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1. “‘Father Rich’ Brings Catholics Back to the Fold” by Charles Eichacker. A plugged-in priest in Burlington is making his Catholic parish more popular than ever.



The settlement represents a political win for Weinberger as he looks to a likely reelection bid next year. Ward 3 Progressive Vince Brennan — a member of the largest opposition bloc on the 14-member city council — was present at the press event to bless the deal. Council President Joan Shannon, a Democrat, also heaped hosannas on her party’s mayor. “Today,” Shannon told an audience of about 75 city officials and reporters, “the big dark cloud that has hung over Burlington for four years is beginning to break up, and the sun is beginning to shine through again.”  BT was established a decade ago under the Progressive administration of Mayor Peter Clavelle. It came to grief under Mayor Bob Kiss, Clavelle’s Progressive successor, who secretly engineered unauthorized taxpayer financing in an attempt to keep the sinking telecom provider afloat. Citibank, which had financed the BT infrastructure, went to court two years ago to demand repayment of the $33.5 million cost of the network that provides television and high-speed internet service to about 4,000 customers. Weinberger’s $10.5 million settlement must pass muster with the city council and Vermont Public Service Board, but those approvals seem likely. Stay tuned.

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5. Side Dishes: “New Owners Take Over Church Street Tavern” by Alice Levitt. A Burlington landmark is getting a fresh new look on Church Street.

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Jim Lampman’s work didn’t need to be “vindicated,” as food writer Corin Hirsch indicated in [Side Dishes: “South End Kitchen to Open This Week,” January 21], because he hadn’t done anything wrong! The word you should have used is “validated!” Be sure you know the meaning of words before you use them! Joanne Flynn


Editor’s note: The reference to “sweet vindication” applied to Eric Lampman — not his dad, Jim. Read in context, the word works just fine. It’s preceded by a sentence that states Eric Lampman used to describe his own food project as a mere “hobby.” Winning an award for it vindicated his efforts and removed the “hobby” stigma from them. (And “hobby” is a stigma, from the point of view of professionals in the field.)


A quick note to let your readers know that my race for Burlington City Council in Ward 4 is not my first as a Democrat [Off Message: “Candidates Declare for Seven Open Burlington City Council Seats,” January 27; Last 7: “Republican Sunset on Burlington City Council?” January 29]. When candidates for Burlington School Board ran with party affiliation in


1987 and 1991, I ran and was elected as a Democrat in contested races. All together, Ward 4 elected me to serve for 10 years. In more than 25 years of public service, I have earned the respect of people of all parties, and I have a track record that demonstrates my respect for people of all parties: as a member (and chairperson) of the Burlington School Board, whether candidates ran with party affiliation or (for the past 20 years) without it; as governor Howard Dean’s appointee to the Vermont State Board of Education (and as chairperson); and as a member of the city council-appointed Burlington Waterfront Board. In all of these roles, I have worked effectively and respectfully with fellow board members, both independent and party-affiliated. If the voters of Ward 4 elect me as their city councilor, I will commit myself to serving every Ward 4 resident. I will bring my proven record of collaboration and cooperation to the council. I will work tirelessly with every councilor, regardless of affiliation or independent status, so that together we can accomplish great things for Ward 4 and for Burlington. Carol Ode



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I recently moved to Vermont and was lucky enough to pick up a copy of Seven Days at my local store. Reading it cover to cover for the last few months, I’ve found it to be the most informative, entertaining and delightful periodical I have ever had the pleasure of reading. When it needs to make me laugh, it does so. When it needs to inform me, it does so. When it needs to tell me things I need to know, it does so. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot [WTF] is amazing. The alternating weekly Hackie is amazing. The comics are intelligent and hilarious. While I’m not into movies or the local theater, I enjoy reading the entertainment pages with their unbiased opinions. Please change nothing in the format — ever. The staff at the paper has to be so proud of what they are doing for the locals here in the Burlington area, and I commend each and every one of you for your dedication and honesty in what you print each week. Erik Plane



Interesting how data from 1997-2011 show that food “allergies” have risen 50 percent [“Sensitivity Siege,” January 15]. 1996 is the year the USDA decided it was OK to genetically modify our food supply. Let’s not look at the root of the problem. Wake up, America. kc clark

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[“They Didn’t Know His Name: New Details Emerge on Fatal Burlington Police Shooting,” January 22]: So Mr. Gilbert of Vermont’s American Civil Liberties Union thinks that he could have handled this situation better? B.S., Gilbert! You’d have soiled your linen and cried for your mama! The ACLU is the reason it’s nearly impossible to confine dangerous mental health cases for treatment — their lawsuits set the threshold to “after the tragedy.” In that respect,



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This morning, I was so overcome with love for “this brave little state of Vermont” — as my St. Johnsbury Academy classmate Calvin Coolidge called it, when I bested him during a game of whist — that I expressed it with an iSpy. I painted a series called “Personals Ad Portraits” based on print ads in Seven Days, so I’ve spent time studying your Personals section. I understand organizational imperatives for making it so maddeningly pink and blue. However, given the “progressive” bent of this place, I have to say: Get with the times, y’all! Living in Cambodia, I witnessed how normal the “third gender” is within the traditional cultures of Southeast Asia. My students brought home drawings of pretty lady boys mixed in with all their Cinderellas and trucks. In Thailand and Cambodia, if Cinderella happens to have been born with a dick, it’s no big deal. I giggle over iSpys because “YOU: MAN. ME: WOMAN.” reads like caveman seduction. Using “they” to describe trans individuals drives me nuts for grammatical reasons, but THEY might not want to check those boxes! What if I iSpied some babe without knowing how cutie pie self-identifies? If I say “Hey guys!” and get yelled at (for feminist reasons, not someone legitimately teasing me for sounding like a huge dork), I might roll my eyes over PC overzealousness. But this is serious! Not everyone can be pinned down in the reductive butterfly case of YOU: MAN. ME: WOMAN.

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There’s no denying that most folks have a desire to pair up, if they haven’t done so already. That’s what this annual issue is all about — from that initial SPARK OF ATTRACTION to the BIG DAY, and beyond. Seven Days reporters ask some longtime mates about their FIRST DATES, while Sarah Tuff closely investigates COUPLES BODYWORK. Editorial intern Jenelle Roberge politely asks ANNA POST how best to use — or not — SOCIAL MEDIA before, during and after the nuptials. JD Fox reviews the rocky road to MARRIAGE EQUALITY, while Xian Chiang-Waren previews the first-ever wedding party at the BURLINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. And food writers Alice Levitt and Corin Hirsch, respectively, nibble on WEDDING-SHOW SAMPLES and a sumptuous supper in a mountainside yurt. Whatever the elevation, love is in the air.

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Maple Makeover? Vermonters Discover a New Sugaring Technique


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Buggin’ Out What if eating local meant chowing down on insects? For conservation biologist Rachael Young, this culinary concept is worthy of a place at the table. Joining the Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series, she shares her knowledge in “Eat More Bugs: Entomophagy in Vermont for a New Protein Paradigm.” SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 54




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TACTILE STYLE Certain works of art invite the viewer to take a closer look. Such is the case for the mixed-media pieces in “Textured.” On view at the Vermont Metro Gallery, the show features Gowri Savoor and Karen Henderson, whose sculpture (pictured) and fiber art, respectively, complement Jennifer Koch’s collages and Mary Zompetti’s photo-based images. SEE REVIEW ON PAGE 70

If alive today, Bob Marley would turn 69 this year. To celebrate, Club Metronome is throwing a birthday bash in honor of the late reggae superstar. Fellow Jamaican Tarrus Riley lends his powerful pipes to a performance featuring legendary saxophonist Dean Fraser and the Black Soil Band. SEE INTERVIEW ON PAGE 62


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nly a handful of people showed up last Thursday to watch Adjutant General STEVE CRAY brief legislators on the Vermont National Guard’s first annual report on sexual assault and harassment within its ranks. But one of them was a woman whose account of being sexually assaulted by a high-ranking Guard officer radically recast last year’s race to lead the 4,000-member force. Her story also prompted the legislature to pass a law mandating the report Cray was there to present. Sitting beside her state representative in a back row of the Statehouse hearing room, the woman never spoke a word. And though she had told a committee member she might be willing to shed her anonymity to testify about her experience, the woman changed her mind and slipped out of the room before the hearing was over. But even without the words, her story played a starring role. After Cray and his staff presented their findings, Rep. JEAN O’SULLIVAN (D-Burlington) briefly recounted the woman’s experience, which Seven Days first reported last January. While training for a new job in December 2007, the woman was sexually assaulted by a senior officer, she said last year. Soon after, she informed then-brigadier general THOMAS DREW, who informed then-brigadier general JONATHAN FARNHAM. Neither officer took action or reported the incident to civilian law-enforcement authorities, she said. After a year of bullying and harassment by the perpetrator and his friends — all reported to Farnham, she said — the woman filed a formal complaint. Though two separate investigations supported her claim, she said, the perpetrator was only verbally reprimanded and reassigned. The allegations came to light last year as Farnham was campaigning to become the state’s next adjutant general. But after a letter the woman wrote about her experience was circulated around the Statehouse and obtained by Seven Days, Farnham withdrew from the race — and Cray was elected. When he dropped out, Farnham said in a statement, “While the anonymous allegations are untrue, they have proved a significant distraction to both the legislature and the Guard as they continue their important work on behalf of all Vermonters.” Like Farnham, Drew said at the time that he was unable to specifically address the allegations, but he said that all such reports are “taken seriously.” At last Thursday’s hearing, O’Sullivan asked the new adjutant general whether such a scenario could happen again.

“I think the most important thing we have done as an organization is to increase the education and awareness to the entire organization that if this happens, where to go,” Cray said. “I would say that perhaps in that situation the member didn’t really know where to turn to and just thought that this was the right thing to do. But now I think the organization understands where to go and how the process works.” O’Sullivan, who sponsored the legislation mandating the annual assault and harassment report, appeared pleased. “I am so impressed and so delighted with this report,” she told Cray, adding later, “It’s a sea change, is the only way to describe this.” The woman at the center of it all agreed. Reached by phone several days after the hearing, she applauded the legislature and military leadership for working to change the culture at the Guard. Critical to that, she said, is yearly public reporting.


“It gives structure, context and accountability,” she said. “Without that kind of context, you didn’t know if 20 [incidents] came in a year or zero came in a year. There was zero transparency there. This gives full transparency.” “The military counts things,” O’Sullivan said after the hearing. “If you have to make a report, it then becomes real. You can’t sweep a report under the rug.” This year’s count found that six sexual assaults were reported in fiscal year 2013, along with three instances of sexual harassment. Of the six reported assaults, two victims chose not to file a formal complaint; the other four cases were investigated by civilian law-enforcement officials, the Guard or both. “One instance is too many,” Cray said after the hearing. But, he added, by being “willing to talk about the issue,” providing support for victims and educating all Guard members about the reporting process, his organization is moving forward. “You can’t change a culture overnight,” he said. O’Sullivan, who drafted her mandatory reporting legislation even before last year’s allegations came to light, says she believed the anonymous letter “helped tremendously” to turn the bill into law. “The brouhaha that letter created focused the issue. Not only did we pass the bill, but the adjutant got enough support from the legislature to say, ‘We have to

change,’” O’Sullivan said. “I think there would have been a very different outcome had the election gone differently and had we not gotten the letter.” To the woman who sent the letter, Thursday’s hearing was a fitting resolution to her long ordeal. “It was cathartic and it gave some closure,” she said. “I do believe that if something like that happened again, it would be handled differently.”

Lucky Dems

Can you guess which Vermonter runs one of the biggest super PACs in the country? I’ll give you a hint: It ain’t LENORE BROUGHTON. According to Roll Call’s Political Money Line, the top single donor last year to an independent expenditure political action committee — aka “super PAC” — was the Democratic Governors Association. The DGA contributed $7.3 million to its own super PAC, called DGA Action, which then spent most of that cash electing TERRY MCAULIFFE governor of Virginia. At the helm of both organizations: DGA chairman and Vermont Gov. PETER SHUMLIN. Last week, the DGA announced that it raised $28 million in 2013, “across all of its entities.” The organization didn’t elaborate on the nature of its “entities,” but filings with the Internal Revenue Service show that the group’s nonprofit advocacy arm raised nearly $26 million last year. In the past six months, the DGA collected dozens of six-figure contributions from a potpourri of special interests — chief among them labor unions and the pharmaceutical, insurance, telecom and tech industries. Its biggest donors? The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ($325,000), Aetna ($300,000), Pfizer ($250,000), hedge funders PAUL TUDOR JONES and THOMAS STEYER ($250,000 apiece), and the UA Political Education Committee, which represents plumbers and pipefitters ($250,000). While most of the DGA’s big-dollar donors hail from far beyond the Green Mountains, some of them do business in — and with — the state of Vermont. For instance, Virginia-based CGI Technologies and Solutions, which was awarded an $84 million contract to build Vermont’s ill-fated health insurance exchange, contributed $110,000 to the DGA in 2013 — including four separate donations in December. In January, the federal government canceled its own contract with CGI, citing the company’s bungled rollout of its online insurance portal, but the Shumlin administration opted to stick with CGI. Corrections Corporation of America,

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which houses 500 Vermont prisoners in Kentucky and Arizona, donated $150,000 to the DGA in 2013. That same year, the state signed a two-year contract extension with CCA, worth up to $34 million. Ponying up $10,000 to the DGA last year was AllEarth Renewables CEO DaviD BlittersDorf, who has invested tens of thousands of dollars in Shumlin’s political career. A month before his October 24 donation, Blittersdorf was invited to address four Democratic governors and a host of DGA contributors at the organization’s “chair’s retreat,” which was held at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester. Also in September, Shumlin announced that AllEarth would supply solar trackers to power state buildings. Bids for the project had been submitted to the state two years prior, and the contract was signed in October 2012. What role, if any, did Shumlin play in soliciting DGA contributions from those who do business with Vermont? We asked his administration staffers, but they referred all our questions to DGA spokesman Danny Kanner. He ignored several requests for comment, as he has nearly every request since Seven Days covered the DGA’s Manchester retreat in October. Just about the only scrap of information we could get out of the Shumlin administration this week was that the DGA will foot the bill for the gov’s trip to Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday to address the National Association of Home Builders’ annual meeting. (They donated $10,000 to the DGA last year.) “The DGA … wanted some of the governor’s time while he is out there and so we asked the DGA to pay for his trip,” spokesman scott coriell said in an emailed response. Asked whether Shumlin would be taking part in any fundraisers in Vegas, Coriell said, “I don’t have any information for you on fundraising — you could ask the DGA.” Paging Danny Kanner! Of course, there’s nobody to ask whether he’ll be raising any money in Sin City for his own reelection campaign. Though he told Seven Days last November he’s planning to run again and confirmed he hired a fundraising consultant last month, Shumlin has yet to identify a campaign spokesperson. And nobody on his staff will discuss his reelection bid. “Any governor campaign fundraising would be reflected in his public filings later this year, of course,” Coriell said. But those aren’t due ’til July. Until then, it seems, our questions will remain unanswered.

Instead, the Senate’s three-member “Committee on Committees” is considering putting other lawmakers where Fox once sat: on the Appropriations and Health and Welfare committees. But if you figured the Committee on Committee’s meetings were open to the public — like, well, every other committee — you’d be wrong. When Seven Days happened upon its three members — Lt. Gov Phil scott, Senate President Pro Tem John caMPBell (D-Windsor) and Sen. DicK Mazza (D-Grand Isle) — convening to discuss the matter last Thursday in Scott’s Statehouse office, Campbell declared, “It’s not a public meeting.” “My understanding,” he elaborated, “is it’s a private, deliberative meeting of one of the committees of the Senate and therefore, you know, not open to the public.” “So committees can just close the doors when they’re deliberating?” Seven Days asked. “I believe this one, yeah,” Campbell said. “My opinion is that.” Asked for his opinion, Scott said he agreed. “I view it sometimes as almost a personnel matter,” the LG said. “If we have it open to, like, the full Senate, then we have a lot of different opinions about who goes where.” With that, the three men closed Scott’s door and got on with their meeting. Shortly thereafter, they summoned Senate Secretary John BlooMer and the legislature’s chief counsel, luKe MartlanD, to Scott’s office to discuss the closed-door policy with the committee members. Behind closed doors. Armed with fresh legal advice, Campbell refined his explanation later that afternoon in an interview on the Senate floor, after the body had adjourned for the day. “The General Assembly does not come under the open meetings laws that have been established,” Campbell explained. OK, but what about Senate Rule 96, which provides that committees may go into executive session only to discuss gubernatorial appointments, legal issues and “matters constituting a clear and imminent peril to the public safety?” Said Bloomer, “This, in my opinion, doesn’t apply because these are standing committees. The Committee on Committees has no function to take evidence.” Added Campbell, “The Committee on Committees is totally different. It’s kind of a misnomer using that name, ‘committee.’” The Committee on Committees isn’t a committee, eh? Makes you wonder what the framers of the Vermont Constitution would think about that. You know, the ones who wrote, “The doors of the House in which the General Assembly of this Commonwealth shall sit, shall be open for the admission of all persons who behave decently, except only when the welfare of the State may require them to be shut.” m


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Adam Buchwald

The workshop still looks like an ordinary garage from the outside; that was a requirement of his permit. Inside, chisels and clamps adorn the walls; scraps of Sitka spruce and coils of maple binding Debating the Decibels have accumulated in the corners. And then, positioned throughout Adam Buchwald looks the part of a banjo-playing dad back in Vermont after the garage, there are the power tools: a stint playing music in Brooklyn: plaid router, disk sander, spindle sander, band shirt, dark-frame glasses, well-groomed saw, table saw — the tools of Buchwald’s trade are the tarbeard. gets of Headrick’s The stately animus. colonial house he “This table saw and his wife purI hear all the time. chased between I have tried to sit Maple and Cliff in my sunroom streets is located in and read a book a “residential, lowand I can’t because density” zoning I hear this saw district, which is going. I’ve had means he had to friends in my sunsecure a special room, and we can’t permit from the even sit in there DRB to work out Ad AM Bu C h wAL d and enjoy it beof his home. cause we hear the He got it — back in 2012 —  but at least one Queen City power tools and equipment being used,” Headrick told the DRB at the second of citizen has never accepted the decision. Sitting on a stool in his 360-square- two hearings held on the subject. “I’ve foot garage-turned-woodshop, Buchwald even got up and closed the windows and ticks off the long list of Headrick’s com- I can still hear this stuff.” Headrick and her husband bought plaints and demands, ranging from her critique of his design for new garage their green-shuttered colonial in 2004, doors to a request that he use power according to Burlington property retools for no more than 20 minutes at a cords. She estimates that she hears the time. He says Headrick went so far as to noise for between one and eight hours photograph him as he poured the con- every day of the workweek. Buchwald disputes her claim of crete for his garage floor. particular home occupation application was particularly contentious. People do, however, get emotional about their homes.”

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dam Buchwald is a luthier. He makes mandolins and guitars for a living in his garage on Burlington’s South Prospect Street. For the most part, his neighbors say they have no problem with the craftsman living and working nearby. But one — Barbara Headrick, who resides next door — has invested untold hours and resources in an attempt to shut him down. Buchwald’s goal is to be able to make instruments in his own home. Instead, he’s involved in a protracted legal dispute that began a year and a half ago in city hall and has now made its way into the courts. A request for the case file at Burlington City Hall yields a hefty stack of documents, including correspondence dating back to July 2012. By now, anyone in Vermont hoping to erect a wind turbine, build a Walmart or open a methadone clinic knows to expect governmental hurdles and notin-my-backyard opposition. But smaller disputes inspire no less passion — and can take just as long to resolve. “What’s so frustrating is that one person can drag something like this on forever and ever, and it could actually get to the Vermont Supreme Court and by law they have to take the case — and that just boggles my mind,” Buchwald said. Headrick counters that the noise from Buchwald’s power tools shatters her solitude, and his shop threatens to pave the way for more disruption as home-based businesses invade residential neighborhoods. “Simply stated, a growing commercial woodworking business does not belong in a low-density residential neighborhood,” she wrote in a statement to Seven Days. Headrick declined requests to be interviewed for this story in person or over the phone. This imbroglio has ensnared city officials, lawyers and neighbors. Last month, it landed in the environmental division of Vermont Superior Court, where the city plans to defend its decision to let Buchwald work where he lives. David White, Burlington’s director of planning and zoning, said that the case has “certainly taken a lot of time and effort on the part of the city.” Burlington Development Review Board chair Austin Hart concurred, “I think that it is fair to say that this

extended power tool use, saying that he uses handheld tools for 90 percent of his work. He adds that since he insulated his garage with blown-in foam and the windows don’t open, it’s unlikely Headrick hears anything at all. To make his point, he flicks on his table saw, which makes a low gurgling sound like a sink’s garbage disposal. “You’re telling me that she can hear this in her house?” Headrick rejected a request to visit her sunroom so a reporter could listen to the noise she describes. As an alternative, she suggested a visit to the Buchwalds’ kitchen, which she said is roughly the same distance from the garage as her house. One day last week, a reporter did just that. Inside his workshop, Buchwald revved up several tools, including what he said was the loudest combination of equipment: a dust collector and a band saw. Listening from inside the kitchen, the reporter heard: nothing.

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The feud between Buchwald and Headrick began in July 2012, before Adam and Sarah Buchwald had even closed on their house. After learning of Buchwald’s plans to build and repair stringed instruments in his garage, Headrick emailed zoning officials with a long list of concerns. By early August, she had spent $500 to appeal Buchwald’s permit, according to emails between Headrick and zoning officials on file at city hall. The first hearing before the DRB took place September 4, 2012. A video recording of the session shows Buchwald providing a matter-of-fact description of the work he would do inside his garage, indicating it was not likely to disturb neighbors. Headrick came with a lawyer and a thorough knowledge of city ordinances. She had also read up on guitar making — at one point, she listed typical voltage levels for the power tools commonly used by luthiers. Her attorney, John Gravel, alleged that Adam Buchwald was running afoul of the zoning ordinance in numerous ways. “It is a leap of faith to say that those sounds won’t emanate,” he told the board. He also warned that the luthier’s work put Headrick’s house at risk of fire.


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After considering those objections, the DRB approved Buchwald’s permit application on September 13, noting that his plans were “low key in nature and will result in no adverse impacts on the character of the area.� In the “Findings of Fact� filed at city hall, the board spelled out why the application met each condition that applies to this type of zoning permit. Standard conditions required, among other things, that there be no exterior evidence of the shop, no noise that would bother neighbors and no more than one additional vehicle on the premises. The board did, however, ask Buchwald to submit a list of his tools to the fire marshal for review. Headrick appealed the decision to the DRB without success. The following summer, she alerted a code enforcement official to two alleged violations: She said Buchwald had been using his entire garage to build his guitars, despite having told the DRB that he would only need half of it. And customers had started coming to his house, which also hadn’t been stipulated in his application. After a visit from city regulators, Buchwald found himself in front of the DRB again, this time seeking permission to change his permit to allow customers to come to the premises and to enable him to use the entire garage for his work. Buchwald said he didn’t realize he had transgressed the bounds of his permit. Board members granted Buchwald’s request for an expanded permit. A customer car in his driveway would not significantly increase neighborhood traffic, the DRB ruled, and using the entire garage would be fine. The zoning ordinance states that a home occupation can take up no more than 35 percent of a dwelling; Buchwald’s garage represents 9 percent

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— only to become a target after returning to Burlington as a married father of two with a stable livelihood. “It’s just absurd that this can even go on,” Buchwald said. “If the city was upset with what I’m doing, and they said, ‘You’re not really allowed to do this,’ I could understand why this is going on, but it doesn’t make sense to them, either.”

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— including one of the petition signatories and another neighbor who initially had concerns — said they would characterize Adam’s shop as “commercial.” Two neighbors, who didn’t want their names published, said they thought Buchwald’s shop created a dangerous precedent, but they also said they hadn’t seen any evidence of it disrupting the neighborhood. Ben Rinehart, who lives at 393 South Prospect, said: “I feel like the plaintiff is really trying to develop a case that Adam is running a commercial-scale music company out of his home, and I think that is really misrepresenting the situation. He builds a handful of guitars a year, by hand, using power tools occasionally.” Rinehart said the affair has taken an emotional and financial toll on his neighbor. “I really sympathize with him because he is operating on a pretty thin budget, and this is just a big distraction from his work and starting to be a big cost.” Tim and Jan Stickle, who are the next closest neighbors to both Headrick and Buchwald, said her complaints confound them. “The thing that I find so puzzling is that she repeats this notion that it’s a commercial workshop,” Tim Stickle said. Added Jan Stickle: “We are truly not aware of any noise.” The couple is equally surprised they haven’t been targeted. Their home, for instance, has generated noise — but no complaints from Headrick. “I like to paint, and during the summer I’ll have the windows open, and I have put on Led Zeppelin on occasion, and she’s never said anything,” Jan Stickle said. For Buchwald, the situation is awash in irony. His house is near UVM, his alma mater and a place where students make plenty of noise. “There are frat houses all over. People are drunk every night, throwing beer bottles on your lawn,” Buchwald said. Other neighbors confirm that drunk and screaming college kids are a regular feature of life there, and some have raised complaints, along with Headrick, about the noise and traffic volume generated by UVM buses negotiating South Prospect. Buchwald said it strikes him as strange that he made it through college without getting a noise violation


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decision, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled on his long searchand-seizure saga. In upholding Rennis’ conviction for transporting two pounds of marijuana in his car, the state’s highest court found that Vermont police officers acting alone may have lacked the authority to conduct the search — because they would not have had probable cause to stop him in the first place. But because the search was initiated after federal

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The change comes too late for Dorren Rennis, a 48-year-old Massachusetts resident who faces criminal charges and a threat of deportation to his native Jamaica as a result of being stopped in Hartford six and a half years ago. Just a week before the Department of Homeland Security’s

agents stopped Rennis’ car — along with every other vehicle traveling south on Interstate 91 at the Hartford checkpoint that day — the justices affirmed a lower court ruling that the federal government’s need to secure American borders trumps Vermont privacy protections. Thus, the drugs confiscated from a backpack stashed in Rennis’ trunk could be used as evidence against him. For civil libertarians, the January 17 ruling provided a fresh reminder of the threat they say is posed by internal checkpoints.  “That gives federal officers greater authority to operate in our state than others. It’s the genesis of this case. This could not have happened in Nebraska,” said Vermont ACLU executive director Allen Gilbert. “Many of these police activities done in the name of national security end up having nothing to do with national security and terrorism, and this is a good example of that. This is a case involving nothing more than marijuana.” Documents filed with various

Vermont courts tell the story of how Border Patrol agent Brett Overton pulled over Rennis’ southbound 2004 Toyota Corolla shortly before 7 a.m. on November 9, 2007. As he did with every vehicle, Overton asked the driver about his citizenship. Rennis told him he was a U.S. citizen, later clarifying that he was born in Jamaica but, as of seven months before, had permanent legal residence in the United States. That would ordinarily be the end of the generally brief interaction between an agent and a motorist at the Hartford checkpoint. But Overton said later he smelled burnt marijuana in the car and asked Rennis if he had been smoking it. Rennis said, “No.” Suspicious, Overton ordered Rennis to pull to the side, where an agent with a drug-sniffing dog awaited. The dog walked around the car but did not indicate any drugs were present. Rennis got out of the car — it is unclear if he was ordered, or did so voluntarily — and the dog still did not react. Not that long after, Rennis conceded to the agent that he had indeed smoked marijuana in the car. Overton asked Rennis if he could search the car, and the driver agreed. Inside the trunk, Overton found a backpack. He asked Rennis to open it. Inside were two freezer bags filled with marijuana. Agents on scene contacted federal prosecutors, who declined to charge Rennis — a decision court documents fail to explain. So the agents called Vermont State Police. Four days later, state prosecutors levied a felony drug possession charge against Rennis. It was not his first. Rennis has previously been convicted of possession of marijuana in Virginia and possession with intent to distribute marijuana in Massachusetts. In the weeks that followed, defense lawyers for Rennis focused on the expanded search-and-seizure procedures officers employed in an effort to get the evidence — the bags of marijuana — thrown out. Their argument: The internal checkpoint, while “ostensibly” to protect the country from aliens, terrorists and weapons of mass destruction, was in reality built for “general crime deterrence,” which they claimed is illegal. Their argument persuaded a Vermont judge — but only to a point.


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a Vermont State Police drug arrest — the result of an investigation that began when federal agents at a New York City airport confiscated a bag of marijuana from a plane originating in Jamaica — was lawful. “Where federal interests outweigh Vermont’s interests, we will neither attempt to deter federal officials from their duties nor reverse our determination that, where law-enforcement officers are cooperating in an investigation ... the knowledge of one is presumed to be shared by all,” Justice John Dooley wrote, stressing that justices were not tackling the question of whether the search would have been legal if it had been conducted by state police officers. Based on Rennis’ Vermont conviction, federal agents filed paperwork in Massachusetts to initiate deportation hearings against him in 2010, but those efforts were abandoned while Rennis’ appeal was pending. Rennis’ criminal attorney, Liz Kruska of White River Junction, and his immigration attorney, Kevin Murphy of Springfield, Mass., both declined to comment on his situation and declined to make Rennis available. But Burlington immigration attorney Leslie Holman said that immigrants, once they are convicted of serious crimes, are almost always deported. “They could decide to exercise prosecutorial discretion,” Holman said, “but in the case of a drug conviction, they’re not.” The immigration reform bill currently languishing in the U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t change that. But it does include a provision, championed by Leahy, that would reduce the stop-and-search zone within international borders from 100 miles to 25. “Senator Leahy continues to welcome the assurances that DHS has no current plans for a permanent checkpoint, but he wants assurances beyond that, and that’s why he introduced and passed legislation in the Senate on this,” his office said in a prepared statement. “He also will continue to press the case with the Homeland Security secretary about the general usefulness of such checkpoints in Vermont and the rest of the American interior, when weighed against the intrusion on the rights of the traveling public.” m

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Paul Heintz’s January 24 Off Message post, titled “Fired Planning Chief Considering Challenge to Montpelier Mayor,” generated some feedback. The first email came from Gwendolyn Hallsmith, the subject of the story, who said the account failed to reflect that she had publicly challenged Montpelier Mayor John Hollar before she was fired. Heintz’s post was not intended as a comprehensive examination of the conflict between Hallsmith and Hollar. It touched on that history briefly, by way of explaining her decision to challenge him. Here is the relevant paragraph from the original post, which was also excerpted in last week’s paper. “Hallsmith would face off against Mayor John Hollar, with whom she publicly tangled throughout the fall. After she was put on paid leave in November, Hallsmith accused the mayor of orchestrating her ouster because of her outspoken advocacy for public banking. Hollar is a contract lobbyist whose clients include Wells Fargo and Bank of America.” Seven Days did not correct the post because Heintz had noted that history, in summary, while focusing on Hallsmith’s plan to run for mayor. Unhappy with Seven Days’ decision not to run a correction, Hallsmith went to social media — specifically, the Vermonters for a New Economy enewsletter — with her own criticism of the coverage and encouraged readers to send us letters to the editor. All five are published below. Hallsmith did not submit a letter herself.

I am writing to object to the way your paper characterized the sequence of events that resulted in Gwendolyn Hallsmith being fired from her position as the director of planning and community development in Montpelier. You implied that she “accused the mayor of orchestrating her ouster” only after she was put on administrative leave. This is not true. She had raised a public objection to the way she was being treated long before the city took action against her. At first, the city said no discipline was likely. Then they fired her — after seven years of good service to the city, with no warning, no due process. The mayor’s memos on the subject are a matter of public record and go back to early 2013. Paul Heintz was provided with these memos, and ignored them, preferring instead to insinuate that her accusations were only after disciplinary action was underway. It’s either lazy journalism, shoddy journalism or biased journalism — take your pick. You were asked to issue a correction, and you refused, basing your refusal on a technicality: She hadn’t stopped saying that the mayor was acting inappropriately after she was placed on leave. So she had, also, said it afterward. ’Nuf said. Issue the correction. You made a mistake. Facts matter. Own up to an inaccurate sequential inference. cara Thornley St. Johnbury

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Montpelier Mayor John Hollar is a Wall Street lobbyist with power over municipal bonds. Do you remember the L.A. Times in 1912? Paul Heintz and Seven Days have shown themselves to be bank whores, just like the rest of the pigs at the trough. Keep on sucking up to the den of thieves, scumbags. travis Record barre

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‘Mudtime’ to Music: A Rising-Star Composer Collaborates With Vermont’s Poet Laureate B Y A MY LI LLY


YDNEY LEA’s four-year term as Vermont’s poet laureate, begun in 2011, has been packed with readings. But this Saturday’s, at the VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS in Montpelier, will be entirely diff erent — for him and the audience. After Lea reads four poems from his collection Ghost Pain (2005), a soprano will sing them in a song cycle written for voice and string quartet by the Philadelphia composer Joseph Hallman.

Lea, 72, and Hallman, 34, have never met in person. In fact, says the poet in a phone call from his Newbury home, Lea has yet to hear the musical work — titled “Suite in Mudtime,” the name he gave his group of four poems meditating on the bleak Vermont spring. Hallman has sent Lea a few electronically generated segments of the piece, says the poet, but that’s quite diff erent from a live performance. Saturday’s concert, by soprano Abigail

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shower/ — cold and late — transforms the world to slate,/ and so in this moment the darkness of slate is sight.” “The tone is so calm,” says Hallman. “We look on what we’ve gained and lost and how that colors the moment. They’re beautifully lived poems. They reflect all the good and all the bad.” They’re also somewhat musical — not least in being titled a “suite” — and Hallman wasn’t the fi rst to notice. Lea’s poetry often attempts interplay between his fi rst love, improvisatory jazz, and verse. Last year he e-published an essay he wrote articulating that connection. “I’m kind of a failed musician,” Lea explains, and adds that he once dreamed of being “the white Coltrane.” Lea deems himself “not an obviously traditional formal poet” but one who “love[s] to play around with the formal properties of the language” using half rhymes, slant rhymes and unusual meter, such as heptameter. “I’m very attentive to stresses,” he says. “I’m always counting them.” The poet’s jazzy bent has already resulted in a musical collaboration. Last April, the VERMONT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE performed fi ve pieces by Vermont composers, including THOMAS READ and LYDIA BUSLER-BLAIS, which were inspired by 10 of Lea’s poems. Lea calls that musical collaboration, and the one with Hallman, “a high point of my term as poet laureate. It’s been so refreshing and so diff erent, a great shot in the arm.”

Edward Koren Is Chosen to Be Vermont’s Next Cartoonist Laureate B Y PA MEL A PO LSTON


hen he learned he’s to be the next cartoonist laureate of Vermont, Brookfi eld resident and longtime New Yorker cartoonist EDWARD KOREN said, he was “touched and bemused by it all.” It’s a typically lowkey, self-deprecating response from the guy who has drawn more than a thousand wryly witty cartoons. Featuring hairy creatures with long noses, the single panels gently skewer human foibles — particularly those of the overly earnest, PC-obsessed type. “It’s a goof in a way, isn’t it?” Koren said, then immediately began to riff

on the idea of a laureate. “I’m growing indoor laurels — I’m making a wreath.” He paused a beat and then added, “Maybe one made of copper so I can wear it year-round in Vermont.” Koren will be recognized on the Statehouse fl oor, with or without wreath, on Thursday, February 27. He’s just the second cartoonist laureate of Vermont, following on the heels of Burlington’s JAMES KOCHALKA.

During his three-year term, Kochalka presented cartooning workshops all over the state, created a poster celebrating winter in Vermont and collaborated with

Vermont Poet Laureate SYDNEY LEA to produce the Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up book for the Vermont Arts Summit last fall. Will Koren follow suit? That remains to be seen. He will be giving a public lecture following the Statehouse recognition, though, at the CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES in White River Junction. Though Koren has lived in Vermont






Haynes Lennox and the Montpelierbased 802 QUARTET, will be the premiere. “So I will be almost as fresh to it as the audience will be,” Lea says. Hallman, a Cleveland Institute of Music-trained composer whose star is rising, was “struck by [Lea’s] poems” a few years ago and emailed the poet to suggest a collaboration, says the composer in a phone call. At the time, Hallman was engaged to a central Vermonter and getting to know the area, though the relationship did not work out. National Public Radio had recently named him one of the country’s top 100 composers under 40. Lea, for his part, says he looked up Hallman’s website, listened to the samples of music posted there and decided the composer’s work “seemed not so atonal that it would turn me off ,” he says wryly. The suite of poems he and Hallman decided on — the fi rst called “Winterkill” and the last “Winter Holding onto Winter” — features a speaker who acknowledges darkness of weather and mood without falling into despair. As one verse reads, “Now an April

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For his part, Hallman is no stranger a year of architecture school before botanical collection to literature. He has set to music poems heading to Cleveland, and has just of Michael Michaud by writers from Emily Dickinson to obtained a master’s in liberal arts at the or any one of our the living poet Jessica Hornik. One University of Pennsylvania, where he other talented of three new composers featured by studied the gender-specific behavior of designers. the Bethesda, Md., chamber ensemble African American boys and men at a gay Inscape on its recent album Sprung youth center in Philly. Anything Rhythm, Hallman contributed six mood That may seem remote from his from Marilyn’s pieces based on the horror fiction of composing efforts, but Hallman’s choice is loved forever. H.P. Lovecraft. Reviewing a September to pursue a “socially impactful” higher 2013 performance of these works, degree is part of his wider aim to “create Free gift the Washington Post and engage community,” wrapping! applauded the “whispers, he says. He’ll take on shouts and other noises” community engagement in the compositions and for real when he returns called Hallman “the one to Vermont this summer to watch.” as composer-in-residence astonishing jewelry • sumptuous clothing • luxurious accessories For “Suite in Mudtime,” of the fledgling PIKES FALLS Hallman was particularly CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL sensitive to Lea’s use of in Jamaica. Invited by Jacob and Kristin Albee . 802-540-0401 textual quotes in his poems, his Cleveland Institute from Robert Frost, the colleague, festival founder 41 Maple Street, Burlington, VT Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5 Hours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Book of Psalms and other and flutist SUSANNA LOEWY, 658-4050 • 115 college st, burlington SYDNEY LEA sources. The composer Hallman will share a living “digested” these shifts in space with the musicians tone by having the soprano speak them. and get to know the tiny town’s residents. 8V-JacobAlbee020514.indd 1 2/4/148v-marilyns020514.indd 9:40 AM 1 2/3/14 3:26 PM The final result “wavers between singing Meanwhile, he says he hopes “Suite and monodrama,” he says. in Mudtime” will similarly “create that Hallman approaches music with a community,” in this case by making wide circle of reference. The composer “connections between the audiences of grew up in a poor Philadelphia those two groups — music and poetry.”  neighborhood and attended a school for orphans and “functional orphans” INFO — a term for children of single, strapped The 802 Quartet and Abigail Haynes Lennox parents, of whom Hallman was one. premiere Joseph Hallman’s “Suite in Mudtime” Outside of that basic education, he on Saturday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., at College became “a voracious reader and an Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts in autodidact,” in his words. He completed Montpelier. Free. Info, 828-8734.


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The great imaginative artists, comic or seriocomic (what other kinds are there?), are great at least in part because they create a world: Baldwin’s Harlem, Faulkner’s hamlet, Chekhov’s dachas. Ed Koren not only created a world — the Koren worlds are both urban and Vermontian, but all Koren — he also created creatures, part human, part

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stateof thearts Two Out of Three: Original Works by Vermont Playwrights Dominate Lost Nation Theater’s Winterfest B y Xi an Chi an g- Waren Courtesy of John Snell

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ou’re missing the point — my thought, the way I think, has changed,” says Hannah, an 82-year-old woman perhaps suffering from dementia. She’s a character in Intake, one of two original plays by Vermont playwrights that will be showcased at Lost Nation Theater’s ninth annual Winterfest this month. “Let’s do something to determine the loss of your thinking,” replies Dr. Grey, Hannah’s psychiatrist. “There may not be a loss,” Hannah insists. “There may just be a difference.” When audiences encounter these two characters, one a by-the-book psychiatrist and the other an aging woman whose mind is slipping, their first impulse may be to start analyzing the patient. That impulse is likely to be exacerbated by the playwright’s revelation of a pair of canine housemates that Hannah relates to as human peers, and by her seven-minute monologue at the end of

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indy Pierce delights in her imperfections, as she’ll be the first to tell you. Though her catalog of missteps is likely no longer than anyone else’s, the New Hampshire comedian is better equipped than most to laugh about them — and to make others laugh with her. Pierce, who bills herself as a “comic storyteller” (“I don’t tell jokes,” she says. “I can’t even really remember a joke!”), performs her latest one-woman show, Comfort in the Stumble, in Stowe and Burlington this month. In it, she makes light of her embarrassments, her sexuality and her body to hilarious effect. “Something that is so normal for someone else never seems to be smooth for me,” Pierce, 48, says in a phone conversation. She’s referring to everyday events such as shopping for clothes and washing her hands. “It used to be that I’d get embarrassed, recover and be able to find the humor later,” she

says. “Now, in the middle of a situation that is unraveling, I can see that it’s going to be a great story for me.” Pierce knew this change of perspective was complete when, in the middle of giving birth to her first child, it dawned on her how “outrageous” the situation was, and how she couldn’t wait to tell her friends about it. The comedian’s observations about sex and female anatomy are particularly keen, and comical. Especially ribald is her story about a rather unfortunate case of poison ivy, and Pierce’s misguided attempts to soothe its itch. Comfort in the Stumble is billed as “adults only,” since she is unabashedly frank, though never vulgar. The word “vagina,” for instance, comes up quite a lot. Pierce’s frankness is partly motivated by her desire to upset the stereotype that females should behave “properly.” The other part is not taking herself too seriously. As she

cavorts and gesticulates onstage while think I learned pretty young that when skewering her own foibles, Pierce is guests start having a few cocktails, you clearly comfortable with her body and can really try out your humor,” she says. “You learn to read audiences.” her outsize personality. She’s become especially keen “My message is not to be embarrassed by who you are,” she at reading high school and college says. “That’s the comfort audiences; between her innkeeping and standup in the stumble.” Pierce gigs, she delivers about adds, “It’s something I 10 talks a year on issues of try to instill in my [three] sex, gender, intimacy and children: never to think you’re better than anyone pornography. Pierce has recently spoken at Colby else.” “We’re all gonna and Bates colleges and will do so several times at stumble,” she says. “Pick Dartmouth College this yourself up.” year. Pierce and her husband, C i nd y P i erce She’s been surprised by Bruce Lingelbach, own the inn where she grew what she’s learned from up, Pierce’s Inn in Etna, N.H.; the young audiences. “College students couple bought it from her parents in know [little] about sex because there’s 2002. A rural New England inn may too much information out there,” Pierce not seem like a breeding ground for says. “They’re learning about sex from saucy comedy, but Pierce gives credit porn, Cosmo, friends who have a lot of to her childhood experiences there. “I sex. These are not reliable resources!”

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Act One that culminates with, “You can’t commit suicide if you have a dog.” But to psychoanalyze Hannah, says Marshfield-based playwright Margot Lasher, would be to miss the point. “Older people are sometimes misunderstood,” she says. “As you age, your brain does change, but not necessarily for the worst. That can happen throughout your life, now I think about it. You’re not in touch with the dominant narrative, so you’re marginalized.” For Lasher, whose “Hannah” is a composite of herself and an elderly male acquaintance with a strong distaste for the medical profession, the point is to validate the voice and unique wisdom of aging individuals — and of animal lovers. (Her most recent stage experience is a one-woman monologue called Stay, about her relationship with her dogs.) “It’s not meant to analyze,” Lasher says of Intake. “If you’re an audience member close to your own dog, I think this is validating.”

Directed by Joanne greenberg and produced by Liz sneLL, Intake is a labor of love by the three retirement-age women who shaped what was originally a oneact by Lasher into a full-length production. Greenberg and Snell saw a staged reading of the one-act in Rutland several years ago and encouraged Lasher to develop the second act of the play. “We loved its affirming vision of the aging process, of the wisdom and humor that can come with growing older,” writes Greenberg in her director’s statement. “In a youth-worshipping culture that tends to treat its older citizens as either jokes or burdens, Intake offers a refreshing alternative perspective.” The snappy, comedic dialogue in the first encounter between Hannah (eMMe erdossy) and Dr. Grey (aLison goyette) shaped Intake’s original single act; that interaction deepens with the play’s more recent material. Whether TWO OUT OF THREE

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She encourages her college audiences to be more open and communicative, and not to assume that the XXX-rated video they may have watched online has anything to do with actual sex. “You’ve gotta be able to guide your partner before you’re swinging from a trapeze with a double-headed dildo,” she exclaims. Easy access to pornography, Pierce believes, has skewed the gender/ sexuality dynamics of the younger generation. She’s plainspoken in her opinions on the subject: “I don’t think porn is a good thing.” But Pierce knows that “porn is never going away,” she says. “We just need to prepare kids so that they can navigate it with realistic expectations.”

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Lasher intends it or not, her script gives everyone — shrink, actor and audience — plenty to chew on, perhaps even more than her director’s “refreshing alternative perspective” implies. Intake makes its debut on the second weekend of Winterfest, with performances from February 13 to 16. Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, directed by Lost Nation Theater’s staff, takes Winterfest’s first weekend, February 6 to 9. The festival closes with Adapted From Samuel Beckett, a one-man show from local performer and puppeteer ellis Jacobson that runs February 20 to 23. Jacobson, a longtime collaborator with bread and PuPPet theater who gained international recognition for his papiermâché puppets, is hesitant to say much about Adapted From Samuel Beckett. In fact, in a recent phone interview, he initially sticks to giving the same line LNT put on the program: “Ultimately it is about art, society and life itself.” But when pressed, Jacobson reveals that his one-man show will include clowns, flashing lights, lots of movement and absolutely no puppets or masks. “You wouldn’t know it from the title, but it’s a comedy,” he says. “And even though it’s about Samuel Beckett, a person can go in there not knowing who he is and still enjoy the show … It both ridicules and reveres Beckett, almost simultaneously.”


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However, a review showed most of the cancers in question were either lowgrade or non-melanoma skin cancers. • Another UNOS study of 108,000 U.S. transplants from 1994 to 2001 found just 21 transplanted cancers. • A study of organ transplants from deceased donors in the United States from 2005 to 2007 found cancer and disease transmission in general occurred less than 1 percent of the time. Other studies have put the risk of cancer transmission at about two in 10,000 transplants.

• Looking at 30 years of transplants, the Israel Penn International Transplant Tumor Registry found when a donor had cancer, it was transplanted to the recipient an astonishing 43 percent of the time. Kidney, uterine and skin cancer were the most commonly transplanted types. • In contrast, a study by the United Network of Organ Sharing found zero cancers transmitted via 1,276 organs transplanted from donors with cancer.

When a recipient does develop cancer from a transplant, the prognosis is generally grim. Usually these are already weakened people placed on immunosuppressant drugs to prevent organ rejection. Treating transplanted cancerous organs typically involves stopping the immunosuppressant drugs and removing the organ, subjecting the patient to another major surgery, and a return to their prior bad situation. A study of 104 cases of cancer transplanted to kidney recipients from 1948 to 2012






es. We know this because cancer is transplanted by accident all the time. Organ and tissue transplants have saved countless lives. But they pose risks, one of which is transplanting a disease from the donor to the host. In the case of cancer, there are two primary scenarios for transmission: cancer that forms in the transplanted cells, and cancer cells that are directly transplanted. There are loads of case reports telling us this happens, but how frequently is hard to say. Although studies for the most part suggest the risk is low, results have been all over the place:

found 72 percent of those given melanomas were dead within 30 months of transplantation, and two-thirds of lung cancer recipients were gone within 20 months. Twenty patients had actual kidney cancers transplanted into them, and three died. A study of 2009 data found 14 percent of the time when the donor had cancer it was transmitted, and death resulted in half of those transmission cases. When the donor was infected with a communicable disease, fungus or parasite, 53 percent of the time it was passed on to the recipient — and more than a quarter of those recipients died as a result. Cancer isn’t the only thing that can be transplanted. Herpes viruses can easily be transmitted from donor to recipient — Kaposi’s sarcoma due to transmitted herpes occurs in as many as 5 percent of kidney recipients.


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HIV can be both hidden and virulent. In one instance, doctors transplanted four organs and numerous bits of tissue from a 22-year-old gunshot victim with no known HIV risk factors into more than 50 recipients. Then they discovered he was HIV-positive. At least seven people, including all four organ recipients, contracted the virus. Rabies has been transmitted via cornea transplant, the most common type of transplant and normally a pretty safe one. In one case a person who died of undetected rabies donated two corneas, killing both recipients within 50 days. In another case rabies was transmitted from an infected donor to the four recipients of his liver, kidneys and an artery, quickly killing them all. Toxoplasmosis and cytomegalovirus — infections that are generally no big deal for people with healthy immune systems but are scary for transplant recipients — have been transmitted via heart transplant. Kidney transplants appear to be especially problematic, with several different types of fungi, parasites and bacterial infections reportedly transferable from donor to recipient. Notwithstanding the risks, even when doctors know a prospective donor has cancer, they 1/13/14 5:09 PM

don’t necessarily rule out donation. The waiting list for organ transplants is so long — currently 77,000 Americans — that under the right circumstances the risk is sometimes deemed worth taking. If the cancer in the transplanted organ can be isolated and cleanly removed, for example, the medical team may advise a recipient it’s worth a shot. One study of 43 kidney transplants involving tumors less than three centimeters in diameter found only one recurrence of cancer in nine years. There’s no guarantee, though. Again, corneal transplants are thought to be fairly safe, but at least one case of cancer was transmitted that way. Once in a while a transplanted-cancer story has a happy ending. In a case reported in 2006, a kidney donated by a father to his daughter turned out to contain previously unsuspected cancer. Surgeons were able to remove the diseased part of the donated kidney and keep the rest going. Upshot: The father had a potentially fatal cancer removed, the daughter got a lifesaving transplant, and a year later both were alive and cancer free. Never mind winning the lottery — you don’t get much luckier than that.


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appeared at my window, which I immediately lowered. “Are you a taxi?” she asked. The question, I recognized, was merely a polite way of opening the conversation. When your vehicle is marked “taxi” on three sides and has a taxi light on top, if you’re not, in actuality, a taxi, you’re a lunatic or a major weirdo, or you’ve just stolen a taxi. “Yup,” I replied. “That I am.” “Can you please take me to Barre? I seem to be stuck here.” If I’m not on my way to another call, or en route to the emergency room with a ruptured spleen, I won’t turn down a fare. Inscribe it on my tombstone: “He was available.” On one occasion, after dropping some customers in downtown Montréal, I was hailed by a couple of locals, whom I proceeded to pick up — Oui, madams, je suis un taxi — and drive to their destination before blowing out of town. This probably violated a few municipal regulations, not to mention international treaties, but that’s how I roll. “Sure,” I replied. “Let me just finish up with this customer. Why don’t you jump in the back to get out of the cold?” Under way with my new customer, I said, “So, I know how to get to Barre, but you’ll have to guide me to your place, OK?”

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SEVEN DAYS: You and your sister, Lizzie, recently put out the sixth edition of Wedding Etiquette. How has modern technology changed the content from the book’s previous volume? ANNA POST: Etiquette is about being aware of how our actions affect those around us, and it’s the same when it comes to how we use technology — is it helping our relationships, or hurting them? The explosion of social media and smartphone (as opposed to cellphone) use both during planning and on the wedding day in the last several years has created all kinds of new questions for couples and guests. How much pinning is OK — and what about



ho doesn’t love a beautiful wedding? Sisters Anna and Lizzie Post do, and they tell us how to do it right in the sixth edition of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette — Emily being their great-greatgrandmother. The Burlington-based Emily Post Institute continues to provide us with proper-behavior info for that special day (and all days, really). That includes manners for the guests before, during and after the ceremony. In the new edition, the Post sisters set forth etiquette guidelines for a rapidly changing, high-tech, social-mediasavvy world. The love game has certainly changed since Emily Post’s time, as we saw this year in Spike Jonze’s Academy Awardnominated film Her, where a man falls in love with the voice of his operating system. It’s easy to feel compassion for Joaquin Phoenix’s character, who yearns to have a witness to his life without the demands of commitment and human intimacy. We humans naturally have the impulse to share our lives with others. And new technology has brought immediate gratification to a whole new level — whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest or something invented five minutes ago. To some, the idea of prohibiting smartphone use at a wedding may seem unimaginable. Yet there’s something to be said for digitally disconnecting to better connect personally — especially with your friends or relatives on their wedding day. Anna Post shares with Seven Days why it’s crucial to understand social-media etiquette. Sure, technology can help make modern nuptials even more fun — and better documented. But how much is too much? When is it better to check that smartphone at the door?

using your work computer for wedding planning during business hours? Are wedding hashtags OK? What about emailed wedding invitations? Basically, your goals for planning and hosting your wedding remain the same: Keep the day special, and don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Technology just adds more layers to navigate while accomplishing that. SD: How have social media affected behavior at weddings (as well as before and after), and what are the issues? AP: Wedding etiquette questions about social media are usually about controlling how and when the day is shared. And it’s not just the sharing; it’s the immediacy of the sharing. This new edition includes both personal best practices and how to guide others’ use of social media on the wedding day. For example, some couples don’t want guests Instagraming photos or tweeting updates during the ceremony. How do you make that request without being a bossy boots? That’s where etiquette comes in.

SD: You shared with us that since your engagement announcement last year, you’ve dealt with your own share of social-media frustrations. What have you learned from that experience? AP: I got engaged in early November 2013 while on vacation. My fiancé and I had a short list of close family and friends we wanted to be sure to tell our news to personally. As we started making calls, we realized it would be a good idea to ask people not to say anything about it on Facebook until the weekend. That gave us time to make our calls without having our news scooped — and possibly hurting someone’s feelings. SD: You write in Chapter Four of your book: “The most important thing to remember about email, texts, Facebook posts, tweets, and other social media interactions is that just because you can doesn’t mean you always should.” How might a couple communicate this principle to the

wedding guests without sounding like they are policing them? Can they indicate their preferences in their wedding invitations? Is it appropriate to ask guests to check their cellphones at the door, or at least to turn them off? How would you advise wedding guests themselves in regard to using social media before, during or after a wedding? AP: To turn them off, yes. To check them, not unless you’re an A-list celebrity getting married on the down low. There are a number of places to let guests know that you’d like to have a social-media-free ceremony. (I think asking for this during the ceremony is fair; I think it’s a losing battle asking it at the reception, though you can try.) Put a mention on any or all of the following: your wedding website, a sign at the entry area, the ceremony program. It’s also a good idea to have a friendly reminder announced by the officiant or someone in the wedding party right before the ceremony starts:

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you’re talking about the wedding to lots of people who aren’t invited, and that’s the wedding equivalent of not bringing enough gum for the whole class. SD: Have you personally witnessed any wedding-etiquette fiascos? If so, what happened? How was the situation handled (or not)? AP: Yes. It involved a bus, an open mic, drunk guests and a very slow bus driver. I will say no more, as I would like to erase that hour from my memory.

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SD: Can you explain the concept of an official Twitter ambassador? Who should be selected for the job? AP: This is someone appointed to tweet about the day in a way the couple would approve of and/or so that others can focus on the wedding. I’m not a fan of this concept. Frankly, to whom are you tweeting? All of the people who weren’t invited? Even if a special guest couldn’t make it, tweeting to them isn’t expected. Share the details later instead. Plus, anyone tweeting, including the Twitter ambassador, who is likely a close friend, is pulling themselves away from participating and being fully in the moment. This is the right time to log off and hit the dance floor.


SD: What is appropriate or inappropriate to upload on Facebook in terms of photos and announcements, if you are the future newlywed? What if you’re a family member? AP: Let’s go with inappropriate, as appropriate could cover lots. Inappropriate: anything that makes a noninvited person feel excluded from the event. For family members/close friends specifically, I would add any negative comments or scooping of news to the inappropriate list. Instead, check with the couple before sharing news of their wedding planning. 

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SD: Are people sending wedding invitations via Evite now? What do you recommend in regard to using email, electronic messaging or social media to reach guests? AP: Evites can work for pretty much any event that isn’t the wedding ceremony itself. Just be sure to double check that email addresses are up to date, and be aware that every now and then a spam filter prevents delivery. Also, be sure all of the guests use email regularly and would understand how to read and respond to an Evite (think grandparents). Why not for the wedding ceremony? A couple of reasons. First, it’s a physical reminder that gets put on everyone’s fridge. It’s also a keepsake. (Yes, some of us save every wedding invitation we get.) In a mailbox full of bills and junk mail, a heavy paper envelope with pretty writing is a delight to get. Lastly, paper has a gravitas that a computer screen just can’t replicate. Emails and Evites are convenient, but sometimes convenience isn’t the priority. The environment, you say? There are lots of recycled papers and soy-based inks, but if having a paper invitation would really upset you, by all means, don’t. Just be sure to check in with any non-techfriendly guests by phone or in person. Social media isn’t a great way to reach guests about the wedding, as it’s highly unlikely you’re inviting everyone with whom you’re connected. So that means

SD: Have you been a guest at a wedding where the ceremony and reception were technology free? If so, what was that experience like for you? AP: I haven’t; however, I think it would be great. (With obvious exceptions to step out and call babysitters as needed.) People focusing on each other without devices getting in the way — imagine that!

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urlington International Airport may have launched millions of journeys since it opened in 1920, but never before has it been the takeoff point for a marriage. That will change on April 12 of this year, when Jamie Walker and Germain Mopa tie the knot on the second-floor mezzanine. The Burlington-based, business-savvy couple will be the first to take advantage of the airport’s new status as a wedding venue. As far as anyone can tell, says BTV’s director of aviation, Gene Richards, it’s the first time a full-blown wedding will be held in an American airport, period. “No one does this,” says Richards, who first proposed offering BTV as a wedding venue last year. He says the idea came to him while he was brainstorming ways to utilize the airport in off-peak hours. “I look at this as a public asset, and that there’s times of the day when it’s not being used very well,” he explains. “It’s a big space. We heat it, we cool it, and it’s a beautiful amenity. And I do know that today there’s challenging times in our community, our state and our country. There are people who are about to get married and would like to do it in a nice place and not necessarily break the bank.” “Not breaking the bank,” by the way, means that the airport is offering its space to the tune of $1,000 for an entire evening of nuptial celebrations — reception, ceremony and late-night loitering included. Compare that with up to $8,000 for a barn or hotel venue, according to the couple’s wedding planner, Jackie Watson. A marketing manager at MBA HealthGroup in South Burlington and a Colchester native, Walker acknowledges that the most common response her choice of venue elicits from friends and family is a laugh. “People think we’re joking,” she says. But she remembers that she was immediately taken with the idea when her fiancé first got a phone call last autumn, asking if they would be interested. Richards had been Mopa’s landlord years ago, and a mutual friend connected them after hearing of Richards’ airport wedding plan and Mopa’s upcoming nuptials. “I knew right away she would be excited about it,” says Mopa, a native of Cameroon who first came to Vermont when he was recruited for the University of Vermont’s basketball team in 2001. Now a software engineer for GE Engineering, Mopa met Walker on the dance floor of Red Square in

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Burlington, by way of mutual friend Corey Hevrin, who will DJ their wedding. That was six years ago. The pair started dating the following year; they had a daughter, Zara, who is now 2 years old, and have been engaged for the past year. “I had been looking at a list of locations, and I wasn’t set on something because none of it felt original,” Walker recalls. She jumped on the idea of an airport wedding the moment Mopa told her about the phone call. “Right away, I was like, ‘That’s

it. That’s our spot,’” she says. The uniqueness of the concept appealed to her. Mopa, the more measured of the two, says they have done a lot of explaining since they decided on an airport wedding. “The first thing people ask is where in the airport,” he says with a laugh. Where, indeed? Walker and Mopa have called in the usual parade of wedding organizers to help them transform the secondfloor waiting area into a venue that feels, in the words of their wedding stylist, Jovana

Guarino, “private within a busy space” for their reception. (The ceremony will be held on the UVM campus, to which Mopa feels a strong tie.) On a recent tour, Richards points out how sections of the mezzanine, including a now-empty restaurant, can be cordoned off from other corridors and stairwells to create a private gathering area — yes, before the security checkpoint — without disrupting the flow of passenger traffic. “I had never even noticed the mezzanine existed,” Walker says. “I had only come here to go places, never to hang out or wait. But as soon as I walked in, I saw the windows, the high ceilings, and I thought, This is it.” For its debut as a wedding venue, the mezzanine will be transformed into a New York City rooftop scene. Though the couple does not have any personal ties to the city, Walker says she liked the way the theme captured an intimate group setting amid a flurry of activity. “We need to make it feel private while making use of the fact that there’s an airport going on in the floor below,” adds Guarino, who came up with the concept with Walker. “We’re not going to hide that — we’re going to use it in the scene.” Many professionals have donated their time to the Walker-Mopa nuptials: Besides Guarino, wedding planner Watson of VT Enchanted Events and their teams, a slew of local vendors are on board, including the Vermont Tent Company, Blue Toad Flowers, Jayson Munn Design and Caketopia Cakes. The fact that the airport wedding is a “first,” it seems, has excited the local wedding industry just as much as it excited the bride-to-be. “I love the fact that it hasn’t been done before; I love the fact that we are using resources from nature and smaller artists from our team … Everyone is pouring heart and soul into doing what they do best,” Guarino says. “It is such a team, and it is an enormous challenge, and at my age, I like that — I don’t like to do the same thing.” Watson — the winner of industry awards including Member of the Year from the Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals and the 2013 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice award — says she believes an airport wedding trend could catch on. In the decade since she first got into the wedding business, she’s seen a number of changes in tastes and trends among her clientele. Ten years ago, Watson says, everyone got

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While an airport may be the last place some couples would want to tie the knot, there’s no denying the idea is novel. “I do think this could take off, because it’s unique,” Watson says. “Vermont is such a wonderful environment, and there are so many couples looking for something different.” Richards, for his part, says he doesn’t see any reason weddings in his airport wouldn’t catch on. “For some people, it’s ‘Oh, I would never get married in an airport,’ right? Like, ‘Why would you get married in an airport?’ But I think you


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to tourism, according to Steve Cook, deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “The wedding industry is very strong in Vermont,” he notes. “Vermont is very unique in that it’s a four-season wedding destination.” As for the airport’s foray into the marriage industry, Cook won’t comment, since his department didn’t take part in any stage of the planning. “But it’s an interesting idea,” he allows. “We’ll be interested in seeing how it comes together in the first year.” For Walker, no airport but BTV would have made the short list. “I wouldn’t get married in an airport other than Burlington. This is my home,” she says. Now, Walker and Mopa and their team are eagerly moving forward with wedding arrangements. And they’re steeling themselves for another flurry of questions. “I would say half our guests have no idea, because our invitation goes out in two weeks,” Walker says. “So I think we’ll be getting a lot of phone calls.” m

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ho says people don’t date anymore? Sure, the formal dinner date has gone the way of the supper club, and couples today are more likely to “hang out” (and sometimes hook up) before they start to think of themselves as “dating.” But ask any long-term pair about their first date, and stories of meet cutes and the resulting rendezvous come pouring out. Whether they enjoyed a traditional dinnerand-a-show or a talk fest over fast food, these couples knew early on that something was clicking. Their stories could renew your faith in the dating game.




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Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller know when they got married — in September 2011, on the same day they launched a successful crowdfunding campaign for their business, Burlington’s Spark Arts. They know when Hartswick proposed, because he “spent six months planning an elaborate proposal weekend,” says the actorcomedian. And they know they probably met during their Lyndonville school days, even though they don’t remember it, because one day Hartswick discovered Miller’s “fifth-grade chicken-scratch handwriting” in his yearbook. But their first date? It’s hard to put a date to it. Back when Miller signed Hartswick’s yearbook, the seven years between them were a gulf. Years later, when Miller was in her early twenties, she returned to the NEK from trying to kickstart a performing career in New York City and starred in a production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change put on by her high school teacher. That happened to be Hartswick’s mom, who enlisted him to costar. At the time, “I was in another relationship,” says Miller. “So it wasn’t really on my radar,” Hartswick goes on. “I thought she was cute and fun to be around. We just sort of developed this friendship.” They didn’t start “dating” until both the musical and the other relationship had ended. So when was this first date, exactly? One day, driving from her home in Lyndonville to his in Burlington, the pair stopped at Rainbow Sweets in Marshfield. “That’s always an adventure,” Miller says. “And I remember I had chocolate cake and a Greek salad at the same time.” “The cake is, like, this big,” says Hartswick, demonstrating. Bakery owner Bill Tecosky — well known locally for his gift of gab — chatted them up. “We told him where we were from,” Miller recalls, “and he made some joke and started making an elaborate story up about how we were having a tryst and meeting in the middle.”

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They weren’t really breaking any taboos, but because Miller had just recently broken up with her boyfriend, “it felt a little bit like that,” Hartswick says. “He [Tecosky] basically created a backstory on the spot for us. It was hilarious.” “I was so uncomfortable being there,” says Miller, who calls herself “wound up super-tight” in those days. That soon changed, as the pair found out how well they got along. Hartswick remembers that he’d sworn off dating women in their early twenties — “too much drama.” With Miller, however, “It so quickly became apparent that she was a down-to-earth person. It just felt easy.” “We’re still like that. We just talk the whole time about everything,” Miller says. Once she moved to Burlington, “we hung out, like, every day, and that’s kind of never stopped.” Today the two performers appear together at their classes, onstage with their improv troupe, even in Vermont Health Connect ad spots. Since that day at Rainbow Sweets when their relationship was still undefined, Hartswick says, “You’ve become a lot more secure in yourself.” Miller chuckles. “You think? mAR Go t H AR R IS o N

Kristin and Jacob Albee

“I don’t even remember it feeling cold,” Kristin Albee says of her first date in 2006 with Jacob Albee, now her husband. That’s even though it took place atop Mt. Philo. In January. On a sled. Fueled and warmed by whiskey-spiked hot chocolate, the couple capped off their first rendezvous by zipping down the central road at Mt. Philo State Park on a sled they’d hauled to the summit. “It was terrifying,” says Kristin with a smile. Jacob, a native Vermonter, jokes that he was less scared than his “flatlander” date, a Pennsylvania native. They agree, though, that the occasion was unique and memorable — so much so that they got engaged at the same spot, and have brought their young son, Axel, there on more than one occasion. Before sledding down from the peak, the pair sat there talking, watching peregrine falcons in flight and getting to know each other. “It was very easy and honest and fun,” says Jacob. “I don’t feel like either one of us had any particular agenda or put on any sort of mask.” The pair had met through Jacob’s jewelry making business after Kristin’s mother bought her one of his rings for

Kristin and Jacob Albee

a birthday gift. When it turned out to have an imperfection, Kristin brought it in for repair. Now, the couple co-owns Burlington’s Jacob Albee Goldsmith — Jacob, 37, makes the jewelry and Kristin, 36, is the business manager. They have since expanded their family with a daughter, Noël. But all they knew during their first date, says Jacob, is that “we would be having another date.”

is spare, tasteful and full of grace. Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall really do make sweet music together. So the longtime couple’s first date had to have been something classically romantic, right? Perhaps a picnic in a rolling Vermont field, or an elegant dinner at a fine bistro? Nah. They went to White Castle. “She had never eaten there and feigned interest in going,” says Anderson, who says he had dropped by Hall’s Hell’s Kitchen apartment to return a video he’d borrowed from her roommate. “We got to talking about double cheeseburgers, and I didn’t miss a beat.” “Classy!” says Hall. “I wasn’t even sure it was a date, exactly.” Date or not, Hall describes the dinner as “easygoing.” Anderson, however, chooses a different word. “Indigestion,” he says. Greasy sliders aside, both Hall and Anderson say their chemistry and attraction were immediate. “We had the same sense of humor and liked a lot of the same things,” Hall says. “There was no awkwardness.” “I liked Rebecca all right, especially her gap-toothed smile,” says Anderson. “I always assume that everyone hates me, but she seemed more accommodating than most.”

Though their characters don’t interact much in the play itself, Jen and Bob frequently crossed paths backstage. “We just got to talking before scenes,” Jen says. “I think we actually occasionally got in trouble, because we were missing cues and not paying attention to what was going on.” Bob, too, remembers feeling a strong attraction right from the get-go. After the show wrapped, he asked Jen out on a date to see Romeo and Juliet, in which a friend was starring. The pair met up with friends for pizza, and the group went to the show together. “It was a nice, safe first date,” Bob says with a chuckle.

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If all the world’s a stage, as Shakespeare wrote, then Jen and Bob Martin are having a pretty fantastic run. Sparks first flew between the theater-loving couple 11 years ago, when both were cast in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He played Bottom, a character that famously wakes to find himself partially transformed into a donkey; she was a fairy court attendant.


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All those just-getting-to-know-you, balcony-scene butterflies the pair experienced during Midsummer persisted through their first-date evening in the audience of Romeo and Juliet. “It was really funny because the seats reclined based on body weight,” Jen recalls. “It was really awkward on that first date, because he kept trying to put his arm around the chair, but I’m not as heavy as he was, so the reclining chairs were at different levels.” After their official first date, both knew they were interested. But it took a while before either thought the words “the One.” “We’d been dating about six months to a year when I kind of realized she was the one,” says Bob, who can’t pinpoint the recognition to a specific moment. Jen remembers having similar thoughts. But she knew something serious was up when she and Bob did their next show together: a date-rape simulation that the University of Vermont put on for student orientation. The group of actors divided up to perform the same date-rape scene for different crowds of incoming UVM freshmen, and Jen and Bob were in different groups. “I was so jealous!” Jen remembers. “Like, you’re snuggling up to some other girl. And I think he was the rapist.” Jen and Bob Martin tied the knot four years after their first date.



Jen and Bob Martin

Hall was not the only accommodating one. As their afternoon date turned to evening, the weather turned cold. “Ken saw that I was shivering and insisted on loaning E tHAN DE SE IFE me his jacket,” says Hall. “I found this to be very romantic.” Did that act of chivalry lead to a post-White Castle good-night smooch? “Yes, believe it or not,” says Hall. Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall Hall and Anderson will enjoy their 20th wedding anWest Townsend-based duo Hungrytown are known for niversary in April. And it won’t be a complete surprise if their beautiful folk suites, breezy songs that wind around White Castle is part of the celebration. easy melodies and gentle harmonies. Often featuring little “I’m happy to say that we have eaten at many White more instrumentation than guitar and bass, their music Castles since that time,” Anderson says. He adds, “However, we do tend to make more of a shindig about our anniversaries.” Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall Might the couple do anything different if they do re-create that first date? “I’d bring a jacket,” Hall says. Says Anderson: “Maybe large fries?”

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Kirsten Fricke and Christina Olstad

Stacy and Miro Weinberger

It’s fair to say that Miro Weinberger met his now-wife, Stacy, because he wasn’t providing very good adult supervision on the playground. It was 1996, and Burlington’s future mayor had just left a job in Florida and was headed back to Vermont for grad school. En route, he spent a week couch surfing at the home of friends in Washington, D.C. “To be helpful while freeloading,” Miro recalls, “I agreed to take their 3-year-old, Lily, to her childcare.” “Nursery school,” interrupts Stacy, who worked at the school as a teacher. Miro showed up early that morning. He remembers allowing Lily to climb too high on the monkey bars, “which got me some attention on the playground.” “My coteacher came down the hall and said, ‘Stacy, there’s a cute guy here with Lily. You should get down there,’” Stacy recalls. “A lot of my friends had met men through work, but the only men I met were 4-year-olds and dads.” Stacy and Miro chatted only briefly, but several parents remarked on their obvious chemistry and later

Stacy and Miro Weinberger

restaurant in northwestern D.C., then went out to play pool. To kill time while waiting for a pool table to open up, Miro broke out a deck of cards. Stacy admitted the only game she knew was casino, which her grandfather had taught her. Coincidentally, Miro’s grandfather had taught him that game, too. He agreed to play but challenged Stacy to “make it interesting.” The loser had to buy the winner dinner the following night.

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suggested she ask him out. By the time Stacy confessed her interest in Miro to Lily’s mom, he’d already left town. Several months later, when Miro was returning from a trip, he conveniently arranged his travels to bring him through D.C. again. Though he’d spoken to Stacy only for a few minutes, he says, “I thought there might be something there.” In D.C., he again arranged to drop off Lily at preschool, which Stacy found highly suspicious. She asked him out that day, and the two met later for nachos in a

“So we had our second date planned in the middle of our first date,” Stacy recalls. “Sure enough, I ended up buying him dinner.” Did Stacy know on their first date that Miro was a go? She nods and smiles. And, yes, he got a good-night kiss. “I’d gone on a lot of mediocre first dates and notso-interesting second dates, and often I felt like I’d rather be with my friends,” Stacy notes, turning to her husband. “But you made a good first impression.” “As did you,” he agrees. Fast-forward four years. Miro and Stacy were married in 2000 at an art museum on Long Island. Their flower girl? Lily. Now, Burlington’s First Couple have two adopted girls of their own, Li Lin and Ada. K E N P Ic AR D

Kirsten Fricke and Christina Olstad

Kirsten Fricke and Tina Olstad agree on a lot of things: that they first met at a University of Vermont Women’s Center barbecue in 2008, that their immediate attraction was mutual, and that their first actual date was at Radio Bean. Or at least, it started there. Impressions of that occasion vary only slightly. Olstad calls it “exhilarating.” Fricke says it was “exciting.” This despite the fact that, she says, “a couple of Tina’s friends ‘happened’ to stop by and say hello. I guess Tina needed outside confirmation about me before we could have a second date!” The date kind of morphed into hanging out all day. “We went to the [Bailey/Howe] library to study together,” Fricke recalls. “So nerdy, but we were both in school.” After that, there was “dinner at an Indian restaurant,” adds Olstad. The chemistry was strong, and they were eager to see each other again, yet neither woman was sure the other was the One — yet. “I knew Tina was someone very special, and I was very excited to get to know her better,” says Fricke. Olstad says virtually the same thing: “The date went really well. I was excited to go out again.” The women waited a couple of weeks for their first kiss. But they’ve been inseparable since. They graduated from UVM — Fricke in 2010 with an MEd, Olstad in 2012 with an EdD — and now live and work in Baltimore, Md. The couple has been together five and a half years and tied the knot two years after that first date — in August 2010 at Kingsland Bay State Park. It was little more than a year after Vermont legalized same-sex marriage. Fricke and Olstad say they haven’t returned to Radio Bean for anniversaries — although once they went to the adjacent restaurant, ¡Duino! (Duende). But, says Fricke, “Since we no longer live in Burlington, our special trips to Vermont usually involve trips to Penny Cluse — our favorite restaurant in the world!” J EN EL L E R o B ER G E


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efore blogger Gary Russell and I moved to Vermont, we used to lie about our relationship. Oh, not to hide it. Persons who want such a thing to stay private do not invite family, friends and fellow members of their faith to their wedding. They do not write a column about their big day and publish it in a widely read newspaper. They would not accept a generous offer of free professional video and photography of the event. We did all those things. But the year we married in a Nichiren Buddhist ceremony, 1996, was the same year the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) bullied its way

of “single” — for instance, when filing tax forms, which ironically require a signature attesting you are not committing perjury under penalty of law. Montpelier children’s librarian Linden de Voil and community boatbuilder Simon de Voil never had to lie about their marriage. She — Linden — is an F, and he — Simon — is an M. It says so on their birth certificates. Since their own big day, they have enjoyed the privilege of that special combination of letters. But they feel some affinity for our plight, because Simon was assigned an F at birth.

“One of the things that makes me love Simon,” Linden says now, “is how comfortable he is in his own skin.” Whether M or F, Simon would still be the same person, the same self, the same unified body of cells combined to create a unique human being. Yet so much ado is made about those letters. Talking about the surreal experience of first starting to pass for M, Simon says: “You’d be in a restaurant with your girlfriend, and people would look over and smile, because you were [a] young couple … in love … People were aware of you, would give you eye contact and would include

through the U.S. House and Senate. This new law defined marriage in a way that had nothing to do with consenting adults, love or commitment. Instead, it demanded that our country recognize only marriages in which an M and an F are involved. So, with Gary being an M and myself likewise an M, we married the same year we were legislatively told we were not really married. For the next 17 years, our speech would be compelled under the implicit 11th commandment DOMA created: Thou Shalt Lie. Sometimes I would engage in minor and ineffectual civil disobedience by adding asterisks and notes to forms asking me about my marital status. I would orally answer such questions with “Well, not legally.” But many times I shamefully went along with the unadorned prevarication

Simon recognized this error at an early age, and its correction is documented in the 2005 film Funny Kinda Guy. By the time Linden and Simon met, the original F had been replaced by an M. They could marry without the hurdle of a nonapproved combination of letters. Things would have been different if Simon still bore the mark of F. “We could have been the exact same people in the exact same relationship,” Linden says. “But if he came from a country where they wouldn’t change the F to M, we wouldn’t be sitting here.” To be fair, Linden speculates, she might not have fallen for Simon when the F identified him. Not because of the letter itself, but because of how awkward and uncomfortable he was in his own body when that designation was forced upon him.

you.” This was a sharp contrast with the treatment Simon had experienced in a same-sex relationship: “The restaurant would ignore you, and if there was another dyke couple that were older, they would ignore you, because they wouldn’t want to draw attention to you.” Nancy Schulz is executive director of the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition. She and her spouse have always been Fs, both on paper and by perception. An F and F fared no better than an M and M under DOMA. So these Vermonters have committed to each other more than once, each time confirming their status as two Fs in love. Each commitment granted them a legal status that came closer to matching the reality. That process wasn’t without trials and tribulations. Schulz and her partner





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conveniently forgotten. Left-wing daughter Brooke is a novelist pursuing art, while brother Trip is a TV producer pandering to America’s affection for brain-numbing entertainment. These people beg for an observer to pigeonhole them, but playwright Jon Robin Baitz seems to dare us to peg his characters correctly. There is more to them than their affiliations or attributes, and he sets up rich contrasts between their actions and their words. In Vermont Stage Company’s nicely polished production of Other



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t’s Christmas Eve at the luxurious Palm Springs home of Polly and Lyman Wyeth, and the whole family is gathered. Like most families, this one has its philosophical fault lines that can rupture at any moment. Mom and Dad are so staunchly conservative that Lyman was once chair of the GOP, and Polly picks up life lessons from personal friend Nancy Reagan. Polly’s sister, Silda, is still carrying the liberal torch lit during her Jewish upbringing, an origin Polly has

Desert Cities, the fine ensemble cast tells a witty, compassionate and surprising story of family relationships. Brooke has picked up her life after a nervous breakdown by performing what she considers a therapeutic and artistically vital act: She’s written a family memoir centering on her late older brother’s youthful political rebellion, which spiraled into drug use and violent protest. In Brooke’s account, the parents are the bad guys; their emotional and political rigidity drove Henry to suicide, and she uses this family drama to illuminate America’s cultural pathology. The book is about to be published, and Brooke wants to prepare her family. Polly and Lyman, by contrast, want to seal up that part of their past forever. The conflict that ensues leaves Trip juggling his allegiances and Silda cheering on Brooke, while Polly fulminates and Lyman simmers. The stakes rise even higher when family secrets come to light, and actions taken with the best intentions have damaging consequences. Baitz has fashioned an emotional slalom course that zigzags between affection and aggression. Director Mark Alan Gordon emphasizes the comedy and counters its acidity with calm, offhand physical contact between the actors. In other words, he shows us a family whose members simultaneously test and love each other. The warmth Gordon draws from his actors is designed to make us care about them, no matter where we stand on the political spectrum. By letting the verbal stabs land without much laceration, Gordon keeps the focus on the play’s humor and shows that this family knows how to heal as much as hurt. This production emphasizes the characters instead of the dramatic conflict but still delivers the complex psychological story in Baitz’s script. Karen Lefkoe has measured, cut and wrapped herself in Polly’s style, which might be termed California imperial casual. From hairstyle to stage movement, she conveys privilege and assurance in a performance of true grandeur. Her Polly’s imperturbable confidence means we can’t quite hate her; as maddening as her opinions may be, Lefkoe shows the courage and perseverance that make this character

admirable. And she goes beyond brittle, shrill strength to catch Polly’s warmth and vulnerability. Eva Gil, as Brooke, is adept at the comedy and cunning in her ability to deflect the family’s slings and arrows. When her mother dishes out a dig at her writing career or politics, Gil has Brooke pretty much shelter in place — she neither cringes nor explodes, but instead answers with wit that’s never laced with anger. Gil’s Brooke is too smart to lose control, and too fresh from her breakdown to risk real rage. Her liveliness onstage, and especially her banter with her brother, read authentically. Bill Carmichael’s Lyman is perfectly convincing as a former movie star — his selfassurance and good looks have just a bit of ham sprinkled on top. Carmichael captures Lyman’s nonstick affability, and when he projects his Daddy’s Little Girl rays on Brooke, it’s done so thoughtfully that we know he’s learned from her not to push too hard. Carmichael is endearing as he shows genuine affection for everyone in the family, ready to tune out their sharp tongues and bask in their presence. As Trip, Justin Quackenbush has a consistently cheerful presence, filling the role with a bubbling mix of repartee and irreverence. He may be an adult, but the family seems to equate producing an idiotic TV show with never growing up, and Trip plays along. Still, the viewer begins to suspect Trip is quite good at his job, and it’s a mistake to write him off. Quackenbush is playful and alert in every scene, quick to spot tension and find a new way to defuse it. Dana Block tackles Silda without camping up her alcoholism relapse and subsequent recovery, or her black-sheep status. Her barbs come through, but Block avoids jockeying for attention. Her Silda

isn’t quite the ticking time bomb that Baitz might have intended, but instead maintains a slightly dreamy connection with the proceedings. Her restraint lets her capture both the easy laughs and the harder ones. Having designed a small, in-the-round set, Jeff Modereger has little space with which to work, but he produces elegant notes of opulence. The white palette makes a clever connection between luxury and emptiness. The lighting design by Jeffrey Salzberg is tied more closely to mood than to space. When it works to amplify the family drama through a black-light glow or a sudden transition, it demands a little too much attention. But Salzberg generally supports the production style well. Cora Fauser’s costumes beautifully delineate the characters. Polly and Lyman are dressed so perfectly, you either want to worship their wealth or tear them to pieces. Trip’s ironic and irreverent costumes give him just the right hipster, capable-of-anything look. Gordon has helped this cast mesh into an ensemble capable of conveying the intricacies of family communication. They make the comic dialogue positively sing, and reveal deep relationships founded on love but challenged by past events. The play, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is a beautiful mix of wit, character and storytelling. A family secret makes one terrific stage trapdoor. m

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ki area chefs have to be exceptionally nimble when it comes to feeding their guests. From family-friendly nachos, chili and chicken fingers to the high-end dinners expected by urbanites at day’s end, they have a lot of culinary ground to cover. Still, until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of a resort dining experience even remotely akin to Ledgewood Yurt. During a reception at Killington Ski Resort’s new Peak Lodge, food and beverage manager Scott Harrison described it as a “Mongolian yurt” with five-course meals, nestled in the woods and accessible only by a 15-minute sleigh ride. I pictured a tent strewn with colorful tapestries and rugs, the sound of horse-head fiddles wafting from inside. Whatever the reality, I had to go. Even for Killington — practically its own mini ski metropolis, with every variety of eatery on site or close by — this sounded wild and exotic. I reserved a date weeks in advance — dinner is only served at the yurt on Friday and Saturday nights — and counted down the days. When the appointed Friday night arrived, my date and I wended our way through the labyrinthine Snowshed Lodge and found our 30 fellow diners sipping spiked hot apple cider. As the sleigh must leave promptly at 6:30 p.m., the staff tries to gather everyone early in the Vermont Fresh Café. We filed outside and trudged up a small hill to the waiting sleigh, which was tethered to a snowcat. Once all were seated on the sleigh’s benches and nestled under woolen blankets, the snowcat rumbled to life. The icy air whipped our faces as we chugged up the wide, dark Snowshed trail, lift chairs frozen overhead and the lights of Killington scattered below. The

ride could border on unpleasant when the temperature dips into the teens, but this night we were blessed with a relatively balmy 28 degrees. About 10 minutes into the ride, the snowcat banked left and entered the woods on a much smaller trail. Pine boughs closed in overhead. Moments later, the Ledgewood Yurt came into view: a round, tentlike oasis slightly sunk into the snow and sparkling with tiny white lights. We filed up the steps to the deck and into a round room with canvas walls; it was roughly 20 paces wide, and a woodstove along one side made the LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

place very toasty. The tables pushed against the walls — fitted with pewter plates, tankards and flickering taper candles — looked medieval. A bar on one side of the room was strewn with more white lights, and the yurt’s wooden beams soared above us almost protectively. Once we shed our coats, it was interesting to see how the other diners had interpreted the concept of fine dining in the woods. Most of us were in smart-casual getups anchored by snow boots, though one woman wore a string of pearls, and a twentysomething guy sported a navy blazer.


No two-tops were to be had here; everyone was seated at tables of four or six, so strangers quickly became acquainted. “Well, here we are,” said Michael Joseph, a member of Killington’s media staff and our escort of sorts. This is the Ledgewood Yurt’s first season on the Northbrook Trail, Joseph said. It used to operate in an even more remote location on Bear Mountain but SECLUDED SUPPER

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“It will be 10 years [that I’ve run Café Provence] in July, and I was so ready for something new. When this opportunity came up, I couldn’t turn it down,” says French-born Barral, who lived in Waterbury when he was executive chef of the nEW EnglanD CulInary InstItutE. “It’s a bit like going back home.” While Barral owns the new business, IttaI azoulay, his current sous-chef, will move to Waterbury to oversee its kitchen while Barral continues to helm the Brandon restaurant. Azoulay will bring with him many of Café Provence’s recipes, including the restaurant’s famous seafood stew over saffron risotto.

The weather outside may be frightful, but that isn’t keeping a delightful new food truck from feeding Burlington. DolCE vt is now serving in front of Pine Street’s artsrIot on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to chef-owner stEfano CICIrEllo, the days and hours may expand as word gets out about his business. He may even start serving weekend brunch. Cicirello isn’t a new face on the Burlington food-truck scene. He and his sister, susIE Ely, debuted their truck at ArtsRiot’s south EnD fooD truCK stoP in September, not long before the end of the Friday night event’s season. Dolce VT also served food at a number of autumn events, including the Champlain Mini Maker Faire. Despite the cold weather, Cicirello says, “I wanted to get out there. I had a food truck in my driveway!” Following a few repairs, the big black truck is back up and running, ready to sweeten up the South End again. cOurtesy OF alice levitt

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was moved so staff could serve ski-in, ski-out lunches of soups, lobster salads and smoked-meat sandwiches. (This explained the tables on the yurt’s expansive deck.) The lunches have been popular, but the yurt is primarily known for its five-course dinners. The servers filled our pewter cups with water, set down baskets of warm bread, and delivered wine and cocktails. The Vermont Maple Shake I ordered was a pint-size blend of milk, local maple vodka and Sapling Vermont Maple Liqueur; the glass had an alluring smoked-sugar rim. I took a swig and felt as if I were starting with dessert. In short order, the first course — or “First Experience,” as the menu deems it — arrived at our table. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the moon. The yurt’s setting is so rare in itself that I’d wondered if the food might be an afterthought. That assumption was wrong. My first bite of succulent lobster meat — kissed by a blood-orange-honey-truffle sauce — was tender and super-fresh, a dose of buttery goodness. Along with a cloudlike sunchoke purée, bits of chanterelle mushrooms and microgreens, it

cleansed my palate. This was a promising start. Each “experience” followed in the same vein. Chef Greg Lang clearly enjoyed layering sweet, smoky and fatty flavors, and each dish showed a playful sensibility. Where the first course was briny and light, the second was intensely earthy: Salty, silky slices of duck “bacon” were fanned out on a plate beside an intense, saltysweet jam of caramelized shallots and red wine. A dusting of fleur de sel added texture and — well, more saltiness. And what was that luxe-y flavor lurking in the dish? Hello, white truffle oil. The third course was a sort of intermezzo, a relatively traditional plate of Vermont Creamery Cremont, salted almonds, black fig preserves and crunchy wafers of lavash made with the spent mash from Long Trail Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin Ale. I dragged all of it through a tiny puddle of orange-blossom honey. These comparatively petite courses were trumped by the largesse of the fourth: a fist-size hunk of beef tenderloin whose 50 days of wet aging intensified its umami-ness. Since it

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months after Heise took over the business from previous owner Jack O’BrIEn. Heise says the new business has a different staff, but he’s chosen to hold on to O’Brien’s recipes and menu, including quirky pie names such as “Mia Wants This Right Now” and “Homage to Goats.” Panacea Pizza, at 457 St. Paul Street, is open for takeout and delivery daily from 4 to 10 p.m. — c.H .

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A big change hit Johnson this week. On January 21, chrIs FErGusOn and girlfriend allIsOn taFurI, formerly of the BrEwstEr rIvEr PuB & BrEwEry, purchased the Hub Pizzeria & Pub. The pair reopened the spot on Tuesday evening as DOwntOwn PIzzErIa & PuB. Ferguson says his goal is to return the restaurant to the status of a destination for comfort food and live music

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I wondered if the chef was dreaming of warmer weather: Creamed corn, flaky sweet-potato galette and a few spears of white asparagus shared the plate with the meat. My only issue with the dish was that it was lukewarm. That was most likely because every course was carried from a separate


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ACRYLIC PAINTING: Christine Holzschuh leads budding Picassos through basic brush techniques. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 6:30-9 p.m. $25-30; BYOB. Info, 775-0062.


HEALTH CARE INFORMATION SESSION: Representatives from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England's navigator program assist locals with the Vermont Health Connect enrollment process. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Burlington Town Center, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6326, ext. 1004. TEAM IN TRAINING INFORMATION MEETING:Locals learn about the world's first and largest charity sports training program, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through marathons and bike rides nationwide. Pomerleau Family YMCA, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-0014,


BETTER BUILDINGS BY DESIGN CONFERENCE:Top professionals from around the country, including keynoter Eric Corey Freed, explore cutting-edge green building trends. See for details. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. $100-325. Info, 877-248-9900.





MAKE YOUR OWN FASHION ACCESSORIES:Delna Boyce demonstrates how to craft flowers to adorn jewelry, clothing, bags and more. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


'ANIMAL' OPEN REHEARSAL & INSTALLATION PERFORMANCE: Hanna Satterlee's work-in-progress begins on an ash-lined stage, then travels outdoors, where footprints on the snow reflect the choreography. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 1:15-2:45 p.m. Free. Info, FARMERS NIGHT SERIES: SID MCLAM & THE STEP ’N TIME LINE DANCERS OF CENTRAL VERMONT: The local dance troupe delivers an evening of fancy footwork. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-3480.


SUNY PLATTSBURGH GRADUATE-STUDIES OPEN HOUSE: Students interested in pursuing the next level of their education meet with representatives from select programs. Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-565-0145.

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TECHNOLOGY DROP-IN DAY: Library patrons learn to navigate the new catalog system and how to download e-books and audiobooks. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-5 p.m. Free.

'BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR':WhenAdéle meets Emma, the two high school students form a relationship in which they explore social acceptance, sexuality and more. French with English subtitles. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.

Paul Ramsay is changing the course of stage hypnotism one performance at a time. The board-certifi ed hypnotist reimagines his craft with “Mind Games,” an interactive show in which audience members use remote controls and polling software to determine the course of events onstage. This innovative approach updates an entertainment practice with roots dating back to the 18th century. While the comedic elements are obvious, Ramsay maintains a healthy respect for his occupation, noting, “it’s fun, but it’s also powerful.” One thing is certain: The New Hampshire resident delivers an evening of awe-inspiring antics that will have attendees on the edge of their seats.

'CASABLANCA' SCREENING & DISCUSSION:Film expert Rick Wilson presents the 1942 World War II classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergmann as a masterpiece of wartime propaganda. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. 'THE DARK SIDE OF CHOCOLATE': In their eyeopening documentary, Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano travel to Africa to shed light on the issue of child labor on cocoa plantations. City Market, Burlington, 6:45-8 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.

PAUL RAMSAY Thursday, February 6, 8 p.m., at Stearns Performance Hall, Johnson State College. Free. Info, 635-1472.

'WHAT'S IN A NAME?': When a father-to-be reveals the chosen name for his offspring, his friends have dramatic reactions in this 2012 comedy. French with English subtitles. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.


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INTRODUCTORY HIP-HOP FUSION FITNESS CLASS: Older teens and adults break a sweat in this highenergy workout. South End Studio, Burlington, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0044. MEDITATION, HEALING & READING:Psychic medium Michele Nappi leads an interactive group session. Moonlight Gifts, Milton, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 893-9966. MONTRÉAL-STYLE ACRO 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. THE MEDICINE OF THEOBROMA CACAO, THE CHOCOLATE TREE: Folk herbalist Sandra Lory presents an intimate examination of the ancient plant's origin and its status as sacred herbal medicine. A screening of The Dark Side of Chocolatefollows. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.


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BURLINGTON PENGUIN PLUNGE Saturday, February 8, 11 a.m., at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Donations. Info, 863-5222.


FEB.7 | MUSIC A Life Examined When he was 21 years old, Jaed Coffin left Middlebury College and moved to his mother’s native village in Thailand, where he pursued ordination as a Buddhist monk. He captured the experience in the memoir A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants. Years later, the acclaimed writer found himself living in Juneau, Alaska. There, he became a barroom boxer and won the middleweight title. Time in the ring proved worthy of literary reflection, as seen in the forthcoming Roughhouse Friday. Currently making his home in Maine, Coffin shares his gifts for the written word as part of the Norwich Writers Series.

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evening BaByTime PlaygrouP: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling memorial Library, Williston, 6-7:30 p.m. free. info, 876-7555. mallory lewis & lamB cHoP: Continuing her mother's legacy, the ventriloquist performs with the beloved sock puppet. Proceeds benefit Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic Riding Program. fuller hall, st. johnsbury Academy, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. $4. info, 748-2600. meeT rockin' ron THe friendly PiraTe: Aargh, matey! youngsters celebrate the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. free. info, 764-1810. moving & grooving wiTH cHrisTine: two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and worldbeat tunes. fletcher free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. free. info, 865-7216. read To a dog: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. free; preregister for a time slot. info, 849-2420. red clover PicTure Books for HomescHoolers: students in grades k through 3 read two titles nominated for the 2013 Red Clover Award, then participate in related activities. Brownell Library, Essex junction, 9-10 a.m. free; preregister. info, 878-6956. sTory Time & 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 Time for 3- To 5-year-olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex junction, 10-10:45 a.m. free. info, 878-6956.

eugene uman: Vermont jazz Center's artistic director pays tribute to American jazz pianist and composer Thelonius monk. st. johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. free. info, 748-8291. H. nicHolas muller iii: The former director of the frank Lloyd Wright foundation discusses the renowned architect's work after 1932, which marked the most productive decades of his career. Brownell Library, Essex junction, 7 p.m. free. info, 878-6955. Jim fouTs: The local Civil War historian presents "The Confederate Raid on st. Albans." A light lunch is provided. sullivan museum & history Center, Norwich university, Northfield, noon. free. info, 485-2183. kaTiva finn: in "The six Wives of henry Vii," the author and scholar examines the lives of the iconic king's brides. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. free. info, 649-1184. micHael arnowiTT: in a performance lecture, the acclaimed jazz and classical musician explores the legacy of george gershwin. goodrich memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. free. info, 878-6955. randall Balmer: The Dartmouth College professor considers the rise of the religious right during the lifetime of president jimmy Carter. ilsley Public Library, middlebury, 7 p.m. free. info, 388-4095. ricHard w. scHneider: Norwich university's president discusses the evolution of the university concept and the future of higher education in the united states. sugarbush inn, Warren, 7:45 a.m. free; preregister. info, 591-0975.


'oTHer deserT ciTies': A memoirist's new book reveals devastating family secrets in jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed drama, presented by the Vermont stage Company. flynn mainstage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. info, 863-5966.

'THe fox on THe fairway': maggie Burrows directs this Northern stage production of ken Ludwig's comedy about a hilarious rivalry between two N country clubs. Briggs opera house, Ds Ay hy White River junction, 7:30 p.m. $10AP RA ym o gR N D jA C k P h o t o 60. info, 296-7000.



Book Talks for HomescHoolers: students in grades 4 to 8 discuss titles from this year’s Dorothy Canfield fisher Children's Book Award list. Brownell Library, Essex junction, 9-10 a.m. free; preregister. info, 878-6956.


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winTer sTory Time: kiddos share read-aloud tales and wiggles and giggles with mrs. Liza. highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. free. info, 868-3970.


'THe seagull': Lucy Peacock and Diane D'Aquila star in director Peter hinton's modern version of Chekhov's masterpiece about the romantic and artistic conflicts between a group of artists gathered at a country estate. segal Centre for Performing Arts, montréal, 8 p.m. $24-39. info, 514-739-7944.

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



PoeTry circle: Wordsmiths share their work in a supportive environment. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. free. info, 222-4536.

vermonT PHilHarmonic cHorus oPen reHearsal: New members are welcomed in preparation for the 2014 concert season. Waterbury Congregational Church, 7-9 p.m. free. info,


adulT comPuTer worksHoP: social media newcomers learn the basics of facebook. Pines senior Living Community, south Burlington, 1-4 p.m. $10; preregister. info, 864-1502.


green mounTain TaBle Tennis cluB: 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.

micHael oBerg: The author discusses his forthcoming book about Eleazer Williams, a prominent War of 1812 figure and Native American confidante. krinovitz Recital hall, hawkins hall, suNy Plattsburgh, N.y., 7 p.m. free. info, 518-564-5213.

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


BeTTer Buildings By design conference: see WED.05, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.


'dancing uPHill': guest artists join uVm faculty and students in a showcase of original choreography. mann hall gymnasium, uVm trinity Campus, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10. info, 656-2295, paul.

Girl Develop it: project NiGht: Coders of all skill levels discuss programming problems in a supportive environment. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, tech tutor 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.

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veteraN's resource Fair: Local vets meet representatives from area organizations, including the Vermont Office of Veteran Affairs. Campus Center, Castleton State College, 12-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1212.


'Blue is the Warmest color': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. 'the huNGry heart': presented through the eyes of Franklin County residents and pediatrician Fred Holmes, Bess O'Brien's documentary illuminates prescription-drug addiction and recovery. A Q&A with the cast and director follows. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3981. tourNées FreNch Film Festival: Director Olivier Assayas' semiautobiographical drama Après Mai (Something in the Air) explores the revolutionary spirit of European teenagers in 1968. French with English subtitles. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795. 'What's iN a Name?': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m.

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paciFic islaND tastiNG meNu & sileNt auctioN: Set to live music, a candlelit Hawaiian meal served family style treats diners to an authentic eating experience. proceeds benefit local musician Iris Downey's kidney-transplant expenses. Great Room, Starry Night Café, Ferrisburgh, 6 p.m. $75; $150 per couple; preregister; limited seating. Info, 318-1700,

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leGo FuN: Budding builders in grades K and up create unique structures with brightly colored pieces. Kids under age 5 welcomed with adult supervision. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

music With mr. chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

teeN aDvisory BoarD: Teens gather to plan library programs. Yes, there will be snacks. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


iGlooFest: An an igloo village and electronic music from top DJs draw crowds by the thousands to this popular outdoor festival. Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old-port of Montréal, 6:30-midnight. $15-20; $40 weekend pass; for ages 18 and up. Info, 514-904-1247.


BurliNGtoN eNsemBle 90/10 series: Cellist Benjamin Capps and pianist David Kaplan interpret works by Brahms and Mendelssohn in "Beyond Beethoven." Ninety percent of proceeds benefit local nonprofits. Casella Theater, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. $5-12. Info, 468-1119.


reBuilDiNG the FooD sheD: Author and Green Mountain College professor philip Ackerman-Leist details ways to create sustainable models for growing, processing and distributing locally grown fare. A book signing follows. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 847-2278.


jaN reyNolDs: The world-record-breaking skier and climber details her high-altitude adventures in "Crossing Nangpa La in the Himalaya." Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 860-0190.


aNN hutchiNs: Accompanied by keyboardist Chuck Miller, the vocalist enlivens numbers from the Great American Songbook — including works by Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen. Town Hall Theater Cabaret, Beyers Studio, Middlebury, 7-8 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info, 382-9222. NatioNal theatre live: 'coriolaNus': st. johNsBury: A broadcast production of Shakespeare's tragedy stars Tom Hiddleston opposite Mark Gatiss in a dark tale of political manipulation and revenge. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-24. Info, 748-2600. 'other Desert cities': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. paul ramsay: 'miND Games': Supplying audience members with remote controls and interactive software, the stage hypnotist elevates his craft. See calendar spotlight. Stearns performance Space, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1472. 'the Fox oN the FairWay': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. 'the seaGull': See WED.05, 8 p.m. 'the vaGiNa moNoloGues': As part of Lost Nation Theater's Winterfest, ladies stage Eve Ensler's episodic play about the female experience of love, sex, rape and more. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 229-0492.


harvey amaNi WhitFielD: The UVM historian sheds new light on the state's constitution in The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont 1777-1810. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8519.

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BeNeFit comeDy shoW: physical comedians Hilary Chaplain, Tom Murphy, Michael Zerphy and Rima Miller cure winter blues with gut-busting routines. proceeds benefit the Twinfield School Spanish trip to peru. Montpelier High School, 7-8:30 p.m. $15-25; $45 per family. Info, 426-3213, ext. 235 or 456-1414,

haNDBaGs & hope: Jamie polli entertains attendees, who nosh on gourmet hors d'oeuvres as they browse more than 200 designer accessories. A silent auction rounds out this benefit for the Milton Family Community Center. Atrium Room, the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, Essex, 6-9 p.m. $35-40; cash bar. Info, 893-1457. NaviGatiNG the NeW vermoNt health care exchaNGe: peter Sterling of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security helps attendees choose appropriate individualized plans. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Ballroom & latiN DaNciNG: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269.


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eNGlish couNtry DaNce: Old Stage provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are taught. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring a snack to share. Info, 899-2378. QueeN city taNGo practiloNGa: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisation, community and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smooth-soled shoes required. North End Studio B, Burlington, beginner lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.



Saturday Story Time Every Saturday at 11am

rummaGe sale: Bargain shoppers peruse donated items in a "take what you like, pay what you can" setting. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7943 or 878-8071. 'tWisteD muNch': Vermont Alternative Sexuality Education hosts a gathering of like-minded folks interested in exploring the kinky side of life. Soul Fire Studio, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 448-0782.

fairs & festivals

BurliNGtoN WiNter WeekeND: WiNter liGhts: Flip the switch! Light installations illuminate Church Street and kick off frozen festivities for all ages. See for details. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7596.


SAT 8 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES FORUM 4-6pm Join the conversation about creating a durable local economy.



“The Winter People is terrifying— everything you could want in a classic ghost story.” –Chris Bohjalian


'Do the math': This documentary from follows environmentalist Bill McKibben's 21-city tour to raise awareness about corporations' role in fossil-fuel consumption. Jaquith public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

Discover early Americans’ favorite ales, beers, wines, cider, and spirits.

FriDay NiGht Film series: Larkin Mcphee's documentary Depression: Out of the Shadows examines the far-reaching effects of the condition. A discussion follows. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1248.

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EARLY VERMONT Vermonters have always been proud that their state was the first to outlaw slavery in its constitution—but is that what really happened?


hotel vermoNt ice Bar: Imbibers chill out with local libations, live music and sculptures of frozen water. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $30; cash bar; for ages 21 and up. Info, 651-5012.

Book launch and Glorkian Warrior tunes! All ages welcome.



all aBoarD BoarD Game NiGht: players of all ages put their skills to the test with American and European games. Adult accompaniment required for children. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free to attend; $1-2 for food and drink. Info, 864-0123. FRI.07


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tricky tracks: Explorers ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions search for signs of local wildlife. Meet at the education barn. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068.



pajama story time: Little kids rock nightgowns and flannels as special guests read from books. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

lauGh local comeDy opeN mic NiGht: Jokesters take advantage of a lighthearted atmosphere and perform brief material before a live audience. American Legion post 03, Montpelier, registration, 7:30-8 p.m; open mic, 8 p.m. Donations. Info, 793-3884.


music With Derek: Traditional and original folk inspires preschoolers up to age 5 to bust out songand-dance moves. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918.

plauDerstuNDe: Conversationalists with a basic knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over lunch. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, noon. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-1677.

Forza: the samurai sWorD Workout: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.






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Adult YogA ClAss: YogaFit instructor Jessica Frost incorporates traditional fitness moves into stretching and breathing exercises. Cafeteria, Highgate Elementary School, 7 p.m. $7; preregister. Info, 868-3970, guided PArtner thAi BodYwork: Lori Flower of Karmic Connection shares basic techniques that create relaxation and personal connection. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. lAughter CluB: Breathe, clap, chant and ... giggle! Participants decrease stress with this playful practice. Bring personal water. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373.


ACorn CluB storY time: Little ones up to age 6 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. CrAfternoon: Students in grades 4 through 8 convene for a creative session. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. dungeons & drAgons: Imaginative XP earners in grades 6 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. eArlY Bird mAth: Inquisitive minds explore mathematic concepts with books, songs, games and activities. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 434-3036. elementArY oPen gYm & ACtivitY time: Supervised kiddos in grades K through 6 burn off energy, then engage their imaginations with art, puzzles and books. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. musiC with derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. 02.05.14-02.12.14 SEVEN DAYS 54 CALENDAR


BeAtriCe rAnA: The 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition silver medalist makes the ivory keys dance with a program of works by Bach, Schumann and Prokofiev. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 863-5966. Big sPike BluegrAss: The five-piece band brings twin fiddles and powerful vocal harmonies to originals and time-tested tunes. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 518-561-6920. dirk Powell & rileY BAugus: The duo taps into Appalachian traditions with old-time banjo, fiddle and vocals. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info, 233-5293. eriC BiBB & ruthie foster: The longtime friends and collaborators join forces to present a night of roots music. See calendar spotlight. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $20-35. Info, 728-6464. PiAno ConCert: Melody Puller's students interpret works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and others. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

ContrA dAnCe & PotluCk dinner: David Kaynor calls this traditional New England dance while American Toad provide live music. Caledonia Grange, East Hardwick, potluck, 5:30 p.m.; dancing, 6:30 p.m. $5-25 suggested donation. Info, 472-5584.

'CommunitY Arts: AuthentiCitY And identitY': Anni Mackay of Bigtown Gallery moderates a discussion among panelists from Vermont and Rhode Island, who consider the importance of a creative culture. Chaplin Hall Gallery, Northfield, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2886.

dAnCe showCAse: 'stePPing out: unleAshing Power & grACe': A diverse lineup of regional performers, including Spielpalast Cabaret and Montpelier Movement Collective, raise funds for Puppets in Education. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20-23. Info, 860-3349.

nAturAlist JourneYs leCture series: Conservation biologist Rachael Young presents "Eat More Bugs: Entomophagy in Vermont for a New Protein Paradigm." Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 229-6206.


'instAnt misunderstAnding': The past and the digital present collide in the final production of Goat in the Road's political trilogy, directed by Andrew Vaught. Whittmore Theater. Marlboro College, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 748-2600. 'oediPus': Pendragon Theatre stages Sophocles' drama about a man who becomes king by solving the Riddle of the Sphinx. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $2-10. Info, 518-565-0145. 'other desert Cities': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. 'the fox on the fAirwAY': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. 'the seAgull': See WED.05, 8 p.m. 'the vAginA monologues': See THU.06, 7:30 p.m. vermont vAudeville: Local performers incorporate comedy, circus, music and mayhem into an all-ages show. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 533-2589 or 382-9222.


'mAndorlA: new writing from the AmeriCAs' lAunCh PArtY: Lit lovers celebrate the release of the St. Michael's College literary and visual arts journal. BCA Center, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

'dAnCing uPhill': See THU.06, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. modern dAnCe mAsterClAss: Intermediate and advanced students join Kellie Ann Lynch to push beyond what is familiar. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 12:30-2:15 p.m. $18; preregister; limited space. Info, 229-4676. norwiCh ContrA dAnCe: hAwAiiAn night: Folks in clean-soled shoes and loud tropical shirts move to tunes by Northern Spy and calling by Adina Gordon. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 7854607, swing dAnCe: Quick-footed participants experiment with different styles, including the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 8:30-11 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


'mountAin moments' oPen house: 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. numerologY: Your guide to life: Robyn Niper introduces attendees to the ancient art of finding meaning and potential in different number combinations. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 660-8060.

riChmond Book sAle: Live music, raffle prizes and a bake sale fuel bookworms, who stock up on new titles. Richmond Free Library, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.

one-on-one teChnologY helP: Folks bring questions about their devices to Jeannie Verdel. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


oPen house/sun PArtY: Sky gazers join members of the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation to mingle over a state-of-the-art research telescope. Northern Skies observatory, Peacham, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 313-205-0724.


CindY PierCe: "Comfort in the Stumble" pairs the performer's comedic timing with her gift for storytelling. For adults only; contains graphic sexual language. Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, vermont ComedY divAs: Founded by local comedienne Josie Leavitt, the nation's only all-female touring comedy troupe presents "Divas Do Good." Proceeds benefit the Seth Warner Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. American Legion Post 14, Vergennes, 7-8:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 475-2296.


sustAinABle Communities forum: Bruce Seifer facilitates discourse between area professionals, who consider ways to improve local communities, the environment and the lives of working people. Phoenix Books Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 448-3350. vermont heAlth ConneCt enrollment AssistAnCe: A certified navigator helps folks choose appropriate individualized health care plans. Library Computer Lab, Essex High School, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-4820.

woodstoCk film series: Yung Chang's awardwinning documentary Up the Yangtze examines the repercussions of China's Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in history. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $5-11. Info, 457-2355.

food & drink

CAPitAl CitY winter fArmers mArket: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. ChoColAte tAsting: Sweets lovers satisfy their cravings with samples of Middlebury Chocolates made with wood-fire-roasted cocoa. Saratoga olive oil Company, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 489-5276. downton ABBeY dinner & etiquette lesson: Fans of the popular PBS series talk table manners while dining in an elegant setting. Governor's House, Hyde Park, 6 p.m. $55; preregister. Info, 888-6888. hotel vermont iCe BAr: See FRI.07, 6:30-9:30 p.m. loCAvore dinner: Live tunes from Knotwork entertain diners, who feast on pork spare ribs, vegetarian bean stew, roasted squash and baked apples with maple ice cream. Banquet Hall, Applecheek Farm, Hyde Park, 6:15-9 p.m. $16-31; preregister; BYoB. Info, 888-4864. norwiCh winter fArmers mArket: 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. rutlAnd winter fArmers mArket: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-inVermont products at the bustling indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269.


igloofest: See THU.06, 6:30-midnight.

CollAPse & oPPortunitY! leCture series: Jim Merkel, sustainability pioneer and author of Radical Simplicity, outlines the benefits of living in harmony with nature. Bugbee Senior Center, White River Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 683-4078.

'some girls: live in texAs ’78': Rolling Stones fans feast their eyes on remastered, high-definition footage of the band at the height of their fame. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 760-4634.



100-YeAr dAnCe PArtY: DJ Cre8 and DJ Brunch spin tunes from the 1920s through 2020 at this groovefest benefiting HANDS. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 9-midnight. $15; cash bar. Info, 864-7528,


toddler YogA & stories: Little ones up to age 5 stretch their bodies and imaginations with Karen Allen. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.



songs & stories with mAtthew: Youngsters Matthew Witten helps children start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

Bess o'Brien: The local filmmaker discusses the making of her documentary The Hungry Heart, about prescription-drug addiction and recovery in Vermont. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


musiC with roBert: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.







rummAge sAle: See FRI.07, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

fairs & festivals

Burlington winter weekend: Ice-sculpting demos, outdoor games and snowshoeing down Church Street transform the Queen City into a frosty fête. See for details. Various downtown locations, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7596. greAt iCe in grAnd isle: This cold-weather celebration features a kids ice fishing derby, dog sledding, the Frozen Chosen Regatta and much more. See for details. Call for conditions. City Bay, North Hero, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary; most events are free. Info, 372-8400 .


'Blue is the wArmest Color': See WED.05. Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422.

wine & ChoColAte weekend: Fifteen Vermont wineries please palates by pairing local grape varietals with sweet treats. See for details. Various locations statewide, noon5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7368 .

wine & ChoColAte weekend: BoYden vAlleY winerY & sPirits: oenophiles sip Vermont Ice Hard Cider and sample sweets from Cacao Matteo. Boyden Valley Winery, Cambridge, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 644-8151. winter wAffle BreAkfAst & silent AuCtion: Griddles sizzle at this town tradition featuring good eats and kids activities. Proceeds benefit Hinesburg Nursery School. Cafeteria, Hinesburg Community School, 8-11 a.m. $4-6; free for kids under 2. Info, 482-3827.

health & fitness

evergreen mediCine: Clinical herbalist Rebecca Dalgin leads an outdoor stroll, then presents medicinal preparations highlighting the versatility of the plant species. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100. gentle YogA with Jill 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.05. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. struCturAl interventions: An exploration of a single yoga or fitness pose with Rolfer Robert Rex allows participants to recognize and act on signals from their bodies. 50 Court Street, Middlebury, noon-1 p.m. $20-25; preregister; limited space. Info, 865-4770.



Valentine's Day CarDs: Folks use provided llama fibers to create heartfelt crafts at the Capital City Winter Farmers Market. Fly By Night provide live music. Vermont College of Fine Arts Gymnasium, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. Valentine's soCk Hop: Locals with developmental disabilities join families and friends for dancing and crafts at a 1950s-themed bash featuring live music by Darren Quick. Period dress optional. North Cafeteria, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 527-0056.







nigHt oWls & Winter Fires: Whoo's awake? Kiddos ages 5 and up and their adult companions explore the woods by moonlight in search of these nocturnal birds of prey. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 7-8:30 p.m. $10-12 per adult/ child pair; $4-5 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068,



pHil Henry trio: The threesome delivers an evening of contemporary folk. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $8; free for kids and teens. Info, 388-6863.




possuMHaW: Led by vocalist Colby LE H AY DEN Crehan, the local bluegrass and folk quintet celebrates the release of Waiting and Watching. 'otHer Desert Cities': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 'tHe Fox on tHe FairWay': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. 492-2252. tHe Met: liVe in HD series: Renée Fleming stars 'suite in MuDtiMe': The 802 Quartet and soprano in a broadcast production of Dvořák's fantastiAbigail Haynes Lennox premiere composer Joseph cal opera Rusalka. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Hallman's musical interpretation of Vermont poet 1 p.m. $10-24; preregister. Info, 382-9222. Lake laureate Sydney Lea's verse. College Hall Chapel, Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $12-18. Info, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. 518-523-2512. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55 Free. Info, 828-8734. p.m. $10-20. Info, 775-0903. young traDition sHoWCase: Brief perfor'tHe seagull': See WED.05, 8 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. mances by students and teachers 'tHe seCret garDen' auDitions: Actors pay tribute to time-tested folk showcase their skills for consideration in the music and dance. Burlington City Stowe Theatre Guild's production of the Tony Hall, 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Award-winning musical based on Frances Hodgson Info, 233-5293. Burnett's book. Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, info@stoweoutdoors or all aBout Bears snoWsHoe 'tHe Vagina Monologues': See THU.06, 7:30 Hike: Animal lovers discover p.m. facts and lore about the omnivores who call local forests home. words Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, riCHMonD Book sale: See FRI.07, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.

iglooFest: See THU.06, 6:30-midnight.


BarBary Coast Jazz enseMBle WitH CHristine & ingriD Jensen: Dartmouth College students welcome the saxophonist and trumpeter in a performance of Juno Award-winning arrangements. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422.

genealogy WorksHop: Ancestry enthusiasts join Ed McGuire, who demonstrates new tools and resources available on Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 310-9285. inVesting seMinar: unDerstanDing tHe Jargon: Members of the Fortune Group Investment Club demystify the vocabulary necessary to study stocks. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.


Bolton aFter Dark: When the sun sets, skiers and riders explore Vermont's most extensive night-skiing terrain, then screen selections from Meathead Films. Bolton Valley Resort, 4-8 p.m. $19 lift tickets; $2 refreshments; cash bar. Info, 434-6804. FarMsteaD 5k Winter Fun run: Folks strap on skis, snowshoes and other outdoor gear for a forested trek benefiting the Good Heart Fund. Awards and a light lunch follow. Good Heart Farmstead, Worcester, 10 a.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 223-1166.

relieF printing WorksHop: Janet Cathey guides participants through the steps of making cards using water-based inks. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 1-3 p.m. $15 includes materials; preregister. Info, 730-6992.


Montpelier 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.


Wells & WooDHeaD: Danish circus performer Henrik Wells joins local entertainer Woody "Woodhead" Keppel for an afternoon of characterdriven vaudeville. Shelburne Town Hall, 3-4 p.m. $5-10. Info, 318-5521.


BaBysitter Mingler: Parents looking to expand their options for caregivers connect with interested UVM students. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, students, 10 a.m.; families, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 656-9405, silent auCtion FunDraiser & DanCe party: Locals place bids and get their groove on at this benefit for the production of Hannah Satterlee's newest dance piece ANIMAL. Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, 6-midnight. Donations. Info,

fairs & festivals

great iCe in granD isle: See SAT.08, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

food & drink

HoMeMaDe sCones: Heike Meyer of Bee Sting Bakery demonstrates how to make the perfect version of this crumbly, not-too-sweet pastry. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700. Wine & CHoColate WeekenD: See SAT.08, 12-5 p.m. Wine & CHoColate WeekenD: BoyDen Valley Winery & spirits: See SAT.08, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

health & fitness

Making BoDy Care proDuCts For MaMas anD BaBies: Herbal education coordinator Cristi Nunziata shares all-natural preparations for belly balm, baby powder, diaper cream and more. City Market, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. $5-10; preregister at Info, 861-9700.


russian play tiMe WitH natasHa: Kiddos up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.


FrenCH ConVersation group: DiManCHes: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


ru12? FiBer arts group: 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.


eleCtroniC MusiC exHiBition: Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty and MFA students meld sound and multimedia. Gallery, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8734. possuMHaW: See SAT.08. United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 879-4028.


tHe nortHern Forest: Nature lovers explore the ecology of Stark Mountain's hardwood and boreal forests. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.


VerMont senior gaMes: Winter athletes ages 50 and up hit the slopes for the alpine race state championships. See for details. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, registration, 8:45 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $25-76 . Info, 985-2766.


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Burlington enseMBle 90/10 series: See THU.06. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 598-9520.

3D printing, Designing & sCanning WitH Blu-Bin: Instruction in basic programs teaches attendees how to build digital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 345-6030.


international Folk DanCing: Traditional Balkan tunes from Xopo provide lively rhythms, intricate harmonies and infectious energy for twinkle-toed participants. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 3-6 p.m. $6-12. Info, 436-2151.





FaMily DanCe, Dinner & Contra DanCe: Kiddos and parents boogie down before a meal of Thai food. A contra dance called by Mary Wesley featuring the music of Maivish rounds out this benefit for the Capital City Grange. Clean, soft-soled shoes required. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, family dance, 3-4:30 p.m.; dinner, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; contra dance, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 477-3951.


Wintery MixeD MeDia: Painting with ice cubes? Artists ages 5 through 10 do so and more during a colorful creative session. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25. Info, 253-8358.

'instant MisunDerstanDing': See FRI.07. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 748-2600.


story explorers: sHaDoWs: Did the groundhog see his likeness on the snow this year? Little ones explore the concept of how images get cast on the ground. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386.

DHarMan riCe: The Westford resident leads an informal discussion about various aspects of Zen Buddhism. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 849-2420.


A DI open tot gyM & inFant/parent TI O N VERM ONT Burlington penguin plunge: Brave play tiMe: Slides, jump ropes and a rope swimmers don quirky costumes for a dip in the icy swing help little ones drain their energy in a safe waters of Lake Champlain to raise funds for Special environment. A separate area for babies provides Olympics Vermont. See calendar spotlight. Burlington age-appropriate stimulation. Elementary School Waterfront, 11 a.m. Donations. Info, 863-5222. Gymnasium, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10CaMel's HuMp Hike: A 6-mile trek gains 2200 feet 11:30 a.m. Free. Info, in elevation and culminates in panoramic views play on! story tHeater saturDay: Budding from Vermont's highest undeveloped peak. Contact thespians ages 3 through 7 bring a fairy tale trip leader for details. Camel's Hump State Park, or children's story to life. See northernstage. Duxbury, 8 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4036, 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.

saturDay story tiMe: Youngsters and their caregivers gather for entertaining tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.




'Mr. toaD's WilD riDe': The Monty Python lads put their own twist on the The Wind in the Willows in this account of the friendship between Rat, Mole, Badger and Toad. Not recommended for young children. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

Mark legranD, saraH Munro & spenCer leWis: The trio brings acoustic country tunes to the Adamant Winter Music Series. An optional potluck precedes the performance at 5:30 p.m. Adamant Community Club, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 456-7054.


Meet laDyBug girl: Youngsters get acquainted with the title character from David Soman and Jacky Davis' Ladybug Girl children's book series. Phoenix Books, Essex, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.

WoMen's alpine ski CliniC: Positive attitude, tactics and techniques help ladies of all skill levels achieve their personal skiing goals. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. $115-170 includes lunch. Info, 496-3551.


Bake & sHake: BreaD & Butter Making: Budding chefs ages 5 and up grind wheat berries into flour, then make one-of-a-kind loaves to be topped with transformed cream. Shelburne Farms, 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 p.m. $10-12 per adult/ child pair; $5-6 for each additional child; preregister. Info, 985-8686.

CaBin FeVer ConCert series: Local performers warm up the mic for Lee Baker and Katie Rose with Julia Kamins at a benefit show for area organizations and landmarks. Guild Hall, Guildhall, 6:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 603-246-8998.



Paul Wood: In "Inventive Vermonters," the former engineer discusses locally created farm tools and fascinating stories of the inventors behind them. Richmond Free Library, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3654.


'February Follies': St. Paul's Catholic School presents a family-friendly, gut-busting variety show to cure the midwinter blues. Municipal Building, Orleans, 1-3:30 p.m. $6; $20 per family. Info, 755-6843. 'other desert cities': See WED.05, 2 p.m. 'see no evil' & 'lunches': In an exploration of current social issues, Louise Barreda and Jeanne Beckwith direct staged readings of Maura Campbell and Roger Strauss' one-act plays, respectively. A discussion follows. Esther Mesh Room, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. $5-12. Info, 728-6464. 'the Fox on the FairWay': See WED.05, 5 p.m. 'the seagull': See WED.05, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 'the secret garden' auditions: See SAT.08, 1-5 p.m. 'the vagina monologues': See THU.06, 2 p.m.


harvey amani WhitField: See THU.06. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3406.

mon.10 dance

shakti tribal belly dance With 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.




aarP tax PreP assistance: Tax counselors straighten up financial affairs for low- and middleincome taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-6955.

food & drink

an evening With Warren bobroW: Foodies join the mixologist and author of Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks From Yesterday and Today for tasty drinks and gourmet fare. Claire's Restaurant & Bar, Hardwick, 5:15 p.m. $45; preregister. Info, 472-7053.


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

health & fitness

herbal consultations: Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Masé and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister at info@; limited space. Info, 861-9757. laughter club: See FRI.07. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 999-7373.


r.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.05, 6-7 p.m.

herbal valentines: Herbalist Dana Woodruff demonstrates how to make aphrodisiac treats and massage oils with chocolate, roses, ginger and cayenne. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


alice in noodleland: youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. music With Peter: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. Williston Pajama story time: Kids in PJs bring their favorite stuffed animals for stories, crafts and bedtime snacks with Abby Klein. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 497-3946.


lgbt book discussion series: Bibliophiles give feedback about Jeanette Winterson's memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338 or 223-7035.


shaPe & share liFe stories: Prompts from Recille Hamrell trigger recollections of specific experiences, which are crafted into narratives and shared with the group. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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evening knitting circle: Needleworkers tackle current projects and spin a yarn or two over a simple dessert. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 985-8686.


sWing dance Practice session: Twinkle-toed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


Film discussion grouP: Cinema buff Larry Parker hosts an evening for fellow movie lovers, who bond over shared interests. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. 'losing our sons': Charles Jacobs' compelling documentary tells the story of two families bound by tragedy who take their fight for justice to Washington, D.C., policy makers. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

neW music trio concert: Violinist Jennifer Choi, cellist yves Dharamraj and pianist Stephen Gosling perform original compositions by Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA students. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8734.

'the exquisite corPse Project': Ben Popik's documentary features comedians who each penned 15 pages of a movie based on excerpts from the previous writer’s work. A Q&A and discussion follows. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.y., 7 p.m. $6-10. Info, 518-523-2512.

recorder-Playing grouP: Musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030,

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sambatucada! oPen rehearsal: 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.



intro to Facebook For seniors: Folks ages 50 and up learn how to connect with friends and family on the social networking site. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


gary doer: Canada's ambassador to the United States explores the partnership between the two countries as part of the Vermont Council on World Affairs Ambassador Series. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343.

an evening With Warren bobroW: See MON.10. Hinesburgh Public House, Hinesburg, 6 p.m. $40; preregister. Info, 482-5500.

chess club: Checkmate! Players of all ages and abilities apply expert advice from a skilled instructor to games with others. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420, knorwood@

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structural interventions: See SAT.08. 595 Dorset Street, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $20-25; preregister; limited space. Info, 865-4770. vinyasa at the vineyard: A gentle yet invigorating class incorporates long, strengthening holds with deep stretches to foster renewed focus. A journaling session follows. Shelburne Vineyard, 5:45 p.m. $13. Info, 985-0090.


valentine's day With dÕterra essential oils: Roses are red, violets are blue, joanne st. leWis: The everyone deserves a foot scrub ... University of Ottawa professor or two. Tiffany Buongiorne guides of law examines race relations in folks through the steps of making O North America as related to social this DIy gift. Community Room, EC CO AT T S U justice principles, legal culture RTE Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, Sy OF JO HNS ON and more. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson 5:30-7 p.m. $5-6; preregister. Info, 223State College, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1251. 8000, ext. 202. E

Women's PickuP soccer: Quick-footed ladies of varying skill levels break a sweat while stringing together passes and making runs for the goal. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; for women ages 18 and up. Info, 864-0123.



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'the seagull': See WED.05, 8 p.m.


norWich university Writers series: Memoirist Jaed Coffin excerpts selected works . A book signing follows. See calendar spotlight. Milano Ballroom, Norwich University, Northfield, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2261.


creative tuesdays: Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. FairFax story hour: Good listeners up to age 6 are rewarded with tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

love you Forever Pajama Party: Kiddos dress for bed and bring their favorite dolls or stuffed animals to a gathering with Ms. Liza and Ms. Virginia. Highgate Public Library, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. Preschool math story time & craFt: Tales and creative projects centered on "Robots" entertain little ones ages 3 through 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. reading With Frosty & Friends theraPy dogs: youngsters share a story with lovable pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-4918. story exPlorers: oWling: Whoo hunts at night? Little ones take flight and learn about these nocturnal predators. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. story time With corey: Read-aloud books and crafts led by store employee Corey Bushey engage young minds. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. story time For 3- to 5-year-olds: See WED.05, 10-10:45 a.m. story time For babies & toddlers: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of kids under 3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. teen art studio With trisha Fong: The graphic designer 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. Winter story time: See WED.05, 10 a.m.


French conversation grouP: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. Pause-caFé: French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


neW music trio concert: See MON.10, 8 p.m. south burlington community chorus rehearsal: Singers lift their voices in preparation for the June performance of "Saint Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass." South Burlington High School, South Burlington, 7-9:15 p.m. Free for newcomers; $50 dues plus $35 music for returning members. Info, 846-4108.


green mountain derby dames Fresh meat Practice: Get on the fast track! Vermont's hard-hitting gals teach novices basic skating and derby skills. Skates, mouth guard and protective gear required. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30-10 p.m. Free. Info, 203-675-0294, traPP nordic cuP: Cross-country skiers race against the clock at a weekly 5K skate and/or timed trial. See for details. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $8. Info, 253-5755.


ross conrad & alice eckles: The Middlebury residents detail their transition to living in a home free of fossil-fuel dependency. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.


'american idiot': Set entirely to the music of punk rockers Green Day, the Broadway national tour of this Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of three friends on the edge of pursuing their dreams. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $27-73. Info, 863-5966.

liSt Your EVENt for frEE At SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTEVENT 'The Fox on The Fairway': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m.

monTréal-STyle acro yoga: See WED.05, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

'The Seagull': See WED.05, 8 p.m.

r.i.p.p.e.D.: See WED.05, 6-7 p.m.

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google ToolS For Small BuSineSS workShop: Area professionals learn how to increase office efficiency by utilizing free online tools. Room 105, St. Joseph Hall, College of St. Joseph, Rutland, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091. VermonT BuSineSS For Social reSponSiBiliTy legiSlaTiVe recepTion: VBSR members network with lobbyists and legislators in the capital city. Montpelier Room, Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 862-8347,


miDwinTer BlueS Break & open houSe: Live music, healing therapies and workshops meet samples of Fat Toad Farm caramels, Liberty chocolates and local wines at this seasonal soirée. St. Johnsbury Food Co-op, St. Johnsbury, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-9498. naVigaTing The new VermonT healTh care exchange: See FRI.07, 1:30-5 p.m.


green mounTain chapTer oF The emBroiDererS' guilD oF america: Needle-andthread enthusiasts work on techniques including crazy quilting and Quaker Ball embroidery. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 372-4255.


inTroDucTion To ecological DeSign & permaculTure: Ecological designer Lily Jacobson outlines ways to positively impact the ecosystem — from backyard homesteads to alternative wastewater treatment. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


maker SerieS: Big thinkers get high tech and shrink plastic key chains. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. meeT rockin' ron The FrienDly piraTe: See WED.05, 10-10:45 a.m. miDDle School plannerS & helperS: Lit lovers in grades 6 to 8 plan cool projects for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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STory Time & playgroup: See WED.05, 10-11:30 a.m. STory Time For 3- To 5-year-olDS: See WED.05, 10-10:45 a.m. winTer STory Time: See WED.05, 11:15 a.m.


Squeer Dancing: See WED.05, 7-9 p.m.


FarmerS nighT concerT SerieS: craFTSBury chamBer playerS: A piano quartet presents an evening of music inspired by literature. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-3480. new muSic Trio concerT: See MON.10, 1 p.m.


green mounTain TaBle TenniS cluB: See WED.05, 6-9:30 p.m.

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muSic in Film preSenTaTion: Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty and students explore the marriage of music and motion pictures with brief screenings of notable movies. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8734. new economy program: Gwendolyn Hallsmith outlines the ways in which local businesses can take advantage of socially conscious economics. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ryan crehan: The long-distance cyclist presents "Travel Talks: Europe on Two Wheels: Madrid to Croatia and Back." ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2700.

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'The TrialS oF muhammaD ali': Middlebury College professor Leger Grindon hosts a screening of the 2013 documentary about the boxer's legal issues surrounding his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. A discussion follows. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

'caBin FeVer FollieS' auDiTionS: Locals break out song, dance and more for consideration in the Valley Players' March variety show. Material must be brief and self-contained. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-6651 or 583-6767 .


TournéeS French Film FeSTiVal: Mariette Monpierre's drama Elza tracks the personal journey of a Parisian woman who returns to her native Guadeloupe in search of her father. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795.

'oTher DeSerT ciTieS': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m.

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

genTle yoga wiTh Jill lang: See SAT.08, 1-2 p.m.

'The Seagull': See WED.05, 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.


chriSTy oTTaViano: The St. Michael's College alum discusses her experience as a children's book editor at MacMillan. Room 315, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795. Julia lynam: The hidden gems of America's national parks fill the pages of Treasures On Your Doorstep, by the storyteller and National Park Ranger. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. michelle arnoSky SherBurne: Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Vermont by the local author explores turbulent issues related to slavery. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. m


Dr. Paul Kidstedt, Professor of Food Science in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont WHEN Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8:00 pm WHERE Davis Auditorium, Medical Center Campus

Healthsource educational programs are offered by Community Health Improvement at Fletcher Allen. Pre-registration is required by calling (802) 847-2278 or registering online at Please note class location and directions are provided upon registration. Free parking is available onsite for all classes.


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'The Fox on The Fairway': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m.

Alan Betts, Ph.D, Atmospheric Research WHEN Tuesday, February 18, 6:30-8:00 pm WHERE Davis Auditorium, Medical Center Campus 4T-FAHCmktg020514.indd 1


DiShcrawl: Foodies sample local eats on a culinary tour of four Burlington restaurants kept secret until 48 hours before the event. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $45; preregister; limited space. Info, 309-2330,

'american iDioT': See TUE.11, 7:30 p.m.



claSSic Film nighT: Tom Blachly and Rick Winston facilitate conversation following You Can Count on Me, about a single mother whose life is upended upon the arrival of her younger brother. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.



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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, Thai, 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: 802-482-7194,





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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP BASICS: Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop. This 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 flash 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. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LAYERS: Learn the role of layers and layer masking in Photoshop. Class includes layer blending modes, nondestructive editing and methods to remove and add elements to an image. Bring a Mac-compatible flash drive with your images to the workshop. Prerequisite: basic Photoshop knowledge. Mar. 6, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $40/person; $36/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP: BATCH PROCESSING: Streamline

your workflow and work more efficiently by learning how to simultaneously apply a set of adjustments to multiple photos. Class will cover batch processing, automation and photo merge. Bring a Mac-compatible flash drive with your images to the workshop. Prerequisite: basic Photoshop knowledge. Mar. 13, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $40/person; $36/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; first come, first served. Feb. 14, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $12/participant; $11/ BCA members. Couple discount, $20/couple; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. JEWELRY: LEATHER CUFFS: Co-owner of New Duds/professional crafter Tessa Valyou leads this one night class in creating leather cuffs. Using scrap leather from a local purse manufacturer, Tessa will show you simple ways to make one-of-a-kind jewelry that you’ll want to wear and give as gifts. No experience needed. Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. KIDS: FASHION DESIGN: Spend the afternoon altering old clothing into new trendy styles using methods such as cutting, painting, resewing fabric and adding embellishments. Students will also learn quick and easy fashion design techniques to transform drab duds into something exciting. Bring old clothes or fabric to incorporate into your designs. All other supplies included. Ages 8-12. Mar. 8, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. KIDS: FREE WHEELIN’: Come play with clay on the potter’s wheel and learn how to make cups, bowls and more in our clay studio. Price includes one fired 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. PHOTOGRAPHING ICE: Ice, one of the wonders of our New

England winters, comes in many forms and offers photographers a wealth of subject matter. Join us for three classes including a lecture discussing images and technique, a field 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.

Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 802-5986757,,

drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE & CONGAS!: Stuart Paton, cofounder and artistic Director of Burlington Taiko Group, has devoted the past 25 years to performing and teaching taiko to children and adults here in the Burlington area and throughout New England. He is currently the primary instructor at the Burlington Taiko Space and his teaching style integrates the best of what he experienced as a child growing up in Tokyo with many successful strategies in American education. Call or email for schedule. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 802-9994255,,

PREPARING YOUR ARTWORK FOR EXHIBITION & SALES: Are you ready to hang your work in an exhibition but are unsure of how to prepare it for installation and sales? Learn the basics of professionally presenting your work with BCA staff Kerri Macon, Vermont Metro Gallery director, and Kate Ashman, coordinator of arts sales/leasing in this lecturebased workshop. Mar. 17, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. SILKSCREEN SLIP TRANSFERS: Using silkscreen printing techniques to transfer slip onto your clay work can add aesthetic depth. In this lecturestyle workshop, Chris Vaughn demonstrates the possibilities of surface decoration using slip transfers on thrown and slabbuilt forms. He will also introduce basic silkscreen techniques using photo emulsion. Mar. 9, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. SOUND ART: Learn the basics of field recording with digital audio devices and editing using Garage Band. You will be guided through making loops and using processors and will come away with a foundational knowledge of Sound Art. Students will work on building a cache of loops, sounds and compositional sketches. Mar. 10-24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $80/person; $72/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

computers ACCESS COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Computer & Internet Basics, iWant iPods & iPhones, Improve Your Internet Experience, Windows Security: File and Control Panels, Cloud Control, Twitter, CS Sampler, Google Sketchup, MS Word Basics and More, Smartphone Use, MS Excel Basics, Excel Up: The Next Steps, Excel Data Analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web Essentials, personalized lessons. Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194,

empowerment 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: 802-482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access/. MAKE VALENTINES WITH VINTAGE PAPER: This is a favorite time of year at Vintage Inspired. It is when we pull out all the vintage paper we have stashed away over the years and invite our friends in to make their own valentines. We’ll supply all the materials for up to five valentines and all you need to bring is your creativity! All ages welcome. 5 sessions to choose from! Feb. 8, noon-1 p.m., 1-2 p.m. & 2-3 p.m.; Feb. 12, 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-4885766,,

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: 802497-0136, honestyogastudio@, 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, 802-598-1077, info@ 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, 802-5989204, crandalltyler@hotmail. com, LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4wk. class. Location: Champlain

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: 802-482-7194, cvuweb.

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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

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all 4. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 802-6524548, Fosse Jazz Masterclass: Terrie Robinson was one of the original dancers in the Broadway production of Pippin, under jazz great Bob Fosse. Fosse is the man responsible for this highly distinctive jazz style, full of elegance, precision, humor, isolation, detail and show-stopping pizzazz. Challenge yourself in this one-day intensive for intermediate & advanced dancers, and tell your friends that there’s only one degree of separation between you and Bob Fosse! Instructor: Terrie Robinson. Intermediate/advanced teens/ adults, Feb. 21, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 802-652-4548, flynnarts. org.


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kids WINGSPAN STUDIO YOUTH CLASSES/CAMPS: Join us in a magical setting and real working studio: after-school classes in art/French/nature; an exciting February break camp: Geography with Wizards & Faeries; pre-K Frart! French/art/ movement. Learn and explore with professional artist, educator and fluent french speaker Maggie Standley, and let your imagination soar! Location: winspan Painting Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: Maggie Standley, 802-233-7676,,

Aikido in Balance: Learn how to manifest balance internally and externally. Move with grace and precision. Begin the study of observing your own mind.:) Tue. & Thu., 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10/class, $65 for monthly membership. Location: Tao Motion Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Aikido in Balance, Tyler Crandall, 802-598-9204,, aikidoinbalance. com.

Japanese Language classes: The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) is offering Japanese language lessons. Beginning Japanese Language Classes, Levels 1 and 2 will be held on the campus of St. Michael’s College and begin on Thursday, February 20, continuing for 10 sessions (every Thursday). Class time is 6:458:15 p.m. Textbooks: 1. Japanese for Busy People I: romanized Version, revised 3rd edition (incl. CD), Association for JapaneseLanguage Teaching, Kodansha International; 2. Remembering the Kana, James W. Heisig, University of Hawaii Press. This ad is supported by the Japan Foundation, CGP. Location: St. Michael’s College, 1 Winooski Pl., Colchester. Info: Linda Sukop (teacher), linda.sukop@gmail. 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, 802-5851025, spanishparavos@gmail. com, spanishwaterburycenter. com.

martial arts Aikido: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Visitors are always welcome. 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: 802-9518900, Aikido Classes: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info:

Combat Fitness Martial Arts: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy featuring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, judo, MMA, and strength and conditioning classes for beginners through advanced. Men, women and youth programs. Private lessons and gift certificates available. Try your first class for free! All certified and caring instructors. Exit 15. Location: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy, 276 E Allen St., Hillside Park, Winooski. Info: Combat Fitness LLP, Vincent Guy, 802-655-5425,, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Classes 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. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor

massage Asian Bodywork Therapy Program: This program teaches two forms of massage, Amma and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. Cost: $5,000/500-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Junction. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 802288-8160, elementsofhealing@, elementsofhealing. net. Ortho-Bionomy Phase 5: This class allows those newly interested in bodywork to learn a technique they can use after a single workshop and allows current massage therapists to be more effective while reducing stress to their hands and arms. Through the practice of following and supporting subtle movement patterns, releases in muscle tension, increase in range of motion and reduction of pain is achieved. No prerequisites

required. Sat. & Sun., Mar 22-23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $285/person; $265 if paid in full by Mar. 1. Location: Memorial Hall, Essex. Info: Dianne Swafford, 802-7341121, swaffordperson@hotmail. com, dianneswafford.

meditation Learn to Meditate: Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Shambhala Cafe (meditation and discussions) meets the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Friday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center , 187 S. Winooski Ave. , Burlington. Info: 802-658-6795,

painting Painting Spring in Oils: Use perspective and brushwork to your advantage in landscape painting. Instructor: Eric Tobin. This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival. The fourth annual Jericho Plein Air Festival will be on July 19, 2014! Apr. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane Morgan, 802-893-4447, janesmorgan@ Painting Spring in Watercolor: Capture the essence of a spring day with Kathleen Berry Bergeron. This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival. The fourth Annual Jericho Plein Air Festival will be on July 19, 2014! Mar. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane Morgan, 802-893-4447, janesmorgan@ The Landscape in Oils: Create a landscape using the principles of color, value and composition. Instructor: Aline Ordman. This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival. The fourth annual Jericho Plein Air Festival will be on July 19, 2014! May 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane Morgan, 802-893-4447, janesmorgan@


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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, 802-279-8554,,

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: 802-482-7194, cvuweb.

under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 802-660-4072,,


Vegetable Gardening 101: This class is a great introduction to vegetable gardening. Learn how to get organized and successfully grow foods that you enjoy eating. From buying seeds to harvesting the bounty, this class will give you the tools to make gardening fun and easy. Feb. 15, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-660-3505-4,

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Concepts in Landscape Design: A step-by-step approach to planning your garden and landscape. Learn the fundamentals of design in this seminar for gardeners of all skill levels. Feb. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-660-35054,

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: 802-456-8122,,


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: 802-652-4548,

weaving botanical basics with hands-on learning. Join Keri Evjy, ecological designer and herbalist, for a day workshop, and discuss how herbal actions affect the body and seek to balance our body and prepare a salve and a tincture to take home. Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $75/day workshop ($65 + $10 materials fee). Location: Dreaming Mountain Learning Center, 823 Fox Lot Rd. , Johnson. Info: Nicole Grinstead, 802-635-9078, events@dreamingmountain. com,



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THE OTHER SIDE OF COLOR: Lean how value relates to color and its use in developing dynamic watercolor paintings. Instructor: Gary C. Eckhart. This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival. The fourth annual Jericho Plein Air Festival will be on July 19, 2014! Apr. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane Morgan, 802-8934447, janesmorgan@comcast. net. TIPS FOR BETTER DESIGN & COMPOSITION IN YOUR PAINTINGS: A watercolor workshop featuring the winter landscape. Instructor: Lisa Forster Beach, VWS, NWS. This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival. The fourth annual Jericho Plein Air Festival will be on July 19, 2014! Mar. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane

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photography ACCESS CAMERA CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Photoshop Basics, Digital Camera: Buttons/Menus, DSLR Foundations, Digital Action Photography, Picasa Workshop, Aperture Info, Shutter Speed Skills, Shoot & Share Video, Photoshop Basics, Digital Spectrum, Next Layers of Photoshop, Advanced Digital Photography: Blending/Filters. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, ADOBE LIGHTROOM BOOTCAMP: Adobe Lightroom 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 Lightroom 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, 802223-4022,, PHOTOSHOP HELP: One-on-one, as-needed basis, tailored to your needs. I will guide you step by step at the pace that suits you. Learn as much or little as you want in a calm, safe environment. References available: “Sidney is very knowledgeable and patient. She introduces new concepts and tools at a pace that works for me until they become automatic.” --Satisfied customer. Weekday & weekend slots avail. 1st hour free. Very affordable rates. Location: Adams Ct., Burlington. Info: 802-355-3794. SLR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WINTER CLASSES OR 1-ON1: Beginner or Intermediate Photography; Digital Workflow; Lighting Technique; Adobe Lightroom; Portrait Posing; Setup Your Photo Business. Location: Linda Rock Photography, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: 802-238-9540,



pilates BARSCULPT/MAT PILATES CLASSES: Pilates Evolved! High energy barre classes use ballet barres and, like our Mat Classes, small hand weights and mats for intense one-hour workouts. Change your body in just a few classes led by a friendly, licensed instructor. Build strength and cardio and create long, lean muscles and lift your seat. Daily. Cost: $15/1-hour class. Location: Studio 208, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3K, Burlington. Info: Burlington Barre, 802-862-8686,,



reiki BLISSFUL WELLNESS CENTER: Introduction to Usui Reiki, Feb. 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Usui Advanced Reiki, Feb. 9, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Usui Reiki 1, Feb. 16, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Blissful Wellness Center, Essex Jct. Info: Linda Rock, 802-238-9540,

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tai chi ALT. FIRING WITH BOB GREEN: Come experience Raku as well as Saggar fired burnished pottery or sculptures. Raku is associated with Zen Buddhism, and burnishing with Terra sigillata slip, many early cultures’ way of sealing and decorating clay pieces without the use of a glaze. Native American as well as ancient Greek and Roman potters burnished. Weekend workshop, Apr. 5-6, 10-4 p.m. Cost: $240 person/member discount avail. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: Shelburne Craft School, 802-985-3648. BASICS & BEYOND METAL: This class will focus on jewelry design, small sculpture or functional art. Each student will complete a series of practice pieces before designing and creating a wearable finished piece out of sterling silver. Every week there will be several demonstrations including sawing, drilling, piercing, annealing, texturing, jump rings, forming and soldering techniques. 6 Wed., 5:15-7:15 p.m., Mar. 5-Apr. 9. Cost: $195/person; member discount avail. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne.

spirituality BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON: THE ECOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF ST. FRANCIS: Learn how the environmental radicalism of St. Francis can inform a new attitude toward the natural world and foster a global ecological ethic. Led by Sue 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: 802-244-7909. DRUID TRAINING 2014: The Green Mountain School of Druidry announces our ninth annual Druid Training starting March 2014 in Worcester. Druidry is a nature-based spirituality with an emphasis on self-transformation, creativity and awareness. Join our magical, loving community and become an empowered and skilled steward of the Earth. Starts Mar. 31. Cost: $1,800/1 weekend/mo. over 9 weekends/year. Location: Dreamland, address avail. at registration, Worcester. Info: Green

YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come 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: 802735-5465, mindfulbreath@

theater PLAYBACK THEATER: STORYTELLING IN ACTION: Stories 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: 802-860-6203,,

well-being ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Core Strength with Caroline Perkins, Weight Training, Weight Bearing and Resistance Training, Golf Conditioning, Zumba Gold, Yoga, Tai Chi, Swing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, Salsa, Jazzercise, Voice-Overs, Guitar (2 Levels), Banjo, Mindful Meditation, Neck Massage, Soap Making, and Juggling. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Materials included. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, cvuweb.

writing ART OF WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: Instructor Elizabeth Bluemle. Picture books are among the most fun and challenging forms to master. This six-session workshop will address both the craft and magic of creating contained worlds, and look at the kinds of refinements that make the best picture books stand out in the crowd. Beginning Wed., Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. 6 Wed.’s. Cost: $150/1.5-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 802-985-3091,, BURLINGTON TO OPRAHS WINTER: Join author Jessica Hendry Nelson for a reading, publishing, and marketing discussion. Nelson will read from her new book and discuss her journey to publication, as well as answer questions about bringing your book to market. We will also discuss marketing/ publicity once your book is out in the world. Monday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cost: $30/2hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 802-9853091,,


Delights anD shaDows: “Delights and shadows” with poet Daniel lusk. Guided practice in poetry writing for adult poets looking to jumpstart practice, try a new direction or enliven poems that initially fall flat. Beginners and veterans welcome. explore the craft of poetry and develop fresh, new ideas in a supportive setting. Thu. beginning Jan. 28. Cost: $150/6 classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 802-985-3091, kimberlee@, Poems For CuPiD: True love and Not: Poems For cupid’s arrows with poet Daniel lusk. Dwell on whatever excites or ails you, in empathetic company; pen a poem of your own. This session may help you locate and adapt your

words to your own distinctive voice and beloved person, place or thing. Sat., Feb. 8, 10 am-10 p.m. Cost: $50/3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 802-985-3091,,

yoga Burlington hot Yoga: trY something DiFFerent!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga featuring practice in the Barkan Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Go to our website for the new fall schedule. ahh, the heat on a cold day, a flowing practice, the cool stone meditation, a chilled orange scented towel to complete your spa yoga experience. Get hot: 1st visit 2-for-1 offer, $15. 1-hour classes on Mon., 5 & 6:15 p.m.;

Wed. & Fri., 5 p.m.; Thu., noon & 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 & 10 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. Info: 802-999-9963, evolution Yoga: evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, core, 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: 802-864-9642,

honest Yoga, the onlY DeDiCateD hot Yoga Flow 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 core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500hour 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: 802-497-0136,, laughing river Yoga: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking

the Winooski River. check 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: 802343-8119, laughingriveryoga. com. Yoga roots: Flexible, inflexible, athletic, pregnant, stressed, recovering from injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! skillful, 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! Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 802-9850090,

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Something Old, Something New


Reggae star Tarrus Riley talks rocksteady, love and fatherly advice B Y D AN BOL L ES






amaican American reggae singer Tarrus Riley, 34, is fond of saying that reggae music is “the newest old music and the oldest new music.” At first, that’s a bit of a head-scratcher. But a listen to his new record, Love Situation, brings Riley’s meaning into focus. The son of reggae singer Jimmy Riley has risen to international acclaim on the heels of rootsy, pop-tinged hits such as 2007’s “She’s Royal” and last year’s “Gimme Likkle One Drop.” But his latest record is pure rocksteady, a precursor to reggae that developed in Jamaica in the mid-1960s. It’s a throwback, but one whose easy, organic sounds feel especially forward-thinking in an era smitten with electronic effects. By looking to the past, Riley is moving ahead, creating something new from something old. In advance of his show at Club Metronome in Burlington this Thursday, February 6, Seven Days caught up with the aritst by phone to talk about his new record, his early days as a DJ and the best musical advice he got from his father. (P.S. Try to read this interview in a delightful Jamaican accent.) SEVEN DAYS: You’re known more for contemporary roots reggae, so why do a straight-up rocksteady record? TARRUS RILEY: I grew up around that kind of music, because of my parents. So it’s not that strange to me, you know? SD: But given the music that has made you well known, this is a departure. TR: It is. It’s something new. It’s a different style of singing. Dancehall is my generation, the music I grew up on. So to do a full-fledged rocksteady album is definitely stepping out of the box. But at the same time, I’m no stranger to this music.

know what I mean? So much so that in England they call rocksteady “lovers’ rock.” So it’s different kinds of love stories, getting together music, breakup music, burning desire. That’s the basic theme of it. SD: Are they love stories from your own life? TR: Yeah, man. From my life, from our life. There are definitely songs that come from my own experiences. I’ve had a lover. More than one, you know? [Laughs] It’s real and it’s very sincere. It’s feel-good music, you know? I think we could use some feel-good music, and I think music should make people feel good. So I wanted to do that, which I think I’ve done. SD: You’ve given an interesting quote in several interviews: “Reggae is the newest old music and the oldest new music.” What does that mean? TR: The reason I say that is, if you think of reggae music, of Jamaican music, it has vintage roots. It comes from slavery, Nyabinghi drumming. The king of the music, Bob Marley, he left us at 36 years old, and he was still young. So that music is still young. Reggae music comes from an ancient time, but it’s still brand new. Tarrus Riley is a youth, but I’m playing ancient music. So it is old and it is new. And that’s why a lot of people think I’m older than I am. You feel me? SD: Did your dad give you any advice about the music business? TR: Make sure I get paid. SD: [Laughs] That’s good advice. TR: It really is. He told me that in the music business there are a lot of ways to get paid. But if you’re not careful, you’ll work a lot and not be compensated the right way. So love it, and it’s OK to love it. But make sure you get paid. Good advice!

singing, the rhythm, the tempo. Some singers tend to be laid back, singing behind the beat. I try TA R R U S R I L EY to incorporate what I used to do as a DJ into what I do as a singer. It gives me a different kind of vibe. So DJing helped me create a sound, a Tarrus Riley sound.



SD: You went back to the rocksteady era for your latest album. Any chance you’ll go back even further in time and make a ska record? TR: I actually started something like that. Once again, ska is the new old music, because it has roots from all over the place. And I have a few ska songs I’ve written that might turn into an album. It’s really cool music, and I think very modern, even though it’s old. 

SD: Your father was a pretty famous singer, but when you started out, your music didn’t resemble his at all. The new album does. So is this a tribute to him? TR: My father is a different person, from a different time, with a different voice. But it’s funny that you say that, because this rocksteady stuff is closer to him. There is even a song on the album that he wrote, “Version of Love (My Story).” He didn’t sing lead on that originally, so the vocals are still my style. But that’s his style of music.

SD: A lot folks would say that getting paid for music is becoming harder and harder. Do you agree? TR: Not really. You just have to know how to do it and be aggressive. SD: You got your start as a dancehall DJ… TR: Yes, but not like a rock disc jockey. That gets twisted around on the internet. I was a dancehall DJ like the people I idolize, like Shabba Ranks.


SD: I gather love is the main theme of the album. TR: It’s all love stories. Rocksteady is lovers’ music, you

SD: Right, as in toasting. Do you still do it? TR: Some. But I think you hear the DJ vibe more in my

Tarrus Riley and Dean Fraser with the Black Soil Band, DJs Big Dog and Jahson, Thursday, February 6, 9 p.m. at Club Metronome in Burlington. $20/25.



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The big news on the local scene this week is the return of Signal Kitchen. Now, since the club’s owners have lately focused their efforts on booking for ArtsRiot, you may not have realized that SK hasn’t hosted a show in its own space in a long time. And while the slate of rock and/or roll goodness at the Pine Street hotspot has certainly been a welcome development, I’m a greedy, greedy man. When it comes to cool places to see live music in town, more is almost always better. So I, for one, am really psyched to have SK back in the fold. And when you get a chance to check out their (theoretically) renovated digs this weekend, I think you will be, too. At this point, you might be thinking, Hey, Dan. What’s with the word “theoretical” in parentheses there? Don’t we already know the club is being renovated? You may also be saying, Wow, you’re two paragraphs in and haven’t made a sports comment, awkwardly hit on Neko Case or dropped an F-bomb. High five, dude! Thanks, guys. I’m trying. As for the SK renovations, I say “theoretically” because, judging from what I saw when I stopped by the club last weekend for a grand tour from SK’s Alex lAlli, it’s gonna take a minor miracle for them to finish in time for their grand reopening this Friday, February 7. I’m not saying they won’t get it done. But it’s gonna be a close call, because it’s possibly the most ambitious

redesign we’ve seen since Nectar’s classed up their joint a few years back. For starters, Lalli and co. are totally changing the layout, with the notable exception of the stage, which remains in its original location along the north wall. But the lounge area has been completely gutted and reshaped. Next to that, and serving as a sort of divider between the rooms, a long bar will sit where the spare room by the hallway used to be. The bar area is elevated, which will provide some excellent sight lines for the cool kids/lushes who like to hang out in the back by the bar. The concert area itself has a more open feel, too. Oh, and there is a new, second exit closer to the stage area, which should ease the minds of those who felt a little claustrophobic in the basement rock hall — not to mention the fire marshal. Aside from the cosmetic changes, the big story is that Signal Kitchen will be live streaming all of its shows. This was always part of the idea for the space, but it hasn’t really been put into practice yet. Many of the club’s shows have been recorded and you can watch those videos on SK’s YouTube page. But Lalli says he expects every show at the club to be available online, in real time. That’s pretty freakin’ cool. Lalli also hinted at a potential development down the road that might

Moving on, the ever-ascendant duPont Brothers have a nice residency lined up every Wednesday in February at Nectar’s. This week, on both February 5 and February 12, the DuPonts will be joined by MAryse sMith and MiChAel Chorney, who have been playing together a bunch lately. I don’t want to jinx anything, but the last time Chorney took an interest in a super-talented young local songwriter, it was AnAïs MitChell. I’d say she’s done pretty well for herself, and that Chorney clearly has an eye/ear for remarkable talent. So Smith-Chorney could really be a powerhouse combo. Rounding out the residency are local indie-folk upstarts the leAtherBound Books on February 19 and nationally touring songwriter ZACh dePuty on February 26. It’s also worth noting that the DuPont Brothers are currently working on a record of acoustic duos called Heavy as Lead. In a recent email to 7D, ZACk duPont writes that the songs are modeled on “the same minimalist approach taken by GilliAn WelCh and dAvid rAWlinGs.” Judging by some videos the DuPonts posted recently from busking sessions in South Carolina that feature the new tunes, I’d say he’s not far off the mark — though I’m not sure which brother is supposed to be Welch. DuPont adds that they’ll be opening each residency with a set of said new acoustic numbers as a duo, before bringing out the full band. So you can figure that out for yourself.





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CLUB METRONOME: Electrode Entertainment and Sol Republic Present: Into the Deep End Vol. 2 (EDM), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

RADIO BEAN: Liptak/Evans Duo (jazz), 6:30 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 8 p.m., Free. DJ Ma1ach1 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. Guthrie Galileo (r&b), 11:30 p.m., Free.

SKINNY PANCAKE: Jay Ekis Saves Wednesday in Montpelier (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 7 p.m., free.


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RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Reign One (house), 10 p.m., Free. SHELBURNE VINEYARD: Dan Coyle (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free. SKINNY PANCAKE: Shannon McNally, Brett Hughes & Kat Wright (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $10/12.


TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free.

VENUE: Noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi (salsa), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+.



BEE'S KNEES: Doug Wells (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.


MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant and Friends (country), 8 p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Dance Party, 8 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free.

51 MAIN: Andric Severance (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Adirondack Jazz Orxhestra, 8 p.m., Free. DJ Skippy All Request Live (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

CITY LIMITS: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.




BAGITOS: Colin McCaffrey (acoustic), 6 p.m., donation. WHAMMY BAR: Broken String (bluegrass), 7 p.m., free.

PIECASSO: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesdays: Squimley & the Woolens (rock), 8:30 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Cody Sargent & Friends (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Shane Hardiman Trio with Geza Carr & Rob Morse (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11:30 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Something With Strings (bluegrass), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 6:30 p.m., Free.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Open Blues Session, 7:30 p.m., Free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., Free.

NECTAR'S: What a Joke! Comedy Open Mic (standup), 7 p.m., Free. The DuPont Brothers, Michael Chorney and Maryse Smith (indie folk), 9:30 p.m., $3/5. 18+.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., Free. Open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., Free.

CITY LIMITS: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.

BAGITOS: Karl MIller (solo guitar), 6 p.m., donation.

HALFLOUNGE: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., Free. Wanted Wednesday with DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.

LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

O'BRIEN'S IRISH PUB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.

SKINNY PANCAKE: Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

JUNIPER AT HOTEL VERMONT: Andy Moroz Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free.

GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

RED SQUARE: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

THE DAILY PLANET: Dawna Hammers (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free.

JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave (trivia), 7 p.m., Free. Karaoke with Melody, 10 p.m., Free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Chad Hollister (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., Free.

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BEE'S KNEES: Bruce Jones (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.

CLUB METRONOME: Tarrus Riley & Dean Fraser with the Black Soil Band, DJ Big Dog, DJ Jahson (reggae), 9 p.m., $20/25.

THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Dinner Jazz with Fabian Rainville, 6:30 p.m., Free. Open Mic, 9 p.m., Free. MOOG'S PLACE: Open Mic, 8:30 p.m., Free.

THE DAILY PLANET: Hot Pickin' Party (bluegrass), 8 p.m., free.

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

HALFLOUNGE: Half & Half Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., Free.

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


Joe Wayne & the Pain (jam), 8:30 p.m., $15. AA. teamed up with New Orleans legend Dr. John to pay tribute to Charles.TO The LISTEN TO

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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Sticky Souls (rock),

including Vince Gill, Derek Trucks and Luther Dickinson, to name a few. McNally plays

the Skinny Pancake in Burlington on Thursday, February 6, with support from locals BRETT HUGHES & KAT WRIGHT.

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MONKEY HOUSE: Chicky Stoltz, Tod Moses (singersongwriters), 8:30 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Trivia Mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Sophistafunk, Tasty Reserve (funk, hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., $7/10. 18+.


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FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

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Sign of Spring Number One: The Burlington Discover Jazz Fest has announced some headliners for this year’s jazzenanny. They include MACEO “MACEOOO!” PARKER, a double bill with NEA Jazz Masters RON CARTER and BENNY GOLSON, the King of Nouveau Swing DONALD HARRISON and 2014 Grammy-


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Speaking of Nectar’s, I happened to catch KAT WRIGHT & THE INDOMITABLE SOUL BAND there last weekend. Here’s my serious professional critic’s take: holy shit. That was best I’ve seen them, which is saying something. And judging from the line that ran from Nectar’s to Mr. Mike’s and barely moved over the course of the night, I’d say they’re poised for a big year. Catch ’em while you can.

emerge from their winter slumber for a show at Espresso Bueno this Saturday, February 8. That band made my 2012 list of the best Vermont-made records with their stirring EP, Row. I’m told they’ve been holed up at Egan Media with ROB O’DEA working on a followup, which is news that makes my ears all tingly. Also on the bill are fellow Montpeculiarians MYSTERY POINTS.




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

CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with Top Hat Entertainment (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: VanTyne & Kaplan (Irish), 7 p.m., free.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Dan Coyle (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Emancipator, Odesza, Real Magic (EDM), 8:30 p.m., $18/22. AA.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 6 p.m., $3. Senayit (pop rock), 8 p.m., free. Funky Friday with DJ BP (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: First Friday with Antara, DJs Llu & Precious (house, folk), 8 p.m., $5/10. 18+. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: El Beej (rock), 9 p.m., free. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Eight 02 (jazz), 8 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: The Willoughbys (folk), 5:30 p.m., free. Eastern Mountain Time, Violette Ultraviolet, Jay Pritchard (indie folk, alt-country), 9 p.m., $5. NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Sophistafunk, the Aztext, Lynguistic Civilians (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nerbak Brothers (blues), 5 p.m., free. Phil Abair Band (rock), 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Kid's Music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick, 11 a.m., Free. Cricket Blue (folk), 7 p.m., free. Will Cuneo (folk), 8 p.m., free. Doctor Sailor (indie), 9 p.m., free. dripline (electronica), 10:30 p.m., free. Business to Consumer (indie), 12:30 a.m., free. RED SQUARE: Sunrise Speakeasy (singersongwriters), 5 p.m., free. Close to Nowhere (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Mixx (EDM), 9 p.m., $5. DJ Con Yay (EDM), 9 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: The Benoits (rock), 6 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

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VENUE: Slickbitch (rock), 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Red Tin Box (acoustic pop), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: State of the Union, Vicious Gifts, the Miss-Fits (punk), 10 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., Free. A Fly Allusion (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Jibba the Gent presents Corey Gunz (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $20/25/40. 18+. WHAMMY BAR: Colin McCaffrey (folk), 7 p.m., free. Big Hat No Cattle (western swing), 7 p.m., free.

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BEE'S KNEES: Beth Duquette & Richard Ruane (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. MATTERHORN: Joe Moore (blues), 9 p.m., $5.

from those early sounds, delivering a remarkable

MOOG'S PLACE: Abby Sherman (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. The DuPont Brothers (folk), 9 p.m., donation.

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PARKER PIE CO.: Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., free.

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RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., YOUR YOUR Free.

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MONOPOLE: Trenchtown Oddities (rock), 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m., NA.



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The North & South Dakotas (folk rock), 9 p.m., free. Cynthia Baren Trio (jazz), 10:30 p.m., free.

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

RED SQUARE: Dirty Bourbon River Show (gypsy brass), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (mashup), 11 p.m., $5. SCAN PAGES


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ARTSRIOT: Hands 100 Year Dance Party, 9 p.m., $15. BACKSTAGE PUB: Sticks and Stones (rock), 9 p.m., free.

Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. FINNIGAN'S PUB: Cricket Blue (folk), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Lotus Land: A Tribute to Rush (rock), 8 p.m., $15/18. AA. JP'S PUB: Karaoke with Megan, 10 p.m., Free.


RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Pop Farmers (rock), 10 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: SK Relaunch: DJ Rashad, Bless the Child, Principal Dean (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., free. 18+. SKINNY PANCAKE: Kelly Ravin (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. VENUE: Saturday Night Mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $5. 18+.


BAGITOS: Eric Friedman (acoustic), 11 a.m., donation. Irish Sessions, 2 p.m., Free.

MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Queen City Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 8 p.m., free.

ESPRESSO BUENO: Anachronist, Mystery Points (rock), 7 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Weeknight, Nyiko (indie), 9 p.m., $5.

THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: The Usual Suspects (blues), 10 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: Dan Coyle (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Jatoba, the American Babies (groove-grass), 9 p.m., $5.

SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: State of the Union, Ramcore, the Hardcore Sallies (punk), 10 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: King Me (rock), 5 p.m., free. High Rollers (rock), 9 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Blue Fox (blues), 5 p.m., free. Woedoggies (blues), 9 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Andrew Geano (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Jeremy Gilchrist (folk), 8 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Bam Band (rock), 7 p.m., free. Barn Band (Americana), 7 p.m., free.



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


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SCAN HERE CHAMPLAIN LANES FAMILY FUN CENTER: Laugh at TO LISTEN TO (standup), 8:30 p.m., $5. the Lanes SKINNY PANCAKE: Louis Stein Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., TRACKS CLUB METRONOME: APEX (jazz), 7 p.m., $7/10. 18+. SIGNAL KITCHEN: SK Relaunch: Caroline Rose, Plato Ears, Safar! (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. 18+.

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51 MAIN: Blues and Beyond, 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: House Rockers (rock), 9 p.m., $3.


BEE'S KNEES: McBride & Lussen (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. MATTERHORN: Live Music, 4 p.m., $3. Big Old Dirty Bucket (funk), 9 p.m., $7. MOOG'S PLACE: Tennessee Jed Band (Americana), 9 p.m., free. PARKER PIE CO.: Wombaticus Rex (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $5.


MONOPOLE: Capital Zen (rock), 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m., NA.


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BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke/Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. CLUB METRONOME: Cosby Sweater, Up Until Now, Troop 300, ALXO (EDM), 9 p.m., $10/12. 18+. SUN.09

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Waiting and Watching is the fourth CD that the northern Vermont string band PossumHaw has produced in the 10 or so years that they’ve been performing. It’s tempting to call them a bluegrass band because of their instrumentation. But as the new record proves, the band can deliver a much broader musical palette. PossumHaw continue to capitalize on their musical strengths, most notably the talents of Colby Crehan, the band’s chief

IT WILL PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE songwriter and lead vocalist. Crehan has penned nine of the 12 songs on the disc, and a few instant classics. These include the title track, a really catchy three-four balled entitled “On the Lemon Fair” and a chooglin’ gospel number called “Shake Out the Chaff.” Crehan’s other highprofile gig is being one of the fine vocalists in the Bluegrass Gospel Project. With PossumHaw, the band’s mission seems to be ably accompanying their front woman’s music. And that’s a good thing, as she has written a real variety of soulful new songs. The newest member of this Vermont acoustic quintet is bass man Mitch Barron, who played for years with the Addison County trio Bread and Bones. Barron is a master of many styles, and his contributions to the evolving PossumHaw sound include some precious low drive and a tangible, rock-solid rhythmic foundation. Ace mandolinist Stephen Waud — who also tears it up with the Modern Grass Quintet, another local bluegrass ensemble — guitarist Charley Eiseman and banjo player Ryan Crehan sound like they’ve been playing together for years, and they have. The instrumental core of this band has risen above the “noodle-grass”

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tendencies of some of the band’s earlier recordings. Peter Engisch at Ad Astra Recording in Williston engineered the album, and the resulting audio sparkle demonstrates, once again, that he knows how to get the best sound from acoustic instruments. Crehan’s vocals and Waud’s mando are right out there, where they belong, but all the players are in exactly the right place to show off how well they mesh as a band. You can catch PossumHaw live as part of the Coffeehouse Concert Series on Saturday, February 8, at the Rutland 16t-oldspokes012914.indd Unitarian Universalist Church; and Sunday, February 9, at the United Church of Westford. Waiting and Watching is available at


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Words.” It’s a rousing, accordion-fueled cut, laced like much of Peria’s writing with a thread of impending doom. But, typically, that sense of mortal dread is leavened by a devilish streak. It’s pointed but playful stuff. The album closes on another original, “Working Is a Curse.” The song is a clever lament of the loss of idle time in favor of keeping one’s nose to the grindstone. A rousing, anthemic sing-along chorus nods to famed curmudgeon Oscar Wilde, a clear literary influence on the band. “Working is a curse! Working is a curse!” sing band and crowd. Then, “It’s the curse of the drinking class!” Whether in concert or in the comfort of home, Live on Buck Mountain suggests we can all drink to that. Live on Buck Mountain is a very limited release — ours was one of 33 copies, according to the hand-numbered brown paper bag. So finding the album could be a challenge. In the meantime, you can check out the music of Duke Aeroplane & the Wrong Numbers at



Duke Aeroplane & the Wrong Numbers are a sister project of noted local “suspender fusionists” the Vermont Joy Parade. The two bands share a handful of members, a similarly vintage fashion sense — think extras from the film Gangs of New York — and, most importantly, a propensity for clever, energetic music and a flair for the dramatic. On their latest recording, Live on Buck Mountain, Aeroplane and company deliver a live album that could serve as a devilishly bawdy companion to VJP’s own recordings. But it seems a shame that this raucous record would be overshadowed by that band’s studio offerings. Because behind the handlebar mustaches, bowler hats and suspenders, the heart of VJP lies in the band’s lively, creative spirit and undercurrent of pleasant debauchery. And as excellent as the VJP’s studio records are, the best way to experience the band is in person, ideally with a few Tom Collins

or Old Fashioneds, with dozens of your closest, sweatiest friends. It is here that Live on Buck Mountain emerges from the shadow of the Joy Parade. It is an experience unto itself. Everything about this record is meant to evoke a sensory experience, from the 13 playfully haphazard tracks — a woozy mix of music, stage banter and glass clinking — to the album’s packaging, a brown paper bag that’s sealed with wax and includes lyrics typewritten on yellowing parchment. The result is an immersive work that achieves that rarest of feats: It actually makes home listeners feel like they’re part of the show. Following a lengthy piano intro, the band digs into Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed.” Save for the melody, Aeroplane’s version is hardly recognizable — think Dylan by way of Tom Waits’ classic live album Nighthawks at the Diner. It’s a bleary-eyed, blues- and boozesoaked jumble. After the song, pianist and vocalist Galen Peria, aka Duke Aeroplane, tells the crowd he’s spilled his beer all over his piano. That sets the evening’s tone of revelry. Following another cover, this time Willie Dixon’s “I’m Ready,” we get the first of five Peria originals, “Famous Last


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Franny O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

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MOnkey HOuse: Joe Redding & Friends (Americana), 9 p.m., free.


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sWeet Melissa's: nancy and Lilly smith (folk), 5 p.m., free. Open mic, 7 p.m., Free.

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radiO Bean: The Greg & patrick show (quirk-tonk fusion), 7 p.m., free. Open mic, 9 p.m., Free.

nectar's: What a Joke! comedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., Free. The Dupont Brothers, michael chorney and maryse smith (folk), 9:30 p.m., $3/5. 18+. On tap Bar & Grill: pine street Jazz, 7 p.m., free.

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Bee's knees: children's sing Along with Allen church, 7:30 p.m., donation.

skinny pancake: Josh panda's Acoustic soul night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

MOOG's place: The Jason Wedlock show (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

WHaMMy Bar: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., Free.

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Female Foursome “Textured,” Vermont Metro Gallery


“Textured,” however, doesn’t fit comfortably as the billing for the current show at the Vermont Metro Gallery. The term, which suggests works that evoke a desire to touch, definitely does apply to some of the 40 or so watercolors, sculptures, prints, silhouettes and fabric assemblages on view on the fourth floor of the BCA Center. It’s too far a stretch, however, to describe many of the others that way. BCA didn’t need to herd this diverse aggregation into a narrow notional corral. “Four Vermont Women Artists” might not be as pithy a title, but it would avoid tendentious categorization while implicitly acknowledging differences among both media and methods that visitors will notice more than the similarities. That plain-Jane alternative title would also highlight a species of show that remains rare, even in an art world that’s becoming less male dominated. Plus, it’s consistent with the gallery’s stated mission: to “present and sell the artwork of Vermont artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media.” That said, texture is the defining element of Karen Henderson’s fabric creations. She combines handwoven linen with cottons and silks to produce subdued, moody images that evoke Vermont landscapes. They also allude to the poetic paintings of American tonalists such as Thomas Wilmer Dewing and John Henry Twachtman. Henderson achieves literal depth in a couple of these mostly smallish pieces through the recessing of a rectangular shape that looks as though it could be a secret compartment or an entryway into another dimension. The artist’s practice of bisecting her planes by means of contrasts in color or material leads us to see horizon lines in her semirepresentational works. That perception is reinforced in “Await” by triangular shapes on the top part of the composition that locals will read as Adirondack peaks and by a bluish, watery


urators often look for a unifying theme when titling a group show. It gives viewers a conceptual frame for seeing an assortment of pieces as a cohesive, comprehensible whole rather than as an arbitrary array of artworks with little stylistically in common.

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“Reverie” by Karen Henderson

“Plates” by Mary Zompetti

foreground suggestive of a large lake. The vertical stitching that the artist includes in some of her weavings is angled in “Await” like streaks of rain. Texture is also a primary attribute of Gowri Savoor’s wall projections. Scores of foot-long wire strands — as straight and nearly as thin as needles — protrude

“Untitled” by Jennifer Koch

“Seed-bank” by Gowri Savoor

in compact formation from a background board. Each is crowned with a seed — sunflower in the case of “Blackbird,” pumpkin in “Seed-bank.” There’s also “Ash-Maple Cube,” which consists of a small wooden frame suspended from the ceiling, its six sides pasted all over with the type of seeds kids call “helicopters.”

These dynamic pieces look like they’re about to vibrate. The torqued form of “Blackbird” seethes with as much coiled energy as a Richard Serra steel construction 1,000 times its size and one million times its weight. Just as Henderson works in the traditionally female medium of needlepoint,

art shows

Kate Gridley: “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults,” lifesize oil paintings by the Vermont artist. The artist talks about her work. Friday, February 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington. Info, 652-4500. 'Anonymous': "The Challenges Facing Contemporary Tibetan Artists" with Frank J. Korom. Wednesday, February 12, 6-7 p.m., Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Valentine's Reception: Jewelry artist Ellie Nina Roberts and potters Diana Poulin and Julie Poulin host a Valentine's evening featuring works by more than 45 local artists, live music by the Newport Area Community Orchestra and refreshments. Friday, February 7, 5-7 p.m., MAC Center for the Arts Gallery, Newport. Info, 334-1966. Open House and Studio Sale: Original art cards, photographs, ceramics and paintings; 1 percent

receptions Joan Hoffman: Oil and watercolor impressionist paintings en plain air, and paintings of birds. Through February 19 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. During the reception, the artist will give an informal lecture titled "The History of American Landscape Painting." Saturday, February 8, 4-6 p.m. Info, 728-9878. Ruddy Roye: "Telling Stories," an exhibit of selected images by the Brooklyn-based photographer and self-described "Instagram Activist," in conjunction with a weeklong residency at the college. Through February 14 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. Reception: Friday, February 7, 5-7 p.m. Info, 287-8398. 'Anonymous': A collection of contemporary Tibetan art, featuring paintings, sculptures, installation and video, by artists in Tibet and in diaspora. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 5:40-7 p.m. Info, 656-0750. 'Dorothy and Herb Vogel: On Drawing': A collection of drawings on paper represents the second half of the Vogels' gift to the museum, and focuses on new attitudes on the medium by artists over the past 40 years. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 5:40-7 p.m. Info, 656-0750.

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'Alice's Wonderland: A Most Curious Adventure': A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Through May 11 at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. Info, 864-1848. 'Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art': Paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet and in diaspora. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Courtney Mercier: "Escape," photography that represents adventures in the here and now. Curated by SEABA, including in adjacent RETN offices. Through February 28 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Django Hulphers: Influenced by "California lowbrow art," these acrylic and spray paintings and retouched antique photographs feature absurdity and odd juxtapositions. Through February 28 at Speaking Volumes in Burlington. Info, 540-0107.

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2nd Annual High School Art Show: This juried exhibit presents the works of 65 young artists from Vermont and New Hampshire. Through February 9 at Chaplin Hall Gallery in Northfield. Closing awards ceremony. Sunday, February 9, 2-4 p.m. Info, 485-2886. 'Craftucation': Shelburne Craft School Educators Original Works: Six artistteachers exhibit their crafts in wood, ceramics, painting and more. Through February 28 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Reception: Friday, February 7, 5-8 p.m. Info, 863-6458. Maria Del Castillo: The Lima, Peru-born self-taught artist created these vibrant and meticulous geometric works to honor the labor of her immigrant mother in a sweat-shop clothing factory. Each piece contains thousands of tiny dots, using the same fabric paint as her mother did. Through February 28 at Red Square in Burlington. Reception: Friday, February 7, 5-8 p.m. Info, 318-2438. James Vogler: Abstract oil paintings by the Charlotte artist. Through April 29 at Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. Reception: Friday, February 7, 5:30-8 p.m. Info, 862-1001. Ray Brown: "Retrospective: From Nature," oil paintings on canvas by the local artist. Through February 28 at Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Reception:

'Dorothy and Herb Vogel: Fifty Works for Fifty States': Work from the Vogels' extensive collection by more than 20 artists, including Carel Balth, Judy Rifka, Pat Steir and Richard Tuttle; 'EAT: The Social Life of Food': A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Dostie Bros. Selections: Works in the private collection of Alex and Jeremy Dostie in their South End framing shop including Grace Weaver, Brooke Monte, Ric Kasini Kadour, Ben Peberdy and more. February 7 through March 31 at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005. Elizabeth A. Haggart: "Wonder," paintings made with Wonder Bread by the Vermont artist, on view during visiting hours in Pamela Fraser's office. Through March 12 at Office Hours Gallery in Burlington. Info, 656-2014.

art listings and spotlights are written by pamela polston. Listings are restricted to art shows in truly public places; exceptions may be made at the discretion of the editor.

Friday, February 7, 4-7 p.m. Info, Linda Pruitt: "Re-wilding," shamanic, acrylic paintings by the local artist. Through March 30 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, February 7, 4-8 p.m. Info, 223-0043. Matthew Douglass: The illustrator reveals his process and inspirations, including animators Don Bluth and Chuck Jones. February 7 through 28 at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Reception: Friday, February 7, 7-9 p.m. Info, 540-0406. 'Supercool Glass': An exhibit that explores cutting-edge glass design with work by contemporary artists side-by-side with works from the museum's historical collection. February 8 through June 8 at Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. Reception: Thursday, February 6, 7-9 p.m. Info, 985-0881. Elizabeth Cleary: Acrylic paintings of beer glasses and mixed-media works. Through April 2 at Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne. Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 4-6 p.m. Info, 399-2994. 'The Naked Truth': A group exhibit in which artists reveal the intimate side of their creative minds. February 7 through 28 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Reception: Friday, February 7, 5-8 p.m. Info, 859-9222. Nancy Gadue: Window paintings by the local artist. February 7 through 28 at The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, February 7, 4-6 p.m. Info, 223-1981. Anthony Sini: "Go Figure," recent figurative drawings by the Burlington artist. February 7 through March 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men's Room in Burlington. Reception: Friday, February 7, 6-8 p.m. Info, 864-2088.

John Bisbee: "New Blooms," wall and freestanding installations made entirely from foot-long nails. The Maine sculptor is the first-ever contemporary artist to show in the museum's new, year-round venue. Through May 26 at Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346. 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. Info, 865-7166. Local Artist Group Show: Works by Jane Ann Kantor, Kim Senior, Kristine Slattery, Maria Del Castillo, Philip Hagopian, Teresa Davis and Vanessa Compton on the first floor; and by Brian Sylvester, Holly Hauser, Jacques Burke, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Susan Larkin on the second. Curated by SEABA. Through February 28 at Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. burlington-area shows

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“Textured” at Vermont Metro Gallery, BCA Center in Burlington. Through March 22.

'1864: Some Suffer So Much': With objects, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit examines surgeons who treated Civil War soldiers on battlefields and in three Vermont hospitals, and also the history of post-tramautic stress disorder. Through December 31 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. In a lunchtime talk, Jim Fouts, a member of the 18th Vermont Regiment and a Civil War reenactor, will present “The Confederate Raid on St. Albans.” Wednesday, February 5, noon-1:15 p.m. Info, 485-2183.

Libby Davidson Plein-Air Demonstration: The Colchester watercolorist shows how it's done — outdoors. Sunday, February 9, 1-3 p.m., Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho. Info, 899-3211.

'Chaos': A group exhibit addressing pandemonium, disorder and turbulence in art, Main Floor Gallery; Leah Sophrin: "Spring Loaded," abstract paintings; and Katy Sudol: "Color of Expression," prints, Second Floor Gallery; and Robert W. Brunelle Jr.: "Walking Home," new acrylic paintings, Third Floor Gallery. Through February 22 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Reception: Saturday, February 8, 4-6 p.m. Info, 479-7069.



Essex Art League Meeting: Members gather for business and social time, plus a presentation by a guest artist. Thursday, February 6, 9-11 a.m., First Congregational Church, Essex Junction. Info,

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so can Savoor’s minimalist “seedscapes” be seen as a feminine counterpoint to the hypermasculine erections of a Serra or a Mark di Suvero. And there’s more of Savoor to savor in this show. She’s also represented by watercolors that can’t be said to offer much in the way of texture, but do possess plenty of visual power. A palette of yellow, orange and magenta produces welcome warmth in a couple of these works on paper; others are cool combinations of blue, green and gray. All consist of ribbon-like tendrils looping and swooping into intertwined, circular patterns that, if they could speak, would make a joyful whoop. Savoor, a Montpelier resident of AngloIndian descent, is an artist of great verve and versatility. Photographer Mary Zompetti achieves a streaky, layered effect of colors and shadows in her series of “scanner experiments” that straddle the divide between digital and analog. A spectrum-like arrangement is produced in “Prisms” by thin vertical lines of subtly varied hues, while a specter appears in the form of what might be a couple of curled, translucent fingers. Black smudges and hair’s-width flecks also punctuate the piece. Kodak-retro film strips and camera parts appear in other Zompetti prints, such as “Spiraled,” which also includes human forms and hints of vegetation. There is something textural about these large-scale apparitions, but their eeriness makes the strongest impression. Time for something a little lighthearted? Vermont Metro Gallery delivers it in this exhibit via an 18-part set of “scissor drawings” by Jennifer Koch. She pastes black paper cutouts onto pages sliced from a dictionary. The artist’s interventions sometimes relate to an original drawing on the page that accompanies a word’s definition. Koch’s forms include birds, fish, tools, knives, a ladder and a gun. There’s also something that resembles a molecular chain, as well as the sort of finger and hand positions used in sign language. In one especially droll work, a bull stands on its hind legs, balanced on a fish and holding a pair of scissors. Art hounds may guess at the influence of Kara Walker on this part of Koch’s portfolio. That African American artist puts black cutouts of women and Aphroditic figures on white backgrounds to pose questions and present critiques related to race and gender. Koch isn’t aiming for political profundity in her less thematically laden creations. Her scissor drawings are simply juxtapositions of words and images. And that’s enough.

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'Love': photographs that represent passion, romance and desire by nearly 20 artists. February 6 through March 2 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. info, 777-3686. Lydia Littwin: "blind Contours," works drawn from memory, or from direct observation, with eyes closed. Curated by seAbA. Through February 28 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 859-9222. nancy tomczak: Avian watercolor paintings by the local artist and ornithologist. Curated by seAbA. Through February 28 at speeder & earl's (pine street) in burlington. info, 859-9222. nicoLe mandeviLLe: "lightscapes," acrylic paintings that explore light, shadow and perspective. Through February 12 at east shore Vineyard Tasting Room in burlington. info, 859-9463. Rebecca weisman: "ethan Allen nights," a multimedia installation incorporating sculpture, film and sound that imagines the eve of the storming of Fort Ticonderoga and the Revolutionary war hero's relationship with his abandoned wife, Mary. Through February 28 at burlington College in burlington. info, 862-9616. 02.05.14-02.12.14

Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye was a journalist who, dissatisfied with the photographs accompanying his articles, began taking his own. After relocating to Brooklyn in 2000, he became a photographer for the Associated Press. And when Hurricane Sandy came along, Roye became an “Instagram activist” — acquiring some 46,000 followers for his searing images of that storm’s destruction along with in-depth and compassionate narratives. Roye has spent a weeklong residency with students at Green Mountain College in Poultney, where he has a concurrent

Riki moss & Janet van FLeet: "parade: A Collaboration," a collection of creatures made from paper, mixed media and found materials that examine life's migration through time and space and address issues of species loss, ethnicity and death. Through February 7 at living/learning Center, uVM, in burlington. info, 372-4182.

exhibit of photos aptly titled “Telling

'Roadside Picnic': large-scale leaf prints by emiko sawaragi gilbert and an installation of sculptures by Midori harima that reflect her experiences in Vermont. Through February 28 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 363-4746.

A reception follows on Friday, February 7,

sue mowReR adamson: "Monsters, owls and Zombie bunnies … oh My!" funky, colorful prints in frames or on wood bases. Through February 15 at Chop shop in burlington. info, 233-6473.

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tR eRicsson: "Crackle and Drag: Film index," a portrait of the artist's mother using photos, sculptural objects and moving images, and an ongoing investigation of a deteriorating archive of personal artifacts. Through April 12 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. 'textuRed': Contemporary works in two and three dimensions by gowri savoor, Mary Zompetti, Jennifer Koch and Karen henderson. Through March 22 at Vermont Metro gallery, bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. 'the aRt oF the centeR FoR caRtoon studies': original artwork and publications by students, graduates and faculty of white River Junction's cartooning school. Through April 30 at bailey/howe library, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-2020.


Stories.” He gives an artist talk on Thursday, February 6, 6:30 p.m., in the East Room of the Withey Student Center. 5-7 p.m., in the William Feick Arts Center. The exhibit continues through February


aLec FRost: "houses, barns and bridges of Tunbridge," a selection of photographs by the retired local architect. Through March 17 at Tunbridge public library. info, 889-9404. 'eaRth as muse: beauty, degRadation, hoPe, RegeneRation, awakening': Artwork that celebrates the earth's beauty while reflecting on tensions between mankind and the environment by Fran bull, pat Musick, harry A. Rich, Jenny swanson and Richard weis. Through April 4 at great hall in springfield. info, 258-3992. FiRst annuaL gRouP aRt show: selected works from each of the local artists who have had solo shows at the library over the past year. Through March 8 at Jacquith public library in Marshfield. info, 426-3581.

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in Barre. Brunelle’s solo exhibit, on the third floor, shares the three-story gallery with “Chaos,” a group show in the Main Gallery, and works by Leah Sophrin and Katy Sudol on the second floor. Pictured: “Walking Home 12.”

'JUICe Bar' WInter shoW: The annual rotating members' show features works by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Jessica Straus, Kirsten Hoving and Richard E. Smith. Through April 5 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.

Ken leslIe: "Golden Dome Cycle and Other Works: Arctic and Vermont," an exhibit of multimedia works on a variety of surfaces and shapes, including the 360-degree panorama showing the view from the top of the Statehouse over a year's time. Through March 28 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0321.

regIs CUMMIngs: "Places and Faces on a Journey," paintings and multimedia works by the local artist. Photo ID required for admission. Through March 28 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.

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"sUstaInaBle shelter: DWellIng WIthIn the ForCes oF natUre": An exhibition that examinesCMY new homebuilding strategies and technologies that help restore natural systems. Through May 26K at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200. 'the FoUnDer's ColleCtIon': A group exhibit of works by regional artists hand selected by the gallery's founders. Through March 2 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018.

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toM BerrIMan: Bird photography from wildlife and management areas in Vermont. A portion of sales will benefit VINS' educational, conservation and rehabilitation work. Through March 31 at Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. Info, 359-5001.


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'loIs Foley: a lIFe In servICe to art': Works in a variety of media by the late Vermont artist, collected and curated by Mark S. Waskow. Through February 10 at ORCA Media in Montpelier. Info, 224-9901.

'MaKIng an IMpressIon: verMont prIntMaKers': Eighteen printmakers from around the state exhibit a wide variety of work that reflects the natural world, the process of aging, C sacred geometry and the history of art. Through March 9 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, M 802-728-9878.


Kate reeves: "My Winter World," watercolor landscapes that express the artist's passion for wintry scenes and feature her technique of creating snowfall or frost on branches. Through February 12 at Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. Info, 457-2295.

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John snell: "Taking Time to See," photographs inspired by the natural world and local environs. Through February 28 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338.

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lorraIne Manley: "Luminous Vermont," vibrant, colorful paintings that capture the beauty of the artist's home state. Through March 31 at Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682.

'InterpretIng the Interstates': Compiling photographs from state archives taken between 1958 and 1978, the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont produced this exhibit, which aims to illustrate how the creation of the interstate highway system changed Vermont's culture and countryside. Through April 26 at Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Info, 479-8500.

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art cAll to ArtiStS get A heAd StArt on SPring! Established and emerging artists are invited and encouraged to submit one or two pieces in any medium (including but not limited to photography, painting, textiles, collage, etc.) on the theme “The Warm Seasons” for a show to be hung in the Jericho Town Hall from May through August 2014. The subject of all work submitted must have some connection to the town of Jericho. Deadline: April 15. Info, 899-2974 or thinK SquAre! Established and emerging artists who live and/or work in the Chittenden East Supervisory Union school district are invited to interpret the square in any medium (including but not limited to photography, painting, textiles, collage, etc.) and in any size, and to submit one or two pieces representing their interpretation for an exhibit to be hung in the Jericho Town Hall from September through December 2014. Deadline: August 15. Info, 899-2974 or AvA gAllery And Art center is accepting proposals for sculpture in Kira’s Garden. Submission deadline: April 1. avagallery. org/content/artist-opportunities. Margaret Jacobs, exhibition coordinator, 603-4483117 or cAlling All ArtiStS Do you have unwanted art supplies and materials, or found objects that could be used creatively or repurposed by someone else? Sell them at our indoor Artist Supply Yard sale on February 22 and turn unwanted supplies into cash. $30 per space. Deadline: February 20. Edna, 247-4295 or info@

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JuxtAPoSe: Photo exhiBit The composition of two or more elements within a photograph, emphasizing either the similarity or dissemblance between them. Deadline: March 19. Juror: Kyohei Abe. PerilouS PASSAgeS Birds of Vermont Museum seeks artwork for an exhibit commemorating the passenger pigeon. Send 1-3 digital images (JPG) to museum@ by March 31. Details: high School Photo exhiBit Darkroom Gallery is calling for Vermont high school photography to exhibit in April! Submit online at ex54. Deadline: March 5. Sponsored by FotoVisura. ‘illumine’: cAll For PhotoS For “Illumine” we are looking for works that explore the vast languages of light. Low light, bright light and every stop in between. Deadline: February 5, midnight. Juror: Robert Hirsch. Info: darkroomgallery. com/ex53/. creAtive comPetition The Space Gallery is now hosting the Creative Competition! Artists may drop off one piece of work, in any size and medium, that is ready to display or hang on the wall. Entry is $8, and work will be labeled with the title, medium and price. Drop off at 266 Pine Street from noon on Wednesday through noon on the first Friday of every month. The gallery will display the work during viewing hours for one week after the opening. Pickup/drop-off times, commission structure and location details can be found at call-to-artists.


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AnnuAl Student Art Show: An energetic exhibition of works by local schoolchildren, in tribute to their teachers. Through February 28 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4956. 'Full houSe': An exhibit of works in a variety of media by regional artists Peter Lundberg, Skip Martin, Joshua Rome, Brigitte Rutenberg and Claemar Walker. Through February 28 at Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0062. JAred KAtz: "Reflections on the World I See," photographs by the local artist. Through February 28 at Mount Mansfield Community Television in Richmond. Info, 434-2550. Jim Borden: Watercolors by the late local artist. Sales benefit Town Hall Theater and the James C. Borden Art Award. Through February 28 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222. 'new liveS, new englAnd': Weaving, henna art, drums and other cultural traditions illustrate how Vermont's refugee communities stay connected to their heritage and form new lives from "whole cloth." Through February 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. 'oBServing vermont Architecture': Photographs by Curtis Johnson and commentaries by Glenn Andres explore the state's diverse built environment, and accompany their forthcoming book, The Buildings of Vermont. Through March 23 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-5007. PAul Bowen: "Sculpture: 1973-2013," works created from scavenged sea materials and wood by the Welsh-born, Vermont-based artist. Through February 15 at Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. Info, 468-6052. 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. Info, 468-6052. tom merwin: Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071. winter Art mArt: Local artists show photography, pottery, jewelry, painting, prints and more, and Divine Arts Recording Group offers CDs of rare recordings, classical music and rediscovered masterpieces. Through March 31 at Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. Info, 247-4295.


cindy griFFith: "From Vermont to Alaska," pastel, oil and acrylic paintings depicting the artist's travels. Through April 4 at Copley Hospital in Morrisville. Info, 229-4326. clAire deSJArdinS: Colorful and energetic abstract paintings. Through March 2 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. evie lovett: "Backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co.," photographs taken at a gay bar in Dummerston, along with audio interviews by Lovett and Greg Sharrows of Vermont Folklife Center. Through March 9 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. Kelly holt: "Where," mixed-media abstract paintings. Through March 9 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. 'KicK And glide: vermont'S nordic SKi legAcy': An exhibit celebrating all aspects of the sport, including classic and skate skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski jumping, telemark and back-country skiing. Through October 13 at Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. Info, 253-9911.

liBBy dAvidSon: "The 50 Project," 50 plein-air watercolor paintings produced by the local artist over a year in celebration of her 50th birthday. Through February 23 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211. Scott 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. 'SurveillAnce Society': With works in a variety of media, artists Hasan Elahi, Adam Harvey, Charles Krafft, David Wallace and Eva and Franco Mattes explore notions of privacy and safety, security and freedom, public and personal. Through April 20 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. SuSAn goodBy: Collages and paintings filled with color, emotion and atmosphere. Through April 13 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053. williAm B. hoyt: "Realizations," realistic paintings. Through February 28 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. winter Art SAle: Bargains on works in a variety of media by more than 20 local artists. Through February 22 at MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport. Info, 334-1966.


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.



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SABrA Field: “Cosmic Geometry,” work by the Vermont printmaker. Through March 9 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info, 257-0124.

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'evolving PerSPectiveS: highlightS From the AFricAn Art collection': An exhibition of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection's development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. Through December 20 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808.

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'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, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808.

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JuleS de BAlincourt: A premier exhibit of contemporary paintings by the Franco-American pictural artist. Through March 13 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000.

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noAh SAvett: "Dreams and Visions," abstract bronze sculptures and drawings by the upstate New York artist. Through February 23 at Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. Info, 518-564-2474. Peter doig: "No Foreign Lands," a major survey of contemporary figurative paintings by the Scottish artist. Through May 4 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. rich FedorchAK, gAlen cheney, gil Scullion And enrico riley: 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. m

Kory Rogers, curator of design arts at the Shelburne Museum. Opening this week in the new Pizzagalli Center for Art Glass” features functional items from the permanent collection alongside the more innovative, sculptural works of nearly 20 local and national artists. The old anchors of which includes, among other things, a glass chainmaille suit, glass-encrusted furniture and glass sculptures based on human skulls. The exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, February 6, 7-9 p.m., and continues through June 8. Pictured: glass and wood chair and light fixture by Mark Riegelman II.

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he latest from mega-successful writer-director Jason Reitman had all kinds of buzz back in October and was slated for release in the prestigious Christmas Day slot. Given Reitman’s track record — including Thank You for Smoking, Juno and Up in the Air — there was an assumption that big things, perhaps even Oscar things, were in the offing for the young filmmaker’s fifth feature. Then somebody at Paramount watched it. Now here we are in the Hollywood landfill that is midwinter, finally getting a look at Labor Day and understanding all too well how that release date changed and why there hasn’t been a peep about the movie in the protracted awards-season conversation. It’s just a really awful film. And I don’t mean awful by Jason Reitman standards. I mean four-in-the-morning Lifetime-movie awful. So awful you wonder if an artistic screw has come loose. How else to explain Reitman’s four-year obsession with adapting Joyce Maynard’s novel about an escaped killer who holes up with a New Hampshire divorcée and her 13-year-old son over a holiday weekend in 1987 and (spoiler alert!) changes their lives forever? I couldn’t believe my eyes as this Harlequin romance played out without a single tongue anywhere near a cheek.

Josh Brolin is hunky convicted murderer Frank Chambers. Kate Winslet plays depressed, tremor-afflicted and evidently shampoo-phobic Adele Wheeler. Newcomer Gattlin Griffith costars as her son, Henry, who’s so traumatized by the whole experience that he narrates the movie in Tobey Maguire’s voice. “I don’t think losing my father broke my mother’s heart,” he muses, “but rather losing love itself.” Can you imagine the fun Juno MacGuff would’ve had with goop like that? Fun, however, is in short supply here, despite the movie’s snort-worthy premise that the three immediately hit it off and commence fulfilling one another’s yearnings. This involves, among other things, Frank making home repairs, doing the ironing, waxing the floors, whipping up his special chili (more on his culinary skills in a minute) and teaching Henry to play baseball — in addition to rebooting Adele’s libido. Adele teaches her homicidal houseguest how to rumba, the type of thing that can only happen in a really awful chick flick. Eat, Pray, Dance. There aren’t enough pages in this issue to list all the bone-headed plot holes in this film. The entire town is in manhunt mode (police even pay a visit to Adele), and Frank’s face is on TV every five minutes. Yet that doesn’t stop him from spending

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quality time in the front yard teaching the boy how to replace the oil and change a tire on the family car. Oh, and I guess it would be expecting too much for anybody to lock a door. You wouldn’t believe how often the Wheelers’ neighbors keep popping in. But the movie’s low point, its loudest unintended laugh, has to be the pie. “What I want to talk about is crust,” Frank announces after a neighbor stops by with a bucket of peaches. Not since the days of Jason Biggs has pastry played as sexually charged a part in an American film, though the result here is a thousand times funnier. The director devotes an unbelievable amount of screen time to the straight-faced





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he classic way to rip on a lackluster comedy is to claim that you only laughed at the outtakes played during the end credits. Exaggeration, perhaps, but in the case of That Awkward Moment, I can attest that the scenes of cast members flubbing their lines really are the movie’s funniest bits. Perhaps that’s because the outtakes prominently feature neither the film’s screenplay, by first-time writer-director Tom Gormican, nor its most bankable star, Zac Efron. That Awkward Moment offers few revelations about its ostensible subject — Gen Y dudes and romance — but a couple about comedy. First, say what you will about Judd Apatow’s wandering, improv-driven flicks or his trendy protégée, Lena Dunham: They share an instinct for hyperverbal snark and silliness that’s tough to duplicate. Second, Efron is just not funny. Furthermore, he’s painfully miscast as Jason, a cad who charms girls with his wit only to remove them from his “roster” of steady hookups when they demand exclusivity. (The “awkward moment” referenced in the title is when a woman asks, “So … where is this going?”) Efron says all his cocky-asshole lines diligently, but, try as he may, he doesn’t have a Tucker Max bone in his body. And the “wit” with which the script supplies him is perfunctory at best. Jason shares a New York apartment with workmate Daniel (Miles Teller), whom

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID Teller and Jordan are among those who try to convince us Efron is funny in Gormican’s rom com.

the script hasn’t bothered to give his own personality; he’s essentially a less dimplyand-ripped version of Jason. Apparently Gormican thought it was sufficient to differentiate the third bro, the duo’s friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan), who craves commitment and scarfs Ben & Jerry’s after his wife dumps him. “We checked all each other’s boxes!” he moans. Mikey’s friends let him crash at their place and offer to introduce him to all kinds

of “new boxes,” which is as clever as this movie’s humor gets. As soon as the three men make a pact to stay single and revel in their freedom, we know where this is going. All aboard the “all it takes is the right girl” express! Jason is drawn to a bookish type (Imogen Poots) who inexplicably finds him hilarious and adorable. Mikey reconnects with his ex. And Daniel finds himself falling for his best friend and wingwoman (Mackenzie Davis),


preparation of this baked good, cutting to close-ups of Frank’s and Adele’s intertwined fingers squeezing glistening slices of fruit and lovingly molding and massaging dough. By the time Frank helps Adele close up the pie — which he calls “putting a roof on the house” — you’re certain to wonder when the manhunt for the wunderkind auteur is going to begin. Because, in Labor Day’s nearly two hours, the Jason Reitman fans have come to know is nowhere to be found. RI C K KI S O N AK

REVIEWS whom he’d always dismissed as “undateable.” It’s not clear why, given that she could model, lives in an amazing apartment and has an easy rapport with him — but then, a lot of things in this movie don’t add up. At least Teller and Davis achieve something resembling natural chemistry; the movie’s other relationships are a fizzle. The raunchy banter among the bros isn’t much more fun. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Teller (The Spectacular Now) are both talented young actors, but they can’t do much with tired gags about toilet hogging and self-abuse with self-tanning lotion. At times, Gormican seems to be aiming for a smarter movie, a bitterly real romantic comedy about men’s fears of commitment; one key scene recalls a pivotal moment in High Fidelity, the rare film that fits that description. But without Nick Hornby’s brilliant rants or Apatow’s inspired riffing, scene after scene falls flat. Character-based comedy demands personalities so strongly delineated they constantly risk alienating the audience; there’s no place in the genre for the generic. If you want to make Zac Efron funny, do to him what “Parks and Recreation” did to Rob Lowe: Twist his very blandness into a quirk. But asking us to buy him as the next Cary Grant is beyond awkward. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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paramount twin cinema 241 North Main St., Barre, 4799621,

wednesday 5 — thursday 6 The nut Job 6:30, 9. That awkward moment 6:30, 9. friday 7 — tuesday 11 *The lego movie (2d) 6:30, 9. *The lego movie (3d) Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:15. That awkward moment Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat & Sun: 1, 3:20, 6:30, 9. Mon-Thu: 6:30, 9.

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

wednesday 5 — thursday 6 2014 oscar nominated animation shorts 6. 2014 oscar nominated live action shorts 8:15. her 6:30, 8:45. friday 7 — thursday 13 2014 oscar nominated animation shorts Fri: 6. Sat and Sun: 1, 6. Mon to Thu: 6. 2014 oscar nominated documentary shorts 8:15. her Fri: 6:30, 8:15. Sat and Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:15. Mon: 6:30, 8:45. Tue: 8:45. Wed and Thu: 6:30, 8:45.

stowe cinema 3 pleX Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534678.

wednesday 5 — thursday 6 american hustle 4. her 4, 7:15. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 7:15. lone survivor 4, 7:15. friday 7 — tuesday 13 her Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:15. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7:15. Mon and Tue: 4, 7:15. *The lego movie in 3d Fri: 6:45, 8:45. Sat: 2:30, 6:45, 8:45. Sun: 2:30, 7:15. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15. *The lego movie Sat and Sun: 4:30. *The monuments men Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7:15. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15. *robocop Wed and Thu: 7.

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wednesday 5 — thursday 6 american hustle 7. lone survivor 7:05. The nut Job 6. That awkward moment 7:25. friday 7 — thursday 13 Frozen Sat & Sun: 2. *The lego movie (2d) Fri: 7:05, 9:15. Sat & Sun: 2:05, 7:05, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 7:05. *The lego movie (3d) Sat & Sun: 4:30. That awkward moment Fri: 7:10, 9:15. Sat & Sun: 4:30, 7:10, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 7:10. *vampire diary Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat & Sun: 1, 4:30, 7, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 7.

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Scientists at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization announced plans to glue sensors, each 2.5 mm square and weighing 5 milligrams, onto 5,000 honeybees in Tasmania, hoping to track their movements and halt the spread of diseases. The bees are first refrigerated to make them docile, and younger bees, which are hairier than older bees, often need to be shaved before the microchips can be glued on. The scientists said they’re working on shrinking the sensors to 1 mm square so they can be glued to mosquitoes and other small insects. (Reuters)

When Guns Are Outlawed

Authorities charged Brad Lee Davis, 33, with killing his 58-year-old stepfather during an argument by giving him an “atomic wedgie.” Court papers filed in Pottawatomie County, Okla., state that Davis admitted pulling Denver Lee St. Clair’s underwear over his back and head, allowing the elastic waistband to wrap around the victim’s neck and suffocate him. “I’d never seen this before,” Sheriff Mike Booth said, believing it to be the first death by wedgie in the United States. (Oklahoma City’s Oklahoman)

Blame Game

Campaigning to reduce homicides in Venezuela, which the United Nations ranks fifth highest in the world, President Nicolas Maduro accused television soap operas of spreading “anti-

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During a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee to address postal reform, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., stated his eagerness to include a provision that would “remove a federal ban on guns in post offices” so that licensed gun owners could carry their weapons inside post office buildings instead of having to leave them in their vehicle. (MSNBC)

The Price of Idealism

Despite being packed almost every day, a restaurant in China’s Fujian province is losing money because it trusts diners to pay what they want. Many choose to pay nothing. In its first three months, Five Loaves and Two Fish lost 250,000 yuan ($41,100), according to

majority investor Liu Pengfei, who said the news isn’t all bad. “We initially expected the restaurant to stay open for two months, and now it has lasted three,” he said. “The losses are not unbearable.” (China Daily)

2006, Corizon, then known as Prison Health Services, backed out of a 10year state prison health care contract months after being awarded the deal, insisting that it wasn’t making enough money. (Miami Herald)

Hazards of Toilet Paper

Second-Amendment Follies

After someone rolled a house and trees in Dora, Ala., homeowner Cheryl Crausewell and her son cleaned up most of the mess, but some of the toilet paper remained stuck in a magnolia tree. Crausewell said they set fire to a piece of toilet paper to remove it, but the wind blew it into the front yard, setting the grass on fire. Within seconds, Crausewell said the fire spread to the backyard, where a propane gas tank from a grill fueled the blaze, which destroyed the house. (Birmingham’s WBRC-TV)

Health Care Follies

Intending to save Florida millions of dollars by privatizing health care for prison inmates, Department of Corrections head Michael D. Crews awarded a five-year, $1.2 billion contract to Tennessee-based Corizon to provide medical care for inmates at 41 state correctional facilities, even though the company was sued 660 times for malpractice in the past five years. A second contractor, Pittsburgh-based Wexford Health Services, signed a fiveyear, $240 million contract to provide medical services to nine state institutions, despite having 1,092 malpractice claims filed against it in five years. In


Lacking a laser pointer for a slideshow presentation to a foreign delegation at State Police headquarters in Albany, N.Y., Jerome M. Hauer, the state director of homeland security, took out his loaded 9-mm Glock pistol and used the laser-sighting device attached to the barrel as a pointer. One public official who attended the meeting said that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads while Hauer was trying to find a map of New York to point at. (Albany’s Times Union)

Do As I Do, Not Etc.

Eileen McArthur, 47, pleaded guilty in Forfar, Scotland, to driving drunk behind the wheel of her car twice in the space of three weeks, including once driving while almost five times the legal limit. McArthur is a former senior planning officer for Angus Council’s Focus on Alcohol, where she spearheaded initiatives against alcohol abuse. (BBC News)


values” to young people by glamorizing violence, guns and drugs. Last year, Maduro blamed violent video games and the movie Spider-Man. (Associated Press)

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Back in 2002, three young men launched YouTube, in part motivated by a banal desire. They were frustrated because they couldn’t find online videos of the notorious incident that occurred during the Superbowl halftime show, when Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction exposed her breast. In response, they created the now-famous website that allows people to share videos. I foresee the possibility of a comparable sequence for you, Aquarius. A seemingly superficial wish or trivial interest could inspire you to come up with a fine new addition to your world. Pay attention to your whimsical notions.


gemiNi (May 21-June 20): When songwriters make a “slant rhyme,” the words they use don’t really rhyme, but they sound close enough alike to mimic a rhyme. An example occurs in “The bad touch,” a tune by the bloodhound Gang: “you and me baby ain’t nothing but mammals / so let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.” technically, “mammals” doesn’t rhyme with “channel.” I suspect that in the coming week you will have experiences with metaphorical resemblances to slant rhymes. but as long as you don’t fuss and fret about the inexactness you encounter, as long as you don’t demand that everything be precise and cleaned-up, you will be entertained and educated. Vow to see the so-called imperfections as soulful.

astrological omens, it’s crucial that you not get stuck in an oppositional mode. It would be both wrong and debilitating to believe that you must choose between one of two conflicting options. With that in mind, I will introduce you to a word you may not know: “trilemma.” It transcends a mere dilemma because it contains a third alternative.


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): In 1984, Don Henley’s song “The boys of summer” reached the top of the billboard charts. “out on the road today / I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac,” Henley sings wistfully near the end of the tune. He’s dismayed by the sight of the Grateful Dead’s logo, an ultimate hippie symbol, displayed on a luxury car driven by snooty rich kids. Almost 20 years later, the band the Ataris covered “The boys of summer,” but changed the lyric to “out on the road today / I saw a black flag sticker on a Cadillac.” It conveyed the same mournful contempt, but this time invoking the iconic punk band black flag. I offer this tale to you, Virgo, as an encouragement to update the way you think about your life’s mythic quest … to modernize your old storylines … to refresh and refurbish the references you invoke to tell people about who you are.

novelist Joan bauer. “It’s a big word for me. I feel it everywhere. Almost home. Almost happy. Almost changed. Almost, but not quite. not yet. soon, maybe.” I’m sure you know about that feeling yourself, Cancerian. sometimes it has seemed like your entire life is composed of thousands of small almosts that add up to one gigantic almost. but I have good news: There is an excellent chance that in the next 14 to 16 weeks you will graduate from the endless and omnipresent almost; you will rise up and snatch a bold measure of completeness from out of the ever-shifting flow. And it all kicks into high gear now.

libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): food aficionado Michael Pollan says that Americans “worry more about food and derive less pleasure from eating” than people in other countries. If you ask them what their association is with “chocolate cake,” they typically say “guilt.” by contrast, the french are likely to respond to the same question with “celebration.” from an astrological perspective, I think it’s appropriate for you to be more like the french than the Americans in the coming weeks — not just in your attitude toward delicious desserts, but in regards to every opportunity for pleasure. This is one of those times when you have a license to guiltlessly explore the heights and depths of bliss.

leo (July 23-Aug. 22): one of the chapter

scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): In the Inuktitut

caNceR (June 21-July 22): “Almost,” writes

titles in my most recent book is this: “ever since I learned to see three sides to every story, I’m finding much better stories.” I’m recommending that you find a way to use this perspective as your own in the coming weeks, Leo. According to my analysis of the

language spoken among the eastern Canadian Inuit, the word for “simplicity” is katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu. This amusing fact reminds me of a certain situation in your life. your quest to get back to basics and reconnect with your core sources is turning out to

be rather complicated. If you hope to invoke all of the pure, humble clarity you need, you will have to call on some sophisticated and ingenious magic.

sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): “What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree?” asked environmentalist edward Abbey. His answer: “The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.” I suggest you meditate on all the ways you can apply that wisdom as a metaphor to your own issues. for example: What monumental part of your own life might be of service to a small, fragile part? What major accomplishment of yours can provide strength and protection to a ripening potential that’s underappreciated by others? caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “to burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves,” wrote the poet federico García Lorca. I urge you to make sure you are not inflicting that abuse on yourself in the coming weeks, Capricorn. It’s always dangerous to be out of touch with or secretive about your holy passions, but it’s especially risky these days. I’m not necessarily saying you should rent a megaphone and shout news of your yearnings in the crowded streets. In fact, it’s better if you are discriminating about whom you tell. The most important thing is to not be hiding anything from yourself about what moves you the most. Pisces (feb. 19-March 20): “I believe more

in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” That’s what 20th-century author truman Capote said about his own writing process. back in that primitive pre-computer era, he scrawled his words on paper with a pencil and later edited out the extraneous stuff by applying scissors to the manuscript. Judging from your current astrological omens, Pisces, I surmise you’re in a phase that needs the power of the scissors more than the power of the pencil. What you cut away will markedly enhance the long-term beauty and value of the creation you’re working on.

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(March 21-April 19): “you know it’s saturday when you are wiping off vodka stains from your face with a marshmallow,” testifies the woman who writes the tumblr blog french fries Absinthe Milkshakes. I really hope you don’t even come close to having an experience like that this week, Aries. but I’m worried that you will. I sense that you’re becoming allergic to caution. you may be subconsciously wishing to shed all decorum and renounce self-control. to be clear, there’s nothing inherently wrong with relaxing your guard. I hope you will indeed give up some of your high-stress vigilance and surrender a bit to life’s sweet chaos. Just please try to find a playful and safe and not-too-insane way to do so.

(April 20-May 20): What is the single best thing you could do to fulfill your number one desire? Is there a skill you should attain? A subject you should study? A special kind of experience you should seek or a shift in perspective you should initiate? This is a big opportunity, taurus. you have an excellent chance to identify the specific action you could take that will lead you to the next stage of your evolution. And if you do manage to figure out exactly what needs to be done, start doing it!

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Dear fans of MM:

If you missed our explanation in last week’s issue, it was that, after many years dispensing advice to Seven Days readers, Mistress Maeve has moved on. she’s sad to leave us, and you, behind, but she’s making her way up the career ladder. It would not surprise us to someday find her advising, say, the president of the United states. or, for that matter, being the poTUs. But not to worry, all you lovelorn, relationshipchallenged and sexually curious dears, we’ve found another wise woman to assume the adviser’s mantle. Here’s how she asked us to introduce her: Hello! My name is athena. I am a third-generation matchmaker, vagabond, love goddess and sexplorer, and I am here for you. Got a question you can’t spill even to your closest friend? Got carnal queries or insecurities? What’s got you wild, mad, sad or utterly perplexed? Go ahead — just ask athena. and here is athena’s very first column for you. You can send your own question to her at askathena@

Dear Athena,

I’ve been single for nearly three years and I’m really ready for a relationship, but it’s hard to meet people. I feel selfconscious about meeting someone on an online site but kinda feel like it’s my last hope. I’ve tried going out to bars and clubs on the weekend and it’s getting old. I’ve tried everything. am I totally desperate and uncool?



I get it. I am a longtime romantic. While the idea of meeting the love of your life in a café or museum might be more appealing, times have changed, and we need to change with them. We work, shop, play, pay our taxes and plan trips on computers; why not meet our next partner there, too? I think we can agree that most people are searching for a special someone. What’s wrong with being proactive about it? look, it’s a lot of work trolling the bars every weekend: getting dolled up, spending money on drinks, politely navigating a bunch of lechers, all while pretending you aren’t looking. Why not explore other options from the comfort of your home, in your pJs? Whether or not you try online dating, shift your focus back to yourself and what you want from life in addition to love. It’s easy to think another person will complete or even “fix” us, but when we get involved with someone, we can lose sight of things that matter to us. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, or meditate, or take a pottery class. Use the time you have now to develop yourself. When you start to court — and value — yourself, others will want in.


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loViNg couPlE SEEKS SExY lADY We’re in a loving, committed relationship, together over 25 years. We’re very much into pleasure and exploring our sexuality. she was in a f-f relationship years ago so this is nothing new, but it’s been a while. We’re looking for an intelligent woman (we need to like you) who is looking to explore her sexuality with a loving, committed couple. coupleinlove, 48

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hEllo All PEoPlE of EArth Hi. I’m here to make friends and maybe more. I’m a pretty simple and somewhat average guy. I am honest, non judgemental and forgiving, shy in real life, young looking, and young at heart. ddeeaann, 25

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“Have a nice nigHt” We briefly shared a conveyor belt at the register until you bolted for the shorter line. Bummer. I was wearing the red coat in front of you. When: Friday, January 31, 2014. Where: city Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911969 Ruggedvt Spotted Saw your picture and realized that life must’ve switched up for you since I saw you last. Although I’m not looking for a match, let’s catch up. Only one person could write this — a bookbag, a can of Hawaiian Punch that I forgot about for Girl Scouts that day and I hit you with it back in sixth grade! When: tuesday, January 28, 2014. Where: online. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911968 HeY, tigeR! RaWR! Loogies, loogies, splashing bright/ In the North End of the night—What contrary hand or eye/ Could frame thy lack of symmetry?/ The store clerk, though she’s young, still calls me “hun.”/ How I love you — How I’ve missed you — Burling-tun!/ Beloved home, please know I love you madly…/ It’s just I’ve come back shyer than Boo Radley. -Darshilliam Blake When: Friday, January 31, 2014. Where: ancient pockets of the old north end. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #911967 giRl in MulticoloRed StRiped veSt With the smooth moves at the Kat Wright show. I wanted to come dance with you but I was on a date with someone else. I could have done a better job than the guy in the flannel shirt. I was in the corner by the door on the raised seating area. When: Thursday, January 30, 2014. Where: Radio Bean. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #911966 dodge avengeR in eSSex You were in your black Dodge Avenger, me in my white Subaru next to each other on the circ. Waiting to get onto Susie Wilson. You got behind me and followed me on Route 15 until the interstate. You got off in South Burlington and looked at me as I kept going. If you’re interested, send me a message. When: Thursday, January 30, 2014. Where: essex. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911964


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do i Want to knoW Chances are this was not you. Sad to see you go. I was hoping that you stay. Baby we both know. That the night was mainly made for saying things you can’t say tomorrowday. When: tuesday, december 17, 2013. Where: here, there, never enough. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911961

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citY MaRket Salad BaR Dear outgoing guy at the salad bar: sorry for being short with you when you tried to make conversation, I was running late per usual. If you were flirting, let’s get a beer sometime. I promise I will have more to say :). If you were just being nice, thank you. Your friendliness and sincerity were quite refreshing! When: tuesday, January 28, 2014. Where: city Market salad bar, noonish. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911960 leaRn to Ski I had you in one of my adult ski classes at Smuggs. Your enthusiasm and sense of humor have kept me thinking about you. When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: Smugglers’ notch. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911959 tall BRunette at citY MaRket You were a gorgeous, tall brunette leaving City Market with a friend today (Tuesday) around 8:20 a.m. You were wearing a sweatshirt and yoga pants, and you both climbed into a black Toyota. I’m fairly sure you didn’t see me as I was walking in, but if you are ever up for grabbing a coffee some time, let’s connect! When: tuesday, January 28, 2014. Where: city Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911958 gReen-peppeRMint tea You came in on Sunday with a friend to place a take-out order but decided to stay for lunch instead. You had a “green-peppermint tea.” I just wanted to say thank you for the note you left on the check. It really made my day :). Maybe we can have tea together next time? When: Sunday, January 26, 2014. Where: downtown restuarant. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911957 FRoM one SpY to anotHeR You were the cute FBI agent working undercover. I was the KGB agent who admired your work. We should get together and exchange information. Maybe we can help each other out. When: Sunday, January 26, 2014. Where: the Three needs. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911956

Blonde at tHe coFFeeHouSe The Block gallery and Coffeehouse, I was so preoccupied working on a project that I missed all the signs until just this moment when I remembered your look as I was leaving. I could be mistaken but if not. When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: the Block gallery and coffeehouse. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911954 HuggaBle Ski inStRuctoR at SMuggS I lost control of my skis trying to turn on the bunny slope during a lesson. I almost crashed into you, but you held up your arms and caught me gently instead. You said, “You looked like you needed a hug.” I was so embarrassed, I moved quickly away. Thanks for helping me! Can I repay you with a drink? When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: Smugglers’ notch. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911953 tattooed WaiteR at SukHo tHai You: attractive waiter at Sukho Thai with a tattoo on your arm. Me: cute girl in blue sweater with long hair. My friend and I were the only ones sitting at a table. Wanted to write my number on our bill, but wasn’t sure if you’d be the one to pick it up. Care to grab a drink? When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: Sukho Thai in essex outlets. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911952 BuRlington SquaRe Mall, 1/25/14 I noticed you in the Burlington Square Mall, walking and shopping with your daughter. She went into stores and you waited. Sitting on the benches, I walked by (long, green, down jacket) trying to get your attention, but you were looking at your phone. You look familiar to me. When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: Burlington Square Mall. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911951

FRiendlY BRunette at tHe edge You settled in next to me on the elliptical at Twin Oaks. We laughed about the spectators. You seemed smart, confident and sexy. You mentioned it was “practically balmy” as we left, and I regretted not being friendlier. I’d like a second chance. Can I make it up to you with a cocktail? Include something that lets me know it’s you. When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: The edge, South Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911950 cute BRunette/RedHead at oak45 You: a cute lady having drinks by the bar with a slightly older woman (aunt/mom/not sure). Me: with my friends by a table. Black guy, olive glasses, green tie. I had a headache that night and didn’t want to interrupt. We should get hot chocolate sometime (don’t drink coffee). When: Thursday, January 23, 2014. Where: oak45. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911949 “BuSting up tHe place” It was a rare quiet moment in the store and I spied you beating up the cabinets. You were very helpful and chatty, we joked about your fight with the cabinet. I’ll apologize in advance if this is out of line, but coffee or a drink sometime? When: Thursday, January 23, 2014. Where: cvS, Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911948 HeY... HeY You If you understand the headline, then yep, this is for you. Just a reminder on how wonderful you are, and no matter what I’ll wait as long as it takes babe. I love you more than words can express :). P.S: 1/19/2014=1 year together. When: Sunday, January 19, 2014. Where: colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911947 RoxY tHeateR doWntoWn I came to see Wolf of Wall St. I was sneaking away from life. You didn’t see me at first. But I’m glad you did. Your sweet disposition was amazing and it honestly made my day. I looked for you before I left but you were nowhere to be seen. Hope your double went by fast. Coffee? Friendship? When: Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Where: Roxy. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911946 HannaFoRdS eSSex 1/21 1/21 at 4:30 p.m. You: petite girl with maroon bonnet type hat, and you were wearing jeans. I was wearing a red jacket. We met in the canned-goods aisle. You said sorry because you thought you were in my way. We met again in the ref aisle. Exchanged glances on my way out. I would love to meet you. When: tuesday, January 21, 2014. Where: Hannaford. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911944


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