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GIVE FOOD, GET FOOD please bring 3 Nonperishable food items or more to any Positive Pie location And receive a gift certificate for a free 14” cheese pizza for dine in or take out (delivery excluded, toppings and tax additional) The collected food items will be donated to the local food bank that is nearest to that individual location.

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A most splendid excursion through the lovely wine region of BOURGONE. Come experience hand picked selections paired oh so nicely with dinner specials from Chef Joe. Escargot, Coq Au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Gougères and more!


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Big Votes, Small City


n Tuesday’s Town Meeting, Both Republican Burlington voters shot down a candidates — Kurt Wright in Ward 4 and school budget that would have resulted in a nearly 10 percent tax Tom Treat in Ward 7 — hike, approved a trio of gun control made the case that if measures and elected a veteran they weren’t elected, the Grand Old Republican and a rookie Democrat to Party would lose its presence on the council. Wright edged city council seats. They also agreed to out Democrat Carol Ode, buy a Winooski hydrowinning 1,089 votes to electric power plant, Ode’s 709. altered political repreFor Treat, the message sentation within the city appears to have had less and endorsed a plan to traction — Ward 7 voters opted for Democrat use $9.6 million in city tax dollars to pay for Bianka Legrand, who waterfront improvegot 768 votes to Treat’s ment projects — nota682. Legrand, who came Republican Kurt bly a plan to transform to Burlington at age 17 Wright edged out Democrat Carol Ode in the long-dormant as a refugee from Bosnia the Ward 4 city council Moran Plant into a hub Herzegovina, said she race in Burlington featuring restaurants, had launched her first a performance stage bid to promote a strong and a maker space. community in Ward 7. Seven Days reporters wrote about The gun control measures these and other key votes — including won by large margins, hotly contested races in Montpelier but some voters and South Burlington— on the Off split their Message blog. votes. As Burlington voters braved Tuesday’s cold to stream to the polls, two wards in the New North End played host to the most actionpacked races for city council seats.


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That’s how many dead animals were found at Santa’s Land in Putney. The park’s owner and animal caretaker were cited for animal cruelty. Grim.


You can finally pay for insurance coverage on the Vermont Health Connect site — unless you’re a business. Baby steps.



Chris Charuk voted for the domestic violence measure, which allows police officers to confiscate the firearms of an alleged abuser. But he voted against the other two, saying that bar owners and private citizens should have easy access to guns to protect themselves. “Sometimes, there’s not enough time to get to that locked weapon and defend yourself,” said Charuk, a Colonial Square resident. “Just in my neighborhood, there’s been two robberies. I’ve had drunk college kids pounding on my door at 2 a.m. People have the right to have a firearm.”


1. “A Winooski Photographer Finds Business in Boudoir” by Xian Chiang-Waren. A local shooter makes regular women look “romantic.”

Vermont state troopers and EMTs will soon carry a drug that can reverse opiate overdoses. Pulp nonfiction.

2. “Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note” by Alicia Freese. A fight between an at-home guitar builder and his unhappy neighbor rages on in Burlington. 3. “A Reporter Explores Burlington’s Kink Scene” by Charles Eichacker. Even BDSM fans have meetings. An eyewitness account.


The Shumlin administration wants to ease permitting to promote development in Vermont’s downtown areas. Worked for Church Street.

4. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: “Are There Catamounts in Vermont?” by Corin Hirsch. Not everyone thinks catamounts are extinct in Vermont. Wildlife officials are keeping an eye out for them. 5. “Two Cabot ‘Sexperts’ Rekindle Relationships” by Ken Picard. A Vermont couple’s Sexploration Retreat helps reheat troubled marriages.

The latest round of IBM layoffs was only a third the size of last year’s. Is this Big Blue’s idea of a “silver lining?”


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Don Eggert, Cathy Resmer, Colby Roberts / Jeff Good   Margot Harrison   Xian Chiang-Waren, Mark Davis, Ethan de Seife, Charles Eichacker, Kathryn Flagg, Alicia Freese, Paul Heintz, Ken Picard   Dan Bolles   Corin Hirsch, Alice Levitt   Courtney Copp    Tyler Machado   Eva Sollberger    Ashley DeLucco   Cheryl Brownell   Steve Hadeka    Matt Weiner  Meredith Coeyman, Marisa Keller   Jenelle Roberge   Rufus DESIGN/PRODUCTION   Don Eggert   John James  Brooke Bousquet, Bobby Hackney Jr.,

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[Re “Capital Fireworks: Incumbent, Ousted Employee Spar in Montpelier Mayor’s Race,” February 26]: Seven Days is the third newspaper in the past week to print portions of an email I provided to Gwen Hallsmith in response to her Freedom of Information Act request after she was terminated from her position as planning director for the City of Montpelier. The email was sent between private accounts, never touched a city account or city server, and it is only bad fortune that it had not been deleted in the 17 months prior to her request. This quote, as selectively excerpted, includes curses and plain language not intended to be repeated. Standing alone, it sounds immature and vindictive, and I’d like to provide the context. The email was my initial gut response to a notice from a planning commissioner that the new zoning draft includes a 10acre zone — completely contrary to the Montpelier council’s longstanding goal of promoting development within the remaining developable parcels of our city — and that this major change was being spearheaded by then-director Hallsmith without any notice to the council, as we had asked her to provide in the event of substantive policy changes. Mayoral candidate Hallsmith and her supporters have suggested that this email reflects a lack of civility. I’d suggest, rather, that using partial disclosure


to discredit political opponents is far less befitting our Vermont character than letting fly an expletive in private company. Andy Hooper



I am writing in response to the Straight Dope published on February 12. Although I realize the article was not written by Seven Days staff, I believe Seven Days still holds accountability for the words that it publishes. The article begins with, “You know how in some cultures men can show their uncovered mugs in public but women have to wear a bag over their heads?” This sentence perpetuates negative stereotypes about Islam and disrespects religious and cultural traditions by referring to hijab as a “bag” and implying that Islam is backward. These stereotypes play out in very real ways in the lives of Muslim women who wear hijab — from harassment to violent hate crimes to racial profiling to systemic employment discrimination to denial of access to public spaces. The point —  that there are double standards regarding female and male bodies —  could have and should have been made by critiquing dominant culture, which has no lack of examples of this. Corey Mallon BURLINGTON

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Thank you for the kind words [“Vermont’s Medical Examiner Knows What’s Killing Us,” February 12]. However, I must point out that I am only a part of a system. The countless people who are part of every investigation are the true heroes who make it work. Our 50 or so investigators, who leave their families at all hours, in all weather conditions, are the backbone of death investigation in Vermont. I can’t say enough about these selfless professionals who are on the front lines. Our state-of-the-art facility and expanded storage was made possible through the support of Fletcher Allen Health Care. The funeral directors who do our transportation at all hours, the prosecutors and defense attorneys who make sure we are protecting everyone’s rights, the support staff from public health and safety, the physicians who give their expertise freely, the students who keep asking questions, and the legislators who wrote our wonderful law are the real reason Vermont has one of the best systems in the country. I don’t consider our work “mundane.” What I said was that in death investigation, the mundane trumps the spectacular. Most people only think of us only during the spectacular: the fiery crash, the homicides, the burning buildings. But what we do on a daily basis, investigating the sudden deaths of loved ones, is where the satisfaction lies. I feel very privileged to lead this system but understand that many others make me look good. cOlcheSTer

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I very much enjoyed Alice Levitt’s article, “Vintage Vermont Victuals,” about the St. Paul’s cookbook [February 19]. Fifteen years ago or more, I was at a Florida flea market and purchased a copy of the 1939 Trinity Mission of Trinity Church (Rutland) and the Women’s Service League of St. Paul’s Church (Burlington) cookbook. It looks much the same as the one pictured in the article, handwritten and graced with sweet drawings of the various offerings. I’ve displayed it in my kitchen ever since. The flavor of the cookbook, if you don’t mind the wordplay, was certainly Depressionera, with many “mock” dishes. Some of my favorite recipe names are Baked Bean Rarebit, Blushing Bunny and Pork Cake. And then there is Vitamine Salad, with this note by the contributor: “Especially good for children and recommended for a hot day when one’s appetite is jaded.” Can’t wait for a nice Vermont summer day to try it out! Louise goodrich eSSex

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Last week’s story about the South Burlington City Council races stated incorrectly that candidate Paul Engels had asked for Councilor Rosanne Greco’s support; Engels said he had expected Greco’s support. Also, the same story reported that Greco had posted criticisms of Engels on Facebook. Engels posted those criticisms on his own Facebook page.

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Transgender inmate Martin Morales was properly identified as “she” in last week’s story “Sex Cells.” But due to a proofreading oversight, “hers” became “his” in the table of contents.

Congratulations on a well-written article [“All Hands on Deck,” February 19]. It is a welcome sight to see something so honest and unbiased. Most cities would try to tone down the stats, e.g., Glens Falls, N.Y. All this does is hide the real issue. I now live in Fort Ann and often read about the infamous drug corridor along Route 149. The road leads to Vermont through Whitehall, where I grew up, and there is also a problem there. Keep up the info pipeline and perhaps the couriers will smarten up and go back to the “big” city.

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As much as we love nature, it is houses and apartments we live in, no? And so our fascination with the built environment is the foundation of this annual theme issue. A perennial favorite subject is HOW MUCH HOUSING COSTS. Kevin J. Kelly took a sample of homes for sale around the state for approximately $250K. In Burlington, Alicia Freese profiles an über-successful seller of multifamily dwellings, STEVE LIPKIN, while Ken Picard gets a tour of a building that’s not selling: the former PINE RIDGE SCHOOL, empty since closing five years ago. And Kathryn Flagg interviews a pair of young Middlebury grads whose software, called OCULUS RIFT, helps architects and their clients navigate floor plans in 3-D. Call it virtual realty.



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Carving the Commute: Crossing Lake Champlain in Winter BY ALICIA FREESE

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Spying a garter snake slithering through the grass is one thing, but coming across a timber rattlesnake is an entirely different experience. One of 11 snake species native to Vermont, these once-thriving reptiles are now endangered due to habitat loss. Wildlife biologist Christopher Jenkins discusses local and regional conservation efforts to save the venomous viper from extinction.

Seventy-five miles south of Indianapolis, Ind., lies the small town of Medora. There, amid closed storefronts and factories, a population of 500 struggles to survive. Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart’s acclaimed documentary Medora follows the journey of the local high school basketball team, whose efforts to reconcile a losing season mirror those faced by the community at large.




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ith Town Meeting Day in the rearview mirror, we can now safely turn our attention to this fall’s election season. And by that I mean what’s shaping up to be Vermont’s most boring political contest in recent memory. I know, I know. I’m getting ahead of myself. Columnist caveat: Anything could change, yada, yada. But let’s face it, folks: There’s not a candidate in sight who would give Gov. PETER SHUMLIN a serious run for his money. And while it’s still early to announce, it’s getting pretty damn late to organize a credible run against an entrenched, well-financed incumbent. Two weeks ago, fellow political columnist JON MARGOLIS of VTDigger breathlessly reported, “The Vermont Republican party has a mystery man,” waiting in the wings to run for governor. Citing House minority leader DON TURNER (R-Milton), who in turn cited unnamed “party people,” Margolis assured us that “somebody” had made “something closer to a firm commitment” to run. No doubt there are plenty of people talking about — or, more to the point, trying to get others to talk about — the possibility of their running. But, spoiler alert, the Republicans ain’t got nothin’ yet. “I think there will be a candidate,” says Lt. Gov. PHIL SCOTT, the party’s sole statewide officeholder. “I still have folks who talk to me about different names and their interest, but nobody is willing to commit at this point.” As to whether it’s worth it for his electorally diminished party to make a serious go at the governorship, Scott says, “It’s always been my belief that we should be focusing our resources on the legislative races. That’s not to say we should forget about the statewide races, but that’s really where we have the most to gain.” Scott’s handpicked party boss, Vermont GOP chairman DAVID SUNDERLAND, agrees that the Republicans’ “primary focus” should be erasing their deficits in the legislature. But, he adds, “We’re certainly also putting a significant amount of time into statewide races.” Sunderland says he’s heard from “several interested, strong, viable candidates” for governor, though he wouldn’t name names. “Certainly our intention is to have a strong candidate in the governor’s race, and I believe we will,” he says. Compared to 2012 or 2016, at least, this year looks like a decent one for a Republican to run. Without a presidential candidate at the top of the ticket — or, for that matter, Sens. PATRICK LEAHY (D-Vt.) or BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.) — turnout will likely

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be low. Shumlin’s offered up plenty of material, from a shady land deal to malfunctioning websites, for 30-second attack ads. And by slamming next year’s massive tax bill to finance single-payer health care, the right candidate could certainly scare the bejeesus out of the electorate. Of course, that ignores three unignorable realities: Vermont is blue and growing bluer. Nobody’s knocked off an incumbent governor in this state since PHIL HOFF in 1962. And through the connections he’s made as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, Shumlin has the capacity to raise a tremendous amount of money. Another problem?



None of the Republicans’ three top prospects — Scott, former lieutenant governor BRIAN DUBIE and former governor JIM DOUGLAS — appear to be hankering for a run. All three have won multiple statewide races, are well known by voters, could attract investment by the Republican Governors Association and might inspire Shumlin’s business backers to defect. But Douglas, who retired in 2010 after eight years as governor and decades of public service before that, says, “No, I think it’s important to pass the baton. Somebody said, ‘The sequel is never as good as the original.’” Dubie, a four-term lite gov who lost to Shumlin by just 4,331 votes in 2010, has disappeared from the political scene and declined several interview requests. And Scott, who’s viewed as an up-andcoming moderate, continues to maintain that he plans only to seek reelection. “I don’t have this lifelong dream of being governor or somebody in higher office,” he says. “I’m not saying that I’ll never do it, but I just don’t feel the timing is right for me at this point. And it may not be ever. I just don’t know.” That leaves a pair of potential secondtier candidates, neither of whom will say yes or no to the prospect: former state auditor and senator RANDY BROCK and Campaign for Vermont founder BRUCE LISMAN. While Brock maintains he’s “not made any decisions,” he occasionally sounds like

a guy who’s already in the race. Addressing Vermont’s half-century dearth of incumbent defeats, for instance, Brock says, “That means it’s about due. The numbers are with me.” Brock certainly has some compelling arguments: He was the first to publicly predict and articulate the failures of Vermont Health Connect last September. And his emphasis on the state’s information technology problems, which sounded tone-deaf during his failed 2012 gubernatorial bid, now seems prescient. Brock’s a smart guy, but his last campaign was rudderless and uninspired. Shumlin barely lifted a finger — except when he was dialing for dollars — and still managed to trounce Brock 58 to 38 percent. As for Lisman, he continues to act surprised when asked whether he’s mulling a run, even though he keeps doing precisely what one would do to gear up for one: spending boatloads of money on a political advocacy group, appearing constantly in paid and earned media and, well, declining to rule it out. “I don’t have any plans,” he says. “Nothing’s changed. Except more people ask.” While the former co-head of global equities at Bear Stearns clearly has the cash to burn on his own campaign, his opponents would go to town on his Wall Street tenure, which came to an inglorious end not long after his firm collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis. Nevertheless, a candidate with some dough — like Lisman or Brock, who dropped $300,000 on his last bid — could be appealing to the cash-strapped GOP. That’d free up party resources for downballot races, while generating at least a modicum of interest at the top. And while self-funders typically crash and burn — see RICH TARRANT and JACK MCMULLEN — one oft-forgotten counter-example is Shumlin himself, whose $275,000 loan to his own 2010 campaign allowed him to air TV ads early and distinguish himself in a crowded Democratic pack. Plenty of other names have been tossed around this winter, including Senate minority leader JOE BENNING (R-Caledonia) and Rep. PATTI KOMLINE (R-Dorset), both of whom are talented and respected moderates. But their name recognition outside the Statehouse is nil. Others, such as former lieutenant gubernatorial candidate MARK SNELLING and Rutland City Treasurer WENDY WILTON, say they’re not interested in the top job. The Vermont Progressive party, meanwhile, faces a similar dilemma. Its leaders don’t seem eager to distract themselves

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Some of the most compelling — and sensational — coverage of Vermont’s opiate problem has come not from the newsrooms of Vermont but from a freelancer in Brooklyn. Last September, long before Gov. Shumlin delivered his now-famous State of the State address on opiate abuse, Gina Conn and hannah PalmEr EGan drove north

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to their native Vermont to write about the issue for Vice magazine. “We were talking about how every time we go back and visit people in Vermont, we hear more and more about friends of ours and acquaintances who got into heroin,” Conn says. Their story, called “Brown Mountain State,” provided a vivid look at the life of addicts and dealers in Vermont, and the story went viral when it was published in December. After Shumlin’s speech set off an explosion of media coverage, Politico Magazine asked Conn to write a personal essay about drugs in Vermont — and her own stint in rehab for cocaine addiction — which was titled, “How Did Idyllic Vermont Become America’s Heroin Capital?” Last Thursday, she was featured on NPR’s “Tell Me More.” Conn, who writes under the pen name “Gina Tron,” moved to Barre when she was 9 and, after attending college in Montréal, spent three years working in production at WCAX-TV. In 2008, she moved to New York City and, until last December, worked for New Evangelization Television, a Catholic TV station. Conn says she’s been a reluctant chronicler of the state’s drug problem, because she doesn’t want to give the place a bad rap. “But it’s hard to make a change unless you can admit what’s going on,” she says. Among the tidbits Conn shared with NPR was this: “Some of the experts told me that Vermont has always been an opiate state. Even back in the 1800s, farmers’ wives would use opiates to kind of cope with long, boring winters. So Vermont always seemed to love its downers.” Conn readily acknowledges she’s no expert on the numbers and relies far more on anecdote than epidemiology. She says she did not approve Politico’s headline for her story and doesn’t know that she agrees with its premise. But Conn concedes that she likes to tackle subjects that might make others uncomfortable. Not long after the Newtown school massacre, Conn wrote a story for Vice about how Spaulding High School officials had suspected her of plotting her own school shooting in 1999 after she and a friend signed a note to another girl, “The Trenchcoat Mafia.” Last summer, she wrote an agonizing story about her experience trying to bring to justice a man who sexually assaulted her. And she’s currently writing a memoir of her time in rehab and in a psych ward. “I’m really an open-book person,” she says, “And I feel like if I can’t be honest about things, people can’t learn from their mistakes.” m

from winning more seats in the legislature, and no obvious candidates have emerged. “Shumlin has given us a lot of things to make us consider running against him,” says Progressive Party chairwoman Emma mulvanEy-Stanak. “But we haven’t had anyone leap at the chance to run for governor.” Rep. ChriS PEarSon (P-Burlington), who chairs the House Progressive caucus, says that while Shumlin alienated liberals last winter by threatening cuts to programs that help low-income Vermonters, the governor has since changed his tone. And, Pearson points out, “Shumlin is not backing down on universal health care, and that has been a priority for us, and it’s something we can’t just dismiss.” While the gubernatorial race looks like a snoozer, there’s always the chance that a down-ballot contest could heat up. One obvious place to look would be the lieutenant governor’s office, which Democrats would surely like to snatch. Why not take Scott out before he aims higher? Especially given that his 2012 opponent, Democrat and Progressive CaSSandra GEkaS, won 40 percent of the vote with little money, negligible party support and zero name recognition. Statehouse rumormongers have been floating the notion of House Speaker ShaP Smith (D-Morrisville) making a bid for LG in order to set himself up for another statewide run down the road. But asked about it last week, Smith emphatically replied, “I’m not running for lieutenant governor.” According to Sunderland, the GOP has its eyes on the two most junior statewide officeholders: Democratic State Treasurer BEth PEarCE and Democratic/Progressive State Auditor douG hoffEr, both of whom prevailed in tough campaigns in 2012. And Mulvaney-Stanak says the Progs might challenge Scott, Pearce or Democratic Attorney General Bill SorrEll. Neither party offered up any names. Wilton, who lost to Pearce 41 to 52 percent, says she has “not made any decisions” about a run for the treasurer’s office. If this dismal campaign season ever gets off the ground, it likely won’t be until the legislature adjourns in May. But we might at least get some clues on March 15, when candidates will have to file their next fundraising and spending reports. Here’s hoping, for the sake of political columnists’ continued employment, there’ll be something to write about.



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y some measures, the Chittenden County Transportation Authority and its drivers have never had it better. Ridership has grown 60 percent in the past decade, and drivers avoided layoffs and got raises every year during the recession. And yet, for the second straight contract negotiation cycle, talks between employees and management have turned bitter, creating the possibility that CCTA could soon call its first-ever strike, throwing the daily lives of thousands of riders into disarray in the midst of a harsh winter. Drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 597, overwhelmingly rejected CCTA’s most recent contract offer. On February 19th they staged a press conference and rally on Church Street to decry management’s negotiating positions and are threatening to strike as early as mid-March. C.W. Norris-Brown, a retired CCTA driver who was involved in previous labor negotiations and remains connected to the current union leadership, says a strike is likely. “It would be an eye-opener,” Brown said. “It’s important the public understands why these guys are striking and once they figure out why, they’re going to say, ‘Come on, management.’” Union head Rob Slingerland and Tony St. Hilaire, the union’s designated business agent, did not respond to numerous phone calls and emails seeking comment for this story. But veteran driver Terry Luhrs said, “I’m ready to go on strike. The administration is being totally stubborn, out to make things difficult.” CCTA General Manager Bill Watterson said the agency and the union are scheduled to have a bargaining session this weekend, during which he would likely be offering the drivers a new proposal. “CCTA is prepared to try to find a way forward,” Watterson said. “We have been clear about our goals. That has not been reciprocated. A lot of people do depend on us, and we appreciate the fact that they do, and we’re going to do the best we can to not have a work stoppage.” Watching the developments warily are a slew of local institutions and leaders, who say they have only begun to contemplate how they would adjust if CCTA’s fleet remains in the parking lot.


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In an emailed statement, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said, “My administration is having planning discussions about how to proceed in the unfortunate event negotiations are not successful.” Watterson deflected questions about whether his agency would be able to keep buses running or whether that might involve bringing in other, nonunion drivers in the event of a strike. “We’re going to make that determination when the time comes. I’m not going to talk about that.” For people who rely on CCTA to get to work, the grocery store and the doctor, the consequences of a strike would be grave.

Melvin Pero doesn’t have a car and takes a one-hour, two-bus ride every day from his home in Winooski to the Home Depot in Williston, where he works in the garden department. His wife is due to give birth in mid-March. If drivers strike, Pero said he would either have walk to Williston or pay a friend to drive him. Without running buses, he said, “I’m screwed.”

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Chartered by the legislature in 1973, CCTA spent its first three decades building and serving a tight network of routes in the Burlington area. In the last decade, however, the nonprofit expanded.

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regularly come up a few hours short of a 40-hour workweek. By rule, they must make up the remaining hours, either by extending a shift or claiming some of the leftover time created by sick days or scheduling holes. “They couldn’t do away with split shifts, but they could reduce it,” said driver Sherry Siebenaler. “There needs to be fewer of them. I’m all over the place, every day. That’s what we’re screaming about. They really need to do something with the drivers’ schedules.” But Watterson said there is little his agency can do given the needs of its ridership at opposite ends of the day. “Those jobs are split-shift kind of jobs. That’s the reality,” Watterson said. “Having a split shift can be challenging. The people who come to us for jobs, that is the reality to expect what their work lives can be. If someone envisions that as problematic — and I respect that it might be for some people — it’s probably not the right job for them.” In recent years, CCTA has sought to increase the “spread time,” the number of hours between when a driver’s first shift begins and last shift ends. In negotiations, the union reluctantly agreed to expand the spread from 12.5 hours to 13.5 hours, but demanded in exchange that CCTA surrender the right to hire parttime drivers, which it views as a threat to the long-term stability of full-time jobs, according to the fact-finder’s report. CCTA wants to be able to hire up to seven part-timers. Drivers have other complaints. At the press conference, union officials said that management had shortened breaks for drivers — the only time they can use the bathroom during a shift. They also faulted CCTA for filing written reports about the tiniest infractions, such as being a couple of minutes late, and creating a hostile work environment. Watterson said none of those complaints were voiced in the bargaining session. He said he learned about them through union comments to the media. “It boils down to management style: ‘Our way or the highway; lots of people waiting for your job,’” Norris-Brown said. “Pushing drivers down instead of collaborating. CCTA doesn’t like the union. They would like to have all at-will


The expansions have increased ridership by nearly 75 percent since 2000, to 2.7 million annual rides. The first public sign of trouble between the organization and the union, which represents 71 full-time drivers and one part-timer, came in 2010. It took three mediation sessions for the two sides to agree on a contract. That agreement expired in the summer, after which CCTA and its drivers participated in 10 bargaining sessions over four months. By all accounts, they didn’t come close to a deal. (Drivers are currently working under the terms of the old contract.) Each side then agreed to appoint a neutral factfinder, meeting with him shortly before Thanksgiving. In early January, the fact-finder recommended the terms of a contract, which CCTA used as the foundation of its offer to drivers. The union shot it down in a 53-4 vote in early February. A 15 hour-negotiating session several days later did not result in a new agreement. What are the issues? Surprisingly, pay and benefits aren’t among them. Starting drivers make around $42,000 a year. With overtime, which is often necessary, according to agency documents, annual pay can be more than $60,000. CCTA drivers are mostly frustrated by their workplace conditions and schedules — particularly split shifts. The expansion of commuter routes means work opportunities are clustered in the morning and evening, with a lengthy lull in between. To cope, CCTA, like many transit companies, asks drivers to work the morning commute, go home for several hours, then return for the evening commute. The expansion of those shifts has proved disruptive, according to union reps. “The split shifts are ridiculous,” said veteran driver Luhrs. “Those guys don’t have any life.” Drivers say split shifts are made worse by CCTA’s poor scheduling practices. Instead of letting drivers help craft the bus schedules, the company relies on a software program that dictates shifts that drivers say are inconsistent and inconvenient. For example, drivers complain that— even after working split shifts —  they


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arge hydroelectric dams in the north of Québec are generating energy that is abundant and cheap. New England states and New York are clamoring for clean power that will help meet ambitious goals to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. The push to get Canadian juice flowing south is generating a number of transmission-line projects in the northern New England region — wary conservationists have nicknamed it the “railroad wars,” a reference to the race to construct railroads crisscrossing the country in the 19th century. Christophe Courchesne, a staff attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation in New Hampshire, compared “this phase of the energy development” to the “Wild West.” Vermont isn’t the target customer for all of this power; it’s largely intended for more populated parts. But the Green Mountain State could serve as the gateway — a prospect that has some in Vermont asking, “How will it benefit us?” Just as developers are chomping at the bit to get under way, a few critics are raising concerns about the environmental impacts of large-scale hydropower. Others worry that by flooding New England’s electricity market with cheap hydroelectricity, the new transmission lines could discourage development of renewable energy projects closer to home. CLF’s Vermont director, Chris Killian, suspects that the construction of the proposed transmission projects could happen rapidly — within a matter of years — which is “pretty fast” in the power sector. He encourages Vermonters to pay attention, and not just because the state could be a thoroughfare for the northsouth power lines. “They’re representative of a very significant transformation in our electric power system,” said Killian. The project closest to home is also one of the newest on the scene. If approved, the New England Clean Power Link would carry electricity an estimated 150 miles from the Canadian border to Ludlow, Vermont, through two buried, six-inch-wide cables. Approximately

100 miles of the line would be installed four feet under Lake Champlain. The rest would be buried beneath dry land, largely in existing rights of way. The Clean Power link comes with a $1.2 billion price tag. That would be borne by the developer, Transmission Developers Inc., which is backed by a private equity giant, the Blackstone Group. TDI is also behind the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a similar project that will ferry power from Canada to the Big Apple via lines under the Hudson River and the New York side of Lake Champlain. New York approved the project last year, and TDI expects the line to be in service by the fall of 2017. “We were listening to what the market

was telling us,” said Don Jessome, TDI’s chief executive officer. What he was hearing was that New England governors were hungry for more Canadian hydropower — primarily because that power could cut carbon dioxide emissions in their states. New England’s fossil-fuel plants are aging. Twenty-eight coal- and gas-fired plants — representing more than 25 percent of the region’s electricity-generating capacity — will be close to retirement by the end of the decade. Natural gas already comprises nearly 50 percent of New England’s total electricity generation; observers warn too much reliance on a single source of electricity could be problematic for the region.

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Carving the Commute: Crossing Lake Champlain in Winter B y A l i c i a Freese 03.05.14-03.12.14 SEVEN DAYS 18 LOCAL MATTERS

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ake Champlain is frozen all the way across for the first time since 2007. But that hasn’t stopped two boats from traversing it, all day, every day. The Lake Champlain Transportation Company operates three ferry crossings, two of which now stay open yearround. The ice-breaking boat that plies the waters between Grand Isle and Plattsburgh runs 24/7. The southern crossing, between Charlotte and Essex, N.Y., departs Vermont hourly from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before 1998, this route was seasonal, but with a few exceptions, LCT has kept it operational through the winter, easing travel for commuters who use the boat to get to and from work. Last Wednesday, seven cars maneuvered onto the ferry in Charlotte. Sitting inside them, the passengers likely heard the sound of the vessel’s steel bow crunching through ice as the ferry pulled away from the dock. Up in the boat’s pilothouse, classical music was playing. Lea Coggio, of Richmond, was at the helm on what turned out to be a windy, overcast, 20degree day. She sported a black knit cap, white turtleneck, a black sweater adorned with four gold captain’s stripes on each shoulder and a pair of Ray-Bans to protect against the ice’s glare. The ferry company employs about 30 captains; Coggio is one of six women who hold that title. Her sister happens to be married to Capt. Richard Phillips of pirate-capture fame, but five days before the couple was caught on camera at the Oscars, Coggio was too intent on ice conditions and boat anatomy to rehash her brother-in-law’s adventures. “He’s gotten his share of media attention already,” she said with a laugh. During the summer, two boats work the Charlotte crossing at one time, transporting 600 passengers a day, according to Coggio’s estimate. In the winter, one boat shuttles between 100 and 200, she said. Built in 1953, the vessel is one year older than she is. Coggio guided the ferry toward a channel of open water — roughly 100 feet wide with ice on either side — between Vermont and New York. Leaving the Charlotte shore, it plowed through the frozen fragments that had accumulated

around the dock — what Coggio calls “cocktail ice.” Steering one of two wagon-wheelsize helms, she was eager to clarify some misconceptions: First, the United States Coast Guard does not carve out this channel for the ferry; second, “There are no true ice breakers on this lake.” “True ice breakers” are boats with bows capable of cutting through frozen surfaces or engines that can act as ice-smashing hammers. The boat that connects Grand Isle and Plattsburgh is equipped with a bubbler to prevent ice buildup. But the 95-ton Essex-Charlotte ferry, confusingly called the Grand Isle, has none of those accoutrements. How does the modest boat clear a path for itself? It fends off ice simply by traveling back and forth in the same liquid strait. The ferry does have a strong piece of steel called a “skeg” that prevents ice from interfering with the rudder, and it can cast aside frozen chunks using its prop wash. Some mornings, the first run is an ice-breaking one, and the pilot has to

How does the modest boat clear a path for itself?

It fends off ice simply by traveling back and forth in the same liquid strait. pivot and wiggle the ferry in its slip to break free from ice that’s formed around it overnight. But Coggio downplays the inconvenience, saying the process takes 30 minutes, max. Winter water travel does have its rewards. A brisk walk to the boat’s stern reveals plenty of wildlife in the ferry’s wake.

Hundreds of ducks — hooded mergansers, mallards and common goldeneyes — are camped out in the channel this winter, drawn to the open water. When the boat approaches, they take flight en masse; after it passes, they cluster again in the after-churn. Coggio describes herself as a novice birder, but she’s got her ducks down. She keeps a birding book and a pair of binoculars in the cramped pilothouse. Late in the afternoon, she spotted an eagle — a black smudge in the distance, sitting on the ice with shoulders hunched. Coggio got her captain’s license in 1992, a process that entails spending at least 365 days on a boat and passing a written test. Prior to that, she worked exclusively as a deckhand for LCT and, before that, spent eight years at a bank. Plainspoken and practical, Coggio said, “Yeah, they’ll snag a duck,” explaining the eagle’s predatory habits. But talking “articulated tug and barges” and “honeycombed ice,” she sounded downright poetic.

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who cross the lake for school — he’s a first-grader at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne. The first ferry of the day isn’t quite early enough to deliver him on time, but Schueller said his teachers have been forgiving. As far as commutes go, it’s hard to beat, Schueller said, citing “gorgeous sunsets,” “really cool birds” — and the occasional, unexpected, big-wave car wash. But, she added, “When you do it day in and day out, it kind of loses its magic.” Not so for Coggio. Unlike her two brothers and brother-in-law, Coggio didn’t pursue lucrative deep-sea work, in part because she’s prone to seasickness. The sunrises and sunsets alone are enough to keep the three-mile crossing from getting old, she said. And there’s always something new to see. Last week, Coggio watched a black-backed gull bully an osprey out of its fish. This Sunday, she guided a disoriented duck back to where it and this ship pilot belong: on the lake. m

Waterfowl and their predators account for those passengers with tripods and telephoto lenses on deck during midday voyages. But on the early morning and evening trips, commuters dominate. The 25-minute trip costs $9.50 each way, if you’re bringing a car. Lori Myers, a graphic designer for Ben & Jerry’s, lives in Burlington, but she grew up across the lake in Westport, N.Y., and still has family there. Going back and forth gets pricey, Myers notes, but she’s grateful for the service. When the Charlotte-Essex ferry used to shut down for the winter, Myers recalled, “It always kind of felt like this wall went up between Vermont and New York.” Gretel Schueller lives in Essex, N.Y., and works in Shelburne as a news editor for EatingWell magazine. She takes the ferry each day. So does her husband, Todd Goff, a lieutenant colonel in the Vermont National Guard, who’s been making the commute for more than a decade. In September, their 7-year-old son, Alexander, also started making the trek. Alexander is one of a handful of children

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appointments. Her daughter helps when she can, but she has a full-time job. Mike Kusmit and his family don’t have a car. The Burlington resident takes the bus to Price Chopper, to physical therapy appointments in Essex Junction, and just about everywhere else. His 7-year-old daughter rides it to school. “If you want to go anywhere,” Kusmit said, “it’s the only way.” About half of the Burlington School District’s children rely on CCTA buses to get to school. Superintendent Jeanne Collins said her office has only recently begun contemplating how it would respond to a strike. The district might try to lease unused buses from other districts, but that could be costly, she said, and it is unclear how many free buses would be available halfway through the school year. They may also set up carpooling arrangements. “We’re doing our due diligence,” Collins said.

At the HowardCenter in downtown Burlington, many clients rely on buses to get to counseling, substance-abuse treatment and other services. Bob Bick, director of mental health and substance-abuse services, said he and his colleagues are monitoring the unfolding situation. Neither the bus company nor the union has reached out to them. “I would hope that we could receive some definitive advance notice if there will be a disruption in service,” Bick said, “to allow us to try and minimize the impact.” Mayor Weinberger initially agreed to an interview about the negotiations but, citing “the sensitivity of collective bargaining negotiations and the fact that the city is not a participant in those negotiations,” issued a statement and declined additional comment. m

certificates from certified generation facilities, such as wind or solar farms. But large-scale hydropower is cheaper than wind or solar power. If that power qualified for various RPSs, say critics like Killian, the incentive to build smaller-scale, local renewable energy projects would evaporate. “Yes, it is true that just on a sort of lay definition basis, hydropower, water power, is a renewable fuel,” Killian said. But including large-scale hydro, he believes, “undermines, and arguably eviscerates, the purpose of the renewable portfolio standards.” Last month, two Massachusetts lawmakers introduced legislation that would, for the first time, classify largescale hydroelectricity as renewable energy. The bill’s backers, including

Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration, say hydroelectricity needs to be part of the mix if the state is going to meet its goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. Vermont, though it doesn’t have RPSs, has already categorized big hydro as “renewable.” Jessome agrees that small-scale renewable projects are important — but argues hydro generation, which can be ramped up or down quickly and easily, fits nicely with intermittent power generation sources such as wind and solar. If New England states want to meet the goals they’ve set for cutting greenhousegas emissions, Jessome said, “hydro has to be part of the story.” m


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is best known in the fully developed characters whose storyBurlington area for her standup lines intersect through the central figure chops. The Saint Michael’s of Trudy, a madly vociferous Times College senior broke into the Square bag lady. She communicates with local comedy scene during her fresh- extraterrestrial life forms via an unusual man year and hasn’t stopped performing invention of hers: umbrella hats. Trudy’s since. “I was always sort of secretly look- life also intersects with those of other ing for an outlet that I didn’t know was earthlings, including a runaway teenstandup comedy,” Rivers says. “The first ager, a prostitute being interviewed by time I did standup, it was because I had a student for his graduate thesis and funny things to say, and it was a form of a droll socialite. The play’s feminist performance I hadn’t tried yet. But … I reputation comes from these female always tell people I’m a far better actor characters, whom the audience sees at pivotal moments of the women’s movethan I am a comedian.” As a theater major, she’s had oppor- ment — but Wagner never makes them tunities to demonstrate her dramatic political mouthpieces. “The beauty of Jane Wagner’s writskills, appearing in such college productions as Romeo and Juliet and The Art of ing is that she writes all these characters Dining. Last summer, Rivers showed up without any judgment,” Rivers says. Search is not, she points in VERMONT STAGE COMPANY’s out, your typical solo show. “Bake Off ” production of “It’s a different type of theThe 39 Steps. ater,” Rivers suggests. “OneThis weekend, she’ll woman or one-man shows merge student and profesare usually just a series of sional performance — and monologues. This is a play. drama and comedy — when It’s a play with characters she stages her senior work that grow and interact and at Burlington’s OFF CENTER have storylines.” FOR THE DRAMATIC ARTS. It’s The performer carryJane Wagner’s The Search ing the show must switch for Signs of Intelligent Life constantly among dozens in the Universe, a two-hour, of distinct voices, gaits one-woman show written and emotional states. It’s a for, and made famous by, daunting feat for an actor of actor and comedian Lily any age; Tomlin was in her Tomlin. Tomlin won a Tony mid-forties and an accomfor the show’s Broadway plished professional when run in 1986 and starred in KIT R IVER S Wagner wrote the piece for the 1991 film version. her. Rivers, who is 22, notes Rivers was a “theater kid” with years of acting experience, that older women usually perform the she says, before she dove into the world piece. “In a way, my age has always been my of standup. During her college years, she alternated between school theatri- Achilles’ heel,” says Rivers, the youngest cal productions and regular comedy of five children. But she insists that the gigs — open mics, paying shows and play’s feminist aspects make it especially making finals at competitions such as appropriate for a young woman to take the Funniest Comic in New England on. “With all the women’s issues in and Vermont’s Funniest Comedian. “I today’s headlines, and this reverse pronever stopped doing either of them, and gression of old white men [in political comedy opened me up more to profes- power], I think there’s value in a young sional theater work,” Rivers says. Yet she female voice bringing up these issues acknowledges that standup took a lot of that really haven’t been dealt with,” she her attention. “It was only in this last says. Another challenge: The play is set in year of college that I was like, ‘Oh, right, New York in the mid-1980s, as secondI’m a theater major,’” Rivers jokes. Performing Search will allow Rivers wave feminism was beginning to decline. to show — and stretch — her thespian It was a time and place that Wagner and talents. The show has nearly a dozen Tomlin knew well; Rivers, an Indiana IT RIVERS







THEATER native from a later generation, does not. She says she relied heavily on her director, MARY CAROL MAGANZINI, to help her flesh out the historical and cultural markers embedded in the script. “She didn’t know about the ’60s and ’70s, the women’s movement and what things were like then,” says Maganzini, a St. Mike’s theater alum who has remained involved with the department over the years and is a board operator at VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO. “It was like, [in the ’80s] Post-it Notes were new! At times [working on the play], I felt like the oldest living person in the world,” she adds. Performing Search pulls Rivers outside her comedic comfort zone. She relishes the comic opportunities and witty zingers in the script. While some of her more abrupt onstage switches carry a trace of shtik, she has an impressive vocal and physical range that she and Maganzini utilize to its fullest — no two characters feel the same. And parts of Wagner’s script are downright heartbreaking. “There are characters with hearts of gold, and they’re the most dismissed,”

Rivers says. She and Maganzini took the time to unpack the heavier parts of the script. Rivers says the “character development and, like, heart work” were the most rewarding — and challenging — parts of her process. In a way, though, she’s been rehearsing Search a long time. Rivers first performed sections of the play in high school, when she developed a few of its comic monologues for a humorous-interpretation competition on her school’s speech team. “I loved the piece,” Rivers remembers. “I was this little liberal feminist in Indiana. I’ve always had an interest in the whole piece and never really had a platform or a way to do it. Now, coming up on my senior work, it made sense that it would be my capstone [performance].” 


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Before Chittenden County filled with type-A professionals debating the benefits of raw milk, large sections of it were practically rural. Among them was Weed Road in Essex, where GRANT CORSON moved in 1961 and still lives today. The retiree reminisces about his decades on the grassy road — where he raised “one homemade daughter” and six adopted kids — in a self-published series of essays called The Weed Road Chronicles, many originally published in the Essex Reporter. Whether Corson is relating old-timers’ stories about the Great Flood of 1927 or waxing eloquent on the many uses of duct tape, it’s vintage Vermont.




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Professional stay-at-home nanman looking for needy mistress with a lot of bang and a lot of buck. You: type-A powerhouse, sexy exercise freak, no time for lovely children. Me: lovable child entertainer, epicurean sorcerer, and full action figure complete with handyman tool belt. Trained in subservience and anger management for Your Highness’s stress release blowouts. Taking applications now. Would a harried single mom feel tempted to answer this unorthodox classified ad? That’s the premise of The Nanman, a new self-published novel from Vermont author ERIC J. BEST. Best has been putting out a gritty futuristic series called The D Generation, so this high-concept romantic comedy set in Burlington is a major change of pace for him. It’s also surprisingly charming. The guy who placed the ad — while he was tipsy — is Dez Daniels, a devoted stay-at-home dad whose wife just deserted him and took the kids with her. He needs an income, fast. The woman desperate enough to call him is Cecile O’Brien, a stressedout professional whose husband pulled a similar disappearing act — only he left her with three rowdy kids and no nanny. Logistically, they’re a match made in heaven. Romantically … well, that takes more time. It sounds like a Jennifer Aniston movie: Laid-back, granola Super-Dad (Dez lectures Cecile on the virtues of raw milk) transforms brittle urban woman and her hectic home. Unlike most rom-com writers, though, Best gives his central characters enough

emotional depth and sassy repartee to have believable chemistry. Both are reluctant to jump into love after failed marriages, and neither is waiting around to be “transformed” by a perfect partner. The book has serious undertones, too. Best makes a convincing argument for dads who choose to stay home, backed with parenting cred. (A passage where Dez catalogs the different species of mom at Al’s French Frys, from “passive” to “hypervigilant,” is particularly amusing.) The author eschews stereotypes about Mars and Venus in favor of frank reflections on the difficulties of a homebound parent of either sex relating to one who spends all day in a fast-paced, exciting workplace. Dez wonders if his wife left him because he’d become soft bellied and “passive,” like the traditional housewife. “Marriage was tenuous in this kind of society,” Best writes, “but what was the solution: go back to the fields?” Given the complexity of these concerns, it’s unfortunate that Dez’s ex comes across as a cardboard villain. The book has other flaws that could be fixed by a rigorous edit. But overall, it’s a brisk beach read with surprising insight for its genre, and Best is a writer to watch.

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estled deep on some newspapers’ obituary pages a few weeks ago was a notice about the passing of 98-year-old Edith Kramer in Vienna, the city of her birth, on February 22. Along with the psychologist Margaret Naumburg, Kramer was one of the founders of and leading figures in the field of art therapy, a treatment that encourages people to use the creative process to work through emotional conflicts. On her personal website, Kramer wrote in a kind of mission statement: “My therapeutic method is as old as mankind. Since human society has existed, the arts have helped man to reconcile the eternal conflict between the individual’s instinctual urges and the demands of society. Thus, all art is therapeutic in the broadest sense of the word.” Indeed, one of the great successes of art therapy is that its central ideas no longer seem particularly controversial: Making art can help us work through our emotional difficulties. As it happens, Edith Kramer had a Vermont connection: She delivered a commencement address at and received an honorary art therapy doctorate from

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Norwich University in 1996. Her teachings and philosophy live on in, among other places, a show that has just opened at the Farrington Properties’ Flynndog gallery in Burlington. “March Forth” is the punning and appropriate name of the exhibit, which features artworks created by clients and

employees of the mental health and substance abuse wing of the HowardCenter. This is the third such gallery show in a little more than a year, each of them organized by Bryant Pugh, 36, head of the HowardCenter Arts Collective. The show is unusual in its inclusivity. “No art is going to be turned away,” says

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ocktails in the milking parlor, opera singers upstairs: The Inn at Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield will once again host the Green Mountain Opera Festival’s annual gala. Besides raising funds for one of Vermont’s two resident opera companies — the one with an extensive emerging-artists program — the gala is a festive evening centered on beautiful voices and ridiculously good food. (The latter will be prepared by Round Barn executive chef Charlie Menard.) This year’s event is called La Festa delle Montagne, Italian for “the festival in the mountains.” “We just wanted to dress it up a little,” explains the festival’s artistic director, Bruce Stasyna, by phone from his New York City home. Not that attendees are expected to dress up — this is Vermont, after all.

Stasyna just wants everyone to have fun in a casual setting, he says. Last year, he and organizer Dana Donaldson of Waitsfield jettisoned the previous years’ formal seating arrangements and set up food stations around the barn’s second floor, allowing diners to mix. The singers, accompanied by Stasyna on piano, “punctuated” the evening with arias and Broadway tunes. This year’s gala will reprise that format. The gala comes two months ahead of GMOF’s ninth season, which will begin on May 27 with open master classes, small-scale performances and open rehearsals at venues around the Mad River Valley. This year’s 17 emerging artists, including two pianists and one stage director, were chosen from a pool of 425 applicants. The season culminates in performances on June 19 through 22 of

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Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia by the emerging artists and of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by a professional cast. When Stasyna chose those operas, he was unaware that the Opera Company of Middlebury, the state’s other company, had settled on Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) for its fully staged opera this year. Stasyna jokes that audiences hitting both houses this summer will have a “Rossini sandwich”: Britten’s chilling retelling of the sixth-century-BC story bookended by the two Italian comedies. The music at this month’s gala, however, won’t come from either GMOF opera. Instead, selections will include reliable hits from Rigoletto, West Side Story and the like. That program is partly tailored to the voices of the evening’s

Pugh, a HowardCenter mental health residential counselor, so long as a client or employee of the facility produced it. Each show has been larger than the previous one. While Burlington’s S.P.A.C.E. Gallery featured about 60 works last November, “March Forth” has more than 100 — mostly paintings and a few sculptural works. Courtesy of Alpha Artists Management LLC

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to have the show’s March 14 reception catered by the on-site Chef’s Corner South End. tim SAvArd, an intense 28-year-old from Essex Junction, has more formal artistic training than the other artists who meet to talk with Seven Days about this story. He studied art and received awards for his works while a student at Johnson State College. Savard has exhibited his paintings in various venues around Burlington. He isn’t specific about what brought him to the HowardCenter — he says he feels “trapped” by societal pressures — but his artworks speak with a strong voice. They’re rich in religious imagery and bold colors and, though balanced compositionally, are composed of many discrete fragments. Less complex but compelling in their hieroglyphic simplicity are the digitally created ink-and-paper compositions of Bonnie GilleSpie, 67, of Burlington, who receives treatment at the HowardCenter for schizoaffective disorder. Gillespie’s computer-aided drawings look almost like the characters of a lost language.

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in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Other former GMOF participants have gone on to sing at the Met, the San Francisco Opera and L’Opéra de Montréal, among other houses. As New Yorker Apostolou puts it during a phone call, “Green Mountain [Opera Festival] takes care of its own.” The 32-year-old soprano performed Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore with the GMOF in 2009, a gig she was so excited to get at the time, she recalls, that she “was shouting into the phone. I don’t know what Bruce thought of me,” she adds with a laugh. Apostolou has gone on to become a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., one of the country’s premier programs for rising singers and a pioneer in


singers — two former emerging artists who have gone on to become young stars. Lyric soprano Sharin Apostolou has the kind of voice that can sustain long, beautiful lines with agility. Cameron Schutza is a spinto (or “pushed”) tenor, meaning his voice can hold its own over a large orchestra. When it came to the season’s operas, by contrast, Stasyna chose both to highlight the mezzosoprano voice in lead roles, and tenors who sing Rossini are generally leggero, or “light.” The gala is an occasion to show off some of the successes of the emergingartists program, which Stasyna established seven years ago and ran until he took over as artistic director last year. Since participating in the program, Apostolou has been a regional prize winner, and Schutza a regional finalist,

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stateof thearts HowardCenter « p.25 But once she describes the scenes they depict, their shapes take on new meanings: The wiggles become waves, the circles a drowning child. Gillespie declares, in no uncertain terms, that the process of making art has emotional value to her. “It’s therapeutic … to have that feeling of accomplishment,” she says. “It makes you feel good about yourself, like you’re worth something.” tom What Gillespie describes is not far off from Edith Kramer’s take on the therapeutic value of art, which she called “a powerful aid in sorting out and mastering experience.” tom Dunn, 58, of Colchester, has an easygoing attitude about the way art has helped him get control of his life. A tattoo artist for nearly 30 years, Dunn wears the inky totems of his former profession on his arms. A breakdown following a “rough divorce,” he says, left him with tremors, a condition that prevented him from doing fine needlework on the bodies of his clients. Dunn now makes walking sticks and canes, and has drawn and painted works

for “March Forth.” In those media, he says, the tremors “don’t matter too much … I’ve got a lot more freedom. Paints are pretty forgiving.” Saying he’ll now work in whatever medium is at hand, Dunn notes, “Now I’m learning to break all the rules I learned doing tattoos, and I’m having quite a bit of fun.” Comments like this — and the chuckles they elicit from fellow artists — make ebullient organizer Pugh light up even more. He’s struggled with mental health Du NN issues himself, he says, and sees the arts collective as more than just a group therapy session that turns out artwork; it’s also a way to create community. “We don’t sit together and do art together,” Pugh says, “but we are relying upon each other and getting advice.” The collective, he goes on, allows everyone at the HowardCenter to come together. “What I love about it is that, in the collective, you’re not an employee or a client,” Pugh says. “You’re an artist.” m

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concert pianist for the New York Citybased Marcello Giordani Foundation, a nonprofit that helps young singers gain a career foothold. (Its artists’ board reads like an opera who’s who list: Peter Gelb, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, James Levine.) Stasyna also debuted as chorus master with New York City Opera for Anna Nicole, the 70-year-old company’s final production before it folded last September. Directing the GMOF, meanwhile, is “a part-time position that requires fulltime work,” Stasyna says wryly. “There really is no day that goes by where I’m not doing something to do with Green Mountain Opera Festival,” he adds. The gala will mark the start of yet more work with an evening of celebration. m


presenting established Broadway musicals along with operas. Last year, she performed in Glimmerglass’ Camelot, and she’ll sing a lead part in its production of Carousel this year. After Apostolou’s appearance with GMOF, Stasyna became her coach, helping her to prepare for competitions, a European tour and a gig in China, among other career highlights. The soprano reprised the part of Adina twice last year, at the Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware. Her training at GMOF played a key part in landing those L’Elisir roles. “I wouldn’t even have been considered if I hadn’t done it already,” Apostolou notes. “Bruce helped me understand the comedy of it, and the musical language of the composer and the period.” She adds, “It was so much fun to open my score [from Vermont] and see all the notes I made back then.” In addition to coaching, Stasyna is chorus master and assistant conductor of the Washington Concert Opera and

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that in many if not most cases the claim isn’t that your genitalia have disappeared without a trace; rather, you think they’re shrinking. There’s a perfectly ordinary explanation for this — namely, the operation of the cremaster muscles, which pull the testes toward the body, typically in response to cold or fear. This is usually accompanied by a tingling sensation that could easily be interpreted as electric shock. The mystery is why this commonplace experience should be taken as a sign of the dark arts. The default explanation is mass hysteria, which tells you nothing. A slightly shrewder take on things is that penis theft and other bizarre outbreaks in the developing world are “culturebound syndromes,” which suggests they’re pathologies confined to mobs of superstitious yokels. But the germ of

a local healer used traditional medicine to “cure” him. That might have been that, except the school principal then felt compelled to announce that boys should be careful of their penises. Numerous students suddenly felt their penises shrinking until the same healer put things right. On the bright side, a mere 64 kids professed to be afflicted, an improvement over an earlier koro outbreak in the region that affected more than 2,000. What’s going on? The likeliest explanation is what’s been called “the witchcraft of modernity”: in a rapidly urbanizing society, when you dump a bunch of bumpkins into the middle of a faceless crowd, you can’t be surprised when some of them get weird. Although you can find tales of disappearing penises in antiquity, penis theft as a mass-market phenomenon is relatively recent, first showing up in Nigeria in the early 1970s and spreading to most of West and central Africa by the 1990s. The scenario is easy to picture: teeming Lagos, a frightening encounter with a stranger, the activation of the cremaster. Add in journalists uncritically spreading wild tales, and we understand the frisson that victims experience: It’s the shock of the new.




convinced his penis, testicles or both have been stolen or shrunken. The final step is crying “Thief!” and enlisting others to confront the suspect, sometimes with the “victim” stripping on the spot to prove his genitals are gone. When an epidemic swept Nigeria in 1990, men walked around grasping their penises to prevent theft. The result of this delusional drama can be pretty ugly. About 20 witches accused of penis theft were lynched in Nigeria in 2001, and 12 in Ghana in 2002. One survey counted 56 separate cases between 1997 and 2003, with at least 36 suspected thieves murdered. In a 2008 outbreak in Congo, urgent messages went out by radio to avoid strangers wearing gold rings in taxis, leading police to put 13 suspected sorcerers into protective custody to prevent lynchings. Baffled Westerners may wonder what kind of idiot could seriously believe his penis had been stolen. From a glance at the reports it’s evident



ysteria? Come now. In the age of identity theft and other firstworld problems, it’s almost refreshing to have an issue that speaks to the brotherhood of man. I acknowledge you don’t get many substantiated cases of penis theft in, say, Paris. While rumors of genital larceny appear sporadically throughout the world, most commonly they’re found in developing nations with poorly educated tribal cultures where belief in witchcraft is still strong. In Senegal, for example, it’s believed penises can be stolen by cannibal witches, or via impotence spells cast by sorcerers, or simply by ordinary, everyday evil spirits. A penis-theft episode typically involves four stages. First the “victim” has an odd encounter, such as a stranger unexpectedly shaking his hand. Next is the sensation of an electric shock or chill traveling to his genitals. Third, he checks his crotch and becomes

truth is that penis theft is a local manifestation of a broader phenomenon. Consider Southeast Asia, home of a disorder known as koro, where your penis isn’t stolen but rather starts to withdraw into your body. If you don’t halt the process by grabbing your member or tying it down with string or wire, supposedly it will retract completely inside you, with fatal results. Sometimes attempts to avoid this fate cause severe penile injury, to the point of requiring amputation. Koro isn’t blamed on sorcery. In 1967 an outbreak in Singapore was triggered by a rumor, repeated in news reports, that eating meat from pigs inoculated against swine fever would lead to koro. While pork rotted on the shelves, frightened men crowded the hospitals, with 469 “victims” by the time the panic ran its course. In 2004 a koro outbreak in the Guangdong region of China started when a third grader became convinced his penis was shrinking. While his mother held the kid’s member,

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he dashboard clock had just clicked to 3 a.m., and downtown Burlington was quickly becoming a ghost town. A scant hour earlier, the streets had thronged with people. But now, one hour after last call at the bars, most everyone had completed the weekend routine: They had bought and ingested their pizzas, kebobs and sausage sandwiches; hooked up or given up trying; and driven, cabbed or hoofed it back to their homes or apartments. I spotted a straggler in front of Ruben James and scooped him up — my last fare of the night, I expected. He was a tall, African American man, and he needed a ride to City Bluffs, the condo development across from Burlington High School. He jumped in the back, and I swung a right onto lower Church Street, then another onto King. My customer was talking quietly on his cell to a woman; perhaps he was en route to her place, or maybe they lived together at City Bluffs. In any event, it seemed like an amiable conversation, so things were going well for the guy. I settled in for the ride. Every night that I’m out cabbing, I hustle to make time and maximize the number of calls I can complete. But on last call, I kick back and ease up on the accelerator. I exhale and let my mind drift — another night in the books. I had just begun this mental wind-down when a young man hailed me from the


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ommercial real estate broker Jed Dousevicz unlocks the front door of the unoccupied Delano Administration Building and lets a small group of prospective buyers inside, along with a journalist and a photographer. At first glance, the building doesn’t look vacant, more like the owners are running errands and due back shortly. But the longer we explore this structure — and 13 others on the sprawling, 128acre Pine Ridge School campus for sale in rural Williston — the more it feels like the previous tenants actually bolted on short notice, as though fleeing deadly contagion. Indeed, the administration building, like most of Pine Ridge, looks tailor-made for shooting a zombie apocalypse movie. Framed pictures still hang on the walls. Desks and filing cabinets are littered with yellowed notebooks and blueprints. Sweaters and jackets still hang in a closet. An American flag stands in a corner behind the reception desk, where a telephone and message pad seem to await incoming calls. “It’s kind of spooky,” observes Amy Demetrowitz, director of real estate

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development for Champlain Housing Trust. She’s on the tour, along with CHT chief operating and financial officer Michael Monte, to eyeball the property for potential development ideas. Dousevicz agrees. His firm, V/T Commercial, has been trying for years to sell this property on behalf of its client, People’s United Bank. “It’s like they shut the lights off, walked out and never came back again,” he says. Until five years ago, this wooded and hilly campus, with its stunning views of Mt. Mansfield, was home to a private boarding school founded in 1968 to educate teens with learning difficulties, primarily dyslexia. At its peak, Pine Ridge employed more than 100 faculty and staff and had an enrollment of 115 students. As many as 98 students lived on campus year-round in three spacious, modern dorms. But by the early 2000s, many students with learning disabilities had been mainstreamed into public schools, and Pine Ridge fell on hard times. As public funding for private schools dried up and a dwindling number of families shelled out

the $56,000 annual tuition — day students paid $27,500 — the school began opening its doors to kids with emotional and behavioral difficulties. In the words of its last board of trustees, Pine Ridge “drifted far from its original mission.” In 2006, trustees hoping to save their beleaguered institution hired headmaster Dana Blackhurst, a wealthy, well-connected and controversial special educator. When Blackhurst arrived in April 2007, he inherited a drastically diminished enrollment and $1.4 million in debt. He tried steering the school back to fiscal solvency, in part by cutting staff and slashing tuition to attract new students. But the school’s downward spiral was irreversible. In March 2009, Blackhurst announced that Pine Ridge would close permanently that June following its graduation ceremony. The campus has remained vacant and unused ever since. During our tour, the second conducted that day by V/T Commercial, Dousevicz explains some of the challenges of selling this attractive but complicated real estate. People’s United Bank foreclosed on the

property at a time when the national real estate market was deep in the toilet and few buyers were interested in a $3.5 million price tag. Moreover, because the entire campus sits in Williston’s agricultural/rural/residential zoning district — an area designated for minimum development — its uses are limited. Current zoning laws would allow a developer to, say, scrape the land bare of all existing structures, then build luxury homes on 2-plus-acre lots — an expensive and impractical option. Much of the land is mapped as deer wintering area, further hindering new construction; other areas are steeply wooded hillsides. In short, Dousevicz says, virtually the only practical way to use the property is as the site of another school, hospital or house of worship. Considering the facilities available — and the discounted price of $2.8 million — a school or hospital seems the likeliest candidate. Dousevicz leads us downstairs to the Beal Dining Hall, where plates, bowls, trays and silverware are stacked on shelves and rolling carts, seemingly awaiting an

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nearly all the furniture was evacuated from a nearby dorm, which flooded during one of the recent “named storms.” Outside, we continue down the hill, passing a small school bus, two newermodel pickup trucks and an enclosed trailer. All were once owned by Pine Ridge but never auctioned off by the bank. Dousevicz confirms that they, too, would be available to a purchaser. We visit two last buildings on our tour: the Mansfield and Sterling dormitories. Constructed in 2004, these two-story dorms feature single and double rooms as well as several two-bedroom apartments. Together, they’re large enough to house more than 60 students and residential advisors, though Dousevicz doesn’t have an exact figure. Sterling looks much as it did when the students departed, which makes it all the creepier inside. Some of the beds still have blankets and sheets. Several kitchens have dishes in the sink; the bathrooms, soap in the shower stalls. In one room, someone left behind a Schwinn mountain bike in fairly good condition. Another offers faded copies of


erased years ago. In another room, numerous world maps hang on the walls beside a brand-new smart board. In another, a small library houses hundreds of books. As our group reconvenes outside, Monte remarks on the ample resources seemingly going to waste inside. “It’s hard to tell how much of it has value,” he says, “but it must have some value to someone.” Dousevicz leads us to one of the newer and more impressive buildings: the Duerr Activity Center, a 9,562-square-foot, multiuse, climate-controlled athletic facility. Just inside, we pass several glass cases with trophies still on display. Beyond them is the gymnasium itself, huge and in pristine condition. The basketball court would look even bigger were it not covered with furniture neatly stacked in rows: rod-hockey tables, workout equipment, mattresses, refrigerators, microwave ovens and chests of drawers — more than 25 bedroom sets in all. In its current state, the court could easily be pressed into service as an emergency Red Cross shelter. Dousevicz explains that

incoming lunch crowd. The dining room features a beautiful stone fireplace that looks like it hasn’t been used in years. In one corner sits a vintage Ms. Pac-Man arcade game. In another stands a pool table with a scatterplot of billiard balls, as though a game were still under way. We exit the building and walk down a long, paved road, past a series of mostly one-story clapboard structures and gray, oddly shaped “pods” that lend this part of campus a summer-camp aesthetic. Later I learn that, in addition to the soccer fields located along the Winooski River, Pine Ridge’s ropes course remains untouched. As we climb a staircase inside the Hopwood Academic Building, that endof-days vibe grows eerily strong. On the second floor, each member of the tour fans out in a different direction. I explore a row of offices and classrooms, marveling at the abundance of books and other educational material left behind. In one room sits a pile of 20 to 30 laptops and their carrying cases, all in mint condition, at least for their day; according to Dousevicz, all their hard drives were

the New Yorker, and art projects bearing students’ names on the walls. In a central lounge, I spot an oversize TV remote with extra-large buttons, presumably for kids with dyslexia. On a shelf sits an anatomically correct dummy for teaching CPR. As we make our way outside and back to our cars, Dousevicz explains how the search for buyers is going. “Our marketing right now is national,” he says. “I wouldn’t say there’s one typical user, but we’ve had a lot of inquiries.” As members of our group brainstorm potential uses of the property — senior housing, a psychiatric facility, a drugtreatment center — Dousevicz notes that one such idea was already considered, and withdrawn, two years into the process. In November 2011, Maple Leaf Farm Associates, the Underhill-based drug treatment center, signed a purchase agreement to buy the property for an undisclosed sum. As executive director Bill Young explains, the nonprofit sank nearly two years and more than $200,000 into exploring the feasibility of opening a 96-bed inpatient drug treatment center at the former Pine Ridge. What killed the deal? Nothing about the property itself, Young says. However, the cost of renovations quickly crept above $300,000 — more than Maple Leaf was ready to spend. Then there was the costly and time-consuming process of getting approval from Williston’s zoning board, selectboard and development review board, all of which, Young says, added months to an already cumbersome review process, if not years. As he puts it, “I don’t think we would have been done yet.” Matt Boulanger, a senior planner in Williston’s Planning & Zoning Office, admits that Maple Leaf faced challenges, among them a small but vocal group of residents who opposed a drug-treatment center in their vicinity. But, Boulanger notes, any potential buyer will have hurdles to overcome — with or without offering outpatient services to drug addicts. “It’s a big, complicated property,” he says, “and that’s going to slow things down for anyone.” V/T Commercial’s leadership certainly hopes not. As of last week, the firm had seven offers in hand, according to agent Brad Worthen. While Worthen won’t disclose the potential buyers’ names, he says at least one proposes a school on the site. “Hopefully, it will return to some value in that vein,” he says of the desolate former Pine Ridge. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous piece of property, and it’s a shame to have it go to waste.” m


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ow much house does approximately $250,000 buy you in the Green Mountain State in 2014? We combed through the current listings and came up with examples that, by and large, prove a few general principles of Vermont real estate — starting with the all-too-obvious “location, location, location.� Finding a great home for a moderate price is, of course, nearly impossible in Burlington, where single-family house sales average about $400,000. Better deals beckon across the river in “Burlington’s Brooklyn.� But, as in the actual Brooklyn, prices for desirable homes in ever-hipper Winooski are trending up. Those who view life in the ’burbs as a palatable option can find more house for the dollar in Essex. But there, too, new or well-maintained older homes priced below $300,000 don’t linger long on the market, according to local real estate agents. There’s a general rule in north-central Vermont: The farther one ventures from Burlington, the lower the cost and the more spacious the crib. Genuine bargains are available in Rutland, White River Junction and even Montpelier. While only the most hardened road warriors may be willing to commute to Chittenden County from Newport, those who do can decompress at the end of the day with close-up views of Jay Peak or Lake Memphremagog from big, lightly taxed homes sitting on at least a few acres. Close to the border, sticker prices are more likely to soothe than shock. There’s another general rule for house hunters to keep in mind: Procrastination in today’s market will prove costly. Mortgage rates, like home prices, look likely to rise throughout 2014. 






Burlington, 3 Haswell Street This Burlington College-owned property just off preservation-minded Lakeview Terrace was the best-looking home listed last week in the Queen City for anything close to $250,000. And it isn’t going to last long, predicts Luke Clavelle of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty. The house doesn’t come with a garage, but it’s 15 minutes by foot from Church Street and even less from the downtown waterfront. The Burlington market, Clavelle notes, has gotten “very active� in recent months. Prices are rising, he says, while length of time on the market is falling. Carpe diem.




Taxes: $5,179 1798 square feet Four bedrooms, two bathrooms Year built: 1910 Heat source: natural gas


Winooski, 41 Orchard Terrace

All gussied up for its next owner, this ranch house with yard and deck has a new roof, a rebuilt chimney, a newly installed picture window, refinished hardwood floors and a remodeled kitchen. The large downstairs family room lacks the worn-out carpeting often found in these spaces; instead, it sports a new tiled floor. The seller even painted the inside of the garage. Home prices in Winooski are rising at a slow rate despite the influx of prospective buyers who were priced out of the Burlington market, reports listing agent Jason Lefebvre of Signature Properties of Vermont. “We get mostly first-time homebuyers,” he says. “The market is active but stable.”


FOR SALE $254,900

Taxes: $4,905 1738 square feet Three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms Year built: 1969 Heat source: natural gas

Essex Junction, 12 Mohawk Ave.


Taxes: $4,446 Three bedrooms, two bathrooms Year built: 1952 Heat source: natural gas

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This Cape-style home features hardwood floors throughout and a custom-built fireplace mantel. In sync with its suburban location, it’s also got a spacious yard and a one-car garage. That gives it all the amenities agent Kathleen Holmes of RE/MAX North Professionals says buyers seek in this price range. Market conditions in Essex are “awesome,” she adds. “I’ve been selling homes for 32 years, and I haven’t been this busy since the ’80s. Houses, especially for under $300,000, are just flying off the shelf.”

It’s a 20-minute drive to Jay Peak from this chalet-style home that sits on 6.3 mostly wooded acres at the end of a quiet road. Views of Lake Memphremagog can be enjoyed from the deck. Suitable as either a vacation getaway or year-round home, the house was completely remodeled two years ago and comes fully furnished. The Newport-area home-sales scene is “picking up,” says listing agent Ryan Pronto of Jim Campbell Real Estate. “But we still have lots of inventory to work through before prices start rising.” The build-out at Jay Peak Resort has attracted an increasing number of second-home lookers, Pronto adds. He notes, however, that in-town properties must compete with the condos recently built on the mountain.



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Seriously, who wouldn’t want to live on Bliss Road? Especially, perhaps, in a post-and-beam Cape-style home on 3.1 acres with easy access to numerous trails, as well as to interstates 89 and 91. It’s a short drive to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The home market in the Upper Valley is “getting more active,” says Alisa Brisson of Coldwell Banker Redpath & Co., the agent for this home. “Something well priced and well maintained is going to go pretty quickly.” At the same time, potential buyers won’t find as much competition in rural sections of the Upper Valley as they will in nearby Hanover, N.H., especially downtown, Brisson adds.


Taxes: $4,300 1368 square feet Two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms Year built: 1982 Heat sources: propane, wood, pellets

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In Montpelier, it’s possible to live within walking distance of the Statehouse yet feel far from the hustle and bustle. Such is the case of this gambrel-style home nestled in a parklike setting. It’s got a covered front porch, wood floors throughout, lots of attic storage space and a gas fireplace. Home sales prices in Montpelier have fallen 10.6 percent since November, according to, a real estate tracking website. This home is priced well below what Trulia says is the current average listing price of $274,000 in the capital city.

FOR SALE $226,800

Taxes: $4,602 1651 square feet Three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms Year built: 1910 Heat source: propane

A large deck offers views of the mountains and woods that give this gambrel-style home a rustic feel. But it’s only 10 minutes to downtown Rutland from the residential subdivision in which the house is situated. A stream running through the 2.4-acre property is accessible by trail. There’s a fireplace in the family room. Home sales in the Rutland area “could be moving faster,” says listing agent Denise Byers of RE/MAX Premiere Properties. They are beginning to pick up, she adds, but prices remain stable.

FOR SALE $285,000

Taxes: approximately $4,000 2571 square feet Three bedrooms, one full and two half bathrooms Year built: 1981 Heat source: Forced hot air

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hane Scranton and Nate Beatty are the first to admit that when they show up at an architecture firm, tiny black briefcase in hand, they’re likely to face skepticism from the seasoned designers in the room. Inside that briefcase is a headset that looks a bit like a bulkier version of opaque, black ski goggles. They’ve got a lot of explaining to do to their hosts: about virtual reality, 3-D modeling, and what those goggles might mean for architecture and design. Scranton’s approach? “We just show up with the Oculus Rift, pop it on someone’s head, and it does the talking,” he says. If you’re an avid gamer or techie, you’ve probably already heard about the Oculus Rift. In case you haven’t, the SparkNotes version would go something like this: Created by company Oculus VR, the Rift is a headset that essentially transports the wearer into virtual reality. Instead of looking at a computer screen, you feel as though you’re inside the screen; you can shift your perspective by simply moving your head. Scranton and Beatty, two recent Middlebury College graduates, are developing software for the device that would allow architects and builders — and, perhaps most importantly, their clients — to explore architectural models in virtual reality. They’re calling their venture Iris. “You put it on and feel present in the space,” says Scranton of the Oculus Rift. “And, boy, that’s a good way to get clients to spend money on architecture.” The Oculus Rift isn’t commercially available yet, but the company has already sold an estimated 50,000 headsets to developers. Oculus VR recently unveiled its latest prototype, called the Crystal Cove, which snagged the Best of CES award at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The device has developers, and particularly hardcore gamers, fawning like giddy schoolchildren. “I Wore the New Oculus Rift and I Never Want to Look at Real Life Again,” reads the headline on a recent Gizmodo article. “There’s zero doubt in my mind that when the final version of this device comes out it is going to change the world,” the writer, Eric Limer, enthused.

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Of course, the trouble facing journalists and early reviewers of the Oculus Rift is that it’s difficult to convey in print just how immersive the experience of wearing the headset is. This reporter tried it and couldn’t help agreeing with the breathlessly enthusiastic fanboys: The Oculus Rift is revolutionary. Scranton ordered his development kit late last summer. He’d graduated from Middlebury College the previous spring with a degree in architecture and

environmental studies. And, though he had extensive experience in the field for a recent graduate — including a stint at Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects in Burlington — he wasn’t getting any job offers. “I applied to 50, 60 architecture firms,” Scranton says. “I heard back from one — saying no.” So he went freelance instead, putting to use the 3-D-modeling skills he’d learned working on Middlebury’s award-winning Solar Decathlon house.

“I knew what architects needed,” says Scranton. He founded Lightwell, a visualization, web design and branding studio, and found his niche producing photorealistic renderings for architecture and design firms. “Architects are really good at looking at two-dimensional models and seeing that in three dimensions. That’s what they do,” says Beatty, who graduated from Middlebury College last month and joined Scranton to help with Lightwell’s website design. But laypeople, Beatty continues, may struggle to translate blueprints into a space in which they can imagine themselves living or working. That’s where photorealistic renderings come in. The images are all about marketing — helping clients envision a finished space in a way that floor plans just can’t. But such renderings take more time to produce than most architects have to spare, Scranton points out; that’s where he found his niche. Steeped in the world of 3-D modeling, Scranton started hearing about the latest advances in virtual reality — including the Oculus Rift. He remembers thinking, That sounds like something I might be able to do with architecture. The kit he had ordered arrived in October. Scranton fired up a 3-D mockup of a building, popped on the Rift — and, he remembers, shouted, “Oh, my God!” Physics major Beatty recalls having a similar reaction when Scranton showed him the Rift — he thoughtOK, this. This is what I want to do. The two are now developing architectural software that would be “plug and play.” In other words, architects could take computer models of buildings designed in SketchUp or similar programs and translate them effortlessly into an Oculus Rift experience. In the meantime, Scranton and Beatty have hacked together demonstrations that allow architects to see what’s coming down the line. They’re hiring additional developers to join their Iris team. They’re not alone; developers across the country are racing to develop software for the Rift. The most obvious applications are in the gaming world, but virtual reality could also be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, educate children with autism or rethink the film industry. Scranton and Beatty aren’t the only ones

working on architectural applications for the technology, but they say they hope to bring Iris in at a price point that will make their software more accessible than products from bigger companies. On a recent afternoon, Scranton and Beatty fire up one of their Iris demonstrations for a visiting reporter. They work in a light-filled corner office on the Middlebury campus of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. But when I slide on the Oculus Rift, that office — not to mention Scranton and Beatty — disappears. Immediately a place that was previously visible only on a computer model fills my peripheral vision. It’s Scranton’s childhood home, which he mocked up using SketchUp. The virtual space isn’t photo-realistic in the way that Scranton’s renderings for Lightwell clients are — but, it turns out, that doesn’t matter. A handheld videogame controller allows the user to move through the space, but what’s remarkable is the ability to turn my head and peek around a corner, or glance up at the ceiling. After I take a moment or two to adjust to the new surroundings, they do feel, in a sense, real.

Developers have been trying to crack the code behind virtual-reality headsets for decades, and Oculus Rift seems poised to be the first to succeed. The list of obstacles — tracking, resolution, motion blur — is long, but by far the biggest has been “latency,” or lag time. When you’re


wearing a VR headset and turn your head to look to the left or right, it takes a beat for the virtual world to catch up. When that delay is too long, the result is a feeling of nausea akin to motion sickness. Oculus VR is trying to reduce the lag to a mere 20 milliseconds. In the prototype Scranton and Beatty use, it’s at about 50 milliseconds: fast enough to


keep the eyes from picking up on noticeable lag, but still causing queasiness when the user wears the headset for a long time. So far, signs point to the Rift becoming commercially available in late 2014 or early next year. Initially, Iris will offer clients a package including both the Rift and the software to run its virtual walk-throughs. But in just a few years’ time, Scranton predicts, his company won’t need to act as middleman for the technology. Give it five years, he says, and “the Oculus has the potential to be as ubiquitous as the television.” It certainly has a wow factor, as Scranton’s demonstrations at architecture firms around the region have shown. In one instance, Scranton recalls, an architect sat down, put on the headset and then interrupted Scranton’s presentation. “Just a minute,” he told the budding entrepreneur. He left the room — and returned with his entire firm in tow. “We all loved it,” says Steve Smith, a principal at SAS Architects. “We all saw the potential … You’ve got to look beyond the big clunky thing you put on your head, and see what’s coming.”

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unsettling time to enter the business. It was the turn of the 21st century, and the World Wide Web was beginning to upend how things were done. In the real estate industry, an agent’s power had been vested in the pages of a single document: the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, book. The black-and-white paperback edition came out monthly and listed all the properties on the market



in a given location. It was difficult for buyers and sellers of those properties to circumvent real estate agents, who held the keys to this repository of fresh inventory. Those listings started making their way online right around the time Lipkin got his license, and he remembers hearing speculation that agents might go extinct. Early on, Lipkin decided to stake a claim in a sector of the market that other agents seemed to avoid: the duplexes, triplexes or larger apartment complexes referred to as multifamily properties. “It was a niche nobody else seemed to be focusing on or specializing in,” he explains, “and I saw an opportunity there to become an expert.” Realtors may deem these types of transactions undesirable with good reason: Rental buildings are subject to stricter safety requirements than singlefamily homes, and they are more likely to have unresolved zoning-permit issues


retrospective whining, says only, “It was tough.” He landed his next job at Perry Morris Corporation, a southern California company that leased computer-chip generators and other high-end equipment to businesses. But then the dot-com bubble burst, and Perry Morris went belly up. In 1992, Lipkin moved to Burlington, beckoned by his two older brothers. At the time they owned and operated Coyotes Tex-Mex Café on Church Street, as well as the Old Dock House Restaurant across the lake in Essex, N.Y. Lipkin helped manage the restaurants, but “manage” was a liberally interpreted term; he cooked, waited tables, tended bar and washed dishes, too. After five years of that, Lipkin decided to return to a commission-based line of work: real estate. The first six months at Coldwell Banker were slow: He didn’t get a single sale. That’s not unusual for a newcomer, but Lipkin chose a particularly

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hear how bad it is to do business in the city of Burlington, but I think if you know the rules and you play by them, and you try to deal with issues up front, it’s not a mystery.” Brian Boardman, a realtor and owner of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman, has worked alongside Lipkin since he started. “One of Steve’s biggest talents is just his patience,” Boardman says. “It’s very time-consuming, dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.” In 2010, Lipkin brought a new real estate agent under his wing, albeit reluctantly. Coldwell Banker runs a mentoring program, pairing seasoned realtors with neophytes and asking

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“Getting the property under contract, where you get the buyer and seller to agree on the purchase and sale, is a big part of the job, but that’s really where the job begins,” Lipkin says. “Where we shine is getting the property from there to closing, and helping our clients through the zoning, and through the public works, and the financing and the title search.” “Steve has spent more time in my office than any other real estate agent I know of,” says Bill Ward, Burlington’s director of code enforcement. The relationship of realtor and code enforcer can be conflict prone, because the former is trying to close deals while an inspector might raise issues that delay or derail them. But Ward says he likes working with Lipkin. “I’ve actually enjoyed it, and I think it’s sort of a model relationship,” he says. For his part, Lipkin is surprisingly forgiving of the regulatory system. “The city gets a bad rap,” he says. “You always

them to play an informal advisory role. Lipkin was matched with Luke Clavelle, now 29, son of former Burlington mayor Peter Clavelle. Lipkin resisted at first, he says. He was busy with sales, and taking on a mentee was another time commitment. But he warmed quickly to Clavelle, and within six months asked him to become his partner. The politician’s son lets Lipkin do most of the talking, but the elder agent sings Clavelle’s praises. “Luke is phenomenal with a lot of the behind-thescene things,” he says. Lipkin credits Clavelle and the two other members of his team — buyers’ agent Jacob Smith and his assistant, E. Stacey Lax — with contributing to his success. Both Lipkin and Clavelle are clean cut and wear button-down shirts, but they look less slick than you might expect. Clavelle’s sixth-generation Vermont roots are evident in his accent, and he wears loosely laced boots that

appear more appropriate for hiking than deskwork. Lipkin is easygoing, with the fit look of someone who plays sports. (He does coach his son’s hockey team, but says some of the 10-year-olds are already better than he is.) Clients and colleagues say Lipkin and Clavelle’s down-to-earth approach is part of their appeal. Marsh Gooding, a Burlington investor who has bought several properties with the pair, says he sought them out because he wanted to be “in the know” about properties that are snatched up before they can even hit the market. And, he adds, “Steve’s got the reputation for being the multifamily guy.”

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Gooding notes that he later came to appreciate qualities other than Lipkin and Clavelle’s ability to uncover “hidden inventory.” “They are very good at doing the dirty work that a lot of other realtors aren’t necessarily willing to do,” he says. Gooding is referring to one purchase in particular, in which he was the buyer and Lipkin and Clavelle represented the seller. As part of the agreement, Gooding had stipulated that the seller clean out the debris-filled basement, but on the day of the sale, 20 tires and an assortment of other junk remained. Rather than postpone the deal, Lipkin and Clavelle lugged out the tires themselves. Gooding recalls seeing them emerge from the basement, their “dressup clothes for the closing” draped in cobwebs. Lipkin’s willingness to do grunt work also came in handy during the six worst months of the recent recession, when business ground to a halt. He dusted off a skill that had helped put him through college, and started painting houses instead of selling them. Sixteen years in, Lipkin is well known in the greater Burlington area, and that’s another boon. Some people find him online, but word of mouth brings in most clients, and Lipkin says these relationships are the heart of

his real estate business. He represents both buyers and sellers, ranging from first-time investors looking for a modest duplex to magnates with 100-plus units to their names. Clients become friends, and friends become clients. Jeff Schulman, whose kids go to school with Lipkin’s, owned a duplex on South Winooski Avenue for two decades. He had vague plans to sell it and periodically asked Lipkin about the state of the market. About a year ago, Lipkin asked his permission to show the place to potential buyers. Schulman, the senior associate athletic director at the University of Vermont, says he felt “a little leery” about carrying out such a significant financial transaction with a close friend, but now he has no regrets. The process was complex: “We had worked really hard to keep the place up, but I was amazed at the number of code-related issues that had to be dealt with,” Schulman says. Yet the sale took only about two months from start to finish. “When it comes to multifamily apartments in this community, there’s an understanding that Steve Lipkin is the go-to person,” Schulman says. Having survived the rise of the internet and the fall of the market, Lipkin says he feels pretty good about where things stand. The housing inventory in Burlington continues to be tight, and vacancy rates are low, making the city attractive to investors. When properties do come on the market, they typically receive multiple offers and sell quickly, Lipkin says. “In general, our market is pretty darn steady.” And steady is fine by this husband and father of two. He’s invested in one multifamily property himself, but says he has no plans to turn from real estate agent to magnate. As for his family’s own home, Lipkin chose “a flat-roofed, 1950s ranch that had a failed basement” on Crescent Road in Burlington. He says he was drawn to it because its location beside a ravine gives it a woodland feel, and he’s since fixed it up nicely. Reflecting on his rise from copier salesman to accomplished real estate agent, Lipkin recalls the guidance he got from David Gray, the realtor who mentored him at Coldwell Banker: “Stay honest and treat people fairly, and you’ll be able to sleep at night.” Lipkin says he’s made that his credo, but he fine-tuned it to fit the intimate environs of the Queen City: “Treat people fairly, and you don’t have to hide behind the aisles in the grocery store.” m


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to the Northeast Kingdom. He spared no expense, making sure that his kitchen includes “pretty much every cooking tool except sous-vide.” Given Austria’s central location in Europe, the cuisine overlaps with that of many neighboring countries, Halbedl says. The chef plans to make his own pasta, in addition to dinnersize versions of the meaty dishes already mentioned. “You’ve gotta have sausage,” he adds — including house-smoked, from-scratch bratwurst and knockwurst. Halbedl was trained in an Escoffier-style brigade system, he says, and considers it of utmost importance to offer internships to young chefs. When the inn opens, two students will be on board, learning to make apple strudel, Black Forest cake and soufflé. — A.L .

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opened last week in a Williston warehouse. Owner-brewer JosEph lEmnah is busy brewing those initial offerings on a 15gallon pilot system, which he’ll use until he gets the regulatory green light on his 15-barrel system later this month. Visitors can sample Lemnah’s opening lineup — which also includes a hefeweizen and a porter brewed with sour cherries — in the tasting room of his 4,700-square-foot brewery at 25 Omega Drive, suite 150. They won’t be able to fill growlers,

though, until the full system is up and running. Since Lemnah began scouting locations for his brewery in late 2012, he’s been committed to rolling out “farmers-marketinspired beers” that draw on locally sourced fruit, herbs and other flavors, he says. In keeping

with those principles, he’s started a beer CSA. For a one-time fee, members get first crack at new beers and special bottlings. Check out our Bite Club blog later this week for more information and tasting notes on Burlington Beer Company’s beers. — c .H .

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I got that sustenance instead from beefy orecchiette Bolognese, served in an adorable mini cast-iron pan. The chewy, homemade “little ears” were a delight, but the basil-studded sauce lacked vivacity. I finished that meal with the best thing I’ve eaten thus far at SEK. I didn’t realize that what Burlington had been missing were old-fashioned, soda-jerkstyle sundaes, but the 802 opened my eyes. Now it’s likely to be a regular in my dessert repertoire. To me, the tall sundae’s homemade maple-butter-pecan ice cream felt like

an afterthought. The 802’s appeal was all about the strata of toppings, including crunchy maple popcorn; warm, tender diced apples; and lots of whipped cream.

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as indulgent as dessert. When I plunged my spoon to the bottom, it scooped up wonderfully balanced salted-caramel sauce, picking up bits of each layer on its way back to my mouth. I tried a number of other desserts at SEK, but none won me over as

powerfully as the 802. Buttery, glazed monkey bread and a raised doughnut with fresh-strawberry-flecked frosting were delicious, but a distant second and third. Some of the savory eats still have room to improve at South End Kitchen. But, not surprisingly, this café attached to a chocolate factory is right where it should be when it comes to sweets. m


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The garage door descends with an air of foreboding, sealing you off from the outside. But there’s nothing to fear in Emily McCracken’s chocolate-bar-making class, unless messy hands make you nervous. The hourlong session has quickly become the mainstay of South End Kitchen’s educational center. The space has also hosted seminars with cookbook author Molly Stevens, Slow Food Vermont tastings and cheese-making workshops. But the lowest price tag — at $25 — belongs to McCracken’s class, and students get to leave with four chocolate bars. I took the workshop twice in two weeks and was rapt both times. Chocolate sculptor McCracken makes even the scripted spiel about the new space sound interesting, but she especially shines when sharing her cacao wisdom. Could you make the same bars at home, following McCracken’s lead and using Barry Callebaut chocolate? Sure, but you’d have to temper the chocolate yourself, then clean up. and you wouldn’t hear McCracken’s rap. For example,

despite claims to the contrary, she holds firm that white chocolate qualifies as chocolate. It may be missing the chocolate liqueur that makes other chocolates brown, but McCracken says the key factor is its cocoa-butter base. She shows participants how to fill their molds with softened milk and dark chocolate, the latter of which she collects from a perpetually running chocolate fountain in one corner of the expansive space. Students then don a single rubber glove to scoop fillings such as Rice Krispies, dried cherries and pistachios into their molds. after 10 minutes in the freezer, the bars are ready to wrap and take home. On my second visit, I brought my own mix-ins of lavender, cumin and salt from the ancient mine in Wieliczka, Poland. My “Taste of Poland” may be my favorite chocolate bar I’ve ever tasted. and I would have been too lazy to make it at home, where I’d have had to clean up after myself. For anyone who feels like playing Willy Wonka, it’s well worth the $25.

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Just a few years after state officials and farmers bemoaned processing capacity as a major bottleneck in Vermont’s flourishing food landscape, the mobile slaughter unit — along with new slaughterhouses slated to go in across the state — is speeding traffic along. “I think, just like we need a diversity of farms, it’s great to have a diversity of scales and models of meat processors,” said Chelsea Bardot Lewis, an agricultural policy administrator at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. “There have been some great, positive steps forward in terms of increasing capacity.” The Green Pasture Meats trailer is the state’s first mobile slaughter unit intended for large animals — cows, lambs and pigs. Vermont previously experimented with mobile poultry slaughtering. In 2008, the

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lightly more than three years ago, one bull, five cows and two calves arrived at the farm in Shoreham where I live with my husband, Colin Davis. In the years since, our herd has grown to 17. We — and here the credit falls almost entirely to Colin and his father — built fences and unloaded hay. We learned how to drive cattle, to rotate pastures, to undo the mistakes made when someone (me) let the cows escape their fences. We filled water troughs and bottle-fed the occasional sick calf. And on a recent Friday, we slaughtered the first four animals from our herd of Scottish Highland beef cows. We did it on the farm, thanks to a visit from Vermont’s first large-animal mobile slaughter unit. A year ago, slaughtering these animals on our farm would have meant hiring an itinerant butcher, who likely would have carved the meat as a carcass hung from the bucket of a large tractor. It would have meant the final cuts, wrapped in white butcher’s paper, would have borne the stamp “Not for Sale” — in other words, only for consumption by friends and family, or for sale on the black market that many ag officials acknowledge exists. Instead, a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector looked on as butchers from New Haven’s Green Pasture Meats slaughtered three steers and one bull. The butchering happened inside a 36-foot trailer with its own generator, kitted out with clean water and electricity and heavy metal winches. In the afternoon, the meat headed to Green Pasture Meats, where it will hang and age for two to three weeks. And it most certainly will be for sale.

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state pooled $85,000 in legislative funding with private foundation money to purchase a custom-built, 36-foot trailer for a total cost of $93,000. The plan was to create demand for the service and then entice an entrepreneur to take over — so the state put the unit up for auction in early 2012. It went to Tangletown Farm’s husband-and-wife team of David Robb and Lila Bennett for $61,000. Last year, the farmers slaughtered 7,000 birds — mostly chickens and turkeys, but also some guinea fowl and ducks. This year they’re offering farmers custom processing under inspection. The man behind GPM’s mobile unit in Addison County is Mark Smith, who entered the meat-processing world without much butchering experience. Smith, who’d grown up in Vermont and worked



on farms, was seeking to branch out into a new business after work at his construction company slowed down. While visiting a friend who raises grass-fed beef in Colorado, Smith started thinking about the meat industry. He daydreamed about an “old-time butcher shop” where he could sell Vermont-raised beef, pork and lamb from a walk-up counter. The dream would become GPM. But Smith quickly realized that to control the quality of meat coming into his shop, he’d need to control the slaughter and butchering, too. “Straight-up common sense tells you that on-farm slaughter, where the animals aren’t being transported long distances … is a lot less stressful for the animals,” Smith said. He researched mobile slaughter units — MSUs, in industry shorthand — and settled on a design used in Washington State, often to slaughter livestock on islands in Puget Sound that don’t have slaughterhouses of their own. Last May, Smith’s custom unit — a $225,000, 36-foot-long trailer — hit the road. Since then, Smith and his employees have focused primarily on slaughtering animals that they sell under their own label at GPM. They buy directly from farmers, mostly in Addison County, and sell the meat at a Route 7 storefront just north of Middlebury. Everything in their meat cases — with a few exceptions such as bacon and smoked meats — comes through their own slaughter unit. A few months ago, the company started taking on other customers — such as Colin and me — who were looking to have a few animals slaughtered and didn’t want them trucked to another location. The MSU


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the corral. He only ever learned to make left turns. At just a year and a half old, Stevie was younger and smaller than our other steers — but he was living on borrowed time. Barrows and Cousino guided him into the squeeze chute they had brought to the farm. He went easily, docile and unconcerned. Then, matter-of-factly, Nichols shot him between the eyes with a pistol; Stevie went down immediately. The team jumped into action — moving him from the squeeze chute, hefting him up with a tractor to bleed out over a large plastic tub, and then quickly transferring the carcass into the mobile unit itself. At the tail end of the trailer, the animals were skinned and cut into halves. The meat went into a large cooler space at the vehicle’s front. All told, it took about an hour to slaughter and process a cow. The morning was not without its problems. Mike the cow, skittish among new faces and wary of the chute, jumped the fence with surprising ease for a steer his size. Mike the man, my father-in-law, scrambled to build up the corral’s fences with scrap lumber. Nichols, Barrows and Cousino all slid into the pen at various points to move the cows expertly and calmly. Our massive bull, Magic, seemed too large for the chute — but in the end he made it through the narrow lane, and my father-in-law fed him an apple just before Barrows pointed a high-powered rifle at Magic’s head. That was the hardest kill to watch; Magic was a wise, gentle bull, our longtime favorite. For the past three years, when I tell people that I raise beef cattle, they’ve asked me, “Is it hard?” Meaning: Is it hard to kill the animals you care for? Is it hard to eat them? “I don’t know yet,” I would answer. We always destined these animals to become beef; they’re most certainly not pets. Yet it’s impossible not to care for them. They’re beautiful, shaggy and red, with great, elegant horns. When we snowshoe or ski through the woods in the winter, they watch us curiously from the pastures. In the springtime, they toss their heads and frolic when we turn them into new, green-gold fields. As calves, they’re playful; as mothers, they’re watchful and diligent. I wake up to a view of the cows most mornings, and they bring me great pleasure. So, was it hard? Yes. Yet, after bidding farewell to Nichols, Cousino and Barrows, I reminded myself that these animals had a good life. We strive, as farmers, to give them that much. When it comes time for slaughter, we can give them a good death, too. m

has also switched from state inspection (which meant meat could be sold only in Vermont) to USDA inspection. “We’re in totally uncharted territory in terms of the process,” Smith said. He noted that the state’s meat-inspection officials have been helpful along the way, but for everyone involved, he said, “It’s been a huge learning curve.” You could say the same is true at our farm. For several weekends, Colin and his dad, Mike, spent hours running our cows through our small corral, hoping to get the Highlanders comfortable with what would be asked of them on slaughtering day. As with every other aspect of farming, we’re learning as we go. And, I’ll admit, I was nervous. I’d already seen animals killed and butchered, including two goats we raised a few summers before. A little more than a year ago, I’d tagged along with itinerant butcher Monte Winship when he slaughtered a steer at a Middletown Springs farm. I was horribly queasy — and six weeks pregnant, news I blurted out to Winship after the smell of the freshly slaughtered steer nearly did me in. I wanted my friend the butcher to chalk up my nausea to hormones, not city-girl squeamishness. This time around, I knew I couldn’t blame hormones if the day’s slaughter turned my stomach. And this time I knew the cows by name: Magic, Stevie, Mike and Paul. It was apparent early on that both the novice farmers and our much-cared-for cows were in good hands. The butchers arrived early and were ready to begin by 8 a.m. We stood in the slushy, damp barnyard waiting on the USDA inspector, who’d gotten lost en route to the farm. Once he pulled up, the team was in constant motion. Theirs is hard work. Taking the helm was Jeff Nichols of Rutland. The butcher has owned three slaughterhouses in the region in his long career; he now works most days at Eagle Bridge Custom Meat and Smokehouse in New York. Nichols wore a leather apron that extended to his ankles. Around his waist was a belt-like chain, from which dangled his knives and knife sharpener. Working alongside him were Greg Cousino and Dylan Barrows of GPM. We got off to an easy start. First up was Stevie, our blind steer. He had a rough start in life, when Colin and I had to snake an esophageal feeder down his throat to get milk replacer into his belly. We kept him alive, but not before an early infection left him blind. We made a few attempts at integrating him into the herd, but he was always bolting through the electric fence and so mostly stuck to

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Organizing to Cool the Planet: Maeve McBride of 350 Vermont shares stories related to Vermont's climate justice movement. Community Center Media Room, Goddard College, Plainfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free.


The Relevance of Color Theory to Everyday Life: Renowned artist Lark Upson breaks down the science behind color values and how the eye determines what is appealing. Twinfield Union School, Plainfield, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 454-1298,


Women Business Owners Network: Williston Chapter Meeting: Laura Lind Blum presents ways to adapt time-tested astrology used by farmers and gardeners to present-day professional planning. Williston Fire Station, 8:30-10 a.m. $5-12; preregister. Info, 503-0219.


Technology Drop-in Day: Library patrons learn to navigate the new catalog system and how to download e-books and audiobooks. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

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Ciné Salon: Cinephiles screen The Loves of Pharaoh, starring Emil Jannings and Paul Wegener. German with English intertitles. Mayer Room, Howe Library, Hanover N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. Classic Film Night: Tom Blachly and Rick Winston facilitate conversation following The Horse's Mouth, about an eccentric painter searching for the perfect muse. Jacquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

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Dinner Night With McFadden Irish Dancers: Traditional dances from the Emerald Isle entertain diners. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 5 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 862-1342, bpoe916er@ 'Taste of the Kingdom' Benefit Dinner: Folks feast on fare from more than 40 local farms, restaurants and food producers at this fundraiser for Green Mountain Farm-to-School. Foeger BallRoom, Jay Peak Resort, 6 p.m. $50-60; preregister; limited seating. Info, 334-2044.

Wednesday Wine Down: Oenophiles get over the midweek hump by pairing four varietals with samples from Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Creamery and more. Drink, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. $12. Info, 860-9463,


Bridge Club: Players put their strategic skills to the test in the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. $6 includes refreshments. Info, 651-0700. 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.

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Achieving Health Goals: Clinical nutritionist Alicia Feltus shares strategies for managing weight loss, blood pressure, sleep and more. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 2238000, ext. 202. 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. Herbs and Foods for Heart Health: Herbalist Betzy Bancroft offers recipes and remedies for optimal cardiovascular function. City Market, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700. 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, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 324-1737. The Presence Point: Cultivating Embodiment & Engaging in the Creative Process: Shambhala Buddhist practitioner Sarah Lipton leads a meditation practice aimed at exploring different aspects of creativity. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

Composer Hugo Wolf was a prodigious talent whose genius was marred by an unpredictable temperament that included depression, suicide attempts and syphilitic insanity. During periods of sustained creativity, he wrote some of the 19th century’s most compelling music, leaving behind nearly 300 songs. Named in his honor, the Hugo Wolf Quartett hails from Vienna, Austria, where Wolf spent the majority of his life. Founded in 1993, the award-winning foursome is heralded by audiences and critics alike for shunning showmanship in favor of technically driven pursuits. This signature style informs a program of works by Haydn, Mozart and Bedřich Smetana.

Hugo Wolf Quartett Sunday, March 9, 3 p.m., at UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, in Burlington. $15-25. Info, 863-5966.



Book Talks for Homeschoolers: Students in grades 4 to 8 discuss titles from this year’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award list. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. WED.05

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Glide and Slide Cross-country skiers can expect the unexpected at the Catamount Trail Classic. Experienced athletes put their skills to the test and tap into the spirit of adventure on this backcountry excursion from Bolton Valley Resort to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Along the way, they face nine miles of challenging terrain, thrilling descents and picturesque scenery while raising funds for the Catamount Trail Association’s SkiCubs youth ski program. Upon arriving in Stowe, folks shake off winter’s chill at the Trapp Lager Brewery, where they refuel with good eats, Austrian brews and live music by Something With Strings.

Catamount Trail Classic Sunday, March 9, 9 a.m., at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center in Stowe. $50. Info, 864-5794.



ALAN KELLY GANG Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m., at McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, in Colchester. $20 suggested donation. Info, 233-5293.





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Looking to limber up after a long winter? Head to the Burlington Yoga Conference, where a weekend of classes, workshops and presentations unites students, teachers and area studios under one roof. Local and international yogis adhere to the motto “to empower change within” at this feel-good gathering of teaching styles suitable for all skill levels. Off the mat, attendees feast on farm-to-table vegetarian fare and take advantage of bodywork and a “mindful marketplace.” Closing out the stretching sessions, keynoter Lama Migmar Tseten sends participants on their way with a reflection on the yogic perspectives of India and Tibet.


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ocated at the intersection of world music and traditional music, the Alan Kelly Gang reimagine a Celtic repertoire with a diverse, imaginative approach. Led by piano-accordion virtuoso Alan Kelly, Ireland’s ambassadors of time-tested tunes meld masterful arrangements with the skilled instrumentation of flutist Steph Geremia, fiddler Alasdair White and guitarist Tony Byrne. The result? A mix of technical prowess and captivating live performances that stops listeners in their tracks. The band honors its Emerald Isle heritage with a concert featuring dancers from the Celtic Knights and the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance.


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EvEning BaBytimE PlaygrouP: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 876-7555. HigHgatE Story Hour: Kiddos share readaloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, SPRING TROUT SALE 868-3970. APRIL 29 mEEt rockin' ron tHE FriEndly PiratE: A great opportunity stock your pond Aargh, matey! Youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. with brook and rainbow trout! Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Pre-orders accepted until Friday, April 11. Info, 764-1810. moving & grooving WitH cHriStinE: Two- to Proceeds from both sales allow us to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and worldbring high-quality conservation programs beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, to the people in our district. 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. muSic & movEmEnt WitH lESlEy grant: The local musician leads little ones ages 3 through 5 For ordering information and pick-up in an exploration of song, dance and basic musical locations visit elements. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 10 a.m. or call 802-288-8155 x 104. $5. Info, 888-1261. rEad to coco: Budding bookworms share words with the licensed reading-therapy dog. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; 12v-winooskinaturalresources030514.indd 1 2/28/14 2:11 PM preregister. Info, 223-4665. rEd clovEr PicturE BookS For HomEScHoolErS: Students in grades K through 3 read two titles nominated for the 2013 Red Clover Award, then participate in related activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. Story timE 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.

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OF COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND Explore the favorite potations of early Americans and learn some modern-day recipes. Plus, try a sample of a traditional New England refreshment!


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

THU 20 NEWT NIGHT 6:30pm Calling all budding scientists, concerned citizens, and naturalists-at-heart! Ages 5 and up. RSVPs recommended.


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

April THU 10 POETRY FEST 7pm Celebrate National Poetry Month with Leland Kinsey, Daniel Lusk, Kerrin McCadden, and Angela Patten.



TUE 11 BEDTIME MATH PARTY 6pm Join us for a glow-in-the-dark geometry party! Ages 5 and up. 191 Bank Street, Downtown Burlington • 802.448.3350 21 Essex Way, Essex • 802.872.7111


count BaSiE orcHEStra: Scotty Barnhart directs the 18-member ensemble in a performance reflective of William James "Count" Basie's spirited approach to jazz and the blues. Colchester High School, 7-9 p.m. $15-20; $55 per family of four; preregister. Info, 264-5729.


ESSEntial onlinE toolS For nonProFitS WorkSHoP: An open format with Rob Fish helps local organizations utilize digital technology to meet specific needs. Johnson Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091.


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. Junior national croSS-country Ski cHamPionSHiPS: Skiers hit the trails in this weeklong event showcasing the country's top athletes. See for details. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Free for spectators. Info,


allEn kooP: Sharing the story of New Hampshire's only World War II POW camp, the historian conveys how its location in the village of Stark influenced residents. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Burr morSE: The author, sugar maker and Vermont icon muses on life in the Green Mountains and excerpts various works. Milton Historical Museum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598. cEcilia gaPoScHkin: Great Parisian cathedrals inform an examination of 13th-century Gothic architecture by the Dartmouth College professor. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

collEEn BoggS: In "The Soul Selects Her Own Society: The Life and Work of Emily Dickinson," the Dartmouth College professor considers the bard's literary legacy. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Haviland SmitH: The former CIA chief of counterterrorism weighs in on everything from drugs to drones in "Real and Imagined Threats to the United States." Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. irEnE kacandES: The Dartmouth College professor presents "Lessons of Mortality From Great Literature." Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. JulE EmErSon: Fans of the popular PBS series "Downton Abbey" learn about the period's fashion with the Middlebury College artist-in-residence. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. kavita Finn: The author and literary scholar examines royalty of centuries past in "Richard III: The Man and the Legend." Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. StEvEn SodErgrEn: The Norwich University professor of history presents "Horrors I Have Witnessed: Union Soldiers Respond to the Battlefields of 1864." Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, noon. Free. Info, 485-2183.




goldEn dragon acroBatS: Human pyramids, aerial stunts, contortion and more inform Cirque Ziva. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-38. Info, 863-5966. 'good PEoPlE': Carol Dunne directs this Northern Stage production of David Lindsay Abaire's Tony Award-winning drama about high school sweethearts who reunite decades later under less-thanideal circumstances. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $10-60. Info, 296-7000.


PoEtry circlE: Wordsmiths share their work in a supportive environment. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. vErmont autHorS community convErSation SEriES: Jernigan Pontiac and Marc Estrin consider their craft in a discussion led by Fran Stoddard. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 4-5 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 985-8686.

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gmo laBEling Bill inFormation SESSion: Representatives from City Market and Vermont Right to Know GMOs shed light on proposed legislation to identify genetically modified produce and products. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister at Info, 861-9700.


roSES in vErmont: Master gardener Charlie Nardozzi breaks down the steps of growing sweet-smelling blooms. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.


PEak PitcH: Entrepreneurs ride the chairlift with investors and deliver an "elevator pitch" on the way up the mountain at this unique networking event. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 923-1501.


tHE iriSH comEdy tour: Standups with roots from the land of leprechauns and Guinness channel the raucous humor of hooligans. For mature audiences only. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 775-0903.

dartmoutH dancE EnSEmBlE: John Heginbotham directs a program of works by Rebecca Darling and others, featuring live piano accompaniment by Scott Smedinghoff. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422.


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.

health & fitness

dEtox your Body: Health coach Kimberly Sargeant details safe and effective ways to eliminate fatigue, bloating, headaches and brain fog. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. 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.

Food For tHougHt liBrary voluntEErS: Pizza fuels teen discussion of books and library projects. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. muSic WitH dErEk: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. muSic WitH mr. cHriS: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. 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 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. SPaniSH muSical kidS: Amigos ages 1 to 5 learn Latin American songs and games with Constancia Gómez, a native Argentinian. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


BEginnEr SPaniSH lESSonS: Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. PlaudErStundE: Conversationalists with a basic knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over lunch. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, noon. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-1677 or 863-330.


FirSt tHurSday muSic in tHE loFt: Vocalist Josh Panda captivates wine-and-pizza lovers with his powerful pipes in an intimate show. Tasting Room Loft, Shelburne Vineyard, 6 p.m. Free; donations and food proceeds benefit Champlain Community Services. Info, 985-8222. tiBEtan muSic & dancE WorkSHoP: Renowned Tibetan folk singer Techung leads an open exploration of his culture's creative expression. Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-2469.



Junior national Cross-Country ski Championships: See WED.05, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Jessie sChmidt: UVM Extension's community programmer presents "Beginning the Farm: Growing a Financially, Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Business." Media Room, Community Center, Goddard College, Plainfield, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, travel talk! ireland: Photographs and stories detail features unique to the Emerald Isle, including herbs, wild foods and the Great Famine. Proceeds benefit Herbalists Without Borders and Sovversiva Open Space. Sovversiva Open Space, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Donations. Info,


'exposĂŠ of the nsa': A cat of digital criminals propels Eric R. Hill and Elizabeth Thompson's exploration of the National Security Agency. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408. 'Good people': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. national theater live: 'Coriolanus': A broadcast production of Shakespeare's tragedy stars Tom Hiddleston opposite Mark Gatiss in a dark tale of political manipulation and revenge. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $12-20. Info, 457-3981.


Corin hirsCh: From switchel to spruce beer, the Seven Days food writer revives recipes of the past in Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

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Book & Bake sale: Homemade treats sustain bibliophiles as they leaf through bargain-priced publications. Grace Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-8071.


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


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: Aaron Marcus and Susan Reid provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are called by Adina Gordon and Martha Kent. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring a snack to share. Info, 899-2378. Queen City tanGo praCtilonGa: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisation, camaraderie 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.

salsa danCe soCial: Movers and groovers practice their steps in a mix of ballroom, swing, tango and more. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $8-14. Info, 862-2269.


free enterprise marathon: A creative competition challenges teams from 11 colleges to interpret "Free Enterprise: What This Country Needs is More Entrepreneurs." Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-4169.


'pirates of teBenkof': Anthony Naples and Tristan Baribeau's documentary details Alaska's cutthroat salmon-fishing industry. Salmon dishes available. ArtsRiot, Burlington, introduction and slideshow, 5:30 p.m.; film, 6 p.m. $7 plus cost of food; preregister. Info, 540-0406. 'the Wolf of Wall street': Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey star in Martin Scoresese's drama about former renegade trader Jordan Belfort. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

fish fry: Plates of crispy, golden-brown fish satisfy seafood lovers. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 878-0700. take out pork loin dinner: Diners end the week in style and feast on tasty fare prepared in advance. Waterbury Center Community Church, 4-6 p.m. $9; preregister. Info, 244-8089.

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. introduCtion to massaGe for Couples: Massage therapist Laura Manfred leads folks through basic techniques designed to relax and rejuvenate the body. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. lauGhter CluB: Breathe, clap, chant and ... giggle! Participants decrease stress with this playful practice. Bring personal water. The Wellness Coop, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373.


aCorn CluB story time: Little ones up to age 6 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. 'Commotion in the oCean' story time: Actors from the Montpelier Montessori School deliver themed tales and catchy tunes. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Crafternoon: Students in grades 4 through 8 convene for a creative session. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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.


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Magic: The gaThering: Decks of cards determine the arsenal with which participants, or "planeswalkers," fight others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, every other Friday, 6-8 p.m. Free; for grades 6 and up. Info, 878-6956. Music WiTh Derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Music WiTh roberT: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216. songs & sTories WiTh MaTTheW: Matthew Witten helps children start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. WillisTon PajaMa sTory TiMe: Kids in PJs bring their favorite stuffed animals for stories, crafts and bedtime snacks with Abby Klein. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 497-3946.



barbara raThburn: Shelburne Museum's registrar shares her knowledge in "The Artwork Doesn't Hang Itself: Planning and Installing Museum Exhibitions." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. chrisToPher jenkins: As part of the Naturalist Journey Lecture Series, the wildlife biologist discusses regional conservation efforts to preserve timber rattlesnakes. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 229-6206. collaPse & oPPorTuniTy! lecTure series: Marta Ceroni of the Donella Meadows Institute presents "Building A Narrative for Collective Action: Visioning and Acting From a Place of Caring." Bugbee Senior Center, White River Junction, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 683-4078. elizabeTh herMann, silvia acosTa & Daniel FelDMan: Rhode Island School of Design's DESINE Lab founders think outside the box in "Design in the Context of Communities at Risk." Chaplin Hall Gallery, Northfield, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2886. shelbi cole: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's mathematics director outlines support systems for teachers and students related to arithmetic curriculum. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 3:15 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795.

cabin Fever series: Bob Recupero and Michael Corn bring guitars, mandolins and vocal harmonies to an intimate show. Limited parking; carpooling encouraged. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, theater New Haven, 6-8 p.m. Free; wine available by the 'a brighT rooM calleD Day': A group of glass. Info, 388-7368. friends struggles to reconcile the fall of the chicha libre: Latin rhythms, surf and psychWeimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi pop inform spirited tunes from the Brooklynparty in Tony Kushner's drama, staged by based band. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, the SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department. Plainfield, 8 p.m. $12-15. Info, 322-1685. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $2-10. Info, DarTMouTh iDol Finals: Backed by a 20-piece 518-564-2283. band, student vocalists showcase their skills in "The Year of the Diva," directed by Walt 'gooD PeoPle': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. Cunningham. 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422. lighTWire TheaTer: SOLD OUT. Blending pupPaTTi luPone: In "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda," the petry, technology and dance, the internationally Tony Award winner lets loose her humor and vorecognized troupe pairs a creative score with cal talents with excerpts from notable Broadway dazzling visuals. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 productions. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. p.m. $20. Info, 382-9222. $25-65. Info, 863-5966. 'The search For signs oF inTelligenT liFe Piano concerT: Carol Wheel makes the ivory in The universe': Kit Rivers plays a charming keys dance with jazz and Broadway favorites. bag lady who befriends a group of aliens in this Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. adaptation of Jane Wagner's one-woman show, Info, 878-6955. directed by Mary Carol Maganzini. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30 rani arbo & Daisy MayheM: The fourp.m. $10; $5 for students with valid some leaves no stone unturned in an ID. Info, 812-568-6106, klcrivers@ Americana jam session that taps into musical influences from the 1800s to the present. Blue Horse Inn, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $28; cash bar. Info, 457-3981. Techung: Accompanied by his band, the renowned Tibetan activism folk singer delivers a diverse inTernaTional WoMen's repertoire. E. Glenn Giltz Day celebraTion: As part of Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, CO this worldwide event, ethnic fare, UR SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 TE featured speakers and commuH SY p.m. $5-10; free for SUNY Plattsburgh RG OF S U NY PL AT TSBU nity discussions honor the diversity students with ID. Info, 518-564 -2469. among local females. Burlington City Hall Too Tall sTring banD: The popular North Auditorium, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616. Country band melds folk, roots, country, oldies and bluegrass. Unitarian Universalist art Fellowship, Plattsburgh N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, baTik on silk: Under the guidance of Jen 518-561-6920. Labie, participants learn the fundamentals of the Indonesian art form and create original designs outdoors on silk fabric. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 oWl hooT evening hike: Naturalists lead a a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700. forested trek in search of the nocturnal birds of prey. Niquette Bay State Park, Colchester, 5:30-7 bazaars p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 862alTernaTive sPring break Tag & bake 4150, ext. 3, sale: Gently used items and sweet treats satisfy shoppers. Proceeds benefit Milton High School sports students' upcoming service-learning trip. Milton junior naTional cross-counTry ski Middle/High School, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-1009. chaMPionshiPs: See WED.05, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. book & bake sale: See FRI.07.




Paula Poundstone: The comedian elicits big laughs with razor-sharp wit and candid humor. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 6 & 8:30 p.m. $56. Info, 382-9222.

woodstoCk film series: A high-altitude adventure in the Peruvian Andes becomes perilous for a pair of climbers in Kevin Macin's award-winning documentary. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 & 8 p.m. $5-11. Info, 457-2355.


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Burlington Yoga Corned Beef & CaBBage ConferenCe: Limber up! Yogis suPPer: Families feast on a align breath and body with two spread of traditional Irish fare. days of classes and workshops Vergennes United Methodist led by area teachers. See calenChurch, 5-6:30 p.m. $4-8; takeout IL LI dar spotlight. Davis Center, UVM, NG available. Info, 877-3150. SF A RM Burlington, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $30-180; & MUSEU M international women's daY: preregister. Info, 999-3589. hunger Banquet: A unique dining experiPregnanCY & BaBY exPo: Parents and expectence mimics the full spectrum of poverty and ant mothers learn about local resources, services prosperity, with different menus and random and products that help foster healthy families. seating. First Congregational Church, Burlington, Holiday Inn, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $6. 7 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, Info, 363-9597. RTE




Contra danCe & PotluCk dinner: American Toad and Roaring Marmalade provide live music for this traditional New England social dance. All dances are taught. Caledonia Grange, East Hardwick, potluck, 5:30 p.m.; dancing, 6:30 p.m. $5-25 suggested donation; bring a dish to share. Info, 472-5584. norwiCh Contra danCe: Folks in clean-soled shoes move to tunes by Northern Spy and calling by David Millstone. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 785-4607. swing danCe: Quick-footed participants experiment with different styles, including the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, beginner lesson, 8 p.m.; dance, 8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


sat PreP Class: Lauren Starkey of SAT Bootcamp offers high school students and their parents strategies for tackling the standardized test. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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Shelburne Museum presents:

Folk Art Flicks


Linotype: The Film. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, the Linotype revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world. 7:30 p.m.


Home Movie: An American Folk Art. A documentary short from 1974 that examines the tradition of home movies. The Museum shares some of its own, as well, with a group discussion about the recording of memories and experiences. 7:30 p.m.


Folk. Feature length documentary that follows three singersongwriters, ages 30 to 60, as they make their way through the quirky sub-culture of American folk music. 7:30 p.m.


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liza woodruff: The local author and illustrator delights kiddos with her new book If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. 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, PlaY on! storY theater saturdaY: Budding thespians ages 3 through 7 bring a fairy tale or children's story to life. See northernstage. org for details. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 10-11 & 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $20-25. Info, 296-7000. read to sara the theraPY dog: Lit lovers in grades 6 and up share stories with the chocolate lab. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. saturdaY storY time: Families gather for imaginative tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. snowBoard design workshoP: Using sketches and photography, Kelly Holt helps artists ages 5 through 10 create eye-catching equipment. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25; preregister. Info, 253-8358.

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'from uP on PoPPY hill': In Goro Miyazaki's animated drama, Japanese teens fight to save their school clubhouse from being demolished in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'Pasghetti western': Local filmmakers Myra and Jim Hudson debut their comedy featuring a cast of 28 children, who interpret the adventures of a rough-and-tough ranch woman. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7 p.m. $12-28. Info, 457-3981. 'two sided storY': Tor Ben Mayor's documentary explores the story of Palestinians and Israelis who meet through the Parents Circle Family Forum. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0218.

gentle Yoga with Jill lang: See WED.05, 1-2 p.m. r.i.P.P.e.d.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

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Vermont Chili festiVal: Pros and amateurs celebrate fiery flavors with different varieties of this one-pot meal. Street performers, live music and kids activities round out the spicy soirée. Partial proceeds benefit Better Middlebury Partnership and VT FEED. Various downtown locations, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $5. Info, 385-1036.

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

middleBurY winter farmers market: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers' totes. Mary Hogan Elementary School, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 989-7223. norwiCh winter farmers market: Farmers and artisans offer produce, meats and maple syrup alongside homemade baked goods and handcrafted items. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447. rutland winter farmers market: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at the bustling indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269. sugar on snow: Folks welcome spring with maple syrup treats, sap-boiling demos, live music and a petting zoo. Palmer's Sugarhouse, Shelburne, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5054.

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Gardener’s Supply - Burlington March 8 • 9:30–11:00am

Roses in Vermont

Charlie Nardozzi Learn about the types of roses that can grow well in Vermont with little care. From old fashion fragrant beauties to modern shrub roses, Charlie will cover a whole range of easy to grow roses and review organic fertilizing and insect and disease control.

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lo’Jo: The world-music troubadours 1/23/14 2:39 PMshare a far-reaching repertoire as part of Montréal en Lumière, L’Astral, Montréal, 9 p.m. $36-40. Info, 514-288-8882.


Garden Plants with Medicinal Interests

Heather Irvine Many plants do more then beautify a landscape. Learn the medicinal properties and growing and harvesting tips of garden plants. Heather is the owner of Giving Tree Botanicals.

Register at: Seminars are $10. Pre-registration is required.


band gets audience members to their feet. Whallonsburg Grange Hall, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 518-963-4170. nobby rEEd proJEct: Led by guitarist Nobby Reed, the trio brings out the best of the blues. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 760-4634. rEd hot Juba: Known for energetic live shows, the local group presents countrified jazz and Green Mountain swing. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $8; free for teens and kids. Info, 366-6863. richard ShindEll: Fresh off a yearlong hiatus, the acclaimed singer-songwriter shares his lyrical gifts. Phil Henry opens. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $22.75. Info, 775-0903. ruSty roMancE: The country crooners enliven the Adamant Winter Music Series. An optional potluck precedes the performance at 5:30 p.m. Adamant Community Club, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 456-7054. SingEr-SongwritEr contESt: The top 10 performers take the stage in a display of local talent. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 2-10 p.m. $10-15. Info, 229-0492. vErMont SyMphony orchEStra MaStErworKS: Jaime Laredo conducts a program featuring tuba player Takatsugu Hagiwara in works by Gioacchino Rossini, Edvard Grieg and others. Pre-performance lecture, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $1661; nonperishable food donations accepted. Info, 863-5966.

alan KElly gang: The masters of Irish and world music present spirited tunes from the Emerald Isle. Performances by McFadden Academy of Irish Dance and the Celtic Knights complete the evening. See calendar spotlight. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info, 233-5293. outdoors bEnEfit concErt for fuKuShiMa childrEn: bird Monitoring walK: Experienced birders Area musicians take the stage to raise funds lead a morning jaunt in search of various spefor evacuees set to attend a boarding school in cies in their natural habitats. Green Mountain Nagao, Japan this spring. Spotlight Vermont, Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. South Burlington, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 352-9014. Donations. Info, 434-3068. cabin fEvEr concErt SEriES: Local performers caStlE rocK ExtrEME: Skiers navigate cliffs, warm up the mic for Kerry Smith, Tim Berry and bumps and steep terrain at this adrenalinefriends at a benefit show for area organizations fueled competition. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 7 and landmarks. Guild Hall, Guildhall, 6:30-9:30 a.m. $40-80; preregister. Info, 583-6300. p.m. $5. Info, 603-246-8998. wintry wandEr: An adventurous morn'country nightS to nEw yorK lightS': Opera ing of snowshoeing and trail exploration sets North presents a program of American opera and participants of all ages on a course filled with song, featuring selections from West Side Story, checkpoints and challenges. Nordic Center, Showboat and more. Wilder Center, 7 p.m. $15-25; Bolton Valley Resort, 10 a.m. $5; preregister. Info, preregister. Info, 603-448-4141. 734-8514. 'an EvEning of SongS and ariaS': Middlebury College students travel from the baroque era to seminars the present with varied compositions. Concert 3d printing, dESigning & Scanning with Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury blu-bin: Instruction in basic programs teaches College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. attendees how to build digital models of their JErEMy MohnEy: Backed by his band, ideas. Blu-Bin, Burlington, noon-1:30 the saxophonist transports audience p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 345-6030. members to the heyday of swing introduction to powErpoint: and Hot Jazz. Brandon Music Café, Those familiar with the program 7:30 p.m. $15; $30 includes dinner get creative with slide shows, package; preregister; BYOB. Info, charts, text, templates and more. 465-4071. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, KathErinE chi: The established 10:30 a.m.-noon. $3 suggested pianist offers lively interpretations donation; preregister. Info, of works by Haydn, Beethoven 865-7217. CH and others. South Congregational AN CO SS U RT I R H ES Y O F C Church, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. sports $6-18. Info, 748-2600. bolton aftEr darK: When the sun sets, skiers linEar north, SourcE of thE flow & thE and riders explore Vermont's most extensive avEragE looKing MulliganS: Regional bands night-skiing terrain, then screen selections from bring garage rock and psychedelic tunes to an allMeathead Films. Bolton Valley Resort, 4-8 p.m. ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh N.Y., 7 p.m. $19 lift tickets; $2 refreshments; cash bar. Info, $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. 434-6804. MaSquEradE Jazz & funK wintEr MuSic Junior national croSS-country SKi carnival: Costumed revelers boogie down to chaMpionShipS: See WED.05, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. five musical acts and feast on a taco bar. Barnard vErMont SEnior gaMES: Athletes ages 50 and Town Hall, 5-11 p.m. $10-20; free for kids 6 and up test their strength at the state weightlifting under. Info, 332-6020. championship. See for thE ModErn graSS quintEt: Vermont's details. Perkins Fitness Consulting and Personal contemporary and progressive bluegrass






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SpaniSh MuSical KidS: Niños learn colors, numbers and basic expressions en español with native Argentinian Constancia Gómez. Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 12:30-2 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. Story ExplorErS: down undEr: Who spends the winter underneath all the snow and ice? Children learn about animals who seek cover from the cold weather. 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. 'waSabi, a dragon'S talE': Using 11 handcrafted marionettes, No Strings Marionette Company brings traditional puppetry to a modern fairy tale about a spunky princess. Essex High School, 6:30 p.m. Donations of nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 878-1375. COU

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williaM McKonE: The author of Vermont's Irish Rebel details the ethnic group's role in the Civil War, then shares strategies for related ancestry research. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 310-9285.


'a bright rooM callEd day': See FRI.07. 'good pEoplE': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. 'on thE town' auditionS: Thespians put their best foot forward for consideration in the Stowe Theatre Guild's production of the World War II musical comedy set to a score by Leonard Bernstein. Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 253-3961. 'thE SEarch for SignS of intElligEnt lifE in thE univErSE': See FRI.07. vErMont aSSociation of thEatrES & thEatrE artiStS auditionS: VATTA holds tryouts and interviews at this annual statewide gathering of actors, students and theater personnel. See for details. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 234-0292.


MatthEw diMaSi: The local author signs and discusses My Cancer Card: Excerpts From the Life of a Survivor. Winooski Memorial Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. Mud SEaSon booK SalE: Bookworms stock up on new reads and choose from thousands of titles. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. thinK Spring booK SalE!: Chefs and green thumbs get their fill of cooking and gardening titles. Community Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 598-0351.

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


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fancy ShMantzy dancE party: Preschoolers and their adult companions boogie down to deejayed tunes. Arts and crafts, face painting and snacks round out the fun. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. $6; $18 per family. Info, 859-9317.


MEdiEval club opEn houSE: The Society for Creative Anachronism hosts a day dedicated to researching and recreating the Middle Ages. Underhill I.D. Elementary School, Jericho, 1-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4594. 'Mountain MoMEntS' opEn houSE: Skiers chat with Mad River Glen's staff naturalist about the wildlife and ecosystems on the mountain. Kent Thomas Nature Center. Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.


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sourdough Bread Class: Heike Meyer of Bee Sting Bakery breaks down the steps of making naturally leavened loaves with a fermented culture. Participants take a starter home. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700. sugar on snoW: See SAT.08.


homeWork helP: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science students assist first through 2/25/14 9:49 AM eighth graders with reading, math and science assignments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. mermaid theatre: Nova Scotia's acclaimed puppet masters present stage adaptations of Leo Lionni's Swimmy, Frederick and Inch by Inch. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 2 p.m. $15-25. Info, 863-5966. 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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FrenCh Conversation grouP: dimanChes: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


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

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Catamount trail ClassiC: Backcountry trails between Bolton Valley Resort and Trapp Family Lodge offer experienced cross-country skiers a taste of adventure. Proceeds benefit the Catamount Trail Association SkiCubs youth ski program. See for details. See calendar spotlight. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, registration, 7:30-8 a.m.; shuttle to Bolton Valley, 8 a.m.; ski, 9 a.m. $50; preregister. Info, 864-5794. 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.


Jess PhelPs & sally Zimmerman: The preservationists reflect on how home interiors have changed over time and explore options for protecting unique spaces. Woodstock Historical Society, 2 p.m. $5; free for members. Info, 457-1822.


'a Bright room Called day': See FRI.07, 2 p.m. Chandler’s issues Play series: Staged readings of Dvora Zipkin's Blood Ties and Lava Mueller and Adriana Elliott's Mommytalk explore the complexities of family and friendship. A discussion follows. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7 p.m. $5-12. Info, 728-6464. 'good PeoPle': See WED.05, 5 p.m. 'on the toWn' auditions: See SAT.08, noon-4 p.m.


alternative literature & Poetry intensive WorkshoP: Lit lovers explore a wide range of notable works based on neurobiology and the metaphysics of language. Private residence, Cambridge, 3:30 p.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, ecstasyofacripple@ think sPring Book sale!: See SAT.08.

'Country nights to neW york lights': See SAT.08, 3 p.m. hugo WolF Quartett: Drawing on 20 years of stage time, the award-winning foursome brings passion and personality to an evening of chamber music. See calendar spotlight. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 3 p.m. dance $15-25. Info, 863-5966. shakti triBal Belly danCe With susanne: Julianne WieBoldt: Accompanied by pianist Women get their groove on with this ancient and Annemieke Spoelstra, the soprano lends her spirit-inspired improvisational dance form. Soul voice to works by Mozart, Haydn and others. Fire Studio, Burlington, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $15. Info, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 688-4464. Middlebury College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. etc. 'noW Playing neWPort' musiC series: The Kingdom Dixie Band aarP tax PreP assistanCe: See taps into the spirit of Mardi Gras THU.06. with toe-tapping tunes from the early 20th century. A reception film follows. St. Mark's Episcopal 'the hungry heart': Church, Newport, 4 p.m. $5. Presented through the eyes Info, 334-7365. of Franklin County residents o'hanleigh: The Middleburyand pediatrician Fred Holmes, based, Irish-American band Bess O'Brien's documentary welcomes bodhran player and illuminates prescription-drug vocalist Steve Bentley as part addiction and recovery. A Q&A of the Westford Music Series. with the cast and director follows. CO H URT IG United Church of Westford, 4-5 E S y O F O ’H A N L E Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, p.m. Donations. Info, 802-879-4028. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408. riChard shindell: See SAT.08, Tunbridge Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $25-30. Info, 431-3433. food & drink vermont symPhony orChestra BeneFit Bake: Pizza lovers dine on slices in masterWorks: See SAT.08, Paramount support of Rural Vermont. Partial proceeds Theatre, Rutland, 3 p.m. $9-32; nonperishable from each flatbread sold are donated. American food donations accepted. Info, 775-0903. Flatbread — Burlington Hearth, 5 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 223-7222.


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JUMP Benefit: Complimentary burritos satisfy hearty eaters, with donated funds supporting the Joint Urban Ministry Project. Boloco, Burlington, 5-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-4501. Preserved LeMons: Fermentation fans join FolkFood's Jason Frishman, who demonstrates how to pickle the citrus fruits and use them in recipes. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.


Bridge CLUB: See WED.05, 7 p.m. trivia night: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.

health & fitness

herBaL ConsULtations: Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Masé and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9757. r.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.05. reCiPes for heaLing: herBaL saLves: Clinical herbalist Emma Merritt helps attendees create multipurpose formulas in a hands-on session. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $15-17; preregister. Info, 224-7100.





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Winter WiLdLife traCKing: Environmental educator John Jose teaches participants how to identify local mammals, beginning with plaster casts of their tracks. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:15 p.m. $5-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.




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ed MCgUire: The president of the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society details modern methods for accessing ancestry. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


MUd season BooK saLe: See SAT.08, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. shared MoMents oPen MiC: Recille Hamrell hosts an evening of off-the-cuff true tales about pivotal events. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 863-1754.


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Knitting groUP: Needle crafters of all skill levels take advantage of a drop-in creative session. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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, 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, 7:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


rUtLand region ChaMBer of CoMMerCe BUsiness shoW: Local professionals mingle with 90 exhibitors, who offer home services and products. Holiday Inn, Rutland, 4-7:30 p.m. $3. Info, 773-2747.


gaMing for teens & adULts: Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Ages 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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natUraL reMedies for BaBies and ChiLdren: Tiffany Buongiorne and Stephanie Erickson share ways to use essential oils to combat everything from teething to tantrums. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

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historiC organ & gregorian Chant ConCert: The St. Michael's College Chorale and the Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola present a varied program featuring organist William Tortolano. St. Mary's Church, St. Albans, 7:30 p.m. 802-654-2795. Info, Donations.

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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. Monday night oUt!: Kitty Von Tease hosts this weekly gathering of games, libations and a viewing of "RuPaul's Drag Race." Drink, Burlington, cocktail hour, 8-9 p.m.; show viewing, 9-10 p.m. Free; for ages 21 and up. Info, 860-9463,



advanCed sPanish Lessons: Proficient speakers work on mastering the language. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.


aLiCe in noodLeLand: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. MUsiC With Peter: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. natUre taLes story tiMe: Environmental tales, songs and rhymes entertain good listeners ages 2 through 5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. reading BUddies: Eighth-grade mentors foster a love of the written words in little ones. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot; limited space. 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.

sCot syMPhoniC Band: Kilts, bagpipes, drummers and dancers complement traditional tunes at this celebration of Scottish heritage. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 330-263-2048. verMont syMPhony orChestra MasterWorKs: See SAT.08, Bellows Falls Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $9-35; nonperishable food donations accepted. Info, 775-0903.

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Financial Literacy Day: Those seeking a financially secure future gain important knowledge. Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 9:30 a.m. Free; lunch included. Info, 635-1297. How to Get More of What You Want: Negotiation Tips for Women: Dispute resolution expert Cindy Cook lends her expertise to an informative workshop. Campus Center, Castleton State College, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 468-5611.


'Good People': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m.


Conversations With the Word Weaver: Literary scholar Lois Ligget leads an exploration of the components of daily dialogue. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Mud Season Book Sale: See SAT.08, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

WED.12 activism

Religion & War: Attorney Sandy Baird considers how international conflict relates to history, culture and belief systems. Burlington College, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.


Luring Pollinators to Your Garden: Joann Darling details ways to attract bees and other insects to backyard blooms. City Market, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.


John Stark Bellamy: The crime writer muses on mishaps and mayhem in "True Tales of Murder and Crime in 19th- and 20th-Century Vermont." Twinfield Union School, Plainfield, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 454-1298, Vermont Women in the Arts: Vermont Women's History Month: Mara Williams moderates a panel of local female artists, who discuss their creative culture. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 828-2180.


Women Business Owners Network: Central Vermont Chapter Meeting: Area professionals join Jill Davie, who presents "My Journey: Facing My Fears to Market My Business on the Web." Central Vermont Community Action Council, Barre, 8-10 a.m. $5-12; preregister. Info, 503-0219.


Community Cinema: 'Medora': Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart's acclaimed documentary follows the journey of a basketball team in an economically depressed Indiana town. A panel discussion follows. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. f Free. Info, 223-3338. M eD or 'The House I Live In': Eugene Jarecki's a Fi lm award-winning documentary examines the repercussions of America's war on drugs. Vermont Commons School, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Donations. Info, 865-8084.


Maker Space: Learn to Solder Workshop: High-tech tinkerers ages 9 and up join representatives from Laboratory B to assemble kits from SparkFun electronics. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. 'Office Manners and Emotional Intelligence' Workshop: SUNY Plattsburgh professor James Csipak leads an exploration of workplace etiquette. Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-3095. Social Media Surgery Workshop: Flummoxed by Facebook? Bewildered by blogs? A hands-on information session demystifies these online tools. Room 1867, Dewey Community Center, Johnson State College, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091.


Green Mountain Table Tennis Club: See WED.05.


Taikoza Japanese Music Ensemble: Taiko drumming complements traditional flutes and stringed instruments in this performance lecture. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

Alan Betts: The leading climate scientist weighs in on how drastic weather shifts affect local gardening conditions. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Allen Van Anda & James Griffiths: Hops lovers listen in as the Lost Nation Brewing cofounders discuss their craft as part of the 2014 Vermont Business Speakers Series. Stearns Student Center, Johnson State College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1439. 'Becoming Black: A Meditation on Racialization': The author and UVM professor considers the ideological and sociopolitical constructs behind racial identity. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3166.

Farmers Night Concert Series: The Missisiquoi River Band brings innovative instrumentation to traditional and original bluegrass tunes. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500.






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. Intermediate Conversational Spanish Lessons: Adults sharpen their grammar skills while exploring different topics. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.

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.

Early Childhood Day at the Legislature: Professionals, parents, employers and legislators assess the needs of children and families in Vermont. See vermontearlychildhoodalliance. org for details. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9 a.m. $30 includes meals and activities; preregister. Info, 272-1218, sarahalberghiniwinters@ Financial Compensation for Crime Victims Information Session: Attendees learn about financial-assistance programs available through the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services. Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 241-1250, ext. 114. United Way of Chittenden County Volunteer Connection: Locals interested in giving back to the community learn about various service opportunities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.





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Alternative Literature & Poetry Intensive Workshop for Homeschoolers: High school students find meaning in diverse writings using a unique approach to literary analysis. Private residence, Cambridge, 3:30 p.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, Bedtime Math Glow-in-the-Dark Party: Arithmetic adventures abound for problem solvers ages 3 and up, who tackle projects related to Bedtime Math 2: This Time It's Personal. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. 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. Flute-tastic Story Time: Flutist Lisa Carlson brings live tunes to a morning of engaging narratives. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.05, 10 a.m. Homework Help: See SUN.09, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Reading With Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: Youngsters share a story with lovable pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-4918. Story Explorers: Sugaring: How does maple sap transform into syrup? Children learn about the time-tested tradition, then sample different grades. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: See WED.05. 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. Teen Art Studio With Evan Chismark: The illustrator discusses his work and inspires adolescents to pursue their own artistic visions. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-8358.

Urban Wildlife Tracking: Field biologist John Jose instructs folks on how to locate local critters based on imprints of their tracks. City Market, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.

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Montréal-Style Acro Yoga: See WED.05. Natural Remedies for Stress: Herbalist Shona Richter MacDougall presents herbs and supplements that support physical and emotional responses to stressors. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.05.


Highgate Story Hour: See WED.05. Meet Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate: See WED.05. Moving & Grooving With Christine: See WED.05. Music & Movement With Lesley Grant: See WED.05. Read to Coco: See WED.05. Story Banners: Budding artists ages 3 through 6 illustrate original tales, to be displayed from on high. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: See WED.05.


LGBTQA Family Playgroup: Parents bring infants and children up to age 4 together for crafts and physical activities. Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, Essex Junction, second Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-7812.


Brandon Mazur: The literature teacher examines the influence of the Civil War on Walt Whitman's poetry. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Elias String Quartet: The acclaimed foursome discusses "The Beethoven Project," a musical quest to perform and record all of the composer's string quartets. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Heather Kralik: Onion River Exchange's outreach coordinator explains the central Vermont cooperative's use of time-based currency for goods and services. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. Open Discussion: Have You Had a Spiritual Experience?: Like-minded folks share instances of strong intuition, déjà vu, dreams, past-life recall and out-of-body episodes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390.


'Good People': See WED.05, 7:30 p.m. 'Venus in Fur': Vermont Stage Company presents David Ives' comedic tale of love, lust and literature featuring an unorthodox young actress. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966.


Mud Season Book Sale: See SAT.08, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Renegade Writers' Collective Open Mic Night: Wordsmiths share five minutes of original work in a supportive environment. Maglianero Café, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 267-467-2812, Vermont Authors Community Conversation Series: Marilyn Webb Neagley and Natalie Kinsey-Warnock consider their craft in a discussion led by Fran Stoddard. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 4-5 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 985-8686. Vermont Authors Night: Joy Choquette, Tyler Mason, Kathleen Trombley and Earl Wright read selected works. Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. m



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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. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel Throwing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on Wed., Apr. 9-May 28, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel Throwing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on Thu., Apr. 10-May 29, 12:30-3 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main 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. JEWELRY: LEATHER EARRINGS: Co-owner of New Duds/professional crafter Tessa Valyou leads this one-night class in creating leather earrings. Using scrap leather from a local purse manufacturer, Tessa will show you simple ways to make one-ofa-kind jewelry that you’ll want to wear and give as gifts. No experience needed. Apr. 9, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/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: FREE WHEELIN’: Come play with clay on the potter’s wheel and learn how to make cups, bowls and more in our clay studio. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. All supplies provided. Ages 6-12. Apr. 5, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25/person, $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main 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-collé (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.

PRINT: WOODCUT: With local printmaking expert Gregg Blasdel, discover the unique process of woodblock printing, which originated in the Han Dynasty (before 220 BC) in China and has become a printing technique used throughout the world. This class will focus on the fundamental techniques and characteristics of relief woodblock printing. Weekly on Mon.,

Apr. 14-May 19, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $200/person; $180/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. PAINTING: ABSTRACT: Explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting. Using the paint of their choice (water-soluble oils, acrylics or watercolor), students will be encouraged to experiment and try adding other mixed media as well. Students will learn from each other and will discuss techniques and ideas in supportive critique. Weekly on Tue., Apr. 8-May 20, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church 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. 27May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $160/ person; $144/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PAINTING: WATERCOLOR: Learn how to paint with watercolor. This class will focus on observational painting from still life, figure, landscape and photos. Students will paint on watercolor paper and will gain experience with composition, color theory, layering, light and shade. Class may move outdoors to paint en-plein-air on nice days! Weekly on Wed., Apr. 9-May 28, 6:308:30 p.m. Cost: $200/person; $180/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. RESIST GLAZING: During this lecture-style workshop, Jeremy will cover the basics of resist glazing techniques. Resist glazing is a great way to highlight contrasts and similarities between glazes and clay bodies on your pottery. Several techniques will be demonstrated to create a variety of surface motifs on functional forms. Apr. 6, 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. SELLING YOUR WORK WITH ETSY: Ready to take the leap and open a store on Etsy, the largest handmade online market in the world? Laure Hale, owner of Found Beauty Studio, walks

you through opening a shop, setting up policies, listing items and filling sold orders, as well as looking at various marketing tricks. Apr. 7, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, crandalltyler@,

SILKSCREENING: Torrey Valyou, local silkscreen legend and co-owner of New Duds, will introduce you to silkscreening and show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fine art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using handdrawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Weekly on Thu., Apr. 10May 29, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $230/ person; $207/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.

FLAMENCO: Corazon Flamenko Vermont. Ladies and gentlemen, add some fun to your fitness routine with Flamenco, music and rhythm. No dance experience required. Just the desire to get your body moving with the passion of Flamenco. Olé. Absolute Beginners; Technique of strength; Equilibrium; Rhythm and Compas. Sign up now! Tue., Wed., Thu., 6-7 p.m. Cost: $20/1hour class. Location: Corazon Flamenko, 70 Barber Farm, Jericho. Corazon Flamenko Vermont, Ana Mendez, 8589082, info.corazonflamenko@

WHEEL THROWING II: Refine your wheelwork in Wheel II for advanced beginners and intermediate potters. Learn individualized tips and techniques for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorative and glazing methods. Individual projects will be encouraged. Students should be proficient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Weekly on Thu., Apr. 10-May 29, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.

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. 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. 497-0136,, DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. 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

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



ADV. JEWELRY: MAKING A LOCKET: Instructor: Matthew Taylor. Come learn from master jeweler Matthew Taylor. Students will learn about forging, design and intimate detail to create a personal sterling silver locket with hinges. Come join Matthew and take your jewelry skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Beginner Jewelry (students must already know sawing, filing and soldering). 5 Wed., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Apr. 30-May 28. Cost: $285/person (members $207, nonmembers $230, + $55 material fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. 985-3648. CLAY: EVERYTHING BUT THE WHEEL: Instructor: Jules Polk. This hand-building class will focus on creating sculptural and functional pieces by manipulating extrusions and soft slabs. Students explore texture and will create their own stamps and rollers. Slip and glaze application techniques will be individualized per project. 8 Fridays, Apr. 18-Jun

6, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $310/ person (members $243, nonmembers $270, + $40 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. 985-3648. Intro Wood: Shaker hall table: Instructor: Rachel Brydolf-Horwitz. a comprehensive introduction to woodworking, this course explores the basic principles of lumber selection, hand tool and machinery usage, milling, joinery and finishing. students will build their own shaker-style hall table, taking the project from blueprint through completion, learning to both organize and conceptualize a furniture project, and gain familiarity with the woodshop environment. 8 Mon., Apr. 21-Jun. 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (No class May 26.). Cost: $405/ person (members $292.50, nonmembers $325, + $80 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. 985-3648. MIxed-level Wheel throWIng: Instructor: Rik Rolla. This course is for all skill levels! Beginners will be guided through the fundamentals of basic wheel-throwing techniques. More experienced students will consider elements of form and style and receive individual instruction in functional or sculptural techniques. 8 Tue., Apr. 15-Jun. 3, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost:

$255/person (members $193.50, nonmembers $215, + $40 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. 985-3648. StIll lIfe: Instructor: evelyn McFarlane. This program is designed to develop the student’s visual relationship with threedimensional form and translate that form onto a canvas in paint. The goal will be an impressionistic but accurate still life painting using a comparative method that will be taught to facilitate drawing and painting objects of various colors and forms. 8 Thu., 1-3 p.m., Apr. 17 & Jun. 5. Cost: $215/person (members $193.50, nonmembers $215, material list & syllabus). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. 985-3648.

drumming taIko, djeMbe & CongaS!: stuart Paton, cofounder and artistic director of Burlington Taiko Group, has devoted the past 25 years to performing and teaching taiko to children and adults here in the Burlington area and throughout New england. He is currently the primary instructor at the Burlington Taiko space, and his teaching style integrates the best of what he experienced as a child growing up in Tokyo with many successful strategies in american education. call or

email for schedule. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Stuart Paton, 999-4255,,

flynn arts 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. 652-4548, flynnarts. org. 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 or dynamic conflict. Instructor: Mark alan Gordon. Adults/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. 652-4548,

gardening plantS W/ MedICInal IntereStS: Many plants do more then beautify a landscape. learn the medicinal properties and growing and harvesting tips of plants such as angelica, baptisia, black cohosh, calamus, calendula, california poppy, echinacea, elderberry and more. Heather is the owner of Giving Tree Botanicals. Mar. 15, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. 660-3505-4, roSeS In verMont: learn about the types of roses that can grow well in Vermont with little care. From old-fashioned fragrant beauties to modern shrub roses, charlie Nardozzi will cover a whole range of easy to grow roses and review organic fertilizing and insect and disease control. Mar. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale

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Intro to the 3-d prInter: 3-D printing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model and is accessible to all, even those with a minimal understanding of electronics, hardware, or 3-D design. learn the basics of 3-D software, 3-D printing and rapid prototyping. Introduction to sketch-Up modeling program and demonstrations included. Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using a computer. Every Thu., Apr. 3-Apr. 24, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA members. Location: Generator, Memorial Auditorium, 250 Main St., Burlington. 8657166, classes. IntroduCtIon to the laSer Cutter: Design and create products with an epilog laser cutter. learn the creative process, from concept sketches to laser cutting the finished piece with a 60 watt cO2 laser. Use adobe Illustrator software for designing and preparing work and learn

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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. 253-8358, education@,





RUSTIC FURNITURE PROJECT: Learn basic woodworking skills using handsaws, electric drills and sanders. Workshop covers sustainable harvesting, stock selection, design, layout, joinery and finishing. Complete a four-peg wall rack, single-peg coat rack, towel bar or wall lamp. All materials included. Instructor: Greg Speer. Apr. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $80/member, $105 nonmembers. Location: 56 Turner Mill La., Stowe. 2538358,, 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. 253-8358,, 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. Instructor: Greg Speer. Mar. 8, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $110/ members, $135/nonmembers. Location: 56 Turner Mill La., Stowe. Helen Day Art Center, 253-8358, education@helenday. com,

END TABLE W/ YELLOW BIRCH TOP: Students will learn basic woodworking skills using basic hand tools including handsaws, electric drills & sanders. Workshops will cover sustainable harvesting, stock selection, design, layout, joinery and finishing. Students will take home a finished table. All materials included. Instructor: Greg Speer. Mar. 29, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $110/ member, $153/nonmembers. Location: 56 Turner Mill La., Stowe. Helen Day Art Center, 253-8358, education@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. Horsetail Herbs, Kelley Robie, 893-0521,, HERBAL INTENSIVE: Heart-Spirit Medicine for Turbulent Times: Herbal Allies and Timeless Wisdom with Chris Marano, RH(AHG). A look through the lenses of Chinese, Indian, Native American and Western healing traditions to better understand how the body-mind-heart-spirit continuum functions, especially under stressful circumstances. Gain tools, from breath-work to nutrition and herbs, to best navigate these challenging times. Mar. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $75/person; $65 for members; preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 2247100,, HERBS FROM THE GROUND UP: With Larken Bunce and Joann Darling. New format! Grow your own apothecary! Join an intimate group of plant enthusiasts for a season in the garden. Learn everything from soil amendment, garden design and seed-starting to harvesting, drying, medicine-making, and

seed-saving. Develop deep relationships with medicinal plants and understand how to use them in your daily life. New start date! Every Mon., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 5-Oct. 13. Cost: $900/ person. New, lower cost! $100 deposit, preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 2247100,, WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certification Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as first medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Handson curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. 456-8122, annie@,

holistic health ORGANIC HERBAL BODY CARE: Organic products can be pricey, but everyone deserves safe and affordable products. We will make our own delicious face scrub, nourishing shampoo and healing herbal soap. We will use a variety of herbs, essential oils, several different soap bases and all-natural ingredients to soothe the body, mind and spirit. Sat., Mar. 22. Cost: $35/person; $10 of the course cost will go toward supplies. Location: Burlington College, 351 North Ave., Burlington. Burlington College, Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, campus-classes.

jewelry JEWELRY: LEATHER EARRINGS: Co-owner of New Duds/professional crafter Tessa Valyou leads this one-night class in creating leather earrings. Using scrap leather from a local purse manufacturer, Tessa will show you simple ways to make one-ofa-kind jewelry that you’ll want to wear and give as gifts. No experience needed. Apr. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. 865-7166.

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this spring. Our eighth year. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Also lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. Beginning week of Mar. 31 for 10 weeks. Cost: $225/10 classes of 90+ minutes each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, 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. Micheline Tremblay, AFLCR French Language Center director, 881-8826, michelineatremblay@ BONJOUR! FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS: Oh la la! Join this supportive, fun, beginning French class led by Madame Maggie. Experienced educator, fluent French speaker, lived in France and West Africa. Next time someone asks, “Parlezvous francais?” you can say “Oui!” Québec is so close, wait no longer to learn this beautiful, widely spoken language. Tue., Mar. 4-Apr. 15, 9-11 a.m. Cost: $200/6 weeks, 2 hours per week. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 233-7676, maggiestandley@, JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASSES: The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) is offering Japanese language lessons for children. Classes meet weekly on Saturdays beginning March 15. Japanese Language Classes, Level 1, 10:4511:45 a.m. This class does not require any Japanese speaking ability. Intermediate Japanese Language Classes, Level 2,

9:30-10:30 a.m. The intermediate class requires a certain level of comprehesion for daily conversation. The deadline for registration is March 13. This ad is supported by the Japan Foundation, Central for Global Partnership. 7, 1 hour classes. Location: Japan America Society of Vermont (JASV), 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester. Masako Carter,,

martial arts AIKIDO: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Classes for adults, children and beginners 7 days a week. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. 9518900, AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. . Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. 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. Aikido in Balance, Tyler Crandall, 5989204, tyler@aikidoinbalance. com, 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. 660-4072,, vermontbjj. com.

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. 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. Oct. 6-7, Sat. & Sun., Mar 22-23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $285/ person. Location: Memorial Hall, Essex. Dianne Swafford, 7341121, swaffordperson@hotmail. com, dianneswafford.

meditation CONTENTMENT IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “Suffering is a result of roaming, the urge to keep looking for an external source of happiness. Much of our stress these days is caused by simple lack of contentment.” --Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. An introduction to and deepening of meditation practice, with an emphasis on how the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness and humor. Every Mon., Mar. 17-Apr. 7, 7-9 p.m., + Sat., Apr. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $120/6 2-hour classes. Location: Burlington Shambhala

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Center, 187 South Winooski Ave., Burlington. Burlington Shambhala Center, Tracy Suchocki, 734-7724, tracy@cpro. cc, 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. Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746,,


tai chi photography 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. 633-2384,,

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

qi gong Traditional Chinese Qigong: May 2-6. Cost: $770. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. 633-2384,

Snake-Style Tai Chi Chuan: The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. 864-7902, Yang-Style Tai Chi: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Mindful Breath Tai Chi (formerly Vermont Tai Chi Academy and Healing Center), 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. 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. Sally Olson, admin@,

A Day in the Life: Instructor Mark Pendergrast. Participants will choose a different occupation to investigate and will find an appropriate, willing subject who works in that field to write about and interview. Pendergrast will suggest alternate methods of turning the raw interview and research material into articles for publication. Mon. Mar. 24. Cost: $45/2.5 hr class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@,

Travel Writing: Travel Writing with Tim Brookes. This travel writing workshop will move through a series of exercises designed to help the writer hone essential observation, reflection, writing skills, and will culminate in a finished piece. Outstanding work will be considered for an anthology of travel writing to be published in 2015. Thu. evenings, beginning Mar. 20, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $120/2 hour classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont/ Writers Barn, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091,,

Creative Nonfiction Weekend: Commit to a weekend of writing, workshopping and learning new approaches to the craft alongside other dedicated writers. The Renegade Writers’ Collective is offering a two-day intensive for new and experienced nonfiction writers to learn and practice some of the new forms of the modern essay. Sat., Mar. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun., Mar. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $150/2 days, 6 hours per day, w/ 1.5-hour lunch break. Location: Renegade Writers’ Collective, 47 Maple St., suite 220, Burlington. Renegade Writers’ Collective, Jessica Nelson, 267-467-2812,, Storyteller’s Workshop: Writing, Developing, and Performing Personal Narrative for the Stage with Mark Stein. Emphasis will be on telling true, first person narratives. One class devoted to fiction and folk tales. Participants will develop skills as story tellers, both in creation and compelling material, and in effective, powerful delivery at performance time. Wed. evenings, starting March 19, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/2 hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, The Power of Place in Prose: This class examines treatments of place in works by Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy, as well as those by contemporary writers: Amanda Coplin, Mary Miller, Matt Bell and Jo Ann Beard. We’ll work on image, language, and meaning as it relates to place and apply them to our own work. Sat., Mar. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $50/3-hour class. Location: Renegade Writers’ Collective, 47 Maple St., suite 220, Burlington. Renegade Writers’ Collective, Jessica Nelson, 267-467-2812,

Writers’ Retreat in Nantucket: Women Writers’ Retreat in Nantucket with Renegade Writers Jessica Henley Nelson and Angi Palm. Do you dream of getting away from the distractions of daily life and finding a quiet place to write? Join author/editors Jessica Henley Nelson and Angi Palm for six blissful days in Nantucket. 6 days in Nantucket. Cost: $950/6 days. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com,

yoga 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. 999-9963. Evolution Yoga: Evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere:

Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Therapeutics and Alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. . Cost: $15/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. 864-9642, Honest Yoga, The only dedicated Hot Yoga Flow Center: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in Essentials, Flow and Core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. 497-0136, honestyogastudio@, honestyogacenter. com. 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. Now offering massage. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. 343-8119, 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! The Birth That’s Right For You w/ Lisa Gould Rubin, Mar. 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Yoga ROOTS Saplings (K-4th grade), weekly on Mon., 3:30-4:30 p.m. starting Mar. 10; Yoga ROOTS Sprouts (ages 2-5 w/ parents & caregivers) weekly on Thu., 10:45-11:30 a.m. starting Mar. 13. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. 9850090,

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Dog Classes in S. Burlington: Offered by Gold Star Dog Training and S. Burlington Recreation. Fun, effective classes to raise a well-mannered pup or teach your older dog a few new tricks. Basic and intermediate classes focusing on obedience/manner, social skills, building relationship, and understanding dog

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






Music Classes: Six-week sessions begin the week of Mar. 10. Old Time Five-String Banjo w/ Pete Sutherland: Tue., 6-7:15 p.m.; Intro to Folk Guitar w/ John Creech: Tue., 7:20-8:35 p.m.; Slow Jam/Folk Band w/ Brian Perkins: Tue., 8:40-9:55 p.m.; Intro to Folk Ukulele w/ Brian Perkins: Thu., 6-7:15 p.m.; Mandolin the Woody Guthrie Way w/ Brian Perkins: Thu., 7:208:35 p.m. Location: Memorial Auditorium, 250 Main St., Burlington. Burlington Parks & Rec., 864-0123, enjoyburlington. com.,

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

communication and using an easy-to-apply dog training approach. Classes meet weekly on Fri. Basic Training and Social Skills, Mar. 14-Apr. 18, 5:306:30 p.m. or May 23-Jun. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Beyond Basics, May 23-Jun. 20, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; Deb’s 3-Week Training Tune-up, May 2-May 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. or Jul. 11-Jul. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: City Hall, 575 Dorset St., S. Burlington. 864-4108,



Almost Famous


Comedian Hannibal Buress talks comedy, writing for television and his sorta-celebrity status BY D AN BO L L E S


SEVEN DAYS: I caught you on “The Tonight Show” last night. What’s the Jimmy Fallon experience like? HANNIBAL BURESS: It was cool, man. It was cool to be the first non-billionaire comedian on the show. SD: Is doing a late-night show as big a deal for a comedian as it used to be? Once upon a time, doing Carson or Letterman could essentially break a comic. Now it seems like you already have to have a name to be on.



omedian Hannibal Buress likes to have a little fun with rap music in his act. A couple of years back, he joked about a Young Jeezy song, “Lose My Mind,” in which the rapper states, “House stupid dumb big, my rooms got rooms.” “No, Jeezy,” quipped Buress. “Those are closets.” Most comics would never get a response to a joke about a famous person from said famous person. But Buress did. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jeezy was asked about Buress’ joke. “He said that about me?” said Jeezy. “Nah, his crib probably ain’t as big as mine, that’s all.” “That was pretty funny,” concedes Buress of Jeezy’s response in a recent interview with Seven Days. Given his increasing success, the New York City-based comic may need to choose his words carefully when joking about rappers. Buress is currently the cohost of “The Eric Andre Show” on Adult Swim, as well as a series regular on the animated FX series “Chozen” and the Comedy Central series “Broad City.” Previously, he worked as a writer on the NBC shows “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.” His new standup special, “Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago,” will premiere on Comedy Central on March 29. In short, Buress is a comedian on the brink of stardom — though, as we discovered, he’d likely be the last to admit it. In advance of his show at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington this Sunday, March 9, we spoke with Buress by phone the morning after his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”




HB: It depends. I mean, I just did a set on a new show with high ratings. So that’s a big deal for me. A lot of it’s timing. I got a job writing on “Saturday Night Live” from my set on Fallon four years ago. So it doesn’t have that automatic cachet where people will come out to your set the next night. But it lives online and people will decide whether to come see you based on that. So it might not be an immediate career changer. But it shows what you’re able to do and, for someone like me who is a touring comedian, it can help. SD: I’ve heard the “SNL” writing experience can be really cutthroat. Did you enjoy it? HB: I did enjoy it. It was a different experience from just doing standup. It was tough, and I didn’t get many sketches on. But it was a good experience. I learned a lot about writing and working in TV. And I got on “30 Rock” from that. SD: Do you enjoy working collaboratively like that, or do you prefer to do your own thing? HB: I like both. Writing with other people is kind of a flow. You say something

and somebody else adds something to it, changes a word or takes it in a different direction. Working in a group, you’re trying to make each other laugh. So that’s fun and it’s different from working solo, where you have to only trust your own instincts. SD: You’ve had a pretty great year. Has that success changed your life in any specific ways? HB: Maybe a little bit. I wouldn’t say I’m famous. But the energy people have towards me is a little different, like when I’m out and about and someone recognizes me, and they’re drunk. That can be a little bit weird. But for the most part it’s fine, man. And I’m just happy to be working. SD: So you don’t have to put on a disguise to go grocery shopping. HB: Nah, man. That’s what it is. I’m not street famous. I’m bar famous. Drunks know me. SD: Do they ask you to do bits from your act? HB: Nobody wants bits, really. They want pics on their phone to put on Facebook or whatever. It can be a little bit annoying.

But it means something to them, which is pretty cool. SD: You recently toured with Dave Chapelle. HB: That was really cool. I’ve been a fan of his since I was young. He’s one of the best standups ever. Actually, in 2004 in Chicago, at the height of “The Chapelle Show,” I snuck into the Congress Theater to see him. So to go from sneaking into a show to see him to doing shows with him … that was really awesome. SD: You have a pretty unique style. Is that something you consciously work on, or is it more simply a product of who you are? HB: It’s mostly just me. But sometimes I’ll do something like, I’ll be telling a joke and all of a sudden might just say one word really LOUD, like that. That’s because, early on I was doing bar shows, and maybe over here somebody is talking. I don’t want to break the rhythm of my joke, so instead I’ll get really loud in the middle of my joke. That’s a teacher move. But that’s part of my style now. SD: Hip-hop is a big part of your act. HB: I started out doing comedy at music open mics. And sometimes I would freestyle. I’ve always really loved hip-hop and it’s something I like to talk about — lyrics, what the fuck they’re saying. I’ll rewind a crazy lyric and listen to it 20 times. So it’s what I’m interested in, which is what I talk about in my comedy: rap lyrics, partying and doing my thing. SD: You made a joke about Young Jeezy and he actually responded. Does knowing rappers might actually hear your jokes now give you any hesitation in doing jokes about them? HB: No. I’m not doing jokes out of a mean place. The songs I usually talk about are songs I like, artists I enjoy. So I’m having fun. But who knows? If people get mad, let people get mad. 

INFO Hannibal Buress, Sunday, March 9, 9 p.m., at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. $25/27.




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If there’s one thing the local hip-hop scene has been lacking, it’s a good oldfashioned rap beef. I mean, the whole peace, love and unity thing is cool and all. It’s just kinda boring. I’m not talking, like, Biggie-Tupac or 50 cenT-Ja Rule level beef. (No violence, please.) But we could use some drama to spice things up, y’know? Fortunately, the next King of Vermont Rap Battle at Club Metronome this Thursday, March 6, may offer exactly that. As usual, it will feature many of the area’s top MCs. But this time around, it will also include two local rappers whose rivalry is reaching an epic level: perennial battle favorite leaRic of the azTexT and reigning champ MeMaRanda. A little backstory… For years, Learic has widely been acknowledged as Vermont’s preeminent battle rapper. He’s won or been a finalist in numerous battles in Vermont and is one of few local rappers to make noise at battles beyond the Green Mountains. Specifically, in 2012 he competed at BET’s Freestyle Friday competition in Atlanta and did well enough to advance to the second round against national competition. That’s no small shakes. And it cemented his rep as local battle giant. But even giants can fall. And at the last KoVT battle in December, Learic did, losing to Memaranda in a

final that took three extra rounds to decide. Or “triple overtime,” as Learic puts it. “Yeah, I wasn’t happy about the way that went down,” says Learic, seated next to his rival recently at a Burlington coffee shop. He doesn’t explain exactly why he felt he was robbed. But it’s obvious that he does. Normally gregarious, he stares down at the table when he talks about the battle. “It bugged the shit out of me,” he says. Memaranda is a bit more diplomatic. “When I go into a battle I usually know there’s only one rapper in the room who can beat me,” he says, nodding at Learic. “This fuckin’ guy.” That line elicits a smile from everyone at the table, including KoVT organizer and VT Union MC sin sizzle, who says that Learic and Memaranda, along with HaBiT of cRows, are the “cream of the crop” when it comes to battle rappers in Vermont. The mood lightens further when Learic and Memaranda recall their most recent battle. “It got really personal,” says Learic, chuckling. “Vicious,” says Memaranda. By nature, rap battles are confrontational. The goal is not only to

freestyle better than your opponent, but to knock him or her off their game. The time-honored method for doing so is to verbally tear down the opposing MC. Both rappers say that when it comes to battle rap, there is no sacred ground. “I was a little surprised so many people gave you a hard time about your girl last time, though,” says Learic. “Really? I wasn’t,” says Memaranda. “I mean, I would have.” Memaranda’s girlfriend is lc of the lynguisTic civilians. He says several of his opponents not so subtly suggested that she’s the better rapper. “And I agree,” he says. However, he does point out that he bested her the one time they faced off in a battle. “I probably shouldn’t have said that thing about her period, though,” he says. Learic adds he gets ribbed about his partner in the Aztext, pRo, being the better rapper of the two. “It’s all fair game,” he says. Learic likens a battle rap to a boxing match. He says there is a sweet science to the art of the takedown. He sizes up his competition the minute he walks into the room and makes mental notes about potential opponents, looking for weaknesses to exploit. “I look at what they’re wearing, what they’re drinking, whose girl is talking to someone else,” he says. “Anything I can use I will file away.” He adds that he tries to conserve his best material for later rounds. “You don’t want to use up your best stuff too early,” he advises. “Because by the time you come up against the best rappers, your tank is empty.” For his part, Memaranda takes a more relaxed approach. “I don’t really put too much thought in beforehand,” he says. “I just let whatever flows flow and hope for the best.” It’s obvious, even from just a short conversation, that both Learic and Memaranda have a great deal of respect for one another and, personal digs aside, that they genuinely like each other. It’s also obvious that the upcoming rap battle is serious business, especially for Learic.


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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Brett Dennen, Foy Vance, (singer-songwriters), 7:30 p.m., $22/25. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday, 8 p.m., free. Winooski Wednesday: canopy, (jam), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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

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

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THE BEE'S KNEES: Lesley Grant, (country), 7 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Seth Eames & miriam Bernardo, (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., free. PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: trivia Night, first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., free.

CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: trivia Night, first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: open mic, 10 p.m., free.


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


FINNIGAN'S PUB: craig mitchell, (funk), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE: Half & Half comedy, (standup), 8 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: trivia mania, 7 p.m., free. Aqueous, (jam), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. PIZZA BARRIO: EmaLou, (folk), 6 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: cody Sargent & Friends, (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman trio, (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Family Night Band, (rock), 11 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: The tenderbellies, (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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

TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Arclite, (EDm), 10 p.m., free.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Songwriters in the Round: Derek Burkins,tim Brick, Josh Brooks, (singersongwriters), 7:30 p.m., free. VENUE: Noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi, first Thursday of every month, 8 p.m., free.


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

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THE PARKER PIE CO.: Live music, 7:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont

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

BAGITOS: colin mccaffrey, (folk), 6 p.m., donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: chickweed, (acoustic), 8 p.m., free.


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Sticking with the tribute beat for a second, care to guess how many GRATEFUL DEAD tribute shows there are in the Seven Days club listings this week? Five. In chronological order, they are: BLUES FOR BREAKFAST at Nectar’s on Friday, March 7; acoustic Dead night with MIKE SCARPO at Bagitos in Montpelier on Saturday, March 8; a new Dead cover band, FOLKS UP IN TREETOPS, at CK’s in Winooski, also Saturday; Blues for Breakfast again at the Matterhorn in Stowe, also Saturday; and then the weekly Dead Set with CATS UNDER THE STARS at Club Metronome on Tuesday, March 11. No offense to any of those bands or their fans, but am I the only one who thinks maybe this is overkill?



billing themselves as tributes to, well, themselves in order to compete for fans. I wrote that the strategy would be first employed by SWALE, billing themselves as SWELL: A TRIBUTE TO SWALE. Well, guess who’s playing Radio Bean this Saturday, March 8? That’s right. Swell. No word on when the debut performance of WAILIN’ SPUD, another (I presume) joke tribute band I mentioned in that column, will be. But in the meantime, I’m sending DAN BOLLES tribute critic STAN BOWLS to the Bean to investigate.


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ARTSRIOT: Rough Francis, Joey Pizza Slice, Disco Phantom, (punk), 8:30 p.m., $10. AA. CLUB METRONOME: "No Diggity" ’90s Night, 9 p.m., free/$5. DRINK: comedy Showcase, (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $7.

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RADIO BEAN: Kid's music with Linda "tickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. Kim and chris, (blues), 7 p.m., free. milton Busker, (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. Ryan Fauber, (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. mellow Yellow, (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. Bella's Bartok, (folk punk), midnight., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ, (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Ellen Powell trio, (jazz), 4 p.m., free. Japhy Ryder, (prog), 7 p.m., $5. craig mitchell, (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ con Yay, (EDm), 9 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: DJ cre8, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): tallGrass GetDown, (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation.


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BACKSTAGE PUB: Jaz Entertainment DJ, (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: First Friday: Pamela means, DJs Llu & Precious, (singersongwriter, house), 8 p.m., $5/10. AA.

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

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Stephen Kellogg, caroline Rose, (alt-country), 8 p.m., $20/22. AA.

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THE MONKEY HOUSE: The Willoughbys, (folk), 5:30 p.m., free. Dystrot, Boil the Whore, Half Past Human, (metal), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: King me, (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. Phil Abair Band, (rock), 9 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: miles and murphy, (jazz, blues), 7:30 p.m., free. VENUE: Indecent Exposure, (rock), 9 p.m., free.


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THE BEE'S KNEES: Jazzland, (jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation. MATTERHORN: Richard James and the Name changers, (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG'S PLACE: Abby Sherman, (folk), 6:30 p.m., free. Woedoggies, (blues), 9 p.m., free. RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, (soul), 9 p.m., $6.

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Eight 02, (contemporary jazz), 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: city Limits Dance Party with top Hat Entertainment, (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: capital Zen, (rock), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour tunes & trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.



CLUB METRONOME: Retronome with DJ Fattie B, (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Wave of the Future, (sci-fi punk), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Annie in the Water, (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. Santa mamba, (Latin roots rock), 9 p.m., $5. PIZZA BARRIO: Abbie morin, (folk), 6 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Greg Alexander, (singer-songwriter), noon., free. Britt Kusserow, (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Ian Fitzgerald, (folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Beanbag Slash Art, (radical brass band), 9:30 p.m., free. Swell: A tribute to Swale, (rock + love), 11

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RUBEN JAMES: craig mitchell, (house), 10 p.m., free.

RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Last Kid Picked, (rock), 9 p.m., $8.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Larcenist, Great Western, (alt-country), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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ZEN LOUNGE: Six Pack Variety Act Hosted by carmen Lagala, (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free. Electric temple with DJ Atak, (EDm), 10 p.m., $5.

CASTLEROCK PUB AT SUGARBUSH: michelle Sarah Band, (funk), 9 p.m., free.

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: crazyhearse, (rock), 8 p.m., free.

BACKSTAGE PUB: Wolf Pack, (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

BAR ANTIDOTE: The Fizz, (rock), 9 p.m., free.

CK'S SPORTS BAR: Folks Up in treetops, (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free.

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

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The oNE Fashion Event, 8 p.m., $32/37. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Roosevelt Dime, Burlington Bread Boys, (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Leno, Young, & cheney, (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. Sideshow Bob, (rock), 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. Acoustic Grateful Dead with mike Scarpo, 5 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Dance Party, 10 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Andy Pitt, (bluegrass), 5 p.m., free. tim Brick Band, (country), 9 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: State and main, (barbershop quartet), 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: Doom & Friends, (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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The well-to-do ski hamlet of Stowe, Vt., is hardly known as a hotbed of hip-hop. And as it stands now, Stowe-based trio Entendre will likely do little to change that. The group’s self-titled debut, while slickly produced and boasting a few solid performances, is at best an uneven attempt, saddled by trite songwriting and spotty execution. Still, there may be some nascent potential lurking within in the record’s 11 tracks. Producer Matthew Binginot, aka DJVU, does craft some nifty breaks and seems to have a creative musical mind. His handiwork is characterized by buoyant beats with a bright melodic bent. Though he’s not exactly revolutionizing hip-hop production, his is a progressive approach that provides some compelling moments, not to mention a colorful backdrop against which his bandmates could and should shine. It’s just a shame they don’t do more to chew up the scenery.

Ryan Denno, aka Youth1, is a technically proficient rapper. He rhymes with an easy, elastic cadence. His flow is malleable; he’s equally comfortable bouncing through anthemic cuts, such as opener “Happens to Us All,” as he is navigating more intricate beats, as on “Fantasy Sky.” At times he’s even witty. But too often, Denno relies on obvious punch lines, nowhere more so than on “Butterface.” The song is a tired riff on an even more fatigued joke. It goes something like: “She’s pretty hot … but her face.” It’s juvenile, sure. Misogynistic? A little. But the real crime is that it’s just not that funny or clever. (It’s also a bit of a head-scratcher when you consider the earnestness of the record’s liner notes: “These songs are the sounds of our hearts, souls and passions.”) Exacerbating the record’s malaise is the performance of vocalist and

co-songwriter Lauren Paine. Paine may have a decent voice, but it’s tough to say for certain based on her work here. Throughout she favors flourish over fundamentals. As a result, her pitch slides lazily on nearly every cut — to the point that she almost sounds bored. A little bit of intonation slippage, especially in service to a larger stylistic choice, is generally fine. But flat is flat. As debuts go, Entendre’s is a disappointment. But there’s reason to think they could improve the next time out. DJVU is a budding talent. Youth1 shows real promise, at least when he’s not mining middle school dick jokes. And Paine, with better attention to intonation, could be an effective singer. The seeds are there. Entendre just need to cultivate them. Entendre by Entendre is available at

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tuneful growl. Further darkening the mood are fleeting trembles of distorted guitar that build and disperse as the song ebbs and flows in its chilling intensity. It is a brooding, lighterleT’s noT sTop now! worthy 6/8 ballad if ever there was one (before cellphones, we flicked Bics at concerts, kiddos). Look, I’m a product of the 1990s. So SCAN THIS PAGE YOUR I will always have a soft spot for any TEXT WITH LAYAR music that evokes that era of my youth. SEE PROGRAM COVER HERE And I can say with near certainty that, had they existed when I was 16, either of these cuts by Poor and Perfect would have landed on numerous mixtapes along with high school staples such ther animals such as bald as “Bittersweet,” “Fall Down” and eagles and bats are still at risk. “Rudderless.” That’s not meant as a slight, or to suggest the band’s music By donating to the Nongame is particularly dated. Rather, Poor and Wildlife Fund you protect Perfect capture the essence of what Vermont’s endangered wildlife made that music compelling, putting for future generations to enjoy. enough of a modern spin on it to make Every $1 you give means an extra a thirtysomething critic feel a little bit $2 helping Vermont’s wildlife. like a teenager. Ribs / Friends, Heart, Family by Poor Look for the loon on line 29a of and Perfect is available at academia. your Vermont income tax form and DAN BOLLES Nongame Wildlife Fund please donate. .00 29a.

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as two of that era’s guiltiest of pleasures. Rosenquest doesn’t exactly shy away from those retroactively uncool influences. (What? as if you didn’t rock out to “Hey Jealousy” like the rest of us.) But he’s not necessarily beholden to them, either. Colored by a tumbling mandolin line, the lead cut, “Ribs,” is a rolling slice of twangy pop that borrows both melodic and structural cues from the likes of Messrs. Duritz, Hopkins and, to a lesser degree, the Lemonheads’ Evan Dando. But he manages to soften those writers’ melodramatic charms. Rosenquest’s voice hums with lightsandpaper grit that recalls Big Head Todd and the Monsters’ Todd Park Mohr — to continue down the 1990s wormhole — which lends his quirky romantic musings some welcome gravitas. The B-side cut, “Friends, Heart, Family,” is built on an arpeggiated acoustic progression, over which Rosenquest croons in his detached but


Poor and Perfect represent the latest venture from Chris Rosenquest, formerly of the Providence, R.I.based alt-country band the Tower and the Fool. Since leaving that band, Rosenquest has landed in tiny South Royalton, Vt., where he’s been writing and recording alongside some notable locals, including Jer Coons, Zac Clark and Mike Poorman — the last two of whom also played in the Tower and the Fool for a time. In an email passed along by his label, Academia Tapes, Rosenquest says he’s been “working on a new creative platform to release music.” The result of that work is a new cassette single/“digital 7-inch,” Ribs / Friends, Heart, Family. Interestingly, Rosenquest’s “new” creative outlet harks to a fairly old one. During Rosenquest’s tenure, the Tower and the Fool mined the melancholy 1990s alt-rock of bands such as Counting Crows and Gin Blossoms — groups whose lasting legacies might be

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Framing the Future Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery, Waterbury



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xel’s Frame Shop & Gallery has been a mainstay in downtown Waterbury for more than 30 years. For its first three decades, the storefront at 5 Stowe Street offered exactly what its name promised: In the back was a frame shop where customers could choose from two types of glass and an assortment of frames; at the front was a modest gallery space where the owner showed his own artwork. That owner was Axel Stohlberg. Last year, Stohlberg retired and moved to Maine. But the shop bearing his name is still there — with a new owner. Last spring, Stohlberg sold his business to Whitney Aldrich, 37, a longtime Waterbury resident who had harbored dreams of opening a fine arts gallery in town. “I’ve been involved with area artists’ events like Art in the Alley or the Waterbury Arts Festival,” says Aldrich, a sculptor and graphic designer. “I’ve always been around all these area artists and hearing them say, ‘We need a place in Waterbury to show our art.’” A recent visit to the new Axel’s reveals that Aldrich has kept its basic structure in place: frame shop in the back, gallery in the front. She’s making the most of the space’s appealing tall windows and pressed-tin ceiling in the front while gradually repairing things in the back, where the ceiling had gone a bit patchy. Aldrich says she’s keeping the low-cost custom framing, close customer relationships and local artwork displays for which the store had become known. As for “Axel’s,” she decided the name recognition was a boon for both business and community reasons. “People are so comfortable with this place and familiar with [the fact] that there was a frame shop here,” Aldrich says. “Axel really was a character in town. People knew who he was. I felt like there was a legacy here.” Yet for all her respect for her predecessor, Aldrich is already ushering in changes and improvements. The gallery, which Aldrich calls her “real love,” has significantly expanded. Since taking over nine months ago, she’s brought in a variety of works by more than a dozen local artists. A current exhibit features steel sculp-

Monoprints and sculpture by Lynn Newcomb

tures and striking, large-scale black-on-white monoprints by Lynn Newcomb; abstract paintings by Carol Boucher; and black-and-white photographs by Bonnie Barnes. Aldrich keeps commissions low, at 35 percent. And she’s been hosting events and receptions in the space. “Each time the gallery changes, we have an open reception and we see over 70 people, which I think is huge for this town,” Aldrich says. “A lot of times about half the people are returns. People are coming back to meet the artists, to see the new work.”


She has also expanded her retail offerings, with small, functional items from local woodworkers, potters and jewelry makers. “I feel that there’s a real bridge there,” Aldrich says. “People can identify with things that are at a smaller price point, things they can hold, use, put a flower in, cut on … that are still very artistic.” Aldrich came to own Axel’s due to happy coincidence: At around the time Stohlberg was looking to sell, she was casting around Waterbury for an affordable space in which to start that fine arts gallery. Aldrich had never before owned a business, but says her years as a freelance graphic designer gave her “transferable” skills in client services. And she gets business advice from her husband, Wade Hodge, an engineer at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. After drawing up a rough business plan, Aldrich also sat down with a friend, Jeanne Kirby, then executive di-

rector of Revitalizing Waterbury. “We met for a glass of wine and I proposed this business plan to her, because I know she’s a huge supporter of the arts as well,” Aldrich recalls. “I needed to find a way to pay rent and have a small commission rate.” During their meeting, Kirby asked her, “Did you know that Axel is retiring and selling his business?” The very next day, Aldrich marched up to Stohlberg and presented her business plan to him. “It was exciting,” she remembers. “Scary. But it was exciting. I knew that there were other people interested in the space for different reasons, so it was important for me to let him know where my passion lies. And I think that’s what really struck a chord with him — that I’m really doing it to support the arts.” Stohlberg had just one stipulation: Aldrich would have to learn how to frame. “It was a commitment I had to make with the space,” she admits with a laugh. But as a longtime artist herself, she found the process of framing appealing. “Figuring things out technically — how to hang them, how to keep them from falling apart — is something that’s fun for me,” Aldrich says. Before leaving for Maine, Stohlberg trained his successor, apprentice-style, for 30 days. After taking the reins, Aldrich expanded the shop’s offerings to include framing options that “weren’t in Axel’s quiver of tools.” She attended framing workshops and researched modern framing and conservation techniques, aiming to offer her customers a broader range of choices. “I’m still transforming,” Aldrich says. “But I know that [the people] coming in have been pleasantly surprised by how different the gallery is and by the caliber of work they’re seeing, the difference and the change of things. Really, I’m getting a lot of good feedback.” 


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one piece of work in any medium or size, along with an $8 entry fee; the public votes during the reception and winner takes home all the entry money. reception: Friday, march 7, 5-9 p.m.; voting 5-8 p.m. March 7-15. Info, The Backspace Gallery in Burlington.

Saturday, 3/15: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Town Hall Theatre - second floor of Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building, 67 Main St., Stowe (CALLBACKS) Sunday, 3/16: 2 p.m. SHOW DATES: THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, 9/25-10/12

JuNE Ivy: "30 Days past september," compositions that find fresh use for vintage ephemera. March 7-29. Info, Feldman's Bagels in Burlington.

Additional audition information is available at If you have any questions or if you would like to sign up for an audition time slot, please contact the Director/Choreographer: Taryn Noelle at

NyIKo BEguIN: "erase Head," mixed-media works by the Burlington artist that explore themes of obsolescence and permanence through the reconstruction of disappearing media formats. March 11-April 9. Info, 617-935-5040. Livak Fireplace Lounge and Gallery, UvM Dudley H. Davis Center, in Burlington.

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f 'TElEpHoNE': Beginning March 7, one artist will be invited to bring in work and will in turn invite another artist, who will invite another, and so on. The resulting exhibit will be a visual conversation about who is making art in vermont, who they turn to and how their collective work interacts. reception: Friday, march 7, 5-9 p.m. March 7-May 31. Info, 578-2512. The soda plant in Burlington. f 'WHITE WaSH': A group of vermont artists show works that fit the theme: a clean, bright, fresh palette with "a side of the quiet, serene and ghostly." reception: Friday, march 7, 5-9 p.m. March 7-29. Info, The s.p.A.C.e. Gallery in Burlington. f aNNa ayrES & ColIN WalSH: Oil and acrylic paintings of the natural world by the local artists. reception: Friday, march 7, 5-8 p.m. March 7-29. Info, 578-2512. studio 266 in Burlington.

Katie Runde The Vermont-based artist says she has been drawing since

f KaTIE ruNdE: "Interwoven," portraiture in painting and drawing that examines the relationships between people and between people and animals. reception: Friday, march 7, 5-8 p.m. March 7-31. Info, 355-5418. vintage Inspired in Burlington.

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majoring in folklore/ethnography and music at University College Cork in Ireland and

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in beautifully rendered portraits. The show opens with a reception this Friday, March 7,

laTHorIEl BadENHauSEN: "Wise Blood," paintings, drawings, sculptures, embroideries and installations created with found objects that have been altered, deconstructed and repurposed. March 8-30. Info, 518-564-2474. plattsburgh state Art Museum, n.Y.

5-8 p.m., and runs through March 31. Pictured: “Self Portrait With Frieda.”

arT EvENTS CamEroN vISITINg arTIST lECTurE: davId SaNdlIN: The northern Ireland-born, new York Citybased artist has focused on visual narrative since the 1980s, producing paintings, prints, large-scale hand-silkscreened artist books, illustration and comics. While on campus, sandlin will create a suite of prints with instructor Michael Jordan and students. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. Info, 443-3168. 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. ‘BlaCK FIgurE, rEd FIgurE — go FIgurE!’: pieter Broucke, director of the arts and associate curator of ancient art, gives an illustrated lecture about the ancient Greek pottery at the college’s art museum. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Thursday, March 6, 4:30 p.m. Info, 443-5258.

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ESSEx arT lEaguE mEETINg: Members gather for business and social time, plus a presentation by a guest artist. First Congregational Church essex, essex Junction, Thursday, March 6, 9-11 a.m. Info,

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FIrST FrIday arT WalK: Dozens of galleries and other venues around the city open their doors to pedestrian art viewers in this monthly event. see Art Map Burlington at participating locations. Burlington, first Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m. Info, 264-4839.

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exhibit “Interwoven” at Vintage Inspired in Burlington, color and black-and-white


f 2014 JurIEd arTIST ExHIBIT: Forty-two artists from vermont and new York exhibit works in a wide variety of media, including painting, photography, wood carving, collage, origami and more. reception: Friday, march 7, 5-7 p.m. March 7-April 25. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland.

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f JulIE a. davIS, FIoNa FENWICK CoopEr & JaNE NEroNI: "Landscape perspectives," paintings by the vermont artists. reception: Sunday, march 9, 2-4 p.m. March 6-April 20. Info, 343-2539. emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. 'SCraTCHINg THE SurFaCE': students from Michael Jordan’s class ART 315 show new works that explore traditional and contemporary methods of intaglio printmaking. March 12-19. Info, 443-3168. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College.

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‘The Sun Is Not So Central’: Michael Cherney presents an illustrated lecture about his artistic process as a photographer, calligrapher and book artist, whose work combines photography with the subject matter, aesthetics, materials and formats traditionally associated with classical Chinese painting. Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Monday, March 10, 4:30 p.m. Info, 443-3168,

what a picture is worth. In his “A Thousand Words” series, the Philadelphia-born Californian creates portraits on the pages of books and other publications, so that the text shows through and helps define the theme. Davis includes “debris” and other objects in his multiple 8-by-5-inch collages — 22 of which are on view at the Christine Price Gallery at Castleton State

Kate Donnelly Artist Talk: The Burlington artist talks about her work currently on view, “A Period of Confinement.” BCA Center, Burlington, Tuesday, March 11, 6 p.m. Info, 865-7166.

College through April 14. “My pieces deal with life itself; the people we are, what we create and our capability to deal with

‘Vermont Women in the Arts’: The Vermont Historical Society and Vermont Commission on women present a program celebrating Women’s History Month: Mara Williams moderates a panel discussion with artists Alisa Dworsky, Susan Leader, Carol MacDonald and Katharine Montstream. Mickey Meyers delivers introductory remarks. Reception to follow. Pavilion Building, Montpelier, Wednesday, March 12, noon-2 p.m. Info, 828-2180.

the issues which confront us,” Davis has written about his work. “My premise is to lure the viewer in.” He knows about enticing viewers with imagery: Davis has worked extensively in the advertising industry as a graphic designer, and his images have been employed by television set decorators as well as collected privately. Pictured: “1000 Words #8.”

ONGOING Shows burlington

f Natasha Sky: Milk paint and acrylic abstractions on cotton canvas in the K-Vay style. Reception: Friday, March 7, 5-8 p.m. Through March 31. Info, 318-2438. Red Square in Burlington.

'Alice's Wonderland: A Most Curious Adventure': A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Through May 11. Info, 864-1848. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington.



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. 'Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art': Paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in diaspora. Through May 18. 'Dorothy and Herb Vogel: On Drawing': A collection of drawings on paper represents the second half of the Vogels' gift to the museum, and focuses on new attitudes on the medium by artists over the past 40 years. Through May 18. 'EAT: The Social Life of Food': A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Info, 656-0750. Through May 18. Fleming Museum, UVM in Burlington. ‘The Art of the Center for Cartoon Studies’: Original artwork and publications by students, graduates and faculty of White River Junction’s cartooning school. Through April 30. Info, 6562020. Bailey/Howe Library, UVM in Burlington.

f Carleen Zimbalatti: “Plane Division/ Sustained Mediation,” works that explore the line in paint, print, dye, string, rubber, wood and metal. Reception: Friday, March 7, 5-8 p.m. Through March 31. Through March 31. SEABA Center 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.

f Glen Nadeau: Geometric-inspired

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acrylic paintings on canvas by the Vermont artist. Reception: Friday, March 7, 5-8 p.m. Through March 31. Info, 805-220-8097. Stephen & Burns Salon, Spa and Boutique in Burlington. Group Show: On the first floor, works by Brian Sylvester, Jane Ann Kantor, Kim Senior, Kristine Slattery, Maria Del Castillo, Philip Hagopian and

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Vanessa Compton; on the second floor, Holly Hauser, Jacques Burke, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Susan Larkin and Teresa Davis. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. The Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington. HowardCenter Arts Collective: Collaborative artworks focused on healing and recovery by clients and employees of the MHSA branch of the center. Through March 21. Info, 355-8797. Flynndog in Burlington. J.B. Woods: Digitally enhanced photographs that depict Vermont life. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. RETN in Burlington.

Northern Vermont Artists Association: An annual exhibit by members in a variety of media. Through March 31. Info, 8657211. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library 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. '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.

James Vogler: Sophisticated abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 29. Info, 862-1001. Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington.

Terri Severance: "According to Terri," mixedmedia paintings by the owner of Terri’s Morning Garden, a Waldorf-inspired preschool. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington.

Jessica Remmey: Photographs that capture the beauty in ordinary settings. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. The Pine Street Deli in Burlington.

Terry Ekasala: "Inside Out," abstract paintings by the Vermont-based artist. Through March 25. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie in Burlington.

Kasy Prendergast: Minimal abstract paintings by the local artist. Through May 2. Info, 578-7179. Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor.

TR Ericsson: "Crackle & Drag," a portrait of the artist’s mother conveyed through photo-based work, sculptural objects and moving images. Through April 12. Kate Donnelly: "A Period of Confinement," work created during a residency at Burlington City Arts, in which the 2013 Barbara Smail Award recipient explores the routines of everyday life through performance, sound and video. Through April 12. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.

Kate Gridley: “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults,” life-size oil paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 12. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Katherine Lucas: Abstract paintings in graphite, acrylic, gouache and sheetrock tape on canvas. Through March 31. Info, 324-9403. Maglianero Café in Burlington. Kathy Hart: Vermont scenes in pastel by the local artist. Through March 29. Info, 658-1562. Pompanoosuc Mills in Burlington. Marcia Hill & Cindy Griffith: Landscape paintings in pastel and oil by the Vermont artists. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. VCAM Studio 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.

f ‘Ice Storm, December 2013’: An exhibit of photographs by members of the Milton Artists’ Guild documents their ice-laden community, and features a candid bald-eagle image by invited

guests Bev and Walt Keating. Reception: Thursday, March 13, 5-7 p.m. Through April 30. Info, 8937860. Milton Municipal Complex. 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. 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. '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. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. Judy Tiplady: Watercolor paintings by the Vermont artist. Kolvoord Room. Through March 31. Info, 878-6955. Brownell Library in Essex Junction.

f Shanley Triggs: "View From Within," watercolors by the Vermont artist. Reception: Sunday, March 9, 2-4 p.m. Through March 30. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.


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. '1864: Some Suffer So Much': With objects, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit examines surgeons who treated Civil War soldiers on battlefields and in three Vermont hospitals, and also the history of post-tramautic stress disorder. Through December 31. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University in Northfield. 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. '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 Jeneane Lunn: “Lights of Home,” oil paintings on canvas by the Vermont artist. Third Floor Gallery Reception: Thursday, March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through April 5. f ‘The Nitty Gritty’: A group exhibit featuring nearly 20 Vermont artists celebrates the industrial buildings, quarries, tools and people that have left an indelible imprint on the region.

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Reception: Thursday, March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a talk by granite sculptor Heather Ritchie at 5:45 p.m. Through April 5. f Anne CuMMings: Carbon-footprint portraits, local food and climate change eco-art, using 100 percent post-consumer materials. Second Floor Gallery. Reception: Thursday, March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through April 5. Info, 479-7069.Studio Place Arts in Barre. JoHn snell: “Taking Time to See,” photographs inspired by the natural world and local environs. Through March 31. Info, 223-3338. KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier. Ken leslie: “Golden Dome Cycle and Other Works: Arctic and Vermont,” an exhibit of multimedia works on a variety of surfaces and shapes, including the 360-degree panorama showing the view from the top of the Statehouse over a year’s time. Through March 28. Info, 828-0321. Vermont Supreme Court Lobby 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. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. lindA pRuitt: "Re-wilding," shamanic, acrylic paintings by the local artist. Through March 30. Info, 223-0043. Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier.

4tH AnnuAl JeRiCHo plein AiR FestiVAl The Emile A. Gruppe Gallery seeks artists to participate in this annual outdoors art event on July 19. Work created on that day will be exhibited in the gallery July 20 to August 10. Registration: $20. For info and registration materials, contact Barbara Greene at or 899-2974.

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Robin lAHue: "Moonbeams and Dreams," water-soluble-oil paintings on canvas by the Vermont artist. Through March 30. Info, curator@ The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier.

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Annelein beuKenKAMp: In “A Body of Work,” the Vermont painter long known for her floral and still-life watercolors explores portraiture and the human form. Through April 30. 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. Through March 9. Kelly Holt: “Where,” mixed-media abstract paintings. Through March 9. Info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in Morrisville.

6tH AnnuAl ARt oF CReAtiVe Aging exHibit The Central Vermont Council on Aging seeks works by senior artists living in or near Washington, Lamoille and Orange counties for a juried show to be held at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier for the month of May. Submit digital images of up to three pieces of work to Scott Robbins at srobbins@ Deadline: March 31. Info, 479-0531. ARt’s AliVe FoFA 2014 Juried exhibition! June 2014 in the Art’s Alive Gallery at Main Street Landing’s Union Station! Cash prizes! Vermont artists only! Application deadline: Monday, April 14.

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 b.youngpreservation@ for details.

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. blgreene@ 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 Dec. 2014. Deadline: August 15. Info, 899-2974 or

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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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30 undeR 30 exHibit The Chaffee Art Center invites artists under the age of 30 from the New England and New York areas to submit applications for this juried show, to be held in May. $25 nonrefundable entry. Send six, high-quality digital images representing a cohesive body of work, along with a jury form, artist statement and résumé. Download form at Deadline: March 15. Drop off application at 75 Merchants Row in Rutland, or email to


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ARt in tHe pARK The Chaffee Art Center seeks artisans to participate in Rutland’s 53rd outdoor festival of arts, crafts and food, August 9 and 10 and October 11 and 12. Booths open on first come, first served basis. Early-bird special: Register by March 31 and receive $25 off fee (prices vary by size of space). For vendor application, contact artinthepark@

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FiRst AnnuAl JuRied ARt sHow inspiRed by VeRMont poet Wind Ridge Books, Burlington City Arts and Sundog Poetry Center are looking for artists to enter an inaugural exhibit of artworks inspired by the poetry of Daniel Lusk. Registration is $25; entrant will receive a copy of Lusk’s recent book Kin. A maximum of three works may be submitted. Deadline: March 21. To register and pay online, visit windridgebooksofvermont. com or contact Lin or Kim at Wind Ridge Books at 985-3091.

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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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a collection of recent images by dancer/teacher/ photographer Burton. Through March 31. Info, 229-4676. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier.

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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.

'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.

"Making Visible": New works by Valery Woodbury, Michelle Woodbury and Nance Silliman in pastels, oils, watercolors and photography. Through May 3. Info, 674-9616. Nuance Gallery in Windsor.

'Surveillance Society': With works in a variety of media, artists Hasan Elahi, Adam Harvey, Charles Krafft, David Wallace, and Eva and Franco Mattes explore notions of privacy and safety, security and freedom, public and personal. Through April 20. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

"Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature": An exhibition that examines new homebuilding strategies and technologies that help restore natural systems. Through May 26. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.

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.

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. 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.

mad river valley/waterbury

'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.

northeast kingdom

Gerry Trevits: New oil paintings of the local landscape. Through April 11. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

f Lorraine Manley: "Luminous Vermont,"

vibrant, colorful paintings that capture the beauty of the artist's home state. Reception: Sunday, March 9, 4-6 p.m. Through March 31. Info, 496-6682. Festival Gallery in Waitsfield.

f ‘Points of View’: Watercolors, oils and sketches in a variety of styles by members of the Monday Painters: Barbara Grey, Jenny Green, Joan Harlowe, Donna Marshall, Barbara Matsinger and Robin Rothman. Reception: Saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. Through April 26. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

middlebury area

f Ninth Annual Emerging Artists: An exhibit featuring a variety of artwork by Mt. Abraham Union High School students. Reception: Friday, March 7, 4-5:30 p.m. Through March 26. Info, 453-4032. Art on Main in Bristol.

Susan Goodby: Collages and paintings filled with color, emotion and atmosphere. Through April 13. Info, 472-7053. Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick.

'Observing Vermont Architecture': Photographs by Curtis Johnson and commentaries by Glenn Andres explore the state's diverse built environment, and accompany their new book, The Buildings of Vermont. Through March 23. Info, 443-5008. Middlebury College Museum of Art. 03.05.14-03.12.14

Russell Snow: "Imagination in Motion," wooden whirligigs from the political to the playful by the local craftsman. Through March 31. Info, 388-4964. f '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. Reception: Thursday, March 6, 5-7 p.m. Through May 10. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.


'Mud Season' and Solo Shows: A group show inspired by Vermont's leading artists featuring images of life between seasons, colored by light, shadow, earth, sky and water. Solo exhibitions: Evocative landscapes by Gerard Natale and contemporary still lifes by Barbara Harshman. Through March 23. Info, 362-1405. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.

Pat Musick: “The Instant of It All,” an exploration of the aging process by the environmental artist, using collage, wall sculpture and large-scale paper pieces. Through April 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. ‘The Place of Dance’: Ten images from faculty member Andrea Olsen’s new book The Place of Dance, created with her colleague Carolyn McHose, feature faculty, alumni and current students. Through May 8. Info, 443-3168. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College.

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Stephanie Larsen: Colorful reverse paintings on the glass of old window frames. Through March 31. Info, 453-3188. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol.

rutland area

Brandon Artists Guild Member Show: “Still Life & Sculpture” presents works in multiple media, from contemporary painting, photography, ceramic and fiber art to a fresh twist on a medieval art form. Through April 29. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. Catherine Hall: "Plaster, Paper, Paint," a multimedia exhibit intended to challenge the definitions and implications of each material. Through March 22. Info, 468-1266. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland.

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Art Souterrain It means “underground art” quite literally: in the vast network of interconnected buildings and complexes in and around downtown Montréal.

Overlapping with the Montréal en Lumière festival, which concluded last weekend, Art Souterrain features 100 contemporary art installations in venues throughout the sevenkilometer warren of hallways, tunnels and subterranean plazas. Through March 16. Pictured: “La naissance, la vie et la mort” by Caroline Dejeneffe in the Eaton Center. Len Davis: "A Thousand Words," 22 8-by-5-inch collages incorporating drawing of faces on the pages of books, as well as debris and other objects. Through April 14. Info, 468-6052. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Toma Cernea-Novac: "Corpus Absolutus," paintings and a miniature house installation by the GMC student artist. Through March 7. Info, 287-8398. Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College in Poultney. 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.

upper valley

'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. 'Earth as Muse: Beauty, Degradation, Hope, Regeneration, Awakening': Artwork that celebrates the Earth's beauty while

Art Souterrain: More than 100 contemporary art installations are sited along the city's vast underground network, linking 14 buildings. Through March 16. Info, 514-878-3409. Underground City, Montréal, Québec. Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition: Teen artists from around the region exhibit their works in a variety of media. Through March 14. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, 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. ‘In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth’: This exhibit celebrates the school’s artist-in-residence program, which began in 1931, and presents works by more than 80 international artists who have participated in it since then. Through July 6. ‘Evolving Perspectives: Highlights From the African Art Collection’: An exhibition of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection’s development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. Through December 20. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. m



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hen you think of the protagonists of the past year’s best films, aren’t you really thinking less about them than about what happened to them? Played to perfection by Toni Servillo, the central figure in the latest from writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) is a famous magazine writer and bon vivant named Jep Gambardella. He doesn’t get lost in space, contract HIV, face arrest for fraud or come under attack by pirates. From the moment you join the conga line that is The Great Beauty, you’re immersed in the extraordinary experience of observing the world through the eyes of a character engaged in nothing more extraordinary than the act of living. For two and a half hours, we’re Gambardella’s plus one as he goes about the business of his privileged, pleasure-seeking existence. A permanent fixture in a city that’s eternal — Rome, of course — he’s the intellectual and sensual life of every party he attends in an endless night of salons and bacchanals. From Jep’s entrance 10 minutes into the film, waving, smiling and, as always, smoking while gyrating partygoers pay homage at his 65th birthday bash, you’re likely to find him among the year’s most fascinating creations.

Only thousands of miles from Hollywood could such a creature come into being. A playboy and professional reveler, Jep made his reputation with an acclaimed novel in his twenties and subsequently turned his energies toward becoming the emperor of Rome’s leisure class. “I didn’t want to simply be a socialite,” he reflects one evening, “I wanted to become YOUR YOUR the king of socialites. And I succeeded. I SCAN THIS PAGE WHEN IN ROME In Sorrentino’s visually ravishing Oscar winner, didn’t just want to attend parties. I wanted WITH TEXT TEXT LAYAR Servillo acts as the audience’s guide through a side of the Eternal the power to make them fail.” CityPROGRAM inaccessible toCOVER visitors. HERE HERE SEE We accompany Jep to innumerable happenings, from a soirée kicked off The visuals are ravishing, the mots by a knife-throwing act that’s part art epilogue follows. “Instead of acting performance to an elegant Botox-injection superior,” Jep suggests wearily, “you should are bon and, here and there, the audience ceremony. Because filmmaker Sorrentino is look at us with affection. We’re all on the may even detect the odd trace of wisdom a direct stylistic descendant of Fellini, we’re brink of despair. All we can do is look each (something I thought went out about the not at all surprised when spooky nuns, a other in the face, keep each other company, same time as animatronics — who knew?). Sorrentino’s Oscar winner literally does not blue-haired dwarf or a giraffe shows up on joke a little. Don’t you agree?” Keeping him company is one of the most have a dull or meaningless moment. The the guest list. In addition to the picture’s sublime phantasmagoria, its rewards include unforgettable pleasures you’ll have at the picture’s asides, its incidental vignettes, say watching Jep act as uncontested master of multiplex for some time, I promise you. more than most entire movies. It’s La Dolce Things deepen with a melancholy detour Vita for the 21st century, of course. But, more saturnalian ceremonies. In one of the movie’s most illuminating in the final act. But the party never pauses, than that, it’s the rare work that not only tips scenes, he politely eviscerates a member the music — an inspired mash-up of Italian its hat to a masterpiece but sort of shockingly of his circle who suggests that, unlike Jep, techno, sacred classics and Robert Burns tops it. she’s tried to change the world with her lyrics, seriously — plays on, and Rome’s RI C K KI S O N AK writing. While his takedown is as withering nocturnals drink, drug and dance like the as it is hysterical, an unexpectedly poignant world would come to an end if they stopped.






Non-Stop ★★★★ Liam Neeson is punching people again. Yet, all appearances to the contrary, NonStop is not an attempt to clone Taken, the film that turned Neeson punching people into an annual reason for male baby boomers to leave the couch. That movie was a gleeful, nonstop kill fest; this one, despite its name, is a far more restrained film, an old-fashioned suspense thriller. When the punches arrive, they matter. Non-Stop’s tight efficiency is a surprise, given that Neeson’s last team-up with director Jaume Collet-Serra was the soporific “thriller” Unknown (2011). Perhaps claustrophobia does good things for this filmmaker. Set almost entirely inside an airliner on a trans-Atlantic flight, NonStop uses enclosure to jack up the tension, keeping the audience guessing about who’s going to deserve a punch next. Neeson plays Bill Marks, whom we first spy swigging a preflight whiskey, the shallow focus bringing us into his hungover tunnel vision. The on-the-ground scenes hint at Marks’ reason for flying. But not until he starts receiving threatening texts in midair does the script confirm that this loser who’s been sneaking smokes in the can is the air marshal. Marks’ initial anonymity is a clever way to set up the film’s conflict, which hinges on his awareness that the texting terrorist could be anyone on the plane, from the captain to the helpful flight attendant (Michelle Dockery)

BRUISING ALTITUDE Neeson searches for a texting terrorist in Collet-Serra’s thriller.

to his fussy seatmate (Julianne Moore). The culprit promises that a passenger will die if he or she doesn’t receive $150 million in 20 minutes. But if Marks calls out the wrong person at the wrong time, he himself could be the one who ignites close-quarters violence. “How many people are you going to kill?” the texter asks him, in a neat little meta allusion to Neeson’s rep. The film gives about 45 minutes to this silent duel between our hero and a villain

who manifests only as text bubbles popping up on the screen — and, amazingly, it works. It takes a believably weathered and weary actor like Neeson to pull off this one-sided conflict. His reactions carry the drama as Marks slowly realizes that the hijacker is trying to frame him for the crime. He’s well assisted by the character players in the cast — including Corey Stoll, Scoot McNairy and Anson Mount — who all manifest convincing degrees of shadiness.

Paranoia mounts in the viewer, too, as ColletSerra uses a long tracking shot from the cabin to the cockpit and back to emphasize their confinement. Because this is still a B-movie, three things are virtually inevitable: 1. Havoc will be wreaked; 2. Marks will redeem himself and 3. the villain’s reveal will cause eyerolls. Having created an invisible antagonist so insidious that he or she almost seems to inhabit the protagonist’s head, the writers (John W. Richardson, Christopher Roach and Ryan Engle) are headed for a crash when they finally have to pit those parties against each other in a physical showdown. All these things come to pass in the final half hour, when Non-Stop succumbs to action-movie formula. Punches are thrown, fighter jets are deployed, heartfelt Psychology 101 confessions are made and there’s even a teddy-bear-clutching little girl for Marks to see safely to the ground. (Aww.) In its best moments, though, NonStop draws genuine tension from the scenario of strangers forced into proximity, each vulnerable to the risks of flight and simultaneously endowed with the power of instant, silent communication implied by a smartphone. Death still arrives in this movie by punch — and other, more colorful means. But it’s technology that’s truly creepy. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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

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tHE gREAt BEAUtYHHHHH an aging writer (toni Servillo) takes a sentimental tour of the greatest beauty in his life — Rome — in this Oscar-winning drama from director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be the Place). (142 min, nR) HERHHHHH In this near-future fable from writer-director Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely man who finds himself falling in love with his computer’s sophisticated operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. with amy adams and Rooney Mara. (126 min, R)

AmERicAN HUStlEHH1/2 In the 1970s, an fbI agent (bradley cooper) enlists two con artists (christian bale and amy adams) to work undercover among Jersey’s high rollers. with Jeremy Renner and Jennifer lawrence. david O. Russell directed. (138 min, R)

tHE lEgo moViEHHHH a lowly lego figure discovers he’s the chosen One who can defeat order-obsessed lord business (will ferrell) in this satirical family-adventure animation from directors Phil lord and christopher Miller. also featuring the voices of chris Pratt, will arnett and Elizabeth banks. (100 min, Pg)

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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 directed. (121 min, R) 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) NEBRASkAHHHH bruce dern plays an aging heartlander who believes he’s won the sweepstakes and persuades his son (will forte) to take him to retrieve the prize in this drama from writer-director alexander Payne. (115 min, R) NoN-StopHHH1/2 how does liam neeson kick ass this time? he plays an air marshal trying to foil a high-tech, midair hijacking in this action flick from director Jaume collet-Sera (Unknown). with Julianne Moore and Michelle dockery. (106 min, Pg-13)

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tHE NUt JoBHH Will Arnett supplies the voice of a curmudgeonly squirrel named Surly who plans an elaborate urban nut-store heist in this family adventure. With the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. Peter Lepeniotis directed. (86 min, PG) pHilomENAH Stephen Frears directed this fact-based drama about a journalist (Steve Coogan) who helps a woman (Judi Dench) search for the son the Catholic church forced her to give up decades earlier. (98 min, R) pompEiiHH What could make an erupting Mt. Vesuvius more exciting? Gladiators and starcrossed love, that’s what! Anyway, that seems to be the thinking behind this ancient Roman spectacular directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil). With Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland. (105 min, PG-13) RiDE AloNGHH In this action comedy, Kevin Hart plays a security guard who strives to prove to his beloved’s cop brother (Ice Cube) that he’s worthy of her hand by joining him on the ride along from hell. With Tika Sumpter. Tim Story directed. (100 min, PG-13) 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) SoN oF GoDHH This inspirational retelling of the life of Jesus Christ (Diogo Morgado) is excerpted from the Mark Burnett-produced History Channel miniseries “The Bible.” Christopher Spencer directed. With Amber Rose Revah and Sebastian Knapp. (138 min, PG-13)

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The corpse of a nearly decapitated teenage prostitute turns up in an abandoned building, and Seattle homicide detectives Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) and his cynical new partner (Gregg Henry) are on the case. The partner suggests they fob the probably unsolvable murder off on someone else. But the mutilation of the corpse suggests a link to another killing for which low-lifer Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard) has been sentenced to death. Holder knows his former partner, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), worked that case. In fact, she was obsessed with it…

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Police investigating a burglary at a church in Chula Vista, Calif., found a cellphone at the crime scene with a photo that the thief apparently took of himself. After identifying Adam Howe, 26, from the “selfie,” they arrested him and recovered some of the stolen property. (U-T San Diego)

Problems Solved

Giant walls could protect the Midwest from tornadoes, according to Rongjia Tao, a physicist at Temple University. “If we build three east-west great walls in the American Midwest — one in North Dakota, one along the border between Kansas and Oklahoma to the east, and the third one in south Texas and Louisiana — we will diminish the threat in the Tornado Alley forever,” Tao said, explaining that the walls would need to be about 1,000 feet high and 150 feet wide. He estimated that they would cost $60 billion per 100 miles. (USA Today) Mammoth offshore wind farms would protect coastal regions from hurricanes, according to Mark Jacobson, an engineering professor at Stanford University. He calculates that grouping 78,000 wind turbines, each 50 feet tall, in a strategic location, such as the Louisiana coast, could lower a hurricane’s maximum wind speed 50 to 80 percent (up to 92 mph) and reduce its

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Venezuelan beauty queen Wi May Nava, 18, revealed that she had a mesh patch stitched to her tongue to help her stay thin. “It makes me lose weight quicker,” the 2013 first runner-up Miss Venezuela said, explaining that the plastic patch made eating solid food too painful. “You eat the same, but liquefied.” (New York’s Daily News)

German police blamed a fire at a dairy farm on methane gas

Administrators at a high school in suburban Chicago objected to a state law requiring that 4-by-6-inch stickers warning guns are not allowed be posted in schools, as well as in churches, government agencies and liquor stores. But officials at Tinley Park High School oppose the notices banning guns because an image of a gun appears on them. “You can’t look at this and not think of Sandy Hook,” principal Theresa Nolan said, adding that she would prefer “something more subtle.” (Southtown Star)

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German police blamed a fire at a dairy farm in Rasdorf on methane gas from 90 flatulent cows. High levels of the gas had built up in a farm shed, then a “static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames,” the report stated, noting that one cow was treated for burns. (Reuters)


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Clint Galentine, 37, was practicing turkey calls while walking with a friend in a wildlife management area in Tampa, Fla., when a hunter shot him twice with a high-powered rifle. Michael Trott, 43, told Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials that he mistook Galentine for a deer. (New York Times) An off-duty corrections officer reaching for his valet parking ticket at a crowded restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., accidentally triggered his concealed handgun, firing a round that sent ricocheting shrapnel into a group of patrons. One was injured, according to police Detective DeAnna Greenlaw, who identified the restaurant as Shooters Waterfront. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

A 36-year-old man shot himself in the head while demonstrating gun safety

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An alternative to liposuction lets people lose fat through urination. The treatment, called Aqualyx, involves injecting a water solution into specific areas of the body. It liquefies fat cells, which are then eliminated over a three-week period. “Aqualyx isn’t an injection for weight loss,” its British supplier, Mills Medical Services, said. “It is used for contouring the body and slimming down those stubborn fat areas.” One session, which is sufficient for chin areas, costs $417, Mills Medical said; larger areas require several treatments. (Britain’s Daily Mail)

at his home in Independence Township, Mich. The man’s girlfriend told Oakland County sheriff’s deputies that the man, who had been drinking most of the day, was using his three handguns to prove how safe guns are when they’re empty. The first two he pointed at his head didn’t fire, but the third one did. Calling the situation “pretty unique,” Undersheriff Michael McCabe remarked, “I have never heard of anyone testing out the safety of a gun by pointing at their head and pulling the trigger.” (United Press International) 03.05.14-03.12.14 SEVEN DAYS


storm surge up to 80 percent, all while generating pollution-free electricity. Jacobson explained that the plan would work because the turbines produce power by taking energy from the wind, thus slowing it down. (USA Today)

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perspective on who we are by enhancing our sense of ‘self-mirth.’” Whimsy and levity can be your salvation, Aries. Lucky flux should be your mantra.

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In the 1997 film Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, the lead character announces, “Danger’ is my middle name.” Ever since, real people in the UK have been legally making “Danger” their middle name with surprising regularity. I think it would be smart fun for you Pisceans to add an innovative element to your identity in the coming days, maybe even a new middle name. But I recommend that you go in a different direction than “Danger.” A more suitable name might be “Changer,” to indicate you’re ready to eagerly embrace change. Or how about “Ranger,” to express a heightened desire to rove and gallivant?

cellist yo yo Ma once came to the home of computer pioneer steve Jobs and performed a private concert. Jobs was deeply touched, and told Ma, “your playing is the best argument I’ve ever heard for the existence of God, because I don’t really believe a human alone can do this.” Judging from the current astrological omens, taurus, I’m guessing you will soon experience an equivalent phenomenon: a transcendent expression of love or beauty that moves you to suspect that magic is afoot. even if you are an atheist, you are likely to feel the primal shiver that comes from having a close brush with enchantment.

gemiNi (May 21-June 20): In my dream, I was leading a pep rally for a stadium full of Geminis. “your intensity brings you great pleasure,” I told them over the public address system. “you seek the company of people who love you to be inspired. you must be appreciated for your enthusiasm, never shamed. your drive for excellence doesn’t stress you out, it relaxes you. I hereby give you license to laugh even louder and sing even stronger and think even smarter.” by now the crowd was cheering and I was bellowing. “It’s not cool to be cool,” I exulted. “It’s cool to be burning with a white-hot lust for life. you are rising to the next octave. you are playing harder than you have ever played.” caNceR (June 21-July 22): “My old paint-

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(July 23-Aug. 22): I recommend that you sleep with a special someone whose dreams you’d like to blend with yours. And when I say “sleep with,” I mean it literally; it’s not a euphemism for “having sex with.” to be clear: Making love with this person is fine if that’s what you both want. but my main point is that you will draw unexpected benefits from lying next to this companion as you both wander through the dream time. being in your altered states together will give you inspiration you can’t get any other way. you won’t be sharing information on a conscious level, but that’s exactly the purpose: to be transformed together by what’s flowing back and forth between your deeper minds. for extra credit, collaborate on incubating a dream. read this:

ViRgo (Aug. 23-sept. 22): “one chord is fine,” said rock musician Lou reed about his no-frills approach to writing songs. “two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” I recommend his perspective to you in the coming weeks, Virgo. your detailoriented appreciation of life’s complexity is one of your finest qualities, but every once in a while — like now — you can thrive by stripping down to the basics. This will be especially true about your approach to intimate relationships. for the time being, just assume that cultivating simplicity will generate the blessings you need most. liBRa

(sept. 23-oct. 22): you Librans haven’t received enough gifts, goodies and compliments lately. for reasons I can’t discern, you have been deprived of your rightful share. It’s not fair! What can you do to rectify this imbalance in the cosmic ledger? How can you enhance your ability to attract the treats you deserve? It’s important that we solve this riddle, since you are entering a phase when your wants and needs will expand and deepen. Here’s what I can offer: I hereby authorize you to do whatever it takes to entice everyone into showering you with bounties, boons and bonuses. to jumpstart this process, shower yourself with bounties, boons and bonuses.


(oct. 23-nov. 21): “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing,” wrote the roman philosopher Marcus

Aurelius more than 1,800 years ago. Is that true for you, scorpio? Do you experience more strenuous struggle and grunting exertion than frisky exuberance? even if that’s usually the case, I’m guessing that in the coming weeks your default mode should be more akin to dancing than wrestling. The cosmos has decided to grant you a grace period — on one condition, that is: you must agree to experiment more freely and have more fun that you normally allow yourself.

sagittaRiUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): for the itch you are experiencing, neither chamomile nor aloe vera will bring you relief. nor would over-the-counter medications like calamine lotion. no, sagittarius. your itch isn’t caused by something as tangible as a rash or hives, and can’t be soothed by any obvious healing agent. It is, shall we say, more in the realm of a soul itch — a prickly tickle that is hard to diagnose, let alone treat. I’m guessing that there may be just one effective cure: become as still and quiet and empty as you possibly can, and then invite your future self to scratch it for you. caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The world is awash in bright, shiny nonsense. every day we wade through a glare of misinformation and lazy delusions and irrelevant data. It can be hard to locate the few specific insights and ideas that are actually useful and stimulating. That’s the bad news, Capricorn. Here’s the good news: you now have an enhanced ability to ferret out nuggets of data that can actually empower you. you are a magnet for the invigorating truths you really need most. aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-feb. 18): If you come

up with an original invention, apply for a patent immediately. If you think of a bright idea, put it to work as soon as possible. If you figure out crucial clues that everyone else seems blind to, dispel the general ignorance as quickly as you can. This is a perfect moment for radical pragmatism carried out with expeditious savvy. It’s not a time when you should naively hope for the best with dreamy nonchalance. for the sake of your mental health and for the good of your extended family, be crisp, direct and forceful.

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ings no longer interest me,” said the prolific artist Pablo Picasso when he was 79 years old. “I’m much more curious about those I haven’t done yet.” I realize it might be controversial for me to suggest that you adopt a similar perspective, Cancerian. After all, you are renowned for being a connoisseur of old stories and past glories. one of your specialties is to keep memories alive and vibrant by feeding them with your generous love. to be clear, I don’t mean that you should apologize for or repress those aptitudes. but for now — say, the next three weeks — I invite you to turn your attention toward the exciting things you haven’t done yet.




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Dear Athena,

My boyfriend recently broke up with me, and it came out of nowhere. He is sort of a loner because his family lives far away. He doesn’t have very many friends, and I know this breakup has been hard for him. I really want to reach out and help him, but I’m not sure if I should. What should I do? I know he needs someone, and I know him so well.


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What should you do? Nothing. Why do you feel the need to reach out? While it sounds nice of you to want to “help” him through this, you can’t — because he broke up with you. The person you break up with just can’t be the person who helps you with the breakup. (Say that five times fast.) My guess is you want to help him because you’re having trouble letting go. You have an urge to see him; you don’t want it to be over, so you convince yourself he needs you. You might make an excuse to “need” to see him. It’s what I call the “I forgot some CDs at your place” tactic: leaving something at an ex’s house so we have an excuse to see him or her again. And admit it, you’re probably thinking: Maybe it could even be the start of getting back together? It’s like, if he sees me and we get to talking, he’ll realize what he’s lost ... he needs me. I’m sorry to say so, but he doesn’t need you. For whatever reason, he broke up with you. Let him find a new friend, or a spiritual adviser, or get a library card. He made a choice, and you have to let him make it and start moving on. No question, being dumped is really hard. The event means a loss of control, and it’s not the jumpout-of-a-plane, run-naked-through-the-quad, shotsof-tequila-and-dancing-on-the-bar kind. No, it’s the “Ouch, where did that come from?” sting. Telling yourself that he needs you is a mental attempt to regain some control, to put a Band-Aid on the hurt. Tell yourself this instead: The loss is temporary. Forget helping him and help yourself. Regain control by getting comfortable with you again. Because, dear C&H, you deserve it.




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99 Asian Market Whenever I hear Edward Sharpe, I think of lounging on the waterfront with you eating fancy bread while the sun sets. You’re dark, handsome, killer in bed and make an awesome breakfast. I missed my chance two years ago; too naive, anxious, young and stupid. Will you give me another? Lets’s drink fine wine, dance and have an endless summer. When: Saturday, February 15, 2014. Where: North Winooski Ave. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912032

Das Bierhaus Beauty Such amazing energy, such a wonderful smile. My breath was taken away when I first saw you months ago and every time since. I was crushed when you told me you are leaving. One of many quiet broken hearts strewn wide in your wake, I have no doubt. So happy to have met you. Love life and enjoy. de When: Friday, February 21, 2014. Where: Das Bierhaus. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912022

Gosh you’re sooooo pretty For years I have been attempting to make eye contact with you, and finally you smiled at me and say hi. I got super nervous and pretended I didn’t notice. Sorry! Let’s go see a movie. You are a waitress; I wear a unique hat. When: Sunday, February 23, 2014. Where: Church St. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912031

Sloshed Josh You: blue hat, dark hair, beardy, Mastadon shirt with the sweet Garbage Pail Kids tattoo. Me: green beanie, blue eyes, red hair, who had to tell you your ink made my day. Looked like you were in a hurry, and I was too shy to ask you out for a pint. If you don’t have have a girlfriend, I’m buyin’! When: Saturday, February 22, 2014. Where: Shaw’s on Shelburne Rd. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912021

E Happy birthday! I hope that you have wonderful day filled with friends, family and laughter! May all of your dreams come true and may your life be filled with happiness. When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Where: in a previous life. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912030 Sweetpea 10/17 You know how I feel about you. I share it with you often. Lately I can’t seem to get you off my mind. Maybe it’s spring and I want a new begining or maybe it’s the more time I spend with you the more time I want with you. You still make my heart race whenever I see you. When: Monday, February 25, 2013. Where: in my thoughts and heart daily. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912029 BTBAM @ Higher Ground Me: man. You: hot blonde. Where: Between the Buried and Me, Higher Ground. Standing together at the bar, you apologized for bumping into me because you were tipsy, which was OK. I was trying to get closer to you. Then we shook hands while flipping each other off. Too bad you were with your boyfriend. Let’s meet up sometime without him. When: Monday, February 24, 2014. Where: Higher Ground Ballroom. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912026 I Like Your Hoodie! Thanks so much! I was walking passed Maple Street on S. Winooski Ave. when you drove past and complimented me on my panda sweatshirt. That made me smile, thanks! When: Friday, February 21, 2014. Where: Thursday at Dusk. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912025 me you Yes. I am sure you figured out who I am. I will say hi to you the next time I see you, but I can’t seem to find you. I guess I don’t get out enough. When: Monday, February 24, 2014. Where: everywhere. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912024 that beautiful everything I overheard you talking about Godel, Escher, Bach. I wanted to read it anyway, so I bought it, and read it for three hours as you worked; I didn’t have the courage to say hi to you as you were leaving. Coffee sometime? When: Monday, February 24, 2014. Where: coffee shop. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912023

UPS Driver in BTV You deliver to N. Champlain St. often and it always makes me smile to open the door and see you standing there. You’re tall with short, brown hair. I think you’re in your 30s, and you have an uncanny knack for figuring out when I’m home even when my doorbell is on the fritz. Thanks for being awesome! When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Where: Old North End. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912020 A late Valentine You are the most amazing person I have ever met and I am so lucky to call you my boyfriend! I love that we have our own special holidays. I already had mine and now today is yours. Lover you to _____ and back. When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Where: in my heart. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912019 Miss you boob Miss your beautiful baby blues and hearing your sweet voice whisper in my ear. Being wrapped in your arms always made me feel safe. You will always have a special place in my heart and I will forever be your peaches. xo When: Thursday, February 20, 2014. Where: in my dreams. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912018 Big Gigantic at HG February You: fun, inviting, game, in sync from the start, Windham. Me: long hair, dark clothes, happy to enjoy your company, Jennifer. We chatted, danced, smoked your new fancy cigarette holder. Had to leave while you were outside, regretted not getting a way to get in touch. Thought you’d get a kick out of being spied. Contact me, let’s be friends! When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Where: Higher Ground. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912017 Blond bombshell You work at the Pour House, your eyes make me melt. Everything about you is perfect. You like Henry’s and the Parkway Diner. Can’t wait to see you again! When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Where: Williston Road. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912016 Muddy Waters Blond Employee I saw you working in Muddy Waters on Valentine’s Day last Friday. Blond hair in a braid, fair skin and you were wearing a pink shirt with jeans. You looked at me briefly and then looked away quickly to attend to someone perhaps. Taken by your beauty, I decided to write you this. Romanticism is not dead. May this find you. When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Where: Muddy Waters, Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912015

FOREVER AND ALWAYS! To that blue-eyed, brown-haired hottie that took my breath away 15 years ago, the other part belongs to our three girls! Through the great and horrible times we stayed together strong, when the other was too weak, we carried the other through unimaginable heartache and we survived together! To another 15 years as a happy and crazy family! When: Thursday, February 13, 2014. Where: in my dreams! You: Man. Me: Woman. #912014 Barrio Bakery, Sunday moments? Barrio Bakery, Sunday morning Feb. 16th. Your face, your kindness, your wit lit up my morning, even more than the blinding sun. Maybe you felt the same? Sean? A rare moment for me. You know where to find me. When: Sunday, February 16, 2014. Where: Barrio Bakery. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912012 Subaru of Near Doom You showed off your mad driving skills on the way to Sugarbush last Friday. I gave you a high five for your efforts. Thank you for the nice note later on. Hope your Valentine’s Day was better than mine. Care to discuss snow tires over a drink some time? When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Where: Sugarbush. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912011 you ... me Could it be that I’ve figured out who you are? Maybe! But ... who knows. Well? When: Sunday, February 16, 2014. Where: here and there. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912010 Rainbow swirl pendant at Chipotle You made my burrito today. I have to say, as a gay man, that you’re probably the prettiest girl that I’ve ever seen in person. On top of that, the burrito was perfectly folded. Thank you, pretty lady! When: Sunday, February 16, 2014. Where: Chipotle. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912009 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


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