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APRIL 23-30, 2014 VOL.19 NO.34 SEVENDAYSVT.COM
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UNSWEET SPOT Living without sugar
Tampopo ☛ SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Tampopo, arguably the finest film by the late master director Juzo Itami, uses an unconventional story structure to celebrate, question and marvel at all things gustatory. If you ever wanted to know how to make the perfect bowl of ramen, or what you should eat when you’re trapped in a yakuza shootout, Tampopo can help. It is also guaranteed to make you hungry. The prescreening cocktail hour features Japanese-inspired popcorn snacks, a ramen bar, brews from Switchback Brewing Company, specialty cocktails made with Vermont Spirits and an introduction from Seven Days arts writer Ethan de Seife.
Big Picture Café & Theater, 48 Carroll Road, Waitsfield. Cocktail hour 4 p.m., movie 5 p.m. $9. Info, 496-8994.
Farm-to-Bottle ☛ WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
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 drink 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. Free samples from our sponsors and light hors d’oeuvres available before the discussion.
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• Sara Granstrom, Manager, Lincoln Peak Vineyard • Heather Darby, Agronomic and soils specialist, University of Vermont Extension • Joe Buswell, Whiskey distiller, Vermont Spirits • Kris Nelson, Co-owner, Citizen Cider South End Kitchen, 716 Pine Street, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP required at vermontrestaurantweek.com. $5 donation. Info, 864-0505. MICHAEL TONN
During Vermont Restaurant Week, 97 participating locations (see opposite page) offer inventive 3-course, prix-fixe menus for $15, $25 or $35 per person. Try lunch and breakfast specials at select locations for $10 or less.
Last year, with your help, we raised more than $6,000 for the Vermont Foodbank. This year, the Vermont Community Foundation’s Food and Farm Initiative will match our total donation up to $5,000. Please help us connect all Vermonters with healthy, local food. Donate today at:
The Bartender Brawl
☛ SATURDAY, MAY 3
Don’t throw in the towel yet! Finish your Restaurant Week adventure at this rowdy cocktail competition. Come sample different batches of “moonshine punch” featuring Vermont Spirits’ Black Snake Whiskey made by local bartenders. The winning recipe, determined by your votes, will be named the signature cocktail of next year’s Vermont Restaurant Week. Come show your support, taste some creative mixtures and sample cheese from Vermont Creamery at the festival’s final event. The bartenders are: • • • • •
Ross Meilleur, Red Square Megan McGinn, Hen of the Wood Ellington Wells, Pizzeria Verità Jayson Willett, Crop Bistro Kyala Schenck, Sotto Enoteca
Red Square, 136 Church Street, Burlington. 3-5 p.m. $10 at the door. Info, 864-5684.
97 PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
Find all menus, hours and reservation contact info at vermontrestaurantweek.com 3 Squares Café 84 Main Sports Grill A Single Pebble Restaurant Antidote Ariel’s Restaurant ArtsRiot Kitchen Asiana House (Burlington & Montpelier) August First Bakery & Café The Bagel Place Barkeaters Restaurant The Bearded Frog Big Picture Theater and Café Black Krim Tavern Black Sheep Bistro Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar Blue Paddle Bistro Bluebird Barbecue Bluebird Coffee Stop Bluebird Tavern The Bobcat Café & Brewery Café Mediterano Café Provence (Brandon) Café Provence on Blush Hill (Waterbury) Capitol Grounds Café Church & Main
City Market/Onion River Co-op Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen The Daily Planet Das Bierhaus El Cortijo Cantina & Taqueria The Elusive Moose Farmhouse Tap & Grill Fire and Ice Guild Fine Meats Guild Tavern Halvorson’s Upstreet Café Healthy Living Café Hen of the Wood (Burlington & Waterbury) Hunger Mountain Coop Deli and Café J. Morgan’s Steakhouse Junior’s Italian Juniper Kismet The Kitchen Table Bistro L’Amante Ristorante La Brioche Bakery La Villa Bistro & Pizzeria The Lake-View House Leunig’s Bistro & Café The Lobby
☛ TUESDAY, APRIL 29
ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street, Burlington. Doors 6 p.m., trivia 6:30-9 p.m. Preregistration is required. Free. Info, 540-0406.
MAKE A RESERVATION TODAY! South End Kitchen The Spot Sweetwaters Three Brothers Pizza & Grill Three Penny Taproom Timbers Restaurant Toscano Café & Bistro Tourterelle Two Brothers Tavern Vermont Tap House The Whiskey Room at Rí Rá Irish Pub The Windjammer Restaurant & Upper Deck Pub Wooden Spoon Bistro
Parents’ Night Out
☛ FRIDAY, APRIL 25 & SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Even foodies with kids have no reason to miss out on Restaurant Week. Thanks to the expert childcare providers at the Greater Burlington YMCA, parents can enjoy a Friday or Saturday night on the town while their kids have fun at the Y. Childcare is available Friday, April 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Food and beverage are included in the reduced fee: $12 (members), $20 (nonmembers) per child; ages 2 through 12. Participation is limited to 42 children per night. Preregistration is required. CHILD CARE
Call 862-9622 to sign up your kids, and don’t forget to make your dinner reservations ASAP. Weekend tables fill up fast!
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THE FUN STARTS FRIDAY
Play seven rounds of delicious trivia — including questions about food in music and movies. The top team will win an epic bowling party at Champlain Lanes on Shelburne Road. Hosted by ArtsRiot and emceed by Top Hat Entertainment, the evening promises plenty of prizes and delicious treats. Preregister your team (required) by Friday, April 25, at vermontrestaurantweek.com.
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The Mad Taco (Waitsfield & Montpelier) Maple City Diner Michael’s on the Hill The Mule Bar NECI on Main New Moon Café One Federal Restaurant & Lounge Pauline’s Café Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge Pizza Barrio Pizzeria Verità Positive Pie (Hardwick & Montpelier) Positive Pie Tap & Grill Prohibition Pig Pulcinella’s The Red Clover Inn & Restaurant The Reservoir Restaurant and Tap Room Revolution Kitchen Roots the Restaurant Salt San Sai Japanese Restaurant Sarducci’s Restaurant & Bar The Scuffer Steak & Ale House
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Is the Music Maker Moving On?
Adam Buchwald works on a guitar in his garage
COURTESY OF ALICIA FREESE
A small plane crashed on I-89 last Friday. The pilot — an air-show performer — parachuted to safety. His second highway ditch in six years should be his last.
Vermont’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent, the second lowest in the nation — after North Dakota. Better news: We didn’t have to get fracked for it.
Almost a year after he started mulling it, Vermont comic Rusty DeWees decided against a run for Congress. Nothing funny about that place — except maybe Sen. Al Franken.
Bad week to be Greek: more national stories about abusive behavior at Dartmouth College, and a Vermont bill would make UVM frats pay property taxes. Man.
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core one for the NIMBY crowd: Adam Buchwald, a Burlington luthier who retrofitted his garage into a musical instrument-making shop, put his South Prospect Street home on the market almost a month ago. Seven Days readers may remember Buchwald, whose backyard shop elicited protests from his next-door neighbor, Barbara Headrick. Staff writer Alicia Freese explored their conflict in a February news story titled “Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note.” Headrick has been trying to shutter Buchwald’s homebased business on grounds that the noise it generates has disturbed her peace. Buchwald has insisted all along that the machine sounds emanating from his insulated garage — if audible at all — are too minimal to be a nuisance. Seven Days conducted its own informal sound experiment while researching the story back in January. At that time, Headrick declined to let a reporter listen from inside her home. What began as a zoning dispute has blossomed into a fullblown legal battle scheduled to come before the environmental division of the Vermont Superior Court in late May. But Buchwald, who’s said he expects the conflict to continue whether or not the court rules in his favor, isn’t waiting around. On Monday, Freese reported on Seven Days’ Off Message blog that his home is up for sale. A listing for the four-bedroom, four-bath house appeared on Zillow April 2. After a $40,000 price reduction, the asking price dropped to $799,000 on April 16. Then, on the same day that Freese’s blog post appeared, the Zillow listing was removed. The Buchwalds purchased the property for $766,000 in 2012. Reached on Tuesday, Buchwald would not say whether the property had sold – or he had changed his mind about selling it. Headrick did not respond to requests for comment. Hundreds of people shared the original story, and it generated numerous letters to the editor. Several readers have commented on the latest blog update, including Lee Stirling, who wrote, “I am … afraid that with the publicity of this case that selling his home/ shop will prove difficult for Buchwald because, after all, who’s going to want to live next to this neighbor?” More than two dozen people liked his comment.
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That’s the cost of a bird incubator that police say Lisa Peduzzi purchased from Florida with taxpayer money — one of numerous such purchases she allegedly made totaling upward of $60,000. Peduzzi has resigned from her job at the Vermont Office of Risk Management; she pleaded not guilty to embezzlement charges on Monday.
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A very low level of science literacy is reflected in the strong legislative support for GMO labeling reported by Paul Heintz [Fair Game: “Label to Table,” April 16]. In fact, every living thing, including you and me, is a genetically modified organism (GMO). Evolution has taken place because the genetic code shared by all life on Earth is constantly being rearranged in all of us. These insertions, deletions and transpositions in the code result from natural mutagens in the environment as well as from the inevitable errors in transcription and translation in our complex cellular machinery that processes millions of three-unit DNA “bytes” of code per second. Many of these mutations are corrected by the cells’ proofreading apparatus, but some are not, and a small percentage of these modifications are incorporated into the organism’s own structure or its offspring. Unfortunately, nature’s random genetic modifications, while sometimes improving a species’ survival probability, more often produce cancer or one of hundreds of genetic diseases. Our mailboxes are full of requests for donations to fight some of the more widespread of these diseases. Thankfully, scientists have recently learned how to improve and correct some of nature’s random products through genetic engineering. GMO technology has already saved millions of
people from starvation, blindness and disease. Its promise for the future is immensely greater. I oppose GMO labeling because it will frighten poorly informed people — that’s most of us — away from perfectly safe foods and, more importantly, it could have a dampening effect on further development of this revolutionary, life-giving technology. Andy Leader MIDDLESEX
I really appreciate the comprehensive nature of your article about current and future development in Burlington [“Building Momentum,” April 16]. As an architect, I’m biased, but it would be nice if your paper identified the design firms for projects when possible. I think some firms are doing better work than others; unit counts and gross square footage aren’t the only ways to measure these projects against one another. Sam Beall
In the recent Seven Days roundup of new local chocolates [“Spring Melt,” April 9], your staff missed one of the best: Soul Food and Confections of Jeffersonville at facebook.com/soulfoodandconfec tions. My wife and I are devoted fans. Amid the crowded chocolate field in
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[Re “Bernie’s Big Dilemma: A Dem or an Indie Run?” April 16]: It’s hard to imagine Bernie having much of an effect on the outcome of the presidential race beyond bitching and banking some bucks. Kevin Kelley says “analysts argue that Democrat Al Gore would have defeated Republican George W. Bush if Nader had not insisted on running as an alternative to two candidates whom he depicted as essentially interchangeable in their politics.” It doesn’t take much analysis to note that Gore was such a poor candidate he couldn’t even win his home state. Had he done so, he would have been president. That would have prevented the 2000 election from being stolen, a fact that’s sadly been forgotten by analysts, the press and apparently Bernie. ross laffan
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[Re “Building Momentum,” April 16]: Miro Weinberger’s claim that allowing developers to build more buildings downtown without providing for adequate parking will make Burlington a “more walkable city” is ridiculous. One need only look at his Packard Lofts development and the traffic and parking problems created by the city’s generous waiver of its parking requirements. The lack of adequate parking does not cause fewer people to own vehicles or cars to magically disappear when they arrive at a development. Instead, when people drive to a location that does not have adequate parking, they park in improper, illegal and dangerous places: across driveways and handicap ramps, in front of fire hydrants, obstructing views at intersections, and, yes, even double parking in the middle of the road. Burlington police have issued more parking tickets around Packard Lofts in the last 10 months since it was built than in all the 20 years before. People in Vermont drive cars because it is one of the most rural states in the country, and without one you can’t get there from here. Unless and until Vermonters change their car-centric culture, allowing development without adequate parking is nothing more than a financial bonus for the mayor’s developer buddies from the pockets of residents, visitors and local businesses.
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Why, oh why, is there never any mention of the environmental question behind Keurig technology [“Will the Keurig Green Mountain Cold-Cup Project Heat Up the Local Economy?” April 2]? As we forge ahead with cold-beverage Keurig cups, does anyone else cringe at the thought of propelling KGM and this technology into the international beverage market? I actually welcomed the recent name change from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to Keurig Green Mountain. But that doesn’t go far enough. There is nothing “green” about the millions of plastic Keurig cups now filling the landfills, with many millions more headed in that direction with the new cold-cup project. Given KGM’s new pairing with the brand leadership and global footprint of Coca-Cola, I’d prefer that the company no longer misrepresent the idyllic imagery of our beautiful Vermont Green Mountains while simultaneously contributing to
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mong the few new taxes to win the Vermont House’s seal of approval last month was a pair targeting popular tobacco products. One would raise roughly $700,000 by taxing snuff and smokeless tobacco at a rate comparable to cigarettes. Another would raise $500,000 by creating a new, 92 percent tax on electronic cigarettes, a nicotine-based product used to simulate smoking. Gov. PETER SHUMLIN doesn’t think much of the proposals — and he’s hoping the Senate will, in its infinite wisdom, plot a different course as it finalizes its own tax bill in the coming weeks. The gov’s stance isn’t surprising, because he has consistently opposed most new sales and excise taxes. What is surprising is that, in explaining his position, Shumlin argues that there are potential health benefits to e-cigarettes — a claim not widely accepted by the public health community. “My own view on e-cigarettes is that we 102 Harbor Rd, Shelburne | 985-3190 should be cautious about taxing a product matthewtaylordesigns.net that we think might be gettin’ some folks off of tobacco,” he said at a recent press conference. “So, you know, I’m willing to Wedding Band Ads listen, but my own nonscientific research 8v-matttaylor042614.indd 1 4/18/14 11:26 AM Seven Days | 1/8th Page | 2.3" x 5.56" has found folks who are able to finally get 04.03.14 off tobacco products because they’re using e-cigarettes. I think the verdict’s still out on them.” The verdict may still be out, but plenty of jurors seem to think e-cigarettes are guilty. The World Health Organization, for one, said last year that “consumers should be strongly advised not to use” e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, found that e-cig use by middle and high school students doubled from 2011 to 2012, and calls to poison control centers — often involving young children — have skyrocketed. Closer to home, Shumlin’s own Vermont Department of Health appears to disagree with the conclusions of the governor’s “nonscientific research.” “The health department supports using proven [smoking] cessation methods, which e-cigarettes are not,” says RHONDA WILLIAMS, acting director of the department’s Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. According to Williams, the state believes e-cigarettes contribute to youths taking up tobacco, and she says higher excise taxes have been shown to reduce traditional cigarette use among adults and young people. “While it’s still early to say whether levying taxes on e-cigarettes will decrease state street, montpelier their use, there is acknowledgment that it will likely discourage use, especially 802 223 7800 14 FAIR GAME
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among price-sensitive youth,” she says. But asked about the body of research contradicting his opinion, Shumlin said at the presser, “All I can tell you is that, anecdotally, I’ve spoken to folks who don’t feel that way. This is a new product, a relatively new product. I’m not sure that the first thing we should do is tax it out of existence.” “Even though it comes in flavors that appeal to children, like strawberry?” VTDigger’s ANNE GALLOWAY asked. “So does candy,” Shumlin responded. Which, um, was an interesting thing to say. Asked if he’d discussed the matter with any lobbyists, the gov said, “No. Not that I can recall.” Then he stopped himself and clarified: “I have not met with any lobbyists
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in Vermont on this subject. We did have an education presentation on e-cigarettes at something I was at about how they’re made, what’s in ’em, who sells ’em. But I have not met with any lobbyists on this tax question in Vermont.” Pressed on the nature of the “education presentation,” Shumlin said he believed it took place at a meeting of the National Governors Association or the Democratic Governors Association. “I’ll get back to you on who it was,” he said. “I just don’t remember it that well. It was the last couple of years. I’ll find out. It’s the only education I’ve got about who’s making them, what they do, what’s in them.” Sure enough, Shumlin’s staff got back to us. Turns out the presentation went down just six weeks earlier, during a Washington, D.C., breakfast meeting hosted by the DGA. Shumlin, you might recall, serves as chairman of the organization. And who presented all that e-cigarette educatin’? Reynolds American, Inc., the second-largest tobacco company in the U.S. — and a major player in the $2 billionand-growing industry. How did Reynolds get an audience with the nation’s Democratic governors? A DGA spokesman didn’t respond to a
request for comment, but here’s one possibility: cash money. According to the DGA’s latest tax filing, Reynolds ponied up $15,000 to the organization just two days after that February “education presentation.” In total, Reynolds gave the DGA nearly $116,000 in the first quarter of the year. Rival e-cig purveyor Altria Client Services — the company formerly known as Philip Morris — dropped $25,000. Last year, during Shumlin’s first term as chairman, Reynolds and Altria gave the DGA $125,000 apiece. The industry has also given generously to Vermont politicians directly — and to political action committees run by Democratic and Republican legislative leaders. Last election cycle, Philip Morris gave $5,850 to 11 Vermont candidates, according to VTDigger’s campaign finance database, including a $3,000 donation to Shumlin. RAI gave the gov $2,000. It’s not exactly breaking news that the DGA relies upon unlimited contributions from its corporate and union members to support Democratic candidates for governor. Nor is it news that many of the DGA’s donors have plenty of business before the State of Vermont. In the past three months, for instance, the state’s prison contractor, CCA of Tennessee, gave $50,000 to the DGA. CGI Technologies and Solutions, which designed Vermont’s much-maligned health insurance exchange, gave $5,000 in March. (Last year, it gave $110,000.) The American Chemistry Council, which is currently fighting new toxic chemical regulations approved by the Vermont Senate, gave $25,000 late last month. When asked about his frequent trips to the DGA’s far-flung conferences, Shumlin typically argues that the connections he makes and the policy he discusses there benefit Vermonters. But if he’s really just hob-knobbing with tobacco company execs and digesting junk science at industry-sponsored “education presentations,” that doesn’t quite seem like a win. Will Shumlin end up signing a tax bill upping the price of e-cigarettes? $116,000 in tobacco cash says he won’t.
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Should a new survey conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute give Shumlin’s political advisers pause — or ease their anxieties? Commissioned by VTDigger, the poll found that 49 percent of the 682 people queried “approve of the job Peter Shumlin is doing as governor of Vermont,” while 40 percent disapprove. The remaining 11 percent said they weren’t sure or wouldn’t say. (The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 4 percent.)
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buzz around Montpelier that retired investment banker and Campaign for Vermont founder BRuce liSman might run is definitely on again. Lisman recently handed over the CFV reins to former Vermont Public Service Board chairwoman louiSe mccaRRen, which could free him up for a run. According to Brock, he and Lisman have discussed the gubernatorial race “in general terms” over the phone and over coffee in recent months. “He’s probably even more circumspect than I am, so I don’t know what Bruce is going to do, if anything,” Brock says, adding that Lisman might even run as an independent. “He has said for a long time that he was not going to run, but I don’t know if that was a firm commitment.” Lisman did not respond to a request for comment. In a sign that Democrats might have Lisman on the brain, the Vermont Democratic Party last week issued an unusual press release attacking Campaign for Vermont, which calls itself a nonpartisan advocacy group. The party’s complaint? That CFV used social media channels to circulate an economic study conducted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, an industry-funded think tank that pushes conservative, free-market principles on state legislatures. Many cite ALEC’s advocacy for Florida’s stand-your-ground gun law as a contributing factor to the 2012 death of tRayvon maRtin. In the Democrats’ press release, party spokesman Ben SaRle wrote that CFV’s promotion of the ALEC study shows that the group’s “nonpartisan label is totally bogus.” “They call themselves nonpartisan, but the veil is thin, as far as their Republican agenda,” Sarle said in an interview, calling the report “just total BS.” Guilt by association? If so, here’s another connection for you: CFV’s and Lisman’s longtime spokeswoman and consultant, Montpelier lobbyist Shawn Shouldice, serves as ALEC’s private-sector state chairwoman. She, too, couldn’t be reached for comment. cyRuS Patten, CFV’s newly minted executive director, says his group is not affiliated with ALEC and was simply sharing a report it had stumbled upon. He doesn’t think much of the Democratic party’s release. “It was partisan rhetoric meant to rile people up,” Patten says. Or, perhaps, it was a warning shot directed at Lisman. m
That’s a dramatic departure from the last time Castleton polled the question, nearly two years ago. Then, a full 65 percent approved of the gov’s job performance, while only 23 percent disapproved (12 percent said they weren’t sure). Of course, that May 2012 poll came just 17 months into Shumlin’s gubernatorial tenure, when he was still riding high from a remarkable performance responding to the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. Since publicly released polling is so rare in Vermont, it’s hard to know how Shumlin’s approval rating has fluctuated in the interim — and why. What is clear from the poll is that much of the movement can be attributed to independents, who backed Shumlin’s performance 70 to 15 percent two years ago. These days, they’re essentially split, at 44 to 42 percent. Castleton Polling Institute director Rich claRk says that’s not necessarily cause for concern, since independents are more likely to end up swinging Democratic in Vermont. Then again, in an off-year election featuring no presidential or U.S. Senate races, Vermont’s turnout will be low and unpredictable. Clark’s takeaway? “He’s at a spot where he certainly doesn’t look invincible, but he’s not somebody who looks like he’ll be limping toward November,” he says. That’s not the way Rep. heidi ScheueRmann (R-Stowe) sees it. “His approval rating is below 50 percent, so that shows that people are looking for something different or are open to something different,” says the four-term rep, who has been publicly mulling a run against Shumlin for weeks. “That alone shows what I’ve said all along: that the governor is vulnerable, he is beatable and that Vermonters want a different direction.” Scheuermann says she’ll make a final decision when the legislature adjourns early next month. She’s not the only one with that timeline. The GOP’s 2012 nominee, former state auditor and senator Randy BRock, says he’ll reveal his electoral plans “on or close to the first week of May.” But in a sign that he may end up giving the governor’s race a pass, Brock’s de facto 2012 campaign manager, daRcie JohnSton, recently relocated to Arizona to work on Republican gubernatorial candidate FRank RiggS’ campaign. She’s continuing to lead Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, which opposes Shumlin’s health policies. Former Republican lieutenant governor BRian duBie, who narrowly lost to Shumlin in 2010, has also been flirting with the possibility of a rematch. But it looks like that’s not in the cards this year. “I look forward to serving our state in the future,” he says. “Right now, I am very busy helping my family wrap up our 2014 sugaring season.” Meanwhile, the on-again-off-again
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ipe tomatoes, grass-fed beef, hearty kale — they’re all commonplace on the Vermont locavore’s plate. But what about yellow perch, lake trout and bullhead? Historically, Lake Champlain was an important source of sustenance for the people who lived on or near its shores. In part, it still is: While the lake no longer has any commercial fisheries, hobby anglers are allowed to sell their catch to local fish buyers. The irony, in a state obsessed with all things local, is that most of it heads out of state. Ray’s Seafood Market in Burlington and Essex estimates that of all the lake fish it buys from Vermont anglers — who collectively sell about 400,000 pounds of fish from the lake annually to Vermont fish buyers — a whopping 70 percent of it goes to wholesale markets in New York, Boston and Canada. Why aren’t more Vermonters lining up for fried yellow perch, or a helping of whitefish? The answer eludes many lake advocates. “We could farm the lake,” said James Ehlers, the director of Lake Champlain International, the nonprofit that organizes the annual fishing derby. “We used to.” One of the biggest deterrents is the perception, fueled by news stories and current legislative debate, that Lake Champlain is dirty, and its fish are, too. “I’m frankly shocked by the number of people who say, ‘You eat fish from this lake?’ with a sense of horror,” said Ellen Marsden, the chair of the wildlife and fisheries biology program at the University of Vermont. “‘They’re way too polluted, right?’” Wrong. For too long, Ehlers said, the local foods movement in Vermont has been “terrestrially” focused. Now, LCI and the Vermont Fresh Network are in the early stages of organizing a series of events in area restaurants that will feature lake fish. The hope is twofold: that more chefs, and their customers, will take the bait on local fish, and that Vermont’s enthusiasm for local food channels into action to clean up Lake Champlain. “I think it’s somewhat humorous the focus we have on beef and dairy here while turning a blind eye to the salmon,” said Ehlers. “I see this as a wonderful opportunity to address water pollution, to address habitat reclamation, to address land-use planning — and oh, by the way, wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to expend all these fossil fuels getting wild salmon from Alaska?”
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Historically, Lake Champlain was brimming — sometimes literally — with fish. At times, Atlantic salmon was used as currency among early settlers. Historical accounts describe spawning salmon so prolific in Lake Champlain’s tributaries that the jumping fish occasionally spooked horses as they crossed waterways. From the earliest period of European colonization in the region, fish were harvested using commercial fishing techniques, including shoreline seines, trap nets, spears and grappling hooks. But with development, especially the construction of dams and canals, came trouble for some of Lake Champlain’s fish species. The last native Atlantic salmon was seen in the
early 1800s, and by 1900 the lake trout were gone, too. Today state fisheries stock both species as part of a revitalization effort that began in the 1960s. In 2014, Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Department will stock Lake Champlain with more than 346,000 yearling landlocked salmon, steelhead trout, brown trout and lake trout; more than 128,000 landlocked salmon fry and fingerlings; and more than 150,000 walleye fry and fingerlings. Eels were so abundant that fishermen in Québec harvested tons from the Richelieu River, which takes its source from Lake Champlain, as recently as the 1980s. But Lake Champlain’s populations of American eels declined to almost nothing in the 1990s and early 2000s after new
dams went up on the Richelieu. (Those populations are rebounding now, thanks in part to “eel ladders” that let eels bypass the dams as they continue their long trip from the Sargasso Sea to Lake Champlain.) Before the State of Vermont decided to stop issuing commercial fishing licenses in 1912, anglers harvested whitefish in abundance from Larrabees Point and in Missisquoi Bay. But when Marsden and another UVM researcher returned in recent years to those spots, they found no sign of the species. The historic spawning grounds had become eutrophic — meaning excess nutrients, such as phosphorous, were depleting the amount of oxygen in the water and fueling algae blooms. Meanwhile, invasive species have entered the lake. Some, such as the alewife, are a result of unapproved stocking by anglers; others arrive by swimming north from the Hudson River. Some invasive species outcompete native fish; others alter the aquatic ecosystem to which native species are accustomed. The sea lamprey, which fish and wildlife biologists have been trying to eliminate for years, is parasitic. It attaches to and eventually kills salmon, lake trout and other species. It’s not all bad news. When Vermont regulators decided to close the commercial fisheries at the beginning of the 1900s, it was in part because Lake Champlain was attracting more and more tourists; the plan was to manage the fisheries for recreational angling. The efforts paid off, and today Lake Champlain enjoys a good reputation among fishermen. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most recent survey of hunting and fishing found that resident and nonresident anglers spent $147.2 million in 2011 on fishing and related expenses in Vermont. “Fisheries’ managers are doing a very good job of monitoring what’s going on,” said captain Mick Maynard, who runs Lake Champlain Angler Fishing Charters out of Plattsburgh, N.Y. When he heads out with fishermen, he said, he relies on the advisories and limits set by the experts. “I leave it up to the fisheries’ managers to decide. Give us the guidelines, tell us where the limits are, and I’m always on the conservative end of that.” Those limits, along with a strong “catch and release” ethic among a lot of fishermen, mean there isn’t much concern about overfishing the lake today. Ehlers agrees that Lake Champlain makes for good fishing — and he suspects the 20,000 anglers who participate in LCI’s fishing derby would, too. “The interesting aspect is that it could be phenomenal,” said Ehlers, “but we’re
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not doing the things necessary to make it what it really could be, what it once was” — when the lake supported so many fish that settlers allegedly speared the spawning fish as they battled their way upstream. “Now we rely on farmed salmon,” said Ehlers, or wild Alaskan salmon flown in from halfway around the world. “The ecosystem here could have afforded us all of those things, because it once did. But for lack of foresight and good land-use planning, we have extirpated it, decimated it, literally destroyed it.”
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Even in its heyday, fishing in Vermont was never more than a source of seasonal employment and part-time income; many of those who harvested whitefish in the late 1800s, for instance, were farmers who had time to spare between planting and harvesting their crops. Today’s anglers make even less. Selling what they don’t eat themselves is a way to make a little
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Water-quality issues in Lake Champlain don’t stop customers from ordering yellow perch at the Wayside Restaurant & Bakery in Berlin; most of them started eating it long before local was trendy. According to co-owner Brian Zecchinelli, they tend to be old-time Vermonters who ice fished themselves or had family members who’d come home with perch fresh from the lake’s cold waters.
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pocket money — perhaps to offset the cost of what’s essentially recreation, not a profession. Those who choose to sell their catch can do so at various points around the lake. But much of it makes its way back to Ray’s Seafood on North Street in Burlington, where Paul Dunkling oversees the buying and selling. “I think they’re looking to subsidize their hobby,” said Dunkling of the anglers who routinely sell their catch to the family business. The market price for fish fluctuates, but Ray’s usually pays between 75 cents and $1.60 per pound for whole fish. That means a typical day’s haul might only bring in $20 or $30 — gas money. And even that income is unpredictable, given just how variable an angler’s catch can be. Last week was as slow as it gets at Ray’s, where taxidermied fish, including an almost two-pound yellow perch, decorate the walls of the small odiferous shop. Ice fishing had wrapped up for the year. In a few weeks, Dunkling said, anglers would head back out on the open water. It’s tough these days, Dunkling said of the business his family has operated since 1951. More and more customers buy their fish at supermarkets instead of at fish markets, as they used to. At its retail market
in Essex Junction, the fish company sells local fish alongside seafood trucked in from Maine and Massachusetts — which in turn is sometimes flown in from around the world. Like others, Dunkling is a little baffled that local restaurants aren’t more excited about fish from Lake Champlain. He Three Courses for recalled eating out recently for a friend’s birthday. The waitress touted local, organic chicken raised at a nearby farm. Why is that so hard to do for local fish? he wondered. Why indeed? First, there’s a misconception among a lot of Vermonters that fish from Lake Champlain is contaminated, or in some way dangerous to eat. When Seven Days called City Market to ask if the Burlington co-op stocked local fish from the lake, the manager of the fish department mentioned a general “concern about pollutants.” But Lake Champlain’s advisories aren’t much different than those in Scan this QR code with your smartphone to access our special menu options. other lakes and water bodies around the Colchester Burlington (Exit 16) country. The Environmental Protection (Downtown) 85 South Park Drive 176 Main Street Agency recommends that, when no Pizzeria / Take Out Pizzeria / Take Out advice is available, women of childbearDelivery: 655-5555 Delivery: 862-1234 Casual Fine Dining ing age and children eat no more than Cat Scratch, Knight Card Reservations: 655-0000 one average meal of fish caught from & C.C. Cash Accepted The Bakery: 655-5282 1076 Williston Road, S. Burlington local waters per week. 862.6585 The Vermont Department of Health www.juniorsvt.com gets more specific. For example, women of childbearing age and children under the age of 6 should eat no more than five 8v-windjammer041614.indd 1 4/11/14 8v-juniors042314.indd 11:00 AM 1 4/22/14 3:24 PM meals of yellow perch from the lake per month, while other groups can safely eat an unlimited amount. (Detailed advisories for various species and locations are available through the department.) The state’s Fish & Wildlife Department — on a web page titled “Eat More Vermont Fish!” that touts the health and environmental benefits of eating local fish — explicitly says that the types of pollution that affect water quality and the aquatic ecosystem don’t typically make properly cooked fish unsafe or unpalatable. That includes All regular price shoes & apparel now through May 4th phosphorus, the nutrient at the heart of an EPA-mandated plan to clean up the lake. Concerns about mercury or other pollutants are focused on fish at the top of the food chain, such as stocked salmon and lake trout, because contaminants are biomagnified in fish flesh as they consume animals lower on the chain.
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ach day, Bridget Conry takes on a food challenge that rivals anything you’ll see on a TV cooking show. Like a celebrity chef, she has to incorporate an unusual ingredient into an appealing and attractive dish. But her tasty edibles are also a powerful medicine for terminal and chronically ill patients, many of whom have severe dietary restrictions and little to no appetites. “And here’s the funny part,” she says. “I can’t even taste the final product.” Conry, 43, works as the infused products and wellness director at two of Vermont’s four state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries: Champlain Valley Dispensary in Burlington and Brattleboro’s Southern Vermont Wellness. Her job is to prepare the foods sold to patients who prefer to ingest their medicinal cannabis orally rather than inhale it. (Many, she says, choose to do both.) Those products include concentrates, tinctures, salves, oils and tea blends, as well as the ever-popular pot-infused brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Conry, who’s spent more than a decade studying traditional herbal medicine, is also a 25-year veteran of the restaurant and food industry in New York and New England. As such, she’s fully embraced the farm-to-plate ethos in her role as the two affiliated dispensaries’ edibles guru. Whenever possible, Conry buys her ingredients at farmers markets from local, organic and/or sustainable food producers, including flour from Nitty Gritty Grain Company in Charlotte, butter from the Vermont Creamery in Websterville and maple syrup from Deep Mountain Maple in West Glover. (The cannabis itself is grown indoors by the dispensary’s staff at an undisclosed Vermont location.) It’s a practice she describes as Vermont’s “farmto-pharmacy” movement. “Where else,” she asks, “is there a medicine that’s dispensed in the form of food?” As a cooking ingredient, cannabis presents some unique challenges, she says. It tends to have a spicy and even bitter flavor profile, which needs to be masked with sweeteners and flavor extracts in order to make the resulting food palatable. That explains why the medical marijuana menu in markets such as in Colorado has largely been “dominated by sweets,” Conry notes, but she’s mixing things up in Vermont. In addition to baking pot into candy and other desserts, Conry also cooks up savory foods with higher
nutritional yields. Her three-seed cracker, which she describes as “more like an energy bar,” contains no gluten or dairy and is good for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy: The cannabis in the cracker improves appetite and reduces nausea, she explains, thus allowing the patient to consume much-needed nutrition to boost the immune system. Conry also caters to patients who must follow strict diets free of fats, sugar and nuts. For example, cancer patients are often told to avoid processed sugar, as cancer thrives in a sugar-rich environment. Likewise, patients on a no-fat diet must avoid infused butter, which is a very common method for ingesting cannabis. In its place, Conry prepares marijuana-infused coconut oils, olive oils and vinegars, which can be used in salad dressings and marinades. Only one thing is stopping Conry from offering other savory foods such as pizza dough, pizza sauce and pesto for patients to take home and “have their medicine in their food”: a commercial kitchen. The two dispensaries are currently constructing one at an undisclosed location. Wherever it is, Conry has to operate her kitchen under some of the strictest legal guidelines of any medical marijuana dispensary in the country. By law, Vermont’s legit pot providers aren’t allowed to admit anyone onto their premises who isn’t a patient or caregiver — other than those who have official business there, such as food inspectors from the Vermont
Department of Health and registry officials from the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Both make announced and unannounced visits. As a result, Conry wasn’t at liberty to grant a reporter a tour of her kitchen or pantry. How do those legal restrictions affect her work? For one, she says, every gram
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cannabis presents some unique challenges. of plant material must be meticulously weighed, tracked and documented, from the time it’s harvested in the grow rooms to its ultimate sale or disposal. In fact, because food scraps generated by the dispensaries’ kitchen cannot simply be composted or discarded in dumpsters, Conry worked closely with the DPS to come up with rules, labels and procedures for recycling it with local farmers. For a time, cannabis-laced food scraps were being fed to pigs on a northern Vermont farm. The pork producer — who declined to be identified for this story — agreed to label his products with a disclaimer notifying consumers that his animals had consumed medical marijuana plant material. Nevertheless, Conry says the
effort backfired when a U.S. Department of Agriculture meat inspector refused to certify the meat as safe for human consumption because the federal government has no rules governing pot-eating pigs. Conry says that one of the biggest challenges in creating food that’s also a Schedule I drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act is to provide patients with accurate, consistent and meaningful dosing information. Cannabis is unlike other pharmaceuticals, she explains, in that it’s not a synthesized or isolated chemical. Thus, the profile of cannabinoids, which are the active compounds in the marijuana plant, can differ from harvest to harvest, and even from different parts of the same plant. One part of Conry’s job is to advise patients on how much pot-infused food to eat. While national industry standards may recommend that 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces a high — is an effective dose, “Every patient is going to have a different reaction to the same medicine. “So we tell everyone who’s approaching our products to go slowly, especially with the infused products,” she says. “We’ll say, ‘Take a few drops of tincture, then wait a while to see how you feel. Do not eat a whole cookie!’” Conry says such vague instructions can be difficult for some patients to accept, especially those with no prior experience with marijuana. Most Americans are accustomed to a doctor saying, “Take two of these pills and call me in the morning.” Vermont’s strict rules governing medical marijuana not only affect how much cannabis patients can consume but also how much they can buy and possess. Currently, Vermont monitors the possession of edibles by what’s called an “ounce weight equivalent.” By law, every patient can possess up to two ounces of plant material in a 30-day cycle. So, how do patients convert their legal allowance of green buds to infused tea, olive oil or chocolate chip cookies? Again, that’s Conry’s job. Under the ounce weight equivalent rule, if she uses 100 grams of plant material to make 10 one-ounce bottles of tincture, then she distributes those 100 grams equally over those 10 bottles. She does the same thing with the butter she puts into baked goods and candies. While Vermont and several other states still use the ounce weight equivalent method, Conry notes that other states
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Customer reactions? “They’re just a little surprised sometimes that it comes from Lake Champlain,” said front-of-thehouse manager Natasha Sala, “given the reputation the lake has right now.” “Unfortunately, everyone perceives Lake Champlain to be a really dirty lake,” agreed Beede. Why did he put perch on the menu? “Originality,” Beede said. “Nobody else is doing it.” Almost nobody. Doug Paine, the executive chef at the hip downtown spot Juniper and the newly opened Bleu Northeast Seafood, conceded that fish from Lake EhLERS Champlain isn’t a regular fixture on either restaurant’s menu, but he hasn’t ruled it out. In fact, Juniper ran a local smelt special during the ice-fishing season that just ended. “I think there is a market there for it,” said Paine, even if “people’s initial reaction is, ‘Ew. Lake fish?’” Paine thinks a little customer education — and some careful menu planning with smaller and “sweeter” fish like smelt, perch and pumpkinseed — could help sell diners on the prospect. Paine has done his own research. One hundred years ago, he noted, practically every restaurant in Burlington was serving lake-caught, local fish. He noted, rightly, “There was a lot more excitement, especially hyper-locally, around fish.” m
“We’re featuring it on today’s menu,” Zecchinelli said last week, adding that the silver lining to a “very cold and tough winter” has been a “wonderful” perch season. Perch is also fished during the summer, but the Wayside only serves it in the winter; that’s traditionally when Vermonters have consumed the fish, which has a reputation (unearned, contends Dunkling) for being “wormy” when harvested from warmer water. The restaurant buys directly from anglers and serves yellow perch battered JAMES and deep fried. The fish features prominently in the one “special meal” Zecchinelli whips up for himself every year. “What I call the Vermont surf and turf,” he said. “It’s silly, but I absolutely love it. My ‘surf’ is the fried perch, and the ‘turf’ is fried tripe … We’re toying with offering that on the menu as a special sometime, but it’s been a favorite of mine for years.” Tripe — made from the chambers of a cow’s stomach — might be a tough sell on the Hinesburgh Public House menu. But customers there gobble up lakefish with gusto; head chef Shawn Beede first started serving a perch fingers appetizer nearly a year and a half ago. Beede recently redesigned his menu, but kept the perch — now lightly fried in corn tortilla tacos — because of its popularity.
people’s lives, and them being able to get off their prescription drugs,” she says. “They’re able to have pain relief and not have that fear.” In fact, one of the most critical parts of Conry’s job — in providing edibles to the 345 patients at the Burlington dispensary and the 85 in Brattleboro — is getting their feedback on her products. Both dispensaries have a formal survey process that includes questions about when the patient ate the product, what they ate beforehand, how much exercise they did, what other meds they’re taking, how long it took to take effect and how long it lasted. Patients are also asked to rate, on a 1 to 5 scale, how well the edibles worked to relieve specific symptoms, such as pain, insomnia and muscle spasms, as well as negative side effects, including paranoia, anxiety and dry mouth. Since Conry can’t eat the foods she prepares, does she also inquire if the brownies were too crispy or too chewy? “Yeah,” she says, “we ask all that, too.” m
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ith more than 10 roasters within its borders, Vermont is home to a robust local coffee scene. But in a small state, where obtaining certain wholesale customers can make or break a coffee company, the competition can be cutthroat. Four years ago, brand new Waterburybased Brave Coffee & Tea landed what one local coffee expert calls a “celebrity account”: the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Husband-and-wife team Chris and Heidi Townsend spent thousands of dollars on brewing equipment just to seal the deal, but it was worth it. Trapp’s weekly coffee orders — 100 pounds during the busy season — helped stabilize their business, which churns out up to 1,600 pounds a month. Then early last month, someone from the mountain resort called to inform the Townsends it would no longer be purchasing Brave coffee. Local-goneglobal Keurig Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, had commandeered the account. “I tell people there are two types of competition in the coffee world,” said Paul Ralston, founder of the Vermont Coffee Company in Middlebury back in the 1980s, and an early apostle of roasting local. “There’s intramural — the small roasters — and then there’s varsity competition.” Keurig Green Mountain is unquestionably on the varsity squad, so why was it playing small ball? And what prompted Trapp to drop the neighborhood roaster in favor of KGM, which racks up more than $4 billion in annual sales? KGM spokeswoman Sandy Yusen said that even though the company has outsourced some of its distribution to companies such as Pine State Trading and W.B. Mason, “Our relationships with all our local customers are important to us, even as the footprint of our business is expanding across North America. We couldn’t have done that without the support of local restaurants, and it’s part and parcel of how our business grew.” Jockeying for accounts is just part of the game for small coffee companies in Vermont, and Chris Townsend readily admits that Brave has been an aggressor in the past. “When I took over the Trapp’s account, I only took it over because Speeder & Earl’s got kicked to the side. When I took over my account at Mirabelles, I only took over that account because Vermont Coffee Company got kicked to the side.” But the brush-up with Trapp left a bitter taste in Townsend’s mouth. “It’s financial and political,” he said, noting
that he asked the Trapp rep if something was wrong with the quality of the beans or the service he provided. “No,” the rep told him, offering this explanation instead: “Essentially, we do a lot of business with Green Mountain.” To Townsend, the playing field didn’t seem level. He could buy top-notch equipment, source his beans ever so carefully and tinker endlessly with his blends, but he would never have been able to bring a cadre of corporate execs to the Trapp premises. The fact that KGM occasionally holds corporate events at the lodge did factor into the decision to drop Brave, admits Trapp food and beverage director Arnd Sievers. But, he says, it had more to do with just wooing corporate business. “It came everything together,” says German-born Sievers. “The service; we do a lot of business with Green Mountain, of course, and the quality of the coffee.” Sievers, who started his job at Trapp in mid-February, said other employees told him Brave’s service had been subpar. The difference in price, however, was negligible, according to Sievers, and, at an earlier point in the interview, he described Brave and KGM coffee as being “equivalent” in quality. Although it was not said unkindly, that statement would have sounded scathing to Chris Townsend, who prides himself on
roasting specialty beans and distributing them at peak freshness. He and his wife have been in the coffee business in Vermont since 2006. After several earlier ventures, they created Brave Coffee & Tea as a café and wholesale business, roasting beans in a machine that Chris designed and built. The Townsends, who have two kids, ages 8 and 10, accumulated a handful of accounts, but the seasonal ebb and flow of business in the Waterbury-Stowe region made things difficult. Chris Townsend said he often encountered restaurants that
weren’t looking for the kind of high-quality, hyper-fresh coffee he was peddling. The couple was in the process of passing the reins to their friend and employee, Scott Wiegand, and planning to move out West when Townsend got the fateful call from Trapp. Weigand, 34, lives in Waterbury with his wife and two children, ages 2 and 4. Right now, he works part time cleaning offices to supplement his coffee-roasting income. Before coming to Brave, he spent four years as a barista at the KGM café
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in Waterbury; before that he worked at tried to push us really hard, and we Starbucks. He says he left both places were fighting and fighting and fighting.” because he disliked the corporate cultures When Green Mountain started opening that revolved around checklists and production lines outside of Vermont, mandated matching uniforms. Sievers said Starbucks finally got the A self-described optimist, Weigand Sheraton to switch, on the premise that said he had only fleeting second thoughts the company was no longer local. about taking over Brave right after it lost Most local roasters in Vermont figured its biggest customer. “Talk to me in a year, KGM’s dueling days were over now but right now, I definitely think it’s worth that the company is focused on Keurig it. I feel positive momentum.” machines and cold beverages. Last month, the Townsends closed “We do live in Green Mountain their café, located in the Cabot Annex country,” said Renee Adams, general plaza in Waterbury Center. Weigand, who manager at Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea, has set up shop — for roasting, not retail which is also based in Waterbury. “But — in a little red barn a few miles down the we haven’t been in any uncomfortable road, plans to put his energy into selling situations vying for business.” Vermont more accounts outside the Waterbury- Artisan serves “a very different customer,” Stowe area, expanding internet sales, and Adams said. “Our base tends to be chefgetting Brave’s beans into local co-ops and owned restaurants who are changing grocery stores. Right now, Townsend is menus seasonally.” teaching him the ropes of roasting. (While Vermont Coffee Company’s Ralston, Townsend sat for an interview, Weigand who said he thinks KGM’s presence in would occasionally run Vermont has actually downstairs, interrupting helped cultivate a vibrant with questions such as, coffee industry, offered “Can I combine those a similar assessment. Brazils?”) “In my mind, we do not There was a time compete with Keurig when KGM was in Green Mountain. They a position similar to are moving in a different Brave’s. direction, and they offer Dan Cox, owner a completely different and president of the product.” Burlington-based coffee Yusen declined to advisory firm Coffee comment on whether Enterprises, was one KGM operates in a of Green Mountain’s different sphere from original employees. local roasters, but “We were the young she did point out that PAuL RALST On upstarts, fighting New the company has the England [Coffee],” he advantage of being able recalled. “I very much to offer equipment — remember what it’s like to be a street Keurig one-cup brewing machines, as well salesman going up to restaurants.” as big-batch brewers, for example — that In fact, Cox said he actually secured local roasters cannot. “We feel like we have the Trapp account for KGM. “There was a a unique offering for restaurants and hotel French guy who was the chef. We had to do property because we have a large range of taste testing after taste testing.” Roasters brewing options,” she said. Another perk? often hold “cuppings” — or involved “We also try to support our local resorts taste-test sessions — to convince chefs and that are our customers by choosing them restaurateurs to switch to their beans. for in-company meetings.” “Now Green Mountain is the 900Chris Townsend hopes that specialty pound gorilla,” according to Cox, who coffee will go the way of craft beer theorized that Trapp is “one of half a dozen in Vermont. The beer business is signature accounts” in Vermont that KGM less exclusive, he said, since bars wants “because it’s in their backyard.” serve multiple brew brands, while “Coffee — it’s a hot business,” said restaurants and cafés tend to stick with Trapp’s Sievers, who mentioned that a single coffee. “Boutique coffee is though he switched to KGM just last becoming big business, and you’ll find month, other coffee companies continue coffee shops pulling multiple espressos to approach him. He, too, remembers an and having guest roasters on tap,” earlier era when KGM was an underdog. Townsend said. “It’s happening. We’re Seven or so years ago, Sievers was just not there yet.” working at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel Budweiser, Townsend pointed out, & Conference Center when Starbucks would not “come into a bar and be, like, struck a deal with the chain. “Everyone ‘Oh, my gosh, you’re carrying Heady had to change to Starbucks, but we were Topper?’” m allowed to stay with Green Mountain because it was a local supplier. Starbucks Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wayne E. Beam, 54, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at his home, following complications from diabetes. He was born on March 9, 1960, in Bellows Falls, the son of Erwin and Barbara (Lawrence) Beam. Wayne worked for Transition II as the supported employment coordinator for over 16 years. He had previously worked for Champlain Vocational Services and had worked part time for several nightclubs in the greater Burlington area for many years. Wayne was a sports fanatic; he loved watching baseball and football and even had tickets for this weekend’s game in Boston. Wayne had a passion for helping mentally challenged children, which he did so well for so many years with Transition II. Wayne is survived by his parents, Erwin “Butch” and Barbara Beam of Johnson; and by his sister Ellen Hamel of Johnson and his brother Randy Beam of North Hyde Park. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Chad, Jessica, Derek, Camiella, Jeremy, Kristin, Chantelle, Timothy, Dasia, Jaden, Jenna, Jordan and Mika and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Delinda on March 5, 1988. Visiting hours were held on Thursday, April 17, in the Minor Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Milton. A funeral service was held on Friday, April 18 at 1 p.m. in the Minor Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Milton Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 14454, Alexandria, VA, 22312.
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icture yourself walking down the aisles of City Market, Healthy Living, Hunger Mountain Co-op or wherever you go to buy your favorite Vermont food products. Imagine the local items you reach for. Did you think of packages stuffed with thick slabs of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon, the words “DAMN FINE” emblazoned on the nifty brown label? What about a brown paper bag of Vermont Coffee Company’s bold dark roast? Maybe you imagined waiting in line for the cashier and making a lastminute addition to your cart: a Lake Champlain Chocolates pistachioand-red-pepper bar called Grace Under Fire. (You know, the one with the illustration of Grace Potter strumming an electric instrument while being engulfed in a flaming yellow fireball.) The packaging for each of those familiar Vermont food items in your imaginary cart was designed by PLACE CREATIVE COMPANY, a Burlington advertising, branding and design studio located in the old Hood Plant on South Winooski Avenue. STEVE CRAFTS founded Place in 2000, and his partners KERI PIATEK (now Crafts’ wife) and DAVID SPEIDEL joined him soon after. The company handles a range of accounts, from Dakin Farm to the VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL, from CarShare Vermont to Darn Tough Vermont socks. But Crafts developed the local-foods niche early on — his first account was the Vermont Coffee Company — and his firm has become known for the bold-but-clean, folksyyet-modern graphic art associated with much Vermont food packaging. “On one hand, ‘commercial’ art is a very particular kind of art, but marketing art is really very special,” remarks Vermont Coffee founder-owner PAUL RALSTON, who also is a Democratic state rep from Middlebury. “You need to convey and connote in just a brief glimpse a whole bunch of emotions and ideals and principles. And I think Steve is very good at it.” Ralston approached Crafts, an old friend, with an idea for marketing
his now-30-year-old coffeeroasting company (slogan: “Coffee with friends”) when Crafts was starting out as Place Creative in the early aughts. “He didn’t have an office,” Ralston says. “He was working out of his living room.” Crafts remembers that he and Ralston hit on the distinctive brown paper bag as a means of separating Vermont Coffee’s wares from traditional foil-wrapped coffee, while also creating a “general store” aesthetic. The original black-ink stamp on the packaging was made with an old-fashioned letterpress. “The look
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has really stood the test of time,” Ralston says. “[Place Creative Company] was our first and only.” He adds that the design has translated well on the web and in social media. “I just read a piece in the [Burlington] Free Press the other day, and someone described the branding and design of [Vermont Coffee Company] as ‘unsophisticated,’” Crafts remarks. “And I thought, Perfect! We nailed it! Because we really were going for something down-to-earth and approachable.” Crafts credits his intuitive aesthetic sense to a combination of family history
(his great-great-grandparents owned a general store in western Massachusetts) and his design training at Syracuse University. “When my great-aunt passed away and left her house to my parents, the barn was full of old packaging and posters from the Civil War,” he says. “That was right around when I was in college, and it was so cool to go through that almostmuseum of vintage advertising and
packaging. It just kind of sinks into your DNA.” The ranks of new Vermont food businesses swell each year, and a walk through a local grocery store reveals dozens of products emphasizing their Vermont-made, rustic qualities. Accordingly, their packaging often straddles the line between “downhome” and cleanly contemporary. “We’ve seen a real resurgence in ‘Americana’ brands,” Crafts notes. “When we started doing it 10 years ago, nobody wanted to be doing that type of design, even though consumers wanted it. Everybody was into the cleanliness of Apple, or the boldness of Nike. The folksiness had sort of fallen out of favor.” Crafts shies away from speculating about Place’s role in fostering a certain aesthetic in Vermont food packaging. Based on the success of some of its major accounts, he does admit there are themes or even “clichés” in Vermont marketing. “Sometimes it’s a good thing, and sometimes it’s a bad thing,” Crafts says. He thinks there’s a reason why people respond to cows, old-timey fonts and cheerful flower designs: “It triggers a positive emotion, and that’s not a bad thing.” Clearly, though, some brands are more effective at tapping into this sensibility than others. When presented with a random selection of Vermont food labels that his company didn’t design, Crafts is game to offer constructive criticism. For example, though he likes the colorful illustrations on Aqua Vitea’s squat glass kombucha bottles, he says the overall look of the bottle “feels like something I’ve seen before.” Same goes for the plain, classic labels on bars by Middlebury Chocolates: black type on white paper. Crafts does get excited when TOTAL PACKAGE
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their work and used photography as with new opportunities for exhibition The most iconoclastic media festival a tool of social change. Immediately and distribution. in Vermont hits the Upper Valley this following its screening, audience In a phone interview, Dunne points week. Just don’t call it a film festival. members will be invited to submit to such works as Pharrell Williams’ The White River Indie Festival is their own family “24 Hours of Happy” as media texts celebrating its 10th year in White photos and narratives that would be impossible in such River Junction with a longer duration, to various social“unidirectional” media as film. The expanded scope and focus on media outlets. The WRIF, he says, is “on the vanguard” “transmedia” artworks. Sure, the fest idea behind the Digital of festivals for its incorporation of presents plenty of interesting films, Diaspora Family transmedia texts. but it’s known as the WRIF, not Reunion is to use the WRFF, for a reason. these new tools In fact, the change is The Forgotten Kingdom to reestablish nominal, not acronymic. lost family The organization used to be connections. known as “White River Indie Dartmouth Films,” but recently changed College professor its name in part to reflect of film and media larger changes in how artists studies Mark are using media. Some members of the fest’s board Williams, a WRIF M i c h ae l are interested in “the power board member of the internet in creativity,” who will present says Michael Beahan, board that program, says that the Digital Diaspora project president. “We saw that gives everyday people “an other festivals were opportunity to contribute exploring multiplatform to the larger project of ideas and thought we representing these diasporic should be exploring it, too.” Through A Lens Darkly histories through their Beahan adds that, own family and their own although some larger-scale experiences.” Williams is independent films make particularly excited about it to the Upper Valley, few the ways the project works that are truly local connects localities with and independent play in the issues of global concern. area. “We wanted to do that,” In fact, the theme of he says. “That’s how the this year’s WRIF is “Crossing ‘indie’ part of it was born, and Borders,” a topic it continues to be a primary that Beahan, 68, focus of what we look for in says “kept coming selecting films.” up in different Burlington documentarian Sam ways” during the Mayfield, whose film Wisconsin Rising festival planning will play in the festival, appreciates stages. The theme is the local focus and independent spirit literalized in Go for of the WRIF. In an email, she writes, Sisters: The latest “I have learned that we independent film from acclaimed filmmakers sort of fund the larger independent festivals. We pay submission fees, [yet] GMO OMG filmmaker John indie films often do not get selected. Sayles concerns For example, I submitted Wisconsin human trafficking Rising to Sundance. They received across the U.S.12,870 submissions, and … selected Mexico border. 187 films.” Mayfield adds, “I chose [the But the theme also plays out in It’s also unusual for incorporating WRIF] because I am happy to support subtler ways in such films as GMO festivalgoers in the media-making smaller/independent festivals.” OMG, a ripped-from-the-headlines process. Documentarian Thomas Matt Dunne is the head of documentary about genetically Allen Harris’ recent film Through a community relations for Google in the modified crops; a key topic is the Lens Darkly, which opens the festival internet giant’s White River Junction wafting of pollen from field to field. on April 25, explores how African office. In a festival presentation titled The festival expands this year from American photographers have “Pathbreaking YouTube,” he’ll discuss three days to four, and one of them is addressed images of blackness in how the web provides media makers
dedicated to showcasing the work of local and regional filmmakers. Matt Bucy, a real estate developer and filmmaker in White River Junction, was behind the camera for two of the festival offerings: “Spooners,” a short that he also directed; and Before I Sleep, a feature directed by Cornish, N.H., filmmakers Billy and Aaron Sharff. Bucy was director of photography. The WRIF’s focus on independent media making was especially appealing to Bucy. In an email, he writes, B ea han “I’ve worked on both industry and indie jobs. Both can be lots of fun, but more often the industry work is a grind and I feel like a mercenary … [In indie films], even if the production doesn’t go well, the close bonding on set due to the suffering among cast and crew makes up for it.” Capping the festival is a screening of For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival, a doc about the legendary folk-music venue in Cambridge, Mass., followed by a concert by folk icons Tom Rush and Vermonter Jim Rooney. The diversity of programming is impressive for a festival whose staff numbers just two paid employees and about 20 volunteers. Beahan says the modest size and wide scope of the WRIF can present difficulties. “We don’t have a steady revenue stream,” he notes. “Every year we’re writing grant proposals to local foundations.” Beahan also mentions that the increasingly lively White RiverLebanon area offers a number of cultural alternatives that vie with the festival for patrons’ time. Against these odds, the White River Indie Festival is pointing the way to the future of the film fest.
We saw that other festivals were exploring multiplatform ideas and thought we should be exploring it, too.
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Metropolitan, 2; Modern, 3; Whitney, 2. How about the host venue for “Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action”? Middlebury College museum director richard saunders said he doesn’t know the percentage or number of works by women in the collection. “Statistically, I know we’re no better off than others,” he conceded. “We’re very conscious of that.”
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Crafts says boosting sales for local companies with good products is rewarding work. “A lot of my [Syracuse University] classmates have gone on to become lead creative directors for Apple and Nike and all these huge global brands,” he says. “And personally, I find helping a company like Vermont Smoke and Cure or Darn Tough Vermont … more rewarding than helping a big global brand that’s probably going to be fine on its own.”
the company for rebranding — Grafton Village Cheese and Vermont Smoke and Cure being prominent examples. Crafts worked with those companies to make their products stand out on crowded grocery-store shelves. Some local businesses have asked Place to build their brands from the ground up, such as darn Tough vermonT, with which Crafts has worked since the sock company’s inception a decade ago. (It’s an outgrowth of Cabot Hosiery Mills, which launched in 1978.) Darn Tough socks are currently sold at stores around the country and to the U.S. military; director of sales and marketing mark comcoWich says the company’s profits have been “comically huge” since it launched.
shown a Krin’s Bakery design, though not because of the product’s simple yellow label with tiny flower drawings, which he considers forgettable. Rather, “They make the best macaroons,” he enthuses. And that, he says, is his biggest tip for effective branding: Work with companies that have a good product. In addition, Crafts advises, once a brand “owns” a category, it’s best to avoid imitation. “Like Ben & Jerry’s, with Woody Jackson’s cow and Lyn severance’s font — it came to own an aesthetic,” he says. “If you go there, you become a me-too brand.” Crafts allows that Place has found its own niche in the Vermont food market. Local food companies have sought out
gender balance, Kahlo added in her talk last week. One of the group’s most famous posters, made in 1985, lists the number of one-woman shows at selected institutions the previous year: Guggenheim, 0; Metropolitan, 0; Modern, 1; Whitney, 0. An updated version shows the results for 2013: Guggenheim, 1;
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of the 1 percent.” Such sums attract gangsters and goons, Kahlo added, citing an FBI estimate that stolen or forged art forms the basis of the world’s fourth-largest black market, after guns, drugs and money laundering. Has anything changed since the Guerrilla Girls pasted their first posters to walls in then-boho SoHo and the East Village in 1985? Those neighborhoods have become unrecognizably affluent, for one thing, depriving Guerrilla Girls of sympathetic local audiences, Kahlo noted in an interview. A 1991 poster decrying homelessness highlights another difference between that era and this one: Some artists used to make visual connections between injustices in the galleries and on the streets. New York museums have slightly improved their record of
Burlington Choral Society to Perform Long-Forgotten Gossec Requiem By AMy LiLLy
s a musical form, the requiem tends to inspire composers to high drama. The occasion practically requires it: Requiems are the Catholic Latin Mass for the dead, usually sung by a choir and soloists with full orchestra. Why hold back when you’re setting to music, say, verses on the “Day of Wrath” (“Dies Irae”) — that is, Judgment Day? Verdi knew this, as did Berlioz and Mozart before him. But all these composers’ requiems were in some measure influenced by an earlier one by the Paris-based composer FrançoisJoseph Gossec. With its dramatic “Dies Irae,” in which the choir imitates trembling by singing in pulses, Gossec’s Grande Messe des Morts launched the requiem as concert oratorio. The work made such an impact in 1760, when Gossec composed it at age 26, that in 1789, in the month following the storming of the Bastille, it was played three times around Paris to commemorate the Revolution’s fallen. Regularly played in France, the work is largely forgotten in this country — or was, until the Burlington Choral soCiety’s artistic director, riChard riley, discovered it on YouTube. When the 90-member BCS performs Gossec’s requiem with the Burlington ChamBer orChestra this Saturday, the performance will be the first outside Europe since 1977, says Riley. It will feature soloists mary Bonhag, the soprano cofounder of Warren-based sCrag mountain musiC; Milton siblings melissa and Benjamin diCkerson, soprano and baritone; and tenor Matthew Anderson of Boston. Riley marvels that Gossec has been so “enormously off our radar. He was absolutely central to music at that time.” Boldly experimental, Gossec began composing string quartets at the dawn of the genre along with his contemporary Haydn, though it was the latter who became known as the form’s “father.” Gossec’s symphonies greatly impressed Mozart, 22 years his junior, who traveled to Paris to visit the older composer. “And I love the fact that [Gossec] becomes the house composer for the French Revolution,” Riley adds. Gossec’s military tunes, hymns and a funeral march became
what the director calls “the soundtrack that inspired the people of France.” The military tunes, written for wind ensembles, have an early precedent in the requiem. For its “Tuba Mirum,” Gossec places a small ensemble of clarinet, trumpets and trombones offstage to evoke the distant fires of hell. As Riley begins to tell the story of how Gossec managed to stash this ensemble beneath the floor of the church for the work’s premiere, he drops the phone. “I was getting excited and starting to gesticulate with the phone,” he explains when he comes back on. “It’s an occupational hazard.” BCS president and bass singer owen Brady became equally enthused when he heard the YouTube recording of the requiem that Riley passed around to the singers. “It’s passionate and playful, and there are a lot of stirring moments and … extended runs of notes,” says Brady, 27. An account representative at Vermont Gas, Brady has never sung a requiem. The University of Vermont grad joined BCS just over a year ago and had begun singing only six months before that; he studied voice with ViCtoria drew of Burlington and then Bill reed of South Burlington. “I had wanted to be an opera singer since I was young, but I thought I had no sense of pitch,” Brady says, explaining his plunge into lessons with professionals. Gossec, who was born a peasant, wrote music for just such aspiring amateurs. He founded the orchestra Concert des Amateurs in 1770 and directed it until 1773. He rewrote his “Hymne à l’être suprême” when Maximilien de Robespierre, then head of the Revolutionary government, objected to its difficulty for amateur singers. “He was a true humanist who wanted music to represent all possible aspirations of society,” says Riley. The BCS is set to accomplish that aim in its revival of this beautiful work. m
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What’s the story behind Vermont’s maple penis sign? And the chocolate vaginas?
ith spring’s longawaited arrival, locals can finally follow the steam to Vermont sugar shacks, where sugar makers have been boiling down sap into maple syrup for weeks. As for tourists and other New England newcomers who wouldn’t know a sugarhouse from an outhouse, they can just look for the handy maple sugar industry signs that read, “State of Vermont Pure Maple Syrup Sold Here.” Perhaps you’ve noticed the logo? It’s the one that bears a striking resemblance to a man in a pair of green Johnson Woolen Mills trousers urinating into a red wooden bucket. Tragically for Caledonia and Essex counties, they became the literal butt of that graphic design joke. WTF? Considering how often Vermont’s maple industry has been pissed on in the press lately, the folks at the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association fielded this sticky query with good humor and grace. In the past month, they’ve already handled gripes about the state’s new syrup grading system and the April 3 Rolling Stone story titled “The New Face of Heroin,” featuring the iconic image of a flannel-clad Vermont sugar maker mainlining smack. Matt Gordon, the VMSMA’s executive director, admits that no one in the association remembers much about the origin of the “Sold Here” sign, which has been in use for at least a decade. For obvious reasons, no marketing firm or graphic designer has come forward to take credit, or blame, for the phallic faux pas. Gordon can say, however, that the sign was created for the exclusive use of VMSMA members, of which there were 986 in 2012. They make up only a fraction of the estimated 2,000 to 4,000 sugar
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makers in Vermont, who collectively produce about 1 million gallons of the sweet stuff, or about 40 percent of the nation’s total maple sugar production annually. But, adds Gordon, no one in the VMSMA actually goes out and enforces that policy. Gordon also points out that Seven Days isn’t the first media outlet to take note of Vermont’s micturating Maple Man. Business Insider included the sign’s design in its January 2014 list of the “15 worst corporate logo fails.” Other notable design flubs include the London 2012 Olympics logo, which critics variously likened to a swastika, the word “Zion” and Lisa Simpson performing an oral sex act. So, how long before Vermont’s baggytrousered syrup dude gets a redesign? Gordon can’t say, but suggests that the VMSMA will probably first give the public time to get accustomed to the new maple syrup grading system, which includes such designations as “golden color with delicate taste.” After all, change comes slowly in these parts.
This isn’t the first time the concepts of maple syrup and urine have been paired: Medical literature informs us of a rare metabolic disorder known as maple syrup urine disease. MSUD, which gets its name from the distinctively sweet odor of sufferers’ urine and earwax, prevents the body from breaking down certain amino acids, and can be fatal. It should be emphasized that MSUD is a genetic disorder and does not result from eating maple syrup or other maple products. Whew! Finally, lest readers wonder why it took so long for anyone to spot the wanglike maple tap, consider the countless millions of travelers who’ve studied the official New York City subway map and never noticed that Manhattan Island was drawn to resemble a large schlong hanging in the “face” of Brooklyn. Oh, those dirty-minded designers! Speaking of graphic imagery, for more than a year, Montpelier-based Liberty Chocolates has been marketing its vanilla-rose-flavored chocolate bar
with packaging that would have made Georgia O’Keeffe proud. However, unlike the VMSMA’s maple syrup sign, this logo, sported by the Sisterhood Bar, was deliberately designed to be vaginal. As company founder Katrina Coravos explains, the Sisterhood Bar — one of 12 varieties of Liberty Chocolates now sold in more than 200 stores nationwide — was sold as a fundraiser for an international nonprofit organization that she also founded. Called Circle of Women International, the nonprofit brings together female “wisdom keepers” from different cultures to teach and share traditional women-centered ceremonies. The group’s orifice-resembling logo is featured prominently on Sisterhood Bar wrappers. Alas, Coravos says that her vanilla vajayjay bar will soon be discontinued, as the company is undergoing rebranding and product reconfiguration. Using the slogan “The creation of dreams,” Liberty Chocolates will refocus its package designs on telling the story of Coravos herself, a 36-year-old single mother who launched the chocolate company in her own home three years ago while homeschooling her two kids. Other bars’ wrappers will feature the stories behind local food businesses whose ingredients Liberty uses, including the Vermont Peanut Butter Company, Butterfly Bakery of Vermont, Vermont Shortbread Company and Vermont Coffee Company, to name a few. One maple-flavored bar will tell the story of a Vermont sugar maker. We have to ask: Will it contain nuts?
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THE STRAIGHT DOPE BY CECIL ADAMS
Serial monogamy is in, lifelong monogamy is out. True beyond dispute. However, we need to clarify what we mean. Time for the straight dope. Let’s start with those investigations of animal mating habits you take issue with. It’s often said 9 percent or some other low proportion of mammals is monogamous. So? A puppy reaches maturity in a year; a human newborn needs 11 to 12 years. There’s an explanation for monogamy right there. Except it doesn’t hold up. Among chimpanzees, the species most closely related to us, the young reach maturity in 8 to 15 years, comparable to humans. But chimps mate promiscuously and never pair off. Although the young remain with their mothers, there’s otherwise minimal family structure. Alpha males dominate, and have sex more often than males farther back in the alphabet, but they don’t have harems to organize and defend. You may find that weird, Ms. Good Wife (although no doubt some guys are thinking:
‘curious’ enough to visit sex or swing clubs.” Self-report of sexual activity is notoriously unreliable, but never mind. We’ll say 1 to 3 percent. Adultery. American men currently have a 28 percent likelihood of being unfaithful to a partner by the time they reach age 60, and women a 15 percent chance. Possibly this is more than in the past, but the change isn’t dramatic. Polyamory. In its purest form, this term is apparently used to mean having sustained, emotionally intimate sexual relationships with multiple partners who all understand they’re sharing. Nothing persuades me this is common on my planet. However, if we expand the definition to cover the behavior of unmarried individuals who juggle multiple lovers at times (if only because of overlapping
sychology Today, ever on the cutting edge, has had monogamy in its crosshairs lately. A casual search turned up at least nine articles on the subject in the last year, from “The Curious Couple’s Guide to Occasional Non-Monogamy” to “But Honey, I Thought You Meant ‘Socially’ Monogamous!” Here’s a representative quote, from “The Truth About Polyamory” by Deborah Taj Anapol: “Our cultural obsession with monogamy is going the same way as prohibition, slavery, the gold standard and mandatory military service. In other words, while serial monogamy is more popular than ever, lifelong monogamy is pretty much obsolete, and for better or worse, polyamory is catching on.” Let’s break this down: Monogamy is on a par with prohibition, slavery, etc. Spare me. Polyamory is catching on. Depends how we define the term. If strictly, show me your cites, lady. If more liberally, we can talk. More below.
monogamous relationships), the number obliged to fess up would surely be impressively large. This provides useful context for our last category. Divorce. Here we arrive at the heart of the matter. As of now, how many Americans will experience lifetime monogamy? Answer: less than half. As of 2011 for every 6.8 marriages there were 3.6 divorces — a 53 percent rate. This is significantly more than just 10 years earlier, when the divorce rate was 49 percent. To this add an even more striking statistic: according to Pew Research, in 1968 the number of unmarried U.S. adults (including those widowed, divorced and never legally married) was just 28 percent. As of 2010, it was 49 percent. In other words, half of us are single and free to play the field, and a sizable fraction of the other half will eventually shed their partners and join the fray. Conclusion: Lifetime monogamy has ceased to be the default American condition, even if the time of first marriage is when we start the clock. CARAMAN
Psychology Today advocates multiple partners and open marriages and offers “evidence” that monogamy isn’t possible. This bugs me. Why are they doing this? Comparing man to animals is just weird to me, because we’re supposed to be separated out by reason and morality, right? The Good Wife, Austin, Texas
the chimp’s life for me). My point is, there’s nothing in our biology that demands monogamy. Sure, it has practical advantages. For humans, rearing the young is a more labor- and resource-intensive process than for chimps, who don’t have college tuition to contend with. But I’ll bet we could come up with some free-love it-takesa-village kibbutz thing if we put our minds to it. A lot of Psychology Today contributors think that, now that we’ve arrived at our present advanced state of civilization, we’d be happier if we abandoned the impossible dream of happy lifetime pairing and tried something else. The question is whether we’re actually doing so in significant numbers. Answer: Of course we are. It’s just not called polyamory, or some other trendy term. It’s called divorce. Let’s look at monogamy alternatives, from least to most common (I’ll ignore celibacy): Open marriage — that is, a married couple who expressly allow each other to have other sex partners. I don’t doubt there are secure, stable individuals who can handle this long-term without tears. But not a lot. PT contributor Michael Castleman cites unnamed “sexologists” as saying 1 percent of married couples are “committed to occasional non-monogamy,” with “another percent or two
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he masculine control of women’s bodies is a good cop-bad cop game. The good cop is the law, promising protection and enforcing it with licit violence; the quid pro quo is feminine weakness and subordination. The bad cop is humiliation or violence for unfeminine insubordination, which might include flirting while drunk and still not wanting to hook up, or snubbing a street harasser. Every woman knows how fast an irritated response to an uninvited “compliment” from a stranger can turn to insult or threat — or worse. But the good cop and the bad cop are partners. They can trade roles. Sometimes one cop plays both roles simultaneously. I mean that literally: cops can play both roles. In a recent high-profile case, for instance, two New York City police officers were charged with raping a woman in her apartment — one did the act; the other kept watch. The officers had escorted their victim home because she was too drunk to make it alone. In Detroit this month, an officer sexually molested a woman while responding to her domestic-abuse call. At home, cops are all too frequently batterers themselves — driven by a combination of stress and violence on the job and the trait that makes a lot of guys want to be police officers in the first place: machismo. Still, this has got to be a new low: A cop grabs a woman’s breast, the woman reacts by elbowing him, and the woman is arrested and charged with felony assault. That woman’s trial is transpiring now in Manhattan criminal court. She is 25-year-old, 5-foot-4-inch union organizer, student and Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan. Her “victim” is NYPD Officer Grantley Bovell, 5-foot-11, buff and, of course, in possession of gun, club, tear gas and the legal right to use them against civilians. The scene of the “crime” was Zuccotti Park, March 17, 2012, a St. Patrick’s Day celebratory reoccupation of the park on Occupy Wall Street’s six-month anniversary. According to McMillan, she had stopped by Zuccotti on the way to some
late-night St. Patrick’s Day reveling when police announced they were clearing the park. As she was walking out, she felt someone grab her breast from behind and yank her hard. Reflexively,
she lurched from his grasp; her elbow swung back into an eye. The eye turned out to belong to a police officer, Bovell. On the stand, the handsome, bespectacled officer told it differently. He was
courteously “escorting” an agitated McMillan to the periphery of the park when she jumped up, assaulted him and ran, at which point he had to subdue and arrest her. Like everything at Occupy, the incident was recorded by multiple cellphones. In a tape shown at trial, McMillan, in a short green dress inappropriate for camping, indeed leaps forward, her elbow swinging. She clips Bovell; that much is clear. The jury saw photos, taken by the police, of his shiner. What happens next is less clear. McMillan falls to the ground; cops appear to set upon her. Bovell leans over her. Someone is holding her down, someone pulling at her arms. A woman’s voice says, “That’s Cecily. Are they beating her?” Then McMillan is rolling and twitching; occasionally she goes immobile. “She’s seizing!” onlookers scream as the cops drag her to the curb and watch her writhe. After a long time, an ambulance comes. Bovell says McMillan “laid on the floor” and played dead — referring either to nonviolent passive resistance or her seizure-induced immobility. What happened before McMillan’s leap, though — the moment that might show intent or its absence — is lost in chaos and darkness. There are signs that Bovell is morally challenged. He was involved in a vast ticket-fixing scandal in his Bronx precinct, where officers routinely “reached out” to their union reps to disappear their own and their loved ones’ parking and speeding summonses. In court, he testified that it didn’t occur to him not to participate; everyone did it. And, though he appears calm and genial in court, he’s apparently a hothead on the job. He has been disciplined, for instance, for running a motorcyclist off the road in an arrest. An Occupy protester is also filing a federal lawsuit alleging that, on the same night as McMillan’s arrest, Bovell and another cop intentionally cracked the litigant’s head against the seats while loading him onto the bus transporting arrestees. A friend who’s been observing the trial theorizes that Bovell took his response to the accidental elbowing as
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participate in the age-old violent masculine contest over women’s bodies. Judge Ronald Zweibel — called “a prosecutor with a robe” on lawyers’ judge-rating website therobingroom. com — has excluded Officer Bovell’s motorcycle incident, as well as the federal lawsuit against him, from evidence in the McMillan case. Also verboten is the end of the videotape where Bovell and the other cops pummel McMillan. The jury won’t see the interview with Amy Goodman in which McMillan displays her bruised arms and face and winces in pain from injuries to her back and ribs. But the jurors will get a look at the hand-shaped black-and-blue mark on McMillan’s right breast, photographed by a concerned doctor. It’s pretty persuasive. Even without the handprint, though, McMillan’s attorneys feel the absurdity of the prosecution’s case and the ambiguities in the videotapes will introduce enough reasonable doubt to acquit her. No one quite knows why the state is pursuing the case at all. Maybe they saw an opportunity to redeem the cops’ besmirched reputation after their conduct at Occupy. Maybe they thought a girl would be easy to break. But they picked the wrong girl. The committed nonviolent activist Cecily McMillan has refused to be sexually shamed: She posted pictures of her breast online. She won’t be undone by trauma: Although she has wept at the defense table, she strides through the halls bravely. She is angry, but she does not lash out. And every day the courtroom is filled with supporters, women and men. Their slogan might be: Keep your laws, and your paws, off our bodies. m
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far as he did because he just would not stand getting a black eye from a girl. But David Graeber, a writer and Occupy participant, makes a credible case that Bovell isn’t the single bad apple. It’s well documented that the NYPD were especially brutal in their treatment of Occupiers. In three months they made more than 2,500 arrests; from these, the district attorney could wring only a handful of serious indictments. Furthermore, Graeber says the police have been using sexual humiliation as a deliberate tactic, at least from that St. Patrick’s Day on, when some Occupiers set up camp in Union Square. “On March 17 there were numerous reported cases” of breast grabs by police, he writes on nakedcapitalism.com, “and in later nightly evictions from Union Square the practice became so systematic that at least one woman told me her breasts were grabbed by five different police officers on a single night (in one case, while another one was blowing kisses).” Other Occupy activists told me about a 16-year-old girl whose shirt opened in a contretemps with police. The cops picked her up and carried her barebreasted through the crowd. Graeber suggests that getting rough with women is an old tactic of police brutality: The mistreatment is calculated to provoke the male protesters to intervene — and create the kind of “riot” that justifies bashing heads. McMillan’s battery doesn’t look premeditated, but if it was, it didn’t work. Her male comrades chanted, “Shame, shame,” and screamed at the police to call an ambulance. But they didn’t fly to the rescue. There were some Occupy men who relished violent combat with the police. But that night, the male protesters in McMillan’s vicinity were either liberated enough to eschew chivalry or smart enough to fear the swinging billy clubs. You might say they were refusing to
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recently moved to Vermont from Brooklyn, where gathering wild edibles is nearly impossible. (I did often spy purslane — aka pigweed — a delicious complement to salads and beans, growing alongside fences and curbs, but I don’t like my foods doused in dog urine, thank you very much.) My wife, Laura, and I once took an enjoyable foraging tour through Central Park, where our guide, “Wildman” Steve Brill, showed us how to recognize and pluck a variety of wild urban victuals. Since that time, I’ve been more cognizant of and interested in tracking down feral foods. That said, I’d never put much effort into the task. The arrival of spring and my residence in a far more rural area — not to mention the pressure of coming up with
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n a recent Tuesday, I clambered down a hillside that had somehow escaped the worst of the rains that had engorged the White River, which raced just a hundred feet below me. The soil was, fortunately, not too slippery, damp or crumbly, providing the ideal growing conditions for the object of my quest: ramps. I’d been introduced to ramps’ garlicky zing about 10 years ago, when I lived in Wisconsin. There, as in Vermont, these delicious, oniony plants were enthusiastically celebrated not just for their toothsomeness but for their portending of spring after the too-long winter. Now, I crave them every April. Ramps — also known as wild leeks (or not; more on that later), ramson, wild garlic and other names — smell like garlic and taste like fresh, garlicky onions. They’re fantastic in salads, omelettes, sauces and all kinds of savory dishes. They’re also one of the first wild edibles to ripen every year, maturing rapidly in the late winter to beat out even such early risers as asparagus. Ramps grow in a wide range that encompasses most of the eastern U.S. and Canada, but they do not grow just anywhere. To pluck these delicacies, you need to find a “ramping ground”: a site where, when conditions are right, the ramps will, if you’ll pardon the expression, run rampant. That’s why I found myself on a roadside hill in central Vermont on a meteorologically temperamental day in mid-April. I’d gotten a good tip about where to find the key ingredient for the dinner I’d planned for that night. With my little green bucket in hand, I was going ramping.
story ideas for this Food Issue — were all I needed to go ramping in earnest. Well, actually, I needed more than that. I needed confirmation that, by mid-April, after a long, cold winter, the ramps would be available for the plucking. Ramps are easy enough to spot, and a quick sniff will confirm their identity. But before I could fill my bucket with ramps, I needed to know where to look for the damn things. So I called Nova Kim. Kim and her husband, Les Hook, are the éminences grises of Vermont wildcrafting: the collection and consumption of wild (that is, not cultivated) foods. For several decades, they’ve been the state’s experts on where to find such comestibles. If anyone would know where to find ramps, they would. But would they share with me the locations of their ramping grounds? They would, and they did. Kim and Hook were most gracious, suggesting two locations, each about 70 miles from Burlington, that had reliably produced ramps for as long as they could remember. They also clarified a few misconceptions
for me, the first of which has to do with the word “foraging.” Though she knew I meant no harm when I used it in our conversation, Kim said she finds this term “derogatory,” preferring the all-encompassing “hunting and gathering” or the somewhat more chic “wildcrafting.” For my own part, I think I’ll stick with “gathering” or “collecting,” since “wildcrafting” implies that something is
created in the process. I did cook dinner with those ramps later, but, at the moment of plucking them, I didn’t craft anything from them. If anything, I unmade something in tugging them roughly from the damp earth. The other thing Kim and Hook pointed out was the difference between ramps and wild leeks. Ramps, Kim said, are “the red-throated ones,” while the plants with white throats are wild leeks. Though most online sources seem not to differentiate between the two plants, I submit that few people know more about such things than Nova Kim and Les Hook. Here, then, I must confess that I’ve used the term “ramps” inaccurately, and for the sake of a crummy pun or two. I was not ramping. I was leeking. But since that sounds like grounds for consulting a urologist, with apologies to Kim and Hook, I’ll continue to refer to these plants by the general “family” name, ramps. I will not, however, betray the couple’s trust by revealing the locations they shared with me. I’ll say only that it took me a little more than an hour to drive there from Burlington, that the ramps grow on a patch of land near both the road and the White River, and that the patch is a bit tricky to find. So tricky, in fact, that I had to call Kim from the roadside for clarification. I felt like an idiot — cellphone in one hand, little (empty) green bucket in the other — but Kim did not pass judgment. I reoriented myself, crossed the road and almost immediately located the happy ramping ground. From that point, it was easy. The plants had arranged themselves in neat little clusters and rows. They seemed practically begging me to pluck them. These wild leeks, a bit smaller than the ones I used to eat in Wisconsin, offered little resistance. I needed no tools besides my hands to uproot them. The soil’s cold squishiness and robust aroma were invigorating. Within 20 minutes, my bucket was half full, and that seemed like enough ramps for one visit. Charlie Rich’s version of “I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water” played through my mind as I did just that, stepping down to the riverbank to wash the mud from my hands. The White River, at that moment, was not being particularly true to its name. It was muddy brown and churned fast
with thousands of gallons of snowmelt. It reminded me of the chocolate river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Though I was in no danger, I had visions of becoming the next Augustus Gloop. Time to head back.
hat evening, after a laborious rinsing and derooting procedure (both stalks and leaves are edible), the wild leeks made their way from bucket to plates. A couple of friends came over for dinner and spoke highly of the pierogi that I stuffed with potato, sausage, cheese, sautéed onion and ramps; I also quickly made up a sour-cream-and-ramp dressing for the dish. Ramps impart a zingy, leafy punch to a great many dishes. I like them raw (in salads and sandwiches) just as well as cooked; they’re lovely sautéed briefly in a little chili oil and then added to rice, soups, sauces, omelettes and burgers, among other foods. Fortunately, I picked quite a lot of them, so the culinary rampage continues at home. I had passed the bucket around the office earlier that day. One colleague told me she used ramps to, er, ramp up the flavor of eggs and rice; another gave a dish of cold peanut soba noodles some pizzazz with raw ramp slices. “They definitely livened things up,” she emailed, “although next time I think I’ll sauté them briefly to slightly temper their garlicky bite.” Local restaurants are quick to get in on the ramp act, too, trumpeting their emphasis on locally sourced foods. My colleague, food writer Alice Levitt, writes in an email, “Ramps always start popping up on menus just as they poke out of the ground. Despite a slow start to the spring, I’m starting to see them hit fine-dining menus, including several featured for Vermont Restaurant Week.” Restaurants may have their sources for wild leeks, but the ramp-hungry home cook will have to find his or her own ramping ground — or wait a while. A quick check with the produce department at Burlington’s City Market confirms that ramps won’t be on the shelves until mid-May. If you can get your hands on some, though, you’ll find that ramps have another benefit, beyond their versatility and deliciousness: They signal that spring is truly on its way. m
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Sweet Talk Vermont author Eve Schaub speaks about her family’s year of living without sugar B Y A L i ciA FR EESE
few years ago, Eve Schaub, a writer and resident of Pawlet, Vt., became convinced that sugar (specifically fructose) was toxic. Then she convinced her husband and two daughters to purge added sugar from their diet for all of 2011. The book she wrote about the experience, titled simply Year of No Sugar: A Memoir, came out earlier this month. It has stirred interest as far away as Ireland and Australia and garnered coverage from outlets such as Time magazine, Slate and National Public Radio. In advance of Schaub’s talk next month at Phoenix Books Burlington, Seven Days rang her up to talk sugar. SEVEN DAYS: How did this come about? EVE SCHAUB: I watched a YouTube video that someone had posted on Facebook, and in it Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, made the argument that sugar acts in our bodies as a toxin. He makes the connection between excessive sugar intake and virtually every major health epidemic that we are suffering from today — from obesity and metabolic syndrome to diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, liver disease and cancer. It was as if, suddenly, I had been given a new pair of glasses and could see sugar everywhere, and it was causing all these terrible problems and nobody else could see it. I felt like I had to do something. SD: Does your family still let you watch Youtube? ES: They probably shouldn’t. I write in the book that I think I’ve used up my lifetime supply of unreasonable requests.
SD: You blogged about the project from the beginning. Did that help keep you and your family honest? ES: Absolutely. I felt like I had this great responsibility to not only stay on the no-sugar [diet], straight and narrow, but also to be completely up front with people when we made just terms. But mistakes. I maple syrup has a long thought the and interesting history, most important and it’s very symbolic and thing I could do resonant in a way that was chronicle other sugars aren’t. the really tough E VE S c H AUB It’s a tough realization parts and, in so to say all sugars are equal doing, question, regardless of their history and symbolism. Should it be this hard? Whether it’s fruit juice or maple syrup or SD: Did you know you were going to honey or high-fructose corn syrup, they are write a book about it? all chemically equal. ES: I think from the very beginning, I always hoped that it had the potential, but SD: You joked at one point about I wasn’t sure. Then it became clear that having to tip more at restaurants after there was more than enough information, asking questions relentlessly. Did the stories and recipes. It was a very natural experiment actually increase your food bills? transition. ES: Both the issue of expense and time — SD: You’ve addressed ad nauseam why because I did do quite a bit of cooking and you decided dextrose was oK to eat. baking — are big sticking points for people. We’ll direct readers to your blog at I did not, during our year of no sugar, keep eveschaub.com for an explanation, but track or compare my receipts from the since we’re in Vermont, let’s talk about grocery store. But people often assume what’s so bad about maple syrup. that eating without added sugar in your ES: That was perhaps the hardest of all food means you’re going to have to spend to separate from. White sugar, molasses, more money. I was curious to explore this high-fructose corn syrup: Those are all issue a little more, so recently I did a mini
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GIVEN A NEW PAIR OF GLASSES AND COULD SEE SUGAR EVERYWHERE.
experiment. Remember when I said I’d used up my quota of unreasonable requests? My family went, “You want to do what?!” But I said, “It’s only for one week, I promise.” I think it was the USDA that defines a very tight budget for a family of four for one week as $146, and so I said, “That’s what we’re going to try to do, and we’re also going to eat no sugar.” The conclusion I came to after it was all over was that the real challenge wasn’t finding things we could afford that didn’t have sugar in them. The real challenge was that it’s just a really small amount of money. Part of the reason for that was because I was sticking to things like produce. But then you need time to prepare it, and that’s how these two issues are connected. If you’re talking about people who don’t have time to actually make the food, that’s when they are making the decision to buy the convenience food. SD: You’re back to eating sugar in moderation. Walk me through a week in sugar for you. ES: When I go to the store, I’m still very stubborn. I’m still kind of mad about this, and so therefore I refuse to buy the items that have sugar in them that’s hidden. The only thing I’ve made a concession on is I do buy mayonnaise, because I don’t love making my own. It’s really easy, but it lasts about three days. But I don’t buy the breads. I either make my own bread, or, if I don’t have time, we’re lucky because in the next town over we have a baker who makes his bread with four ingredients, and sugar’s not one of them. I pack my kids’ lunches, but if there’s something on the menu at school they really want — they’ll say, “Oh, it’s Taco Day!” — then they’ll get the tacos. And I know for sure there’s sugar in them somewhere. Maybe once every couple weeks we will have a sugar-containing dessert, and it will be for some special occasion.
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SD: The book seems to have struck a nerve, and there have been some negative reactions. Why do you think this sweet subject inspires bitter responses? ES: A couple of reasons, I think. We’re all getting nutritional advice fatigue. Like, “Oh, my God, if you tell me one more thing I’m not supposed to eat, I’m going to explode.” [For examples, see sidebar.] People don’t want to hear that anymore, and I don’t blame them. And then you have people with specific medical concerns. You’ve got people who are diabetic and they come to me and say, “You can’t use dextrose.” I’m like, “Listen, I’m not a doctor and I’m not a nutritionist, and I’m fortunate that nobody in my family suffers from any specific medical issue that we were trying to solve or deal with.” I definitely recommend that anybody who does have diabetes or any other medical issue consult their doctor and talk to them about it. I’m definitely not trying to give advice on anything like that. A third reason someone could have a negative reaction is simply a misunderstanding. Sometimes people say you couldn’t possibly do a year of no sugar because then you would die, and then I explain the difference. Glucose is fine, fructose is not. If we tried to live a year without glucose, I wouldn’t like our chances. But if I were to title the book A Year of No Added Fructose, how many people do you think would be interested in it?
Schaub’s book inspired Seven Days staffers to consider what foodstuffs they might forgo — or not — for a year. With a few exceptions, we are not an ascetic bunch. Margot Harrison (associate editor): The year of no lobster, truffle oil or molecular cuisine. Oh, wait, that’s every year for me. I prefer to splurge on basics like great local cheese and bread. Paula Routly (publisher, coeditor): Horse! I noticed — but didn’t order — two cheval dishes on the menu recently at the Montréal equivalent of Misery Loves Co. Alice Levitt (food writer): I’ve cut out grains and lived to tell about it, but when my editors challenged me to go veggie a few years ago, it almost killed me. Losing meat made me doubly hungry for dessert. But a giant brownie sundae just can’t replace a steak. Michelle Brown (account executive): My husband and I have been sugar-free for about two years. We are also cutting way back on gluten; we don’t eat any processed foods. Not sure what else we could cut… Dan Bolles (music editor): Does “reading books about people who stop or start doing something for a year to prove a point we all already kinda know” count as something I’d willingly give up? I think it would be a dietary improvement for my soul. Mark Davis (staff writer): Organic food — too expensive. Also a myth. Runner-up: locally sourced food. Large multinational corporations are people, too, and they need to feed their families. Pamela Polston (associate publisher, coeditor): Pistachios. The salted, in-theshell kind. I am unaccountably addicted to them, but probably because I love salt — and I sure as hell won’t give that up. Maybe I should switch to something else. Chocolate? No way. Wine? [Uncontrollable laughing.] I’ve got it: No squid for a year! I’m sure people would love to read about how I survived a year without squid. Wait, I don’t eat things with tentacles already. Hmm. Can I get back to you on this?
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SD: Ben & Jerry’s or the recipe for banana “ice cream” you describe (one ingredient: bananas frozen, then blended)? ES: Banana ice cream! There’s a part in the
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SD: You’re sitting down to dinner. Wine or water? ES: Wine is fine! All those sugars are being converted into alcohol, so — as long as it’s a dry wine — when you get to the end product, the amount of fructose that’s left is infinitesimal.
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SD: Now that the experiment is over … you’re making pancakes. Are you going to put maple syrup on them, or not? ES: No. No maple syrup, but I’ll cut up bananas and whatever fresh fruit I have around, and I’ll sprinkle those on top.
SD: You’ve certainly helped propel a conversation about sugar, and i’m wondering if you have plans to engage in any other type of anti-sugar activism. ES: No, I don’t see that. I’m happy to talk all day long about it because I have a lot to say, but I don’t intend to go on a crusade. I hope people will read the book and enjoy it, because I hope it’s written in a way that’s relatable and interesting.
book where I write about Ben & Jerry’s. We’re in Florence [Italy], and we walk by a Ben & Jerry’s. It was like I was an alien from another planet and I was peering into the window, curiously looking at this American ice cream purveyor. The flavors are insane. I was noting, at the time, a real cultural difference in the way Italians approach sugar and the way Americans approach sugar, and I was like, Do the Italians think we are crazy, and are they right? m
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Craft Versus Crap Beers I In defense of six nonlocal brews we’re not supposed to love
like Budweiser. There, I said it. And while that statement might get me banned from the roughly 4,583 craft breweries here in the People’s Republic of Beer Snobs, I confess I do feel unburdened. Blasphemy is fun! So let’s try this on: While I think the Alchemist’s Heady Topper is a decent beer, I don’t get the frothing fever it provokes in many local drinkers. Nor did I totally understand the Switchback craze a few years back. I’ve always found Long Trail to be overrated. And Magic Hat Brewing Company’s #9, on my palate, simply sucks. Man, I shoulda done this years ago. Now, before righteous beer geeks start brewing up outraged letters to the editor, seething over why the paper’s music editor is editorializing about suds, let me say this: I love beer. And I love craft beer. I worked as a bartender at a beer bar in Boston in my early twenties. More recently, I worked for several years in various capacities at a Vermont brewery. And I’m still close with several of my brewing pals from
those days, many of whom now brew for, or own, some of the hot, new Vermont brew houses. In other words, some of my best friends are black IPA brewers. If you open the beer fridge in my house, you’ll typically find it stocked with local microbrews or
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hef Courtney Contos, the owner of Shelburne’s Chef Contos Kitchen & Store, lives by a philosophy attributed to Joseph Campbell: “Follow your bliss.” Raised in Chicago’s high-end restaurant scene, Contos skipped a semester of high school to run a small eatery in Mexico, talked her way into a coveted internship at the legendary Charlie Trotter’s restaurant and traveled the country as a private chef before settling in Vermont in 2006. For the chef, now 39, following her bliss has always coincided with making and serving fantastic food. Contos’ warm, inviting kitchen store in Shelburne, which opened last year, may initially seem like a far cry from the upscaledining world of her youth. Visitors encounter tastefully arranged rooms with rustic décor and well-worn antique rugs scattered over hardwood floors. Contos and shop manager Liz Bernier are always nearby with a cheery smile. The shelves are stocked with hard-to-find kitchenware, artisan-crafted dishes and home items, along with smallbatch sauces and spices, which Contos finds by scouring local and international markets. Contos, who has been teaching since 2000, initially moved to Vermont to take a job as executive chef of the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa’s Cook Academy, which she held until 2011. She also writes a popular recipe blog, makes regular appearances on WCAX-TV and does a monthly food-news segment on radio station WVMT. A master gardener, too, she brings her knowledge of fresh produce to her cooking classes in Shelburne. In the back room, where Contos teaches several days a week, a wide butcher-block table dominates a well-stocked kitchen. A tray of treats and a pitcher of lemon water often sit on the table for shoppers and students to sample. Contos’ cooking classes don’t resemble the strict training she experienced at Chicago’s Kendall College, a culinary and hospitality school. She says she prefers to cultivate a friendly, easy rapport with her students; sometimes they call the store for advice, and Contos or Bernier walks them through recipes. But, while Contos’ instructional model feels relaxed, the owner’s commitment to top-shelf ingredients and quality kitchenware remains firm. “That’s my [culinary school] training,” she admits with a smile. “It was kind of militant.” Contos’ classes range from a workshop in knife techniques to a popular series called Cook the Book, in which participants
Foundation award nominee. On the menu are toasted millet, kale with fresh cheese, chive-and-saffron crêpes filled with fresh greens and carrot-almond cake with ricotta cream. The instructor stands at the head of the table and sets a number of dish preps in motion, chopping nonchalantly while keeping up a stream of chatter. Contos is full of anecdotes (the crêpe pan she uses and sells comes from a Québecois buckwheat farmer who has experienced trouble with his deliveries at the border); trivia (saffron releases its flavor through immersion in hot water, a process called “blooming”); and helpful hints (“You can skip toasting the millet if you just want to get dinner on the table, but it does give this amazing flavor”). Contos says her real mission is to spread enthusiasm about cooking — “helping [people] connect with the land, food and each other.” During class, her zeal for ingredients and flavors is contagious. She insists that everyone try prep work or tossing crêpes. “It’s just these subtle little moments in the kitchen that make the difference,” she says. Contos also teaches students how to use the products she sells in the store — where they get a discount. “I’m just so passionate about the inventory, and it matches so well with all the classes I teach,” she explains.
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prepare a meal from a specific cookbook. She offers special sessions for children or couples and seasonal classes such as April in Paris or, for Easter, The Perfect Lemon Tart. Later this year, Contos will lead a group culinary trip to the Yucatán. Her classes have attracted repeat customers. “She is such a good teacher,” says Bonnie Harris, 58, a Hinesburg resident who says she’s missed only one of Contos’ classes since the store opened. “She laughs with you, she cooks with you, and she has so much passion.”
Harris is a trained cook herself, but she keeps coming back for more. The Shelburne venue, she says, is “divine,” and Contos’ knowledge of specialty ingredients and international cuisine is a big draw. “She taught me how to use some ingredients I’d never even heard of,” Harris notes. On a recent Saturday afternoon, seven students and a reporter cluster around that butcher-block table in Contos’ store. She’s teaching a Cook the Book class using Vegetable Literacy, a tome by chef-author Deborah Madison, a 2014 James Beard
n an interview the week after the class, Contos shares more of her story. Her culinary cred is practically genetic; her father owned restaurants in Chicago and a nightclub in Acapulco. The best known of the family’s establishments was Chez Paul. That classic French eatery was named for Contos’ grandfather, a Greek immigrant who arrived in the United States in the mid1940s and started out in the food business with a fruit cart. Paul worked his way up to running an ice cream parlor, then seized the opportunity to oversee a French restaurant. “We’re a Greek family; we’re all entrepreneurs,” Contos says. “It didn’t matter to him [her grandfather] that he didn’t know anything about French food … You flew your chefs in from France, and they were the experts in that area. You just needed to know how to run a business.” In its heyday, Chez Paul — which Contos’ father, Bill Contos, eventually took over — frequently catered to celebrities. It was featured in films including The Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “It was so fun growing up in that scene,” recalls Contos. “Every Wednesday in
of Chez Paul. “There were not very many women in the restaurant business at the time,” she notes — and just four in her class at Kendall. Though she initially intended to get a hospitality degree there, Contos soon found herself attracted to the culinary programming. Her restaurant background gave her a leg up, she says.
steps for three days until the restaurant’s manager agreed to let her do a trial day. “I just always wanted to be with the best, and that was the best place in the city,” she says. After she graduated, Trotter offered her a chef position, which she held for a year. For the next phase of her career, Contos launched a private-chef business and cooked for highend clientele at parties across the country. She returned to Chicago in 2003 to work as chef at the Chopping Block Cooking School, but a childhood dream of living in Vermont began to beckon. “I grew up in the heart of downtown [Chicago] in Courtney Contos talking to a class a brownstone,” she says. “This whole Vermont thing was Contos began staking out Charlie just really magical; I think it was [the TV Trotter’s, which had stopped taking interns series ‘Newhart’] that planted the seed … I from Kendall because, she says, too many knew that my next step was going to be here.” burned out in short order. Contos was And so it was, when she found work undeterred; she camped out on the back at the Cook Academy. But after five years
grammar school, I was allowed to take up to four kids to Chez Paul for lunch. My dad would send [the restaurant’s] Rolls-Royce over, and we’d hop in, go to the restaurant. We had one hour. Our food would be waiting. We’d always have chopped sirloin and hollandaise sauce, and on the side were these potatoes that we always ordered extra of, and we’d drink Shirley Temples.” Why didn’t Contos ever open a restaurant of her own, as many of her James Beard-winning classmates from Kendall did? She has a simple answer: Her family had a saying that the restaurant business led to “gray hair, alcoholism and dying young.” While she always loved food and wanted to share it, she says, she opted to skip the most stressful route. Early in her life, she got a taste of a more palatable path: cooking as bliss. At age 16, Contos took five months off from school to help a family friend run a small restaurant in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. She remembers spending her days on the beach and her nights running the restaurant: “There were no windows, [the space] was all open, and it was literally on this cliff. It was probably the size of this store, and there was always Roy Orbison playing … By the end of the night there’d be dancing. It was just so fun.” Upon her return to Chicago, Contos began working for her father in the office
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he server leaned forward, a wooden box in his hands. “Madame, would you like a cigar?” he asked. It was barely 15 minutes into dinner. Maybe this is a Montréal thing I’ve never encountered before, I thought. When I politely declined, the server opened the box anyway; inside was a lone cheese “cigar” that had been rolled in panko flakes and fried. I took a bite: It was like heaven’s version of a mozzarella stick. Or was it? Halfway through the tasting menu at Restaurant Europea in the heart of downtown Montréal, I started to wonder how many of my perceptions were shaped by the theatrical presentation. Everything about the three-hour meal was dramatique, and my tasting notes became superlatives: sublime, diaphanous, intoxicating. On the eve of Vermont Restaurant Week, everyone at Seven Days is focused on food and its provenance — as, no doubt, are many Vermonters. With “local” and “fresh” as the watchwords on everyone’s lips, presentation — how food looks — can sometimes seem like a secondary concern. But my meal at Europea, one I haven’t been able to forget, reminds me that style need not suffer at the hands of substance. The restaurant is deeply rooted in its own Québec terroir, where chef-owner Jérôme Ferrer has obtained most of his ingredients over the past 12 years. At the same time, Ferrer gives European-style attention to the pacing and theatricality of a meal. It’s a combination of freshness and flair that’s slightly over the top, but it offers a lesson in having fun. Eat local this week — but after Vermont Restaurant Week ends, head over the border for a surreal culinary experience with Europea’s tasting menu. Here’s a preview.
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that night the tables were adorned with miniature inuksuit, as well as single red roses poking from silver vases. The crowd skewed toward suits and pearls. So the ensuing parade of tiny, trickster plates was quite a surprise. Each one was delivered and removed with stealth; each incorporated local produce, meat or cheese; and each came with its own illusion. Ribbony shards of duck charcuterie were pinned to a miniature clothing line; truffledusted popcorn was piled into a paper cone and perched in rock salt; a “lollipop” of chewy goat cheese and pesto came on a stick. Just when I thought we were through with the amusebouches, more appeared: breadsticks served with three kinds of exquisite butter; a “mock egg,” or paper-thin flop of scallop, its center anointed with a golden mango coulis; and frothy, earthy, truffle-scented lobster “cappuccino” served in a coffee cup. The wildest dish of all was a faux-wooden box that, when opened, gave off a scent of maplewood smoke. Inside was a dainty round of pastry topped by a smear of smoked salmon.
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It was an hour or so before Hartmann’s portion of the night commenced. His dishes — all impeccably composed and presented — seemed staid by comparison with our starters. However, it was hard to find fault with scallopand-clam bouillabaisse in intense saffron broth, the clams still clinging to their shells. Equally impressive were a curl of halibut atop asparagus and silky squash purée, with a nickel-size blot of caviar clinging to its side and a vodka-star-anise-fish stock underneath; and a rack of Appalachian deer in a Grand Veneur sauce punctuated by intensely tart berries and sea buckthorn. Oh, and with a seared, melting hunk of foie gras on top. After four courses from Hartmann, Ferrer’s handiwork emerged again in the form of a Willy Wonka-esque metal tree whose limbs were decked out in hanging candies and bright-pink cotton candy, along with a cup of mock piña colada (mango with coconut panna cotta). The three-hour meal at Europea was designed to take TRICKERY AT THE TABLE
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drinks on the fenced-in lawn, along with games of bocce. While Phoenix will start with just daily dinner service, lunch will be served by the end of May, says Pickett. On weekends, that will transform into brunch. At Frida’s, the menu was restricted to Mexican fare. By contrast, Pickett calls Phoenix’s cuisine “regional American.” “Everything is in America — we don’t have to stay in those tighter parameters of a strict cuisine,” he explains. “In Louisiana there are tamales everywhere, so we can serve tamales ’cause we love tamales.” Other dishes on the starting menu include chicken and
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Coffee specialist Green has started with a succinct menu of single-origin coffees. Massachusetts company George Howell Coffee provides the grind Green uses for espresso, while drips include roasts Scout & Company from cult brands pastries Blue Bottle Coffee, Coava Coffee Roasters and Heart Coffee Roasters. Green says he chose those companies for their flavors and for their ethic of working with small farms to make “better than Fair Trade” single-origin coffees. Tea drinkers aren’t being ignored. Green serves Harney & Sons teas both hot and cold; the iced tea on offer uses the brand’s Russian Country smoked black tea blend. For now, edibles come from mlc bakEshop in Winooski, making Scout the bakery’s first wholesale account. On Monday, the counter inside the first-floor storefront was lined with cookies and croissants. But Burke is known for crafting another treat: ice cream. He’s filed the necessary paperwork to make his own on site and hopes that, by June 1, Scout & Company will become an ice cream destination as well as a coffee stop. He mentions his smoked maple with sea salt as a possible regular item. Another of his recent favorites is a wintry flavor: vanilla ice cream infused with oak chips. By the time he begins serving ice cream at his own business, though, Burke imagines creating summery flavors such as fresh berry with burnt rose. “I definitely want it to taste like Vermont on a flavor and emotional level,” he says. So don’t expect the exotic durian ice cream Burke perfected at the Hawker Stall. He says the stinky fruit won’t appear at his café, scout’s honor.
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a project in which Pickett has been instrumental. Phoenix’s full menu will debut with a normal dinner service on Sunday, April 27. The 1652 Mountain Road building has undergone major changes in the past two years, but Pickett emphasizes that the Greek Revival former home is now back to its erstwhile splendor, sans 1970s-era touches. Besides a 125-seat main dining room, the restaurant has a large function room that will regularly host live music. As warm days become the norm, diners will be able to eat on the sizable deck and enjoy
waffles with rhubarb jam and root-vegetable slaw, lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce and a banh mi sandwich. Pickett says the “nice, big bar” will continue to serve after Phoenix stops food service for the night at 10 p.m. A large cocktail list will attract some drinkers, while craft beers on tap will please others. But Pickett is proudest to serve a taste of the resort town itself: the small-batch hard cider from stowE cIDEr. Paired with foods from all over the country, that taste of the ultralocal should keep guests rooted in the Green Mountain landscape.
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diners on a journey, and I was curious about the path that brought this chef into culinary theater. Since Ferrer is fluent in French but far from proficient in English, Europea’s publicist, Céline Kilidjian, translated his answers to my questions. SEVEN DAYS: When did you first tune in to the power of presentation with regard to food? Was it part of your training? JéRôME FERRER: For me, gastronomy has a special dimension. It ought to be lived more as an experience than as a meal. As much as a meal can be fabulous, I feel it can sometimes become boring when it is always served the same way. I like a meal that has a certain twist to it, like in a play or in a good movie. Going to a gourmet restaurant is a short-lived pleasure. It is the experience as a whole that has to be remembered, and not the bill. SD: can you recall the first dish you found truly beautiful to look at, as well as delicious to eat? JF: In my oldest memories, it is not a meal
but actually a dessert that left a significant mark. In fact, it was my grandmother’s candied-fruit rice cake. Not only was the preparation perfect, it was truly an explosion of flavors of vanilla, caramel and red fruits. It’s a secret recipe that I will forever cherish.
SD: What was the concept behind Europea? And how do you continue to differentiate it from your other eateries? JF: Personally, I believe more in a restaurant’s identity rather than its concept. Our identity at the beginning was simple: a great product, a great price and a great service.
Europea has always wanted to put in evidence Québec products and producers, and I consider a kitchen to be the best ambassador for local products. To be honest, I have never had the impression of wanting to be different than others, but it seems like our work indeed differentiates us from others. SD: many of the dishes at Europea are startling and theatrical in their presentation. can you talk about the creative process behind at least one of the dishes — perhaps the salmon in the smoke-filled book/box? JF: I was lucky when I arrived in the province of Québec, because it is here that I was able to truly develop my signature, having no landmarks on the province’s, Montréal’s and Canada’s culinary identity. I truly let my imagination go loose. As early as my first year here, I understood that the culinary habits came from a varied influence due to the very present multiculturalism. A trip across Canada from east to west with little winks to certain communities here and there is something I try to incorporate [in]to my cooking. Cooking is a question of personal
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The coffee will be the same that attracted an enthusiastic following in Burlington when Cursive popped up in the South End and at the BurlIngton FarmErs markEt. Osborn and Clifton roast the beans themselves to complement their inherent flavors. Osborn says they’ll consider stocking a few snacks crafted by artisans whose passion for their businesses matches his own for Cursive. What will Burlington fans of Cursive’s cups do when it opens up shop in Middlebury? Keep on drinking. The busy baristas will continue to serve at Pine Street’s BargE Canal markEt, next door to myEr’s BagEl BakEry, from Friday through Monday, as they have since December. In fact, hours at the Burlington location will expand next month.
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Bluebird-branded Burlington businesses. How do these entrepreneurs do it? By balancing relaxation time — including naps — with an all-encompassing love of their brutal business. Those naps are Mahe’s trademark, a nod to his French parents’ roots but also
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Plenty experienced herself, Bette says this year she and her team are working on perfecting what they already do. Toward that end, she recently launched a new website, Bluebird Cares, devoted to customer feedback. In the wake of Farmhouse Group’s rapid expansion, Davis likewise says he expects no additional gifts from the restaurant stork for now. Instead, he’s focused on working with chef Tom Deckman and butcher Frank Pace to expand the Guild Fine Meats brand. They anticipate getting the Winooski meat-processing plant USDA certified by the summer, giving their wares a wider audience. When Pascolo opens on Church Street with an Italian-inflected menu, the flashy
two goats and is pressuring Dad to start a small-batch goat-ice cream truck. “Those are the kinds of things I want to do later,” says the chef. For now, he has his own projects on his mind. Two months after opening his latest restaurant, Mahe is working on three new concepts. “I’ve probably got 15 going around all the time,” he says. The same flexibility he shows in morphing his menus has made Mahe’s empire successful as a whole. He’ll reshape the restaurant concepts in his head to fit the spaces where he plans to put them. For instance, Mahe says he originally designed the Lobby as an upscale cousin to the Bearded Frog. After looking at other menus in Middlebury and Brandon, he re-
restaurant’s kitchens, just as director of operations Josh Palmer is with all of the group’s managers. Bluebird executive chef Matt Corrente is the guiding force behind the food at the Tavern, Barbecue and both Coffee Stop locations. Bette may delegate some tasks, but diners at her restaurants can attest that she seems to pop up all the time, everywhere. “I always remind myself Walt Disney had a quote that his No. 1 objective was just to spread fairy dust,” Bette says. “You recognize that your presence matters.” She manages to stay present with a regular schedule of driving from location to location all day. It may sound overwhelming, but Bette claims she never feels pulled in too many directions.
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Wine Tasting: Sips of old-school burgundies from Domaine Chevillon delight discerning palates. Dedalus Wine Shop, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.
Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Dinner Raffle: Locals feast on a spread of roast beef and vie for cash prizes, including $4,000 to the top winner. Canadian Club, Barre Town, cocktails, 6 p.m.; raffle, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $100 includes dinner for two; preregister. Info, 229-5711.
Wii Gaming: Players show off their physical gaming skills. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 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, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2455. EdCamp Centerpoint: Educators and those passionate about education engage in peer-to-peer dialogue about what matters in schools today. Centerpoint School, Winooski, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 363-0416, email@example.com.
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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ECHO Earth Week's MudFest: Families celebrate muck in all its glory with themed activities, games, "Muddy Music" and mud flinging. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386.
‘GMO OMG’: Jeremy Seifert examines the ramifications of genetically modified foods in his acclaimed 2013 documentary. A Q&A with the Vermont Right to Know Coalition follows. Rutland Free Library, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. '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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Wednesday Wine Down: Oenophiles get over the midweek hump by pairing four varietals with samples from Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Creamery and more. Drink, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. $12. Info, 860-9463, email@example.com.
Bridge Club: Strategic thinkers have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. $6 includes refreshments. Info, 651-0700.
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The Dandelions Are Coming!: Herbalist Dana Woodruff shares recipes and remedies that utilize the plant's medicinal properties. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
Doctor’s Orders During the Victorian era, women exhibiting symptoms ranging from anxiety and insomnia to shortness of breath and emotional instability received a diagnosis of hysteria. One of the various medical treatments for the 19th-century ailment, the electric vibrator was used to help afflicted patients achieve orgasm and find release. Acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl explores this curious practice in her comedy In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Lead by director Cláudio Medeiros, Middlebury College students stage this imaginative work about a doctor whose progressive methods lead his wife to reconsider her marriage and her own body.
Kitchen Medicine: Spring Rejuvenation With Lisa Masé: Health nuts learn time-tested recipes for tonics that gently renew the liver and gallbladder. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 224-7100. 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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‘In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)’ Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., at Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. See website for future dates. $6-12. Info, 443-6433. middlebury.edu
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In the Right Key Since its 1958 inception, the Van Cliburn Piano Competition has showcased top musical talent from around the world. Held every four years, the esteemed event attracts more than 100 entrants, from which six finalists are chosen. Last year, Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko took top honors, winning the coveted gold medal. Of his performance, the Dallas News claims “this was music-making as if from another world, far removed from the calculated brilliance more often heard today.” The 27-year-old virtuoso lends his talents to an equally compelling program of works by Brahms, Stravinsky, Handel, Purcell and Nikolai Medtner.
Vadym Kholodenko Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., at UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, in Burlington. $15-38. Info, 863-5966. flynntix.org
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Making Memories Sarah Jo Willey spent the summer of 2012 listening to Diana Krall’s album The Girl in the Other Room. Featured on the celebrated collection are two songs about the death of the jazz singer’s mother and the lingering wake of her absence. Inspired by Krall, Willey penned her own version of The Girl in the Other Room. In this drama, the main character, Alora, struggles to reconcile her relationship with her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Set to live music by singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones, this meditation on self-discovery explores the ways in which we must accept changing family dynamics to grow and move forward.
‘THE GIRL IN THE OTHER ROOM’ Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. $20-25. Info, 760-4634. sprucepeakarts.org
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FAY WANG Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., at Oopik Auditorium, Life Sciences Building, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. hop.dartmouth.edu
or most, microbiology and contemporary classical music occupy opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum. Composer Fay Wang feels otherwise. The rising talent was commissioned by Dartmouth College to create a collaborative piece with members of the school’s biology department. Known for arrangements that employ changing instrumental combinations, Wang’s style lends itself to an interpretation of the life cycle of human microbes. Inspired by a variety of sources — including images she viewed on a microscope — the award-winning musician reflects this evolutionary process in an untitled work based on perspectives of time and space.
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italian convErsation group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.
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 performance featuring hits from his So album. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 864-5610.
'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, 1:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 748-8291, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 post-colonial 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.
EdiblE ForEst gardEn: Green thumbs learn how to grow multipurpose plants. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433. sQuarE-Foot gardEning: Master gardener Peter Burke shares strategies for successful soil and productive plots. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
'shatnEr’s World': Filled with personal anecdotes and humor, a broadcast production brings the multitalented performer's comedic gifts to the big screen. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Info, 864-5610.
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.
burlington Walk/bikE council mEEting: Locals discuss ways to promote human-powered transportation and how to improve existing policies and infrastructure. Room 12, Burlington City Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-5449.
pathWays vErmont last chancE bid bash: An evening of food, dancing and drinks fuels attendees, who bid on Auction for Access items. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $50. Info, 888-492-8218.
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, amanda. email@example.com.
'amadEus': Johnson State College presents this Tony Award-winning musical about the rivalry between a young 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 a local marble quarry. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966. 'thE spitFirE grill': Catherine Doherty directs this Northern Stage production of the award-winning musical about small-town life. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $31-70. Info, 296-7000.
mary holland: The author of Naturally Curious: A Photographic Guide and Month-by-Month 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.
crEativE Writing Workshop: Wordsmiths develop their craft in a supportive environment. See burlingtonwritersworkshop.com for details. Studio 266, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 383-8104.
stEphEn danna: The former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration member discusses various aspects of climate change. Room 106, Hudson Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 4 p.m. Free. Info, 518-565-0145.
girl dEvElop it annivErsary bash: Techsavvy ladies celebrate a year of classes, workshops and coding with live music, good eats and themed cocktails. Drink, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 860-9463, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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'boys and mEn hEaling': Big Voice Pictures' compelling documentary examines the impact of childhood sexual abuse through the stories of three male survivors. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
food & drink
vErmont rEstaurant WEEk: sWEEt start smackdoWn: Dessert lovers prep their palates for Vermont Restaurant Week with samples from local pastry chefs, who compete for the top honor of Signature Sweet. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $15-20; limited space. Info, 864-5684.
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Forza: The Samurai Sword workouT: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. STarT The ConverSaTion: healTh Care Planning: Franklin County Home Health Agency staff explore options for end-of-life care. Trinity Episcopal Church, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 393-6717.
CheSS Club: Checkmate! Players put their strategic skills to the test in a meeting of the minds. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. CraFTernoon wiTh niCole: Little ones ages 6 and up get creative with local artist Nicole Vance. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420. hooPaPalooza For TeenS: See WED.23. lego CreaTionS: Budding builders ages 5 and up construct unique structures with brightly colored pieces. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. muSiC wiTh mr. ChriS: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1950s. Kory Rogers rounds out the afternoon with a discussion of Shelburne Museum's "Circus Train" exhibit. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 863-4214. raCe maTTerS Forum: Goma Mabika facilitates a dialogue based on the topic “Parenting: do You Talk About Race and Racism With Your Family?” O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-4633.
'amadeuS': See WED.23, 7 p.m. 'bleaCher bumS': The Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre stages nine innings of comedy featuring a zany bunch of diehard Chicago Cubs fans. Brick Box, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. 'The drowSy ChaPerone': The Lyndonvile State College Twilight Players present Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison's Tony Award-winning musical parody of 1920s jazz shows, as seen through the eyes of a passionate fan. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 626-3663. 'our Town': Lost Nation Theater opens its 2014 season with Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Prizewinning drama about small-town life. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-60. Info, 229-0492.
diSSiPaTed eighT: Middlebury College's all-male a capella group brings seamless harmonies to selections from their newest album Stand Up Eight. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 382-9222.
rhonda vinCenT & The rage: The award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist channels Bill Monroe's bluegrass style in classic and contemporary tunes. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-42. Info, 863-5966.
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'The SPiTFire grill': See WED.23, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'world war i and The women'S PeaCe movemenT': Robin Lloyd and Charlotte Dennett recreate the heroic efforts of women from both sides of the R E international conflict AT HE through dialogue, letters LT AL H WN and images. Bethany Church, C OUR TESY OF TO Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-4929 or 644-5898.
harvey amani whiTField: Shedding new light on the state's constitution, the UVM historian excerpts The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont 1777-1810. Old Chapel, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 468-5611. oTTer Creek PoeTS workShoP: Karin Gottshall and Nellie Pierce read selected works. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 989-4314. PoemCiTy: The PoeTry oF william CarloS williamS: UVM professor Huck Gutman reads and discusses the work of the famed American poet. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 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 author Annie Downey. Otter Creek Room, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 877-2211. Tim o'brien: Based on his experiences in the Vietnam War, the acclaimed author discusses his short story collection The Things They Carried. For ages 14 and up. Casella Theater, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. $10-12. Info, 468-1119.
'The ineSCaPable legaCy oF The holoCauST': A day of remembrance features student actors in scenes from Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day and a presentation by keynoter Freda Ginsberg. Skopp Holocaust Memorial Gallery, Feinberg Library, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5 p.m. Free. Info, 518-565-0145.
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PowerFul ToolS For CaregiverS: Kate Krieder and Wendy Bombard of the VNA cover self-care topics relevant to those responsible for the medical needs of their family members. Meeting Room, Williston Town Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. $30 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 658-1900, ext. 3903, email@example.com.
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woodCoCk waTCh: Nature lovers seek out the bird's elaborate mating rituals on a sunset stroll. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 229-6206.
laTin Jazz & Jazz guiTar enSemble ConCerT: Student musicians present a program featuring works by Tito Rodriguez, Sonny Rollins and others. UVM Southwick Ballroom, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
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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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InteRvale CenteR touR: A stroll through greenhouses, the barn and the farmer complex highlights innovative programs and a rich agricultural history. Intervale Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-0440, ext. 113.
BIll BuRR: Spewing his own brand of logic, the unapologetic comedian delivers a slew of gut-busting social commentary. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $37.75-51.25. Info, 863-5966.
MaggIe's KnIt nIght FoR adults: Veteran knitter Maggie Loftus facilitates a knitting and crocheting session for crafters. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Cha Cha soCIal: Dancers 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. Mad RoBIn ContRa danCe: Folks in clean, soft-soled shoes move and groove to music by Turningstyle. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $5-10. Info, 503-1251, email@example.com. 4t-CSWD042314.indd 1
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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.
BuRlIngton gaRden CluB standaRd FloweR show: Floral designs, horticultural specimens, educational exhibits and youth projects delight green thumbs. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 2-7 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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geeKend: Locals get their entertainment fix with activities ranging from old arcade games, deejayed tunes and dance parties to comedy, cartoons and more. Espresso Bueno, Barre, 6-11 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 479-0896, email@example.com.
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eCho eaRth weeK's MudFest: See WED.23. veRMont MaPle FestIval: Bring on the syrup! Vermont's liquid gold takes center stage with sugarhouse tours, a Sap Run Road Race, live entertainment, a giant parade and more. See vtmaplefestival.org for details. Various locations, St. Albans, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 524-5800.
'CRaCK In the woRld' & 'the MagnIFICent RoughneCKs': Preserved 16mm footage of the 1964 sci-fi epic and the 1956 drama brings environmental issues to the big screen. A discussion follows. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
whIte RIveR IndIe FIlM FestIval: A cinematic celebration pairs award-winning features, documentaries and shorts with presentations and discussions. See wrif.org for details. Various locations, White River Junction, 2, 3:45 & 6 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 478-0191.
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Studios, Burlington, 6 p.m. $15-18; ages 21 and up BYOB. Info, 863-6713. Pasta nIght: Locals load up on carbs topped with "G-Man's" famous homemade sauce. Live music by Sons of Beaches follows. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. $7. Info, 878-0700. veRMont RestauRant weeK: Foodies, take note! Ten days of mouthwatering, prix-fixe menus and themed events showcase local fare. See vermontrestaurantweek.com for details. Various locations statewide, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 864-5684. veRMont RestauRant weeK: PaRents' nIght out: Moms and dads hit the town and savor every bite with the knowledge that their kiddos are happy, safe and having fun. Pomerleau Family YMCA, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. $12-20; preregister. Info, 862-9622.
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avoId Falls wIth IMPRoved staBIlIty: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $5-6. Info, 658-7477. 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. stRess, BIoCheMIstRy & Food: Jody McGrath leads an exploration of the psychological and physiological causes of weight gain. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; 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. dungeons & dRagons: Imaginative XP earners in grades 6 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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. MusIC wIth RoBeRt: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216. songs & stoRIes wIth Matthew: Matthew Witten helps children start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. sPRIng vaCatIon BIKe RIde: Pedal pushers in grades K through 5 and their adult companions learn about bike safety, then spin their wheels on a guided ride. Helmets required. Call for details. Essex Bike Path, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. teen advIsoRy BoaRd: Teens gather to plan library programs. Yes, there will be snacks. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. teen MovIe: In Saving Mr. Banks, Walt Disney pursues P.L. Travers in an effort to adapt her book Mary Poppins for the big screen. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
CantaRe Con sPIRIto: The local ensemble interprets the vocal works of Brahms. Proceeds benefit BarnArts Center for the Arts. Blue Horse Inn, Woodstock, 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 332-6020, email@example.com.
A CelebrAtion of MusiC & spring: Music lovers mingle over wine and hors d'oeuvres, then sit down to an intimate concert of Brahms' vocal works by Cantare Con Spirito. Private residence, Woodstock, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $50; preregister; limited space. Info, 457-4011.
bAird hersey: Citing the yoga of listening, the author discusses The Practice of Nada Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound. A Q&A and guided meditation follow. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.
Corey ross Jenkins, thoughtCriMe, the roosters & for the kid in the bACk: Regional performers bring an all-ages crowd on a musical journey from blues and jazz to pop and punk. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. $3-10. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CreAtive Writing Workshop: See WED.23, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. pAul selig: The author and channel signs and discusses The Book of Knowing and Worth. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 660-8060.
fridAy JAzz JAM: eight 02: The contemporary jazz-fusion group showcases a knack for improvisation. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, 5-7 p.m. $12-15; cash bar. Info, 985-3346. green MountAin College & CoMMunity ConCert bAnd: Directed by James Cassarino, "In Nature's Realm" sees performers interpreting works ranging from Debussy to Billy Joel. Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 287-8926.
poeMCity: broWn bAg: CArd CAtAlog poetry Writing: Wordsmiths bring a bag lunch and create original works using the library’s retired card catalog as a prompt. Hayes Room, KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Middlebury bACh festivAl: Middlebury College hosts performances and informative workshops celebrating the life and work of the German composer. See middlebury.edu for details. Various locations, Middlebury, 8 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 443-3168. vAdyM kholodenko: The 2013 Van Cliburn, Piano Competition gold medalist makes the ivory keys dance in a program of works by Brahms, Stravinsky and others. See calendar spotlight. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-38. Info, 863-5966.
edible plAnts WAlk: Biologist Michael Burgess leads a trek through Ruger Woods in search of local flora. Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-565-0145.
erin burdiCk: The SUNY Plattsburgh senior shares newfound knowledge in "Preserving the Past, Understanding the Present: Student Studies of Alzheimer's Patients' Stories." Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 4:30 & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-565-0145.
JonAthAn lAsh: Hampshire College's president ponders "Who'll Lead on Sustainability?" in the annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture. Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 287-8926.
'AMAdeus': See WED.23, 7 p.m. 'bleACher buMs': See THU.24, 7:30 p.m. 'the droWsy ChAperone': See THU.24, Through April 26, 7:30 p.m.
'Art for globAl heAlth' suMMit: Artists and community members network, then learn about the nonprofit's efforts to reduce local and international poverty through online sales of artwork. A Q&A follows. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 473-1036.
AutisM AWAreness WAlk: Families hit the pavement in support of Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York. Kids activities, raffles and a bake sale round out the day. City Recreation Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., registration, 10 a.m.; walk, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 518-593-2317.
drop-in WAterColor pAinting: Gabriel Tempesta leads artists through an exploration of the medium. Personal supplies required. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 9 a.m. $20. Info, 888-1261.
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CentrAl verMont 50-plus expo: More than 40 exhibitors enliven a celebration of the golden years that includes seminars, workshops, an Elvis tribute concert and more. Holiday Inn, Rutland, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 872-9000, ext. 18. volunteer Work dAy: From trail work to hanging art, locals help prep the museum for the season. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167.
MAd pie hoedoWn: Contra dancers get their groove on at this benefit for the Village-Building Convergence featuring a pie auction. Plainfield Community Center, 7:30 p.m. $8-20 suggested donation. Info, 223-1730. 'the sleeping beAuty: A treAsured fAiry tAle': A score by Tchaikovsky drives this City Center Ballet adaptation of Marius Pepita's ballet about a handsome prince, a beautiful princess and a magical kiss. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $13.50-31.50. Info, 603-448-0400.
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Energy Efficient Open Houses: On a tour of four homes, environmentally minded folks chat with owners and contractors about ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Various Burlington & South Burlington locations, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 8654424, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burlington Garden Club Standard Flower Show: See FRI.25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Can/Am Con: Scale Model Expo: U.S. and Canadian hobbyists display miniature replicas inspired by the theme "D-Day June 6, 1944 + 70 years." Holiday Inn, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $1-5. Info, 518-561-4265. Diamonds & Denim Fundraising Bash: Folks bid on a wide array of donated items at this benefit for Northern Stage. Miller Arts Building Garage, White River Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 291-9009. Everything Equine & Canine: A weekend dedicated to ponies and puppies features vendors, seminars, demos and live entertainment. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m. $9-10; free for kids under 5. Info, 863-5966.
ECHO Earth Week's MudFest: See WED.23. Vermont Maple Festival: See FRI.25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show: Sap-savvy shoppers browse attic treasures and collectibles. St. Albans Town Educational Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 893-6277.
'Battle for the Elephants': John Heminway's award-winning documentary sheds light on the wildlife-trafficking industry and rampant elephant poaching in Africa. A discussion and potluck dinner follow. HogWild Barn, Johnson, 5-8 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share. Info, 644-8885. 'Elena': Set in Moscow, Andrey Zvyagintsev's award-winning drama explores the relationship between an elderly couple who must reconcile lifechanging events. In Russian with English subtitles. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. White River Indie Film Festival: See FRI.25, 10 a.m., 12:30, 2, 4, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.
food & drink
Geekend: See FRI.25, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Chocolate Tasting: Sweets lovers tap into the nuances of sour, spicy, earthy and fruity flavors. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 448-5507.
Everything Equine & Canine: Horsin' Around: A family-friendly dog and equine show features feats of canine agility and obedience alongside freestyle horseback riding and more. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. $13.50. Info, 863-5966.
fairs & festivals
Fenian Historical Society Celebration: Irish history buffs honor Emerald Isle heritage with displays, a historical reenactment, live music and the one-act play Any Chance for Glory. See burlingtonirishheritage.org for details. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 3, 4, 5 & 6:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 644-2433. Goods & Services Auction: Locals bid on a wide variety of items ranging from artwork and handcrafted goods to massages and manicures. Childcare provided upon advanced request. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plattsburgh, N.Y., silent auction, 6-6:45 p.m.; live auction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-572-7879 or 518-561-8982.
Corps. West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 238-3972.
Learn Scratch: Coders get instruction in MIT's visual programming tool/language. Rutland Free Library, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, rutlandtechclub@gmail. com. Miss Vermont Scholarship Competition: Promising contestants lend their talents to the 70th annual event, at which the winner receives academic scholarships and the honor of serving Vermont for a year. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. $1025. Info, 476-8188. Musical Instrument Rummage Sale: Musicians stock up on gently used gear. Shrewsbury Community Meeting House, Cuttingsville, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 492-3814. North Star Bike Swap: Pedal pushers pick up a recycled ride or trade in an old one for a cut of the sale. North Star Sports, Burlington, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3832. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: As part of a nationwide event, the Milton Police Department facilitates the safe, confidential disposal of prescription drugs Kinney Drugs, Milton, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-1009. Tech Geek Jeannie: Walk-ins get user-friendly tips for their mobile devices. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 878-6955. Upper Valley Spring & Summer Clothing Swap: Locals tap into the spirit of giving at an exchange of gently used threads. Drop off, Saturday; shopping, Sunday. Bugbee Senior Center, White River Junction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com. Vermont Gear Swap & Sale: Outdoor adventurers stock up on apparel and equipment. Partial proceeds benefit the Vermont Youth Conservation
Capital City Winter Farmers Market: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958.
Ham Supper & Silent Auction: Neighbors feast on a spread of ham, mashed potatoes, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, veggies and dessert. Winooski United Methodist Church, 6 p.m. $5-10; takeout available. Info, 879-2841 or 655-7371. Heirloom Lunch With Mara Welton: Red Wagon Plants founder Julie Rubaud welcomes the Slow Food Vermont president for a discussion of heirloom vegetables and a shared meal. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Vermont Maple Festival Pancake Breakfast: Diners rub elbows over plates of syrup-soaked flapjacks, scrambled eggs, sausage and home fries. Proceeds benefit A.R.C. of Northwestern Vermont. St. Albans City School, 7 a.m. & noon. $48; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 524-5197. Vermont Restaurant Week: See FRI.25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
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Meet Biscuit: Tykes get acquainted with the yellow dog from Alyssa Satin Capucilli's children's book series Biscuit. Themed activities and story times round out the fun. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Saturday Story Time: Families gather for imaginative tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.
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Robin & Linda Williams: Hardhitting lyrics and a gift for melody informed the seasoned duo's blend of bluegrass, folk and country. Proceeds benefit concert the Connecticut River Watershed Council. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $20-40. Info, 800-838-3006 or 802-457-3981.
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Story Explorers: Mud: A reading of Mary Lyn Ray's Mud paves the way for soil science and a muddy tune. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386.
The Haus of Starr: Comedians, vocalists and performers such as Madame Blanche and Twylyte Star entertain audience members in an over-thetop variety show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, email@example.com.
Au Revoir, Sam Egan, DoomF*ck & Chris Dalnodar: Regional performers bring an eclectic mix of musical styles to an all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8-10 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. Beat the Band: Five regional bands bring their material to the stage and compete for audience votes at this noteworthy gathering. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 728-6464. Burlington Choral Society: Local vocalists lend their powerful pipes to François-Joseph Gossec's Grande Messe de Morts. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 863-5966.
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Cantare Con Spirito: Bethel: The local ensemble interprets the vocal works of Brahms. Proceeds benefit BarnArts Center for the Arts. AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, N.H., 2 p.m. Bethel Town Hall, 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 332-6020, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingdom Wellness Expo: Locals give their bodies a spring tune up with kinesiology, reflexology, acupuncture and more. Proceeds benefit the Good Living Senior Center. St. Johnsbury House, 1-4 p.m. $20 per session; preregister; limited space. Info, 684-2064, email@example.com.
Maids in Vermont: The all-female local ensemble interprets works by Ravel, Ernő Dohnányi, Bohuslav Martinů and others. A catered reception follows. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 793-9291.
Chakra Workshop: Maryalyce Merritt leads participants in an in-depth exploration of the body's seven energy centers. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 3 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 482-5189.
R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.23, 9-10 a.m.
Crafting With Raptors: Kiddos and their adult companions create puppets or mobiles inspired by the feathered flyers, then meet an owl and a hawk up close. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-noon. $10-12 per
Mud Boot Shuffle: The Starline Rhythm Boys join musical pals Red Hot Juba in an evening of swing, blues, honky-tonk and rockabilly. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, dance lessons, 7:30-8 p.m.; music, 8-11 p.m. $15. Info, 223-5327 or 496-8994.
Matt & Shannon Heaton: Anchored by captivating vocal harmonies, the Boston-based multi-instrumentalists perform traditional and contemporary Irish music. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 864-7999. Middlebury Bach Festival: See FRI.25.
Tricky Bitches: Portland, Maine's fearless foursome brings a hint of bluegrass and folk to old-time country. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $35 includes dinner package; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071. UVM Student Compositions: An eclectic program showcases original works by rising talents. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
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. Digital Photo Basics: Those with working knowledge of Microsoft Windows learn how to import and edit images from phones and cameras. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217. Digital Video Editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the most recent version of the editing software. Prerequisite of VCAM Access Orientation or equivalent, or instructor's permission. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 651-9692, firstname.lastname@example.org. Québec Genealogy Records: Montréal-based reference archivist Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne details ways to access resources from Library and Archives Canada. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 310-9285.
Bridgewater Raft Race: Brave souls throw caution to the wind on a 3-mile course down the Ottauquechee River at this 40th annual event. Proceeds benefit the Bridgewater Fast Squad. Private Residence, Bridgewater Corners, registration, 11 a.m.; race, noon. $5. Info, 245-4106.
'Amadeus': See WED.23, 7 p.m. 'Bleacher Bums': See THU.24, 7:30 p.m. 'Daughter of Venus' Staged Reading: Sterling College students and staff interpret Howard Zinn's family drama about the climate of anxiety surrounding terrorism. The Art House Gallery, Studio & School, Craftsbury Common, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 586-7711, ext. 164. 'The Drowsy Chaperone': See THU.24, 7:30 p.m. '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. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7:30 p.m. $2025. Info, 782-4144. The Met Live in HD Series: Lake Placid: Susanna Phillips and Matthew Polenzi star in a broadcast production of Mozart's comedy Così Fan Tutti. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55
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p.m. $10-20. Info, 775-0903. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $12-18. Info, 518-523-2512. 'Our TOwn': See THU.24, 8 p.m. 'The Quarry': See WED.23, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 'The SpiTfire Grill': See WED.23, 2 p.m. SprinG feSTival Of playS: Curtain call! UVM senior theater majors culminate their dramatic studies with an original piece and six adaptations of works by contemporary playwrights. Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington, 2-4:30 & 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 656-2094.
pOTluck & cOmmuniTy mindfulneSS pracTice: Vegetarian fare fuels attendees for a guided session and discussion led by Soryu Forall. The Center for Mindful Learning, Burlington, potluck, 5:30-7 p.m.; practice, 7-9 p.m. Donations; bring a dish to share. Info, 540-0820.
dance lab: Paul Besaw leads an in-depth study opportunity for active contemporary dance artists looking to hone their performance skills. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 1-5 p.m. $20. Info, 279-8836. Sacred circle dancinG: Teens, adults and seniors practice gentle, simplified international folk dances. Personal water required. Burlington Earth Clock, Oakledge Park, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 978-424-7968, email@example.com. 'The SleepinG beauTy: a TreaSured fairy Tale': See SAT.26, 1 p.m.
lake irOQuOiS aSh Tree awareneSS walk: Forester Keith Thompson teaches nature lovers how to identify the arboreal species and the effects of the Emerald Ash borer. Lake Iroquois, Williston, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 879-5694, firstname.lastname@example.org.
everyThinG eQuine & canine: See SAT.26, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. upper valley SprinG & Summer clOThinG Swap: See SAT.26.
fairs & festivals
echO earTh week'S mudfeST: See WED.23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
vermOnT maple feSTival: See FRI.25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. vermOnT maple feSTival anTiQueS ShOw: See SAT.26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
vermOnT reSTauranT week: fOOdie flick: Moviegoers feast their eyes on Juzo Itami's comedy Tampopo, about a small noodle shop that serves up a meditation on love and food. Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield, cocktails, 4 p.m.; film, 5 p.m. $9. Info, 496-8994.
hOmewOrk help: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science students assist first through eighth graders with reading, math and science assignments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. ruSSian play Time wiTh naTaSha: Kiddos up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.
french cOnverSaTiOn GrOup: dimancheS: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.
'TOp GirlS': An all-female cast presents Caryl Churchill's drama about women in 1980s England. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1:30 p.m. $24-44. Info, 514-739-7944.
canTare cOn SpiriTO: cOlcheSTer: See SAT.26, Bethany Church, Montpelier, 10 a.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 332-6020, email@example.com. Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 4 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 332-6020, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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darTmOuTh cOlleGe GOSpel chOir: Walt Cunningham directs student vocalists and a 20-piece band, in the energetic program "Reunify!" Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 2 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422. middlebury bach feSTival: See FRI.25, 3 p.m. muSicianS aGainST child abuSe: Bow Thayer, Chad Hollister, Stephanie Lynn and Russ, Greta & PQ lend their talents to a benefit concert for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. Sweet Melissa's, Montpelier, 4-7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 229-5724. Open Jazz Jam SeSSiOn: Musicians hone their skills with songs from the Real Book. Thoughtfaucet, Burlington, noon-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-4745. rOland piGeOn & friendS: Old-time country, folk and fiddle tunes delight audience members young and old. A reception follows. United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 879-4028. SprinG chOral cOncerT: The UVM Concert Choir welcomes the Catamount Singers in a program directed by David Neiweem. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. ukulele mele: Lovers of the Hawaiian instrument convene for a strumming session. For ages 10 and up. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.
biObliTz: The SUNY Plattsburgh Wildlife Club leads a daylong exploration of local plant and animal life in Rugar Woods. Meet at Angell College Center. SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• New this year “Everything Canine” a celebration of our canine friends • New England’s largest equine & canine event • Champlain Valley Kennel Club canine events • Over 150 Indoor Seminars, Demonstrations, Merchandise & Service Providers for both equine and canine • 4-H Kids Corner Activity Center • Indoor Equine Breed Row • Disc Dogs, Dog Agility, Dog Obedience, Dog Shows and Canine Breed Row
Special Guest Shawna Karrasch On Target Training Sponsored by University of Vermont Extension, Guy’s Farm & Yard, Horse Works, Show Me the Biscuit, Poulin Grain Inc., Alltech, Equine Journal, 4 Legs & a Tail, Vermont Horse Council, Equiscents/VT Equine Acupressure
Advance Discount Tickets available at Guy’s Farm & Yard, Adirondack Tack and www.flynntix.org
“Horsin’ Around on Saturday Night” Equine & Canine Variety Show Saturday, April 26th at 6:30pm
Extreme Trail Challenge
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chandler film SOcieTy: Gene Hackman plays a surveillance expert who struggles to reconcile his profession in Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 drama The Conversation. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 6 p.m. $9. Info, 431-0204.
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ecO fair: Environmentally minded folks learn how to reduce their carbon footprint with themed activities. First United Methodist Church, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 658-7441.
veGan pOp-up dinner: Foodies feast on Latin American tapas and make culinary connections at a meal hosted by Guerrilla Gourmet. The Psychedelicatessen, Burlington, 6 p.m. $30; preregister; limited space. Info, 338-6459.
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Geekend: See FRI.25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Edible Plant Walk: Herbalist Melanie Putz Brotz helps participants identify nutritious and medicinal vegetation. A salad of wild greens collected along the way rounds out the afternoon. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 1-3 p.m. $10; preregister; bring a bowl and fork. Info, email@example.com. Spring Blooms Walk: Locals embrace the changing seasons on a wildflower tour led by the Winooski Valley Park District. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5744. Spring Wildflowers of Mount Independence: Horticulturist Amy Olmsted teaches participants the common and Latin names of local blooms, then discusses their habitat. Appropriate shoes and attire required. Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell, 1 p.m. $5; free for kids under 15. Info, 759-2412. Vergennes-to-Middlebury Bike Loop: Cyclists spin their wheels on a scenic 25-mile ride through the Champlain Valley. Helmets required. Contact trip leader for details. 10 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 660-2834, firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk in the Woods: Brunswick: Hikers learn to identify forest ash trees and their contributions to ecosystems on a woodland trek led by a local forester. Contact trip leader for details. Nulhegan Basin Division, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 962-5240, ext. 114, email@example.com. Walk in the Woods: Goshen: See above listing. Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, Goshen, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-4362, firstname.lastname@example.org. us. Walk in the Woods: Grand Isle: See above listing. Grand Isle State Park, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 372-4300.
Walk in the Woods: Peacham: See above listing. Peachum Town Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 751-0118, email@example.com.
Poetry Unplugged: Lit lovers read their favorite poems at this well-versed gathering. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4295.
Cultural Heritage Professionals Gathering: Students and interns mingle with those already established in the industry at an informal event. Bailiwicks on Mill, St. Johnsbury, 5 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 479-8522, laura. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Judith Edwards: The local author explores the influence of Franklin Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. 2 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2498. Rebecca Rupp: From tomatoes to potatoes, the author and gardening expert details the origins and histories of garden vegetables. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.
'Bleacher Bums': See THU.24, 2 p.m. 'The Drowsy Chaperone': See THU.24, 2 p.m. 'Our Town': See THU.24, 2 p.m. 'The Quarry': See WED.23, 2 p.m. 'The Spitfire Grill': See WED.23, 5 p.m. Spring Festival of Plays: See SAT.26.
Monday Night OUT!: Kitty Von Tease hosts this weekly gathering of games, libations and a viewing of "RuPaul's Drag Race." Drink, Burlington, cocktail hour, 8-9 p.m.; show viewing, 9-10 p.m. Free; for ages 21 and up. Info, 860-9463, melissashahady@ vtdrink.com.
'Top Girls': See SUN.27, 8 p.m.
Chamber Ensembles Concert: Arrangements for trios and quartets entertain local listeners. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
'Dazed and Confused': Texas high school students kick off summer in style in Richard Linklater's cult classic, set in 1976. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. White River Indie Film Festival: See FRI.25, 5 p.m.
food & drink
Vermont Restaurant Week: See FRI.25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
health & fitness
Merchants Bank 150: Stock-car racers keep fans on the edge of their seats with laps around the track. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 1 p.m. $25; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 244-6963.
Swing Dance Practice Session: Twinkle-toed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.
Wildflower Hike: A family-friendly, naturalistled excursion celebrates signs of spring. Round Pond Natural Area, South Hero, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 862-4150, ext. 3, email@example.com.
Cycle the City: Pedal pushers welcome spring on a 10-mile guided tour through historic Burlington. Perkins Pier, Burlington, meet up, 9:30-10 a.m.; ride, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 861-2700.
Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600.
Advanced Spanish Lessons: Proficient speakers work on mastering the language. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.
Whistling as Instrumental Music: Accompanied by pianist Shannia Fu, award-winning whistler Yuki Takeda interprets early-20th-century chamber music. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
Bridge Club: See WED.23, 7 p.m.
Shakti Tribal Belly Dance With Susanne: Women get their groove on with this ancient and spirit-inspired improvisational dance form. Soul Fire Studio, Burlington, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $15. Info, 688-4464.
Walk in the Woods: St. Albans: See above listing. Hard'ack Recreation Area, St. Albans, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 524-6501, ext. 441, nancy. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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'World War I and the Women's Peace Movement': See THU.24, BCA Center, Burlington, 2 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-4929 or 644-5898.
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.
Avoid Falls With Improved Stability: See FRI.25. Medicinal Herbs for the Kitchen Garden: Health coach Marie Frohlich helps attendees incorporate a variety of herbs into pint-size plots. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 2238000, 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.23.
Alice in Noodleland: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Moretown Playgroup: Tykes burn off energy in a constructive environment. Gymnasium, Moretown Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, email@example.com. 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.
Keeping the 'Gold' in Your Golden Years: Lisa Helme of the Vermont State Treasurer's Office shares strategies for a financially secure retirement. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955. 'Ready for School' Family Workshop: See WED.23, 10:30 a.m.
Carrie Brown: The local historian presents "Arming the Union: Vermont Gunmakers and the Technology That Shaped America." Milton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Linda Little: Burlington Discover Jazz Festival's managing director presents "Jazz Today: Vibrant American Music or Museum Piece?" Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. Macmillan Symposium: Scholars Neil Johnson and César A. Hidalgo join UVM faculty and students to analyze scientific advancements in "Prediction: The Next Big Thing." Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3039. Ven. Amy Miller: Drawing on mindfulness and meditation, the Tibetan Buddhist nun explores the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338 or 633-4136.
'The Spitfire Grill': See WED.23, 5 p.m.
Creative Writing Workshop: See WED.23. Vermont Humanities Council Book Discussion: Memorable Memoirs: Lit lovers join Jon Margolis to swap ideas and opinions about Ruth Picardie's Before I Say Goodbye. Barton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 525-6524.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 'Marco Spada': Complex choreography drives this Bolshoi Ballet broadcast production about a scheming bandit who leads a double life.
North Country People's Summit on Energy & Environment: Eco-minded attendees celebrate the planet with industry professionals from 350. org, VPIRG and more. Yokum 200 Auditorium, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-963-7419, email@example.com.
'East of Eden': James Dean stars in Elia Kazan's 1955 drama based on John Steinbeck's eponymous novel about a young man struggling to find his place in the world during World War II. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018. 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. Vermont College of Fine Arts Spring Film Residency: Debra Granik's Work: Movie lovers preview and discuss new projects with the famed director of Winter's Bone. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-8734. Vermont College of Fine Arts Spring Film Residency: 'Winter's Bone': Jennifer Lawrence plays a teenage girl who must face her father's criminal past while trying to reconcile an uncertain future in this acclaimed independent drama. A discussion with director Debra Granik follows. The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-8734.
food & drink
Heroes Breakfast: Locals share the first meal of the day and honor those who saved lives or made significant contributions to their community. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 7:30 a.m. $35. Info, 660-9130, ext. 111. Vermont Restaurant Week: See FRI.25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
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. Vermont Restaurant Week: Culinary Pub Quiz: Seven rounds of food trivia stimulate the minds — and appetites — of participants, who vie for various prizes and bragging rights. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 540-0406.
health & fitness
Intro to Yoga: Those new to the mat discover the benefits of aligning breath and body. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 272-8923. Nia: A sensory-based movement practice introduces participants to a unique combination of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. North End Studio B, Burlington, 7 a.m. $13. Info, 522-3691. Sustainable Happiness: Ginny Sassaman of the Happiness Paradigm shares research related to finding personal fulfillment in harmony with the endangered natural world. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. 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.
Creative tuesdays: Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Homework Help: See SUN.27, 4:30-7:30 p.m. presCHool story time & Crafts: Books and creative projects help tykes gain early literacy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. story explorers: Green: Little ones learn about Vermont's signature color with a reading of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Green and a matching game. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. story time for 3- to 5-year-olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. story time for BaBies & toddlers: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of kids under 3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. yoGa witH danielle: Toddlers and preschoolers strike a pose, then share stories and songs. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. younG atHletes proGram: Kiddos ages 2 through 7 with and without developmental disabilities practice physical, cognitive and social skills in this Special Olympics Vermont program. Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 8626521, ext. 215.
frenCH Conversation Group: Beginnerto-intermediate 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.
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Counterpoint: The North Country Union High School chorus accompanies the vocal ensemble in a joint concert directed by Nathaniel Lew. North Country Union High School, Newport, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 540-1784.
Howard Coffin: The local historian details the critical role Vermont soldiers played in the Battle of Cedar Creek during the Civil War. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.
poemCity: 'old friends': Main Street Middle School students and their senior citizen counterparts read themed verse. Heaton Woods, Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. poemCity: rakinG tHe winter leaves: Awardwinning poet Gary Margolis shares politically inspired stanzas from New England and beyond. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
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waterBury HistoriCal soCiety annual meetinG: Librarian Paul Carnahan discusses available Vermont Historical Society resources, along with photographs of Waterbury from VHS collections. American Legion Post 59, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089. welCome BaBy soCial: Williston and St. George residents with babies born in 2013 mingle over light refreshments and music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6-7:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7555, firstname.lastname@example.org.
afriCan musiC & danCe ensemBle: V. Josselyne Price directs an end-of-semester performance featuring Middlebury College students and special guests Eli Wolasi and Christal Brown. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
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eduCators appreCiation weekend kiCkoff: Teachers and librarians are recognized for their service with giveaways, drawings and more. Phoenix Books Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.
valley niGHt featurinG tHe GulCH: Locals gather for this weekly bash of craft ales, movies and live music. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation; $2 drafts. Info, 496-8994.
'tHe Human sCale': Profiling groundbreaking architect Jan Gehl, Andreas Dalsgaard's documentary highlights human-centered urban design in the world's major cities. A Q&A follows. A social hour at the Skinny Pancake completes the evening. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5; limited space. Info, email@example.com. 'tHe priCe of sand': Jim Tittle's documentary explores the effects of rapidly expanding silica mines in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
food & drink
vermont restaurant week: See FRI.25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. vermont restaurant week salon: farm-toBottle: From apples to local hops, industry professionals consider the the state's growing beer, wine, cider and spirit markets. South End Kitchen at Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 864-0505. wednesday wine down: See WED.23.
Genius is complicated. Mozart partied hard and died young. And his music is still played today, over 220 years later. How many of today’s musicians will match that?
'on tHe Ground in syria': Photojournalist Diego Cupolo and Achraf Alamatouri of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program consider the roots of the conflict and the resulting refugee crisis. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2516.
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noontime ConCert series: Pianist Kevin Ayesh presents pieces by Mozart, Brahms and others in "Classical and Romantic Masterpieces." St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0471.
'tHe spitfire Grill': See WED.23.
nonet & post-Bop ConCert: Music lovers get their fix with a varied program of works from Sonny Stitt and Duke Ellington, among others. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
'50 sHades! tHe musiCal': A theatrical romp through the best seller Fifty Shades of Grey features an original score and an outrageous cast. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $39.2549.75. Info, 863-5966.
pause-Café frenCH Conversation: French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.
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Create a Vision Board: Life coach Marianne Mullen demonstrates how visual representations of goals can manifest positive change. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5:307:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. HerBal allies for PregnanCy & laCtation: Clinical herbalist Emily wheeler presents timetested herbs and food used to support women during their childbearing years. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100. Mindfulness & MoVeMent Class: See wED.23.
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young adult reads Book CluB: Lit lovers ages 12 through 18 read and discuss poetry of their choice. Teen Room, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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VerMont College of fine arts sPring filM residenCy: denis Maloney: The cinematographer presents "Crafting the Language of Film." The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-8734. VerMont College of fine arts sPring filM residenCy: elaine MCMillion sHeldon: In a presentation and discussion of her interactive transmedia documentary Hollow, the filmmaker examines small-town America. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-8734.
'in tHe next rooM (or tHe ViBrator Play)': Cláudio Medeiros directs this Middlebury College production of Sarah Ruhl's Victorian-era comedy about a doctor who uses electric vibrators to treat women with hysteria. For mature audiences only. See calendar spotlight. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $6-12. Info, 443-6433.
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Big ideas dine & disCuss: Lit lovers join Ed Cashman for a shared meal and conversation about Gore Vidal's Burr. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; bring an early American Yankee/mid-Atlantic dish to share. Info, 878-6955. CHuCk dudley: The local writer discuss his forthcoming book, The Stowe I've Come to Know. Stowe Free Library, noon-1 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 253-1518. Cornelia Ward: The local author signs and discusses Going Forward Fearlessly: A Spiritual Road Map for How to be Happy, Stress-Free and Confident Despite Massive Change. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 660-8060. CreatiVe Writing WorksHoP: See wED.23.
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MiCHael d. krause: The logician and former soldier investigates the impetus for world war I in "The Decisions for war 1914." A light lunch follows. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, noon. Free. Info, 485-2183.
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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: Karen McCloud, 372-4822, email@example.com, healingtouchforanimals.com.
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. per/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, firstname.lastname@example.org, vtc.edu/agricultureinstitute.
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art CLAY: ALTERING/DECORATIVE SLIP: Artist Loretta Languet will demonstrate various techniques for altering pots and decorating with liquid colored slips. Students will have the opportunity to explore these techniques. Bring with you a leather hard pot or several wet slabs, some of your favorite brushes and a playful sense of adventure. Sat., Apr. 26, & Sun., Apr. 27, 10-2 p.m. Cost: $90/8hour class over 2 days. Location: Seminary Art Center, 201 Hollow Rd., Waterbury. Info: 253-8790, email@example.com, seminaryartcenter.com. 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: 438-2097, info@carvingstudio. org, carvingstudio.org.
bee there BEEKEEPING BASICS W/ VT BEEKEEPER’S ASSOC.: Have you thought about keeping bees? Learn about these vital and fascinating creatures providing so much of our food. Plenty of question-and-answer time and all the info needed to start your own operation. Instructed by Bill Mares and Mike Willard. Full description at cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access/. Apr. 29, May 6 & 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $45/. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 4827194, firstname.lastname@example.org.
beverages 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,
CALL 865-7166 FOR MORE INFO 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, 1:303 p.m. Cost: $18/BCA members; $20/nonmembers. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. 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. PHOTOGRAPHING SPRING COLORS: From the strong hues of a flower to the subtle palette of a mountain valley, we will explore this short but sweet season. Join us for three classes including a lecture discussing images and technique, a field shoot, and a critique slide show of student work followed by printing session. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience. May 8 & 15, 6-8 p.m., May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $144/BCA members; $160/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. 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.
coaching LIFE COACHING GROUP: Spring is the perfect time to create positive change in your life! Join River Stories Life Coaching 8-week spring session, and learn how! Trained Life and Career Coach Melissa Lang will help participants identify goals, get motivated, and gain self-awareness through weekly group discussion, journaling and facilitated exercises. Starts week of May 1. Cost: $800/2-hour classes, 8 weeks total, 1 evening per week. Location: SugarTree La., #2B, Essex Jct. Info: River Stories Life and Career Coaching, Melissa Lang, 338-2984, meltesl@yahoo. com.
communication CREATING PEACE BY LEARNING THE LANGUAGE OF LIFE: A NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION SEMINAR: If you wish you could find more peace within yourself, or have more energy and skills to make peace with people you love and people you don’t, this seminar is for you. This interactive day will give you the opportunity to develop valuable skills to make life easier and more enjoyable. Seminar by John F. Reuwer, MD. Apr. 27 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $90/ person. Full/partial scholarships avail. Application required. Bring brown-bag lunch. Location: The Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake St., Burlington. Info: Kyle SillimanSmith, 863-2345, email@example.com.
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. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. 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. 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 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, 5981077, firstname.lastname@example.org. DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, crandalltyler@hotmail. com, dsantosvt.com. LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@ firststepdance.com, firststepdance.com.
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, email@example.com, burlingtontaiko.org.
empowerment JOURNEYS: CREATIVE SELF DISCOVERY: Explore your creativity. What do you wish for? What power do you hold? Where would you like to go? Using Expressive Arts as your vehicle (visual art, movement, sound, spoken/written word and ritual), take a six-session creative journey for pleasure and the revitalization of yourself. No previous arts experience necessary. Thu. nights, May 1-Jun. 5, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $165/ person ($150 if paid by April 15); fees incl. all materials. Location: Expressive Arts Burlington/ Studio 266, 266 S. Champlain St., Burlington. Info:Topaz Weis, 8625302, firstname.lastname@example.org. PATHWAYS OF GROWTH FOR WOMEN: This experiential workshop explores how busy modern women can turn the challenges of daily life into growth-provoking experiences. A wealth of exercises offers time-outs and insights into personal reality. Led by Sue Mehrtens. May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909. 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.
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). Dayof registration is $50. Location: Community Park, behind Williston Central School, 195 Central School Dr., Williston. Info: First Strides Vermont, Kasie, 238-0820, info@ firststridesvermont.com, firststridesvermont.com.
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, flynnarts.org. 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. 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, flynnarts.org.
gardening 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, 6562514, email@example.com, uvm.edu/ seagrant.
helen day AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVITY: Are you ready to move into action on a creative project but are feeling overwhelmed, blocked or unsure? In this interactive class, you will shift yourself to greater clarity and productivity by learning how to overcome common obstacles impacting your creative process and work. All materials included. Instructor: Marianne Mullen. Weekly on Fri., May 2-May 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $95/ members; $120/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 2538358, firstname.lastname@example.org, helenday.com. RUSTIC FURNITURE PROJECT: Learn basic woodworking skills using handsaws, electric drills and sanders. Workshop covers
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sustainable harvesting, stock selection, design, layout, joinery and finishing. Complete a fourpeg wall rack, single-peg coat rack, towel bar or wall lamp. All materials included. Instructor: Greg Speer. Apr. 30, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $80/members; $105/nonmembers. Location: 56 Turner Mill La., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, email@example.com, helenday.com. 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@helenday. com, helenday.com. 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: 253-8358, firstname.lastname@example.org, helenday.com.
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, julio@ bjjusa.com, vermontbjj.com.
Qi Gong Three-week series: This three-week series will focus on foundational exercises that help strengthen the body/mind connection, foster coordinated movement from the Hara and free the circulation of qi. We will be exploring practices such as silk reeling exercises, tai chi walking, meridian stretches and more. Sat., May 3, 10 & 17, 10-11 a.m. Cost: $40/person; $15 for single class. Location: Sacred Mountain Studio, 215 College St., 3rd floor, Burlington. Info: Carrie Abair, 9999717, abairacupuncture@gmail. com, abairacupuncture.com. 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: 6332384, registration@karmecholing. org, karmecholing.org.
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, 518-572-6427, lightworksreiki@ gmail.com, lightworksreiki-yoga. com.
writing Journal: Creative Nonfiction: Summer writing camp for middle schoolers. What I did on my summer vacation. In this summer workshop, Alexandra Hudson encourages journal writing to inspire young writers to share their stories about summer at home and then transform those days of travel or travail into creative nonfiction and short stories. Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon, daily. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@ windridgebooksofvt.com, windridgebooksofvt.com. Performance Writing: Summer writing camp for middle schoolers. Join Alexandra Hudson in creative writing for the stage. This workshop invites you to take creative risks through games and play to help you create characters, scenes, monologues and dialogue. Be brave, be bold and make the magic of theater come alive on the page. Aug. 4-8, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com. WRITING MICRO MEMOIRS: Flash Nonfiction. Back by popular
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 hotyogaburlingtonvt. com. 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: 8649642, evolutionvt.com. Honest Yoga, The only dedicated Hot Yoga Flow Center: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in Essentials, Flow and Core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the
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, burlingtonaikido.org. 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: 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and car- dio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self- confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment.
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, honestyogastudio@ gmail.com, honestyogacenter. com. Laughing River Yoga: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. Check our website to learn about classes, advanced studies for yoga teachers, class series for beginners and more. All bodies and abilities welcome. Now offering massage. $5-14/ single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, laughingriveryoga. com. South End Studio: We are not just a dance studio! South End Studio offers a variety of yoga classes for all levels and budgets in a welcoming environment. Each week we offer two heated Vinyasa classes, five $6 community classes and our other yoga classes include Vinyasa, Mindful Yoga, Hatha Flow, and Sunday Yoga Wind Down. Check our online schedule for days & times. Cost: $13/class; passes & student discounts avail.; all yoga classes 60-75 minutes. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044, southendstudiovt.com. Yoga Roots: Flexible, inflexible, athletic, pregnant, stressed, recovering from injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! Skillful, dedicated teachers are ready to welcome, nurture and inspire you in our calming studio: Anusara, Gentle, Kids, Kundalini, Kripalu, Meditation, Prenatal, Postnatal (Baby & Me), Therapeutic Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Yin & more! Basics of Meditation w/ Charlie Nardozzi, May 7, 6-7 p.m.; Yoga for Gardeners, May 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Mother’s Day Yoga, May 11, 2:30-4 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, yogarootsvt.com. Yoga for Cyclists: A five-week series designed to compliment your rides and support you in the saddle this season. Join other local cyclists in a fun, lighthearted workshop and learn how to take care of your body on and off the bike. Please preregister. 5 Sun.: May 11 & 18, Jun. 1, 8 & 15, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $55/5-week series. Location: Tao Motion Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Teresa Wynne, 373-4558, email@example.com, taowoodworking.com.
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: 8647902, ipfamilytaichi.org. 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: 7355465, janet@mindfulbreathtaichi. com, mindfulbreathtaichi.com.
demand! Writing short-short pieces (200-700 words) can give you a laser focus on the most important aspects of your story and highlight key people, places, or events. Participants will explore how short intense bursts of writing can illuminate the larger truths of their lives. 6 Tue., 6-8 p.m, beginning May 27. Cost: $150/6 2-hour classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of VT Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com. WRITING SAMPLER SUNDAY: After 10 years in Burlington, Women Writing for (a) Change will head south on Route 7 to the Writers’ Barn in Shelburne Village. Sampler circle is an opportunity to experience this gentle and attentive approach to writing practice as well as to write, share and listen to other curious women. Sun., May 18, 4-5:30 p.m. Location: Wind Ridge Books of VT Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 9853091, firstname.lastname@example.org, windridgebooksofvt. com. Write Now: Developing your writing practice. Need help in removing a writer’s block or support and feedback to keep up your writing and finally start or finish that memoir, short story, travelogue, or fiction? Michelle Demers will lead you away from your struggles and help you write toward ease and even delight. 8 Thu., 6-8 p.m., beginning May 22. Cost: $195/8 2-hour classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of VT Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com.
LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Connect with a new world. We provide high-quality affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. 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, spanishparavos@gmail. com, spanishwaterburycenter. com. Oh La La! Spring French Class: Learn this beautiful language in a beautiful working atelier with Madame Maggie, experienced French instructor, who has lived/worked in France and West Africa. Brush up or dive in before the summer and those jaunts to Quebec! Spring session: weekly on Tue., May 6-Jun. 3. Intermediate French, 5-6:30 p.m.; Beginner/Adv. Beg., 6:45-8:15 p.m. Cost: $125/person. Location: winspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: 233-7676, email@example.com.
Introduction to Zen: This workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info or register online. Sat. Apr. 26, 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (please arrive at 8:45 a.m.). Cost: $30/halfday workshop; limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-9746, ecross@crosscontext. net, vermontzen.org. 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, burlingtonshambhalactr.org.
Community Herbalism Classes: Herbal Allies for Pregnancy and Lactation with Emily Wheeler, clinical herbalist, Wed., Apr. 30, 6-8 p.m. Garden Plants with Medicinal Interest with Heather Irvine, clinical herbalist, Wed., May 7, 6-8 p.m. The Science (and Art) of Great Sleep! with Dr. Melanie Meyer, ND, Wed., May 28. 6-8 p.m. Cost: $12/person; $10 for members; preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: 224-7100, firstname.lastname@example.org, vtherbcenter.org. Herbal First Aid with 7Song: Join us at VCIH the day after the Urban Moonshine Herbal Conference for another dose of 7Song! In this herbal intensive, 7Song will cover injuries, infections and reactions along with useful medicinal plants and other approaches. Learn how to prepare an herbal first-aid kit and help in a number of first-aid situations! Sun., May 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $75/person; preregistration requried. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: 224-7100, email@example.com, vtherbcenter.org. Wisdom of the Herbs School: Early Spring Wild Plant Walk, Tues., May 6, 6-7:30 p.m., sliding scale $10 to 0, preregistration requested. 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. Hands-on 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.
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Burlington’s Dwight & Nicole make sweet music together
THERE’S AN UNDERCURRENT OF LOVE IN IT: OUR LOVE FOR OUR LIVES AND FOR EACH OTHER. NIC O L E NE L S O N
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Taking a Shine to Each Other B Y DA N BOL L ES
wight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson are like a couple out of a Richard Linklater movie. Sure, they love each other — they’ve been together for nearly a decade. But hanging out with them in their sunny Burlington apartment overlooking a train yard and Lake Champlain, even for just a couple of hours, it’s hard not to get caught up in just how much the couple, well, like each other. It’s infectious. Nelson is standing on the far side of an island in their spacious kitchen. When she unleashes her big, warm smile — something she does with frequency and ease, often while gently teasing Ritcher — a light swath of freckles wrinkles across the bridge of her nose. Ritcher, meanwhile, is seated on a stool opposite her, picking at a tray of meats and cheeses furnished by their neighbor, Muchacho Taco owner Jamie Miller. Ritcher’s signature flat cap is slung low, shielding his alert eyes. He speaks purposefully, with just a trace of a brusque New Jersey accent. He has an understated cool, a contrast to Nelson’s luminous presence. But to gauge his low-key demeanor as aloofness is a mistake. As Nelson speaks, he’ll nod at key moments, almost imperceptibly. Or a wry grin will crease the corner of his mouth as he raises his gaze across the countertop. Ritcher is listening intently, lovingly. But you don’t need to visit them at their home to get sense of the couple’s connection to each other. All you really need to do is hear them play. Ritcher and Nelson are better known to locals, and increasingly to those beyond Vermont, as the roots-soul duo Dwight & Nicole. They’ve just released a new album, Shine On, and will play a release party at ArtsRiot in Burlington this Friday, April 25. Even more than their 2010 debut, !Signs, the new album suggests a musical and emotional bond that would seem too precious if it weren’t so damned genuine. Even the cover of the new record, which features the two sitting on porch steps
grinning like fools, sunglasses shading their eyes from a radiant sun, seems ripped from the folk mockumentary A Mighty Wind. It’s so gooey it almost has to be a setup. Except that it’s not. “There’s no real concept or theme,” says Nelson of the new album. “However, I think it represents a cross-section of our lives. There’s an undercurrent of our love in it; our love of our lives and for each other.” Indeed, the album’s lead cut, “I Need Love” is a boisterous duet that finds the duo splitting verses over an insistent, classic R&B strut, complete with exultant horns. Ritcher’s reedy blues-tinged delivery is a balancing keel to Nelson’s gusty diva wail. But when they join at the chorus and repeat the title phrase, their voices blend together and take wind as if they couldn’t exist any other way. That union of styles and eagerness to play off each other’s strengths is precisely what makes the duo so compelling and almost impossibly sweet. The album’s next cut, “Tomorrow’s Not Today,” is a stylistic about-face. It’s a sinewy number with Ritcher taking the lead against a smoky, late-night groove; the song hints at affection for the sly work of songwriter Joe Henry as well as for Ritcher’s own blues-club background. He and Nelson met in the early 2000s when he was a staple at Boston blues haunts such as the Regattabar and the original House of Blues in Cambridge. Before they were a couple, they were friends who used to attend and occasionally sit in at each other’s shows. But they didn’t get together until after both had moved to Brooklyn, where Nelson is from. After a stint in the city and some bouncing around in New England, they landed in Burlington, where Ritcher had attended the University of Vermont in the late 1990s. “We used to come visit Burlington a lot,” says Nelson, lightly running a hand along Ritcher’s forearm. “And after every trip we started to realize how much we didn’t want to leave.”
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The duo is now based in Burlington, though Boston still lays some claim to them. Nelson won a 2012 Boston Music Award for Best Female Vocalist, and they were named among the “25 Most Stylish Bostonians” by the Boston Globe in 2011. The new record was recorded at Milt Reder’s Rear Window Studios in Brookline. And Nelson’s show-stopping appearance on the NBC talent show “The Voice” in 2012 launched a national profile, too. Of her delivery of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in the show’s opening round, judge CeeLo Green said, “Nicole’s voice is like a mother’s love.” Shine On closes on a version of that song. From a business standpoint, it’s a savvy move, a reflection of the couple’s increasing business acumen. “You have to love doing the business side, too,” says Ritcher of striking the balance between art and commerce. Nelson didn’t win “The Voice,” but her rendition of “Hallelujah” tore up the iTunes charts. While including the song on
the album could be viewed as opportunistic, you only need to listen to the first few bars — to Ritcher’s gentle, hollow-bodied guitar and Nelson’s aching croon — to understand why it’s there. Cohen’s moving treatise on the frail magnificence of love is a perfect benediction to the record. Because, when you listen closely it becomes apparent that Dwight & Nicole aren’t playing the song for us. They’re playing it for each other. “We’re in this in-between period,” says Ritcher. “We’re not playing 1,200-seaters. But we feel a little momentum. It’s exciting. I’m just glad I still like doing it.” With a teasing smirk, Nelson adds, “I’m glad I still like you.” Ritcher nods, that wry grin dimpling his cheek. “Me, too.”
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I know how you kids love the tribute shows. And lucky for you, this week there’s no reason you should have to go see a band play any original music at all! I’m being (a little) facetious. But there does seem to be a wealth of tribute acts on the books this week, even more than usual. This includes local electro-dance act plato ears (mark daly, ex-chamBerlin), who are doing michael Jackson’s Thriller in its entirety at Nectar’s on Thursday, April 24, which, frankly, takes some serious stones. I might go just to see if he can pull it off.
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If you didn’t get enough from Record Store Day last week, I’d suggest dropping by the Speaking Volumes Record Swap at Speaking Volumes in Burlington this weekend, April 26 and 27. The annual two-day swap is sponsored by WRUV and will reportedly feature some 40,000 records, CDs and tapes and even more music paraphernalia. There will be live performances all day Saturday, including sets from tooth ache., disco phantom, snakeFoot, principal dean and WRUV DJs. There will also be food and maybe, just maybe, a raffle! I love a good raffle.
Remember a few paragraphs ago when I mentioned the impending nonstop rocking this summer? Well, it’s a-comin’. Last week, the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival announced the headliners for the 2014 festival. As usual, there are some marquee names on tap for Burlington’s Waterfront Park, including umphrey’s mcgee on Thursday, August 7, the aVett Brothers on Saturday, August 9, and Buddy guy on Sunday, August 10. But wait, there’s more… Not to be outdone, earlier this week, grace potter and the nocturnals
Remember Geek Week? For the unfamiliar, GW was an annual staple at the dearly departed Langdon Street Café in Montpelier. It featured all manner of geeky goodness, from music to epic Dungeons & Dragons games to seminars on someday losing your virginity. OK, I made up one of those. Point is, it was a lot of fun. I’m happy to report that the organizers of Geek Week at LSC are reviving it, albeit on a slightly smaller scale. The Geekend is set for this weekend, beginning this Friday, April 25, and running through Sunday, April 27, at Espresso Bueno in Barre. The schedule includes, among other dorky delights, a Pac-Man tournament, a seminar on DJing with vinyl, something called “Nintendo Nofriendo,” a Sunday cereal bar and nightly themed dance parties. The geek shall inherit the Earth. Or at least a café in Barre.
Two of the area’s most popular acts, dwight & nicole (see page 62) and waylon speed (see page 67), are both releasing great new records this week and throwing release parties on Friday, April 25, at ArtsRiot and the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, respectively. This despite my official, scene-wide decree that multiple awesome things are no longer allowed to happen on the same night until we can clone local superfan tim lewis. Yet this week is shaping up to be one of the busiest of the year so far. Think of it like spring training — a warm-up for the near nonstop rocking (and jazzing) to come as we eventually head into the warmer part of the year. Like, for example, Waking Windows IV. More on that next week. Point is, there’s a lot to get to this week. So let’s dispense with the nonsense and dig in with a rapid-fire Soundbites.
On a semirelated note, several of you have passed along a recent Burlington Free Press article about Record Store Day that includes a quote from dan Bowles, typically with a note to the effect of, “Ha! They got your name wrong! Stupid Freeps!” No, they didn’t. That wasn’t me. Believe it or not, that was a local guy named Dan Bowles. (’Sup, Dan!) And based on a recent Facebook interaction, I’m guessing it’s a fairly common mistake. So cut it out. And if chris Valyou has any of those “I’m Not dan Bolles” T-shirts left, I’d like to send one to Dan Bowles. Also, Dan, the next time a band mistakes you for me, you have my permission to promise them a Seven Days cover story and demand payola up front.
announced the lineup for this year’s Grand Point North Festival, also at Waterfront Park. In addition to the usual smorgasbord of local acts — we’ll dish on those in a future column, I promise — the national names include lake street diVe, the war on drugs, trampled By turtles and dr. John, to name but a few. Oh, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. So if you gambled on the “blind faith” ticket sale prior to the lineup being announced, well played, you.
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CLUB METRONOME: moe Pope, thye Lynguistic civilians, Self Portrait (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5/8. 18+.
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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.
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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+.
RED SQUARE: causewell Apollo (rock), 7 p.m., free. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Neil Hamburger, major Entertainer mike H, chicky Winkleman, Will Betts (standup comedy), 8 p.m., $14. AA.
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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
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ZEN LOUNGE: Spring Fling with DJ Kyle Proman (top 40), 10 p.m., free.
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LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Shane Hardiman trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.
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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Reign of Kindo, matthew Santos (rock), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. AA.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday: close to Nowhere (rock), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
21+ doors at 7, music at 9pm
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Blues Jam with the collin craig trio, 7 p.m., free.
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JUNIPER: Audrey Bernstein (jazz), 8 p.m., free.
RADIO BEAN: Lotango (light jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. Laugh Smack (standup comedy), 11 p.m., free.
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JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free.
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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. John Daly trio (folk), 7 p.m., free.
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group that, despite the adoration of music geeks and the influence they’ve had on, well, your favorite bands over the past two decades, have never really garnered the popular acclaim they deserve. That’s probably because their chaotic brand of pop is almost impossible to define, relying equally on catchy melodies and challenging sonic experiments that defy easy categorization. Kicking off the Waking Windows 4 music festival — a four-day fest featuring scores of bands that owe Deerhoof a SCAN THIS PAGE
SEE PROGRAM COVER CELESTIAL SHORE. with British rapper AWKWAFINA and Brooklyn’s p.m., free. DJ Skippy All Request Live (top 40), 10 p.m., free.
FINNIGAN'S PUB: craig mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Bumping Jones, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: trivia mania, 7 p.m., free. Plato Ears (indie dance rock), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. PIZZA BARRIO: EmaLou (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: cody Sargent & Friends (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11:30 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ tytanium (EDm), 10 p.m., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Something with Strings (bluegrass), 8 p.m., free.
PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
ZEN LOUNGE: Wildlife Party with Bonjour Hi (EDm), 10 p.m., free.
CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Seven Days Presents Sweet Start Smackdown (restaurant Week kickoff), 7 p.m., $15/20. AA.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Spring Break: Beach Party with DJ GaGu, Dan Freeman (EDm), 6 p.m., $15. AA. Hi-Rez & Emilio Rojas, cS Vega, Ian Lasko (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $10. AA.
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THE MONKEY HOUSE: Death Pesos, the Pilgrims, carton, Brave the Vertigo (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
MONOPOLE: open mic, 10 p.m., free.
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SIGNAL KITCHEN: The New medicants (rock), 8 p.m., $15. AA.
THE STAGE: Ricky Golden (singersongwriter), 6:30 p.m., free.
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MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant & Friends (country), 7:30 p.m., free.
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ROOM: Shane cariffe (acoustic), 7 p.m., free.
ON THE RISE BAKERY: open Irish Session, 7:30 p.m., free.
JUNIPER: Queen city Hot club (gypsy jazz), 9 p.m., free.
VENUE: Noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi, 8 p.m., free.
THE LAUGH BAR AT DRINK: comedy Showcase (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $7.
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THE BEE'S KNEES: Keith Williams (Americana), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: open mic, 8 p.m., free.
CITY LIMITS: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: DJ mariam Khan (top 40), 10 p.m., free.
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TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: trivia & Wing Night, 7 p.m., free.
THE PARKER PIE CO.: The Goodhues Family Band (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.
MONOPOLE: Lucid (rock), 10 p.m., free.
MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Reverand Ben Donovan & the congregatino (country), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Seth Yacovone Band, the Aerolites (rock, blues), 9 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: Kid's music with Linda "tickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. Bow Thayer (mountain soul), 7 p.m., free. Esmerée (indie folk), 9 p.m., free. Quiet Lion (basement soul), 10:30 p.m., free. Great Blue (rock, reggae), midnight, free. RED SQUARE: Questinable company (rock), 5 p.m., free. Burritos (sublime tribute), 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: cooper & Lavoie (blues), 6 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hiphop), 10 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: The Basement Affair: Squimley and the Woolens, Binger, Jerichovox, DJ Jack Bandt (jam, rock), 9 p.m., $5.18+. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): tallGrass GetDown (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation. ZEN LOUNGE: Salsa Night with Jah Red, 8 p.m., free. DJ Dakota & the Vt Union (hip-hop, top 40), 11 p.m., $5.
ARTSRIOT: Dwight & Nicole (American roots, soul), 8 p.m., $15. AA.
BACKSTAGE PUB: RmX (rock), 9 p.m., free.
CLUB METRONOME: "No Diggity" ’90s Night, 9 p.m., free/$5.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: David Nail, Sam Hunt (country), 8 p.m., $20/22. AA.
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Then, on Saturday, also at Nectar’s, a trio of local tribute acts will rock you like it’s 1994, including TWENTY YEAR OLD DOOKIE (GREEN DAY), BURNING MONK (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) and 20 YEARS BLUE (WEEZER). Look, I get it. Tribute acts are fun and they fill a niche. And I really don’t
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towners. (You’re up three bands now, tribute fans!)
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Finally, we close this week’s column on W W W . P O S I T I V E P I E . C O M a sad note. Early last week, WAYNE BEAM, 8 0 2 . 2 2 9 . 0 4 5 3 54, passed away due to complications from diabetes. Your average scenester might not have known Beam by name. 8v-positivepie042314.indd 1 4/22/14 But if you frequented clubs such as 135 SALON Pearl and Club Toast in the 1990s, or more recently the Monkey House and Higher Ground, you knew him. He was the super nice guy with the big, goofy, gap-toothed grin who probably checked your ID or served you a drink or 50. Beam wasn’t a star performer. But, like so many of the folks who make Burlington’s little scene work, he was an integral piece of the larger puzzle; a friendly, familiar face behind the bar that makes a nightclub feel like a second home and a scene feel like a community. WED. 4/30, 5:30 P.M. $5 We’re gonna miss him. SOUTH END KITCHEN Rest in peace, Wayne. 716 PINE ST. BURLINGTON
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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 drink producers — as well as APRIL 25-MAY 4 UVM agronomist Heather Darby — as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of Vermont’s growing beer, wine, cider and spirits industries. Free samples from our sponsors and light hors d’oeuvres available before the discussion.
Speaking of live local music, I’ve been rather enamored of the curious sounds emanating from Windsor-based sorta-label What Doth Life for a few years now. But I haven’t been able to see many of their bands live because … Windsor. Fortunately, a trio of spunky, punky WDL bands will make their way to the Monkey House in Winooski this Thursday, April 24. These include devil rockers DEATH PESOS, CARTON, who are wrapping up a new record, and the PILGRIMS, whom I’ve seen live and really enjoyed. Burlington-based prog-rockers BRAVE THE VERTIGO will join the out-of-
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MICHAEL CHORNEY AND HOLLAR GENERAL with the DUPONT BROTHERS at Signal Kitchen on Sunday, April 27. That’s two bands, so you’ve already banked one tribute act. See how this works? Anyway, in a recent email, Chorney writes that his band is getting to work on a new record. No details on a release date yet, but the saxophonist and composer says the suite of songs HG recently played at the FlynnSpace will serve as the record’s centerpiece. Chorney also writes that he’ll be producing MARYSE SMITH’s new record, which may hit our ears this summer. Stay tuned.
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have anything against them, except that it seems far easier for local musicians to pack a club playing covers than playing their own stuff, which fundamentally bothers me. So let’s make a deal: I’ll stop bitching about the growing tribute trend if you promise to seek out one original local band for every tribute show you see. Such as…
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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Waylon Speed Album Release, Sideshow tragedy, Rough Francis (rock), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Darsombra, Astrocat, Blue Button (rock), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Benoits (rock), 5 p.m., free. High Rollers (rock), 9 p.m., free. Stone cold Roosters (honky tonk), 9 p.m., nA.
EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Jeff Lathrop (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. FINNIGAN'S PUB: Red clover & the Hermit Thrush (country), 10 p.m., free.
JUNIPER: Safar! (eclectic DJ), 9 p.m., free.
POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Durians Album Release (live electronica), 10:30 p.m., $5.
JP'S PUB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Red Newts, Dead Relay (rock), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Patrick Park (indie pop), 7 p.m., free. twenty Year old Dookie, Burning monk, 20 Years Blue (tribute bands), 9 p.m., $7. PIZZA BARRIO: Wallace (jazz), 6 p.m., free.
MOOG'S PLACE: Jeanne & Jim (folk), 5 p.m., free. mark Struhsacker (bluegrass), 9 p.m., free.
RADIO BEAN: Waves of Adrenaline (folk), noon, free. tinkerLee taylor (singer-songwriter), 5:30 p.m., free. John Daly trio (folk rock), 7 p.m., free. Nicolas Patterson (folk pop), 8 p.m., free. clara Berry & Wooldog (alternative pop), 9 p.m., free. The Sun Lions (indie rock), 10:30 p.m., free. Dead Relay (rock), midnight, free.
RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9 p.m., $6.
RED SQUARE: Live music, 7 p.m., $5. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.
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BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Jason mallery (blues), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Dance Party (top 40), 10 p.m., free. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Grundlefunk (funk), 10:30 p.m., $5. SWEET MELISSA'S: Blue Fox (blues), 5 p.m., free. Joe Adler Show (folk rock), 9 p.m., nA.
moN.28 // DoUG PAISLEY [SINGER-SoNGWRItER]
Once More, With Feelings
understatement. Witness his description of his new record, Strong Feelings, which he says is “just 10 new songs.” While that’s true, the Canadian’s songwriter’s latest suite of tunes is by far his most musically rich and adventurous, and features a terrific backing
YOUR YOUR TEXT TEXT WITH LAYAR sound, the record retains the warm and subtly rendered observations on loveHERE HERE SEEintimacy PROGRAM COVER SCAN THIS PAGE band and guest players including the Band’s Garth Hudson. Despite the newly muscular
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Waylon Speed, Kin
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A few months ago, I was at the release show for Kelly Ravin’s last solo record at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. With a spare backing band and a collection of lovely, even sparer songs, it was a treat to see the lanky, inked-up guitar slinger in a role other than as the co-front man of local rockers Waylon Speed. A couple of months after that show, I caught Waylon’s other front man, Noah Crowther, at a solo gig of his own, this time at the Monkey House. Similarly, it was fascinating to see the man stripped of his band’s rumbling ferocity and laid emotionally bare. What struck me in both cases is how terrific, and terrifically different from one another, Crowther and Ravin are as songwriters. Especially amid the thunder of Waylon Speed’s trademark hybrid metal-country — country-metal? — it’s all too easy to overlook the nuances of their writing. Rifling through the band’s back
catalog of releases, it occurs to me I’ve been guilty of doing exactly that, seduced and sated by their ragged aplomb. After listening to the band’s latest, Kin, it’s a mistake I won’t make again. Nor will, I’d wager, anyone who hears it. A creeping darkness pervades Kin. Both Ravin and Crowther, in their own disparate styles, touch on themes of loss and desperation. On Crowther’s “Coming Down Again,” that takes the form of the highs and inevitable lows of a life spent on the road away from friends and family. On “Tally-Ho,” he evokes the image of “Two dirty needles and a junkie in the pines” to spin a yarn of backwoods apathy. Ravin wades in similarly murky waters. On “Smooth the Grain,” he howls a lament toward a faithless lover. “Days Remain the Same,” a holdover from Ravin’s solo
Wednesdays: COLLEGE NIGHT / DJ KYLE PROMAN record, winds tightly around a country $2 You-Call-It Well Drinks & Drafts. Doors 9PM shuffle with swirling pedal steel licks from Burlington expat Mark Spencer. Th.4.24: WILDLIFE PARTY with BONJOUR HI. Spencer also helped produce the $4 Well Drinks, $2 Drafts. Doors 9PM record. The Son Volt guitarist likely F.4.25: SALSA with JAH RED 8PM deserves some credit for the album’s DJ DAKOTA & THE VT UNION 11PM perfect balance of rough grit and chrome gleam. Ravin’s and Rev. Chad Hammaker’s Sa.4.26: 6 PACK VARIETY ACT (Live Comedy) guitars overwhelm with crunchy tone. hosted by Carmen Lagala 8PM Noah Crowther’s bass thumps and ELECTRIC TEMPLE with DJ ATAK 10PM brother (and occasional Seven Days freelancer) Justin Crowther’s drums pop Tuesdays - KARAOKE with EMCEE CALLANOVA with dynamic precision and force. All of $4 Well Drinks, $2 Drafts, $3 Shots. Doors 9PM which makes Kin a brilliant distillation of Waylon Speed’s Waylon Jennings-meets165 CHURCH ST, BTV • 802-399-2645 Motörhead aesthetic that stands as the band’s finest record to date and one of the 12v-zenlounge042314.indd 1 4/18/14 3:26 PM finest local albums in recent memory. Waylon Speed celebrate the release of Kin with a show at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington this Friday, April 25. Locals Rough Francis and Sideshow Tragedy open. DAN BOLLES
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they’re part Wesley Miles (Ra Ra Riot) and part Chaz Bundick (Toro y Moi). In any case, what he delivers on Always Always is an honest, and a trained, vocal performance. NYIKO matches the color, style and emotion of each of his five unique songs, so that the pure pop of the EP’s opening title track, for example, doesn’t feel out of place next to the New Wave of “Island I Would.” The presence of live drums (Dan Smith) and electric guitar (John Flanagan) on “One Way” lends the song an organic sound that recalls the Cure. NYIKO channels Robert Smith here lyrically as well, crooning melancholic romance with the song’s final lines, “I could be anything
By day, Nyiko Beguin is a credit analyst at a Burlington bank. By night, he is NYIKO, a multifaceted artist with a gentle voice whose recent mixed-media release, Always Always, has been a year and a half in the making. While taking a break from the stage, NYIKO wrote and carefully produced these five stylistically diverse songs. The EP was then shared with visual artists, and the work it inspired became the 40-page art book that accompanies the vinyl release. The songs that make up the musical half of Always Always represent the union of influences NYIKO has had since he started writing hip-hop songs in elementary school. Each tune is in touch with its times yet suggests a catchy classic. The result is a delectable smorgasbord of songwriting and production aesthetics, which is held together by NYIKO’s voice. The singer’s intonations are part Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and part Avey Tare (Animal Collective). Or maybe
you need, pushing down the sun for the night.” At a walking tempo, “Say What You Mean” has an oddly soulful and groovy feel hidden within its spacey synth sounds and its reverberated cry to “dance ’til the night becomes your dream.” An uplifting, dancey tune, “Once One,” looks back on a spent relationship and YOUR brings Always Always to a liberating close. SCAN THIS PAGE TEXT WITH LAYAR Restaurant W Finding comfort in closure, the singer eek Participan t SEE PROGRAM COVER $1 5/person for ap HERE advises to “keep singing your song.” petizer, pizza, and dess NYIKO meets the challenge of liberally ert. See full menu changing styles within a single release at VermontResta by doing so with subtlety. His voice goes urantWeek.co m through nuanced changes that allow for movement between genres while retaining his artistic identity. Always Always is the kind of electro-pop that should be on the radio. Step down, Bieber. Always Always by NYIKO is available at nyiko.com. Catch him live at oak45 in Winooski on Friday, May 2, as part of this year’s Waking Windows 4 festival.
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FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of music (singersongwriter), 7 p.m. Vermont's Next Star, 8 p.m., free. THE LAUGH BAR AR 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: mint Julep (jazz), 11 a.m., free. Blue-tonk Sessions with Andrew Stearns, 1 p.m., free. clare Byrne (folk rock), 4 p.m., free. The Verbing Nouns (alt-folk), 7 p.m., free. miss massive Snowflake (alt pop), 8 p.m., free. The tenderbellies (folk rock), 9 p.m., free. old Glen Road (country), 10:30 p.m., free.
Hail to the King On his latest EP, King of Brooklyn,
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ARTSRIOT: Dead Phantom Dinner (food, Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., $10/75.
PENALTY BOX: trivia With a twist, 4 p.m., free.
FRANNY O'S: Standup comedy cage match, 8 p.m., free.
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Family Night (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.
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BAGITOS: Eric Friedman (folk), 11 a.m., donation.
MOOG'S PLACE: The Jason Wedlock Show (rock), 7:30 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: Bad Dog, Indecent Exposure,
musical manslaughter (metal), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Erin casselsBrown (indie folk), 7 p.m., free. open mic, 9 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Doug Paisley (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., $10. AA. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5-10 donation.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Andrea Gibson, Jesse Thomas (poetry, singersongwriter), 8 p.m., $13/15. AA. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.
ON THE RISE BAKERY: tim Davis (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.
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barre/montpelier BAGITOS: The People's café (poetry), 6 p.m., donation.
CHARLIE O'S: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: WW4 Pre-Party: Deerhoof, Awkwafina, celestial Shore (indie rock, hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. AA.
MOOG'S PLACE: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday: close to Nowhere (rock), 8:30 p.m., free.
THE STAGE: college Night: the mangroves (rock), 7 p.m., free.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch Scramble, noon, $5-10 donation. Fat Laughs at the Skinny Pancake (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $3.
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SAt.26 // mAINo [HIP-HoP]
The EP, a follow-up to his 2012 full-length The Day After
THE BEE'S KNEES: children's Sing Along with Lesley Grant, 10:30 a.m., donation.
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SIGNAL KITCHEN: Hollar General, the DuPont Brothers (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., $7/10. AA.
ZEN LOUNGE: In the Biz with mashtodon (hip-hop), 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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CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.
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Going Green Polly Apfelbaum, BCA Center
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allpaper isn’t exactly making a comeback in the average home, but it is a major component of the latest exhibit at the BCA Center in Burlington, an installation by Polly Apfelbaum titled “Evergreen Blueshoes.” Every wall of the gallery, front room and back, is covered with a repeating pattern on wide sheets of paper. When you walk in, you immediately get the sense of being hugged by green, owing to the paper’s depiction of lush foliage. It makes the gallery feel cozy. So do the two large, hand-woven rugs — one green, one blue — on the floor of each room.
Then you realize that the repeating pattern on the walls includes naked people. Rows and rows of them. They are young, beautiful flower children frolicking in nature like happy pagans. Stoned as newts, you might think if you’re old enough to know what “flower child” means. Apfelbaum did find inspiration for this work in a late ’60s artifact: the album cover of an LA folk-rock band called, yes, Evergreen Blueshoes. She even modeled her graphics after its psychedelic typeface. But the New Yorkbased artist didn’t aim to induce a green-blue druggie haze, or even necessarily to invoke nostalgia for a hippie heyday. Rather, Apfelbaum associates this image of a halcyon time with “my idea of Vermont,” she said last Friday in an interview before the exhibit’s opening. Whether warranted or not, her conception of the state is a place where the social and political ideals of the 1960s actually came to fruition. Plus, it’s green. “I wanted to focus on a sense of place,” the artist said, noting the renewed momentum of “back-to-the-land, food, farming … there is a serious alternative movement here.” Apfelbaum has lived in New York since 1978, and spent time in Rome, Italy, including at the American Academy as the 2012-13 recipient of the coveted Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize. But she is not just a city dweller with a rhapsodic view of Vermont. She spent a number of summers here in her youth, including stints at Plymouth’s Farm & Wilderness camps — “That had a real impact on my life,” she said — as well as during her college years. Some viewers may still find Apfelbaum’s artistic idyll a bit naïve, her concept too narrow or dated. But they would do well to remember that this show isn’t really “about” Vermont or the swinging ’60s; it’s about art making and the dialog it evokes. And if this installation seems simple at first glance — just wallpaper and rugs — in fact it was labor intensive. But in this case, the artist admitted it was mostly someone else’s labor. “My energy went into the thinking rather than the working,” she said. Though Apfelbaum attests to a love of craft, including ceramics and weaving, the wool rugs at BCA were dyed and hand woven, over five months, in Mexico. She conceived the idea for the wall covering, scanned and manipulated the image — and then turned it over to a manufacturer. Hanging the paper was the hard part. When you peer closely to find the seams, you appreciate just how diffi-
THEN YOU REALIZE THAT THE REPEATING PATTERN ON THE WALLS INCLUDES NAKED PEOPLE. ROWS AND ROWS OF THEM.
cult it is to match one sheet exactly with the next, and the next — and you understand why wallpaper isn’t making a comeback. Apfelbaum gave due credit to the BCA staff for an impeccable installation. And, in keeping with both her crafty notions and cheerful spirit, she kept busy in the gallery by threading beads onto string, making necklaces for all comers. “I like the idea of visitors getting a souvenir,” she explained. Apfelbaum noted that the work in “Evergreen Blueshoes” is a bit of a departure for her. “I think of myself as an abstract artist,” she said. At the American Academy, for example, she focused on formal explorations of color in works on paper and fabrics. But there, too, she showed the pieces by laying them on the floor, melding form and function, gallery and home, fine art and craft. “Evergreen Blueshoes” is in line with Apfelbaum’s long-held interest in pop and color-field art. That manifests in her use of almost hypnotic repetition — multiple nudes in a sea of green, like a visual mantra — and
in the large rectangles of color on the floor. Apfelbaum considers the rugs to be paintings in their own right. As such, they are paintings that invite you to sit on them, perhaps even lie down, and contemplate the trippy wallpaper. Asked what captivated her about that album art, Apfelbaum paused thoughtfully and then replied, “I thought it was funny. It’s joyous but also very odd.” She also liked the color and the attitude. “There really is a narrative here,” she added. “I like thinking about that story.” Two notes to visitors: This exhibit requires that you remove your shoes at the door, so you can walk on the rugs. And the naked-people photography is so dreamily unfocused that no offending sexy bits appear, so parents with youngsters need not stay away. Indeed, at the opening reception last Friday, clusters of kids romped on the carpets just as happily as the “children” on the walls. The outbreak of youthful, unfettered exuberance seemed to be exactly what Apfelbaum intended. PA M EL A P O L S T O N
“Evergreen Blueshoes,” installation by Polly Apfelbaum, BCA Center in Burlington. Through June 7. burlingtoncityarts.org
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‘CaKE CaN MEaN a LoT of THINgS’: The first graduating class of Champlain College’s creative media program presents a lively exhibit of innovative works in a variety of media, reflecting the new program’s broad focus. Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-8 p.m. April 26-May 2. Info, 299-9790. Generator in Burlington. ‘KINSHIp: arT & poETry’: A juried show of artwork inspired by local poet Daniel Lusk’s recent book, KIN, includes Linda Di sante, Kathryn Jarvis, Terri severance, Vanessa Compton, Ashley Kapelewski, Raven schwan-Noble, Nancy hayden and Lisa sheridan. Reception: Thursday, April 24, 5:30-8 p.m. April 24-26. Info, 985-3091. BCA Center in Burlington.
HaraLd aKSdaL: Landscapes in watercolor that the artist calls “meditations” on spirit and nature. Reception: sunday, April 27, 1-4 p.m. April 24-June 1. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.
9TH aNNuaL NorTHfIELd arT SHoW: Twenty artists from the Northfield area exhibit paintings, fiber arts, photography, pastels and basketry in the Community Room. Friday, April 25, noon-9 p.m. saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and sunday, April 27, noon-4 p.m. Info, 485-9650. Brown public Library in Northfield.
KEN LESLIE: “Top of the world,” 360-degree panoramic paintings and an artist’s book of the Arctic by the Johnson state College art professor. Reception: Friday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. April 30-May 31. Info, 468-1266. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland.
STErLINg CoLLEgE 37TH aNNuaL arT SHoW: In a one-night-only show, 30 students present work in various media. A 5:30 p.m. community dinner at Dunbar Dining hall precedes the show. Thursday, April 24, 6:30-8 p.m. Info, 586-7711. simpson hall, sterling College, in Craftsbury Common.
‘THE arT of WEapoNS’: selections from the permanent African collection represent a variety of overlapping contexts, from combat to ceremony, regions and materials. Exhibition tour: saturday, May 17, 2-3 p.m. April 26-December 21. Info, 603-646-2808. hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in hanover, N.h.
LEarNINg THE arT of SELf-pubLISHINg: wilderness photographer Dave Brown talks about how he turned a selection of his images from 40 years of canoe trips into a self-published book, and shares tips with the audience. Craftsbury public Library, Craftsbury Common, sunday, April 27, 7 p.m. Info, 586-9683.
‘aLICE’S WoNdErLaNd: a MoST CurIouS advENTurE’: A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Through May 11. Info, 864-1848. EChO Lake Aquarium and science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. ‘aNoNyMouS: CoNTEMporary TIbETaN arT’: paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in diaspora. ‘doroTHy aNd HErb vogEL: oN draWINg’: A collection of drawings on paper represents the second half of the Vogels’ gift to the museum, and focuses on new attitudes on the medium by artists over the past 40 years. ‘EaT: THE SoCIaL LIfE of food’: A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Through May 18. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. ‘THE arT of THE CENTEr for CarTooN STudIES’: Original artwork and publications by students, graduates and faculty of white River Junction’s cartooning school. Through April 30. Info, 6562020. Bailey/howe Library, UVM, in Burlington. CaTHErINE HaLL: “hunting Lodge,” subversive wall-hung trophies of animals and human heads with antlers, using plaster, resin, 3-D prints, encaustic and real horns by the Burlington artist. Through April 30. Info, 488-5766. Vintage Inspired in Burlington. CHé SCHrEINEr: “shadow Between Two worlds,” 13 large-scale paintings inspired by a near-death experience and travels around the world. Through April 30. Info, 863-6713. North End studios in Burlington. CoLLEEN MCLaugHLIN: “Climate Change happens,” photographs depicting the aftermath of flooding at Burlington’s North Beach in 2011. Through April 26. Info, 578-2512. studio 266 in Burlington. ‘CrEaTIvE CoMpETITIoN’: Artists contribute one work each for an $8 entry fee; viewers vote on their favorite during the reception, and the winner takes home the pot. The exhibit of works by local artists remains on view for the month. Through April 26. Info, email@example.com. The Backspace Gallery in Burlington. dEIdrE SCHErEr: “Finding Center: paper and Fabric work,” works in thread and fabric, and paper weavings that address aging and mortality, in conjunction with the Full Circle Festival. Through April 30. Info, 859-9222. sEABA Center in Burlington. ESSEx arT LEaguE SprINg arT SHoW: Members of this local artists’ group say good-bye 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,
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JaMES vogLEr: sophisticated abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 29. Info, 862-1001. Left Bank home & Garden in Burlington. J.b. WoodS: Digitally enhanced photographs that depict Vermont life. Curated by sEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. RETN in Burlington. 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. JESSICa rEMMEy: photographs that capture the beauty in ordinary settings. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. The pine street Deli in Burlington. JuNE Ivy: “30 Days past september,” collage works by the local artist that employ vintage ephemera in fresh new compositions. Through May 31. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. Feldman’s Bagels in Burlington. KaSy prENdErgaST: Minimal abstract paintings by the local artist. Through May 2. Info, 578-7179. Courtyard Marriott Burlington harbor.
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LEaH WITTENbErg: “At witt’s End,” cartoons by the local artist created over 15 years. Through 8V-VTC042314.indd 1 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 others explore America’s love of the automobile, examining the past and creating dialog for the future. Through April 26. Info, email@example.com. 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. 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. Info, 865-7166. poLLy apfELbauM: “Evergreen Blueshoes,” an installation of finely woven rugs and wallpaper influenced by minimalism, pop and color field. Through June 7. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington. ‘MorE THaN fIvE SENSES’: Members of UVM’s Living/Learning clay program exhibit ceramic works that explore the senses, and beyond. Through May 2. Info, 656-4150. Living/Learning Center, UVM in Burlington. BURLINGTON shOws
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‘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.
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Patricia Braine: Color and black-and-white images from the Vermont photographer’s series “Port of Vermont” and “Nine Women.” Through May 31. Info, 489-4960. American Red Cross in Burlington.
profession — for the past 15 years, Burlingtonian Leah Wittenberg says the cartoons in her current exhibit at Nunyuns “have been languishing on my website and in my basement, waiting for a chance to come alive.” The café at
Shauni KirBy: Personal images by the Middlebury photographer. Through April 30. Info, 318-2438. Red Square in Burlington.
the corner of North and North Champlain streets has given her topical images the opportunity to do just that. “Lots of them express my environmental hopes
‘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.
and fears,” Wittenberg continues in her artist statement, “and some simply my slant on the world around me.” The works are available for reprint or sale. “At Witt’s End” is on view through June 12.
‘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.
Sally huGheS: Original floral and landscape watercolor paintings by the Shelburne artist. Through June 1. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne.
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.
Shanley triGGS: “View From Within,” watercolors by the Vermont artist. Through June 2. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.
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. Burlington City Hall Gallery. vermont artiStS GrouP Show: Nearly 60 artworks in paintings, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry and functional wood pieces. Private viewings by appointment. Through June 30. Info, 489-4960. Silver Image Studio in Burlington. ‘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.
‘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. 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.
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‘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. Kate lonGmaiD: ‘Opening to Grace,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Through May 30. Info, 651-7535. Yoga Roots in Shelburne. 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. ‘PreServinG the PaSt’: An exhibit of artfully framed antique prints and botanicals. Through May 13. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery 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. ‘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, 828-0749. 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. corrina thurSton: “Wildlife in Colored Pencil,” vibrant animal stills. Through April 27. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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. evie lovett: Large-scale, black-and-white photos of Vermont drag queens from a former Dummerston gay bar. Through May 22. Info, 258-1574. Plainfield Community Center Gallery. 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.
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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.
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Ninth Annual Northfield Art Show The Paine Mountain Arts Council throws a three-day arty party this weekend. In it, 17 artists
from the Northfield area show works in an array of media, from paintings to baskets, at a reception on Friday, April 25, 7-9 p.m., and take in the artwork through Sunday, April 27, at the Brown Public Library Community Room in Northfield. Pictured: “Still Standin’” by Pamela Druhen.
‘A Voice for the Voiceless’: A traveling exhibit that highlights the connection between domestic abuse and brain injury, as well as what people with Tbis can accomplish. Through may 9. info, 888-2180. vermont Center for independent living in montpelier.
Annelein BeukenkAmp: in “A body of work,” the vermont painter long known for her floral and still-life watercolors explores portraiture and the human form. Through April 30. info, 253-1818. Green mountain Fine Art Gallery in stowe.
‘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. mAd RiveR vAlley/wATeRbuRy shows
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Enrich your concertgoing experience with a free, lively and interactive discussion. TickeTs: 802-86-FLYNN, flynntix.org or the Flynn Regional Box Office
hArlAn mAck: “draughts for every passing Game,” mixed-media drawings on tar paper and steel sculptures by the vermont artist. Through April 25. kent shAw: photographs using long exposure times and depicting architecture, nightscapes and abstractions. Copley Common space Gallery. Through April 25. info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in morrisville.
‘lAndscApe trAditions’: The new wing of the gallery presents contemporary landscape works by nine regional artists. Through January 1, 2015. reBeccA kinkeAd: “local Color,” a collection of new paintings inspired by vermont’s flora and fauna. Through June 17. info, 253-8943. west branch Gallery & sculpture park in stowe.
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‘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 backcountry skiing. Through october 13. info, 253-9911. vermont ski and snowboard museum in stowe.
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Judith ViVell: monumental and arresting oil portraits of wild birds. Through June 27. info, 828-0749. vermont supreme Court lobby in montpelier.
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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.
Brett simison: “The Pane in Empty Rooms: Frost and Breadloaf in the Green Mountains,” large-format, black-and-white photographs of the Breadloaf Wilderness area by the Vergennes photographer. Through May 9. Info, 388-1436. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. ‘Guerrilla Girls: art in aCtion’: 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.
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by a poem in Daniel Lusk’s 2013 book, KIN. The wildlife-inspired collection was published by Shelburne-based Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, which presents an
celebration of National Poetry Month”
‘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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‘faBri-Cations: faBriC & fiBer art’: Nine area artists exhibit quilts, fashions, accessories, home décor items, needlework, tapestries and sculpted dolls. Through June 15. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.
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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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For this juried exhibit, more than 40
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.
2014 JurieD artist exhiBit: Forty-two artists from Vermont and New York exhibit works in a wide variety of media, including painting, photography, wood carving, collage, origami and more. Through April 25. annual stuDent art exhiBit: A showcase of works by students K-12 in area schools and homeschooled. Through May 2. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland.
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‘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.
‘KINship: Art & Poetry’
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.” Through May 17. Info, 468-1119. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College.
the BCA Center, second-floor gallery, in Burlington. The works by selected artists Severance, Vanessa Compton, Ashley Kapelewski, Raven Schwan-Noble, Nancy Hayden and Lisa Sheridan will be on view “Meditation” by Schwan-Noble, inspired by Lusk’s poem “Beaver.” 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. 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.
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. ‘BoDies on PaPer’: Figurative prints by members of the studio. Through April 30. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.
Daisy Rockwell: “Girls, Girls, Girls,” paintings of nudes and mugshots based based on women in the news. Through June 15. Info, 356-2776. Main Street Museum in White River Junction. 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. “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.
‘FloRa: a celebRation oF FloweRs in conteMpoRaRy aRt’: Vibrant floral works by 13 regional artists. Through June 22. Info, 254-2771. JenniFeR stock: “Water Studies, Brattleboro,” a site-specific installation. Through May 4. Info, 254-2771. JiM giDDings: “Out of the Shadows,” paintings by the local artist. Through May 4. Info, 254-2771. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
Jay HuDson: An exhibit of landscape photographs. Through June 2. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.
peteR Doig: “No Foreign Lands,” a major survey of contemporary figurative paintings by the Scottish artist. Through May 4. Info, 514-2852000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m
iMpRoMptu: The Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction is seeking photography that captures “in an instant an unexpected scene, the unscripted interaction, serendipitous magic in a single shot.” Deadline: May 14, midnight. Juror: Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor Stella Kramer. Info: darkroomgallery.com/ex57 4tH annual JeRicHo plein aiR FestiVal: Festival organizers invite artists to participate in this annual outdoors art event on July 19. Work created on that day will be exhibited in the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery July 20 to August 10. Registration: $20. Deadline: May 15. Info and registration materials, contact Barbara Greene. Through May 15. Info, 899-2974, email@example.com. 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 stressfree evening of connecting, demonstrating and influencing the artistic community through your art. At various venues around Chittenden County. More info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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 cherrystreetstudio@ yahoo.com, include name, city and contact. More info at miltonartistsguild.org. Through May 17. Info, 831-224-5152.
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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, 603-6462808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.
aRt in tHe RounD baRn: Artists are invited to submit applications for the 24th annual juried exhibit in Waitsfield’s historic Joslyn Round Barn. Deadline: May 18. Exhibit: September 22 to October 13. For more info and application form, call Kim Hopper at 583-2558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘points oF View’: Watercolors, oils and sketches in a variety of styles by members of the Monday Painters: Barbara Grey, Jenny Green, Joan Harlowe, Donna Marshall, Barbara Matsinger and Robin Rothman. Through April 26. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.
tHe aRtist’s cHilDHooD: The experience of childhood is what binds us all. The Rose Street Gallery is seeking artwork in all media that fits the theme, whether abstract or representational. Up to five digital images can be submitted. Deadline: May 16. Exhibit: June 6 to July 3. Info, 488-4501 or email@example.com.
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‘beFoRe i Die’: For this interactive exhibition, which has been launched in more than 400 venues worldwide, the downstairs gallery has been transformed into chalkboards with the phrase “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.
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Le Week-End ★★★★
ertainly it’s a coincidence, but the fact is Roger Michell hasn’t made a single feel-good film since September 11, 2001. Note the contrast: In 1999 he made Notting freaking Hill. Is there a more charming movie? In 2002, he followed that with Changing Lanes, quite possibly the bleakest picture in recent memory. It’s an entire movie about road rage! This change in tone extends to the central relationships in his films. Early in his career, love was in the air — from the kind celebrated in his 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion to the sort shared by gay friends in 1997’s My Night with Reg. Since 2001, though, Michell hasn’t made a movie featuring a romantically functional couple. A woman seduces her daughter’s boyfriend in The Mother (2003). Peter O’Toole played an aging actor who kept separate living quarters for his wife in Venus (2006), and we all know what a sham Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s marriage was. Or if we didn’t, the scales fell from our eyes after watching Hyde Park on Hudson (2012). Le Week-End makes those films look like Romeo and Juliet. Michell’s latest chronicles a trip to Paris by a pair of British boomers who go through the motions of rekindling
their romance while going for each other’s jugulars every chance they get. Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) honeymooned in the City of Light 30 years earlier. They purport to have come back to find the passion they once shared. Nick’s desperate to do so, but what Meg’s really looking for, it becomes clear, is the right moment to say au revoir. FRENCH CONNECTION An aging Brit couple visit Paris to rekindle Because the film features a longtime SCAN YOUR THIS PAGE their romance but watch their dream go up inYOUR flames in the latest couple looking back on their lives together from Notting Hill director Roger Michell. TEXT TEXT in Europe, many reviewers have compared it WITH LAYAR HERE HERE to Before Midnight, but that’s not the picture SEE PROGRAM COVER whose DNA it shares. This is Who’s Afraid of The picture’s climactic sequence takes you’re sure some kind of critical mass has Virginia Woolf ? with room service. Like Liz Taylor’s Martha, Meg is been reached, and one more insight or insult place at his chic apartment over a soirée alternately teasing and castrating. Like will cause husband and wife to spontaneously where trays are passed, assignations Richard Burton’s George, Nick’s short on combust, the most wonderful thing happens. proposed and souls bared. As it was for self-esteem and half believes he deserves No, they don’t find renewed love. They find George and Martha, it’s a long, dark night. Things get weird. Michell sees to it, however, what he gets — or, in the bedroom, doesn’t. something better: Jeff Goldblum. Whether he’s in a Wes Anderson film or that they never get dull or derivative, and, Also like George, he’s a professor who suffers from the curse of having once been on “Portlandia,” the actor is always a pleasure whether your loyalties ultimately lie with promising. Meg’s bitterness at his failure to to run into — the past few years have been Meg or Nick, rest assured you’ll be glad you rise in stature consumes her. As conceived the apex of his career — and our consciously spent Le Week-End with them both. Come for the Paris sights; stay for the by screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, she’s a case uncoupling travelers are pleased to run into study in domestic disappointment and one of him, too. At least initially. He plays Morgan, a emotional bloodbath. C’est l’amour. classmate from Nick’s Cambridge days who’s the most authentic screen creations in ages. RI C K KI S O N AK Broadbent and Duncan have never been become a famous author and intellectual better. Their eyes and body language say as — in other words, the man Meg wishes her much as the dagger-sharp dialog. Just when husband had become.
Under the Skin ★★★★
nder the Skin is fated to be a divisive film. On the one hand, it’s a strange, stark creation, wedded to a deliberately offputting aesthetic and plotless enough to inspire walkouts. On the other hand, it features Scarlett Johansson naked. Moviegoers who come for the latter spectacle, expecting it to appear in the context of a traditional science fiction film, may not be so happy with the former one. As he did with Birth (2004), director Jonathan Glazer has made a visually striking film with a mood that infiltrates you, for better or worse. Rarely has a title described a movie’s effect better. The protagonist of Michel Faber’s novel Under the Skin (2000) is a young woman who spends her days driving the highways of Scotland in search of strapping male hitchhikers. Who she is, what she is, and what she intends to do with her prey are revelations that emerge with chilling slowness from the narrative, which is less science fiction than a Kafkaesque study in alienation and empathy. It’s the sort of story that gives you nightmares before the bad stuff starts happening, because something feels indefinably wrong. It’s also the sort of story that’s very hard to tell on film, because it depends so strongly on our sharing the protagonist’s fractured, foreign perspective. Glazer has addressed this problem by ditching almost all of Faber’s
HUMAN TRAP Guys: If Scarlett Johansson hails you from a van, it is too good to be true. Just keep on walking.
plot and instead devising visual and aural ways to convey the experience of a stranger in a strange land. As Johansson’s character prowls Scotland in a white van, we see the inhabitants from her perspective — their motions antlike, their voices indistinguishable. Random urban shapes and sounds emerge with frightening acuity, suggesting a world she can’t process. The mundane lurches toward her (and us) like something in a horror flick, while the scene that contains the most properly horrifying events is captured in affectless long shots, evoking a viewpoint that’s both alien and alienated.
Using hidden cameras, Glazer filmed spontaneous interactions between the glammed-up movie star and the thickly accented locals. When she invites men into her van and asks them probing questions about who might miss them if they disappeared, the resulting awkwardness feels creepily genuine. And when a few unwary lads (played by actors) follow her back to her lair, the movie goes to David Lynch places against the background of Mica Levi’s shrieking, dissonant score. It’s a rigorously realized cinematic experience like no other, defying the audience’s expectations of what’s supposed
to happen when a star bares all on film. (Let’s just say the recipients of the character’s attentions fail to get what they’re expecting.) Yet, when it comes to showing the heroine’s transformation in response to her environment, Glazer’s method falls short. Virtually the only lines Johansson speaks are the seductive scripts her character has memorized; unlike Faber’s heroine, she has no interactions with her own kind that might reveal how she feels about her bizarre task. As a result, when she begins to empathize with human beings and to act on that empathy, the ensuing events feel more like a series of poorly motivated actions than an organic character progression. Glazer struggles to add plot to his formula within the confines of his languid, almost underwater pacing, and some scenes fall flat as a result. No one should go to Under the Skin expecting an arty version of Species. What we see on-screen is more often disturbing than titillating, and there’s virtually no overt violence or gore. While tossing out the novel’s social commentary, Glazer captures its motifs in isolated images of eerie beauty. Yet that very beauty — the aestheticization of disconnection — may keep the film from getting as far under your skin as it really should. MARGO T HARRI S O N
DiVERgENtHH1/2 In a future society where everyone is supposed to have just one dominant virtue, a teen discovers she possesses more than one personality trait. Shailene woodley stars in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling ya novel, directed by neil burger (Limitless). with Theo James, Kate winslet and Miles teller. (139 min, Pg-13) DRAFt DAYHH1/2 Kevin costner plays an nfl manager deciding if he should make a risky trade to rebuild his team in this sports drama from director Ivan Reitman, a long way from Stripes. with chadwick boseman, Jennifer garner and Ellen burstyn. (109 min, Pg-13) oculus
new in theaters BRick mANSioNS: an undercover cop and an ex-con join forces to bring down a crime lord in dystopian detroit in this remake of the french action hit District 13, starring Paul walker in one of his last roles. with david belle and RZa. camille delamarre (Taken 2) directed. (90 min, Pg-13. bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount) ERNESt & cElEStiNE: a bear and a mouse become unlikely best friends in this Oscar-nominated animation based on the children’s book by gabrielle Vincent. featuring the voices of Mackenzie foy and forest whitaker. Stéphane aubier, Vincent Patar and benjamin Renner directed. (80 min, Pg. Savoy, through april 27 only) tHE otHER WomAN: Three women who discover they’ve been simultaneously involved with the same man team up to teach him a lesson about fidelity in this rom com from director nick cassavetes (The Notebook). with cameron diaz, leslie Mann, Kate upton and nikolaj costerwaldau. (109 min, Pg-13. bijou, capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, welden) tHE QUiEt oNES: a professor (Jared harris) unwisely attempts to cure a woman plagued by supernatural manifestations in this hammer horror flick from the uK, directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal). with Sam claflin and Olivia cooke. (98 min, Pg-13. Essex, Majestic)
300: RiSE oF AN EmpiREHH1/2 300 didn’t end so happily for those 300 Spartans. but the greeks step up to the plate against the invading Persian hordes in this belated sequel from director noam Murro (Smart People), based on frank Miller’s Xerxes. Sullivan Stapleton, lena headey and Eva green star. (102 min, R)
cAptAiN AmERicA: tHE WiNtER SolDiERHHH The Marvel superhero saga continues as the reanimated world war II vet (chris Evans) goes up against the suitably retro threat of a Soviet agent. with Samuel l. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. anthony and Joe Russo directed. (136 min, Pg-13)
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A HAUNtED HoUSE 2 1/2H america, you bought tickets en masse for Marlon wayans’ first spoof of Paranormal Activity. you brought this sequel on yourself. wayans returns as a dude who can’t escape ghostly doings, even when he trades in his cursed girlfriend for a new model. with Jaime Pressly and cedric the Entertainer. Michael tiddes directed. (87 min, R) HEAVEN iS FoR REAlHH1/2 greg Kinnear plays the father of a kid who claims to have visited the great beyond during a near-death experience in this inspirational film based on todd burpo’s bestseller. with Kelly Reilly and Thomas haden church. Randall wallace (Secretariat) directed. (100 min, Pg) tHE lEgo moViEHHHH a lowly lego figure discovers he’s the chosen One who can defeat order-obsessed lord business (will ferrell) in this satirical family-adventure animation from directors Phil lord and christopher Miller. also featuring the voices of chris Pratt, will arnett and Elizabeth banks. (100 min, Pg)
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lE WEEk-END: a long-married british couple (Jim broadbent and lindsay duncan) try to revive their relationship with a visit to the city of lights in this comedy-drama from Roger Michell (Notting Hill). with Jeff goldblum. hanif Kureishi scripted. (93 min, R) tHE lUNcHBoXHHHH a Mumbai housewife forms an unexpected relationship with an older man when he accidentally receives the lunch delivery she intended for her husband in this drama from writer-director Ritesh batra. Irrfan Khan and nimrat Kaur star. (105 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)
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tHE gRAND BUDApESt HotElHHHHH director wes anderson recreates — and stylizes — the world of a palatial European hotel between the world wars in this ensemble comedy-drama featuring Ralph fiennes, f. Murray abraham, Mathieu amalric, adrien brody, tilda Swinton and many more. (100 min, R)
BEARSHHH1/2 disney brings us this family-friendly “true life adventure” documentary featuring a family of alaskan bear cubs who learn lessons in the wild. John c. Reilly narrates. alastair fothergill and Keith Scholey directed. (77 min, g)
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goD’S Not DEADH nietzsche begs to differ. a college professor tries to force a devout student to deny the existence of god in this surprise hit based on a chain email. with Shane harper, Kevin Sorbo and dean cain. harold cronk directed. (113 min, Pg)
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Protesting Beijing’s choking air pollution, artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip to France with a glass jar of clean, mountain air, which he auctioned off for 5,250 yuan ($860). The month before, tourism officials in smog-free Guizhou province announced plans to sell canned air as souvenirs. Tourism authorities in Henan province distributed bags of air from a mountain resort in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, to attract visitors. Finally, recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao began selling fresh air in cans online for $3 each. (Associated Press)
Patient, Heal Thyself
When Rose Preston experienced symptoms of a stroke at her home in Washington, D.C., she called 911. An ambulance arrived promptly. Once Preston was inside, however, the two D.C. Fire & EMS responders began “constantly bickering back and forth with one another,” she said. “I didn’t feel safe being transported by the vehicle.” Preston got out of the ambulance and returned to her home, noting that the paramedics didn’t seem to care and didn’t ask her to sign a formal patient refusal. Later that day, she took a subway to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, which requires immediate medical care. Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said D.C. Fire & EMS was investigating the “unacceptable” incident, which
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Authorities accused Cameo Adawn Crispi, 31, of trying to set fire to her ex-boyfriend’s home in Naples, Utah, by leaving a pound of bacon burning on a gas stove. A police officer responding to a complaint by the ex-boyfriend discovered the fire in time to stop it from spreading. According to charging documents, Crispi “stated she was attempting to start a fire in the house to get back at [the ex-boyfriend].” (Salt Lake City’s Deseret News)
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Wilshire Gun, a new state-of-the-art indoor firing range in Oklahoma City, has applied for a liquor license. “We wanted to build a place, the first one in Oklahoma, where you could go in, shoot, enjoy the retail area and then go to the café,” owner Jeff Swanson said, insisting that shooting complexes that offer customers more than just a place for target practice “is where the shooting sport is headed.” Swanson explained that Wilshire Gun’s staff intends to scan the driver’s license of customers who order drinks to assure that none would be allowed to enter any of the shooting facilities as a spectator or shooter for the remainder of the day. (Oklahoma City’s KOKHTV)
When British graphic designer Edd Joseph bought a video game console online but the seller failed to deliver it, Joseph copied the entire works of William Shakespeare and texted them to the seller. Although he sent them as one text, without paying extra because his calling plan allows unlimited
texting, the seller can receive them only in 160-character chunks, meaning the 37 works arrive successively in 29,305 individual messages. Despite receiving abusive replies from the seller, who still hasn’t refunded his money, Joseph said he’d continue sending the texts. “I’m not a literary student, and I’m not an avid fan of Shakespeare,” he pointed out, “but I’ve got a new appreciation you could say, especially for the long ones.” (Britain’s
Creature of Habit
Christopher M. Miller, 40, spent 15 years in state prison for robbing a Stride Rite shoe store in Toms River, N.J. Immediately after his release, Ocean County police said Miller boarded a bus from the prison to Tom’s River, where he robbed the same Stride Rite store. Police located the suspect a few blocks from the store and recovered the stolen money. (Baltimore’s WBFF-TV)
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true that gazing at what the light reveals may shatter an illusion or two, but the illumination you will be blessed with will ultimately be more valuable than gold.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You remind me of a garden plot that has recently been plowed and rained on. Now the sun is out. The air is warm. Your dirt is wet and fertile. The feeling is a bit unsettled because the stuff that was below ground got churned up to the top. Instead of a flat surface, you’ve got furrows. But the overall mood is expectant. Blithe magic is in the air. Soon it will be time to grow new life. Oh, but just one thing is missing: The seeds have yet to be sewn. That’s going to happen very soon. Right?
(July 23-Aug. 22): Does Jamaican sprinter usain bolt run faster than any person alive? As far as we know, yes. He holds three world records and has won six olympic gold medals. even when he’s a bit off his game, he’s the best. At the 2008 beijing summer olympics, he set the all-time mark for the 100-meter race — 9.69 seconds — despite the fact that one of his shoelaces was untied and he slowed down to celebrate before reaching the finish line. Like you, bolt is a Leo. I’m making him both your role model and your anti-role model for the foreseeable future. you have the power to achieve something approaching his levels of excellence in your own field — especially if you double-check to make sure your shoelace is never untied and especially if you don’t celebrate victory before it’s won.
(Aug. 23-sept. 22): In his unpublished book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, John Koenig coins new words that convey experiences our language has not previously accounted for. one that may apply to you sometime soon is “trumspringa,” which he defines as “the temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains, following your flock between pastures with a sheepdog and a rifle, watching storms at dusk from the doorway of a small cabin.” to be overtaken by trumspringa doesn’t necessarily mean you will literally run away and be a shepherd. In fact, giving yourself the luxury of considering such wild
turning points that might possibly erupt in the coming days will not become actual turning points unless you work hard to activate them. They will be subtle and brief, so you will have to be very alert to notice them at all, and you will have to move quickly before they fade away. Here’s another complication: These incipient turning points probably won’t resemble any turning points you’ve seen before. They may come in the form of a lucky accident, a blessed mistake, a happy breakdown, a strange healing, a wicked gift or a perfect weakness.
sagittaRiUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you happen to be an athlete, the coming week will not be a good time to headbutt a referee or take performance-enhancing drugs. If you hate to drive your car anywhere but in the fast lane, you will be wise to try the slower lanes for a while. If you are habitually inclined to skip steps, take shortcuts, and look for loopholes, I advise you to instead try being thorough, methodical and by-the-book. Catch my drift? In this phase of your astrological cycle, you will have a better chance at producing successful results if you are more prudent than usual. What?! A careful, discreet, strategic, judicious sagittarius? sure! Why not?
(Jan. 20-feb. 18): you need to take some time out to explore the deeper mysteries of snuggling, cuddling and nuzzling. In my opinion, that is your sacred duty. It’s your raison d’etre, your ne plus ultra, your sine qua non. you’ve got to nurture your somatic wisdom with what we in the consciousness industry refer to as yummy warm fuzzy wonder love. At the very least, you should engage in some prolonged hugging with a creature you feel close to. tender physical touch isn’t just a luxury; it’s a necessity.
pisces (feb. 19-March 20): your body contains about four octillion atoms. That’s four with 27 zeroes after it. believe it or not, 200 billion of that total were once inside the body of Martin Luther King Jr. for that matter, an average of 200 billion atoms of everyone who has ever lived and died is part of you. I am not making this up. (see the mathematical analysis here: tinyurl.com/atomsfromeveryone.) As far as your immediate future is concerned, Pisces, I’m particularly interested in that legacy from King. If any of his skills as a great communicator are alive within you, you will be smart to call on them. now is a time for you to express high-minded truths in ways that heal schisms, bridge gaps and promote unity. Just proceed on the assumption that it is your job to express the truth with extra clarity, candor and grace.
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liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): “The supreme pleasure we can know, freud said, and the model for all pleasure, orgasmic pleasure, comes when an excess tension built up, confined, compacted, is abruptly released.” That’s an observation by philosopher Alphonso Lingis. I bring it to your attention, Libra, because I expect that you will soon be able to harvest a psychospiritual version of that supreme pleasure. you have been gathering and storing up raw materials for soul-making, and now the time has come to express them with a creative splash. Are you ready to purge your emotional backlog? Are you brave enough to go in search of cathartic epiphanies? What has been dark will yield light.
might sound eccentric, even weird. but you know what? sometimes life is — or at least should be — downright unpredictable. After much meditation, I’ve concluded that the most important message you can send to the universe is to fly a pair of underpants from the top of a flagpole. you heard me. take down the flag that’s up there, and run the skivvies right up to the top. Whose underpants should you use? Those belonging to someone you adore, of course. And what is the deeper meaning behind this apparently irrational act? What exactly is life asking from you? Just this: stop making so much sense all the time — especially when it comes to cultivating your love and expressing your passion.
aRies (March 21-April 19): If for some inexplicable reason you are not simmering with new ideas about how you could drum up more money, I don’t know what to tell you — except that maybe your mother lied to you about exactly when you were born. The astrological omens are virtually unequivocal: If you are a true Aries, you are now being invited, teased and even tugged to increase your cash flow and bolster your financial know-how. If you can’t ferret out at least one opportunity to get richer quicker, you might really be a Pisces or taurus. And my name is Jay-z.
to forge new alliances and expand your web of connections and get more of the support you need to fulfill your dreams? you are entering the season of networking, so now would indeed be an excellent time to gather clues on how best to accomplish all that good stuff. to get you started in your quest, here’s advice from Dale Carnegie: “you can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
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I think I’m in love with someone 16 years my senior. I’m 27. I met one of the managers where my friend works out one night and we really hit it off. She’s funny and smart and really sexy. We ended up going home together, and started seeing each other right away. I really think I’m falling in love with her and want to spend my life with her, but I’m worried that, someday later on, her age will be a problem for me. Right now she doesn’t look or seem that much older than me, but she will eventually. I worry about what other people will think, like my parents and friends, and I’m not sure if I should try to stay with her. What do you think?
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Dear In Love,
What does it matter how old she is, or you are? You’re in love, and that’s something to sing about. It’s cause for giddiness and celebration. You’ve met a person who is smart, funny and sexy, and you love her. But how does she feel? Have you asked her if she finds you too young? When you make a commitment to share the rest of your life with someone, it isn’t just about love; it’s about compatibility. If the two of you see your life moving in the same direction and want to do it together, then the hell with age. It’s not that unusual for people to fall in love with someone much younger/older than themselves. But the connections we make aren’t just about our birth date, where we grew up or what we do for a living. It’s largely about chemistry: a physical force that we can’t explain. You say you’re worried about her age being a problem for you in the future. Are you worried that your attraction to her will fade? Remember, you will age, too, and all long-term relationships evolve. Attractions may fade in some ways but grow in others. If it’s true love, time will only enhance your bond. But over years all couples — regardless of age or age differences — must find ways to rekindle the fire. I have to say, though, the fact that you’re worried about what other people will think is just sad. If this woman knew how you felt, she would be pretty disappointed. If it were me, I’d be pissed. Who wants to be with a partner who’s ashamed of them? My father once told me: “If he doesn’t introduce you to his friends and family, then he’s keeping you a secret, and you should never be anyone’s secret. He should want to climb to the top of a mountain and tell the world he loves you.” Now, my Greek father was a bit old-fashioned and melodramatic, but still, he was right on. If in the end you decide you really do love her “for life” and the opinions of friends and family will not erode that, good for you. Count yourself lucky to have met someone you feel so strongly about. But if you think you’re going to be embarrassed or ashamed of your woman in the future, show her some respect and call it off now. There is nothing wrong with any age, but there might be other reasons why a large gap in years between partners is not ideal. The inability of either person to deal with it is the biggest one. And have you thought about whether she might find you too immature? Sounds to me like this subject is worth an open discussion between the two of you.
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on tHE risE sunDay BruncH You have a handsome smile. You walked in and we smiled. I passed by your table and we smiled. You were with a girl I was with a boy. But don’t worry, it was just a friend. I had a blue jacket on, shoulderlength hair. Hope to bump into you again. When: sunday, april 6, 2014. Where: on the rise Bakery, richmond. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912112 sWEEt MEEtinG oVEr nEctar You were quiet as a bee. You looked gorgeous in your long hair and Carhartt jacket. I was so nervous that I didn’t introduce myself. Would you like to meet for a hike or a cup of coffee? When: friday, april 4, 2014. Where: Middlebury. you: Man. Me: Woman. #912111 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
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