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Jeanne Collins Leaving Burlington ... for Rutland?
ast week embattled Burlington School District Superintendent Jeanne Collins agreed to leave her job on June 30, two years ahead of schedule, with a $225,000 severance package. Finance director David Larcombe is also stepping down. The departures weren’t exactly voluntary; Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and several Burlington city councilors had called for Collins to resign after a series of financial missteps left the schools operating in the red. The Internal Revenue Service is expected to fine the district for unpaid payroll taxes. On Tuesday, the Rutland Herald reported that Collins is
a finalist for another superintendent job, this one in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. A second finalist withdrew, leaving Collins the only one in the running. “I am very interested in this position and I believe I am good fit for their needs as well,” Collins said in a statement following the report. “I just want to be considered based upon my merits. I am looking forward to moving on.” Alicia Freese wrote about Vermont’s strange superintendent shortage in a news story this week on page 18. The breaking news of Collins’ Rutland op is in it — and on Seven Days’ Off Message blog; Freese’s post immediately attracted comments from readers, including these.
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Are feral swine among us? Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials are rooting around, trying to find out if they’ve made their way over from — where else? — New Hampshire.
Burlington Police issued a polite reminder last Thursday: If you find a bomb, please don’t bring it to us. To whom, then?
Unemployment in Vermont dipped yet again, to 3.3 percent — well below the national average. Must be the burgeoning craft brew industry?
Michael Jacques finally got his prison sentence — life, plus 70 years — for the rape and murder of his niece, Brooke Bennett. Now lose the key.
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1. Bite Club: “A Tour of the South Burlington Trader Joe’s” by Alice Levitt. Our food writer got a sneak peek at Vermont’s first Trader Joe’s, which opened on May 16. 2. “Swingin’ Pinwheel Cafe Comes to Burlington” by Alice Levitt. From putters to popovers — the former Ken’s Golf Shop on Center Street will soon become a new café. 3. Off Message: “Welch Says Something About Heady Topper” by Paul Heintz. Congressman Peter Welch lured reporters to a press conference by holding it at the Alchemist’s Waterbury cannery, home of the wildly popular Heady Topper. 4. Off Message: “As Coffers Wane, Burlington School Board Members Face State Ultimatum” by Alicia Freese. A conflict between state law and the city charter is forcing Burlington School Board members into another budgetary dilemma. 5. “In Pipeline Battle, Vermont Gas May Be Its Own Worst Enemy” by Kathryn Flagg. Fracked gas isn’t the only thing fueling the opposition to Vermont Gas’ pipeline project; critics say the company botched its outreach to landowners.
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of music and would love to gather ’round the piano and hear all their favorite songs. If any investors are out there reading this, I think it’s high time to create an elegant listening room for us players to entertain and for many to enjoy! Dawna Hammers
Thanks for the story [“Key Performers: Sizing Up Local Venues’ Grand Pianos,” May 7]. It’s also tough for nonclassical piano players like myself to play around Burlington when there are no pianos in any of the clubs or restaurants. When I first moved to Burlington in 2004, I had to start my own piano bar by moving my grand piano into what used to be Wine Works. The idea soon caught on and another venue on St. Paul Street followed suit so suddenly, there were two piano bars! Unfortunately, all the bars now tend to cater to the younger crowds using DJs. There are so many fine piano players here in town and folks who love the older style
Burlington City Arts has mounted many wonderful shows, but the ones that come to mind — Combat Paper Project, Gail Salzman, Wylie Garcia, Carol MacDonald, Linda Jones — are all local. So I’m grateful that in his review of “Abstract Terrains” at BCA Center’s fourth-floor Vermont Metro Gallery [April 2], Kevin Kelley writes, “BCA should have installed the modestly sized gallery at the Church Street Marketplace level.” I, too, worry that many people are too intimidated by the sometimes-cerebral work at street level to venture in and up the four floors it takes to reach the
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Many thanks to Kathryn Flagg for last week’s article “Pipe Dreams,” in which she captures the perspectives of many of us Vermonters — landowners, environmentalists, and local communities — who oppose the International Paper pipeline. I must challenge the flawed premise, however, that everything would be fine if Vermont Gas Systems were better behaved. While the company’s missteps have opened more people’s eyes to the issue, you can’t put lipstick on a pig. Better PR would not change the affront to our rights and our environment by the proposal to use Vermont’s pristine land to transport fracked gas from Canada to New York State, with all profits going out of state. The White House and the U.N. recently issued the direst warnings yet about what will happen if we don’t scale back all fossil fuels, and new research
from Cornell University says fracked gas is worse for the climate than coal or fuel oil. But we don’t even have to agree that this pipeline would aggravate N, MARIt’sCHun-3 climate UGH SUstability. 0 THROethical to ealask s stilVermont d t a l e r r e g m y a n i Ma to endure costs andn! risks for the exclusive benefit of multi-billiondollar companies based in Canada (Vermont Gas) and Tennessee (International Paper). I hope to see all who are concerned about Vermont’s integrity at the next public hearing on the International Paper pipeline: Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at the Middlebury Union High School Auditorium.
local work. “Conceptual art” is a term bandied about these days for the type of art fancied for street-level exposure. I often love conceptual art, as long as it moves in, around, from and with the sensual. A recent visit to the streetlevel BCA left me feeling sensually deprived and, well, sad. Several small videos — diluted and disembodied — looped on the gallery wall while the viewer’s eye was drawn to the plastic bodies of the projectors sitting mid-floor, exposed and soulless. In another area, I was told that a cellphone was required so that I could call the artist and have him explain the pieces to me. Should I have simply stayed home and watched the whole thing from my computer? I have nothing against technology in art; in the right hands the results can be awe-inspiring. But sometimes I fear that technology is being used for technology’s sake — or to mask instead of reveal. The subject being discussed in this particular show was a mother’s suicide. Shouldn’t it be a little messier? More visceral? Making my way home, I stopped at Mirabelles on Main Street, where Marian Willmott’s delicious paintings were color-rich and sensuous. Sometimes I wish our big, beautiful, three-dimensional gallery space in the heart of downtown could more consistently celebrate what brings us to our senses.
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ad a creemee yet? That’s a sure sign of summer, even if Vermont nights are still cool. But the Green Mountain Comedy Festival is sure to heat things up … with hilarity. Dan Bolles interviews headliner Tig Notaro in this issue. Sarah Tuff talks with a marathoner who was paralyzed just months ago, while Andrea Suozzo collects data from an app to map Burlington’s most-used running routes. Ken Picard heads over to the Sunset Drive-In, which not only screens real film, it’s got a brand-new inn. Kevin J. Kelley sums up local bicycling news — new tours, trails and two-wheelers — and eager Seven Days staffers sampled the summer food trucks so we all know where to go when for what. Happy summer, y’all. Catching Airbnb: Vermont Regulators Zone In On DIY ‘Innkeepers’
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Notes From Home Before settling in Burlington, composer and oud player Anwar Diab Agha spent 30 years performing with the Syrian National Radio and Television Orchestra. Backed by his ensemble Grup Anwar, he channels the sounds of his native country in a works-in-progress show featuring a suite of 10 compositions inspired by his experience in Vermont.
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Nature’s Way When it comes to natural living, Vermont is at the top of the list. A mecca for foodies and the health conscious, the state is home to Urban Moonshine, the company behind consciously sourced digestive bitters and herbal tonics. Along with other industry professionals, it hosts a conference that explores the possibilities of plant-based health and healing. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 60
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In Harmony Musicians who play together stay together — particularly those performing at Ransom Notes: A Benefi Beneﬁttfor forMark MarkRansom Ransom. An all-star lineup featuring Brett Hughes, Michael Chorney, Josh Panda and others hits the high notes in support of the longtime bassist as he battles cancer. Th ˜ eenotnotto-be-missed show takes over ArtsRiot with equal parts talent and solidarity.
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In 2000, Stephen Huneck built the Dog Chapel, outside of which a sign reads “Welcome, All Creeds, All Breeds, No Dogma Allowed.” ˜Th eespiritual spiritualhaven haven for canine lovers is now fi ﬁlled lledwith withthousands thousandsof of photographs and handwritten messages honoring their deceased pets. Folks and pooches celebrate this ode to man’ man’s s best friend at the chapel’ chapel’s s 14th 14th anniversary party.
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early a year and a half into his chairmanship of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.) finds Treatment processes for: himself playing an unusual role: staunch • Hearing Loss defender of an embattled Obama adminis• Tinnitus tration official. • Balance Dysfunction Last Thursday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs ERIC SHINSEKI faced tough questions New patients welcome! Accepting most insurance. from Sanders’ committee over allegations that Department of Veterans Affairs man802.316.4602 agers falsified records to mask long wait Offices in: Colchester, VT • Plattsburgh, NY • Saranac Lake, NY times at VA hospitals. According to a CNN Malone, NY • Potsdam, NY report that prompted a political firestorm, at least 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments with the Phoenix VA 12v-adaud050714.indd 1 5/6/14 11:34 AM system. Many of those vets were stuck on a secret, off-the-books waiting list, CNN reported. Faced with calls for his resignation by the American Legion and several congressional Republicans, Shinseki told Sanders and his colleagues he was “mad as hell” over the allegations. On Sunday — two days after Shinseki’s undersecretary, May 7 – June 30, 2014 ROBERT PETZEL, resigned — White House chief of staff DENIS MCDONOUGH one-upped OPE N I NG R ECE PTION the VA boss, saying President Obama was Saturday, May 10 5 – 7 pm “madder than hell” over the matter. But Sanders, rarely one to mince words, is standing by his man. At last week’s hearing, he cautioned his colleagues against a “rush to judgment.” And on Monday, as he returned to Washington from a trip to Iowa to test his presidential prospects, Sanders said he believes the secretary should stay put. “I get a little bit impatient with people who blame Shinseki,” Sanders said, citing the enormity of the retired four-star general’s assignment to move the VA from a paper-based claims system to an electronic one. “We have had a national disgrace for years about the level of veterans’ health benefits. We have made some progress in addressing that,” Sanders said. “Overall, I think Shinseki has done a good job.” As politicians and the press have foFlight Lesson, 2013, 8 3/8” x 7 1/2” cused on Shinseki’s fate and the scandal’s election-year political fallout, Sanders has tried to turn the conversation back to the quality of care veterans receive. “There is an effort right now to kind of Rick Bass and Jane Brock suggest that VA health care is not good,” he said. “But, by and large, I think VA health Saturday, June 7, 2014 care is strong, and that’s what veterans’ 5:30 pm in the main gallery organizations say.” Any health care system serving 6.5 milFull schedule at bigtowngallery.com/news lion people a year and 200,000 a day will have its problems, he argued, and the VA 99 N orth Main, Rochester, V T 05767 is not alone. “You know, it’s not like in America we BigTownGallery.com have this great health care system where
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everybody’s getting great care and the VA is the only agency that has problems,” he said. For a guy who has spent his life throwing stones at the status quo and the powers that be, Sanders’ defensive stance is remarkable. A cynic might wonder whether that defensiveness is motivated by the fact that the allegations came under his watch as the VA’s chief congressional overseer. But a better explanation might be this: The self-described Democratic socialist has, for years, cited the VA as proof positive that “socialized medicine” works. “I think there is a lot to be learned from
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the VA,” he told the Boston Globe last fall, after noting “with a grin” that it’s the largest model of socialized medicine around. That’s a harder point to make if CNN’s allegations prove true and dozens of veterans did, in fact, die while suffering from gross bureaucratic neglect. Forget “death panels.” For the Tea Party, this will become Exhibit A in the argument against singlepayer health care. “Surprise, surprise, surprise. They don’t like the government-funded VA system, right? And they want to make radical changes to that,” Sanders said of congressional Republicans. “If people want to politicize it for ideological reasons, I will oppose that.” Of course, Sanders isn’t above politicizing the situation himself. In addition to bashing congressional Republicans, he’s managed to rope in his favorite foils: CHARLES and DAVID KOCH, the billionaire industrialists who’ve quietly pumped hundreds of millions into conservative causes over the years. “Already, ads are being run by Koch brothers-funded organizations, which are trying to — after they disparage the VA, they’re going after Obamacare. They’re going after Obama. They’re going after Democratic candidates,” Sanders said. Wait, what’s the connection between the dreaded Koch brothers and Phoenixarea VA administrators?
According to Sanders, the answer lies with an outfit called “Concerned Veterans for America,” which the Washington Post reported “was funded almost entirely” by a Koch affiliate in 2012. “They are playing a very active role in trying to denigrate the VA,” Sanders said. “And they’re running ads right now which say, ‘If you like VA health care, you will love Obamacare.’ And they’re attacking Democratic candidates. That’s called the politicization of the VA.” So was Concerned Veterans for America responsible for ginning up the VA controversy? “That’s a good question,” Sanders said. “I don’t know the answer to what degree.” Got it. Also coming in for criticism is Sanders’ other bête noire: the media. Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” last Thursday, Sanders tussled with host CHRIS CUOMO over whether the network improperly insinuated that those 40 veterans died as a direct result of their inability to obtain appointments with the VA. “Did the delay in care of these people on the secret waiting list actually cause these deaths?” Sanders asked Cuomo. “We don’t know.” On Monday, Sanders noted that the VA’s acting inspector general, RICHARD GRIFFIN, testified at last week’s hearing that none of the 17 veterans whose cases his office has examined thus far died because of a delay. “There are 80,000 people in the [Phoenix VA system]. Some of them are very old,” Sanders said. “People die. The question is: How many, if any, died because they were on the waiting list. We don’t know that yet. CNN doesn’t know that yet.” That’s certainly true, and Sanders’ uncharacteristic caution is laudable. But with reporters and Republicans suddenly focused on the tragically ignored subject of veterans’ health care, more damning stories are sure to emerge. That might remind Sanders why it’s more comfortable to fight the man than defend him.
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In last week’s Seven Days, we called Senate President Pro Tem John CampBell’s chief of staff, reBeCCa ramos, one of the legislative session’s big winners. Since becoming the Senate’s sole staffer in December 2012, Ramos restored order to the chamber and became more influential than most elected legislators. But on Monday, Ramos gave her notice. She’ll be departing the pro tem’s office at the end of the month, she says, and her destination is yet to be determined. (We wouldn’t be surprised to see her staying in the game — at a Montpelier lobby shop or elsewhere in town.) Campbell is currently seeking a replacement. “There’s a part of me that’s supersad about leaving, because I love these people,” Ramos says. “I love the Senate. It’s home to me.” Also leaving his post is Vermont Progressive Party executive director roBert millar, who has held the position since January 2013. Millar says he’s “pursuing some different professional options,” including a run for the Vermont House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. GeorGe Cross (D-Winooski). “I think that, on a personal level, I have reached a point where I was ready to try something new,” he says. As Millar transitions out of the role, the Progs are hoping to hire an “elections director” to guide its efforts this fall, according to party chairwoman emma mulvaneystanak. The Progs will conduct a search for a new executive director later this year. Lastly, is special assistant to the governor sCott Coriell in line to manage Shumlin’s reelection campaign this fall? As the Burlington Free Press’ terri hallenBeCk first reported, Coriell is collecting signatures to get his boss on the ballot and is representing him at the Vermont Democratic Party’s state committee meetings — a role typically played by the gov’s campaign manager. But according to Shumlin spokeswoman sue allen, the work is entirely “volunteer.” The gov brought on fundraising consultant erika WolffinG in January and, according to Allen, a part-time college student this month. But he won’t officially name a campaign manager “until closer to the campaign.” Whenever that is. A Killington native, Coriell previously worked as Congressman peter WelCh’s spokesman, where he worked alongside this political columnist. m
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Specifically, the president of Barrebased Milne Travel faults Shumlin for failing to address rising property taxes and refusing to disclose how he plans to finance his proposed single-payer health care system. “I think that, for the popularity he has and the tremendous majorities he has in both houses [of the legislature], there has been a complete lack of leadership over the last two years,” Milne says. “On top of that, instead of being humble about what he got done, his message after the session was that this was one of the greatest legislative sessions in history. I think that was not the case at all.” So what’s Milne’s path to victory? “Some stumbles by Shumlin,” he says, admitting he’d be a “long shot” if he enters the race by June 12, when nominating petitions are due and when he plans to make up his mind. Milne has yet to line up campaign staffers or raise a dime and doesn’t plan to fund his own campaign. Oddly enough, he seems to be begging for a GOP primary opponent, arguing that the Democrats’ five-way gubernatorial primary in 2010 strengthened Shumlin as a candidate. “Brian DuBie would be governor but for the Democratic primary,” he says, referring to the former lieutenant governor and Shumlin’s vanquished general election foe. “The pathway [this year] is a robust, issue-oriented Republican primary with at least two very credible candidates.” Milne comes from a long line of elected officials. A cousin served as secretary of state, both parents served in the Vermont House and, in 1938, his grandfather became the first Barre Republican since reconstruction to win election to the legislature. But Milne himself hasn’t had such luck. He lost a race for state rep in 2006 and for a seat on the Sharon selectboard in 1988 — though he chalks the latter loss up to the name recognition enjoyed by his opponent, a descendent of the 19th century political luminary, Justin smith morrill. “I literally got bitten by a dog on the campaign trail knocking on doors,” he says of his selectboard bid. Another “electoral triumph,” he recalls, was his failed bid for governor of the mock government Boys State as a high school student in 1976. “Of the six or seven folks that ran, the only name I can remember right now was the guy who won: Brian Dubie,” he jokes. So, given that electoral track record, why set his sights on Vermont’s top office? “I think it’s possible I can win,” he says. “And I think there’s a huge benefit in somebody coming in from the outside with some new ideas.”
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hen 31-year-old Chaz Requina moved back to his native Vermont in 2012, it was af ter years of travel ing. In various trips throughout Europe, the hip freelance designer found lodging on Airbnb.com, the website that lets users rent out their homes or spare bedrooms by the night. Back in Vermont, the adventurer turned host: Requina, who’d returned to the state to help care f or his dying f ather, listed his one-bedroom George Street rental on the site for $129 a night. A year later, Requina’s profile on Airbnb was flush with recommendations from visitors who stayed at the apartment he advertised as “modern, sunny and quiet.” “I love Burlington, and I want to share that with people,” he said last week. Many others have been sharing, too. Airbnb’s popularity in Vermont has skyrocketed in recent years. Plugging “Burlington” into the site’s search engine last week turned up 279 rentals; altogether, Vermonters have created more than 1,000 listings that range from simple spare bedrooms to expansive lake f ront cabins. Vermont’s most popular listing — a treehouse in Lincoln — has a five-star rating from guests and Airbnb, along with other technologies 174 glowing reviews. f acilitating the so-called “sharing But Airbnb’s growing popularity economy,” is under more serious scrutiny has some experienced innkeepers elsewhere — notably San Francisco exasperated — and nervous. and New York City. The problem? The “Airbnb, based on their name, they’re traditional way of regulating lodging looking to try to capitalize on that more- hasn’t kept up with a technology that can homey f eel, which is what B&Bs have easily turn a layperson into an innkeeper. been doing for ages,” said Jordan Davis, “I have to go through all these hoops, an innkeeper at the Willard Street Inn. and these people just get to open up their “Do I think there’s enough business to room?” said Linda Wolf , the owner of go around? It would depend on the time Made INN Vermont, a bed and breakfast of year.” on Willard Street in Burlington. “It’s The rooms on Airbnb are of ten fabulous.” cheaper than traditional inns or For them, that is — and more hotels, and innkeepers point out fabulous, say, than negotiating with the that homeowners-turned-hosts aren’t City of Burlington f or a permit to add necessarily playing by the same rules parking or increase guest capacity. Last as their industry counterparts. Hotels year, Wolf spent months embroiled in a and B&Bs in Vermont are required to complicated and f rustrating permitting undergo annual Department of Health process with the city trying to do both. inspections. In some communities, aboveCompetition f rom Airbnb has hurt board innkeepers are also collecting and her business, she said. So last week Wolf remitting a 9 percent meals and rooms tax began listing her rooms on the upstart in addition to local taxes. site. “To me it’s like, ‘OK, if you can’t beat Meanwhile, cities like Burlington are them, you join them.’” trying to educate homeowner hosts that Megan Smith, Vermont’s it’s not okay to ignore zoning permits commissioner of tourism, has the same required for temporary rentals. advice f or innkeepers. No rule keeps
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sent some warning letters to residents suspected of operating B&Bs without permits, but added that officials are more interested in clearing up confusion about when permits are required. The simple answer: Homeowners should check in with Planning and Zoning bef ore renting out rooms. If they don’t need a permit, the office will confirm that in writing — and if they do need a permit, the zoning process allows neighbors to weigh in. Planning and zoning clerk Nic Anderson said the city has heard f rom residents concerned about visitors driving up and down residential roads and knocking on doors in search of their rentals. Vermont’s Department of Taxes is also paying close attention to the site and to similar services. It published a f act sheet last year to educate hosts, and officials are reaching out to Vermonters they suspect aren’t paying the required 9 percent meals and rooms tax. The department has so far collected $345,000 in back taxes and penalties this fiscal year. Commissioner Mary Peterson chuckled when asked how the
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Second Toddler Death Casts a Pall Over the Vermont Department for Children and Families BY MARK DAVIS
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or the second time in three months, the death of a Vermont child has been ruled a homicide. Although the details about what happened last month in Winooski have mostly been kept from the public, what scant information has emerged from behind confi dentiality laws has raised questions about how the state Department for Children and Families handled the situation. Court documents place the following individuals inside an apartment at 264 Malletts Bay Avenue on April 4: • Fifteen-month-old Peighton Geraw, whose unexplained bruises had prompted a Fletcher Allen Health Care doctor to call DCF two days earlier. • His mother, Nytosha LaForce, 28, on parole after serving a two-and-a-halfyear prison stint for stabbing a man in the neck and trying to smuggle pills into prison. • Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Tyler Chicoine, who has an extensive rap sheet of his own — and, on that particular day, a black eye and scratched hands. • Investigator John Salter, a 25-year DCF veteran who had risen through the ranks to a supervisor position but happened to be doing fieldwork that day. After seeing the child asleep in a crib, and noting the bruises on his neck, Salter left the premises. Peighton died an hour later of trauma to the head and neck. Why wasn’t the child taken away? State offi cials, including Gov. Peter Shumlin, have called for multiple investigations into DCF’s role in the incident, which was eerily similar to one in February that also claimed the life of a child. Two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon of Rutland was killed on February 21, days after DCF returned her to her troubled home. Soon thereafter, offi cials announced that the department would conduct an internal review, an independent panel would examine the agency and a legislative committee would be convened to consider policy changes. None of those investigations had made much headway when news of Peighton’s death broke. In fact, the group conducting the independent inquiry, the Vermont Citizens Advisory Board, hasn’t met once. “We’re not moving fast enough on this issue,” said State Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, who is on the committee of lawmakers that convened six times before the legislature adjourned. “We have two dead children. Do we have to wait for a third?” When and if the investigations do conclude, it’s not clear how much will be made
public. Though plans are not fi nal, offi cials said both the DCF internal review and the advisory board’s inquiry could result only in a public release of conclusions, not the underlying investigations. Last week, leaders of the citizens advisory board
expressed reluctance about revealing the names of some of its board members. Meanwhile, the clamor for answers from DCF is intense. “There’s not ever going to be a system that gets it 100 percent right, but that
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In addition to the criminal probe and an internal DCF review, the two groups convened to explore DCF’s handling of the death of Dezirae Sheldon now have Peighton’s to consider, too. What’s taking so long? The Vermont Citizens Advisory Board, headed by Burlington pediatrician Joe Hagan and KidSafe Collaborative executive director Sally Borden, decided to wait for Vermont State Police to finish their work on the murder case against Dezirae’s stepfather. There’s no schedule for when it will convene or issue findings, Borden said. When members do get to work, it’s not clear how comfortable they’ll be operating in the public eye. Asked for an updated list of people on the 22-member committee, which includes Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling, Poehlmann, former
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prosecutors and judges, and child safety advocates, Borden asked Seven Days to keep some confidential on grounds they’ve received services from DCF. “These folks were reluctant to have their names out there in that way,” Borden said. One person already resigned from the group in anticipation of unwanted media exposure. Speaking on behalf of the governor, Human Services Secretary Doug Racine said Shumlin expects the groups investigating DCF to cooperate. “He’s been clear in emphasizing to us that he wants a thorough, no-holdsbarred type of investigation,” Racine said. “He wants to know if there’s anything that we should have done differently.” In an interview, Shumlin said he was “frustrated” by the pace of the inquiries into DCF after Dezirae’s death. “We are looking at every aspect of the tragedy,” he said, noting he’d been assured the investigation into Peighton’s death “will move more expeditiously.” Lawmakers aren’t sitting idly by. Almost immediately after Dezirae’s death, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell (D-Windsor) formed a special committee on child protection and began asking questions of DCF. But it soon became apparent the group wouldn’t be able to finish its work before the conclusion of the recent legislative session. It has scheduled 10 statewide public hearings in June to hear testimony from Vermonters who have had contact with DCF. The goal is to issue policy recommendations in the fall that lawmakers could take up during the next legislative session. Of particular interest to the committee’s cochairman, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Dick Sears, are two consequences of laws governing DCF: a tendency to keep families intact instead of putting children in foster care; and laws that provide a cloak of confidentiality for much of what DCF does. “Reunification of families versus the best interest of child safety, it’s been a concern of mine for some time,” said Sears. While Sears said DCF has cooperated with his committee’s inquiry, a little-noticed maneuver just before lawmakers adjourned shows that even legislators may be wary of the department’s privacy policies. In a highly unusual move, the committee retained subpoena power, which allows it to compel DCF to offer documents and testimony. Sears said he hopes to never use subpoena power but wants the tool in the committee’s back pocket in case it bumps into problems getting information from DCF about the two deaths. m
Asked why Peighton had not been taken from LaForce, Yacovone said he was unable to discuss the case — or any DCF case, for that matter. He confirmed that Salter, the DCF investigator, remains on active duty. The commissioner did note that DCF was apparently not the only entity that decided against intervention to protect Peighton. Search-warrant documents filed in court — which provide the only public account of events preceding Peighton’s death — indicate the toddler was treated at the Fletcher Allen Health Care emergency room on April 2, two days before his death, for “malaise, vomiting and fever.” It was then that a doctor noticed the bruises, which LaForce and Chicoine could not explain. Fletcher Allen staffers called DCF and told Laforce to expect a home visit soon. “Bear in mind that the physician decided that the child could come home,” Yacovone said in an interview. The commissioner isn’t the only one to mention Vermont’s largest hospital. “I also wondered why the child was taken to the hospital and doctors observed bruising that nobody could explain, and the child was discharged home with just a call to DCF,” Poehlmann said. Fletcher Allen chief medical officer Steve Leffler declined to discuss Peighton’s case, citing patient confidentiality. But in general, Leffler said, Fletcher Allen doctors decide to allow children with suspicious injuries to return home only after consulting with DCF. Only on extremely rare occasions, he said, will physicians decide unilaterally to hold a child in the emergency room. “We have a conversation with them to help make a determination,” Leffler said. “It’s a judgment call, and it’s a collaboration.”
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“It’s just destabilizing at every level of the system when you have turnover at the top.” Vermont’s 18 outgoing superinten dents are leaving f or reasons ranging f rom retirement to scandal; some are simply moving f rom one supervisory union to another. But the annual exodus begs for some analysis. “Our supervisory structure is, in fact, a relic of years gone by,” is how Francis put it. As stewards of these conglomerations of towns and schools, the superin tendent’s job is a complicated one. Supervisory unions were created at the turn of the 20th century, with superintendents installed as their chief executive officers. Currently, Vermont is carved into roughly 60 supervisory unions; some consist of a single pre-K12 school but most comprise multiple
school districts. Superintendents over see these units, coordinating services such as special education, testing and transportation, and they report to each district’s school board. People of ten take the job af ter serv ing as principals, assistant superinten dents or directors of special education. (Between 16 and 23 percent of principals and assistant principals leave their jobs each year, according to Ken Page, executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association.) Superintendent salaries run from $77,200 to $154,500, and average $114,000. That’s pretty plush f or a public sector job in Vermont, Francis concedes, but not, he says, competitive with other New England states. Superintendents aren’t being lured out of state by higher salaries, however.
According to Francis, most of the movement occurs within Vermont’s borders, and, according to Holcombe, “What we tend to see is migration f rom challeng ing districts.” And those aren’t necessarily the ones you might think: “The stability of leadership has been a hallmark of our district, said Mary Moran, who’s closing in on her 15th year as superintendent of the Rutland City Supervisory Union. “The most important thing I do is sup port principals.” Among those departing in June is Franklin Northwest’s superintendent, Jack McCarthy, who with 15 years under his belt is believed to be the longest-serv ing superintendent still in office. “Can you imagine having 25 bosses?” McCarthy said, ref erencing the total number of board members he reports to. Af ter spending 150 of his evenings at meetings each year, the inveterate superin tendent is looking f or a job that will let him return home by 6 p.m. “It takes a lot
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t took a lot of red ink and behindthe-scenes negotiations to get Burlington School Superintendent Jeanne Collins to agree to resign last week — effective at the end of the school year — after nine years on the job. But an alarming number of her counterparts around the state are leav ing of their own accord. At the end of June, nearly a third of Vermont’s 60-something superinten dents are leaving their posts. That is cause f or concern if you ask Vermont’s secre tary of education, Rebecca Holcombe. “If this was a business,” she recalled recently telling a group of state senators, “and you had 30 percent turnover every year, you’d think it was a crisis.” Even more vexing: “The same person is a finalist in five searches, which suggests there are not enough candidates statewide,” Holcombe said. “We are seeing the pools of interested applicants diminishing,” confirmed Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association. Case in point? Collins is already a finalist f or superintendent of Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union — a post that opened in early April when its super signed on with North Country Supervisory Union. Currently she’s the only finalist; the other contender dropped out to accept the superintendent job at Windsor Southeast. Superintendents are trou bled, too. “I think there is a leadership crisis in Vermont,” said North Country’s superin tendent, Robert Kern, who is stepping down af ter seven years in the post and 42 years in education. Why should we care? “Research shows length of tenure is associated with student gains,” said Holcombe.
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“We have superintendents chomping at the bit to make substantive changes,” said Brian Rayburn, superintendent of the Essex-Caledonia SU. “But sometimes the governance structure doesn’t allow that to happen.” “Currently it takes about 24 votes to get a policy approved,” said North Country’s Kern, explaining that each of his 12 boards must vote twice before approving a policy proposal. “It’s good to have checks and balances, but I think it creates large delays in moving forward.” “At least 50 percent of my time is just associated with governance functions, preparing agendas and so forth,” said French. “There’s a lot of repetition.” Superintendents say their jobs are further complicated by an ever-growing collection of well-meaning mandates handed down by state and federal governments. And their position has become more political as declining student numbers make assembling affordable budgets increasingly tricky. “That creates stress on our administrators. You have to put yourself out in the
community and sell something that’s going to be a hard sell,” Holcombe said. During the recent legislative session, a number of superintendents lobbied for a bill that would have shaken up their spheres of influence — if not totally dissolved them. Had it passed, H.883 would have done away with supervisory union borders and gradually consolidated the state’s 273 school districts into roughly 50. One school board would preside over each district, and proponents argued the new arrangement would make it easier for schools to share resources. The proposal stirred alarm among apostles of local control, a concept tied to the one-town, one-school-board model. Francis insisted that the VSA’s support for the bill didn’t stem from the fact that it would simplify things for superintendents — “I have never had a superintendent complain to me about the number of school boards or school board meetings that they have to contend with … What they do lament is the inefficient utilization of resources.” H.883 passed in the House but died in the Senate, leaving education policy makers to contemplate some incremental changes. “It’s a complex problem, and it’s been useful to have the conversation in the legislature,” Holcombe said. In the meantime, the Vermont Agency of Education is trying to find ways to “clarify” the superintendent’s role — which can vary widely across the state — and to develop an evaluation model similar to what they’ve constructed for teachers. The VSA started a “superintendent academy” last year to address the drying-up applicant pool. The nine-day training acquaints potential recruits with the skills needed for the job. As for wholesale change that might make it easier for schools to hold onto their superintendents? “We are hoping to continue to have conversations to see how we can continue to move … toward more sustainable leadership models,” Holcombe said. Until then, Vermont remains a superintendent’s market. m
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1958-2014, RUTLAND Donna Lee (Navin) Beaudoin, 55, passed suddenly on Friday, May 9, 2014, from complications of a brain tumor. She was born on December 2, 1958, in Patterson, N.J., to Robert J. and Ruth Navin. In 1985, she relocated to
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Vermont with her family. She had a passion for baking and cooking and possessed a master of gardening certiﬁ cation, enjoying much of her time outdoors. Donna was a very talented artist, creating beauty through her drawings, paintings, felting and so much more. Donna had an impressive skill for rug hooking and was a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hookers Guild. She proudly displayed her work in shows at Shelburne Museum and in several Hooked in the Mountains publications. She is survived by her two children: Jessie Mongeon and her husband, Wade, of Cambridge, Vt.; and Myles Beaudoin of Redmond,
Wash. She is the sister of William, Robert, James, John, Charles, Patrick and Kathleen. She has three grandchildren, Clayton, Rhea and Trey Mongeon, as well as a large, loving family with many aunts, uncles and cousins. ° ere will be a remembrance event to celebrate the life and love of Donna Lee on Saturday, May 24, at the American Legion, 33 Washington St., Rutland, Vt., from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All are welcome. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. If you wish to speak in remembrance, that would be most welcome. Speaking and sharing will begin at noon.
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Jessica Lynn Brunelle, 38, of Winooski and Oklahoma City, died unexpectedly in her sleep at her home in Oklahoma on May 4, 2014, due to complications from diabetes.˛Jessica was born in Burlington on May 10, 1975, the daughter of Raymond and Cecile (Leclerc).˛She was a graduate of Winooski High School, class of 1993.˛Jessica was diagnosed at the age of 10 with Juvenile Type 1
diabetes and lived her life battling this disease each and every day. Jessica lived her life fully and loved to be in the spotlight. Even early on as a child, she always walked around on her tiptoes singing every jingle from the TV while putting on her own little show. She had a remarkable wit, loved to laugh, and had a charm and spunk all her own. She loved to meet up with old friends and make new friends and her love of travel showed her many parts of the country.˛Jessica grew up in Winooski and spent most of her adult life in Vermont. However, in recent years, she moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and in July 2013 moved to Oklahoma City for a new position with UPS.˛She was very proud of her work and promotion with this move and had been taking college courses to strive for continued success within that company and her life.˛ Jessica is survived by her parents, Raymond and Cecile Brunelle of Winooski;
sister Melinda and husband Samuel Elmadjian of Stratford, Conn.; brother Dwayne and wife Ashley of Austin, Ark.; brother Shawn and ﬁ ancee Barb Depo of Winooski; niece Shauna and husband Greg Bates; nephew Kyle and ﬁ ancee Susan ° omas; and niece Samantha Elmadjian. Jessica was blessed with an extended family of many uncles, aunts and cousins. She touched so many of their lives as they did hers. Jessica was the joy of our lives and the sparkle in our eyes, and she is now our shining star. A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct., Vt.˛Donations in Jessica’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.˛ Online condolences may be shared with the family at lavignefuneral home.com.
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exhibitions at Vermont museums, and freelance art and design work. Though their schedules seem to Vermont Colle Ge of f ine arts be booked f rom morning to night, the in Montpelier. More than 30 pieces by young artists have been meeting twice a Vermont artists including Jennifer KoCh , month since last September to practice a Gowri saVoor , alisa Dwors Ky and Brian different arty skill set: curating. ZieGler are displayed beside contribu The six students are the first “class” tions f rom noteworthy international of youn G Curators of Vermont , a program artists, such as Japanese contemporary launched at the start of the academic artist Taiyo Kimura and Serkan Altinoz, a year by Kate Donnelly , sumru t eKin and fifth-generation Turkish paper marbler. elise w hittemore . The three Chittenden “Just about every medium” is repre - County artists and longtime friends first sented, according to ella h ill , one of the collaborated as members of Burlington’s show’s six curators. She adds that the 215 College Gallery, a f emale artist col “systematic paradox” theme “deals a lot lective, which closed in 2011. “When with balancing chaos and order in one’s that gallery closed its doors, we decided life, and how each of us categorizes that we wanted to keep meeting just to talk differently. Each artist sort of disturbs about art,” says Whittemore. [order] or creates a pathway through chaos.” Hill and co-curators natalie Kenney , l uCy l eith , sarah mCnamara , ali Ce sChroe Der and sophie Zeman h ale know a thing or two about chaos. The six teens S u m ru — yep, you read that right — routinely Af ter more than a year of discus juggle work, classes at Burlington High sion, the trio f ounded Young Curators School, extracurricular activities and last September; the BHS students al their own art making. Each has racked up an impressive curriculum vitae; their ready knew one another and had taken collective track record includes mul - Donnelly’s after-school art classes since elementary school. The initial seed of tiple wins f rom prestigious Scholastic the program had been planted in 2012, Art and design contests, acceptances when Donnelly participated in a show to the Governor’s Institute on the Arts,
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at NURTUREart, an arts and education nonprofit in Brooklyn. While in town, she happened to observe NURTUREart’s student-curators program in action. Inspired, she brought the idea home to Whittemore and Tekin, who were similarly enthused. “There’s nothing like it around here,” says Donnelly. The group members say the educational
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benefits are multif old: Aside f rom in troducing high schoolers to a potential career path in the arts, learning to curate an exhibit hones skills that young artists can apply in various circumstances — including the creation of their own work. “As an artist, you pick a theme or a topic, and you f ollow it with research
and with experimentation,” says Tekin. “And that’s what happens in curating. You’re struck either by a particular artist or work, or an idea, and you follow it.” That attitude, it seems, applies to edu cational projects as well as artworks — at the moment, Young Curators of Vermont exists as a labor of love. The adults vol unteered their hours; the students didn’t receive any additional school credit. “All of us had a working relationship, and this trust [of one another], so it was a good way to start,” Donnelly says. For eight months, the young cura tors and their older mentors met twice a month and went through each stage of curating an exhibit. The students came up with a theme — the tension between chaos and order — that’s relevant to their day-to-day lives and interesting to a general audience. Though their conceptual starting point was, well, high school, they gath ered an impressive roster of artists and
t hr EE For th E Show you’ve likely heard the request “Please turn off your cellphones” many times by now. Allowing your phone to ring during a performance, never mind actually talking on it, is a huge and universally agreed-upon no-no. Except for DaViD sChein . At his oneman show this week he’ll actually encourage audience members to talk on the phone, even call him onstage. That is, at one of his one-man shows — there are three each night this Thursday through Saturday at the off Center for the Dramati C arts . The aptly named “Distraction” is a new work the Burlington actor is workshopping in preparation for a West coast tour later this year. What was his motivation? “it’s so hard to concentrate anymore,” he laments. “you get a call, you look
things up online. you hear your phone buzz and you can’t find it. Everyone is so distracted!” So he made a show about it — or more to the point, is still making the show; what’s not scripted will be totally improvised, because Schein can’t predict what will happen. “The strategy is to build the set pieces and then experiment with the audience,” he says. “Every once in a while i just want to jump off the cliff. “it’s scary,” he admits, “but i do a lot of solo shows.” So any contrarian who might like the sensation of yakking on the phone in a theater — and the potential chaos of everyone doing it — should go to this show. As a bonus, you’ll also get to see two of Schein’s older works.
“infarcation” is about a heart attack he suffered — and obviously recovered from — 14 years ago. But this time he’s presenting it with two drummers and calls it “a choral work with percussion.” And it’s funny. “All the medical stuff was hilarious,” he assures. The final work — each of them is short — is “n ote From Earth,” written by noir novelist Jim n isbet. if you saw Schein perform it last year at the Off center, you’ll remember it as an
intense sci-fi soliloquy from a man on a dying planet. At that performance, Schein premiered another solo work, “Out c omes Butch.” He’s now working on a film version of that piece with a production company in germany. And because the guy apparently never sits still, he’s also collaborating with Vermont poet Geof h ewitt “on a musical about global warming.” Climate Change: The Musical? PA mEL A P o L S t o N
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strove to develop a sophisticated selection of works that would appeal to adult audiences. The students searched the Vermont arts council’s artist database, among others, to find artists whose work they admired, then culled specific pieces. “There was a lot of work that we all liked as individual pieces, but that didn’t necessarily work for the overall theme or with the rest of the show,” Leith says. The group established selection criteria — no pieces with figures, for example — but several decisions came down to a vote. “Creating a show is a lot like working
on an art piece,” observes Zeman Hale. “You have to work on it over time.” Once their ideal hypothetical show was fully planned out, the students drafted letters to their chosen artists and contacted area galleries, having no idea whether anyone would want to participate. They needn’t have worried: 16 out of 20 artists the Young Curators invited to be part of their show signed on (and paid their own shipping and insurance). VCFA donated use of its gallery.
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It’s been four years since the Fleming museum at the University of Vermont began hosting PechaKucha night — and since few can properly pronounce the Japanese word (it means “chit-chat”), it’s OK to just call it pKN. Launched in 2003 by young creative types in Tokyo, the rapid-fire presentation format quickly became an international phenomenon. And for good reason: Rather than have attendees sit through boring talks and slide shows, the originators reasoned, why not require presenters to narrate 20 slides for 20 seconds apiece? The presenters are typically individuals from creative occupations — artists, designers, architects and the like — with representatives of a nonprofit or two for do-good measure. The idea is to show images from recent work, an ongoing project, or anything that lends itself to good visuals and thought-provoking concepts. The event is social, too — one of the rules of engagement is that there must be a bar, notes Fleming director Janie cohen. (The museum caters drinks and light snacks.) “It’s been fantastic,” Cohen says of the local pKN. “It’s had a huge draw, but we felt like it would benefit from expanding the context.” That’s why
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STATEof THEarts In Memory of Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude: Newport Loses a Colorful Son
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my perception of the environment,” Patenaude wrote of his work. “This has helped me to see more than just the reality of the view.” This artist chose to challenge reality in color rather than form; his works even dispense with shadows. Patenaude’s paintings suggest that we can not only challenge but transcend appearances. Anyone who has taken in Vermont’s landscapes can appreciate that the artist was correct: The beauty of it all does lie somewhere beyond the physical reality of the view. Patenaude was born in Newport on April 10, 1950, and grew up on a farm in Holland, Vt. He attended North Country Union High School and graduated in 1970. He later attended the Swain School of Design in Massachusetts, where he earned a degree in graphic design. He founded a graphic design studio called Uptown Graphics on Kilburn Street in Burlington in 1989, but returned to Newport to work about 10 years ago. Patenaude passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the age 64. He died
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peacefully at Fletcher Allen Health Care after a brief battle with esophageal cancer. He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Lucille Patenaude, as well as by three brothers and five sisters, his son, Aaron, and Patricia Warner, his girlfriend of 11 years. A memorial has been set up in Newport Natural Market and Café, located just upstairs from Patenaude’s studio. A portrait of the artist is on display with bouquets of yellow flowers placed beneath. Another of Patenaude’s legacies to the community: He illustrated Noah’s Song, a forthcoming children’s book by JERRY JOHNSON. All proceeds from the initial print run of 500 copies will go to an art scholarship established in Patenaude’s name. “He was a caring and valuable asset to Newport,” says Newport Mayor PAUL MONETTE. “When the city wanted welcome signs, we turned to Adrien for the job. He will certainly be missed for his generosity and contribution to our community.”
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supplements containing viable “good” bacteria and yeasts meant to help digest food, protect against dangerous bacteria, and build up the immune system. Some assert that a deficit of beneficial bacteria can lead to serious GI trouble including irritable bowel syndrome, infectious diarrhea, necrotizing enterocolitis and ulcers. Scientists have long known the bacteria in a healthy digestive tract differed from those in someone who was ailing. A century ago some proposed that rather than live with a gut full of bad bacteria, one might eat certain foods to modify one’s microbial demographics. Milk products, yogurt especially, provide probiotic benefits, but on the whole (the theory goes) our modern diet is deficient in helpful bacteria in part as a side effect of modern cleanliness: We encounter fewer bacteria of any kind due to pasteurization
and other food processing, as well as drugs, additives and so on that suppress normal bacteria. There’s some truth to this. A round of antibiotics can kill off your intestinal flora, necessitating (at minimum) frequent trips to the loo. If this happens to you — and it happens to about a third of those so treated — there’s a roughly 40 percent chance probiotics will ease your distress. Likewise, someone whose bacteria reservoir has been reduced after having a section of their gut surgically removed may be advised to consume yogurt or probiotic supplements to help make up the deficit. But these are exceptional cases, and the evidence suggests it’s chiefly in the exceptional cases that probiotics may be of use rather than as a preventive measure. One thing about gut bacteria: When their little lives are troubled, they let you know. Diarrhea is the least of it. Some examples of instances in which probiotics have proven helpful: • Pouchitis, an inflammation of the gut tissue in
of conditions, goals and therapeutic agents is inherently iffy. Examples of intestinal ailments where high hopes for probiotics have gone bust include necrotizing enterocolitis, sometimes seen in premature infants who lack protective bacteria; irritable bowel syndrome; and Crohn’s disease. That hasn’t stopped some from promoting probiotics as a Crohn’s cure. Claims that probiotics can help fight hypertension, HIV/AIDS and cancer are likewise unsupported. Disappointed? You needn’t be. Let me tell you about extreme probiotics, more commonly known as fecal transplantation. It’s pretty much what it sounds like. Stop making eww noises: Fecal transplants have been shown to be effective in treating Clostridium difficile disease (CDD), a complication of gut bacteria loss due to antibiotic use that as of 2007 was killing more than 14,000 Americans a year. Needless to say, the procedure is more involved than swallowing a few pills, and no one would suggest it as a preventive measure. But if you honest-to-God need to establish a self-sustaining colony of good bacteria in your gut — indisputably the No. 1 thing on your to-do list if you have CDD — here’s a treatment that works.
ot possible, my friend. At any rate, not easily. I’m afraid probiotics have been a bit oversold. Your digestive tract is a teeming zoo of more than 100 trillion bacteria cells representing hundreds of different species and in the aggregate weighing an average of seven pounds. A teaspoonful of probiotic supplement, if we may trust a random online promotion, contains 4 billion organisms. In other words, the bacteria in your gut outnumber those in the spoon 25,000 to 1. The chances are strong the newly introduced microbes won’t establish anything of importance, let alone a colony, during their transit down your alimentary canal. At best they may provide some ephemeral benefit, although there’s no guarantee of even that. For those new to the concept, probiotics are foods or
I’ve been hearing a lot about probiotics lately. I can see where the concept might be a good idea, but I have one question: After you’ve taken a probiotic supplement and established a colony of good bacteria in your intestinal tract, why do you have to keep taking it (other than to maintain someone’s boat payments)? Shouldn’t the colony you’ve established be self-sustaining? Ken Sweetman
colostomy patients, responded well to probiotic treatment, with an 83 percent reduction in occurrence. • Probiotics significantly reduce the frequency of ulcerative colitis attacks. • Children susceptible to eczema saw significantly fewer outbreaks through age 4 when treated with probiotics. OK, eczema prevention is a non-obvious benefit of goosedup gut bacteria. On the whole, however, evidence for the broader benefits of probiotic supplements is limited. For instance, a study of overweight adults who drank fermented milk containing probiotic bacteria found they lost both fat and weight relative to control subjects. But the study was small, with just 43 subjects. Even in some conditions where you’d figure they’d help the most — e.g., those directly involving the gut and the bacteria therein — probiotics provide little or no value. A metaanalysis of research involving 11 different types of probiotic bacteria and eight different gastrointestinal diseases (including the pouchitis success story mentioned above) professed to show probiotics improved both prevention and treatment by 42 percent. However, generalizing across a broad range
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Why can’t moviegoers buy beer or wine in Burlington-area theaters? Vincent Vega: You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? Jules Winnﬁ eld:What? Vincent: It’s the little di˜ erences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that we got here, but ... it’s just, there it’s a little di˜ erent. Jules: Example? Vincent: All right. Well, you can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam and buy a beer. And I don’t mean just like in no paper cup. I’m talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald’s. — Pulp Fiction (1994)
Department of Liquor Control, reports that at least three theaters in Vermont are currently licensed to serve booze. (He can’t cite an exact ﬁ gure, explaining that the DLC database doesn’t indicate which licensees are cinemas.) Alcohol-friendly theaters in Vermont include the Stowe Cinema 3Plex, which features an extensive bar of beer, wine and liquor (though “no blender drinks”); the Big Picture Café & Theater in Waitsﬁ eld, which sells alcohol in its café and two cinemas; and the Savoy Theater in Montpelier, which has sold beer and wine in its basement for at least two years. “People appreciate it,” notes Savoy owner Terry Youk. “In fact, it’s a big part of our concession sales.” So why can’t Burlington-area ﬁ lmgoers enjoy a sudsy cold one during Million Dollar Arm or a Kamikaze during Godzilla? Merrill Jarvis III, who owns Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas in inBurlington, Burlington,Palace Palace 9 9 andand the the Cinemas in South SouthBurlington Burlington says Majestic 10 Cinemas CinemasininWilliston, Williston, says
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he’s been asked many times to sell alcohol in his theaters. His answer: not interested. “I know a lot of other theaters are doing it around the country,” he says. “But I like it the way it is.” Not that Jarvis hasn’t tried it already. His f amily owned now-closed Merrill’s Showcase on Williston Road, a movie theater that in the mid-1980s was attached to a restaurant and bar called Bogart’s. “It was way ahead of its time,” Jarvis recalls. “People didn’t really get the concept.” Too f ar ahead, evidently. Jarvis closed Bogart’s af ter just two years. Similarly, Essex Cinemas once had a restaurant that served booze, but it closed on Memorial Day 2012 after just 18 months in business. Manager Dale Chapman says the establishment “just didn’t ﬁ t our model at the time.” Jarvis has other reasons f or not installing beer taps next to his popcorn machine. For one, the theRoxy Roxysells sellsmany many University of of tickets directly totothethe University Vermont, which distributes distributesthem themf ree free or Thursday, andand to students f for Thursday,Friday Friday Jarvis Saturday shows. UVM UVMdoes doesso,so, Jarvis explains, to provide provide underage underagestudents students with nonalcoholic events to attend on weekends. Free tickets get them off campus downtown, o° campus and downtown, where they support other local businesses. Jarvis says he’s he’salso also wary of the added addedexpense expense associated and legal liability associated license, includincludwith a liquor license, extrainsurance insuranceand and ing the extra state-mandated sta° staff training. All it would un-unwouldtake takeisisone one getting caught caught derage patron getting closehis histheater theater drinking to close down for weeks, he says. Finally, Jarvis Jarvis notes notesthat that Roxy patrons, who whoare aretypitypithetheater theater cally in the f orfor twotwo less, are arewithin withinwalkwalkhours or less, ing distance ofofmore 70 70 morethan than drinking establishments in in downtown Burlington. Anyone Anyone he says, says,will will who craves a drink, he find ﬁ ndone. one. “Plus, I don’t want want my mytheater theater smelling like a nasty bar,” he adds. “I like itit smelling smellinglike likef resh freshpoppopcorn.”
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our local McDonald’s isn’t likely to start turbo-charging its St. Patrick’s Day shamrock shakes with Guinness Extra Stout any time soon. But the U.S. does have its share of movie theaters that serve suds (and booze) these days, particularly in college towns. Perhaps that’s why a regular Seven Days reader asked us recently to ﬁ nd out why no Burlington-area cinemas sell beer, wine or cocktails. WTF? Short answer: Because none currently has a liquor license. A little background. So-called draf thouse theaters, or ﬁ lm houses that serve food, beer and other alcoholic beverages, aren’t aanew newphenomphenomrom the oreenon. Aside f from theaf aforementioned European movie movie houses, where consumption of booze has been de rigueur for decades, some American American movie theaters began beganof -off ering spirits in fering inthe the1990s 1990s to supplement their their bottom bottom line. Not surprisingly, surprisingly,the the trend coincided with withthethe meteoric rise of of Blockbuster Blockbuster Video, the once-ubiquitous once-ubiquitous home-video rental chain chain that that drove a spike spikethrough through the the of countless hearts of countlessindepenindependent cinemas. 1997, the In 1997, theCommodore Commodore Theatre, a 1945-era 1945-eraart-deco art-deco movie house in in Portsmouth, Portsmouth,Va., Va., became the ﬁfirst theater theaterininthethe country to serve servealcohol alcoholduring during ﬁrst-run rst-runffeatures, eatures, according fi according to the National National Association Association of Owners(NATO). (NATO). of Theatre Owners Alamo That same year, year,thethe Alamo Drafthouse opened Dra f thouse Cinema opened in Austin, Texas, Texas, serving servingsuds suds
with dinner and a movie. Known for its phallic-looking marquee and a strict enf orcement of theatergoer etiquette, the Alamo Draf thouse chain quickly spread to a dozen locations in the Lone Star State, then across the country. By the mid-2000s, other theater chains were serving alcohol, including AMC Dine-In Theatres, which o° er 21-and-older “Cinema Suites” with extensive f ood menus, f ull cocktail bars and luxury recliners. Evidently, downing numerous beers in a crowded theater while taking in a summer blockbuster is considered a night out on the town. Downing an equal number of beers in one’s living room while parked in a La-Z-Boy is considered alcoholism. In 1997, NATO reported that just 14 theaters in the country allowed patrons to imbibe. Today, the trend is so prevalent — New York legalized the sale of booze in movie movie theaters theatersinin2011 2011——that that thethe the organization no nolonger longertracks tracks exact number, estimating “several “several hunhundred” nationwide. Is Vermont behind behindthe the times? times? Not entirely. Goggins, who who entirely. Bill Goggins, runs the education, licensing enf orcement diviand enforcement divisions of theVermont Vermont of the
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more than nine out of 10 criminal deSo it is additionally painf ul that the fendants to enter plea deals. The trial is amended law also removes one of the virtually obsolete. small mercies that some Vermont legBesides warning def endants of the islators have saf eguarded as the Sex consequences that could await them O˛ ender Registry has grown in size and with conviction, the UCCCA o˛ ers an scope: Vermont has explicitly prohibited eventual way out. At sentencing, the con- the electronic posting of exact street victed person can ask the court to block addresses on its online Sex O˛ ender some of the sanctions Registry. (say, loss of housing or Until now. Now, an occupational license). along with names, And ﬁ ve years later, exphysical descripo˛ enders may apply f or tions, photographs, permanent restoration of county residence their rights, presumand numerous ing they’ve stayed other details, the on the straight and state will post the narrow. exact addresses That’s the heartof certain sex ening part. o˛ enders. The disheartenI am told this change simply f you are convicted of a criminal ofTotal them all up — from deportation ing part is that in the last week of neﬁ xes a technical f ense in the state of Vermont, you f or noncitizens to local bans on sex of Senate error — somemay never be issued a license to deal fenders distributing Halloween candy to gotiations, Judiciary Committee how this bit of cars or livestock, work as a radiolo- children — and the ABA counts 38,000 chair Dick Sears agreed-upon gist’s assistant or set up a business at the such provisions nationally. Many are (D-Bennington) inlegislation never airport. mandatory and permanent. got written into Your landlord can legally evict you; a “If you look at each one of these, a lot troduced an amendment automatically statute in 2009. potential employer can reject you out of of them make sense,” says Burlington excluding f rom relief That section hand. If you were convicted of a violent attorney Richard Cassidy, who, as an of the law also or sexual crime, you will f orf eit your active member and incoming chair of the those who’ve comstipulates that inheritance. national Uniform Law Commission, has mitted any of the RICHARD CASSIDY 31 listed crimes in the Department You are not allowed to own a ﬁ rearm been pressing Vermont policy makers Vermont statute, as of Public Saf ety or join the military. Federal law bars you for years to address this issue. “But the well as tra° cking in signiﬁ cant quanti- must present the legislature with a clean f rom public housing and receipt of unpeople who face them. do not face each audit of the online registry before listing employment insurance, f ood stamps or one; they face all of them,” Cassidy says. ties of drugs. That wipes out hope f or anyone’s address. A 2010 review by the Reach Up. You may be prohibited f rom “The state sets up a net of monoﬁ lament a large portion of Vermont’s criminal o˛ enders. state auditor f ound the registry ﬁ lthy ﬁ shing in a national park. line that no one can see but that sepaGiven that a bill Sears introduced two with errors. That barrier may soon drop, Numerous Vermont towns, including rates ex-o˛ enders from living a normal however. New sof tware is improving Brattleboro, Springﬁ eld and Winooski, life” — a home and a legitimate job, con- years ago was almost identical to this year’s House Bill 413 — both let anyone accuracy, and a clean audit is expected don’t want you in any civic o° ce. Forget nection to family and community. “They soon. serving on a jury. can’t get through it. Wherever they turn, seek relief and let the courts sort out who got it — it is clear that opponents, It’s an awful irony: A law that begins In one way, you’re lucky to live in there it is.” probably prosecutors, managed to twist to repair some of the damage inﬂ icted Vermont, because it is one of only two It is theref ore heartening that the some arms at the last minute. by a regime of perpetual punishment states — Maine is the other — that lets Vermont legislature this session passed In 2011, then-senator Vince is loading one more punishment onto every eligible voter vote, including inthe Unif orm Collateral Consequences Illuzzi (R-Essex-Orleans), an Essex ex-o˛ enders who already live under carcerated f elons. But if you move, you of Conviction Act. The law requires the County state’s attorney, killed Sears’ restrictions far more onerous than those may lose that right; in three states felons’ state to compile and publish all these bill by threatening to introduce 41 imposed on murderers. disenfranchisement is irrevocable. consequences and the court to inf orm As I have written bef ore, research These sanctions and disqualiﬁ cacriminal defendants pretrial of a number amendments. One group needed no amendment shows that sex-o˛ ender registration tions are not part of the sentence for the of them. Knowing how their lives could does not improve public safety or reduce crime. They are what happen to the ofbe ruined is likely to give pause to many to be denied relief f rom the crippling strictures imposed by the state: Sex of recidivism, which is already low among fender after he has paid the ﬁ ne, served people who’d otherwise plead guilty in f enders were excluded in the original this group. Public notiﬁ cation of rethe time and completed probation or trade for a lighter sentence. bill and in the national Unif orm Laws leased o˛ enders’ whereabouts not only parole. They are called “collateral conAmong criminal def endants, that Commission’s model legislation on does not protect the community; it puts sequences of conviction,” and, accordmeans almost everyone. Overstressed which it is based. By now it practically registrants and their f amilies at risk of ing to a national database compiled by courts, overworked public def enders goes without saying that in legislation, harassment and vigilantism. the American Bar Association, Vermont and prosecutorial pressure, backed by government administration and the Indeed, last week in South Carolina, imposes more than 300. The f eds have the high risk of going to trial when long courts, a pervert deserves no mercy. while Vermont’s judiciary committees 2,500 more. mandatory sentences loom, compel
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were negotiating that last amendment, Jeremy and Christine Moody — he with “Skinhead” tattooed across his throat, she smilingly telling reporters her marriage was a “fairy-tale” romance — pled guilty to the murder of registered sex offender Charles Parker and his wife, Gretchen. Being led to the police car to begin her life sentence, Christine shouted, “Killing that pedophile was the best day of my life.” She’d gladly do it again, she added. And she almost got to. When Christine and Jeremy were apprehended, he had the name of his next intended victim written on an envelope. He also had the address, which appeared in the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry. Decades ago, the American prison was reformed from the penitentiary — where congenital sinners went to repent and/or rot — to the “correctional” facility. The latter aimed to carry out the philosophy that wrongdoers were not fundamentally evil but could be rehabilitated to assume productive lives. Today’s “corrections” system has been abandoning that vision of rehabilitation — cutting work, education and arts programs, imprisoning more juveniles and locking inmates in solitary confinement — even though every warden and judge knows that most inmates will eventually get out. Meanwhile, the impenetrable web of post-penalty restrictions fulfills the bleak old prophecy that criminals are sinners, and sinners, by nature, will sin again — so why waste time and money trying to remake them? Vermont, as the first state to enact a comprehensive Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act, is expanding its progressive policies of treating criminal offenders as what they also are — fathers, sons, lovers, artists, workers and community members. Champions of the law such as its lead sponsor, House Judiciary Committee clerk Suzi Wizowaty (D-Burlington), hope that the laws will make Cassidy’s “net of monofilament line” visible to policy makers, judges and citizens and inspire us to begin unraveling it, strand by strand. It’s a shame that, at the same time, the state might be exposing some exoffenders, Vermont’s Charles Parkers, to the ultimate collateral consequence. m
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story in LA Weekly, it costs the studios about $1,500 to print each copy of a movie and ship it to exhibitors in metal canisters. Printing and transporting that same film on a digital hard drive costs just $150. For the large, corporate-owned cinema chains that can easily afford the transittion from film to digital, it’s a welcome improvement — a way of getting more butts into their seats. But when it comes to small, independent theaters, especially f amily-owned drive-ins that make all their money seasonally, the $80,000-plus per-screen cost of upgrading their projec tors, booths and sound systems threatens to drive many out of business. That’s the potential fate of the Sunset and Vermont’s three other drive-ins, all of which are struggling to stay lit through the end of 2014 (see sidebar).
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eter Handy sits in the cab of his red Dodge Ram pickup with a remote control in hand and a big smile on his f ace. About two months ago, workers installed a new LED marquee just west of his Sunset Drive-In in Colchester. Handy, who unwrapped the marquee last week and turned it on for the public to see, is like a kid on Christmas morning, eager to show off its many features. With the touch of a button, he can make its message flash, crawl and perform other eye-catching tricks. Handy’s dazzling new toy wasn’t in stalled for the benefit of moviegoers — at least, not directly. The marquee’s main purpose is to advertise the Starlight Inn, the new movie-themed motel that Handy built earlier this year adjacent to the 750car drive-in. The Starlight premiered on Friday night, May 16, and filled to capacity its first weekend. Handy, an unabashed film buff and admirer of glitzy resorts and casinos, says that for years he dreamt of opening his own hotel to pay tribute to classic Hollywood movies and actors. The 11-room Starlight Inn, whose slogan is “Sleeping with the stars, under the stars,” is the realization of that dream. It’s also Handy’s survival plan in the face of potential digital destruction. Several years ago, the major Hollywood studios inf ormed theater owners around the country that they would begin phas ing out the release of motion pictures on 35-millimeter film and replace them with digital files by the end of 2013. Although the 2013 digital deadline came and went, and 35mm prints remain available through this summer, the writ ing is on the wall: “Real” film will soon be extinct. In December, Paramount Pictures announced that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues would be its last f ull-length f eature released on film stock. The Los Angeles Times reported early this year that Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street was its first major motion picture released solely in digital f ormat. Other studios are expected to f ollow suit, especially af ter Eastman Kodak’s 2012 bankruptcy made 35mm print stock more expensive and difficult to find. It’s no mystery why the studios are switching to digital: Not only does the format offer viewers higher-fidelity sound and images, as well as bonus features such as 3-D and IMAX, it saves the studios boatloads of money. According to an April 2012
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Handy’s parents, Ernest and Dorothy Handy, bought the Sunset f rom a devel oper in 1948 and ran it until their retire ment in 1979; Peter started working there at age 8. Now he f aces the expense of upgrading not one but f our screens and projection booths, the latter of which must be climate-controlled to protect the sensi tive, high-tech computers f rom dust and the elements year-round. Does that mean the sun will set on the Sunset for the last time in 2014? “Not on my watch,” vows Handy. “The Starlight Inn will support the drive-in, and the two will play into each other. So I think our odds of staying open now are better than ever in the face of this digital Armageddon.” To prove his point, Handy has thrown considerable time, effort and cash into making the Starlight Inn a money-mak ing attraction in its own right, especially for drive-in aficionados. Some travel long distances to visit the Sunset, now in its 66th year.
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those who don’t want to leave their rooms, each one offers views of several drive-in screens and is outfitted with high-fidelity radios to pick up the theater’s FM signal. For the lights-down effect, there are dimmer switches beside each bed. “Look at that view,” Handy says, pointing out the bay window at the three screens visiblef rom the Elvis Presley Room. “That view is fit for the King! That’s three times better than the view I’ve had in my box office for 40 years.” Handy won’t reveal exactly how much the Starlight Inn set him back. “It’s still a work in progress,” he says. “Trust me, we haven’t hit the bottom yet.” Clearly, obtaining a business loan for a year-round motel in Chittenden County, where occupancy rates are the highest in Vermont, is f ar easier than getting one to upgrade the pro-
w hen peter Trapp, owner of the 400-car Fairlee Drive-In, is asked about his plans for converting his single-screen theater to digital, he doesn’t hesitate before answering. “my plans are to go broke,” he says in a deadpan voice. In reality, Fairlee is the first of Vermont’s four drive-ins to make the switch to digital. As of press time, Trapp expected to have his new sound and projection system up and running for the may 16 premiere of the new Godzilla. But, like that massive, rampaging lizard, the digital conversion of the Fairlee was colossally disruptive and costly. In February, Trapp says, he made a down payment on a new digital projector, which promptly got lost in transit. “God knows where it was for a month,” he says, joking, “They flew it in from Belgium and gave it to the same guy who did those s amsonite commercials.” Like many drive-in owners in Vermont and around the country, Trapp launched a Kickstarter campaign last year to raise donations for the digital conversion. h e fell short of his $55,000 goal and hence didn’t collect a dime. (Trapp has since relaunched the campaign with the more modest goal of raising $27,595 — the amount pledged last time — by may 31.) Ultimately, Trapp estimates the conversion will cost him “every bit of $80,000,” which includes equipping his projection booth with new climate and dust controls, and installing new bulbs, lenses and a sound system. As he puts it, “You can just hear the cash register ringing.” Even after the digital upgrade is complete and paid for, Trapp admits, he won’t rest easy. “h ow long does this computer last? That’s your other fear factor,” he says. “You have to keep in the back of your mind that this might only be a five-year solution for us.” Adam Gerhard and Regina Franz are facing an equally daunting battle in their efforts to keep their theater open for another season. They operate the Randall Drive-In, a 140-car theater in Bethel that bills itself as the “world’s smallest drive-in.” Gerhard and Franz don’t even own the land on which their theater stands; they lease it seasonally, making it virtually impossible for them to secure financing for the digital upgrade. Their last Kickstarter campaign fell short of its target. But as of press time, the couple, who live in n ewmarket, n .h ., and drive to Bethel every weekend to show movies, were nearly halfway to their new goal of raising $20,000 by may 27. There have been plenty of dire predictions that digital will doom the nation’s 357 remaining drive-ins. Yet so far the switch hasn’t darkened any of them, according to D. Edward Vogel, administrative secretary for the United Drive-In Theatre o wners Association. Vogel also owns Bengies Drive-In Theatre in Baltimore, md., which boasts the largest drive-in screen in the United s tates. h e explains that, as with all movie-industry innovations — sound in the 1920s, wide-screen projection in the 1930s, Cinemas cope in the 1950s — the big studios have done little to help small-time exhibitors upgrade their equipment to the new industry standard. A few theater owners have been able to recoup some of the cost of their digital conversion through a complicated system of third-party vendors, Vogel notes. Essentially, the studios return to exhibitors a portion of the money they save by not having to print and ship 35mm films. Bengies, which switched to digital last summer at a cost of $86,000, is part of that system. “w ill I ever see all of it?” Vogel asks of the compensation the studios promise. “probably not.” n or will the Randall. As Gerhard points out, those third-party vendors require the installation of “ridiculously expensive” monitoring equipment, making the system impractical for his small, short-seasoned business. “s o the big companies that actually could afford to go digital got all the help,” Gerhard says, “and the small companies that couldn’t, like us, got nothing.” As for the fate of the s t. Albans Drive-In, it remains uncertain following the death last year of longtime owner paul Gamache. Although a family member hinted that the theater is expected to open on memorial Day, Gamache’s son, Anthony, wouldn’t confirm that prediction and declined further comment on the drive-in’s fate.
jectors at a seasonal drive-in. The Starlight will be open year-round to capitalize on the lack of lodging in the Malletts Bay area. But sooner or later, Handy will have to face the digital dilemma. For now, he says, the plan is to upgrade just one screen by 2015. He’ll do so not only to capitalize on new movie releases, he says, but also to take advantage of special events being offered to digital-capable drive-ins. They include this summer’s Jimmy Buffett concert, which will be simulcast live via satellite to drivein theaters around the country. As f or his three other screens, Handy says he’ll keep showing movies in the traditional 35mm format for as long as distributors keep shipping them to him. “We want to keep nostalgia alive f or as long as we can at the Sunset Drive-In,” Handy adds. “We’re retro and we love it.”m
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Cassidy and the Sundance Kid , stills f rom the movie set, and short bios of both actors. The Tom Cruise Room includes a poster from Jerry Maguire and stills from Cocktail — through no couch for gleefully jumping on. Only the VIP Hollywood Room isn’t named after a specific movie legend or Hollywood couple. The motel’s biggest and priciest lodging ($179 a night on one early June weekend), it does boast a large living room with a wide-screen TV, a beverage bar and an extra-large bathroom — including a whirlpool tub with jets and underwater lights. The inn’s six dormers have digital lights that flick on at night and change color. Handy will soon have a program he can use to sync their flashing to movie soundtracks — “like Close Encounters of the Third Kind ,” he says. All of Handy’s guests receive complimentary admission to the drive-in during their stay. And, f or
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Unlike those of other motels and inns, rooms in the Starlight aren’t numbered but named af ter legends of the silver screen, such as Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Robert Redf ord, Paul Newman, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Audrey Hepburn. On each door hangs a replica of the actor’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Handy even had the sidewalks leading to each room dyed red to resemble a red carpet. Each room holds original movie post ers, photos and bios of the film legends. For example, the Elvis Presley Room f eatures an original f ramed poster f rom the 1958 musical King Creole, a 1975 “Elvis Live” concert poster, a lif e-size cardboard cutout of Presley, an oversize bathtub, a 56-inch television and, natu rally, a king-size bed. Likewise, the Newman and Redf ord Room sports a poster f rom 1969’s Butch
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Comedian Tig Notaro talks about fame and cancer in advance of her appearance at the Green Mountain Comedy Festival B Y D AN Bo L L ES
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great moments in the history of standup comedy. It is a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking 30 minutes of standup unlike anything bef ore it. It is awkward and uncom sCAN THis PAGE fortable, a deeply personal exposition from a comedian WiTH THE LAyAR APP To WATCH A vid Eo who is better known f or dry, absurdist and observa sEE PAGE 9 tional comedy in line with that of Todd Barry or Mitch Hedberg than for confessional humor. It is also hilarious. The next day, comedian Louis C.K. tweeted, “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.” C.K. convinced a reluctant Notaro to make the recording of that set available on his website. It went viral practically overnight, selling more than 100,000 copies, and was the best-selling comedy album of 2012. Last year, it was physically packaged as Notaro’s second proper album, Live — the verb, not the adjective — and scored a 2014 Grammy nomination f or Best Comedy YOUR SCANAlbum. THIS PAGE SCAN THIS PAGE TEXT WITH LAYAR WITH LAYAR Notaro lost to comedian Kathy Griffin. But, as she points5out in a recent phone interview withSeven Days, HERE SEE PAGE SEE PAGE 5 now that she’s cancer-f ree she’s won something f ar more valuable than a little gold statuette. “She got her Grammy. I got my life,” she says. This year Notaro can be seen in three feature films: Lake Bell’s In a World…, Shreveport with Ryan Philippe and Walk of Shame with Elizabeth Banks. The come dian has several new projects of her own in the works, too, including a Showtime series, “Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro,” in which she perf orms in the homes of f ans; and an autobiographical book about those hor rific f our months in 2012. Notaro is touring regularly and drawing bigger crowds than ever. She’s become a darling of National Public Radio and late-night talk shows. And she has a new girlfriend. In short, lif e is pretty good f or Notaro right now. And as scary as her bout with cancer was, she says she wouldn’t change a thing. “I don’t want to go through it again,” she told writer here are bad stretches in life. And then there’s Then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Sandra Allen in a 2013 piece for Buzzfeed. “But every what comedian Tig Notaro went through About a week af ter the initial diagnosis, in August thing leads you to where you are. I really can’t believe over a four-month span in early 2012. 2012, Notaro appeared at the f amed Los Angeles how good my life is.” First, she got pneumonia. Shortly af ter, comedy club Largo. She strode onstage and greeted In advance of her two Green Mountain Comedy she contracted a potentially deadly illness called the typical welcoming applause of the crowd like any Festival shows at the First Unitarian Universalist Clostridium difficile, an infection in which bacteria es - of about a thousand comedians had bef ore her. But Society in Burlington on Saturday, May 24, here is the sentially eat away at the intestines. She spent a week in not quite. rest of our interview with Tig Notaro. the hospital and lost 20 pounds from her already slen “Thank you, thank you,” she said breezily. “I have SEVEN DAYS: What went through your mind after der f rame. Not long af ter she was released, Notaro’s cancer, thank you. I have cancer, really. Thank you.” mother died in a f reak accident. And soon af ter that, The set that followed became not just a defining you opened by telling the crowd at Largo you had cancer? she and her longtime girlfriend broke up. moment in Notaro’s lif e and career, but one of the
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TIG NOTARO: I was definitely scared. I was nervous. There were so many things. I was feeling emotional still. I could sense from the room that they thought it was a joke and were trying to figure out where I was going with that. I was trying to deliver it in a similar way as when comedians come out, like, “How’s everybody doing? Who’s drinking tonight? Any birthdays? I have cancer.” SD: That’s what’s striking about your opening and the audience reaction. If that was just a joke, it would have been a pretty cruel joke, which is certainly not your style. TN: Yeah. I was concerned about opening the show with that because of the time between them thinking I was being mean or hurtful to the time that I could relieve everyone … not relieve, but to say, “Oh, don’t worry. I have cancer. I’m not making fun of you or your loved ones.” I was worried about it. Then I had the realization that I have cancer, so I can make this joke. SD: You can feel that in the recording, how the audience starts to come around and there’s this eerie mix of tension and laughter. TN: Definitely. I think you can feel that throughout the show, the roller coaster that they’re on and that I’m on. I’ve only listened to the album once. Even my other album, Good One, I’ve only listened to once. Neither of them interests me. But when I listened to Live, it did make an impact.
SD: What was your reaction when the record was nominated for a Grammy? TN: There was a surreal element to it, because it’s the Grammys. And it’s also surreal in that it was not anything I was working towards. I was just doing a show and struggling in life. SD: You went to the ceremony, right? TN: Yeah. I presented a few awards at the Grammys. One of them was to Steve Martin and Edie Brickell for an Americana song or album of the year or something. But that was a moment that my 16- or 17-year-old self would not have believed, just because I was such a huge fan of both of them. And there they are walking up to the stage toward me, and I’m handing them a Grammy Award. SD: Were you disappointed to lose? TN: Kathy Griffin ended up winning, and I think she’d released, like, six or seven albums in a row trying to get a Grammy. And I told my girlfriend, who was so irritated when I lost, [Kathy Griffin] wanted that so desperately, I didn’t feel bad losing. I didn’t have any
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SD: You’re working on a book. How is that writing process different from writing comedy? TN: The detail is so specific in a book. You have to draw things out so much more than in anything I’ve done. Writing jokes and telling stories is such small storytelling. I’m writing [the book] about the four-month period when my life fell apart. But it’s also weaving in my life now that everything’s OK. And it’s also weaving in my childhood and who my mother was and giving some backstory. It’s a real undertaking and a challenge, but I’m really enjoying it and feel like I would like to continue to write books. m
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SD: I spoke with Hannibal Buress recently and asked him a similar question. He told me he can still go to the grocery store, but that he’s “bar famous.” Drunk people know him. TN: [Laughs] Yeah. I don’t hang out in bars, so maybe I’m bar famous and I don’t even know it. Maybe I’m more famous than I even realize. Maybe I should go socialize more.
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SD: Has the success of Live and becoming more famous changed your life in any significant ways? TN: Not really. I’m certainly more well-known and there’s higher attendance at my shows and I’m making more money. But I don’t think my life looks any different from what it did 10 years ago. Some of the projects are more high profile. But it’s not like I can’t walk out of my house.
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SD: So Kathy Griffin is sort of like the Susan Lucci of comedy Grammys? TN: I guess so! I’m happy for her. She got her Grammy. I got my life. I’m alive, so a Grammy is just a cherry on top to me.
SD: It was horrifying at the time and his wife kind of smacked him. But it’s hilarious in retrospect. TN: That’s really funny. “I’m dying. How are you?” I essentially had that moment before the album, after the C. diff and I had lost all this weight. When the X-ray
SD: It’s a hell of a diet plan. After the Largo show, joking about cancer and dying became part of your act and figured prominently in your podcast [“Professor Blastoff”]. It clearly resonated with audiences. But was your making light of the disease ever difficult for your close friends and family? TN: I didn’t hear anything about that from friends or family, that it wasn’t funny or not to joke about it. I was more concerned with how my stepfather was going to respond when I was talking about my mother on the CD and making jokes about the brochure that came after she died. It’s very dark and hard. I wasn’t sure if he would think it was inappropriate. It’s this whole problem with comedy at times of being “too soon.” But he didn’t feel that way at all. I wasn’t concerned about what my brother would think. I knew he’d support whatever I did. But my whole life I never had that support from my stepfather, which was why I was concerned when the album came out. But it turned out that he was totally supportive. It was a turning point, and he started taking more of an interest in me.
attachment to it. And after Kathy won, I congratulated her, and my girlfriend and I went to the after-party and haven’t thought about it since. If I had put out an album I really wanted to be nominated and hoped it won, I might feel differently. But I can’t imagine ever releasing an album and having that sort of drive for it.
SD: The first time I heard it, it reminded me of a time I was working at a well-to-do old folks’ home waiting tables in their restaurant-cafeteria-thing. my first day, I greeted a table and asked how everyone was doing. And this gnarled little old man kind of craned his head and said, “I’m dying. How are you?” TN: [Laughs] That’s so, so funny.
technician asked how I had such a flat stomach, I said, “Oh, I’m dying. That’s how I keep myself thin.”
Running Tally Where do Burlington runners like to run? The app knows… B Y AND r EA Su ozzo
ith the Vermont City Marathon coming up this weekend, lots of runners have been pounding the pavement around Burlington lately. Not all of them plan to compete, of course — f or some it’s just a f ree, warm-weather fitness plan. But plenty of runners are keeping track of , and sharing, their times and other data anyway. Running is no longer just a solo en deavor; with the help of smartphones and GPS watches, people can track their training and share their progress with the world. That means we can look at where people are running, too. This map of popular running routes in the Burlington area uses data f rom RunKeeper, a GPS mapping app. The more common routes appear in darker colors; the lighter ones were less trav eled. To make this inf ographic, we pulled 479 user-created routes centered in Burlington and mapped them. Caveat: Runners use many other GPS apps to track and share their runs, and not everyone shares their running inf orma tion publicly, so this map represents only a portion of local runners’ routes and its data are not statistically significant. m
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ou never get sick — ever since you began running regularly three years ago, dropping 75 pounds and cutting out chips and desserts, you’ve been healthy as a horse — but suddenly, as the calendar flips to 2014, you have this monstrous cold. You get night sweats, fever; you can’t shake it. Eventually, you get better, so you decide to go for a five-mile run on Underhill’s Irish Settlement Road near your home. Despite the cold, gray Sunday, you’re happy to be outside again. But you feel unusually weak. You won’t f orget this run; it’s the last one you’ll do f or months. Because on Monday, January 6, the backache begins.
It only gets worse the next day — and it’s accompanied by a strange tingling in your toes. By midweek, you’re really losing power. You’re so weak that you have to lean on your 7-year-old daughter’s shoulder when standing up. By Friday, you’re unable to use the bathroom on your own, hold a spoon to get food into your mouth, or walk without pushing a chair across the floor. Your wife has to help you do all that stuff, and she’s becoming as terrified as you are. You call your doctor, who rushes you to the emer gency room at Fletcher Allen Health Care. You remain there for five days, completely paralyzed.
ound like a nightmare? It was — but this actually happened to Will Billings, a 45-year-old employee of Green Mountain Coffee and f ather of two. Happily, not only has he since recovered, but he’s run ning half of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Relay this Sunday. What went so terribly wrong, and how did he get better? During a recent 10-mile run along the Burlington Bike Path with this reporter and his marathon partner, Joel White, Billings shares his story. The paralysis, he reveals, was a side effect of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an immune disorder that attacks the central nervous system. It’s rare, affecting just
one in 100,000 people per year, and can be triggered by a viral or bacterial infec tion, or even a vaccination. As it happens, Billings had a flu shot right around the time he came down with that cold. He still isn’t sure whether it was the inf ec tion or the shot that began shutting down his body. Lef t undiagnosed, Guillain-Barré can cause permanent paralysis and death, but Billings was lucky enough to be seeing a doctor who had an epiphany in the middle of the night. “It was just like an episode of ‘House,’” says Billings, ref er ring to the television medical drama fea turing a brilliant-but-surly diagnostician.
On that Friday in January, he checked After five days at Fletcher Allen, into Fletcher Allen’s emergency room Billings was transferred to Fanny Allen, for a lumbar puncture to confirm the where he was told he would stay for two diagnosis. months of rehabilitation with a physical “It’s kind of a wimpy name, ‘Guillain- therapist and occupational therapist. Barré,’” Billings says. “But at first, it was a “But I was showing daily progress, so I huge relief once we got into the hospital negotiated a way out after a week and and got the diagnosis and knew that it a half,” says Billings, who explained to wouldn’t be fatal, because of my age and his caregivers that he had “everything the fact that I was in decent physical he needed to survive” on the main level shape.” of his Underhill home. He was disBillings began undergoing a five-day charged with a wheelchair and walker treatment that would further knock down on January 25. his immune system before he could start As the next month progressed, he to recover. “I was still losing power,” he was able to stand, and then walk, and recalls. then drive and even travel for business. As his stalled body But it wasn’t until Billings awaited its jump-start, went for a three-mile run his mind raced. Though on a sunny late February Guillain-Barré is fatal in just day that he felt somewhat 5 percent of cases, long-term normal again. “Running is side effects for survivors can an important part of my life, include residual weakness, as it reduces stress, offers atrophy, and loss of strength time alone to recharge my and endurance. “I thought, batteries and think creWhat does this mean for me, atively,” he explains. my job, my family?” Billings It’s not unheard of for says. “Do we move? How am I people with such illnesses going to manage all the snow to rebound from paralysis and all that? OK, I don’t think and return to their previous I’m going to die, that’s great level of athletic activity, acnews, but how long is it going cording to Massachusettsto take me to fully recover, based neurologist and and will I fully recover?” Guillain-Barré authority The smallest things Peter Lichtenfeld. “I had became the most frustrating. one patient who made it WIll B I llIN g S “I couldn’t even roll myself to the Wimbledon tennis over in bed,” says Billings. tournament one year after “I’m independent; I don’t like to ask for illness,” he says by phone, “and another help. To ring the nurse to help you roll who ran a full marathon two years after over in bed is pretty humbling.” illness.” So was sharing a room with a 90-yearBut racing 13.1 miles four months old stroke victim, and needing to be after being paralyzed is remarkable by strapped in a crane-like device by a physi- any standards. Though Billings now cal therapist to get out of bed. Unable to admits to feeling stiff sometimes, and sleep, Billings was wiped out. His digestive a bit apprehensive about a training system had shut down, leaving him with regimen that has been less intense than no appetite, and one of the few sensations usual — about 20 miles per week — he he had was “excruciating back pain.” was determined to start setting running Making his stay somewhat more bear- goals once he could put one foot in front able were the visitors. Billings’ 8-year-old of the other. In addition to this weekdaughter made a card for his elderly end’s race, Billings has set his sights on roommate, who had no visitors of his own. July’s Mad Marathon in Waitsfield, the Also on hand were Billings’ wife, parents New Balance Falmouth Road Race in and in-laws, and his running buddy White, Massachusetts in August and the Cape who tried to keep his spirits up by joking Cod Marathon in October. about sponge baths. But first up is the Vermont City Still. “The kids were obviously very Marathon. “It’s one of the most scared, going into the room and seeing popular and best-managed local events,” me hooked up to a thousand machines,” Billings says. “While I’ve historically remembers Billings, who also lost control focused on [running] time, my goal this of one side of his face. “When my wife saw season is to finish strong and have a that, she panicked, and my mom was really great time.” m upset when she saw me.” Billings says he tried to be “as positive as possible about the process” — which INFo included a high-dose immunoglobulin KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Relay, treatment delivered intravenously to Sunday, May 25, beginning at 8 a.m. in speed recovery. He began to notice that Burlington. Registration is closed. Info for he could move his right leg two inches, a runners and spectators at vermontcity marathon.org. small improvement that gave him hope.
To ring The nurse To help you roll over in bed is pretty humbling.
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Listen up for Vermont’s outdoor music festivals BY DAN Bo ll E S
ummer in Vermont is kind of like a rubber band. Over the winter, the ten sion and anticipation of warmer times to come build as the cold stretches on. Then, just like that, there’s a release, and the state’s shortest season seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. Because the season is so short and sweet, we take our summer shenanigans pretty seriously and cram as much into those blissf ul three-ish months as we can. That approach extends to any number of recreational pursuits, but especially applies to music. From early June through September, there’s hardly a weekend without at least one outdoor music festival — and often several are happening. 2014 is no exception. This summer’s calendar is chock-full of festivals large and small, offering a cross-section of styles and genres to suit virtually any musical taste. What follows is a primer on some of the festivals that will provide the soundtrack to this summer in Vermont.
Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Green,
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The long-running Concerts on the Green series at Shelburne Museum is something like Vermont’s answer to Tanglewood, only without the classical music. Instead of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach, visitors to the museum’s pastoral lawn will be treated to the contemporary sounds of folk-soul crooner Ray LaMontagne with Jason Isbell and the Belle Brigade (May 28); renowned roots-rockers Tedeschi Trucks Band and the London Souls (June 6); blues-rock icon John Hiatt and the Robert Cray Band (July 10); mandolin ace Chris Thile’s reunited old band Nickel Creek (July 25); and pop-bluegrass darlings Old Crow Medicine Show with Hurray for the Riff Raff (July 29).
Jazz Band. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as numerous perf ormers of local, national and international acclaim descend on Burlington to get our jazz hands swinging.
SolarFest at the Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth is more than just a music festival. Entering its 20th year, the three-day party is also an exposition and celebra tion of sustainable-living practices. And what better way to educate yourself on the latest in green gizmos and gadgetry than to a soundtrack f rom the likes of Barika, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eastbound Jesus and Waylon Speed? solarfest.org
The Manifestivus, Pr ANSk Y FAmil Y FArm, cABot, Jul Y 25 to 27
For 11 years now, Manifestivus in Cabot has billed itself as a “local f estival with Pro SPEct mou Nt AiN, a global vibe.” This year that worldly Woo DFor D, Jul Y 25 AND 26 aesthetic takes a spicy turn with a LatinAs we well know in Vermont, the hills themed f est dubbed “La Fiesta Loca.” are alive with the sound of music. But on Our Spanish is rusty, but that roughly July 25 and 26, the hills around Prospect translates to a lineup of bands and DJs Mountain Nordic in Woodf ord will be who cross south-of -the-border sounds alive with sounds that might give the with more northerly pursuits, includ entire von Trapp f amily nightmares. ing Grammy-nominated Latin band That’s because the folks from online radio Locos Por Juana, jazz trumpeter Charles station New Vermont Music (nvmradio. Lazarus and jazz-f unkf usion band com) are hosting the NVM Metal Fest, a the Nth Power. From the local scene, two-day concert featuring some 14 inde- expect appearances from Latin jazz band pendent metal bands from New England Afinque, Afrofunk outfit Afri-VT, rockers
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Rattling Brook Bluegrass Festival,
BEl ViDEr E cENt Er, Ju NE 21 Now in its 31st year, the tiny Rattling Brook Bluegrass Festival is among the longest-running musical events in Vermont. This one-day hootenanny — or is it a hoedown? — will feature fine local picking talent, including the Reunion Band, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Big Spike Bluegrass, Cardigan Mountain Tradition, the Woedoggies and the Modern Grass Quintet. Also, we’re told, amazing French fries. Check Facebook for the Rattling Brook Bluegrass Festival page.
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival,
The Frendly Gathering,
The state’s largest and most prominent music f estival needs little introduction. For more than 30 years, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival has ranked among the most respected and prestigious jazz festivals in the country. For 10 days, the Queen City becomes a virtual jazz club, with all manner of sounds — jazzy and otherwise — emanating f rom countless nightclubs and stages large and small. This year’s headliners include Tony Bennett, Maceo Parker, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Ron Carter and Benny Golson, Regina Carter, and Eddie Palmieri Latin
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and the East Coast. Those include Half Past Human, Indecent Exposure, King Pariah, Red Equals Meltdown and headliners Dragon’s Bane. Proceeds from the fest benefit the Sunrise Family Resource Center in Bennington and the Music Empowers Foundation, a national orga nization that helps bring music educa tion to impoverished kids.
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Nickel Creek, who will perform at Ben & Jerrry’s Concerts on the Green
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The Frendly Gathering is a f estival started by a group of pro snowboarders who live by the cheeky motto “There is no I in frends.” There is, however, an I in Delta Spirit, Deer Tick and Lake Street Dive, all of whom will take the stage at this year’s f est. There’s no I in Shakey Graves, but he’ll be there, too, along with an eclectic mix of regional and local bands and DJs. They include the likes of Twiddle, Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Jatoba, Gold Town, Quiet Lion and Disco Phantom, among many others. frendlygathering.com
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who will perform at SolarFest
Lake Street Dive, who will perform at Grand Point North
Electric Sorcery and all-girl rocksteady favorites Steady Betty, among others. manifestivus.com
The Precipice: A 2-Day Happening, BurliNgtoN collEgE, AuguSt 1 AND 2
At press time, many details about this year’s Precipice were unavailable. But we know from chatting up sources that the former “3-Day Happening” is indeed happening, and we’re happy about that. This year it will be a slightly slimmed down, two-day fest. Last year, the festival moved from the Intervale to a previously underutilized field behind Burlington College on North Avenue. And it was magical. Curated by the folks from Radio Bean, those three days in late July arguably made for the most comprehensive and wonderful showcase of the local scene we saw all year. We expect more of the same this time around in early August. Stay tuned. facebook.com/ThePrecipiceVT
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The Vermont Music Festival is a music festival. In Vermont. Gentle teasing aside, the daylong fest at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield has become one of the most enjoyable and down-home events of the summer, featuring great food, a Wiffle ball tournament and, of course, local music, including an epic late-night acoustic jam session. The lineup for this year’s festival had yet to be announced at press time. Given that past years have seen the likes of Bow Thayer, Afri-VT, Steady Betty, Tammy Fletcher, the Eames Brothers, Abby Jenne and Afinque, it’s a safe bet that the fifth annual Vermont Music Festival will offer plenty of locavore treats for the ears.
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wAtErfroNt PArk, BurliNgtoN, SEPtEmBEr 13 AND 14 In Vermont, summer ain’t over until Grace Potter and the Nocturnals say it is. That’s just the kind of pull the state’s highest-profile rock diva has. So, for the past few years, the band’s two-day blowout at Waterfront Park in Burlington has served as an unofficial swan song to Vermont’s shortest season. And what a blowout it is, featuring a mix of top-notch national talent playing alongside some of the best local acts on the festival’s twin main stages. This year, headliners include Lake Street Dive, Dr. John, the War on Drugs and Trampled by Turtles. They’ll be joined by a slew of locals, such as Swale, Anders Parker, Lowell Thompson, Gold Town, the High Breaks, Caroline Rose and Villanelles.
Celebrating the area’s rich nautical heritage, the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is a sprawling, and mostly free, weekend-long event highlighted by numerous boating demonstrations and expositions along Burlington’s waterfront.
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Vermont Music Festival,
Fueled by a renewable-energy source courtesy of Green Mountain Power, the Valley Stage Musical Festival in Huntington is yet another local event with ideals as lofty as the high harmonies emanating from the stage. The ninth annual VSMF has a family-friendly atmosphere, tasty food and great, rootsy tunes — this year from the Defibulators, Hot Flannel, the Crunchy Western Boys, Cricket Blue and headliners the Deadly Gentlemen.
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It also boasts some excellent music when the sun goes down. This year’s lineup includes jam giants Umphrey’s McGee (August 7); punk icons the Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise and the Vandals (August 8); pop-Americana favorites the Avett Brothers (August 9); and legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy.
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costumes and make music. Each party has a different route and theme. On Friday, May 30, the theme is “flowers.” Despite these and other initiatives, Burlington cycling activists don’t seem to be in a congratulatory mood. “Go for Gold,” they caution, should be viewed as “a measure, not a goal,” because the city will need to establish numerous improvements, particularly regarding safety, for many years to come. Actual or perceived danger is the chief disincentive to cycling, and of ten to walking, notes the Burlington Walk/ Bike Council, an all-volunteer policy advisory group. “Some of the most important corridors and routes in Burlington do not f eel saf e to ride f or most people,” the council declared in a recently adopted statement on “Go f or Gold” priorities.
on the quality of its walking and biking infrastructure. As an inf rastructural expression of that ambition, work will soon start on reconstructing wthe most heavily used portion of the lakef ront bike path. In addition, Local Motion’s bike ferry linking Burlington and Colchester with the Champlain Islands will operate seven days a week f rom mid-June to Labor Day, with weekend service starting May 24 and running until mid-October. And who says cycling has to be sweaty and achy? Not the Burlington Bike Party, a puckish group that gathers in City Hall Park at 7:30 p.m. on the last Friday of each month through September. Serious about having f un on two wheels, these enthusiasts embark on a chatty, slowpaced, two-hour ride around town, with participants encouraged to wear
ermont cyclists have a host of innovations to enjoy and anticipate in the peak pedal ing season, which runs f rom roughly Memorial Day to Columbus Day. They’ll also have to contend with many of the same dangers and limitations that have always hindered biking in the state. With a mayor and a public works director committed to improving and expanding cycling options, Burlington appears to be setting the pace among Vermont localities in encouraging resi dents to get out and ride. City officials and partner groups are marshaling their efforts with a “Go f or Gold” campaign intended to earn Burlington recognition as one of the best cycling cities in the country. Currently Vermont has silver status, a distinction granted by the Walk Friendly Communities Program, based
Last Saturday, Rutland celebrated the opening of a 5.1-mile mountain-biking route from the city’s 300-acre Pine Hill Park to Proctor. It took nearly eight years to get the landowner permissions and to make the physical changes needed to complete the Carriage Trail, says Shelley Lutz, one of the coordinators of the volunteer-powered effort. Owing to the route’s 500-foot gain in elevation, casual cyclists probably wouldn’t enjoy a jaunt along these old logging roads. But there are scenic compensations, Lutz notes: a beaver swamp busy with wildlife and a reservoir suitable for dipping. The Marble City hopes to add an other, tamer trail in the next few years. The 10-foot-wide, paved Rutland Creek Path is planned to run three miles through the city along the East and Otter creeks. The first segment opened two
Closing gaps in the city’s array of cycling paths would be an especially effective saf ety measure. Burlington has “isolated pockets of good biking inf rastructure,” observes Local Motion director Emily Boedecker. “But there’s no real network. We’ve got to go f rom the dots and dashes of Morse code to a true broadband system.” The strong commitments to cycling voiced by Mayor Miro Weinberger and Public Works Chief Chapin Spencer (the previous director of Local Motion) sug gest that “we’ve got the willingness in place and the right individuals in place,” Boedecker adds. “But we need broad public support for it to actually happen.” Spencer doesn’t disagree. “We have a decent f oundation in place and some ambitious plans,” he says, while ac knowledging that the city f aces tough challenges in becoming f riendlier to bikers. “New England has narrow streets, and it’s not easy to accommodate all uses comfortably,” Spencer notes. Our area has seen plenty of other developments of late — regarding not only cycling inf rastructure but cycles themselves. Here’s a sampling.
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transportation back to Burlington. The entry fee for the June 1 Tour de l’Île de Montréal is included, as well. The 30th edition of the Tour de l’Île is the culmination of a weeklong biking festival called Go Bike Montréal. Starting May 25 with the 150- or 75-ki lometer Metropolitan Challenge, the series of events includes the 20-K Tour la Nuit that starts at 8:15 p.m. on May 30. What accounts for Montréal’s status as, arguably, the best cycling city in North America? “It has been like a snowball rolling,” says Joelle Sevigny, director of Vélo Québec Événements et Voyages. “It just kept getting bigger and bigger.”
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years ago, with the second of five due to be completed this summer. A long-planned bike path along the Barre-Montpelier Road has been slow to take shape, and a completion target date remains elusive, reports Nancy Schulz, director of the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition. But some progress has been occurring. Construction on part of the path could begin next year, Schulz says. Cycle trail advocates who dream big should plan to take part in a June 22 tour starting at Morse Farm in East Montpelier. It’s a fundraiser for the Cross Vermont Trail, an envisioned 90-mile route connecting towns in the northcentral portion of the state, f rom Lake Champlain to the Connecticut River. About a third of the trail is complete and
open to riders and skiers. Supporters describe the route along the Winooski and Wells rivers as a patchwork quilt that will knit together many different pieces. Back in Burlington, a study is under way that examines converting North Avenue into a “complete street” — meaning redesigning it to better accom modate cyclists and pedestrians and to enhance motorists’ saf ety. A similar assessment is expected to start soon on the downtown sections of North and South Winooski avenues, regarded by many urban riders as the most danger ous streets in Burlington. Plans f or the endlessly delayed Champlain Parkway still lack adequate amenities f or pedestrians and cyclists, according to the Walk/Bike Council. The group adds in its recent statement on “Go f or Gold” priorities that it ex pects such improvements to be f ormu lated soon.
Several national companies orga nize cycling tours in various parts of Vermont. For a days-long ride with down-home roots, check out the offerings of Richmond-based POMG (Peace of Mind Guaranteed) and VBT (formerly Vermont Bicycle Touring), which still operates from offices in Bristol after 43 years in business. Local Motion organizes a f our-day “Vermontreal” trip f rom Burlington to Montréal starting May 29. It’s priced as a f undraiser f or Local Motion, with the $1,095-per-person cost covering three nights’ lodging, some meals and
Fif teen regional chapters around the state have launched a coordinated drive to increase the membership of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association nearly fivefold this year, f rom 450 to 2,200 dues payers. The aim is to im prove and expand the 600 miles of single-track trails available to riders on private, state and f ederal land, says association publicist Sarah Galbraith. Individuals will pay $49 a year and receive dis count coupons f or 40 shops, ski resorts and restaurants. Mountain biking is growing in popu larity, with Vermont emerging as a leading destination, Galbraith notes. “It makes you feel like a kid again,” the Marshfield resident says in explaining why she sets off on rides of up to 18 miles on many evenings. “It’s the way I let go of my workday.”
transportation agency focused on alter natives to commuting in single-passen ger vehicles. Cohen will be proselytizing for cargo bikes, which, he argues, can substitute f or a car f or shopping and errands. Besides creating environmental dis turbances, “the automobile is designed as a sensory-deprivation device,” says Cohen, who works as a psychotherapist. “It’s intended to restrict users’ access to the eco-world.” New designs enable cargo bikes to climb hills more easily, he notes. Taking the pain out of elevation gain is also a motivating f actor f or Larry Gilbert, co-owner of ZoomBikes in Middlesex. Gilbert and Lauri Scharf sell electric cycles that they’ll offer daily f or three-hour test rides in the Montpelier-Moretown-Middlesex area starting June 3. The battery-powered bikes, which can operate f or up to 30 miles per charge, have a maximum velocity of 20 mph but average about 10 mph f or most riders because the pedals must be pushed f or the motor to work. Zoom’s cycles sell f or $2,400 to $3,400. Electric bikes “provide enough assis tance to make it possi ble f or lesser mortals to ride up hills,” says Gilbert, 59. He sees Zoom’s market as consisting mainly of aging cyclists such as himself — “people who want to keep riding but who just can’t deal with the hills that are pretty much everywhere in Vermont.” m
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Brattleboro resident David Cohen started a cargo-bike delivery business in Berkeley, Calif ., nearly 20 years ago that’s still pedaling strong today. Now he’s been hired as a consultant f or Go! Vermont, the arm of the state’s
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Looking f or a meal rif e with ramps? You could head to a locavore, ﬁ ne-dining establishment, or you could hit the Ryder Brook Golf Club in Morrisville. There, Sandi Schlosser serves seasonal fare — including a recent rash of spring onions picked nearby — out of her food truck ﬁ ve days a week. That devotion to prime ingredients is only natural f or Schlosser, a 2009 New England Culinary Institute grad. She grew up on Sandiwood Farm in Wolcott, where she still
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cooks f arm-to-f ork dinners several times each summer. But when Schlosser’s Vermont Harvest Catering isn’t crafting high-end eats for a party in Stowe, the chef is likely to be parked outside the clubhouse of the golf course owned by her boyfriend, Johann Jaremczuk. Schlosser and Jaremczuk began looking f or a f ood truck last year. “Everything we looked at was kind of rundown and dirty,” recalls Schlosser, who eventually decided to have the truck custom built. The resulting mobile kitchen is exceptionally well stocked, with cold prep, range top, oven, grill and fryer all in a row. Schlosser needs that array for the breadth of the menu she serves each day to passersby on Route 100. From the grill, the chef pro° ers a di° erent ﬂ atbread daily. On a recent Friday, fresh mozzarella holds in place sautéed mushrooms, olives and ramps between pu° y edges of dough. The pungent allium also appears mixed with mac and cheese that’s rolled into petite, panko-crusted balls and f ried. The bracing freshness of the ramps keeps the friedcheese-carb balls from reaching overkill. Big ﬂ avors are key to the success of Schlosser’s overstu° ed tacos. A slow burn builds with each bite of the crisp-edged chicken marinated in ginger and chiles. A wash of lime crema and homemade cornand-tomato salsa moderate the heat. A relatively virtuous lunch of the veggieheavy tacos leaves guests with an excuse to binge on Schlosser’s airy doughnuts, covered in powdered sugar. They’re served in a brown paper bag, like so many guilty pleasures. But when dessert is that well made, remorse is beside the point. — A .L .
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emember when “summerf ood” meant a picnic and maybe a trip to the local creemee stand? Such was the case when the Seven Days “Snack Attack” series debuted in 2007, surveying the state’s seasonal snack bars. But, while those outdoor eateries will always appeal, there’s a new trend on the rise: the food truck. This summer, warm-weather diners can expect to see that form of meals on wheels out in full — and fried — force, with options ranging from vegan sweets to barbecue. In honor of the gluttonous national trend that Vermont has ﬁ nally embraced, this year Seven Days sta° ers sampled exclusively mobile eateries f or our summer f ood trek. The South End Truck Stop at Burlington’s ArtsRiot made trying out several new trucks as easy as shooting ﬁ sh sticks in a basket. Debuts at the Friday evening event’s May 16 opening included a dessert specialist, Asian street f ood and new Latin American eats from an old favorite. Other writers ventured outside the Queen Cityf or competition-style ’cue, ramp-adorned ﬂ atbread and something called a Chicken Bomb. Without question, tracking the food-truck explosion is one of our new favorite ways to spend the summer. And if we stu° ourselves to the point of discomfort to taste the best from every vendor we encounter, all we can say is, “Kaboom!”
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The moment is coming. The week of June 16, Space Invaders will arrive in South Burlington. So will Zangief, Sub-Zero and a gentleman by the name of Pac-Man. That’s when TILT CLASSIC ARCADE AND ALE HOUSE will officially open its doors at 7 Fayette Road. According to THOM DODGE, who co-owns the arcade with JOSHUA NICKERSON, the bottom floor holds about 15 cabinet games from the 1980s and ’90s. Among them are the aforementioned early classics, as well as Centipede, Asteroid and Galaga. Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat represent Generation Y, along with Sega hallmarks Altered Beast and Golden Axe. A similar number of pinball machines reside on the building’s newly constructed post-and-beam mezzanine. Those include 1979 throwback Gorgar alongside newer machines such as ones made to promote the Addams Family movies, “South Park” and AC/DC. What about the ale house element? Tables beckon drinkers on the ground floor and mezzanine, while gamers about to beat the high score can use cup holders and shelves to keep their food and drink handy. Twenty-four taps will pour at least eight to 10 local brews, says Dodge. Some find their way onto the food menu, too. White bean-andtomatillo chili is flavored with a dose of CITIZEN CIDER, while FIDDLEHEAD BREWING’s IPA shows up in the house hummus. Dodge, formerly of HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE, is taking a similar sourcing approach at Tilt, with 100 percent organic fare. He and kitchen supervisor THOMAS CORRADO, late of GUILD TAVERN, are also working to be GMO-free. Local sourcing is less of a challenge. The Tilt Burger features VERMONT FAMILY FARM beef with SHELBURNE FARMS cheddar, confit garlic aioli and a fried onion ring. Dodge does a twist on the cornmeal-crusted perch served at the Public House in the form of perch tacos with watermelon-radish slaw and cilantro-avocado crema. Vermont game burgers will change weekly to include meats such as venison and elk. But, no matter how good the food is, Tilt’s main draw will be savory nostalgia. “It reminds me of when you hear an old song,” says Dodge. “You can smell it; you can remember it so well — ‘I used to eat chili dogs when I played that.’” Now gamers can make new memories, with a locavore twist.
food on people,” Raftery says. “I’d rather get their feedback and give them what they want.” Brother and sister are building the space out now and shooting to open toward the end of June, a goal Raftery acknowledges as “quite aggressive”; restaurants almost never open on schedule. But he’s eager to make the most of the long summer nights. “We’ll probably go until two in the morning, get some music going down there,” he says. “We won’t know exactly what it’ll be until people start walking in the door. Then we’ll adapt to our people.”
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Now they’ve brokered a return to their old stomping grounds. With help from Peter Yee at Yellow Sign Commercial, Raftery and O’Brien are taking over the former SOFIA’S PIZZERIA space at 205 St. Paul Street (Sofia’s relocated to North Avenue in January). They’ll transform it into a lively, beer-forward brewpub set to open later this summer. Raftery plans to outfit the place, which he’s calling GASTROGRUB ON ST. PAUL, with eight to 10 draft lines for local, seasonal brews. That’s not a lot by some standards, the chef notes, but plenty for the pint-size 25-seat spot, whose capacity will nearly double with outdoor seating during warmer months. “Where the Wooden Spoon is more food driven,” Raftery
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streets of Puerto Rico. A friend was building houses down there, making the island a natural destination. “It was just really easy to go there — go swimming in the Bio Bay with all the phytoplankton, and gorge yourself on barbecue all day,” Anderson recalls. He fell particularly hard for humble marinated meats-on-a-stick called pinchos. Last summer, he started serving them (and a vegan version) from a mobile cart around town. The Pincho cart is back this summer with new dishes and a few reruns. Carnivores can choose from a variety of local, organic meats, which are skewered, grilled and served with coconut rice, beans, picadillo (a tangy chopped-cabbage salad) and spicy pincho sauce. Meat shunners can snack on garlicky grilled summer squash with the same accoutrements. Anderson is also rolling out tamales for the first time, with characteristic ¡Duino! (Duende) internationalism. “We’re gonna get really crazy with the tamale fusion,” he says, “not just sticking with traditional Mexican flavors.” Right now, you can unwrap a steaming husk filled with soft corn masa and Ethiopian-style stewed berbere chicken. (Berbere is a traditional blend of ground chiles, coriander, clove, fenugreek, allspice, ginger, cinnamon and other spices, depending on the cook.) Vegetarians and vegans can try a similar dish with lentils and potatoes instead of chicken; or sample elote, that Latin American grilled corn on the cob (served to nonvegans with crumbled cheese and housemade chipotle aioli). In the weeks to come, look for more tamales at Pincho, stuffed with pork and kimchi and other choices. All of them, Anderson would like you to know, are as organic as possible. “We can’t say we’re 100 percent yet,” he acknowledges, but notes that, in addition to serving organic meats and produce, he keeps the staples — masa, flour, spices and sauces — free of synthetic chemicals and GMOs.
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Warm-Weather DiNers caN expect to see fooD trucks out iN fuLL — aND frieD — force, with options ranging from vegan sweets to barbecue.
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South End truck Stop at Artsriot, 400 Pine Street, Burlington, Fridays through fall, 5 to 10 p.m. Many of the delectable options available last Friday at ArtsRiot’s summer food truck stop were savory — and spicy — affairs. Not at the Dessert for Breakfast booth, parked strategically near the exit, which makes raw, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free cakes, ice cream and candy. Owner Sarah DeFranco, 26, prepares them using a few key ingredients: coconut oil, dates, cacao, bananas and walnuts crop up in just about every menu offering.
DeFranco’s mango sorbet is made with mango, “a tiny bit of lemon, maple syrup and ice,” she says, letting the fruit do all the work. Similarly, she keeps the chocolatecovered bananas simple: The dessert is essentially a frozen banana. Though DeFranco’s raw cacao-based coating is rich and perfectly sweetened, the treat begs for an extra something to set it apart. The ice cream sandwich is a big cube of banana “ice cream” with a cacao, walnut and date “brownie” covered in chocolate. Though the brownie itself is a lovely combination of mellow sweetness, chocolaty cacao and crunch from the walnuts, the flavor of the big block of frozen banana overwhelms it. DeFranco says future sandwiches will feature less dense ice cream from her new ice cream maker. The coconut-caramel clusters are the crème of the crop: A cookie-like layer of coconut and vanilla is topped with creamy “caramel” made from dates, then with shredded coconut. The caramel and vanilla flavors add extra dimension to the same chocolate covering that’s less dynamic on other menu options. All in all, DeFranco works magic with limited starting ingredients. As her menu grows and diversifies, it’s a sure bet that she’ll deliver more meal-worthy desserts. — X i A N c Hi A N g - WA r EN
“This stuff is healthier than what most people eat for breakfast,” she says. Though DeFranco has been whipping up raw and vegan meals for her family for more than a year, she launched Dessert for Breakfast just three weeks ago. That explains the limited menu, which had just seven options last Friday. (DeFranco stresses that more are on the way, especially after her new ice cream maker arrives in the mail.) Her Key lime “cheese” cake is cool, frothy and sweet. The coconut-oil-based filling melts in your mouth, with a delightfully tart aftertaste, while the walnut-anddate crust adds richness and a hint of salt and crunch.
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This weekend, May 24 and 25, the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to add a little fiddle to your Memorial Day lineup. The first annual VErMont FIDDlEhEaD FEstIVal is a two-day, family-friendly affair celebrating Vermont’s distinctive spring green and its vibrant musical heritage. “We’ve been looking to do a spring festival,” says MSVCC festival organizer aDaM GrInolD. “The fiddlehead fern is a real
Vermont delicacy. And it’s a great name — you can have a lot of fun with a fiddlehead fest.” The event will commence on Saturday in West Dover with face painting, crafts, kids’ activities and vendors. Among the wares offered by local food artisans will be CrowlEy ChEEsE, pickles and relishes from lyMan’s sPECIaltIEs, EDEn ICE CIDEr, and cookies from DouGlas swEEts. Riddle away the afternoon with a “Fiddle Frenzy” featuring Cajun, zydeco and New Englandstyle tunes from Vermont stringers, followed by a block party on Sunday in Wilmington village. More info at vermontfiddle headfestival.com.
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Since MI Casa KItChEn & Bar opened last Thursday at 128 Main Street in Stowe, the $11.95 chorizo burger has been the runaway hit, say owners Paul and laura BIron. The house sausage is topped with Chihuahua cheese, chile de árbol mayonnaise, avocado and a fried egg, and served with cassava fries. The couple’s 184-yearold ButlEr housE building was previously home to Frida’s Taqueria and Grill. What was formerly a gift shop called Gizmo’s at the front of the building is now an elegantly appointed overflow area for Mi Casa, where guests can enjoy drinks while they wait for dinner. Chef sCott hostEttEr, who cooks alongside the Birons’ daughter, ZoE, calls the menu “regional Mexican with a Vermont
flair.” That means unconventional dishes such as a duck-confit taco served with cider-braised cabbage, apples and tamarind-beet purée. Dietician-nutritionist Laura Biron points out that most of the menu qualifies as “low-gluten” — the correct term for a non-gluten-free kitchen that serves gluten-free items. Translation? There are Mexican eats for all diets.
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food in the Handy Suites lot overlooking Susie Wilson Road in Essex Junction. (Look for the black smoker, flying an American flag, outside a gray wooden shack with a red metal roof.) Proprietor Rich Decker has earned his street cred among local barbecue aficionados: In his first-ever competitive season, he won Harpoon’s 2003 New England Regional BBQ Championship — and the grilling competition the next day. Since then, he’s twice taken home the grand prize at Pennsylvania’s statewide BBQ cook-off, and won New Jersey’s equivalent three times. Not bad for a retired carpenter and Philadelphia native who grew up eating cheesesteaks. The mixed grill at Lost Nation (named for the Essex road where Decker lives) includes two fat, dry-rubbed ribs, a pulledpork sandwich, baked beans and coleslaw ($12). The last item is tangy, well seasoned and crunchy fresh. The ribs are thick, meaty and flavorful, without too much fat. Though Decker describes his meats as “Kansas City style,” he offers three different sauces, all served on the side: a vinegar-based Carolina sauce, a sweet-and-savory KC sauce, and a hotter version of the latter.
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charitable work. He’s a member of Operation BBQ Relief, a national nonprofit that shows up after major disasters to hand out free meals. After Hurricane Sandy leveled the Jersey Shore in 2012, Decker joined the many vendors who collectively served 121,000 meals. He also donates all his tips to the Ronald McDonald House. Smokin’ good deeds! K EN P i c A rD
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Also good were the baked beans, which Decker flavors with grilled onions and spicy sausage. No secrets there. Decker publishes all his recipes on his website, reasoning that, he says, “Sometimes I can’t cook the same thing twice, so chances are you can’t, either.”
The only issue one might have with the meal involves the meager bun on which the ample pulled-pork sandwich is served. Such greasy, porky goodness deserves a heartier bun as its delivery device. Decker earns bonus points for his
Inasmuch as Dolce VT’s food might be described as a riot of flavors, the food truck has found a suitable location to park its bad self: outside ArtsRiot on Burlington’s Pine Street.
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The “riot” in the tacos comes courtesy of well-seasoned pork (cumin, pepper, maybe star anise?) surrounded by avocado, pickled carrots and onions, cilantro, and three condiments: Sriracha, hoisin sauce and basil aioli. Stefano Cicirello, 24, the ownerchef of Dolce VT, says, “I grew up in a really traditional Italian family. A lot of my inspiration is food that I did eat all the time — but also food that I didn’t get to eat.” Those tacos reflect Cicirello’s impulse not to hew too closely to any one cuisine; eating them is sort of like sampling the foods of several continents at once. The taco would be fine without the aioli, as the basil got lost, anyway. But the hoisin sauce is a great touch. The soft, mercifully unseasoned flour tortillas somehow
withstand the onslaught of culinary lubricants. Diners can add another taste of Europe to their midday meal by ordering the truffle fries. Thin and hot from the fryer, these are top-notch frites, nicely salted and gaining a musty punch from a drizzle of truffle oil. Cicirello, who trained as a pastry chef, admits that the name of his truck is somewhat misleading: Dolce means “sweet,” but there are currently no desserts on the menu. “This is a working man’s street,” he explains. “There are so many businesses, and it’s really blue collar. People want lunch. They don’t want a doughnut or a croissant.” Cicirello is waiting to develop a more regular clientele before introducing pastries, which are expensive and have short shelf lives, a particular problem for mobile
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Snack Attack 2014 «p.51 restaurants. He also hopes to start offering breakfast to morning commuters, he says. Dolce VT has a sweet deal with ArtsRiot: To pay for the electricity he taps, Cicirello makes lunch for the café and gallery’s staff. ArtsRiot’s newly constructed sidewalk beer garden gives Dolce VT the valuable advantage of a seating area. It’s a great place to people watch on a sunny day. — Et hAN DE SEifE
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A few years ago, Jeremy Bernozzi found himself marooned in Malaysia with no plans and little money. “My girlfriend lost her passport at the airport, and we got stuck in Kuala Lumpur,” says the cook,
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Shawn “Mo” Moshinskie is a popular guy. On a recent Thursday, horns sound every few minutes as friends and fans spy the burly cook parked in front of Spooner Specialties in Montpelier. While Moshinskie says he enjoys meeting new people, the honks may not be so much for his social skills as for his culinary chops. Since May 2013, he’s parked his barbecue setup all over the Montpelier area as Mo’s Backyard BBQ. Though he wears a black chef’s jacket with a toque-sporting pig logo (in which the image of a pork rib replaces the apostrophe in “Mo’s”), Moshinskie admits he had no professional culinary experience before he headed south to buy his mobile grill and smoker. “I was pretty much sick of people telling me what to do at work,” recalls the former construction worker and landscaper. “It was the wife’s idea: ‘Let’s just buy it.’”
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That was good thinking from Amanda Moran Moshinskie. Shawn also credits his wife with his signature item, the Chicken Bomb. It’s a suitably weighty name for the chicken roulade stuffed with garlic and a blend of cheeses, then wrapped in bacon and slowly smoked. If that doesn’t lay waste to diners’ hunger, Moshinskie’s mac and cheese will. The pile of elbow noodles is coated in Gouda, cheddar and Parmesan and mixed with cream cheese for an exceptionally smooth mac. Moshinskie smokes it just enough to evoke campfire dining, not a California wildfire. A light wisp of smoke also imbues Moshinskie’s pulled pork. He serves the hearty, if underseasoned, chunks of pig on an equally sturdy bun from Red Door Bakery in his hometown of Marshfield. Exceptionally crisp, handcut fries come on the side. Unlike Rich Decker of Lost Nation Smoke, Moshinskie has yet to turn his love of outdoor cookery into a competitive career. For that, he’ll need to switch from using his gas pit to wood — a leap he hopes to make by next season, when he’ll also enter Harpoon’s New England Regional BBQ Championship. As long as he keeps smoking that pasta, we’ll be cheering him on.
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Arts in th E PArk: Locals kick off four days of creativity with an evening of gardening and barbecue fare. A poetry slam, painting demos, live music, theater and comedy complete the festivities. Taylor Park & Twiggs American Gastropub, St. Albans, 4-8 p.m. Prices vary; most events are free. Info, 527-7243.
Gr EEn Mount Ain Co MEDy FEstiv Al: More than 100 standup, improv and sketch performers deliver five days of gut-busting laughs. See greenmountaincomedy.com for details. Various Burlington, Montpelier & Barre locations, 6:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. $8.8027.25. Info, 373-4703.
Burlin Gton P Artn Ershi P For A hEA lthy Co MMunity oPEn h ous E: Folks mingle over refreshments and learn about the organization's efforts to prevent substance abuse. Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 652-0997. CoMMunity Dinn Er: 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. lA kE Ch AMPl Ain isl AnDs ECono MiC DEvElo PMEnt Cor Por Ation 'P Artn Ers in Gro Wth' Dinn Er: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Diana Henriques keynotes this annual event featuring an awards ceremony alongside local food and wine. Grand Isle Lake House, cocktail reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $50; preregister. Info, 372-8400. PoWEr Ful t ools For C Ar EGiv Ers: An in-depth course covers self-care topics relevant to those responsible for the medical needs of their family members. The Arbors at Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 985-8600. vEr GEnn Es Co MMunity visit rE sour CE MEEtin G: 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.
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Listening to Colby Crehan belt out bluegrass and country-f olk tunes, you’d swear you were deep in Appalachia rather than northern Vermont. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a set of powerf ul pipes, the vocalist leads the Burlington-based band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004, the award-winning group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Crehan’s skilled songwriting. These components come to life on the band’s fourth release, Waiting and Watching, and onstage, where these deft musicians take turns shining.
r iBBon Cuttin G & Gr AnD oPEnin G: Honorable guest Governor Peter Shumlin and other public figures celebrate the Turkish Cultural Center's efforts to promote cross-cultural awareness at the formal opening of the nonprofit's office. Turkish Cultural Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 646-400-8010. vAll Ey niGht F EAturin G th E Gul Ch: 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.
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'ol AFur Eli Asson: sPACE is Pro CEss': 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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Music Man Piero Bonamico is made f or the stage. The accomplished tenor — who counts conducting, directing, perf orming and teaching among his many roles — has perf ormed in major cities alongside top industry talents. These days, home is Vermont, where he directs the Flynn Center f or the Perf orming Arts’ show choir and musical-theater programs, and shares his gif tf or entertaining with voice students and local choral groups, including the South Burlington Community Chorus. As a benefit for the latter, Bonamico presents the premiere of his one-man show Once Upon a Cabaret . Expect jazz standards and “stories in song” that explore love, loss, laughter and more.
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Man & Beast Megan Mayhew Bergman is obsessed with swamps. As a child in North Carolina, she was continually drawn to Great Dismal Swamp, a place that anchors the title story of her collection Birds of a Lesser Paradise. In this acclaimed debut, songbirds, parrots, whales and wolves populate prose that, according to the New York Times, “provides alluring glimpses into the strangeness, the ruthlessness of the animal kingdom.” The Vermontbased writer transfers this keen eye to an examination of the human race in the f orthcoming Almost Famous Women . Fierce, independent and occasionally reckless females, such as Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter and Oscar Wilde’s troubled niece, make for captivating characters.
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Natural remedies for stress: Feeling tense? Herbalist Shona MacDougall presents herbs and aromatherapy that calm the nervous system and supporting well-being. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $3-5; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. r.i.P.P.e.d.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.
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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. highgate story hour: Budding bookworms share read-aloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. 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. meet roCkiN' roN the frieNdly Pirate: Aargh, matey! Youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. moviNg & grooviNg With ChristiNe: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. musiC & movemeNt With lesley graNt: 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. story time & PlaygrouP: Engaging narratives pave the way for creative play for children up to age 6. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. story time for 3- to 5-year-olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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, 748-8291, email@example.com.
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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. germaN-eNglish CoNversatioN grouP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch in a supportive environment. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, third Wednesday of every month, 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.
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. $910. Info, 603-646-2422.
greeN mouNtaiN table teNNis Club: Ping-Pong 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.
Curt taylor: The love between a Red Cross secretary and an American lieutenant during World War II comes to life in the lecturer's discussion of his parents' correspondence. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. 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: Noting 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.
'beatrix Potter revisited': Helene Lang portrays the famed author and illustrator, highlighting her artistic talent and writing style. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.
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. moth story slam: Wordsmiths take the stage and have five minutes to tell true tales inspired by "The Nerve." FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $8. Info, 863-5966. roN taNNer: Referencing From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story, the awardwinning writer and DIY expert presents a narrated slide show. BCA Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. sam draziN: The educator explores themes of disability awareness as featured in R.J. Palacio's Wonder. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
square-foot gardeNiNg: Master gardener Peter Burke outlines ways to maximize the production of petite plots. Community Room, City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $1012; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
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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. Burlington WAlk/Bike council meeting: Locals discuss ways to promote human-powered transportation and how to improve existing policies and infrastructure. Room 12, Burlington City Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-5449. spring move out project (smop): Trash becomes treasure when neighbors swap unwanted household wares, furniture, books and nonperishable food items. Loomis Street & Buell Street, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 656-9405.
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school open house: Parents of preschoolers and kindergarteners learn about options for alternative early-childhood education programs. International Children's School, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-3344.
food & drink
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.
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stArt the conversAtion Workshop: The Visiting Nurse Association explores options for end-of-life care. Great Room, The Lodge at Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1900.
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. tech tinkering night: Middle school students connect circuits and make interesting creations. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 222-4536.
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NatioNal theatre live: 'the Curious iNCideNt of the dog iN the Night': A broadcast production of Simon Stephens' award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel explores a teenage boy's unlikely adventures in detective work. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 2 & 7 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-24. Info, 748-2600. Page to stage ProjeCt: North Country Union High School seniors and QNEK Productions professionals collaborate on six 10-minute, original plays. Proceeds benefit the Haskell Opera House. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7 p.m. $5; free for students. Info, 334-2216.
Creative WritiNg WorkshoP: Beginner and advanced wordsmiths polish up their prose in a guided practice led by author Annie Downey and poet Muir Haman. Otter Creek Room, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 877-2211. eve sChaub: The local writer chronicles her family's commitment to clean eating in Year of No Sugar: A Memoir. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.
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iNtervale CeNter tour: A pastoral stroll highlights innovative programs and a rich agricultural history. Intervale Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-0440, ext. 113. PlaNt sale: Home gardeners stock up on perennials, herbs, shrubs and annuals at this benefit for the Granite Center Garden Club. Vermont Granite Museum, Barre, 6:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 479-1838.
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ballrooM & latiN daNCiNg: bolero: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $6-14. Info, 862-2269. Mad robiN CoNtra daNCe: Folks in clean, soft-soled shoes move and groove to live music. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $5-10. Info, 503-1251, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
bedroCk to birds: Nature lovers examine the mysteries of spring migration during a weekend of outdoor exploration, science and local eats. Shelburne Farms, 5-8 p.m. $300 includes meals. Info, 985-8686.
QueeN City ghostWalk: darkNess falls: Paranormal historian Thea Lewis highlights haunted happenings throughout Burlington. Meet at the steps 10 minutes before start time. Burlington City Hall Park, 8 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, 863-5966.
'the uNkNoWN kNoWN': In his latest documentary, Errol Morris sits down with former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld to discuss sensitive issues, including the Iraq War. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.
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 longstanding town-green tradition supplies shoppers with eggs, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987. fair MaideN double iPa release & fuNdraiser: Hops lovers celebrate the new brew with live music, a raffle and games. Partial proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Brandon. Foley Brothers Brewing, Brandon, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 247-8002. 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. 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.
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avoid falls With iMProved stability: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $5-6. Info, 658-7477. 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. sWeatiNg aWesoMe: ZuMba fitNess friday Night sPeCial: Fast-paced Latin rhythms fuel a dance-fitness party led by Kate Barash-Engel. Hammer Fit Athletic Club, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. $15; preregister; limited space. Info, 999-9748.
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SENIOR WEEK CHORAL CONCERT: Under the direction of Jeffrey Buettner, graduating Middlebury College students present their favorite selections from the past four years. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
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ARTS IN THE PARK: See WED.21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & 7 p.m. SPRING OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND: Artists and craftspeople throughout Vermont open their studios to the public. See vermontcrafts.com for map and details. Various locations statewide, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3380.
GREEN MOUNTAIN COMEDY FESTIVAL: See WED.21, 9-midnight.
DOG CHAPEL 14TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Canine lovers and their four-legged friends head to Dog Mountain for a pooch party celebrating the internationally recognized chapel. Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, noon4 p.m. Free. Info, 800-449-2580.
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Funeral Consumers oF Vermont annual meeting: The nonprofit educates folks about environmentally sustainable way of returning to the earth with a screening of the short film Dying Green. A meeting and discussion follow. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 2238140 or 454-1131. Whiskey release & BeneFit Party: Folks celebrate the first batch of Early Riser corn whiskey, distilled from organic corn grown by Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm. Funds raised help Lazor offset ongoing medical expenses. Caledonia Spirits & Winery, Hardwick, 1-5 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 472-8000.
'aliCe in Wonderland': Northern Vermont Ballet Company travels down the rabbit hole to a bizarre underground world in an original adaptation of Lewis Carroll's tale. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $14-19; free for kids under 2. Info, 855-222-2849, theballetschoolonline.com. sWing danCe: Quick-footed participants experiment with different styles, including the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, beginner lesson, 8 p.m.; dance, 8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.
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hardWiCk kiWanis sPring FestiVal: A 5K run paves the way for a craft fair, parade, games and food. Fireworks at dusk cap off the revelry. Various locations, Hardwick, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8282. Vermont Fiddlehead FestiVal: Vermont's favorite foraged food inspires a familyfriendly fête featuring live music, kids activities, a salsa contest and an abundance of good eats. See vermontfiddleS headfestival.com for details. ON OU RT E MO S Y O F U RB A N Dover Forge, West Dover, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; $10 per family. Info, 464-8092.
BedroCk to Birds: See FRI.23, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. solar oPen house: Eco-conscious consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint visit an on-site system and learn about financing options for photovoltaic electricity. Private residence, Underhill Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 318-2362.
silent auction and music by Tritium Well and the St. J. Trio. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-11 p.m. $50; cash bar. Info, 748-8291. teCh Program: Clean your ComPuter oF Viruses: Laptop owners get tips for protecting their data and personal information from corrupted files. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. WelCome & FareWell Party & oPen house: Attendees bid adieu to Venerable Amy Miller and welcome her successor, Felicity Keeley. A tour of the Tibetan Buddhist retreat center follows. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 1-4 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-4136.
urBan moonshine herBal ConFerenCe: Leaders in the local herbal movement share their expertise in classes, in presentations and on nature walks. Live music and farm-fresh fare complete this benefit for the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, check-in, 8-9 a.m.; conference, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; dinner, 6-9 p.m. $50; $25 for dinner only; cash bar; preregister. Info, 428-4707. C
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'keVa Planks: the Fusion oF art and sCienCe' exhiBit oPening: The sky's the limit! Architects and designers off all ages choose from 15,000 identical wooden slabs to create unique structures. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $10.50-13.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. louisa hoWard ChaPel memorial day oPening: Architecture buffs feast their eyes on Lakeview Cemetery's restored High Gothic Victorian landmark. Held in conjunction with the annual Civil War General's Cemetery Tour. Louisa Howard Chapel, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2075. Queen City ghostWalk: darkness Falls: See FRI.23. roaring ’20s gala: Revelers channel the era of flapper girls at this benefit for the library featuring gourmet hors d'oeuvres, a
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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. 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, email@example.com. 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. 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. ChamPlain islands Farmers market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Joseph's Church, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4122. Cheese & dairy CeleBration: Fromage lovers get a taste of Vermont's rural heritage with educational programs, family-friendly activities and artisanal samples from cheesemakers, of course. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-14; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. ChoColate tasting: Sweets lovers tap into the nuances of sour, spicy, earthy and fruity flavors. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 448-5507. Fair maiden douBle iPa release & Fundraiser: See FRI.23, noon-8 p.m.
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College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-15. Info, Causeway, Newport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. 274-8206. eight 02: The contemporary jazz-fusion northwest FarMers Market: Foodies group showcases a knack for improstock up on local produce, garden visation at an intimate show. plants, canned goods and handBrandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. made crafts. Taylor Park, St. $15; $35 includes dinner packAlbans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, age; preregister; BYOB. Info, 827-3157. 465-4071. norwich FarMers Market: puMpkin hill singers: See Neighbors discover fruits, FRI.23, Congregational Church, veggies and other riches of Danville, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations. the land, offered alongside Info, 633-3043. baked goods, handmade crafts L L CO DE UR and live entertainment. Route 5 YAN T ES Y O F D AVID seminars South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447. 3-d printing, designing & scanning with blu-bin: Instruction in basic prorutland county FarMers Market: grams teaches attendees how to build Downtown strollers find high-quality prodigital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin, duce, fresh-cut flowers, sweet treats and arBurlington, noon-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. tisan crafts within arms' reach. Depot Park, Info, 345-6030. Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813 or 353-0893. digital Video editing: Final Cut Pro users get familiar with the most recent version of sugar-on-snow social: Sweets lovers the editing software. Prerequisite of VCAM sample the traditional maple-syrup treat, Access Orientation or equivalent, or instrucalong with homemade pickles and doughtor's permission. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 nuts and hardboiled eggs. A bake and a.m. Free. Info, 651-9692, bill@vermontcam. book sale rounds out the fun. Waterbury org. Center Community Church, 1-5 p.m. $5. Info, 244-8089. sports waitsField FarMers Market: Local brewster ridge open ii: Players aim for entertainment enlivens a bustling, open-air targets at this disc-golf tournament open market boasting extensive seasonal proto all ages and abilities. An after-party duce, prepared foods and artisan crafts. Mad at Brewster River Pub & Brewery follows. River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Brewster Ridge Disc Golf, Smugglers' Notch Info, 472-8027. Resort, Jeffersonville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $15-35. Info, 644-2477. health & fitness burlington bocce club: rookie days: neuroFeedback inForMation session: Newcomers and novices lob brightly colored Neurotherapist Sharrie Hanley details the balls at a target and get tips from seasoned science behind the technique used to treat players. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 10 a.m. anxiety, depression, brain injuries and more. Free. Info, 441-4604. Neurological Alternatives, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 236-7378. shelburne bikeFest: Cyclists young and old kick off the summer riding season with r.i.p.p.e.d.: See WED.21, 9-10 a.m. a bicycle swap, safety demos and a community ride. Shelburne Town Offices, 10 a.m.-1 holidays p.m. Free. Info, 825-8808 or 985-5284. essex Junction MeMorial day parade: Marching bands and eye-catching floats theater captivate an all-ages crowd. Champlain '3 edge ax': See FRI.23, 8 p.m. Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 363-8401. green Mountain cabaret: The Sugar Shakers bring sass, class and a sea of twirling kids tassels to Erotic Expedition. For ages 21 and up. Club Karib, St. Albans, 9-10:30 p.m. $10-15. Meet the Very hungry caterpillar: Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. Little ones get acquainted with the title character from Eric Carle's bestselling 'the Marriage oF Figaro': See FRI.23. children's book. Themed activities and story 'once upon a cabaret': Piero Bonamico times round out the fun. Buttered Noodles, delivers jazz standards, and songs about Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. love, loss and laughter in the premiere of his Miss lorraine's school oF dance: one-man show. Proceeds benefit the South Rutland-area dancers of all ages present Burlington Community Chorus. See calendar "Fame: Lights, Camera, Dance." Paramount spotlight. Higher Ground, South Burlington, Theatre, Rutland, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. $15-17. Info, 8 p.m. $20-25. Info, 652-0777. 775-0903. 'the pillowMan': See FRI.23. saturday story tiMe: Youngsters and their caregivers gather for entertaining tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. SAT.24 P.62
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Book Sale: Bookworms peruse page turners at this benefit for Fizz Boom Read! Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
SPRiNg oPeN Studio weekeNd: See SAT.24.
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iSRaeli Folk daNciNg: All ages and skill levels convene for circle and line dances, which are taught, reviewed and prompted. No partner necessary, but clean, soft-soled shoes are required. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2; free first session. Info, 864-0218, ext. 21.
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veRMoNt FiddleHead FeStival: See SAT.24, 12:30-8 p.m.
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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.
go Bike MoNtRéal FeStival: More than 40,000 pedal pushers spin their wheels at the world's largest cycling festival. See veloquebec.info for details. See calendar spotlight. Various Montréal locations, 7-10 a.m. Prices vary. Info, 800-567-8356, ext. 504.
aRt HeRttua: The jazz guitarist entertains diners as part of the Sunday Brunch Music Series. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 863-2569. tHe Head aNd tHe HeaRt: Seattle's indie folk-rock darlings bring infectious rhythms to the stage. Elliott BROOD opens. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $36.75-39.75. Info, 863-5966. JoHN de kadt & BReNda MccoRRow: Melding poetry and call-and-response chanting with guitar and percussion, the duo presents "Sounds From the Soul." FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966. ukulele Mele: Lovers of the Hawaiian instrument convene for a strumming session. An open mic follows. For ages 10 and up. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.
eaRly BiRdeR MoRNiNg walk: Avian enthusiasts don binoculars and keep a lookout for winged species on a woodland trek. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167.
keyBaNk veRMoNt city MaRatHoN & Relay: Long-distance runners pound the pavement on a 26.2-mile course through the Queen City. Battery Park, Burlington, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sold out; free for spectators. Info, 863-8412. MekkelSeN Rv MeMoRial day claSSic: Speed racers complete laps in this Late Model and Modified Racing Series doubleheader. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 244-6963. 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.
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fairs & festivals
VerMONt FiDDleheaD FeStiVal: See SAT.24, 10 a.m.
'the uNkNOWN kNOWN': See FRI.23, 5:30 p.m.
briDge club: See WED.21, 7 p.m. triVia Night: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.
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aVOiD FallS With iMprOVeD Stability: See FRI.23. 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.21. VigOrOuS hatha yOga: An energized sequence of postures builds endurance, balance and strength. Personal mats required. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 683-4918. MeMOrial Day OpeN hOuSe: Folks honor veterans and active soldiers with notes of thanks on a mural to be presented to American Legion members. Vergennes Opera House, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-6737. MeMOrial Day SerVice: Locals honor deceased VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 11 a.m. Free. Info, 518-643-4580.
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'MeDicare aND yOu: aN iNtrODuctiON tO MeDicare': An informational session helps newcomers get acquainted with health care coverage. Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-0531, firstname.lastname@example.org. public MeetiNg: exit 17 StuDy: Locals voice opinions about how to best improve congestion and safety issues at the heavily trafficked Interstate 89 exit. Colchester Meeting House, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1794. uNiteD Way OF chitteNDeN cOuNty celebratiON & cOMMuNity aWarDS: Supporters of the organization mingle over conversation, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, then recognize those whose efforts better local communities. Dion Family Student Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 864-7541.
iNtrO tO tribal belly DaNce: Ancient traditions from diverse cultures define this moving meditation that celebrates the feminine creative energy. Comfortable clothing required. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 6:45 p.m. $12. Info, email@example.com. SchOOl OpeN hOuSe: See THU.22. SWiNg DaNce practice SeSSiON: Twinkletoed dancers learn steps for the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.
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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. 'the unKnown Known': See FRI.23, 5:30 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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cabot stoRy houR: Entertaining tales and creative crafts captivate little ones. Cabot Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, ...a healing arts sanctuary dedicated to 563-2721. providing a quiet, intimate, and cReative tuesdays: Artists exercise their safe space for sacred and soul-felt imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids community gatherings and workshops under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. th Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. highgate stoRy houR: See WED.21, 10 a.m. PReschool stoRy houR: PaRades!: Kiddos embark on entertaining adventures Please contact us more information: with themed tales and activities. Fairfax 802-863-9355 Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. www.sacredmountainstudio.com stoRy tiMe foR 3- to 5-yeaR-olds: See WED.21. Lost Nation Theater teen aRt studio with tolya & otto 12v-SacredMountainStudio051414.indd 1 5/13/14 1:04 PM stonoRov: The architects discuss their work and inspire adolescents to pursue their own artistic goals. Helen Day Art Center, OMEDIES USICALS IDS AMPS Stowe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-8358. June 12—29: yoga with danielle: Toddlers and preschoolers strike a pose, then share stories and songs. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. SEVENDAYSVt.com
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fRench conveRsation gRouP: Beginnerto-intermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. Pause-café fRench conveRsation: French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.
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Kotcha chaMbeR PlayeRs: Violinist Ruen Kosemyan, flutist Hilary Goldblatt and pianist Alison Cheroff interpret diverse works in "From Bach to Bagdasarian." St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 864-0471.
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.
uPcoMing shifts & changes: connecting & shaRing exPeRiences: Annette Gingras and Manjula Leggett lead a group discussion of planetary happenings. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 660-8060.
'twelfth night' auditions: Thespians vie for spots in the Bristol Gateway Players' summer production of Shakespeare's comedy about love, assumed identities and the hilarious intersection of the two. Holley Hall, Bristol, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
beRnd heinRich: The acclaimed scientist and award-winning author imparts his knowledge about the natural world in Homing Instinct. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774. big staRt-of-suMMeR booK sale: Bookworms add new titles to their personal libraries. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. night of 1,000 staRs: Lit lovers of all ages share their favorite books, poems, short stories and essays. Material must be five minutes or less. Cabot Public Library, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 563-2721.
lunch & leaRn: how to find, develoP and Retain eMPloyee talent: Kate McInnis and Nicole Bourassa of Cope & Associates share tips and tools for managing growing businesses and remaining competitive. Community Room 108, Community College of Vermont, Winooski, noon-2 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 735-0840.
PoweRful tools foR caRegiveRs: See WED.21.
noRth end fusion: Tunes from Steve Goldberg and friends get folks on the dance floor in this "anything goes" approach to partner dancing. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8:30-10:30 p.m. $8; $15 per pair. Info, 863-6713.
'the stoRy of the Jews' & 'tales fRoM a yiddish theatRe': A screening of Simon Schama's five-part series complements clips from an exploration of Montréal's Yiddish performing arts scene. A panel discussion follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'the unKnown Known': See FRI.23, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
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chaMPlain islands faRMeRs MaRKet: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4122. healthy gRoceRy shoPPing on a budget: Lisa Masé of Harmonized Cookery offers advice for stretching food dollars while consuming seasonal produce from Vermont vendors. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $3-5; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. wednesday wine down: See WED.21.
bRidge club: See WED.21.
health & fitness
MontRéal-style acRo yoga: See WED.21. R.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.21. the science and aRt of gReat sleeP: Melanie Meyer helps participants cope with insomnia and other roadblocks to a good night's rest. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100.
highgate stoRy houR: See WED.21. Meet RocKin' Ron the fRiendly PiRate: See WED.21. Music & MoveMent with lesley gRant: See WED.21. Read to a dog: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420. stoRy tiMe & PlaygRouP: See WED.21. stoRy tiMe foR 3- to 5-yeaR-olds: See WED.21. stoRytelling with linda costello: Engaging narratives entertain listeners in grades 1 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. student Matinee seRies: 'lauRa ingalls wildeR': A covered-wagon tale inspired by the "Little House on the Prairie" series captivates kiddos in grades 2 through 6. Barre Opera House, 9:30 a.m. $7. Info, 476-8188. teen Job seaRch: A panel of local employers outlines the application process from résumé to interview. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ya Reads: Lit lovers ages 12 through 18 consider John Steinbeck's The Red Pony. Teen Room, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.
english as a second language class: See WED.21.
IntermedIate/advanced englIsh as a second language class: See WED.21. ItalIan conversatIon group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.
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grup anwar: Vermont Artists' Space Grant recipient Anwar Diab Agha offers a work-inprogress show of 10 compositions reflecting his experience in Vermont. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 863-5966.
career portFolIo workshop: Educational counselor Andrea Gould leads hands-on activities focused on assessing individual skills and creating action plans. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.
green mountaIn taBle tennIs cluB: See WED.21.
gInny lyons: The Chittenden County senator leads a discussion of campaign finance and voter empowerment at the League of Women Voters of Champlain Valley's meeting. Richmond Free Library, meeting, 4:30 p.m.; potluck, 6 p.m.; presentation, 7 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share. Info, 860-4732. panel dIscussIon: "A Look At Bradford's Farming History" inspires a dialogue among presenters. Auditorium. Bradford Academy, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4423.
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BIg start-oF-summer Book sale: See TUE.27, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. contemplatIve meetIng: Reading material inspires discussion about Gnostic principles relative to "The Path to Cosmic Consciousness." Foot of the Hill Building, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9706. craIg harrIs: The musician and author hits all the right notes in The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. megan mayhew Bergman: The author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise and the forthcoming novel Almost Famous Women reads and discusses her work. See calendar spotlight. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8104. vermont humanItIes councIl Book dIscussIon: 'understandIng postcolonIal aFrIca': Bibliophiles converse about Dave Eggers' What is the What. South Burlington Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7076. m
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'the dInIng room' audItIons: The St. Johnsbury Players hold tryouts for a production of A.R. Gurney's comedy of manners, in which a series of families sit around the same table during different time periods. St. Johnsbury School, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 535-4896. 'twelFth nIght' audItIons: See TUE.27.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, journeyworksvt.com.
design/build 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.
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 Auditorium), 250 Main St., Burlington.
healing arts 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. blissfulwellnessvt.com to register. Location: Blissful Wellness Center, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: Linda Rock, 238-9540. DOCTOR-SUPERVISED JUICE FAST: Join us for some internal spring cleaning. Dr. Joshua Green, naturopathic physician, gently guides you through the three stages of an 11-day, 100 percent whole food juice/ smoothie fast: 1. Bulking cleanses and detoxiﬁ es. 2. Fasting heals with vitamins and minerals. 3. Food reintroduction carefully brings solid foods back in. Fri., May 23 6:30-8 p.m., Mon.,
WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certiﬁ cation Program, 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@ wisdomoftheherbsschool.com, wisdomoftheherbsschool.com.
jewelry WORKING WITH CARBON STEEL: In this workshop, participants will investigate a spontaneous method for creating ﬂ owing, ﬂ exible neck pieces from carbon steel rod. ˛ e joy of working with hot carbon steel rod that at the correct heat for a moment is as ﬂ exible as bread dough will be demonstrated and then experienced by the class. We will learn about combining multiple parts for a neck piece, ﬁ nishing carbon steel for wearing and coloring
carbon steel. Sat. & Sun. Jun. 14-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $325/2 days. Location: ˜ e Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: 438-2097, info@carvingstudio. org, carvingstudio.org. 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, email@example.com, janefrank.net.
kids CREATIVE SUMMER CAMPS!: Explore! ˛ rive! Create! University of Possibilities camps ignite your child’s creativity, knowledge, conﬁ dence. Join us in beautiful studio/ outdoors. Interdisciplinary camps use arts and nature as springboard to explore topics such as yoga, science, French, cartooning, creative dance, African drumming and more! Sign up today! Let their imaginations soar! See website for details; 7 weeks to choose from. Cost: $300/weeklong camp. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., 3rd ﬂ oor, Burlington. Info: Maggie Standley, 233-7676, firstname.lastname@example.org, wingspanpaintingstudio.com/ classes.html.
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 cr.org.
martial arts AIKIDO: ˛ is circular, ﬂ owing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Classes for adults, children and beginners 7 days a week. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting ﬂ exibility and strong center within ﬂ owing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and conﬁ dence in oneself.Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd ﬂ oor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. MARTIAL ARTS
BEGINNER EAST COAST SWING: Introduction to East Coast swing, a fun social dance which developed in response to the big band music of the 1920s to 1950s. Learn the basic step along with fundamental turns and moves,
LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@ﬁ rststepdance.com, ﬁ rststepdance.com.
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, 9:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $125/9-hour class. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: Jennie Kristel, 860-6203, jkristel61@ hotmail.com, journeyworksvt. com.
DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance ﬂ oor! ˛ ere is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, crandalltyler@ hotmail.com, dsantosvt.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 vcgn.org/what-we-do/gardenbasics-workshops. 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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, spanishwaterburycenter.com.
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, howericlives.com/calendar/ creative-envisioning.
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, info@ salsalina.com.
May 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fri., May 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tue., Jun. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $120/5.5 hours of guidance, written handouts & supplements. Location: Eco Bean & Juice, 688 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Natural Family Medicine, Joshua Green, 238-8603, email@example.com, vermontnaturalfamilymedicine. com.
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: 438-2097, firstname.lastname@example.org, carvingstudio.org.
while enjoying the music and making new friends. Practice session that follows is free with the class. Tue., 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jun. 3-24. Cost: $40/4-week series ($32 for students with ID). Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: Jim Condon, 229-6359, jscondon@ mac.com, vermontswings.com.
Location: ReSOURCE, 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Woodworking School, Carina Driscoll, 849-2013, carina@ vermontwoodworkingschool. com, vermontwoodworkingschool.com.
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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, email@example.com, vermontbjj.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, rootsvt.com.
performing arts AUDITION WORKSHOP: Bill Reed Voice Studio proudly presents an audition workshop with Michelle Dawson (BRVS alumna). 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 Drive, South Burlington. Info: Sally Olson, admin@ billreedvoicestudio. com,billreedvoicestudio.com. MUSICAL THEATRE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP: Join Bill Reed and world-class faculty members from the Circle in the Square ˛ eatre School in New York City for this weeklong professional musical theatre training intensive. ˛ rough this transformative immersion experience, paticipants will enhance their vocal technique and release physical inhibitions. Jun. 22-28. Cost: $700/person.
Location: Spotlight Vermont, 50 San Remo Dr., S. Burlington. Info: Sally Olson, email@example.com, billreedvoicestudio.com.
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, lindarockphotography.com.
religion 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.
spirituality 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, mindfulbreathtaichi.com.
visual arts COLD CAST SCULPTURE: ˛ is workshop will explore everything from the most traditional technique of relief casting with plaster to the more sophisticated process of building two-part rubber molds for works in the round. With the ﬂ exible mold, we are able to realize complex forms that would not be possible with the rigid mold. Mon.-Fri., Jun. 23-27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $595/ person incl. dinner. Location: ˜ e Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: 438-2097, info@ carvingstudio.org, carvingstudio. org. STONE CARVING FOR WOMEN: In this course you will learn how to simplify the challenges of working with a stone block. Participants will experiment with a variety of tools and techniques to shape a stone and make surfaces meaningful. Safe stone carving practices plus stone and tool sources will round out the week and leave you wanting to come back for more. Mon.-Fri., Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-5
well-being 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 class will meet outdoors in the greater Burlington area. Sun. starting Jun. 15, 3-4:30 p.m. $50-$150, sliding scale. Location: provided upon RSVP, Burlington. Info: Eric Garza, 8818675, email@example.com, howericlives.com.
writing AN OPEN SHUTTER: WRITING SCENES IN PROSE: Join Louelle Bryant, author of While in Darkness ˜ ere is Light , for a workshop on writing effective scenes. Whether you write ﬁ ction, memoir or literary journalism, scenes have more impact than expositions or summaries. ˛ is class will look at examples of effective scenes in the writing of James Agee, John McPhee and others. May 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $40/person. Location: Renegade Writers’ Collective, 47 Maple St., suite 220, Burlington. Info: 267-467-2812, renegadewritersvt@gmail. com, renegadewritersvt.com/ takeclasses. 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 WRITING
TAIKO, DJEMBE & CONGAS!: Stuart Paton, cofounder and artistic director of Burlington Taiko Group, has devoted the past 25 years to performing and teaching taiko
MEDITATIONS ON SIMPLICITY: Afﬂ uenza is the painful, contagious condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. ˛ is workshop introduces participants to meditations on simplicity that relieve afﬂ uenza symptoms, offering pointers on how to simplify their lives in discerning and responsible ways. Mon. beginning Jul. 7. $50-150, sliding scale. Location: Bassett House, 173 North Prospect St., Burlington. Info: Eric Garza, 881-8675, eric@howericlives. com, howericlives.com/ calendar/simplicity.
SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN:e ˛ Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, ﬂ exibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 8647902, ipfamilytaichi.org.
WORKING FROM A MODEL TO MARBLE: Anyone who can wield marble carving tools can sculpt directly: it is the most intuitive and straightforward way to shape stone and requires no training. Yet it is not always the most efﬁ cient process and risks an undesirable result. ˛ is workshop will teach participants to use a model to assist with realizing a sculpture in marble. Fri., Sat. & Sun., May 30-Jun. 1. Cost: $395/3 days, marble & all tools incl. Location: ˜ e Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: 438-2097, info@carvingstudio. org, carvingstudio.org.
LEARN TO MEDITATE: ˛ rough the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. ˛ e Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Shambhala Cafe (meditation and discussions) meets the ﬁ rst Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Friday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & ˜ u., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-˜ u., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org.
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Wednesday, May 21 The GMCF gets o° to a hot start with a pair of standup comedy showcases at Nectar’s and Club Metronome in Burlington featuring the newest and most seasoned comedians the state has to o° er. Upstairs at Metronome, the state’s most prominent standup troupe, the Vermont Comedy Divas, hold court, as they have since forming in 2006. Led by founder and local comedy guru Josie Leavitt, the Divas feature some of the area’s funniest female comedians, including Carmen Lagala, Sue Schmidt, Tracie Spencer and Autumn “and others” Spencer. Meanwhile, downstairs at Nectar’s, longtime local standup and GMCF cofounder Kathleen Kanz hosts the Fresh Meat! showcase, which features nine of Vermont’s newest comics. Be gentle. Also on Wednesday, the GMCF debuts its ﬁ rst live podcast recording at the Halﬂ ounge Speakeasy with a taping of the 14th State podcast, hosted by local comedians Will Betts and Chicky Winkleman. The pod is a lively, funny mix of arts and culture talk, usually with a few dick jokes thrown in for good measure. The guest for this episode: veteran house music DJ Craig Mitchell.
˜ ursday, May 22 The name to know for Thursday is Myq Kaplan. Kaplan was a ﬁ nalist on the NBC standup comedy show “Last Comic Standing” in 2010 and has since appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Comedy Central Presents” and “Conan.” Kaplan performs at Club Metronome and will also appear at the club earlier in the evening as a guest on the live taping of the WBUR podcast “You’re the Expert,” hosted by Chris Du° y and featuring comics Anna Drezen and GMCF cofounder Nathan Hartswick. If spontaneity is your thing — or even if it’s not — check out the On the Spot showcase at the Halﬂ ounge
Speakeasy. The wits of local comics including Josie Leavitt, Carmen Lagala, Will Betts, Adam Cook, Sean Hunter Williams and 2013 Vermont’s Funniest Comedian SCAN THIS PAGE YOUR winner Phil Davidson will be put to the test. Each will be Myq Kaplan TEXT WITH LAYAR given an odd phrase and then have to devise a standup HERE SEE PAGE 5 set, well, on the spot. It’s harrowing and hilarious, which is what good standup should be. Fischer, boasts Chad Cosby, Adam Cook, Druhen, Rivers and Murphy. The late show, hosted by Cook, features Friday, May 23 Fisher, Melissa Moran, Josh Starr, Will Betts and Ben What section of Seven Days did you ﬁ rst turn to when Orbison. you picked it up today? Bullshit. It was iSpy and Saturday also brings the return of UCB improv troupe you know it. It’s cool. We did, too, as did the improv Airwolf, who perform at Club Metronome. But since comedians from ImprovBoston, UCB and Burlington’s Airwolf includes a close friend of this writer, we can’t Spark Improv Troupe, who will comb this paper’s recent in good conscience urge you to go, even though UCB missed connections to craft improvised scenes at the iSpy has turned out more famous funny people than we can Improv Show at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington on count. Better we simply enjoy the raucous sounds of Friday. It’s a festival favorite and not to be missed. And, Rough Francis, who are playing the Tig Notaro afterhey, maybe you’ll ﬁ nally get spied! Or not. party at the Skinny Pancake, after opening for her earlier Moving on, if Facebook has taught us anything, it is in the evening. Oh, wait. That’s a conﬂ ict of interest, too, that nothing is funnier than your kids. Did we say funnisince RF front man Bobby Hackney Jr. is a Seven Days er? Sorry, we meant obnoxious. Anyway, toddler-shackled employee. Damn it. Let’s move on… ’rents will ﬁ nally have an excuse to get out of the house and rejoin the world for the Parents’ Night showcase at Sunday, May 25 Hotel Vermont. Hosted by Autumn Spencer — whose ri° s The festival’s closing night is highlighted by comic on parenting are both wince- and gu° aw-inducing — the DeAnne Smith at Club Metronome. The globetrotting show features comics Andy Perchlik, Bianca Cosby, Chad comedian has made the rounds on the late-night talkCosby, Tracy Dolan and 2012 VFC champ Kevin Byer tell- show circuit and is a regular at the Just for Laughs ing jokes about their kids that are actually, y’know, funny. festival in her native Montréal. And, as always, Canadians All proceeds go to beneﬁ t the Comedians’ Kids Inevitable are really funny. Therapy Fund. (Kidding.) Earlier in the evening, also at Metronome, check out On the improv beat, ImprovBoston’s renowned Specter the Best in Show showcase, hosted by Natalie Miller, troupe headlines a show at the Skinny Pancake. Opening which features several of the state’s ﬁ nest and funniest are Sherpa, a two-person improv team featuring a pair of local comics, all of whom have won or placed in the Middlebury College grads, Ben Orbison and Adam Benay. annual Vermont’s Funniest Comedian competition. These Meanwhile, in Barre, Sean Hunter Willams hosts the include Nathan Hartswick, Adam Benay, Carmen Lagala, ﬁ rst of a pair of weekend showcases at Espresso Bueno. Kyle Gagnon and Justin Rowe. The Friday-night slate includes Schuyler Kepler, Cori Over in Montpelier, another local showcase, Mass Marnellos, Will Betts, Kathleen Kanz and Justin Rowe. Appeal, brings the funny to Sweet Melissa’s. This one
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he sixth annual Green Mountain Comedy Festival gets under way this week. And with it comes an abundance of opportunities to have your funny bone tickled by nationally renowned standup comedians such as Myq Kaplan and Tig Notaro — see the interview with Notaro on page 34 — big-city improv-comedy troupes from ImprovBoston and New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade and more than 100 local performers. And that’s to say nothing of the live podcast tapings and comedy workshops taking place over ﬁ ve days. That embarrassment of comedic riches leads to an obvious question: Where to begin? What follows is a day-by-day rundown of some notable shows slated for this year’s festival.
Saturday, May 24 Saturday is by far the busiest night of the GMCF. If you get shut out of tix to Tig Notaro, there are still plenty of options. Like, for example, the Good, Clean Fun standup showcase at Nectar’s, an all-ages-appropriate show featuring PG jokes from the likes of Justin Rowe, Sue Schmidt, EJ Murphy, Colin Ryan and host Tracy Dolan. Or you could bathe in ﬁ lth at the That’s Just Wrong showcase at Halﬂ ounge, which features some of the most gleefully obscene comics around, including Kit Rivers, Kevin Byer, Natasha Druhen, Sam Pelletier, Chickey Wikleman, Dickey Balzano and host Chad Peterson. Hotel Vermont hosts a pair of intriguing showcases called Northern Hospitality featuring a mix of local and regional comics. The early slate, hosted by Marlin
includes Bitsy Biron, Kathleen Kanz, Dan Murphy, Hillary Boone and NYC’s Ben Orbison. Finally, if all that funny business has you itching to try your hand at making people laugh, swing by the Spark Open Improv Jam at the Skinny Pancake and jump in. This edition of the weekly jam — it’s modeled after the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” — will feature members of the Spark Improv Troupe and Rumblescone and is open to anyone who thinks they’re funny. Good luck.
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Earlier this year, locals waere saddened to learn that bassist Mark ransoM had been diagnosed with stage III throat cancer. Ransom, who moved to Hawaii a year and a half ago with his girlfriend, songwriter and fellow Vermont expat Mia adaMs, had been a fixture in the Burlington music scene for longer than many of the current generation of musicians have been alive. Trying to recount all the bands he’s been in over the years would be an exercise in futility — not to mention list-making. But readers of a certain vintage might recognize him from the seminal local blues-rock band the n-Zones back in the late 1970s and 1980s, or from his stint with the X-rays. Slightly younger readers perhaps first encountered him holding down the low end for vintage country act the ChroMe Cowboys, a popular bar band in the late 1990s and early 2000s, or, most recently, as a regular at Honky Tonk Tuesday at Radio Bean. However you know Ransom, you probably regard him as most of us do: He’s one of the coolest guys we know. To that point, this Friday, May 23, Ransom’s friends and old bandmates are getting together for an all-star benefit show, called Ransom Notes, at ArtsRiot in Burlington. As an aside, if you’re
going to be in need of a benefit show, having a last name that lends itself to awesome money puns doesn’t hurt. I stole the title for this column from a benefit show and online fundraising effort that was, ahem, held for Ransom recently in Hawaii. (By the way, a local online fundraiser for Ransom is now underway. Go to fundrazr.com and search for “Ransom Notes.”) Anyway, as you’d expect, the lineup is pretty great. Orchestrated by Ransom’s longtime friend and collaborator brett hughes, it features some top-notch talent, most of whom have played with Ransom in some fashion over the years, including but not limited to MiChael Chorney, lila webb, Josh Panda, rose luCas, Juliet MCViCker, aaron Flinn, Mango JaM, lowell thoMPson, Marie Claire and the X-Rays. “I’m hoping to cover a whole lot of the tunes Mark has done, and that he loves,” writes Hughes in a recent email to Seven Days. “And more than anything, we just want to celebrate his profound influence on and participation
in the music scene here for decades. He’s always been my very favorite bass player, hands down, no contest.” I caught up with Ransom by phone from Oahu last week. He recently finished eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, a process that sapped 20 pounds from his already lanky frame, and is in recovery. He said he’s still pretty weak but is slowly regaining strength. “I’m starting to feel a lot better,” he said, adding that the side effects of his treatment were debilitating. Ransom said there were no signs he had cancer, until a lump developed on the right side of his neck. It turned out the lump itself was not cancerous but was a reaction to tumors in his tonsils and lymph nodes. “I don’t really know how or why I got it,” he said, adding that he never smoked cigarettes. “Maybe 30 years playing in smoky bars had something to do with it. It seems unlikely, but it was pretty powerful back then. You’d leave the bar reeking of smoke.” Ransom noted that being on the other side of the planet has been difficult. “It’s been a little weird to be far away from my family,” he said. “But at the same time, the weather here is so much nicer. It really is paradise. It would have been tough to be so sick and be in Vermont in the dead of winter. “So if you’re gonna be sick, I guess there are worse places to be than Hawaii,” he joked, his voice raspy and strained. Ransom said he’s received no prognosis from his doctors yet but that he’s optimistic. He’ll undergo scans in June that should reveal how well the treatment succeeded. “That’s a little scary, waiting for results,” he admitted, explaining that his treatment was particularly aggressive. “I just hope it worked.” Ransom is deeply moved by the overwhelming support, both in Burlington and in his newly adopted Hawaii home. “Most of these people here hardly know me, and they’re throwing me
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Last but not least, if you read the summer music festival preview on page 40, you might have noticed that the first show in the Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Green series is on Wednesday, May 28, with RAY LAMONTAGNE and JASON ISBELL AND THE BELLE BRIGADE. And you might have been, like, “Whoa! It’s summer!” Not quite. But we’re getting there, bud. Point is, that show and all of the Concerts on the Green concerts — and the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival shows and Grand Point North, BTW — are put together by the good folks at Higher Ground Presents, which is the off-site arm of Higher Ground, the nightclub. I mention it because this weekend HGP are presenting what is probably the crown jewel in their off-site concert works, the Boston Calling Music Festival. The lineup for the three-day festival at City Hall Plaza in Boston is pretty freakin’ impressive, featuring a few bands you might have heard of, including MODEST MOUSE, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, JACK JOHNSON, KURT VILE AND THE
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fundraisers,” he said. “That’s pretty amazing. I’m overwhelmed.” Ransom won’t be able to attend the Burlington show in person. But he’ll likely be able to watch from Hawaii via a live feed, and might Skype in at some point. “I wish I could be there,” he said. “I love and miss you all in Burlington. The outpouring of support has made me feel so loved and honored,” he continued. He paused and then added, “Not that I recommend getting sick for that, though.” In a related story: Fuck cancer.
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THE BEE'S KNEES: The Brummy Brothers (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Dale cavanaugh (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: t rivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: t rivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
CLUB METRONOME: GmcF: You're the Expert (live podcast), 6:30 p.m., $12. 18+. GmcF: myq Kaplan (standup comedy), 8:30 p.m., $15. 18+. FINNIGAN'S PUB: craig mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. GmcF: o n the Spot (improvised standup comedy), 10 p.m., $8. Disco Phantom (eclectic dJ), 11:30 p.m., free.
NAKED TURTLE: t urtle Thursdays with 95 XXX (top 40), 10 p.m., free.
ARTSRIOT: t ruckstop Bandstand with Ransom Notes: A Benefit for mark Ransom (country, rock), 8 p.m., $10. aa .
NECTAR'S: t rivia mania, 7 p.m., free. Funkwagon,
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: GmcF: Improv Vermont Live (live podcast), 6:30 p.m., free. GmcF: o ff the Wall: o ddballs! (standup comedy), 8 p.m., $8. GmcF: The Young & the Reckless (standup comedy), 10 p.m., $8. Bonjour Hi (edm), 11:30 p.m., free. HOTEL VERMONT: GmcF: Parents' Nght o ut (standup comedy), 8 p.m., $10. GmcF: Northern Hospitality (standup comedy), 10 p.m., $10. JUNIPER: Great Western (alt-country), 9 p.m., free. THE LAUGH BAR AT DRINK: comedy Showcase (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $7. NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Spiritual Rez, Boo city (reggae), 9 p.m., $7. RADIO BEAN: Kid's music with Linda "t ickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. Lisa Ann moroz with Ben campbell (modern americana), 7 p.m., free. Zak t rojano (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. The Suitcase Junket (blues), 9 p.m., free. o tter (reggae freaky funk), 10:30 p.m., free. Rusty Belle (folk rock), midnight, free.
Said (funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. is a rising star in progressive jazz circles whose multicultural roots — Chinese, SCAN Nuf YOUR THIS PAGE RADIO BEAN: cody Sargent & Friends (jazz), 6:30 Malaysian and Australian — are mirrored in the diverse nature of her own compositions. TEXT WITH LAYAR p.m., free. Shane Hardiman t rio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band HERE SEE PAGE 5 Oh infuses elements of rock and classical music into her energetic jazz suites, crafting a
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RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Dawna Hammers (jazz), 5 p.m., free. Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free.
perform at the FlynnSpace in Burlington on Monday, June 2, as part
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EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Shane cariffe (acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.
OLIVE RIDLEY'S: DJ Skippy All Request Live (top 40), 10 p.m., free.
CLUB METRONOME: GmcF: Vermont comedy Divas (standup comedy), 8 p.m., $12. 18+. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: GmcF: the 14th State (live podcast), 6:30 p.m., free. 80s t ribute with DJ craig mitchell, 7 p.m., free. Wild Life (edm), 11 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: GmcF: Spark Improv t roupe (improv comedy), 8 p.m., $10. Ray Vega Quartet (l atin jazz), 8 p.m., free. LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell t rio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: o pen mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.
THE PARKER PIE CO.: Spencer Lewis (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free.
THE STAGE: Kaleigh & Graham (singer-songwriters), 6:30 p.m., free.
MONOPOLE: o pen mic, 10 p.m., free.
CLUB METRONOME: GmcF: made in Vermont! (standup comedy), 7:30 p.m., $12. 18+. "No Diggity" ’90s Night, 9 p.m., free/$5.
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$8. 18+. Gang of Thieves, Ghost Dinner Band (funk rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. OLDE NORTHENDER PUB: The Red Newts (blues), 9 p.m., free. 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.
(soul), 11:30 p.m., $5.
RED SQUARE: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ cre8 (edm), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): GmcF: Stealing From Work (sketch comedy), 8 p.m., $10. GmcF: Rumblescone (improv comedy), 10 p.m., $8.
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RUBEN JAMES: King me (rock), 6 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): GmcF: Specter (improv comedy), 8 p.m., $12. GmcF: iSpy Improv Show (improv comedy), 10 p.m., $10.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: The Brothers Karamazov (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
ZEN LOUNGE: Salsa Night with Jah Red, 8 p.m., $5. DJ Dakota & the Vt Union (hip-hop, top 40), 11 p.m., $5.
ON THE RISE BAKERY: o pen Irish Session, 7:30 p.m., donation.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free.
RED SQUARE: Rick Redington & the Luv (rock), 7 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.
VENUE: Noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi, 8 p.m., free.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
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CHARLIE O'S: Emily Whitegold (pop), 10 p.m., free.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: Dale cavanaugh (singersongwriter), 5:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. Disco Phantom & Friends: Persian claws, Swaleoke, the High Breaks (rock, surf), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday: Dollar Past Sunset (americana), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Blues Jam with the collin craig t rio, 7 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: James t autkus (folk rock), 7:30 p.m., donation.
BAGITOS: Dale cavanaugh (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Seth Yacovone Play Dylan, 8 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: chad Hollister (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.
THE BEE'S KNEES: Keith Williams (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: cooper & Lavoie (blues), 5 p.m., free. Rhythm Rockets (rock), 9 p.m., free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Alicia Phelps (jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation. fri.23
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REVIEW this Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe (SELF-RELEASED, CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)
Progressive rock has never been all that popular. Long a bastion for awkward, zit-plagued boys, prog rock typically has about as much mass cultural appeal as tabletop fantasy games or live-action role-playing. Basically, if you’re looking to form a prog-rock act, then don’t deceive yourself into thinking about riches, fame or even critical acceptance outside of a few diehards. Despite this gloomy forecast, Elephants of Scotland, a Burlington act that proudly flies the prog aquila, decided to form in 2010. If there’s any truth to the bio on the band’s website, Elephants of Scotland formed in order to be unpopular. Vocalist and keyboardist Adam Rabin initially wanted to make noncommercial and tragically unhip music that paid homage to 1970s prog pioneers such as Yes, Rush and Kansas. Execute and Breathe, the band’s second
release, certainly meets these original qualifications. But given that this record can qualify as “progressive,” Execute and Breathe comes up decidedly short with regard to musical innovation or even experimentation. In eight ditties, the album cultivates a milquetoast air of middle-aged Muzak. “Amber Waves,” the album’s third track, is soft and unthreatening enough to sound like the music that comes as stock with every computer purchase. In another instance, “A Different Machine,” which is the album’s relative hard rocker, makes a rather bland political statement by suggesting that machines, humans and religion have now all blended together into a disorienting tapestry full of disassociation. Instead of edgy, Elephants of Scotland just sound grumpy. While Execute and Breathe is mostly underwhelming, it is undeniably loyal. This record hits all the standard prog-rock tropes, from the multipart composition (“Endless, Pts. 1 and 2”) to the keyboard solo on “Mousetrap.” Fans of the genre have plenty to rejoice about. But, again, the question remains: How can progressive rock be “progressive” if it’s formulaic?
It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.”
W.5.21: DJ CRAIG MITCHELL Celebrating Renee Lemay’s Birthday! Doors 10 p.m.
Th.5.22: LA SCHMOOVE with DJS FATTIE B. & LUIS CALDERIN 10PM F.5.23: SALSA with JAH RED 8PM DJ DAKOTA & THE VT UNION 11PM Sa.5.24: ISSAC FRENCH singer/songwriter 8PM ELECTRIC TEMPLE with DJ ATAK 10PM That’s the ultimate disappointment with Execute and Breathe — it’s predictable. Undoubtedly Rabin, Ornan McLean, Dan MacDonald, John Whyte and Greg Skillman can play, but their playing, on this record, goes nowhere interesting. Execute and Breathe by Elephants of Scotland is available at elephantsofscotland.bandcamp.com.
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Phil Cohen, Before I Go
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be nice to sneak a little of the past into our present. It’s an admirable ambition, but often the results lack the specificity that makes art personal and simultaneously relatable, which in turn makes the present a little easier to stomach. So it comes as a surprise when Cohen mentions “processed chicken soup” in the song “Pumpkin & Pumpernickel,” a really sweet ballad about taking care of someone who’s feeling under the weather. There’s nothing too modern about processed chicken soup — it’s been around for a minute — but there is something about the lyric’s specificity that just hits. You feel like Cohen is somehow present for the first time on the record. And his presence
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resident Phil Cohen’s latest proper release, Before I Go, opens with an old-timey, frenetic plea for a stable relationship called “Love Me True.” Complete with upright bass (Emmett Knox), drums (Matthew Vitti), mandolin and fiddle (both courtesy of Ramsey Khudairi), the song travels at a freighttrain pace, almost literally. You can hear the influence of American music pulsing through Cohen’s diction and delivery and, while his performance is enthusiastic, you can almost too easily sense his desire to embody canonical timelessness. Before I Go moves along pleasantly in this manner for a little over half of its length. Songs such as “Flew the Coop” and “Sweet Kings County Flowers” paint rural pictures of gentle rivers and turning leaves over fingerpicked acoustic guitars. You know, rustic stuff like that. This brand of nostalgia is a prevalent force in music these days, and for good reason. A lot of shit changed really fast and maybe not for the better, so it might
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is refreshing. (Full disclosure: I have a cold while writing this and may be slightly biased.) “Loaded Gun,” hands down Before I Go’s standout track, paints a picture more honest and modern than any you’d expect to find after listening to the album’s preceding seven songs. Cohen has really made you wait for it. With just acoustic SCAN THIS PAGE guitars and mandolin, he sings lines such WITH LAYAR as “We got our clubs and we got our bars SEE PAGE 5 / And I fuck models and you fuck stars.” 12v-pathwaystowellbeing051414.indd And he even makes a casual reference to snorting cocaine in Trump Tower. Perhaps these are fictional accounts, but in the context of this album they come off as pleasantly revealing and artistically bold. In the classic sense, there’s nothing poetic about the words “Trump Tower.” But there’s something poetically honest about them. Unfortunately, Before I Go seems to leave us right at the moment when our narrator has hit his stride. Here’s looking to the future, Cohen. Before I Go by Phil Cohen is available at philcohen.bandcamp.com.
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BAGITOS: Art Herttua and Stephen morabito (jazz), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Sympathy & the Lion (Americana), 10 p.m., free. ESPRESSO BUENO: GmcF: Bueno comedy Showcase (standup comedy), 8 p.m., $8. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Afinque (Latin jazz), 10:30 p.m., $5.
SWEET MELISSA'S: Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 9 p.m., NA. WHAMMY BAR: Al 'n' Pete (celtic), 7 p.m., free.
THE BEE'S KNEES: The Hubcats (blues), 7:30 p.m., donation.
MOOG'S PLACE: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 9 p.m., NA. RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Rumblecat (rock), 9 p.m., $6.
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CITY LIMITS: city Limits Dance Party with top Hat Entertainment (Top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.
THE PARKER PIE CO.: NEKaraoke Party, 7:30 p.m., free. PHAT KATS TAVERN: Grundlefunk (funk), 9:30 p.m., free. THE STAGE: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.
MONOPOLE: Doom & Friends (rock), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour tunes & trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free. NAKED TURTLE: Glass onion (rock), 10 p.m., $3.
CLUB METRONOME: GmcF: Upright citizen's Brigade's Airwolf (improv comedy), 8:30 p.m., $15. 18+. Retronome with DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5. EAST SHORE VINEYARD TASTING ROOM: Papa GreyBeard (blues), 7 p.m., free. FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY: GMCF: Tig Notaro, rough francis (comedy, punk), 6 p.m., 9 p.m. $25. FINNIGAN'S PUB: Burning monk, Savage Hen (rock), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: GmcF: Funny Story (storytelling), 8 p.m., $8. GmcF: That's Just Wrong! (standup comedy), 10 p.m., $8. DJ cre8 (dance), 11:30 p.m., free. HOTEL VERMONT: GmcF: Northern Hospitality (standup comedy), 8 & 10 p.m., $10. JP'S PUB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: GmcF: Good clean Fun (standup comedy), 6:30 p.m., $8. AA. Something With Strings cD Release Party, old man Joe (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5.
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CIGARETTES RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Spiritual Rez (reggae), 9 p.m., $6.
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THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: The Full cleveland (rock), 10 p.m., free.
51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Laurie Goldsmith Jazz trio, 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: city Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: The Aerolites (rock), 9 p.m., $3.
TUPELO MUSIC HALL: cindy Pierce (standup), 7 p.m., $30.
THE PARKER PIE CO.: Live music, 8 p.m., free. Evansville transit Authority cD Release (rock), 8 p.m., NA. THE STAGE: Hughie Stone Fish (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., free. Bobby and me (rock, country), 8 p.m., free.
MONOPOLE: Annie in the Water (rock), 10 p.m., free. NAKED TURTLE: Glass onion (rock), 10 p.m., $3. RADIO BEAN: Amanda Ruth (acoustic), noon, free. Ben Weiss (folk jazz), 5 p.m., free. Aaron Flinn (indie folk), 7 p.m., free. The Beerworth Sisters (indie folk), 9 p.m., free. The Bansai Bills (indie folk), 10:30 p.m., free. Boo city (rock, soul), midnight, free.
RED SQUARE: The Equalites (regage), 7 p.m., $5. mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ Reign one (EDM), 11 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.
SIGNAL KITCHEN: Eliot Lipp (electronic), 9 p.m., TEXT $12/15. AA. THE SKINNY PANCAKE HERE (BURLINGTON): GmcF After Party: Rough Francis (punk), 10 p.m., $3/5.
CLUB METRONOME: GmcF: Best in Show (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $12. 18+. GmcF: DeAnne Smith (standup comedy), 8:30 p.m., $15. 18+. Sunday Night mass: Pete moss, Rob Brown and Guests (house), 10 p.m., $8/12. 18+.
FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of music (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m. Vermont's Next Star, 8 p.m., free. SCAN THIS PAGE
WITHHALFLOUNGE LAYAR SPEAKEASY: Welcome to my Living Room (eclectic DJ), 7 p.m., free. Dimanche, SEE Dimanche PAGE 5 (house), 10 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.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: Violette Ultraviolet, Paper castles, maryse Smith (indie), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
RED SQUARE: mashtodon (hip-hop), 2 p.m., free. tennessee Jed (Americana), 7 p.m., free. DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Benoits (Vermonticana), 5 p.m., free. The Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., free.
RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Spags (EDM), 8 p.m., free. DJ Reign one (EDM), 11 p.m., free.
VENUE: Saturday Night mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus, 8 p.m., $5. 18+.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch Scramble, noon, $5-10 donation. Fat Laughs at the Skinny Pancake (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $3.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Built to Spill, ovlov (indie rock), 8:30 p.m., $17/20. AA.
CHARLIE O'S: Swillbillies, crazyhearse (rockabilly), 10 p.m., free. Dance Party (top 40), 10 p.m., free.
HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free.
ESPRESSO BUENO: GmcF: Bueno comedy Showcase (standup comedy), 7:30 p.m., $8.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: The Rootless Boots (folk-funk), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
SWEET MELISSA'S: Blue Fox (blues), 5 p.m., free. tim Brick Band (country), 9 p.m., free.
PENALTY BOX: trivia With a twist, 4 p.m., free.
WHAMMY BAR: Hot Diggity (rock), 7 p.m., free.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke/open mic, 8 p.m., free.
BAGITOS: Seth Hertz (jazz piano), 11 a.m., donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: GmcF: mass Appeal (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $8. SUN.25
MOOG'S PLACE: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 8 p.m., free.
BAGITOS: Ferdinand the Bull (indie folk), 11 a.m., donation. Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Jeff Lathrop (indie folk), 6 p.m., donation.
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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: once Upon A cabaret: South Burlington community chorus Benefit (jazz standards), 8 p.m., $25. AA.
RADIO BEAN: celtic Brunch with Hannah Beth crary and John Drury, 11 a.m., free. Blue-tonk Sessions with Andrew Stearns, 1 p.m., free. Eli (blues), 7 p.m., free. The Endorsements (folk rock), 8 p.m., free. Ryan Fauber (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. cranston Dean Band (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Bill (rock), 9 p.m., free.
ZEN LOUNGE: Electric temple with DJ Atak (hip-hop, top 40), 10 p.m., $5.
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TUPELO MUSIC HALL: ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra (flamenco), 7 p.m., $40/45.
THE STAGE: open mic, 5 p.m., free.
JP'S PUB: Dance Video Request Night with melody, 10 p.m., free.
RED SQUARE: Live music, 7 p.m., free. DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $3 donation.
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MOOG'S PLACE: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.
CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set with cats Under the Stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5.
LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: cody Sargent trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Revibe (electro-rock), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+. Last in Line, Nautica, Better Things (pop punk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Stephen callahan trio (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Eric Sommer (pop Americana), 9 p.m., free. Honky tonk tuesday with Brett Hughes & Friends, 10 p.m., $3.
HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon's tequila Project (funk), 10 p.m., free.
THE MONKEY HOUSE: Winooski Wednesday: Dollar Past Sunset (jam), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Leno, Young & cheney (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free.
Lipp Service While electronic music geeks rightly adore
his wide array of unconventional breaks, effects and techniques, at the core of the
ON THE RISE BAKERY: open Bluegrass Session, 7:30 p.m., donation.
man’s music is a pure love and understanding of melody. Lipp’s fierce, genre-fusing
BAGITOS: Nancy taube (piano recital), 6 p.m., donation.
maelstrom of beats, while undeniably danceable and intricate, is anchored by his unique
THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth and Katie trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
tunefulness. That quality gives his music an organically beating heart, even surrounded SCAN PAGEcontrivances, and sets him apart. Lipp plays Signal Kitchen by all manner of THIS electronic WITH LAYAR in Burlington this Saturday, May 24. SEE PAGE 5 RED SQUARE: canopy (rock), 7 p.m., free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. ZEN LOUNGE: Karaoke with Emcee callanova, 9 p.m., free.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Frank turner & the Sleeping Souls, Rebuilder (folk-punk), 8 p.m., $20. AA. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
BAGITOS: The People's café (poetry), 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: Nancy and Lilly Smith (acoustic), 5 p.m., free.
THE BEE'S KNEES: children's Sing Along with Lesley Grant, 10:30 a.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: The Jason Wedlock Show (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.
TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: Karaoke with Roots Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.
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n exhibit of Mary Bryan’s paintings at her namesake Bryan Memorial Gallery in Je˜ ersonville is up f or several months, and that’s a good thing: It deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. With more than 100 works in the show, local gallerygoers may even want to visit it more than once. That’s because, aside f rom the sheer quantity of paintings to take in, nearly every one of them merits close study. Most of these works — brought out of storage and private collection for the gallery’s 30th anniversary — have never been publicly shown, which enhances the viewer’s sense of discovery and revelation. One has to marvel at their diversity, too. As gallery assistant director Jim Gallugi observes, some visitors have remarked that the exhibit seems like the work of more than one artist. Bryan created in oil, pastel, watercolor, collage, gouache, pencil and more, and her command of each medium is remarkable. In f act, what impresses most in this show is the agility of Bryan’s technique, whether it’s the merest suggestion of form in a delicate, watercolor blur, or her conﬁ dent line in minimalist illustrations, or thick, assertive slabs of color delivered with a palette knife. The artist had a deep understanding of her materials, and, one might guess, a fascination with their applications. Stylistically, Bryan’s works hint at some of the art movements of her time — 1907 to 1978. But, rather than adopt any one of those styles outright, she seems to have incorporated whatever elements suited her when representing her f avored subjects: cityscapes, rural landscapes, seashore, vernacular scenes, animals. (Just about the only genre she didn’t tackle, it appears, is portraiture, though human presence is often implied.) Some of Bryan’s paintings, such as the petite, 5-by-7-inch pastel titled “Barns and Mountains,” exhibit a postimpressionist style and vivid coloration. “City at Easter,” a 15-by-22-inch watercolor, shows how she adopted newer approaches, including cubism and abstraction, and made them her own. This is identiﬁ ably an urban scene, but abstracted: A cluster of buildings surrounds an open area, perhaps a park; these and clumps of trees are loosely sketched in, with outlines in black. Several slanted, gently cubist angles give the piece movement. The palette hews to shades between cream and rosy brown — a hard-edged subject rendered unexpectedly soft. Contributing to the dreamy mood, the whole scene ﬂ oats in the center of the paper,
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MOST OF THESE WORKS HAVE NEVER BEEN PUBLICLY SHOWN,
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bordered by stormy gray-blue brushwork. Bryan repeated this island-like composition — she called such works “vignettes,” says gallery director Mickey Myers — in other paintings, as well. But even in more conventional landscapes, her approach was decidedly modern. Bryan may have been a shape shifter at the easel. But what this plethora of paintings reveals, too, is that the New Mexico-born artist really got around — with her own family and then with her husband and fellow artist, Alden Bryan. The “multiple artists” e˜ ect of this show is enhanced by the diverse geographies of her subject matter, from Arizona to Gloucester, Mass.; Alaska to Vermont. Several paintings reﬂ ect European travel, as well — one large and magniﬁ cent painting in the show is an arched-bridge scene called “Barcelos, Portugal c. 1965.” The title of this exhibit is the cozy-sounding “In the Studio With Mary Bryan,” but it could just as easily have been “Across the Country (and the Atlantic) With Mary Bryan.” The exhibit has too many paintings — and approaches, subjects and moods — for this page to do them justice. But one other attribute must be noted: Mary Bryan was a master — mistress? — of the dark. It’s hard to believe the same woman who painted the silly “Alligator With Luggage” or any number of sunny Southwest scenes also produced paintings like “Deep and Dark.” The aptly titled tempera is a 22-by-28-inch landscape at nighttime, with a barely discernible river in the f oreground, a hill at the back against a moonless sky, and slivers of glimmering snow. Equally masterful is the rural homestead scene titled “Village Crossroads at Night,” painted in dark-on-dark hues except for the brilliant yellow light in the home’s windows. In “Night Chores,” a 5-by-7-inch watercolor of a dark barn in the wee hours, Bryan rendered an evocative scene despite the painting’s diminutive size. Dots of yellow imply the hardworking farmers inside, their labors unending. Bryan worked hard, too, reportedly at her easel before breakfast most days of her life. But, as “In the Studio With Mary Bryan” amply illustrates, her chosen occupation was a labor of love. P A M EL A P O L S T O N
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‘ArTS CoNNECT’: Artwork made by kindergartners and first- and second-graders at the integrated Arts Academy in burlington. led by bCA teaching artists, the kids take a visual approach to the integration of learning in science, social studies, math and other subjects. Reception: Thursday, May 22, 4-6 p.m. May 22-29. info, 846-2523. bCA Center in burlington. ‘ImprESSIoNS’: Fran bull, Jordan Douglas and Cameron schmitz explore in multiple media the markings of humankind, from the ridge patterns on fingers to trails on the landscape. Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 22-July 20. info, 865-7166. Vermont Metro gallery, bCA Center, in burlington.
‘HuE’: A group show exploring the “symbolism and meaning” of color in fine-art photography, juried by Al satterwhite. Reception: Friday, June 13, 5-7 p.m. May 22-June 15. info, 777-3686. Darkroom gallery in Essex Junction. ‘pAINTINg A NATIoN’: A showcase of the museum’s best 19th-century American paintings. May 25-october 31. info, 985-3346. shelburne Museum, webb gallery.
AuguST BurNS ANd EllIoT Burg: The Middlesex couple explores the human form through drawing and painting, and photography, respectively. May 24-June 6. info, 279-6403. Central Vermont Medical Center in barre. ‘SySTEmATIC pArAdox’: Curated by the six high school students of the Young Curators of Vermont program, the exhibit features national and international artists that explore concepts of chaos and order using various mediums. Reception: saturday, May 24, 5-7 p.m. May 24-June 14. info, 862-4056. College hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier.
mArTIN pArr: “life’s a beach,” images by the u.K.-based photographer and Magnum collective member renowned for capturing people in their comfort zones. May 23-August 10. info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art.
ArT EvENTS ACrylIC pAINTINg ClASS: Classes include instruction and materials — canvas, paint, brushes, smock and more. new theme and instructor each week. no experience required. RsVp at least one day before. Chaffee Downtown Art Center, Rutland, Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. $25/30. info, 775-0356. lIfE drAWINg WITH HuNTEr Eddy: A session for artists with a live model. Vermont Art supply, burlington, Thursday, May 22 and wednesday, May 28, 6-8 p.m. $10. info, 860-4972. pECHA KuCHA NIgHT: Designers, artists and other creative types present narrated slides in this fun and fast presentation format. Fleming Museum, uVM, burlington, Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m. $5/3. info, 656-0750. BCA SummEr ArTIST mArKET: A juried market featuring handcrafted, original fine art and crafts by local artists. City hall park, burlington, saturdays, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. info, 865-7166. JErICHo-uNdErHIll opEN STudIo Tour: pick up a map at the gallery and head out to visit 20 area artists’ studios, open for sales and demonstrations. Emile A. gruppe gallery, Jericho, saturday and sunday, May 24 and 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. info, 899-3211. vErmoNT opEN STudIo WEEKENd: Visitors can experience a behind-the-scenes look at how art and crafts are made at more than 200 sites. Yellow signs point the way to glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers during the self-guided tour. see interactive maps at Vermont-byways.us. open studio guide also available throughout the state at welcome Centers, galleries and studios, or at vermontcrafts.com. Various locations throughout Vermont, saturday and sunday, May 24 and 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. info, 223-3380.
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AlExIS KyrIAK, ATHENA TASIopouloS & mArIAN WIllmoTT: Curated by the 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.
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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. on view Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and First Fridays. Reception: Friday, June 6, 5-9 p.m. Through June 30. info, 800-639-1868. The havoc gallery in burlington.
mAlTEx ExHIBITS: Curated by burlington City Arts, all four floors are filled with artwork in a variety of media by the following local artists: Terry Ekasala, Jessa gilbert, gabrielle Tsounis, Katie loesel, sam Talbot-Kelly, Kate longmaid, Alexis Doshas, Tyler Vendituoli and Elaine ittleman. Through June 30. info, 865-7166. Maltex building in burlington.
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mArCIA HIll & CINdy grIffITH: landscape paintings in pastel and oil by the Vermont artists. Curated by sEAbA. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. VCAM studio in burlington.
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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@ gmail.com. The s.p.A.C.E. gallery in burlington. ‘mAydAy: THE WorKErS ArE rEvolTINg’: Artworks in a variety of media by employees of the bar. Through May 31. info, 318-2438. Red square in burlington. mIldrEd BElTré: “Dream work,” abstract constructions that are metaphors for human relationships and borrow imagery from west African iconography, political movements, planar geometry, plant growth and sports. polly ApfElBAum: “Evergreen blueshoes,” an installation of finely woven rugs and wallpaper influenced by minimalism, pop and color field. Through June 7. info, 865-7166. bCA Center in burlington. 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. pAul HAgAr: “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. ‘THE roAd lESS TrAvElEd’: 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.
JESSICA rEmmEy: photographs that capture the beauty in ordinary settings. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. The pine street Deli in burlington.
SArA BrIdgmAN: A retrospective of works by the Vermont artist. Through August 2. info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington.
KATHErINE luCAS: Abstract paintings by the burlington artist. Through May 31. info, 861-3155. Maglianero Café in burlington.
STudIo 266 group ExHIBITIoN: The 14 working artists who share the space show their works. Through May 31. info, 578-2512. studio 266 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.
‘TElEpHoNE’: since March 7, artists have invited another to bring in work, who invited another, and so on. The resulting exhibit is a visual conversation about who is making art in Vermont, who they turn to and how their collective work interacts. Through May 31. info, 578-2512. The soda plant in burlington. buRlingTon shows
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Terri Severance: “According to Terri,” mixedmedia paintings by the owner of Terri’s Morning Garden, a Waldorf-inspired preschool. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s: Pine Street in Burlington. ‘UnleSS’: “An exhibit of new work and tenuous linkage” includes drawings by Lisa Kippen, sculpture and painting by Ria Blass, and mixedmedia wall installation and sculpture by Susan Smereka. Closing reception: Thursday, June 26, 5-8 p.m. Through June 30. Info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington. vermonT arTiSTS GroUp Show: Nearly 60 artworks in paintings, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry and functional wood pieces. Private viewings by appointment. Through June 30. Info, 489-4960. Silver Image Studio in Burlington. ‘whaT wordS can’T Say’: A group show featuring works by local young artists. Through May 31. Info, 488-7727. ArtsRiot in Burlington. yaroSlavl ciTyScapeS: Photos of streets, squares, rivers and buildings in and around Burlington’s Russian sister city, by professional photographers from Yaroslavl and Vermonter David Seaver. Through May 31. Info, 865-7166. City Hall Gallery in Burlington.
airporT 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. ‘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. Through June 16. Info, 734-7363. Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg.
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‘SUpercool GlaSS’: An exhibit that spans two centuries of glassmaking, with items from the museum’s permanent collection and contemporary decorative and sculptural creations by Vermont and national artists. Through June 8. John biSbee: “New Blooms,” wall and freestanding installations made entirely from foot-long nails. The Maine sculptor is the first-ever contemporary artist to show in the museum’s new, year-round venue. Through May 26. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. kaTe lonGmaid: ‘Opening to Grace,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Through May 30. Info, 651-7535. Yoga Roots in Shelburne. ‘lock, STock and barrel’: The Terry Tyler collection of Vermont firearms includes 107 rare examples made between 1790 and 1900. Beach Gallery. ‘Trail blazerS: horSe-powered vehicleS’: An exhibit of 19th-century carriages from the permanent collection that draws parallels to contemporary automotive culture. Round Barn. nancy crow: “Seeking Beauty: Riffs on Repetition,” quilts by the acclaimed textile artist, who incorporates printmaking into her work. Hat
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regularly to write down their life stories. Rowell, a prolific local photographer, got involved; he’s since captured images of each of those elders. Rowell’s larger-than-life, black-and-white portraits are the focal point of a touring, multimedia exhibit that honors the gang’s stories and explores notions of memory and longevity. Facilitated by Randolph author Sara Tucker, the memoir-writing group has now been gathering and sharing stories for six years. “The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing” runs through October 10 at the Great Hall in Springfield. An artist’s talk is Saturday, May 24, 2-4 p.m. Pictured: “Margaret Egerton in Her 100th Year.”
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. ‘only one: SinGUlar prinTS GroUp Show’: Monotypes by Casey Blanchard, Janet Fredericks, Betsey Garand, Catherine Hall and Carol MacDonald. Through June 24. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. ‘periloUS piGeonS’: An exhibit of artworks honoring the now-extinct passenger pigeon. Through August 31. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. peTe boardman: Paintings and sculptures inspired by the natural world. Through May 31. Info, 658-2739. The ArtSpace at the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington.
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Sally hUGheS: Original floral and landscape watercolor paintings by the Shelburne artist. Through June 1. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne. Sarah roSedahl: “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. Shanley TriGGS: “View From Within,” watercolors by the Vermont artist. Through June 2. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard. SUzanne hoUSTon: Traditional representational floral and landscape paintings in oil by the Shelburne artist. Second floor. Through May 30. Info, 985-3243. Shelburne Town Offices.
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‘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 cAmpAnile: “Lapins Agiles,” studies in charcoal and pastel of feral hares in their element. Through may 31. Info, 223-1431. Tulsi Tea Room in montpelier. ‘The ArT of creATive Aging’: The fifth annual juried exhibit of recent work by 34 older visual artists in central Vermont, including Anne sarcka, Liz Leseviget, Judy greenwald and mark markowitt. 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. DAviD SmiTh: “postcards From the Keys,” an exhibit of paintings of Florida. Reception: Friday, may 23, 6-8 p.m., including readings with Dan Chodorkoff and Cora Brooks. Through July 12. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith public Library in marshfield.
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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, email@example.com. Info, 223-7800. The green Bean Art gallery at Capitol grounds in montpelier. piper STrong: Acrylic paintings on recycled metal echo famous paintings throughout art history. meet the artist: Friday, June 6, 4-7 p.m. Through June 30. Info, 828-3291. spotlight gallery in montpelier.
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cArolYn meckloSkY: “Dreams, memories, portraits,” paintings by the local artist. Through June 30. Info, 644-2991. Copley woodlands in stowe.
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‘In the Stud Io W Ith 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 Sha W: Night photography, featuring long exposure times, by the local artist. Through July 2. Info, 888-1261. Morrisville Post Office. ‘KIcK and Gl Ide: Ver Mont’ S n ord Ic SKI l eGacy’: 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. ‘l and Scape t rad It Ion S’: The new wing of the gallery presents contemporary landscape works by nine regional artists. Through January 1, 2015. r eBecca K In Kead: “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. Mar Ie l a pré Gra Bon: Charcoal drawings by the Vermont artist. Through July 9. Info, 635-7423. The Lovin’ Cup in Johnson. r o Bert hI tz IG: Paintings, and paintings on wood sculpture by the Vermont artist. Through June 29. Info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in Morrisville. Sto We Student a rt Sho W: Works from students at Stowe-area schools, Thatcher Brook Elementary and Harwood Union High School. Through June 1. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. t o M cull In S: Recent geometric abstractions by the Burlington architect reflect his yearly trips to Greece with crisp, light and intense color. Through June 17. Info, 253-8943. Upstairs at West Branch in Stowe.
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‘dISco Ver In G co MMun Ity’: More than 100 documentary works from film to oral histories by area K-12 students “exploring their own lives and the world around them.” Through July 12. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. ‘Guerr Illa G Irl S: a rt In a ct Ion’: Museumstudies students created this exhibition involving the museum’s compendium of posters and ephemera documenting the activities of anonymous female artist-activists. Through May 25. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Karla Van Vl Iet: “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. Through May 30. Info, 989-9992. ZoneThree Gallery in Middlebury. Kathryn M Il Illo: Eighteen new oil paintings of lakes and barns in Vermont and the Lake George, N.Y., area by the Proctor artist. Through May 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. ‘l o St Garden S of n eW en Gland’: 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. Through August 11. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.
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— never mind that his studio overlooking Sunset Lake is so remote that visitors often ask, “How do you get out of here in the winter?” Tell uses both wood and gas kilns to create stunning ceramic art. He makes an array of bowls, vases, pitchers and other functional items with surprising sculptural elements and colorful, earthy finishes inspired by Vermont’s natural scenes. And don’t turn back if the dirt road leading to his studio seems like it’ll never end; just keep following the “Keep Going” and “Not Too Far Now” signs. Open Studio Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Maps available at participating locations or online at vermontcrafts.com. Pictured: “Chattered Lotus Bowl.”
‘f aBr I-cat Ion S: f aBr Ic & fIB er art’: Nine area artists exhibit quilts, fashions, accessories, home décor items, needlework, tapestries and sculpted dolls. Through June 15. ‘Watercolor S: t he art ISt’ S Story’: Paintins by Maurie Harrington, Lyn DuMoulin, Andrea Varney and Gayl Braisted. Artist’s Talk: Sunday, May 25, 2 p.m. Through June 30. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. Ken l eSl Ie: “Top of the World,” 360-degree panoramic paintings and an artist’s book of the Arctic by the Johnson State College art professor. Through May 31. Info, 468-1266. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. KeVIn done Gan: “Lock Is Key and Other Conversations,” an eclectic selection of marble sculptures by the Burlington artist. Through May 24. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center Gallery in West Rutland. l oWell Sno Wdon Kloc K and Jean cannon: A photographer and a watercolorist present works inspired by curves in living and inanimate forms. Through June 30. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.
‘under 30’: This juried exhibit features works by young Vermont artists Kristine Chartrand, Nate Mosseau, Kristin Partessi, Steven J. Mestyan II, Sarah Carmarcyzk and Nicole Carpenter. Through June 6. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland.
champlain islands/northwest f ran K tI ralla: A new oil-on-linen series features the ruffed grouse, along with other wildlife creatures, by the Franklin artist. Through June 29. Info, 933-6403. Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls.
daISy r oc KWell: “Girls, Girls, Girls,” paintings of nudes and mugshots based based on women in the news. Through June 15. Info, 356-2776. Main Street Museum in White River Junction. ‘t he h ale Street Gan G: portra It S In Wr It InG’: Jack Rowell’s 12 black-and-white, larger-than-life photographs capture the elderly members of a Randolph writing group led by Sara Tucker. Through October 10. Info, 885-3061. ph Il Ip Goden Sch WaGer: Cartoon imagery and interactive sculpture as social and political commentary. Meet the artists: Saturday, May 24, 2-4 p.m. Through October 10. Info, 885-3061. The Great Hall in Springfield.
Joan h off Man: Oil and watercolor landscape and bird paintings by the South Royalton artist. Through June 2. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton. Joy r aSKIn, MIranda h aMMond & K IM rI lleau: Jewelry, photography and leather work, respectively, by the new gallery members. Through June 30. Info, 457-1298. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. Jud Ith V IVell & Stacy h op KInS: “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. Through May 31. Info, 295-0808. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction. patty caStell InI and V Ictor Ia Shal Vah h erz Ber G: Two artists show new work created individually and collaboratively, including abstract monotypes, figure studies and pieces that combine both genres. Through May 31. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. ‘SIerra clu B WIlderne SS 50 exh IBIt’: Photographs of Vermont and New Hampshire wilderness areas and other outdoor scenes. Through July 6. Free. Info, 359-5000. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.
call to artists call to artists for GEMs: Artists are invited to join the gallery and submit pieces to the annual exhibit of artwork in a small format, November 7 to December 28. Deadline: October 26. Specs, entry form and info at bryangallery. org. Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, May 21-October 26. Info, 644-5100. call to artists for VErGEnnEs art Walk: The Vergennes Partnership in collaboration with Creative Space Gallery and Studio V is organizing a monthly arts walk, the third Thursday of each month, 5-7 p.m., at various venues around town. Artist registration now open for June. Deadline: May 31. For info or to register, see vergennesdowntown.com/ mainstreet/vergennes-artwalk. Multiple Locations, Vergennes, May 21-31. Info, 734-0031. ‘land and liGht and WatEr and air’: Landscape painters are invited to submit works to the gallery’s flagship exhibit, September 12 to December 28. Prizes awarded. Deadline: July 11. More info and entry form at bryangallery.org; click on “call to artists.” Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, May 21-July 11. Info, 644-5100.
‘a PhotoGraPhEr’s ViEW of land and liGht’: Photographers are invited to join the gallery (by July 31) and submit images to a landscape photography exhibition, September 12 to November 2. Deadline: August 29. Specs, entry form and info at bryangallery. org; click on “call to artists.” Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, May 21-August 29. Info, 644-5100. ‘PoEtry in Music’: In collaboration with the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Frog Hollow’s August exhibit will be artwork inspired by music and poetry. Soundtracks and poetry featured in four of the concerts are available for inspiration. Juried exhibit; also displayed at Elley-Long Music Center for the nine days of the festival. Deadline: June 20. Contact Rob Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Frog Hollow, Burlington, May 21-June 20. Info, 863-6458. 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
Jay hudson: An exhibit of landscape photographs. Through June 2. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. VanEssa coMPton: “Beauty in a Broken World,” collages by the Greensboro artist. Through June 18. Info, 467-3701. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.
‘flora: a cElEbration of floWErs in contEMPorary art’: Vibrant floral works by 13 regional artists. John Gibson: “Opposing Forces,” paintings of balls with various patterns. MarEla Zacarias: “Cloaked and Revealed,” sculptural paintings in geometric patterns. WaltEr unGErEr: A film created from 10-second, 360-degree segments taken oceanside in Maine by the experimental filmmaker. Through June 22. Info, 490-2470. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
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‘Wall to canVas 5’: Seeking “street-style” artists that use wheat pasting, stencils, collage, spray painting, markers and the like to create unique pieces of live art. Twelve artists will be chosen to compete for a chance to win a $500 prize, an art show at the Artifactory and to sell their finished pieces in a live art auction. Proceeds will benefit the artists and the educational programming of the Shelburne Craft School. Find more info and a submission form at magichat.net/ walltocanvas/. Deadline: July 1. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, through July 1.
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Fading Gigolo ★★★
ave you ever seen a movie that had another, better movie struggling to emergef rom inside it like the Alien busting out of John Hurt? Fading Gigolo is that ﬁ lm. For most of its running time, the ﬁ f th directorial e° ort f rom John Turturro f eels like a self -conscious, mildly amusing e° ort to draw comedy f rom an unlikely premise. Then something happens — speciﬁ cally, Vanessa Paradis appears — and the ﬁ lm brieﬂ y becomes surprisingly a° ecting before subsiding into forgettability again. Let’s back up. The unlikely premise is that cash-strapped former bookstore owner Murray — Woody Allen as a down-market version of himself — proposes to pimp out his f riend Fioravante (Turturro) to older ladies seeking a discreet gentleman f or amorous adventures. Being equally hard up, Fioravante gamely agrees, though he acknowledges he’s not Hollywood stud material. His real-guy looks, courtly manners and quiet attentiveness turn out to charm wealthy clients played by Sharon Stone and Soﬁ a Vergara, setting him and Murray on the road to a modestly lucrative side career. If we suspend our disbelief , there’s potential in this scenario. Turturro plays Fioravante as one of those people who serve as meditative mirrors for others’ neuroses — he whores like a shrink — so his encounters give us a chance to peer into the psyches of lonely, unfulﬁ lled urbanites.
HO-HUM Turturro tries the oldest profession in this mixed-bag comedy he also directed.
But Turturro’s script never brings the clients’ characters into convincing f ocus. The one woman who does make an impact doesn’t seem to ﬁ t here at all: Paradis plays Avigal, a Hasidic widow in Williamsburg who Murray decides could beneﬁ t f rom Fioravante’s services. He coaxes her to Manhattan to see his f avorite “massage therapist.” This bizarre decision generates a silly subplot in which a stalwart member of the Hasidic neighborhood watch (Liev Schreiber) plants himself on Murray’s
tail, eventually precipitating a showdown involving a panel of rabbis. Allen’s f amiliar tics and one-liners are all on display in these scenes capitalizing on his utter lack of badassness, but they don’t exactly break new comic ground. Instead, the strength of Fading Gigolo lies in the brief , laconic drama that plays out between Fioravante and Avigal. Paradis plays the widow as a deeply sad woman whose air of untouchable dignity gives her a paradoxical allure; in the reluctant gigolo, she ﬁ nds a kindred spirit.
Turturro has given Fading Gigolo a unif orm stylistic sheen reminiscent of Allen’s ﬁ lms: This is a New York of f alling leaves, brownstones, autumn light and wistful or sprightly jazz. The images carry a musty perfume of days gone by, like the ﬁ lm’s jokes. (When Murray and Fioravante try to come up with “pimp names,” f or instance, their ri˝ ng has no comic juice, like they can barely be bothered to register the crude contemporary world outside their bubble.) Only in the scenes between Fioravante and Avigal does the ﬁ lm ﬁ nd a pace of its own, becoming a story about two private people tentatively seeking connection. Those passages have the emotional depth we tend to ﬁ nd these days mainly in foreign dramas, whose directors are less likely to feel the need to rush their plots along or to contort human variety into clichés. Too bad almost everything else in Fading Gigolo is a cliché — except f or the protagonist, who’s more of a cipher. While Turturro gives Fioravante a compelling presence, we never learn much about his motivations. It’s not a terrible ﬁ lm, just one that plays better as clickbait (“Woody Allen as a pimp!”) than on screen. In sneaking in a more substantial side plot, perhaps Turturro was aiming f or a bait-and-switch. What he achieved was a middling ﬁ lm with a f ew scenes that won’t fade rapidly from memory. MARGO T HARRI S O N
We found a duck asleep on our porch!* new in theaters BEllE: In 18th-century England, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of an aristocrat (gugu Mbatha-Raw) grows up surrounded by privilege and prejudice and attempts to take on the institution of slavery. amma asante directed the period drama, with Emily watson and tom wilkinson. (104 min, Pg. Roxy) BlENDED: adam Sandler and drew barrymore play single parents who endure a bad blind date only to find themselves forced together at a family resort in this comedy from director frank coraci (Zookeeper). with wendi Mclendon-covey and Joel Mchale. (117 min, Pg-13. bijou, capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset, welden) cHEF: foodie film alert! Jon favreau wrote, directed and starred in this comedy about a fine-dining chef who reinvents himself — and reconnects with his family — by opening a food truck. with Robert downey Jr., Emjay anthony and Scarlett Johansson. (115 min, R. Roxy) X-mEN: DAYS oF FUtURE pASt: bryan Singer returns as director for this time-hopping mutant extravaganza in which the X-Men join forces with their younger selves to prevent Something Really bad from happening. with Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, hugh Jackman, Michael fassbender, James Mcavoy and Jennifer lawrence. (131 min, Pg-13. bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, welden)
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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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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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FADiNg gigoloHH1/2 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)
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)
goDZillAH 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)
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tHE moNUmENtS mENHH George Clooney and Matt Damon play members of a World War II platoon that rescues art treasures from the Nazis in this drama directed and cowritten by Clooney. With Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and John Goodman. (118 min, PG-13) pompEiiHH What could make an erupting Mt. Vesuvius more exciting? Gladiators and starcrossed love, that’s what! That seems to be the thinking behind this ancient Roman spectacular directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil). With Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland. (105 min, PG-13) VAmpiRE AcADEmYH1/2 A teen trains to be a half-vampire protector of good vampires against naughty vampires (got that?) in this adaptation of the YA book series from the fraternal team of Daniel and Mark Waters. Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Gabriel Byrne star. (104 min, PG-13)
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Did you miss: mOnsTers This weekend brings us Warner Bros.’ new $160 million version of Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. Who’s Gareth Edwards, you may be wondering, and what makes him big enough to snag the job of rebooting the big guy? Answer: He made a movie called Monsters (2010) for reportedly less than $500,000, with a crew of seven and special effects he created with off-the-shelf software in his bedroom…
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The Great Texas Dynamite Chase is the low-budget, sass-talking inspiration for Thelma & Louise, and it also happens to be the better movie. The finest cinematic hour of the late, charismatic Playmate Claudia Jennings, this film is a winningly sordid treat.
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British police arrested five members of a Liverpool gang for breaking into a clothing store after hours after they attracted the attention of customers at a bar next door with loud banging while using a sledge hammer to smash the door. The suspects were apprehended after a high-speed chase. Attorneys for the defendants conceded the heist was “well-planned but badly executed.”
Investigators charged Ian Dishon Isabel, 29, with secretly recording girls using an elementary school restroom in Davenport, Iowa, after cameras found behind the toilets showed not only close-up images of children from the waist down, but also those of the man installing them. Isabel conducts an after-school program at Hayes Elementary. “Although the male’s face is not visible,” the police affidavit said, “his identification card can be seen hanging from a lanyard on his neck.” (Moline, Ill.’s WQAD-TV)
Another 15 Minutes of Fame
An Israeli company sprung Thamsanqa Jantjie from a South African psychiatric hospital to appear in a commercial for its social live-streaming app. Jantjie gained worldwide attention as the sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service who made meaningless gestures and afterward blamed the incident on schizophrenia. Tel Aviv-based
Livelens hired a Zulu-speaking journalist to convince staffers at the hospital that Jantjie needed to be released for one day for a “family event” and then shot the ad in a few hours, according to company marketing manager Sefi Shaked. After the National Association of the Deaf objected that a company would “hire and portray any individual who has become synonymous with mockery of sign language interpreting,” Shaked pointed out, “At the end of the day, a schizophrenic guy got paid and did a nice campaign — a sad story with a happy ending.” (NBC News)
the conference, state health officials said only 400 responded, so the actual toll might be higher. (NBC News)
Mother of the Year (Quarterfinals)
While on vacation in Key West, Fla., Suzanne Simon, 38, kicked her 12-yearold son out of the car without any shoes because he was reading the car’s GPS incorrectly, according to a police report. She also sent her 8-year-old daughter in search of beer. Police arrested Simon, who lives in Sugar Land, Texas, on suspicion of child neglect. (Houston’s KHOU-TV)
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Daniel Trent admitted stabbing a friend and his dog during an argument that began when Trent disputed his friend’s claim to the last beer in a 24-pack of Natural Ice. After Trent stabbed Mark Durham, 56, he said the victim told him to kill the dog, so he did. “I should’ve stopped drinking,” Trent said. (Ocala Star-Banner)
More than 100 people reported suffering food poisoning at a national Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, Md. After surveying more than 1,300 of the nation’s top food safety professionals who attended
Police arrested Sonja Hernandez, 39, for bringing her 8-year-old son, teenage daughter and three other teens with her to set fire to nine vehicles in Fort Worth, Texas. Arson investigator Brad Sims said no motive had been determined. (Fort Worth’s KXAS-TV)
On Second Thought
David Shaff, administrator of the Portland, Ore., Water Bureau, announced the city would flush 38 million gallons of treated water down the drain after surveillance cameras caught a 19-yearold man appearing to urinate into an open reservoir. Tests showed the water
was safe to drink, but Shaff defended the decision: “My customers expect they will receive water that has not been deliberately contaminated.” Two weeks later, the city decided not to dump the water but instead divert it to an empty reservoir to “see how long it stays fresh and clear,” Water Bureau official Jaymee Cuti said. (Associated Press) When Christopher Lewis refilled his 89cent drink without paying at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Charleston, S.C., a federal police office issued him a ticket and banned him from the hospital. Facing a $525 fine, Lewis explained that he told the officer he hadn’t seen the sign saying no free refills and was willing to pay the 89 cents. Hospital officials who reviewed the incident decided a warning was sufficient. (Associated Press)
Wrong Arm of the Law
A sheriff’s deputy in Riverside County, Calif., trying to kill a dog he insisted was threatening his life, “pulled his service weapon, shot one round and injured himself in the leg,” according to a sheriff’s official. (Riverside County’s PressEnterprise) A former police officer who tried to set fire to a food cart belonging to a blogger who exposed police corruption in Little Rock, Ark., died while fleeing when the blogger tackled him and he fell face first. (Little Rock’s KARK-TV)
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During the next 12 months you will have exceptional opportunities to soak up knowledge, add to your skill set and get the training you need to pursue interesting kinds of success in the coming six to eight years. What’s the best way to prepare? Develop an exciting new plan for your future education. To get in the mood, try the following: make a list of your most promising but still unripe potentials; meditate on the subjects that evoke your greatest curiosity; brainstorm about what kinds of experiences would give you more control over your destiny; and study three people you know who have improved their lives by taking aggressive steps to enhance their proficiency.
(June 21-July 22): The moon shows us a different phase every 24 hours, which makes it seem changeable. but in fact, not much actually happens on the moon. It has no atmosphere, no weather, no wind, no plant life, no seasons. There is some water, but it’s all frozen. Is there anything like this in your own life, Cancerian? something that on the surface of things seems to be in constant motion, but whose underlying state never actually shifts or develops? According to my analysis, now would be an excellent time for you to revise the way you understand this part of your world, and then update your relationship with it.
(July 23-Aug. 22): Have you thought of organizing a crowdfunding campaign to boost your pet project or labor of love? I suggest you get serious about it in the next four weeks. This coming phase of your cycle will be a favorable time to expand your audience, attract new allies and build a buzz. you will have a sixth sense about how to wield your personal charm to serve your long-term goals. More than usual, your selfish interests will dovetail with the greater good — perhaps in unexpected ways.
ViRgo (Aug. 23-sept. 22): years ago I had a Virgo friend who was a talented singer. she had technical skill, stylistic flair and animal magnetism, making her worthy of being a
liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): “There is always an enormous temptation in all of life,” writes Annie Dillard, “to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end … I won’t have it. The world is wider than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright.” your assignment in the coming weeks, Libra, is to transcend whatever is itsybitsy about your life. The alternative? Head toward the frontier and drum up experiences that will thrill your heart and blow your mind. scoRPio
(oct. 23-nov. 21): “We are all searching for someone whose demons play well with ours,” writes novelist Heidi r. Kling. That’s good advice for you to keep in mind these days, scorpio. Those little imps and rascals that live within you may get you into bad trouble if they feel bored. but if you arrange for them to have play dates with the imps and rascals of people you trust, they are far more likely to get you into good trouble. They may even provide you with bits of gritty inspiration. What’s that you say? you don’t have any demons? not true. everyone has them.
sagittaRiUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): “When
people tell you who they are, believe them,” writes blogger Maria Popova (brainpickings. org). “Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.” Those suggestions are especially crucial for you to keep in mind these days. you are entering a phase when your best relationships will be up for review and revision and revitalization. to foster an environment in which intimacy will thrive, you’ve got to be extra receptive, curious, tolerant and tender. That’s all! not hard, right? A good place to start is to proceed as if your allies know who
they are better than you do — even as you ask them to return the favor.
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Kludge” (pronounced klooj) is a slang word that refers to a clumsy but effective fix for an engineering problem. It’s a cobbled-together solution that works fine, at least temporarily, even though it is inelegant or seems farfetched. Let’s use this concept in a metaphorical way to apply to you. I’m guessing that you will be a kludge master in the coming days. you will be skilled at making the best of mediocre situations. you may have surprising success at doing things that don’t come naturally, and I bet you will find unexpected ways to correct glitches that no one else has any idea about how to fix.
(Jan. 20-feb. 18): I hesitate to compare you to your fellow Aquarian Kim Jong-il. When he was alive and ruling north Korea, he was an egomaniacal tyrant. you’re definitely not that. but there are certain descriptions of him in his official biography that remind me of the kinds of powers you may soon exhibit. He was called the Great sun of Life and Highest Incarnation of revolutionary Comradely Love, for instance. titles like that might suit you. It is said that he invented the hamburger. He could command rain to fall from the sky. He once shot eleven holesin-one in a single round of golf, was a master of gliding down waterslides and never had to use a toilet because he produced no waste. you may be able to express comparable feats in the coming weeks. (Do it without falling prey to excessive pride, oK?)
Pisces (feb. 19-March 20): even if you had
a sensitive, nurturing mommy when you were growing up, and even if she continues to play an important role in your life, now would be a good time to learn how to mother yourself better. you are finally ready to appreciate how important it is to be your own primary caregiver. And I’m hoping you are no longer resistant to or embarrassed about the idea that part of you is still like a child who needs unconditional love 24/7. so get started! treat yourself with the expert tenderness that a crafty maternal goddess would provide.
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aRies (March 21-April 19): I believe your persuasive powers will be stronger than usual in the weeks ahead. The words coming out of your mouth will sound especially interesting. I also suspect that your intelligence will get at least a temporary upgrade. The clarity of your thoughts will intensify. you will see truths you have been blind to in the past. Innovative solutions to long-running dilemmas are likely to occur to you. The only potential snag is that you might neglect to nurture your emotional riches. you could become a bit too dry
a Hall of fame for scientists, physicist Isaac newton (1642-1727) would have been the charter member. He was like elvis Presley and Chuck berry were to rock and roll, like babe ruth was to baseball. The theory of gravity and the three laws of motion were his gifts to the world. He made major contributions to mathematics and optics, and was a central figure in defining modern science. There is also a legend that he invented the cat door, inspired by his pet felines. Whether or not that’s true, it serves as an excellent metaphor for this horoscope. It’s an excellent time for you to apply your finest talents and highest intelligence to dream up small, mundane but practical innovations.
lead vocalist in almost any great band. And yet when she was asleep and had dreams of performing, she often found herself standing in the shadows, barely visible and singing tentatively, while her backup singers hogged the spotlight at center stage. Moral of the story: some of you Virgos are shy about claiming your full authority. It doesn’t always come easy for you to shine your light and radiate your power. And yet you can most definitely learn to do so. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to make progress in this direction.
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the tall Girl at Shaw’S I was the awestruck guy with a beard and sunglasses on my head. I saw you and instantly forgot what I was there for. We exchanged a couple of glances, perhaps a shy smile. You were so beautiful that I chickened out. I regretted it the whole way home. Maybe we can chat over one of those Skinny Cows? ;) when: monday, may 12, 2014. where: Colchester Shaw’s. you: woman. me: man. #912175
GorGeouS BriCklinerS Guy You were at the Shell station by Agway putting gas in your Brickliners truck wearing a black bean cap and a hoodie. You caught my eye immediately. That smile is contagious and I could sense your energy from across the parking lot. Wow. I hope our paths cross again soon! when: Thursday, may 8, 2014. where: williston Shell station. you: man. me: woman. #912168
we Shared a look ... twiCe You: tall, slender brunette crossing the street in Richmond (I assume after work?). Me: tall fella with tan shorts and T-shirt. We looked at each other, smiled, and then again when I looked back at you. I’m kicking myself for not turning around and introducing myself. when: Thursday, may 15, 2014. where: richmond. you: woman. me: man. #912185
whiSkey room, dark red hair You: beautiful woman with dark red/auburn hair. Black top with white pants. You were with a date, I think. I was waiting for a friend but could not take my eyes off you. Me: dark hair, beard and glasses. Can I buy you a drink? when: Saturday, may 10, 2014. where: whiskey room. you: woman. me: man. #912174
5/14 nooniSh, williSton Shaw’S This is absolutely crazy, but ... You: dirty blonde with black T-shirt (20s male). I saw you at the salad bar, and at the self-checkout behind me. You’re cute, but also polite and “well,” which caught my attention. Me: dirty blonde, sunglasses, turquoise shirt (20s female). I was admittedly in my own world, but you stood out. Who are you? :) when: wednesday, may 14, 2014. where: williston Shaw’s. you: man. me: woman. #912184
our houSe, BrunCh, winooSki You were sitting outside at the table next to my Dad and I. When he went inside you asked me about hockey and we talked for a bit about our favorite teams, yours Canadiens, mine Rangers. Upon his return, I introduced you and he told you a story, but I noticed you kept glancing over at me. Looks like our favorite hockey teams will be facing off together this week. Interested in watching a game together or possibly just hanging out? It would be great to get to know you! when: Sunday, may 11, 2014. where: our house, winooski. you: woman. me: man. #912173
lookinG For a medioCre man Daaaaany. I’m not looking for anything spectacular. I’m the typical-looking lady with a butt that won’t quit. We met at that bar where we were the only people there. Respond if you want to run away away into the cloudy sunset and live a so-so life spending our days complaining to each other. I could learn to almost like you. when: wednesday, may 7, 2014. where: a mediocre establishment. you: man. me: woman. #912166
your oranGe SuSPenderS Shine brigher than the sun, Like OD green paint on your fenders, You know your’e the one. Saw you crossing the street in Montpelier and had to wonder. Been watching you ever since. when: Sunday, may 11, 2014. where: montpelier. you: man. me: woman. #912182
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 craked 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
three iS more Fun You were a brunette at City Market on Monday around lunchtime eating in the café. Both my boyfriend and I thought you were beautiful, but neither of us had the nerve to strike up a conversation. Would you like to join us for coffee soon? when: monday, may 12, 2014. where: City market. you: woman. me: woman. #912180 CitizenS Bank hottie I saw you at the Citizens Bank on College Street. You cashed my check and you are so gorgeous. I couldn’t stop staring at your striking blue eyes and long brown hair. Next time I cash my check, I would love to take you out for drinks with it. when: Saturday, may 10, 2014. where: College St. Citizens Bank. you: woman. me: man. #912179 ian at Pour houSe You met up with some friends from my softball team to watch the hockey game. I coincidently know your friend Malcolm. I think you have a gorgeous smile and I could listen to your accent all day. Want to meet up sometime without the softball team? when: Saturday, may 10, 2014. where: Pour house, So. Burl. you: man. me: woman. #912177
re: BiGFoot I feel the same. I almost asked you over the other night. I work two jobs that I love, and have a lot of free time for travel, homemaking and love, and a supportive family who doesn’t understand. Maybe we can make a date to meet on here. Either way, we will figure this thing out. when: Sunday, may 11, 2014. where: my whole heart. you: woman. me: woman. #912172 BiGFoot Please let’s try again to work things out. Be the way we used to be, so in love. I can’t live without you. Believe me, I have tried and it feels like I’m closer to dying every day. I want to be who you want again, and I will do whatever it takes to get you back home. Noah when: Friday, may 9, 2014. where: hopefully in the future. you: woman. me: woman. #912171 Blue Shirt, talliSh, FarmerS market We crossed as I was leaving the market with a friend, towards Church St. (near BCA). Due to our mutual sunglasses, I couldn’t tell if you returned my gaze. I had curly hair and a brown/white outfit. You wore a blue shirt, were tall with dark, curly hair. If you weren’t buying kale bouquets for someone special, want to meet up, sans sunglasses? when: Saturday, may 10, 2014. where: near Burlington Farmers market. you: man. me: woman. #912170
Chivalry iSn’t dead! 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 $7.00 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. Tuesday morning, 5/6/14. 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
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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
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