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Head downtown THIS THURSDAYSUNDAY (April 17-20) and shop at the participating locations below. Check out fresh SPRING INVENTORY! Crack open a GOLDEN EGG to find

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APRIL 17-20 Break out of your shell with spring shopping in downtown Burlington!

Advance Music Center 75 Maple Street 863-8652

Aristelle 61 Church Street 497-3913

Expressions 102 Church Street 864-0414

Eyes of the World 168 Battery Street 651-0880

Lippa’s Estate and Fine Jewelry 112 Church Street 862-1042

Marilyn’s 115 College Street 658-4050

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Bennington Potters North 127 College Street 863-2221

Danform Shoes 2 Church Street 864-7899

Dear Lucy 38 Church Street 862-5126

Ecco Clothes 81 Church Street 860-2220

Frog Hollow 85 Church Street 863-6458

Homeport 52 Church Street 863-4644

Jess Boutique 98 Church Street 660-4004

Kiss the Cook 72 Church Street 863-4226

Liebling 198 College Street 865-1110

The North Face Store @ KL Sport 210 College Street 860-4600

The Optical Center 107 Church Street 658-4683

Stella Mae 96 Church Street 864-2800

Sweet Lady Jane 40 Church Street 862-5051

Whim Boutique 62 Church Street 658-6496


Apple Mountain 30 Church Street 658-6452

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fter years of drawn-out lawsuits, property disputes and heartbreak, Don and Shirley Nelson are leaving Lowell Mountain. The Nelsons’ land abuts the 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project. Kathryn Flagg reported Monday on Seven Days’ Off Message blog that the Nelsons have accepted an offer from the project’s owner, Green Mountain Power, to purchase the property. GMP will pay $1.3 million for the Nelsons’ 540-acre farm in Lowell, which has been in the Nelson family for 72 years. The Nelsons have said that they intend to move to “a location well away from the turbines.” The couple claims the giant windmills have brought them grief and ill health since they were constructed three years ago. In a press release, the Nelsons said they felt it was clear that the turbines “were not coming down and the effect on Lowell Mountain was irreversible.” The settlement comes after a yearslong dispute about property boundaries that made headlines in 2011, when protestors camped out and were arrested on what the Nelsons maintained was their land. GMP’s attorney drafted a temporary restraining order that forced the Nelsons to clear their property of obstructions during the blasting phase of the project. The Nelsons counter sued. The so-called “Lowell Six” protesters were later found guilty of trespassing in Orleans County Criminal Court. 


An audit of the Burlington School District revealed finance directors have underreported expenses for three years running. Somebody flunked math.

When Seven Days visited Lowell Mountain in 2012, Don Nelson spoke over the dull rush of a turbine turning in the distance — it sounded like a fast-moving river. At the time, he was collecting signatures from neighbors attesting to the noise. “Some didn’t care much at first, but, boy, are they opposed now,” he said. The retired dairy farmer blinked back tears, muttering, “Goddamn it,” as he tried to express what the turbines had done to his wife’s health and well-being.  GMP spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure said in a statement that the settlement “represents an opportunity for both to move forward, and we are pleased to have reached agreement.” She also said that Kingdom Community Wind marks an important investment in renewable energy in Vermont, and that Vermonters place a high value on the energy produced at the ridgeline wind farm. Since 2012, she said, the project has generated enough electricity to power more than 24,000 homes.  Annette Smith, director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, said that she and her organization fully supported the Nelsons in their decision and appreciated “how difficult it was.” “It is a spectacular property — or was — for agriculture,” said Smith. “We investigated all kinds of possibilities and ultimately came to the realization that it really has no value and no use,” said Smith. “Green Mountain Power took the value of the property. Under those circumstances, this was the only possible outcome.”


That’s how much women in Vermont earn for every dollar that men earn, according to a report by the American Association of University Women. And Vermont is better than average: Nationally, women earn only 77 percent of what men make.




Four rabid raccoons were trapped and destroyed in Chittenden County last week. Don’t let the cute burglar face fool you.


Someone sawed the water fountain off the side of a building in Saxtons River last Saturday night. Happening town, eh?


tweet of the week: @speederandearl Has anyone in the neighborhood lost a pet bunny? We seem to have a big, fluffy black rabbit hanging under our stairs. #btv #lostbunny


A 9-year-old skateboarder was badly injured when he collided with a car in Burlington. He might have been on his cell — bad. Worse, the driver didn’t wait around for the ambulance.

1. “Early-Morning Helicopter Raid: A WakeUp Call for Winooski?” by Mark Davis. City police called in a federal helicopter for assistance on a drug bust last month. 2. Off Message: “Winooski Police Chief Retiring to Disney World” by Mark Davis. Chief Steve McQueen is retiring to follow a longtime passion. 3. “A New Textile Industry Takes Shape in Winooski” by Kathryn Flagg. A textile collective is trying to reclaim the Onion City’s garment-making legacy. 4. “Troubled Waters: On Champlain Cleanup, Environmentalists Doubt Shumlin’s Resolve” by Paul Heintz. The governor is vocal about environmental issues, but some groups believe he hasn’t put his money where his mouth is. 5. “Vermont Supper Club to Open in Former Claire’s Restaurant” by Alice Levitt. Last month Hardwick said goodbye to a locavore hotspot, but a new restaurant is set to take its place.






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A production error defeated the purpose of last week’s letter to the editor titled “Our Mis-take” correcting errors in our “Next Act” story about Lyric Theatre’s production of Les Misérables. Cocredit for the show should have gone to composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, as Mark Conrad correctly pointed out in his letter to the editor. We incorrectly changed the spelling to Shönberg. Sorry, Mark. In last week’s Fair Game, Paul Heintz wrote that Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears represented the Conservation Law Foundation when it successfully sued the Environmental Protection Agency to throw out Vermont’s water-quality plan. Mears did represent CLF in other water-quality cases when he ran Vermont Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, but he was not involved in that case.

I L L U S T R AT O R S Matt Mignanelli, Matt Morris, Marc Nadel, Tim Newcomb, Susan Norton, Kim Scafuro, Michael Tonn, Steve Weigl


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Alex Brown, Justin Crowther, Erik Esckilsen, John Flanagan, Sean Hood, Kevin J. Kelley, Rick Kisonak, Judith Levine, Amy Lilly, Gary Miller, Jernigan Pontiac, Robert Resnik, Sarah Tuff, Lindsay J. Westley


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I always enjoy reading your weekly newspaper. But did you really just publish a Money Issue [April 9] and not do a stand-alone story on the emerging, grassroots, statewide campaign calling for a public bank for Vermont? That 15 Vermont towns passed townmeeting resolutions calling on the state legislature to create such an entity? The UVM Gund Institute’s 40page research study explaining how a Vermont public bank could create 2,000-plus jobs and reinvigorate Vermont’s entrepreneurial, infrastructural and economic landscape? Maybe next time. Interested readers, meanwhile, may wish to google “Vermonters for a New Economy” or contact Montpelierite Gwendolyn Hallsmith, at gwendolyn., to get involved. Free Vermont, and long live the UNtied States! Rob Williams WAITSFIELD


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Touchy Subject Touchpants is not for the faint of heart. But then, what band that performs perched on toilets would be? It’s a good thing the group need not rely on over-the-top antics alone. Backed by drummer Jon Fishman and bassist Aram Bedrosian, Colby Dix and Chris Friday meld crude humor with undeniable musicianship at Club Metronome.





Water World When Ken Puzey visited Haiti, he witnessed firsthand the side effects of unsafe drinking water. Determined to make a difference, the Burlingtonbased inventor created a solar-powered water boiler to help others in similar situations. Today, the Kisumu Kenya Safe Water Project operates out of Burlington and Africa. A fundraiser featuring live music and African fare supports his efforts. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 55


All in the Family What constitutes a cinematic masterpiece? In the case of Cousin Jules, it means filmmaker Dominique Benicheti’s painstaking record of the daily routine of his cousin, Jules Guiteaux, and his wife, Félicie, for five years. A festival favorite in the 1970s, this meditation on peasant life in rural France reemerges onscreen thanks to restored footage. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 55




’Tis the Seasons In Inner Weather: A Robert Frost Calendar, Doug Anderson honors the bucolic bard with a recitation of his nature poems beginning with spring and traveling through summer, fall and winter. Having perfected this tribute to New England’s native son over the course of 15 years, Middlebury Town Hall Theater’s director delights lit lovers with a seamless string of stanzas. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 60

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Psych-pop pioneers Pink Floyd left an indelible mark on listeners, with an intergenerational influence that persists to this day. Dedicated to bringing that band’s music to the masses, Brit Floyd interprets its repertoire from 1967 to 1994, with three hours of lights, lasers and dazzling, note-for-note details.


When describing her work, artist Rebecca Kinkead says, “Paint and wax are layered, dripped and scraped to create a sense that the subject is still emerging; still becoming.” This innovative process informs her works in “Local Color” at Stowe’s West Branch Gallery. In Eyewitness, Xian Chiang-Waren meets the artist and views her vibrant, dreamlike images of plants, animals and people in Vermont’s varied landscapes.





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(R-Franklin), a Highgate dairy farmer, said he’s used genetically modified crops for years and finds them highly effective. Arguing that proponents were plied with “misinformation” and employed “scare tactics,” McAllister disputed an assertion by Sen. PHILIP BARUTH (D-Chittenden) that scientists have modified strawberry DNA with that of arctic flounder. “As far as I know, you can’t mix two species,” McAllister said. “I think it would taste a little fishy, truly.” Sen. PEG FLORY (R-Rutland), the other dissenting vote, questioned the notion that GMOs are unhealthy, arguing that neither the American Medical Association nor the World Health Organization had shown that to be the case. But she didn’t belabor the point. “People’s minds are made up,” she said, resignedly. “I get that.”



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How label crazy will the legislature get this year? Nearly three weeks before it cracked down on GMOs, the Senate went even further with toxic chemicals. By a 17 to 11 margin, it passed legislation empowering the Department of Health to require the labeling of products containing chemicals it deems harmful — and, in some cases, banning them outright. “What’s been happening is the legislature has been tackling [harmful chemicals] one at a time, and you have 180 lawmakers with very little expertise in chemistry and science,” says Sen. KEVIN MULLIN (R-Rutland), who sponsored the bill. “I think the health department has that expertise, so I think it’s a really wise move.” Caught by surprise that the Senate would pass such a bill, industry lobbyists have descended upon the House hoping to kill it there — or at least defang it. Absent an update to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, they argue that Vermont should follow the lead of other states and simply create an online database with information about what chemicals are in which products.

“From the beginning, our biggest interest is consistency,” says Toy Industry Association lobbyist ANDY HACKMAN. “From the standpoint of burden to industry, we don’t want to recreate the wheel in Vermont.” Adds Associated Industries of Vermont vice president WILLIAM DRISCOLL, “The more Vermont goes out on its own, the more it becomes a concern for manufacturers who are here or who are considering coming here.” It appears those lobbyists are finding some success in the House. A new draft unveiled Tuesday by Rep. DAVID DEEN (D-Westminster), who chairs the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, would narrow the scope of the bill to products used by children. Further changes are likely in the closing weeks of the legislative session as the bill works its way through several other committees. Vermont Public Interest Research Group executive director PAUL BURNS says he hopes the House will stick to the Senate-passed language, arguing that not just children but “pregnant women, the elderly and folks with compromised immune systems” are at risk. Burns says he hopes Gov. PETER SHUMLIN, who has spoken cautiously about the bill, will help push it over the finish line. “We would welcome a more consistently favorable stance from all the agencies who are weighing in on this,” Burns says. “In the end, I think the governor is going to be there and he’s going to sign a bill if we get it to his desk.”

Blank Check?

Is there any limit to how much one can contribute to candidates, parties and political action committees in Vermont? “I think the short answer is ‘probably,’” says Attorney General Bill Sorrell. If that lack of certainty makes you cringe, you’re not alone. The ambiguity stems from a drafting error made in a campaign finance overhaul passed by the legislature in January. Soon after it was signed into law, Secretary of State JIM CONDOS’ office noticed that it repealed Vermont’s old limits effective immediately, but it didn’t enact the new ones until January 2015 — after this November’s state elections. That left a nearly yearlong window during which one could theoretically donate as much as one pleased. As soon as the error was discovered, House members scrambled and quickly passed a technical correction bill reinstating the old limits until the new ones take effect in January. But, so far, the Senate

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hasn’t followed suit. For the past month, the fix has been languishing in the Senate Finance Committee — and it’s unclear whether it will even come up for a vote. Why not? One possibility is that Senate leaders are leery of giving Sen. Peter Galbraith (D-Windham) another opportunity to push for lower contribution limits or a wholesale ban on direct corporate donations to candidates. Galbraith has spent years annoying the hell out of his colleagues by forcing uncomfortable votes on an issue most would prefer to settle behind closed doors. If the technical correction bill hit the Senate floor, Galbraith could amend away. And not everyone thinks the fix is even necessary. Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham), who wrote the original campaign finance overhaul, says she thinks that, technically, Vermont currently has no contribution limits. But she thinks donors will voluntarily abide by the old rules, because they — and the candidates they support — would be scorned by voters if they, say, cut a $50,000 check to a state senate campaign. “Don’t you think the press would have a field day with that?” she says. “And wouldn’t I lose more credibility than I would gain from that $50,000? So I couldn’t imagine any candidate doing that, whether we make the change or not.” Sorrell sees it differently. The reason he thinks Vermont “probably” still has contribution limits is that the mistake clearly was clerical and, if challenged, a court would likely recognize legislators’ intent to preserve the old limits for the rest of the year. “No one was saying we don’t want any limits this election,” he says, summarizing the legislative debate. “The talk was more about when the new limits would take effect — in this cycle or the new cycle.” So what would Sorrell do if a candidate reported receiving a $50,000 contribution? “We would communicate to the donor and the recipient that we are of the view that ‘you’re in violation,’ so our suggestion is that the recipient send it back and the donor ask for it back,” he says. “That would be the safer route.” And if the hypothetical donor doesn’t? “I’m kind of crossing my fingers that that doesn’t take place,” he says. Galbraith vehemently disagrees that the state could enforce campaign finance limits that don’t exist in statute — especially if the Senate fails to take up the technical correction bill this session when it has every opportunity to do so. “If the Senate chooses not to make a correction, I think that’s evidence that the legislature doesn’t choose to have limits,” he says. So does Galbraith have a devious plan to relitigate campaign finance limits if the fix reaches the Senate floor?

“I’m not really working on anything, but when and if it comes up, I reserve all options,” he hints.

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Turmoil at one of the nation’s largest newspaper chains could portend big changes in Vermont’s media landscape. And no, we’re not taking about the Gannett-owned Burlington Free Press. Two weeks ago, New York-based Digital First Media announced it would shutter its much-ballyhooed Project Thunderdome, a 3-year-old effort to centralize digital-content creation for its 75 daily newspapers, plus its many weeklies. Formed after hedge fund Alden Global Capital bought and merged the bankrupt Journal Register and MediaNews Group chains, DFM owns three southern Vermont papers: the Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal. The news didn’t stop with the axing of Thunderdome and its 50 employees. According to Nieman Journalism Lab’s Ken Doctor, the move was “just part of a major north-of-$100-million costcutting initiative” as DFM “is readying its newspaper properties for sale.” While the company hasn’t said it will break up and sell its papers, Poynter Institute’s ricK eDmonDs wrote, citing two unnamed sources, “the properties have informally been shopped around since the start of this year.” Local management says that’s just not the case. “Everything you hear about struggles is hearsay,” says eD WooDs, publisher of DFM’s Vermont properties. “There is absolutely no truth to any spinoff.” Woods took to the pages of the Reformer and Banner this week to reassure readers that, as he put it, “We are well on our way” to transforming the papers into, well, “digital first” enterprises. Of course, the future of DFM’s Vermont papers will be determined not in Brattleboro or Bennington but in a Manhattan boardroom. And if the eight newsroom layoffs announced last Thursday at DFM’s Salt Lake Tribune were a preview, the future may not be pretty. Then again, if a sale to a local investor or regional company is in the offing, it’s possible the Reformer, Banner and Journal could get a taste of what they’ve been missing since long before I worked at the Reformer in 2007 and 2008: the resources they need to thrive. m

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ustin Verette is a first responder at the Burlington Police Department, but you won’t see him in a uniform, behind the wheel of a cruiser or packing a gun, Taser or nightstick. His supervisors were initially uncomfortable with the idea of him even carrying a police radio, but it’s a requirement of his new job as a clinical interventionist for the BPD. “Some people were asking, ‘Are you undercover?’” Verette said. “I had my tires slashed — somebody thought I was a narc.” But most people, including cops and city officials, are celebrating Verette’s new role. Prompted by the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill man in Burlington’s New North End last November, dispatchers for the past few months have sent Verette — sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied by uniformed officers — to respond to 911 calls that involve mentally ill or distressed subjects. The pilot program, which is an outgrowth of the HowardCenter’s Street Outreach Team, attempts to reduce danger in the encounters between police officers and people in psychological crisis. Earlier this month, a Leicester man shot at and injured two Vermont state troopers. The suspect was reportedly mentally ill. “I think it will make a difference,” Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling said of the new approach. The BPD had been moving in the direction of civilian intervention well before officers killed Wayne Brunette when he approached them with a shovel outside his home last November —  the first police shooting in Burlington since 1997. For almost 15 years, the police have been working with the HowardCenter’s Street Outreach Team to resolve conflicts that involve people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and other issues, mostly on and around the Church Street Marketplace. The mentalhealth workers interact with between 700 and 1,000 troubled people a year, defusing potentially explosive situations so police don’t have to. The program now counts four clinicians, including Verette’s supervisor, Matt Young, who was the HowardCenter’s original street-outreach

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What kinds of calls is Verette getting? A Burlington college student talking of suicide — Verette and his team got him into treatment. Ditto a woman who called 911, insisting that someone had broken into her home and stolen her pulled pork. Verette said it’s not unusual for people suffering from delusions or other serious mental health problems to be convinced something has been stolen or rearranged in their home. Then there was the man lying in the middle of the road, hoping to get arrested. “Stated goal: ‘I want to go to jail. I won’t feel safe anywhere but jail,’” Young said of the man, who earlier in the day was curled up in a fetal position outside the Burlington Police Department. “Tough case.”

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worker. Funding for Verette’s position comes from a mix of city, United Way and Vermont Department of Mental Health funds. After the Brunette shooting, the police department decided to take HowardCenter’s program a step further: Verette would be based at the Burlington Police Department and carry a police radio, allowing him to monitor calls and intervene when appropriate. “He can jump in and say, ‘That

individual is well-known to me, I have a relationship, let me go and speak with him,’” explained Young. Although Verette has not been in any dangerous situations since he began his new duties earlier this year, he’s been plenty busy. He responds to about two or three 911 calls per shift, which usually runs weekdays from roughly 1 to 9 p.m. That’s expected to increase as dispatchers become familiar with him, and “officers are asking for me,” Verette said.

Police dispatchers often find themselves making the initial, difficult decision about whether to send Verette or a cop. They might decide to involve the caller in that determination, giving him or her the option of talking to a uniformed police officer or Verette, who is described as a “representative of the police department,” or “someone who can come over and speak with you.” “Most of the calls I’m going to, I feel pretty safe,” Verette said. “All of us have been exposed to difficult kinds of situations. We’re good judges of, ‘OK, is this something I have to back away from and get an officer involved?’” Either Verette or the police sergeant on duty can veto the dispatcher’s decision, if either one feels that it would put an unarmed mental-health worker in harm’s way. Everyone is acutely aware that assessing the situation accurately could be a matter of life and death. “The dispatchers have to get comfortable,”


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The city’s police commission is expected to present a largely positive report about the program to the Burlington City Council on April 16. Plans are already in the works to hire a second clinician, who, like Verette, would have first-responder responsibilities at the BPD. The job would be funded on a six-month trial basis through the Vermont Department of Mental Health. City Councilor Dave Hartnett (DWard 4), who championed a council resolution urging police to improve their responses to mental-health calls after the Brunette shooting, is already sold. “It looks pretty good,” Hartnett said. “We wanted to make sure something got done. I wouldn’t say that’s the case with all resolutions.” But even backers of the initiative offer an important caveat: “It’s not a magical answer to the underlying challenges. The problem pre-November and postNovember is the same,” said Schirling. “There are too many people reaching a crisis threshold on the street, and once that threshold is reached, there are very few options. We’ve got to create a system that minimizes the number of times that the behavior gets to that point that it requires that level of intervention, and I don’t see any evidence of that going on anywhere.” m

Young said. “If they dispatch Justin and not an officer, what happens if something goes wrong?” For example: If Verette had been in his current position last November, would he have responded when Brunette’s parents called 911? Quite possibly. “That would potentially be a Justin call,” Schirling said of the Brunette case. “Hopefully, we’re not creating a different risk. That’s a question, when you call 911 for a police response and we send you a civilian.” Though the 911 call made no reference to violence, Brunette immediately charged the responding officers with a shovel, which convinced them that they were in danger of serious injury. On the other hand, Brunette might have reacted differently to Verette than he did to the cops who responded that afternoon. It’s not uncommon for mentally ill people in crisis to react negatively to officials in uniform. The two men did not know each other. With police, Young said, “There’s radios, there’s sirens, there’s three other officers, there’s cars — it ramps everything up. We try to settle things down. We have more time. The greatest skill we have is we can listen and listen for a long time, because people often need to talk, and sometimes that can be a resolution in itself. The police don’t have that kind of time.”


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1, and they didn’t bother telling him.” Last Wednesday afternoon, Quintin was boxing up her two-bedroom apartment. “Want any stuff?” she asked a reporter. “I’m serious.” Many of the soon-to-be displaced residents at Green Meadows are in a tough socioeconomic spot. Only a few being evicted this spring, such as Quintin, receive Section 8 vouchers, a federal rent subsidy. Many of the others rely on below-market rents to make ends meet. Tasha Spaulding, a mother of two, answered her front door to reveal a hallway and living room already crowded with cardboard boxes. Asked about her plans, Spaulding answered matter-of-factly: “We’re moving. We have to.” Spaulding is a stay-at-home mother of two boys, 8 and 11. Her husband is a para-educator at Mount Mansfield Union High School. Spaulding’s motherin-law was on hand last week to help with the packing. “She tells me I have too many books,” Spaulding teased gently. Her family’s sudden search for a new home landed them in Lamoille County, where fair-market rents are 25 to 30 percent less than in neighboring Chittenden. Spaulding tried to find something closer.

“I called a couple of places,” she said. In most cases, prices were just too high. Or voicemail boxes were already full by the time she called, so she couldn’t even leave a message for the landlord. The rent for their Jeffersonville duplex will be slightly higher than the $825 the family pays now, but Spaulding’s looking on the bright side: She’ll have her own washing machine and a little more space. Her biggest worry is that her boys won’t be able to finish out the school year in Essex Junction. Crossing her fingers, she said she expected a final decision from the school district within a few days. Elaine Sopchak had such families in mind when she first expressed concerns about the plan to redevelop Green Meadows. As a member of the village’s board of trustees, she weighed in at an early hearing on the project in 2012, noting the need for affordable housing in Essex Junction and speculating about the redevelopment’s impact on affected families, particularly those with children in the local schools. On paper, she said, the village has a “decent” amount of affordable housing. “It’s just, they’re full,” said Sopchak. Looking forward, Sopchak hopes

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The big picture, Donnelly said, is that down the complex if Rubman didn’t low interest rates and low vacancy rates evict drug-dealing tenants. are incentivizing developers to build With the makeover and rebranding, multifamily housing. While that means Green Meadows will also get a new more units on the market, few are in a name: “The Village at Autumn Pond.” price range that individuals at the lower There’s a beaver pond tucked out of end of the economic spectrum can sight in a nearby wooded area, but no afford. “If everything’s being built for “Autumn Pond” to be found. Rubman one end of the income level, then we’re said he just liked the word: “‘Autumn’ just leaving other people behind,” said has a nice feel,” he said. Donnelly. Paging through the architectural Rubman and a business partner plans, Rubman said that the new debought the property 33 years ago; today velopment would be “a safer and better he owns the building alone. The apart- environment for tenants.” ments themselves were built between “I feel badly about displacement, but 1973 and 1975. “We’ve always tried to I’ve also owned and run this community keep it up,” said Rubman, in a small office since 1981,” said Rubman. His point? above his medical practice. Old draw- Rubman said he’s been told, time and ings and aerial maps of Green Meadows time again, that major changes would were spread out on the table in front of be necessary at the apartment complex him, next to new, computer-generated at some point in the future. “I’ve delayed architectural renderings. “But what we and delayed it,” he said. find is that the buildings were not built Rubman said that he tried to plan terribly well … They’re really showing for the evictions. He and his son, who their age.” runs the propertySopchak undermanagement firm stands that things that oversees Green need to change at Meadows, stopped Green Meadows. She renting out vacant just wishes that it apartments in the didn’t have to uproot complex’s other two so many housebuildings a month or holds. Residents, two ago. The hope too, admitted that was that departing the buildings are tenants would free C hRiS DOnnELLy in rough shape. up space so some Spaulding pointed renters in the soonout mold on her bathroom ceiling, and to-be-demolished units could move places where paint and drywall were over. But there was less turnover than peeling away from the walls. they expected. It’s not just the buildings that are Quintin, a teacher in the infant room in disrepair. Rubman said there’s no of a childcare center, hasn’t found a new water-management plan for the wet, rental yet. She wants to stay in Essex low-lying property because it wasn’t re- because, at 61, she isn’t interested in quired at the time of construction. The commuting on icy roads in the winnew development will include three tertime. Quintin receives a Section 8 retention ponds and extensive storm- voucher, which subsidizes her rent, and water management plans. Rubman she’s put her name on the wait list for a said the units will be better protected, senior-housing project. But even with too; they’ll be outfitted with a sprinkler the subsidy, Quintin is worried she won’t system to protect against fire. be able to find another apartment in her Over the years, structural issues at price range; her current apartment costs Green Meadows have given rise to other $750 a month. problems. “Maybe it’s a good thing,” she said. “At times this has been called “Time to declutter my life, move on.” ‘Slum Meadows’ rather than ‘Green Where that might be, though, she Meadows,’” said Rubman. He said he’s doesn’t yet know. m seen drug raids and arrests, and that the attorney general has threatened to close Contact: kathryn



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charges of hypocrisy or opportunism. He’s built a career on criticizing the Democratic as well as the Republican Party. Reflecting on the aftermath of his upset victory in the 1981 Burlington mayoral election, Sanders wrote in his 1998 political autobiography, Outsider in the House, that he had sought to “expose the local Democrats and Republicans for what they were — obstructionists and political hacks who had very few positive ideas.” The leaders of the two major parties in Burlington were so similar in their conservative views that Sanders and his supporters denigrated them as “Republicrats.” He doesn’t use that label now, but Sanders’ view of today’s national Democratic Party hasn’t mellowed much from the days when he was depicting Burlington Democrats as “in cahoots with the downtown business community ... and out of touch with the concerns of the average citizen.” In his Nation interview last month, Sanders said, “There is no question that the Democratic Party in general remains far too dependent on big-money interests, that it is not fighting vigorously for working-class families.” How can it be, he wondered, that a majority of white working-class voters support a Republican Party that “wants to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid”? The reason, he suggested, is that “the Democrats have not been strong in making it clear which side they are on, not been strong in taking on Wall Street and corporate America.” An independent campaign for the presidency, Sanders added in a telephone interview on Sunday, would be about “building a grassroots movement” that could help launch “a political revolution in this country.” It’s virtually impossible to get elected president as an independent, but that wouldn’t dissuade Sanders from running as an agitator candidate. “My whole life in politics has been not just with passing legislation or being a good mayor or senator, but to educate people,” he told Nichols. And the aim of such education efforts isn’t academic, in Sanders’ thinking; it’s political. In Manchester, he said the proudest accomplishment of his first term as mayor of Burlington was doubling voter turnout. “If you listen to what

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photo gallery of U.S. presidents lines the walls of the auditorium in Manchester, N.H., where Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke last Saturday. Each of those politicians, dating back to Dwight Eisenhower, began his journey to the White House by campaigning in New Hampshire’s presidential primary. While it’s unlikely that an image of Sanders will one day be included in that group, it is possible that the independent senator from Vermont could alter the course of the 2016 presidential race — if he chooses to run. Sanders does seem inclined to do so, provided that his current consultations with progressives around the country produce strong signals of support. And his message got a vigorously positive reception on Saturday. Roughly 200 audience members greeted Sanders with a standing ovation, which they repeated at the conclusion of a 70-minute speech rich with the themes of class injustice that he has consistently been sounding for more than 40 years. “If you could give this address in every home in America,” a middle-aged man told Sanders during the question-andanswer session, “I think you’d be elected president.” That comment would encourage any pol considering a bid for the nation’s highest office. But Sanders isn’t just any pol; he’s got a unique dilemma to resolve if he sets his sights on the Oval Office. Should he run in the presidential primaries, as did all the figures enshrined on the walls of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics? Or should he campaign as an independent once the two major parties have selected their nominees? The second option would be “the more radical approach,” Sanders said in a recent interview with journalist John Nichols of the Nation magazine. And to the sole socialist in Congress, “radical” is an affirmative term. Running as an independent would enable Sanders to continue burnishing the brand that sets him apart from all other American officeholders. Having first been elected to the House in 1990, he ranks as the longest-serving independent member in congressional history. Maintaining his status as an outsider would also enable Sanders to lambaste insiders without exposing himself to

people say and what they need and if you fight for them, they will participate in the political process; they will vote,” he told the New Hampshire audience. But while Sanders’ heart might be telling him to run as an independent, his head may be saying it’s wiser to campaign in the Democratic presidential primaries. And history shows that he can be as pragmatic as he is principled. Sanders caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate, which enabled him to become chairman of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs He works closely with Democratic majority leader Harry Reid and a half dozen or so liberal Democratic senators. Like any Dem, Sanders regularly pays dues to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which works to preserve that party’s majority. In January, his Progressive Voters of America leadership PAC contributed $15,000 to the DSCC.

Sanders has made peace with the party when it’s been in his political interest to do so. In the 1980s, he recounts in Outsider in the House, some members of Burlington’s nascent Progressive Coalition were opposed to working on behalf of progressive presidential candidate Jesse Jackson “because Jackson was running within the Democratic Party.” Sanders didn’t share that view, and the local Progressives ultimately decided to support Jackson. Sanders himself campaigned with Jackson in Burlington and even took part in the Vermont Democratic Party caucus in order to cast a vote for the African American standard bearer of the Progressive-run National Rainbow Coalition. Thirty years later, Sanders sees practical advantages to running in the Democratic presidential primaries. “It’s a helluva lot easier to get on the ballot



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[Re “King of the Hill,” April 2]: Windham Hill’s and Will Ackerman’s fortunes clearly soared on the New Age trend or, as I labeled it, “Pinkelmusik” or “60 Minutes on Three Chords.” The whole space-out, navel-gazing trip was anathema to me, so I object very strongly to any mention of Windham Hill without what I consider to be, artistically, it’s real root core. I understand Ackerman’s objection to the New Age tag but find his preference for “New Acoustic” insulting to the huge global catalogue of instrumental music of many genres, practitioners of which would rightly object to being relegated to the dusty basement, historically speaking, by such a presumptuous label. Windham Hill had many fine artists, but I can attest that sales-wise, they paled in comparison to George Winston. But if Windham Hill is to receive any respect at all from me, it definitely stems from those truly rooted folk, Celtic and jazz idioms and not the insipid tinkling on the ivories and cash register. To think that this whole article made no mention at all of the incredible duo Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, and Nightnoise (Billy Oskay, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Brian Dunning and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill) provokes anger of the spitting variety in this music lover. Any mention of these artists on any recording whatsoever, in even passing involvement, immediately catches my interest. They absolutely deserve Ackerman and Dan Bolles’s utmost respect, too. James Dylan Rivis MONTPELIER

We’re still getting feedback about Kathryn Flagg’s March 19 cover story, “Two Against a Town,” about a lesbian couple in Addison — Barbara Supeno and Barbara Ernst, known as “the Barbaras” — who are suing the town for sexual discrimination.

Court stating that Ernst declared bankruptcy and was discharged from having to pay the money she owes. I suspect I am not the only contractor to work on this house who helped pay for their “$200-a-night” income property. From the article, I see a pattern of using the legal system to get what they want. In John Lennon’s words, “How do you sleep at night?” Karma? I hope so.

peddlers, the unemployed, workaholics, alcoholics, social climbers, Democrats, Republicans, independents, telemarketers, blacks, whites, Native Americans, Italians, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, cross-dressers, Germans, tall women, short men, fatties, Mexicans, New Yorkers, incumbent politicians, pacifists, anarchists, clerks, suits, unwed mothers, single fathers, the destitute, the sort-of poor, the filthy rich, the uneducated, David Hansen beer drinkers, wine drinkers, tea drinkers, cat lovers, cat haters, dog EAST MONTPELIER owners, truck drivers, Saab drivers, old fogies, youth, town managers, selectmen, IRS agents, lawyers, cops, tax collectors, dwarfs, punk FUNNY rockers, rappers, trailer MONEY Following the trash, blondes, brunettes, gov’s finances redheads, vegetarians, carnivores, lap dancers (wives hate them), authors, couch potatoes, advocates for the missionary position, bad kissers, bad lovers, the FDA, CIA, NSA, PTA, priests, nuns, hippies, prostitutes, pimps, druggies, hitchhikers, governors, the president, his wife, Congress and ... well, you get the idea.

I’m not sure that the issue is as simple as “the Barbaras are gay, and people in Addison don’t like them for that reason.” It sounds like the issue is broader than that, more of an old-Vermont-versusnew-Vermont conflict. (Yes, a higher percentage of new than old Vermonters are probably gay and out, but there are other differences as well.) The Barbaras sound like they are probably relatively well-todo from their property values, they are committed environmentalists (and perhaps politically highly progressive in other ways) and they are “from away.” Addison is a relatively traditional town, with a lot of people who have been living in the same way Chris Hemond for a long time. Vermont BETHEL has changed radically in the past 50 years, and it First the Barbaras take has gone more smoothly their neighbors to court, than in many other get control of their land NET BENEFITS STAGING COUPS SWEET SUCCESS parts of the country, but and use the original perthat doesn’t mean there mits they were battling hasn’t been any conflict. to build a house that Yet reducing it to only a matter of To all the unfortunate persons in they rent for $200 per night? If they sexual orientation seems to do a dis- Addison who feel they are experienc- aren’t guilty of anything else, they are service to both sides. ing discrimination: discrimination is guilty of hypocrisy in the first degree. Dan Wells really indiscriminate. We should be My family has eight generations in BURLINGTON thankful for those moments of clarity Addison County, and I’m sad to see when we can look at another person that this salt-of-the-earth community I have lesbian friends and relatives and see some goodness because, un- is being abused by people who have whom I love. I do not like “the fortunately, human nature inclines us no concept of “live and let live.” I also Barbaras.” Here’s why: I was hired toward the negative. At the slightest think it’s beneath contempt for the by Barbara Ernst to design, supply provocation we can easily focus on our Barbaras to use their sexual preferand install an energy recovery ven- differences to great detriment of all ence as a weapon in a community that tilation system in their new house. that we have in common. supported gay marriage being passed I apologize in advance to all who into law in the first state to do so. Real After completion of the work, Ernst ignored my invoices, statements, have a legitimate claim to discrimi- Vermonters don’t go around hiring letters and phone calls to try and nation but do not find themselves lawyers. If they have something to say, collect the money owed to me. After included among these individuals or they say it straight up and in your face. months of this, I successfully sued groups occasionally subjected to dis- So, Barbaras: I say I love fags. Go ahead her in small-claims court, only to crimination. In no particular order: and sue me. be answered some months later by flatlanders, rednecks, Catholics, Kate Kennedy a letter from the U.S. Bankruptcy Protestants, Jews, atheists, Jesus FLORENCE PAGE 12


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many excellent places to eat in the city, with NECI being one of them. They are all pretty much competitively priced, and are in the same price point of each other. Our college-operated restaurant tries to buy local products and support local farmers while keeping our prices affordable for people in Montpelier who choose to try NECI. We are proud of our “checkered-pants” students, who run all over town and bring their out-of-state dollars to Montpelier. I might suggest that Mr. Rapacz dine where his wallet and culinary taste belong, which is at one of the many drive-up-window establishments on the Barre-Montpelier Road.


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Lucienne (Roy) Pare 1916-2014, WINOOSKI

Lucienne (Roy) Pare, 97, died peacefully Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Starr Farm Nursing Center. Born in Winooski on November 20, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Bernadette (Beaudoin) Roy. Lucienne was a lady with a keen mind and an astounding memory who truly enjoyed people of all ages. This was a great gift which she enthusiastically shared with all those she met. She had many dear friends from both St. Francis Xavier Parish in Winooski and Holy Cross Parish in Colchester. Their visits, prayers and love


were very heartwarming and appreciated by Lucienne, including Father Julian Asucan’s visits to Starr Farm Nursing Center. She will surely be missed by all who had the opportunity to know her. She was predeceased by her late husband, Raymond Pare, in 2001; son Donald Pare in 2012; and siblings Albert Roy, Paul Roy, Roland Roy and Jeanne Niquette. She is survived by nieces Noreen Naylor, and Theresa and husband Johnny Leclerc; and son Donald’s stepchildren and their families, whom she truly loved: Brian Dike and wife Monica of Bristol, and Steve Dike and wife Debbie of Leicester. The high level of care, comfort, support and compassion demonstrated by everyone at Starr Farm Nursing Center was clearly reflected in Lucienne. To all of you, we are sincerely grateful. Special thanks also to Dr. Ann Goering for her dedicated care and friendship with Lucienne. She was steadfast in her Catholic faith, and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, April 11, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski. Interment followed at the family plot in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Visiting hours were Thursday, April 10, at the LaVigne Funeral Home in Winooski. Online condolences can be shared with the family at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lucienne’s name to the Visiting Nurses Association, 1110 Prim Rd, Colchester, VT 05446.













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1925-2014, WESTMINSTER WEST George Shumlin died April 10 at his home after a short illness, surrounded by his wife and children, who loved him. Born in May 1925, in Newark, N.J., the son of Elliott and Betty Shumlin, he graduated from Plainfield High School in 1942. His college education was interrupted by World War II, in which, after five months’ training at the Newport, R.I., naval training station, he served for three years as quartermaster and as senior petty-officer of the ship’s control division of a U.S. navy amphibious landing ship, the LST 1011.  The 1011 participated in landings and in resupply operations in both the European and the Pacific theaters of war.  George was awarded the European and the Asiatic-Pacific service ribbons with battle stars. George received a BA in English and theater from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. He attended graduate school in theater arts at the University of Iowa and later earned a master’s degree in education at the Putney (Vt.) Graduate School of Teacher Education (now known as Antioch New England). He served

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as a trustee and as chairman pro-tem of the board of trustees of the Graduate School, and he also worked on the school’s faculty as the supervisor of apprentice teaching. George worked as an actor, a stage manager, and a director in regional theaters and summer theaters, as well as on Broadway and on network television. Later, he taught at the Putney School and at the Verde Valley School in Arizona. In 1952, George married Kitty A. Prins of the Hague, Holland. The Shumlins settled in Westminster West, Vt., in 1955. Together, they founded Putney Student Travel, an international, educational experience for high school students, of which George was president for 33 years.  He was cofounder of the Grammar School in Putney and served for eight years on its board of trustees, the first six years as treasurer. He was one of many cofounders of the Vermont Civil Liberties Union. George loved hiking, cross-country skiing and working in the Vermont woods, maintaining the family woodlot for sustainable production and recreation. He especially enjoyed his family, and he took great pride in their achievements. George Shumlin is survived by Kitty, his wife of 62 years, and by his daughter, Kate Shumlin, of South Burlington and his two sons, Jeffrey Shumlin of Westminster West and Peter Shumlin of East Montpelier.  He is survived also by five grandchildren, Kyle Arnold and Olivia, Becca, Julia and Ben Shumlin; by a great-grandson, George Arnold; and by the mothers of his grandchildren and great-grandchild. A celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date.

stateof thearts Middlebury’s Edgewater Gallery Keeps On Rising B y X ian C hiang - Waren


t’s been four and a half years since Edgewater Gallery opened on Mill Street in downtown Middlebury, filling the space that had been home to

the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center since 1971. In that short period, Edgewater has grown steadily, acquiring dozens of artists from Vermont and beyond. The work on display in the gallery’s airy space overlooking Otter Creek Falls varies greatly, from Clark Derbes’ boldly colored wood sculptures to Ethan Bond-Watts’ hanging glass mobiles; from Robert Compton’s functional pottery to Anne Cady’s brilliantly colored paintings of fantastical landscapes. From the beginning, the gallery has straddled the line between fine art and the traditional crafts and folk art that Frog Hollow offered in the space. This year, Edgewater is expanding — in two directions. “When we first came in, of course we had to pay attention to the audience that was used to coming in,” says Edgewater’s gallery curator and marketing director, Shawna Cross. “We didn’t want to make the gallery seem too inaccessible or too intimidating, and we absolutely wanted to foster that audience that wanted those more traditional Vermont pieces. But as we have grown, and as our audience has grown, we’ve really been leading them toward a more contemporary feel.” This year, Edgewater will acquire 15 new painters to bring new life to the walls of the gallery on the upper level. In a departure from custom, these additions include abstract and contemporary

artists, because, as Cross puts it, “finally there’s a demand for that.” 2013 marked the gallery’s most profitable year yet, and that success was largely driven by sales of two-dimensional fine art. The gallery’s painting sales in particular increased — by 90 percent. “Last year we really scaled back a lot of our three-dimensional work like pottery and


2013 marked the gallery’s most profitable year yet,

and that success was largely driven by sales of two-dimensional fine art.

table sculptures,” notes Cross. Though she stresses that it’s impossible to form a definite conclusion, she speculates that paring down some of the floor displays to divert attention to the paintings made a big difference. Another factor contributing to the upswing in sales was Edgewater’s gradual expansion into more active markets. For the past two years, the gallery has brought several of its painters to the annual Affordable Art Fair in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, exposing its two-dimensional artists to a wide range of buyers. Even as Edgewater expands its reach

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Hollow ceramics studio), which is designed to attract a local audience. Called Edgewater at Home, the store will be managed by Rachel Teachout, a longtime presence in the Middlebury business community best known for Belladonna, her now-closed furniture and homedécor shop on Main Street. Many of Edgewater’s three-dimensional artists and craftspeople will be moved downstairs to unclutter the upstairs gallery. The downstairs space will also be used for events and community gatherings. Edgewater at Home will allow for better display of the gallery’s 3-D pieces. “Curating three-dimensional work is a

elsewhere, it must also find new ways to express its commitment to the local audience, says director Joe Siesholtz, who joined the gallery full time in January. “Edgewater, in earnest, exists for the community,” he says. “And what we’ve found is that the upstairs space looks beautiful, but parts of that can be intimidating for people who walk in the door.” So, in addition to ramping up its fine-art selection, Edgewater will simultaneously take a bold step in the other direction. In early May — just in time for the Middlebury Arts Walk — Edgewater will launch a home-and-lifestyle store in its lower-level space (formerly the Frog


Northeast Kingdom neighbors Sterling College and Bread and Puppet Theater will collaborate on a four-week art-making course this summer, giving expression to their philosophical as well as geographical proximity. It’s something of a new direction for the small school in Craftsbury Common that focuses on outdoor education. Many Sterling students attend Bread and Puppet performances in Glover, but this will be the two institutions’ first formal partnership. Enabling students to help build puppets and to learn singing and dancing is consistent with Sterling’s experiential approach to education, says Pavel Cenkl, dean of the college

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and its humanities faculty. “It will be a great opportunity for students to immerse themselves in something

Austin, Tex., is excited to be taking the six-credit course, even though the outdoor-education major has no background in studio art. “I’ve been to Bread and Puppet shows, and I think they’re amazing. I find their art really accessible, but it makes a big impact,” says Blodgett, who hopes to work in a community-based bakery after graduation. Four weeks of learning at Bread and Puppet might affirm that career choice. “Bread is everything for us,” declares Peter Schumann, who founded the troupe on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1963. “The shows are a way to get people engaged with the bread.” The pageant-like productions have

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emphatically left-wing content. This summer, Schumann notes, Bread and Puppet will stage “Nothing Is Not Ready,” which is intended, he says, to incite “a mass uprising against the politics and economy of this era.” Schumann rejects the notion that art is — or should be — separate from politics. He points to inequities in the global art market whereby what he considers schlock work by Andy warhol and Jeff Koons sells for multimillions, while “thousands, probably millions, of gifted artists in the world make pennies from their work. Puppetry,” Schumann adds, “has existed longer than many other arts, but it’s been marginalized from the beginning.”

merchandise at a lower price point will draw more people into the gallery,” says Siesholtz. To that end, Teachout is bringing in a range of items that includes antique and vintage furniture, home goods and other small, artisanal objects such as handbags. Creating a community events space and giving a jolt to the local market were the driving motives behind the expansion, according to staff. “We may sell to people in New York or elsewhere, but there are people right here. You don’t want to miss your own market,” Teachout says. “[Edgewater at Plan your art adventures Home] will have a different feeling than with the Seven Days Friday the gallery. When you come into a space email bulletin: and there’s a couch and a table, you feel at home. You’re not worried. It changes your mindset a little bit.” Teachout plans to change the design of the shop frequently, depending on the furniture, artwork and home items at hand, as well as the season. One thing won’t change, though: an enormous window with a spectacular view of the nearby falls. “The view of the waterfall alone is 1/13/148V-LeZot041614.indd 5:21 PM worth the price of admission — which8v-review-heart.indd 1 is free,” quips Siesholtz. “And, very honestly, I don’t care if you ever buy a painting. It’s great if you do, but really, our goal is to foster community and to build a local arts scene. That means being inclusive, and it means encouraging people to come in the door.” m

different set of challenges from curating two-dimensional work,” Siesholtz admits. “What happens now, practically speaking, is that the [two-dimensional] work goes on walls, and then you try to figure out how to put the 3-D work around it.” Edgewater at Home, furthermore, will create an opportunity to bring in new lines of merchandise and potentially attract a more varied customer base. Edgewater’s profit margins may be rising, but it’s still a small gallery based in a small town, where customers in the market for a $10,000 painting are rare. “The thesis is that having

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STATEof THEarts Bethel Historical Society Publishes Book on Important, but Nearly Forgotten, Vermont Architect B Y A MY L I L LY







n 1897, residents of the recently established city of Montpelier elected George H. Guernsey as their third mayor. No wonder. According to the book Vermont’s Elusive Architect: George H. Guernsey, between 1875 and 1892 the Montpelier resident designed and built much of the city. His work included six downtown business blocks containing dozens of storefronts and an opera house; four grand residences around town, including his own; a Catholic church; and three bridges. Most of these remain today. “You wonder what Montpelier would have looked like without George Guernsey,” says HEIDI BOEPPLE NIKOLAIDIS, who coedited the book with JANET HAYWARD BURNHAM. Both women live in Bethel and help run the BETHEL HISTORICAL SOCIETY, which published the book. Burnham is the society’s vice president, Nikolaidis its publicist and newsletter writer. The women were inspired to find out more about the prolific Victorian architect-builder, born in Calais in 1839, when they began research on Bethel’s Guernsey-designed town hall prior to its restoration. That was nine years ago, Nikolaidis estimates. Once they started, one wisp of information led to another. Burnham and Nikolaidis drew on earlier research

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conducted by Putney-based historical preservation consultant LYSSA PAPAZIAN, Guernsey’s obituary in the Montpelier Evening Argus (reprinted in the book) and original receipts, among other sources. They eventually identified 43 of the architect’s creations around the state, and two more in New Hampshire. Nineteen of those Vermont buildings are churches. The geographical spread of these commissions suggests how wellknown Guernsey was in his time. In 1887, he built the Methodist Episcopal Church

in Barton, near the Canadian border. In 1891, he provided Underhill Center with its St. Thomas Catholic Church. By 1892, he was known as far south as Bennington, where he designed the Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church. “That was unusual, to do work all over the state,” says Burnham. Guernsey’s contemporary, Lambert Packard, for instance, practiced primarily in Caledonia County, where he designed and built what is now called FAIRBANKS MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM in St. Johnsbury.

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n Earth Day talk in Burlington by author and environmental activist Mike Bond, sponsored by the VERMONT COUNCIL ON WORLD AFFAIRS, is likely to elicit a mixed response. His audience will surely support Bond’s plea to save Africa’s wild elephant population, which is being decimated by poachers often linked to terrorist groups. But at least some of Bond’s listeners will be outraged by his contention that wind power “does nothing good and everything bad.” The slaughter of elephants for their ivory and the construction of ridgeline wind turbines in Vermont actually have similar outcomes, Bond contends in a telephone interview. “You completely change the ecosystem when you take out elephants,” he notes. Bond’s remarks are based on his

studies in Kenya, where he took part in antipoaching patrols. Turbines, he adds, also negatively affect the local ecology by killing “enormous numbers” of bats and birds of prey. “There’s a good reason why wind turbines are called bird Cuisinarts,” he says. Proliferation of wind-power installations, Bond warns, “is going to drive more bird species to extinction than climate change.” And it’s not as though installing more wind turbines will mitigate climate change, insists Bond, who has worked as CEO of an energy company focused on renewables. “Wind power doesn’t lower carbondioxide emissions,” he says. “Wind is very erratic, so you need to balance the load with fossil-fuel backups.” And because they’re noisy and

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sor of art and architectural history and coauthor with CURTIS B. JOHNSON of Buildings of Vermont. That recently published tome includes 11 Guernsey structures. Guernsey’s Immaculate Heart of Mary church in Rutland was one of 20 buildings Andres and Johnson selected for the accompanying photography show at the MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, called “Observing Vermont Architecture.” Andres, who was unaware of Burnham and Nikolaidis’ work until publication (as they were of Buildings), commends it for “assembling a basic group of buildings so people can begin to look at them and figure out what [Guernsey] was about.” Having done so himself — Andres submitted a letter recommending the book for recognition by the VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY — the prof offers his own opinion. “He’s got a much more definite design personality than, say, Clinton Smith, who did a hundred buildings in Vermont,” including the Vermont State Hospital, says Andres of Guernsey. “Smith’s style kept changing; Guernsey was more consistent.” A number of repeating motifs show

BOOKS unsightly, ridgeline turbines “ruin property values,” he declares. “Homes become basically worthless if they have a full view of turbines.” Wind-power advocates dispute all these claims. They say turbines actually have scant impact on birds and bats, do produce measurable reductions in carbon-dioxide emissions and are not nearly as noisy as opponents suggest. Bond has more expertise in elephants than in wind power, although he says he has studied turbine-related issues “extensively.” Installing solar arrays on roofs across America will prove a much more positive and effective renewableenergy strategy, he argues. “They work incredibly well even in Vermont,” where, he notes, sun shining on snow intensifies solar generation.




up in the book’s extensive images, which place vintage photos and postcards alongside recent shots of each building by DAVID AIKEN (grandson of former Vermont governor George Aiken). Guernsey liked using asymmetrical towers in his massings, often pairing a square-spired one with a conically topped round tower. He created



ivory poached in Africa. The Chinese government has done nothing to curb the illegal trade in ivory, Bond says. Bond is likely to offend other listeners by attacking Barack Obama as “the worst environmental president of the past 100 years.” Bill Clinton allowed wolves to be reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1995, Bond recounts. They expanded their range into Idaho and Montana, and “caused few problems,” he says. “But one of the first actions by Obama was to withdraw all protections for wolves. A great slaughter has resulted,” Bond declares. “Half the wolves in Yellowstone have been killed in the past few years.” 

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Bond, 71, says he’s familiar with Vermont from having hiked portions of the Long Trail. He grew up in Maine, attended Williams College in Massachusetts and became a novelist, poet, war correspondent and government consultant. He’s lived in 30 countries and currently divides his time between Hawaii and Colorado. Bond describes his latest book, The Last Savanna, as a “socially conscious thriller.” Though fiction, it aims to incite efforts to prevent the very real forecasted extinction of elephant herds within the next 10 years. What can Vermonters do to help save elephants in Africa and Asia? They can pressure their congressional delegation to become more engaged with the issue, Bond suggests. He’s also calling for a boycott of all products made in China, the destination for much of the

an octagonal tower for the 1893 to 1894 Woods School (Bradford Academy) in Bradford, and repeated it in the nearexact copy he made of that building in South Royalton, now known as the main Vermont Law School building. The self-taught Guernsey — he trained as a builder in his father’s business — usually combined several architectural styles in each building. Burnham and Nikolaidis only briefly mention these in Vermont’s Elusive Architect, each time citing “our architectural consultant” — an unnamed architect friend of Burnham’s based in Arizona. Most of the book is devoted to creating a sense of Guernsey’s time by reproducing historical artifacts. These include Civil War letters the architect wrote home as a 22-year-old, as well as posters from the heyday of his Blanchard Opera House in Montpelier. One advertises Sapho, “a clean, moral play with nothing objectionable in it.” The book reprints Guernsey’s only known architectural drawings, for the Lamson House in Randolph. The authors relate less tangible history, too, including long-held rumors about the couple who commissioned Redstone,


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Stories: A Night of the Fantastic” will be brian staveley of Marlboro, whose novel The Emperor’s Blades was published in January by Tor Books. Already getting enthusiastic reviews from genre fans, it’s the first in an epic fantasy series called Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. Also on the roster is Daniel Mills of Hinesburg, whose new collection of eerie tales in historical settings, The Lord Came at Twilight, we reviewed in March. Local newshounds may know aiMee Picchi as a freelance reporter for CBS’ “MoneyWatch,” “MSN Money,” Seven Days and other publications. Turns out she has a fiction sideline: Her work will soon appear in Andromeda Spaceways


Here’s cool news that came to us via the blog Geek Mountain state: South Burlington-based screenwriter hawk ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men) is set to cowrite a TV series for Syfy based on James S.A. Corey’s space-opera novel series The Expanse. Reportedly pitched as “‘Game of Thrones’ in space,” the show received a coveted direct-to-series order. Deadline Hollywood says Ostby and his writing partner, Mark Fergus, “wrote the script on spec and will continue as writers and executive producers.”

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Vermont Architect « p.27 a large residence in Montpelier now owned by the state. (The wife, Ruth Burgess, allegedly had an affair with local painter Thomas Waterman Wood.) Some facts in the book were gleaned from the internet. The authors discovered the source of the fire that burned down Guernsey’s Notre Dame des Victoires Catholic Church in St. Johnsbury in 1966 — an angry altar boy — from a blog by Waterford author beth kanell. “It was just like playing Sherlock Holmes,” says Nikolaidis of the women’s research. Guernsey likely designed many more buildings than Vermont’s Elusive Architect represents, say the authors; records are scant and often don’t mention the architect or builder’s name. He also built structures from other architects’ designs. Possibly many Vermonters pass by or use a Guernsey creation daily; Burnham and Nikolaidis’ work helps establish what to look for. m


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hygiene that, in the days before shared housework, was placed before the future homemakers of Britain as a model to emulate and admire?” “You are.” “And it has occurred to no one in England that leaving soap on the dishes means you taste it with every meal?” “So you say. I never tasted it, nor did any of my family and friends. It only seems to be Americans who are complaining about our dishes.” “I don’t wish to be disrespectful. However, a country that gives its traditional dishes names such as ‘toad-in-thehole,’ ‘bubble and squeak’ and ‘spotted dick’ isn’t setting itself a high bar, foodwise.” “The country that gave the world super-sizing, and where waiters routinely ask, ‘Are you still working on that?’ as though you were digging a ditch, is hardly in a position to complain.” “Surely Britons rinse off when they shower?” “They do, but normally one doesn’t bring in the dishes when one showers. In any case, indoor

bathrooms were a luxury in the UK until the 1960s, and showers didn’t become common until the 1980s. Before that one took a bath, and the nature of a bath is such that you were often left with some residual soap.” “And no one minded.” “It depends what you mean by minded. We’re a frugal people, only recently arrived at wealth, and then mostly in the southeast of England. We’ve grown up making do. Only about four in 10 homes have an automatic dishwasher, compared to 78 percent in the U.S. In Britain water and heating costs are higher, sinks are


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“Back when I was in Brownies, they had a Housework badge. As part of our Housework badge, we had to know how to wash up and dry dishes. They taught you to run hot water with washingup liquid into the washing-up bowl and wash from least dirty to most — so to start with the glassware, and then the cutlery, after that any cups, side plates and bowls. Then on to the main plates that held greasy food like roast meat, roast potatoes, etc. After that, you’d go on to the pots and pans, with the roasting tray or casserole dish being the last. All the dishes would go on the dish rack — you would dry off whatever didn’t fit on the rack, but you certainly wouldn’t rinse anything. Only if the water turned into soup you might swap it out entirely, or you might put some of the pans or really nasty dishes to soak, then wash them later with fresh water.” “They gave a badge for that?” I asked. “They did.” “And I am to understand that this was the standard of



ust when you think nothing surprises you, something surprises you. I had, of course, heard UK horror stories about bad teeth, inedible food, chilblains stemming from constant damp, ineffectual plumbing, football hooligans, shoddy automobiles, truculent unions, standoffish people, and general torpor and decline. However, on visiting the Kingdom recently and finding it (or London and Oxfordshire, anyway) entirely up to date, the weather fine and the citizenry charming, I figured such talk was lingering bad PR stemming from shock at loss of empire, and that tales of unrinsed dishes were likewise a vestige of the past. I said as much to my assistant Fierra, who despite having developed an inexplicable fondness for American muscle cars during her time in the U.S., displays her English origins every time she opens her mouth.  Fierra made an expression that bore a resemblance to a smile. “Let me share a story,” she said.

smaller, and rather than two bowls served by a single mixing tap, we usually have a single bowl with two spigots, all of which makes rinsing difficult. Even so, of Britons who wash dishes by hand, more than 60 percent rinse them afterward.” “There you go,” I said. “By your own account, not rinsing was once the default national practice, and now it’s receding into history. Soon this disgusting habit will be at an end, and with it the risk of gastroenteritis the next time some Brit invites you over for shepherd’s pie.” “Nonsense,” said Fierra. “Whatever the theoretical risk, there’s no evidence of any health consequences arising from British dishwashing methods. “Let’s put this in perspective. All societies have their quirks. Britons aren’t much for rinsing dishes, while in the U.S. … well, let me put it to you: What would you rather endure — the occasional taste of soap, in the opinion of some, or a lifetime of insipid cheese, chocolate and beer?”

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cabin. I had no idea what to say to this woman — what, if anything, might help. “I guess, if the divorce counselors were right, this can actually be a fresh start for you and your kids. But I imagine it’s going to take a long while to let go of all the anger.” “Oh, I’m not angry,” she said, her tone suddenly flat. I’m not so sure about that, I thought, but didn’t say a word. To me, it looked like the anger had calcified into bitterness, an even more harrowing emotion. And, underneath it all, I could sense an ocean of hurt, pain and betrayal. I felt for this woman, I really did, but what was her responsibility? Her apparent willingness to embrace the role of victim was frightening to me. And that’s when I realized there was nothing more to say. The vortex was swirling, and I could feel myself being sucked in. Time to nip that in the bud, I instructed myself. In time, Fern either would or would not find her way out of the dark place her life had become. Inwardly, I wished her well on that journey. “So, if you feel like it, I’d like to hear about your yoga seminar,” I said as we swung through downtown Waterbury. m

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we’d had, it felt like liquid gold. I cracked my window for the first time in 2014. The fresh air streamed in, bracing and invigorating, a tonic I needed to stay with this conversation. This woman’s life described a black hole, and while I was willing to hear her out, I needed to avoid the vortex. “Have you tried counseling?” I asked. “The judge ordered it during the divorce proceedings. We had two sessions, with two different counselors. Both of them spoke to me afterward and told me that I was lucky to be getting this man out of my life. That was great to hear, because it made me feel like I wasn’t so crazy.” “But why move out of town?” I asked. “I mean, away from your friends, people who would support you.” “That’s just the thing,” she replied, her voice betraying the anguish. “The two of them turned all our friends against me. God knows what they told them about me. I just couldn’t defend myself.” I knew there had to be much more to this story than my customer was revealing, but still, it sent shivers up my spine. I had visions of a hell town where the witch is accused and torched at the stake — Fern Burns, indeed. It’s the dark side of human community: the lust for a scapegoat. In this small-town melodrama, Fern had found herself served up on a platter. I drove at a steady pace, the cool air streaming into my nostrils as if I were wearing an oxygen mask in a pressurized


I said, “Well, with teenagers, you know, they got to make mistakes and learn from them. There’s only so much you can do as a parent. I mean, you can’t watch ’em 24 hours a day.” In the rearview mirror, I saw Fern’s face grow dark. “It’s more than that,” she said. “About two years ago, my husband divorced me, and the kids took it hard. Particularly my daughter.” “Sorry to hear that,” I said. “Are things beginning to settle down? I know divorce hits like a tsunami through a family with children, even in the best of circumstances.” “Well, my circumstances are the worst. It couldn’t be worse, actually, and there’s nothing I can do about it.” “Really?” I said. “It sounds rough.” “My husband divorced me and immediately moved in with my best friend. Now they’re married and living in my old house with her three kids. I actually had to move to a whole other town. I couldn’t take it. My husband is a prominent psychiatrist, and everybody loves and respects him. He has the whole town bamboozled. I would call him a master manipulator.” “So if you got custody of the kids, why didn’t you end up with the house? Isn’t that the way these things usually play out?” “I didn’t want it. I had to get out of there. I settled instead for alimony payments. But now I’m at the mercy of him and his new wife because they’re always threatening to sue for custody of my daughter, and if that happened, I’d lose most of the alimony. It’s a nightmare, to tell you the truth.” The sun was shining as we cruised north on Route 100. After the winter

h, Christ — the cellphone service is horrendous in Vermont!” In the back seat of my taxi, my customer, Fern Burns, was trying to reach her teenage daughter back in South Carolina. Her phone was not cooperating. I was driving Fern to the Burlington airport after her completion of a weeklong yoga seminar held at a hotel near the Sugarbush ski area. “Yeah, it can be spotty,” I commiserated. “You wanna try mine? It usually works for me here in Waitsfield.” “No, I’ll call her from the airport. It’s already been such a disaster this week.” “How old’s your daughter?” “She’s 14. The last time I left her with her older brother, the house flooded. So that was just great. This time, a couple of days ago she fell at the school-bus stop. I talked to my son, who played it down, but I think she may have a concussion. I know she didn’t go to school today.” Fern didn’t sound like a person who had just completed a yoga retreat. I got that she was upset about her kid, but she’d seemed just as anxious and irritated when I drove her one week earlier, at the start of her stay in Vermont. She had barely spoken to me on the trip down. Not that I minded. My customers just have to pay me; they needn’t provide companionship. No, I was simply noticing that this woman was not a happy soul. Maybe it started with her parents. When the family surname is “Burns,” what possesses you to name your daughter “Fern”? I can’t dream up a less felicitous pairing. With that moniker, it probably was hell for her in grade school. Then again, it could have been her married name, so who knows?

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alk the two-block stretch of St. Paul Street between Main and Maple, and you’ll catch sight of three large buildings sheathed in Tyvek: a hotel, a condo complex and a youth center. If it wins on appeal, a six-story Champlain College dorm will occupy most of one of those blocks. At least four other major developments are under construction in the city of Burlington, with another 10 on the horizon. Fourteen of those 18 projects are residential, or have residential components. In total, more than 900 new rental units have been proposed in Burlington, according to the real estate advisory firm Allen & Brooks. They won’t all come to fruition — that figure includes buildings under way as well as projects that are still proposals on file in city hall. Among the projects in the pipeline: a 245-unit apartment complex

that would replace a concrete plant; a church property reenvisioned as 52 rental units; and a former snack bar demolished to make room for more apartments. Whether or not they all succeed, their number signals a change. Between 2010 and 2012, a mere 137 units were added to the city’s housing supply. Things picked up postrecession, with 114 units added in 2013. Is it a coincidence that developerturned-mayor Miro Weinberger is presiding over Burlington City Hall during a building boom? To some degree. But his fans, critics and the mayor himself agree it’s the combination of low interest rates and the fact that banks are willing to lend again that’s driving the development. Burlington’s 1 percent vacancy rate helps, too. “Right now we can borrow at 4.5 percent,” said Erik Hoekstra, a partner at Redstone Commercial Group, which is


currently pursuing five major projects. “That can’t last forever.” But today’s interest rates tell only part of the development story, and the mayor may play a more prominent role in reshaping the city’s streetscapes during subsequent chapters. Major developers say Weinberger has already changed the vibe at city hall, making them feel less like pariahs. “Miro’s arrival was nothing short of a sea change,” said Yves Bradley, who chairs the city’s planning commission and is vice president of commercial brokerage at Pomerleau Real Estate. “All of sudden there was a mayor who brought with him an economic-development director who understood [that] businesses and philanthropists play a really important part in the community, and it’s important to help them succeed.” Before he took the job running the Community and

Economic Development Office (CEDO), Peter Owens was an urban planner active in both private- and public-sector development projects, most recently in White River Junction. Attorney John Franco dismissed as partisan drivel the notion that Burlington is entering a “magic golden age of development that didn’t exist before.” “To say Miro is more development friendly than Peter Clavelle is a thousand times bullshit,” said Franco, who served as assistant city attorney under former mayor Bernie Sanders. But soft power and positive vibes aside, the mayor has been pursuing a number of policy initiatives designed to establish what Planning and Zoning Director David White describes as the “holy grail” for developers: predictability. People often characterize Burlington’s permit-review







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Address: 173-193 St. Paul Street Developer: Stuart Chase Description: Five-story building with 34 condo units Interesting fact: Chase first proposed the project in 2007. The DRB’s denial, followed by financing complications, delayed the project for about five years. Height: Roughly 55 feet Square footage: 30,224 Projected cost: $2.2 million What was there before: Parking lot Obstacles/controversy: DRB denied the original permit on several grounds — among them that the structure was “out of character” with the neighborhood and “too dense in too small an area.” Chase appealed the DRB’s decision to Vermont environmental court, which approved the project, with changes, in 2009. Status: Under construction; expected completion date unspecified

Address: 151 St. Paul Street Developer: Redstone Commercial Group Description: A new 139-room hotel. The armory building will be refurbished as the hotel lobby and a retail space. Interesting fact: This marks the final stage of a three-part development in the city block that also included construction of 16 condos at Hinds Lofts on St. Paul Street in 2008 and the Champlain Housing Trust building at 88 King Street in 2009. Height: Roughly 65 feet Square footage: 77,551, plus the armory Projected cost: $10.5 million What was there before: Vacant lot. Before that, the Van Ness House, a 400-room hotel built in the architectural style of New Orleans’ French Quarter, which burned in a fire in 1951. Status: Under construction; expected completion by fall 2014

process as “robust”; the less charitable have called it “a complete mess.” Starting in May, the planning commission will begin peddling in earnest a plan that would overhaul the city’s zoning ordinance. With Weinberger’s backing, it wants to implement something called form-based code. As long as a building meets a standard set of requirements governing its physical appearance — height, width, etc. — it would win approval, leaving much less up to the discretion of the Development Review Board. The mayor, along with CEDO and the planning commission, is also angling to eliminate off-street parking requirements for downtown developments, arguing that developers need greater flexibility and the end result would be a more walkable city. Weinberger said his administration also has been reviewing the inclusionary housing ordinance, which requires a certain percentage of units be affordable. Developers including Hoekstra have already come to the conclusion that the ordinance needs tweaking. Other changes are already on the books. In September 2013, the mayor signed an ordinance change eliminating the “50/50 rule,” which required that at least 50

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percent of the square footage of downtown developments be used for commercial, as opposed to residential, purposes. He’s also been actively involved in recent efforts to exempt mixed-income projects in the downtown from the state’s environmentalreview process. Weinberger, White, Owens and likeminded developers envision a future Burlington that is greener and more pedestrian friendly, with a denser downtown

and a deeper tax base. They also reiterate the critical need for more housing. But on April 1 came a hard-to-ignore sign that not everyone agrees with their strategy. The DRB voted 5-2 to reject Champlain College’s application to build a massive student housing building on St. Paul Street. Weinberger had promoted the project, dubbed Eagles Landing, on the grounds that it would generate property-tax revenue and “directly address Burlington’s housing shortage.” But neighbors argued the building was out of scale with surrounding structures, and the DRB ultimately agreed, also noting that it failed to meet the city’s parking requirements. The S.D. Ireland apartment complex, with a total of 245 units in 15 buildings on Grove Street is meeting similar resistance. Although Weinberger supports the project, and it recently received preliminary approval from the DRB, nearby residents say it would increase traffic and change the character of their neighborhood. A proposed 23-unit apartment building on George Street has also stoked concern. The plan is predicated on the

partial demolition of a historic brick house, which led the DRB to reject the proposal. (Rick Bove, the developer, has appealed the decision, and the case is currently in court.) In a letter on file at city hall, Burlington architect Louis Mannie Lioni objects to the proposed expansion of COTS in the Lakeview Terrace neighborhood, but he also takes issue with what he described as the “development binge that is the destructive fixation of the present city administration. It affects all the open land (parks included) and all the neighborhoods and all the residents who value the integrity and security and stability of their environments.” The mayor said he appreciates residents’ concerns. “What we already have is a great city and people know it, so I think, rightly, people are particularly skeptical here about change … We think and talk a lot about, like, we can’t be the guys who screw up our great downtown.” But Weinberger also said he won’t let that worry stand in the way of momentum. “I do see one of my jobs as to make sure that proper and helpful and appropriate skepticism does not lead to paralysis.” 


Champlain College Res Tri Project Address: 163 South Willard Street Developer: Champlain College Description: Three dorms with 275 beds. One dorm has already been built. Two steel-frame, brick-veneer dorms are under construction. Walkways, outdoor gathering spaces and amphitheater also included. Interesting fact: All three dorms are expected to obtain LEED Gold certification. Height: 36-38 feet; 2.5 stories Square footage: Roughly 84,000 Projected cost: $23 million What was there before: Two parking lots Status: Under construction; students expected to move in by August 2014

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Address: 196-202 North Street Developer: Redstone Commercial Group and Stu McGowan Description: Three-story building with seven apartment units and approximately 1,400 square feet of retail space Interesting fact: Building will be named after the site’s original owner, Abraham Solomon. In her review of the plans, senior city planner Mary O’Neil wrote that the wraparound windows on the ground floor — expected to serve as a café or restaurant — suggest “an Edward Hopper-type evening image of warmth and welcome.” Height: 33 feet Square footage: 6,500 Projected cost: $600,000 What was there before: Vacant lot Status: Under construction; expected completion by July or August 2014


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Address: 371 Maple Street Developer: Champlain College Description: Addition to Hauke Center includes classrooms, transit lounge, coffee shop, bike storage and offices. Will include new game and audio labs, studio spaces, gallery and exhibit areas, a traditional and digital photo lab, and a film soundstage. Interesting fact: As with the Res Tri project, a geothermal system will heat and cool the building. Height: Four stories. Height won’t exceed that of Hauke Center. Square footage: 38,480 new, for a total of 75,000 Projected cost of project: $24.5 million What was there before: Hauke Center Status: Site preparation has begun; expected completion by August 2015

Maiden Lane Address: 237 North Winooski Avenue Developer: Redstone Commercial Group Description: Single building with 28 residential units and roughly 1,500 square feet of commercial space Height: 35 feet Square footage: 26,460 Projected cost of project: $3 million What was there before: Q-Tees building, formerly a Dairy Queen built in 1964 Status: Approved; construction scheduled to start early summer

Silversmith Commons Address: 256-262 North Winooski Avenue Developer: Redstone Commercial Group Description: Two three-story buildings with 23 residential units, one commercial unit Height: 35 feet Square footage: 23,471 Projected cost: $2.9 million What was there before: Two residential structures and former Bushey’s Auto Sales Status: Under construction; expected completion by September 2014

UNDER REVIEW, PRELIMINARY APPROVAL 140 Grove Street Address: 140 Grove Street Developer: Patrick O’Brien; property owner S.D. Ireland Brothers Corp. Description: 245 apartment units and approximately 15 buildings ranging from duplexes to one building with 30-40 units. Interesting fact: O’Brien asked for permit-fee reduction after estimating that costs would be $336,920 for preliminary and final zoning applications. Height: Not specified. Buildings are two to four stories high. Square footage: Roughly 250,000 Projected cost: $28 million What was there before: Concrete plant Obstacles/controversy: Neighbors have expressed concerns about noise, traffic and the scale of the project. Status: Won preliminary approval from DRB in a 4-3 vote. Project needs to make a number of adjustments in order to win final approval.



Address: 87 King Street Developer: King Street Center Description: Construction of two-story addition, which will feature additional tutoring space and an art studio. Old gym and basement are being renovated. Interesting fact: New perks include rooftop pergola and recreation area. Height: 36 feet Square footage: 15,000 new, for a total of 20,000 Projected cost: $5.7 million What was there before: The King Street Center, about half the size Status: Under construction; move-in date expected January 2015


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Eagles Landing Address: 194 St. Paul Street and Browns Court Developer: Champlain College and REM Development (Bob Miller) Description: Six-story mixed-use building including two public parking garages. Commercial space on first floor, 115 apartments (304 beds) for Champlain College students above Height: 65 feet Square footage: Roughly 165,000 Projected cost: $25 million What was there before: Eagles Club and Browns Court parking lot Obstacles/controversy: Neighbors raised objections primarily about size of project, which, they said, would overwhelm the neighborhood. Status: DRB rejected proposal April 3, shocking local developers and Champlain College, which is considering its options, according to David Provost, senior vice president of finance and administration. Appealing decision to environmental division of Vermont Superior Court could delay project by several years. College is exploring possibility of asking DRB to reopen application.



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Address: 110 Riverside Avenue Developer: Joe Handy Description: Four-story building with 49 apartment units Height: Elevator shaft will be 45 feet high. Square footage: 72,000 Projected cost: $4.5 to $5 million What was there before: Most recently an auto-body store. Before that, a carpet store, hot-tub and plumbing-fixtures store, furniture store, automobile retail business and, in the 1970s, a paint shop Status: Approved by DRB; state currently reviewing to determine if it complies with Act 250.


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Address: 3-11 George Street Developer: Rick Bove Description: Four-story mixed-use commercial and apartment building with 23-26 units and 2,500 square feet of retail space. Tavern expected to occupy retail space. Height: 55 feet Square footage: Roughly 31,000 Projected cost: Not specified (“It’s not going down, I’ll tell you that,” said Bove, referencing permit costs and court fees.) What was there before: Historic buildings. The shell of a house at 3 George Street would be preserved, though parts would be torn down. Another house would also be demolished. Obstacles/controversy: The brick house at 3 George has been a sticking point. Built in the 1800s, it was, according to Preservation Burlington, home to a well-known Civil War general, George J. Stannard. Status: Application received June 27, 2013. DRB rejected it, and Bove appealed decision to environmental division of Vermont Superior Court, where it currently waits.


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Address: 247-249 Pearl Street Developer: Redstone Commercial Group Description: A three-story building with 29 residential units Height: 34 feet Square footage: 24,000 Projected cost: $3 million What was there before: Vacant lot. Before that, the Bailey-Hyde House (c.1820), which had been converted into dentist offices but was destroyed in a 2011 fire. Status: Permit application submitted; DRB has not made a decision.

Address: 112-114 Archibald Street; 27, 35, 39, 47 Bright Street Developer: Champlain Housing Trust Description: Four buildings containing 42 multifamily cooperative housing units Interesting fact: One-bedroom apartments will rent for $650 to $975 per month. On-site gardens and clotheslines. Square footage: Roughly 55,000 Height: Not specified; tallest building three stories Projected cost: $7.5 million What was there before: Two homes and one apartment building, all owned by CHT, will be demolished. Status: CHT has applied for preliminary approval with the DRB. If approved, construction expected to begin late 2014 and conclude by summer 2015.

121-123 Pine Street Address: 121-123 Pine Street Developer: Dave Farrington, Brick Box Company Description: Four-story apartment building with 27 units Height: Unknown Square footage: Unknown Projected cost of project: Unknown What was there before: Parking lot Obstacles/controversy: On February 21, 2014, architect Brenda Alvarez sent Burlington Department of Planning and Zoning a letter notifying them that she is an equal owner of the building and objects to the development. Status: Sketch plan submitted November 12, 2013; no DRB decision yet.







COTS Day Station Address: 87-95 North Avenue Developer: Committee on Temporary Shelter Description: Renovation and addition to existing COTS office building; would include 12 to 16 residential units, offices and adult day station. Interesting fact: In 1884, the building was a grocery store. In 1932, under ownership of Alex Colodny, it specialized in meats and at one time employed seven meat cutters, according to the National Register of Historic Places. Height: 38 feet Square footage: 27,700 Projected cost: Unknown What was there before: Burlington College; adjacent house would be demolished. Obstacles/controversy: The DRB cited concerns from neighbors about parking and quality of life. Status: Sketch plan submitted.

Fletcher Allen Health Care Inpatient Building Address: 111 Colchester Avenue Developer: Fletcher Allen Health Care Description: 128 single-bed rooms Interesting fact: Sixty percent of Fletcher Allen’s inpatient rooms have multiple beds, which, according to the hospital, “do not offer adequate space for patient care.” This is one of several anticipated new buildings that would reduce this figure. Height: Due to a zoning ordinance change, it can be up to 540 feet above the mean sea level, although the actual height is expected to be lower. Square footage: 160,000 Projected cost: $88.6 million What was there before: Emergency Department parking lot Status: Sketch plan submitted to DRB. If approved, construction would start in fall 2015. All numbers and renderings are preliminary.

289-305 Flynn Avenue Address: 289-305 Flynn Avenue Developer: Pizzagalli Properties Description: Four-story, 52-unit apartment complex Height: Unknown Square footage: 54,000 new; church is 6,000 Projected cost: $6.5 million What was there before: St. Anthony Church, which would remain; parish and rectory hall would be demolished. Obstacles/controversy: Dissent among parish members and neighbors about scale of project, loss of community center, traffic, etc. City planner also expressed concern, writing in preliminary comments, “In sheer mass and volume, the proposed structure is startling.” Status: Sketch plan submitted; DRB hearing postponed from March 18 until May 6 in response to public outcry.

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n a recent Monday evening in Randolph, the Playhouse Theatre’s showing of the film Noah failed to attract much of a crowd, despite the thematically appropriate rain that slicked the streets. Projectionist Dave Tomaszewski had predicted low attendance for the day’s sole screening, and he turned out to be right. Only seven seats were occupied, affording each patron a completely unobstructed view. But the meager attendance that evening didn’t reflect the way that many locals feel about the Playhouse, which has been showing movies since 1919, making it the oldest surviving cinema in Vermont. In fact, they have a stake in it. A few hundred Randolph residents are part owners of the Playhouse

and have a direct interest in its success. Chalk up the low attendance to word of mouth about Noah’s turgid obviousness (really? white doves bearing olive branches in their bills?), not to any lack of charm or determination on the part of the venue. The Playhouse Theatre is one of a vanishingly small number of single-screen, purpose-built theaters still in operation, and its age makes it all the more exceptional. The triumphant march of the multiplex, which began in earnest in the 1960s, had stomped out many Main Street movie theaters by the 1970s and achieved dominance by the 1990s. It’s a minor miracle that this 167-seat cinema has survived for almost a century in a town that is currently home to about 5,000 people.

Dave and Tammy Tomaszewski

Just as unusual is the fact that the Playhouse, unlike many small theaters, hasn’t “niche-ified” itself into unprofitability. The Playhouse doesn’t show “artsy” films but screens current mass-market movies from Hollywood on opening weekend; it’s even equipped to project films in digital 3-D (without charging patrons a premium), something few movie theaters its size can claim. It is truly a cinema of the people, by the people and for the people. In 2010, Tomaszewski and his wife, Tammy, who co-owned the business at the time, saw the writing on the wall, he recalls. The age of digital projection was nigh, and film exhibitors would have to bear the brunt of the conversion costs, just as they had in decades past when confronted with the advents of sound and widescreen-projection processes. Purchasing a high-quality digital projector requires a five-figure outlay. A couple of years later, on the advice of two different law firms, the Tomaszewskis filed the paperwork to create Playhouse Flicks Foundation, with the intention of operating it as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, nonprofit entity. Such status is granted only to businesses that are housed in a structure that meets the legal definition of “public building”: one that provides facilities or shelter for public assembly. It was then that Randolph resident Susan

Delattre solicited, on behalf of the theater, the advice of Laddie Lushin, a local attorney who is an expert on cooperative law. Delattre, who now sits on the Playhouse’s board of directors, says, “I know that [Lushin] is one of the finest cooperative lawyers in the country, and he happens to live in Braintree, Vt. … At the point when we were trying to figure out how to keep the theater alive, I thought maybe a cooperative was an option. If it was, he should be the person we worked with.” Lushin told the Tomaszewskis that they’d been misinformed about how the state of Vermont defines “public building,” which actually refers only to governmentowned properties. He suggested instead that the Playhouse reinvent itself as a cooperative. Playhouse Flicks Foundation was dissolved shortly thereafter. Playhouse Cooperative, the nonprofit corporation that currently operates the theater, was incorporated in August 2012. It is a “consumer cooperative,” an entity that sells ownership shares — effectively, shares of stock. A one-time subscription costs $100, and the theater even offers “preferred” shares at a higher rate. In return, shareholders get discounted ticket prices. It’s an arrangement with some external similarities to the “community supported” business model that helped

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new business, as well as other fundraising efforts, such as participating in Ford’s “Drive 4 UR Community” program and selling on-screen ads to local businesses. Other cooperatively owned movie theaters exist in the U.S., but they’re uncommon, and few show mainstream movies as the Playhouse does. One, the Morris Theater Cooperative in Morris, Minn., does screen current Hollywood fare, but most such cinemas play to more specialized audiences. The Art Theater Co-op in Champaign, Ill., for instance, sells shares for $65 apiece; it shows more “challenging” films such as Nymphomaniac and offers midnight showings of cult favorites such as Clue. The ownership of the Playhouse is currently spread among 162 subscription-based agreements, most of which represent a couple or a family. In Dave’s estimation, the Playhouse has more than 300 individual owners. One of those owners is Bill Lynch, 70, who notes two main factors that influenced his decision to become a part-owner of the Playhouse. For one thing, Lynch, a Randolph resident, is disabled, and it’s far easier for him, he says, to patronize a local theater that has an area where he can watch films in comfort toward the back of the house. The other factor is the Playhouse’s contribution to a sense of community in



PeoPle would have to drive 30 or 40 miles to get to a movie theater

his hometown. Without the theater, Lynch says, “there would be nothing for the teenage kids to do anymore … The theater gives them something to do; they can have their date night without using the car.” He adds, “Tammy and Dave are very nice people. [The Playhouse] is just a nice place to go … It’s more of a family theater. You know everybody that’s there, and there’s conversation before the movie.” For all its many owners, the Playhouse has only one employee: Tammy Tomaszewski. (Technically, Dave works there as a volunteer.) The booth in the lobby is arranged so that she sells tickets through one window and refreshments at another. If you request a receipt, it’ll be handwritten on a page torn from an old pink diary that the Tomaszewskis’ daughter discarded in her youth. “I’m trying to get this set up so that it will be perpetual,” says Dave, himself the owner of a share of the Playhouse and the owner outright of the building housing the cinema. The cooperative pays monthly utility expenses and rents the building from him for $25 a month; the eventual plan is for the co-op to own the building and to pay off the mortgage by collecting rent on an apartment at the same address. Provisions in the co-op’s charter ensure that the business model will remain viable. The Playhouse’s many owners are not on the hook for any future financial difficulties; that responsibility rests with the six-person board of directors. The theater also offers shares at different price points. As its website states, “It would not be neighborly to exclude anyone, especially for income level.” With the movie-theater business at a particularly perilous moment in its history, why would anyone want to own one200th of a small-town cinema? Besides discounted ticket costs, the owners of the Playhouse stand to gain in several ways, says Dave. First, they will make a little money if and when the theater itself turns a profit; second, owners have a say in both the operation of the business and the selection of films. But the most important benefit of the cinema’s cooperative ownership, Dave argues, is one that redounds to locals — including those who are not co-owners and know nothing about the theater’s unusual business model. It’s simply that the Playhouse Theater remains in business in Randolph. “For the people who didn’t buy into it, it’s just a regular movie theater. It’s no different to them,” he says. Board member Delattre concurs. “It’s a beautiful theater, and very intimate. The theater itself is a prize … And people would have to drive 30 or 40 miles to get to a movie theater if it weren’t for the little theater in Randolph. It’s such a great addition to the culture of the village.” m


Claire’s Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick and Phoenix Books Burlington to open. One difference: In a cooperative, all shareholders receive a portion of any profits. A few months after forming the cooperative, the Tomaszewskis launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to buy a new Barco DP2K-10Sx projector and thus ensure the theater’s continued operation. “As a for-profit business,” Dave writes in an email, “we felt uncomfortable asking people to just give us money.” So he adjusted the Kickstarter goal downward. Though the new projector cost about $50,000, the fundraising goal was $20,000. (The campaign exceeded that goal, raising just shy of $30,000.) Still, the theater also had to purchase a new screen, sound system and computer equipment to support the shift to digital projection. The fundraising campaign was augmented by the selling of shares in the

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enny Jacobson met Brian Bittner in 2009, when she moved into the Hayward Street apartment inhabited by Brian and mutual friends in Burlington’s South End. She was an art teacher in the Colchester school district; he was two years into developing a full-time antiques business. “As long as she’s known me, she’s been surrounded by all this stuff,” says Bittner, 27, a native of Burlington who was raised in Chester, and a third-generation antiquer. “When Jenny moved in, it must’ve been within two months that I bought a collection of maybe 50,000 postcards,” he remembers. “Like, 40 shoeboxes full of postcards that all landed in the living room, and I’m the type that has to look at every one, because that next one might be … worth $500.” Brian and Jenny married in 2012, and both have been running the business he started, Bittner Antiques, since last June. The couple recently purchased a home on Front Street in Burlington, which they’ve renovated, restored and stocked with antiques. “We just decided to go for it,” Jenny [now Bittner], 31, says. “We’d just bought this house, and it seemed like a good idea — and it was.” Bittner Antiques’ storefront is based in that house, where the couple lives with two dogs. On a recent visit, the house is tastefully decorated with some of the Bittners’ favorite finds, and the rooms have a bright, airy feel. Centuryold Vermont road signs adorn the kitchen walls. So does a wooden folk-art sign from about 1910 advertising Otishill Farm and depicting a hand-carved pig standing by a fence. Antique mugs rest casually on the couple’s brand-new kitchen counter. A buffalo head preserved by a taxidermist hangs on the living room wall. Several other rooms hold more of the Bittners’ stock: pocket watches stored in boxes, stacks of antique photographs, old tools. Just about everything in the house is for sale. The couple plans to make buying and selling old things their life’s work. “It doesn’t scare me at all,” says Brian, who grew up helping his dad, George, and granddad, Jack, at auctions and antique shows across Vermont. For young people to enter the antiques trade full time, though, is a rarity. “[At shows] we are often half the age of the second-youngest person in the room,” Brian adds.

Brian Bittner, Jack, Leah and Jenny Bittner

On Friday, April 25, the Bittners will up the antiques ante: They’ll hold their first auction at the Hampton Inn in Colchester. Brian’s longtime friend Joshua Steenburgh, of New Hampshirebased Steenburgh Auctioneers, will call the event. If all goes well, the Bittners will hold another one in the fall, thus beginning a tradition of twice-yearly auctions in the Burlington area. It would be a noteworthy addition to the local auction scene, long dominated by Duane Merrill & Company Auctioneers & Appraisers and Thomas Hirchak Company, which both have offices in Williston. “It’s surprising that Burlington doesn’t have a stronger antiques scene,” says Brian, who estimates there are “only 10 to 15 dealers who are very active in Vermont.” The midcentury modern and vintage markets are much stronger — and the Bittners believe the area could sustain a more robust antiques market. Transforming Bittner Antiques into an auction business is a personal

milestone for its owners, who say they’ve been working toward that goal for several years. Their auction next week will offer 350 to 400 lots, with items including folk art, handcrafted signs, tools,

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half the age of the second-youngest person in the room. Br i an Bit t ne r

hardware and a wide range of household objects. “We often say [Bittner Antiques focuses on] ‘early Americana,’ but there were millions and millions of people living a hundred years ago, and it’s all their household stuff,” Brian notes. While many antiques dealers focus intently on, say, mid-19th-century farm

tools or early-20th-century signposts, Brian prefers not to specialize. “I tend to have more of an eclectic mix of esoteric categories. It’s impossible to know everything, so what I try to do is be a generalist,” he says. “I remember thinking this from a very young age: Know a little bit about a lot.” Though the Bittners and Steenburgh acquired many of the lots featured in the sale, they’ll also auction items on consignment from other dealers. “Almost everything is going to sell for whatever price it brings that day,” Brian says. “We’re not going to be using any reserves on items — saying that an item has to sell for a certain price or it doesn’t sell — which is an appealing thing for dealers, collectors and the public, too. They can come and potentially get a very good deal on something.” Of course, that’s a risk for the seller. But the Bittners are optimistic that the lots will move; they’ve put word out through their business contacts, social media channels, and their own and


other auction websites. Their debut sale is already generating buzz and positive feedback. “We’re expecting a good crowd,” Brian says. “There is a lot of interest. Nobody’s named any numbers, but a lot of strong dealers have expressed an interest in these items.” Plus, as the couple points out, auctions are free events that give attendees a chance to encounter rare, historic items, even if they never make a purchase. “The antiques market allows you to handle objects that are of the quality of museum items at times,” notes Brian, casually passing a ceramic Greek vessel from the fourth century BCE across his kitchen counter to prove the point. “There’s a fingerprint on the bottom by the potter, which is just really neat to me,” he adds. “That person lived 2,500 years ago. It’s kind of incredible.” Brian is what one might call an antiques purist: Though words like “vintage,” “retro” and “antique” are tossed around in stores and online marketing fairly interchangeably, Brian adheres to the traditional standard that an item must be 100 years old to qualify as “antique.” That’s likely a result of growing up in the business; the buying-and-selling bug bit him at the tender age of 10. As he recalls, one day Brian was helping his grandfather at an estate auction near Thetford, running small items to and from the tables. “My brother and I would get paid two bucks an hour, and Grandpa used to give us a hard time,” he says with a laugh. “He used to say how much he was paying us, because when he was growing up, he was making 10 cents an hour, or something like that.” Brian had asked an aunt to bid on several items for him as he ran around completing his tasks. At the end of the day, he had acquired a box of books. “I thought it would be a great idea to buy the whole box and then sell them piece by piece,” he says. “When my work was done, I took this box of books, and I sat down right in the middle of the [auction] aisle and started selling the books one by one. I must have made a little profit — before I got scolded by my grandfather and my dad, who assured me that that was not appropriate.” After that, Brian was hooked. As teenagers, he and his older brother, Eric,

would go to yard sales on the weekend. He’s had a stash of antiques — formerly stored in his father’s house — for as long as he can remember. Since he moved to Burlington in 2007 at age 20, Brian hasn’t worked another full-time job. His goal all along was to have his own antiques auction business. “I’m not just saying this because he’s my husband: I’ve literally never met anyone who loves their job as much as Brian,” says Jenny, who has a bachelor’s in art history and a master’s in art education. For her, the appeal of the business lies in the aesthetics of the antiques. “Jenny’s been a great resource for me,” Brian notes. “I get into tunnel vision, like, Pocket watches! And I forget about things that, like, just anyone would want to use to decorate their house.” Bittner Antiques is thriving, the couple says, now that it commands their full attention. “I think our business works because it’s multifaceted,” Jenny notes. The Bittners make house calls, scour regional markets, and buy and sell online. Recently, they’ve been on a tear of buying and selling hand-painted signposts, and they’ve identified certain niches — such as, yes, antique pocket watches — that are time-effective and garner more predictable sales, based on their expertise in the area. (Last year Brian bought and sold 5,000 pocket watches ranging from $5 to $120.) The Bittners recently attended a three-week show in rural Texas that boasts more than 3,000 vendors, where they both bought and sold antiques. The couple hopes that their April 25 auction and ones to follow will put them on the map of Vermont antiquing. And they’re already looking to the future. “I think it’d be great to have an auction house on Pine Street,” Brian suggests. “A warehouse where we could store all the things but also where we could hold auctions. I see the South End being a great, revitalized area in town. To be part of that would be nice.” m



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Town Out of Time Theater review: Our Town, Lost Nation Theater B y A l e x Br ow n courtesy of stefan hard/times argus

Unfortunately, the play’s quaint expressions and antiquated manners now make it sound wistful, as if it’s idealizing a lost time. The equivalent perspective today would be looking back at 1977, a time we don’t venerate but rather forgive for its follies. Wilder wasn’t romanticizing the start of the 20th century; he was giving the audience the benefit of time, of history, and he meant viewers to apply that perspective to themselves. The playwright called attention to how the passage of time both elevates and diminishes the characters’ dreams and passions. It was a device not to soothe theatergoers but to wake them. Wilder’s other great conceit is showing characters engaged in quotidian acts in a town so normal that “nobody remarkable ever come out of it, s’far as we know.” Both devices have been damaged by the passage of time, but not destroyed. Wilder’s new theatrical ideas include tearing away naturalistic performances, with their false claims of the real, and substituting stylization and pantomime, which own up to the artifice of theater. And Our Town is selfreferential. The Stage Manager narrates and steers the action, sometimes breaking into scenes to tell the actors to leave the stage, sometimes taking a small role himself. Embodying both distance and compassion, the Stage Manager is our conduit for responding to the play. He has a firm affection for the people of Grover’s Corners — the “our” in the play’s title encompasses him, too — but he shuttles them before us unemotionally. Grover’s Corners is small, but the play’s focus grows narrower still as we concentrate on two households, those of Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs and Mr. and Mrs. Webb. These next-door neighbors are connected even more tightly when their children, George and Emily, fall in love and marry. Life is that simple in this play — the biggest adventure is falling in love with the person next door. Then life settles back

down to work, raising children and sharing a community’s events. Billions of people — past, present and future — struggle with and exult in the very same milestones, yet each has a unique experience. Wilder shows us how to look at ourselves and maintain two opposing truths: that we’re as distinct as fingerprints and as numerous as grains of sand. The play’s final vantage point is from the town graveyard. Wilder gives the audience a way to step outside of time, to grasp mortality and, finally, to cherish the fleeting and fragile nature of life. Lost Nation’s production, directed by Kim Bent, is a conscientious presentation of a great play. Bent is careful to avoid the excessive sweetness that would make this classic merely soothing — he doesn’t treat it like a treasure on a shelf. But he’s also not inclined to investigate what will make it work for a contemporary audience, and how to make it as fresh, novel and challenging as it was in Wilder’s day. The tone is calm and assured, and though the humor sparkles brightly, the performances are more competent than dazzling. That’s the difficulty with this play — it’s not supposed to be dramatic. But the acting must compel the audience to feel invested in these intentionally simple characters. In this production, George and Emily’s courtship is misted over with cute mannerisms. There’s little chemistry between them, and their love’s inevitability feels more bone-dry than exultant. In other scenes, like Emily’s last visit, the simple directness of the story gives the performances strength. The play’s ideas are well presented, but a more imaginative staging could make them more moving and powerful. Bent smoothly positions the cast of 19 in both intimate scenes and large gatherings, and anchors everything with a live pianist on stage. With a languid pace, the show leans more on the text than on the performances to reach the audience. The quality of the acting varies, but the core roles are handled thoughtfully. Kathy and Katelyn Manfre, a real-life mother and daughter, play Myrtle and

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n his preface to Our Town, Thornton Wilder recounted his dissatisfaction with the theater of his time. “It aimed to be soothing,” he lamented, and proceeded to attack that problem with innovative staging and a deceptively simple story that successfully explores what it means to be mortal. Our Town is an indisputable classic of American theater, and it works both as an intellectual premise and an audience experience. The trouble is, the play has become soothing. The passage of time did it, because Wilder set it with a 37-year backward glance that’s now a 113-year squint. He

wrote the play in 1938, and placed its three acts in 1901, 1904 and 1913 in the mythical, supremely ordinary town of Grover’s Corners, N.H. The time shift is intended to give the audience a perspective on the characters, forcing us to look at them (and, in a way, back at ourselves) with the benefit of knowing more about the boundaries of their world than they can see. When the narrator tells us the young paperboy will die in World War I, we acquire a vantage point we can never have on our own lives, or on a conventional, realistic play. We treat Our Town’s characters with compassion, because we’re wiser.


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Emily Webb, respectively, with vitality and nuance. Michael Manion captures the eye-twinkling humor of Charles Webb. Taryn Noelle and Mark Roberts play Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs as solid, reassuring parents. Ryan Halsaver appears a little too old to take on young George — his smile is the most boyish thing about him — but he brings happy energy to the role. Jeffrey Maclay plays milkman Howie Newsome with sweet conviction, and Scott Renzoni brings out both the humor and the darkness of frustrated choir director Simon Stimson. Bent takes on the role of the Stage Manager and neatly hits the character’s entertaining notes. This is one of the trickiest roles in theater, and if his performance contains no fireworks, it also avoids the maudlin. The production is fastidious about the period, with the result that costume detail takes the place of the scenic elements Wilder demanded be omitted. Costumes by Cora Fauser are generally quite good, and the period facial hair is inspired. Donna Stafford’s massive, stylized art on the background scrim seems to overbalance the actors while adding no imaginative statement of its own. In a nice touch, Renzoni works the sound effects onstage alongside music director Daniel Bruce on the piano. Wendy Stephens’ lighting provides some splendid dawns and keeps changing to evoke the play’s range of moods. Wilder was writing about mortality, not sentimentality, and this production is generally able to avoid the cloying. If anything is missing, it’s an approach bold enough to let this 76-year-old play once again startle an audience. Still, Wilder’s core vision is intact. By looking back and looking only at the ordinary, he gives us a place to stand just a little bit outside of time and just a little bit outside ourselves. Through this lens, the ordinary becomes transcendental. m


Device-Free Dining It’s down with laptops, up with conversation at August First B Y ET HA N D E SEIFE






s national news outlets have reported recently, many Vermonters are struggling with addiction to a powerful, mind-altering substance that has an increasingly visible public presence. No, not heroin — we’re talking about the internet. And the latest war against its use is happening in a popular restaurant in Burlington. Last month, August First Bakery & Café went “screen-free” — that is, customers are prohibited from using laptops or tablets. So noteworthy was the move that National Public Radio, among other media outlets, picked up on the story. Discussions on such online venues as Facebook and NPR’s website ensued. But you can’t read them at August First. Actually, it’s not the internet per se that’s unwelcome at the South Champlain Street café; patrons are still permitted to use smaller internetenabled devices such as smartphones. August First’s co-owners, Jodi Whalen and Phil Merrick, have nothing against the internet or computers, they say. They give the prohibition a positive spin, saying they intend it to improve the ambience and culture of the restaurant. Whalen, 46, and Merrick, 57, are married; they’ve owned and managed August First for a little more than five years. In that time, the eatery — whose garage-door front walls roll up in warm weather — has become a popular and convivial spot. Its screen-free policy officially went into effect on March 31 and was gently phased in over the ensuing couple of weeks. In conversation, Whalen and Merrick come across as anything but authoritarian or stern. They seem to be happy people, and they aver that they’re not out to make anyone else less happy. In fact, the two are pleased to have come up with a policy that, in their opinion,


is good for their café’s bottom line and ensures a nicer experience for their customers. Have they seen the effects they hoped for? “Sales are up,” says Merrick. He estimates he’s seen a 15 percent increase since August First went screen-free. Merrick allows that a short trial period and recent media attention may have LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

skewed that figure somewhat. Still, he and Whalen are confident they’ve made the right decision. “Anecdotally,” Whalen says, “what we’ve noticed [since the policy change] is a liveliness to the bakery that wasn’t there before. When people are on their laptops, they’re silent … Now it feels more alive, because of all the conversation.”


The policy change has a sound financial basis, suggest several coffee shop owners with whom Seven Days spoke. Customers who set up temporary “offices” in cafés with their portable devices tend to “squat” for long periods without purchasing much more than a cup of coffee. August First had been on the road to screenlessness for a while. When it opened, the place offered free Wi-Fi, but the owners noticed a rise in the number of squatters. They dropped internet access during the lunch rush and saw their sales go up. The next step was to prohibit the use of electronic devices altogether during peak lunchtime hours. But that seemed like a half measure to the couple. Whalen and Merrick considered enacting a “buy one item per hour” policy, but that would “require more policing,” Whalen says. “There’s something very uncomfortable about that. We were hoping that people would have the etiquette to see that other people wanted to sit here, too.” The last straw came a few months ago. August First’s cash registers, which rely on an internet connection to work, ceased functioning one day for no discernible reason. Frantic calls to Burlington Telecom revealed no problems with the business’ connectivity. Merrick and Whalen decided that the only fair thing to do for the duration of the outage was to give patrons their orders for free. But two hours later, they discovered that a customer had unplugged the store’s router so he could plug in his own laptop. Moreover, he became angry when the café’s owners asked him to disconnect. “His laptop was more important than [our] running our business,” DEVICE-FREE DINING

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Last September, 4-year-old Frida’s Taqueria and Grill in Stowe closed with little fanfare. Owners JACK PICKETT and JOSHUA BARD will soon open PHOENIX TABLE & BAR on the Mountain Road. But what of the former Frida’s? The space in Main Street’s historic Butler House will reopen as MI CASA KITCHEN & BAR on May 15. “Mexican seemed like a great fit. We decided to continue with it,” says PAUL BIRON, owner of Butler House and the man behind Mi Casa. He’s enlisted chef STEVE TRUSO and his daughter ZOE BIRON, a recent NEW ENGLAND CULINARY INSTITUTE graduate, to man the kitchen. While the menu is still in development, Biron says Mi Casa won’t feature recipes based on those of Frida Kahlo, as its predecessor did. Kahlo’s art has disappeared from the space’s walls, replaced by a mural featuring Mexican sugar skulls and photos of life south of the border. Mi Casa’s offerings will represent a broader range than Frida’s, Biron says. Along with Mexican staples such as tacos and burritos, he plans to serve Caribbean dishes. Ingredients will be local when possible, and “we’ll try to hit the vegetarian and gluten-free markets,” Biron says. The latter might happen by default: “We were looking at the menu,” he adds, “and other than the dollar tortillas, everything else is gluten-free just [by virtue of ] being Mexican food.” Perhaps most enticingly, Biron says he hopes to keep Mi Casa budget-friendly. “That’s important, especially for Mexican food,” he says. “People don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. And there are plenty of other places in Stowe to do that.”


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rice,” explains Cofino of his standard. “If a girl has a lot of boyfriends, we say, ‘She’s like white rice; she’ll go with anything.’” Perhaps to avoid the comparisons, Open Arms serves brown rice instead. Of course, that choice also reflects Acoy’s focus on health. With two schools in close proximity to the restaurant, he says, it matters to him to serve local kids the same way he feeds his own. Diners can choose a bowl of fresh greens or a burrito filled with protein such as local pork prepared Cuban Christmas style, or MISTY KNOLL FARMS chicken in the same intense jerk sauce used at NECTAR’S in Burlington. The vegan



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less valuable you become as a customer, because you are covering a dwindling portion of the business’ overhead costs: rent, heat, water and the very internet access that you take for granted. Going screen-free was a business decision, as Merrick and Whalen have said all along. Other local businesses have taken different tacks. Muddy Waters, a coffee shop on Main Street in Burlington, does not offer Wi-Fi to its patrons, but neither does it ban any electronic devices. Owner Mark MacKillop is out of town when Seven Days drops in, but barista Caroline Phillips, 25, who’s worked at “Muddy’s” for two years, confirms that there is neither a prohibition on devices nor a “buy something for every hour you’re here” rule. “I went to [the University of Vermont],” she says, “and I would come


s banishing certain digital devices even legal? Why should a restaurant be allowed to tell its customers how they can spend their time? Keep your righteousness in check: Whalen and Merrick are on legal terra firma. Allen Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, says the case isn’t complicated. August First is a private business and can therefore enact any rule its owners wish about the behavior of their customers, provided those rules do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, gender, religion or the like. “The reason is that the Constitution protects us from actions by the government,” Gilbert says. “A private company can do what it wants and can set restrictions like this.” The legal justification for such a rule is twofold, he says. First, no rights are being infringed to the detriment of any customer. If a customer wants to work on his or her laptop while sipping a hot

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says Merrick. “The selfishness!” Whalen adds. “It wasn’t the computer. It was the behavior.” Whalen and Merrick acknowledge the arbitrariness of prohibiting laptops and tablets but not smartphones (though customers are still urged to limit phone conversations in the café). “It’s the only enforceable boundary,” Merrick says. “People are going to use their phones. You can’t just eliminate technology — that wasn’t our goal.” Merrick and Whalen know that smartphones can do most things that laptops and tablets can do, but small screens are less amenable to reading and writing. Even a web-surfing smartphone customer is less likely to spend all day doing so in the restaurant, the owners say. “As phones turn into tablets, in a sense, we’ll have to reevaluate if there’s a problem,” says Whalen. “Right now, there’s not. If you were to sit here and use your phone, I doubt you’d be here for three hours. It’s inconvenient for the user.” Ironically, there is a logical counterargument to the new policy within August First itself. Against the north wall stands a six-foot-tall bookshelf laden with reading material of all sorts. Weren’t people losing themselves in books long before the first LOLcat rode an invisible bike? “We’ve been asked, ‘What if I come in and bring the Sunday New York Times and sit for three hours?’” says Whalen. Her response: “That would be fine. We’re not extreme like that. It’s almost like it’s the keyboard that should be banned.”

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after which they’ll collect pledges and appoint a board. Cropp hopes member loans will cover all the brewery’s costs to get off the ground, enabling the enterprise to avoid getting lost in the “giant morass of red tape from the Cooperative Fund of New England.” Cropp says he’s already had informal discussions with local brewers interested in becoming the co-op’s first employees. Beers will likely include a few standards, as well as specials generated by monthly recipe contests. The ultimate goal is a full-scale brewery and restaurant based on the Black Star model. Now Cropp and co. will have to wait to see the pledges roll in.

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more bottles of spirits had taken their place. But cocktails don’t seem to be a focus here, even though hotel guests sometimes hit the bar simply to drink. Business travelers and contractors, weary families with toddlers, hungry locals and curious foodies — all of them show up in a hotel restaurant at one time or another. This diversity surely made menu planning a balancing act. Café Provence ended up with a patchwork of French classics — most of them duplicates of dishes at the Brandon restaurant — and American stalwarts. There’s duck confit and steak au poivre, for

instance, but also pizzas and a grass-fed beef burger. The kitchen seems sweet on invertebrates: snails, scallops, shrimp, mussels — a roster familiar to anyone who has frequented the Brandon spot. If I were a regular there, I’d probably be disappointed to learn there are few new dishes to sample on Blush Hill. But since this was my first Café Provence experience, I was keen to dive in, even if the chainhotel version doesn’t appear to be aiming for a culinary grand slam. FrenCH evOluTiOn

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he last time I climbed the steep hill to Waterbury’s Best Western Plus hotel, it was out of both hunger and curiosity. I had never been inside the hotel’s Wandering Moose Café — nor did I know anyone who had. Once there, I ended up drinking a very good vodka martini and leaving without eating more than bar snacks. Neither the ambience nor the menu inspired me to splurge on dinner. Apparently, I was not alone. “We have this very quaint little restaurant, but it never seemed to get enough ‘oomph’ behind it,” said hotel general manager Melissa Moore earlier this year. She was explaining why she tapped her friend, chef Robert Barral, to reinvent the hotel’s dining options. Even though Barral already owns and runs one restaurant — Brandon’s Café Provence — he took the bait. Barral lived in Waterbury when he was executive chef at the New England Culinary Institute. With 10 years at Café Provence under his belt, he was primed for a new challenge — and creating a culinary destination inside a two-star hotel is certainly that. So the Wandering Moose closed this past winter, and the 62-seat restaurant underwent an identity change. In mid-March, it reopened as Café Provence on Blush Hill. Though chef Barral’s name arcs over the restaurant’s logo wherever it appears — after all, he’s a well-known figure in the Vermont restaurant scene — it’s actually chef Ittai Azoulay, Barral’s former Brandon sous chef, who runs this kitchen. Despite a face-lift, the décor retains vestiges of its predecessor. Maroon (napkins, booths) and gold (tablecloths, pendant lights) still dominate the color scheme. The lights are dimmer, but the vibe evokes the late 1990s — soft jazz plays, for instance, and a table near the entrance is decorated with a frozen-in-time plated dessert and some knickknacks. Three weeks into Café Provence’s life, the bar still had the feel of a work-in-progress. During my first visit, one side of the bisected bar held only two empty wine glasses and a bottle of Patrón tequila. A week later, a few

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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 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 Wednesday, April 30, 5:30-7 p.m. South End Kitchen, 716 Pine Street, Burlington, $5 donation. Info, 864-0505.


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On my first visit, I chose to eat at the bar, which hosted a freewheeling and convivial crew, as I’d anticipated. When I ordered the last portion of that day’s special — braised veal short ribs — a pair of beer-sipping regulars erupted in frustration. One of them told me he stays at the hotel whenever he’s in town; he waxed rapturous about the ribs, which he had tried a few days earlier. We eventually made a deal: I traded some short ribs for a slice of the gentlemen’s shared pizza, a house pie topped with sour cream, bacon, red onions and wilted spinach. My short ribs were tough and musky; I preferred to scarf the fluffy rice pilaf underneath. But the pizza was luscious, salty and satisfying, with ever-so-flaky dough and an unctuous tang from the sour cream, which had melted into the pie. (On a subsequent visit, a friend and I ordered a whole pie.) Plenty of other dialed-in dishes pushed the unpleasant short ribs from my memory. The Napoleon of Escargot Provençale was a tumble of plump, garlicky snails and creamy tomatoes spilling from between triangular clouds of puff pastry. Ricotta cavatelli melted on the tongue, especially after I dragged them through the puddle of citrusy beurre blanc with which the pasta came. At $10.95, the cavatelli is the restaurant’s most expensive appetizer but worth the price — especially as it’s laced with a haunting wisp of truffle oil. Entrées range in price from $13 (for the burger) to $25 and do not skimp on volume. Café Provence’s seafood stew is a hallmark dish, and hefty: a coral-hued hillock of mussels, scallops and shrimp in an herbaceous tomato-laced broth good enough to drink. A heap of luscious saffron risotto rose from the stew like a fragrant island, and tiny toasts — slathered with basil butter — offered textural counterpunch to the pillowy seafood. It was garrigue-meets-thesea, or something like that, though the flavors could probably be kicked up a notch.

The Duck Duo was simpler, but the dish similarly weaves together a tapestry of flavors, most of them earthbound. An herb-heavy, lusty navybean stew contained the flotsam of shredded duck confit, diced eggplant and tomatoes, crisp asparagus spears, and baby carrots. On top rested sliced, succulent duck breast — cooked perfectly medium-rare, as I ordered, with its skin still crisp despite the steam from the stew beneath. The wine list is lengthy and thoughtful, drawing heavily on French bottles — including a few from a Languedoc vineyard owned by a relative of Barral’s. The private-label Café Provence Chardonnay and Rouge (a blend of Rhône varietals) are both easy sippers, but the dry rosé is the brightest of the bunch. Quenching and summery, with ripe strawberry and candy notes, it’s a versatile wine that can pair with escargot or duck, and even with a few of the desserts. That dessert menu is succinct: ice cream, crème brûlée, cake, a sample platter. But those we tried were excellent, if not particularly nuanced. A massive — and massively rich — molten chocolate “bomb” was adorned with delicate crème anglaise, a golf-ball-size scoop of ice cream and spikes of raspberry coulis. By contrast, a lavender crème brûlée had a caramelized crust so thick, it could be eaten on its own like candy. Underneath lay velvety, floral cream — perfect. Dinner for two, with tax and tip, will top $100, a price that pushes Café Provence into the fine-dining category — without fine-dining ambience. Service is professional and prompt, though on my visits the servers seemed to be still learning the menu. And though the culinary technique is top-notch, I found some flavors too dull. This is not a place for foodies in search of culinary adventure or a romantic dinner, but Café Provence on Blush Hill offers worthy sustenance far above what can be found in most similar hostelries. m

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COMMUNITY DINNER: Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565. HOMESHARE VERMONT INFORMATION SESSION: Those interested in homesharing and/or caregiving programs meet with staff to learn more. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5625. VERGENNES COMMUNITY MEETING: Locals set priorities, identify resources and outline bold, transformational goals for Vermont's smallest city. Vergennes Opera House, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-6091.


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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF VERMONT INFORMATION SESSION: Potential students meet with academic advisers to learn about courses and programs offered throughout the spring. Community College of Vermont Middlebury Campus, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3032.


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.


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APR.18 | LGBTQ Body in Motion Eighteen years ago, an operation on his spinal cord left John Killacky paralyzed from the neck down. In the months it took to regain the use of his body, his fingers were the first to function. Finding solace in the hospital’s computer lab, he typed personal narratives that would later appear in his Lambda Award-winning anthology Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories. Further into his recovery, Killacky drew from his artistic reserves again, documenting his journey in the 2003 experimental short film Dreaming Awake, which he presents along with Crip Shots and Holding On.

QUEER CRIPS Friday, April 18, 6 p.m., at RU12? Community Center in Burlington. Free. Info, 860-7812.


Bebop and Beyond As the son of Latin music legend Chico O’Farrill, Grammy Award-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill might be expected to have some formidable musical chops of his own. And so he does. Known for bringing experimental flair to traditional Latin rhythms, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2002 at the request of Jazz at Lincoln Center. There, the 18-piece group honed its sound as the resident ensemble before departing in 2007 to pursue outside educational and performance opportunities. These days, the progressive powerhouse the Chicago Tribune deems “a potentially definitive Latin jazz band” is preserving this dynamic musical heritage one concert at a time.



Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-40. Info, 863-5966.


ounded in the late 1980s, the Moscow Festival Ballet was born out of a newfound creative freedom experienced by Russia’s top dancers and choreographers. Vibrant and technically masterful, the 50-member ensemble features artists from the country’s most prestigious ballet companies and dance schools. One such talent is artistic director Sergei Radchenko, a 25-year veteran of the esteemed Bolshoi Ballet. Interpreting his vision and the music of Sergei Prokofiev, performers bring the classic fairy tale “Cinderella” to life — complete with a sinister stepmother, scheming stepsisters and, of course, Prince Charming.


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Meet roCkin' ron the friendly Pirate: Aargh, matey! Youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. MusiC & MoveMent With lesley grant: The local musician leads little ones ages 3 through 5 in an exploration of song, dance and basic musical elements. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. 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. 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: Engaging narra3:16 PM tives 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, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. student Matinee series: 'seussiCal, the MusiCal': From Horton the Elephant to the Cat in the Hat, a musical adaptation of Dr. Suess' zany characters captivates youngsters in grades 1 through 5. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. & noon. $8. Info, 863-5966. teen Writers grouP: Budding wordsmiths ages 12 through 18 develop their skills. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291,

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david finCkel & Wu han: 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. farMers night ConCert series: Joined by Will Patton and Neil Rossi, the Missisiquoi SA -M AR River Band bring bluegrassIE M A zz U inspired tunes to the stage. Vermont CCO Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500. 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. $17-40. Info, 603-646-2422. song CirCle: CoMMunity sing-along: Rich and Laura Atkinson lead an evening of vocal expression. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. OF



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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 Info, 985-9850. Mindfulness & MoveMent Class: A guided practice and discussion focuses the mind and body. The Center for Mindful Learning, Burlington, 5:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-0820. Montréal-style aCro yoga: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower helps participants gain therapeutic benefits from acrobatic poses. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 324-1737. r.i.P.P.e.d.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. sPring Cleanse With food as MediCine: Lisa Masé of Harmonized Cookery shares a weeklong cleanse aimed at renewing body, mind and spirit. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $3-5; preregister. 2:49 PMInfo, 223-8000, ext. 202.


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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. 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. interMediate/advanCed english as a seCond language Class: Speakers hone their grammar and conversational skills. Administration Office, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


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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.



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


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.

PoeMCity: goddard College faCulty Poetry reading: A well-versed gathering features readings of original works and translations. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, Poetry oPen MiC: Fans of the written word get their literary thrills with varied verse. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free; participants must preregister. Info, 748-8291, smccaffrey@ 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.

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take BaCk the night 2014: Locals stand in solidarity against sexual violence at a rally featuring speakers and live music by Brass Balagan. A march to Burlington City Hall auditorium follows, where survivors share their stories. Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info,


Container gardening Planning: Green thumbs learn the basics of planting and maintaining modified plots. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433. vegetaBle gardening: 10 tiPs for keePing it siMPle: UVM master gardener Jean Kiedaisch shares strategies for successful backyard beds. A raffle rounds out the horticultural happening. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.


WoMen Business oWners netWork: netWorking night: Ladies mingle while celebrating Vermont farmers and brewers at an informal gathering. Vermont Tap House, Williston, 5:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink; preregister. Info, 503-0219.


'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.

kidsafe CollaBorative annual aWards: Area professionals and volunteers receive recognition for their contributions to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. Live and silent auctions round out the luncheon. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $25. Info, 863-9626. verMont ChildCare aPPrentiCeshiP PrograM inforMational Meeting: Directors and staff working in licensed childcare programs learn about the benefits of participating in the program. See for details. Carolyn's Red Balloon Enrichment Center, Colchester, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2700.




Creative Writing WorkshoP: Wordsmiths develop their craft in a supportive environment. See for details. Studio 266, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 383-8104. 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.

'Cinderella': Set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, the Moscow Festival Ballet brings the classic fairy tale to life. See calendar spotlight. Auditorium, Lyndon Institute, 7 p.m. $22-54. Info, 748-2600.


Sap Runnin' ContRa DanCe: Lausanne Allen calls and teaches the steps to tunes by George White and friends. Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 7-10 p.m. $5-8. Info, 617-721-6743.


BellwetheR SChool open houSe: Parents visit classrooms and meet with staff during an exploration of the school's holistic education model for children ages 3 through 12. The Bellwether School, Williston, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-4839,


KiSumu Kenya Safe wateR pRojeCt funDRaiSeR: Folks don cocktail attire and feast on a five-course meal of African fare and wine. Live music and dancing round out the evening. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 6-11:30 p.m. $125; $25 for dessert and dancing only. Info, 598-7650. 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.

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eCho eaRth weeK'S muDfeSt: See WED.16. netwoRKit! CaReeR faiR: Job seekers mingle with representatives from local businesses and attend discussions at this event inspired by "Connecting You to the 802." A mixer follows. Holiday Inn, South Burlington, 1-5 & 5-7 p.m. Free. Info,





CleaR up youR BRain fog: Health coach Kimberly Sargeant details holistic ways to improve cognitive function. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. foRza: the SamuRai SwoRD woRKout: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

afteR SChool maKeR SeRieS: legoS: Kiddos ages 5 and up snap snazzy structures together. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. miDDle SChool planneRS & helpeRS: Lit lovers in grades 6 to 8 plan cool projects for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. SpaniSh muSiCal KiDS: Amigos ages 1 to 5 learn Latin American songs and games with Constancia Gómez, a native Argentinian. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, every other Thursday, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. SpRing DiSCoveRy: Little ones ages 3 through 5 and their adult companions search for wildflowers and other signs of the changing seasons. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068. 'Symphony Reel' StRing tRio: Cellist John Dunlop, violinist Laura Markowitz and violist Ana Ruesink present a musical journey though classical, folk and more. Orchard School, South Burlington, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Vergennes Elementary School, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 800-8769293, ext. 14.


BeginneR SpaniSh leSSonS: Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.


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gReen wRiteRS pReSS CeleBRation paRty: 12 boneless wings Guest speakers join GWP writers and founder Dede Cummings to fête the Vermont-based and a 2 liter Coke product publisher dedicated to sustainable practices. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. Plus tax. Pick-up or delivery only. Expires 4/30/14. national theateR live: 'fRanKenStein': limit: 1 offer per customer per day. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller 973 Roosevelt Highway alternate roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation in a broadcast production directed by Colchester • 655-5550 Danny Boyle. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $23. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘ouR town’: Lost Nation Theater opens its 12v-ThreeBros032614.indd 1 3/24/14 10:54 AM 2014 season with Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about small-town life. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-60. Info, 229-0492. 'Rent': Based on Puccini's La Bohème, the Middlebury College Community Players interpret the lives of artists and bohemians grappling with love, art and death in New York City. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $6-12. Info, 443-6433. 'the SpitfiRe gRill': See WED.16, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.




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'new englanD Review' veRmont ReaDing SeRieS: Emily Casey, Don Mitchell, April Ossman and Ross Thurber share recent works. Carol's Hungry Mind Café, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5075. 'paSSion, politiCS & panelS': Political cartoonists Tom Tomorrow and Jeff Danziger discuss their craft in relation to the latter's latest book, The Conscience of a Cartoonist. Norwich Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 295-3319. poem City: 'my StRange oBjeCtS': Under the direction of composer Erik Nielsen and poet Kerrin McCadden, Montpelier High School students perform original poetic/musical collaborations. Sweet Melissa's, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. poemCity: veRmont StuDio CenteR alumni poetRy ReaDing: Julia Shipley, Hilary Poremski-Beitzel and Kristin Fogdall and others read selected works. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 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. thomaS viSSeR: The author of Porches of North America considers the structure's social and architectural evolution. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2180. unfilteReD wine & poetRy: Poets calm their nerves with sips of vino before taking the stage at this open mic for lit lovers. Shelburne Vineyard, 6 p.m. Free; wine for sale by the glass. Info, 985-8222.


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'ReaDy foR SChool' family woRKShop: Youth services librarian MacKenzie Ross helps families with children ages 2 through 6 incorporate math literacy skills into daily routines. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 748-8291, mross@

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ava maRie, john levin, Danny BiSSette & will Solomon: An evening of indie-folk and experimental electronica entertains music lovers. Sovversiva Open Space, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, subversive. BRit floyD: With dazzling lights and lasers, the group delivers a stunning show spanning Pink Floyd's hits from 1967 to ’94. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $38.75-59.75. Info, 863-5966. veRmont youth oRCheStRa ShowCaSe: Area musicians of all levels perform solo and chamber works. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 655-5030.

CaRRie BRown: The local historian presents "Arming the Union: Vermont Gunmakers and the Technology That Shaped America." Pawlet Public Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 645-9529. gueRRilla giRl fRiDa Kahlo: Concealed behind a gorilla mask, the anonymous feminist artist discusses "Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action," on view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

'CouSin juleS': Cinephiles screen restored footage of Dominique Benicheti's acclaimed 1972 documentary about his cousin's farm in the French countryside. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, reception, 6 p.m.; film, 7 p.m. $5-8; free for Vermont International Film Festival members. Info, 660–2600. 'giRl RiSing': The North Country Society of Women Engineers host a screening of Richard Robbins' 2013 docudrama featuring Meryl Streep and other notable actresses, who narrate the stories of nine inspirational girls from around the world. Merrill's Roxy Cinema, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $11. Info, swencountry@ 'i am Sam': Sean Penn stars in this compelling drama about a father with mental disabilities who fights for custody of his daughter. A discussion follows. Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 463-4270. 'the laSt mountain': A West Virginia town unites to protect a mountain from a major coalmining operation in Bill Haney's 2011 documentary. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. '¿Quién pueDe BoRRaR laS huellaS/who Can eRaSe the tRaCeS?' 'uKungeniSa' & 'SituationS': Short films by Regina José Galindo, Nandipha Mntambo and Claire Fontaine, respectively, explore the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of combat. Room 232, Axinn Center, Starr Library, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Reel paDDling film feStival: This benefit for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail brings the thrill of water sports to the big screen. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 860-0190. uvm film SeRieS: 'the fRont': Woody Allen stars in Martin Ritt's 1976 comedy about a cashier who becomes entangled in the world of blacklisted Hollywood writers. Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. $4-10. Info, 656-4455.

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Create a Biodiverse Garden for Ecological Resilience: Wendy Sue Harper teaches green thumbs the foundations of proper soil, plant and pest management. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. $5. Info, 229-6206.


Cultural Heritage Professionals Gathering: Students and interns mingle with those already established in the industry at an informal event. Richardson's Tavern, The Woodstock Inn & Resort, 5-6 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 479-8522, laura.brill@state.



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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, 1011 a.m. $5-6. Info, 658-7477. Laughter Club: Breathe, clap, chant and ... giggle! Participants decrease stress with this playful practice. Bring personal water. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373. Rewriting Your Truths Part Two: A Night of Affirmations: Holistic health coach Sarah Richardson helps participants embrace empowering words. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $2-3; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. Yoga Consult: Yogis looking to refine their practice get helpful tips. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 272-8923.


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. Crafternoon: Students in grades 4 through 8 convene for a creative session. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Drop-In Story Time: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captivate children of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Early Bird Math: Inquisitive minds explore mathematic concepts with books, songs, games and activities. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 434-3036. Elementary Open Gym & Activity Time: Supervised kiddos in grades K through 6 burn off energy, then engage their imaginations with art, puzzles and books. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Magic: The Gathering: Decks of cards determine the arsenal with which participants, or "planeswalkers," fight others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free; for grades 6 and up. Info, 878-6956. 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. 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. 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory': Kiddos in grades 1 and up follow the zany adventures of Charlie and his fellow Golden Ticket winners. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


Queer Crips: John Killacky explores physical disability in three short films, then discusses his Lambda Award-winning anthology Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories. Proceeds benefit RU12? Community Center. See calendar spotlight. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 860-7812.

Brutal Cherie, Soul Junction & Washed Up: Regional bands perform punk, funkpop and rock at an all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. Friday Jazz JAM: Pine Street Jazz: The Burlington-based instrumental sextet pairs traditional selections with bebop, blues and more. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, 5-7 p.m. $12-15; cash bar. Info, 985-3346. Glockabelle: Accompanied by drummer Ethan Snyder, the experimental musician and composer creates whimsical rhythms with a Casio VL-tone and the glockenspiel. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


Spring Migration Bird Walk: Avian enthusiasts keep an eye out for warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. Call for meeting location. See for details. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 a.m. $10; free for members; preregister. Info, 229-6206. Woodcock Walk: Nature lovers seek out the bird's elaborate mating rituals on a sunset stroll through the Stephen Young Marsh area. Meet at the parking area on Tabor Road. Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-4781.


Tree Pruning: Forester Dave Wilcox presents tips for arboreal upkeep, then demonstrates his techniques outside. Meet in the East Montpelier Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


North Branch Café First Anniversary Celebration: Locals fête the establishment with live music, snacks, tea, wine and more. North Branch Café, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 552-8105. Rokeby Museum Volunteer Orientation: History lovers learn about service opportunities ranging from museum tours to bookkeeping. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 10 a.m. Free. Info,


Fiber Arts Group: Needle crafters work on current projects in an informal environment. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 849-2420.


Bike Jam: Gearheads help low-income Vermonters with repairs, while others craft jewelry out of old bicycle parts or help out around the shop. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, Drop & Swap: See FRI.18.

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iConnect Workshop: Internet newbies learn how to perform specific online tasks and gain resources for further learning. Community College of Vermont, Rutland, 9 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091.

Peter Macfarlane: The Addison resident details his aquatic adventures in "One Man, One Canoe, 750 Miles: A Personal Odyssey Along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail." Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-0190.


‘Our Town’: See THU.17, 8 p.m. 'Rent': See THU.17, 8 p.m. 'The Spitfire Grill': See WED.16.


Brown Bag Book Club: Bookworms voice opinions about Christina B. Kline's Orphan Train. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Creative Writing Workshop: See WED.16, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. PoemCity: Brown Bag: Favorite Poems: Stanza fans share original verse and works by their favorite writers in a roundtable setting. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 223-3338. PoemCity: 'So Little Time' Reading: Writers featured in the anthology about nature and its relationship to humans share their work. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

'No': Pablo Larraín's award-winning drama explores political turmoil in Chile under military dictator Augusto Pinochet. In Spanish with English subtitles. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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. Rutland Winter Farmers Market: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at the bustling indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269. Sugar on Snow: Folks welcome spring with maple syrup treats, sap-boiling demos, live music and a petting zoo. Palmer's Sugarhouse, Shelburne, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5054.


Border Board Games: Players of varying experience levels sit down to nontraditional board games, including Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Derby Line Village Hall, 5 p.m. Free. Info, Vermont Scholastic Chess Championships: Quick thinkers in grades K through 12 vie for their opponents' king in a meeting of the minds. Berlin Elementary School, registration, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; games, 10 a.m. $1220; free for spectators. Info, 223-1948.

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'Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, Part 5 & Part 6': "Ceres' Children" examines the traditions that define the Green Mountain State. Following a reception with the filmmakers, "People's Power" tackles contemporary tensions over energy, independence, the environment and the state's future. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 5:30-7:45 p.m. $5-8. Info, 649-3242.

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Suzanna Walters: The Northeastern University professor discusses The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 324-3875.


Coupon Queen Darby Mayville: Savvy savers swap and share circular clippings. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Drop & Swap: Folks tap into the spirit of spring cleaning and exchange clothing, household items and furniture. Drop, Friday; swap, Saturday. SHAPE Fitness Center, Johnson State College, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1251. Greenhouse Tour & Cocktail Tasting: Horticulturalists nosh on appetizers and sip herb-infused cocktails from Caledonia Spirits while strolling through a diverse array of plant life. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 5-7 p.m. Free; preregister; cash bar. Info, 482-4060, julie@

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

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. Blues Dance: Folks find rhythm at this grooving session open to all levels. No partner necessary, but clean-soled shoes are required. Champlain Club, Burlington, beginner lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 pm. $5. Info, 448-2930. English Country Dance: Thal Aylward and Carol Compton provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are called by David Millstone. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring a snack to share. Info, 899-2378. Queen City Tango Practilonga: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisation, camaraderie and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smooth-soled shoes required. North End Studio B, Burlington, 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.

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Zumba: Energetic Latin rhythms fuel this dance-fitness phenomenon for all experience levels. South End Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 540-0044.


Easter Egg Hunt: Little ones ages 1 through 4 and 5 through 8 hunt for brightly colored eggs and earn prizes for their finds. Face painting and mini pancakes round out the day. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 9-10 & 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Mud Season Egg Hunt: Hop to it! Youngsters search for hidden treasures to add to their baskets, then head to Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe to meet the Easter Bunny. Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 241-8327. SMArt Series: EGG-STREME Spring: Tykes ages 3 and up welcome Easter with eggceptional activities ranging from decorating to games. Shelburne Museum, 1-4 p.m. Regular admission, $3-10; free for children under 5 and members. Info, 985-3346.


Rupert Wates: An evening of melodic folk tunes showcases the singer-songwriter's talents. See calendar spotlight. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $35 includes dinner package; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071.


Map & Compass Workshop: Hikers learn how to navigate varied terrain on a moderate, 5-mile trek. Contact trip leader for details. Colchester Pond, 8 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 355-7181,


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. Introduction to PowerPoint: Those familiar with the program get creative with slide shows, charts, text, templates and more. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.noon. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.



Green Mountain Derby Dames Doubleheader: Hot wheels! Baby Animal Day: Visitors of all Fans watch the Black Ice ages fawn over little lambs, Brawlers and Grade A Fancy fluffy chicks and wide-eyed battle the CT RollerGirls in calves. Horse-drawn wagon this fast-track showdown. rides, garden tours and Champlain Valley Exposition, themed activities add to the Essex Junction, 4:30 & 7 p.m. fun. Billings Farm & Museum, $6-12. Info, 203-675-0294. Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-14; free for kids 2 and under. Paddling Clinics: Tips from Info, 457-2355. industry experts help aquatic IL LI athletes prep for kayak and Manga Club Meeting: Fans of NG SF canoe adventures. See A RM Japanese comics in grades 6 and & MUSEU M for details. Outdoor Gear Exchange, up bond over their common interest. Burlington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. 860-0190. Info, 878-6956. Rasputitsa Spring Classic: Riders spin Saturday Story Time: Families gather for their wheels along a 47-mile route through imaginative tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 some of Vermont's coldest and most barren a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. landscapes. Proceeds benefit the Mary E. Wright Story Explorers: Mud: A reading of Mary Halo Foundation. Main Street, Newport, 9 a.m. Lyn Ray's Mud paves the way for soil science $40. Info, and a muddy tune. ECHO Lake Aquarium rte











'Girl in the Other Room': Sarah Jo Willey's original play stars Wendy Maquera as Alora, who must reconcile her professional pursuits with caring for her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 782-4144. Green Mountain Cabaret: International burlesque star Maya Melata joins local performers to bring sass to the stage in the 1950s-themed show "Leave it to Peepers." Club Metronome, Burlington, 8 & 9:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 585-1388, ‘Our Town’: See THU.17, 8 p.m. 'Rent': See THU.17, 8 p.m. 'The Spitfire Grill': See WED.16.

Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Led by the Grammy Awardwinning pianist, the 18-piece ensemble fuses Latin rhythms and African percussion with jazz and swing. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-40. Info, 863-5966. Dave Keller Band With Johnny Rawls: Southern comfort food from Susanna's Catering fuels music lovers for a show featuring Vermont's award-winning blues artist and the Mississippi soul man. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 7 p.m. $20 y of LA plus cost of food; cash bar. Info, UR A CA 888-1261. RBO NE Joan Osborne: One of the great vocalists words of her generation, the multiplatinum recording Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the artist interweaves poetic lyrics and American Fantastic: Six local authors read you fantastiroots music. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 cal tales. Quarterstaff Games, Burlington, 4 p.m. p.m. $30-40. Info, 603-448-0400. Free. Info, Reed, Rosin and Pedal: The trio enlivens Five Colleges Book Sale: Thousands of used, works by Mozart, Darius Milhaud and Peter antiquarian and out-of-print volumes delight Schickele in "Music From the Deep: A Concert of bibliophiles at this benefit for New England colMurky Notes." Richmond Free Library, 7:30 p.m. legiate scholarships. Lebanon High School, N.H., Donations. Info, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 295-0906. Co


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.

PoemCity: 'Braiding History' Workshop: Guided by historian, mystery writer and poet Beth Kanell, folks create a poem that interweaves Montpelier's past with their own. Snelling Room, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PoemCity: Poetry Through the Lens: Using photographs as prompts, folks craft poetic narratives in this workshop led by Deb Fleischman and Gary Miller of Write Mondays. Local 64, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 223-3338, PoemCity: Twitter Poetry: Got 140 characters? Beth Kanell helps tech-savvy wordsmiths use social media as a tool for creating and sharing original verse. Bagitos Bagel & Burrito Café, Montpelier, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Poetry Society of Vermont: Local lit aficionados get their stanza fix with readings from well-versed members of the association, founded in 1947. Phoenix Books Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.





Balkan Folk Dancing: Louise Brill and friends organize people into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. No partner necessary. North End Studio A, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Info, 540-1020. English Country Dancing: Trip to Norwich provide live music at this celebration of the traditional art form. All dances are taught and called. No partner needed, but clean-soled shoes are required. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 3-6 p.m. $4-8. Info, 785-4121, christopher.levey@

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All-You-Can Eat Breakfast: Neighbors catch up over plates of pancakes, eggs, bacon, home fries and toast. Alburgh Volunteer Fire Department, 7 a.m.-noon. $6-8; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 796- 3402. Sugar on Snow: See SAT.19.


Easter Dinner: Veterans and their families feast on baked ham, scalloped potatoes and all the fixings. VFW Post, Essex Junction, noon. Free; first come, first served. Info, 878-0700. Easter in the Ballroom: Maple-glazed ham adorns a buffet of beef, chicken and fish, scrumptious sides and brunch offerings. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 10:30, 11 a.m., 12:30 & 1 p.m. $5-27.95; preregister. Info, 660-7523.


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.


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.


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.


Our Town: See THU.17.


Five Colleges Book Sale: See SAT.19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PoemCity: Write On! Performance: Poet Angela Emery leads a reading of original verse by attendees of Write On! workshops. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Friends of Brownell Library Meeting: Locals learn about the organization's plans for the coming year. Koolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Public Hearing: The Williston Selectboard hosts a meeting about the proposed amendments to the Sewer Allocation Ordinance. Williston Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0919. Relay for Life Chittenden County Team Meeting: Folks looking to give their time to the world's largest cancer-fighting movement get information about the annual overnight event. American Cancer Society, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-6776 or 872-6309.


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.


Solar Home Heating & Cooling With Air Source Heat Pumps: RJ Adler of SunCommon discusses energy-efficient ways to deal with the elements using photovoltaics. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.


Caitlin's Closet Event: Franklin County teens dress for success with a selection of gently used prom, cocktail and bridesmaid dresses. Highgate Public Library, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

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Ciné Salon: Cinephiles screen A Happy Man, by Lithuanian filmmaker, poet and artist Jonas Mekas. Mayer Room, Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.


Bridge Club: See WED.16, 7 p.m. Trivia Night: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.

Signs of Spring Walk: Nature lovers embrace the changing seasons on a trek led by a Winooski Valley Park District educator. Gilbrook Natural Area, Winooski, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 863-5744. MON.21

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Avoid FAlls With improved stAbility: See FRI.18. FAlling AWAy: A mindful session moves beyond a Western view of self, relationships and psychotherapy. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6989. guided pArtner thAi bodyWork: Lori Flower of Karmic Connection shares basic techniques that create relaxation and personal connection. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. mondAy night Fun run: Runners push past personal limits and make strides at this weekly meet-up. Peak Performance, Williston, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0949. r.i.p.p.e.d.: See WED.16.


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, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. moretoWn plAygroup: Tykes burn off energy in a constructive environment. Gymnasium, Moretown Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 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.


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


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

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AArp smArt driver clAss: Drivers ages 50 and up learn to safely navigate the road while addressing the physical changes brought on by aging. Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, 4:30-9 p.m. $15-20; preregister. Info, 483-6335.



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creAtive Writing Workshop: See WED.16. 'inner WeAther: A robert Frost cAlendAr': Doug Anderson presents a seamless recitation of the bard's nature poems that begins in spring and travels through each season. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 382-9222.

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



'medicAre And you: An introduction to medicAre': An informational session helps newcomers get acquainted with health care coverage. Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-0531, united WAy volunteer connection: Locals looking to give back to the community learn about a wide range of opportunities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


csi symposium: Experts in the field of crime scene investigation present workshops and discussions ranging from crash reconstruction to social media. Norwich University, Northfield, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2455.


intro to tribAl belly dAnce: Ancient traditions from diverse cultures define this moving meditation that celebrates the feminine creative energy. Comfortable clothing required. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 6:45 p.m. $12. Info, sWing dAnce prActice session: Twinkletoed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


eArth dAy Alien invAsion: invAsive species Workshop: Mary Beth Adler and Marie Levesque Caduto train participants to identify terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals that threaten local ecosystems. Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 765-4288. eArth dAy celebrAtion: Eco-friendly folks reduce their carbon footprint with a book swap, electronics recycling, kids activities and more. See for details. Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. solAr home: heAting & cooling inFormAtion session: Jessica Edgerly Walsh of SunCommon details ways to utilize the sun's energy and avoid fossil-fuel dependence. Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. Wild Winooski: eArth dAy Wild edible & medicinAl plAnt WAlk: Melanie Putz Brotz leads a stroll along the Winooski River in search of local flora. Purple Shutter Herbs, Winooski, 5:45 p.m. $15-30. Info, 865-4372.

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Architecture & design Film series: 'coAst modern': Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome's 2012 documentary travels from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia, highlighting three generations of modernist architecture along the way. A discussion follows. BCA Center, Burlington, food and cash bar, 6 p.m.; film, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.


'The human experimenT': Dana Nachman and Don Hardy's documentary examines the side effects of thousands of untested chemicals found within everyday products. A panel discussion follows. Aiken Center, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 617-869-6558. KnighTs of The mysTic movie club: Cinema hounds screen campy flicks at this celebration of offbeat productions. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 356-2776. 'loser's crown': A struggling music journalist returns to his Vermont roots in this coming-of-age drama by local filmmaker Colin Thompson. Merrill's Roxy Cinema, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 864-4742, loserscrownmovie@ 'raising arizona': Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter star in the Coen brothers' 1987 cult classic about an ex-con and an ex-cop who tackle parenthood. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018.


gaming for Teens & adulTs: Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. 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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french conversaTion group: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. inTermediaTe conversaTional spanish lessons: Adults sharpen their grammar skills while exploring different topics. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. pause-café french conversaTion: French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


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ben falK: The nationally kids recognized author and founder creaTive Tuesdays: Artists of Whole Systems Design Y exercise their imaginations with OF and Research Farm outlines LY ND recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must the benefits of permaculture. ON E STATE COLLEG be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Moore Community Room, Academic Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, and Student Activity Center. Lyndon State 865-7216. College, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 626-6459. fairy sTories & drop-in crafT: maKe open discussion: pasT lives, dreams & a fairy house: Little ones tap into their soul Travel: Members of Vermont Eckankar imaginations and craft dainty dwellings for facilitate a conversation focused on gainspirited sprites. Adult accompaniment required ing spiritual freedom and joy. Spirit Dancer for kids 8 and under. Dorothy Alling Memorial Books & Gifts, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, Library, Williston, 11 a.m. & noon-2 p.m. Free. 800-772-9390. Info, 878-4918. theater homeworK help: See SUN.20, 4:30-7:30 p.m. 'The spiTfire grill': See WED.16. piraTe parTy: Walk the plank! Youngsters channel the spirit of the high seas and gain words literacy skill with songs, stories and more. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-11 a.m. Free; miKe bond: The activist and author sheds light preregister. Info, 849-2420. on the rampant poaching of African elephants in The Last Savanna. A discussion and book preschool sTory Time & crafTs: Books signing follow. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, and creative projects help tykes gain early 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3656. literacy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. poemciTy: open poeTry reading: A lively lineup of local poets treats lit lovers to an sTory explorers: mud: See SAT.19. evening of lyrical verse. Bear Pond Books, vacaTion movie: Zarina the fiesty flying pixie Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. causes an uproar in The Pirate Fairy, featuring vijay seshadri: The award-winning poet Tinker Bell and other Peter Pan characters. excerpts selected works. Stearns Cinema, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11:30 a.m. Johnson State College, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, Free. Info, 878-6956. 635-1342. yoga wiTh danielle: Toddlers and preschoolers strike a pose in a stretching session UR


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biCyClE maintEnanCE: Anne Miller and friends help cyclists get road ready for spring riding. Jaquith public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

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'WounDS of WaziriStan': Madiha Tahir's documentary explores the far-reaching effects of drone warfare on pakistan civilians and the world at large. A discussion follows. The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.

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hoopapalooza for tEEnS: Movers and groovers create hula-hoop routines to music in preparation for the annual event in May. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, mEEt roCkin' ron thE friEnDly piratE: See WED.16. muSiC & moVEmEnt With lESlEy grant: See WED.16.


EngliSh aS a SEConD languagE ClaSS: See WED.16. intErmEDiatE/aDVanCED EngliSh aS a SEConD languagE ClaSS: See WED.16.

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.


jazz VoCal EnSEmblE & jazz Combo ConCErt: Amber deLaurentis Cleary and Tom Cleary direct UVM performers in highlights from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie's repertoire. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. 'pEtEr gabriEl: baCk to front': A prerecorded concert broadcast treats fans to the rocker's 2013 concert featuring hits from his So album. palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 864-5610.


'rEaDy for SChool' family WorkShop: See THU.17, 1:30 p.m.


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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. VErmont unDErgraDuatE rESEarCh forum: Area college students travel back in time with presentations on various aspects of the state's history. Community Room, Vermont History Center, Barre, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2180,


'amaDEuS': Johnson State College presents this Tony Award-winning musical about the rivalry between young musical genius Mozart and composer Antonio Salieri. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 1 p.m. $5. Info, 635-1476. 'thE Quarry': Vermont Stage Company premieres Greg and Randal pierce's drama about residents of a Vermont town whose lives drastically change upon an eerie discovery in the local marble quarry. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966. 'thE SpitfirE grill': See WED.16.


CrEatiVE Writing WorkShop: See WED.16. mary hollanD: The author of Naturally Curious: A Photographic Guide and Month-byMonth Journey Through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England shares her knowledge. Bradford Academy, 6:30 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation; free for kids under 5. Info, 222-4536. poEmCity: lElanD kinSEy: Inspired by the Northeast Kingdom's landscape and natural history, the local poet reads from Winter Ready. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. VErmont humanitiES CounCil book DiSCuSSion: 'unDErStanDing poStColonial afriCa': Jonny Steinberg's Test: A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic inspires conversation among readers. South Burlington Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7076. m

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building animals HEALING TOUCH FOR ANIMALS: Healing Touch for Animals is for anyone with the desire to enhance the well-being of animals through energy medicine. Join the growing number of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal trainers, groomers and pet owners, rescue shelter volunteers and animal lovers who are integrating this work into their every day lives and connection with animals. May 2, 6-10 p.m.; May 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $580/1 4-hour class & 2 8-hour classes. Location: Healing Touch for Animals, South Street, South Hero/Hinesburg. Info: Healing Touch for Animals, Karen McCloud, 372-4822,,

TINY-HOUSE WORKSHOP: A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 8-ft. x 12-ft. tiny house in Bakersfield, 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 find a landowner who will sponsor your seasonal gardeneer camp. Onsite camping avail. Cost: $250/workshop. Sliding scale. Location: Bakersfield, Vermont. Info: 933-6103, peterking@vermonttinyhouses. com.

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Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience. May 8 & 15, 6-8 p.m., May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $144/BCA members; $160/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ARTWORKS: Professional photographer Dan Lovell demonstrates lighting techniques. Other topics include color reproduction and 2-D versus 3-D artwork. Learn to properly upload and save images onto a computer and what sizes and formats you should use for emailing and uploading to a website. A basic understanding of your camera is required. Apr. 24, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. TAKING ETSY TO THE NEXT LEVEL: Trying to figure out how to stand out in a sea of a million other sellers? Etsy seller Laura Hale will guide you through driving traffic to your shop using Etsy’s internal tools; creating your own online marketing methods; covering treasuries, blog posts and comments; integrating social media; and more! May 5, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $18/BCA members; $20/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.



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.

ADV. JEWELRY: MAKING A LOCKET: Instructor: Matthew Taylor. Come learn from master jeweler Matthew Taylor. Students will learn about forging, design and intimate detail to create a personal sterling silver locket with hinges. Come join Matthew and take your jewelry skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Beginner Jewelry (students must already know sawing, filing and soldering). 5 Wed., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Apr. 30-May 28. Cost: $285/person (members $207, nonmembers $230, + $55 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. KIDS: SPRING INTO CRAFTS: Ages 6 and up. Instructor: Sarah Sprague. This course is designed for students who love to try different mediums. Each week we will focus on the theme “spring”: paint a still life of flowers, make a mosaic garden plaque and more. Students will learn to paint, draw and sew fabric to create different and unique projects. Every Thu., 3-5 p.m., May 1-22. Cost: $110/ nonmembers; $99/members.

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,,

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 author. Apr. 24 & May 1, 8 & 15, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

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

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 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@, burlington-classes. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,

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,,

education LANDSCAPE STEWARDS: Do you care about land use in your town and water quality in local waterways? Join us this spring for learning, skill development, networking and action. Learn landscape assessment skills, visit natural, urban and restored sites with experts, design your own green infrastructure project. Earn 3.6 CE credits from UVM. Apr. 24, 25 & 26. May 8, 9 & 10. May 22, 23 & 24. Cost: $136/3.6 CE credits from UVM. 3 books incl. Location: Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab, 3 College St., Burlington. Info: Lake Champlain Sea Grant, Rebecca Tharp, 656-2514, rtharp@uvm. edu,

empowerment JOURNEYS: CREATIVE SELF DISCOVERY: Explore your creativity. What do you wish for? What power do you hold? Where would you like to go? Using Expressive Arts as your vehicle (visual art, movement, sound, spoken/written word and ritual), take a six-session creative journey for pleasure and the revitalization of yourself. No previous arts experience necessary. Thu. nights, May 1-Jun. 5, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $165/person; fees incl. all materials. Location: Expressive Arts Burlington/ Studio 266, 266 S. Champlain St., Burlington. Info: Expressive Arts

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

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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: This workshop opens up new ease of movement and helps you become aware of habitual movement habits and reduce unnecessary tension. Learn how physical systems affect strength and sensitivity, and how to move freely without friction or antagonism. Alexander Technique guides movement choices that are logical and effortless, exploring the ways our thinking affects our action in movement and speech. Instructor: Erika Senft Miller. Teens/adults, Fri., May 2 & 9, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $40/2 sessions. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, EXPLORING CONNECTIONS SERIES: INTITIATION & SEQUENCING: This workshop series uses movement and metaphor to explore the expressive body, incorporating movement fundamentals as well as drawing and writing to explore the relationship between movement and personal expression. FLYNN ARTS

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PHOTOGRAPHING SPRING COLORS: From the strong hues of a flower to the subtle palette of a mountain valley, we will explore this short but sweet season. Join us for three classes including a lecture discussing images and technique, a field shoot, and a critique slide show of student work followed by printing session. Prerequisite:


MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL THROWING: Instructor: Jules Polk. This course is for all skill levels! Beginners will be guided through the fundamentals of basic wheel-throwing techniques. More experienced students will consider elements of form and style and receive individual instruction in functional or sculptural techniques. 8 Sat., 10 a.m.-noon, Apr. 19-Jun. 7. Cost: $255/person (members 193.50, nonmembers $215, +$ 40 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne.


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.

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INTRODUCTORY STONE CARVING: A few of the great classes we offer: Two- to five-day classes (beginner to advanced) in stone carving, slate lettering and relief carving, welding, jewelry-scale metal casting, bronze casting, decoy carving, copper sculpture, flint 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: The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 438-2097, info@carvingstudio. org,

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CLAY: ALTERING/DECORATIVE SLIP: Artist Loretta Languet will demonstrate various techniques for altering pots and decorating with liquid colored slips. Students will have the opportunity to explore these techniques. Bring with you a leather hard pot or several wet slabs, some of your favorite brushes and a playful sense of adventure. Sat., Apr. 26, & Sun., Apr. 27, 10-2 p.m. Cost: $90/8-hour class over 2 days. Location: Seminary Art Center, 201 Hollow Rd., Waterbury. Info: Seminary Art Center, 253-8790,,

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Our goal will be to facilitate a lively interplay between inner connectivity and outer expressivity to enrich your movement potential, change ineffective neuromuscular movement patterns, and encourage new ways of moving and embodying your inner self. The session on May 2 focuses on Initiation and Sequencing. Instructor: Sara McMahon. Teens/adults, Fri. May 2, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $22/ person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548,





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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 filming a simple animated sequence. Gain practical experience to set up your own D.I.Y. experiments at home. All materials included. Instructor: Leif Goldberg. Apr. 26, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $65/ members; $90/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 2538358,, RUSTIC FURNITURE PROJECT: Learn basic woodworking skills using handsaws, electric drills and sanders. Workshop covers sustainable harvesting, stock selection, design, layout, joinery and finishing. Complete a 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 La., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,, BASKETMAKING WORKSHOPS: THE MARKET BASKET: Weave your very own market basket. This basket is sturdy and practical for all kinds of chores and projects: gardening, trips to the lake or a run to the farmers’ market. Participants will learn about

reed, variations of weaving, and staining. All weaving materials are included. Instructor: Maura J. Clancy. May 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $90/members; $115/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@, AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVITY: Are you ready to move into action on a creative project but are feeling overwhelmed, blocked or unsure? In this interactive class, you will shift yourself to greater clarity and productivity by learning how to overcome common obstacles impacting your creative process and work. All materials included. Instructor: Marianne Mullen. Weekly on 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,,

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

language 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,,

martial arts AIKIDO: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Classes for adults, children and beginners 7 days a week. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconfidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072,,

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

p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

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 flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. May 2-6. Cost: $770/person. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude La., Barnet. Info: 633-2384,,

reiki JIKIDEN REIKI SEMINARS: Jikiden Reiki Shoden & Okuden (Level 1 & 2) Seminar presents the original Reiki entirely free of Western influence. Its roots go back almost to the discovery of Reiki itself. Taught by an authorized teacher of the Jikiden Reiki Institute of Japan. Your certificate comes directly from Japan. Shoden on May 31-Jun. 2/Okuden on Jun. 7 & 8. Cost: $850/person; deposit of $150 required. Location: LightWorks Reiki, 4326 Main St., suite 1, Port Henry, N.Y. Info: LightWorks Reiki, Luci Carpenter, 518-5726427, lightworksreiki@gmail. com,

tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Mindful Breath Tai Chi (formerly Vermont Tai Chi Academy and Healing Center), 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 735-5465,,

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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,

training BREWING COURSE: Through lab experience and classroom lecture, students who complete Brewing: Science, Safety, Sensory and Skills will have the technical ability to work effectively in a brewery with considerations for safety, equipment operation and quality testing. They will build an understanding of the management, technological and biochemical aspects of the brewing process, including raw materials, malting, brewing, fermentation, safety, and finishing. This course is taught by Steve Parkes, owner and operator of Drop-In Brewery in Middlebury. Brewing: Science, Safety, Sensory and Skills. Incl. instruction, certificate of completion, field trips & meals. Location: Drop-In Brewing, 610 Route 7 South, Middlebury. Info: Vermont Technical College, Melissa Neilson, 728-1677,, agricultureinstitute.

yoga BURLINGTON HOT YOGA: TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga classes featuring practice in the Barkan and Prana Flow Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Ahh, the heat on a cold day, a flowing practice, the cool stone meditation, a chilled orange scented towel to complete your spa yoga experience. Get hot: 2-for-1 offer. $15. Go to Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. Info: 999-9963. EVOLUTION YOGA: Evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Therapeutics and 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, HONEST YOGA, THE ONLY DEDICATED HOT YOGA FLOW CENTER: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have

daily classes in Essentials, Flow and Core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 497-0136,, LAUGHING RIVER YOGA: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. Check our website to learn about classes, advanced studies for yoga teachers, class series for beginners and more. All bodies and abilities welcome. Now offering massage. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, SOUTH END STUDIO: We are not just a dance studio! South End Studio offers a variety of yoga classes for all levels and budgets in a welcoming environment. Each week we offer two heated Vinyasa classes, five $6 community classes and our other yoga classes include Vinyasa, Mindful Yoga, Hatha Flow, and Sunday Yoga Wind Down. Check our online schedule for days & times. Cost: $13/class; passes & student discounts avail.; all yoga classes 60-75 minutes. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044, YOGA ROOTS: Flexible, inflexible, athletic, pregnant, stressed, recovering from injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! Skillful, dedicated teachers are ready to welcome, nurture and inspire you in our calming studio: Anusara, Gentle, Kids, Kundalini, Kripalu, Meditation, Prenatal, Postnatal (Baby & Me), Therapeutic Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Yin & more! Yoga Roots Sprouts (ages 2-5 w/ parents & caregivers) Thu., 10:45-11:30 a.m.; Yoga Roots Saplings (K-4th grade) Mon., 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Men’s Yoga, Tue., 6-7 p.m.; The Birth That’s Right For You w/ Lisa Gould Rubin, May 17, 11-6 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090,



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f you are a reasonably well-adjusted human being, there is no earthly reason why you should find yourself at Club Metronome on Sunday, April 20. That evening falls on both the holiest day of the Christian calendar, Easter Sunday, and — in a twist of sacri-licious coincidence — the noted stoner holiday 4/20. And that night Burlington’s Touchpants will take the stage. And, like most of their infrequent Queen City appearances, this one will likely draw a large crowd. Some will come because they are friends of the band’s gravel-voiced front man, Chris Friday, a well-liked and longtime fixture behind the scenes at the South Burlington nightclub Higher Ground. Others might drop in because they’re fans of bassist Aram Bedrosian or guitarist Colby Dix, two exceptional and highly regarded local players. Still others might come to catch a glimpse of the famous man behind the drum kit, Phish’s Jon Fishman. And then, some 7D readers might see the “musical comedy” tag in the show’s listing and think something along the lines of, Hey, I like Weird Al and Tenacious D! But all who attend the show no doubt will leave with a dark stain upon their souls. (As will, it must be noted, anyone who proceeds to read this article. If your delicate sensibilities render you easily offend-

ed, just stop now and go read your Free Will Astrology horoscope. Please.) Despite the toilets on which cofounders Dix and Friday sit during performances, to call the band’s juvenile brand of musical comedy “bathroom humor” is an injustice to the term. Witness the word “cump.” That’s a Friday-devised term for having an orgasm while taking a shit. (We warned you.) And that’s one of the milder words the singer has coined in his innumerable writings for the band. The man could publish his own dictionary of foul phrases — though it would likely only be available for sale in the darkest corners of the internet. Going to see Touchpants is like a lastcall bar hookup. Somewhere deep down in your booze-battered psyche, you know it’s bad idea. You know you’ll wake up in the morning smelling of equal parts whiskey, cigarettes and shame. You also know you’re gonna do it anyway because, hey, it’s been a while, right? A person has needs. And sometimes those needs supersede your moral code, negligible as that may be in a bar at 2 a.m. Sometimes you need a cheap thrill. Sometimes, you just gotta go home with Touchpants. Touchpants are almost certainly the most offensive, disgusting and morally irredeemable band ever to call Burlington home. And precisely for those reasons,

“This is the kind of comedy musicians they are fascinating and, in their own repulsive way, kind of awesome. and comedians like,” he says. “It’s not for “I’ve always said Touchpants play mu- everyone.” sical comedy that is not very funny and not “Or anyone,” says Friday. very musical,” says Dix, seated with Friday Still, there is no denying the band’s recently at a local coffee shop. “I’m not strange appeal. Everyone, Dix points out, sure I’d advise anyone to listen to us, ever.” has a dark side. And through Friday’s filthy, And yet people do. sub-grade-school-level poetics, TouchSince forming in the early 2000s, pants have tapped into a vein that delivers Touchpants have gigged as steadily as its a particularly dirty fix. “I actually think it’s all pretty funny,” members’ numerous other projects — and perhaps decency laws in certain states — says Bedrosian in a recent phone interallow. The band’s lone album, Poopenis view, although even he admits to moments Poetry, has earned a sort of mythical aura of revulsion. “When Friday explained to me what since its limited release in 2006. It’s like a pink sock is, that was pretty rough,” he the lost Death recordings for perverts. They’ve developed a cult-like follow- says. (Google that one yourself.) Bedrosian adds that while boorish proing that packs their local shows. Several of those shows have included some no- fanity is the band’s stock-in-trade, their table onstage guests, including keyboard- work does have a certain musicality, which ist Marco Benevento and members of the helps explain why high-caliber players Slip, all of whom have lent their prodigious such as Dix, Bedrosian and Fishman are talents to songs with titles such as “Mush- drawn to the project. “The music is imporroom Tattoo,” “Jesus Had tant, too,” he says. “It can a Baby” and “A Burp Autistic.” be deceiving, but we reTouchpants have also ally do rock out.” Touchpants are plandrawn criticism, borning a second album for dering on outrage, from release later this year. certain factions who don’t find anything funny Compared to their debut, about the band. Friday which offered mainly demo-quality ramblings, it recalls a dustup with a will be slickly produced. professor from the UniThough still, as Friday versity of Vermont womputs it, “absolutely disen’s studies program who he says actively lobbied gusting.” Nectar’s to cancel a reAnd then comes the C O L B Y D I X , T O U C HPA N T S long con. cent show at the club. “I want to make the “They didn’t like the fact that we had a poster with a girl giving best kids’ album we can,” says Dix, suggesta blow job to a guy sitting on a toilet taking ing a children’s album on par with those a dump, which is called a ‘blumpie,’ Friday by They Might Be Giants. “I want soccer says matter-of-factly. “And that, of course, moms to be like, ‘Hey, have you heard that kids’ record by Touchpants? It’s so great!’” would lead to a cump.” (Are you seriously still reading this?) he continues. “Then I want those soccer moms to go Touchpants’ songs have been accused of being sexist, misogynistic and obscene. to the store and buy the wrong Touchpants And they are. There’s really no other way album.”  to describe music that gleefully incorporates themes of incest, bodily fluids and degrading sex acts — often in a single song. INFO But the Berklee College of Music-trained Touchpants with Violent Mae, Sunday, April Dix is quick to point out the band’s shtick 20, at Club Metronome in Burlington, 9 p.m. $7/10. is just that: shtick.






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In other new-record news, local rockers Phil yates & the affiliates are set to hit the studio next month to begin work on a follow-up, tentatively titled No Need to Beg, to their underrated 2013 album Oh So Sour. In the meantime, you can catch the band opening for holly GoliGhtly and Persian claWs at the Monkey House this Friday, April 18 — see the spotlight on page 72 — where they will presumably unleash a few cuts from that forthcoming album.


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This weekend we will visit the holiest day on the Christian calendar. A day when a divine entity thought previously to have perished from the Earth is reborn, rising from the darkness to save us from our mortal sins. No, not Easter. Though we’re totally down with zombie Jesus. I mean Record Store Day. If you’re a reader of a certain vintage, you may see that three-word phrase and think, What the hell is a record store? Glad you asked! Long before iTunes, Beats Music, Spotify and stealing music from the Pirate Bay became vogue, music fans were forced to physically go to brick-and-mortar stores to purchase our tunes. No, not MP3s. We bought records, which were these round, usually black discs that contained songs. Or we bought CDs, which were also round, though smaller and shinier. Sometimes we bought cassette tapes, which is a whole other story. Point is, it was a heady time. The local record store was a cultural and social hub. You didn’t go simply to buy new music. You went to look at the show flyers or band want ads on the store message board. You went to snag the latest issue of the local scene

zine. You went to pick the brains of the holier-than-thou store clerks for good recommendations and/or to be judged by said store clerks for buying something else. It was an immersive, personal and, for many of us, formative experience. It was also an experience that can’t be replicated online, despite the many wonders of the digital age. Personally, I don’t think there has ever been a better time to be a music fan. There is more music and information accessible to fans than at any point in human history, all with little more effort than the click of a mouse. But I wouldn’t be the first person to point out that the cost of that accessibility has been the decline of record stores. It’s just easier, and often cheaper, to shop online. And I’m as guilty as anyone else. I confess I don’t frequent our local record shops with anywhere near the regularity that I used to. But I’d suggest making the effort to swing down to your local indie record store this Saturday, April 19, for Record Store Day — perhaps Pure Pop or

Burlington Records in the Queen City, Buch Spieler in Montpelier and Exile on Main Street in Barre. Because you might walk away with some good new tunes and, just as importantly, an appreciation for those stores that have somehow managed to stay in business when so many others have closed their doors. Every year, hundreds of special EPs and albums, reissues and other nifty releases are unveiled specifically for RSD. These often coincide with in-store performances. No word yet on that score, but the slate of releases on tap for RSD 2014 is out, and it’s pretty impressive. On its website, Pure Pop has a running tally of the albums they expect to have available that day. These include classics from the likes of the Grateful dead, the doors, otis reddinG and Joan Baez to LPs from PuBlic enemy, notorius B.i.G. and Jay-z. You can shred to records from mastodon and motörhead, or get spacey on a sun ra LP. Or maybe you’d dig on an lcd soundsystem box set? Of course you would. Personally, I’d have my eyes on special RSD releases from Gram Parsons, steve earle, sPoon and the zomBies, to name just a few.

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happen to flirt with — makes for some seriously provocative yet danceable music. The band simply occupies its own heady sonic spectrum. Touring in advance of their forthcoming third album, appropriately titled III, BBNG play Signal Kitchen in Burlington on Thursday, April 17, with PRINCIPAL DEAN and A.O. RIVER.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: open mic with andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: VT Comedy Club Presents: What a Joke! Comedy open mic (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. argonaut&wasp, Smooth antics (live EDm), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Cedric Liquer: Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration, 5:30 p.m., free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. Dicosis (grunge), 11:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Woedoggies (blues), 7 p.m., free. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

THU.17 // BaDBaDnoTGooD [Jazz, HIP-HoP]

SIGNAL KITCHEN: Com Truise, Tricky Pat, Disco Phantom (eclectic DJs), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's acoustic Soul night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. ZEN LOUNGE: Spring Fling with DJ Kyle Proman (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

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THE MONKEY HOUSE: Close to nowhere (rock), 8:30 p.m., free.

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

GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free.


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, alec Ellsworth and Katie Trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free.


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BAGITOS: Papa GreyBeard (blues), 6 p.m., donation.

OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Lowell & Sabo of Lucid (rock), 7 p.m., free. DJ Skippy all Request Live (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Cody Sargent & Friends (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. n'Goni Rockers (West African groove), 11:30 p.m., $5.


SIGNAL KITCHEN: BadBadnotGood, Principal Dean, a.o. River (jazz, hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $15. AA. ZEN LOUNGE: open Turntables with matteo Cohen & Guests (EDm, mashup), 10 p.m., free.


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CLUB METRONOME: The Foundation Limelight Concert Series Vermont: mI-6, SIn Sizzle, nat-J (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. FINNIGAN'S PUB: Craig mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Budos Band (Afro-soul), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Lesionread, Kristachuwan (experimental pop), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. VENUE: noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi, 8 p.m., free.

CHARLIE O'S: Brave the Vertigo, DJ Crucible (metal), 10 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Poem City (poetry), 7 p.m., free. Live music, 8 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Borealis Guitar Duo (irish), 7 p.m., free.

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

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

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Fizz CD Release (rock), 7 p.m., free.

THE BEE'S KNEES: Ben Roy (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation. James Tautkus (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free.

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Last but not least, congrats to local funk-rockers GANG OF THIEVES, who unveil their new album, Thunderfunk, with a show at ArtsRiot in Burlington this Sunday, April 20, alongside the LYNGUISTIC CIVILIANS. As we mentioned in a Live Culture blog post last week featuring GoT’s latest video, “Sexy Star Circus,” the decision to release the



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In benefit news, this Friday, April 18, at the Rusty Nail in Stowe, local rockers the AEROLITES will play a fundraiser for the International Avalanche Nest Egg — the IAN Fund — a nonprofit organization that helps families of avalanche victims. Avalanches are not generally considered to be a danger on local slopes. But that doesn’t mean Vermonters are immune to the tragedy. Last spring, local skier IAN LAMPHERE died in an avalanche in Colorado. Lamphere was a beloved Stowe resident, cofounder of the Stowe Mountain Film Festival and the drummer in the regional touring band NAMED BY STRANGERS, a Rusty Nail staple in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The IAN Fund was created in Lamphere’s memory to help his wife and their two children recover financially. All proceeds from the show, which will also include guest appearances by some old NBS bandmates, will benefit the organization and go to help other families who have also lost loved ones in avalanches.


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Yates & the Affiliates (garage rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.


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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Sticks & Stones (rock), 9 p.m., free.


ARTSRIOT: Dan Deacon, SnakeFoot, Joey Pizza Slice (experimental pop), 8:30 p.m., $15. aa. CLUB METRONOME: "No Diggity" ’90s Night, 9 p.m., free/$5. EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Papa GreyBeard (blues), 7 p.m., free. JUNIPER: DJ Brunch (EDm), 9 p.m., free. THE LAUGH BAR AR DRINK: Dan Boulger (standup comedy), 9 p.m., $8. SCAN THIS PAGE

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Secret Heliotropes (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Smokin' Gun (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. VENUE: Styles & complete with KatelRush & Elijah Divine (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $10/13. 18+.


BAGITOS: Art Herttua and Stephen morabito (jazz), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE O'S: mystery Points, couches, PistolFist (indie rock), YOUR 10 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Grippo Funk Band, 9 p.m., $5.

RADIO BEAN: Kid's music with Linda "tickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. carolyn Walker & the Woman Songwriter collective (folk), 7 p.m., free. Jen Starsinic (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., free. Bow Thayer & Perfect trainwreck (mountain soul), 10:30 p.m., free. The Burlington Bread Boys (kazoo-core), 12:30 a.m., free. RED SQUARE: Giovanina Bucci (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., free. The Heisenbuells (jam), 8 p.m., $5. craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ con Yay (EDm), 9 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Holly Golightly, Persian claws, Phil


ZEN LOUNGE: Salsa Night with Jah Red, 8 p.m., free. DJ Dakota & the Vt Union (hip-hop, top 40), 11 p.m., $5.

(hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., $5.

CITY LIMITS: city Limits Dance Party with top Hat Entertainment (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Duke (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

upper valley

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: RA the Rugged man, K. Daver (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $15/20. 18+.

northeast kingdom

ARTSRIOT: Pop-Up! A Queer Dance Party: Roller Derby Party (house, mashup), 9 p.m., $5.

JUNIPER: Disco Phantom (eclectic DJ), 9 p.m., free.

THE BEE'S KNEES: The Hubcats (blues), 7:30 p.m., donation.

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

242 MAIN: The catching (indie folk), 7 p.m., $7.

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

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

WHAMMY BAR: Bramblewood (bluegrass), 7 p.m., free.

RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: The Aerolites (rock), 9 p.m., $6.


EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: About time (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Hot Diggity (rock), 9 p.m., free.

MOOG'S PLACE: Abby Sherman (folk), 6:30 p.m., free. tallGrass GetDown (bluegrass), 9 p.m., free.

OLIVE RIDLEY'S: craig Hurwitz & Jay Lesage (acoustic), 6 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Green mountain cabaret: Leave it to Peepers (neo-burlesque), 7 p.m., $10/15. 18+. Retronome with DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.



MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: WITH LAYAR Grundlefunk (funk), 9 p.m., free.

Happy Hour tunes & trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Potbelly (rock), 9 p.m., free.


Fault Lines On their latest record, All Her



deliver witty,

irascible songwriting set to a soundtrack of early rock and roll, country and R&B — with just a hint of garage-y punk ’tude. And that has characterized each of Golightly’s records, in various incarnations, since the British songwriter started churning out music in 1995. To which we say: Holly, don’t ever change. She and U.S. bandmate Lawyer Dave play the Monkey House in Winooski on Friday, April 18, with locals PERSIAN CLAWS and PHIL YATES

THE PARKER PIE CO.: Acoustic Sessions, 6 p.m., free.

Bumping Jones, Summit of Thieves (rock), 8 p.m., free.


THE STAGE: Jay Natola (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., free.

outside vermont MONOPOLE: Roots collider (rock), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS:

ZEN LOUNGE: open mic with Steve Hartman, 6 p.m., $10 donation. Electric temple with DJ Atak (hip-hop, top 40), 10 p.m., $5.

chittenden county BACKSTAGE PUB: Jimmy t (rock), 9 p.m., free.

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Dewey Drive Band (rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nerbak Brothers (blues), 5 p.m., free. Sideshow Bob (rock), 9 p.m., free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. VENUE: Saturday Night mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus, 8 p.m., $5. 18+.


BAGITOS: twitter Poetry Workshop, 12:30 p.m., free. Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. The Neptunes (jazz, blues), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Dance Party (top 40), 10 p.m., free. Dance Party, 10 p.m., free.

Symphonium (folk), 7 p.m., free. The mcLovins, conehead Buddha (jam), 9 p.m., $5.

POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Black & White Rave (EDm), 10:30 p.m., $15. aa.

PIZZA BARRIO: Abbie morin (folk), 6 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Andy Pitt (folk), 5 p.m., free. Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Waves of Adrenaline (folk), noon, free. Less Digital more manual: Record club with Disco Phantom, 3 p.m., free. Britt Kusserow (folk), 7 p.m., free. David tanklefsky (indie folk), 8 p.m., free. colby Dix (alt-country), 9:30 p.m., free. Violent mae (indie), 11 p.m., free. BRaiNScaPeS with Bob Wagner & matt Hagen (experimental guitar), 12:30 a.m., free. RED SQUARE: Van Burens (rock), 7 p.m., $5. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.


SIGNAL KITCHEN: Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band Live Album Recording (soul), 8:30 p.m., $7/10. aa.

WHAMMY BAR: Bob and the trubadors (folk), 7 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: Z-Jaz (jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: The Big Lonesome (americana), 9 p.m., free. RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Seth Yacovone (blues), 9 p.m., $6.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ Reign one (EDm), 11 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.


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REVIEW this The Catching, Our Intimate


Kevin Sheltra is not your everyday guy. Besides his musical ventures and running his own record label, 409 Records, Sheltra is an author and poet with a few books to his name. In a 2010 interview with BurlingtonMusic’s Josh Burlette, the St. Albans native downplays his numerous interests by stating simply, “I grew up in a small town, making loud music.” Furthermore, Sheltra self-diagnoses his music and, by extension, his other creative endeavors by categorizing them as “passionate, wordy, good.” Our Intimate, the debut from Sheltra’s solo side project the Catching, is certainly wordy. This 10-track LP, which bears the Bandcamp tag of “bedroom indie,” is more or less a spoken-word album with a jangly, uneven musical score behind it. Our

Intimate is a “raw” record — that is, terribly unpolished. At times it struggles to find harmony, but throughout the album Sheltra’s cooing mumblings are overshadowed by the weird and often conflicting time signatures between different instruments. An example of this appears in “We Are Pristine.” The song opens with the album’s trademark moody and reverb-heavy guitar, but is marred by a hi-hat beat that is rhythmically incongruous with Sheltra’s melody and guitar progression. Played at opposing meters, the instruments and vocals clash together in an odd cacophony that sounds like futurist music played by novices.

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Move and the way will open. Wednesdays: College Night / DJ Kyle Proman $2 You-Call-It Well Drinks & Drafts. Doors 9PM Th.4.17: OPEN TABLES with MATEO COHEN $4 Well Drinks, $2 Drafts. Doors 9PM

F.4.18: SALSA with JAH RED 8PM sounds that seem to breathe with life. DJ DAKOTA & THE VT UNION 11PM “Bright White Voyager” is a standout, the most ambient of the Sa.4.19: OPEN MIC CONTEST 6PM album’s compositions. The song CRAIG MITCHELL’S B-DAY PARTY / DJ ATAK 10PM seems to chronicle the tale of a space-age explorer taking off for the Tuesdays - Karaoke / Emcee Callanova deep unknown and mapping cosmic $4 Well Drinks, $2 Drafts, $3 Shots. Doors 9PM territories previously untouched by humans. YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE 165 CHURCH ST, BTV • 802-399-2645 Gold Collection’s strong sense TEXT WITH LAYAR of imagery kept my ears afloat in HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER SnakeFoot’s sea of experimental sounds. 12v-zenlounge041614.indd 1 4/11/14 3:14 PM Whatever your own interpretations, the songs here shape stories in your mind and make for an interactive listening experience, almost like a child’s chooseyour-own-adventure book. Though it requires more effort from listeners accustomed to major-resolve relief, the result is hard-earned satisfaction. SnakeFoot undoubtedly creates experimental music, but his songs are completely absorbing. MADE IN THE USA. Look out for the rumbling synth bass of songs such as “TARO” when SnakeFoot opens for Dan Deacon on Friday, April 18, at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Gold Collection can be found at





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the day. “By the Sea Side” transports listeners to the ocean, and you can almost feel the wind and picture the movement of clouds. The album’s title track, its third song, offers a nice variety in style and is an interesting interpretation of classic jazz phrasings. Growing out of an insect’s screech and the howl of a monkey, the atypical beat of “JUNGLETIME” evokes the irregular footsteps of a traveler lost in the jungle who has stumbled upon a tribe brewing ayahuasca. With “Seer,” SnakeFoot guides us on a uniquely 21st-century journey. In it, one can tour a glitchy Logic session with a southern hip-hop beat hidden somewhere in the chaos. “Occulus” is perhaps a reference to the Marvel character who can absorb energy from gems. This song seems to do just that, emanating atmospheric


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Gold Collection by Burlington’s SnakeFoot — aka Ross Travis — contains challenging music. It is not bad music; it simply demands more of the listener than your standard-issue pop music. Melody is rarely at the forefront of the producer’s compositions, and its liberally syncopated beats hint at arrhythmia. There are no vocals, aside from sampled voices. And arrangements of ambient noises often take the place of harmonies. Yet SnakeFoot still offers structured patterns in his songs, making them more approachable than much experimental music. Gold Collection takes the listener on an auditory journey, where skillfully produced soundscapes mix with hiccupping beats and tasteful atonalities that, even wordlessly, often evoke strong imagery. Opening track “MS2000” sets the scene for an album’s worth of electronic exploration with synths that sound like a Transformer waking up to face

The free and loose style of “We Are Pristine” is not atypical. Songs such as “Remaking,” “Waxing/Ripping” and “Saving Empires” all contain moments of teeth-grinding dissonance — which conflicts with Sheltra’s lazy vocal style and his overlapping, softly strummed guitar lines. It makes for awkward listening, to say the least. Our Intimate, which opens with an excerpt from Rian Johnson’s jarring 2005 film Brick, sounds unhappily strung together. On the rare occasions when things go relatively smoothly, as on “Boys,” it is simple singer-songwriter navel-gazing. At its worst, Our Intimate is a ham-fisted jumble of ideas that, whether due to poor execution or underdevelopment, rarely coalesce. The Catching play a benefit show on Saturday, April 19, at 242 Main in Burlington. Our Intimate is available at


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THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: Jason Lowe (rock), 10 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: The Keating 5 (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

northeast kingdom THE PARKER PIE CO.: The Kingdom Tribute Revue: Bob marley (reggae), 8 p.m., free.

THE STAGE: Ry mcDonald (singer-songwriter), 5:30 p.m., free. Red Tin Box (rock), 8 p.m., free.

outside vermont

LIVINGOODS RESTAURANT & BREWERY: Jay Lesage and Friends (acoustic), 6 p.m., free. MONOPOLE: Formula 5 (rock), 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Cop outs (rock), 10 p.m., Na.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch Scramble, noon, $5-10 donation. Fat Laughs at the Skinny Pancake (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $3. ZEN LOUNGE: SIn Sizzle, Denzil Porter, maSH music, Reelife, Dan "Chosin" Batista, Davy, mike Flow, JoSHDWH (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $5. 18+. In the Biz with mashtodon (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.

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

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Twiddle (jam), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. aa. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: David Wax museum, Red Tin Box (mexo-americana), 8 p.m., $10/12. aa. HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free. PENALTY BOX: Trivia With a Twist, 4 p.m., free.

ARTSRIOT: Gang of Thieves album Release, Lynguistic Civilians (rock, funk), 8:30 p.m., $10.


CLUB METRONOME: Touchpants, Violent mae (musical comedy, rock), 9 p.m., $7/10.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Johnny Rawls, the Dave Keller Band (blues, soul), 7 p.m., Na.

FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of music (singersongwriter), 7 p.m. Vermont's next Star, 8 p.m., free. THE LAUGH BAR AT DRINK: Comedy open mic (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: mI YaRD Reggae night with DJs Big Dog and Demus, 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Rik Palieri (folk), 11 a.m., free. Pete Sutherland &

BAGITOS: Ben Kinsley (acoustic), 11 a.m., donation.

stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: David Langevin (piano), 11 a.m., donation.

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FRANNY O'S: Standup Comedy Cage match, 8 p.m., free.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Family night (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. 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: Vultures of Cult, Jesus Christ and the Hallucinogenic all-Stars, Vaporizer, Writhe, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Patchtax (sax and viola), 7 p.m., free. open mic, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5-10 donation.

chittenden county

ZEN LOUNGE: Karaoke with megan Calla-nova, 9 p.m., free.

chittenden county THE MONKEY HOUSE: ace Reporter, other Bones (indie rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.

barre/montpelier BAGITOS: Spring Sing along with Lindsay Wade & Band (rock), 6 p.m., donation.

CHARLIE O'S: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: Children's Sing along with allen Church, 10:30 a.m., donation.

THE MONKEY HOUSE: new Comics Showcase (standup comedy), 7:30 p.m., $5. 18+.

MOOG'S PLACE: The Jason Wedlock Show (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area

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




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THE STAGE: College night: Six Feet to Heaven (rock), 7 p.m., free.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon's Tequila Project (funk), 10 p.m., free. LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Cody Sargent (jazz), 7 p.m., free.


CLUB METRONOME: moe Pope, thye Lynguistic Civilians, Self Portrait (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5/8. 18+. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: 4 Hot minutes, ReVibe (Red Hot chili peppers tribute), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Stephen Callahan Trio (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Love and Hashtags Tour (singersongwriters), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Brett Hughes & Friends, 10 p.m., $3.

JUNIPER: audrey Bernstein (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Craig mitchell (house), 7 p.m., free.



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CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set TEXT with CatsWITH Under LAYAR the Stars (Grateful Dead 9 p.m.,COVER HERE SEE tribute), PROGRAM burlington free/$5. FRANNY O'S: Dangerously average (rock), 9 p.m., free.

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

both cultural influences. DWM play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington on Sunday, April 20, with locals RED TIN BOX. 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+. RADIO BEAN: Lotango (light jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. Laugh Smack (standup comedy), 11 p.m., free.

LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: open mic with andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Causewell apollo (rock), 7 p.m., free. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: VT Comedy Club



Tim Stickle's old Time Session, 1 p.m., free. Joe Halo (duuuude), 4:20 p.m., free. Don Felipe y Los Cachorros (traditional Nicaraguan folklore), 7 p.m., free. Greg alexander: one more for the Road, the Goodbye Set (folk), 8 p.m., free. Victoria Frances (folk), 9 p.m., free. the le duo (experimental), 10:30 p.m., free.

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Hamburger, major Entertainer mike H, Chicky Winkleman, Will Betts (standup comedy), 8 p.m., $14. aa. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's acoustic Soul night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. ZEN LOUNGE: Spring Fling with DJ Kyle Proman (top 40), 10 p.m., free. m





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Upstairs in the second-floor painting studio, examples of Kinkead’s dreamlike, impressionistic paintings rest on easels or hang to dry: a snowy owl whose blurred wings appear to be beating; a family on a sailboat, their facial features indistinct; a Pollock-like spatter of paint suggesting waves on a rocking ocean. Kinkead, 45, paints in oil and a wax medium of her own creation using a palette-knife technique to evoke flurries of movement in her figures. She uses simple, direct compositions that place her subject front and center on the canvas, and favors cool hues with the occasional shock of red or yellow. She says she’s most attracted to capturing people and animals amid “small moments of joy and triumph.” “I remember feeling, as a kid, like everything felt intensified,” Kinkead says. “You know, the first time you ride your bike without the training wheels, or going up too high on a swing just enough so it dips out underneath you, and little things that felt so dangerous. It’s different when you’re an adult.” The body of work Kinkead has developed since moving to Vermont five years ago has made her a top-selling artist at a dozen galleries throughout the state and across the country. She’s even picked up celebrity fans: In 2011, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King each purchased one of her paintings at a gallery in Park City, Utah. Next month, Kinkead and her husband will begin construction on a studio on their property that’s “bigger than the house,” she says, and will enable her to work on larger canvases. Demand for Kinkead’s paintings — and prints of her images — has increased so much that Holstein has quit his management job at Drake Environmental Consultants to manage her sales. Kinkead’s work currently focuses on subjects that might have been lifted from the pages of a children’s book, or inspired by a lullaby. She blends hazy color with depictions of spontaneous movement: a hare bounding across a snowy meadow; a dog shaking water from its coat; Holsteins flicking their tails while resting on a flowering field; and dozens of children riding bicycles or diving into the water. Her paintings reflect her own inclinations in buying art. “There’s something living in pretty much every single piece of art that I’ve purchased,” Kinkead admits. “There’s something thrilling about seeing a little red fox trot across the field, or the snowy owl fly through your yard. Just to be able to have that on your wall and look at it — it just brings back that moment of, you know, thrill.” It’s a stark contrast to her previous artwork. Five years ago, Kinkead was living in Boston and painting almost exclusively monochromatic abstract pieces while working as a nanny to support herself. A native of Natick, Mass., she’d come to Burlington to attend the University of Vermont in 1986 and, after graduation in 1990, pursued a master’s in education at Minnesota State University.


n a crystalline afternoon in April, the looping, unpaved road leading to Rebecca Kinkead’s Ferrisburgh home and studio is slippery from the previous night’s rain. Just inside the door of the airy, post-and-beam house built by her husband, Jamey Holstein, three dogs nearly fall over themselves to greet a visitor, bodies wiggling and tails thumping the floor.

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There, she switched paths and enrolled in the university’s art school, initially focusing on clay. Toward the end of her school years, Kinkead discovered painting — and says she never looked back. She returned to the East Coast, settling in Boston in the late ’90s, and painted almost every day while working a variety of jobs to support herself. As a largely untrained painter, Kinkead was constantly working to improve, she

I THINK IN SOME WAYS I’M PAINTING THE CHILDHOOD I WOULD WISH FOR EVERYBODY. REBECCA KINKEAD says. She had just one gallery and rarely made a sale. In one failed series, Kinkead painted large-scale abstract, monochromatic cells and chromosomes on big canvases. “Color just felt really daunting,” she recalls. “I felt like the work I was making that was monochromatic was better.” During her decade in Boston, a series of events occurred that changed Kinkead. The first was Hurricane Katrina, which took place while she was tending the children of a wealthy family. “It was after Hurricane Katrina that I started painting figures,” Kinkead says. “Seeing the pictures of those kids on the news was just so disturbing and troubling, and here I was in Boston taking the kids to the country club … I almost think I wanted to recreate

a reality for [the children in New Orleans] where it was normal and safe.” In 2007, personal life changes affected her work. Kinkead met Holstein, fell in love and moved to Vermont. At her new husband’s suggestion, she took time to focus on painting without working a side job. She took classes in Middlebury with oil master Tad Spurgeon, whom Kinkead credits with helping her develop her customized wax medium and her dexterity with color. She began using the latter with abandon, drawing inspiration from Vermont’s wildlife, natural scenes and her husband’s dogs. “It just totally shifted when I moved up here,” Kinkead remembers. “All of a sudden, color came back in the work, and figures, and it became so much more playful. I think I was just so happy, and I just felt really free.” And the work began to sell. “The response was immediate, like night and day,” Kinkead says. “So I must be doing something that’s resonating. And that’s what you hope for. “I think, in some ways, you know, I’m painting the childhood I would wish for everybody,” Kinkead adds, though she declines to speak specifically about her own. “I think everybody has stuff from their childhood — nobody’s is perfect. I think we all have those similarities in childhood that link us, that are just part of being human.” 


Kinkead’s exhibit “Local Color” is on view through June 17 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Stowe. She is also represented at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury.

Art ShowS





MIldrEd BElTré: “Dream work,” abstract constructions that are metaphors for human relationships and borrow imagery from west African iconography, political movements, planar geometry, plant growth and sports. April 18-June 7. info, 865-7166. Polly APfElBAuM: “Evergreen blueshoes,” an installation of finely woven rugs and wallpaper influenced by minimalism, pop and color field. Reception: Friday, April 18, 5-7 p.m. April 18-June 7. info, 865-7166. bCA Center in burlington.


EvIE lovETT: large-scale, black-and-white photos of Vermont drag queens from a former Dummerston gay bar. Reception: Thursday, April 17, 5-8 p.m. April 17-May 22. info, 258-1574. plainfield Community Center gallery. 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.

ArT EvENTS dIrEcTorS’ GAllEry TAlK: bill brooks and Mary Manley lead tours and discuss two current exhibitions, “Circling the sheldon” and “Colorful Quilts.” henry sheldon Museum of Vermont history, Middlebury, wednesday, April 16, noon-1 p.m. info, 388-2117.

‘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. ‘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.

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, 860-4972.

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.

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, Through April 16. info, 656-0750.

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.

dESIGNEr cArolINE oH: The guest designer gives a public lecture during the MFA in graphic Design spring residency. noble lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m. info, 828-8734.

ESSEx ArT lEAGuE dEMoNSTrATIoNS: Members of the local artists’ group reveal their techniques and talk about their work in a current exhibit. Art’s Alive gallery, burlington, saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. info, 660-9005.

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. 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. JAMES voGlEr: sophisticated abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 29. info, 862-1001. left bank home & garden in burlington. J.B. WoodS: Digitally enhanced photographs that depict Vermont life. Curated by sEAbA. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. RETn in burlington.

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JuNE Ivy: “30 Days past september,” collage works by the local artist that employ vintage ephemera in fresh new compositions. Through May 31. info, Feldman’s bagels in burlington. KASy PrENdErGAST: Minimal abstract paintings by the local artist. Through May 2. info, 578-7179. Courtyard Marriott burlington harbor.



KATE 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.



lEAH WITTENBErG: “At witt’s End,” cartoons by the local artist created over 15 years. Through June 12. info, 343-1956. nunyuns bakery & Café in burlington. ‘lIKENESS’: portraits in a variety of media by Vermont artists. Through May 27. info, 735-2542. new City galerie in burlington. ‘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, The s.p.A.C.E. gallery in burlington. MArcIA HIll & cINdy GrIffITH: landscape paintings in pastel and oil by the Vermont artists. Curated by sEAbA. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. VCAM studio in burlington.


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. Through April 30. info, 363-4746. Flynndog in burlington. rIcHArd clArK: “stations of the Cross,” charcoal drawings by the late Vermont artist. Through April 18. info, 864-0471. st. paul’s Cathedral in burlington. 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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JESSIcA rEMMEy: photographs that capture the beauty in ordinary settings. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. The pine street Deli in burlington.


TEEN ArT STudIo: Ages 11 to 18 can get inspired and make art with professional photographer paul Rogers in this free open studio. helen Day Art Center, stowe, Tue., April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. info, 253-8358.

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. Through April 30. info, 859-9222. sEAbA Center in burlington.

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uNdEr THE INfluENcE: ToM BAGINSKI: in this workshop, the local artist will talk you through a spring-themed painting, and you can take home your own masterpiece. Drink, burlington, Thursday, April 17, 6-8 p.m. $40. info, 859-9222.

‘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, 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.

GWENdolyN EvANS: The art store’s first artist-inresidence, who is blind, creates and demonstrates her work in clay, paper and acrylic. Artists’ Mediums, williston, wednesday, April 16, 1-3 p.m. info, 879-1236.

JEAN luc duSHIME: “Focus,” instagram images by the Rwandan-born, burlington-based photographer documenting a recent trip to his native country 20 years after leaving it. Through May 7. info, 203-919-3070. livak Fireplace lounge and gallery, uVM Dudley h. Davis Center, in burlington.

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Todd Lockwood: “One Degree of Separation,” black-and-white photographs by the Burlington artist. In conjunction with the Full Circle Festival. Through April 29. Info, 865-7166. 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.

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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. 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.

Michael Strauss: Landscapes and still-life paintings in acrylic and ink. Through April 26. Info, 864-8001. Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. 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.

Sally Hughes: Original floral and landscape watercolor paintings by the Shelburne artist. Through June 1. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne.


‘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.

dimensional forms. Reception: Friday, April 18, 5-8 p.m. As BCA advises, wear your good socks. ‘It’s Black and White’: A whopping 34 artists contribute to this exhibit that illustrates and examines the stark, dynamic beauty of opposites. Main Floor Gallery. Through May 9. ‘Tangents: Fiber Diversified’: Innovative textile art in a variety of techniques by 14 members of the Surface Design Association. Third Floor Gallery. Artist talks, Saturday, April 26, 3-4 p.m. Through May 31. 2014 Silent Auction Exhibition: A variety of works by Vermont artists that will be auctioned to benefit the gallery. Bidding opens April 15. Second Floor Gallery. B.A.S.H., a big arty SPA happening, culminates the silent auction and includes live music, cash bar and desserts, Friday, May 9, 7-9 p.m. $20. Through May 9. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. 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. ‘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. Barbara Leber: “Birches: Twists and Turns,” otherworldly acrylic paintings on Masonite by the Montpelier artist. Through June 1. Info, 454-0141. Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield.

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. ‘Shift’: The MFA Class of 2014 students in graphic design show works during their spring residency. Through April 19. Info, 828-8734. College Hall Gallery in Montpelier. ‘A Voice for the Voiceless’: A traveling exhibit that highlights the connection between domestic abuse and brain injury, as well as what people with TBI can accomplish. Through May 9. Info, 888-2180. Vermont Center for Independent Living in Montpelier.

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‘Surveillance Society’: With works in a variety of media, artists Hasan Elahi, Adam Harvey, Charles Krafft, David Wallace, and Eva and Franco Mattes explore notions of privacy and safety, security and freedom, public and personal. 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. 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. 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.

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Corrina Thurston: “Wildlife in Colored Pencil,” vibrant animal stills. Through April 27. Info, Info, 223-7800. The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier.

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.

and wallpaper using images inspired by pop and color-field art movements. In doing so she blurs the line between two- and three-


‘Preserving the Past’: An exhibit of artfully framed antique prints and botanicals. Through May 13. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.

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Kate Longmaid: ‘Opening to Grace,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Through May 30. Info, 651-7535. Yoga Roots in Shelburne.

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‘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. ‘porTraiTs’: Photography, drawing and painting created by young women in the Learning Together 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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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. caroL macdonaLd: “Spiritual Threads,” prints of knitting patterns by the Colchester artist. Through April 30. Info, 862-9037. Waterbury Congregational Church. ‘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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breTT simison: “The Pane in Empty Rooms: Frost and Breadloaf in the Green Mountains,” large-format, black-and-white photographs of

the Breadloaf Wilderness area by the Vergennes photographer. Through May 9. Info, 388-1436. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. ‘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’: Museumstudies 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. paT musicK: “The Instant of It All,” an exploration of the aging process by the environmental artist, using collage, wall sculpture and large-scale paper pieces. Through April 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. ‘The pLace of dance’: Ten images from faculty member Andrea Olsen’s new book The Place of Dance, created with her colleague Carolyn McHose, feature faculty, alumni and current students. Through May 8. Info, 443-3168. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College.

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call to artists annual Green Mountain Watercolor exhibition: Watercolor artists sought for an exhibit June 29 to July 26 in the Mad River Valley. Anticipating more than 2,000 visitors; monetary and merchandise awards. Info at or Through April 28. 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. Through May 16. 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 community through your art. At various venues around Chittenden County. More info, contact SEABA Center, Burlington, Through April 30. Info, 859-9222. 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. Chaffee Downtown Art Center, Rutland, Through June 14. 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. Deadline: May 23. More info, Chandler Gallery, Randolph, Through May 23. 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 cherrystreet, include

name, city and contact. More info at miltonartistsguild. org. Through May 17. Info, 831-224-5152. one Public art Project rfP: Burlington City Arts and Redstone have issued a Request For Proposals from artists or artist teams for a public-art project in the city’s Old North End — a mixed-use development at 237 North Winooski Avenue. Deadline: April 21. Download details and drawing of development at art_in_public_places/. suMMer and fall 2014 at allen house: The Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery at UVM seeks artists whose work addresses social justice, culture and identity and helps advance multicultural education. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, mixed media and group art accepted. Contact Roman Christiaens. Through May 1. Info, 656-7990. 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. Through April 29. Info, 377-7602.

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.

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‘bodies on PaPer’: Figurative prints by members of the studio. Through April 30. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

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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.

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. 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. “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. ‘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. ‘sierra club Wilderness 50 exhibit’: Photographs of Vermont and New Hampshire wilderness areas and other outdoor scenes. Through July 6. Free. Info, 359-5000. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.

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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.

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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.

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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. Through May 17. Info, 468-1119. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College.

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“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.

‘beFore i Die’: For this interactive exhibition, which has been launched in more than 400 venues worldwide, the downstairs gallery has been transformed into chalkboards with the phrase “Before I die I want to...” and community members are invited to fill in the blank. 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. JenniFer Stock: “water studies, Brattleboro,” a site-specific installation. Jim giDDingS: “out of the shadows,” paintings by the local artist. Through May 4. Info, 254-2771. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

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‘eVolVing perSpectiVeS: highlightS From the aFrican art collection’: An exhibition of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection’s development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. Through December 20. ‘in reSiDence: contemporary artiStS at Dartmouth’: This exhibit celebrates the school’s artist-in-residence program, which began in 1931, and presents works by more than 80 international artists who have participated in it since then. Through July 6. Info, 603-646-2808. hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in hanover, N.h.

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hen I picked up the Washington Post and read Michael O’Sullivan’s review hailing Oculus as “the most unnerving poltergeist picture since The Conjuring,” my hopes for film fun were not high. That’s like calling a new comedy the funniest picture since White Chicks. We’re not exactly talking benchmarks of excellence. So I was pleasantly stunned to discover that the latest from writer-director Mike Flanagan (Absentia) is easily the most smartly made, conceptually inventive supernatural thriller in years. I can’t remember the last time I watched a horror movie and caught myself thinking, Jesus, this is pretty freaking clever! I can assure you it wasn’t the last time I watched The Conjuring. You know a filmmaker’s got something on the ball when he can take a trope as overused as a magic mirror and make you forget for a couple hours all the clichéd ways they’ve appeared in movies over the decades. That’s precisely what Flanagan does. The reflective fixture at the center of his story may be 400 years old, but the uses to which he puts it are fresh from his frontal lobe. This is a story of revenge. In 2002, the Russells moved into a suburban McMansion.


The problem for mom (Katee Sackhoff ), dad (Rory Cochrane), 12-year-old Kaylie (Annalise Basso) and 10-year-old Tim (Garrett Ryan) wasn’t that the house was haunted. Rather, an antique mirror bought for Pop’s home office was. Faster than you can say “housing crisis,” the parents began acting strangely and, YOUR YOUR before long, violently. First Dad pulled out SCAN THIS PAGE TEXT TEXT his fingernail — he thought it was a Band-Aid. WITH LAYAR MALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS With his latest Then Mom went bonkers and he chained SEE HERE HERE PROGRAM COVER supernatural thriller, Flanagan tweaks the genre by her to their bedroom wall. Long story short: incorporating actual thrills. When his father came after him with a gun, Tim managed to take it away and kill him. This is all blood under the bridge when the movie opens, 11 years later. Tim, played ideas, an atmosphere drenched in dread and calls since Robert Blake dead-dialed in Lost Highway. I can’t recall the last time in the present by Brenton Thwaites, has creatively creepy visuals. Kaylie sets up a bank of video cameras a film created such a convincing sense of just been released from an institution on his 21st birthday. Kaylie (Scottish actress and laptops to record the siblings’ every otherworldliness. (Again, it wasn’t the last Karen Gillan) has the perfect gift. She’s move and document the malevolent power time I watched The Conjuring.) Movie critic tracked down the home furnishing of evil of the looking glass. The filmmaker has law forbids my saying more beyond this: and returned it to the scene of the crime. some truly trippy fun with these. At one Prepare for the rare experience of not being Her plan is to kill two birds with one stone: point, for example, what we see the siblings disappointed by a modern work of horror. The tagline for Oculus is “You see what it destroy the mirror and repair the damage to doing doesn’t line up with what’s displayed on the monitors. At another, they hit rewind wants you to see.” I’m pretty sure it wants me their family name. No birds are killed in the ensuing face- and find that what they thought had been to see it again. off, but human beings are — and in seriously happening for the past several minutes bears RI C K KI S O N AK unsettling ways. The script by Flanagan zero relation to the truth caught on camera. And don’t get me started on the siblings’ and Jeff Howard eschews jump scares and gratuitous gore in favor of unusually clever cells. These are easily the eeriest phone






The Raid 2 ★★★★


n April 15, Scott Mendelson of Forbes published an incisive little piece on the current economics of film. His premise: With 3-D spectacles filling theaters, fewer and fewer “smaller” movies achieve wide releases — even when they have big stars and appealing hooks. Vermont movie fans know that all too well. We read gushing praise for films like Under the Skin all over the web, then wait weeks or months for them to appear in our theaters — if they ever do. (Blink and you missed Nymphomaniac’s one-week Burlington run.) Don’t blame theaters for this — blame the cautious strategies of distributors. Case in point: This past weekend, Sony Pictures Classics bucked conventional wisdom and expanded the Indonesian action sequel The Raid 2 into nearly 1,000 theaters. Execs must have hoped for a strong turnout from fans of martial arts champion Iko Uwais’ whirling limbs, who made The Raid: Redemption (2012) into a cult hit. Instead, the movie bombed. Conventional wisdom won the day. But, Mendelson argues, moviegoers in places like Burlington owe Sony their gratitude: “[The studio] had to know that a 2.5-hour, ultra-violent foreign language action film wasn’t going to break out beyond the already converted,” he writes. “They fell on the sword (or hammer) so that fans living outside of New York and LA could

DIRTY WORK Mud, blood, fists and feet fly in Evans’ sequel to the Indonesian action hit.

enjoy the film as it was meant to be seen.” Last weekend I saw The Raid 2 at Merrill’s Roxy — with a total audience of perhaps four — and I am grateful. This flick features fight choreography more complex, immersive and exciting than anything you’ll see in Captain America by several orders of magnitude. It deserves viewing on the big screen. The Raid: Redemption, writer-director Gareth Evans’ break-out effort, was a streamlined action pic about a police raid on a high-rise in the Jakarta slums. By the end, most of the cops were dead, and rookie Rama (Uwais) had established himself as a force to be reckoned with.

The sequel begins mere hours after the first film ended, with a big chunk of exposition that’s more confusing than illuminating. Things fall into place once we realize that the events of The Raid actually don’t matter that much to The Raid 2. Evans has simply relocated his hero into a classic gang-land melodrama. To root out corruption in the police force, Rama is assigned to go undercover in prison and befriend Uco (Arifin Putra), heir to the city’s ruling drug lord. Uco is one of those preening, dangerously ambitious favored sons, and the plot quickly evolves in Godfather directions; it’s less about dirty

cops than bad-guy internal politics. Because he’s posing as mere muscle in the criminal organization, Rama is more often a witness than a driver of events — an odd position for a protagonist. But when it comes to the down-and-dirty action that results from all that plotting, this undercover cop rules. And so does the movie. Uwais can plow his way through 20 opponents, landing punches and kicks with balletic grace, and almost convince you such things are physically possible. Among the film’s applause-worthy setpieces are a literally dirty prison fight in the mud; encounters with colorful assassins who wield claw-hammers, baseball bats and baseballs; and a grueling showdown in a restaurant kitchen. Evans gives action cinema a pure shot of crazy creativity. Granted, I can’t recommend The Raid 2 to anyone who’s not down with (a) bloody, bone-crunching violence and (b) subtitles. But if you belong to the small subset of people that tolerates both, or if you’re fine with ignoring the plot and just watching the fights, I encourage you not to sit around waiting for Sony’s American remake of The Raid. Go experience the real thing in a theater — if you can get there in time. 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) 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) 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) ocUlUsHHHH In this horror flick, a woman tries to prove that the murder for which her brother was convicted was actually committed by a killer mirror. Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff star. Mike Flanagan (Absentia) directed. (105 min, R) tHe RAiD 2HHHH In the sequel to the brutal Indonesian action hit The Raid: Redemption, a cop goes undercover to root out corruption among his colleagues. Gareth Evans returns as writer-director. With Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Arifin Putra. (150 min, R)

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When the police officer who stopped Douglas Glidden, 25, in Livermore Falls, Maine, found marijuana in his vehicle, Glidden insisted the pot couldn’t be his because he had stolen the car. Indeed, the car had been reported stolen, according to Lt. Joseph Sage, who said Glidden was charged with felony car theft, plus a civil violation for pot possession. (Franklin Sun Journal) Acting on a tip that fugitive Michelle Singleton, 66, had been living under an assumed identity for 18 years, authorities tracked her to a houseboat in Key West, Fla. She’d stolen a birth certificate and become Catherine Harris. When sheriff’s detectives asked for her identification, she handed them a driver’s license for Harris, but it expired in 2012. Detectives then asked for her birth certificate, but while fumbling with her papers, she dropped a birth certificate and Social Security card that the detectives noticed were for Singleton. They promptly arrested her. (New York Daily News)


Military researchers working on new ready-to-eat meals for soldiers said they’ve concocted a pizza that doesn’t need freezing or even refrigeration. “You can basically take the pizza, leave it on the counter, packaged, for three years, and it’d still be edible,” said food scientist Michelle Richardson of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center

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sitting in an armchair, and all her jewelry and valuables had vanished. Americans waste nearly one-third of the food they buy, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A major reason that 133 billion pounds of food produced for Americans to eat was wasted in 2010, the report said, is that people simply lost interest in food after they bought it. That includes papayas, which, the report noted, many people buy without knowing when they’re ripe, how to prepare them or how to use them as an ingredient. The report conceded that there “is a practical limit to how much food loss the United States can prevent or reduce.” (Washington Examiner)


Pang Se Vang, 84, shot his son to death after the son installed cable television in their home in Maplewood, Minn., but then refused to pay the bill. Police arrived to find Vang locked in a bedroom, declaring he had stabbed himself in the chest so he could die and settle the dispute with his son in the afterlife. (Minneapolis’s WCCO-TV)

Second-Amendment Follies After a tree removal crew reported being chased off by a shirtless Michael Smith with a handgun, police armed with assault rifles surrounded the man’s home in Norridgewock, Maine. The officers stood down when they learned that the “gun” was actually a tattoo of a handgun on Smith’s stomach that looks like a gun tucked into his waistband (Associated Press)

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A flight from Atlanta to Costa Rica made an unscheduled stop in Grand Cayman to hand over a passenger who had gotten into a drunken argument with his bride on their honeymoon. Royal Cayman Islands Chief Inspector Raymond Christian said the groom was charged with being drunk and disorderly. The bride remained on the Delta Air Lines flight. (Reuters) Soon after American tourist Erin Willinger, 35, met rickshaw driver Bunty Sharma, 32, outside the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, last September, they wed. The marriage quickly soured because of “differences in their relationship,” Police Chief Shalabh

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Mathur said. Accusing his wife of smoking too much and “talking to other men,” Sharma stabbed her to death, then went home and killed himself by igniting a gas canister and causing his house to explode. (CNN)

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German authorities announced they’re searching for two women who rob “mostly older women” by hypnotizing them. “They seem to be able to get the interest of their victims with a promise to see the future,” police official Sandra Mohr said after a 66-year-old Russian woman reported that the women “told her that they would read her fortune, but the next thing she knew she was back home sitting in an armchair, and all her jewelry and valuables had vanished.” (Britain’s Daily Mail)

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Police arrested Michael Schell, 24, and Jessica Briggs, 31, in Minot, N.D., for having sex in the bathroom of a convenience store named Kum & Go. (Minot Daily News)

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The New York Times ran a correction to an article it published on Jan. 20, 1853, acknowledging that it misspelled the name of Solomon Northup, whose memoir inspired the movie “12 Years a Slave.” The paper spelled Northup’s last name as “Northrop” in the article and “Northrup” in the headline. The paper became aware of the errors after they were pointed out on Twitter. (USA Today)

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” so be proactive, Gemini. Investigate what’s going on beneath the surface. Make this your motto: “I will solve the problem before it’s a problem — and then it will never be a problem.”


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It’s Compensation Week. If you have in the past suffered from injustice, it’s an excellent time to go in quest of restitution. If you have been deprived of the beauty you need to thrive, now is the time to get filled up. Wherever your life has been out of balance, you have the power to create more harmony. Don’t be shy about seeking redress. Ask people to make amends. Pursue restorations. But don’t, under any circumstances, lust for revenge.


(July 23-Aug. 22): I swear my meditations are more dynamic when I hike along the trail through the marsh than if I’m pretzeled up in the lotus position back in my bedroom. Maybe I’ve been influenced by Aristotle’s Peripatetic school. He felt his students learned best when they accompanied him on long strolls. Then there was philosopher friedrich nietzsche, who testified that his most brilliant thoughts came to him as he rambled far and wide. even if this possibility seems whimsical to you, Leo, I invite you to give it a try. According to my reading of the current astrological omens, your moving body is likely to generate bright ideas and unexpected solutions and visions of future adventures.


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): Throughout north America and europe, there are hundreds of unused roads. Many are former exit and entrance ramps to major highways, abandoned for one reason or another. some are stretches of pavement that used to be parts of main thoroughfares before they were rerouted. I suggest we make “unused roads” your metaphor of the week, Virgo. It may be time for you to bring some of them back into operation and maybe even relink them to the pathways they were originally joined to. Are there any missing connections in your life

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): Karma works both ways. If you do ignorant things, ignorant things may eventually be done to you. engage in generous actions, and at some future date you may be the unexpected beneficiary of generosity. I’m expecting more of the latter than the former for you in the coming days, Libra. I think fate will bring you sweet compensations for your enlightened behavior in the past. I’m reminded of the fairy tale in which a peasant girl goes out of her way to be kind to a seemingly feeble, disabled old woman. The crone turns out to be a good witch who rewards the girl with a bag of gold. but as I hinted, there could also be a bit of that other kind of karma lurking in your vicinity. Would you like to ward it off? All you have to do is unleash a flurry of good deeds. Anytime you have a chance to help people in need, do it.


scoRpio (oct. 23-nov. 21): As they lie in the sand, African crocodiles are in the habit of opening their jaws wide for hours at a time. It keeps them cool, and allows for birds called plovers to stop by and pluck morsels of food that are stuck between the crocs’ molars. The relationship is symbiotic. The teeth-cleaners eat for free as they provide a service for the large reptiles. As I analyze your astrological aspects, scorpio, I’m inclined to see an opportunity coming your way that has a certain resemblance to the plovers’. Can you summon the necessary trust and courage to take full advantage? sagittaRiUs

(nov. 22-Dec. 21): Are you sure you have enough obstacles? I’m afraid you’re running low. And that wouldn’t be healthy, would it? obstacles keep you honest, after all. They motivate you to get smarter. They compel you to grow your willpower and develop more courage. Please understand that I’m not talking about trivial and boring obstacles that make you numb. I’m referring to scintillating obstacles that fire up your imagination; rousing obstacles that excite your determination to be who you want and get what you want. so your assignment is to acquire at least one new interesting obstacle.

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In 1937, physicist George Paget Thomson won a nobel Prize for the work he did to prove that the electron is a wave. That’s funny, because his father, physicist J.J. Thomson, was awarded the nobel Prize in 1906 for showing that the electron is a particle. together, they helped tell the whole story about the electron, which as we now know is both a wave and a particle. I think it’s an excellent time for you to try something similar to what George did: follow up on some theme from the life of one of your parents or mentors; be inspired by what he or she did, but also go beyond it; build on a gift he or she gave the world, extending or expanding it.


(Jan. 20-feb. 18): you have been a pretty decent student lately, Aquarius. The learning curve was steep, but you mastered it as well as could be expected. you had to pay more attention to the intricate details than you liked, which was sometimes excruciating, but you summoned the patience to tough it out. Congrats! your against-thegrain effort was worth it. you are definitely smarter now than you were four weeks ago. but you are more wired, too. More stressed. In the next chapter of your life story, you will need some downtime to integrate all you’ve absorbed. I suggest you schedule some sessions in a sanctuary where you can relax more deeply than you’ve allowed yourself to relax in a while.


(feb. 19-March 20): you have the power to shut what has been open or open what has been shut. That’s a lot of responsibility. Just because you have the power to unleash these momentous actions doesn’t mean you should rashly do so. Make sure your motivations are pure and your integrity is high. try to keep fear and egotism from influencing you. be aware that whatever you do will send out ripples for months to come. And when you are confident that you have taken the proper precautions, by all means proceed with vigor and rigor. shut what has been open or open what has been shut — or both.

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(May 21-June 20): I wonder if it’s time for you to modify an old standby. I’m getting the sense that you should consider tinkering with a familiar resource that has served you pretty well. Why? This resource may have some hidden weakness that you need to attend to in order to prevent a future disruption. now might be one of those rare occasions when you should ignore the old rule,


It’s time to tap into a deeper strain of your ingenuity.

taURUs (April 20-May 20): “our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe,” said novelist John updike. That’s a sad possibility. Could you please do something to dispute or override it, taurus? Would it be too much to ask if I encouraged you to go out in quest of lyrical miracles that fill you with wonder? Can I persuade you to be alert for sweet mysteries that provoke dizzying joy and uncanny breakthroughs that heal a wound you’ve feared might forever plague you? Here’s what the astrological omens suggest: Phenomena that stir reverence and awe are far more likely than usual.

caNceR (June 21-July 22): “Do you really have what it takes or do you not have what it takes?” That’s the wrong question to ask, in my opinion. you can’t possibly know the answer ahead of time, for one thing. to dwell on that quandary would put you on the defensive and activate your fear, diminishing your power to accomplish the task at hand. Here’s a more useful inquiry: “Do you want it strongly enough or do you not want it strongly enough?” With this as your meditation, you might be inspired to do whatever’s necessary to pump up your desire. And that is the single best thing you can do to ensure your ultimate success.

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I have large inner labia and I’m embarrassed to show this area when having sex with my husband. I feel abnormal. And I hear rude jokes about women with large labia. My doctor even told me it’s rare. So is it really? Am I abnormal?

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You are absolutely not abnormal. And shame on your doctor. He or she should have been the first person to tell you that every body is shaped differently. One leg might be longer than the other, one breast might be fuller and one eye higher or lower … you get the idea. Here’s what the excellent website says: “About half of all women have labia minora that are longer than the labia majora. There is a lot of variation in the size of the labia minora, and a study reported in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that there is nothing unusual about having labia minora that are longer than the labia majora. Some women have innies and others have outies.” The site also suggests that most people don’t know much about what healthy genitals look like, and that magazines and pornography influence opinions. The Labia Library reminds us that Photoshop is used in most magazine images, and encourages education as a way to get past selfcriticism and unhealthy ideas about what is “normal.” What strikes me most about your question is that you feel embarrassed to show your whole self to your husband. Have you told him how you feel? If not, then you’re not revealing your whole emotional self, either, and I encourage you to speak openly with him. He might feel insecure about one or more of his body parts, too, and welcome the discussion. I think we all wish we were a little different in one way or another. I wouldn’t mind having longer legs and fuller lips, for example. But at the end of the day, being able to embrace your body and feel proud of all its parts is essential to whole-body wellness. Not to mention a much better sexual experience. Good sex involves letting go. If your mind is elsewhere, your body can’t be present. And if you’re worrying about how you “should” look, it will certainly inhibit a rollicking roll in the hay with your husband. Practice being truly present when you’re getting intimate. Forget about whatever troubles you had that day and just be in the moment. By the way, your self-consciousness is not at all abnormal, either: Our culture seems to focus on what we should be changing or buying or wearing or eating to make us better. We are constantly encouraged to feel that what we do or have, or how we do look, isn’t good enough. But really, no one has the right to dictate how you feel about yourself. I say, kick that crapola to the curb. You’ve got one body, one mind and one life; be proud and confident in your individuality, and enjoy.


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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 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 WaLking DogS oUtSiDe Jr’S Store You: glasses, walking two dogs on cellphone. Me: glasses and braids siting on my luggage, waiting for a cab. You made a comment on how poppin’ off JR’s corner was cause there was a minivan on the curb. I was very stressed that morning and you made me giggle when I needed it most. Let’s get a brew sometime! When: tuesday, March 25, 2014. Where: Jr’s corner store. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912107

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