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What a great article on this situation [“Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note,” February 5]. It provoked my emotions so much because of my


personal past experiences with disgruntled neighbors. This fellow Buchwald is bringing culture and diversity to the neighborhood through his craft. Now he’s being hassled by some cranky lady. The evidence is clear that his shop doesn’t make noise, is within his permitted use, and doesn’t cause any harm or disturbance to the peace of the neighborhood.   Headrick sounds like she has nothing better to do than pester her neighbor into her “reality” of what neighborhood living should be. My suggestion for her: Find a hobby, do something good for the community and stop dragging out such a ridiculous hissy fit over nothing.  Great job and thanks for the read! Let’s hope this all ends well in Buchwald’s favor.  John Coon



[Re “Raw Deal? Farmers Push Back Against Unpasteurized Milk Regulations,” January 29]: I was astounded to read in this article that goat farmer Lisa Kaiman attended her hearing “dressed in a Carhartt jacket and bulky knit sweater, her graying hair piled in a messy bun atop her head.” Huh? Are you kidding me? Why did Kathryn Flagg think it appropriate to describe Kaiman’s attire and hairdo but not do the same for anyone else?

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According to a CGI document describing the event — which Newsweek quoted and Seven Days later obtained — company officials hoped to demonstrate “a live interface with the Federal Data Hub,” which verifies income tax data, citizenship and other federal records for state exchanges. The preview would “provide an early view of the functionality — not a finished product,” the document said. But according to an unnamed source Browning described only as “a person familiar with the event,” “a lot was left to the imagination” at the demonstration. “Some state staffers that July 26 thought it showed ‘live’ registrations and enrollments by hypothetical consumers, when in fact static premade screens were displayed,” Browning wrote. “People weren’t technologically sophisticated enough to understand what was actually going on,” she quoted her source as saying. Though Larson told Browning he believed the demonstration “involved sending and receiving information with the federal data hub and showed the eligibility determination of a hypothetical customer,” Browning intimated in her story that the exchange had not, in fact, connected to the hub. “The source familiar with the event says ‘the system was in no way operable’ during that demonstration,” she wrote. That’s a pretty serious claim.

While much of Browning’s story rehashed what’s already been reported, Newsweek appeared to be claiming that CGI willfully deceived the state in order to protect its contracts with Vermont, valued at $84 million. That’s, like, way illegal. CGI spokeswoman LINDA ODORISIO declined to address Newsweek’s charges directly, but in a statement to Seven Days said that Vermont “is leading the nation” in signing up consumers for the federally mandated health exchange. “With enrollments continuing to rise, CGI remains fully committed to delivering the robust functionality desired for Vermonters by Vermont Health Connect, now and in the future,” Odorisio wrote. Larson, meanwhile, disputed Browning’s account of the presentation, saying, “I believe it was a real demonstration of our connection to the federal data hub.” ROBIN LUNGE, Shumlin’s director of health care reform — who, like Larson, did not attend the July 26 event — agreed. She said that while the administration was “disappointed with the fact that [CGI] missed deadlines,” she assumes the company “operated in good faith.” “I don’t know that I would call it deceptive — certainly disappointing,” she said of CGI’s work. If Browning had a thing or two to say about state officials’ competence and CGI’s trustworthiness, Larson had a thing or two to say about Browning’s reporting methods. “None of [her] questions gave an opportunity to respond to the accusation of the story,” he said. “There was never a question like, ‘Do you feel like the demonstration on [July] 26th was faked?’” Larson forwarded Seven Days copies of his correspondence with Browning, which took place over email between January 30 and February 4. It’s true that the reporter did not specifically ask whether Larson thought the demonstration was “faked,” but she did attempt to clarify what happened that day. It’s also clear that Browning called and emailed state officials for more than a week before they got back to her — a common experience when dealing with the tightlipped Shumlin administration. (Case in point: Shumlin said last Friday that he’d get back to reporters once he’d read the Newsweek story, but his spokeswoman, SUE ALLEN, hasn’t returned Seven Days’ emails since.) As for the underlying allegations, Larson provided Seven Days a copy of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report he says proves that Vermont Health Connect was, in fact, able to connect with the federal

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story, Larson noted that the data hub issue has long been an obsession of Shumlin’s 2012 Republican gubernatorial opponent, Randy BRock, and of Brock’s de facto campaign manager, daRcie Johnston, who runs Vermonters for Health Care Freedom. “I think that Darcie Johnston and Randy Brock have been consistent about raising this connection about the federal data hub, and that is a very important component of the entire speculation of the Newsweek article,” Larson said. Indeed, Brock was the first to write about the July 26 meeting — asking in a September 29 VTDigger op-ed whether the demonstration was “misleading.” Johnston, meanwhile, sent a fundraising email Monday to VHCF members saying that, “material we have collected through public records requests” was “critical [to] the recently published Newsweek article…” According to Brock, after Browning contacted him, he “provided her with documents [he] obtained through Vermont’s Open Records Act,” just as he has other media outlets. “I am sorry that the administration seems to want to criticize members of the media and me for accessing documents that are embarrassing,” Brock said. Regardless of his political motivations — he hasn’t said whether he’ll challenge Shumlin again this November — Brock is right to raise questions. And regardless of whether Browning’s story was a hack job or Pulitzer material, it’s a relief to see a national news outlet helicoptering in to cover the mess. Because, contrary to Lunge’s flattering assertion, the Vermont press corps still hasn’t done a very good job of getting to the bottom of the Vermont Health disconnect. We still don’t have a proper understanding of why the system’s deployment went so badly, and why it took so long for Shumlin to admit and rectify the problem. This isn’t water under the bridge. As Larson himself readily admits, it’s still impossible to pay premiums online, edit information in existing Vermont Health Connect applications and enroll as a small business. Larson says he still doesn’t know when all three functions will work properly. And the ramifications go far beyond Vermont Health Connect. Just last week, the Agency of Human Services went back to the drawing board after only CGI bid on a $100 million, comprehensive new IT contract to bring together the agency’s disparate systems. “It was the opinion of all of us who were working on this project that that was not the right way to go,” AHS Secretary doug Racine told Vermont Public Radio. “CGI obviously had performance issues.” No doubt that’s the case. But the bigger question is whether state government, too, had performance issues — and what it plans to do about them. m


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hen Vermonters converged in Bridport last week to weigh in on a complicated water-quality bill moving through the Statehouse, Bridport beef farmer Phil Wagner reminded the lawmakers on hand that “everyone behind me is in favor of clean water.” “Everyone” in the room, or close to it, was a farmer. The majority was male — many in muck boots, flannel and heavy canvas winter coats — and the earthy, sweet smell of the milk barn still clung to a few as they settled into metal folding chairs. They’d gathered at the Bridport Masonic hall to offer comments on H.586, a sprawling piece of legislation that proposes additional water-quality regulations for agriculture, infrastructure and urban development. Though H.586 doesn’t single out a body of water, it’s Lake Champlain that seems to be of most concern to lawmakers, scientists and farmers. The amount of phosphorous entering the water exceeds healthy levels in every portion of the lake. In some of the problem areas — a section of the south lake, as well as Missisquoi Bay — phosphorous loads are nearly double and triple, respectively, what they should be, as a result of runoff from sources such as farm fields, manure pits, streambed erosion and roads. The result? Phosphorous fuels the growth of toxic and unsightly algae blooms that close beaches and threaten health — dogs have died from drinking the tainted water. Lake Champlain International executive director James Ehlers rattles off a list of potential problems as Vermont’s water quality deteriorates, including lower property values, compromised drinking-water supplies, loss of local fisheries and decreased tourism. Last week’s hearing illustrated the challenges facing Vermont policy makers in the coming months: Everybody agrees about the need for clean water. How to clean up Lake Champlain is a much trickier question. Legislators are trying to “be proactive,” Rep. Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) told the assembled

farmers, about “what’s coming at us from the EPA.” The federal Environmental Protection Agency has been a guiding force in Vermont’s latest consideration of cleanwater practices. That’s because the EPA, in 2011, revoked Vermont’s plan to manage the flow of nutrients and pollution into Lake Champlain after finding it inadequate. That plan is called the Total Maximum Daily Load — or TMDL. Stephen Perkins, with the office of ecosystem protection in the regional EPA office, likens the TMDL to a caloric diet: The plan tallies up the amount of any given pollutant — phosphorous, in the case of Lake Champlain — that a body of water can absorb, then outlines a plan for keeping that amount in check. But in Vermont’s case, the state hasn’t been sticking to its diet. The Conservation Law Foundation challenged the EPA in court in 2008, arguing

that Vermont’s former TMDL didn’t satisfy federal Clean Water Act requirements. The EPA settled with CLF in 2011, and stepped in to oversee the drafting of a new TMDL. In the three years since, the state and the EPA have updated the science and collaborated on a new plan to tackle phosphorous pollution in the lake. H.586 would take some of the steps necessary to make that plan a reality. “We have publicly applauded the scope and scale of the things that the state has put on the table,” said the EPA’s Perkins. “The tough news is, they’re going to have to do all of that to get to the target. It’s a big lift.” The specifics of H.586 are in flux, but the bill comes at water quality from a number of different angles: among them, agriculture, urban stormwater

runoff, forestry and development. When it comes to farmers, lawmakers are considering, among other regulations: requiring small farms — not just medium and large ones — to be certified and registered with the Agency of Agriculture; mandatory fencing to keep livestock out of waterways; and participation in classes or other training about preventing runoff and wastewater discharge. At the outset of last week’s hearing, Partridge warned the farmers that H.586 was not set in stone; that rewrites were underway in Montpelier even as she spoke. But even with the bill’s particulars up in the air, the farmers in Bridport were eager to weigh in. “My issue with bill 586 is that … the agricultural portion is regulating people,” Wagner told the




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a substantial improvement in Lake Champlain. The latest models from the EPA show that cropland accounts for roughly 35 percent of phosphorous pollution in Lake Champlain. The next largest contributors are stream bank erosion, at 22 percent, and developed land, at 13 percent. Both the state’s plan for meeting the TMDL and H.586 are a start, Ehlers said, but they lack vision and imagination. Thinking that “fencing some cows out of streams” will fix the problem, Ehlers said, is just nibbling around the edges of the issue. He wants to see regulators start with a blank page, and reimagine policy that would support what he calls a “cleanwater economy.” On that point, at least, Ehlers and a few of the farmers on hand last week agreed. “We’ve been cleaning up the lake ever since I’ve been here,” said Shelburne beef farmer Jim Kleptz, a MiL L S 42-year resident of the state, in his testimony. “Rinky dink” fixes, he said, aren’t going to address the bigger problems. Depleted soils and more paved surfaces means the volume of water heading into Lake Champlain is that much greater; that water carries with it pollutants from fields, stream banks and roadways. Lingering by the door after last Thursday’s hearing, Kleptz shook his head in frustration. “They should just chuck the whole thing and start over again,” he said. m

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hat would happen in China if people were angry about wind turbines getting built near their property?” Tyler Dumont asked Zhu Xi as they drove through a winter landscape last week in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Dumont, an Emmy Award-winning student journalist at Lyndon State College, would soon be interviewing a Sheffield family protesting the noise generated by 16 wind turbines in the mountains above their property. “Would they challenge it?” Dumont, 20, asked Zhu, a Chinese student, as he merged onto I-91. The turbines in question were spinning on a ridgeline due north. No, Zhu explained; the Chinese government owns most of the land, so private citizens probably wouldn’t complain. Zhu then proceeded to ask Dumont her own set of questions about the American political system, which led to a discussion of appointments versus elections. A journalism graduate student at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Zhu, 21, was shadowing Dumont as part of a three-week exchange program at Lyndon State. She and four other students arrived on January 20 and left last Saturday. Over the course of their visit, they took field trips to New York City, Burlington and the Caledonian-Record newsroom in St. Johnsbury. But the bulk of their time was spent among their American counterparts: attending classes, tagging along on reporting trips and helping to produce the student-run newscast for the college’s daily News7 show, which reaches 9,000 Northeast Kingdom homes. The exchange is the brainchild of Lyndon State journalism professor Dan Williams and assistant professor Meghan Meacham. Williams, who used to work for CNN, first made contact with an instructor at Beijing Foreign Studies University while serving as a Fulbright scholar in China last year. Meacham was visiting another school in Shanghai last spring when she came up with the threeweek structure.


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The partnership comes at a tense moment in U.S.-Chinese press relations. The New York Times and Bloomberg News websites were blocked in mainland China last year after both ran investigative accounts of the wealth of Chinese leaders; reporters at those publications have since been denied visas, prompting stern statements from the White House. Meanwhile, for Chinese journalists to receive press credentials, they must now take an annual exam testing their understanding of Communist Party principles. So what do fledgling Chinese journos stand to gain in an American training ground? “They’re primarily here to watch what our electronic journalism and arts department does at Lyndon. We have a very experiential journalism program,” Williams explains. By contrast, he says, Chinese journalism programs are lecture-based and don’t offer “the

students… so much control over content” — let alone have them produce a daily news show. Sitting in Lyndon State’s small, bustling television studio before heading out with Dumont, Zhu put it in her own words: “We’ve never done something in the TV studio. It’s brand new to us,” she said. “Students here are very practical. They know how to operate the machines. We can never do it in school.” “For us, it’s just lectures and papers,” added her classmate, 23-year-old Liang Xiaojie. “If we want to do something practical, we need to get an internship.” If not for their accents, Liang and Zhu could pass for journalism majors anywhere in the U.S. Zhu sported grey sweatpants and Ugg-style boots; Liang wore a sweater and leggings. After snowboarding for the first time on Super Bowl Sunday, both chose sleep over watching the game. But other American traditions have commanded their full attention. In China, they explained, journalists often aren’t allowed in courtrooms, so it was a novel experience to visit the Caledonia County courthouse to witness some arraignments the previous week. The restrictions placed on Chinese

reporters are well-documented: government censorship bureaus often head off sensitive stories by issuing shadow directives to state-owned and commercial news outlets. Although some media respond by self-censoring, others ignore those boundaries — at their own risk. The Committee to Protect Journalists has tracked the arrests of 32 Chinese journalists since 1992, six of which took place last year. Those writers had reported on issues including ethnic unrest, local corruption and the shoddy construction of buildings that collapsed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Despite the intimidation, demand for watchdog journalism is growing in China. Wang Keqin, an investigative reporter who has lectured to Zhu and her classmates, has earned both death threats and fame for his reports on financial corruption and public health cover-ups. In the wake of China’s breakneck development and the resulting pollution, the press has made significant headway in environmental journalism. In one watershed moment, a group of reporters in 2005 documented the protests of a dam project on the Songhua River. Thenpremier Wen Jiabao ultimately blocked its construction. Zhu’s immediate plans aren’t so audacious. In her next semester of school, she said she’d look for an internship with one of the state-backed news services, such as China Daily or Xinhua. Her father worked for a local news station in her hometown in Anhui Province, but eventually, she said, she’d like to write stories about China for a global audience, preferably for a paper like the New York Times, where “you need to know a little bit of everything.” According to Dumont, at least, she appears to be sufficiently curious. “Even though they can’t cover everything, like courts or the corruption of local officials, they know it, they get it, and they’re still interested in it.” Plans are already underway at Lyndon State to host a second batch of Chinese students next fall. m

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Gov. Peter Shumlin said he “made a couple of fundraising visits” to potential donors to the Democratic Governors Association while in Las Vegas last week. But he wouldn’t say whether he raised any gold for his own reelection campaign. Shumlin had traveled to Vegas for the National Association of Home Builders’ annual meeting, at which the gov said he “spoke with the home builders about jobs and the work we’re doing in Vermont to try to boost housing.” The two-day trip was paid for by the DGA, a partisan electoral organization that he chairs. Neither the DGA nor the governor’s office responded to questions posed by Seven Days about whether Shumlin would do any out-of-state fundraising. But at a Friday press conference Shumlin confirmed that he had. “I made a couple of fundraising visits while I was in Vegas with the DGA — on behalf of the DGA — to individuals,” he said. Asked to clarify, the gov said, “Met with individuals about the possibility of donating to the DGA, individual donors.” Shumlin said he would not comment on whom he met with, referring questions to the DGA.  “You run the DGA, though, right?” Seven Days noted. “I mean, they have just not responded to any of my questions about this. So, as chairman of the DGA—” “Well, Paul, Paul, we know that you have a difficult relationship with the DGA,” Shumlin responded. “And you’ll have to work that out with the DGA.” Asked by WCAX news director Anson Tebbetts whether he had raised money for his own reelection campaign in Vegas, the governor was more circumspect. “In terms of my own fundraising, any fundraising that I do will be reflected in a report that I’ll file in accordance with the law,” Shumlin said. “I’m really focused YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE on my job as governor.” TEXT WITH LAYAR



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t’s getting expensive to run for a city council seat in the Burlington area — and to wage campaigns in support of local ballot items. One candidate in a South Burlington council race has loaned himself $10,000 for the effort. In Burlington, the Democratic challenger and the Progressive incumbent in the Old North End’s Ward 2 had each raised more than $3,600 as of February 3. Local candidates who raise more than $500 are required to file two more disclosure reports with the Vermont Secretary of State: 10 days prior to the March 4 election and two weeks after it. Even weightier war chests are being filled in the race for an open council seat in Ward 4 in Burlington’s New North End, with the Democrat reporting an infusion of nearly $4,500 and the Republican almost $4,000. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has meanwhile reactivated a political action committee that spent more than $35,000 in 2012 to urge voter approval of three ballot measures that passed. Weinberger said this week that he expects his PAC — the Partnership for Burlington’s Future — to raise a comparable sum before March 4 to push for affirmative votes on four referendums. Weinberger and the council candidates raking in donations say it costs serious money to run a serious campaign. The anticipated outlays by the mayor’s PAC reflect “the passage of time — the inflation factor — and changes in the channels of communication,” he says. Burlington’s mode of governance requires direct voter approval for many major policy initiatives, Weinberger adds in defense of the PAC’s role. One way to assess the degree of escalation in fundraising is to calculate the ratio between dollars collected and votes likely to be cast. (For council races, these ratios are based on the turnout in last year’s election in those respective wards. The computations further assume that the candidates will roughly split the total number of ballots cast in their contests.) Based on the money already raised, the candidates in Ward 2 — Progressive seat holder Max Tracy and Democratic insurgent Ryan Emerson — could lay out

an average of at least $14 per vote. The final figure could actually prove much higher because each candidate will probably raise hundreds — maybe thousands — of additional dollars prior to their showdown at the polls in roughly three weeks.


approved by large margins, however; with that outcome, the PAC will have invested substantially less than $12 for each “yes” vote cast. But the sums being assembled by Weinberger’s PAC loom even larger in the likely absence of any spending on behalf of a “no” vote on any of the four ballot measures the mayor’s PAC is backing — a general city tax



Fundraising in the Ward 4 race may produce a somewhat lower ratio of dollars to votes; Democrat Carol Ode and Republican Kurt Wright had each raised about $8 per expected vote as of the February 4 filing — although that figure is also likely to rise. In South Burlington, where council hopefuls run on an at-large basis and without listed party affiliations, candidate Michael Simoneau’s $10,000 selfie loan could by itself work out to about $6 a vote. Applying the same formulas to this year’s Burlington ballot items — but using the non-presidential election year of 2011 as the reference point — $35,000 in spending by Weinberger’s PAC could amount to about $12 for one “yes” vote per ballot item. That assumes an even split in the tallies for each item. One or two of the initiatives are likely to be

hike; a ward redistricting plan; financing for the Moran Plant rehabilitation and other waterfront initiatives; and the purchase of a Winooski hydroelectric plant. Is there a problem here? Could the fundraising frenzy in local elections frighten off citizens who might launch

their own campaigns — but not at the price of scrounging for thousands of dollars? Emerson, the Democrat running in Ward 2, acknowledges that the increasing pressure to build bulging bank accounts could discourage some would-be candidates. But like every other high roller in local races, he suggests that the cost of running for any contested elected office has grown substantially, due in part to the technology-propelled increase in the number of ways — and cost —  to reach potential voters. He spent $450 just to build a campaign website, Emerson notes. Simoneau, a commercial real estate broker, says he hopes to spend only half the $10,000 he has lent to his South Burlington campaign. But he views that amount as “the price of admission” to the race for an open twoyear seat. “I don’t want to make a half-hearted effort.” Ode says the $4,463 she has lent to her Ward 4 council campaign is necessary for a “clear underdog” running against one of the best-known politicians in Burlington. “Everyone knows Kurt,” she says in regard to her opponent, a mayoral candidate in 2012, longtime state representative and former city councilor. For his part, Wright notes it cost him $1,440 for a pair of full-page ads in the North Avenue News. “You get there in a hurry,” he says in reference to the total of at least $4,000 he expects to spend in the race. What’s driving this surge in spending on the local level? In South Burlington, “it’s all gotten personal,” observes Meaghan Emery, Simoneau’s opponent. “It’s pretty poisonous here now.” Emery notes she spent “less than $50” to win a council seat in a contested race in 2008. She served a second term as well, paying out about the same amount in 2010, when she had no opponent.




This time around, she’s so far raised about $1,500, Emery said this weekend. Last year, South Burlington City Councilor Pam Mackenzie upped the ante considerably in local politics by forming a PAC that spent an estimated $4,360 on behalf of two council candidates. Both supported hosting the F-35 fighter plane in Vermont and both won their respective races handily. Mackenzie herself was not on the ballot then. And her PAC did not file a required post-election fundraising and expenditure report with the Vermont secretary of state’s office. Paul Engels, one of the incumbents ousted by a Mackenzie-funded challenger last year, asked the Vermont attorney general to investigate her failure to disclose the extent of the PAC’s expenditures. An official in the AG’s office said months ago he would look into the apparent violation of Vermont campaign finance law, but no action has been taken. “It is unfortunate, but we have probably entered the era of being rich enough to buy yourself a city council seat in South Burlington,” Engels wrote in an email message last week. He’s running now against Mackenzie and a third candidate, Tracey Harrington, for a three-year seat on the SoBu council. That seat is being vacated by Rosanne Greco, a leader of the effort to prevent basing the F-35 in South Burlington. For his part, Weinberger says there’s nothing disproportionate about the Partnership PAC’s projected spending in support of four ballot items. “It’s always difficult any time you’re asking voters to raise their taxes,” he notes in regard to one of the ballot measures. It and the three others cannot be backed by any city funds, the mayor adds — necessitating private fundraising, he says, to pay for handouts and other campaign literature, social media and additional forms of advertising. He’s not the first Queen City leader to go that route, Weinberger observes. The current mayor says longtime Burlington political adviser George

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urlington is about to be treated to the final Beethoven Cycle concert by the Paris-based Parisii Quartet. Beethoven wrote 16 string quartets, and Burlingtonbased musicians’ agency Melvin Kaplan has been presenting them over the past two years in six concerts featuring as many professional quartets. Parisii is performing quartets 2, 10 and 13. This concert will be a completely different experience from the last five, most of which took place in Burlington’s College Street Congregational Church. After an attempted arson damaged that sedate space last fall, Kaplan booking agent John Zion chose its opposite number for this concert: the chicindustrial, high-ceilinged ArtsRiot on Pine Street. Audience members can even get a specially prepared French dinner in the adjacent restaurant-bar beforehand. A nontraditional space may be just





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CLASSICAL MUSIC contemporary French composers such as Edith Canat de Chizy. For his part, ArtsRiot co-owner Felix Wai is looking forward to attending the venue’s first classical music concert — in fact, its first acoustic performance. Since launching in July 2012, the space has hosted rap, hip-hop and other miked shows. “I’m hoping people who’ve come to a rock concert here will think, Oh, I’ll check this out,” Wai says. He also hopes classical fans will come for the music even though the venue isn’t “the Flynn, or some place like that. “It’s a little more of an experiment,” Wai admits. “Normally [at classical concerts], you can’t move, you can’t get up and take a break.” Next Wednesday’s audience will be able to bring drinks

from the bar to the seating area, which will accommodate 150. Making classical music more accessible to younger audiences is not a new effort in Vermont. Scrag Mountain Music of Warren presents chamber concerts prefaced by chili dinners in a Northfield barn. Burlington Ensemble offers low-cost performances to audiences gleaned from charity supporters. Reaching for new audiences such as Wai, who listens to classical only on his iPhone, Vermont Public Radio has posted free downloads of recorded performances on its website — most recently cellist Ben Capps and pianist David Kaplan in a performance of “Beyond Beethoven” presented by BE. Vallin, 34, has played at New York City’s (le) poisson rouge, an alternative

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‘My Erotic Valentine’s’ Reading Friday, February 14, 7 to 11 p.m., at ArtsRiot in Burlington. $10 for show only; $40 for dinner, table seating and show., Comedy Roulette: ‘Stupid Cupid!’ Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Monkey House in Winooski. $5. Saloma Miller Furlong talk Sunday, February 16, 2 p.m. at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Free. Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds by Saloma Miller Furlong, Herald Press, 350 pages. $15.99.


Viewers of PBS’ “American Experience” documentary The Amish may have caught an interview with Saloma Miller Furlong, a former Vermonter who published her memoir Why I Left the Amish in 2011. Now the current Massachusetts resident is back with Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds. Appropriately for this weekend, it’s partially a love story. Published by Mennonite-affiliated Herald Press, the book tells the tale of how the young Furlong fled from her Ohio home to Burlington, where

Public readings are a great opportunity to discover new books and authors — but Kit Rivers they’re not always easy to fit into busy schedules. Thanks to “The Authors,” a new collaboration between PHOENIX BOOKS and the Champlain Valley’s REGIONAL


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Some people get poetic for V-day; others get the giggles. For the latter group, a special “Stupid Cupid!” installment of VERMONT COMEDY CLUB’s Comedy Roulette With CHICKY WINKLEMAN series could hit the spot. The local funny guy hosts a night of comics waxing humorous about “the people, ideas, animals and objects they love” — and reading “an unusual love letter.”

she met the Vermonter who would eventually become her husband. First, however, their love had to weather the efforts of the young woman’s Amish community to bring her back into the fold, a struggle that lasted for years. Furlong will discuss her book this Sunday at the FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY, not far from the (former) YWCA where she found her first Vermont refuge.

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stateof thearts A New Book Explores a Very Old Subject: Vermont’s Whale Fossil B y E THA n d E SEi F E


housands of years ago, when the geological features of the Earth were much different than they are now, a small whale expired unceremoniously in the muck at the bottom of a northern sea. It was the kind of unremarkable death that has happened trillions of times in the history of the planet. And yet the very existence of that creature has caused multiple ripples in contemporary Vermont. Yes, whales — probably quite a lot of them — passed their lives in what was once the Champlain Sea. Roughly 13,000 to 10,000 years ago, the brackish body of water covered parts of present-day Québec, Ontario, New York and Vermont. When the land rose at the end of the last ice age, the waters slowly receded to now-familiar boundaries and left countless creatures to their fossil fates. Many remain buried deep inside the Green Mountains, but in 1849, an unlikely series of events unearthed the remains of that

author’s style recalls the creative nonfiction of John McPhee. In advance of his readings at Vermont bookstores in April, Howe spoke with Seven Days about his whale’s tale. SEVEN DAYS: What was your connection with the Perkins museum? JEFF HOWE: I went to UVM as a graduate student in geology and had a background in museums, having worked at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Two weeks before I finished my thesis, the [geology] department got a grant [and asked,] would I like to stay on for a couple years to curate and redesign the museum? My

This is a gorgeous specimen. How can it be sitting here in this cabinet, up against the wall, not being featured? What’s the story on this thing? The whale became the centerpiece of my new museum design, so we had to figure out its story. I looked in various special collections, in the state geological survey, and I started realizing that the story attributed to the whale wasn’t really the correct story. It was so pathetic, so misshapen, so nonlifelike. Its skull was broken by the railroad crews that found it, and it had been repaired with burlap and plaster and brown paint and wire. People have

you have something on the computer about the whale. How do I find it?” [In the early 1990s], you’d connect to the World Wide Web and be presented with a button: “What’s New on the Web Today.” Now there’s a million new things every second, but, one day, they featured a new website from Vermont. [My UVM colleague] Wesley [Wright] asked me to put a website together about the whale. At the time, I didn’t even understand the concept, but I knew [the proto-web software] HyperCard, so I wrote all these different pages and made notes about how they could link together. I gave it all to Wesley, and he


and it had been repaired with burlap and plaster and brown paint and wire.


Its skull was broken by the raIlroad crews that found It, Jeff Howe





one little whale in Charlotte. With the discovery came a host of historical and scientific questions. Jeff Howe attempts to answer them in his new book, How Do You Get a Whale in Vermont? The Unlikely Story of Vermont’s Official State Fossil. Now living in Strasburg, Pa., Howe, 62, is the former curator and exhibits designer of the University of Vermont’s Perkins Geology Museum. There he had firsthand experience with our whale, which resides in the museum and was named Vermont’s State Fossil in 1993. The cetacean is more fascinating than you might think, and so is Howe’s book. How Do You Get a Whale in Vermont? is a lively combination of historical narrative and scientific exploration. The

immediate reaction was, I’m gone, but the more I thought about it, [the more] I thought, What an opportunity! I was hired as curator and exhibits designer, and held that title from 1992 to 1993. It was the best job in the state of Vermont. … They’ve since moved the museum to Delehanty Hall, and 90 percent of the exhibits are still my old exhibits. SD: Why did this whale skeleton fascinate you? JH: I think it all boils down to the book’s title. When I first saw this whale, that was my reaction. In the old museum, it was in this glass case, turned away from the windows. There were no explanatory materials besides a couple of yellowed newspaper articles. I thought,

talked about possibly redoing it, but [we decided] it was more important as a historical specimen than an anatomical one, so we left it… Once I left the university, the story stuck with me. It’s not just about a whale, but a story about [19th-century scientist] Zadock Thompson, who bucked religious dogma to identify the remains as those of a whale; of science in the mid-19th century; of a wooly mammoth; of the ice ages; of the first railroad coming across Vermont. We ought to make a movie out of it.

made this website. Wesley has left it [online] as a fossil — like the whale itself — pretty much unchanged.

SD: How did the whale play a role in the early history of the internet? JH: That’s a cool story, isn’t it? People would come up to me and say, “I hear

How Do You Get a Whale in Vermont? The Unlikely Story of Vermont’s Official State Fossil by Jeff Howe, Little Big Trees Press, 170 pages. $14.95.

SD: Why should Vermonters know about this whale? JH: It’s their whale. There are few things that tell the whole story of Vermont: gold discovery, abolition, railroad, telegraphs, the history of science. I don’t think Vermonters can find a better story that tells more about their state than this one. m



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a book, and then an unexpected art project that would end up on display in the SHELBURNE MUSEUM’s new exhibit “Supercool Glass.” Before the art, though, came the story. Jeffers, who frequently reads and tells stories to her kids, imagined a protagonist named Lotta. She’s a composite of “all children” who encounters various characters and captures their differentsounding laughs in bottles. “Lotta is every child at that stage when everything is awesome,” Jeffers says. “They don’t walk to places; they run to them. They’re excited, and they can …



Jeffers and Ohlander are still tweaking the illustrations and story for Laughter Is the Best Medicine and are seeking a publisher. “Supercool Glass” is on display through June 8 at the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum.,


take something that we hear all the time and just breathe new, creative life into it.” Before long, Jeffers began to envision unique bottles that represented the personality of the person whose laughter they contained — bottles of different colors, shapes and textures. Enter Burlington glass artists TOVE OHLANDER and RICH ARENTZEN, who own AO GLASS WORKS on Pine Street, and from whom Jeffers rents a painting studio.


Jeffers, who has four children of her own, began to notice different qualities in the laughs of people around her — hearty guffaws, hesitant chuckles and the unself-conscious giggles of her children and their friends. “When I started paying attention to people’s laughter, it just happens that you do start to picture it,” she says. Those mental pictures began to take the form of a children’s story. And then

artifacts such as a box of glass eyes, and a mega-size glass chessboard, the “Laughter Is the Best Medicine” installation by Jeffers, Ohlander and Arentzen has attracted a steady stream of exhibit-goers. On display are the elaborate glass bottles that the trio created for Jeffers’ characters, arranged in an antique child’s wagon. Beside the bottles is a hand-bound copy of the book. Amazingly, the glass component of the installation came together in just three weeks, the artists say. They spent January brainstorming the elements of each bottle based on ideas they had for each character. After sketching out each one, the glassblowers immediately hit the studio. “I would say to Rich, ‘What technique would you use for this laugh?’” Ohlander says. “It made us make new pieces that we hadn’t done before, so it was very fruitful. And it’s the very best, as far as collaborations go … It was just genius.” 



“I had approached them and said, ‘You know, if I ever get this book done, it would be really fun if in the back of the book we had a photograph that showed all the bottles,’” Jeffers recalls. The couple was enthusiastic about blowing bottles for each character. And when Jeffers did complete the story, Ohlander jumped in as the illustrator as well. “I started working on the pictures, but you know, even though I paint, to do kids is really hard,” Jeffers admits. Swedish-born Ohlander, who was a painter and illustrator before turning to glasswork at age 23, had an instinct for capturing children and sketching quickly. Ohlander likens “making those fast sketches” to the quick decisions necessary in working with glass. As it happened, Ohlander and Arentzen had a special glassmaking gig in the works. Last spring, Shelburne Museum curator of design arts KORY ROGERS approached the couple and asked them to participate in an exhibit of contemporary glasswork. They agreed — and pulled Jeffers and their book project on board. “Supercool Glass” opened at the museum’s PIZZAGALLI CENTER FOR ART AND EDUCATION last Thursday with a stunning array of contemporary and traditional glasswork. Along with glass-encrusted living room furniture, 19th-century


he saying “laughter is the best medicine” is so common that it sounds trite. But for Burlington artist HOLLY JEFFERS, the truism inspired an imaginative leap: If you could bottle laughter and keep it around for a challenging day, what would the bottle look like? That’s what Jeffers found herself wondering five years ago, when her mother fell ill. “I’d go to her home to check in … we would talk about what the kids were doing and all that,” Jeffers says. “I came to believe that sentiment absolutely, that laughter just helps.”


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Why is it that exposure of the female areola and/or nipples is considered pornographic while exposure of the male areola and/or nipples is not? I read your answer to the question “Why do men have nipples?” and it seems that, physiologically, nipples are nipples. So why the different reactions? Sheryl, Michigan

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human female availability thus would logically be installed permanently in front; (f ) inasmuch as the female breast becomes enlarged anyway during lactation, it’s the obvious candidate. In other words, men like the female breast because, at a primordial level, it reminds them of a monkey’s butt. 2. It’s not just women’s partners who like boobs. Most women find their breasts a source of sexual pleasure — more than eight in 10 report playing with their breasts and nipples increases their arousal. That said, while the nipple is the most sensitive part of the breast, sex play tends to involve the breast as a whole, not the nipple in particular — excessive concentration on the latter is likely to get your partner annoyed. 3. The male nipple is also a source of sexual pleasure — more than half of men report playing with their nipples increases their arousal. So



isten, Sheryl. You know how in some cultures men can show their uncovered mugs in public but women have to wear a bag over their heads? Same idea. Now if what you’re really wondering about is the rationale behind the double standard on nipples, fine, let’s walk through it. 1. Female humans are the only primates with permanently enlarged breasts, which has led to much harebrained speculation about why. I’m not about to add to it. I merely cite my favorite theory, from zoologist Desmond Morris’s 1967 The Naked Ape (I elaborate somewhat): (a) male apes mount their paramours from behind; (b) female apes are only in heat at certain times; (c) as a signal that the female ape is sexually receptive, her buttocks become enlarged and red; (d) humans generally do it face to face, and women may be game at any time; (e) any billboard of

the argument that the female nipple alone must be covered because it’s an erogenous zone and the male nipple isn’t won’t wash. 4. Exposure of much (as distinct from all) of the human female breast is decidedly not taboo. On the contrary, it’s the basis of entire industries. 5. For much of the world, seeing a nipple or two is nothing to freak out over, but in significant parts of the U.S. the unspoken assumption seems to be that, except in narrow circumstances, the exposed female nipple is the equivalent of public fornication. Absurd, you say? Keep reading. 6. Sex being the freighted topic it is, many Americans


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Pap’s argued that Erie was unconstitutionally infringing on its right to freedom of expression. Piffle, said the court: “Even if Erie’s public nudity ban has some minimal effect on the erotic message by muting that portion of the expression that occurs when the last stitch is dropped, the dancers … are free to perform wearing pasties and G-strings. Any effect on the overall expression is de minimis.” But never mind the strangely arousing juxtaposition of stripclub jargon and Latin. Look at Erie’s SCOTUS-approved ordinance: “A person who knowingly or intentionally, in a public place … engages in sexual intercourse … appears in a state of nudity, or … fondles the genitals of himself, herself or another person commits Public Indecency.” Nudity is elsewhere defined as including an uncovered female nipple but not a male one. Ponder the significance of that. A man walks around barechested and the worst that happens is he won’t get served in restaurants. But a woman who goes topless is legally in the same boat as if she’d had sex in public. That may seem crazy, but in the U.S. it’s a permissible law.


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apparently need a bright line between saucy but permissible display of the female breast vs. indecent exposure. Judging from state law, there’s a surprising diversity of opinion on what that bright line is. Some states prohibit exposing any part of the breast, while others ban everything below the top of the nipple or the top of the areola — nowadays a none-toorealistic standard adhered to by such backward localities as Massachusetts. West Virginia, interestingly, comes closest to nailing what in my opinion is the de facto standard, as evidenced on the red carpet at entertainment industry awards ceremonies: It permits display of “any portion of the cleavage of the human female breast exhibited by a dress, blouse, skirt, leotard, bathing suit or other wearing apparel provided the areola is not exposed, in whole or in part.” 7. For the definitive word on this subject we must turn to the U.S. Supreme Court. In City of Erie v. Pap’s A.M. (2000), the justices took up the question of whether Erie, Pa., was legally empowered to prohibit totally nude erotic dancing by women, the difference between illegal total nudity and acceptable partial nudity being that, to comply with the law, “dancers had to wear, at a minimum, ‘pasties’ and a ‘G-string.’”

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white, milky appearance and is less dense. Ice buried beneath several inches of snow is more unstable, as the snow can insulate and trap heat. Ice that forms on still bodies of water, such as bays and ponds, is generally safer than ice on windy or moving water, such as rivers and lake areas near runoffs or tributaries. Equally sketchy are shallows and wetlands, which harbor plant life that raises the water temperature. Rocks, moorings and other protruding objects can act as heat sinks, Cannon says, making the surrounding ice less stable. Areas near marinas are also more dangerous, as many have bubbler systems to keep the water from freezing. The most dangerous spots are pressure cracks, which form as the ice expands and contracts. They can cause the ice to dip or break as a person or vehicle approaches. “The majority of the fatalities we get on Lake Champlain are vehicles or snow machines driving across them,” Cannon says. “These pressure cracks are the killers.”

What should people bring with them if they venture onto the ice? Cannon recommends carrying ice picks, attached to a cord worn around your neck, which can be used to claw your way out of the water. In the early 1990s, Cannon rescued a man whose iceboat broke through the ice more than a mile offshore. “He got out before we got to him, but he was in pretty severe hypothermia. But he had [ice picks] with him,” Cannon says. “I don’t think he would have survived otherwise.” Should you fall through, Cannon recommends getting at least your torso onto solid ice ASAP by whatever means necessary: kicking, clawing or breaking through thinner ice to reach stronger ice or land. The first five minutes are critical, he says, because you’ll quickly lose dexterity as the blood flees your extremities. “Being immersed for 60 seconds is going to take it out of you,” he says. “Once you lose dexterity, you’re done.” Once out of the water, Cannon suggests rolling or crawling toward firmer ice, keeping your body as flat as possible to minimize the likelihood of falling through again. Finally, Cannon notes that while Colchester Technical Rescue will rescue people, vehicles are another story. Beginning this year, the Department of Environmental Conservation is citing vehicle owners who deep-six their Dodges into public waters; it has issued at least two citations this winter already. Fines range from $300 to $1500. That doesn’t include the cost of hiring a diver to salvage your waterlogged iPhone. m


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Technical Rescue was formed, five people died on Lake Champlain. One was a weather-related plane crash, Cannon recalls. The rest were motorists who drove on thin ice. One might assume that ice fishermen are the most likely victims. But Cannon says typically it’s people “just screwing around” in their cars or trucks, often in late afternoon or early evening. Most don’t realize that ice conditions can vary dramatically depending on the air temperature, water depth, topography, time of day and other factors, including underwater hazards. As of last week, inner Malletts Bay was frozen solid, with about 20 inches of ice reported by one game warden. That makes about 90 percent of it safe for travel, Cannon says. Nevertheless, he offers some guidelines for minimizing the likelihood of taking a midwinter swim. The safest ice is called “clear black,” he says, or ice that freezes slowly and doesn’t allow oxygen to get trapped inside. Ice that repeatedly thaws and refreezes has a

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y February, the boat ramp leading to inner Malletts Bay in Colchester becomes a veritable ice road. During frigid winters like this one, when overnight temperatures often hover around zero, the frozen lake bustles with activity. Ice shacks sprout like mushrooms and are soon followed by ATVs, snowmobiles, cars and pickup trucks. By law, the lake is considered a public thoroughfare when it freezes and is open to motorized traffic all winter. However, unlike Vermont’s paved roads, the ice isn’t inspected or patrolled to ensure conditions are safe — or closed when they’re not. Each year, thousands of people recreate on Vermont’s frozen lakes, ponds and rivers. Invariably, a few take an unscheduled polar plunge. Yet there’s no official system for informing the public about the thickness or makeup of the ice. In short, once travelers leave terra firma, they skate, ski, fish, walk or drive at their own risk. So how do you know when it’s safe? According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H., ice needs to be at least two to four inches to support a walker, six to eight inches for an ATV, and eight to 10 inches to hold an average-size vehicle. “But those are just guidelines,” cautions Mike Cannon, commander of Colchester Technical Rescue, a 26-member, allvolunteer search-and-rescue team. “You can have a foot of ice where you’re standing and three inches of ice where I’m standing. It’s all how it forms, where it forms and what’s near it.” This is a busy time of year for Cannon. When a person or vehicle breaks through the ice on Malletts Bay or another nearby body of water, his team is usually the one called to rescue them — or to recover a body. In 1989, the year Colchester

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SEVEN DAYS: What do you do here? FRANCIS CHURCHILL: [We handle] chemical safety and waste, radioactive materials, and biological materials. What we do here is support university research and academics. BRIAN HODGE: [Twice a week] we drive out to each building, pick up all the laboratory waste and bring it to a facility on campus — “the Bunker.” That’s where we segregate and containerize things for shipment over the roads in our vehicle. So when it gets back here, we can unpack it, if it needs to be unpacked, and bulk it into large containers. Another thing we do is offer “virgin product” to the labs — the most common solvents they use. We can stockpile them here in large quantities, and they buy it from us at cost. SD: What’s a typical workweek like? BRIAN MEDOR: On Tuesdays, we bulk the materials. Brian [Hodge] and I will pick a waste stream — for instance, corrosives or flammables — and we set up a closed-top drum at a “pour station.” We’ve got our Tyvek on, and our full facial respirators with the cartridges. One person sets up the containers, and the other person pours them into the drum. FC: We are limited on certain things that we’re not allowed to pour, due to an air-pollution permit. We have a very low limit of, for instance, benzene [and] methylene chloride. BM: You have to watch out for chemical reactions, but you have to watch for cost-effectiveness, too. FC: So that lab-packed drum of flammable liquids might have 18 or 20 gallons of actual liquid in it, but it’s all in bottles and packing material. If we shipped it off just like that, it would cost about $550 to $600 to dispose of that 20 gallons of material. When we consolidate all that, we get 50 full gallons in a drum, and it only costs about $250 to dispose of that drum.

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any windows and a friendly staff give the nondescript facility of University of Vermont Environmental Health and Safety a cheery feeling. You’d never guess the place often contains barrels of nasty toxic ooze. A branch of the Department of Risk Management & Safety, this is headquarters for the university’s fire marshal, environmental safety coordinators, occupational safety programs and hazardous waste disposal facilities. It started operations in 1994. UVM produces some 40,000 pounds of hazardous waste every year: from the chemistry department, medical school and horticulture research center; from the cast-off cellphone batteries of thousands of students; from 15,000 mercury-laden fluorescent light bulbs; from paints and solvents. At EHS, all of this is categorized, treated and processed according to federal standards established in 1986. One long corridor in the building opens onto nine secure “cells,” each of which temporarily holds up to 1100 gallons of a hazardous material. Each has a sprinkler system, dedicated sump and high-volume air exchanger. Senior hazardous waste technician Brian Medor, technician Brian Hodge and assistant director for health and safety Francis Churchill are among those who ensure that none of the school’s toxic material is left untreated. They recently gave Seven Days a tour of the facility.

SD: In addition to hazmat suits, what are some safeguards in the facility? FC: There’s enough air coming into [each of the cells] so that the volume of air of the room will change over about 10 times in an hour. BM: The building itself acts as its own container. We’re in a big, clay-lined bowl. Material cannot get outside of the property. SD: How do you get campus facilities to comply with your regulations? BM: There’s a waste tag that technicians in the labs have to fill out. It goes on every container, and it tells us the amount of it, the number of containers of it, and what it is, exactly. It’s also all web based, so we know when to go to which lab. Twice a week, we print out a report that tells us the building, the room number, the person who filled out the report, the size of the container and the chemical. Then we go around, pick everything up and bring it back to the Bunker. The culture has changed in the laboratories. The technicians know that, especially when you’re in charge of other people and of chemicals, you have to watch your back and their back. People also know that this is the only planet we have.

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SD: Where does all of this stuff go once it leaves the facility? BM: About 20 to 25 percent of our material can actually be recycled, much of it in facilities called fuel blenders. Most of our lab-pack material goes to an incinerator in eastern Ohio. We are sending a little of our material to facilities in Canada, too. They’ll precipitate any metals out of the solutions, neutralize it and then wastewatertreat it. FC: For things that can’t be treated or incinerated — mostly heavy metals — there’s a place in Canada where they do landfill stabilization and turn it into cement and put it in a lined chemical landfill. SD: What are some of the more unusual materials you’ve handled? BM: There’s an experiment on campus where they make this material called Tollens’ reagent. FC: That’s how you get the silver on the back of a mirror. BM: Once you make this stuff, it has to be used within about two hours. If you don’t, what happens is that the silver nitride and silver azide precipitate out of the solution, and those are shock-sensitive, highly explosive crystals. FC: What we worried about was the frictional charge of opening the cap. BM: [The technician] called us to pick it up and take it away. [Proper disposal] would have cost the university, oh, five or 10 bucks. But because this was left alone on its own, and the nitrides started to salt out … nobody was willing to open it up, because of the risk of explosion. So almost a year goes by, and we realized we’d have to hire a “high-haz team” to take care of it. Luckily, I was able to find a company in Massachusetts … [and they used] a remote, pneumatic thing. But that turned into a $5200 expense to get rid of two little one-liter containers. m


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Former U.S. luge athlete Cynthea Wight Hausman is blogging behind the scenes from the 2014 Winter Games in Russia

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“Much to the contrary of what I have been reading from other journalists about their accommodations, mine are great. Truths — most volunteers do not speak any language other than Russian. Many do not know the area. There are many unfinished projects. Russians don’t smile when they talk like we do. You have to weigh and label all of your own fresh produce before you take it to the checkout line or else you hold up the entire line while the cashier goes back to the produce section to do it for you. Fortunately, my roommate taught me that before the line!"


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Will Burlington voters approve a last-ditch proposal for the defunct power plant?


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ou could argue it’s a rite of passage for Burlington mayors to hatch a plan to convert the defunct Moran power plant from the waterfront’s chief eyesore to its crown jewel — and then watch hopes collapse in the face of political challenges and financial realities. Miro Weinberger canned his predecessor’s plan upon assuming office and now, nearly two years into his term, has thrown his weight behind what he says will be the final attempt before the city yields to what he calls “the wrecking ball of Damocles.” The mayor announced his plan, along with a slate of other waterfront projects that would draw on tax-funded financing, at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on January 13. Joining him at the much-anticipated event were city officials, city councilors, experienced developers

and two conspicuously young faces: University of Vermont seniors Tad Cooke and Erick Crockenberg. Interns? Think again. Cooke and Crockenberg, along with their more seasoned business partner, Charlie Tipper, conjured up the $26 million plan that won the endorsement of Weinberger and, later, the Burlington City Council. That means if voters approve the plan on Town Meeting Day, the project will benefit from $6.3 million in tax-increment financing, or TIF (see sidebar). If they don’t, or if developers can’t pull off the project, Weinberger plans to end the mayoral ritual and demolish the plant. “I think what Burlington voters want is resolution,” he said. The “New Moran” plan is the latest proposal to turn the 61-year-old, seven-story

coal plant — which has sat dormant for the last three decades — into a functional public space. This one may be less fanciful than some of the failed proposals that preceded it — there’s no ice-climbing wall, for example. It features a Flynn-size performance space, along with restaurants, a brewery, a maker studio and a community garden center. The most pressing question, of course, is, can this team raise the money required? And if it does, will the venture be financially sustainable? There are, in Tipper’s own assessment, “a million ways this thing can fail.”

Out of the Blue

Crockenberg and Cooke grew up together in Charlotte and trace their friendship back to a middle school art class. Fast forward approximately a decade to 2012, and both were college juniors studying

renewable-energy systems at UVM and sharing an apartment in the Old North End. On July 4, they were strolling through Battery Park in the wake of a serious rainstorm, taking stock of the damage. Their attention turned to the hulking coal plant. Wondering why nothing had been done with it, Cooke remembered one of them saying, “I don’t see why we can’t make this happen.” A week later, Crockenberg followed up on that casual query by sending an email, out of the blue, to the mayor. He wrote, “A couple UVM friends and I have been mulling over ideas, and are wondering if it would be possible to get some basic architectural/layout plans, as well as a brief overview of what is currently being done for refurbishment of the Moran plant. We would love to put some of our ideas onto paper, and potentially


Moran in the 1960s



1954: The coal-fired J. Edward Moran Municipal Generating Station — named for a Burlington mayor — begins operation on the industrial waterfront. Complaints ensue about smoky pollution from the plant linked to respiratory distress and blackened laundry in the Old North End.

1986: The technologically outmoded plant is decommissioned. Burlington’s electricity is henceforth generated primarily by the McNeil wood-chip-burning plant in the Intervale.


Adults on Board


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1990s: Numerous proposals for reuse of Moran are offered, including conversion into a concert hall, brewery or arts center. Construction of a baseball stadium is also suggested. None of the ideas proves feasible. 1995: A new round of proposals solicited by the city results in the selection of a plan to turn Moran into a contemporary art branch of UVM’s Fleming Museum. After several years of study, the museum decides not to proceed. PLANS FROM THE PAST

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The mayor says that Cooke and Crockenberg’s enthusiasm drew him in, but what sold him on the project was the cadre of experienced developers, fundraisers, engineers, architects and potential tenants they had enlisted by the time the proposal landed on his desk.

“The partnerships, reflected in their proposal, with established local individuals and organizations that have been successful is very meaningful to me,” said Weinberger. Tipper, a seasoned fundraiser, was a crucial recruit for the UVMers. Tipper had also submitted a plan for the Moran Plant, but the PIAP committee gave top ranking to the Cooke/Crockenberg approach, so the three decided to join forces. “Along come Tad and Erick with basically the perfect skill set to fill in all the blanks in my equation,” Tipper said. “And if I may be so bold, I think they felt the same way. They needed someone with experience under their belts.” What exactly is the skill set of two UVM undergraduates finishing up a


Weinberger made his picks. Roughly one and a half years after that day in Battery Park, Cooke and Crockenberg stood alongside the mayor as he asked the city to send millions of dollars their way. Both have finished their college credits and say they are working full time on the project. Cooke also waits tables 30 hours a week at Winooski’s Misery Loves Company; Crockenberg keeps busy with ballroom dancing, pottery and drawing classes. Both will graduate this spring.


work them into a larger design project this coming semester.” Crockenberg and Cooke knew next to nothing about the plant’s history. But rather than dismissing their inquiry, a member of the mayor’s staff responded, referring them to Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office. Emboldened, they spent much of that summer brainstorming in coffee shops, pestering city officials, picking the brains of family friends and researching the plant’s backstory. By the time the city launched its Public Investment Action Plan (PIAP) in early 2013 to solicit waterfront-development proposals that would draw on TIF funds, the duo was ready with a proposal for Moran — one of about 50 submitted in the initial round. By fall the PIAP committee had narrowed the field to 29, and in early January

1990: Ownership of Moran transfers from the Burlington Electric Department to the City of Burlington.



1989: The Vermont Supreme Court rules that the public trust doctrine — which holds that public land must serve a public purpose — applies to filled land along the Burlington waterfront, including the 2.8-acre parcel on which Moran sits. The ruling limits uses of affected land to parks, marinas and other recreational facilities; cultural activities; government installations; and small-scale commercial establishments such as restaurants. In 1997, the Vermont legislature broadens allowable uses to include markets, marinerelated retail outlets and inns with public spaces.




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Anatomy of the Plan

The City of Burlington would retain

ownership of the Moran Plant, while the organization created by Tipper, Crockenberg, Cooke and Glassberg would oversee construction and manage the building through a long-term lease arrangement. Cooke and Crockenberg’s plan isn’t as whimsical as it once was. A brewery is still part of the mix, for instance, but they no longer plan to use the spent grains to cultivate gourmet mushrooms. The surviving elements include: • a performing arts and events space • a community access media studio • a restaurant, café and rooftop beer garden • an “educational nanobrewery” with classes and “competitive residencies for brewers from around the world” • “maker space” that will include small studio spaces, workshops, maker gatherings and other events • 1,200-1,500-square-foot planter-box rooftop garden • 3,000 square feet of office space Annual rent revenue for all of the above is expected to be $762,700 in the first year, comfortably higher than projected operating costs of $554,680, according to the financial analysis the group submitted with its proposal. Those numbers would fluctuate depending on loan repayments and tax-credit fees, and the team expects to dip into the red once, several years out, due to one especially large balloon payment. After that, their projections show revenue rising to roughly $1 million by 2029. The partners estimate $15 million of direct and indirect investment each year as a result of increased activity in and around the building. For the actual construction, they’ve placed the “economic multiplier” at $36.5 million. Now the foursome just needs $25,446,309 to make it happen.


self-designed major in “ecological food and energy systems?” They’re the first to say they aren’t qualified for the job. The biggest project they’ve overseen to date was a $58,000 grant to create a manure-powered greenhouse — an impressive feat for college students, no doubt, but with a budget dwarfed by Moran’s. Their first crop of tomatoes withered on the vine. Along with energy, Cooke and Crockenberg bring networking skills to the project. They’ve rounded up many of the organizations — the Farmhouse Group, Zero Gravity Brewery, Local Motion and others — that won over Weinberger. Asked if people tried to dissuade the two of them along the way, their response was, “Not really.” In fact, Cooke met with Erik Hoekstra, a real estate investor with Redstone Commercial Group, in July 2012. “Not crazy” was Hoekstra’s reaction to their idea. Cooke wrote it down in a notebook he hasn’t thrown away. Tipper, 54, describes himself as a “redeveloper,” home designer and real estate investor. Over the years, he and his wife, Mima —  both Middlebury College alums —  have donated generously to their alma mater, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, ECHO and the Vermont Land Trust. They’ve invested in a number of local businesses, including Vermont Smoke and Cure, American Flatbread and Guild Tavern, as well as the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Flexible Capital Fund. Tipper has also led fundraising campaigns for the Vermont Nature Conservancy, the South Hero Land Trust and the Mad River Glen restoration campaign. He describes his original proposal for the Moran Plant as a “very low-budget, pared-down concept” that turned the building into a “functional ruin.” Although this contrasted sharply with the pricier and more involved proposal Cooke and Crockenberg put forth, Tipper said they shared the same vision of creating an “energy-positive building” tailored to the needs of the community. Also on the financing side, the team reeled in Jeffry Glassberg, a 52-year-old Waltham-based developer with expertise in securing tax credits who is serving as project manager. “They provide tremendous horsepower,” Glassberg said of Cooke and Crockenberg, who, like Tipper and him, are working without pay until the project proves viable. “Ultimately the various public funders, the lenders, the investors that we are going to need to provide the capital, are going to need comfort that we, in fact, are going to get this done,” Glassberg said. “My role is to provide that comfort.” Or, in less lofty terms, he added, “My role is to be the serious old guy.”

Numbers Game

On January 21, back at their headquarters — a tiny, one-window room in a glassblowing studio on Pine Street — the four men met for the first time since the mayor’s announcement. Crockenberg put out an array of teas that Cooke’s mother had picked out — Stress Relief, Relaxed Mind, Calming, Detox and peppermint. Tipper and Glassberg both summarily dismissed the spread, opting for Earl Grey instead. “I’m not sure I want to relax,” Glassberg explained. “We have some challenges in terms of numbers we need to discuss.” So-called “hard costs” — construction,

thE PricE of DEmolitioN Tearing down an old power plant isn’t cheap. The most recent estimate to raze the seven-story Moran plant set the price somewhere between $2 and $3 million, according to Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. And that was five years ago. In urging voters to make $6 million in tax-increment financing dollars available for the ambitious “New Moran” plan to remake the long-idle generating station, Weinberger has also made a provision for a dramatic plan B: Draw from the same pot of money earmarked for the plant’s resurrection to knock it down instead. He says “blight removal” is a justifiable use of TIF dollars, which are normally used to promote economic development and create public infrastructure. Not everyone supports the mayor’s either/or approach. Louis Mannie Lionni, a Burlington architect who’s been an outspoken champion of the plant, said he’s “strongly opposed to any proposal that even suggests demolition,” and there’s nothing wrong with letting the superannuated plant remain in a state of disrepair. “It’s very difficult for people to accept an empty building, but the fact is it’s an honorable building, and I think it’s entitled to sit there in a dignified way.” Weinberger points out that tearing down the building wouldn’t prevent future developments on the site. It would, however, make them harder. That’s because an array of new environmental regulations has been added since the Moran plant stopped burning coal in 1986. Any new structure would likely have fewer stories and be located farther from the water, among other things. And of course it would still have to adhere to the public Trust Doctrine, a legal principle stipulating that certain resources be reserved for public purposes. Weinberger emphasizes that his preference is to keep the building intact; “I want this to work. I have always been someone who saw a value in the building, in the soaring spaces, the views, its relationship to the lake.”

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contamination cleanup, IT infrastructure — make up roughly $18 million of the estimated costs. (State and federal funds have already financed the removal of seven tons of pigeon guano, but getting rid of asbestos and other contaminants will cost nearly $1 million.) Then there’s about $2 million for design work, $2 million for marketing, permitting, legal and other “soft costs,” and another $2 million for financing — the costs associated with taking out loans and holding funds in reserve. While the group can’t guarantee that the project will succeed, by taking on the financing duties, it offers the city and taxpayers more protection than previous proposals. With the ice-climbing proposal, for example, it was up to the city’s community and economic development office to cobble together millions in tax credits and other public-funding sources. On top of the TIF money, the team hopes to draw down federal and state tax credits to the tune of roughly $11 million. That includes more than $7 million in “new market” tax credits (NMTC) and more than $3 million in historic tax credits. Securing the historic credit is straightforward enough, Glassberg said. “If the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, then as long as the plans comport with the secretary of the interior’s standards for rehabilitation, there is no competitive process for it. You can just claim it.” Moran has been on the register since 2010. New market tax credits are less of a sure thing, according to Glassberg. The federal government makes a fixed number of credits available each year to spur investments in low-income communities, and developers compete for them. The Moran site has been


2003: The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center opens at a site a halfmile south of Moran. ECHO had earlier considered — and rejected — the possibility of locating in Moran. © LOWLIHjENG/DREAMSTIME

tiF tAlK The Weinberger administration wants to use a tool known as tax-increment financing, aka TIF, to cover $6.3 million in infrastructure improvements related to the “New Moran” project. Ballot item No. 2 on Town Meeting Day asks Burlington voters to allow the city to borrow that sum, along with an additional $3.3 million for other waterfront initiatives. The total $9.6 million TIF package would have no impact on current city taxpayers; the debt is to be paid by tax revenues generated over the next 20 years as a result of the TIF investment in public infrastructure. And those TIF funds are “conceptually anticipated to leverage” about $33 million in spending on waterfront projects by sources other than the city, according to a campaign pamphlet distributed by proponents of a “yes” vote on ballot item No. 2. Mayor Miro Weinberger is also pledging that the $6.3 million New Moran portion of the TIF bond will not be spent unless the project’s private developers meet a series of benchmarks during the next two years. The TIF authorization ballot item on March 4 stipulates that if New Moran does not go forward, a portion of the funding will be used to demolish the defunct power plant. The mayor is seeking to persuade skeptical voters to support a potential public investment in the Moran plant by pointing to “beloved elements of today’s waterfront” that the $9.3 million TIF package would also fund. The campaign piece paid for by a Weinberger-backed political action committee cites proposed spending on enhancements of the Community Sailing Center, the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and Waterfront Park.

2005: The administration of Mayor Peter Clavelle calls for converting Moran into a city-financed facility for the Greater Burlington YMCA that would include two pools, a fitness center, gym and indoor climbing wall. Opponents, including Republican city councilor Kurt Wright, argue that the plan gives away public property to a private, tax-exempt institution. Clavelle’s proposal, in the form an advisory referendum on the Town Meeting Day ballot, is rejected by 64 percent of voters.

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Closure or Blackmail?

2009: The Green Mountain Children’s Museum withdraws from the Moran project, because the organization’s leadership couldn’t raise enough money.

2009-2012: Ice Factor, the Scotlandbased company chosen to develop the ice-climbing wall inside Moran, strives in conjunction with the Kiss administration to assemble a financing package for the project. Efforts are impeded by the nationwide credit crisis triggered by the convulsions on Wall Street.

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2014: Weinberger proposes investing $6.3 million of tax-increment funds in a $26 million “New Moran” project that would include a restaurant, “nano-brewery,” media center, garden, “maker space,” and art and education facilities. Weinberger warns that if this plan does not fly, he will urge that some of the tax-increment money be used to tear down Moran.


2012: Mayor Miro Weinberger kills the remnants of the Kiss administration plan after financing proves elusive.


Beyond the financial uncertainty of the proposal itself, Weinberger has ruffled some feathers by tethering it to a fallback option. The mayor’s decision to make demolition the automatic Plan B ties the plant’s fate to one particular proposal in a way that’s never been done before. Weinberger points out that he’s already had to request one extension from the legislature to prolong the city’s borrowing authority for TIF revenue. By holding out hope that something will happen with Moran, he said, “We are putting other projects on hold to see if this will pan out, so there really is an opportunity cost.” But the prospect of demolition isn’t bringing every Burlington resident peace of mind. The only two city councilors to vote against the plan — Progressives Rachel

2008: By a 65-35 percent margin, Burlington voters approve a plan by the administration of Mayor Bob Kiss to convert Moran into an ice-climbing facility and a children’s museum. The adjacent Community Sailing Center would have also used part of the renovated facility. On the same ballot, 46 percent of voters say yes to an advisory question asking whether Moran should be demolished and turned into a park.

deemed eligible, based on Burlington census numbers, Glassberg said. Private investors receive a tax credit against their federal income tax liability in exchange for funneling investments into projects that have received an NMTC allocation. The federal government awards the tax credits to designated community development entities, which in turn decide what projects will receive the credits, and thus the ability to raise private investment tom capital. Housing Vermont runs the only CDE in Vermont — Vermont Rural Ventures — but local developers can also seek arrangements with other CDEs around the country. Glassberg said the team has had conversations with several of these entities, as well as potential investors. “I can say without qualification that there was a great interest in the project,” he said, adding, “There is no guarantee. We are going to have to go out and compete and work with several CDEs to secure the credits.” The partners also need to raise roughly $4 million from philanthropic sources, which is by their own admission an ambitious goal. This falls within Tipper’s purview. He says they’ll be seeking foundations and individuals to make donations to or investments in the project. Loans, a federal grant secured by CEDO and contributions from the tenants for sprucing up the interior space would cover the remaining costs, the group expects. Just how realistic is the philanthropic

Siegel and Vince Brennan — did so on the grounds that it presented voters with a false dichotomy. Louis Mannie Lionni, a Burlington architect who’s been outspoken about the plant’s future, described the strategy differently: “I think it’s blackmail,” he said. But the sense of urgency the threat of demolition creates — even if it rankles some — could be useful in drumming up support for the proposal. This calculation also factored into Weinberger’s decision. “I think it’s going to help the proposal get built,” he said, by making clear to potential donors, investors and other supporters that this may be their last chance to remold the plant or see it razed. On December 2, Cooke, Crockenberg and Tipper visited the Moran Plant with Tom Carr, who managed the plant back when it was still spewing coal smoke. The interior of the brick-and-steel building is graffiti-covered and cavernous, and exposed, fire-escape-style staircases zigzag to vertiginous heights. The plant’s most striking feature, which would stay intact under the current plan, is a row of “bunkers” — gigantic inverted pyramids that used to funnel coal from one floor to another. Viewers can stare down into their steel bellies from a catwalk suspended high above the plant’s main floor. Carr, now an octogenarian, said he’d hate to see the building torn down. Asked during a later interview what he thought of the plan, he responded, “I wish them luck.” Was he skeptical? “Moderately.” But, Carr added, “Hope springs eternal. Their proposal seems to have the best chance of success of any that I’ve heard so far.” Carr’s business was coal, not real estate development. But he does have one piece of advice for the New Moran crew regarding their rooftop café. “They might have to put an elevator in. A lot of older people are going to find it difficult to climb all the way up there.” m


Tad Cooke, Charlie Tipper and Erick Crockenberg

portion of the fundraising goal? That will be clearer by the end of September, when the partners will have finished a study gauging interest levels among prospective donors and investors. Weinberger will consult that carefully before he decides whether the city should take on the TIF debt or pull the plug. Another major milestone will come in spring 2015, Weinberger said. “By that time they should have made considerable progress in terms of lining up finances and committed tenants. If they haven’t made substantial progress by then, that would be troubling.” The administration will need to make a final decision before the New Moran team closes on the project — though no firm cArr date has been set. If all goes according to plan, construction would start a year from then, in spring 2016.

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Dead Certain

Vermont’s chief medical examiner wants to know what’s killing us


“It doesn’t give us any information about what killed this person.” Whenever the office of the chief medical examiner (OCME) spots one of these inconclusive “failures” on a death certificate, Shapiro or one of his staff immediately picks up the phone to investigate. That’s because the OCME is known, both locally and nationally, for getting to the bottom of what causes Vermonters to die. If it didn’t, health officials could miss serious public health threats — and murderers could potentially walk away scot-free. Vermont’s OCME is unlike most others in the United States. It reviews every death that occurs in the state — on average, 5000 to 5200 per year. Fewer than one in 10 deaths results in an autopsy; last year, Shapiro’s office did about 400. Still, he and his deputy chief ME, Elizabeth Bundock, scrutinize every death certificate, looking for red flags such as inconsistencies, anomalies, omissions and other sketchy details. Their diligence explains why Vermont, which consistently ranks as one of the nation’s healthiest states, also appears to have a higher incidence of certain cancers; Vermont’s MEs make sure that all cancer deaths are identified as such. And Shapiro says that, contrary to what the public has come to expect from watching “CSI” and other TV crime shows, “We solve more cases with the telephone than the microscope.” Medical examiners are unique among MDs — indeed, among all health care providers. By the time they examine their patients, they’re powerless to change the outcome. But that also puts them on the front line of preventive care. Shapiro sees in real time what’s killing us, and sometimes he can suggest ways of preventing it.

The office of Vermont’s chief medical examiner isn’t a place one stumbles on by accident, as a reporter discovered during a recent visit just before Shapiro’s UVM lecture. Located deep within Fletcher Allen Health Care, behind the emergency department, it’s a mostly windowless warren of offices, labs, examination rooms and refrigerators. Fletcher Allen built the morgue in 1996 at the request of then-governor and physician Howard Dean. Before that, Shapiro says, “We were a lost cause.” Shapiro, 48, a self-described New Jersey boy, first came to UVM in the 1980s as an undergrad, then attended the school’s college of medicine. He did his forensic pathology training at the University of Portland in Oregon and held a fellowship in New York City. Shortly after 9/11, Shapiro left his job with the Bronx County medical examiner and returned to Vermont. He was appointed chief ME in 2006.


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n Steven Shapiro’s world, The Wizard of Oz is the story of a teenage girl who comes to town, kills the first person she meets and then conspires with three strangers to kill again. “The first one I’d sign off as an accident, but the Wicked Witch of the West? It’s a homicide. Dumped a bucket of water on the lady and killed her,” says Shapiro, chief medical examiner at the Vermont Department of Health. “You might argue it down to manslaughter, but those are legal terms. I went to medical school, not law school.” Shapiro is lecturing to an undergraduate forensic science class at the University of Vermont on a late Tuesday afternoon. His Wizard of Oz scenario is meant to show these students why it matters to identify an “etiologically specific” cause of death, be it lung cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes or, in the case of the Wicked Witch of the West, acute aqueous toxicity. “Lots of things can cause hemorrhages in your brain, whether they’re aneurisms or strokes, baseball bats or bullets,” Shapiro goes on. “If I told you my grandmother died of an intracerebral hemorrhage, or a bleed in her brain, you’ll smile and say, ‘Oh, isn’t that nice?’ But if I say that’s what happened when she got pushed down the stairs, that brings a whole new perspective to what killed Grandma.” Without naming names, Shapiro says there’s an oncologist in Vermont whose patients never seem to die of cancer. This doc often lists the cause of death as “renal failure” or “cardiorespiratory arrest,” he explains. “I guarantee it, every time we exhume a body, it’s in cardiorespiratory arrest. It’s in renal failure, liver failure, respiratory failure. That just defines being dead,” he says.

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Shapiro doesn’t like talking about himself, at least to reporters. When asked what drew him to the profession, he shrugs and answers tersely that he went to medical school, liked the forensic pathologists he met and found the work interesting. “It’s not like I was so into zombies that I wanted to go work in the morgue,” he adds. He describes his work as “mundane.” His schedule of 12 days on and two days off “gets old after a while,” he says. Shapiro’s aversion to the limelight is understandable given that, in his profession, no news is usually good news. In 2011, PBS’ “Frontline,” National Public Radio and ProPublica aired an investigative report titled “Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America.” The exposé uncovered how America’s patchwork of death investigators, whose education and training range from exemplary to scandalously inept, allows murders to go uninvestigated and public health to be seriously compromised. Many of the nation’s coroners — often elected officials without any forensic pathology or even medical training — lack the most rudimentary skills in death investigation, according to the report. Even well-trained MEs often work in disgusting conditions akin to those in third-world countries. Some perform autopsies in flyinfested garages and closets, sometimes without refrigeration. Happily, such conditions don’t exist in Vermont, one of only 16 states with a centralized and fully accredited ME’s office. Fletcher Allen’s morgue is clean, modern and well lit. Inside, a friendly receptionist greets visitors and brings them to a small but pleasant viewing room with a stainedglass window, subdued lighting and a privacy curtain. There, families can view loved ones, often for the last time, as 60 percent of all Vermont deaths end in cremation. Unlike what’s commonly shown on TV, families almost never come to the morgue to identify a body. (The vast majority of identifications happen in the field.) Down the hall is Cooler A, a large, walk-in refrigerator that holds 16 cadavers. Until six months ago, it was the morgue’s only cold storage. Federal grants and a

disaster-assistance fund enabled the office The heart of the office is a large examinato add a second cooler with space for an- tion room where autopsies are performed. other 35 cadavers, as well as additional It’s spacious and clean, and skylights profreezer space for longer-term storage. vide natural illumination. Shapiro says he’s The bodies are “not unidentified, just conducted autopsies in some “not-so-nice unclaimed,” Shapiro clarifies. “Families places” — he doesn’t elaborate — and that are either unavailable or this is by far the nicest. don’t want anything to “I love this facility,” do with them.” he continues. “I have colNearby is a small leagues come here [from examination room for other states], and they’re procuring organs and amazed by what we have.” tissues. “Skin, bone, Above the stainless corneas, heart valves, steel sinks, hanging on vessels, all done down magnetic strips like chef’s here,” the ME explains. knives, are the basic tools “They can do that up of the trade: scissors, scalto 24 hours after death. pels, probes and tweezers Solid organs all have to of various shapes and be done upstairs. Rare sizes. Though some as hens’ teeth, so we do equipment has improved what we can.” over the years — such as StEVEN ShApiro Nearby are more lighting, microscopes, refrigerators for storing and molecular and geblood and tissue samnetic tests — Shapiro says ples. Another has a sticker that reads, “staff the physical autopsy itself hasn’t changed food only.” There’s also an X-ray machine much in a century. Nor, he adds, have the for dental identifications. basic skills of deduction. Three glass jars sitting on a shelf hold Two years ago, Shapiro’s office noticed human brains. Bundock, the deputy chief a spike in methadone overdoses. Was it ME, is also a neuropathologist, a rare due to an increasing number of heroin specialty. She examines brains taken from addicts abusing medication meant to treat bodies not only in Vermont but also in their addictions? No, says Shapiro. His Maine and New Hampshire. office discovered that some physicians

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were using methadone “off label,” or in ways not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, to manage patients’ pain. As he puts it, “It’s not like taking an extra aspirin.” Once word got out to Vermont’s medical community, the overdoses subsided. Despite Shapiro’s aversion to reporters, he’s a funny and amiable guy. His UVM lecture is peppered with humor — though some remarks, such as his reference to chewable baby aspirin and an off-color joke about Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, probably go over the heads of his millennial audience. Aside from such quips, which seem designed to keep his students paying attention, Shapiro expresses a serious dedication to treating the deceased, and their loved ones, with the utmost respect. “Every day, my office deals with people’s worst nightmares,” he says. “It’s my commitment to the people of Vermont to do this in as professional a way as possible, with courtesy, dignity and respect for everybody involved.” That’s not just his assessment of the ME’s office but that of other professionals who routinely deal with it, including prosecutors, police and funeral directors. Randy Garner, a Randolph funeral director with the Vermont Funeral Directors Association, says he’s dealt with medical examiners around the country and calls Vermont’s “one of the best … particularly

with how well they are with families, and how respectful they are with the deceased. From my personal experience, that’s a rarity.” “They’re top-notch,” agrees Tom LaVigne, funeral director at LaVigne Funeral Home in Winooski, who describes the OCME staff as “thorough, polite and efficient.” Shapiro himself is “like your buddy next door,” adds LaVigne. “He talks to you like a regular Joe.” Bram Kranichfeld, executive director of the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs and a former Chittenden County prosecutor, calls the OCME’s work “exemplary. “It’s been a real pleasure to work with Steve,” he says. “Every time I’ve worked with him, I’ve learned something.” At the end of our tour, Shapiro doesn’t offer up any lofty platitudes about death in Vermont. Without question, he says, seat belts, vaccines, smoke detectors, fire codes and clean drinking water have saved countless lives. But despite all the hubbub about the scourge of opiate addiction, by and large Vermonters still die from many of the same causes as they did 50 years ago: heart attacks, strokes, cancer, cardiovascular disease. In short, Vermont’s single biggest killer is “natural causes.” And when it’s not, Vermonters can trust that Shapiro and his staff will get a straight answer to what, or who, did it. m

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he Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington is a fascinating, if somewhat curious, place; tour guides often list it as a “hidden gem” or a “must-see.” Such descriptors do apply to this one-of-a-kind museum in an out-of-the-way location, but there’s another light in which to view it. Birds of Vermont is devoted to the works of a single artist, Bob Spear. A cofounder of the museum, Spear is responsible for most of its 500-plus sculptures of the state’s avian fauna. Yes, sculptures — though the museum’s word, “carvings,” may seem more apt. There’s a fine line between craft and art, and who’s to say where it’s drawn? Spear himself appears uncomfortable with being called an artist, and he doesn’t consider his wood works to be fine art. Yet these incredibly lifelike birds suggest he’s not giving himself enough credit. Then again, words have never come easily to Spear, and that’s particularly true of late. Just a few weeks shy of his 94th birthday, he’s facing health issues that limit his mobility and communication. Spear has gradually stepped away from his supervisory role at the museum and now rarely works in the woodshop adjacent to the main gallery. Half-finished wooden geese on the counter patiently await his attention. Spear’s eyes are still lively and sharp, though. During a recent interview with Seven Days, he found conversation difficult but snapped to attention when a ruffed grouse appeared under the birdfeeders in the museum’s side yard. Whether or not Spear talks about his work or his museum, a visitor can learn something about Vermont’s birds just sitting by a window with him. And his sculptures speak for themselves. The birds are carved with such delicate detail, and painted with such fine brushstrokes, that at first glance they resemble taxidermy specimens. In fact, as Spear explains in a video introduction to his work made in 1998, he believes you can learn more about a bird from studying a realistic carving than from observing a dead, stuffed creature. Spear has mainly relied on photographs to get an accurate sense of birds’ coloring and proportions, though he has occasionally used “study skins” — aka the bodies of birds that have been, as Nabokov put it in Pale Fire, “slain by the false azure in the windowpane.” The life-size

sculptures are carved from basswood. Many are carved from a single block, but larger birds — such as the raptors that hang from the gallery’s ceiling and the giant turkey downstairs — require multiple pieces, seamlessly joined. The realism of these wooden birds is due in part to Spear’s careful use of a finetipped woodburner, with which he traces the lines of every single feather. The figures are arranged in natural poses: pursuing a moth, emitting a mating call or swooping down for prey with talons outstretched. While Spear’s sculptures don’t necessarily encourage viewers to speculate on the nature of art and artifice, it’s not inappropriate to view them in the context of other hyperrealistic art, such as the paintings of Chuck Close or Richard Estes. They genuinely do pose questions about the boundaries between life and art. Adding to their realism is the sculptures’ presentation at the museum. Most of them

The birds are carved wiTh such delicaTe deTail, and painTed wiTh such fine brushsTrokes, that at first glance they resemble taxidermy specimens. reside in glass cases amid equally realistic foliage, which Spear and other artisans have also made by hand. The carefully trimmed and painted leaves — many of them cut from aluminum pie tins — once even fooled a visiting botanist. Things slow down at Birds of Vermont in the winter months, when visits must be arranged by appointment, but warmer weather brings a slew of schoolchildren, who go on field trips to learn about wildlife as well as Spear’s artistic methods. The museum does have an educational component, but, above all, it is dedicated to conservation. That’s “the underlying

theme of all of Bob’s life’s work,” says executive director Erin Talmage. “Often the first step in conservation is learning what you’re conserving. The carvings are a fantastic tool to show that.” Talmage is one of several people making efforts to ensure that Spear’s work and legacy will be preserved. She started volunteering with the museum in 1994, while still in graduate school. Now a professional biologist with a keen interest in birds, Talmage came to work full time at Birds of Vermont in 2003. Another member of the museum’s close-knit circle is Shirley Johnson,














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HouSE ii 1970. Peter Eisenman; 2000-2002 restoration, John makau, [address redacted]. That one of the most famous houses of modernism sits atop a hill in farm country is emblematic of changes occurring in rural Vermont in the 1960s. Professor Richard and Florence Falk of Princeton bought a defunct dairy farm as a site for a modest seasonal house. With a shared interest in linguistic theory, the Falks commissioned Eisenman to replace the old farmhouse with a structure based on the concepts of noam Chomsky. The result was the architect’s first freestanding building and one of ten early experimental houses he designed (only four were built). For this stunning exercise in pure theory, Eisenman generated a three-dimensional form of slipped grids and planes. The resulting abstraction was then translated into a built house. Flat roofed and sheathed in

plywood, it consists of three bays in two stories penetrated in all directions by spaces defined by partial walls, skylights, and openings in the floor. The house was featured in the important 1972 exhibition Five Architects at the Museum of Modern Art in new york City, which examined how Eisenman and others were reviving and exploring the formal vocabulary of 1920s international style. however successful as a formal exploration, house ii was significantly over budget, impractical for the Vermont climate, and proved impossible as a family home. it was left unfinished and was altered by a subsequent owner with expanded walls, slightly sloping roof, and floor grates. Deteriorating from leaking roofs and skylights and moisturetrapping paint, house ii languished on the real estate market for a decade. it was finally purchased in 2000 and restored to Eisenman’s original designs, less as a practical dwelling than as a landmark of late twentieth-century architecture.

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a tandem exhibit called “Observing Vermont Architecture,” currently on view at Middlebury College. More’s the pity: Johnson took nearly all the book’s photos himself, a feature that makes it unique in the series. Also unique, according to Andres, is the introduction’s tracing of broad trends. In Vermont, for example, each town’s architecture was influenced by buildings downriver rather than by those in neighboring towns, because settlement patterns followed the watersheds of the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain. Other trends reverberated nationally. Episcopal churches gained their established Gothic Revival look because of an 1836 treatise on the subject by Vermont’s first Episcopal bishop, John Henry Hopkins. The bishop designed examples for Brandon, Burlington and Rutland, and his followers created several more. Eventually, Gothic Revival became synonymous with ecclesiastic, and the look spread to Congregational and Catholic churches. Readers unsure of what Gothic Revival is needn’t worry. Buildings of Vermont’s audience is not limited to architecture authorities. The authors provide a helpful glossary indicating, for example, what to call the ornately carved trim on the eaves of the Morrill Homestead in Strafford (bargeboard), and they write in accessible, narrative styles. Andres focuses on buildings in architectural high styles, such as Romanesque and International; Johnson takes on the vernacular structures, which include barns, country stores and tourist cabins. Andres and Johnson’s research turned up fascinating connections. Grasse Mount (1804) in Burlington, for example, is deemed “the most conceptually sophisticated extant example of Federal domestic architecture in Vermont,” despite the Greek Revival porticos added in the 1820s and the Italianate belvedere from the 1850s. That sophistication goes deeper than previously thought: Andres discovered that the house’s original plan likely came from

Charles Bulfinch, the Boston architect who served as commissioner of public buildings in Washington, D.C. Bulfinch’s houses in Boston and Salem, Mass., built between 1794 and 1804, are “the only place that one can find the entire set of details and compositional themes present in Grasse Mount,” the entry asserts. The house’s original owner clearly aspired to “emulate the culture of New England’s great centers.” Johnson uncovered a trove of detailed records at Warden Farm in Barnet, a farmstead with a history of continuous inheritance since 1785. Scottish immigrant William Warden paid “Ninety-five Spanish Milled Dollars” for the land that year, and each subsequent generation left “a record of … agricultural practice in stone walls, tree lines, and barbed wire,” the entry reads. Thus Horace Warden’s 1909 shedroofed addition to the barn marked the moment when “fluid milk replaced butter as the cash product for dairy farmers.” Andres and Johnson’s research went on so long that some of their case studies have disappeared. The charming, columned Greek Revival house in Bristol Flats by Bristol master builder Eastman Case (circa 1850) was recently dismantled and re-erected on private property in Essex, N.Y. Nonetheless, the authors chose to keep the entry. Of course, the built environment changes continually. Buildings of Vermont, as Andres and Johnson write, can offer only “a start” when it comes to surveying the wealth of structures inside state borders and placing them in a national context. But their efforts will undoubtedly help Vermont preserve its already well-stewarded built heritage. As the authors point out, “Buildings become important to their public when something is known about them.” m

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ermont farmers and food producers have many ways to measure the success of a year. But Burlington’s Anthony Naples, aka “Captain Tony,” is probably alone in calling a season a triumph because “nobody died.” Fortunately, the captain and owner of Starbird Fish says he hasn’t lost a crew member yet. As an Alaskan salmon fisherman, Naples is one of the lucky ones. The popular television show about fishing in Alaska wasn’t named “Deadliest Catch” purely for the sake of sensationalism. The complex mechanics of a fishing boat paired with sloppy weather can often be a recipe for disaster. Avoiding fatalities wasn’t the only reason 2013 was a banner year for Naples and his crew. “This past season was one of the largest salmon returns in history,” he explains. “It was incredible. There were just so many fish. I had never seen so many fish — nobody had.” Now Vermonters can see the deck of Naples’ boat alive with salmon for themselves in a film from him and Burlington musician Tristan Baribeau, who made “a split-second decision” to join Naples’ crew last year. The Doctor Sailor front man was the only local to make the trek to Oregon with Naples, who at 32 is one of the youngest commercial captains in Alaska. It was Naples’ sixth year in the business but the first year he built the boat he skippered. Once on the West Coast, the mostly inexperienced team constructed that massive boat from scratch. Before it was completed, the men headed 380 miles up the Columbia River to fish the waters of southeast Alaska, still nailing boards to the deck floor as they went. Baribeau filmed much of the process on his Flip camera and iPhone, something Naples has also done for years. Upon their return to Burlington late last summer, the friends realized they had enough footage to make an hour-long movie. The result is Pirates of Tebenkof:

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Fishing Southeast Alaska 2013, composed of footage linked by music the crew listened to while on the boat, both big names and Vermont artists. The movie’s title refers to Tebenkof Bay, “a place where we got into a lot of tiffs with other boats, hence the pirate reference,” says Naples. For now, the only way to see Pirates is at its premiere screening at Burlington’s Hotel Vermont on Saturday, February 22. Naples says that, based on Facebook response, public demand may necessitate additional presentations. The Hotel Vermont viewing party will begin with a slideshow during which Naples and Baribeau will explain the finer points of the building of their vessel, the Whitey W., and flesh out the season’s tribulations and rewards as captured in the film. For the uninitiated, that exposition will be necessary. Pirates of Tebenkof is not so much a narrative as a tone poem of place and feeling, not unlike the 2012 documentary Leviathan stripped of its multiple angles and underwater cameras. Like that wordless, professionally made film, Baribeau and Naples’ movie brings viewers viscerally into the fishermen’s world. When they hit rough waters, the waves crash menacingly to the strains of JJ Cale’s “Call the Doctor.” “My whole crew got so sick,” Naples recalled recently during his first full watchthrough of the film. By contrast, a viewer’s heart leaps when the team overcomes dangerous weather (and an incorrectly hung net named Lisa) to haul in a record-breaking catch. Salmon flop on board out of the quarter-mile-long net in one continuous shot, filling the vessel all the way up to the fishermen’s knees. Naples says he and his crew caught about 100,000 fish on the day that supplied the movie’s happy ending. That day’s catch alone is far more than Starbird Fish sells in Vermont each year. Only a tiny portion of Naples’ catch comes home with him at the end of the season.







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The term “celebrity butcher” may sound like an oxymoron, but if there is one in Vermont, it’s COLE WARD. Three years ago, he and chef COURTNEY CONTOS released a DVD series called “The Gourmet Butcher.” Now Chelsea Green Publishing has put out Ward’s first book, The Gourmet Butcher’s Guide to Meat: How to Source It Ethically, Cut It Professionally, and Prepare It Properly.

— about 400 pages’ worth — and drove 25 miles to have it professionally typed and emailed to Coshof. The result is a comprehensive look at meat, from the history of butchery — beginning in the Stone Age — to Ward’s potentially controversial opinions on today’s factory farming and local meat production. The book stays unerringly in Ward’s wry, old-Vermont voice. The butcher has plenty of educational and promotional events planned. This weekend, he’ll teach a daylong intensive at ARTSRIOT in Burlington as part of the NORTHEAST ORGANIC FARMING

ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT’s winter conference. On March 7, Ward will hit the New England Meat Conference in Concord, N.H.; and on July 23, he’ll speak about ethical and sustainable meat sourcing at the James Beard House in New York City. Despite his busy schedule, Ward says he hopes to have time to start work on a second book soon.

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How did Ward, who admits he’s not a voracious reader, end up an author? “Actually, I wasn’t inspired,” he says. “Usually you write a book, then look for a publisher. I had four book offers.” He and coauthor Karen Coshof, a Montréal-based food and fashion photographer who helped produce Ward’s DVD, decided on Vermont-based Chelsea Green. To pair with the book, the publisher asked them to prepare a CD of photos of Ward going through the steps of taking apart various animals. The process was grueling, with Coshof photographing Ward over 14-hour days in which he demonstrated different cutting styles. His old-school writing mode also proved a hurdle. Ward says he handwrote the manuscript

Eggplant bacon, smoked-jackfruit sandwiches and glutenfree scones will show up in Burlington’s Chace Mill this Saturday when PINGALA CAFÉ & EATERY opens. Owner TREVOR SULLIVAN and chef DAVE UNUMB are putting their finishing touches on a vegan menu that features items such as marinated, maple-glazed tempeh patties and coffee smoothies in the morning, and veggie bánh mi and creamy spinach-artichoke dip in the afternoon. “We’re not trying to create anything that already exists in the nonvegan world,” says Sullivan — although, to a reader of the menu, some of the dishes he and Unumb have come up with sound like dead ringers for their dairy- and meat-laden counterparts. The 16-seat space facing the Winooski River is adorned with a wall-length mural painted by Sullivan and artist TARA GOREAU, as well as refurbished floor boards, “old barn lighting,” hanging plants and salvaged chairs. In summer, diners will be able to nosh sitting on riverside benches. At breakfast, Pingala’s staff will serve bowls of oatmeal with dried fruit, peanut butter, toasted pepitas and coconut flakes, and sandwiches such as Avocado Toast — avocado, tomatoes, “butter” and smoked paprika on toasted bread. Scones, brownies and muffins are among the pastries baked by BHAVA CARR. “We asked that for everything she makes that has gluten, she also has to make something that doesn’t have gluten,” Sullivan says. “So our bakery selection will be 50-50. And anything [on the menu] can be made gluten-free.” That includes small plates such as spring rolls filled with crisped tofu, carrots, celery and romaine served with creamy dill dipping sauce, and avocado salsa fresca with millet-flax dipping chips. Heftier dishes include sandwiches served on breads from nearby BARRIO BAKERY. They include a vegan BLT (with eggplant “bacon,” onion jam and maple-Dijon aioli) and a “Middle-terranean” sandwich of roasted-chickpea salad with capers, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley and lemon-tahini sauce. Liquid-wise, Pingala will pour single-origin coffees roasted in the Berkshires, fresh smoothies and juices. The Pick-Me-Up Smoothie combines iced coffee, banana, cacao, dates and nut milk. “The idea behind it was [to replicate] one of those super-naughty coffee Coolattas from Dunkin’ Donuts,” says Sullivan. Come summer, he hopes to serve beers brewed at his brother’s Massachusetts microbrewery. Located at One Mill Street in Burlington, Pingala will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m to 6 p.m.


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Those fish are flash-frozen, then stored at Waitsfield’s Mad River Food Hub, not far from the captain’s teen-years home of Moretown. The rest makes its way to Europe and Asia, the final destinations of most Alaskan catch. “I’m trying to change that, though,” Naples says. “Somehow we gotta make seafood sexier! It’s good for you, and we have the most sustainable fishery on the planet, yet most of it is sold out of country.” Why did Naples return to live in Vermont despite a career based in the Pacific? The fisherman says he’s traveled the world, from hitchhiking across the Caribbean islands to touring Africa, South America and France, but he finds the Green Mountains the best place to feed his dual loves of food and music. “I have a community of people here that are very 4t-augustfirst(pizzaparty)020514.indd 1

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receptive to what I do,” Naples says. “I try to provide really high-quality fish, and people here appreciate good-quality food more than most places in the country.” That’s certainly true at the Burlington Farmers Market, where Naples’ fish makes customers stop in their tracks. “They say, ‘Oh, no way,’” the captain says, miming the shock of passing shoppers. “They are so excited to see Alaskan salmon. It’s a niche people appreciate.” Many of Naples’ Vermont fans first encountered his salmon at the farmers market or in community-supported agriculture shares from Jericho Settlers Farm or the Intervale Food Hub. Starbird Fish is also available at City Market, Healthy Living Market and Guild Fine Meats. Starbird’s relationship with Hotel Vermont predates his movie screening.

zucchini fritters among them — the weekly dinners will mark a full-on debut of their homeland fare. From Tuesday to Saturday evenings, 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Oktays and chef MEhMEt Kurtlu will offer a Turkish-inflected menu that includes plates such as baba ganoush, phyllo cheese rolls, slow-roasted döner kebabs and pachanga borek — aka fried pastry with pastrami and kashar cheese. Indecisive diners can go for mezze platters served with house lavash bread. Live music and (eventually) beer and wine will make for a hoppin’ evening scene, Vural Oktay hopes. “Turkish wines are perfect matches for much of this food,” he observes. — c.H .

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the restaurant began serving last spring, Paine’s gin-cured salmon with pickled onion and a local bagel has become a breakfast menu staple. He says he expects to add Starbird Fish’s upcoming shipment of whole Coho salmon to the dinner menu. And Paine assures that later this year, when sister hotel the Marriott Courtyard Burlington Harbor opens its seafood restaurant, Bleu, Starbird Fish will have a place on the bill of fare. “Without a doubt, wild salmon is far superior to anything farms do. But it’s so


Last year, Naples supplied salmon to Richmond Elementary School at what he calls a “blowout fire-sale” price. Though he didn’t make much of a profit, he says, he enjoyed providing the students with healthy fish and educating them about where their food came from. One young boy returned home and told his father about the salmon. That father was Douglas Paine, chef at Hotel Vermont’s Juniper. He purchased a supply of Naples’ fish before the hotel opened and stored it in his walk-in. Since

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family dinner was extremely important. I had to make the salads, make the vinaigrettes, help take care of the garden. My dad came [to the U.S.] from France after World War II, when ingredients were scarce and people stretched product, so that’s how I first learned to utilize food. We ate lots of country French food, lots of fish, lots of game. My dad really likes birds, and so do I. SD: Were there any foods you hated as a kid? JLM: I didn’t like dill, and I didn’t like lemongrass. I don’t know why. Now I love lemongrass, but I still don’t like dill. It’s just not my cup of tea.

Matecat spent the next nine summers on Nantucket cooking for Seth and Angela Raynor at the Pearl Restaurant; in the off seasons, he headed to Boston restaurants such as Clio and No. 9 Park. Along the way, Matecat began to marry

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t was September 2011 when I took a seat at the chef’s table at Amuse, the restaurant inside the Essex Resort & Spa. The long counter was mostly empty, and the chef de partie seemed relaxed as he set down each course: velvety, seared sweetbreads dusted with hazelnuts; peppery watercress soup; seared scallops over ratatouille. This was my first taste of the food of JeanLuc Matecat, who was clearly very talented. It was to be the last, too, at least for a while. Matecat left Amuse and became hard to track, despite occasional reappearances — as the chef at Winooski’s Mule Bar, or a cook at Burlington’s Pistou. In between, I later learned, he had a short stint at the North Hero House, among other jobs. This winter, when chef Jason Tostrup announced he was leaving the Inn at Weathersfield, the Perkinsville inn’s owners cast a wide net for a replacement. During tryouts, Matecat swept in with roasted beets and fresh ricotta, as well as braised elk shank over cavatelli. His creations wooed owners Marilee and Richard Spanjian, who chose Matecat from a field of 80 applicants. Born and raised in Vermont, Matecat got an early start in the kitchen, washing dishes and making salads at Warren’s Common Man Restaurant. His dad, Patrick Matecat, was the chef there and an instructor at the New England Culinary Institute. Despite his pedigree, the younger Matecat did not automatically choose a culinary career. After graduating from Harwood Union High School in Moretown, he headed to Aptos, Calif., and enrolled in Cabrillo College as an English major. He finished with a culinary degree.

the classic techniques he’d learned from his father with a love of modern innovations such as sous-vide cooking. At the Weathersfield, he’s used both old and new methods with the local ingredients for which the inn is known. During a recent visit, I devoured incredible fried Misty Knoll chicken thighs, which Matecat had “sous-vided” before coating them in a batter spiked with Korean black pepper. I caught up with the chef last week, just before his Wednesday night service. SEVEN DAYS: How and what did your family eat when you were growing up? JEAN-LUC MATECAT: We had a big emphasis on family meals and togetherness. We did a lot of gardening together, and

SD: When did you decide you wanted to be a chef? JLM: I had worked for my dad while growing up, doing dishes and making salads. When I started college, I needed to pay bills, so I started cooking in a restaurant. Eventually I switched my major. After my first summer in Nantucket was when I really decided I wanted to be a chef. SD: Who has influenced you the most as a chef? JLM: My father taught me a lot about my philosophy about food, about using just fresh, lean ingredients. He’s a really talented cook, but he always warned me not to be a chef because it’s a tough, very demanding career. So my father supplied the philosophy, the classic techniques and the classic

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dishes. Angela and Seth Raynor were the people who mentored me, shared their philosophy with me, and gave me my style, attention to detail and modern twist on food. The funny story is that they were favorite students of my father’s [at NECI], and they actually babysat me as a kid. SD: How would you describe your style? JLM: Classic building blocks with a modern presentation and twist. My food is really grounded in an old-school style. I adhere to my father’s techniques and recipes, and I like fundamental vinaigrettes. But [cooking] is a much different game than it was in 1970. We’re all a lot more privileged, and I like modern techniques. Still, I can’t think of anything I like more than [my father’s] roast chicken, which is one of the simplest dishes. SD: What’s the most important advice you can offer about roasting a chicken? JLM: Be sure to truss your chicken. That’s the key to having it cook evenly. SD: What foods and ingredients are always in your pantry? JLM: Tons of rice, lots of curry. I eat a lot of Southeast Asian [food] at home, and eat a lot of vegetables and fruit. [At the Inn] we keep some funny Asian things in the back, plus a wide variety of vinegars. I love my vinegars. We rely heavily on fresh herbs and lots of pickles. We pickle anything and everything.

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SD: Do you have a favorite beverage? JLM: Pompelmo soda from San Pellegrino. SD: You’ve cooked in a few very rural places, including the North Hero House and the Inn at Weathersfield. What’s the biggest challenge of cooking in this kind of environment? What’s the biggest reward? JLM: The biggest rewards are the break times you get to enjoy in these seasonal places; the biggest challenge is staying focused during the slow periods. When it’s really slow, it’s hard to stay focused and aggressive on your cooking. But I also try to remember those are your times to catch up and get everything in order for when it gets busy. m

INFo Until March 23, diners can sample Matecat’s cuisine at the Inn at Weathersfield on “Meet & Three” Thursday nights with a three-course dinner. $25 per person. The Inn also offers classes in its on-site cooking studio, the Hidden Kitchen. Matecat teaches “Sausage Making With Vermont Meats” on Saturday, March 1, noon to 2:30 p.m., $52; and a five-course/ five-wine dinner class called “Paris in Perkinsville” on Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m., $85.


SD: What piece of kitchen gear can you not live without? JLM: This is not very original, but my MAC chef’s knife.

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SD: If you could travel to any country to eat for a week, which one would it be? JLM: I still have to get to Spain. It’s long overdue.



SD: What’s the most off-the-wall dish you’ve ever tried? JLM: Rotten tofu. [Laughs.] Uh, fermented tofu. Steve Bogart [former chef-owner of A Single Pebble] took me to Montréal and ordered it for me. I gave it three tries, but it was too much for me. It was absolutely horrible. Also, durian fruit from Thailand. If it’s in its spiky case it’s OK, but when it’s open, the meat smells like a combination of bananas and rotten onions.

SD: What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had? JLM: It’s hard to narrow it down, but the meal that comes to mind is the “thank you” meal at Clio, the winter that I worked there. It was 13 courses. [Clio] was the first place I was exposed to modern cooking, to immersion circulators and Freon. I expected to be disappointed. Now, I can’t say enough how great it is to control temperature and consistency [with an immersion circulator].


SD: If you were trying to impress someone with your cooking, what would you make? JLM: Guinea hen from Cavendish Game Birds [of Vermont] has been one of my favorite things lately. They’re incredible birds. I confit the legs in duck fat, with lots of herbs and garlic; then we very gently cook the breast, whether it’s by sous-vide or by poaching in a vinegar broth.




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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.





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'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. '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. '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. 'aGnes oF God': A psychiatrist must assess the sanity of a nun accused of murder in this drama produced by Johnson Stage College students. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 1 p.m. $5. Info, 635-1476. 'the Fox on the FairWaY': Maggie Burrows directs this Northern Stage production of Ken Ludwig's comedy about a hilarious rivalry between two country clubs. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $10-60. Info, 296-7000. 'the seaGUll': 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, Montreal, 1 & 8 p.m. $24-39. Info, 514-739-7944.

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'Our energy future' PubliC fOrum: Charlie Browne moderates a panel of distinguished professionals, who consider community-based, environmentally conscious choices. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


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musiC with mr. Chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. read with arlO: Lit lovers share stories with the therapy dog and his owner, Brenda. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister for a 20-minute time slot. Info, 223-3338.


valentine's day lOve ChOCOlates & lOve stOries: Sweetness abounds when candy confections pair with tales of amour — some of which are selected to be professionally recorded. Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister for competition. Info, 388-4964.


sOngwriters shOwCase: A varied performance reflects the talents of Vermont College of Fine Arts music composition students. Gary Library, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 828-8734.


winter wildlife traCking: Environmental educator John Jose teaches participants how to identify local mammals, beginning with plaster casts of their tracks. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:15 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


Cabin fever leCture series: Wildlife biologist Scott Darling considers the fate of bats in the face of white nose syndrome. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. desPina stratigakOs: The University at Buffalo professor of architectural history presents "Playing the Good Neighbor: Hitler's Domestic Makeover and the Power of Interior Design." Room 125, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. everyday buddhism Panel disCussiOn: "Mindfulness Practice in an Imperfect World" inspires a dialogue among teachers of the Zen, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Western traditions. A Q&A follows. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 6:309 p.m. Donations. Info, 224-1001. 'gOOd PeOPle' wOrkshOP: Director Carol Dunne and lead actor Catherine Doherty discuss Northern Stage's interpretation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. A Q&A follows. Wilder Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 296-7000. kathy dever: The inventor of the I-Mark tape measure shares her experience from idea to prototype to successful product at the InventVermont Meeting. Montpelier High School, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7411. lazarus sCangas: The local architect details the devastating effects of the Great Fire of 1895 and other disasters on the city of St. Albans. St. Albans Historical Museum, 7 p.m. Donations; free for St. Albans Historical Society members. Info, 527-7933.

'Other desert Cities': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. 'fOur beers': Middlebury Community Players present David Van Vleck's play about a group of middle-aged men who bond over Monday night football. For ages 16 and up. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $17; preregister. Info, 382-9222. 'the fOx On the fairway': See WED.12, 2 & Instruction is ALWAYS Available! 7:30 p.m. 'the great gatsby': South Burlington High School students interpret F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece about wealth, decadence and the perilous pursuit of the American Dream. 21 Taft Corners Shopping Center, Williston Auditorium, South Burlington High School, 7-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 652-7000. 288-9666 • 'intake': Presented as part of Lost Nation GO TO OUR WEBSITE FOR OUR CLASS LISTING Theater's Winterfest, Margot Lasher's awardwinning play explores the relationship between a senior citizen and her inexperienced psychiatrist. The Barre Opera House presents Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $10- 12v-beadcrazy021214.indd 1 2/7/14 11:38 AM 20. Info, 229-0492. 'the Odd COuPle': Johnson State College students stage this classic comedy about two divorced men who become roommates. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 635-1476. 'the seagull': See WED.12, 8 p.m.


emily rabOteau: The prize-winning writer excerpts her memoir Searching for Zion: the Quest for Home in the African Diaspora. See calendar spotlight. Room 315, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795. vermOnt distinguished writers series: Local author and longtime Vermont Public Radio host Robert Resnik discusses his book Legendary Locals. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 879-8790. vermOnt humanities COunCil bOOk disCussiOn series: Bookworms voice opinions about Giorgio Vasari's How They Lived with Helene Lang. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. vermOnt writes day: Get the word out! Folks share writing, pizza and an open mic as part of this daylong statewide event. Young Writers Project, Burlington, 3-8 p.m. Info, 324-9538.

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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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'idle threat': George Pakenham's documentary chronicles his eco-minded efforts to address New York City's curbside idling laws. A Q&A follows. Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-5449.

health & fitness

simPliCity Parenting series: Parents of kiddos ages 3 through 12 gain knowledge about ways to support a child's home environment. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.


aarP tax PreP assistanCe: Tax counselors straighten up financial affairs for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15, 10, 10:45 & 11 a.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-6955. the sexsmart sex Chat: POlyamOry: Vermont Alternative Sexuality Education and RU12? host an evening of discussion on all things sexy and kinky. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812, 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.

OPen bridge game: Players of varying experience levels put strategic skills to use. Vermont Room, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

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HomeSHare Vermont InformatIon SeSSIon: Those interested in homesharing and/ or caregiving programs meet with staff to learn more. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5625. SuIcIde awareneSS LuncHeon: State representatives Anne Donahue and Joanna Cole host a panel presentation based on "Supporting Suicide Prevention and Positive Mental Health Strategies in Vermont." Room 10, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 254-6590.


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. Queen cIty contra dance: Uncle Farmer dole out live tunes while Susan Petrick calls the steps. Edmunds School Gymnasium, Burlington, beginners session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $8; 1/27/14 2:32 PMfree for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165. Queen cIty tango PractILonga: Dancers kick E N T S off the weekend with improvisation, community and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smooth-soled shoes required. North End Studio B, Burlington, beginners lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.







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fuLL moon SnowSHoe & LawSon'S fIneSt Beer LoVer'S dInner: Folks work up an appetite for a hearty buffet featuring locally sourced ingredients. A "Nature of Vermont" slide show follows. Proceeds benefit Mad River Glen's naturalist program. Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, 6:30 p.m. $30; cash bar. Info, 496-3551, ext. 117. medIcIne BuddHa Puja: Attendees bring small offerings to harness the enlightened energy of the deity. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 633-4136.

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tHe Vermont fLurry: Using only hand tools and ingenuity, teams from across New England transform giant blocks of snow into eye-catching sculptures. Woodstock Village Green, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 457-3981.


frIday nIgHt fILm SerIeS: Presented through the eyes of Franklin County residents and pediatrician Fred Holmes, Bess O'Brien's documentary The Hungry Heart illuminates prescription-drug addiction and recovery. A discussion follows. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1248.

food & drink

nacHo nIgHt: Diners fill up on plates of tortilla chips loaded with melted cheese and all the fixings. Live music by Rich Sutphen follows. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 878-0700.

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Board game nIgHt: A wide variety of tabletop games entertains participants of all ages. Adult accompaniment required for participants under age 13. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 758-3250.

health & fitness

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.

LaugHter cLuB: Breathe, clap, chant and ... giggle! Participants decrease stress with this playful practice. Bring personal water. The Wellness Coop, 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. droP-In Story tIme: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captivate children of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, every other Friday, 10-10:45 a.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. famILy moVIe: Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and Steve Carrell lend their voices to the animated comedy Despicable Me 2. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. muSIc wItH derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. 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. toddLer tIme: wILd anImaLS: Tykes ages 1 through 3 bring stuffed animals along to a morning of books, rhymes, play and crafts. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


karen keVra & reBecca kauffman: The flutist and harpist interpret works by Chopin and others in the Valentine's Day program "Heaven in My Heart." Food, wine and tea available. North Branch Café, Montpelier, 6 & 8 p.m. $10; $10 for food and drink; preregister. Info, 552-8105. La muSIQue & du cHocoLat VaLentIne'S day ceLeBratIon: Folks channel the romance of Paris with French music from Jean-Jacques Psaute and Deja-Nous and samples of local artisan chocolate. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, 5-7:30 p.m. $1215; cash bar. Info, 985-0881. my erotIc VaLentIne'S day: The Renegade Writers' Collective gets racy, raunchy and romantic with poetry and fiction readings. A gourmet meal and dancing complete the evening. ArtsRiot Gallery, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 267-467-2812. PaSSIonate Poetry SLam: Wordsmiths share verse and love stories inspired by Valentine's Day. Tulsi Tea Room, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free; BYOB. Info, 223-0043. SHeLBurne VIneyard PHantom VaLentIne wIne PaIrIng dInner: Foodies sip varietals during a five-course gourmet meal. Fiddler Katie Trautz provides live music. Wine Tasting Room, Shelburne Vineyard, cocktails, 6 p.m.; dinner, 6:30 p.m. $100; preregister; limited seating. Info, 985-8222. SweetHeart BoogIe: Folks hit the dance floor at this themed soirée benefiting the hall's restoration. North Hero Community Hall, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. $10-12; preregister; cash bar. Info, 999-5862. VaLentIne'S BaLL: Dennis Willmott and the One Eye Jump Blues Band provide live tunes at this black-tie event featuring tasty desserts and hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds benefit Responsible Growth Hinesburg. Hinesburg Town Hall, 7-10 p.m. $15-20; nonperishable food donations accepted. Info, 598-7799.

VaLentIne’S day Story tIme: Little ones up to age 6 and their favorite stuffed animals gather for engaging tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. VaLentIne'S dInner: Foodies celebrate their love with a gourmet four-course meal. Individual dietary requests with advanced notice. Blueberry Hill Inn, Brandon, cheese tasting, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $45; preregister. Info, 247-6735. VaLentIne'S dInner dance: Will you be mine? The Brown River Band entertain folks at this festive gathering. Eagles Club, Vergennes, dinner, 6-7 p.m.; dance, 7-11 p.m. $20-30 per couple. Info, 355-6011 or 877-2055. VaLentIne'S fIeSta nIgHt: Authentic Mexican cuisine from the Hot Tamale Co. fuels lovebirds for salsa dancing and live Latin music. River Arts Center, Morrisville, dinner, 6 p.m.; dancing, 6:30 p.m.; music, 8 p.m. $15; $25 per pair. Info, 888-1261.


eIgHt 02: The contemporary jazz-fusion group showcases a knack for improvisation as part of the Brick Church Music Series. See calendar spotlight. Old Brick Church, 100 Library Lane, Williston, 7 p.m. $8-12. Info, 453-4258 or 999-0701. gryPHon trIo: Vocalist Patricia O'Callaghan accompanies the classical piano trio in "Broken Hearts and Madmen." UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, pre-performance lecture, 6:30 p.m; concert, 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 863-5966. IrradIated Beef, trInIty Park radIo & coLorIng waLLS: Local rock bands deliver hard-hitting tunes at this all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. jazz QuIntet concert: An eclectic mix of musical styles interpreted by Vermont College of Fine Arts music composition students entertains attendees. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8734. SaraH Stone & fred BarneS: The vocalist and jazz pianist present standards from the 1940s to the present in a cabaret setting. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $30 includes dinner package; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071. Scrag mountaIn muSIc: Soprano Mary Bonhag and double bassist Evan Premo welcome award-winning violist Nathan Schram and other esteemed chamber musicians in "The Most Beautiful Waltz." Green Mountain Girls Farm, Northfield, optional farm supper, 5-6:30 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m. $5-20 for dinner; donations for concert. Info, 469-7166.


fuLL moon SLeIgH rIde: Weather permitting, families join Pat Palmer of Thornapple Farm and his team of draft horses for an excursion across open acres. Shelburne Farms, 5:30, 6:05 & 6:30 p.m. $8-10; free for kids under 3; preregister. Info, 985-8686. fuLL moon SnowSHoe HIke: Nature lovers explore Montpelier's hillsides by lunar light with North Branch Nature Center staff. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 229-6206.


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.



Kory rogerS: Shelburne Museum's curator of design arts presents " Supercool Glass: Historical to Contemporary." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


'other DeSert citieS': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. 'AgneS of goD': See WED.12, 7 p.m. 'four beerS': See THU.13, 8 p.m. 'the fox on the fAirwAy': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. 'the greAt gAtSby': See THU.13, 7-9:30 p.m. 'intAKe': See THU.13, 7:30 p.m. 'the totAl thiS & thAt circuS': Accompanied by a live brass band, Bread and Puppet Theater explores new characters in politically charged scenarios. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 7 p.m. $10; free for kids under 12. Info, 485-4554. 'VAginA MonologueS': Champlain Theatre stages Eve Ensler's episodic play about the female experience of love, sex, rape and more. Proceeds benefit Hope Works and the V-Day Campaign. Champlain College, Burlington, preperformance poetry reading, 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 865-5468, 'the weDDing Singer': The Enosburg Falls High School drama club presents a musical adaptation of the eponymous movie starring Adam Sandler as an entertainer looking for love. Enosburg Falls Junior/Senior High School, 7 p.m. $6-8. Info, 933-7777.


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DucK cArVing clASS: Green Mountain Woodcarvers' David Tuttle guides whittlers through a hands-on bird craft. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $25-35; preregister. Info, 434-2167. recycleD SweAter MittenS: Abby Still helps participants transform worn-out wool into fashionable hand warmers. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.



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uSA DAnce bAllrooM DAnce SociAl: Step to it! Dancers of all ages and abilities waltz, foxtrot and tango the night away in a relaxed atmosphere. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7-11 p.m. $9-13. Info, 999-2434. ZuMbA fitneSS fAMily fun DAnce PArty: Area instructors get kiddos and their parents on the dance floor. Spotlight on Dance, South Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. $5-8; $2 per each additional child; $20 per family. Info, 527-1664.


2014 AcADeMy AwArD-noMinAteD ShortS: Gems from this year's animated category delight movie buffs. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 5 & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422. 'grAce unPluggeD' & 'booK of DAniel' ScreeningS: Faith's place in the modern world drives these themed cinematic explorations. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 4 & 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 552-7791. 'wADjDA': Haifaa Al-Mansour's drama explores the Saudi Arabian female experience through the eyes of an enterprising girl with big dreams. In Arabic with English subtitles. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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burKe wine & Art SnowcASe: The best of both worlds collide when grape varietals and gourmet hors d'oeuvres pair up with live music and local artwork. Riverside School Barn, Lyndonville, 5 p.m. $35-40. Info, 626-4124. burlington winter fArMerS MArKet: Farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh and prepared foods, crafts and more in a bustling indoor marketplace with live music, lunch seating and face painting. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172.


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Kelley MArKeting Meeting: Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495.

nofA-Vt winter conference: More than 70 workshops, discussions and "FarmsTED" talks — including keynoter Michael Rozyne of Equal Exchange — address the theme "Growing Outside the Box." Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $65-100. Info, 434-4122, info@

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booK SAle: Hundreds of gently used titles delight bookworms of all ages. Proceeds benefit St. Michael's College service organization MOVE. Alliot Student Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795. brown bAg booK club: Bookworms voice opinions about Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

tAVern night: Historical reenactors celebrate Hubbardton's 250th birthday with period music and refreshments. Hubbardton Town/Grange Hall, 7 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 273-2364.


Stowe Derby 'DeScent recon': Folks scope out the best routes for the oldest downhill/ cross-country ski race in North America. Meet at the base of Look Out Chair. Stowe Mountain Resort, 1:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 253-9216,



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chamPfest: Families celebrate Lake Champlain's beloved monster at this weeklong event featuring a "Believer or Skeptic" program, themed activities and more. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. forester for a day: Kids and their caregivers don hard hats and watch a logger fell a tree, then head to the wood shop to make a craft to take home. Shelburne Farms, 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:302:30 p.m. $10-12 per adult/child pair; $5-6 for each additional child. Info, 985-8686. gigi and Joni & mister chris and friends: Kiddos and their caregivers get their groove on to live tunes from the local performers. Proceeds benefit the Nari Penson Scholarship Fund. The Schoolhouse, South Burlington, 10:30 a.m. $5; free for adults. Info, 8025-497-7217. Junior mogul challenge: AU Racers test their skills on a bumps RE NS course. Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, HE EH A N registration, 8 a.m.; race, 11 a.m. $15. Info, 496-3551. oPen tot gym & infant/Parent Play time: Slides, jump ropes and a rope swing help little ones drain their energy in a safe environment. A separate area for babies provides age-appropriate stimulation. Elementary School Gymnasium, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:10 a.m. Free. Info, COU










Winter is a drag Ball: Campy costumes and big hair reign supreme at this annual bash hosted by the House of LeMay. Proceeds benefit the Vermont People With Aids Coalition. Higher Ground, South Burlington, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $30-35. Info, 652-0777.


dartmouth college glee cluB: Louis Burkot directs a choral program of music from Spain and Latin America, featuring guest tenor Hugo Vera. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422. dick forman JaZZ grouP: Ballads, blues, bebop and swing drive a performance featuring some of New England's top musicians. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Jeff Bryant: The singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist brings lyrical gifts to an evening of pop-soul. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 985-3819 or 863-5966. kronos Quartet: The internationally acclaimed foursome lives up to its reputation of diverse programming with a performance of George Crumb's Black Angels. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-50. Info, 863-5966. lauren sheehan: Melding roots and Americana, the singer-songwriter and guitarist delivers an intimate acoustic show. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room, Bristol, 8 p.m. $1520. Info, 453-3188, ext. 2. me2/strings: 'music from the holocaust': Ronald Braunstein conducts a program of works by Antonín Dvořák, Robert Stern and others, featuring soprano Wendy Hoffman. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, pre-performance lecture, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m. $15-25. Info, 2388369 or 863-5966. scrag mountain music: See FRI.14. A reception follows. United Church, Warren, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 469-7166.


dJ yoga: Improvisational beats by DJ tonybonez set the tone for an invigorating practice focused on personal expression and letting go. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 683-4918. 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, 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.

'stuPid cuPid Valentine's shoW': Special guest Tony Powell appears alongside infamous radio personality Rob Bartlett in a comedic romp through carefully crafted characters. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $39.75. Info, 775-0903. Valentine's Plant sPirit yoga: yoga teacher and herbalist Lydia Russell- McDade leads an uplifting practice focused on the heart-opening properties of the rose. yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 2-4 p.m. $15-20. Info, 223-5302.


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chess tournament: Strategic thinkers make calculated moves as they vie for their opponent's king. Fairfax Community Library, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

'the great gatsBy': See THU.13, 7-9:30 p.m. 'intake': See THU.13, 7:30 p.m. camels humP state Park BushWhack hike: Joshua kane: The mentalist dazzles audiMature maple forests and stands of white ence members of all ages with feats of pines provide moderate-to-difficult terpsychic phenomena in "Borders rain on this six-mile trek that gains of the Mind." Spruce Peak 1500 feet in elevation. Contact trip Performing Arts Center, Stowe leader for details. Camel's Hump Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $38-46. State Park, Duxbury, 9 a.m. Free; Info, 760-4634. preregister. Info, national theatre liVe: 'coriolanus': A broadcast great Backyard Bird oPen production of Shakespeare's house: Museum visitors tragedy stars Tom Hiddleston embark on an avian adventure opposite Mark Gatiss in a dark feature bird-feeding stations, F tale of political manipulation exhibits and more. Birds of T SP EN RU and revenge. Lake Placid Center Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10 SC CE RT PEA K PERFORMING A for the Arts, N.y., 1 p.m. $10-16. Info, a.m.-3 p.m. $3-6 admission; free for 518-523-2512. members. Info, 434-2167. 'the odd couPle': See THU.13. medicinal Plants of the Winter landscaPe: Clinical herbalist Rebecca Dalgin 'the seagull': See WED.12, 8:30 p.m. leads a stroll to identify native vegetation with Vermont VaudeVille: Local performers incorhealing properties. Meet outside the Wild Heart porate comedy, circus, music and mayhem into Wellness office. Goddard College, Plainfield, an all-ages show. Tupelo Music Hall, White River 1-2:30 p.m. $5-15 suggested donation. Info, Junction, 7 p.m. $8-15. Info, 533-2589. 552-0727. 'the Wedding singer': See FRI.14, 1 & 7 p.m. sleigh ride Week: If a blanket of snow remains, horses pull folks across farm fields. In obserwords vance of Presidents' Day, A Place in the Land Book sale: See FRI.14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. screens on the hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. caBin feVer sPelling Bee: Readers compete Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.against local writers in this words-worthy show3:30 p.m. $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, down benefitting the library. Kellogg-Hubbard 457-2355. Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $10-12. Info, 223-3338. RT




Pancake Breakfast: Locals pile their plates with flapjacks and maple syrup. Proceeds benefit local Lion's Club scholarships and service projects. United Church of Underhill, 7:30-11 a.m. Donations; nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 899-1235. rutland Winter farmers market: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at the bustling indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269. ski Vermont sPecialty food tour: Skiers and riders take a break from the slopes and sample products from local food producers. Quechee Ski Area, Hartford, 9 a.m. Cost of lift tickets. Info, 223-2439.

Play on! story theater saturday: Budding thespians ages 3 through 7 bring a fairy tale or children's story to life. See northernstage. org for details. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 10-11 & 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. 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. ZumBa fitness family fun dance Party: Local instructors get kiddos and their parents grooving to Latin rhythms. Spotlight on Dance, South Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. $5-8; $2 per each additional child; $20 per family. Info, 527-1664.




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. Becoming a Professional genealogist: Ancestry enthusiasts join Joanne Polanshek, who outlines educational requirements and certification standards required for transforming a hobby into a job. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 310-9285.


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.


Building a local economy: one earth, one Voice: Shyla Nelson details her international mission to acknowledge global citizenship and cease violence through song. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438info@ toni Basanta: The Cuban native traces the far-reaching influences of his country's rhythms on the evolution of American jazz. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


'other desert cities': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. 'caBin feVer follies': Locals beat the winter blues with music, poetry, comedic monologues, skits and more. United Church of Christ, Greensboro, potluck dinner, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. $8 suggested donation; bring a dish to share. Info, 533-2223. 'essex has talent': More than 20 local dancers, singers and bands showcase their skills at this family-friendly show. Auditorium, Essex High School, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 878-1375. 'four Beers': See THU.13, 8 p.m. 'the fox on the fairWay': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m.

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integrated arts academy community arts day & silent auction: Workshops in visual arts, theater, drumming and hip-hop entertain kiddos in grades 1 through 5 while their parents bid on more than 200 items. Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free; first come, first served for workshops. Info, 864-7421.


nofa-Vt Winter conference: See SAT.15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


dance laB: A study of the art form with Sara McMahon allows regional dancers to explore the actions of yield, push, reach and pull in performance. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 1:15-5:15 p.m. $20. Info, 279-8836. israeli folk dancing: All ages and skill levels convene for circle and line dances, which are taught, reviewed and prompted. No partner necessary, but clean, soft-soled shoes are required. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $2; free first session. Info, 864-0218, ext. 21.


'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, Waitsfield, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.

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Chandler Film SoCiety: Cinephiles screen Michael Powell's 1946 drama Stairway to Heaven, in which a fighter pilot escapes death but lands in celestial court. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 6 p.m. $9. Info, 431-0204, outreach@ dartmouth Film SoCiety: 'Girl Shy': Bob Merrill provides live piano accompaniment for the 1924 silent film starring Harold Lloyd as a bachelor who pens a guidebook for men. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $5-8; $15-25 for a DFS pass. Info, 603-646-2422.

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Champlain Valley SkatinG Club FlapjaCk FundraiSer: Diners fill up on pancakes and syrup at this benefit for local ice skaters. Applebee's, University Mall, South Burlington, 8-10 a.m. $10; preregister. Info, 310-2808. in the kitChen, With buGS: Craving cricket pancakes? Foodies learn palatable ways to add insect protein to their diets. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 4:30-5 p.m. $20-25; preregister. Info, 229-6206. panCake breakFaSt: Bring on the syrup! Neighbors catch up over stacks of flapjacks and eggs and sausage. Grace Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-8071.


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erik andruS: The sailor details his 10-day journey down the Hudson River on a handmade barge to deliver Vermont wares to New York. Ferrisburgh Town Offices & Community Center, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3429. miChael Snyder: Vermont's Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation considers the role of trees in the state's working landscape. Room 102, Aiken Center, UVM, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-5440. VinCe Feeney: The local historian shares his research concerning Freemasons, Unitarians and the founding of UVM. Winooski Senior Center, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1846.

reStoratiVe yoGa: A gentle and healing practice allows students to focus and restore balance to the nervous and immune systems. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $2025. Info, 223-5302. roGue yoGa: phiSh yoGa & kirtan: A blend of yoga styles set to tunes from the famed jam band benefits the Mockingbird Foundation and Street Yoga. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. $20. Info, 603-973-4163.


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me2/StrinGS: 'muSiC From the holoCauSt': See SAT.15. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. $15-25. Info, 238-8369, pete SeeGer tribute ConCert & Community SinG: Singer, musician and storyteller Rik Palieri kicks off the Folk Coffeehouse Series with a celebration of the folk troubadour's life and legacy. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-6713, info@ SCraG mountain muSiC: See FRI.14. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 469-7166.

ChampFeSt: See SAT.15, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.



Valentine'S day Charity jazz brunCh: Diners feel the love at this hearty buffet and silent auction supporting People Helping People Global. Holiday Inn, South Burlington, noon-2 p.m. $12-25; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 318-4488.

romanCe halF marathon & tour: Crosscountry skiers wind their way through 25K of trails or take advantage of a timed race option before celebrating at an après-ski party. Rikert Nordic Center, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $35. Info, 443-2744. Women'S piCkup SoCCer: Quick-footed ladies of varying skill levels break a sweat while stringing together passes and making runs for the goal. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; for women ages 18 and up. Info, 864-0123.



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annabelle ChVoStek: The acclaimed singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist leads a performance of toe-tapping traditional folk. See calendar spotlight. Richmond Free Library, 4-6 p.m. $17.50-20. Info, 434-4563. ForeiGner: SOLD OUT. The multiplatinum rockers behinds hits such as "Feels Like the First Time" deliver an unforgettable show. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $49.25-86.75. Info, 863-5966.

Saloma miller-FurlonG: The nationally recognized author reconciles her past and present in Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds. Main Reading Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.



noFa-Vt Winter ConFerenCe: See SAT.15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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.


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

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herbal ConSultationS: Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Masé and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9757. laughter Club: See FRI.14. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 999-7373. r.i.P.P.e.D.: See WED.12, 6-7 p.m. tireD of being tireD?: Holistic health coach Marie Frohlich presents specific foods to help cut cravings and increase energy and focus. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:15 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. ChamPfeSt: See SAT.15, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sit & knit: Little ones ages 6 and up and their parents join Joan Kahn for a creative session appropriate for all skill levels. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


owl Prowl: Whoo's out there? A forested hike grants explorers access to the habitat of the nocturnal birds of prey. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 985-8686. Sleigh riDe week: See SAT.15, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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'aDam'S rib': Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn play a husband and wife working as opposing lawyers on the same case in this 1949 romantic comedy. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018. 'ameriCan PromiSe': Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson's documentary tracks two African American boys from kindergarten to high school graduation at the predominantly white Dalton School. A panel discussion follows. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1200. knightS of the myStiC movie Club: Cinema hounds screen cult classics and campy flicks at this celebration of offbeat productions. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 356-2776.

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a moSaiC of flavor: CongoleSe PlantainS & Pork: Gertrude Moundouti Mitoumbi demonstrates how to make the popular African dish served at social gatherings. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; limited space; preregister at Info, 861-9700. Ski vermont SPeCialty fooD tour: See SAT.15. Smugglers' Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, 9 a.m. Cost of lift tickets. Info, 223-2439.


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.

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allowing healing in: Fred Cheyette details ways to free unconscious blockages and safely open to all forms of healing. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

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navigating the new vermont health Care exChange: See WED.12, 1:30-5 p.m. PubliC hearing: Locals share ideas about proposed amendments to existing bylaws. Meeting Room, Williston Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Info, 878-0919.


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women buSineSS ownerS network: Stowe ChaPter meeting: Local photographer Karen Pike discusses the merits of a good headshot for professional pursuits. Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $9-11. Info, 503-0219.

Swing DanCe PraCtiCe SeSSion: Twinkletoed 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.

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ChriStine Plunkett: Burlington College's president details future plans for the institution. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. venugoPal maDiPatti: The Ambedkar University assistant professor considers innovative architectural adaptations in a Kolami Village in India. Room 304, Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


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PubliC hearing: Citizens voice opinions about placing an existing underground telecommunications cable on above-ground poles. Meeting Room, Williston Town Hall, 8 p.m. Info, 878-0919. PubliC informational meeting: Locals discuss the Sucker Brook Hollow management plan for a 20-acre, town-owned parcel of land. Meeting Room, Williston Town Hall, 7:20 p.m. Info, 878-6704. South burlington energy Committee gueP launCh Party: See SAT.15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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champFeSt: See SAT.15, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 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. montpelIer Story tIme: Engaging narratives capture the attention of budding bookworms up to age 6. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. muSIcal Story tIme: Tom MacKenzie introduces kiddos to the sounds of a dulcimer. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. preSchool Story tIme & craFt: Tales and creative projects centered on "Fantastic Foxes" entertain little ones ages 3 through 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-noon. 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: champ: Does the famed lake monster really exist? Children learn about the kid-friendly mythical creature. ECHO Lake Aquarium IC HA and Science Center/Leahy Center EL LA MO N for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30T 11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. 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. 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. 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. WInter Story tIme: See WED.12, 10 a.m.

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French converSatIon group: Beginner-to-intermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.






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clImate change and vermont SemInar: Alan Betts examines the far-reaching effects of global warming, then shares key strategies for navigating transformed ecosystems. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 847-2278.


green mountaIn derBy dameS FreSh meat practIce: See FRI.14, 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.


Janet nIelSen: An illustrated presentation by the Marshfield Historical Society member details the town's industrial past. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Sean nolon: The Vermont Law School professor presents "Land Use Negotiation Post-Koontz: How the Supreme Court Invaded Local Government." Seminar Room, Cornell Library, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 12:45-2 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1318.


'the Fox on the FaIrWay': See WED.12. 'hamlet': Tony Awardwinning theater troupes the Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater present the Shakespearian tragedy about a vengeful prince's plot against his uncle. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. $14-33. Info, 748-2600. 'Stomp': Using anything but traditional drums, this troupe of eight percussionists keeps the beat with everything from brooms to hubcaps. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $39.5049.50. Info, 775-0903.


SuSan clark: The author of Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home discusses the importance of citizen-centered decision making. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686.

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acrylIc paIntIng: Budding Picassos sip vino and tap into their creative spirit with basic brush techniques. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 6:30-9 p.m. $25-30; BYOB. Info, 775-0062.

JoShua Bell: Pianist Sam Haywood accompanies the esteemed violinist in an business intimate evening of chamber Women BuSIneSS oWnerS IT E CO H music. Spaulding Auditorium, URT W ESY OF TIMOT HY netWork: BurlIngton chapter Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, meetIng: "Success, Meaning and Money: Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $45-75; preregister. Info, Measuring What Matters in your Business" 603-646-2422. inspires conversation among attendees. Holiday northern thIrd pIano Quartet: A varied Inn, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $17-20; chamber music program explores works by preregister. Info, 503-0219. Brahms and Walter Piston. White Chapel. Norwich University, Northfield, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 279-6082.



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


mark morris DanCe Group: Blurring the lines between ballet and modern dance, the renowned company performs four pieces set to music by Bach and others. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-50. Info, 863-5966.


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

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snowFlake FestiVal: See SAT.15, 8 a.m.



Games unpluGGeD: See WED.12.

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ChoCoholiCs anonymous: Sweets lovers discover the health benefits of this versatile confection at a workshop and tasting. Wellspring Chiropractic Lifestyle Center, Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-9850. the emerGinG BalanCe: Teacher and intuitive Eva Cahill explores the reawakening of the feminine in a masculine-oriented culture. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:15 p.m. $6-7; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. montréal-style aCro yoGa: See WED.12. r.i.p.p.e.D.: See WED.12.

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. reaD to CoCo: See WED.12. story time & playGroup: See WED.12. story time For 3- to 5-year-olDs: See TUE.18. winter story time: See WED.12.


squeer DanCinG: See WED.12.


BurlinGton BeethoVen CyCle: France's renowned Parisii Quartet interprets selected works by the famed composer. An optional prixfixe dinner precedes the show at 6 p.m. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $35; $25-40 for dinner. Info, 863-5966. ConunDrum Commmunity Drum CirCle: See WED.12. Farmers niGht ConCert series: Nathaniel Lew directs members of the Counterpoint kids vocal ensemble in a spirChampFest: See SAT.15, 10:30 ited performance. Vermont a.m.-5 p.m. Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 meet roCkin' ron the p.m. Free. Info, 540-1784. FrienDly pirate: See WED.12. reD, BlaCk & Green moVinG & GrooVinG with reVolutionary eCo-musiC oH Christine: Two- to 5-yeartour: The 16-piece jazz ensemNS oN olds jam out to rock-and-roll and ble performs works by legendary STA T E C oLLEGE world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free composers Cal Massey and Fred Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, Ho. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State 865-7216. College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408. CoU





'park aVenue: money, power anD the ameriCan Dream': Alex Gibney's Academy Award-winning documentary examines vastly differing economic realities along a five-mile stretch of the New York City street. Milne Community Room, Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-4737.

tournées FrenCh Film FestiVal: Moussa Toure's drama La Pirogue (The Pirogue) chronicles the perilous open-water journey of illegal African immigrants en route to Spain. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795.

sonG CirCle: Community sinG-alonG: Rich and Laura Atkinson lead an evening of vocal expression. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


sleiGh riDe week: See SAT.15, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


CreatinG the liFe you Desire: Certified psychodrama practitioner Sue Shaffer introduces techniques and methods for accessing creative potential and personal change. Community Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 310-4330,


Green mountain taBle tennis CluB: See WED.12.


eD BleChner: Accompanied by one of his sled dogs, the Addison resident presents a narrated slideshow detailing his 10-day mushing trip in northern Canada. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.


'the Fox on the Fairway': See WED.12. improViseD shakespeare Company: Audience prompts inspire an off-the-cuff comedic show that uses the bard's themes and language. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $26-30. Info, 863-5966. 'stomp': See TUE.18, 7:30 p.m. m


NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS General Admission: $55 VIP Admission: $100 For more information and to purchase: or 802.327.2154

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The Comedy Divas Anti-Valentine’s Day Show

$10 / Show starts at 8pm in the Foeger Ballroom. We all love Valentine’s Day, but there’s also a small part in all of us that can find something to mock about the mushy holiday.

Valentine’s Kids-Night-Out

$60 per child. Includes sugar cookie decorating, 2 hours in the Pump House Indoor Waterpark and Arcade, make-your-own sundaes and a movie.


This event is part of our 12TH ANNUAL MARDI GRAS WEEK (March 3rd - 8th, 2014)

Enjoy a 5-course meal for just $85 per couple.



Dinner for Two at Alice’s Table



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agriculture FRUIT & BERRY SHORT COURSE: Cold Climate Fruit and Berry Planning, Production and Management: Study the science and methodology behind fruit and berry production in this three-day, hands-on intensive course. Learn the requirements for site selection and soil health, along with pest and disease prevention methods and pruning techniques for apples, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums and pears. Feb. 18 & 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $350 . Location: Vermont Technical College, 124 Main St., Randolph Center. Info: Vermont Technical College, Melissa Neilson, 7281677,, vtc. edu/agricultureinstitute.





building TINY-HOUSE WORKSHOP: A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 16-ft. x 16-ft. tiny house in Bakersfield, Feb. 22-23. Plenty of hands-on experience for absolute beginners. Tools provided; safety glasses required. Forestry, landscaping and gardening topics will also be covered, plus how to find a landowner who will sponsor your seasonal gardeneer camp. Onsite camping avail. Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Bakersfield, Vermont. Info: 933-6103.

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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. 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. DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN CS6: Learn the basics of Adobe InDesign, designing text and preparing digital and print publications. Students will explore a variety of software techniques and will create projects suited to their own interests. This class is suited for beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. Mar. 25-Apr. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $205/ person; $184.50/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. PHOTO: B&W DARKROOM: Explore the analog darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-and-white film with your manual 35mm or medium format camera, process film into negatives, and make prints from those negatives. Cost includes a darkroom membership. Bring a manual film camera to the first class. No experience needed. Every Mon., Mar. 24-May 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $215/ person; $193.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PHOTO: USING A FLASH: Explore flash power and exposure, flash effects with slow and fast shutter speeds, as well as on and off camera flash. Nikon and Canon off-camera lighting systems will be covered as well

as aftermarket flash triggers and accessories. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Mar 20, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $40/person; $36/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location; North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,,

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. 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.



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. 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 . DRAPED FIGURE PAINTING: Instructor: Hunter Eddy. Focus on accurate drawing and development of form and rhythm throughout the figure. You will learn to use pencil effectively, focusing on line quality, tone, contour and edges to describe figure. Painting studies will center on the use of accurate values, shapes and color relationships to achieve a sense of light and form. Sat., Mar. 8, 9-4 p.m. Cost: $140/person; members $85.50, nonmembers $95 for model fee; $45 for material list. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne.

FURNITURE RESTORATION: Instructor: Gered Williams. Have a piece of furniture in your house that needs to be brought back to life? Come learn the principles of furniture restoration from repairing joinery to French polishing, and leave with your beloved piece restored back to its original beauty. 4 Mon., Mar. 10-31, 5:308:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person: members $148.50, nonmembers $165 + $15 shop fee. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne.

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: 497-0136,, 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,

LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@,

drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE & CONGAS!: Stuart Paton, co-founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko Group, has devoted the past 25 years to performing and teaching taiko to children and adults here in the Burlington area and throughout New England. He is currently the primary instructor at the Burlington Taiko Space and his teaching style integrates the best of what he experienced as a child growing up in Tokyo with many successful strategies in American education. Call or email for schedule. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255,,

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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: 652-4548,






RAISED BED GARDENING: Get the most from your garden. Come join Markey Read of Honey Dew Homestead for this interactive workshop, and learn valuable tips on how you can create a highly productive vegetable and herb garden for the Vermont climate and soils. Feb. 22, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington Garden Center, 128 Intervale Ave., Burlington. Info: 660-35054, 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: 660-3505-4,

herbs HONORING HERBAL TRADITION 2014: Herbal Apprenticeship program held on a horse farm. Covers: herbal therapies, nutritional support, diet, detox, body systems, medicine making, plant identification, tea tasting, plant spirit medicine and animal communication, wild foods, field trips, iridology, women, childrens, mens and animal health! Textbook and United Plant Saver membership included. VSAC nondegree grants available. 1 Sat./mo. starting May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $850/series. Location: Horsetail Herbs, 134 Manley Rd.,

Milton. Info: Horsetail Herbs, Kelley Robie, 893-0521,, WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certification Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as first medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Handson curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com.

language ALLIANCE FRANCAISE SPRING SESSION. VIVE LE PRINTEMPS!: Eleven-week French classes for adults. New: Evening and morning sessions available! Over 12 French classes offered, serving the entire range of students from true beginners to those already comfortable conversing in French. Descriptions and signup at We also offer private and small group tutoring. Classes starting Mar. 10. Cost: $245/course; $220.50 for AFLCR members. Location: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Colchester and Montpelier locations. Info: Micheline Tremblay, AFLCR French Language Center director, 881-8826, michelineatremblay@ 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, 585-1025,,

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. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, 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: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, 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, 5989204, tyler@aikidoinbalance. com, COMBAT FITNESS MARTIAL ARTS: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy featuring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, judo, MMA, and strength and conditioning classes for beginners through advanced. Men, women and youth programs. Private lessons and gift certificates available. Try your first class for free! All certified and caring instructors. Exit 15. Location: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy, 276 E Allen St., Hillside Park, Winooski. Info: Combat Fitness LLP, Vincent Guy, 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 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: 660-4072,,

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, 288-8160,, 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, 734-1121,, sobi/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: 658-6795,

painting CREATING DEPTH IN LANDSCAPE PAINTING: 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. Apr. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This class will be held outdoors, weather permitting. The fourth annual Jericho Plein Air Festival will be on July 19, 2014! Cost: $45/person. Location: Emile A Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Rd., Jericho. Info: Jane Morgan, 893-4447, 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, 8934447, janesmorgan@comcast. net.

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, 8934447, janesmorgan@comcast. net. 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, 893-4447, 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 Morgan, 893-4447,


photography 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: 238-9540,

the press and preparing the press for printing. Take home 25 notecards with envelopes. Full details at workshops. Sat.,Feb. 22, noon-5 p.m. (intro) Sat., Mar. 22, noon-5 p.m. (advance). Cost: $250/intro class; $300/advance 5-hour class. Location: Zoe Ink Studio, 266 Pine St. (The Soda Plant), Burlington. Info: Zoe Ink, zoe papas, 863-1468, zoe@zoeink. com,

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: 735-5465,




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, 862-8686,,

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 Mountain School of Druidry, Ivan McBeth, 505-8010, ivanmcbeth@,

eMotionaL CLeaRing W/ eSSentiaL oiL: New Year’s resolutions hijacked by old feelings/ behaviors? explore emotional centers of the brain and connections between body, mind and emotion; identify limiting beliefs/emotional patterns; use essential oils, cognitive messages and visualization to release old emotional patterns and reframe “lessons”; experiential class. Purchase book and essential oil first class. Sun., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. Cost: $100/6.5-hour class plus organic, vegetarian lunch, essential oil use during class. Location: Esther Palmer, 1547 East Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Esther Palmer, 878-1588,,

printmaking LetteRPReSS WoRKShoPS: learn to print on a 1930 Platen Press at the Zoe Ink studio. You will learn the basics including the general mechanics of

tai chi yang-StyLe tai Chi: The slow movements of tai chi help

writing ReaDing & WRiting PoetRy: How do our expectations for the poems we read inform the ways we go about making our own poems? We’ll read and discuss each other’s work and develop a foundation for taking our writing practices to another level, grounded in clarity and confidence of intention. Every Mon., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 17-Mar. 24. Cost: $200/6-week class. Location: Renegade Writers’ Collective, 47 Maple St., suite 220, Burlington. Info: Renegade Writers’ Collective, Jessica Nelson, 267-467-2812,,

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: 999-9963, hotyogaburlingtonvt. com. 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: 864-9642, evolutionvt. com. 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: 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: 3438119, 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: 985-0090,

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rom the dawn of the cassette player, the mixtape has been a go-to method for amorous advances. While the physical medium has changed over the years, from tapes to CDs to Spotify playlists and the like, few gestures are as sweet and time-tested as curating a playlist for your dear someone. Sure, flowers and chocolates are nice. But making a mixtape takes time and, more importantly, thought to ensure that you send just the right message. In that regard, in our admittedly biased opinion, the mixtape remains the ultimate romantic expression. So here’s a little mix we made just for you, consisting entirely of local tunes released in the last year or so. Why? Because we like you.


“Catskills,” Alpenglow Making a mixtape is an art. The two most important tracks on any mixtape are the first and last. And the opener is especially critical. You want to set the tone and grab attention, but you don’t want to come on too strong. Warm and inviting, Alpenglow’s “Catskills” is a perfect choice. And it’s beautiful, like you.

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Almost as key as the opener is how you follow it up. You want to build the intensity here, but you don’t want to be overbearing or reveal too much. In that sense, “Thirty Weeks” by Paper Castles is perhaps a risky selection. It’s a little downcast, floating in the gray margins of an uncertain romantic future. The hope is that you appreciate its subtle sense of longing — not to mention its angular little groove.

“Warm Chills,” Persian Claws Since the line between sweet and sappy is a fine one, the worst thing you can do with a mixtape is become mired in slow songs. So we’re picking up the mood with this surfy little cut by Persian Claws, because “Warm Chills” are exactly what we feel every time you’re near. (Was that line too sappy? Let’s move on…)

“All About You,” Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band We’re entering the heart of our mix, and it’s time to dispense with the foreplay. With its slinky R&B groove, exultant horns and irrresistibly sensual vocals, “All About You” by Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band leaves no doubt about what this tape is, well, all about.


“The Best Is Yet to Come,” Audrey Bernstein One of the oft-overlooked aspects of a good mix is flow. Especially when pulling from so many styles of music, easy transitions are paramount. So we’re sliding from sexy soul to smoky jazz with this reimagined take on

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the Sinatra classic, “The Best Is Yet to Come,” by local chanteuse Audrey Bernstein.

“One More Go,” Kelly Ravin When Waylon Speed’s Kelly Ravin sings, “I’ll start the fire, I’ll start the blaze,” on “One More Go” from his 2013 solo record Leathered, Weathered, Worn and Wiser, we get chills. We’re hoping you will, too, when Ravin’s aching rasp hits your headphones.

“Leonard Coen,” Violette Ultraviolet When we first heard Love Wait What Yes by Violette Ultraviolet, we mistakenly thought it was about losing love. But it’s actually about finding it. If ever there was a song that captures that kind of romantic ambiguity, it is “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. So VU’s homage, “Leonard Coen,” serves a double purpose. One, it’s a lovely ode to longing. Two, it’s something of a test, because if you don’t pick up on the not-so-subtle references to the Cohen classic — VU even tease the song’s chord progression — maybe this isn’t gonna work out after all. Bonus points if you note VU’s — we hope intentional — misspelling of Cohen’s name.

“Matador,” tooth ache. We’re cheating a little here … not that we make a habit of such things, of course. “Matador” by tooth ache.

was originally released a few years ago, before the local electropop songwriter rerecorded and rereleased her debut full-length, Flash & Yearn, last year. But we dig the song’s metaphor — love as a simultaneously elegant and brutal game, a bullfight — so much that we’re including it here. But please don’t play games with us.

“This Is What Livin’ Feels Like,” Caroline Rose We’ve brought the mood down a bit with the previous cuts, so it’s time to pump it back up before the finale. “This Is What Livin’ Feels Like” by Caroline Rose should do the trick. Rootsy and rambling, it evokes the endless possibilities and adventures of a wide-open road ahead, a road we’re hopeful you’ll travel with us.

“Tapped In,” the DuPont Brothers We’ve reached the end of our musical love letter. By now, we really hope you know how we feel about you and that our choice of tunes has left you both entertained and thinking sweet thoughts. So we’ll sign off with this comfy little number by the DuPont Brothers, “Tapped In.” With Zack duPont’s warm croon couched in soft stylistic traces of Nick Drake, we think it’s a perfect song for cozying up on a late winter’s morning — maybe the morning after Valentine’s Day? Wink, wink — with our favorite person. 



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recorded as Plato Ears is well produced, super catchy and, especially when considered as a departure from his earlier works, rather daring. But little of that translated live. It seems reductive to say the fix is something as simple as playing with a band — though I suspect some extra hands would help. I mean, how many of us, myself included, hailed Ryan Power’s actual karaoke experiment with his own music as brilliant a few years back? (Then again, I think most would agree that the current full-band incarnation of Power is superior.) Based on Daly’s résumé and the strength of his recorded material — which really is quite good — I’m willing to bet he figures it out, maybe even as soon as this Friday, February 14 — that’s Valentine’s Day, folks — when he plays Radio Bean. CAroline rose closed the night and was, simply put, a revelation. Even though I named her album America Religious one of the best Vermont-made records of 2013, Friday was the first I’d seen Rose live. In my defense, she’s been touring a bunch. Onstage, Rose has an easy swagger and feisty demeanor,



technique or effect, when used well and creatively, can be put to good and sometimes transcendent use. People used to bristle at the electric guitar, too. In Burlington, acts such as pours, errAnds, ryAn power and nudA veritAs, among others, brilliantly incorporate loops, prerecorded sounds and numerous other electronic shenanigans into their work, both live and recorded. And you can find about a bazillion examples of similarly forward-thinking indie artists making waves beyond our bubble doing the same. But something about Daly’s set failed to connect, at least with me — a bunch of folks in the front seemed to be eating him up, so to each their own. But at several points, as he bounded wildly around the stage singing and playing lead guitar over layered loops and prerecorded backing music, barechested beneath a bright, multicolored suit and wearing Wayfarer sunglasses and a red headband, his shtick struck me as, well, shtick. Maybe I’m missing some entrenched irony here. Because otherwise it was like watching indierock karaoke. There’s no denying Daly’s talent. He’s a fine singer and wrote some great songs with Chamberlin. The stuff he’s

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Well, I was wrong. In last week’s column, I opined that it would take a minor miracle for the industrious lads at Signal Kitchen to complete their ambitious renovation project in time for last weekend’s grand reopening shows. This past Friday I found, to my delight and amazement, that not only did SK owners Alex lAlli and dAve deChristo finish, but the new space is flat-out killer. What was once a hip, enjoyably dank underground haunt is now a verifiable — still hip — hotspot that feels more like a club than a basement. Well, OK, it still kinda feels like a basement. But it’s a really cool basement. The crown jewel of the redo is undoubtedly the sleek, chic new bar, which sits slightly elevated at the back of the concert area and serves as a barrier to the plush booths of the back lounge. For one thing, its altitude is a bonus for concert-goers like, well, me, whose less-than-towering stature often means craning my neck for a glimpse at the stage. (Ever try watching a show stuck behind leon CAmpos or JoshuA GlAss? It can’t be done, I tell ya.) For another thing, the bar section provides a refuge for passive viewing, as it is somewhat removed from the stage area. That means folks who want to socialize while keeping an eye on the show can do so without bothering those who want to focus on the band. Show talkers, you’re welcome. (You still have to shut the fuck up everywhere else, though. Kisses!) My only small quibble is that there was a discernible difference in sound quality by the bar as compared to the floor. But that’s nothing a well-placed extra speaker or two in the back couldn’t fix. I mean, even self-absorbed assholes like to actually listen to music sometimes. (Seriously, shut up.) As for the music itself, it was an interesting cross-section. meAn mArtin from DJ duo sAfAr! opened the night with a thoughtfully crafted mix of deep house, hip-hop, funk and even a little soul. Bonus points for spinning — gasp! — actual vinyl. Well played, sir. I’m still not entirely sure what to make of plAto eArs, the one-man electro-ish indie-rock project of former ChAmberlin front man mArk dAly. I’m not against the growing encroachment of electronic techniques in indie rock and pop music, by any means. Any


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CLUB METRONOME: meetings4meetings, Slim Pknz & Helixx, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: cody Sargent & Friends, (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman trio, (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, (soul), 11:30 p.m., $5.

THE DAILY PLANET: Audrey Bernstein, (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Starline Rhythm Boys, (rockabilly), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Reign one, (EDm), 10 p.m., free.

JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Ray Vega Quartet, (Latin jazz), 8 p.m., free.

SIGNAL KITCHEN: Select Session: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, (Beatles tribute), 8 p.m., $20/25.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: open mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

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NECTAR'S: Vt comedy club Presents: What a Joke! comedy open mic, (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. The DuPont Brothers, michael chorney and maryse Smith Duo, (indie folk), 9:30 p.m., $3/5. 18+.

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Vt comedy club Presents: Fresh meat, (standup comedy), 7:30 p.m., $5.

RADIO BEAN: Ensemble V, (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Andy Pitt & Friends, (bluegrass), 6 p.m., donation.

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

SWEET MELISSA'S: Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen, (blues), 8 p.m., Na.

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THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday: Squimley & the Woolens, (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. 18+.

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MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant & Friends, (country), 8 p.m., free.

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CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: open mic, 9 p.m., free.

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THE PARKER PIE CO.: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: open mic, 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: completely Stranded comedy troupe, (improv comedy), 7:30 p.m., free. DJ Skippy All Request Live, (top 40), 10 p.m., free.



CLUB METRONOME: Thirsty Thursdays with SJ Smiles of Aer, Potbelly, 7 p.m., free/$2. FINNIGAN'S PUB: craig mitchell, (funk), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half comedy, (standup), 8 p.m., free. Nic of ARt tHIEVES, (EDm), 10:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Burritos, (rock), 9 p.m., free. MUDDY WATERS: Ambient World Project, (ambient acoustic), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: trivia mania, 7 p.m., free. Spiritual Rez Album Release, Jeff Bujak, (reggae), 9:30 p.m., $7/10. 18+.


MOOG'S PLACE: open mic, 8 p.m., free.


SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis, (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Big John, (acoustic), 7 p.m., free.


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THE BEE'S KNEES: Keith Williams, (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Pine Street Jazz, 7 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth and Katie trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.


WHAMMY BAR: Abby Jenne, (rock), 7 p.m., free.

RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: The Eames Brothers Band, the Whiskey Dicks, (mountain blues), 9 p.m., $6.

BAGITOS: Denny Bean, (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., donation.


ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Alma & the Soul Daggers, (soul), 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Funkwagon Duo, (funk), 7 p.m., free. mashtodon, (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Aer, RDGLDGRN, New Beat Fund, (pop), 8 p.m., $17/20.

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PIZZA BARRIO: David mooney, (funkgrass), 6:30 p.m., free.

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Verbal onslaught, (poetry slam), 9 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Dizzle, (house), 10 p.m., free.

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BROWN'S MARKET BISTRO: tony mason, (folk), 6:30 p.m., free.

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descriptor. On his latest record, From Your Bones, the Chicago-based songwriter — and, it should be noted, nephew of blues legend B.B. King — delivers a folk-tinged suite of compelling, inward-looking SCANsongs HEREmeant to make your mind wander and wonder. Briar TO LISTEN TOWinooski on Tuesday, February 18. Rabbit plays the Monkey House in TRACKS

THE PARKER PIE CO.: can Am Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m., free.

RUBEN JAMES: Glass & morin, (singer-songwriters), 6 p.m., free. DJ cre8, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

MOOG'S PLACE: Spider Roulette, (Gypsy jazz), 9 p.m., free.

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SIGNAL KITCHEN: timber timbre, Alpenglow, (indie folk), 8 p.m., $12/14. aa.

RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Disco Phantom, (eclectic DJ), 9 p.m., $5.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): The Blakes, (rock), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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MONOPOLE: Lowell Sabo of Lucid, (rock), 10 p.m., free.


ST. JOHN'S CLUB: Valentine's Day Dinner & comedy Night, (standup comedy), 6 p.m., $20.

CLUB METRONOME: "No Diggity" ’90s Night, 9 p.m., free/$5.

BACKSTAGE PUB: comedy with Aweseom Entertainment, (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free. Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free.


THE DAILY PLANET: trio Gusto, (parisian jazz), 8 p.m., free. EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Art Herttua, Stephe morabito, (jazz), 7 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: The Hitmen, (rock), 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Live music, 8 p.m., free. 2KDeep presents Good times, (EDm), 10 p.m., free. HARBOR LOUNGE AND PARK CAFÉ: Jody Albright, (jazz), 8 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone, (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Blues for Breakfast, (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: Kid's music with Linda "tickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. Rik Palieri, (folk), 7 p.m., free. While the Limousines Wait in the Street: A Vt tribute to Leonard cohen, 9:30 p.m., free. Live music, midnight., free. RED SQUARE: Ellen Powell trio, (jazz), 5 p.m., free. Strange changes, (rock), 8 p.m., $5. craig mitchell, (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ con Yay, 9 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Ryan's Irish Band, 6 p.m., free. Supersounds DJ, (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Wild cub, Hands, (indie rock), 8 p.m., $12/14. aa. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Fuck Valentine's Day: Laureate, Wolvings, Nautica, Black Rabbit, (punk), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Loose Association, (folk), 5 p.m., free. A House on Fire, (rock), 9 p.m., free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: cousin Itt, (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.


SWEET MELISSA'S: Honky tonk Happy Hour with mark LeGrand, 5 p.m., free. Dance Party, 9 p.m., free. Steady Betty, (rocksteady), 9 p.m., free. THREE STALLION INN: Vt comedy club: Valentine's Day Show, (standup comedy), 9 p.m., $15/20.

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Joe moore Band, (blues), 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: Valentine's Day Dance, (top 40), 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: mashtodon, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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THE PARKER PIE CO.: Acoustic Fusion Jam, 7:30 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: North Funktree, (rock), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour tunes & trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Power Stallion, (rock), 10 p.m., $5.



CLUB METRONOME: Retronome with DJ Fattie B, ’80s dance party, 9 p.m., free/$5. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Lewis Franco's Valentine's day Lounge, (swing), 7 p.m., free.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Live music, 8 p.m., free. Sin-ordy DJs, (EDm), 10 p.m., free.

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HARBOR LOUNGE AND PARK CAFÉ: tiffany Pfeiffer, (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

THE BEE'S KNEES: Karen Krajacic, (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.

JP'S PUB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free. sat.15

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artists who have a real chance to make national waves will prominently feature women. For me, that group includes MARYSE SMITH, HANA ZARA, KAT WRIGHT and, now, Caroline Rose.

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Last but not least, happy trails to the WEE FOLKESTRA. The nine-piece collective is playing its third annual Red and Black Ball at Radio Bean this Saturday, February 15. Sadly, the show will also be the group’s swan song, as WF are calling it quits, presumably so they can focus on other projects. Like, nine other projects. It’s always a bummer to see a fun band hang it up. But on the plus side, who doesn’t love a reunion show? (Right, Cannon Fodder?) 

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In other news, PADDY REAGAN’s prePAPER CASTLES outfit CANNON FODDER is reuniting for a gig at the Monkey House on Monday, February 17. I know I dug CF back in the day. But I confess my recollection of that band is hazy. Looking back through the archives, circa 2008-ish, I see I used to refer to them as “alt-whatever,” which, knowing Reagan’s music, sounds about right. Also on the bill is WAYLON SPEED front man NOAH CROWTHER, playing a collection of his acoustic (?!) songs alongside ROB O’DEA and CF’s RYAN OSSWALD. I’m super intrigued.

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not to mention powerhouse pipes. Her banter with bandmates PAT MELVIN and JER COONS was almost as entertaining as the music itself. Almost. Rose’s rambunctious take on roots and country rock is the real deal. Which reminds me… A couple of weekends ago, I was asked at a party why rock and roll is traditionally so male-dominated. I didn’t and don’t have a good answer for that. However, it’s worth noting that of Vermont’s three highest-profile native artists, two acts, GRACE POTTER and ANAÏS MITCHELL, are female. (PHISH would be the third.) I’m not counting NEKO CASE in this instance, since she’s a transplant. And I suspect that the next generation of local

hoping to capitalize on their expertise. So for that dynamic duo to choose to collaborate with Eight 02 is quite an honor for the locals. “It’s a dream come true,” writes keyboardist PETER ENGISCH in a recent email to Seven Days. Eight 02 head to the left coast next week, but not before playing a send-off gig as part of the Brick Church Music Series in Williston this Friday, February 14.









Dreamcatchers On their upcoming new album Hot Dreams — the SCAN H

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combine the spectral tones of their 2009 self-titled debut with the haunting, bizarro TRACK doo-wop of their 2011 follow-up, Creep On Creepin’ On. The result is a mysterious and moving work that builds on the sonic irregularities of their early efforts while forging ahead into bold new territory. Catch TT at Signal Kitchen in Burlington on Friday,


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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Soulstice, (reggae), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Zach Nugent, (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. The Phreaks, the Hornitz, (Phish tribute), 9 p.m., $5.


PIZZA BARRIO: Eric George, (old time Americana), 6:30 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Greg Alexander, (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. The Surviving Kenneallys, (punkgrass), 8:30 p.m., free. The 3rd Annual Red & Black Ball with the Wee Folkestra, (folk rock), 10 p.m., free. Mammal Dap, (future soul), 12:30 a.m., free.

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RED SQUARE: Colin Craig Continuum, (jazz), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon, (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul, (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ Max Cohen, (EDM), 11 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Kenny Mehler Band, (rock), 10 p.m., free.


RUBEN JAMES: Craig Mitchell, (house), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Grundlefunk, (funk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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THE MONKEY HOUSE: Comedy Roulette: Stupid Cupid Letters with Chicky Winkleman, (standup comedy), 7:30 p.m., $5.

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

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REVIEW this Garrett Linck, Abodes of Owls


In August 2013, Hinesburg-based indie rockers Wolcot released their farewell record, Coronado EP. That recording was a follow-up to the then-high schoolers’ 2011 self-titled debut, and realized much of that album’s budding promise. But, as it goes with so many young bands, Wolcot were seduced by the promise of greener musical pastures elsewhere. Its members left Vermont post-graduation to pursue fresh adventures such as college, new bands and that time-honored youthful

pastime, screwing around. Wolcot front man Garrett Linck landed in Portland, Ore., where, according to his Bandcamp page, he’s “attempting to grow a beard and start a band.” Insert “Portlandia” joke here. Linck’s soon-to-be-released solo debut, Abodes of Owls, suggests he should do just fine in the land of M. Ward and the Decemberists. Not to mention a city that now claims famed transplants such as Stephen Malkmus, Modest Mouse and Spoon’s Britt Daniel, all of whom seem to be among Linck’s formative influences. Recorded in Burlington by Ryan Power, Linck’s freshman solo outing picks up where Coronado left off, delivering a solid take on slackerly indie rock that portends a bright future for the Vermont expat. The four-song EP opens on “Between the Banks.” A sinewy lead guitar line tumbles over moody distortion sustains, building tension beneath Linck’s coolly disaffected vocals. Then the song explodes in a storm of overdriven indie rock before washing out into a hypnotic, shoegaze-y groove. The next track is a cover of “Heart of Darkness” by Sparklehorse. Linck

transforms the song from sparse bedroom pop to uptempo indie jangle. But, even given its enchanting, Pavement-y slant, Linck manages to retain the song’s melancholy mood. “Thirty Degrees and Raining,” the album’s only acoustic number, is next. Stripped of the muscular trappings of his preceding songs, Linck proves to be a commanding writer, even with little more than a guitar and melodica at his disposal. EP closer “Overlook Park” continues the overcast mood, with Linck’s creaky vocals floating amid a haze of spectral guitars. He has a natural knack for building suspense, and does so here to great effect. Drawn out ever so purposefully over a Built to Spill-worthy six-plus minutes, the song is a classic indie slow burn, using mounting guitar effects to build to an anthemic climax, both for the song and the EP itself. Abodes of Owls by Garrett Linck is available at DAN BOLLES


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such as Club Metronome and the nowdefunct Club Toast with his band Cloud People. Since then, he’s been gigging regularly in a variety of roles with other notable local players all over the state. Creech is not a fixture, exactly, but more a player who haunts the margins. That’s a position he sometimes assumes even on his own record. To craft Remember, Creech enlisted the help of some fine local talent, including guitarist Bob Wagner, bassist Aram Bedrosian, keyboardist Peter Krag, drummer Pete Negroponte and harmonica whiz Greg Izor, among others. To be sure, Creech seizes numerous opportunities to showcase his own guitar chops on these mostly instrumental compositions. But rather than dominating the spotlight, his playing is part of a larger tableau — a wise


Before we discuss the merits of local songwriter John Creech’s latest solo record, Remember, let’s address an elephant in the room: It’s kinda old. As in, it came out in 2010. “So why review it now?” you might ask. It’s a fair question. For starters, when Creech wrote and recorded the record, he was in the throes of losing his primary enterprises: first Vermont Folk Instruments, then Burlington Guitar and Amp. As Creech’s wife, artist Emily Bissell Laird, puts it in a recent email, he “didn’t do much PR as he was focusing on the demise of his businesses.” It’s understandable that pimping the album would get lost in the shuffle. Still, three-plus years later, why not just let the album fade into the past? Here’s the important point: Because Remember is an intriguing album and, as the saying goes, better late than never. Creech has been an active member of the Vermont music scene dating at least back to the 1990s, when he played clubs

choice, given the caliber of his supporting cast. Collectively, Creech’s compositions represent a sort of jam-inflected new-age style. They alternate from the pastoral (“Autumn”) to the ethereal (“5,6,7”) to the outright groovy (“The Dance”). On each, SCAN THIS PAGE he displays a gift for writing hooks that WITH LAYAR return with force even on some of the SEE PROGRAM COVER more languid jams. The uptempo “1 in 3,” for example, skitters between stylistically diverse sections, each slyly shaded by whatever instrument is taking the lead at a given point. But whether blissing out to Negroponte’s fluid keystrokes, bootstomping to Adrian Unser’s high-flying fiddle or noodle-dancing to Creech’s own guitar stylings, the cleverly omnipresent melodic theme keeps the song in balance. John Creech is reportedly devoting more of his creative efforts to making music. We’re told he has a new recording12v-spencerstobacco021214.indd 1 project on tap, which we’ll hope to review before the next Winter Olympics come around. In the meantime, listening in on Remember is a worthwhile endeavor. Remember by John Creech is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

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“John Bisbee: New Blooms,” Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education


aine sculptor John Bisbee calls his exhibit at the Pizzagalli Center “New Blooms,” a name that suggests, say, pretty floral watercolors. In fact, his medium could not be more different. His massive sculptures and installations are made from nails, thousands and thousands of them. Specifically, they are called Bright Common nails, or tie spikes, and they are 12 inches long. If you’re wondering what a person could do with these besides affix boards to each other, you should meet the ebullient Bisbee, a sculptor in residence and instructor at Bowdoin College who’s been working with nails for 28 years. And you should see “New Blooms,” which, by his own assessment, is his “best work yet.” The title of the show is apropos, even if there are no pastel pigments in sight. Two of the enormous installations do have floral motifs. “Pinwheel” consists of a series of flowers outlined against the entire south wall of the gallery, each covering some five feet in diameter and gently seguing into its neighbors. Pounded into curvy shapes, the nails-cum-blossoms take on grace and movement. Bisbee is not the first artist to evoke nature with man-made materials, but in the marvel that is “Floresco,” he has literally forged a shape that marries the geometric to the organic. And it is difficult to describe. Suffice it to call the piece a four-sided floret, with each side consisting of three slightly curved nails arranged à la pinwheel, and each point welded to another point. Bisbee further disciplines dozens of these precisely formed florets into a series of diamonds on a long wall. If you stand across the room and squint your eyes a bit, the work resembles an outsize argyle pattern. And if you think about the weight of the material — measured in tons — you may wonder both how the wall supports it and how the resulting creation can look so delicate. The shadows created by every line maximize the lacy effect. Light and shadow are strategic in “Pelt,” too. Swooping across the entire length of the wall opposing “Floresco,” the installation consists of some 5,300 nails driven in at angles in seemingly

Floor, “Hearsay,” wall, “Floresco”

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windswept whorls. The title is apt: As a whole, the piece suggests the multidirectional fur of a Rhodesian ridgeback. A closer stance presents an entirely different aspect — a view of the trees and not the forest, as it were — and impresses on the viewer just how much exacting measurement and manual labor went into the installation of this work. Like a Tibetan sand mandala, “Pelt” conveys a sense of evanescence, too. After all, when de-installed, it will once again become a pile of nails. Two of Bisbee’s freestanding sculptures in “New Blooms” have a permanent form, with the nails corralled into objective, monolithic shapes. The most literal piece, punningly titled “Hearsay,” takes the shape of a giant gramophone horn. Curvy and curlicued nails form its walls, and the exaggerated bell, nearly eight feet high, all but invites viewers to curl up inside. “Seed,” which rests on its side in the foyer, is yet again composed of many hundreds of nails. These are untreated, so that rust has begun to affect the color. The nails are pounded into slightly wavy, organic forms and bundled lying in the same direction; the finished piece consists of many layers welded into a fat capsule tapered at each end. While its name implies the possibility of a fecund explosion, the materiality of “Seed” gives it a solid, muscular presence. It is somehow lovable and intimidating at the same time. Bisbee’s third floor sculpture is appropriately titled “Thicket.” Its components are dozens of individual nails fashioned into stalks, the heads flattened to form petals, and all are gathered into a dense, unruly jumble. While much of the work here references nature, this thigh-high piece actually resembles it. “New Blooms” validates Bisbee’s unending fascination with his medium, not to mention its rigorous difficulty. He continues to put the common nail to audacious purposes, creating works of art that delight, amaze and expand the very definition of transformation. PA M EL A P O L S T O N

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“John Bisbee: New Blooms” at the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, through May 26.

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dEAr rEAdErS: This week Seven Days has a brand-new website and content management system, and you’ll find our calendar, club and art listings organized in a slightly different way than before. once you get used to it, we hope you’ll find it more navigable — whether in print, web or mobile platforms. what’s different about the art listings? Glad you asked. •First, the GEoGrAPHIcAl HEAdINGS are more specific. since Burlington has the largest population and most art venues, it’s a stand-alone section. you’ll find venues in other chittenden county towns listed under, well, chittenden county. everything should be logical, but if you find a town out of place, let us know. • rEcEPTIoNS are now included — in blue — within the listing for exhibits that have them. These will disappear after the reception is over. •TAlKS ANd oTHEr EvENTS are still listed separately, under “Art events.” • “NEW THIS WEEK,” at the beginning of the listings, is where you’ll find exhibits that start in the issue’s calendar week (wednesday to wednesday). successive issues will list these exhibits under their appropriate geographical heading. please check out all the fun new features on the website at switching a massive amount of content to a new site is a big undertaking, and there may be a few rough spots at first. But we think you’ll like what you see.

NEW THIS WEEK f 'PoETry of WINTEr': A group exhibit of nine

regional artists features works that celebrate the season in a variety of media. reception: Saturday, february 15, 5-7 p.m. info, 253-9653. Vermont Fine Art Gallery in stowe.

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f 'ArT THAT cElEbrATES WINTEr': A community art exhibit of works in a variety of media featuring the snowy season. reception: friday, february 14, 4-6 p.m. February 14-March 31. info, 457-2295. norman williams public Library in woodstock.

GAlEN cHENEy TAlK: The Vermont artist talks about her abstract paintings. AVA Gallery and Art center, Lebanon, n.h., Thursday, February 13, 5:30 p.m. info, 603-448-3117. THE vErMoNT flurry: This competitive snow-sculpting event brings snow artisans from all over new england. Teams will have 60 hours to complete their sculptures, and judges and the public will choose winners. sponsored by pentangle Arts and ArtisTree Gallery. call for more info or visit woodstock Green, Friday-sunday, February 14-16. info, 457-3981. lIfE drAWING clASSES: classes work with professional models and focus on the long pose. preregistration advised. Black horse Fine Art supply, Burlington, wednesday, February 19, 6-9 p.m. $15. info, 860-4962.

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f Abby MANocK: “what ever it Takes,” an installation in which the Burlington artist has constructed costume interpretations of popculture icons out of common household materials. reception: Thursday, february 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through February 28. info, 656-4150. Living/ Learning center, uVM in Burlington. 'AlIcE'S WoNdErlANd: A MoST curIouS AdvENTurE': A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic Lewis carroll tale. Through May 11. info, 864-1848. echo Lake Aquarium and science center/Leahy center for Lake champlain in Burlington. 'ANoNyMouS: coNTEMPorAry TIbETAN ArT': paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in diaspora. Through May 18. '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. '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. info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum, uVM, in Burlington. ANTIquE GAMbrElS: A selection of curved wooden sticks used to hang slaughtered animals for butchering, from the collection of local artists Greg Blasdel and Jennifer Koch. Through February 28. info, 488-5766. Vintage inspired in Burlington. ‘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. info, 6562020. Bailey howe Library, uVM, in Burlington.


A group exhibit of local photographers who responded to a call to artists with one to three works. reception: friday, March 7, 5-8 p.m. Through March 30. info, 660-9005. Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington.

courTNEy MErcIEr: “escape,” photography that represents adventures in the here and now. curated by seABA, including in adjacent ReTn offices. Through February 28. info, 859-9222. VcAM studio in Burlington.

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. info, 656-2014. office hours Gallery in Burlington. KASy PrENdErGAST: Minimal abstract paintings by the local artist. Through May 2. info, 578-7179. courtyard Marriott Burlington harbor. KATE GrIdlEy: “passing Through: portraits of emerging Adults,” life-size oil paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 12. info, 652-4500. Amy e. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn center, in Burlington. KATHErINE lucAS: Abstract paintings in graphite, acrylic, gouache and sheetrock tape on canvas. Through March 31. info, 324-9403. Maglianero café in Burlington. lydIA lITTWIN: “Blind contours,” works drawn from memory, or from direct observation, with eyes closed. curated by seABA. Through February 28. info, 859-9222. The pine street deli in Burlington. 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, in the same fabric paint as her mother used. Through February 28. info, 318-2438. Red square in Burlington. MATTHEW douGlASS: The illustrator reveals his process and inspirations, including animators don Bluth and chuck Jones. Through February 28. info, 540-0406. ArtsRiot in Burlington. ‘THE NAKEd TruTH’: A group exhibit in which artists reveal the intimate side of their creative minds. Through February 28. info, 859-9222. seABA center in Burlington. NANcy ToMczAK: Avian watercolor paintings by the local artist and ornithologist. curated by seABA. Through February 28. info, 859-9222. speeder & earl’s, pine street, in Burlington. 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. info, 862-9616. Burlington college. ‘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. info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington. SuE MoWrEr AdAMSoN: "Monsters, owls and Zombie Bunnies … oh My!" funky, colorful prints in frames or on wood bases. Through February 15. info, 233-6473. chop shop in Burlington. ‘TExTurEd’: contemporary works in two and three dimensions by Gowri savoor, Mary Zompetti, Jennifer Koch and Karen henderson. Through March 22. info, 865-7166. Vermont Metro Gallery, BcA center in Burlington. 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 February 12. 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. info, 865-7166. BcA center in Burlington. chiTTenden counTy shows

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'crAfTucATIoN': SHElburNE crAfT ScHool EducATorS orIGINAl WorKS: six artist-teachers exhibit their crafts in wood, ceramics, painting and more. Through February 28. info, 863-6458. Frog hollow in Burlington.

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. Through March 31. info, 660-9005. dostie Bros. Frame shop in Burlington.


f cATHErINE HAll: "plaster, paper, paint," a three-project exhibit using a variety of materials and intended to challenge the definitions and implications of each. reception: friday, february 21, 6-8 p.m. February 19-March 22. info, 468-1266. castleton downtown Gallery in Rutland.

‘ArT uNdEr THE INfluENcE’: Art supplies are provided at seABA’s community art-making event with the Vermont Makers. drink, Burlington, Thursday, February 13, 6-8 p.m. info, 859-9222.

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f ruSSEll SNoW: "imagination in Motion," wooden whirligigs from the political to the playful by the local craftsman. Artist talk: "The Wonderful, Wacky World of Whirligigs," Saturday, March 1, 1:30 p.m. February 12-March 31. info, 388-4964. 'oNE rooM ScHoolS': photographs from the 1980s by diana Mara henry illustrate the end of an era in many rural small towns in Vermont. in the Vision & Voice Gallery. February 14-May 10. info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife center in Middlebury.

‘ANoNyMouS’: “The challenges Facing contemporary Tibetan Artists” with Frank J. Korom. Fleming Museum, uVM, Burlington, wednesday, February 12, 6-7 p.m. info, 656-0750.

djANGo HulPHErS: influenced by “california lowbrow art,” these acrylic and spray paintings and retouched antique photographs feature absurdity and odd juxtapositions. Through February 28. info, 540-0107. speaking Volumes in Burlington.

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‘Supercool Glass’: An exhibit that spans two centuries of glassmaking, with items from the museum’s permanent collection and contemporary decorative and sculptural creations by Vermont and national artists. Through June 8. 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. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. Elizabeth Cleary: Acrylic paintings of beer glasses and mixed-media works. Through April 2. Info, 399-2994. Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne. Jared Katz: "Reflections on the World I See," photographs by the local artist. Through February 28. Info, 434-2550. Mt. Mansfield Community Television in Richmond. 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. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

f 'Love': Photographs that represent passion, romance and desire by nearly 20 artists. Closing reception: Sunday, March 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Through March 2. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction.


'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. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Alec Frost: “Houses, Barns and Bridges of Tunbridge,” a selection of photographs by the retired local architect. Through March 17. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

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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. Info, 426-3581. Jacquith Public Library in Marshfield. Jeff Clarke: Large-format, black-and-white images of Vermont, shot on film by the Burlington photographer. Through February 28. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. Joan Hoffman: Oil and watercolor impressionist paintings en plain air, and paintings of birds. Through February 19. ‘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, sacred geometry and the history of art. Through March 9. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. '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. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. John Snell: "Taking Time to See," photographs inspired by the natural world and local environs. Through February 28. Info, 223-3338. KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier.

f 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. Reception: Thursday, February 20, 5-8 p.m. Through March 28, 5-8 p.m. Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier.

Elizabeth Cleary Elizabeth Cleary began her artistic career by apprenticing with local artists, before receiving formal training at the University of Vermont and in Florence, Italy. The Colchester resident is known for depicting her home state

with acrylic works of mountainous landscapes, grazing cows and lit-up country homes. Her current exhibit at the Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne pays homage to what’s now considered an important component of Vermont culture: craft beer. Cleary’s new series of still-life paintings features empty pint glasses and the “delicate foam patterns left behind” on them. “Highly reflective objects make a fascinating subject because of their ability to provide a glimpse of the area surrounding the still life, outside the picture plane,” writes the artist on her website. “This adds an interesting and somewhat mysterious dimension to the painting.” Plenty of Fiddlehead patrons will likely drink to that. Through April 2. Pictured: “Cheers.” Linda Pruitt: "Re-wilding," shamanic, acrylic paintings by the local artist. Through March 30. Info, 223-0043. Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Nancy Gadue: Window paintings by the local artist. Through February 28. Info, 223-1981. The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. Ray Brown: "Retrospective: From Nature," oil paintings on canvas by the local artist. Through February 28. Info, The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Regis Cummings: "Places and Faces on a Journey," paintings and multimedia works by the local artist. Photo ID required for admission. Through March 28. Info, 828-0749. Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr.: "Walking Home," new acrylic paintings featuring a boy's journey through urban landscapes, Third Floor Gallery. 'Chaos': A group exhibit addressing pandemonium, disorder and turbulence in art, Main Floor Gallery. Leah Sophrin & Katy Sudol: "Spring Loaded," abstract paintings; and "Color of Expression," prints, respectively, Second Floor Gallery. All through February 22. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.

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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. '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. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Kelly Holt: "Where," mixed-media abstract paintings. Through March 9. Info, 888-1261. 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. Info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in Morrisville. ‘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. Info,

253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

f Victoria Zolnoski and Mark O’Maley: The JSC photography and art history instructor collaborates with the theater and dance prof from Franklin Pierce University in an exhibit that includes black and white, chromoskedasic and digital photography and video. Reception: Thursday, February 13, 3-5 p.m. Through March 15. Info, 730-3114. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. William B. Hoyt: "Realizations," realistic paintings. Through February 28. Info, 253-1818. Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe.

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'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. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Lorraine Manley: "Luminous Vermont," vibrant, colorful paintings that capture the beauty of the artist's home state. Through March 31. Info, 496-6682. Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. middlebury area shows

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‘Observing vermOnt Architecture’: Photographs by Curtis Johnson and commentaries by Glenn Andres explore the state’s diverse built environment, and accompany their new book, The Buildings of Vermont. Through March 23. Info, 443-5007. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Jim bOrden: Watercolors by the late local artist. Sales benefit Town Hall Theater and the James C. Borden Art Award. Through February 28. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury.

ruddy rOye: "Telling Stories," an exhibit of selected images by the Brooklyn-based photographer and self-described "Instagram Activist," in conjunction with weeklong residency at the college. Through February 14. Info, 287-8398. Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. stePhen schAub: Mixed-media works that reference the delicate nature of life, in-between moments and anonymous figures. Through February 21. Info, 468-6052. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. tOm merwin: Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28. Info, 465-4071. Brandon Music.

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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. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.

'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. Info, 775-0062. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland.

upper valley

AnnuAl student Art shOw: An energetic exhibition of works by local schoolchildren, in tribute to their teachers. Through February 28. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

PAul bOwen: "Sculpture: 1973-2013," works created from scavenged sea materials and wood by the Welsh-born, Vermont-based artist. Through February 15. Info, 468-6052. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland.

'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. Info, 258-3992. The Great Hall in Springfield. 'the FOunder's cOllectiOn': A group exhibit of works by regional artists hand selected by the gallery's founders. Through March 2. Info, 875-1018. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester.

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@ 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.

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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. 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

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by the nude figure drawings on the wall. Local artist Anthony Sini is known for his distinctive commercial design work (including the logos of Healthy Living Market and Café, Kids Town and Daily Chocolate), but his sensibility is equally strong finessing the contours of the human body. His male and female models strike arresting poses — some tame, others far from it — which Sini captures with deft graphite lines. The moodiness

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tom ball: The local artist creates landscapes and abstractions in woodburnings and paintings, some with Native American or sailing themes. Through March 10. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton.

brattleboro area

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

northeast kingdom

SoPhia cannizzaro: New photographs of nature by the local artist. Through February 28. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

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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. ‘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. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.


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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. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

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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. Info, 359-5001. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.

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winter art Sale: Bargains on works in a variety of media by more than 20 local artists. Through February 22. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.

"SuStainable Shelter: Dwelling within the ForceS oF nature": An exhibition that examines new homebuilding strategies and technologies that help restore natural systems. Through May 26. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.

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The Monuments Men ★★


he best-laid plans — you know what they say. Sometimes things just don’t work out. Sometimes the plans are evil plans. For instance, Hitler had Albert Speer design a vast complex called the Führermuseum to display treasures stolen from all over Europe in one great Nazi art shrine. The Führer intended to have it built in his hometown of Linz and include a theater, an opera house, a gigantic library and the Adolf Hitler Hotel. Motto: “Come for the Danube, stay for the forced labor.” Other plans are perfectly sensible, even promising. For instance, George Clooney read about Hitler’s museum and the Nazis plundering the continent to fill it. He read about the real-life band of middle-aged art scholars who volunteered to join the war effort and rescue the world’s greatest aesthetic treasures from confiscation or destruction, and he thought that story would make a good movie. He was probably right. It’s just that The Monuments Men isn’t that movie. Directed and cowritten by Clooney with frequent collaborator Grant Heslov, and based on the nonfiction book by Robert M. Edsel, the picture unsteadily straddles the line between goofball comedy and

inspirational issue film. It’s the sort of thing we might’ve wound up with if Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck had been about Ernie Kovacs rather than Edward R. Murrow. The problem isn’t the mission. And it certainly isn’t the personnel. The Monuments Men features a cast recruited from some of YOUR YOUR the most beloved movies of our time. I defy SCAN THIS PAGE you not to smile just contemplating a band of WITH LAYAR TEXT TEXT SAVING PRIVATE COLLECTIONS Clooney’s earnest but inert brothers composed of Clooney, Bill Murray, SEE HERE class. HERE PROGRAM COVER war story packs the punch of an art appreciation John Goodman and Bob Balaban, with Cate Blanchett as icing on the comic cake. It’s a Wes Anderson film waiting to happen. There isn’t a lazy performance in the bunch. Nor, Third Reich here and there. As it turns out, In the spring of 1944, Allied bombers leveled there actually isn’t. The movie suffers from a fifth-century abbey at Monte Cassino in astonishingly, is there a memorable one. The problem is the script, essentially an overload of only mildly entertaining Italy. The team was quickly assembled and marching orders to nowhere. You know banter between unit members and a glaring sent to the front to keep those in command from blowing up more historical gems. The something’s wrong when Murray can’t wring paucity of attitude and style. Inglourious Basterds proved that World reality that all this started with our own men a few solid laughs out of the material; even he can’t breathe life into this well-intentioned War II can be a hoot if you’re not afraid to pull putting monuments in peril may well be the but frustratingly inert affair. It’s not often out all the stops and get weird. In conceiving funniest thing about the film. The best-laid plans — even George Clooney starts something he can’t finish. But The Monuments Men, unfortunately, Clooney this ho-hum ode to the importance of great and Heslov pulled out zero stops, got stuck Clooney’s — can sometimes end up the bestpaintings and statues is as much fun as an art in earnest gear early on and never quite laid eggs. appreciation class and just about as exciting. succeeded in shifting into a livelier one. Art RI C K KI S O N AK You’d think, as the filmmakers clearly good. Nazis bad. We get it. The irony behind this saga is that the artdid, that there’d be something inherently funny about the spectacle of over-the- preservation outfit was actually formed in hill academics tracking down pilfered response to the destruction of irreplaceable masterpieces and mixing it up with the creations not by the Nazis, but by our side.






The Lego Movie ★★★★


hese days, every big-budget movie seems to follow an identical template: Hero finds out he (or sometimes she) is Special. Hero acquires wacky buddies, crusty mentor and feisty love interest. Hero conquers selfdoubts, defeats Bad Guy, saves the world. Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey” archetypes have a scholarly pedigree and a long and lucrative history in popcorn entertainment. But they’re getting tired. And in recent years, oddly enough, the best place to find creative subversions of those well-worn tropes has been in animated kids’ flicks. Love at first sight? Disney’s Frozen was skeptical. Wreck-It Ralph made us ask who was really the bad guy, while Rango sent up hundreds of genre clichés with “Looney Tunes” abandon. Now comes The Lego Movie. Is it one long product placement for Danish interlocking plastic bricks and the cool stuff you can build with them? Of course. It’s also a very funny spoof of the blockbuster template and an impressive visual achievement. Directed and cowritten by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the team behind the equally irreverent 21 Jump Street and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie offers jokes aplenty for kids, for lifelong Lego nerds, and for adults who barely remember how to slot two bricks together. Lord and Miller have found the mythological resonances that, along with handy licensing

PLASTIC FANTASTIC Bricks aren’t just for kids in Lord and Miller’s spot-on animated spoof.

agreements, link those plastic bricks to the past three decades of pop culture. And they’re eager to mock all of it. The movie starts like a blockhead version of Brazil with a touch of Idiocracy. Our hero is Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), a lowly construction worker in Brickville, where seemingly benevolent tyrant President Business (Will Ferrell) regiments work and play alike. (Citizens obediently quaff overpriced coffee and bop to an earworm pop song called “Everything Is Awesome.”) Through a series of accidents, Emmett finds himself attached to a mysterious red rectangle prophesized to hold the power

to bring down the Business regime. The rebellious Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) sweeps him away to join an insurgency of Master Builders, who represent the view that you should be able to connect your plastic pieces any damn way you want. They include a Gandalf-like sage voiced, of course, by Morgan Freeman. From there, the film just keeps getting visually and thematically wilder. Wyldstyle leads Emmet through a series of distinct territories, each rendered to give computer graphics the illusion of Lego-piece materiality. In the pirate realm, for instance, the surging sea appears to be composed of

thousands of organically shifting bricks. Even the smoke from explosions has Cubist angles. Emmet also encounters a slew of licensed characters such as Wyldstyle’s boyfriend, Batman (Will Arnett), who takes his “dark and gritty” reputation ridiculously seriously. While much of the film’s humor depends on pop-culture recognition, it goes deeper than simple name-checks. (Oh, there’s Lego Chewbacca!) And a surprisingly real conflict emerges from the chaos: Anarchic creativity is great, but is it always the best way to approach a task? This theme becomes explicit in the movie’s third act, which takes a turn into meta land that some viewers may find dampening to their high spirits. While these scenes do slow the film’s frenetic pace, they also contextualize the silly plot in ways that make viewers think. Like the Toy Story series — and unlike Transformers and its ilk — The Lego Movie acknowledges that real children’s play blends cultural tropes and templates with wild-card weirdness. Rare is the kid who ever uses a toy exactly according to the “instructions,” because it’s no fun. If only screenwriters indulged their own messy inner children more often, maybe we’d see a bigger choice of plots on-screen. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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tHE moNUmENtS mEN: george clooney and Matt damon play members of a world war II platoon that rescues art treasures from the nazis in this drama directed and cowritten by clooney. with bill Murray, cate blanchett and John goodman. (118 min, Pg-13)

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VAmpiRE AcADEmY: a teen trains to be a half-vampire protector of good vampires against naughty vampires (got that?) in this adaptation of the ya book series. for better or worse, it boasts the fraternal team of writer daniel waters (Heathers) and director Mark waters (Mean Girls). Zoey deutch, lucy fry and gabriel byrne star. (104 min, Pg-13)

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now playing AmERicAN HUStlEHH1/2 In the 1970s, an fbI agent (bradley cooper) enlists two con artists (christian bale and amy adams) to work undercover among Jersey’s high rollers. with Jeremy Renner and Jennifer lawrence. david O. (Silver Linings Playbook) Russell directed. (138 min, R) AUgUSt: oSAgE coUNtYH1/2 tracy letts adapted his play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family dealing with tragedy to the screen. Meryl Streep plays the matriarch; Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Julianne nicholson, Ewan Mcgregor, Juliette lewis, chris cooper, Margo Martindale and benedict cumberbatch have to put up with her. John wells directed. (121 min, R)

HERHHHHH: In this near-future fable from writer-director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are), Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely man who finds himself falling in love with his computer’s sophisticated operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. with amy adams and Rooney Mara. (126 min, R)

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iNSiDE llEWYN DAViSHHHH Oscar Isaac plays a hard-luck folk singer trying to make his name in 1961 greenwich Village in this music-studded drama from writer-directors Joel and Ethan coen. also starring carey Mulligan, John goodman and Justin timberlake. (105 min, R) JAck RYAN: SHADoW REcRUitHH1/2: chris Pine plays tom clancy’s spy hero in a franchise reboot involving the discovery of a dastardly Russian terrorist plot. with Kevin costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth branagh, who also directed. (105 min, Pg-13) lABoR DAYH: a small-town single mom (Kate winslet) finds herself sheltering and falling for an escaped convict (Josh brolin) in this adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air). with gattlin griffith and tobey Maguire. (111 min, Pg-13. capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace.) loNE SURViVoRHHHH: Mark wahlberg stars in the fact-based account of an ill-fated 2005 navy SEal team mission in afghanistan. with taylor Kitsch, Emile hirsch and ben foster. Peter berg (The Kingdom) directed. (121 min, R) mANDElA: loNg WAlk to FREEDomHHH: Idris Elba plays South africa’s first democratically elected president in this biopic tracing the late nelson Mandela’s youth, struggle and rise to power. with naomie harris and terry Pheto. Justin (The Other Boleyn Girl) chadwick directed. (139 min, Pg-13) nOw PlayIng

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i, FRANkENStEiNH1/2: yet another action fantasy based on a graphic novel reconceives Mary Shelley’s frankenstein’s monster (aaron Eckhart) as a kick-ass hero who intervenes in an age-old war between vampires and werewolves — er, actually between gargoyles and demons, but does it matter? with bill nighy and yvonne Strahovski. Stuart beattie (Tomorrow, When the War Began) directed. (92 min, Pg-13)




tHE HUNgER gAmES: cAtcHiNg FiREHHH1/2: In the second flick adapted from Suzanne collins’ best-selling dystopian ya trilogy, rebellion in the districts leads to a very special 75th hunger games. with Jennifer lawrence, Josh hutcherson, liam hemsworth and Philip Seymour hoffman. francis (I am legend) lawrence directed. (146 min, Pg-13. Starts Thursday, november 21)


tHE HoBBit: tHE DESolAtioN oF SmAUgHHH1/2: are we really only in the middle of this Middle Earth saga adapted from tolkien’s short novel The Hobbit? bilbo baggins clutches his precious as his dwarf companions set out to reclaim their homeland in director Peter Jackson’s adventure. Martin freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard armitage star. (161 min, Pg-13)

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FRoZENHHH1/2: In the latest disney animation, inspired by hans christian andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” a girl embarks on a quest to end the eternal winter enfolding her kingdom. with the voices of Kristen bell, Josh gad and Idina Menzel. chris (Surf’s Up) buck and Jennifer lee directed. (108 min, Pg, bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Stowe, welden)

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48 Carroll Rd. (off Rte. 100), Waitsfield, 496-8994,

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 Full schedule not available at press time. friday 14 — thursday 20 philomena Fri: 5:30, 7:30. Sat to Tue: 1, 5:30, 7:30.

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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 The lego movie 6:30. *robocop 6:50. That awkward moment 7. vampire academy 6:40. friday 14 — thursday 20 Full schedule not available at press time.

capitol showplace 93 State St., Montpelier, 2290343,

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 american hustle 6:10, 9:10. labor day 9:05. The lego movie in 3d 6:20. The lego movie 9. The monuments men 6:15, 9. The nut Job 6:30. *robocop 6:25, 9:10.

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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 about last night Thu: 7:15, 9:30. american hustle 6:30, 9:20. august: osage county 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. *endless love Thu: 8. Frozen singalong 12:15, 2:40, 5:05. labor day 12, 4:50. The lego movie 3, 10. The lego movie 3d 12:05, 2:20, 4:40, 7:45. lone survivor 1:10, 6:40. The monuments men 12:30, 2:25, 5:15, 7:30, 10. The nut Job 12:30, 2:30, 4:30. ride along 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35. *robocop 12, 2:30, 5, 7, 9. That awkward moment 4, 9:30. vampire academy 12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45. friday 14 ONLY about last night 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15. august: osage county 1, 3:45,

6:30, 9:15. *endless love 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55. Frozen sing-along 12:15, 2:40, 5:05. The lego movie 3, 10. The lego movie 3d 12:05, 2:20, 4:40, 7:45. lone survivor 12:10, 6:55. The monuments men 12:30, 5:15, 7:30, 10. ride along 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35. *robocop 12, 2:30, 5, 7, 9. That awkward moment 2:45, 4, 9:30. vampire academy 7:25, 9:45. *winter's tale 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15.

maJestic 10

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

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 american hustle 6:40, 8:45. Frozen 3d 1:40, 4. Jack ryan: shadow recruit 1, 6:40, 9:20. labor day 1:15, 3:45, 6:20, 9:05. The lego movie in 3d 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10. The lego movie 1:10, 3:30, 4:20, 5:50. lone survivor 1:05, 6:30, 9:05. The monuments men 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:10. *robocop 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10. That awkward moment 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:20. vampire academy 1:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:15. The wolf of wall street 3:15, 8. friday 14 — thursday 20 *endless love Fri to Mon: 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9. Tue to Thu: 1:20, 4:05, 6:30, 9:15. Frozen Fri to Mon: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:40. Tue to Thu: 1:30, 4:10. Jack ryan: shadow recruit Fri to Mon: 1:15, 6:35. Tue to Thu: 1:45, 6:50. labor day 6:25, 8:55. The lego movie in 3d Fri to Mon: 12:10, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:35. Tue to Thu: 1, 3:20, 6:15, 8:40. The lego movie Fri to Mon: 11:40 a.m., 1:10, 2:10, 3:40. Tue to Thu: 1:40, 4. lone survivor Fri to Mon: 6:30, 9:15. Tue to Thu: 6:20, 9. The monuments men Fri to Mon: 12:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:10. Tue to Thu: 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9. The nut Job in 3d Fri to Mon: 12:30. Tue to Thu: 1:50. The nut Job Fri to Mon: 3:10. Tue to Thu: 4:15. *robocop Fri to Mon: 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30. Tue to Thu: 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9:05. That awkward moment Fri to Mon: 4:10, 9:40. Tue to Thu: 4:20, 9:20. vampire academy Fri to Mon: 7:05, 9:35. Tue to Thu: 6:50, 9:15. *winter’s tale Fri to Mon: 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:20. Tue to Thu: 1:05, 3:40, 6:25, 9. The wolf of wall street Fri to Mon: 3:20, 7:15. Tue to Thu: 2, 6:10.

marQuis theatre Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 august: osage county 7. The lego movie in 3d 7. The lego movie 1. *robocop 1, 7. friday 14 — thursday 20 august: osage county Fri: 9. Sat: 1, 9. Sun: 1, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. The lego movie in 3d Fri: 9. Sat: 3:30, 9. Sun:

3:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. The lego movie Fri: 6:30. Sat: 1, 6:30. Sun: 1 to Thu: 1. philomena Fri: 6:30. Sat: 3:30, 6:30. Sun: 3:30. Tue to Thu: 1. *robocop Fri: 6, 9. Sat: 1, 3:30, 6, 9. Sun: 1, 3:30, 7. Mon: 7. Tue to Thu: 1, 7.

merrill’s roXy cinema 222 College St., Burlington, 8643456,

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 american hustle 3:25, 9:15. The Great Beauty (la Grande Bellezza) 12:55, 3:35, 6:20, 9. her 1:10, 3:45, 6:40, 9:20. inside llewyn davis 1:15, 6:35. The monuments men 1:05, 3:30, 6:45, 9:10. oscarnominated short films (consult website) philomena 1:20, 6:25. The wolf of wall street 3:20, 8:35. friday 14 — thursday 20 The Great Beauty (la Grande Bellezza) 3:20, 8:35. her 1, 3:30, 6:15, 9:10. *The invisible woman 1:20, 3:40, 6:10, 8:45. The monuments men 1:05, 3:35, 6:25, 8:55. *The past 1:20, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05. philomena 1:10, 6:20. winter's tale 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9.

palace 9 cinemas 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610,

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 12 years a slave 3:55, 6:10, 8:50. american hustle 4:15, 8:40. Frozen 3:30. labor day 1:!5, 4, 6:20, 9:20. The lego movie 1, 3:40. The lego movie 3d 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:10. lone survivor Wed: 1:30. Thu: 1:30, 6:45, 9:10. met opera presents rusalka (encore) Wed: 6:30. The monuments men 1:20, 3:50, 6:40, 9:15. ride along 2, 7:10. * robocop 1:40, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15. That awkward moment 1:50, 6:30, 9:20. vampire academy 1:10, 4:20, 6:50, 9:05. friday 14 — thursday 20 12 years a slave 4:40, 7:30. *about last night 1:25, 3:50, 6:45, 9:20. american hustle 6:20, 8:50. *endless love 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:20. Frozen 3:20. Frozen 3d Fri to Mon: 1. Mon to Thu: 1:05. The lego movie Fri to Mon: 12:20, 2:30, 5:05. Tue to Thu: 2, 5:05. The lego movie 3d Fri to Mon: 12:50, 3, 7:15, 9:10. Tues to Thu: 1, 3, 7:15, 9:10. The monuments men Fri to Mon: 12:40, 3:30, 6:30, 9. Tue to Thu: 1:15, 3:55, 6:30, 9. *robocop Fri to Mon: 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:15. Tue to Thu: 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:15. *royal Ballet: swan lake Thu: 7. vampire academy 3:40, 6:40.

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

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 The lego movie 6:30, 9. That awkward moment 6:30, 9. friday 14 — thursday 20 The lego movie in 3d Sat & Sun only: 12:20, 3:15. The lego movie 6:30, 9. ride along Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:!5, 6:30, 9. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 9.

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

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 2014 oscar nominated animation shorts 6:15. 2014 oscar nominated documentary shorts 8:15. her 6:30, 8:45. friday 14 — thursday 20 nebraska Fri: 6:30, 8:45. Sat & Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:45. *The past Fri: 6, 8:30. Sat & Sun: 1, 3:30, 6: 8:30. Mon to Thu: 6, 8:30 (no 8:30 show on Tue).

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

wednesday 12 — thursday 13 her 4, 7:15. The lego movie in 3d 4, 7:15. The monuments men 4, 7:15. friday 14 — thursday 20 The lego movie in 3d Fri: 6:45. Sat and Sun: 4:40, 6:45. Mon to Thu: 7:15. The lego movie Fri: 8:45. Sat and Sun: 2:30, 8:45. Mon to Thu: 4. The monuments men Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15. *robocop Fri to Sun: 2:30, 7, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15.

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104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 5277888,

wednesday 12 — thursday 20 Full schedule not available at press time.

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tHE NUt JoBHH: Will Arnett supplies the voice of a curmudgeonly squirrel named Surly who plans an elaborate urban nut-store heist in this family adventure. With the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. Peter Lepeniotis directed. (86 min, PG) pHilomENAH: Stephen (The Queen) Frears directed this fact-based drama about a journalist (Steve Coogan) who helps a woman (Judi Dench) search for the son the Catholic church forced her to give up decades earlier. (98 min, R. Roxy) RiDE AloNGHH: In this action comedy, Kevin Hart plays a security guard who strives to prove to his beloved’s cop brother (Ice Cube) that he’s worthy of her hand by joining him on the ride along from hell. With Tika Sumpter. Tim Story (Think Like a Man) directed. (100 min, PG-13) SAViNG mR. BANKSHHH Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in this comedydrama about her conflict with Walt Disney over the book’s movie adaptation. Tom Hanks plays Disney, from whose empire this film issues. With Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti. John Lee (The Blind Side) Hancock directed. (125 min, PG-13) tHAt AWKWARD momENtH1/2: A romantic comedy from the guys’ perspective? Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron play three best buds struggling with commitment issues in the first feature from writer-director Tom Gormican. (94 min, R. Bjiou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Welden.) tHE WolF oF WAll StREEtHHHH: Leonardo DiCaprio plays stock swindler and party animal Jordan Belfort in director Martin Scorsese’s chronicle of his rise and fall, based on Belfort’s memoir. With Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Jon Favreau. (179 min, R) Ian Maas (802) 454-1856 For info & images: ThaT awkward MoMenT

new on video ABoUt timEHHH1/2 Writer-director Richard Curtis brings us this rom com about a young man who uses a gift for backwards time travel to enhance his love life. Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy star. (124 min, R) BAGGAGE clAimH1/2 A flight attendant (Paula Patton) gives herself just 30 days to find a fiancé who won’t leave her up in the air in this rom com directed by David E. Talbert and based on his novel. With Taye Diggs and Jill Scott. (97 min, PG-13) DAllAS BUYERS clUBHHH1/2 Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a Texas good ol’ boy who defied government regulations to import AIDS drugs after he was diagnosed in the 1980s. Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner also star. (121 min, R) EScApE plANHH1/2 After a structural security authority is framed, he finds himself incarcerated in a prison he designed. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom and starring Curtis Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. (116 min, R) FREE BiRDSHH Two gobblers go back in time to get their species off the Thanksgiving menu in this animated family comedy from director Jimmy Hayward. With the voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler and George Takei. (91 min, PG)

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We reach the end of this year’s Oscarnominated documentaries. Those are The Act of Killing, The Square, Cutie and the Boxer, 20 Feet From Stardom (which doesn’t qualify as an MYM) and now this documentary about covert U.S. counterterrorism efforts from director Richard Rowley and journalist Jeremy Scahill.

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British authorities said habitual burglar Daniel Severn, 27, got his foot caught while climbing through a bathroom window of a house in Howden and wound up hanging upside down over the toilet for an hour and a half. He was found by homeowner Richard Wilson, whose wife took a photograph of Severn before her husband called police. Severn admitted trying to burglarize the residence and explained he tried to call police himself to come rescue him, but he dropped the phone into the toilet. “It would be funny,” Judge Amanda Rippon told Severn after sentencing him to 28 months in jail, “if it were not such a serious offense.” (Britain’s Daily Telegraph)

Mistaken Identity

Sculptor Robert S. Davison is suing the U.S. government for copyright infringement because the U.S. Postal Service used his sculpture of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp, instead of the original statue in New York Harbor, without his permission. Davison’s replica welcomes visitors to the Las Vegas casino hotel New York New York. Davison’s attorneys contend that the post office chose their client’s image, which appeared on more than 5 billion forever stamps printed in 2011, because it was more “fresh-faced” and “sultry” than the original. (Associated Press)

South Korean teenagers who can’t afford plastic surgery are turning to do-it-yourself cosmetic enhancements, using cheap tools bought online. Instead of double-eyelid surgery to give them a “Hollywood look,” for example, some teens wear glasses, costing $5 to $20, that force their eyes to stay open without blinking. Another popular item is a $6 jaw roller intended to push the jaw line into a petite, oval form. Another device promises to raise the nose bridge to give a pointed nose. It’s painful but costs only $2. “We want to become pretty without spending all the money,” 17-yearold Na said, explaining that she and her friends started ordering online after seeing Korean talk show guests demonstrate various gadgets. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, South Koreans are the world’s most cosmetically enhanced people. (GlobalPost)

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A pilot program in the Netherlands that hires alcoholics to collect litter and do other light work in Amsterdam pays them with beer. The 20 men must show up at 9 a.m. three days a week. They start with two beers, work all morning, eat lunch, get two more beers, do an afternoon shift that ends with a beer and sometimes a bonus beer. Besides the beer, participants receive a meal, tobacco and $13 cash, a lot of which, the men admit, goes to buy more beer. Amsterdam East District Mayor Fatima Elatik defended

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the program, which the city operates with the nonprofit Rainbow Group Foundation, declaring, “I am giving the people a sense of perspective, even a sense of belonging … We validate them, and we don’t ostracize our people.” Insisting that the program’s goal is to get alcoholics to stop drinking and move back to mainstream society, Rainbow leader Gerrie Holterman said beer was the obvious choice because it’s easy for the sponsors to regulate the men’s consumption.” (Associated Press)

Big Break for White-Collar Crime

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has changed its mission, according to national security lawyer Kel McClanahan, who said he noticed the change in December while reviewing a Freedom of Information Act request from the agency. The FBI fact sheet previously stated, “The primary function of the FBI is law enforcement.” Now, McClanahan told Foreign Policy, it’s “The primary function of the FBI is national security.” FBI official Paul Bresson clarified that the agency’s mission “changed after 9/11,” and the number of FBI agents dedicated to counterterrorism doubled between 2001 and 2009. As the FBI focus shifted to counterterrorism, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported a sharp drop in the number of white-collar criminal cases investigated. (MSNBC)


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you as close as you have ever been. right now you’re a connoisseur of deep pleasure — a blessed bliss master.

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Do you feel oppressed by Valentine’s Day? Maybe you’re single and reject the cultural bias that says being in an intimate relationship is the healthy norm. Or maybe you’re part of a couple but are allergic to the cartoonish caricatures of romance that bombard you during the Valentine marketing assault. If you’d rather consecrate love and intimacy in your own unique way, untainted by the stereotypes flying around, I invite you to rebel. Make this the year you overthrow the old ways and start a new tradition: Valentine’s Day 2.0. Mock sappy, sentimental expressions of romance even as you carry out futuristic experiments in radically slaphappy love.


(May 21-June 20): “Drunk with my madness, I shouted at him furiously, ‘Make life beautiful! Make life beautiful!’” so says a character in a prose poem by Charles baudelaire. And now, even though I am neither drunk nor furious nor consumed with madness, I am whispering the same command to you. I hope you will respond by embarking on a heroic effort to make life beautiful everywhere you go. The astrological omens suggest that if you do, you will be inundated with practical blessings that are as valuable as money. This will also be an excellent way to drum up the kind of love you crave.

caNceR (June 21-July 22): Here’s what I wish for you during the Valentine season: to be happily in love with an intimate partner who loves you back. If that’s not feasible, here’s what I hope: that you are learning provocative lessons about yourself through your growthinducing relationship with a close ally. And if you’re not blessed with either of those experiences, here’s a third alternative: that you cherish your fathomless longing for its own sake, feeling wonder and reverence for its wild power even if it’s unfulfilled. leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Making eye contact is essential for building potent links with people you care about. It bypasses rational thought, stimulating chemical reactions in your bodies that enhance empathy and


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): “I prefer an ecstatic orgasm to a lot of angst,” says filipino artist David Medalla. I hope you consider making that your battle cry during this Valentine season. It would be in rapt harmony with the current cosmic omens. There really is no need for you to get sidelined by anxiety or distracted by stress when the natural remedy is so easily available. In every way you can imagine, Virgo, fight off sourness and dourness by engaging in acts of joy and pleasure.

libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): In her poem “Implications of one Plus one,” Marge Piercy marvels at the way she and her long-term partner keep finding new nuances in their love-making. “ten years of fitting our bodies together / and still they sing wild songs in new keys,” she writes. What’s their secret? It’s “timing, chemistry, magic and will and luck.” What I wish for you this Valentine season, Libra, is that you will have access to all five of those ingredients as you reinvigorate your relationship to love. More importantly — based on the current cosmic omens — I predict you will have access to them. scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): Jesuit priest Pedro Arrupe touted the practical value of being totally in love. “What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything,” he said. “It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.” Are you in love, scorpio? With either a person, a beloved animal, a certain patch of land, your creative work, or life itself? If not, there’s no excuse! Astrologically speaking, it’s an excellent time for you to be stupendously in love with someone or something — anything! If you are already in this state, trust your intuition to make it even smarter and finer.

(nov. 22-Dec. 21): borrowing the words of rumi (translated by Coleman barks), I’ve prepared a love note for you to use as your own. Give it to a person whose destiny needs to be woven more closely together with yours: “you are the sky my spirit circles in, the love inside love, the resurrection-place.” Would you like even more inspirational words to deliver to your chosen one? I hope so. be greedy for lyrical bonding. Lust for springy intimacy. feed your churning yearning. try saying this, lifted from the book The Last Unicorn: “We are two sides of the same magic.” And be sure to say this, paraphrased from buddhist teacher Thich nhat Hanh: “I love you in a way that will always make you feel free.”


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit,” says author elizabeth Gilbert. “but a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back … They tear down your walls and smack you awake … shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you … transform your life.” Does that sound like the kind of person you want in your life, Capricorn? or do you prefer someone who likes what you like, appreciates you just as you are and makes your life more secure and comfortable? This Valentine season is a good time to make or renew your commitment to one choice or the other. Whatever you decide, you’re likely to experience it on a richer, deeper level during the next 12 months.


(feb. 19-March 20): “I have come to be fascinated with the messiness of desire,” writes novelist Ashley Warlick, “with the ways people fit themselves together, take themselves apart for each other, for want of each other, for want of some parts of each other.” your assignment, Pisces, is to celebrate the messiness of desire; to not just grudgingly accept it as an inconvenience you’ve got to tolerate, but rather to marvel at it, be amused by it, and appreciate it for all the lessons it provides. your motto this Valentine season could be, “I bless the messy largesse of my longing.”

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aRies (March 21-April 19): In her teD talk, science writer Mary roach made it clear that human beings don’t need genital stimulation to experience orgasms. she spoke of a woman who routinely reaches ecstatic climax by having her eyebrows caressed, and another woman who reaches the big o simply by brushing her teeth. Then there’s the woman who can simply think herself into coming, no physical touch necessary. I can’t guarantee that a similar aptitude will suddenly turn on in you, Aries, but the coming days could bring

tauRus (April 20-May 20): “The fact that someone else loves you doesn’t rescue you from the project of loving yourself,” writes blogger sahaj Kohli. nothing else rescues you from that quest, either, I would add. sooner or later, whether it’s now or 20 years in the future, you will have to master this fine art. It’s not enough to merely feel affection for yourself; not enough to seek pleasure and avoid pain. you’ve got to make extensive investigations to discover what it means to love yourself; you have to develop rigorous plans for how to accomplish it; and you must fire up a deep commitment as you actually carry out those plans. by the way, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to work on mastering this fine art.

intimacy. In practicing the art of love, it’s one of the most potent moves you can make. This Valentine season would be an excellent time for you Leos to explore the frontiers of what’s possible through prolonged eye contact. start here: Cultivate a sincere desire to know what’s simmering inside the souls of your dearest allies. With that as your driving force, your gaze won’t be clouded by shyness or self-consciousness.

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logic DictAtES I’m a nice guy, looking for an attractive woman who wants to have fun and help fulfill my desires ;). I’m mildly kinky, looking for someone who likes to try new things. I’m quite open, so feel free to ask anything :D. indigo90, 23, l fuN timES AbouND I’m a fun-loving guy that loves to enjoy every moment. seeking a woman or two women for some exciting times! I’m very discreet and can entertain! let’s hook up and cook up some action! funtime69, 45

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Ask AthenA Dear Athena,

My girlfriend and I just moved in together and I have been really happy in this relationship. She is great and I really see a future for us, maybe even marriage. A week ago we were talking about our college days and she told me that while she was in school, she slept with about 40 guys. I was floored. I told her I was very upset and needed space, so she has been staying with a friend. I feel like I’m with someone’s sloppy seconds and I can’t get the thought out of my head. What do I do?

Horrified and Grossed Out

Dear H&GO,

I really hope you didn’t tell her that she was sloppy seconds. What number would have been OK with you? You have to ask yourself what it is about the number “40” that bothers you. Would 30 have been different? 20? 10? How many is too many? You’ve said that you’re happy and see a future together, so what has really changed? Right now you’re judging your girlfriend based on her past actions, which until now have not affected your view of her personality or character. I’m wondering, would the number have bothered you as much if she were male? Are you holding your woman to an outdated, sexist standard? She seems OK with her past (and trusted you to share the information). Why aren’t you OK? We should love our partners for who they are, not who we want them to be. While you may not like her previous sexual history, you need to accept it — and let it go — if you really want to share a future with her. Here’s another way to look at this: Considering her experience, you should be flattered she’s chosen to be with you.


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Mount Philo You were just coming down and walking through the parking lot at 4 p.m. as I was preparing to head up. You were wearing a white coat and black pants, with blond hair and a beautiful smile. Hike it together sometime? When: Saturday, February 8, 2014. Where: Saturday afternoon at Mt. Philo. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911990 I see you everywhere “I do try to avoid you.” But what’s the worst that could happen if you did have your mind read, sometimes? When: Saturday, February 8, 2014. Where: everywhere. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911989 Happy Valentines Day Hansel Power of the 2nd Flip. I sat patiently with my quiet, listless stomach and waited for the right time. The time when those eyelashes would brush my cheek and those eyes would pierce my soul, imploring my stomach to flip and flip. When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Where: everywhere. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911988 Ambassador John I see you all the time and swoon. Those playful eyes, warm smile, tasty lips. Let’s not forget that body. You can hide all you want in those snow pants and neon vest, I’ll use my imagination for what’s underneath. You’re the hottest, most kindhearted, eligible mancandy at this airport. I’ll bring you sweetheart candy for V day. Be mine! When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Where: BTV. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911987 Dog walking on Pine Street? Saw you walking a black dog on Pine Street. Not too big, maybe just getting out of the puppy stage. Are you the same guy I’ve been noticing at Planet Fitness? Single? When: Friday, February 7, 2014. Where: Pine and Locust. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911986

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Comedy at Sweet Melissa’s Was it the show or my heart you did steal? Up on stage Sunday at “Mass Appeal.” I came for laughs, did more than bust a gut. You know I couldn’t help but notice that butt. I hope that you are as impressed with my rhyming, as I was with your impeccable timing. When: Sunday, February 2, 2014. Where: Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Man. #911985 September 13 I spy an amazing man on his wedding day, with red hair and the sweetest smile I have ever seen. A man about to tie the knot with a woman he’s loved for exactly five years. I spy a beautiful future, and it will all start 9/13/14. When: Sunday, September 13, 2009. Where: Stowe. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911984 Beautiful Autumn Harp blonde I’ve seen you every day for two weeks from afar. We’ve exchanged a few glances. I’ve gone out of my way to look if you walk by just to see your smile. You’re absolutely gorgeous. You have the most soothing, sexy voice and you’re always gushing about your young daughter. Hope you read this because it had to be said :). When: Thursday, February 6, 2014. Where: Essex Thompson Drive. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911983 AU REVOIR? Favorite Yes. When something irritates an oyster and can’t be removed, the poor thing coats it with mucus and turns it into a pearl. This is a pearl of a different color. A pearl of actuality. You ought to recognize it- you created it, after all. What could have been may never be, but the juice is worth the squeeze. Love. When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Where: only in dreams. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911982 #6 bus mom & daughter You might not see this but here goes nothing. I see you and your daughter a few times a week on the shelburne bus. You guys get off at Price Chopper. You are very pretty in your 20s and your cute little girl’s name starts with an A. You should smile a bit more, it would light up this town for sure. When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Where: Shelburne Road bus. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911979

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Cookin’ crepês at Skinny Pancake You: line cook with short brown hair, glasses, white shirt, Skinny Pancake hat. Me: I ordered a Vegan Monster and then I heard you swear under your breath. I’d die to hear those curse words again while you embrace me. Your discontented vibes are just what I need to have my energy come full circle. When: Saturday, February 1, 2014. Where: Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911978 Black label “Johnny walker” :) You spontaneously dropped by Higher Ground for some music (I was impressed). You thought I was a “groupie,” you asked about my love life, you bought me a scotch and you travel 100 miles daily to Morrisville. Want to buy me another scotch sometime? ;) When: Friday, January 31, 2014. Where: Higher Ground. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911977 Peaches Not sure if you even know. Mom gave you that nickname when you gave her a bag of peaches from your tree. We haven’t spoken or run into each other in a while. I still think of you often and hope you are well. When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Where: seems like a lifetime ago. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911976 Chris in Jeffersonville Thank you for sharing your words. I really enjoyed them. I keep thinking about paper :). When: Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Where: Barnum library, Jeffersonville. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911974 From Day one I have had you in my head and can’t get you out. As you may have noticed, I always seem to get in line just so I can say something so you will notice my intentions. Interested? Curious? Available? Please say something. When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Where: at your workplace. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911973 Peter for lunch at Bagitos To Peter, the carpenter from Burlington who I met at Bagitos in Montpelier after Bernie Sanders’ town meeting. You joined my friends and me for lunch after we spoke together in line. Did you find the art exhibit I told you about? I enjoyed talking with you. Would you like to get together for a cup of coffee/tea or ? When: Saturday, February 1, 2014. Where: Bagitos Café, Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911972

“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 — Burlingtun! / 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. Waitng 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 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

Charming Farmhouse Waitress Where do I begin? I was having dinner with my family, you had such a wonderful smile, great blue eyes and cute freckles. You were charismatic and very informed. You told me that the steak tartar would change my life, you weren’t lying. Megan, care to join me for a drink sometime? My mother already thinks you are wonderful. When: Saturday, February 1, 2014. Where: Farmhouse Tap & Grill. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911971

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

glances exchanged at costco You were wearing a white coat with orange accents and light blue jeans. You had short dirty blond hair I believe. You seemed to have been with your family. We exchanged more than a few mutual glances, enough for my coworkers to notice. I couldn’t gather the courage to talk to you. If you think this is you, please reply. When: Saturday, February 1, 2014. Where: Costco. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911970

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 takeout 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 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


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