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2. “WTF: Vermont’s maple penis sign? Chocolate vaginas?” by Ken Picard. Seven Days investigates the origins of some highly suggestive designs. 3. “In Defense of Six Beers We’re Not Supposed to Drink” by Dan Bolles. Music editor Dan Bolles has a confession: He likes crappy beer. 4. “Why a State Obsessed with ‘Local’ Doesn’t Eat Vermont Fish” by Kathryn Flagg. Vermonters love their local beef, but most of the fish caught in Lake Champlain gets shipped out of state. 5. “Scout & Company Café Opens in Burlington” by Alice Levitt. The Old North End of Burlington has a new coffee shop. Coming soon: house-made ice cream.

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urlington Superintendent Jeanne Collins’ contract isn’t up for renewal until next spring, but the mayor and some city councilors want her to leave sooner. Like, now. On her watch, a rash of financial missteps have led to consecutive deficits in the Burlington School District, recently forcing the school board to recalculate its 2015 budget. Now the board must ask voters to approve a budget that’s actually higher than the one rejected in March. The city is also anticipating a fine from the Internal Revenue Service for a payroll tax problem. During a Burlington City Council meeting Monday night, councilors Max Tracy (P-Ward 2), Vince Brennan (P-Ward 3) and Dave Hartnett (D-Ward 4) called for “new leadership” within the school district’s administration, Alicia Freese reported on the Seven Days Off Message blog. When it came time for the mayor to speak, he also called for “a change in school administration leadership.” After the meeting, Tracy and Hartnett revealed to Freese that they’d been talking about Collins. And Weinberger’s spokesman Mike Kanarick said the mayor thought that “at a minimum, the superintendent” should be replaced. So far, however, Collins doesn’t appear to be caving to the pressure. In an email after the meeting, she wrote, “I disagree with the mayor about replacing leadership. This is not the time to change leadership. I personally am committed to continuing to do my job and do what is best for the schools and all of our students.” Collins said she hopes the school board backs her, and in a different email circulated to board members on Sunday, she made a case for why they should. “Despite many comments to the contrary, the district does have its finances under control and is poised in the very near future to be in the black, running efficiently,” Collins wrote.  Board chair Patrick Halladay and finance chair Miriam Stoll declined to respond on grounds that it’s a personnel matter. At the meeting, city councilors praised school board members’ work in rectifying the budgeting errors of years past, but they also passed a resolution giving them more power over the school budget. Currently the board doesn’t need the council’s approval to bring a budget before voters, but the resolution asks the charter change committee to explore the possibility of making that a requirement – prior to 2004, it was. The resolution also “strongly urges” the school board to accept the Weinberger administration’s proposal to immediately install its chief administrative officer, Bob Rusten, as the school department’s financial administrator for the next two fiscal years. Councilor Kurt Wright (R-Ward 4) described the resolution as “a partnership, not a takeover.”



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[Re Feedback: “The Fag Rag,” March 12 and “Ad Is Appalling,” April 2]: I cannot understand why people like Brian King write to the paper with their shorts all in a knot over what people solicit in the personals. It’s like a classified advertisement for an automobile, for Chrissakes; if you aren’t interested, don’t answer the ad! And all this faux concern for our young people. Come on! I remember being a kid and hearing friends talk about sex, and, believe me, except for a predator using coercion, none of us would have done any of this stuff unless we wanted to. Then there are the people who are in a snit over the fact that the editors of Seven Days saw fit to publish King’s letter. As much as it pains me to see such troubling thoughts in print, I fail to see what we gain by shutting the people who harbor them out of the conversation. Finally, Docia Proctor’s complaint, it seems, concerns an advertisement for American Apparel depicting a young girl in a tank top and shorts eating ice cream. Wow! That’s pretty darn “hateful, degrading, humiliating, hurtful and scary!” Let’s forbid all young girls from appearing outside of their bedrooms in less than long-sleeve shirts and full-length pants — or better yet, burkas — and God have mercy on their wicked, sinful souls if they eat ice cream in public!


I have a great deal of respect for the cofounders of Seven Days — a couple of women, by the way — for the success they have achieved at bucking the trend in print media and building themselves a very successful publishing empire. My only gripe with their paper is that it’s so damned interesting that I can never get it all read before the next one appears on the newsstand. I would make one suggestion: Publish letters like those penned by King and Proctor where they belong — in the comics. Steven Farnham PLAINFIELD

BACK TO 1994

The quotes from Senators McAllister and Flory [Fair Game: “Label to Table,” April 16] against the GMO labeling bill show exactly why labeling works. The two senators reviewed the material presented to them and were able to forn their own opinions. While I disagree with their votes, the senators had the opportunity to make their decisions based upon readily available information. Once GMO labeling goes into effect, we’ll all be able to better identify what we may or may not want to elect to put into our shopping carts. Fun fact: The first GMO food, a tomato, came out in 1994. Senator Tim Ashe, the youngest state senator, was 18. Regardless of others’ opinions





of GMOs, I’d like to be able to feed my daughters the way all our senators’ parents fed them as children: GMO-free. Sean-Patrick Burke BARRE



So now we’re supposed to see the Nelsons as victims of Big Wind [Last 7: “Blown Away,” April 16]? They could have sold out to the Vermont Land Trust four years ago for their asking price of $2,400 per acre for $1,400 per acre land (the going rate hereabouts), with a young farming couple willing to




As a regular reader of Seven Days, I’ve been watching the back and forth in the “Feedback” section regarding your March 12 cover story titled “NECI Confidential: Vermont’s Struggling Culinary School Plans Its Next Course.” To summarize: David Rapacz wrote a rather scathing letter about NECI on Main [Feedback: “Culinary Critic,” March 26], to which Richard Flies, executive vice president of the school, responded two weeks later [Feedback: “In Response to NECI Nastygram,” April 16]. In Flies’ words, “There are currently many excellent places to eat in the city … they are all pretty much competitively priced … Our college-run restaurant tries to buy local products and support local farmers while keeping our prices affordable for people…” As a denizen of Montpelier, I could not agree more with all of that. Herein lies the problem: NECI on Main fails miserably against all of those criteria, and Rapacz was right. Yes, there are currently many excellent places to eat in the city: Three Penny Taproom, Kismet, Wilaiwan Kitchen, Asiana House — but never Flies’ establishment. They are all, also, “competitively priced.” The difference is, however,


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Kathryn Flagg’s story “Why a State Obsessed with ‘Local’ Doesn’t Eat Vermont Fish” wrongly implied that the sea lamprey is an invasive species in Vermont. The state’s top fisheries biologists have concluded that the fish is native to Lake Champlain. It came during one or both of two periods following the last glacial retreat between 8,000 and 12,000 years ago.

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Last week’s story “Craft Versus Crap Beers” contained an error. Writer Dan Bolles claimed that Budweiser is the “best selling beer on the planet.” It’s actually the third most popular beer in the world, after two Chinese brews: Snow and Yanjing.




take over the land set aside in perpetuity for agriculture uses. There isn’t a person stuck in any Vermont town who wouldn’t gladly swap places, wind turbines or no, as we must tolerate muffler-less beaters and chuck-trucks, straight-pipe Harleys (a violation of federal exhaust tampering laws), jakebraking semis, and other assorted road vermin night and day. And what exactly is it that Vermonters for a Clean Environment’s

Annette Smith does while our state wallows in crappy rivers, streams and lakes? We didn’t hear a peep from her when Secretary Deb Markowitz and SUN, MARE.CHcoli3 pals changed ROUtheGH“allowable” H 0 T levels from 77 per 100 milliliters 235 eals still rto d t a e r e g m y a n i Ma waterways so more cown! per for our schmootz can flow freely, now did we? Just keep sending the checks, they’ll keep bitching, and Vermont becomes one giant algae bloom. Good work!

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Bright Bags by Rebecca Minkoff


Alleged Winooski Heroin Dealer Says Cops Exaggerated Her Role




Mandatory Composting: Coming Soon to a Trash Can Near You





UVM’s Complex Systems Symposium Lives Up To Its Name


Relocated Identities: Vermont Folklife Center and Filmmaker Mira Niagolova Portray ‘New Neighbors’



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Short Takes on Film



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Theater: The Quarry, Vermont Stage Company BY ALEX BROWN




Wake-Up Call

Music: Seven bands to watch at Waking Windows 4 BY DAN BOLLES



Under the Influence

Politics: The Vermont Statehouse is crawling with lobbyists; what does that mean for our democracy? BY PAUL HEINTZ



Cornering the Market

Food: Chef’s Corner wins Signature Sweet at Restaurant Week’s Sweet Start Smackdown

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Are cider apples more valuable than “eating” apples? Will Vermont brewers ever be able to rely solely on local grains and hops? Just how many people travel to Vermont to sip our drinks? Join a trio of 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. • 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

APRIL 25-MAY 4 During Vermont Restaurant Week, 97 participating locations 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.


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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: • • • • •

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Taking New Steps Pilobolus reimagines the possibilities of dance each time the acclaimed troupe takes the stage. In other words, its nimble members aren’t afraid to break the rules. With awe-inspiring feats of strength, athleticism and grace, the dancers meld acrobatics, theatrics and innovative choreography. The result? A performance that dazzles audience members and has them shaking their heads in disbelief.




In Context Many people associate Vermont with maple syrup, fall foliage and its unique brand of bucolic bliss. The Vermont Difference: Perspectives From the Green Mountain State eschews these ideologies, focusing instead on local traditions, practices and policies that can be adapted and applied elsewhere. Editors J. Kevin Graffagnino, Nicholas Muller, David Donath and Kristin Peterson-Ishaq discuss this unusual essay collection.




While Sarah Blacker (pictured) describes her music as “sundress rock,” the Boston Herald deems her “Boston’s delightful folk nymph.” So who’s right? It turns out they both are. The singersongwriter’s genre-bending tunes satisfy diverse musical tastes, as evidenced by her growing fan base and her winning Female Performer of the Year at the 2013 New England Music Awards.


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It’s hard to think of a more quintessentially American “royal” artist family than the Wyeths. Three generations of painters — beginning with N.C. and continuing with Andrew and then Jamie — have had an almost uncanny ability to capture life on canvas. Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg lends his expertise to an examination of these multitalented men.

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Ten days before adjournment, the biggest practical obstacle is time. Even if the House passes the bill this week, that leaves the Senate just days to consider a rather major overhaul of Vermont’s school governance system. And Donovan’s counterpart, Senate Education Committee chairman DICK MCCORMACK (D-Windsor), has repeatedly said he’s not going to rush anything through. That explanation doesn’t do it for Shumlin, who, like many Vermont voters, wants the legislature to do something. With an eye on the November election, he surely wants to say he takes rising property taxes seriously. “This is never going to be something that leads to ticker-tape parades of gratitude,” the gov said at a press conference last week. “Let’s see what we can get done. Let’s not use time as an excuse to stand still.” Smith says he hopes he can deliver. But, he cautions, “Even this magician may not have enough tricks in his hat to get it over the finish line.”

Smith’s Success-ion?

After 12 years in the House and six as its speaker, is Shap Smith preparing to hand over the gavel when this session comes to an end? That’s been one of the more persistent Statehouse rumors of the past several months, fueled by Smith’s apparent ambivalence toward an encore performance. Or, at least, his perennial display of end-ofsession ambivalence. For the ambitious 48-year-old rep, there’d be some logic to quitting while he’s ahead. Smith’s image as a forceful but respected leader remains largely untarnished. From legalizing gay marriage to setting the course toward single-payer, he’s racked up enough legislative victories to make a compelling case in a Democratic primary when he inevitably runs for governor or Congress. So why not get out now, before next biennium’s politically unappealing fight over whether and how to raise billions of dollars to pay for single-payer? “I really have been spending a lot of time talking to my wife and kids about whether I’m going to run for reelection — and finding out whether, if I run for reelection, I need to find another home,” Smith jokes. “And that hasn’t been finally resolved yet.” Also unresolved is who would replace Smith if he steps down. House Democrats have a deep bench of talent, but there is no obvious successor. Anticipating the bloody single-payer financing fight, top Democrats are understandably nervous about having a novice in the speaker’s chair. Smith says he expects to make up his mind “in the coming weeks.” “But I would say that I’m more likely to seek reelection than I probably was six or eight months ago,” he says. Why? “I still love the job. And, you know, there are a lot of interesting things that still need to get done. So I think it would be fun to be back here,” he says. “But at the same time, I am very sensitive to the issue of outstaying your welcome.”

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Most of the provisions in Vermont’s new campaign-finance law are likely to increase the amount of big money in state politics. But a little-noticed one could limit it. Maybe. In January, the legislature doubled the amount candidates for governor and lieutenant governor can receive in public financing, so long as they demonstrate broad public support and limit contributions from other sources.

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When BiDDle Duke bought the Stowe Reporter 16 years ago this week, he thought he’d hold on to it for three to five years — then sell it and move on. “But I blew past that mark and I got to year 14 or 15 and I was like, ‘OK, I’m 48, 49, 50. What’s this going to look like? How’s this going to feel?’” Duke says. Last October, Duke quietly sold a 49 percent stake in the Reporter and the Waterbury Record, which he founded in January 2007, to two California investors. He first disclosed the sale earlier this month in an editorial, explaining that he’d wanted the new arrangement to gel before publicizing it. Duke’s new partners, BoB miller and norB garrett, own a trio of weeklies in Southern California. Miller, a former president and CEO of Time Inc. Ventures and the youngest publisher in the history of Sports Illustrated, also owns Tennis magazine. Garrett serves as senior vice president at GrindMedia, a Californiabased sports and entertainment company. According to Duke, he scoured Vermont for potential local owners, to no avail. “Over the past half decade and in the past few years, I had offers and the opportunity to sell,” he says. “But none from within Vermont and none that were acceptable to me or were in the best interests of the communities we serve or my employees.” Though they’re not exactly Vermonters, Duke concedes, Miller and Garrett have been getting to know the state and are committed to making the two papers succeed. For now, the new team isn’t planning any major changes to the papers or their staffing levels, Duke says. Will he eventually sell his remaining shares to his new partners? “My long-term plan for the Stowe Reporter and the Waterbury Record is to find a sustainable, viable operating system for the place,” Duke says. “Will I be here forever and ever? Very unlikely. Will I be around and involved? For sure, but not to the extent I am right now.” m


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At least one candidate is already taking the new regimen for a test drive: John Bauer, the little-known Democrat seeking to depose Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. “I think money in politics is a problem, plain and simple,” says Bauer, a Jeffersonville resident and sound supervisor at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. “And I think that public financing is one of the ways to address the problem.” In order to qualify, Bauer will have to raise $17,500 from at least 750 Vermont voters contributing $50 or less — all by June 12. If he does, the payout is big: $50,000 in public funding for his primary election bid and, if he wins that, another $150,000 for the general election. Under the new rules, gubernatorial candidates can qualify for $150,000 and $450,000 for the primary and general election periods, respectively. But they have to raise $35,000 in small contributions from 1,500 people by that same deadline. Whether Vermont’s public financing system is robust enough to propel a candidate to office remains an open question — even with its recent doubling. The last time it was deployed successfully was in 2000, when the incumbent lieutenant governor, Democrat Doug racine, used it to defeat an upstart Republican challenger named Brian DuBie. Progressive gubernatorial candidate anthony Pollina also tapped the fund that year, as did Progressive LG candidate Steve hingtgen in 2004. Given the prohibitive costs of running a competitive gubernatorial race, it’s unlikely any candidates for the state’s top office will avail themselves of public financing this year. Possible Republican contender heiDi Scheuermann says she won’t, while Shumlin has already disqualified himself by raising money before February 15, when candidates seeking public financing can begin to campaign. But in the race for LG, $200,000 could make even an unknown Democrat like Bauer competitive —  particularly in this left-leaning state. In 2010, Scott spent just $181,000 to defeat Democrat Steve howarD, who spent $161,000. And in 2012, Scott outspent the equally unknown Democrat/Progressive caSSanDra gekaS $129,000 to $43,000, and beat her by just 57 to 40 percent. Scott, who’s got $48,000 in the bank, says he won’t be joining Bauer in seeking public financing. “I would rather give people a choice as to whether or not they would like to contribute to my campaign,” he says. Zing! As for whether Bauer will rake in enough contributions to qualify remains to be seen. “I would say that I’m 10 percent of the way there,” he says. “I think that’s a pretty good place to be at this time. I’ve only been



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es, she sells heroin. Deirdre Hey doesn’t deny it, has no plans to stop and is willing — even eager — to explain why. Sitting at her kitchen table in the Winooski apartment police have raided twice in recent weeks, she wanted to make one thing clear: Investigators have exaggerated her influence, said the 47-year-old grandmother, by misrepresenting her LaFountain Street home as a destination and local headquarters for out-of-state heroin sellers. Hey pointed to two big pots of water sitting atop her stove. She said the gas had been shut off, so she uses the electric appliance to heat water whenever she needs to wash the dishes or bathe. “If I’m so big-time, you’d think my bills would be paid,” Hey said. “I am not a conduit for people coming from out of state. I’m not, and I don’t know how they get that. Yes, I have made some mistakes and I admit what I have done. But I am not some big-time dealer. I have nothing.” Hey was arrested and charged with selling heroin in March during a predawn raid that local police conducted with the help of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter. Shortly after an account of that incident appeared in Seven Days, Hey reached out to talk about her arrest and the accusations police have made against her. While declining to discuss specifics about her legal situation, Hey said that she both uses and sells heroin but is no danger to the public. In fact, she mocked police for calling in a helicopter and trumpeting her arrest as a major case. Police found drug paraphernalia — but no heroin — in the bust. “The taxpayers paid all that money — for what?” Hey said. “I’m falling apart. It was a waste of time, on everybody’s part.” Hey argued for a distinction that defense lawyers say is valid but is often lost on the police and general public: Many drug addicts sell small quantities of the drug to support their own habits, but aren’t drug dealers, as most people imagine them. Hey said that she fits that description. “I sold enough that I could get what I need for nothing,” she said. You don’t have to sell a huge quantity of heroin to be charged as a drug dealer in Vermont. Under state law, anyone

Deirdre Hey poses with family silver she said was confiscated by police

caught selling 200 milligrams of heroin — the equivalent of two “bags,” under commonly accepted standards — faces up to 10 years in prison. Dealers can be charged as “traffickers,” and face up to 30 years in prison if they are caught selling 35 bags of heroin, or roughly 3.5 grams. By comparison, the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead with more than 65 bags of heroin, and there have been no allegations or reports that he was dealing or trafficking. Local law enforcement says that Hey is more than a harmless drug user. “She’s linked to a number of cases over a long period of time in Chittenden County,” said Winooski Police Chief Steve McQueen. Police had investigated Hey for weeks before her arrest, according to court papers. They charged her with selling two bags of heroin, for $20 each, to undercover informants. The same “customers” also bought the drug from a number of Hey’s associates, including her estranged boyfriend, Joel Griffith.

Hey is also facing a charge of buying stolen property —  she allegedly exchanged heroin for an Apple laptop stolen from a Burlington home —  to which she’s pleaded not guilty. “I don’t know if you guys have heard of her yet,” the alleged laptop thief told investigators, according to a police affidavit. “She is a pretty big drug person.” Hey’s name also comes up in drug cases in which she hasn’t been charged. The U.S. Attorney’s Office earlier this year charged a Brooklyn man, Thomas Parker, of conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in Vermont. According to federal court papers, Parker sold drugs to Hey and she paid him with an AR-15 rifle. In court filings, federal prosecutors referred to Hey as “well-known heroin trafficker” and identified Parker as one of her “suppliers.” Hey initially denied those allegations and said she only remembered sharing a pizza with either Parker or his partner — she couldn’t remember which one.

Later in the same conversation, her memory improved. “I did get something from him, yes, and I sold half of it in order to pay for mine,” Hey said. She said she uses heroin to self-medicate for an array of health problems, most of which are related to what she says is a degenerative disc disease in her back. She stoops noticeably when she walks. “I use heroin as replacement for medication,” Hey said. “I don’t get out of my mind.” Before turning to heroin about 18 months ago, Hey said, her life was normal, almost boring. She was born in Providence, R.I., adopted into a family she described as “attentive” and attended the local high school. She worked at an ice cream scoop shop in her free time and, after graduating, transitioned into several waitressing jobs. Hey said she dreamed of opening her own restaurant. She was going to call it “Mamma D’s” — her longtime nickname that is now her street name, according to police. But life got in the way. She had two children: Dylan Wright, now 22, and a daughter, who is now 17. Hey said she went back to school to get a nursingassistant license. Eventually, she followed her longtime boyfriend, Griffith, to Vermont, where they settled in South Hero. She said she worked for a spell at Burlington Health & Rehab, until her back started acting up. At home, she said, she cultivated a garden and made her own pasta sauce from its freshly grown tomatoes. “I did all that stuff,” Hey said. “I was the mother. At the end of the school year, I would pay for the pizza party. I’ve done all the things I should do as a mother, until the last year and a half.” Hey started using drugs because of her worsening back problem, she said. She claimed to be coping with prescription oxycodone until evidence of cocaine showed up in a routine medical test. “I swear I wasn’t using,” she said, but the doctor nonetheless pulled her prescription. Now, Hey said she uses heroin three times a day — “just like if I was on a prescription.” She didn’t give any specific reason for moving to Winooski less than a year ago. But since being in town, Hey


admitted, she has regularly dealt heroin. misdemeanor retail theft on a warrant She claimed to have an ethical code: She that had been issued weeks before. She doesn’t sell to children, she said, or to said the publicity has made her life a anyone she doesn’t know. (She was ap- lot more difficult. Like Hey, Casey said parently acquainted with the confiden- she struggles with drug addiction but tial informants who ratted on her.) doesn’t view her personal problem as a And — a point in which she takes par- threat to the public. ticular pride — Hey said she never sells Less than 12 hours later, Casey would anything that she hasn’t tried herself. be back in the news, along with Wright, She wants to make sure her product is for trying to rob a Winooski convenience both effective and safe. store. “I was a guinea pig,” she said. Walking along Malletts Bay Avenue Her second-floor apartment doesn’t that evening, according to police relook like a drug den. A living room cords, the duo apparently hatched a bookcase is stocked with board games scheme to get some easy money. When including Yahtzee, Balderdash and they got to the Fast Stop, Casey went Scattergories. A box of Cap’n Crunch inside and pretended to have a gun cereal sits on the kitchen counter, along inside her hoodie. She demanded money with dirty dishes, neatly stacked. There from the clerk while Wright watched are a few decorations outside, according to on the walls, and a police affidavits. shelf in the kitchen Called to the store, features family police immediately photos: her smiling contacted Hey, who daughter in a school told them she did not picture; her son know where Casey kneeling on the turf was. Officers visited in a football uniform; Hey’s apartment her father with a anyway, and found white, flowing beard. Casey “hiding in an Hey spent a few attic crawl space minutes politely under a pile of insurelating the stories lation,” according to behind each image. an affidavit. Wright DEi RDRE HEy And then, casually, was found at a nearby as if remarking on apartment. the weather, she Both Casey and mentioned that she’d used heroin only Wright pleaded not guilty to the charges, an hour or two before. and their public defender, Stacie “Do I look like a junkie?” she asked. Johnson, declined to comment. Though she has large, hazel eyes, Hey Hey sat in the gallery during their looks older than she is. Her hunched arraignments, with her grandson — back has a lot to do with it, but her face is Wright’s 11-month old son. When the weathered. She does her best to make a little boy cried out, disrupting courtvisitor feel at ease, but she talks nonstop, room proceedings, she tried to calm him one sentence slamming illogically into down. the next, with only an occasional nerAfter the court hearing, Hey said her vous laugh providing the chance to get a son belonged in drug treatment, not in word in edgewise. prison. She wasn’t alone on that particular But she isn’t interested in getting afternoon. Her son, Wright, was there, clean. Sure, she has thought about it a along with Heather Casey, 38, a woman few times. But Hey is skeptical that cliniwho considers Hey something of a cians would give her medication strong mother figure. enough to replace the pain-numbing Although both were friendly, neither effects of heroin. wanted to sit down and talk to a journalIt would just hurt too much, she said. ist. Though Casey did have something “I can’t,” Hey said. “I think I’d rather she wanted to get off her chest. be dead.” m She was also arrested in the helicopter raid with Hey and charged with Contact:

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old on to your apple cores, Vermonters: Starting this summer, the state is making big changes in the way it manages food waste. Two years ago, lawmakers passed Act 148, also called the Universal Recycling law, and Vermont became the first state to enact an all-out ban on food scraps in landfills. The new rules, which will be introduced over the next six years, constitute the biggest policy change in statewide trash hauling over the last three decades. By 2020, all Vermonters will be required to separate their organic food waste from trash and recyclables. Six years might seem like a long way off. But for the biggest producers of food waste — those generating at least two tons a week, and located within 20 miles of a composting facility willing to take their scraps — the first phase of Act 148 kicks in this summer. In January, the state contacted roughly 770 commercial customers that seemed to fit in that category, including Fletcher Allen Health Care, Wake Robin and local colleges. They’ll have to be more diligent about disposal as of July 1. “Half of the customers we talked to said, ‘OK, it’s the law. It’s the right thing to do. Tell me how we can make this work,’” said Joe Sinagra, the sustainability director at Myers Container Service, which picks up trash, recycling and compostable materials in northern Vermont. He’s been reaching out to Myers customers on the state’s list, as well as other potential customers, to offer assistance with the new state regs. “Some are saying, ‘Go to hell.’” In 2015 the food-scrap rule expands to include customers who produce half as much food waste as the big institutions: 52 tons a year, a category which includes many larger-volume restaurants. Next year, also as a part of Act 148, a ban on recyclables in landfills takes effect — the first statewide mandate for recycling. Most Vermonters are accustomed to recycling. It’s the new rules for food waste that have many trash haulers, composters and businesses asking themselves, with varying degrees of optimism: Will Vermont be ready? “The question within the compost community, since Act 148 passed, was, how would we ramp up to have the infrastructure needed to accomplish

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the stated goals?” said Karl Hammer, the president of Vermont Compost Company in Montpelier. Hammer said that his own company can handle more organic material — he has another permitted site he’s never used — as long as there’s an effective way to eliminate contaminants, such as plastics, from the compost stream. But Hammer doesn’t believe there are enough facilities in Vermont to accommodate all the food waste the new regs are likely to generate. Statewide, he said, “We just plum don’t have the capacity.” Similarly, Hammer said he’s heard grumJ os h bling from smaller trash haulers who are trying to figure out how they can carry compost —  which has to be in a separate truck, or a separate section of the truck, from the garbage —  without adding significant expense, equipment or personnel. “You have over 100 trash haulers in Vermont,” said Sinagra, “and there are only a handful who are really capable of doing compost right now.” Some see that as an opportunity. University of Vermont senior CJ Kimbell started picking up compost from a handful of residences last October. He used

a friend’s Jeep to ferry food scraps to Chittenden Solid Waste District’s composting facility in Williston, and has since upgraded to a pickup truck. Now a certified CSWD hauler, Kimbell relies solely on word-of-mouth referrals; he currently has 30 residential customers who each pay $10 a month for weekly pickup. He’s already thinking about ways to grow and diversify the business. Longterm, he’s interested in building anaerobic digesters, which can turn food waste into energy. In the short term, he’s considering adding a CSA delivery option to the same people from whom he and his partner pick K elly up compost — in other words, providing food, then picking up the food scraps later. With its phased-in deadlines, Act 148 is designed to let existing trash-hauling businesses adjust and make necessary investments in infrastructure — while encouraging start-ups like Kimbell’s to fill in the gaps. Josh Kelly, an environmental analyst with the state’s solid waste management program, suggests state grants to would-be composters, who need technical assistance or expertise to get their operations up and running. He said the new law comes at just the

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right time. “It seemed timely to really act in a big way,” Kelly said. “This is the future of solid waste.” The “future” of solid waste is already here — at least in some spots around the country. Seattle, San Francisco and Portland all have bans on food scraps in landfills; New York City is moving in that direction, too. Other states have also enacted partial bans on food waste, though none has been as aggressive as Vermont. Numerous Vermont businesses and restaurants already separate food waste from their trash, some of which ends up feeding local livestock. University of Vermont is one example: It has been diverting food waste for decades, and in recent years expanded food collection from the dining halls to its offices and other buildings. Every week, UVM keeps an average 9.5 tons of food scraps out of Vermont’s sole landfill. The university’s experience is instructive for other large organizations now facing the Act 148 requirements. “Lately we’ve been getting a lot of phone calls,” said Erica Spiegel, UVM’s solid waste manager. Who is calling on UVM for guidance? Among others, the Vermont National Guard. “They’re saying, ‘Hey, we have to do this thing. How are you doing it?’” In most venues, organic material still


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material that could be composted. That’s a lot of orange peels and onion skins. Why compost? First, the state’s only operating landfill is located in Coventry, in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom, 55 miles from downtown Burlington; instead of taking up precious space in a rapidly filling dump, Vermont’s organic material could be diverted from the waste

stream and composted much closer to home, whether you live in the Queen City, Montpelier, Rutland — pretty much anywhere except Newport. “We’re trucking trash to Coventry that doesn’t need to go there,” said Michele Morris, the business outreach coordinator at CSWD — specifically, 89,700 tons in fiscal year 2013, of which more than 28,000 tons could have been diverted to


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makes up a large portion of what goes into the average trash can. When the CSWD conducted an analysis of the area’s “municipal solid waste” — that is, garbage from residences and businesses — it found that only 40 percent of it belonged in a landfill. More than a quarter of what residents and businesses throw away could be recycled, and nearly a third — 32 percent — is biodegradable organic

a compost facility, such as CSWD’s in Williston. When food scraps do end up in the landfill, they decompose slower than they do in a compost pile. They also produce more methane — a greenhouse-gas component — as they break down. Plus, it’s a wasted opportunity. As Joe Fusco, a vice president at Casella Waste Systems, puts it: “Is there something in there that has a higher and better use than just sitting in a landfill?” Casella is using a methane digester to turn food waste into energy as part of an experiment in Massachusetts. But the simpler use is the most obvious one: as a soil amendment. To that end, three years ago, CSWD started operating Green Mountain Compost in Williston, where food scraps are transformed into dark, rich compost over the course of seven to 12 months. The facility suffered a nearly $1 million setback the following year, when its product was contaminated with herbicide and withered vegetable gardens all over Chittenden County. Last week, operations at the compost facility were back to normal; more careful collection policies, coupled with stringent testing, are designed to keep the problematic herbicides at bay. There was an earthy smell in the air at the facility, but no unpleasant odor.


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e’re living in a data-rich world. Many of the devices and tools we use daily collect information about us — think smartphones, Fitbits and web browsers. And we’re sharing our data with each other at an unprecedented rate. Twitter users alone generate more than 50 million tweets per day. This information explosion — aka Big Data — is creating all kinds of new opportunities to study and predict behavior, and the University of Vermont is taking advantage of them. That was one takeaway from “Prediction: The Next Big Thing,” an event last Monday at UVM’s Davis Center that investigated prediction science in the age of Big Data. The conference drew about 250 students, faculty and community members curious about how researchers are putting this new wealth of data to use. The presentations and projects spanned a dizzying array of fields — from biology to social science, natural resources to robotics. Three hours was barely enough time to digest even a few of the big ideas on display. “Only one university is approaching Big Data the way we are,” Provost David Rosowsky said when he addressed the crowd in the Grand Maple Ballroom. UVM, he boasted, is “at the forefront” of this new field. “Big Data is the big buzz.” Rosowsky was talking, in part, about the school’s Complex Systems Center, which hosted the event. Established in 2009, the interdisciplinary program aims to study the patterns common to complex systems, be they physical, biological, social or synthetic. Courses include “Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems,” “Evolutionary Robotics” and “Thermal and Statistical Physics.” The center’s “roboctopus” logo depicts an octopus wearing a robot suit. Its tentacles have a remarkable reach. MIT Media Lab director  César A. Hidalgo was among the presenters, along with Neil Johnson, a physicist from the University of Miami. Johnson spoke about his work predicting social unrest using Facebook. During the symposium’s self-guided “poster session,” sort of like an elaborate science fair, I wandered into the Livak Ballroom to peruse some of the dozens of student projects on display. There I met Alex Berger, who created a website

Grad student Oliver Bates explains his research to entrepreneur Uwe Heiss

that can predict how much money you for their answers to a series of questions, such as “What is your net worth?” and have in your bank account. At first glance, Berger’s senior proj- “How many years have you been saving ect, called “Using Crowdsourcing to for retirement?” Participants were also able to add Discover Correlational Relationships,” was nearly impenetrable to this English questions to the survey that they thought might help him make major. But after several minutes of rapidthe bank-account prediction more acfire questioning, I curate; one helpful was able to grasp D av id R osow s k y participant contribwhat he was telling uted 34 additional me. The computer science and informa- questions. This crowd-sourced data tion systems major set out to build a helped him refine his survey. Every hour web platform that can help researchers during the monthlong experiment, his identify variables with a strong correla- site retrieved and analyzed the data and tion to their object of interest. To test generated a new equation that predicted it, he invited people to use his website the respondent’s answer to the bank- acto complete a personal savings research count question. The site’s predictions survey. It started by asking them to became increasingly accurate over time. According to Berger’s adviser, reveal how much they money they had in their bank accounts. Then he asked Complex Systems Center associate

Big Data is the big buzz.

director Josh Bongard, more than 3,000 people participated in Berger’s project. Analyzing their responses allowed the undergrad to determine all sorts of things, from which questions correlate most closely to the bank-account answer to how many questions people were likely to contribute. Berger is a fan of crowdsourcing. He noted its crime-fighting potential — crowd-sourced intelligence gathering helped police find the Boston Marathon bombers — and he mentioned the success of Wikipedia, the web’s crowdsourced encyclopedia. Why did he choose the bank-account question? “It’s numerical,” he explained, which makes the data easier to analyze. And, he said, it’s something people usually know. He ran another experiment asking how much energy people use, and discovered that the most likely

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predictors of energy use are factors such as how many bedrooms people have and how often they do laundry. It’s not hard to see how this survey tool could be useful for researchers, policymakers and corporations, such as his future employer; after graduation, Berger is taking a job as a software developer for J.P. Morgan. Berger’s project poster board was set up next to one describing cardiac arrhythmia as an example of disease in a complex system. As I spoke with Berger, PhD student Oliver Bates was explaining his project to Uwe Heiss, a health care entrepreneur about to launch a new start-up called Zeebo. Not everyone in the room was an established or budding scientist or businessperson. Before I returned to the other ballroom for the second round of presentations, I ran into Bronwen Hudson, ’14 — I stopped to talk with her because I overheard her say, “All of these people are so cool!” Hudson, a pink-haired, Europeanstudies major who’s double minoring in English and Latin, is not part of the Complex Systems Center. But she’s a fan: Her honors thesis, “Poetry as a Complex System,” draws parallels between poetry and mathematics. “I’ve had a crush on theoretical mathematics since early high school,” she admitted. Hudson, whose parents live in Williston, plans to move to New Zealand after graduation. She’s on the hunt for a graduate program in “digital humanities.” “It’s like library science on steroids,” she explained. Soon she may be able to pursue a graduate degree in complex systems at UVM. After the conference was over, Complex Systems Center director Peter Dodds told me that the university is developing a PhD-level program in computational science. “We’re trying to train people to be able to do the technical things,” he said. “There are lots of places that need people who are great with data.” 

Commercial haulers pay $40 a ton to dispose of food scraps at the site, about a third of what they fork over for trash; it’s free for residential customers to dispose of organic waste at the site. There’s also no charge for leaf and yard debris, which are important sources of carbon in the composting process. But in addition to the heaps of compost there are piles of contaminants — Gatorade bottles, plastic wrappers, utensils. Even the stickers on produce are a problem. It takes a multipart sifting process to separate the compostable stuff from the trash. Teaching Vermonters how to do that triage themselves will likely be at least as challenging as building the infrastructure to deal with the result. Composting isn’t difficult, said Steve Polewacyk, the owner at Vermont Pub & Brewery — but it does require thinking differently about an act as simple as tossing something in the trash. Polewacyk said his restaurant started separating at least some food scraps around four years ago. But when CSWD approached the restaurant about ramping up composting earlier this year, Polewacyk and his employees were floored to realize just how much more they could keep out of the landfill. In addition to food scraps generated by the prep cooks every morning, servers and cooks at the Brewery compost napkins, beverage coasters, toothpicks — “I can’t even think of all the stuff,” said Polewacyk, rattling down the list. Ramping up composting efforts meant working with suppliers to ensure that all of those napkins and coasters were biodegradable. Some of those materials cost more, but the restaurant is saving money on its trash bill. “It’s all a wash,” said Polewacyk. “We’re at break even, and … we’re doing the right thing.” And they’re doing it before they have to; given the amount of waste VPB generates each year — an estimated 50 tons — it would have until 2016 to start diverting all of the restaurant’s food waste. “I don’t mean to be melodramatic about it,” said Polewacyk, “but we all have to be doing this kind of stuff.”  Contact:

Feedback « p.7 you get consistent quality of food and service. I guess I can’t fault NECI, however, since they try to buy local ingredients. Oh, wait a minute. Yes, I can, because the aforementioned businesses do buy local ingredients. And their employees aren’t paying $30,000 a year to work there. They are, in fact, being paid to work there. Go figure. 
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Kisonak Called It

I am writing to thank Rick Kisonak for his review of The Guard Bernie’s Big a few years ago [Movie Mistake Review, August 31, 2011]. I think Bernie has a lot of It came and went from the nerve considering a run for theaters in a flash, and I’ve the presidency no only seen it listed once matter what banner on cable. But he runs under his glow[“Bernie’s Big ing review Dilemma: A of Brendan Dem or an Gleeson’s Indie Run?” superb acting April 16]. He prompted me castigated to buy the disk, file: marc nadel Ralph Nader for and I finally got having the temerity to to watch it last run instead of backing the man and night. All I can say is, wow! Rick was joining him as a possible running mate. exactly right; this is Mr. Gleeson’s finest Now we’re supposed to applaud his use- role. I’m so glad I got to see it. less gesture. He won’t do anything as an Harry Goldhagen independent and he damned sure won’t East Fairfield win the Democratic nomination. Lots of sound and fury signifying nothing. Thanks for nothing, Bernie. Back to the Drawing Board James Hudson The Development Review Board is to be applauded for its decision to withhold Glover approval of the proposed building on St. Paul Street to house Champlain College Here’s to “Gene-sewer” students [“Building Momentum,” April and “Nagasaki” 16]. The King Street neighborhood is a Thank you, Dan Bolles. You nailed it ex- classic socio-economic American meltactly [“Craft Versus Crap Beers,” April ing pot. Residents representing a wide 23]! 
While I generally and whole- diversity of age, income and ethnicity heartedly support and drink (and now live side by side in an atmosphere of home brew) so-called “craft” beer, I civic health and harmony. do slip to the dark side of the corpoThe introduction of a massive buildrate evil product, Miller Lite. I can’t ing designated to accommodate over help myself; I was raised on the stuff. 400 students with its narrow demoWell, not exactly “raised” — more like graphic and transient population would pickled in its formaldehyde smooth- overwhelm and destabilize the area. If ness. And not just on Miller. While at student housing is built in this location, college in New York in the early ’80s, the scale and design should blend in I was introduced to Genesee —  or Middlesex

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“Gene-sewer,” as we called it — and the formerly putrid versions of Pabst and Narragansett —  or “Nagasaki,” if you prefer the not-so-PC name we called it. Fortunately for those last two beers, craft brewing has benefited them by actually allowing them to return to their origins recipe-wise —  and not paying the loyalty penalty that the corporate big three imagine might happen to them if they actually returned to brewing a product that doesn’t smell like skunk piss in temperatures over 37 degrees.


Something Fishy

[Re “Why a State Obsessed with ‘Local’ Doesn’t Eat Vermont Fish” April 23]: Eat More Lamprey. Rachael Serena Young Montpelier

Grateful to Guernsey

[Re “Bethel Historical Society Publishes a Book on Important, but Nearly Forgotten, Vermont Architect,” April 16]: When we purchased our home on Guernsey Avenue in Montpelier 20plus years ago, we were told that the street was not named after a cow, but a local architect. We were also told of one of his creations around the corner at Hubbard and Barre streets, which at the time was a senior residence and is now a medical office/apartment building. Amy Lilly’s piece on George H. Guernsey certainly opened my eyes to his prolific creativity throughout the state, including the aforementioned building with its evidently typical round tower. I was particularly intrigued by the fact that he was self-taught —  experiential learning at its best. Kenneth A. Saxe Montpelier

Teachable Moment?

It is understandable that the House Education Committee would find the current  school governance system unwieldy [“Lawmakers Consider Historic Overhaul of Vermont’s Education System,” April 2]. However, there may be ways — other than the elimination of local school boards — that could achieve the advantages of centralization. For example, one of the most timeconsuming tasks for school boards

—  and teachers —  is negotiating contracts. It would be worth  considering changing to negotiating a statewide teachers contract as is now done for state  employees. It could have provisions for  regions of the state that have differing economic circumstances, such as Chittenden County compared to the Northeast Kingdom.   Many other regulations could be adopted on a statewide level, lessening the time boards and superintendents spend on what is often a repetitive process. At the same time, it would be worth considering  giving more instead of less  authority to local school boards and principals. One of the  biggest changes I have noticed while working the last  31 years as facilities manager of the Newton Elementary School is the improved quality of administrative staff. Vermont schools by and large have well-paid,  highly qualified principals and strong administrative staffs. Superintendents should not  have to go to all school board meetings, and by decentralizing some control and responsibility we could manage with far fewer superintendents than  we now have in the state.  Finally, keeping local school boards is vitally important to having a community invested in its schools. School board members not only get an  important learning experience themselves in how to meet the challenges of providing education for our children, but can also explain issues and listen to their neighbors. Local school boards have been an effective way of providing educational opportunities for Vermont children, and major  changes in local governance need to be thoughtfully considered. We should be careful that in the interest of possible efficiency we do not lose an important part of what makes Vermont and education in Vermont special.  John Freitag

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by Anne MacLennan Perkins, her sister; Dominika Perkins, her niece; and Donald Perkins, her brother-in-law of Nantucket. The Libraries are establishing a fund to further Birdie’s work preserving Vermont’s newspapers and will create a local digital collection in her name. Checks may be made payable to the UVM Foundation and directed to the UVM Libraries, in honor of Birdie MacLennan (The University of Vermont Foundation, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401). A Celebration of Birdie’s life will be held at 11 a.m. at the Billings Library on Sunday, May 4, 2014, followed by a reception at the Ice House.

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1928-2014, BURLINGTON Yvonne Lillian (Pratt) Blondin, 85, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 24, 2014, with her loving family by her side. Yvonne was born August 30, 1928, in Winooski, the daughter of Leo and Isabelle Pratt. She was married to Robert Blondin on November 4, 1950, in Winooski. As a young adult she was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. During her children’s school years she was very active in the PTA and was the president of the Women’s Auxiliary of VFW. She owned her own business as a survey consultant. Yvonne was a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church and enjoyed giving religious instruction to young children for many years. A loving and devoted wife and mother to her six children, she was an outstanding homemaker and always loved to have her home filled with family and friends. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Bob; her children: Steve, Dawn Bain and husband Bob, Mark and wife Donna, Marnie Marrier and husband John, Kevin, and Dana and wife Madonna; her grandchildren: Whitney, Samantha, Derek, Scott, Judi, Danielle, Megan and Amanda; her great grandchildren Riley and Cameron; her three sisters Clair Prim, Theresa Kellogg and Jeanette French; extended family; and countless friends. She was predeceased by her sister Lucille Dunphy, her brother Francis Pratt and her grandson Eric Marrier. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Our Lady of Grace Church in Colchester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Yvonne’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at  Arrangements are under the care of LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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R. Birdie MacLennan of Winooski, age 57, died after a brief illness on March 10, 2014. Birdie began working in the University of Vermont’s Libraries’ Cataloging Department in 1990, after working at Harvard University and Merrimack College and receiving a master of library sciences from Simmons College. Since 2008, she served as director of the UVM Libraries’ Resource Description and Analysis Services Department. Her service to the library profession resulted in widespread recognition from her peers around the world. She was also an active member of the UVM faculty, with many years of service on the Faculty Senate’s Professional Standards Committee. In 2005 she received a master of arts in French from UVM; these studies greatly informed her teaching and scholarship. She was the libraries’ subject liaison to the Romance Languages Department, where her growing proficiencies in French and Italian benefited faculty and students and satisfied her deep intellectual curiosity. Birdie was an accomplished and internationally recognized scholar, with particularly strong ties to Québec. Her in-depth research on the Grande Bibliothèque of Québec resulted in published works on libraries and cultural identity. She was an active member of the Burlington Italian Club and the Alliance Française Lake Champlain Region Chapter. Birdie leaves behind a powerful and passionate legacy as a steward of Vermont history. Through projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she helped to ensure preservation copies and digital access for Vermont’s historic newspapers. Most recently, she served as project director and principal investigator for the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, securing multiple rounds of funding and overseeing the creation of 250,000 pages of digital content, much of which is now available on the Library of Congress Chronicling America website. Birdie was a devoted colleague and mentor, dedicated to serving students, faculty, staff and librarians-in-training. She was compassionate, generous and supportive to all who knew her.  She will be profoundly missed in the faculty and staff of the university libraries and as a valuable faculty member at the University of Vermont. Birdie is survived

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stateof thearts Relocated Identities: Vermont Folklife Center and Filmmaker Mira Niagolova Portray ‘New Neighbors’ B y E than de S e i fe 04.30.14-05.07.14 SEVEN DAYS

FILM Nuance is what cultures are,

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filmmaking classes at Champlain College, is herself a relatively new arrival to the U.S. Originally from Bulgaria, she moved to Montréal in the early 1990s to work with the National Film Board of Canada. She came to Vermont in 2000, and for six years was the executive director of the Vermont International Film Festival. The film has been a long time coming, and Niagolova seems both pleased and relieved to have seen it through. She’s been working on Welcome to Vermont since 2009 (it has screened, in various degrees of completion, at both VTIFF and the Green Mountain Film Festival), though it didn’t start as a stand-alone piece. The film had its genesis as a section of Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, Nora Jacobson’s nine-hour, multidirector documentary. Niagolova’s

section concerned refugees in Vermont, and she found the topic so compelling as to merit further exploration. “My idea from the very beginning,” she says, “was to show several refugees from different backgrounds, different demographics and ages, and see how their adaptations differed from one another. They’re not this homogeneous ‘other.’ For me, it was important to give nuances, because nuance is what cultures are, and nuances are what refugees need the most help with.” A truly independent project, Welcome to Vermont was produced, written, directed, co-shot and coedited by Niagolova. Her next step is to arrange for its distribution — no easy task for an educational doc in a tough exhibition market. But Niagolova intends to put

in the time required to show the film more widely, even if that means selfdistribution. She’ll screen it a few times during an upcoming trip to Europe, and in Canada in the fall. Niagolova remains in touch with many of her film’s subjects; in fact, she’s one of them. In a brief prologue, the director pores over the works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian novelist and political activist who moved to Cavendish, Vt., after his 1974 exile from Russia. Though she considered interweaving the film’s four stories, Niagolova ultimately decided on a more straightforward, four-part structure, in which each story maintains its own integrity. This lends itself more readily to the classroom discussions for which the film is partly intended.

Quarry Man One of the first observations that Vermont Stage Company audiences surely make when the lights come up on The Quarry is that there’s a guy onstage seated at a quiltwrapped piano. That’s Randal Pierce, and his job is to play interludes and accompaniments to the scenes unfolding onstage. Pierce, 31, is the brother of playwright Greg Pierce. The music has been part of The Quarry as long as the characters have — in fact, since before the story was developed. “When [The Quarry] originally started, it was going to be a night of short scenes that were just loosely tied together,” Randal Pierce says. “We started with some basic characters and some basic musical themes that represent them.”

The play that evolved and is currently being staged by VSC, directed by Cristina Alicea, is an unconventional production, told mostly in monologue. Set in a fictional small Vermont town, it follows a range of characters as they delve into a secret at the town’s quarry. (See page 38 for Alex Brown’s review.) Pierce’s live music weaves itself into each sequence. A musical theme, Pierce says, is “an emotion that [the music] evokes that feels tied to a character, or it might be a genre or a style of music that would come from the culture of a certain character.” Pierce’s first love was piano, though he also plays the accordion and cycled through percussion instruments in high school. He cites his uncle, David

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Hyde Pierce (an actor best known for his role as Niles Crane on the popular ’90s sitcom “Frasier”), as an early influence on his piano playing. The

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ermont isn’t quite a melting pot, but its cultural and ethnic profile has significantly broadened in recent decades, particularly in the Burlington area. The efforts of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program have ensured that the state is no longer just a reflection of its license plates: green and white. Many of the refugees, or so-called New Americans, hail from places that are utterly unlike Vermont, and not just with regard to weather and terrain. A new resident might at first be flummoxed by Vermont’s cold and snow, but the more challenging obstacles to assimilation are linguistic, social and cultural. Film director Mira Niagolova crafted her documentary Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity from a quartet of vignettes, each of which focuses on former residents of Rwanda, Bosnia, Iraq or Somalia. Though that list of nations could hardly be more diverse, their former citizens’ stories have, as Welcome to Vermont shows, a great deal in common. “It was so universal: the sense of displacement, the sense of dislocation,” says Niagolova in a recent conversation with Seven Days. “But,” she adds, “we are all, in a way, dislocated individuals. [In making this film,] I started understanding more what it meant to be American, and I started liking it more.” Niagolova, who also teaches

brothers were raised — yes, near a quarry — in Shelburne; Randal now resides in Burlington, while Greg lives and works in New York. After graduating from Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Randal Pierce spent a year at Oberlin College in Ohio, but soon transferred to McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montréal. He says trying to evolve as a musician in Oberlin’s rural setting was “challenging”; Montréal offered a richer scene. Pierce considers himself more of a performer than a composer, but The Quarry is not the first piece he’s composed for the stage. He’s been the musical director for Spielpalast Cabaret since returning to Burlington in 2009 and has composed for Trish Denton’s 2012 show Orkestriska’s Box as well

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when it needs to be more structured for the actors.” Though Pierce doesn’t speak any lines, he responds to the scenes in real time, picking up on stage cues and adjusting the tempo and rhythm of the music according to how the scenes unfold. “Being located somewhat centrally on stage … does make it feel like music’s a character,” he says.

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as for locally made films. (Pierce currently runs a studio in Burlington’s South End, where he teaches private lessons in piano, accordion and music theory.) None of the music in The Quarry is improvised, though many segments were composed on the fly during the rehearsal process, or adjusted to suit an actor’s take on a scene. “There were a lot of times when an idea I’d had was just totally scrapped,” Pierce says. “We’d know, just hearing what the actors were doing, that it wasn’t going to cut it — and that had to do with the pace their dialogue needed to go, and the music being busy or in the way rather than augmenting [the performance].” He adds: “There are times when the music can be more loose and

The film’s standout segment may be Choose from the its final one, which focuses on photograbotanical collection pher Jean luC DuShime, whose relocation of Michael Michaud to Vermont was an indirect result of the or any one of our ethnic violence in Rwanda in the 1990s. other talented Dushime is pleased with how he and his designers. story are represented in the film, even as he acknowledges that it’s “an incomplete Anything picture.” He finds that the term “refugee” from Marilyn’s carries negative connotations; nor is he is loved forever. content with “New American,” since, by Free gift now, he’s been in Vermont for 10 years. wrapping! The film ends with Dushime moving to California; he has since returned to Vermont. Why did he come back? “I needed to take off to choose to come back,” he explains. “I never really asked astonishing jewelry • sumptuous clothing • luxurious accessories to come to Vermont … It’s a very nice thing to have the capacity to choose to leave somewhere. It’s something I’d Jacob and Kristin Albee never really experienced.” . 802-540-0401 Such complex realities of “relocated Sun 12-5, Sat 10-6, 41 Maple Street, Burlington, VT identity” are ultimately what Welcome Mon & Tues 10-6 Wed-Fri 10-7 Studio Hours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to Vermont is about. Says Niagolova, 658-4050 • 115 college st, burlington “It’s not a film about politics. It’s not a scholarly work. It’s a film made for ordinary people with the hope that they will 8v-JacobAlbee043014.indd 1 4/28/14 8v-marilyns043014.indd 4:29 PM 1 4/28/14 1:45 PM dig deeper … and understand better. I wanted to show human stories.” m

Many screenings of the film precede panel discussions on the subjects of immigration and resettlement; sometimes the film’s subjects take part. The next public screening in Vermont is at Vermont Technical College this Friday, May 2, as part of the daylong New Neighbors Project workshop conducted by the Vermont FolkliFe Center. The Middlebury-based organization is devoted to the recognition and preservation of the traditions of Vermonters of all stripes, and has supported Welcome to Vermont in other ways. In collaboration with VFC, Niagolova has developed a study guide to accompany the film; it’s available in print and embedded on the DVD release. GreG Sharrow, codirector and director of education at VFC, says, “The simplest way to talk about our objective is aiding people in becoming visible to one another.” In this regard, Niagolova’s film was in sync with the center’s goals. He adds, “[Welcome to Vermont] is personal, intimate and all about the bottom-line deal for us, which is our common humanity.” The doc does indeed portray new Vermonters in a humanistic light, as they find room for old customs in new settings. Niagolova explores, in a nondidactic manner, such issues as linguistic difficulties in the workplace and the different rates of assimilation within families’ multiple generations.

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n 1971, a group of athletes with no prior dance experience launched the now-acclaimed modern dance company Pilobolus on the grassy, manicured fields of Dartmouth College. Inspired by a single class taught by dancer Alison Chase (who, a few years later, became one of Pilobolus’ members along with Robby Barnett, Martha Clarke, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton, Michael Tracy and Jonathan Wolken), Holiday Inn the group began freeform experimen1068 Williston Rd tation with acrobatics, contortion and modern dance. From the outset, the group aimed to push through the body’s 12v-JoAnns-colgs043014.indd 1 4/28/14 10:52 AM perceived limits in form, balance and movement. What began as playful collaboration grew to be one of the most influential dance companies in the world. “We were an organism in a bubble that didn’t know what kind of sensors it had, that didn’t know what its final mission would be,” says Tracy in Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty, a 2011 documentary tribute to the company by Dartmouth A NEW BEAUTY professor Jeffrey Ruoff. “We didn’t know EXPERIENCE AWAITS Find beauty of greater depth and artistry at what our viability would be, if we’d surour new Aveda Concept Salon vive for a year or 40 years.” Ruoff ’s documentary interviews several of Pilobolus’ founding members, and follows the current members of the 1 0 9 W I N O O S K I FAL L S WAY SA LO N S A L O N W I N O O S K I.COM | 6 5 4 .7 4 0 0 company through rehearsals and a 40th SA LO N S A L O N W I N O O SKI@ GM AIL .COM anniversary performance at Dartmouth. Archival footage of the company’s early work is woven throughout; when Wolken passed away during filming, Visit the Men’s Room when in Burlington Ruoff was there to capture the grieving. What audiences of Ruoff ’s film won’t Lost Nation Theater see are the deeper cracks: namely, the 6h-mens042314.indd 1 4/17/14 2:44 PM personality disputes that occasionally led to ruptures in the company, and the circumstance of Chase’s 2006 departure. Still Moving is unabashedly a tribute. The 40-minute film will be screened on Thursday, May 1, at Main Street Landing in Burlington to benefit AWARENESS THEATER, a local performance company that includes members with disabilities. A discussion with the filmmakers and VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM executive director ORLY YADIN folthe lows the screening. The following day, JASON ROBERT May 2, Pilobolus performs at the FLYNN B ROWN’S MAINSTAGE. Now in its 43rd year, Pilobolus continues to earn praise for its signature mix of “dance-athletics,” which was award winning musical asks will love last? critically acclaimed from the start: At its first New York performance in 1971, 229-0492 the New York Times wrote that Pilobolus one of the Best Theaters in America - nyc drama League dancers “displayed amazing physical 24 STATE OF THE ARTS








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fearlessness, humor, inventiveness and unselfconsciousness.” When the troupe made its 1977 Broadway debut, the New Yorker called its members “six of the most extraordinary people now performing.” Pilobolus’ dancers and choreographers — many members of the company did both — also branched into slapstick physical comedy and mime, incorporating performance styles into their pieces that were unconventional even by the fluid standards of modern dance. The company also enthusiastically utilized experimental lighting and sound. Its dancers continue to choreograph an average of two additional pieces per year, producing a repertory of more than 100 pieces. Critics have routinely noted that Pilobolus performances defied characterization, a phenomenon the company’s founding members chalk up to their inexperienced roots. “We didn’t really know what dance was, so there was no ideal form we were trying to approach,” notes Barnett in the film. “…I don’t think we know anything about modern dance. I mean, we call ourselves a modern dance company for want of anything better.” Yet some patterns inevitably emerged. Pilobolus’ imagery is frequently inspired by biology, from bare-breasted women to molecular cells; performing in the nude is commonplace; and compositions often rely heavily on pairs and group compositions, with bodies writhing and

intertwining to create breathtaking tableaux, in which it’s often difficult to identify which limb belongs to which dancer. In Still Moving, Pilobolus members maintain that even those signatures evolved organically: their style of partnering, for example, kept cropping up because their inexperienced founding members couldn’t bear to be onstage solo. Famously — and, it seemed, incongruously — the young dancers named their troupe for a phototropic fungus that thrives in feces and “propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength,” as the company’s website puts it. But as Ruoff aptly shows in Still Moving, using footage of microscopic pilobolus spores wriggling determinedly toward the light, there’s a quality to a Pilobolus dance that jives with that name. There’s something innately biological about Pilobolus’ style — something innately alive, though perhaps not entirely human. In many ways, Pilobolus the company has stayed true to its roots. The heart of the organization remains a tightknit company of “dancer-athletes” and composers, who have mostly kept the composition of the original company intact over the years: four male bodies, two female. (As the film demonstrates, any outgoing member of the company diligently trains a replacement to keep the knowledge of the company’s older pieces alive.) Though the company travels



SHORT TAKES ON FILM Native Vermonter Zachary Donohue is getting buzz among fright fans for his new horror flick The Den, released theatrically by IFC Midnight in March and currently available on video on demand. “A Rear Window for the Internet generation, The Den is a horror film that manages to find a clever new way to employ the increasingly tired found-footage format,” wrote Frank Scheck in the Hollywood Reporter. Using the sole medium of webcam footage, the movie tells the story of a researcher who witnesses a brutal murder on a chat site and soon finds her own life in danger. Now based in LA, Donohue spent his early years in Addison County. The graduate of New York University’s film school isn’t the only filmmaker in his family. His dad, DAVE DONOHUE of South Burlington, has been making shorts under the rubric of RA FILMS for decades, in some of which a young Zachary appeared. Dave also publishes Vermont and Adirondack authors through RA PRESS. The elder Donohue writes by email that seeing his son’s flick premiere at New York’s IFC Center was “one of those bucket list weekends.” You can currently catch The Den on iTunes, Amazon Instant and other VOD outlets.

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frequently, Pilobolus’ home base remains in Washington Depot, a rural town in Litchfield County, Conn., where its founding members moved after their college years. They lived in a creative, collaborative environment “essentially as a kind of collective,” says Itamar Kubovy, who became Pilobolus’ first executive director in 2004, in the film. “Except instead of living on an organic farm, they made dances.” It has also branched into educational programs in schools, hospitals, youth centers and more. Workshops are taught by company members who use Pilobolus’ collaborative choreography process to create movement pieces with untrained dancers — as were the company’s founders who, 40 years later in Still Moving, still appear to be driven by little more than the adrenaline spike of norms-defying movement, and a desire to keep living in the “bubble” they made for themselves through dance. As founding member Wolken told the Monterey County Herald in 2009, a year before his death, “We created a circus and then ran off and joined it.” 



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have adequate equipment for washing and sterilizing dishes.  Four days out, a dysentery epidemic began, and the Argentina descended into chaos. The port physician who inspected the vessel on its arrival in Glasgow described a hellish scene. Stoves, tables and nominally clean utensils were covered with rotting crud. Garbage was strewn everywhere and piled two or three inches deep around the filthy, overflowing trash cans. Troop quarters stank of vomit and diarrhea. “The latrines themselves were beyond description,” the doctor wrote. “I can truly say I have never seen a United States transport in such deplorable sanitary condition.” OK, exceptional case, thank God. Only a handful of other major dysentery outbreaks aboard U.S. naval vessels were reported during World War II. In fact, despite the scale and

duration of the conflict, the overall incidence of disease in the U.S. military during the war was remarkably low. Low compared to what? Why, all previous U.S. wars. World War II was the first armed conflict in U.S. history where deaths of military personnel in combat exceeded deaths due to disease. I make a point of this, Shelly, because you seem to think the Navy kept you and your fellow sailors out of sick bay with pixie dust. Not so — or anyway not entirely. Sure, antibiotics and vaccination helped enormously. But an equally important factor was the brass finally getting it through their heads to embrace basic principles of public health: Avoid contaminated food. Dispose of garbage. Keep the toilets clean. Some statistics, drawn from Two Faces of Death: Fatalities from Disease and Combat in America’s Principal Wars, 1775 to Present, a 2008 paper by Vincent Cirillo: • Revolutionary War. Disease deaths: 18,500. Combat

history — today the Navy is the picture of healthy living. I call your attention to a medical journal article titled “Epidemic Infectious Gastrointestinal Illness Aboard U.S. Navy Ships Deployed to the Middle East During Peacetime Operations — 2000-2001.” From this we learn as follows: • During the two-year survey period, researchers identified 11 outbreaks of infectious gastrointestinal disease (IGI) on 10 U.S. Navy vessels. “Our analyses indicate that IGI outbreaks are common occurrences aboard U.S. Navy ships in [the Persian Gulf],” they write. The most frequently encountered IGI: norovirus. • The overall incidence of IGI on the naval vessels studied was 33 outbreaks per 1,000 ship-weeks. • During roughly the same era, IGI incidence on the cruise ships you speak of so disparagingly was about four outbreaks per 1,000 ship-weeks. In other words, Mr. Not-No-Norovirus-inMy-Navy, outbreaks of this icky condition on U.S. naval vessels (and having suffered through a bout of norovirus myself, I can testify that IGIs don’t get much ickier) were about seven times worse.



ny naval vessel? That gives us a lot of leeway, Shelly. Assuming you’ll also permit a little latitude in terms of gastrointestinal diagnosis, I give you the troop transport Argentina, which sailed from New York to Glasgow in the summer of 1943. Doctors never determined exactly what got into the men who embarked on that unfortunate voyage, but whatever it was, it lost no time getting out. Of more than 6,100 sailors and soldiers aboard, 3,000 reported sick with the trots (i.e., dysentery) and one died. Despite the lack of a definite ID, the conditions that enabled the bug to flourish were obvious. The ship was severely overcrowded and lacked adequate toilets, showers and bunk space — the men had to sleep in shifts. The galleys and mess areas were in constant use and didn’t


Just read of yet another cruise liner affected by norovirus. I served in the U.S. Navy for four years, crammed cheek to jowl with 3,000 other sailors, and we never once had any such problems. I never heard of any other naval vessels so afflicted, either. What’s the straight dope, Cecil? Does the Navy add some secret antiviral element to their coffee, or are those seagoing civilians just a bunch of pantywaists? Is there any record of any naval vessel being afflicted by norovirus? A Cheshire County Shellback

deaths: 7,200. Ratio of disease to combat deaths: 2.6:1. Germs arguably were a factor in changing the course of U.S. history — the American invasion of Canada in 1775 was foiled by a smallpox outbreak.  • War of 1812. Disease deaths: 17,000. Combat deaths: 2,300. Ratio: 7.5:1, the worst ever for the U.S.  • Civil War. Disease deaths: 225,000. Combat deaths: 110,000. Ratio: 2:1. The ratio was low for the era — not because sanitation measures were particularly good but because battlefield slaughter was particularly bad.  • World War I. Disease deaths: 57,000. Combat deaths: 50,000. Ratio: 1.1:1. • World War II. Disease deaths: 15,000. Combat deaths: 230,000. Ratio: 0.06:1. The tide turns. Indeed, since then, U.S. military disease deaths in wartime have been minimal. That’s not to say there’s been no disease. Malaria was a major problem in Vietnam that was brought under control only after rigorous efforts to protect the troops from mosquitoes. Which brings us back to the present, the U.S. Navy and norovirus. Possibly up to this point you’ve been thinking: Never mind the ancient

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Left: Smackdown winners Jozef Harrewyn and Alyssa Tourville of Chef’s Corner Below: Tourville’s winning creation, Tropical Napoleon

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ermont Restaurant Week kicked off on Friday and runs through Sunday, May 4. Just in time, close to 400 attendees and a panel of expert judges selected the event’s third annual Signature Sweet Thursday night at Higher Ground. The 10 contestants were handpicked by the Seven Days food team, but voting was up to the guests — each of whom was given three gold tokens with which to cast his or her votes — and the judges. Audience votes counted for 50 percent of the final score for each pastry chef. With a $5 donation to Restaurant Week beneficiary Vermont Foodbank, guests could buy three more tokens to bolster votes for their favorites. The other half of the voting power belonged to the judges: New England Culinary Institute executive chef and COO Jean-Louis Gerin; Andrew Silva, a founding co-owner of Burlington’s Mirabelles; and Lyric Theatre Company’s executive director, Syndi Zook.

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Madeleine’s Bakery, Milton

After guests registered, they were met by two rows of five tables each. For most, the first stop was Madeleine’s Bakery of Milton, a favorite in the Seven Days office. Owner Erika LeBlanc presented “Madeleine’s Magic Mushrooms,” cake pops with a pretzel-stick handle. The mushroom-shaped body of each pop consisted of chocolate cake filled with peanut butter meringue, then enrobed in a chocolate shell and drizzled with peanut butter.

Strawberry-almond tiramisu Dolce VT, Burlington

Stefano Cicirello of Dolce VT was Sweet Start’s first food-truck representative. The highly concentrated almond cream in his strawberry-and-almond tiramisu packed one of the night’s biggest flavor punches. The secret weapon of the smooth, creamy small bite was the crunchy shower of perfectly toasted almonds.

Caramel apple cookie

Vermont Moonlight Cookies, Shaftsbury

Shaftsbury-based Vermont Moonlight Cookies traveled the farthest to provide sweet treats. Owner Barbara Bacchi displayed the local products she used in her cookies alongside the apple-shaped desserts themselves. Cabot butter flavored the shortbread cookies, which were filled with Red Kite Candy maple caramel and dried local apples.

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Sweet Crunch Bakeshop, Hyde Park

Sweet Crunch Bakeshop’s maple cookies are deservedly well known outside the bakery’s tiny Hyde Park community. Chef Debbie Dolan Burritt served bitesize versions of her signature cookie, amped up with caramel buttercream, sea salt and candied bacon. Their name, “Maple Umami Bites,” proved wholly appropriate.

Flourless chocolate cake Logan’s of Vermont, Burlington

Logan’s of Vermont representative Chris Logan presented the night’s most classic dessert. His deep, dark flourless chocolate cake was smooth inside with a crisp exterior. Fortunately, it was small enough that its richness didn’t overwhelm.

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Sweet Simone’s at the Sweet Spot, Waitsfield

“Sweet Simone’s OMG” elicited exactly that response from tasters. Though just a tiny bite, the dessert had a complicated description. “A crunchy pastry base layered with salted caramel and hazelnuts, then coated in a bourbon caramel. A crosshatch of chocolate ganache and a rosette of espresso-flavored mousse is finished with a piece of maple-sugarglazed bacon,” Waitsfield baker Lisa Curtis told us. In the end, what mattered was a combination of buttery caramel, crunchy nuts and salty bacon. OMG, indeed.

FOOD Tropical Napoleon Chef’s Corner, Williston

Right next door, Chef’s Corner created a table-size tiki lounge with a Hawaiian-style wood carving and an array of tropical flowers. Even chef Alyssa Tourville had a bloom tucked in her hair. Her team’s dessert was a similarly colorful take on a refined classic. The Tropical Napoleon was made of vanilla cake layered with key lime, pineapple, coconut and strawberry, then topped with Vermont mascarpone and salted toffee crunch.

Cinnamon bun and coffee Little Sweets at Hen of the Wood and Maglianero, Burlington

A microwave was hidden beneath Little Sweets at Hen of the Wood’s table. Pastry chef Andrew LeStourgeon used it to warm his tiny version of a classic cinnamon bun. He used top-flight ingredients to create a high-end version of the center cinnamon bun that he and his sister prized whenever their mother made a batch. He paired it with coffee from Maglianero, the Burlington café that sells his pastries and assists in Hen of the Wood’s coffee service.

S’mores doughnut

Doughnut Dilemma, South Burlington

Michelle Cunningham and Lauren Deitsch of South Burlington’s Doughnut Dilemma told tasters that they’re inspired by transforming everyday foods into doughnuts. Their s’mores doughnut was conceived during an old-school campfire marshmallow-roasting session. But the ladies took their treat several steps further with a filling of homemade marshmallow fluff inside their yeasted doughnut. Dark-chocolate icing and graham crackers ensured that the

dessert really did taste like the s’mores the women envisioned.

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The final dessert was perhaps the most refined. Emily Conn, best known for the delectable almond cakes from Burlington’s Bakery at the Farmhouse Kitchen, served a vanilla panna cotta capped with a layer of strawberryrhubarb compôte, then topped off with a tiny lemon-cream sandwich cookie. The judges agreed that Conn’s dish was their favorite, but they were outvoted by the public. Little Sweets at Hen of the Wood, Sweet Simone’s and Chef’s Corner were called up to the stage as the top three finalists. After some deliberation, the judges agreed with the cheering hordes: Chef’s Corner’s Tropical Napoleon was named the Signature Sweet of Restaurant Week 2014. Kylie Webster, a representative from presenting sponsor Vermont Federal Credit Union, presented Tourville and Chef’s Corner founder Jozef Harrewyn with their trophy: a giant fork emblazoned with the title. Thanks to the sponsors, Higher Ground and the chefs, Thursday night left us in a sugary haze, but with room left for a week of serious eating. m Photos of all the desserts can be found on the Bite Club blog at


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recognizable. Though not quite at the level of the Pizzagallis or Pecors, his people are a fixture in the Burlington business establishment. In this previous conversation, he’d told me about his big decision not to enter the family business. “It was just not me,” he explained. “I always wanted to teach, so I went for it.” “How’d your parents take it?” I asked. “Did your mother or father put pressure on you, or did they accept your decision?” “Oh, my God!” he said, with a laugh. “Like, major pressure. My father told me I was nuts, that I’d never make any money as a teacher. Mostly, I know he was just disappointed.” “Well, that takes some courage,” I said. “It’s not easy to buck your dad, particularly when he’s offering you what he perceives as the family jewels. Has he come around at this point?” “Not really. He still thinks I’m some kind of traitor. But I do like teaching. I’m in my third year at the high school.” “How’s the family business surviving without you?” “It’s doing all right, I guess. I have a sister and a couple of cousins who went into it. The problem is all the fucking

regulations. Vermont makes it impossibly hard to do business in the state.” Gosh, I hear this all the time, I thought. It’s like the official mantra of the smallbusiness owner. Move to Texas, I felt like saying. See what life is like in a state where business interests basically run the whole show. But I didn’t say it because I don’t like conflict, particularly over things I don’t even feel that strongly about. And, besides, God didn’t make me a cabdriver to point out to my customers the error of their ways. What’s that aphorism? For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe. Instead I said, “Now, is that you talking or your pops?” Tom let out a laugh. “Good point,” he said. “Probably my pops.” Tonight, however, Tom was effectively beyond words. I took the highway for one exit and cruised past Saint Michael’s College. In the background, the BBC played softly on Vermont Public Radio. I enjoy the English accents and the civil discourse, and the way they’re always announcing the hour in “Greenwich Mean Time.” I’m not even sure what that means, but it makes me yearn for tea and crumpets — whatever a crumpet is.

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As we cleared Five Corners and approached the turn into the Brickyard development, I could sense my customer stirring. Suddenly, I saw and then felt his hand reaching for my crotch. I grabbed it and pushed it back, saying, “Absolutely not, man.” I was surprised, but not shocked. Something was amiss with this man, and I think I had already known it. With a wife, full-time job and young child at home, why was he downtown drinking on a regular basis? And always alone, never with his wife or a friend? He withdrew his hand and seemed to straighten up in his seat. He said, “I’m not a bad person, am I?” “Tom, I don’t really know you well enough to answer that question.” “Well, I’m not a bad person.” I said, “OK, then — I believe you.” I pulled into his driveway, and, without another word exchanged, he paid me and got out. I wasn’t angry at the guy; I didn’t even think ill of him. Pain, unattended to, can impel people to act in self-destructive ways. I could only imagine the personal anguish that finds a person groping a cabdriver on a lonely ride home. If I had to bet, I’d guess this was the last time he’d seek me out after a night on the town. m


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ou know where I live, right?” Tom asked, plopping into the shotgun seat. “Sure do,” I replied. “At the Brickyard.” Tom was a guy I’d driven home perhaps once a month over the past year. Though I’m certain I’ve given him a card, he has never once called for a ride; rather, he just manages to find me when I’m downtown trolling for fares on weekend nights. He’s easy to remember — a big guy with a buzz cut and brawny build, like a middle linebacker. I recall him telling me that he’s married and has a toddler-age son. “Great,” he said. “Take me home. I’m, like, really hammered tonight.” As I swung the taxi around to ascend the Main Street hill, I saw that my customer had slumped in his seat and slipped into an altered state. His eyes were half-closed, and he was quietly mumbling to himself words I couldn’t decipher. He didn’t appear agitated or queasy, thank goodness, so I just left him to percolate gently in his fugue. Frankly, I was relieved; I’d rather not be on the receiving end of a drunken discourse. The last time I had driven Tom, it was a different story. He hadn’t drunk that much and was eager to chat. He’s one of those local guys with a Burlington pedigree reaching back to his grandparents, if not further. To anyone who’s lived in town for a while, his family name and business would be immediately

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ost days, it’s tough to make it 15 feet in the nation’s smallest statehouse without bumping into one of its most curious denizens: the Vermont lobbyist. They are everywhere you look: crammed into committee rooms, holding court in the cafeteria and chatting up lawmakers at the capitol urinals. And yet, their outsize role in Vermont’s pint-size democracy is little understood and rarely discussed outside the confines of the Statehouse complex. Contrary to the caricature of fedoraclad Jack Abramoff wielding suitcases of cash, Vermont’s influence peddlers are largely an honest, hardworking breed. They make their mark not by exploiting the system but by responding to its needs — and often just by being in the room. “There’s no arm-twisting. There’s no ‘let me buy you dinner’ or ‘let me take you golfing,’” says Rep. Tony Klein (D-East Montpelier), a former energy lobbyist who now chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. “I think we have a really, really professional group here, and I think it’s pretty unique in the country.” But the influence of professional lobbyists on Vermont state government is far greater than most Vermonters might imagine. As the scope and complexity of lawmaking has grown in recent decades, the resources available to lawmakers to keep up with it all  have remained mostly static. Eagerly filling the void is Montpelier’s standing army of lobbyists, whose institutional memory, policy expertise and year-round engagement make them invaluable assets to part-time, citizen legislators — and, of course, to their clients. In recent decades, their ranks have far outpaced those of Vermont’s 180 state legislators. According to the secretary of state, 458 businesses, nonprofits and other organizations employ 398 registered Vermont lobbyists. Last year,

Rep. Janet Ancel, legislative chief fiscal officer Stephen Klein and Vermont-NEA lobbyist Jeff Fannon

Lobbyists have become too embedded in the legislative process. They weren’t elected; legislators were. S E N. TIM AS H E

those groups reported doling out more than $6.1 million in lobbying-related compensation. Not every registered lobbyist haunts the Statehouse halls. That designation applies to anyone paid at least $500 a year to influence legislators or administration officials, including plenty of corporate executives and nonprofit leaders who rarely enter the building.

But it’s not unusual for the state’s biggest businesses and advocacy groups to retain as many as a dozen lobbyists apiece. And when a legislative battle heats up, the professional influencers swoop in. The ongoing fight over the regulation of toxic chemicals, for instance, involves at least five Montpelier lobbying firms and countless in-house lobbyists representing organizations

ranging from Walmart to the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Some lawmakers appear to welcome the influx. “We have nobody to help us do anything,” says Sen. Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden). “There’s quite a few lobbyists we have to rely on for information.” That’s because the only Vermont legislators with dedicated staff members are the House speaker and Senate president pro tem, each of whom employ a single full-time assistant and a handful of interns. The remaining 178 legislators share an overstretched stable of 20 lawyers, 13 fiscal analysts and 30 mostly part-time administrative staff. “Vermont’s unique,” veteran lobbyist Andrew MacLean said in a recent interview in the Statehouse cafeteria. “Legislators don’t have staff. So in a lot of ways, we perform a staff function for legislators.” As if to prove the point: Soon after MacLean uttered those words, Snelling appeared at the cafeteria table and sat down beside him. With a friendly smile, she opined that while some outside advocacy groups overwhelm the legislative process, pros like MacLean facilitate it. “I don’t think the registered lobbyists that are known and are informed are the people that we, as citizens, need to be concerned about in terms of influence,” she said, looking at MacLean. “Because I know you’re representing someone.” The relationship is certainly symbiotic. When one of MacLean’s out-of-state tobacco company clients came to town last year to discuss “tobacco harm reduction,” he said, arranging meetings with the state’s top brass was a cinch. “We talked with [Department of Health Commissioner] Harry Chen. We talked with all kinds of legislative leaders and others, all day,” MacLean recalled. “The client came out of the day saying, ‘That was great.’”

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Who are Vermont’s most effective lobbyists?

Who is Vermont’s most effective contract lobbyist?

(Rather than lobby for a single organization, contract lobbyists are retained by multiple clients. Most work for a multimember lobbying firm.) Adam Necrason (Necrason Group): 11 John Hollar (Downs Rachlin Martin): 6 Andrew MacLean (MacLean Meehan & Rice): 5

Who Lobbies?

Who is Vermont’s most effective corporate lobbyist? Janet Doyle (IBM): 10 Robert Dostis (Green Mountain Power): 6 Todd Bailey (KSE Partners): 5 Which lobbyist who you often oppose on an issue do you find most effective? Todd Bailey (KSE Partners): 7

Jim Harrison (Vermont Retail & Grocers Association): 5 Amy Shollenberger (Action Circles): 5

a deep familiarity with the system and its players. That’s where lobbyists come in — though few of them embrace the term. “I consider myself a ‘strategy consultant,’” says veteran lobbyist Kevin Ellis. “I say ‘public policy manager,’” says Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Dan Barlow. “I identify myself as an advocate, not a lobbyist,” says Voices for Vermont’s Children public policy associate Lindsay DesLauriers. Indeed, the role registered lobbyists play in the legislative process varies greatly depending upon who employs them.

A union lobbyist, such as the Vermont State Employees Association’s Steve Howard, may spend his day duking it out with administration officials over the hiring of temporary workers. An association lobbyist, such as the Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ Karen Horn, might find herself neck-deep in health care policy. And an in-house corporate lobbyist, such as Green Mountain Power’s Robert Dostis, might rarely enter the Statehouse, preferring to direct the company’s strategy from afar. under the influence

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Few democracies are as open and accessible as Vermont’s. “Anybody can stop the governor in the hallway and say, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you about X, Y, Z.’ That’s priceless,” says Vermont Retail & Grocers Association president Jim Harrison, who’s lobbied for more than 25 years. “You don’t have gatekeepers to get through to talk to your legislators. You can call them, you can email them and you can visit them. They can’t escape you.” But petitioning state government effectively is a full-time job that requires

No others in this category received more than three votes.


Great for MacLean’s clients, which include American Express, Corrections Corporation of America and RAI Services, the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. But is it great for those who elect Snelling and her colleagues to public office? Sen. Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) doesn’t think so. “If I had one overarching complaint about Montpelier, it’s that, over the course of time, lobbyists have become too embedded in the legislative process,” the chairman of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee says. “They weren’t elected. Legislators were.”

(Twelve Vermont-based, multimember lobbying firms were listed. For this and the remaining questions, respondents answered just once.) Necrason Group: 23 MacLean Meehan & Rice: 14 KSE Partners: 11

Who is Vermont’s most effective nonprofit, association or union lobbyist? Paul Burns (Vermont Public Interest Research Group): 7 Jim Harrison (Vermont Retail & Grocers Association): 6


(Respondents were asked to select three choices, which were each weighted equally.) Adam Necrason (Necrason Group): 18 Andrew MacLean (MacLean Meehan & Rice): 11 Chris Rice (MacLean Meehan & Rice): 10 Paul Burns (Vermont Public Interest Research Group): 9 Todd Bailey (KSE Partners): 9

What is Vermont’s most effective lobbying firm?

Who are Vermont’s top lobbyists? We thought we’d ask those who know them best: each other. Last week, Seven Days conducted an unscientific online survey, asking lobbyists themselves to choose which of their peers are most effective at their jobs. We emailed unique survey links to 383 registered Vermont lobbyists who provided their email addresses to the secretary of state. Of those, 76 filled out the survey, which included six questions. Here are their votes:

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Some of the biggest lobbying powerhouses are the ones you might least expect. Ten VPIRG employees, for instance, are registered lobbyists, though only a few of them are Statehouse regulars. As if that weren’t enough, the organization recently retained Ellis’ firm, Ellis Mills, to help it pass the toxic chemical regulation bill. Last year, VPIRG spent more than $118,000 on lobbying — more than all but Entergy, Green Mountain Power and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. In the first three months of this year, it spent $61,000 — plus another $200,000 on advertising. “We are trying to level the playing field on behalf of the public interest, so we intentionally get involved in campaigns where there are likely to be well-heeled lobbyists or interests on the other side,” explains VPIRG executive director Paul Burns. He has a point. While a number of public interest groups — from Vermont Legal Aid to the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union — employ experienced and successful lobbyists, the biggest spenders hail from the corporate realm. “Ironically, our campaigns end up keeping a lot of these other lobbyists employed,” Burns adds. While they don’t have to register with the secretary of state, some of the most powerful lobbyists in Montpelier are those who represent the executive branch. In addition to Louis Porter, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s chief legislative liaison, the administration regularly deploys agency secretaries and department commissioners to push the governor’s agenda — and keep the legislature in check. Otherwise, the biggest kahunas in Vermont’s influence industry are contract lobbyists, who are retained at any given time by as many as two dozen corporations, unions and other nonprofits. Some, such as Amy Shollenberger and Jeanne Kennedy, work alone, but most are part of Montpelier’s 12 multimember lobbying firms. Those companies, which often charge corporate clients a five-figure retainer, were paid $4.6 million last year for their lobbying services. Like college fraternities, each firm has cultivated a distinct reputation — forged by their client base, political affiliations and perceived effectiveness. KSE Partners, one of the oldest firms in town, is known for its ties to the Democratic establishment and counts Green Mountain Power, AT&T and Hewlett-Packard as clients. MacLean Meehan & Rice, a so-called “black hat” firm because nearly all their clients hail from the corporate world, represents the pharmaceutical industry, the American Beverage Association and Walmart.

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“We have some business clients who have had an adversarial relationship with the legislature,” MacLean, the firm’s president, puts it delicately. The Necrason Group — known as Sirotkin & Necrason until founding partner Michael Sirotkin was appointed to the Senate in January — used to be considered a “white hat” firm, due to its work for nonprofits and its liberal take on labor, housing and drug policy reform issues. But

now that it represents Comcast and other corporate clients, fellow lobbyists like to say it’s turned a shade of grey. “Our base and history and reputation are rooted in nonprofit public interest or public service organizations,” says Adam Necrason, who now runs the firm. “Over time, that’s expanded — and we are proud to serve some business interests that our firm judges really are working to make Vermont better.”

What Do They Do?

Lindsay DesLauriers thought this would finally be the year for paid sick leave. Since joining Montpelier-based Voices for Vermont Children three years ago, the former educator had taken a lead in the organization’s long-running fight to mandate paid time off for sick employees and those caring for family members. “It occurred to me that this divide between the business community and the advocacy community was a false divide,” says DesLauriers, who hails from the family that built Bolton Valley Resort. “It was two worlds I could straddle, and I thought maybe I could bring them together on this issue.” Months before legislators returned to Montpelier in January, DesLaurier’s coalition was busy setting the table for the session. It polled the issue to demonstrate its popularity with voters and held press conferences with former governor Madeleine Kunin to draw media coverage. DesLauriers coordinated with such allies as the Vermont Workers’ Center, which hit the streets to rally support, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, whose members testified in favor. “I was very hopeful that this would be a big issue this session,” DesLaurier says. “I was really pleased with the attention it garnered.” Paying particularly close attention was the traditional business lobby, which had long argued that the measure would hurt companies and kill jobs. In public hearings and House committee meetings, organizations like the Associated General Contractors of Vermont and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce turned out business owners en masse. Perhaps the strongest opposition came from the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association, whose members hold unique sway over their state legislators. “The one thing that helps us probably more than other organizations is we’re in everybody’s communities,” says Harrison, the organization’s chief lobbyist. “In some cases, the village store is the unofficial town hall of a community. So if we can get our members engaged, that’s a powerful ally to have.” They did, and it appeared to work. Though a House committee enthusiastically approved the bill in February, Speaker Shap Smith (D-Morristown) applied the brakes soon thereafter, making clear that the legislation would not reach the House floor. Despite his personal support for the measure, he said, his Democratic caucus had grown skittish. With reelection campaigns on the horizon, members were hesitant to further burden business owners already peeved about last fall’s rocky rollout of Vermont Health Connect.

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What Makes a Good Lobbyist?

Jim Harrison (center)

The Price of Persuasion Last year, 458 organizations employed registered Vermont lobbyists. Of those, 373 reported paying in-house and contract lobbyists nearly $6.14 million. They also spent nearly $1.43 million in other lobbying-related expenditures, such as advertising. Here are 2013’s biggest spenders:

Lobbying compensation:

Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee: $180,000 Green Mountain Power: $126,009 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont: $123,924 Vermont Public Interest Research Group: $118,524 Beverage Association of Vermont: $118,110 Vermont Medical Society: $86,966 Rutland Regional Medical Center: $80,537 Association of Vermont Credit Unions: $79,673 Comcast: $76,000 Patient Choices at End of Life: $74,385

Other lobbying-related expenditures (advertising): Beverage Association of Vermont: $579,199 Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association: $121,468 Vermont State Employees Association: $101,212 Patient Choices at End of Life: $97,753 Altria Client Services (Philip Morris): $66,192

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hundreds of thousands — if not millions — more to fight for single-payer. And KSE, the group’s founder-turned-consultant, hopes to pocket some of that. As complex as the industry has grown, its fundamentals have remained the same. “You translate the mysteries of government into a language clients understand, so they can make business decisions,” says Ellis, who spent 22 years at KSE Partners before leaving last year to start Ellis Mills. Sometimes, that’s as simple as advising an out-of-state exec on what to wear when testifying in a Vermont legislative committee. “When you come here, wear a blue pinstripe suit,” Ellis advises over more formal attire. “Don’t be ‘of Washington’ when you come here. Be normal, because Vermonters are regular people, and they appreciate regular people who tell the truth.”


care reform funding, the state is bidding out hundreds of millions of dollars worth of information technology projects. When national firms come a-calling, Montpelier lobbyists are happy to advise them. “They need a road map: Who’s the governor, who’s the speaker? Who’s going to make that decision?” Ellis says. “That’s why they hire a guy like me.” These days, most Vermont lobbying firms offer a wealth of services, from public relations to social media campaigns to grassroots — or so-called “AstroTurf” — organizing. Some go even further. For years, KSE Partners has operated a 50-state legislative monitoring service. And earlier this year, it dipped into the lucrative field of single-payer health care advocacy. An ostensibly independent nonprofit KSE created, called Vermont’s CURE, accepted its first $100,000 contribution this winter from the American Federation of Teachers. The nonprofit hopes to raise

Lawmakers readily admit that they just don’t have time to do their homework, especially in the swirl of the five-month legislative session. That leaves an opening for lobbyists to provide an invaluable service. “We’re very dependent on them for facts. Whereas, in a larger legislature, you’d turn to your staff,” says Rep. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington). But, he cautions, “A lobbyist doesn’t get too many chances to get it wrong. If somebody’s not trustworthy, you’re not going to go back to them.” Says Steve Kimbell, a legendary lobbyist who spent 34 years in the business and cofounded KSE: “The most important aspect of lobbying occurs outside the building. Research the subject matter and your audience — that is, the legislators.” Then, he continues, “You gotta be in the building every minute the legislature is in session. You can’t do it two or three days a week. An equally important principle to being there is keeping your mouth shut. You’re there to listen, not talk. For the most part, lobbyists who talk a lot aren’t very effective.” Jeanne Kennedy, who served two terms in the House before taking up lobbying in 1987, does as much watching as listening. From her perch near the press gallery in the House mezzanine, she keeps an eye on the comings and goings below — watching who talks to whom and who doesn’t bother showing up. “For me, I can’t get a full feel of the place without doing that,” she says. “I really do believe that what happens on the floor and what they do together has an impact on the committees and the process.” It helps to know what to look and listen for. Kennedy is one of many ex-legislators who subsequently turned to lobbying: Dostis, the GMP lobbyist, previously chaired the House energy committee; Gini Milkey, who lobbies for the Community of Vermont Elders, spent two decades in the House; and Vermont Center for Independent Living lobbyist Lynne Cleveland Vitzthum spent two terms in the House. Both of VSEA’s top lobbyists, Steve Howard and Vince Illuzzi, served in the legislature. And countless former administration officials have moved on to lobbying. “Obviously relationships are important. That’s something longtime lobbyists are able to develop,” says Illuzzi, who spent 32 years in the Senate before making an unsuccessful run for state auditor in 2012. “And that’s why you see former legislators segueing into those positions, because you have the relationships and you know how the process works.” Those relationships are surely strengthened by schmoozing — in and outside the Statehouse.

Just halfway through the session, paid sick leave was on life support. “The fact is, we had a majority at the beginning of the session, but people felt pressure from the business lobby, which whipped up fear in their districts,” DesLauriers said at the time. Though elected officials made the final call to kill the bill, it was lobbying —  by Harrison and his influential network of grocers and retailers —  that did it in. Similar blockbuster battles erupt every year in the Statehouse, pitting everchanging coalitions of lobbyists against one another. Last year, the Necrason Group and Amy Shollenberger fought tooth and nail with the lobbying firm Morris & Demag over whether to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. The year before, seemingly every lobby shop in the building took part in the skirmish over Green Mountain Power’s merger with Central Vermont Public Service. In one corner stood AARP, which demanded that CVPS refund a $21 million ratepayer bailout before linking up with GMP. In the other stood the two utilities’ in-house lobbyists, plus a horde of hired guns: five Downs Rachlin Martin lobbyists, six from MacLean Meehan & Rice, eight from KSE Partners, and Jeanne Kennedy. Of course, most of the work Vermont lobbyists do is considerably lower-profile. Some simply serve as their clients’ eyes and ears in the building, keeping tabs on the shifting moods of the body politic. Others spend their time chasing appropriations or fending off new tax proposals. Many seek only to protect the status quo from the whims of legislators focused myopically on closing the latest budget gap. “I think most people come to Montpelier looking for things,” Harrison says. “We just want a fair and level playing field. If anything, don’t make it harder for us to do our business and make a living for the owner and employees.” Some of the most effective lobbying takes place long before the battle is joined, when advocates feed lawmakers draft bills for their consideration. “I have frequently stated that I believe more than 90 percent of legislation originates with the administration or an interest group,” says Ashe, the Senate Finance chairman. Lobbying isn’t restricted to the Statehouse. MacLean and his partners spend much of their time helping their out-of-state clients navigate Vermont’s strict regulatory climate, which requires certain finesse. “We pride ourselves on recognizing how Vermont works,” he says. And that extends to the large and growing state contracting business. Thanks to Vermont’s success winning a disproportionate share of federal health


Under the Influence Back when Bob Stannard was first elected to the House in 1983, lobbyists regularly wined and dined politicians. “There would be insurance company people coming up and offering you ski tickets and dinners and adventures and all kinds of cool stuff,” says Stannard, who left the House in 1990 and later became a lobbyist himself. “I kind of made it a habit of accepting the gifts and then voting against them.” In the late 1980s, when the legislature adopted new rules requiring lobbyists to disclose any gifts in excess of $15, Stannard says, “That dried up like an Arizona ranch.” These days, the free food often amounts to overcooked meatballs at afternoon receptions thrown by special interest groups in the Cedar Creek room of the Statehouse. Earlier in the day, industry associations and advocacy groups regularly hold luncheons for legislators across the street from the Statehouse at the Capitol Plaza. Sometimes the schmoozing is tied to campaign cash. A few times each session, Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate host lobbyists at evening fundraisers benefiting their political action committees. This Wednesday evening, for instance, Speaker Smith’s PAC is scheduled to hold a $500-per-person event at the Capitol Plaza — right as he and his colleagues are putting the finishing touches on this year’s major bills. The hospitality goes both ways. Several of Montpelier’s top lobby shops host occasional open houses at their nearby offices, dishing out complimentary food and drink to legislators and administration officials. But they’re less interested in having reporters document those events. In March, a Seven Days reporter was politely asked to put away his camera when he attempted to photograph an open house at MacLean Meehan & Rice’s Court Street headquarters. In April, he was told the same after snapping a few shots of committee


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Rep. Sam Young, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs Louis Porter, Rep. Kesha Ram and Sen. Norm McAllister at a Downs Rachlin Martin open house in April

cAShiNg iN Last year, registered Vermont lobbying firms reported receiving more than $4.31 million in lobbying compensation. Since most of those companies provide other services, that number represents just a fraction of their total revenue. But the figures provide a glimpse at who’s getting paid the most to lobby. Here are the top five: KSE Partners: $1.12 million Sirotkin & Necrason (now known as Necrason Group): $944,505 MacLean Meehan & Rice: $496,264 Morris & Demag: $490,090 Downs Rachlin Martin: $435,071

chairs and Shumlin staffers enjoying the open bar at Downs Rachlin Martin’s State Street office. “It’s not public. It’s by invitation,” DRM lobbyist Joe Choquette explained at the time. “We invited members of the legislature, our friends around town, the press, you know, friends that we have

around here, to mingle with us and have some food and some drinks.” Asked the purpose of the event, Choquette said, “It’s to create good will amongst the people that we work with — both legislators and other lobbyists you’ll find around here from other firms, press people. It’s not unlike what anyone would do if you had a house party and invited people to come over.” When the reporter asked if he could continue to walk around and photograph the festivities, Choquette — who lobbies for the American Petrolum Institute, Bank of America and, ironically, the Vermont Press Association — said he thought not. “I guess I’d rather that you not take photos,” he said. “It’s making people uncomfortable.”

What’s the Cost?

Unsurprisingly, those involved and invested in Montpelier’s influence machine rarely question whether it serves those whom legislators are elected to represent. Most lawmakers sound genuinely grateful for the help lobbyists

provide, seeming never to wonder whether they’re suffering from a systemic case of Stockholm syndrome. But every now and then, lobbyists take their advocacy too far — even for Vermont’s accepting legislature. As chairman of the House Committee on Health Care, Rep. Mike Fisher (D-Lincoln) is used to the attention he receives from industry lobbyists seeking to work the ref for their clients’ benefit. But when his committee debated a one-centper-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks last February, he was taken aback by the response. The American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other major soda producers and bottlers, went on the offensive — in a major way. It saturated Vermont radio stations with ads opposing the tax and went so far as to target Fisher by name in his local newspaper — a rare tactic in polite Vermont. When the chairman asked the ABA’s Vermont lobbyist, Andrew MacLean, how much it spent on the ads, the lobbyist said Fisher would have to wait to find out until late April, when disclosure reports were due to the secretary of state. That wasn’t good enough for Fisher. “I think it’s totally appropriate for anybody with an interest in legislation to spend as much money as they want to influence our decisions,” he told the Vermont Press Bureau at the time. “I just want to know how much.” As it turns out, the beverage industry spent $553,000 on the ads and another $53,000 on lobbyists during the first three months of the year — perhaps a recordbreaking sum in the state. MacLean later conceded that the campaign was overkill, saying, “I think there’s, maybe, some more cost-effective ways to accomplish your goal. That’s what I learned.” But as Fisher found out, Vermont’s lobbying laws make it impossible to determine the true cost until the point is moot. Lobbyists and those who hire them must publicly report compensation and advertising expenses three times a year,

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but only once when the legislature is in session. By the time the full cost of a legislative push is disclosed in late July, lawmakers have left the building and the press corps has moved on. Frustrated by the dearth of information, Fisher called on his colleagues to require major advertising expenses to be disclosed within 24 hours during the legislative session. But his plea fell on deaf ears. After taking testimony on the proposal last spring, the Senate Committee on Government Operations said it would address the matter when it reformed the state’s lobbying laws this year. But this year, the committee again decided to put off the reforms until next session. “We didn’t hear anything from the lobbyists at all — that they needed anything,” committee chairwoman Jeanette White (D-Windham) explains, as

That would not, however, stop the flow of money from corporations and unions that contribute money to politicians while lobbying them. All but three of Shumlin’s top 15 donors during the last election cycle employ Statehouse lobbyists and regularly petition the state. Precisely why those entities contribute to candidates is a bit of a mystery, given that nearly everyone in the Statehouse swears up and down that campaign cash in no way influences policy making. “It’s part of the process,” says MacLean, many of whose clients donate generously. “It takes effort to run campaigns. They’re getting more expensive.” “I think campaign contributions are honoring service and someone’s

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commitment to democracy. Period,” Necrason says. Do lobbyists have too much influence in Montpelier? Vermont Chamber of Commerce president Betsy Bishop doesn’t think so. “You can have all the lobbyists in the world pushing [a bill], but ultimately the decision is going to be made by leadership and the governor behind closed doors.” “I think they have a lot of influence,” White concedes. “But look at all the lobbyists Vermont Yankee had working for them, and look at the big lobbyists for Monsanto. So I think they have an influence, but I don’t think they’re running the show.” That may be true. But when legislators come to rely on lobbyists for information, campaign donations and the occasional meatball, what happens to those who aren’t able to send a full-time advocate to Montpelier for four months a year? “Here you can win just by showing up every day,” Burns says. “But somebody’s gotta have enough money to make sure you’re doing that. And that’s going to be a corporate interest, in most cases.” m


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if lobbyists are responsible for reforming the rules governing their own industry. Then again, if they’re in charge of supplying “information” to the legislature, perhaps they are. Another bill White’s committee considered — requiring former legislators to wait a year before lobbying their ex-colleagues — also died a quiet death. Though White says she “sometimes” thinks the legislature should slow Montpelier’s revolving door, “When I look at different [lawmakers-turned-lobbyists] and see what they’ve offered, I say, ‘Well, maybe that’s a good thing.’” If White’s committee ever gets around to reforming the state’s lobbying laws, one change VPIRG would like to see is a complete ban on lobbyist campaign donations to lawmakers. At present, they can give directly to candidates only after the legislature adjourns for the second year of the biennium. But legislative leaders routinely circumvent that restriction by laundering lobbyist cash through their PACs (for instance, at Speaker Smith’s fundraiser this Wednesday). “I think that would be a step forward just to remove the idea that any of their influence comes from the contributions they make,” says Burns, VPIRG’s executive director.

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local fare, read this week’s Soundbites column on page 63.) It’s not meant to be a comprehensive look at the embarrassment of riches that awaits music fans in Winooski this weekend. Rather, approach this as a sampler to whet your appetite and inspire you to seek out even more of WW4’s musical bounty. The festival’s best moments are often the ones you least expect, when you venture off the beaten path and discover a great new band or songwriter you never knew existed — and then can’t imagine how you lived without them. Trust us, it happens every year. Happy rocking. m

regional and national acts are cuttingedge entities, unknown to the typical casual music fan. But here’s the great thing about WW4: You don’t need to be a music-blogobsessed hipster to get in on the fun. There are acts to suit every taste, from introspective acoustic songbirds to jangly indie rock to the most fearsomely experimental noise you could want — or not want — to hear. What follows is a primer on seven noteworthy nonlocal acts gracing various stages and showcases at this year’s festival. (For a rundown of the


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Guerilla Toss, NNA Tapes Showcase at oak45, Thursday, May 1, 9 p.m. Is the band photo of Boston’s Guerilla Toss featuring one member’s, um, member a reaction to a recent lukewarm Pitchfork review of the band’s latest record, Gay Disco (NNA Tapes)? Reviewer Zach Kelly likens their sound to something you might hear at a basement party where there’s “a guy walking around with his dick hanging out.” Or maybe Kelly was inspired by the photo. It’s your classic “chicken or the dong” scenario. In any case, those who like their pop pulverized to a bloody pulp yet still somehow innately danceable will find plenty to dig about this band. To be sure, GT’s cocksure brand of manic dance punk is not for the faint of heart — or, for that matter, for prudes. But those willing to brave its punchdrunk grooves and shrieking vocals will

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SoftSpot, oak45, Friday, May 2, 8:10 p.m. SoftSpot are a trio of North Carolina musicians who are now based in Brooklyn. The band takes great inspiration from the cultural differences between the North and the South and rural and urban existences. All those influences manifest in the ethereal art rock found on their latest album, MASS. That’s a follow-up to the band’s 2012 debut, Ensō, which is a Japanese word referring to a handdrawn circle. The album was so named because it could be played as a continuous loop, with the end fusing back into the beginning. Neat trick, eh?

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Ice Balloons, the Monkey House, Friday, May 2, 12:20 a.m. Ice Balloons are primarily a collaboration of TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Wild Yaks’ Rob Bryn. But the band’s wildly experimental, fuzzy fusion of synth, art punk and noise bears little resemblance to either musician’s main gig. That’s not a bad thing. Ice Balloons’ selftitled debut album, released last year, is profoundly and aggressively strange, as is the band’s fascination, bordering on obsession, with insects. (It’s fronted by a dude in a fly mask.) But underneath the kaleidoscopic crunch rests gleefully deconstructed pop that captures the imagination and, well, really rawks.

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Fat Creeps, the Monkey House, Sunday, May 4, 8 p.m. After three solid nights of rocking — four, if you count the WW4 kickoff show with Deerhoof at Higher Ground on Wednesday, April 30 — what better way to ease back into the real world than with a little hair o’ the dog and a pizza party? Boston’s Fat Creeps are a highlight of the festival-closing showcase at the Monkey House. Expect the band to top your free slices with a tasty mix of dreamy, surf-inflected garage rock and punchy riot-grrrl punk. And maybe pepperoni.

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We know how you kids love the Real Estate. No, not the buying and selling of land and buildings. The band Real Estate. The Freaks are RE bassist Alex Bleeker’s other band, which also includes members of Woods and Vermont’s own Mountain Man, in addition to fellow Real Estate agent — er, drummer — Jackson Pollis. But where Real Estate trade in washed-out nostalgia and jangly, wistful indie hooks, Bleeker’s side project leans toward an amiable sort of country-rock, evoking the spacey 1970s twang of the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Byrds.

Exploding in Sound Records may be the coolest label you’ve never heard of. The Massachusetts-based imprint has been responsible for bringing a wealth of ass-whooping rock bands to the masses lately, including up-and-coming acts such as Fat History Month, Porches., Ovlov, Krill and Speedy Ortiz — the last two of which can also be seen at WW4. The latest band to break on the label is Boston’s Kal Marks, which fuse sludgy grooves and flippant wordplay to create a grueling sound that Spin magazine calls “a mercurial hybrid of Dinosaur Jr., Black Sabbath and Modest Mouse.”

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Theater review: The Quarry, Vermont Stage Company




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or actors and audience alike, a play’s premiere can be an invitation to strike out into new terrain. In offering the world premiere of Greg Pierce’s The Quarry, Vermont Stage Company has taken chances with a brand-new work while relying on the solid talents of a four-member cast — three of whom depict multiple characters. The play is grounded in Vermont, beginning with the playwright’s roots in Shelburne. Pierce now lives in New York City, but his brother, musician Randal Pierce, resides in Vermont and composed original music for this show. The play’s setting is an unspecified Vermont quarry in an unnamed town. The show opens on a set of stylized quarry walls and a stage littered with gray cubes of about the same hue and shape as marble blocks. Randal Pierce plays piano as four characters sit in silence. Then one stands and speaks to the audience. In a pleasant, no-nonsense way, Jean describes how much she enjoys staring into the quarry beside her house, and how the sound of the machines has soothed her. She misses her husband, Sammy, who’s now been dead two years. As she strolls in the open playing space, she moves and stacks the cubes, describing them as

packing boxes, many filled with Sammy’s books. Jean is packing up her house and tells us she was planning until recently to “off herself,” believing that her life’s “main story” was complete. But, as she pokes through a half-packed box, she reveals that she’s decided to stick around because of a big mystery that’s captivating her town. Her monologue only hints at that enigma, but as other characters rise to speak, we learn the story in fragments. The effort to combine an unusual narrative style with a mystery reveals the play’s strengths and weaknesses. By relying chiefly on monologue instead of scenes with multiple actors, Pierce can take interesting liberties with storytelling. What he can’t do is bring a suspenseful plot to life. Throughout the play, all four actors remain onstage, silent and disconnected, until they stand to take part in a scene or deliver a monologue. The boxes near them contain costume pieces they use to assume a variety of characters. Jean doesn’t seem to be animating them or summoning them from memory — they simply appear and disappear, enacting or describing events from the past or the present day. We meet Jean’s angry, estranged

daughter, Clara; her dear, departed Sammy; a couple of high school kids larking about in the quarry, and others. Each new character slides on and off, in portraits that aren’t especially complex, but the process becomes engaging by the sheer dramatic force of turning our attention from point to point and person to person. All the monologues contain assured storytelling and occasional arresting images, but the language itself is unremarkable. In several scenes, one character narrates

Pierce doles out a variety of metaphors for the quarry itself,

evoking so many images that the kaleidoscopic interpretations give the play energy and dazzling multiplicity.

and others pantomime an enactment. The performances are carefully crafted, but since most are staged without interaction with other characters, virtually nothing dramatic happens. The neat flow of costume transitions that bring new characters briefly to life makes for a truly delightful parade. But the characters are launched in isolation or in short-lived scenes, an approach that limits the play’s potential for conventional drama. Monologues are excellent for revealing inner thoughts and secret truths, but ultimately they’re descriptions of circumstances and present a character’s conclusions. Characters engaged in face-to-face conflict resolve their circumstances with action, giving the audience a way to interpret those choices from multiple points of view. The Quarry’s few conventional scenes, such as a high school flirtation with a dare to cap it off, are lively, but the play is principally concerned with minimalist, narrated storytelling. Pierce doles out a variety of metaphors for the quarry itself, evoking so many images that the kaleidoscopic interpretations give the play energy and dazzling multiplicity. But by the end, he hasn’t made those disparate themes cohere. The quarry is a place for daredevil, youthful behavior, though the sense of risk is never physically realized onstage. It’s a prison, if Jean’s daughter is correct in saying that everyone in the family wanted to leave except Jean herself. The quarry is a spooky place, where a girl can go missing and terrify the town into telling ghost stories. It’s an Indian burial ground, complete with an archaeologist dusting off a finger bone. Not least, the quarry is the underworld. It’s dark and deep, and finally becomes a dreamscape where Jean takes a long walk downward. Having planted an allusion to Persephone earlier, Pierce may be fashioning the kind of literary Hades where death makes a deal with rebirth. Or he may be showing us a surrealistic vision of an afterlife. Given the easy, weightless quality of this interlude, it even feels a little like a trip to the lost and found to locate a few missing items. The play leaves the scene’s implications unresolved, but there’s no missing the overall feeling of relief, recovery and renewal. Jean emerges with a new contentment, and whether she’s alive or dead or dreaming is for the viewer to decide. Ruth Wallman anchors the show with her warm portrayal of Jean. With a firm stare that gives way to a twinkle in her eye, she takes stock of the audience and proceeds to let us in on her story. Jean has some curmudgeonly qualities, but Wallman puts a nice, rosy glow on her flaws so we’re left caring for her. Robert Nuner handles several roles — from a baleful, laid-off quarry worker to Jean’s husband — and brings physical grace and keen precision to each, along with Vermont accents that are quietly accurate. Sammy is ultimately more a

product of Jean’s description than of any action of his own, but Nuner gives him an easy, unassuming demeanor that pairs well with her matter-of-fact mourning. As teenage Jackson, archaeologist Ken and a few other characters, Andrew Butterfield brings splendid energy to the stage. His portraits are all crisply delineated with smart physical choices about movement and vocalization. Sarah Venooker takes on the roles of bitter daughter, nutty neighbor, giddy teenager and authoritative anthropologist. She puts glistening touches of humor on all of them, while taking successful physical risks as a dancer. Randal Pierce plays piano or electric keyboard throughout the performance. The Quarry is a melodrama in the original meaning of that term: a drama using music

to heighten and clarify emotion. Pierce uses simple melodic figures in an attempt to avoid overpowering the scene on stage or dictating the emotions of the audience. It doesn’t always work. The music often asserts itself, because it’s difficult to balance the two art forms perfectly, but it’s a risk worth trying. Overall, the music is a surface constantly reflecting the action on stage, a mirror that adds an extra dimension and brings a musician into live collaboration with actors. Jeff Modereger’s L-shaped set of two big quarry walls has cavern-like entrances that make the space mysteriously deep. A baby grand piano is rendered unobtrusive by faux marble blocks tumbled around and on it. Aside from shallow steps and the suggestion of a porch with a rocking chair, the stage is otherwise wide open. Director Cristina Alicea uses that big,

blank canvas to emphasize stylized movement in a stark, open space. She stages phone calls with two stationary people who make no eye contact as they speak, and has the actors portray the happiness of two honeymooners with joyous spinning. She emphasizes the script’s abstract elements with ritualistic movement interspersed with naturalistic gestures. The costumes by Catherine Vigne are precise enough to clarify characters who are sometimes wholly defined by their appearance. She has developed smart elements for quick onstage changes, complemented by the actors’ subtle work in transforming themselves. Jeffrey E. Salzberg’s lighting design makes the playing space nicely magical, and one blockbuster effect toward the end is worth the price of admission by itself.

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Restaurant Week Diaries 2014 Seven Days eats Vermont — and writes about it Roasted lamb dinner at Café Mediterano



ermont Restaurant Week celebrates its fifth year of prix-fixe partying this week. But don’t gift us with wood. The Seven Days staff celebrated in good taste with a tour of participating restaurants all over the state. Seven of us tied on the feedbag and trekked to one of 97 VTRW eateries to try special dishes served as part of the 10-day celebration. Our firsthand accounts are guaranteed to get you salivating, and you’re in luck: VTRW continues through Sunday, May 4. 


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Our sources in Sarajevo have confirmed that Vermont Restaurant Week is not (yet) a major holiday in Bosnia. But that didn’t stop Barney Crnalic, owner of Café Mediterano in Essex Junction, from using the occasion as an excuse to serve up his native country’s traditional celebratory meal of roasted lamb. “Bosnians gather around the spit,” Crnalic told me. “If you do a lamb, it’s special.” Judging from the $25 feast offered on Sunday night, Bosnians know how to party. (Disclaimer time: It’s entirely possible that I am the least qualified food writer at Seven Days. I have welcomed the foodie movement only as a new source for my curmudgeonly one-liners and, a few years ago, I considered petitioning the USDA to place the frozen chicken taquito atop its food guide pyramid.) But back to the lamb feast: The recipe, Crnalic said, couldn’t be simpler. He salts the lamb and roasts it on the spit for four hours. That’s about it. Anything more, he said, would get in the way of the natural flavor. In a time when going out to eat, for us nonzealots, increasingly requires a thesaurus, I found this an incredibly refreshing strategy. (Seriously, food people, how many synonyms for “sauce” do we really need? I consider myself fairly erudite, but it’s been three or four years since I could fully comprehend a specials menu at most restaurants.) Crnalic’s approach seemed effective, too: Flavorful, chewy hunks of meat fell off the bone with a minimal push of the knife. But the best part of the meal was probably the heaping pile of soft, sticky jasmine rice, to which Crnalic added a




Worth the Price: Juniper, Burlington



Bosnian Feast: Café Mediterano, Essex Junction

few mystery spices. The meal was further accompanied by a generous helping of pita bread and salad, and topped off, for a few extra bucks, with Crnalic’s chocolate-filled Nutella baklava. Café Mediterano is a cozy place, with a few high-top tables near the windows and one large central table. When I visited, that was occupied by a crew of local Bosnians who usually stop by twice a week for home-style cooking, Crnalic said. Crnalic enjoyed making Bosnia’s celebratory meal so much, he said, that he will offer it again this Saturday and Sunday evening (it’s not available on weekdays). The man just loves working a spit. God love him.

Scallop ceviche, grilled vegetables and cheddar fritters at Juniper



My first thought as I walked into Juniper at Hotel Vermont was Nope. Too expensive. The décor was part sleek, part rustic-chic, with clean lines and elegant mood lighting. The service was immediate and cordial. In every way, this was a classy joint. Every frugal bone in my body screamed at me to turn and run. I’ve been living on a grad-school budget for the past two years, so this sort of establishment has been a bit out of my price range. But that’s what Vermont Restaurant Week is for. The friendly service — and the waitstaff ’s bright green shirts reading “Keep Calm and Love Vermont” — did a lot to dispel my stress. It was lunchtime, and the atmosphere was casual. Three in my party opted for the VTRW deal, which gave us each an appetizer and a sandwich for $15. And, what the heck, I figured: Since I was living it up for the afternoon, I was going to spring for a drink, too. The Lindy Hop ran me $9, but it was generously sized, made with gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet Branca, citrus bitters and orange soda. The scallop ceviche was melt-in-your-mouth tender, accompanied by pickled peppers and cilantro sprigs. Another small plate of grilled leeks, green onions and asparagus came on an individual-size cutting board with a generous dollop of red-pepper romesco. I like grilled RESTAURANT WEEK DIARIES

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a rich lamb ragú dotted with mint and basil; or tossed with wood-fired mushrooms in truffle cream sauce. Besides the 20 different pasta dishes (including two versions of lasagna), entrées include 10 pizzas (the Etna pie features Guild Fine Meats pepperoni) and classic Italian dishes such as eggplant Parmigiana, pollo al mattone and zuppa di pesce. 112 Lake Street • Burlington GuIlD tavErn wine director alEx moran carefully selected a range of Italian wines to pair with the food, but Trebbianos 1/7/13 2:08 PM and Montepulcianos aren’t the12v-SanSai010913.indd 1 only taste of the old country with which diners can wash down pasta. Birra Peroni and Birra del Borgo ReAle Extra IPA join Vermont beers on tap. Guild Tavern bar manager sEan mcKEnzIE also brings Italian flavors to Pascolo’s cocktails, such as the historically titled Ostrogoth, made from gin, Cocchi Americano, crème de violette, chamomile Bakery by day. Pizza by night. and fresh sage. Lunch service will join dinner about a week after Pascolo opens. Farmhouse Group director of marketing KrIstIna BonD says to expect many of the same pastas and pizzas as are served at dinner, as well as hot and cold sandwiches made with Guild meats.

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“We had to make hard decisions to decide if we can go into May,” says John DElpha, chef and co-owner of the BEltED cow BIstro in Essex Junction. “We can’t.” Delpha and wife and co-owner caItlIn BIloDEau will close their restaurant after a final casual dinner service on April 30. Though the Belted Cow has a strong local following, Delpha says that loyalty wasn’t enough to support the restaurant. “The winter was just devastating,” he explains. “We can’t bounce back. It’s been a pleasure being here for


The FarmhousE Group’s fifth restaurant, pascolo rIstorantE, opens at 83 Church Street on Friday, May 2. It’s no big news that the basement restaurant will continue the company’s practice of showcasing local foods, this time in an Italian style. But what else can diners expect? Managing partner JED DavIs recently told Seven Days, “It’s going to be very casual. We want this to be a Tuesdaynight restaurant where you just pop in and the food is familiar and great.” The historic brick basement looks much as it did during its 23 years first as Sweet Tomatoes, then Three Tomatoes Trattoria and finally nika. One exception: Davis and co. have knocked out a wall where there was most recently a wine room to allow diners to watch chefs make pasta from scratch. Those pastas are the anchor of Pascolo’s menu. Six varieties — including spaghetti, rigatoni and bucatini — each come in three different preparations. For example, wide, flat pappardelle can be topped with sausage, fennel cream, brandy and sage; served with


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five years, and we thank everyone who supported us.” Delpha says he and Bilodeau will return to the Boston area, where the pair previously fed fans of his world-class barbecue and sophisticated comfort food. Back in Essex, foodies are hoping to attract a new restaurant with community appeal. BrIDgEt MEyEr, an organizer of the 5 CornErs FarMErs MarkEt, says she and others from that group have discussed the possibility of bringing a community-supported restaurant into the space. While one community mourns a central restaurant, another greets a new one. Following drastic renovations, MCgIllICuDDy’s on thE grEEn opened last week in Colchester. According to owner DavID nElson, traffic at the former Jack & Grill space has been steady, thanks to eager locals who have long been

monitoring the restaurant’s progress. Soon those diners will be able to enjoy meals such as corned-beef-and-cabbage or bangers with sweet potato mash served on a canopy-covered deck. Brandon, too, has a new spot to grab a meal. CaFé CMaC is a sequel to BranDon MusIC CaFé inside the spiffy new CoMpass MusIC anD arts CEntEr. The same owners, EDna and stEphEn sutton, are behind this second location devoted to enjoying fine art and music along with the culinary arts. The café serves homemade quiche, coffee and sweets from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Edna Sutton says Brandon Music Café still serves dinner with live music shows and will host a special Mother’s Day high tea. But events may gradually migrate to the new space, where Sutton has a larger kitchen in which to prepare her

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American and British comfort food. On a recent Monday, daily specials included several soups, including carrot and ginger, garden mint and pea, and ham

and vegetable. If it sounds perfect for a spot of tea, that’s the intention. Fans of Sutton’s brews will soon be able to enjoy a cuppa at the new space, where she plans to open a full-service tearoom. m

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The haricots verts salad with garlicky vinaigrette was 12v-ThreeBros042314.indd 1 4/21/14 11:44 AM refreshing on its own. Crunchy beans and Bibb lettuce, mixed with bitter endive and sweet candied walnuts, roused even our compromised taste buds. Truffled crimini mushrooms were the meaty stars of our other starter, a simple, comforting take on mushroom toast showered in pungent grated Parmesan. The Duck Duck turned out to be more of a salad than a showcase of mallard flesh. The beautifully prepared smoked breast was served in tiny strands that added meaty seasoning to a pile of bitter greens. Bayley Hazen Blue cheese, dried cranberries and pickled onions balanced the salad, which served as a base for house-cured S duck confit. The duck leg was exceptionally flavorful, but could have benefited from more rendering and a crispier skin. My pork ragout entrée came in a dauntingly large bowl with Sandwiches homemade al dente rigatoni. Fresh tomatoes and kale were stewed with chef Michael Werneke’s signature pork products: guanciale, Burgers Italian sausage and bacon. They blended seamlessly while each Wings exerted their own meaty personalities. Salads We ended our meal with Oreo Pâté, crafted from “locally harvested Oreo livers.” It was essentially a large, rectangular Vegetarian presentation of mashed Oreo middles, balanced with salty Dishes pistachios and a tangy berry purée. Did I leave feeling healthier than when I entered? Of course. Oreo livers are full of vitamins. VT BEERS You can expect nothing


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At last year’s Vermont Restaurant Week kickoff, I was less than two weeks away from gallbladder surgery. This year, on the first day of the 10-day event, I went home from work with the flu. Illness has put a major crimp in my style, if style means gorging on three-course prix-fixe dinners. While Mrs. Grass Hearty Soup mix has been a staple of my VTRW so far, I did make it to Prohibition Pig for a welcome dose of (solid) comfort food. We arrived just before 7 p.m. to find a half-empty dining room, which quickly filled to the brim. Our server immediately warned us that the duck duo entrée (very honestly named “Duck Duck”) was two plates from selling out, so we ordered it immediately. We also ordered our starters and the other entrée, along with a Mexican Coke and soft pretzels from the regular menu for my dining partner. He reasoned that we could use the spicy Heady Topper mustard that came with the pretzels to clear our sore sinuses.

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asparagus with a bit of crunch, but this was slightly on the tough side — possibly because it’s early in asparagus season. The star of the app show, though, was the plate of golden-brown Cabot Clothbound cheddar fritters served atop berry compote. A satisfying crunch on the outside gave way to the tangy, melty cheese within, and the sauce added just enough tart sweetness to the savory cheddar. I spent so much time thinking about the appetizers that I almost forgot we were expecting the next course, but soon enough it arrived. The sandwiches came on cutting boards, plated with salads in ice-wine vinaigrette or fries, plus a pickle. My friends chose the burger and the porchetta, of which I (of course) tried bites. I picked the black-sesame roasted turkey with kimchi, house Sriracha and chicken liver pâté, served pressed on crusty wheat bread. Sesame seeds and cilantro added the occasional pops of flavor, and the pâté served as a creamy condiment for the turkey. To my disappointment, though, the kimchi added crunch but little flavor, and the Sriracha was hardly noticeable. The sandwich was very good, but it seemed afraid to offer more than a suggestion of the more exotic flavors. I left feeling full and satisfied, not just from the food but from the service and ambiance. Though I’ve long since digested the meal, I’m still dreaming of those cheddar fritters.

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Even in the relative wilderness of Addison County, where I lived for the past several years, I heard about certain Burlington-area restaurants: L’Amante; Juniper; Bluebird Tavern. So when my first Vermont Restaurant Week as a Burlington resident rolled around, it was the only excuse I needed to sample one. Joined by friends and colleagues Ethan de Seife and Andrea Suozzo, I kicked off VTRW at Bluebird Tavern on St. Paul Street. The house was looking a little empty at 6:30 on a Friday evening, but the handsome, wood-accented interior was warmly lit, and the enthusiastic front-end staff showed us right to our table.


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My first course — a blackened rare tuna loin, served with minted cucumbers — arrived artfully arranged in a martini glass. I unceremoniously dumped the entirety on the small plate where the glass had perched and dug in. Colin’s Caesar salad was crisp and delicate, and we agreed that the fresh, silvery anchovies were among the best we’d ever sampled. When it came to choosing an entrée, I felt a little guilty passing up the grilled-asparagus-and-pickledramps tacos — especially after our quirky waitress told us she’d gathered the ramps herself. But the Misty Knoll Farms “angry” chicken tacos didn’t disappoint; pleasant spice followed up the initial sweetness of the pulled meat. Colin and I made short work of one taco apiece, then turned our attention to the house-cured pastrami he’d ordered. It may have been the most sublime sandwich I’ve tasted in years. How, after all that, I managed to eat an entire banana pudding for dessert, I’ll never know. Midway through our meal, the restaurant was full, bustling and still cozy. Antidote may not have the refinement of big-city restaurants up the road, but it manages a rare feat: Just about everyone seems at ease there. Two tipsy women out for a night on the town, a father-and-son duo in matching ball caps, couples meeting up for double dates — I was charmed by our dinner companions, and by the inclusiveness the restaurant seemed to cultivate. Full and happy, Colin and I agreed, as we ascended back to the street, that Antidote was a fitting choice for our rare night out together. Just what the doctor ordered.

should have added zip, but the flavors were lost amid that sauce and the starchy strozzapreti. Dessert was more of a success. My chocolate panna cotta, topped with pretzels, satisfied my sweet tooth. Andrea’s “Velveteen Rabbit” dessert of carrot and red velvet cake with rich cream cheese ice cream was a hit. All told, though some of our dishes bore out Bluebird’s glowing reputation, I think Ethan best summed up the experience the following day when he called the meal “good but not great.”

Chocolate panna cotta at Bluebird Tavern

Andrea and I opted for the $35 fixed-price menu, while Ethan ordered the cod from the regular menu. Our Plaid Salad starters arrived with an appetizing snack platter of cheese, fermented onions, candied walnuts and mustard. (Pro tip: You can score the platter by checking in with Bluebird on social media.) The salad amounted to a heaping dome of raw kale, attractively adorned with thin slices of apple and a healthy sprinkling of red onions, both crispy and fermented. I’ll happily eat a full head of raw kale, but I had to admit that these salads were on the dry side. I got several bites that were all kale and none of the delicious honey-shallot dressing. My dining companions fared better on their main courses. Ethan’s à la carte cod entrée was deemed a wellbalanced dish. Andrea’s schnitzel was fried in a crisp, buttery batter and served with a succulent juniper jus over buckwheat spaetzle. My lobster strozzapreti was the dud of the evening. The hand-rolled, al dente pasta was served with a thick cream sauce. Mint, fava beans, jalapeño peppers and cubes of pear

Few films induce hunger quite as effectively as Tampopo, the 1985 Japanese comedy that was this year’s Vermont Restaurant Week “Foodie Flick.” Depicting the concoction of a perfect bowl of ramen, the film really concerns the sensory richness of gustation. Post-screening, five of my coworkers and I were cinematically sated, but our bellies were a-rumblin’. We decamped for the Elusive Moose, a 3-month-old restaurant located near the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield. There was no ramen on the menu, but this thoughtful moose offered tasty, well-prepared dishes that satisfied us all. I was the rogue of the group, ordering not from the VTRW menu (which had too many mushroomy foods for my taste) but from the regular bill of fare. The New England fish chowder was terrific, larded (literally and figuratively) with salt pork and beautifully sweet haddock. I did not share. For my main dish, I opted for the cider-braised pork shank, which, nestled in a bed of cheddar grits, stood upright on the plate, a presentation that drew oohs from my tablemates. Easily a two- if not a three-meal portion, the meat was sweet and tender and fell off the bone with the merest prod from my fork. The grits would have benefited from a little more salt, seasoning or fresh vegetables, but that didn’t detract from the succulence of the meat. I brought the shank bone home for the doggie. Every one of my coworkers sampled this year’s VTRW featured cocktail, the Champlain Sunset, and they all loved it. I stuck with Citizen Cider’s Unified Press in a can, which played very nicely with the cider-braised pork. Our kind waitress diagnosed Empty Glass Syndrome and

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Creamy white-bean crostini at Simon Pearce Restaurant


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very limited number of bottles will be available, using the early riser organic corn grown by Jack lazor, butterworks Farm, Westfield. This day will be a celebration of the life of Jack, with our thanks for the years of service to Vermont, her families and farming. This will be a benefit to help Jack pay for his medical bills, and we will share a box with: Early Riser corn whiskey, 200 mL flask Jasper Hill cheese, one piece of Alpha Tolman,1/2 lb.

Butterworks Farms bag of farm grown cornmeal, with a recipe for cornbread from Anne & Christine Lazor Vermont Soy, a box of tofu

Pete’s Greens, 1lb. of organic carrots and 1lb. organic potatoes High Mowing Organic Seeds, a packet of Mesclun Mix

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Jack will be available to sign and share copies of his book, The Organic Grain Grower. For more information, Please send $140 checks to: Vermont Jack Lazor Fund, P.O. Box 1249, Hardwick, VT 05843. All PrOceeds Over cOsT FOr iTems, And AdverTisinG will be Given TO JAck.

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At Simon Pearce in Quechee, the sensuous experience starts before you even enter the restaurant. The building hugs the Ottauquechee River — which is roaring this time of year — and overlooks a dramatic waterfall. And you just have to roam the stunning showroom of Pearce’s elegant glassware before dinner. During our visit, glassmakers were shaping martini glasses, which whetted our thirst for drinks to come.



Over the Falls: Simon Pearce Restaurant, Quechee

We will release our first whiskey on Saturday May 24, 1 p.m. in Hardwick


administered soothing treatment with alacrity. My dessert, a bananas Foster bread pudding, was perfect. Please don’t change this, ever. This was hearty, earthy, satisfying food. Do not elude this moose.

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The advantage of an early-evening reservation was getting one of the best seats in the house — beside a tall window practically on top of that dizzying waterfall. In our party of four, two diners ordered last year’s Vermont Restaurant Week cocktail, a Vermont Gimlet, and declared it “herbaceous and refreshing.” I had an old-school dirty martini in one of those nicely weighted glasses. My starter, creamy white-bean crostini, consisted of two thin slices of toasted baguette with a jam-like bean spread and sliced cherry tomatoes. Garlicky and aromatic, it was delicious. Equally so was the mound on the other end of my rectangular plate: a delicate mix of white beans, three types of slivered mushrooms, and something tiny and chewy I couldn’t identify. Heavenly. In the middle, a small nest of beet microgreens tasted like spring. My entrée, a porcini mushroom risotto, was unexpectedly sculptural and lovely: The risotto was gracefully spooned across a wedge of acorn squash. Alongside it, chard was draped like a languishing lady. The plate was further dotted with tiny chunks of turnip and carrot. The rice was a wee bit too al dente for my taste, but the flavor was rich and satisfying, as was the perfectly cooked, kissed-by-maple squash. My mouthful of turnip was bitter, but the delicately sweet carrot made up for it. My chosen dessert, a classic vanilla bean crème brûlée, was nothing short of exquisite. Served in a shallow dish, the custard was silky and not overly sweet, while the crust was perfectly, well, crusty, and broke with the merest jab of my spoon. I’m definitely returning this summer, to dine and listen to that waterfall roar.

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'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.

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.

food & drink

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,


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.


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.




'HILL FARMING IN THE MAD RIVER VALLEY: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE': Drawing on historic photographs, documents and interviews with past and present farmers, Meg Campbell's documentary explore's the state's dynamic agricultural heritage. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-7173. '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, 'MUSCLE SHOALS': Featuring Keith Richards and other notable musicians, Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary profiles hit maker Rick Hall of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Bradford Public Library, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.

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VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK: Foodies, take note! Mouthwatering, prix-fixe menus and themed events showcase local fare. See for details. Various locations statewide, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 864-5684. VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK SALON: FARMTO-BOTTLE: From apples to local hops, industry professionals consider 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: Oenophiles get over the midweek hump by pairing four varietals with samples from Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Creamery and more. Drink, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. $12. Info, 860-9463,


BRIDGE CLUB: Strategic thinkers have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. $6 includes refreshments. Info, 651-0700.

health & fitness

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.



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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: 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.


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When Frank Ferrante dons hornrimmed glasses, a cigar, and a greasepaint mustache and eyebrows, he transforms into his childhood hero Groucho Marx. Discovered by Marx’s son while studying drama at the University of Southern California, the award-winning actor cut his comedic chops in the title role of the off-Broadway hit Groucho: A Life in Revue. These days, Ferrante embodies the legendary comedian in An Evening With Groucho. Accompanied onstage by pianist Jim Furmston, Ferrante ad libs his way through one-liners, anecdotes and songs, validating the New York Times’ assertion that he is “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material.”

‘AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO’ Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. $10-30. Info, 728-6464.



istening to Matteo Palmer play the guitar, it’s hard to believe he’s only 17 years old. The steelstring virtuoso turns heads each time he brings his fingerstyle playing to the stage. Among his rapidly growing legion of fans is Grammy Award-winning producer Will Ackerman, the driving force behind Palmer’s stunning debut Out of Nothing. A reflection of the rising talent’s emotional depth and musical maturity, the album announces his arrival in a genre primarily populated by players two and three times his age. The fret-board wizard presents a salon-style show with the Hokum Brothers as part of the Mt. Philo Inn Artist Series. MATTEO PALMER Friday, May 2, 7-10 p.m., at Mt. Philo Inn in Charlotte. $20 suggested donation. Info, 4253335.


Together as One

Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 8 p.m., at Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. $6-12. Info, 443-3168.

Voice Choice Of Heather Maloney’s vocal prowess, New York Times music columnist Val Haller wrote, “If I’d closed my eyes, it could have been Joni Mitchell.” Just how does one live up to such an endorsement? In Maloney’s case, effortlessly. The singer-songwriter and guitarist is blessed with a soaring voice perfectly suited for what she describes as “adventurous folk.” Paired with her songwriting abilities, she has a one-two creative punch that makes for arresting live performances. Her recently released EP, Woodstock, also features indie-folk quartet Darlingside. The captivating performer treats listeners to an intimate show in celebration of Ripton Community Coffee House’s 19th anniversary.

HEATHER MALONEY Saturday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., at Ripton Community Coffee House. $8-10. Info, 3889782.

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Middlebury College seniors Hai Do, Cameron McKinney, Jill Moshman and Rachel Nuñez take audience members on a journey through time and space in Reconstructed Notions. Double majors in dance and economics, Japanese, psychology and sociology, respectively, the four culminate their studies in a dynamic joint performance. With varied approaches to choreography, this diverse work finds Do exploring ideas of hell inspired by Buddhism and Vietnamese folk religion. McKinney investigates aspects of the psyche based on Japanese Butoh performance art. Rounding out the evening, examines memory’s YOUR SCANMoshman THIS PAGE influence on physical movement, while TEXT WITH LAYAR Nuñez focuses on how social HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER theories of gender and performance relate to her own body.





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Meet Rockin' Ron the FRiendly PiRate: Aargh, matey! Youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Music & MoveMent With lesley GRant: The local musician leads little ones ages 3 through 5 in an exploration of song, dance and basic musical elements. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 888-1261.

Certified Organic Plants for Vermont Gardens Our greenhouse smells amazing! Come take a peek at our fragrant, flowering plants for spring! Our collection of unique herbs, annuals and perennials is hard to beat. CSA shares are still available.

stoRy tiMe & PlayGRouP: Engaging narratives pave the way for creative play for children up to age 6. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. stoRy tiMe FoR 3- to 5-yeaR-olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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, 7488291,


enGlish as a second lanGuaGe class: Those with beginner English work to improve their vocabulary. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.



Fay WanG: Premiering a piece created in collaboration with Dartmouth College microbiologists, the emerging composer explores the intersection of science and music. Oopik Auditorium, Life Sciences Building, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.

INSTANT-DECISION ADMISSION DAYS Makes Transferring as Easy as 1, 2, 3 Transfer to Champlain College during one of our Instant-Decision Admission Days. Send us your application and transcripts then make your appointment to receive your transfer admission decision for Fall 2014, which credits we’ll transfer, and what financial aid is available.

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PeRcussion enseMBle & aFRican dRuMMinG conceRt: UVM students culminate the semester in a performance directed by Jeff Salisbury and Steve Ferraris. UVM Southwick Ballroom, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.


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.


allan hoBson: The noted dream and sleep researcher shares his expertise in "The New Humanism: Beyond Science and Religion." Burke Mountain Room, Samuel Read Hall Library and Academic Center, Lyndon State College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 626-6459. Michael d. kRause: Investigating the impetus for World War I, the logician and former soldier presents "The Decisions for War 1914." A light lunch follows. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, noon. Free. Info, 485-2183.




aMaRyllis: veRMont's eaRly voice: Susanne Peck directs the local ensemble in a program of Renaissance choral music in "What is Our Life?" Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. $13 suggested donation. Info, 545-2309.

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'in the next RooM (oR the viBRatoR Play)': Directed by Cláudio Medeiros, Middlebury College students stage Sarah Ruhl's Victorian-era comedy about a doctor who uses electric vibrators to treat women with hysteria. For mature audiences only. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $6-12. Info, 443-6433. '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. $28.8037.50. Info, 863-5966. Y


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'the sPitFiRe GRill': Catherine Doherty directs this Northern Stage production of the award-winning F g LI musical about small-town life. Briggs ND TO O SA PH Y RA Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 Y M O N D JA C K p.m. $31-70. Info, 296-7000. inteRMediate/advanced enGlish as a second lanGuaGe class: Speakers hone their words grammar and conversational skills. Administration BiG ideas dine & discuss: Lit lovers join Ed Office, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 Cashman for a shared meal and conversation about p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. gore Vidal's Burr. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; bring an early American Yankee/ montréal mid-Atlantic dish to share. Info, 878-6955. 'toP GiRls': An all-female cast presents Caryl chuck dudley: Hometown happenings drive the Churchill's drama about women in 1980s England. forthcoming The Stowe I've Come to Know. Stowe Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 8 p.m. Free Library, noon-1 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. $24-44. Info, 514-739-7944. Info, 253-1518. RT

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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.


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veRMont colleGe oF Fine aRts sPRinG FilM Residency: denis Maloney: The cinematographer lends his knowledge to "Crafting the Language of Film." The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-8734.


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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: Wordsmiths develop their craft in a supportive environment. See for details. Studio 266, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 383-8104. John staRk BellaMy: Musing on mishaps and mayhem, the mystery writer presents "True Tales of Murder and Crime in 19th- and 20th-Century Vermont." Twinfield Union School, Plainfield, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 454-1298, PoeMcity: daniel lusk: Inspired by Lake Champlain, the local poet excerpts verse from Kin and Lake Studies. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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MaRch FoR health & diGnity: Vermonters give voice to fundamental human rights at this gathering featuring art, music and kid-friendly activities. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 861-4892.


autuMn's aBundant GaRden disPlay: Master gardener Richard Dube presents ways to create eye-catching seasonal landscapes using variations of color, texture and form. Partial proceeds benefit the Richmond Food Shelf. Camel's Hump Middle School, Richmond, check in, 5:30-6 p.m.; workshop; 6-7:30 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 434-4834.



Billings Farm & museum Opening Day: Visitors tap into Vermont's rural heritage with horse-drawn wagon rides, a farm-life exhibit and more. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-14; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. mushrOOm CultivatiOn: Ari Rockland-Miller of the Mushroom Forager teaches mycophiles how to inoculate and cultivate fungi. Participants take a spawn home. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 5-6:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 482-4060.


usps seminar: Area professionals learn how to use the United States Postal Service Every Door Direct Mail product to grow their businesses. Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Office, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 773-0301.


merCy COnneCtiOns may lunCheOn: Attendees highlight the center's programs and participants and honor Catherine McAuley Award recipient Molly Lambert. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $40; preregister. Info, 846-7063. primO maggie: sOngs & sOCial JustiCe: A lasagna dinner and screening of The Internationale pave the way for a musical tribute to Pete Seeger by Ben Koenig, Mark Greenberg and friends. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 5:30-10 p.m. $20-25; cash bar. Info, 479-5600.

fairs & festivals

Waking WinDOWs 4: A four-day fête features more than 50 musical acts, comedy performances, film screenings, local art, and food and drink at participating restaurants. Various locations, Winooski, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. $5 per show; $20 festival button. Info, 655-4563.


'BriDges': Local filmmaker Harry Goldhagen presents his drama about a doctor's journey from bitterness to compassion, starring Michael Manion. A discussion follows. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 6:30 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 827-3945.

vermOnt COllege OF Fine arts spring Film resiDenCy: 'amreeka': A Palestinian Christian mother and her teenage son face challenges after immigrating to the suburban midwest in this indie drama. A discussion with director Cherien Dabis follows. The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-8734.

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FOOD FOr thOught liBrary vOlunteers: Pizza fuels teen discussion of books and library projects. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

musiC With 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.

Beginner spanish lessOns: Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. plauDerstunDe: Conversationalists with elemental knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over lunch. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, noon. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-1677.


'tOp girls': See WED.30, 8 p.m.


COunterpOint: The U32 High School Camerata accompanies the vocal ensemble in a joint concert directed by Nathaniel Lew. U-32 High School, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 540-1784. martha reDBOne: Backed by a five-piece acoustic band, the singer sets the poetry of William Blake to country blues as part of her Roots Project. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-25. Info, 603-646-2422. shelBurne vineyarD First thursDays COnCert: Kip de Moll brings dynamic harmonies, racy rhythms and soulful serenades to an intimate show. Partial proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-8:30 p.m. Free to attend; cost of food and drink. Info, 985-8222.


kevin BrOWn: The Montpelier-based mystery writer excerpts the recently released Snow-Dark Crossing, then discusses his craft. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. pOWerFul pOetry & DeCaDent Desserts: Poets featured in Randolph's PoemTown close out the monthlong literary celebration with a reading of selected works set to music. Esther Mesh Room, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 728-4127. 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. stOryCODe vermOnt meeting: Lit lovers get creative with a digital-storytelling exercise and learn about the Young Writers Project. Young Writers Project, Burlington, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 324-9537.

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vermOnt humanities COunCil BOOk DisCussiOn: 'B.i.g.: Big, intense, gOOD BOOks’: Mary Hays facilitates conversation about George Eliot's Middlemarch. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 626-5475.




ptO tag sale: Offerings of household goods, toys and clothing support Sustainable Living Initiatives Motivating Youth. Orchard School, South Burlington, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3395.

Saturday Story Time Every Saturday at 11am

rummage sale: Bargain hunters thumb through a wide array of gently used items. Grace Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7943 or 878-8071.

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April enjoy a special discount. Kickoff event 4/30 from 4-6pm.

stella, average lOOking mullighans & marCO pOlO: Regional bands deliver a headbanging evening of rock-and-roll at this all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872.

rummage sale: Affordably priced clothes, books and toys make for good buys. Baptist Building, Fairfax, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 849-6313.


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.

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'BleaCher Bums': The Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre stages nine innings of comedy featuring a motley crew of diehard Chicago Cubs fans. Brick Box, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. 'CaBaret guignOl': A ragtag gang of musicians, dancers and puppeteers transcend oppression in Firefly Productions' original theatrical adventure. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $22. Info, 644-2977. 'hair': The national Broadway tour of the acclaimed classic-rock musical brings 1960s counterculture to the stage. Mature language and content. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $44.5049.50. Info, 775-0903. 'in the next rOOm (Or the viBratOr play)': See WED.30, 7:30 p.m. natiOnal theater live: 'king lear': Academy Award winner Sam Mendes plays the title role in a broadcast production of Shakespeare's tale about a ruler's descent into madness. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 2 & 7 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $23. Info, 603-646-2422. 'the Quarry': See WED.30. 'the spitFire grill': See WED.30, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.



english COuntry DanCe: Lar Duggan, McKinley James and Albert Joy provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are taught by Adina Gordon and Martha Kent. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring a snack to share. Info, 879-7618. marshFielD COntra DanCe: Fiddlers Shirley White and Susan Reid and guitarist George White enliven a social dance benefiting the Jaquith Public Library. For ages 10 and up. Beaver Brook Farm, Marshfield, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 426-3190. miles DOnahue Quintet: The acclaimed horn player leads an all-star lineup of jazz musicians in an energetic show. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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pilOBOlus: Equal parts dancers, acrobats, mimes and theater artists, the acclaimed troupe pairs innovative choreography with raw athleticism. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-55. Info, 863-5966.


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musiC With Derek: Kiddos up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.




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.

vermOnt institute OF natural sCienCe hOmesChOOling series: Now hear this! Youngsters and their adult companions learn about the role sound plays in our environment through experiments, activities and games. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10-11:30 a.m. $13-15; preregister; free for adults. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223.

'Best OF the BurlingtOn Writers WOrkshOp 2014' reaDing: Peter Biello, Martin Bock, Paul Hobday and Amanda Vella share poetry and prose from the new anthology. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.


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spanish musiCal kiDs: Amigos ages 1 to 5 learn Latin American songs and games with Constancia Gómez, a native Argentinian. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


'still mOving: pilOBOlus at FOrty': Fans of contemporary dance screen Jeffrey Ruoff's awardwinning film about the evolution of the acclaimed troupe. A discussion with the filmmaker follows. Proceeds benefit Awareness Theater. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, reception, 6-7 p.m.; film, 7 p.m. $5-25 suggested donation; cash bar. Info, 238-4540.

pJ stOry hOur: Little ones dress for bed and wind down with tales and crafts. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

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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. 'reConstruCted notions': Middlebury College seniors present a diverse program of original works reflective of their diverse influences. See calendar spotlight. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6-12. Info, 443-3168.


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lunafest: Short films ranging from animation to documentaries celebrate women with stories of hope, humor and reflection. Proceeds benefit Vermont Works for Women and the Breast Cancer Fund. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, reception, 6 p.m.; films, 7:30 p.m. $15-40. Info, 655-8900.

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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. yoga Consult: Yogis looking to refine their practice get helpful tips. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 272-8923.

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musiC With derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

green mountain College Choir: Directed by James Cassarino, vocalists celebrate the natural world with works by Haydn, Antonín Dvořák and others in "In Nature's Realm." Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 287-8926. john faulkner: The Ireland-born singer and guitarist delights listeners with an acoustic show. Private residence, Braintree, 7:30 p.m. $7-20; bring a dish to share. Info, 728-6351. matteo Palmer: Alongside the Hokum Bros., the guitar virtuoso defies his young age with original acoustic compositions in a salon-style setting. See calendar spotlight. Mt. Philo Inn, Charlotte, 7-10 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info, 425-3335. Pete seeger triBute ConCert: Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz honor the folk icon's legacy with spirited tunes and sing-alongs. Local musicians open. Proceeds benefit renewable energy in Vermont. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 388-9857. steVe gillette & Cindy mangsen: The folk troubadours delight listeners with an acoustic show. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30-11 p.m. $10. Info, 518-561-6920. Vermont youth orChestra 50th anniVersary CommemoratiVe ConCert: Area musicians recreate VYOA's inaugural 1964 performance with a program of works by Bach, Brahms and others. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 863-5966.


neW neighBors ProjeCt WorkshoP: A daylong exploration of the state's growing cultural diversity features presentations, live music and a screening of Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity. Langevin House, Vermont Technical College, Randolph, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $25 includes lunch; preregister. Info, 388-4964.


ChiP stulen: Shelburne Museum's director of buildings presents "The Sidewheeler Ticonderoga: Lake Champlain's Steamboat Legacy and Preservation." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.




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friday night fires With the glass ProjeCt: Pianist Gregory Douglass and vocalist Joshua Glass blur the lines between classic and contemporary jazz. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, Berlin, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-1151.

'Boeing Boeing': QNEK Productions stages this Tony F Award-winning musical about a QN musiC With roBert: Music lovers EK ladies’ man whose scheming ways PR O of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert D U CTION S threaten to catch up with him. Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free 7:30 p.m. $16-18. Info, 748-2600. Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216. ES

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


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aCorn CluB story time: Little ones up to age 6 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.

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roaring 1920s sPring soiree & Benefit: Attendees dress as fashionable flappers and mingle over hors d’oeuvres and live music at this fundraiser for the farm's education programs. Shelburne Farms, 7-10:30 p.m. $100; preregister; limited space. Info, 985-8686.


gaBriel kahane & roB moose duo: The multiistrumentalists explore the intersection of classical compositions and contemporary folk with intimate arrangements. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, 863-5966.


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Clothes exChange: Fashionistas refresh their wardrobes with new and gently used threads. Proceeds benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $100 Shop First tickets for Friday; free on Saturday. Info, 859-9222.

ru12? lgBtQa Community CeleBration: 'the Big reVeal': Cocktails, catered fare, and live and silent auctions get folks amped up for the Pride Awards and an important announcement from RU12? Community Center. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6-10 p.m. $32; preregister. Info, 860-7812.


Pto taG sale: See FRI.2, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

'Born YesterdaY': A corrupt business tycoon gets more than he bargained for when his quickwitted mistress challenges his unethical motives in this comedy by the Lamoille County Players. Hyde Park Opera House, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-18. Info, 888-4507.

rummaGe sale: See FRI.2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

'CaBaret GuiGnol': See THU.1. 'an eveninG With GrouCho': Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante embodies the legendary comedian Groucho Marx in a fast-paced comedic production. See calendar spotlight. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 728-6464. First FridaYs With northern staGe: Informal conversation with Northern Stage members treats locals to an inside look at the Upper Valley theater company. Miller Arts Building Garage, White River Junction, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 291-9009, ext. 126. 'in the next room (or the viBrator PlaY)': See WED.30, 7:30 p.m.


kamikaze ComedY: Using audience prompts and participation, the improv troupe creates gut-busting sketches, talk shows, characters and games. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, family-friendly show, 6:30 p.m.; adult show, 8:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 578-4200.


daY oF russian Culture: An international celebration features the photography exhibit "Yaroslavl, Russia City Scapes" and a musical performance by Marina Mironova and Anna Brom. North End Studio A, Burlington, 1-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 863-6713.

'the QuarrY': See WED.30. 'the sPitFire Grill': See WED.30.


elizaBeth mattis-namGYel: The author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha's Path to Freedom considers prayer as a natural response to the human condition. A reception and book signing follow. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 333-4251.

hooPaPalooza v: Hula-Hoopers showcase their skills in choreographed routines at this benefit for Puppets in Education and the Burlington Rotary Club. Burlington City Hall Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $10; $50 per team. Info, 860-3349 or 793-8303.


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BurlinGton CommunitY tree nurserY PlantinG: Green thumbs plant saplings to later be transplanted throughout the Queen City at this Branch Out Burlington! event. UVM Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 863-0134.


'sPark & CeremonY': Marshfield's countryside comes alive with Amanda Franz and her movement troupe, vocalist Liz Gilbert, and Amy Königbauer's ceremony-inspired, site-specific installations. 782 Ennis Hill Road, Marshfield, 5-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 313-969-6158.

CraFt & vendor shoW: Folks get their fill of handcrafted wares and other items at this benefit for the Montgomery Historical Society. Montgomery Town Hall, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 326-4189.

vermonter's Ball: Tunes by DJ Robbie entertain attendees, who mix and match formal wear with plaid, mud boots and more. Silent auction proceeds benefit Dress for Success. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-18; cash bar. Info, 598-4782.


vermont old CemeterY assoCiation sPrinG meetinG: Lucien Haynes presents "The Paper Trail of Death." A lunch follows. Pomerleau Alumni Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $12 includes coffee hour and lunch; preregister. Info, 773-3253,


earth daY CeleBration: Kiddos and their parents honor the planet with games, crafts, songs and snacks. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-4 p.m. $20-25 per parent/child pair; preregister; limited space. Info, 434-2167. Green uP daY: The Winooski Valley Park District leads an effort to beautify Salmon Hole Park, after which participants enjoy scoops of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Salmon Hole Park, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5744, marshField Green uP daY: Volunteers lend a hand to the land and remove trash, metal and tires from public areas. Marshfield Town Garage, 8 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 426-3849.


CamBridGe area rotarY Bike, Boat & Gear sWaP: Bikes, canoes, kayaks and other seasonal equipment entice summer athletes. Bicycle assessments, tune ups and helmet fittings round out the sporty soirée. Partial proceeds benefit the rotary club. St. Mary's Church, Cambridge, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 644-5321. Clothes exChanGe: See FRI.2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CYCle de maYo: Bicyclists gear up for the spring riding season and browse gently used wheels. Music and Mexican fare round out the day. Alpine Shop, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 862-2714. hooFin' it For hoPe CalCutta: Neighbors gather for a spaghetti dinner at this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Walk featuring $1,000 to the top winner. Eagles Club, Milton, cocktail hour, 6-7 p.m.; Calcutta, 7-10 p.m. $75 per couple. Info, 309-9763. Paint reCYClinG: Households and businesses drop off latex or oil-based paints at this ecofriendly event. Parking lot. National Life Building, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 855-724-6809.

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CamBridGe area rotarY Pie For BreakFast: Dessert comes first when folks start off their day with slices of all-you-can-eat pie and bottomless cups of coffee. Proceeds benefit the rotary club. St. Mary's Church, Cambridge, 9 a.m.-noon. $5. Info, 644-2174. 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. Farm market: Farmers and artisans set up shop with diverse offerings. Tasting Room, Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-9463. 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 restaurant Week: See WED.30. vermont restaurant Week: Bartender BraWl: Five local mixologists use Vermont Spirits Black Snake Whiskey to craft concoctions that win over voters. Red Square, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. $10. Info, 864-5684.

sheeP shearinG & herdinG: Spring has arrived! Craig Marcotte gives ewes a seasonal haircut, while Steve Wetmore and his border collies herd sheep in the fields. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-14; free for children ages 2 and under. Info, 457-2355.

Wild ediBles CulinarY Weekend: Internationally acclaimed wild-food experts Nova Kim and Les Hook teach foodies how to identify and collect local vegetation for culinary purposes. A gourmet dinner featuring seasonal finds follows. The Inn at Weathersfield, Perkinsville, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $199-399 includes lodging, meals and workshop; preregister; limited space. Info, 263-9217.

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BodY, mind, sPirit exPo: Like-minded attendees explore "Living a Conscious Life" with vendors, readers, speakers and healers. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. Info, 893-9966. russian Cultural Festival: Locals learn about the country through an art workshop, a presentation by UVM professor Denise Youngblood and a screening of Short Stories. Fletcher and Pickering rooms, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. WakinG WindoWs 4: See THU.1, noon-2 a.m.


'BeYond the hills': A friendship between two young women that began in an orphanage gets tested when they become lovers in Cristian Mungiu's drama. In Romanian with English subtitles. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

r.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.30, 9-10 a.m. What is FasCia?: Certified structural integrator Irvin Eisenberg discusses how this underresearched connective tissue affects the body, then presents exercises for safer movement. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 12:30-2 p.m. $7-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


mommY & me tea: Mothers, grandmothers, caregivers and their children don their finest apparel for an elegant cup-and-saucer affair in celebration of Mother's Day. Maple Street Recreation Center, Essex Junction, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $5-20; preregister. Info, 878-1375.


earlY Childhood maYFest: Kiddos ages 6 and under and their families welcome spring with live music, crafts, pony rides and maypole dances. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; cost of pony rides. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.

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middleBurY studio sChool PotterY sale: Work by students and local artists is displayed alongside jewelry at this fundraiser for the school. Middlebury Studio School, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 247-3702.


vermont antiQue exPo & sale: Dozens of dealers display attic treasures, memorabilia and collectibles at this fair presented in conjunction with the Spring Fine Art & Craft Show. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 9 a.m. $7; free for kids under 12. Info, 878-5545.

sWanton Green uP daY: Nature lovers clear the roadsides and of litter and recyclables. Swanton Village Municipal Building, 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 393-0829.


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GIRL SCOUT DAY: Local troops bond over a funfilled day of badge work. Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-564-2498. GREEN MOUNTAIN YOUTH SYMPHONY AUDITIONS: Musicians of varying skill levels vie for spots in the organization. Contact organizer for details. Monteverdi Music School, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-4470, info@ HEALTHY KIDS DAY AT THE Y!: Youngsters get a jump on summer with activities, entertainment and tasty snacks. Pomerleau Family YMCA, Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. JASON CHIN: Vermont's own award-winning children's book author and illustrator has fun with scientific concepts at a book launch for Gravity. Phoenix Books Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. NEEDLE FELT CRAFT: Children ages 10 and up make an owl or penguin with needles and wool. Adult companion required for kids under 14. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. NEEDLE FELTING CLASS: Using needles, skewers and wool, crafters ages 8 and up create personalized hearts. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 1:30-3 p.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, 482-5189. SATURDAY STORY TIME: Youngsters and their caregivers gather for entertaining tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. SPANISH PLAYGROUP: Little ones up to age 5 join Constancia Gómez for stories, rhymes and songs en español. Crafts and snacks with Natasha round out the fun. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 4t-MagicHat043014.indd 1

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BTV BIG BEAT DANCE: DJs Apple Juice Kid and Pierce Freelon reinvent Afro-Latin rhythms at this benefit for the Mariposa Center for Girls featuring the Jeh Kulu drummers and opener DJ Jah Red. Arts Riot, Burlington, 8:30-11:45 p.m. $15. Info, 540-0406, DARTMOUTH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE: Student musicians interpret works by William Schuman, Johan de Meij and Jeff Tyzik in "The Big Apple," conducted by Matthew M. Marist. Dartmouth College professor Steve Swayne delivers a preconcert lecture at 7 p.m. in Faulkner Recital Hall. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422.



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HEATHER MALONEY: The classically trained singer delivers soulful folk-pop tunes at Ripton Community Coffeehouse's 19th anniversary celebration. Local performers open. See calendar spotlight. Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister for open mic. Info, 388-9782.


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.

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VERMONT CHORAL UNION: Jeff Rehbach conducts a varied program ranging from the works of Brahms to the premiere of Vermont composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz's Ave Verum Corpus. Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $10-15; free for SMC students with ID. Info, 654-2000. VERMONT PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: A spring concert features works by Beethoven, Sergei Prokofiev, Emánuel Moór and Samuel Magill. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 728-6464. VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS: Jaime Laredo conducts a program featuring pianists Anna Polonsky and Hyunah Yu in works by Debussy, Ravel and Mahler. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, pre-performance lecture, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m. $16-61. Info, 863-5966.


INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY: An avian adventure begins with a nature walk and concludes with visits from live birds. For ages 10 and up. Outreach for Earth Stewardship, Shelburne Farms, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Nature lovers discover edible and medicinal plants on a stroll with herbalist and registered dietitian Melanie Putz Brotz. Meet by the entrance to the Rena Caulkins trail. Intervale Center, Burlington, 12:30-3 p.m. $5-10; preregister at Info, 861-9700.


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. USING OBITUARIES & CITY DIRECTORIES IN GENEALOGY RESEARCH: Lynn Johnson helps family-tree enthusiasts use the sources to provide leads to nagging questions. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.noon. $5. Info, 310-9285.


FUNDAMENTAL FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC: Members of the Essex High School varsity team help new and experienced players develop their skills. Maple Street Park, Essex, 9 a.m.-noon. $10-15; preregister. Info, 878-1375.


BERND HEINRICH: As commencement speaker, the acclaimed scientist and award-winning author imparts his knowledge on Sterling College's class of 2014. Houston House Gardens. Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 586-7711, ext. 164.


'BOEING BOEING': See FRI.2, 7:30 p.m. 'BORN YESTERDAY': See FRI.2. '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. Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Museum, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 782-4144. 'IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY)': See WED.30, 7:30 p.m.

'THE QUARRY': See WED.30, 7:30 SARAH BLACKER: Blending acoustic p.m. rock, folk and jazz, the 2013 New SALON RECEPTION: Performers CK England Music Awards Female LA CO culminate Weston Playhouse's Artists U RT HB ES Y O F SA R A Performer of the Year presents an Retreat week and discuss four works-inintimate show. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. progress with theater lovers. Weston Playhouse, $15; $35 includes dinner package; preregister; 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 824-8167, ext. 101. BYOB. Info, 465-4071. ER

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MOUNTAIN DULCIMER MINI-FEST: Kingdom Mountain Dulcimers welcome guest performer and workshop leader George Haggerty for a daylong celebration of the instrument. St. Johnsbury House, 9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 748-2655.

THE SOUND INVESTMENT JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Dick Forman directs Middlebury College's big band in a toe-tapping performance. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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ice cream round out the afternoon. Battery Park, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. $25 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 540-3084.


CSA Open FArm DAy: Locavores head to more than 45 participating farms for tours, tastings and familyfriendly activities. See for details. Various locations statewide, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4122, DAiry DAy At the FArm: Visitors hop on a wagon ride and hang out with a herd of Brown Swiss cows as they parade from pasture to the milking parlor. Shelburne Farms, 1-4 p.m. $5 per car; free for walkins. Info, 985-8442. SquAre-FOOt GArDeninG: Master gardener Peter Burke outlines ways to maximize the production of petite plots. City Market, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. $510; preregister at Info, 861-9700.


VermOnt Antique expO & SAle: See SAT.3.


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,


CyCle De mAyO: See SAT.3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. lOVe lOCAl: A WeDDinG mArketplACe: Industry professionals and farm-to-table vendors help brides-to-be prep for their big day. Live music, tasty eats and prize drawings round out the pastoral party. West Monitor Barn, Richmond, noon-3 p.m. $5; free with advance registration. Info, 434-4483. Sheep SheArinG & herDinG: See SAT.3.

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VermOnt reStAurAnt Week: See WED.30, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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SOul purpOSe DeVelOpment: liGht BODy meDitAtiOn: Cynthia Warwick Seiler helps attendees access their higher selves in a focused practice. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. $15 suggested donation. Info, 671-4569.


Green mOuntAin yOuth SymphOny AuDitiOnS: See SAT.3.

'StuArt little': The Dallas Children's Theater entertains kiddos ages 5 and up with a stage

'tOp GirlS': See WED.30, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.


BrenDAn tAAFFe AnD the neW line: Accompanied by banjoist Pete Sutherland and guitarist Colin McCaffrey, the mbira player reimagines old-time ballads. New City Galerie, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $10-15. Info, 'An eVeninG OF SACreD ChAnt: A millennium OF SOArinG myStiCAl SOunD': Resonant acoustics heighten a diverse program ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to Native American chants. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Rutland, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-4301. GOSpelFeSt: SUNY Plattsburgh's Gospel Choir hosts an evening of urban-infused spirituals featuring guests John Harrison and the Montpelier Gospel Choir. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5-7 p.m. $5-16. Info, 518-565-0145. JOhn WeAVer: Accompanied by his wife, Marianne, on the flute, the renowned organist brings church's restored Steere pipe organ to life. Barton United Church, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 525-3084. nAtAShA kOVAl pADen: The Middlebury College affiliate artist presents a repertoire of Russian music on the school's new Steinway concert grand piano. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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VermOnt ChOrAl uniOn & miDDleBury COlleGe COmmunity ChOruS: See SAT.3, Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $1015. Info, 443-3168. VermOnt philhArmOniC OrCheStrA: See SAT.3, Barre Opera House, 2 p.m. $5-15; $32 per family. Info, 476-8188. VermOnt yOuth OrCheStrA 50th AnniVerSAry COnCert: Former VYOA music director Troy Peters conducts past and present VYO members in works by Beethoven and Tim Woos. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3 p.m. $12-17. Info, 863-5966.

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neW WOrlD JAzz COmpOSerS OCtet: The eightpiece group dedicated to highlighting works by contemporary artists delivers a spirited show. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000. nOrtheASt FiDDlerS ASSOCiAtiOn meetinG: Lovers of this spirited art form gather to catch up and jam. VFW Post, Morrisville, noon-5 p.m. Donations of nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 728-5188.

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eArly BirDer mOrninG WAlk: Avian enthusiasts don binoculars and keep a lookout for winged species on a woodland trek. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167.



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miDDleBury mAple run: A sweet half-marathon affords runners vistas of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. Proceeds benefit Addison County nonprofits. Porter Medical Center, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-noon. $25-60; $6-10 for post-race party. Info, 388-7951, ext. 2. SprinG Green: Hot wheels! Racing fans head to the track for the season opener between stock-car champions and competing speedsters. Devil's Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 1:30 p.m. $18-20; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 265-3112.



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ruSSiAn plAy time With nAtAShA: Youngsters up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.


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tip & Sip Arm BAlAnCe WOrkShOp: Using various techniques, participants learn to control their breath and body to achieve modified yoga poses. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 12:30-3:30 p.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, 603-973-4163.

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.


COmmunity reStOrAtiVe yOGA: Tisha Shull leads a gentle practice aimed at achieving mindbody balance. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-973-4163,


COmmunity BreAkFASt: The Ladies Auxiliary hosts a hearty start to the day for members and nonmembers alike. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. $3-7. Info, 878-0700.

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SWAp meet & DemO DAy: Hog riders get revved up at a barbecue party, where they buy and sell gear and test out new rides. Valid motorcycle endorsement required for demos. Green Mountain HarleyDavidson, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4778.

adaptation of E.B. White's tale about an adventurous mouse. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 3 p.m. $10-23. Info, 603-646-2422.

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TJM Run foR Lung CanCeR ReseaRCh: Locals walk or run to honor the memory of Tracy Jill McPhail, an avid runner who lost a spirited battle with the disease at age 25. Vergennes Union Elementary School, 10 a.m. $10-30. Info, tjmrunforlungcancerresearch@ WoMen's PiCkuP soCCeR: Quick-footed ladies of varying skill levels break a sweat while stringing together passes and making runs for the goal. Starr Farm Park, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; for women ages 18 and up. Info, 864-0123.


'Boeing Boeing': See FRI.2, 7:30 p.m. 'BoRn YesTeRdaY': See FRI.2, 2-4:30 p.m. 'eLeanoR RooseveLT: Wife, MoTheR and fiRsT LadY': Elena Dodd embodies the feisty feminist in a one-woman show about her marriage to FDR. American Legion Post 59, Waterbury, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. 'The QuaRRY': See WED.30, 2 p.m. 'The sPiTfiRe gRiLL': See WED.30, 5 p.m.



aManda LegaRe: The owner of Amanda's Greenhouses and Perennials shares her knowledge in a narrated slide show about annual flowering plants. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


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.


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, 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.

Ciné saLon: Ethnographic filmmaker Norman Miller discusses films made in Afghanistan and Bolivia in 1974 as part of the The Faces of Change Series. Mayer Room, Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.


'ToP giRLs': See WED.30, 8 p.m.


aMaRYLLis: veRMonT's eaRLY voiCe: See WED.30, St. Stephen's on the Green Episcopal Church, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $13 suggested donation. Info, 453-3513.


MoRning BiRd WaLk: Naturalist Matt Kolan leads an exploration through varied habitats in search of

feathered fliers. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 a.m. $6. Info, 985-8686.

available. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 316-0731.



CaReeR CounseLing seMinaR: Jim Koehneke helps participants identify their soul's purpose and create employment opportunities accordingly. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. PosiTive disCiPLine WoRkshoP: Author and noted early childhood expert Scott Noyes shares strategies for teaching children how to behave rather than reinforcing inappropriate choices. Shelburne Town Hall, 7-9 p.m. Nonperishable food donations. Info, 985-3993.


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

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BuRLingTon Business assoCiaTion suMMiT: Mayor Miro Weinberger joins UVM President Tom Sullivan and Fletcher Allen CEO John Brumsted to consider the organizations' relationship with the Queen City's economy. A Q&A follows. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 8-11 a.m. $30-50; preregister. Info, 863-1175.


BaLLRooM danCe CLass: Instructors Samir and Eleni Elabd help students break down basic steps. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, tango, 6-7 p.m.; wedding dances, 7-8 p.m. $12-14.50. Info, 223-2921. 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, piper.c.emily@ 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.

fairs & festivals

suMMeR CaMP faiR: Representatives from local organizations share information about exciting programs for kiddos. Snacks, activities and face painting round out the evening. Interpreters and childcare

'iRRePLaCeaBLe': Tim Sisarich explores the origins and history of international family structures in this compelling documentary. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Info, 864-5610. 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.

food & drink

The PennYWise PanTRY: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700. WondeRfeeT kids MuseuM Pig RoasT: Families feast on naturally raised meat from Brown Boar Farm at this shindig featuring live music, kids activities and dance performances. Proceeds benefit the museum. Wales Street, Rutland, 4-8 p.m. $5 for food; $5 per beer. Info, 282-2678.


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.

health & fitness

aLexandeR TeChniQue WoRkshoP: Katie Back teaches ways to move correctly and without strain, so as to relieve chronic pain and better perform daily physical activities. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5:45-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. genTLe Yoga WiTh JiLL Lang: Students get their stretch on with the yoga certification candidate. Personal mat required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 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. 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.

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avoid faLLs WiTh iMPRoved sTaBiLiTY: See FRI.2. heRBaL ConsuLTaTions: Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Masé and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9757. LaughTeR CLuB: See FRI.2, Turning Point Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 999-7373. 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.30.

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

CoMMuniTY CoLLege of veRMonT infoRMaTion session: Potential students meet with academic advisers to learn about courses and programs offered throughout the spring. Community College of Vermont Middlebury Campus, 5:15-6 p.m. Free. Info, 388-3032.


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BRidge CLuB: See WED.30, 7 p.m. TRivia nighT: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.

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Preschool story time & craft: Entertaining tales and creative projects help tykes ages 3 through 5 build literacy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. story exPlorers: Birds: Tykes learn about feathered fliers with a reading of Priscilla Belz Jenkins' Nest Full of Eggs and themed tunes. 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. 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, 862-6521, ext. 215.




french conversation grouP: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. intermediate conversational sPanish lessons: Adults sharpen their grammar skills while exploring different topics. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. 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.


'the neW Black': Yoruba Richen's award-winning documentary travels from church pews to city streets to examine gay rights issues in the African American community. A panel discussion follows. Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1251.


'toP girls': See WED.30, 8 p.m.



community medical school series: UVM professor of psychiatry David Rettew presents "Personality or Mental Illness? Understanding the Links Between Traits and Disorders." Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2886.


homeshare vermont information session: Those interested in homesharing and/or caregiving programs meet with staff to learn more. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5625. PoWerful tools for caregivers: A six-week course covers self-care topics relevant to those responsible for the medical needs of their family members. The Arbors at Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 985-8600.


ladies night: Women who ride — and those with the desire to — bond over motorcycles, drinks, DJed tunes and more. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4778.


'escaPe fire: the fight to rescue american health care': The Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health hosts a screening of Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman's award-winning documentary about the pressing current issue. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, cocktail reception and silent auction, 5:30-7 p.m.; film, 7-9 p.m. Free; preregister; cash bar. Info, 862-2333.

food & drink

Wednesday Wine doWn: See WED.30.


Bridge cluB: See WED.30.

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montréal-style acro yoga: See WED.30. r.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.30.


after-school maker series: triangular origami Boxes: Youngsters ages 10 and up transform paper into eye-catching, three-dimensional creations. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. evening BaBytime PlaygrouP: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 876-7555. meet rockin' ron the friendly Pirate: See WED.30. moving & grooving With christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. music & movement With lesley grant: See WED.30. story time & PlaygrouP: See WED.30.


english as a second language class: See WED.30. intermediate/advanced english as a second language class: See WED.30.


'toP girls': See WED.30, 1 & 8 p.m.


alexander ghindin: The Russian pianist lends this talents to works by Bach, Vivaldi and Rachmaninoff to kick off the Noon Music in May concert series. Community Church, Stowe, noon-1 p.m. Free to attend, donations accepted. Info, 253-7792.


undoing fear: Wendy Reese helps participants tap into their potential and become courageous, competent and confident. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


green mountain taBle tennis cluB: See WED.30.


glenn andres: Noting the significance of Middlebury's buildings, the Middlebury College professor considers the town's esteemed architecture. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

linda little: Burlington Discover Jazz Festival's managing director hits all the right notes in "Swing to Bop: Jazz in Pre- and Post-World War II America." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. martin sandler: The acclaimed author details amazing feats of construction in "The Transcontinental Railroad: America’s Greatest Adventure." Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. michael arnoWitt: In a performance lecture, the pianist explores the legacy of Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East on Western classical composition. South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. milton high school national history day encore! encore!: Local students share newfound knowledge in presentations based on "Rights and Responsibility in History." Milton Historical Society, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598. rick Winston: Referencing clips from his 12 favorite movies, the film expert weighs in on Hollywood's Golden Age. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. rosemary gladstar: The renowned herbalist examines the history of herbalism and its role in health care today. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. thomas denenBerg: Shelburne Museum's director considers a painting pedigree in "The Wyeths: The First Family of American Art." Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


'the Quarry': See WED.30, 7:30 p.m.


Book discussion: UVM English professor Emily Bernard facilitates conversation about Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8. don mitchell: The local author excerpts Flying Blind: One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace With Authority and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats. Charlotte Senior Center, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 425-6345. J. kevin graffagnino, nicholas muller, david donat & kristin Peterson-ishaQ: The editors of The Vermont Difference: Perspectives From the Green Mountain State discuss traditions, policies and practices featured in the essay collection. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2005. Poetry circle: Well-versed wordsmiths bond over their love of the written word. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. m

ani difranco: The feminist folk icon pairs an indie spirit with poignant lyrics and a captivating stage presence. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $39.75-46.75. Info, 775-0903. student Piano recital: A spring concert celebrates the efforts and talents of Diana Fanning's pupils at Middlebury College. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

early sPring Wild Plant Walk: Herbalist Annie McCleary leads a stroll through diverse landscape, on which she identifies edible and medicinal plants, shrubs and trees. Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury, 6-7:30 p.m. $1-10 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 456-8122.

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animals ANIMAL COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP: Come for a fun day of learning to communicate telepathically with animal friends, in a straw-bale studio, in a beautiful natural setting. Designed to be experiential and to offer skills and varied approaches to help facilitate this heartopening experience. Sat., Jun. 7, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m (arrival 9:45 a.m.). Cost: $100/6-hour workshop. Location: Meadowhawk Homestead, 2825 Hollow Rd., N. Ferrisburg. Info: Windhorse Consulting, Julie Soquet, 482-5251,,


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.

CREATIVE ENVISIONING: It’s been said that the unexamined life is not worth living, so examine it already! This workshop will lead participants through a fiveweek process developed to help people thoughtfully and compassionately examine their lives, envision their ideal future and turn their visions into reality. Meets once per week. Every Mon. starting Jun. 2, 7-8 p.m. $100-$250 sliding scale. Location: Bassett House, 173 North Prospect St., Burlington. Info: Eric Garza, 8818675,, creative-envisioning. 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,





ADV. WOOD: DESIGN PROJECT: For those who have already built projects through our introductory classes, or for those seeking instruction in specific areas, this course offers woodworking expertise tailored to the furniture project of your choice. Come with a drawing, a concept, or even a piece that you’ve started but has you stumped, and work with a professional woodworker. 8 Wed., 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jun. 25-Aug. 13. Cost: $380/person (members $315, nonmembers $350, + $30 shop fee + wood). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648. BEGINNER WATERCOLOR: Instructor: Jackie Mangione. Learn how to use this wonderful transparent painting medium to it’s fullest advantage. Each week we will work from a combination

FUNDAMENTALS OF JEWELRY DESIGN: Instructor: Jean Chute. Learn the fundamental techniques used in making jewelry and create your own unique designs. Explore sawing, drilling, filing, sanding, texturing and soldering. Create basic pieces such as charms, pendants and simple bracelets. Explore the characteristics of metal and gain the skills necessary to ultimately complete a finished, polished piece in fine silver. 6 Wed., 5-7:30 p.m., Jul. 9-Aug. 13. Cost: $250/ person (members $193.50, nonmembers $215, + $35 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648. FURNITURE REFINISHING: Instructor: Gered Williams. Have a piece of furniture in your house that needs to be brought back to life? Come learn the principles of furniture refinishing. Learning about different types of finishes and leave with your beloved piece restored back to its original beauty. Minor repairs can also be

LANDSCAPE PAINTING: Instructor: Robert Huntoon. Working on location at Shelburne Farms and other lakeside locations, discover the joy of creating realistic impressions directly from nature. Using traditional or water-soluble oils, practical approaches to palette preparation and color mixing will be addressed as well as opportunities to combine photo references with first-hand observations. 6 Wed., 6-8:30 p.m., Jun. 18-Jul. 23. Cost: $215/ person; members $193.50; material list. Location: Shelburne Craft School, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648. MIX-LEVEL WHEEL-THROWING: Instructor: Rik Rolla. This course is for all skill levels! Beginners will be guided through the fundamentals of basic wheelthrowing techniques. More experienced students will consider elements of form and style and receive individual instruction in functional or sculptural techniques. 7 Mon., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jul. 14-Aug. 25. Cost: $240/ person (members $180, nonmembers $200, + $40 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Craft School. Info: 985-3648. SKETCHBOOK SHENANIGANS!: Instructor: Julianna Brazill. A sketchbook-based exploration and documentation of individual imagination and the world around us, this class stretches the limits of the definition of art. While this class will challenge students to think outside the box, it is not a strict, skill-based class by any means. The main focus is imaginative play! 6 Thu., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jul. 10-Aug. 14. Cost: $180/person (members $157.5, nonmembers $175, + $5 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648. WAX CARVING-METAL: Instructor: Matthew Taylor. Come make a beautiful finished piece of jewelry by carving

WHEEL AND HAND-BUILDING: Instructor: Jules Polk. Breaking away from round. Are you tired of feeling like you are making the same shaped pots over and over again? This class will take basic shapes thrown on the wheel and give you the hand-building and finishing skills to make any shape you can think of! Techniques will include: shaving, darting, faceting, fluting, cutting and stacking. Prerequisite: Beginning wheel. 8 Sat., 10 a.m.-noon, Jun. 28-Aug. 16. Cost: $270/person (members $207, nonmembers $230, +$40 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648. WHEEL-THROWING/INT.TO ADV.: Instructor: Rik Rolla. This class will explore a variety of throwing and altering techniques with hand-built additions to bring your pottery to a new level. Bring sketches and ideas to this class and let Rik individualize a curriculum for you! 8 Wed., 4:30-6:30 p.m., Jun. 25-Aug. 13. Cost: $270/ person (members $207, nonmembers $230, +$40 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648.

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, 598-1077, DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,,


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FIND THE PERFECT WORK FOR YOU!: If you are unemployed or not happy in your job this series is for you! Turn your job search inside out and learn a unique approach to create work you love. Revisit your strengths and passions in order to discover your Life Purpose; create an

DAY IN VERMONT: WATERCOLOR: Join Vermont artist Peter Huntoon for an exciting one-day watercolor workshop. Peter will review watercolor fundamentals and the all-important building blocks that lead to great paintings. After lunch Peter will share his distinctive artistic approach with a demonstration painting, Q&A and individual painting as time allows. Sat., Jul. 26, 9-4 p.m. Cost: $160/ person; members $144; material list. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648.

INTRO TO WOOD: SHAKER TABLE: Instructor: Rachel Brydolf-Horwitz. A comprehensive introduction to woodworking, this course explores the basic principles of lumber selection, hand tool and machinery usage, milling, joinery and finishing. Students will build their own Shaker-style hall table, taking the project from blueprint through completion, learning to both organize and conceptualize a furniture project, and gain familiarity with the woodshop environment. 8 Mon., 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jun. 23-Aug. 11. Cost: $435/ person; (members $315, nonmembers $350, + $85 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648.

wax! In this wax-carving class you will spend three weeks designing and carving the wax. The piece will then be cast in sterling silver. After the piece is cast, you will spend two weeks cleaning, finishing and polishing your work. Cost of casting is not included. 5 Wed., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jun. 4-Jul. 2. Cost: $245/person (members $207, nonmembers $230, + $15 material fee & casting cost). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648.


WAY OF THE BOW, TEEN SCOUT: Way of the Bow: Students will craft a bow and arrow while also learning wilderness skills like how to track wildlife, camouflage naturally, and stalk quietly across the landscape. Teen Scout: Action-packed lessons of invisible survival, tracking, counter tracking, stealth, camouflage, self-defense and awesome levels of awareness. Way of the Bow: Jul. 13-18. Teen Scout: Aug. 4-8. Cost: $700/weeklong overnight camp. Location: ROOTS School, 192 Bear Notch Rd. (GPS will fail you), Bradford (really Corinth). Info: Sarah Corrigan, 456-1253,, rootsvt. com.

BLACKSMITHING: Instructor: Bob Wetzel. Using a forge you will learn basic blacksmith techniques from building and maintaining fire to hammer control. Students will create hooks, pokers and small leaves during this two-day workshop. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jun. 21 & 22. Cost: $205/person (members $157.50, nonmembers $175, + $30 materials fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648.

looked at and fixed. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Jul. 19-20. Cost: $245/person (members $207, nonmembers $230, shop fee $15, + wood & finishes). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648.


MONETIZE YOUR CREATIVE GIFTS: Complimentary workshop, “7 Keys on How to Monetize your Creative Gifts.” In this workshop, you will learn specific tools and mindset shifts that will empower you to share your creative work and, if you wish, monetize it. The world is waiting for your gifts; what are you waiting for? Sun., May 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., suite 140, Shelburne. Info: Golden Beam of Light, Rosine Kushnick, 845-399-2436, rosine@,


of still life and photos and learn how to use watercolor paint to achieve new effects in your painting. 5 Tue., 5:307:30 p.m., Jun. 17-Jul. 15. Cost: $145/nonmembers; members $130.50; material list. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648.


INTRODUCTORY STONE CARVING: A few of the great classes we offer: Two- to five-day classes (beginner to advanced) in stone carving, slate lettering and relief carving, welding, jewelry-scale metal casting, bronze casting, decoy carving, copper sculpture, flint knapping, fusing and slumping glass, steel sculpture, mosaics, pulp paper sculpture, cold cast sculpture, carving animals in stone. Check us out on YouTube & Facebook. Location: The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 438-2097, info@carvingstudio. org,

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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: $50/4week class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

empowerment INCREASING YOUR INNER PEACE: This course provides exercises to deepen gratitude, interpret life’s symbols and messages and help to shift from Ego to Self. It requires a minimum of three students to run. Led by Susan Ackerman, author and teacher, who practices daily living in inner peace. May 17, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $40. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

HEALING DANCE FOR WOMEN: Free your expressive self! Forge a deeper connection between mind and body. Using dance and other movement techniques, we will explore the interplay of thought, feeling, sensation, action and movement as metaphor for inner experiences. Ideal for women recovering from depression, trauma, addictions. Dance experience not necessary to participate. 6 Tue. starting May 13, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Cost: $120/6-week session. Location: Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 312, Burlington. Info: Turnstone Assoc. in Psychotherapy & Expressive Arts Therapy, Luanne Sberna, 863-9775-2,

helen day INTRODUCTION TO SOLIDWORKS: Learn the basics of Solidworks, a popular CAD tool. Model your first 3-D parts in virtual space and create a virtual moving mechanical assembly! Includes interactive “follow-along” lessons with instructor and individual help. Understanding CAD will open new doors in 3-D printing, CNC machining, laser cutting and design. Cost: $240/ person; $216/BCA members. Location: Generator (Memorial Auditorium), 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: generatorvt. com.

herbs 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

HERBS FROM THE GROUND UP: With Larken Bunce and Joann Darling. Grow your own apothecary! Join an intimate group of plant enthusiasts for a season in the garden. Learn everything from soil amendment, garden design and seed-starting to harvesting, drying, medicinemaking and seed-saving. Develop deep relationships with medicinal plants and understand how to use them in your daily life. Every Mon., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., May 5-Oct. 13. Cost: $900/person; $100 deposit; preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: 224-7100,, 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. 2627, 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;

language ALLIANCE FRANCAISE: SUMMER SESSION: Six-week French classes for adults at our Colchester and Montpelier locations. Jun. 9-Jul. 18. Evening and morning sessions available. Classes this summer include French through Songs, French around Town, Beginning French Review and Intermediate French Grammar. New this summer: We offer an intensive four-day session in Advanced French in the Montpelier area Jul. 28-31! We also offer private and small-group tutoring. Location: Alliance Francaise, Colchester & Montpelier. Info: Micheline Tremblay, 881-8826, 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,, 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 Québec! 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, maggiestandley@

martial arts AIKIDO: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Classes for adults, children and beginners 7 days a week. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and

VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconfidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072,,

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Shambhala Café (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. MEDITATION

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LASER CUT JEWELRY: Create pendants, earrings, charms, and bands with an Epilog 60 watt laser cutter. This class will focus on using the laser cutter to design and craft acrylic, wood and leather jewelry. Students will learn basic laser cutting and software skills to etch and cut their

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@,

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: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100,,

confidence in oneself. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785,


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,


CHAKRA PERSONALITIES & HEALING: Join author, Bach Flower Practitioner and Nutritional Kinesiologist Linda Wojcik to learn about the missing link of the healing puzzle and change the way you think about healing. Take a vibrational journey into your soul through the physical and emotional bodies, remembering who we are and why we are here. Sat., May 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $75/4-hour class w/ lunch break. Location: Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, 125 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 660-8060, spiritdancer.

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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,


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: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100,,


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 timeouts 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 La., Waterbury. Info: 244-7909.

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,

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Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, MINDFULNESS AND STRESS: Mindfulness and the Stress Response: Skills for the Real World. A four-week course discussing how stress manifests in you personally and how mindfulness can help. You will leave class with tools to help when you are in the moment and have support starting a five-minute meditation and gratitude practice. 4 Thu. starting May 15, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Cost: $80/1.25-hour class. Location: The Wellness Collective, 431 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Trail to Wellness, LLC, Susan Whitman, 923-6070, susan@,


A COURSE IN SACRED MANTRAS: Study and practice a selection of sacred mantras from different spiritual traditions of our past. Explore the profound principles contained within sacred words and learn to embody them in your life. Part theory and part practice. Embark on a journey of inner change and spiritual growth through sound and study. Weekly on Tue., 7:308:45 p.m., May 6-Jul. 1. Location: Friends Meeting, Bassett House, 173 North Prospect St., Burlington. Info: Andrew Sepic, 730-0112, vermont@,

tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902,

CRAFT DISTILLING COURSE: Craft Distilling as a Profession: The Vermont Experience is a short course that brings students into direct contact with a variety of processes involved in building, operating, and working in a distillery and the distilling industry. Lectures, labs, visits from experts, demonstrations and hands-on experience at distilleries introduce distilling and still design, fermentation, distillery economics, and basic business and marketing skills. May 19-30. Cost: $2,500/11day short course. Location: Vermont Technical College, 124 Main St., Randolph Center. Info: Vermont Technical College, Melissa Nelison, 728-1677,, agricultureinstitute.

well-being MOONLIGHT BODY MIND SPIRIT EXPO: Speakers, vendors, readers, healers and aura photography. Fourteen free workshops! Parking in adjacent garage and/ or on street plus on-site restaurant within walking distance to various parking garages, shopping, and amenities! May 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $5/person. Location: Hilton Burlington Hotel, 60 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 893-9966, moonlightgiftshoppe@yahoo. 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

BURLINGTON HOT YOGA: TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga classes featuring practice in the Barkan and Prana Flow Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Ahh, the heat on a cold day, a flowing practice, the cool stone meditation, a chilled orange scented towel to complete your spa yoga experience. Get hot: 2-for-1 offer. $15. Go to Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. Info: 999-9963.

WRITING MICRO MEMOIRS: Flash Nonfiction. Back by popular 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 Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@, 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 Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@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


EVOLUTION YOGA: Evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Therapeutics and Alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolutionvt. com. HONEST YOGA, THE ONLY DEDICATED HOT YOGA FLOW CENTER: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in Essentials, Flow and Core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to

LAUGHING RIVER YOGA: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. Check our website to learn about classes, advanced studies for yoga teachers, class series for beginners and more. All bodies and abilities welcome. Now offering massage. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, SOUTH END STUDIO: We are not just a dance studio! South End Studio offers a variety of yoga classes for all levels and budgets in a welcoming environment. Each week we offer two heated Vinyasa classes, five $6 community classes and our other yoga classes include Vinyasa, Mindful Yoga, Hatha Flow, and Sunday Yoga Wind Down. Check our online schedule for days & times. Cost: $13/class; passes & student discounts avail.; all yoga classes 60-75 minutes. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044, YOGA ROOTS: Flexible, inflexible, athletic, pregnant, stressed, recovering from injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! Skillful, dedicated teachers 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! May 3, 11 a.m.-noon, Free Intro to Feldenkreis w/ Uwe Mester; May 7, 6-7 p.m., Basics of Meditation w/ Charlie Nardozzi, 4-week series; May 8, 9-10 a.m., Free the Jaw, Neck, Shoulders w/ Uwe Mester, 6-week series; May 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Yoga & Gardening w/ Heidi Bock & Charlie Nardozzi; May 11, 2:30-4 p.m., Mother’s Day Yoga w/ Marilyn & Susan Buchanan; Thu., 10:45-11:30 a.m., Yoga Roots Sprouts (ages 2-5 w/ parents & caregivers); Mon., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Yoga Roots Saplings (K-4th grade); May 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., The Birth That’s Right For You w/ Lisa Gould Rubin. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090,


YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Mindful Breath Tai Chi (formerly Vermont Tai Chi Academy and Healing Center), 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 735-5465,


PERFORMANCE WRITING: Summer writing camp for middle schoolers. Join Alexandra Hudson in creative writing for the stage. This workshop invites you to take creative risks through games and play to help you create characters, scenes, monologues and dialogue. Be brave, be bold and make the magic of theater come alive on the page. Aug. 4-8, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091,,

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ROOTS OPEN HOUSE & SKILL SHARE: This is a free, familyfriendly event for those who are interested to see us as a school, what we love doing, the facilities and the land. Skill share! People will be working on projects to check out and work on, or bring your own. Outdoor oven will be hot: pizza! May 3, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Location: ROOTS School, 192 Bear Notch Rd. (GPS will fail you), Bradford (really Corinth). Info: Sarah Corrigan, 456-1253,, rootsvt. com.


MUSICAL THEATRE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP: Join Bill Reed and world-class faculty members from the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City for this weeklong professional musical theatre training intensive. Through this transformative immersion experience, paticipants will enhance their vocal technique and release physical inhibitions. Jun. 22-28. Cost: $700/person. Location: Spotlight Vermont, 50 San Remo Dr., S. Burlington. Info: Sally Olson, admin@theatricalsinger. com,

Books of Vermont/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. 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: 633-2384,,


a.m.-noon, daily. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091,,


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,,

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Nat Baldwin talks bass, basketball and his new album, In the Hollows B Y D A N BOL L ES

NB: I wanted to make something that was a little more consistent than my past records. In past records, there was a wider spectrum of things happening from song to song. I hadn’t written a batch of songs all at once before. So after a couple of months of writing, these songs seemed to fit together nicely. There is a spectrum of ideas within the songs, but they’re linked. SD: There seems to be a sonic consistency, too, especially in the string arrangements. NB: That’s Rob Moose from yMusic. He did some arrangements for some of the first songs I had written for the album for a festival we were playing, and I loved them. So when it came time to record the album, I asked him to bring those arrangements and if he wanted to do more. He was into it.

cool. And the string arrangements … the songs were already the songs, and the strings came after. I haven’t figured out how to incorporate them in addition to the other stuff I have to do. And in the smaller, intimate places we’re playing, hopefully the energy of the live performance will translate. So it makes sense to play kind of stripped down. And it’s a hell of a lot easier to tour that way.

SD: How has your jazz background informed your music with Dirty Projectors and your solo work? NB: At this point it’s kind of subconscious, stuff that’s embedded over the years. It just becomes a part of you, your musical identity. Whatever you’re doing, it’s a confluence of everything you’ve studied and experienced in the past. I don’t ever think consciously of N AT B A L D WI N SD: Your solo muhow I can incorposic can sometimes rate aspects of jazz be rather spare, instrumentally. Was or avant-garde music into stuff I’m doing there a concern of overdoing it with the now. But it probably does seep in there strings? somehow. Like, when I’m singing, coming NB: I didn’t want the arrangements to take from a jazz background, I’m thinking a lot away from the intimacy of the songs. I want about phrasing, working with and against it to still feel like a solo record with little the time in music, going behind the beat adornments here and there that accent and or rushing the beat. It’s all things that I punctuate certain parts. I love listening to thought about while studying jazz, and solo music. It can be really powerful, espe- though I’m not consciously thinking about cially live. But for an album, for the defini- it while writing a song, it’s become part of tive recordings of these songs, 45 minutes me as a musician. of just solo bass could potentially be kind of challenging. So having really simple but SD: Before you got into music, you were nice arrangements that buoyed the feeling a serious basketball player. Do you see a of the song, to move things along, I think connection between music and sports? it worked. NB: Well, in Dirty Projectors there are six people. There are five people on a basSD: How did Otto Hauser fit in on drums? ketball court and we can say, on average, NB: Most of my music is cyclical and al- there are about five people in a rock band, ready has a repetitive rhythm happening. maybe four. So everyone has their defined So it’s sort of obvious how drums would roles in a band, which is similar in basketwork, but almost too obvious. It’s hard to ball. Everyone has their positions and the imagine sometimes what drums would do role they play within the team concept. So to it. Or maybe, it’s hard to imagine them just that simple idea is a very direct correnot doing something super obvious. But lation. You’ve got the lead singer and the he seemed like somebody who could do lead scorer. There’s the rhythm section something interesting. So we came up with and the guys setting picks and reboundsome really simple parts, minimal stuff ing. As long as you know your role and are that added something to the song and fit in aware of how it fits in a team framework, the framework and approach. or a band framework, it will ultimately lead to greater success.  SD: In concert, it’s just you and Otto. How much do you have to adjust from INFO the album versions of songs to a live setting? Nat Baldwin and Otto Hauser at Waking NB: It’s just been me solo for a long time. Windows 4, Saturday, May 3, 8:30 p.m., at the So just adding one person is going to be Winooski United Methodist Church. $5/20.








n his new record, Nat Baldwin wanted to find consistency. Written while the Dirty Projectors bassist was training for a marathon at his home in Kittery, Maine, In the Hollows is a product of his twin passions: art and athletics. Baldwin would train in the morning, immerse himself in the novels of Nabokov, Ben Marcus and Flannery O’Connor while he recovered in the afternoon, and then work on music into the evening. The result is an album rooted equally in discipline and emotion, and whose song cycle reflects Baldwin’s curious spirit and methodical nature. As with his earlier solo works, the arresting pop suites on Hollows center around Baldwin’s prodigious instrumental skill and reflect the influence of his avant-garde-jazz background. But they are also deeply intimate pieces whose varied themes are given life amid wandering vocal melodies flecked with spectral strings and percussion. The songs are both engaging and challenging, offering riddles for inquisitive minds and comfort for tired souls. This Saturday, May 3, Baldwin will perform with Vetiver drummer Otto Hauser at the Winooski United Methodist Church as part of the Waking Windows 4 music festival. In advance of that show, Baldwin spoke with Seven Days by phone about his

new release, his background and the link between music and basketball. SEVEN DAYS: You come to Vermont pretty often. I gather you like it here. NAT BALDWIN: I love it. I think the first time was in 2008, and I’ve been coming back consistently ever since. The Angioplasty Media guys always treat me great. And I’ve met a lot of cool people through them. SD: I hear they made you a bacon cake for your birthday recently. Tell me that’s as awesome as it sounds. NB: [Laughs] It is. That was amazing. It works better than you might think. SD: I see Ryan Power is opening your hometown show. NB: Yeah, I’ve known Ryan for years. We played together the first time I played in Burlington, and we’ve become really good friends. So I asked him to come do the album-release show in Kittery. He’s been here a few times now, and people freak out about him. He has a strong fan base here. He’s a very talented guy. SD: Speaking of the new record, was there anything specific you were trying to do or get across with it?




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and watch a nickelBack cover band, you sellout! Why do you hate Vermont!? Jeez. Settle down. We’re going totally locavore in the column. But I’ll be drinking Narragansett this weekend, thank you very much. Because they’re sponsoring WW4. (Note to ’Gansett: Please to be sending the Del’s Shandy to Vermont. We Rhode Island expats are curious/terrified to try it.) I wanted to save the local bands for the column for a couple of reasons. One, there’s a ton of them playing WW4. And two, even with all the great regional and national bands, in my mind the locals are the backbone of the festival. Since this column is where you and I get to chat one-on-one, I figure it’s the best place to sing the local scene’s praises. But first I’m gonna hit you with some math. At last count there were 108 performers slated to play WW4. You can buy a weekend pass for all four days for $20. I try not to opine on ticket prices too often, but that’s an unbelievable deal that works out to 18 cents per band. Obviously, you can’t possibly see all 108 bands — unless you

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After months of anticipation, we’re finally on the verge of what I’ve referred to more than a few times as the coolest music festival in Vermont, Waking Windows 4. I, for one, am relieved. For starters, this year’s lineup is rigoddamndiculous and I’m anxious for the fun to start. For another thing, I’ve been pimping this fest for months and I’m starting to run out of puns and references to the words “waking” and “windows” — not to mention I’ve got only a month left to come up with suitable jazz puns before the Discover Jazz Festival starts. My job is hard. Kind of. Anyway, if you’ve already leafed through this week’s issue and are only now getting to my li’l column — it’s cool, I flip to iSpy first like everyone else — you might have noticed the feature on page 36 highlighting seven nonlocal bands worthy of your eyes and ears at this year’s fest. And maybe you checked out the interview with nat Baldwin on page 62. And then maybe you thought, Wow, that’s a lot of Waking Windows 4 coverage! Then you might have paused, considered said coverage and thought, Wait a sec. None of those bands are local. Have you forsaken Vermont bands like you did Vermont beers last week, Dan

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are tim lewis, of course. But even if you only see, say, five bands, which you can easily do in only a couple of hours on any night, that’s less per band than the typical $5 door charge at most local clubs. That, friends, is a steal. The fun begins on Thursday, May 1. The Monkey House has an all-Vermont lineup beginning with three Quarter husky, a side project of waylon speed’s kelly ravin and his girlfriend kristen przyBylski, with Ravin on drums and Prz … Kristen on tele and vocals. I’ve never heard them, but I’m an unabashed Ravin fan. Plus, I love the info on their Facebook page. Under the General Manager tab they list, “Ain’t no one telling KP and KR what to do.” And under Influences they list “Each other.” Aww… Rounding out the lineup are a longtime personal favorite, anachronist, longtime Tim Lewis favorite vedora, my ole buddy lowell thompson, Brett hughes’ monoprix — Full disclosure: My bro and Seven Days’ steve hadeka are in that one — the whiskey dicks and Waylon Speed. By the way, I caught WS at Higher Ground last weekend and here’s my very serious music critic review: Holy shitballs. Across the roundabout at oak45 — use the crosswalks, kiddos — local microlabel NNA Tapes is throwing a gnarly experimental pop showcase, the local highlight of which is ryan power, fresh off his gig with Nat Baldwin in Maine. Also, say hi to Vermont expat peter negroponte, who plays with guerilla toss. Those looking for more chill environs may want to swing by Misery Loves Co. for a DJ set by heloise williams, or the Mule Bar for hip-hop and EDM courtesy of melo grant, tricky pat, mean martin and gold cheng. By the way, you’ll find similarly interesting DJ sets at both of those venues all weekend long, including from the likes of vinyl ritchie, cooley, Bonjour hi and criBwell & goodspeed, to name but a few. Check your local listings. Things really get rocking on Friday, May 2. The Monkey has another ace local slate, including paper castles,



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


HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Wild Life (trap), 11 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with Melody, 10 p.m., free.

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

JUNIPER: Patricia Julien Project (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

THE STAGE: Jacqueline Laviolette (singersongwriter), 6:30 p.m., free.

LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell, Clyde Stats and Chris Peterman (jazz), 7 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 electro), 9:30 p.m., $5/7. 18+.

RED SQUARE: Wild Man Blues (blues), 7 p.m., free. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: WW4 Pre-Party: Deerhoof, Awkwafina, Celestial Shore (indie rock, hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday: Close to Nowhere (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: King Me (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Tim Davis (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.


BAGITOS: Game Night, 5 p.m., free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth and Katie Trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Jeanne & Jim (folk), 8 p.m., free.

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THE BEE'S KNEES: Allen Church (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant & Friends (country), 7:30 p.m., free.


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

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Songwriters in the Round: Derek Burkins, Rik Palieri, Rebecca Padula, 7:30 p.m., donation. VENUE: Noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi, 8 p.m., free.

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



CHARLIE O'S: Endless Jags (indie rock), 10 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: I'd Tap That (Spinal Tap tribute), 9 p.m., $7.

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BAGITOS: Colin McCaffrey & Brendan Taffe (folk), 6 p.m., donation.

SWEET MELISSA'S: O'hAnleigh (Irish), 7 p.m., free.


FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. The Harder They Come (trap), 10:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Juliana Reed Band (rock), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Trivia Mania, 7 p.m., free. Funkwagon, MIster F (funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. PIZZA BARRIO: The Verbing Nouns (folk), 6:30 p.m., free.

THE BEE'S KNEES: Kristen Graves (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Open Mic,, 8 p.m., free.

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CITY LIMITS: Trivia Night,, 7 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: DJ Blinie (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

Girl Power For reasons we don’t quite understand, EDM is very much a

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RED SQUARE: The Tenderbellies (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (EDM), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Joe Young & Marina Evans (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. ZEN LOUNGE: Lisa Lashes, Dread, Vakkuum, Chia (EDM), 9 p.m., $8/10/12. 18+.

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one to crack the prestigious Mag Top 10. Lashes plays YOUR Zen Lounge in Burlington this YOUR SCAN DJ THIS PAGE TEXT TEXT WITH LAYAR Thursday, May 1, with DJs DREAD, VAKKUUM and CHIA. HERE HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER

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

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The MIlk Carton Kids, Brian Wright (indie folk), 8 p.m., $15/17. AA.

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MONOPOLE: Soul Junction (rock), 10 p.m., free.


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THE MONKEY HOUSE: WW4: The Whiskey Dicks, Monoprix, Lowell Thompson, Vedora, Anachronist, Three Quarter Husky (rock), 6 p.m., $5/20.



HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Willionaire (folk), 7 p.m., free. Bonjour Hi (house), 10 p.m., free.

MISERY LOVES CO.: WW4: Heloise Williams (DJ set), 8:30 p.m., $5/20.



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RADIO BEAN: Ben Weiss (folk jazz), 5 p.m., free. Cody Sargent & Friends (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Mike Lorenz Trio (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11:30 p.m., $5.

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

MONOPOLE: Open Mic, 10 p.m., free.

FINNIGAN'S PUB: Craig Mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free.

ZEN LOUNGE: Spring Fling with DJ Kyle Proman (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

OAK45: WW4: NNA Tapes Showcase with Guerilla Toss, Ryan Power, Bromp Treb, Great Valley, Belarisk (experimental), 6 p.m., $5/20.


RADIO BEAN: Bob Gagnon (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. Kiki's Lost Nation (rock), 11 p.m., free.


TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

MULE BAR: WW4: Gold Cheng, Mean Martin, Tricky Pat, Melo Grant (hip-hop, EDM), 9 p.m., $5/20.




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ULTRAVIOLET, EASTERN MOUNTAIN TIME and Portland, Maine’s WHALE OIL. Local highlights from the later session include BLUE BUTTON, SNAKEFOOT AND PRINCIPAL DEAN, HELOISE AND THE SAVOIR FAIRE and the ubiquitous DISCO PHANTOM. The folks from local collective Friends + Family have a pair of showcases on Saturday, including an 5 09 Women of Song w/-Abby afternoon session at Sloane Mercantile featuring loopy Vermont expat NUDA Jenne, Elle Carpenter & Sara Grace VERITAS, lo-fi popsters SUPER BONHEUR, understated and under-appreciated 5 10 APEX indie-folk duo WREN AND MARY, and 5 16 THE MAIN SQUEEZE LIFEMUSIK MIT ANDRE, a side project of ANDRE WELKS of LAWRENCE WELKS & OUR 5 17 Soule Monde BEAR 2 CROSS renown. Then the F+F gang 5 23 AFINQUE move over to the MLC Bakeshop for a slate of hard-rocking regional bands, 5 30 Fari Friday w/ Satta Sound including, among many others, (NEW ENGLAND) PATRIOTS, BANNED BOOKS and KAL MARKS — see the WW4 feature on page 36 for more on that last band. 5 02 The House Band If pretty indie-folk is more your speed, swing by oak45 and catch W W W . P O S I T I V E P I E . C O M another strictly local showcase with 8 0 2 . 2 2 9 . 0 4 5 3 GREGORY DOUGLASS, CAROLINE ROSE, MARYSE SMITH and MICHAEL CHORNEY, the DUPONT BROTHERS, QUIET LION, and CAM WILL — see 8v-positivepie043014.indd 1 4/28/14 3:38 PM the review of Will’s latest on page 67. Finally, WW4 wraps up with, of all things, a pizza party at the Monkey House on Sunday. Locals DEVIL IN THE VENUENIGHTCLUBVT.COM WOODS and HELLO SHARK open the day and give way to Boston’s FAT CREEPS and WW3 vets SPEEDY ORTIZ before Disco 02 - DANCEHALL Phantom closes it all down, as he MIXDOWN should. 08 - FUEL So, yeah … any questions? 







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I never got the awesome pun in Yates’ band’s name until recently saying it out loud to my girlfriend on my way to their recent show at the Monkey. (Try it, I’ll wait…) In other news, sometimes I’m kind of a dummy. Oak45 has an enticing showcase of local indie and electropop, including LAUREN AKIN, NYIKO, TOOTH ACHE. and POURS. The last group has been generating a bunch of buzz for their long-awaited — still awaited, dammit! — debut record, including from the scribes at NME magazine, who get bonus points for using the word “gossamery” to describe BRYAN PARMELEE’s vocals. Meanwhile, at the MLC Bakeshop, Burlington-based punk label Get Stoked! Records host a showcase featuring some snarling local hardcore and punk talent, including GORGON, the WORST FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE,

VULTURES OF CULT and TYLER DANIEL BEAN. If you’ll recall, Bean garnered national attention last year for his excellent emo record Longing. His follow-up 7-inch, Everything You Do Scares Me, is equally potent. Saturday, May 3, is the pinnacle of WW4, not least because it features the unveiling of the festival’s crown jewel: The outdoor stage on West Canal Street outside Donny’s New York Pizza. And what a lineup! On the local angle, it includes the BRASS BALAGAN, SMITTENSoffshoot LET’S WHISPER, SWALE, BARBACOA, ALPENGLOW and ROUGH FRANCIS — the last of whom, as you probably know, features 7D’s BOBBY HACKNEY JR. But wait, there’s more. So, so much more. The Monkey House is loaded with Vermont acts sandwiching an evening comedy show with ultra-funny locals PHIL DAVIDSON and KYLE GAGNON and NYC comic SEAN DONNELLY. The early slate includes RYAN OBER AND THE LOOSE ENDS, the BURLINGTON BREAD BOYS, VIOLETTE


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(standup comedy), 7 p.m., $7. Sean Donelly (standup comedy), 9 p.m., $8. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Claims (rock), 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Van Gordon Martin Band, Rumblecat (funk, dub), 9 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: Kid's Music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. David Mirabella (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. Wrangell-Saint Elias (doom folk), 8 p.m., free. Kristen Graves (folk pop), 9 p.m., free. Coquette (alt rock), 10:30 p.m., free. Grundlefunk (funk), midnight, free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: Acoustic Stew (rock), 6 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Dallas Heron (singer-songwriter), 8 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.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Jaz Entertainment DJ (top 40), 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Final First Friday: DJs Llu & Precious (house), 8 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

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RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ Reign One (EDM), 11 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. ZEN LOUNGE: Electric Temple with DJ Atak (hip-hop, top 40), 10 p.m., $5.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Barbie N Bones (rock), 9 p.m., free.

still, this is diverse, worldly and engaging stuff. Catch the SAM ROBERTS BAND at the Higher HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Kirko Bangz, Moufy (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $35/40. AA. YOUR YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington on Saturday, May 3, with CURRENT SWELL. TEXT TEXTHIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Sam WITH LAYAR Roberts Band, Current Swell (rock), 8:30 p.m., HERE HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER $15/17. AA.

MULE BAR: WW4: Sasquatch, L'Enfant Sauvage, Cooley, Vinyl Ritchie (eclectic DJs), 9 p.m., $5/20. OAK45: WW4: Pours, SoftSpot, JAW GEMS, tooth ache., Nyiko, Lauren Akin (indie, electro pop), 5 p.m., $5/20. SEVENDAYSVT.COM


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THE MONKEY HOUSE: WW4: Maui, Ice Balloons, And the Kids, Paper Castles, Endless Jags, Bad History Month, Mountain Says No, Phil Yates, Al Moore Blues Band (rock, indie), 5 p.m., $5/20.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: John Daly Trio (folk rock), 5 p.m., free. Phil Abair Band (rock), 9 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Cricket Blue (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. VENUE: Dancehall Mixdown with Jon Demus & DJ Chip, 10 p.m., free.

CHARLIE O'S: Whale Oil, the Parallels (rock), 10 p.m., free.

POSITIVE PIE TAP & GRILL: The House Band (soul, funk, reggae), 9 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 9 p.m., NA.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KNEES: Live Music, 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Abby Sherman (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. Hillside Rounders (bluegrass), 9 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom

PHAT KATS TAVERN: Flabberghaster (jam), 9:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Mister F (rock), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.



middlebury area

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

ARTSRIOT: BTV Big Beat Dance (Afro-Latin), 8:30 p.m., $15.

TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Toast (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

BLEU: Paul Asbell (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

upper valley

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck, the Mallett Brothers (rock), 8 p.m., $15.


CLUB METRONOME: Retronome with DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5. EL GATO CANTINA: Pre-Cinco De Mayo Salsa with DJ Hector, 10 p.m., free.

MISERY LOVES CO.: WW4: Disco Phantom (eclectic DJ), noon, $5/20. Cribwell & Goodspeed (eclectic DJs), 8:30 p.m., $5/20. MLC BAKESHOP: WW4: Friends + Family Showcase with Pilot Supreme, Ermine Coat, Feral Jenny, Dungeon Jungle, Drawing, Banned Books, Krill, Kal Marks, (New England) Patriots (experimental, indie), 3:45 p.m., $5/20. THE MONKEY HOUSE: WW4: Whale Oil, Eastern Mountain Time, Violette Ultraviolet, Ryan Ober and the Loose Ends, Devil in the Woods, JAW GEMS (rock, indie), noon, $5/20. WW4: Sean Donelly, Kyle Gagnon, Phil Davidson (standup comedy), 6:15 p.m., $5/20. WW4; Disco Phantom, Heloise & the Savoir Faire, Snakefoot and Principal Dean, Fort Lean, Blue Button, Vultures of Cult, Death to Tyrants (rock, electro pop), 8 p.m., $5/20. MULE BAR: WW4: Bonjour Hi, argonaut&wasp (EDM), 9 p.m., $5/20.

FINNIGAN'S PUB: Wave of the Future, the Mountain Says No (rock), 10 p.m., free.

OAK45: Gregory Doglass, Caroline Rose, Maryse Smith & Michael Chorney, the DuPont Brothers, Quiet Lion, Cam Will (singer-songwriters, indie folk), 4 p.m., $5/20.

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

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Acoustic Stew (rock), 5 p.m.,


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NECTAR'S: Girls Rock Vermont presents VALOR: the 2nd Annual All Female Arm-Wrestling Tournament, 5 p.m., $5 donation. Lucid, Gosepimp Orchestra, FiKus (blues, funk), 9 p.m., $5.

RED SQUARE: DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 3 p.m., free. The Phreaks (Phish tribute), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

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MLC BAKESHOP: WW4: Get Stoked! Showcase with Vultures of Cult, Tyler Daniel Bean, The Worst Five Minutes of Your Life, Get a Grip, Gorgon, Gorcrow, Regret (hardcore, punk), 5 p.m., $5/20. AA.


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

RADIO BEAN: Amanda Ruth (folk), noon, free. Hannah Beth Crary with John Drudry (folk), 5 p.m., free. Aaron Flinn (rock), 7 p.m., free. The Spectacular Average Boys (rock), 9 p.m., free. Sons of Hippies (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. Smooth Antics (soul groove), midnight, free.


MISERY LOVES CO.: WW4: Hilary Martin (DJ set), 8:30 p.m., $5/20.


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

PIZZA BARRIO: EmaLou (folk), 6:30 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Storm Cats (rock), 5 p.m., free. Live Music, 8 p.m., $5. Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Con Yay (EDM), 9 p.m., $5.

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Cameron Boyd doesn’t have a backstory typical of most local musicians. The New Jersey native was a child actor whose primary claim to fame was a recurring role on the HBO drama The Sopranos, in addition to work in commercials, film and even a stint on Broadway. Fortunately, Boyd’s story doesn’t follow the unseemly trajectory common among child actorsturned musicians like, say, Leif Garrett, Corey Feldman or Lindsay Lohan. Now based in Burlington, Boyd performs under the name Cam Will. His debut full-length

record, Winter Left Its Lights On, suggests he’s an entirely well-adjusted fellow, if maybe a little melancholy. It also reveals that his time as an actor was beneficial. Will — we’ll refer to him by his stage name from here on — proves a deft storyteller with a knack for cinematic arrangements and details that set moody, expansive scenes. Will’s gentle, breathy warble, homespun melodies and self-aware lyricism recall Conor Oberst but without the penchant for distressed melodrama. That’s not to say Will suffers a lack of emotional gravitas, merely that he’s generally measured and tactful about it. On spare cuts such as “Find the Point,” “Nothing on the Trees” and “Open Container,” you can almost see Will writing late at night by the light of a bedside lamp against a creeping winter darkness. There’s a stark yet comforting quality to his writing, especially in those quieter junctures. In more expansive moments, Will adds feather-light adornments to his guitarvoice aesthetic that broaden his scope and evoke the desolate beauty of the record’s seasonal muse. On opener “Old Skyline,” a high-toned guitar arcs above a chugging


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fashion that’s really only possible in a live setting. With just a handful of exceptions, typically in admittedly fiery jams toward the end of the show, Eden: Live at the Chandler plays almost identically to Eden the studio album. When it was released last year, Eden signified a daring stylistic shift for Thayer and his band. Moving away from the roots-driven rock of their earlier canon, the album saw Trainwreck veering into jammier territory. In my review of the record, I wrote that while the new direction could well attract new legions of idle jam fans, it could also alienate listeners originally drawn to the band’s twangier leaning. So is the new live album a concession to the new fan base, a contingent that tends to prize live recordings over their studio counterparts? Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck are a terrific live band. Thayer, in



It’s sort of hard to fathom why Eden: Live at the Chandler by Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck exists on its own. Recorded at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph in January 2013 and released in late April 2014, the live album captures the band playing its then-unreleased 2013 record Eden live in its entirety. No doubt the show was a special night for fans, who had yet to hear the band’s third fulllength. And judging from the recording, it was a heck of a performance as Thayer and company played the record virtually note for note. But that’s kind of the issue: They played the record virtually note for note. A good live album should do two things. First and foremost, it should capture a thrilling live performance, which, in fairness, Thayer’s latest mostly does — albeit at a fidelity only a notch or so above a soundboard bootleg. Two, it should offer a take on existing recorded material that augments or presents it in a

particular, is one of the most progressive Tops Starting at $5 and underrated banjo players around. And he’s a commanding front man to boot. In the moments when the band FRI. MAY 9 strays from what’s on the studio record, 6AM-8PM Eden: Live at the Chandler does offer SAT. MAY 10 some genuinely killer performances 8AM-5PM worthy of a live recording. Guest fiddler Patrick Ross kicks the devil’s ass down to Georgia and back on “12 Inch Steel.” And YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE the extended versions of both “Trials” TEXT WITH LAYAR and “Wreckoning” offer heady takes on HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER their studio counterparts, suggesting that the band has the capacity for a great live album. All Uniform Purchases Maybe that’s precisely why the Eden (excludes footwear) redux feels like such a letdown. This one per customer band is capable of so much more than valid 5/9 and 5/10 only regurgitating material that already exists in a far superior form. Eden: Live at the Holiday Inn Chandler could be a must-have for Thayer 1068 Williston Rd completists. Everyone else would likely be better served with the original. Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck 12v-JoAnns-uniform043014.indd 1 4/28/14 2:54 PM play the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction this Friday, May 2. Eden: Live at the Chandler is available at bowthayer. com.

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free. The Complaints (rock), 9 p.m., free. SLOANE MERCANTILE: WW4: Friends + Family Showcase with Max Wice, Nuda Veritas, Super Bonheur, Wren and Mary // Ghostcycles, Lifemusik Mit Andre (experimental, indie), noon, $5/20.

CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set with Cats Under the Stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon's Tequila Project (funk), 10 p.m., free. LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Kalob Griffin Band, Townsend Revenue (improv rock), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.


MOOG'S PLACE: Seth Yacovone Band (blues), 9 p.m., free.

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THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: Something with Strings (bluegrass), 10 p.m., free.

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



FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of Music (singersongwriter), 7 p.m. Vermont's Next Star, 8 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Welcome to my Living Room (eclectic DJ), 7 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6:30 p.m., free. Elle Carpenter (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Brett Hughes & Friends, 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Craig Mitchell (house), 7 p.m., free. Small Change (Tom Waits tribute), 7 p.m., free. ZEN LOUNGE: Karaoke with Megan Calla-Nova, 9 p.m., free.

chittenden county

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Storytelling BTV, 7 p.m., free/$5. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


Kid headlines the BTV Big Beat Dance Party, performing alongside Burlington’s own JEH

BAGITOS: Karl Miller (jazz guitar), 6 p.m., donation.

percussion ensemble. Local DJ JAH RED opens the show, which is a benefit for the SCAN THIS PAGE Mariposa Foundation. WITH LAYAR Building Blox (EDM), 10 p.m., LOUNGE: Dead Winter SEE PROGRAM COVER

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



NECTAR'S: MI YARD Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Demus, 9 p.m., free.

THE STAGE: Val Davis (singersongwriter), 5:30 p.m., free. Chickweed (folk), 8 p.m., free.


Azealia Banks, among others. He is also the cofounder of the Beat Making Lab, a unique

TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Ten Rod Road (rock), 6 p.m., $3. Jam Man Entertainment (house), 10 p.m., free.

THE PARKER PIE CO.: Live Music, 8 p.m., $5.


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THE LAUGH BAR AT DRINK: Comedy Open Mic (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free.

outside vermont



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

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BAGITOS: Kristen Graves (singer-songwriter), 11 a.m., donation. Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Dallas Heron (alt-folk), 6 p.m., donation.

THE BEE'S KNEES: Steve Morabito and Friends (jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.


WINOOSKI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: WW4: Nat Baldwin & Otto Hauser, White Hinterland, Lisa/Liza (indie), 7 p.m., $5/20.

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WAKING WINDOW OUTDOOR MAIN STAGE: WW4: Rough Francis, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Ice Water, Foam Castles, Alpenglow, Barbacoa, Swale, Let's Whisper, Brass Balagan (rock, indie), 1:30 p.m., $5/20.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Chicky Stoltz (one-man band), 6 p.m., free. Willie Edwards Blues Band, 9 p.m., free.

Asbell, Clyde Stats and Chris Peterman (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

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

VENUE: Saturday Night Mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus, 8 p.m., $5. 18+.

CHARLIE O'S: Dance Party (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Peter Krag (jazz), 11 a.m., free. Pete Sutherland & Tim Stickle's Old Time Session, 1 p.m., free. Trio Gusto (Parisian jazz), 5 p.m., free. Tango Sessions, 5 p.m., free. Dataura (mooncatstyle), 9 p.m., free. Social Club: the Return with Yellow Crocs & Turkey P (downtempo), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Seth Yacovone Band (blues), 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. ZEN LOUNGE: In the Biz with Mashtodon (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.

chittenden county BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke/ Open Mic, 8 p.m., free.


Carpernters, the Aerolites (rock), 7 p.m., $12/14. AA.

HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free.



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

MLC BAKESHOP: WW4: Kids Music with Linda Bassick, 1 p.m., $5/20.

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

THE MONKEY HOUSE: WW4: Pizza Party! with Disco Phantom, Speedy Ortiz, Fat Creeps, Hello Shark, Devil in the Woods (indie), 6 p.m., $5/20.

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

PENALTY BOX: Trivia With a Twist, 4 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: Metal Monday: Savage Hen, Vaporizer, Shotgun Cure, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.


BAGITOS: Eric Friedman (folk), 11 a.m., donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Mass Appeal Comedy Showcase (standup), 7 p.m., NA.

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

upper valley

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Tuck's Rock Dojo 5th Birthday Concert (rock), 6 p.m., NA.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke with Funkwagon, 9 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Joe Adler: No Repeats Residency (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., free. Open Mic, 9 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Brickdrop (rock), 7 p.m., free. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz Music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5-10 donation.

chittenden county THE MONKEY HOUSE: Charlie Messing & Friends (blues), 7 p.m., free.

SWEET TEXT MELISSA'S: Bruce Jones (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., free.


stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: Doug Perkins (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: The Jason Wedlock Show (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

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

northeast kingdom THE STAGE: College Night: Victory Orchard (rock), 7 p.m., free.


NECTAR'S: VT Comedy Club Presents: What a Joke! Comedy Open Mic (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. Gang of Thieves, the Balkun Brothers (funk rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Joe Adler (rock), 5:30 p.m., free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Woedoggies (blues), 7 p.m., free. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

chittenden county THE MONKEY HOUSE: Dollar Past Sunset (rock), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Chad Hollister (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Open Blues Session, 7:30 p.m., free.

barre/montpelier BAGITOS: Padre Pauly (indie folk), 6 p.m.

GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth and Katie Trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free.

YOUR stowe/smuggs area TEXT THE BEE'S KNEES: Fred Brauer HERE (blues), 7:30 p.m., donation.

MOOG'S PLACE: Lesley Grant & Friends (country), 7:30 p.m., free. Tim Brick (country), 7:30 p.m., free. PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom THE PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

THE STAGE: Garrett LeBarge (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free.


outside vermont

CLUB METRONOME: DJ Hospice (EDM), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

MONOPOLE: Open Mic, 10 p.m., free.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. DJ Craig Mitchell (eclectic DJ), 11 p.m., free.

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

JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with Melody, 10 p.m., free. LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul

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Wing Woman Judith Vivell, Vermont Supreme Court lobby

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t’s a brave contemporary artist who sets out to render large-scale likenesses of exotic and glamorous birds. The work will inevitably be compared with that of John James Audubon (1785-1851), whose life-size drawings and watercolors of 497 species, reproduced as prints in The Birds of America, endure as an unparalleled achievement of art and ornithology. Undaunted, Judith Vivell is showing a suite of a dozen monumental bird portraits in the lobby of the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier. Her skillful oil paintings differ from Audubon’s work in both their manner of execution and their intent. Audubon was as much a naturalist as an artist. He sought scientific accuracy in his detailed depictions, with the ambitious objective of cataloguing the North American aviary — initially for an amazed British audience. Audubon could be expressive in the poses he chose for his subjects, but it’s each bird’s intricate details and rendered habitat, not Audubon’s own artistic interpretation, that consistently takes precedence in his work. Vivell is also a realist. She paints with great exactitude, expertly capturing the anatomy of long, looping necks and broad or pointed bills. The texture of feathers and subtleties in plumage colors are beautifully represented as well. But Vivell is much more an artist than a naturalist. To her, birds primarily offer opportunities for aesthetic expression. In a statement introducing the Supreme Court show, Vivell notes that her training in the early-1960s New York art world, where gesture was everything, taught her that “art is not about documenting existence, but something far more ambitious; the subject of modern painting is expression itself.” It’s a lesson she has transported from her SoHo studio in Manhattan to her summer home in White River Junction — and from her grounding in abstraction to her later fascination with creatures of the sky. Eschewing Audubon’s tendency to dramatize his subjects, Vivell makes no attempt to give her birds personality traits with which humans might identify. From this dispassionate, distanced perspective, she is able to convey the otherness, the fundamental strangeness, of beings quite unlike ourselves. Vivell’s birds are entirely self-possessed. They seem to preen, but also appear wholly indifferent to human observation. It’s clear they can get along just fine without us.

American white pelicans


Roseate spoonbill and cormorant

Vivell’s birds are disconnected from their natural surroundings, too. The artist offers a suggestion of grass or water in a few of the paintings, but in most the birds appear against a neutral, monochromatic background that serves to focus attention on the birds alone.

In her 5-by-9-foot triptych showing a flock of American white pelicans, Vivell manages to distinguish the birds’ grayishwhite feathers from a grayish-white backdrop by giving the latter a faintly rosy glow. Although this three-part piece doesn’t fold, it resembles a Japanese screen painting in both its stylized subject matter and its elegantly minimalist composition. At $20,000, the pelican triptych carries the heftiest price tag in a show whose least expensive items are offered at $8,500. Vivell is no amateur, and the pricing of her work is commensurate with her professionalism. Her painterly effects can be utterly exquisite. Translucent feathers dangle like gossamer from the sides of a great white heron that crouches on a log against a mauve backdrop. The speckled cormorant in the foreground of another work stands as a pedestrian foil to a roseate spoonbill with unfurled pink-and-white wings. One of a pair of Eurasian spoonbills on joined canvases shows off similar coloring as it balances balletically on a partly submerged foot and pecks delicately at its neck feathers. Its stilled companion turns toward the viewer but doesn’t seem impressed by what it’s seeing. And then there’s the bare-throated tiger heron with feathers that look like elm

leaves, and a whooping crane that seems more furry than feathery. This latter piece is unusual in the show because the bird plays a supporting role to a larger element: finely veined lotus leaves accented by sunlight and shadows. But a full-frontal depiction of a red dish egret qualifies as the show’s least typical painting. With black streaks dribbling down from the bird’s tail feathers and scratchy scribbles on its chest, this specimen is much less kempt than the other 11. The egret’s punky hairdo enhances its appeal. It should be noted that technology enables Vivell to work far more humanely than did Audubon. She captures her subjects with a camera before transposing them onto canvas; he shot birds with a gun before posing them in his studio with thread and pins. Tens of thousands of birds were sacrificed to Audubon’s art. Vivell doesn’t ruffle her birds’ feathers, although she does warn us in her artist’s statement of “the bald fact of their likely annihilation.” K EV I N J . K EL L EY


Judith Vivell, bird paintings. Through June 27 at the Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier.

Art ShowS

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aIrporT ExHIBITS: oil paintings reflecting her travels by donna bourne, Gates; and paintings by brooke monte, skyway. may 1-June 30. info, 865-7166. burlington international Airport in south burlington.


BrooKE MoNTE: paintings, tiles and prints by the burlington artist. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5-8 p.m. may 2-31. info, 660-9005. dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington.

SaraH roSEDaHl: paintings by the children’s book illustrator, who painted one piece per day through the month of January. may 2-31. info, 434-3036. Richmond Free library.

BrucE r. MacDoNalD: “The Visible indivisibles project,” brushed and polished 23-inch squares of stainless steel, each representing an element in the periodic table. on view Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and First Fridays. Reception: Friday, June 6, 5-9 p.m. may 1-June 30. info, 800-639-1868. The havoc Gallery in burlington.


‘THE arT of crEaTIvE aGING’: The fifth annual juried exhibit of recent work by 34 older visual artists in central Vermont, including Anne sarcka, liz leseviget, Judy Greenwald and mark markowitt. Reception: Thursday, may 1, 5-7 p.m. may 1-30. info, 476-2739. Kellogg-hubbard library in montpelier.

cHITTENDEN couNTy SENIor arT SHoW: Artwork by seniors from burlington, south burlington, mt. mansfield, Colchester, CVu and essex high schools. Reception: wednesday, may 28, 6 p.m. may 1-28. info, 660-9005. Art’s Alive Gallery in burlington.

stowe/smuggs area

‘cloSE aT HaND’: Twenty uVm senior art students display their works from the semester. Reception: Friday, may 9, 5-6:30 p.m. may 7-15. info, 617-9355040. livak Fireplace lounge and Gallery, uVm dudley h. davis Center, in burlington. crEaTIvE coMpETITIoN: This monthly exhibit invites artists to submit one piece of work, of any size and medium, for an $8 entry fee and a chance to win big. All work is shown during First Friday Art reception and viewers vote on their favorites from 5 to 8 p.m. The artist with the most votes wins all the entry-fee money, and the works remain on view for the public to see. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5-9 p.m. may 2-9. info, The backspace Gallery in burlington. DEBoraH HolMES: oil landscapes of the Champlain Valley. meet the artist: Thursday, may 1, 6-8 p.m. may 1-31. info, 863-6458. Frog hollow in burlington. DENIS vErSWEyvElD: paintings and sculpture focused on the interplay of shape, composition and texture in common still-life objects. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5:30-8 p.m. may 2-July 31. info, 862-1001. left bank home & Garden in burlington. GrEGG BlaSDEl & JENNIfEr KocH: An exhibit of found photographs from the burlington artist couple. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5-8 p.m. may 2-31. info, 355-5418. Vintage inspired in burlington.

MalTEx ExHIBITS: Curated by burlington City Arts, all four floors are filled with artwork in a variety of media by the following local artists: Terry ekasala, Jessa Gilbert, Gabrielle Tsounis, Katie loesel, sam Talbot-Kelly, Kate longmaid, Alexis doshas, Tyler Vendituoli and elaine ittleman. may 1-June 30. info, 865-7166. maltex building in burlington.

has been capturing images in black and white since the mid-’90s. The Charlotte resident first learned to shoot decades ago on Kodak’s now-discontinued Infrared film. In “On the Street and Across the Lake,” an exhibit of photography at the Men’s Room in Burlington, Hagar recaptures the dreamy, impressionistic aesthetic of his early photographs using conventional black-and-white film. In a departure from the natural scenes that dominated his previous work, Hagar turns his gaze to the cityscapes of Burlington and historic architecture in Essex, N.Y. The exhibit opens with a reception this Friday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. Pictured: “Untitled Cityscape.” MarK loraH: “Alternate energy,” vivid, mixedmedia abstract paintings on panel and aluminum that explore the relationship between structure and material. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5-9 p.m. may 2-31. info, The s.p.A.C.e. Gallery in burlington. ‘MayDay: THE WorKErS arE rEvolTING’: Artwork by Red square employees. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5-8 p.m. may 1 through 31. info, 318-2438. Red square in burlington. paul HaGar: “on the street and Across the lake,” black-and-white photographs of cityscapes and architecture. Reception: Friday, may 2, 6-8 p.m. may 2-June 30. info, 864-2088. The men’s Room in burlington.

‘THE roaD lESS TravElED’: The Rock point school’s 14th annual student show features work from all grade levels. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. may 2-31. info, 863-1104. Rose street Co-op Gallery in burlington. STuDIo 266 Group ExHIBITIoN: The 14 working artists who share the space show their works. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5-8 p.m. may 2-31. info, 578-2512. studio 266 in burlington.

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MarcuS raTlIff: Recent collages by the Norwich artist. Reception: saturday, may 10, 5-7 p.m. may 7-June 30. info, 767-9670. bigTown Gallery in Rochester.

Karla vaN vlIET: “discovered poems,” words highlighted on pages of text to create new meaning from a prior existence. layering and mixed-media methods further develop the poems into artistic statements. Reception and poetry reading during Arts walk: Friday, may 9, 5-7 p.m. may 1-30. info, 989-9992. ZoneThree Gallery in middlebury. middlebuRy AReA shows


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SToWE STuDENT arT SHoW: works from students at stowe area schools, Thatcher brook elementary and harwood union high school. Reception: Friday, may 2, 3-6 p.m. may 2-June 1. info, 253-8358. helen w day Art Center in stowe.

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pEoplES acaDEMy STuDENT arT ExHIBIT: drawing, painting, photography and mixed-media works by high school students enrolled in art classes. may 1-11. roBErT HITzIG: paintings, and paintings on wood sculpture by the Vermont artist. Reception: Thursday, may 1, 5-7 p.m. may 1-June 29. info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in morrisville.

middlebury area

yaroSlavl cITyScapES: photos of streets, squares, rivers and buildings in and around burlington’s Russian sister city, by professional photographers from yaroslavl and Vermonter david seaver. part of day of Russian Culture events on may 3. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5-8 p.m. may 1-31. info, 865-7166. City hall Gallery in burlington.

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laMoIllE NorTH SupErvISory uNIoN STuDENT arT SHoW: The annual district-wide art show features works from students K-12. Reception: Tuesday, may 6, 5-7 p.m. may 5-8. info, 635-2727. Vermont studio Center in Johnson.

KylE THoMpSoN & STEpHaNIE larSEN: sibling Rivalry: 2 Views of our Region,” iconic and pop-art images by the burlington artist and dJ contrast with the whimsical, eastern european-inspired folk art of his sister. Reception: Friday, may 2, 5-8 p.m. may 2-31. info, 859-9222. seAbA Center in burlington.

Paul Hagar Paul Hagar, a self-taught photographer and psychotherapist,

‘IN THE STuDIo WITH Mary BryaN’: The gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary year with an exhibit of paintings in egg tempera, watercolor, oil and collage by its namesake artist. Reception: sunday, may 4, 2-4 p.m. may 2-september 7. info, 644-5100. bryan memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.

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ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Through May 18. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington.

Kathryn Milillo: Eighteen new oil paintings of lakes and barns in Vermont and the Lake George, N.Y., area by the Proctor artist. Reception: Friday, May 9, 5-7 p.m. May 1-31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury.

‘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. Through May 2. Info, 299-9790. Generator in Burlington..

rutland area

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.

Group Show: On the first floor, works by Brian Sylvester, James Vogler, Jane Ann Kantor, Kari Meyer, Kim Senior, Longina Smolinski and Lyna Lou Nordstrom; on the second floor, Holly Hauser, Jacques Burke, Jason Durocher, Susan Larkin and Teresa Davis. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. The Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington.

Lowell Snowdon Klock and Jean Cannon: A photographer and a watercolorist present works inspired by curves in living and inanimate forms. Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-7 p.m. May 2-June 30. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

‘Intimations of Self: A Five-Point Perspective’: Burlington College students Bianca Rivera, Gabrielle J. Tsounis, Zachary Brown, Kate Tilton and Casey O’Brien explore self-presentation of their time, culture and place. Through May 3. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington.

champlain islands/northwest

Frank Tiralla: A new oil-on-linen series features the ruffed grouse, along with other wildlife creatures, by the Franklin artist. Reception: Sunday, May 4, 1-4 p.m. Also includes reception for Jean Backhaus’ pen-and-ink drawings, as well as flower-inspired works by area students. May 1-June 29. Info, 933-6403. Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls.

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.

upper valley

Judith Vivell & Stacy Hopkins: “Never Seen Again,” paintings of gnarled branches that address issues of species extinction; and new jewelry in the designer’s La Specola and Coleoptera collections. Reception: May 2, 5:30-8 p.m. May 2-31. Info, 2950808. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction.

Jessica Remmey: Photographs that capture the beauty in ordinary settings. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. The Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Kasy Prendergast: Minimal abstract paintings by the local artist. Through May 2. Info, 578-7179. Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor.

Patty Castellini and Victoria Shalvah Herzberg: Two artists show new work created individually and collaboratively, including abstract monotypes, figure studies and pieces that combine both genres. Reception: Friday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. May 2-31. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

Leah Wittenberg: “At Witt’s End,” cartoons by the local artist created over 15 years. Through June 12. Info, 343-1956. Nunyuns Bakery & Café in Burlington. ‘Likeness’: Portraits in a variety of media by Vermont artists. Through May 27. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie in Burlington.

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Vanessa Compton: “Beauty in a Broken World,” collages by the Greensboro artist. May 1-June 18. Info, 467-3701. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

outside vermont

Shawna Armstrong: “Destinations,” digital and paper collage art. Reception: Saturday, May 3, 2-4 p.m. May 3-June 3. Info, 518-962-4449. Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y.

art events Acrylic Painting Class: Classes including instruction and materials — canvas, paint, brushes, smock and more. New theme and instructor each week. No experience required. RSVP at least one day before. Chaffee Downtown Art Center, Rutland, Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. $25/30. Info, 775-0356. First Friday Art: Dozens of galleries and other venues around the city open their doors to pedestrian art viewers in this monthly event. See Art Map Burlington at participating locations. Burlington, Friday, May 2, 5-8 p.m. Info, 264-4839. ‘Bradford Artists and Artisans, Past and Present’: The new exhibit it unveiled, and the reception includes a tour of Bert Dodson’s studio and Vision Quest, in the same building. Bradford Historical Society, Sunday, May 4, 2-4 p.m. Info, 222-4423.

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‘Lost Gardens of New England’: Museum director Bill Brooks gives a talk on the new exhibit. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Wednesday, May 7, noon-1 p.m. Info, 388-2117.

Brooke Monte A self-described “prolific” artist, Brooke Monte creates

an abundance of paintings, prints and tiles in his Pine Street studio in Burlington. His most recent body of work includes a series of oil paintings that meld vibrant washes of color with complex, interlocking geometric patterns. Monte says these pieces are inspired by “sacred geometry” concepts such as the golden ratio, and catch the viewer’s eye by toying with color transparency and spatial perception. “I like the idea of magic and metamorphosis,” the artist writes. “They embody the idea of an image as
a constant state of change. I make art that seems to develop new imagery as you look at it longer.” Some of Monte’s recent work is on view at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop, May 2-31. The exhibit opens with a reception this Friday, May 2, 5-8 p.m. Pictured: “Gyrus Aspicio.” ‘The Wyeths: First Family of American Art’: Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg gives a talk on this important, three-generation family of painters. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. Info, 223-3338.

ONGOING Shows burlington

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

‘Alice’s Wonderland: A Most Curious Adventure’: A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Through May 11. Info, 864-1848. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. ‘Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art’: Paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in diaspora. ‘Dorothy and Herb Vogel: On Drawing’: A collection of drawings on paper represents the second half of the Vogels’ gift to the museum, and focuses on new attitudes on the medium by artists over the past 40 years. ‘EAT: The Social Life of Food’: A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different

Marcia Hill & Cindy Griffith: Landscape paintings in pastel and oil by the Vermont artists. Curated by SEABA. Closing reception: Friday, May 2, 5-8 p.m. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. VCAM Studio 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. Through June 7. 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. 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. ‘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. Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-9 p.m. Through May 31. Info, 578-2512. The Soda Plant in Burlington. Terri Severance: “According to Terri,” mixedmedia paintings by the owner of Terri’s Morning Garden, a Waldorf-inspired preschool. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s: Pine Street in Burlington.

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call to artists art in the round Barn: Artists are invited to submit applications for the 24th annual juried exhibit in Waitsfield’s historic Joslyn Round Barn. Exhibit: September 22 to October 13. For more info and application form, call Kim Hopper. Joslyn Round Barn, Waitsfield through May 18. Info, 583-2558. 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. Exhibit: June 6 to July 3. Rose Street Co-op Gallery, Burlington through May 16. Info, 488-4051. canvas Peace Project: Artists are encouraged to contribute works about the women of South Sudan for an online fundraising exhibit. More info and registration online at canvaspeaceproject. org. Burlington, April 30-October 1.

creative comPetition: For this monthly artist competition and exhibit, artists may drop off one display-ready piece in any medium and size to Backspace Gallery, 266 Pine Street in Burlington, between noon on Wednesday and noon on Friday. Entry $8. During the First Friday reception, 5-9 p.m., viewers can vote on their favorite work; the winning artist takes home the collective entry money. The work remains on view for the duration of the exhibit. More info at ‘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.” Juror: Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor Stella Kramer. Info: Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction through May 14. ‘luminaries’ exhiBition: Artists and craftspeople are invited to deliver galleryready work on Thursday,

May 8, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, May 9, 2:30-5 p.m.; and Saturday, May 10, noon to 3 p.m., or by appointment. Maximum of three pieces per artist; entry fee $20. Exhibit will be May 31 to July 12. Nuance Gallery, Windsor. Info, 674-9616. 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. email Pilar Paulsen at, include name, city and contact. More info at miltonartistsguild. org. Through May 17. Info, 831-224-5152. ‘state of BeinGs’: Artists are invited to submit works that show the human form, representational or stylized, in any medium. Deadline: June 6. Exhibit will be July 22 to August 30. Studio Place Arts, Barre. Info, 479-7069.

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.

Through June 1. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne.

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suzanne houston: Traditional representational floral and landscape paintings in oil by the Shelburne artist. Second floor. Through May 30. Info, 985-3243. Shelburne Town Offices.

harald aksdal: landscapes in watercolor that the artist calls “meditations” on spirit and nature. Through June 1. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

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

‘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. 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.

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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. BARRE/MONTPElIER SHOWS

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sally huGhes: Original floral and landscape watercolor paintings by the Shelburne artist.

‘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.

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‘juxtaPose’: A group exhibit of photographs that contains two or more elements and illustrates the difference or similarity between them. Reception: Sunday, May 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Through May 18. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction.


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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.

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

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Judith Vivell: Monumental and arresting oil portraits of wild birds. Through June 27. Info, 8280749. Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier.

“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.

‘A Voice for the Voiceless’: A traveling exhibit that highlights the connection between domestic abuse and brain injury, as well as what people with TBI can accomplish. Through May 9. Info, 888-2180. Vermont Center for Independent Living in Montpelier.

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

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“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.

‘Kick and Glide: Vermont’s Nordic Ski Legacy’: An exhibit celebrating all aspects of the sport, including classic and skate skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski jumping, telemark, and back-country skiing. Through October 13. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

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‘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.

‘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.

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.

Jay Hudson: An exhibit of landscape photographs. Through June 2. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

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‘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.

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

‘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

his own past. For a recent series at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, N.H., the self-taught Quechee artist mounted an eclectic mix of objects on wooden boards to create twodimensional wall sculptures. (The objects include his father’s half-finished carvings, a box taken from the attic of a building about to be razed, and planks from Laro’s former residence.) Looking at the works feels like snooping through the cabinets in a stranger’s house, but the artist noted in a talk that he rarely intends for viewers to deduce a specific narrative or meaning: “You can pick your own story,” he offered. Laro’s sculptures are on view through June 6. Pictured: “From Here.”

décor items, needlework, tapestries and sculpted dolls. Through June 15. ‘Watercolors: The Artist’s Story’: Paintins by Maurie Harrington, Lyn DuMoulin, Andrea Varney and Gayl Braisted. Artist’s Talk: Sunday, May 25, 2 p.m. Through June 30. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. 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. 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.

Peter Doig: “No Foreign Lands,” a major survey of contemporary figurative paintings by the Scottish artist. Through May 4. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, QC. Steve Rosenthal, Wayne Nield & Dave Laro: Photographs of rural New England churches in black-and-white; wood-on-canvas works inspired by historic Baltimore buildings; and 2-D works with found materials, respectively. Through June 6. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. m

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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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‘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. ‘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. Through December 21. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.


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

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‘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.

Dave Laro Each piece of Dave Laro’s sculptures carries a trace of the person

‘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.



The Other Woman ★


verybody makes mistakes. Take Nick Cassavetes. It’s not his fault that John Cassavetes, the father of independent filmmaking, was his father, too. Given that he didn’t inherit an iota of Dad’s talent, however, it probably wasn’t the greatest idea to go into the family business. At the same time, Cassavetes seems to have made more than his share of bad choices. In 2010 he allegedly took $300,000 from a gullible Canadian in exchange for giving the man’s daughters parts in his next project, setting himself up for a lawsuit when he didn’t follow through. In 2011, Cassavetes took part in a poker game that litigants claimed was a Ponzi scheme that bilked them out of millions. In 2012, the director made headlines by defending incest (the subject of a work-inprogress entitled Yellow) and comparing it to gay marriage. That same year he was recognized as one of California’s Top 500 Tax Delinquents. In 2013, he failed to get Yellow released and sued a friend for welching on a poker debt. I don’t mention the filmmaker’s peccadilloes to be mean-spirited but to

provide the only conceivable explanation for his most heinous crime against humanity LADIES’ MAN Revenge is a dish best served dumb in yet — making The Other Woman. There’s Cassavetes’ comedy about women getting even with a only one reason the director of a movie as three-timing tool. successful as The Notebook (2004) would stoop to producing rejectamenta this rank: YOUR YOUR He’s bankrupt — maybe financially, beyond a SCAN THIS PAGE When her characters She becomes BFFs with her one-time rivals doubt creatively. TEXT TEXTaren’t behaving like WITH LAYAR Canadian theater dads are unlikely to and enlists them in a puerile campaign to get needy, neurotic children, they’re acting like HERE HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER lobotomized frat boys. Nothing in this upsidefinance his high-stakes hobbies further, and, even with the cad they share in common. You can feel your brain cells dying as you down ode to empowerment is remotely from the look of things, Cassavetes has been getting into more jackpots than he’s been watch the three pour Nair into his shampoo believable — much less entertaining — and winning over the past 10 years. The result bottle, put estrogen in his morning smoothie no one in the cast does anything that even is only-in-it-for-the-money moviemaking of and spy on him obsessively. The theme from resembles acting. It’s a manic, misogynistic “Mission: Impossible” is hauled out for those mess from start to finish. practically unimaginable crappiness. The buck stops with Cassavetes, of The traditionally winning Leslie Mann is scenes. Yup, somebody got paid for that course. No doubt trying to fill such a legend’s squandered in this film as a whiny housewife brainstorm. The comedy’s centerpiece sequence shoes does things to one’s mind. Too bad who discovers that her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is carrying on with not begins with Diaz surreptitiously spiking inspiring a sense of artistic integrity doesn’t one but two other women. They’re a high- the clueless dude’s drink with a laxative appear to have been one of them. Among powered attorney played by Cameron Diaz and ends with him emitting a symphony John Cassavetes’ most revered works is a and a younger ditz whose profession appears of gastrointestinal noises in a restaurant portrait of domestic pressure and pain called to be running on the beach in slow motion. stall. Yup, somebody got paid for recycling A Woman Under the Influence (1974). It’s a the volcanic evacuations from Dumb and shame the man who made The Other Woman She’s played by supermodel Kate Upton. wasn’t a little more influenced himself. After freaking out for the better part Dumber and Bridesmaids. That somebody is screenwriter Melissa (and I use the term loosely) of the first RI C K KI S O N AK act, Mann’s character does what any self- Stack, a woman who, I have to say, gives the respecting woman in her position would do. impression of not thinking much of women.






The Quiet Ones ★


arely has a movie been less aptly titled than The Quiet Ones, a horror flick where roughly 85 percent of the scares consist of loud crashes, smashes, bangs and thuds. Cranking the sound levels abruptly from zero to 11 certainly makes moviegoers jump in their seats, but there’s a difference between being flustered and being frightened. This latter-day product of renowned UK horror brand Hammer Films has all the finesse of a county-fair scarehouse, and it’s about as scary. That’s unfortunate, because the script — cowritten by director John Pogue — starts with a juicy little retro scenario that gives the filmmakers opportunities to riff on the history of their genre. In 1974, Oxford University prof Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) recruits a small group of students to help him summon and control a poltergeist, believing the supposed spirit to be a manifestation of one person’s latent psychic power. This is a well-worn parapsychological theory, but Coupland approaches it with a grasp of experimental methodology that places him among the maddest, most arrogant and bone-headed of all mad, arrogant and bone-headed scientists in the horror tradition. Convinced he’ll win a Nobel Prize by harvesting the “negative energy” from a troubled young woman named Jane (Olivia Cooke), he locks her up in a spooky

QUIET RIOT Harris encourages Cooke to go with her bad self in Pogue’s uninspired horror flick.

old house and proceeds to aggravate the hell out of her. The entity that lives inside her takes the bait, with predictable results. Am I spoiling anything by revealing that Coupland’s theory is disastrously wrong? Nope, because (a) horror movie tradition decrees it so, and (b) Pogue and co. fail to generate a single sliver of suspense or ambiguity. Harris’ plummy diction and dedicated set chewing keep us mildly entertained but deprive his character of even the slightest credibility. Cooke brings unsettling tonal shifts and genuine

pathos to her role, but long before Jane progresses from self-mutilation to creepydoll mutilation to manifesting satanic signs on her body, we know what really ails her. Perhaps characters’ insultingly frequent references to The Exorcist tipped us off. The film’s ostensible hero is Brian (Sam Claflin), a young cameraman enlisted to document the experiment. Drawn to Jane, he finds himself trying to protect her from Coupland’s dangerous provocations. It’s a character dynamic semi-cribbed from the classic The Haunting that fizzles because

neither Brian nor anyone else in the movie feels like a real human being. (One central character, the requisite Hot Girl [Erin Richards], is little more than a delivery device for amusingly garish Nixon-era fashions.) Brian does have a vital purpose, though: He holds the film camera through whose lens we view roughly a third of the movie, allowing Pogue to have his found-footage cake and eat it, too. (Oren Moverman of the Paranormal Activity franchise was another cowriter.) Hence the true unquiet spirit in The Quiet Ones isn’t a ghost, ghoul or demon: It’s the venerable analogue medium that the film industry has finally laid to rest in an unmarked grave, without so much as a token mention in the Oscars’ “In Memoriam” segment. As Scott Tobias notes in his review on the Dissolve, Pogue presents artifacts of celluloid such as “scratched-up frames, clapperboards … and splice jumps” as if they’re “as creepy and jarring in form as the demonic evil the film is documenting.” If dead mediums terrify you, you might get a good scare out of The Quiet Ones. (Also check out the upcoming Jessabelle, featuring ungodly VHS tapes!) The rest of us are likely to view this cookie-cutter effort only with nostalgia for a bygone era of better horror movies. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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tHE otHER WomAN 1/2 H 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) tHE QUiEt oNESH 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) Rio 2HH1/2 a macaw family explores the wilds of the amazon and finds itself threatened by old nemesis nigel the cockatoo in this sequel to the 2011 animated family hit from blue Sky Studios. with the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, anne hathaway and Jemaine clement. (101 min, g)


tRANScENDENcEHH Johnny depp plays an artificial intelligence researcher who uploads his brain to a computer to make himself immortal in this science fiction thriller, with which veteran cinematographer wally Pfister makes his directorial debut. also starring Rebecca hall, Paul bettany and Morgan freeman. (119 min, Pg-13)


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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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)

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)



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UNDeR tHe sKiN: Scarlett Johansson plays an alien seductress targeting Scottish hitchhikers, and no, this is not an ’80s Skinemax flick but a creepy art film from Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) based on Michel Faber’s novel. With Jeremy McWilliams and Lynsey Taylor Mackay. (108 min, R)

new on video tHe Best oFFeRHH1/2 Geoffrey Rush plays a snobbish art auctioneer who becomes obsessed with a young woman and her family collection in this drama from director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso). With Sylvia Hoeks. (124 min, R) Devil’s DUeH1/2 Cross Paranormal Activity with What to Expect When You’re Expecting, et voilà. Allison Miller plays the newlywed with Beelzebub (we hope) in her belly in this found-footage horror flick. V/H/S veterans Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett directed. (89 min, R)

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escApe FRom tomoRRoWHHH In this indie drama covertly shot at Disney parks, a harried dad finds himself having surreal experiences in the world of flying teacups and sparkly princesses. Randy Moore wrote and directed. (90 min, NR)


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tHe leGeND oF HeRcUlesH The ancient Greek strongman and son of Zeus (Kellan Lutz) gets his very own superhero origin story in this action spectacular, also starring Gaia Weiss and Scott Adkins. Renny Harlin directed. (99 min, PG-13)

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Authorities in Orange County, Calif., identified Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, as suspected serial killers because the two paroled sex offenders were wearing GPS trackers that placed them at the scene of four murders. “That was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together,” Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said. (Associated Press) Michael Briggs, 38, was convicted of murdering an 82-year-old retired nun in Albany, N.Y., based on fingerprints found at the scene after police Sgt. Darryl Mallard noticed the toilet seat had been left up in the bathroom. Since the victim lived alone, Mallard guessed the killer was a man who had used the toilet. Fingerprints from the toilet’s handle matched those of Briggs, who was on parole for robbery. (Albany’s Times Union)

Odorific Nuptials

A sewage treatment plant in Washington state is offering its facilities for weddings, touting its full catering kitchen, audiovisual equipment, dance floor and ample parking. The cost is $2,000 for eight hours. Susan Tallarico, director of King County’s Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center, explained that receptions would take place next to where raw sewage is processed but insisted there’s no odor because the process is contained. (Seattle Times)

Officials in Vancouver, British Columbia, changed its building code to ban doorknobs on all new buildings. Instead, doors are required to have handles, making them more accessible to the elderly and disabled. Critics of the new rule note that handles also make doors easier for bears to open. In fact, knob advocates note that Pitkin County, Colo., has banned door levers on buildings specifically to prevent bears from entering buildings. Meanwhile, officials in Halifax and Pickering, east of Toronto, are asking their provincial governments to follow Vancouver’s example. (The Economist)

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flashed a knife and demanded a second corn dog uncooked. Slightest Provocation

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The Missouri Department of Transportation announced plans to deploy “acoustical weapons” to slow down speeders. The agency said that “directed-sound communication devices,” used in Afghanistan and against Occupy Wall Street protestors, will be set up near road construction sites and will blast sound of up to 153 decibels directly at vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit. (St. Louis American)

When Guns Are Outlawed

On trial in Salt Lake City, Utah, for robbery and assault, Siale Angilau, 25, objected to the testimony of one witness by grabbing a pen, rushing the witness and lunging at him. A U.S. marshal at the federal courthouse opened fire, shooting Angilau in the chest several times. He died at a hospital. (Associated Press)

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Police arrested Charmelle Henry, 45, for threatening two workers at a store in Midland, Texas, after she paid 75 cents for a corn dog but objected because it had been microwaved. She flashed a knife and demanded a second corn dog uncooked. (Associated Press)

Ray Moore, a candidate for lieutenant governor in South Carolina, said he favors replacing public schools with church-run schools because “we don’t see anything in the Bible about state education.” Moore said that if enough Christian families withdrew their children from public schools, which he calls “the Pharaoh’s schools,” and educate them at home or enroll them in religious schools, states would be compelled to hand over control of education to churches, families and private associations — “the way it was,”


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After Jerry D. Harlow, 47, reported that someone in a white vehicle stopped at his house in Richwood, W.Va., and shot him, police concluded that Harlow “shot himself in an attempt to avoid possible jail time for previously committed criminal activity.” Charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and providing false information to police were added to his criminal activity. (Beckley’s Register-Herald)

Supply-and-Demand Follies

Hoping to resolve a nationwide condom shortage, Cuban health officials approved the sale of more than a million condoms that are past their expiration dates and ordered pharmacy workers to explain to buyers that the condoms are good and simply have the wrong expiration dates. The Communist Party newspaper Vanguardia reported that officials noticed erroneous expiration dates on the prophylactics imported from China and ordered them repackaged with the correct dates. But the state-run enterprise in charge of repackaging doesn’t have enough workers to handle the job, so the Public Health Ministry authorized their sale as is, noting the shelf life of condoms is very long. (Miami Herald)

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Taurus (April 20-May 20)

“My personal philosophy is not to undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.” So said Taurus-born Edwin Land, the man who invented the Polaroid camera. I have a feeling these might be useful words for you to live by between your birthday in 2014 and your birthday in 2015. In the coming 12 months, you will have the potential of homing in on a dream that will fuel your passions for years. It may seem to be nearly impossible, but that’s exactly what will excite you about it so much — and keep you going for as long as it takes to actually accomplish.


(June 21-July 22): In the Transformers movies, optimus Prime is a giant extraterrestrial warrior robot. His body contains an array of weapons that he uses for righteous causes, like protecting earth’s creatures. His character is voiced by actor Peter Cullen. Cullen has also worked extensively for another entertainment franchise, Winnie the Pooh. He does the vocals for eeyore, a gloomy donkey who writes poetry and has a pink ribbon tied in a bow on his tail. Let’s make Cullen your role model for now. I’m hoping this will inspire you to get the eeyore side of your personality to work together with the optimus Prime part of you. What’s that you say? you don’t have an optimus Prime part of you? Well, that’s what eeyore might say, but I say different.


(July 23-Aug. 22): Do you finally understand that you don’t have to imitate the stress-addled workaholics and self-wounding overachievers in order to be as proficient as they are? Are you coming to see that if you want to fix, heal and change the world around you, you have to fix, heal and change yourself? Is it becoming clear that if you hope to gain more power to shape the institutions you’re part of, you’ve got to strengthen your power over yourself? Are you ready to see that if you’d like to reach the next level of success, you must dissolve some of your fears of success?


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): “beauty is the purgation of superfluities,” said Michelangelo. Do you agree? Could you make your life more marvelous by giving up some of your trivial pursuits? Would you become more attractive if you got rid of one of your unimportant desires? Is it possible you’d experience

more lyrical grace if you sloughed off your irrelevant worries? I suggest you meditate on questions like these, Virgo. According to my interpretation of the astrological omens, experiencing beauty is not a luxury right now, but rather a necessity. for the sake of your mental, physical and spiritual health, you need to be in its presence as much as possible.

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): I’m pretty sure God wants you to be rich. or at least richer. And I know for a fact that I want you to be richer. What about you? Do you want to be wealthier? or at least a bit more flush? or would you rather dodge the spiritual tests you’d have to face if you became a money magnet? Would you prefer to go about your daily affairs without having to deal with the increased responsibilities and obligations that would come with a bigger income? I suspect you will soon receive fresh evidence about these matters. How you respond will determine whether or not you’ll be able to take advantage of new financial opportunities that are becoming available. scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): The u.s. military budget this year is $633 billion. In comparison, the united nations’ peacekeeping budget is $7.8 billion. so my country will spend 81 times more to wage war than the u.n. will spend to make peace. I would prefer it if the ratio were reversed, but my opinion carries no weight. It’s possible, though, that I might be able to convince you scorpios, at least in the short run, to place a greater emphasis on cultivating cooperation and harmony than on being swept up in aggression and conflict. you might be tempted to get riled up over and over again in the coming weeks, but I think that would lead you astray from living the good life. sagittaRiUs

(nov. 22-Dec. 21): Actor Matthew McConaughey prides himself on his willingness to learn from his mistakes and failures. A few years ago he collected and read all the negative reviews that critics had ever written about his work in films. It was “an interesting kind of experiment,” he told yahoo news. “There was some really good constructive criticism.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, sagittarius, now would be an excellent time

for you to try an experiment comparable to McConaughey’s. be brave!


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Dear oracle: I might be hallucinating, but recently I swear my pet iguana has been getting turned on whenever I disrobe in front of it. My naked body seems to incite it to strut around and make guttural hissing sounds and basically act like it’s doing a mating dance. Is it me, or is the planets? I think my iguana is a Capricorn like me. — Captivating Capricorn.” Dear Capricorn: only on rare occasions have I seen you Capricorns exude such high levels of animal magnetism as you are now. be careful where you point that stuff! I won’t be shocked if a wide variety of creatures finds you extra alluring.

aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-feb. 18): “eat like you

love yourself,” advises author tara stiles. “Move like you love yourself. speak like you love yourself. Act like you love yourself.” Those four prescriptions should be top priorities for you, Aquarius. right now, you can’t afford to treat your beautiful organism with even a hint of carelessness. you need to upgrade the respect and compassion and reverence you give yourself. so please breathe like you love yourself. sleep and dream like you love yourself. Think like you love yourself. Make love like you love yourself.


(feb. 19-March 20): If blindfolded, most people can’t tell the difference between Pepsi and Coca-Cola. but I bet you could, at least this week. odds are good that you will also be adept at distinguishing between genuine promises and fake ones. And you will always know when people are fooling themselves. no one will be able to trick you into believing in hype, lies or nonsense. Why? because these days you are unusually perceptive and sensitive and discerning. This might on occasion be a problem, of course, since you won’t be able to enjoy the comfort and consolation that illusions can offer. but mostly it will be an asset, providing you with a huge tactical advantage and lots of good material for jokes.



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aRies (March 21-April 19): “Dear Astrologer: We Aries people have an intense fire burning inside us. It’s an honor and a privilege. We’re lucky to be animated with such a generous share of the big energy that gives life to all of nature. but sometimes the fire gets too wild and strong for us. We can’t manage it. It gets out of our control. That’s how I’m feeling lately. These beloved flames that normally move me and excite me are now the very thing that’s making me crazy. What to do? — Aries.” Dear Aries: Learn from what firefighters do to fight forest fires. They use digging tools to create wide strips of dirt around the fire, removing all the flammable brush and wood debris. When the fire reaches this path, it’s deprived of fuel. Close your eyes and visualize that scene.

gemiNi (May 21-June 20): I wish there was a way you could play around with construction equipment for a few hours. I’d love it if you could get behind the wheel of a bulldozer and flatten a small hill. It would be good for you to use an excavator to destroy a decrepit old shed or clear some land of stumps and dead trees. Metaphorically speaking, that’s the kind of work you need to do in your inner landscape: move around big, heavy stuff; demolish outworn structures; reshape the real estate to make way for new building projects.




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Chemistry can certainly be a spark that ignites the moment your lips first touch another’s. It can be instant, unmistakable and almost impossible to resist. Those connections are exciting and gratifying. But so are the bonds that take a few strikes of the match to get going. Relationships that start slow often burn a little deeper and last longer, while the ones that start hot and heavy can fizzle quickly when you realize you don’t really like each other all that much. We’re led to believe that every sexual encounter with our romantic partners should be amazing from the word go and forever after. But in fact they are often awkward or mediocre experiences that leave us wanting more. Some moments will be extraordinary, sure, but others, not so much. Still, that doesn’t mean a relationship is doomed to fail. The sexual part of your relationship isn’t figured out in one night or one kiss but over time and with exploration. In addition to noting your own feelings, take note of your partner’s — a relationship, including sex, is a two-way street. How does she feel? What turns her on? If you crave intimacy with her that’s as stimulating as the rest of your partnership, you have to start with communication. When you feel the moment is right, talk with her about sex, and encourage her to share her fantasies. Show a keen interest in her whims and desires. Sometimes just talking about what you both like can be an aphrodisiac. When you’re willing to have an open and honest dialogue about what you want and invite your partner to do the same, you create a shared experience that feels safe and empowering. That can only lead to a positive, intimate relationship. I think “chemistry” can build with time and patience. Remember, this partnership is very new; you’re still learning about each other in every way. There are no rules about how this is “supposed” to go. Try to enjoy the newness and the unknown instead of fretting about what you don’t know. You say you’re nervous. Look for ways to be intimate with her outside of the bedroom: Flirt with her, grab her hand when you’re walking together, sit a little closer on the couch, hold her a little bit longer when you say good night at the door. Show her affection, and take it slow. Chemistry can’t be rushed or faked, but all these little steps just might result in a big reaction.

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one Bowl BAking in Montpelier A couple weeks ago, we exchanged a few words about a baking book you were buying at Bear Pond. You had glasses and a cute smile. And you caught me watching you leave. Seemed like we might have more to talk about. Care to get a drink some time? when: wednesday, April 2, 2014. where: Bear pond Books, Montpelier. You: woman. Me: Man. #912127

Yooper FroM VirginiA US Army deep-sea diver, it was fun bantering with you in Price Chopper. You are a funny young man! I enjoyed our conversation. If you ever want a tour guide for Vermont, let me know. when: Thursday, April 17, 2014. where: price chopper, Shelburne road. You: Man. Me: woman. #912132

wAllFlower At Sweet MeliSSA’S You: grey hoodie, glasses. Me: white knit hat, brown shirt. You were at the bar so I wasn’t sure if you were with anyone. We made eye contact a few times. By the time I mustered up enough courage to talk to you, you had left. Maybe I’ll see you there again? when: Saturday, April 12, 2014. where: Sweet Melissa’s. You: Man. Me: woman. #912126

eMMA At wAterFront Dog pArk You recently lost both your dogs and aren’t sure about your new adoptee. It does get better! Feelings shift. You won’t lose what you had ... you’ll gain more than you realize. She’s a keeper. Hope it works out and that I see you two at the dog park again soon! when: Monday, April 14, 2014. where: waterfront Dog park. You: Man. Me: woman. #912131 george At citY MArket, tAke2! I spied you in January at the City Market salad bar and you replied, but, long story short, I didn’t see your message until recently. At least now I know your name: George. Hope I haven’t missed my chance for drinks and conversation with you. Now I’m intrigued! Reply again and I promise I’ll be paying attention! when: tuesday, January 28, 2014. where: city Market salad bar. You: Man. Me: woman. #912130 SAturDAY At SonoMA StAtion You were dining with a group of friends. I was having dinner with my parents. You had glasses, a beard and a blue shirt with white stripes. I am blond(ish) and wore a black dress with a yellow scarf. You looked like a fun person to know. Want to grab a bite to eat at the bar sometime? when: Saturday, April 12, 2014. where: Sonoma Station. You: Man. Me: woman. #912128

hottie At upper Deck puB You: black Boston Bruins jacket, blond military cut hair, with your friend in a white shirt by green Yankee sign. Me: blue shirt, ponytail, smiling a lot with a group of friends. We made eye contact a few times. I was hoping to say hi before you left. Want to meet for coffee? when: Friday, April 11, 2014. where: upper Deck pub. You: Man. Me: woman. #912125 SAgittAriuS StuD You bought a blunt wrap from me at the Bern Gallery on Friday night. I didn’t get your name. You had a white motorcycle helmet and a ridiculously handsome smile. Drinks? when: Friday, April 11, 2014. where: Bern gallery. You: Man. Me: woman. #912124 A reADing in wooDStock Earlier this month, at a reading at the library in Woodstock, we talked briefly; you work for a publisher in Woodstock. You left before I could gather my wits enough to ask for a name or email. It was enjoyable. I don’t want to wait for another chance meeting, even if it was tomorrow, that would be too long. Still smiling. when: wednesday, April 2, 2014. where: woodstock library. You: woman. Me: Man. #912123

citY MArket polite woMAn OK so I decide to go to another line instead. You were waiting for me in the parking lot, smirking, saying, “I got here first” (like your sass). Then you had to wait for me backing out of my space. We were both laughing. Bet I beat you out of the parking lot. Ha! Can we buy breakfast together? when: Thursday, April 10, 2014. where: city Market. You: woman. Me: Man. #912121 giAnt teDDY BeAr ShortS? So cute! You had me at “giant teddy bear for my niece.” And you unintentionally punned, the best kind! Come back to Gap? Perhaps I can help you find shorts for you next time, and not a giant teddy bear! ;) when: wednesday, April 9, 2014. where: gap, Burlington Square. You: Man. Me: woman. #912120 BlonD BeAutY @ Burlington BAgel If I hadn’t taken the day off, I wouldn’t have seen you in line behind me at Burlington Bagel Bakery. You were gorgeous. I was a mess, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. We made eye contact a few times. You smiled at me after you got your coffee. Can I buy you another coffee some time? when: tuesday, April 8, 2014. where: Burlington Bagel Bakery on Shelburne road. You: woman. Me: woman. #912118 turquoiSe & purple hAireD goDeSS You were absolutely stunning with you multicolored hair; we hit it off right away and spent the remainder of the evening dancing together. I shared two drags of your smoke and told you I had quit for a month and these were my only drags. Also mentioned that Badfish is playing this Sat. Hope I see you there. - Steve when: Monday, April 7, 2014. where: Dirty heads @ higher ground. You: woman. Me: Man. #912117


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