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The legislature congratulated itself and adjourned, and 180 lawmakers went their separate ways. Every one of them is up for reelection.


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2. “Mounted Cat ‘Biker Bar’ to Open at the Hilton Burlington” by Alice Levitt. The hotel is billing its establishment as “a new kind of biker bar,” complete with bicycle- and felinethemed decorations. 3. “Readers Respond to ‘In Defense of Six Beers We’re Not Supposed to Drink’” by Seven Days Readers. Dan Bolles’ Food Issue story made some readers hopping mad, so we compiled a few of their responses. 4. “Vermont Dignitary Visits Seven Days, Avoids Questions” by Mark Davis. A young moose ambled through Burlington and Winooski last week, stopping by our office. 5. “Can Vermont’s Women Chefs Break the Glass Ceiling?” by Alice Levitt. There are many women in food service in Vermont, but very few are calling the shots at Vermont’s restaurants.

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1. “Burlington’s No-Trespass Ordinance Is Working, But Its Days May Be Numbered” by Mark Davis. Two recent lawsuits have challenged the constitutionality of an ordinance that allows Burlington police to ban troublemakers from the Church Street Marketplace.






Dogs frolicked, humans planted, kids played and stuff bloomed — just in time for Mother’s Day. What winter?



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The untimely death of a Winooski toddler has been ruled a homicide — Vermont’s second such tragedy in less than three months. What’s going on?


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ermont is about to become the first state in the country to regulate police use of Tasers. Currently, each police department sets its own standards for use of the stun guns. But that’s about to change. As the legislative biennium drew to a close, state lawmakers passed a new bill regulating the weapons, which police officers say provide them a relatively safe way to subdue noncompliant people. Mark Davis reported on the bill’s passage on the Seven Days Off Message blog. The legislation was prompted by the 2012 death of MacAdam Mason, an unarmed Thetford man who suffered cardiac arrest after a Vermont State Police trooper Tased him. Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the bill into law. It requires the Criminal Justice Training Council, which trains all police officers in Vermont, to craft a training policy on Tasers by January 2016. Officers will be required to be recertified in Taser use annually, and will receive special training in dealing with the mentally ill. The bill also tightens criteria for legally firing a Taser. Current standards allow police to fire the stun guns when they believe they or someone else is at risk of injury. The bill says police can fire a Taser at people who are “exhibiting active aggression or who are actively resisting in a manner that, in the officer’s judgment, is likely to result in injuries to themselves or others.” Allen Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the bill isn’t perfect, but called it “a solid piece of legislation.” Mason’s mother, Rhonda Taylor of New Hampshire, who has lobbied for Taser-use reform, said she was satisfied. “Had the standards and training been in place in June of 2012, my son MacAdam Lee Mason would not have been killed by an unwarranted police Tasering,” she said in a written statement. “I am looking forward to the governor signing this most welcome legislation into law! Vermont will soon set a precedent that I feel sure other states will follow.”

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In an article by Paul Heintz about the Shumlin administration’s weak commitment to cleaning up Lake Champlain, he states that Vermont Conservation Voters is an “affiliate” of the Vermont Natural Resources Council [Fair Game: “Troubled Waters,” April 9]. While VCV works closely with VNRC and concurs with many of its positions on environmental matters, the organization is independent and has a separate board of directors. Stark Biddle


Biddle is the chair of Vermont Conservation Voters.


I was happy to see your article bringing lake fish to the attention of locavores [“Why a State Obsessed With ‘Local’ Doesn’t Eat Vermont Fish,” April 23]. However, I believe the case for eating local fish was understated. The article failed to mention the fish that was featured in both photos: white perch. It’s an invasive species, and it is more closely related to bass than to the beloved yellow perch. In some parts of the lake, it’s practically the only fish you can catch. Some old-timers curse it every time it’s mentioned. However, it has meaty fillets and is very tasty. Commercial fishermen


were catching 100 to 200 pounds in a late-season day this winter. The price per pound steadily decreased as the market was flooded from Canada and the Great Lakes. There are a lot of these fish, and they are a problem. Developing a local market for them would help to control their numbers. It would also create a “value-added” industry around fishing, where the added value from processing the fish would stay in Vermont instead of going to a Canadian processor for pennies. Global fisheries are in trouble. There are too many people eating fish from the ocean. Farmed fish are of dubious quality and can be ecologically harmful. Contamination by mercury is a concern in all fish everywhere, not just in Vermont. Small fish such as perch are safer than most of the fish you buy at the supermarket. Andric Severance BURLINGTON


Letter writer Steve Merrill’s lack of compassion for Don and Shirley Nelson is indicative of a frightening societal trend in which our moral compasses seem to point nowhere [Last 7: “Blown Away,” April 16; Feedback: “No Sympathy for Nelsons,” April 30]. The Nelsons, whose moral compass is intact, refused to sell their land to the Vermont Land Trust once they discovered that

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Green Mountain Power was orchestrating the sale behind the scenes. To Merrill, it is just about the money. But to the Nelsons, it was not only about a refusal to roll over to corporate bullying; it was about a deep love of and connection to the land that has been home to Don his whole life. When you walk their fields and forests with them, a wealth of stories emerges: stories about Don’s childhood, about raising their four children, about their bond with the wildlife that shares the land with them. But now, like the wildlife, they have to leave because they are sick from the turbines. The courage and tenacity demonstrated by the Nelsons — and by Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, who worked tirelessly on their behalf — comes from the heart. But I guess you need to have one to recognize that. Suzanna Jones Walden

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Montross is the executive director of HOPE.

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Excellent reporting on [“Failing Math: Getting to the Bottom (Line) of Burlington’s School Budget Crisis,” May 7]. This board needs to reckon with its own inexperience and undertake an extensive program of professional development to understand its proper role. Amy werbel

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The cover of last week’s Home & Garden Issue [May 7] was incorrectly credited. Michael Tonn created the illustration. Our apologies for the error.

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Thanks to Xian Chiang-Waren and Ethan de Seife for their article [“Mission: Economical,” April 9] — a review of area thrift stores. We all enjoyed reading their review of Retroworks, which is a charity resale store in Middlebury that generates revenues for its parent organization, HOPE, to use for poverty-relief efforts. Chiang-Waren observed that shoppers “might want to skip the used underwear rack.” Yes, for those who can afford to purchase their underwear new, by all means do so. We carry clean, used, low-cost underwear in order to have it available for the low-income people who can’t afford to purchase it in department stores. While our customer base is large and varied, including many people from upper-income brackets, there is


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As an acquaintance of your music writer and with honestly no disrespect meant, I double-dog dare Dan Bolles to write an entire Soundbites without once talking about himself. I’ve been a longtime reader of Bolles’ column, and while I have plenty of respect for him as a writer, when I read the music section of Seven Days, it is because I want to know about our beautiful town’s music scene, not the person who is supposedly writing about it. I have lost count of how many Soundbites have begun with the letter “I.” Consider this my friendly challenge.

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Summer-Ready Warm weather is finally here! Time to let your


Can Burlington’s Numbers Guy Solve the School Budget Problem?




Winners and Losers of the 2014 Legislative Session Vermont Has More Addicts Than It Can Treat, So Why Are Inpatient Facilities Losing Revenue?


Conflict Up Close: A War Photographer and Part-Time Vermonter Gets the Shot





Seven Days Introduces Three New Cartoonists


Champlain College Scores a Concert

Theater: Ozma of Oz: A Tale of Time, Saints & Poets Production Company

Cabaret Conductor

Theater/Music: From Weimar to blues, Tchaikovsky to hip-hop, Spielpalast’s music director mixes it up

Pulling a Fast One

Fitness: A new fitness trend just might row, row, row your boat


Stowe Special


Food: First Bite: Plate, Stowe

Artist Tad Spurgeon Talks About His Legacy in Vermont



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Food: Author Sandor Katz talks about letting things go sour BY ALICE LEVITT


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Music: In the City of Angels, Myra Flynn takes a big step forward BY GARY MILLER



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Books: Biologist Bern Heinrich traces The Homing Instinct through the animal kingdom




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Community: In the battle over natural gas, Vermont Gas may be its own worst enemy BY KATHRYN FLAGG



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Back to the Land These days, we recycle glass, paper and plastic without blinking an eye. so why not do the same for food scraps and lawn debris? eco-minded attendees at the compost JaM! learn to create this versatile, nutrient-rich matter. l ive music and a screening of Dirt! The Movie complete the familyfriendly fun. See ca Lendar LiSting on Page 52

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Heavy Hitters party people, unite! The creative minds behind magic Hat Brewing company and Big Heavy w orld team up for the fourth annual Heavyfest. l ocal eats and specialty brews fuel revelers, who groove to a varied lineup of live music and take advantage of brewery tours and live graffiti art.

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Adele Myers (pictured) likes to do things her own way. f or more than 10 years, the dancer has left her mark with a blend of humor, athleticism and poignancy. This unlikely stylistic trio comes to life in Theater in the Head. f eaturing a five-member ensemble, the piece explores intimacy and reflects myers’ commitment to “people dancing, not simply dancers moving.”

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ith Election Day less than six months away, the Vermont GOP appears to be a party without a plan. On Tuesday, one of its brightest prospects, Rep. HEIDI SCHEUERMANN (R-Stowe), announced that after six weeks of consideration, she’d decided against challenging Gov. PETER SHUMLIN, a two-term Democrat. The decision, she said, “was a very difficult one, but it is simply not the right time for me.” “I should’ve started earlier,” she explained. “People talked to me about this in the fall, and I should’ve really started considering it more seriously and thoughtfully 12v-pathwaystowellbeing051414.indd 1 5/13/14 10:12 AM at that point. I just couldn’t put together the effort that I think I really needed to put together in order to take on this kind of challenge.” That’s precisely the problem any candidate would face this late in the game. It used to be that one could bide one’s time until the end of the legislative session before gearing up for the fall election. ■ Get ahead or But these days, campaigns are complicatch up on cated and costly affairs. It’s hard to find E V coursework SA experienced staffers, lock down donors, plan advertising campaigns and personally ■ Enjoy more prepare to take on one of the most talented online classes politicians in recent Vermont history. with more variety Register now If he hasn’t already, that’s what SCOTT and receive ■ Benefit from MILNE will soon find out. The day before an additional Scheuermann staged her exit, the scion of dual enrollment $100 discount per credit! a prominent Republican family and presifor high school dent of Barre-based Milne Travel said he’s students “thinking seriously of a [gubernatorial] run, but will not decide until [the June 12] filing BRATTLEBORO deadline.” PSY-1050 Human Growth & Development Milne sent that note from North Africa, RANDOLPH CENTER where he’s currently traveling — and where BIO-2011 Human Anatomy & Physiology he’s not, presumably, working on debate BIO-2120 Elements of Microbiology MAT-1100 Mathematics for Technology prep or cold-calling potential donors. On MAT-1112 Technical Mathematics II paper, the Pomfret resident sounds like a SOC-4730 Introduction to Reiki great candidate, but if he’s serious, he’ll soon WILLISTON learn that it’s pretty tough to go from zero to AER-1010 Aviation Private Ground School MEC-1011 Design Communications 60 in the political arena. WARREN - YESTERMORROW DESIGN SCHOOL Yet to make up their minds are two more SDT-1710 Biofuels potential candidates: former state auditor SDT-1710 Green Roof Design & Installation and senator RANDY BROCK, the party’s 2012 SDT-1710 Super Insulation for Net Zero Energy Homes nominee, and retired Wall Street executive VERMONT INTERACTIVE TELEVISION MAT-1520 Calculus for Engineering BRUCE LISMAN. Perennial candidate EMILY ONLINE PEYTON is the only declared runner in the ENG-2080 Technical Communications GOP race — and party officials say they HIS-3165 Vermont History & Government won’t give her the nomination. HUM-3490 Crime & Punishment in Film and Literature MAT-1420 Technical Mathematics It’s entirely possible that Vermont MAT-2021 Statistics Republicans have some grand plan to fake NUR-3100 RN to BSN Transition out the opposition before unveiling their master candidate. But it seems more likely they’re utterly disorganized and devoid of Learn more at any real strategy. DAVID SUNDERLAND, the Vermont GOP’s recently elected chairman, says he’s “confior call 802.728.1217 dent there will be a candidate.” And he’s not



worried about whoever it is starting so late. “People have announced earlier before,” he says, “but I think nobody really pays attention to gubernatorial campaigns and there’s not much real campaigning before the legislative session ends.” Sunderland says he’s “disappointed” that Scheuermann bowed out, but he understands her decision. “It’s a daunting task to consider, running for governor,” he says. “There are so many things that need to all line up, in terms of professional responsibilities, personal responsibilities, funding and staffing a campaign.” Exactly. And that’s the problem.

Like Bauer, Corren’s hoping to qualify for public financing, which could provide his campaign with up to $200,000 to take on Scott. And like Bauer, Corren says he plans to stay in the race even if he doesn’t qualify for the money by the June 12 deadline. That creates a real disincentive for any top-tier Dem to give up a safe seat to run for LG. In the right conditions, a well-financed Democrat with strong party support could probably defeat Scott. But if lefties split their votes between a Democrat and Progressive, it just ain’t gonna happen. And something tells me the Dems won’t want to cede this one to the Progs.

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You gotta admire Shumlin’s chutzpah. Just two days after his school governance reform lost big in the legislature, he had this to say on Monday at his first press conference since Saturday’s adjournment: “I am thrilled that we got our entire education package that I proposed two years ago through the legislature. I would suggest that that’s unprecedented.” Speaking at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation’s Winooski headquarters, Shumlin ticked through his education policy achievements of the just-finished biennium: universal pre-kindergarten, dual enrollment, free breakfast and lunch for lowincome students, and a scholarship program for math and science students who pledge to stick around Vermont after graduating. “You know, we got the package through,” he said. “And to me, that’s a big deal.” A big deal, indeed. But there were a couple of big elephants in the room, too. One of them was higher-education funding. Surrounding Shumlin at the press conference were officials from the Vermont State Colleges, University of Vermont and VSAC — all of whom pretty much got stiffed in next year’s state budget. All three institutions came to the table asking for a 3 percent appropriation increase. In January, Shumlin recommended a 2 percent hike that would start halfway through the budget year (translation: a 1 percent increase). In the end, the legislature approved a mere 0.5 percent bump. How did the higher-ed officials in attendance feel about that? VSC chancellor TIM DONOVAN stepped up to the podium to answer the question. “Be good,” Shumlin cautioned him with a smile. “I’ll try,” Donovan said. “We have, over the course of 30 years, had a steady decline in [public] support for higher education in the state,” the chancellor said. “We’re 49th in the country. And we’re far enough in 49th that a 50 percent

Speaking of non-elections, Vermont Democratic Party higher-ups have been beating the bushes in search of a more prominent candidate for lieutenant governor than JOHN BAUER, the sole D in the race. Montpelier rumormongering has focused on Vermont Deputy Transportation Secretary SUE MINTER, a former Waterbury state rep and Irene recovery czar. But Minter says she’s absolutely not challenging Lt. Gov. PHIL SCOTT, the two-term Republican.



“I’m very happy in the job I do,” she says. “I love serving Vermonters and VTRANS, and that’s where I’m going to be staying.” Others mentioned for the gig — Sen. CLAIRE AYER (D-Addison), Sen. GINNY LYONS (D-Chittenden) and Rep. KESHA RAM (D-Burlington) — all say they, too, are staying put. “No,” Ayer says. “I’ve been asked, but so has almost everybody else.” Complicating the candidate recruitment was last week’s announcement that the Vermont Progressive Party will make a serious bid for the seat. Its candidate? Verdant Power chief technology officer DEAN CORREN, who spent eight years representing Burlington in the Vermont House during the 1990s. Corren briefly served as outreach director for then-congressman BERNIE SANDERS. “I think this is one of the most exciting times since I’ve been involved in Vermont and Vermont politics,” he says. “I think we’re on the verge of doing things we’ve been talking about for many decades — things the people want and the politicians are catching up with.”

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Last week we reported that, halfway through its fiscal year, Vermont Public Radio is $255,000 — or 10 percent — behind its membership revenue projections. The situation, caused by an unsuccessful investment in direct mail and a 13 percent shortfall in major giving, prompted the station to schedule an additional pledge drive this summer — in hopes of scaring up $300,000 in 12 days. When we asked VPR president robin turnau last Tuesday whether any staff would be departing over the financial snafu, she said no. But on Friday, according to a memo obtained by Seven Days, vice president for development and marketing brendan Kinney informed the staff that, “dan Palow has submitted, and I have accepted, his letter of resignation as director of development operations.” According to his online biography, Palow’s responsibilities include “managing direct-mail campaigns, maintaining VPR’s member database, and leading the underwriting, membership and events staff.” Palow did not return a call seeking comment. Asked why she hadn’t mentioned Palow’s departure previously, Turnau said, “When we spoke last week, those were the circumstances.” In other public media news, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s inspector general last week recommended that Vermont Public Television face sanctions for failing to comply with federal open meetings law. Inspector general Mary MitcHelson has been investigating an anonymous allegation that VPT’s board of directors held at least 22 meetings behind closed doors. In a 20-page report, Mitchelson wrote that the meetings were closed for valid reasons, but were not properly documented or publicized. It’s now up to CPB upper management whether and how to sanction VPT. Lastly, there’s a new boss at Seven Days. Veteran reporter and editor MattHew roy started Monday as the paper’s news editor. He comes to Seven Days from the Norfolkbased Virginian-Pilot, where he spent more than 13 years — the last four leading a team of seven reporters covering Virginia Beach, population 449,628. The Rhode Island native replaces Jeff Good, who left the paper last month after a brief tenure. “Matthew got his start in journalism here in New England, and he’s been wanting to come back for a while,” says Seven Days coeditor and publisher Paula routly. “He’ll bring fresh eyes and ears to Vermont news.” m

increase in funding to the state colleges, the university and VSAC would raise us from 49th to 47th. So we have a lot of work to do.” The lack of public investment, Donovan said, “is a very significant factor in our lower-than-average college continuation rates in the state.” The other elephant in the room was school governance. Other than addressing opiate addiction, Shumlin’s biggest priority this legislative session was to take on rising property taxes, which have been fueled by increasing school costs and declining student enrollment. After Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson projected a possible seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax last December, Shumlin urged voters to “scrutinize” local school budgets and called on the legislature to address the situation. The House did — eventually. After three months of debate, it voted two weeks ago to consolidate Vermont’s 273 school districts into roughly 50 “education districts” over the course of six years. But the Senate wasn’t interested in mandatory consolidation, fearing it would inevitably result in a loss of local control and the closure of local schools. It’s hard to say whether voters this fall will be more pissed off about rising property taxes or the threat of school consolidation, but the politically astute governor seemed to have his eye on both possibilities. He kept urging the legislature to do something — something! — but was careful not to tie himself to any one proposal. In the end, Shumlin got nothing. Nothing! As the legislature prepared to adjourn Saturday, his education secretary, rebecca HolcoMbe, and education adviser, aly ricHards, scurried around the Statehouse trying to salvage a fig leaf of reform. But House Republicans refused to suspend the rules to take up the last-minute measure. In his closing remarks to the House, Speaker sHaP sMitH (D-Morristown) acknowledged the failure, but saluted the legislature’s “willing[ness] to try.” “The conversation was worth having,” Smith said. “And we’re going to need to have that conversation in the future, because we need to do better by our kids.” Shumlin, too, now seems to be all about the conversation. He used the C-word at least six times Monday answering questions about that other C-word: Consolidation. “None of us thought that we had the magic solution and that we were gonna come out of this legislative session with the perfect answer,” he said. “Most of us expect to have that conversation going forward, to build consensus.” Whether a conversation will be enough for Vermont voters remains to be seen. Vermont League of Cities and Towns executive director steve Jeffrey seems to be hoping for more. In an unusually harsh statement, Jeffrey criticized lawmakers Tuesday for failing to take on rising property taxes and, instead, mandating new

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Can Burlington’s Numbers Guy Solve the School Budget Problem?





urlington City Hall was locked and dark last Friday at 7 a.m., except for one corner office. Under shelves of plastic bind ers toiled a tall, lean man in a shortsleeved lavender dress shirt. On his desk, a bowl of pistachios suggested that this early-rising bureaucrat has a sof t spot for snacks. Bob Rusten, 63, is Burlington’s chief administrative officer. Formerly called “city treasurer,” the post is hardly glamorous. It entails organizing elections, fielding public records requests and, appar ently, working ungodly hours. But when Mayor Miro Weinberger filled the seat, he described it as, “in many ways, the most important appointment I have to make.” Case in point: Rusten’s predeces sor, Jonathon Leopold, hatched the financing plan that led to the Burlington Telecom scandal. If you care about your tax bill, you should keep an eye on the man with the tuft of curly white hair who vaguely resembles “Seinfeld”’s Kramer. Rusten’s the keeper of the city coffers — monitoring spending and revenue each week — and he manages day-to-day operations at city hall. He’s in the midst of drawing up next year’s city budget and will likely play a key role in addressing the under funded pension system. Now Rusten’s got a new math prob lem: Two weeks ago, Weinberger dis patched him to restore fiscal order in the Burlington School District, which has been miscalculating budgets and running deficits for several years. The arrangement is temporary — Rusten will provide oversight to the district’s business office for the next two fiscal years — and still not totally de fined. Rusten said he’ll have to delegate some of his current city hall duties, but the agreement stipulates that the school district bear any costs associated with his absence. Rusten was deputy city manager for South Burlington when Weinberger first noticed him. The two cities had been feuding over how to divvy up management of — and revenue f rom — the Burlington International Airport. Rusten helped broker an agreement, but Weinberger was having trouble holding up Burlington’s end of the

bargain. Preoccupied with what he de scribed as more pressing “wildfires to put out,” the mayor said, “we struggled to meet some of the time commitments.” The wiry municipal manager “held our feet to the fire, but did so politely,” Weinberger recalled, and it worked. The mild-mannered Rusten will need comparable skills walking into the Burlington school system’s central office. His boss has publicly called f or the ouster of the woman who runs it — Superintendent Jeanne Collins. And while the school board welcomed the offer and said it’s looking f orward to a “collaborative” arrangement, more cynical observers have likened the move to a coup that will give the mayor greater control over school finances. Rusten has negotiated such politically charged situations bef ore. He took the deputy job in South Burlington in part because he had “tremendous respect” for then-city manager Sandy Miller. The city council later fired Miller, leaving Rusten to take his mentor’s spot. “It was a difficult period for Bob,” recalled South Burlington’s finance officer, Sue Dorey. “Neither one of them saw it coming.” Pam Mackenzie, who now chairs the city council, said Rusten “acted with significant integrity” when he agreed to serve as city manager on an interim basis. “The easy decision in that kind of situation would be to say, ‘Well, I’m out of here,’ Mackenzie continued. “The hard decision is to recognize if you leave, you have lef t behind all the employees who count on your leadership to move forward.” “I wasn’t comf ortable with the pro cess in terms of what had happened to Sandy Miller,” Rusten explained to Seven Days on Friday. But he didn’t feel comf ortable abdicating his responsi bility to the city and its staff, either. “I needed a paycheck, as well,” he added. During that period, “Bob really drove the bus,” Dorey said. But by the time


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Weinberger beckoned in May of 2013, South Burlington had f ound a perma nent city manager. Rusten lef t f or the bigger city, which was then f our years into trying to fix the finances around Burlington Telecom. The man who will be schooling the district on proper accounting practices didn’t graduate college. Rusten spent the first 10 years of his prof essional lif e on the factory floors of steel and paper mills in Pennsylvania, where he grew up. He moved to southern Vermont in 1988, settling with his wife, Susan, and two sons in Halifax. Af ter running his own consulting business, Rusten, a Democrat, got elected to the House of Representatives while lawmakers were trying to overhaul the state’s educationf unding system. He quickly entered the fray, joining a group that dubbed itself the “Gang of 10.” The

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five Democrats and five Republicans all represented what were referred to as gold towns — places with ski resorts or other business that brought in a lot of tax rev enue and stood to lose from a spread-thewealth approach to education financing. Dick Marron, a Republican who chaired the House Ways and Means Committee on which Rusten served, described him as a “blue dog Democrat.” In Montpelier, Rusten eschewed political drama, opting f or a diplomatic approach to policy making. “I never saw him lose his cool,” recalls Senator Kevin Mullin, then a Republican representa tive and another member of the Gang of 10. “He was a real gentleman, always trying to solve problems, and he was very methodical in his approach.” Gaye Symington, the Democratic minority leader at the time, also praised Rusten’s attention to detail. But, she noted, “He was a pain in the neck some times because he was so process-ori ented, and sometimes in the legislature that was inconvenient.” Nonetheless, Rusten played a major role in draf ting Act 68 — the second of two laws that established the current


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Under his supervision, city spending has become more regimented, Rusten said, pointing to what’s known as the pooled cash fund. “We have segregated money into different bank accounts. We have a much more formalized process if people are borrowing money that will cross fiscal years. That borrowing has to be approved by city council, and we have promissory notes that are very clear about when it will be paid off, how it will be paid off, with what interest rate.” Rusten also prides himself on making city financial data more transparent, citing the monthly reports he provides the city council’s finance board. Council President Joan Shannon, who sits on that board, described him as “really responsive to whatever we ask him for.” She described his “just-the-facts” style as radically different than that of his predecessor. “[Leopold] had strong opinions, and he would share those opinions. I think Bob holds his opinions closer to his chest.”

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education funding system. Rep. Ann Manwaring described him as one of an elite few who actually understands how the financing formula works. She took Rusten’s seat when, after 10 years in the legislature, he stepped down to take a job as Wilmington town manager. Reflecting on that decision, Rusten said he preferred policy to politics. Thomas Consolino, who chaired the Wilmington selectboard when Rusten was town manager, described him as “very frugal.” He spent four years in that job before joining Miller in South Burlington in 2010. In his current seat, Rusten works under the radar, but he’s still had a hand in some high-profile decisions. “Their finances have really improved,” Dorey said. “And I know a lot of that has to do with the mayor, but I also know that in the background, a lot of it has to do with Bob.” The tax increase that voters approved in March? “I’m out there being the spokesperson,” Weinberger said. “But it was certainly his project.”

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mostly parents, students and teachers, and it’s hard to gauge how much of an impact they are having outside that crowd because “most of the people you talk to are supportive of the budget.” As the organization has grown, so too has the task at hand. The budget situation has deteriorated. Due to the discovery of deficits and other problems, the second budget proposal is actually half a million higher than the one rejected in March. (The tax rate is lower, however, due to changes at the state level.) Friends of Education is trying to explain this while also assuring people that the new school board is in control. Not exactly a situation that lends itself to sound bites. “That presents a huge challenge,” Levinson said. “The perception of fiscal mismanagement is huge.” If voters reject the new budget, a default budget with roughly $1 million in additional cuts would kick in. That means Friends of Education must also convince voters that the difference in price between the two budgets is negligible, while impact on schools would be significant. Friends of Education members aren’t happy that Mayor Miro Weinberger has inserted himself in the situation by calling on Collins to step down. “In my opinion, the mayor’s support of the budget should be separate from whether or not Jeanne resigns,” Levinson said. Hood echoed that sentiment. “We’re going to let the political process play out, but I strongly believe it is the school board’s responsibility to manage that issue.” The good news for bFE? Hood said he hasn’t seen evidence of an opposition movement, though he isn’t writing off the possibility of a “stealth ‘no’ campaign.”

The burlington Friends of Education hasn’t had to do much in the quarter century since it was established to promote the passage of school budgets. That’s because Queen City voters have voted yes almost every year. until this one. On Town Meeting Day, the budget failed by a 9 percent margin. A few weeks later, the specter of drastic cuts — Superintendent Jeanne Collins circulated a list of 48 jobs in jeopardy — drew hundreds of parents, teachers and school employees to the burlington High School cafeteria. Most were there to plead with the school board to go gently or refrain entirely from making cuts. Others came to repent — they said they assumed the budget would pass and therefore hadn’t lifted a finger to help. Chris Hood, treasurer of the burlington Friends of Education and a teacher at Champlain Valley union High School, acknowledges the “sleepy” organization’s efforts leading up to the March vote were “very subdued.” Five volunteers raised less than $1,000 toward the effort. Now burlington Friends of Education is waking up. Hood estimates that 100 volunteers have raised $2,000 to pay for flyers and newspaper ads in advance of the June 3 revote, and the group plans to do “aggressive phone calling and leafletting, and a lot of person-to-person conversations.” There’s steady chatter on Twitter, Facebook and Front porch Forum. Amanda Levinson, whose son is a first grader at Champlain Elementary, didn’t know Friends of Education existed until after Town Meeting Day, but now she’s organizing a Q&A and designing infographics for them. According to Levinson, the group is

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Winners and Losers of the 2014 Legislative Session By P Au L HEi n T z


— Af ter a tough summer and fall reckoning with an un happy neighbor and a malf unctioning health insurance exchange, the secondterm gov couldn’t afford a rocky legislative session. He largely avoided one. Byf ocusing on opiate addiction, Shumlin earned praise f rom all political quarters — not to men tion national headlines. By keeping his legisla tive agenda modest and avoiding conf rontation with legislators, he walked out of an electionyear session with few scars.

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Gun r iGHt S — For the second year in

a row, gun rights groups put the kibosh on any substantive changes to Vermont’s practically nonexistent firearm laws. They killed Burlington’s three voter-approved charter-change proposals, including mandatory gun locks. (With two months remaining in the session, House Speaker Shap Smith claimed there wasn’t enough time to debate them.) And they watered down a mea sure meant to keep firearms away from those accused of domestic abuse. Guncontrol advocates are hoping to require universal background checks next ses sion. We’ll see how that goes!




very now and then, Seven Days takes stock of who’s ahead and who’s behind in Vermont politics. Now that the legislature has adjourned, it’s time to tally the session’s biggest winners and losers. Here’s how it looks:

VPIRG canvassers at GMO bill signing Peter Shumlin

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rE bEcca r amo S — Think of her HEidi ScHEuErmann — In the as Vermont’s 31st senator. The end, she decided not to chal chief of staff to Senate President Pro lenge Shumlin f or governor, but the Tem John Campbell (D-Windsor) dis - Stowe Republican effectively elevated tinguished herself last session for her role in the political discourse whipping the pro tem’s office this session. Scheuermann into shape. This session, learned what U.S. Sen. she truly came into her Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) own — def tly managing knows all too well: the Senate’s competing When you threaten to egos and keeping the run for higher office, body on track, all while reporters pay a lot more downplaying her own attention to you. essential role. It’ll be a VErmont Public int Er ESt huge loss to Campbell and Rebecca Ramos f ter rESE arc H Grou P — A his colleagues if rumors of suffering an early def eat over her departure turn out to be true. campaign-finance reform, VPIRG’s

tHE Solar indu Stry — Recognizing the complicated politics of renewable energy in Vermont, solar boosters worked quickly this winter to pass legislation expanding the state’s net-metering program. Bef ore opposition could coalesce and bog down the bill, the legislature raised the cap on how much electricity utilities must accept from home owners and business owners who generate it and sell it back to the grid.

done: from universal pre-kindergarten to toxic regulation to a (slower than originally proposed) minimum-wage hike. His speaking roles at numerous Shumlin press conferences confirmed the administration views him as indispensible. r unn Er-u P winn Er S: SEn. t im aSHE (D/P-Chittenden), whose portf olio as Finance Committee chair man vastly expanded to include health care ref orm and education, and SEn. dicK mazza (D-Grand Isle), who won an epic pissing match with Shumlin over banning handheld cellphone use while driving.

policy agenda caught fire. The group played a major role in passing Vermont’s sorta-first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law, led the charge on toxic-chemical regulation and played a role in expand ing net metering. Executive director Paul Burns got the recognition he de served at last week’s GMO bill-signing ceremony on the Statehouse steps. — Who would’ve thought that a Rutland Republican would become one of the most effective members of Vermont’s Democratic Senate? But this session, the economic develop ment committee chairman got the job

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OPIATE FOCUS — Shumlin memorably launched the session with the declaration that Vermont was in the midst of a “full-blown heroin crisis.” The legislature took action: providing funding to reduce waiting lists at drug-treatment centers, diverting low-level criminals from jail to treatment, and stiffening penalties for traffickers and those convicted of drug-fueled crimes. But within a month of Shumlin’s State of the State address, lawmakers had mostly moved on — and few new innovative ideas were contemplated.

— Yes, we know. The real debate over how to finance and implement Shumlin’s single-payer health care plan won’t come ’til next year. But even without any details to dissect, Shumlin’s fellow Democrats spent plenty of time this session agonizing over — and arguing about — what those details will look like. Can Shumlin keep his party united around its holy grail of public policy? We’ll see. SINGLE-PAYER

— Shumlin and House Democrats talked a big game this session about reining in school spending, but they had nothing to show for it by the fall of the gavel. RUNNER-UP LOSER: SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DICK

(D-Windsor), who stood in the way of meaningful reform. His excuse that his committee lacked the time to weigh the House’s school district consolidation plan was kind of lame, given that it didn’t exactly sneak up on him.


— Yet again, Shumlin and the legislature punted on cleaning up the state’s rivers and its biggest lake. Environmentalists criticized the administration’s latest plan to reduce phosphorous pollution and failed to convince the legislature to fund mitigation programs.


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(D-Bennington), whose skepticism about the role of humans in climate change may cost him his chairmanship next year.

— This was one of the least dramatic legislative sessions in recent memory. That was good news for Shumlin and his majority party Democrats, but bad news for those of us writing about the news. 


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age of issues an effective minority party could have used to divide and conquer Shumlin and his Democratic allies. But House Republicans once again proved themselves inept and irrelevant this year. Their sole tactical victory came in the session’s closing days when they capitalized on a procedural error to scuttle a heftier minimum-wage hike.


— Bruce Lisman’s political advocacy group pledged to be a major presence at the Statehouse this year. It wasn’t. But Campaign for Vermont can claim one notable victory: a new ethics panel in the House, which will monitor potential conflicts of interest, and new rules requiring House members to disclose their employers and paid board service.

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Vermont Has More Addicts Than It Can Treat, So Why Are Inpatient Facilities Losing Revenue?





ack Duffy’s friends assume his business is booming. Af ter all, he runs Vermont’s largest inpatient addiction treatment facil ity — Valley Vista in Bradford — at a time when the state has garnered national headlines for its commitment to fighting opiate addiction. But after three decades, Duffy’s business has never been on shakier ground. He recently laid off about 8 percent of his staff in response to a $588,000 revenue reduction, the source of which is his biggest customer — the State of Vermont. Duffy isn’t alone. Officials at Vermont’s two other big residential treatment homes for drug addicts, Serenity House in Wallingford and Maple Leaf Farm in Underhill, are also struggling with state f unding cuts. Serenity House is down $100,000 in a $1.8 million budget. Maple Leaf lost $200,000 on a $4.2 million budget. What’s going on? The Vermont Department of Health has in the past year effectively halved the number of days it pay for addicts to stay in the three facilities, from 20 to 30 days to roughly 15 days. The state has a ready explanation: Experts say 15 days provides adequate care, and assistance in excess of that can be done just as effectively — and more affordably — in outpatient programs. Moreover, the state says, treatment facilities can help a larger number of addicts if they turn over beds quicker. Previously, the health department says, it essentially wrote blank checks to the clinics f or unnecessarily long stays. Now the department requires f acilities to offer substantial evidence to justify extending a patient’s stay beyond 15 days, just as they say private insurers have long done. “That’s commonly done in the medi cal world to ensure that the patients are getting the right amount of care, not too much care,” said Barbara Cimaglio, deputy health commissioner f or alco hol- and drug-abuse programs. “We didn’t have any guidelines in place.

People could stay pretty much as long as they wanted and there was nothing that looked at, ‘Are we getting the right amount of care?’ This is pretty common. Vermont was not doing it.” The treatment centers say they are uneasy about the cutbacks, as Vermont has lavished attention and resources on its outpatient initiative — the “hub and spoke” system — for treating opiate addicts. For example, in November, Gov. Peter Shumlin cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of a new outpatient methadone clinic in Rutland, described as a vital tool to combat what the governor has called an opiate “crisis.” At the ceremony, Shumlin talked about helping addicts and treating ad diction as a disease. But just eight miles away, at nonprofit Serenity House, officials were struggling to cope with the state cuts without re sorting to layoffs at the 28-bed facility. “Fifteen days, it almost seems they’re leaving a f ew minutes af ter they come in. I think longer is better in most cases,” said Dick Keane, president of Serenity House. “That gives you time to bond with a client and make progress.” The state implemented the change last summer. “It hit us f ast and sudden,” Keane said. “None of us were able to adjust to it quickly. We’re all feeling the pressure financially.” Part of the goal, Cimaglio said, was to f ree up more bed space, to allow more people to experience inpatient care. Mission accomplished. All three facilities report they have registered approximately 50 percent more patients so far this year. “Every place is trying to bring in everybody they can,” said Bill Young, executive director of the nonprofit Maple Leaf Farm. Valley Vista, for example, projects that it will see 785 patients this year, as com pared to 508 last year — a 54 percent jump. But that influx hasn’t brought in enough cash to balance their books.


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Why? The first and last days of a patient’s stay in a treatment facility are the most labor intensive — and, therefore, the most costly. That’s when staff members conduct medical and psychological evaluations and fill out the bulk of the paperwork. The days in between, which involve fewer staffers, work out to be more profitable. In short, fewer clients staying longer equates to a more lucrative business model f or addiction-treatment facilities. The 15-day limit is not a hard cap. Af ter 12 days, the treatment center can appeal to the health department f or an extension on behalf of a patient. Ninety percent of those requests get approved. “We really have to determine what is the need clinically,” Cimaglio said. “If they need 20 or 25 days, it will be approved.” But that doesn’t tell the whole story, treatment providers say. Most of the extensions are only f or a f ew days. Moreover, officials from all three

f acilities say that the appeal process actually of ten shortens the average patient’s stay length. Addicts are notori ously anxious and fickle and often enter treatment programs with skepticism. Knowing they can only count on staying 15 days and will have to file an appeal — before their time is up — prompts many to abandon hope and skip out early, according to representatives f rom the treatment facilities. “All of the patients have a great deal of anxiety about what’s going to happen next,” said Richard DiStef ano of Valley Vista. “The patients short-circuit it be cause they can’t deal with the anxiety.” The numbers appear to support DiStefano’s theory. Despite the successf ul appeal rate, the average stay length at the f acilities is around 17 days. And, despite having 54 percent more clients, Valley Vista’s “patient days,” the number of days each bed is filled, are down about 10 percent. The other programs report similar dips.


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There are, of course, concerns beyond money — namely, that shorter stays will make it more difficult for addicts to recover. Treatment facilities say they have worked to condense their programs into the tighter time frame. Cimaglio said that much of the important work — helping addicts find housing and jobs, and helping them foster better relationships with family and friends — takes place outside the facilities. Cimaglio said the numbers support her department’s efforts. For the first six months under the new 15-day regimen, the rates at which addicts came back for a second or third stay — presumably because they relapsed — were largely unchanged from the prior year. “The driving factor is, ‘What is the needed level of care?’” Cimaglio said. “One could not think this is going to be the primary place where most people get treatment. The great number of people has always been treated

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Conflict Up Close: A War Photographer and Part-Time Vermonter Gets the Shot B y K Evi n J. K ELLEy






amed American combat photo journalist Robert Capa, killed in Southeast Asia in 1954, once offered a much-quoted piece of advice to his colleagues and succes sors: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Robert Nickelsberg, who regards Capa as one of his heroes, does get close enough. In a recently published book that chronicles 25 years of war in Af ghanistan, the 100-plus photos taken by this part-time Vermont resident rate as better than good enough. Af ghanistan: A Distant War includes the requisite combat shots, but it’s Nickelsberg’s portraits of individual Af ghans that make this beautif ully as sembled compilation especially memo rable. Many of Nickelsberg’s pictures are imbued with a certain tenderness — an unexpected and ironic quality in a volume f ocused on the unending vio lence afflicting a tortured country. A 1972 graduate of the University of Vermont, Nickelsberg summers in an unheated Charlotte house that his parents bought decades ago. He and his wife, photo editor Crary Pullen, live the rest of the year in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill section. Much f o the time, however, Nickelsberg is away on assignments. He worked for 12 years in Time magazine’s Delhi bureau, making f requent f orays as a contract photographer to Iraq, Pakistan, Af ghanistan and other unsta ble places. Earlier, he got “close enough” to the wars in Central America. It’s a dangerous pro f ession, Nickelsberg acknowledges during an interview in his apartment on a tranquil, leafy street across the river from the ca cophonous canyons of lower Manhattan. Nickelsberg says the shadow of death has brushed him “several times,” and he has seen numerous friends fall dead as collateral damage in conflicts they had been covering. “A lot of it depends on chance,” Nickelsberg reflects. “It’s a matter of where you are, or aren’t, at a certain moment.” Starting in 1988, he traveled clandes tinely to Afghanistan via the mountain ous tribal areas of neighboring Pakistan. With mujahideen chaperones who Nickelsberg describes as “clever and relentless,” he scrambled to avoid rocket fire from Soviet Mi-24 attack helicopters.

The earliest image in Nickelsberg’s book, from May 1988, shows a smiling Afghan soldier clasping the hand of a Soviet soldier who’s perched in the turret of a flower-bedecked tank and appears happy to be pulling out of the country that the Red Army invaded in 1979. There follows a chronological sequence of shots of the convulsive civil warfare in Afghanistan that culminated in the 1994 takeover by the Taliban. The world pretty much forgot about that landlocked, arid land f or the next several years. But Nickelsberg regularly returned to Af ghanistan, trying to take photos of the country’s new rulers, who f orbade all photography. Equally camera-shy were the Arab militants who had f ought alongside the Taliban and other Islamist warriors to oust the Soviets and the government they had installed. Nickelsberg describes the Taliban as “highly disciplined, extremely strict, very narrow-minded.” Their allies from Arab countries, he adds, were “not kind and were clearly dangerous.” These elements swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden, who plotted global jihad f rom a base in Af ghanistan while under the

Wounded U.S. Army soldiers await evacuation by helicopter from Kamdesh, Nuristan province.

one of the last photos in A Distant War shows a contingent of U.S. soldiers trooping out of their base in Afghanistan and heading home in May 2013. The direct American combat role may be nearing an end, but by this point in Nickelsberg’s book it’s clear that conflict in Afghanistan is going to go on … and on. What does Nickelsberg say is caus ing the longest war in U.S. history to conclude without a clear victory, despite enormous expenditures of blood and ROBE RT n i C KE L S BE R g treasure? “The biggest mistake,” Nickelsberg protection of the Taliban. Bin Laden’s suggests, “was Bush’s decision to go into plans reached a kinetic climax in the Iraq.” That invasion in 2003 diverted reSeptember 11, 2001, attacks on New York sources and political attention from the and Washington, D.C. fight in Afghanistan, he says. Less than two months after that his “The Bush administration dropped tory-shif ting day, Nickelsberg was back their commitment,” Nickelsberg continin Af ghanistan, accompanying invading ues. “There was a failure to read the clans, U.S. troops as they pursued bin Laden an overall inability to understand Afghan to a corner of the country called Tora culture and traditions,” Nickelsberg says. Bora. The al-Qaeda leader wriggled “It’s a complicated, layered place. You away to survive f or another nine years. can’t understand Afghanistan unless you His escape was the first in a series of understand Pakistan, and you can’t un f ailures that came to characterize the derstand Pakistan unless you understand now-ebbing American occupation of India.” And the Bush administration Afghanistan. lacked comprehension on each of those In a symmetrical tieback to its start, fronts, he says.

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Taliban soldiers fire a rocket at retreating forces of the Northern Alliance army north of Kabul.

the LAPD vice squad on surveillance missions in the gangland of South Los Angeles. “It wasn’t f ar f or the Bloods and Crips to go from guns and drugs to pimping,” Nickelsberg explains. “There’s still a lot of interest in the kinds of stories I work on,” he says. “The issue now is finding the funding to do them.” m Contact:




Robert Nickelsberg talks about his new book, Afghanistan: A Distant War, at the Mount philo Inn in Charlotte on Friday, May 16. Wine and light fare served at 6:30 p.m. Lecture at 7 p.m. Info, 425-3335.


Historical footnote: Bob Nickelsberg is the second great combat photojournalist with a Vermont connection. He was preceded by Dana Stone, a Burlington native raised in Wilder and a UVM dropout who recorded the U.S. wars in Indochina in the 1960s for CBS News and other outlets. Stone disappeared in Cambodia at age 30. He is believed to have been abducted and killed by Khmer Rouge guerrilla fighters whom he was hoping to photograph. Dana Stone also got “close enough.”


Nickelsberg became interested in pho tography as a way of combining a pas sion f or travel with his preoccupation with world news. He moved to Washington late in the 1970s to work f or a New Jersey congressman and to cultivate his growing interest in photography. Debates in Congress at that time over the U.S. role in Nicaragua and El Salvador prompted him to travel to those countries, where he worked as a freelancer. Nickelsberg embarked on a path that would wind through Brazil and Southeast Asia as well as over the Hindu Kush mountains and across the deserts of Iraq. Today, the troubles besetting tra ditional media have f orced the photo journalist to venture in a new direction. With contracts no longer being prof f ered by the much-diminished Time, the 63-year-old Nickelsberg is working on spec to complete a project on domestic trafficking of U.S. women. Gaining entree to the world these women in habit and winning enough trust to take their pictures is “particularly difficult for a man,” he notes. Nickelsberg gained awareness of the domestic sex trade by accompanying

Nickelsberg was himself diverted into Iraq soon af ter the start of the war there. Working f or the New York Times as well as Time magazine, he photographed Baghdad’s Firdos Square as American soldiers pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein — a symbolically resonant act that critics of the war contended had been staged by U.S. propagandists. Not so, Nickelsberg objects. The toppling of Saddam’s likeness in bronze was an authentic expression of many Iraqis’ detestation of their dicta tor, he says. Nickelsberg spent parts of four years in Iraq, again getting “close enough” to a war. So what led him to a career ut terly devoid of the placid pleasures of a second home atop a hill in the Champlain Valley? His mother was born in Germany, Nickelsberg relates, and growing up in suburban northern New Jersey, “I was among international people a lot of the time.” An interest in current affairs led him to major in economics and history at UVM, which appealed, too, because of his love of the outdoors. Following a sojourn as a ski bum in Vermont,

Rusten is only one year in; the fiscal year 2016 budget will be the first that he’s seen through from start to finish, and he’s just now gearing up to present it to the city council. His superior, how ever, sounds pleased. “He has been very collegial and fair but tough with depart ment heads,” Weinberger said. The mayor said he had “serious res ervations” about offering up his CAO to the school district, noting, “He has a long list of items that we are pursuing that will make city government more efficient.” Rising health insurance costs and the underfunded pension system are high on Rusten’s to-do list. What sealed the deal for Weinberger? The importance of our schools, he said. Also, “I believe strongly that the people of Burlington expect the mayor to do something about what is ultimately un sustainable growth in property taxes,” Weinberger said Friday. How will Rusten contend with the school district’s problems, which range from recurring deficits to lackluster oversight and financial controls? Rusten said he intends to focus on the price tag and steer clear of the philosophy. “Budgets certainly are more than just numbers. It’s a philosophy, it’s a road map, and I believe that is most appropriate with the school board. I believe my role is to make sure they can financially afford what they are talking about, that there’s a plan in place and that the numbers match up.” None of his former colleagues envied his new project — “He gets all the good jobs,” Consolino joked. “I don’t know why anyone would want to be entrusted with that role,” Mullin commented. But both men — and at least f our others interviewed for this story — vol unteered that they believe Rusten is ideally suited for the less-than-desirable job. Mackenzie said, “If there is anybody who can do that, it’s Bob.” It’s also possible Rusten’s f ervor f or detail, his integrity and his knowledge of education finance policy will amount to a bitter pill f or the school district. Rusten has already raised questions about whether the district is entitled to a pot of money, known as payments in lieu of taxes, that the city has shared for years. Cautioning that he’s not a lawyer, Rusten said he has “concerns” that state law actually prohibits the school f rom receiving its portion, expected to total $1.4 million in FY 2015. In a district reeling from deficits, that line of inquiry won’t make Rusten a lot of friends. m


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Roland Frank Mease, husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Thursday, May 8, after 81 years of a life filled with family, friends and good times. Born July 9, 1932 in Riegelsville, Pa., he was the youngest of six sons of the late Frank and Lottie (Unangst) Mease. Roland served in the U.S. Air Force at Lowry Field in Denver. He met the love of his life, Nancy Lee Keating, at Woolworth’s variety store, and they were married on Valentine’s Day in 1953. They celebrated their 50th anniversary surrounded by their family in 2003. He was a graduate of the University of Denver and worked for Martin Marietta,


77, passed away May 12, 2014, in St. Albans, Vt. She was born July 3, 1936, in Fairhaven, Vt., to Harold and Evelyn (Scibner) Lafayette. Predeceased by her husband, Richard, she was a beloved mother who proudly raised her 10 children. Left to cherish her memory are her 10 children and their spouses: June (Lou), Richard (Bonnie), Neva, Neil (Robyn), Brenda, MaryLou (John), Carl (Sonya), Diane, Lori (Cricket), and Evelyn (Francis). Cathy is predeceased by brothers Sonny and Edward and is survived by brother Andrew and sister Theresa, as well as many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and many other loved family members and friends. Cathy was a devoted member of Trinity Baptist Church and the Red Hats Society. Visitation will be Thursday, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lavigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St., Winooski, Vt. Funeral services will

Continental Airlines and Frontier Airlines during his career as a production planner. He is survived by five sons: Stephen and his wife, Cheryl Dorschner, of Williston, Vt.; James and his wife, Sheila, of Golden, Colo.; Christopher and his wife, Leslie, of Littleton, Colo.; Jason and his wife, Wendy, of Franklin, Tenn.; and Kirk of Denver. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Joe and his wife, Stephanie, Noah, Asa, Cooper, Chandler, Riley, McCulloh, Skyler, Savannah and Braeden; and three great-grandchildren: Emerson, Preston and Lillian. Roland was a deeply caring, compassionate man, always ready to help a neighbor, go bowling with friends, play PingPong in the basement with his grandkids, travel and throw some Omaha steaks or lobster tails on the grill for family gatherings. He enjoyed the race tracks — win some, lose some. He had a reputation for growing delicious red raspberries. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy, in 2008, and his parents and brothers. A service to celebrate his memory will be held at the Newcomer Funeral Home, East Metro Chapel, 190 Potomac St., Aurora, Colo., on Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Denver Rescue Mission, PO Box 5206, Denver, CO 80217, or to the Colorado Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association, 455 Sherman St., Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203. To share a memory of Roland or leave a special condolence message for his family, visit rolandmease.

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“Underworld” by Kaz

A fi xture in many an alt-weekly, Kaz’s “Underworld” makes its seedy, hilarious Seven Days début. Better late than never. First published more than 20 years ago,

the strip has a wit and satiric bite that are as sharp as ever. The deceptively simple line work evokes such venerable strips as “Nancy” and “Beetle Bailey,” but look more closely and you’ll fi nd drug-addled maniacs and a celebration of all things vile and scurvy. Watch out for fl ying eyeballs and discarded syringes.

“Children of the Atom” by Dave Lapp




Unique among our new comics for having completed its storyline, “Children of the Atom” was published f or more than fi ve years exclusively in Vancouver’s alt-weekly the Georgia Straight. Author Dave Lapp’s strip concerns Franklin Boy and Jim Jam Girl, two characters MIC H AE L D E F O R GE who wend their way through a surreal, “Krazy Kat”-like landscape. It’s delightfully strange and thought provoking, and awards for his work, which includes the we’re launching it from its beginning. acclaimed 2014 book Ant Colony. Hailed “Sticks Angelica” by many in the industry as a major new by Michael DeForge talent, DeForge has never had his work The prolifi c Toronto-based cartoonin a weekly paper until now. “Sticks ist Michael DeForge has won several Angelica” is a current, ongoing strip in


aybe the comics in Seven Days provide your appetizer sampler: a bunch of tasty tidbits designed to whet your appetite for the main course. Or maybe you save the f unny pages f or last, as a colorf ul, enjoyable dessert. Whatever your method, chances are that you check them out. Who doesn’t love comics? Seven Days loves comics, too, but every year or so we tweak the section, weeding out a few and bringing in some new ones. Last week you may have noticed the absence of Hilary Price’s “Rhymes with Orange,” Ted Rall and Dakota McFadzean. Another change is coming soon, but we’ll wait to tell you about that one. Meanwhile, we’d like to introduce our fi rst three newcomers to you here.

which DeForge’s unique abilities with line, color and character are amply apparent. On the occasion of his comic’s fi rst appearance in Seven Days, DeForge spoke with us from his home.

From the Llewellyn Collection, Champlain College Scores a Concert




ince 2010, Champlain College has been quietly mounting three exhibits a year in Perry Hall that highlight its fascinating Llewellyn Collection. Donated by Burlington resident and Vermontiana enthusiast LANCE LLEWELLYN, the assortment of vintage Vermont postcards, maps and memorabilia includes 80 scores of sheet music — songs by Vermont composers published between the 1850s and the fi rst decades of the 20th century. An exhibit last September f eaturing select scores caught the eye of University of Vermont music-history professor WAYNE SCHNEIDER. A specialist in George Gershwin with an interest in popular music, Schneider subsequently pored over the compositions — his wife, PAULA OLSEN, is a ref erence librarian at Champlain — and selected 15 pieces to resurrect in a concert. Next Thursday, May 22, Schneider will accompany the soprano/tenor couple MINDY and BILL BICKFORD of Charlotte on a piano that’s being carted into Perry Hall’s 55-seat Presentation Room for the occasion. During a recent tour of the building’s





lounge and two conference rooms where the collection’s changing exhibits are laid out, ERICA DONNIS, who began managing the Llewellyn Collection a year ago, points out a row of framed sheet-music covers on one wall. “There was a whole industry in Vermont of composers and publishers, and a trend of [producing] music f or amateur musicians to play in the home,” she explains. Most of the songs cash in on “nostalgia f or old Vermont,” Donnis

continues; “the market was partly people who had moved away.” Such people were apparently already longing f or a lost Vermont in 1903, when a Philadelphia press published Alice Cloe Smalley’s song “Where the Apple Blossoms Blow in Old Vermont.” Another f ramed cover aims f or modern romance: “Silver Lake: March and TwoStep” by Samuel Thomas, published in Passumpsic in 1911, depicts a Victoriandressed couple strolling by a lake in the

moonlight in art-deco colors. Donnis chose both for the rooms’ current exhibit, “Marketing Vermont,” which will be open to the public before and after the concert. For the perf ormance, Schneider has chosen songs representing nearly a century of the trend. These include an 1867 love song called “Meet Me Josie at the Gate”; the Bennington Battle Monument dedication song f rom 1891; the 1909 song celebrating the tercentenary of Lake Champlain’s “discovery”; and novelty songs. The last category includes two 1950s songs: one called “Uh Huh (Meaning Yes)” and an ice-cream-parlor tune that sounds “a little rock and roll,” Schneider promises. The prof essor is also the organist and music director at the First Unitarian Universalist Society church in Burlington, and the f ormer director of a church choir in Essex, where he met the Bickfords. The couple regularly perf orms musical theater; Schneider calls them “great entertainers.” Until Schneider asked them to perform the vintage Vermont songs, recalls Bill Bickf ord, the couple had never heard of the Llewellyn Collection. When

SD: You’ve mentioned that you’ve always wanted your work to appear in an alt-weekly paper. Why is that important to you? MD: Really early on, reading alternative comics was my first exposure to a few different types of artists. It was my first exposure to [Matt Groening’s] “Life in Hell.” Exclaim, a monthly Canadian newspaper (which unfortunately no longer runs comics), used to run [Marc Bell’s] “Shrimpy and Paul,” which ended up being one of my all-time favorites. I find it easier to grapple with longer stories if I can think of them in smaller

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SD: What comic strips most strongly influenced your work? MD: Well, the aforementioned “Shrimpy and Paul” is a big one for me. Early on, “The Far Side,” “Calvin and Hobbes,” “Peanuts” and “Bloom County” were the comics that my parents had lying around, and were sort of how I learned to read. “Bloom County” in particular was a really big influence on me. It was full of topical references that I, of course, didn’t understand at that time. I was reading Kitty Dukakis jokes and not really understanding who she was. Years later, I’d fill in all those references. 

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SEVEN DAYS: How would you describe “Sticks Angelica” to readers who’ve never seen it before? MICHAEL DEFORGE: It’s a comic about a woman who is sort of sick of living in a city, so she decides instead to move to a cabin in a national park, far away. She unfortunately finds that there are a lot of animals who want to befriend her, and she becomes reluctant friends with them.

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they hopped online to view it, they discovered a surprise. “Lo and behold, two of the songs were written by Mindy’s great-grandfather, Frank J. Preston, who started Preston’s Jewelers on Church Street,” Bickford says. He’s an IBM engineer; Mindy runs an equestrian center. The couple had sung Preston’s songs many times around the piano at family gatherings but had no idea they’d been collected and catalogued.

The two Preston songs create “a nice mini-group within our program,” Bickford adds. “This guy loved chromatic chord progressions and fitting the voice and piano into these intricate patterns. It’s almost like he was doing musical sudoku.” Schneider, who previously researched Rhode Island’s sheet music for a concert there, notes, “Probably every state has a certain repertoire that celebrates it.” The value of such music is that it created a shared experience. “This music is not high art,” Schneider notes. “It was popular — not only quantitatively, in that it was widely disseminated, but it struck a responsive chord in the hearts of Americans.” The concert, which will end with “Moonlight in Vermont” from 1944, will likely move a few present-day hearts, too. 

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aD spurgeon says he never thought he’d leave Vermont “in a million years.” But, despite his prof ound affinity for the area and the significant artistic inroads he’s made since his arrival in 1982, Spurgeon packed up his Middlebury studio this spring to follow a longtime love back to his hometown. “I didn’t want to sacrifice Vermont f or Philadelphia,” the artist admits in a phone call from his new studio in Mount Airy, a northwestern suburb of the city within walking distance of his childhood home. “But in the end, blood is stronger than water, and I ended up back here.” Spurgeon, 59, leaves a significant artistic legacy in Vermont: as a painter of luminous still lifes, landscapes and color-block abstractions; as a teacher and mentor; and as author of a groundbreaking book — more on that in a moment. His first role in Vermont, however, was that of chef.

Just “trying to escape the heat of Philly,” Spurgeon found work at promi nent Burlington eateries. Within a year, he says, while working as pastry chef at the Ice House on Battery Street, he de veloped the chocolate recipes that would

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Bella Voce Celebrates 10 Years, a New CD and a Collaboration With Robert DeCormier



ince choral director Dawn w illis founded Bella Voce 10 years ago, the 40-woman auditioned chorus has gained quite a f ol lowing. Its two concerts a year generally draw f ull houses. The group has re corded three CDs, and a fourth is due out at its next concert — a 10th-anniversary gala, with perf ormances in Burlington and Stowe this weekend. All credit f or the group’s success is due to Willis’ uncanny ability to unite and inspire her singers, according to alto Vikki Day , who has sung in Bella Voce since its founding. Eleven years ago, Day was singing in the Vermont symphony orchestra chorus when Willis, its new assistant conductor underf ounderconductor r oBert Decormier , stepped up to run rehearsal. Day noticed her com petence right away. “She was so adept and so good at what she was doing and with so much energy,” Day recalls, “that I thought, She should have her own chorus. And it should be a women’s chorus.” At the time there was none in the area. (The Upper Valley has canta Bile , a women’s chorus f ounded in 2001 by Dartmouth College

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CLASSICAL MUSIC music lecturer Erma Mellinger; Rutland has l aDies’ night out w omen’s chorus , a community choir founded by l ucy allen t enen Baum in 1987.) Day proposed the idea to Willis during a break and discovered that the experienced choral conductor was al ready mulling over just such a plan. With DeCormier’s support, Willis drew her first converts to the new chorus from the VSO’s ranks. She began rehearsals immediately, and Bella Voce

performed its first concert three months later. “She keeps this organization moving forward at a very brisk pace,” Day com ments. “That’s not f or everybody,” she adds. “She does expect a lot f rom us.” Those expectations include fundraising when needed and mentoring aspir ing conductors and music educators. According to Willis, 20 young women have participated in the group’s mentoring program.

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Willis has maintained a collabora tive relationship with DeCormier, a re nowned composer-arranger who is now 90 years old. Bella Voce has perf ormed and recorded a number of his works, including f our of his spirituals on their CD Christmas Joy. The new record ing, Songs of Hope & Freedom , includes DeCormier’s six-movement cantata about the Af rican American abolition ist Harriet Tubman, “They Called Her Moses,” which takes up more than half the CD. During a phone call, the everebullient Willis recalls that Bella Voce didn’t intend to record that cantata, but, when the group performed it a year ago,

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“people were in tears.” An anonymous donor initiated a recording fund — the project would cost $10,000 — and suddenly, Willis found, “We had this huge outcry. People said they’d love to have a recording.” “People just jumped on that bandwagon,” confirms Day — partly, she adds, “because they wanted to have Robert’s music for women recorded.” Among the donors to the new CD are Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, the remaining members of the iconic American folk group Peter, Paul & Mary. DeCormier had been the trio’s musical director and arranger. While “They Called Her Moses” will not be performed at the 10thanniversary concerts, Bella Voce will sing another DeCormier song from its new CD, “Walk Together Children.” The composer originally scored the piece for male and female voices; Bella Voce commissioned him to re-voice it for women for the occasion.

The group also commissioned a Gloria by University of Toronto music professor Larysa Kuzmenko and a piece called “Women Make the Earth Move” by Lehigh University’s Steven Sametz. Willis calls that last one a “very festive” composition for women’s voices, percussion and brass. Burlington’s Inora Brass QuIntet will accompany the group on the piece, which, in an echo of Aaron Copland’s famous work, is subtitled “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.” The women of Bella Voce, meanwhile, are as solid as ever. “To belong to a choir that has done as much as it has in the last 10 years is something else,” says Day, who left off singing in the BurlIngton Choral soCIety after 12 years to focus on Bella Voce. As for its uncommon leader, she adds, “I don’t think anybody could fill her shoes.” m


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later help Ice House owner JIm lampman launch Lake Champlain Chocolates. In 1993, Spurgeon “left cooking for painting” — he’d been honing his technique in oil all the while — and became the first painting resident at the shelBurne Craft sChool. There Spurgeon devoted six years to teaching and painting. In the years that followed, he also mentored artists in private lessons, including reBeCCa KInKead, now a highly successful painter. “He’s just been an incredible resource for so many local artists,” says the Ferrisburgh artist, who credits Spurgeon with helping her develop her signature wax medium and her comfortable relationship with color. Turns out, it wasn’t just culinary recipes that interested Spurgeon. In the early 2000s, he took a break from

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teaching to research his chosen medium, oil paint. Spurgeon began experimenting with formulas and techniques that had been disused for several centuries, attempting to capture the qualities he admired in the works of old masters. “I became fascinated with the idea that older painting was inherently different,” he explains. The notion that those masters’ oil paintings looked the way they did because of the paint upended his artistic worldview. Rembrandt’s “secret,” for example, involved using chalk along with oil and pigment. “After that, I started working with chalk,” Spurgeon remembers. “And I was, like, Oh! This is very different.” Spurgeon turned his discoveries and reflections into a book, titled Living Craft: A Painter’s Process, which is now in its fourth edition (and available as a download from his website). He continues to make his own paints, and to explore. “The foundation of his work and the real, true understanding of the materials and process has given him huge control over the nuance and the mood of the painting,” notes tari swenson, co-owner of Stowe’s west Branch Gallery. She acquired some Spurgeon paintings when the contemporary-art gallery built a wing for representational work earlier this year. “I think he’s in more control of painting and the understanding of the process of painting than any other artist I know,” Swenson adds. Characteristically, Spurgeon shared his significant knowledge about oil mediums with his students — many of them accomplished artists themselves. Bonnie Baird, a landscape painter in North Chittenden, says she began using chalk in her paintings after receiving a copy of Living Craft from a friend and taking a class with its author. Though she was initially dubious about the medium, she says, she found it “really creates this veil in the air of your skies. It makes the paint move a little better.” Baird says of Spurgeon, “He’s presenting these tools to all of us that we were unaware of, through his own experiments and testing.” 2v-MagicHat051414.indd 1

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Another of Spurgeon’s private painting students was Michael strauss, a chemistry professor at the University of Vermont. Spurgeon asked Strauss how much salt he could put in the oil, in hopes that more salt would make the finished product dry more quickly. Strauss told him to use as much as he wanted. “It was such a simple thing for him to say, but it changed everything,” Spurgeon recalls. “I made a super-saturated solution, and suddenly I had an oil that dried overnight.” Strauss subsequently authored his own book, The Mind at Hand: What Drawing Reveals, an exploration of how the act of drawing affects consciousness; he devoted a chapter to an interview with Spurgeon. Reached by phone, the professor reveals that the chemistry Spurgeon performs is “actually really complicated. And there are very few people looking at the details of … all these processes he’s doing, because it’s archaic,” he says. “There is no practical use other than to a painter.” Spurgeon says practicality was beside the point of his experiments. “My final reward for doing the research was, it just changed my brain completely,” he says. “At first I was just looking for a solution, but I became so fascinated by the journey that the destination became irrelevant.” Now back in Philly, Spurgeon says he’s finding visual inspiration in his new Mount Airy neighborhood, which he describes as having an English feel: stucco and stone houses, streets lined with cherry trees that flower in April. He frequently hears from artists around the world who’ve read his book, and he plans to stay connected with his Vermont friends. Sturgeon is also forging new creative paths. “There’s a lot of work I sort of put on hold because it wasn’t really going to fly in Vermont,” he says. “Some of the more esoteric still-life work that wouldn’t go over as well there. So I’m beginning to work on it here.” m




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difference in other gunrelated crime. • A meta-analysis of gunrelated-crime intervention methods found buybacks had the least effect. So why don’t gun buyback programs work? • Most U.S. programs are local and scattered, as opposed to national or even statewide. Since guns can easily be transported, isolated efforts amount to bailing the ocean. • And bailing with a teaspoon at that. Typical haul per buyback: 1,000 guns. Total guns in the U.S.: 300 million. To put it another way, in 2011 there were 10,000 gun homicides. Given the number of firearms, that means any particular gun has a onein-30,000 chance of being involved in a killing. On the unlikely assumption that the number of gun deaths is strictly proportional with the number of guns, the typical buyback reduces the death toll by one-30th of one corpse.

• Some take advantage of gun buyback programs to dispose of useless weapons. In Sacramento a quarter of the guns collected were broken; in Seattle, a sixth were. • Buybacks tend to yield a lot of rifles and shotguns (aka long guns), smallcaliber handguns and other firearms not commonly used by criminals or in suicides. In Boston’s 1993 and 1994 buyback programs, only 2 percent of the guns retrieved were large-caliber handguns. Despite substantial new incentives for handguns, in 2006 this figure increased to only 26 percent. A Sacramento study found 63 percent of handguns turned in were small-caliber. No one seriously expects criminals to turn in a gun and deprive themselves of a tool of the trade. Upshot: Buyback programs take low-risk weapons away from low-risk individuals.

easily than most places. More important, the buyback was attached to a gun ban — those who hung on to illegal weapons faced criminal charges. Even so, the impact of Australia’s program is disputed. One study found no benefits at all, while another claimed the homicide rate decreased 5 to 10 percent. Gun-related suicides decreased significantly, but the overall suicide rate didn’t. True, yet another study credited the Australian buyback with a 74 percent decrease in the gun suicide rate and a 35 to 50 percent decrease in the gun homicide rate. But the evidence for attributing the gun homicide drop to the buyback is unpersuasive. Gun and non-gun homicides fell at the same rate between 1995 and 2006. While gun homicides were somewhat more common than the nongun kind 30 years ago and are less common now, the reversal happened circa 1988, well before the buyback. This doesn’t mean gun buybacks do no good whatsoever. They put a few bucks in the pockets of people like you who want to get rid of unwanted firearms, and conceivably they reduce accidents from “unloaded” guns lying around the house. But overall, do they reduce gun killings, or killings period? Don’t kid yourself. No.


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enerally speaking, no. Gun buybacks are like a congregation declaring their church a nuclear-free zone. No doubt it makes them feel virtuous. But the practical impact is nil. Gun buyback programs operate on the premise that fewer guns in society means fewer crimes, suicides and accidents — or at least fewer deaths from those causes. Many cities have offered buybacks, but studies of their effectiveness almost always find no impact. Examples: • Neither St. Louis nor Seattle saw reductions in murders or assaults with guns after enacting buyback programs. • Boston’s sizable gun buyback programs coincided with a decrease in the city’s crime rate, but crime decreased at similar rates in cities without buybacks. • A multiyear study of Buffalo’s gun buyback programs found a reduction in armed robbery using guns, but no significant


Several years ago I turned in a gun for cash during a police buyback program. For me it was a practical exchange. But do these programs have any impact? Are communities with buybacks experiencing less gun-related injury and/or crime? Tom in San Jose

Attempts to improve the effectiveness of buyback programs have met with little success. Unhappy with the response to its earlier efforts, Boston took several steps to improve the impact of the 2006 buyback — offering a $200 Target gift card for each handgun (but none for long guns) and providing alternate drop-off locations that weren’t in police stations. However, it also required everyone turning in a gun to present ID (to keep out-of-staters from cashing in worthless old handguns). Result: The turn-in numbers for 2006 were at best no better than in ’93 and ’94. Some will say we need a national buyback program. Ignore the fact that such a program is politically impossible in the U.S. — would it work? To get an idea, we can look to Australia, which banned some long guns following a 1996 massacre in which 35 were killed and 23 others wounded by a gunman using assault rifles. As part of the ban, the government launched a nationwide program offering market value for the newly prohibited weapons. The take was 650,000 guns, about 20 percent of the country’s firearms. Granted, Australia was a special case — an island nation can control its borders more





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was also a piercing, guarded quality in his eyes, tinged with bitterness, as if the world was not a safe and welcoming place. A cursory scan of Russian history offers ample reason for such a bleak outlook. “How are you doing?” he asked me as we drove up Main Street. His accent was, indeed, Russian. “You mean now?” I replied. The previous week, I had heard an old Vermonter give that response to the young checkout girl at a supermarket and thought it hilarious. As soon as it left my mouth, however, I recognized that this was probably not a person to josh with. The man had an edge. He flashed me a look of disdain, lasting but a millisecond; the next thing I knew, he had switched to a broad grin. This was a hard man to read. “How about you, my friend?” he asked, pivoting to face the man in the back. “What’s you do tonight? Do you have fun?” “Yeah, I hit a few clubs and bars. I guess I had some fun.” “Zat’s good, zat’s good,” said the Russian. “You know what?” he added, his voice suddenly a whisper. “I slit your throat.” “What did you say?” the backseat guy asked. I might have imagined it, but I’d swear I could hear the gulp. It’s said that, of the five senses, smell carries the most potent emotional charge.

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but I could ImagIne hIm punchIng me In the face and leavIng wIthout payIng.

Whether or not that’s accurate, that was how the moment hit me: the scent of menace flooded the cab — disturbing, sour and slightly surreal. The fact that it rose out of nowhere — during a perfectly banal conversational exchange — just intensified the sense of threat. “Uh, yeah,” I said, my eyes now fixed on the road straight ahead, “did you just say what I think you said?” “Jesus, Anton,” the Russian’s girlfriend said blandly, more bored than upset. “What the hell is wrong with you?” “Oh, is all good, is all good,” Anton replied, laughing sardonically. “We’re all friends here. No problem. Cabdriver, why we turning into the Holiday Inn?” “That’s where this first customer is going, man,” I replied, now acutely aware of each word I was saying. I didn’t think Anton was actually a psycho killer, but who knows? “How much?” the first guy asked, money already in hand. It was obvious he wanted to be out of this cab yesterday. “I cover him, cabdriver,” Anton interjected. “No problem.” “You sure about that?” I asked. “You’re paying this guy’s share of the fare?” “No problem,” he replied. While not exactly a direct answer to the question, it was definitive enough for my first customer, who jumped out of the cab with a quick and cool “thanks,” and nearly sprinted into the hotel. Great, I thought, now he can slaughter me with only his girlfriend as a witness. Yes, I was joking to myself, undoubtedly as a defense mechanism. In truth, I was unsure what to think. I just knew Anton was a loose cannon and that I wanted this fare to be over.

We drove the seven minutes to Shunpike Road in a weird silence. The girlfriend got out the moment I pulled to a stop in front of their place and walked into the house. Which left me and Anton. Oh, joy. “So, it’ll be 17 bucks. That includes you and the guy we dropped at the hotel.” “Why should I pay for that guy?” Anton asked. “Because you said you would, and I asked you twice.” His lips curled into a half smile. He whispered, “I slit your throat, man.” In that moment, I somehow knew the threat wasn’t real, but I could imagine him punching me in the face and leaving without paying. In any event, the time for dilly-dallying was over. I said, “You know, brother, you’re being really aggressive and there’s no need for it. There really isn’t.” “I’m not your brother,” he said. “OK, then,” I said. “Well, how about ‘comrade’?” Anton laughed. “Yes, comrades. We can be comrades.” Still chuckling, he took out his wallet, paid me and left the cab. I shivered like a terrier just out of a pond. Vermont is a haven, and, driving a cab here, I am rarely confronted with dangerous people. But when I am, all I can do is face the situation head on and not shy away. That, and mentally recite the Lord’s Prayer. m


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elanie Peyser was a teenager when her father, Fred, insisted she work a booth at the Addison County Fair and Field Days. Her job? Handing out leafl ets and playing a VHS tape on a loop portraying footage of gas pipeline explosions. “It was mortif ying,” recalled Peyser, now 46; she just wanted to hit the midway. “I wasn’t mortifi ed!” her 79-year-old mother, Selina Peyser, chimed in. “I handed out leafl ets. I stood there. My husband worked incredibly hard.” Fred Peyser was instrumental in blocking an underground pipeline proposed in the 1980s to bring natural gas into New England from Canada. It would have cut through the Peysers’ property in Monkton and stretched some 340 miles through Vermont. “Someday it may serve as a business-school case study: How Not to Win Friends While Trying to Build a Pipeline,” Susan Levine wrote in a 1989 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the confl ict. “To be subtitled, of course: Why Even Having the Governor on Your Side Doesn’t Always Help.” Sound familiar? History is repeating itself at the Peyser house. This winter, nearly three decades af ter the last pipeline project, Selina Peyser found herself fi elding phone calls from a representative of the Canadian-owned utility Vermont Gas Systems. Turned out, the Peyser property was in the path of a new pipeline — this one the 43-mile Addison-Rutland Natural Gas transmission line, which earned a stamp of approval f rom Vermont’s Public Service Board in late December. The pipeline will cut through 222 parcels on its journey from Chittenden County to Middlebury — the fi rst leg of a distribution network Vermont Gas hopes to extend as far south as Rutland. In a telephone message, a “land agent” —˛tasked with brokering a deal that would allow Vermont Gas to cross her property —˛warned Peyser he needed to hear f rom her soon or Vermont Gas would begin legal proceedings. Just a few days later, Peyser received a letter threatening eminent domain, the process by which the government seizes private land f or public use while providing “just compensation.” Melanie Peyser, the once-reluctant activist, was living in California. During a visit to Vermont in December, she saw what was happening to her mother. Her father, who’d handled the couple’s legal a˝ airs, died in 2008. “I basically quit my job,” said Peyser, who moved home in March. And “even f or me,” said Peyser, who holds a law degree, the easement agreements and paperwork and right-of -way details constituted a labyrinthine mess. “I fi nd it frankly confusing,” she said. But helping her mother

— and protecting what she sees as her f ather’s legacy — spurred Melanie Peyser on. “This is not just an environmental issue, or a fi nancial issue,” said Melanie Peyser. “This is a justice issue.” Over co˝ ee in the sunny sitting room at the Peysers’ stately Monkton home, the two women spoke about their dealings with Vermont Gas — Selina Peyser growing agitated, her daughter calming her. “Mom, don’t be so angry,” Melanie urged her mother. “It’s incredibly stressf ul,” said Selina Peyser. “I don’t like to be threatened.”

A ‘Comedy of Errors’ Frustration with Vermont Gas has been bubbling up in homes and communities all along the proposed pipeline — which was divided into two phases for the purposes of obtaining permits. As the company’s land agents hash out deals along the Phase I route, the Public Service Board is considering Vermont Gas’ application to build Phase II. That leg would jog south and west f rom Middlebury, through the towns of Cornwall and Shoreham, and then under Lake Champlain. The goal is to deliver gas to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga. IP has promised not only to cover the entire cost of the second leg, but to

help subsidize building a bigger transmission line f rom Chittenden County. Altogether, IP is poised to chip in $70 million. Vermont Gas argues that the money will allow the company to extend service farther still — to Rutland County — by 2020. Without IP’s contribution, the company contends, service to Rutland wouldn’t be viable until 2035 — “if ever,” said spokesman Steve Wark. That’s proving to be a tough sell in Addison County, where the proposal touches hot-button topics: The environment. Fracking. Property rights. And the pitch hasn’t been made easier, critics say, by a series of missteps on the part of Vermont Gas. Critics allege a pattern of bad behavior: Surveyors who trespassed, or misrepresented their a˙ liation with Vermont Gas; land agents who portrayed themselves as “mediators” or brokers rather than employees of the gas company; company o˙ cials who lef t questions about easements unanswered f or months; a corporation that pushed for an aggressive schedule in Public Service Board proceedings, leaving landowners and some town o˙ cials feeling frantic, rushed and overwhelmed. Some tell stories of land agents literally dangling checks in f ront of landowners in an e˝ ort to win “easements” that would grant Vermont Gas permission to use a landowner’s property without purchasing it outright.

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Jump-Starting the Opposition

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Wark admits that Vermont Gas didn’t expect to f ace such vehement opposition in Addison County. Af ter all, Vermonters, by and large, greeted natural gas with open arms in the 1960s, when Vermont Gas extended its fi rst pipelines carrying fuel from the Canadian border. Instead of angry op-eds, newspapers then ran glowing explainer pieces about the benefi ts and safety of natural gas, alongside exuberant advertisements welcoming Vermont Gas to the state. In the decades since, Wark said, customers have been happy. Their ranks have swelled to roughly 50,000 customers in Franklin and Chittenden counties, where R AP H W O R R IC K underground pipelines serve 17 communities. But Addison County isn’t the Vermont of fi ve decades days before Town Meeting, they send out a letter to variago. Residents have become more wary of large utility projous landowners threatening to take their land by eminent ects, according to Wark, as a result of problems stemming domain,” said Ellis. “Those kinds of errors are not fatal, but from the 2005 Northwest Reliability Project upgrades to they illustrate a large misunderstanding of what it takes to Vermont Electric Company transmission lines. get it done in Vermont.” And Vermonters of 1965 didn’t have the internet. The PSB, in its December approval of Phase I, noted “These people in Shoreham and Monkton, they’re on that Vermont Gas “has f rankly acknowledged that such the web at night,” said Ellis. “They’re googling pipeline misconduct occurred,” and while the board praised the explosions. They understand tar sands. They know where company’s candor as a “fi rst step” toward restoring trust, it this gas is coming f rom. Thirty years ago, 40 years ago, urged utilities to be “sensitive to the dignity of Vermonters people had no idea.” and to respect their rights.” The voices of a few angry landowners became a chorus. Apologies are falling on the deaf ears of pipeline oppoInitially “I wasn’t up in arms about it,” said Worrick — but nents, who accuse Vermont Gas of begging for forgiveness af ter dealing with his land agent, he said the situation rather than asking for permission. started to feel “fi shy.” “Unfortunately, it’s awfully easy to lose trust, and not so easy to get it back,” said Worrick. ˝ PIPE DREAMS » P.34


Just look at how the company handled a statement made by CEO Don Gilbert, who publicly said of the pipeline, “We won’t come if people don’t want us.” In response to discovery questions submitted as part of the PSB process, the company backpedaled; Gilbert was ref erring to distribution services, not the transmission pipeline itself , Vermont Gas contended. “If I were watching f rom the sidelines as a management consultant, I would say this is a comedy of errors,” said Bruce Hiland, the chair of the Cornwall selectboard. Hiland doesn’t live along the proposed route, but he and fellow selectmen have been vocal in their opposition to the project — spurred on, Hiland said, by polls that revealed Cornwall opposes the pipeline by a ratio of 3-to-1. “I can’t tell whether it’s incompetence or arrogance or both,” said Raph Worrick, a Cornwall resident whose property is in the line of fi re. Notably, it’s not just pipeline opponents who are chiding the gas company f or what many agree was a fl awed rollout of the pipeline proposal. “It does certainly sound to me like it has not been handled as well as it could have been,” said Robin Scheu, the executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation — a supporter of the pipeline on the grounds that natural gas will provide a competitive advantage to Addison County businesses. “If they had to do it again, I would guess that they would do it a bit di˛ erently,” she said of Vermont Gas. Kevin Ellis, a partner in Monpelier-based PR fi rm Ellis Mills, agreed. “Well, you know something is wrong when a couple of

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other senior citizens in the area. She wants to see the PSB set up a f air easement negotiation f und; ultimately, she said, landowners can’t rely on the goodness of a corpora tion to arrive at equitable deals. In response to complaints that Vermont Gas’ low ini tial offers have been unfair, Wark said that the easement agreements aren’t blank checks. “It’s meant to make people whole, not rich, because at the end of the day, ratepayers are picking up the tab,” he said.








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cheese, which has a large facility in Middlebury; Middlebury College; Porter Medical Center; and many others. Cabot alone anticipates saving as much as $3 million per year on Down the road, Randy and Mary Martin acknowl fuel costs at their plant. edged that they, too, were unlikely activists. “Our kids are “It levels the playing field for us, for businesses that shocked,” said Randy Martin. “We used to think climate are thinking about, ‘Do I want to be in Chittenden County change was a bunch of hooey invented by Al Gore.” or Addison County?’” said Addison County Development Word spread. Environmentalists joined the effort; Corporation’s Scheu. many pointed to the hypocrisy of building a pipeline to “The benefits of this project are just too big to pass up,” carry fracked gas in a state that had, in 2012, banned hy said Wark. draulic fracturing. In the process of drilling underground Try telling that to the angry, frustrated Vermonters who f or gas and oil, chemical-laden water is pumped at high showed up at the Shoreham Elementary School cafeteria on pressure into shale formations. In other parts of the counMay 7 to urge the PSB to deny a permit for Phase II. COLCHESTER try, the mining technique has been blamed f or contami Many cradled signs or wore stickers with the slogan, ESSEX nating water supplies. “Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline.” Banners and placards Vermont Gas admits that a portion of the gas it pumps — “Friends Don’t Let Friends Build Frack Pipes” alongside through its pipelines is fracked, but can’t say exactly how JERICHO the school’s “Got Milk?” advertisements — competed for much. As for complaints about misbehavior on the part of CHITTENDEN real estate on the walls. WILLISTON land agents, Wark conceded that Vermont Gas didn’t staff RICHMOND One af ter another, opponents stood up to voice their SHELBURNE BOLTON up sufficiently to go door-to-door and handle all the easeST GEORGE concerns and questions. Would horizontal drilling under PROPOSED PHASE ONE ment negotiations. NATURAL GAS PIPELINE Lake Champlain dislodge toxic sludge on the lake bottom? So they hired contractors. The right-of -way agents What about the possible damage to the lake’s ecosystem? CHARLOTTE weren’t always “prepared to provide the service level we HINESBURG HUNTINGTON What about the possibility of explosions or accidents along expected,” said Wark. VERMONT the route itself? D U X B U R Y “Let’s face it,” he said. “With any major project there Others argued that investing millions in a pipeline to NEW YORK are going to be issues. Are there people that are angry? carry f ossil f uel was an irresponsible choice f or Vermont STARKSBORO FAYSTON MONKTON Absolutely. Are there people that are quite satisfied? Yes.” at a time when the state, they said, should be aggressively FERRISBURGH “There are times when people don’t get it right,” pursuing renewable energy. That’s the position adopted by BUELS GORE said Wark of the contractors and land agents — but he the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which is an added that Vermont Gas is bringing many of those jobs “intervenor” in the PSB process. That means it will provide PANTON WALTHAM back in house: The company added 14 positions last testimony and participate in evidentiary hearings. BRISTOL year and plan to hire another 10 people in the coming LINCOLN NEW HAVEN “By moving forward in this massive investment in fossil ADDISON months. fuel infrastructure, we will discourage safer, more sustain ADDISON That’s too late f or the Addison County landowners able alternatives,” said VPIRG executive director Paul Burns WEYBRIDGE who’ve already had bad encounters. in an interview with Seven Days after the May 7 hearing. PROPOSED PHASE TWO Real estate agent Maren Vasatka f ound out that her MIDDLEBURY Still others at the meeting railed against a project that NATURAL GAS PIPELINE property f ell on the Phase I route by accident: Driving would only provide limited distribution in Shoreham and home past the Monkton firehouse, she saw a notice Cornwall; the vast majority of the gas carried by the pipeline on the reader board f or a meeting that evening with would be bound for International Paper. SALISBURY Vermont Gas. Intrigued, she went to the meeting, where “It’s our land, it’s our orchards, it’s our sugarbush, it’s she said a Vermont Gas official told the residents that the our deer yards,” said Cornwall resident Stan Grzyb. “We are LEICESTER company had reached out to every affected landowner. being threatened by these two corporations in taking our PROJECTED PHASE THREE A surveyor had spoken with her a f ew months earlier, NATURAL GAS PIPELINE * land for the profit of those two businesses, and we resent it.” but when she’d asked directly if her home was on the “I don’t understand why a board that’s meant to be rep BRANDON proposed route, the man told her that the route hadn’t resenting Vermont is considering something that’s purely yet been finalized. for the benefit of a Canadian corporation and a New York Construction on the “Two neighbors were sitting right in f ront of us,” corporation,” said Timothy Fisher, a Cornwall artist, who 43-mile long Phase I Vasatka said. “I leaned forward to my two neighbors and returned to his seat and buried his head in his hands. pipeline is set to begin PITTSFORD said, ‘Has anyone talked to you?’” Their answer was the this June. If Phase II Anger brewed in pockets of people within the crowd. earns the necessary same as Vasatka’s: “No.” They muttered and shook their heads when representatives permits, construction will Now, as Vasatka hashes out the details of a roughly 600f rom Rutland and the New York side of Lake Champlain RUTLAND begin next year. Vermont foot easement with the company, her frustration continues. stood up to speak to the merits of the project, and the im Gas hopes to extend “There were lots of questions that we had about the natural gas service to portance of natural gas service for International Paper. Even Rutland by 2020. project,” she said. She and her partner put them to repre the handful of Vermont residents who spoke in favor of the sentatives from the gas company: Would there be blasting project — citing a reduction in emissions at the Ticonderoga * projected phase III pipeline — exact route not yet determined on the property? How much workspace would the com mill, and the economic benefits to Shoreham’s village — pany need during construction? What would be stored on faced heckling. site? The answers, Vasatka said, were always: “We don’t “Some of us in Shoreham have homes less than half a Pros and Cons know.” mile from the lake,” said Nick Causton. “We live, breathe and “Sometimes … one representative would say one thing, With the PSB Certificate of Public Good in hand, Vermont sleep with the mill. We even hear the 7 a.m. wake-up call.” and one rep would say something entirely different,” said Gas is getting the final permits to break ground on Phase I Causton supported the pipeline on the basis that natural gas Vasatka. As recently as last week, after a three-hour meet- of its pipeline in June; it has secured options (the precursors would mean a drastic cut in greenhouse-gas emissions at the ing with Vermont Gas, Vasatka still didn’t have all the IP plant and better air quality for Vermonters on the other to easements) or full agreements for half of the 222 parcels information she sought. along the Phase I corridor. Meanwhile, it’s moving ahead to side of the lake. Vasatka said that Vermont Gas initially offered her secure the same stamp of approval for Phase II. But comments against the project f ar outnumbered $2,500 f or her easement. Now, af ter negotiations, it’s up those in support of it. A few landowners from Phase I spoke There are plenty of pros to recommend transitioning to $42,500. Good for her, she notes, but not necessarily for to natural gas. Vergennes residents voted 345-to-143 in a out — among them Jane Palmer, who hissed at the PSB, “I those along the pipeline route who may lack the skills or nonbinding vote in favor of the project. The Addison County guess democracy can be bought after all. It’s for the money resources to negotiate. Regional Planning Commission endorsed both phases of the and by the money.” Voices from the crowd swelled around “What if someone doesn’t know to ask questions?” project for complying with the regional plan. Large Phase her, and together they chanted, “We are the people. We are asked Melanie Peyser, who is particularly concerned about I customers will include Agri-Mark, the producer of Cabot the many. We don’t want this pipeline.”

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A Tale of Two Counties

Perhaps looking f or a warmer welcome, Vermont Gas kicked off a series of three open houses in Rutland County late last month, setting up camp for an evening at Rutland High School to tout the benefits of natural gas. They’re billing the project as “Phase III” and hope to ferry gas to Rutland by 2020.

We can’t lose sight of the fact that while there is a vocal opposition, they are a minority.


That’s been the goal all along. In Rutland, economic development officials hope cheaper fuel could entice new businesses and retain existing ones. Reaching out early — and of ten — could theoretically help Vermont Gas avoid some of the turmoil they’ve faced in Addison County. And so 20-odd Vermont Gas employees trekked f rom their South Burlington headquarters to Rutland in late April. The blue shirts — Vermont Gas employees — vastly outnumbered the few visitors who trickled in. Employees


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manned tables outfitted with placards reading “About Natural Gas,” “Safety” and “How much can I $ave?” A few were stationed by the door, ready to greet visitors. “We’re hoping to promote a little bit of excitement,” said one. Nearby, a large poster promised: “We stand ready to serve you with 24/7 service!” Plenty in Rutland are already excited about natural gas. Among them is Tom DePoy, a local businessman who stopped by the open house to bolster the turnout. “I know Rutland needs clean, efficient fuel for both the homes and the businesses, and this seems like a good prospect,” said DePoy, who was chatting with Tom Donahue, the executive vice president and CEO of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce. “We, Rutland, we can’t sit back and wait,” said Donahue, ticking through examples of recent manuf acturing job losses in Vermont. “We want to help our businesses.” Some themes cropped up repeatedly among the few visitors. Several mentioned the long winter and the high price of heating fuel. Vermont Gas officials, in turn, talked up the cheap price of natural gas: By switching, a Vermonter who burns 1,000 gallons of fuel oil at the current price of roughly $3.90 a gallon would save just shy of $2,000 a year. Many spoke wistfully of the infrastructure already in place to the east of them. “They have the interstate, they have the rail, they have the bus service,” said Donahue. The subtext: Give us the pipeline. But Phase III won’t get built bef ore Phase II, and opponents are optimistic that they could still block the Ticonderoga-bound pipe. They contend the “public good” that prevailed in the first phase isn’t as obvious in the case of the second, because its biggest beneficiary is a New York corporation. “I think we have a shot,” said Worrick. “I think they’ve shot themselves in the f oot so many times that they’re a little wounded.” Vermont Gas doesn’t agree. If the company earns its permits for Phase II, construction could begin next year. “When projects are done, the rancor starts to subside,” said Wark. “Frankly, I think in two years, this will be long forgotten.” Ellis is more realistic: “It hurts you in the long run,” he said of companies that view their PSB permits as “a trump card.” “What you want in 10 years is for those people to say, ‘OK, we fought, we lost, but at least the company respected us and listened to us.’” m

“There’s a certain level of disrespect f or people who support the project, and I don’t know where that’s coming from,” said Wark after the hearing. Supporters just don’t turn out for public hearings, Wark said — in part, he believes, because of the harsh reaction they face. “We can’t lose sight of the fact that while there is a vocal opposition, they are a minority,” said Wark. “People come out generally to oppose or complain about something. They don’t come out to support it.” Notably, intervenors — including landowners on the proposed route in Cornwall and Shoreham — didn’t speak at the May 7 public hearing; the PSB process prevents them from doing so. Worrick f alls in that category, so he watched f rom the back of the Shoreham auditorium as others testified. He’s representing himself in the PSB hearings. Earlier in the week, surrounded by stacks of paper at his kitchen table, he spoke of how taxing and time-consuming the process has been. He’s spending at least 20 hours a week preparing documents, filing discovery questions and reading past PSB dockets to prepare for the proceedings. Vermont Gas is seeking a roughly 3,500-foot easement on his 135-acre property in Cornwall, which he inherited from his parents. Worrick worries about how the pipeline will affect the value of his property, particularly if he chooses to subdivide in the future. But his concerns go beyond property values. “A big part of my issue is that the way they’ve behaved on this doesn’t make me trust them,” said Worrick, a carpenter and musician. “There’s just sort of an arrogance that, ‘We’ve decided to do this, we’re going to come through here, and if you don’t like it, we’re going to make you roll over.’” He said that right-of-way agents misrepresented them selves in early dealings with him, claiming they didn’t work for Vermont Gas and instead were “brokers.” Down the road, Randy and Mary Martin had similar complaints; land agents showed up at their door in November 2012, asking the couple for rights to survey their land. They said they were told to “keep this to yourself.” Like Worrick, the Martins said they’ve turned over countless hours to represent themselves in the PSB process; a lawyer just isn’t financially feasible for either family. “We don’t have that kind of money,” said Randy Martin, who runs an insurance agency with his wif e out of their home on Route 74.

Fly Away Home

Biologist Bernd Heinrich traces The Homing Instinct through the animal kingdom B Y Eth A N D E SE i f E





t’s easy to get from point A to point B these days, as many of us carry digital maps of the entire world in our pockets. It’s a remarkable convenience f or which Ferdinand Magellan would have given his last piece of salt cod. But what would we do if we didn’t have maps, digital or otherwise? What if there were no roads or highway signs or high-line poles and telephone wires? If you lived in Barre, could you find your way home on foot from, say, Randolph? Such a question is anything but trivial, as part-time-Vermonter, author and scientist Bernd Heinrich explains in his latest book, The Homing Instinct: Meaning & Mystery in Animal Migration. Were we humans forced to rely solely on geographic landmarks, or on the angle of the sun’s rays, we’d likely wind up walking in circles. Meanwhile, hovering above us, perhaps giddy with mirth at our useless perambulations, would be a host of birds and insects, many of which have homing senses that are nothing short of remarkable. One of the most incredible examples of “lesser” animals’ refined homing instincts is that of the bar-tailed godwit, a sandpiper that nests in the Arctic and winters in southern Australia. The 7,000 miles that these birds fly is staggering but not unprecedented; what’s astonishing is that they make the journey with out stopping even once. In this sleepless process, the godwits lose half their body weight, as if they are sustained entirely by the homing impulse itself. “Most of us just can’t even imag ine that,” says Heinrich, 74, prof essor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont. On a recent day when weather and cell-tower conditions permit, he speaks to Seven Days by phone f rom a remote mountain in western Maine, not f ar f rom his sylvan cabin. “These birds do this nonstop, with no place to land over the ocean, no drink, no food,” he continues. “It just seems absolutely mind-boggling to me.” Heinrich, an accomplished ultrama rathoner, knows something about trav eling great distances under one’s own power. Nonetheless, he says, “It strikes me as amazing how easily I get lost. You

Books f rom The h oming ins Tinc T: meaning & mys Tery in animal migra Tion We had scarcely lifted off in Seattle when we passed over white-capped mountains with knife-edged ridges, dark forested valleys, and peninsulas surrounded by blue-gray water. An hour later, cruising at about eight hundred kilometers per hour at eleven thousand meters, there was ever more of the same — white mountains as far as the eye could see. Another hour — it was still the same. To me, barely a feature stood out from the jumble of endless peaks that melded into each other, and the vast mountain scape was broken only by frozen lakes glinting in the evening light. And so it continued for yet another hour. When we started our descent to Fairbanks, I saw oxbows of meandering rivers, and finally the thin thread of a road. […] Cranes, swans, and geese travel south in the fall as family groups. On their way, the young learn the route they will later take north in the spring, to come back to try to settle near where they were born. What they see and remember seems astounding. I might, with intense concentration, memorize a tiny portion of the way, perhaps around this or over that mountain. But these cranes come not from my point of departure, the state of Washington, but from considerably farther south. (Four cranes from the Coldstream Valley that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game had equipped with radio transmitters ended up in various parts of Texas in the winter.) I could never retrace even my own much shorter flight from Seattle, even if I were to return the day after having flown it, much less a half-year later. What are the cognitive mechanisms that allow the birds to do this?


The Homing Instinct: Meaning & Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 368 pages. $27.

can turn me around in the dark and I’ll have not the slightest idea where I’d be heading.” The Homing Instinct ranges widely, covering the migratory habits of bees (one of Heinrich’s areas of expertise), birds of all types, sea turtles and salmon, to name a few. Though such animals are the book’s central “players,” it’s impos sible to read it and not reflect on one’s own sensory experience of the world — and what we might be missing. Heinrich writes that he finds it highly plausible, f or instance, that certain ani mals have evolved mechanisms to “see” waves of magnetism, just as our own eyes have evolved to allow us to see certain wavelengths of light. Humans may

not be able to detect such inf ormation, but that doesn’t mean we’re necessar ily sensorially impoverished. Rather, Heinrich argues in the book, our sensory experiences, just like those of the many creatures he writes about, are intimately connected with our concept of home. Human beings have evolved, Heinrich writes, to be homebodies. “We stay more or less rooted, if we can,” he says in our conversation. We may pick up and move to a new city, but we don’t “migrate” in the way the petrel or the honeybee does. For this reason, we did not develop, f or instance, an ability to find our way home by instinctually gauging our position relative to those of the constellations (as do many birds), or

by leaving a pheromone trail (as do ants, bees and other insects). Heinrich laces his astute scientific observations with the poetic wonder ment of a naturalist, a pairing that has become his trademark. His authorial tone combines respectf ully objective observations with wide-eyed, deeply personal astonishment, a highly pleasing juxtaposition. The notion of home is important to the book not just in the context of mi gration but as it pertains to how various animals choose home sites and construct their domiciles. In discussing the nesting instincts of animals as diverse as Surinam toads and beavers, Heinrich tacitly re veals the true subject of his book: No two





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of stalwart local actors. Rick Homan is credibly irascible as Uncle Henry, but he and Pappas also sell a couple of key moments of tenderness. Other players buoy Ozma of Oz with broad-stroked comic relief. Cael Barkman, playing Princess Langwidere, gives a feisty performance as the hotheaded — and multiheaded — villainess who changes her noggin to suit her mood, and holds Dorothy and company hostage for a spell. Kerry Cameron is the princess’ frantic handmaiden, Nanda (in addition to playing two other roles). Seth Jarvis inhabits the villain Roquat in what appear to be David Bowie’s castoff duds from his Ziggy Stardust days — a highlight of costume designer Catherine Alston’s work — and affects a humorously glam persona. At the other extreme, the preternaturally sunny Ozma, played by Patricia Julien, gets laughs for her irrepressible optimism as she moves about the stage in lithe, fairy-like steps. The direr the circumstances become, the more delighted a heroine Ozma appears. One hears echoes of Billie Burke’s Glinda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz in her high-pitched, saccharine-sweet voice. Saints & Poets’ signature contribution to local theater since the company’s founding in 2010 has been inventively combining puppets and live performance. In Ozma of Oz, however, only two puppets make the scene: Bill the chicken, played by Marianne DiMascio and designed and built by Kevin Christopher; and Tic Toc, played by G. Richard Ames. While DiMascio and Ames are known and respected theatrical talents, their roles in this play come off a bit muted, which deprives the show of elements of spectacle that might appeal to young audiences. In general, Ozma of Oz feels slightly underproduced. Again, a kid may see things differently — and suspend disbelief more readily. At any rate, this production hits a high standard of professionalism through committed performances from a deeply talented cast. Every Saints & Poets show has taken bold creative risks, and Ozma of Oz is no exception. The production may be a little hamstrung, as other iterations of this play have been, by a script that even its author felt was rushed to the stage too soon. Even so, theatergoers who attend this Ozma will get a taste of the boundless imagination of author Baum, whose body of work extends in all kinds of wacky directions. m

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pielpalast Cabaret occupies a unique place in Vermont’s arts firmament. No other enter tainment entity can boast of a similar slate of influences — Weimar-era cabaret, vaudeville and “legitimate” theater — or of a sensibility that so spirit edly embraces equal parts professional ism and sauciness. Spielpalast has attained “institution” status in Burlington: This year’s production is the troupe’s 13th. And, judging by those in attendance at the first of its seven 2014 perf ormances, the audi ence is likely to contain at least as many groupies as newcomers. Spielpalast’s shows are perhaps best known f or the witty banter of Phinneus Sonin as Maxwell, the master

of ceremonies, and f or their generous displays of both male and f emale pul chritude (and flesh). But the music of the Spielpalast Cabaret Band holds the show together. Playful and professional, historically accurate and ref reshingly modern, the band is the revue’s secret weapon. Gabriel Shapiro, 26, is the show’s musical director, a position he’s held for four years. He’s also a coproducer, along with Sonin and Spielpalast cof ounder/ dancer/singer Lois Trombley. In character as Dr. Richard “Dick” Erkenheimen, Shapiro plays saxophone and leads the six-piece band. He arranged most of the music for the show’s many numbers and vignettes, and contributed 10 origi nals. For all the exuberance expressed

onstage, Shapiro may well be the busiest you’ll even hear the drummer playing a member of the troupe. breakbeat. That diversity itself is historically acOne of his chief challenges: directing the rest of the band while he plays sax. curate, as Weimar cabaret shows were “I’m of ten conducting with my instru - known f or their piecemeal appropria tion of both “high” and “low” artistic ment while I’m playing,” he says. Shapiro draws on a remarkable va - f orms. Shapiro finds the artistic-hisriety of musical styles f or his composi - torical moment represented by cabaret tions and arrangements. Though the culture immensely appealing. “It’s still on the early end of jazz, so it’s a very touchstone is the music of the Berlin cabarets of the 1920s and ’30s, he incor - exciting time period,” he says. “It has a porates numerous other influences in his little bit of a darker sound.” He adds, “Even though we do keep it lively, engaging score. The first act alone f eatures songs that derive in part f rom as ‘period’ as we can, there are still hiphop influences creeping in, and later traditional Russian music, American gutbucket blues and Tchaikovsky. The jazz influences creeping in, because that’s what other cast members are in second act’s accompaniment borrows from the work of musical humorist Tom terested in, and it draws the audience’s Lehrer. Here and there during the show, attention.” A friend of Shapiro’s dubbed

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Shapiro’s lively arrangements for sax, trumpet, piano, accordion, mandolin, banjo, drums, bass and tuba — half the musicians frequently swap out instruments — give structure to the proceedings. They draw on klezmer music, torch songs and flapper-era jazz as suits the moment. The first-act blues number, a raunchy performance by Trombley of George Brooks’ and Fletcher Henderson’s “Send Me to the ’Lectric Chair,” was a slinky, gruff crowd-pleaser. The secondact dance “Fromage Express” was especially buoyant, and not just because of all the tassels. In both of those highlights, the music carried the day. The hodgepodge of influences on the current show and on Spielpalast in general tends to be an asset, thanks to the musical arrangements and performances. But it could be a liability in less capable hands. Shapiro seems to grasp that cabaret’s magpie approach is essential to its appeal. “[Cabaret is] sort of this meeting point,” he explains. “Art nouveau before it, art deco right after it, with expressionism right in the middle. There are these elements of these very classical art forms … and the weirder, the expressionist, the dark. There’s a yearning for newness and for understanding the mechanical world, and the show reflects that,” he adds. “There are very beautiful, symmetrical, consonant moments, and there are these very dark and chaotic moments.” Like all successful variety shows, Spielpalast’s current production is genuinely varied — particularly in its vivid, enchanting music. m

Spielpalast’s artistic approach “musical historical fiction” — that is, playing historically accurate instruments in a somewhat anachronistic style. That gesture is central to Spielpalast’s aesthetic. But historical authenticity can come with a price, Shapiro acknowledges. The acoustics in Burlington City Hall Contois Auditorium are not well suited to the joyful noises of this troupe’s actors and musicians. “The room is designed for town meetings,” he notes. “And there are arches all along the ceiling — I think they’re actually designed for hearing whispers and keeping them out of the center of the room.” If this arrangement is sonically appropriate for hushed political chicanery, it’s a liability for a show like Spielpalast’s, in which the music competes for attention with performers speaking and singing. The lyrical contents of several numbers were rendered unintelligible by the room’s acoustics. “Part of us trying to be ‘period’ is not using handheld microphones,” Shapiro says. “And we use no electric instruments: We are trying to keep it as 20s as we can.” (That said, Nate Venet’s piano is electric.) Even though it’s largely unamplified, the band does sometimes overpower vocal performances. Perhaps it’s time to sacrifice just a tad of historical authenticity in order to provide theatergoers with a more complete experience. Vaudeville’s modular structure does not lend it to cohesive narrative; indeed, that’s its chief distinction from “proper” theater. In Spielpalast’s current show, a few narrative elements recur in multiple numbers, but not in a particularly satisfying way: Either an experiment with a fuller storyline or a wholly narrativeless “revue” format would be welcome. That the acoustics in the hall are so poor exacerbates the narrative’s spotty nature, as many plot elements were either inaudible or incomprehensible. At Spielpalast, though, the music itself fulfills a narrative function.

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’ve never been a big fan of the Police, but on a recent surprisingly sultry evening in Burlington’s South End, the final strains of “Message in a Bottle” seemed especially appropriate to the workout I was enduring. Just as Sting was “sending out an SOS,” I wanted to send out my own — for someone to rescue me from this maddening machine. Early in the fitness class, it was making me a little dizzy, nauseated, exhausted and bored all at the same time. “It” is a rowing machine — but not just any old ergometer that’s been gathering dust in the corner of a gym. Michael Blount, who launched the new indoor rowing studio Row VT on Flynn Avenue last month, promised me that this “f un,

innovative machine” would hit 84 percent of my muscle mass and burn up to 600 calories in a 45-minute class. “Rowing builds your body without adding the bulk,” Blount added. He said his approach to the classic aerobic workout involves f ostering team-building challenges while encouraging gym-goers to “break a sweat, get stronger and leave class f eeling better with a big smile and positive mindset.” By investing exclusively in water-based rowers for the studio, Blount is riding the wave of one of the latest fitness trends. As the New York Times reported last fall, the old boys’ sport of rowing has become a new way to get ripped, thanks to the popularity of CrossFit — which incorporates rowing

machines in some workouts — publicity f rom “The Biggest Loser,” and the new punch of upbeat music and intervals. Celebs including Cameron Diaz and Kevin Bacon are on board, as are hundreds of gyms nationwide. Having experienced the agony of rowing crew on a f rigid Massachusetts river in high school — and, more recently, having endured the intense indoor pulling sessions of CrossFit — I was wary of trying Row VT. Besides, with rising temperatures outdoors, a good old-f ashioned run was beckoning. Despite my reluctance, Blount’s space at Tao Motion Studio, with its hardwood floors and happy crew of devoted rowers, was warm and welcoming. “The class is intense, but Mike is a

fantastic motivator and excellent teacher,” said Tammy Bushell, a 47-year-old Ferrisburgh resident who also does Zumba at Tao Motion. “The water-based rowing machines are unique and put a different element into the class.” Ah, the water-based rowing machines. Unlike traditional ergometers, or ergs, which have vertical flywheels and chains, the machine on which I f ound myself seated has a horizontal flywheel with water sloshing around on the inside. This WaterRower, I later learned f rom the company’s website, was designed in the mid-1980s by a former Yale University and U.S. National Team rower “to emulate the exact dynamics of a boat moving through water.”

The machines are made from ash, cherry and other hardwoods in Warren, R.I., which makes them relatively local and sustainable — a nice touch. I appreciated the soft foam grip of the handles. But as Blount, sporting a stylish turquoise lululemon athletica top and gray shorts, began the class, the niceness faded. Aiming to match my cadence — or strokes per minute — to that of the other students, I was initially distracted by the motion of the water. Then Blount instructed us to hop off for “hybrid mobility” work. That’s another key difference between today’s rowing movement and those of years past. Instead of spending thousands of tedious meters on the machine, we were alternating between intervals of 500 meters and exercises such as forward bends, push-ups, squats and planks. “As the intervals get shorter, the intensity gets higher,” explained Blount. Sure enough, after we’d picked up speed for the next rowing session, we found ourselves gasping through “mountain climbers” and reverse lunges. “I wanted to create an effective workout that’s fun, competitive and easy to learn with a low risk for injury,” Blount told me after the class. He grew up in Middlebury playing football, basketball and lacrosse, and then studied business management and exercise science at Castleton State College. His fondness for rowing came later. “My first memory of being on an erg, about 10 years ago, was not a pleasant one,” Blount admitted with a laugh. “I don’t remember what kind of speed I had back then, but I faintly remember telling my workout partner that if I passed out, please note my time!” While working as a trainer last fall in Beverly Hills, Calif., however, Blount witnessed how water-based rowing machines, along with the hybrid workouts developed for them (now branded as Indo-Row and Shockwave, among others), could combine the benefits of strength training, Pilates and flow yoga with cardiovascular conditioning. He now offers four types of classes at Row VT, from the entry-level Signature Row, which reviews technique and form, to the Endurow sessions that feature 5,000meter bouts. Making exercise fun and removing the intimidation factor are key, he said. During the Shockwave class that I attended, I eventually adjusted to the

movement of water in the machine and found myself focusing instead on the screen that displayed my time. I tried to beat my own numbers each time I hopped on the seat. When we moved over to the mats for more squats and mountain jumpers, the shift added just the right amount of variety. By the end of the 45 minutes, I was ready for the relay challenge: Sheri Senesac and Brian Cavanagh versus me and Bushell. To the sounds of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” we furiously raced through two sets of 250 meters. Senesac and Cavanagh beat us by just a few meters. “I’m not a competitive person, and to have to compete while exercising was not appealing to me,” confided Senesac, 49, of Colchester, after our race. “But with Mike’s gentle nudging and the idea that I’m challenging myself to do better each time — not to beat the others in the class — the reward is taking me out of my comfort zone.” Burlington yoga teacher Julia Howe Sullivan, 28, said she has found the rowing classes an ideal complement to her own practice. “The studio is beautiful, very NYC without being pompous,” she wrote in an email. “And Mike is energetic without being crazy and annoying.” Row VT regular Steven Kind, 50, of Essex, said he appreciates Blount’s “holistic approach to his various workout programs,” finding it a good match for his own lifestyle, fitness goals and schedule. As for me, by the end of the class I was no longer sending out an SOS but enjoying the water-based machine, the camaraderie and Blount’s motivating workout. The experience turned the tide of my feelings about indoor rowing — even though I might choose real water on Lake Champlain over the stuff inside a flywheel during the warm months ahead. I’ll bet that Blount — who’s way more engaging and attentive than my old high school crew coach — will be at Row VT when the cold returns, and long after that. His goal is to establish his studio as a leader in the industry by integrating mindset, nutrition coaching, juicing, goal setting and team building into the program. “I really want to inspire others to live a healthy and fit lifestyle, improving every day,” he said. “I hope to create a ripple effect in the community.” m

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Stowe Special First Bite: Plate, Stowe B Y A L I CE L EVI T T




n one way or another, restaurants in Stowe of ten are descended f rom the town’s resorts. Chefs move downtown from the mountains, and former hotel managers try out their own independent dining concepts, all bringing a bit of the slick sheen of big business with them. Plate, which opened on Stowe’s Main Street on March 12, is an anomaly. The small dinner spot is actually descended f rom an even smaller restaurant called Jamie’s on Main. Jamie Persky and husband Mark Rosman sold their breakf astand-lunch destination in 2011. Now they’re back with a new restaurant, right across the street, bringing a breath of fresh California air. Calif ornia cuisine, a style of cooking based on the simple practice of walking out to the garden and gathering beautiful ingredients, may not seem like a natural fi t for a Vermont town that’s busiest when covered in snow. But Plate chef Aaron Martin has cooked at both Berkeley’s Chez Panisse and Vermont’s Hen of the Wood. His bicoastal CV helps him do both states justice, even if he can’t pick fresh plums à la Alice Waters just yet. The result is a unique f usion — call it Stowe cuisine — that is sometimes very successful, but not always. While nothing I tried on a recent Thursday at Plate was bad, a heavy hand with sugar weighed down some dishes. Word of a new destination gets around quickly in Stowe. I wore out my voice trying to talk over the din of the busy restaurant. Both Persky and our server were f riendly and helpf ul, but of ten di° cult to hear. The roaring crowd was diverse: Across from me, an older couple sat near a young family, whose neighbors were a group of young women out f or a ladies’ night. Like them, I was joined by one of my best girls, who celebrated with a neatly made Silver Margarita, complete with housemade sour mix and a rim of spicy cayenne salt.

Chef Aaron Martin with owners Jamie Persky and Mark Rosman at Plate in Stowe

She chose it after much deliberation between a cocktail and one of the cult brews available on draf t, in cans or in bottles. Most were f rom Vermont or Calif ornia, but Oregon, Germany and Québec were also represented. Wines were mostly American, with eight options available via Coravin, a recent invention that allows restaurants to pour wine f rom the bottle without removing the cork and letting in oxygen. All our fellow guests were well groomed and dressed, as if they’d been locally crafted to fi t right in with the handsome dining

room, paneled with dark wood and artfully hung with nests of bare light bulbs. Even the bathrooms were aesthetically pleasing, with museum-worthy sinks. Vintage photos of Neil Diamond and Cheryl Tiegs and a highly detailed “Battle of the Network Stars” poster made me giggle. I sat at a booth facing the open kitchen, but was quickly distracted f rom the fi ery action by the arrival of my breadbasket. No knock on the excellence of Red Hen Baking Company, but fi nding its loaves in the baskets of nearly every higher-end Vermont restaurant can get tiresome. The

mostly homemade breads at Plate o˛ ered more variety. Rarely can anything eclipse my af f ection f or Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps, the Stowe-craf ted crackers fi lled with pistachios, cranberries, rosemary and ground fl ax seeds. But Plate baker Barbara McLean fi lled the breadbasket with her own snappy version, along with a cakelike, herb-speckled corn mu° n and pu˛ y slices of f resh pita. Spread with sweet, cinnamon-tinged butter, the assortment was irresistible.







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grad and former Christophe’s on the Green sous-chef, has spent much of his career cooking at guest ranches out west, so a western theme will inform the café. “We’re going to have a twist on traditional breakfast and lunch fare,” says Piotrowski. Machanic also specializes in European pastries,


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to Burlington, Served 5:30-8pm but really good FRIDAY deli fast food, Appetizer on the edge of Dolmades • Hummus • Spinach Pie • Burek Entrée gourmet,” says Mixed Grill Platter: A platter filled with Strenio’s friend beef and lamb gyro meat, grilled chicken and MiliA Bell, who is garlicky cevapi sausages. Served with salad, helping her with tzatziki sauce, rice and warm pita bread promotion. Falafel & Veggie Platter: A hearty serving During of spiced chickpea fritters with fresh vegetables. her time in Served with salad, tzatziki sauce, rice Pittsburgh, and warm pita bread Dessert Strenio built Baklava: Choose classic, Nutella a following by or maple versions of the flaky pastry manufacturing a range of gourmet SATURDAY Caprese sandwich from dips and sandLamb Dinner Little Red Kitchen We will be spit roasting a whole lamb to share with wich spreads diners. Served with a greek salad, tzaktizki sauce, that were sold rice and warm pita bread at local markets. years after graduating, the Call for reservations. Those spreads will appear Burlington native is opening a on panini and sandwiches at 17 Park St • Essex Jct. • 878-9333 restaurant of her own. DINE IN OR TAKE OUT Little Red Kitchen. “People Strenio is the new owner Tu-Th 11-8 • F & S 11-9 • Closed Su & M still call me from Pittsburgh of 505 Riverside Avenue, Full menu saying, ‘We’re addicted to former home of Sugarsnap, No need to travel to Montréal, Boston or your Parmesan spread,’” which served salads and even Europe... we’re just minutes away! Strenio brags. Other specialsandwiches to commuters ties, such as maple-pecan for a decade. She plans to butter, will be sold in the 8v-cafemeditarano051414.indd 1 open little red kitchen in the 5/12/14 10:21 AM Kitchen’s gourmet shop. last week of June, and is curStrenio says that externrently hard at work renovating and cleaning the building ships at leunig’s Bistro & cAfé and the trAPP fAMily lodge to her exacting standards. helped her build connections Little Red Kitchen will with local farmers. She’ll use combine the local focus of their wares in both stanits predecessor with a classic dard deli sandwiches and delicatessen concept. “She wants to bring deli fast food

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but don’t expect him to adhere too closely to tradition. His popovers will be stuffed, breakfast-sandwichstyle. Morning diners will also be able to choose from sweet and savory oatmeals. At lunch, Machanic will introduce Burlington to the wafflini, which Piotrowski describes as a flaky “waffle pocket” with fillings such as maple, bacon and brie. Drink specialist Piotrowski plans to have fun with the western theme, she says. That means serving cowboy coffee, “a strong, smoky” sip made by heating coarse grounds campfirestyle right in the pot. Once open, the Swingin’ Pinwheel will serve breakfast and lunch every day but Monday. On Saturday evenings, Center Street’s western flavor will intensify with country swing nights.

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I would have been happy to go home after filling up on bread, but the appetizers arrived while I was still floating on my carb cloud. The rectangular plate of “crispy pig belly” placed before me was worthy of a magazine cover. Cubes of pork belly and potato had been bathed in a dark, sweet sauce, then decorated with artfully chopped scallion fronds, a single chicharrón and two halves of a medium-boiled egg. I enjoyed the crisp little potatoes, but found the pork belly under-rendered. Some cubes were all gelatinous fat with no meat. The pork-and-eggs pairing recalled adobo and eggy Filipino breakfast dishes popular on the West Coast. But the fatty meat with an oversweet sauce cried for lightening up, perhaps with a few fresh veggies or a hint of acid. The ramp-and-green-garlic soufflé was equally photogenic, if dishearteningly dense. The flavors in the dish’s description didn’t pop the way I had expected, though the taste of tarragon soon emerged. An indulgent mushroom cream sauce was a bit heavy but delicious — my dining partner and I quickly dispatched the soufflé despite its imperfections. The Jamie’s on Grain salad broke up the heaviness. But oddly, this salad contained zero grains, an error, Persky later told me. But this mixture of sparkling fresh spring greens, sweet-potato cubes, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and feta was doused in “1905” dressing. A lull before our entrées appeared gave us time to breathe following the breakneck arrivals of our bread and apps. In keeping with the California theme, I’d ordered the Martin’s Paleo Diet-style take on ramen. In the place of wheat noodles in broth, the chef serves up a dense tangle of spaghetti squash. This substitution trick only works if you are really, really serious about your diet. I learned last year when I went low-carb that crunchy strands of squash don’t satisfy a craving for glutinous noodles. In Plate’s ramen, Martin helped make up for the

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Cubes of pork belly and potato had been bathed in a dark, sweet sauCe, then decorated with artfully chopped scallion fronds.

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peppers. All were nicely cooked, but a few were drizzled in something that gave them an unwelcome sweetness — particularly in an already-sugary broth. My dining companion found the dish ambrosial. I was more satisfied with the burger. Lightly smoked before grilling, the patty offered a waft of flavor that canceled out the lingering coconut-y sweetness coating my palate. When a burger is very messy, I can’t in good conscience describe it as well constructed. This one dissolved into a

puddle of beef and sauce as soon as I cut it in half. But damn, it tasted good. Its homemade challah bun, speckled with sesame seeds, was picture-perfect. The bottom layer served as a sponge for the moist beef, a layer of cheddar, the special sauce and the juice of the tangy pickles served on the side. I felt less than elegant digging in, but I let the sauce coat my face and hands as I did. Plate has no fryer, so instead of traditional fries, I was given a choice of sides with my burger. Pan-fried potatoes or grilled sweet potatoes would have been an obvious choice, but I went instead with the velvety-smooth cauliflower-potato mash. Skipping fries made it a little easier on my conscience to order the banana pudding for two. Served in a giant Mason jar, the pudding really could have served three or four modest eaters. Nevertheless, my friend and I nearly finished it, even after three appetizers and two entrées. Besides the breadbasket and salad, this dessert was the highlight of the meal. Intensely flavored pudding came layered with chunks of fresh banana, Nilla wafers and whipped cream. More Nilla wafers protruded from the top of the soft structure like a pair of jaunty berets. The simple dessert was perfectly executed. It was far from the light, airy dishes that often define California cuisine, but, in true West Coast style, its primary ingredient sang like the star it should be. Plate will have to repeat that feat with some of its other dishes before it can assume the essential place in Stowe’s dining scene that its name evokes. The flavors of its ingredients should be allowed to stand out independently, rather than being cloaked in sometimes heavy or sugary sauce. As more quality produce becomes available in the warmer months, I’ll look forward to Plate’s simpler, farmfresh meals. m

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taught countless other organic farmers the ethic of giving back more than we take,” Lazor writes. Early rIsEr Corn whIskEy

takes something from Lazor — namely, his corn — but toDD harDIE, founder of Caledonia Spirits, is determined to use the limited-edition whiskey to give something back to this farmer who has contributed so much to Vermont’s food system. On Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m., Caledonia Spirits’ facility in Hardwick will host a release party for the whiskey to help Lazor, who is uninsured, pay for treatment related to his cancer and kidney failure. “I envision a community coming together to honor Jack — to love Jack,” Hardie says.

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“There are many people like me who have been touched by him in their lives.” The event will not only benefit Lazor but also show off his hardy Early Riser corn, which he has spent the past decade perfecting. Caledonia has made just 200 bottles of Early Riser, and they’ll be for sale exclusively at the release party, in flask-style bottles. Head distiller ryan ChrIstIansEn has

reserved the rest of the mash to make 250 bottles of bourbon, which will be available later this year. For $140, guests can reserve a box packed with Vermont goods donated to help Lazor raise as much as $20,000, or half of his accumulated medical bills. Inside the box, besides Early Riser, guests will find a half-pound piece of seasonal Alpha Tolman

cheese from JaspEr hIll Farm, tofu from VErmont soy, veggies from pEtE’s GrEEns and seeds from hIGh mowInG orGanIC sEEDs. Butterworks Farm is contributing a bag of cornmeal, and Lazor will sign copies of his book The Organic Grain Grower at the event. “It will be a time of gathering and talking and mingling together; a chance for many people in agriculture to pause for a few hours and come and be with Jack and [wife] Anne,” says Hardie. If that’s not enough to attract a who’s who of food-industry folks, there’s always the limited-edition whiskey. Guests must reserve a box ahead of time by emailing Hardie at todd@caledonia m

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SEVEN DAYS: tell us about your experience with Vermont food. SANDOR KATZ: The first thing that comes to mind is maple syrup. The last time I was in Vermont was during sugaring season last year, and I visited some friends of mine and a sugar shack they were running. I spent a little bit of time at Bread and Puppet

cured AIDS or removed HIV from my body using fermented foods. I’m just trying to be clear with people that that’s not the case. Liveculture foods that have their probiotic bacteria intact can stimulate immune function. They can improve digestion and nutrient assimilation. Now we’re learning they can improve mental health. I’ve been on HIV meds for 14 years now. I wish I could say, “Oh, good eating kept me healthy,” but I had a health crisis in 1999, and I’ve been on meds ever since then. I’ve certainly observed that I have not had the digestive problems that other people I’ve met that have been on HIV meds have. I have a strong sense that my relatively good health and well-being has had something to do with the fermented foods I’ve been eating. I’m trying to be careful and cautious. The first day of class [at Sterling] will be a broad survey of how fermentation transforms food. And how it transforms food nutritionally. We’ll get into some of that. I’m really trying to stay away from being a health guru and making people think that eating sauerkraut is going to solve all of their problems. It might solve some. cOurteSy OF SeAn minteh


his will be the summer of Sandor in Vermont. Sandor Katz, author of the books Wild Fermentation, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved and James Beard Foundation award-winning The Art of Fermentation, will spend the month of July teaching and talking all over the state. The Tennessee writer also known as “Sandorkraut” (both in real life and on Twitter) published those books through Chelsea Green Publishing in White River Junction, but his Vermont connections go back further. In 1986, Katz cycled from Burlington to Hartford, Conn., chaperoning a group of teenagers and checking out the nooks and crannies of the Green Mountains along the way. He recalls it as “the best summer job I ever had.” Katz’s latest local foray started when he signed up to teach a two-week-long class at Sterling College in July; interest in the course quickly led to several smaller gigs across Vermont. At Sterling, Katz will teach students the basics of fermenting gardenfresh veggies, as well as instructing them in making miso, kefir and yogurt; sourdough; and fruity, lightly fermented beverages. In anticipation of Katz’s visit, we asked him some questions that probably aren’t part of his planned curriculum.

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[Theater], and actually I have some of [founder] Peter Schumann’s sourdough mixed in with my sourdough from before I encountered him. SD: You’ve been HiV positive for decades. Did focusing on your health enhance your interest in fermented food? SK: It’s a tricky question. When I wrote Wild Fermentation in 2003, my little bio said — I believe the wording was “Fermented foods have been a part of my healing.” From that many people extrapolated that I somehow

SD: Have you taken other major dietary steps that you think may have improved your health? SK: Eating lots of different things is best. Plant diversity just seems to me to be one of the biggest problems we have. A dozen or 20 plants is all that most of us are eating over and over and over again. I try to graze on weeds and incorporate lots of different kinds of plants. Not that I’m a vegetarian. I have a garden, and I eat a lot out of my garden. That’s a big part of it. I try to spend a little time grazing every day. I’m not eating vast amounts of it. I spend three minutes clipping tops off. I’m really interested in eating different parts of the plant. I’m really interested in eating radish pods and other brassicas [members of the mustard family] that have overwintered. SD: Are there any fermented foods you don’t like? SK: There are certainly fermented foods that I haven’t tried. I’m super interested in all the Arctic fish traditions, but I’ve never been in that part of the world. The first time I tasted natto [fermented soybeans with a distinctly mucosal texture], it held no appeal at all to me. I found it really kind of gross. I read William Shurtleff’s The Book of Tofu and The Book of Miso and cited them in Wild Fermentation. After he read it, he sent a letter mostly saying congratulations and also offering a little bit of critical feedback. Anyway, I said, “I’m going to give this natto another try.” On my next try, it turned out I love it. As a young person, I wasn’t drawn to stinky cheeses. The stinky ones are kind of off-putting. Now if I can smell it a mile away






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food it makes me more interested in it. A few years ago I got the chance to go to Hong Kong and try stinky tofu. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why it was so notorious. I can’t think of any ferments I don’t like.

I’m really tryIng to stay away from beIng a health guru and making people think that eating sauerkraut is going to solve all of their problems.


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

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

Jasper Hill cheese, one piece of Alpha Tolman,1/2 lb.

Vermont Soy, a 14 ounce box of fresh organic tofu

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

Pick up of boxes will be be at caledonia spirits in Hardwick, burlington, ferrisburgh (saturdays) and other locations.

Jack will be available to sign and share copies of his book, The Organic Grain Grower. to reserve, 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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SD: many of our readers are experienced picklers, cheese makers and brewers. What’s the next thing they should try fermenting that they may not have thought of? SK: It’s really clear to me that the first thing to recommend for people is SD: Which country has the best fermenting vegetables. It’s so straightfermentation culture? SK: That’s hard. I just don’t think any forward and simple; it’s so intrinsically single country has the best fermentation safe. You don’t need any starter cultures; culture. Maybe China. China has the you don’t need any special equipment. Beyond that, it’s really most varied and the most whatever people are into. ancient fermentation If you love to drink culture and an awful lot of beer, learn to make that. fermented foods. Historic If you love to eat salami, records take us back to learning to dry-cure sauChina for sauerkraut, sages is something that wine, all the fermented will be really rewarding. soy foods. Baking with sourdough My family all came is really fun, and it’s not from Eastern Europe, that straightforward, and [which] has incredibly usually there’s a learnwonderful fermentations, ing curve to getting the and I feel really drawn to timing and technique Eastern European styles right. of fermentations and cerAnd then there’s all tain European ferments these crazy, exotic fersuch as kvass. It’s a bevments with weird names, erage made of old, stale and I love that world. bread. The first time I That’s why I’ve written tasted that, I felt like I was my books: to share. There born for this flavor. isn’t an obvious next I’m very interested in SANDor KAtz step for which ferments African traditions of ferto do. None of them is mentation. Fermentation rocket science. They’re is practiced everywhere. all things that interested In some cases it’s more vital to survival. In some places it’s generalists can do in a standard home been elaborated more, but it’s practiced kitchen. Some of them require a little everywhere. For me, what’s exciting more special equipment than others. is the incredible variation in how it’s Some require the ability to control tempracticed and the similarity in how it’s perature to some degree. One area of special interest of mine practiced. is what I would call lightly fermented beverages, things that are not fermented SD: What is your personal favorite for a long time to acquire a lot of alcothing to ferment? SK: I have certainly been very devoted hol, but fermented for a short time to to sauerkraut. I don’t think there’s been get bubbly effervescence, a little bit of a time that I haven’t had not just sauer- a sour edge. Going into summertime, kraut curing but any kind of fermented that’s really fun. vegetable — fermented corn relish, fermented okra, fermented cucumbers, SD: What was the last thing you ate? mixing 20 vegetables together. I’ve been SK: I had lunch a little while ago. It was chicken soup that I made. I’m nursing very devoted to fermented vegetables. I love yogurt. I’ve kept the same a cold. I ate a little bit of sauerkraut on yogurt culture going for probably four the side. m years now. I probably just make yogurt once a month or so. I take a gallon of milk and make eight pints of yogurt and put INFo them in pint jars. “Fermentation With Sandor Katz,” Sterling I mentioned my sourdough earlier. College, July 7-18; info and registration When I’m at home, I don’t bake a lot of at “Two-day bread, but I make a lot of savory veg- Fermentation Intensive Workshop with etable pancakes. Lately, I’ve had radishes Sandor Katz,” Shelburne Farms, July 22-23, in my garden and walking onions. I mix Katz will speak on my sourdough starter with that and some July 20 at noon at SolarFest in Tinmouth, eggs, grate some cheese in it and leave it; on July 21, 7 p.m. at Shelburne overnight to get all bubbly. Sometimes, Farms; and July 16, 6 p.m. at the Aldrich I’ll keep eating the same batter for a Public Library, few days and keep eating it topped with yogurt hot sauce.

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


calendar WED.14 comedy

STAND UP, WOMEN!:˜ e Vermont Comedy Divas elicit big laughs at this benefi t for the Greater Burlington Women's Forum featuring light fare and a raffl e. St. John's Club, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $20; preregister; limited space; cash bar. Info,


MENTORING DISCUSSION GROUP: King Street Youth Center volunteers catch up and chat about mentor/mentee relationships. Heritage Aviation Facility, South Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 862-6736. POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS: An in-depth course covers self-care topics relevant to those responsible for the medical needs of their family members. ˜ e Arbors at Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 985-8600.


VERMONT BUSINESSES FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY SPRING CONFERENCE: Congressman Peter Welch and Green America CEO and President Alisa Gravtiz keynote this daylong event featuring 15 interactive workshops and more than 40 exhibitors. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $35-190. Info, 862-8347.





COLLAGE WORKSHOP: Art lovers learn techniques for blending colors and textures, then create masterpieces to take home. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA: Needle-andthread enthusiasts stitch current projects and bond over shared interests. Living/Dining Room, Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 372-4255.


ABCS OF COLLEGE ADMISSION: Barbara LeWinter helps parents and students tackle topics ranging from fi nancial aid to fi nding the right social and academic environments. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


TECH GEEK JEANNIE: Walk-ins get user-friendly tips for their mobile devices. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; fi rst come, fi rst served. Info, 878-6955.

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'I AM IN HERE': Emily Anderson and Mark Utter's short fi lm details the latter's life experiences with autism, including his use of supported typing to write the screenplay. A discussion follows. Shelburne Town Hall, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 238-4540.

food & drink

SUN TO CHEESE TOUR: Fromage lovers go behind the scenes and follow award-winning farmhouse cheddar from raw milk to fi nished product. Shelburne Farms, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $15 includes a block of cheese. Info, 985-8686. 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. WII GAMING: Players show off their physical gaming skills. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

health & fi tness

DAILY PRACTICES USING ESSENTIAL OILS: From soothing sore muscles to restoring emotional balance, Anne Cameron explores the benefi ts of aromatherapy. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 7:309 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 540-0247. MONTRÉAL-STYLE ACRO YOGA: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower helps participants gain therapeutic benefi ts 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 defi ne this high-intensity physical-fi tness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. TREATING HEADACHES WITH CHINESE MEDICINE: Acupuncturist Joshua Singer demonstrates how to manage tension, migraine and sinus issues with acupressure, herbs and nutrition. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


HIGHGATE STORY HOUR: Kiddos share read-aloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. LITTLE EXPLORER PROGRAM: Kiddos ages 3 through 5 and their families embark on a nature adventure at Minister Hill. Appropriate attire required. Minister Hill, Franklin, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. WED.14

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Something Old, Something New In an industry dominated by digital downloads and hyperstylized production, Sheesham, Lotus & Son are a rarity. With throwback threads, handmade instruments and a saloon sensibility, the Canadian trio revives the old-time roots music of the American South. Hints of vaudeville and ragtime slip into a repertoire steeped in the fi ddle and banjo tunes that infl uenced early folk traditions. Dubbed “modern-day Mississippi Sheiks” by fRoots magazine, the threesome is dedicated to preserving these regional rhythms, and do so with impeccable musicianship. Coupled with original, theatrical shows, the group proves that the musical past is very much alive.

SHEESHAM, LOTUS & SON Friday, May 16, 7 p.m., at Willey Memorial Hall in Cabot. $17. Info, 748-2600.

In the News Every day, Amy Goodman is seen and heard on more than 1, 000 radio and public television stations as the cohost of the award-winning news program “Democracy Now!” The internationally recognized investigative journalist began her career in community radio in 1985 and quickly established a tenacious, unapologetic presence. More than 20 years later, she remains the voice of alternative media, with multiple awards and fi ve books to her name — three of which she coauthored with her brother, central Vermonter David Goodman. The two discuss her life and work as part of the Vermont Town Hall series.


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VERMONT TOWN HALL: AN EVENING WITH AMY GOODMAN Saturday, May 17, 7 p.m., at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. $10. Info, 760-4634.




n 1971, Bread and Puppet ˜ eater staged Birdcatcher in Hell in response to president Nixon’s pardon of Lt. William Calley, who orchestrated the My Lai massacre, one of the Vietnam War’s worst atrocities. Brightred costumes, banners and giant masks punctuated politically charged messages. Adapted for the Bush-Obama years, the show the New York Times calls “a spectacle for the heart and soul” returns to the stage as part of Bread and Puppet’s 50th anniversary tour. Tackling topics from Guantanamo Bay to drone warfare, original cast members reprise their roles to celebrate the union of art and activism. BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER

Friday, May 16, 8 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $25. Info, 863-5966. fl





Heating Things Up The Mercury calls Burning Bridget Cleary “the Allman Brothers of Celtic fi ddle bands, only prettier.” Supporting this claim are Rose Baldino and Deirdre Lockman, a pair of fi erce fi ddlers whose vocal harmonies and bow-and-string wizardry drive the Pennsylvania-based band’s energetic shows. Backing them, djembe player Peter Trezzi and guitarist Lou Baldino anchor tightly woven arrangements that marry spot-on interpretations of Ireland’s musical past with unbridled enthusiasm. This technical prowess and free-spirited footing power the group’s 2013 release, Pressed f or Time , and make audience members reconsider the possibilities of traditional music.

BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., at Tunbridge Town Hall. $15-20. Info, 431-3433.



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Read to a dog: Lit lovers ages 5 through 10 take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420. 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.


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english as a second language class: Those with beginner English work to improve their vocabulary. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. inteRMediate/advanced english as a second language class: Speakers hone their grammar and conversational skills. Administration Office, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


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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.

italian conveRsation gRouP: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, second Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.


Meet Rockin' Ron the FRiendly PiRate: Aargh, matey! Youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

Music & MoveMent With lesley gRant: The local musician leads little ones ages 3 through 5 in an exploration of song, dance and basic musical elements. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 888-1261.

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coMMunity cineMa: '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. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


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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.


hoPe tuMukunde: The vice mayor of social affairs in Kigali, Rwanda, considers the country's female politicians in the years following the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343.


'caBaRet guignol': A ragtag gang of musicians, dancers and puppeteers transcend oppression in Firefly Productions' original theatrical adventure. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Info, 644-2977, artfullcup@


chaMPlain WRiteR’s gRouP Reading: Local writers excerpt new works. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. coMMunity Book gRouP: Readers share ideas and opinions about Ellis Peters' A Morbid Taste for Bones: The First Chronicle of Brother Cadfael. Cabot Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 563-2721.



coMPost JaM!: Families learn how to transform food scraps into nutrient-rich soil starters. Live music, munchies, a raffle and a screening of Dirt! The Movie round out the eco-friendly event. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 3-9 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 872-8111. Plant sale: Green thumbs browse hundreds of hardy perennials and an assortment of annuals. Proceeds benefit the Dismas House. Private residence, Burlington, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3345.


QueeR Movie soiReé: Cinephiles explore the life of British novelist Christopher Isherwood in Christopher and his Kind. Room 108, Burlington College, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.

RuRal veRMont celeBRation: Locavores share conversation and camaraderie at this annual event featuring area farmers, who share their stories. See for details. American Legion, Chester, 6-9 p.m. Donations; preregister; cash bar; bring a dish to share. Info, 223-7222.



'tRaMPoline': When a socially awkward dreamer meets his ideal mate, he struggles to remain grounded in reality in Shane Adamczak's acclaimed black comedy. Mainline Theatre, Montréal, 8 p.m. $12-14. Info, 514-849-3378.


'toP giRls': An all-female cast presents Caryl Churchill's drama about women in 1980s England. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1 p.m. & 8 p.m. $24-44. Info, 514-739-7944.



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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.

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8 cueRdas duo: Soprano Sarah Cullins and guitarist Daniel Gaviria perform Central American tunes as part of the Noon Music in May concert series. Community Church, Stowe, noon-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 253-7792. the Music and Magic oF handBells: Phil Brown directs local musicians in a performance aimed at teaching audience members about the unique instruments. South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.


Full Moon Paddle: Nature lovers float the Clyde River by lunar light. Personal flashlight, beverage and proper attire required. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 723-6551.

WoMen Business oWneRs netWoRk sPRing conFeRence: Keynoter Georgena Terry of Heart of Steel Bikes shares her expertise with area professionals. A reception follows. The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $99-159 includes meals; cash bar. Info, 503-0219.

caRd Making With kaRen: Local crafter Karen McNall leads participants ages 10 and up in a creative session. Kids under 15 require an adult companion. Fairfax Community Library, 5-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 849-2420.


contRa dance: Mover and groovers of all skill levels tap into time-tested regional traditions at this New England social dance. Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 7-10 p.m. $5-10. Info, 342-3529.


addison/Rutland natuRal gas PRoJect oPen house: Locals visit information tables and speak one-on-one with Vermont Gas representatives about the project. West Rutland Town Hall, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 773-2747.


music wiTh derek: Kiddos up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. music wiTh mr. chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. 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.


'Top girls': See WED.14, 8 p.m.



soul purpose developmenT class: Detailed instruction helps students develop a spiritual practice and expand intuitive awareness. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 540-0247.



planT sale: See tHU.15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


roBerT nickelsBerg: The award-winning photojournalist behind the compelling images in Afghanistan: A Distant War shares his experience. Mt. Philo Inn, Charlotte, wine and light fare, 6:30-7 p.m.; lecture, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 425-3335.


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'wisconsin rising': Sam Mayfield's documen- 12v-beadscrazy051414.indd 1 tary captures Wisconsinites' 2011 battle for basic workers’ rights — the largest, sustained resistance of its kind in U.S. history. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 863-2345.

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food & drink

Bellows Falls Farmers markeT: Music enlivens a fresh-food marketplace with produce, meats, crafts and ever-changing weekly workshops. Waypoint Center, Bellows Falls, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 463-2018.


chelsea Farmers markeT: A long-standing town-green tradition supplies shoppers with eggs, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987.

Saturday Story Time Every Saturday at 11am

hardwick Farmers markeT: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with garden-fresh fare and handcrafted goods. Atkins Field, Hardwick, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 755-6349.

THU 22 YEAR OF NO SUGAR: EVE O. SCHAUB 7pm The story of one family’s 12-month no

lyndon Farmers markeT: More than 20 vendors proffer a rotation of fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 535-7528. souTh end social: Foodies join chef Sarah Langan, who serves up cooking tips, recipes and samples of simple, seasonal dishes. South End Kitchen at Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0505.


wonderFul wing nighT: The men's auxiliary hosts a smorgasbord of this favorite finger food in flavor variations that please every palate. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 878-0700.

adele myers & dancers: Combining humor with athleticism EN and poignant moments, the fiveCo NC UR yN t ES y member ensemble brings Theater in o F t HE FL the Head to the stage. FlynnSpace, Burlington, games 8 p.m. $21-25. Info, 863-5966. Bridge cluB: See WED.14, 10 a.m. Ballroom & laTin dancing: cha-cha: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles health & fitness and couples. No partner or experience required. avoid Falls wiTh improved sTaBiliTy: A Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, personal trainer demonstrates daily practices 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $6-14. Info, 862-2269. for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Blues dance: Folks find rhythm at this grooving Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10-11 session open to all levels. No partner necessary, a.m. $5-6. Info, 658-7477. but clean-soled shoes are required. Champlain FiTness wiTh michelle: Led by Michelle Delaney, Club, Burlington, third Friday of every month, students use resistance bands to build muscle, beginner lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 pm. $5. Info, then create personalized fitness programs. Cabot 448-2930. Recreation Field (Rain location: Willey Building), cha cha social: Dancers practice their steps 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 563-2427. in a supportive environment. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $8-14. Info, 862-2269.

May sugar experiment and it’s sweet results.


Urban gardeners. Seed-saving collectives. Ecovillage developments. Permaculture weaves them into a potentially revolutionary movement.


This Father’s Day, join Dr. Dave Landers for a discussion of the profound ways that fathers defy or buy into our society’s views of masculinity.

THU 19 INVENTING ETHAN ALLEN: JOHN J. DUFFY 7pm & H. NICHOLAS MULLER III Discover how Allen acquired his iconic image.


BRAIN INJURIES Join Melissa Cronin and Pete Daigle for stories of hope, healing, and hard work.


SAT 17 TIMMY FAILURE “TOTAL TAKEOVER” PARTY 2pm An exclusive event with Total the Polar Bear! An official Children’s Book Week event! All ages welcome.


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Bruce acciavaTTi: The founder of Wonder Walks considers the architectural significance of regional barns. Howden Hall Community Center, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 453-3439.


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emoTional resilience = auThenTic liFe Brilliance: Holistic health practitioner Robin Cornell presents ways to move beyond habitual fears and anxieties to open up to new experiences. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

sam drazin: The local educator explores themes of disability awareness as featured in R.J. Palacio's Wonder. Library, Highgate Elementary School, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

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lake champlain waldorF school Family concerT: Students in grades 5 through 12 honor the life of Joshua Moore with a program of works by Antonín Dvořák. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 5-6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2827, ext. 16.


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Tech Tinkering nighT: Middle school students make interesting creations with paper and technology circuits. Bradford Public Library, Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 222-4536.

spielpalasT caBareT: A raucous house orchestra keeps the beat during an evening of ever-evolving theatrics featuring burlesque beauties, sketchy skits and more. Scandalous shows, May 16, 11 p.m.; May 17, 11 p.m. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m. $28-30. Info, 863-5966.

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Forza: The samurai sword workouT: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

'ozma oF oz': Dorothy and Uncle Henry travel to Australia in Susan Zeder's stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum's tale, presented by Saints & Poets Production Company. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-5966.

vermonT energy summiT: Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, and Congressman Peter Welch host U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a discussion of the state's use of sustainable energy. A Q&A follows. McCullough Social Space, Middlebury College, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 862-0697.


android mind: Like-minded locals examine selfdefeating behaviors, then consider ways to pursue a life of greater purpose through stretching, meditation and more. Jeffords Hall, UVM, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2930.



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one-acT plays: St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre stages student-directed short plays, featuring Douglas Craven's Lockdown, Gabriel Dean's adaptation of Beowulf and Madeleine George's The Most Massive Women Wins. Stuart Black Box Theatre. Morse Center for the Arts, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 748-8171.


FleTcher allen Farmers markeT: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. Davis Concourse. Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797.

'The lasT 5 years': From budding romances to broken hearts, Lost Nation Theater stages Jason Robert Brown's award-winning musical about relationships and marriage. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492.

Queen ciTy Tango pracTilonga: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisation, camaraderie and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smooth-soled shoes required. North End Studio B, Burlington, beginner lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.


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'Bridges': Local filmmaker Harry Goldhagen presents his drama about a doctor's journey from bitterness to compassion, starring Michael Manion. A discussion follows. Merrill's Roxy Cinema, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3456.

english counTry dance: Sarah Babbitt-Spaeth and friends provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are called and taught. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring a snack to share. Info, 899-2378.



TransiTion Town monTpelier: Gerald David taps into time-tested traditions when considering the trade of German timber farming. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

conTemporary dance & FiTness sTudio 40Th annual perFormance: An all-ages show bring jazz, tap, ballet and other dance styles to the stage. Barre opera House, 7-9:30 p.m. $12. Info, 229-4676.


Bacon Thursday: classic carToon characTers: Pianist Jim Thompson entertains costumed attendees, who nosh on bacon and creative dipping sauces at this weekly gathering. Nutty Steph's Granola & Chocolate Factory, Montpelier, 7-10 p.m. Cost of food; cash bar. Info, 229-2090.

Third Thursday lunch series: Researcher Kurt Morris discusses the history of Christian Science — including its founder Maker Baker Eddy, who had ties to Vermont. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 828-2180.











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IrIe Yoga: Students find focus through breath, mantra and gentle asanas. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. $5 minimum donation. Info, 683-4918. 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.


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. Drop-In storY tIme: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captivate children of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. eLementarY open gYm & aCtIvItY tIme: Supervised kiddos in grades K through 6 burn off energy, then engage their imaginations with art, puzzles and books. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. magIC: the gatherIng: Decks of cards determine the arsenal with which participants, or "planeswalkers, " fight others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free; for grades 6 and up. Info, 878-6956. mIDDLe sChooL pLanners & heLpers: Lit lovers in grades 6 to 8 plan cool projects for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. musIC WIth Derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. musIC WIth robert: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.


storY tIme WIth Champ: Readers hit up a book fair for tales, activities and photo ops with the beloved lake monster. Proceeds benefit SB Mentoring. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 864-8001.


peep shoW: 'shImmY!': An evening of gender-defying cabaret features DJ Papi Javi and guest stars Madge of Honor and Goldie Peacock. The Monkey House, Winooski, 10 p.m. $10. Info, 828-577-2965.

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atLantIC CrossIng: The foursome kicks off the vineyard's music season with New England tunes rooted in Celtic and French Canadian traditions. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6-8 p.m. Free; wine available by the glass. Info, 388-7368. DmItrY raChmanov: The Moscow-born pianist Dmitry Rachmanov makes the ivory keys dance in a musical journey through 30 years of works by Alexander Scriabin. St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-15; free for kids 15 and under. Info, 863-5966. 'the next generatIon': Young musicians showcase their classical instrumental and vocal training. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 728-6464.

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sheesham, Lotus & son: Mayfly joins the acclaimed trio, who present an evening of traditional folk music performed on antique and homemade instruments. See calendar spotlight. Willey Memorial Hall, Cabot, 7 p.m. $17; preregister. Info, 748-2600.


When FroggY Comes a CaLLIn': From bullfrogs to spring peepers, biologist John Jose details the ecology and vocalizations of local frogs and toads. An evening hike to the North Branch Park beaver ponds follows. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $5-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


tom steYer: The philanthropist and advanced energy advocate goes green in "Climate Solutions: Building a Clean Energy Future." Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1228.


aLLen ChurCh: Legendary fiddler and colorful Vermont character Alfred "Crazy" Chase comes to life in the one-man show The Return of Crazy Chase. Worcester Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 223-8635. 'bIrDCatCher In heLL': Utilizing several original performers, Bread and Puppet Theater adapts its 1971 Vietnam War production to present-day politics. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966. 'the Last 5 Years': See THU.15, 8 p.m. 'the marrIage oF FIgaro': Love, revenge and everything in between drive Mozart's comedic opera, staged by Echo Valley Community Arts. In Italian with English subtitles. Plainfield Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $10-22. Info, 748-2600 or 225-6471. one-aCt pLaYs: See THU.15. 'ozma oF oz': See THU.15. spenCers: theatre oF ILLusIon: Blending the best of Broadway with a rock-star sensibility, the magicians dazzle audience members of all ages. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $19.75-24.75. Info, 775-0903. spIeLpaLast Cabaret: See THU.15, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m.


book saLe: Hundreds of page-turners ranging from paperbacks to antique reads delight bibliophiles. Rutland Free Library, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. broWn bag book CLub: Bookworms voice opinions about Dennis Lehane's Live by Night. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. moIra Young: The award-winning author of the Dust Lands trilogy celebrates the release of Raging Star. A book signing follows. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. WorD!CraFt: experImentaL art rhYmes: Inspired by the theme "women, " wordsmiths sound off to DJed beats at this mashup of hip-hop and original verse. An optional community meal proceeds the event at 5 p.m. Another Way, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 755-6336,



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. Richmond Free Library, check-in, 8:30 a.m.; workshop; 9-11:30 a.m. $10; preregister. Info, 434-4834. neW north enD pLant saLe: Horticulturalists consult with Red Wagon Plants staff, who offer gardening advice and assist in the selection of new greenery. Proceeds benefit the Burlington Area Community Gardens. Bibens Ace Hardware Store, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, julie@


Plant Sale: See THU.15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Plant SwaP: Home gardeners exchange the fruits of their labor. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 426-3581.


SPring rummage Sale: Bargain shoppers browse a wide array of secondhand treasures. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. weSt rutland Yard Sale: More than 60 locations offer a smorgasbord of gently used items at this town-wide affair. Various locations, West Rutland, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 438-2263.


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Bike Jam: Gearheads help low-income Vermonters with repairs, while others craft jewelry out of old bicycle parts or help out around the shop. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, norm lavallee Perennial SwaP & Book Sale: Green thumbs kick off the gardening season at this benefit for the Highgate Public Library. Highgate Town Park, 9 a.m.-noon. Donations. Info, 868-3970. red cedar School rock-and-roll Ball: The Grift deliver a mix of originals and covers at this benefit for the school featuring appetizers, desserts and a silent auction. 51 Main, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $15; cash bar. Info, 453-5213. 'a t. rex named Sue' exhiBit oPening: Dinosaur lovers flock to the museum, where a cast of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered finds a temporary home. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $13-16; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.

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medieval Fair & BratwurSt FeSt: Themed eats, costumed nobles, madrigal singing, stilt walking and more transport festivalgoers back to the 1500s. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3932.


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Burlington FarmerS market: More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172.

caledonia FarmerS market: Growers, crafters and entertainers gather weekly at outdoor stands centered on local eats. Pearl Street, St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088.

newPort FarmerS market: Pickles, meats, eggs, fruits, veggies, herbs and baked goods are a small sampling of the fresh fare supplied by area growers and producers. Causeway, Newport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 274-8206. northweSt FarmerS market: Stock up on local produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 827-3157. norwich FarmerS market: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, offered alongside baked goods, handmade crafts and live entertainment. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447. rutland countY FarmerS market: Downtown strollers find high-quality produce, fresh-cut flowers, sweet treats and artisan crafts within arms' reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813 or 353-0893. waitSField FarmerS market: Local entertainment enlivens a bustling, open-air market boasting extensive seasonal produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027.



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Border Board gameS: Players of varying experience levels sit down to nontraditional board games, including Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Derby Line Village Hall, 5 p.m. Free. Info,

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calcium and other vital nutrientS For maintaining health: Nutritionist Suzanna Bliss shares ways to acquire appropriate mineral levels through diet and supplements. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700. care oF SelF SerieS: herBaliSm workShoP: Julie Mitchell of Eos Botanicals explores nutrition through plant identification, tastings and recipes. Willowell Foundation, Monkton, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $1525 suggested donation. Info, 453-6195. ecological medicine: nutrition & Your microBiome: Kenzie and Mika McDonald present local, organic, probiotic and traditional foods that promote digestive health. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. r.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.14, 9-10 a.m.


Big truck daY: Fire trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, oh, my! Youngsters hop into the driver's seats of parked vehicles at this benefit for Robin's Nest Children's Center featuring live music, good eats and a raffle. North Street parking lot, St. Joseph School, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $10 per family. Info, 864-8191.



caPital citY FarmerS market: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods and locally made arts and crafts throughout the growing season. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958.

middleBurY FarmerS market: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers' totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 673-4158.


Burlington Food tour: Locavores sample the Queen City's finest cuisine on a scrumptious stroll that stops at the Burlington Farmers Market and an area restaurant. East Shore Vineyard Tasting Room, Burlington, 12:30-3 p.m. $45. Info, 277-0180,

korean Food FeSt: International fare treats foodies of all ages to a unique cultural experience. Vermont Korean American United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free to attend; $8-12 for food and drink. Info, 338-7571.


'the winning oF BarBara worth': Pianist Jeff Raspis provides live accompaniment for the 1926 silent Western starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky and Gary Co-oper. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 247-5420.

emPtY BowlS dinner: Live tunes by Pipe and Slippers entertain diners, who share a meal of savory broths and salad. A silent auction rounds out this benefit for the St. Johnsbury Area Local Food Alliance. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5-6:30 p.m. & 7-8:30 p.m. $10; preregister; limited space. Info, 748-8742.

wooFStock: Canine lovers and their four-legged friends pound the pavement to raise funds for the Addison County Humane Society. Demos, vendors, a silent auction and a shelter dog parade make for a memorable pooch party. Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $4-10 Adults; free for kids under 5. Info, 388-1443.

chocolate taSting: Sweets lovers tap into the nuances of sour, spicy, earthy and fruity flavors. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & CafĂŠ, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 448-5507.

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BIG TRUCK DAY & CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: Vroom, vroom! Little ones climb aboard service vehicles at this automobile adventure. Crafts, live music, a barbecue and an appearance Clifford the Big Red Dog round out the fun. Proceeds benefit the Hinesburg Nursery School. Hinesburg Nursery School, 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. $5; free for adults. Info, 482-3827.

HEAVYFEST: The Main Squeeze, American Babies, Gang of Thieves, Ryan Ober and the Loose Ends, and Grundlefunk entertain revelers at this benefit for Big Heavy World. Brewery tours, specialty cask beer, local eats and live graffiti art round out the affair. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, noon-5 p.m. $5. Info, 658-2739. PIANO MASTER CLASS: Dmitry Rachmanov leads students in an in-depth study of the ivory keys. St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, 9:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 864-0471.


GREEN MOUNTAIN YOUTH SYMPHONY AUDITIONS: Musicians E EV CO HI of varying skill levels vie for spots in UR SHARON KATZ & THE PEACE TRAIN: FT T ES Y O O F G AN G the organization. Contact organizer for The South African band brings infectious details. Monteverdi Music School, Montpelier, 8:30 Afro-pop rhythms to "A Heart for Nelson Mandela." a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-4470, info@gmys-vt. Whallonsburg Grange Hall, N.Y., . $5-12; free for org. kids under 10. Info, 518-570-2382. MANGA CLUB MEETING: Fans of Japanese comics 'SIMPLY MUSIC' PIANO DEMONSTRATION: Pianist in grades 6 and up bond over their common interNicolas Mortimer discusses the innovative teachest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 ing method, then gives a live demonstration on p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. the ivory keys. Christ Church, Montpelier, 9:3010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 595-1220. SATURDAY STORY TIME: Youngsters and their caregivers gather for entertaining tales. Phoenix SNAKE MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS & THE CONNOR Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. SISTERS: Toe-tapping tunes combine the best of modern and traditional bluegrass. Brandon Music 'TIMMY FAILURE' 'TOTAL TAKEOVER' PARTY: Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $35 includes dinner package; Tykes meet Total the polar bear from Stephen's preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071. Pastis' acclaimed children's book series Timmy Failure. Activities, raffles and detective fun comoutdoors plete the festivities. Phoenix Books, Essex, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY: Fans of feathered fliers learn to document different lgbtq species on the refuge, then tally the results over a light lunch. A presentation follows. Missisquoi PEEP SHOW: DRAG KING WORKSHOP: Famed New National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton, 7 a.m. Free. Info, York City performer Goldie Peacock shares tricks 868-4781. of the trade — from makeup to costumes and everything in between. RU12? Community Center, seminars Burlington, 4-6 p.m. $15-25. Info, 828-577-2965. 3-D PRINTING, DESIGNING & SCANNING WITH montréal BLU-BIN: Instruction in basic programs teaches attendees how to build digital models of their 'TOP GIRLS': See WED.14, 8:30 p.m. ideas. Blu-Bin, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. Free; 'TRAMPOLINE': See WED.14. preregister. Info, 345-6030.

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BELLA VOCE 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT: The all-female vocal ensemble celebrates a decade of performing with new works and time-tested favorites. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-18. Info, 863-5966.

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'DRUMSTRONG' VERMONT: Percussionists keep the beat in a drum-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Hands-On Music, Brandon, 1-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 345-1714.

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C UR BURLINGTON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: VO T ES Y O F BE LL A MOVE YOUR CAN FUN RUN/WALK: CELEBRATION OF YOUTH CONCERT: Families hit the pavement on a 5K course to Yutaka Kono conducts a performance of works raise funds for the Colchester/Milton Rotary Club by Schubert, Mozart and others, including a new and local food shelves. Bayside Park, Colchester, composition by Adele Woodmansee. Recital registration, 7:30 a.m.; race, 8:30 a.m. $25-30 plus Hall, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, donations of nonperishable goods. Info, 923-1159. Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 863-5966.

BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY: The Philadelphiabased Celtic rockers lend traditional roots to contemporary tunes. See calendar spotlight. Tunbridge Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 431-3433.





HANDEL SOCIETY OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE: Directed by Robert Duff, 100 vocalists lend their powerful pipes to Mozart's Mass in C minor. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422.


VERMONT TOWN HALL: AN EVENING WITH AMY GOODMAN: The award-winning host of "Democracy Now!" chats onstage with journalist and brother David Goodman. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 760-4634.


'THE LAST 5 YEARS': See THU.15, 8 p.m. 'THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO': See FRI.16. THE MET LIVE IN HD SERIES: Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars opposite tenor Juan Diego Flórez in a broadcast production of Rossini's La Cenerentola. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-24. Info, 748-2600. NOR'EASTERN PLAYWRIGHTS SHOWCASE: Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre presents staged readings of Mona Z. Smith's Borderlands, Kathy Hooke's The Day After Labor Day and Ron Radice's Won't Happen Again. A Q&A follows. Brick Box Theater, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 282-3741. ONE-ACT PLAYS: See THU.15, 2 p.m.


SpielpalaSt Cabaret: See THU.15, 8 & 11 p.m.


bOOk Sale: See FRI.16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. an evening With ira glaSS: The mind behind NPR's "This American Life" shares stories and details on what makes for memorable material. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $59.75-69.75. Info, 775-0903. StOry Sharing SympOSium: Recille Hamrell hosts a panel of professional storytellers, whose wise words address how to craft compelling narratives. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. tOry mCCagg: In Bittersweet Manor, the author chronicles multigenerational woes in a privileged New England family. A book signing follows. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 864-8001.



plant Sale: See THU.15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


uSO piCniC: Folks convene for a pastoral party featuring tasty eats. Proceeds benefit USO programs. Bayside Park, Colchester, noon-3 p.m. $5-10. Info, 355-6805.


balkan fOlk DanCing: Louise Brill and friends organize people into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. No partner necessary. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Info, 540-1020. COntempOrary DanCe & fitneSS StuDiO 40th annual perfOrmanCe: See FRI.16, 1-3:30 p.m.

univerSity Of vermOnt 2014 COmmenCement CeremOny: Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, addresses graduates. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 8:20 a.m. Free. Info, 656-3272.

bleSSing Of the bikeS: The Red Knights VT III motorcycle club helps locals kick off the riding season safely. Live music and a barbecue follow. Ponderosa Steakhouse parking lot, Diamond Run Mall, Rutland, 11 a.m. $10 per bike; $5 for barbecue. Info, 773-2747.

mereDith kinSel-ziter: In "Minerals: The Unsung Heroes of Health, " the nutritional therapist explores well-being from the soil up. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8675. SaturDay mOrning run/Walk: Amateur athletes make strides at an informal weekly meet-up. Peak Performance, Williston, 8-9 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0949.


green mOuntain yOuth SymphOny auDitiOnS: See SAT.17. 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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SunDayS fOr fleDglingS: From feathers and flying to art and zoology, junior birders ages 5 through 9 develop research and observation skills in a lighthearted environment. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission, $3.50-7; free for members; preregister. Info, 434-2167.

The BCA Center plaza 9am - 2:30pm [weather permitting]


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


'tOp girlS': See WED.14, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.


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franCOiS ClemmOnS: The esteemed vocalist commemorates the founding of the Vermont Anti-Slavery Society in "Songs of Freedom." Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 3 p.m. Donations. Info, 877-3406.


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,



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'Ozma Of Oz': See THU.15, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

hanDel SOCiety Of DartmOuth COllege: See SAT.17, 2 p.m.

the frugal friDge: A tour of the store helps shoppers become savvy savers. City Market, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister at Info, 861-9700.

Spring birD Walk: Botanist Bob Popp leads a forested trek in search of feathered fliers. Meet at the parking lot. Stranahan Town Forest, Marshfield, 8-11 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.



run arOunD the lake: Athletes of all ages make strides for BarnArts Center for the Arts on a 3-mile run/walk through scenic terrain. Silver Lake State Park, Barnard, 10:30 a.m. $10-20; preregister. Info, 332-6020. SUN.18

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hOmemaDe yOgurt & riCOtta CheeSe: Kalyn Campbell of Family Cow Farmstand demonstrates the art of making cultured and coagulated dairy products. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.

meDiCinal plant Walk: Clinical herbalist Rebecca Dalgin helps nature lovers identify the healing properties of local flora. Meet outside the Wild Heart Wellness office. Goddard College, Plainfield, 1 p.m. $12. Info, 552-0727, rebecca.


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'inequality fOr all': Jacob Kornbluth's 2013 documentary explores former U.S. labor secretary Robert Reich's efforts to address the country's widening economic gap. Shelburne Town Office, 7-8:45 p.m. Donations. Info, 999-9881.


mOntpelier COmmunity gOSpel ChOir Spring COnCert: Vocalists CO celebrate 20 years of song in an upliftA. UR T ES Y NT ing program of soul, jazz, and original O F VIN CE and traditional gospel, led by John Harrison. A reception follows. Trinity United Methodist Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 778-0881. Opera COmpany Of miDDlebury: meet the SingerS: The stars of the upcoming performance outdoors of Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri sing their favorite early birDer mOrning Walk: Avian enthusiarias, then mingle with attendees over drinks and asts don binoculars and keep a lookout for winged hors d'oeuvres. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 5 species on a woodland trek. Birds of Vermont p.m. $25. Info, 382-9222. Museum, Huntington, 7-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167. film N JO


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VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA FUN RUN: Organized by trumpeter Jake Kahn, this fundraiser for VYO's statewide school-tour program hits all the right notes. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 9 a.m.-noon. $10-15; $30 VYOA student with team; $40 per family. Info, 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.


GREEN MOUNTAIN GLOBAL FORUM: Locals get the dirt on all things compost with a workshop and activities. Local eats, live music and a screening of Dirt! The Movie round out the evening. See for details. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 496-8994. JEFFREY MARSHALL: UVM's director of special collections details accessible documentation of early Vermont in "Historical Treasures in Your Backyard." Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.


'THE LAST 5 YEARS': See THU.15, 2 p.m. 'THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO': See FRI.16, 2 p.m. THE MET LIVE IN HD SERIES: Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars opposite tenor Juan Diego Flórez in a broadcast production of Rossini's La Cenerentola. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55 p.m. $10-20. Info, 775-0903. 'OZMA OF OZ': See THU.15, 2 p.m.



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HONORING HEIRLOOMS WITH THE BEEKMAN BOYS & LANDRETH SEED CO.: Locavores join Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who share recipes from Heirloom Vegetables Cookbook. Lunch, a book signing and a seed-saving presentation by Barb Malara complete the culinary affair. Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $65. Info, 475-2311. INTRODUCTION TO VEGETABLE FERMENTATION: Jason Frishman of FolkFoods shares this centuries-old method of pickling veggies before preparing a meal that features their flavors. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700. MILTON COMMUNITY DINNER: Neighbors celebrate the growing season at a barbecue featuring special guests Suncommon, Local Motion and Vermont Lake Monsters' mascot Champ. Milton Middle/ High School, 4:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1009.



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.

INTRO TO BACKYARD HOMESTEADING: Horticulturalists learn how to assess their property for purposes of food production and ecological sustainability. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


PUBLIC MEETING: EXIT 17 STUDY: Locals voice opinions about how to best improve conditions at the heavily trafficked Interstate 89 exit. Municipal Building, Milton, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1794. RELAY FOR LIFE CHITTENDEN COUNTY TEAM MEETING: Folks looking to give their time to the world's largest cancer-fighting movement get information about the annual overnight event. American Cancer Society, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-6776 or 872-6309.

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LIBRARY LIBATIONS: Bibliophiles kick off the Vermont Library Conference at a literary mixer featuring themed cocktails, a raffle and music by DJ Papi Javi. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15; free for conference attendees. Info, 865-7211.

MADELEINE KUNIN: The former Vermont governor discusses The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Families. Black Box Theatre. Morse Center for the Arts, St. Johnsbury Academy, 4-6 p.m. Donations. Info,

BACKYARD COMPOSTING WORKSHOP: Ecominded participants get schooled on how to transform food leftovers and yard debris into soil for lawns and gardens. Green Mountain Compost, Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 872-8111.

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TASTE OF THE ARTS: Foodies sample gourmet fare and drinks from top regional restaurants. Live music by acclaimed chamber musicians Project Trio complete the N U CO evening. Lake Placid Center for the EK UR EIN T ES Y O F M A D EL Arts, N.Y., 5 p.m. $50. Info, 518-523-2512.


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'SPEND SMART' FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Spenders and savers learn practical ways to manage money and meet personal goals. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.


SHAKTI TRIBAL BELLY DANCE WITH SUSANNE: Students 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.




BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.14, 7 p.m.

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AVOID FALLS WITH IMPROVED STABILITY: See FRI.16. GENTLE HATHA YOGA: Students set individual goals in a supportive practice of slow movements focused on calming the mind and body. Personal mats required. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Donations. Info, 683-4918. 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.14. VIGOROUS HATHA YOGA: An energized sequence of postures builds endurance, balance and strength. Personal mats required. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 12:301:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 683-4918.


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.


Adult GrouP Fiddle: Musicians hone their skills under the guidance of Katie Trautz. Cabot public Library, 5-6:30 p.m. $25. Info, 279-2236. Flynn shoW choirs: Vermont's top singers, actors and dancers ages 9 through 18 perform Broadway favorites and pop hits with live accompaniment. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. $12-16. Info, 863-5966.


PicAsA WorkshoP: An interactive session teaches participants how to organize digital photos into online albums. pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-noon. $20; preregister. Info, 864-1502. PrintMAster 18 MAilMerGe WorkshoP: User-friendly programs provide high-tech options for updating and maintaining address books and correspondences. pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 1-3:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 864-1502.

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WhAt is sustAinAble investinG?: Bruno Bertocci of UBS details the benefits of incorporating environmental, social and governance research into long-term investments. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 860-5792.


AMericAn red cross shelter FundAMentAls trAininG: participants learn valuable emergency preparedness skills. American Red Cross Disaster Services, Burlington, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-9130, ext. 119. hoMe shAre noW inFo session: Locals get upto-date information on home-sharing opportunities in central Vermont. Home Share Now, Barre, 5:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544.


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,


rutlAnd county FArMers MArket: See SAT.17, 2-6 p.m.


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GAMinG For teens & Adults: Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Kids 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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intro to yoGA: Those new to the mat discover the benefits of aligning breath and body. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 272-8923. understAndinG detoxiFicAtion: Greg Giasson of Alternative Roots Wellness Center shares key information about the process of ridding the body of toxins. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

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cAbot story hour: Entertaining tales and creative crafts captivate little ones. Cabot public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 563-2721. 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. hiGhGAte story hour: See WED.14, 10 a.m. Preschool story hour: bAby AniMAls & Music With AlAnA: Kiddos embark on entertaining adventures with themed tales and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. story tiMe For 3- to 5-yeAr-olds: See WED.14. 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.


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. 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.


Flynn shoW choirs: See MON.19. suMMer eveninGs With verMont treAsures: Jazz pianist John Cassel kicks off the concert series benefitting the restoration of the old Meeting House. Old Meeting House, East Fairfield, 7-9 p.m. $15; free for kids under 12. Info, 827-6626.


cAreer counselinG seMinAr: Jim Koehneke helps participants identify their soul's purpose and create employment opportunities accordingly. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


celest diPietroPAolo & MArie dicocco: Drawing on 30 years of experience, the musicians explore the current status of traditional music and dance in small Italian villages. A brief concert follows. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


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solAr hoMe heAtinG & coolinG WorkshoP: A SunCommon representative details ways to utilize the sun's energy and avoid fossil-fuel dependence. Shelburne Town Office, , 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

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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.

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.

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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.


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north Avenue trAnsPortAtion study coMMunity MeetinG: Area residents share ways to improve walking, biking and overall safety along the major New North End roadway. Community Room, St. Mark's parish, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1794.

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Louis Mannie Leonni: The editor of 05401 presents "Fascism and Immigration: Italy and the U.S." Board Room, Main Street Landing performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 453-4157.



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MusiC & MoveMent WitH LesLey Grant: See WED.14.


Green Mountain CoMedy FestivaL: More than 100 standup, improv and sketch performers deliver five days of gut-busting laughs. See for details. Various Burlington, Montpelier & Barre locations, 6:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. $8.80-27.25. Info, 373-4703.


PoWerFuL tooLs For CareGivers: See WED.14. verGennes CoMMunity visit resourCe MeetinG: State, federal and local leaders help task-force groups outline the logistics of proposed improvements to the city. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-6091.


verMont/neW HaMPsHire MarketinG GrouP ConFerenCe: From customer service to social media, branding and beyond, top industry speakers share their expertise with area professionals. See for details. The Woodstock Inn & Resort, 12:30-6 p.m. $50-429. Info, 457-2807.


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.


'oLaFur eLiasson: sPaCe is ProCess': Shot over five years, Henrik Lundø and Jacob Jørgensen's documentary captures the creative mind of the acclaimed Danish-Icelandic installation artist. A reception at the Blue Horse Inn follows. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 484-5588.

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MontréaL-styLe aCro yoGa: See WED.14. naturaL reMedies For stress: Feeling tense? Herbalist Shona MacDougall presents herbs, aromatherapy and other techniques for calming the nervous system and supporting well-bring. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $3-5; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

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HiGHGate story Hour: See WED.14. LeGo Fun: Budding builders in grades K and up create unique structures with brightly colored pieces. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

CoMMunity dinner: Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Family Center. A preschool art show completes the evening. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565.


CraFternoon WitH niCoLe: Youngsters ages 6 and up get creative with bubble painting alongside local artist Nicole Vance. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420.

'GLory river' Live readinG: Bringing Maura Campbell's screenplay to life, a narrator and actors travel back to the 1960s, where a girl's miraculous abilities forever change a rural town. An afterparty with music by Nyiko and Leon Campos and Ash N follows. Signal Kitchen, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $5; free for after-party. Info, 399-2337.




Meet roCkin' ron tHe FriendLy Pirate: See WED.14. MovinG & GroovinG WitH CHristine: See WED.14.

story tiMe & PLayGrouP: See WED.14. story tiMe For 3- to 5-year-oLds: See WED.14. teen Writers GrouP: An exploration of the theme "Famous First Lines" inspires wordsmiths ages 12 through 18 to develop their skills. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 7488291,


enGLisH as a seCond LanGuaGe CLass: See WED.14. interMediate/advanCed enGLisH as a seCond LanGuaGe CLass: See WED.14.


sonG CirCLe: CoMMunity sinG-aLonG: Rich and Laura Atkinson lead an evening of vocal expression. Jaquith public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. WorLd MusiC PerCussion enseMBLe: Directed by Hafiz Shabazz, Dartmouth College students explore lesser-known Afro-Latin rhythms in "Brazil and More." Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $9-10. Info, 603-646-2422.


Green Mountain taBLe tennis CLuB: See WED.14.


tHe disH: a series For inquisitive eaters: A lively panel discussion dives into the pressing issue of GMOs. A Q&A follows. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. JeFF korMan: Referencing historic photographs, the Baltimore-based librarian presents "The Life and Mysterious Death of John Wilkes Booth." Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


Jenny Land & adrienne raPHeL: The local poets excerpt By Plane and By Sea, then discuss their 12-year collaboration. A reception and book signing follow. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. ron tanner: Referencing From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story, the award-winning writer and DIY expert presents a narrated slide show. BCA Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. saM drazin: See THU.15, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. m



art EXPLORING THE CREATIVE PROCESS: Take the time to open the window to your creative side. Explore the creative process in our expressive arts studio. Discover new ways to combine uninhibited art making with thoughtful writing and refl ection. JourneyWorks is a safe space. No prior art or writing experience necessary, just an open mind. Preregistration. Tue., 1-4 p.m. & ˜ u., 9 a.m.noon. 6 weeks starting May 27. Cost: $40/3-hour open studio. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: JourneyWorks, Jennie Kristel, 860-6203, jkristel61@hotmail. com,


coaching CREATIVE ENVISIONING: It’s been said that the unexamined life is not worth living, so examine it already! ˛ is workshop will lead participants through a fi veweek 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. $50-150 sliding scale. Location: Bassett House, 173 North Prospect St., Burlington. Info: Eric Garza, 881-8675, eric@howericlives. com, creative-envisioning.



BLACKSMITHING: Instructor: Bob Wetzel. Using a forge you will learn basic blacksmith techniques from building and maintaining fi re 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. 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. FUNDAMENTALS OF JEWELRY DESIGN: Instructor: Jean Chute. Learn the fundamental techniques used in making jewelry and create your own unique designs. Explore sawing, drilling, fi ling, 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 fi nished, polished piece in fi ne 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. 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 refi nishing. Learning about different types of fi nishes and leave with your beloved piece restored back to its original beauty. Minor repairs can also be looked at and fi xed.Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Jul. 19-20. Cost: $245/person (members $207, nonmembers $230, shop fee $15, + wood & fi nishes). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. INTRO TO WOOD: SHAKER TABLE: Instructor: Rachel Brydolf-Horwitz. A comprehensive introduction to woodworking, this course explores the basic principles of lumber selection, hand tool and machinery usage, milling, joinery and fi nishing. 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,, 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 fi rst-hand observations. 6 Wed., 6-8:30 p.m., Jun. 18-Jul. 23. Cost: $215/person; members $193.50; material list.

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 defi nition of art. While this class will challenge students to think outside the box, it is not a strict, skill-based class by any means. ˛ e main focus is imaginative play! 6 ˜ u., 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. WAX CARVING-METAL: Instructor: Matthew Taylor. Come make a beautiful fi nished piece of Jewelry by carving wax! In this wax-carving class you will spend three weeks designing and carving the wax. ˛ e piece will then be cast in sterling silver. After the piece is cast, you will spend two weeks cleaning, fi nishing 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. 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? ˛ is class will take basic shapes thrown on the wheel and give you the hand-building and fi nishing skills to make any shape you can think of! Techniques will include: shaving, darting, faceting, fl uting, 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. WHEEL-THROWING/INT.TO ADV.: Instructor: Rik Rolla. ˛ is class will explore a variety of

DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance fl oor! ˛ ere is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hour. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@fi, fi

design/build INTRODUCTION TO SOLIDWORKS: Learn the basics of Solidworks, a popular CAD tool. Model your fi rst 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/BUILD

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ADV. WOOD: DESIGN PROJECT: For those who have already built projects through our introductory classes, or for those seeking instruction in specifi c areas, this course offers woodworking expertise tailored to the

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 of still life and photos and learn how to use watercolor paint to achieve new effects in your painting. 5 Tue., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jun. 17-Jul. 15. Cost: $145/nonmembers; members $130.50; material list. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne.

DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077,


TINY-HOUSE WORKSHOP: A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 12-ft. x 16-ft. tiny house in Huntington, May 24-25. Plenty of hands-on experience. Tools provided; safety glasses required. Forestry, landscaping and gardening topics will also be covered, plus how to fi nd a

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, camoufl age naturally, and stalk quietly across the landscape. Teen Scout: Action-packed lessons of invisible survival, tracking, counter tracking, stealth, camoufl age, 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,,



TINY HOUSE WORKSHOP: Learn from tiny house expert Peter King to construct a 12 x 16 ft. tiny house. Class will meet at ReSOURCE’s Waste-Not products wood shop. Expect to learn the basics of framing, insulating, roofi ng, sheathing your tiny house. Vermont Woodworking School to register. Jun. 6-8. Cost: $285/3-day class. Location: ReSOURCE, 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Woodworking School, Carina Driscoll, 849-2013,, vermontwoodworkingschool. com.


MIX-LEVEL WHEELTHROWING: Instructor: Rik Rolla. ˛ is course is for all skill levels! Beginners will be guided through the fundamentals of basic wheel-throwing techniques. More experienced students will consider elements of form and style and receive individual instruction in functional or sculptural techniques. 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.

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.


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

landowner who will sponsor your seasonal gardeneer camp. Onsite camping avail. Cost: $250/workshop. Sliding scale. Location: Huntington. Info: 933-6103,

Location: Shelburne Craft School, Shelburne.

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.






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design. Weekly on Tue., May 20-Jun. 24, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $240/ person; $216/BCA members. Location: Generator (Memorial Auditorium), 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: generatorvt. com.

empowerment INCREASING YOUR INNER PEACE: ˜ is 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 3 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.


WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Early Spring Wild Plant Walk, Tue., May 6, 6-7:30 p.m., sliding scale $10 to $0, preregistration requested. Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certifi cation Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as fi rst medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Hands-on curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director.. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 4568122, annie@,

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jewelry JEWELRY CLASSES: Learn how to make your own jewelry in a fully equipped studio with a German-trained goldsmith in a private and bright atmosphere. All skill levels. For existing students: drop-in hours, Mon., 6-8 p.m. ($8/hour). Also special classes like PMC, sandcasting, make your own wedding bands. 4 classes/mo.: Mon., 9:30-noon, or ˜ u., 6-8 p.m. Cost: $150/10-hour class (+ cost of silver). Location: 26 Spring St., Burlington. Info: Jane Frank Jewellery Design, 999-3242,,

kids FAIRY DAY!: Fairy Day! 10th annual fun celebration of the wee ones of the nature spirits. We’ll explore their magical world, sing/drum/rattle/walk the labyrinth. After lunch we’ll make elf doors (to put at the base of trees) and make fairy houses in the forest! Sat., May 17. Cost: $20/child. Location: Lightheart Sanctuary, 236 Wild Apple Rd., New Haven. Info: Lightheart Healing Arts, Maureen Short, 453-4433, maureen@lightheart. net,

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, afl

AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting fl exibility and strong center within fl owing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confi dence in oneself.Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd fl oor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, fl exibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fi tness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconfi dence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certifi ed 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., 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,,

massage HAND WISDOM WORKSHOP: ˜ rough pain and injury your hands are sending a message to restore balance and health to your life. Join us for a fascinating workshop and meet the authors of the Hand Wisdom theory. Come learn what your hands may be trying to tell you! May 31, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $15/ person. Location: Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, 125 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 660-8060.

music 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,,

photography SLR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SPRING CLASSES OR 1-ON1: Beginner or Intermediate Photography; Digital Workfl ow; Lighting Technique; Adobe Lightroom; Portrait Posing; Setup Your Photo Business. Location: Linda Rock Photography, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: 238-9540,

reiki BLISSFUL WELLNESS CENTER: May classes: Usui Reiki Level 1, May 18, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.; Usui Reiki Level 2, May 25, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.; Advanced Usui Reiki, May 31, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. to register. Location: Blissful Wellness Center, 48 REIKI

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MEDITATIONS ON RE-WILDING: Re-Wilding involves taking steps to reintegrate ourselves within our ecological context and reclaim the adaptive potential that is our human birthright. ˜ is workshop introduces participants to ways of integrating select practices from our huntergatherer past within our modern lifestyles to enhance our health and well-being. Sun. starting

Jun. 15, 3-4:30 p.m. $50-$150, sliding scale. Location: provided upon RSVP, Burlington. Info: Eric Garza, 881-8675, eric@, howericlives. com.

LEARN TO MEDITATE: ˜ rough the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. ˜ e Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Shambhala Cafe (meditation and discussions) meets the fi rst Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Friday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & ˜ u., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-˜ u., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,


LASER CUT JEWELRY: Create pendants, earrings, charms and bands with an Epilog 60 watt laser cutter. ˜ is 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 own designs and fabrications. Weekly on Mon., Jun. 2-23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $160/ person; $144/BCA members. Location: Generator (Memorial



AIKIDO: ˜ is circular, fl owing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Classes for adults, children and beginners 7 days a week. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900,



INTRODUCTION TO SOLIDWORKS: Learn the basics of Solidworks, a popular CAD tool. Model your fi rst 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. Weekly on Tue., May 20-Jun. 24, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $240/ person; $216/BCA members. Location: Generator (Memorial Auditorium), 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: generatorvt. com.

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ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this summer. Our eighth year. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Also lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. Beginning week of Jun. 9; 10 weeks + breaks. Cost: $225/10 classes of 90+ mins. each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,, spanishwaterburycenter. com.


GARDEN BASICS WORKSHOPS: ˜ is summer there’s a new opportunity for beginner gardeners in the Burlington area! A series of 7 Garden Basics workshops will be held throughout the summer. Learn about timely topics with hands-on instruction and come with your garden questions. More info on workshop topics and online registration at 7 select Sat., 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., May 17-Sep. 27. Cost: $10/workshop, sliding scale. Location: Tommy ˜ ompson Community Garden in the Intervale, Burlington. Info: Libby, 861-4769,

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Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: Linda Rock, 238-9540. REIKI ONE: Reiki is a ancient, gentle and powerful form of healing using a universal life energy for healing of body, mind and soul. Participants will learn about Reiki, be attuned, learn how to do a healing, and given lots of time to practice. Certifi cates will be presented upon completion of training. Jun. 13, 7-9 p.m.; Jun. 14, 9:304:30 p.m. Cost: $125/9-hour class. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: Jennie Kristel, 860-6203,,



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 nonfi ction and short stories. Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon, daily. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 9853091-10,, PERFORMANCE WRITING: Summer writing camp for middle schoolers. Join Alexandra Hudson in creative writing for the stage. ° is workshop invites you to take creative risks through games and play to help you create characters, scenes,

POLISHING YOUR GRAMMAR: If you fi nd yourself wondering how to deal with a dangling modifi er, or whether to use who or whom, lie or lay, or fewer or less, this workshop will help you sharpen your grammatical pen and create a good impression on paper. Fri., Jun. 6, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $75/3-hour class. Location: Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-309110,, windridgebooksofvt. com. STORYTELLING IN CLASSROOMS: Explore traditional folk and fairy tales, fi ction, and narrative nonfi ction storytelling practices. Participants will be able to share their stories and learn to make this universal form of expression come alive. 16 hours for CEUs. Jul. 21-24, Mon.-° u., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $250/16-hour seminar. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091-10,, WRITING MICRO MEMOIRS: Flash Nonfi ction. 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: Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091-10, 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: Kimberlee Harrison, 9853091-10,, WRITE NOW: Developing your writing practice. Need help in removing a writer’s block or support and feedback to keep up your writing and fi nally start or fi nish that memoir, short story, travelogue, or fi ction? Michelle Demers will lead you away from your struggles and help you write toward ease and even delight. 8 ° u., 6-8 p.m., beginning May 22. Cost: $195/8 2-hour classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of

EVOLUTION YOGA: Evolution Yoga and Physical ° erapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, ° erapeutics 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,

YOGA ROOTS: Flexible, infl exible, 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), ° erapeutic Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Yin & more! Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., Basics of Meditation w/ Charlie Nardozzi; ° ursdays, 9-10 a.m., Free the Jaw, Neck, Shoulders w/ Uwe Mester; ° u., 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., ° e Birth ° at’s Right For You w/ Lisa Gould Rubin. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090,


SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: ° e Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, fl exibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view

AUDITION WORKSHOP: Bill Reed Voice Studio proudly presents an audition workshop with Michelle Dawson. Attendees may register as a participant or as an auditor. Participants will come prepared with a musical theatre song selection and/or monologue and will have the opportunity to perform for Michelle and then be critiqued by her. Auditors will observe the workshop and participate in group activities. Jun. 8, 3-6 p.m. $50/participants, $25/ auditors. Location: Spotlight Vermont, 50 San Remo Dr., South Burlington. Info: Sally Olson,,

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, fi ve $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,


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POETRY AND TEACHING SEMINAR: ° is four-day workshop and seminar for teachers is designed to enhance teaching methods as well as personal writing skills. ° rough readings, writing, sharing and editing, participants will experiment, continue their creative development, and fi nd fresh ideas to bring to the classroom. All experience levels welcome. 16 hours CEUs. Jul. 14-17, Mon.-° u., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $250/16-hour seminar. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 985-309110, kimberlee@,

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 fl owing 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.


MASTERING ALCHEMY LEVEL 1: Have you noticed a shift in the world around you? Have you felt like there is something more to who you are? Open and expand your intuitive senses, increase your vibration and connect! ° is weekend experience teaches you the tools to transform, realign and remember who you are! Jun. 7 & 8, 1-5 p.m. Cost: $225/2 4-hour classes. Location: Ridgewood Clubhouse, Lexington Green, S. Burlington. Info: Jasmine Heffernan, 781-953-8059, alchemywriter@, alchemyofl

YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: ° e slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability 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,,


HONEST YOGA, THE ONLY DEDICATED HOT YOGA FLOW CENTER: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in Essentials, Flow and Core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 497-0136,,


CHRISTIANITY 101: What does it mean to be a Christian? Is it possible to be one and not do what Jesus teaches? How does one even know what Jesus taught? Is He the only way to God, or is God accessible in non-Christian religions too? Join us as we discuss such matters. Every Sun., 2:30 p.m., beginning May 18. Location: Hilton Hotel, 60 Battery St., Burlington. Info: Kieran, 893-4825.

a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902,

VT/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091-10,,

monologues and dialogue. Be brave, be bold and make the magic of theater come alive on the page. Aug. 4-8, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.noon. Cost: $150/ daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 9853091-10,,



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she says. “Trying to rise above that level As f or songs f or the record, Flynn was something I needed and really appredoesn’t rule out writing new ones. But ciated. Not that there weren’t challenges she’ll likely draw f rom the vast archive in Vermont, as well. But I needed to go to she’s already assembled. Brooklyn to get to the next step.” “I’ve got hundreds of songs in the bank,” According to Flynn, her New York Flynn says. “It’s just a matter of whether or move paid dividends almost immediately. not they will fi t the project. The idea here In the City of Angels, Myra Flynn takes Shortly af ter arriving, she met a group is to take the recording quality to the next of musicians she describes as “the band level.” a big step forward members who are going to be best friends Helping her produce a new record isn’t and with me f or lif e.” One of those musiall Flynn’s new management team will do. B Y G A RY M I L L ER cians, Plushgun drummer Matt Bogdanow, They’ll be on the lookout f or any numproduced her last record, the soulful, rock- ber of opportunities, from licensing tunes tinged Half Pigeon (2013). f or fi lm and commercial work to booking If Brooklyn f orced Flynn to change tours. As she explains it, “Their job is to things up a bit musically, the borough’s assemble a team for me that sticks. That’s SCA denizens willingly accepted her approach the new model. I want to encourage every- WITH to songwriting, including the expression of one to take this route, instead of holding her Irish and African American roots. out for the lottery ticket of a record label SEE “The music has changed, because the that might not o˛ er that same team-like musicians have changed,” says Flynn. “But support and might be more like, ‘Sign here, my f reak-of -nature, weird way of writing we’ll shelve you until the market f eels songs and my infl uences right.’ It’s quite nice to all still work. The Verhave people looking out mont f olk infl uences. for my best interests.” The Celtic infl uences Meanwhile, for those f rom myf ather. The Vermont f ans who miss soul that comes from my seeing Flynn perf orm mother and my f amily. live, they’ll have plenty People appreciate it as of upcoming opportulong as it’s raw and vulnities, including this MYRA FLYNN nerable and real and you Friday, May 16, at the ‘leave it all on the stage,’ Higher Ground Showso to speak.” case Lounge opening f or her longtime Despite Brooklyn’s charms, Flynn’s de- idol, Melissa Ferrick, and Saturday, May sire to “be where the work is” pushed her 17, at the Tupelo Music Hall in White Rivaway. She considered Australia, and even er Junction with f ellow neo-soul singer visited there, but decided it would mean Res. Flynn has 23 gigs booked f or June, starting f rom scratch — something she including shows in Burlington, Montpedidn’t want to do. On her way back to the lier, Shelburne, Plainfi eld and Randolph. States, she stopped over in LA, where an And sometime in the (somewhat distant) email to a musician she admired led her future, she intends to return to her home to her current team. Although she hasn’t state on a more permanent basis. moved to LA permanently — she still “I still consider Vermont home, and I maintains her apartment in Brooklyn, and miss it every day,” Flynn says. “Someone as a singer and songwriter — but not in s Myra Flynn describes it over stays with an aunt and uncle when in LA in the music business once told me, ‘Verthe acoustic Americana vein of many of the phone, her search for a pro— Flynn will spend July and August in the mont is so great, but you have to earn it to ducer for her next record sounds her compatriots. Instead, Flynn f ocused studio cutting her new record. And while be able to go back there and do music and on increasingly polished explorations of a little bit like speed dating. she’s excited about the hunt for a producer just relax.’ neo-soul, producing three solo records “I’ve been working with one to two — which included a recent stop at Baby“I love that, because I want to go back to between 2009 and 2013. Hardworking, producers a day, doing some recording to face’s Brandon’s Way studio — choosing a Vermont and just chill out with my family get a feel for whether or not I have chemdetermined and above all realistic, Flynn studio is just the fi rst step in the process. and friends, but I feel like I need to do this istry with them,” Flynn says. But it may eventually came to the conclusion that if After that, she’ll have to line up musicians hustle for at least fi ve more years. Then I be the location of the studio hops rather she wanted to go big with her career, stay- to work with. She’s quick to point out that will have earned the right to go there and ing in Vermont wasn’t an option. than their pace that makes Flynn’s latest decisions in that regard will be made in live permanently again.”  adventure so notable. She’s speaking from In 2011, Flynn made the move to Brook- collaboration with the production team lyn. The relocation meant the chance to Los Angeles, the home base of her new and won’t be entirely hers. That said, she’d management team, which is setting her up jump f ull-on into the East Coast’s most love to bring at least one Vermonter to LA INFO to cut a new record over the summer and vibrant music scene and get a bit closer for the sessions: pop master and frequent to the national media spotlight. But, says promote it with touring and appearances Melissa Ferrick and Myra Flynn, Friday, May collaborator Gregory Douglass. after a fall release. Flynn, Brooklyn also forced her to step up 16, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in “Gregory produced my sophomore alher game. LA is the latest move up the prof esSouth Burlington, 7 p.m. $15/17. AA. bum,” Flynn says. “He’s absolutely one of “The challenging nature of being lost in the most talented people I have ever met sional ladder f or Flynn, who grew up in Acoustic Sessions with Res and Myra Flynn, Randolph and spent the better part of the the city and being up against people who Saturday, May 17, at the Tupelo Music Hall in and I would love to have him with me last decade building a career in Vermont are really great musicians was important,” wherever I am.” White River Junction, 9 p.m. $15. AA.










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Speaking of festivals, this Saturday, May 17, the Magic Hat Brewing Company will host the fourth annual Heavyfest at its South Burlington brewery. Assuming anyone from MH will still speak to me after I confessed my distaste for their flagship beer, #9, in a recent polarizing beer article for this paper, I might even show up. Based on past experiences, it’s a really fun day. This year’s lineup includes funky Chicago-based headliners the Main squeeze and BroThers PasT offshoot aMerican BaBies. On the local angle, check out funk rockers GanG of Thieves, who just released an excellent new record, Thunderfunk. ryan oBer (exinvisiBle JeT) has long been one of my favorite local singers and guitarists. And his new band, ryan oBer and The loose ends, have one of the funniest and most honest blurbs I’ve seen recently. It reads: “Ryan Ober and the Loose Ends are a whole lotta dudes in various states


Given last week’s mea culpa over my misrepresentation of Bow Thayer’s live album Eden: Live at the Chandler in a recent review, a few items planned for that column had to be shelved. The biggest casualty was a chance to fully debrief on the spectacle that was Waking Windows 4, two weekends ago in Winooski. It was, in highly technical music-journalist parlance, the tits. Even in the abbreviated amount I was able to catch — I missed the Saturday and Sunday festivities because I was out of town — the energy circling the roundabout was electric. The festival had a palpable buzz this year that reached beyond hardcore music fans and resonated with more general audiences. And that’s key. One criticism that could be made of previous WWs was that they felt a little too cool, which can alienate your average weekend warrior. I’ve never agreed with that criticism — Waking Windows has always had a welcoming vibe — but I understand it. Indie crowds have a reputation for music snobbery, and nobody wants to go to a show and feel like the dork they were in high school. But even given the decidedly underground bent of the WW4 programming, I noted a wide crosssection of attendees, from rabid scenesters to casual concertgoers. That

tells me Waking Windows has crossed just enough into the local mainstream to inspire curiosity with larger audiences while retaining its cool cachet. And that, friends, is a really exciting development. For one thing, it means future festivals should have enough fan support — aka money — to continue growing and attracting even more talented and noteworthy artists. Few words in the English language make my soul weep more than the word “brand,” especially when applied to music. But a brand is exactly what Waking Windows is becoming. And in this case, that’s a great thing. Shortly after the festival concluded, the two primary architects of Waking Windows, Angioplasty Media and MSR Presents, announced they were merging into a new production company called Waking Windows Presents. On the surface, that doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot. The two groups had essentially been functioning as one entity for the past few years anyway, coproducing shows everywhere from tiny South End studio spaces to the Higher Ground Ballroom to the First Unitarian Universalist Society church in Burlington. That won’t change. The

difference is the new name, and it’s important for a subtle reason. Because the Waking Windows festivals have been so successful, the name now carries more recognition with casual fans than either Angioplasty or MSR could have individually. So it makes sense to capitalize on that cultural currency. Why? Because then you can do things like score the coup of the year: neuTral Milk hoTel for a two-night run at the Higher Ground Ballroom on September 9 and 10. (BTW, if I have to explain to you who NMH are and why that’s an amazing get, we may need to start seeing other people. Also, given that Grand Point North falls a few days later, on September 13 and 14, we’re looking at one of the all-time great weeks for rock music in Vermont. You have my permission to call in sick to work now.) Back to the point, if the NMH show is any indication, and I believe it is, Waking Windows — both the festival and the production company — has arrived as a major force in the local music scene. And that’s good for everyone.

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WHAMMY BAR: Brian clark and Geoff Hewitt (acoustic), 7 p.m., free.

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

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THE STAGE: Paul Aiken (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free.

THE BEE'S KNEES: Dale cavanaugh (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.

outside vermont

MOOG'S PLACE: open mic, 8 p.m., free.

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

middlebury area

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

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ARTSRIOT: Full moon masquerade: viperHouse (jazz fusion), 8:30 p.m., $15.

JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: The champlain Quartet (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Pine Street Jazz, 7 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: open Bluegrass Session, 7:30 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Padre Pauly (indie folk), 6 p.m., donation.

NECTAR'S: Vt comedy club Presents: What a Joke! comedy open mic (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. Gang of Thieves, Dillon N' Ashe (funk rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.


outside vermont

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

NECTAR'S: trivia mania, 7 p.m., free. Funkwagon, North Funktree (funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.



p.m., free. tropic of Pisces (indie), 10 p.m., free. Supperhuman Happiness (rock), 11 p.m., NA. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11:30 p.m., $5.

ARTSRIOT: truck Stop Bandstand, argonaut&wasp (electro-pop), 7 p.m., $5. BLEU: The Glass Project (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Hard Scrabble (blues), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: "No Diggity" ’90s Night, 9 p.m., free/$5.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ cre8 (EDm), 10 p.m., free.

EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Thunder Kittens (jam), 7 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Sheesham & Lotus, mayfly (Americana), 9 p.m., $9/12.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Live music, 8 p.m., free. Live music, 8 p.m., free. Bonjour Hi (trap), 10:30 p.m., free.

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JUNIPER: Samara Lark and the outfit (rock), 9 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: morning Parade, Brick + mortar (rock), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. AA.

THE LAUGH BAR AT DRINK: comedy Showcase (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $7.

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Birthday candles, the Down and outs, oh my Snare (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Uncle Demus (reggae), 9 p.m., free.

THE BEE'S KNEES: Kip de moll (blues), 7:30 p.m., donation.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Gabe Jarrett (jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation.

MOOG'S PLACE: mumbo (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

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

NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Blues for Breakfast (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $6.

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

BAGITOS: clare Byrne (folk), 6 p.m., donation.

CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. open mic, 9 p.m., free.

CHARLIE O'S: Sorry mom, Siva, DJ crucible (metal), 10 p.m., free.



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THE PARKER PIE CO.: Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: open mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.


THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday: Dollar Past Sunday (Americana), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. DJ craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., free.

BROWNS MARKET BISTRO: Karen Krajacic (folk), 6:30 p.m., donation.

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SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. The make mentions (rock), 7 p.m., free.


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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: tar Iguana (rock), 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.


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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. The Harder They come (EDm), 10:30 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Spaga (EDm), 10 p.m., free.


TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: DJ Dizzle (house), 10 p.m., free.

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

RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 7 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

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FINNIGAN'S PUB: craig mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. Birthday candles with oh my Snare! (punk), 11 p.m., free.

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

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Meanwhile, in Morrisville, Moog’s Place is hosting its third annual Hammer

Jam, a daylong festival that benefits the Lamoille County Habitat for Humanity. At last count, 30 acts were slated to play. That’s too many to dish on in full here. But some highlights include mountainblues stalwarts the EAMES BROTHERS BAND, bluegrass outfit the HILLSIDE ROUNDERS, rising honky-tonk singer LESLEY GRANT, country staple MARK LEGRAND, folk rockers the JOHN DALY TRIO and selfdescribed “folkalicious” ensemble TALLGRASS GETDOWN. Last but not least, when the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival announced the lineup for the 2014 fest, astute observers may have noticed there was no show scheduled for Friday, August 8. I confess I didn’t catch that. But in retrospect, the lack of a Friday show should have triggered a red flag that something big was likely in the works — or that fest organizers had

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of denim playing original rock and folkrock-ish songs about 3 or 4 subjects.” Well put. Rounding out the local contingent are GRUNDLEFUNK, a Burlington-based supergroup of sorts whose ranks include members of funkdafied local bands SEROTHEFT, POTBELLY, the MOVE IT MOVE IT and DR. RUCKUS. They play polka music. (No, not really.) As always, Heavyfest is curated by and benefits the volunteer-run nonprofit Big Heavy World. In addition to being generally awesome, BHW operates on a shoestring budget as a record label, public listening library, online music shop and community radio station, among myriad other noble pursuits that make the rest of us seem really, really lazy by comparison.

dropped the ball by not booking a show in a prime-time slot. Fortunately, it was the former scenario. On Monday, Higher Ground Presents, which handles booking for the festival, announced that punk rock is coming to Burlington’s Waterfront Park in the persons of the OFFSPRING, BAD RELIGION, PENNYWISE and the VANDALS. (That sound you’re hearing is 5 16 THE MAIN SQUEEZE 15-year-old me freaking the eff out. And no, my voice hasn’t changed yet. Thanks 5 17 Soule Monde for noticing.) For those under 30, next to Green 5 23 AFINQUE Day, the Offspring were about the most 5 30 Fari Friday w/ Satta Sound popular punk band on the planet in 5 31 Michael Bellar the mid-1990s. Yeah, sure, they played & The As-Is Ensemble a decidedly commercial brand of pop punk that purists sneer at — and with 6 07 MD HOLLA reason. But I admit I wore out my copy 6 13 Steady Betty of their 1994 record Smash in the tape deck of my trusty old Honda in high 6 20 YEE school. Fortunately, Offspring will be 6 27 TOUGHCATS playing that record in its entirety, in addition to some new stuff, apparently. W W W . P O S I T I V E P I E . C O M Whatever. Of the four bands, I’m 8 0 2 . 2 2 9 . 0 4 5 3 probably least excited to see the Offspring. As much as I love Bad Religion 8v-positivepie051414.indd 1 5/13/14 and the Vandals, I’m personally most pumped to catch Pennywise, whose 1995 record, About Time, suffered a similar fate as Smash in the mandibles of my car stereo. Along with bands like the QUEERS, NOFX and locals the FAGS — that last one was GOGOL BORDELLO front man EUGENE HÜTZ’s old BTV band, in case you didn’t know — Pennywise were among my earliest entry points into punk. So having the chance to mosh down memory lane should be a lot of fun. I just hope my mom drops me off at least two blocks away from the show. 




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TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 6 p.m., $3. The Wheelers (rock), 10 p.m., $3.

p.m., free. The Jauntee (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

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

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: The Snaz (rock), 8 p.m., $15.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Dawna Hammers (jazz), 5 p.m., free. Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: Nerbak Brothers (blues), 6 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Spottiswoode & His Enemies (rock), 9 p.m., $12/15. ZEN LOUNGE: Salsa Night with Jah Red, 8 p.m., $5. DJ Dakota & the Vt Union (hip-hop, top 40), 11 p.m., $5.

THE PARKER PIE CO.: celtic Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., free. PHAT KATS TAVERN: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. THE STAGE: comedy Night (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: Squid Parade (rock), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour tunes & trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: melissa Ferrick, myra Flynn (singer-songwriters), 7:30 p.m., $15/17. AA.


THE MONKEY HOUSE: Peep Show Vermont (burlesque), 10 p.m., $10/15. 18+.

BLEU: The Beerworth Sisters (folk), 8:30 p.m., free.

BACKSTAGE PUB: A House on Fire (rock), 9 p.m., free.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: mcBride & Lussen (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.

EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Art Herttua (jazz guitar), 7 p.m., free.


FINNIGAN'S PUB: Revibe (electro-rock), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Sin-orgy (EDm), 10:30 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free.

POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): The main Squeeze (funk), 10:30 p.m., nA.

JUNIPER: Disco Phantom (house), 9 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: causewell Apollo (rock), 9 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: michelle Sarah Band (funk), 9 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: miriam Bernardo, michael chorney, Rob morse trio (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. WHITE ROCK PIZZA & PUB: Dale cavanaugh (folk), 6 p.m., donation.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KNEES: Brian Gatch (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free. MOOG'S PLACE: Abby Sherman (singersongwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. Blue Fox & the Rockin' Daddies (blues), 9 p.m., free. RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: 4 Hot minutes (red Hot chili peppers tribute), 9 p.m., $6.

RADIO BEAN: Amanda Ruth (folk), noon, free. Britt K (singer-songwriter), 5:30 p.m., free. mitch Gettman (indie folk), 7 p.m., free. Lizzie Davis (indie folk), 8 p.m., free. Jason Lee (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. Salad Days (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. Les Jupes (indie rock), 12:30 a.m., free. RED SQUARE: colin craig continuum (jazz), 7 p.m., $5. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

RUBEN JAMES: craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: The milk chocolate Project (soul), 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: city Limits Dance Party with top Hat Entertainment (Top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.


NECTAR'S: chakra-5 Records Songwriters circle: taylor Smith, Linda Bassick, Ryan Fauber, Aya Inoue (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., donation. The Bumping Jones cD Release, Wobblesauce (jam, rock), 9 p.m., $5.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ Reign one (EDm), 11 p.m., $5.

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SIGNAL KITCHEN: The Front Bottoms, tiny moving Parts, Red tin Box (indie pop), 7:30 p.m., $12/15. AA.



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

CHARLIE O'S: The cop outs, Vicious Gifts (punk), 10 p.m., free.


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

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Nomad (rock), 9 p.m., free.

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

THE MONKEY HOUSE: Zephrus Album Release (rock), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: mitch & Friends (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. Sticks & Stones (rock), 9 p.m., free.

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

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Emma Beaton & Nic Gareiss (folk), 7:30 p.m., $10. VENUE: Saturday Night mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus, 8 p.m., $5. 18+.

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TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Acoustic Sessions with Res and myra Flynn (singer-songwriters, neo-soul), 7 p.m., $15.

BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Dan Johnson (Americana), 6 p.m., donation.

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CHARLIE O'S: Dance Party (top 40), 10 p.m., free. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Soul monde (funk), 10:30 p.m., $5.

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SWEET MELISSA'S: Andy Pitt (bluegrass), 5 p.m., free. Leatherbound Books (indie folk), 9 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: The Usual Suspects (blues), 7 p.m., free.

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TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: The DuPont Brothers (indie folk), 6 p.m., $3. Reggae Night with DJ D-Ro, 10 p.m., free.

THE STAGE: The Endorsements (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., free. classic Rewind (rock), 8 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: North Funktree (funk), 10 p.m., free.

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After performing at the Otis Mountain Get Down in Elizabethtown, N.Y., last September, holding a residency at Manhattan Pizza & Pub this April, and regular gigs at Nectar’s and Club Metronome, Burlington favorites the Bumping Jones have had plenty of exposure in the lead up to their debut full-length record. The band has even left the Queen City to spread the good word, landing a February show at Fontana’s in New York City’s Lower East Side. Their new album, Playgrounds, a follow-up to a pair of earlier EPs, delivers more of what those who have caught them live likely want: feel-good, infectious rhythms. The band wisely opens the album with danceable, “let’s-boogie” sounds on the breezy funk tunes “Synesthesia” and “Ellipsis.” The latter cut, while certainly fun, is also an ideal track for the bittersweet feeling of changing times. Graduating college seniors might find

comfort in lead vocalist Shawn Connolly’s musings as he sings, “I feel like I’m running for something that’s approaching anyway,” and later, “I’m no fortune teller but baby I can tell what I’m in for.” The pep slows down just a bit with the fourth track, “Wrapped Up,” where trumpeter Katie Richter shines on vocals with a low, strong voice that complements the rise and fall of the jangly sax. The album’s strength is in the music itself, while lyrics generally take a back seat. The animated and friendly rivalry among the band’s talented players — guitarist Ben Chussid, drummer Eric Fanning, bassist Zach Zimmerman, and trumpet and sax man Reuben Jalbert — works well, creating a call-and-response sound that feels new with every listen. Standout tracks include “&mpersand,”

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When metalcore caught fire from the hardcore-punk scene in the 1990s, it took off like a bottle rocket. While staying true to the simplistic, get-you-to-mosh song structures of hardcore, many bands started integrating more technical and melodic aspects of metal. It boomed almost overnight. When the smoke cleared, the bands that evolved with the transition went on to influence hordes of younger bands. The effects are seen today as this genre continues an endless merging of styles. One fine example is Sorry Mom, from West Braintree, Vt. Borrowing melodic shades from the likes of Shai Hulud and the relentlessness of Converge, Sorry Mom’s debut EP, Spaghetti, delivers four fast, efficient songs with a double-edged ethos of hope and resistance. One might not guess that Spaghetti, which was produced, engineered and mastered by Vincent Freeman, was recorded at Americana stalwart Bow Thayer’s Woodshed Studio in central Vermont. “Straight Up Livin’ Real Life” kicks off the EP without any hesitation. Vocalist



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FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of music (singersongwriter), 7 p.m. Vermont's next Star, 8 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Welcome to my Living Room (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. Building Blox (EDm), 10:30 p.m., free. THE LAUGH BAR AT DRINK: Comedy open mic (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: mI YaRD Reggae night with DJs Big Dog and Demus, 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Bob Gagnon (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., free. Pete Sutherland & Tim Stickle's old Time Session, 1 p.m., free. The Five Bar Seven (jazz-funk), 5 p.m., free. Dawna Hammers (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Carbon mirage (jazz rock), 8:30 p.m., free. the le duo (experimental), 10:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Questionable Company (bluegrass), 6 p.m., free. Baron Video (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Deleted Scenes, Pours (indie), 8 p.m., $7/10. aa. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch Scramble, noon, $5-10 donation. Fat Laughs at the Skinny Pancake (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $3.

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HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free. THE MONKEY HOUSE: many Trails, ohioan, Eastern mountain Time (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.



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CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set with Cats Under the Stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon's Tequila Project (funk), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Revibe (electro rock), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+. The Brummy Brothers, the Red newts (bluegrass, country), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.


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RED SQUARE: The DuPont Brothers (indie folk), 7 p.m., free. Craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

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

ZEN LOUNGE: Karaoke with Emcee Callanova, 9 p.m., free.

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

JP'S PUB: Dance Video Request night with melody, 10 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke with Funkwagon, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: metal monday: Brave the Vertigo, Doomf*ck, Rail, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Joe adler: no Repeats Residency (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., free. open mic, 9 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Woedoggies (blues), 7 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5-10 donation. Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $3 donation.

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

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

chittenden county HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: matt andersen (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. aa. THE MONKEY HOUSE: The Bansai Bills (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.

barre/montpelier BAGITOS: old Time music Session, 6 p.m., donation.

CHARLIE O'S: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. SOUTH SIDE TAVERN: open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: andy Plante (acoustic), 5 p.m., free.

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THE BEE'S KNEES: Children's Sing along with allen Church, 7:30 p.m., donation.

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


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


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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Blues Jam with the Collin Craig Trio, 7 p.m., free.

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

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

ON THE RISE BAKERY: James Tautkus (folk rock), 7:30 p.m., donation.

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JUNIPER: Ray Vega Quartet (Latin jazz), 8 p.m., free.



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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: open mic with andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: VT Comedy Club Presents: What a Joke! Comedy open mic (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. Gang of Thieves, Ghost Dinner Band (funk rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Stephanie nilles and Sara Grace (jazz-punk), 6 p.m., free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free.

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

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

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

THE STAGE: Kaleigh & Graham (singer-songwriters), 6:30 p.m., free.

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n previous years, the Cha˜ ee Art Center’s annual juried exhibition “Under 30” consisted of 30 artists not yet 30 and was held in the Rutland establishment’s historic mansion, whose many rooms accommodated a large, salonstyle show. This year, ongoing renovations at the Cha˜ ee main site required both a move to its alternate downtown space and a di˜ erent approach. The Cha˜ ee Downtown gallery is a smaller, rectangular space with large windows looking onto the street. While it lacks the expansive elegance of the Art Center, the room fi lls quickly with people at opening-night receptions and feels convivial. This year, the Cha˜ ee’s exhibition committee invited artists under the age of 30 to apply, but ultimately accepted just six of these and asked them to submit up to six works each. The resulting show a˜ ords a deeper look at these young artists, all Vermonters in their twenties, than the larger sampling has done in the past. Nicole Carpenter’s 27-by-34-inch “Engagement” is a red-hued photograph of a nude female torso. The woman’s hands cover her breasts, while another pair of hands wraps around her waist. The pose is tender, yet its color shifts the context to a sexual one. Carpenter’s paintings also f ocus on hands in an almost mystical way: disembodied, coming from darkness. Six assemblages by Steven J. Mestyan II consist of rough wooden boxes — ranging in size from 15 by 19 inches to 19 by 34 inches and mounted on pedestals — that hold photographs and found objects. In his artist statement, Mestyan writes that he “draws inspiration f rom what is discarded, f orgotten and unnoticed.” He thinks of his work “as sort of a window that allows the viewer to see how I internalize the world around [me], good or bad.” Mestyan creates narratives with f ound trash, including rebar, knoband-tube circuitry, a black plastic pipe that serves as a vase, broken-o˜ glass bottle tops, bone and the soles of decaying shoes. Mestyan’s sepia-tone photographs of nude f emale fi gures and abandoned structures are prominent in his assemblages and evoke a sense of foreboding. This work may provide “windows,” but, closed on all but one side, the boxes also convey the sense of an open casket where memories are laid to rest. Kristen Partesi uses line and symbol in her paintings to create colorf ul, bold images. Her highly stylized symbols, which look like both script and gra˛ ti, appear to be words but are indecipherable. “The Essence,” a three-panel painting — two panels are 12 by 24 inches each; the third, 16 by 20 inches — uses long, curving lines that resemble organic forms, like plants sprouting in spring. In other works, including “The Core” (16 by 20 inches), Partesi adorns her broad script with crushed fl owers. In her artist statement, she dis-

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cusses this series in terms of rebirth. “The incorporation of dried fl ower petals — something once so beautiful ... that has died, is now fi nding a purpose once more,” Partesi writes. Sarah Karczmarczyk works primarily in charcoal and pastel. Her 48-by-36-inch, mixedmedia sculpture “Seeing Tree,” exhibited on a pedestal in the gallery’s center, holds surprises on closer inspection: From its dark trunk and multiple branches, many wide-eyed f aces peer out. It’s f ull of lif e, even though the heads are disembodied, as if they were visitors f rom another world. Karczmarczyk’s charcoal and pastel drawings, hung nearby, have a similarly playful, even childlike quality.



“Abstraction” by Kristine Chartrand

On the opposite wall, Kristine Chartrand’s six prints, matted and presented in simple black f rames, show a consistency and polish that distinguish them in this exhibition. Her color monoprints are particularly attractive interpretations of the natural world. While Chartrand’s explorations are abstract, she allows elements of the original fl owers, seeds and natural surroundings to remain recognizable. The resulting images are both lyrical and approachable. Nate Mosseau’s photographs are inf ormed by travel, anthropology and art. His artist statement describes journeys to more than 25 countries over the past three years, yet his images do not constitute a travelogue. Rather, they capture what a traveler sees but a tourist often misses. Mosseau’s photos are quiet, sometimes sober refl ections of life, culture and humanity. While their locations aren’t always revealed, the artist’s a˛ nity f or seeking knowledge about the world’s people is apparent. A show f eaturing young artists is by def inition an exhibition of their early work. Yet, as the pieces in “Under 30” reveal, early work can also be highly inventive. Each year, as the Chaffee’s staff seeks out and curates selections by younger artists, they also aim to present energetic ideas and fresh takes on artistic convention. M EG B R A Z I L L


“Under 30,” artwork by Nicole Carpenter, Kristine Chartrand, Sarah Karczmarczyk, Steven J. Mestyan II, Nate Mosseau and Kristen Partesi. ˜ rough June 6 at Chaffee Downtown in Rutland.

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‘BEaSTS aNd BoTaNIcalS’: Artist books by members of the book Arts guild of Vermont; as well as paintings and sculptures by Kevin Donegan, Rae harrell, loy harrell and gloria Reynolds. Reception: Friday, May 16, 6-9 p.m. May 16-June 16. info, 734-7363. Rae harrell gallery in hinesburg. ‘oNly oNE: SINgular PrINTS grouP SHoW’: Monotypes by Casey blanchard, Janet Fredericks, betsey garand, Catherine hall and Carol MacDonald. Reception: Friday, May 16, 6-8 p.m. May 16-June 24. info, 985-3848. Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. ‘PErIlouS PIgEoNS’: An exhibit of artworks honoring the now-extinct passenger pigeon. Reception: saturday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 17-August 31. info, 434-2167. birds of Vermont Museum in huntington.


davId SmITH: “postcards From the Keys,” an exhibit of paintings of Florida. Reception: Friday, May 23, 6-8 p.m. May 19-July 12. info, 426-3581. Jaquith public library in Marshfield.

PlEIN aIr ouTdoor day: The Milton Artists’ guild invites all artists to come and make art outdoors. All ages, skill levels and mediums welcome. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Create until 1 p.m., then meet and greet artists at a reception 1-2 p.m. public welcome all day. basic art supplies available for purchase. Details at Milton grange, saturday, May 17, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. info, 831-224-5152.

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‘aBSTracT TErraINS’: paintings by Tom Cullins, Elizabeth nelson and Johanne Yordan and photographs by gary hall that challenge the conventions of traditional landscapes. Through May 18. info, 865-7166. Vermont Metro gallery, bCA Center, in burlington. alExIS KyrIaK, aTHENa TaSIoPouloS & marIaN WIllmoTT: Curated by onE Arts Collective, the Vermont artists present works in various media that are “beautiful, meditative, and at times unsettling.” Through June 8. info, 660-9346. Radio bean in burlington.

‘THE HalE STrEET gaNg: PorTraITS IN WrITINg’: Jack Rowell’s 12 black-and-white, larger-than-life photographs capture the elderly members of a Randolph writing group led by sara Tucker. PHIlIP godENScHWagEr: Cartoon imagery and interactive sculpture as social and political commentary. Meet the artists: saturday, May 24, 2-4 p.m. May 20-october 10. info, 885-3061. The great hall in springfield.

‘aNoNymouS: coNTEmPorary TIBETaN arT’: paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in diaspora. ‘doroTHy aNd HErB vogEl: oN draWINg’: A collection of drawings on paper represents the second half of the Vogels’ gift to the museum and focuses on new attitudes on the medium by artists over the past 40 years. ‘EaT: THE SocIal lIfE of food’: A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Through May 18. info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington.


BrooKE moNTE: paintings, tiles and prints by the burlington artist. Through May 31. info, 660-9005. Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington.

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lIfE draWINg WITH HuNTEr Eddy: A session for artists with a live model. Vermont Art supply, burlington, wednesday, May 14, 6-8 p.m. $10. info, 860-4972.

Bca SummEr arTIST marKET: A juried market featuring handcrafted, original fine art and crafts by local artists. bCA Center, burlington, saturdays, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. info, 865-7166.

cHITTENdEN couNTy SENIor arT SHoW: Artwork by seniors from burlington, south burlington, Mt. Mansfield, Colchester, CVu and Essex high schools. Closing reception and awards ceremony: wednesday, May 28, 6 p.m. info, 660-9005. Art’s Alive gallery in burlington.


art listings and spotlights are written by pAmElA polStoN and xiAN chiANg-wArEN. listings are restricted to art shows in truly public places.

caNvaS PEacE ProJEcT: Artists are encouraged to contribute works about the women of south sudan for a fundraising event to take place at burlington’s skinny pancake in october. More info and registration online at burlington, Through october 1. QuImBy gallEry: now seeking proposals from new England-area artists for the 2014-15 school year; wall-mounted 2-D and 3-D works best suit the gallery. particularly looking for works that address themes of social justice. selections made by July. send written proposal along with examples of previous work in slides or

electronic format to barclay Tucker, Quimby gallery, lyndon state College, po box 919, lyndonville, VT 05851. Quimby gallery, lyndon state College, lyndonville. Deadline: June 30. info, 626-6487. ‘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. WaTErBury arTS fEST: This one-day event on July 12 draws thousands of visitors for more than 80 artist and food vendors and live music. Find out how to participate at megsevents@mgacvt. net. Details in application. Deadline: June 9. Downtown waterbury. info, 496-6466.

‘cloSE aT HaNd’: Twenty uVM senior art students display their works from the semester. Through May 15. info, 617-935-5040. livak Fireplace lounge and gallery, uVM Dudley h. Davis Center, in burlington. dEBoraH HolmES: oil landscapes of the Champlain Valley. Through May 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. Through 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. Through May 31. info, 355-5418. Vintage inspired in burlington. 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.

oNE arTS oPPorTuNITIES: Artists are invited to submit portfolios for consideration for three exhibition possibilities this summer. burlington beer Company: onE Arts will be curating monthly shows and events here, including for a May 24 grand opening. ArtsRiot: onE Arts will curate a June-July exhibit of Vermont and nYC artists that explores urban/rural. And pizza on Earth in Charlotte: the First Annual outdoor sculpture Exhibit, July 11 to August 31. To apply, email oneartscollective@gmail. com and pay $25 entry fee via paypal, or mail onE Arts, po 532, burlington, VT 05402. send artist bio, statement, and 5-10 images of work with titles and sizes. Various locations, burlington. Deadline: May 15. info, oneartscollective@

J.B. WoodS: Digitally enhanced photographs that depict Vermont life. Curated by sEAbA. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. RETn in burlington. JEaN carlSoN maSSEau: large, limited-edition giclée prints of watercolor and gouache paintings inspired by botanical and local landscape subjects. Through May 31. info, 482-2407. Mirabelles in burlington. JESSIca rEmmEy: photographs that capture the beauty in ordinary settings. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. The pine street Deli in burlington. KaTHErINE lucaS: Abstract paintings by the burlington artist. Through May 31. info, 861-3155. Maglianero Café in burlington. 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. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. sEAbA Center in burlington. lEaH WITTENBErg: “At witt’s End,” cartoons by the local artist created over 15 years. Through June 12. info, 343-1956. nunyuns bakery & Café in burlington.

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BrucE r. macdoNald: “The Visible indivisibles project,” brushed and polished 23-inch squares of stainless steel, each representing an element in the periodic table. Reception: Friday, June 6, 5-9 p.m. Through June 30. info, 800-639-1868. The havoc gallery in burlington.

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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.

‘Likeness’: Portraits in a variety of media by Vermont artists. Through May 27. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie in Burlington.

‘suPercoo L 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.

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. Through June 30. Info, 865-7166. Maltex Building in Burlington. Marcia h iLL & cindy Griffith: Landscape paintings in pastel and oil by the Vermont artists. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. VCAM Studio in Burlington.

‘Juxta Pose’: 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.

Mark Lorah: “Alternate Energy,” vivid, mixed-media abstract paintings on panel and aluminum that explore the relationship between structure and material. Through May 31. Info, spacegalleryvt@ The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

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

‘Mayday: t he Workers are r evo Ltin G’: Artworks in a variety of media by employees of the bar. Through May 31. Info, 318-2438. Red Square 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.

‘Lock, stock and barre L’: The Terry Tyler collection of Vermont firearms includes 107 rare examples made between 1790 and 1900. Beach Gallery. ‘t rai L bLazers: h orse-Po Wered vehic Les’: An exhibit of 19th-century carriages from the permanent collection that draws parallels to contemporary automotive culture. Round Barn. nancy cro W: “Seeking Beauty: Riffs on Repetition,” quilts by the acclaimed textile artist, who incorporates printmaking into her work. Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery. Patty yoder: “The Alphabet of Sheep,” whimsical rugs made with extraordinary, realistic sense of detail. Patty Yoder Gallery. Through October 31. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.

Pau L h aGar: “On the Street and Across the Lake,” black-and-white photographs of cityscapes and architecture. Through June 30. Info, 864-2088. The Men’s Room in Burlington.

Pete board Man: Paintings and sculptures inspired by the natural world. Through May 31. Info, 658-2739. The ArtSpace at the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington.

‘t he r oad Less t rave Led’: The Rock Point School’s 14th annual student show features work from all grade levels. Through May 31. Info, 863-1104. Rose Street Co-op Gallery in Burlington.

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

sara brid GMan: A retrospective of works by the Vermont artist. Through August 2. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center in Burlington.

sarah r osedah L: “31 Days of Mary Oliver,” paintings inspired by Oliver’s poems; the Vermont artist created one piece each day through the month of January. Through May 31. Richmond Free Library.



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. PoLLy aPfe Lbau M: “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.

studio 266 Grou P exhibition: The 14 working artists who share the space show their works. Through May 31. Info, 578-2512. Studio 266 in Burlington. ‘t eLePhone’: Since March 7, artists have invited another to bring in work, who invited another, and so on. The resulting exhibit is a visual conversation about who is making art in Vermont, who they turn to and how their collective work interacts. Through May 31. Info, 578-2512. The Soda Plant in Burlington. t erri 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. ‘unLess’: “An exhibit of new work and tenuous linkage” includes drawings by Lisa Kippen, sculpture and painting by Ria Blass and mixed-media wall installation and sculpture by Susan Smereka. Through June 30. Info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington. ver Mont artists Grou P sho W: 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.

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‘What Words can’t say’: A group show featuring works by local young artists. Through May 31. Info, 488-7727. ArtsRiot in Burlington. yaros Lav L citysca Pes: Photos of streets, squares, rivers and buildings in and around Burlington’s Russian sister city, by professional photographers from Yaroslavl and Vermonter David Seaver. Through May 31. Info, 865-7166. City Hall Gallery in Burlington.

shan Ley t ri GGs: “View From Within,” watercolors by the Vermont artist. Through June 2. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.

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

Stephanie Larsen, each has a unique take on iconic Vermont images. Thompson cites


Thompson — also known around Burlington by his DJ name Fattie B. — and his sister,

pop artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring as influences and wants his depictions of traditional local landscapes to “explode off the page in bold hues and unexpected color schemes.” He takes photographs that “capture the allure of the region’s scenery,” then runs them through a range of filters and lenses to make the colors pop. Larsen, a folk artist, does reverse acrylic paintings on reclaimed, wood-frame windows. Her works are inspired in part by the styles she encountered while traveling in Eastern Europe. Their playf ul shared exhibit, called “Sibling Rivalry,” is at the SEABA Center in Burlington through May. Pictured: “Barn and Tree,” by Kyle Thompson and “Through the Birch,” by Stefanie Larsen.

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air Port exhibits: Oil paintings reflecting her travels by Donna Bourne, Gates; and paintings by Brooke Monte, Skyway. Through June 30. Info, 865-7166. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington.

char Lotte h ardie: Oil pantings of horses. Through June 30. Info, 803-658-0949. Peak Performance in Williston. h ara Ld aksda L: Landscapes in watercolor that the artist calls “meditations” on spirit and nature. Through June 1. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

‘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 the history of post-tramautic stress disorder. Through December 31. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. ana caMPani Le: “Lapins Agiles,” studies in charcoal and pastel of feral hares in their element. Through May 31. Info, 223-1431. Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. ‘t he art of creative aGin G’: 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. Through May 30. Info, 476-2739. yvonne straus: “Playful Color,” brightly hued, naive paintings by the local artist. Through June 16. Info, 233-3338. Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. barbara Leber: “Birches: Twists and Turns,” otherworldly acrylic paintings on Masonite by the Montpelier artist. Through June 1. Info, 454-0141. Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield.

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Dianne Shullenberger: “Re-envisioned,” works in fabric collage and colored pencil by the Jericho artist. photo ID required to enter. Through June 27. Info, 828-0749. governor’s gallery in montpelier. evie lovett: Large-scale, black-and-white photos of Vermont drag queens from a former Dummerston gay bar. Through may 22. Info, 258-1574. plainfield Community Center gallery. JuDith vivell: monumental and arresting oil portraits of wild birds. Through June 27. Info, 8280749. Vermont supreme Court Lobby in montpelier. linDa Maney: “windows, Doors and other portals,” abstract expressionist paintings by the Roxbury artist. Through June 1. Info, Info, 223-7800. The green Bean Art gallery at Capitol grounds in montpelier. ‘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. Info, 479-7069. studio place Arts in Barre.

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Carolyn MeCkloSky: “Dreams, memories, portraits,” paintings by the local artist. Through June 30. Info, 644-2991. Copley woodlands in stowe.

‘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. Through september 7. Info, 644-5100. Bryan memorial gallery in Jeffersonville. kent ShaW: Night photography, featuring long exposure time, by the local artist. Through July 2. Info, 888-1261. morrisville post office. ‘kiCk anD gliDe: verMont’S norDiC Ski legaCy’: An exhibit celebrating all aspects of the sport, including classic and skate skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski jumping, telemark, and back-country skiing. Through october 13. Info, 253-9911. Vermont ski and snowboard museum in stowe. ‘lanDSCape traDitionS’: The new wing of the gallery presents contemporary landscape works by nine regional artists. Through January 1, 2015. rebeCCa kinkeaD: “Local Color,” a collection of new paintings inspired by Vermont’s flora and fauna. Through June 17. Info, 253-8943. west Branch gallery & sculpture park in stowe. Marie lapré grabon: Charcoal drawings by the Vermont artist. Through July 9. Info, 635-7423. The Lovin’ Cup in Johnson. robert hitzig: paintings, and paintings on wood sculpture by the Vermont artist. Through June 29. Info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in morrisville.

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outdoor exhibit paying homage to the region’s rich history in “gardening arts.” The indoor section of the exhibit features drawings, watercolors, pastels and oil paintings that depict garden-design trends through the centuries, culled from Historic New the museum’s permanent collection. Also inside, contemporary color photographs by Shelburne Farms’ woodlands manager Marshall Webb are juxtaposed with black-and-


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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. ˜ rough May 26. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.



STOWE STUDENT ART SHOW: Works from students at Stowe area schools, ˜ atcher Brook Elementary and Harwood Union High School. ˜ rough June 1. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

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‘BEFORE I DIE’: For this interactive exhibition, which has been launched in more than 400 venues worldwide, the downstairs gallery has been transformed into chalkboards with the phrase “Before I die I want to...” and community members fillllin inthe theblank. blank. are invited to fi ˜ rough Th roughJune June21. 21.Info, Info,334-1966. 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.

TOM CULLINS: Recent geometric abstractions by the Burlington architect refl ect his yearly trips to Greece with crisp light and intense color. ˜ rough June 17. Info, 253-8943. Upstairs at West Branch in Stowe.

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JAY HUDSON: An exhibit of landscape photographs. ˜ rough Th roughJune June2.2.Info, Info,525-3366. 525-3366. ˜ eeParker Th ParkerPie PieCo. Co.ininWest West Glover.

MARCUS RATLIFF: Recent collage by the Norwichbased artist. ˜ rough June 30. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

VANESSA COMPTON: “Beauty in a Broken World,” collages by the Greensboro artist. ˜Through roughJune June18. 18.Info, Info, 467-3701. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

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COMMUNITY ART SHOW: An annual event that celebrates local art enthusiasts of all ages the community featuring fiber, ber,paper, paper,metal, metal,photographotograworks in paint, clay, fi ˜ rough phy and more. Th roughMay May17. 17.Info, Info,453-4032. 453-4032.Art Art on Main in Bristol. ‘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. ˜ rough May 25. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art. 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. ˜ rough May 30. Info, 989-9992. Zone˜ ree Gallery in Middlebury.

‘LOST GARDENS OF NEW ENGLAND’: An exhibit of historic drawings, watercolors, photographs and oil paintings that pay homage to the region’s rich gardening history; and contemporary outdoor sculptures by Norton Latourelle and Ethan Bond-Watts. Reception: Wednesday, May 14, noon. ˜ rough August 11. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

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.” ˜ rough May 17. Info, 468-1119. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College.

and many employ creative and unconventional binding techniques. Also on display are marble sculptures by Kevin Donegan; and oil and acrylic paintings by Rae Harrell, Loy Harrell and Gloria Reynolds. The latter also conf orm to the “beasts and botanicals” theme. “It’s going to f eel like a jungle in here when we’re done,” quips Rae Harrell. Through June 16 at the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg. Reception on Friday, May 16, 6-9 p.m. Pictured: “Animali Italiani” by Debra Kraemer.

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

JOAN HOFFMAN: Oil and watercolor landscape and bird paintings by the South Royalton artist. Reception: Sunday, May 18, 2-4 p.m. ˜ rough June 2. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton.

LOWELL SNOWDON KLOCK AND JEAN CANNON: A photographer and a watercolorist present works inspired by curves in living and inanimate forms. ˜ rough June 30. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

JOY RASKIN, MIRANDA HAMMOND & KIM RILLEAU: Jewelry, photography and leather work, respectively, by the new gallery members. ˜ rough June 30. Info, 457-1298. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock.

‘UNDER 30’: ˜ is juried exhibit features works by young Vermont artists Kristine Chartrand, Nate Mosseau, Kristin Partessi, Steven J. Mestyan II, Sarah Carmarcyzk and Nicole Carpenter. ˜ rough June 6. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland.

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. ˜ rough May 31. Info, 295-0808. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction.

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PATTY CASTELLINI AND VICTORIA SHALVAH HERZBERG: Two artists show new work created individually and collaboratively, including abstract monotypes, fi gure studies and pieces that combine both genres. ˜ rough May 31. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

FRANK TIRALLA: A new oil-on-linen series features the ruffed grouse, along with other wildlife creatures, by the Franklin artist. ˜ rough June 29. Info, 933-6403. Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls.

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DAISY ROCKWELL: “Girls, Girls, Girls,” paintings of nudes and mugshots based based on women in the news. ˜ rough June 15. Info, 356-2776. Main Street Museum in White River Junction.

‘SIERRA CLUB WILDERNESS 50 EXHIBIT’: Photographs of Vermont and New Hampshire wilderness areas and other outdoor scenes. ˜ rough July 6. Free. Info, 359-5000. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.

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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. ˜ rough December 20. ‘IN RESIDENCE: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AT DARTMOUTH’: ˜ is 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. ˜ rough 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. ˜ rough December 21. ALLAN HOUSER: Five sculptures by one of the best-known Native American artists are installed outside the museum in the Maffei Arts Plaza, representing his 3-D work from 1986-1992. ˜ rough May 11, 2015. Info, 603-635-7423. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. SHAWNA ARMSTRONG: “Destinations,” digital and paper collage art. ˜ rough June 3. Info, 518-9624449. Depot ˜ eatre in Westport, N.Y. 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. ˜ rough June 6. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. 

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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. ˜ rough May 31. Info, 468-1266. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland.

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‘FABRI-CATIONS: FABRIC & FIBER ART’: Nine area artists exhibit quilts, fashions, accessories, home décor items, needlework, tapestries and sculpted dolls. ˜ rough 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. ˜ rough June 30. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.

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‘FLORA: A CELEBRATION OF FLOWERS IN CONTEMPORARY ART’: Vibrant fl oral works by 13 regional artists. ˜ rough June 22. JOHN GIBSON: “Opposing Forces,” paintings of balls with various patterns. ˜ rough June 22. MARELA ZACARIAS: “Cloaked and Revealed,” sculptural paintings in geometric patterns. ˜ rough June 22. WALTER UNGERER: A fi lm created from 10-second, 360-degree segments taken oceanside in Maine by the experimental fi lmmaker. ˜ rough June 22. Info, 490-2470. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.


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KATHRYN MILILLO: Eighteen new oil paintings of lakes and barns in Vermont and the Lake George, N.Y., area by the Proctor artist. ˜ rough May 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury.

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Jodorowsky’s Dune ★★★★★


think we can agree the best Dunes are the ones that don’t get made. Frank Herbert’s opus has had the hell adapted out of it since the fi rst book’s 1965 release. Iterations include a 1992 video game, at least two TV miniseries — Dune (2000) and Children of Dune (2003) — and an eight-hour Spanish movie made in 2007 with home computers. All these share a special terribleness that the source material seems to bring out in even the most gif ted fi lmmakers. The fi rst feature was set to be directed in 1971 by, of all people, David Lean. He thought better of it. Ridley Scott was o° ered the job in 1979, accepted and then thought better of it. The Hollywood version ultimately was made by David Lynch — a logical choice with Eraserhead (1977) and The Elephant Man (1980) to his credit. Cineastes across the world anticipated a one-of -a-kind moment in movie history. They got it. Lynch’sDune is universally considered the Gigli of art fi lms, an embarrassment virtually unrivaled in the annals of the medium. Talk about a waste of space.

As we learn in the tremendously entertaining documentary debut of Frank STORYBOARD ENDING Jodorowsky’s movie may not technically exist, but, as Pavich’s entertaining documentary demonstrates, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t Pavich, Lynch’s f olly nearly didn’t come to infl uenced generations of sci-fi fi lmmakers. pass. Bef ore Dino De Laurentiis purchased the Dune rights, they belonged to a Chilean guru-mime-auteur named Alejandro vision was so impractically grandiose, no interviews is the late e° ects artist Dan Jodorowsky who’d achieved cult status as studio was ever going to bite. Instead, he the creator of the midnight movies El Topo O’Bannon, whom Jodorowsky chose over credits Jodorowsky with assembling a Douglas Trumbull because he considered (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973). The visionary cadre of “spiritual warriors,” a the 2001 designer too full of himself. director spent two years trying to get his crew of misfi t geeks who together went on This f rom a guy who claims his “sacred vision o° the ground and came this close. YOUR SCAN THI SCAN PAGE to create Alien with Ridley Scott, and whose fi lm”THIS would have changed the world. What makes this story remarkable is that groundbreaking concepts f or Jodorowsky’s The fiLAYAR lm’s high points include stories of Jodorowsky’s Dune wound up among the WITH TEXT WITH LAY fi lm f ound their way into countless sci-fi most infl uential motion pictures never made. adventures in casting: Salvador Dalí signed HERE SEE PAGE SEE PAGE classics. In a memorable sequence, Pavich on to play the5Emperor of the Galaxy f or The guy didn’t shoot a f rame and still matches material f rom Dune’s storyboard $100,000 a minute. Orson Welles agreed to changed the course of science fi ction. the role of Baron Harkonnen once assured his book to iconic scenes in everything fromStar Jodorowsky isn’t the only person to hold Wars to The Terminator. favorite Paris chef would be available, while that opinion. Pavich marshals a small army Jodorowsky’s Dune is a funny, fascinating of talking heads to testify to the fi lmmaker’s Mick Jagger approached the fi lmmaker at rumination on art, ambition and the a party in a trance. There’s also a hilarious genius f or recognizing and recruiting account of Jodorowsky watching a screening fi ckleness of f ate. It’s also unique in the innovators. It’s a gas and a half to listen to history of fi lm: a documentary that goes of Lynch’s adaptation fi lled with dread — the war stories of Jodorowsky, now 85, and behind the scenes of a movie for which not a until a f ew moments in, when he gleef ully others who were there. They include Swiss single scene was ever shot. realized that “the picture was awful!” set and creature designer H.R. Giger — who Pavich concludes on just the right note, died this past Monday at age 74 — and British RI C K KI S O N AK sidestepping the reality that his subject’s illustrator Chris Foss. Appearing in archival






Neighbors ★★★★


hen movie comedies rely on characters rather than on shtik, the laughs should be spread around. As a general rule, the more straight men, stereotypes and stock fi gures a character-based comedy has, the less funny it is. The more characters exhibit specifi c, believable absurdities, the more the audience laughs. It’s a simple principle, but one too rarely applied. In bromance comedies, the f emale love interests or wives are typically unfunny stick fi gures. Same for the guys in too many rom coms. In slobs-versus-snobs comedies, the slobs get all the laughs. And so on. That’s why Neighbors, directed by Nicholas Stoller ( Forgetting Sarah Marshall), stands out in its genre. The fi lm’s unpromising green-band trailer emphasizes the boilerplate di° erences between yuppie parents Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) and their nemeses, the rowdy members of Delta Psi Beta, who move next door and upend the couple’s tranquil existence. The actual movie is both f ar cruder — in the raunchy sense — and more nuanced than its ads. Even the snobbiest snobs in Neighbors turn out to be closeted slobs, and it’s much funnier as a result. The fi lm’s fi rst twist on its timeworn f ormula is that, despite having a pictureperf ect home and an adorable baby (Elise

NEXT-DOOR NEMESES Rogen and Byrne have mixed results when they attempt to bond with their new neighbors in Stoller’s comedy.

and Zoey Vargas), Mac and Kelly have doubts about this whole “adult” thing. When they fi rst approach the fraternity, they come bearing gif ts of weed. Invited inside to party, the responsible parents regress to their college selves in short order, with Mac developing a hopeless man-crush on oiled alpha male Teddy (Zac Efron). It’s only when the Radners have to su° er through the din of parties they aren’t invited to that they resolve to drive Delta Psi from the neighborhood. The second twist is that, while those parties may be a hedonistic force of nature, the f raternity brothers have doubts of their own. Fretting about his postgraduation

prospects, academic slacker Teddy is all the more determined to make college history via his epic bashes, a goal that puts him on a collision course with the Radners. When these not-exactly-opposites clash, the results are sometimes predictable, sometimes creative, but generally pretty hilarious. Mac and Kelly try increasingly dirty tactics, f rom inciting a f riendshipdestroying hookup to corrupting a pledge, while Teddy’s crew proves equally resourceful. Stoller achieves an adept, Apatow-style balance of physical and verbal comedy while keeping the plot on track. Almost everybody

gets laughs, f rom Rogen (doing stu° we’ve seen bef ore, but still well), to Ef ron and Dave Franco as brothers in arms (they have a great exchange ri˝ ng on alternatives to the phrase “bros before hos”), to Lisa Kudrow as the PR-obsessed college dean, to Hannibal Buress as a not-so-helpful cop. Most notably, perhaps, Byrne’s Kelly gets to be as lewd, crude and f unny as the guys. (And I mean crude: If you’re not up for jokes about squirting breast milk, steer clear.) In one self -ref erential exchange, Mac begs Kelly to be the typical fi lm-comedy wife and curb his man-child tendencies: “Haven’t you seen any Kevin James movies?” “What if I want to be Kevin James?” she counters. Byrne clearly relishes the chance to be bad, and her character’s behavior doesn’t come out of nowhere; early on, the script establishes that Kelly is going stir crazy as a stay-at-home mom. Basically, everybody in Neighbors needs to grow up. That’s an ominous theme if you insist on doing sociological analyses of the movie or wondering who’s watching the baby in any given scene, and an excellent one if you don’t. Like the wild party that Mac and Kelly didn’t intend to enjoy so much, the fi lm is raucous, resolutely immature and almost never boring. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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cAptAiN AmERicA: tHE WiNtER SolDiERHHH The Marvel superhero saga continues as the reanimated world war II vet (chris Evans) goes up against the suitably retro threat of a Soviet agent. with Samuel l. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. anthony and Joe Russo directed. (136 min, Pg-13)

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

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FiNDiNg ViViAN mAiERHHHH charlie Siskel’s documentary tells the story of an obscure chicago nanny whose thousands of street photographs became an art world sensation when they were discovered after her death in 2009. (83 min, R)

FADiNg gigolo: John turturro as a gigolo with woody allen as his manager? yes and yes in this comedy about a middle-aged fellow who turns to an unusual profession to help a friend — also written and directed by turturro. with Sharon Stone, liev Schreiber and Vanessa Paradis. (90 min, R. Roxy)

tHE gRAND BUDApESt HotElHHHHH director wes anderson recreates — and stylizes — the world of a palatial European hotel between the world wars in this ensemble comedy-drama featuring Ralph fiennes, f. Murray abraham, Mathieu amalric, adrien brody, tilda Swinton and many more. (100 min, R)

goDZillA: can Godzilla 2014, a second attempt to launch the venerable giant lizard as an american-made blockbuster franchise, stomp on sour memories of Godzilla 1998? director gareth Edwards (the indie film Monsters) undoubtedly hopes so. aaron taylor-Johnson, bryan cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken watanabe and Juliette binoche star this time around. (123 min, Pg-13. bijou, capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset, welden)

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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millioN DollAR ARm: Jon hamm plays a sports agent who heads to India to discover baseball’s next great pitcher via a reality-show competition in this fact-based disney drama. with aasif Mandvi and alan arkin. craig gillespie (Fright Night) directed. (124 min, Pg. bijou, capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe) oNlY loVERS lEFt AliVE: you knew this had to happen: Jim Jarmusch does vampires. tilda Swinton and tom hiddleston play the arty hipster couple who’ve been together literally for centuries, until a youngster’s arrival tests their bond. with Mia wasikowska. (123 min, R. Savoy)

tHE AmAZiNg SpiDER-mAN 2HH andrew garfield returns as the rebooted emo version of the web-slinging teen superhero, this time pitted against Electro (Jamie foxx) and an increasingly sinister Oscorp. with Emma Stone, dane dehaan and Paul giamatti. The aptly named Marc webb again directed. (142 min, Pg-13)


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NEigHBoRSHHHH Seth Rogen and Rose byrne play a settled-down couple with a new baby who find themselves fiercely defending their turf when a hard-partying frat moves next door. Zac Efron is their nemesis. nicholas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement) directed the raunchy comedy. (96 min, R) 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 RAilWAY mANHHH colin firth plays a train enthusiast and world war II veteran who discovers that the Japanese soldier who tortured him is still alive in this fact-based drama from director Jonathan teplitzky. with nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgård. (116 min, R)

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BRick mANSioNSHH an undercover cop and an ex-con join forces to bring down a crime lord in dystopian detroit in this remake of the french action hit District B13, starring Paul walker in one of his last roles. with david belle and RZa. camille delamarre (Taken 2) directed. (90 min, Pg-13)

lE WEEk-ENDHHHH 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)



BEARSHHH1/2 disney brings us this family-friendly “true life adventure” documentary featuring a family of alaskan bear cubs who learn lessons in the wild. John c. Reilly narrates. alastair fothergill and Keith Scholey directed. (77 min, g)

lEgENDS oF oZ: DoRotHY’S REtURNH dorothy returns to Oz to save the magical land from a new villain in this computer-animated family musical. with the voices of lea Michele, Kelsey grammer and dan aykroyd. will finn and dan St. Pierre directed. (88 min, Pg)


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JoDoRoWSkY’S DUNEHHHH1/2 documentarian frank Pavich tells the story of how cult director alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) tried and failed to adapt frank herbert’s sci-fi epic into a film that might have been even trippier than david lynch’s Dune. (90 min, Pg-13)

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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) UNDER tHE SKiNHHHH 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 HERHHHHH In this near-future fable from writer-director Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely man who finds himself falling in love with his computer’s sophisticated operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. With Amy Adams and Rooney Mara. (126 min, R)

i, FRANKENStEiNH1/2 Yet another action fantasy based on a graphic novel reconceives Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s monster (Aaron Eckhart) as a kick-ass hero who intervenes in an age-old war between vampires and werewolves — er, actually between gargoyles and demons, but does it matter? (92 min, PG-13) StAliNGRADHH1/2 Fedor Bondarchuk directed this Russian blockbuster that recreates the bloody World War II battle in 3D action-movie style. With Mariya Smolnikova, Thomas Kretschmann and Yanina Studilina. (131 min, R)

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tHAt AWKWARD momENtH1/2 A romantic comedy from the guys’ perspective? Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron play three best buds struggling with commitment issues in the first feature from writer-director Tom Gormican. (94 min, R)

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Before three men who broke into a lingerie store in Houston, Texas, could steal anything, one with a revolver backed into another holding a rifle. Surveillance video showed the jolt caused the rifle to fire, “which then spooked the suspects,” police Officer Jeff Brieden said. Believing they were being fired upon, both armed men opened fire, discharging nearly a dozen rounds, one of which went through a mannequin, before all three fled. (Houston’s KHOU-TV) Australian police investigating the murder of Russell Hammond, 49, arrested Gareth Giles, 26, after they found his 18-point, step-by-step plan detailing the perfect murder, written two months before Hammond’s body was found. Supreme Court Justice Betty King said the murder plan corresponded with the actual killing in “a remarkable way.” (International Business Times)

Life’s Ironies

Former New York City police officer Gilberto Valle, 30, who was convicted of conspiring to kidnap, murder, cook and eat women, was assigned to cook for his fellow inmates at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. The so-called cannibal cop earns 44 cents an hour making breakfast and lunch. (New York’s Daily News) After Brett Bouchard, 17, lost his right arm while cleaning a pasta-making machine at the restaurant where he worked

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in Massena, N.Y., the Elks Lodge raised money to help defray his medical bills by holding a pasta dinner. (Potsdam’s North Country Now) After Sir Young, 20, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Dallas, Texas, he faced up to 20 years in prison. Instead, Dallas County District Judge Jeanine Howard ordered him to serve 45 days in jail and then “start 250 hours of Community Service at the Rape Crisis Center.” (Dallas Observer)

has, if anything, promoted homosexuality where he is allegedly trying to fight it,” Kaliisa said, pointing out that Ssempa repeatedly screens gay porn to his congregation, ostensibly to show it is evil. “Very soon people are going to get used to the idea at some point, men can have sex with fellow men, and armed with the knowledge Ssempa has distributed, they will know exactly what to do.” (Britain’s Gay Star News)

The so-called cannibal cop earns 44 cents an hour making breakfast and lunch.

Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham, 66, who twice sponsored bills calling for tougher penalties for child pornography, was charged with possession of child porn. In addition, authorities linked Farnham’s email account to an online forum where users chat about their sexual preference. “12 is about as old as I can handle,” Farnham reportedly said in one chat. “I love them at 6, 7, 8.” In another, he declared, “I wish I had access to all the vids and pics ever made.” (Chicago Tribune) After successfully campaigning for a stricter anti-gay law, Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa could be charged under that same law, according to Mbarara University of Science and Technology professor Paul Kaliisa. “Pastor Ssempa

When Guns Are Outlawed

Police accused Jeffrey Willard Wooten, 50, of robbing a Waffle House restaurant in Norcross, Ga., with a pitchfork, which he used to force workers into the back of the restaurant while he grabbed the cash register and ran. “It wouldn’t be an offensive weapon in your garden,” police Chief Warren Summers said, “but it was in a Waffle House.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Tangled Web

A 30-year-old employee at Japan’s biggest travel agency forgot to order 11 buses for a high school outing, so the day before the trip he wrote a note purporting to be from a student threatening suicide unless the trip was canceled. He gave the note to the principal, who decided to go ahead with the excursion as planned.

After no buses arrived the next morning, regulators from the Japan Tourism Agency raided the offices of JTB Corp, which promised to punish the worker. The school, meanwhile, rescheduled its trip with a different agency. (Agence France-Presse)

Sounds of Silence

Sales of gun silencers are booming, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which noted the market soared 37 percent in 2013, resulting in a nine-month backlog for ATF approval of registrations. Silencers, which sell for between $750 and $1,300, are just one way gun owners are accessorizing their firearms purchases, according to gun-industry analyst Ben Shim of CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Conn. Other popular add-ons are flashlights, laser scopes, stock, pistol grips and rail systems for attaching even more accessories. (CNN) A new anti-noise law aimed at late-night revelers in Arlington County, Va., bans “wailing” after 2 a.m., and also yelling, shouting and screaming. The County Board pointed out it’s the first in metro Washington, D.C., to target “over-conversation,” or the human voice. “We’re not Mayberry RFD,” board member John Vihstadt said, “but we’re not Manhattan on the Potomac either.” (Washington Post)

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Taurus (April 20-May 20)

I see you as having more in common with a marathon runner than a speed racer. Your best qualities tend to emerge when you’re committed to a process that takes a while to unfold. Learning to pace yourself is a crucial life lesson. That’s how you get attuned to your body’s signals and master the art of caring for your physical needs. That’s also how you come to understand that it’s important not to compare yourself constantly to the progress other people are making. Having said all that, Taurus, I want to recommend a temporary exception to the rule. Just for now, it may make sense for you to run fast for a short time.

gemiNi (May 21-June 20): If you fling handfuls of zucchini seeds on the ground of a vacant lot today, you shouldn’t expect neat

caNceR (June 21-July 22): “If we want the

rewards of being loved,” says cartoonist tim Kreider, “we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known.” How are you doing with this trade-off, Cancerian? being a Crab myself, I know we are sometimes inclined to hide who we really are. We have mixed feelings about becoming vulnerable and available enough to be fully known by others. We might even choose to live without the love we crave so as to prop up the illusion of strength that comes from being mysterious, from concealing our depths. The coming weeks will be a good time for you to revisit this conundrum.

leo (July 23-Aug. 22): There’s a piece of art

on the moon: a ceramic disk inscribed with six drawings by noted American artists. It was carried on the landing module of the Apollo 12 mission, which delivered two astronauts to the lunar surface in november 1969. one of the artists, Leo maverick Andy Warhol, drew the image of a stylized penis, similar to what you might see on the wall of a public restroom. “He was being the terrible bad boy,” the project’s organizer said about Warhol’s contribution. you know me, Leo. I usually love playful acts of rebellion. but in the coming weeks, I advise against taking Warhol’s approach. If you’re called on to add your self-expression to a big undertaking, tilt in the direction of sincerity and reverence and dignity.


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): The planet we live on is in constant transformation. nothing ever stays the same. to succeed, let alone survive, we need to acclimate ourselves to the relentless forward motion. “He not busy being born is busy dying,” was bob Dylan’s

way of framing our challenge. How are you doing with this aspect of life, Virgo? Do you hate it but deal with it grudgingly? tolerate it and aspire to be a master of it someday? Whatever your current attitude is, I’m here to tell you that in the coming months you could become much more comfortable with the ceaseless flow — and even learn to enjoy it. Are you ready to begin?

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): “It isn’t that I don’t like sweet disorder,” said english author Vita sackville-West, “but it has to be judiciously arranged.” That’s your theme for the week, Libra. Please respect how precise a formulation this is. Plain old ordinary disorder will not provide you with the epiphanies and breakthroughs you deserve and need. The disorder must be sweet. If it doesn’t make you feel at least a little excited and more in love with life, avoid it. The disorder must also be judiciously arranged. What that means is that it can’t be loud or vulgar or profane. rather, it must have wit and style and a hint of crazy wisdom. scoRPio (oct.

23-nov. 21): I have three sets of questions for you, scorpio. first, are you anyone’s muse? Is there a person who draws inspiration from the way you live? Here’s my second query: Are you strong medicine for anyone? Are you the source of riddles that confound and intrigue them, compelling them to outgrow their narrow perspectives? Here’s my third inquiry: Are you anyone’s teacher? Are you an influence that educates someone about the meaning of life? If you do play any of these roles, scorpio, they are about to heat up and transform. If you don’t currently serve at least one of these functions, there’s a good chance you will start to soon.


(nov. 22-Dec. 21): According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should draw inspiration from this Chinese proverb: “never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.” In other words, sagittarius, you need extra downtime. so please say no to any influence that says, “Do it now! be maniacally efficient! Multitask as if your life depended on it! The more active you are the more successful you will be!” Instead,

give yourself ample opportunity to play and daydream and ruminate.

caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In raymond Chandler’s pulp fiction novel Farewell, My Lovely, his main character is detective Philip Marlowe. At one point Marlowe says, “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun.” In accordance with your astrological omens, Capricorn, I’m asking you to figure out how you might be like Marlowe. Are there differences between what you think you need and what you actually have? If so, now is an excellent time to launch initiatives to fix the discrepancies. aQUaRiUs

(Jan. 20-feb. 18): There’s a slightly better chance than usual that you will have a whirlwind affair with a bollywood movie star who’s on vacation. The odds are also higher than normal that you will receive a tempting invitation from a secret admirer, or meet the soul twin you didn’t even know you were searching for, or get an accidental text message from a stranger who turns out to be the reincarnation of your beloved from a previous lifetime. but the likelihood of all those scenarios pales in comparison to the possibility that you will learn big secrets about how to make yourself even more lovable than you already are.

Pisces (feb. 19-March 20): Author eva Dane defines writer’s block as what happens “when your imaginary friends stop talking to you.” I suspect that something like this has been happening for you lately, Pisces — even if you’re not a writer. What I mean is that some of the most reliable and sympathetic voices in your head have grown quiet: ancestors, dear friends who are no longer in your life, exlovers you still have feelings for, former teachers who have remained a strong presence in your imagination, animals you once cared for who have departed, and maybe even some good, old-fashioned spirits and angels. Where did they go? What happened to them? I suspect they are merely taking a break. They may have thought it wise to let you fend for yourself for a while. but don’t worry. They will be back soon.

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aRies (March 21-April 19): When the path ahead divides in two, Aries, I am hoping you can work some magic that will allow you to take both ways at once. If you do master this riddle, if you can creatively figure out how to split yourself without doing any harm, I have a strong suspicion that the two paths will once again come together no later than August 1, possibly before. but due to a curious quirk in the laws of life, the two forks will never again converge if you follow just one of them now.

rows of ripe cucumbers to be growing in your backyard in a couple of weeks. even if you fling zucchini seeds in your backyard today, you shouldn’t expect straight rows of cucumbers to be growing there by June 1. Let’s get even more precise here. If you carefully plant zucchini seeds in neat rows in your backyard today, you should not expect ripe cucumbers to sprout by August. but here’s the kicker: If you carefully plant cucumbers seeds in your backyard today, and weed them and water them as they grow, you can indeed expect ripe cucumbers by August.

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Dear Athena,

My boyfriend sucks at oral sex. He says he loves going down on me, but he is so bad at it, and I don’t have the heart to tell him. I really like him, but I dread going to bed with him. I end up rushing to the sex part, and sometimes I’m not really ready, so the sex is unsatisfying. How do I tell him without hurting his feelings? How can I make him better?


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Dear Orally Frustrated,

people are weird. We are so picky about what we eat and drink, and the style of our home, clothes and car, but, when it comes to sex, we can’t seem to ask for what we like. If you were craving a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting and the bakery only had carrot cake, which you despise, would you get it anyway? n o! o ther than worrying about hurting this guy’s feelings, what’s the difference, really? ask yourself, why are you uncomfortable specifying what you want? I’m all for honesty. If your guy can’t handle you telling him how you like your sex, then perhaps he isn’t the right guy for you. But right now you’re being both dishonest and unfair by not even telling him! Who the hell is going to advocate for you if not you? as always, honesty is the best policy. Continuing to hold back will put your relationship on a false foundation. all that said, do talk with him in a nonthreatening and sensitive way. This guy loves to pleasure you and seems enthusiastic about oral sex. Don’t discourage him! Find an opportunity when you’re not in bed to tell him you’ve been thinking about sex. He’ll perk up and listen, I’m sure. Tell him you enjoy being with him physically but would like it even more if … (fill in the blank). s uggest experimenting next time — which is likely to be soon. While you’re at it, invite him to tell you what he likes, too, and how you can improve on your techniques, oral or otherwise. Then, next time you’re in bed and he starts to head south, give him gentle guidance — but don’t hold back. r emember, he likes you and wants to make you feel good. and you can return the favor! Make it playful. Have fun! l ife is too short to bother with bad sex.




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You held the door for me as I left the Burlington ReStore; I smiled and said thanks, and hoped I caught your eye. You were in a white buttondown with rolled back cuffs, suspenders and mad-cool sleeve tattoos. I was in a lightgreen cardi. Wish I’d bumped into you inside the store instead of on my way out! When: Monday, May 5, 2014. Where: Burlington restore. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912165 lookiNg for CoCoNut oil! You were in the checkout line at City Market buying vegetables (I remember the kale, the blue credit card, the $7 bill). You asked the cashier where to find large bottles of coconut oil. I went outside to say hello but you were gone. I was attracted to you and I know where you can find bottles of coconut oil. When: tuesday, May 6, 2014. Where: City Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912164 BlaCk-haireD BeautY oN Bus You sat across from me on the inbound Essex Bus #2 at 8:55 a.m. You wore a white sweater under a tan coat, a pair of sunglasses and an attractive smile. I was wearing a black cap, a black button-down shirt and glasses. We exchanged glances. Coffee or tea sometime? When: tuesday, May 6, 2014. Where: on a CCta bus. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912163

aDveNturous sMiles You are extremely cute, your smile is infectious and your profile makes me giggle. Just felt inclined to tell you. Maybe one day we’ll end up dancing somewhere. Cheers. When: Monday, May 5, 2014. Where: on a computer screen. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912162 MY favorite sports grill Waitress Leigh, I believe? I keep coming back hoping to have you as my server, but it must not be meant to be. You’re cute as a button with kind eyes. And you bring people free soup, so that’s about as good as it gets. Hope to get a chance to be served by you some day. When: saturday, May 3, 2014. Where: vermont sports grill. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912161 stuNNiNg laDY Dollar tree DerBY You were buying plates at the Dollar Tree Sunday around 3:30, and I stepped in front of you in line while you returned cracked plates. The cashier thought we were together. You were driving a black Audi A4. Would love to have a drink sometime; thought you were very attractive. Wish I had helped you carry out the 25 dishes! When: sunday, May 4, 2014. Where: Derby Dollar tree. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912160 Your soNg “The morning star is up. I cross the mountains into the light of the sea.” -Owl Woman When: sunday, May 4, 2014. Where: home Depot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912159 WilloWY soCCer faN I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. This has not happened to me in decades. I wanted so badly to talk with you that at one point I answered your question from 10 feet away. You smiled. Beautiful. Coffee? When: sunday, May 4, 2014. Where: leddy park. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912158 CrotCh roCket I’d drive a crotch rocket 3,000 miles back to you, dressed like a bunny, with an anxious dog in the sidecar, if there was a chance it would fix everything. Thank you for being the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I miss you. When: friday, March 8, 2013. Where: plainfield. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #912157 YaNkee spirits MoNtpelier, frieNDlY faCe You were buying a six pack of Guinness and asked the man at the checkout if he knew anyplace nearby that sold Guinness hats. You asked if I worked there, said I had a friendly face. You took my hand and asked me to keep making the world smaller, one person at a time. After introductions, we said good-bye. Coffee? When: saturday, May 3, 2014. Where: Yankee spirits, Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912156 haNDsoMe MartiNs harDWare MaN I was standing near the register, pink Orwell sweatshirt, white pants. You were wearing a gray sweatshirt and black jeans. As you waited for your buddy you walked towards me, made eye contact, we said hi. I wanted you to say more but you didn’t. Here’s to hoping we meet again :). When: Thursday, april 24, 2014. Where: Martins hardware, Bristol. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912155

Cruel BeautY iN Blue Dress So beautiful, yet so cruel. You looked ravishing in that blue dress. Thank you for making my world that much more spectacular by wearing it. Just one request however; in the future, please wear it sparingly. I struggle to restrain myself witnessing you in it. When: friday, May 2, 2014. Where: scorched in my mind. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912154 thirD tiMe’s a CharM 7:30, Old North End, you riding bike. Muddy Waters grading papers. You sit next to me. Place I don’t know. You work as a teacher in town, maybe I was surrounded by teachers. We drink some whiskey. You play a guitar ... a mandolin. I want you to know I find you beautiful. I don’t know how to see you again. When: tuesday, february 25, 2014. Where: Muddy Waters and old North end. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912153 CitY Market MaN, You WoN Polite lady sounded like something I’d do. Then I began to remember and had liked that you laughed, too. I’d enjoy some conversation but don’t know how to proceed now. Do you? When: Thursday, april 10, 2014. Where: City Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912152 WilD grapes “The mind is not the heart. I may yet live, as I know others live, To wish in vain to let go with the mind of cares, at night, to sleep; but nothing tells me That I need learn to let go with the heart.” Robert Frost When: tuesday, april 29, 2014. Where: lowe’s. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #912151 happY BirthDaY JCp You: extremely handsome, funny, kind and sweet. Me: head over heels for you. You said your birthday has always been a bummer since you share it with Cinco de Mayo and it goes unnoticed, but I’m here to say I’m awfully glad you were born, and May 5 will always be your day in my heart. When: Thursday, february 27, 2014. Where: hotel vermont bar. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912150 tWo of us We locked eyes at my brother’s house on Labor Day weekend and I haven’t been the same since. There’s no such thing as a deal-breaker. You: tall, beautiful, blue eyes and brown/auburn hair. Me: large-headed dufus. Would love to meet for coffee. There’s something I’d like to show you. When: sunday, september 2, 2012. Where: hinesburg. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912149 MapleMaN... Technology and I are not the best of friends. Tryin’ to message ya’ but no luck. Am interested though. Will keep tryin’. Vt. ravens are partial to maple! When: sunday, april 27, 2014. Where: 7dayz personals. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912147


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