I’m glad the cat got away before the film ended. He was the smart one. christine lavin
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15]. In the article, Mary Hahn Beerworth, executive director of Vermont Right to Life, calls the discussion “a joke.” I ask Beerworth, though, who is laughing? For a woman seeking reproductive health care, her decision is not “a joke.” Women should not be harassed, bullied, judged, shamed or laughed at by someone who opposes the decision she has made about her own pregnancy. Beerworth goes on to describe the bill as “nonsensical.” Again, I question what is “nonsensical” about amending an outdated and unconstitutional statute written almost two centuries ago, in 1846. This statute sends the wrong message about Vermont’s position on reproductive health care and, in 2014, needs to go. As a young woman who is very aware of the often-dehumanizing debates that occur in legislatures across the country, I can assure you that this is not a joke. As we move forward in Vermont, I hope our legislature becomes a shining example for the rest of the country by passing this bill and ensuring safe and affordable reproductive health options for women.
protect property values and enjoyment of the lake for me and my neighbors. But this is not the case in other towns. Only about a quarter of Vermont municipalities have local standards to protect lakes and ponds. Inconsistent approaches among towns threaten our use of lakes and ponds for recreation, drinking water, wildlife habitat and flood protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that 82 percent of Vermont’s shorelands are in fair to poor condition — substantially more than Maine’s and New Hampshire’s. We now have an opportunity to slow, and even reverse, this situation with a bill pending in the legislature that is not designed to stop development on lakeshores. Nor will it prevent property owners from mowing their lawns or appropriately thinning trees for views. Rather, it will provide consistent standards that major improvements will have to meet. I know firsthand that it is possible to thoroughly enjoy all the amenities of a lake — swimming, boating and sunset vistas — with shoreland restrictions in place. Plus, I have the added benefit of knowing that my property values are protected, my family’s drinking water is safer, the water we swim in is cleaner and the mink we see playing along the shore will be there for years to come.
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here’s plenty of drama on Vermont Public Television — but off-camera, the station’s experiencing its own turmoil. Upset with a board of directors they say has “gone rogue,” VPT staff members are in open revolt against the station’s volunteer leadership. They say a majority of VPT’s employees plan to attend a board retreat next Monday to demand that chairwoman PAM MACKENZIE and vice chairman ROB HOFMANN resign. “We feel betrayed by the board,” says VPT major gifts director CHUCK BONGIORNO. “I’ve been in the nonprofit world for 30 years, and I’ve never seen behavior like this.” “This is a rogue board that has gone out of control and is acting in a way that’s hurting the institution they’re supposed to be supporting,” says BRENNAN NEILL, the station’s on-air fundraising manager. “I find it appalling.” The staff insurrection stems from an anonymous complaint submitted to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on Christmas Eve. The letter alleges that Mackenzie, Hofmann and others held at least 20 secret board meetings over the course of two years, during which they “conducted business, voted and acted on behalf of the board.” “Board leadership has routinely, deliberately disregarded open meeting requirements, despite repeated attempts by [president and CEO JOHN KING] and staff to provide recommendation and training on CPB open meeting and certification requirements,” the anonymous complaint says. VPT announced on January 8 that CPB, which provides nearly 16 percent of the station’s $7.7 million operating budget, is investigating the complaint. The station’s spokeswoman, ELIZABETH METRAUX, declined to answer questions about the situation, saying, “Management and staff can’t speak to ongoing legal issues with the board, so we have no comment on the CPB investigation.” VPT could face significant fines — including complete withdrawal of CPB support — if it is found to have violated the Communications Act of 1934, which mandates that federally funded stations hold “open meetings preceded by reasonable notice to the public.” CPB assistant inspector general for investigations HELEN MOLLICK, who is overseeing the VPT inquiry, did not respond to a request for comment. According to Bongiorno, Neill and other staff members who would not speak
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on the record, VPT employees have expressed outrage in recent staff meetings over the prospect that board intrigue could threaten the nonprofit’s bottom line. “If a major fine is instituted as a result of whatever the inspector general finds, it doesn’t impact the board. It impacts us,” Neill says. “And it impacts potential cuts in service, cuts in programs, cuts in jobs at VPT.” Even though staff members were not aware of, nor involved with the alleged secret meetings, Bongiorno says, “Once an organization’s reputation is damaged, it’s very, very difficult to fix that in a quick time period. So we’re mad.” Why board members would convene in secret remains unclear, though several people close to the situation say that the meetings had to do with the “toxic relationship” between current board leaders
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and King, who joined VPT in 1987 and became its president and CEO in 1998. In recent months, at least two senior managers have left the station. On the same day VPT disclosed that it was under investigation, Mackenzie announced at a board meeting that its former chairman, JIM WYANT, had resigned from the board in November. Shortly after that meeting, board member SCOTT MILNE tendered his resignation. Both men say their departures were not directly related to the CPB complaint, but they each hinted at dysfunction within the board’s ranks. “I know they’ve got a lot of work to do to get this straightened out,” says Milne, who owns Barre’s Milne Travel. “If, in fact, as the complaint alleges, there were 22 meetings that were not properly open to the public, I think that’s a problem. Whether it’s a selectboard, a volunteer fire department or anyone relying on public funds, a basic responsibility is transparency in operations.” Wyant, a business consultant who continues to serve on the board of the affiliated Public Television Association of Québec, says VPT’s problems stem from a discernable change in board culture. “Two years ago a new board leadership took over, and I think at that stage the whole concept of policy governance pretty much got thrown over the side, and the board began to take a more active role,” he says.
Mackenzie, a business consultant who also serves as chairwoman of the South Burlington City Council, became VPT’s board chairwoman in July 2012. Hofmann, the vice chairman, is a senior vice president of Morrisville’s Union Bank. He served as commissioner of finance and corrections and then secretary of human services under former governor JIM DOUGLAS. Both board members declined to comment, deferring to Northfield Savings Bank president and CEO TOM PELLETIER, who chairs the board’s audit committee. He says the board is conducting its own inquiry into the matter, apart from the CPB’s. “I can assure you that the board at VPT is committed to proper corporate governance, adherence to the rules and regulations that apply to Vermont Public Television,” Pelletier says. “In the event we had a misstep, we need to correct it. Whether we’ve had any missteps is still open to question.” Staff members, who express support for King, say they believe that if Mackenzie, Hofmann and others allegedly involved in the situation resign, the CPB may show some lenience. “There will be fines levied unless there are resignations,” Bongiorno says. “To what level those fines are going to be, we don’t know.”
A much-anticipated rematch of the 2012 Democratic primary for attorney general ended this week not with a bang, but a whimper. Since he lost to Attorney General BILL SORRELL by a mere 714 votes, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. DONOVAN has publicly and privately contemplated a second run for the state’s top cop job. But on Monday, Donovan told Seven Days he’s decided against it. Instead, he said, it’s “likely” he’ll seek a third four-year term as state’s attorney. “In the final analysis, I came to the conclusion it’s not the right time for me personally and professionally,” the 40-yearold Burlingtonian said. Evidently, the decision wasn’t easy. “I’ve been struggling with it for quite some time,” he said. “Literally my mind would change every morning when I woke up. I’d feel one way one day and the next day I’d feel another way. And, you know, I had to make a decision, so I did.” Donovan said that after several of his 2012 campaign proposals were signed into law, he had fewer issues on which to run. He said he also hopes to focus on helping Gov. PETER SHUMLIN spread Donovan’s rapid-intervention community court to
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other counties. And he said he worried that a rematch would devolve into a “personality conflict.” Sorrell said Monday he is “pleased there’s not going to be a rematch of 2012.” He announced in October that he’d seek a ninth full term. Sorrell said he’s already raised “over $20,000” for his reelection campaign and plans to hold a fundraiser in Florida on Friday. No other candidates have yet emerged. So what’ll happen to Donovan? The scion of the politically connected Leddy and Donovan clans has long been rumored to harbor gubernatorial or congressional ambitions. But with no clear path to the top at present, he appears to have chosen to play it safe, rather than forfeit his current position and risk a second statewide defeat. “We’ll see what the future holds. I really don’t know, and that’s okay. I go by what my uncle tells me,” Donovan said, referring to Burlington attorney John Leddy. “‘Fight the good fight, keep the faith and good things will happen. And just work hard.’”
proceeded to outline legislation he introduced earlier this month that would finance the health care overhaul mostly through payroll taxes. Experts say the new system would require between $1.6 billion and $2.2 billion in new revenue. Galbraith’s proposal isn’t exactly original. The architect of Shumlin’s plan, WiLLiaM hsiao, suggested much the same, and the governor himself told Barre-Montpelier Times Argus editor steven PaPPas in October that the payroll tax would “play a major role” in financing the new system. But Galbraith is the first legislator to actually introduce legislation explicitly identifying a financing scheme. He says the time is now to settle on a plan. Shumlin and legislative leaders, on the other hand, have said they’d prefer to wait until 2015 to vote on it. That has some skeptics questioning whether their timeline is politically motivated. “I truly believe they do not want to have this discussion until after the next election,” Mullin says. Not so, according to House Ways and Means Committee chairwoman Janet anceL (D-Calais), who says, “I think everyone is working along the path that they think is going to get us to the end result.” Senate Finance Committee chairman tiM ashe (D/P-Chittenden) says he “welcome[s] a discussion about financing options,” though he thinks it’s “premature” to vote on one this year. Until he knows more about how the reforms would impact individual Vermonters and businesses and how much money the feds will pony up, he argues, “putting an arbitrary date on when we should vote … is to me irresponsible.” “If we’re not able to design a system we want, approve a financing system we think is appropriate, while giving individuals and businesses time to implement these changes, I think the implementation date should be pushed back,” Ashe says, suggesting that Shumlin’s 2017 start date is not carved in stone. As for whether the debate Galbraith is provoking will hurt his fellow Democrats at the polls, the Windham County senator says that’s beside the point. “I don’t think this is a partisan issue,” he said after Thursday’s caucus. “I think this is about getting Green Mountain Care done, and that means facing up to the facts, presenting them and getting people to agree.” Besides, he said, “There’s an election every two years in the state of Vermont, and, in the upcoming election, there seems to be no prospect of a serious challenge to the governor or anybody else who’s on the statewide ballot.” Not yet, anyway. m
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ast week, the Burlington City Council passed a resolution urging city police to improve their handling of mentally ill subjects, prompted by the killing of Wayne Brunette, a 49-year-old who police say threatened officers with a shovel in November. “Policies have to be changed,” his widow, Barbara Brunette, told the council. “Training needs to be increased for police officers on how to handle mental-health issues.” Law-enforcement documents since obtained by Seven Days provide new details about the fatal encounter between Brunette and officers Brent Navari and Ethan Thibault at his home in Burlington’s New North End — a shooting that, while ruled lawful, has led to a renewed focus on improving encounters between police and unstable citizens. Among the insights: • Two days before the November 6 shooting, Navari and Thibault participated in a Burlington Police Department-designed training course on proper police interaction with people who are mentally ill. Like all Queen City officers, they’d also been through the state’s training program. • A dispatcher alerted the officers that they would be dealing with a “mentalhealth issue” before they encountered Brunette. Despite that information, and the fact that the man had had previous run-ins with police, events unfolded so quickly that officers did not know Brunette’s name or law-enforcement history before Thibault opened fire. • Brunette was inside the house when officers arrived, and the officers spoke with his parents before they encountered him. It was Navari who summoned Brunette to come outside. Did police act too aggressively? The same question came up in 2006, when Vermont police killed a schizophrenic man who had a gun; and again in June 2012, when they Tased an unarmed man who suffered from a seizure disorder — and he died as a result. “We would like to see the response of police officers to be more circumspect than it is sometimes,” said Ed Paquin, the executive director of Disability Rights Vermont. “They’re not social workers,” he acknowledged, but nor have they “implemented … what people generally
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agree is a logical response. You still have police reacting fast, making snap judgments — not a whole lot is different than a few years ago.” Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling said his department is determined to improve its response to mental-health emergencies. Last week, it launched a pilot project that incorporates mental-health professionals into its first-response strategy. Provided there’s no safety risk, a trained HowardCenter worker will ride along with police on 911 calls. The mental-health workers might occasionally go out on their own. The chief said he was unsure if the mental-health worker would have responded to the Brunette call: Brunette’s family had indicated that he was “out of control,” the chief noted, but there were no reports that anyone had been physically harmed. Schirling defends Navari and Thibault, saying they acted appropriately. “It was the best available response. There’s no way to know how something is going to unfold when you arrive, and they didn’t do anything to exacerbate the situation,” Schirling said. “They didn’t even have a chance to talk to the person.” Brunette’s family members declined to comment for this article. But a public records request Seven Days filed with the
Vermont Attorney General’s Office turned up a file of police reports, investigation findings and transcripts of interviews with Burlington Police officers Navari and Thibault that provides a more complete picture of what happened that day.
Around 4:19 p.m. on November 6, Navari and Thibault were parked in their cruisers near the Ethan Allen Homestead, talking, when they received a call from the dispatcher. Thibault had been on the force for 13 years, Navari for 10. “Respond to 85 Randy Lane for a mental-health issue,” the dispatcher told the officers. “The caller lives downstairs, owns property, advises [that] her son, who lives in the upstairs apartment, has been threatening, out of control, destroying property. He is now in the apartment upstairs. She’s downstairs, was advised to stay inside with the door locked.” Brunette had begun chopping down a tree in the front yard of the home he shared with his parents and his wife, and had been yelling at his family. Burlington police dispatch records show the 911 call was entered as a “mental-health issue.” The officers both arrived at the home about four minutes later. Neither officer had any history with Wayne Brunette or his family. They approached the front door of the home,
where Ruthine and Lawrence Brunette were waiting just outside the door. The couple said their son had “mental-health issues” and had spent time at the state hospital in Waterbury, Thibault later told Vermont State Police investigators. Based on that investigation, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan eventually cleared the officers of criminal wrongdoing, and a parallel inquiry by the Burlington Police Department found that they had followed department policies. The state investigation provides this narrative: Lawrence Brunette told Thibault that his son was “crazy,” refusing to take his prescribed medications or get other help. While Thibault talked to the parents, Navari stood to the left, in the driveway, and saw a bearded man through the open bay door standing in the nearby garage. The man dropped something on the floor and disappeared from view, Navari told investigators. Moments later, Navari saw the man standing on a deck over the garage. The man was holding something, Navari said, and staring at him. “Sir, can you come on down and talk to me?” Navari recalled asking the man, who they would later learn was Brunette. “No,” Brunette said. Suddenly, Brunette emerged from the garage into the driveway, Navari recalled, holding a long-handled spade. “Sir, can you do me a favor and put down the shovel so we can talk?” Navari asked. According to Navari, Brunette said, “You are going to have to shoot me.” Then he charged at Navari, who backpedaled toward the street. “He never said anything else,” Navari told investigators. “Hairs stood up and I was fucking scared. He was staring through me ... I honestly, I, first time I’ve been this scared in my life.” Navari drew his Glock pistol when, suddenly, Brunette’s focus shifted to Thibault, who had also drawn his gun and began yelling, “Drop the shovel!” Within a “few seconds,” Thibault, who stood his ground as Brunette approached, fired, twice hitting Brunette in the torso. But Brunette kept advancing. “Brunette was still advancing towards me, was very close,” Thibault later
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Additionally, the Burlington Police Department periodically hosts its own training sessions, to brush up on best practices. Navari told investigators that such a session happened two days before Brunette’s death. He said, “We did patrol procedures and training in regards to — in fact, it was stuff like going to a suicidal person, or a mental-health situation, person with a gun, person with a bat, person with a knife.” In an interview, Schirling said the training session shortly before the shooting had focused on “integrated training on patrol tactics and how to interact with people with diminished mental capacity or a mental-health issue.” Part of the session, Schirling said, focused on how the mere presence of uniformed police officers can cause anxiety in mentally ill subjects.
told investigators. “Eye contact. No real emotion except for, like, anger on his face. I shot at least one more time, I think two more times, before his momentum stopped and he went to the ground.” Thibault approached and saw that Brunette had dropped the shovel. Since they didn’t know if he had any other weapons, the officers said they did not administer first aid. Brunette, with four bullet holes in his body, tried to sit up. Thibault advised him to stay down, that help was on the way. “Don’t touch the shovel,” he added. It wasn’t until then that Thibault asked Lawrence Brunette his son’s name. The father had already witnessed the shooting. “Thought his father said ‘Wade’ at first, so I asked him again,” Thibault later recalled. “He said ‘Wayne.’ I said, ‘OK ... we have an ambulance coming. Be all right.’ And started speaking to Brunette by his first name, Wayne, telling him again to keep breathing, to relax.” A half hour later, Brunette was pronounced dead at Fletcher Allen Hospital. The dispatch log indicates the officers had been on the scene for two minutes before Brunette fell to the ground with his fatal wounds.
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“We’re extremely interested in treating backcountry skiing the same as we do mountain biking,” says Smith. Encouraging guide services to set up in small towns would lead to low-impact economic development opportunities for enterprises such as inns and restaurants, Smith points out. Just as the popular Kingdom Trails mountain biking system has brought a jolt of tourism to the town of East Burke, the commissioner suggests that skiing could energize a town like Rochester, which was hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene. The second advantage of responsibly expanding backcountry access is that it would lead to more sustainable glade cutting, state officials say. While skiing on public land is legal, cutting glades through that land without permission is not. In 2007, two skiers made headlines after illegally clearing 873 trees for a chute on Big Jay mountain, which occupies state forest and borders Jay Peak resort. “I’ve seen, as a skier in the backcountry, people doing some stuff they’re not supposed to be doing, cutting trails without authority and not always with the best practices,” says Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation. “Could we open some state forest? Are there key places where we could develop backcountry skiing in a more organized fashion?” The state already manages some glades through a public-private partnership. Two years ago, a private landowner made an offer to buy a 1,161-acre network
of glades and nordic ski trails at Bolton Valley ski resort, closing the backcountry trails to public use. But after a $1.85 million fundraiser, the Vermont Land Trust was able to purchase the land and donate it to the state. Snyder’s department has now incorporated that land into Mt. Mansfield State Forest and is working to maintain its skiable terrain with a group called the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry. Still, glade creation remains lesscharted territory. “We don’t know all of the ins and outs of … what people are looking for, what exactly is needed. We don’t have experience with that,” says Diana Frederick, a state stewardship forester in Washington and Lamoille counties. But having worked with groups like the Catamount Trail Association, the Green Mountain Club and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, Frederick cautions that the approval process can be long and dizzying, as it involves a litany of environmental factors: erosion prevention, timber conservation and preservation of threatened species like the Bicknell’s thrush. The CTA has some experience in the bureaucratic — and literal — weeds of trail management, having maintained the 300-mile multiuse Catamount Trail for 30 years. Since hosting one of those ski forums in November, its representatives have been discussing land-use strategies with members of the state and national forest services, reports Amy Kelsey, the group’s executive director. But there
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land management. But at this point it’s all mute on the subject.” Beyond the environmental considerations, Mattrick explains that creating signs should also be done carefully, since marking an area as skiable could create liability. But Neil Van Dyke, team leader of the nonprofit Stowe Mountain Rescue service and the state’s new search-andrescue coordinator, isn’t worried. He says the vast majority of rescue missions aren’t in response to those who strap climbing skins on their skis and “earn their turns.” “Historically, the skiing population that has generated the most search-andrescue missions, by far, is lift-served,” Van Dyke says. A spike in the number of lost or injured skiers at Killington Ski Resort over the holiday season prompted state Sen. Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) to propose a bill last year that would have slapped a $500 fine on skiers who went off trail and needed to be rescued. But the Vermont Senate shot it down after hearing testimony from law-enforcement officials and backcountry advocates, including David Goodman, the Vermont-based author of several backcountry ski guides, that fines might make people wait too long before seeking help. An organization like the Vermont Backcountry Skiers’ Alliance would help, Goodman says, because “We need to be able to speak with one voice and be at the table when decisions are being made that affect us. These decisions have to do with issues around rescue, around trail cutting, but I think the biggest thing is access.” Adam Howard, editor-in-chief of Jeffersonville-based Backcountry magazine and a former state lawmaker, has been advocating for several years that Vermont’s backcountry skiers organize. He also testified against Mullen’s bill. And he has another recommendation: that local ski groups take a cue from RASTA and reveal a few of their secret “stashes.” “This whole ‘Powder is a finite resource, we want to get there first’ thing?” Howard says. “To me, the solution is, the more terrain that’s legitimate and that’s available, the more the problem is mitigated.” m
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Those naysayers also contend that the cost of compliance could drive the price of new stoves out of reach for most consumers, while ignoring a greater threat to Vermont’s air quality: coal-fired generating plants in the Midwest. According to U.S. census figures, Vermont ranks first in the nation for its per-capita use of wood for heat, with at least one in six Vermont households now using wood products as their primary heating source. ANR estimates that the number is even higher, saying between one-third and one-half of all Vermont homes use wood as a heat source. Homeowners are not the only ones heating with wood. Nearly one-third of all Vermont schoolchildren attend a school heated by wood or biomass. Burlington Electric’s 50-megawatt McNeil Generating Station burns about 76 tons of locally harvested wood per hour to feed electricity to the grid. But all that combustion comes at a price. Each year, the Vermont ANR issues an average of three to five air-quality alerts; in 2014, there have already been two. Rich Poirot, ANR’s air quality plan ning chief, says that most of those alerts occur in winter when the forecast is for clear, cold and calm days in mountainvalley regions, such as Rutland, where temperature inversions trap pollutants. Since 2009, Rutland has experienced 20 “health advisory days” f or sensitive populations. Over that same period, Burlington experienced just three, and Bennington none. The main culprit, Poirot says, is residential wood smoke. Unlike automobiles and oil f urnaces, which f ace strict emissions standards, many sources of wood smoke, such as outdoor wood boilers, have not been regulated. Of major concern to environmental health experts are the fine particulates, or PM 2.5, which are tiny particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter. (For comparison, a human hair is about 70 microns across.) These particles can get trapped deep inside the chest, damaging lungs, blood vessels and the heart. They can also be deadly, triggering heart at tacks, strokes and asthma attacks. Jane Wolf orth, asthma program manager at the Vermont Department of Health, says the new EPA rules will make a difference in cleaning the air. But change will take time, she cautions,
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So who’s Shumlin going to choose? The governor has said he’d like to see more women in elective office, and with Fox’s death, only eight of the Senate’s 29 members are female. But Jerman’s voting record and his roots in Fox’s former town of Essex might make him a compelling replacement. And of all the candidates, Perkinson has the political savvy — and the ear of Shumlin — to make his case. Suffice it to say, this very special election could yet surprise.
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This year, the Democratic governor sang a different tune, calling on legislators to spend $4.3 million more to “move Vermonters out of poverty.” To that end, Shumlin proposed doubling the state’s investment in rental subsidies and increasing funding for homeless shelters and childcare centers. Notably, he pitched spending $650,000 more on substance abuse and mental-health treatment for Reach Up recipients. Coming on the heels of Shumlin’s headline-grabbing State of the State address on opiate addiction, Wednesday’s speech appeared designed to avoid giving offense. In presenting his $5.6 billion budget, Shumlin, for the thousandth time, said he would reject “broad-based tax increases on hardworking Vermonters.”
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favorite: Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme ). His columns are so enjoyable, they’ve been collected into books so we can read them again and again. And the witty commentary in his “deadline” poems is a marvel of economy. Take this one about the polar-opposite Cheney sisters:
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ell him I said to call him Bud,” advised ed koren . The Brookfield-based New Yorker cartoonist was re ferring to writer Calvin Trillin, his longtime f riend. In advance of Trillin’s talk at the Vermont Statehouse f or Farmers Night next Wednesday, January 29, and my phone interview with him, I had called Koren looking for any inside info he could give me. After all, when you can find every detail of a man’s accomplish ments on the internet, what’s left to ask? But Bud? I knew that Trillin’s parents had called him Buddy, and the nickname apparently stuck. But I’d been think ing “Mr. Trillin.” That’s because, over Calvin Trillin a 50-plus-year career, he has written loads of incisive journalism, close to 30 books, hundreds of essays and magazine articles, mostly f or the New Yorker, short stories, columns, memoirs and humorous verses as the “deadline poet” at the Nation. He’s even had a couple of sell-out one-man stage shows. Trillin has more than earned my respect and admiration, and he’s hilarious, to boot. He’s an American treasure, like Mark Twain. I couldn’t decide whether I was intimidated or in love. So I said to Koren hopef ully, “He CAl Vin T Rillin must be nice because he’s f rom the
Midwest.” Kansas City, Mo., to be exact. Never mind that he’s lived in New York City far longer. “He is nice,” agreed Koren. “And he is very funny.” In f act, Trillin was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his book Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff in 2012. He has written about presidents — well, one in particular — in comic verse (my
Yes, Liz and Mary now are fighting. Thanksgiving there should be exciting. On Turkey Day, we may get word On who was first to flip the bird. Trillin was an inspired choice f or the Fair Banks museum ’s William Eddy Lecture. And the museum’s leadership made an even better one to team up with Farmers Night and bring “Calvin Trillin’s America” to the Statehouse. Koren had told me, “He’s very funny when he talks.” So how did it go on the phone? Well, I started with, “Ed told me to call you Bud, but I wasn’t so sure.” “‘Your Grace’ would be good,” he re plied without hesitation. I told Trillin I’d learned that he and Koren met not at the New Yorker but
Ro AD Riot Based in Hardwick, Vermont Vaude Ville makes the most of its rural residence. On its website, a stylized logo is adorned with a cow, a classic cupola’d town hall, an n EK sign, a snowflake, a thermometer indicating a very low temp, and a jagged mountain skyline. But the troupe’s devotion to place doesn’t end with art. Justin l ander and r ose Friedman — partners in life as well as onstage, and alums of the Bread and Pu PPet t heater — sit on the board of the Hardwick Town House, where they have performed for the past five years and have contributed to venue upgrades. “We now have lights and a soundboard,” l ander notes with satisfaction. This year, with the help of a grant from the Vermont arts Coun Cil , Vermont Vaudeville is leaving home. The company — whose other core members are Cir Cus smirkus -trained
Brent and maya mCCoy — will conduct its funny business on nine stages around the state, beginning this Saturday at Goddard College and winding up at Burlington’s FlynnSpace on march 1. l ander describes their show as “a modern update of vaudeville humor, music, slapstick comedy, circus skills and juggling.” And, he says, “We’re always trying to get audience participation.” Along the way, Vermont Vaudeville will feature some guest performers. One of them is Woody kePPel , a vaudeville veteran who performs in Waldo & Woodhead , the h okum Brothers and other acts, and organizes Burlington City arts ’ annual Festi Val oF Fools . Keppel will join in at the FlynnSpace. “it’s a cool idea,” he says of VV’s mobile funny fest. “Though it’s not a new one — in the ’80s and ’90s, we
used to tour variety shows in the same way.” Keppel’s happy to see the tradition continue, if not surprised, he says. The popularity of vaudeville, which began in the 1930s, has scarcely abated, particularly in Europe; if anything, it’s resurged in the u .S. in recent years. Why does this mostly wholesome entertainment have such staying power? Keppel suggests it’s because the demographic is so large. “Parents and kids can do it together, laugh together.” He recalls a friend telling him that even his often-sulky teenagers enjoyed the show. “Parents’ greatest joy is to see their kids happy,” Keppel says. Speaking of parents and kids, Keppel notes that l ander and Friedman — “not only comic performers but wonderful musicians” — have “an adorable 3-year-old” who
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travels with them to shows. “She’s this little Shirley Temple waiting to happen,” Keppel says. Regardless of age or other
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earlier, in 1959, when both were in the army. And both happened to be present “on the occasion of the mustering out of Elvis Presley,” Koren had said, describing the mob of screaming teenage girls welcoming their idol home from a stint in Germany. Trillin said he didn’t really remember Elvis. However, both he and Koren very much remembered Nancy Sinatra, who was inexplicably part of the scene. I didn’t ask Trillin about the stellar early reporting on racial integration that got his writing career off the ground, or about joining the New Yorker staff in 1963, or about the remarkable “U.S. Journal” series he wrote for the magazine for 15 years. I didn’t ask him about his food writing, or his memoirs, or about his beloved late wife, Alice. Because all that has been done. Instead, I asked Trillin what he was going to talk about for Farmers Night in Vermont. That didn’t go anywhere, as he claimed to have no idea. “I think I can write a speech in 12 days,” he assured. We did some arithmetic to figure out how many deadline poems Trillin had written since he began them in 1990 — more than a thousand! “Although they’re not very long,” he said modestly.
“But it’s a lot of words,” I countered. “At a hundred dollars a poem … I should have a lot of money around here somewhere,” he said. “I hope it’s well invested,” I said. Our conversation took a few tangents in this manner, which I did not write down and which generally ended in giggles — mine. Finally, I asked “Bud” where his funny comes from. Instead of a quip, his answer was thoughtful. “I think some people just have their heads wired differently,” Trillin said. “But it depends on the household you grew up in. My father was funny, in a low-key, Midwestern way.” He paused for a beat before adding, “It’s also whether or not you are appreciated.” In a burst of Midwestern solidarity, I shared that I was from Omaha. “People from Omaha,” Trillin said, “aspire to be like people from Kansas City.” m
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variables, he adds, “Vermont audiences are really appreciative.” That’s not news to Vermont Vaudeville. In Hardwick, the group’s
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Vermont Vaudeville, Saturday, January 25, Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College; Friday, January 31, Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield; Saturday, February 1, Barton Memorial Building; Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater in Middlebury; Saturday, February 8, Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington; Saturday, February 15, Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction; Friday, February 21, Bellows Falls Middle School Auditorium; Saturday, February 22, New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro; and Saturday, March 1, FlynnSpace in Burlington. All shows 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Prices vary. Tickets at vermontvaudeville.com.
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mining” jewelry-donation period. Through February 28, residents of the Upper Valley and surrounding com munities can contribute unwanted jew elry — broken pieces, single earrings or anything cluttering up vanity drawers. Donations may be mailed in or dropped off at several locations around the Upper Valley, including the Hop’s box office, Revolution boutique in White River Junction and several branches of the Mascoma Savings Bank. On April 12 and 13, jewelry-making workshops with a capacity for more than 100 participants will be held at the Hop’s jewelry studio. On May 12, the arts center will host a gala exhibition of the jewelry made in the workshops, along with panel discussions, artist talks and lectures from Ethical Metalsmiths staffers and others. The exhibit runs through June 15, and all the funky new pieces of bling will be for sale. Jewelry donors get a coupon toward purchases, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ethical Metalsmiths. Using Radical Jewelry Makeover as CVI’s debut was the brainchild of Jeff georga Ntes , director of the jewelry studio at Dartmouth, who says he’s been trying to get Ethical Metalsmiths to come to the Upper Valley for years.
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othing snags attention quite like bling. Flashy, brilliant and in your f ace, it can’t help but catch eyes and turn heads. That’s what the h opki Ns CeNter for the arts at Dartmouth College is banking on with Radical Jewelry Makeover, a showy pilot project that bears the tagline “Creativity. Sustainability. Bling.” The Hop is rolling it out to herald the launch of its new Community Venture Initiative (CVI), which will boost community arts programming throughout the Upper Valley in coming years. “We are outward f acing, and we do want people to come through our doors, but it’s not always about getting people to come to the Hop,” says stepha Nie paCheCo , manager of outreach at the arts center and coordinator of the new CVI. “We want to be an active member of this community, too.” Radical Jewelry Makeover is a mul tif aceted project with a sustainability theme, implemented in partnership with Ethical Metalsmiths, a national, Ohio-based nonprofit that promotes ethical mining practices. A second pilot program with a recycling and sustain ability theme called Bash the Trash — which will invite the public to create musical instruments out of trash and hold local concerts — is also scheduled for this spring. The Hop’s leadership anticipates that CVI’s long-term programming will involve a series of public art projects, workshops, exhibits and lectures. The two pilots have educational, commu nity-building f acets, but they were also selected to make a splash. CVI wants Upper Valley residents to know that more deliberate and long-term pro gramming f rom the college is in the works, says Hop programming director Margaret Lawre NCe — and that commu nity input is being sought to dictate what those programs will be. Radical Jewelry Makeover opens with a months-long “community
“One of the things that is really pretty amazing is how destructive the process of mining precious metals actually is,” Georgantes says in a recent interview, perched atop an anvil in his studio. “It can easily take a couple of tons of earth to get a little piece of gold the size of a 50-cent piece. And that’s if things are going well. It can go up to a hundred tons per ounce.” Ethical mining practices might seem a distant trouble in the Upper Valley, but the intentions behind Radical Jewelry Makeover are manifold. Aside from promoting CVI and using the arts to educate the public about a broad ethical issue, the big goal, Pacheco says, is to hold a broad-access event that lets commu nity members get hands-on experience making art — and allows them to choose their level of participation. “It’s something that anyone — f rom a professional jeweler to a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old, or a teen, or a Dartmouth student — can all work on together,” Pacheco says. kiM souza , owner o f Revolution, which sells upcycled clothing, says that Radical Jewelry Makeover’s commit ment to recycled, wearable art makes it a “total slam-dunk for a healthy consumer culture. “Typically, I think that most Hopkins Center programs being open to the greater UV community is an accomplishment in itself,” Souza writes in an email. “When there is a reciprocating venture, such as the Radical Jewelry project, it allows the general community to engage more f ully in an institution that is very
prominently situated on the Dartmouth campus.” Though the Hop has a long his tory of educational programming and community outreach, CVI builds on themes explored during a campuswide Class Divide project, a three-year series of discussions, artist residencies and perf ormances that wrapped up in 2009. The Hop’s website describes it as “this country’s first initiative to explore socio-economic class through the eyes of artists.” The artists-in-residencef or Class Divide developed relationships and on going dialogues with community mem bers and created art installations and perf ormances that addressed themes relevant to Upper Valley communities. “Class Divide changed us,” says Lawrence. “As we learned more and more about what the barriers around participating with the Hopkins Center are f or our communities, we learned a [new] style of working and planning.” She concedes that developing that “style” takes time. Future CVI program ming will largely rely on feedback from currently underserved constituencies. The first focus group, composed of teenagers and community leaders who work with them, will convene later this month. “[This is] one of the biggest priorities of this staff group,” Pacheco says of CVI’s long-term conversations. “To make something authentic.” m
Learn more about the Hopkins Center’s Community Venture Initiative and Radical Jewelry Makeover, including how to donate (through February 28) and participate in workshops, at hop.dartmouth.edu/online/ communityventure.
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year. A residency on BCA’s fourth floor was formerly part of the mix, but that space was converted to the Vermont metro GAllery last fall. “There’s talk of different spaces to utilize around town,” Tekin says. Does she have a project in mind? “For the year, I’ve been thinking about a multimedia project, with old Super 8 film that I’ve digitized and old and new photographs, and ephemera,” she says. “I’m thinking about a selfportrait as an aggregate.” As it happens, Tekin also won a MacDowell fellowship this year and will spend a monthlong residency at the New Hampshire artists’ colony in the spring. In this respect she echoes previous Smail recipient kAte Donnelly, who in the past year also received an artist development grant from the Flynn Center Sumru Tekin For tHe PerForminG ArtS. Donnelly recently showed a video that resulted from This Friday the BCA Center will open her time “in process” at both BCA and three exhibits on three floors of the Flynn. Her culminating exhibit is the downtown gallery. And an one of the shows opening this Friday. announcement that has nothing to About Donnelly’s months of do with any of them will be made exploration, Tekin observes, “Kate during the reception: Curator DJ really highlighted what the art HellermAn will reveal the next process is, very nakedly. She showed recipient of the Barbara Smail Award. us the moments of quiet.” If you’re reading this, you’ll be in the Tekin embraces the opportunity know. It’s Charlotte artist Sumru tekin. to let her own process unfold. “Time “I was surprised and really, really is one of the greatest gifts, and the honored [to find out],” Tekin says in validation [of the Smail award] is a phone interview. “I think it’s great very powerful,” she concludes. “I’m that Barbara Smail and her friends really impressed that they’re keeping are the role models for this prize — it going.” they were fiercely devoted to both art and their families.” PA mE L A P o L S to N The annual award, intended for mid-career artists, is named for a late local painter who created dazzling, brilliantly colored INFo canvases. Set up posthumously by Barbara Smail Award Presentation, Friday, her family, the award comes with January 24, during exhibit receptions, $1000 and free access to BCA’s print, 5 to 8 p.m., at BCA Center in Burlington. clay and photography studios for a Info, 865-7166. burlingtoncityarts.org
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investigation examined 115 charities founded by highprofile athletes and found 74 percent didn’t meet acceptable operating standards for nonprofit organizations. On inquiring more closely, we find the problem often isn’t evil intent so much as paying no attention. Take the charities set up by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. What seems to have happened is this: 1. A-Rod gets flak for participating in illegal poker games and decides it’s time for PR makeover. 2. Two kids’ charities set up, fundraiser held, PR problem solved. 3. Everybody forgets about the charities. Neither filed a tax return from 2007 to 2011, leading the IRS to revoke their tax-exempt status. Today all we know is that, in 2006, $368,000 in contributions went in and a mere $5,090 worth of good works came out, along with $60,000 spent on expenses, presumably leaving $300,000. Where is it now? Who knows? Rodriguez has other things on
isten, Keith, if you anonymously slip a twenty into the Salvation Army kettle, that’s pure philanthropy. If you get a tax break for doing it — and I fill out the charitable donations worksheet for my Schedule A as diligently as the next citizen — it’s not. So let’s have no illusions about the general level of virtue in our society. The allegedly charitable antics of celebrities occasionally provoke outrage, but that’s partly because they strut on a larger stage. That’s not meant as an excuse for dubious behavior; on the contrary, take it as a caution. The main difference between donating to a celebrity’s charity and the one fronted by the kid at your door claiming he’s earning points for college is that you’re dealing with a better-paid class of mope. As illustration, consider the following tales gleaned from the net: Case 1. In 2013 an ESPN “Outside the Lines”
it was revealed that in 2009, as celebrity spokesperson for the teen pregnancy-prevention charity Candie’s Foundation, she’d been paid $262,500 while a mere $35,000 went to charitable causes. An affronted Neil Cole, the apparelindustry exec running the foundation, protested that Bristol had been an excellent investment: “Bristol’s work — which has included two television PSAs, one viral video, multiple print PSAs, two town hall meetings and six television interviews — has resulted in more than ONE BILLION media impressions … an unprecedented reach for a teen pregnancy prevention campaign.” I have no idea how Cole came up with a billion impressions, but let’s assume he’s right. Let’s also acknowledge that Bristol Palin is hardly alone among celebrities in getting paid hefty sums for a laughable workload (six interviews, one video, two town halls!). The fact remains that, under the most favorable interpretation, the outcome of Ms. Palin’s labors was increased public awareness that becoming a pregnant unmarried teenager
What’s with all the celebrity charities? A quick search on the web found a list as long as your arm, everyone from Michael Bloomberg, Tom Brokaw, Sharon Stone and Andre Agassi to Elton John. It’s certainly nice for those with big dough to give some to a worthy cause, but, being skeptical by nature, I wonder if something else is going on besides pure philanthropy. Keith Runfola
his mind at the moment, and 300 grand is pocket change for him anyway. All you can hope is that the people he got it from feel the same way. Case 2. NBA forward and (for now) Kardashian spouse Lamar Odom set up his charity Cathy’s Kids to help underprivileged children and fight cancer. A $150-per-ticket Hollywood gala in 2009 emphasized the latter aim, but eight years of tax returns showed nothing was ever spent on cancer research. Instead, of $2.2 million raised, $1.3 million went to two elite youth basketball teams. Asked for an explanation, Odom said, “It’s my money.” I won’t argue the point, and I’m willing to stipulate that at least some of the young basketball players may have been underprivileged. This still looks a lot like bait-and-switch. Case 3. Bristol Palin took some heat a few years ago when
is a bad idea, unless you’re the daughter of a famous mom and can get well paid for it. No shit. Point is, even if there’s nothing illegal going on, celebrity charities often are still a waste of other people’s money. That’s not to say they all are. The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $200 million for HIV/AIDS-related causes and, according to its most recent IRS statement, more than 95 percent of its outlay went to programs and services aimed at people who needed them. And the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which has raised about $150 million, gives 91 percent of its funds to the cause. How do you tell worthwhile charities from useless ones? These days it’s easy. Two good online resources are charitywatch.org and charitynavigator.org — the latter has a box where you can type in an organization’s name and get an evaluation in about 10 nanoseconds. The conspicuously bad actors aren’t identified with klaxons and flashing red lights, no doubt due to cautious lawyers. No matter. The facts are plain as day.
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Maybe purchase an annuity with part of it. I really need to talk to people who know about these things. My, it’s nice to have first world problems to deal with for a change.” Linda lives in a second-floor walk-up in an ancient and rambling Burlington building. If it was in better shape, it might even warrant a “historic” appellation. Together we carried her stuff up: me, the rugs; she, the pillows. “How do you like my sofa?” she asked, as we dropped the goods in her living room. “Quite snazzy,” I replied. “Where’d ya get it?” “Home Depot. It’s actually new. Can you believe it? The last new couch I bought was probably a futon. Yup, those were the days.” Sadly, it takes but the barest thread of a prompt to spur me into song. “Those were the days, my friend,” I belted out. “We thought they’d never end.” “Not bad, Jernigan. Not bad. That’s one crappy song, but you do it justice. Speaking about that, remember ‘Feelings’?” “Oh, God — yes. Talk about brainnumbing monstrosities. That song actually hurts my feelings. Didn’t Sarah Vaughan cover it, though? She is one amazing singer, but that was just a bad choice.”
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“I got a story about that. My band and I were playing some fancy hotel in Dallas. It might have been a convention of some kind. Anyway, all those rich Texas businessmen are drinking their brandies and Johnnie Walker and whatnot, and getting drunker by the minute. One of them staggers towards the stage, pleading, ‘“Feelings,” honey, “Feelings.” I love that song. I’ll give ya 50 bucks every time ya play it.’ Yes, sir — he didn’t have to say another word. Feelings, nothing more than feelings. Trying to forget my feelings of love.” Even fooling around with perhaps the most anodyne song of the ages, Linda sounded fabulous. I’d pay her $50 to sing it, if I had the cash. Giggling, Linda said, “I kid you not — we must have played that sucker six times in a row.” “Hey, I hear you,” I said, laughing along. “It’s like me: I have my standards, but I can be bribed.” “Well, thanks for helping me today, Jernigan. You know I appreciate it.” “My pleasure, Linda. Anytime, any place, anywhere. I mean, so long as I’m not out of town.” m
She climbed into the front seat, and we took off to her Archibald Street digs. “Good stuff, Linda,” I said. “You actually can find some nice things at Kmart, I’ve found.” “Yeah,” she said, “if you shop carefully. It’s been ages since I’ve bought any new things for the house. It feels great. I just came into a little bit of money. I’m saving most of it, but I have bought a few choice items, like some awesome new shoes — and not from Payless, if you can believe it.” “Well, you deserve it,” I said. “Did you have, like, what — a secret admirer?” Money, it goes without saying, is a sensitive subject. But the degree of sensitivity varies widely depending on one’s position on the economic ladder. On the higher rungs, it’s virtually taboo to discuss personal finances; here on the lower, it’s no biggie. “I wish,” Linda replied. “No, it’s my ex, who has owed me, like, a billion dollars in child support for years and years. He was involved in some land deal, apparently, and the state got wind of it and scooped up the proceeds. After deducting some taxes and whatnot, they sent me a fat check. I mean, we’re not talking six figures, but to me, it’s a lot.” “Well, it’s about time some good money karma came your way. That’s just great. You got big plans?” “Yeah, I have all these issues to consider now. Like, financial planning, for Pete’s sake. I’m going to get some kind of credit card and start rebuilding my credit score, which is, like, anemic at this point.
here are you, Jernigan? Middlebury, Montréal, Stowe?” Linda, a regular customer, was quizzing me on my whereabouts. The last couple of times she’d called for a ride, she caught me out of town with other customers and hence unavailable. I chuckled, replying, “Nope, I’m right in town, Linda. Whaddya need?” “I’m up at Kmart with a couple of rugs I bought, and some pillows.” “I’m on my way, kiddo,” I said. “Less than 15.” I enjoy all my regulars. Truly. I’m selective about handing out my business card. It’s a key benefit to working as an independent cabbie — the ability to discriminate on the basis of likability. Linda is a cool cat, and I’ve always enjoyed my rides with her. Earlier in life, she was a dancer and nightclub singer, even making it to Broadway with a featured role in Nine, a musical based on the Fellini movie 8 1/2 and starring the late Raul Julia. So wow, right? And, being with Linda, you can tell. Now into middle age, she’s still vivacious, with her bobbed red hair, easy laugh and vivid stories. She’s also raising three teenage boys alone and is perennially broke. She could be bitter — no one would blame her — but she is the opposite: still actively involved in her church, the greater community and life in general. In front of Kmart, I helped her load her new home gear into the rear seat.
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n old man, hunched over and weak, scoots to the edge of his bed and struggles, slowly, into a pair of loose gray sweatpants. “I’m going to make myself something to eat now,” he tells the superintendent making the rounds. “Beef stew.” He gestures to the container of instant noodles on a cluttered bedside table. “They sell this in the commissary?” Mark Potanas asks, not unkindly. Then he moves on — through the 10-bed infirmary, past the offices of nurses and physician assistants. Outside, in the sharp cold of a clear winter day, a few old-timers huddle in wheelchairs on the edge of a bleak yard, their standard-issue orange stocking caps pulled snug over their ears. And in nearby Charlie Unit, men sit quietly at communal tables, bent over playing cards and magazines. Their
adjacent single rooms are claustrophobic but offer a small, cherished measure of privacy. One white-haired man with an eye patch peeks out from behind his door, then retreats back inside. Hospital? Nursing home? No: It’s prison — though Vermont’s Southern State Correctional Facility increas ingly functions as all three. Almost 20 percent of the prisoners at the 377-bed maximum-security prison in Springfield are ages 50 years or older; demographically speaking, that’s how the “elderly” prison population is defined. “They’ve had a hard life,” says Potanas — himself a strapping, clean-cut 60-year-old — and it shows. The same factors that contribute to incarceration — chief among them, poverty and substance abuse — go hand in hand with poor health and limited access to care f or medical, dental and mental health needs.
During a tour in late November, Potanas rattled off the details: Nine prisoners in wheelchairs. Roughly another 10 with walkers or canes. Men suffering from cancer, liver and kidney disease. A f ew showing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. “This is its own city,” said Potanas. “Aging is a problem in society, and corrections is a microcosm of society.” The number of geriatric inmates nationwide is on the rise. In Vermont alone, the proportion of aging in mates more than doubled between 2000 and 2013, now accounting for 15.2 percent of the inmate population. Vermont’s correctional facilities are struggling to keep up with their needs. “We designed Charlie with this in mind,” Potanas said of the unit that became the first of its kind in Vermont when the prison was built in 2003. “However,
no one expected it to go so quickly.” By July, Potanas expects that half the steel bunks in Charlie’s 24 cells will have been replaced with adjustable, hospital-style beds. Now he’s trying to figure out how to make the unit’s second floor wheelchair-accessible without breaking the budget. Corrections officials envisioned Charlie Unit as an assisted-living f acility with bars. It’s quieter than all the other areas of the prison, and the ailing inmates there have the option of having their meals and meds brought to them. Back in November, demand for beds in that unit already exceeded supply, according to Potanas. In the corridor, he passed an old man in a wheelchair grumbling unhappily as another inmate pushed him to the exit; someone else needed his bed, so the wheelchair-bound man had been reassigned to another part of the prison. Older inmates complain that, as they age behind bars, they struggle to obtain adequate medical care. And there are other problems: Aging inmates sometimes fall prey to the bullying or extortion of younger offenders. Cell blocks can be loud, bunks cold and uncomfortable. Walks to the chow hall or pill line get increasingly difficult to manage.
Voices From the inside
to get my medical records and a copy of my MRI so my outside attorney can look at them.” Will Hunter, a minister who works to help f ormer inmates find transitional housing after prison, makes no apologies for such prisoners. That they’re old and in jail suggest they’ve committed serious crimes, many of which are sex offenses. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t entitled to human decency and adequate care, says Hunter. “This is the Department of Corrections … not the Department of You’re Never Going to Change and We’re Going to Treat You Like Dirt Because of Something You Did 30 Years Ago.”
The experiences of a f ew individuals don’t speak f or the system as a whole. That’s the opinion of Delores Burroughs-Biron, the director of health services f or Vermont’s in-state prison population. Known as “Dr. Dee,” Burroughs-Biron acknowledges that inmates don’t always
Vermont’s southern state correctional Facility in springfield increasingly functions as prison, hospital and nursing home.
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get medical appointments right away — “I do think that in general everything ‘seems’ to take longer when you are waiting for it in jail,” she says — but nor do people who aren’t serving time, she points out. Prisoners with chronic diseases, such as diabetes or asthma, get in for check-ups every 90 days, and an in-house doctor and nursing staff act as the “primary care” practice for inmates. Vermont’s prison system provides much of its routine care through a contract with a private company called Correct Care Solutions. The state’s contract with CCS came under scrutiny this f all, af ter a report by State Auditor Doug Hoffer criticized a “fee-for-service” agreement that provides no incentive for the contractor to contain costs. The state ran $4.2 million over budget on the nearly $50 million contract during the first three years of its agreement with CCS. Though DOC recently extended its contract with the provider another two years,
Jones also wrote about an inmate, transf erred to Southern State from another facility in late October, who waited weeks f or a CPAP machine to address his sleep apnea. Sixty-nine-year-old Burt Allen, a former New Haven selectman sentenced to eight to 15 years behind bars f or lewd and lascivious conduct with an 8-year-old girl, said it took months to diagnose the bulged discs and sciatica in his lower back. At the time, he was serving time in a prison in Beattyville, Kentucky. (To ease overcrowding, Vermont contracts with the private Corrections Corporation of America to house inmates there.) “I kept hammering. CCA sent me back to Vermont on a medical slip. Came back to Vermont Oct. 7, 2013 and here I sit,” Allen wrote in an early December letter toSeven Days. “I saw what you may consider a doctor. She claims to be, but excuse me, she is no more of a doctor than I’m a pilot. She told me here in Springfield a lot of back surgeries didn’t help and wouldn’t heal right, so now I have asked
In Vermont and the rest of the country, the elderly pris oner population is largely male. Men between the ages of 50 and 59 in the Vermont DOC outnumber women of the same age by 23 to one, according to corrections depart ment data. Men over the age of 60 outnumber their female counterparts by 25 to one. Springfield has the state’s largest concentration of older inmates, including Vermont’s most senior prisoner: 88-year-old John Simon, who is serving a sentence of 11 months to five years for several charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, violating an abuseprevention order and simple assault of a law-enforcement official. Vermont’s eldest f emale prisoner is 81-year-old Hope Schreiner, in f or a 17-year to lif e sentence f or killing her husband. She is imprisoned at the state’s only correctional f acility f or women: Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington. The facility housed an “average daily population” of roughly 150 incarcerated women during last fiscal year; in 2012, 12 of those women were over the age of 50. Schreiner declined to be interviewed, but over a period of months, Seven Days talked with aging inmates at the Springfield prison. Through interviews, letters and phone calls, common themes emerged. “Lif e sucks in here,” said Richard Murray, 65, in the visiting room at SSCF on a recent Sunday morning, a cane by his side. Because of the arthritis in his knees and the necessity of crossing the icy prison yard, he said he’s spent part of the winter confined to a wheelchair. “That’s their answer to everything here: a walker, a wheelchair or a cane and some ibuprofen,” said Murray. He’s hasn’t always had so much trouble getting around. At 53, while serving time at an out-of -state f acility in Virginia, Murray played left field for the commissioner’s all-star baseball team. “They called me ‘The Beast,’” he remembered. Murray has spent the last 19 years in prison, serving a 15- to 30-year sentence for aggravated sexual assault. He was arrested in 1995 af ter repeatedly molesting a young girl over the course of a decade. “Guilty, guilty, guilty. I’m not proud of it,” said Murray. He’s since completed a targeted treatment program for sex offenders and served enough time to be eligible for release. Why is he still locked up? Murray’s one of approximately
200 inmates in the Vermont correctional system who remain behind bars solely because they can’t find housing the DOC considers “sufficient to address [the] risk” they pose to the community. Murray doesn’t live in Charlie Unit, and, f rankly, “I don’t want to go there right now,” he said. He likened it to going to a nursing home to lie down and die. But during days or weeks when his knees are particularly bad, he said he longs for the convenience the unit would bring. Instead, Murray relies on f ellow inmates to push his wheelchair across the icy yard to the chow hall. Other inmates shared their stories in snail-mail letters. One told of a 72-year-old fellow prisoner who suffered from a painful esophageal condition. “He would for hours at a time wretch and gag, which was heartbreaking to listen to,” inmate Reco Jones wrote. Jones said he asked correctional officers to call for medical assistance but was rebuffed several times. “When he was transferred to the infirmary and his cell was cleaned, his mattress was stained [with] yellow bile.”
Corrections officials in Vermont envisioned Charlie Unit as an assisted-living facility with bars.
SSCF superintendent Mark Potanas looks out over Charlie Unit
Gray Is the New Orange « p.31 Burroughs-Biron says DOC is exploring the possibility of abandoning the private health care provider in f avor of a “homegrown” model run by Vermonters. She said she thinks a small state — with a correspondingly small number of inmates to house — shouldn’t have to rely on an outside, for-profit provider for health care. Burroughs-Biron says that the medical staff in Vermont’s correctional f acilities treat their prisoner patients as they would anyone else — that is, there is no discussion about why they were convicted. Kirk Wool, 54, confirms it — he’s 22 years into a 29- to 73-year sentence f or kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, charges he still disputes. “I have no sense what soever that they are indifferent to the pain or suffering of inmates,” says Wool in a phone interview. But he nonetheless says he knows many men who are suffering — and suffering in prison, he says, is different than it would be outside those walls. “It very quickly goes to a sense of hopelessness,” says Wool, noting it’s tempting to write off inmates as malingering or exaggerating. Prisoners can file complaints, called grievances. Some have gone as far as to sue the DOC for what they feel is
inadequate care — helped along in some cases by Wool, who drafted a fill-in-the-blanks form for prisoners looking to bring legal action. Among the plaintiffs is 54-year-old Matthew Stevens, serving time for first-degree murder. “You wouldn’t find a gentler, kinder, softer-voiced man in your life,” says Wool, describing Stevens, who says he suffers from chronic pain, arthritis, hepatitis C and anxiety, among other disorders. Stevens said he was sent to the CCA prison in Kentucky, where he was “generally denied medical treatment.” “I was returned to Vermont so I can get meal trays, meds delivered,” he wrote to Seven Days by mail. “Still being forced to walk to meals and meds.” Stevens’ lawsuit against DOC Commissioner Andy Pallito was dismissed last summer, largely, Stevens said, because he doesn’t have a doctor or expert witness to testify on his behalf. He’s appealing the decision. But the docket entry for the evidentiary hearing shows that Judge Robert Bent wasn’t unsympathetic to Stevens’ situation. “One of the hard parts is you want somebody to stop it from hurting; harder in jail,” a court clerk wrote in the file, reporting the judge’s remarks. “Can’t change docs, go to the store, try remedy. You’re stuck … Things you’re talking about are very important. Recognize people in your shoes are in the system. Baby boomers not getting younger … I
think it takes a lot of courage to put your case to the judge, and I’m glad you did. I applaud it, but I am going to deny your petition.”
Why No Takers?
Ask experts why prisons are filling up with gray-haired men and women, and almost everyone circles back to one reason: long sentences. Three decades of tough-on-crime policies mean more convicts are entering prison with lengthy or life sentences. In Vermont, the number of prisoners serving lif e or “ef fectively life” (meaning the prisoner will likely die in jail) sentences doubled in the last decade, growing by anywhere between 14 and 28 individuals each year according to the annual Facts and Figures report compiled by the DOC. A 2012 Human Rights Watch report also f ound that nationwide, more older individuals are entering prison for the first time — though in Vermont the percentage of first-time “entrants” to corrections involving individuals older than 50 has hovered between 7 and 10 percent for the last 12 years. “Forgetting about whether it’s right or wrong, the economic cost of this rapidly growing aging population is going to be startling,” says Robert Greifinger, a research
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Advocates f or prison ref orm argue against Vermont’s prison policies regarding older men and women, citing both the high cost of incarcerating these individuals and compassion for the plight of older men and women behind bars. “In terms of taxpayer dollars, what is the appropri ate use of prison?” Rep. Suzi Wizowaty (D-Burlington) asks: “To keep people away f rom the general public f or reasons of public safety.” Holding prisoners who pose an “extremely low risk because of their age” is “a waste of taxpayer money, not to mention a waste of human capital.”
A PlAce for reform
Wizowaty has introduced a bill in the Vermont House that would allow the courts to grant “compassionate re lease” to certain inmates, including those diagnosed with terminal illnesses; those confined to a bed or a chair; or ones older than 65 and suffering from chronic or serious medical conditions. A separate bill from Sen. Richard Sears (D-Bennington) would grant automatic furlough to nonviolent offenders over the age of 65 who have served their minimum sentences. Seth Lipschutz, supervising attorney in Vermont’s Prisoners’ Rights Office, characterizes these efforts as “tweaks” in a system that needs a more comprehensive overhaul. But it’s a start. “I understand the emotions, because they’ve committed some horrendous crimes,” says Lipschutz. “They’ve caused a lot of hurt and pain in the world. If you’re going to make punishment a priority, they should all stay there, I suppose. But if you’re going to make logic and common sense a priority … then we may be misappropriating our funds.” Pallito isn’t convinced the state needs to make any changes. He points to provisions already on the books that he says allow older inmates to be released on a case-bycase basis. The current system permits the commissioner to place an offender suffering from a terminal or debilitating condition on medical furlough “so as to render the offender unlikely to be physically capable of presenting a danger to society.” Pallito says the DOC used medical furlough three times in fiscal year 2012 and twice last year. But Lipschutz isn’t impressed. Sure, there are provisions on the books that allow for medical release or parole, he says, but “the authorities … just seem to be kind of loath to do it.” He recalls a case years ago when he asked for medical release for a prisoner that the DOC then deemed “not sick enough.” By the time the denial came via letter, “the guy was dead,” says Lipschutz. Dying in prison isn’t a prospect anyone relishes — though Burroughs-Biron says that some inmates do prefer to stay put, among their fellow inmates, at the end. But it’s the new reality, according to Pallito. “There was a period when somebody expiring in jail was considered an outlier or not acceptable,” he says. “But given the number of people that are older in jail, I think the department has put itself in a position where we [have to] do end-of-life planning for people now.” For some prisoners, those last days and weeks play out in the infirmary at Southern State, and it’s anything but restf ul. Announcements click on over the loudspeaker; doors lock and unlock as staff comes and goes. “Prison is a noisy place,” says Burroughs-Biron. Inmate Murray recalled visiting one of his friends there during the end of the man’s life. He said he took his friend outside to the prison courtyard when he felt like going out. He sat at his bedside. “I heard he died peacefully,” Murray said, but added that he doesn’t know for sure. “We call it the death house. It’s the last place I’d want to be if I was dying,” Murray said. The visiting room at Southern State is a dreary place, despite the colorful mural that adorns one wall. Two of ficers hover during the hour of conversations, circulating among them. Strict rules forbid any physical contact be tween inmates and their visitors. Murray was the only older man in the room. Asked how long it had been since his last visitor, he guessed five years. His daughter has cut off ties. His friends have disappeared. It’s a problem for anyone with a long jail sentence; worse for one with more past than future. “All those years go by,” said Murray. “People die off. They go on with their life. And I don’t blame them.” m
fellow at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “And no body’s really studying that.” Greifinger formerly served as the chief medical officer for the New York prison system and has spent the last two decades consulting f or the corrections industry. He says few, if any, states have pinpointed costs as they relate to caring for older inmates and their growing infirmities. “Nobody’s addressing the aging thing head-on, as they should,” he says. Vermont corrections officials say they have not crunched the numbers, but their own data suggests the demand for specialized medical treatment is rising. While DOC doesn’t break these statistics down by age in itsFacts and Figures report, Potanas estimates that two-thirds of the medical “transports” f rom Southern State — mean ing trips to an outside f acility — involve older inmates. Diagnostic tests throughout DOC are up 66 percent over the last six years; specialty appointments increased 60 percent over that same period of time; outpatient surgery, 56 percent. At Southern State, some staff members have received special training to deal with geriatric issues. The facility is also starting an in-house hospice program, training other inmates to tend to their fellow prisoners in their final days. Another end-of -lif e option: The department is trying to find Vermont nursing homes willing to take in prisoners. Ideally, Potanas says, inmates could be housed in an underused wing of a nursing home with room to spare. But when the DOC first put out a call for such facilities, says Burroughs-Biron, “We got one big goose egg for responses.” Pallito says his department hasn’t given up. BurroughsBiron got a list of nursing homes with beds to spare from another branch of the Agency of Human Services, and is reaching out to them directly. Pallito is trying to enlist support from the Vermont Health Care Association, the trade association that represents more than 90 licensed nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in the state. There’s a financial incentive on both sides to get prisoners out of correctional f acilities and into nursing homes. While inmates remain in prison, their medical costs are covered entirely by the state. When an inmate goes into a hospital or nursing home for an extended stay, Medicaid kicks in. For their part, nursing homes stand to gain a higher reimbursement — one-and-a-half times the normal Medicaid rate — as an incentive when they take in a prisoner-patient. Why no takers? Some homes have expressed concern for safety of their patients and staff — when released on medical f urlough, the inmates are overseen by proba tion officers but aren’t kept under special guard. But Burroughs-Biron points out they are typically so infirm they pose little or no risk. “This person can’t even walk,” she says, talking about a theoretical patient. “How could they commit another crime?” If Vermont nursing homes continue to turn away DOC patients, Pallito says the department may consider more extreme measures — like building its own.
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the length and arrangement of the cords. To make planks easier, f or example, a sling could be placed under my midriff, supporting me in midair like Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible. At the end of the session, Bluto shows me how to simulate cross-country skiing by doing lunges with one foot in the sling. The science behind Redcord is known as Neurac, or neuromuscular activation. It helps users pinpoint and treat their muscle problems in a way that traditional, one-dimensional strength training doesn’t. Bluto, who rides horses, says the system helped her when she was having trouble keeping her right f oot under pressure in the stirrup. Her physical therapist at Peak — Neurac-certified Kristina Marcussen — used the suspension system to diagnose and treat her weak gluteus medius.
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wedges my feet into a sling hanging a foot off the ground. “You’re going to come up the same way you would with your feet on the floor, so, contracting your core, come on up,” she instructs me. “Can you feel the difference?” “It’s more of a workout,” I agree with a groan.
Marcussen’s certification is no anomaly. She holds dual citizenship in Norway and the U.S., and her f ather comes f rom the same town where the technology is produced. Af ter growing up in Essex, Vt., she pursued a doctorate in physical therapy and later trained under Neurac’s vice president of curriculum development. In 2008, Marcussen and several other Neurac disciples tried to start a clinic of their own in Santa Barbara, Calif., but the economic meltdown thwarted their effort. Redcord has slowly been gaining ground around the world, though; according to Marcussen, it is now used in 38 countries. Norwegian golf er Suzann Pettersen has endorsed Redcord, and several stud ies have shown the efficacy of comparable “Absolutely,” Bluto remarks as I col - suspension systems. In one notable study, lapse to the floor. “You’re in suspension, so a group of junior golfers working on their your feet are not in a fixed plane. They’re swings was divided in two. One group up in the air, so how that translates into used traditional strength training, while your body [is], your core has to work a little another used a Redcord-like set of slings. bit harder.” The latter half ended up hitting the balls As I flounder through each exercise, with twice as much velocity as the control Bluto adjusts the difficulty by changing group. Pho Tos Co URTEsy o F LiNds Ey ELTiNgE
opes haven’t always been used on humansf or the happiest purposes. Hanging, kidnapping and trussing to railroad tracks come to mind. So when I enter the recently opened Peak Physical Therapy Sports & Performance Center in Williston, it occurs to me that the so-called “health center” might be a euphemism f or something kinkier. Sure, the f acility has deadweights and a smoothie station, but pulleys dangle from racks in the ceiling, and through them snake red ropes, bungee cords and slings. Turns out this is decidedly not a Fifty Shades of Grey -themed bondage dun geon. The suspension lines are part of a Norwegian fitness system called Redcord that’s making its debut in Vermont. And, while they’re not torture contraptions per se, they can make for grueling workouts. Susan Dodge, a physical therapist and the owner of Peak, used to operate her business in South Burlington under the name Povlin Performance. She bought the Williston space last September and had settled into it by November along with two other businesses: Whole Health Nutrition and Pure Energy. By operating under the same roof , Dodge says, they aim to serve as an emporium of health and wellness services, or a “clinical spa.” “Most of the services we provide are billable to insurance companies, with the exception of the perf ormance training piece,” Dodge says. “So it’s a little dif ferent than if you go to a health club or a traditional spa, because you’re paying out of pocket for most of those services. We’re trying to bring our arms around our clients and really have all their needs met in one setting.” This Thursday, January 23, Peak will hold an open house to introduce the public to its offerings, which include food, massage and mindset coaching. But Redcord is bound to turn the most heads. The system was devised in 1991 by Petter Planke, a Norwegian who had experienced severe back pain for two decades. He finally jerry-rigged a rope-and-pulley system to provide traction while he did exercises. Now Redcord can be used f or both physical therapy and personal training. When I go in, personal trainer Betsy Bluto shows me a f ew of its applications. First we do planks, an exercise in which you lie prone and prop yourself on your elbows, keeping your body straight as a board. For the Redcord version of the exercise, Bluto
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When Peak hosts its open house, individuals will have the chance to try that “weak link testing.” Gung-ho fitness junkies will be able to see how many reps of certain exercises they can do with Redcord, compared with conventional methods. For Dodge, who says she has adopted a holistic business model, there is clear utility in a rehabilitation program that stimulates the body from every angle. “It’s more functional. You’re not just doing isolation exercises,” she says. “We function in the world in three different planes of motion, and traditional exercise is really only looking at it in one plane.” m
Neurac’s real scientific breakthrough took place a dozen years ago, Marcussen explains. In 2002, a thirtysomething Norwegian who had never been able to lift his arm above 90 degrees owing to a birth injury enrolled in a Neurac program. “Over the course of two days, he kind of contradicted all his beliefs in physical therapists, and he decided to push it harder. By the end, he was able to lift his arm over his head,” Marcussen says. “We went back and really looked at the neuromuscular system, and how pain affects how and what muscles we use. If you have pain, your brain really turns on a different motor pattern.” By placing people in suspension — what Marcussen describes as a “closed kinetic loop” — the system has made it possible for individuals to stimulate muscles that may have seemed irreversibly damaged.
Misty Valley Books celebrates two decades of hosting literary lights
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ucked on Chester’s town green, Misty Valley Books is quintessential Vermont. Cozy as it is, with its Oriental rugs and IndieBound best sellers, it may not be a store you’d expect to get visits from literary heavy hitters such as Dennis Lehane, Jennifer Egan, Steve Almond or Gregory Maguire. In fact, all those authors have appeared at Misty Valley’s annual New Voices reading series, which f êtes its 20th year this week. The series f ocuses on promising debut authors, some of whom have gone on to Pulitzers and movie deals. Last year, a capacity crowd of 200 came to see Eben Alexander read from his best-selling inspirational memoir Proof of Heaven in Chester’s Old Stone Church. “We work on New Voices all year long,” says Bill Reed, who owns the store with his wife, Lynne. “It’s exciting.” “It’s their labor of love,” says Thomas Christopher Greene, president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, who read from his first novel at New Voices in 2004. That labor started with Misty Valley’s f ormer owners, Dwight Currie and Michael Kohlmann, who moved the store f rom Springfield to Chester in 1989 and started New Voices in 1994, drawing on their New York publishing contacts. The Reeds bought the 1,700-square-f oot store in 2001 and eventually purchased its building on the green, where they now live. As f or New Voices, “We decided right away that we would [continue the read ings],” says Lynne Reed in a phone interview, “because we thought it was a cool thing.” Rather than whisking the authors in and out, the Reeds give them a full Vermont experience, starting with a Friday night dinner at home, where writers meet the community members who will introduce them. Then, bright and early on Saturday, “we pick them up … and make them go skiing,” says Lynne with a chuckle. “That was the first time I’d ever tried cross-country skiing and that was a blast,” writes Heidi Durrow, author of Bellwether Prize-winning novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, in an email. She adds that she’s “still in touch with some of the people I met there now four years ago!” Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, author of the forthcoming Bittersweet (a novel set in Vermont), says in a phone interview that a fellow reader at New Voices “became one of my closest f riends in the world.” She calls the event “a great introduction to the experience of doing a reading.” The writers’ f ull day continues with the af ternoon reading, a Q&A session,
Wor Ds a reception at the church and dinner at the Fullerton Inn — all events to which the public is invited. At the end, “every one’s exhausted but happy,” Lynne Reed says. To find each year’s New Voices participants, Lynne combs catalogs looking f or debut authors and attends BookExpo America. Publishers of ten seek out the
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Reeds — but nowadays, not all f und their authors’ appearances. “It’s tough days in publishing, and more and more they’re refusing to pay,” Bill Reed says. “In several cases in recent years, writers have gotten here on their own nickel.” Last year, for the first time, the Reeds began charging admission to the reading. “We were scared that people wouldn’t come,” Lynne says. But they had “no problem at all” filling the church — and covered their expenses.
“You get a lot of smart, interesting, f unny literary types together, and some thing’s bound to go wrong or go right,” Bill Reed says. He recalls when Steve Almond (author of Candyfreak) read from his 2003 collection My Lif e in Heavy Metal : “We were doing this in a church, and I was a little apprehensive about the content of some of the stories.” Reed attempted to steer Almond away f rom a story called “How to Love a Republican” — in vain. But his fears were assuaged when he saw that “the church ladies were laughing and laughing,” he recalls. This year’s five authors cover a wide range: from fiction to nonfiction; from love to crime to politics. Rebecca Walker, daughter of Alice, will read from her first novel, Adé: A Love Story, set in Africa. Elaine Neil Orr’s A Different Sun takes place in Af rica, too — but in the 19th century. Peter Swanson’s suspense novel The Girl With a Clock for a Heart bears a glowing blurb f rom Dennis Lehane. Rhonda Riley’s The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope is a magical-realist romance. And Shahan Mufti’s The Faithful Scribe is a f amily history that helps explain why “the tension between the United States and Pakistan isn’t going anywhere,” in the words of the Huffington Post.
“Publishing the first novel can be a surprisingly lonely thing,” says Greene. “You have expectations and hopes f or it, but you’re also vulnerable because you’ve never put yourself out there like that.” A well-attended reading can change that. New Voices “was the first time I had actual physical customers walking up to me and asking me to sign books,” says Beverly-Whittemore. Independent bookstores like Misty Valley stay alive in the age of Amazon.com by making connections — hand selling titles, introducing writers to readers. On that score, the Reeds’ event gets high praise f rom Carole DeSanti, a past New Voice author who also happens to be vice presi dent of Penguin Random House. “Misty Valley’s New Voices series is really extraordinary; it provides a model of what should be happening everywhere to engage and foster a community of read ers,” she writes in an email. “It really shows what can be done, when it’s done well.” m
Misty Valley Books New Voices, Saturday, January 25, 2 p.m., at the Old Stone Church in Chester. $10. Info, 875-3400. mvbooks.com
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All this is a fancy way of saying that, while Jessica Hendry Nelson’s first book is a memoir of her gritty, harrowing past, it has little in common with the sensationalist best sellers that fueled a backlash against the genre. Widely published in literary journals, Nelson lives in Colchester and co-owns the Renegade Writers’ Collective. Her skill with words is evident in every sentence of this haunting, often poetic book. Divided into chapters that also work as self-sufficient essays, it slips and slides along the timeline of the author’s life to demonstrate that past and present are inextricable. In the prologue, styled as a letter to her younger brother, Eric, Nelson lays out the facts of the case. In rhythmic prose, she reels off a list of places
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where the siblings visited their father when they were growing up in suburban Philadelphia: rehab centers, hospitals, jails, halfway houses. Next comes a list of places where their dad visited them — with careful supervision, or on the sly. By the end of the piece, we know that the father is dead and the grown brother is repeating his cycle of addiction. But this litany of loss, which gradually becomes a tribute, is only the beginning of the story. It’s a story of ruinous substance abuse passed from monied forebears to father to son, and of two women — Nelson and her mother — who try to save their loved ones (and themselves) by “following directions.” It’s an ironic title, given that those directions are really just imperfect therapeutic tactics deployed “for the gazillionth time,” as Nelson notes in the title chapter. This is also the coming-of-age story of a daughter who considered herself the “dutiful one,” flirting with drug abuse in her teen years before finding sustenance elsewhere. We watch the younger Nelson learn to forgive herself for leaving home, then realize that in a sense she hasn’t left at all. “I’d thought to bear witness to stave off disaster and by leaving I had done irreparable damage…” she writes of her family. “I didn’t yet understand that we were like conjoined triplets.” Finally, this memoir is and isn’t a “story” in the first place, if by that word we mean an orderly narrative.
When we step back and view each chapter of Directions as a whole, we find a conventional sequence taking us from Nelson’s childhood through her adolescence, her college years, a stint in New York City and finally her relocation to a cabin on Malletts Bay in Vermont. But when we focus on each chapter in isolation, we see something less linear than kaleidoscopic: a wild assemblage of memories with different time stamps. Only as we read do we become aware of the single formative incident around which each chapter’s flashbacks and flash-forwards pivot. Take for instance “Fall,” which opens with the image of a cliff-scaling ewe that the adult Nelson observed in Scotland. It ends with a childhood memory of skiing with her dad during one of his rare sober years. Between these two instances of falling (the
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Readers looking for an inspirational narrative or a guidebook through a loved one’s addiction won’t find it in Directions. Yet they may find a profound, weary understanding of their struggles. Each chapter pivots around its central memory, mimicking the obsessive, cyclical character of addiction. Only this circular motion isn’t futile. Like Proust, Nelson believes in an insistent, writerly engagement with the past because, she suggests, that’s how we experience life and is the only way to draw insight from it. “[W]hat we are is only a vestige of where we have been,” she writes of a family gathering, “the clunky manifestation of an abstract set of memories, and even these are made up, an experiment.” Indeed, the stories we tell ourselves about the past are always in a sense “made up,” even when they don’t contradict the facts (a boundary some memoirists have unwisely crossed). Each attempt to shape those bald facts into a story is an act of creation, an experiment. And Nelson’s particular experiment is a sneaky, stunning success.
ewe’s disastrous, the child’s controlled and exuberant) lies the essay’s core: Nelson describes the night of her father’s death, which involved yet another fall. By not starting there, the author has buried her lead, as journalists say. Yet somehow we still read each chapter with baited breath, waiting for a memory or motif to emerge and weave the vivid, disparate threads into coherence.
The last time I see Jordan he is tending bar at a club called Woody’s, which is tucked into an alleyway near the Delaware River, the gayborhood, we called it, south of the Avenue of the Arts. If we stayed within a six-block radius, we could pretend the whole world was a carnival, and love and sex and rainbows were free and in abundance, an edible candy land like Willy Wonka’s factory. We used to come here when we were young and bored. We liked to watch the boys float around the dance floor. Bisexual angels, all glitter and pomp. There were moments of transcendence here, too, when the neon light struck a silver crescent on the cheekbone of some man-boy, his face upturned and his arms thrown back and slick with sweat. One night we met a man who dressed in tunics and spoke in pastels. “He speaks in pastels!” we told each other, on account of the drugs, but also because of the way the strobe lights reflected off his tongue. He wore his hair in two long black braids that slid over his shoulders like ribbons. We loved him instantly, though for different reasons, and followed him everywhere that night, hiding behind the felt partitions and whispering fantasies that again involved desert fires and a guitar, this modern-day Indian chief our own personal deity now, some munificent daddy sent to show us the way. If Jordan’s fantasy involved the lure of sexual tutelage, mine was just the opposite. I was after the press of the paternal, some utterly chaste discipline I sought out everywhere, anywhere. The truth is, we were vulnerable in those days, our minds all sweet and custardy from too many drugs, overwhelmed by the theater of the senses. We made a good show of normalcy when we needed to, but most of the time we retreated into our own basement novella and held on for dear life.
That coherence, when it arrives, is always lucid and unsettling, largely because of Nelson’s skill with language. She has a knack for crafting sound bites that are breezy and casual and yet right: “I was sleeping in snapshots,” she writes of her teen years. Her brother “was born with a homing device for drugs.” Palm trees in Florida “shudder, a hint of sex, a flash of Mother Nature’s fleshy thigh.” In more involved passages, Nelson evokes a whole place or time with a few artful details. Take this summoning of her childhood:
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vegan and gluten-free indulgence. Also great for paleo diet adherents, they’re one of several gluten-free treats available daily at the bakery. Goldberg herself must shun f ar more than just gluten. After reeling o° a list of allergens — dairy, rice, beef and sugar — she stops. “Let’s start with what I can eat,” she says with surprising good humor. It’s a short list of plants and protein. Goldberg says she hasn’t been able to work with typical baked goods f or f our years now. Approaching a bowl of dough or mu˛ n batter when her f ather or brother is baking is enough to make her break out in hives. Wearing gloves, she can put bagels in the oven, though even that leaves her skin inﬂ amed. Any more contact could make Goldberg, who’s now an avid runner, seriously ill again. So she uses the skills she
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eah Goldberg was not a healthy 13-year-old. When her parents ﬁ rst took her to a doctor for chronic gastric symptoms such as cramping and bloating, her blood contained no iron — a discovery that provided no answers. After spending her teens and early twenties visiting doctors, Goldberg ﬁ nally encountered physicians at the Mayo Clinic who gave a name to the ailment that had ruined so many years of her life: celiac disease. Now 25, Goldberg is not alone. Two years ago, her older brother, Kyle, received a diagnosis of gluten intolerance sped along by a case of ulcerated colitis. Last year, her father, Ron Goldberg, got news from his naturopath: “You’re doing great, but your gluten is o° the charts.” In short, this is a f amily that needs to steer clear of wheat. Too bad its members are part of northern Vermont’s oldest bagel dynasty and current owners of the Bagel Market in Essex Junction. The cruel irony is not lost on the f amily. Ron Goldberg and his wife, Mary, had four children: Leah; Kyle; Sarah, who works in medicine; and eldest son Tad, who passed away in 2005. All of them grew up in the bagel business. Ron still eats a bagel a day, despite his doctor’s recommendations. Kyle has scaled back on his gluten intake considerably. But Leah, the youngest, must avoid contact with any of the allergens that may make her devastatingly ill. Now the family is working together to prepare food that celiac su° erers like her can enjoy. That means embarking on the perhaps quixotic quest to create the perfect gluten-free bagel. If anyone has it in their DNA to bring the ethnic specialty into the future, it is this family. Ron Goldberg’s great-grandf ather owned the largest bakery in Leeds, England. Af ter a time in Syracuse, N.Y., Goldberg’s grandfather, Ruben, opened his ﬁ rst Burlington bakery on Riverside Avenue in the 1940s. The stone oven turned out loaves of pumpernickel bread and braised briskets for families that dropped o° pots to cook for the Sabbath. On Sunday mornings, much to the delight of Little Jerusalem locals, the Goldbergs baked bagels. The better part of a century later, Leah Goldberg is learning to make products similar to those of her ancestors, only without conventional ingredients. Her coconut macaroons, sweetened with maple syrup and topped with chocolate and almonds, are a splendid
learned as the vegan baker f or Dobrá Tea to cook f or customers with allergies of their own. Goldberg’s greatest passion is f or raw f ood. She says proudly that she’s gotten her parents to embrace dishes such as the pad Thai she makes at home using peeled, julienned zucchini in place of noodles. Still, she says, she realizes that other allergy su° erers just want the closest replacement they can ﬁ nd for the favorites they’ve lost. Goldberg can’t eat her own gluten-f ree bread, but every day she prepares a loaf to use in sandwiches ﬁ lled with pastrami or the turkey breast that Kyle roasts in-house. That bread is made with rice ﬂ our and sorghum, then bound with potato — all allergens for Leah. Kyle, who’s her o˛ cial taster, says he pref ers hers to most FAMILY CIRCLE
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“It’s a unique space, and it was fun to take an old warehouse” and transform it, said JIm lamPman, LCC’s founder, who worked closely with his son, ErIc, and architect John Anderson on the project. Architect Donna Church of studioblue Architecture created the design. Chef sarah langan has crafted a subtly French-inflected locavore menu for the café, which will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Egg sandwiches, quiche, granola, hot cereal and a frittata are on the morning menu, as are doughnuts and pastries created by pastry chef nIcolE maDDox. At lunchtime, diners can nosh on openfaced sandwiches — aka tartines — including one topped with Tuscan white-bean spread, cucumbers, radish and watercress. Also on offer are pressed sandwiches, such as one with ham, Brie, arugula and mostarda; a trio of salads, including frisée with lardons and a poached egg; a cabot
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PhInnEus sonIn has fond memories of the Last Elm Café on the corner of North Street and North Winooski Avenue, once an activist center that hosted performances from the likes of Phish members and Gordon Stone. When he arrived in 1991, it “was the center of my Burlington experience,” he says. Now Sonin wants to recreate that spot — or at least its community spirit — at his new, nameless “social experiment,” which will open on February 1 at 156 North Winooski Avenue. Like its predecessor on the same block, this “experiment” will offer food — specifically, “good food and good company,” Sonin says. But in a key respect, he hopes, it will diverge from its model. “[Last Elm Café] had the worst food and the worst coffee, and you were lucky if there was a muffin,” Sonin recalls. “Oftentimes it was coffee in a cracked cup.” A sign out front of the former Global Markets space proclaims, “You are invited for dumplings and tea” from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on opening day and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday after that. Sonin says he’ll use the “beautiful kitchen” to prepare said dumplings — and that those are just the beginning. Having already lined up a cook and kitchen manager, Sonin hopes to have four or five people join him as cooperative owners. As co-owners come on board, he says, culinary offerings will expand. Sonin calls the endeavor “an anti-profit café.” Rather than focusing on the bottom line, he explains, he hopes the community will reap
benefits from the new place just as he did from Last Elm more than 20 years ago. Sonin says he’s avoided promotion on social media so that, when people start
arriving, they’ll be able to experience the space without preconceptions. One of the first things they’ll see will be a Genese Grill mosaic on the bar. “I want people to come in and experience it — then take a picture,” Sonin says.
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gluten-free breads he’s tried. “I’ve noticed a lot of the places I go to use a lot of tapioca [in their bread],” he says. “Tapioca is really sugary — so much that I get halfway through a sandwich and I’m really full.” Leah says Kyle is also a fan of her muffins: “Whenever I make gluten-free blueberry muffins, I have to say, ‘How many did my brother take, and how many did we sell?’” Those pastries are made using almond flour and banana with no refined sugar. They’re denser and drier than the Bagel Market’s conventional version, somewhere between muffin and banana bread. Yet a gluten-free bagel has proved elusive for the family. Before joining the family business, Leah planned a career 4t-NABrew012214.indd 1
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in dentistry, and the scientific method serves her well in her baking experiments. “It’s like chemistry,” she says. “Gluten-free baking is like night and day with [regard to] flour. It doesn’t have the glue — it doesn’t have the sticky. There’s no easy way to make it not fall apart.” Goldberg has tried many recipes, varying her ingredients and ratios on a regular basis. Even baking the dough in pans rather than rolling it as with a conventional bagel hasn’t worked. And, until her bagels are perfect, Goldberg won’t put her family name on them.
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A (GLUTEN-FREE) BAGEL IS BORN The Goldbergs aren’t the only bagel makers with gluten-free perfection dancing in their heads. Lloyd Squires, the Montréal-style maestro at Burlington’s Myer’s Bagel Bakery, began selling his own last week. Squires says he got inspired when a longtime friend from Connecticut told him her daughter could no longer eat his bagels because of celiac disease. “I decided I was going to try to make a bagel for her.” That was seven weeks ago. Last week, he sold 150 of the still-experimental baked goods at the Fletcher Allen Farmers Market. Squires says he’s particularly happy to be able to fill a need that he wasn’t even aware of until talking to his friend. “It’s good to see people eat stuff they couldn’t before,” he says in his clipped Canadian accent. How did he perfect the bagel so quickly? Squires bought a number of gluten-free cookbooks and began combining recipes. He added ingredients on his own initiative, such as oil and eggs — neither of which make it into his conventional bagels. The blend of rice, tapioca and regular gluten-free flour that Squires uses costs more than four times as much as wheat flour. But for now, Myer’s is charging only $2 per bagel. The result has the chewy stretchiness of Squires’ usual Montréal-style bagels, with a taste that’s slightly more like a soft pretzel than his usual recipe. In short, when Squires says, “They’re pretty comparable to a regular bagel now,” he’s not exaggerating. He says the secret was finding a blend that would proof and “puff up” normally. Squires prepares the gluten-free bagels just as he does his regular ones, with coatings including Montréal seasoning, sesame and “everything.” Emboldened by his success, Squires says that when pizza nights at Myer’s return this spring, he’ll make gluten-free dough for pies, too. The one caveat for celiac sufferers is that he currently bakes all of his gluten-free products in the same wood-fired oven as the wheat ones. Co-owner Adam Jones says that may change if the gluten-free baked goods become popular enough. For now, Myer’s is leading the pack of Chittenden County’s gluten-free bagel makers.
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The Goldbergs’ own restrictions on grains have also made them work harder to come up with sandwich fillings that can be enjoyed without the bread. Kyle is particularly fond of a coffee-rubbed beef dish served with cilantro pesto. Ron Goldberg says he’s pleased to allow his children freedom to work on their culinary craft. That freedom is precisely what kept Leah from returning to dental school. Eventually, she hopes to open a restaurant with a largely raw menu. “I want to keep it farm-totable with local meats and everything simple, balanced and healthy,” she says. “I’m like an old Jewish grandma: ‘I gotta feed the kids!’” For now, Goldberg and her family will make the best of their ailments and feed the “kids” of Essex Junction, whatever their dietary needs may be.
in 1991 and worked in various high-profile Vermont kitchens, including the INN AT SHELBURNE FARMS and the PITCHER INN. Before he opened Crop, he spent eight years as NECI’s executive chef and served as the VERMONT FRESH NETWORK’s board chair.
In the meantime, the Bagel Market has plenty to offer gluten-free diners besides Leah Goldberg’s baked goods and raw treats such as grain-free granola bars. Kyle works with Ron’s chef brother, Larry Goldberg, on salads more elaborate than most sandwichshop fare. The Market Salad has proved particularly popular. The base of spinach is topped with a marinated chicken breast, cranberries, candied walnuts and red onion. Its crown jewel is a medallion of fried Vermont Creamery chèvre coated in glutenfree bread crumbs.
The VERMONT CHEESE COUNCIL has hired its first-ever executive director — and it’s plucked him from the top of the Vermont food world. TOM BIVINS has left his job as executive chef and partner of Stowe’s CROP BISTRO & BREWERY to become executive director of VCC. “I am very excited to be working with Vermont Cheese and cheese makers,” writes Bivins in an email. “I have long been a consumer [of cheese], both in a wholesale capacity and a retail capacity.”
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restaurants and cafés can be so integral to a downtown’s rebirth. A beloved restaurant named Oona’s closed after suffering heavy fire damage in 2006. Boccelli’s closed, too — or rather, became solely an auction house. Fat Frank’s was once the
self-proclaimed “wurst place in Bellows Falls,” in reality one of the coolest places to eat in Vermont. It closed last year, as did the Miss Bellows Falls Diner. Soon the only survivors of the town’s oncebustling food scene were the Dari Joy ice cream shop, an old-school Chinese restaurant called Joy Wah, a handful of fast-food joints and the Vermont Pretzel & Cookie Company. That’s why the first glimpse of the Popolo sign was so sweet and arresting. Since then, I’ve often made the 55minute drive from my home to eat there. It’s not because Popolo offers the best Negronis or pizza in the state, though they’re both very good. Rather, the restaurant has some kind of X factor — a
first noticed the Popolo sign as I drove through Bellows Falls two summers ago. Then I craned my neck so much that I almost crashed my car. The sign was innocuous enough: a white board covered in pastel orbs and sans-serif lettering. The appearance of a new restaurant in Bellows Falls was sufficiently startling, however, to warrant a long double take. Bellows Falls is a community with many riches. The one-mile-square village teems with talented artists and oldschool businesses, including an arcade and an art restorer. A kick-ass community radio station and a public-access television studio dole out eclectic music and civic banter. There’s a 19th-century railway station, an opera house with a huge movie screen, a hydroelectric dam, one of the oldest canals in the country and a gorgeous brick downtown. Yet, like many former mill towns along the Connecticut River, Bellows Falls has teetered on the edge of a dramatic revival that never quite arrives. Its food scene is a barometer of those changing fortunes. A few years back, when I covered Bellows Falls as a reporter for a local daily, I could begin the day with eggs at the Miss Bellows Falls Diner, tuck into a lunchtime BLT at Vermont Pretzel & Cookie Company and grab fresh meatballs in the evening at Boccelli’s on the Canal. In between, I might hit Fat Frank’s for kielbasa or tap away on my laptop in Hraefnwood Café while waiting to cover a raucous selectboard meeting. It was a bummer to see that blossoming food scene wither, especially as
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confluence of place, mission, music and food — that keeps drawing in unlikely regulars like me. Part of Popolo’s story begins with Gary Smith, former manager of Boston’s Fort Apache Studios, which in the 1980s and ’90s recorded such artists as the Specials, the Pixies, Elliott Smith, Yo La Tengo and Radiohead. Smith was also a producer, working closely with Billy Bragg, Throwing Muses and 10,000 Maniacs. By the late 1990s, though, he was growing weary of Boston’s pace. “I was moving toward some future I really didn’t look forward to,” Smith says. So he purchased a farm in Walpole, N.H., across the river from Bellows Falls. He knew little about the burg but was soon to learn more. “Small-town politics are pervasive here,” Smith says. “It’s also small enough that you can make a difference.” He plunged into community life, partnering with artist Charlie Hunter to bring in musical performances; later, he founded radio station WOOL 100.1 FM. Smith also met and befriended JohnMichael Maciejewski, then-manager of the Walpole Grocery. In 2011, “over vodka and cigarettes,” they began talking about opening a restaurant. For Maciejewski, that had to be a wood-fired pizza place. At the time, the town’s Hotel Windham was undergoing an intense renovation. Much of it had sat unused for decades, and its investors were looking for a restaurant tenant. The brick, four-story hotel has a commanding presence at the town’s center and a rich history that dates back to 1816 and includes a string of fires. Smith and his
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partners — who included friend Kristen Fehrenbach — came to look. “The ceiling had collapsed, and everything was in shambles. It had been mothballed for 30 years,” recalls Smith. The partners wanted to create the building’s anchor restaurant, but they lacked capital. In the fall of 2011, they followed the model of Claire’s Restaurant in Hardwick and assembled 25 investors for what was to become a communitysupported restaurant and concert venue. “We have doctors and we have mechanics here,” Smith says of Bellows Falls. “We wanted a restaurant that could serve a hamburger, that would not just be about fine dining. We also wanted a place where we could work with local agriculture.” That inclusive ethos inspired the name Popolo, which means “people” in Italian. “As we built menus, we thought, We’re trying to do the people’s work. Let’s just call ourselves ‘the people,’” recalls Smith. After months of fundraising, planning and renovation, the trio opened Popolo in May 2012. It is airy, elegant and spare, with unadorned white walls, industrial pendant lights and enormous,
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as what’s on their plates. The succinct wine list offers thoughtful by-the-glass choices. Cocktails include local spirits and house infusions, such as the vanillaand-black-pepper-tinged limoncello in a Winter Lemondrop. Fehrenbach mixes up the Walpole with Old Overholt Rye
infused with cocoa nibs from nearby L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates. She also has an ever-changing selection of mocktails, including shrub, a tangy, colonialera blend of vinegar and fruit juices. Popolo’s food menu is as broad in style and price as its founders envisioned, encompassing both rustic plates of pasta and carefully composed entrées. A charcuterie board is loaded with salami and olives, panko-crusted fried ravioli is stuffed with chèvre, and luscious triangles of polenta come sheathed in melted Fontina and eggplant caponata. Fresh mussels are piled in a thyme-scented white-wine broth. Entrées and specials include fresh, tender pappardelle slathered in a silky ragù, and flaky roasted cod kissed by a truffle-tinged beurre blanc. Along with the imaginative apps and the motley-crew people watching on any given night, I treasure two things in particular at Popolo. Those are the occasional appearance of fresh oysters with mignonette (not so common on this side of the state) and the pizza. The chewy dough has the depth of flavor that comes from a long, lazy rise. The Parma pie, a gooey mass of tomatoes,
cheese and pesto, is cosseting and topped with curls of proscuitto. Special pizzas, such as a white pie of smoked mozzarella tumbled with onion-balsamic jam and capped with arugula, are sublime. Much of Popolo’s produce is grown in Windham County, but you wouldn’t know it from the menu. Here, locavorism is a down-low kind of thing. “We not only bring these people into town, we’ve also put them in direct contact with the agricultural products of their region,” says Smith of Popolo’s diners. “A farmer comes in the back door with some chickens or eggs or arugula, and it goes out into the [dining] room the same day.” In his 1998 detective novel Bellows Falls, Newfane author Archer Mayor calls the village “seamy” and “developmentally stalled.” Sixteen years later, Smith strikes a more hopeful tone. “We turned on the lights on one end of the street,” he says. “This is a beautiful little town with a piazza at its center that was dark. And now it’s not.” m
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Occupy cEntral V Erm Ont pEOpl E's café : Activists Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese discuss the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership with attendees. Bagitos, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3777.
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Bang On: t yph OOn rE li Ef in th E philippin Es: Mint Julep provide live music during an evening of food, drink and silent auction bids. Proceeds benefit Anscor and Philippine Business for Social Progress. New Moon Café, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 735-1169. hO mE shar E nOW inf Ormati On sEssi On: Locals get up-to-date on home-sharing opportunities in central Vermont. Home Share Now, Barre, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544. hO mEshar E VErm Ont inf Ormati On sEssi On: 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. milt On yOuth cOaliti On cEl EBrat Es mEnt Oring : Community members curious about mentoring opportunities find out more over a complimentary dinner. Milton Public Library, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1009.
nOrth En D f usi On: Swing your partner 'round and 'round! Scott Chilstedt supplies deejayed tunes at this monthly, "anything goes" eclectic dance. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8:30-10:30 p.m. $5; BYOB. Info, 863-6713.
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st OWE Wint Er carni Val : The 40th annual frozen fête features a varied lineup of wintry wonderment, including snow golf, ice carving and live music. See stowewintercarnival.com for details. Various locations, Stowe, 9 p.m. Free for spectators; some entry fees for participants. Info, 777-5510. Wat Er Bury Wint Erf Est : Folks revel in all winter has to offer with snowshoeing, broom ball, bonfires and more. See wtrbry-winterfest.org for details. Various locations, Waterbury, 6-8:30 p.m. $5 bracelet. Info, 345-5728.
mOuntain tO p f ilm fE sti Val : In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., documentary and dramatic films address social and environmental issues from around
WEDnEsDay Win E DOWn: Oenophiles get over the midweek hump by pairing four varietals with samples from Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Creamery and more. Drink, Burlington, 4:30-8 p.m. $12. Info, 860-9463.
gamEs unplugg ED: 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.
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cr Eating an hE r Bal mEDicin E ch Est f Or cOl D & f lu : Clinical herbalist Rebecca Dalgin shares natural remedies for 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. mEDitati On, hE aling & rE aDing gr Oup sEssi On: Michele Nappi leads an interactive gathering focused on nurturing body, mind and spirit. Moonlight Gifts, Milton, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 893-9966. mOntréal- styl E acr O yOga : Using partner and group work, Lori Flower guides participants through poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic benefits. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:307:30 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.
martin l uth Er King Jr. cEl EBrati On WEEK: aDEWal E t r Outman : Drawing on more than 40 years of experience, the physician presents "Creating Health Equity: Social Justice, Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health." Sullivan Classroom, Medical Education Center, UVM, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-8206. martin l uth Er King Jr. cOnVOcati On: 'f r EEDOm Writ Ers' : 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.
BaBytim E playgr Oup : Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7555.
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When pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, violinist Harumi Rhodes and cellist Priscilla Lee formed Trio Cavatina at Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival in 2005, they tapped into something special. Bound by shared musical values, the trio won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition, then debuted at Carnegie Hall the following year. Known for a commanding repertoire of classical and romantic works, the threesome is also committed to modern pieces by American composers Leon Kirchner, Richard Danielpour and Augusta Read Thomas, among others. The group performs opuses by Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann as part of the Northeast Kingdom Classical Series.
In the local food movement, Gary Paul Nabhan is something of a pioneer. An ethnobotanist, agricultural ecologist and award-winning writer, he has dedicated his career to the relationship between ecology and culture in the American Southwest. Based in Arizona, the MacArthur f ellow cof ounded the nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH, which began in honor of Tohono O’odham Nation members’ wish to preserve their heritage with centuriesold crops. Currently a research social scientist with the University f o Arizona’s Southwest Center, Nabhan shares hisf ar-reaching knowledge in “Tapping Into the Wisdom of Traditional Farmers: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Uncertainty.”
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l ake cHamplain cHamBer music Festival: w inter 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 pHil Harmonic cHorus open r eHearsal : New members are welcomed in preparation for the 2014 concert season. Waterbury Congregational Church, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, chorus@ vermontphilharmonic.org.
Financial aid Forms w orks Hop : Students and their parents join VSAC representatives to learn about the college financial aid process and tackle related paperwork. A Q&A session follows. See vsac. org for details. Burlington High School & Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 864-8581. genealogy w orks Hop : Family-tree enthusiasts learn procedures and tips for navigating Ancestry. com'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.
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 w riting w orks Hop : Wordsmiths read and respond to selected essays, then discuss stories by two members. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104.
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l unc H & l earn series: Houseplant care : Green thumbs learn how to keep indoor vegetation alive and thriving. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.
Burlington w alk/Bike council meeting : Locals discuss ways to promote human-powered transportation and how to improve existing policies and infrastructure. Room 12, Burlington City Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-5449. navigating t He new vermont Healt H care exc Hange : Peter Sterling of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security helps attendees choose appropriate individualized plans. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
social entrepreneurs Hip symposium : David Bornstein and Shabana Basij-Rasikh lead presentations, workshops and discussions about innovations in education. See middlebury.edu for details. Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5961.
partners Hip For cHange implementation t eam meeting : Students, educators, parents, business leaders and community partners discuss current initiatives to redesign Winooski and Burlington schools. Childcare and interpretation provided. Winooski High School, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2342.
Franklin story Hour : Preschoolers convene for tales, songs and crafts. Haston Library, Franklin, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, NI VE fairs & festivals 285-6505. RS IT Y OF V stowe w inter carnival : See WED.22, music w it H derek : Traditional and ERM ONT 7 p.m. original folk inspires preschoolers up to age 5 to bust out song-and-dance moves. Dorothy Alling w ater Bury w inter Fest : See WED.22, 10 a.m.Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limited 7:30 p.m. to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. music w it H mr. cHris : Singer, storyteller and film puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and 'is t He man wH o is t all Happy?' : Using comparents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 plex, lively conversations and his own illustrations, a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Michel Gondry explores the life and work of philosor ead w it H arlo : Lit lovers share stories with pher, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky in this the therapy dog and his owner, Brenda. Kellogganimated documentary. Film House, Main Street Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregLanding Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. ister for a 20-minute time slot. Info, 223-3338. Free to attend; donations benefit the Burlington Film Society. Info, email@example.com. skater t ots : Little ones join Ms. Diana on the ice for a frosty good time. Skates and crates available 'memories o F montpelier' w it H w illiam on a first come, first served basis. Highgate Sports doyle : The Johnson State College professor presArena, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. ents his short documentary, which uses interviews and more than 200 photographs to capture capital 'swazzle's dream carver' : This bilingual city history. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, puppet show adapts Diana Cohn's award-winning 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. children's book about a boy who dreams of brightly colored animals, then carves them to life upon wakmountain t op Film Festival : See WED.22, 4 p.m. ing. For grades K through 6. Lebanon Opera House, uvm Film series: w orking For a l iving: N.H., 10 a.m. $4-10. Info, 603-448-0400. l aBor on Film : In Mike Judge's 1999 cult classic 'tH e secret garden' auditions : Budding Office Space, disgruntled employees rebel against thespians ages 10 through 18 try out for the Valley management and corporate monotony. Billings Players' summer production of the Tony AwardLecture Hall, UVM, Burlington, prescreening discuswinning musical. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, sion, 6 p.m.; film, 6:45 p.m. $4-10. Info, 656-4455. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 793-4220. U
'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.
endangered species r ecovery in vermont: eagle, Falcon & t ern : 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, 7:308:30 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.
martin l ut Her king Jr. cele Bration w eek: Julian Bond : The legendary activist brings a lifetime of civil rights leadership to his keynote address, which pays tribute to Nelson Mandela. Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 656-8206.
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. w inter r endezvous : 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 winterrendezvous. com for details. Stowe Mountain Resort, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 857-445-7198.
green mountain t aBle t ennis 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.
Jolly good gardens : A presentation by Kevin and Susann Williams acquaints horticulturalists with the Woodstock Garden Club, as well as noteworthy English estates. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. t ecH t utor program : Local teens answer questions about computers and devices during drop-in sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. RTE
Homework Help : Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science students assist first through eighth graders with reading, math and science assignments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. meet r ockin' r on t He Friendly pirate : Aargh, matey! Youngsters celebrate the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. presc Hool 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. r ead 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 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 For 3- to 5- year- olds : Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. w inter 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.
peace is possi Ble w orks Hop: 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, 8632345, ext. 6. protect yoursel F From l iFe's unexpected events : Bill Root shares tips and strategies for successfully navigating issues such as divorce, job loss and health issues. Edward Jones, Shelburne, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-9991.
food & drink
Beer Brewing w orks Hop : Vermont Homebrew Supply representatives break down the basics of DIY fermentation. Fairfax Community Library, 6:308 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. BeneFit Bake : Pizza lovers dine on slices in support of the Middlebury Arts Walk season. Partial proceeds from each flatbread sold are donated. American Flatbread, Middlebury, 5-9 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 388-7951, ext. 32.
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.
health & fitness
Forza: tH e samurai sword w orkout : 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. peak pHysical tH erapy sports and per Formance center open House : Folks nosh on healthy snacks and relax with chair massages at the clinical wellness spa, which features services from Whole Health Nutrition among its many offerings. Peak Performance, Williston, 8-10 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0949. tH e mysterious " v" part t wo: Healt H & w ellness : 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 w it H l eo l eac H: 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.
Beginner spanis H l essons : Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757, firstname.lastname@example.org.
w inter r endezvous : See WED.22, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
'BHopal' : See WED.22, 8 p.m. igloo Fest : An an igloo village and electronic music from top DJs draw crowds by the thousands to this popular outdoor festival. Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old-Port of Montréal, 6:30-midnight. $15-20; $40 weekend pass; for ages 18 and up. Info, 514-904-1247.
isa Belle Faust & alexander melnikov : The violinist and pianist join forces onstage to interpret works by Beethoven, Schubert and Weber. See calendar spotlight. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, pre-preformance lecture, 6:45 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. $6-25. Info, 443-3168. w ell- strung: tH e singing quartet : Putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga and others, the all-male group broadens the range of classical music. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $45. Info, 760-4634.
essential online t ools For nonpro Fits w orks Hop : An open format with Rob Fish helps local organizations utilize digital technology to meet specific needs. Midstate Library Service Center, Berlin, 4-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091.
garrison nelson : In "The Court Transformed: How it Happened; Why it Matters," the author and UVM professor of political science considers changes in U.S. Supreme Court appointment practices. Seminar Room, Cornell Library, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 12:45-2 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1318.
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Speaking From experience Lecture SerieS: Win Smith Jr. recounts his time with Merrill Lynch, including a history of the company, in Catching Lightning in a Bottle. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-6490. Student paneL: "Exploring White Privilege" inspires dialogue between the Social Justice League and community members. Dion Family Student Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.
nationaL theatre Live: 'the habit oF art': Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tourstar 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. 'the Secret garden' auditionS: Actors showcase their skills for consideration in the Valley Players' summer production of the Tony Awardwinning musical. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 793-4220.
coupon Queen-ing with darby: Shoppers who love to save bond over a coupon swap. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
fairs & festivals
FroStivaL: Folks combat cabin fever at this citywide bash featuring dance performances, live music, storytelling and an abundance of outdoor activities. See montpelieralive.org for details. Various locations, Montpelier, 5:30-10 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 223-9604. Stowe winter carnivaL: See WED.22, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. vermont burLeSQue FeStivaL: More than 25 local and national performers bring a mix of class and sass to the Green Mountain State. See vermontburlesquefestival.com for details. Various Chittenden County locations, 7:30 p.m. Prices vary; for ages 21 and up. Info, cory@ bluehairmedia.com. waterbury winterFeSt: See WED.22, 1-9 p.m.
eSSentiaL oiLS to booSt energy, mood and FocuS: Folks looking to relieve stress and negativity join aromatherapist Lauren Andrews, who details the therapeutic properties of various plant oils. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; 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. univerSaL yoga: A blend of Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini and more incorporates dance, singing, deep relaxation and chanting. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 5 p.m. Donations. Info, 279-6663.
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chiLdren'S Story time: Budding bookworms pore over pages in themed, weekly gatherings. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. craFternoon: Students in www.artisanshand.com grades 4 through 8 kick off Like more images on Facebook the weekend with a creative film session. Brownell Library, Essex banFF mountain FiLm Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. FeStivaL: Mountaineering Info, 878-6956. buffs and outdoor enthusiasts 1/21/14 9:29 AM activism drop-in Story time: Picture books,12V-ArtHand012214.indd 1 tap into the spirit of adventure E CO 'tar SandS expoSed: expLoring the human LE finger plays and action rhymes captiURT R with short films and documentaI ESy OF ALASTA and environmentaL coStS': National vate children of all ages. Brownell Library, ries. Proceeds benefit the UVM Outing Geographic photographer Garth Lenz and First Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Club. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Nations activist Crystal Lameman share their Burlington, 7 p.m. $15; $12 for UVM students with dungeonS & dragonS: Imaginative XP earners experiences with of one of the planet's largest ID. Info, 800-882-4530. in grades 6 and up exercise their problem-solving industrial projects. Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall, skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Friday night FiLm SerieS: Eugene Jarecki's UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. award-winning documentary The House I Live In Info, 444-0350. examines the repercussions of America's war on earLy bird math: Inquisitive minds explore drugs. A discussion led by state representative mathematic concepts with books, songs, games business Suzi Wizowaty follows. First Unitarian Universalist and activities. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m.-noon. the Search For a good exit: introduction Society, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1248. Free. Info, 434-3036. to ownerShip SucceSSion pLanning: Business 'northern borderS': Based on Howard Frank eLementary open gym & activity time: owners and key managers examine four differMosher's eponymous novel, Jay Craven's latest Supervised kiddos in grades K through 6 burn ent methods for selling companies, then film tells the story of a young boy sent to off energy, then engage their imaginations with hear personal accounts of each one. Saturday Story Time Every Saturday at 11am live on his grandparents' Vermont art, puzzles and books. Jaquith Public Library, Community College of Vermont, farm during the mid-1950s. Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. February Rutland, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregAuditorium, Milton Middle/High homework heLp: See WED.22, 3-6 p.m. ister. Info, 338-7448. School, 7 p.m. $6-12; first come, SAT 1 GEEK MOUNTAIN STATE PRESENTS matchStick & Son Story time: Ben t. and first served. Info, 357-4616. Django B. Matchstick spin a magical tale or two. 3-5pm VERMONT SCI FI comedy 'the unknown known': Got cabin fever? Journey through time Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. operation warmth comedy Cinephiles preview Errol Morris' and space with local sci fi authors. Free. Info, 223-3338. tour: Vermont's top comedians new film, in which he sits muSic with derek: Kiddos up to age 8 shake their elicit big laughs at this benefit SAT 8 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES FORUM down with former U.S. Defense sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, for the Champlain Valley Office of 4-6pm Discuss the who, what, when, where Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to disWilliston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. and how of developing, promoting and Economic Opportunity's WARMTH cuss sensitive issues, including the implementing public policy initiatives project. Vergennes Opera House, teen movie: Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower Iraq War. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins IN G that improve local communities, the DO 8-9:30 p.m. $15-20; preregister. Info, star in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, about Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, M C S OUN environment, and the lives of working 373-4703. a teenager who discovers that her ancestry includes N.H., 7 p.m. $5-9. Info, 603-646-2422. T y P R O D U C TI O N people. half-angel warriors battling demons. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. conferences food & drink MICHELLE ARNOSKY SHERBURNE: WED 12 toddLer yoga & StorieS: Little ones up to age SociaL entrepreneurShip SympoSium: See 'in good taSte': The Missisquoi River Band enter7pm ABOLITION AND THE UNDERGROUND 5 stretch their bodies and imaginations with Karen THU.23, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. RAILROAD IN VERMONT tains foodies, who pair samples from local artisans Allen. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, OFFSITE at the Fletcher Free Library. and restauranteurs with sips of Vermont-made 10:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. beer and wine. St. Albans City Hall, 5-8 p.m. $10 for dance JENNIFER MCMAHON: THU 20 20 sampling tickets. Info, 524-2444. baLLroom & Latin dancing: Samir Elabd leads 7pm THE WINTER PEOPLE lgbtq Sandy'S LaSagna night: Diners fill up on an choreographed steps for singles and couples. No “The Winter People is terrifyingwinter rendezvouS: See WED.22, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Italian feast. Live music by Rich Sutphen follows. partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, everything you could want in a classic VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. $10. Info, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 ghost story.” -Chris Bohjalian 878-0700. p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. montréal mad robin contra dance: Folks in clean, igLooFeSt: See THU.23, 6:30-midnight. March games soft-soled shoes move and groove in traditional New England social dances to music by Brian aLL aboard board game night: Players of music THU 6 CORIN HIRSCH: FORGOTTEN DRINKS Perkins and friends. All dances are taught. First all ages put their skills to the test with tradigreat green mountain bob dyLan 7pm OF COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND Congregational Church, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $5-10; tional American and European games. wannabe conteSt: Singers emulate bring a snack to share. Info, 503-1251. THU 13 HARVEY AMANI WHITFIELD: Adult accompaniment required for the folk icon as they vie for trophies 7pm THE PROBLEM OF SLAVERY IN children. Robert Miller Community & Queen city tango practiLonga: Dancers kick and prizes. Montpelier High School, EARLY VERMONT Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 off the weekend with improvisation, community 7-9 p.m. $10; preregister; limited p.m. Free to attend; $1-2 for food and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, SAT 29 JAMES KOCHALKA: THE GLORKIAN space. Info, 233-5856, kablume@ and drink. Info, 864-0123. smooth-soled shoes required. North End Studio B, 2pm WARRIOR DELIVERS A PIZZA gmail.com. Burlington, beginner lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal LocaL LegendS: an evening dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648. health & fitness oF acouStic muSic: Area musiaduLt yoga cLaSS: yogaFit cians including Pete Sutherland, February etc. instructor Jessica Frost incorpoJamie Masefield, Jon Fishman rates traditional fitness moves artS buS FundraiSing party: Traditional dance and others take the stage in a SAT 8 MEET LADYBUG GIRL into stretching and breathing music by Local Color complements arts activities, benefit show for Responsible ES 11am Story time and activities. exercises. Cafeteria. Highgate food and beverages at this benefit for the mobile Growth Hinesburg. Auditorium, PO NS Elementary School, 7 p.m. $7; preregart studio, pocket theater, music space and library. Champlain Valley Union High IB L G R U E GR ister. Info, 868-3970, highgatepublic@ O W T H HI N E S B Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, 7-10 School, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. $15-20. Info, 191 Bank Street, Downtown Burlington • 802.448.3350 comcast.net. p.m. $10; $20 per household; cost of food and drink. 853-5966 or 482-3295. 21 Essex Way, Essex • 802.872.7111 Info, 728-5073.
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vermont 50-P LuS & BABy Boomer S exPo: More than 90 exhibitors enliven a celebration of the golden years that includes seminars, workshops, live music and more. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-5. Info, 872-9000, ext. 19.
Lonnie Smith : The master organist bring 50 years of stage time to a performance of "In The Beginning" octet. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $17-40. Info, 603-646-2422. mt. Phi Lo inn Arti St Serie S: Tom Cleary, George Voland and Amber deLaurentis join the Hokum Bros. for an eclectic, salon-style performance of acoustic tunes in a historic ballroom. Mt. EN Philo Inn, Charlotte, 6:30-9:30 p.m. ED ICT $10 suggested donation; preregister. SM ITH Info, 425-3335, email@example.com.
mixed mediA Scu LPture : Under the guidance of Tom Baginski, participants use materials such as cardboard, tissue paper and found objects to create original three-dimensional pieces. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.
Smugg S ice BASh Kic K-off P Arty & comPetition : Winter climbers test their skills indoors and watch gear demos to get amped up for the weekend's events. Petra Cliffs, Burlington, 6-11 p.m. $5. Info, 657-3872.
LArry r ohter : The prize-winning journalist discusses the current Brazilian economy as seen in his book Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed. Conference Room, Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury College, 12:15 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 443-5652, firstname.lastname@example.org. nAtur ALiSt Journey S Serie S: Mollie Matterson of the Center for Biological Diversity presents "Dark Times for Bats," which details threats to the nocturnal mammals' survival. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. rA ch AeL A. oLdin SKi: The UVM assistant professor presents "Orchestrating Wound Healing: From Tissue Engineering to Drug Delivery." Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 3:15 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.
'eye of the Storm' : Using puppets, shadows and original music, Putney's Spybird Theatre explores the lives of people living on an isolated island without technology. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. 'memPhi S': SOLD OUT. The journey of an African American singer and a white radio DJ in 1950s Tennessee comes alive in this Tony Award-winning musical. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $2570. Info, 863-5966.
cre Ative Writing Wor KSho P: Original work by group members inspires spirited conversation. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104. mArtin Luther King Jr. convoc Ation: S LAm Poetry Wor KSho P: Poet and lecturer Regie Gibson shares his knowledge with lit lovers. Eddie's Lounge, Alliot Student Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. mArtin Luther King Jr. convoc Ation: SPoKen Word comPetition : Acclaimed poet Regie Gibson hosts regional and local bards, who join St. Michael's College wordsmiths to deliver original material. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. t he extem Po t eLL off : Storytellers share true tales in the first person and vie for cash prizes in this tournament of champions. American Legion Post 03, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.
'tA r S And S exPoSed: exPLoring the h umAn And environment AL coSt S': See FRI.24. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 444-0350.
cr After S r ePur PoSing yArd S ALe: Unused arts and craft supplies find new homes at this gathering of creative minds. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4295.
muSKeg muSic fA miLy contr A dAnce : Folks in clean-soled shoes move to tunes by Sheesham and Lotus and calling by Adina Gordon. Tracy Hall, Norwich, potluck dinner, 5:15 p.m.; family dance, 6 p.m.; contra dance, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; donations for seniors; bring a dish to share. Info, 785-4607. SuPerheroe S vS. viLLAin S dAnce P Arty : Dressed as their favorite characters, folks groove to tunes from Grand at this fundraiser for the NEK Roller Derby League. Parker Pie Co., West Glover, 7-midnight. $5 suggested donation. Info, 525-3366 or 334-9464.
fA rm t our & 'A P LAce in the L And' Screening : Folks visit the Jersey herd, draft horses, oxen and sheep, then watch Charles Guggenheim's acclaimed short documentary about the farm and museum, which screens on the hour. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. green mount Ain hA r Ley- dAvid Son 6th Birthd Ay BASh : Motorcycle enthusiasts celebrate the local establishment with cake, contests, games and a scavenger hunt. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson, Essex Junction, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4778. 'mount Ain moment S' oPen h ou Se: 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. neW eng LAnd Lo St S Ki Are AS Pro Ject : An evening of ski history features a presentation by author and NESLAP founder Jeremy Davis and a screening of United We Ski. General Stark's Pub & Grill, Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.
fairs & festivals
Broo Kfie Ld ice hA rve St & Winter cArniv AL: Demonstrators tap into the time-tested trade and haul ice blocks from the lake. A snowshoe race, tugof-war and hot chili round out the frosty festivities. Floating Bridge, Brookfield, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 276-3260. f ro Stiv AL: See FRI.24, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. SheLBurne Winterfe St : Sledding, snow play, sleigh rides and tasty treats enliven this coldweather celebration. Shelburne Farms, noon-3 p.m. Donations accepted for Shelburne Parks & Recreation; $2 per person for a sleigh ride. Info, 985-8686. Sto We Winter cArniv AL: See WED.22, 9 p.m. vermont Bur LeSque f eStiv AL: See FRI.24, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 3:30-6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. WAter Bury Winterfe St : See WED.22, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
BAnff mount Ain f iLm f eStiv AL: See FRI.24, 7 p.m.
'h oW to Survive A PLAgue' : David France's documentary profiles the coalitions ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) and their collective efforts in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'northern Border S': See FRI.24. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-9. Info, 603-646-2422. Wood Stoc K f iLm Serie S: Maureen and James Tusty's 2006 documentary The Singing Revolution explores Estonia's rally for independence through nonviolent song. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $5-11. Info, 457-2355.
food & drink
nor Wich Winter fA rmer S mAr Ket : Farmers and artisans offer produce, meats and maple syrup alongside homemade baked goods and handcrafted items. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447. oPen h ou Se Pizz A PArty : Folks nosh on salad and slices of pie at this benefit for Peacham Community Housing. Brown's Market Bistro, Groton, 5-8 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 592-3989. r ut LAnd Winter fA rmer S mAr Ket : 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. SAuer Kr Aut & f erment Ation Wor KSho P: Rebecca Auclair of Vermont Fermentation Adventures demonstrates how to transform veggies into tangy, probiotic-rich foods. Personal cutting board, knife and grater recommended. Essex Junction Senior Center, 3-4:30 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 879-8801. t imBer S Wine dinner : Foodies sit down to a fivecourse gourmet meal featuring varietals from the west coast. Timbers Restaurant, Warren, 6:30 p.m. $100; preregister. Info, 583-6800. Wine tAS ting : Oenophiles please their palates with sips of Austria's leading white wine variety, Grüner Veltliner. Cork Wine Bar, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 882-8227.
health & fitness
cre Ating An h er BAL medicine cheSt for coLd & fL u: See WED.22. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 426-3581. gent Le yog A With Ji LL LAng : Students get their stretch on with the yoga certification candidate. Personal mat required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. r .i.P.P. e.d.: See WED.22. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.
every Body Win S! r eAd-A-thon : Lit lovers strive to break last year's record of books read within a hour at this celebration of literacy and mentoring. National Life Building, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2665. meet the mou Se: Tykes get acquainted with the title character from Laura Joffe Numeroff's children's book series If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Themed activities and story times round out the fun. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. oPen t ot gym & inf Ant/P Arent P LAy 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, email@example.com. PLAy on! Story t heAter S Aturd Ay: Budding thespians ages 3 through 7 bring a fairy tale or children's story to life. See northernstage. org for details. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 10-11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $20-25. Info, 296-7000. Pre Schoo L Art cLASS: See WED.22, 10-11 a.m. SAturd Ay Story t ime: Families gather for imaginative tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.
Winter r endezvou S: See WED.22, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
'Bho PAL': See WED.22, 8 p.m. igLoofe St : See THU.23, 6:30-midnight.
Adirond AcK Wind enSemBLe: In "Contrasts," wind and percussion instrumentalists premiere Melissa Hui's Living Things alongside works by Bach and others. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.y., 4 p.m. $10. Info, 518-565-0145 or 518-523-2512. Kingdom coffeehou Se: Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Heidi Wilson presents original tunes. NorthWoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 7-9 p.m. $10 includes refreshments; preregister. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115. mAry mccASLin : Drawing on decades of stage time, the singer-songwriter melds folk, pop and country in an intimate show as part of the Cabin Fever Concert Series. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room, Bristol, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 453-3188, ext. 2, firstname.lastname@example.org. midWinter evening of P An-ceLtic muSic & dAnce : Irish, Scottish, Québécois and Appalachian tunes accompany a performance by the Heather Morris Dancers. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho, 7 p.m. $8-10; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 878-3840. modern gr ASS quintet : Bluegrass fans flock to a varied interpretation of old-time fiddle tunes and originals. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $30 includes dinner package; preregister; ByOB. Info, 465-4071. t im eri KSon & the t rio de Pum PKinto Wn: An intimate acoustic show brings songs of the sea, fiddle tunes, ballads, Afro-Celtic gospel and more to the stage. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $16-19. Info, 728-6464. uPPer vALLy community B And : More than 70 area musicians celebrate the season in "An Ode to Winter." Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $5-8; free for preschoolers. Info, 603-448-0400. vermont Sym Phony orche Str A mASter Wor KS: Robert DeCormier conducts a program featuring sopranos Jonita Lattimore and Justin Murray alongside bass Kevin Deas in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, discussion, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m. $16-61. Info, 863-5966.
SKi t our the Kingdom: S Ki to dinner : Crosscountry skiers work up an appetite for a homemade meal on a 5K excursion from Echo Lake to the NorthWoods Stewardship Center. Appropriate clothing and hot thermos recommended. NorthWoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 2-6 p.m. $20 includes dinner; preregister. Info, 7236551, ext. 115. Sno WShoe W ALK: The Winooski Valley Park District leads a winter outing in search of tracks and other wildlife signs. Snowshoes available. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5744. t he northern f ore St : 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.
3d Printing, deSigning & Sc Anning With BLu-Bin : Instruction in basic programs teaches attendees how to build digital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 345-6030.
BoLton After dAr K: 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.
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Face O FF against Breast cancer H Ockey tO urnament : Local women's hockey teams hit the ice to raise funds for the Cancer Patient Support Program. See faceoffagainstbreastcancer.org for details. Memorial Sports Center, Middlebury, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Donations and sponsorships accepted. Info, 989-0039 or 349-9180. PHat Helmet Day : Skiers and riders get tips on how to properly protect their heads on the slopes. Base Lodge. Bolton Valley Resort, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3444.
w ater Bury w inter Fest : See WED.22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
'eye OF t He st Orm' : See FRI.24, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Verm Ont Vau DeVille : Local performers incorporate comedy, circus, music and mayhem into an all-ages show. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7 p.m. $8-15. Info, 533-2589.
BOOk sale : Bibliophiles get their literary fix with thousands of titles. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3383 or 454-7767. new V Oices : Five promising authors discuss their work as part of Misty Valley Books' nationally recognized literary program, now in its 20th year. First Universalist Parish, Chester, 2 p.m. $10; limited seating. Info, 875-3400.
inDOOr gar Dening : Peter Burke teaches innovative methods for growing and harvesting salad greens throughout the winter. City Market, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister; limited space. Info, 861-9700.
mOnt Pelier antiques market : The past comes alive with offerings of furniture, artwork, jewelry and more at this ephemera extravaganza. Elks Club, Montpelier, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $2-5. Info, 751-6138.
internati Onal Dinner: Vietnamese : Egg rolls, stir fry and fried rice pave the way for songs, dance, music and Vietnamese New Year customs. North End Studio A, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. $15-18; ages 21 and up BYOB. Info, 863-6713. sl Ow F OOD lO cal cHeese t asting : Jeff Roberts, author of The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese, moderates a conversation with Vermont's top cheese makers, who share samples of their products. South End Kitchen at Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $45. Info, 864-0505. sOuPer B Owl : Shrimp Music provide live tunes for locavores, who dine on soup from local eateries. Proceeds benefit the Mad River Valley Food Shelf. Bring a personal soup mug. Inn at the Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield, 5-8 p.m. $15-25; donations of canned goods accepted. Info, 496-2276. sun Day Break Fast : Rise and shine! Bacon, scrambled eggs, corned-beef hash, sausage and biscuits await. Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 9 a.m.-noon. $7. Info, 518-643-2309.
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aiki DO w it H sensei r yan 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.
HOmewOrk Hel P: See WED.22, 2-6 p.m. r ussian Play t ime w it H natas Ha: Kiddos up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.
Frenc H cOnVersati On gr OuP: Dimanc Hes: 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.
ru 12? FiBer arts gr OuP: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 860-7812. w inter r enDez VOus : See WED.22, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
fairs & festivals
'BHOPal' : See WED.22, 2 p.m.
aDir OnDack w in D ensem Ble : See SAT.25.. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 2 p.m. $10; free for SUNY Plattsburgh students. Info, 518-565-0145.
Backyar D ur Ban sugaring : Combining his farming background with traditional Native American techniques, Jim Gorman outlines the process of transforming sap into the sweet stuff. City Market, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at citymarket.coop; limited space. Info, 861-9700.
Face O FF against Breast cancer H Ockey tO urnament : See SAT.25, 8 a.m.-9:15 p.m. Paint Ball Biat Hl On: Take aim! Cold-weather athletes in grades 1 through 12 strap on cross-country skis and shoot colored ammunition at targets. See mountaintopinn.com for details. Mountain Top Inn, Chittenden, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $20-25. Info, 483-6089.
ensem Bles esPañ Ol sPanis H Dance tH eatre : Now in its fourth decade, the Chicago-based troupe explores the spirited rhythms of the flamenco. Casella Theater, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. $1520; preregister. Info, 468-1119. sHakti t ri Bal Belly Dance w it H susanne : Ladies get their groove on with this ancient and spirit-inspired improvisational dance form. Soul Fire Studio, Burlington, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $15. Info, 688-4464.
t ri Via nigHt : Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.
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r .i.P.P. e.D.: See WED.22, 6-7 p.m.
alice in nOODlelan D: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. art wit H mc: Budding artists in grades K and up create recycled paper sculptures with art teacher MC Baker. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
aDult cOmPuter wO rks HOP: 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. geneal Ogy wO rks HOP: Ed McGuire introduces family-tree enthusiasts to the steps of researching ancestral roots. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
JOHn swan intellectual Free DOm l ecture : Author Dawn Sova considers current censorship issues as compared to those from the mid-20th century. A Q&A follows. Auditorium, Pavilion Building, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1495.
'giselle' : The Royal Ballet portrays human and supernatural worlds in a broadcast production of this renowned work about life, love and death. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 660-9300.
aDult B OOk gr OuP: Bookworms weigh in on Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. BOOk Discussi On: sustaina Bility series' : Lit lovers chat with Jean Gerber about Julia Alvarez's A Cafecito Story. Latham Memorial Library, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361. BOOk sale : Bibliophiles pore over a plethora of pages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. POetry w riting wO rks HOP: Wordsmiths read and respond to selected essays, then discuss work by two poets. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104. sHaPe & sHare l iFe st Ories : Prompts trigger true tales, which are crafted into compelling narratives and read aloud. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
seeD swa P: Dreaming of ripe tomatoes and salad greens? The Northeast Kingdom's "Swap Sisters" host an exchange of garden starters. Greensboro Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 755-6336, email@example.com. Verm Ont Farm sHOw : From barnyard animals to giant tractors and everything in between, folks celebrate the state's agricultural industry. See vtfarmshow.com for details. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 461-8774.
Fr Osti Val : See FRI.24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ice On Fire : Folks of all ages head to North Branch Nature Center's open fields for winter games, outdoor theater, storytelling and a parade. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 2-5 p.m. $1-3; $5 per family. Info, 229-6206. Verm Ont Burlesque Festi Val : See FRI.24, 3 p.m.
r ecOr Der-Playing gr OuP: Musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, firstname.lastname@example.org. samBatuca Da! OPen r eHearsal : New faces are invited to pitch in as Burlington's samba streetpercussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.
Farm tO ur & ' a Place in t He l an D' screening : See SAT.25, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. r utlan D Bri Dal sHOw : Industry professionals showcase fashions, food and day-of designs to fit every budget. Prize drawings, hors d’oeuvres and cake cutting round out the event. Holiday Inn, Rutland, 11:30 a.m. $6-7. Info, 459-2897.
'get Out & Backc Ountry ski' Festi Val : New and seasoned skiers hit the snow with guided lessons and clinics, then wrap things up with an aprèsski party. Call for conditions. Bolton Valley Nordic Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $55-75 includes trail pass; preregister. Info, 434-3444. tH e w il D siDe OF stark mOuntain : Nature lovers seek out tracks and others signs of local wildlife. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551. t racking & t railing a Verm Ont carni VOre : Naturalist Matt Kolan leads nature lovers on a trek in search of animal activity. Bring a bag lunch. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $25-30; preregister. Info, 985-8686.
Ballet Jazz OF mOntréal : Melding various dance styles, the internationally renowned company defies categorization with a unique aesthetic in Night Box and Zero In On. See calendar spotlight. Bellows Falls Opera House, 7 p.m. $20-59. Info, 888-759-5559. Belly Dance w it H emily Pi Per : Drawing from ancient traditions and far-reaching cultural influences, participants tap into meditation and self-compassion. Comfortable clothing required. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 5-6:30 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361. englis H cOuntry Dancing : Folks in clean-soled shoes move to tunes by Trip to Norwich. All dances taught and called. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 3-6 p.m. Info, 785-4121.
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music w it H Peter : Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. sit & knit : Little ones ages 6 and up and their parents join Joan Kahn for a creative session appropriate for all skill levels. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Ban FF mOuntain Film Festi Val : See FRI.24,. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7 p.m. $19-22. Info, 518-523-2512. 'inequality FOr all' : Senator Bernie Sanders hosts a screening of Jacob Kornbluth's 2013 documentary about former U.S. labor secretary Robert Reich's efforts to address the country's widening economic gap. A town meeting follows. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, refreshments, 10 a.m.; film, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 202-228-6492. l aBOr Film Festi Val: '10,000 Black men nameD geOrge' : Robert Townsend's drama tells the story of 1920s union activist Asa Philip Randolph, who struggled to organize African American porters of the Pullman Rail Company. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 4-5:30 p.m. Free; donations benefit the hall. Info, 485-4554.
Diane Huling : The classical pianist performs works by Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert and others in a benefit concert for the Davis family. Richmond Free Library, 3:30-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 434-3273. t ri O caVatina : The award-winning chamber musicians interpret works by Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert. See calendar spotlight. South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 3 p.m. $6-18. Info, 626-9204. Verm Ont symPHOny Orc Hestra masterw Orks : See SAT.25. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 3 p.m. $9-32. Info, 775-0903. Verm Ont yOut H Orc Hestra w inter cOncert : VYO members past and present join forces in a varied performance featuring violinist Soovin Kim and Pierre Jalbert's Music of Air and Fire, among other works. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3 p.m. $12-17. Info, 863-5966.
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EvEning Knitting Cir Cl E: Needleworkers work on current projects and spin a yarn or two over a simple dessert. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 985-8686.
Swing Dan CE Pra Cti CE SESSion : Twinkle-toed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.
Stat E of th E tEC h Union in vErmont : Techsavvy enthusiasts and entrepreneurs watch President Obama's State of the Union address, then discuss local tech issues. See techjamvt.com for details. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 7:3010 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 864-1848.
'amEri Can maDE movi E': Nathaniel Thomas McGill and Vincent Vittorio's 2013 documentary explores the heyday of U.S. manufacturing, and how technology and globalization have affected the industry. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $4-8; free for those with limited means. Info, 748-2600 or 603-398-4614. 't h E aCt of Killing' : Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gets face to face with former Indonesian death squad leaders, who reenact their mass killings in cinematic fashion in this chilling documentary. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408. 't h E Shining' : Jack Nicholson stars in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film about a man who goes crazy while serving as a caretaker for an isolated moutain resort with his wife and son. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018.
food & drink
Downton abbEy Dinn Er & Etiq UEtt E lESS on : Fans of the popular PBS series talk table manners while dining in an elegant setting. Governor's House, Hyde Park, 6 p.m. $47.50; preregister. Info, 888-6888. t h E f r Ugal f ri DgE: Shoppers become savvy savers on an interactive tour of the store featuring healthy, economical choices. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister at citymarket. coop; limited space. Info, 861-9700.
gaming for tEE nS & aDUlt S: 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
f oo D & moo D: Holistic health coach Leah Webb explores the ways in which eating habits affect our biochemistry. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. KUnDalini yoga w ith al Exan Dra : 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. vinya Sa at th E vin Eyar D: 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.
Chil Dr En'S Story t imE: See FRI.24, 10:30 a.m. Cr Eativ E tUESD ay S: 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.
'lU nCh l aDy an D th E SChoolwi DE SCUffl E' l aUnCh Party : Readers get revved up for an appearance by author Jarret J. Krosoczka, who celebrates the release of the latest graphic novel in her popular series about an adventurous lunch lady. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999. Pr ESChool Story t imE & Craft : 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. Story t imE w ith Cor Ey: Read-aloud books and crafts led by store employee Corey Bushey engage young minds. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Story t imE for 3- to 5- yEar- ol DS: See WED.22, 10-10:45 a.m. Story t imE for babi ES & t oDDl Er S: 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. tEE n art St UDio w ith miCKEy myEr S: The printmaker discusses her work and inspires teens to pursue their own artistic visions. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-8358. w int Er Story t imE: See WED.22, 10 a.m.
f r EnCh Conv Er Sation gro UP: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. int Erm EDiat E Conv Er Sational S Pani Sh lESS on S: Adults sharpen their grammar skills while exploring different topics. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757, email@example.com. PaUSE-Café : French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
f inan Cial aiD f orm S w or KSho P: Students and their parents join VSAC representatives to learn about the college financial aid process and tackle related paperwork. A Q&A session follows. See vsac.org for details. South Burlington High School, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 864-8581. PEr Sonal blogging S Eri ES: 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.
Cl Earwat Er S Port S g3 tE l Emar K SKi onSnow D Emo: Skiers make turns with this year's equipment. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3551. Phat hE lm Et Day : See SAT.25. Base Lodge. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551. t ra PP nor DiC CUP: Cross country skiers race against the clock at a weekly 5K skate and/or timed trial. See trappfamily.com for details. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $8. Info, 253-5755.
gary Pa Ul nabhan : The noted author present "Tapping Into the Wisdom of Traditional Farmers: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Uncertainty" as part of the Vermont's Table Speaker Series. See calendar spotlight. Simpson Hall, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 586-7711, ext. 164. t ran Sition t own mont PEli Er : Permaculture expert Ben Falk shares his expertise in "Home Resiliency: Staying Warm, Fed and Watered in a Very Cold Climate." Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
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CaDy/Pott Er w rit Er S Cir Cl E: 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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vErmont f arm Show : See TUE.28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Knitting gro UP: Needle crafters of all skill levels take advantage of a drop-in creative session. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
'mov E2Chang E': Guest artist Tiffany Rhynard leads Middlebury College students in an exploration of social justice, theatre, dance and digital media. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, noon. Free. Info, 443-3168.
banff moUntain f ilm fES tival : See FRI.24. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $18-23. Info, 603-448-0400. boo KS-to- f ilm S Eri ES: François Ozon's thriller Swimming Pool explores a dark series of events that takes place when a mystery writer visits her publisher's home in the south of France. A discussion with library director Richard Bidnick follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'h ow to S Urviv E a Plag UE': See SAT.25. Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-9. Info, 603-646-2422.
food & drink
Downton abbEy Dinn Er & Etiq UEtt E lESS on : See TUE.28, 6 p.m. wED nESDay w in E Down : See WED.22, 4:30-8 p.m.
gamES UnPl Ugg ED: See WED.22, 3-5 p.m.
health & fitness
r U12? Playgro UP: LGBTQA families bring infants and children up to age 4 together for crafts and physical activities. Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, South Burlington, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812. SqUEEr Dan Cing : See WED.22, 7-9 p.m.
'bho Pal' : See WED.22, 8 p.m.
'vErmont h iStory t hro Ugh Song' : Singer/ researcher Linda Radtke lends her voice to a costumed interpretation of the state's major events. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. vErmont Philharmoni C Chor US oPEn rE h Ear Sal : See WED.22, 7-9 p.m.
ESSEntial onlin E t ool S for non Profit S w or KSho P: See THU.23. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091. PEaCE iS PoSSibl E w or KSho P: In multimedia and interactive sessions, John Reuwer presents nonviolent action as a powerful tool for dealing with an increasingly violent world. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6. w hy Ev Eryon E nEEDS an EStat E Plan : Bill Root details the ways in which wills, trusts and more can safeguard against future uncertainties. Edward Jones, Shelburne, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-9991.
gr EEn moUntain t abl E tE nni S Cl Ub: See WED.22, 6-9:30 p.m.
f arm Er S night S Eri ES: Calvin t rillin : The award-winning journalist, humorist and novelist considers the current state of America — including Vermont's food culture. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-3480. h owar D Coffin : In "Lincoln and Vermont," the historian traces the evolution of the president's relationship to the state. American Legion Post 59, Waterbury, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8989.
Chroni C inflammation' S l in K to DEgEnErativ E DiSEaSE: Peter Farber discusses the link between inflammatory conditions and cancer, heart disease and more. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. gEntl E yoga w ith Jill l ang : See SAT.25, 1-2 p.m. montréal-Styl E aCro yoga : See WED.22, 6:307:30 p.m. r .i.P.P.E.D.: See WED.22, 6-7 p.m.
babytim E Playgro UP: See WED.22, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Craft Ernoon w ith niCol E: maKE Cir CUS t oy S: Local artist Nicole Vance guides kiddos ages 6 and up through the steps of making a parachuter and a unicycle rider. Fairfax Community Park, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420. h omEwor K hE l P: See WED.22, 2-5 p.m. mEEt r oCKin' r on th E f ri EnDly Pirat E: See WED.22, 10-10:45 a.m. moving & grooving w ith Chri Stin E: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Story t imE & Playgro UP: See WED.22, 10-11:30 a.m. Story t imE for 3- to 5- yEar- ol DS: See WED.22, 10-10:45 a.m. w int Er Story t imE: See WED.22, 11:15 a.m.
'oth Er D ESErt Citi ES': Vermont Stage Company stages Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed drama about a memoirist whose book reveals devastating family secrets. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966. SPan K! h ar DEr: t h E SEqUEl : Picking up where Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody left off, this satirical romp pokes fun at all things pop culture. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $37.75. Info, 775-0903.
big iDEaS Din E & DiSCUSS: Led by Edward Cashman, folks share a meal, then converse about John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister; bring a California-inspired dish to share. Info, 878-6955. boo K Sal E: See MON.27, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. f iCtion w riting w or KSho P: See WED.22, 6:30 p.m. miDra Sh in vEr SE!: Jan Peter Dembinski excerpts The Golden Calf: The Fall & Redemption of Israel in the Sinai Wilderness. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. Play w riting w or KSho P: Lit lovers read and discuss theatrical works by group members. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 3838104. m
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art ACCESS ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Watercolor with Ginny Joyner, Drawing, Zentangle, Colored Pencil, Block Print, Miniature Fruits & more, Polymer Clay, Calligraphy, kids art choices. Culinary arts: one-night, hands-on classes where you eat well! Dim Sum, Indian Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Szechuan, ˜ ai, Turkish, Greek Coastal, Middle Eastern, Korean, Balinese, Chocolate, Argentinian, Vegetarian, Ricotta Cheese Cake, Pasta Bene, Berry Pie, Cookie Bake & Decorate. Yum. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access.
Call 865-7166 for info or register online at burlingtoncityarts.org. 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.
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
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
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 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
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 hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Weekly on ˜ u., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $230/person; $207/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. 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.
computers ACCESS COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Computer & Internet Basics, iWant iPods & iPhones, Improve Your Internet Experience, Windows Security: File and Control Panels, Cloud Control, Twitter, CS Sampler, Google Sketchup, MS Word Basics and More, Smartphone Use, MS Excel Basics, Excel Up: ˜ e Next Steps, Excel Data Analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web Essentials, personalized lessons. Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
TOUCH DRAWING STUDIO WORKSHOP: Great gift idea. Touch Drawing is a simple, intuitive, meditative process that moves us deeply into ourselves.
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CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel ˜ rowing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. You will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces like mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various ﬁ nishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on ˜ u., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
DROP-IN: 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.
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.
COLLABORATION WITH COLLAGE: Sign up with a friend, spouse, or relative for this exciting 2-day workshop. We’ll explore the possibilities of creatingÃ‚Â°with a partner.Ã‚Â°We will use collage as a means of personal expression. We’ll demonstrate use of materials, share examples from our own collaborative projects and discuss collage throughout art history. Mar. 1 & 8 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or Mar. 22 & 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $80/person. Location: Janet Frederick’s Studio, 100 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln. Info: Lily Hinrichsen, Janet Fredericks, 453-5425, lilyhinrichsen@gmail. com or janetfredericksstudio@ gmail.com.
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. Info: 865-7166.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, middleburystudioschool.org.
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, email@example.com.
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.
cooking Chocolate-Bar Making: Tie on your apron and learn more about actual chocolate making, from tempering to moulding. A great class for first-time confectioners, we’ll start with a brief lesson on chocolate types, then we’ll dive right into creating your very own bars. Choose your chocolate and an array of inclusions, wait for the bars to set, and then wrap your masterpiece to take home. 3 sessions avail: Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-noon, 3-4 p.m. & Feb. 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $25/ session. Location: The Education Kitchen at the South End Kitchen, 716 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 864-0505, southendkitchenvt.com/classes.
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 St., Burlington. Info: 864-1808, southendkitchenvt.com. 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, southendkitchenvt.com. 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, southendkitchenvt.com.
craft ACCESS CRAFT CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all
ages. Pottery, Bowl Turning, Woodworking, Machining, Basket Weaving, Rug Hooking, Wool Dyeing, Wood Carving, 3 Bag Sewing, Pillows, Needle Felting, Quilting, Cake Decorating, Knitting Clinic, Paint on Glass, Perennial Gardens, Corsage & Boutonniere. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 4827194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access.
dance B-Tru Dance w/ Danielle Vardakas Duszko: B-Tru is focused on hip-hop, funkstyles (poppin, locking, waaking), breakin’, dance hall, belly dance and lyrical dance. Danielle Vardakas Duszko has trained with originators in these styles, performed and battled throughout the world. Classes and camps age 4-adult. She is holding a Hip-Hop Yoga Dance 200-hour teacher training this fall/winter. Kids after-school & Sat. classes. Showcase at the end of May. Feb. & spring break camps ages 4-13 also avail. $50/mo. Ask about family discounts. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 4970136, honestyogastudio@gmail. com, honestyogacenter.com. Dance Studio Salsalina: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, email@example.com, dsantosvt.com.
drumming Taiko, Djembe & Congas!: Taiko drumming in Burlington! Tuesday Taiko Adult Classes begin Jan. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Kids Classes begin on the same dates, 4:30-5:20 p.m. $60/6 weeks. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, burlingtontaiko.org.
empowerment ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Beekeeping, Creative Writing, Memoir Writing, 10 Amazing Journeys with Chris O’Donnell, Solar Energy 101, VT Architecture, Bridge (2 levels), Cribbage, Career Plan, EFT, Health Topics, Mind-Body Connection, Suburban Homesteading 101, Motorcycle Awareness, Shoulder Massage, Bird Watching, Cat Behavior, Wildlife Rehab, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Body Lotions, Herbal Facial, Tree Pruning. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access.
Playwriting: Plotting Along: This nuts and bolts workshop gives writers from any genre a toolbox of techniques, tricks and devices to use when writing for the stage. Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned writer suffering from writer’s block, our tips and writing exercises lead to wonderful “creative accidents,” helping you painlessly uncover source material and original ideas while you confront and slay that monstrous inner critic. Get down to the business of writing a great 10-minute play, and take away tips for longer works! During the second week, hear your work read aloud and glean insights from a feedback session. Instructor: Geeda Searfoorce. Teens/adults, Fri., Feb. 7 & 21, 5:45-8:45 p.m. Cost: $70/2 sessions. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, flynnarts.org. VT Young Playwrights Program: 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. Some 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 Stage Company actors and directors at the FlynnSpace 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, flynnarts.org. College Audition TuneUp: Practice Session & Feedback: About to brave your college auditions? Take a dry run free of make-it-or-break-it
pressure, in a mock audition setting with the directors of the Flynn Summer Youth Theater Program. Perform your songs and/or monologues and receive multiple perspectives and feedback on your work, including advice on making strong choices that will sharpen your performance and make you a hard applicant to resist! Instructors: Gina Fearn, Danielle Sertz & Christina Weakland. Grades 11-12, Jan. 31, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $25/ person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, flynnarts.org. Exploring Connections Series: Enhancing Movement Potential & Expression: This four-part workshop series uses movement and metaphor to explore the expressive body, incorporating movement fundamentals as well as drawing and writing to explore the relationship between movement and personal expression. Our goal will be to facilitate a lively interplay between inner connectivity and outer expressivity to enrich your movement potential, change ineffective neuromuscular movement patterns, and encourage new ways of moving and embodying your inner self. Instructor: Sara McMahon. Teens/adults: 1st Fri. of the mo., Feb.-May., 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $22/session; $80 for all 4. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, flynnarts.org. Songwriting Distilled: Tapping into Your Style & Voice: 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: Clint 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, flynnarts.org.
gardening Seed starting: Learn the basic science and techniques for seedstarting success from the get-go, and do it right the first time! Feb. 1, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Ave., Burlington. Info: 660-3505-4, gardenerssupplystore.com. Stone wall workshop: 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. Space 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, email@example.com, queencitysoilandstone.com. Worm Composting: Love 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 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, gardenerssupplystore.com.
herbs Community Herbalism Classes: Evergreen Medicine: Sat., Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m.; Sunrise to Sunset: Everyday Aromatherapy: Wed., Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m, $8 materials fee; the Energetics of Depression: Wed., Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m.; Recipes for Healing: Herbal Salves: Mon., Mar. 10, 6-8 p.m., $5 materials fee.; Natural Remedies for Stress: Wed., Mar. 12, 6-8 p.m. Visit vtherbcenter.org for details. Cost: $12/ workshop; $10 for members + materials fee (if indicated). Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100, firstname.lastname@example.org, vtherbcenter.org. Herbs From the Ground Up: Curious about growing and using herbs? Join Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Joann Darling and Laura Litchfield 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, email@example.com, vtherbcenter.org. Wisdom of the Herbs School: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certification Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as first medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. 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 McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com.
holistic health Hand Wisdom: A Holistic Guide to Hand Injuries and Your Health. Have an injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel in your hands? Your hands are sending you a message to heal some part of your life. Join authors Janet Savage and Julie Sonack to explore a new pathway to health using your hands. Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $15/class. Location: Spirit Dancer Books, 122 S. Winooski St., Burlington. Info: HandTales, Janet Savage, 279-8554, janet@ handtales.com, handtales.com.
language ACCESS LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. French (4 levels), Kids French, Beginning Spanish (2 levels), Intermediate Spanish (3 levels), Immersion Spanish, Kids Spanish, Italian for Travelers (3 levels), Beginning Mandarin (2 levels), German 1, Ancient Greek! Low cost, hands-on, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access. Bonjour! French Classes: French classes: Pre-K FRART!, After-School Youth & Adult Evening & Morning. Study French in beautiful atelier with the supportive, fun, hands-on teaching of Madame Maggie. Experienced educator, fluent French speaker, lived/worked in France, West Africa. Next time someone asks, “Parlez-vous francais?” you can say “Oui!” Call with any questions, et Allons-y! Winter session classes start Feb 3. Check website for details & to register. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 2337676, maggiestandley@yahoo. com, wingspanpaintingstudio. com. LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Connect with a new world. We provide high-quality affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Traveler’s lesson package. Our eighth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,
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martial arts Aikido: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Visitors are always welcome. Visit our new website at burlingtonaikido.org. Adults are welcome to try a class on Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m., for $15. Classes for children (ages 7-12) begin on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. 5-6 y/o kids classes begin Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900. Aikido Cl Asses: 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, vermontaikido.org. Aikido in B Al AnCe: 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, aikidoinbalance.com.
introd UCtion 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, email@example.com, vermontzen.org. l eArn to medit Ate: 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. Instruction: s un. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. s essions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. s hambhala c afe (meditation & discussions): 1st s at. of ea. mo., 9 a.m.-noon. Open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk & socializing): 3rd Fri. of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org.
photography ACCess CAmer A Cl Asses in Hines BUr G At CVU HiGH sCHool : 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, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access.
poetry Wednesd Ay Works Hops: s undog Poetry c enter, llc , presents Wednesday Workshops. For readers, writers and those just curious about poetry. January 22: Do You Haiku?; January 29: Reading (and Writing) Robert Frost. Cost: $20/2-hour workshop. Location: Sundog Poetry Center, LLC, 197 Higgins Run, Jeffersonville. Info: Sundog Poetry Center, LLC, Tamra Higgins, 598-0340, firstname.lastname@example.org, sundogpoetry. com.
qi gong QiGon G: 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., 1:15-2:15 p.m. starting Jan. 28. Cost: $95/6 1-hour classes. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: email@example.com, Anandi Anderson, 518-528-9958, firstname.lastname@example.org, burlingtonbodymindwellness.com.
introd UCtion 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. Sat., 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@gmail. com, shamansflame.com.
spirituality Brot Her sUn, sister moon: tH e eColo GiCAl Cons Cio Usness o F st. Fr AnCis: l earn how the environmental radicalism of s t. Francis can inform a new attitude toward the natural world and foster a global ecological ethic. l ed by s ue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Feb. 8, 15 & 22 & Mar. 1, 2-4 p.m.; snow day Mar. 15. Cost: $60/person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: 244-7909. CoUrse in mysti CAl experien Ces: explore life beyond the body with Out-ofBody experiences and the s tudy of Dreams. a free course that teaches simple and effective techniques for exploring life beyond the physical world. expand your understanding of how and why we exist for a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Tue., 7:308:45 p.m. for 9 weeks starting Jan. 28. Location: Burlington Friends Meeting, Basset House, 173 North Prospect St., Burlington. Info: Andrew Sepic, 730-9094, email@example.com, esotericteachings. org. t oUCH dr AWin G: 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. 25-7 Feb. 1. Cost: $35/2 3-hour classes. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: JourneyWorks, Jennie Kristel, 860-6203, firstname.lastname@example.org, journeyworksvt.com.
theater pl AyBACk tH eAter: storytellin G in A Ction: s tories are how we understand our world. Using Playback Theatre as the core, participants will learn to use theater to transform personal stories into theater pieces on the spot using movement, ritual, music and spoken improvisation. Participants will share and learn to bring these stories to life through Playback and other creative theater techniques that also develop intuition, insight, creativity, empathy and effective communication skills. Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $40/ person. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 N. Ave., Burlington. Info: 860-6203, jkristel161@hotmail. com, journeyworksvt.com.
well-being ACCess Cl Asses in Hines BUr G 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.
yoga BUrlin Gton Hot yoGA, t ry somet Hin G 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 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 &
eVol Ution 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, evolutionvt.com. Honest yoGA, tH e only dedi CAted Hot yoGA Flo W Center: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in essentials, Flow and c ore Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 497-0136, email@example.com, honestyogacenter.com. lAUGH in G 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. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, laughingriveryoga.com. 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! “Living, Loving & Lighting UP!” w/ Dr. Maria Sirois, Jan. 31 & Feb. 1; “Building Emotional Understanding” a 6-week parenting course with Sa Budnitz, OT begins Feb. 2. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090, yogarootsvt.com.
snAke-style tA i 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,
yAnG-style tA i 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, hotyogaburlingtonvt. com.
nAt Ur Al sCien Ce For Her BAlists: Gain a rich and nuanced understanding of nature in this short-course with Guido MasÃƒÂ©. 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.
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, ipfamilytaichi.org.
Ado Be l iGHtroom Boot CAmp: adobe l ightroom 5 has quickly become one of the industry’s leading photo editing software applications. Join professional photographer Kurt Budliger during this one-day workshop, where you’ll learn to harness the power of l ightroom 5 for organizing, editing and making your images sing. Sat., Feb. 15, 2014. Cost: $195/1-day workshop. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, central Vermont TBA. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, Kurt Budliger, 2234022, email@example.com, greenmtnphotoworkshops.com.
slr diGit Al pHoto Gr ApHy Winter Cl Asses or 1-on1: Beginner or Intermediate Photography; Digital Workflow; l ighting Technique; adobe l ightroom; Portrait Posing; s etup Your Photo Business. Location: Linda Rock Photography, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: 238-9540, lindarockphotography.com.
Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100, firstname.lastname@example.org, vtherbcenter.org.
Vermont Br AZili An JiUJits U: c lasses for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconfidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. accept no imitations. l earn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, c BJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under c arlson Gracie s r., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! a 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight c hampion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro s tate c hampion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location:
pHotos Hop Help: 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.
ComBAt Fitness mArti Al 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, email@example.com, combatfitnessmma.com.
Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, firstname.lastname@example.org, vermontbjj.com.
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o many records, so little time. Seven Days gets more album submissions than we know what to do with. And, given the ease of record making these days, it’s difﬁ cult to keep up. Still, we try to get to every local release that comes across the music desk, no matter how obscure or far out. To that end, here are four albums that likely ﬂ ew under the radar of your average Vermont music fan. In some cases, they represent the outermost boundaries of local music. Others simply slipped through the cracks. But each is worth a listen.
GORGON, GREATEST HITS EP
(Stick Shift Records, CD, digital download) Though relatively short lived, Burlington-based riot grrls Doll Fight! o˜ ered lasting contributions to the local music community and, in particular, the punk scene. The trio was instrumental in the creation of Girls Rock Vermont, the rock-and-roll day camp that inspires young women to channel their inner Bikini Kill. And DF led by example, too, releasing a handful of recordings during their brief tenure that provide an ass-kicking soundtrack to the band’s larger legacy. Though DF parted ways last year, the band’s bassist, Kelly Riel, soldiers on in the Queen City. She founded Stick Shift Records, a label that has released a pair of impressive compilations featuring feminist punk bands from around the globe. Those comps o˜ er cuts from bands closer to home, as well, including from Riel’s latest project, Gorgon. That band’s 2013 debut demo, the cheekily titled Greatest Hits, suggests Gorgon are a worthy, if angrier, heir to DF. Where Doll Fight! relied on a mix of aggro energy and o° eat humor, Gorgon attack with unhinged, unrelenting fury. Songs such as the head-pounding “Hangover Dreaming,” “I Hear Things Are Just as Bad Down in Lake Champlain” and “Shut Up!” are punishing and savage, while the sludgy “Street Talk” is anguished and deliberate. At a scant four songs and eight minutes, this EP is short and anything but sweet, which is precisely the point.
Unf ortunately, Saunders is again shortchanged by the limitations of his home recording setup. Someone needs to get this guy a good backing band and a pro studio to give his tunes the treatment they deserve. To order Acoustic Shadow, email Stephen Saunders at email@example.com.
STOVEPIPE MOUNTAIN BAND, STOVEPIPE MOUNTAIN BAND (Self-released, CD)
Vermont will likely never su˜ er a shortage of mountain music. And with their recently released self-titled debut, Corinth’s Stovepipe Mountain Band add another worthy entrant into the crowded ﬁ eld of Green Mountain Americana. Centered upon the talents of Keith and Kathy “Squirrel” Friedman — on harmonica and keyboards, respectively — SMP trade in an agreeable, well-worn amalgam of rock, folk, country and blues. The band’s freshman outing o˜ ers a sturdy mix of traditional numbers and original songs made for picking on the back porch or, in colder months, around the woodstove. stovepipemountainband.com
PITZ QUATTRONE, MOVIN’ EP
(Self-released, CD, digital download)
Is the world ready for didge-rock? We’re not sure. But central Vermont-based didgeridoo master Pitz Quattrone certainly thinks so. And the f ormer Earthman Band f ront man makes his case, strongly and strangely, on his latest EP,Movin’. If the B-52s were to take an interest in the didgeridoo, the result might sound something like the opening title cut, a rowdy little number that’s as danceable as it is eccentric — which is to say quite a bit. However, the grumbling tones of Quattrone’s didge don’t fully come to the forefront until the following track, “Hey Goose.” The song features (Self-released, CD) a heady sort of call and response between the didgeridoo and f uzzed-out guitars, the Stephen Saunders hears voices. Speciﬁ cally, he hears the voice of his brother, Doug, who latter courtesy of local blues man Shrimp. That curious dynamic is explored even further passed away in 1991. But that’s not as spooky — or crazy — as it sounds. And it was one on the next track, the cheekily preachy “Electric Tan!” of those late-night calls f rom beyond the grave that inspired Saunders’ latest record, But that’s all prelude to the EP’s epic and enlightening ﬁ nale, “Billy Moon.” The song Acoustic Shadow. pays homage to Quattrone’s childhood blood brother, Billy Moon, who died young from For the unfamiliar, Saunders has been writing music for about 40 years. He and Doug alcohol poisoning. Here Quattrone contrasts the didgeridoo’s ancient, sinister tones with played in a band called Arrow, which achieved some popularity locally bef ore Doug’s Michael G. Ronstadt’s swooning cello, building over a span of nearly eight minutes a mood passing. Though he stopped perf orming af ter his brother died, Saunders continued that is both mournful and angry. It is a challenging but fascinating listen that makes great use writing. Last year he released a collection of those songs, the homespun From Me to You of Quattrone’s unconventional instrument and equally unconventional songwriting style. Acoustic Shadow picks up where that album left o˜ and o˜ ers 12 more catchy poppitzquattrone.com rock nuggets from Saunders’ voluminous songwriting vault. Once again, he shows that he knows his way around a good hook. The title track and album closer, “What a Wonderful Night” — the latter originally penned in 1976 — are both strong examples of Saunders’ classic-rock-informed songwriting prowess.
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JOHN BROWN’S BODY
The Burlington music community was dealt yet another blow last week when we learned of the passing of BoB “Beano” Parker. Parker, 54, was the guitarist for a slew of local punk bands, including X-tractions, nation of Hate, roman sHades, cut and, most recently, Gas and oil. But it was his role as a founder of pioneering local punks the Wards in the late 1970s that will likely be Beano’s lasting legacy. For the young’uns — or the nonpunk-rock inclined — the Wards are generally acknowledged as Vermont’s first punk band. Sure, punk would have eventually found its way to the Green Mountains had not the Wards picked up guitars and started churning out
three-chord anthems such as “Weapons Factory” — their signature song and a tune whose anti-war-machine lyrics are sadly as relevant today as they were when first put to tape in 1984. But by most accounts, the Wards were the first to do so here. Because of that, and because they were pretty good, the band earned a sort of mythical status in Burlington. When they deigned to crawl out of the garage and play a show, even some 30-plus years after they started, it was news. And Beano was a big reason why. Paul allison was a longtime friend of Parker’s and engineered the Wards seminal 1983 record, The World Ain’t Pretty and Neither Are We. In a recent
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phone call he described the first time he saw Parker onstage, playing with the X-Tractions at the now defunct Burlington nightclub Hunt’s in 1978. “At the time, Hunt’s was mainly for folk singers,” says Allison. “So Beano comes out with a gorilla mask and an axe and a folk guitar. People were looking at each other like, ‘What the fuck is this?’ “Then he starts chopping up the folk guitar into splinters,” he continues. “Half the crowd just got up and left.” That’s pretty punk rock, right? But Parker and the Wards were not merely shock artists. As “Weapons Factory” and countless others of the 200 original songs Parker wrote prove, the Wards were a slyly political band. And, according to Allison, they backed it up. Like when the Wards ran for mayor of Burlington. As in, the whole friggin’ band. “A lot of people don’t know they ran for mayor against Bernie sanders in 1982,” Allison says. He adds that the band ran ads announcing its candidacy in the Vanguard Press newspaper — an alt-weekly that was an evolutionary precursor to Seven Days. “Those ads were fucking hilarious, man,” Allison recalls. Since the Vanguard now pretty much exists only on microfilm, likely somewhere in the bowels of the Fletcher Free or Bailey/Howe libraries, I contacted Sanders’ office for comment on that score. According to the distinguished senator’s spokesperson, micHael BriGGs, no one in Sanders’ camp recalls the Wards’ Reagan-era bid to rule Burlington, adding that there was not a mayoral election that year — Sanders ran for election the previous year and entered office in 1982. According to Wards vocalist tom curley, speaking by phone from Florida, the band’s mayoral run was a joke that “happened sometime in the 1980s,” though he’s unsure of the exact date. He says the band did run regular ads in the Vanguard about their mock candidacy. His favorite slogan: “Missiles on the Waterfront.” “We thought it would be a good money maker for the city,” says Curley. He recalls that his first show with Parker, long before the Wards came together, was at a now-defunct bar in Burlington called the Windsor Lounge.
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Just as a head’s up, some of Beano Parker’s musician pals will be getting together to pay tribute at the Monkey House this Thursday, January 23. The final details are still being ironed out, but you can expect to see KIKI’S LOST NATION and SWILLBILLIES, two bands with Wards DNA. And, while it’s not confirmed, I’m told there’s a chance the remaining Wards might get together for a rendition of “Weapons Factory.”
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Last but not least, a breach of my journalistic integrity! This Friday, January 24, Champlain Valley Union High School — my alma mater — will host a show called “Local Legends: An Evening of Acoustic Music” to benefit Responsible Growth Hinesburg, an organization whose tagline is “Don’t Williston Hinesburg!” (OK, I made up that part.) Anyway, among said legends are composer MICHAEL CHORNEY with indiefolk songwriter MARYSE SMITH, folk guru 22 STATE STREET • MONTPELIER PETE SUTHERLAND and headliners JAMIE MASEFIELD and DOUG PERKINS, who will be WWW.POSITIVEPIE.COM joined by PHISH’s JON FISHMAN. Oh, and my brother, TYLER BOLLES. Normally, I would decline to write 8V-PosPie012214.indd 1 1/21/14 9:45 AM about something my brother is involved with. But look at that lineup. Pretty impressive, right? And it’s not their fault one of the key players happens to share my DNA. And it’s for a noble cause, so it deserves some ink despite my conflict of interest. Don’t go to see · · my brother play. Go because you can help save Hinesburg from the clutches of Hannaford. Or to see Fishman. Whatever.
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Moving on, after a four-year hiatus, the Great Green Mountain BOB DYLAN Wannabe Contest is returning this Friday, January 24. If you don’t recall what that is, it’s, um, exactly what it sounds like. Twenty-five contestants will gather at Montpelier High School Auditorium and do their best Dylan impressions, as judged by a panel of local “celebrities.” Personally, I’m of the opinion that every songwriter of the last 40 years is essentially a Dylan wannabe, but that’s beside the point. All proceeds for the show benefit Vermontivate!, the “community sustainability game of epic proportions.” (If you want to know more about that, see the April 17, 2013, Seven Days story online.)
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Would punk have made its way to Vermont without the Wards? Of course. It just so happens that it did because of a guy in a gorilla mask with an axe who got booed out of his first gig. Thanks, Beano.
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“There was a guy playing piano and we asked him if we could get up and play a few songs,” says Curley. He says Beano grabbed a guitar while he “made up a few lyrics on the spot,” and they hit the stage. “We got booed out of the room after about five minutes,” says Curley. “And that’s how it all started. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write another song without Beano,” Curley continues. “He was the best. He was Burlington.” Though he wasn’t exactly a household name, Beano Parker was a pioneer. The Wards paved the way for countless punk bands who would follow, from the FAGS to DOLL FIGHT! to SPIT JACK to the current kings of local punk, ROUGH FRANCIS. (Full disclosure: RF’s BOBBY HACKNEY JR. works for Seven Days.)
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person in Vermont” conversation by winning the whole thing. Seriously, he was incredible. One of the prizes for winning was headlining a future showcase along with the contest’s other winning comics — a list that includes JUSTIN ROWE, ADAM BENAY, KYLE GAGNON and CARMEN LAGALA. Catch that show at Hotel Vermont in Burlington this Saturday, January 25.
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BEE'S KNEES: Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., free. MATTERHORN: Live Music, 4 p.m., $3. Richard James & the Name Changers (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG'S PLACE: Stone Cold Roosters (honky-tonk), 9 p.m., free. PARKER PIE CO.: Electric Sorcery (rock), 8 p.m., $5.
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It’s unclear whether “Adrian Aardvark” is the pseudonym of Christopher Rigsbee or the name of the collective of musicians with which the Plattsburghbased songwriter surrounds himself. It could be both. Or it could be neither. When it comes to Adrian Aardvark, clarity is in short supply. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In 2012, AA released a daunting collection of material called Hidden Magic Revival. Featuring 15 musicians, the record was a dark and disorienting affair, inspired by a profound personal trauma suffered by Rigsbee earlier that year. It was, presumably, a cathartic release for its author. But for listeners the album proved a grueling exercise, almost as though Rigsbee were challenging us to immerse ourselves in his own monstrous pain through confounding compositions and nearly unintelligible vocal howls. Rigsbee and co. are back with a new effort, American Aardvark. Featuring a smaller consortium of
is very much open to interpretation, an album that can be experienced casually and simply as serene background music. Yet it can also reward more engaged listeners, those who will pay close attention to its rich nuances and absorbing atmosphere. Lewis is a terrifically gifted guitarist and violinist. And throughout the album he provides ample room for those talents to roam. From the bright, lively, melodic turns of “Into the White” to the broad, ethereal expanse of songs such as “11th Moon” and album closer “Some Morning Soon” Lewis crafts inviting, rustic soundscapes. Think of the album as Americana for the newage set. Lewis is aided by pianist Ariana Lewis, mandolinist Kristina Stykos and drummer Jeff Berlin. Each of those instrumentalists shines in moments, adding varying degrees of texture and balance. But Lewis rightly remains the focus. Whether picking playful melody lines on guitar or pirouetting through the stratosphere on violin, he is masterful.
distracting, the idiosyncrasies of each break in the action have a unifying effect. They are loose threads that somehow stitch this fraying tapestry together and give the actual songs some context. American Aardvark may never have mass appeal. Even among those who like their pop on the experimental side, the record may prove too strange and unhinged. But for those with the aural fortitude to brave its peculiarities, it’s a fascinating listen. American Aardvark by Adrian Aardvark is available at adrianaardvark. bandcamp.com.
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Throughout much of his earlier canon, Vermont composer Spencer Lewis has tended to present his instrumental recordings thematically, whether on the pastoral splendor of 2007’s Green Mountain Suite or, more recently, the dramatic post-Irene opus Vermont Resurrection. It is curious, then, that Lewis would title his latest instrumental work so comparatively vaguely: A New Path. Curious, because at no point in the album’s 50-plus minutes does Lewis lay out any distinct new direction. Instead, he has presented a nebulous work that
players, the record has a leaner and noticeably lighter feel than its unwieldy predecessor. It is no less bewildering and complex, but, lacking the pervasive sense of dread that characterized that record, Rigsbee’s latest is more accessible. Relatively, anyway. Much as Hidden Magic Revival presented Adrian Aardvark as something like a twisted version of Broken Social Scene, American Aardvark implies a warped creative spirit. Tracks such as “Lonely Bunny” and “Betsy Ross” practically vomit a jumble of broken tambourines, saxophones and string instruments around Rigsbee’s low-toned, streamof-consciousness prattling. It’s a mess. But, like a disheveled bedroom, it’s a weirdly comforting mess. There’s a cozy familiarity amid the detritus. Throughout the record, Adrian Aardvark have inserted strange little interludes, non sequiturs that initially seem to exist solely for the pleasure of the band. These include a glitchy intro (“Uhhhmerica”), seeming studio outtakes (“Time Travel in 2012”), the wildly unexplainable (“Uhhhrdvark”) and a three-minute closing ramble (“Bathtub Party”). But rather than
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(Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
On tap Bar & grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.
Franny O's: Vermont's Got Talent Open mic, 8 p.m., free.
HalFlOunge: Family night (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.
HigHer grOund BallrOOm: Greensky Bluegrass, Tumbleweed Wanderers (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $17/20. AA.
HigHer grOund BallrOOm: Datsik, Herobust, Getter, ma1ach1, chaosphere, the Frim (EDm), 8:30 p.m., $25. AA.
radiO Bean: stephen callahan Trio (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Ver sacrum (ambient, acoustic), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky-Tonk sessions, 10 p.m., $3.
HigHer grOund sHOwcase lOunge: Dave Hause, northcote (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA.
Jp's puB: Dance Video Request night with melody (dance), 10 p.m., free.
red square: craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.
nectar's: mi Yard Reggae night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., free.
manHattan pizza & puB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. nectar's: Family night, plato Ears (rock), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
On tap Bar & grill: Joshua Glass (piano), 11 a.m., free.
On tap Bar & grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.
penalty BOx: Trivia with a Twist, 4 p.m., free.
radiO Bean: Victoria Frances (avant soundscapes), 7 p.m., free. Open mic, 9 p.m., free.
radiO Bean: Gypsy Jazz Brucnh, 11 a.m., free. saloon sessions with Brett Hughes (country), 1 p.m., free. Greensky Bluegrass pre-party with Jordan Koza Family Band (funk-rock), 5:30 p.m., free. F.O.G. with Gary Beckwith (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Tonypops (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., free. Leclair Aid: A Benefit for Gillian, Zelde and pete (rock), 9 p.m., free. skinny pancake: Bluegrass Brunch scamble, 12 p.m., $5-10 donation. spark Arts Open improv Jam, 7 p.m., $3.
BagitOs: Dan Kennedy (singersongwriter), 11 a.m., donation. skinny pancake: Big Hat, no cattle (western swing), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
HinesBurgH puBlic HOuse: sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free.
Bee's knees: Rebecca padula (folk), 11 a.m., donation. Jeanne miller and Jim Daniels (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. sweet cruncH Bake sHOp: northeast Field (bluegrass), 10:30 a.m., free.
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ruBen James: Why not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. skinny pancake: Kids music with Raphael, 11 a.m., free.
BagitOs: micah and Rick cole (folk), 6 p.m., donation. cHarlie O's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. sweet melissa's: michael T. Jermyn (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., free. Open mic, 7 p.m., free.
champlain valley twO BrOtHers tavern: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.
Bee's knees: children's sing Along with Allen church, 10:30 a.m., free. mumbo (blues), 7:30 p.m., donation.
cHarlie O's: Trivia night, 8 p.m., free.
mOOg's place: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., free.
mOOg's place: The Jason Wedlock show (rock), 8 p.m., free. parker pie cO.: nEKaraoke, 7:30 p.m., free.
Franny O's: Trackside incident (rock), 9 p.m., free. HalFlOunge: Funkwagon's Tequila project (funk), 10 p.m., free.
tHe daily planet: peter Krag (jazz), 8 p.m., free. Franny O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.
HigHer grOund BallrOOm: Dr. Dog, saint Rich (rock), 7:30 p.m., $21/23. AA.
HalFlOunge: Wanted Wednesday with DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.
leunig's BistrO & caFé: Gregory Douglass & Joshua Glass (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., free.
HigHer grOund sHOwcase lOunge: new politics, magic man, sleeper Agent (indie), 8 p.m., $15. AA.
mOnty's Old Brick tavern: Open mic, 6 p.m., free.
Jp's puB: pub Quiz with Dave (trivia), 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free.
nectar's: Gubbulidis (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. Gubbulidis (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. Dead set: A month of Europe 1972
Juniper at HOtel vermOnt: Ray Vega Quartet (Latin jazz), 8 p.m., free.
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leunig's BistrO & caFé: paul Asbell, clyde stats and chris peterman (jazz), 7 p.m., free. manHattan pizza & puB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., free.
Acoustic soul night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
BagitOs: Jason mallery (folk), 6 p.m., donation.
mOnkey HOuse: Winooski Wednesdays: Binger (rock), 8:30 p.m., free.
green mOuntain tavern: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free.
nectar's: What a Joke! comedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., free. The mountain says no, causewell Apollo, Elijah Ocean (rock), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
skinny pancake: Jay Ekis saves Wednesday in montpelier (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
On tap Bar & grill: Blues Jam with collin craig Trio, 7 p.m., free. radiO Bean: irish sessions, 8 p.m., free. Ryan power (indie), 11 p.m., free. red square: small change (Tom Waits tribute), 7 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. skinny pancake: Josh panda's
sweet melissa's: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Big John (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. wHammy Bar: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., free.
city limits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.
On tHe rise Bakery: Dan Johnson (Americana), 7:30 p.m., donation. twO BrOtHers tavern: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.
Bee's knees: Abby sherman (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation. mOOg's place: Live music, 8 p.m., free. parker pie cO.: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free. piecassO: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.
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Strange Visitation “Roadside Picnic,” Flynndog
Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert and Midori Harima both take f allen leaves as their subject. One set of works is autumnally colorf ul and composed in microscopic detail on snow-white vertical scrolls. The other consists of black, crumpled f orms lying on the ﬂ oor like remnants of a blown-out truck tire. Together, the very di° erent treatments achieve a cohesion that causes viewers to consider nature’s mutability and subtle humor. Working with East Hardwick printer Miwako Phelps, Gilbert has created high-resolution giclée prints of a dozen types of leaves, some with holes gnawed by worms, that she f ound near her home in Plainﬁ eld. Gilbert used a scanner to magnif y dried specimens to about 20 times their actual size. She and Phelps then painstakingly transferred the images to long sheets of rice paper. It took two hours or more for the ink-jet process to achieve the desired quality for each of the prints, Gilbert said in an interview last week at Flynndog. The exacting e° ort produces an almost three-dimensional e° ect. The oversize leaves — of oak, elm, aspen, milkweed, three poplars and ﬁ ve varieties of maple — pop out from the paper as though they were bas-reliefs. Peer closely, and you’ll be bedazzled. Gilbert’s ultra-precise prints are accompanied by Harima’s f unky, f unny installations. These seemingly casual constructions scattered on the ﬂ oor directly beneath Gilbert’s scrolls look initially like found shards of black vinyl. But it quickly becomes clear that they are also enlarged renderings of leaves — in this case, accompanied by crawling bugs. Harima’s pieces are made of black photocopy paper pasted and layered into thick f orms, she explained during a recent stroll through the Japanese galleries in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. With antennae extended, some of the insects station themselves alongside
There’s no clear connection between the cult f antasy and Gilbert’s rigorously rendered prints or Harima’s whimsical sculptures. The only direct allusions to Roadside Picnic — which weren’t apparent until explained by the artists — appear in a couple of enigmatic constructions by Harima. These conceivably f unctional f orms deﬁ nitely aren’t leaves; it’s hard to say what they might be. The show’s yin-yang vibe extends to the artists themselves. Gilbert, a white-haired 66-yearold, lives in a part of Plainﬁ eld that’s remote even by rural Vermont standards. She writes in an artist’s statement that she moved to the Green Mountains from Japan 30 years ago with her American husband to “fulﬁ ll my long-held desire to withdraw f rom people, rea˝ rm my true self and live in nature.” Harima, 37 and dark-haired, settled in San Francisco f or f our years af ter immigrating to the U.S. in 2001. She has lived in a crowded section of Queens across the East River f rom Manhattan f or the past eight years. Gilbert, who met Harima in Japan, invited the younger artist to visit her in Vermont several years ago. The experience proved revelatory. Walking at night near Gilbert’s home, Harima says, she encountered “pure darkness” for the ﬁ rst time in a life spent in intensely illuminated urban areas. Harima speaks in almost mystical terms as she describes how this “absence of light” has inﬂ uenced her art. Gilbert, by contrast, says that what continues to impress her most about Vermont is “a quality of light so pure it seemed to come from the sun directly.” Older and younger; lighter and darker; a rigorously f ormal and a playf ully o° handed aesthetic: It’s a singularly engaging display of duality at the Flynndog.
THE OVERSIZE LEAVES POP OUT FROM THE PAPER AS THOUGH THEY WERE BAS-RELIEFS.
PEER CLOSELY, AND YOU’LL BE BEDAZZLED.
PHOTOS: MATTHEW THORSEN
he East Asian cosmological concept of yin-yang, or complementary opposites, receives vivid — and sometimes humorous — visual expression in a show by a pair of Japanese artists at the Flynndog gallery in Burlington.
leaves they’ve apparently been munching, while a couple of others stay partly hidden beneath a leaf ’s f olded edge. The longer a viewer looks, the more clever Harima’s sculptures appear.
This light-hearted, bugged-out composition marks a sharp departure f rom Harima’s earlier, eerie assemblages, also made of pasted layers of photocopy paper, which depict naked, life-size children and body parts. One of these pieces — a screaming girl, her head thrown back — is included in the Flynndog show. Along with a wall-hung arrangement of twisted twigs by Gilbert, this standing ﬁ gure by Harima is partitioned o° from the rest of the artists’ works, which are collectively titled “Roadside Picnic.” Gilbert and Harima both express fascination with the Russian sci-ﬁ novel of that name, which was the basis for Stalker, the 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky movie they also dig. The dystopian novel describes the aftermath of a visitation by unseen aliens who have lef t behind odd and wondrous objects.
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“Roadside Picnic,” installation by Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert and Midori Harima, at Flynndog in Burlington. ˜ rough February 28. ﬂ ynndog.net
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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.
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, spacegalleryvt.com.
'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. 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.
l oCAl Artist group sHow : paintings by carl Rubino, Jane Ann Kantor, Kim senior, Kristine slattery, Maria Del castillo, philip h agopian and vanessa compton on the first floor; and by h olly h auser, l ouise Arnold, Jacques Burke, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Tessa h olmes on the second. curated by se ABA. Through February 28 at Innovation center of vermont in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.
'Anony Mous: Conte Mpor Ary t ibet An Art' : paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet and the diaspora. January 28 through May 18 at Fleming Museum, UvM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.
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.
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.
l ynn Cu MMings : "Textures," collages and nature-inspired paintings on gessoed paper. Through January 31 at Dostie Bros. Frame s hop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005.
'boldly pAtterned 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 Hulp Hers : 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: on dr Awing' : A collection of drawings on paper represents the second half of the vogels' gift to the museum, and focuses on new attitudes on the medium by artists over the past 40 years. January 28 through May 18 at Fleming Museum, UvM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.
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@ burlingtontelecom.net.
'r oAdside piCni 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. sHelburne Cr AFt sCHool edu CAtors origin Al w orks : six artist-teachers exhibit their crafts in wood, ceramics, painting and more. Through February 28 at Frog h ollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458. '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, spacegalleryvt.com. 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 afé in Burlington. Info, 318-0109. 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 group 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. '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.
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'Five ele Ments' : More than 15 photographers exhibit images that depict the natural world, macro and micro, abstract and realistic. Through February 2 at Darkroom Gallery in essex Junction. Reception: s unday, January 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Info, 777-3686. 't extured' : c ontemporary works in two and three dimensions by Gowri s avoor, Mary Zompetti, Jennifer Koch and Karen h enderson. January 24 through March 22 at vermont Metro Gallery, Bc A c enter in
'surveill AnCe soCiety' : w ith works in a variety of media, artists h asan elahi, Adam h arvey, c harles Krafft, David w allace, and eva and Franco Mattes explore notions of privacy and safety, security and freedom, public and personal. January 24 through April 20 at h elen Day Art c enter in s towe. Reception: Friday, January 24, 6-8 p.m. Info, 253-8358. Cl Aire desj Ardins : c olorful and energetic abstract paintings. January 24 through March 2 at h elen Day Art c enter in s towe. Reception: Friday, January 24, 6-8 p.m. Info, 253-8358. MFA visu Al Arts exHibition : MFA students in visual arts show their works during the winter 2014
Through January 31 at se ABA c enter in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. ver Mont 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 Mu CH': 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. 2nd Annu Al Hig H sCHool Art sHow : This juried exhibit presents the works of 65 young artists from vermont and n ew h ampshire. January 27 through February 9 at c haplin h all Gallery in n orthfield. Info, 802-485-2886. Ale C Frost : "h ouses, Barns and Bridges of Tunbridge," a selection of photographs by the retired local architect. Through March 17 at Tunbridge public l ibrary. Info, 889-9404.
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j oHn snell : "Taking Time to s ee," photographs inspired by the natural world and local environs. January 25 through February 28 at Kelloggh ubbard l ibrary in Montpelier. Reception: Monday, January 27, 4-6 p.m. Info, 223-3338. 'in r esiden Ce: Conte Mpor Ary Artists At dArt Mout H': This exhibit celebrates the school's artist-in-residence program, which began in 1931, and presents works by more than 80 international artists who have participated in it since then. Through July 6 at h ood Museum, Dartmouth c ollege in h anover, n .h . Reception: At the opening, architect James c utler, artist-in-residence in 2004, will discuss his work with studio art senior lecturer Karolina Kawiaka. party with live music, refreshments and door prizes to follow. Friday, January 24, 4:30-7 p.m. Info, 603-646-2808.
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. 'CHAos' : A group exhibit addressing pandemonium, disorder and turbulence in art, Main Floor Gallery; l eAH sop Hrin : "s pring l oaded," abstract paintings; and kAty sudol : "c olor of expression," prints, s econd Floor Gallery; and r obert w. brunelle j r. : "w alking h ome," new acrylic paintings, Third Floor Gallery. Through February 22 at s tudio place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. CHris ste Arns : l andscape photographs printed on sheets of aluminum by the Morrisville artist. Through February 1 at Axel's Gallery & Frameshop in w aterbury. Info, 244-7801. 'eArt H As Muse: beAuty, degr AdAtion, Hope, 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. HeAling Arts For w oMen exHibit : The monthly support group is open to women who have suffered from trauma or abuse. Five members, Jenny h arriman, l auren w ilder, Tracy penfield, and Anne and Mitch Beck, show artworks in a variety of media. Through February 3 at Royalton Memorial l ibrary in s outh Royalton. Info, 763-7094. cen TRAl v T shows
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r ebeCCA w eis MAn: "ethan Allen n ights," a multimedia installation incorporating sculpture, film and sound that imagines the eve of the storming of Fort Ticonderoga and the Revolutionary w ar hero's relationship with his abandoned wife, Mary. January 29 through February 28 at Burlington c ollege. Info, 862-9616.
r egis Cu MMings : "places and Faces on a Journey," paintings and multimedia works by the local artist. photo ID required for admission. Through March 28 at Governor's o ffice Gallery in Montpelier. Reception: w ednesday, January 22, 3-4:30 p.m. Info, 828-0749.
kAte donnelly : "A period of confinement," work created during a residency at Burlington city Arts, in which the 2013 Barbara smail Award recipient explores the routines of everyday life through performance, sound and video. Through April 12 at BcA center in Burlington. Reception: Friday, January 24, 5-8 p.m.
r ebeCCA w eis MAn: "ethan Allen n ights," a multimedia installation incorporating sculpture, film and sound that imagines the eve of the storming of Fort Ticonderoga and the Revolutionary w ar hero's relationship with his abandoned wife, Mary. January 29 through February 28 at Burlington c ollege in Burlington. Reception: w ednesday, January 29, 5-7 p.m. Info, 862-9616.
j oHn bisbee : "n ew Blooms," wall and freestanding installations made entirely from foot-long nails. The Maine sculptor is the first-ever contemporary artist to show in the museum's new, year-round venue. Through May 26 at pizzagalli c enter for Art and education, s helburne Museum. Info, 985-3346.
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, ethnicity and death. Through February 7 at l iving/l earning c enter, UvM in Burlington. Reception: Thursday, January 23, 5:307:30 p.m. Info, 372-4182.
tr eri Csson : "c rackle and Drag: Film Index," a portrait of the artist's mother using photos, sculptural objects and moving images, and an ongoing investigation of a deteriorating archive of personal artifacts. January 24 through April 12 at Bc A c enter in Burlington. Reception: Friday, January 24, 5-8 p.m. Info, 865-7166.
residency. January 29 through February 1 at c ollege h all, vermont c ollege of Fine Arts, in Montpelier. Reception: Tuesday, January 28, 7:30-9 p.m. Info, 828-8703.
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.
niCole M Andeville : "l ightscapes," acrylic paintings that explore light, shadow and perspective. Through February 12 at east shore vineyard Tasting Room in Burlington. Info, 859-9463.
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. Reception: Friday, January 24, 6-8 p.m. Info, 233-6473.
Burlington. Reception: Friday, January 24, 5-8 p.m. Info, 865-7166.
'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 studentcurated 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.
nAnCy t oMCzAk: Avian watercolor paintings by the local artist and ornithologist. curated by se ABA. Through February 28 at speeder & earl's (pine street) in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.
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Holiday S How : s mall works by artist members in a variety of printmaking media. Through January 31 at Two Rivers printmaking s tudio in w hite River Junction. Info, 295-5901. 'interpreting t He inter State S': compiling photographs from state archives taken between 1958 and 1978, the l andscape 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 h istory Museum in Montpelier. Info, 479-8500. Joan Hoffman : o il and watercolor impressionist paintings en plain air, and paintings of birds. Through February 19 at c handler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 728-9878. 'JUiCe Bar ' w inter S How : The annual rotating members' show features works by virginia Beahan and l aura Mcphee, Jessica s traus, Kirsten h oving and Richard e. s mith. Through April 5 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. Kate r eeveS: "My w inter w orld," 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 w illiams public l ibrary in w oodstock. Info, 457-2295. Ken l eSlie : "Golden Dome c ycle and o ther w orks: Arctic and vermont," an exhibit of multimedia works on a variety of surfaces and shapes, including the 360-degree panorama showing the view from the top of the s tatehouse over a year's time. Through March 28 at vermont s upreme c ourt l obby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0321. 'l oi S f oley: a l ife in Servi Ce to art' : w orks in a variety of media by the late vermont artist, collected and curated by Mark s . w askow. Through February 10 at o Rc A Media in Montpelier. Info, 224-9901.
l orraine manley : "l uminous vermont," vibrant, colorful paintings that capture the beauty of the artist's home state. Through March 31 at Festival Gallery in w aitsfield. Info, 496-6682.
residency at the Flynn Center — to explore the theme “A Period of Confinement” using video, performance and sound. For her this meant thinking about the unremarkable daily routines in which we spend much of our time, and about ways in which we may be “both held captive by and rescued from stagnation and apathy.” The resulting video, which Donnelly presented at the FlynnSpace earlier this month, is surprisingly funny and lighthearted at times, given the topic. This and still images from her residencies make up an exhibit that opens this Friday, January 24, 5-8 p.m., at the BCA Center in Burlington. It remains on view through April 12.
'maKing an impre SSion: vermont printma Ker S': eighteen printmakers from around the state exhibit a wide variety of work that reflects the natural world, the process of aging, sacred geometry and the history of art. Through March 9 at c handler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 728-9878.
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rU ddy r oye : "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. Through February 14 at Feick Fine Arts center, Green Mountain college, in poultney. Info, 287-8398.
“Parade,” the Vermont artists pair their
'SHared l and SCape' : Kim w ard and Terri Kneen exhibit photography and multimedia landscapes. Through January 31 at Green Bean Art Gallery at c apitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@ capitolgrounds.com. t om 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 n atural s cience in Quechee. Info, 359-5001.
'fU ll Ho USe': An exhibit of works in a variety of media by regional artists peter l undberg, s kip Martin, Joshua Rome, Brigitte Rutenberg and c laemar w alker. Through February 28 at c haffee Downtown Art c enter in Rutland. Info, 775-0062. 'new l iveS, new england' : w eaving, 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 c enter in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.
Kate Donnelly Burlington artist Kate Donnelly used her year as the Barbara Smail Award recipient — as well as a
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In a collaborative installation titled respective flocks of creatures to inspire an examination of human and animal relationships, migration through time and space, ethnicity and difference, and lif e’s inexorable cycles. These themes may sound weighty, but the figures are also rather delightf ul. Moss’ abaca paper animals are simultaneously appealing and creepy, like unf ortunate accidents of genetics that you want to take home and love. Van Fleet’s constructions of f ound materials are scrappy, of ten humorous and inherently speak to humanity’s trail of detritus. Together the artists present their lif e f orms at a reception this Thursday, January 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Vermont’ Living/Learning Gallery. The show is on view through February 7.
talks & events Indoor artIst Yard sale: Great deals on supplies, books, canvases and more at this one-day art-oriented market. Vendor application on website. Saturday, January 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Backspace Gallery, Burlington. Info, spacegalleryvt.com. ‘eat for art’ fundraIser: A portion of every flatbread purchased will go toward supporting the Middlebury Art Walk, as will the sale by silent auction of works donated by 20 local artists. Thursday, January 23, 5-9 p.m., American Flatbread, Middlebury. Info, 388-7951. ‘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. Talk: Photographer Curtis Johnson gives an illustrated lecture on photographing Vermont architecture. Thursday, January 23, 4:30-6 p.m., Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College. Info, 443-5007. stephen schaub: Mixed-media works that reference the delicate nature of life, in-between moments and anonymous figures. Through February 21 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Talk: Artist talk in Herrick Auditorium. Tuesday, January 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Info, 468-6052. ‘the art of bIrdIng’: Artist and naturalist Joan Hoffman presents a slide-show talk about her oil and watercolor paintings, as well as a video about the reintroduction of the Atlantic puffin in Maine, and discusses the relationship of birds, nature and culture. Tuesday, January 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Chaffee Downtown Art Center, Rutland. Info, 747-4466.
sculpture dedIcatIon: Community members unveil and dedicate Heather Ritchie’s “Coffee Break,” which honors the city’s stoneworkers past and present. Wednesday, January 29, 4-5 p.m., Barre City Place. Info, 479-7069. mfa In vIsual art WInter resIdencY sYmposIum: As part of a weeklong residency, artists Raul Ferrera-Balanquet, Silvia Federici and Jolene Rickard give presentations that expand upon their work and are open to the public. Sunday, January 26, 9 a.m.-noon, Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier. Info, 866-934-8232.
‘In resIdence: contemporarY artIsts at dartmouth’: This exhibit celebrates the school’s artist-in-residence program, which began in 1931, and presents works by more than 80 international artists who have participated in it since then. Through July 6 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover. Event: Museum director Michael Taylor leads a tour of the exhibit. Saturday, January 25, 2-3 p.m. Talk: For a lunchtime gallery talk, Studio Art assistant professor Enrico Riley presents “Formal and Expressive Uses of Color in the Work of Contemporary Dartmouth Artists-in-Residence.” Tuesday, January 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Talk: A round-table discussion about the artist-in-residence program with artists Louise Fishman, Linda Matalon and John Newman. Tuesday, January 28, 4:30-6 p.m. Info, 603-646-2808.
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art call To ar TiSTS HiGH ScHool P HoTo exHiBiT Darkroom Gallery is calling for Vermont high school photography to exhibit in April! Submit online at darkroomgallery.com/ex54. Deadline: March 5. Sponsored by FotoVisura. new w in G aT w eST Branc H West Branch Gallery is expanding with a new wing, “Landscape Traditions,” devoted to exceptional representational painting and sculpture. Please submit 10-15 images, resume and statement to exhibitions@ westbranchgallery.com. r o Ta Gallery call S For Fan a r T A call for art from community members to be displayed in a “nerd”-themed art show to accompany the upcoming, annual event ROTACON. Show your talent and love for comics, video games, anime and all things nerdy! The showcase is open to all art mediums, original comics, illustrations and fan art. Thirty percent commission on art sold. Drop off artwork at ROTA Gallery and Studios, 50 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., January 26-February 8. $3-10 sliding scale donation. Info: email@example.com.
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Gallery Six call To ar TiSTS Gallery Six in Montpelier is calling for unique and serious artists to exhibit and represent. No crafts, unfinished work or the vernacular. gallerysixvt@ gmail.com. exPoSed! Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Open call to artists and writers for the 23rd annual Exposed! Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Deadline: January 27. helenday.com/exposed. Hear T aTT ac K! a valen Tine’S exHiBiT aT S.P.a.c.e. Gallery Bring us your good, bad and lovely! All work will be considered in this Valentine-themed exhibit of love and loss. Submit up to 10 pieces to be juried (all artists will be represented with at least one piece selected) and bring unlimited Valentine cards! Submit your work online through January 31; drop-off times to be announced February 1-5; First Friday opening on February 7. Visit spacegalleryvt.com/call-toartists for all the details and submission forms! THe niTTy Gri TTy 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. studio placearts.com.
vermon T ar TiSTS w eeK aT vermon T STudio cenTer April 28-May 5. VSC’s annual Vermont Artists Week supports Vermonters coming together each spring for an intensive week of focused studio work, community and interaction with our visiting artists and writers. Applications must be received by January 31. Visit vermontstudiocenter.org for information, or apply at vsc. slideroom.com. waTer Bury ar ToBerFe ST 2014 Be the artist! Call for the perfect logo to represent Waterbury’s first ever ARToberFest. Deadline: February 1. Full details at acrossroads.org. ‘illumine’: call For P HoToS 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: darkroomgallery.com/ ex53/. crea Tive 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 spacegalleryvt.com/ call-to-artists.
cameras, data theft, remote warfare and state violence. The exhibit is not without humor, however: Krafft’s porcelain surveillance camera, painted in a Delft pattern, shakes up the whole notion of looking closely. And wait ’til you see Harvey’s fashionable “Stealth Wear.” “Surveillance Society” opens at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe with a reception this Friday, January 24, 6-8 p.m., and runs through April 20. Pictured: “Hawkeye” by Hasan Elahi.
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Through February 23 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211 . Sco TT KeTcHam: "Beauty and Darkness," an MFA exhibit of paintings. Through February 8 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. SoPHia cannizzaro : New photographs of nature by the local artist. Through February 28 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366.
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.
evie l ove TT: "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.
'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.
'Small Trea Sure S': Small-scale artwork and crafts by guild members, plus handcrafted holiday ornaments. Through January 28 at Brandon Artists Guild in Brandon. Info, 247-4956.
Kelly Hol T: "Where," mixed-media abstract paintings. Through March 9 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.
Trine w il Son & dori S w eeKS: Photography, and watercolor and oil paintings, respectively. Through January 31 at Westford Public Library. Info, 355-4834.
'KicK and Glide: vermon T'S nordic S Ki l eGacy' : 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.
w illiam B. Hoy T: "Realizations," realistic paintings. Through February 28 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.
Tom merwin : Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071.
ar T For THe 99% Submit your original work, prints, drawings, posters or photographs under $50 by February 18. The 99 Gallery and Center, dpeel@ vtlink.net, 323-9013.
purposed 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
w in Ter ar T mar T: Local artists show photography, pottery, jewelry, painting, prints and more, and Divine Arts Recording Group offers CDs of rare recordings, classical music and rediscovered masterpieces. Through March 31 at Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. Info, 247-4295.
l iBBy david Son : "The 50 Project," 50 plein-air watercolor paintings produced by the local artist over a year in celebration of her 50th birthday.
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.
'evolvin G Per SPecTiveS: HiGHli GHTS From THe aFrican ar T collec Tion' : An exhibition of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection's development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. January 26 through December 20 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808. Jule S de Balincour T: 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. r icH Fedorc HaK, Galen cHeney, Gil Scullion and enrico r iley : Collage, assemblage and films by Fedorchak; large-scale, abstract paintings by Cheney; an installation by Scullion; and pastels and paintings by Riley. Through February 14 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. 'STudio Selec Tion S': 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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The Invisible Woman ★★★★★
he original f ault,” John Berryman mused in the prologue to his Sonnets, “was whether wickedness was soluble in art.” I mention this because it’s essentially the question posed by Ralph Fiennes in his second directorial e˜ ort, The Invisible Woman (opening at the Savoy Theater this Friday), an impressively realized adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s 1990 book of the same name. Like the Sonnets, it examines an a˜ air between an anonymous woman and a writer who’s both very famous and very married. The writer, played splendidly by Fiennes, is Charles Dickens. No doubt the phrase “sexy beast” does not immediately spring to mind. Yet this is the movie’s chief surprise and supreme achievement: Rather than giving its subject the Merchant and Ivory treatment, it brings convincingly to life an incarnation of the familiar ﬁ gure that’s thrillingly multidimensional. Dickens emerges as a man who is, for all practical purposes, a rock star. Social reformer, philanthropist, celebrated public reader, amateur magician, playwright, theatrical impresario and very likely the most universally recognizable artist of his time (bef ore TV, never mind YouTube), Dickens was publicly worshipped while being privately kinda wicked. Tomalin’s revelation was that this paragon of f amily values and father of 10 carried on a clandestine affair with a woman nearly 30 years his junior for the last 13 years of his life.
The name of the “invisible woman” was Nelly Ternan. The two met shortly bef ore her 18th birthday. She’s portrayed by the British actress Felicity Jones with such subtlety, intelligence and delicacy that it’s stupefying that Jones didn’t wind up part of the awards-season conversation. Way back in September, many an industry pundit expected her to. Variety’s Scott Foundas, f or example, predicted, “This exceptionally classy Sony Classics release should romance highbrow art-house auds during the competitive Christmas f rame, while generating awards talk for Jones, Fiennes and an excellent tech package.” He wasn’t totally wrong. Jones didn’t receive an Oscar nom last week. Her dress did. The ﬁ lm’s single recognition was for Achievement in Costume Design. That’s less a reﬂ ection on this smart and a˜ ecting ﬁ lm than on the Academy, of course, which — I’m not making this up — lavished Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and The Lone Ranger with an unbelievable three nominations between them. The rules allow for 10 Best Picture candidates, and, for some reason, only nine movies were recognized. This is the picture that should’ve been No. 10. What a nuanced rumination on love and fame (coincidentally, a Berryman title) it is. The script by Abi Morgan (Shame) incisively tracks the course of this complex relationship, illuminating the emotions and moti-
vations of key players with exceptional depth. (Bonus feature: Fans of The English Patient are treated to a reunion between Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas, who plays the young woman’s conﬂ icted mother.) Jones does an uncanny job of conveying her character’s YOUR evolution f rom starstruck in- SCAN THIS PAGE génue to resigned mistress, WITH LAYAR TEXT a casualty of Victorian social HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER codes. For his part, Fiennes has never been better, creating a compelling, completely credible Dickens down to the minutest historical details — f rom his reported approachCHARLES IN CHARGE Fiennes’ second directorial effort ability to his bottomless reprovides a vivid portrait of the artist as a big-hearted but serves of energy. The real invisible woman, manipulative man. by the way, turns out to be the great man’s long-su˜ ering wife, Catherine. Joanna Scanworld was profound or a touch wicked, and lan is heartbreaking in the role — portly, unsophisticated and eventually separated from whether his immortal creations mitigate the damage and redeem the man. It’s a tale of her husband, quite literally, when he has a two ﬂ awed, f ascinating creatures f or which wall built dividing the family home in two. you should have great expectations. “Every human creature is a prof ound secret to every other,” the author observes RI C K KI S O N AK to Ternan the night they meet. See this remarkable movie and determine f or yourself whether the secret Dickens kept f rom the
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit ★★★
here’s a certain kind of movie, often released in January, that inspires a certain kind of unencouraging praise. Perhaps you’ve heard people say, “Well, it wasn’t brilliant, but I just felt like a cute romantic comedy.” Or “Yeah, it was just giant robots smashing each other, but how can that be bad?” Or “It didn’t reinvent the wheel, but I wanted a spy movie with some action, and it delivered.” Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is one of these vending-machine movies: a good- enough, easily forgettable ﬂ ick that beneﬁ ts from selection bias (spy-thriller f ans see spy thrillers) and low expectations. Indeed, it may be best remembered as the ﬁ rst movie ever to receive AARP’s new “Movies for Grownups” designation. So what exactly makes this a “movie for grown-ups”? Jack Ryan is yet another ﬁ lm reboot of the late Tom Clancy’s intrepid CIA agent, who, if he were real, would qualif y f or AARP membership and then some. In this modern-day retelling of his origin story, however, Ryan (Chris Pine) is a perky fellow barely out of his twenties. He’s a brilliant ﬁ nancial analyst who joins the Marines after 9/11, su˜ ers serious injury in a helicopter crash and accepts an invitation to use his skills f or the CIA, recruited by Kevin Costner’s crusty operative.
stu˜ . (“They’re still ideologues, but their new ideology is money,” Ryan’s boss avers to justif y the post-Cold War villainizing of the Kremlin.) Too bad Branagh’s thick accent and mwaha-ha demeanor belong on the playground. Like Showtime’s “Homeland,” Jack Ryan represents an OLD WAR Branagh cast himself as the heavy in this spy e˜ ort to combine thriller where Russians get to be bad again. pulse-pounding action with the more “grown-up” elements of procedural and human drama. But it never nails Costner is deﬁ nitely a “grown-up.” So is Kenneth Branagh, who directed the ﬁ lm and the f ormula. The ﬁ rst scene in which Ryan must ﬁ ght for his life is surprisingly intense costars as its antagonist, a Russian ﬁ nanand e˜ ective, and his subsequent shock is cier who undertakes to avenge an American believable. From then on, however, our hero slight to his nation by triggering the next doesn’t seem the least bit perturbed by the Great Depression. unlikely stunts he performs. The notion of assaulting a nation with a The script implies that it’s the villain’s combo of traditional terrorism and market dastardly threat to Ryan’s doctor ﬁ ancée, shenanigans is “grown-up,” too — at least, it requires characters to stand still and explain Cathy (Keira Knightley), that turns him into
a bad-guy-killing machine. Unf ortunately, Knightley shows more chemistry with Branagh than with Pine. When the lovebirds share a scene, his twinkling and her smirking pretty much negate each other, along with the ﬁ lm’s “human drama” angle. (Cathy’s penchant f or doing dumb things to f urther the plot doesn’t help.) As f or Pine, Costner’s character says it best when he compares Ryan to a Boy Scout on a ﬁ eld trip. This incarnation of the superspy is bright as a new penny, likable as a golden retriever and memorable as … well, as memorable as any ﬁ lm can be that earns praise mainly f or delivering standard genre thrills without being egregiously stupid. There’s little to hate about Jack Ryan, and less to love. It may be better grounded in reality than, say, Skyfall, but it doesn’t have the breathtaking visuals, vivid supporting performances or action setpieces that made that movie a hit with young and old alike. Intriguing as its ﬁ nancial-thriller elements are, they too soon take a backseat to more photogenic f orms of terrorism and counterterrorism. Grown-ups deserve something better than what Hollywood’s creaky January vending machine spat out. MARGO T HARRI S O N
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new in theaters i, FRANkeNsteiN yet another action fantasy based on a graphic novel reconceives Mary Shelley’s frankenstein’s monster (aaron Eckhart) as a kickass hero who intervenes in an age-old war between vampires and werewolves — er, actually between gargoyles and demons, but does it matter? with bill nighy and yvonne Strahovski. Stuart beattie (Tomorrow, When the War Began) directed. (92 min, Pg-13. Theaters tbd) tHe iNvisiBle WomANHHHH1/2 Ralph fiennes directed and stars in this fact-based tale of the secret love charles dickens shared with a younger woman (felicity Jones) during his years as Victorian England’s greatest celebrity novelist. with Kristin Scott Thomas. (111 min, R. Savoy)
now playing 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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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 smAUgHHH1/2 are we really only in the middle of this Middle Earth saga adapted from tolkien’s short novel The Hobbit? bilbo baggins clutches his precious as his dwarf companions set out to reclaim their homeland in director Peter Jackson’s adventure. Martin freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard armitage star. (161 min, Pg-13) tHe HUNgeR gAmes: cAtcHiNg FiReHHH1/2 In the second flick adapted from Suzanne collins’ best-selling dystopian ya trilogy, rebellion in the districts leads to a very special 75th hunger games. with Jennifer lawrence, Josh hutcherson, liam hemsworth and Philip Seymour hoffman. francis (I am legend) lawrence directed. (146 min, Pg-13. Starts Thursday, november 21) 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) JAck RYAN: sHADoW RecRUitHH1/2 chris Pine plays tom clancy’s spy hero in a franchise reboot involving the discovery of a dastardly Russian terrorist plot. with Kevin costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth branagh, who also directed. (105 min, Pg-13)
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tHe Best oFFeRHH1/2 geoffrey Rush plays a snobbish art auctioneer who becomes obsessed with a young woman and her family collection in this drama from director giuseppe tornatore (Cinema Paradiso). with Sylvia hoeks. (124 min, R)
Devil’s DUeHH cross Paranormal Activity with What to Expect When You’re Expecting, et voilà. allison Miller plays the newlywed with beelzebub (we hope) in her belly in this found-footage horror flick. V/h/S veterans Matt bettinelli-Olpin and tyler gillett directed. (89 min, R)
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)
ANcHoRmAN: tHe legeND coNtiNUesHHH will ferrell reprises his role as blowhard Ron burgundy, who heads east and struggles to adjust to the new world of 24-hour news. adam McKay directed the sequel to his hit comedy, also starring Paul Rudd, christina applegate and Steve carell. (119 min, Pg-13)
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wednesday 22 — thursday 23 american hustle 6:40. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 7. lone survivor 6:50. The nut Job 6:30. friday 24 — thursday 30 Full schedule not available at press time.
93 State St., Montpelier, 229-0343, fgbtheaters.com
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 american hustle 6:10, 9:10. august: osage county 6:10, 9:10. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 6:45. lone survivor 6:25, 9:15. saving mr. Banks 6:15, 9:05. friday 24 — thursday 30
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3:10, 6:10, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 6:10, 9:10. august: osage county Fri: 6:20, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:30, 3:20, 6:20, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 6:20, 9:10. Frozen Sat and Sun: 3:40. Frozen 3d Sat and Sun: 12:30. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 6:45. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Sat and Sun: 12:15. lone survivor Fri: 6:25, 9:15. Sat and Sun: 12:25, 3:15, 6:25, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 6:25, 9:15. saving mr. Banks Fri: 6:15, 9:05. Sat and Sun: 3:15, 6:15, 9:05. Mon to Thu: 6:15, 9:05.
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wednesday 22 — thursday 23 american hustle 12:55, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. anchorman 2: The legend continues 3:30, 9:45. august: osage county 12, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10. devil’s due 12:10, 3:05, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35. Frozen 12, 2:20, 7:15. her 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 12:15, 6:30. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. The legend of hercules 3d 2:45, 5, 7:15. The legend of hercules 12:30, 9:30. lone survivor 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:45. The nut Job 3d 3, 5, 7:10. The nut Job 1, 9:15. saving mr. Banks 4:40, 9:40. friday 24 — thursday 30 Full schedule not available at press time.
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190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010, majestic10.com
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 american hustle 1:30, 4:30, 7:30. anchorman 2: The legend continues 9. august: osage county 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10. Frozen 1:35. Frozen 3d 4:20. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 6. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3:30. The hunger Games: catching Fire 1, 6:10, 8:45. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:15. The legend of hercules 1:40, 4, 6:35, 9:15. lone
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survivor 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20. The nut Job 3d 6:45, 8:50. The nut Job 1:25, 3:45. saving mr. Banks 1, 3:40, 6:20. The secret life of walter mitty 9:20. The wolf of wall street 1:05, 4:40, 8:20. friday 24 — thursday 30 Full schedule not available at press time.
paramount twin cinema
241 North Main St., Barre, 479-9621, fgbtheaters.com
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 Jack ryan: shadow recruit 6:30, 9:05. The nut Job 6:30, 9. friday 24 — thursday 30 Jack ryan: shadow recruit Fri: 6:30, 9:05. Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:20, 6:30, 9:05. MonThu: 6:30, 9:05. The nut Job 2d 6:30, 9. The nut Job 3d Sat-Sun: 1, 3:15.
marQuis theatre Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 american hustle 7. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 7. saving mr. Banks 7. friday 24 — thursday 30 american hustle Fri: 6, 9. Sat: 1, 6, 9. Sun: 1, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. dallas Buyers club Fri: 6, 9. Sat: 1, 3:30, 6, 9. Sun: 1, 3:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Frozen Sat & Sun: 1, 3:30. Jack ryan: shadow recruit Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 3:30, 6:30, 9. Sun: 3:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7.
merrill’s roXy cinema
222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456, merrilltheatres.net
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 american hustle 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 9. august: osage county 1, 3:40, 6:15, 8:10, 9:10. her 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:05. inside llewyn davis 1:20, 3:55, 6:45, 9:15. philomena 1:10, 3:50, 6:10. The wolf of wall street 1:15, 4:50, 8:15. friday 24 — thursday 30 american hustle 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 9. august: osage county 1, 3:40, 6:15, 9:10. her 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:05. inside llewyn davis 1:20, 3:55, 6:45, 9:15. philomena 1:10, 3:50, 6:10, 8:50. The wolf of wall street 1:15, 4:50, 8:15.
palace 9 cinemas
10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, palace9.com
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 american hustle 1, 3:50, 6:40, 8:50. devil’s due 1:30, 4:20, 6:50, 9. Frozen 1:45. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 1:05, 6:10. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3:10, 8:15. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 1:10, 4:10, 7, 9:20. The legend of hercules 1, 4:40, 6:45, 9:25. lone survivor 1:15, 4, 6:30, 9:05. nebraska 3:40, 6:20, 8:50. The nut Job 3d 4:45, 9:20. The nut Job 1:20, 6:15. ride along 1:40, 4:50, 7:10, 9:25. friday 24 — thursday 30 Full schedule not available at press time.
the savoy theater
26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0509, savoytheater.com
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 The Best offer (la migliore offerta) Wed: 6, 8:15. Thu: 6. inside llewyn davis 6:30, 8:30. friday 24 — thursday 30 her Fri: 6:30, 8:45. Sat & Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45. Mon-Thu: 6:30, 8:45. The invisible woman Fri: 6, 8:15. Sat & Sun: 1, 3:30, 6, 8:15. Mon-Thu: 6, 8:15.
stowe cinema 3 pleX
Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678. stowecinema.com
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 american hustle 4, 7:15. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 4, 7:15. The wolf of wall street 4, 7:15. friday 24 — thursday 30 american hustle Fri: 7:10, 9:20. Sat: 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:20. Sun: 2:30, 4:45, 7:15. Mon-Thu: 4, 7:15. Jack ryan: shadow recruit Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7:15. Mon-Thu: 4, 7:15. lone survivor Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7:15. Mon-Thu: 4, 7:15.
104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 527-7888, weldentheatre.com
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 Jack ryan: shadow recruit 7:25. lone survivor 7. The nut Job 6. saving mr. Banks 7:05. friday 24 — thursday 30 american hustle Fri: 7, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 4:15, 7, 9:30. Mon-Thu: 7. Frozen Sat & Sun: 2. Jack ryan: shadow recruit Fri: 7:25, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 2:05, 4:30, 7:25, 9:30. Mon-Thu: 7:25. lone survivor Fri: 7:05, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 4:15, 7:05, 9:30. Mon-Thu: 7:05. The nut Job Fri: 6, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 2:10, 6, 9:30. Mon-Thu: 6. The nut Job 3d Sat & Sun: 4:15.
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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) tHe NUt JoBHH 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) pARANoRmAl ActivitY: tHe mARKeD oNesHH In the fifth installment of the found-footage demonic-home-invasion horror series, bad things happen to a Latino kid with a camera for a change. Andrew Jacobs and Molly Ephraim star. Christopher Landon directed. (84 min, rating N/A) pHilomeNAH Stephen (The Queen) Frears directed this fact-based drama about a journalist (Steve Coogan) who helps a woman (Judi Dench) search for the son the Catholic church forced her to give up decades earlier. (98 min, R. Roxy) RiDe AloNGHH In this action comedy, Kevin Hart plays a security guard who strives to prove to his beloved’s cop brother (Ice Cube) that he’s worthy of her hand by joining him on the ride along from hell. With Tika Sumpter. Tim Story (Think Like a Man) directed. (100 min, PG-13)
sAviNG mR. BANKsHHH Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in this comedydrama about her conflict with Walt Disney over the book’s movie adaptation. Tom Hanks plays Disney, from whose empire this film issues. With Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti. John Lee (The Blind Side) Hancock directed. (125 min, PG-13) tHe secRet liFe oF WAlteR mittYHH1/2 Ben Stiller plays James Thurber’s all-but-proverbial mild-mannered office drone, who dreams himself up several far more exciting lives, in this comedy also directed by Stiller. With Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig. (120 min, PG)
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tHe WolF oF WAll stReetHHHH Leonardo DiCaprio plays stock swindler and party animal Jordan Belfort in director Martin Scorsese’s chronicle of his rise and fall, based on Belfort’s memoir. With Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Jon Favreau. (179 min, R)
new on video BlUe JAsmiNeH Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins star in Woody Allen’s latest drama, in which a fallen socialite heads to her estranged sister’s San Francisco apartment to put her life back together. (98 min, PG-13) cAptAiN pHillipsHHHH1/2 Tom Hanks plays the title character in this drama based on the true story of the Vermonter whose cargo ship was boarded by Somali pirates in 2009. Paul Greengrass directed. (134 min, PG-13) iN A WoRlD…HHHH Lake Bell directed and stars in this comedy about a young vocal coach who aspires to do voiceovers herself — if the maledominated profession where her dad is a star will give her a chance. (93 min, R) mAcHete KillsHH Danny Trejo returns as the titular ass kicker in this action sequel in which the U.S. government recruits him to fight a dude planning to launch a space weapon. With lots of celebrity cameos. Robert Rodriguez directed. (108 min, R)
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ifty-year-old divorcee Teresa (Margarethe Tiesel) says goodbye to her teenage daughter and leaves her
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The Broward (Fla.) Property Appraiser’s Office denied agricultural tax exemptions to 127 properties that it said used a common practice called “rent-a-cow” to qualify. In one case, Corrections Corporation of America, the private company that runs state prisons, paid a land seller $10 a year to keep a few cows on the property so it got the tax break. Broward Property Appraiser Lori Parrish said declassifying the property will save the county $50,000. (Miami’s WPLG-TV)
The more students use their cellphones, the more anxious they become overall and the lower their grades drop, according to researchers at Ohio’s Kent State University, who suggested students who feel constantly obligated to keep in touch with friends experience stress when they’re disconnected. Contrary to previous research that cellphones improve social interaction and reduce feelings of isolation, this study, reported in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that students who used their cellphones more were less satisfied and happy than other students, and their grade point averages were lower. (Time)
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After Nerf guns caused a lockdown at Missouri State University, school officials announced they were considering a ban on the toys. The incident
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London firefighters have been called to rescue 3,012 people locked in toilets in the past four years. The London Fire Brigade reported that these and other “locked-in” emergency calls cost taxpayers nearly $16,000 but that they’re seldom real emergencies. “Ringing just because you don’t want to pay a locksmith is not good enough,” LFB Third Officer Dave Brown said. (Britain’s London24)
When Bloomberg TV anchor Matt Miller showed a certificate for $20 in digital currency, known as bitcoins, he inadvertently displayed the digital QR code. A viewer used his smartphone
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to scan the code and steal the money. (Business Insider)
New Market for Ring Tones
As electric cars, which typically move soundlessly below 20 mph, add synthetic motor noise to alert blind and inattentive pedestrians, sound engineers are developing sounds with different pitches for different models: “sonorous purring” pitched higher than conventional vehicles for the Mercedes e-Smart city car and “huskier tones” to reflect the power of the company’s $569,600 SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive. Renault’s Zoe hatchback also offers a choice of car tones: pure, glam and sport. “People expect some exterior noise from a vehicle, because we all grew up with the vroom vroom of combustion engines,” said Christoph Meier, head of powertrain acoustics for German-based Daimler. Mercedes mimics a combustion engine by getting louder as the car accelerates, but Ralf Kunkel, head of acoustics at Audi, said, “Simply imitating the sound of a combustion engine was not an option” for the tone he developed for Audi’s new A3 E-tron plug-in hybrid after “we discarded ideas of giving electric vehicles sounds such as birds twittering or leaves rustling.” (Washington Post)
who had a license to carry a concealed weapon, was reaching for his wallet when he triggered the .40-caliber Glock pistol. (Livingston County Daily Press & Argus) Deputies investigating the shooting death of Bruce Fleming, 69, in Deltona, Fla., said they believe the victim was struck by a stray bullet coming from his neighbor’s home. Volusia County Sheriff’s Office official Gary Davidson said the neighbor had recently installed a shooting range with a raised berm in his backyard. (Daytona Beach’s WNDB Radio)
When Pit Bulls Aren’t Enough
Drug dealers are turning to alligators to protect their stashes, according to law enforcement officials who’ve found the reptiles in raids from coast to coast. “My first thought was we’re definitely not touching it,” a police detective in Anne Arundel County, Md., said after a raid in which officers encountered a three-foot alligator in a walk-in closet with 5 ounces of marijuana. “It kept hissing, like, ‘Leave me alone.’” Jeffrey Hyson, a professor at Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s University, suggested that for someone with stuff they’d like to guard, “a pit bull is great, but a gator is even better.” (Washington Times)
A 32-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks at a Home Depot store in Brighton, Mich. Police Chief Tom Wightman said the man,
occurred during a semiannual campuswide game of Humans vs. Zombies. A professor mistook one of the neon toys for a real gun and called police, resulting in the lockdown. Saying a ban was “an option that we’ll discuss,” Don Clark, head of MSU’s Department of Safety and Transportation, noted that several colleges already have banned Nerf guns. (Washington Times)
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Author John
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
The Aquarian author Georges Simenon (1903-1989) wrote more than 200 novels under his own name and 300 more under pseudonyms. On average, he finished a new book every 11 days. Half a billion copies of his books are in print. I’m sorry to report that I don’t think you will ever be as prolific in your own chosen field as he was in his. However, your productivity could soar to a hefty fraction of Simenon-like levels in 2014 — if you’re willing to work your ass off. Your luxuriant fruitfulness won’t come as easily as his seemed to. But you should be overjoyed that you at least have the potential to be luxuriantly fruitful.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): At her blog other-wordly.tumblr.com, Yee-Lum Mak defines the Swedish word resfeber this way: “the restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.” You might be experiencing resfeber right now, Gemini. Even if you’re not about to depart on a literal trip, I’m guessing you will soon start wandering out on a quest or adventure that will bring your heart and mind closer together. Paradoxically, your explorations will teach you a lot about being better grounded. Bon voyage! CANCER
(June 21-July 22): How does a monarch butterfly escape its chrysalis when it has finished gestating? Through tiny holes in the skin of the chrysalis, it takes big gulps of air and sends them directly into its digestive system, which expands forcefully. Voila! Its body gets so big it breaks free. When a chick is ready to emerge from inside its egg, it has to work harder than the butterfly. With its beak, it must peck thousands of times at the shell, stopping to rest along the way because the process is so demanding. According to my analysis, Cancerian, you’re nearing the final stage before your metaphorical emergence from gestation. Are you more like the butterfly or chick?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I’m not sure where
to go from here. I need help.” I encourage you to say those words out loud, Leo. Even if you’re not sure you believe they’re true, act as if they are. Why? Because I think it would be healthy for you to express uncertainty and ask for assistance. It would relieve you
of the oppressive pressure to be a masterful problem solver. It could free you from the unrealistic notion that you’ve got to figure everything out by yourself. And this would bring you, as if by magic, interesting offers and inquiries. In other words, if you confess your neediness, you will attract help. Some of it will be useless, but most of it will be useful.
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Dogs have a superb sense of smell, much better than we humans. But ours isn’t bad. We can detect certain odors that have been diluted to one part in five billion. For example, if you were standing next to two Olympic-size swimming pools, and only one contained a few drops of the chemical ethyl mercaptan, you would know which one it was. I’m now calling on you to exercise that level of sensitivity, Virgo. There’s a situation in the early stages of unfolding that would ultimately emanate a big stink if you allowed it to keep developing. There is a second unripe situation, on the other hand, that would eventually yield fragrant blooms. I advise you to either quash or escape from the first, even as you cultivate and treasure the second.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Whatever adventures may flow your way in the coming weeks, Libra, I hope you will appreciate them for what they are: unruly but basically benevolent; disruptive in ways that catalyze welcome transformations; a bit more exciting than you might like, but ultimately pretty fun. Can you thrive on the paradoxes? Can you delight in the unpredictability? I think so. When you look back at these plot twists two months from now, I bet you’ll see them as entertaining storylines that enhance the myth of your hero’s journey. You’ll understand them as tricky gifts that have taught you valuable secrets about your soul’s code. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Manufacturing
a jelly bean is not a quick, slam-bam process. It’s a five-step procedure that takes a week. Each seemingly uncomplicated piece of candy has to be built up layer by layer, with every layer needing time to fully mature. I’m wondering if maybe there’s a metaphorically similar kind of work ahead for you, Scorpio. May I speculate? You will have to take your time, proceed carefully and maintain a close
attention to detail as you prepare a simple pleasure.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I understand the appeal of the F-word. It’s guttural and expulsive. It’s a perverse form of celebration that frees speakers from their inhibitions. But I’m here today to announce that its rebel cachet and vulgar power are extinct. It has decayed into a barren cliché. Its official death-from-oversaturation occurred with the release of the mainstream Hollywood blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street. Actors in the film spat out the rhymes-with-cluck word more than 500 times. I hereby nominate you Sagittarians to begin the quest for new ways to invoke rebellious irreverence. What interesting mischief and naughty wordplay might you perpetrate to escape your inhibitions, break taboos that need to be broken, and call other people on their BS and hypocrisy? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) has had a major impact on the development of ideas in the Western world. We can reasonably divide the history of philosophy into two eras: pre-Kantian and post-Kantian. And yet for his whole life, which lasted 79 years, this big thinker never traveled more than 10 miles away from Konigsberg, the city where he was born. He followed a precise and methodical routine, attending to his work with meticulous detail. According to my analysis, you Capricorns could have a similar experience in the coming weeks. By sticking close to the tried-and-true rhythms that keep you grounded and healthy, you can generate influential wonders. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): When I’m older
and wiser, maybe I’ll understand the meaning of my life. When I’m older and wiser, maybe I’ll gain some insight about why I’m so excited to be alive despite the fact that my destiny is so utterly mysterious. What about you, Pisces? What will be different for you when you’re older and wiser? Now is an excellent time to ponder this riddle. Why? Because it’s likely you will get a glimpse of the person you will have become when you are older and wiser — which will in turn intensify your motivation to become that person.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Actor Casey Affleck appreciates the nurturing power of his loved ones. “My family would be supportive,” he says, “if I said I wanted to be a Martian, wear only banana skins, make love to ashtrays and eat tree bark.” I’d like to see you cultivate allies like that in the coming months, Aries. Even if you have never had them before, there’s a good chance they will be available. For best results, tinker with your understanding of who your family might be. Redefine what “community” means to you.
Koenig says we often regard emotions as positive or negative. Feeling respect is good, for example, while being wracked with jealousy is bad. But he favors a different standard for evaluating emotions: how intense they are. At one end of the spectrum, everything feels blank and blah, even the big things. “At the other end is wonder,” he says, “in which everything feels alive, even the little things.” Your right and proper goal right now, Taurus, is to strive for the latter kind: full-on intensity and maximum vitality. Luckily, the universe will be conspiring to help you achieve that goal.
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Dear Mistress Maeve,
My husband and I have been together three and a half years, and his ex-wife still tries to be in touch with his family. It wasn’t a happy marriage, and she was quite abusive. He has tried to set boundaries with her, and he has confided to his family about how horribly she treated both of us when our relationship got serious (totally after the divorce!). She still writes things on his family’s Facebook walls and blogs, referring to herself as the kids’ aunt, even though she left my husband about eight years ago! It’s creepy for us that she still sees herself that way, and his family members who have not unfriended her don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Can you give me any insight on why someone would continue to insert herself (awkwardly) where she no longer has a place? Thank you for any tips!
Dear Second Wife,
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We could use this time to hypothesize why a woman would cling tightly to her past, even if that past wasn’t so great (depression, regrets, jealousy, conniving, etc.). But I’m not going to do that. Know why? Because it won’t help you solve the problem. I understand that she treated you and your husband poorly. I also understand how tiresome and frustrating it can be to watch her hijack your family members’ Facebook walls. But at the end of the day, she only wields as much power as you give her — and right now, you’re giving her a lot. If you’re wishing and hoping that she will magically change, or that your family members will miraculously draw healthy boundaries with her, you’re wasting your time — valuable time that could be spent enjoying your husband and your life together. As much as I sympathize with you, here’s a cold, hard fact: You and your husband don’t get to dictate her relationship with your family members. Only your in-laws can determine her status as “aunt.” If you don’t like how they interact with the ex-wife, I’m afraid you might only create boundaries between you and the family — not between her and the family. Lastly, here’s some tough love for you: All this Facebook drama is way beneath you. Who cares what people say on Facebook and blog comments? Causing a stink about what you read online only reflects poorly on you. You’re better than that, girlfriend.
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mud between your toes You were on maybe a first date with a nicesounding guy, seated behind me. I was having a brandy and reading. When the noisy young ladies left I heard your voice and was certain I knew you. But when I turned around, I didn’t know you. But I want to! If it doesn’t work out with the nice guy... when: saturday, January 18, 2014. where: Vergennes. you: woman. me: man. #911937 Fine man in some timbs It was that special night: New Year’s Eve. We both got on the bus from Burlington to Saint Albans. We were sitting across from one another. You had a brown coat with a kindle in your hand. I could hear you were playing Candy Crush. Me: thick red hair with blue eyes. I was picturing your arms wrapped around me as the ball dropped. when: tuesday, december 31, 2013. where: on the saint albans bus. you: man. me: woman. #911936 diane at the Villiage taVern I saw you at the Village Tavern. Even though you didn’t dress up, you looked gorgeous! You were wearing a Killington shirt. It’s been almost a year since you tried talking to me at the last Smuggs party. I still can’t stop thinking about you. Which is why I’m an idiot for not talking to you! when: Thursday, January 16, 2014. where: Village tavern, Jeffersonville. you: woman. me: man. #911935 Christmas CaCtus Just in case you’re wondering, I’ve wanted you since you smiled at me from the window seat. Shame we’re in a tightly knit place. I will never confess, but I can keep wishing :). Maybe you’ll drop a hint if you feel the same about me. If not, that’s OK! Keep being awesome, and let’s not get awkward about anything. when: Thursday, september 26, 2013. where: in the wrong place. you: man. me: woman. #911934
Verizon wireless, you spoke with siri I came in this morning to the store. I am tall with brown, wavy hair, brown eyes and was wearing furry Sorel boots. To retain some anonymity: your name starts with a K ;). Looked like you may have just come back from vacation? If you’re single and remember a tall, cute girl who came in this a.m., look me up! when: tuesday, January 14, 2014. where: Verizon wireless. you: man. me: woman. #911933 Vodka & red bull I gave a tip to you about where your brother could find his favorite beer. You complimented me on my memory, as I had previously pointed out a change in your hairstyle, when suddenly you coughed twice. The last time our paths crossed you said three magic words while walking out the door. Single? Coffee? when: Friday, January 10, 2014. where: same place as always. you: woman. me: man. #911932
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blond “booboo” pirate I worked next to you for a pinch. Got to know each other well. Had a blast with you drinking rocket fuel on Christmas. I’m sorry I ran away. Forgive me? Ran into each other again at RJs and that was the last time I saw you. Come back into my life? Find me. Let’s go adventure together. when: Thursday, January 9, 2014. where: university mall/rJs. you: man. me: woman. #911931
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 road. you: man. me: woman. #911927
the bakery “I wish I would have seen you down in the arcade, Sipping on a lemonade, In the paper cup and chewing on the straw. And I wish I’d seen you in the bakery, But if I’d seen you in the bakery, You probably wouldn’t have seen me.” when: monday, January 13, 2014. where: montpelier. you: woman. me: man. #911930
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, strawberryblond with a tall, slender build. I’m tomboyfemme, 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
enJoy Classy modern women Sunday, Jan. 12, 11:00 a.m., appeared to be a self-confident woman about 5’8” tall at Price Chopper in Essex. She was attractively dressed wearing leggings (one black/one red), which caught my eye. Very stylish dress code and carried herself with total class. She looked about 35 to 45 years old. What a beautiful woman. when: sunday, January 12, 2014. where: price Chopper, essex. you: woman. me: man. #911929 taylor swiFt From oregon Met you at Burlington Airport dropping off your friend. I was picking up my brother. Your friend said you just moved to Vermont from Oregon and for some reason you’re living in Barre!? Everyone tells you that you look like Taylor Swift because you do! Was going to ask you out but alarm went off. You’re super sweet and beautiful. when: Friday, January 3, 2014. where: burlington airport. you: woman. me: man. #911928
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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 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
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 burlington. you: woman. me: woman. #911920 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 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 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
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