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A Park By Any Other Name


ant to see your name on one of Burlington’s public parks? Get out your checkbook. As Alicia Freese reported on the Seven Days Off Message blog, city councilors on Monday night endorsed a plan for naming city parks and programs after distinguished citizens — and generous donors. At this point, no such naming policy exists. Making good on a September 2013 agreement with the Parks Foundation of Burlington, parks and recreation director Jesse Bridges presented councilors with a plan that supporters say would ensure a degree of logic and fairness in the naming process. The policy will give “prospective donors the opportunity to name, dedicate or rename Burlington parks’ assets appropriately in return for significant financial contributions.” Playgrounds, dog parks, tennis courts and other facilities within a park would also be eligible for naming, as would scholarships, events and other park programs. The parks and recreation director and the parks commission would have final say on naming decisions. The policy won the support of a majority of councilors, but Sharon Bushor (I-Ward 1) and Max Tracy (P-Ward 2) cast dissenting votes. Bushor said she was concerned about rewriting history; she argued for changing the policy to allow for naming new park assets but not to allow renaming ones with established identities. 

Bridges pointed to a line in the policy that he said “fairly vehemently” discourages bestowing new names. It states that renaming is “not encouraged” and says current names should remain in place unless “there are compelling reasons and strong public sentiment” in favor of change. Tracy fretted that the policy leaves open the possibility that a corporation could slap its name on a public asset, conjecturing about a “Comcast Park at City Hall” in lieu of the current City Hall Park. He also worried that people who have devoted their lives to public service might be excluded from having a park named in their honor. “It’s not a ‘you hand us a check, and we name it’” policy, Bridges replied. Financial largesse wouldn’t be the sole factor driving naming decisions, he said, pointing out that the policy states a person’s “exceptional civic service” can also merit a naming honor. Bridges added that it’s highly unlikely the parks and recreation department would choose to rename City Hall Park. Outgoing councilor Kevin Worden (D-Ward 1) argued that the proposal on the table offered more protections than what preceded it — namely, no policy at all. Mayor Miro Weinberger said the policy acknowledges the reality of naming decisions and “depoliticizes [them] as much as possible.” 

Despite Vermont Yankee’s “past bad conduct,” the PSB gave the nuke plant a certificate of public good to operate through December. But that’s the last one.


As Colorado reported $2 million in taxes from its first month of legalized pot, House Speaker Shap Smith extinguished that debate in Vermont. All that green up in smoke…


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Rolling Stone’s image of a sugar maker shooting up in the woods has outraged Vermonters. Is the media addicted to heroin stories?


That’s how many Vermonters enrolled in a health insurance plan on the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange over the weekend. Monday, March 31, was the deadline to enroll for coverage in 2014, though the state will offer an extension to anyone who has had trouble signing up online.



1. “Waitsfield’s Round Barn Farm Owner Seeks a Successor” by Ken Picard. AnneMarie DeFreest is selling her inn, but not to the highest bidder. She’s looking for the right fit for the Mad River Valley fixture. 2. “First Bite: Pingala Café & Eatery, Chace Mill.” Writer Corin Hirsch samples pulled jackfruit and other offerings at Burlington’s new vegan café. 3. “Single-Payer, Inc.: How a Montpelier Lobbying Firm Plans to Cash in on Health Care Reform” by Paul Heintz. Vermont’s Coalition for Universal Reform has funding and high-profile staff — and the strong backing of a prominent Vermont lobbying firm. 4. Off Message: “Drivers Slam Management at CCTA Board Meeting” by Mark Davis. As the CCTA strike entered its second week, drivers and management appeared no closer to a compromise. 5. Off Message: “Parents, Teachers and Students Plead Against Cuts at Burlington School Board Meeting” by Alicia Freese. City residents voted the new budget down on Town Meeting Day, but crowds packed the school board’s meeting last week to protest funding cuts.

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Spectrum Youth & Family Services’ third annual sleepout netted nearly $200K. More than 100 community leaders slept outside so maybe homeless kids won’t have to.

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I read the article about the lesbian couple suing the town of Addison [“Two Against a Town,” March 19]. I read the article a few times to make sure it was written in an unbiased form. It appeared to be just that — unbiased. In my humble opinion, hoping these two don’t want to now sue me, as they seem hell-bent on doing so to everybody and everything, I figure if they looked in the mirror they would find the problem in this whole mess. Though they claim to be lesbian, I think, in the mirror, they just might see two dicks. So many people, like myself, who have no problem with gender identification or gender choice, do get sick of those who expect — no, demand — to be treated special. If something doesn’t go their way, they immediately jump on the sexual discrimination bandwagon. It doesn’t work that way, and it certainly solves nothing. The problem sure looks like it’s them, no matter what their sexual preferences are. Thomas Pray



Brian King’s letter referring to Seven Days as the “Fag Rag” [March 12] was so dim-witted that all I could do was laugh. He doesn’t like the personals, but I bet he likes the American Apparel ads that we


are all blatantly confronted with every week. Nice, big, full-page ads that are impossible not to see! All those young, sexy, teenage girls, half-clothed and doing things like licking ice cream cones when they’d really like to be licking ... well, you know. Every week I see those ads and I wonder what in the world the employees at Seven Days, particularly the women, are thinking. Such blatant sexism on the back page of your paper! It’s hateful, degrading, humiliating, hurtful and scary, and it breaks my heart. Don’t we all have to deal with this kind of sexism enough in our lives? Aren’t you women tired of it? I am outraged at Seven Days for pretending to be a progressive news source. Don’t be hypocrites. Pull it together and stop placing American Apparel ads. Docia Proctor WINOOSKI


[Re Off Message: “Council Chooses Lender for Burlington Telecom Settlement,” March 27]: Will this Burlington Telecom boondoggle ever end, and why is Mayor Miro Weinberger working against the lawsuit to get taxpayers back the $17 million illegally taken from us? It’s now up to Judge Toor to do what no one else has done so far. I hope she sides with the defenseless taxpayers, not those who broke the law and tried to hide

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Paul Heintz’s financial update of Vermont’s advance toward a humane and rational health care system in Vermont [Fair Game, February 26] had the focus of a drunkard on his next bottle. Had he viewed the scene more broadly, he would have seen it as farce. • Spokeswoman Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Morbidity and Mortality Freedom darkly inveighs against “big, out-of-state” union funding while she sits on her own list of dark money mega-donors.   • Fearing that she will make their policyholders angry — not at her but at an industry that excludes their preexisting conditions, rescinds and denies payments whenever possible, dictates treatments to providers, and sheds the sickest policyholders in the name of profit — Rep. Janet Ancel kills the notion of a tax increase.   • Gov. Shumlin at the age of 6 sent to

bed progressive taxation be a good thing?” • The Democratic and Progressive legislators check their spines with the sergeant at arms as they leave for home to tell the voters, “Yeah, health care for people who need it was a stupid idea; we didn’t know what we were thinking. You don’t deserve it, and we’re voting for the Republican plan.” • The Vermont Republican party’s freshly picked candidates, well-spoken, personable and poised to replace their now-spineless opponents, craft a onesize-fits-all plan for the 78 percent of voters who want health care for everybody: True to the national party’s spirit, the plan consists of one word: “No.”

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Woody Guthrie is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most important songwriters. Equally as deft with a pen, Jack Kerouac left an indelible mark as a novelist. While best known for these creative legacies, both men also produced substantial bodies of poetry. Pastor Steve Edington examines these counterculture ambassadors in PoemCity: “Woody & Jack: Two American Icons.” See calendar listing on page 55

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s it seeks to grow its membership in Vermont, a national labor union is taking on the state’s largest human services provider — in court and over the airwaves. Last month, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sued the Burlington-based HowardCenter for failing to give its workers a pay increase the union believes is required by state law. Soon after, AFSCME took its message to talk radio, broadcasting a blistering advertisement aimed at the agency’s longtime leader. “Unfortunately, HowardCenter executive director TODD CENTYBEAR doesn’t seem to recognize how important the workers 3:45 PM are to his organization,” the ad’s narrator says, before accusing Centybear of taking a 40 percent pay hike and “attacking union activists.” Centybear vigorously denies the charges, calling them “inflammatory and disparaging.” And in a memo he sent to HowardCenter staff members last week, he accused union organizers of engaging in “troubling actions” at employees’ worksites and homes. The entire episode, he suggested, was simply a means of bolstering AFSCME’s membership rolls in Vermont. “Although [the radio ad] is disturbing and may be perceived as unpleasant, that type of communication is not an uncommon tactic in aggressive union membership building campaigns,” Centybear wrote in the memo. “It is unfortunate that we have received complaints from staff that some of these individuals have shown up at their homes and were perceived to be intimidating and disrespectful.” Whether the dispute centers around fair pay for workers or the union’s bottom line, one thing is clear: AFSCME is becoming a force to be reckoned with in Vermont. Until last year, the national union represented just 2,000 emergency responders, city workers and caregivers in Vermont. But after it beat out the Service Employees International Union to represent some 7,000 newly organized homecare workers, AFSCME became the second largest union in the state. Now it’s training its fire on HowardCenter, where, until recently, union organizers and management generally got along — and only 10 percent of the roughly 750 eligible employees were dues-paying AFSCME members. The rest benefit from union negotiations, but don’t pay AFSCME’s $35.70-a-month dues. JIM DURKIN, a According to Massachusetts-based spokesman for AFSCME Council 93, union membership at HowardCenter has doubled in recent

months, thanks to its aggressive moves. Just last weekend, the union concluded what it called on its website a two-week “Vermont organizing campaign blitz” focused on convincing HowardCenter employees and homecare workers to become dues-paying members. “Management at the HowardCenter has been used to having their way for many years now,” Durkin says. “Those days are over. Our union is getting stronger by the day.” One prong of the campaign appears to be the lawsuit AFSCME filed last month in Chittenden Superior Court. In it, the union claims HowardCenter failed to provide its direct-service employees a 3 percent pay increase it says was mandated by the legislature.



When lawmakers passed the state’s current budget last May, they increased Medicaid reimbursements to HowardCenter and other providers by 3 percent — at least nominally. That additional funding, the law said, “shall be used … to provide a commensurate increase in compensation for direct care workers.” HowardCenter claims it did just that, except that — because the reimbursementrate increase took effect four months into the fiscal year — the boost really amounted to just 2 percent for the year. The agency says it poured all $1.04 million of the additional state funding it received into compensation. But according to the union, nearly half of that covered a preexisting 1.6 percent pay increase negotiated prior to the legislature taking action. The way AFSCME sees it, the state-mandated pay increase should be added to — not folded into — the bargained increase. “The law calls for a 3 percent increase,” Durkin says. “That’s what our workers deserve. It’s [HowardCenter’s] job to make it work. It’s their responsibility to follow the law.” Centybear sees it differently. He says that HowardCenter “took a risk” when it negotiated the 1.6 percent pay increase and always assumed it would be financed by a reimbursement-rate increase from Montpelier.

“We can fight amongst ourselves in good faith, but that doesn’t make more dollars available,” he says. “Where the fight should go, if there needs to be a fight, is … the state.” While both sides say they’re fighting for workers at the bottom of the totem pole, both have focused their rhetoric on the salaries of those at the top. In its radio ads, AFSCME alleges, “Centybear’s compensation has increased by about 40 percent in recent years to nearly a quarter of a million dollars.” While publicly available tax filings show that Centybear’s pay spiked in 2011, HowardCenter board member KAREN O’NEILL says that’s because he received a one-time deferred compensation payment that year. Otherwise, she says, Centybear’s wages have increased by just 2 percent a year. “Todd has rejected the board’s attempts in the past few years to bring his salary more in line with similar agencies, because he’s concerned about staff salaries and providing appropriate leadership,” O’Neill says. “So this kind of attack is misleading based upon all those facts.” But HowardCenter isn’t above getting into the salary-naming game. In his memo to staff last week, Centybear was happy to point out the size of AFSCME international president GERALD MCENTEE’s paycheck. How much does he make? A cool $1.1 million a year, Centybear says.

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The Burlington Free Press is getting thicker. And according to an advertorial in Sunday’s paper written by publisher JiM Fogler and executive editor Mike townsend, it’ll feature, “More news, more local.” But don’t confuse that with more local news. On Sunday, the Freeps became the latest of Gannett’s 81 regional papers to feature a version of the company’s flagship paper, USA Today, inside the local rag. As the New York Times reported last December, the move is intended to boost USA Today’s circulation by 1.5 million weekday readers, which could shore up declining advertising revenue. “We are mimicking the TV model,” USA Today publisher larry kraMer told TheWrap in February. “USA Today appearing in a local newspaper is like NBC News appearing on the local affiliate’s airwaves.” Here in Burlington, Fogler and Townsend pitched the change as a reaction to Free Press readers’ demands for “the most thorough printed newspaper possible.” The two promised to add “more than 50 pages a week of content to the print edition” and said the Vermont section “will nearly double in size with content.” But nowhere did the two promise more local news, which usually requires more local reporters — another thing the Freeps didn’t promise. (Neither Fogler nor Townsend responded to a request for comment.) Instead, the new “content” appears to be news-free filler, such as a threepage photo spread in Sunday’s paper called “Vermont Lives” and a page called “Flashback” featuring just two large photos of the 1985 Hinesburg Elementary School strike. On Monday, the Freeps debuted a page called “Crowd Sourcer,” which featured reprinted comments from the paper’s Facebook page and website. But more local news? We’re not seeing it yet. m


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going to move forward to get a publicly financed, universal health care package that’s going to provide quality health care to all Vermonters.” But in nearly the same breath, Campbell repeated his concerns about the political viability — and potential $2.2 billion price tag — of an all-encompassing health insurance system like that which Shumlin supports. And he said that the Senate has “a responsibility” to come up with a contingency, by which “all Vermonters are going to be covered, and they’re going to be covered under what we hope to be a publicly financed plan.” “It’s just like when you’re building a nice big building, you still build fire escapes in there,” he elaborated, employing a rather alarming metaphor. “And I think this is one of those situations where you have a building, and I want to make sure that the fire escapes work.” On Friday, Campbell was further pressed by Mark Johnson on whether he’s developing an alternative to the plan Shumlin’s team has been busily crafting. While administration officials have “put forth their idea of what they feel would be in the best interests of Vermont,” Campbell responded, it’s the legislature that will be “the designers,” “the mechanics” and “those people who make sure that every screw is tightened and every bolt is riveted down tight.” “We’re the ones who are going to have to determine what that final product is going to look like,” he concluded. So what to make of Campbell’s remarks? A shot across Shumlin’s bow, or the verbal diarrhea of an occasionally inarticulate statesman? Occam’s razor would suggest the latter. Campbell, after all, has earned a reputation within the Statehouse for talking and talking and talking — and not being entirely sure of what he’s saying. It’s entirely possible Campbell meant nothing by his remarks and simply garbled himself into a corner. But it’s possible the Senate prez knows more than he’s letting on — and perhaps revealed a little more than he intended. According to three people with knowledge of the situation, Campbell and his fellow lawmakers have, in fact, tasked a legislative consultant with brainstorming a series of alternative solutions to achieve the state’s goal of providing universal health insurance. According to one of those sources, the consultant — Emory University’s kenneth thorpe — has already come up with alternatives he believes are both simpler and far less expensive than Shumlin’s. Reached Monday, Thorpe said he’s helping the legislature “think through different types of policy option designs and what they would cost.” But he disputed the notion that either he or legislative leaders have come up with a contingency plan.

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t can sometimes seem as if the problems between Chittenden County Transportation Authority drivers and managers are about much more than a contract. In picket lines and at public forums, drivers rage at bosses who they say don’t listen and are bent on punishing hardworking employees. Meanwhile, at CCTA headquarters, managers have posted a security guard and barricaded the parking lot where drivers have maintained a constant picket during a strike now in its third week. At times the two sides couldn’t agree on whose turn it was to make an offer. And, as it turns out, there were four days when talks — and 9,700 bus rides a day — were stalled due to nothing more than a lost message. On March 22, as the strike moved through its sixth day, CCTA offered the drivers’ affiliate union, Teamsters local 597, a new contract proposal. There was just one problem, union steward Nate Bergeron told Seven Days — the drivers never saw the proposal in its final form. Instead, the transportation agency posted the offer on its website, as it has been doing with many press releases and negotiation documents. Drivers didn’t learn of the package until the strike had moved deep into its second week, according to the stewards. “We had been picketing for nothing,” Bergeron said. “We had been waiting for a response, and lo and behold the response had been posted on the website. We didn’t know there was a counteroffer for four days. We left [the negotiations] and they had not given us their final proposal. After we walked out, the ball was still in their court.” CCTA says the proposal was only slightly changed from an earlier draft, faulting union leaders for their own internal communication failures. The missing section was not discussed at the negotiating session, the agency said, and CCTA made the minor change only after notifying an official from the Teamsters. The change had to do with Article 6 of the contract, a section related to disciplinary policies. “The union expressed that unless we were willing to accept their proposal in Article 6 in whole, they were not interested in further discussion,” CCTA spokesperson Meredith

Spread Time & Part-time drivers

Current agreement between CCTA and the bus driver’s union: 12.5 hours

Proposal would expand time to 13.5 hours

Part-time workers that CCTA can hire under current contract: 13 Actual part-time drivers currently: 1 Birkett said in a statement. “So the CCTA team told the union team that our previous offer on Article 6, which they already had in writing, stood. So, because CCTA was not proposing any changes to our prior Article 6 offer, we did not reproduce it at the meeting. This was clearly communicated to the union team.” On March 26, after seeing the full proposal online, union leaders huddled at Bergeron’s home to mull the CCTA offer and craft a counteroffer of their own. It was that offer — which CCTA declared “credible” — that led to a resumption of talks. Between the emotional arguments and communication lapses lie the concrete issues dividing the parties. Negotiation teams seem to have resolved, or be close to resolving, two of them: compensation and the use of surveillance cameras on buses. But, as of press time, managers and the Teamsters remained stuck on two other issues: the length of driver workdays and the hiring of part-time drivers. At the core of the dispute is the way

the workday is structured at CCTA and other public-transit agencies. Currently, drivers’ schedules revolve around peak travel times during morning and evening commutes, leaving a lull of as many as five hours in between. As a result, many CCTA drivers work split shifts, with “spread times” capping the length of time between the start of their first route and the end of their last route. Drivers also don’t have one designated route. After mapping out routes, CCTA packages them into bundles. Drivers “bid” for bundles four times a year, with senior drivers getting first pick. Two-thirds of the bundles promise 40 hours of work, but the rest do not. There are always a certain number of runs that cannot be bundled with other ones. Therefore, any driver who is short of 40 hours in his or her bundle must pick up one of those open runs. Additionally, many drivers end up working overtime — much of it voluntary, but some of it mandatory. Got all that it? Here is a look at the key remaining issues.

Spread Time

The previous agreement between CCTA and its 70 full-time drivers expired last summer. Under that contract, a driver’s maximum spread time was limited to 12.5 hours. In 2012, before the most recent contract expired, CCTA had asked the drivers’ union to expand that spread to 13.75 hours. Managers said it was the only way to adequately serve customers who are increasingly riding the bus only during morning and evening rush hours — especially as the nonprofit agency expands routes between Burlington and outlying communities. During negotiations for a new contract last summer, drivers agreed to a 13.5-hour spread. But after disputes arose on other issues, the drivers’ union reversed course and said drivers don’t want to go beyond the existing 12.5 hours. Why the change of heart? Union officials say they initially offered the 13.5-hour spread only as a concession. In return, they wanted CCTA to agree not to hire part-time drivers, who were seen as a threat to full-timers’ job security. When management insisted on the parttimer flexibility, drivers resumed their complaint that a 13.5-hour workday creates an unacceptable level of fatigue and stress at home — and can create safety issues on the road. CCTA general manager Bill Watterson said that going to a 13.5-hour spread time would give the agency the flexibility to create more 40-hour bundles, providing stable hours to a larger group of drivers. He also says that the spread time is a fact of life at commuter bus agencies in other states, a point drivers readily concede. “We could create more 40-hour assignments … 13.5 hours is being worked anyway, so isn’t it better to schedule it?” said Watterson. Last weekend, CCTA management offered some movement: While holding firm on the 13.5-hour spread, officials said that no more than 20 percent of all drivers’ shifts would include a spread that long. The drivers’ response: No deal. “It’s been working at 12.5 hours,” Bergeron said. “They’re not going to get everything they want. They have given nothing, and they have taken and taken


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reducing the number of solid, middleclass jobs. Full-time drivers at CCTA earn a base wage of $42,500 and can earn significantly more with overtime pay. An independent fact-finder brought in by both sides in hopes of resolving the impasse sided with the CCTA’s proposed compromise. In hopes of moving beyond the current standoff, CCTA last weekend sweetened its offer slightly, asking for just five part-timers in the first year of the contract and up to seven in the following two years. And on Monday, the drivers signaled a shift in their position. In an interview, Bergeron said drivers would agree to allow CCTA an unlimited number of part-timers — but only if the agency agreed to the 12.5-hour spread.

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Bergeron said, “12.5-hour spread time, that’s it.” He continued, “The company wants to have its cake and eat it too. We say, ‘No, you get one or the other.’” In a separate interview, Watterson said such an offer, if formally made, could serve as the foundation for an agreement. So does that mean balloons drop from the ceiling and the buses start rolling again? Not exactly. Remember that CCTA has only one part-timer, despite being allotted 13. Watterson said there’s a reason for that, and he wants the drivers to agree to an additional compromise to make sure that situation changes. Per contract rules, part-timers aren’t allowed to bid for routes in the way that full-timers can. Because part-timers are left with nothing but the undesirable leftover shifts, Watterson said, the agency has been unable to attract parttime drivers. He wants flexibility to allow parttimers to win attractive routes. “We can’t attract people to take those seven part-time positions,” Watterson said. “We need to be able to assign parttimers to work.” “The [part-time] work rules are a nonissue,” Bergeron said. Drivers are calling it an 11th-hour stalling tactic after they have yielded ground on many of their key demands, and a sign that management isn’t interested in compromise. “For 10 months, the company has said we want part-timers. They never said we want them to be assigned. Once we agree to give, the company says, ‘It’s not that.’” And if the parties can’t agree to rules on part-timers? Watterson said he’ll continue to insist on a 13.5-hour spread time, which the union continues to say it won’t agree to, no matter what. Despite loss of wages and benefits, drivers have unanimously rejected CCTA’s two most recent offers. “Every time we vote, its unanimous, and they up the ante,” Bergeron said Tuesday. “We’re not getting paid, we have no health insurance, they’re [considering] hiring scabs, and we’re still picketing. We’re committed.” m

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irst came Tennessee, California and Québec. Next up: the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia and South Korea. Keurig Green Mountain, as its executives say, is going global. Locals wondering what this means for Vermont should look to the sewer lines for answers. In February, Coca-Cola announced that it was buying a 10 percent stake in the company, formerly known as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, for $1.25 billion, the first step in a 10-year partnership to distribute Coke drinks in Keurig’s future endeavor, the cold-cup design. The new alliance is expected to propel KGM into the international beverage market. “The great, great majority of our business is here in North America,” KGM chief executive officer Brian Kelley told stockholders at the annual meeting on March 6. “You will see over the next few years [how we] will change that as we expand globally.” When a local company grows, it’s usually labeled a success story. But in Vermont — not exactly a haven for multinational corporations — growth spurts of a certain magnitude can stir concern among employees and members of the broader community. “There’s always a certain amount of anxiety among Green Mountain employees that as the company gets bigger or more complex, at some point some or all of what they do in Vermont will be located elsewhere,” said Ken Belliveau, who serves as Williston’s planning director and zoning administrator and sits on Waterbury’s planning commission. KGM operates plants in both towns. Will economic benefits from KGM’s new partnership flow to the state where it all started? Or might the company decamp for the warmer climes and more conventionally corporate home turf of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola? At this point, KGM isn’t saying much about what the Coke partnership will mean locally. But last week, the Williston selectboard approved KGM’s unusually large request for additional wastewater capacity. The company, which operates a distribution center on Marshall Avenue, asked to more than triple its output, giving it the potential to use a total of 14,000 gallons per day.

ECONOMY And in that request lies a news flash: The product at the heart of the deal with Coca-Cola — cold beverages, sparkling and still, packaged in a single-serve pod — will roll out from Williston first. KGM spokeswoman Sandy Yusen confirmed that the company plans to set up an early production center (EPC) in Williston, where it will perfect the process of churning out cold-cup beverages. The new products are slated to hit retail shelves during fiscal year 2015, which starts at the end of September. Yusen said she couldn’t say much beyond that. But according to Frank Cioffi, president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, the Williston EPC entails a $90 million capital investment — mostly for equipment.

And based on a memo from the Williston planning commission to the town manager, KGM expects to hire roughly 120 new positions at the center. The company website currently lists nine Williston-based jobs related to the expansion; the positions range from engineer to maintenance technician. “It’s a huge opportunity,” Cioffi said. “What this shows me is this company has confidence in its employees here.” The state didn’t sit idly by, waiting to see if it would get in on the cold-cup boomlet. Within a month of the CocaCola announcement, the Vermont Economic Progress Council awarded a million dollars in cash incentives to KGM, contingent on the company meeting undisclosed growth targets. That incentive,

according to Fred Kenney, director of the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program, “is related to the CocaCola deal, and we hope the incentive will mean Keurig Green Mountain will consider Vermont for the initial line that will produce the new product.” Williston moved quickly, too. Belliveau said KGM officials approached him shortly after the Coca-Cola announcement because they needed to know they could secure sewage capacity before committing to the location. Roughly one month later, the selectboard gave its blessing. The decision wasn’t controversial, according to Belliveau — KGM’s presence is highly valued by the town — but neither was it taken lightly.


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ote memorization is out; personalized education is in. Textbooks are fading and iPads ascendant. But while education itself may have evolved greatly in Vermont since the 19th century, the state’s system of governing its schools — a patchwork of small, mostly townby-town school boards — has remained largely unchanged. The state could be in for a shake-up, however, if legislation passed by the House education committee late last month gains traction in the final weeks of a busy legislative session. Lawmakers are pushing a bill to slash the number of school districts in Vermont from 273 to roughly 50 in the next six years. The bill, H.883, could radically reshape the way schools are governed in Vermont. Instead of hashing out details of local school budgets in their own forums on Town Meeting Day, towns would band together in K-12 districts with an average 1,250 students each. “It’s very difficult to break that mold with how we’ve been doing things at the local level,” acknowledged Rep. Peter Peltz (D-Woodbury), a staunch supporter of the bill who helped committee chair Rep. Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) shepherd the legislation to a unanimous vote in committee. Vermont has the smallest number of students per school district in the country — just 313 on average, less than 10 percent of the national norm, according to a 2009 report to the legislature. Lawmakers have tried to provide financial incentives for school districts to consolidate voluntarily — most recently in 2010 — but only one group (the towns of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru and Weston) took the bait. The incentives included reductions in property-tax rates for four years following a merger, as well as a provision that would allow new districts to keep the proceeds from closing or selling school buildings instead of refunding a percentage of the sale to the state. The new push for mandatory consolidation has some advocates of local control sounding the alarm. But supporters counter that without restructuring Vermont’s school governance system, communities might find themselves with fewer choices than ever before.

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For instance, larger school districts could hire — and share — language, arts and music teachers, or explore the possibility of magnet programs. “I think there is growing evidence that there’s real inequality in terms of learning opportunities for students across the state,” said French, “and you don’t have to go to the Northeast Kingdom to see it. I can see it in my own schools.” The legislation also claims to cut costs by centralizing resources, a change that proponents say is crucial in a state where per-pupil expenditures consistently rank among the top five in the country.

“If this effort doesn’t work, we’re going to have to come back to it pretty soon because we’re financially on the edge of a crisis,” said French. But opponents — or, perhaps more accurately, skeptics — say that district consolidation is simply the first step toward closing treasured community schools. They question whether centralizing administrative functions would save real money in the long run. “When you have a choice between democracy or bureaucracy, I’m going to favor democracy,” said Bill Mathis, a former superintendent who now serves as the managing director of the Colorado-based National Education Policy Center, which produces peerreviewed research intended to inform education policy discussions. Mathis still lives in Vermont, and sits on the state board of education, which voted 6-1 last week on a motion supporting H.883; his was the lone voice of dissent. Mathis sees the merits of consolidating some tasks; his former supervisory union, Rutland Northeast, centralized functions such as hot-lunch preparation, bookkeeping and transportation. “There are places where you can get economies of scale,” he said. “But that doesn’t necessarily lead to disempowering the local people who care very much about their school.” Marty Strange, a Randolph resident and the former policy director of the Rural School and Community Trust, also opposes the push for fewer districts. He’s watched states grapple with consolidation for 15 years. “It always ends up being the case that consolidation is something that the politically strong force on the politically weak,” he said. The bill has support from the Vermont Superintendents Association. Last week, the Vermont School Boards Association decided not to take a position on the legislation, but it did hold a series of meetings around the state on the issue this spring. Steve Dale, who heads up the School Boards Association, said that the reactions varied widely. “It’s a challenging and sensitive conversation,” said Dale. “It requires us to strike the balance between the best interests of our students and our taxpayers [and] balance that with our deep love of



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“I think the entire committee is working hard ourselves at keeping an open mind,” said McCormack. “But an open mind doesn’t mean I’m completely neutral … Like it or not, even if you’re pro-consolidation, it is a profound disruption of the status quo. It’s a very deep reworking of how we do things.” McCormack added that though he’s often opted to deviate from tradition in Vermont, the “burden of proof is on those who want to change.” He said there’s the possibility his committee would kill the bill — “in which case we’re the skunk at the garden party.” It wouldn’t be the first time the legislature has mandated top-down consolidation. In the 19th century, Vermonters used the “common school” system, in which towns had multiple small schools, each operating as its own

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Are cider apples more valuable than “eating” apples? Will Vermont brewers ever be able to rely solely on local grains and hops? Just how many people travel to Vermont to sip our drinks? Join a trio of drinks producers — as well as UVM agronomist Heather Darby — as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of Vermont’s growing beer, wine, cider and spirits industries. RSVP at Wednesday, April 30, 5:30-7 p.m. South End Kitchen, 716 Pine Street, Burlington, $5 donation. Info, 864-0505.


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Harvey “Dicky” E. Moody Jr., 66, peacefully passed away March 26, 2014, after an extended illness at Fletcher Allen Health Care, surrounded by his family. He was born January 25, 1948, in Burlington, Vt., the son of Harvey and Gladys (Foster) Moody. Dicky began working at a very young age in the construction industry. He worked for many of the construction firms in the area as a renowned concrete finisher. He was a member of the Pine Island Aero Modelers. He will be remembered as an avid fisherman, hunter, and NASCAR and Redskins fan. He will also be remembered for his infectious laugh. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Lana Huante, and her husband, Kado; his two grandsons, Kyle and Ryan Huante; his brother, Gregory Moody, and his wife, Vicky; and their children, Robert, Greg, Harvey, Tyler and Victoria. Also, his special cousin, James Moody, and his sons, Scott and Jay; and many extended family and beloved friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Harvey and Gladys (Foster) Moody. There will be no visiting ho urs. There will be a celebration of his life with family and friends on April 12 at the RVA in Winooski at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Dicky’s name can be made to the American Lung Association. To share condolences online, please go to lavigne Arrangements are under the care of LaVigne Funeral Home.


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new one, for quintet and soprano. (The work is Scrag’s first commission.) The community-participation part of the residency comes next Tuesday, April 8, when audiences will be invited to help Beecher develop his as-yet-untitled, unfinished work at an event that Scrag’s founders are calling a “Very Open Composing Session.” With her 18-month-old boy audible in the background, Bonhag explains during a phone call what makes the event exciting. “[It] allows the composer

CLASSICAL MUSIC to work directly with musicians prior to performance,” she says, noting that most composers work in isolation until the premiere. And community members will have the chance to “witness the compositional process, ask questions and share their own perspectives” on the subject of Beecher’s cantata. Unusually for a composer as young as Beecher, that subject is aging. “It’s not an easy topic, but it’s a universal one,” Bonhag says.

Beecher’s librettist, Canadian Liza Balkan, is distilling the soprano’s lines from interviews she has been conducting with older Toronto residents about their thoughts on aging. Balkan will be present at the Vermont concert to interview more folks and listen to audience comments. Beecher, reached in New York, says that, so far, “Liza’s interviews have turned up these amazing observations” about “the patterns and rituals we fall into as we age, and the self-awareness that goes along with that.” One interviewee, he recalls, commented wryly that, in obituaries, “nobody dies anymore”; they simply “pass.” Balkan is excerpting such “bits” and creating “little poems” from them, Beecher adds. The composer became interested in aging partly as an offshoot of his compositions based on stories told by his Estonian grandmother, who escaped the Soviet invasion “on the last boat,” as she told Beecher. His string quartet These Memories May Be True, performed by Scrag in an earlier residency event, is a meditation on the transmission of cultural identity through stories and songs. Beecher’s first work on the subject

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ermont is often seen as a nexus of sustainable practices. Land is regularly protected from development. Old buildings are renovated to be more energy efficient; many new ones are built according to LEED or other energy-conservation standards. Renewable energy sources are taking hold incrementally. And more and more Vermonters are making individual efforts to recycle, compost and generally lessen their impact on the environment. Sounds good, right? But there’s a problem with this idea of sustainability, according to RACHEL ARMSTRONG, a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture, Design & Construction at the University of Greenwich, London. “Consuming less, recycling, composting — ultimately, you are still a consumer,” Armstrong points out during a phone call

from London. She wants people to get beyond “just reading package labels and deciding to buy or not to buy.” As an alternative, Armstrong suggests “living architecture,” the subject of her popular 2009 TED talk and the title of her 2012 TED Book. Rather than being constructed from manufactured materials that differ from each other only in the degree of harm they do to the environment, living-architecture structures emerge from materials that share the properties of living organisms. Armstrong will explain her proposed paradigm shift in a lecture titled “Icological Cities” on Thursday evening, April 3, at Norwich University — home to the state’s only professional graduate degree program in architecture. Living architecture goes beyond green roofs and solar panels. The science Armstrong envisions would synthesize

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of three collaborating organizations: Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera in Manhattan and the MusicTheatre Group in Brooklyn. Gotham — which New Yorker music critic Alex Ross recently called “New York’s leading alternative to the Met” — premiered Beecher’s chamber opera I Have No Stories to Tell You in February. That is the kind of top-flight talent Scrag draws, impressing audience members such as Johnson. “These Juilliard- and Carnegie-performed folks show up in their jeans. It’s so accessible — to young and old, to notso-trained ears and real aficionados,” declares Johnson, who puts herself in the “not-so-trained” category. Will she be at the Very Open Composing Session? “Oh, absolutely,” Johnson responds. “I love going to the community stuff.” m

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ocumentarian Ken Burns refers to it as “the Address.” A group of Vermont students and teachers who know the speech exceptionally well just call it “the Gettysburg.” Whatever name it’s given, Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address is indubitably one of the most important documents in American history. Burns’ new film shows how that 10-sentence, two-minute speech remains relevant today. Burns’ subjects are the 50 students of Putney’s Greenwood School, a progressive institution for boys aged 11 to 17 who have what the school calls “learning differences.” Every year since Greenwood’s founding in 1978, its students undertake to study, memorize and deliver the Gettysburg Address. For them, the successful performance of the speech is a badge of honor and a rite of passage. For Burns, it’s the inspirational — and fundamentally American — source material for his new film, also simply called The Address. Known for his passion for American history, Burns, a resident of nearby Walpole, N.H., was asked about 10 years ago to judge the speech competition at the Greenwood School. Out of neighborliness and curiosity, he says, he accepted, not knowing how emotional the event would be. “I was moved to tears,” Burns says in a phone interview with Seven Days. “I kept coming back. I was drawn inexorably to the inspirational power of these boys and the work they do.” The more inspired he got, Burns says, the more compelled he felt to make a film about the subject, even though he knew the topic demanded a filmmaking approach quite different from his signature style. That style, familiar to anyone who’s seen Burns’ acclaimed PBS documentaries such as The Civil War or Baseball, involves frequent and creative use of archival photographs and letters. By contrast, The Address employs a cinéma vérité style: camera operators working as unobtrusively as possible to capture “fly-on-the-wall” happenings as they unfold. The style of the film is not “pure cinéma vérité,” Burns notes, in that it employs voiceover narration (read by Greenwood students) and a musical score. But such labels don’t seem to concern the filmmaker, who is much more interested in the ways that this

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150-year-old speech resonates with the educational struggles of the students at the Greenwood School. “The Address itself is so supremely, superbly important to us to this day,” Burns says. “It’s our operating system. The Declaration of Independence was Operating System 1.0, but Thomas Jefferson owned other people. The Gettysburg Address is our Operating System 2.0, and we haven’t replaced this one.” For Burns, the Gettysburg Address isn’t a metaphor for the Greenwood students’ achievements but something more. “The struggle of the boys is directly related to the ‘new birth of freedom’ that Lincoln was talking about,” he says. The Address was shot at the Greenwood School from November 2012 to February 2013. Both Burns and Greenwood headmaster Stewart Miller use the term “embedded” to describe the way the small film crew integrated itself into the school’s daily goings-on. “Because of who they were and how they interacted with the students,” says Miller in a phone conversation, “this film crew really became part of our Greenwood family. What started as a pretty intimidating experience — having


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a camera around everywhere you go — became really normalized.” Miller adds, “I believe the film is reflective of our true culture and community and our true day-to-day life. It’s a huge testament to Ken and his crew. It’s a remarkably accurate representation.” The headmaster is especially sensitive to the matter of the media representation of Greenwood students. After he discussed with students, staff and parents whether the proposed documentary was a good idea, they arrived at a decision, he says: “If we’re going to trust anybody, we’re going to trust Ken Burns.” The Address itself draws its strength from its depictions of the students, many

of whom are daunted by the task of learning and reciting such a momentous and eloquent oration. Burns calls particular attention to a moment in the film when a highly articulate student named Ian has a “meltdown,” yet is the first to congratulate his friend Ned when the latter overcomes his own difficulty with the speech. “You can’t write that,” says Burns. “That’s what’s so beautiful about these boys.” Burns’ latest project has another Vermont connection: The Address will premiere at the Latchis Theatre in SCAN THIS PAGE Brattleboro on Wednesday, April 2, with the filmmaker present. The same theater WITH LAYAR has premiered several of Burns’ earlier films. SEE PROGRAM COVER The connection between Burns and the Latchis has the same core as that between Burns and Greenwood: good oldfashioned neighborliness. Though he lives across the state line, the filmmaker refers to the Latchis as “my neighborhood theater.”

managing director of Latchis Arts and the Latchis Corporation, is delighted to have Burns as a neighbor. “Ken is really amazing,” she says. “So talented and so passionate and so articulate. Whenever we get the opportunity to host him on the stage, we clear the decks and make it so.” She adds, “I think we understand each other as far as knowledge of what we’re trying to achieve here, which is to become a community-building resource, more than an entertainment venue.” GAil


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nature,” she continues, but that impression is belied “when the environment is changing so drastically.” To challenge such cultural assumptions and set the groundwork for her proposals, Armstrong draws in her work on philosophical concepts. They include Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s idea of “assemblages” — a way of thinking about the social world as not fixed but consisting of loose, heterogeneous groupings — and Slavoj Žižek’s deconstruction of the term “nature.” Armstrong is a true renaissance woman who first trained in medicine, has worked in television and communications, and will soon complete a doctorate in architectural design. “She’s one of those rare people who has tendrils out into all of the fields,” says architect Aron Temkin, Norwich’s dean of the College of Professional Schools. Temkin helped choose Armstrong for the university-wide Todd Lecture Series in part because her talk will appeal to business and engineering students, too. “Sustainability only works if you’re working holistically,” he comments. Still, architecture students, as well as the invited public, stand particularly to benefit from Armstrong’s insights. Says Temkin, “She is addressing issues about truly sustainable building that go a step further than renewable materials and more sustainable energy sources. She’s talking about building with internal intelligence systems — the same methodology that silkworms, for example, use to create structures, but expanded to a larger scale.” When it comes to the built environment, Temkin adds, “There is such a long timeline in making a building [that] you need to have your finger on the pulse of where technology is changing. Rachel is good at seeing that, and she’s good at communicating that.” m


Inspired by Greenwood’s Gettysburg Address project, Burns has launched a “Learn the Address” initiative. This ongoing project, which has already received a good deal of media attention, is designed to highlight the importance of the Address by soliciting readings from public figures. So far, videos have been submitted to by Barack Obama and every living former U.S. president; by media figures such as Gwen Ifill and Wolf Blitzer; and by entertainers including Whoopi Goldberg and Rita Moreno. Burns and the crew of The Address committed to learning the speech, as well. The Greenwood School is using the occasion of the film’s release to broaden its own learning initiative. Miller says it has teamed up with 13 other American schools “with similar missions” to hold a national competition for the delivery of the Gettysburg Address. “It’s a wonderful way to bring an even larger group together,” says Miller. “We’re breaking down preconceived notions about what it means to have a learning difference. What these kids do is truly heroic.” m

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Miller’s Tale” from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Tales written in the late 1300s. I got the latter from Wikipedia, which some will find unseemly, but (a) just because it’s in Wikipedia doesn’t prove it’s wrong, and (b) I checked in Chaucer and it’s there.

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saac Newton inventing the cat door is the stupidest thing I ever heard. Well, that’s not true. At the Straight Dope, where we’ve got people asking us if they can get high sniffing Sharpies, the competition for stupidest thing is pretty fierce. However, this one is definitely up there. The Newton cat-flap idea has been kicking around for (seriously) more than 200 years. Here’s the whole story, as best I can disentangle it: 1. Isaac Newton (1642-1727) did much of his pioneering work in mathematics and optics at Trinity College, Cambridge. There’s no evidence he had a dog or cat.

of unknown provenance in the door to Newton’s old rooms, assumes Newton put them there, notes they’re the right size to fit cats, and contrives a story to fit the holes. 4. Told initially to illustrate the foolishness of the wise, this much-recounted tale was seized upon by someone, presumably a cat fancier, for the different purpose of establishing that one of the great scientific minds had devoted a few clock cycles to inventing a convenience for cats. This is the form in which the tale is mostly seen today. 5. However, even if the holes were Newton’s doing, the early accounts don’t say Newton invented the cat door or flap, which is the crux of the claim. Merely cutting a hole in a larger door as an animal entrance long predates Newton. Online we find a photo of a cat hole in a door from 15th-century France, and a cat hole figures in “The

• To cite the best-known example, yes, actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil were awarded a 1942 patent for a “frequency-hopping” device — to prevent radio-guided torpedoes from being jammed by the other side, their invention changed transmission



2. After Newton’s death, his story became encrusted with the usual legends. According to a 2011 history of Trinity, “Newton mythology has it that he invented the cat flap in order to allow his cat to leave his rooms without disturbing

the light while he conducted experiments into optics. The earliest known version of this is from an essay of 1802 which [in defense of the Irish cites] examples of English incompetence … asserting that Newton cut two holes in his door for the cat and its kitten, not realizing that the kitten would follow the cat.” 3. In an 1827 memoir of his years as a Trinity scholar a century after Newton, mathematician John M.F. Wright relates the above yarn, adding this embellishment: “Whether this account be true or false, indisputably true is it that there are in the door to this day two plugged holes of the proper dimensions for the respective egresses of cat and kitten.” I haven’t been able to confirm the existence of the former holes, as the little researcher now stationed in Britain elected to attend Oxford instead. However, assuming Wright wasn’t lying, we may conjecture as follows: Someone spots holes

In short, Newton the cat-flap inventor = crock. As for actressslash-weapons-inventors: In most of the celebrity-inventor stories you hear about, the celebrity is more or less in the business of inventing things, or had others do the inventing for them. For example, filmmaker George Lucas has his name on many inventions, but most came out of his movie special-effects shop, Industrial Light and Magic. Nonetheless, a few Hollywood types did invent things that had little or nothing to do with their careers. Examples: CARAMAN

I was just watching “Animal Planet” and they said in one of their “Fun Facts” that Isaac Newton invented the cat door. Can this possibly be true? Reminds me of another story I came across: that old-school pin-up Hedy Lamarr invented a torpedo guidance system. Hedy Lamarr?

frequencies at short intervals. Transmitter and receiver were kept synchronized on the same wavelength by matching player-piano rolls in both. Navy brass balked at putting tiny player pianos in weapons, and the technology wasn’t employed by the military until the 1960s. But it’s proven durable since then — today you can find frequency-hopping spreadspectrum technology in some cellphones. • In 1998, magician Penn Jillette patented a “hydrotherapeutic stimulator” — basically, a bathtub orgasmatron for women featuring a user-controlled water jet plus a vibrating seat. One admires this classic case of filling a niche. Nonetheless…  • …my favorite celebrity inventor remains Neil Young, whose name is listed on 22 patents for model-railroad technology. I suspect Neil was more the facilitator than the prime mover on these inventions (At one time he held a minority interest in Lionel.) But to see a rock legend in an engineer’s cap at the controls of a roomful of model choo-choos — all I can say is: (1) been there, and (2) who knew?

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napkin. “Thanks,” she said. “It took a lot to hold that in until we got off the highway. I almost didn’t make it.” I didn’t like the sound of that, and said, “Well, speaking on behalf of cabdrivers everywhere, do not wait if this happens again. It’s fine to do it on the highway. The main thing, I mean, the overriding principle, is not in the cab. So thanks for that, anyway.” I couldn’t tell how she took my slight admonition, but I couldn’t let that pass without setting her straight. My very next fare was a girl and two guys in front of Nectar’s. The guys were clearly drunk — no ambiguity there — but the girl appeared alert. As the boys plopped into the back seat, she asked me, at my window, to drive her friends to Patchen Road.

“Do they got money?” I asked — always the 64-thousand-dollar question. “Bart, you got money on you?” she asked one guy, the incrementally more sober of the pair. “Yeah, I got money, I got money,” he replied in a slurry, bored tone. On the ride up the hill to Williston Road, the guys in the back were quiet as a couple of dormice, which is how I like my customers, especially drunk ones. When I turned toward Patchen Road at Al’s French Frys, I called out, “So lemme know when we get to your place.” That’s when I noticed the snoring. Glancing up at the rearview mirror, I saw the two of them were out like lights. I pulled over and shifted into park. Reaching over the seat, I shook Bart’s leg. “Wake up, man,” I said. “We’re on Patchen Road.” One eye slowly opened. “Yeah, right,” he said, and promptly returned to his golden slumbers. “Wake up, Bart!” I shouted this time. “We’re at your house.” That was a little white lie, but at this point I just wanted these guys successfully extracted from my cab so I could head back downtown and make some actual money. My hope of getting paid for this fare was fading fast. Given their extreme level of intoxication, I knew it would be fruitless, and I might as well just skip the song and dance. I’d seen this movie before. Suddenly conscious, Bart popped out of the cab and stumbled around to the other side. Opening the door, he said, “Walter, g’your ass up. We’re home.” After some coaxing, prodding and poking, Bart ultimately dragged Walter out of his seat, and the two of them staggered up the street. I hate getting stiffed, but I was thrilled to see them out of the cab. The way they had been out cold, I thought I was going to need the Jaws of Life.

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almost see Bodett’s house from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the studio overlooking the picturesque West River valley. With apologies to Dos Equis beer and Vermont’s own Jonathan Goldsmith, there’s a distinct possibility that Ackerman is the real “most interesting man in the world.” He gets invites to resorts in the Caribbean hosting shoots for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. He’s tight with Japan’s royal family. He didn’t merely build his mountaintop studio and surrounding compound in southern Vermont by hand; he cut down the trees on the wooded lot and milled the lumber. In a dramatic pseudo-heist, he practically stole the piano that resides in his studio —

Confronted with his own mortality, Ackerman says, he began to reflect. What he discovered surprised him. “I always thought I’d be afraid of death,” he says. “But I was lying there, before the stuff was in me, feeling wave after wave of gratitude as all of these memories washed over me. And I realized that I wouldn’t have changed a single thing in my life.” Given Ackerman’s achievements, that’s hardly a surprise. This is a man who has followed his passions and become wildly successful. It would appear he’s led a charmed life — and in many respects he has. But, just as Ackerman’s tranquil music can turn complex and moody below the surface, his own story has a darker subtext.

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eter Jennison is having a hell of a time. Seated at the Steinway Model B grand piano of producer Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Dummerston, Vt., the pianist is struggling to play a particularly tricky section of a song he’s recording for his new album. Ackerman and his recording engineer, Tom Eaton, sit at the helm of the large mixing board on the other side of the studio glass, listening with grim focus as Jennison grinds through take after take. After each attempt, Jennison, a quiet but imposing man whose black mock turtleneck does little to diminish his barrel chest, bows his head in a mixture of solemn concentration and growing frustration. “He’s not gonna get this one today,” says Ackerman, clad in a black turtleneck of his own. Eaton nods in agreement, tweaking a slider on the board. Eaton is not wearing a turtleneck, but his black sweater with a three-quarter zip-up neck is close enough for jazz. Or, in this case, new age. It’s the right-hand part of the song’s hook that’s giving Jennison trouble. The section contains a rippling piano run that bears a striking resemblance to the 1986 Bruce Hornsby hit “The Way It Is” — so much so that the three men casually refer to the tune as “the Hornsby song.” It’s a nifty little arpeggio, but every time it comes around, Jennison’s otherwise nimble fingers stumble. He loses the rhythm, and the whole thing derails. Every time, almost on cue, Ackerman and Eaton exchange furtive glances. After the seventh or eighth — 10th? 12th? — such instance, Ackerman turns to Eaton. “You know, Bruce Hornsby is a great basketball player,” he says, his face tanned from a recent surfing vacation in Hawaii. “You always wanted him on your team in pickup games,” he continues, as errant notes tumble from the monitor speakers. “Otherwise, he was gonna reverse dunk on you.” That would be a newcomer’s tip-off that Ackerman is a gazillion-records-selling, Grammy-winning guitarist and producer. He is most famous as the founder of Windham Hill Records, an influential label that has become globally synonymous with “new age” music — a term Ackerman openly despises. The foyer of Imaginary Road — named whimsically but perhaps also for the steep, negligible mountain road one must navigate to reach it — is lined with gold and platinum records from projects Ackerman has produced in his 40-plus-year career. Those include his own and several by Windham’s Hill’s one-time star artist, pianist George Winston. With the possible exception of guitarist Michael Hedges, Winston is the best known of the new age … er, contemporary instrumental musicians with whom Ackerman is associated. But Ackerman has produced records for many of the world’s most respected artists in that wide, gently rolling field. His clients have ranged from genre heavyweights such as Jeff Oster, Liz Story, Philip Aaberg and Ackerman’s own cousin, Alex de Grassi, to up-and-coming players including Jennison, Heidi Anne Breyer and Rutland’s Masako. And Ackerman has a knack for identifying prodigiously talented unknowns, most recently Vergennes-based 17-year-old guitar wunderkind Matteo Palmer. Outside the instrumental sphere, Ackerman has spearheaded records for, among many others, folk singer Patty Larkin and songwriter John Gorka. He’s composed for pop star Kenny Loggins. After Ackerman sold Windham Hill to mega-label BMG in 1992, a noncompete clause prevented him from releasing music for three years. So he produced spoken-word records under the label Gang of Seven. These included albums for the late Spalding Gray and Ackerman’s Windham County neighbor, humorist Tom Bodett — you can

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which is now famous in its own right — from filmmaker George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. The Force is strong with Ackerman (though he did end up paying for the instrument). He rocks black turtlenecks with impunity. He posts up Bruce Hornsby. But today, Ackerman is simply trying to coax a good take from a talented, visibly frustrated musician. And he’ll tell you there’s nowhere in the world he’d rather be.

Ackerman was born in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1949. He was immediately given up for adoption by his biological mother, who had been exiled by her wealthy father to have her out-of-wedlock child alone. Baby Will had a seemingly fortunate outcome for an unwanted child: He was adopted by Robert Ackerman, head of the Stanford University English department. But his adoptive mother, Mary Ackerman, suffered from bipolar disorder. The day she hanged herself in the shower of their home, 12-yearold Will found her. Within six months, Ackerman recounts, he was shipped off to prep school in Massachusetts. While his father indulged a new love interest 3,300 miles away, Ackerman fell prey to a pedophile. He would endure years of abuse. Following high school, Ackerman began to emerge from the shadows of his tortured childhood. He returned to California and attended Stanford, where he studied writing and history.

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On September 11, 2013, Ackerman lay on an operating table awaiting general anesthesia in preparation for minor heart surgery. “It was very unlikely that I could die on the table,” he says, now speaking by phone from his Dummerston home (and perfectly healthy). “But it occurred to me that it was a possibility. It does happen.”

“I always thought I was going to be a writer,” says Ackerman. “It was always assumed I would end up in academia.” But a strange thing happened to Ackerman during his senior year. “I just ran out of words,” he says. “I couldn’t write a thing.” Ackerman took writer’s block as a sign; with a mere five credits to go before graduation, he dropped out of school. He landed a minimum-wage job as an apprentice builder thanks to a connection through the father of his then-girlfriend, Suzanne. Ackerman would later immortalize her on his 1976 debut record, In Search of the Turtle’s Navel, in the song “What the Buzzard Told Suzanne.” Soon, Ackerman started his own contracting company, Windham Hill Builders. Meanwhile, he performed and recorded music, both as a solo acoustic guitarist and with his cousin, de Grassi. By day he built lavish homes in northern California. At night he made records and ran his label. His dual reputations as a carpenter and musician were growing in equal measures. “My business card in 1980 read Windham Hill Builders / Records / Music BMI,” says Ackerman. “Which, I dare say, is the first time that’s ever happened.” Ackerman’s first paying gig was a sold-out show at the Seattle Opera House in the late 1970s. His first three albums, In Search of the Turtle’s Navel, It Takes a Year (1977) and Childhood and Memory (1979), were commercial successes. By 1980, Ackerman was an established, bankable musician and producer. Windham Hill had national distribution, and its releases got heavy radio airplay on progressive stations around the country. And Ackerman was forced to choose between music and carpentry. “It had gotten to a point where I had to decide if I was really going to do this music thing,” he says. A spectacular and expensive screw-up on a client’s home — he removed

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the roof prior to a freak rainstorm — helped him make his decision. “I figured I might as well see where music would take me,” Ackerman recalls. That’s when George Winston happened. Windham Hill Records’ early profitability would seem like a pittance once the world got a load of Winston and his 1980 Windham Hill debut, Autumn. Amazingly, Ackerman’s distributors initially balked at the album. Most of the previous 11 Windham Hill releases had been guitar based, and Winston’s dreamy piano compositions were a distinct departure. “They told me I was going to wreck a nice little folk label,” Ackerman recalls. “I told them, ‘I don’t have a folk label. I don’t know what it is, but it isn’t folk.’” Autumn would be the label’s best-selling album to




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There’s an irony in Ackerman finding peace by fleeing Windham Hill Records; millions have flocked to the calming sounds of the paragon of so-called “new age” music seeking the same. The Windham Hill canon is the soundtrack to new-age bookstores and therapy sessions the world over. Ackerman is aware — you might say painfully so — of these associations. And he’s an advocate for therapy, having seen therapists for

Ackerman views his work at Imaginary Road with Eaton — whom he calls the “best partner I could ever ask for” — as a return to that nonphilosophy. He still works with many of the stars of contemporary instrumental music. The signatures of each, close to 100 in all, are scribbled on a door to the piano room. But Ackerman’s focus now is more humble and personal. “It’s a return to a world that has human scale,” he says. “Yeah, we want to work with great musicians, but we really want to work with people we enjoy being around.” Last year, Ackerman and Eaton produced Matteo Palmer’s debut record, Out of

“Will is a great listener,” says pianist Winston by phone. “When you’re looking at a picture of yourself, you only see yourself in two dimensions. Listening, we hear ourselves, but it’s kind of the same thing; it’s distorted by our own limited perception. I hope it’s good, but I don’t really know. “I think Will hears three-dimensionally,” Winston continues. “So he is great at identifying when something is or isn’t working.” Rutland-based pianist Masako, who has recorded two albums at Imaginary Road, says Ackerman has a strong “sense of aesthetic.”

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date. Winston’s follow-up efforts in 1982, Winter Into Spring and December, both went platinum. “George blew the doors off,” Ackerman says. Ackerman signed an international distribution deal with A&M Records shortly thereafter. For the next decade, he says, the slowest annual growth rate for Windham Hill was “exactly 597 percent.” The label’s best years saw growth rates of 2,000 percent. Ackerman was a rock star, and he lived like one. He owned a mansion and drove fancy cars. He dated a string of beautiful women. He traveled the globe performing and schmoozing. He was making more money than he could ever spend. But something was wrong. In 1984, Ackerman began feeling ill. He saw doctors all over the world, but none could figure out what was ailing him. Finally, a psychiatrist diagnosed him with depression. “I said, ‘What do you mean, I’m depressed?’” recalls Ackerman. “‘I’m on top of the world. I drive a Mercedes. I’ve got a really nice house. Look at my girlfriend!’ “He said, ‘Dude, you’re depressed.’” Ackerman realized he had never fully dealt with his mother’s suicide, or the abuse that followed. Despite his fairy-tale success, he was a haunted man. “I had just packed it all away,” he says. Ackerman began to view Windham Hill with apathy, if not outright contempt. “I was bored,” he says. “It became a corporation. We had 70-some employees and big offices in Burbank, which I went to once, I think. I got lost in it all, and the guy who used to sit around playing guitar wasn’t there anymore. It was just killing me. “I just wanted to be a carpenter again,” he continues. “I missed sitting on the tailgate having a couple of beers at 5:30.” So Ackerman quit. “I said, ‘Screw it,’” he recalls. “‘I’m going to Vermont, I’m gonna buy some land, get a chainsaw and build again.’” Ackerman incrimentally sold his stake in Windham Hill and was completely free of the company and various holdings by 1992. By that time, he had constructed Imaginary Road and was living full time in Vermont. “It was my salvation,” he says.

most of his adult life — though he refers to them as teachers. Still, he has little use for that gooey catchall phrase. “I hated the term until they gave me a Grammy that said ‘new age’ on it,” he jokes, referring to his award-winning 2004 record Returning. “But my official quote, which was in the Los Angeles Times several years ago, is that if I ever catch the guy that coined the term, I’m going to nail his forehead to the wall. Is that too ambiguous?” he asks. Stephen Hill is the creator and host of “Hearts of Space,” a decades-old, nationally syndicated radio program that specializes in “slow music for fast times” — meaning ambient, world, classical and,

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yes, new-age music. He shares Ackerman’s disdain for the term, but offers context. “New age,” Hill explains, was created in the 1980s as a label for record-store bins full of instrumental music that was not jazz, folk or classical. “It should have been called ‘new instrumental,’ which would have saved a lot of heartache and confusion all around,” Hill writes in a recent email. “Instead, we got this grandiose, pseudo-spiritual moniker, no filters and way too much well-intentioned but lousy music.” “There is so much lifestyle that is tacked onto that term,” Ackerman says. “Windham Hill was never about a belief system. We weren’t selling anything but music.” Hill concurs. “Windham Hill really didn’t care about new-age culture,” he writes. “Will Ackerman took off from American folk guitar and created a sophisticated fusion of acoustic minimalism, state-of-the-art recording technique and contemplative space to make albums that were calm, hypnotic and American as cherry pie.” “Windham Hill worked because it was treated like a hobby,” says Ackerman. “There was a purity in that everything we did was based on what we liked. There was no method; nothing was calculated.”

Nothing. Then a junior at Vergennes Union High School, Palmer had approached Ackerman about performing at a benefit concert. Ackerman played with the young guitarist at the Vergennes Opera House and was blown away. He called the teenager about making a record the next day. “The kid has an almost frightening ability to find the emotion in his music,” Ackerman says. “It’s not enough just to be a great player or composer, which he is. You have to play with passion, spirit, or else all that skill means exactly shit. And Matteo does.” Like countless musicians before him, Palmer credits Ackerman with helping him to divine, well, the divine. “Will goes beyond just playing notes to find the real emotion in his music,” says Palmer by phone. “That’s what I love about his playing, and that’s what he would tell me to do — dig deep.” Guitarist Todd Boston, who recorded his chart-topping 2012 record Touched by the Sun with Ackerman, offers similar praise in an email. “He hears the emotion in the music and knows how to get the very best out of you as the artist,” he writes. “If there is not an emotional connection there, he will keep pushing until he gets something out of you that is soulful and heartfelt.”

“He has the ability to discern in an instant the best artistic quality a musician has,” she writes in an email. “That’s not an easy thing to do when one is a great musician himself. But Will is a rare exception.” As a guitarist, Ackerman is well known for rarely using the same tuning for more than one song. In the entirety of his recorded output, 12 solo records in all, he says he has done so exactly twice. “I go into a different tuning on every song so that I don’t have the capacity to use intellect,” Ackerman explains, and adds that he is essentially music-theory illiterate. “It removes the frontal lobes entirely from the process. It then becomes solely a way to channel emotion.” That approach also characterizes his nonmethodical endeavors as a producer. In the studio, Ackerman reacts instinctively, offering suggestions or criticisms with the ruthless speed of a gunslinger. And he’s usually dead-on. “He makes decisions quickly and confidently, often surprising the composer by the magic that results,” writes Kathryn Kaye in an email. The pianist, who has recorded four albums with Ackerman since 2010, admits she’s frequently surprised by his insights. “In my experience, he’s right 99 percent of the time.”

of mEccA AND michAEl mcDoNAlD Though Ackerman rejects the psychobabble often associated with new age, he is a deeply spiritual and contemplative person, keenly aware of music’s healing power. After all, the proof of its therapeutic qualities is currently standing over his Steinway B, all six and a half feet of him. Cpt. Peter Jennison is an active-duty medevac pilot in the United States Army. He’s played piano since he was a child, never seriously and without classical training. Yet, while deployed in Iraq in 2008, he began writing an album of piano compositions.

to tweak song structures, or bring in other musicians to flesh out arrangements. The mere act of writing and recording is therapeutic for him, Jennison says. “Music has become my coping mechanism for life.” That’s a sentiment to which Ackerman can relate. “I’ve been through some shit. And I’ve learned that there’s no way to tease the bad from the good,” he says. “There’s only life, and without the terrible things that have happened, I wouldn’t have the wonderful ones, either.” Speaking of the music he makes at Imaginary Road, he adds, “Even despite the indignities of aging, this really is the happiest period of my life.”

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“I was using music to get through the stress of war,” says the soft-spoken Jennison, who’d been using a 1998 Ackerman album, Sound of Wind Driven Rain, to help him fall asleep. One day he noticed a line on the CD’s back cover encouraging listeners to email Ackerman. “I emailed him and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got this idea for an album.’ Then I went to lunch,” says Jennison. “I never thought I’d hear from him.” When Jennison returned from lunch, he found an email inviting him to come record at Ackerman’s Vermont studio. In 2009, Jennison released his debut, Longing for Home (Songs From War). “It’s all about what we as soldiers, and our families, go through during long times apart,” he explains. The album garnered several award nominations and put Jennison on the map. The record he is currently working on is a sequel of sorts called Coming Home. “It’s about the reunions you see on TV, where the soldier comes out of the stands at a game and surprises his family,” he says. “But on the other side are the soldiers who don’t come home, the ones that come home in a box.” Jennison brings his raw sketches to the studio and relies on Ackerman and Eaton


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and level of teaching artists together instead of separately. We’re responding to a need that schools across the state have … we know that the kids learn.” Vermont artists try out a teaching paradigm based on brain science artsTohelpconnect artists B y X i an C hi an g -Wa ren with Arts Connect, all the organizations with rosters of teaching artists sent out announcements to them. The hat’s this made of?” model called Universal Design for VAC’s education programs manager, Ben teaching artist Kim Learning (UDL). Desjardins asked a class The Arts Connect initiative was named Doyle, compiled the resulting applicaof wide-eyed kindergart- almost as an afterthought for the John tions; so far, 10 artists have completed the ners one recent morning at Burlington’s F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Connect training. Schools can apply Integrated Arts Academy. She held up a Arts grant called Arts Connect All, which for funding through the council to bring in clay relief tile, a two-dimensional square funded a successful pilot year in 2012 to any of those artists for residencies. “We viewed [Arts Connect] as profescontaining three-dimensional figures of a 2013. In Vermont, the program is now tree and the sun. driven by an impressive coalition of more sional development for teaching artists,” “Play-Doh,” one boy declared than 10 arts, education, government and says Doyle. He adds that, in an ideal world, confidently. nonprofit organizations. They include all 111 of the artists on the VAC’s roster “It’s like Play-Doh,” Desjardins said. VSA Vermont, the Flynn Center for would go through the training. “We’re “What’s Play-Doh made of?” the Performing Arts, the Vermont Arts trying to be very strategic in using the arts “Rock?” the boy asked. Beside him, Council, Champlain College Emergent to transform education,” Doyle says. And what exactly is Universal Design a little girl fidgeted, thrusting her hand Media Center and Burlington City Arts. upward insistently. Judy Chalmer, executive director of VSA for Learning? “It’s a framework that helps you build “It comes from the ground like rocks Vermont, is spearheading the collaborado, so in that way it’s similar to a rock,” tion, while each participating organization the most inclusive possible learning Desjardins encouraged. The girl rocked contributes outreach, networking, train- environment for kids,” explains Charlie forward on her knees, waving her hand ing and so on. A $20,000 grant from the Rathbone, a retired University of Vermont around. Vermont Community Foundation helped professor and UDL researcher. Arts Connect melds UDL with arts integration “I think Rosa can help,” suggested the fund this year’s programming. class’ kindergarten teacher, Emily Stewart. Why are so many organizations with practices, but the concept of UDL itself “Clay!” Rosa exclaimed, and some of arts-based programming and missions originated in architecture. It used to refer her classmates burst out in “oohs” and investing new resources and funding in to structural accommodations such as “ahhs.” education? In short, because they already wheelchair ramps that created accessible learning environments for students with The blustery mid-March morning invest there, and they want to do it better. marked Desjardins’ first day of a semester“All of us have a long history of put- physical handicaps. Then teachers started expanding that long residency at IAA. This was also the ting teaching artists in schools,” Chalmer first class taught by a Vermont artist who notes. “Each of us has come to it with our definition of “accessibility.” “At some point, had completed a new training course own perspectives; in many ways, one of educators began to take off from the notion with Arts Connect, an initiative to train the most exciting things about this part- of universal education in the designing of local teaching artists in an educational nership is that we want to build the skill rooms, to [instructional] solutions that





would work for educating the largest number of people,” says Rathbone. The long-standing theory of multiple intelligences, rooted in cognitive psychology, dovetailed with UDL’s concept of giving students multiple access points to a central point of learning and understanding. The paradigm worked as a way to approach students with cognitive as well as physical disabilities. By the 1980s, UDL was gaining traction in the field of neuroscience. Now, Rathbone says, the UDL paradigm has developed to the point where its distinct principles can be matched to distinct brain networks. In his estimation, it’s “pretty current in terms of what we know about how the brain works.” Last fall, Rathbone conducted Arts Connect’s initial teaching-artist trainings — held at Saint Michael’s College — along with IAA arts integration specialist Angela Chaffee. Together they drilled the history, research and principles of UDL into the 10 artists in the course. The two educators express confidence that an identical or improved course will be held next fall. “UDL put words and a structure, a framework and guidelines to what I already knew to be great teaching,” says Desjardins. While learning theory in the classroom, the teaching artists observed classes at IAA, wrote lesson plans and got hands-on experience. The practical component, Desjardins points out, was a “UDL moment” in and of itself for her. The principles Rathbone taught in class didn’t entirely click for Desjardins, a selfproclaimed “visual learner,” until she had an opportunity to tackle them personally. In fact, Desjardins wasn’t new to the group of students she was teaching on the first day of her residency; she’d spent time in IAA’s kindergarten classrooms doing research and training during the UDL class. The six-session curriculum she designed using her skills from Arts Connect employed clay as a tactile medium to connect students to a range of academic subjects, concepts and lines of inquiry. Though the kindergartners were doing an activity with clay that included art-class-appropriate discussions about textures and consistency, the focus of Desjardins’ lesson plan was actually science. Specifically, the students were boosting their understanding of the overarching life-sciences concept for their grade level: the difference between living and nonliving things. An added bonus of the lesson? Geometry. The class also learned the names of unusual shapes such as sphere, coil and slab. In the class, Desjardins gave the kids verbal and kinesthetic cues to help them remember instructions — one of UDL’s guidelines is to provide multiple ways for students to grasp information. “Roll it,

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Cunavelis at the company’s offices near Fort Ethan Allen. The ads, he explains, are “meant to stand out in a sea of bad advertising — predictable advertising, clichéd advertising.” Mt. Mansfield Media is a production company as well as an idea factory; several of its 12 full-time employees are informally known as “preditors” (producer-shooter-editors). While the quirky ad spots are its most visible work, the company has also created dozens of longer, more earnest videos, most of them underwritten by businesses and profiling community organizations. Mt. Mansfield and underwriter Bond Auto Parts are currently in negotiations with New England Sports Network about airing a documentary on Red Sox fans, and Cunavelis says he aspires to produce a feature film down the road. In 2006, Cunavelis left a 15-year career at WCAX “that was really good for me,” he says, to start his own agency. Mt. Mansfield’s relationship with Heritage began “about six months in,” when dealership president David Machavern “agreed to totally take a different tack than anybody else had,” Cunavelis says. The company’s first ad for Heritage featured a guy standing in a field who “imagined a truck into existence. It was just a weird, tweaky ad,” Cunavelis recalls — and one that drew criticism from the business community. Machavern grants that some of the early commercials were “a little bit edgy.” But “the majority of the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” he says. “People love the commercials. I hear that all the time.” The “H-Team Origins” spots — which profile the dealership’s technicians in the epic style of movie trailers — inspire customers to “come in and ask for them” by name, Machavern notes. “That’s been tremendous, putting the human side to the business.” And business has been good. In recent years, Machavern says, Heritage has risen to the rank of ninth among Boston-area dealerships, which


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coma at the news that, yes, the car dealership also sells Subarus. It was an amusingly wacked-out way to convey a simple message. And that’s the Colchester advertising agency’s specialty.

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If you’ve seen a local commercial that was offbeat enough to lodge in your memory, there’s a good chance Mt. Mansfield Media was responsible. The Rocky Horror Picture Show parody? The zombies shambling through a car


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dealership? Rusty “The Logger” DeWees chatting with his cat? The Jason Bourne clone rescuing car shoppers from sleazy salesmen? Mt. Mansfield made all those for Heritage Automotive Group. Also from MMM: “World Flowering Champion Plants Armstrong” defending his diet of “all-natural compost and pesticides” from Guy’s Farm and Yard. And the Von Bargen’s spot where a woman “goes Gollum” for the sparkler her boyfriend gave her. The list goes on. Mt. Mansfield’s clients — about 80 percent of them in Vermont — include Bond Auto Parts, Vacutherm lumber-drying technology, Northfield Savings Bank, Clear Water Filtration and other nuts-and-bolts businesses that, like car dealerships, aren’t exactly seen as sexy. How do you raise their brand awareness without putting the public to sleep? By getting creative. “Everything we do … is about connecting to the viewer,” says founder and creative director Jake


n a winter afternoon at Fletcher Allen Health Care, a buxom woman of a certain age lay wired to an EKG, seemingly unaware of a spat that was taking place across her prone form. “You betrayed the mustache!” cried a tow-headed 10-year-old boy wearing a red shirt, khaki slacks and a false mustache. He brandished the keys to a Subaru. “I’m not trying to hurt you!” protested a girl similarly attired — mustache and all. Meanwhile, crowded into the small, sweltering room, a crew of three — director, shooter and soundman — captured the action on film. Absurdist student short? Quirky indie? No, this was Mt. Mansfield Media’s latest ad spot for White River Toyota. The soap-opera-esque spoof ended with the “patient” — played by celebrated local drag queen Marguerite LeMay — waking dramatically from her

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he calls “a pretty big deal for a little Vermont dealer.” Both Cunavelis and Machavern are quick to point out that all the branding in the world won’t help an internally ailing business. But for a healthy one, the most effective ads may not be the most expensive. Cunavelis says his strategy is “as simple as being really focused with your budget and not trying to do too much with it. When you’re really focused with an audience and you can stay consistent with them over the

relies on the local audience’s recognition of recurring characters (consistency), while adding a goofy new chapter to their saga (unpredictability). And it conveys information to potential customers (“you can buy a Subaru at White River Toyota”). More importantly, though, the spot helps brand the dealership according to Cunavelis’ definition: “You create top-of-mind awareness and attach positive associations with it.” “‘Forty years of service, selection and savings’ doesn’t mean anything to anybody,” he says. “But the kid with a mustache?” phoTos coURTEsy oF

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How on earth did the “kid with a mustache” come to represent White River Toyota? Shumway explains that the concept of “Mini-Pete” (as the character is called) came from “a really safe brainstorm space. We don’t judge any idea. We let any idea fly.” The idea, in this case, started with an imaginary school play. A camera

Summer’s coming! pans over a series of kids costumed as Founding Fathers. “What if the fourth kid was dressed like [general manager] Pete Stoddard from White River Toyota, ’cause that was his hero?” Shumway recalls someone suggesting. “A little kid in a mustache next to all these icons.” The idea became a commercial, and Mini-Pete became a thing. Over successive ads, he acquired his mustached love interest (“Lady Pete”) and engaged her in a dance-off.


onprofits may not lend themselves to such out-there campaigns. But they’re also hungry for “share of mind” — the visibility that generates donations and grants. And when a for-profit business underwrites a video profile of a nonprofit, “everybody wins,” Cunavelis says. Just ask the folks behind ReBuild Waterbury, one of the local recovery groups formed in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. To publicize the group’s fundraising, Heritage proposed and underwrote Mt. Mansfield’s 14-minute

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documentary “Rebuilding Waterbury,” which began airing in early 2012. About a year later, ReBuild Waterbury was the first Irene recovery group to announce its plans to disband, having raised a cool million. Theresa Wood, former chair of RW’s steering committee, recalls that initially, “We just thought, This is a nice thing Heritage Ford is doing, and won’t that be nice for historical purposes. I don’t think we knew how instrumental it was until we had the video and were able to use it as a tool.” Wood now credits the film, which spotlighted Waterbury’s flood victims, with helping RW snag a $250,000 grant from the Stiller Family Foundation. “The reality is, it really helped us in our recovery,” she says.

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Mt. Mansfield’s documentary business started with a series of short videos for the Burlington Business Association. Since then, “I’ve seen that grow into a really large and effective part of what we’re offering people and what people want from us,” Shumway says. The brave new world of streaming video content could take Mt. Mansfield a long way from wacky ads — and from advertising, period. Cunavelis points proudly to the journalistic storytelling of the Red Sox doc, which profiles a young East Calais fan with cerebral palsy. He says he hopes to “grow the larger-scale video production … and also stay grounded with our connections and marketing clients in Vermont.” But whether the company’s work is sober or silly, promoting a cause or a product, it’s all about getting eyes (and clicks) with fresh tactics. “People ignore the official language of the world,” Cunavelis says. “They’ve heard the politician and the advertiser say everything you want to hear for so long that they just ignore it. So to be unpredictable and to be refreshingly different is part of the formula [for us].” He looks for employees who have a “free-thinking ability to connect to human nature.” “And to pop culture and film and what’s working in TV,” Shumway adds. “Why is that so popular, and how can we bring that into an effective message for a client?” Case in point: zombies, who star in several of Mt. Mansfield’s Heritage ads, as well as a documentary about local zombie fans called “Green Mountain Z.” The commercials used the flesh eaters to illustrate the deadening atmosphere of car dealerships that aren’t Heritage. Shumway argues it was a “solid creative metaphor” rather than a shock tactic. Even so, “We got complaints from people who thought zombies were too grotesque,” Cunavelis says. But controversy means visibility. “We know when the phone rings with lots of complaints that it’s working,” Cunavelis says of ads in general. Shumway agrees, “You can never, ever separate the two.” When people are bombarded with advertising, attention may be the sincerest form of flattery. Before a screening of Noah last weekend in South Burlington, this reporter watched a captive audience watch two Mt. Mansfield ads. The Heritage spot featured 102-year-old Bill James of Bristol croaking the words, “You nasty old used-car salesman.” In the Von Bargen’s ad, two male office workers sheepishly shared a romantic pirate fantasy. “Weird ads,” somebody muttered. And that’s where “share of mind” starts. m

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Portrait of the Artist as a Tongue Depressor Book review: Translations From Bark Beetle: Poems, Jody Gladding


ranslations From Bark Beetle, by Jody Gladding of East Calais, is more than a simple collection of poetry. It’s a convention-defying poetic gallery, meaning it’s not the kind of volume where you go from page to page reading isolated islands of verse. For one thing, many of these poems weren’t even written on paper. They were created in three dimensions. In one case, Gladding paints her verse on slate; in another, she inks it onto paper attached to a liver scan. She burns poetry into a piece of firewood; she pens it on a tongue depressor. The first sections of the book offer mere transcriptions — or maybe you could say “translations” — of these works, which appear in the final section as a gallery of photographs. Gimmick, you think? Perhaps in the hands of a less accomplished poet. But Gladding, whose first volume, Stone Crop, won the 1992 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and whose work has appeared in Agni, Poetry and Orion, has always drawn on the intersections of her occupation and

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preoccupations. Translations From Bark Beetle, her third full-length collection, reflects both her work as a translator of French literature and her recurring interest in nature. The result: This daring poetic bricolage is as exhilarating and curious to read as it is beautiful. The volume also contains verses written traditionally as text on paper. Some are inspired by site-specific projects at the Frost Place in Franconia, N.H., where Gladding has been a poet-in-residence, and at the

Great Salt Lake in Utah. Others are the eponymous “translations from bark beetle.” “Bark beetle” is a general name for 6,000 insect species, including those responsible for the extensive destruction of lodgepole pines in the western Rockies and those that have imperiled elms. The beetles create tunnels that resemble written script, also called “galleries,” which often subject the trees to more stress than they can withstand. Gladding’s book features graphite “rubbings” of these uncovered

galleries, which bear a resemblance to gravestone rubbings or ancient cuneiform, beside her printed “translations.” How to “translate” these mysterious markings? Gladding, who also teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, has translated French novels such as Jean Giono’s The Serpent of Stars and Pierre Michon’s Small Lives into English. No doubt this work alerted her to the things that elude expression, and how meanings falter as they pass between different cultures — or, in this case, species. To address such issues in this book, Gladding offers her “Translator’s Notes.” “Certain elements of the grammar make translating Bark Beetle problematic,” she writes. “There are only two verb tenses: the cyclical and the radiant … The same pronoun form indicated as • is used for first and second person in singular, plural and all cases” (that is, the symbol • represents “I,” “me,” “we,” “us,” “you” and their possessive forms). Here is the first passage from her translation “Spending Most of Their Time in

Galleries, Adults Come Into the Open on Warm Sunny Days”: 1. •’ve learned through wood yo• can only travel in one direction but turn again with m• there love sap in the chamber red the friable taste of yo• •’ve learned there are other ways in the wood’s growing if not for m•— find hollow find spell In the translation “Red Turpentine Beetle (Northwestern),” the beetles’ expressions appear as mere splinters of text scattered across a broad page, with ample space between them: “lightivore / would have cut stars / but of / more than • / could chew / a fibrous skyful / black holes / all no through / but yes! / horizon / up against / basal / way clear/ ! / this is o•r boredom of heaven.”

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Furthermore, Gladding’s art reaches past the confines of the two-dimensional page, bending poetry toward the purview of the visual arts. Translations From Bark Beetle is more than a collection of poems: It’s a gallery guide, to both the beetles’ passages and the lode of human and morethan-human messages. This is an innovative collection by a poet who appears to live her job as an extensive translator and unlimited artist-in-residence. m

These dynamic fragments of expression remind me of Sappho, whose poems survive only as arresting phrases translated from ancient damaged papyrus and potsherds. In addition to the six bark-beetle translations (there are two in the beginning and four in the later sections of the book), Gladding includes a poem called “Sonogram of Raven Calls,” whose consonant-dense syllables — “pruk,” “quork,” “rrack” — rain across the page in a beautiful reenactment of bird talk. Cumulatively, these translations become more than a quirky project and verge on a compassionate act of listening, of exerting oneself on behalf of understanding something not just outside oneself, but outside one’s endlessly noisy species. Some readers might find the moxie of this volume alienating or esoteric — but I hope not. Gladding’s work rewards the reader with its playfulness and authentic ventriloquism, whether she is relaying a raven’s vocabulary or the poetry written in paint on its single black feather.

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of pickles and his choice of cookie, the reward for a long drive. Many of us have stories like James’. Brown-bagging it is always an option, but impulse purchases made on the road can become old habits — addictive, diet-busting ones. I asked five Vermonters what foods they look forward to when they put the pedal to the metal. In their own words, road warriors shared stories of their favorite foods-on-the-fly — from “Johnny Depp on a Plate” to bologna and cheese.





he old term “you can’t get there from here” still rings true in Vermont. For many workers in a state with a widely dispersed population, driving long distances is simply part of the job. But we all still have to eat — even if we’re doing it in the car. Take James, my other half. As a courier, he spends most of his working hours on the road. Often, that means he’s eating a lunch of roasted roots from City Market or my cold, leftover chicken paprikash. While I dine out for a living, his meals often aren’t worthy of a Soviet bread line. That’s why James prays for workdays that send him to Morrisville. On those blessed occasions, he always makes time to order a BLT at the unassuming Thompson’s Flour Shop. He swears that the fluffy, homemade bread and generous portion of “full-bodied, salty bacon” yield the Platonic ideal of a BLT. At less than $7, the hearty sandwich comes with a side


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Bistro, Bluebird Tavern all the time. But you can’t do that every day; you especially can’t do that at work. I’ve been going to Gill’s Delicatessen in Rutland for 12 years, as long as I’ve been in


news in Vermont. My photographer [Kika Bronger] and I like to share a sandwich — it keeps your costs down. Last time we were there, we split a large chicken-salad sub for under $7. For two people, that’s pretty good. Those are the kinds of places you get news stories, too. The ladies there know everything about their community. You bump into the mayor there; you bump into Sen. [Peg] Flory. You bump into everyone, because everyone goes to Gill’s. But this is why I wanted to go on record as having good taste: My favorite thing about Gill’s is the raspberry-filled cookies. I asked Betsy, who works there, who makes them, and she told me, “They’re nothing fancy. They’re frozen.” Here I am saying I love these frozen cookies! The last time we were at Gill’s was because [Sen. Patrick] Leahy was having the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. It did not wrap up until quarter past three, and we were live on air at 4:04 p.m. That kind of day, I need two cookies to get me through it. Two cookies at 75 cents each is my reward. When a dog does his trick, he gets a Milk-Bone. When Jack does his story, he gets a cookie.


Co-owner of Vermont Comedy Club and Spark Arts My husband [fellow comedian Nathan Hartswick] and I eat on the road a lot. We hardly ever make food at home. From September through March or April, we’re super busy. We’ll have shows pretty much Thursday to Sunday every week. When we perform at restaurants, often the restaurant owner will negotiate the meal into the contract. They have good food at Seasons in Manchester [Center], and the owner, Paul Bogossian, is really nice. Nathan and I are both from Lyndonville, and when we’re going to the Northeast Kingdom in season, we will stop at Bragg Farm [Sugarhouse & Gift Shop] for maple creemees. Period. HUNGRILY WE ROLL ALONG

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In 1818, stagecoaches began stopping for food and rest at Jacob Fox’s inn, an establishment that would welcome guests for nearly two centuries. After a closure in 2004, the Fox Stand Inn will soon begin serving hungry travelers (and locals) again as the FOX STAND TAVERN & CATERING. Last week, after six years of painstaking repairs, the 196-year-old building in North Royalton passed health and fire code inspections. This month, guests will be invited in to enjoy the cuisine of JED COHAN, chef-owner of Delicata Catering. Cohan already lives on the top floor of the inn building, which is owned by Massachusettsbased attorney Matt Matule. Cohan moved to the Upper Valley four years ago, relocating Delicata to Wilder. He’d started the business




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in the Essex Towne Marketplace by late spring. Its menu will center on seafood dishes — such as fish tacos and seafood stew with linguiça sausage — and include a roster of Spanish wines and sipping rums. “I want to introduce tapas not only as a food but as a social institution,” says chef-owner ADAM MCGINNIS. McGinnis — a relative newcomer to Vermont — got his introduction to Spanish food while working in New Jersey’s Italian restaurants. “I liked everything about it [Italian food] except what it did to my body,” he says. “I started to investigate other cuisines, going to Trenton and going to Newark, and I chanced upon Spanish food. I dove right in and started cooking it.” McGinnis soon learned that clam dishes were the backbone of the Iberian and Portuguese cuisine served in his home state. “When the Spaniards and Portuguese immigrated to New Jersey in the early 20th century, clam dishes were all the rage,” he says. “They started cooking their own version of clams casino and haven’t stopped.” At Uncle Pop Pop’s, McGinnis plans to offer his own twist on clams casino: a flatbread topped with fresh clam meat, mozzarella cheese, smoked bacon and green peppers. The tapas menu also includes creations such as Hennessy Crab Donostiarra — a slow-cooked, sherry- and cognac-spiked crab bisque — and Gambas Ajillo, shrimp

sautéed in a garlicky lemonsherry sauce. Uncle Pop Pop’s will serve a mélange of pintxos, the Spanish version of bar snacks (such as a skewer of tofu cubes and chorizo in a mirin-soy sauce); and a charcuterie board of mixed hams and cheeses, some of them from Vermont. Spanish-style sandwiches called bocadillos will include a house version of Serrano ham on a fresh croissant. McGinnis says he hopes the 25-seat café will become a destination for hard-to-find sipping rums: He’s working on bringing Brugal and El Dorado rums into the state. “It’s cold up here, and these will warm you up,” he notes. Once open, Uncle Pop Pop’s will offer lunch and early dinner.

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in Burlington, where he had previously cooked at restaurants including A sInglE PEbblE and Smokejacks. Now the seasoned cook says he’s ready to focus on being a catering-business owner and restaurateur. Cohan is currently seeking a chef to help prepare his Mediterraneaninflected, New American cuisine. Until that chef comes along, Cohan will run the old inn primarily as a catering venue, he says. Under the Fox Stand name, he’ll cater off-site events throughout the summer, but will also host his share of private parties and supper-club-style dinners. “When it was a tavern, it was really popular in the area,” Cohan says of the Fox Stand. “We want to get people in the community really excited to have it back. We want people to be in the building to see how much has been done to it.”

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The Fox Stand Tavern may not open in earnest until the end of Cohan’s busy summer catering season. When the day arrives, updates on classic tavern fare will be part of the plan, but Cohan says he hopes his locavore menu will also include lighter options. “Often everything is so heavy on [a tavern] menu. We want things to be a little more creative,” he explains. Cohan will soon begin scheduling his supper-club dinners for April and beyond. Dishes such as Mediterranean-style Peking duck could very well warrant a stagecoach stop. — A. l.

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name will be familiar to Seven Days readers as one of the paper’s food writers; Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England, published last month by the American Palate imprint of the History Press, is her first book. While not every colonist was necessarily drunk all the time, Hirsch reveals that attitudes toward alcohol during the era were, in a word, loose. Most colonists began their days with a tankard of hard cider or a shot of bitters. Harvard University, founded in 1636, ran its own brewery and doled out cider and beer to students at every meal. Generals in the Revolutionary War, including George Washington, made sure their troops had a good quaff before battle. Even children drank “small beer,” a low-alcohol brew that, presumably, prepared them for the stiffer stuff that lubricated all aspects of colonial life. “The quantity that people drank was surprising to me,” says Hirsch. She cites a startling statistic: By the beginning of the Revolutionary War, every colonist

above the age of 15 drank about 3.7 gallons of spirits per year. That’s the equivalent of seven shots of liquor per day. “The amount of pure alcohol they were drinking was staggering,” she says. But, like a good historian, Hirsch is quick to contextualize such facts. “Life expectancy was a lot lower then,” she notes, “and life was pretty hard. So you can’t judge anyone.” Indeed, though the temperance movement in this country is usually associated with the 19th and early 20th centuries, we’re still living under its influence, as it were. The colonial attitude toward alcohol was so fundamentally different from the modern one as to seem downright foreign. As Hirsch says, “Taverns were mandated in many towns in Massachusetts and Connecticut in the 1600s. A new


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ARE THERE NONVIOLENT SOLUTIONS TO THE INEVITABILITY OF WAR?: Attorney Sandy Baird considers the complex relationship between history, culture and international conflict. Burlington College, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.


WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS NETWORK: WILLISTON CHAPTER MEETING: Christy L. Johnson shares tips for personal and professional online relations in "The Soul of Social Media." Williston Fire Department, 8:30 a.m. $9-12. Info, 503-0219.


VILLAGE COMMUNITY SUPPER: Neighbors catch up over a shared meal, then gather for Essex Junction's annual meeting. Essex High School, dinner, 6-7 p.m.; meeting 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.






VETERANS EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS INFORMATION NIGHT: Representatives from Norwich University, VSAC and Veterans Affairs help eligible folks navigate the application process. White River Junction Armory, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2712.


'WHERE'S DA PARTY AT?': UVM students present original films that incorporate Super 8 footage shot by filmmaker Werner Herzog in 2013. BCA Center, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Donations. Info, 8657166, 865-7165.

food & drink

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

health & fitness

MINDFULNESS & MOVEMENT CLASS: A guided practice and discussion focuses the mind and body. The Center for Mindful Learning, Burlington, 5:15 p.m., Donations. Info, 540-0820. MONTRÉAL-STYLE ACRO YOGA: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower guides participants through poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic benefits. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:307:30 p.m., Donations. Info, 324-1737. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.


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. MEET ROCKIN' RON THE FRIENDLY PIRATE: Aargh, matey! Youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. MOVING & GROOVING WITH CHRISTINE: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Guitar Hero In the 1970s, singer-songwriter John Gorka was a college student in eastern Pennsylvania. There, regular attendance at legendary coffeehouse Godfrey Daniels exposed him to folk icons such as Stan Rogers and Eric Andersen, whetting his appetite for acoustic music. Decades later, the New Jersey native has international acclaim and 12 albums under his belt. Known for a commanding baritone and compelling lyrics, Gorka is most at home in intimate environments, where his gift for storytelling shines. He does just that with a celebration of the recently released Bright Side of Down, which the Associated Press observes as having “wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine.”

JOHN GORKA Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. $15-30. Info, 728-6464.

MUSIC & MOVEMENT WITH LESLEY GRANT: The local musician leads tykes ages 3 through 5 in an exploration of song, dance and basic musical elements. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. STORY TIME & PLAYGROUP: Engaging narratives pave the way for creative play for little ones up to age 6. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


TRANSGENDER RIGHTS PANEL: GLAD attorney Jennifer Levi and Vermont Law School professor Greg Johnson moderate a discussion of legal and social issues as part of the "Sex, Gender, Expression & the First Amendment" Project (SGE1). Chase Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1318.



FARMERS NIGHT CONCERT SERIES: Maple Jam delights listeners with a cappella arrangements of love songs and Big Band favorites. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-1784. JUAN DIRECTION & THE RUSTY HINGES: Guided by Chris Prickitt, 11 young musicians interpret traditional roots and bluegrass tunes. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222. WED.2

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VERMONT TRAVEL INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: A gathering of industry professionals features presentations, workshops and keynoters Sree Sreenivasan, Christina Miranda and Daniel Post Senning. See for details. The Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $55-275. Info, 865-5202, 362-4700.

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Tea Time “Comic genius. A tour de force from a master of multicultural mayhem,” says Australia’s the Age of the Indian Ink Theatre Company’s Guru of Chai. Accompanied by musician David Ward, award-winning actor Jacob Rajan embodies a host of characters in this production set in modern India. This tale of love, loss and enlightenment revolves around a lonely tea seller who spends his days in a busy train station. When seven sisters with beautiful singing voices are abandoned there, they forge an improbable friendship. Comic and heartbreaking, their experience illuminates themes of family, commitment and the intersection of ancient and modern traditions.

‘GURU OF CHAI’ Tuesday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., at FlynnSpace in Burlington. See website for future dates. $21-25. Info, 863-5966.


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Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., at Ripton Community House. $3-10. Info, 388-9782. Sunday, April 6, 4-6 p.m., at Richmond Congregational Church, $17.50-20. Info, 434-4563.


‘LEBENSRAUM’ Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m., at Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $10-40. Info, 603-646-2422.







etween them, Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring are proficient on fiddle, banjo, mandolin and jaw harp. The Michigan-based musicians also count among their many talents soaring harmonies and a reimagined approach to Americana. Founded on a shared love of the musical past, the pair pushes the boundaries of traditional songs, while allowing echoes of these time-tested tunes to inform original material. From ballads to love songs and beyond, they bring poignant lyrics, sophisticated arrangements and masterful fingerpicking to acoustic stylings. Channeling the best of Appalachia and more, the midwestern maestros present two toe-tapping shows.

In Jakop Ahlbom Company’s Lebensraum (Habitat), mime, acrobatics, illusions and visual gags are in constant flux. Reminiscent of Buster Keaton’s silent films, this award-winning dark comedy transpires without a word. Reinier Schimmel and Yannick Greweldinger play male roommates whose peaceful cohabitation centers on their obsessive neatness. Everything changes with the arrival of a not-so-efficient mechanical maid, brilliantly portrayed by Silke Hundertmark. This unlikely trio quickly descends into chaos within the walls of a meticulously designed, 1920s-era room. Holes, hidden cabinets and Dutch indie rockers Alamo Race Track — whose suits and makeup match the wallpaper, rendering them nearly invisible — make for memorable theatrics.



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Burlington Hash House Harriers: Beer hounds of legal age earn sips with an invigorating run and high-impact game of hide-and-seek. Burlington City Hall Park, 6:30 p.m. $5; free for newcomers. Info, 734-5875, 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.


Brian David Johnson: Intel Corporation's chief futurist considers the state of computing in 2020. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-2747. Greg Gause: The UVM professor of political science discusses regional rivalries in "The New Middle East Cold War." Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Mark Stoler: The influence of America's postWWII Marshall Plan on European foreign relations are examined by the UVM professor. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Nancy Somers: In "Aging Gracefully 101," the physical-fitness expert presents recent research on the relationship between brain health and overall well-being. South Burlington Community Library, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. 04.02.14-04.09.14

Creative Writing Workshop: Wordsmiths develop their craft in a supportive environment. Studio 266, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 383-8104. Leda Schubert: The award-winning writer shares strategies and stories in "Creating the Children's Picture Book: An Introduction." Twinfield Union School, Plainfield, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 454-1298, jeanne@ Mud Season Book Sale: Bookworms select new reads from thousands of titles. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Norwich University Writers Series: Poet and playwright David Budbill excerpts selected works, including his acclaimed play Judevine. A book signing follows. Milano Ballroom, Norwich University, Northfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2261. Painted Word Poetry Series: A series highlighting established and emerging New England poets features Kerrin McCadden. Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0750. Poetry Circle: Bards share original verse with their peers. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. Poetry Workshop: Ginger Lambert examines the relationship between poetic methods of memorization and brain health. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 343-7160.


Russell Rickford: In "The Evolution of Malcolm X," the Dartmouth College professor recounts the civil rights leader's final years. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184, 649-1433.

Orchids 101: Horticulturists learn how to properly care for the exotic blooms. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.

Sharon Richie: Norwich University's director of nursing outlines compassion fatigue and sexual trauma in "The Other Invisible Wounds of War." Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, noon. Free; includes light lunch. Info, 485-2183. Susan Ackerman: Evaluating traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Garden of Eden, the Dartmouth College professor rethinks common assumptions about Eve. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.


'El Rumor del Incendio (Rumor of the Fire)': Mexico City's theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (Lizards Lying in the Sun) stages a multimedia exploration of young revolutionaries in 1960s Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $21-25. Info, 863-5966.


Rummage Sale: Secondhand items delight thrifty shoppers. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6515.


'Evening of Excellence': Founded by local comedienne Josie Leavitt, the Vermont Comedy Divas present "Divas Do Good." Proceeds benefit local child abuse prevention, and family and youth programming. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $28. Info, 775-0903.


Invention2Venture Conference: HubSpot cofounder Brian Halligan keynotes this annual event aimed at connecting academic researchers and entrepreneurs. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 1-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 656-5665. Vermont Travel Industry Conference: See WED.2, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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 elemental knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over lunch. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, noon. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-1677.

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 & 11:30 a.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-6955.

Imani Winds: Accompanied by jazz pianist Jason Moran, the premiere wind quintet brings big sound to works by Wayne Shorter, Julio Medaglia and others. A discussion follows. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $17-30. Info, 603-646-2422.

'Big Brother' Open Casting Call: Locals audition for Season 16 of the reality show that follows the daily lives of roommates living in a house outfitted with 65 cameras and 98 microphones. University Mall, South Burlington, 2-7 p.m. Free. Info,

Noontime Concert Series: Bassoonist George Stone, harpsichordist Lynnette Combs and recorder virtuosi Steven and Kathy Light lend their talents to a program of 18th-century music. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 864-6515.

fairs & festivals


Job & Career Fair: Attendees network with potential employers from area businesses. Warren Ballrooms. Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 4:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-2071.


'The Music of Regret' & 'Untitled (Working Title: Kids and Dogs)': Laurie Simmons' 2006 mini musical featuring colorful puppets paves the way for Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg's claymation about an army of children who roam urban streets. Room 232, Axinn Center, Starr Library, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5258. 'Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity': A reception featuring fare prepared by New Americans sets the stage for the premiere of Mira Niagolova's award-winning documentary about refugee resettlement in Vermont. A panel discussion follows. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, reception, 6:30 p.m.; film, 7-8 p.m.; discussion, 8-9 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4964,

health & fitness

Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. Self Care for Lymphatic Health: Massage therapist Hannah Rohloff demonstrates noninvasive self-massage techniques that encourage lymph flow and improve immunity. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


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.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Kate Krieder and Wendy Bombard of the VNA cover self-care topics relevant to those responsible for the medical needs of their family members. Meeting Room, Williston Town Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. $30 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 658-1900, ext. 3903,


Burlington Business Association Dinner & Annual Meeting: Area professionals mingle at a cocktail reception, then feast on tasty fare and bid on items in the Best of Burlington raffle. See bbavt. org for details. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 5-9 p.m. $80-90; preregister. Info, 863-1175.


Alice Waters: The renowned chef, restaurateur, activist and author considers the merits of the slow food movement as part of the Vermont's Table Speaker Series. Dunbar Hall, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 586-7711, ext. 164. Everyday Buddhism Panel Discussion: "Mindfulness Practice in an Imperfect World" inspires a dialogue among teachers of the Zen, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Western traditions. A Q&A follows. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m., Donations. Info, 224-1001. Green Mountain Global Forum: Ned Castle, Steve Rand and local students welcome Rwandan photographer Jean Luc Dushime for presentations inspired by "Stories of Hope: Rwanda's Past and Lessons for the Future." Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-8994. Rachel Armstrong: The leading figure in sustainable architecture presents "Icological Cities" as part of the Todd Lecture Series. Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2886.

Tim Brookes: The author of Guitar: An American Life examines Ra the instrument's folk beginnings to its ch el current status as a national bestseller. Arm s tr on g Music With Derek: Kiddos up to age Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Falls, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 463-4270. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. f







Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley: Survivors of domestic and sexual violence share their experiences through readings, artwork, dance and music. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; donations benefit WISE. Info, 603-448-0400.

Vermont Organics Recycling Summit: Ecoconscious attendees join vendors, exhibitors and keynoter Brenda Platt of the Institute for Local SelfReliance for workshops and networking opportunities. Vermont Technical College, Randolph, 9 a.m. $50. Info, 728-1000.

Spanish Musical Kids: Amigos ages 1 to 5 learn Latin American songs and games with Constancia Gómez, a native Argentinian. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, every other Thursday, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


'Romeo and Juliet': Central Vermont High School presents Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers and warring families. Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 309-8146.

Tree Keeper Training: From planting to pruning and trunk to twig, arborist Warren Spinner details ways to ensure the health of woody perennials. Parks and Recreation Department Building, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 6565440,

'Powering a Bright Future' Discussion Group: Like-minded locals chat about reading material related to the planet's energy challenges and possible solutions. See for details. Quechee Public Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-0328, 295-1232, barbara.


'Little Shop of Horrors' Auditions: Thespians ages 18 through 64 vie for spots in BarnArts' summer production of this comedic musical about a socially awkward florist and a giant man-eating plant. First Universalist Church and Society, Barnard, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 234-9113,



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Ruha Benjamin: The Boston University assistant professor references her stem cell ethnographic work in "Science as Storytelling: Culturing Race, Power and Biology in the Petri Dish." ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1848.

Scott Wheeler: Vermont's Northland Journal editor details local smuggling operations during Prohibition in "Rumrunners and Revenuers." Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902.


'The Spitfire Grill': Catherine Doherty directs this Northern Stage production of the award-winning musical about small-town life. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $31-70. Info, 296-7000.

Music With Mr. Chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. PJ Story Hour: Little ones dress for bed and wind down with tales and crafts. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.


'El Rumor del Incendio (Rumor of the Fire)': See WED.2.


'Land Without Words': Middlebury College senior Mari Vial-Golden interprets Dea Loher's one-woman show about an artist's identity in the face of war, violence and poverty. Old Stone Mill, Middlebury, 10 p.m. $4. Info, 443-3168. 'LittLe shop of horrors' auditions: See WED.2. 'the spitfire GriLL': See WED.2, 2 p.m. 'sunset BLvd' auditions: Actors, singers and dancers ages 17 and up showcase their skills for consideration in a collaborative production by the Merchants Hall STAGE Series and Middlebury's Town Hall Theater. Brandon Town Hall, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info,


extempo: Live oriGinaL storyteLLinG: Amateur raconteurs have 5 to 7.5 minutes to deliver first-person tales from memory at this openmic event. Bridgeside Books, Waterbury, 8 p.m. $5. Info, 244-1441. mud season Book saLe: See WED.2. peter GiLBert: Vermont Humanities Council's executive director welcomes the changing seasons with a discussion of spring poems by Robert Frost. Vermont Humanities Council, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 262-2626, ext. 304. reneGade readinG series 1.4: A celebration of established and emerging literary talent features Angela Palm, Jericho Parms, Tyrone Shaw, Rachel Daley and Molly Caro May. Renegade Writers' Collective, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 267-467-2812. sprinG forWard Creative WritinG Workshop: Beginner and advanced wordsmiths polish up their prose in a guided practice led by acclaimed author Annie Downey. Otter Creek Room, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 877-2211. sydney Lea: Vermont's poet laureate reads selected works as part of PoemTown Randolph 2014. Three Bean Café, Randolph, dinner, 5:30 p.m.; reading, 6:30 p.m. Free; cost of food; BYOB. Info, 728-4305.




rummaGe saLe: See THU.3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. & 6:30-8 p.m.


Green mountain fiLm festivaL: This 17th annual cinematic celebration delights moviegoers with a diverse lineup of films and presentations by distinguished guests. See for details. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 & 8 p.m., Prices vary. Info, 748-2600.

food & drink

fish fry: Folks feast on a spread of golden-battered haddock, baked potatoes, coleslaw, veggies and dessert. Barton Memorial Building, 5-7 p.m. $5.95-9.95; takeout available. Info, 525-6578. Lenten fish fry dinner: Neighbors rub elbows over plates of hand-battered seafood, french fries, coleslaw, salad and dessert. St. Andrew's Church, Waterbury, 5-7 p.m. $6-10; $25 per family; free for kids 5 and under; takeout available. Info, 244-5825 or 244-8300.


BridGe CLuB: See WED.2, 10 a.m. Chaos in the vaLLey: Players of all ages and skill levels sit down to more than 100 board and tabletop games. Emma's Restaurant at the Silas Griffith Inn, Danby, 2-11 p.m. $20-35. Info, 293-5567.

health & fitness

LauGhter CLuB: Breathe, clap, chant and... giggle! Participants decrease stress with this playful practice. Bring personal water. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373. reWritinG your truths: Holistic health coach Sarah Richardson helps participants move on from beliefs that no longer serve them. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $2-3; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. yoGa ConsuLt: Yogis looking to refine their practice get helpful tips. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 272-8923.


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.







drop-in story time: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captivate children of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

musiC With derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. toddLer yoGa & stories: Karen Allen leads tykes ages 1 through 5 in simple poses and engaging narratives. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


first friday presents: GLoW: All that glitters is a go at this blacklight party hosted by Antara Gatch and Glam Vermont. For ages 18 and up. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 877-987-6487.


BriCk ChurCh musiC series: The Bluegrass Gospel Project get audience members to their feet with a blend of folk, pop and bluegrass. Front Porch Foursome opens. Old Brick Church, Williston, 7 p.m. $8-12. Info, 764-1141. CLare Byrne: The folk troubadour entertains wine lovers with an intimate acoustic show. East Shore Vineyard Tasting Room, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 859-9463. CLint BLaCk: This multiplatinum country star lights up the stage with original songs. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $39.75-54.75. Info, 775-0903. CormaC mCCarthy: The seasoned singersongwriter performs folk songs from his latest album, Collateral. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plattsburgh N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 518-561-6920. douG perkins trio: An evening of bluegrass and acoustic swing highlights the world-class musicianship of the local group. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, Woodstock, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3500. first friday piano ConCert: Library staff members Andrew Baker and Giselle Glaspie present an eclectic program on the ivory keys. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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April THU 10 POETRY FEST 7pm Celebrate National Poetry Month with Leland Kinsey, Daniel Lusk, Kerrin McCadden, and Angela Patten. THU 17 GREEN WRITERS PRESS 7pm CELEBRATION PARTY

Meet Dede Cummings, the publisher behind GWP, and authors from the new press. We’ll also launch The Beavers of Popple’s Pond, by Patti A. Smith, and get the scoop on other GWP books, like So Little Time.

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POETRY SOCIETY OF VERMONT READING BAIRD HERSEY: THE PRACTICE OF NADA YOGA Still the body, quiet the mind, and open the heart to create a state of mind where joy naturally arises.


Teachers and librarians are invited to join us for giveaways, drawings, light fare, and more!

May THU 1 BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS 7pm WORKSHOP 2014 Join Peter Biello, Martin Bock, Paul Hobday, and Amanda Vella for a reading of poetry and prose. SAT 3 JASON CHIN: GRAVITY 2pm Book launch and interactive drawing demo! All ages welcome


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the hoLmes Brothers: Drawing on decades of stage time, the trio melds rock, blues and gospel in selections from the recently released Brotherhood. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $17-85. Info, 6v-PhoenixBooks040214.indd 1 540-0406. John Gorka: More than 30 years of stage time inform the folk singer's soulful baritone and insightful lyrics. See calendar spotlight. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 728-6464. neLLie mCkay: With cabaret-style vocals, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist taps into the best of rap, rock and everything in between. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $26-30. Info, 863-5966. pauL LeWis: The celebrated pianist presents Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and two Bach-Busoni chorales. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6-25; preregister. Info, 443-5258.

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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.


pauL orGeL: Works by Chopin, Haydn, Beethoven and others inform a recital by the esteemed concert pianist. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2284.

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. FRI.4

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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.

Winter Wine doWn: Locals welcome the weekend with live music from Tim Fitzgerald, awardwinning wine and artisanal eats from Zach's Café. Dinners must be preordered. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, 6-9 p.m., Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.



montshire unLeashed: an eveninG for aduLts: Attendees sip local beer and wine as they tour the museum and participate in themed activities at this after-hours fête. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 6-9 p.m. $14; free for members. Info, 649-2200.


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.


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, 6-8 p.m. Free; for grades 6 and up. Info, 878-6956.


Cindy pierCe: "Comfort in the Stumble" pairs the performer's comedic timing with her gift for storytelling. Proceeds benefit the Addison County Parent Child Center. For ages 17 and up; contains graphic sexual language. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $20-30; preregister. Info, 382-9222.

tanGo danCe soCiaL: Movers and groovers practice their steps in a supportive environment. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $8-14. Info, 862-2269.

eLementary open Gym & aCtivity time: Supervised kiddos in grades K through 6 burn off energy, then engage their imaginations with art, puzzles and books. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

CoLLapse & opportunity! LeCture series: paneL disCussion & Community forum: Locals join Will Allen, Marta Ceronit, Kevin Geiger and Elizabeth Sawin for a dialogue inspired by "We Can Get There From Here!" Bugbee Senior Center, White River Junction, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 683-4078.

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, beginner lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.



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off the Wall: informal DisCussions about art: Middlebury College senior Rebecca Hartje discusses revitalization plans for Robert Frost's former cabin in Ripton. A light lunch follows. Middlebury College Museum of Art, 12:15 p.m. $5 suggested donation; free to Middlebury College students with ID. Info, 443-3168.

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Vermont Contemporary musiC ensemble: A program inspired by Ellen Bryant Voigt's poetry collection Headwaters features compositions by Tom Cleary, Michael Close and others. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $5-25. Info, 849-6900.


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'belles': Nancy Manney directs this Marble Valley Players' production of Mark Dunn's poignant comedy about six southern sisters. West Rutland Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. first friDays With northern stage: Informal conversation with Northern Stage members treats locals to an inside look at the Upper Valley theater company. Miller Arts Building Garage, White River Junction, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 291-9009, ext. 126. 'lebensraum': In this silent comedy from the Jakop Ahlbom Company, two obsessively neat male roommates struggle with the arrival of a mechanical maid. For ages 12 and up. A discussion follows. See calendar spotlight. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $17-40. Info, 603-646-2422. 'les misérables': The adventures of ex-convict Jean Valjean in 19th-century France come to life onstage in Lyric Theatre's musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $21-35. Info, 863-5966. 'muCh aDo about nothing': The sexes squabble in this Vermont Commons School production of Shakespeare's comedy about the ups and downs of romantic relationships. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 865-8084. 'muCh aDo about nothing': Vergennes: The Little City Players present Shakespeare's comedic romp about two couples who go from love to hate and back again. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-12. Info, 877-6737. 'tWelfth night': Shelburne Players present Shakespeare's comedy about love, assumed identities and the hilarious intersection of the two. Shelburne Town Center, 7:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 343-2602.


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CreatiVe Writing Workshop: See WED.2, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. muD season book sale: See WED.2, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. poemCity: poetry slam With geof heWitt: Bards of all ages join Vermont's reigning poetryslam champion to recite up to three poems. Material must be three minutes or less. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. poemCity: poetry storyWalk reCeption: Lit lovers take a stroll and match up the poetry of Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry with works by local artists and photographers. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. poetry slam/open miC night: Poets, spokenword artists, musicians and dramatists perform selected works. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4295.

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ukranian egg DeCorating: Theresa Somerset of Precision Studios uses ancient waxing and dyeing techniques to create eye-catching, intricate designs. Artists' Mediums, Williston, 1 & 3 p.m. Free. Info, 879-1236.


rummage sale: See THU.3, 9-11 a.m. treasures & trinkets rummage sale: Bargain shoppers get their fill of household goods, furniture, books, collectibles, toys and more. Proceeds benefit the Grant Enrichment Program at VUHS. Vergennes Union High School & Middle School, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 877-2938.


'all shook up ComeDy night': Founded by local comedienne Josie Leavitt, the Vermont Comedy Divas present "Divas Do Good." Proceeds benefit Partners in Adventure's Joe Shook Scholarship Fund. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $45. Info, 425-2638 or 863-5966.


engineers Without borDers funDraiser: Guagua provide live tunes at this silent auction benefitting small farmers in Nicaragua. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 683-1347. help kiDs inDia Wine & Cheese night: A silent auction and live music from Hunter Paye entertain attendees at this benefit for the Vermont-based nonprofit. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, Berlin, 6-9 p.m. $20; cash bar. Info, 272-2824. a night of ChoColate: Decadent flavors tempt folks of all ages, who sample a wide variety of local sweets. Live music, dance and a silent auction complete this benefit for Circle of Women International. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 6 p.m. $5-20; includes local chocolate sampler. Info, 234-1314. Vermont history Day: Local students present research projects that celebrate the state's past. Spaulding High School, Barre, 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-1413.


'finDing your feet' Workshop: The Place of Dance authors Caryn McHose and Andrea Olsen lead an experiential anatomy session focused on alignment and orientation. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 2-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info,


burlington forest presChool open house: Perspective students ages 3 through 5 and their parents meet teachers and explore indoor and outdoor learning spaces. Burlington Forest Preschool, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 310-7028.


piano DeConstruCtion: From ivory keys to strings, members of the Vermont Music Teachers Association and the Vermont Guild of Piano Technicians teach folks about the instrument as they dismantle it. Adult accompaniment required for children 12 and under. Trinity Baptist Church, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 448-2889. spring auCtion: Art, antiques, memorabilia and household items entice bidders. Refreshments and door prizes round out the benefit for the church. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-2424. tinseltoWn gala: Folks channel the glitz and glam of Hollywood's Golden Age with cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit the Helen Day Art Center. Stowe Mountain Lodge, 5 p.m. $125-300; preregister. Info, 253-8358.


Drake fly fishing film funDraiser: Highlights and short films take viewers on a thrilling journey into the art and adventure of the sport. Proceeds benefit the Tri-Lakes Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7 p.m. $12-15. Info, 518-891-1829. 'fruitVale station': Michael B. Jordan stars in Ryan Coogler's award-winning 2013 drama based on the 2009 BART police shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5258.


Green Mountain FilM Festival: See FRI.4, noon, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m. 'the Wizard oF oz' sinG-alonG: Onscreen lyrics to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and other hits from adventures along the yellow brick road make for a memorable evening. Costumes are encouraged. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $5. Info, 603-646-2422. Woodstock FilM series: Matej Minac's awardwinning documentary Nicky's Family tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia without telling a soul. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $5-11. Info, 457-2355.

food & drink

caledonia Winter FarMers Market: Fresh baked goods, veggies, beef and maple syrup figure prominently in displays of "shop local" options. Welcome Center, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088. Maple chocolate tastinG: From sap to syrup to sweet treats, local flavors abound in Lake Champlain Chocolates new maple caramel bar. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 2 & 3 p.m. Free. Info, 448-5507. 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. suGarhouse brunch: Foodies share a potluck meal fueled by maple flavors, then hike into the woods where sap-boiling adventures await. Proper footwear and attire required. Wheelock Mountain Farm, Greensboro Bend, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share. Info, 533-2296 or 533-9929.


chaos in the valley: See FRI.4, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

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Monday, April 7 • 11:45AM – 1:15PM Silver Maple Ballroom, 4th Floor Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington


anaïs Mitchell: The Vermont-based singersongwriter lends her powerful pipes to a benefit show for the Haybarn Theatre. Kris Gruen opens. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30 p.m. $35-40. Info, 322-1685. douG perkins & JaMie MaseField duo: Diverse jazz and bluegrass tunes come alive with the pair's mandolin and acoustic guitar stylings. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $30 includes dinner package; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071. Green Mountain youth syMphony: Two spring concerts showcase all three of the Montpelier-based orchestras in a repertoire ranging from Edward Scissorhands to three centuries of American female composers. Barre Opera House, 3:30 & 7 p.m. $5-18; free for kids under 18. Info, 476-8188. keMp harris: With rich vocals and stellar piano skills, the engaging performer travels from blues and jazz to American roots and African folk. Sanctuary, Waterbury Congregational Church, 6 p.m., Donations. Info, 244-6606.

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Talabi Adedoyin Faniyi, also Iya Oshun, is Chief Priestess of the Goddess Oshun’s Temple in Oshogbo, Nigeria

Monday, April 14 • 4:00-5:30PM Livak Ballroom, 4th Floor Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington

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Middlebury colleGe coMMunity chorus & chaMplain philharMonic: Under the direction of Jeff Rehbach, the 75-member vocal ensemble is accompanied by the 40-piece orchestra in a celebration of poetry and song. Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 443-5258. Montpelier chaMber orchestra & onion river chorus: Guest conductor Richard Riley leads a collaborative performance featuring the music of Mozart and Brahms. St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 595-0087. Mustard's retreat: Folk troubadours David Tamulevich and Michael Hough bring 40 years of friendship and hard-hitting harmonies to an acoustic show. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 11 a.m. $6. Info, 728-6464, 728-9878. red tail rinG: With haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry, Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo enliven traditional tunes and original compositions at the Ripton Community Coffeehouse series. Local performers open. See calendar spotlight. Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $3-10. Info, 388-9782. social band: Amity Baker directs the Burlington choral group in "The World Will Ever Dance and Sing: Songs of Succession and Permanence." United Church of Hinesburg, 7:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 355-4216. solaris vocal enseMble: "A Spiritual Journey" pairs choral classics from Brahms, Antonín Dvořák and David Dickau with stirring arrangements of African American spirituals. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-5966.

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hopstop FaMily series: iMani Winds: 'around the World': A performance of singalongs and classical works by the acclaimed quintet entertains youngsters ages 3 and up. Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 11 a.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.

yoGa tots: YogaFit instructor Jessica Frost leads kiddos ages 3 through 6 in poses that focus their energy and relax their minds. Highgate Public Library, 9 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970.

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saturday yoGa With peGGy pineiro: Folks stretch their bodies and still their minds with poses, breathing exercises and a final relaxation. Personal mat required. Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

'sWiMMy': PuppeTree brings the adventures of a determined fish to life in a stage adaptation of Leo Leonni's award-winning picture book Swimmy. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


'liFe on the path' daylonG Meditation: Tibetan Buddhist nun Ven. Amy Miller leads a practice and discussion focused on cultivating inner peace and an altruistic, awakened mind. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20 includes lunch; preregister. Info, 633-4136.

story explorers: Water: Liquid, solid or gas? A reading of Frank Asch's Water explores the magical properties of the substance. 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.

Winter FarM Market: Farmers and artisans set up shop with diverse offerings. Tasting Room, Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-9463.

saturday story tiMe: Families gather for imaginative tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

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Bird Walk: Bob Smith leads avian enthusiasts on a trek in search of feathered fliers. Personal binoculars recommended. Fairfax Community Library, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.


3d Printing, designing & scanning With Blu-Bin: Instruction in basic programs teaches attendees how to build digital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 345-6030. sPringtime herPin!: Biologist John José explores the ecology of local reptiles and amphibians, including how to identify them in nature. An optional field trip to Hubbard Park follows. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. $5-12; preregister. Info, 2238000, ext. 202.


Bolton Valley long shot mega-Box challenge: Skiers and riders put their skills and tricks to the test on a challenging course. Proceeds benefit the United College Club. Bolton Valley Resort, registration, 10-11:30 a.m.; challenge, noon12:45 p.m.; rail jam, 1-2:30 p.m. $10; $19 lift tickets. Info, 434-6814.

mud season Book sale: See WED.2, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

food & drink

community Breakfast: The Ladies Auxiliary hosts a hearty start to the day for members and nonmembers alike. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. $3-6. Info, 878-0700.



sugar on snoW: See SAT.5.

red Wagon Plants oPen house: A tour of expansive greenhouses grants horticulture enthusiasts access to hardy plants and ready-to-eat salad greens. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 482-4060.



'land Without Words': See THU.3, 4 & 10 p.m.


'les miséraBles': See FRI.4, 1 & 7:30 p.m. the met liVe in hd series: Anita Hartig stars opposite Vittorio Grigolo in a broadcast production of Puccini's famed opera La Bohème. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55 p.m. $10-20. Info, 775-0903. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222, 'much ado aBout nothing': See FRI.4, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

michael strauss & tony magistrale: The local artist and the UVM professor kick off National Poetry Month with an art reception and reading. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 864-8001.

'shekinah: the intimate life of hasidic Women': Potluck fare fuels movie lovers, who screen Abbey Neidik's award-winning documentary about the Chabad Lubavitch sect of Orthodox Hasidim. A discussion moderated by Deborah Johnson follows. Temple Sinai, South Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share. Info, 862-5125.

'the Place of dance': Titled after Middlebury College dance faculty member Andrea Olsen's new book, a collaborative performance combines movement, music, light and text. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 2 p.m. Free; limited seating. Info, 443-5258.

'leBensraum': See FRI.4.




'Belles': See FRI.4, 7:30 p.m.


Planet cat film festiVal: Viewers choose the winners at this screening of cinematic gems featuring fancy felines, hosted by Tim Kavanagh and Kerrin Jeromin. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Majestic 10, Williston, 10 a.m.-noon. $10. Info, 862-0135.

dance laB: Ellen Smith Ahern leads an in-depth study opportunity for active contemporary dance artists looking to hone their performance skills. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 1-5 p.m. $20. Info, 279-8836.

michael arnoWitt: The renowned pianist explores the musical aspects of poetry, literature and song lyrics. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 899-4962.


'the Vagina monologues': UVM's Undergrads Not Tolerating Sexism stages Eve Ensler's episodic play about the female experience of love, sex, rape and more. Proceeds benefit the Campus Advocacy Program. Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. $7. Info,

'much ado aBout nothing': Vergennes: See FRI.4. stars on stage gala: Opera North performers entertain attendees at this benefit for the organization featuring live and silent auctions and gourmet fare. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 6 p.m. $150; preregister. Info, 603-448-4141.

Bristol BollyWood Bash: Henna, film clips, music, food, tea and performances by the Hadippa Dancers celebrate Indian culture. Holley Hall, Bristol, 1-3:30 p.m. Free; minimal fee for food, drink and henna. Info, 453-3926. Burlington natural health center sPring oPen house: Live music and tasty treats sustain health nuts, who get to meet chiropractors, naturopathic doctors and massage therapists. Vermont Natural Family Medicine, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 238-8603. riVendell trails association dinner meeting & auction: Folks feast on a homemade lasagna dinner, then bid on a wide variety of items donated by local businesses. A presentation on invasive tree pests rounds out the event. Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, 4 p.m. $5; free for members. Info, 603-353-2170, ext. 209.


'tWelfth night': See FRI.4.

green mountain film festiVal: See FRI.4, noon, 2, 4 & 7 p.m.

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Vermont italian cluB Pasta dinner: Foodies pile their plates with homemade pasta with various sauces, antipasto, salad, bread and cannoli. Proceeds benefit the club. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. $10-24; free for kids under 5; preregister; limited space. Info, 922-5005.


camP ta kum ta Bingo Benefit: Players vie for five in a row at this fundraiser for the camp for children with, or in remission from, cancer. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 1 p.m. $50. Info, 343-9767 or 658-0763. chaos in the Valley: See FRI.4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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chamBerWorks: Violist Marcia Cassidy, cellist John Dunlop and pianist Gregory Hayes present a varied repertoire from European and American composers. Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. hot cluB of coWtoWn: The Austin-based trio spice up the After Dark Music Series with a blend of Western swing and hot jazz. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $30-35. Info, 388-0216, 388-1436. middleBury college community chorus & chamPlain Philharmonic: See SAT.5, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. $6-15. Info, 443-5258. montPelier chamBer orchestra & onion riVer chorus: See SAT.5, Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 4 p.m. $10-15. Info, 595-0087. northeast fiddlers association meeting: Lovers of this spirited art form gather to catch up and jam. VFW Post, Montpelier, noon-5 p.m., Donations of nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 728-5188. red tail ring: See SAT.5, Richmond Congregational Church, 4-6 p.m. $17.50-20. Info, 434-4563. social Band: See SAT.5, St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, 3 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 355-4216. three diVas: Pianist Wayne Schneider accompanies sopranos Nathaly Agosto Filión, Lisa Wolff and Roxanne Vought in a recital of vocal works honoring spring. Proceeds benefit the UU Music Fund. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 2 p.m., Donations. Info, 859-0344.

soul PurPose deVeloPment: light Body meditation: Cynthia Warwick Seiler helps attendees access their higher selves in a focused practice. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. $15 suggested donation. Info, 671-4569.

Vermont Wind ensemBle: Alan Parshley conducts local musicians in "American Scenes," featuring works by Walter Piston, William Schuman and others. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.



homeWork helP: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science students assist first through eighth graders with reading, math and science assignments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. russian Play time With natasha: Kiddos up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.


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

united Way dodgeBall tournament: Take aim! Coed teams of adult players heave foam balls at the competition in a round-robin format. CollinsPerley Sports Complex, St. Albans, 9:30 a.m., 12:30 & 4 p.m. $200 per team; preregister; free for spectators. Info, 527-7418. 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.


Jane Beck: The Vermont Folklife Center founder considers how traditional folk art affects the creator and the viewer. Mount Holly Town Library, Belmont, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 259-2318.


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'Belles': See FRI.4, 7:30 p.m. 'Henry V': The Adirondack Shakespeare Company stages the conclusion to the bard's Kingship Cycle, featuring the prince's conquest of France. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 518-523-5812. 'Jack and tHe Beanstalk': Magic beans and giants meet onstage in No Strings Marionettes' puppet production. Barre Opera House, 1 p.m. $6. Info, 476-8188.




'MucH ado aBout notHing': Vergennes: See FRI.4, 2 p.m.


'les MiséraBles': See FRI.4, 1 p.m.

'tHe spitfire grill': See WED.2, 5 p.m.





'tWelftH nigHt': See FRI.4, 2 p.m. 'tHe Vagina Monologues': See SAT.5, 2 & 5 p.m.


delicious Words: Sweets by dessert chef Polly Connell complement presentations from artist and storyteller Diana D. Dunn and local poets Mary Jane Dickerson and Patricia Fontaine. Proceeds benefit the Committee on Temporary Shelter. Dianne Shullenberger Gallery, Jericho, 4 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 899-4993. poeMcity: Write on!: Poet Angela Emery leads wordsmiths in writing prompts and exercises, group sharing, discussion and more. Sovversiva Open Space, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.

Mon.7 dance

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


aarp tax prep assistance: See THU.3.


food & drink

legislatiVe Breakfast series: Area professionals share the first meal of the day with Vermont Chamber of Commerce President Betsy Bishop. Franklin Conference Center, Rutland, 7:30 a.m. $10. Info, 773-2747.

Bridge cluB: See WED.2, 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

r.i.p.p.e.d.: See WED.2.


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.

Acupuncture & Qigong health center

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. reading Buddies: Eighth-grade mentors foster a love of the written word in little ones. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot; limited space. Info, 878-6956.

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stories for prescHoolers: Little ones ages 2 through 5 expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


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


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, melissashahady@


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'deBating locaVorisM' discussion: Environmentalist and farmer Joel Salatin considers the culinary movement with Mercer University's Director of Debate Vasile Stanescu. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, Joanna rankin: The UVM professor of physics and astronomy explores the baffling phenomenon of Chameleon Stars. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Ven. aMy Miller: Drawing on mindfulness and meditation, the Tibetan Buddhist nun explores the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 633-4136 or 223-3338.

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'Belles': See FRI.4, 2 p.m. 'sunset BlVd' auditions: See THU.3, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 388-1436,


creatiVe Writing WorksHop: See WED.2. Mud season Book sale: See WED.2. poeMcity: 'Woody & Jack: tWo aMerican icons': Pastor Steve Edington examines the lyrical and literary legacies of Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. poetry WorksHop: Poet Leland Kinsey leads an in-depth verse session. Pizza and poetry readings by Young Writers Project writers follow. East Montpelier Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, workshop, 4-5:30 p.m.; pizza, 5:45 p.m.; readings, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338, MON.7

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Books and Beyond: science for prescHoolers: Engaging narratives and themed activities make learning fun for kiddos ages 3

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laugHter cluB: See FRI.4, Turning Point Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 999-7373.

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MoretoWn playgroup: Tykes burn off energy in a constructive environment. Gymnasium, Moretown Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3742,




Taught by Arthur Makaris, who has been practicing Qigong for over 30 years. Arthur is a licensed Acupuncturist and master of Chinese martial art.

ciné salon: lost filMs found: A screening of Carlos Casas' 2011 1812, War and Peace Studies inspires conversation about art of the cinematograph with Bruce Posner. Mayer Room, Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7-9:45 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.

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count Me in! exploring MatH WitH your prescHooler: Hands-on activities introduce mathematic concepts to little ones and help them develop a love of learning. An optional pizza dinner precedes the workshop at 5:15 p.m. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:45-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


'land WitHout Words': See THU.3, 8 & 10 p.m.

Qigong class

through 5 and their caregivers. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10:15-11 & 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Regular admission, $11-14; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.


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



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

crafts KARMÊ CHÖLING’S RELAX, RENEW & AWAKEN RETREAT July 24-27 JOIN US for a spacious retreat that allows time to walk the land, visit our one-acre organic vegetable garden, or to follow the spontaneous callings of your spirit.


drop-in Knitting: Needleworkers of all skill levels tackle current projects in a supportive environment. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


intro to tribaL beLLY dance: Ancient traditions from diverse cultures define this moving meditation that celebrates the feminine creative energy. Comfortable clothing required. Sacred Mountain Studio, 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, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930, 863-5701.


caStLeton coLLege Mentoring prograM MocK gradUation: As a preview to their 2025 college graduation, Castleton Elementary School 3/28/14 3:36 PMmentees receive diplomas recognizing their work with collegiate student athletes. Casella Theater, Castleton State College, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1371.


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coMMUnitY cineMa: 'the triaLS of MUhaMMad aLi': Bill Siegel's 2013 documentary explores the famed boxer's legal issues surrounding his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2085.


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'gentLeMan prefer bLondeS': Jane Russel and Marilyn Monroe play best friends whose travels to Paris include being followed by a private eye in Howard Hawks' 1953 musical comedy. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018.


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.

health & fitness

intro to Yoga: Those new to the mat discover the benefits of aligning breath and body. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 272-8923. nia: A sensory-based movement practice introduces participants to a unique combination of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. North End Studio B, Burlington, 7 a.m. $13. Info, 522-3691.

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VinYaSa at the VineYard: Susan Buchanan of Yoga Roots leads a stretching session focused on breath and moving with mindfulness. Shelburne Vineyard, 6:15 p.m. $13. Info, 985-8222.


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, brenda Snow: The local author arrests the attention of budding bookworms with a reading from The Silas Series: The Adventures of Silas and Opal. Highgate Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. 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. hoMeworK heLp: See SUN.6, 4:30-7:30 p.m. preSchooL StorY hoUr: MUd & pUddLeS: Kiddos welcome spring in all its muddy glory with themed tales and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. preSchooL StorY tiMe & craftS: Books and creative projects help little ones tap into their imaginations and gain early literacy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 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. Science StorY tiMe: Educator Kristen Littlefield leads good listeners ages 3 and up in creative exploration based on "Whooo Needs a Cavity?" Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. StorY expLorerS: tUrtLeS: What makes these reptiles tick? Little ones learn about the slow-moving creatures with themed reads and a scavenger hunt. 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: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. StorY tiMe for babieS & toddLerS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of kids under 3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. StorY tiMe with coreY: Read-aloud tales 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 aMber deVoSS: The painter discusses her 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. YoUng athLeteS prograM: Kiddos ages 2 through 7 with and without developmental disabilities practice physical, cognitive and social skills in this Special Olympics Vermont program. Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 862-6521, ext. 215.


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.


becoMing a SeLLer on etSY & ebaY: Annette Hansen of Make Life Cozy shares tips and techniques for establishing an online presence. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.


terence cUneo: The UVM professor of philosophy considers a world in which objective moral facts about right and wrong existed. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3166.


'gUrU of chai': Jacob Rajan embodies more than 25 characters in this Indian Ink Theatre Company production about love, loss and enlightenment in modern India. See calendar spotlight. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $21-25. Info, 863-5966. 'the Spitfire griLL': See WED.2, 7:30 p.m. 'SUnSet bLVd' aUditionS: See THU.3, Merchants Hall, Rutland, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info,


MUd SeaSon booK SaLe: See WED.2. poeMcitY: MarK dotY: The poet and memoirist discusses Kerrin McCadden's prize-winning debut, Landscape With Plywood Silhouettes. A reading by McCadden follows. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338, 229-0774. poeMcitY: creatiVitY on caMpUS: Sean Prentiss and other Norwich University professors discuss the role of creative writing at a military-focused institution. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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citizen dipLoMacY: a LectUre: Attorney Sandy Baird examines international grassroots efforts for peace independent of governments. Burlington College, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.


Sand MandaLa painting: Monks from Namgyal Monastery use colored grains of sand to create an intricate circular design, whose later destruction symbolizes impermanence and nonattachment. Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Regular admission; $3-5. Info, 656-0750.


woMen bUSineSS ownerS networK: centraL VerMont chapter Meeting: Drawing on 30 years of experience, leadership coach and energy healer Sarah Gillen discusses how a calm, clear mind benefits professional pursuits. Central Vermont Community Action Council, Barre, 8 a.m. $7-10. Info, 503-0219.


SexUaL VioLence SUMMit: A wide array of workshops explores current practices and prevention strategies related to violence and victimization. See for details. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $60-75; preregister. Info, 476-8825.


VeteranS edUcationaL benefitS inforMation night: See WED.2, Rutland Armory, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2712.


coMMUnitY cineMa: 'the opiate effect': Fueled by the death of his son from a heroin overdose, Skip Gates' documentary sheds light on drug addiction in Vermont and New England. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


'Voices Across the DiViDe': Director Alice Rothchild hosts a screening of her documentary about the experience of Palestinian refugees living stateside. A discussion follows. Waterbury Congregational Church, noon. Free. Info, 244-6606. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

food & drink

WeDnesDAy Wine DoWn: See WED.2.


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'click clAck Moo': In this musical romp about negotiation and compromise, Farmer Brown declares his farm a tech-free zone, much to the dismay of his granddaughter Jenny. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 10 a.m. $6.75. Info, 775-0570, ext. 202. little exPlorer ProgrAM: Kiddos ages 3 through 5 and their families embark on a nature adventure at the Highgate Gorge. Appropriate attire required. Highgate Public Library, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. Meet rockin' ron the frienDly PirAte: See WED.2. MoVing & grooVing With christine: See WED.2, 11-11:30 a.m. Music & MoVeMent With lesley grAnt: See WED.2. Music together With ellen leonArD: Tykes up to age 7 keep the beat in an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. story tiMe & PlAygrouP: See WED.2.

VerMont syMPhony orchestrA 'Ah! cAPPellA' VocAl QuArtet: Vocalists wow elementary students with a program ranging from early madrigals to African American spirituals. A Q&A follows. Mallets Bay School, Colchester, 9 & 10 a.m. Bristol Elementary School, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-876-9293, ext.14.


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rAchel loseBy & conor Joyce: The Hartford High School students consider life in Vermont during the Civil War through the eyes of a Starksboro soldier. Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 295-3077. silAs toWler: The lecturer follows threads of local history in an examination of 19th-century ledgers from Ferrisburgh's Kimball Cushman Store. Ferrisburgh Town Offices & Community Center, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3429. trAVel tAlk: Bicycling the BAltic: Tif Crowell and Pat Sabalis recount their two-wheeled journey through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during the summer of 2012. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2700, ext. 106, marycatherine@ uPcoMing shifts & chAnges: connecting & shAring exPeriences: Annette Gingras and Manjula Leggett lead a group discussion of planetary happenings. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Donations. Info, 660-8060. WilliAM MAssie: The distinguished architect discusses his trade, with a focus on the evolving capabilities of digital fabrication. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5258.


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CLAY: ALTERING/DECORATIVE SLIP: Artist Loretta Languet will demonstrate various techniques for altering pots and decorating with liquid colored slips. Students will have the opportunity to explore these techniques. Bring with you a leather hard pot or several wet slabs, some of your favorite brushes and a playful sense of adventure. Sat., Apr. 26, & Sun., Apr. 27, 10-2 p.m. Cost: $90/8hour class over 2 days. Location: Seminary Art Center, 201 Hollow Rd., Waterbury. Info: Seminary Art Center, Dasha Kalisz, 2538790,, MAKE YOUR OWN SUNDIAL: Make your own sundial and synchronize yourself with the predictable constant of time. Participants will make a simple marble and metal gnomen style sundial marked with time indicators. Discussion will include marking solar noon, seasonal effect of the cast shadow at your latitude and longitude, marking the hours and the seasons and developing the analemma. Hand chisels and some power tools will be used. Open to all technical skill levels. Aug. 2-3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $295/workshop; incl. all materials. Location: The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 438-2097,, TOUCH DRAWING STUDIO WORKSHOP: Touch Drawing is a simple, intuitive, meditative process that moves us deeply into ourselves. Paper is placed over inked Plexiglas. Impulses from within take form through the movement of fingertips on the page. Artists of any level, including absolute beginners, can experience inner imagery coming alive. Come play with us! Fri., Apr. 18 & May 2 & 9, 9:30 a.m.noon. Cost: $135/3 sessions (incl. basic Touch Drawing supplies & 1 canvas). Location: Expressive Arts Burlington/Studio 266, 266 South Champlain St., Burlington. Info: Expressive Arts Burlington, Topaz Weis, 343-8172, TOUR TIBETAN ART AT THE FLEMING: In traditional Tibetan culture, art was created to support the transmission of Buddhist teachings to the community, and the artist remained anonymous. In Tibet’s current

atmosphere, art is becoming a vital medium of self-expression for Tibetans at home and in diasporan communities around the world. Wed., May 7, 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: OLLI at UVM, 322 S. Prospect St., Burlington. Info: University of Vermont, OLLI at UVM, 656-2085,, learn.uvm. edu/osher-life-long-learning.

astrology INTRODUCTION TO ASTROLOGY: Learn the fundamentals of astrology using the tropical zodiac in this course that provides the skills to identify astrological symbols and their basic meaning. Cost includes your personal chart; for that be sure to provide your birth date, time and place when you register. Taught by Jill McKeon, a student and practitioner of astrology for over 40 years. Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $75/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

ayurveda VEDIC STUDY AND FIRE CEREMONY: Join us at the Ayurvedic Center of Vermont for a special weekend with Ma Bha of Ananda Ashram. Join us for workshops on the Healing Sounds of Sanskrit, Mandukya Upanishad and listening and meditating on OM, and a Fire Ceremony. See website for workshop details and schedule. For everyone interested in studying yoga and ayurveda. All levels. Sat., Apr. 5, & Sun., Apr. 6. Cost: $95/weekend; Fire Ceremony by donation only. All classes priced individually. You must preregister. Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill

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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. 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. 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. GLAZING TECHNIQUES: Glazing a large piece of pottery can be a challenging and stressful experience. In this lecture-style workshop, Chris Vaughn demonstrates a range of glaze-application processes. Keep the glaze where you want it and away from where you don’t, get rid of tong marks, fear not the big bowl! May 4, 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $18/BCA members; $20/nonmembers. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main 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. 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, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $200/ person; $180/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church 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. PHOTOGRAPHING SPRING COLORS: From the strong hues of a flower to the subtle palette of a mountain valley, we will explore this short but sweet season. Join us for three classes including a lecture discussing images and technique, a field shoot, and a critique slide show of student work followed by printing session. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience. May 8 & 15, 6-8 p.m., & May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $144/BCA members; $160/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ARTWORKS: Professional photographer Dan Lovell demonstrates lighting techniques. Other topics include color reproduction and 2-D versus 3-D artwork. Learn to properly upload and save images onto a computer and what sizes and formats you should use for emailing and uploading to a website. A basic understanding of your camera is required. Apr. 24, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. SILKSCREENING: Torrey Valyou, local silkscreen legend and co-owner of New Duds, will introduce you to silkscreening and show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, 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. TAKING ETSY TO THE NEXT LEVEL: Trying to figure out how to stand out in a sea of a million other sellers? Etsy seller Laura Hale will guide you through driving traffic to your shop using Etsy’s internal tools; creating your own online marketing methods; covering treasuries, blog posts and comments; integrating social media; and more!

May 5, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $18/BCA members; $20/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. 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.

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BACKYARD HOMESTEAD DESIGN: Learn to use permaculture design principles to design and plan your backyard homestead. Examine methods for placing gardens, water systems, animal enclosures, pathways, mushrooms, chicken coops, bee hives and energy systems within the backyard homestead. You’ll leave with the confidence to begin planning a beautiful, functional, and ecological backyard homestead. Tue., Apr. 8. Cost: $25/person. Location: Burlington College, 351 North Ave., Burlington. Info: Burlington College, Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, continuing-education. CLASSICAL CONNECTIONS: Examine the global influence of classical compositions artistically, economically and socially. Explore composers in historical context, understand how music is constructed, why particular compositions prolong change and innovation, draw attention to war, provoke riots, celebrate freedom and civil rights, entertain children, or make money. No music experience required. Apr. 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $30/3-hour class. Location: Burlington College, 351 North Ave., Burlington. Info: Burlington College, Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, continuing-education. WOMEN’S WELLNESS CLASSES: Join us for two courses designed for women. Reclaim Your Desire —Revolutionize Possibility and Herbs for Women’s Wellness will help you nourish and balance your hormones and connect you more fully to your vitality and desire. Twenty other continuing ed courses

offered this spring as well. Apr. 7 & Apr. 30. Cost: $25/course. Location: Burlington College , 351 North Ave., Burlington. Info: Burlington College, Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, continuing-education.



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. BASICS AND BEYOND IN JEWELRY: Instructor: Sarah Sprague. This class will focus on jewelry design, small sculpture or functional art. Each student will complete a series of practice pieces before designing and creating a wearable finished piece out of sterling silver. Every week there will be several demonstrations, including sawing, drilling, piercing, annealing, texturing, jump rings, forming and soldering techniques. 8 Wed., 1-3 p.m., Apr. 16-Jun. 4. Cost: $260/person (members $193.50, nonmembers $215, + $45 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. EVERYTHING BUT THE WHEEL HB: 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. If you already have an idea or some inspirational images (sculptural or functional), bring them to the first class. 8 Fri., 9:30 a.m.-noon, Apr. 18-Jun. 6. Cost: $310/person (members $243, nonmembers $270, + $40 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. GLAZING TECHNIQUES: Instructor: Jules Polk. This threeweek workshop creates a chance for participants to discover and practice advanced techniques in surface design using slips,


washes and our cone 6 glazes. Techniques include sgrafitto, stencils, brushwork patterns, slip trailing, and multiple layers of resist and glaze application. 3 Sat., 3:30-5:30 p.m., Apr. 12-26. Cost: $105/person (members $76.50, nonmembers $85, + $20 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Intro to Wood: Shaker 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., 5:30-8:30 p.m., Apr. 21-Jun. 16 (no class May 26). Cost: $405/person (members $292.50, nonmembers $325, + $80 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. kIdS: SprIng Into CraftS: ages 6 and up. Instructor: sarah sprague. This course is designed for students who love to try different mediums. each week we will focus on the theme “spring,” paint a still life of flowers; make 2h-brewbracket14.pdf

a mosaic garden plaque and more. students will learn to paint, draw, and sew fabric to create different and unique projects. Every Thu. 3-5 p.m., May 1-May 22. Cost: $110/nonmembers; $99/members. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Make a table/ glaSS MoSaIC top: Teens: Become a woodworker. In this high-skill building camp you will learn and combine craft disciplines in creating a unique, stylized table. You will power up in the wood shop and be guided through the use of various tools and machines to cut, shape and smooth components for a side table. Mon.-Fri., Jul. 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $350/nonmembers; $315/members. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. MIx-level Wheel throWIng (day): 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., 10 a.m.-noon, Apr. 15-Jun. 3. Cost: $255/person (members $193.50, nonmembers $215, + $40 materials fee). Location: Shelburne 1


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one-day StaIned glaSS: In this one-day stained glass workshop, beginners will learn the louis comfort Tiffany copper foil method of constructing stained glass. learn to select glass colors, cut glass, apply copper foil, solder, and finish a small colorful glass piece for your window. all materials will be supplied for this workshop. Fri., Jun. 6, 9-4 p.m. Cost: $180/1 day (members $125, nonmembers $140, + $40 materials fee) Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne.

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. $50/mo. Ask about family discounts. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 497-0136,,

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.

danCe StudIo SalSalIna: salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@salsalina. com. dSantoS vt SalSa: experience the fun and excitement of

Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, hIp hop fuSIon fItneSS: Hip Hop meets Dancehall in this high energy, fun dance fitness class designed to get you moving and feeling great. For older teens and adults, this class is for all levels. No hip-hop dance experience needed. simple moves, great music. come and get your sweat on! Wed., 7:15-8:15 p.m. SES offers lots of other dance styles, too, incl. belly dance, Nia & ballet. Kids classes, too. Cost: $13/drop-in; class passes avail. Ask about student discounts. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044. learn to danCe W/ a partner!: come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary

from month to month. as with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

dreams IntroduCtIon to dreaM Work: learn the fundamentals of dream interpretation and explore the major tenets and methods used by Jung and other proponents of dream theory in this workshop-style course. led by lane Gibson Jr., experienced dream interpreter and student of Jung. Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

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empowerment JOURNEYS: CREATIVE SELF DISCOVERY: Explore your creativity. What do you wish for? What power do you hold? Where would you like to go? Using Expressive Arts as your vehicle (visual art, movement, sound, spoken/written word and ritual), take a six-session creative journey for pleasure and the revitalization of yourself. No previous arts experience necessary. Thu. nights, May 1-Jun. 5, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m Cost: $165/ person ($150 if paid by April 15); fees incl. all materials. Location: Expressive Arts Burlington/ Studio 266, 266 S. Champlain St., Burlington. Info: Expressive Arts Burlington, Topaz Weis, 8625302, MONETIZE YOUR CREATIVE GIFTS!: Attend a complementary workshop to learn seven keys to how to monetize your creative gifts, with Rosine Kushnick, MFA & Catalyst for Creativity. Create a rock-solid career. Shift your starving artist paradigm. Do what you came here to do. Sun., Apr. 6, 2-3:30 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., suite 140, Shelburne. Info: Golden Beam of Light LLC, Rosine Kushnick, 845-399-2436,, TACKLING YOUR INDIVIDUATION: Learn how to utilize your Uranus, the archetype of the rebel, to guide and support your growth into your unique self. No prior background in astrology is required. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Apr. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

fitness FIRST STRIDES VERMONT: Women’s Beginner Walking or Running Workshop. This fun, easy 12-week program will help you comfortably progress from the couch to walking or running at a pace that’s right for you. Now entering its 11th year. Has helped over 500 women find fitness and self-confidence they never imagined possible. Surprise yourself! Wed., 5:45-6:45 p.m., Apr. 30-Jul. 16. Cost: $45/12-week program. Cost listed is for online preregistration (by Apr. 23). Day of registration is $50. Location: Community Park, Williston, behind Williston Central School, 195 Central School Dr., Williston. Info: First Strides Vermont, Kasie, 238-0820, info@,

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EXPLORING CONNECTIONS SERIES: DIFFERENTIATION OF THE PARTS/ INTEGRATION OF THE WHOLE: 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. The session on April 4 focuses on differentiation of the parts and integration of the whole. Instructor: Sara McMahon. Teens/adults, Apr. 4, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $22/person. Location: Flynn Arts Performing Arts Center, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548,

gardening CONTAINER DESIGN PLANTING WORK: Learn elements of container design care at Full Circle Gardens. Class soil choices, accommodating creative choices in containers, using various types

of plant material and maintenance. Gardening experience not necessary. Bring own container, come prepared to get your hands dirty! You may purchase soils and plant material at 25 percent discount. Wed., Jun. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $20/members; $35/ nonmembers. Location: OLLI at UVM, 322 South Prospect St., Burlington. Info: University of Vermont, OLLI at UVM OLLI at UVM, 656-2085, uvmolli@, osher-life-long-learning. EDIBLE LANDSCAPING: Rediscover the way you look at growing food in your yard. Join Meghan Giroux from Vermont Edible Landscapes and learn the basic principles of edible landscaping. Includes site analysis and design, making use of small spaces and plant palettes that include medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables, nuts, fruits and berries. Apr. 12, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-35054, HANDS-ON PRUNING: Learn about the proper equipment, timing and techniques to care for your trees and shrubs. Weather permitting, we’ll do a hands-on demo outside. Apr. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505-4, LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD AT THE COMMUNITY TEACHING GARDEN: Learn how to plant, grow, harvest and preserve the harvest from your own plot and shared garden space in a 22-week, hands-on course for beginner organic vegetable gardeners. The course fee includes 44 class sessions, use of individual and common garden space, seeds, plants, water, supplies, tools, a copy of The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, by Edward C. Smith, and all the delicious fresh produce participants can grow and eat. Register now! Deadline: April 18. Early May to late Sep. Cost: $300/ full garden bed; $250/shared garden bed. Location: Ethan Allen Homestead & the Tommy Thompson Community Garden, Burlington. Info: 861-4769,, SALAD LOVERS GARDEN: Salad greens are high in nutrition, and rank the highest nutrition per square foot of space used in the garden. In a single square foot, you can grow several whole salad bowls’ worth of greens, where one tomato plant takes up three times the space. Apr. 5, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-35054, THE ART OF GROWING FOOD: Ellen Ogden will teach you basic kitchen garden design, including choosing the right beds and garden tools, building paths, adding personality, and organic methods to build your soil. Participants will learn how to integrate flowers, herbs

and vegetables, and what to choose for ultimate flavor. Apr. 5, 11:30-noon. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505-4,

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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 fourpeg 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/members; $105 nonmembers. Location: 56 Turner Mill La., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,, 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 fourpeg wall rack, single-peg coat rack, towel bar or wall lamp. All materials included. Instructor: Greg Speer. Apr. 30, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $80/members; $105/nonmembers. Location: 56 Turner Mill La., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,, BASKETMAKING WORKSHOPS: THE MARKET BASKET: Weave your very own market basket. This basket is sturdy and practical for all kinds of chores and projects: gardening, trips to the lake or a run to the farmers’ market. Participants will learn about reed, variations of weaving, and staining. All weaving materials are included. Instructor: Maura J. Clancy. May 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $90/members; $115/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@, 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 Fri., May 2-May 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $95/members; $120/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@, STOP-MOTION ANIMATION WORKSHOP: Learn the basics of creating animated movement using stop-motion video. Explore innovative animated shorts and the history of animation

before creating your own papercut characters and filming a simple animated sequence. Gain practical experience to set up your own D.I.Y. experiments at home. All materials included. Instructor: Leif Goldberg. Apr. 26, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $65/ members; $90/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 2538358,,

herbs HONORING HERBAL TRADITION 2014: Herbal Apprenticeship program held on a horse farm. Covers: herbal therapies, nutritional support, diet, detox, body systems, medicine making, plant identification, tea tasting, plant spirit medicine and animal communication, wild foods, field trips, iridology, women, childrens, mens and animal health! Textbook and United Plant Saver membership included. VSAC nondegree grants available. 1 Sat./mo. starting May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $850/series. Location: Horsetail Herbs, 134 Manley Rd., Milton. Info: Horsetail Herbs, Kelley Robie, 893-0521,, HERBS FROM THE GROUND UP: With Larken Bunce and Joann Darling. 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, medicinemaking, and seed-saving. Develop deep relationships with medicinal plants and understand how to use them in your daily life. Every Mon., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., May 5-Oct. 13. Cost: $900/person; $100 deposit; preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100, info@, vtherbcenter. org. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certification Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as first medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Handson curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122,,

kids APRIL VACATION CAMP!: African Art, Drumming & French! A creative and educational adventure. Learn about the rich continent of Africa, play drums, listen to and create music, learn French w games and song, make beautiful art projects in a real working studio. Projects include print making, painting, mask creation and more! Allons-y! Apr. 21-25, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., aftercare avail. $300/wk. or $75/day. Location: wingspan Studio, Burlington. Info: 233-7676,, SPRING DANCE CLASSES; AGES 4-6: Does your child love to dance? Our spring sessions of WeBop Hip Hop/Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet/ Creative Movement for ages 4-6 begin in April. Your child will bop, hop, spin and leap in these active, fun classes that promote individual expression with basic ballet or hip-hop moves taught throughout. Ballet: Mon., 3:053:45 p.m. Hip Hop: Tue., 3:15-4 p.m.; Apr. 7-Jun. 10. Cost: $110/9week class. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044, YOGA FOR AGES 13-15: Teens get a chance to unplug, breathe and stretch in this lighthearted, authentic yoga class. Basic postures with a strong emphasis on proper alignment are taught along with breathing and basic meditation techniques. We keep it fun and current by playing great music during class. Taught by Sabrina Gibson. Thu., 4:305:30 p.m., Apr. 3-May 29. Cost: $96/8-week class. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044,

language SPANISH CLASSES STARTING SOON!: 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. Info: 585-1025,, SPANISH FOR FAMILIES & ADULTS: Express Fluency’s courses offer the easiest and fastest way to learn a language. Stories, songs, games and lively discussions engage students ages 7-87. The weekend focuses on practical, everyday language and gets students understanding Spanish from the start.

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Morning sessions for families, afternoons for adults. Jumpstart or refresh your Spanish! Apr. 5-6. Family class, 9 a.m.noon, adult class, 2-5 p.m. Family class: $150 incl. 1 adult & 1 child. Additional family members are $50/person. Adult class is $110/ person. Location: Chef’s Corner Cafe & Bakery, 208 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Elissa McClean, 275-2694,,

third Friday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

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. Info: 951-8900, Aikido Classes: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785,

tai chi Meditation Retreat in Vermont: Insight Meditation. A silent weekend in the Buddhist tradition at a secluded retreat in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom featuring small group, comfortable accommodations, gourmet vegetarian food, stunning nature, simple instructions, supportive and inspirational talks, calming and focusing your mind for contentment and stress relief. May 9-11: Fri, 6 p.m.-Sun., 3 p.m. Cost: $300/person, incl. room, board & tuition. Location: Sky Meadow Retreat, 63 Winchester Rd., Stannard. Info: Sky Meadow Retreat, Miles Sherts, 533-2505,,

music Bill Reed Voice Studio: Now auditioning students for the fall semester! To schedule an audition time please contact Managing Director Sally Olson, For more info. please visit the studio page on our website, private-studio.html. Jun. 23-29. Location: Bill Reed Voice Studio, 1967 Spear St., S. Burlington.


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. Info: 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. Info: 735-5465,

wood Business Workshops for Artists: Vermont Woodworking School is offering business classes for artisans. Learn to design by computer in our introductory SolidWorks workshop, Apr. 10 through 13; Photographing Your Work, May 10 through May 11; Business and Marketing for Artists and Artisans, Aug. 15 through 17. Catalog online.

Essential Short Story Workshop: An eight-week class/workshop on the art and craft of short-story writing. This class is for writers who wish to dedicate themselves to the study and craft of short-story writing. Learn new techniques and hone your craft through reading and writing with intent in order to create publishable stories. 8 Sun., 2-4 p.m., Apr. 6 -Jun. 8 (except holidays). Cost: $300/8-week class. Location: Renegade Writers’ Collective, 47 Maple St., suite 220, Burlington. Info: Renegade Writers’ Collective, Jessica Nelson, 267467-2812, renegadewritersvt@, renegadewritersvt. com. Journal: Creative NonFiction: Summer writing camp for middle schoolers. What I did on my summer vacation. In this summer workshop, Alexandra Hudson encourages journal writing to inspire young writers to share their stories about summer at home and then transform those days’ of travel or travail into creative non-fiction and short stories. Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon, daily. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@, Performance Writing: Summer writing camp for middle schoolers. Join Alexandra Hudson in creative writing for the stage. This workshop invites you to take creative risks through games and play to help you create characters, scenes, monologues, and dialogue. Be brave, be bold and make the magic of theater come alive on the page. Aug. 4-8, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@, Songwriting Workshop w/ Jon Gailmor: Jon Gailmor will talk about musical and poetic inspiration and how an idea is transformed into song. He’ll demonstrate how lyrics are born and how they are married to a melody. Participants will take part in a group songwriting exercise as part of the activities of the day. Apr. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $30/members of the League of Vermont Writers; $35/ nonmembers. Location: Hilltop Inn, 3472 Airport Rd., Berlin. Info: League of Vermont Writers,

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 and 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. 27, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $120/2-hour classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: 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. Info: 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

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. Info: 497-0136,, Laughing River Yoga: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. Check our website to learn about classes, advanced studies for yoga teachers, class series for beginners and more. All bodies and abilities welcome. Now offering massage. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, South End Studio: We are not just a dance studio! South End Studio offers a variety of yoga classes for all levels and budgets in a welcoming environment. Each week we offer two heated Vinyasa classes, five $6 community classes and our other yoga classes include Vinyasa, Mindful Yoga, Hatha Flow, and Sunday Yoga Wind Down. Check our online schedule for days & times. Cost: $13/class passes & student discounts avail.; all yoga classes 60-75 minutes. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044, 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 & more! Yoga Roots Sprouts (ages 2-5 w/ parents & caregivers) Thu., 10:45-11:30 a.m.; Yoga Roots Saplings (K-4th grade) Mon., 3:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090,

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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 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

Shelburne Tai Chi: Beginners: Long River Tai Chi Circle is the school of Wolfe Lowenthal, student of Professor Cheng Man-ching and author of three classic works on tai chi chuan. Patrick Cavanaugh, a longtime student of Wolfe Lowenthal and a senior instructor at Long River, will be teaching the classes in Shelburne. Class begins Wed., Apr. 2, 10-11 a.m. Cost: $65/mo. (registration open through Apr. 30). Location: Shelburne Town Hall (in front of the library), 5376 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle, Patrick Cavanaugh, 490-6405,,


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 storytellers, both in creation of compelling material and in effective, powerful delivery at performance time. Wed. evenings starting Apr. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/2-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@,

Alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642,


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

Traditional Chinese Qi gong: Qi gong is an internal system of exercise that integrates movement, breath, and qi or internal energy to promote health and longevity. A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qi gong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. May 2-6. Cost: $770/person. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude La., Barnet. Info: 633-2384,,

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Location: Vermont Woodworking School, 148 Main St., Fairfax. Info: Vermont Woodworking School, Amanda Lass, 849-2013, info@vermontwoodworkingschool. com, vermontwoodworkingschool. 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. Info: 660-4072,,

St., S. Burlington. Info: 864-4108,


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The genre-defying Nellie McKay performs at the FlynnSpace BY E TH AN D E S E IF E

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SEVEN DAYS: I’m a fan of Doris Day’s, too. Can we take a moment to geek out about her?

NELLIE MCKAY: Sure! For a “retro” figure, she was awfully ahead of her time, where animals are concerned. [Her music] got me through high school. I was on an animalrights protest. I had taken a bus to downtown Baltimore to protest the aquarium. I had some time, so I went to a record store. I liked the cover [of a record I found], so I bought it. It was Doris.

anything concrete. I have a friend who’s an observational comedian. He says he can’t just sit at a desk and come up with observations. You have to go live your life. SD: Your songs often demonstrate your strong political convictions, but it’s sort of like a sneak attack, since your music can be so upbeat. NM: Who is it who said they didn’t want a revolution unless there would be dancing? You want to make a joyful noise. I guess it’s music first. Look at how many great works of art are antiwar, yet we still have John Kerry saying, “Reporting for duty” at the Democratic National Convention, and Obama with the drones. There are flags everywhere. I’m inclined to think it hasn’t stuck.

SD: What was it, specifically, about Doris Day’s music that spoke to you? NM: Nowadays, everything’s so explicit. It wasn’t back then. Who wants everything spelled out? Everything became blunt and stayed blunt. SD: You play a whole lot of instruments. Is there one you especially enjoy playing? Which instrument do you compose on? NM: Well, I love the marimba. I’ve been fortunate enough to be playing it with the [progressive chamber

SD: Is there anyone you’d really like to collaborate with? NM: I’d like to work with Taj Mahal again. We recorded a duet of “Baby, You’ve Got What It Takes.” We were doing it by ISDN — he was in London. I was very groggy, but he woke me right up. Also Elaine Stritch. She seems like a lot of fun. COURTESY OF NELLIE MCKAY



ven more striking than Nellie McKay’s ability to play nearly any instrument and tap into nearly any genre is her astounding confidence. McKay is a musician who is just as comfortable belting a show tune as she is rapping, and just as convincing with social satire as she is with a slinky love song. There’s no one quite like her in American music today. It’s now 10 years since McKay — whose last name rhymes with “rye” — released her highly accomplished debut album Get Away From Me, which wound up on many best-of lists. Since then, she’s released four more albums, each of which showcases her fierce wit, outspokenness and bold musical talents. One of those albums is Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day, named for an artist with whom McKay has a particular affinity. Not only do both singers draw inspiration from the Great American Songbook, but both are vocal advocates for animal rights. In 2005, McKay, a vegan, even won the Humane Society of the United States’ Doris Day Music Award. McKay’s lyrics are both playful and stinging. She reserves her sharpest barbs for regressive politicians, sexists and anyone who would impinge on the civil rights of another. Any stridency is mitigated by her charm. Though she hasn’t released a studio album since 2010’s Home Sweet Mobile Home, McKay has been active in other media. She has composed two “musical biographies”: one of pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson and another of Barbara Graham, the convicted murderer executed in San Quentin in 1955. McKay has also appeared on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and in a number of films and off-Broadway shows. This Friday, April 4, McKay will perform two shows at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. In advance of those performances, McKay spoke with Seven Days by phone about her music, her politics and her ukulele.



music group] Turtle Island Quartet. I compose on it a little bit. The uke is the most democratic instrument. You pick it up and you can play it. It lends itself to feeling good. SD: How did you get started on the uke? NM: It was given to me by Jim Dale, who was in The Threepenny Opera with me. He wanted me to leave him alone, so he gave me the ukulele, hoping it would keep me occupied. It didn’t work. I would just go knock on his door each day and play him a new song that I’d learned. It became even more of a bother.

SD: You clearly have pretty diverse musical taste. Is there anything you don’t listen to? NM: I try not to buy successful artists, because someone needs to teach them a lesson. SD: Your albums seem to me to be particularly well arranged. What’s your method? NM: I think dog walks are helpful. Writing with a pen or pencil, as opposed to a computer — we all need to get off the machines. Having a drink now and then doesn’t hurt. It’s more about those things than about

SD: It’s been about four years since your last album. Are you working on a new one? NM: Kind of. Isn’t there enough to listen to? As Van Morrison said, it’s all been done. It depends on how much caffeine I’ve had. I dunno — where does all this ambition get us? There’s a part in [Kurt Vonnegut’s novel] Cat’s Cradle where there’s a lady who wishes everyone would just stop thinking. SD: So that’s your great hope? NM: Yes, bar none. 


Nellie McKay, Friday, April 4, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. $26/30.




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In music news … comedy! Just as a heads up, tickets for this year’s Green Mountain Comedy Festival are on sale as of Tuesday, April 1. No foolin’. We’ve weighed in on this year’s lineup in recent columns. But to jog your memory, headliners include standups tiG notaro, Myq kaPlan and deanne sMith, who are all pretty hilarious. As in past years, the fest will also include workshops and performances from professional improv troupes, including locals sPark arts, iMProvBoston and NYC’s uPriGht Citizens BriGade — the last of which includes one of my oldest and dearest friends, so this will be the last you hear from me on anything UCB-related. And, as always, the backbone of the fest will be the 100plus local comedians rocking showcases in Burlington and Montpelier.

Meanwhile, in Montpelier, I’m dismayed to report that venerable dive Charlie O’s World Famous — aka “the greatest bar in the world” — is closed as of Tuesday, April 1. Yes, really. (That sound you hear is every PBRswilling denizen of the capital city freaking the fuck out.) Relax, guys. The club is just shutting down for a week or so for some “spring cleaning.” It will be open again — and presumably clean! — on Thursday, April 10, with blues duo Bert wills and Clint Boyd. More on those guys next week. In the meantime, on Friday, April 4, just around the corner on Langdon Street, Sweet Melissa’s is venturing beyond the roots, blues and Americana fare that has become something of its calling card. The show that night features a trio of cool acts, including Montpelier-based garage-blues duo lake suPerior, Burlington-based indie outfit PaPer Castles and an ambient solo project called lituya Bay. I confess I’m unfamiliar with that last act, but both LS and PC are always fun live. And it’s nice to see some indie fare make its way onto the Sweet Melissa’s slate.

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The big news on the local music front this week is Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s show at the Higher Ground Ballroom on Sunday, April 6. If you didn’t know, Gordon recently released his latest solo record, Overstep, to modest critical acclaim. He’s been touring the record with some of his favorite, non-Phishin’ buddies, including Max Creek’s sCott Murawski (guitar), Barika’s CraiG Myers (percussion), Burlington jazz pianist toM Cleary and drummer todd isler. And that’s all I’m gonna write about Mike Gordon today. For one thing, the show is sold out, so if you’re going, you’re going, and nothing I print here will sway you either way. Not that I’d want to sway you. To each their own, as they say. Two, do you really want to know my thoughts on Gordon’s new record? I don’t think you do. And if you do, it’s for one of two reasons. One, it’s because not only are you also not a Phish-head but you get off on reading snarky commentary about them, which is just kind of sad. Or, and this is even worse, you’re one of those Fee-hadist messageboard jack-offs who explode in anger whenever anyone utters a disparaging word about the band, and proceeds to make the offending critic’s life hell for three days. Such outrage is better reserved for stuff that’s, you know, actually important. Like civil rights, war and the Boston Red Sox. (See last week’s epic dustup over an admittedly dumb anti-Phish piece, if you need

a crash course on that phenomenon.) Maybe I’m still blissed out from writing about new-age music for this week’s cover story, but I’d rather not feed either group of trolls at the moment, thank you very much. Of course, this does raise a practical question: So what the hell are you gonna write about this week, dan Bolles? Well, let’s strap in for another quick-hitting edition of Soundbites and find out, shall we?

Personally, I’m interested in the debut of live podcasts at the GMCF. These include recordings of Improv Vermont, WBUR’s “You’re the Expert,” in which comedians weigh in on the latest in academic research, and a taping of local comedians will Betts and ChiCky winkleMan’s pod, “14th State Podcast.” I was a guest on that last podcast in December, and I had a great time. Betts, Winkleman and I discussed local music, local comedy, what the hell gives me the right to have opinions on either and, of course, catching your college roommate masturbating. You can hear that episode, as well as many others with guests far funnier and more interesting than myself, at And for tix and complete info on the GMCF, visit greenmountaincomedy. com.

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RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Select Session VI: Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin tribute), 8 p.m., $22/25. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Zach Nugent (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Danny Brown, Bodega Bamz, ZelooperZ (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $16/18. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 7 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Songwriters in the Round: Derek Burkins, Brittany Kusserow (singer-songwriters), 7:30 p.m., donation.

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VENUE: Noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi, 8 p.m., free.

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SWEET MELISSA'S: Woedoggies (blues), 8 p.m., free.

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THE BEE'S KNEES: Abby Sherman (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: open mic, 8 p.m., free.

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NECTAR'S: Vt comedy club Presents: What a Joke! comedy open mic (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. argonaut&wasp, Smooth Antics (electro funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Alicia marie Phelps (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. Astrocat (intergalactic disco punk), 11 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Woedoggies (blues), 7 p.m., free. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's

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THE MONKEY HOUSE: close to Nowhere (rock), 8:30 p.m., free.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: open Blues, 7:30 p.m., free.


GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth and Katie trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free.

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PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

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CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

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

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



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

ARTSRIOT: Shelter Series:The Holmes Brothers, miss tess & the talkbacks (country soul), 6:30 p.m., $17/85.


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

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


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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Bumping Jones, 9 p.m., free.

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beef up its system. No line on when exactly the upgrade will take place. But the hangout on the corner of Church and Main has quietly become a pretty bankable spot for live music recently. Stay tuned… In very loosely related news, ANDY LUGO has a new band, the LUGO BAND, which is a band featuring Andy Lugo. Ahem. Lugo, best known as the longtime front man for rebel-folk rockers 2ND AGENDA, has been hosting a weekly Wednesday open mic at Manhattan Pizza for years now, which is the

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at, and for, the Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College this Saturday, April 5. Goddard is trying to raise money to upgrade the venue’s lighting and sound. Joining Mitchell will be local songwriter KRIS GRUEN, who is fresh off an appearance at South by Southwest and recently released a catchy new single and accompanying video, “How Long Will I Wait.”

tenuous connection to the previous bit. He describes his new group as a “highenergy three piece” that mixes roots, rock and reggae. Some rough basement demos he sent our way recently bear out that description. I’m guessing folks who prefer their rock a little on the irie side will find a lot to like. See for yourself when the band makes its Burlington debut at Nectar’s on Tuesday, April 8.

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MONOPOLE: Dango (rock), 10 p.m., free.

Winehouse Tribute, Jonathan Scale Fourchestra (soul, rock), 9 p.m., $5.

MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Kid's Music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. RED SQUARE: Kim and Chris (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Live Music, 8 p.m., $5. Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

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RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Con Yay (EDM), 9 p.m., $5.


RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


CLUB METRONOME: Retronome with DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.

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

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

JP'S PUB: Karaoke with Megan, 10 p.m., free.

THE MONKEY HOUSE: The Willoughbys (folk), 5:30 p.m., free. Chris Pureka, Nicole Reynolds (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., $5.

JUNIPER: Gabe Jarrett Trio (jazz), 9 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Mitch & Friends (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. Phil Abair Band (rock), 9 p.m. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Waves of Adrenaline (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Zach Rhoads & Friends (rock), 9 p.m., free. THU.3 // DANNY BROWN [HIP-HOP] NECTAR'S: John Daly Trio (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. Hot Neon Magic, Disco Phantom (’80s new wave), 9 p.m., $5.


PIZZA BARRIO: Wallace (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free.

BAGITOS: Jason Mallery (roots, blues), 6 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Live Music, 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

ESPRESSO BUENO: Worst. Song. Ever. (rock), 7 p.m., $5.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ Rekkon (EDM), 11 p.m., $5.

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THE BEE'S KNEES: David Langevin & Friends (rock), 7:30 p.m., donation. MATTERHORN: Birdhot LeFunk (blues, rock), 9 p.m., $5.



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

SWEET MELISSA'S: Andy Pitt (folk), 5 p.m., free. Ryan Taylor Band (rock), 9 p.m., NA.

TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: DJ BP (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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to sign the MC to his G-Unit label. Brown’s music is similarly unconventional, pairing

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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Sound Investment (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: The Grift with Josh Panda (rock), 9 p.m., $6.

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CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Jam Man Entertainment (house), 10 p.m., free.

THE BEE'S KNEES: The Deadicated Duo (Grateful Dead tribute), 7:30 p.m., donation.

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Shawn Mullins, Max Gomez (rock), 8 p.m., $30.

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THE MONKEY HOUSE: Kim and Chris (folk), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+. Jerichovox (rock), 10 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

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

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THE PARKER PIE CO.: Old Glen Road (rock), 8 p.m., $5.

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Sauce Vapor is Guthrie Galileo’s debut EP, released by In Space & Time Records. A student at the University of Vermont, the producer and singer currently calls Burlington his home. But the sounds Galileo offers on Sauce Vapor pay homage to his West Coast roots, specifically the Bay Area. Speaking of his songwriting, Galileo says these songs “hold subconscious allusions to pop-cultural phenomena, which, at some point, have been influential on my personal life and art.” Listening to the EP, you can experience the variety of media stimuli that many of us take in every day — when

an iPod shuffle can follow Washed Out with Macklemore. Richly playful, Sauce Vapor has an electro-pop framework, within which Galileo applies the sounds and filters of contemporary electronic music to the rhythms and themes of classic R&B and hip-hop. Sauce Vapor starts with “Champagne Flow.” With a swaying, lazy drumbeat and a feel like the post-’N Sync coolness of Justin Timberlake, this song transports you to a party where you’ve just found the liquid confidence to cross the dance floor and talk to the girl who’s caught your eye. Next, the vintage-sounding synth leads on “Cherry Ridge” deliver a slow four/four that channels the Ray-Bans and parachute pants of the 1980s. Galileo’s hip-hop influence surfaces fully on the third track, “Motel Honda.” With vocal help from Galactic Brown, this cut boasts the first rapped verses on Sauce Vapor, and pushes the limits of variety for a five-song electronic EP. The hip-hop vibes continue on “Soigne Pt. II,” a classic West Coast beat, complete with the high-octave sliding, sine-wave synth customary on early Dr. Dre. This, the penultimate track, might turn listeners into lovers with its temptation to “make


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two MCs, Chris Kiper and Michael Morelli. Kiper owned a deliberate yet often playful flow, while Morelli favored more nimble rhythms and a darker lyrical worldview. They were a well-matched, dynamic duo. On his new album, Evolution Kills, recorded under the moniker Enemy Self, Morelli proves he’s just as formidable a rapper on his own. And those who, like this reviewer, remember Manifest Nexto Me fondly would do well to check it out. So would anyone with a taste for homegrown hip-hop. In the years since Manifest, Morelli’s life has changed. He’s now married and a father. Predictably, those life events inform much of his writing. But he hasn’t lost his contemplative nature. If anything, the challenges of being a grown-up have only deepened Morelli’s introspection. “Sanctum” begins with a brooding vibe that harks to the heyday of Manifest. A grimy organ progression cuts against a plodding backbeat. Morelli rhymes with equal doses of reflection and aggression: “I’m livin’ life like there’s no time left / Like who’s gonna find success? / Who’s gonna write these checks?”

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In the early 2000s, local trip-hop outfit Manifest Nexto Me were among the most successful and well-traveled bands on the local scene. The quartet released a couple of well-received recordings and were best known as a hard-touring live act. Both on record and in concert, the group fused a dense, brooding sound with philosophically provocative and often dark wordplay. That, along with their live instrumentation, set them apart from other local hip-hop acts of the era. But, as almost all good local bands do, Manifest eventually ran their course. And save for a few reunion gigs here and there and occasional stints in other bands, its members have largely receded from the scene. The increasing vitality of hip-hop in Vermont recently suggests Manifest may have been ahead of their time. As a fan, I find their absence to be a colossal bummer. Not to discount the band’s progressive instrumental prowess, but Manifest largely succeeded on the talents of their

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DRINK: comedy open mic (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of music (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m. Vermont's Got talent open mic, 8 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: mI YARD Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Demus, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, $5-10 donation. Fat Laughs at the Skinny Pancake (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $3. ZEN LOUNGE: In the Biz with mashtodon (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.

chittenden county BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke/ open mic, 8 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: mike Gordon (rock, jam), 8:30 p.m., $20/23. aa. sold out. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Ballroom Thieves, The Soil & the Son, Thomas John cadrin (rock), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. aa. HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Laura cantrell, cam Will, Lowell Thompson & Kelly Ravin (singer-songwriters), 8:30 p.m., $8. 18+. PENALTY BOX: trivia With a twist, 4 p.m., free.




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

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke with Funkwagon, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: metal mondays: Sorry mom, cruciferion, Gorcrow, Iron Sword, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: open mic, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5-10 donation.

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chittenden county HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Pimps of Joytime (funk), 8:30 p.m., $10. aa.

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Rookie of the Year, Sandlot Heroes, myself, civil Action, Bravocado (hardcore), 8:30 p.m., $10/15. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: open mic, 6:30 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Live music, HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE 5 p.m., free. Dirty Heads, Among criminals TEXT WITH (reggae-rock), 8:30 p.m.,LAYAR $20/22. stowe/smuggs HERE area SEE PROGRAM COVER aa. THE BEE'S KNEES: children's HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE Sing Along with Allen church, LOUNGE: Sierra Leone's 10:30 a.m., donation. Kip de moll Refugee All Stars (world music), (blues), 7:30 p.m., donation. 8 p.m., $16/18. aa. MOOG'S PLACE: The Jason THE MONKEY HOUSE: charlie Wedlock Show (rock), 7:30 p.m., messing & Friends (blues), 7 free. p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.

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



CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set with cats Under the Stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon's tequila Project (funk), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Gubbulidis play Nirvana's Unplugged, 7 p.m., $5/10. 18+. Groovestick, the Lugo Band (funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Honky tonk tuesday with Brett Hughes & Friends, 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: craig mitchell (house), 7 p.m., free. ZEN LOUNGE: Karaoke with megan calla-Nova, 9 p.m., free.

middlebury area TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Karaoke with Roots Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.



HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Paul Asbell (jazz), 8 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: open mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Vt comedy club Presents: What a Joke! comedy open mic (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. argonaut&wasp, Smooth Antics (live electro), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Rick Redington & the Luv (rock), 7 p.m., free.


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occupied the corner where country, blues, gospel and soul intersect. Or, as Entertainment Weekly put it, “The Holmes Brothers are juke joint vets with a brazenly borderless view of American music.” On their new album, Brotherhood, the band challenges the boundaries of American music even more fiercely, delivering a sound the New York Times calls “deeply soulful and uplifting” and “timeless.” The Holmes Brothers play ArtsRiot in Burlington this Friday, April 4, with MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS, as part of the Shelter Series, a celebration of food, beer and music. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free.

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

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

THE STAGE: Ashley miles (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free.

chittenden county HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Wild child, tall Heights (indie-folk), 8:30 p.m., $8/10. aa.

THE MONKEY HOUSE: close to Nowhere (rock), 8:30 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. 3 trees (folk), 8 p.m., free.

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MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant & Friends (country), 7:30 p.m., free.

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

PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: open Bluegrass Session, 7:30 p.m., free.

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barre/montpelier GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN:

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

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

CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: open mic, 9 p.m., free.

Immerse yourself in the art and craft of woodworking this summer.



BAGITOS: clare Byrne (folk), 11 a.m., donation.

JP'S PUB: Dance Video Request Night with melody, 10 p.m., free.

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“Abstract Terrains,” Vermont Metro Gallery


ix months after the BCA Center opened the Vermont Metro Gallery on the building’s fourth floor, it’s clear this was a strategic mistake. Rather than situating this venue — and its exhibits — out of sight, BCA should have installed the modestly sized gallery at the Church Street Marketplace level. Gallery curator Kerri Macon has so far staged three strong group shows that together highlight the breadth and depth of artistic talent in Vermont. Each has proved more aesthetically alluring than the recent exhibits given pride of place on the center’s ground floor. But casual visitors to the BCA Center — especially those who are unimpressed by the conceptual work typically displayed at street level — may never make it to the top floor, or even know it exists. And that’s a pity. Such viewers would be missing out on “Abstract Terrains,” a thematic show that extends the Vermont Metro Gallery’s winning streak. Three painters and a photographer achieve four-part harmony in this grouping of about 30 pieces in which each artist’s eye and hand have transformed a bit of the natural world into something elemental. Personal visions and styles act here to defamiliarize landscapes, causing viewers to see everyday subject matter in new, revealing ways. Retired architect and active painter Tom Cullins manages to make the rock face of the Barre granite quarry appear both recognizable and recondite. Cullins’ suite of 10 identically sized watercolors have been hung close together to produce multiple perspectives on various corners of the quarry, which he seems to have painted at different times of day. The close-up renderings of the sheared planes of granite emphasize their angularity and subtle color contrasts. In most of the pieces, an interplay of shadow and light further enhances Cullins’ ability to make us see the pure geometry of his forms. The series serves as a fine contemporary example of the analytic cubism pioneered a century ago by Picasso and Georges Braque. Gary Hall does something similar in the medium of photography. He also takes quarried rocks as the subject of most of his pieces and, like Cullins, produces intriguing visual effects through close-up studies of a small part of a large whole. In “Vein Cut Marble,” for example, two white diagonals — one intact, one fragmented — run jaggedly across a backdrop of black vertical lines. This must be an almost-microscopic view of a piece of cut marble, but a viewer sees it as a juxtaposition of straight and angled streaks, as well as an arrangement of gray, white and black. There’s a murky quality to these photos that viewers may find off-putting at first. Concentration brings rewards, however, as Hall’s compositions slowly reveal their essence. “Quarried Marble” is particularly striking. Eleven stalactites drip delicately downward like spilled liquids along a creased and gnarled surface. These images represent a departure — or perhaps a personal interest — for Hall, whose commercial specialty

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“Interstate Rocks — February” by Elizabeth Nelson

is photography for architects, builders and the hospitality industry. Admirers of art photography who see his contributions to “Abstract Terrains” will come away hoping he continues in this direction. Viewers probably won’t deduce the inspiration for Elizabeth Nelson’s three large-scale, checkerboard paintings until the titles tip them off. Horizontal and vertical rows of small squares — most of them given a patterned treatment, a few left untouched as sections of canvas — combine into dappled and jutting arrangements of color and form. They can also be read, in keeping with Nelson’s obvious intention, as abstract reworkings of representational scenes. Browns and grays are the dominant colors in “Interstate Rocks — March,” which includes a narrow swath of sky blue on its top edge. Snowy white and icy blue fill most of the picture plane in “Interstate Rocks — February,” although bits of brown and gray pop up in places, just as they might on remnants of ledges seen in winter from a passing car on I-89 or I-91. In “Looking Up,” the artist’s perspective is that of an observer lying flat on her back and viewing a forest canopy and the clouds above. It’s an assemblage of hundreds of squares smaller than those in the two interstate paintings. Nelson has colored many of them a leafy green that intensifies Vermonters’ yearnings for spring. These are pointillist works — except they consist of exactly proportioned squares rather than dabs of various shapes and sizes. Johanne Yordan moves further away from realism than do the three other artists in “Abstract Terrains,” but the titles of her paintings, like Nelson’s, serve to orient us toward their origins. Yordan’s paintings have a brooding beauty suggestive of mirages. “Parallels” has a horizon line at its midpoint, with blue and white washes above it. Below are shimmering, upside-down reflections of the black and gold shapes that rise like minarets or radio antennas from that horizontal divide. It’s as though tall objects were being viewed at a distance across a watery expanse, although Yordan has given the water a confoundingly beige complexion. “Emerge” is even more mystifying as to its source in the physical world. Here, a cottony clump of white separates a scratched black mass from a grayish upper section of the canvas. Gold dribbles from the painting’s center toward its bottom edge. What’s the terrain that Yordan has abstracted here? It’s hard to say — and there’s no reason to go hunting for literalism. As the red dots affixed to many of Yordan’s works indicate, the Vermont Metro Gallery appears to be fulfilling its mission of selling art, not just showing it. And that makes this space an even more valuable addition to Burlington’s gallery scene. K EV I N J . K EL L EY

INFO “Barre Granite Quarry” by Tom Cullins

“Abstract Terrains,” paintings by Tom Cullins, Elizabeth Nelson and Johanne Yordan, and photographs by Gary Hall. Vermont Metro Gallery, BCA Center in Burlington. Through May 18.

Art ShowS

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f CaTHErINE Hall: “Hunting Lodge,” subversive wall-hung trophies of animals and human heads with antlers, using plaster, resin, 3-D prints, encaustic and real horns by the Burlington artist. Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-8 p.m. April 4-30. Info, 488-5766. Vintage Inspired in Burlington. f CollEEN MClaugHlIN: “Climate Change Happens,” photographs depicting the aftermath of flooding at Burlington’s North Beach in 2011. Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-8 p.m. April 4-26. Info, 578-2512. Studio 266 in Burlington. f ‘CrEaTIvE CoMpETITIoN’: Artists contribute

one work each for an $8 entry fee; viewers vote on their favorite during the reception, and the winner takes home the pot. The exhibit of works by local artists remains on view for the month. Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-9 p.m. April 4-26. Info, The Backspace Gallery in Burlington. ESSEx arT lEaguE SprINg arT SHoW: Members of this local artists’ group say goodbye to winter with an exhibit of refreshingly seasonal work. April 4-26. Info, 660-9005. Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington. KaTE TESCH: “Aging Beauty,” gigantic acrylic portraits that reveal the universal process of aging. In conjunction with Full Circle Festival. April 4-30. Info, 724-7244. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

f ‘lIKENESS’: Portraits in a variety of media by

Vermont artists. Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-8 p.m. April 4-May 27. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie in Burlington.

f ‘MaNIpulaTEd, alTErEd aNd dESTroyEd’:

Repurposing discarded materials, local artists including W. David Powell, Aaron Stein, John Brickels and others explore America’s love of the automobile, examining the past and creating dialogue for the future. Reception: April 4, 5-9 p.m. April 4-26. Info, The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

f ‘WorK IN progrESS’: A show of handmade

pieces by next-generation craftspeople at the Vermont Woodworking School. Reception: Thursday, April 3, 5-8 p.m. April 3-29. Info, 8636458. Frog Hollow in Burlington.

glorIa rEyNoldS: “Power of Color,” an exhibit of 30 oil and acrylic paintings large and small, abstract and representational, in which the local artist seeks form through color. Also included are hooked rugs with floral, figurative and abstract patterns. April 8-30. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.

f ‘INTo FoCuS’: A juried exhibition of

photography by Vermont high school students. Reception: Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., followed by a performance by the SNAZ. April 3-20. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction.


f dIaNNE SHullENbErgEr: “Re-envisioned,” works in fabric collage and colored pencil by the Jericho artist. Photo ID required to enter. Reception: Friday, April 4, 4-7 p.m., with poetry reading by Mary Jane Dickerson at 5:30 p.m. April 4-June 27. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Office Gallery in Montpelier. f grETCHEN baSIo: Hand-dyed and uniquely sewn quilts, throws and totes by the local fabric artist. Reception: Friday, April 4, 4-8 p.m. April 4-30. Info, 223-1981. The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier.

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f ‘FabrI-CaTIoNS: FabrIC & FIbEr arT’: Nine area artists exhibit quilts, fashions, accessories, home décor items, needlework, tapestries and sculpted dolls. Reception: Friday, April 11, 5-7 p.m. April 5-June 15. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.

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f Joy raSKIN, MIraNda HaMMoNd & KIM rIllEau: Jewelry, photography and leather work, respectively, by the new gallery members. Reception: Saturday, April 5, 3-5 p.m. April 5-June 30. Info, 457-1298. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. f ‘Mud’: A group exhibit of works by local artists evoke Vermont’s most cautiously optimistic season. Reception: Friday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 4-26. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in Woodstock.

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f ‘bEForE I dIE’: For this interactive exhibition,

which has been launched in more than 400 venues worldwide, the downstairs gallery has been transformed into chalkboards with the phrase “Before I die I want to...” and community members are invited to fill in the blank. Reception: Friday, April 11, 5-7 p.m. April 8-June 21. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.

arT EvENTS 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. ‘MaTISSE’S dECoraTIoN aS poSTWar rEMEdy’: In this “Matter and Memory” lecture, John Klein, associate professor of art history at Washington University and author of Matisse’s Portraits, discusses the significance of the French artist. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Thursday, April 3, 4:30 p.m. Info, 443-3168.

the impermanence of life. Mandala dismantling: Wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m. Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, April 9-16. Info, 656-0750.

oNgoINg SHoWS burlington

‘abSTraCT TErraINS’: Photographs and paintings by Tom Cullins, Elizabeth Nelson, Gary Hall and Johanne Yordan that challenge the conventions of traditional landscapes. Through May 18. Info, 865-7166. Vermont Metro Gallery, BCA Center in Burlington.

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.

‘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.

‘playINg WITH ModErNISM: rECrEaTIoNal arCHITECTurE IN vErMoNT IN THE MId-20TH CENTury’: Devin Colman, of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, gives a talk about the structures that serve Vermont’s ski resorts and state parks. Chaplin Hall Gallery, Northfield, Friday, April 4, 4 p.m. Info, 485-2886. ‘proJECT STENCIl’: DJ Barry makes a painting using software to manipulate photography, an X-Acto knife to cut out stencils, and spray paint. Nutty Steph’s Granola & Chocolate Factory, Montpelier, Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m. Info,

‘aNoNyMouS: CoNTEMporary TIbETaN arT’: Paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in diaspora. ‘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. ‘EaT: THE SoCIal lIFE oF Food’: A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Through May 18. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum, UVM in Burlington.

‘TINSElToWN’ FuNdraISEr: The Helen Day Art Center’s 25th annual spring gala celebrates the golden age of Hollywood and invites appropriately creative attire. Stowe Mountain Lodge, Saturday, April 5, 5-10 p.m. $125. Info, 253-8358.

‘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.

‘laNdSCapE pErSpECTIvES’ arTISTS’ TalK: Artists Julie A. Davis, Fiona Cooper Fenwick and Jane Neroni talk about their particular palettes in relation to their current exhibit. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, Sunday, April 6, 2-3 p.m. Info, 343-2539.

f CHé SCHrEINEr: “Shadow Between Two Worlds,” 13 large-scale paintings inspired by a neardeath experience and travels around the world. Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-7 p.m. Through April 30. Info, 863-6713. North End Studios in Burlington.

pHoTograpHErS’ rouNd TablE: Gallery members Wayne Tarr, John Selmer, Natalie Larocque and others lead a discussion about their craft for other photographers and the public. Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery, Enosburg Falls, Sunday, April 6, 1-3 p.m. Info, 933-6403. CaMEroN vISITINg arCHITECT lECTurE: WIllIaM MaSSIE: Massie’s work redefines architectural design by using the evolving capabilities of digital fabrication. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. Info, 443-6433. SaNd MaNdala paINTINg: Every day for a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., two Tibetan monks from the Namgyal Monastery will create a classic mandala with grains of colored sand, only to cast it into a body of water when complete, thus demonstrating

f dEIdrE SCHErEr: “Finding Center: Paper and Fabric Work,” works in thread and fabric, and paper weavings that address aging and mortality, in conjunction with the Full Circle Festival. Reception: Saturday, April 12, 5-8 p.m. Through April 30. Info, 859-9222. SEABA Center in Burlington. group SHoW: On the first floor, works by Brian Sylvester, Jane Ann Kantor, Kim Senior, Kristine Slattery, Lyna Lou Nordstrom and Vanessa Compton; on the second floor, Holly Hauser, Jacques Burke, Jason Durocher, Susan Larkin and Teresa Davis. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. The Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington.


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f Todd loCKWood: “One Degree of Separation,” black-and-white photographs by the Burlington artist. In conjunction with the Full Circle Festival. Reception: Thursday, April 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 3-30. Info, 865-7165. Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall.

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James Vogler: Sophisticated abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 29. Info, 862-1001. Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. J.B. Woods: Digitally enhanced photographs that depict Vermont life. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. RETN in Burlington. Jen Francis: “Topofeelia,” color photographs by the Burlington planner, architectural/urban designer and artist that represent the bond between people and place. Through April 18. Info, 862-9616. Burlington College. Jessica Remmey: Photographs that capture the beauty in ordinary settings. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. The Pine Street Deli in Burlington. June Ivy: “30 Days Past September,” collage works by the local artist that employ vintage ephemera in fresh new compositions. Through May 31. Info, Info, 540-0474. Feldman’s Bagels in Burlington. Kasy Prendergast: Minimal abstract paintings by the local artist. Through May 2. Info, 578-7179. Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor. Kate Donnelly: “A Period of Confinement,” work created during a residency at Burlington City Arts, in which the 2013 Barbara Smail Award recipient explores the routines of everyday life through performance, sound and video. Info, 865-7166. TR Ericsson: “Crackle & Drag,” a portrait of the artist’s mother conveyed through photo-based work, sculptural objects and moving images. Through April 12. Info, 865-7165. 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. 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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f Midori Harima: “Roadside Picnic, Chapter Two,” an installation that continues a previous one in the gallery, and features cast street refuse, mobiles and a paper sculpture of a tree. Reception: Friday, April 11, 5-8 p.m. Through April 30. Info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington. 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. Through April 9. Info, 617-935-5040. Livak Fireplace Lounge and Gallery, UVM Dudley H. Davis Center, in Burlington. Sean Dye: “20 Years of Painting,” works in oil, pastel acrylic and mixed-media by the local artist. Through April 30. Info, 660-9005. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. ‘Telephone’: Since March 7, artists have invited another to bring in work, who invited another, and so on. The resulting exhibit is a visual conversation about who is making art in Vermont, who they turn to and how their collective work interacts. Through May 31. Info, 578-2512. The Soda Plant 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.

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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, April 3, 5-7 p.m. Through April 30. Info, 893-7860. Milton Municipal Complex.

Hannah Frigon On her website, Lyndonville photographer Hannah Frigon says she fell in love with her mother’s

Minolta at age 15 — or rather, with what she could see and capture through its lens. The Lyndon State College student has upgraded

her camera since then, but her vision remains fresh. “I still have that burning desire to capture and retain that image of people, places and things,” she writes. In her exhibit of 12 color images, titled “Coexisting Beauties,” at LSC’s Quimby Gallery, Frigon pairs at least two kinds of beauty — human and the natural world — and demonstrates her eye for color and evocative compositions. Through April 15. Pictured: “Radiant Rouge Reborn.” 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.

Shanley Triggs: “View From Within,” watercolors by the Vermont artist. Through June 2. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.

‘Supercool Glass’: An exhibit that spans two centuries of glassmaking, with items from the museum’s permanent collection and contemporary decorative and sculptural creations by Vermont and national artists. Through June 8. John Bisbee: “New Blooms,” wall and freestanding installations made entirely from foot-long nails. The Maine sculptor is the first-ever contemporary artist to show in the museum’s new, year-round venue. Through May 26. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum.

‘1864: Some Suffer So Much’: With objects, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit examines surgeons who treated Civil War soldiers on battlefields and in three Vermont hospitals, and also the history of post-tramautic stress disorder. Through December 31. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.

Julie A. Davis, Fiona Cooper Fenwick & Jane Neroni: “Landscape Perspectives,” paintings by the Vermont artists. Through April 20. Info, 343-2539. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Kate Longmaid: ‘Opening to Grace,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Through May 30. Info, 651-7535. Yoga Roots in Shelburne.

f Michael Strauss: Landscapes and still-life paintings in acrylic and ink. Reception: Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m., including poetry reading with Tony Magistrale. Through April 26. Info, 864-8001. Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. f Pete Boardman: Paintings and sculptures

inspired by the natural world. Reception: Friday, April 4, 6-8 p.m. Through May 31. Info, 658-2739. The ArtSpace at the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington.


f Ana Campanile: “Lapins Agiles,” studies in charcoal and pastel of feral hares in their element. Reception: Friday, April 4, 4-8 p.m. Through May 31. Info, 223-1431. Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier.

Corrina Thurston: “Wildlife in Colored Pencil,” vibrant animal stills. Through April 27. Info, The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier.

f Diane Donovan: Paintings of Northeast Kingdom landscapes. Reception: Friday, April 4, 4-8 p.m. Through April 30. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. ‘Interpreting the Interstates’: Compiling photographs from state archives taken between 1958 and 1978, the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont produced this exhibit, which aims to illustrate how the creation of the interstate highway system changed Vermont’s culture and countryside. Through April 26. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

‘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. Anne Cummings: Carbon-footprint portraits, local food and climate change eco-art, using 100 percent post-consumer materials. Second Floor Gallery. Jeneane Lunn: “Lights of Home,” oil paintings on canvas by the Vermont artist. Third Floor Gallery Through April 5. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.

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‘Art of Bethany’: Artworks by Will Adams, Kevin MacNeil Brown, Kimberley Greeno, Sarah Munro and Arthur Zorn in a variety of media. Proceeds support the work of the church in the community. Through April 13. Info, Bethany Church in Montpelier.

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.

‘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. Andrea Lilienthal: An installation consisting of acrylicpainted birch saplings by the Brooklyn-based artist. Through April 20. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

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call to artiStS 30 under 30: The Chaffee downtown Gallery seeks works in any medium by artists 29 and younger for an invitational exhibit may 2-30. extended deadline: April 9. info, 775-0356, 4tH annual JericHo plein air FeStiVal: Festival organizers invite artists to participate in this annual outdoors art event on July 19. work created on that day will be exhibited in the emile A. Gruppe Gallery July 20 to August 10. Registration: $20. deadline: may 15. info and registration materials, contact barbara Greene. info, 899-2974, annual Green Mountain watercolor exHibition: watercolor artists sought for an exhibit June 29 to July 26 in the mad River valley. Anticipating more than 2,000 visitors; monetary and merchandise awards. info at or Gmwe@moosewalkstudios. com. April 2-28. artS 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. info,

creatiVe coMpetition: For this monthly artist competition and exhibit, artists may drop off one display-ready piece in any medium and size to backspace Gallery, 266 pine street in burlington, between noon on wednesday and noon on Friday. entry $8. during the First Friday reception, 5-9 p.m., viewers can vote on their favorite work; the winning artist takes home the collective entry money. The work is then exhibited at backspace for the month. more info at Hue: photographers invited to submit work for upcoming juried exhibit. Color in photography has symbolism and meaning that travels beyond what you see. Juror: Al satterwhite. info, darkroom April 2-16. Milton artiStS’ Guild: The Guild is sponsoring a plein Air outdoor Art day in milton, vt., on saturday, may 17. Artists are invited to come and make art outdoors for free! All ages, skill levels and mediums are welcome. Registration begins may 17 at 7 a.m. at the milton Grange. Create until 1 p.m. preregistration starts on Friday, April 21: email pilar paulsen at, include name, city and contact. more info at miltonartistsguild. org. April 2-may 17. info, 831-224-5152.

‘landScape traditionS’: The new wing of the gallery presents contemporary landscape works by nine regional artists. Through January 1, 2015. rebecca kinkead: “local Color,” a collection of new paintings inspired by vermont’s flora and fauna. Through June 17. info, 253-8943. west branch Gallery & sculpture park in stowe.

you’Ve Got talent: area artiStS SHow: The Chandler Gallery in Randolph invites artists living in orange, windsor and washington counties to submit one display-ready work for this popular annual exhibit. entry: $10. work will be accepted on sunday, April 27, 2-5 p.m., and Tuesday, April 29, 4-7 p.m. only. The exhibit will be may 2 through June 15. info, 377-7602. 3V-CalvinCoolidge040214.indd 1


lamoille Family Center. Through April 29. info, 888-1261. morrisville post office. tara tHacker: Abstract porcelain sculptures by the vermont visiting artist and visual-arts director of the vermont studio Center. Through April 5. info, 635-1469. Julian scott memorial Gallery, Johnson state College.

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toM cullinS: Recent geometric abstractions by the burlington architect reflect his yearly trips to Greece with crisp light and intense color. Through June 17. info, 253-8943. upstairs at west branch in stowe.

mad river valley/waterbury bonnie barneS, carol boucHer & lynn newcoMb: black-and-white photography of yellowstone park, acrylic paintings, and etchings and steel sculpture, respectively. Through April 26. info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frameshop in waterbury.

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‘portraitS’: photography, drawing and painting created by young women in the learning Together program, a collaboration of River Arts and the

tHe warM SeaSonS: established and emerging artists are invited to submit one or two pieces in any medium (including but not limited to photography, painting, textiles, collage) suiting the theme for a show to be hung in the Jericho Town hall may through August. Jericho residents, the subject of your work(s) may be located in Jericho or anywhere else. Nonresidents, the subject of your work(s) must have some identifiable connection to the town of Jericho. Through April 15. info, 899-2974.


‘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.

SuMMer and Fall 2014 at allen HouSe: The Allen house multicultural Art Gallery at uvm seeks artists whose work addresses social justice, culture and identity, and helps advance multicultural education. paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, mixed media and group art accepted. Contact Roman Christiaens. April 2-may 1. info, 656-7990.


Harlan Mack: “draughts for every passing Game,” mixed-media drawings on tar paper and steel sculptures by the vermont artist. kent SHaw: photographs using long exposure times and depicting architecture, nightscapes and abstractions. Copley Common space Gallery. Through April 25. info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in morrisville.

one public art proJect rFp: burlington City Arts and Redstone have issued a Request For proposals from artists or artist teams for a public-art project in the city’s old North end — a mixed-use development at 237 North winooski Avenue. deadline: April 21. download details and drawing of development at Art_in_public_places/.

au Sable Hall SHow: professors in suNy plattsburgh’s school of business and economics are calling for 2-d and sculptural artwork for an exhibit in the new campus building. open to students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with the university. drop off at Room 239 on wednesday, April 9, or Friday, April 11, 1-5 p.m. exhibit April 14-17. info, ed lusk at or James Csipak at james.csipak@

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Carol MaCDonalD: “Spiritual Threads,” prints of knitting patterns by the Colchester artist. Through April 30. Info, 862-9037. Waterbury Congregational Church.

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‘JUICE Bar’ WIntEr ShoW: The annual rotating members’ show features works by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Jessica Straus, Kirsten Hoving and Richard E. Smith. Through April 5. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.


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‘CIrClIng thE ShElDon’: One-of-a-kind objects from the permanent collection, from buttons to peg legs to quilts to a high-wheel bicycle, illustrate the round theme. Through April 19. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

‘onE rooM SChoolS’: Photographs from the 1980s by Diana Mara Henry illustrate the end of an era in many rural small towns in Vermont. In the Vision & Voice Gallery. Through May 10. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

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BrEtt SIMISon: “The Pane in Empty Rooms: Frost and Breadloaf in the Green Mountains,” large-format, black-and-white photographs of the Breadloaf Wilderness area by the Vergennes photographer. Through May 9. Info, 388-1436. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

‘gUErrIlla gIrlS: art In aCtIon’: Students in a January 2014 museum studies course created this exhibition involving the museum’s compendium of posters and ephemera documenting the activities of anonymous female artist-activists. Through May 25. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art.

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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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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. Through April 25. annUal StUDEnt art ExhIBIt: A showcase of works by students K-12 in area schools and homeschooled. Through May 2. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland.


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. kEvIn DonEgan: “Lock Is Key and Other Conversations,” an eclectic selection of marble sculptures by the Burlington artist. Through May 24. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center Gallery in West Rutland.


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.

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f lESlIE BErnS anD ShEllEy WarrEn: “Stream,” nature-based video projections and still images, in which figures perform rituals against landscape backdrops, and objects and sound. Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-7 p.m. Through April 26. Info, 468-1266. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland.

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The Burlington artist and psychotherapist contributes luscious still-life paintings to Shelburne’s Yoga Roots studio in an exhibit titled “Opening to Grace.” Conceived in Bangkok, Longmaid was raised with Thai culture, and the Buddhist influence shows in her paintings, which she says “capture the fleeting moments that make up our daily lives.” Though primarily a portraitist, Longmaid has explored still life of late, working in the alla prima, or wet-on-wet, painting technique. We’d say the genre suits her. Her exhibit runs through May 30. Pictured: “Summer Hydrangeas.”

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‘Earth aS MUSE: BEaUty, DEgraDatIon, hoPE, rEgEnEratIon, aWakEnIng’: Artwork that celebrates the Earth’s beauty while reflecting on tensions between mankind and the environment by Fran Bull, Pat Musick, Harry A. Rich, Jenny Swanson and Richard Weis. Through April 4. Info, 258-3992. The Great Hall in Springfield. “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. “SUStaInaBlE ShEltEr: DWEllIng WIthIn thE forCES of natUrE”: An exhibition that examines new homebuilding strategies and technologies that help restore natural systems. Through May 26. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.

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‘flora: a CElEBratIon of floWErS In ContEMPorary art’: Vibrant floral works by 13 regional artists. Through June 22. JEnnIfEr StoCk: “Water Studies, Brattleboro,” a site-specific installation. Through May 4. JIM gIDDIngS: “Out of the Shadows,” paintings by the local artist. Through May 4. Info, 254-2771. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

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Gerry TreviTs: New oil paintings of the local landscape. Through April 11. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. HannaH FriGon: “Coexisting Beauties,” 12 color images by the Vermont photographer. Through April 15. Info, 535-8850. Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, in Lyndonville.

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‘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. Through April 26. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

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consecutive year, the Darkroom Gallery of Essex Junction has held a photography competition for Vermont high schoolers, giving students a chance to be juried and show their work in a professional setting. This year’s entries were chosen by Adriana Teresa and Graham Letorney of FotoVisura,

‘evolvinG PersPecTives: HiGHliGHTs From THe aFrican arT collecTion’: An exhibition of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection’s development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. Through December 20. ‘in residence: conTemPorary arTisTs aT darTmouTH’: This exhibit celebrates the school’s artist-in-residence program, which began in 1931, and presents works by more than 80 international artists who have participated in it since then. Through July 6. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.





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The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★★


ight films in, everybody goes to a new Wes Anderson release knowing exactly what to expect. That’s not a sign of predictability or imaginative limitation. On the contrary. It’s the sign of an artist who’s visionary in every aspect of his craft and has perfected an unmistakable signature style. I think of other filmmakers who’ve accomplished this — Tim Burton, Kubrick, Hitchcock, Tati, for example — and I’ve got to say I’m not sure anyone has succeeded at the level Anderson has. With his latest, the time has arrived to stop thinking of his movies as “great to look at” and to start thinking of them simply as great. The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson’s greatest achievement to date, the funniest yet most melancholy picture we’re likely to see for some time. Primarily set in the early 1930s, the story revolves around a fictional establishment in a fictional eastern European country atop the most fictional mountains ever to grace a live-action production. They look like Edward Gorey painted them. The palatial pink hotel was once magnificent, but by the time we check in, in the ’60s, it has seen better days. Anderson

— writing solo for the first time — begins by offering a tour and introducing the charming conceit that the guests are solitary beings who read, enjoy Turkish baths and take meals in the silent satisfaction of their own company. The long shot of the hotel’s opulent dining room filled with row after row of tables for one is a classic. GRAND SCHEME Anderson’s eighth and most impressive creation concerns YOUR YOUR THIS PAGE Then the unthinkable happens: A writer SCAN a colorful hotel concierge and enemies who will resort to anything to get played by Jude Law spots a mysterious figure WITH TEXT TEXT between him and his inheritance. LAYAR sitting in the lobby and asks the chatty desk SEE PROGRAM COVER HERE HERE clerk (Jason Schwartzman) about him. Later that evening, the writer and the guest, who of latex). She dies early on, leaving Gustave rectangular worlds of The Darjeeling Limited turns out to be the Grand Budapest’s owner, everything and setting in motion a chain of — as he has in the people who inhabit them. Mr. Moustafa (the great F. Murray Abraham), events that includes international pursuit, In The Grand Budapest Hotel (ironically, his homicidal progeny (Adrien Brody), young most elaborate dollhouse ever), the director dine together. The old man tells his story. It begins with his days as a bell boy love, a jailbreak, characters reciting poetry at displays a humanity and depth of feeling he apprenticed to the legendary concierge. the drop of a hat, the drop of a cat from a high hasn’t before, and takes a giant artistic step Gustave H. is a fabulous creation brought window and a secret society of concierges. toward a richer, more mature stage of his to unforgettable life by the last performer All this is set against a historical backdrop career. Brilliantly conceived, divinely designed, I’d ever imagine acclimating to Anderson’s dooming the world of the filmmaker’s personal universe — the normally ominous imagination to collide with the real world spectacularly acted and funny as hell, The Ralph Fiennes. He’s a revelation in the role in the days just before World War II. It’s a Grand Budapest Hotel offers a vacation from of this complicated, contradictory creature: joy ride, a flight of high-grade fancy and a the vacuous that I recommend without a man who demands perfection, whose taste ripping rollercoaster of a yarn. But it does reservation. As it turns out, we hadn’t a clue is impeccable and whose devotion to guests not end happily — or even wistfully — and what to expect after all. is unquestionable, and who has a thing for that’s a first for the filmmaker. RI C K KI S O N AK Until now, Anderson has tended to show wealthy old women. “She was dynamite in the sack,” Gustave as much interest in the places he creates — recalls of one (Tilda Swinton under miles The Life Aquatic’s Belafonte or the rolling






Noah ★★★★


oah has gotten a lot of flack for its free interpretation of the Genesis Flood narrative; even the Washington Post ran the clickbait headline “How accurate is Noah?” Leaving aside the question of whether religious texts themselves are “accurate,” or need to be, it’s worth noting that people didn’t always seek literalism in their biblical dramatizations. In the Renaissance, devout Catholics flocked to mystery plays that depicted Noah and his wife squabbling like sitcom characters. They knew scripture just fine; they wanted to be entertained by a storyteller’s imaginative retelling. That’s precisely what Noah is. Director Darren Aronofsky and his frequent cowriter Ari Handel haven’t added slapstick to scripture, as many anonymous authors of mystery plays did. Rather, they’ve given the story visual echoes of secular fantasies (like The Lord of the Rings) and elements of tragic drama that bring it closer to the Shakespearean tradition. Finally, they’ve slathered the whole construction with blockbuster-style epic grandeur as liberally as Noah (Russell Crowe) slathers his Ark with pitch. The resulting cinematic vessel has some leaks, but it’s not boring to watch it pitch and roll. The antediluvian part of the story takes place in a barren landscape reminiscent of The Road, with Noah and his family a last bastion of righteousness among the violent,

THE RAIN MUST FALL Crowe plays a conflicted version of the patriarch in Aronofsky’s take on the Flood story.

rapacious kin of Cain. After Noah receives his vision of divine destruction, he’s aided in his building of the Ark by Watchers, angels fallen from God’s grace because of their Promethean attempts to aid man after the Fall. They’re basically computer-animated rock piles, and the movie verges on silliness in scenes where these massive cairns bond with Noah’s sons or defend the Ark from the armed hordes of jealous Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone). Meanwhile, domestic trouble is a-brewing. Noah’s wife (Jennifer Connelly) wants their bloodline to continue after

the deluge, while his sons Shem and Ham (Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman) are eager to get themselves some conjugal action. But a walk through the hellish stronghold of Tubal-cain convinces Noah that mankind isn’t worth saving. It’s the Creator’s will, he decides, to let the beasts inherit the earth. Noah as radical environmentalist? The Flood story as a crisis-of-faith tale in which hope and humanism square off against moral absolutism? Noah is far from canonical, but Aronofsky’s fans will recognize its overweening philosophical ambitions from his 2006 flop The Fountain, and its trippy

visual style from most everything he’s done. The Creation story (retold by Noah) is a small hallucinatory masterpiece, and there’s an unforgettable shot of the Earth from space, its entire surface whorled by hurricanes. Once the rain falls and the story becomes Ark-bound, it’s less an epic than an overwrought chamber drama. Noah’s wife and foster daughter (Emma Watson) clash with the patriarch over the question of progeny, while Ham is tempted by violence. There are hints of King Lear in this family conflict, and Noah’s struggle to obey the cruel dictates of the Almighty (as he’s chosen to interpret them) evokes the Abraham and Isaac story. No doubt about it, Aronofsky has ditched the unquestioning Noah of Genesis for one whose God is distant and often inscrutable. This is a dark vision and not a feel-good affirmation, despite the animals boarding two by two. (Think twice about bringing young kids.) Yet the very elements that make Noah less viable as a biblical blockbuster also mark it as an earnest engagement with faith. Aronofsky’s version is far from literal, yet it’s suffused with the awe and terror appropriate to a deity’s very nearly genocidal wrath. The movie takes the central questions of religion too seriously to offer easy answers. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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DiVERgENtHH1/2 In a future society where everyone is supposed to have just one dominant virtue, a teen discovers she possesses more than one personality trait. Shailene woodley stars in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling ya novel, directed by neil burger (Limitless). with Theo James, Kate winslet and Miles teller. (139 min, Pg-13)


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BAD WoRDSHHH In Jason bateman’s feature directorial debut, the actor plays an adult with a bad attitude who crashes a kids’ high-stakes spelling bee. Kathryn hahn, allison Janney and Philip baker hall also star in this comedy. (89 min, R)

NYmpHomANiAc: Vol. 1: Perennial provocateur lars von trier brings us the tale of a sexually compulsive woman (charlotte gainsbourg) who tells her life story to an academic after he discovers her brutally beaten on the street. Vol. 2 has been released separately. with Stacy Martin, Stellan Skårsgard and Shia labeouf. (118 min, nR. Roxy)

300: RiSE oF AN EmpiREHH1/2 300 didn’t end so happily for those 300 Spartans. but the greeks step up to the plate against the invading Persian hordes in this belated sequel from director noam Murro (Smart People), based on frank Miller’s Xerxes. Sullivan Stapleton, lena headey and Eva green star. (102 min, R)

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Michigan authorities identified Jules Bahler, 21, as the suspect in three bank robberies after he posted his picture on Facebook holding a submachine gun like the one used in the holdups. When questioned, Bahler confessed to the robberies. (Smoking Gun)

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After Chicago Transit Authority train operator Brittney Haywood crashed into an escalator at O’Hare International Airport, sending 32 passengers to local hospitals, the head of CTA’s rail union vowed to fight any attempt to terminate her, even though she admitted dozing off at the controls for the second time in two months. Acknowledging that two dozing incidents “sounds bad,” Robert Kelley, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308, said, “Come on. We’ve all dozed off driving a train [or a car]. There’s a difference between dozing off and falling asleep.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Abuse, infidelity and lack of communication aren’t the only reasons Kuwaiti couples cite for seeking a divorce, according to recent filings in that land. A woman complained that she was “disgusted” by her husband of one week because he insisted on eating his peas with bread instead of a fork. Another woman objected that her

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During an argument with his girlfriend, Tyler Ford, 23, hit her with a textbook used in his anger management class, according to sheriff’s deputies in Spartanburg County, S.C. (Greenville’s WYFF-TV) Honey Dew Donuts announced it was opening a branch at the Quincy, Mass., YMCA but that it won’t sell doughnuts. “It’s definitely tailored to the healthy lifestyle the Y supports,” YMCA official Sara Trubiano explained. (Quincy’s Patriot Ledger)


After border officials in Ontario arrested Louis DiNatale, 46, accusing him of trying to smuggle a loaded handgun into Canada, the Kentucky resident insisted that he and his wife didn’t want to enter Canada in the first place. He explained they were on a road trip to upstate New York when they were “misdirected by an unreliable GPS.” They arrived at the border crossing, where DiNatale admitted owning a gun, explaining “it was my right as an American citizen to do so,” but denied having it with him. Agents searched the car and found a Bersa .380 handgun stowed in the center console that DiNatale said he had forgotten was there. The retired Army sergeant major faces three years in a Canadian prison. (Los Angeles Times)

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After the U.S. Drought Monitor declared northern Arizona to be “abnormally dry,” Flagstaff decided to allocate 440,000 gallons of drinkable water to make snow for the city’s third annual Urban Ski and Snowboard Festival. Flagstaff official Kimberly Ott defended the plan, citing “the economic benefit to the community.” The city rejected using reclaimed water to make snow, arguing that potable water is cleaner and more comfortable for snowboarders and skiers. “There would be people upset if it was reclaimed water,” down-

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Faced with having to pay its customers refunds or rate deductions from its excessive profits, as required by a 2007 law, Virginia’s Dominion Power successfully lobbied state lawmakers to pass a bill allowing the utility to deduct most of its research spending. As a result, instead of having projected excess profits of $280 million in the two-year regulatory period, which would have triggered savings for customers under the old law, the new measure allows it to deduct $400 million spent on nuclear energy research, denying its customers any savings. (Washington Post) Duke Energy anticipates hiking its rates to cover environmental cleanup in Carolina and Indiana, which Duke chief financial officer Steve Young pointed out “have a strong record of allowing utilities to recover costs related to environmental compliance investments.” Cost recovery means charging customers rather than taking costs out of company profits, which would lower earnings for shareholders, among them Gov. Pat McCrory, who has received more than $1 million in campaign donations from the utility. (Raleigh’s WRAL-TV)

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In his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera says that the brain has “a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.” In the coming days, it will be especially important for you to tap into this power spot in your own grey matter, Aries. You need to activate and stir up the feelings of enchantment that are stored there. Doing so will make you fully alert and available for the new delights that will be swirling in your vicinity. The operative principle is like attracts like.


caNceR (June 21-July 22): The Cancerian

artist rembrandt became one of the world’s greatest painters. It was a struggle. “I can’t paint the way they want me to paint,” he said about those who questioned his innovative approach. “I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can’t do it. I just can’t do it!” We should be glad the master failed to meet his critics’ expectations. His work’s unique beauty didn’t get watered down. but there was a price to pay. “That is why I am just a little crazy,” rembrandt concluded. Here’s the moral of the story: to be true to your vision and faithful to your purpose, you may have to deal with being a little crazy. Are you willing to make that trade-off?

leo (July 23-Aug. 22): The Indian spiritual

teacher nisargadatta Maharaj offered a three-stage fable to symbolize one’s progression toward enlightenment. In the first stage, you are inside a cage located in a forest where a tiger prowls. you’re protected by the cage, so the tiger can’t hurt you. on the other hand, you’re trapped. In the second stage, the tiger is inside the cage and you roam freely through the forest. The beautiful animal is trapped. In the third stage, the tiger is out of the cage and you have tamed it. It’s your ally and you are riding around on its back. I believe this sequence has resemblances to the story you’ll be living in the coming months. right now you’re inside the cage and the tiger is outside. by mid-May the tiger will be in the cage and you’ll be outside. by your birthday, I expect you to be riding the tiger.

(Aug. 23-sept. 22): What is “soul work,” anyway? It’s like when you make an unpredictable gift for someone you love. or when you bravely identify one of your unripe qualities and resolve to use all your willpower and ingenuity to ripen it. soul work is when you wade into a party full of rowdy drunks and put your meditation skills to the acid test. It’s like when you teach yourself not merely to tolerate smoldering ambiguity, but to be amused by it and even thrive on it. Can you think of other examples? It’s soul Work Week for you.

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): Are you close to anyone who is a catalytic listener? Is there a person who tunes in to what you say with such fervent receptivity that you get inspired to reveal truths you didn’t realize you knew? If so, invite this superstar out to a free lunch or two in the coming days. If not, see if you can find one. of course, it is always a blessing to have a heart-to-heart talk with a soul friend, but it is even more crucial than usual for you to treat yourself to this luxury now. Hints of lost magic are near the surface of your awareness. They’re still unconscious, but could emerge into full view during provocative conversations with an empathetic ally. scoRpio (oct. 23-nov. 21): on my blog, I

quoted author ray bradbury: “you must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” I asked my readers what word they would use in place of “writing” to describe how they avoided being destroyed by reality. Popular responses were love, music, whiskey, prayer, dreams, gratitude and yoga. one woman testified that she stayed drunk on sexting, while another said “collecting gargoyles from medieval cathedrals,” and a third claimed her secret was “jumping over hurdles while riding a horse.” There was even a rebel who declared she stayed drunk on writing so she could destroy reality. My question is important for you to meditate on, scorpio. right now you must do whatever’s necessary to keep from being messed with by reality.

sagittaRiUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): Does your mother know what you are up to these days? Let’s hope not. I doubt if she would fully approve, and that might inhibit your enthusiasm for the experiments you are exploring.

It’s probably best to keep your father out of the loop as well, along with other honchos, cynics or loved ones who might be upset if you wander outside of your usual boundaries. And as for those clucking voices in your head: Give them milk and cookies, but don’t pay attention to their cautious advice. you need to be free of the past, free of fearful influences and free of the self you’re in the process of outgrowing.

capRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): for the foreseeable future, I urge you not to spend much time wrangling with bureaucrats and know-it-alls. Avoid frustrating projects that would require meticulous discipline. Don’t even think about catching up on paperwork or organizing your junk drawer or planning the next five years of your career. Instead, focus on taking long meandering walks to nowhere in particular. Daydream about an epic movie based on your life story. flirt with being a lazy bum. Play noncompetitive games with unambitious people. Here’s why: Good ideas and wise decisions are most likely to percolate as you are lounging around doing nothing — and feeling no guilt for doing nothing. aQUaRiUs

(Jan. 20-feb. 18): Are you waiting? Are you wondering and hoping? Are you calculating whether you are needed, and if so, how much? Do you wish the signs were clearer about how deeply you should commit yourself? Are you on edge as you try to gauge what your exact role is in the grand scheme of things? I’m here to deliver a message from the universe about how you should proceed. It’s a poem by emily Dickinson: “They might not need me but – they might – / I’ll let my Heart be just in sight – / A smile so small as mine might be / Precisely their necessity.”

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I’m newly single after 20 years of marriage and kids, and

I’m just relearning how to date. I met someone through an ad that I took out recently, and he is amazing. We have a really strong emotional connection, but I feel I should wait to have sex with him. He’s not pressuring me, but he really wants to, and I’m sort of scared that if I make him wait any longer, he’ll get impatient and lose interest. He says he can wait, but I don’t know whether to believe him. I’m also afraid of being played. I really want this man to value me, but will having sex too soon send the wrong message? How do I know if I’m picking a good guy, and a good fit for me, before jumping in? The last time I dated was the late ’80s. There’s no magic number, but does waiting a bit make sense — say, four or five dates? (I waited six months when my husband and I were dating.) Can you help me figure out the rules of engagement?


Newly Single and Scared

Dear Newly S&S,

Whoa, slow down, woman. Have you given yourself a chance to really sink into the idea that you are now single? You were married for 20 years — that’s a long time of being a “we.” It’s really important for you to enjoy some “me” time before rushing into a new relationship — or into bed. Give yourself a while to “come down” from your previous longterm commitment. After breaking up with my first live-in boyfriend, it took me ages to stop making meals for two. One day, while staring into pan full of scrambled eggs (just the way he liked them), I thought, I can’t eat all this! I realized I hadn’t started living just for me yet. This is the first step. Date you again, pick the movie you want to see, make your eggs how you like them and take up all the room in the bed. It’s all about you right now. When you are ready to share your time and body with someone, you will know — it’s not about how many dates you’ve been on. You’ve been part of a couple for so long, my guess is you need to relearn how to listen to your own voice, without the distraction of someone else’s needs and wants. You say you’re afraid of being “played.” Make a list of what qualities a trustworthy partner has. Does this new fellow possess them? Does he do what he says he’s going to do? Do you feel safe and comfortable with him? Can you say and do what you want around him? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, maybe he isn’t right for you. If you were able to say “yes” to all, that’s great. But regardless, take as much time as you need to redefine yourself in this new life. Make sure you feel self-confident and don’t rely on the new guy or anyone else to determine that. The rules of engagement are yours to make, whether that means a three-date or three-month minimum before sex. Mr. Right will respect your boundaries, whatever they are.

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Clean, Fit, Curious, Adventure Seeker Hey there pretty girl, I’m just curious about having an amazing, sexy time with a laid-back, clean, cute and fit girl (or couple) like myself. Just a one-time thing or FWB if we really rock each other’s worlds. 420-fueled outdoor adventures, followed by eating a smooth, clean, pretty pussy is my ultimate dream! Twenties, grad school education, petite, fun! dwntwnskigrl, 29, l

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Midnite Mary If that’s your real name. Turns out I was really drunk, you probably knew that. It’s my best excuse for asking some of your favorite questions. I’m guessing you don’t typically read these, but you may be curious. Pretty sure you enjoy the chase as much as I, with a worthy antagonist of course. I’ll keep questions to a minimum. When: Friday, March 28, 2014. Where: Midnite at Postive Pie Montpelier. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912097 extra sauce at neW World To the beautiful blonde in search of every possible sauce for your cheese flat. Total babe of the month. When: saturday, March 29, 2014. Where: new World tortilla. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912096 Pingala sun energy liFe Force Saturday midday, 3/29: Pingala Cafe. We took your table upon you leaving, yet you lingered beneath the Goreau mural, beautiful dark braids, olive coat and gray bag (and awesome mud boots). I sat directly opposite you staring, red and black flannel, with a little boy (my son) and friend. I felt so compelled to meet you. Hi! Tea? Happiness? When: saturday, March 29, 2014. Where: Pingala cafe. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912095 oh My Foot Mittens! To my double-chinned Indianian: Welcome to the dirty! This is certainly cause for celebration, so let’s eat, drink, laugh and bed dance! Looking forward to this new adventure as it seems to only get better! Happy 30 Handsome! #yourethemanyourethemanyouretheman :))) When: Friday, april 4, 2014. Where: Winooski. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912094 ny Pizza oven You were the dark-haired, bearded guy wearing a baseball cap waiting for food with another man at 8 p.m. on the 28th. I was the bearded guy in an army-colored baseball cap and black jacket also waiting. I nodded on my way out. You are smokin’ hot! Would love to treat you to a beer or coffee sometime. When: Friday, March 28, 2014. Where: new york Pizza oven. you: Man. Me: Man. #912093

rosie We made eye contact while I was at work. I know you’re leaving in a couple months, but let’s grab coffee sometime. I would love to get to know you. When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Where: Burlington. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912091

yoga instructor at the hc You are beautiful, smart and all-around amazing. I see you most Wed. nights teaching, around Burlington and out in Richmond. You are perfect! I would love to spend the rest of my days learning your moves. When: Friday, august 30, 2013. Where: 3 needs. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912089 all i Wanted Was calaMari And you. ;) Sadly, they didn’t have it. But it was good to catch up on Sunday. PS: I like it when you’re feisty. When: sunday, March 23, 2014. Where: Winooski. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912088 BashFul(?) Brunette at MarketPlace Fitness We have occasionally exchanged smiles over the past couple of months. You are gorgeous. I generally leave people alone at the gym. No idea what I’d even say at this point. You have brown hair, very nice eyes and wear bright green Nikes. When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Where: Marketplace Fitness. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912087 Plane to Paradise You were wearing a flannel shirt and cargo pants and we were both on a flight from Burlington to Atlanta. You were heading to Mexico for your 30th. It was nice chatting, Steven, and I should have given you my number. When: Monday, March 17, 2014. Where: plane to atlanta. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912086 MaPleField’s dark and handsoMe To my unshaven mystery man who gas-pump flirts with me: you make my day. Sorry I haven’t gotten your name. Me: petite, dark-haired cutie. You: the type I like. Where: Maplefield’s on Williston Rd. When: Thursday, March 20, 2014. Where: Maplefield’s. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912085 art store serendiPity I was buying eggs at the register at the art store (this is not a metaphor). You walked in and stood behind me to ask a question. I turned and was socks-knocked-off to see your amber-ringed eyes smiling at me. You have a coiffed “do” of paynes gray and zinc white (me, too). Would you like a portrait painted? When: saturday, March 22, 2014. Where: the drawing Board. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #912084

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aPPleBee’s Bar The auburn-haired, incredible-looking woman with the black with white-striped sleeves? White gold? Hoop earrings. Had a Santa Fe salad with a diet Coke. Me: the luckiest male in Applebee’s sitting on your right at the bar. Struggling to strike up a conversation, failed. Kicking myself all the way home. I would love a second chance. If the feelings are mutual. When: Friday, March 28, 2014. Where: applebee’s bar. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912092

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kisMet? You came in to meet friends for brunch and began a conversation at the bar where I was dining about the ridiculousness of movies like Tootsie, which purport to be wom’n-positive but are really cloaked old-order misogyny. I laughed outright, our eyes met with crinkly delight. Your analysis added the just-right spice to my huevos rancheros. Thanks. Americano? When: saturday, March 29, 2014. Where: Montpelier, kismet. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #912083 FilM enthusiast at gMFF You were waiting with friends to attend the film on Rwanda’s first-ever women’s drumming circle. I rushed in to nab a good seat. You are often about town with some of those same friends. Seeing you is always a pleasure. You have short, salt-and-pepper hair (mainly pepper); I have collar-length salt-and-pepper hair (mainly salt). When: sunday, March 30, 2014. Where: Pavilion in Montpelier. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #912082 MurPhy’s at city Market Purchasing Murphy’s for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations pretty much makes you a rockstar. Needless to say I complimented you at the register for your decision. I really should have asked you out but did not realize it until I was driving away. Let’s have a belated St. Patrick’s Day celebration over a few pints of Murphy’s sometime. When: sunday, March 16, 2014. Where: city Market. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912081 BFd eMt FroM Jericho Saw you at Hannaford in Essex, March 24, first time in a decade. Was great to see you! Kicking myself for letting you just walk away. Would love to continue our conversation over coffee and/or dinner. We have a lot of catching up to do! If interested contact me here, or still have same # if you can find it. When: Monday, March 24, 2014. Where: hannaford essex. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912080 kansas girl at hoWard Me: black leather coat and shaven head. You: pink hoodie and black leggings. Seems like our lives have followed similar paths. Would you like to meet up some time? When: tuesday, March 25, 2014. Where: howard center. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912079

WaterBury adventure We met for the first time, but it felt as if we had known each other for years. Is it fate? We let our emotional guard down and let everything out to see where the bitter March winds took them ... it was no place warm, but it was paradise. Until next time, thinking of you. When: Friday, March 21, 2014. Where: Waterbury B&B. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912078 neW Moon Monday Beauty You: dark hair, grey sweatshirt. Me: blue hat. Spent a couple hours at New Moon trying to do work but couldn’t help noticing you in the back. Would love to buy you a coffee sometime! When: Monday, March 24, 2014. Where: new Moon. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912077 a Pho-tunate Meeting? Your striking white hair caught my eye as you arrived, and I liked how intently and lovingly you seemed to be conversing with the woman with whom you were dining (your daughter?). We exchanged a long, appreciative look as my group was departing. You seem like someone I’d like to know! Might you be up for some pho sometime? When: saturday, March 22, 2014. Where: Pho hong, Burlington. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912076 on the chair at sMuggs I know, like most of these I Spy ads, I should have asked more about you but I had such an amazing couples lift rides with you. Me: light-blue ski pants, black jacket. You: just beautiful. I know we had a great ski day. When: saturday, March 22, 2014. Where: smuggs. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912075 that handsoMe gaP-toothed sMile! I see you walking around all over Montpelier and finally found the courage to say something to you the other day. You were so great. I’m hoping you were trying to sweet talk me a little bit. I heard you have a big birthday coming up and I would love to take you out to celebrate. See you soon, handsome. When: Thursday, March 20, 2014. Where: Montpelier. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912074 st. Patrick’s day at Mckee’s St. Patrick’s Day at McKee’s in Winooski, around 10 p.m. or so. You were the cute blonde that I exchanged glances and smiles with. We exchanged “come over here” a couple of times. I couldn’t bring myself to interfere with the guy hitting on you, didn’t want to crash his night :). I was wearing blue. Meet somewhere? When: Monday, March 17, 2014. Where: Winooski. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912073 looking For vtvalleygirl You replied to my ad on a dating site but I’m no longer a member. You liked what I said about life and said yours was good enough. If you would like it to be more than just enough, let me know. Maybe we can get together some time. When: Friday, March 21, 2014. Where: interweb. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912071

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John Bisbee: New Blooms

New work by John Bisbee. The Maine sculptor transforms everyday nails into works of art by manipulating individual spikes and welding them for the finished form.

New Blooms is made possible by a gift from Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic.

Supercool Glass is made possible by a gift from Diana and John Colgate and the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation.


A new exhibition that highlights aesthetic and technological trends in American glassmaking over two centuries. Objects from Shelburne Museum’s collection are juxtaposed with works by contemporary glass artists.


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