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[Re “Next Act,” March 26]: In the sidebar entitled “Les Misérables by the Numbers,” it incorrectly says that the original Broadway production began in 1983. Les Misérables opened on Broadway on March 12, 1987. Also, under info it says “Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Shönberg.” It should read “... by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Shönberg.” Mark Conrad
one shot per day — hardly a “staggering” amount, or enough to make one stagger. Even if the colonials did knock back seven shots a day, what’s the big deal? That’s only half a pint, such a paltry amount that it constituted the Royal Navy’s daily rum ration for each sailor throughout the years when Britannia ruled the waves. The book, and the review, confirm the fact that we live in prissily abstemious times … and that we’ve gotten lousy at arithmetic.
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[Re “Flips, Grogs and Rattle-Skulls,” April 2]: In his review of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England, Ethan de Seife quotes author Corin Hirsch as remarking that “The quantity that people drank was surprising to me,” and cites a statistic from her book: “By the beginning of the Revolutionary War, every colonist above the age of 15 drank about 3.7 gallons of spirit per year. That’s the equivalent of seven shots of liquor per day” — a “staggering” amount, according to Hirsch. I spent a few minutes with a regulation-size shot glass and a measuring cup and proved that this calculation is so far off as to arouse suspicion that Hirsch was having a few herself when she came up with it. There are 112 shots in a gallon, and 414.4 in 3.7 gallons. Divide 414.4 by 365, and you come up with a bit more than
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I was dismayed to read John Aherns’ letter to the editor titled “Milk Myths” [Feedback, February 19]. I am an agricultural science teacher at the Cold Hollow Career Center. I have coached a dairy foods and milk quality team for over 30 years, taking many state winning teams on to regional and national competitions. I had my students read the letter. It was a great opportunity to teach students to read critically for facts, since they are well versed in milk quality and the dairy industry. They were very upset that someone would write erroneous information about milk, so they wrote letters to the editor. We did not wade into the raw-milk debate in these letters, since both sides use data to strengthen their side of the debate.
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ince returning to state politics in 2007, PETER SHUMLIN has spoken clearly, compellingly and often about the perils of climate change. Back in 2010, when he ran the Vermont Senate, he led the charge to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. As governor, he’s been a tireless champion of the renewable energy industry. So why, as Shumlin nears the end of his second two-year term, are Vermont environmentalists getting on his case? In short, they don’t think he’s put his money — or, more accurately, the state’s money — where his mouth is. That’s especially true, they say, when it comes to reducing the flow of phosphorous into Vermont’s rivers and Lake Champlain, where toxic algae blooms have taken hold. Last week, when the Shumlin administration submitted a new draft plan to the Environmental Protection Agency to tackle the problem, those environmentalists stepped up their criticism. “We’re at the point where we’re saying we’re really beginning to doubt the governor’s seriousness about a clean Lake Champlain,” said CHRIS KILIAN, who directs the Conservation Law Foundation’s Vermont office. It was Kilian’s organization that prompted the latest back-and-forth with the feds. After CLF sued the EPA in 2008, the agency threw out Vermont’s water-quality plan in 2011 and demanded a stronger one. But Kilian and his allies say Shumlin’s latest proposal still relies too heavily on educational and voluntary measures, while it lacks sufficient regulatory resolve and defined funding sources. Further unnerving environmentalists last week was the governor’s statement at a press conference that “we shouldn’t raise Vermont money until we get every penny that we can out of the federal government.” Vermont Natural Resources Council executive director BRIAN SHUPE disagrees. He argues that the administration should stop “kicking the can down the road” and invest in its waterways now. “The governor is often, from a rhetorical standpoint, a strong advocate for the environment,” Shupe said. “But these indications that we’re not going to fund state programs to clean up the water is a reason for concern that he’s not committed to doing that.” In February, the legislature tried to force Shumlin’s hand. It passed legislation calling on the administration to identify, by April 15, “five priority actions” the state must take to clean up Lake Champlain — and two proposals to fund those efforts. “It was an expression of legislative
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frustration,” explained Rep. DAVID DEEN (D-Westminster), who chairs the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources. Two weeks ago, Shumlin allowed the bill to become law without his signature, though his staff indicated he simply would not comply with it. According to spokesman SCOTT CORIELL, the governor “agrees with the sentiment and purpose behind the bill” but found the bill’s deadline “unworkable.” “Rather than veto an otherwise acceptable bill, the governor took the action he did with the understanding that the legislature plans to amend the deadline to a later date,” Coriell said.
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But Shumlin’s refusal to veto a bill he plans to ignore struck some as supremely cynical — particularly following his refusal last year to comply with a legislative mandate to identify how he’d finance his proposed health care reforms. To Vermont Conservation Voters political director LAUREN HIERL, it was “just another example of his failure to lead on environmental issues when it comes time to make hard choices and commit real resources to things like cleaning up our state waters.” That’s quite a statement coming from VCV, the political advocacy group formerly known as the League of Conservation Voters and now an affiliate of the VNRC. “I completely understand their skepticism,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner DAVID MEARS, Shumlin’s point man on water-quality issues. “The state and the federal government, frankly, have, to date, not delivered on promises to address this category of pollution. We’re proposing to do something very substantial. But it is a plan, so I appreciate that, from the environmental community’s standpoint, they’ll believe it when they see it.” By and large, Shumlin’s environmental critics tend to praise those he’s appointed to top positions in the Agency of Natural Resources — including Mears, who actually represented CLF when it sued the EPA. But they question whether the governor’s
office has provided those appointees the support they need to get the job done. “I think that misses the mark,” Mears said, noting that, “A, he picked me, and, B, I have not had one single constraint on my recommendations other than what you’d expect from a governor of any stripe.” And not every environmentalist sees the glass half empty. “Who was stronger on Vermont Yankee than Peter Shumlin? Nobody,” said Rep. TONY KLEIN (D-East Montpelier), who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. “You can’t be everything and you can’t do everything,” he said. “When you look at the differences between this administration and the previous administration, the previous administration did nothing. It just held the course, which meant we went backwards.”
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Whatever problems Vermont’s environmental community may have with Shumlin, they pale in comparison to those it has with the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. Dominated by opponents of ridgeline wind, the five-member panel has developed a reputation for hostility toward the renewable energy industry. Its chairman, Sen. BOB HARTWELL (D-Bennington), pushed for a moratorium on large-scale wind projects, opposed the recent expansion of the state’s net metering program and raised questions about the safety of smart meters. And, as it turns out, he’s not convinced that humans are largely responsible for climate change. “I think what I don’t like about the extremists on the climate issue … is that somehow this is all being caused by human behavior. There is a significant natural phenomenon that is also going on, in my view,” Hartwell told Seven Days. “They think if you don’t blame it all on anthropomorphic sources, that somehow you don’t understand it. And they’re just wrong about that.” “To suggest that mankind is causing the whole climate to shift, that’s a big reach,” he added. “I don’t think anybody’s ever proved that.” In fact, they have. Less than two weeks ago, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fifth major report examining the science of the subject. And its conclusions were clearer than ever: “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.” But Hartwell doesn’t think much of the IPCC, a United Nations-affiliated association of hundreds of scientists.
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“I have some concerns about the UN commission on climate change,” he said. “They’ve come out with some pretty extreme statements about what’s going on, and I don’t know whether they’re true or not, but I’m going to reserve judgment.” In Hartwell’s view, “There’s a lot of science that says it isn’t happening the way the really aggressive commentators say it is. There’s other very credible people who say it isn’t true.” So if humans aren’t responsible for climate change, what is? “I don’t know,” Hartwell said. “But if you go back through the history of time, you have ice ages and you have warming spells, and you have ice ages and you have significant cooling spells. I don’t know what causes it, historically, but there have been huge climate shifts before mankind came along and started creating air pollution.” According to Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Hartwell’s views are “troubling.” “This is a common perspective on Fox News, but it is not what one would expect from the chair of an energy and environment committee in any state, much less Vermont,” he said. “It helps to explain, perhaps, why the chairman has such a hostile view toward renewable energy development. I guess, in his mind, you can’t solve a problem that doesn’t exist.”
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Two days before he lost his job last week as president and CEO of Vermont Public Television, John King warned the station’s board of directors they might be personally on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. In an email he sent to board members last Monday, King wrote that the VPT board had racked up $150,000 in legal expenses in January and February as it tangled with King and fought allegations of improperly closed meetings. Describing the legal bills as “exorbitant and unprecedented,” King said the board had already spent “more than six times the [station’s] annual budget for legal expenses” in just two months. “Frankly, continuing to spend at the current rate will be financially disastrous for the organization and a public relations catastrophe,” he wrote. What’s more, King alleged, a directors and officers liability insurance claim, which could have covered the costs, was denied by the station’s insurance company. And after speaking with his own attorney, King said he had come to the conclusion that the station “cannot expend member and taxpayer monies” to pay the board’s legal bills, because it had not followed proper procedure when it retained counsel. Therefore, he wrote, “All members of the board (including me) would share equally in this liability, amounting to personal
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round 4 a.m. on March 27, a bright light shone into the homes on Lafountain and Leclair streets in Winooski, sending residents scrambling from their beds to their windows. Looking out, they saw a helicopter whirring overhead. Like something out of a Hollywood thriller, it illuminated a nearby three-story home that was swarming with police. “It was like a movie,” said one neighbor, who declined to give his name. “It was quite a show.” With such a spectacular show of force, who were the authorities targeting that morning? Escaped killers? International fugitives? Nope. Police say they were chasing criminals who threatened public safety — including one accused of being a conduit for out-of-state heroin dealers. “We’re dealing with dangerous people who commit serious crimes, and any resource available to us to make it safer for the officers and the targets, we’ll use,” 9:43 AM Winooski Police Chief Steve McQueen said. “If they wanted to jump out of a window and take off in a car, I’d rather have a helicopter following them than a bunch of cruisers.” The chopper came from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Plattsburgh, N.Y., McQueen said, and it did not cost Winooski taxpayers a dime. He simply took the federal agency up on its long-standing offer to assist local police departments. The practice is not without controversy. Critics and civil libertarians fret that federal law-enforcement agencies, especially those operating in border areas, are wasting money by working with local police on cases that don’t rank as national priorities. “This is about the militarization of local police forces,” said Allen Gilbert, executive director of Vermont’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. “This country has long opposed the use of the military to do internal policing, and what we’re starting to see is the seeping of military materials and weapons into local policing. It’s something we should all be fighting.” Winooski police counter that the raid shut down a local heroin-trading hub and may well yield additional arrests in an ongoing investigation.
“We got the jump on them,” McQueen said. “No violence, no weapons. You never know.” Warrants and affidavits filed in Chittenden Superior Court and U.S. District Court give the following account. The Winooski police and federal agents had been investigating the apartment for possible drug distribution since mid-February. With the help of two cooperating informants — at least one of whom was paid $100 — authorities generated evidence that several people who lived or spent time in the apartment were dealing heroin. Investigators persuaded a Chittenden County judge to grant them a sweeping search warrant. On February 12, an informant called Hey to order two $20 bags of heroin, the court records allege. At Hey’s instruction, the informant met two of her associates at the Gulf station on nearby Main Street and bought the drugs. The next day, a second confidential informant allegedly purchased heroin from Griffith, described in court papers as Hey’s “significant other,” at the nearby Shell station, according to the affidavit. On February 27, the first informant called Hey and bought $40 of heroin inside her apartment. A fugitive from New York named Tyshawn Mack, who has pleaded not
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Sharing with relatives is seen as “an essential part of having human relationships” in many of the countries f rom which ref ugees come, Scott says. American cul ture, she notes, “focuses much more on the good of the individual.” “In my culture, we have to look af ter our parents,” says Khadka, who works in the housekeeping unit at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He says he sends money to his mother, f ather, two sisters and their f amilies three or four times a year — sometimes less. He and his wife, who works at Vermont Teddy Bear, rent a home near the Burlington International Airport. His relatives in the camp in Nepal sometimes beg him to provide remittances, Khadka says. “They call again and again — sometimes they’re crying — asking for money,” recounts the father of two. It’s a similar struggle for Ndabagiriye Renovat, a refu gee from Burundi in central Africa who washes dishes at a spa in Essex. He says it can be difficult to scratch together $100 to send to relatives in a country that may be on the verge of renewing ethnic conflict that claimed hundreds of thousands of victims in the 1990s. But, Renovat says, he does what he can. “They need my help,” he says. “They’re very poor.” Some recent immigrants are f earf ul of the imagined consequences of sending money home, notes Ratsebe at the AALV. Clients who are initially dependent on public assistance sometimes worry that it will be taken away if they send even a f ew dollars to the f amilies they lef t behind, she explains. “There’s misconceptions of what the government can and cannot do,” Ratsebe says. A majority of the approximately 1,200 Mexicans and Central Americans working on Vermont dairy farms regu larly send money to their families back home — and few of them have bank accounts here or there. “I don’t know of any who don’t make remittances,” says Brendan O’Neill, an or ganizer for the Burlington-based Migrant Justice program. It may actually be somewhat easier for the farmworkers to make relatively sizable money transfers — the equiva lent of half of their earnings or more, according to O’Neill. Although most make $10 an hour or less, they often work up to 80 hours a week. O’Neill speculates, “Their housing P E T E R DEn g expenses are covered and they seldom leave the farms, so Like many other Vermont ref ugees who managed what else are they going to spend it on?” to escape cruel treatment and abject deprivation, Deng A portion of their remittances goes to Western Union says the decision to help those lef t behind is almost au - in the f orm of f ees that O’Neill says have increased sub tomatic. “If you have something here, you’d feel shame at stantially in the past f ew years. “It’s a racket,” he says. not sending it.” “Western Union is making piles of money off the fees they “I know what it’s like,” adds Durga Khadka, a Bhutanese charge.” refugee who moved to Vermont in 2010 after spending 20 Paula Barifouse, Western Union’s corporate communiyears in a camp in Nepal. “There’s little to eat, the housing cations chief for Latin America and the Caribbean, writes is very bad. When it rains, water comes through the roof.” in an email that it costs $5 to wire up to $50 to Mexico Ahmed Qorwa, a Somali who lived f or many years at from a U.S. location. The fee is a flat $8 for sums between a refugee camp in Kenya, says through a translator at the $50 and $1,000. AALV that whenever he’s able, he transf ers f unds to his The company has “a multi-tier fee structure,” Barifouse mother, who’s still in that camp. Qorwa makes doughnuts adds, with the rates charged to customers varying in ac at Koffee Kup Bakery in Burlington. It’s not easy to provide cordance with “where a money transf er is sent f rom, for his own family in Vermont and also send help halfway where it is sent to, how quickly the funds need to arrive (in around the world, Qorwa says. “But no matter what, she’s minutes, next-day), the channel selected (e.g., agent loca my mother.” tion, wu.com or telephone) and a variety of other factors.” Family obligation is a powerful motivator in societies Clark says her division of the Vermont Department constructed around extended households, notes Judy of Financial Regulation has no record of consumer com Scott, f ormer director of the resettlement program. plaints against Western Union or MoneyGram. fi LE: MATT h Ew Th ORSEn
t can be argued that Vermont’s most lif e-altering financial transactions aren’t happening in its banks and credit unions but over the counters of Rite Aids, Price Choppers, Kinney Drugs and Hannafords across the state. New Americans who may be earning the minimum wage here collectively transf er thousands of dollars each week to Af rica, Asia and Central America. Thirty-nine money transmitters are licensed in the state of Vermont, ac cording to Sue Clark, director of regulatory and consumer affairs at the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation. And that includes Amazon, Google and PayPal. But most New Americans use MoneyGram and Western Union to wire funds to family members in their impoverished homelands, many of whom live f ar f rom anything that remotely resembles a bank. Known as re mittances, the money helps to buy food, secure housing and pay the school fees required in countries that don’t provide free public education. Western Union, which is still ubiquitous, provides this service at 181 retail locations throughout Vermont. “It’s a very common practice,” says Thato Ratsebe, assistant director of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV). Her group, based in Burlington’s Old North End, aids Af ricans and immigrants f rom other continents. “People here send money f or basics and also to help a relative get out of a ref ugee camp by paying f or immigration f orms and buying a plane ticket.” And they pay Western Union up to 10 cents on the dollar to do so. What seems like a modest sum of money to a middleclass U.S. citizen may represent a veritable bounty to someone subsisting in a ref ugee camp. “One hundred dollars is enough to live on there f or a month,” says Htun Sein, a Burmese Vermonter who uses MoneyGram to wire f unds to his three sisters and their f amilies inside Burma, as well as to a niece in a ref ugee camp in Thailand. He said it’s cheaper than using a bank — which may charge a flat fee for the service, regardless of the sum — and none of his relatives has access to a traditional financial institution. “Conditions are very difficult for them,” notes Sein, a case manager at the Vermont Ref ugee Resettlement Program. “Costs f or basic things are very high.” Sein es timates that the remittances he sends amount to about 40 percent of his salary. Peter Deng, a caseworker at the ref ugee program in Colchester, says he ships half his earnings to a founda tion he established in his native South Sudan that cares f or a dozen orphans. Orphaned himself at age 5 as a result of a civil war that took an estimated two million lives, Deng has personal knowledge of the suffering experienced by young children who have lost their par ents. His associates in South Sudan locate orphans in especially dire circumstances. “We find them through village elders or we see them on the street looking like walking skeletons,” Deng says. He also sends money to a sister who was recently forced to flee South Sudan, where there’s renewed conflict, for a camp in Uganda.
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Thousands of people displaced from their homelands by war or repression have found peace and freedom in the Burlington area with help from the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. For the first time, one of those refugees has become the director of the 34-yearold organization. Amila Merdzanovic started in her new job last week — 19 years after seeking refuge in Vermont from a conflict in Bosnia that claimed
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one of her best friends. Merdzanovic, 42, had to flee her home in Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital, due to a years-long siege that left her family dependent on humanitarian aid. “Amila has the life experience that makes her such a good choice” for the job, says Judy Scott, who retired on April 1 after six years as the program’s chief. Merdzanovic also has impressive academic credentials. She earned an undergraduate degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s from the Fletcher School of diplomacy at Tufts University. Looking comfortable in the director’s chair at the program’s office in Fort Ethan Allen, Merdzanovic has clearly come a long way from a one-bedroom apartment on Pine Street in Burlington and a counter job at the now-closed Lilydale Bakery — a position she found nearly two decades ago with help from the agency she now runs. Three years later, in 1998, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program hired her to be a case manager for her fellow Bosnian refugees. Merdzanovic also spent several years studying and working in Massachusetts. She says she enjoyed living there, but “Vermont was my home away from home.” Having closed a circle of her own, Merdzanovic wants to encourage other former refugees to do the same. Recruiting them to return to the program as volunteers is her prime goal in the director’s post, she says. Scott, 65, says the most satisfying aspect of her own time as director was witnessing “the extraordinary achievements of our clients. People who came here with nothing have bought their own homes two or three years after arriving.” Scott’s biggest challenge? “The difficulty of communication,” she replies, referring not only to language barriers but to cultural differences that she initially struggled to bridge. Scott offers the example of visiting a Somali family of six in their Burlington apartment soon after she started volunteering at the refugee program 10 years ago. “They were sitting on the floor in a circle eating dinner from a plate in the middle,” she recalls. “I thought to myself, This isn’t clean, this isn’t how you should eat dinner.” But as she watched older children place choice pieces of chicken in the mouths of their younger siblings, it occurred to Scott, she says now, that “this is bonding, this is creating a closeness that will be with them always.” Merdzanovic adds that refugees coming to Vermont today can expect to receive the same “outpouring of compassion and support” she experienced in 1995. “There’s no place like Vermont,” she declares. She returns to Sarajevo every year to visit her brother, a musician. Asked if she wants to live there again some day, Merdzanovic admits, “I have one foot in Bosnia and one foot here.” But, she adds, “There’s better opportunities here for my daughter” — a 12-year-old who, her mother says, has become thoroughly American.
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For some poor countries, the World Bank reports, remittances from immigrants can be vital not only to particular households but to economies as a whole. In the case of Nepal, for example, remittances from nationals living abroad amount to about 25 percent of its gross domestic product. Remittances to countries in the developing world totaled $414 billion in 2012, the Washington-based global financial institution estimates. And the bank predicts that the sum will surpass half a trillion dollars by 2016. In a report updated this month, the World Bank enumerates the many benefits of the funds transferred from comparatively wealthy locales, such as Vermont, to some of the poorest places on earth. Remittances, the bank says, result in “greater health and education expenditures; better access to information and communication technologies; improved access to formal financial sector services; enhanced small business investment; more entrepreneurship; better preparedness for adverse shocks such as droughts, earthquakes and cyclones; and reduced child labor.” O’Neill, from Migrant Justice, says he’s seen some of those gains firsthand during visits to the home villages of Mexicans working on Vermont farms. “In Chiapas, where many of them come from, the local farming economy has been collapsing,” O’Neill relates. “There’s malnutrition and other forms of extreme poverty there. And I’ve seen homes built and children sent to school in Chiapas with remittances sent from Vermont.” m
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Mississippi. (That’s significantly stronger than the strains smoked in the 1970s.) It might not get you high, but hemp has many other uses. It can be woven into fabric, or used to make paper. The fibers are used f or animal bedding and can be mixed into a building product called “hempcrete.” Hemp was grown extensively in the U.S. during World War II; the U.S. Department of Agriculture even rolled out a Hemp f or Victory campaign to encourage f armers to plant hemp af ter war with Japan cut off Asian imports of the crop. But the last hemp processing plant in the U.S. closed in the mid-1950s, as a result of hemp regulations Kidd says were based on “fear tactics” and misinformation perpetuated during the 1940s and ’50s that equated hemp with marijuana. Twelve farmers have already registered with the Agency of Agriculture to grow hemp during the 2014 growing season. It’s a fairly painless process; farmers must send in $25 and a one-page registration form in which they acknowledge that cultivating and possessing hemp in Vermont is a violation of the f ederal Controlled Substances Act; applicants agree to “hold harmless”
the state should they find themselves in legal trouble. The new U.S. Farm Bill, passed in February, does carve out one exception for hemp cultivation at the f ederal level; the bill gives the go-ahead to research institutions and universities to grow hemp f or pilot projects and research. There’s still some legal confusion around the prospect, but at least one state — Kentucky — is set to put seeds in the ground this spring. The Bluegrass State’s attorney general weighed in with a f avorable interpretation of the Farm Bill provision. Even so, “We’re having a whale of a time getting seeds in here,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told the Lexington Herald-Leader, noting that customs officials turned some seeds back at the border. Comer told the paper that his department has obtained about 500 pounds of seed, but that is only enough for about 10 cultivated acres. With hundreds of potential growers signaling interest via the ag department’s website, demand far exceeds supply. Scientists and agronomists at the University of Vermont are just as eager
to plant this year, but seeds have to be in the ground by the end of next month. Vote Hemp’s cof ounder and director Eric Lineback, who lives in Dummerston, isn’t holding his breath. But within a year, Lineback predicted, the confusion over seed sourcing and legal questions will be “all be worked out, and you’ll see a ton of studies going next year.” Lineback admits that his predictions about hemp aren’t always accurate; he once guessed that hemp cultivation would be legal in the U.S. by 2000, a benchmark that came and went. Now, though, he’s starting to f eel cautiously optimistic that federal rules will fall into line behind states like Vermont that are exploring hemp cultivation. Federal hemp legislation has been slowly gaining steam — and spon sors — during its recurrent appearances in the U.S. House of Representatives, and last year saw the first industrial hemp bill introduced in the Senate. “I’ve been in this issue f or coming up on 20 years, and I can confidently say we are at a tipping point,” Lineback said. “It’s food, fuel, fiber, clothing, shelter. It’s really an amazing plant. It’s not going to save the world, but it’s certainly part of the solution.”
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Husband-and-wife team Markowski McManus want to source seeds regionally and Mahoney say they’ve already signaled for the production of canola, sunflower, to UVM that they’d be interested in being flax, soybean and hemp oil. Their venture, a test site for hemp cultivation. But they’re Full Sun Company, will press the seeds to also willing to forge ahead on their own; produce edible oils; the byproduct of that Markowski said he views hemp cultiva- process will then be used for feed at local tion as a form of “civil disobedience.” farms. The two live on an eclectic homestead in They’ve already begun producing Panton, where their small farm is a sort some organic, non-GMO sunflower and of sanctuary for rescued farm animals. canola oil. Until they can source hemp Ducks waddle around the yard, searching locally, they’ll contract with a Canadian out patches of sunshine. A rescued cow, producer and presser, then import hemp born prematurely on a dairy farm, looks oil from Ontario. on from her pasture. White is no stranger to hemp; his The couple has a growing garlic farm, background is in textile design and and their gardening Bible is Ruth Stout’s manufacturing, and from 1989 to 2002 he Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, ran a bag and accessory line made from the Busy & the Indolent. European hemp canvas. “There’s a certain ad“I was fascinated by its vancement to finding versatility, the charm the most simple way of it being related to its to do something,” says illegal cousin,” White Markowski. said, remembering his With that mindset, introduction to the he and Mahoney are fiber. “It struck me as, eager to cultivate hemp. Why don’t more people “It’s an amazing plant know about this?” that so badly wants to Now he’s excited grow,” said Markowski. about the possibility of Specifically, they’d love local hemp cultivation. to cultivate hemp seeds “It grows well here,” for their own consumphe said. “It fits to our tion. “It is the super scale of production. food,” said Markowski. And there’s a whole Johnny Vitko, in lot of value-adding Warren, is equally exopportunities that we EbEn MARkOwS ki cited about the plant — haven’t even begun to though he plans to feed appreciate.” the seeds to his chickFrom White’s perens. He and his wife own an ice cream spective, one of the obvious markets is oil. shop in Waitsfield and keep 200 chickens, “We’ve been telling farmers and those inwhose eggs make their way into their ice terested: ‘We are open for business to buy cream custards. any Vermont hemp seed,’” he said, adding “It’s a great food for them,” he said, that Full Sun wants to be processing lonoting hemp is loaded with amino acids cally grown hemp “as soon as possible.” and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. While farmers and activists alike recAs a small farmer, Vitko doesn’t have ognize and acknowledge the legal gray the infrastructure to raise corn or soy- area that still hovers around hemp cultivabeans, but hemp would be another story; tion, few are expressing serious concern he envisions harvesting the stalks with his about the ramifications of planting. “You small, Italian-made walk-behind tractor. literally are betting the farm if you grow Eventually he’d like to turn the stalks into hemp,” said Lineback, noting that farmers pellets for heating fuel. He hopes to culti- who run afoul of the feds could see their vate an acre or two of hemp — enough to land seized. feed his chickens through the winter. White’s Full Sun would also be risking “I’m spending upwards of $100 a week federal prosecution for possessing hemp. on chicken feed in the winter,” said Vitko. “We understand the risks and are “I find if I do things myself, I save more willing to go forward in pioneering this money in the long run.” new industry,” White said. “I would be Vitko’s plan is to buy seeds online; he’s very surprised if the federal government already located a source, though some thought it was worthwhile to annoy or hemp activists warn you don’t know what hassle a few Vermont farmers growing a you’re getting. non-psychoactive crop.” There’s a sharp irony in trying to acMarkowski, in Panton, agreed. quire seeds for cultivation, Vitko noted: “I “You really want to make an example could find high-grade marijuana seeds a of salt-of-the-earth people trying to grow lot easier than I could viable hemp seeds.” this kind of crop in their backyard?” he Farmers aren’t the only Vermonters asked. “That is crazy.” m interested in local hemp production. In Middlebury, Netaka White and David Contact: email@example.com
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Winifred (Winnie) M. Bean, 95, passed away peacefully in her home with loving family by her side on Monday, March 31, 2014. Winnie was born on December 8, 1918, in Newport Center, Vt., the daughter of Evard and Bernice Cushing Norris. She attended Winooski High School. On February 23, 1935, she married Clifford R. Bean and together they started a family of seven in Colchester, Vt. Her life was spent raising her children and working for over 50 years in the sewing industry. Upon retirement, she continued to fill her time with quilt-making, word puzzles and going on drives with her son, Virgil. Family members, both immediate and extended, were her greatest treasure. One of her proudest accomplishments was that she recited the 23rd Psalm, which she memorized as a young girl, at every funeral she attended. She was known as “Grandma Bean” to countless friends and relatives, and her home was always open to those who needed a place to stay. She is survived by her children James Bean and his wife, Ginger, Thomas Bean and his wife, Charlene, Donna Boring and her husband, Gary, and Henry Bean and his wife, Sheila; her son-in-law, John Brigante; 29 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; her brother,
Dean Norris; two sisters, Lois Sorgen, and Dolly Reagan and her husband, Cedric; many nieces and nephews; and “cousins by the dozens.” She was predeceased by her husband, Clifford; her daughters Violet and Velma, and her son Virgil; her grandsons John, T.J. and Sammy; her great-grandson, Christopher; and five sisters, four brothers, three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law. Special thanks to those who gave their time and love to her before her passing. Visitation will be held Friday, April 11, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., Winooski, Vt. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Colchester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Winnie’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the VNA on Prim Road. Online condolences may be shared with the family at lavignefuneralhome.com.
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chosen f rom nearly 200 submissions and packaged in a handsome paperback with a cover photo of a flooded North Beach by colleen Mcl aughlin . Most of the pieces are short — and highly readable. The boomer generation is well represented here. Michael FReeD-t hall kicks off the collection with an essay in which he attempts to reconstruct the night in 1950 when his parents were arrested f or an tiwar organizing. (He was in the womb at the time.) MaRtin bock ’s “Prelude to Freedom Summer,” the aforementioned account of prison in the segregated South, offers raw vignettes of a system of brutal, undisguised inequality. JeRnigan Pontiac , well known to Seven Days readers as the pseudonymous author of the Hackie column, con tributed a witty story that doesn’t take place in a taxicab. It’s about a Beatlesera game of Risk that became his “first initiation into the scary mutability of human affiliation.” The anthology f requently conf ronts aging and death. In colleen ovel Man ’s starkly powerf ul poem “The Dying Game,” the narrator receives visitors who harbor an unspoken agenda: “you are dying and no one really knows / how
DEADli NE Dr AmA w hat to do when a theater has a rare dark night? w hy, throw together some pop-up plays, of course. That’s what h aley Rice figured. The “brandspankin’-new” operations manager at Middlebury’s t own h all t heate R is already putting her reputation on the line by producing this “leap into the unknown,” as a recent THT press release puts it. “w e had a weekend with an empty Saturday, so I talked Doug [anDeRson , executive director] into letting me do this,” Rice says in a phone interview. “So I set to work gathering as many wonderful, brilliant people as I could find.” Though Rice is a Georgia native, she knew something of the Vermont theatrical terrain before coming to THT: She lived in Burlington for three years, then returned to Georgia for a seven-year stint in Columbus, where she taught college theater. (She is also an actor, director and writer.) w hen
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young man bets on a boxing bout and finds himself rooting f or the wrong fighter. A hotshot ad man fuels his creativity with cocaine. A woman has “mastectomy blues.” A white man in a Louisiana jail in 1962 learns about defiance from watching his Af rican American counterparts. An old woman ekes out an existence in a rural trailer. A specter in a pond saves a farm boy from drowning. These are some of the wildly varied premises of the short works included in the second annual anthology The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop — united, more or less, by an official theme of “darkness.” Many of these stories, essays, poems and photos are indeed dark, and many also offer glimmers of hope and insight. Since the BWW released its inaugu ral anthology in 2013, the organization has swelled in membership, partnered with Hotel Vermont to put local writ ers’ work in guest rooms, established a space f or its burgeoning workshops at Studio 266 and begun planning a literary journal. Belying its name, it now holds workshops in Montpelier, too. The anthology f eatures 36 works
the opening came up at THT, Rice says, she jumped at the chance to return to the Green Mountain State. w hat exactly are “pop-up plays”? Rice’s idea is simple: Six writers will show up at her office on Friday, April 11. Actually, seven: Burlington’s MaRianne DiMascio and angela albeck of sketchcomedy group stealing F RoM w oRk will be one two-headed team. The other writers are Addison Independent columnist Jessie Ray Mon D, l A-based screenwriter Kevin Commins, novelist susan w eiss , actor-playwright ch Ris caswell and Mac aRthu R stine , a former comedy writer who now works at Castleton State College. Each playwright will select three objects, each of which represents an actor. “Once they choose the objects, they’ve chosen their actors,” Rice explains. At that point, the writers may get a head shot and a bit of information about their three-person cast, which may
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Fresh. to say this in comfortable clothes.” There are poems of beauty and rebirth here, too, like rebecca starks’ elegant “Only Child,” in which a formerly barren tree sprouts mysterious leaves: “We watched their light green glow unfold / in delicate tongues with curled tips…” Younger generations get their say here, too. aManda vella captures the vicissitudes of a modern relationship in “The Person With Whom She Was Meant to Go Hiking.” BWW organizer peter biello describes how cleaning a drain leads to pondering the detritus of a marriage in the essay “The Blame Drain.” (Biello, Vella, Bock and paul hobday edited the anthology with the assistance of other BWW members.) In every solid collection, readers will find themselves picking favorites — pieces that rearranged their heads and stuck with them for days. For this reader, that piece was hillary read’s short story “Soon,” one of the longer fiction works in The Best of the BWW 2014. It’s narrated in rhythmic, evocative prose from deep within the perspective of Mildred, an optimist and natural caregiver who has spent her life “carrying out tasks and saving her mind for something
The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2014 book launch, Friday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. at the BCA Center in Burlington. Free; cash bar. burlingtonwritersworkshop.com The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2014, 142 pages. $12.
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will help to have DiMascio as her cowriter. She notes that the popup plays don’t have to be “fully processed,” and describes the whole effort as a showcase for some of the state’s theater talent. “Seeing what can be done onstage right in front of you — it’s very exciting,” she says. “It’s not unlike sketch comedy.” And, given the number of funny folks among the writers, this could be a comedic night indeed. What role will Rice play in the escapade? “Running around, getting food and coffee, making sure everyone has everything they need,” she says with a laugh. “Benevolent overlord.”
or may not influence the story they will spend all night writing in a local donated hotel room. The result of these labors will be six 10-minute plays, which six directors will receive on Saturday. They include Anderson; Melissa lourie, actor and artistic director of Middlebury actors Workshop; actordirector susan palMer; Wendi stein, founder of theatre kavanah; actordirector cyrus Moore; and lindsay pontius, THT’s education director. The directors will spend the day rehearsing their actors, who will perform the six plays for the public on Saturday night. “It’s a little bit terrifying,” Rice concedes. Albeck agrees. But, she says cheerfully in a phone conversation, “I stayed up all night to write every paper in college — I can totally do this!” Albeck acknowledges that it
better.” Now Mildred’s sister, who kept her anchored to the practical world, has died; and the government checks have stopped coming. With no concept of where to seek help, or even that she needs it, Mildred finds herself subsisting on Wonder Bread and roadside berries, waiting for a visit that may never arrive and a winter that could be her last. It’s the sort of tale that in the wrong hands can easily turn maudlin, but Read makes it alternately transcendent and quietly devastating. We want to reach out our hands to this woman. Readers may put down the story with a resolution to notice members of their community who too easily slip out of sight. And it’s that spirit of empathy, pervading many of these works, that lightens the “darkness” of their visions. m
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ritish author Anthony Burgess wrote his ultraviolent dys topian novella A Clockwork Orange in just a few weeks. Published in Britain in 1962, in the midst of a national hysteria over youth delin quency, A Clockwork Orange has since been hailed as one of the best Englishlanguage books of the 20th century. In 1971, Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation became a critically acclaimed hit — and racked up piles of criticism for its on screen glorification of violence and rape. The film’s biggest critic? Burgess himself. “Anthony Burgess detested the film, and thought that much of what hap pened there was a glorification of sex and violence that took away from the central message in play, which is choice,” notes Andrew Smith , a professor of the ater at Middlebury College. “He wrote a stage adaptation very much in response to the film version.” Smith directs an ambitious produc tion of that 1987 stage play — featuring an entirely new, redemptive ending for the story’s antihero that’s not present in the novella or the film — this weekend at Middlebury College’s Wright Theatre. “I believe the role of theater is something that promotes discussion, or even insti gates discussion or conversation,” Smith says. “Some theater pieces suggest con versations, and other pieces poke and prod. [A Clockwork Orange] is poke and prod territory.” The story is familiar to most audi ences: In the not-too-distant future, a
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particularly challenging to unpack. (In an introduction to the 1986 American edition, the author called it “too didactic to be artistic.”) But “crude” is the last word one would use to describe Smith’s production; this is a highly stylized, as siduously choreographed, three-hour “dance” of a play. Smith’s formidable company of 28 Middlebury College students repeatedly takes to the stage en masse, creating riotous sequences rang ing from violent tableaux to rowdy mobs to hurried urban streetscapes. Designer mArk evAncho’s remarkable moving set — made of four two-story metal platforms on wheels, with remov able metal staircases — not only accom modates the action but also inspires it.
DANcE DANcE thE REcoRD What does it take to break a guinness World Record? First, a big idea. Second, perseverance. Just ask eric Smith. The 52-year-old Cuttingsville resident aims to break the world record for longest contra-dance line — one currently held by 2,208 people in Riga, Latvia. Smith and fellow contra enthusiasts are beating the bushes to attract at least 2,209 dancers to the College of St. Joseph in Rutland on Saturday, June 7. “i’ve had a Facebook page [for the event] since last August,” Smith says. “it’s been word of mouth to various contra-dance groups, and i contacted central Vermont newspapers.” He’s also hoping for radio interviews, but admits no station has expressed interest — yet. “i’ve been trying to get someone to broadcast live,” he
adds. “i’ve found a fellow with an FM transmitter.” Recording the event — which will feature live music by giant Robot Dance and Perpetual Motion, and well-known callers will mentor and AdinA Gordon — is but one of the ways in which a guinness-record-breaking attempt must be documented. “To verify, you need a videotape of the entire compound,” Smith says, “and everyone gets a wrist band with a bar code.” Additionally, the group must include one “steward” for every 50 people, and Smith must provide aerial photographs of the crowd. “you can pay guinness $7,000 to come and verify, or you can do all these other things, including have two prominent local citizens [on site to validate],” Smith says. “There’s no cost
to apply, but there are obviously costs to make it happen.” Another cost: providing every dancer with a T-shirt to help stewards keep track of them. Contra, from a French word meaning opposed, typically is danced in two long lines, with partners facing each other and moving according to
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Though the company addressed sexual violence, it also took pains to neutralize the role of gender. Violence is perpetrated against men and women equally; in a highly unusual move, a female actor plays Georgie, one of Alex’s “droogs.” The character of Alex, who may well be modern literature’s best-loved sadist, is also treated with sensitivity. “An actor can’t play an archetype,” Smith notes. “An actor has to play a human being, so that was very important to me to work with [senior adam milano] to figure out.” In the final scene, Milano is given room to bring his character to a tentative redemption. The show’s extremely stylized choreography, too, is designed not to glorify but to protect both actors and audience. “I think people will understand the violence that’s happening, but they’ll also see the performer is absolutely safe,” Smith says. “And there’s almost a beauty to the violence in the choreography, which will also, hopefully, be very offputting. Hopefully people will see it and think, Wow, that was beautifully horrible, or horribly beautiful. That’s kind of the [stage] world we want to live in.” m
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a sequence of beats, Smith explains. Guinness, which requires only a five-minute dance, does not demand that the lines be straight. And that’s a good thing, as the Rutland lines will likely snake around the grounds of St. Joseph. Mentor plans a “very easy dance,” Smith promises, so even contra newbies can join in.
The actors hang, dangle, leap and toss metal pipes and trash cans from all directions with casual aplomb. Stark side lighting adds an eerie ambiance, and the musical cues hit the right ominous and awe-inspiring notes. (By the end, you’ll have heard Beethoven’s Ninth so many times, you’ll want to puke, too.) The young performers handle more than 15 physical combat scenes, choreographed by Burlington actor Paul ugalde, with agility. “The play has a very high sense of style in addition to a central core message,” Smith says. “And I like it when the audience gets a sense of that, and gets to decide what matters more to them.” The danger of a highly stylized performance of a violent story is, of course, that it might glorify said violence. Smith notes that immediately after the first rehearsal, his students encountered criticism and questions from fellow students in the dorm rooms and dining halls of the college, which has had its share of conversations about sexual violence in recent years. “It was a very big part of our launching place of understanding our role within this, and much of our attention went to gender issues,” says Smith. “We were dealing with the clatter that comes from working with a title like A Clockwork Orange.” This incarnation of the story has little in common with Kubrick’s film, which features, among other things, a succession of male-on-female rapes.
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PoEt LELAND KiNSEY iS Winter ready Green Writers Press is a new Vermontowned and -operated publishing company with a mission to spoil the reader and spare the tree by printing ecologically minded books on 100 percent postconsumer paper. Following on the heels of its anthology So Little Time, poems by Vermont writers addressing climate change and sustainability, the Brattleboro press released its first book of poetry by an individual author, Barton poet LeLand Kinsey. Winter Ready, Kinsey’s seventh collection of poems, appeared on the spring equinox — a deliberate choice, Kinsey says. The collection is largely concerned with the vast amount of work required to prepare for Vermont’s longest season — winter. Indeed, Kinsey suggests, that preparation begins the moment we outlive winter — aka spring. “Work is a much-neglected subject,” Kinsey tells Seven Days via telephone. Some of his previous volumes — such as Not One Man’s Work (1996) and Sledding on Hospital Hill (2003) — have featured poems detailing the numerous labors undertaken by the poet and his Vermont farming ancestors. But the new collection seems less concerned with the worker than with the work itself, of which there is plenty. Winter Ready readers will discover a year’s worth of tasks turned into lyrics: fixing the chimney, cider making, double-digging garden beds, grouse hunting, trout fishing, cranberrying, corn cutting, welding, clearing fields of stones, turkey butchering, pruning raspberries, horseshoeing, gravestone clearing, deer hunting, tree felling, fruit picking, spreading lime and masonry. “I’m documenting the work of this place,” Kinsey says, “but I hope it’s got a universality to it, that the work reaches across to readers in other places.”
The book’s haunting cover is another place-based document: It features an image Kinsey snapped with his grandmother’s camera 35 years ago. “It was right about this time of year,” Kinsey says, noting the snow-flattened grasses and starkly empty trees in the background. He recalls taking the photograph at an abandoned homestead in North Troy — a place so ruined, the cellar hole was half filled in. Yet an old, broken, buckshot-pelted statue remained. When Green Writers Press publisher dede CumminGs asked Kinsey if he had any ideas for the cover, he immediately thought of this image, he says. Is the statue an icon of the genius loci, or an injured artifact symbolizing the work it took the early settlers to outlast the cold season’s hold? The sculpture’s stained plaster suggests a snowman succumbing to thaw. Even as the days lengthen, the clock has already begun ticking a countdown to the next winter, as Kinsey knows — one to which all those close to the land must attend. In this way, the title of the GWP anthology, So Little Time, applies to Kinsey’s work songs, as well. J U L iA S Hi P L EY
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Drive Time By K EN Pic ARd
ranny Bastian wasn’t exactly a bookworm when she studied at the University of Vermont in the early 1970s. In fact, she admits her grades were terrible. “I dropped out of school because I spent all my time at the student radio station,” she says, ref erring to WRUV, which in those years broadcast on the AM dial. But Bastian’s preferred pastime, unlike that of many UVM ski bums, led to a career. The fiftysomething Portsmouth, N.H., native spent most of that career in Vermont’s commercial radio market — first at Franny WVMT AM-620, then Bastian at Burlington’s Star 92.9. One day, Bastian heard Vermont Public Program Radio run an on-air manager advertisement f or a and “pledge pledge drive producer. drive guru,” “I was like, That’s my job,” she recalls. Vermont Bastian started out Public running VPR’s threeRadio times-a-year pledge drives and eventually became program Colchester director. For the past eight years, she’s earned a reputation among coworkers as the station’s “pledge drive guru.” For this week’s Money Issue, Bastian offers Seven Days a glimpse into how VPR pulls of f ef f ective pledge drives — without sounding too needy, greedy or annoying.
SD: I’ve heard VPR has among the highest rates of charitable giving of National Public Radio affiliates. FB: We do. When you look at the size of our markets, we’re one of the most strongly supported public radio stations in the country. It could be No. 1, I don’t know. In our markets, we’re also the mostlistened-to public radio station. We’re really blessed with an audience out there who love public radio.
SD: When you run donor challenges [i.e., when big donors agree to match a dollar amount contingent on receiving a certain number of pledges], do donors still give even if listeners don’t pony up enough? FB: Sometimes what happens is, the [donor] will say, “OK, so you didn’t make that goal, but I’ll let you give it another shot.” We usually have a longstanding relationship with the person, and they’ll let us have another try.
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SD: Does it take a balancing act to nudge people into giving without pleading? FB: It’s a real turn-off to sound like you’re desperate or begging. We’ll talk a lot about that balance. There is a real tension there between creating that urgency — “We really have to make our goal of receiving 100 pledges by nine o’clock this morning to receive another $4,000” — [and realizing that] isn’t really a strong reason for you to give. A stronger reason is “I was listening last weekend when Terry Gross interviewed such-and-such author. And that costs money, so I’ll help.”
SD: Are pledge drives scripted? They sound very conversational. FB: That’s good to hear. It’s supposed to sound like that. There are no scripts. We don’t write it all out, although in years past, it was very scripted. In fact, down in the basement I found a box of 5-by-7-inch cue cards that people used to use. Each pledge drive we decide on a cen tral theme or tagline, if you will, [that] we want the people on the air to always circle back to. For example, during this last pledge drive, it was “Because you listen.” So, “Because you listen, you learn about great books to read,” and so on.
SD: Do any callers stand out in your mind? FB: The ones that stand out are the college students who are in school halfway across the country, who will email us or make a pledge and say, “NPR is my connection to home” or “I don’t make a lot of money, but here you go.” And frequently we have [donors] who have some connection to Vermont who are very f ar away, like on the other side of the world, and they listen online. Those are the ones that when we read them, we go, “Aww.”m
SD: Does NPR help with pledge drives — for instance, by altering its programming? FB: They do that a couple of times a year, but we don’t let that determine when our pledge drives are. The other thing they do is provide those audio cuts you hear, like “Hello, I’m [NPR host] Michele Norris...” They’ll also provide f undraising versions of some programs, like “Car Talk.” So you’ll hear them making jokes about giving.
SEVEN DAYS: Do VPR staff like pledge drives? o r are they just a pain in the ass? FRANNY BASTIAN: When I was new, it was like, Oh my goodness! This is sooo huge. And, yes, it is a pain, because you can’t do anything else when a pledge drive is going on, and you still have your regular job. But af ter you’ve been through a f ew of them and become more ingrained to how public radio works, that it’s listener supported, then [you realize] this is just something we do. One reason people here like the pledge drives is, they get to work side by side with somebody they otherwise do not [work with] during the rest of the year. So [normally] I see [“Morning Edition” host] Mitch Wertlieb in the hall and say, “Hey, Mitch. I liked that story you did.” But for us to spend three hours together on the air each morning talking about our kids, our dogs, the books we read — it’s a staff connection that brings people f rom various departments together.
SD: Are there approaches that just don’t work? FB: While we try to sound conversational and like we’re having fun, there’s another balance of making sure we don’t go overboard. We want to maintain that public radio presence. We want listeners to think of us as real people and to know we have personalities and a sense of humor, but not get silly or goofy.
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT BY KEN PICARD
Did Vermont ever have a state bank? Or its own currency?
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pork, sheep, wheat, rye and corn as legal tender, with their value determined by an appraisal of “competent men under oath.” Swapping pork loins f or liquor and gunpowder may have been the standard modus operandi in the 18th century, but Vermont’s early lawmakers quickly recognized the limits of a livestock-andproduce-based currency. Simply put, it was hard to ensure the safety of deposits of heif ers or bushels of corn when the former were liable to eat the latter. In June 1785, the Vermont Republic authorized Reuben Harmon Jr. to start
coins, which said, Stella Quarta Decima, which meant ‘the 14th star.’ It expressed the early aspirations of Vermonters to be the 14th state.” Resch, whose museum has one of the largest known collections of Vermont Coppers, doesn’t know how widely they circulated. Strong claims that they were coveted throughout New England, as they contained more copper by weight than many other coins of the era. Indeed, Vermont Coppers are still highly sought after today, in part because so f ew were struck and only 5,000 are believed to exist. A numismatist at
minting copper coins on his property in East Dorset. Tyler Resch, a research librarian at the Bennington Museum and author of the 1989 book Dorset: In the Shadow of the Marble Mountain , o˛ ers an account of this state currency. Harmon’s coins, dubbed Vermont Coppers, were backed by a bond of £5,000 executed to then-state treasurer Ira Allen. Between 1785 and 1788, Harmon minted a variety of copper pennies in his 16-by-18-f oot shed in Dorset. One side of the coin showed the sun rising over the Green Mountains and the words Res Publica Vermontensium, or Republic of Vermont. “What was interesting to me,” Resch says in an interview, “was the Latin quotation on [the other side of ] these
Bunker Hill Rare Coin in Boston, Mass., reports that they can sell f or $1,400 to $7,000 apiece, depending on their condition. Vermont’s ﬁ rst and only state bank arrived years af ter its ﬁ rst and only currency. Because Vermont had joined the Union af ter the revolution, Strong says, it couldn’t be hit up f or the war debt and enjoyed better ﬁ scal health than other states in the early 1800s. Yet questions about the validity of various currencies and bank notes lingered. Vermonters began agitating f or a state-run bank where proﬁ ts would accrue to the state rather than to a f oreign entity. “It was the same argument,” Strong notes, “for creating a state bank today.”
In 1803, the citizens of Burlington and Windsor petitioned the legislature f or permission to establish their own banks. Both were rejected. But in October 1806, the legislature acquiesced and voted to f orm the Vermont State Bank, with branches in Woodstock and Middlebury. The enterprise was proﬁ table: In 1809, then-governor Jonas Galusha described it as having “saved many of our citizens f rom great losses and probably some f rom total ruin.” Alas, it was also short-lived. In 1812, the legislature voted inexplicably to close the Vermont State Bank and burn all its currency. Vermont remained bankless until 1818, when the Bank of Windsor opened. That one later went bankrupt, Strong says, though the Bank of Burlington survived, became a national bank and was eventually absorbed into a larger entity. By the Civil War era, Vermont had at least 40 state-chartered banks operating, according to data f rom the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR). That number rose to a high of 59 banks in 1925 but declined to 25 by the mid-1970s, then to just seven in 2012 — not including f ederal credit unions and national banks chartered elsewhere. As of December 31, 2012, ﬁ nancial institutions and credit unions in Vermont had combined assets of $9.4 billion, the DFR reports. Fully one-third of those assets are kept in state and f ederal credit unions. Evidently, many Vermonters would rather trust not-f orproﬁ t ﬁ nancial institutions than out-ofstaters with their hard-earned money. DREAMSTIME
ast month on Town Meeting Day, voters in 18 communities approved nonbinding resolutions calling on the Vermont legislature to create a state-run bank similar to North Dakota’s. Why create a Vermont bank? According to a December 2013 study by the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute of Ecological Economics and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, there are many advantages to a publicly owned state bank, removed from global ﬁ nancial scandals and Wall Street’s corrupting inﬂ uences. It could create as many as 2,535 new jobs, raise Vermont’s gross state product by $192 million and save Vermonters nearly $100 million in capital interest costs annually. For now, the idea is in limbo: The measure, which voters rejected in four other towns, has not yet resulted in action on the proposed legislation, S.204. But the notion of a state-owned bank is far from new in Vermont. In f act, says Marjorie Strong, assistant librarian at the Vermont Historical Society, Vermont created one of the ﬁ rst such banks in the country back in 1806. Years before that, Vermont was the ﬁ rst local government on this side of the pond to mint its own currency. Yet both e˛ orts were remarkably short-lived. WTF? For many years af ter the American Revolution, Strong explains, most transactions in Vermont were conducted with f oreign currencies, generally those of England or Spain. (This was true throughout the original 13 states.) However, the war created a shortage of metal coins, and many citizens avoided paper money and notes for fear that they were counterfeit or worthless, choosing instead to conduct daily transactions by barter. In f act, bef ore its admission to the Union in 1791, the Vermont Republic enacted a law recognizing cattle, beef ,
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THE STRAIGHT DOPE BY CECIL ADAMS
I need a good answer for a question from a politically conservative friend. When I pointed out that federal tax rates were higher in 1955 for everyone from the poor to the super rich than they were in 2010, his response was: “Are these taxes spent more wisely today than they were in, say, 1955? Or rather, is our federal government spending tax money more or less efficiently now than then?” Thomas Holton
adjust for inflation, we turn to my assistant Una, spreadsheet ninja. She computes that in 1955 American families earning the equivalent of $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, $250,000 and $1,000,000 in 2012 dollars had effective tax rates (neglecting deductions or exemptions) of, respectively, 20, 21, 23, 31 and 57 percent of their total income. The highest marginal rate remained at 91 percent until 1964. Let that marinate for a moment. During the entirety of what conservatives typically regard as the good old days, the high-end tax rate was close to the highest in U.S. history. After spending nearly two decades at 70 percent, the top rate fell significantly during the Reagan years, bottoming out in 1988 at 28 percent. Today, notwithstanding the machinations of the tax-andspend element, it remains just 39.6 percent. Now to your question. Having scoured the databases, we learn as follows:
• In 1900 the federal government was pretty much the definition of lean and mean. More than 30 percent of the budget went to defense, with an additional 22 percent to veterans’ benefits. The U.S. Post Office, as it was then known, ate up another 17 percent, and 6 percent went for interest on the national debt. That left just 24 percent, allowing for rounding errors, for all other government activities. • By 1920, defense had ballooned to nearly 70 percent of the budget and interest to 15 percent. OK, World War I had just ended. Still, when 85 percent of the government’s money goes to the military plus debt, you have to think: The priorities here are seriously askew. • By 1955, defense was still nearly 55 percent of the government’s budget,
6 percent, compared to nearly 15 percent in 1990. But 1990 wasn’t the worst it’s been; on a decade basis, debt interest was a greater percentage of the federal budget in 1920 and 1930. What can we say about the wisdom of government spending through time? For most of a century we sank most federal treasure into defense, sometimes to the exclusion of virtually all else. Only in relatively recent times have we invested in programs to help people. Your friend may say national defense is worth it, whereas coddling the sickly is a waste. Anecdotal insight into this issue comes to us from the annual “Wastebook” published by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn. Reading through his 100 examples of squandered federal cash, we notice the money supposedly wasted on social and cultural programs is for relatively small amounts — for example, $1 million for the Popular Romance Project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The biggest boondoggles, such as the scrapping of $7 billion in leftover military equipment in Afghanistan, were for defense.
ight, like there’s some accepted standard of what constitutes wise or efficient spending. I guarantee you some people think putting dime one into the EPA, the Department of Education or, for that matter, the U.S. Marine Band is a foolish waste of funds. Better we just look at how the federal spending breakdown has shifted over the years. You and your friend will still argue fruitlessly about whether that’s good or bad, but at least you’ll start with the facts. First let’s confirm your premise: Federal income tax rates were way higher in 1955 than today. The top rate that year was 91 percent on income over $400,000 for married couples filing jointly, which even so was lower than the alltime peak rate, during World War II — 94 percent on income over $200,000. True, in 1955 few Americans had an annual income of $400,000, or even $200,000. To
with pensions plus Social Security in second place at 7 percent. Health care, education, welfare and transportation together accounted for less than 8 percent of all government spending. • In 1980, after Vietnam but before the Reagan military buildup, the budget was more balanced. Defense was still the largest share of expenses, at 28 percent, followed by pensions and Social Security at 23 percent and one of the highest percentages of funding ever for the Department of Education, at 6 percent. Health care rose to 9 percent, reflecting a trend of steady increase that started in the 1950s and hasn’t ended. • In 2010, health care passed outlays for pensions and Social Security, with the two together accounting for 47 percent of the budget. Defense still takes a quarter, and welfare a seventh. The postal service, which took 26 percent of the budget in 1910, is pretty much a nonentity. Education takes up about the same percentage of the budget as it did in the 1940s. Interest on the debt, thanks to low rates, is only
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Torrey Valyou (background), Matt Renna and Will Stevenson
Once again, a textile industry takes shape in Winooski
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t one point in the early 20th century, Vermont’s largest employer was the American Woolen Company. Factories beside the Winooski Falls, powered by rushing water and a workf orce of young women and children, churned out cotton and wool f abrics that f ueled Winooski’s booming textile industry. The massive ﬂ ood of 1927 crippled the mills, and they never recovered. Today, those same hulking brick structures house tech companies, downtown shops and high-ceilinged, big-windowed apartments. But up the hill f rom the river, in a nondescript industrial park at the top of Weaver Street, Winooski’s textile industry is seeing a quiet renaissance. Matt Renna of Queen City Dry Goods is hard at work on Vermont-made T-shirts and leather goods. Torrey Valyou of the screen-printing and
design shop New Duds is inking his designs on T-shirts. Together, the two independent but complementary companies have formed a textile collective they’re calling Factory 450, named for the address of the Weaver Hill industrial park. And they can call on the skills of their next-door neighbor, Vermont Bosna Cutting, a f amily-run business that cuts and sews Vermont-made clothing, f rom Renna’s T-shirts to seamless underwear. Collectively, the three businesses are the closest thing Vermont has to a fashion district. The idea behind Factory 450? Share space and resources. Swap referrals for customers. Renna points to a recent job as an example: A client came to Renna and Valyou f or help handmaking highend ampliﬁ ers for musicians. Renna cut the fabric; Valyou designed and printed the pattern.
“It’s kind of one-stop shopping f or clients who come through,” says Renna. The two companies’ “synchronicity,” as Valyou puts it, “kind of fell into our laps.” Valyou and his wife, Tessa, met Renna about a year and a half ago. At the time, Renna had a shop above Church Street in downtown Burlington, where he’d been manuf acturing and peddling high-end clothing, hats and leather goods. Renna was ready to “scale up” to more wholesale production. In the process of investigating manuf acturing opportunities in Vermont, he met the Bahic f amily behind Vermont Bosna Cutting. Meanwhile, Valyou and his wif e were holed up in Fort Ethan Allen, their f irst of f icial storef ront and production space af ter they started their screen-printing company in their apartment six years ago. They wanted to purchase an automated press that
would cut down on physical exertion and allow New Duds to take on more work. But the press — “It’s like a big robot,” Valyou explains — was unwieldy. They knew they would need signif icant renovations to make room f or the machine they’ve now nicknamed “Ted.” Renna was looking f or space, too, and the Valyous realized it might make sense to partner up. The Bahics, whom Renna had met just months bef ore, happened to be set up next door to an unoccupied 3,200-square-foot shop at the Weaver Hill industrial park. Now, a f ew weeks af ter New Duds and Queen City Dry Goods celebrated their grand opening in the space, both entrepreneurs are at work on their biggest collaboration to date: a “Made in Vermont” T-shirt. Renna came up with the design, and the shirt will bear the Queen City Dry Goods label. Bosna Cutting is cutting and sewing the huge
Sewing Queen City Dry Goods T-shirts
and up until now we’ve had to say no.
says. With production of the first batch of T-shirts currently under way, he’s begun to think about the next addition to the Queen City Dry Goods lineup: a henley. Renna is banking on the appeal of “Made in the U.S.A.” goods; he says consumers are increasingly eager to know where and how their clothing is made. Anecdotal evidence, he and Valyou say, suggests that there’s a market f or Vermont-made shirts. Valyou recalls his conversations with browsers at art f airs and craf t markets. “We get asked all summer if our shirts are made in Vermont,” he says, “and up until now we’ve had to say no.”
swaths of gray, blue and black U.S.knit cotton fabric into shirts. And New Duds is embellishing some with its own prints. For Renna, the T-shirt project — which he financed in part with a crowdfunding campaign late last year — marks a pivot toward a more affordable product. While he’s still designing and selling aprons, jackets, and canvas hats and vests, the T-shirts are a far cry from Renna’s flagship product, a $595 waxedtwill racer jacket. The blank shirts will sell f or $22 apiece and wholesale f or between $12 and $16. “I’m kind of narrowing in on ‘OK, what’s practical to scale up?’” Renna
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We get asked all summer if our shirts are made in Vermont,
Of course, “made in Vermont” isn’t a come: Renna’s T-shirts. Fehreta Bahic new trend. To be reminded of its deeper shows off the carefully sewn seams on roots, all one has to do is step into one prototype. Vermont Bosna Cutting. For the Bahics, Renna’s business For 20 years, the husband-and-wife is a welcome addition to their work team of Ramadan and Fehreta Bahic load. Business is steady right now, but has quietly but proficiently made a they’ve had their f air share of rough living cutting and sewing for Vermont patches in recent years. During a slow clothing companies. Today, their period last year, the f amily decided to 28-year-old son, Naren, helps with take a $100,000 loss rather than lay off the business, and they employ another their experienced seamstresses. nine workers. Other Vermont cut-and-sew com The Bahics settled in Vermont in panies haven’t managed to stay afloat 1994 as Bosnian refugees fleeing war during these difficult times. The only in the former Yugoslavia. Ramadan and other remaining cut-and-sew f actory Fehreta were both graduates of f ash - in the state that took on contracted ion design school; though they spoke work f or other designers, St. J’s no English when they arrived, they quickly landed work at East Coast Leotard in Colchester. The Bahics recall learning English f rom Stitching in St. Johnsbury, closed last television and makeshift conversations year. Naren Bahic says that he and his with their new Vermont f riends and family learned about the auction of St. neighbors; they had no time for formal J’s equipment a f ew days too late; no lessons. one showed up, and the equipment was Soon Ramadan Bahic made a name sold for scrap. for himself as an expert cutter — a job The Bahics say they of ten hear that requires slicing through dozens, from customers who ship their manusometimes hundreds, of layers of fabric f acturing overseas, only to return according to a pattern. He was fast and to local cut-and-sew shops because experienced, but most importantly, he the quality at home is much higher. was accurate. They’ve been charged with f ixing He still is. and resewing projects manuf actured “If you’re cutting that much f abric in China that weren’t f it to sell. Even at once, and you do it wrong, the conse- so, they f ind some customers are quences are huge,” Renna says. astonished at the price dif f erence “What do you do when you make between domestic and international mistakes?” this reporter asked during production. “You can’t survive with a recent visit to Bosna Cutting. that price,” says Ramadan Bahic of the Simultaneously, Ramadan, Fehreta and typical overseas rate. Naren Bahic responded: “We don’t.” Valyou and Renna say they are Ramadan Bahic does almost all the confident that their customers will be cutting f or the business in the back - willing to pay a bit more f or a locally room of its Winooski shop. He and his made T-shirt. And, if the customers wife roll out fabric by hand. line up, Renna hopes his business can On a recent morning, the table is offer more work to Vermonters in the piled high with dozens of layers of cutting, sewing and fashion businesses. black and beige cotton-Lycra that will While his enterprise won’t reach the soon be cut into underwear and slips scale of the old Winooski mills, he says, f or Commando. The South Burlington he could easily see employing 10 to 15 company produces, among other items, more workers in the Weaver Hill space. seamless underwear that is praised Of course, Renna, Valyou and the by f ashion designers and models f or Bahics know customers care as much eliminating pesky panty lines. Because about the garment itself as about many of Commando’s undergarments what’s on the tag. Renna’s T-shirts, have no hems to hide the raw edges Valyou says, have a lot more going f or of the f abric, Bahic’s cutting has to be them than just the “made in Vermont” perfect. cred. In the adjoining room, seven or “The fit and the fabric is fantastic,” eight seamstresses are hard at work says Valyou, “and that’s what people are on slips and bras. Their machines hum looking for.” m and whir. One station goes unmanned, INFo for the time being, but the bright-blue queencitydrygoods.com f abric nearby hints at new work to
Mission: Economical Seven Days reporters scour the area’s thrift stores B Y XIAN CHIANG-WARE N AND E THAN DE SEIFE
EdS: We hit the jackpot, rectangle-wise, on our very ﬁ rst stop. Retroworks’ media collection is assuredly the best organized I’ve ever seen in a thrift store. The books (25 cents f or paperbacks; $1 f or hardcovers) are divided by categories; the shelf of audiocassettes (!) includes more than a dozen blank tapes; and the DVD collection is so orderly that duplicates are grouped together. Plus, this place has $5LaserDiscs! I don’t buy them anymore, but I like knowing they’re still around. Sni˛ ng my way into the backroom, I
detected the music-to-my-nose aroma of musty cardboard and vinyl: records, and a good bunch of ’em. I had to pass up a copy of The Hits of T. Texas Tyler , since it was too scratched up, but I scored with a $1 copy of Travelin’ with Dave Dudley. Dudley is most famous for his 1963 version of “Six Days on the Road,” which I regard as one of the very best country songs. I f ound a couple of somewhat obscure DVDs here, too: Fritz Lang’s fantastic 1941 ﬁ lm about Nazi hunters,Man Hunt; and the star-studded, oddball semi-comedy Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood ,
a ﬁ ve-f oot-tall pair of waders. The coat rack is much more appealing: I spotted a cropped brown leather jacket f or $10, and, if the weather hadn’t been solidly in mud-season range, I would’ve f ound the selection of wool peacoats quite tempting. A brief visit to the furniture section revealed a hardwood kitchen table for $15 — a steal, considering I’d recently purchased a smaller and less attractive table f or $30 atReStore in Burlington. I walked into the home section (which is always stocked with $1 vases and $3 pots and pans) at Ethan’s urging and came across my big ﬁ nd
woman a generation or two older than me, and lef t it at that — though a male f riend used to swear by its killer vest selection. Times have changed. Round Robin now has an absolute gem of a backroom to highlight the store’s best ﬁ nds. Make an immediate right upon entering to ﬁ nd the best used-shoe rack I’ve ever seen in a Vermont secondhand store, plus a fur coat and vintage section that would make “Mad Men”’s Joan Holloway drool. Ethan’s eyes glazed over during my explanation of ﬂ ats and Ferragamo bow shoes, but we both had fun with the fur coats and old hats.
IF YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HAVE QUALITY,
Otter Creek Used Books
directed by the ever-bizarre Michael Winner. Those are some high-quality, unusual rectangles, and they were all mine for less than eight bucks. Xian Chiang-Waren: When it comes to buying clothes at Retroworks, it’s best to leave any ideas about labels at the door. Aside f rom the occasional J. Crew cardigan, you’re likely to be disappointed if you’re looking f or contemporary basics f rom commercial name brands. But who goes to thrift stores for contemporary? The racks at Retroworks are bursting with mostly ’80s-era garments in f unky patterns: bold stripes, big ﬂ oral designs, lots of paisley. The selection of dresses and skirts is on the long side (and, yes, equipped with the occasional shoulder pad), but, at $3 to $8 a pop, even an amateur seamstress like yours truly can experiment with bringing up a hemline. You might want to skip the pilling sweaters and the used underwear rack. Ditto the shoes, unless you’re looking f or
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YOU MIGHT AS WELL HAVE QUANTITY. COURTESY OF XIAN CHIANG-WAREN
than de Seife: “Hey, Ethan, you wanna go buy some rectangles?” So my f riend Tom would periodically ask, back in grad school. “Rectangles,” in our nerdy secret code, was a catchall term that referred to books, DVDs, CDs, LPs — the media objects that both of us loved to accumulate (yes, some of them are square). We got to know where to ﬁ nd the best rectangles at the best prices, and spent many hours and dollars acquiring them. The internet handily makes available (legally or illegally) all manner of previously hard-to-ﬁ nd albums, movies and other media artifacts. But downloading or streaming an artwork is a f undamentally di° erent experience f rom procuring a physical copy of it, which is why I continue my endless quest for the niftiest rectangles at the lowest prices. This means getting to know an area’s thrift stores. Most people seem to use the word “thrif ting” to ref er to the search f or lowcost, used clothing or home f urnishings, the better to rejuvenate a wardrobe or a home on a budget. For me, it’s all about the aforementioned objects. My friend and colleague Xian, though, is far more stylish and apparel-savvy than I am. So, in tag-teaming this modest survey of thrift stores in Chittenden and Addison counties, we decided that she would look f or high-quality, low-cost clothing, while I would look f or media that ﬁ t the same criteria. We also both decided to seek our individual Holy Grails. Mine was country albums on vinyl (a personal weakness), and Xian’s, since she just moved to a new apartment, was a housewarming gift for herself. Blessed with light tra˛ c and the ﬁ rst genuinely springlike day of 2014, we headed south, ready to loosen our tight wallets — just a little — in the name of clothing, housewares and honky-tonk music.
of the day: a $3 orange fondue pot, which I nabbed as soon as the woman in front of me passed on it. She nodded approvingly when I picked it up. “Seems like everyone used to have one of those,” she told me. “We’ll make it happen again,” I assured her.
Round Robin, Middlebury
EdS: A charming store, where I tried on a handsome fur chapeau, but this is not a place for the media seeker. When we visited, there was a single bookshelf stocked with trade paperbacks, exactly a dozen CDs and ﬁ ve DVDs. Here, I mostly observed Xian swooning over shoes. XCW: Until quite recently, I never spent much time at Round Robin, even though its pleasant storef ront in Middlebury’s Marble Works area is bright and sunny, and its clothing racks are always clean and well stocked. Two years ago, I would have said that the store had great ﬁ nds for an Ann Taylor- or Eileen Fisher-loving
Otter Creek Used Books, Middlebury
EdS: I very rarely buy new books; with a little work, you can ﬁ nd a used copy of just about any book, in perfect shape, for much less money. Otter Creek fulﬁ lls what is, for me, the most important criterion f or a used-book store: Its shelves are so overloaded that many volumes have to be stacked horizontally. That’s when you know true bibliophiles run the place. For a small store, it has a nice selection of titles, especially ﬁ ction. Nonﬁ ction is a bit more of a grab bag. Prices here were perhaps slightly higher than I had hoped, but not unreasonable.
Neat Repeats Resale Shop, Middlebury
XCW: If you can’t always have quality, you might as well have quantity. Middlebury’s Neat Repeats o° ers a classic hit-or-miss
thrif ting experience. The stuffy, windowless basement store is always overflowing with clothes, including some I wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. Yet hidden among the used fleece jackets and rhinestone-encrusted tops are some good finds: well-priced basics, such as merino wool sweaters and cotton tees in excellent condition; a decent jeans selection in the $10 range, heavy on the Levis; and some seriously eclectic coats. If you have the stamina to withstand the claustrophobic atmosphere, you can make out like a bandit.
XCW: I am no expert on rectangles, but wandering through Monroe Street Books inspires awe. Its shelves stretch nearly to the ceiling, and every aisle has something that catches the eye. I spent a happy 20 minutes in the Vermont aisle, flipping through recent works by local authors, checking out the geography of Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in a book of maps and carefully leafing through books that dated back to the early 20th century. I could have lingered f ar longer in the nonfiction section, where my hand drif ted toward a $7 collection of Joan Fil E pho To: Di An E sU lliv An
Monroe Street Books, Middlebury
Recycled Reading of Vermont, Bristol
XCW: The Richmond Food Shelf ’s dowdy storef ront on Bridge Street turned out to hide the biggest surprise of the day. The f ront room of the store is stocked with racks of donated clothing, while the back room is home to the food shelf, lined with cans of f ood and nonperishable goods f or folks in need. I didn’t expect much, but the clothing was well made, f unctional and seemingly barely worn. I noticed a Kenneth Cole blazer and a women’s tops rack dominated by Banana Republic and J. Crew pieces averaging $5 each, not to mention a row of crisp button-downs. Community members (and Chittenden County consignment stores getting rid of back stock) donate the clothing, and all the proceeds go to stock ing the food shelf.
Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, Burlington
EdS: It’s surely Pine Street’s King of All Media, but Speaking Volumes is more f or the connoisseur than f or the bargain hunter. Lovely handmade wooden bins hold thousands of records of all kinds, in all genres, and the selection of books is large and catholic, but this place does not really cater to the exceedingly thrifty. This is where you go when you need that hardto-find Wizzard album on vinyl.
EdS: Recycling-devoted nonprofit ReStore has two stores on Pine Street. One sells household items and building materials; it’s a great place for light fixtures and windows. The other is more like a traditional thrif t store, offering everything from couches to TVs to, yes, media of all kinds. A huge shelf of books covers an entire wall and then some, but the titles on offer were mostly genre fiction and self-help titles. Not one interested me enough to merit parting with even a dollar. Same with the DVDs: A ragged collection, priced from $1 to $5 apiece, didn’t offer much for the cinephile. Music lovers will fare better here, as the cheap CDs are of somewhat higher quality, and the place gets retro points f or selling not only cassettes but eight-track tapes. But the real action is on the record shelves. The vinyl collection at ReStore is quite varied and, except for the “not yet sorted” section, is helpf ully broken down by Mission: Econo Mic Al
EdS: Disappointed by the closed thrift store in Bristol, and unsurprised not to find used media at the Richmond Food Shelf & Thrift Store, we headed back to Burlington to hit a few shops along the Pine Street corridor. Vintage Inspired’s booths f airly burst with curios and antique oddities. But, aside f rom a f ew old 78s (which I do sometimes buy), there wasn’t much in the way of media here. (One booth did have a whole lot of old cookbooks, charmingly sorted by historical era and labeled “These Are Your Cookbooks,” “These Are Your Mother’s Cookbooks” and “These Are Your Grandmother’s Cookbooks.”)
Speaking Volumes, Burlington
EdS: Certainly the most charming of all the places we visited, Recycled Reading offers reasonably priced used books, CDs and DVDs, as well as maps, toys and mu sical instruments. The selection was not enormous, but that impression was inevi table given that this was our first stop after Monroe Street Books, which surely stocks in book f orm the equivalent of several medium-size forests. I dug the vibe here. Free coffee and a large children’s section welcome patrons of all kinds, and the store hosts music events every week. Trade-ins of your gently used rectangles are accepted here, too, which is another point in favor of this small, friendly community bookstore.
Richmond Food Shelf & Thrift Store, Richmond
EdS: The f ellow behind the counter in sisted that this store was no less than “the largest used book store in Vermont,” and I can’t imagine any other place coming close. Not only are many books stacked horizontally, but the shelves are skyscrapers, extending so high that most of the aisles are equipped with ladders. The place is overwhelming, and I mean that in the best possible way. I’m going to have to return there some other time, as browsing the film section alone would take me the better part of an afternoon. And the comics! My lands, the comics. The shelves sagged under the weight of more than one out-of -print hardback compendium of old “Dick Tracy” strips — pricey but droolworthy. Twenty percent discounts for students and the tables of bargain books make this shop a must-visit f or book lovers on a budget.
Didion short stories. Ethan wisely pointed out that we should scram or else commit to an entire af ternoon. With deadlines looming, we scrammed — but we’ll both be back.
XCW: As a f ormer Five Town Area resi dent, I remember being over the moon when the area’s first consignment store, the Enchanted Closet, opened last year on Bristol’s downtown drag. The Enchanted Closet is big on L.L. Bean, wooly sweaters and down jackets (what else are people living on the Lincoln Gap going to con sign?). But its unusually large selection of children’s clothing seems to be a major source of the store’s appeal. A rack of prom and costume dresses spices things up, as does a charming selection of vintage and locally made jewelry. Unf ortunately, the store was inexplicably closed at lunchtime on a Tuesday.
XCW: I could write pages about the quality of the antique and craf t items at Vintage Inspired, the “lif estyle marketplace” on Flynn Avenue. It’s a unique arrangement: Local antiques lovers and artisans rent out sections of the store’s floor space and fill it with antique f urniture, handmade craf ts and a variety of whimsical ephemera. Everywhere you turn, something pretty and original catches your eye. I could spend hours in there. The items at Vintage Inspired are sold at fair prices, and it’s certainly a bargain com pared with most antique stores. However, since the quality is quite good, Vintage Inspired arguably takes us outside the realm of thrifting. I didn’t find much within my budget, save f or some delightf ully original jewelry made from vintage beads. Still, the place is filled with tasteful treasures — and your budget is probably bigger than mine.
The Enchanted Closet, Bristol
genre. I quickly surveyed all the sections (including the 78s), and then dug into the “Country” shelves. There, amid a mass of Eddy Arnold records (seriously, what was going on there?), I unearthed my final find of the day: Carl Smith’s 1958 album Let’s Live a Little. For this pure-D gem of honky-tonk music, I paid, tax included, 54 cents. That amounts to 4.5 cents per song, exactly 1/22 of iTunes’ per-song price. That is some serious thrifting. XCW: I’ll just state the obvious: If you’re looking f or clothing at ReStore — don’t. ReStore’s apparel and accessory offerings are limited to a motley collection of lug gage and mostly synthetic handbags. I’ve also seen some outerwear thrown near that display on past occasions. Do yourself a f avor and walk a block down Pine to Battery Street Jeans. ReStore is still the secondhand f urni ture hub f or the Burlington area. It has a reasonably priced selection that changes on a daily basis, and everyone from moms
to college kids to out-of -town antiquers combs the place for furniture finds. The store’s selection of wooden chairs is par ticularly good. On the day we visited, a soft leather couch for a cool $80 was attracting a lot of attention. Ethan and I ended our tour of Vermont thrifting right where we’d started: on Pine Street, just around the corner from Seven Days. We evaluated our spoils and f ound our bags surprisingly light. I had a fantas tic orange f ondue pot; Ethan had a seri ously groovy-looking stack of rectangles that he assured me qualified as “jackpot” finds. I also had several articles of cloth ing lurking in the back of my mind. I was hard-pressed to come up with reasons why I hadn’t bought that great leather jacket at Retroworks, or those kind-of -too-small espadrilles at Round Robin. Vermont may be better known f or its pricier antiques circuit, but if we learned anything from our brief road trip, it’s that the area’s nondescript thrift stores sell surprisingly high-quality stuff for a song. And yes, we know we didn’t hit them all. Wherever you live in Vermont, you have to drive to find the good thrift stores. Long
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stretches of road separate them, and f ew towns besides Burlington have more than one. But who doesn’t love an excuse to take a Vermont road trip? Once you arrive, plan on digging through a f ew layers of items you wouldn’t want to take home, no matter
how cheaply priced — but that comes with the hunt. To help with your own excursions, we’ve updated our thrif ting directory (see below). May you find lots of leather bomber jackets and rectangles. m
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C o mp i l Ed by E T h A n d E SEi F E A nd Xi A n C hi A n g - W ARE n For a small state, Vermont is pretty rich in thrift stores. it’s a difficult task, though, to compile a comprehensive list, since some of the smaller operations close with little notice. This list focuses on thrift stores within Seven Days’ circulation area (roughly north of Route 4 to the Canadian border) and does not include the used bookstores we visited. (For those and more, peruse the list of Vermont Antiquarian booksellers Association members at vermontisbookcountry.com.) n eedless to say, the list is also a work in progress. We invite readers to alert us to any omissions or inaccuracies.
The Bene-f it Shop 15 Cottage Street, 479-4309 cvmc.org Used clothing and housewares r eStore 34 granite Street, 477-7800 media, housewares, furniture
Bri Sto L The Enchanted closet 22 main Street, 453-3167 Clothing on consignment
Bur LiNGto N Barge canal market 377 pine Street, 309-9151 bargecanalmarket.com Antiques, media, one-of-a-kind items Battery Street Jeans Exchange 7 marble Avenue, 865-6223 batterystreetjeans.com Vintage clothes Dirt chic r esale clothing 77 main Street, 863-1461 dirtchicvt.com Vintage clothes on consignment Downtown Threads 108 Church Street (above Tradewinds), 399-2070 facebook.com/downtownthreads Clothing, both vintage and new
324 n orth Winooski Avenue, 865-9983 junktiques.net media, housewares, oddities
The possibility Shop
38 South Winooski Avenue, 862-5010 firstchurchburlington.org Clothing, housewares, media
266 pine Street, 658-4143 resourcevt.org media, housewares, furniture
St. Anthony’s Thrift Shop
305 Flynn Avenue, 658-4059 Clothing, housewares, media
Salvation Army Thrift Store 336 n orth Winooski Avenue, 864-9552 use.salvationarmy.org/ greaterburlington A little of everything
Second t ime Around
89 Church Street, 660-8100 secondtimearound.net Upscale resale clothing
188 n orth prospect Street, 332-6801 facebook.com/shalomshuk Vintage clothing
Vintage inspired Lifestyle marketplace 180 Flynn Avenue, 488-5766 vintageinspired.net Antiques, crafts, jewelry
ESSEx Ju Nctio N h eavenly cents Thrift Shop 37 main Street, 879-6552 Clothing, housewares
34 park Street, 878-1166 Used and vintage women’s clothes
Salvation Army Thrift Store 197 pearl Street 872-8730 use.salvationarmy.org/ greaterburlington A little of everything
24 pinecrest drive, 316-4199 wisebuysvt.net Women’s resale clothing
miDDLEBur Y Neat r epeats r esale Shop 3 bakery l ane, 388-4488 Used clothing
282 boardman Street, 388-3608 Clothing, media and furniture
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211 maple Street, suite 28, 388-6396 Clothing
miLto N h elping h ands Thrift Shop 51 main Street, 893-4388 unitedchurchofmilton.org Clothing, housewares
mo Ntp ELiEr The Getup Vintage/Buch Spieler
27 l angdon Street, 229-0449 bsmusic.com A combo store: vintage clothing plus used Cds, lp s and electronics
h eather’s Nearly New
62 River Street, 229-4002 heathersnearlynew.com Used women’s and children’s clothing
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60 main Street, 223-1353 onemoretimevt.com Used and vintage clothing
morri SViLLE Second chance Thrift Store 37 brigham Street, 888-5664 Clothing, crafts
rAND o Lph Gifford Thrift & Auxiliary Shop 44 South main Street, 728-7000 giffordmed.org/auxiliaryshop Clothing, housewares
r ichmo ND r ichmond f ood Shelf & Thrift Shop
58 bridge Street, 578-4283 richmondfoodshelfvt.org Used clothing
r ut LAND camille’s Experienced clothing 44 merchants Row, 773-0971 camillesvermontcostume.com Vintage clothing and costumes
150 dorset Street, 660-8420 replaysvt.net Clothing, housewares, media
SWANto N Scampers
42 merchants Row, 868-4299 Used children’s clothing
VEr GENNES Sweet charity
141A main Street, 877-6200 sweetcharityvt.com h ousewares
WAit Sfi ELD The Green closet
40 bridge Street, 496-4333 facebook.com/thegreenclosetvt Used clothing and accessories
WiLLiSto N Goodwill
Sweet r evival Thrift & consignment
329 h arvest l ane, 879-0088 goodwill.org A little of everything, both new and used
146 West Street, 342-8910 h ousewares, electronics
Salvation Army Thrift Store 223 l ake Street, 524-9695 use.salvationarmy.org/ greaterburlington A little of everything
Sh ELBur NE Schip’s t reasure r esale Shop
5404 Shelburne Road, 985-3595 schipstreasure.org Used clothing
South Bur LiNGto N Goodwill
1080 Shelburne Road, 685-5359 goodwill.org A little of everything, both new and used
34 Taft Corners Shopping Center, 878-0001 platosclosetwilliston.com brand-name clothing, lightly used
WiNoo SKi classy closet consignment 164 main Street, 655-2330 classyclosetvt.com bargain clothing and media
Woo DStoc K Who is Sylvia?
26 Central Street, 457-1110 Vintage clothing and housewares
Yankee Exchange consignment 2178 maxham meadow Way, 457-1577 facebook.com/yankeeexchange Used clothing
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he expression “starving artist” may be hyperbole, but it has some basis in truth. Creative types are not the only ones who have a problem making and managing money, of course. But the two sides of the brain — for current purposes, let’s call them the arty and the financial — don’t always have an easy time meeting up. Or maybe there just aren’t enough cus tomers buying art. Either way, few artists would argue that learning to run a busi ness — marketing and selling their work — was not part of their art school curriculum. Yet everyone who chooses to make a living through art is inherently an entre preneur. Those who can’t embrace that aspect of their vocation may find themselves “starving” — or taking a day job (or three) and indulging in creativity on the side. Of course, they also have the option of art-related jobs, most commonly teaching, points out Burlington City Arts education director Melissa Steady. “We employ more than 70 teaching artists per year,” she says. “There are other ways to make a living besides selling art; you can get involved in arts integration in the schools. That’s also a part of the conversation.” Whether or not they choose the path of f ull-time art making, artists in need of lef t-brain coaching have plenty of help at hand. Just about every Vermont arts organization offers art-as-business classes, or brings in experts for intense art-biz work shops. BCA has an artist-development series of “eight to 10” two-hour sessions per year for ages 16 and up, Steady says. At these workshops, artists can get critiques of individual work and learn how to sell art on Etsy.com, how to photograph work for professional presentation and more. At $20 or $25 a pop, the sessions are affordable and focused. Kerri Macon, BCA’s director of art sales and administrator of the Vermont Metro Gallery, f requently advises artists “on a broad spectrum” about pricing their work — a challenge for most of them. “The market really is a barometer,” says Macon. “The primary f actor is what they’ve sold work f or in the marketplace. Any artist needs to use that as their base point.” And if they’re just starting out? Start low and increase your prices slowly, ad vises Katharine Montstream. Fifteen years ago, the Burlington painter started small herself — with hand-painted cards. “It was a lot of work, but the numbers were good,” she says. “I could make them for 15 cents,
will outright say, ‘If I buy two pieces, will you knock off a certain percentage?’ Or ‘Will you throw in this extra thing?’ It’s insulting. “It’s like they don’t understand — I didn’t order this object from China; years of training and experience went into this,” Robinson continues. She notes that she tends to run into these hagglers at craf t fairs, where, she points out, the artist has paid an entry f ee and spent considerable time and effort on getting a spot. Robinson’s account of the beginning of her art career echoes Montstream’s. Her work was very popular at first, she says — and priced too low. She got burnt out trying to meet demand. To figure out reasonable pricing and become more businesslike, Robinson turned to SCORE, an online free counseling resource f rom the U.S. Small
In addItIon to all th Is money-and-market Ing educat Ion, art Ists have another opt Ion:
sell them f or $1.50, and stores sold them for $3. It was good for everyone.” But creating hundreds of original paintings a week, even small ones, led to burnout. “It was crazy,” acknowledges Montstream, who was still waitressing at the time. “So we decided to take the plunge and go into the printed world. And then I thought, Oh, crap, now we have to provide envelopes.” And so the learning curve goes. Montstream and her husband, Alan Dworshak, now print some 200,000 cards a year and run a gallery in downtown Burlington opposite City Hall Park. “But
the best part of the business now is origi nal paintings,” she notes. “In 1991, a bank asked me to do a painting, and that was the start.” Artists can find pricing their work a hurdle at every level of their careers. And once a price is set, they may f ace other challenges — f rom the public. Burlington artist Beth Robinson, who has been making her beautif ully creepy Strange Dolls f or 11 years, laments that some potential buyers dicker with her on price. “You’ve established a value based on your time and the work,” she says, “and then someone
Business Administration. “You get paired up with someone who has a related back ground,” Robinson explains. Her mentor, she says, “kicked my butt about keeping track of my time, expenses and materials.” Paraphrasing that coach, Robinson says, “It’s all nice and good that you want to make things, but if you really want this to be a part of your life, you have to make it a business.” Robinson says she tries to think of Strange Dolls like a client, and to itemize every expense — including her time. She also attests to the importance of having an artist mentor to learn f rom — someone who is “f urther down the same path.” For Robinson, that is Winooski sculptor Leslie Fry. “Leslie has been so incredibly supportive; she meets with me and takes me under her wing,” Robinson says. “Every time we talk, I walk away in spired … It helps me with the doubts about why I’ve chosen this path.” Robinson has taken heed of another important principle: Artists need a work ethic. “Leslie works so hard,” she says. “It’s a lot of work to make it as an artist.”
Katharine Montstream, Sylvie and Alan Dworshak
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motivation for starting an artist business, the rest is easy. It is just a matter of acquiring skills, such as financial management, sales strategies and marketing techniques. All of that is very teachable. SD: How can an artist learn to price his or her work? MB: “How do I price my art?” is one of the most common questions I am asked in my artist business training programs. For this reason, I created an interactive exercise that teaches artists how to apply seven common pricing strategies to their art. For instance, most artists use “cost”-based pricing to price their work, where they calculate the cost of making, for instance, a pot, and then add some percentage factor for their time to each pot (which may or may not represent the real time it takes to create their piece). While this is a good start, it doesn’t take into consideration the competitive marketplace. What are pots like yours being sold for in similar marketplaces? And what about your reputation as an artist? Or the special qualities of your work that differentiate it from others? Once we run through these seven strategies, artists are better equipped to establish prices that are appropriate for their market. SD: At the risk of asking for your workshop in a nutshell, maybe you’d suggest the most important things an artist should do to start a career — or boost a languishing one. MB: One of the biggest success factors is to build a network of artists to help support you in building your artist business. What I so respect about Sonia Rae and Michele Bailey at the Vermont Arts Council is that they have offered multiple “post-workshop” networking events for the artists who take our workshops. Other success factors include a willingness to define what makes you unique as an artist, and to have the internal discipline to learn the skills to build a business. Finally, I always remind artists that, while the focus is on learning business skills in our workshops, my goal is always to find ways to shrink down the business side of things so they can focus on making their art, which is, after all, why they got started in business!
SD: Plenty of artists don’t seem to know the first thing about channeling their talent into making a living — and may have wildly unrealistic expectations. In your workshops, where do you even start? MB: We always start with the art. This is the core of any artist business. By better understanding the art they are making, artists need to build a business that reflects the unique qualities of their work. Next, we ask artists to honestly assess their readiness to build a business. Do they really want to be making art most of the time? After artists unpack their internal
been teaching arts marketing for over 10 years, and in that time the landscape has been so transformed that it is almost laughable to read my teaching notes from five years ago. Think of it: Most of the social media sites we now take for granted (which reach audiences the size of entire nations) were born just a handful of years ago. Artists, like many small-business owners, struggle to keep current. One great advantage artists have is that they are nimble and creative. I am constantly impressed by the number of established artists who take our “Breaking Into Business” programs: Even with over 10 years of experience, they are open to learning new ways of doing business. Marketing is always a popular topic because of its ever-changing nature. I teach artists to focus on a few marketing strategies that feel comfortable to them, and then build slowly from there. It is important to learn where their customers get information and use that as the most important criteria for selecting their marketing strategies. Finally, the third part of your trio — money — is, in my experience, the most challenging. Most people struggle with money. I try to ease artists into the discussion of money by starting with small tasks. For example, at our recent Advanced Artist Business program in Montpelier, I asked artists to research their last three years of sales. Most had not done this analysis and found it illuminating. We used the information to help unearth trends that could help them to grow their business, and the results were very positive.
greatly expanded since she moved f rom Union Station to a much more public spot. Gallery walk-ins now include tourists, younger people and downtown employees who pop in to buy cards. “Having a studio in a public space is invaluable,” concurs Robinson, who maintains a small studio in S.P.A.C.E. Gallery on Pine Street. The location gives her sales and feedback from visitors, she says, help ing her figure out who her market is and what her work will sell for locally. And it provides her with another valuable com modity: the support of other artists who are in the same boat. m
SEVEN DAYS: Why is it so difficult for artists to market themselves and sell their work? Is it that business skills simply aren’t a part of arts education, or is there some kind of incompatibility between creative types and finance? MAREN BROWN: You’ve certainly hit upon the “big three” in this question: marketing, selling and financial management for artists. For the past five years, the Vermont Arts Council has brought me and my colleague, Dee Boyle-Clapp of the UMass Arts Extension Service, to teach our “Breaking Into Business” program for Vermont artists. In our program, we spend a lot of time with artists helping to demystify these three topics and make them less frightening. I recently read Daniel Pink’s book, To Sell Is Human[: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others], which offers an engaging exploration of the topic of selling. Essentially, Pink argues that selling is about persuading others to your point of view, which he asserts is a routine activity in both our personal and professional lives. But we have images of salespeople that are less than savory and, because of this, we have to overcome internal stereotypes in order to even consider selling. Combine these negative images with the highly personal nature of art making and it is easy to see why artists struggle with selling their work. We focus on helping artists to find their authentic voice in sales, and teach them how to unearth what is unique about their work and concentrate on these qualities in both their sales and marketing literature. As to marketing, well, it is overwhelming, isn’t it? I’ve
zippy, no-nonsense style and a penchant f or enumeration; she instructs artists in “six things you should stop doing right now” and offers a “10 Surprising Facts survey about super-rich collec tors,” for two examples. Of course, in addition to all this money-and-marketing education, artists have another option: marry well. “I recently visited [Brandon artist] Warren Kimble, and he said both he and [Vermont printmaker] Sabra Field are really lucky that they had spouses who were willing to be a part of the business,” says Montstream. Her own spouse, Dworshak, manages their gallery and greeting-card company and handles f raming. Montstream Studio is a family affair. Space is another important variable f or artists. Montstream notes that her customer base has
Brown is the principal of Maren Brown Associates in Florence (Northampton), Massachusetts. Drawing on 25 years of experience, she presents workshops not only to individual artists but to arts organizations, administrators and agencies. She has authored several books, worked with numerous national organizations and cofounded an arts-management degree program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Brown agreed to share some of her arts-business savvy with Seven Days.
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In addition to f ree mentors and inexpensive classes, Vermont artists can take advantage of occasional, and more costly, art-business workshops f rom visiting experts. They are typically one- or two-day affairs on weekends. The Vermont Arts Council has presented arts-management consultant Maren Brown of Massachusetts-based Maren Brown Associates one or two times a year for the past five; her latest Vermont workshop was in February. (See sidebar Q&A with Brown.) Later this month in Burlington, the South End Arts and Business Association will bring popular Colorado-based “art biz coach” Alyson B. Stanfield to Champlain College f or a workshop titled “Marketing Strategies for Growing Your Art Business.” Robinson calls Stanfield “the most straightf or ward [resource] about business and art.” Indeed, Stanfield has a
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f spring has put you in the mood for a musical, Northern Stage has a cheerful, polished production of The Spitfire Grill for you. The staging is fine, though the story is piffle — expect only the whipped cream of dessert, not a full meal. Still, these empty calories go down easy. 2:21 PM Though it’s intended as a feel-good starting-over story, Spitfire stumbles at every structural step. There’s a romance but no obstacles to crystallize it. There’s a problem that, on inspection, is not a problem. The closest thing to a villain is a guy with old-fashioned ideas. The decision by James Valcq (music/book) and Fred Alley (lyrics/book) to build a musical out of Lee David Zlotoff’s 1996 film is itself suspect. (Incidentally, the film was shot in Peacham, Vt., in 1995.) In the musical version, the story is slow starting and never settles on a central arc. Percy, a young woman just released from prison, picks a small Wisconsin town in which to start her new life. Sheriff Joe, her parole officer, helps her get a job as a waitress at the local café. It’s owned by salt-ofthe-earth widow Hannah, whose husband died soon after their son was reported MIA in the Vietnam War. The tiny town’s residents include stiff-necked Caleb, who
misses the work he had at the now-closed quarry and wants his wife to be content with housekeeping. Alas, that wife, Shelby, is happier waitressing at the café alongside Percy. Stitching the town together with gossip is postmistress Effy, a café regular. The pot gets its first stir when the closeknit community has to decide whether to accept Percy, the interloper. It’s not much of a dilemma. Though Percy needs cooking
distraction of musicals is essential, since The Spitfire Grill can’t muster conflict or fully developed characters. The closest we come to a problem is Hannah’s desire to sell the café. The local market has yielded no takers, so Percy and Shelby figure it’s best to give it away as a national contest prize. Send in an essay on why you’d be the best new owner, include a $100 entry fee and, if your essay is chosen, the place is
The cenTral disTracTion of musicals is essenTial, since The spiTfire Grill can’T musTer conflicT or fully developed characTers. lessons, she’s perfectly capable of keeping the café humming when Hannah is laid up with a broken leg. So, with no galvanizing event, the story just skips to the point where Percy becomes Hannah’s trusted surrogate, Shelby’s you-go-girl pal, Caleb’s bête noire and Joe’s love interest. Really? That all happened because she served plates of fried eggs? Well, of course, Percy served them while everyone was singing. The central
yours. Oh, and it would be best if you live in a metropolis, you nurse a fantasy — based on utter ignorance of rural America — that your life would be better in a small town, and you tend to think and speak in clichés. Winner! The premise yields a deluge of letters extolling nonurban life that swamps the weary locals into realizing how good they have it. Mind you, only one of them was itching to leave, but Joe is now in love with
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her plan for a new life seems to demand motion, not an inert solo. Some of the big production numbers are charming, though, and make it easy to lean back and let the pure pleasure of a musical blot out any deficiencies. As Percy, Amanda Ryan Paige serves up a lush torte, alternating no-nonsense bluntness with sweet layers of adorable. Susann Fletcher handles the script’s big clichés with conviction, and is careful to keep Hannah’s heart of gold set on “stun,” not “annihilate.” Marisa Devetta brings a fine soprano to the role of Shelby, and gives her feminist evolution as much subtlety as the script allows. When the three of them get together, they’re enchanting gal pals. As grim Caleb, Ben Sargent trudges through a role that Valcq and Alley failed to make either villainous or engaging. Kevin David Thomas, as Joe, has true Broadway pipes and presentation, and moves smoothly from gruff to puppy-eyed. The scene-stealing Charis Leos plays Effy with a comic’s precise timing. Music director Joel Mercier leads a five-man live band. They’re hidden behind the scrim and also miked, so the instruments have the same nondirectional quality as the vocals. Even so, the music itself is a good reason to see the show. Mercier’s inventive arrangements blend country/ folk guitar and violin with pensive cello and keyboard accents. The show’s authors can’t muster more than clichés to try to capture what’s idyllic about small-town life. The Northern Stage cast can’t redeem those flaws, but it can entertain us all the same. m
Percy, so he doesn’t need the essays to convince him to stay. And dang if the best essay isn’t … well, we need not spoil the maudlin ending. Perhaps sensing that this wasn’t much of an engine to keep a whole musical running, Valcq and Alley give several characters tragic backstories. We’ll leave these as the surprises the authors intended them to be, but past events do not constitute onstage drama. This kind of storytelling relies on accumulating facts to “explain” characters, which cheats the audience of discovering them and robs the characters of human complexity. This is Spitfire’s grave weakness. Costumes by Johanna Cahill and Meghan Pearson give each character a clear style, and the lighting by David M. Upton establishes a great variety of moods. The nicely realized set, designed by Jordan Janota, blends solid realism in the café’s detailed particulars with stylized woods outside, capped by a gorgeous moon on the sweeping background scrim. The venerable Briggs Opera House offers a wide stage vista, yet it’s an intimate space. That’s why the decision to give the performers microphones backfires. Not only would their voices have carried sans amplification, but they paradoxically would have had more presence without it — presence that makes live theater exciting. Instead, we’re treated to the Briggs’ fine speaker system, which adds artificiality to performances that are so proximate. When a character turns upstage and her voice never seems to move, for example, a virtue of the playing space is squandered. Director Catherine Doherty keeps the pace lively, and the actors engage with each other so fully that the production has great warmth. Doherty stages the solos with very limited movement, presumably to keep the focus on the vocals. This is fine for showcasing the contemplative songs, but there are moments when more movement might better suit the storytelling. The show kicks off with Percy’s arrival, for instance, and showing the energy of
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t ﬁ rst, it was a trickle — then a ﬂ ood. After a few months of hearing about new chocolatiers and seeing their products on the shelves, we realized that Vermont is experiencing a chocolate renaissance. The state is inundated with innovative chocolate artisans, f rom makers of single-origin bars to shapers of tru˛ es to bold souls wrangling cacao into new forms. It was high time for a Seven Days taste survey.
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We f anned out to ﬁ nd the wares of local chocolatiers who f ounded (or revived) their companies within the past 16 months or so, and who sell their products in at least one retail location. We tried to assemble a succinct, robust and representative sample, though we no doubt missed a f ew chocolatiers who meet these criteria. First up were maple tru˛ es f rom the Vermont Tru˛ e Company, founded a year ago by Stephen and Anna Montanez of
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Mendon. The Montanezes are both alums of Johnson & Wales University, where Stephen studied pastry and baking. While they produce several types of tru˛ es, the maple variety was easiest to ﬁ nd. Studio Cacao Chocolatier is a “round two” of sorts for owners Kevin and Laura Toohey, who ran Hardwick’s LUNA Chocolate Tru˛ es for several years. Now working in Burlington alongside their son, Rowan, the Tooheys source cream f rom Jack Lazor’s Butterworks Farm
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f or their intense chocolate tru˛ es. In January, Kevin Toohey told Seven Days about the di˝ culties of ﬁ nding new local markets for their confections. “I think all of the shelf space in northern Vermont is ﬁ lled, so it’s really a challenge to get [chocolate] in f ront of the customer,” he said. (We f ound his wares at Vin Bar & Shop in Burlington.) We came upon the tru˛ es of Burke Mountain Confectionery at Healthy Living Market and Café — many miles from East Burke, where f ormer landscape designers Tom and Nancy Taylor craf t tru˛ es ﬁ lled with maple or Eden Ice Cider. The single-origin chocolate bars of Bristol’s Farmhouse Tru˛ es come exquisitely wrapped in Japanese paper. Though the company was founded several years ago, it was recently revived with the bars as a new product, write owners Erlé LaBounty and Eliza La Rocca. Single-origin chocolate is also on o˙ er at Vergennes’ 3 Squares Café, where Matt Birong makes and sells Kerchner Artisan Chocolate bars. Birong is part owner of a cacao f arm in the Dominican Republic, where he helps pick the beans that go into the bars. Even though the dark chocolate to˙ ee of Barnard’s Down to Earth Conf ections didn’t ﬁ t the mold — it’s to˙ ee, after all — we couldn’t resist picking up two baggies of the stu˙ for a bonus tasting round. Who could resist trying Simply Maine Sea Salt or Chioggia Beet and Vanilla To˙ ee? In some cases demand was so high for the artisan sweets that even we couldn’t try them. Owner Quayl Rewinski was working on a new batch of her Quayl’s Chocolates during our tasting last week. It took all of 10 minutes for us to assemble a phalanx of Seven Days sta˙ ers for the di˝ cult task at hand. Our brave tasters cut across many departments: o˝ ce manager Cheryl Brownell, sta˙ writers Ethan de Seife and Kathryn (Katie) Flagg, cofounder and coeditor Pamela Polston, designer Rev. Diane Sullivan and, of course, the two food writers. We plunged in with verve and lef t the room with sugar highs. In a few cases we tasted two products from the same chocolatier. Here are our impressions. C O R I N HI R S C H
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long dreamed of opening. Peter, who was most recently executive chef at Waterbury Center’s Country CluB of VErmont, says creating a restaurant from scratch is the realization of one of his life goals. “Being in Waterbury, we always thought we’d open in Stowe,” he recalls. “But this nice little restaurant in a small town is really more Jean Marie’s and my speed.” McLyman’s concept is in the name: He plans a 1940sstyle supper club. “Back in the ’40s when [supper clubs] were really popular, anybody could go out to enjoy dinner with their wife or girlfriend
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locavore dishes — at a food-truck window. The 28-foot, midnight-blue Phantom truck will hit Vermont in late May or early June, said Sargent, who spoke to Seven Days while driving his newly purchased truck up from Florida. In coming weeks, the chef — who has also worked as a carpenter — will equip his new ride with a six-burner stove, griddle, fryolator and grill. “I love grilled food, and we’ll be doing things such as grilled chicken satay or grilled portobello sandwiches,” he said. Sargent will also conjure up “foodtruck versions” of dishes he’s served at the multicourse Phantom Dinners. Those include “international-style” meatballs made from chicken or lamb; braised meats over root-vegetable purées; and creative veggie dishes and salads, such as farro salad with apples and bacon. “The food will be a little less intricate [than the dinners], but we’ll still try and break the mold a little
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handsome touch. The superduper-smooth texture was pleasant, but the tannic tang — I detected red wine — was not so exciting to me. Chocolate ganache inside a chocolate shell (or whatever the hell the technical term is for the outside part of a truffle) is also a bit overwhelming. There is such a thing as too much chocolate, people. I deliver this news with heavy shoulders.
THE VERMONT TRUFFLE COMPANY Vermont Maple Truffles, $8 for four Diane: First thought on appearance: Oooooh! Shiny balls! Then I picked one up and was surprised that it was kinda shaped like a Pac-Man ghost. Outside was a little waxy. Inside was crazy sweet and very creamy. I didn’t really taste the maple until later. It kinda snuck up on me. A little too sweet for me. Katie: These little truffles border on “too perfect.” They’re shiny, a bit waxy and visually uninteresting — a little cheap looking. While the interior was pleasantly creamy at first bite, it dissolved into graininess after a few moments. Overall, these were far too sweet for my taste, and the sugar dominated so much that it was hard to pick up on any other tasting notes.
STUDIO CACAO CHOCOLATIER Classic Dark Truffles, $29 for a box of 15 Pamela: This was one of a selection that came in a beautiful box — floral-designed lid, very Japanese. But the truffle I chose was kind of overkill, like fudge sauce on chocolate ice cream. Nice creamy consistency in the ganache, but I prefer a little contrast to the dark chocolate cover. Alice: The tannic undertone kept this interesting, along with what I thought was a hint of cinnamon. The claylike texture simply didn’t melt into ecstasy the way a truffle should. Once it did begin melting, I appreciated the bloom of fudgy flavor.
Katie: Is “chocolaty” too obvious a reaction in a survey like this? This didn’t grab me as particularly complex or interesting. One-dimensional. You wouldn’t have to twist my arm to make me eat one — it’s a truffle, after all! — but I don’t think I’d go back for a second. Ethan: Probably the best-looking chocolate in the lot. The swirly icing was a
Pamela: A bar/bark with a slightly crunchy, gritty quality, which I liked. The crunch was from coffee beans, and the flavor was intensely espresso. Very good, but I sure wouldn’t eat it at night! Corin: I’ve long been a fan of darkchocolate-covered espresso beans, and if I hadn’t eaten thousands of them during my life (they were the favor at my wedding), I would probably have been more wowed by these. As it was, I found the texture too coarse, the espresso flavor too crude.
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Pamela: I found this pleasingly understated, not hit-you-in-the-face maple, and not overly sweet. Very good but not spectacular.
Cheryl: This truffle just plain tasted like it was trying way too hard. The interior and exterior chocolates competed for center stage instead of complementing each other. I also thought it had too much of a liquor aftertaste to it.
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Corin: This was glossy and almost too perfect looking — and then sweet maple lava oozed from within. I wouldn’t become a regular of this truffle, but it’s the kind of confection I might give to my aunt.
Corin: This truffle had a lumpier appearance, almost as if it was filled with nuts, and was crisscrossed with abstract chocolate lines. No nuts lurked within, but its gooey interior had a Russell Stover-esque quality.
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Ethan: This one looked like the waxy cherry bonbons of my childhood, but, happily, did not taste like them. Though it was allegedly maple flavored, the main note I got was one of honey. Not very maple-y at all. This was pleasant but not exciting, and it had a cleaner aftertaste than I thought it might.
Diane: Gorgeous box. The truffles were cute and homemade looking. The outside was very thin, and the inside had a kinda funky texture. Very thick and fudgelike. Kind of a weird combo. I couldn’t figure out the flavor. Didn’t taste like much.
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Alice: Don’t get me wrong: Wax lips were always my favorite Halloween candy. But this didn’t taste as good. The lowquality “candy melt” taste overwhelmed the maple. More salt in the center would have made this a more appealing, more balanced bite.
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Eden Ice Cider Dark Chocolate Truffles, $6.95 for a box of two Alice: The bright, appealing packaging and high price tag might have given me heightened expectations, but this was the biggest disappointment of the lot for me. I’m someone who eats things because they are “interesting” as much as “good.” But while I liked the tangy apple flavor, the plasticky, white-chocolate aftertaste made me feel like I’d been ripped off.
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Alice: A hint of the white chocolate aftertaste inherent in its sister truffle didn’t mar the deep, complex maple for me. The texture was pleasant if somewhat gummy, but I found this to be a smooth, grown-up version of the first truffle we tried.
Alice: Wrapped in what looked like fancy wallpaper, the inside was just as pretty with its uneven puzzle-piece shapes. Apparently 68-percent cacao is right around my sweet spot. This was a lovely balance of earthy, mud-and-twigs taste with a cherry aftertaste. Sorry, though. I didn’t detect the prune notes mentioned on the label.
Cheryl: With a touch of the same sourness as in the previous truffle, the maple in this one played more nicely and allowed for a betterrounded taste. I liked the almost smoky taste of the maple, but still would have preferred it had it been less sour. Diane: Made me think of pancakes. Smooth and thick texture. Kinda yummy, but still had the weird cheesy aftertaste. Katie: Simple and sophisticated, with a strong maple scent. I liked the creamy, dense texture. These taste like a sugarhouse in March: maple, maple and more maple. My only complaint was the slightly alcoholic aftertaste. Ethan: Too strongly maple-tasting for my liking. Maple is fine and all, but this was like four-times-distilled Grade B. A bit overwhelming.
Diane: The first bite made me yell, “Good God! It’s like cheese and feet!” Very strange taste. Like lemony blue cheese.
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Corin: These truffles were enormous. I didn’t find the slightly lemony interior offensive — just strange. Though I’m the only one in the group to have this opinion, this was my favorite of the bunch. I liked the slightly salty, almost sourcream-like flavors, and I appreciated the not-too-snappy texture of the jacket (there’s the word!) balanced against the not-too-creamy texture of the ganache. A weird, complex and very tasty chocolate.
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Ethan: Lovely “etchings” of cacao pods were a classy touch. I’ll borrow Katie’s term: This one smelled pleasantly leafy. It had a sharp snap but a smooth mouthfeel. It melted quickly and richly, and was bitter in a good way. Nice, bracing aftertaste. My second favorite of the samples.
72 percent Cacao Nib & Sea Salt Bar, $4.49 per 1.7-ounce bar Pamela: Dark chocolate with salt — yum! Little nibs gave it a slight, dry crunch, too. In both flavor and texture, it was interesting. I really liked this one. Cheryl: I also thought this a very respectable chocolate bar. It had more pop than the previous bar. It was definitely brighter and sharper in its flavor. The gritty texture was a bit distracting for me, but the flavor that the cacao nibs added was very nice.
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Cheryl: The simplicity of this bar appealed to me. Although I was able to detect notes of cherry, everything about this was subtle, smooth and understated. I just enjoyed having the different tastes roll over my tongue as the bar melted in my mouth. I imagine it would go beautifully with a latte.
FARMHOUSE TRUFFLES 68 percent Bolivian Dark Chocolate Bar, $4.49 per 1.7-ounce bar Katie: The design is unusual and playful; instead of the expected rectangles, the bar is carved up with swooping, curved lines, and imprinted with leaves and cacao beans. The smell is leafy and, for lack of a better word, green, and the texture is smooth without being waxy. A little bit bitter, a little bit fruity. I think
Alice: I disagree with Cheryl about the salt. Its flaky crunch amid melting chocolate kept each bite interesting for me. It also served to lift the potentially muddy flavor of the darker chocolate, like a fruit-flavored spotlight. Corin: While grainier than its sister bar, this was brighter, and a tiny hit of salt brought its flavors to life. It packed a lot of personality into a small space. My fave. Ethan: Chocolate plus salt equals happiness. The salt added notes of slightly acidic brightness. Fairly complex in both taste and texture.
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Ethan: This was even weirder than [the Eden Ice Cider truffle], my favorite, apparently because the maker used a totally different kind of bean. Those beans imparted a tangy, sour taste that was not totally unlike pomegranate. But I’d rather just eat a pomegranate. Diane: Smells like fudge. Very tart and interesting taste. Felt like the moisture was sucked right out of my tongue. Katie: The small, rectangular design of the bar struck me as a little boring at first, but after tasting this particular chocolate, I realized the design serves a purpose: A little square of this goes a long way. This was fruity, acidic and complex. I’d reach for a tiny nibble after dinner.
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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 ultimate 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 beneﬁ ts professional pursuits. Central Vermont Community Action Council, Barre, 8 a.m. $7-10. Info, 503-0219.
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LAMA CHOPA TSOG OFFERING: ° ose pursuing a spiritual path access positive energy by honoring the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-4136.
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. 'THE HOUSE I LIVE IN': Eugene Jarecki's awardwinning documentary examines the repercussions of America's war on drugs. A panel discussion follows. Vermont Commons School, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-8084.
SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUMMIT: A wide array of workshops explores current practices and prevention strategies related to violence and victimization. See ourhouse-vt.org for details. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $60-75; preregister. Info, 476-8825.
GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA: Needle-andthread enthusiasts work on current projects and learn about Japanese embroidery. Living Room/ Dinning Room, Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 372-4255.
VETERANS EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS INFORMATION NIGHT: Representatives from Norwich University, VSAC and Veterans Affairs help eligible folks navigate the application process. Rutland Armory, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2712.
'INVESTING IN THE GREATER GOOD' PANEL DISCUSSION: Jamie Gaucher moderates a dialogue among industry experts, who evaluate ways to make socially responsible personal investments. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 385-1911.
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Striking a Chord When pianist Christopher O’Riley perf orms, audiences are likely to hear Rachmanino° and Radiohead in the same sitting. Beginning with his 2003 debut True Love Waits — which earned Rolling Stone’s only f our-star review f or a classical pianist — the award-winning artist has secured a reputation for genrebending programming. With the help of his a° able personality, this dialogue between the musical past and present grants audience members access to works that span centuries and styles. The innovative perf ormer takes the stage with selections f rom Out of My Hands , which f eatures the music of Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Elliott Smith and others.
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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, email@example.com.
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.
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MINDFULNESS & MOVEMENT CLASS: A guided practice and discussion focuses the mind and body. ° e Center for Mindful Learning, Burlington, 5:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-0820. MONTRÉAL-STYLE ACRO YOGA: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower helps participants achieve poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic beneﬁ ts. 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 deﬁ ne this high-intensity physical-ﬁ tness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.
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This Boy’s Life Justin Torres loathes the phrase “write what you know.” Claiming the adage is impossible to avoid, the acclaimed novelist told the SFGate that instead, “everybody should write what they have to.” The New York native heeds his own advice in his award-winning debut, We the Animals. Supported by the skeleton of Torres’ childhood, the book follows three biracial brothers whose formative years are deﬁ ned by their unyielding bond and the domestic abuse between their white mother and Puerto Rican f ather. Driven by gripping, lyrical prose, this coming-of-age tale tackles themes of race, violence and sexuality head-on.
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ith a mission to explore “the art and heart of aging,” the Full Circle Festival reimagines growing old gracefully. ˜ e vision of local ﬁ lmmaker Camilla Rockwell, this weekend fête features nearly 100 events that address the multifaceted journey into the golden years. Aiming to create intergenerational conversation about this life phase, diverse offerings include visual art, performances, music, comedy, workshops and more. Award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye (pictured) kicks things off with a reading of her work and the keynote address, “A Shadow or a Friend: How Words Travel With Us All the Way.” ˜ e festivities open on Saturday with the construction of a Native American medicine wheel and continue through Sunday, with activities ranging from ﬁ lm, food and ﬁ tness to talks, theater and beyond. Filling this comprehensive schedule is a plethora of local talent. Notable acts include the jazz vocal trio Blue Gardenias, who join pianist Tom Cleary in a musical romp through jazz, country and rock. Dance lovers get their thrill with fan favorites Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum ˜ eater, whose West African rhythms keep the beat in a familyfriendly show. Coming, well, full circle, the event closes with the medicine wheel, where the stones serve as visual reminders of the human life cycle.
TreaTing The Five SpiriTS: ChineSe MediCine & WeSTern herbS: Acupuncturist Brendan Kelly considers the benefits of combining China's centuries-old practice with local botanicals. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-9 p.m. $15-17; preregister. Info, 224-7100.
phanToM MuSiC SerieS: The STray birdS: The folk trio captivates listeners with compelling songwriting and threepart harmonies. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 919-489-4824.
'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, 7750570, ext. 202.
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STory TiMe & playgroup: Engaging narratives pave the way for creative play for children up to age 6. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. STory TiMe For 3- To 5-year-oldS: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, Through 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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, 864-5741, ext. 10.
engliSh aS a SeCond language ClaSS: Those with beginner English work to improve their vocabulary. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.
dougie MaClean: Scotlands's preeminent singer-songwriter lights up the stage with Celticinfused tunes as part of the After Dark Music Series. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $3035. Info, 388-0216.
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iTalian ConverSaTion group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.
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Filing 101: Manage your paperWork: Professional organizer Deb Fleischman helps folks liTTle explorer prograM: Kiddos F TH tackle desktop chaos. Community ages 3 through 5 and their families EA ME RICA N Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, embark on a nature adventure at the A GE NC Y Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Highgate Gorge. Appropriate attired required. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. Highgate Public Library, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. an inTroduCTion To enneagraM Theory: Jeanne Haskell details ways to gain insights into MeeT roCkin' ron The Friendly piraTe: Aargh, personal problems and break through creative matey! Youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea roadblocks. Twinfield union School, Plainfield, 7 with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, p.m. $10 suggested donation; preregister; limited Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. space. Info, 454-1298, firstname.lastname@example.org. Moving & grooving WiTh ChriSTine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and worldsports beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, green MounTain Table TenniS Club: Ping11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. pong players swing their paddles in singles and MuSiC & MoveMenT WiTh leSley granT: The doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, local musician leads little ones ages 3 through 5 6-9:30 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual in an exploration of song, dance and basic musical membership. Info, 247-5913. elements. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 10 a.m. $5. CO u
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raChel loSeby & Conor JoyCe: In a story told through the eyes of a Starksboro soldier, the Hartford High School students consider life in Vermont during the Civil War. 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@ localmotion.org. 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.
'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. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $21-25. Info, 863-5966. '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.
CreaTive WriTing WorkShop: Wordsmiths develop their craft in a supportive environment. See burlingtonwritersworkshop.com for details. Studio 266, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 383-8104.
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Jessica Fievre: The prolific novelist considers her native country in "Writing Haiti: Myth, Culture and Creativity." Room 315, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com. Military Writers syMposiuM: An exploration of literary interpretations of war features author and expert presentations, book signings and an awards dinner honoring Logan Beirne. See colby.norwich.edu for details. Norwich University, Northfield, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 485-2451. 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. poetry class: Author Marjorie Ryerson leads teens and adults in a stanza session based on the 2013 Vermont Reads book, Poetry 180. Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 7 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. poetry reading: Local poets share original work in "In Praise of Imagination: Poems in Their Spring Wardrobes." Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 310-3416. poets as Historians: Area poets celebrate National Poetry Month with diverse verse inspired by historical people, events and ideas. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 6:30 p.m. $5; free for members. Info, 388-2117. verMont autHors reading: Tyler Mason, Jerry Johnson, Earl Wright and Joy Choquette excerpt selected works. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
clayton tHoMas-Muller: The renowned Native American climate justice activist addresses the impacts of the Canadian Tar Sands Project on the lives and land of indigenous people. Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3131. sHiFting sands: tHe cHanging landscape oF tHe Middle east: Tony Badran of Foundation for Defense of Democracies leads an open Q&A session with representatives from the pro-Israel community. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
terrariuMs: Green thumbs learn different techniques for creating miniature gardens in jars. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.
sand Mandala painting: See WED.9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brian regan: The acclaimed jokester melds wit and physicality in an evening of side-splitting material. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $45.75. Info, 775-0903.
nFinity cHaMpions league cHeerleading screening: Action-packed routines hit the big screen at this broadcast production featuring 30 of the country's elite cheering teams. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Info, 864-5610. 'voices across tHe divide': See WED.9, First Congregational Church, Burlington, 5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 229-4011, firstname.lastname@example.org.
inventverMont Meeting: Tech-savvy tinkerers join Dan Riley, who presents "Three-Dimensional Printing and Rapid Prototyping for Inventors." BluBin, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7411.
'véronique doisneau' & 'a FaMily Finds entertainMent': Presented in conjunction with the "Performance Now" exhibition, Jérôme Bel and Ryan Trecartin's short films feature the Paris Opéra Ballet and a black-toothed kid named Skippy, respectively. Room 232, Axinn Center, Starr Library, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
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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. catWalk For Water: Music, fashion and hair with flair drive this benefit for the Lake Champlain Committee. Venue, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 658-1414. 'glorkian Warrior: tHe trials oF glork' video gaMe launcH party & rock sHoW: James Kochalka discusses his collaboration with indie-game developer PixelJam at this interactive gaming event. Live music by James Kochalka Superstar completes the evening. BCA Center, Burlington, 6 p.m. Donations; cash bar. Info, 865-7166. social Media drop-in clinic: Flummoxed by Facebook? Bewildered by blogs? A hands-on information session demystifies these online tools. Wolcott Elementary School, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-6091. spring BlooMs! FasHion sHoW & luncHeon: A stellar lineup of local celebrities join Visiting Nurse Association members to model seasonal threads from local businesses. Proceeds benefit the VNA Family Room. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $65. Info, 860-4435. tecH tutor prograM: Local teens answer questions about computers and devices during drop-in sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
Monadnock international FilM Festival: Movie lovers take in full-length features, documentaries and shorts at this cinematic celebration. See moniff.org for details. Various locations, Keene, N.H., 5-11:30 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 603-757-3929.
¡salud!: a Wine auction & verMont Food event: Philanthropic oenophiles sample gourmet hors d'oeuvres paired with select wines, then bid on bottles to add to their collections. Proceeds benefit the Community Health Center of Burlington. The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, 6 p.m. $75. Info, 264-8199.
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Forza: tHe saMurai sWord Workout: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. lose WeigHt & Feel great: Referencing dietary theories and bio-individuality, health coach Kimberly Sargeant explores various factors that contribute to obesity. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
aFter scHool Maker series: origaMi Bracelets & cHains: Youngsters ages 8 and up transform paper into eye-catching, three-dimensional creations. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Music WitH derek: Kiddos up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Music WitH Mr. cHris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. verMont institute oF natural science HoMescHooling series: Kids and their adult companions learn about weather patterns in an exploration of wind and clouds. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10-11:30 a.m. $13-15; preregister; free for adults. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223.
Beginner spanisH lessons: Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.
noontiMe concert series: Reed, Rosin and Pedal enliven the lunch hour with works by Mozart, Darius Milhaud and Peter Schickele in "Music From the Deep: A Concert of Murky Notes." First Baptist Church, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 864-6515.
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, email@example.com.
'nearly lear': With storytelling, music and projected film, actress and clown Susanna Hamnett interprets Shakespeare's King Lear from the perspective of the king's fool, Norris. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 10 a.m. $8-20. Info, 760-4634. sHirley JoHnson: Referencing photographs from her trip to Ohio's Great Black Swamp, the avian enthusiast details the area's annual birding event, which draws 70,000 people. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. sue Morse: The founder of Keeping Track describes the habits and habitat of local wildlife in the narrated slide show "Bobcats, Bears, Cougars, Moose ... and More!" North End Studios, Burlington, 7 p.m. $8. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'annie': Leapin' lizards! Missisquoi Valley Union Middle & High School presents the Tony Awardwinning musical about a redheaded orphan who wins the heart of billionaire. Missisquoi Valley Union Middle & High School, Swanton, 7 p.m. $7-10. Info, 868-2263. 'a clockWork orange': Andrew W. Smith directs this Middlebury College stage adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel about the repercussions of a dystopian society. For mature audiences. Wright Memorial Theater, Middlebury College, 8:30 p.m. $6-12. Info, 443-3168. 'guru oF cHai': See WED.9, Through 7:30 p.m.
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NatioNaL theater Live: 'FraNkeNsteiN': Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation in a broadcast production directed by Danny Boyle. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $23. Info, 603-646-2422.
NatioNaL theatre Live: 'War horse': A broadcast production of this award-winning drama features a boy determined to reunite with his beloved steed, who is recruited to serve in World War I. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30-10:30 p.m. $12-20. Info, 457-3981.
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'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.
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our toWN: Lost Nation Theater opens its 2014 season with Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Prizewinning drama about small-town life. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-60. Info, 229-0492. 'the spitFire GriLL': See WED.9, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
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'thorouGhLy ModerN MiLLie': Harwood Union High School interprets this 2002 Broadway hit about Kansas girl Millie as she follows her dreams to New York City during the rip-roaring '20s. Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 882-1160.
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'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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edWiN torres & t. urayoáN NoeL: The renowned poets read and perform selected verse in "Intersections: Sound and Text." Farrell Room, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2795. MiLitary Writers syMposiuM: See WED.9, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. poeMCity: basebaLL With budbiLL & barasCh: Home run! David Budbill and Charles Barasch celebrate the sport with themed reads. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
barGaiN dress bash: Teens say yes to the dress at this event featuring gently used, discounted threads ideal for proms and graduations. Proceeds benefit Essex CHIPS. Essex CHIPS & Teen Center, Essex Junction, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6982.
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. 'Gatsby': a hip-hop daNCe produCtioN: More than 25 local dancers channel the glitz and glam of the roaring ’20s with a modern twist on The Great Gatsby. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. $17-19. Info, 863-6600 or 877-987-6487. QueeN City CoNtra daNCe: Sarah Blair and Colin McCaffrey dole out live tunes while Sarah VanNorstrand calls the steps. Edmunds School Gymnasium, Burlington, beginner session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165. 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. 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.
spriNG FLiNG auCtioN: Neighbors fill up on good eats, then bid on items ranging from art and jewelry to farm and automotive. Proceeds benefit the Champlain Valley Christian School Capitol Campaign Fund. American Legion Post 27, Middlebury, 6 p.m. $10-12.50. Info, 877-3640.
saMN stoCkWeLL & paMeLa harrisoN: The local poets excerpt selected works as part of Randolph's Poem festivities. One Main Tap & Grill, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 728-4305.
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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. vaNessa MoNtFort: Discussing her crime novels, the acclaimed Spanish author explores the intersection of reality and mythology in fictional cities. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 3:30-5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3196.
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FuNdraiser diNNer & siLeNt auCtioN: Diners share a meal, then bid on a wide array of items at this benefit for the school featuring music and a student art show. Rock Point School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $30; preregister. Info, 863-1104, email@example.com.
Mud seasoN book saLe: See WED.9.
poetry Fest: Leland Kinsey, Daniel Lusk, Kerrin McCadden and Angela Patten excerpt selected verse as part of National Poetry Month. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.
bob MarLey: Having graced the stages of late-night television and Comedy Central, New England's "King of Comedy" returns to the region to deliver big laughs. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $28. Info, 603-448-0400.
verMoNt huMaNities CouNCiL book disCussioN: 'b.i.G.: biG, iNteNse, Good books: Mary Hays facilitates conversation about George Eliot's Middlemarch. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 626-5475.
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FuLL CirCLe FestivaL: A weekend of performances, art exhibits, workshops, films and more offers diverse interpretations of the aging process. See fullcirclefestival.com for details. See calendar spotlight. Various locations, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $15-20; $35 festival pass; daytime events free for kids under 12. Info, 448-5592.
british arroWs: the best uk CoMMerCiaLs: Television lovers screen prize-winning gems from Britain's top talents. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422. FLy FishiNG FiLM tour: Highlights and short films take viewers on a thrilling journey into the art and adventure of the sport. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, art, gear and boats preview, 6 p.m., films, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 388-7245.
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monadnock international Film FestiVal: See THU.10, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. reel Paddling Film FestiVal: This benefit for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail brings the thrill of water sports to the big screen. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7-9 p.m. $10-12. Info, 800-491-0414. 'Voices across the diVide': See WED.9, St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-4011, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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all-yoU-can-eat Fish Fry: Folks feast on baked or fried haddock, French fries, coleslaw and dessert. St. Ambrose Parish, Bristol, 5-7 p.m. $5-12; $35 per family of five. Info, 453-2488. artFUl eating & gardening: a BeneFit For the Vermont commUnity garden network: Stunning tablescapes, local fare and greenhouse tours set the tone for presentations by food writer Ed Behr and garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, 4:30-7 p.m. $15-18; cash bar. Info, 861-4769, email@example.com. Franklin coUnty chamBer oF commerce awards dinner: Area professionals join keynoter Dan Creed at this annual event featuring tasty fare and a silent auction. American Legion, St. Albans, 5-9 p.m. $45; cash bar. Info, 524-2444. ladies aUxiliary enchilada cook oFF: Diners spice things up with a spread of Mexican fare. Live music by the Brown's River Band follows. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5:30 p.m. $5 per plate. Info, 878-0700.
Board game night: A wide variety of tabletop games entertains participants of all ages. Adult accompaniment required for kids under 13. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 758-3250. Bridge clUB: See WED.9, 10 a.m.
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laUghter clUB: Breathe, clap, chant and ... giggle! Participants decrease stress with this playful practice. Bring personal water. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373.
acorn clUB story time: Little ones up to age 6 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.
disco dance Party: Youngsters and their parents hit the dance floor to deejayed tunes by Rockin' Ron. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1800.
early Bird math: Inquisitive minds explore mathematic concepts with books, songs, games and activities. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 434-3036.
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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.
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mUsic with roBert: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.
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oUtright Vermont's silVer celeBration: DJ Craig Mitchell emcees a 25th birthday party to remember, featuring performances by celebrated community members. Cocktails, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, sweet treats and an appearance by Rev. Yolanda round out the festivities. The Barn at Lang Farm, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. $25-35; free for ages 22 and under. Info, 865-9677. PeeP show: 'Bowie': An evening of gender-defying cabaret honors all things David Bowie — in every era and every look. Proceeds benefit RU12? The Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. $10. Info, 655-4563.
annemieke sPoelstra & Jeremiah mclane: The pianist and the accordionist present classical works based on European and South American folk melodies. A reception follows. First Light Studios, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $15-25 suggested donation; limited seating. Info, 728-3232. Brick chUrch mUsic series: Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher lends his talents to a varied program. Proceeds benefit the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Old Brick Church, Williston, 7 p.m. $8-12. Info, 764-1141. Friday Jazz Jam: Bessette QUartet: Special guest Mark van Gluden joins the foursome for an intimate acoustic show. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, 5-7 p.m. $12-15; cash bar. Info, 985-3346. michele Fay & tim Price: The pair bring seamless harmonies to originals and Americana tunes as part of the Old Firehouse Concert Series. Tinmouth Old Firehouse, 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. minor adJUstments inVitational: SUNY Plattsburgh's coed a cappella group showcases a wide range of powerful pipes. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $2-5. Info, 518-564-3095. Panache QUartet: Four ferocious fiddlers bring fiery jigs, waltzes and more to the stage to close out the Cabin Fever Series. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room, Bristol, 8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 453-4613. Poemcity: Brown Bag Poetry: sPeak to me: a Program oF words and chamBer mUsic: Footage of the Craftsbury Chamber Players piano quartet features a program of music inspired by literature. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 223-3338. the teetotallers: Combining charm and technical brilliance, the trio of Irish musicians perform traditional tunes from the Emerald Isle. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, pre-performance talk, 6:30 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. $16-28. Info, 863-5966.
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Vermont VirtUosi: Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, clarinetist Karen Luttik and pianist Claire Black and guests illuminate works by Gabriel Fauré and others in "Quintessence." Bethany Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 881-9153. FRI.11
dUngeons & dragons: Imaginative XP earners in grades 6 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
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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.
maggie's knit night For yoUth: Veteran knitter Maggie Loftus facilitates a knitting and crocheting session for budding crafters. Adult accompaniment required for kids 8 and under. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
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.
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aVoid Falls with imProVed staBility: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $5-6. Info, 658-7477.
Family moVie: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel lend their voices to Disney's Academy Award-winning animated adventure Frozen. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
'Freedom & Unity: the Vermont moVie, Part 3 & Part 4': "Refuge, Reinvention and Revolution" highlights influential figures in the state's history. Following a reception with the filmmakers, "Doers and Shapers" explores people and institutions that pushed sociopolitical boundaries. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 649-3242.
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'Annie': See THU.10. 'A CloCkwork orAnge': See THU.10, 7:30 p.m. 'les MisérAbles': See THU.10. Monty Python's 'sPAMAlot': The Vermont Family Theater stages this Tony Award-winning musical about the medieval mishaps of King Arthur and his motley crew of knights. Orleans Municipal Building, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 754-2187. 'our town': The Colonel Town Players dive into small-town drama in this production of Thornton Wilder's monumental work. Tillotson Center, Colebrook, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 603-246-8998. our town: See THU.10, 8 p.m. 'the sPitfire grill': See WED.9. 'thoroughly Modern Millie': See THU.10, 7:30 p.m. 'twelfth night': See THU.10.
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the best of the burlington writers workshoP 2014: Readings, live music, games and more honor the area's top literary talent, as featured in BWW's second annual anthology. BCA Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 383-8104. CreAtive writing workshoP: See WED.9, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. full CirCle festivAl: nAoMi shihAb nye: Kicking off the weekend festival, the award-winning poet reads original material, then presents "A Shadow or a Friend: How Words Travel With Us All the Way." A reception and book signing follow. Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 448-5592. Mud seAson book sAle: See WED.9, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. PoeMCity: sydney leA: Vermont's poet laureate shares stanzas from selected works. Michaela Coplen opens. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PoeMCity: the PoeM As drAMAtiC unit workshoP: Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea leads an exploration of the lyrical function of verse. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 2-5 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CoMMunity gArdens build dAy: Green thumbs welcome spring and help establish new plots. Live music and kids activities round out the horticultural happenings. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 683-4606.
'exhibition series': Art lovers take a highdefinition broadcast tour of the Edvard Munch retrospective "Munch 150," on view in Norway. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $5-12. Info, 518-523-5812.
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MAde in verMont MArketPlACe: From wine and specialty foods to crafts and more, a trade show offers a wide variety of local products. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 9 a.m. $5-6. Info, 865-5202.
kAMikAze CoMedy: Using audience prompts and participation, the improv troupe creates gutbusting sketches, talk shows, characters and games. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, family-friendly show, 6:30 p.m.; adult show, 8:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 578-4200.
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building CoMMunity through AstronoMy: intergenerAtionAl steM leArning: Locals of all ages participate in themed activities during this exploration of celestial happenings. Craftsbury Public Library, 3-4:30 p.m. 802-586-9683. CAMbridge AreA rotAry bunCo: Folks gather for games, prizes, raffles and a silent auction at this fundraiser for rotary club activities. Boyden Farm, Cambridge, 7-10 p.m. $15; cash bar. Info, 793-0856. globAl youth serviCe dAy: Kids and adults get into the community spirit at various service projects throughout Winooski. A barbecue and live music follow. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 655-1392.
Jewelry workshoP: Participants ages 14 and up tap into their creativity and create a wire bracelet out of copper or brass. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m.-noon. $10; preregister. Info, 849-2420.
lAst ChAnCe ContrA dAnCe: Potluck fare fuels folks for this traditional New England social dance featuring live music from Roaring Marmalade. Clean-soled shoes required. Caledonia Grange, East Hardwick, 5:30 p.m. $5-25 suggested donation; bring a dish to share. Info, 472-5584. student ChoreogrAPhy showCAse: Advanced dancers present original works in various styles. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 229-4676. swing dAnCe with Pine street JAzz: Folks of all skill levels don clean-soled shoes and put their best foot forward at this informal groove session. Champlain Club, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 448-2930, email@example.com. verMont fiddle orChestrA ContrA dAnCe & ConCert: David Kaynor calls the steps at this music-and-movement session featuring fiddler Mary Lea and keyboardist Karen Axelrod. Bethel Town Hall, family dance, 4 p.m.; potluck, 5 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m. $10-20; free for kids 18 and under; bring a dish to share. Info, 229-4191.
egg droP Contest: Folks of all ages craft containers to house raw eggs, with the hopes that the shells survive an 18-foot plunge. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, noon-3 p.m. Regular admission, $11-14; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. firehouse-theMed AuCtion & dinner: Past and present Montpelier firefighters share stories and historical photographs at this community event. Wings, chili and a silent auction complete the evening. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 5 p.m. $40; cash bar. Info, 223-2518. identity theft: Constance Archer details different types of stolen identity and local scams, and how to avoid them. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. oPen house/sun PArty: Sky gazers join members of the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation to mingle over a state-of-the-art research telescope. Northern Skies Observatory, Peacham, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 313-205-0724. siMulAtor sAturdAy: Motorcycle fans get a taste of navigating traffic on two wheels without leaving the parking lot at this event hosted by Ride Safe Vermont. Valid driver's license required. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson, Essex Junction, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 497-0233. verMont stAge CoMPAny 20th AnniversAry gAlA: Festive music and dancing entertain theater lovers, who nosh on gourmet hors d'oeuvres and honor two decades of VSC with presenters Blake Robison and Mark Nash. Burlington Country Club, 6:30 p.m. $50; preregister; cash bar. Info, 862-1497, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ECHO EartH WEEk's MudFEst: Families celebrate muck in all its glory with 16 days of themed activities, games, "Muddy Music" and mud flinging. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. Full CirClE FEstival: See FRI.11, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
'BridgEs': Local filmmaker Harry Goldhagen presents his drama about a doctor's journey from bitterness to compassion, starring Michael Manion. A discussion follows. United Church of Bakersfield, 7 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 827-6544. 'lOrE': Saskia Rosendahl plays the title role in Cate Shortland's award-winning thriller about five siblings seeking refuge in northern Germany during World War II. In German with English subtitles. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. MOnadnOCk intErnatiOnal FilM FEstival: See THU.10.
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Capital City WintEr FarMErs MarkEt: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. grEEk pastry salE & dinnEr: Phyllo-dough delights such as baklava and spinach pie complement hearty offerings of chicken souvlaki and beef gyros. Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, Burlington, pastry sale, 10 a.m.; dinner and takeout, 11 a.m. Cost of food. Info, 862-2155. 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.
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sugar On snOW: Folks welcome spring with maple syrup treats, sap-boiling demos, live music and a petting zoo. Palmer's Sugarhouse, Shelburne, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5054.
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saraH dillard: A quirky chicken embarks on the adventure of a lifetime in Extraordinary Warren by the local author and illustrator. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. saturday stOry tiME: Families gather for imaginative tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. 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.
CataMOunt BluEgrass JaM: Bob Amos leads local musicians in a celebration of local and regional talent featuring the Parker Hill Road Band. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
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MEga MEltdOWn: Players test their luck at a 15-hour marathon of tabletop games hosted by Green Mountain Gamers. A silent auction benefits the Vermont Foodbank. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, 9 a.m. $10-15. Info, board@greenmountingamers. com.
COuntErpOint: Nathaniel G. Lew directs the professional vocal ensemble in a cappella arrangements in "Sings Mir Zaynen Do (We are Here): Jewish Songs From the Shtetl to Israel." Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 8 p.m. $5-15; preregister. Info, 540-1784. HayWirE: The local quintet effortlessly blends bluegrass and Americana in a benefit show for Royalton Community Radio. Tunbridge Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 431-3433. JaspEr string QuartEt: Emotionally charged interpretations of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich delight audience members. South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600. JOHn O'COnOr: A program of works by Beethoven and Schubert showcases the skills of the prizewinning pianist. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. 802-476-8188. Info, $16-27.
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lOs angElEs guitar QuartEt: The Grammy Award-winning foursome presents a spirited repertoire ranging from Bach to bluegrass. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $20-40. Info, 728-6464.
gEntlE yOga WitH Jill lang: Students get their stretch on with the yoga certification candidate. Personal mat required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
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BaBy & CHild ExpO spring play day: Vendors and workshops complement a host of kid-friendly activities. A baby-wearing fashion show rounds out the day. Berlin Elementary School, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. $8; free for kids. Info, 595-7953.
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tHE JOHnny ClEgg Band: South Africa's celebrated son explodes onstage with a blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $27-47. Info, 603-448-0400.
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WinE & CHEEsE tasting: Thunder Kittens "Lite" entertain oenophiles, who sip palate-pleasing varietals and sample fromage. East Shore Vineyard Tasting Room, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 859-9463.
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lEaping laMBs & sHEar dEligHts: Families have fun with fiber at the farmyard, where they watch sheep get shorn and learn to spin and felt. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $10-12 per adult/child pair; $5-6 per additional child. Info, 985-8686.
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CHiCk COrEa: The Grammy Award-winning pianist presents a varied repertoire reflective of his unparalleled creative force, now 40 years strong. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $44.75. Info, 775-0903.
rOast turkEy suppEr: Diners feast on a hearty buffet of Thanksgiving-inspired fare. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $4-8; takeout available. Info, 877-3150. 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.
CHEss CluB: Checkmate! Players put strategic skills to the test in a meeting of the minds. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
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Two ShoeS off: Susannah Blachly, George White and Carter Stowell bring folk and traditional music to the Adamant Winter Music Series. An optional potluck precedes the show at 5:30 p.m. Adamant Community Club, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 456-7054. VermonT VirTuoSi: See FRI.11, First Baptist Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 881-9153.
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VermonT YouTh orcheSTra choruS & concerT chorale: Area musicians interpret contemporary choral music by Justin Gates, Alexander Johnson and others in "Spring Concert." Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $7-12. Info, 863-5966. Young TradiTion VermonT Touring group concerT: Talented teens share an evening of music with the Strawberry Hill Fiddlers before departing on an international tour. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 233-5293.
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Bird moniToring walk: Experienced birders lead a morning jaunt in search of various species in their natural habitats. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068.
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. acadian genealogY reSearch: Mike Sevigny discusses the history of the Acadians, then shares strategies for related ancestral research. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 310-9285. career counSeling Seminar: Area professionals learn to identify their soul's purpose and create employment opportunities accordingly. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.
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upper ValleY roller derBY: The Upper Valley Vixens battle Connecticut's Shoreline in their hard-hitting season opener. An after-party follows. Union Arena, Woodstock, 6 p.m. $10-12; free for kids 12 and under. Info, email@example.com.
ciaran BuckleY: Referencing his work in Germany, the attorney considers the relationship between Europe and the U.S. transatlantic trade and investment partnership. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. JaSon friShman: The Folkfoods' founder details ways to create connection and conversation around the table during family meals. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 9:30 a.m. Free; childcare provided. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.
'annie': See THU.10, 2 & 7 p.m. 'a clockwork orange': See THU.10. 'leS miSéraBleS': See THU.10, 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. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-24. Info, 748-2600. monTY pYThon'S 'SpamaloT': See FRI.11. our Town: See THU.10, 2 & 8 p.m.
fundamenTal field hockeY clinic: Members of the Essex High School varsity team help new and experienced players develop their skills. Maple Street Park, Essex, 1-4 p.m. $10-15; preregister. Info, 878-1375.
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pop-up plaYS feSTiVal: Six seasoned playwrights, six directors and 15 ambitious actors join forces to create and perform six short plays within 24 hours. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 382-9222. 'The SpiTfire grill': See WED.9. 'ThoroughlY modern millie': See THU.10, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. 'TwelfTh nighT': See THU.10.
mud SeaSon Book Sale: See WED.9, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. poemciTY: Verandah porche: Accompanied by her songwriting partner Patty Carpenter, the poet gives a musical reading of Sudden Eden. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. poemciTY: modern Villanelle wriTing workShop: Referencing verse from Sherman Alexie and Sylvia Plath, Samantha Kolber helps writers of all ages and skill levels put pen to paper. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. STephen leSlie: The author of The New HorsePowered Farm examines past and present drafthorse farming in North America. McClure Center for School Programs, Farm Barn, Shelburne Farms, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686.
Sand mandala painTing: See WED.9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ukrainian egg painTing demo: Theresa Somerset creates elaborate works of art using an ancient wax-resist technique. Frog Hollow, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6458.
made in VermonT markeTplace: See SAT.12, 10 a.m.
ScrapBooking: Paper crafters share ideas and techniques at this daylong creative session open to beginners. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 758-2380.
iSraeli folk dancing: All ages and skill levels convene for circle and line dances, which are taught, reviewed and prompted. No partner necessary, but clean, soft-soled shoes are required. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $2; free first session. Info, 864-0218, ext. 21. STudenT choreographY ShowcaSe: See SAT.12, 2 p.m.
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echo earTh week'S mudfeST: See SAT.12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. full circle feSTiVal: See FRI.11, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
darTmouTh film SocieTY: 'The roYal TenenBaumS': Movie lovers screen Wes Anderson's tragicomedy about a dysfunctional family of fallen geniuses. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422.
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pancake BreakfaST: Neighbors pile their plates with stacks of flapjacks, eggs, hash browns, sausage and fruit. Proceeds benefit Williston emergency services. Williston Fire Department, 8 a.m.noon. $6-8; free for kids under 2. Info, 878-5622. Sugar on Snow: See SAT.12.
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Champlain College Wellness Day: Folks align body and mind with fitness classes, healthy fare, personal training, chair massage and more. IDX Student Life Center, Champlain College, Burlington, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
easter egg hunt: Kiddos search for festive treats hidden in the fields. Pony rides, crafts and snacks round out the fun. UVM Horse Farm, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; $3 pony rides. Info, 863-0205.
emily raabe: Budding bookworms ages 9 through 12 delight in the fantastical world of Lost Children of the Far Islands. Shelburne Town Hall, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999. 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.
ChanDler’s issues play series: With humor and insight, a staged reading of Jeanne Beckwith's Serpents Swimming West explores the ramifications of nuclear waste. For mature audiences only. A discussion follows. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7 p.m. $5-12. Info, 728-6464.
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.
annemieke spoelstra & Jeremiah mClane: See FRI.11, Congregational Church, Charlotte, 3 p.m. $15-25 suggested donation; limited seating. Info, 425-3176. boghos taslakJian: Accompanied by pianist Cynthia Huard, the Middlebury College student presents a program for the flute. Proceeds benefit Charter House. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 443-3168.
miDDlebury WinD ensemble: The community ensemble affectionately known as the "Midd Winds" performs Gershwin, Stravinsky and others. Holley Hall, Bristol, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
ukulele mele: Lovers of the Hawaiian instrument convene for a strumming session. For ages 10 and up. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.
the met live in hD series: See SAT.12. our toWn: See THU.10. 'the spitFire grill': See WED.9, 5 p.m.
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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, vtdianne@hotmail. com. poetry unpluggeD: Lit lovers read their favorite poems at this well-versed gathering. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4295.
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vermont humanities CounCil book DisCussion: 'neW englanD unCovereD': Bookworms chat about Bill Bryson's I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away. Dailey Memorial Library, Derby, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 766-5063.
sanD manDala painting: See WED.9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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.
introDuCtion to eCologiCal Design & permaCulture: Ecological designer Lily Jacobson outlines ways to positively impact the ecosystem — from backyard homesteads to alternative wastewater treatment. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
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meDiCinal plant Walk: Clinical herbalist Rebecca Dalgin helps nature lovers identify the healing properties of local flora. Meet outside the Wild Heart Wellness office. Goddard College, Plainfield, 1 p.m. $12. Info, 552-0727, email@example.com.
trivia night: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.
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university oF vermont ConCert banD: Thomas Toner conducts a varied program featuring student musicians. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
'noW playing neWport' musiC series: Newport Area Community Orchestra's newly formed piano sextet debuts with a program of works by Gabriel Fauré and others. A reception follows. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Newport, 4 p.m. $5. Info, 334-7365.
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Jason levesque: In his senior voice recital, the baritone interprets works by Brahms, Benjamin Britten and others. Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 4 p.m. Free. Info, 518-565-0145.
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'les misérables': See THU.10, 1 p.m.
Daniel lusk: The local poet shares verse from Kin, Lake Studies and Meditations on Lake Champlain. A discussion and book signing follow. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124.
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.
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.
vanCe gilbert: A mainstay of the folk scene for more than 20 years, the singer-songwriter pairs introspective lyrics with acoustic guitar licks. Richmond Congregational Church, 4-6 p.m. $17.50-20. Info, 434-4563.
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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. moREtown PlaygRouP: Tykes burn off energy in a constructive environment. Gymnasium, Moretown Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 kiddos. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot; limited space. Info, 878-6956. 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. wIllIston Pajama stoRy tImE: Kids in PJs bring their favorite stuffed animals for stories with Abby Klein, a craft and a bedtime snack. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7555.
aDvancED sPanIsh lEssons: Proficient speakers work on mastering the language. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.
lgBt Book DIscussIon sERIEs: Bibliophiles give feedback about Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Hayes Room, KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338 or 223-7035. 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, email@example.com.
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womEn BusInEss ownERs nEtwoRk: mIDDlEBuRy chaPtER mEEtIng: Janet Cooper details the importance of comprehensive financial plans in "Retirement Readiness for Women." Rosie's Restaurant, Middlebury, 8 a.m. $7-10. Info, 503-0219. womEn BusInEss ownERs nEtwoRk: stowE chaPtER mEEtIng: Jo Sabel Courtney shares her expertise in "Generating Buzz: PR, Events and Promotions for Your Business." Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $9-11. Info, 503-0219.
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, email@example.com. 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.
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, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 310-7028, firstname.lastname@example.org.
mEDIcInE BuDDha Puja: A healing practice helps attendees address illness on personal and interpersonal levels. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-4136.
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'scaRfacE': A mobster goes on a killing streak in Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson's 1932 Prohibition-era crime drama. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018.
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sanD manDala PaIntIng: See WED.9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
cRaIgslIst woRkshoP: A lecture-based session details how to find jobs, apartments and more on the popular classified advertisements website. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.
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communIty cInEma: 'mEDoRa': Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart's acclaimed documentary follows the journey of a basketball team in an economically depressed Indiana town. A panel discussion follows. Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1200.
mIDDlEBuRy wInD EnsEmBlE: See SUN.13, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
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justIn toRREs: The acclaimed author excerpts We the Animals. A book signing follows. See calendar spotlight. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8311. must-REaD monDay: Claire Messud's The Woman Upstairs inspires conversation among readers. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. vERmont humanItIEs councIl Book DIscussIon: ' outsIDERs: thosE who fEll outsIDE thE cultuRal noRm': Bookworms chat with Helene Lang about James W. Trent's Inventing the Feeble Mind. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.
gamIng foR tEEns & aDults: Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Kids 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
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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. 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.
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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.13, 4:30-7:30 p.m. lego Fun: Budding builders in grades K and up create unique structures with brightly colored pieces. Kids under 5 require adult supervision. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. presCHool story Hour: stories From otHer plaCes: Themed reads and live music entertain eager learners. Fairfax Community Library, 9:3010:30 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. read to van gogH tHe Cat: Lit lovers share stories with the registered therapy feline. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a 10-minute time slot. Info, 878-4918. story explorers: mud: A reading of Mary Lyn Ray's Mud paves the way for soil science and a muddy tune. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. story time For 3- to 5-year-olds: See WED.9, 10-10:45 a.m. story time For BaBies & toddlers: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of kids under 3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. yoga witH danielle: Toddlers and preschoolers strike a pose in a stretching session featuring stories and songs.. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. 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, 8626521, ext. 215.
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.
CHris Jones: The UVM assistant professor examines the ways in which Vermont medical data can benefit health care decision making. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2005.
Book disCussion group: Readers weigh in on Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. HedriCk smitH: The Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award-winning journalist discusses dismantled ideologies as seen in Who Stole the American C Dream? Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, M Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-5665. laugH out loud adult Book group: Silly games with pulp fiction book covers, pencil and paper entertain lit lovers ages 18 and up. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.
poetry open miC: Bards lend their talents to CY Randolph's PoemTown and share up to two poems in a supportive environment. White River Craft CMY Center, Randolph, dinner, 6 p.m.; open mic, 6:30-9 p.m. Free; cost of food and drink. Info, 728-4305. K renegade writers & 'vantage point' open miC nigHt: Wordsmiths share up to five minutes of original material at this celebration of the written word. Maglianero Café, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com. vermont Humanities CounCil Book disCussion: 'retellings': Bookworms share opinions about Geraldine Brooks' March with Judith Yarnell. Enosburg Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 933-2328. vermont Humanities CounCil Book disCussion: 'seven deadly sins': Readers join Helene Lang to analyze a collection of short stories exploring human thought and behavior. Walden Community Library, West Danville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 563-2630.
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kelley marketing meeting: Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495. women Business owners network: Burlington CHapter meeting: Commercial photographer Lori Landau examines the pros and cons of current technology in photography. A Q&A follows. Holiday Inn, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m. $17-20. Info, 503-0219.
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miCHael H. sHuman: The economist, attorney and author presents "Local Investment: The New Key to Rural Revitalization in Vermont." A reception follows. Ackley Theater, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 287-8926.
university oF vermont sympHony orCHestra: Yutaka Kono conducts an evening of symphonic works featuring student soloists and the U.S. premiere of Hiroshi Hoshinas Fu-Mon (Wind-Ripple.) UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
'tHe spitFire grill': See WED.9.
CHristopHer o'riley: In "Out of My Hands," the renowned pianist puts his own spin on the music of Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Radiohead and others. See calendar spotlight. Casella Theater, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 468-1119.
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.
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the Climate reality projeCt: Chad Nichols shares vital information on the impact of climate change, then discusses solution-based actions. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-5449.
ameriCan red CroSS Shelter fundamentalS training: Folks learn emergency preparedness skills in the event that an incident occurs at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Dining Room, Waterbury Congregational Church, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 660-9130, ext. 119.
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eCho earth Week'S mudfeSt: See SAT.12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
daVid finCkel & Wu han: Joining forces onstage, the acclaimed pianist and cellist interpret works by Rachmaninov and others in "Russian Reflections." Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $6-25. Info, 443-3168. gaBriela montero: Enlivening the classical repertoire, the Venezuelan-born pianist interprets works by Brahms and Schumann alongside improvisations of audience-suggested tunes. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $1740. Info, 603-646-2422. Song CirCle: Community Singalong: Rich and Laura Atkinson lead an evening of vocal expression. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.
SY Community Cinema: 'the trialS of oF C o LIN BELL muhammad ali': Bill Siegel's 2013 documentary explores the famed boxer's legal issues sports surrounding his refusal to fight in the Vietnam green mountain taBle tenniS CluB: See War. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. WED.9. Free. Info, 748-2600.
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german-engliSh ConVerSation group: Community members chat auf Deutsch at an informal gathering. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.
WedneSday Wine doWn: See WED.9.
Story time for 3- to 5-year-oldS: See WED.9.
VeteranS eduCational BenefitS information night: See WED.9, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2712.
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Spring StorieS With linda CoStello: Traditional tales from around the world entertain listeners in grades K and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Story time & playgroup: See WED.9.
'united in anger: the hiStory of aCt up': Featuring archival footage and interviews, Jim Hubbard's 2012 documentary explores legacy of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. A Q&A follows. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7 p.m. $6-10. Info, 518-523-5812.
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Spring CenterpieCeS: Sharon of Williston's Buds and Roses guides green thumbs through the steps of assembling a spring bouquet. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.
read to a dog: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420.
Bridge CluB: See WED.9.
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aChoo! natural allergy preVention WorkShop: There's something in the air! Folks learn how to prevent these seasonal ailments naturally. Wellspring Chiropractic Lifestyle Center, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at wellspringcls.com/achoo. Info, 985-9850. mindfulneSS & moVement ClaSS: See WED.9. montréal-Style aCro yoga: See WED.9. r.i.p.p.e.d.: See WED.9. Spring CleanSe With food aS mediCine: Lisa Masé of Harmonized Cookery helps attendees renew body, mind and spirit with a weeklong cleanse. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $3-5; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
meet roCkin' ron the friendly pirate: See WED.9. muSiC & moVement With leSley grant: See WED.9.
puBliC Banking panel diSCuSSion: Claudette Sortino moderates a dialogue between Senator Anthony Pollina and others, who consider whether the financial system fits Vermont. A Q&A follows. Room 10, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 225-6032. 'Sugaring, then and noW': Locals gather for a potluck meal and a panel discussion featuring sugar makers, who share sap stories past and present. United Church of Christ, Waitsfield, 6 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share. Info, 496-7051.
'the Spitfire grill': See WED.9.
CreatiVe Writing WorkShop: See WED.9. daVid retteW: The psychiatrist discusses Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness. A Q&A and book signing follow. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. Sydney lea, daniel luSk & ralph CulVer: In honor of National Poetry Month, Vermont's poet laureate and his esteemed peers read selected works. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Vermont humanitieS CounCil Book diSCuSSion: 'retellingS': Lit lovers consider Geraldine Brooks' March and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Hartland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473. m
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classes THE FOLLOWING CLASS LISTINGS ARE PAID ADVERTISEMENTS. ANNOUNCE YOUR CLASS FOR AS LITTLE AS $13.75/WEEK (INCLUDES SIX PHOTOS AND UNLIMITED DESCRIPTION ONLINE). SUBMIT YOUR CLASS AD AT SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTCLASS.
art 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: $90/8-hour class over 2 days. Location: Seminary Art Center, 201 Hollow Rd., Waterbury. Info: Seminary Art Center, 253-8790, email@example.com, seminaryartcenter.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
building TINY-HOUSE WORKSHOP: A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 8-ft. x 12-ft. tiny house in Bakersﬁ eld, Apr. 19-20. Plenty of hands-on experience for absolute beginners. Tools provided; safety glasses required. Forestry, landscaping and gardening topics will also be covered, plus how to ﬁ nd a landowner who will sponsor your seasonal gardeneer camp. Onsite camping avail. Cost: $250/workshop. Sliding scale. Location: Bakersﬁ eld, Vermont. Info: 933-6103, peterking@vermonttinyhouses. com.
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PHOTOGRAPHING SPRING COLORS: From the strong hues of a ﬂ ower to the subtle palette
BASICS AND BEYOND IN JEWELRY: Instructor: Sarah Sprague. ˛ is 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 ﬁ nished 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. ˛ is 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
MIX-LEVEL WHEEL THROWING (DAY): Instructor: Rik Rolla. ˛ is 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 Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. STILL LIFE: Instructor: Evelyn McFarlane. ˛ is program is designed to develop the student’s visual relationship with threedimensional form and translate that form onto a canvas in paint. ˛ e 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 ˜ u., 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 ARGENTINE TANGO FOR BEGINNERS: Tango is fancy walking, danced conversation, 3-D improvised art. Learn or review the basics in a warm, friendly environment. Class size limited to ensure plenty of individual attention. For adults
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, email@example.com, honestyogacenter.com. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 ﬂ oor! ˛ ere 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, email@example.com, dsantosvt.com. HIP HOP FUSION FITNESS: Hip Hop meets Dancehall in this high energy, fun dance ﬁ tness 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
drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE & CONGAS!: Stuart Paton, cofounder and artistic director of Burlington Taiko Group, has devoted the past 25 years to performing and teaching taiko to children and adults here in the Burlington area and throughout New England. He is currently the primary instructor at the Burlington Taiko Space, and his teaching style integrates the best of what he experienced as a child growing up in Tokyo with many successful strategies in American education. Call or email for schedule. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, firstname.lastname@example.org, burlingtontaiko.org.
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. ˜ u. 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, email@example.com. WORKING WITH YOUR ARCHETYPES: Carl Jung felt that one of the most important things we can know about ourselves is the myths we are living. Learn what your myths and key archetypes are in this experiential course. A personal reading is included in the course fee. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and EMPOWERMENT
KIDS: DARKROOM PHOTO: Create unique, one-of-a-kind images with light and objects in our black and white photographic darkroom! Ages 8-12. May 17, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $22.50/BCA members; $25/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
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, kevin@ﬁ rststepdance.com, ﬁ rststepdance.com.
GLAZING TECHNIQUES: Instructor: Jules Polk. ˛ is 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: Sgraﬁ tto, 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. 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.
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.
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.
TAKING ETSY TO THE NEXT LEVEL: Trying to ﬁ gure out how to stand out in a sea of a million other sellers? Etsy seller Laura Hale will guide you through driving trafﬁ c 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.
with little or no tango experience. No partner required. Wear socks or clean shoes. Call/email to register by April 18. 2 Sat., Apr. 19 & 26, 3-4:30 p.m. Cost: $30/ person or $56 for two. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: Elizabeth Seyler, 862-2833, elizabethmseyler@ gmail.com, tangowise.com/ burlington-classes/.
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 ﬁ ngertips 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.
Call 865-7166 for info or register online at burlingtoncityarts.org. Teacher bios are also available online.
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.
techniques will be individualized per project. If you already have an idea or some inspirational images (sculptural or functional), bring them to the ﬁ rst 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.
INTRODUCTORY STONE CARVING: A few of the great classes we offer: Two- to ﬁ ve-day classes (beginner to advanced) in stone carving, slate lettering and relief carving, welding, jewelry-scale metal casting, bronze casting, decoy carving, copper sculpture, ﬂ int knapping, fusing and slumping glass, steel sculpture, mosaics, pulp paper sculpture, cold cast sculpture, carving animals in stone. Check us out on YouTube & Facebook. Location: ˜ e Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: ˜ e Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 438-2097, info@carvingstudio. org, carvingstudio.org.
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 ﬁ eld 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.
classes THE FOLLOWING CLASS LISTINGS ARE PAID ADVERTISEMENTS. ANNOUNCE YOUR CLASS FOR AS LITTLE AS $13.75/WEEK (INCLUDES SIX PHOTOS AND UNLIMITED DESCRIPTION ONLINE). SUBMIT YOUR CLASS AD AT SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTCLASS.
author. Apr. 24, May 1, 8, 15, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.
garden bed. Location: Ethan Allen Homestead & the Tommy ° ompson Community Garden, Burlington. Info: 861-4769, firstname.lastname@example.org, vcgn.org.
ﬁ tness FIRST STRIDES VERMONT: Women’s Beginner Walking or Running Workshop. ˜ is 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 ﬁ nd ﬁ tness and self-conﬁ dence 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@ﬁ rststridesvermont.com, ﬁ rststridesvermont. com.
gardening 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, gardenerssupplystore.com. 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. ˜ e course fee includes 44 class sessions, use of individual and common garden space, seeds, plants, water, supplies, tools, a copy of ˜ e 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
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 paper-cut characters and ﬁ lming 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, email@example.com, helenday.com. RUSTIC FURNITURE PROJECT: Learn basic woodworking skills using handsaws, electric drills and sanders. Workshop covers sustainable harvesting, stock selection, design, layout, joinery and ﬁ nishing. Complete a 4-peg 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 Ln., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, firstname.lastname@example.org, helenday.com. BASKETMAKING WORKSHOPS: THE MARKET BASKET: Weave your very own market basket. ˜ is 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@ helenday.com, helenday.com. 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 Fridays, 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: 2538358, email@example.com, helenday.com.
herbs 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, vtherbcenter. org. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certiﬁ cation 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 ﬁ rst medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Handson curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, wingspanpaintingstudio.com. 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, southendstudiovt.com.
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. ° u., 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, southendstudiovt.com.
language LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Connect with a new world. We provide high-quality affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our eighth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025, email@example.com, spanishwaterburycenter.com.
martial arts AIKIDO: ˜ is circular, ﬂ owing 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, burlingtonaikido.org. AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting ﬂ exibility and strong center within ﬂ owing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and conﬁ dence in oneself.Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd ﬂ oor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, ﬂ exibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory ﬁ tness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconﬁ dence. 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 certiﬁ ed 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teach- ing in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu 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, julio@bjjusa. com, vermontbjj.com.
meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: ˜ rough 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. ˜ e Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Shambhala Cafe (meditation and discussions) meets the ﬁ rst Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Friday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & ° u., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-° u., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org.
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, ofﬁ firstname.lastname@example.org, skymeadowretreat.com.
qi gong 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 ﬂ exibility, 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, email@example.com, karmecholing.org.
tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: ˜ e 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, ﬂ exibility, 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, ipfamilytaichi.org. YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: ˜ e 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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
theater Musical TheaTre Professional Training WorkshoP: Join Bill Reed and world-class faculty members from the circle in the square Theatre school in New York city for this weeklong professional musical theatre training intensive. Through this transformative immersion experience, paticipants will enhance their vocal technique and release physical inhibitions. Jun. 22-28. Cost: $700/person. Location: Spotlight Vermont, 50 San Remo Dr., S. Burlington. Info: Sally Olson, admin@theatricalsinger. com, billreedvoicestudio.com.
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, email@example.com, windridgebooksofvt.com.
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 hotyogaburlingtonvt.com. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. Info: 999-9963.
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, southendstudiovt.com. Yoga rooTs: Flexible, inflexible, athletic, pregnant, stressed, recovering from injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! skillful, dedicated teachers are ready to welcome, nurture and inspire you in our calming studio: anusara, Gentle, Kids, Kundalini, Kripalu, Meditation, Prenatal, Postnatal (Baby & Me), Therapeutic Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Yin & 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, yogarootsvt.com.
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honesT Yoga, The onlY dedicaTed hoT Yoga floW cenTer: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginnersâ€™ 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
Journal: creaTive non-ficTion: 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 daysâ€™ of
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, laughingriveryoga.com.
evoluTion Yoga: evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, core, Therapeutics and alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolutionvt.com.
$100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 497-0136, firstname.lastname@example.org, honestyogacenter.com.
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. Location: Vermont Woodworking School, 148 Main St., Fairfax. Info: Vermont Woodworking School, Amanda Lass, 849-2013, info@ vermontwoodworkingschool. com, vermontwoodworkingschool. com.
travel or travail into creative nonfiction 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@ windridgebooksofvt.com, windridgebooksofvt.com.
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o many records, so little time.Seven Days gets more album submissions than we know what to do with. And, given the ease of record making these days, it’s di˛ cult to keep up. Still, we try to get to every local release that comes across the music desk, no matter how obscure or far out. To that end, here are four albums that likely ﬂ ew under the radar of your average Vermont music fan. In some cases, they represent the outermost boundaries of local music. Others simply slipped through the cracks. But each is worth a listen.
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VICIOUS GIFT, VICIOUS GIFT (self-released, CD)
The word on the street is that Montpelier-based punk trio Vicious Gift are planning to release a six-song, seven-inch record sometime this year. And yes, that’s Gift, singular, contrary to how their now mysteriously vanished Facebook page presented them, because grammatical inconsistency — and phantom FB pages — is punk rock. In January, the band distributed a ﬁ ve-song teaser CD to friends and maybe a local media outlet or two that presumably included songs that would make the record. Recorded on an iPhone, it is a ragged six minutes of music. But, as front man Knayte Lander describes it in an email to Seven Days, “it’s raw but right.” Damn straight. What the Vicious Gift teaser lacks in length — and recording quality — it more than recoups in visceral punk energy, harking back to the 1980s heyday of bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains and the Meatmen. We’re not sure where you can get this CD. Maybe just go say “Hi” to Knayte Lander at Buch Spieler in Montpelier and ask him.
RON MERKIN, SMOOTH AND SOOTHING (Self-released, CD)
Ron Merkin is a Montpelier-based pianist and vocalist who, in his younger days, performed with the Amato Opera Company and various New York City theater groups. He also had a stint as a bandleader in Europe in the 1990s, performing American jazz standards. The works of Messrs. Porter, Gershwin, Lloyd Webber and
other such pillars of the Great American Songbook make up the bulk of his latest album, Smooth and Soothing. The majority of the record’s 24 cuts are instrumental versions of classics such as “Autumn Leaves,” “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “Over the Rainbow.” On these, Merkin proves an eminently capable player. He tickles the ivories with understated class and elegance that allows the listener to get cozy in those warm, familiar melodies. Merkin also includes a handful of vocal renditions, backed by a small jazz combo. But favoring a stylized, theatrical delivery, his takes on songs such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Embraceable You” lack the, well, smoothness of his instrumental tunes — his scat solos are particularly hammy. Still, more often than not, Merkin’s record lives up to its title. ronmerkin.bandcamp.com
MAX PEARL, TOILET P.O.V. (Self-released, CD)
When last we left Max Pearl, he — They? It? — had released an album, Ceremony, that didn’t merely push the boundaries of what is generally considered pop music, it seemed to challenge the very notion of music as art form. While practically unlistenable, the record did raise some interesting questions, even if it couldn’t be remotely bothered with answering them. Pearl is back, but instead of poking and prodding the guardians of pop art, he’s shitting all over them with his new record, Toilet P.O.V.Ceremony owed at least a small debt to the bizarro stylings of Captain Bee° eart and Dr. Demento. The new record does, too, though this time around Pearl has couched his unhinged rantings in a grating, seemingly satirical take on European doom and power metal. The album is not for the faint of heart, though it’s somewhat easier
to parse than its predecessor. And those willing to brave Toilet P.O.V.’s bewildering mania may ﬁ nd some method or even meaning in Pearl’s madness. Assuming you can ﬁ nd the record, that is. Good luck with that.
TOD MOSES & FUJITA 5, MAKE YOUR OWN PARTY HAT FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (Self-released, CD, digital download)
Tod Moses is a Cleveland, Ohio, native who cut his teeth playing in arena-rock and new-wave bands in the 1980s rock-and-roll capital of the world. He then moved to Nashville and, in addition to stints in a few alt-country bands, was active in, of all things, contemporary Christian music — for which we imagine his surname came in handy. Now settled in Thetford, Vt., Moses’ main musical outlet these days is as the leader of the power trio Tod Moses & Fujita 5. Fujita 5’s f ull-length debut, Make Your Own Party Hat f or the End of the World , is a high-octane take on bluesy rock. It is elevated above typical bar-band fare by Moses’ own talents as a singer and guitarist and by his chops as a solid songwriter. While he rarely strays f rom the blues-rock archetypes laid down by the likes of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and, more recently, the Black Keys and White Stripes, Moses’ songs have some charm. He isn’t reinventing the wheel, by any means. But his band’s lean, muscular rock grooves go down as smoothly as a cold Bud at your f avorite roadhouse dive. todmoses.com, cdbaby.com/cd/todmosesfujita5
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may or may not have choked to death on someone else’s vomit. Or he moved to Michigan. I can never remember which. Anyway, point is, Spit Jack are back. And I gotta say, they make a curious choice as a band to book so soon after doing a deep clean of your venue. After all, this is a band whose stated ambition is to get kicked out of every bar they play. Methinks this can only end badly, which is to say awesomely.
Congrats to local soul man dave keller, who recently signed a record deal with Red River Entertainment that includes global distribution through Sony RED. That means Keller’s excellent 2013 record, Soul Changes, will be available pretty much anywhere in the civilized world by the end of this month. Keller adds that the new label will be working on placing his tunes on TV and in movies. Catch Keller — while you still can — in Vermont twice this week, including Thursday, April 10, at the Whammy Bar in Calais, and Saturday, April 12, at Red Square in Burlington.
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The Monkey House will have a distinctly twangy feel this week as the Winooski haunt welcomes a pair of intriguing country songwriters. The first is ramsay midWood on Saturday,
with soon-to-be-famous acts such as the FaBulous thunderBirds and stevie ray vauGhan, to name drop a few. More recently, Wills has been living and performing in New Orleans alongside multi-instrumentalist Boyd, occasionally dabbling in surf music but mostly sticking to blazing blues and country. Should be a good one. In addition to the Charlie O’s gig, Wills and Boyd will play a string of Vermont dates this weekend, including Friday, April 11, at Radio Bean in Burlington; Saturday, April 12, at Positive Pie in Plainfield; and Sunday, April 13, at the Bee’s Knees in Morrisville. Moving on, the other cool show at Charlie O’s this weekend marks the welcome return of notorious local punk band spit JaCk, who headline a show with viCious GiFt (see the review of thier demo on page 66) and Broken Frames on Friday, April 11. SJ have been holed up in recent months breaking in a new drummer, travis Collins, who replaces seth roya, who replaced original drummer mike Forester, who
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After being closed for 10 springcleaning days, Charlie O’s World Famous in Montpelier reopens this week. And the capital city rejoices. Normally, a dive bar closing and reopening would not be breaking news. But Charlie O’s merits mention here for two reasons. One, as I’ve often stated in this column, it’s the greatest bar in the world. Two, and more germane, it’s opening with some really interesting shows this weekend. For starters, on Thursday, April 10, Bert Wills and Clint Boyd take to the stage. OK, it’s really more of a floor than a stage. But whatever. You could be excused for not having any idea who those guys are. But there’s a chance you’re familiar with their work, especially in the case of Wills. Wills is a veteran of the Galveston and Houston scenes and came up in the late 1960s as a hotshot guitar player, both with his own bands and, later, as an in-demand backing and session player. In the 1970s, his group Bert Wills and the Country CadillaCs backed every major country act that swung though the Gulf coast of Texas, from Willie nelson to GeorGe Jones. In the 1980s, Wills was a fixture in the Texas bar scene with Bert Wills and the CryinG
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In summer-concert news, this week our pals over at Higher Ground Presents announced a trio of additions to the Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Green series at Shelburne Museum. These include John hiatt and roBert Cray on Thursday, July 10, the newly reunited niCkel Creek on Friday, July 25, and old CroW mediCine shoW on Tuesday, July 29. Of the three, I’m most excited for Nickel Creek, since any chance to see Chris thile play mandolin should not be passed up. Ever. Though I confess I might have to show up to OCMS, if only to sneak backstage and ask the band to answer for its sins against pop music by allowing darius ruCker to make “Wagon Wheel” even more annoying than it already was. Not cool, guys.
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CLUB METRONOME: The Deep End Vol. 3: Figgy, Wasp, Helixx and Electrode DJs (EDm), 9 p.m., $6/11. 18+. FINNIGAN'S PUB: craig mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. DJ Fattie B (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Bumping Jones, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: t rivia mania, 7 p.m., free. mr. Breakdown, Sirsy (pop-funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. PIZZA BARRIO: Eric George (roots), 6 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: cody Sargent & Friends (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman t rio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11:30 p.m., $5.
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Metronome in Burlington on Sunday, April 13, with a slew of locals, including
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GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: o pen mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free.
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Wanted Wednesday with DJ craig mitchell (karaoke), 11 a.m., free. Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth and Katie t rautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free.
SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. 3 t rees (folk), 8 p.m., free.
JUNIPER: Paul Asbell (jazz), 8 p.m., free.
MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: o pen mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Vt comedy club Presents: What a Joke! comedy o pen 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. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Pine Street Jazz, 7 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: o pen Bluegrass Session, 7:30 p.m., free.
MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant & Friends (country), 7:30 p.m., free. PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: t rivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
THE PARKER PIE CO.: t rivia Night, 7 p.m., free. THE STAGE: Ashley miles (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free.
RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Amy Kucharik (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $6/8.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Gatsby: A Hip-Hop Dance Production, 6:30 & 9 p.m., $17/19. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: David Pollack (singersongwriter), 5:30 p.m., free. PEEP Show! presents David Bowie (burlesque), 10 p.m., $10. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Loose Association (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. Sturcrazie (rock), 9 p.m., free.
ON THE RISE BAKERY: o pen mic, 7 p.m., free.
ON THE RISE BAKERY: Donna Thunders (outlaw country), 7:30 p.m., donation.
VENUE: Noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi, 8 p.m., free.
PARK PLACE TAVERN: Jimmy t & the cobras (rock), 9 p.m., free.
BAGITOS: Andy Pitt (folk), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Bert Wills and clint Boyd (blues, country), 10 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: mumbo (acoustic), 8 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Dave Keller (blues, soul), 7 p.m., free.
THE BEE'S KNEES: Andriana chobot (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: o pen mic, 8 p.m., free.
51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Verbal o nslaught (poetry), 8 p.m., free.
BAGITOS: Jeff Lathrop (indie folk), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Spit Jack, Broken Frames, Vicious Gift (punk), 10 p.m., free. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): AFRI-Vt featuring members of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (world music), 10:30 p.m., $10. POSITIVE PIE TAP & GRILL: Bert Wills and clint Boyd (blues), 8 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: A Fly Allusion (hip-hop, funk), 9 p.m., NA. WHAMMY BAR: t im Brick (country), 7 p.m., free.
CITY LIMITS: t rivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
THE BEE'S KNEES: Spider Roulette (gypsy jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation.
TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: DJ Third culture (EDm), 10 p.m., free.
MOOG'S PLACE: The Usual Suspects (blues), 9 p.m., free.
RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Sophistafunk (hip-hop, funk), 9 p.m., $6.
THE PARKER PIE CO.: Don & Jenn (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free.
CITY LIMITS: city Limits Dance Party with t op Hat Entertainment (Top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.
MONOPOLE: Alex Kates (rock), 10 p.m., free.
TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: mashtodon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.
CLUB METRONOME: "No Diggity" ’90s Night, 9 p.m., free/$5.
CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: o pen mic, 9 p.m., free.
RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ con Yay (EDm), 9 p.m., $5.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: t imothy James Blues & Beyond, 7 p.m., free.
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RED SQUARE: Ellen Powell t rio (jazz), 5 p.m., free. crooked coast (rock), 8 p.m., $5. craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Joel Hermanson (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: The Fire Gods (rock), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
RADIO BEAN: Kid's music with Linda "t ickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. Bow Thayer (modern mountain soul), 7 p.m., free. Bert Wills and clint Boyd (eclectic Americana), 9 p.m., free. PlanetRAWK (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. Eggy (funk), midnight, free.
ZEN LOUNGE: Salsa Night with Jah Red, 8 p.m., free. classic club mix with DJs Vince 1 & Jack Spade (hip-hop, top 40), 11 p.m., $5.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: moon Hooch, Electric Sorcery (cave music), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. AA.
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NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Blues for Breakfast (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $6.
RED SQUARE: mass Air Flow (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.
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JUNIPER: mean martin (eclectic DJ), 9 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Burritos (s ublime tribute), 9 p.m., free.
DRINK: comedy Showcase (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $7.
MONOPOLE: o pen mic, 10 p.m., free.
EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Art Herttua and Stephen morabito (jazz), 7 p.m., free.
OLIVE RIDLEY'S: completely Stranded comedy t roupe (improv), 7 p.m., free. DJ Skippy All Request Live (top 40), 10 p.m., free.
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: World End Girlfriend (experimental), 7 p.m., free. 2KDeep presents Good t imes (house), 10 p.m., free.
TUPELO MUSIC HALL: David Bromberg Quartet (folk, blues), 8 p.m., sold out.
THE PARKER PIE CO.: Acoustic Fusion Jam, 7:30 p.m., free. PHAT KATS TAVERN:Soulstice (reggae), 8 p.m., free. THE STAGE: Karaoke, 7 p.m., free.
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to, most recently, the Higher Ground MONDAY Showcase Lounge last April. Like KIDZ MUSIC TUESDA another Providence-based band, the LOW Y w/ RAPHAEL IX FIXE PR 7 $2 THE ANTHEM, before them, Brown Bird were O TW R 11am (Btown) MOTH! DINNER FO a great regional act on the rise. We were 7pm • $ SUN & MON! WEDNESDAY 8 lucky to have been along for the ride. I HEADY HUMP DAY! liked all of their records, but their last, $5 Heady Toppers the dark, literate Fits of Reason, was $2 off Heady Hotdogs (Btown) JOSH PANDA’S ACOUSTIC SOUL to my mind their finest. Still, I think it NIGHT 8pm (Btown) only scratched the surface of the duo’s CAJUN JAM w/ JAY EKIS & THE GREEN capabilities. MOUNTAIN PLAYBOYS 6pm (Montp) I had the pleasure of interviewing THURSDAY Lamb before that Higher Ground JOEL HERMANSEN 8pm (Btown) show, which turned out to be just days before he was diagnosed. I found him to be a deeply thoughtful and thoughtFRIDAY provoking person who seemed more interested in his life’s journey than any (Btown) sort of destination, which was evident $6 online/$8 at the door in his songwriting. I know how corny Doors at 8pm that sounds, but it’s true. Lamb had an interesting tattoo across his knuckles. It read: “Come 60 Lake St, Burlington 540-0188 Home.” I asked him about it, and he told 89 Main Street, Montpelier 262-CAKE me that he got it to remind himself to be Burlington International Airport himself no matter how far he roamed and no matter what life threw at him. “The tattoo was to remind me that, however how far out I go, not 8v-skinnypancake040914.indd 1 4/8/14 3:45 PM just physically but emotionally and psychologically, I wanted to return to some sort of home base and not change the core elements of who I am,” he said. Our condolences go out to Lamb’s friends and family, especially to his longtime musical partner MORGANEVE SWAIN. Condolences also to Brown Bird’s fans and contemporaries in Rhode Island. In Vermont, we know all too well what it’s like to lose a beloved young artist to leukemia. (We miss ya, Andy.) Rest in peace, David. 11
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Drunkard wrote, “Midwood comes on strong, eating vowels like nobody’s business with a voice/vibe like BOBBY CHARLES and LINK WRAY playing Russian roulette in the woodshed.” So yeah. Eclectic local songwriter CHICKY STOLTZ opens. Then, on Monday, April 14, Knoxville, Tenn.’s MATT WOODS swings through town. Woods is cut from classic outlaw-country cloth — that would be denim, FYI. His 2013 record, The Matt Woods Manifesto, was well received by classic country fetishists around the country, including those at Charleston City Paper, who wrote that he’s a “guitar-strumming, day-drinking pinball wizard.” We’re not sure what that means, exactly. But we like the sound of it.
April 12. Midwood has been a fixture in Austin for years, thanks to his surrealist songwriting style and psychedelic country sound — a sound, by the way that has lately been fleshed out by longtime Burlingtonian and part-time Austinite BILL MULLINS. Of his 2002 record, Shoot Out at the OK Chinese Restaurant — now that’s an album title — the typically spot-on Aquarium
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unveil their anticipated debut full-length, Diamonds. Though it’s not due out until April 29, the new record is already creating
a buzz in critical circles, including Vogue magazine, which praised the duo’s unique distillation of folk, blues, country and
pop as “an infectious sound.” Well, consider us infected. Touring in advance of that record, the duo plays the Higher Ground
Showcase Lounge in South Burlington on Saturday, April 12.
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MONOPOLE: Trenchtown Oddities (rock, reggae), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy YOUR Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary TEXT Peacock, 5 p.m., free.
OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Catfish & Bodega (acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Power Stallion (rock), 10 p.m., NA.
(blues, soul), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ KermiTT (EDM), 11 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Small Black, Snowmine, Pours (synth-pop), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA. ZEN LOUNGE: Electric Temple with DJ Atak (hip-hop, top 40), 10 p.m., $5.
CLUB METRONOME: Retronome with DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, Chillset, 8:30 p.m., $18/22. AA.
EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Thunder Kittens (jam), 7 p.m., free. FINNIGAN'S PUB: Rumblecat (rock), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Live Music, 7 p.m., free. Disco Phantom (house), 10 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Karaoke with Megan, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Bonjour Hi! (EDM), 9 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Burlington Bread Boys (kazoo core), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Kip de Moll (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. Sophistafunk, Brain Gang (funk, hip-hop), 9 p.m., $7. PIZZA BARRIO: EmaLou (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Waves of Adrenaline (folk), noon, free. Pine Street Irregulars (jazz), 5 p.m., free. The Snaz (indie rock), 7 p.m., free. John Fuzek (folk), 8 p.m., free. Corey R-J & Kara Lia (acoustic rock), 9 p.m., free. Food Will Win the War (glock rock), 10:30 p.m., free. The Fox and the Feather (folk), midnight, free. RED SQUARE: Dave Keller Band
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BACKSTAGE PUB: Mind Trap (rock), 9 p.m., free.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Johnnyswim (folk, soul), 8:30 p.m., $16/18. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Ramsay Midwood with Bill Mullins, Chicky Stoltz (psychedelic country), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Zach Nugent (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Feed the Machine (rock), 9 p.m., free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. VENUE: Cory Gunz (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $21.75/42.75. 18+.
BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Delmer Mulhan Bluegrass, 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Dance Party (top 40), 10 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Blue Fox (blues), 5 p.m., free. Paul Cannizzaro (rock), 9 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Broken String (bluegrass), 7 p.m., free.
MOOG'S PLACE: Marke LeGrand Album Release (country), 9 p.m., $5. RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Primate Fiasco (funk), 9 p.m., $6.
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THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: Total Demo (rock), 10 p.m., free.
CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Tumbleweed Highway (blues-rock, zydeco), 9 p.m., $3.
TUPELO MUSIC HALL: The Shana Stack Band (country), 7 p.m., $15.
THE PARKER PIE CO.: The Exchange (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $5. THE STAGE: Michael Cassineri (singer-songwriter), 5:30 p.m., free. Seth Yacovone (blues), 8 p.m., free.
MONOPOLE: Doom & Friends (rock), 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Power Stallion (rock), 10 p.m., NA.
CLUB METRONOME: Sunday Night Mass: Phil Weeks, Chris Pattison, Disco Phantom, L Yea!, Justin REM and Helixx (EDM), 9 p.m., $10/13. 18+. DRINK: Comedy Open Mic (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free.
RADIO BEAN: Queen City Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., free. Lotango (light jazz), 1 p.m., free. Billy Claxton (singer-songwriter), 1 p.m., free. Audrey Houle (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. Dan Johnson (Americana), 9 p.m., free. Dollar After Sunset (blues, folk), 10:30 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch Scramble, noon, $5-10 donation. 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.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke/Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free. THE MONKEY HOUSE: The Rootless Boots (folk-funk), 8:30 p.m., free. PENALTY BOX: Trivia With a Twist, 4 p.m., free.
BAGITOS: Dave Moore (folk), 11 a.m., donation. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Guakov Trucking Company (old-time, acoustic swing), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
THE BEE'S KNEES: Rebecca Padula (singer-songwriter), 11 a.m., donation. Bert Wills and Clint Boyd (country), 7:30 p.m., donation.
FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of Music (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m. Vermont's Next Star, 8 p.m., free.
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: B-Sides (eclectic DJ), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.
FRANNY O'S: Standup Comedy Cage Match, 8 p.m., free.
NECTAR'S: MI YARD Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Demus, 9 p.m., free.
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Family Night (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. MON.14
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In Vogue On the heels of their well-received 2013 EP Heart Beats, husband-and-wife duo
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To my recollection, I’ve never met Dave Kleh. But based on my limited knowledge of him, I suspect he’s an interesting fellow. Kleh has been an active musician locally dating back to the late 1970s. For the last seven-ish years, he’s been the leader of a band called the Fizz. Originally dubbed Flood in the Fizzy Factory before they settled on a less cumbersome moniker, the group has undergone numerous lineup changes over the years. Every now and then, Kleh will fire off an email updating me on those changes. One message in
particular chronicled every change he’s made for the past several years, and why. It was an epic, strange missive. And, as many of his emails do, it came from his work address, accompanied by the dorky headshot of a corporate real estate agent. It would be easy to dismiss Kleh as just another middle-aged dude clinging to youthful dreams of rock stardom. But there’s something about his latest solo record, Me & My Friends, that suggests Kleh and his music have been unjustly dismissed. Like I imagine Kleh himself to be, the record is deeply quirky, with an air of self-importance that doesn’t quite make sense at first glance. But dig beneath the surface and there’s no denying the album’s — and Kleh’s — idiosyncratic charms. Me & My Friends is a retrospective that chronicles his musical efforts over three-plus decades. As the title implies, Kleh enlists the help of some talented players along the way, most notably guitar ace Bill Mullins and saxophonist Joe Moore. The cameos are nice: Moore’s work on the 1979 cut “Tribute to Zoot” — an homage to late N-Zones front man Zoot Wilson — is especially good; and Mullins is, well, Bill friggin’
Mullins. But Kleh is the album’s most intriguing character. In reviews of his previous works, I’ve written that Kleh’s attempts at new-wave absurdism fell short because they didn’t quite go far enough into the surreal. Think Talking Heads-lite. But given a chance to view his music in a wider context, it seems that Kleh is simply a more gentle spirit than I initially observed. As he proves on cuts such as “What You Do to Me,” “Ladies’ Man” and others, he is slyly funny. There’s a winsome nonchalance about him when he sings lines such as, “I like you, like the raindrops on my coat / Yeah, I like you. Like the words that I just wrote,” against a minimalist, newwave backdrop. Dave Kleh may be an enigma who has never really gotten his musical due. Me & My Friends likely won’t change that. But it does offer a glimpse at an unusual songwriter who certainly deserves attention. The Fizz play a release party for Me & My Friends at On Tap in Essex Junction on Wednesday, April 16. The album is available at cdbaby.com.
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of heady jams and grooves throughout the record’s 10 tracks, but this debut is intriguing because of the sounds found between those spaced-out interludes. These moments reveal a genuine artistic curiosity and musical scope that goes well beyond your average noodle wanking. The band’s stated influences — the worldly Toubab Krewe, funk legends Parliament Funkadelic and postrockers Explosions in the Sky — can be heard to varying degrees throughout Jellyfish. A slow-burning funk groove opens the record with “Warm When Wet.” “Not Another Dumpling Plate” is moody and expansive, as is the album’s most overtly jammy cut, “Atticus.” “Third Field” evolves from cinematic art rock into bustling freak-out jams. “Lone Rock”
In the age of Pitchfork-wielding hipsters, the word “jam” has become something of a four-letter word, carrying with it a confining, maybe even damaging, stigma. It is also, much like indie, alternative and any number of other catchall labels, often misleading and inaccurate. So how do you know when a jam band is a jam band? To borrow a line from former Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart when asked to define porn, “I know it when I see it.” All of which brings us to 10,000 Fire Jellyfish, the debut album from Squimley and the Woolens. As countless Burlington bands have before them, the quartet emerged from the dank collegebasement scene before hitting local stages. And they are a jam band — a decent one, at that. There’s no shortage
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JP'S PUB: Dance Video Request Night with melody, 10 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke with Funkwagon, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: metal monday: Half Past Human, Valance, moaning Bunk, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: turquoise Jeep (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $14/16. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: close to Nowhere (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Fizz cD Release (rock), 7 p.m., free.
RADIO BEAN: cole Davidson (folk), 7 p.m., free. open mic, 9 p.m., free.
BAGITOS: Papa GreyBeard (blues), 6 p.m., donation.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5-10 donation.
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.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.
SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: matt Woods (country), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
stowe/smuggs area MOOG'S PLACE: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.
CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set with cats Under YOUR the Stars (Grateful Dead tribute), TEXT 9 p.m., free/$5.
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FRANNY O'S: Q-mella Gumbo (rock), 9 p.m., free.
Also interesting: The band has a great new EP out on Jagjaguwar called Real People. Though more spontaneously
PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
crafted than the group’s painstakingly plotted 2013 LP, Limits of Desire, the new five-song quickie retains the shimmery
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excellent Frankie Rose (ex-Dum Dum Girls). Touring in support of that EP, the band plays Signal Kitchen in Burlington
NECTAR'S: Squimley and the Woolens cD Release (jam), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: Beach Day (indie), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
10:30 a.m., donation. Doug Wells (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.
free. Wild Life Wednesdays (EDm), 11 p.m., free.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
MOOG'S PLACE: The Jason Wedlock Show (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.
JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free.
JUNIPER: Shane Hardiman trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free.
RED SQUARE: Woedoggies (blues), 7 p.m., free. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.
TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Karaoke with Roots Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.
MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: open mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.
SIGNAL KITCHEN: com truise, tricky Pat, Disco Phantom (eclectic DJs), 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 EDm), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
ZEN LOUNGE: Karaoke with megan calla-Nova, 9 p.m., free.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: tycho, Gardens & Villa (indie), 8 p.m., $15/17. AA.
THE BEE'S KNEES: Ben Roy (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.
MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant & Friends (country), 7:30 p.m., free.
on Saturday, April 12, with SNOWMINE and locals POURS.
RED SQUARE: craig mitchell (house), 7 p.m., free.
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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon's tequila Project (funk), 10 p.m., free.
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“Stations of the Cross,” Cathedral Church of St. Paul
f a non-churchgoer can produce a set of charcoal drawings of the Stations of the Cross, then an agnostic former altar boy can sure as heaven review those works. Besides, depictions of Christ’s agony and death are a core component of Western art history. And Easter is coming, so the show at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington has a seasonal angle, as well. All such justiﬁ cations aside, Richard Clark’s emotionally powerful pieces deserve to be seen on their own terms as skillf ully executed works of art. They also happen to be the last drawings Clark made before his death in 2005. The Vermont artist died in obscurity, an outcome largely of his own making, says Elaine Beckwith, owner of a gallery in Jamaica, Vt., that represents Clark’s estate. “Richard believed his work should speak for itself,” notes Beckwith, who was a f riend of Clark’s f or many years. “He wasn’t interested in publicizing it or even in getting recognition.” But Clark’s survivors, who have inherited a large collection of his lithographs, “want them to be spread into the world,” Beckwith adds. The gallery that bears her name is selling several editions of those prints, which appear — at least in internet images — to conﬁ rm
and enhance the achievement on view in Burlington. The grotesques lurking and leering in almost every one of Clark’s Stations of the Cross owe a lot to German expressionism. The supremely ugly and contorted f aces of Jesus’ tormentors have antecedents in the work of artists such as Otto Dix and Max Beckmann, although those artists’ portraits reveal stronger inﬂ uences of cubism and other modernist innovations than do Clark’s drawings, which are tamer and more traditional. Some of his depictions also verge on caricature; they’re more cartoonish than caustic. The artist’s draf tsmanship is ﬁ rst rate, however, and attests to his training in the MFA program at Syracuse University in the 1940s following his three-year service in the military during World War II. Clark taught art f or 10 years at Miami University in Ohio before moving to Chittenden, Vt., in 1960. Besides a˛ ording Clark the solitude he pref erred, Vermont presented him with a political environment where he could give full expression to his radical
views. He was a f ounding member of the Liberty Union Party, a f orebear of sorts to today’s Progressives. Charcoal was an apt choice of medium f or Clark’s chiaroscuro compositions in the Stations of the Cross. Their darkness — both visual and thematic — is accentuated by white borders and black frames. The mood of these 14 pieces that trace Christ’s beatings, culminating in cruciﬁ xion, isn’t just solemn; it’s despairing. In Clark’s treatment of these f amiliar scenes, there’s nothing heroic or even sympathetic about the central character. Hollow-eyed and bent-backed, this Jesus is a def eated, f rightened ﬁ gure slouching toward Calvary. The interpretation of Jesus as pitiable, almost pathetic, may be most stark in the seventh station of Clark’s series. In a drawing that also demonstrates the artist’s technical mastery, Clark employs f oreshortening to show Jesus crawling toward the viewer as zombielike guards prod and push him to arise. The 11th station, “Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross,” places the cruciﬁ ed victim on a sharp diagonal that’s suggestive of
THE MOOD OF THESE 14 PIECES THAT TRACE CHRIST’S BEATINGS, CULMINATING IN CRUCIFIXION, ISN’T JUST SOLEMN;
an o˛ -kilter world. Jesus’ bared teeth present a rictus of pain beyond bearing. Secondary or background characters wear equally repulsive expressions. Some look like gargoyles. Others, such as the ﬁ gures in a group of shrouded women, recoil in fear and disdain as Jesus reaches imploringly toward them. They’re not the least bit worshipf ul; they don’t even empathize with the man/god whose blood is trickling down his face. There’s nothing attractive even about Mary, Christ’s mother. In Clark’s rendering, she’s a wrinkled old woman who sheds no tears for her tortured son. Instead, in the ﬁ nal station, “Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb,” an exhausted Mary looks out at the viewer with hands outstretched above Jesus’ corpse in a gesture of helplessness and ﬁ nality. It’s a wrenchingly beautiful image. “There’s an enormous loneliness in his works,” Beckwith says of Clark’s prints and drawings. “There’s a sense of every human coming into life alone and dying alone.” Amen. K EV I N J . K EL L EY
Richard Clark, “Stations of the Cross,” at Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington. ˜ rough April 18. stpaulscathedralvt.org
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uKraINIaN EGG paINTING dEmo: Artist Theresa somerset shows how to decorate eggs in the highly detailed pysanky tradition. Frog hollow, burlington, sunday, April 13, noon-2 p.m. info, 863-6458.
dESIGNEr LorENa HoWard-SHErIdaN: The guest designer gives a lecture during the MFA in graphic Design spring residency. noble lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m. info, 828-8734.
ETHaN BoNd-WaTTS: new work by the Charlotte glassblower. April 11-13. info, 922-3367. Rl photo in burlington.
BarBara LEBEr: “birches: Twists and Turns,” otherworldly acrylic paintings on Masonite by the Montpelier artist. April 10-June 1. info, 454-0141. blinking light gallery in plainfield. GrapHIc dESIGN STudENT pIN-up ExHIBITIoN: Returning students in the MFA in graphic Design program show their works. April 16-18. info, 828-8734. Alumni hall gallery, Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier. ‘SHIfT’: The MFA Class of 2014 students in graphic design show works during their spring residency. April 15-19. info, 828-8734. College hall gallery in Montpelier.
JErEmy WITT: black-and-white and pure photography that explores the interrelationships between “the known and the unknown, space and shape, the negative and positive, the internal and the external, and darkness and light.” Reception: Thursday, April 17, 12:30 p.m. April 14-May 17. info, 468-1119. Christine price gallery, Castleton state College.
‘SIErra cLuB WILdErNESS 50 ExHIBIT’: photographs of Vermont and new hampshire wilderness areas and other outdoor scenes. April 11-July 6. Free. info, 359-5000. Vermont institute of natural science in Quechee.
arT EvENTS 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. 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.
‘SLoW arT day’: based on a global initiative that aims to help people discover the joy of looking at art, curator Kory Rogers invites visitors to discuss five works of art. box lunch by reservation. pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, shelburne Museum, saturday, April 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. info, 985-0923.
‘aLIcE’S WoNdErLaNd: a moST curIouS advENTurE’: A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic lewis Carroll tale. Through May 11. info, 864-1848. ECho lake Aquarium and science Center/leahy Center for lake Champlain in burlington. ‘aNoNymouS: coNTEmporary TIBETaN arT’: paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in diaspora. ‘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. ‘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. 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. Through April 30. info, 488-5766. Vintage inspired in burlington. cHé ScHrEINEr: “shadow between Two worlds,” 13 large-scale paintings inspired by a near-death experience and travels around the world. Through April 30. info, 863-6713. north End studios in burlington. coLLEEN mcLauGHLIN: “Climate Change happens,” photographs depicting the aftermath of flooding at burlington’s north beach in 2011. Through April 26. info, 578-2512. studio 266 in burlington. ‘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. Through April 26. info, firstname.lastname@example.org. The backspace gallery 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.
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KaTE TEScH: “Aging beauty,” gigantic acrylic portraits that reveal the universal process of aging. in conjunction with Full Circle Festival. Through April 30. info, 724-7244. The gallery at Main street landing in burlington. ‘LIKENESS’: portraits in a variety of media by Vermont artists. Through May 27. info, 735-2542. new City galerie in burlington.
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‘maNIpuLaTEd, aLTErEd aNd dESTroyEd’: Repurposing discarded materials, local artists including w. David powell, Aaron stein, John brickels and other explore America’s love of the automobile, examining the past and creating dialog for the future. Through April 26. info, firstname.lastname@example.org. The s.p.A.C.E. gallery in burlington.
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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.
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.
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.
ESSEx arT LEaGuE SprING arT SHoW: Members of this local artists’ group say goodbye to winter with an exhibit of refreshingly seasonal work. Through April 26. info, 660-9005. Art’s Alive gallery 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.
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opEN STudIoS: studio art students share their works in progress and demonstrate painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture as part of the annual spring student symposium. Johnson Memorial building, Middlebury College, Friday, April 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. info, 443-3168.
‘aBSTracT TErraINS’: paintings by Tom Cullins, Elizabeth nelson and Johanne Yordan and photographs by gary hall that challenge the conventions of traditional landscapes. Through May 18. info, 865-7166. Vermont Metro gallery, bCA Center, in burlington.
J.B. WoodS: Digitally enhanced photographs that depict Vermont life. Curated by sEAbA. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. RETn in burlington.
‘THE arT of GIvING’: More than 20 Vermont artists, including Katharine Montstream, Anne Cady, Ethan bond-watts and Rebecca Kinkead, sell paintings, sculpture, glass and photographs by silent auction to benefit the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation. live music, food and libations as well. RsVp by March 20. ArtsRiot, burlington, Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. $30. info, vtchildrenstrust.org.
JamES voGLEr: sophisticated abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 29. info, 862-1001. left bank home & garden in burlington.
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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 the impermanence of life. Mandala dismantling: wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m. Fleming Museum, uVM, burlington, April 9-16. info, 656-0750.
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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shauni kirby: Personal images by the Middlebury photographer. Through April 30. Info, 318-2438. Red Square in Burlington. ‘show of hands’ silent auction: A display of wooden hands decorated by local artists. Sales benefit Burlington nonprofit Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors. Through April 30. Info, 864-7528. August First Bakery & Café 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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black-and-white photographs by the Burlington artist. In conjunction with the Full Circle Festival. Artist talk: Saturday, April 12, noon. Through April 29. Info, 865-7165. Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. ‘work in progress’: A show of handmade pieces by next-generation craftspeople at the Vermont Woodworking School. Through April 29. Info, 863-6458. 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. Through April 30. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. ‘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. Through April 30. Info, 893-7860. Milton Municipal Complex. ‘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. Through April 20. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. 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. ‘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. 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.
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michael strauss: Landscapes and still-life paintings in acrylic and ink. Through April 26. Info, 864-8001. Barnes & Noble in South Burlington.
Tibetan Sand Mandala Ancient Tibetan art will come alive —
and be destroyed — in a weeklong live installation, April 9-16, at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art. The public is invited to observe as two monks from the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, N.Y., create a “painting” of the Buddha of Compassion, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The mandala is an intricate circular pattern made from thousands of tiny grains of colored sand. In Tibetan Buddhism, sand mandalas represent life’s impermanence and the ideal of nonattachment to the material world. This installation is in conjunction with the current exhibit of Tibetan contemporary art, “Anonymous.” A traditional ceremony to destroy the mandala by immersing it in water will be held in the museum’s Marble Court on Wednesday, April 16, at 5 p.m. uvm.edu/~fleming
pete boardman: Paintings and sculptures inspired by the natural world. Through May 31. Info, 658-2739. The ArtSpace at the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington.
corrina thurston: “Wildlife in Colored Pencil,” vibrant animal stills. Through April 27. Info, email@example.com. The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier.
sally hughes: Original floral and landscape watercolor paintings by the Shelburne artist. Through June 1. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne.
diane donovan: Paintings of Northeast Kingdom landscapes. Through April 30. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.
shanley triggs: “View From Within,” watercolors by the Vermont artist. Through June 2. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.
‘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. ana campanile: “Lapins Agiles,” studies in charcoal and pastel of feral hares in their element. Through May 31. Info, 223-1431. Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. ‘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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bethany Church in Montpelier. ‘artists of grace 2014’: A group show of works by four Grassroots Art and Community Effort participants: Merrill Densmore, T.J. Goodrich, Dot Kibbee and James Nace. Through May 2. Info, 8280749. Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier.
dianne shullenberger: “Re-envisioned,” works in fabric collage and colored pencil by the Jericho artist. Photo ID required to enter. Through June 27. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Gallery in Montpelier. gretchen basio: Hand-dyed and uniquely sewn quilts, throws and totes by the local fabric artist. Through April 30. Info, 223-1981. The Cheshire Cat 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. Judith vivell: Monumental and arresting oil portraits of wild birds. Through June 27. Info, 8280749. Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier.
‘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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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. HArlAn mAck: “draughts for every passing Game,” mixed-media drawings on tar paper and steel sculptures by the Vermont artist. Through April 25. 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. ‘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. ‘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.
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‘portrAitS’: photography, drawing and painting created by young women in the learning Together12v-Birthright040914.indd 1 program, a collaboration of River Arts and the lamoille Family Center. Through April 29. info, 888-1261. morrisville post office. 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.
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concerns about aging” through the arts and offers dozens of ways to do so. Ambitiously readings, music, storytelling, demonstrations, workshops and more (see spotlight on page 51). Several art exhibits, however, will extend through the month of April and allow more leisurely contemplation; two of them are represented here. At the SEABA Gallery on Pine Street, Williamsville artist Deidre Scherer presents a selection of eloquent portraits of women in their twilight years, collectively titled “Finding Center.” But these are not paintings. Long known for her intricate works in Pictured: “Woven Silk,” an 11-by-10-inch torn-paper weaving. Through April 30. In “One Degree of Separation” at Burlington City Hall, photographer Todd R. Lockwood shows a selection of his largescale, black-and-white portraits. Shot with images are compelling and intimate. And, in keeping with the theme of this festival, the photos embrace facial evidence of fully lived years. Pictured: “Stephen, 2014” (Stephen Goldberg). Lockwood gives a talk on Saturday, April 12, at noon. Through
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Brett SimiSon: “The pane in empty Rooms: Frost and breadloaf in the Green mountains,” 12v-uvmnursing031914.indd 1 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. ‘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. ‘GuerrillA GirlS: Art in Action’: museum studies students 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. ‘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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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. middlebuRy AReA shows
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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 may 3. info, 767-9670. bigTown Gallery in Rochester.
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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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fabric and thread, Scherer includes pieces made of woven paper in this SEABA show.
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.
packed into a single weekend, April 11 to 13, at various venues around Burlington are
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essert comes fi rst at this Restaurant Week-eve kick-off battle where pastry chefs from every corner of the state compete and foodies feast. Scores from celebrity judges and votes from you decide the winner of Vermont Restaurant Week’s Signature Sweet. Thursday, April 24, 7-9 p.m. Higher Ground Ballroom, 1214 Williston Road, S. Burlington. Limited tickets available. $15 adv./$20: highergroundmusic.com.
FOODIE FLICK: TAMPOPO
Tampopo, arguably the finest film by the late master director Juzo Itami, uses an unconventional story structure to celebrate, question, and marvel at all things gustatory. If you ever wanted to know how to make the perfect bowl of ramen, or what you should eat when you’re trapped in a yakuza shootout, Tampopo can help. It is also guaranteed to make you hungry. Sunday, April 27. Cocktail hour 4 p.m., movie 5 p.m. Big Picture Theater, 48 Carroll Road, Waitsfield. $9. Info, 496-8994.
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Round out your Restaurant Week adventure with this cocktail contest. Bartenders from five area restaurants compete for your votes using Vermont Spirits Black Snake Whiskey. Saturday, May 3, 3-5 p.m. Red Square, 136 Church Street, Burlington. $10 at the door. Info, 864-5684.
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Compete for prizes in seven rounds of foodie trivia. Winners receive an epic bowling party at Champlain Lanes! Preregistration required at vermontrestaurantweek.com. Tuesday, April 29. Doors: 6 p.m. Trivia: 6:30-9 p.m Arts Riot, 400 Pine Street, Burlington. Free. Info, 864-5684.
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 vermontrestaurantweek.com. Wednesday, April 30, 5:30-7 p.m. South End Kitchen, 716 Pine Street, Burlington, $5 donation. Info, 864-0505.
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‘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.
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,” 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. ‘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. Through June 15. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. 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. 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. Through April 26. Info, 468-1266. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland.
‘boDies on PaPer’: Figurative prints by members of the studio. Through April 30. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Daisy rocKwell: “Girls, Girls, Girls,” paintings of nudes and mugshots based based on women in the news. Through June 15. Info, 356-2776. Main Street Museum in White River Junction.
“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.
arT unDer The influence: SeABA is looking for artists to participate in its “Art under the Influence” program, for a stress-free evening of connecting, demonstrating and influencing the artistic
chaffee’s 7Th annual PhoToGraPhy conTesT: This year’s theme is “Farm & Food,” contest is June 27 to July 25. Amateur photographers can submit up to three 8-by-10-inch photos, not mounted or framed. Submissions can be mailed to Chaffee Art Center, PO Box 1447, Rutland, VT 05701, or dropped off at the gallery during business hours. $10 entry fee. Deadline: June 14, by 6 p.m. More info: 775-0062. floral seDucTions: The Chandler Gallery is thinking ahead to summer and inviting artists to submit to a juried exhibit that will open in late June and close August 24. Paintings or representations of gardens or blossoms, or botanical art in any medium will be considered. To apply, contact emily Crosby at outreach@chandler-arts. org or download application form on the website. $10 fee.
“Before I die I want to...” and community members are invited to fill in the blank. Reception: Friday, April 11, 5-7 p.m. Through June 21. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.
‘flora: a celebraTion of flowers in conTeMPorary arT’: Vibrant floral works by 13 regional artists. Through June 22. Info, 254-2771. Jennifer sTocK: “Water Studies, Brattleboro,” a site-specific installation. Through May 4. Info, 254-2771. JiM GiDDinGs: “Out of the Shadows,” paintings by the local artist. Through May 4. Info, 254-2771. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
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 16. Info, 535-8850. Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, in Lyndonville.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, include name, city and contact. More info at miltonartistsguild. org. Info, 831-224-5152. 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. 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.
‘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.
‘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. PeTer DoiG: “No Foreign Lands,” a major survey of contemporary figurative paintings by the Scottish artist. Through May 4. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m
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‘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
arT + soul: Seeking submissions of creative pieces in any medium that are inspired by or connected to the Champlain Housing Trust’s mission. Artists will participate in a one-night benefit and event on June 5, 2014, in which artwork will be sold with a 50-50 split, to CHT and to the artists. You set the price! For submission form and more info, visit artandsoulvt.org. Deadline: May 16. Also, CHT hosts an open house with refreshments on Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rose Street Artist Co-op, 78 Rose Street in Burlington. Come and learn how to submit creative pieces. RSVP at facebook.com/ artandsoulvt.
callinG verMonT wooDworKers: Furniture makers, wood turners, toy makers, carvers, cabinetmakers, basket weavers, millwork, flooring, door and window manufacturers, and all others who make products out of wood are invited to be a vendor at the 11th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture, Woodworking & Forest Festival this September in Woodstock, Vt. Deposit by April 15. More info, vermontwoodfestival.org. Info, 747-7900.
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, darkroomgallery.com. Through April 16.
‘MuD’: A group exhibit of works by local artists evoke Vermont’s most cautiously optimistic season. Through April 26. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in Woodstock.
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 valleyartsfoundation.org or gmwe@moosewalkstudios. com. Through April 28.
arT’s alive fofa 2014 JurieD exhibiTion: June 2014 in the Art’s Alive Gallery at Main Street Landing’s union Station. Cash prizes. Vermont artists only. Application deadline: Monday, April 14. Info, artsalivevt.org
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Joy rasKin, MiranDa haMMonD & KiM rilleau: Jewelry, photography and leather work, respectively, by the new gallery members. Through June 30. Info, 457-1298. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock.
4Th annual Jericho Plein air fesTival: Festival organizers invite artists to participate in this annual outdoor 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, blgreene@ myfairpoint.net.
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ben Deflorio: “The 131: A Portrait Project,” images of local residents by the Randolph photographer. Through May 5. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton.
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have a confession: I’m bored of superhero movies. I’ve never been a big comics reader or a f an of guys zipping around in tights. But earlier in the decade, the one-two punch of Iron Man and The Dark Knight — one witty, the other gritty — won me over. Since then, I haven’t hated any of the Marvel ﬁ lms, and even last summer’s much-maligned Man of Steel had its moments. It’s not the individual movies that have worn me out; it’s what they have in common. The portentous music, the heroes who can ﬂ y or tumble hundreds of feet without a scratch, the choreographed ﬁ ghts, the talk of f reedom and responsibility, the war-on-terror metaphors, the leavening of wisecracks. I’m at the point where the only creative twist on the formula I want to see is someone staggering to the ER when he’s hurt instead of racing to the next crisis. In short, I have left the superhero-movie target audience. But I can still see that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a good superhero movie. The latest Marvel ﬂ ick has many points in its favor, starting with Chris Evans as the title character. A former weakling endowed with super-soldier abilities, Steve Rogers was placed in suspended animation during his Nazi-ﬁ ghting days and rose again in the 21st century to join international security force S.H.I.E.L.D.
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S SUPERMEN Evans contemplates his distorted reﬂ ection as the latest Marvel movie shifts into political-thriller mode.
Far f rom a jingoistic superpatriot, Captain America represents what’s great about the Greatest Generation: He’s unassuming, brave, bully hating and idealistic without arrogance. In an early-’70s comic, the Cap took his crime ﬁ ghting all the way to the Nixon White House. In The Winter Soldier, he takes one look at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new toy — three satellite-linked helicarriers with the power to observe and destroy anyone on Earth — and says, “This isn’t freedom. This is fear.” That doesn’t sit well with the superhero’s boss, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who’s deploying the totalitarian surveillance system on the orders of a world council head-
ed by Robert Redf ord. It’s no accident that Redf ord played a hero of paranoid political thrillers in the 1970s. Winter Soldier’s writers reach f or that second genre template when Fury su° ers a suspicious attack. The Captain and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) investigate, watching out f or f riends who might actually be foes. The plot features callbacks to past Marvel movies, setups for future ones, exposition for the uninitiated, a huge supporting cast and dozens of extended action setpieces on the road, at sea and in the air. We meet Sebastian Stan as the titular assassin and Anthony Mackie as a likable veteran with an ace up
REVIEWS his sleeve. The ﬁ lm’s anxious ambiance and topical critique bleed away once the mastermind behind the megadrones has been identiﬁ ed, but there’s still plenty to keep genre fans excited. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are best known to the geeky set f or directing several stellar episodes of NBC’s “Community,” which mocked the very action-movie tropes this movie embraces. It’s hard to tell the diff erence between the parody and the parodied in Marvel movies; almost everything comes with a wink until Things Get Serious at the apocalyptic climax. Joss Whedon perf ected that f ormula on his own TV shows and applied it to The Avengers; the Russos f ollow it with brio, staging nif ty action sequences along the way. Yet their hero stays beautif ully earnest throughout. My paciﬁ st, anarchist movie companion, who was alive during World War II and f alls even f arther outside Marvel’s target audience than I do, declared herself Captain America’s fan when the credits rolled. The folks at Marvel are doing something right if they can make such converts. If I didn’t f eel like I’d already seen this movie dozens of times in the past few years, I might even think it was something super. MARGO T HARRI S O N
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mR. pEABoDY & SHERmANHHH The midcentury cartoon characters come to the big screen in this dreamworks family animation about a genius beagle, his adopted son and their not-alwaysresponsible adventures with a time machine. with voice work from ty burrell, Max charles and Stephen colbert. Rob Minkoff (The Forbidden Kingdom) directed. (92 min, Pg) tHE moNUmENtS mENHH george clooney and Matt damon play members of a world war II platoon that rescues art treasures from the nazis in this drama directed and cowritten by clooney. with bill Murray, cate blanchett and John goodman. (118 min, Pg-13) mUppEtS moSt WANtEDHHH a nefarious Kermit the frog look-alike gets the fuzzy crew embroiled in a European jewel heist caper in this family adventure from The Muppets director James bobin. with Ricky gervais and tina fey as bad guys, and the voices of Steve whitmire and Eric Jacobson. (112 min, Pg) nOw PlayIng
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goD’S Not DEADH nietzsche begs to differ. a college professor tries to force a devout student to deny the existence of god in this surprise hit based on a chain email. with Shane harper, Kevin Sorbo and dean cain. harold cronk directed. (113 min, Pg)
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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)
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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Rio 2: a macaw family explores the wilds of the amazon and finds itself threatened by old nemesis nigel the cockatoo in this sequel to the 2011 animated family hit from blue Sky Studios. with the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, anne hathaway and Jemaine clement. (101 min, g. bijou, capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, welden)
cAptAiN AmERicA: tHE WiNtER SolDiERHHH The Marvel superhero saga continues as the reanimated world war II vet (chris Evans) goes up against the suitably retro threat of a Soviet agent. with Samuel l. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. anthony and Joe Russo directed. (136 min, Pg-13)
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NEED FoR SpEEDHH The video game comes to the screen in this action flick starring Aaron Paul as an unjustly jailed street racer who tries to get his own back in a cross-country race. With Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) directed. (130 min, PG-13) NoAHHHH1/2 Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) retells the Genesis story with Russell Crowe as the guy building the ark. Paramount has issued a disclaimer indicating that the film approaches scripture with “artistic license,” so don’t expect a literal retelling. Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins also star. (138 min, PG-13) NoN-StopHHH1/2 How does Liam Neeson kick ass this time? He plays an air marshal trying to foil a high-tech, midair hijacking in this action flick from director Jaume Collet-Sera (Unknown). With Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery. (106 min, PG-13) NYmpHomANiAc: Vol. 1HHHHH 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) SABotAGEHH Arnold Schwarzenegger leads a DEA task force facing retaliation from a drug cartel in this action flick from David Ayer (End of Watch). With Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway and Terrence Howard. (109 min, R) tim’S VERmEERHHHH1/2 Penn and Teller bring us a documentary about a tech billionaire determined to use optical devices to unlock the secrets of a Vermeer painting — by re-creating it. (80 min, PG-13)
tHE WiND RiSESHHHH Renowned Japanese hand-drawn animator Hayao Miyazaki returns to directing with this fictionalized bio of engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose passion for flight led him to design the infamous Zero fighter used in World War II. The dubbed version features the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. (126 min, PG-13)
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AUGUSt: oSAGE coUNtYH1/2 Tracy Letts adapted his play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family CM dealing with tragedy to the screen. Meryl Streep plays the matriarch; Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, MY Julianne Nicholson, et al. have to put up with her. CY John Wells directed. (121 min, R) GRUDGE mAtcHHH Some marketer had the brightCMY idea of sticking Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in the ring together for this comedy aboutK retired boxers goaded into a final bout. With Jon Bernthal and Kim Basinger. Peter Segal directed. (113 min, PG-13) tHE HoBBit: tHE DESolAtioN oF SmAUGHHH1/2 Bilbo Baggins clutches his precious as his dwarf companions set out to reclaim their homeland in director Peter Jackson’s adventure. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage star. (161 min, PG-13) JUStiN BiEBER’S BEliEVEHH And that’s what you may need to do to enjoy this documentary tracing the pop singer’s rise both on and backstage. (91 min, PG) pARANoRmAl ActiVitY: tHE mARKED oNESHH In the fifth installment of the found-footage demonic-home-invasion horror series, bad things happen to a Latino kid with a camera for a change. Andrew Jacobs and Molly Ephraim star. Christopher Landon directed. (84 min, R)
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aniel Holden (Aden Young) has served 19 years on death row for raping and murdering his girlfriend when he was 18 years old. Now DNA evidence has vacated his conviction, to the joy of his sister, Amantha (Abigail Spencer), who always believed in his innocence. But the rest of Daniel’s small Georgia town isn’t so sure. After all, he confessed to the crime — albeit after a prolonged, unrecorded interrogation. The prosecutor of his case, now a state senator (Michael O’Neill), is eager to get him back behind bars…
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Yafait Tadesse went to prison for stealing the names and Social Security numbers of a dozen people and using the stolen identities to claim tax refunds. The bogus returns instructed the IRS to load the refunds onto debit cards and mail them to the same address in Georgia that led authorities to Tadesse. Among his victims was Attorney General Eric Holder. (Fox News)
Not All Crooks Are Dumb
Police reported that a man walked into a liquor store in Bradenton, Fla., and told the clerk he and a friend were having a disagreement about the new $50 bills and needed a picture of one. He asked the clerk to hold one up while he took a photo, but when the clerk did, the man snatched it and ran away. (Sarasota’s WWSB-TV)
Fire officials blamed two fires in Medford, Ore., on the lithium batteries that power vaporizers in electronic cigarettes. In the first incident, an overcharged battery caused a mattress to catch fire, but a resident put it out in time. In the second incident, Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg said an e-cigarette exploded while being charged, sending bits of burning battery flying into the ceiling and walls of a house. One hot piece of battery landed on a pillow, causing it to smolder and filling the house with smoke. (Associated Press) b y H arry
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Faced with declining memberships, Baptist churches in Kentucky hired Chuck McAlister, the former host of an outdoor TV show, to recruit new members by raffling off guns. “If simply offering them an opportunity to win a gun allows them to come into the doors of the church and to hear that the church has a message that’s relevant to their lives, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that,” he said. Tom Jackson, one of 1,300 people at a church dinner in Paducah raffling off 25 guns, said he wanted to win a gun because although he believes in turning the other cheek, if “somebody kicks your door down, means to hurt your wife, your kids, you — how do you turn the other cheek to that?” (NPR)
younger than 6 who swallow liquid nicotine, which is heated to create vapors. The highly toxic substance is readily available on store shelves in flavors that include bubble gum, chocolate mint and cherry. Urging against “a knee-jerk reaction” to the numbers, Cynthia Cabrera, executive director of the Smoke-Free Alternative Trade Association, said the benefits many consumers claimed to get from using e-cigarettes must be weighed against the relatively small number of accidental incidents linked to them. (Washington Post)
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Four Idaho hockey fans sued Boise’s CenturyLink Arena for $10,000, claiming it defrauded customers by charging $7 for a “large” beer served in a tall, narrow cup and $4 for a “regular,” served in a shorter, wider cup, even though both cups hold 20 ounces. Arena officials blamed a mixup in cup orders and promised to begin selling large beers in 24-ounce cups. (Associated Press)
When Tinfoil Hats Aren’t Enough
Forty-nine percent of American adults believe the federal government, corporations or both are involved in one or more conspiracies to cover up
health information, according to an online survey reported in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Among the findings: • 37 percent believe the Food and Drug Administration is concealing natural cures for cancer because of “pressure from drug companies.” • 20 percent believe health officials are hiding evidence that cellphones cause cancer. • 20 percent believe doctors and health officials push child vaccines even though they “know these vaccines cause autism and other psychological disorders.” Study coauthor Eric Oliver, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, explained that a lot of these beliefs come from friends, family, and celebrity TV and online doctors, and reflect a human tendency to explain the unknown as the work of “malevolent forces.” (USA Today)
Poutine for Potholes
Saskatchewan’s Prairie Energy has discovered that used cooking oil from restaurants is an effective topping for dusty rural roads. “It basically penetrates about an inch and a half,” explained the company’s Mark Hryniuk, who came up with the idea. “As you drive on it, it gets harder and harder. And it looks like poor man’s pavement. We’ve done complete villages already.” (CBC News)
Poison centers across the country report a surge in calls involving e-cigarettes, from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month this February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half the calls involve children
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willpower they compel you to summon. Love them for the novelty they bring your way and the interesting stories they add to your personal legend.
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Freedom is the most important kind of joy you can seek right now. It’s also the most important subject to study and think about, as well as the most important skill to hone. I advise you to make sure that freedom is flowing through your brain and welling up in your heart and spiraling through your loins. Write synonyms for “freedom” on your arm with a felt-tip pen: liberation, emancipation, independence, leeway, spaciousness, carte blanche, self-determination, dispensation. Here’s one more tip: Connect yourself with people who love and cultivate the same type of freedom you do.
caNceR (June 21-July 22): In 2007, J.K. rowling finished writing the seventh volume of her seven Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The day it was published it sold 11 million copies. but rowling had actually written the final chapter of this last book way back in 1990, when she first conceived the story she was to spend the next 17 years working on. she knew the climax right from the beginning. I foresee a similar theme unfolding for you in the coming weeks, Cancerian. As you plot a project you will be developing for a long time to come, you will have a vision of what it will be when it becomes fully mature. leo
(July 23-Aug. 22): When you see your shadow, it’s usually right next to you. It’s there on the ground or floor, a fuzzy black shape that follows you around closely. but today I saw my shadow waving back at me from afar. I was standing on top of a hill, and the sun’s rays created a dusky version of me in the meadow way down below. I think this is a useful metaphor for an opportunity that’s available to you. In the coming days, you will be able to view the shadowy, undeveloped parts of your personality as if from a distance. That means you will have more objectivity about them, and thus greater compassion. you can get a calm, clear sense of how they might be mucking with your happiness and how you could transform them.
butterfly language to communicate with caterpillars,” said psychologist timothy Leary. That’s good advice for you to keep in mind in the near future. you might want to find a way to carry on constructive dialogs with people who have a hard time understanding you. It’s not necessarily that they are stupid or resistant to your charms. The problem is that they haven’t experienced some of the critical transformations you have. They can’t be expected to converse with you in your butterfly language. Are you willing and able to speak caterpillar?
liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): Are you thinking of linking your fortunes to a new ally? or deepening your collaboration with a familiar ally? Have you fantasized about bonding intensely with a source that may be able to give you more of what you want and bring out more of the best in you? These prospects are worth contemplating, Libra. but I suggest you let your connection ripen a bit more before finalizing the shift. I’m not necessarily saying there’s a potential problem. I simply suspect that you need further exploration and additional information before you can make the smartest move possible. scoRpio (oct. 23-nov. 21): saturn has been in the sign of scorpio since october 2012 and will be there until the end of 2014. (It will make another visit from June to september 2015.) What does that mean? I have a view of saturn that’s different from many astrologers. They regard it as the planet of limitation, struggle and difficulty. Here’s what I think: While saturn may push you to be extra tough and work super hard, it also inspires you to cut away extraneous desires and home in on your deepest purpose. It motivates you to build strong structures that free you to express yourself with maximum efficiency and grace. sagittaRiUs
(nov. 22-Dec. 21): When I took an intermediate painting class in college, our first assignment was to imitate an old master. My choice was the flemish painter Pieter breugel the elder (1525-1569). I worked on reproducing his painting “The fight between Carnival and Lent” as precisely as I could. It was tedious and liberating. I invoked breugel’s spirit and prayed for his guidance. I sank my psyche deeply into his. by
the end of the four-week process I’d learned a lot about painting. Given the current astrological omens, sagittarius, I suggest you try something similar. Pick someone who excels at a way of working or a state of being that you would like to master yourself, and copy that person for a while. for best results, have fun with it. Play!
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author J.r.r. tolkien spent 14 years working on The Lord of the Rings. In using a typewriter to produce over 1,200 pages, he relied solely on his two index fingers. He never learned the 10-finger typing method. I suppose it didn’t matter in the end. Presumably, his impediment didn’t affect the quality of his work, but only made it harder to accomplish and required him to spend a lot more time. Is there a fixable limitation on your own ability to achieve your dream, Capricorn? Is there some handicap you could, with effort, overcome? If so, now would be an excellent time to begin.
(Jan. 20-feb. 18): “The truth’s superb surprise,” wrote poet emily Dickinson, may be “too bright for our infirm delight.” sometimes we’ve got to be careful about articulating what’s really going on. “The truth must dazzle gradually,” she said. If it hits us too fast and hard, it may be difficult to digest. so did emily suggest that we should lie and deceive? no. “tell all the truth,” she declared, “but tell it slant.” This is excellent advice for you in the coming days, Aquarius.
pisces (feb. 19-March 20): Here’s my report
on your progress. you are not struggling to embody a delusional state of perfection as it is imagined by other people. rather, you are becoming an ever-more soulful version of your idiosyncratic self, evolving slowly but surely. you are not dazedly trudging along a narrow track laid down by thousands of sheep. Instead, you are lively and creative as you bushwhack a path for yourself through the wilderness. to celebrate this ongoing success, Pisces, I suggest you get yourself a new power object that symbolizes your inventive devotion.
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taURUs (April 20-May 20): It’s Love your Messes Week, taurus. In accordance with the astrological omens, you are authorized to love the hell out of the messes in your life — from the small, awkward knots of confusion to the big, beautiful heaps of fertile chaos. This is not a time to feel embarrassed or apologize for your messes; not a time to shy away from them or ignore them. on the contrary, you should explore them, celebrate them and even take advantage of them. Whatever else they are, your messes are untapped sources of energy. Learn to love them for the mysterious lessons they keep teaching you. Love them for the courage and
(May 21-June 20): “A snowball’s chance in hell” is an American idiom that’s equivalent to saying “it probably won’t happen.” After all, a snowball would instantly melt if exposed to the scorching fires that rage in the underworld. but what if there’s an exception to this axiom? Let’s call on another American idiom: “when hell freezes over.” It’s another way to say “it probably won’t happen.” but the truth is that now and then a cold front does indeed sweep through the infernal region, icing its flames. When that happens, a snowball’s prospects of surviving there improve dramatically. And that’s exactly what I predict will happen for you in the coming week.
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Having a baby changes everything. The shape and feel of your body, your perspective, attitude, taste buds, hormones, sleep patterns, tolerance level and, yes, your sex life are all tested and redefined as you adjust to your new life. and change is so much harder when you resist it. We women put a lot of pressure on ourselves to “get back to normal” after childbirth, but that “normal” must necessarily be different. The life you had before simply is no more. and that’s oK — that is normal. Your doctor or midwife — hell, your own body — can tell you when it’s physically safe to have sex again. But no one can predict the number of days, weeks or months before you’ll feel like having sex; every person’s experience is different. When your second baby arrives, life in your household will be different not only for you and your husband but also for baby no. 1, and you’re likely to be even more distracted. You and your partner will have to work together to develop new routines and allow for the unexpected. Talking about it in advance and making peace with the inevitable disruption will help you prepare and give both of you the confidence, understanding and patience you’ll need to move forward. Toward that end, since counseling was successful for you the first time around, how about being proactive and making an appointment with that counselor now, before the new baby comes? share your concerns in a familiar and supportive space. Be up front about what you need from your partner, and listen to what he needs from you. and don’t lose your sense of humor! sometimes we just have to laugh at ourselves. Communicating and being open with each other is the best way for you and your husband to create a new version of your sex life after children. If you try to stifle your feelings and just put up with sex to please him, he will know it and you will both become resentful. and that will make it harder to reestablish trust, much less a healthy sex life. Here’s something else for you to consider: perhaps what makes you feel sexy has changed, too. asking your husband to help you explore that might turn out to be a turn-on. Worried about your postpartum body? Give him the chance to show you he’s still attracted to you — maybe more than ever. r emember, you are in this together. The more solidarity you feel, the easier it will be to spark the old flame and get intimate again.
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gaVe Me a “diaMond” Bracelet You checked me in at walk-in care yesterday. We briefly discussed our similar jobs, then you gave me a “diamond” bracelet. You’re pretty cute. Grab a drink sometime? When: Monday, March 31, 2014. Where: Fanny allen. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912106
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Big toWn, Big Hearts I spy with my little eye and my heart and my soul, a town full of folks, artists, musicians, human beings of all kinds, serving up love and support for someone who really needed it! When: sunday, February 23, 2014. Where: sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912105
sWeet Meeting oVer nectar You were quiet as a bee. You looked gorgeous in your long hair and Carhartt jacket. I was so nervous that I didn’t introduce myself. Would you like to meet for a hike or a cup of coffee? When: Friday, april 4, 2014. Where: Middlebury. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912111
puMpkin soup girl, Hunger Mtn You: guy with dark hair/eyes behind me in line, asked me if I was making pumpkin pie. I was going for soup, but now pie sounds better! Care to share a slice? You seemed quite nice. When: Monday, March 31, 2014. Where: Hunger Mountain co-op. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912103
WoMan Being FolloWed Me: woman walking on Berlin street being seriously followed by a creepy man. I kept switching directions. You: watched from your car at stop light, noticed danger and pulled over to ask if I was OK. Just wanted to say thank you! I was too distracted at the time. Thank you for being a good person! When: Friday, March 28, 2014. Where: Berlin street, Montpelier. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912110
cute Bassist at skinny pancake Cute guy playing the upright bass at Skinny Pancake during bluegrass brunch. Before I realized you were part of the band, you sat next to me at the bar, but I was too shy to say anything. Let me buy you a beer some time? When: sunday, March 30, 2014. Where: skinny pancake. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912102
Flat tire in Montpelier I helped you change your tire and you said “I feel like I should buy you dinner or something.” I drove off and came back a few minutes later to give you my number but at that point you had already left. Maybe we should meet up for a drink if you’re interested. When: Thursday, april 3, 2014. Where: Montpelier. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #912109
Heidi, Hotel Vt loBBy 3/19 You: Heidi, with Sybil and other coworkers, about to leave. Me: sax player with the band about to play. You called out to us to play, I played sax for you, we talked, flirted. Wishing I’d asked for your number. Figured you’d mind me emailing you at work, hoping you see this now. Maybe you’d like to meet for coffee? When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Where: Juniper, Hotel Vermont. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912101
Mlc napkin Writers Thanks to the gentlemen at Misery Loves Company who held up a napkin sign. You two made my day! Keep up the good deeds :). When: Friday, March 28, 2014. Where: Misery loves company. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912108
sexy, tall, luMBerJack, stranger Man I thought we might kiss at the OP on Saturday night. Alas, we never even spoke. Our starcrossed fate, owing to the fact that I skipped someone in line to play pool and thus had to forfeit OUR match, has left me wanting. At the very least, thanks for being out there and giving me hope. When: saturday, March 29, 2014. Where: op. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912098 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 pingala sun energy liFe Force Saturday midday, 3/29: Pingala Café. 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 café. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912095
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sHopping sunday, sHaW’s Berlin You: vibrant smile and energy. You were wearing a pink top and black leggings. Me: looked a mess in grey hoodie. I saw you first in produce and you smiled so bright! You had an energy that just drew me in. I’d loved that! Would enjoy going to dinner or coffee. Would love to hear the voice and thoughts of one so happy. When: sunday, april 6, 2014. Where: shaw’s Berlin. you: Woman. Me: Man. #912113
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 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 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
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