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1. “Vermont’s Medical Examiner Knows What’s Killing Us” by Ken Picard. The office of the chief medical examiner investigates why Vermonters die.


2. “Will Burlington Voters Approve a LastDitch Plan for the Moran Plant?” by Alicia Freese. The latest redevelopment proposal for the long-dormant Moran Plant, cooked up by two college students, could be the last hope for the Burlington landmark.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has high hopes for his bill reining in the NSA. Now if only Google would stop snooping into our emails.



here’s no hotter harbinger of spring along the 44th parallel than Burlington’s annual “Winter Is a Drag Ball.” Last Saturday, scantily clad Vermonters of all persuasions came out to strut their stuff at Higher Ground. Hosted by the gender-bending babes of the House of LeMay, this year’s event, with its “Sailors & Mermaids” theme, left plenty of room for creative costuming. Proceeds went to the Vermont People with AIDS Coalition.

3. “Pingala Café & Eatery Opens in the Chace Mill” by Corin Hirsch. A new vegan café opens on the banks of the Winooski River in Burlington.


Vermont Gas warns landowners it may use eminent domain to seize land for its pipeline extension. That’ll convince them!

5. “Thoughts on the New Signal Kitchen” by Dan Bolles. The Burlington basement venue reopens after extensive renovations.

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It would have been nice if a few nonlegally-married couples were included in the article “The Start of Something Good” [February 5]. It’s a tad annoying that legal marriage is still so often held up as the high-water mark of commitment. My partner and I have been together for 10 years, have raised our children from previous relationships together and own a house together. We chose not to legally marry because of shared, deeply held philosophical and political reasons, but we are as “married” as any couple, in the best sense of the word. It’d be nice to be somewhat better represented in this liberal newspaper, especially since we have opted out of the cool tax breaks and societal pats-on-the-back that we would get if our commitment were legally “sanctioned” by the state. Emer Feeney BURLINGTON

Editor’s note: In last year’s Love and Marriage Issue, Kevin J. Kelley wrote such a story, titled “To Wed or Not to Wed.”


Thank you for calling attention to the need for a Tibetan cultural center in Burlington [“From the Himalayas to the Greens,” January 29]. It would be a valuable addition to Burlington’s


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Thank you for publishing “Raw Deal? Farmers Push Back Against Unpasteurized Milk Regulations” [January 29]. The article underscores the ongoing lack of evidence informing the dialogue between well-meaning dairy farmers, consumers and the regulators. The pronouncements of Erica Berl provide good evidence of the ignorance regarding raw milk and its processed counterpart. Berl, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the Vermont Health Department, claims “there’s no meaningful difference between nutritional values of raw and pasteurized milk.” Evidence would suggest otherwise. It is well known that the temperatures needed to pasteurize milk destroy or greatly reduce Vitamins C, B12 and B6, manganese, copper, iron and the enzymes that make milk digestible. In addition, calcium is rendered insoluble by heat. If the dairy cows are grass fed,

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Editor’s note: The Environmental Protection Agency is imposing new regulations on woodstove manufacturers — in part because of concerns about their impacts on people with respiratory conditions. Ken Picard wrote about the pending changes in an article published on January 22, referenced below.

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[Re WTF: “Whatever happened to Burlington’s ban on excessive car idling?” January 29]: This is less a letter to the editor and more of a request that someone follow up on this statement from the article on vehicle idling in Burlington: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records Vermont’s adult asthma rates ... as the highest in the country, with rates for children not far behind.” In the middle was a note that these rates are exacerbated by exhaust, but let’s look closely at the main statement. Why does Vermont — touted as such a “clean air” state and often on lists of healthiest places to live — have such high asthma rates? Surely someone is investigating the causality of this. Is it smoke from wood-burning stoves, the burning of trash and leaves, industrial pollution from within or outside the state, or something else? This is a real red flag!

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[“Health Experts Laud New Woodstove Rules; Stove Makers Doubt They’ll Clear the Air,” January 22] Life has ironies, and my area of central Prince George recently presented a cruel example. Our young and healthy neighbors did not care about how wood smoke affi l e: fects others until their first child S arrived. This neighbor was also a firefighter for our city, and generally a real nice, friendly and respectful guy. Years ago they put in a burner, built a fine woodshed and gathered wood every season. At times I even helped move wood from his truck to the shed. I never complained about the smoky conditions during the calm, cold times. Silence is often best for good relations with neighbors. Now, after years of burning wood, they have to move because their child has serious breathing problems and cannot handle the bad air. How ironic! It reminds me of all the smokers who spend their last gasping days warning others not to smoke. More of us should be considerate and stop burning wood. ah

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Cultural Catalog Throughout his life, Alan Lomax drove thousands of miles down countless roads in the United States, Europe and beyond in search of folk music gems. His resulting field recordings captured creative geniuses from the famous to the obscure. Banjoist Jayme Stone, fiddler Bruce Molsky and singersongwriter Margaret Glaspy honor the folklorist in “Roots & Branches.”

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Finding Common Ground Heartbeat aims to change the perception of IsraeliPalestinian relations one concert at a time. Formed in 2007, the youth music movement features Arab and Jewish performers ages 18 through 22. The ensemble performs at UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel as part of an international tour focused on nonviolent Middle Eastern relations. See State of the arts on page 27


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rom her perch on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. LINDA WAITE-SIMPSON (D-Essex) distinguished herself last year as a passionate proponent of legislation allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for the terminally ill. When the bill reached the House floor, it was she who defended it on behalf of her committee. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that seven months after Gov. PETER SHUMLIN signed the bill into law last May, Waite-Simpson was hired as the new state director of a national advocacy group that backed the legislation. In her part-time gig with Coloradobased Compassion & Choices, she’s been charged with spreading the word about the new law and working with physicians and pharmacists to ensure that patients have access to the lethal drugs. “As one of the lawmakers who shepherded this historic bill through the legislature, I have a deep interest in making the law succeed,” Waite-Simpson wrote in a recent fundraising email to Compassion & Choices’ membership. One way she may try to make the law succeed is to beat back legislative attempts to repeal the law. On its website, Compassion & Choices lists one of her responsibilities as “working with lobbyists to prepare for any attacks that might arise in the next legislative session to modify the law.” But is it kosher for a sitting legislator to take a job with a special interest group so soon after “shepherding” its chief priority through the House? Or to take a paycheck for helping lobbyists prepare for future legislative action? Not according to LYNNE CLEVELAND VITZTHUM, a longtime opponent of the end-of-life bill who now lobbies for the Vermont Center for Independent Living. “It almost looks like, ‘Oh, and here’s your reward. You get a job,’” she says of Waite-Simpson’s hiring. “In the same email where she’s reminding everyone she’s a legislator, she’s fundraising for her own paycheck. It starts to get a little sticky — a little circular.” Vitzthum should know a thing or two about legislative ethics. Ten years before she became a lobbyist, Vitzthum served two terms in the House in the early ’90s. Back then, she says, legislators were “much more aware of Rule 75,” the only real regulation governing conflicts of interest in the Vermont House. “It was on people’s minds. It was discussed. It was examined. We would look at what we were doing and say, ‘Is this OK?’” she says. “What I see now is it doesn’t seem

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to get talked about. It doesn’t seem to get thought about.” It doesn’t appear that Rule 75 would apply in Waite-Simpson’s case. The rule says only, “Members shall not be permitted to vote upon any question in which they are immediately or directly interested.” It doesn’t say what you can or can’t do after you cast a vote. Waite-Simpson says she investigated the matter thoroughly before taking the job and, on the advice of House Speaker SHAP SMITH, ran it by the legislature’s chief counsel, LUKE MARTLAND, who she says blessed the move. Martland declined to comment. “He said the law has already passed. I was not in any way connected with [Compassion & Choices] — even by thought — when that all went through the legislature,” Waite-Simpson says.


SO SOON AFTER “SHEPHERDING” ITS CHIEF PRIORITY THROUGH THE HOUSE? SEAN CROWLEY, a spokesman for her new employer, echoes the point, saying, “Linda and Compassion & Choices followed both the letter and spirit of the current Vermont ethics law because we hired her seven long months after, not before, she voted for Vermont’s deathwith-dignity law.” Furthermore, Waite-Simpson argues, it’s simply unreasonable to expect legislators to live off the paltry salary of a parttime public servant. And with any job — be it nonprofit executive, public sector worker or businessperson — comes inevitable conflicts. “The reality is we all have to eat and pay our taxes and provide shelter and try to get our kids through college,” she says. “And that means you’ve gotta figure something out.” For her part, Waite-Simpson says recent changes in her personal life prompted her to seek employment late last year. At that time, serendipitously, lobbyist JESSICA OSKI was helping her client, Compassion &

Choices, drum up names of candidates to serve as the organization’s state director. “She said they were looking for someone and asked me if I was interested,” Waite-Simpson says. “At that particular time, it was kind of a miraculous collision of paths. I really didn’t seek it out, nor did they seek me out, but the lobbyist connected us.” Since 2003, Oski’s firm — then Sirotkin & Necrason, now the Necrason Group — has represented Patient Choices Vermont, an in-state group that won passage of the right-to-die bill. Last year, Patient Choices spent more than $80,000 on lobbying and nearly $98,000 on advertising and other expenditures, making it one of the biggest spenders in the Statehouse. After the bill was signed into law, the Necrason Group picked up Compassion & Choices as a client. Speaker Smith says it’s not for him to say whether Waite-Simpson should or shouldn’t have taken the job, but he says, “There’s always going to be a perception issue if you go and work in an area you were involved with legislatively. I don’t think there’s any way to escape that.” Asked whether it would be appropriate for her to work with lobbyists “to prepare for any attacks that might arise in the next legislative session,” Smith says, “I think you get very close to the line if you are working as an advocacy person on legislation you might deal with.” Smith has been reckoning with the question of legislative ethics since January, when the advocacy group Campaign for Vermont and its founder, BRUCE LISMAN, called for an overhaul of the state’s ethics rules — or lack thereof. In response, Smith appointed Rep. DONNA SWEANEY (D-Windsor), who chairs the House Government Operations Committee, to lead an ad hoc group of lawmakers to come up with its own set of recommendations. Sweaney says her group is looking at several potential changes to House rules, which could include better defining what constitutes a conflict and requiring legislators to publicly disclose employers for whom they work and boards on which they serve. Meanwhile, Sen. JEANETTE WHITE (D-Windham), who chairs the Senate Government Operations Committee, has introduced legislation that would require a one-year break before a former legislator could become a lobbyist or an erstwhile executive branch employee could work for a company he or she once regulated. Rep. HEIDI SCHEUERMANN (R-Stowe), a founding partner of Campaign for Vermont, has introduced much more

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As most news outlets have languished and downsized in recent years, Vermont Public Radio has had only good news to report. In the past two years, the station extended the signal of its news station to Brattleboro and its classical station to Rutland and Montpelier. It created several new positions, including a weekend reporter, a digital producer, and an Upper Valley and Northeast Kingdom correspondent. But on Monday afternoon, VPR vice president Brian Donahue emailed the staff to say that the station had laid off two employees earlier that day: an accounting associate and VPR Classical host Joe Goetz. “VPR hasn’t taken a step such as this before, and doesn’t take it now without a great deal of reflection,” Donohue wrote,

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adding later in the email: “This is an unusual measure and one VPR does not anticipate needing to take again.” So what’s going on at VPR? “We implemented a three-year strategic plan recently, and we recognized that we had new demands and new needs,” says president and CEO roBin turnau. “We thought the best way to meet the needs was by restructuring the departments. It shouldn’t in any way be reflective of the performance of the two people who are involved and impacted by the decision.” According to Turnau, the accounting associate will be replaced by a staff accountant with more training. Goetz will be replaced by a managing producer for VPR Classical, who will also have on-air hosting duties. Turnau says the layoffs were not prompted by financial difficulties at VPR, which brought in $8 million in revenue in fiscal year 2012. Rather, the station needs more accounting expertise as it looks to a $10 million capital campaign and facilities upgrade. And VPR Classical requires someone to play “a leadership role,” she says. “VPR is doing very well,” Turnau says. “We’re on strong financial footing. We have very generous support from our listeners and our underwriters. This was definitely not made for budgetary reasons.” Goetz, who joined VPR in 2007, served as VPR Classical host from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. According to Turnau, that slot will be filled by Minnesota Public Radio programming until he’s replaced. Goetz declined to comment Monday, but he addressed his departure in a Facebook post not long after he was let go. “Well today was interesting,” he wrote. “Effective immediately, I am no longer employed by VPR. It came as a shock, of course, but these things happen. I’m so grateful to my loyal listeners in Vermont over the past six and a half years and the friendships and musical partnerships I’ve made during my job. Despite my mix of shock, sadness and anger, I encourage all of you to continue supporting VPR for the great work that happens there every day. Now, on to the next adventure.” m

comprehensive legislation drawing on several of the ideas Lisman pitched. Her bill, cosponsored by 23 other Republicans and Democrats, would establish a uniform code of ethics for elected and appointed officials, an ethics commission to enforce it, and penalties for violations. She would also require statewide officeholders and appointees making more than $30,000 — but not legislators — to disclose their personal finances. “I just want to make sure we’re on the up and up, and I think Vermonters want that, too,” Scheuermann says. “It’s really the perception of a conflict of interest, and perception is reality in politics.” It’s unclear whether Scheuermann’s bill, if passed, would have any bearing on Waite-Simpson’s situation. The legislation would prohibit lawmakers from taking “any official action that materially advances the interest of any person with whom he or she is seeking employment,” but Waite-Simpson’s vote came well before she sought the job. It would prevent elected or appointed officials from lobbying for two years after leaving office, but Waite-Simpson isn’t a registered lobbyist and hasn’t, of course, left office. But one thing Scheuermann says her bill would do is provide more clarity about what constitutes a conflict. In addition to policing abuses, her ethics commission would also provide guidance to officials wondering what’s OK — and what’s not. “My goal is for conflicts not to happen, not to punish people,” she says.


Pass or Fail? Burlington Could Say No to a 9.9 Percent School Budget Increase B y K e v i n J . K elle y



ill this be the year Burlington voters rise in revolt against a nearly 10 percent increase in the amount of money they pay to educate the city’s kids? It’s been a dozen years since the Queen City defeated a schooltax increase on Town Meeting Day. But some candidates for local office are now reporting rumblings of rejection. “I’m picking up that there’s maybe more opposition than usual,” says education professional Kyle Dodson, who’s running for a Ward 1 seat on the school board. Veteran pol Kurt Wright, aiming for an encore on the city council, is sensing the same opposition to the proposed 9.9 percent increase. Based on conversations with prospective voters, Wright says, “I’m confident it’s going to go down in Ward 4,” a part of the New North End that he describes as a “swing ward” when it comes to Burlington school-tax votes. Charlie Giannoni, an unopposed school board candidate in Ward 3, is presenting a tax-restraint message as he goes door to door in the Old North End, a part of the city that routinely approves school-spending plans by margins of at least 2-1. “The school budget keeps going up, and people’s ability to pay taxes keeps going down,” Gianonni observes. “Those trend lines are crossing now.” (In fairness to Burlington budget writers, it should be noted that most of the proposed tax increase is due to statewide tax policies, with less than one-third of

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— perhaps in part because it could discourage voters from approving his own proposal: a 3 percent uptick in the general city tax rate. Burlington’s education establishment is asking voters to approve a $66.9 million school budget for fiscal year 2015, including a spending increase of nearly 4 percent.

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the hike rooted in local spending choices. And Burlington is hardly alone: Other Chittenden County communities are considering school budgets with tax increases ranging from 8.9 to 15 percent.) And here’s an especially worrisome indicator for proponents of the school-tax rise: Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, whose daughter attends a city school, isn’t taking a public position on that ballot item on Town Meeting Day. Weinberger says he’s worried about the magnitude of the proposed increase


That sum — almost identical to the total budget for all other city programs — has climbed $17 million, or 34 percent, since fiscal year 2010. The nearly 10 percent jump in Burlington’s education tax would bring its cumulative increase over the past six years to 43 percent. During the same period, the overall U.S. inflation rate was 9.4 percent. “It’s out of control,” says Greg Roy, an outspoken critic of local school spending who lives in Ward 4. Warns Ward 1 civic activist Richard

Hillyard: “We’re huffing and puffing about Burlington Telecom, but what the school district is doing makes that amount of money look like petty cash. “I’m appalled they haven’t done anything about reining in costs,” Hillyard adds, referring to the 16-member school board and the district’s central office. “They’ll say this is the most transparent budget process ever, but they negotiated 11 percent increases for teachers before the process started. It’s highly regrettable they don’t talk about the big items. Instead, they talk about cutting a paraeducator here, half a librarian’s position there.”

The 9.9 Percent

School employees’ salaries and benefits indeed account for the biggest part of the budget — roughly three out of every four dollars the district spends. But because of the power of the teachers’ union — and most Burlingtonians support reasonable pay rates for educators — that boldface line item is politically off limits. Burlington teachers have not negotiated exorbitant compensation packages. The district’s average teacher salary is $63,000, which is less than what some other Chittenden County towns pay.

Critics like Roy thus focus on a much smaller but potentially more penetrable target: bureaucratic costs — specifically, administrative salaries. School superintendent Jeanne Collins’ $129,500 annual pay tops a list of 10 school official salaries greater than $100,000. In anticipation of criticism, budget makers preemptively froze administrative salaries in their fiscal year 2015 spending plan. But it’s mainly symbolic, concedes school board finance committee chairman Keith Pillsbury, since the freeze will save only about $36,000 a year. Supporters of the 9.9 percent elevation in the school tax appear to be adopting a more defensive posture in this election cycle. They point out that spending increases that reflect direct decisionmaking by Burlington school officials account for less than one-third of the overall proposed increase: 3.1 of the 9.9 percentage points. The largest portion of the tax hike — 5 percentage points — results from an adjustment of the statewide education tax formula, over which the city school board has no say. Local officials are also powerless in regard to the remaining 1.8 percentage points. That number is generated by something called the “common level of appraisal,” the calculation the state uses to offset differentials in property values among towns. Homes in Burlington are rising in value, while those in some other Vermont communities are falling. The CLA is applied to make the property tax resources available to local schools more broadly equitable. “Burlington home values are so high partly because of the high quality of our schools,” Pillsbury observes. “People want to live in a district with good schools.” Efforts to maintain that quality account for a big chunk of the locally controlled portion of the proposed school spending increase. Across-the-board federal budget cuts ordered by Congress, aka sequestration, eliminated $515,000 that was being used to pay the salaries of a few Burlington teachers. The school board decided to fold that sum into the spending increase being sought. When it comes to education, Burlington faces some unique challenges. The city’s school enrollment has been steadily growing at a time when it’s dwindling in many towns. And the


POLITICS 4,000 pupils enrolled in nine schools and instructed by 400 teachers in Burlington comprise a population unlike that of any other district in the state. The Queen City has by far the largest number of Vermont students whose first language is not English. More than half of Burlington pupils come from households with income levels that qualify them to receive free or reduced-price school lunches. Translation: They’re poor. But cultural and economic diversity doesn’t begin to explain this year’s big numbers. South Burlington and Shelburne are also up against steep hikes: Both are voting on 8.9 percent increases. Several other Chittenden County towns are considering doubledigit requests: Underhill (15 percent), St. George (14.9), Huntington (12.2), Jericho (11.5) and Bolton (11.4).

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Whatever the outcome in Burlington, the vote tallies on the school budget are sure to reflect sharp divisions within the city. Wards with a high proportion of middle-income homeowners are likely to vote against the tax increase, while wards with large numbers of renters and lower-income homeowners are almost certain to approve it. That’s because the school property tax burden is felt most directly by about 20 percent of city households: those headed by homeowners whose incomes do not qualify them for discounted tax rates. All the rest of Burlington’s 16,350 households are composed of owners eligible for property-tax breaks or renters (to whom tax increases are less visible because they’re included in the monthly bill from the landlord). School board chairman Alan Matson acknowledges that this cost shift is neither fair nor sustainable. “It’s a very specific set of taxpayers who get hit hardest,” he says. “That needs to change.” Furthermore, a minority of the city’s electorate — turnout isn’t likely to exceed 25 percent — will decide if it does. “Very few people pay attention to the schools, and I think it’s sad,” says Ward 3 school commissioner Liz Curry. “Families with kids in the schools do pay attention — to their own kids experience.” Curry adds that the complexity of the school budget-making process is

such that only specialists can understand it. And few of the 16 school commissioners, who have the power to set the budget, qualify as specialists. School-spending critic Hillyard is more blunt: “It’s incredible/ludicrous that we have a $67 million budget governed by volunteers.” But while they may not be professional accountants, school board members tend to be effective salespeople. They urge voter approval for their spending plans in emotionally resonant terms that almost always produce the desired outcome. Tax-increase foe Roy describes it this way: “‘It’s for the kids! It’s for the kids!’ they say.” The board, in Roy’s view, employs “guilt tactics” with great skill. M-Sa 10-8, Su 11-6 “They’ll also claim that if the budget 4 0                      goes down, they’ll have to cut sports, 802 862 5051 music and art programs,” Roy adds. S W E E T L A D YJ A N E . B I Z “They do that instead of fighting with the teachers’ union or adjusting the central office.” 8v-sweetladyjane021914.indd 1 2/17/14 8v-windjammer(steak)053012.indd 12:37 PM 1 4/23/12 The last time Burlington voted down a school budget was in 2002, when Peter Clavelle was mayor. It’s worth noting that the ballot doesn’t identify the percentage of the tax increase necessitated by the school budget; the question, as it’s worded, simply asks if voters approve of $66.9 million in spending. That, plus the absence of any orgath th nized opposition to the tax increase, will likely aid budget backers. SAVE ON CLOTHING, OUTWEAR, AND EQUIPMENT “But there is lots of disorganized opHURRY IN! LIMITED QUANTITIES OF YOUR FAVORITE GEAR. position,” Roy interjects. *PAST SEASON PRODUCT ONLY Wright holds out hope that some voters may switch from the “yes” to the “no” column this time on the grounds that a negative response is much more likely to spur reform at the state level. “If every budget passes, the message in Montpelier is that everybody’s happy,” observes Wright, a state representative who says he’s voting “no” on the school tax. Dodson, the Ward 1 school board candidate, says he understands that logic, but counsels against acting on it. “I get that some people believe voting down the budget will lead to better THE NORTH FACE STORE @ budget management and restraint, but I believe voting down the budget comes on the back of the children. I’m voting 210 COLLEGE STREET BURLINGTON/877.284.3270 ‘yes,’” Dodson affirms. m


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hortly before Gov. Peter Shumlin’s State of the State speech, with its unique focus on Vermont’s opiate abuse problem, his health department said that nearly 1,200 addicts were stuck on waiting lists at treatment centers. That list is dramatically shorter today; officials say there are currently about 767 awaiting drug treatment, including 640 for opiate addiction. Did the list shrink due to increased treatment resources and a political callto-action that won Shumlin headlines across Vermont and the nation? Not exactly. While new treatment options are coming online this year, officials acknowledge that the earlier figure was significantly — if inadvertently — overstated.


Barely a week after Shumlin’s speech, his Department of Health issued the lower figures and gave lawmakers a report that — in apparent contrast to the governor’s call for rapidly expanded treatment resources — urged a take-itslow approach to adding new slots. The January report advised that,

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“no efforts to pursue service expansion should be pursued at this time.” Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen acknowledged in an interview that officials had been concerned since last fall about the reliability of the waiting list figures. Because the lists come from a wide range of community based treatment centers, they feared, total demand could be overstated. That’s exactly what was happening. After scrubbing the lists, health department officials realized that some addicts had been counted more than once, because they’d sought treatment at multiple clinics. Some had not been properly screened to confirm they either needed treatment or were eligible to receive it — say, perhaps, because they were incarcerated. Others had moved out of state. At this point, acknowledged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Sears (D-Bennington), “We don’t know what the backlog is.” Nonetheless, said Sears, a key backer of Shumlin’s campaign, the precise number doesn’t matter as much as the clear need to get addicts on the road to recovery. “I know we have a problem, and we have to deal with it,” said Sears. “If it’s 1,000 people or if it’s five, that’s a problem.” Nowhere was the revision in waitlist

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yan Emerson, the Democratic candidate for a city council seat in Burlington’s Ward 2, has withdrawn from the race. Emerson announced his decision Tuesday afternoon, the day after Seven Days inquired about past allegations of domestic violence brought against him. On two separate occasions in 2005 and 2006, a Chittenden County judge issued relief-from-abuse orders against Emerson, after Sarah Hart, the mother of his child, complained of allegedly violent behavior. During an interview on Monday morning, Emerson acknowledged the

orders but said he’d closed that chapter of his life. “I went through a very dark period in my life with alcoholism and depression. Now seven years later, looking back, I’m a lot different person. Sarah and I have a great relationship now, and I’m just moving on.” Emerson, 27, emailed this statement to Seven Days on Tuesday: “This campaign has been about the issues facing Ward 2. Out of respect of the voters, and not wanting to distract from those important issues, I am formally dropping out of this race. I wish Max Tracy well in his second term of faithfully serving our ward.” The deadline for candidates to enter

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Emerson found his own name in a court file in the summer of 2005, when a Chittenden County judge issued the first relief-from-abuse order against him. In an affidavit filed with the family court, Hart said that Emerson had smashed the front-door window in her home. She then fled to her car, she wrote, and “As I sat in the driver’s seat he took a hammer and smashed open my rear windshield, glass flew everywhere.” Both Emerson and Hart were 19 years old at the time. Their son is now 10.

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numbers more dramatic than in the state’s most populous county. As recently as December 15, the Health Department said 903 people were on the waitlist for treatment at Burlington’s HowardCenter, which treats severe addicts from Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Addison counties. A week after Shumlin’s speech, the department had revised the HowardCenter waitlist number to 165. That’s because the waitlist counted everyone who had called to express an interest in treatment in the past three months, said Bob Bick, director of mental health and substance abuse services at HowardCenter. Under the new criteria, an addict is only considered to be on the waitlist if he or she has contacted a treatment provider within the

past 30 days, been screened by a professional and is able to begin treatment immediately. “We had people on our waiting list who weren’t screened and were currently incarcerated and wouldn’t be able to come,” Bick said. “The state is making more uniform what constitutes the active waitlist, and that’s allowing us to understand the level of people who are eligible.” Chen said in the earlier interview that his department’s message to lawmakers about the need for prudence in expanding treatment options doesn’t mean there is not an unmet demand. Rather, he explained, it acknowledges that the state had already made plans to expand its treatment programs before Shumlin’s speech — and can make significant progress in the near future without new initiatives. Last year Vermont reorganized its existing and soon-to-open facilities into a “hub and spoke” model, hoping to increase capacity and improve coordination. In last few months, new methadone clinics have opened in South Burlington, Rutland and the Northeast Kingdom, creating hundreds of new treatment slots.


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tereotype has it that computer hackers are hermits who wreak dystopian mayhem from the comfort of their dark apartments. Organic farmers, on the other hand, are ruddy-cheeked, Carhartt-clad citizens of the land. Really, though, the farming and hacking communities aren’t such strange bedfellows. That much was clear last weekend, as hundreds of farmers, gardeners, policy makers and students gathered at the University of Vermont for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont’s winter conference. Just down the hall from those foodies, a group of “civic hackers” — coders and designers who create apps to address societal issues — was meeting. Their challenge? To come up with digital tools to improve Vermont’s food production systems. Organized by the local nonprofit Code for BTV in collaboration with NOFA-VT, the “hackathon” lasted two days. But don’t be fooled by the name: Although some actual programming went down, the weekend was more a planning and networking opportunity for its attendees, several of whom were hacker-farmer hybrids — and aware of their exceptionalism as such. “It’s still the beginning, in the early days,” said Stan Ward, a food-software consultant who maintains a medicinal farm in the Mad River Valley and participated in the hackathon. Severine von Tschamer Fleming, a farmer from Essex, New York who helped found the opensource farming guide Farm Hack, put the still-rare existence of farmers who can code this way: “There are some ninjas who can do it,” Fleming said, “but it’s a barrier to our [farming] community that there aren’t more ninjas.” To get the ninja juices flowing, the hackathon facilitators held a workshop for 50-something growers and techies on Saturday morning. Divided into small groups, they were tasked with writing down ideas for new technologies on

Post-it notes and placing them on an X-Y diagram that illustrates both usefulness and ease of implementation. The resulting concepts included mobile apps for tracking crop data, sensors to measure moisture in the soil, programs to locate the nearest farmer’s market and — wishful thinking — a GPS tracker for the Heady Topper delivery truck. Although some attendees saw the morning workshop as an interesting exploration, others saw it as a place to test ideas that had already begun to sprout. Chelsea Bardot Lewis, a coordinator at the state Agency of Agriculture, readily admitted to her table that she’d been “shopping around” her idea for a program that would allow small-scale meat producers to produce trackable data for the weight of each order they fill. Referring to a poster board, Bardot Lewis presented her idea — tentatively

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titled What’s in Your Locker? — to the whole group. “If you go and pick up your meat from your slaughter facility,” she said, “your invoice just has the total weight of meat on it: not super helpful for helping you track your inventory when you get back to your farm.” Large processors can afford $50,000 systems to provide trackable information about individual cuts of meat to consumers, Bardot Lewis said, but she’d like to see a much simpler data transfer system After the morning brainstorm, hackathon participants joined the rest of NOFA-VT attendees for a buffet with offerings ranging from turkey and tofu tikka masala to root slaw and apple crisp. Unlike some hackathons that challenge participants to generate an app in 24 hours, this one had no such time crunch. The afternoon would be unstructured, explained Code for BTV leader Bradley Holt. “We’ve found people are good at organically forming teams to work on things.” One team had already formed: Three web developers from Vermont Design Works, a firm that created the online

resource Vermont Food Systems Atlas, used the hackathon to produce an application programming interface — or API — that makes Atlas data publicly available to other developers.   While not as fully formed, other projects generated by the hackathon were rooted in similar principles. Dorn Cox, another cofounder of the open-source website Farm Hack, and several others got talking about how they might create a Front Porch Forum-like resource — a “virtual toolshed” — where small groups of farmers could borrow and share equipment, seeds and know-how. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington lends out basic gardening equipment, pointed out Micah Mutrux, one of the coders in those talks, and there’s no need for a digital sharing resource to be much fancier than that.   “It all comes back to the way we use the word ‘hack.’ It doesn’t necessarily have to be high-tech,” Mutrux said. “That’s just what Farm Hack does: find a solution, show it, use it.” m Contact:


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Numbers Game « p.17 The bill that represents Shumlin’s primary initiative includes money for more screeners and counselors, and for prosecutors to grow programs to offer addicts treatment instead of incarceration. It has progressed steadily through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sears, the chairman of that committee, said that while officials and journalists parse statistics on the extent of the opiate problem and treatment shortage, there is no doubt that the problems exist. “Oh, no doubt in my mind,” he said. “Read any daily paper with court news.” And, even if the earlier waitlist was inflated, Chen cautioned that, for every person who seeks treatment, 10 more never come forward.

“It’s good to have a better handle on exactly how many addicts are prepared to enter treatment on any given day,” Shumlin said in a prepared statement. “That’s the best way to monitor a waiting list, and enables us to work toward a system where everyone who wants treatment — and is prepared to start treatment — has immediate access to that support. The numbers will never be static and will certainly vary from day to day. But now we have a better sense of what our daily waiting list looks like in Vermont and what we need to do to free up space for Vermont addicts who need help.” m Contact:

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Emerson did not dispute Hart’s allegations. Hart has since married and has a different last name. She declined to comment out of concern for her son. Emerson said he hasn’t engaged in violent behavior since the March 2006 incident and has sought treatment for depression and anxiety in the intervening years. “I’ve done my best to work hard and get treatment,” he said. After stepping down as spokesman for the Vermont Democratic Party at the end of last year, Emerson went to work as the field director for a statewide campaign — still in its infancy — to improve access to early childhood education. Before that, he held a series of political posts. In 2010 he worked on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s campaign; he managed Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan’s close, but unsuccessful, primary campaign for attorney general during the summer of 2012; and, later that fall, he ran Beth Pearce’s successful reelection campaign for state treasurer.   Emerson said Tuesday that he will donate the remainder of his campaign funds to the Burlington Democratic Committee or return contributions to donors who request them. m 02.19.14-02.26.14 SEVEN DAYS LOCAL MATTERS 19

In the affidavit, Hart also alleged other angry outbursts. “Ryan held his mother and I hostage with a knife after an argument we had. He had the knife to my throat in front of his mother,” she wrote. “Ryan has hit me and thrown things at me on several occasions. He has bruised my arms … from hitting me, has thrown beer bottles at me, and has thrown various other things at me when losing his temper.” After holding an evidentiary hearing in which Emerson had the chance to respond to the allegations, Judge Linda Levitt on July 7, 2005, ordered Emerson to stay at least 200 feet away from Hart for six months, but allowed him to continue to spend time with his son. In March 2006, less than three months after the first restraining order expired, Hart filed a second complaint. In a sworn statement filed with the Winooski Police Department, she alleged that Emerson had thrown things at her while she was holding their son. She added that he then took her cat and urinated on her car after she refused to let him into her house. After another evidentiary hearing, Levitt issued a second relief-fromabuse order in April 2006 — this time for two years. In an interview with Seven Days,



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The Republican Governors Association took Gov. Peter Shumlin to task Friday for presiding over what it called a health insurance exchange “in shambles.” Despite the rhetoric, a spokesman for the organization conceded that it’s not currently planning to target Shumlin as he seeks reelection this November. In a rare hit piece  against the Green Mountain gov, RGA communications director Gail Gitcho emailed reporters excerpts from  a controversial Newsweek article accusing a state contractor of deception and state officials of incompetence. “[Shumlin] may want to stop spending so much time helping other Democrats get elected and start paying attention to the problems in his own state,” Gitcho wrote. Since December 2012, Shumlin has served as chairman of the RGA’s counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association. While there’s nothing extraordinary about one partisan electoral organization slamming the leader of another, Gitcho’s blast is unusual in Vermont. After the 2010 gubernatorial election — during which both the RGA and DGA spent heavily to win Vermont’s open governorship — the RGA has largely left Shumlin alone. Much to the chagrin of Shumlin’s most recent Republican opponent, Randy Brock, the RGA sat out the 2012 race. So does Gitcho’s missive mark a shift in the RGA’s strategy? Not so, says RGA press secretary Jon Thompson. He says this is just the latest in a series of “research pieces” the organization has cobbled together to attack Democratic governors over health care reform. “We want to show that these Democrat governors championed Obamacare and were like, ‘This law is great and is going to work great,’ and didn’t offer any opposition or anything,” he says. “It’s not like a new thing going after Shumlin. If there’s something he needs to be held accountable on, we’re going to recognize that.” But that doesn’t mean the RGA plans to invest time and money into defeating Shumlin this fall — for now, at least. Has the RGA heard from any Vermont Republicans interested in challenging Shumlin? “We have had contact with a few people, but we haven’t really commented publicly on who that is.”

Vermont has a tough row to hoe if it’s going to make any meaningful difference in the state of an increasingly polluted Lake Champlain.  That was the word at the Statehouse last week when Stephen Perkins of the Environmental Protection Agency testified before lawmakers who packed a meeting room to hear the latest developments in a years-long effort to rewrite regulations aimed at reducing phosphorous pollution in Lake Champlain.  Perkins had good news and bad news to share. The bad? Even if the state went “full bore” on its plan to clean up Lake Champlain, there are two sections — the Missisquoi Bay, and a section of the south lake — that would still see phosphorous levels deemed too high for healthy water. The good news? “In those remaining segments there’s a prayer of getting there,” Perkins said — but only if Vermont is aggressive in its approach to improving water quality in the years ahead. The EPA says Vermont needs to cut the amount of phosphorous it is dumping into Lake Champlain by 36 percent.  Flashing graphs onto a large screen at the hearing, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears acknowledged that the trends are “discouraging.” Phosphorous levels currently exceed healthy amounts in every portion of the lake.  So what’s the state to do? Scientists with the state propose to focus on so-called “nonpoint” sources — not a pipe that







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We’ve gotten lots of feedback about our February 5 story, “Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note,” about the conflict between luthier Adam Buchwald and his quiet-loving neighbor, Barbara Headrick. Alicia Freese’s account apparently struck a chord with Seven Days readers, including musician Pete Sutherland and bow maker Harry Grabenstein. My concern is not with Adam Buchwald’s shop as it is today, but what it may become and what businesses will move to our neighborhood next. Buchwald was originally permitted to cover half his garage, use only 110V tools, have no customer traffic and be a single worker. He exceeded each of these restrictions. At best, he was surprisingly ignorant of what the city permitted him to do. At worst, he misled the Development Review Board. Either raises concern as to what may be next for his business. Neighbors are right to be concerned about the effect on property values. Of the more than 400 owner-occupied properties on Burlington’s grand list that are 0.20-0.21 acres, six have a listed value of land greater than the 12 such homes on Henderson Terrace. While some buyers purchase a property to start a business, the vast majority will not want a home business nor pay more for that option. Likely none will specifically want to live next to a business and each will seek a discount to do so. Property values near any new business in a residential zone will go down. As part of the sampling of residents, I do characterize the shop as commercial. If it sells goods, it is, by definition, commercial. In the experiment to measure noise, were the tools processing any wood? As written, the article implies that the tools were merely turned on. The vast majority of noise from any woodworking tool is created when the tool is processing wood. Clifford Morgan Burlington

What an appalling situation. The persistent plaintiff is not troubled by noise, but by the sense that her home is in a mixed-use rather than purely residential neighborhood. This is clear by her refusal to let outsiders into her kitchen to hear the table saw. Nor does she sue neighbors who listen to Led Zeppelin with windows open. How different from the behavior of people with genuine noise issues for us to consider — they welcome reporters to hear and record controversial sounds.
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to decide on its civic vision, and this plaintiff has lost in all of them. Now she is using an ambitious lawyer and a befuddled court system to overrule the agreed decisions in the established pathways. Who are the lawyers getting rich on this long-running harassment? What judges are letting her ruin a neighbor’s livelihood and domestic peace? Have they no respect for the decisions of the public, rendered in its direct and appointed settings?
 If the woman wants to be sure she lives in a neighborhood without commercial abutters, I am sure that selling a property on South Prospect would bring a price that would let her settle on a road of her own. Indeed, the selling price she achieves would tell us all whether this man’s workshop really does diminish her quality of life. Elizabeth Curtiss Burlington

Same situation here: basement workshop with a second bench on the deck. In addition to the usual lutherie operations, I work from the log as much as possible, so I’m chainsawing some of the time.
When I started Appalachian Tree Works four years ago, I had decibel readings taken around the perimeter of the property — none of the machines except the chainsaw read over 70 dB. That’s acceptable, but I still try to be cautious about noise — no machine work in the early morning, none on Sundays. Midday, when my neighbors are at work, is best, along with Saturdays. 
Periodically I remind my neighbors that any time they need quiet, all they have to do is let me know, and I’ll find something else to do. So far, not a single complaint, not even about the chainsaw, which I try not to run more than 30 minutes at a stretch. 
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Buchwald is telling the truth — most of his work isn’t noisy, and when it is, he tries to keep it down. Maybe it’s just too late for everybody to try to meet in the middle. Hope they can work it out, though.
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Thanks for the fair and balanced reporting of the ongoing noise war on South Prospect involving Adam Buchwald’s instrument-making business. It’s a pretty nice neighborhood. A genteel retired resident would have certainly have at least a moral if not legal case if she could prove that her neighbor’s use of power tools were disruptive to the peace. If they were being run many hours a day. If you could actually hear them from next door. If any other nearby neighbors could corroborate your assertion — and so on. With, as is pointed out, this drama playing out near fraternity houses with their lively lifestyle, which have somehow never motivated this same resident to get on the phone to her lawyer, one is forced to conclude that this is either a personal vendetta or — just as insidious — an attack on his choice of livelihood, one which is representative of how a wide variety of contemporary folks would love to spend their days: as makers. Pete Sutherland Monkton

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Thank you for bringing this frustrating situation to light. I live on South Prospect across from both parties in this story, and I am very saddened that Barbara Headrick has continued to pursue this — going on two years now — when it has proved to be a nonissue. That’s right, no noise and no traffic above the norm for a busy young family with kids, not to mention a much nicer-looking garage! I welcome families like the Buchwalds to the neighborhood. They are active in the community, attend the public schools and pay taxes. Would Headrick be happier with a house full of college students next to her?! A couple of points Seven Days missed: Headrick operated a “senior care” business out of her house and at any given time is involved in multiple issues — just ask UVM, Cathedral Square or the Burlington School District, to name a few! My most frustrating community project was putting a neighborhood garden in at Ruggles House across the street from her! The biggest detractor — you got it — was Barbara Headrick! In fact, I think you wanted to do a story on the garden, but Headrick does not allow us to do anything that will promote the garden either in print or on the internet — for fear it will draw unsavory types to the neighborhood. Amy Feeney Burlington

Good article on guitar making and noise in the neighborhood. Though my sympathies are with Adam Buchwald, I think that both parties are full of soup. Barbara Headrick is carrying on as if there was a full-time, 10-employee factory next door, and Buchwald disingenuously switches on the band saw for the reporter to show how quiet it is. The reporter should have said, “Here, push this 6 x 6 x 36 slab of maple through the saw and let’s listen to that.” This should be easily mediated, assuming the parties want to get to a solution. In a small instrument-making shop, the noisy stuff — sawing backs and sides, routing for certain shaping or binding —  is truly only about 15 percent of the work. With some careful planning, that stuff can be bundled into agreed-upon times of day, days of the week or even days of the month. There could be certain designated silent time periods, and the rest guided by adult consideration and acceptance. Good luck, guys. Harry Grabenstein Williston

Editor’s note: Buchwald did run actual wood through his saw during the audio experiment witnessed by Seven Days. The rosewood samples were less than an inch thick.

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Kustas. He is also survived by his four children, their spouses Nancy Lines and Sarah Kenney, and five grandchildren, Nicholas, Alyssa, Meghan, Galen and Harper.   The family welcomes all to a celebration of Stratty’s life during visiting hours at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home at 9 Pleasant Street in Essex Junction, Vt., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 20.  A service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the same location, followed by a private interment for family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 162 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, VT 05446; and Chittenden County Meals on Wheels, Colchester Road, Essex Junction, VT 05452.

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COLCHESTER, 1940-2014 Carol A. Usher, 73, a longtime resident of Colchester, Vt., passed away Tuesday morning, February 11, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Carol was born December 21, 1940, in Milford, Mass., the youngest daughter of Charles Shuber (Sciuba) and Adelina Pettinelli, whose ancestors hailed from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Carol received her BA in education from Worchester State College and taught school for a few years. She married David J. Usher on June 29, 1963, and raised two sons, Mark and Karl, in Maine and Vermont. Carol lived a life exemplified by grace and generosity. A profoundly spiritual person of strong Christian faith, she devoted herself to many causes, including the Community Justice Center of Burlington, the Salvation Army Thrift Store and various local prison ministries, where she will be remembered as an advocate, friend and mentor to people in need. In 2011, she received the United Way’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Carol was also a talented artist with a remarkable eye for color and detail, creating figural, needle-felted sculptures in wool. Her work has garnered regional prizes and won many admirers worldwide. Some of her pieces are currently on display at Frog Hollow Craft Center. A devoted mother, wife and homemaker, Carol enjoyed spending time with her family, her many friends and two Airedale terriers. She was particularly enthusiastic about her Italian heritage. She learned to speak and read Italian in her later years, traveled to Italy several times to visit relatives and attend weddings, and was instrumental in revitalizing the Vermont Italian Club (VICA), where she served as secretary and membership director and managed many events.  Carol will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, David, two sons, Mark and his wife Caroline (of Shoreham, Vt.), and Karl and his fiancé Samantha (of Williston, Vt.), six grandchildren, five future step-grandsons, and several nieces and nephews.

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WILLISTON, 1929-2014 On Friday, February 14, Stratton Harry Lines died peacefully at his home in Williston, Vt. Born August 20, 1929, he was the third child of Harry and Jane Lines, who had emigrated from Sparta, Greece, at the turn of the century. He grew up in the Queen City, graduating from Burlington High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Germany as an MP from 1951-1953, and was married to Beverly Milo in 1962. They had four children, Jon, Gary, Maria and David.   He worked for a brief time for General Electric but in 1954 took over the family business, the Oasis Diner, from his father, where over the next 42 years he established it as a hub of vibrant discussions about community, politics and sports. The diner opened in January after a long journey from New Jersey on a flatbed truck; it had to travel up Route 2 during the night as there were no interstate highways at the time. A young Burlington attorney named Phil Hoff helped negotiate the sale and final arrangements for the diner’s place of residence at 189 Bank Street. Stratty and Phil struck up a lifelong friendship; in 1962 Hoff became the first Democratic governor of Vermont since before the Civil War. Over the years, many a Democratic campaign was launched from the counter at the Oasis. During the 1970s, then-Chittenden County prosecutor Patrick Leahy spent many a late night at the diner after returning from crime-scene investigations. The day after first winning his U.S. Senate seat, he entered the Oasis and was greeted by Stratty, who proclaimed, “Any state’s attorney who becomes a U.S. senator can get a free lunch.” In 1980, Vice President Walter Mondale had breakfast at the diner on his way home from the Lake Placid Olympics, and in 1995 President Bill Clinton had lunch there while visiting Vermont. During Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid, the Oasis often served as an unofficial media headquarters for both national and local outlets.   He was known by most everyone simply as “Stratty.” He was a quintessential Vermonter and classic American. A lifelong member of the Elks Club, he loved driving in his red Cadillac after retirement. His true passion, though, was watching baseball, especially once his dear friend Tom Cheek became the radio announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays. Stratty became a devoted Blue Jays fan; many years he would travel to Florida and spend time at their spring training camp. He and Tom also went on cruises throughout the Caribbean.      Stratty is predeceased by his parents, his wife, Beverly and his brother Chris, and is survived by brother George and sister Calliope


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In “Paper Doll,” choreographed by Jackson, three female performers systematically create and then deconstruct costumes made of pink tissue paper, huffing Sharpies and mimicking scrawls over their breasts and genitals, moving to a mix of frenzied, runway-worthy pop beats. At the climax of the piece, they turn their aggression inward, tearing at themselves with remarkable defiance, and then wither.

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Burlington Ensemble Founder ‘Moves On’ After three and a half years, Burlington Ensemble is no longer. Cofounded

by violinists Michael Dabroski and Sofia Hirsch and pianist Samantha Angstman in the fall of 2010, the protean chamber group offered a new financial and cultural approach to classical music performances. (Angstman quickly moved on to focus on her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music.) Instead of putting its profits toward administrative costs, BE collaborated with existing nonprofits. The charities handled marketing, blasting concert alerts to supporters. BE, in turn, gained new audiences, charging little and returning most of the profits to the charities. This model required some support to pay the musicians BE brought in. The ensemble held regularly priced

summertime concerts for that purpose, received a number of donated services, such as program printing, and benefited from at least two angel investors. Those two donors recently withdrew their support. In a recent phone conversation, Dabroski said that incident was one of many that led him to “move on” from BE. At no point in either the conversation or his press release on the matter did Dabroski actually state that BE was closing up shop. He preferred to talk about what he’s doing next. The experiment that was BE figures large in those plans: Dabroski will teach its financial model to students in a planned School of Music at Burlington College, where he will act as music director. In addition to classes on “the business of music,” the

school, according to the press release, will offer courses beginning in fall 2014 in “music activism to strengthen communities” and “education in technical music training.” Classes in the latter category would, for example, teach film students how to compose and integrate music into their movies. Dabroski also aims to offer a campus concert series called the Mighty Mozart Festival. Previously, Dabroski had planned a different combination of education and concerts for a BE residency at Castleton State College. After a March 2013 press release announced “Vermont’s first collegiate artistsin-residence partnership,” however, Dabroski reneged, having begun talks with Burlington College. The latter institution is much closer to his South Burlington home.

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o a Western audience, mask wearing generally means concealing one’s identity. This weekend, a riveting threepiece contemporary dance performance at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts presents an alternative interpretation. In the words of the show’s artistic director, dance professor Christal


and interpret masking rituals across cultures. These include Japanese butoh dance, American fashion and the J’ouvert, aka Jouvay, carnival in the Caribbean. “In the context of what [Americans] are used to, the mask is something that you’re not; you’re wearing some sort of alternate identity or you’re trying to represent something that you don’t normally present in everyday life,” says dancer Cameron McKinney. “In the context [we explore], the mask you’re wearing comes from within. It comes from some part of yourself.” In January, Brown took her students on a 10-day research trip to New Waves! Dance and Performance Institute in Trinidad and Tobago. They also spent months studying under guest choreographers at Middlebury: Shizu Homma, a specialist in butoh; and Ayo Janeen Jackson, a New York City-based contemporary dancer, fashion artist and current guest artist with Kyle Abraham. The Meaning of the Masks is made up of three originally stand-alone works, premiering at Middlebury as one show. The first piece, “Fly Catching,” is choreographed by Homma and employs butoh, a dance style in which whitemasked performers exaggerate absurd or grotesque movements in slow motion to explore taboo topics.

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Meanwhile, the press release points out, BE should be remembered for its accomplishments, which include “65 concerts, summer camps for children, new music compositions written by children [through a collaboration with Music-COMP], … approximately $43,000 in donations to 28 community nonprofit organizations, and [the employment of] over 60 musicians in 3.5 seasons.” Dabroski also mentioned during the phone call that BE has paid musicians $44,500 over the past year alone. When Seven Days suggested it was sad the group was ending, Dabroski, ever the businessman, responded, “There’s nothing to be sad about.”

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a monologue in which Hannah explores her doubts about her future. She worries about her mind, about outliving her older dog, Jake, and about Jake outliving her. As she describes the woods and animals around her house, we revel in her love and energy but fear for her, too. She is alone, and daring herself to ask very difficult questions. “You can’t commit suicide if you have a dog,” Hannah realizes. Her two dogs might do their Lassie-like best to prevent it, as well as providing an emotional pull

the barrier between self and not-self. It would mean she couldn’t trust her mind. Hannah meets again with Dr. Grey, whose study of the old woman is fodder for a paper in which she poses a new theory of the aging brain that may advance her professionally. Lasher still burdens the doctor with ineptitude that is improbably excessive, yet the two characters are now past comic misunderstandings. Doctor and patient are beginning to exchange something. Hannah can describe her fears and doubts. Courtesy of John Snell


n a culture that celebrates youth, a play that explores aging is risky, but it’s a topic that touches us all. Margot Lasher’s Intake looks at growing old as a journey with uncertainties, made both frightening and fascinating by the fact that perceptions are subject to doubt. Questions about what’s real may only grow tougher if the mind itself changes with age. In Lasher’s world, the psychiatric establishment offers little help, but animals and nature do. The production in Lost Nation Theater’s Winterfest series this past week was its premiere. Director Joanne Greenberg and producer Liz Snell worked with the Marshfield playwright to develop a full-length work from Lasher’s original one-act. Though 82-year-old Hannah’s story includes speculation about diminished mental capacity, it also brims over with her love of the outdoors and her dogs. Hannah is very much alive, and more than a match for an unrealistically illtrained psychologist, Dr. Grey, who attempts to evaluate her. The tension in the play is not between the two characters but within Hannah’s mind; she perceives a difference in her thinking. It’s not as simple as losing something. It’s a change, and might even be an appropriate aspect of her life’s progress. But it’s unsettling enough for her and others to wonder about, since she lives alone with two dearly loved dogs. The first act takes advantage of the easy laughs that result when two people misunderstand each other while the audience remains one step ahead. In this case, the psychologist can’t cope with Hannah’s multiple meanings, ambiguity or natural leaps from the literal to the figurative. Last Saturday’s audience gushed with laughter as the doctor managed to underestimate Hannah at every turn. The characters initially emerge as stereotypes: The doctor is too easily flummoxed and the patient too selfpossessed to fear anything the doctor will say or do. For too long, the play stays stuck in a search for superficial laughs based on miscommunication. No matter how much we relish seeing the doctor humiliated for infantilizing an older adult, little is at stake. Act Two goes much deeper, with humor of the richest kind: born of experience and self-awareness. It begins with


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The tension in the play is not between the two characters but within Hannah’s mind; she perceives a difference in her thinking.

to keep her alive. Hannah’s willingness to immerse herself in nature results in observations that limn the largest truths about life. Lasher not only describes animals well; she shows how connections to both the wild and the tame can enrich us. Our investment in Hannah comes from admiration for her purity, wit, steely realism and ability to love. To describe her awareness of how her mind is changing, Hannah says she’s had the experience of Jake listening to her with new clarity, with attention “as clear as ice.” It’s a chilling thought, on two levels. The delusional aspect is unsettling, but more so is Hannah’s realization of the dream of profound communication with an animal. A dream like that can’t come true. It would change

Greenberg’s quiet direction — little movement and few props — keeps the focus on the characters, so the energy and pace must come from the performers. Greenberg’s admirable willingness to get out of the way allows her actors to reveal nuances, and demands concentration from the audience. The story is rarely told through action, but Greenberg’s closing is exquisite and simple: Hannah leaves the clinic and walks outside past the window, headed toward an ambiguous future, which is underscored onstage by abstract lighting. By having Dr. Grey stand at the window watching her, as the audience does, Greenberg makes Hannah’s journey heroic; our witnessing it confers on it the majesty that everyday life sometimes deserves.

Emme Erdossy is truly moving as Hannah. Her 82-year-old character shows a lack of self-consciousness that is one of the compensations for aging. Similarly, Erdossy doesn’t watch herself but surrenders to the scene, and this confidence as an actor gives Hannah power as a character. She tackles the Act Two monologue with courage, letting its complexities unfold like new discoveries. Alison Goyette has to blend Dr. Grey’s shallow, inadvertent cruelty with her curiosity about Hannah. The script doesn’t leave her much space for compassion or connection, so Goyette uses Dr. Grey’s ambition as a lodestar. Goyette never undercuts her character’s incompetence. She yields the stage and all the moral weight to Hannah. The best compliment the role allows her is that she can really take a punch. If the script placed her on an even intellectual footing with Hannah, their relationship might progress to give the play its missing middle. A set designed by Snell places a magnificent, soaring set of windows behind the quotidian office of the clinic. The windows supply a suggestion of looking out and achieving a lifetime’s perspective. Inside, the dull realism of office furniture and a crummy ballpoint pen give the series of intake questions a sad grounding in thoughtless professional cataloguing. The loyalty of a dog is profound. But a faith that’s deeper still is that of the brain to the self. Dementia begins with questions of how trustworthy the brain may be. It’s at that harrowing halfway point that Hannah is poised — she’s able to look backward and imagine what’s to come. As we listen to her story, we’re invited to think a little differently about the arc of aging. By giving a local playwright a chance to develop her work and giving voice to the often-marginalized elderly, the production demonstrates the power of theater to connect us. m


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Grunge wasn’t the only radical music movement to come out of the Pacific Northwest in the ’90s. Just ask Kathleen Hanna, frontwoman of Bikini Kill and cofounder of the riot grrl movement, who brought punk and in-your-face feminism together. When her band released its album Pussy Whipped in 1993, the mainstream media was enthralled by these “grrls” with loud voices and major attitude. They attracted attention — and ridicule. Hanna later founded the trio Le Tigre and stayed outspoken into the 21st century, but in 2005 she seemed to disappear from the public eye. The Punk Singer, a documentary from Sini Anderson, reveals why. Anderson traces Hanna’s roots in Washington’s underground music


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casualties of the storm, attending selectboard meetings and holding press conferences to make sure their story didn’t get lost in the maelstrom of disaster-related news. Their efforts paid off late in 2011, when fundraising by the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group yielded a sufficient sum to haul off the damaged trailers. Koier says he’s learned that natural disasters tend to bring issues of income inequality to the fore: “You can’t build houses in a flood zone, but you can put mobile homes there.” For that reason, he argues, the film’s issues remain relevant even as Irene recedes in the rearview mirror. “Inequality in our country gets worse and worse … There’s still mobile homes in flood zones, and all these people are still vulnerable.” The doc is also, he notes, about “showing the effects of [climate change] on people’s lives.” That’s an issue Koier envisions addressing in one of two narrative screenplays he has in the works: One is a “preapocalyptic film set in the near future” that is “inspired by documenting the hurricane,” he says. He’s also working on another doc and on getting Strength into festivals and onto public television. And Gaffney, who had to abandon her home on that August day? The former caregiver now works at the VWC; for her, the storm’s aftermath was a journey into activism. “Through working on these issues, she basically found her voice and her strength as an organizer,” Koier says.

knew that August 28, 2011, would be a bad day for her and other residents of Weston’s Mobile Home Park in Berlin. Tropical Storm Irene was pummeling Vermont, and water was approaching her home across the flood plain. “I called up my sister and said, ‘We’re coming over,’” Gaffney recalls in Strength of the Storm, a documentary from Burlington filmmaker Rob KoieR. Later, Gaffney would see photos of her flooded trailer on Facebook. Some of her neighbors were rescued by bucket loader. When the storm ended, the newly homeless Weston residents faced the challenge of finding housing and paying the $5000 sticker price for disposal of their mobile homes. Seventy in the park were damaged beyond repair. Koier learned about the Weston Park when he went out to film the devastation with volunteers from the Vermont Workers’ Center, who had “noticed that there was a lack of help going to the mobile home communities,” the filmmaker says in a phone interview. He eventually decided to focus on the park and “look at Irene through the lens of poverty.” The VWC hired Koier on a freelance basis to make a 55-minute version of Strength of the Storm to promote its efforts. With the organization’s blessing, Koier gathered more footage and later created his own 42-minute cut. That version premiered at the VeRmont inteRnational film festiVal last fall and will screen this Friday at Burlington’s andy Gaffney


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In a Tom Clancy novel I came across the repeated assertion that Chairman Mao was a pedophile. Clancy seems to care about historical detail, but I wonder about the accuracy of this. Did the founder of Communist China prey on little girls? Michael


exceptionally young nor unwilling. Typically they came from impoverished backgrounds, owed their lives to the Party and were proud to have been chosen. Li writes: “They loved him … as their great leader … They were all very young when they began serving Mao — in their late teens and early twenties — and usually unmarried. When Mao tired of them and the honor was over, they married young, uneducated men with peasant pasts.” 5. Some of the women, though, were underage by Western standards. In 1997 journalist Jonathan Mirsky interviewed a middle-aged woman he called Ms. Chen, who said she’d caught the chairman’s eye as a dancer and began having sex with him in 1962, when she was 14. (One presumes she was a virgin at the start.) Mirsky calls Mao a pedophile, which isn’t strictly


1. Nowhere does the book suggest Mao was a pedophile, pedophilia being understood as the desire for sex with prepubescent children. “We had the data over at Langley,” one character says. “Mao liked virgins, the younger the better. Maybe he liked to see the fear in their cute little virginal eyes.” Elsewhere Mao’s partners are described as “barely nubile,” i.e., young but pubescent. 2. Possibly Clancy really did get the dirt on Mao from

CIA HQ. But a lot of it likely came from The Private Life of Chairman Mao (1994) by Li Zhisui, for 22 years one of Mao’s personal physicians. Li says Mao did, in fact, have a weakness for young women. How young? The Chinese leader liked to reminisce about an encounter he’d had with a pretty 12-year-old when he was a teenage villager. Elsewhere Li says Mao “followed the tradition of Chinese emperors,” one of whom supposedly bedded a thousand young virgins. This may be the basis for Clancy’s claim that Mao had a thing for virgins. 3. But Li himself doesn’t say that. He apparently means Mao followed Chinese emperors in thinking sex with young women would keep him young and potent. Evidently it worked: “Mao had no problems with the young women he brought to his bed — their numbers increasing and their average ages declining as Mao attempted to add years to his life.” 4. According to Li, Mao’s women were neither



understand your suspicion. After all, if a Chinese leader once revered as a demigod had a penchant for preying on underage girls, surely it would have been well covered by now in the Chinese press. Oh, wait. The Clancy book you’re talking about is The Bear and the Dragon (2000), in which the U.S. and Russia team up in war against China. At several points characters comment disapprovingly about Mao’s sexual proclivities. However, let’s get the story straight:

true, but no matter: In many U.S. jurisdictions, the chairman would have been guilty of statutory rape. 6. The Great Helmsman wasn’t a one-night-stand kind of guy. According to Ms. Chen, her relationship with Mao lasted five years, after which she was exiled to the provinces, supposedly at the insistence of Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing. “Mao, she claimed, took her on his knee and wept, but said he could do nothing,” Mirsky writes. 7. Mao’s playmates could get feisty, Dr. Li says. Once the chairman and a young lover got into a shouting match when he wouldn’t let her marry and she accused him of being a corrupt bourgeois womanizer. She threatened to go public but was talked into apologizing. In short, the impression Clancy gives of little girls tearfully awaiting deflowering seems exaggerated. Nonetheless, was Mao a dirty old man? You bet. More from Dr. Li: • Mao “was happiest and most satisfied with several young women simultaneously sharing his bed,” Li writes. “He encouraged his sexual partners to introduce him

to others for shared orgies, allegedly in the interest of his longevity and strength.” • Mao chose handsome young men as personal attendants, who among other duties were expected to massage his groin nightly to help him fall asleep. “For a while I took such behavior as evidence of a homosexual strain,” Li says, “but later I concluded that it was simply an insatiable appetite for any form of sex.” • Mao was a carrier of a parasitic STD but refused treatment, spreading the disease among his partners. He further refused to bathe or clean his genitals, receiving only nightly rubdowns with hot towels. “I wash myself inside the bodies of my women,” he told Li. For what it’s worth, he apparently also never brushed his teeth. This may not sound like a kink to you, but you didn’t have to kiss him. So, was the great leader a sexual predator? Yeah. Pedophile? No. Virgin deflowerer? Probably on occasion, but there’s little evidence it was a regular thing. These may be fine points, but that’s what we do.


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ood riddance, I thought as I patrolled the city streets in my taxicab. We had made it through January, the cruelest month for us cabdrivers. Year in and year out, my revenues always dip during the post-holiday doldrums. For most of the month, the college students are still on break, and that never helps, but mostly it’s that people are broke and hung over — emotionally and otherwise — from the yearend festivities. By early February, most everyone has recovered (or perhaps forgotten), and the nightlife picks up, which translates to more customers for this hackie. A tall brunette hailed me and jumped into the backseat. She was well put together — perhaps a bit heavy on the eye shadow for my taste, but it was all working for her. She did seem out of sorts, though. She said, “I live on Victoria Drive, OK?” “Yup, that’s fine,” I said, and steered up the Main Street hill. “So, you got a rooting interest in the game tomorrow?” I asked. It was the night before the Super Bowl, and I’d been putting that question to many of my fares. This is America, after all.

T 50 Chestnut Avenue

he house at 50 Chestnut Avenue has sheets of plywood where the windows and doors once were. Its green paint has faded, one of its two chimneys has started to crumble and the screen on a second-floor porch flaps in the wind. A sign nailed to the front door warns that no one is allowed inside. For all its dilapidation, Rutland officials point to this boarded-up house — in one of Vermont’s most troubled neighborhoods — to illustrate a major success in their battle against drug addiction and related crime. Vermont’s “opiate epidemic” has attracted plenty of attention since Gov. Peter Shumlin sounded the alarm in his State of the State address last month in Montpelier: calls to action on the treatment front, laws drafted, the story of a rural state drug crisis trumpeted through the national media. But in the neighborhood of Rutland known as the Northwest, that fight has been under way for two years. Perhaps nowhere in Vermont has the drug problem been more devastating than the area tucked between a





‘ALL HANDS ON DECK’ Tim Tuttle patrols the Northwest

How officials in Rutland are combining forces to fight drug abuse B Y M A R K D AV I S P H O T O S B Y C A L EB K EN N A

tidy green park known as Pine Hill Park and a mildly resurgent downtown. Distinguished by large, multifamily homes that suggest a more comfortable past, the Northwest has become the target of a campaign that may point the way for other Vermont communities. Rutland officials and activists have developed an approach that trains laser-like focus on individual properties where drug problems are inclined to take hold. This time last year, the landlord of 50 Chestnut had all but abandoned his property, and drug addicts had moved in, police say. There was one bathroom and almost no furniture in a building that held as many as 30 people on any given day. Cars with out-of-state plates came and went at all hours. Neighbors complained of smashed windows, car thefts and visible drug use. “There was more traffic there than the highway,” said neighbor Michele Mailhiot, who began writing down visitors’ license plate numbers and sending them to police. It was a one-house ghetto in an otherwise law-abiding neighborhood, sharing the block with well-kept homes, a school, a church and a doctor’s office.

How did Rutland officials shut it down? Through the creative use of crime data in a communitywide effort that extends beyond law enforcement to include treatment providers, mental health counselors, even housing inspectors. “If we’re going to tackle the substance abuse problem, it’s all hands on deck,” said Rutland Police Chief Jim Baker. “We have not been in denial, we can’t arrest our way out of the problem,” said Rutland Mayor Chris Louras. “Parcel by parcel we can turn the street around, and if we can turn a street around, we can turn a neighborhood around.”

Number Crunching, Problem Solving

A “bastardized land-use map,” as Baker calls it, hangs prominently on the wall behind his desk. It divides Rutland into four quadrants, with a sergeant assigned to each. The Northwest leaps off Baker’s map in bright orange. In late May, Rutland began digitally mapping every crime and call for service in

Most officers on duty that night streamed to the downtown store, but two officers decided to head in the opposite direction, to 24 1/2 Cottage Street in the Northwest neighborhood. Nobody had called 911 from the home, and there were no tips that the robbers might be there. But calls for service at that address had spiked of late, police said, mostly for nuisance or noise disturbances. Police suspected drug activity. When officers arrived at the house, they found a man and a woman sitting inside their car — a silver Jeep Liberty with a spare tire on the back. According to court records, Patrick Blodgett, 26, confessed that he had been responsible for that night’s robbery and the ones before it; his companion, Arabella Babcock, 21, said she was the getaway driver for most of them. After Blodgett robbed the market, the two had driven to the Cottage Street home, bought five bags of heroin and shot up inside the Jeep, they told police. Blodgett told police he never would have used the knife against a person; he just needed money to support his heroin

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addiction. (Blodgett and Babcock, both residents of the neighborhood, have pleaded not guilty to nine charges of robbery with a weapon and are currently being held in Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland, according to court documents.) “We don’t necessarily look for crime,” Baker said. “The first thing we look at is locations where we have been called for service.” Contacted by Seven Days, the owner of 24 1/2 Cottage Street said that he had installed security cameras at the property and saw last year that strangers were visiting it. Rudy Petruccelli of Valhalla, N.Y., said he spent a significant amount of money fixing the home and praised police for their work. “We had this influx of people, I don’t know where they are coming from,” Petruccelli said. “I’m trying to get the place cleaned up. It’s tough in Rutland, because people are struggling to pay rent, and then we have people come in and try to sell drugs.”


the city, in partnership with the Vermont Center for Justice Research. Officers log the location, time and nature of every law enforcement call, along with names of people they come across, into a system that generates maps of city “hot spots.” Everything — from arrests to family fights, noise disturbances to suspiciousperson calls — gets entered into a computer system. Every two weeks, Baker and his colleagues, along with prosecutors, domestic violence and mental health counselors, even Rutland’s building inspector, gather in the police station to discuss the hot spots and what they might mean. Just before 9 p.m. on January 22, a call came in to the Rutland police station for an armed robbery at the downtown Granger Street Market & Deli. A man wielding a knife and obscuring his face inside a hoodie had made off with $100 cash. The call came as police were searching for someone who had robbed four city convenience stores in recent weeks. Police received one encouraging lead that night: A witness said the robber had jumped into a silver Jeep Liberty with a spare tire on the back.

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rotting homes are surrounded on either side by well-maintained homes that would sell for three times their assessed value in other Vermont towns. Those abandoned, blighted homes have provided what Baker calls the “infrastructure just below the surface” for a network of local drug addicts and the dealers, many from out of state, who come to feed their habits.

In March 2013, a group of Rutland officials and volunteers applied for a three-year, $1 million federal grant to help finance a coordinated effort between government agencies and citizen groups to help police tackle the drug problem. Project VISION, short for Viable Initiatives and Solutions through

clinic in Rutland. West Ridge Center for Addiction Recovery, run by Rutland Regional Medical Center, immediately took in 130 patients, many from the city, and expects its caseload to swell to 400. At the clinic, addicts receive a daily dose of methadone, a drug designed to wean them off heroin and other opiates. They also receive counseling and support services. “There’s not a single person whose life in Rutland County has not been impacted by opiate addiction one way or the other,” said Rutland Regional’s director of psychiatric services Jeff McKee, himself a Rutland native and Northwest resident. Many of West Ridge’s initial patients were Rutland residents who had been traveling, via car or public transportation, every day to the nearest clinics in Brattleboro or West Lebanon, N.H. Others had given up on ever getting help.

proud homes have been converted from single-family residences into multiunit apartments. Only 32 percent of homes in the Northwest are owner occupied. Investors own the rest, and many of the landlords and property management companies are based elsewhere. Some have failed to invest in the buildings, officials said, or given up all together. The median price for a house in the neighborhood now stands at about $115,000. At tax and foreclosure sales, some have gone for less than $25,000. The poverty rate at the neighborhood elementary school stands at 85 percent, according to police. The transformation has given the area an odd, checkerboard feel. Decaying,

Involvement of Neighborhoods, attracted representatives from each of the stakeholder groups: police, the probation and parole office, domestic abuse groups, mental health advocates, housing agencies, and drug treatment providers. The organizers didn’t get the Department of Justice grant — Detroit did — but members of Project VISION continued to gather every two weeks in the Rutland police station to discuss the city’s problem spots. Police Chief Baker turns away no one; the room is usually crowded with 30 or 40 people. Officials celebrated in November when, after years of struggle with would-be neighbors, the Vermont Health Department finally managed to open a methadone

“The desperation on the faces of the people who first came in was extreme,” McKee said. “It was people saying, ‘If we don’t get in treatment, we’re going to die.’” Thirty-two-year-old “Tom” was among them. Before the clinic opened, the father of a young child spent three to four hours a day traveling to the methadone clinic in West Lebanon. His acceptance into the Rutland clinic, he said, has made it easier to spend time with his family and rebuild his life. Tom recently moved to Castleton, though, to escape the heroin problem in Rutland, where he spent most of his adult life. “I can’t live down here,” he said in an interview outside the clinic.

Blighted Properties, Blighted Lives





When Baker took over the Rutland Police Department in January 2012, it wasn’t a data mapping kind of operation. Baker, who had retired as head of the Vermont State Police in 2009, said he inherited a department that was focused on racking up arrests. Meanwhile, crime in the city was getting worse, quality of life was deteriorating — and the relationship between cops and citizens was at an all-time low. (In the years before Baker arrived, three officers had been accused of watching porn on the job. Another officer resigned after allegations surfaced that he had fired a pepperball launcher — similar to a paintball gun — at a drunken, handcuffed man who was inside a holding cell.)

the police department’s call list to find criminal offenses. Of the 13,000 annual calls for service, Rutland police learned that 73 percent — including 84 percent of the disorderly conducts and assaults and 80 percent of the city’s thefts — came from the Northwest neighborhood. The Northwest is home to about 6,000 of Rutland’s 17,000 residents. Most of the houses are at least 2,000 square feet and three stories high, built for the large middle-class families that once dominated the neighborhood. “It was Mayberry,” said Chestnut Avenue resident Bob Holland, who returned seven years ago to the streets where he grew up. “This neighborhood was just stunning.” The problem, just about every official says, is that far too many of those large,

“It was the football game where the goal was to score more points, make more arrests, drive your numbers up, ask for more cops — that will solve the problem,” Baker said. “The problem is, it wasn’t solving the problem.” The new chief, with backing from city hall and outside consultants, implemented a data-oriented approach. While common in major cities in other states, it was unusual for Vermont. The shift yielded some surprising findings. The top calls for service in Rutland were not for drugs, or fights, or even thefts: In a city often stigmatized as crime ridden, the top three categories were citizen disputes, followed by animal complaints and family problems. One had to go far down

“It’s had a big impact on the community and anybody who needs help,” Tom said of West Ridge. “It’s 130 people that aren’t committing crimes, buying drugs off the street.” Rutland police responded to 37 overdose calls last year. High on his chest, Cpl. Tim Tuttle wears a small bar with yellow, red and white stripes. He earned it in 2012 for saving a life. On a recent patrol through the Northwest, the Rutland-born cop pointed to where it happened: a tanning salon. A young man had shot up heroin, entered the salon and climbed into a tanning bed, where the drug began shutting down his body. Tuttle and another officer responded, pulled him out of the bed and managed to revive him. He hasn’t seen the man since, Tuttle said, but heard that a few days later that the addict had overdosed again.

pavement on Cleveland Avenue, Tuttle saw a pickup truck with out-of-state license plates pull into the driveway of a house that, he said, officers have reason to believe is home to drug activity. He pulled out a scrap of paper and a pencil and scribbled down the plate number to later feed into a database. “We’re not violating anyone’s rights; we’re just writing down information. A lot of arrests have come from good intelligence,” Tuttle said. “Being a police officer, most of our suspicions are correct. I’m sorry, but they are. I’ve seen overdoses. I’ve seen dead people. If we can stop that from happening, I’m going home feeling good. “I’ve taken children away from families because of the drug problem,” Tuttle added. “They’re not selling Girl Scout cookies, I’m sorry to say.”

owners who are struggling to keep up with mortgages and property taxes. Rutland then plans turn those properties over to nonprofit groups to fix up and resell to responsible owners, or knock them down to create more green space. There’s talk of offering low-interest loans to owners who can’t afford repairs but would work to keep up their properties. Last year, Louras made the building inspector a full-time position and empowered inspector Bob Barrett to issue more citations for building code violations — in hopes of scaring off deadbeat landlords. The city last year acquired its first house, on Pine Street, through a tax sale. It spent six months in court evicting a tenant who wouldn’t leave and is now trying to figure out what to do with the house. The redevelopment authority last year prodded state lawmakers to pass a

How does that work? Last spring, when police determined that 50 Chestnut Avenue seemed to be generating problems, Barrett piped up at a biweekly VISION meeting: He had been documenting code violations at the house and leaving tickets that had gone unpaid. (The owner of the home listed in city records did not respond to messages left at the Vermont phone number listed on the front door of the house.) Police didn’t have evidence to justify any arrests, but the team settled on a new strategy: They would use city ordinances to simply shut the building down. Another regular VISION attendee, the fire chief, doubles as the city’s fire marshal, and is empowered by law to close buildings and evict tenants if living conditions are unsafe. And so on August 30, a team of representatives from the city’s zoning, fire

Safe Houses

law allowing cities to create tax incentives for prospective owners who fix up blighted homes. The city can now freeze the assessed value of a property for up to five years, Rutland Redevelopment Authority executive director Brennan Duffy said, allowing owners to plow money into repairs without having to pay higher taxes for adding value to their properties. In a state where many communities are desperate to build more affordable housing, Rutland’s best bet lies in “de-densifying,” Duffy said. The city needs fewer low-cost apartments that, especially in a struggling economy, attract a transient population. A return to more single-family homes, he said, is the key to restored stability.

and police departments descended on the building, advised tenants of how they could secure emergency housing, and shut the place down. Neighbors say calm has been restored, and even skeptics of the most recent effort to fix Rutland say they have become converts. “I was that guy who said, ‘Oh great, here we go again,’” said Matt Prouty, the sergeant in charge of Northwest Rutland and a resident of the neighborhood. “When you start to see the successes, you don’t realize how much you miss having a plan until you have one.” 


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Rutland’s housing and planning agencies are also heavily involved in the fight to reclaim its neighborhoods. The city, along with the Rutland Redevelopment Authority, has created maps noting every blighted and abandoned home and is addressing them one by one. The Northwest has 21 vacant homes, 34 that are delinquent in paying taxes, and 18 that are in the process of foreclosure. Police say nearly all of them have, at various points, popped up on their calls for service list. The city hopes to eventually buy back properties, either through tax sale or foreclosure, or by purchasing them from


“The sad part of the situation is these people know they are slowly killing themselves,” Tuttle said, adding, “if not quickly.” Tuttle spends much of his time driving through the Northwest, keeping an eye out for anything that seems out of place and trying to build a rapport with the residents he knows belong there. “They’re still good families here, there’s still hardworking people,” Tuttle said as he drove slowly up Library Avenue. He approached a neglected, two-story home with white fading paint. “And then, boom, that house, overdose in the bathroom.” Seconds later, he passed a blighted house on Maple Avenue. “Overdose, found a spoon, heroin bag, needle.” As he navigated the bumpy, cracked

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he most moving part of Thomas Christopher Greene’s novel The Headmaster’s Wife comes after it ends. In his acknowledgments, placed last, Greene writes that the book is dedicated to his daughter Jane, who in 2009 was born “far too early,” weighing two pounds, without functioning lungs. She lived six months. Greene considered his daughter’s brief existence to be a “miracle.” No less of one is the author’s ability to write a novel inspired by an unimaginably heartbreaking experience. Greene, who has taught writing and literature, has served since 2008 as founding president of Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, where he lives with his wife and 7-year-old. In the course of sitting by his newborn’s bedside, he writes, “What began as one novel eventually became a very different one, a novel of grief.” The Headmaster’s Wife is about grief inasmuch as it involves the death of a much older child and the struggle of that boy’s parents to process their loss. But it’s also a page-turner. It’s written with seemingly effortless clarity — you’ll finish in a matter of hours — and structured with a mid-book twist that leaves the reader scrambling to reassess all that came before. Already that summary is giving away too much. But at least one can start with the basics. The book has four central characters: the headmaster, Arthur Winthrop; his wife, Elizabeth; their son, Ethan; and Elizabeth’s first love, Russell Hurley. We first meet Arthur wandering naked in Central Park, clearly in an unstable frame of mind. At the police station, he declares that he can explain his behavior only by starting “at the beginning.” And so we are off on the middle-aged headmaster’s narrative of his affair with an 18-year-old student named Betsy Pappas at Lancaster School, the elite Vermont boarding school where they both lived. Arthur, who attended Lancaster as a student while his father was headmaster, has an authoritative but unreliable narrative voice. He has a drinking problem, it’s revealed, and a son who did not turn out to be the incipient third Headmaster Winthrop, as Arthur would have liked. Ethan joined the army at age 18. But Arthur barely alludes to Ethan’s apparent death. Instead he chooses to tell the police about a different teenaged boy, a


CLEARLY IN AN UNSTABLE FRAME OF MIND. FROM THE HEADMASTER’S WIFE I return from the city to find Elizabeth alone in Ethan’s room, sitting in the rocking chair, staring out the window. It is dusk, and there is not much to see. I do not like being in Ethan’s room, and frankly I wish we could acknowledge somehow that he is not here, and therefore this room should return to utility as a guest room. But Elizabeth prefers that it appear as it did when he was a student. It is virtually unchanged from then. His navy sport coats and tan chinos, the uniform of the Lancaster boy, still hang pressed in the closet. There is a Michael Jordan poster above the twin bed. I do not like this room and I do not like that this is how Elizabeth chooses to spend her time now, this and the obsessive tennis that makes no sense to me, either. There is no future in it. But if you learn anything in a marriage it is when to give up. I used to think that all marriages ran the same trajectory. They start with wanting to climb inside the other person and wear her skin as your own. They end with thinking that if the person across from you says another word, you will put a fork in her neck. That sounds darker than I mean it to, for it is a joke. The truth usually lies in between, and the most one can hope for is accommodation, that you learn to move around each other, and that when the shit hits the fan, there is someone to suffer with. That sounds dark, too, but I am sure you understand. There are few things in this life we are equipped to do alone is all I am trying to say.

handsome scholarship basketball star with whom Betsy fell in love, leaving her headmaster rebuffed. From here the story begins to take a horrifying turn. But, before it does, Arthur’s practically absent wife, Elizabeth, appears and collapses in his arms, wracked with grief, sobbing, “Wake up, Arthur … I know someone is still in there.”

It’s not clear what she means until the narrative switches to an omniscient point of view, beginning with an account of Ethan’s last moments in Basra. This two-page interlude appears at the center of the novel, which would seem to signal an emotional center, too — the blow from which Arthur cannot “wake up.” Oddly

enough, though, the crux of the story lies further back, in the days when Elizabeth and Arthur began dating as students at Lancaster. After the Basra interlude, the rest of the novel is dedicated to detangling Arthur’s story via that of his wife. Such a set-up would seem to promise an equally complicated character in Elizabeth. At the very least, Greene has set himself the almost impossible task of accounting for how she came to marry someone like Arthur. Disappointingly, however, Elizabeth does not speak in her own voice, nor does she emerge as anything other than a foil for illuminating Arthur’s complexities. This she does by embodying a string of clichés. After her freshman fling with Arthur, Elizabeth “likes having a boyfriend now, the headmaster’s son, and she wonders if everyone knows they have done it, and while she does not want to be branded as that kind of girl, she secretly hopes they do.” When she moves on to Russell, “she likes how small she feels next to his bulk.” Later, she feels ambivalent about having children but “falls in love” with breastfeeding when she does. Arthur himself can’t think beyond clichés when characterizing Betsy. “It starts with the most innocent of gestures,” he begins his confession to the police. “She does something girls the world over do. She uses her long fingers to pull strands of straw-colored hair behind her ears.” “Innocent,” “straw-colored,” “the world over”: There is nothing unexpected in Greene’s smooth prose (unless you count the plot twists), nothing to make the reader pause and marvel at a passage. Of course, many a book is successful without the luminous writing of, say, Marilynne Robinson, whose Housekeeping plumbs depths of grief untouched in Greene’s book. The problem is that it’s hard to feel deeply for characters whose own emotions and expectations are shaped by such flatly mainstream language as Greene’s. The Headmaster’s Wife may be an entertaining, absorbing and quick read about the ravages of grief, but it falls short of making the reader feel that grief. 


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ny author who gets a publishing deal these days knows the importance of e-books: Many readers now opt for pixels over ink. At Holzer Book Bindery in Hinesburg, though, the book’s the thing. Owner Marianna Holzer, a third-generation bookbinder, appreciates books as objects. Her love for beautiful volumes and the increasingly rare craft of making them by hand is evident in her shop, located on the ground floor of her home. The place is filled with drawers of old metal typesetting letters, rolls of buckram and leather, and hand-operated, cast-iron book presses. Many of the hand tools that Holzer, 58, uses were inherited from her father, Albert, and grandfather, Ulrich, both of whom ran bookbinding shops in Boston. Both men were known not only for the high quality of their work, but for their personal investment in the books they repaired. Said Holzer, “My mom used to say that people would bring their books to have them

bound at the Holzer Bindery, but they’d have to wait until everybody in the family had read the book before they got it back.” As a child, hanging around her father’s shop, Holzer picked up many of the finer points of this specialized art. A career shift in the early 1980s brought her to Brown’s River Bindery, an operation that started in Jericho, then moved to Essex. Holzer worked her way up to various supervisory positions within the company. When Brown’s was reorganized and folded into a larger bindery called Kofile, Holzer decided the time was right to set up her own business. As it happened, her mother had recently moved out of the downstairs apartment in Holzer’s home. That freed up the cozy space that, in 2008, Holzer turned into her own bindery. To honor her family’s craft legacy, she still uses the logo from her grandfather’s shop. Though Holzer can and does create entire bound volumes from scratch, most of her projects are repairs, often on the

Holzer has multiple sclerosis, which can make such detailed work difficult, so she’s glad, she said, to have assistance from her husband, folk musician Rik Palieri. In between his concert tours, Palieri helps out on the larger binding orders, including the municipal records of a number of Vermont towns. (Holzer is reluctant to say which ones.) Palieri professed admiration for the kind of beautiful, hand-bound books that Holzer Bindery produces. The couple has preserved and bound their own cherished keepsakes, such as an original program from one of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows. Palieri’s own daily journal is a huge, green, handcrafted volume that would look right at home on the shelves of a city planning office. Marianna Holzer Repair jobs come into the bindery in what Holzer described as a “steady but not overwhelming supply.” Every one is differbeloved literary heirlooms of private cli- ent, and, she said, without first inspecting ents. She can fix torn pages or create new the book, it’s difficult to estimate the cost ones for old books, trimming new folios, of the repairs. Prices per piece range from stitching them into signatures and as- about $100 to more than $1,000. “It will depend on what sembling them into custom needs to be done, what the bindings. customer wants, if we are During Seven Days’ visit trying to save all the origito the bindery, Holzer was nal material or make a new performing surgery on some cover, and then that will old, careworn, hardback depend on whether it is in copies of two of L. Frank leather or imitation leather,” Baum’s Oz novels. The client Holzer explained. who’d brought them wanted Demonstrating her craft to resuscitate the books for to a visitor, Holzer smiled sentimental reasons, and Ma r i anna H o l z e r and laughed frequently. She they needed a great deal of took particular delight in attention. Nearly all of both books’ pages were brittle, tattered and the gold stamper, with which she embosses detached from their bindings, from which books’ spines and covers with shiny letters the glue had long since cracked and flaked and designs. With this device, Holzer can off. Still, Holzer estimated the job would also turn strips of scrap leather into pertake her just a couple of days of mending, sonalized bookmarks, mementos that she and only an hour or two to sew the pages gives visitors to the bindery. Holzer’s shop — along with the handful back together.

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of other small bookbinders scattered around the state — embodies the spirit of quality artisanship associated with Vermont. Case in point: Holzer mentioned a client from Houston, Texas, for whom she bound a memorial Bible. Its owner had found Holzer Bindery online and chosen the company specifically because of its Vermont location, she said; to him, this guaranteed careful craft. Over cups of tea served beneath the cuckoo clock in her kitchen, Holzer talked with Seven Days about the fine art of fine books.

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SD: Bookbinding is such a niche field. What challenges does your business face? MH: It seems to me, in some ways, books are becoming more precious as people realize they have certain books that they want to preserve and pass on. Bibles are one thing. It’s cheaper to buy a new one, but [the owner has] written all over it. Children’s books — people have grown up with a book. And cookbooks! People have written in them, or they have their mother’s cookbook. The newer versions they don’t like as much. These days, newer bindings are single sheets that are just glued in. When you open them up, they sometimes crack and fall apart. And those are kind of hard to fix, because they don’t have enough of the margin that’s necessary to drill the holes for stitching. Older books tend to be in better shape.

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SD: Are you concerned about the new all-in-one machines that can print a book from a digital file and then bind it? MH: Not particularly. You see a book, and you never think what goes into making it. They [bind books] by machine nowadays. But if you want to repair a book, you can’t do it by machine. m

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SD: What are all these tools used for? MH: The board shears are basically a huge paper cutter; the guillotine, which needs to be super-sharp, is for trimming the edges of a book’s pages. I use a lot of mending tissue, which is a Japanese tissue used to fix rips and tears. The rounding or backing hammer — one of my father’s tools — I use for rounding a book’s spine. One of my favorite things to do is the gold stamping, which presses down on a thin


SEVEN DAYS: How did you get started in the bookbinding business? MARIANNA HOLZER: My father was 70 when I was born — 30 years older than my mother. I was pretty young when [his bindery] was still going in Boston. He closed the business in 1960, when he was 80, and moved to southern Vermont, to Putney. He passed away when I was 11, and my mom set up a little bindery later, when I was in high school, in the basement of our house. She taught me a few basic things. I went to UVM, [where I] studied plant and soil science. I got a job at Four Seasons Garden Center [in Williston]. I kind of got sick of that, and found out that there was this small bindery [Brown’s River Bindery] in Jericho, and went to see them. That’s how it began.

SD: What services do you offer? MH: One thing I do here is deacidify paper. Anything before the mid-1800s was printed on rag paper, which holds up quite well. Newer paper is made with wood pulp, and we didn’t know until more recently how acidic it was. It gets really brittle and cracks when you turn the pages. So we can deacidify the paper, and it’ll stop the progression of [the decay] — though it won’t bring it back [to its original condition].


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Remembering the contributors to a 75-year-old cookbook BY AL IC E L E VIT T






n 1939, Burlington’s Cathedral Church of St. Paul solicited recipes from its female parishioners for a cookbook. Among those who responded was Marion Brown, who accompanied her handwritten recipe for orange cake with an illustration of an orange slice. Her family recipe called for baking a plain cake, then pouring orange juice over it for flavor and moisture. “I didn’t expect to live this long,” says Marion Thorpe, née Brown, as she recalls that recipe today. At 98, she is one of the few living locals who remember the first edition of St. Paul’s Out of Vermont Kitchens. The local-cooking staple, which reproduces recipes in the parishioners’ handwriting, is currently celebrating its 75th year in print. Thorpe’s voice is strong, with no hint of a quaver. She lives on her own and still cooks for herself, though she says she doesn’t turn down an occasional offer of soup from neighbors. In her younger years, Thorpe was assistant state supervisor for home economics. She got her master’s degree in administration and didn’t marry until she was 66, when her widowed neighbor, Norm Thorpe, proposed. “I climbed over the fence, and he said he was in love with me,” Marion Thorpe recalls. Now Thorpe is on her own again, but St. Paul’s on Burlington’s Cherry Street has remained a constant in her



life. And, for many traditional local cooks, Out of Vermont Kitchens has been a constant, too. Today, Alice Rouleau, the church’s treasurer, is in charge of distributing the book. She says that in 1939, St. Paul’s joined forces with Trinity Episcopal Church of Rutland on the project. “Both of them really needed all the money they could produce at the end of the Depression,” Rouleau explains.

the state to bookstores and gift shops. It’s a quirky novelty, complete with cutesy drawings of Camel’s Hump and a quote from Calvin Coolidge. For more modern cooks, the church has released an updated version called Vermont Kitchens Revisited, in which the recipes are printed and refined. “A little bit more attention is given to good nutrition and not so much to butter and cream,” Rouleau says.



Sales were good and, according to Rouleau, the book became a standard in local homes. In 1951, the church put out a new edition with more Burlingtonsourced recipes to replace ones from Trinity. Publication was funded primarily by ads in the back of the book. They touted now-bygone businesses such as Kenwood Dairy Bar on Shelburne Road and Kieslich’s Market on North Avenue, which boasted “housemade sauerkraut, brisket and corned beef.” Now without ads, the 1951 edition of Kitchens is still printed by Queen City Printers and distributed all over LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

Thorpe’s orange cake recipe never made it into the book. Still, she sometimes leafs through Kitchens to remember the women she knew in years past. “Many of them are gone now,” she says with a hint of regret.


But their recipes live on. The dishes range from refined beef in red wine to long-marinated sauerbraten (the latter in a segregated section labeled “Men’s Recipes”) to dishes that would now be unheard of, such as the “Christmas Salad,” consisting of lemon Jell-O filled with cranberry, “nut meats” and celery. All are tastes of times and places now long gone. We talked to the families of some of the 1951 contributors to learn about the women behind the recipes, the perfect handwriting and the adorable illustrations.

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SWEDISH MEATBALLS Born in 1921 in Rutland as Elaine Burns, Elaine Little is now 92 and resides at Shelburne Bay Senior Living. Little has dementia, but her daughter, Margaret Cicchetti, says her mother still remembers lending her recipes to the cookbook. Little had more than most. Her contributions include the Swedish meatball recipe reproduced here, as well as French turnovers (cream-cheese pastry filled with jam or jelly, accompanied by an illustration of an upside-down Folies Bergère dancer) and peach pie. Little wasn’t the only one in her family to write out recipes for the book: Her mother-in-law shared her veal loaf, VINTAGE VERMONT VICTUALS

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Behind 703 Pine Street, the partners in QUEEN CITY BREWERY have gleaming Minnetonka Brewing tanks in place; they recently used a forklift to hoist a 1951 International Harvester truck called Ethyl onto a platform in the middle of the room. It presides over the U-shaped mahogany bar from Burlington’s shuttered Ethan Allen Club, behind which a bank of taps will dispense the brewery’s beers. After a test run this week, partner PAUL HALE — who will double as brewer — expects Queen City to start selling growlers, bumpers and pints of beer by mid-March. While he and PAUL HELD, PHIL KASZUBA and MAARTEN VAN RYCKEVORSEL



Bard calls the menu “regional American” with local ingredients. “We don’t want to be tied to any one thing, but we don’t want it to be schizophrenic, either,” the chef explains. Instead, the fare will be a trip across the U.S. The menu hasn’t yet been solidified, but Bard hints that fried chicken and fried green tomatoes will represent the Southeast, while Frida’s fans will enjoy Southwestern fare. New England classics will be on offer, too. Bard says the unifying thread between Phoenix and Frida’s is reasonable pricing, though he plans to feature a few dishes on the higher end, as well. The team hopes

Before Winooski’s Main Street became a sophisticated restaurant row, Waterworks Restaurant was the crown jewel in the town’s culinary scene. The huge menu of simple American fare was beside the point. Diners flocked to the two-floor restaurant in the Champlain Mill for its soaring ceilings and tables feet away from the rapids of the Winooski River. Since its closure, Waterworks has lain empty for close to a decade, falling into disrepair that discouraged restaurateurs from filling the nearly 7,500-square-foot space. But by the end of this year, diners may get a new opportunity to enjoy a meal while watching the rushing waters. Landlord BRIAN TARRANT of MyWebGrocer says that when his company Champlain Mill took over the building in 2011, he cleaned up the Waterworks space in the hope that a restaurateur might come in and make it over. And he had one in mind: PIZZERIA VERITÀ co-owner DAVID ABDOO. Abdoo, who already has an office in the Champlain Mill, says he’s still in “stage one” of planning the restaurant. Before starting major construction on the historic space’s “beautiful skeleton,” he needs to pick a concept. Abdoo says he hopes the perfect chef will help steer him in the right direction, but he doesn’t expect to lean hard on any single cuisine. “A mix of all flavors is what’s happening in food, anyway,” Abdoo says. He anticipates that the menu will involve “integrating cultures and tastes — something mainstream with a lot of flavor.” Abdoo’s goal is to open the restaurant by the end of 2014, though he says he’s not rushing. “There’s great responsibility to the Winooski community and the space itself,” he explains. “That’s the idea: to take this responsibility and do something perfect.”


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and two sisters-in-law also contributed. Little’s father-in-law even printed Out of Vermont Kitchens at his George Little Press. Cicchetti says that Little learned to cook in the kitchen at “the co-op house,” Sanders Hall, where she lived while attending the University of Vermont. In her empty-nest years, Cicchetti goes on, Little went to antique shops and garage sales and created a business of refurbishing and reselling furniture. But she doesn’t particularly remember her mother being a stellar cook. “It’s funny, because she’s fantastic at so much other stuff,” says Cicchetti. “She always cooked a lot, but it was never like, ‘Wow!’ She always acted like it was still the Depression and we had to eat macaroniand-cheese or a casserole every night.”

Ruth Rees

GRANDMA REESES MOLASSES COOKIES Ruth Rees passed away in 1998, but her molasses cookie recipe hasn’t died. Her daughter-in-law, Maureen Rees, says it originated with Ruth’s mother-in-law. Now Maureen and her grown children make the cookies for nine grandchildren, who range in age from 5 to 17.

Janice Ramsey

BUTTERSCOTCH PECAN SQUARES As far as Bea Ramsey can remember, her mother-in-law, Janice, didn’t do much cooking. “She did not like to cook,” corroborates Janice’s son, John, now 82. Janice had other pursuits in mind. After graduating from Smith College, she taught French in the Burlington

Who was Ruth Rees? Maureen says that her mother-in-law’s life was a love story to the end. She had a degree but chose to stay home and cook for her children and her husband, Frank. “They were crazy in love, those two,” Maureen Rees says. They passed away in the same rehab facility 48 hours apart. The couple’s legacy of love lives on in the gingery cookies their family shares. Staying home and cooking was Ruth’s “destiny,” says Maureen.

school system. In 1925, she married the boy who’d grown up across North Prospect Street from her, Lee Ramsey; they had three children. John Ramsey remembers the smell of freshly baked bread coming from his mother’s kitchen while his father worked as president of Vermont Hardware Wholesale on Flynn Avenue. Apparently, baking wasn’t as distasteful to his mother as cooking, but Ramsey says that her great love was music. A classical violinist who also sang in community choirs, Janice died in 1981. John grew up to wed Bea, a woman who enjoys the kitchen. She prepares her mother-in-law’s butterscotch pecan squares, as well as other recipes from Out of Vermont Kitchens, in the very same space where Janice once cooked them. For the Ramseys, neither the food nor its setting has changed much since 1951. 

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Twelve veterans gathered at King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center last week to learn how to bake bread. They donated the loaves they produced to the weekly veterans’ farmers market inside the VA Medical Center in White River Junction. The veterans — who had

variously served in Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan — kneaded whole-wheat dough into loaves and rolls. “Several vets came up to me after the class to thank us for putting on a program like this, and for giving them an opportunity to help their fellow veterans (via the bread donation) while learning a new skill,” wrote Julia Reed, KAF’s public relations coordinator, in an email. “I didn’t expect to be as moved as I was, but you could tell that it meant a lot to them to be out in the community doing something like this.” The event was part of KAF’s “Bake for Good” initiative.

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Spiking Your Supper I Local chefs recommend ways to cook with spirits

n 1895, when a young French waiter named Henri Charpentier splashed brandy into a pan of crêpes intended for future king of England Edward VII, the pan erupted in flames — and Charpentier inadvertently introduced flambé into modern cooking. Or so goes the story, which may be apocryphal. Either way, for most of us, cooking with alcohol is limited to deglazing a pan with white wine or splashing sherry into a pot of soup. But on a recent frigid Monday night in Hardwick, chef Harrison Littell of Claire’s Restaurant & Bar demonstrated a third way to use booze in the kitchen. At the request of his neighbor, Todd Hardie of Caledonia Spirits, Littell rolled out a meal that not only was sourced almost entirely in Vermont but also

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incorporated Caledonia’s Barr Hill Gin or Vodka in every course — often in multiple ways. For a delicate onion-cheese galette, Littell seared the allium in fat “to bring out the sugars,” he told diners, before adding Barr Hill Gin to the poaching

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liquid. “Then I flamed off the alcohol, leaving a nice, bitter spice flavor.” He combined the onions with whipped Cellars at Jasper Hill Landaff and Alpha Tolman cheeses before folding the spiked mixture into galette pastry.

It didn’t stop there: Littell tossed Pete’s Greens sprouts in a rosemary vinaigrette spiked with Barr Hill Vodka (see accompanying recipe) and anointed each mini-galette with the dressed sprouts. “I had cooked the vinaigrette down until, again, it just left the bare essence [of the spirit], a slight perception on your tongue,” he said later. For his entrée, Littell poached brown trout (raised at Wheelock’s Mountain Foot Farm) in gin- and herblaced bouillon, then served the fish over silky parsnip purée and an earthy mound of sautéed chard. He drizzled the entire thing with a beurre blanc that was also gin-enhanced. As a garnish, Littell crisped the fish’s skin into a coral-like “trout bacon.” For dessert, he plated a magnificent curl of crisp Pavlova in a jammy pool of warm blueberries kissed with gin and Caledonia

Spirits Elderberry Cordial, then finished it with a drizzle of lavenderblossom syrup. Despite the ample booze in each course, the alcohol was hardly detectable — just a snap of acid here or a hint of juniper there that somehow seemed to elevate the other flavors. Since alcohol evaporates at a lower temperature than other liquids (173 degrees Fahrenheit, versus 212 degrees for water), most of it burns off, Littell pointed out. Alcohol is also a molecular wonder in cooking: It binds with both the water and fats in food so that it accentuates aroma, tenderizes protein and increases depth of flavor, even if most of it has evaporated by the time a dish hits your plate. Yet, because of alcohol’s volatility, it can quickly overwhelm a dish if not used sparingly. “As you learn in kitchens,

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Steep the rosemary sprigs in vodka overnight. The next day, combine vodka, rosemary sprigs, Banyuls vinegar and honey and bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring to blend. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add this mixture to a food processor with shallot and mustard and blend thoroughly. On low speed, slowly dribble in the oil until vinaigrette is emulsified. Using a thick sieve, strain out larger rosemary parts so that only light specks of the herb remain. Salt and pepper to taste, then drizzle over greens and serve. Extra dressing will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.

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3 large sprigs rosemary 1/2 cup Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Vodka 2/3 cup Banyuls wine vinegar 3 tablespoons local raw honey 1 large shallot, finely minced 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 cups cold-pressed sunflower oil (Littell uses Rainville Family Farms) or grapeseed oil Salt and pepper to taste



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intense flavor, and the first few times we used it, it was overpowering,” he said. Littell had a similar experience with sambuca. “One time, 16t-westmeadowfarm021914.indd I tried to make a glaze with it, and [the glaze] turned out extremely astringent and bitter,” he said. “Like every other experience in this industry, it’s trial and error.” Because of alcohol’s extreme flammability, Littell and Paine advise home cooks to use spirits gingerly — deglazing with alcohol can result in disaster if not handled with care. “It’s pretty impressive how explosive it is,” said Paine. “Flambés are cool in a professional setting, but kind of scary at home.” Paine advised turning off the heat source when deglazing with gin or other spirits; once you add the liquor, wait until it stops bubbling to put the pan back on the heat. Littell’s tip: Microwave the liquor until you see vapors, then add it to the dish. At that Caledonia Spirits dinner at Claire’s, every dish had layers of12v-Ramen081413.indd 1 beguiling flavors, and each paired magnificently with the “restorative” gin cocktails mixed by the other guest of honor, Warren Bobrow. The spirits writer was in town to visit Hardie and sign copies of his first book, Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks From Yesterday and Today. By the end of the meal, as we finished off our Thai Gin Fizzes, it would be fair to say we had partaken of booze all night — yet not a single person swayed as we rose to exit. 

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you can always add more, but you can’t take it away,” observed Douglas Paine, chef at Burlington’s Juniper and a frequent wielder of spirits in the kitchen, whom I called a few days after the dinner at Claire’s. Though many people would rather sip expensive gin or vodka than use it in their dinner, such preparations require only a tiny amount of booze. “They [spirits] can be great ways to enrich a sauce or extract flavor,” said Paine, who uses them in marinades, sauces and flambés. “Any time you use liquor, the alcohol evaporates quickly and, when it burns off, you get the pure flavor of the product.” Gin is a key ingredient in one of Juniper’s signature dishes, a panseared juniper-roasted quail, which Paine currently serves over caramelized apples and turnips with a hazelnut gastrique. He also drizzles gin over salmon to help cure it, which, he said, adds a “raw gin flavor” to the final product. Last summer, he crushed plum pits and added them to local vodka, then let the mixture sit for a few months to create an intensely

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THE INSTITUTE FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: GENDER VIOLENCE: Attorney Sandy Baird examines the relationship between male supremacy, sexism and international violence against women. Burlington College, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.


WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS NETWORK: BURLINGTON CHAPTER MEETING: "Success, Meaning and Money: Measuring What Matters in your Business" inspires conversation among attendees. Holiday Inn, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $17-20; preregister. Info, 503-0219.


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.




2014 ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED SHORTS: Highlights from this year's documentary category please discerning cinephiles. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 & 5:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600. 'PARK AVENUE: MONEY, POWER AND THE AMERICAN DREAM': Alex Gibney's Academy Awardwinning 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.

'THE MEANING OF THE MASKS' LUNCH & DISCUSSION: An intimate gathering with Christal Brown and Dance Company of Middlebury members goes behind the scenes of their current production. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 12:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation; free for Middlebury College students with ID. Info, 443-6433.


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.

hounds. See for details. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $12. Info, 760-4634. 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.


Voice of a Nation

Before she YOUR became a singer-songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara was a dancer and an actor. Echoes of these former professions manifest onstage, where the MaliTEXT born performer moves with confident grace. Currently based in France, she HERE is known for her captivating vocals and a powerful stage presence. Diawara wowed international audiences at last year’s globalFEST in New York City with a choreographed mix of funk, rock and socially conscious lyrics. Fiercely loyal to her native country, the rising talent uses her strong voice to protest a civil war in which Islamist-controlled areas ban music.

FATOUMATA DIAWARA Friday, February 21, 8 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-40. Info, 863-5966.

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


health & fitness

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. $67; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. MONTRÉAL-STYLE ACRO YOGA: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower guides participants through poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic benefits. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:307:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 324-1737. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this highintensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

fairs & festivals

SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL: Two weeks of familyfriendly acitvities include sleigh rides, a torchlight parade, skating, ski races, a chowder fest and more. See for details. Various Burke & Lyndonville locations, 8 a.m. Prices vary. Info, 626-9696.


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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. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-50. Info, 863-5966.


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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.


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Wintry Mix With more than 900,000 annual attendees, Montréal en Lumière is one of the world’s largest winter festivals. This 10-day frozen fête features more than 200 events, including visual art, film, live music, fine dining, theater, comedy and more. The diverse offerings transform the city’s downtown into a multiflavored venue, complete with outdoor sites and sounds and intimate indoor spaces. Foodies take advantage of culinary gems from top international chefs and sommeliers, while families join the fun with kids’ activities. Capping off the revelry, the Nuit Blanche lights up the night and entertains folks in style with installations, exhibitions, concerts and dancing.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Thursday, February 20, and Friday, February 21, from 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23, from 9:30 a.m.; Monday, February 24, through Wednesday, February 26, from 11:30 a.m. See website for future dates and times of events in downtown Montréal. Prices vary. Info, 514-288-9955.



Barrel of Laughs FEB.22 | COMEDY Chicago City Limits

Coming of Age

In 1891, German dramatist Frank Wedekind penned Spring Awakening. Deemed too controversial for its time, the work didn’t debut onstage until 15 years later. Of its many adaptations since, a 2006 Broadway tour earned the play eight Tony Awards. So what’s all the fuss about? For starters, the hard-hitting drama confronts aspects of teenage sexuality including sexual abuse, same-sex attraction and unwanted pregnancy. A Grammy Award-winning, alt-rock score powers this unflinching portrayal of adolescence. Seen through the eyes of high school students, it explores the complex relationship of rebellion, vulnerability and emotional repression.

Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m., at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. $38-46. Info, 760-4634.

f the name Chicago City Limits brings to mind the famed Second City comedy troupe, the similarities are not a coincidence. George Todisco and other actors founded the company in 1977 while studying with Second City. In 1979, the troupe relocated to New York City, where it remains — with name unchanged. Dubbed “the perfect masters of improvisation” by the New York Times, the ensemble has its own off-Broadway theater and has performed there more than 10,000 times. Their secret to success? No two shows are alike. Audience prompts propel one-of-akind theatrics ranging from plays and stories to game shows and mini-musicals.

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Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m.; Sunday, February 23, 2 p.m.; see website for future dates, at Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422.



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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, Through March 2, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. Kids Torchlight Parade: Youngsters up to age 12 file into a pint-size procession. Meet at the Welcome Mat. Lincoln Peak, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-537-8427. Meet Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate: Aargh, matey! Youngsters celebrate the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Moving & Grooving With Christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Read to a Dog: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420. Read to Coco: Budding bookworms share words with the licensed reading-therapy dog. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-4665. Story Time & Playgroup: Engaging narratives pave the way for art, nature and cooking projects. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Winter Story Time: Kiddos share read-aloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

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Red, Black & Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour: The 16-piece jazz ensemble performs works by legendary composers Cal Massey and Fred Ho. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408. 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.


Outback Snowshoe Tours: Adventure seekers ages 13 and up experience the beauty of Mad River Valley on a guided excursion. Meet at the Farmhouse. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, noon & 10 p.m. $55; preregister. Info, 800-537-8427. Sleigh Ride Week: If a blanket of snow remains, horses pull folks across farm fields. In observance of Presidents' Day, A Place in the Land screens on the


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. Neil Lerner: The musicologist revisits the past in “Mario’s Dynamic Leaps: Musical Innovations and Backwards Glances in Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros.” Roy Event Room., Dion Family Student Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2285.


'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. Improvised Shakespeare Company: Audience prompts inspire an off-the-cuff comedic show that incorporates the bard's themes and language. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $26-30. Info, 863-5966. '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. $39.50-49.50. Info, 775-0903.


'Swan Lake': The Royal Ballet interprets good versus evil in this broadcast production of Tchaikvosky's masterpiece. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 864-5610.


Community College of Vermont Information Session: Potential students meet with academic advisors to learn about courses and programs offered throughout the spring. Community College of Vermont Middlebury Campus, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-3032.


AARP Tax Prep Assistance: Tax counselors straighten up financial affairs for low- and middleincome taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15, 10, 10:45 & 11 a.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-6955. Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765.

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'In the House': Fiction and reality overlap when a high school teacher spurs on a student with a talent for writing in François Ozon's 2012 comedic drama. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Montréal en Lumière: One of the largest winter festivals in the world, this unique celebration features performing arts, fine dining, family activities and more. See for details. Downtown Montréal, Québec, 11:30 a.m. See calendar spotlight. Prices vary. Info, 514-288-9955. Snowflake Festival: See WED.19.


2014 Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: See WED.19, 5:30 p.m.



Farmers Night Concert Series: Nathaniel Lew directs members of the Counterpoint vocal ensemble in a spirited performance. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-1784.

Green Mountain Table Tennis Club: Pingpong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, 6-9:30 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.


Conundrum Commmunity Drum Circle: Experienced percussionists keep the tempo going at this family-friendly event. Tao Motion Studio, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $4-7. Info, 922-7149.



Burlington Beethoven Cycle: France's renowned Parisii Quartet interprets selected works by the famed composer. An optional prix-fixe dinner precedes the show at 6 p.m. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $35; $25-40 for dinner. Info, 863-5966.

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,




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

hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355.







Bonsai Seminar: Green thumbs discover the art of perfectly pruned miniature trees. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.


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


Barton Community Meeting: Representatives from the Vermont Workers' Center lead a dialogue centered on moving Vermont toward universal health care. Municipal Building, Barton, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 825-8399, Building Ignite: Black Rock Construction hosts an educational evening dedicated to building and design, development, home renovations, commercial construction, and more. KW Vermont/Hergenrother Industries, Colchester, registration, 5 p.m.; event, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 488-3439, White Privilege Discussion Group: Candid conversations examine issues surrounding the effects of systemic racism. Vermont Workers' Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,

'Betty and Coretta': Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige star in this 2013 drama about the widows of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X after their husbands' assassinations. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. 'The Punk Singer': Sini Anderson's documentary grants audiences an intimate look at musician and activist Kathleen Hanna of the punk band Bikini Kill. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, Stowe Mountain Film Festival: See WED.19. UVM Film Series: 'Salt of the Earth': Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, Herbet J. Biberman's 1954 drama portrays Mexican-American miners who fought for wage equality. Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. $4-10. Info, 656-4455.

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Beer Brewing Workshop: Fermentation fans join representatives from Vermont Homebrew Supply for demos and discussion. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.


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.

health & fitness

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.


ChampFest: See WED.19.

Crafternoon With Nicole: Budding artists make origami cranes and jumping frogs with local artist Nicole Vance. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420. Music With Mr. Chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Origami Club: Kim Smith helps artists in grades 3 and up fold and crease paper into magical creations. Younger children welcomed with an adult. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Read to Van Gogh the Cat: Lit lovers share stories with the registered therapy feline. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a 10-minute time slot. Info, 878-4918. Read With Arlo: Bookworms pore over pages 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.


Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble: Nathaniel Lew directs local vocalists in "Mir Zaynen Do (We Are Here!): Jewish Song From the Shtetl to the Promised Land." McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-1784. Red, Black & Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour: See WED.19, UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.


Family Sunset Snowshoe Tour: Kiddos ages 8 and up and their parents ride the last chairlift of the day to Gate House, then trek down to the base area. Meet at the Farmhouse. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, sign in, 3:45 p.m.; tour, 4 p.m. $55; preregister. Info, 800-537-8427. Outback Snowshoe Tours: See WED.19. Sleigh Ride Week: See WED.19.


'Conversations About Dementia' Workshop: Locals learn strategies for addressing challenging topics surrounding Alzheimer's and related conditions. Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, Williston, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-272-3900. Operation Home Ownership: A roundtable format addresses credit, down payments, closing costs, loans and the importance of using a realtor. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-400-8790.


Blair Marvin & Andrew Heyn: The owners of Elmore Mountain Bread share their story as part of the Vermont Business Speakers Series. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1439. Brian Mohr & Emily Johnson: "Off Piste in the Alps: Bicycled Powered Skiing Adventure in the Swiss and Italian Alps" details the local photographers' adrenaline-fueled escapades. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free; $5 raffle ticket. Info, 496-5434. Jane Knodell: The UVM professor of economics shares her expertise in “Stereotypes of Leadership in the Academy” and “Crossing Borders: A Way Forward for United States Higher Education in the 21st Century.” Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center, & Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 12:30p.m & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-3095. Lunch & Learn: Photographer and writer Noa Urbaitel details her semester in Israel with a narrated slide show. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 863-4214. Third Thursday Lunch Series: Norwich University professor F. Brett Cox discusses author H.P. Lovecraft's 1828 visit to Vermont and its influence on his short story "The Whisperer in Darkness." Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 828-2180. THU.20

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Why should you hire our Culinary Graduates? Reliability • Knowledge • Dedication CKA is an intensive 13-week culinary job training program located in Barre & Burlington. Since 2009, over 108 students have graduated from CKA and well over 80% have been successful in finding employment. The hands-on instruction and college level academic work required of these students makes them ideal candidates for a position in the culinary industry. CKA is accredited to provide qualifying graduates 9 college-level academic credits.

Do you have staffing needs? Contact the CKA chef instructors to find the right employee for your kitchen! CKA Burlington: 802.540.2571, • CKA Barre: 802.479.1053,

1. Thirteen consecutive weeks of working in a high volume production kitchen – 6 hours of instruction and production daily. Every student utilizes the latest commercial tools and equipment to produce quality entrees and side dishes daily. 2. ServSafe certification training. 3. Extensive knife skills experience. 4. Recipe comprehension, conversion, measurement and execution. 5. Organize mise en place and prioritize production lists. 6. Hands-on knowledge of vegetable cookery, soups, sauces and salad making. 7. Basic meat handling and cooking techniques. 8. Fundamentals of baking. 9. Breakfast, a la carte and banquet productions. 10. Life skills training on how to work in a team, solve problems and budget resources and time.

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Montréal en Lumière: See THU.20, 11:30 a.m.

Transition Town Montpelier: Herbalist Graham Unangst-Rufenacht presents "Grazing and Agroforestry: Important Tools for Transition in Central Vermont." Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

Snowflake Festival: See WED.19.


'Adapted': Accompanied by Fred Wilber, renowned theater artist and puppeteer Ellis Jacobson performs his one-man comedic spoof on Samuel Beckett. Mature content; for adults only. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 229-0492. 'The Fox on the Fairway': See WED.19, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 'Hamlet': Tony Award-winning theater troupes the Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater join forces to stage Shakespeare's famous tragedy about a vengeful prince's plot against his uncle. Latchis Hotel & Theater, Brattleboro, 7 p.m. $12-52. Info, 748-2600. Improvised Shakespeare Company: See WED.19, 8 p.m.


Jennifer McMahon: Ghostly secrets and familial bonds drive The Winter People, from the best-selling local author. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. Vermont Humanities Council Book Discussion Series: 'Health Care & Humanity': Linda Bland elicits opinions about Margaret Edson's Wit. Children's Room, Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-2616.



Navigating the New Vermont Health Care Exchange: Peter Sterling of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security helps attendees choose appropriate individualized plans. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.



Ballroom & Latin Dancing: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. English Country Dance: McKinley James, Aaron Marcus, Sarah Babbitt-Spaeth and Roxann Nickerson provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are called by Adina Gordon. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring a snack to share. Info, 899-2378.


2014 Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Gems from this year's live action category delight movie buffs. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422. 'Girl on a Bicycle': When a bus driver in Paris spots a beautiful woman pedaling through the city, his obsession with meeting her leads to increasing chaos. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600. 'Nebraska': A father-son road trip through the midwest takes unexpected turns in this comedy starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600. Stowe Mountain Film Festival: See WED.19, 7 p.m. 'Strength of the Storm': Rob Koier's documentary tracks the journey of residents of Weston Park who lost their mobile homes to Hurricane Irene. A Q&A follows. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, reception, 6 p.m.; film, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 347-416-3730. 'What Time Is Left': Local filmmaker Dakin Henderson presents his movie starring his two grandmothers. A discussion follows. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info,

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Wonderful Wing Night: The men's auxiliary hosts a smorgasbord of this favorite finger food in flavor variations that please every palate. Live music by 4 Wins follows. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 878-0700.

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 Co-op, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373.








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Queen City Tango Practilonga: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisation, community and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smooth-soled shoes required. North End Studio B, Burlington, beginners lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648. Sacred, Wild, Free! Community Nia Jam & Fundraiser: Alyson Young of Windancer Healing Arts leads an evening of inspired dance to kick off a weekend celebrating 2 Wolves Holistic Center. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 6:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 870-0361,

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. Yoga Story Time With Chrissy LeFavour: Chrissy from Studio Zenith leads mini yogis and their adult companions in playful poses. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Fatoumata Diawara: Hailing from Mali, the artist hypnotically blends jazz and funk with ancestral West African traditions. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-40. Info, 863-5966. Red, Black & Green Revolutionary EcoMusic Tour: See WED.19, First Universalist Church and Society, Barnard, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 332-6020. Summit School Showcase: Mark Legrand's honky-tonk happy hour kicks off an evening of traditional tunes featuring Summit School instructors and the Green Mountain Playboys. Sweet Melissa's, Montpelier, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. $5. Info, 917-1186.


Outback Snowshoe Tours: See WED.19. Sleigh Ride Week: See WED.19.


Damascus Kafumbe: The Middlebury College assistant professor presents "From 'Ancient' Traditions to Global Grooves: Contextualizing the Music and Dance of Fatoumata Diawara." Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966. Dan Morgenstern: In "The Revolution That Was Louis Armstrong," the world-renowned jazz scholar recounts the legacy of his late friend. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. Deb Flanders & Pete Sutherland: The folk troubadours discuss the significance of songs from the Helen Hartness Flanders ballad collection. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. John Snell & Rob Spring: As part of the Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series, the photographers detail their 2012 travels in "Summer's Glory in Alaska." Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 229-6206.


'Adapted': See THU.20, 7:30 p.m. 'The Fox on the Fairway': See WED.19, 7:30 p.m. Improvised Shakespeare Company: See WED.19, 8 p.m. National Theatre Live: 'Coriolanus': A broadcast production of Shakespeare's tragedy stars Tom Hiddleston opposite Mark Gatiss in a dark tale of political manipulation and revenge. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966.

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.

'Spring Awakening': Jamie Horton directs this Dartmouth College production of the Tony Awardwinning musical about teenagers confronting different aspects of sexuality. Contains adult language and content. See calendar spotlight. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422.

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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.

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.



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. ChampFest: See WED.19.

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'The Meaning of the Masks': Christal Brown directs this three-part Dance Company of Middlebury production inspired by fashion, photography, and Butoh and Jouvay performance techniques. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6-12. Info, 443-6433.

Village Harmony Winter Weekend: A scenic setting provides an ideal backdrop for group sessions and smaller classes dedicated to a wide range of world music traditions. See for details. Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, 6:30 p.m. $175-320; preregister. Info, 436-3210.

age 6. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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Kids Pizza & Movie Night: Youngsters ages 4 through 12 nosh on slices of pie while screening entertaining flicks. Health and Racquet Club, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $30; preregister. Info, 800-537-8427. Montpelier Story Time: Engaging narratives capture the attention of budding bookworms up to

'Sweeney Todd': Madness and mayhem in 19thcentury London drive Stephen Sondheim's chilling musical, staged by the Champlain Theatre. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10-20; free for Champlain College students with ID. Info, 865-5494.

Vermont Vaudeville: The Northeast Kingdom troupe brings live music, acrobatics and juggling to a cutting-edge variety show. Auditorium, Bellows Falls MIddle School, 7 p.m. $5-12. Info, 533-2589.


WORD!CRAFT: Experimental Art Rhymes: Wordsmiths sound off to beats by DJ Crunchee at this mashup of hip-hop and original verse. Hardwick Inn, registration, 7:30-8 p.m.; spoken word, 8-9 p.m.; hip-hop, 9-10 p.m. Free. Info, 7556336,

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Creative ReUse Showcase Open House: Chittenden County students in grades 9 through 12 repurpose recycling and landfill-bound trash into artwork at this eco-friendly show. Adams Farm Market, Williston, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8100, ext. 211. Gouache: It's a Paint!: Lydia Littwin guides participants through the steps of creating art with the versatile medium. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700. 'Manet: Portraying Life': Art lovers go behind the scenes in a broadcast production of the 2013 Royal Academy of Arts retrospective of Edouard Manet's portraiture. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $5-12. Info, 518-523-2512.


Chicago City Limits: New York City's famed improv troupe delivers big laughs with plays, stories, mini-musicals and more. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $38-46. Info, 760-4634.


Central Vermont Humane Society Birthday Party: Animal lovers celebrate CVHS' 50th anniversary with cupcakes, face painting and raffles. Gifts of pet food and supplies accepted. See for details. Central Vermont Humane Society, East Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 476-3811. Open House Anniversary Celebration: Yoga, pilates and tai chi complement live music, holistic treatments and tasty fare at this feel-good fête. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 870-0361,


Saturday Fiber Group: Locals work on knitting, crochet or other fiber-arts projects in a laid-back atmosphere. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 849-2420.


'The Meaning of the Masks': See FRI.21, 3 & 8 p.m. Salsa Social: Dancers feel the beat at this monthly celebration of eclectic rhythms — from the cha-cha to reggaeton and everything in between. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5. Info, 2272572, Snowflake Dance: Montréal's Don Moger calls the steps at this annual quick-footed gathering hosted by the Green Mountain Steppers. See for details. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-10:15 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 862-2928.


Artist Supply Yard Sale: Unused arts and craft supplies find new homes at this gathering of creative minds. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4295. Bridal & Fashion Show: Blushing brides-to-be sip wine, sample cake and check out dresses and other nuptial necessities. A wide array of door prizes rounds out the day. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6; cash bar. Info, 748-1599.

HAM-Con: VerMonT HAM rAdIo & TeCHnology sHow: Radio, electronics and computer enthusiasts convene for a day of networking, flea markets and equipment demos. Holiday Inn, South Burlington, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $8. Info, 879-6589. lIVe BIrds of prey perforMAnCe: Raptors from Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences offer avian enthusiasts a glimpse into the daily lives of birds. The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 4:306 p.m. $7-12. Info, 800-537-8427. snowsHoe, skI & sIp: Equipment demos, mulled wine and tasty fare from Shelburne Farms, Vermont Smoke and Cure, and Lake Champlain Chocolates make for a memorable winter's day. Shelburne Vineyard, noon-3 p.m. Free; cost of wine. Info, 985-8222.

fairs & festivals

CHowdAH fesT & sIlenT AuCTIon: Piping hot chowder creations tempt tastebuds while more than 40 items elicit bids at the Lyndon/Burke Snowflake Festival. Lyndon Outing Club, 4-6 p.m. $5. Info, 626-9696.

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genTle yogA wITH JIll lAng: Students get their stretch on with the yoga certification candidate. Personal mat required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. r.I.p.p.e.d.: See WED.19, 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.

CHAMpfesT: See WED.19.

owl fesTIVAl: Visitors have a hoot with games and hands-on activities dedicated to the bird of prey. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $9-11; free for kids ages 3 and under. Info, 359-5001, ext. 223. snowflAke fesTIVAl: See WED.19. VIllAge HArMony wInTer weekend: See FRI.21, 9 a.m.


'AIn'T THeM BodIes sAInTs': David Lowery's 2013 drama utilizes stunning cinematography to portray an outlaw struggling to reconnect with his family in 1970s Texas. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'gIrl on A BICyCle': See FRI.21, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. 'neBrAskA': See FRI.21, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

leTgo your MInd: Legos in Motion allows tinkerers in grades K through 3 to create vehicles that can travel under their own power. Kiddos in grades 4 though 8 get in on the fun and navigate robots through an obstacle course with NXT Robotics. Maple Street Recreation Center, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $21-26; preregister. Info, 878-1375. MeeT Corduroy: Little ones get acquainted with the lovable bear from Don Freeman's Corduroy children's book series. Crafts, activities and stories round out the day. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810, info@ 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,









CApITAl CITy wInTer fArMers MArkeT: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958.

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.

BIrd MonITorIng wAlk: Adults and older children don binoculars and keep an eye out for feathered fliers on a woodland trek. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8-9:45 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167. BrIAn BIll MeMorIAl CHAllenge: Participants ages 18 and up test their mental and physical stamina on a military obstacle course spanning five miles. Proceeds benefit the Brian R. Bill Memorial Scholarship. Norwich University, Northfield, 9 a.m. $45-50; preregister. Info, 485-2886.

owl prowl: Whoo's out there? Explorers ages 10 21 Taft Corners and up access the habitat of the nocturnal birds of prey, then head inside to meet one up close. Shelburne Farms, 6-8 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 985-8686. 12v-beadscrazy021914.indd 1

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sleIgH rIde week: See WED.19. wInTer weekend: Folks visit cows, sheep and horses on a tour of the farm, then warm up with sips of hot cider and hourly screenings of A Place in the Land. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Regular admission, $4-14; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355.


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. geneTIC geneAlogy: pArT I: Ancestry aficionados learn the various uses of DNA testing in genealogical research. 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.



lITuyA BAy, suBVersIVe InTenTIons & delICATor: A night of folk and electronic music entertains locals. Sovversiva Open Space, Montpelier, 5 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 207-449-7991.

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owl prowl: Avian enthusiasts join VINS educators for a romp through the woods in search of the elusive nocturnal fliers. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 359-5001, ext. 223.

VerMonT senIor gAMes nordIC sTATe CHAMpIonsHIps: Cross-country skiers hit the trails in a 5K race. Snowshoers join the competition in 100- and 200-meter showdowns. See for details. Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center, Warren, 8:30 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 878-5256 or 496-6687.

JAMes CArTer orgAn TrIo: Accompanied by organist Gerard Gibbs and drummer Leonard King, the saxophone virtuoso spans the musical spectrum from jazz to swing and funky to classical. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $26-30. Info, 863-5966.


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ouTBACk snowsHoe Tours: See WED.19.

sTory explorers: CHAMp: Does the famed lake monster really exist? Children learn about the kid-friendly mythical creature. 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.

BrIAn MCCArTHy QuInTeT: Trumpeter Ray Vega joins these rising stars of jazz to celebrate the release of their latest album, This Just In. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 382-9222.

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'AuToBIogrApHy of rACe': Janet Davis leads a candid conversation about racial identity, in which she shares her story and invites attendees to do the same. Great Hall, St. James Episcopal Church, Woodstock, 2-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon will chat about her newest literary thriller.

March SAT 1 READ ACROSS AMERICA 11am Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! All ages welcome.

THU 6 CORIN HIRSCH: FORGOTTEN DRINKS 7pm OF COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND Discover the favorite beverages of early Americans.


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


Book launch and Glorkian Warrior tunes! Fun for all ages.

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SAT 1 READ ACROSS AMERICA 11am Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! All ages

'AdApTed': See THU.20, 7:30 p.m. 'THe fox on THe fAIrwAy': See WED.19, 7:30 p.m. 'sprIng AwAkenIng': See FRI.21. 'sweeney Todd': See FRI.21, 8 p.m.


TUE 11 BEDTIME MATH PARTY 6pm Join us for a glow-in-the-dark geometry party! Ages 3 and up.


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skI VerMonT speCIAlTy food Tour: Skiers and riders take a break from the slopes and sample products from local food producers. Middlebury Snow Bowl, Hancock, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 223-2439.



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norwICH wInTer fArMers MArkeT: Farmers and artisans offer produce, meats and maple syrup alongside homemade baked goods and handcrafted items. Tracy Hall, Norwich, every other Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447.


red, BlACk & green reVoluTIonAry eCoMusIC Tour: See WED. 19, Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 8 p.m. $12-15. Info, 322-1685.


'All ABouT BuTTer' CulInAry deMo & wIne TAsTIng: Gerry Nooney showcases tasty recipes for sauces, which pair with sips of vino offered by Marcus Champoux. Gate House Lodge, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 800-537-8427.

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sATurdAy sTory TIMe: Youngsters and their caregivers gather for entertaining tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

MICHele fAy BAnd: Led by the accomplished vocalist, the local group brings originals and Americana to the stage. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15-30; preregister for pre-concert dinner; BYOB. Info, 465-4071,

plAy on! sTory THeATer sATurdAy: Budding thespians ages 3 through 7 bring a fairy tale or children's story to life. See for details. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 10-11 & 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $20-25. Info, 296-7000.


food & drink

wInTer wIne & dIne: Participants work up an appetite with a hike in the woods before sitting down to a three-course meal. Headlamp and snowshoes recommended. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, hike, 5:15-7 p.m.; dinner, 7-9 p.m. $45-50; preregister. Info, 359-5001, ext. 223.


MonTréAl en luMIère: See THU.20, 9:30 a.m.

woodsToCk VerMonT fIlM serIes: The Academy Awardwinning documentary March of the Penguins details the aquatic birds' yearly journey to their Antarctica breeding grounds. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 & 8 p.m. $5-11. Info, 457-2355.

wInes of frAnCe dInner: Foodies please their palates at a five-course gourmet meal featuring French varietals. Timbers Restaurant, Warren, 6:30 p.m. $100; preregister. Info, 800-537-8427.


CodeACross BTV/InTernATIonAl open dATA dAy: Tech-savvy participants use open data to address issues and opportunities in their communities. Fletcher and Pickering Rooms, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.



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square Foot gardening: Master gardner Peter Burke outlines ways to maximize the production of petite plots. City Market, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. $510; preregister at Info, 861-9700.


Montpelier antiques MarKet: The past comes alive with offerings of furniture, artwork, jewelry and more at this ephemera extravaganza. Elks Club, Montpelier, every other Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $2-5. Info, 751-6138.



CodeaCross BtV/international open data day: See SAT.22, noon-6 p.m. '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.

'neBrasKa': See FRI.21, 1:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m..



food & drink

sKi VerMont speCialty Food tour: Skiers and riders take a break from the slopes and sample products from local food producers. Bolton Valley Resort, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 223-2439.


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slow Food VerMont: Bringing BaCK Bitter: Half Pint Farm's Mara Welton joins herbalist Guido Masé and chef Jeff Egan for a full-flavored, educational evening complete with tasty treats. South End Kitchen at Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $45. Info, 864-0505. sunday BreaKFast: Rise and shine! Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage await. Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 9 a.m.-noon. $7. Info, 518-643-4580.


ChaMpFest: See WED.19. 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.

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'adapted': See THU.20, 2 p.m. 'the Fox on the Fairway': See WED.19, 5 p.m. 'spring awaKening': See FRI.21, 2 p.m. 'Vagina Monologues': See SAT.22, 2 p.m.

Mon.24 dance

shaKti triBal Belly danCe with susanne: Ladies get their groove on with this ancient and spirit-inspired improvisational dance form. Soul Fire Studio, Burlington, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $15. Info, 688-4464.


aarp tax prep assistanCe: See THU.20. teChnology night: digital sCrapBooKing: Attendees create keepsake books of personal digital photos in an interactive class led by Angela Bernard. Personal devices required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

fairs & festivals

Montréal en luMière: See THU.20, 11:30 a.m. snowFlaKe FestiVal: See WED.19.


'girl on a BiCyCle': See FRI.21, 5:30 p.m. 'neBrasKa': See FRI.21, 7:30 p.m.

F 'satChMo! a stage Meets sCreen JA YM ES salute to louis arMstrong': T oN E Archival footage of the jazz icon complements performances by David ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and others at this tribute to the musical legend. A New orleansinspired dinner follows at the North Universalist Chapel. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $1224; $21-38 for concert and dinner. Info, 457-3981.


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'roots & BranChes: CeleBrating the worK oF alan loMax': Awardwinning banjoist Jayme Stone leads fiddler Bruce Molsky and singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy in a tribute to the folklorist and ethnomusicologist. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $1530. Info, 728-6464.

snowFlaKe FestiVal: See WED.19.


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dartMouth College wind enseMBle: Matthew Marsit conducts the 43-member group in "Mothership," featuring a smartphone light show alongside works by Karel Husa, Mason Bates and others. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 2 p.m. $5-10. Info, 603-646-2422.

fairs & festivals

Village harMony winter weeKend: See FRI.21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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alexander MelniKoV: The Russian piano sensation wows audience members with a program of works by Schumann and Dmitri Shostakovich. Larry Hamberlin gives a pre-performance lecture in Room 221 at 2:15 p.m. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. $625. Info, 443-6433.

sCholarship BeneFit reCital: UVM music and dance faculty join forces in solos and ensembles featuring classical music, jazz and dance. Proceeds benefit the Yandell Fund. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 3 p.m. Donations. Info, 656-1498.

Montréal en luMière: See THU.20, 9:30 a.m.

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english Country danCing: Trip to Norwich provide live music at this celebration of the traditional art form. All dances taught and called. No partner needed, but clean-soled shoes are required. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 3-6 p.m. $4-8. Info, 785-4121,

ru12? FiBer arts group: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 860-7812.


with neil leonarD saxophone Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Guitar Quartet

Kristel sMart: A rented house in rural Vermont proves to be anything but quaint in the local author's haunted tale In Stone, based on actual events. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.



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


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'Vagina Monologues': SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for Womyn's Concerns stages Eve Ensler's episodic play about the female experience of love, sex, rape and more. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the North Country. Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-5. Info, 518-565-0145.


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2014 CaMel's huMp Challenge: A high-country traverse around the perimeter of Vermont's third highest peak challenges athletes while raising funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association. See for details. Camel's Hump State Park, Duxbury, 7:30 a.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 800-272-3900. Mad riVer Valley sKi Mountaineering raCe: Backcountry skiers put their skills to the test in a race from Mad River Glen to Lincoln Peak. Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, registration, 8-9 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $20-40. Info, 800-537-8427. outBaCK snowshoe tours: See WED.19, 12 & 10 p.m. sleigh ride weeK: See WED.19, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. winter weeKend: See SAT.22, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


stowe derBy: Cross-country skiers navigate 12.5 miles of challenging terrain — including the famed vertical drop — from the top of Mount Mansfield to the village of Stowe. See stowederby. com for details. 8:30 a.m. $35-70; preregister. Info, 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.

'sprawling FroM graCe': David M. Edwards examines far-reaching effects of American suburban sprawl in his eye-opening 2008 documentary. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


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

health & fitness r.i.p.p.e.d.: See WED.19.


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 WED.19. Chess CluB: Checkmate! Players put their strategic skills to the test in a meeting of the minds. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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.


Belly danCe: All genders, skill levels, shapes and sizes shimmy the evening away in a supportive environment. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 860-7812.


going solar without going BroKe: Jessica Edgerly Walsh of Suncommon presents budgetfriendly options for harnessing the sun's energy. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

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Joseph Hellweg: The Florida State University professor of anthropology and religion considers the role of dozo hunting songs among inhabitants of Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa. Room 221, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Neil Lerner: See THU.20, Room 221, Axinn Center, Starr Library, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Philip Murphy: The former U.S. ambassador to Germany considers transatlantic relations in "Germany, Europe and America: Where Do We Go from Here?" Conference Room, Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5652. Steve Worona: The information technology consultant considers how to balance privacy and security in the 21st century. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


Marshfield Book Group: Lit lovers weigh in on Colm Toibin's Brooklyn. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Must-Read Monday: Kaye Gibbons' Sights Unseen inspires conversation about unconditional love and mental illness. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Shape & Share Life Stories: Prompts from Recille Hamrell trigger recollections of specific experiences, which are crafted into narratives and shared with the group. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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'Stand Up, Sit Down & Laugh': Series veteran Josie Leavitt delivers punchlines with fellow yuksters Ben Orbison, Will Betts, Sue Schmidt and Hillary Boone. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 863-5966.



Intro to Tribal Belly Dance: Ancient traditions from a vast range of cultures define this moving meditation that celebrates the feminine creative energy. Comfortable clothing required. Chai Space, Dobra Tea, Burlington, 6:45 p.m. $12. Info,

Structural Interventions: See SAT.22, 595 Dorset Street, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $20-25; preregister; limited space. Info, 865-4770.


ChampFest: See WED.19. 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. Drawing Dragons Art Workshop: Artist Elizabeth Llewellyn helps doodlers ages 8 and up create mythical monsters. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. Fancy Nancy Party: Preschoolers gather for a special story hour dedicated to the Fancy Nancy children's book series. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420. Montpelier Story Time: See FRI.21. 'Planes': A crop-dusting plane confronts his fear of heights by competing in an international aerial race in this animated comedy. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 'Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music': When the new music teacher loses his instruments, the furry red monster and his friends come to the rescue. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3:30 & 7 p.m. $19.76-52.46. Info, 863-5966. Story Explorers: Champ: See SAT.22. Story Time With Ben t. Matchstick: Engaging narratives entertain toddlers, preschoolers and their older siblings. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 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.19, 10 a.m.


French Conversation Group: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.


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


fairs & festivals

'Almost, Maine' Auditions: The Middlebury Community Players hold tryouts for the May production of John Cariani's romantic comedy about small-town antics. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7432 or 735-8041.

Snowflake Festival: See WED.19.


Montréal en Lumière: See THU.20, 11:30 a.m.


'Girl on a Bicycle': See FRI.21, 5:30 p.m.

'Nebraska': See FRI.21, 7:30 p.m.

Drop-In Knitting: Needleworkers of all skill levels tackle current projects in a supportive environment. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



ChampFest: See WED.19. Meet Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate: See WED.19. Moving & Grooving With Christine: See WED.19. Read to Coco: See WED.19.

North End Fusion: Tunes from DJ Scott Chilstedt of Burlington Westie get folks on the dance floor in this "anything goes" approach to partner dancing. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 863-6713,

Reading is an Investment: The Boy Who Harnesses the Wind and Lemonade in Winter teach children in grades 1 through 5 about positive financial choices. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


Winter Story Time: See WED.19.

Valley Night Featuring Chicky Stoltz: 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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Montréal en Lumière: See THU.20, 11:30 a.m. Snowflake Festival: See WED.19.


2014 Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Gems from this year's animated category delight movie buffs. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $6. Info, 518-523-2512. Books to Film Series: The Passion of Ayn Rand stars Helen Mirren as the eccentric author, who becomes romantically involved with a married man in this 1999 drama. A discussion with library director Richard Bidnick follows. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'Brooklyn Castle': Katie Dellamaggiore's documentary profiles an inner-city school whose top-ranked chess team defies students' socioeconomic hardships. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


LGBTQA Family Playgroup: Parents bring infants and children up to age 4 together for crafts and physical activities. Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, South Burlington, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.


Conundrum Commmunity Drum Circle: See WED.19. Farmers Night Concert Series: 'The Music of World War I': The Bethany Baritones join forces with the Vermont Philharmonic Chorus to commemorate the "Great War." Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2180. Music Panel Discussion & Concert: Writers from Seven Days, the Burlington Free Press and Pitchfork consider ways for musicians to gain exposure in print. Performances by Maryse Smith and HOT Flannel follow. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1140, info@bigheavyworld. com.


Bird Monitoring Walk: See SAT.22.

Ciné Salon: Cinephiles screen the 1957 Academy Award-winning documentary Albert Schweitzer, about the life and legacy of the doctor and humanitarian. German with English subtitles. Mayer Room, Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.


'Dirty Wars': Jeremy Scahill's award-winning documentary examines a rash of secret U.S. military operations in the name of global terrorism. A discussion follows. Reading Room, Bradford Public Library, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.

Agnieszka Perlinska & Chip Chapados: The coauthors of The Conversation discuss how character impacts personal experiences of meaning, happiness and well-being. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

'Full Metal Jacket': Matthew Modine stars in Stanley Kubrick's gripping Vietnam War drama about a group of young Marines. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 864-7999. 'Girl on a Bicycle': See FRI.21, 5:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. 'Nebraska': See FRI.21, 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

food & drink

Wine Tasting: Oenophiles test the strength of their palates by comparing back-to-back vintages of Guy Breton's Morgon and Château Aney's Bordeaux. Dedalus Wine Shop, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.


Games Unplugged: See WED.19. Intergenerational Wii Bowling: Players young and old vie for a strike in a virtual tour of the lanes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

health & fitness

Gentle Yoga With Jill Lang: See SAT.22. Montréal-Style Acro Yoga: See WED.19. Our Miraculous Human Body: Teacher and intuitive Eva Cahill examines gender, sexuality and physiology in a new light. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:15 p.m. $57; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

Green Mountain Table Tennis Club: See WED.19.


Greg Vitercik: The Middlebury College professor of music presents "Richard Wagner and the Revolution of Love." Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj: Zen Mountain Monastery's abbot presents "What is Death if There is No Self? Buddhist Perspectives On Living, Dying and Freedom." Abernethy Room, Axinn Center, Starr Library, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0164.


'Tuesdays With Morrie': Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre presents a stage adaptation of Mitch Albom's best-selling book about his former college professor's diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease. Brick Box Theater, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903.

'Almost, Maine' Auditions: See TUE.25, 7 p.m.


Big Ideas Dine & Discuss: Lit lovers join Ed Cashman for a shared meal and conversation about Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; bring a southern dish to share. Info, 878-6955. m


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.

Conversations With the Word Weaver: Literary scholar Lois Ligget leads an exploration of the components of daily dialogue. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.19.


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

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'Jewels': The essence of emeralds, rubies and diamonds inspires this three-part production by Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, broadcast in high definition. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600.

The Frugal Fridge: A tour of the store helps shoppers become savvy savers. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister at citymarket. coop. Info, 861-9700.

'Medicare and You: An Introduction to Medicare': An informational session helps newcomers get acquainted with health care coverage. Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-0531,

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body ESSENTIAL CONNECTION W/DR. JULIETA RUSHFORD, DC, AND ANNE CAMERON: Join Dr. Julieta Rushford-Santiago, network chiropractor, & Anne Cameron, certified clinical aromatherapist, for a workshop aiming to increase awareness and change our relationship to emotion. Mar. 8, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $75/seat. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 75 San Remo Dr., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: Tejbir Khalsa, 658-9440-211.






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: CLAY AND CRAFT: We will work on various individual and group craft projects and engaging clay projects, including a taste of the pottery wheel. A great way to have fun with different kinds of media. There’s something for everyone! Space is limited, all materials are provided. Students must also bring a bag lunch and snack. Ages 6-12. Mar. 28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $85/person; $76.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main 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: ADOBE LIGHTROOM 4: Upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs in this comprehensive class using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Importing images, using RAW files, organization, fine-tuning tone and contrast, color and white balance adjustments, and archival printing on our Epson 3880 printer will all be covered. No experience needed. Weekly on Wed., Mar. 26-Apr. 30, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $250/person; $225/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: PORTRAITS: Improve your portrait-taking skills in this hands-on class. Camera techniques, composition, the use of studio and natural light, working with a model, and more will be covered. Bring your camera with a charged battery and memory card to the first class. Prerequisite: Film or Digital SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Weekly on Thu., Mar. 27-Apr. 17, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $175/ person; $157.50/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. PRINT: MONOPRINT: Create unique, painterly images using a variety of tools and materials in this introductory monoprint class. Practice proper inking techniques, print registration and Chine-collÌÄå© (thin colored paper that is glued to the print paper in the process of printing). Experimentation with layering colors and textures creates truly one-of-a-kind prints. Weekly on Tue., Apr. 1-May 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. PAINTING: ACRYLIC: This introductory class includes color abstraction, observational landscape (weather permitting), figure, portrait, still life, and working from photos. Paint on paper and canvas, gain experience with brush techniques, color mixing and theory, composition, layering, highlighting and shading. No experience necessary; lessons will be tailored to fit all levels of painters. Weekly on Thu., Mar. 27-May 1, 6:30-8:30 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.

business TARGET MARKETING THAT BRINGS IN LOYAL, PROFITABLE CUSTOMERS!: Three-hour hands on training: Learn how to identify your best potential customers, how to give the highest-value service, and create the two best marketing programs that cost little or nothing to implement that will increase sales and grow your business. Feb. 26. Cost: $49/person. Location: Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, 33 Steward Rd., Berlin. Info: 7829101,



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. 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: 4970136, honestyogastudio@gmail. com, DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077,

DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, LEARN TO DANCE W/A PARTNER!: Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

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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SCENE STUDY: Work on paired scenes from a variety of genres in this collaborative and supportive class. Learn to examine the depth of possibility within the text, the story and your character. Class is open to bashful beginners, as well as those with more experience who want to refine their craft and sink their teeth into a rich character

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or dynamic conflict. Instructor: Mark Alan Gordon. Adult/Teens 16+, Mar. 6-Apr. 10, 5:45-7:15 p.m. Cost: $125/6 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, Breath and Core Support: This workshop series uses movement and metaphor to explore the expressive body, incorporating movement fundamentals as well as drawing and writing to explore the relationship between movement and personal expression. Our goal will be to facilitate a lively interplay between inner connectivity and outer expressivity to enrich your movement potential, change ineffective neuromuscular movement patterns, and encourage new ways of moving and embodying your inner self. Teens/Adults, Mar. 7, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $22/ person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548,


Sustainable Flower Gardens: This eye-opening program includes practical design tips, maintenance and plant care practices, and plant selections that yield exceptional results, both for gardeners and the environment. Topics include soil care 101; organic fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides; water-saving practices; design ideas for extremely low-demand landscapes; plant “switcheroos”; native plants and more. Mar. 1, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505-4,

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Beyond the Pencil: Drawing II: Build upon foundational drawing skills and learn about new materials, techniques and media beyond the pencil to help take your drawings to the next level. Students will explore pen and ink, ink, and watercolor washes, and will use line to add depth and detail. Materials are included. Instructor: Evan Chismark. Weekly on Tue., Mar. 25-Apr. 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. No class Apr. 15. Cost: $100/member, $125/ nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,, helenday. com.

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

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

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, 598-9204,, 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 Introduction to Zen: This workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info or register online. Sat. Mar. 22, 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (please arrive at 8:45 a.m.). Cost: $30/half-day workshop; limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746,, Learn to Meditate: Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington 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.,


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Awaken Your Creativity: Are you ready to move into action on a creative project, but are feeling overwhelmed, blocked or unsure? In this interactive class, you will shift yourself to greater clarity and productivity by learning how to overcome common obstacles impacting your creative process and work. All materials included. Instructor: Marianne Mullen. Weekly on Wed., Mar. 19-Apr. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. No class Apr. 9. Cost: $95/ members, $120/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 2538358,,

Painting Water in Watercolor : Join awardwinning artist Robert O’Brien and focus on the many moods and facets of painting water. Learn painting techniques from rendering a simple reflective puddle to a swift moving mountain stream and everything in between. Bring your own materials. A materials list will be provided upon request. Mar. 22, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $90/ members, $115/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 2538358,,

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,,


Landscape Design for Homeowners: Are you an avid gardener looking for new inspiration? Want a better understanding of selecting and placing plants? Have the perfect spot but need some help expressing your vision? This 4-part series, led by professional landscape designers Silvia Jope and Forrest White, is the answer. Cost: $160/ person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd.,

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,

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.


Hellstrip Gardening: Kerry Mendez will spotlight some of the toughest, top-performing plants for those tough to garden areas including dry shade, slopes, poorly drained areas and hot, baking sites. These beauties will also thrive in less stressful locations. No matter where you put them, they will make your gardens beautiful. Mar. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505-4,

Perennial Garden Possibilities: Join Richard Dube, an avid award-winning gardener, to learn his secrets about different planting and maintenance methods for various light and moisture conditions in your yard. From starting a new garden to renovating or expanding an existing one, you learn the basics for a beautiful, low-maintenance, full-season garden. Mar. 6 & 13, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access/.

End Table With Birch Top: Students will learn basic woodworking skills using basic hand tools, including handsaws, electric drills and sanders. Workshops will cover sustainable harvesting, stock selection, design, layout, joinery and finishing. Students will take home a finished table. All materials included. Workshops take place at 56 Turner Mill Lane, Stowe. Instructor: Greg Speer. Mar. 8, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $110/members, $135/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,, helenday. com.

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

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Burlington. Info: 658-6795, LOVINGKINDNESS MEDITATION: Mettabhavana is a Buddhist meditation leading to the development of unconditional lovingkindness and friendliness. Metta helps us rid ourselves of internal and external conflicts; overcome lacerating guilt; be open to loving acceptance of ourselves and others. Includes lectures, meditation instruction, practice periods and discussion. Wed., Mar 5, 12, 19 & 26 & Apr. 2 & 9, 7-8 p.m.; 1st class ends at 8:30 p.m. Cost: $100/6 1-hour classes; 1st class is 1.5 hours. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746,,

BIRDS AND BIRDWATCHING IN VT.: Over 200 species of birds nest in Vermont, and many more pass through our state. Learn to identify some of them along with fascinating facts about their behavior and habitat. Topics covered: bird communication, recognizing each other, winter visitors, attracting wide variety & more. Gain a deeper appreciation for the birds that share our spring, summer and fall with color and song. Instructor: Maeve Kim. Mar. 10, 17, 24 & 31, 5-6 p.m. Cost: $55/person. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, access@cvuhs. org,


painting PAINTING SPRING IN WATERCOLOR: Capture the essence of a spring day with Kathleen Berry Bergeron. Mar. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/ person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane Morgan, 893-4447, This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival.





PAINTING WITH OILS: CREATING DEPTH IN LANDSCAPES: Use perspective and brushwork to your advantage in landscape painting. Instructor: Eric Tobin. Apr. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/ person. Location: Emile A Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Rd., Jericho. Info: Jane Morgan, 8934447, janesmorgan@comcast.

net. This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival. THE LANDSCAPE IN OILS: Create a landscape using the principles of color, value and composition. Instructor: Aline Ordman. May 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane Morgan, 893-4447, This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival. THE OTHER SIDE OF COLOR: Lean how value relates to color and its use in developing dynamic watercolor paintings. Instructor: Gary C. Eckhart. Apr. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane Morgan, 893-4447, This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival. TIPS FOR BETTER DESIGN & COMPOSITION IN YOUR PAINTINGS: A watercolor workshop featuring the winter landscape. Instructor: Lisa Forster Beach, VWS, NWS. Mar. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace, Jericho Center. Info: Jane Morgan, 8934447, janesmorgan@comcast. net. This workshop is offered by the organizers of the Jericho Plein Air Festival.

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,,

pregnancy BIRTH FIRST W/DR. MATTHEW RUSHFORD DC: A workshop to show how chiropractic care and philosophy can help reduce stress and anxiety around the childbirth process and increase confidence, satisfaction, bonding and self-determination in birth. Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $60/person; $75/ couple. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 75 San Remo Dr., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: Tejbir Khalsa, 658-9440-211.

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

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MIKSANG CONTEMPLATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: BASIC GOODNESS & GOOD EYE: Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as “good eye.” The Miksang Society presents a form of contemplative photography that brings together the art of photography, the discipline of meditation and the Dharma Art teachings of the meditation master and scholar Chogyam Trungpa. 7:30 p.m., Mar. 20-4 p.m., Mar. 22. Cost: $360/ weekend workshop. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude La., Barnet. Info: 633-2384,,

QI GONG FOR PAIN-FREE LIVING: Come experience the relaxing and exhilarating power of qi gong healing techniques. Learn to believe in yourself and how to accelerate your body’s ability to heal. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced student, these classes are designed to be fun and exciting for a new life of comfort and ease. Classes are tentatively scheduled for Tue., noon-1 p.m., & 2-3 p.m. (Call for exact times.) Cost: $20/1 hour of class & healing knowledge. Location: Donnelly’s Martial Arts Center, 338 Dorset St., S. Burlington. Info: Wholearth Wisdom, Samuel Hendrick, 8399940, wholearthwisdom@gmail. com,




BARSCULPT/MAT PILATES CLASSES: Pilates Evolved! High energy barre classes use ballet barres and, like our Mat Classes,

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@, GRANDMOTHERS’ COUNCIL RETREAT: A beautiful day of spiritual retreat celebrating the sisterhood. We journey to a soothing drumbeat to the Grandmothers of the 8 Sacred Directions for inquiry, prayer, wisdom and guidance in a ceremony passed orally through women. Although Native American in feel, it’s crosscultural. Includes a delicious meal. Grandmothers’ Council Retreat. Location: Lightheart Sanctuary, 236 Wild Apple Rd., New Haven. Info: Lightheart Healing Arts, Maureen Short, 453-4433,, lightheart. net.

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,

theater MUSICAL THEATRE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP: Join Bill Reed and world-class faculty members from the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City for this weeklong professional musical theatre training intensive. Through this transformative immersion experience, paticipants will enhance their vocal technique and release physical inhibitions. Jun. 22-28. Cost: $650/person if paid in full by Mar. 15; $700/person after Mar. 15. Location: Spotlight Vermont, 50 San Remo Dr., S. Burlington. Info: Sally Olson,,


PARENTS’ EATING DISORDER GROUP W/BREE GREENBERGBENJAMIN: Does your child struggle with an eating disorder? Is your family struggling to understand how to navigate this journey? Join us for an opportunity to voice your experience, questions and emotions. Part psycho-education, part support group, this class leaves plenty of room to attend to you, making this your journey, too. Weekly on Thu., Mar. 6-Apr. 10, 4-5:30 p.m. Cost: $250/series. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 75 San Remo Dr., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: Tejbir Khalsa, 658-9440-211.

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 + organic, vegetarian lunch, essential oil use during class. Location: 1547 East Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Esther Palmer, 878-1588, esther@circleofsage. com,

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TAI CHI AT VTCIT W/JANET MAKARIS: Slow-moving, lowimpact exercise that has its roots in the martial arts. Both the process and goal of tai chi is conscious awareness, and the development of “qi”. Qi is neither matter nor energy, but the ignition point or spark between the two. The connecting factor is the breath. Weekly on Tue., Mar. 4-Apr. 22, 5-6 p.m. Cost: $120/series. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 75 San Remo Dr., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: Tejbir Khalsa, 658-9440-211.

BURLINGTON HOT YOGA: TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga classes featuring practice in the Barkan and Prana Flow Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. 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: 2-for-1 offer. $15. Go to Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. Info: 999-9963.

YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement

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! Beginner workshop w/Andrea Trombley, Mar. 1, 2-3:30 p.m.; Ladies of the Arts: Launch Thyself w/ Rosine Kushnik, Mar. 5, 5:30-7 p.m.; The Birth That’s Right For You w/ Lisa Gould Rubin, Mar. 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090,


NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH / FOEGER BALLROOM 7PM DOORS / 8PM OPENER / 9PM SHOW General Admission: $45 VIP Admission: $100 For more information and to purchase: or 802.327.2154 This event is part of our 12TH ANNUAL MARDI GRAS WEEK (March 3rd - 8th, 2014)

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Moody Kablawi is a member of one such band. Kablawi, 18, is Palestinian and formed a hiphop group, the Kablawis, with his Israeli friends from Heartbeat. The band has recently played festivals and clubs on both sides of the green line. “It’s a special experience,” says Kablawi of the Heartbeat program. He joined Heartbeat in 2011 and is part of the ensemSCAN ble touring in the United States. Speaking by phone from his home in WITH Haifa, Israel, Kablawi says that prior to SEE P joining Heartbeat he’d had “very few” interactions with Israelis. He says being introduced to Israeli musicians through the group was life changing. “Being a musician is all about being open-minded,” Kablawi says. “Playing in Heartbeat helped to show me what was possible if you approach even the most serious problems with an open mind.” He adds that music helped him and his Heartbeat bandmates find common ground. “We use one language, which is music,” he says. Kablawi hopes the upcoming U.S. tour will not only enlighten American audiences but help spread the message of Heartbeat back home, as well. “My hope is that people will see Arab Palestinians and Jewish Israelis playing together and realize that we can work together towards peace,” he says. “It’s important to show people that this can really be done.” “This project is about giving a voice to the silent majority who really want long-lasting peace, but are shunned by a small minority who control the narrative through violence and political power,” says Salloway. “We’re returning the voice to the people, which is what Heartbeat is all about: creating some bad-ass music and bringing people together.” 

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with Celia Woodsmith, now of “That’s the number-one obstacle to creGrammy-nominated bluegrass ating lasting peace,” he says. When these band Della Mae. Salloway is young Israeli and Palestinian musicians now a member of Boston’s come together, Salloway adds, incredible Billy Wylder, a group noted things can happen. “To see their own personal transformafor its fusion of Western and Middle Eastern sounds. He’s tion, opening their ears and hearts, to work been working with Heartbeat with people from the other side … it opens in a variety of capacities since your mind to the possibilities of transform2011 and recently completed ing the region,” says Salloway. In addition to smaller, more informal his third trip to the region. “I had an amazing, per- workshops and retreats, the central Heartsonal, transformative experi- beat programs run for one year. Interested ence, being exposed to the dif- players are auditioned and typically come ferent layers of the realities of in having some level of musical proficienlife there,” Salloway says of his cy. Mentors at Heartbeat, including Sallofirst experience with the orga- way, help those players explore their musinization, speaking by phone cal abilities through jam sessions, musical from Cambridge, Mass. “I was communication exercises and songwriting workshops. In doing so, they begin to really moved.” On his first trip, he stayed in the green- break down barriers between people who line area of Israel, the demarcation zone are not supposed to like one another. that separates Israelis and Palestinians. “Inherently, there is tension at first, But in subsequent voyages Salloway has which is normal,” says Salloway. “Everybeen traveling in the West Bank, meeting one is formed by their own experiences, with Palestinian kids and working on, as which, especially there, can be dramatically different. So he puts it, “guerrilla recruiting,” or some come more excited and curious, person-to-person others are more diplomacy, for cautious.” Heartbeat. But the idea of “My M.O. was Heartbeat is to creto travel with my ate a safe place in guitar and meet MO O D Y K ABL AW I which to address people on the those mixed feelground,” he says. “Music was my introduction to making ings. Salloway says that process begins and friends, whether it was an underground ends with music. “Music is most often the release and the hip-hop party or a rock concert in Ramallah. Hopefully, I would meet musicians gateway for getting into deeper issues towho trusted me enough to listen to what I gether,” he says. Over a year, Salloway says that not only had to say and join.” Salloway says he was able to recruit do tensions between the young musicians several Palestinian artists that way, many evaporate, those players often form lasting of whom are still with Heartbeat. bonds. Many Heartbeat alums continue He suggests that only about 1 percent playing together after their programs end, of the population in the region, either sometimes starting other groups. “Our greatest success is to see other Israeli or Palestinian, has the opportunity for intermingling with the other side. bands form from the Heartbeat expeThat separation and segregation, Salloway rience,” says Salloway. “That’s where says, is a major roadblock to social and you can really start to see the impact of the program.” political harmony.


ccording to Neil Young, “Just playing a song won’t change the world.” With all apologies to the godfather of grunge, the kids from Heartbeat respectfully disagree. Heartbeat is an organization based in Israel that formed in 2007 to connect Israeli and Palestinian youths through music. For these kids, “just” playing songs has become a genuinely transformative experience. “Just” playing songs means setting aside centuries-old grudges and a shared history fraught with hate, violence and tragedy on both sides. “Just” playing songs means that, one note at a time, they are helping to change a part of the world where such concepts as hope, peace and unity are often in short supply. This week, an ensemble of Heartbeat musicians, ages 18 to 22, will spread its message to Vermont when it plays a run of three local shows as part of an East Coast United States tour. It will culminate in a March performance in front of the United States Congress. Y’know, “just” to play some songs. When Heartbeat land in the Green Mountains, they’ll have a tour guide who should be familiar to local audiences, Avi Salloway. He was one half of the Burlington-based roots duo Avi & Celia, and later the Boston-based band Hey Mama — both


INFO Heartbeat will perform in Vermont on Friday, February 21, at the Bennington College Student Center, 7:30 p.m., free; Wednesday, February 26, at Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont, 7 p.m. free/$5; and Thursday, February 27, at the McCullough Student Center Social Space at Middlebury College, 8 p.m., free.



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Moving on, electronic dance music fans will want to swing by the next installment of the Hoptronica series at Red Square on Wednesday, February 26. In addition to the usual dance-floorbusting mashup of local and regional hip-hop and EDM DJs, this time around the event is highlighted by the return of a native son, mike henderson, aka endo, who grew up in Vermont and is making waves in international EDM circles. In addition to curating a style he’s dubbed “future classic” — a melodic hybrid of deep house and nu-disco — ENDO is regarded as a monster


As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Funkwagon front man aaron Burroughs’ Old North End apartment was recently destroyed by fire. Thankfully, Burroughs was able to get out safe and sound. Well, safe, at least. Sadly, all of the keyboardist and vocalist’s sound equipment was ruined. But because Burlington is Burlington and we tend to take care of our own, the scene is rallying behind Burroughs with a blowout benefit show at Nectar’s this Thursday, February 20. More on that in just a sec. Longtime readers know that, on occasion, I’ve had a little fun with Burroughs over his band’s name. I can’t quite call it a pet peeve, but I confess that the seemingly ubiquitous trend of funk bands using the word “funk” in their names causes my eye to do this weird rolling thing. Really, it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black. My own musical résumé includes a pair of local ska bands whose names included the word ska — ska-ka-doodle doo! in high school and then the skamapahrodites in college. What can I say? Those were experimental times. The thing is, I’ve teased Burroughs about it only because I really like the guy, and knowing he’s a bit of a smartass himself, I figure he appreciates the gentle ribbing. I think he does. Maybe. Anyway, my first encounter with Burroughs was at a quiet indie-folk show some years back in what was then Parima’s Acoustic Lounge, where Burroughs worked — it’s now the Three Needs. Following a full band set from local songbird maryse smith,

Brattleboro’s wooden dinosaur took the stage and I fully consummated my band crush on them. WD played some gorgeously melancholy stuff that night, and I soon found myself lost in their warm, delicate sound in the plush, musical opium den that was the Acoustic Lounge. That’s when Aaron Burroughs burst into my life. In a break between songs, Burroughs, who was working as a cocktail server that night, strode purposefully to the stage, picked up a copy of WD’s then-new album, Nearly Lost Stars, and addressed a confused crowd. (I’m paraphrasing from memory here, but you’ll get the gist.) “All right, you fuckers!” he bellowed in his gospel-trained baritone. “Here’s how this is gonna go down. These fine folks are going to keep playing some beautiful music.” He gestured grandly toward the band. “And when they’re done, you ungrateful little bitches are gonna fork over $10 for this album. Right. Here,” he continued, tapping his finger on the cover for emphasis. “Because if you don’t, I will not serve you your precious Budweisers or your prissy Cosmopolitans! Do we understand each other?!” Silence. Then, slowly, a round of nervous applause.

“Thank you!” he shouted, giving a little bow and walking offstage. It was one of the ballsiest and most entertaining things I’ve ever seen at a show. And I became an instant fan of Aaron Burroughs. Fans of Funkwagon would likely recognize the sassy bombast I saw from him that night. Burroughs carries the same energy about him onstage when leading his band. And his inimitable style, not to mention his powerhouse pipes and crack bandmates, make Funkwagon a seriously entertaining band to watch, silly name or not. So because Burroughs doesn’t have my pulpit to make a case for himself, I’m going to borrow a page from his playbook to help him out. Ready? All right, you fuckers! Here’s how this is gonna go down. This Thursday at Nectar’s, some ass-kicking bands — Funkwagon, gang oF thieves and lynguistic civilans, to name a few — are going to play some ass-kicking music. And when they do, you ungrateful little bitches are gonna fork over $10 to see it. Because if you do, all of that money, and I do mean all of it, will go to help Aaron Burroughs. And if you don’t? Well, you’ll have Aaron Burroughs to answer to. Choose wisely. In all seriousness, here’s hoping Burroughs gets back on his feet soon. Because the local scene is a better place when he’s rocking — and haranguing — crowds.


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ARTSRIOT: Parisii Quartet: Beethoven, (classical), 7:30 p.m., $35. AA. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Wild Life Wednesdays, (EDM), 11 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Audrey Bernstein, (jazz), 8 p.m., free. LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Gregory Douglass & Joshua Glass, (jazz), 7 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: VT Comedy Club Presents: What a Joke! Comedy Open Mic, (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. The DuPont Brothers, Leatherbound Books, (indie folk), 9 p.m., $3/5. 18+.

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RADIO BEAN: Live Music, 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. Triage, (free jazz), 11 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE: Wild Man Blues, 7 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Soul Clap and Dance Off, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Disco Phantom, (soul), 9 p.m., free. ZEN LOUNGE: Tropical Wednesdays with Jah Red, (salsa, reggaeton, dancehall), 8 p.m., free.

chittenden county

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday: Squimley & the Woolens, (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Chad Hollister, (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Papa GreyBeard, (blues), 6 p.m., donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis, (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KNEES: Abby Sherman, (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant & Friends, (country), 8 p.m., free.

middlebury area

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom

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

outside vermont


MONOPOLE: Open Mic, 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: DJ Skippy All Request Live, (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

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FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half Comedy, (standup), 8 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Grundlefunk, (funk), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Trivia Mania, 7 p.m., free. Oobleck, Argonaut & Wasp, (Afro-funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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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. RED SQUARE: Adam Travis & the Soul, (R&B), 7 p.m., free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Max Cohen, (EDM), 10 p.m., free.

SCAN TO LIS Oil? On their latest album, Pythons, Florida’s Surfer Blood got out of the water and dried off. Under the guise ofTRACK

noted producer Gil Norton (the Pixies, Foo Fighters), the band largely ditched the wet, reverb-heavy sound of their previous recordings

and focused on sharp hooks and more forceful production. The stylistic switch riled up certain critics, leading to mixed reviews from those who apparently want the band to make the same friggin’ record over and over again. To which we say, “Hey, more rockin’ for us!” Catch Surfer Blood at Signal Kitchen in Burlington this Sunday, February 23 with Fort Lean and Wake Up. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Zach Nugent, (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. ZEN LOUNGE: College Daze with DJs Josh Bugbee & AJ Bugbee, (hip-hop), 8 p.m., free.

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


PARK PLACE TAVERN: Swamp Donkey, (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Mark Daly, Leon Wells, Michael Friedman, Jason Pugliese, (reggae, rock), 6 p.m., donation.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Railroad Earth, the Ballroom Thieves, (rock, bluegrass), 8 p.m., $22/25. AA.

DRINK: Comedy Showcase, (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $7.

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Charlie Thunder, Jon Daly Trio, (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Zach Rhoads, (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Bonjour Hi!, (EDM), 10 p.m., free.

ESPRESSO BUENO: Bueno Comedy Showcase, (standup comedy), 8 p.m., $5.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Safar!, (EDM), 9 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Summit School Benefit, (Americana, folk), 9 p.m., donation.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Left Eye Jump, (blues), 7 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Gabe Jarrett, (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Audrey Houle & Justin Ricker, (singersongwriters), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Vaporizer, Demon Bell, (metal), 10 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Dance Party, 8 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Jeanne & Jim, (acoustic), 7 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KNEES: Theresa Hartford, (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. the RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Waylon Speed, (rock), 9 p.m., $6.

middlebury area

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Ubiquitous Coyote, (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

FRANNY O'S: Slant Six, (rock), 9 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone, (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Pigeons Playing PIng Pong, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, (funk), 9:30 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: Kid's Music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. Waves of Adrenaline, (folk), 7 p.m., free. Doc Rogers, (acoustic blues), 8 p.m., free. The Fox and the Feather, (folk), 9 p.m., free. The Flys, (grunge), 10:30 p.m., free. And the Kids, (glitter pop), midnight, free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ, (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Up the Chain, (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Honey Wild, (rock), 8 p.m., $5. Craig Mitchell, (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Con Yay, (EDM), 9 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: Leno & Young, (acoustic rock), 6 p.m., free. DJ Cre8, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: The Basement Affair: JSTR, Two Sev, Sasquatch, (EDM), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

CITY LIMITS: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Up the Chain, (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Third Culture, (EDM), 10 p.m., free.

ZEN LOUNGE: DJ Rob Douglas & Guests, (house), 10 p.m., $5.

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chittenden county

BROWN'S MARKET BISTRO: Alan Greenleaf, (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. THE PARKER PIE CO.: Howie Cantor, (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont

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

BACKSTAGE PUB: Jaz Entertainment DJ, (top 40), 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Charlie Parr, Goldtown Duo, (folk, bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., $10. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Black Mountain Symphony, the Red Newts, (rock), 9 p.m., $5. O'BRIEN'S IRISH PUB: Invictus, (rock), 8 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Mitch & Friends, (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Quadra, (rock), 9 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Patrick Fitszsimmons, (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.

CHARLIE O'S: Lake Superior, Sun Lions, the Televibes, (indie rock), 10 p.m., free.

POSITIVE PIE: Twiddle, (jam), 10 p.m., $10.

stowe/smuggs area

MATTERHORN: Jeff Pitchell & the Texas Flood, (blues), 9 p.m., $7. MOOG'S PLACE: Abby Sherman, (singersongwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. Blue Fox & the Rockin' Daddies, (blues), 9 p.m., free. RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Grippo Funk Band, 9 p.m., $6.

middlebury area

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Sunrise Speakeasy, (folk, rock, jazz), 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with Top Hat Entertainment, (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Cooper & Lavoie, (blues), 6 p.m., free. The Bumping Jones, (jam), 10 p.m., $3.

upper valley

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Stanley Clarke, (jazz), 8 p.m., $60. AA.

outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Squid Pancake, (rock), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Eastbound Jesus, (rock), 10 p.m., NA.



CLUB METRONOME: Retronome with DJ Fattie B, (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. sat.22

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national. Translation: You don’t need 28 to be a music-obsessed hipster to get 01 something out of it. The thing is, WW is curated by some of the most reliably excellent tastemakers in town — Angioplasty 3 14 The house band Media, MSR Presents and others. And there’s a good chance that more than a W W W . P O S I T I V E P I E . C O M few bands who show up this year will 8 0 2 . 2 2 9 . 0 4 5 3 be on to bigger things by this time next year. For example, google SPEEDY ORTIZ, who played WW3, and see how the rest8v-positivepie021914.indd 1 2/18/14 9:05 AM of their year went. Not bad, right? (Ditto the LUYAS, BTW.) So I’m putting WW4 on your radar now, because I suspect in a few months Want your dream home? you’ll thank me for urging you to step Call me and make it out of your comfort zone and be just a a reality today! little bit cooler. Free Pre-Approval Waking Windows 4 runs from May 1 through May 4. Tickets are on sale now.  Kim Negron

of the Waking Windows 4 festival in Winooski announced their first headliner. And it’s a good one: NAT BALDWIN of DIRTY PROJECTORS playing alongside VETIVER’s OTTO HAUSER at the Winooski Methodist Church. If you’ll recall, following last year’s festival, I proclaimed WW3 to be the “coolest live-music event of the year” in Vermont. And with the benefit of hindsight, I’m gonna go ahead and say I was spot-fucking-on. (For once.) That statement is not meant to take anything away from our other great fests — Discover Jazz, Grand Point North, the Precipice, etc. — which are all excellent in delightfully different and varied ways. Rather, it’s meant to shine a light on a festival that might fly under the radar because, well, it’s almost too cool. There is a stigma attached to WW that the fest isn’t geared toward general audiences. That’s kind of true. But it is, however, welcoming to anyone who is interested in seeking out great underground music, both local and


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If you haven’t read ALICE LEVITT’s piece on the documentary film Pirates of Tebenkof: Fishing Southeast Alaska 2013 from last week’s issue, you really should. I’ll wait. Pretty cool, right? Just so you know, the film is screening at Hotel Vermont this Saturday, February 22, after which a pair of killer bands, Asheville, N.C.’s FLOATING ACTION and locals PAPER CASTLES, will rock out in celebration of the film and the fact that TRISTAN BARIBEAU (VILLANELLES, DOCTOR SAILOR) didn’t die while filming it.


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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Dripline, (rock), 8 p.m., free. Flashback with Rob Douglas, (house), 10 p.m., free.




JP'S PUB: Karaoke with Megan, 10 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Bumping Jones, (jam), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Chakra-5 Records Songwriters Circle, (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., $10 donation. Big Daddy Love, Ben Donovan & the Congregation, Eastbound Jesus, (Appalachian rock), 9 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: Jazzland, (jazz), 3:30 p.m., free. Stephen Callahan Trio, (jazz), 5:30 p.m., free. Julian Chobot 4tet, (punk jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band, (Bollywood brass band), 10 p.m., free. STOPTHiNKL!FT with Daiki Hirano, (jazz), 12:30 a.m., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Green Line Inbound, (rock), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Dhamma Lion, (dub), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon, (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul, (salsa), 6 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: Craig Mitchell, (house), 10 p.m., free.

ZEN LOUNGE: DJ Atak & Guests, (EDM), 10 p.m., $5.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Serotheft, (jamtronica), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation.



BACKSTAGE PUB: Last Words, (rock), 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Adventure Club, Haitian, L Yeah, Ordan, Jakels, (EDM), 8:30 p.m., $26/29. AA. Sold Out. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Kelly Ravin, (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., free. Vedora, Swale, (rock), 8 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: King Me, (rock), 5 p.m., free. The Real Deal, (R&B), 9 p.m., free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. VENUE: Saturday Night Mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus, 8 p.m., $5. 18+.


BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Art Herttua, Stephen Morabito, (jazz), 6 p.m., donation.


CHARLIE O'S: Trap Night Dance Party, (trap), 10 p.m., free.

02.19.14-02.26.14 SEVEN DAYS

STANLEY CLARKE has a large mantle. Because we’re not sure how else the bassist would be able to

showcase all of his major awards. The multitalented Clarke, who was a founding member of seminal fusion group Return to Forever alongside Chick Corea and Lenny White, is a multiple Grammy Award winner, has numerous gold and platinum records among his 40-plus releases, has scored several Emmy nominations, has graced just about every critic’s poll on the planet, and recently won the prestigious Miles Davis Award at the Montréal Jazz Festival. Y’know, just to name a few. Clarke plays the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction this Friday, February 21.

SUN.23 burlington

SWEET MELISSA'S: Blue Fox, (blues), 5 p.m., free. Vincent Flats Blues Band, 9 p.m., free.

DRINK: Comedy Open Mic, (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Kava Express with Chris Stellar, (acoustic), 7 p.m., free.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: B-Sides, (deep house), 7 p.m., free. Green Mountain Burners, (house), 10 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KNEES: Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., free. MATTERHORN: Seth Yacovone Band, (blues), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG'S PLACE: In Kahootz, (rock), 9 p.m., free. THE RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: TallGrass GetDown, (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $6.

mad river valley/waterbury THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: Michelle Fay Band, (funk), 10 p.m., free.

middlebury area

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Young Talent Showcase, 7 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl, (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Canopy, (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

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THE PARKER PIE CO.: Lake Region Rocks!, (rock, American roots), 8 p.m., $5. 62 MUSIC

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outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Black Mountain Symphony, (rock), 10 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: MI YARD Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Demus, 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Greg Evans, (jazz), 11 a.m., free. Saloon Sessions with Brett Hughes, (country), 1 p.m., free. The Burlingtones, (a cappella), 5:30 p.m., free. Audrey Houle, (pop), 7 p.m., free. Adam Jansen, (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. James Tautkus, (alt-folk), 9 p.m., free. The Winter Brave, (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Surfer Blood, Fort Lean, Wake Up, (indie rock), 8 p.m., $12/15. AA. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Fat Laughs at the Skinny Pancake, (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $3. ZEN LOUNGE: In the Biz with Mashtodon, (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke/Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Joshua Glass, (piano), 11 a.m., free. PENALTY BOX: Trivia With a Twist, 4 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Live Music, 11 a.m., donation.

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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Family Night, (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set with Cats Under the Stars, (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5.

THE BEE'S KNEES: Rebecca Padula, (acoustic), 11 a.m., donation.


NECTAR'S: Metal Mondays: Mass of Tharsis, Zentauri, Aria, the Darling Parade, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Joshua Glass, (manic-depressive folk), 7 p.m., free. Open Mic, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz Music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5-10 donation.

chittenden county

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Between the Buried and Me, Deafheaven, Intronaut, the Kindred, (metal, post-prog), 7:30 p.m., $18/20. AA. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Big Change Roundup: Gregory Douglass, McKenna Lee & the Microfixers, Ry Malroux & RMX, Clean Slate, (rock), 6:30 p.m., free/$8. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Dan Tedesco, (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.

MOOG'S PLACE: Seth Yacovone, (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.


FRANNY O'S: Gyasi Garcia & Friends, (rock), 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon's Tequila Project, (funk), 10 p.m., free. LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell, Clyde Stats and Chris Peterman, (jazz), 7 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Gubbulidis, (acoustic), 8 p.m., free. "Fight for Your Rights … to Party" with Jeh Kulu Dance & Drum Theater, (West African drum), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Crying Wolf, (Americana), 5 p.m., free. Stephen Callahan Trio, (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Hard Scrabble, (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Brett Hughes & Friends, 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Craig Mitchell, (house), 7 p.m., free.

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THE MONKEY HOUSE: Flagland, Washer, Drawing, Jim Will Yell at You, (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


CHARLIE O'S: Kick ’em Jernny, (bluegrass), 8 p.m., free. TUE.25

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REVIEW this Chicky Stoltz, Camp Recording #2 the Roebuck (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

Chicky Stoltz is a transplant from Portland, Maine, who landed in Vermont a few years back armed with a kick drum, a hi-hat and a guitar. Stoltz recently released his second record, Camp Recording #2 the Roebuck, which he produced by himself in his “ski chalet home” in Warren. But unlike some other, more famous works recorded in recent years by solo artists holed up in woodsy camps — For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver, for example — Stoltz’s latest is not a work that finds beauty or clarity in stark isolation. Rather, it suggests a sort of growing cabin fever. Fortunately, Stoltz’s brand of stir-craziness is far more benign, and more fun, than that of, say, Jack Torrance, the haunted hotel caretaker from Stephen King’s The Shining. While

at times dark and playfully sinister, Camp Recording #2 is a queerly charming work from a disquieted mind. The album opens on “Girl Trouble.” The seedy romp evokes boozy lechery in dimly lit, jerkwater dive bars — likely somewhere in the South, judging from the swampy slide-guitar riffs and hypnotic, psychedelic blues-rock progression. Stoltz refers to his music as “barbluesy and Americanny,” descriptors that prove accurate here and throughout the record. Try to imagine Camper Van Beethoven collaborating with the Black Keys after listening to some Willie Dixon records, and you might get the idea. “Baldur’s Gate” is a departure from devilish blues into breezy Tejano. Despite the stylistic shuffle, Stoltz’s warped lyrical sense remains intact as he sings of, ahem, wooing a dead woman. “Ballroom dancing is the way that you got me here,” he sings over a swaying guitar and plinking keys. “And necromancing is the only way to

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t’s a blindingly bright winter afternoon when glass artist Ethan Bond-Watts greets a visitor at his childhood home in Charlotte. The room’s west-facing windows look out over a frozen Lake Champlain. Metal sculptures protrude from snowbanks in the yard, reflecting the light. Inside, Bond-Watts sets down two glasses of water on a table. Even in a living room adorned with original works by local artist friends, these drinking glasses, made by Bond-Watts for his parents, draw the eye. Mine has a simple filigrana pattern, clear with a threadlike white line winding up the side. “It’s nice to find that line,” Bond-Watts notes, indicating the pattern on the glass. “Here’s an object that you hold in your hand; you put it up to your lips. That’s a sacred thing.” Evidence of his skill in classical glassblowing is all over the house: vases, bowls and pitchers in a range of colors and patterns, and elaborate Venetian goblets that would look at home in a period drama. But Bond-Watts’ playful glass mobile currently on display in “Supercool Glass,” an exhibit at the Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, suggests a more modern influence: Alexander Calder. You could say the artist grew up with glassmaking. Bond-Watts, now 30, began at age 15 as an apprentice for Burlingtonbased glass master Alan Goldfarb, who eventually promoted him to “gaffer” and


gave him his own furnace at age 19. BondWatts made what he calls a “pilgrimage” to Venice when he was 20 and spent months observing master glassblowers in their studios. “It was my obsession for 10 years,” he says. “It still is my obsession, but I have all these other little obsessions crowding it out.” Bond-Watts’ home also displays examples of what he calls his “divergences” from his longtime glass craft. Tacked to the wall or hanging from the ceiling are miniature versions — or “drafts,” as he calls them — of the artist’s abstract, conceptual, mixedmedia sculptures. These have netted him major public and private commissions in recent years. “I think you can communicate a sophisticated idea by combining materials and traditions of making from across disciplines and history,” Bond-Watts says. Examples: A wooden, Japanese-inspired sculpture hanging on a hallway wall echoes the steel geodesic armatures in the yard. Both, in turn, resemble BondWatts’ “Seed #2,” a mossy living sculpture on the grounds of the Helen Day Art Cen-

ter in Stowe. The glass-blown sculpture suspended above Bond-Watts’ front entryway — composed of abstract, colorful, biomorphic shapes that he aptly refers to as his “swooshy things” — is visually and


conceptually similar to several of his higher-profile installations in recent years. A number of those have made a splash in venues throughout the Burlington area, such as “Monique,” that piece in the “Su-

art percool Glass” exhibit; and “Emergence,” which was installed in the Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont in 2009. (Bond-Watts graduated magna cum laude from UVM with a degree in environmental science that year.) Last year, Fletcher Allen Health Care commissioned Bond-Watts to create “Emma,” which is now a permanent art installation in the hospital’s intensive care unit. For an artist who spent a decade working on a craft that peaked during the Italian Renaissance, Bond-Watts spends a lot of time thinking about “the new modernism.” He says he wants to develop an aesthetic that “borrows [techniques] from history and different cultures,” and to make pieces that resonate with all of them. The bottom line, says Bond-Watts, is to make the art accessible. “I’m a real art geek, so I can sort of take postmodern, snarky, clever art about art,” he says. “But a lot of people can’t. A lot of people are alienated and pissed off [by it].” The same might be said for traditional crafts, as Bond-Watts is quick to point out. The ornate glass that Venetian masters spend lifetimes perfecting, for example, is and always has been intended for use by an elite echelon of society. Bond-Watts still makes functional glass — the demand for high-end pieces for weddings and other occasions is “bread and butter,” he says — and he still loves it. “I feel like I’m still fully in that tradition,” he says. “It keeps my aesthetic honest because it reins me in. It keeps me from going too far off into the conceptual deep end.” Even so, what sparked Bond-Watts’ imagination when he visited Venice nearly a decade ago wasn’t any glass product per se. Rather, it was the “economy of movement” and “grace of the line” that he observed in the glass masters as they moved around a hot furnace in fluid motions making intricate goblet stems, chandelier pieces or ornaments. “They built up the heat, and it was just one move,” he recalls. “It was so graceful, like the Shoji paintings from Japan where there are only four or five strokes, but they’re so intentional and graceful.” Bond-Watts’ signature “swooshy” hanging sculptures seem to have been born from attempts to recapture that graceful line and sense of motion. He works with abstract forms and accessible conceptual starting points such as ecological systems to draw in viewers and encourage them to “make their own associations,” he says. His suspended glass installations have a sense of movement

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f Annelein Beukenkamp: In "A Body of Work,"

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even though their elements are stationary. “In the first experiments, I was assembling the pieces like a traditional chandelier — it had this inertia to it, a density; it wasn’t as buoyant an aesthetic as the one I was looking for,” Bond-Watts says. Over years of experimentation with attaching individual glass forms to stainlesssteel wires, he developed a way of “hanging glass in space without any dense core. Almost like liberating the glass,” he says. In the case of “Emma” at the ICU, the glass seems to liberate the space in turn. The featherlike, swooping pieces of the

the Vermont painter long known for her floral and still-life watercolors explores portraiture and the human form. Artist demonstration: Saturday, February 22, 2-4 p.m. February 22-April 30. Info, 253-1818. Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe.

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f Stephanie Larsen: Colorful reverse paintings on the glass of old window frames. Reception: Friday, February 21, 5-7 p.m. February 21-March 31. Info, 453-3188. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol.

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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.

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f "Making Visible": New works by Valery

Woodbury, Michelle Woodbury and Nance Silliman in pastels, oils, watercolors and photography. Reception: Saturday, February 22, 4-6 p.m. February 22-May 3. Info, 674-9616. Nuance Gallery in Windsor.

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f Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition: Teen artists from around the region exhibit their works in a variety of media. Reception and awards ceremony: Friday, February 28, 5-7 p.m. February 21-March 14. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

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LivingPlace: Ecological Design Competition: An exhibit of more than 30 ecological design submissions from teams, students, community artists, ecological practitioners, architects and others that integrates stormwater management, sustainable food production and community engagement in one of three Burlington locations. Speakers will talk about place-based design, and prizes will be awarded. Food from the Skinny Pancake. Union Station, Burlington, Saturday, February 22, 4 p.m. Info, 355-2150,

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f Art’s Alive Open Photography Exhibit: 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. '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. 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. ‘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. ‘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. ‘Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art’: Paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in diaspora. Through May 18. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum, UVM, 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. 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. James Vogler: Sophisticated abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 29. Info, 862-1001. Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. Kasy Prendergast: Minimal abstract paintings by the local artist. Through May 2. Info, 578-7179. Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor. 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

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Maria Del Castillo: The Lima, Peru-born selftaught 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. 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. Peter Boardman: “Equanimities,” paintings inspired by Vermont’s natural scenery by the UVM art education graduate student. Through March 7. Info, Livak Fireplace Lounge and Gallery, UVM Dudley H. Davis Center 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. Terry Ekasala: “Inside Out,” abstract paintings by the Vermont-based artist. Through March 25. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie 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. '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.

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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. Jason Durocher: Five paintings from the Vermont artist’s “12 Months” series exploring the forests of the Northern Hemisphere. Through June 30. Info, 324-2772. Comfort Inn & Suites in South Burlington. chittenden county shows

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Creative Reuse Showcase Open House: Local high school students display the artworks they have made from discarded materials, noon-3 p.m. Adams Farm Market, Williston, Saturday, February 22. Info, 872-8111.

‘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.

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.



Super Studio Sale: Artwork, handcrafts, seconds, art supplies and more are on offer, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery, Newport, February 21-22. Info, 334-1966.

'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.

Katherine Lucas: Abstract paintings in graphite, acrylic, gouache and sheetrock tape on canvas. Through March 31. Info, 324-9403. Maglianero Café in Burlington.


sculpture direct the viewer’s gaze around the room, seeming almost to fly through the windows. Bond-Watts recalls sitting in the ICU for two days last year “looking at the colors and the way the light changed.” He observed medical staff in scrubs, family members of patients, janitors. “People from all walks of life came through there,” he says. “It was really people who wouldn’t go to public art venues … people who are really, really stressed out, making peace with the death of a loved one.” Bond-Watts returned to the ICU last week for the first time since “Emma” was installed. “I couldn’t believe the positive feedback I got from the passersby,” he says. “They were incandescent. They said the sculpture completely transforms the mood of the families’ experience while waiting for their loved ones. I felt a sense of satisfaction and contribution unlike anything I’ve felt before. It was wonderful.” m

“Carving a New Life”: In a slide-lecture, professor Ilaria Brancoli Busdraghi from Middlebury College discusses the Italian stone carvers in Vermont, 1880-1920. Presented by UVM Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics and the Vermont Italian Club. Room 427. Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, Friday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. Info,

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.

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.

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Life Drawing Classes: Classes work with professional models and focus on the long pose. Preregistration advised. Black Horse Fine Art Supply, Burlington, Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. $15. Info, 860-4962.

Abby Manock: “What Ever It Takes,” an installation in which the Burlington artist has constructed costume interpretations of pop-culture icons out of common household materials. Through February 28. Info, 656-4150. Living/Learning Center, UVM, in Burlington.

performance, sound and video. TR Ericsson: “Crackle & Drag,” a portrait of the artist’s mother conveyed through photo-based work, sculptural objects and moving images. Through April 12. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.

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art Call to artists Make Art for Preservation! Submissions wanted for art auction! Proceeds benefit rehabilitation of the endangered Brennan barn in Williston. All forms of media accepted. Email for details.  Get a head start on spring! Established and emerging artists are invited and encouraged to submit one or two pieces in any medium (including but not limited to photography, painting, textiles, collage, etc.) on the theme “The Warm Seasons” for a show to be hung in the Jericho Town Hall from May through August 2014. The subject of all work submitted must have some connection to the town of Jericho. Deadline: April 15. Info, 899-2974. Think square! Established and emerging artists who live and/or work in the Chittenden East Supervisory Union school district are invited to interpret the square in any medium (including but not limited to photography, painting, textiles, collage, etc.) and in any size, and to submit one or two pieces representing their interpretation for an exhibit to be hung in the Jericho Town Hall from September through December 2014. Deadline: August 15. Info, 899-2974 or blgreene@ AVA Gallery and Art Center is accepting proposals for sculpture in Kira’s Garden. Submission deadline: April 1. avagallery. org/content/artist-opportunities. Margaret Jacobs, exhibition coordinator, 603-4483117 or

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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 Juxtapose: Photo Exhibit The composition of two or more elements within a photograph, emphasizing either the similarity or dissemblance between them. Deadline: March 19. Juror: Kyohei Abe. Perilous Passages Birds of Vermont Museum seeks artwork for an exhibit commemorating the passenger pigeon. Send one to three digital images (JPG) to 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 call-to-artists.

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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. Lin Warren: "Selections From the Barns," abstract paintings in acrylic, oil and luster paint by the Shelburne artist. Through February 28. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.

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. ‘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.


'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 Dec. 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. '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. Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr.: "Walking Home," new acrylic paintings featuring a boy's journey through urban landscapes, Third Floor Gallery. Through February 22. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. 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. 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. '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.

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. Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Linda Pruitt: “Re-wilding,” shamanic, acrylic paintings by the local artist. Through March 30. Info, 223-0043. Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier.

'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.

Diana Mara Henry Storied photojournalist Diana Mara Henry

first gained recognition in the late 1960s as a leader of the women’s movement and covered political campaigns and social movements through the 1970s. In 1980, she began photographing one-room schoolhouses and teachers in Addison County and surrounding areas, documenting the fading era of communal education in small towns. Those photographs, along with text and interview excerpts collected by Middlebury College sociology professor Margaret K. Nelson, were exhibited at the Brattleboro Museum in 1984. Now, the exhibit is being reprised at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Through May 10. Pictured: “Ring Around the Rosie” (Granville school, 1980).

Joan Hoffman: Oil and watercolor impressionist paintings en plain air, and paintings of birds. Through February 19. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. 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.

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'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. Claire Desjardins: Colorful and energetic abstract paintings. Through March 2. Info, 2538358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. 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. 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.

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. Kelly Holt: “Where,” mixed-media abstract paintings. Through March 9. Info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in Morrisville.

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'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.

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.

'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.

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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. '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. Middlebury College Museum of Art. '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. Through May 10. Info, 388-4964.  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. Through March 31. Info, 3884964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

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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. ‘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, 7750062. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland. 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. 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.

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'ART THAT CELEBRATES WINTER': A community art exhibit of works in a variety of media featuring the snowy season. Through March 31. Info, 457-2295. Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock.

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'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.





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SOPHIA CANNIZZARO: New photographs of nature by the local artist. Through February 28. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. SUSAN GOODBY: Collages and paintings filled with color, emotion and atmosphere. Through April 13. Info, 472-7053. Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. WINTER ART SALE: Bargains on works in a variety C of media by more than 20 local artists. Through February 22. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the M Arts Gallery in Newport. Y

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‘EVOLVING PERSPECTIVES: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AFRICAN ART COLLECTION’: An exhibition MY of objects that marks the trajectory of the CY collection’s development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. Through Dec. CMY 20. ‘IN RESIDENCE: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AT DARTMOUTH’: This exhibit celebrates the school’s K 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. JULES DE BALINCOURT: A premier exhibit of contemporary paintings by the Franco-American pictural artist. Through March 13. PETER DOIG: “No Foreign Lands,” a major survey of contemporary figurative paintings by the Scottish artist. Through May 4. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.


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NOAH SAVETT: “Dreams and Visions,” abstract bronze sculptures and drawings by the upstate New York artist. Through February 23. Info, 518564-2474. Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. 

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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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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.

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see screenwriting as a bit like a math equation which I have to solve,” Asghar Farhadi has explained. Because he’s an Iranian filmmaker — the first to win an Oscar (for 2011’s A Separation) — he’s under tremendous pressure to get that solution right, artistically and politically. If you screw up here, you get a Razzie. Over there you vanish into the twilight zone of the penal system. Or worse. The same year A Separation was winning awards, for example, Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani was sentenced to death because authorities didn’t approve of his views. He was hanged last month. This may have something to do with the pains Farhadi takes to make his characters relatable to Western audiences. Urban, dressed like us, driving cars like ours and obsessed with their smartphones, they’re an advertisement for the Iran its government wants the world to believe is the norm. Where they differ from actual human beings, though, is the way they rarely talk about politics or religion. Farhadi knows what can come of that. His friend, filmmaker Jafar Panahi, is still serving a 2010 sentence. So is it any wonder the writer-director tends to make the same movie over and over? It’s the movie Farhadi understands he’s per-


mitted to make. As did A Separation and Dancing in the Dust (2003) and Fireworks Wednesday (2006) and Canaan (2008), The Past regards the messy business of divorce in the context of a shifting cultural landscape. For someone who professes to enjoy a happy family life, the dude’s got breaking up on the brain. In the words of the philosopher Neil Sedaka, it’s hard to do. This is the universal thread running through his work. What sets it apart is his proclivity for establishing a compelling premise, bringing well-defined characters to life and then piling on plot twists and sensational revelations until we realize what we’re watching is soap opera packaged as art. The Past starts as the story of a Parisian played by The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo (looking spectacular in color). She’s asked her estranged husband (Ali Mosaffa) to return from Iran so they can finalize their divorce and so he can crash at her place at the same time her current boyfriend (Tahar Rahim) is there. The film initially offers a restrained portrait of alternative domestic life. The home is filled with kids — Rahim’s son and Bejo’s two daughters by a third man. Mosaffa has an easy rapport with all of them. The one sign that things aren’t as idyllic as

LOOK BACK IN LANGUOR Farhadi has pretty much exhausted the subject of divorce Iranian-style. His latest variation on the theme is likely to have viewers feeling a little exhausted, too.

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RoboCop ★★★


ack when Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop (1987) hit theater screens, ads described its robot enforcer as a “stainless steel unstoppable Clint Eastwood.” But the action flick wasn’t just Dirty Harry with a robot. Rather, as original cowriter Edward Neumeier noted in a recent interview, it was a “stealth satire.” The filmmakers used comic-book hyperbole to depict a near-future urbanscape ruled by corporations — which own the police — and entertained by vacuous infotainment. It feels more prescient all the time. The surprising news about the RoboCop remake is that Brazilian director José Padilha and writer Joshua Zetumer have embraced that satire. They could have simply retold the crowd-pleasing tale of a Detroit cop who dies in the line of duty and gets resurrected in a metal body to kill bad guys. Instead, they’ve brought the original’s anticorporate tendency to the fore and made it topical. What gets lost in the process, unfortunately, is a strong narrative with compelling characters. Set in 2028, the film opens with an O’Reilly-esque TV demagogue (Samuel L. Jackson) extolling a new generation of humanoid drones that the U.S. uses to subdue its enemies around the world. Why, he demands, won’t legislators allow these peacekeeping machines on American soil? Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), CEO of OmniCorp, is equally keen on reconciling

BODY ELECTRIC Kinnaman finds out he’s mostly metal in Padilha’s remake of the beloved sci-fi action flick.

Americans to permanent occupation by his crime-fighting robots. But voters have silly issues with heavily armed machines making life-and-death decisions. So Sellars and his biotech expert (Gary Oldman) plan a compromise: a machine controlled by the resident brain of a real, live cop. Maimed by a drug lord’s attack, detective Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is the perfect candidate. But he isn’t given a choice about rising from the near-dead as a “product.” In the film’s most memorable scene, Murphy

sees what’s left of his human body inside the hardware. He begs for death. Concerned about those messy human emotions, OmniCorp gradually curtails Murphy’s free will, leaving him a semblance of autonomy for PR purposes. While it’s not enough to fool his wife (Abbie Cornish), everyone else likes the way RoboCop cleans up the city just fine. This new RoboCop isn’t really about the mean streets of Detroit — which come across far cleaner and less mean than they did in the

clear what the filmmaker is trying to say, but it’s entirely conceivable he’s making a point of not making a point, of not saying the wrong thing by not saying anything. As an attempt to solve a math equation, The Past is a glacially paced and overwrought miscalculation. As an attempt to avoid controversy in a country where bad reviews can be bad for your health, though, it’s the picture of success. RI C K KI S O N AK

REVIEWS original. It’s not as profane, bloody or funny, either. The action feels perfunctory; Murphy’s partner, boss and drug-lord nemesis are hazy, ill-formed characters. Oddly, the movie comes most alive in the sections dealing with OmniCorp’s internal politics, where Oldman’s modern-day Dr. Frankenstein negotiates between the demands of his boss and his empathy for Murphy. We’re encouraged to feel that empathy, too, yet by the film’s midpoint, Murphy’s head has been messed with so thoroughly that we don’t know who or what is inside that helmet. Kinnaman has more use of his face than Peter Weller did in the original, and he’s expressive enough to compensate for his clumping metal body. The problem is that, having set up RoboCop as a drone whose humanity has been ruthlessly programmed out, Padilha and Zetumer can’t figure out how to give him back the meaningful agency their plot demands, or how to restore the audience’s connection with him. They get to the denouement only by cheating. It’s rare to see a remake that takes chances or has ideas, and for that, RoboCop deserves credit. By the midpoint, in fact, its ideas have swamped its story, leaving the actors to struggle through an incoherent third act. On the upside, at least we know it wasn’t written by a script-bot — only humans can screw up this creatively. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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ABoUt lASt NigHtHHH first david Mamet’s frank play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, about two contrasting couples, was made into a cutesy 1980s romantic comedy. Then it was remade by director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine). Kevin hart, Michael Ealy and Regina hall star this time around. (100 min, R)

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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)

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tHE moNUmENtS mENHH 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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ENDlESS loVEH1/2 The great 2014 Valentine’s day Remake fest continues with this do-over of the 1980 brooke Shields nonclassic about two young, pretty people (gabriella wilde and alex Pettyfer) whose first love crosses the boundary into obsession. Shana feste (Country Strong) wrote and directed. (103 min, Pg-13)

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3 DAYS to kill: director Mcg and cowriter luc besson team up on the action-packed saga of a government agent (Kevin costner) who must bring down a terrorist while trying to save his own life and bond with his teenage daughter. will audiences get Taken again? with amber heard, hailee Steinfeld and connie nielsen. (113 min, Pg-13. capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, welden)

tHE gREAt BEAUtYHHHH1/2 an aging writer (toni Servillo) takes a sentimental tour of the greatest beauty in his life — Rome — in this richly visualized drama from director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be the Place). (142 min, nR)

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

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 August: Osage County 7. The Nut Job 2, 5. Philomena 1, 5:30, 7:30. friday 21 — tuesday 25 The Nut Job Fri to Tue: 2, 5. Philomena Fri to Mon: 7. Ride Along Fri to Tue: 3, 5:30, 7:30.


Rte. 100, Morrisville, 888-3293,

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 The Lego Movie 4:15, 6:30. The Nut Job 4:15. Philomena 4:15, 6:40. RoboCop 4:15, 6:50. That Awkward Moment 7. friday 21 — thursday 27 Full schedule not available at press time.


93 State St., Montpelier, 229-0343,

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Endless Love 6:30, 9. The Lego Movie 6:20, 9. The Monuments Men 6:15, 9. RoboCop 6:25, 9:10. Winter’s Tale 6:20, 9:05.



friday 21 — thursday 27 *3 Days to Kill Fri: 6:20, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:40, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 3:30, 6:20, 9:10. Endless Love Fri: 9:05. Sat to Thu: 3:20, 9:05. The Lego Movie in 3D Sat and Sun: 12:45, 3:15. Mon to Thu: 3:15. The Lego Movie Fri to Sun: 6:30, 9:05. Mon to Thu: 6:20, 9:05. The Monuments Men Fri: 6:15, 9. Sat and Sun: 12:45, 3:30, 6:15, 9. Mon to Thu: 3:30, 6:15, 9. RoboCop Fri: 6:25, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:50, 3:30, 6:25, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 3:30, 6:25, 9:10. Winter’s Tale Fri: 6:20. Sat and Sun: 12:30, 6:20. Mon to Thu: 6:20.

ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER 21 Essex Way, #300, Essex, 879-6543,

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 *3 Days to Kill Thu: 8. 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 in 3D 12:05, 2:20, 4:40, 7:45. The Lego Movie 3, 10. Lone Survivor 12:10, 6:55. The Monuments Men 12:30, 5:15, 7:30, 10. *Pompeii 3D Thu: 10. Ride Along 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35. RoboCop 3D 7. RoboCop 12, 2:30, 5, 9:30. That Awkward Moment 2:45, 4:50. Winter’s Tale 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. friday 21 ­— thursday 27 *3 Days to Kill 12, 2:30, 5:30, 7:30, 10. About Last Night 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15. August: Osage County 7:05, 9:40. Endless Love 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55. Frozen Sing Along 12, 2:20, 4:40. The Lego Movie in 3D 12:05, 2:20, 4:40. The Lego Movie 2:50, 7:25, 9:40. The Monuments Men 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:20. *Pompeii 12:30, 5:05. Pompeii 3D 7:15, 9:35. Ride Along 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35. RoboCop 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Winter’s Tale 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15.



Day 6:25, 8:55. The Lego Movie in 3D 1, 3:20, 6:15, 8:40. The Lego Movie 1:40, 4. Lone Survivor 6:20, 9. The Monuments Men 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9. The Nut Job in 3D 1:50. The Nut Job 4:15. RoboCop 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9:05. That Awkward Moment 4:30, 9:20. Vampire Academy 6:50, 9:15. Winter’s Tale 1:05, 3:40, 6:25, 9. The Wolf of Wall Street 2, 6:10. friday 21 — thursday 27 *3 Days to Kill 12:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:25. Endless Love 1:15, 4, 6:35, 9:10. Frozen 1, 3:20. The Lego Movie in 3D 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:25. The Lego Movie 12:40, 1:20, 3:50. Lone Survivor 6:30, 9:15. The Monuments Men 12:30, 3:30, 6:40, 9:15. The Nut Job 12:20, 2:40.*Pompeii 3D 4:50, 7:10, 9:30. *Pompeii 12:05, 2:30. RoboCop 1:10, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20. That Awkward Moment 6:55, 9:10. Winter’s Tale 3:40, 6:20, 9. The Wolf of Wall Street 4:45, 8:20.

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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 August: Osage County 7. The Lego Movie in 3D 7. The Lego Movie 1. Philomena 1. RoboCop 1, 7. friday 21 — thursday 27 Full schedule not available at press time.


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wednesday 19 — 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 (Le passe) 1:20, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05. Philomena 1:10, 6:20. Winter’s Tale 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9. friday 21 — thursday 27 Full schedule not available at press time.


*Pompeii Fri: 9. Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:20, 9. Mon to Thu: 3:20, 9. *Pompeii 3D 6:30.


26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0509,

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Nebraska 6:30, 8:45. The Past (Le passe) 6, 8:30. friday 21 — thursday 27 Nebraska Fri: 6:30, 8:45. Sat & Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:45.

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wednesday 19 — 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. August: Osage County Wed: 1:10, 6:10. Thu: 1:10. Endless Love 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:20. Frozen 3:20. Frozen 3D 1:05. The Lego Movie in 3D 1, 3, 7:15, 9:10. The Lego Movie 2, 5:05. The Monuments Men 1:15, 3:55, 6:30, 9. RoboCop 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:15. Vampire Academy Wed: 3:40, 8:40. Thu: 3:40. Winter’s Tale 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:10. friday 21 — thursday 27 12 Years a Slave Sat to Thu: 6. *3 Days to Kill 1:30, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15. About Last Night 1:40, 3:50, 6:55, 9:05. American Hustle 8:55. *Coriolanus Fri: 6:30. Endless Love 1, 3:20, 6:20, 8:50. Frozen 12:50, 1:50, 3:40. The Lego Movie in 3D 12:30, 4:45, 9:10. The Lego Movie 2:40, 7. The Monuments Men Fri: 12:40, 3:30, 6:30. Sat to Wed: 12:40, 3:30, 6:30, 9. Thu: 12:40, 3:30, 6:30. *Pompeii 2:40, 9:10. *Pompeii 3D 12:30, 4:50, 7. RoboCop 1:20, 4, 6:45, 9:15. Warhorse Thu, Feb 27: 7. Winter’s Tale 4:10, 6:40, 9:05.


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

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 The Lego Movie 6:30, 9.

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Endless Love 1:20, 4:05, 6:30, 9:15. Frozen 1:30, 4:10. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 1:45, 6:50. Labor

friday 21 — thursday 27 The Lego Movie in 3D Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:15. Mon to Thu: 3:15. The Lego Movie 6:30, 9.


Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678.

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 The Lego Movie in 3D 7:15. The Lego Movie 4. The Monuments Men 4, 7:15. RoboCop 4, 7:15. friday 21 — thursday 27 The Lego Movie in 3D Fri: 6:45. Sat: 4:40, 6:45. Sun: 4:40, 7:15. Mon to Thu: 7:15. The Lego Movie Fri: 6:45. Sat: 2:30, 8:45. Sun: 2:30. Mon to Thu: 4. The Monuments Men Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7:15. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15. RoboCop Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:15. Sun: 2:30, 7:15. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:15.


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

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 The Lego Movie 7:05. Philomena 7:10. RoboCop 7. friday 21 — thursday 27 *3 Days to Kill 2:05, 7:05, 9:30. Frozen 2. Ride Along 4:30, 9. The Lego Movie 2:05, 7:05. The Lego Movie 3D 4:30. RoboCop 4:30, 7, 9:30.

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RoBocopHHH Joel Kinnaman plays the slain cop who rises again as a robot police officer in futuristic Detroit in this remake of the satirical Paul Verhoeven actioner from director José Padilha (Elite Squad). With Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish. (118 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) WiNtER’S tAlEH1/2 Mark Helprin’s fantastical, time-hopping novel about New York City comes to the screen with Colin Farrell in the role of a burglar who uses a supernatural power in the service of … wait for it … true love! With Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe. Writer Akiva Goldsman makes his feature directorial debut. (118 min, PG-13)

tHE BESt mAN HoliDAYHHH A group of college friends reunite 15 years after graduation for Christmas. Starring Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau and Sanaa Lathan. Malcolm D. Lee directed. (124 min, R) tHE coUNSEloRHH Cormac McCarthy scripted this drama about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who gets dangerously involved in drug trafficking. With Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem. Ridley Scott directed. (117 min, R) ENDER’S GAmEHH1/2 Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin star in this adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel about a gifted teen sent to a military school to prepare for battle with aliens. Gavin Hood directed. (114 min, PG-13) WADJDAHHHH Haifaa Al Mansour’s story of a pop music-loving 10-year-old (Waad Mohammed) is the first feature film shot in Saudi Arabia by a female Saudi director. (98 min, NR)

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tHE pAStHH Writer-director Asghar Farhadi follows up his award winner A Separation with this drama about the travails of a French-Iranian family in Paris as they hash out a divorce. With Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa. (130 min, PG-13)

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)

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A man entered the garage at a home in northwest Chicago and demanded that the resident hand over the keys to her 2012 Honda MDX. She complied, but then fled the garage and closed the door behind her, trapping the man inside. She called the police, who arrived to find Andre Bacon, 21, sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with the keys in the ignition. (Chicago Tribune)

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Authorities charged Ahmed Nur Adan, 27, with felony assault at a Cass County, N.D., jail after he punched fellow inmate Timothy Lowseth, 26. Adan explained that for the past three days, Lowseth had been coming into Adan’s cell, farting and then leaving. Lowseth admitted farting but denied doing so in Adan’s cell. (Forum News Service) Retired police officer Curtis Reeves, 71, asked Chad Oulson, 43, to stop texting during the previews at a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Fla. When Oulson objected, an argument ensued, and at some point Reeves said Oulson threw popcorn at him. Claiming self-defense, Reeves fatally shot him. (Associated Press)

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Police reported that Shamal Battice showed up at a car dealership in Ocala, Fla., wanting to buy a car. Salesman Anselmo “Chico” Barreto helped Battice, a paraplegic in a wheelchair, get into a 2009 Pontiac G6, whereupon Battice locked the door and started the engine. He then used a folding cane to press down the gas pedal and drive off the lot. Barreto notified the authorities, and Bradford County sheriff’s deputies arrested Battice at a gas station trying to refuel the car. (Ocala Star-Banner)

Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi, whose deafness won him fame as a modern-day Beethoven, acknowledged that he paid a ghostwriter to compose some of his internationally acclaimed symphonies. The ghostwriter, Takashi Niigaki, revealed at a news conference not only that he had written more than 20 pieces for Samuragochi, but also that his employer only pretends to be deaf. “Samuragochi is deeply sorry as he has betrayed fans and disappointed others,” Kazushi Orimoto, Samuragochi’s lawyer, said while stating that his client wasn’t available to meet the press. Asked if Samuragochi had listened to Niigaki’s news conference, Orimoto insisted, “There’s no way. He can’t hear.” (New York Times and Wall Street Journal)

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HSBC bank has imposed restrictions on large cash withdrawals by some of its British customers who cannot prove why they want their money. Customer Stephen Cotton said that when he tried to withdraw £7,000 pounds ($11,695) from his local HSBC branch, the bank declined his request without “a satisfactory explanation for what the money was for” and refused to tell him how much he could have. “So I wrote out a few slips,” he explained. “I said, ‘Can I have £5,000?’ They said no. I said, ‘Can I have £4,000?’ They said no. And then I wrote out one for £3,000, and they said, ‘OK, we’ll give you that.’” When he complained, the

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bank said the new policy took effect in November but declared it “had no need to pre-notify customers of the change.” (BBC News)

Secret Identities

After the New York Times published a story about rising demand for pigs raised in open pastures, the newspaper’s international edition reprinted the story. The Malaysian version included two pictures of the pigs but blacked out their faces. “This is a Muslim country,” a representative from the printing company based in Shah Alam said, explaining that pictures of pigs are not allowed. He acknowledged that the authorities had not ordered the cover-up. “What they have done is self-censorship,” Hashimah Nik Jaafar, secretary of the Home Ministry’s Publication and Quranic Texts Control Division, said, noting that Malaysia has no law prohibiting publication of pictures of pigs. (Malay Mail)

Passion Fruit

Police investigating a break-in at a gas station in Newington, Conn., said surveillance video showed a station wagon repeatedly backing into the store and breaking the glass doors. The driver jumped out of the vehicle, grabbed a banana from a shelf, ate it and then drove off. Nothing else was taken. (Associated Press) 02.19.14-02.26.14 SEVEN DAYS


mistaken his 13 instruments for pieces of bamboo and destroyed them. “They told me they were agricultural products,” said Razgui, who made them all by hand from hard-to-find reeds. “And now they’re gone.” (Boston Globe)

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hand, I was sad that I had lost a reader. on the other hand, I admired her for being able to transform her beliefs, and also for taking practical action to enforce her shift in perspective. That’s the kind of purposeful metamorphosis I recommend for you, Aries. What ideas are you ready to shed? What theories no longer explain the nature of life to your satisfaction? be ruthless in cutting away the thoughts that no longer work for you.



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(May 21-June 20) The renowned Lakota medicine man sitting bull (1831-1890) wasn’t born with that name. for the first years of his life he was known as Jumping badger. His father renamed him when he was a teenager after he demonstrated exceptional courage in battle. I’d like to see you consider a similar transition in the coming months, Gemini. you’re due to add some gravitas to your approach. The tides of destiny are calling you to move more deliberately and take greater care with the details. Are you willing to experiment with being solid and stable? The more willing you are to assume added responsibility, the more interesting that responsibility is likely to be.


(June 21-July 22) The english noun “offing” refers to the farthest reach of the ocean that is still visible as you stand on the beach. It’s a good symbol for something that is at a distance from you and yet still within view. I suggest that you take a long thoughtful look at the metaphorical offing that’s visible from where you stand. you’ll be wise to identify what’s looming for you in the future so you can start working to ensure you

(July 23-August 22) A large plaster buddha statue was housed at a modest temple in bangkok, Thailand, from 1935 to 1955. no one knew its age or origins. In May of 1955, workers were struggling to move the heavy 10-foot icon to a new building on the temple grounds when it accidentally broke free of the ropes that secured it. As it hit the ground, a chunk of plaster fell off, revealing a sheen of gold beneath. religious leaders authorized the removal of the remaining plaster surface. Hidden inside was a solid gold buddha that is today worth $250 million dollars. research later revealed that the plaster had been applied by 18thcentury monks to prevent the statue from being looted. I foresee a comparable sequence unfolding in the coming weeks for you, Leo. What will it take to free a valuable resource that’s concealed within a cheap veneer?

ViRgo (August 23-september 22) Holistic

health teacher Deepak Chopra suggests that we all periodically make this statement: “every decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle. I relinquish all regrets, grievances and resentments, and choose the miracle.” Is that too new Age for you, Virgo? I hope you can drop any prejudices you might have about it and simply make it your own. It’s the precise formula you need to spin this week’s events in the right direction — working for you rather than against you.


(september 23-october 22) In the savannas of Africa, waterholes are crucial for life. During the rainy season, there are enough to go around for every animal species to drink and bathe in comfortably. but the dry season shrinks the size and number of the waterholes. The impala may have to share with the hippopotamus, the giraffe with the warthog. Let’s use this as a metaphor to speculate about your future. I’m guessing that the dry season will soon be arriving in your part of the world. The waterholes may dwindle. but that could ultimately prove to be a lucky development, because it will bring you into contact with interesting life forms you might not have otherwise met. unexpected new alliances could emerge.

scoRpio (october 23-november 21) In his book The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall

sagittaRius (november 22-December 21) The russian composer Dmitri shostakovich wrote his eighth symphony in a mere two months during the summer of 1943. He worked on it in an old henhouse on a former chicken farm. The location helped relax him, allowing him to work with extra intensity. I wish you could find a retreat like that for yourself sometime soon, sagittarius. I think you would benefit from going off by yourself to a sanctuary and having some nice long talks with your ancestors, the spirits of nature and your deepest self. If that’s not practical right now, what would be the next best thing you could do? capRicoRn (December 22-January 19) Is there one simple thing you could do to bring a bit more freedom into your life? An elegant rebellion against an oppressive circumstance? A compassionate breakaway from a poignant encumbrance? A flash of unpredictable behavior that would help you escape a puzzling compromise? I’m not talking about a huge, dramatic move that would completely sever you from all of your burdens and limitations. I’m imagining a small step you could take to get a taste of spaciousness and a hint of greater fluidity. That’s your assignment in the coming week. pisces (february 19-March 20) from 2010 to 2012, eric Garcetti worked as an actor on the tV cop shows “The Closer” and its spin-off series “Major Crimes.” He played the mayor of Los Angeles. Then in 2013, he ran for the office of L.A.’s mayor in real life, and won. It was a spectacular example of Kurt Vonnegut’s suggestion that we tend to become what we pretend to be. your assignment, Pisces, is to make good use of this principle. I invite you to experiment with pretending to be the person you would like to turn into.

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aRies (March 21-April 19) A woman from new Mexico wrote to tell me that after reading my horoscopes for three years in the Santa Fe Reporter, she had decided to stop. “I changed my beliefs,” she said. “I no longer resonate with your philosophy.” on the one



muses on the crucial role that imagination plays in our lives. “[The] average daydream is about fourteen seconds long and [we] have about two thousand of them per day,” he says. “In other words, we spend about half of our waking hours — one-third of our lives on earth — spinning fantasies.” I bring this to your attention, scorpio, because you are entering a phase when your daydreams can serve you well. They’re more likely than usual to be creative, productive and useful. Monitor them closely.

There are 15,074 lakes in Wisconsin, but more than 9,000 of them have never been officially named. That’s strange to me. In my view, everything is worthy of the love that is bestowed by giving it a name. I have named every tree and bush in my yard, as well as each egret that frequents the creek flowing by my house. I understand that at the Findhorn community in northern Scotland, people even give names to their cars and toasters and washing machines. According to researchers in the UK, cows that have names are happier: They produce more milk. Your assignment, Aquarius, is to name at least some of the unnamed things in your world. It’s an excellent time to cultivate a closer, warmer personal relationship with absolutely everything.

(April 20-May 20) In Arthurian legend, Camelot was the castle where King Arthur held court and ruled his kingdom. It housed the round table, where Arthur’s knights congregated for important events. until recently, I had always imagined that the table was relatively small and the number of knights few. but then I discovered that several old stories say there was enough room for 150 knights. It wasn’t an exclusive, elitist group. I suspect you will experience a similar evolution, taurus. you may be wishing you could become part of a certain circle, but assume it’s too exclusive or selective to welcome you as a member. I suspect it’s more receptive and inclusive than you think.

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I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but you’ve already lost him. The relationship as you have known it is over. It sounds like you’re suffering from a case of I don’t want to hear what he is really saying to me. He wants to have his cake and eat it, too, and if that isn’t the kind of relationship you want, then you have to say, “Bon voyage.” For good. Compromise in a relationship can be a good thing — but it’s got to be a two-way street. When we really like someone, it can be tempting to suppress who we are and what we want in a misguided effort to make the relationship “work.” Trust me, girlfriend, that’s not compromise; that’s throwing yourself under the bus. You want monogamy, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you tell the boyfriend you’re fine with him enjoying hookups while he’s traveling, then you’re denying what you want, and that has no good outcome. When he returns — and assuming he still wanted to get back together — you would have the unpleasant challenge of upholding your lie, and you would drive yourself crazy wondering what, and who, he did on his summer adventures. I’m plugging for you, but in the end your best advocate in love is you. Don’t sacrifice your ground rules for someone else’s convenience or whim. Be confident and honest about what you want: a fulltime one and only.



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cutie at bruegger’s! We struck up a conversation, then your phone rang and you were out the door before I could get your name. I would like to take you out anytime! When: saturday, February 15, 2014. Where: bruegger’s, church st. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912008 singing on the bus Happy Valentine’s Day to the girl that was on the Shelburne Road bus earlier this week. You were singing all the way in the back. I got off at the Shelburne Museum. Hope you have a good day ;). When: tuesday, February 11, 2014. Where: bus. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912007 little b Happy Valentine’s little b. When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Where: adding letters. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912006 best Wishes I’m happy that you’re happy. Be kind to her please. Happy Valentine’s Day. When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Where: always in my shavasana, near water. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912005 Me ... You Happy Valentine’s Day! Never thought you would see my Ispy. Feeling stupid. See you around! When: Thursday, February 13, 2014. Where: here, there and everywhere. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912003 bank at shaW’s colchester To the cute brunette that I see at the bank in Shaw’s in Colchester when I’m shopping. Sometimes your hair is curly, sometimes it’s straight. All I know is you’re beautiful. We have made eye contact every once in a while when I’m in the store shopping. Is it just me or am I supposed to say something? When: Thursday, February 13, 2014. Where: shaw’s, colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912002 the eclipse oF Venus You are the shadow cast by Venus, the void where starlight dares not venture. When: saturday, January 25, 2014. Where: in the candlelight. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912001

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hannaFords pharMacY north aVe. You came in and inquired about a pharmacy tech job opening. I chatted with you briefly before you met with our manager. I think you mentioned you worked at FAHC? I thought you were hot! I guess this makes it awkward if you get the job ;). Anyway, single? Would love to grab a drink. When: Monday, February 10, 2014. Where: hannafords. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912000

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cutie on phillY to burlington You missed the Super Bowl to fly to Burlington (home?). You were four rows ahead on the plane and I caught your glance several times while waiting to deplane. You helped several women with their bags but you were gone before I could catch up. Drink? When: sunday, February 2, 2014. Where: us air flight. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911998

nuMber13babY Who would think my soul mate would be buried under a stack of books in a smelly old library in the middle of Vt. I’m just so thankful that the universe finally saw fit to bring us together. Happy Valentine’s Day, babe. And here’s to many more! Mr K. When: Friday, august 23, 2013. Where: through the window. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911993

car stuck in snoW I got my car stuck last Thursday. You drove past, reversed your truck and came back. You saw my roommate and I about to put kitty litter down as traction. You helped me push my car out and said, “You’re not used to this much snow in D.C. are you?” Thanks so much, I really appreciate your kindness! When: Thursday, February 6, 2014. Where: driveway on hickok place. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911997

shaW’s, WaterburY, sundaY You helped at self checkout. I didn’t have the heart to stop you. I want to but have used one before. It was cute how you rang the bell on your way out. Hope the pina coladas were fabulous. When: sunday, February 9, 2014. Where: shaw’s Waterbury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911992

i see You eVerYWhere But not lately. Could it be you figured out who I am? I do try to be good. What’s the worst that could happen you say? You will see my weakness. When: Monday, February 10, 2014. Where: everywhere. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911996 MondaY aFternoon ski at interVale We crossed paths on the edge of one of the fields. You were wearing some neon green, I had a red jacket. Just want you to tell Oscar he’s a cool canine! When: Monday, February 10, 2014. Where: intervale. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911995 atlanta georgia sMuggs student You were a lot of fun in my ski class. Not sure if you’re single, but would like to hang out if you’re interested. When: sunday, February 9, 2014. Where: smugglers’ notch. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911994

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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 Valentine’s 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


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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


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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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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



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