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1. “Seven Things Vermonters Should Know About the New Québec Government” by Ken Picard. Our neighbors to the north have a new government, led by a separatist party. 2. “Drink to Your Health” by Corin Hirsch. Try these recipes for alcoholic drinks that are good for your health, too. 3. “Some Residents Are Charged Up Over a Proposed Power Line in Winooski” by Ken Picard. Green Mountain Power is facing backlash over its proposal for a new highvoltage transmission line in Winooski. 4. Fair Game: “Big PAC Attack” by Paul Heintz. We don’t know who they are or where their money comes from, but super PACs are making an impact on Vermont’s elections this year. 5. Stuck in Vermont: “Hardcore Punk in a Burlington Basement” by Eva Sollberger. Local punk bands get rowdy at a DIY-style basement show.

tweet of the week: @GovHowardDean Stuck in bumper to bumper traffic at 111 at night on I 95 in Conn. Happens every time. Really grateful I live it Vermont.


oute 7 lost a Seven Days multimedia landmark — producer Eva Sollberger filmed or eyesore, the demolition for this week’s depending on your episode of “Stuck in Vermont” point of view — last and has pulled together a pile week when wreckof old photographs and stories ing crews tore down about the Harbor Hide-A-Way. the former Harbor “The Hide-A-Way became a Hide-A-Way restaupopular restaurant known for rant and its iconic its eccentric décor and tasty faux lighthouse. vittles, serving regulars and Once the swankiout-of-towners alike,” says est restaurant in Sollberger. “Even Katharine Shelburne, the Hepburn and Bob Dylan are Harbor Hide-A-Way said to have stopped by for a opened as a hotbite.” dog stand in 1941 and by the 1960s had grown into an eatery-meetmuseum filled with eccentric memorabilia. The building fell into disrepair after the restaurant closed in 1987. As staff writer Kathryn Flagg reported last week on Off Message, Seven Days’ politics and news blog, owner Mike Serrano sold the property to the Automaster next door, which plans to expand its automobile dealership. John DuBrul, whose family owns the Automaster, dined at the restaurant as a child ay The Harbor Hide-A-Way in its heyd and remembers being allowed to leave his family’s table to ogle the bizarre collection of swords, guns, suits of armor and skeletons with the instruction to “look but not touch.” DuBrul told Flagg he is more excited than mournful about the Harbor Hide-A-Way’s demise. “This is like a Green Up Day on steroids,” he said, after hauling a few final pieces of battered, antique furniture from the ramshackle building.


Québec’s new government will shut down Gentilly-2 — the closest nuke plant to Burlington. Gone fission.

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Kudos to Ken Picard for his fair and accurate depiction of the new government north of the border [“Seven Things Vermonters Should Know About the New Québec Government,” September 12]. Claude Boucher



[Re “Seven Things Vermonters Should Know About the New Québec Government,” September 12]: The increase in university fees was not $325 a year; it’s $325 a year — times five years. Think of it as five hikes of $325 each. This is the $1625 a year that you find in the news in Québec, but the government has been playing repeatedly on the confusion between $325 and $1625. The government usually talked about it as if only the first year of increase mattered, as if everybody was in the middle of a degree and would not care about what happens after next year; but instead, the students wanted to talk about the future of universities in our society. Fees are currently $2168 per year, plus some extra fees counted separately. Mathieu Bouchard



Armando Vilaseca — or anyone else who seeks consideration as Vermont’s first

education secretary — should understand the importance of increased Frenchlanguage competence to the economy and culture of Vermont [“Is Armando Vilaseca the Man to Reform Public Education in Vermont?” August 29]. Businesses including the Sheraton Hotel,, and JetBlue have all sought French lessons for their employees from the language school of the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region in the last two years. Burton Snowboards is currently seeking to hire French-speaking sales staff, and many more businesses and business groups from St. Johnsbury, Stowe and Burlington are working to become more competent in basic French to better serve their clients. In a recent Vermont Public Radio interview, Vilaseca spoke of the growing usefulness of Spanish in American life, but in Vermont we have a unique opportunity to build our business relationships with the 80 percent of Québécois who are primary French speakers. His Cuban heritage may color his perceptions, but considering his experience in Chittenden County, Mr. Vilaseca should be aware of the unique importance of French to the economy of northern Vermont. He and the other candidates should be anxious to seize this opportunity, which we have too long neglected. There is no reason why all Vermont students should not receive basic instruction in French, which, unlike Spanish, they can practice daily on the streets of both Vermont and Québec. Steve Norman



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The [August 1] review of our Gang of Thieves Riddle EP was crass, dismissive and offensive. Reviewer Sean Hood makes us out to be a bunch of drug-using stoners not worth listening to unless you smoke marijuana. Many of Hood’s comments are misinforming, unfair and degenerative. He writes, “Gang of Thieves have got to be a weed-fueled outfit, as lyrics like these suggest: ‘Super skunk in your trunk / Right on time, taking your troubles away.’” This line in “Mighty Monk” is the only reference to pot in the whole EP. Hood also notes, “You’d have a hell of a time interpreting any of the EP’s stoner lyrics as less than optimistic (‘Show me funk, Mighty Monk / Lead the way with positive action’).” “Batarang” and “Gunslinger” are both intense and not even close to optimistic or “stoner.” It is obvious Hood didn’t even listen to the other songs, as he continues to only mention lyrics and inaccurate musical references to the first track, “Mighty Monk,” throughout the entirety of the article (such as claiming there is “more than a little wahwah,” when there is actually none on the entirety of the EP, to name just one example). We are proud to be a Burlington local rock-and-roll band, but ashamed of how we were presented in this Seven Days article. Hood generalized our band based on one track, one line of lyrics, and the dreadlocks Tobin and I sport. I would write much more about this, but unfortunately I am already over 250 words. I sincerely ask for a new review by someone else, referencing the inaccuracy of Hood’s article. Thanks for your time. STarkSbOrO

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Aren’t there enough outraged people in Vermont to demand laws that will provide protection for our animals [“AnimalCruelty Charges Dropped Against Chef; Humane Society Howls,” August 29]? Prosecutors shouldn’t have such difficulty getting these cases convicted and provisions to prevent abusers from having any further opportunity to harm other animals. They also need to be held accountable to reimburse people for the costs of caring for abused animals. Animals are the innocents; we owe them our protection from all forms of abuse.

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General Makes His Case,” September 12], Jack McMullen is quoted as saying: “You could drink a glass of tritium 30 seconds after it came out of the tap. It has a half-life of seconds, milliseconds.” The implication of his remark is that virtually all the tritium would have decayed away in 30 seconds. Unfortunately, McMullen understated the half-life of tritium by a factor of almost a billion. The half-life of tritium is about 12.3 years (or about 388,000,000 seconds), and almost all of it is still there after 30 seconds. Mr. McMullen defends continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant by saying: “Yes they have a tritium leak. So do 29 other reactors in the American nuclear fleet.” The apparent implication is that tritium leaks are OK since lots of other reactors also leak tritium. It is not logical to suggest that if the same problem has occured at several reactors, it must not be a significant problem. I assume, if elected attorney general, he wouldn’t accept the argument that a bank robber should not be prosecuted because lots of other people rob banks, too. Although Mr. McMullen is identified in the article as having worked as a technical manager for the navy’s nuclear program, his expertise in the areas of tritium and the safety of nuclear plants seems questionable.

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˜ is year, the fi rst day of fall means one thing: It’s time to wear your pride on your sleeve. ˜ e Pride Vermont Festival, now an autumnal affair, takes over the Queen City with an “Equality Equinox” theme. Join the parade on Saturday — or hit up a number of other queer-friendly festivities throughout the week. SEE CALENDAR BOX ON PAGE 54

Fully Booked Calling all literati: ˜ e Burlington Book Festival dares you to read into the written word this weekend. In fact, it’s hard to miss the massive, three-day lineup of readings, workshops, book signings and panel discussions hosted by local luminaries. Write on. SEE STORY ON PAGE 36 AND CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 58




Kiss Me Kate Shakespeare’s story of a woman who refuses to be “tamed” might raise a few eyebrows today — but, at its heart, ˜ e Taming of the Shrew is just another delicious dating drama. Aquila ˜ eatre Company, renowned for its creative interpretations of the classics, makes the lovers’ banter downright hip in this updated touring production.




Sweet Symphony Inspired by the foliage, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra serves up a colorful classical program in the Made in Vermont Music Festival, touring the state through October 1. Works by Michael Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich, David Feurzeig and Franz Schubert strike the right note in Johnson, Vergennes and Derby Line this week. SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGE 59, 62 & 63

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Booty Call Ahoy! Neatly timed around International Talk Like a Pirate Day, the Pentangle Players’ weekend production of ˜ e Pirates of Penzance is a lootin’-tootin’ riot. Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera follows a young pirate apprentice on a swashbuckling adventure of love and leap years. Shiver me timbers. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 59


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Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, a working-class tragedy of jealousy and murder, is set in 19th-century Germany. Leave it to Cape Town’s Handspring Puppet Company — the troupe that brought War Horse to fame — to transport the tale to South Africa’s Apartheid era with puppets, live actors and animation in Woyzeck on the Highveld. e˜ Independent calls them “the best puppet company in the business.”




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ov. PETER SHUMLIN got all hot and bothered last week when his Republican opponent, Sen. RANDY BROCK (R-Franklin), suggested in a Vermont Public Radio debate that the governor took campaign contributions in return for special favors. “Let me first say, Randy, that I don’t accept campaign contributions in return for anything,” Shumlin said. “This is not Chicago. Period. So to answer your question, no, I would never make a campaign contribution request — and I know you’re trying to make many of them and I’m trying to make many of them — in return for anything.” I should certainly hope not! That would 3:00 PM be, um, illegal. But despite Shummy’s insistence that he don’t do nothin’ for nobody in return for campaign cash, the special-interest dough keeps rolling in. Of the $161,000 he raised last month, a full $65,000 of it came from unions, issue advocacy groups and corporations — most of which are based outside Vermont. To put it in perspective, that’s more in special-interest cash than Brock’s entire $62,000 fundraising haul in the same period. Granted, Brock’s not doing too hot in the money department. Of the million dollars Shumlin has raised throughout his reelection campaign, $36,000 comes from issue advocacy groups, $54,000 from unions and a whopping $166,000 from corporations. Which is weird, since Shummy says he doesn’t think corporations should be running the political show. Just two weeks ago, the gov was telling liberal radio host STEPHANIE MILLER during an interview at the Democratic National Convention that “if the people vote, we win, and if the corporations vote, [the Republicans] win.” What he didn’t say: If the corporations give, here’s where they can send a check. To clear things up, we asked Shumlin campaign manager ALEX MACLEAN whether the gov believes corporations are people. “No, he does not. You’ve heard him and I say several times that he believes the Citizens United decision should be overturned,” she said. So why does he take all that cash from corporations? “Vermont law allows us to do so,” she said. “And we play by the rules.” But wouldn’t he rather corporations hold on to the dough and let the people own — ahem, donate to — politicians? “In Vermont, we think the $2000 corporation limit is fair,” MacLean said. “Again, at the federal level, he does believe they play an outsized role through the Citizens United decision.”

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So just who’s sending the checks Shummy’s way? Last month, the gov took contributions from 30 companies; prior to that, another 72 had given to his campaign. Among them are a few homegrown Vermont businesses such as Handy Toyota of St. Albans ($500), Stowe Tree Experts ($250) and Vermont Farmstead Cheese of Woodstock ($2000). Others are a little less local: VISA ($2000), DISH Network ($2000) and Goshen Farms of Florida ($2000). Some are somewhat in between: Five Florida-based companies owned by PRITAM SINGH — a real estate developer who lives part time in South Woodstock — gave Shumlin a combined $10,000. Singh and his wife, ANN JOHNSTON, each gave another $2000 to the gov, for a grand total of $14,000.


ONLY IN VERMONT ARE POLITICIANS IN THE POCKET OF BIG BONG. Divining the intent of corporations who give to politicians is always a tricky thing because, of course, they’re not gonna admit to currying favor. But a number of Shumlin’s recent contributors have plenty of business before the State of Vermont. Iberdrola Renewables ($1000) is seeking to build wind towers in southern Vermont. Rutland’s omnipresent Casella enterprises ($4000 between two companies) contract with the state. Corrections Corporation of America ($1000) takes care of Vermont inmates at a Kentucky prison. And Florida-based Rapid USA Consulting ($1000) hosted Shumlin at an EB-5 visa conference in Miami last November and, until recently, worked to secure foreign investment in Jay Peak ($2000). But if you ask MacLean why they’re giving to Shummy, she’ll tell you, “Many of them agree with the governor’s vision and agenda in Vermont to create jobs and more economic opportunities for Vermonters.” I bet! At least with unions and advocacy groups, you know what they’re looking for. From Shumlin, they seem to want booze, death and pot: Throughout the campaign, the gov has received $5000 from three trade groups representing alcohol wholesalers and distributors; $5000 from Patient Choices of Vermont, which supports physician-assisted suicide; and $11,000 from four groups that want weaker drug laws. And

that doesn’t include the $2000 he took from Weedmaps Media, whose website connects potheads with marijuana dispensaries. Which brings us back to that VPR debate. Brock was specifically criticizing Shumlin for his promise to push for the decriminalization of marijuana in Vermont in a fundraising call to the head of the propot group NORML, as the Burlington Free Press reported last month. In a blog post, NORML’s executive director wrote that, in his convo with the gov, Shumlin expressed a desire “to become a national spokesperson for cannabis law reforms before the Congress and Executive branch.” Shummy’s right: We’re not in Chicago. Only in Vermont are politicians in the pocket of Big Bong. Of course, the gov doesn’t see it that way. As Shumlin laboriously explained during the VPR debate, all he promised during that NORML fundraising call was to “go anywhere, anytime that I can get there, to fight for what I believe is right. Which is cracking down on drugs that are killing people — that are leading to crime and addiction — and decriminalizing and stopping the crazy resources and misallocation that we’re currently doing to fight small amounts of marijuana.” Sounds like at least one Shumlin donor is getting what it paid for.

Broughton’s Bucks

Last week, we told you about the mysterious new conservative super PAC that plunked down at least $70,000 on television advertisements backing Republican candidates and causes. With little to go on, political prognosticators speculated that the group, Vermonters First, was drawing funding from out-of-state sources, such as the Republican Governors Association or the Republican National Committee. As it turns out, the super PAC’s sole funder is one LENORE BROUGHTON, who hails from none other than the Queen City. Talk about buying local! According to the group’s first campaign finance report, Broughton donated $100,000 to Vermonters First late last month. Nearly all of that cash immediately went to a two-week ad buy: Two 15-second commercials back state treasurer candidate WENDY WILTON and state auditor candidate VINCE ILLUZZI — both Republicans. A third, 30-second spot, which debuted this week, rails against “the Democrats” and their rapscallion single-payer health care plan. But who is JOHN GALT, I mean, Lenore Broughton?

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Stowe Reporter and Waterbury Record publisher MaRia aRchangelo is starting a new job next week heading up a new community magazine division of Yellowbook. Archangelo, who moved to Vermont in 2003 to edit the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and helped launch the Record in 2007, plans to remain in Vermont. She says she also hopes to continue serving as president of the Vermont Press Association. BiDDle Duke, who owns the Reporter and the Record, says he plans to return to day-today management of the papers and assume most of Archangelo’s duties. In other news, the Burlington Free Press appears to be taking a step back from its vaunted front-page redesign, which was part of a package of changes at the paper this past June. The plan was to feature just one story on the cover — usually a local “enterprise” feature — with a large image or graphic. But in a column that appeared in Sunday’s paper, publisher JiM FogleR wrote, “We know we are a newspaper not a magazine — we heard you loud and clear. We have focused on Page 1A, and our single copy sales patterns demonstrate readers want serious local news on the front page.” Indeed, in recent weeks, more stories, more hard news and more copy have appeared on the Freeps cover. In an emailed response to Seven Days, Fogler elaborated that the paper is “calibrating our design based on factors including the value of the story, the quality of the art and the newsiness of the day. “Some days, there are two stories,” he wrote Tuesday. “Other days, like Winooski traffic circle scoop Sunday and the Deeghan scoop today, we went with a big art element and a refer to the story inside.” Will there be a redesign of the redesign of the redesign? m

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She points to the mountain of debt amassed by BT in violation of state regulations. “It’s not that we don’t philosophically think it should be publicly owned,” Shannon adds. “It’s that $17 million debt.” Weinberger Weinbergersuggests suggestsininananemail emailmesmessage that full public ownership of BT is not a good idea. He says he’s unwilling to spend “additional precious taxpayer dollars gambling on the future of a telecommunications company.” City CityCouncil CouncilKaren KarenPaul, Paul,a aWard Ward6 6in-independent and member of the city’s Board of Finance, says she and other officials cials involved in negotiations with potential BT partners or owners “want to find ndthe themost most positive outcome for BT and for residents areare “clearly of Burlington.” City officials cials “clearly committed to maintaining the service we have in place,” place,” Paul Paul adds. adds. “But “But we we don’t don’t know what form that will take.” Weinberger Weinberger offersoff assurance ers assurance that tha “there’s been quite a lot of activity involving potential partners.” But he says he can’t be more specificcdue duetotonondisclonondisclosure pledges signed by all parties in these hree years after the first rstdisclodisclo- with its primary competitor, Comcast. Nor was established by the city council in 2004 to negotiations. Weinberger Weinberger denies denies that that Burlington Burlington sures of Burlington Telecom’s Telecom’s does it have the money to complete the function like one of the citizen commissions fi nancial crisis, the city-owned state-mandated build-out of its fi ber-optic that oversee city departments. But, Jewett Telecom is an albatross, but he does acutility has made no progress infrastructure to serve every residence, notes, “we’ve been superseded by the Blue knowledge that “clearly, the city’s fi nances toward repaying its unauthorized $16.9 building and institution in the city. Ribbon Committee” created by the council will not get out from underneath a cloud The utility’s local overseers have in 2009 to assess BT’s fi nancial status and unless there’s a resolution for BT.” Not million debt to local taxpayers. The city’s eff orts to devise a new BT meanwhile fallen into inaction and disar- examine options for pulling the utility out of only did the mismanaged telecom operation skew the city’s ledgers, the fi nancial ownership arrangement also appear sty- ray. Peter Jewett, the chairman of the the hole into which it had tumbled. debacle has raised Burlington’s cost of Meanwhile, the Blue Ribbon mied. Potential investors won’t make a Burlington Telecom Advisory Committe, deal until a federal court quit last week — mainly Committee, which issued a fi nal report borrowing. Wall Street rating agencies out of frustration, he early in 2010, hasn’t met for three months. have three times downgraded the city’s rules on whether Citi says, that the Weinberger And it, too, lacks clear direction, accord- bond rating mainly because the utility has Capital can repossess the administration and the ing to its chairman, Champlain College no clear path to repaying the $16.9 million cables, servers, nuts and bolts that make up BT’s network. And that city council have been unwilling to work fi nance chief David Provost. “Our assigned loaned to it. At some point, the BT muddle will ruling may be several months away. to preserve Burlington Telecom as a pub- role now is to vet potential investors in The business is being run more ef- licly owned utility. Jason Baker, another BT,” Provost says. “But there haven’t been come to be seen as Weinberger’s responsibility, and not so much that of his predefi ciently under the management of the member of the same panel, complains it’s any potential investors to vet.” Provost says he’ll be seeking clarifi ca- cessor, Bob Kiss, just as President Barack Dorman & Fawcett fi nancial advisory a toothless watchdog that doesn’t even fi rm, and the number of BT subscribers receive thorough and timely fi nancial re- tion from Mayor Miro Weinberger regard- Obama now shoulders some blame for the ing the committee’s future. “We’re glad to dismal economy he inherited from George has nosed up in recent months. But under ports from BT. the current circumstances, a major growth “I resigned because of a degree of frus- help if we can,” Provost comments, “but we W. Bush. “We will continue to aggressively spurt doesn’t look likely. 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million spent by the prior administration as possible,” Weinberger pledges. The holdup, according to city sources: A deal can’t get done until there’s a ruling on the federal lawsuit filed a year ago by Citi Capital. The municipal finance arm of Citibank went to court to force Burlington either to pay up on its $33.5 million leasepurchase agreement or to give back the equipment that enables the utility to operate. No one wants to take over a business that may get whacked by the repo man. The suit, over which Judge William K. Sessions III is presiding, is just entering in the discovery phase. The court did approve an interim arrangement in March whereby Burlington Telecom has agreed to set aside a portion of its monthly cash flow to pay down the $33.5 million that Citi Capital says it is owed. The agreement stipulates that BT  must first use available monthly funds to cover the interest  on the $16.9 million borrowed from the city’s cash pool. A full monthly payment  for that purpose would amount to about $29,000, city attorneys calculate.  After that payment is put into an escrow account, the court agreement obligates BT  to pay any remaining cash on hand to Citi Capital.   Figures provided by BT interim general manager Stephen Barraclough suggest that Burlington Telecom might be able to pay as much as $40,000 a month on the $33.5 million sum. Under that best-case scenario, it would still take more than 65 years for BT to cover the full amount of its lease-purchase deal with Citi Capital. In each of  the past two months, however, BT has paid nothing close to $40,000. Documents provided by an attorney for Citi Capital show BT wrote checks totaling about $800 for July and August combined. At that rate, BT would be paying Citi Capital for the next six and a half millennia. The city is simultaneously fighting off a suit in Chittenden Superior Court demanding that it and former chief administrative officer Jonathan Leopold make good on the $16.9 million in borrowings from the city’s cash pool. Norm Williams, the attorney for the two Republican former city councilors who initiated the action, says a decision could come soon.

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the city, which provide taxpayer-funded rental assistance to keep monthly rents low. In 2010, BHA purchased the Homeport warehouse at 30 King Street and a 1800s Federalist brick building next door. The red brick building will be renovated to house two apartments. The warehouse was razed this summer to make way for a three-story, 14-unit apartment complex of primarily small efficiency units that will rent for between $815 and $1229, including heat

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million deficit into a $3.8 million surplus? And does Wilton deserve credit for it? On the second question, Wilton receives near universal acclaim from Louras and members of the board of aldermen for enabling them to take the necessary steps to stabilize Rutland’s budget. But several aldermen argued that Rutland’s turnaround was a team effort and that the super-PAC ad inflates the role Wilton played. While the ad was developed independently Each week in Fact from Wilton’s campaign, the Rutland city Checker, reporters and editors from Seven Days treasurer stands by the accuracy of the claim. and will On the second question, the figures cited in evaluate the veracity of the Wilton ad are an apples-to-oranges comstatements and rate them parison. The $5 million figure refers to a loan the on a five-point scale: True, city took out before Wilton took office to recover Mostly True, Debatable, from a predecessor’s bad bookkeeping. The $3.8 Mostly False and Udder million refers to the general-fund surplus — the Bull. city’s annual revenues, minus expenses — but Got a claim you want does not include long-term debt obligations. fact-checked? Email The numbers used in the ad paint an infactchecker@sevendaysvt. complete picture of Rutland’s overall financial com to reach Anne Galloway ( and Andy picture, which is more nuanced. For that reason, Bromage (Seven Days). we rate the claim “Debatable.”

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stipulation as part of a deal with a new investor. Permission to build outside of « P.15 Burlington — before the city build-out is choose BT as their telecom provider, complete — would allow BT to grow. Barraclough reports. The number of cusWhile Burlington Telecom is able tomers had been growing slowly since BT to operate effectively in the short term, went online in January 2006, but the total its relatively small subscriber base may dropped from about 4600 in October 2009 prevent it from assembling the resources to 3982 at the end of 2011 in response to the it needs to maintain and upgrade its avalanche of bad news about the business. services. “BT needs a partner to do that The falloff “was all about the negative — hopefully a local commercial partner,” publicity surrounding BT,” Barraclough Barraclough comments. Some telecom says. “But the thing that amazes me is that experts have long argued that BT cannot we lost only 10 percent of our subscribers.” be a viable enterprise unless it expands The number of large commercial beyond Burlington. The utility’s fibercustomers has actually remained steady, optic network is said to have the capacity he points out, suggesting that’s because to serve an estimated 100,000 subscribers “they know BT — 25 times its won’t be shut current number down.” Savvy of customers — business leaders but BT would “understand they need state apwouldn’t be left proval to solicit in the dark — that business outside the [Vermont] of Burlington’s Public Service borders. Board would These days, never allow the utility is that to happen,” relying almost Barraclough says. entirely on BT’s revenues social media and mirror the yearword-of-mouth to-year loss of marketing to adsubscribers. The vertise services utility brought because it can’t in $7.2 million finance a major during fiscal 2011 marketing push. and $6.7 million Even if it could, DAVID PROVOST, BLU E RIBB O N in fiscal 2012, Barraclough COMMIT TE E Barraclough says, launching says. He atsuch a camtributes that paign last year decline to the loss of subscribers during would probably have been a big misthat period — as well as to some of BT’s take because “people would have been remaining customers’ decision to “trade angry with us for spending that kind of down to less expensive video packages.” money.” Burlington Telecom has nevertheUnder its current constraints, BT less managed to keep more cash on hand can’t begin to compete with Comcast’s — $849,000 at the end of fiscal 2012, marketing muscle, Barraclough concompared to $622,000 at the end of the cedes. “But we can arguably win the previous fiscal year. Cost cutting accounts game by becoming more embedded in for the gain, Barraclough says. He notes the local community,” he suggests. that BT’s payroll has been pared to 22 Is there a bright spot in any of this? full-time employees, which is about 10 Yes, the mayor maintains. He notes fewer than during the Burns era and as that the city has managed to assemble low as the total can go, Barraclough sug- a roughly $8 million cash reserve. And gests, without impairing service, which he Shannon observes that’s due mostly to says is of high quality. The utility has also the efforts of the much-maligned Kiss and become “more aggressive” in its contract Leopold. Looked at from that perspective, negotiations with vendors, the general the debt BT owes the city can be seen as manager adds. amounting to only $9 million, not almost Also unresolved is the issue of BT’s $17 million, Weinberger says. inability to complete the build-out of its But there’s always a Catch-22 when it network, which at present reaches about comes to BT. Council president Shannon 85 percent of Burlington homes. The state points out that the $8 million set-aside required 100 percent coverage as a condi- can’t actually be applied to BT’s debt due tion for BT’s licensing. Barraclough says to the state prohibition against spendhe hopes the Public Service Board “will ing any more city money on Burlington agree to provide some relief” from that Telecom. 

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Poetry With Your Chard? A Farmers Market Encounter B Y KEEN A N W A LSH

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’ve considered myself a poet for a while now, but not the kind who writes so many poems. I’m the kind of poet who mostly thinks about writing poems; who has the occasional fl eeting poetic thought, but almost never commits it to the page for fear that it might turn out less spectacular than I’d imagined. I’m holding off on my masterpiece until I gain more “life experience.” A lot of people think that’s lazy, but Jorge Luis Borges said that the work of a poet never ends; that even our dreams are part of the work. So really, when you think about it, it’s a pretty stressful profession I’ve chosen for myself. When I get heat from my friends for not writing, I go to great pains to defend my “poet” title. I guess that comes with the territory. But it’s something Burlington poet BEN ALESHIRE never has to worry about. He’s my antithesis: the kind of poet who’s always writing, who never stops. If mine is a full-time endeavor — in Borges’ view — his is an all-consuming one. Perhaps you’ve seen Aleshire: This summer at the Burlington Farmers Market, he and his poetic colleagues have been typing up personalized verse on an old manual typewriter. As people walk along the edge of City Hall Park, fresh produce in hand, Aleshire watches from behind his machine. “Do you want a poem?” he asks the passersby. They stop and turn, moved by the novelty of the question. How can you say no? Aleshire asks them for a topic — any topic — and tells them to come back in 10 minutes. When You they do, their poem is waiting. You can read it and pay him what you think it’s worth — from one dollar to a million. It’s a pretty romantic setup — and occasionally brings people to tears, says Aleshire — but it turns out also to be a smart business move. See, Aleshire is also editor of HONEYBEE PRESS, which he founded in 2007 to “fi ll a void” in Burlington, he says; at the time, in his view, the town had no literary magazine that sought to bridge the gap between the “gutter and the ivory tower.” Honeybee Press publishes the Salon, which attempts just that. Aleshire prints the magazine himself — on homemade paper, no less — which

Puppy My shining wet eyes saw it all comin g; the moment of terrible light followed by eter nal night. I had heard them whispering in the parlor fo r days, frowning at the glowing screens they came to lo ve more than me. Believe it or not, I don’t m iss them. I never needed them in the first plac e. Now I am grow ing up. I am growing into a wolf. BEN ALESHIRE

takes a lot of time but also saves a lot of money. Last year Honeybee received a generous grant from the VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL, but lately the mostly volunteerbased press has been supporting itself on magazine and book sales alone, Aleshire says. He notes that the farmers-market project has revolutionized the way he writes, making him less of a “memory poet” and more of an on-the-spot bard.

But it’s also no accident that he has the magazine displayed for customers as he cranks out their personalized poems. Anyway, I had heard of this Ben Aleshire guy. Being a great-writer-in-themaking myself — and thus a bit competitive — I decided to go check him out. On Saturday morning, I walked up to City Hall Park and nonchalantly approached the poet’s table. I already knew who he was, but he didn’t know that. “Do you want a poem?” he asked me. “Oh…” I acted surprised. “Well, um … sure!” This guy doesn’t know what he’s in for, I thought, eager to stump him and prove to myself that nobody could write a real poem that fast. “OK, just give me a topic,” Aleshire said as he fi nished his last poem and handed it to a blushing young girl. “Well, let’s see…” I thought. “How about … falling in love with … er, no … maybe, fl owers in the … or, how about … an impending nuclear holocaust as seen through the eyes of a puppy?” Much to my chagrin, Aleshire didn’t bat an eye. He told me to circle around the market and come back. When I did (admittedly at a faster-than-normal pace), my poem was waiting.

Now, look, being a poet myself, I’ve met a lot of “poets.” You know the type — the hacks, the wannabes. Well, I read my poem twice through right then and there, and I’m here to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, this man is a poet, indeed. My walk home was bittersweet. On the one hand, my mission to fl ummox the poet in the park had failed, and I now felt less sure that I was the best poet in town. But on the other hand — or, more accurately, in the other hand — I had this beautiful poem, written (in the heat of commissioned inspiration) just for me. 

Ben Aleshire and fellow Honeybee poets appear at the Burlington Farmers Markets on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., through October 27; they’ll also be at the Burlington Book Festival with typewriters on Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Aleshire will also read on ˜ ursday, September 20, at 6:30, at the John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, University of Vermont, as part of the WRUV Reader book launch (see right)., burlingtonbookfestival. com, performing-arts-center



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“Old Betsy” by John Brickels

The Art Hop Carries on With Juried Shows Past and Present BY K EVIN J . K ELLE Y

top three receive cash prizes of $500, $325 and $100, respectively, along with, presumably, heightened attention from viewers, media and perhaps collectors. Does this privileging of the few over the many violate the democratic spirit of the Art Hop? Is a juried show inevitably an exercise in elitism? Can such a selection process be wholly objective? No, no and no, replies MARK WASKOW, president of SEABA and Vermont’s most voracious collector of contemporary art. “I can’t think of any discipline or art form that doesn’t have some kind of jurying process,” Waskow says. “The juried show has been a tradition since at least the Renaissance. It’s a way of recognizing achievement — which isn’t

the same as saying, ‘This is good art and that’s bad art.’” Artists themselves decide whether to enter a work for juried consideration. In keeping with the Art Hop’s inclusiveness, anyone can at least nominate himor herself for an award. This year, 240 pieces were submitted, and juror Todd Bartel deemed about 50 of them worthy of presentation at the SEABA Center on Pine Street. From that selection, Bartel chose a top three. Waskow acknowledges that this winnowing process reflects personal taste. “Each juror brings their own biases, subjectivity and experiences,” he says. Bartel agrees. “Of course it’s a subjective process,” he says. “I don’t consider






ew art shows are as egalitarian as the one that’s been staged each of the past 20 Septembers in Burlington’s South End. For a $55 Art Hop entry fee, anyone can show pretty much anything to a potential 30,000 viewers. The one exception amid this democratic artapalooza is the Juried Show, where judgments are made about the comparative quality of works submitted. The SOUTH END ARTS AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, which organizes the Hop, enlists an outside juror who chooses first-, second- and third-place winners among works exhibited at an indoor venue, as well as sculptures installed outdoors at various South End sites. The

myself infallible, but I do hope my choices are compelling to more people than myself.” Like previous jurors, Bartel comes with the credentials to make informed judgments. He’s been teaching art courses since 1986 at universities including Harvard, Brown and Carnegie Mellon. In addition, “I’ve curated more shows than I can count on both hands,” he says. He’s a practicing Massachusettsbased collage artist, as well, who has shown his work at venues in New England, New York and California. His work’s most recent Vermont appearance was in a group show called “Hey Joe: An Homage to Joseph Cornell,” — at Rochester’s BIGTOWN GALLERY this past summer. In determining what would be at the top of the Hop, Bartel says, “I kept coming back to the things that haunted me most. There was something alchemical about them.” It might have been the artist’s execution that captured his attention, or “the idea behind the work.” In some cases it was the juxtaposition of images or materials, Bartel explains. The names of artists are not revealed to jurors who assess works submitted for the show. Judgments are thus based solely on the perceived success of a work, not on the reputation — or obscurity — of its maker. Bartel awarded first prize to clay artist JOHN BRICKELS for “Old Betsy,” a militarized tricycle made of stoneware, metal, rubber and wood. “What amazed me about that piece was its components,” Bartel says. “I mean, ceramics have nothing to do with bicycles.” His second choice was “Old Birch on Elmore Mountain,” by GABRIEL TEMPESTA. Viewers may initially mistake this oddly angled image of a mottled tree for a photograph — it’s that hyperrealistic. But Tempesta’s medium is actually casein, a milk-based paint that the native

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Art Hoppers can debate the merits Vermonter applied in shades of gray, white and black. of jurors’ past choices when they view a Third prize went to Paige Berg rizvi retrospective at RL Photo. The 27 works for “Galena.” She also used a less-com- on display amount to an “Art Hop’s mon material — encaustic (heated and Greatest Hits” collection, assembled by pigmented beeswax) — in assembling Waskow to mark the event’s 20th ana collage-like work in which birds, niversary. About half of the artists who airplanes and bombs are superimposed have won prizes are represented in this over a map of the Midwest; it situates exhibit — in most cases, by the actual the town of Galena, Illinois, in the bull’s works that enthralled jurors. Somewhat eye of a target. “Think what went into confusingly, the other pieces hanging making that,” Bartel marvels. in RL Photo are not prize winners, but The juror got permission from Art subsequent pieces made by winning artHop organizers to designate three pieces ists over those two decades. in the SEABA gallery as “honorable The standouts here include another mentions.” Those additional choices piece by Brickels — “Queen Elizabot,” give expression to Bartel’s observation a wacky, machine-like assemblage that that “curating often means making split does indeed resemble the British mondecisions with fine points.” arch; Frankie gardner’s “Red Deer,” a The first-place outsparse gouache painting door-sculpture winner of a ghostly animal; and was James Teuscher’s John dougLas’ hilarious “Puente Dos,” in which a but disturbing “Capital long, thin branch angles Security,” in which mulupward from a wooden tiples of a black-and-white wishbone shape. Installed photo of the artist — nude in front of Lake chamPLain but carrying a strategically situated machine gun — chocoLaTes on Pine Street, the piece establishes are scattered around the Teuscher as the first grounds of the Statehouse person ever to win top in Montpelier. honors at two Art Hops. The Art Hop’s eclectieThan Bond-WaTTs was cism and the array of subawarded second prize ject choices by past jurors are manifested in this for “Seed,” which stands outside rL PhoTo on Sears retrospective by the meLane and features actual ticulous craftsmanship of MARk WASkOW marie davis’ “Virgin Moth”; grass growing within a spherical burlap form. the sleek photorealism of Third place went to “Danse,” a tall, “Night Cap” by Jesse azarian; and the white, curving formation topped with suave wood sculpture “Wonder” by a white sphere created by michaeL J. roBerT hiTzig. (Hitzig’s stained-wood piece “The Revolution Will Not Be nedeLL. This piece, on Pine near the Maltex Building, suggests a seal balanc- Televised” is one of the most professioning a ball on its nose. ally worked pieces in this year’s Juried True to the all-in approach of the Art Show.) Hop, Bartel’s taste encompasses a range The South End Art Hop has grown of genres and criteria. He writes in the huge — 400-plus artists participated introductory text that selections were this year in more than 100 locations — “blind to media” — meaning that the and has always been riotously diverse in Juried Show aimed to include art made its offerings. No single description can by any means. “I believe there is beauty encompass an event that’s as much a to be found in the crud as well as the party as it is an exhibit. Asked his overall exquisitely crafted,” Bartel adds in that opinion of the Hop, Bartel hazards this opening statement. much: “It’s unlike a lot of events of this Crowdsourcing offers another way kind, because it doesn’t seem to care of judging artistic achievement. At this about precious circles. Many art shows year’s Art Hop, the People’s Choice make you feel like you’ve entered a club. award went to nissa kauPPiLa’s “Untitled The Art Hop definitely doesn’t feel like #18.” It was the “overwhelming” favor- that.” m ite among the nearly 400 viewers who took part in the balloting, says SEABA’s South End Art Hop 2012 Juried Show, SEABA Center; and Outdoor Sculpture/ executive director, adam Brooks — Public Art Show, Pine Street; and Original even though the voters could see that Juried Show 20th Anniversary Kauppila’s beautifully spare suggestion Retrospective, RL Photo, Burlington. All of a bird shattered in midair was not through September 28. among the juror’s six preferences.


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Dear cecil, I am five and have been wondering about this for almost half my life now: How many ice cubes would it take to put out the sun? my mum found your website and thought you must know the answer, since you know everything. Rei mordue

hot. You don’t. When a gas-anddust ball gets up to about 10 million degrees Celsius, nuclear fusion spontaneously begins. That’s hot. During fusion, hydrogen atoms combine under enormous pressure and temperature to make helium and release energy in the form of heat, light, high-energy radiation, neutrinos — always with the neutrinos, the crumbs of the universe — and other miscellaneous particles. Long story short, there’s no fire in the usual sense. In fact, if you were somehow to throw an

Is there something you need to get straight? cecil adams can deliver the straight dope on any topic. Write cecil adams at the chicago reader, 11 e. illinois, chicago, il 60611, or visit

ice cube into the sun, the effect would be the opposite of what you’re hoping. First, the ice would quickly melt and turn to steam. After heating to more than 5000 degrees Celsius, the steam would turn into plasma, meaning the hydrogen and oxygen atoms would fly apart and shed their electrons. The hydrogen would serve as more fuel for the nuclear reaction, and given the right conditions, so would the oxygen. In other words, you’d just make things worse. Another nontrivial problem is how you’d get the ice to the sun without having it melt. Comets, which are largely composed of ice, plunge sunward

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That’s 45 followed by 30 zeroes. Never mind how long it would take to make that many ice cubes, Rei — it’d take you a while just to write it out. Anyway, it’s a lot of ice, more than twice the volume of the sun’s core. Its size alone might be enough to tear the sun apart — but again, only temporarily. Gravity would eventually consolidate the solar fragments, the temperature would rise, and the thing would reignite like one of those trick birthday candles. OK, so how might one permanently extinguish the sun? A nearby black hole could tear the sun apart and swallow it, as was witnessed recently by astronomers in a cataclysm so powerful it was detected 2.7 billion light-years away. It’s also possible that collision with enough non-fusible material, such as a mass of nickel-iron asteroids, could dissipate the nuclear fire (and almost certainly lead to formation of a black hole, a cool concept all by itself ). One last thing. The cosmic ice cube posited above would have one-third the mass of the sun. Left floating in space and given enough time to compact itself, it would eventually heat to the point of fusion and become its own little sun. A mere 0.08 solar mass is required for this purpose. So, Rei, when you’re packing snowballs this winter? Make sure you don’t make them too big.

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ou’re one articulate 5-year-old, Rei, and plainly your mum is also no dummy. Your question has obliged us to rethink the basics, always a useful exercise. Plus you’ve given us yet another opportunity to brainstorm cosmic extinction, and what former 5-year-old could fail to get a kick out of that? Let’s clear up some misconceptions. First, and you’ll excuse me if this seems picky, ice cubes have never been the firefighting methodology of choice. Second and more important, technically the sun isn’t on fire. What you’ve got up there is a nuclear furnace. Having started out as a huge cloud of gas and dust, the sun eventually was condensed by gravity into a ball, its temperature rising steadily in the process.  After the summer we just had, you may think you know

once in a while, but from what I can see they rarely arrive intact. Last summer, for example, comet C/2011 N3, fairly hefty at 132 million pounds, got within about 60,000 miles of the solar surface and vaporized completely. That’s not to say you couldn’t theoretically douse the sun with ice cubes. Suppose you could teleport a monumental quantity of ice into the heart of the sun. The sun’s core provides almost all of the nuclear fusion that powers it, and currently bubbles along at about 15.7 million degrees Celsius. Bringing that temperature down below 10 million degrees might halt fusion, if only briefly. Gravity pulling everything together is what led to all that heat in the first place, and that’s not going away. So after the initial temperature drop and a period of reorganization, fusion would start up again — this time with even more hydrogen to burn. But we’ll ignore that for now. How much ice would you need? It’s tricky, since the laws of Newtonian physics don’t apply in the heart of a star, and some stellar properties are only conjectural. Never fear. Making certain bold assumptions, my assistant Una determined that chilling the sun’s core to below 10 million degrees would require an ice cube 562,000 miles on a side. If you were planning on using standard-size cubes from your kitchen freezer, you’d need about 45 nonillion of them. 

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God and Elvis This conversation was unusual for 1 in the morning. It wasn’t so much his bubbly friendliness — plenty of late-night riders are gregarious and chummy. But the lubricant of booze almost always triggers such affability. This guy, by contrast, didn’t appear intoxicated in the least. “Ayup,” I responded. “It’s been a great day and a great night — not too hot, not too cold, sunny and warm, slight breeze, just right.” When it comes to the weather, I like to cover all the bases. “Hey, where are you from, man? Your accent is escaping me. Eastern Europe, maybe?” “No, good guess,” he replied with a chuckle. “I came here from Turkey.” “Turkey? Very cool. What a great country. Kind of a bastion of progress and modernity in that part of the world, wouldn’t ya say?”

“I’m an antitheist. I’m certain that this world is all there is.” “Really?” I said, genuinely surprised. “That’s funny — I would have taken you for a spiritual guy. Anyway, you know some people distinguish between churches and rituals and religious hierarchy on the one hand, and spirituality on the other. You know what I’m talking about, right? A person’s inner personal experience of God, the universal spirit, the great beyond — however you want to call it.” “No, it’s all the same to me. I’m talking about so-called spirituality, too. It’s all just fantasy thinking. Why do we even need it? Science explains everything, and what it doesn’t, it eventually will.” “Interesting,” I said, “but I see it like this. If I were to construct a list of the things I hold most important, most meaningful in

His accent tickled my ears. it wasn’t a regional american variation but a foreign inflection i couldn’t quite place. “You know something?” he asked rhetorically, apparently passing on my invitation to talk turkey about Turkey. “I’m only 35, but my father and uncles all died at around 70, so I believe I have only another 35 years left. That’s sad to think about on such a beautiful day. I mean, the thought of leaving this world.” “Well,” I said, struck by the guy’s sincerity, “if you believe in the continuity of the soul, maybe there’s a better place we end up. Or maybe we come back to this world at some point.” “No, that’s not for me,” he said, waving away the notion with a flutter of his hand.

my life — friendship, family, music, beauty, poetry, kindness, love, for crying out loud — none of these aspects of human existence can be understood by science. To say nothing about meditation or prayer. Can science capture the profundity of these practices?” Ahmet broke into a big smile. “Absolutely it can, my friend!” he replied with gusto. It was clear the man relished just this kind of polemics. “Science can explain all of those experiences, and quite rationally. And regarding people’s so-called ‘inner experience,’ what if someone told you it is their ‘experience’ — their deepest belief, mind you — that Elvis is still alive? What would

you say to that? After all, it is the person’s quote-unquote ‘experience.’” We were swinging around the Winooski circle at this point, the perfect locale for metaphysical debate. As we came upon the Woolen Mill apartments, I interrupted the conversation at hand to ask, “Upstairs or downstairs entrance, Ahmet?” “Right here — upstairs will be fine.” I pulled to the curb and placed the vehicle in park. Turning to face my customer, I said, “If someone is telling me they know that Elvis is still alive, I’d gently tell them they’re deluded because there is obvious, objective evidence that the King has left the building. But that says nothing about the deeper things we were talking about.” “Well, let’s go through them,” Ahmet suggested. “One by one, let’s discuss.” Chuckling, I said, “Ahmet, I’d love to. But right now, I gotta head back downtown and make some more money.” As he paid the fare, a look of concern came over his face. He said, “Brother, I’m sorry if I offended you in any way.” “You didn’t offend me in the least. I thought it was a very respectful discussion.” “Well, then, next time we will have to continue this.” I said, “I’m looking forward to it.” I sped back to Burlington, thinking, Maybe the next guy also will want to debate the existence of God. Nah. Odds are he’ll probably want to talk about chicks. Or football. Definitely the weather. m

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oug Hoff er was in downtown He’s a fusion candidate — running on St. Albans on a recent Tuesday both the Democratic and Progressive night for the grand open- ballots — who seems genetically preing of the Franklin County disposed to digesting dry-as-toast Democratic Party headquarters. Dressed facts and fi gures into sober policy sharply in a dark suit and gold tie, he recommendations. exuded a quiet confidence as he stepped His weaknesses? He’s never held to the microphone to address the 40 or elected offi ce — which some describe so party faithful munching on deviled as a virtue for an auditor — and his sole eggs and supermarket shrimp. management experience was working as Hoff er’s three-minute elevatorthe head maître d’ more than 30 years speech was a matter-of-fact explanation ago at the legendary Alice’s Restaurant. of why he’s running — for the second In stark contrast, his opponent is time — for state auditor. Republican candidate Vince Illuzzi, a “I’m a numbers guy. That’s what I 32-year state senator and Essex County do,” Hoff er said with professorial gravi- state’s attorney who seems to know tas. “It’s the only job in state government I’m interested in. The bottom line is, I have a talent for identifying and asking tough questions. My work has been evidence-based, which is the core of the auditor’s work.” When voters go to the polls on November 6, after picking candidates for president, governor, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, they will face a choice for state auditor — arguably the most important statewide offi ce most Vermonters never think about. As state government’s offi cial watchdog, the auditor is charged with preventing waste, fraud and abuse, assessing the state’s everything about — and everyone in — fi scal health, and determining whether state government. First elected during taxpayers are getting the biggest bang Ronald Reagan’s fi rst term, Illuzzi is the for their buck. consummate Montpelier insider and Historically, the auditor wasn’t much a master of making deals across party of a force in Montpelier. Then, in 1992, lines. a Harvard-educated lawyer named Ed Illuzzi has the endorsement of outgoFlanagan turned the previously mori- ing Auditor Tom Salmon, a Democratbund offi ce into a platform for scrutiniz- turned-Republican who is retiring after ing executive-branch policies. Flanagan three terms. Hoff er, 61, ran against frequently issued scathing reports that Salmon two years ago. In 2009, the inembarrassed the administration of cumbent auditor got busted for drunk then governor Howard Dean — a fellow driving, and a video of his arrest was reDemocrat — and earned Flanagan the leased to the press during the 2010 camnickname “bulldog.” In more recent paign — the result of a lawsuit brought years, the offi ce has exposed serious forth by Burlington attorney and Hoff er problems with the state’s sex off ender supporter John Franco. registry as well as fraudulent billing by But Salmon’s sins didn’t hand providers who serve the mentally ill. Franco’s favorite a win. Hoff er lost Hoff er worked as a contractor for the general election by six percentage eight years in the offi ce he now seeks. points, a defeat some observers blamed

on his seeming aversion to pressing fl esh and kissing babies. This time around, though, the candidate appears to be trying much harder at retail politics. Hoping to build name recognition outside of Chittenden County, Hoff er has attended the opening of virtually every Democratic headquarters in the state and has a calendar that includes at least 69 scheduled events between March and October. Hoff er is an attorney by training but has never practiced law. A selfemployed policy analyst who works largely out of his Burlington condo, he came to the Queen City in 1988 to

committees would not” — but argues that the auditor’s job requires a solid working knowledge of state government beyond “crunching the numbers.” For his part, Hoff er admits he has neither a knack nor a great love for selfpromotion or street-level politicking. Tellingly, when a friend recently helped him set up a Facebook campaign page, Hoff er was irked that the social networking site wouldn’t let him choose another suitable tagline than “politician.” Hoff er doesn’t sound like one. He speaks eloquently, in a baritone voice, without resorting to the typical tools of the trade: well-practiced talking points, emotional appeals or humbleroots anecdotes. Those who don’t know Hoff er might mistake his confi dence for conceit, his low-key demeanor for lack of passion. An accomplished amateur golfer, he comes across as warm and fuzzy as a nine iron. Over the years, lawmakers and journalists alike have felt Hoff er’s wrath, especially when they fl ub the facts. In blistering blog comments and scolding emails, the self-described “Data Man” always endeavors to set the record straight. “He could prove to be a real headache to [Gov. Peter] Shumlin,” says work for then-mayor Bernie Sanders University of Vermont political science in the city’s Community and Economic professor Garrison Nelson. Development Offi ce. But many people who have worked He left the city’s employ in 1993 with Hoff er praise his blunt, no-nonand found a niche in the private sector, sense style. They argue that his sharp generating progressive-minded policy mind, obsessive attention to detail and analyses for nonprofi t groups. Beginning unwillingness to sugarcoat his fi ndings in 1997, Hoff er authored the Peace & are the very qualities that would make Justice Center’s “Vermont Job Gap him an excellent state auditor. Study,” a series of 10 reports on the But fi rst, Hoff er needs to get elected. impacts of wage inequalities, economic To do so, he’ll have to beat one of the development programs and Vermont’s most tireless lawmakers in Vermont. dependence on imports. He’s done simi- Illuzzi, a Montpelier native who resides lar analyses for legislative committees, in Newport, is arguably Vermont’s most including Illuzzi’s. infl uential Republican — one of only two “I’ve enjoyed working with Doug,” GOP lawmakers to chair a committee in says Illuzzi, who seems to avoid men- the Democrat-dominated Senate. tioning his opponent by name unless Described by friends and colleagues directly asked about him. Indeed, Illuzzi as energetic, gregarious and charismatic, admits he respects Hoff er’s work — “I Illuzzi is the consummate 11th-hour deal invited him to my committee when other maker who rarely fails to bring home the





A reluctant campaigner, Doug Hoffer was irked that the social networking site wouldn’t let him choose another suitable tagline than “politician.”

bacon for his Northeast Kingdom con- Institutions Committee when Illuzzi stituents. After more than three decades chaired Senate Institutions. “ He always in the Senate, he’s rightfully earned the surprised me with his independence.” A self-described populist Republican nickname “King of the Kingdom.” So far, Illuzzi has garnered the back- in the mold of former Vermont governor ing of at least seven Democratic col- and U.S. senator George Aiken, Illuzzi leagues in the Senate, including Dick has also secured nearly every union Sears, Hinda Miller, Bill Carris, Bob endorsement. Among them: Vermont’s the Vermont-National Hartwell, Dick Mazza, Jeanette White Teamsters, and Peter Galbraith, the last of whom, Education Association, the Professional Illuzzi makes sure to mention, “sent me Fire Fighters of Vermont, the Vermont Troopers Association, the Vermont a thousand bucks.” Illuzzi also counts as supportersSheriff s’ Association and the Vermont former Democratic state auditor Liz State Employees Association. The Ready and former Brattleboro inde- Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, pendent representative Daryl Pillsbury, is the only union that has so far sided whose liberal-minded district couldn’t be with Hoffer. Asked why the Teamsters supported more politically different from Illuzzi’s. “All politicians like to think they’re Illuzzi, the union’s Ron Rabideau says great and get a lot done. But when I it’s because of all he’s done for “working was up there, Vince was one of the few Vermonters, not just the labor unions.” anopinion opinionon on people who really got things done,” Rabideau couldn’t offereran er,noting, noting,“I “Inever neverheard heardfrom fromhim.” him.” says Pillsbury, who served as vice chair Hoffer, Anotherlongtime of the House longtimeDemocratic Democratic labor activist, who asked not to be identified, ed,off off ered ered a a different erentexplanation explanationfor for backing Illuzzi. “Vince scares people,” he said. “They don’t know what he’s going to do if you cross him.”

and making recommendations to the legislature that will make it much more productive.” But Illuzzi, who was fi rst elected to the Senate at age 27 — he turned 59 this week — would also need to transition from being the glad-handing, backslapping politician to a state offi cial who cannot hand out perks or do favors for political supporters. Is there a risk of having a career politician in the auditor’s offi ce? “There’s a danger to having too many friends in high places,” says George Thabault, who spent eight years working under Democratic and Republican auditors. “You might fail to hold them accountable, or water down your fi ndings, if your offi ce is investigating the program of a friend.” Illuzzi counters that such an assessment assumes the auditor has an “adversarial relationship” with the people he audits, he says. “By and large, it’s not adversarial. You need to cultivate relationships so that agency and department heads, and rank-and-fi le employees, are willing to share with you their experiences and observations to make things work better.” As auditor, Illuzzi says he would also “focus on transparency,” with a thorough assessment of the audits done in the last decade by his predecessors to see what, if anything, resulted from their recommendations. Illuzzi insists he has no aspirations for higher offi ce. “I’ve been in the Senate for 32 years,” he says. “After that long, it’s time to get out or do something different.” Earlier this year, Illuzzi publicly fl oated the idea of running for attorney general but backed off after polls showed him trailing Democratic incumbent Bill Sorrell in a hypothetical matchup. So he pivoted to the auditor’s job — the only open seat in the statewide slate this year. Illuzzi had to know that running for either position — top cop or chief watchdog — would bring up his own history of legal transgressions. The Vermont Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Board has reprimanded Illuzzi fi ve times and twice suspended his law license. While working as an Orleans County deputy state’s attorney in 1980, Illuzzi got a speeding ticket, then asked his employer to submit a false statement saying he was en route to an emergency call when he wasn’t. Less than a year later, he was reprimanded again for allowing a cop to interview a suspect without a lawyer present. The most serious sanction came in 1996, when the Judicial Conduct Board suspended him for 18 months for fi ling




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lluzzi may be from the Northeast Kingdom, but he was right at home last Friday at the Vermont Grocers’ Association trade show in Essex Junction, where dozens of local food and alcohol retailers, distributors and suppliers were hawking their wares and pressing fl esh. Even before he got inside the expo center, Illuzzi had already handed out a dozen campaign cards and recognized several old acquaintances. Illuzzi had his picture taken with a “Got Milk?” stick-on mustache at the Hood booth — “Anything to help the farmers,” he remarked — grabbed a free hot dog at the McKenzie Country Classics booth, then made his way over to the Leonardo’s table, which was offering free samples of its pizza sauce. “See that girl over there?” he whispered, gesturing to Leonardo’s coowner Sara Byers. “She was a legislative page back in 1986 or ’87.” Clearly,this thiswas was comfortable territory for Illuzzi, and not just because of all the free food and alcohol. As chair of the powerful Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs airs Committee, Illuzzi oversees the Vermont Department of Labor, the Department of Liquor Control and the Department of Commerce. In short, virtually every businessperson in the room had been affected by his work. a break Duringabreak in the action, Illuzzi talked about his vision for the auditor’s job. “Auditing isnot is not “Auditing just about the numbers,” Illuzzi said. “As auditor, auditor, II think think II can do a great job of making state government run more efficiently, ensuring that money is spent where it’s supposed to be,



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On “You Can Quote Me,” Illuzzi suggested that if elected auditor, he’d keep his part-time gig as Essex County state’s attorney. (Illuzzi is not seeking reelection for his Senate seat.) Later, when asked how long he planned to double dip on the taxpayers’ dime, Illuzzi modified his earlier remark, saying he’d definitely give up the prosecutor post but only after a suitable “transition period.”


he Hoffer camp doesn’t appear to be interested in exploiting Illuzzi’s legal lapses. Attorney Franco, who is working with Hoffer, downplays the ethics charges against Illuzzi as ancient history and suggests there was a “political aspect” to them. But Franco was more than willing to question Illuzzi’s qualifications for the job. “Vince’s narrative is that he’s familiar with state government, but that doesn’t mean he’s got the skill set to be monitoring state spending,” argues Franco, who has known Illuzzi for “35 to 40 years” and carpooled with him to Vermont Law School. In terms of the résumé needed to do the auditor’s job, he adds, “Being a prosecutor is not very persuasive to me.”

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three complaints against a judge and an attorney “with reckless disregard of obvious facts and basic legal principles.” The board said it would not reinstate Illuzzi’s license until it had “clear and convincing evidence” that his resumption of practicing law “would neither be detrimental to the integrity and standing of the bar or the administration of justice, nor subversive of the public interest.” In a 1999 Boston Globe profile, writer Jon Margolis dubbed him “the Rascal King of the North.” Illuzzi doesn’t make excuses, but explains all this happened a long time ago. “I’ve learned from my mistakes,” he says. “In large part, those were mistakes I made due to inexperience and immaturity ... If you talk to the attorneys with which I work, I expect they would tell you that I’m firm and fair.” Illuzzi has never claimed to be a choirboy, says former Seven Days political columnist and Northeast Kingdom native Shay Totten, who worked in the auditor’s office under Ready. Illuzzi has a reputation for “pulling fast ones” and inserting language into bills at the last

minute, Totten adds. “But that’s how he plays the game. He does what he has to for his district.” Illuzzi goes beyond that, according to former auditor Ready, who served with Illuzzi in the state Senate and accompanied him to a recent taping of the news program “You Can Quote Me.” Sounding more like campaign manager than close friend, she touts Illuzzi’s work over the years for “the little guy” — prison inmates, seniors, the homeless and the mentally ill. “Vince is not an ideologue,” Ready argues. “He’s not going to take the political viewpoint. He’s not out there trying to prove he’s right. He’s taking the side of the taxpayer.” She talks up his efforts in 2002 to buy back the hydroelectric dams along the Connecticut River and this year to recoup $21 million for Vermont ratepayers from a utility merger — both of which were unsuccessful. What does Ready, who had her own ethical breach in office, say about Illuzzi’s less-than-spotless reputation? “From what I’ve seen, he’s taken stands that not a lot of people have taken that have benefited many, many people,” she says. “That would be my definition of ethical.”


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Barbara Grimes, general manager of Burlington Electric Department, agrees. Grimes has worked closely with Hoffer for more than a decade, ever since he served on BED’s Board of Electric Commissioners. Since then, Hoffer has been producing the city-owned utility’s annual performance reports. “We give numbers to Doug and he puts them in a shape that people can read and understand,” she says. “If they’re not easily understood, they’re just a bunch of words.” Grimes says that she’s always been impressed with Hoffer’s insistence on not drawing conclusions that aren’t supported by the data, as well as his unwillingness to put a positive spin on bad news. “For me,” Grimes adds, “somebody who is dedicated to producing accurate reports is much more qualified to be state auditor than a politician who has a record and history of manipulating words to get what he wants.” Hoffer has experience in the auditor’s office: From 1993 to 2001, he worked as a paid consultant for then-auditor Flanagan during Flanagan’s four terms. Thaubault, who has worked with Hoffer, argues he is more qualified than Illuzzi to do the job and would bring a “fresh pair of eyes” to the work, without allegiance to political allies. “Doug is very detail oriented and analytical, and he’s very careful about his opinions, basing them on research and the data,” Thaubault says. “He’s not a shoot-from-the-hip kind of guy.” Hoffer doesn’t bring up Illuzzi’s checkered past, but says it’s fair to challenge the senator’s recent response to the “troopergate” scandal, which involved a now-retired state police sergeant accused of padding his overtime sheets and writing fake speeding tickets. Hoffer points out that Illuzzi immediately issued a press release after the scandal broke, explaining how he would address it as auditor, including a three-point action plan. Illuzzi, he says, is “still thinking like a politician.” As auditor, Hoffer says his own response would be to pull the overtime files, analyze the data,

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the head builder scrambles over the stick-framed addition, some half dozen painters get to work staining boards. The workday provides hints of both the challenges and joys of living at Cobb Hill, a community devoted to sustainable-living practices and the preservation of farmland. The privately operated farm and dairy, run by two Cobb Hill residents, unfolds over the fields below. As the painters work, horses in the stables down the hill whinny and nicker, and a child in the nearest residence chatters noisily. At the painting station, there’s some bickering over the “right” way to proceed with the job. When someone voices a concern that the stain is a shade or two off, another resident jumps in with “Don’t even start!” The perfect is sometimes the enemy of the good with this many cooks in the kitchen. “I think it’s impossible to do anything at Cobb Hill without many opinions about how to do things right,” quips resident Angela Park. But the day doesn’t bring just bickering; with many hands, the work goes quickly. When the group settles on a technique, someone chimes in, “There’s a consensus here!” Another adds, “For once.” It’s a nod to the community’s decisionmaking structure. If push came to shove, Cobb Hill residents could vote on major decisions — a provision that Rice says the group needed to add to its bylaws to borrow money from financial institutions. But residents have never resorted to using that provision, and instead reach decisions through a mixture of committee-based governance and consensus. Those decisions aren’t always quick in coming, Rice says. But, he adds, “once forged, any agreement that we all come to is better” because of the extra time and consideration it has received. Cobb Hill owes its start to visionary Donella Meadows, a Dartmouth College professor of systems dynamics who imagined building a community around sustainable-living practices. Meadows passed away before Cobb Hill came to fruition, but meetings in her living room first inspired residents to build the village. The group bought the 260acre former Hunt farm in Hartland in 1997, broke ground k ATh Ryn Fl Agg

ermont has inspired its fair share of alterna- people behind Blue Moon Cooperative approached the tive lifestyles. Take the case of Helen and Scott town of Strafford in the 1980s, they had to convince town Nearing, radical homesteaders who moved officials they wouldn’t be a repeat of an actual commune to a farm at the foot of Stratton Mountain in that preceded them there in the 1960s. 1932 seeking what they later called “the good life.” The These communities seek to strike a balance between Nearings were followed by a generation of back-to-the- individual privacy and group engagement. Is the result a landers in the 1960s and ’70s, clutching their copies of “Kumbaya”-singing utopia, or an overcrowded hell? The the Whole Earth Catalog and looking for a connection to answer, of course, depends on the resident. Intentional Vermont’s rolling green fields and mountains. communities aren’t for everyone, their advocates say, Today, idealists continue to found and maintain “in- and even the most picturesque ones demand that memtentional communities” in Vermont. Some communities bers shoulder a heavy share of hard work and pragmatic are decades old, others still just plans on paper, but all are responsibility. imbued with a sense of optimism. The idea is both simple Seven Days spoke with residents of three of the 26 inand almost staggeringly ambitious: Looking for more authentic communities and neighborhoods, and ready to test alternative ways of living on the landscape, a small number of Vermonters are building from the ground up. Asked to describe Ten Stones Community in Charlotte, architect and founder Ted Montgomery calls it a “subdivision with a soul” — a phrase that helps a lot in defining the broad category that is “intentional community.” Most share at least some characteristics with the cohousing movement born in Denmark in the 1960s and active in the United States since the ’80s. Under the cohousing model, residents live in clusters of typically smaller homes that share some space, such as a vil- A group gathers for lunch in the Cobb Hill community center lage green or community center. Such communities appeal to residents who feel single-family dwellings are too isolating, lacking the intimate connections of tentional communities listed on a statewide directory of smaller, interdependent groups. Some have religious mis- established and forming groups. sions, while others are founded on principles of sustainability, but nearly all are, in a sense, manufactured villages. Cobb Hill Cohousing, Hartland “We’re more than just neighbors. We’re here because Once a month, residents of Cobb Hill gather on a Saturday we all serve some kind of ideal,” says Phil Rice, a founding morning to divvy up the work of maintaining their comresident of Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland. munity. On this particular September day, the chicken But no, these aren’t communes — a misinterpreta- coop needs cleaning and the water-filtration system needs tion against which several intentional communities in a checkup, but the biggest task is the construction of an Vermont have butted. When participants in Cobb Hill addition to the community’s wood-fired furnace room. Cohousing approached the town of Hartland with their The 40 or so adults in this community share responplan, they faced questions such as “Do you wear robes?” sibility for stoking the wood-fired furnace, which heats and concerns about potential secret ceremonies in the all 22 residences at the cohousing community. This year woods. (For the record, they don’t appear to engage in they’ve added a second GARN brand furnace, which calls either practice.) When the group of idealistic young for extra space for the village’s substantial woodpile. As

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in 2001 and finished construction of the But the picturesque village, perched common house in 2003. In the process, on a hillside above the farm, engenders they crafted a modern eco-village. All of the amazement and envy of some visitors. the homes have composting toilets and Julianne Harden remembers a couple who solar panels on their visited Cobb Hill a few roofs. While the cohousyears ago. “She kept ing group doesn’t own saying, ‘It’s utopia!’” any businesses itself, it recalls Harden, who is encourages residents chopping green beans in to set up “enterprises” the community center on the farmland and kitchen as she and a few does not charge them other women prepare rent. Two residents lunch for the workers. own the sprawling “I didn’t know how to farm at the base of the burst her bubble.” village. Others run an It’s no paradise, award-winning cheese Harden says. Neighbors operation. squabble from time to In many regards, time. “We don’t always Cobb Hill functions get along,” she adds, like a “mini-town,” says “but I trust everyone.” Judith Bush. Residents Life at Cobb Hill is J im SchlEY, Blu E m ooN coopE rAtiVE contribute dues that go almost like belonging to into a communal pot, a large, extended family, but it’s much more comsays Bush, with all of its plicated than the word “pot” implies. For accompanying joys and frustrations. instance, there are reserve funds for spe“There’s a huge amount of sharing on cial projects and deferred maintenance. every level,” Bush goes on. In her duplex, Ask longtime residents how Cobb Hill that means sharing a washer and dryer differs from the community of which they with her neighbors. Tools and equipment dreamed 15 years ago, and the answers are passed around. Bush doesn’t think vary. Phil Rice pauses thoughtfully, paint twice about lending her car if a neighbor roller in hand, and admits that Cobb Hill asks. The community also engenders a falls “far short” of what he envisioned. certain generosity; when the fan broke “I imagined lots of magic,” Rice says. on Park’s composting toilet, she called a The reality is that the community is “more handy neighbor — he dashed over, and 10 individualistic than communal.” Weekly minutes later the problem was fixed. shared meals and gatherings turned out to That interdependence is part of what be difficult to schedule in a neighborhood sets Cobb Hill and other intentional where the pressures of the outside world communities apart from a neighborhood — such as 9-to-5 jobs and after-school soccer practice — never disappeared. iT TAkEs A villAgE » p.34

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Resident Jim Schley says Blue Moon got its name in part from the audacity of its residents. Only “once in a blue moon” would they succeed at the undertaking they envisioned. “We were very enamored of the idea of living off the grid,” Schley says, “and we thought that would be easier to do together [than alone].” Schley and a group of 12 friends dreamed up Blue Moon when they were in their twenties. Some had met in college; others came into the fold after working together in the antinuclear Clamshell Alliance. Together, they fostered a fairly “amorphous idea,” as Schley remembers it: They wanted to find a piece of land, purchase it and share ownership. Once building got under way, the group would try ideas that were “pretty fringy” nearly 30 years ago but seem mainstream today, such as putting up photovoltaic cells and residential-scale wind turbines. Fortunately, Schley says in retrospect, those plans took a long time to pan out; the group spent three years looking for land, and hashed out the structure of the collective in the meantime. “In our idealism, we could underestimate the need for some structures that over time would become even more important,” Schley says. The group recruited Randolph lawyer Laddie Lushin, who advised members to incorporate as

Ten Stones Community, West Charlotte

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that just happens to “click.” Bush thinks the difference has something to do with self-reliance; because everyone owns the communal property, everyone shares in the responsibility of maintaining it. “There’s not a building super who’s going to come in and solve Problem X or Problem Y,” Bush says.

a cooperative and helped them draft detailed bylaws and paperwork that are still used today by cooperatives around the country. “We have good fences,” says Schley, invoking the Robert Frost line “Good fences make good neighbors.” “Laddie helped us build them. They don’t divide us, but they do demarcate our responsibilities to each other and ourselves.” Remarkably, the same group has remained intact for 26 years. Twice it has expanded to welcome a new member to the cooperative — a decision that, just like purchasing a new truck or cutting down a tree, had to be reached by consensus. Schley, who says he knows of intentional communities where tensions flared and residents no longer speak to one another, credits Blue Moon’s success to its clear structure and balance of privacy and communal living. This summer, the eldest of the children who grew up at Blue Moon got married on the property — just the latest example, Schley says, of how the group pulls together for celebrations and sorrows. “We were pretty young, and very idealistic,” he says, looking back at Blue Moon’s evolution. “There’s a big element of luck, that nobody has just changed completely their values.” But the gamble paid off, and more than two decades later, the idealistic dreamers behind Blue Moon are older, wiser — and every bit as committed to their intentional community.

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oets, says Tracy K. Smith, are lucky. In an interview with Ploughshares earlier this year, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet insisted, “Joy is a part of my process. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that poetry, as a practice, necessitates a sense of joy. It’s exhilarating to come into contact with the things we write into being.” It’s a refreshing sentiment, and one that pervades Smith’s latest book of verse, Life on Mars (2011). In the collection, an eager curiosity allows Smith to move freely between the extremes of the familiar and unfamiliar — between, for instance, David Bowie and Mars. She is uniquely able to retain a sense of down-to-earth human struggle within a Kubrickian universe. In the poem “My God, It’s Full of Stars,” we are seamlessly transported from Charlton Heston

to Moses to the far reaches of the Hubble Space Telescope’s sight — and back to the poet’s father’s tobacco pipe — in a matter of seconds. In that poem, Smith envisions Heston asking the speaker, “Will you fight to stay alive here, riding the earth / Toward God-knows where?” Instantly, the setting changes: …I think of Atlantis buried under ice, gone One day from sight, the shore from which it rose now glacial and stark. Our eyes adjust to the dark. This graceful teleportation is perhaps an inborn gift; for Smith, the known and the unknown, the near and the far, seem always to have occupied a shared space. Her father was an engineer who worked on the Hubble telescope when she was a young girl. And she wrote Life on Mars while living in the space between two unknowns: pregnant in the wake of her father’s death. But, as Smith told Ploughshares, beyond her own personal experience, she

thinks it’s “quite natural to use versions of what we know or have experienced as the framework for imagining what we cannot know, and what we have not yet experienced. That’s why metaphor exists.” Smith has done well for herself in this world that we all know. She is the author of two other collections of poetry — Duende (2007), which won both the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award; and The Body’s Question (2003), which won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. From 1997 to 1999, she was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and she currently teaches creative writing at Princeton University. Smith will read at BBF as part of the sixth annual Grace Paley Poetry Series on Saturday, September 22, at 4 p.m. in the Film House at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. k .W.



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did the inspiration for this character come from? EMILY M. DANFORTH: She is a character who is informed by my own experience, but to even call her a fictional version of me would be a stretch. The thing that me and Cameron have most in common is that we both grew up gay in a town in eastern Montana at a time when that was certainly not embraced. I was back in my old teenage bedroom, and I read a series of articles about the case of a 16-year-old boy in Tennessee named Zach Stark who was being sent to conversion-therapy camp, and it caught the attention of the national media. What was interesting to me in that story, as a fiction writer, was the ways in which [Stark] was conflicted. At that time, he wasn’t fully embracing the word “gay.” He was calling himself Christian, and he didn’t see how he could be both of those things. I started doing research because of that. SD: When writing about people who try to “pray away the gay,” or conservative Christians in general, it can be hard to resist villainous stereotypes. How

did you get into the skins of these characters? ED: The early drafts of many of those characters were pretty caricature-ish I had to go back to the drawing board with several of them and figure out, how do I make them people, and not puppets for some kind of message? If you choose to devote your life to this, you’re convinced this is helping the people you’re offering this to. It comes from this incredibly misguided but this good impulse. [Cameron’s] Aunt Ruth believes she’s the only person looking out for the eternal salvation of her niece. SD: Miles City is where you grew up. Is it still as conservative as it’s portrayed in the book? How has your book been received there? ED: It’s come a long way in terms of LGBTQ visibility in the town. I did not know anyone who was out in my entire adolescence in Miles City. Certainly there are now people who feel more comfortable being open about it. I’m going back [there] in a few weeks for a community conversation about bullying and diversity.

SD: You and your agent tried pitching this book to editors of adult fi ction before selling it as young adult. How is YA changing? What makes it especially receptive to a book like this? ED: I don’t think of “young adult” as a genre. I think of it as a marketing category. One of the few universals is that it features adolescents. There is a lot of gray area in terms of readership, the audience for these books. I think there’s something universal about a coming-of-age story. I’ve felt very embraced by all kinds of readers. [I’ve heard from] gentlemen in their forties who said, “I never would have found this book if I hadn’t read the NPR review.” SD: Have you heard from teen readers? ED: I do have teenagers who have told me that “some of my experiences are like Cam’s. My parents were not welcoming to my queer identity or my attractions because of the way religion was practiced in our household.” That hasn’t, sadly, changed for a lot of teenagers. [But today] it’s much easier to log on to the internet and find some sort of community that’s gonna offer you representations. The book is exposing [present-day teens] to this [early 1990s] queer culture, this past that they didn’t know was out there. I do think they’re relating to it. M .H.


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he titular narrator of emily m. danforth’s debut novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2012), is 12 when she first kisses a girl. The next day, when she learns both her parents have died in an accident, Cameron’s first reaction is relief — because now they’ll never know. Set in Miles City, Mont., in the early 1990s, the novel takes the irreverent Cameron from junior high to first love, and from her consummation of a crush on a cowgirl to its disastrous consequence: banishment to an academy called God’s Promise for “sexually broken” teens. The topic could easily lend itself to broad satire, but danforth (who prefers to lowercase her name) took a subtler route. The novel’s Christian ideologues are fleshed-out characters. As for Cameron’s fellow “disciples,” they include a Native American who insists he’s “pre-gender” and a pot-growing girl named Jane Fonda. Cameron Post is told in such descriptive literary prose, and pulls so few punches — danforth’s teen characters drink, toke, cuss and make out — that some readers may be surprised to learn it’s a young-adult novel. On National Public Radio, Malinda Lo called it “a skillfully and beautifully written story” that’s “certainly also meant for adult readers.” Thirty-two-year-old danforth, who lives in Providence, R.I., and teaches at Rhode Island College, will read from the book as part of the Women’s Work series at Phoenix Books in Burlington on Sunday at 2 p.m. We spoke to her on the phone.

That’s a conversation that I can’t imagine even having happened 20 years ago. People have been really supportive and excited. People I didn’t even know that well in high school, several of them told me they have gone out and bought the book, and they braced themselves, but they were pleasantly surprised. I think of it in part as a love letter to Miles City, as difficult as parts of growing up there were.



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Vermont’s swing scene hasn’t always been so vibrant. Karen Graham, a Ludlow-based dance instructor who organized last weekend’s event, began swing dancing in the Upper Valley in 1996. “I was bored,” she said with a smile. “Single and bored.” When a newspaper ad for a swing-dance class caught her eye, she decided to give it a try.

one. This official championship, she said, “puts Vermont on the map.” She’s already gearing up for next year’s event, at Stratton Mountain Resort. By 8:30 on Friday night, the dance floor at the Hampton Inn was filling up. But there was half an hour to kill before the first competition was scheduled to begin. So I popped into the room next

door, which was lined wall to wall with dance shoes for sale: gold lamé gladiator sandals; black cowgirl boots; candy-colored, strappy pumps. The pros will wear out a pair of these soft, flexible, suede-soled shoes in just six to eight months, explained Melody Carr, a North Carolina dancer who sells shoes at weekend events like this one around the country.


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Graham was hooked. “I was so intrigued by it, the whole world,” she said. She began teaching in Ludlow, Rutland and Middlebury, and attended swing events around the country. But there were no “official” competitions in the region — meaning none sponsored by the World Swing Dance Council, which awards points that allow dancers to advance through levels. So Graham started


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othing is quite as thrilling as being asked to dance. But, if you don’t frequent formal dances and you’re not in middle school, it can be a woefully rare occurrence. Unless you find yourself at a swingdance convention, as I did last weekend, when some 200 dancers from around the region flocked to the second annual Vermont Swing Dance Championships at the Hampton Inn in Colchester. As a newcomer to the competitive-dance scene, and fresh from a viewing of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, I half expected to find a convention hall filled with bedazzled bras, big hair and backbiting competition. I couldn’t have been further off base (although I did spot two women sporting sexy, sheer tops over “statement” bras). The New England swing-dance scene, unlike Luhrmann’s fictional Aussie ballroom community, is made up of down-toearth types of all ages, and they seemed to be in it simply for the love of dancing. And did they ever dance, under dimmed chandeliers, for three days straight last week.

She grabbed a plain black sandal from the discount table, and I tried it on for size. When I reflexively apologized for the rankness of my feet, which had been simmering all day without socks in my old Converse All Stars, Carr laughed. “We’re dancers,” she said proudly. “We know stinky feet.” Then Carr took me out to the dance floor for a test drive. The basic step in West Coast Swing — as opposed to East Coast Swing, or Lindy Hop, which wasn’t part of last weekend’s event — goes like this: walk, walk, triple-step; slow, slow, quick-quick-quick. I got flustered, but Carr was encouraging. “Regardless of how much you know, there are plenty of leads out there who will dance with you,” she assured. Back in the shop, Jo Ann Carino, a Massachusetts-based dancer and professional literacy coach who helped Graham publicize the event, had just bought a new pair of caramel-colored sandals. Carino, 60, began dancing seven years ago. How did she get into swing? “Well, I got divorced,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to dance, but my ex-husband was never interested.” Carino came to West Coast Swing the way many people do: She started with the Lindy Hop. But once she discovered the more improvisational West Coast version, she didn’t want to go back. “There’s an elasticity, a rubber-bandy quality about [West Coast Swing],” Carino said. “It’s a style of moving that lends itself to a lot of creativity.” That creativity was on full display at Friday night’s competition, which began with a showcase of regional pros. To the uninitiated, it was an explosion of hip swirling, deep dipping and unbridled chemistry. Unbelievably, none of it was choreographed. When Montréal dancer Estelle Bonnaire and her partner took the floor — to a song the DJ had chosen at random — they moved with such fluidity, it was as if they were two sides of the same body. With her black hair, feather earrings and slow, teasing hips, Bonnaire was captivating. Another Canadian dancer, watching, leaned over to me and whispered, “This is the couple that’s going to win.”


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When most people think swing, they think big-band music. But here’s the other cool thing about West Coast Swing: You can do it to anything, contemporary pop music included. Case in point: One pro couple performed Friday night to Carly Rae Jepsen’s incessant song of the summer, “Call Me Maybe.” The competition continued with a wild event called “Three’s Company,” in which one man leads two women simultaneously. “I wanted a signature competition event,” said Graham, noting that this one isn’t actually recognized by the World Swing Dance Council. Official competition rules still require that a couple consist of one man and one woman, with the man leading and the woman following. But at the Hampton Inn, Scott Chilstedt twirled two women like spinning tops. Chilstedt, who was dressed entirely in black — from his thin mobster tie to his suede dance shoes — is largely responsible for the growing West Coast Swing scene in Burlington.


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Over the past year and a half, the 29-year-old IBM engineer has been offering Burlington Westie classes and dances at North End Studios. Cool but unpretentious, enthusiastic but far from nerdy, Chilstedt strikes just the right balance to appeal to a wide range of

students. And he has infused the local scene with a healthy dose of sexiness. As he declares on his website, “West Coast Swing is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.” Three years ago, Chilstedt was a grad student in Illinois, “buried under work,” he said. “I needed to balance out my life.” He discovered West Coast Swing and became addicted. But when Chilstedt moved to Burlington after graduating, the closest Westies he could find were in White River Junction. Teaching in Burlington “was a selfish thing,” he said. “I wanted someone to dance with.” The competition wrapped up at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, but then the night really began: Dancers flooded the ballroom floor, while others took the elevator down to the more intimate blues room. I had never heard of blues dancing, so I followed Chilstedt downstairs, where he and a friend from Montréal demonstrated. “The guy-who-doesn’tdance shuffle is basically beginner blues,” explained Chilstedt with a smirk. The steps are simpler and slower, and, except when the leader is twirling

or dipping his partner, dancers stay in a tight embrace. The dancing continued until 3. “Late night!” I remarked to a group of chattering dancers riding the elevator back up to the ballroom. They all laughed. “That’s early!” one woman exclaimed. At her last competition, she added, everybody danced until 7 a.m. Then they had breakfast, took a power nap, strapped on their dancing shoes and started all over again. So it was no surprise, when I returned the next morning at 10, to find the ballroom packed — and hopping. So was the room next door, where participants in a beginner class were learning the basics of leading and following. “That’s pretty good,” I heard an instructor say. “Now do it with your eyes closed.” m

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Book review: Nathaniel Purple by F.D. Reeve BY AMY LILLY


few chapters into F.D. Reeve’s recent novel, Nathaniel Purple, I had it tagged as a poet’s fi rst attempt at fi ction. The plot cuts awkwardly between the peaceful domestic life of a librarian narrator — an underdeveloped character — and the senseless brutality of an abusive farmer neighbor. The writing likewise lurches unexpectedly from poetic gem to inscrutable dialogue to perplexing reference. “As the morning wore on, spreading what the Chamber of Commerce calls ‘its amiable refulgence on Haystack Mountain,’ the phone in the library kept ringing off the hook,” reads one of the last cases. Sentence fragments and writerly crutches such as the slash do heavy work, as in “a woman weeping/not weeping.” My fi rst assumption was incorrect. The Wilmington author, now in his early eighties, has written fi ve previous novels, the fi rst of which was published in 1968. But Reeve is better known as a poet, the fi eld in which he has justifi ably garnered both praise and awards. So why would he write another novel? Seemingly for the same reason that drives a lot of writing in Vermont: the wish to portray smalltown life in the Green Mountains in all its anachronism and timelessness. And this Reeve does quite well. Nathaniel Purple takes place in a small village in “these years after the Gulf War” (whether the fi rst or the second is unclear). The village “seems a toy set, an architect’s cardboard design” to the narrator, Nathaniel Purple, as he sits atop his horse, Crystal, on his morning ride through the hills. But he knows it is anything but. A feud between two families, the Andermans and the Sawyers, is coming to a head, and the outcome will draw the town together. The instigator is Carl Anderman, an uneducated dairy farmer who resents his older daughter for having gone to college and shoots his gun in the general direction of his younger daughter when he fi nds her sleeping with the Sawyer boy. When Carl later discovers that his wife, a cleaning woman named Gertrude, is having an aff air with John Sawyer, his rival, he loses it, bashing the man nearly to death with a piece of furniture. In an “angry mob” scene right out of the movie Frankenstein, the town’s men convene and resolve to make Carl pay for his actions: “I’m for makin’ a posse and payin’ a visit to Mr. Anderman. Who’s with me?” one villager shouts. But before they can, Carl sets his own barn ablaze and goes down with it, intentionally or not. Nathaniel is a patrician, educated type who admires the “oikological perfection” of his study; the fi rst word

there means “domestic” and was last used around 1890. To the working-class villagers with a more limited vocabulary and worse grammar, he’s “Mister Purple.” (The name cries out for explication; could Reeve be making a self-deprecating reference to his own purple prose? But, alas, the sense of humor evident in his most recent book of poetry, The Puzzle Master, is largely absent here.) Rather unbelievably, Mister Purple worries about being “as dated as Swedenborg” with his beloved, Catherine, yet when he stops in for a Long Trail at the local pub, the all-male clientele call him “Nat” and expect him to have the inside scoop on town gossip. Reeve creates a more believable character in the wife beater, Carl, who can spoil his dog, Red, with treats and then viciously swing at him without missing a beat. Carl prefers his cows to the females in his life because “they reassured him. Their heads nodding and their tails fl icking approved whatever his plans were. Being milked, they yielded to his hands.” There’s also the French Canadian general-store owner, Arnie Prideaux, with his massive butcher’s arm and fl uid French cursing; and the town doctor, Jack Evarts, who won’t charge patients he knows can’t pay. These are characters we’ve seen before, if not outright stereotypes. If anything, Reeve celebrates that familiarity by placing them in a kind of historical arc that renders them eternal. The Anderman-Sawyer feud is tied to the “confl icting land grants” of 17th-century Vermont. Nat is “surrounded by three hundred years of furniture” inside his house. A memory of falling in love with Catherine is followed by another one rather puzzlingly described as occurring “some 380,000 cosmological years later.” Whether this renders the novel’s characters and events more or less interesting — does nothing change? — is a matter for the reader to decide. In the meantime, one wishes Reeve’s next novel would off er fewer obscure references to cosmological years and Chamber of Commerce brochures, and more sentences of pure poetry like this one: “The lemon sunlight falling on the pond falls on the dead, taking them down into a willowy half-night, folding them into the long trays of the valleys.” 







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FROM NATHANIEL PURPLE ˜ e tall white spire on the Congregational Church is the ornament of our village. It marks the old cemetery with tilted stones and pieces of granite strewn among tufts of grass and uneven mounds, graves that go back three hundred years. Saturday was Bob Gladwin’s funeral. ˜ e morning was misty. Reminded me of ˜ omas Hood’s ode “Autumn.” I saw old Autumn in the misty morn Stand shadowless like Silence, listening To silence, for no lonely bird would sing Into his hollow ear from woods forlorn, Nor lowly hedge nor solitary thorn; — I admire the simplicity of the ode’s opening. Catherine was soon up and about and had oatmeal clop-clop-clopping on the stove. “What would you think,” said I to her as she, in gray fl annels and a charming Guatemalan blouse, made tea and toast, “if we took the cart to the church?” “Should be a perfect day for it,” she said. “One of your better ideas, provided you promise not to smell like a horse.” After breakfast, I harnessed Crystal to the cart — she backed in brightly — and we pranced cheerfully down to the church where I set the cart in a regular parking space but traded Crystal’s bridle and reins for a halter and lead line, made her fast to a tree out back. Everyone was glad to see us, patted Crystal, who loved the attention. Sue Scammell slipped her a couple of packets of sugar and laughed as Crystal’s tongue tickled her palm. Friends were already gathering in the vestibule, couples in groups of four or fi ve blocking the way, members of the choir chatting briefl y before splitting off to go down a side aisle to robe, ushers picking up packets of programs, checking each other’s boutonnière and then taking up their positions on either side of the center aisle.

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Organic Food Fight Vermonters weigh in on the Stanford food study BY C O R IN H IR S C H







n the produce section of the Shaw’s on Shelburne Road, a fi ve-pound bag of organic potatoes costs $5.99; nearby, an equal-weight bag of conventional potatoes goes for $3.49. Am I daft to shell out extra money for the organic tubers? According to the nowinfamous Stanford University study on organic versus conventional food, it’s a definite maybe. Two weeks ago, the California researchers published a study titled “Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?” in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Within hours, the story had blown up. Though the lay public could only read an abstract — rather than the full study — online the gist of the fi ndings was clear from a slew of headlines, including “Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce” (New York Times); “Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier for You” (“The Salt,” food blog of National Public Radio); “Study fi nds organic food is no better on vitamins, nutrients” (Associated Press); and “Organic food is as dangerous as factory farmed food, study shows” ( Well, duh. I don’t buy organic beets because I think they have more magnesium or vitamin C than a beet grown on a conventional farm. But these researchers assumed that many people do, and aggregated 17 human and 223 food studies to fi nd that “when it comes to certain nutrients, there is not much diff erence between organic and conventionally grown food” (Albany pesticide residues,” versus only 7 Times Union); and that E. coli was percent of organic food. Organic meat present in roughly equal amounts in had fewer antibiotic-resistant bacteria both kinds of food, perhaps even more than conventional meat, and organic milk was denser with fatty acids than so in organic poultry. However, readers who made it past conventional milk. It was a dizzying jumble the fi rst few paragraphs of the study learned that 38 percent of conventional information, and the study lacked any produce contained “detectable discussion of the potential carcinogenic

eff ects of the herbicides, pesticides and fungicides that linger on conventionally grown grapes, apples, spinach and potatoes. Over subsequent days, a fl of stories continued in the same confusing of vein. On NPR, science correspondent Shankar Vedantam cited a study claiming that “emotional values”


infl uence our decisions to buy organic. Those of us who do so tend to value altruism, benevolence and spirituality. “Organic food has gotten wrapped up in all of these values that don’t necessarily urry have to do with the specifi c things that science studies,” Vedantam said. I may be altruistic, but I don’t think I ORGANIC FOOD FIGHT

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LOGAN’S OF VERMONT, 30 MAIN STREET, BURLINGTON, 489-5935 NICK LOGAN was planning to have a soft first few days

when he opened the doors to LOGAN’S OF VERMONT on Monday, September 10. “We just were trying to get in here and get our feet under us and get our systems working,” the chef-owner says. When lunchtime lines began forming, though, he took it in stride, and now says, “We were quite happy with the response.” Logan credits the “vibrant” Burlington waterfront community with the rush, saying it’s been welcoming and eager to help out his fledgling business. The appeal of his food doesn’t hurt.

The door of Colchester’s BEVO isn’t a revolving one — the owners remain KATHLEEN and AARON STINE. The place’s identity, however, keeps evolving. Last year, it opened and closed as a restaurant, but stayed in use as a private event space and catering company. Now 70 Roosevelt

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are inviting the public in for wine, beer and creative cocktails such as plum whiskey sours, watermelon margaritas and pickled veggie martinis. They’re also serving up small plates such as panini; housemade lamb-curry jerky; mini-pitas filled with lamb, feta and pickled peppers; and “Tortilla Flat”-style

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Native Belgian PETER CREYF’s pancakes also include a line called Super Crêpes that take diners on a world tour. Super Tagine is filled with Moroccan roasted chicken, carrots, green olives, tomatoes, fresh spinach and feta. Super Merguez consists of spicy lamb sausage with roasted bell peppers, caramelized onions, fresh spinach, basil and herbed feta. Vegetarian options include combos based on shaved fennel and mozzarella, avocado and cilantro, or even spiced pears and blue cheese. For diners seeking something outside the realm of the wrap, Mr. Crêpe has daily soups plus an alwaysavailable Yukon Gold-potato potage. Salads and granola provide healthy alternatives — and could help eaters

Logan’s serves Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting each day with breakfast pastries such as Danishes and coffee cakes. They’re made by pastry chef LUKE BOGGESS, most recently of CLOUD 9 CATERERS and ON THE RISE BAKERY, and his assistant, ANNA STRINGER. At lunchtime, panini change daily, but they’re always served on Boggess’ own bread. Early choices included ham, apple and Brie with mango chutney; and a classic Cuban with sliced pork loin, ham, pickles, butter and Dijon. Soups, sides and entrées are also available to take out or eat on a bench on the flower-filled deck. Inside, Logan’s sells a selection of products that go into the dishes, such as vinegars and oils. But Logan, also most recently of Cloud 9 Caterers, says his new business’ raison d’être is takeaway meals. Dinners range from Black Angus sirloin to pan-seared chicken with fennel cream to grilled polenta with stewed veggies. Some are ready to heat and eat; others are raw and require the touch of a home cook. Like the panini, offerings change daily. For now, customers must call or stop in to learn the day’s options, but Logan says he hopes to have an email list, website and Facebook page soon.

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pay extra for organic food because I love my neighbor; I buy organic potatoes because I don’t want to ingest a cocktail of chlorpropham, o-phenylphenol and dieldrin each time I eat one. (Organic potatoes taste better, too.) I tried but failed to reach the head Stanford researcher to ask her some questions. “Dr. [Crystal] SmithSpangler and her co-authors have been inundated with calls and emails; unfortunately, we can’t accommodate your interview request,” was the response I received. (The Gray Lady got through, though.) Dena M. Bravata, one of the paper’s senior authors, told the New York Times, “When we began this project, we thought that there would likely be some findings that would support the superiority of organics over conventional food. I think we were definitely surprised.” Surely a surprise result bolstered the study’s cred? With no researchers to corner, I phoned the University of Vermont Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and heard back from Jane Kolodinsky, chair of community development and applied economics (“not a nutritionist,” she emphasized), who used to head the school’s food-systems spire. Kolodinsky, who has studied obesity, schoollunch programs and local foods, said her students had had a spirited discussion about the controversial study earlier that day. After reading the entire study herself (a perk of academic online access), she asserted that the data had been skewed both by the press and by the study’s title. “If you look at what [the researchers] really analyze, they really look at the safety issue,” Kolodinsky said. “I don’t believe that’s where the organic movement has come from.” She also suggested that the organic label may be losing ground to consumers’ interest in local foods, at least if Vermont is a barometer.

“Empirically, if you were to ask Vermonters, they are very interested in organic and local. But if they were given a choice, they would choose the locally produced, conventional alternative” over something produced organically farther away, Kolodinsky said. “[Organic] used to mean something more than fewer pesticides and antibiotics,” she added. “I think organic has been losing its meaning as larger and larger corporations are getting into the game.” One Vermont company that has benefited from the ongoing growth of organic foods — an industry that exploded from sales of $3.6 billion in 1997 to $26.7 billion in 2010 — is Johnson’s Deep Root Organic Co-op. The 26-year-old cooperative gathers and sells organic produce from 19 farms across the state. Deep Root’s sales were up 40 percent in the first part of this year, according to sales manager Anthony Mirisciotta, and 85 percent of those sales were outside Vermont. Mirisciotta believes the Stanford study “really isn’t earth-shattering news for the organic world.” For consumers who shell out for organic food, “It usually comes down to a lot more than the nutritional aspect,” he said. There’s still enough growth in organic food that Deep Root is seeing increased competition from “industrial farms coming onto the organic scene and beating us out of the markets,” Mirisciotta noted. “We really can’t compete with their pricing.” Of the farmers he works with, he said, “I really don’t know anyone who was into it, at least from the farming side, for the nutritional aspect.” One of Deep Root’s farmers is Jonah Bourne of Cabot’s Provender Farm, which received its organic certification from the Northeast Organic Farming


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Just in time for the first frost, the state’s newest microbrewery — GratEful HanDs BrEwInG in Cabot — has opened with a focus on small batches of dark beers. On September 8, brewer rIcky MclaIn offered samples of his inky oeuvre at his Route 2 nanobrewery: They included a robust porter called Spare Change; a black IPA, Common Sense; an American brown ale, Time; and an American stout, Courage. He’s brewing each in 20-gallon batches, making them available for growler fills on the second Saturday of each month. McLain, who

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funding: “Was it Monsanto or some other large agribusiness that would benefit from the more negative coverage of organic farms?” As it happened, the Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin advocacy group, sent out a press release later that day that addressed the funding of the research center where the organics study was conducted, Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. One of its two major corporate sponsors was agribusiness giant Cargill. (The other was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.) That revelation didn’t seem to surprise Vermonter Barry Estabrook, author of 2011’s Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. He said in an email that researchers at Stanford “frequently produce studies with conclusions favorable to Big Ag. “Remember,” Estabrook added, “the Stanford group did no actual nutritional analysis of their own. Rather, they based their conclusions on the results of previously published scientific papers, and they simply omitted many papers with results that ran contrary to the notion that organic and nonorganic foods were the same nutritionally.” All of this is heady, and confusing, stuff to consider for anyone facing a decision at the produce counter. With the spoils of a multibillion-dollar organics industry at stake, the battle is sure to continue — at least in the media. Personally, however, I will never fancy dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene in my gratin. m 09.19.12-09.26.12 SEVEN DAYS FOOD 49

Association (NOFA) this past year. When I reached him, he had been so busy tending 7000 Brussels sprout plants that he hadn’t heard about the Stanford study. Bourne said that he and his colleagues, Lindsay Scott and Dawn Andrews, went through the organic certification process not only for market reasons, but because of their commitment to soil preservation. “For me, it’s not about nutrition,” said Bourne. “It’s about preserving the fertility of the soils.” Bourne is unperturbed by the new study and remains passionate about keeping farms up to standard. “Organic standards are slipping. As it is, there’s more and more stuff you can use,” he said. “Eventually, we’ll need a tighter standard.” That same day, Rachel Nevitt of Hinesburg’s Full Moon Farm greeted her CSA customers as they arrived to pick up boxes of onions, leeks, cucumbers, green peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, chard, GMO-free soybeans and, yes, potatoes. Nevitt said she’d heard some buzz about the study, but noted, “Enough people who are good, critical thinkers know that the real question is not really health benefits of the food, per se. It’s the health of the planet that is at stake.” Nevitt and her husband, David Zuckerman, wonder about the health aspect of carbon emissions from the transport of industrial-scale food. Why didn’t the researchers take this into account? And her own critical mind questioned the Stanford project’s

runs the brewery with his wife, Joy, eventually plans to bottle his brews. Announcing the launch, kurt stauDtEr, executive director of the VErMont BrEwErs assocIatIon, called Vermont the “Disneyland of beer,” citing the fact that we have more breweries per capita than any other U.S. state. We can expect Vermont to edge closer to beer-theme-park status in coming months: Burlington, Brattleboro, Stowe and South Royalton are all on track to host new microbreweries, possibly by year’s end. Find Grateful Hands at 2211 Route 2 in Cabot, 249-4092.

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JLG: It’s long: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. And TV, the way it works, they ask you the same question over and over. It’s like a mother; you just keep saying, “Yes, Mom.” SD: What’s the last thing you ate? JLG: I had the pleasure of dining [at NECI on Main] last night with [past NECI executive chefs] Robert Barral and Michel LeBorgne. I had swordfish that was cooked to perfection. If you forget it a little bit, it just becomes dry. You can’t fix it. I’m so happy, because this was the students’ cooking. To arrive at that level where the swordfish is cooked [so] that it stays in the middle almost like sushi; you see it’s been taken care of. I said, Yes! Our guys are doing that!

SD: Have you fallen in love with any Vermont products? JLG: I use Vermont products down in Connecticut. The last two things that I bought [at Hunger Mountain Co-op] were cheese. Wow! I don’t want to be a snob, but the evolution of cheese from the ’80s to now, the quality that’s produced now in Vermont, is just mind-blowing. SD: If you could have any chef in the world prepare a meal for you, who would it be? JLG: For fun, definitely Guy Savoy. To pick his brain, probably [pioneering 19th- to 20th-century chef Auguste] Escoffier. I use [The Complete Guide to


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book. The book is impressive; you can also use it as a booster for kids when they are small. I love [Escoffier’s] charcuterie. At some times I start thinking, What if ? If you want to not impress me, foam something. I will probably laugh at you. It doesn’t impress me. It doesn’t bring anything. SD: What’s the dish you’ll be remembered for? JLG: Boneless Vermont quail stuffed with Escoffier chicken mousse. Every time I try to take it off my menu, I get people threatening me. That’s for the main course.

with escargots, parsley, garlic and milk. I froze that and put it in the ice cream. It tasted bad. Fortunately they were friends of mine, so right away they said, “You have to stop that; it’s really bad. If you continue like that, we’re going to remove the Pacojet from you.”

[wines] and says, “Don’t touch it; you’re not going to like it.” SD: What kind of music do you like to listen to in the kitchen? JLG: I stopped that because some members of my crew cannot focus. The kitchen is a creative place, but it’s also a dangerous place: There are flames; there are knives; there are people around you. When I’m prepping alone, I have a great mix of Mozart and Eminem. In the new generation, I like that cute little girl that has the small voice — Taylor Swift. She’s just herself and doesn’t try to be anything else.

SD: What’s your favorite Vermont restaurant? JLG: Whenever we have time, we stop by at Café Provence. It’s not a big change; it’s just an extra hour. It’s a great spot, and [chef-owner Robert Barral] has a fantastic car. He has a Citroën. We arrive in Vermont with an open mind and a big appetite. cOurtesy OF .guy-rene gerin

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Th E PiPE Classi C: Glass artists form functional pipes in a unique competition. Artists complete their piece in five heats through Friday. A VIP awards ceremony follows at Nectar's on Saturday. The Bern Gallery, Burlington, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m. Free to watch. Info, 865-0994.



Fri EnDs o F Th E r uTlan D Fr EE l ibrary Fall book sal E: Eager readers help prune the shelves at a bargain benefit for library collections and activities. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.


kEll Ey Mark ETing M EETing : Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Nonprofits seeking help apply online. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495. WoMEn busin Ess oWnErs nETWork: burling Ton Cha PTEr M EETing : Business coach Kimberly DuBrul helps lifelong learners tap into the back-to-school spirit to bring renewed energy to their personal and professional projects. Best Western Windjammer Inn & Conference Center, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. $17-20; preregister. Info, 272-2929.



CoMMuni Ty Dinn Er : Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565. oPEn ro Ta MEETing : Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery's latest happenings. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-0494.


Mak E sTuFF!: Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness for Bike Recycle Vermont. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687. oPEn kni T & Cro Ch ET: Stitch and tell: Fiber fans work on current projects in good company. Kaleidoscope Yarns, Essex Junction, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 288-9200.


'r oCkin' r on Th E Fri EnDly Pira TE' DvD rE l Eas E Par Ty: Landlubbers in their pirate finery set sail for the mountain on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, where a film screening, songs, snacks and high-seas high jinks await. Meeting House, Smugglers' Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 585-9540.

‘miri Am’ Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, 8 p.m., at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $25. Info, 863-5966.

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killing Ton h ay FEsTival : More than 30 giant hay animals pop up through town at a five-weeklong harvest party, which includes familyfriendly events, a 5K walk/run and Killington Restaurant Week. Various locations, Killington, 8 a.m. Free; see for details. Info, 422-2185.


'PEaCE, l ov E, & Misun DErs Tan Ding' : A newly single, type A lawyer takes her two teens on vacation to their grandmother's house in Woodstock, N.Y., where free spirits rein. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-8. Info, 748-2600. 'Th E bEsT Exo TiC Marigol D h oTEl' : Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith star in John Madden's comedy, in which a group of English pensioners find their new retirement spot — in India — rather different than what the brochure advertised. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600. 'Th E Do-DECa-PEnTaThlon' : Jay and Mark Duplass wrote and directed this 2012 comedy about two brothers who compete in their own version of the Olympics during a family reunion. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.

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What does the late South African activist and singer Miriam Makeba have in common with the Virgin Mary? More than a variation of the same name, certainly. In the eyes of choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire, both illustrate the weight of womanhood in a man’s world. Chipaumire pays subtle tribute to both icons in Miriam, a partly autobiographical dance-theater work. The interplay of swinging lightbulbs and black shadows sets the scene for this intelligent meditation on self-discovery, struggle and spiritual triumph backed by spoken text, ululation and an original score by Grammy nominee Omar Sosa.


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SEPT.21 & 22 |TALKS Golden Girl When the women’s Olympic gymnastics team won gold in London this summer, commentators couldn’t help but wax nostalgic about the last American team to have done so. Between Kerri Strug’s triumphant vault on an injured ankle and Shannon Miller rocketing into the ranks as America’s most decorated gymnast — even today — the “Magnificent 7” team of 1996 rightfully retains its legendary status. With two gold, two silver and three bronze medals to her name, Miller later surmounted a bigger challenge: ovarian cancer. Now a survivor, she swings through the state to discuss her journey, just in time for National Gymnastics Day.

Sh ANNo N miLLEr Friday, September 21, 7-8:30 p.m., at Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, u VM, in Burlington. Free; reservations requested. Info, 434-3979 or ebdfund@ ebdfund

mEEt & gr EEt With Sh ANNo N miLLEr Saturday, September 22, 10-11 a.m., at Green Mountain Gymnastics in Williston. $10 donation; $25 donation per family. Proceeds benefit the Eleanor B. Daniels Fund. Info, 652-2454.


iMProv nigh T: Fun-loving participants play "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"-style games in an encouraging environment. Spark Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $7 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.


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If the only puppet you’re familiar with is named Pinocchio, that’s your cue to head south for Sandglass Theater’s Puppets in the Green Mountains festival. The nineday lineup brings world-class puppetry and “unusual theater” to venues ranging from an apple orchard to an opera house. The onstage drama is just as varied. Garbage Monster, by Turkey’s Cengiz Özek Shadow Theatre, is a kid-friendly eco-comedy about trash disposal, while Białystok Puppet Theater’s Black Birds of Białystok is a provocative look at Poland’s anti-Semitic history. Paper Cut, by Israel’s Yael Rasooly, is a romance that morphs into a Hitchcockian nightmare. And you thought puppets were child’s play.


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BARRE FARMERS MARKET : Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. Barre City Hall Park, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, CHAMPLAIN ISLANDS FARMERS MARKET: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291. COLCHESTER FARMERS MARKET : Vendors present passersby with fresh local produce, specialty foods and crafts. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. FARMERS MARKET WELLNESS TABLE: Eat more kale! Pizzeria Verità chef Amy Bacon whips up recipes that call for the green superfood. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. MIDDLEBURY FARMERS MARKET: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers' totes. ˜ e Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 989-6012. NEWPORT FARMERS MARKET: Pickles, meats, eggs, fruits, veggies, herbs and baked goods are a small sampling of the fresh fare supplied by area growers and producers. 246 Causeway, Newport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, WILLISTON FARMERS MARKET: Shoppers seek prepared foods and unadorned produce at a weekly open-air affair. Town Green, Williston, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 735-3860,

health & fitness

WHEN LESS IS BETTER: ETHICAL ISSUES IN THE USE OF HEALTH CARE RESOURCES: Medical ethicist and author Howard Brody sparks a conversation on his 2010 article about the top 5 least effective — but commonly performed — medical procedures. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $50-100. Info, 828-2909.






BABY TIME PLAYGROUP : Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. ENOSBURG PLAYGROUP : Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FAIRFIELD PLAYGROUP: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfi eld, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. HIGHGATE STORY HOUR : Gigglers and wigglers listen to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. MOVING & GROOVING WITH CHRISTINE: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and worldbeat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. MUSIC WITH MR. CHRIS : Rug rats raise their voices to original and traditional sing-alongs with local musician Chris Dorman. ˜ ere are games to play, too. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 497-7217. ST. ALBANS PLAYGROUP: Creative activities and storytelling engage young minds. NCSS Family Center, St. Albans, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. STORY TIME & PLAYGROUP: Read-aloud tales pave the way for themed art, nature and cooking projects. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfi eld, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, STORY TIME WITH BILL & HIS CRITTERS: Crafts, snacks and show-and-tell revolve around tales

— and, possibly, tails. Ainsworth Public Library, Williamstown, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 433-5887.


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SONG CIRCLE : Community members chime in at a sing-along with Rich and Laura Atkinson. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfi eld, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail. com.


MONARCH BUTTERFLY TAGGING : In 2007, a black-and-orange fl yer identifi ed at the nature center was recovered in Mexico. Folks catch, tag and release the migrating monarchs to help with future connections. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. $3-5; free for members. Info, 229-6206. WAGON-RIDE WEDNESDAY : Riders lounge in sweet-smelling hay on scenic, horse-drawn routes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.


COMMUNITY HERB CLASS: Essential-oils expert Tim Blakley shares therapeutic and sustainable uses for these distillates. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $1518; preregister. Info, 224-7100, COMMUNITY MEDIA MAKERS' WORKSHOP: Volunteer videographers learn about the best practices for Channel 17's community producers, who record a variety of neighborhood meetings and events for TV and web distribution. Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966, CREATING A FINANCIAL FUTURE: Spenders and savers learn to build wealth over a lifetime. Champlain Valley Offi ce of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


ADAM BOYCE : In "˜ e Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont's Traveling Entertainer," the speaker intersperses stories of the performer's life and career with live fi ddling and humorous sketches. Georgia Public Library, Fairfax, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-3996. ANN BEHA : ˜ e founder and president of Boston's Ann Beha Architects discusses her hand in a new year-round facility at Shelburne Museum in "Architecture as Art House: Museums for a New Generation." Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. DEB KATZ : In "Life After Vermont Yankee: Creating a Green-Energy Future," the director of the Citizens Awareness Network discusses ways to reach a renewable-energy-based economy. Stearns Student Center, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1327. 'LEGENDS OF THE LINE: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF VERMONT'S ISLAND LINE': Stories, video and photos bring alive the curious history of the Lake Champlain rail line (and, later, bike path). Held as part of the Big Fix, a campaign to repair the trail and relaunch expanded bike-ferry service. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 8612700, ext. 105. TERRY ALLEN & KAREN KANE: A photographer and travel consultant captivate listeners with a tale of two cities in "Behind the Scenes in Paris and Bruges." Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. VERMONT WORKERS' CENTER : A speaker briefs listeners on the statewide, grassroots network of individuals and families who take a stand for justice and real democracy. Burlington College, 6:15-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.

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Viva and Her Power Trio, Antara, LDora, Alyx Lyons, and DJs E.V. and Cre8 play everything from acoustic to rock tunes at a twice-per-year jam. Red Square, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free.

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Antara Gatch hosts a special pride-themed open-mic night. Block Gallery & Coffeehouse, Winooski, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

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DJs Llu, Rob Douglas and Alan Perry preside over a dance social celebrating queer culture. Signal Kitchen, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.


Folks set sail for three hours of dancing, food and fun. After-party at Red Square. Lake Champlain Ferry (departs from the King Street ferry dock), Burlington, 7:45-11 p.m. $25-45.

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Craig Mitchell, Rob Douglas and Alan Perry DJ Burly Bear’s loudand-proud event with contests and giveaways. Red Square, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. $5.


Costumes are encouraged at the state’s biggest pride party, hosted by Gay Acres and John Queere, and featuring Vermont pop group Rue Mevlana and local DJs. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 9 p.m. $13-17; for ages 18 and up.


Folks fi ght hate by joining an inspirational visual protest advocating for marriage, gender and human equality. Battery Park, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free.


In conjunction with the Pride Vermont Festival, folks sample the region’s best specialty eats — from award-winning cheeses to the state’s top microbrews — at a food and travel expo. Battery Park, Burlington, noon-5 p.m. $5; free for ages 12 and under.


Performers, marchers and fl oats form a colorful procession from the Church Street Marketplace to Battery Park, where music, bandshell entertainment and the state’s largest LGBTQ celebration ensue. Parade departs from the bottom of Church Street at noon; festival in Battery Park, 1-4 p.m. Free.


Gender-bending kings and queens compete for a sparkly crown. Proceeds benefi t Outright Vermont. Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $12-15; for ages 18 and up.

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Ladies meet, mingle and, if the mood strikes, dance at the fi nale of the Pride Vermont Festival. Red Square, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free


Ten percent of food and drink sales at this Parisian-inspired Church Street hot spot benefi t Outright Vermont. Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost of food and drink.

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'Next to Normal': Stowe Theatre Guild stages the Tony Award-winning rock musical about mental illness. Town Hall Theatre, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $20-23. Info, 866-253-3961.


Book DiscussioN series: Farms & GarDeNs: Readers rehash their impressions of Sue Hubbell's A Country Year as part of a series about tending and growing. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 254-5290, ext. 101. BurliNGtoN Writers Workshop meetiNG: Members read and respond to the poetry and prose of fellow wordsmiths. Participants must join the group to have their work reviewed; see for details and to register (space is limited). Levity Café, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8104. hiNDa miller: The Vermont author and former state senator discusses her memoir, Pearls of a Sultana: What I've Learned About Business, Politics and the Human Spirit. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3999. VermoNt italiaN cluB Book DiscussioN series: Professor Al Rosa sparks a group chat about "My Little Italy and Yours" after paging through Bill Tonelli's The Italian American Reader. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211, bshatara@ci.burlington.




the pipe classic: See WED.19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.


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'Dark horse': Jordan Gelber and Selma Blair star in Todd Solondz's 2011 drama about a man who clings to his childhood — and his unlikely shot at love. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 355-5418. 'halF the sky': As part of the Independent Lens series, folks screen a 60-minute preview of this documentary in which celebrity activists such as Meg Ryan and Olivia Wilde travel the world, making a personal impact in health care, education and economic empowerment. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. projectioNs: reel to real coNVersatioN: Jon Bliss hosts a screening of 2010's Waste Land, an inspiring documentary about modern artist Vik Muniz's large-scale mosaics made from landfill trash. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 875-1018. 'the Best exotic mariGolD hotel': See WED.19, 7:30 p.m. 'the Do-Deca-peNtathloN': See WED.19, 5:30 p.m. 'West WiND: a VisioN oF tom thomsoN': In 1917, one of Canada's most beloved painters met an untimely end on a canoe trip. Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont's 2012 documentary explores Thomson's life, mysterious death and lasting impact in the art world. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 873-3022, ext. 205.

food & drink

Farm & FooD tour: A caravan-style expedition to Hardwick-area farms and food producers introduces visitors to a bustling agricultural community. Center for Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $50; free for children under 12; preregister. Info, 472-5840. Fletcher alleN Farmers market: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. McClure Entrance, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, tanya.


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coNtra DaNce: A member of the Mad Robin Collective calls steps to tunes by Toss the Feathers. All dances are taught; no partner required. Musicians are welcome to bring instruments and join the band. Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 7:30-10 p.m. $5-8. Info, 617-721-6743. square-DaNce cluB: Green Mountain Steppers Square Dance Club members do-si-do

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aNtique appraisal NiGht: Treasure or trash? Expert James Marquis assigns monetary values to attic finds at a benefit for the Barnard Historical Society. Town Hall, Barnard, 5:30 p.m. $5 per item or $10 for three items. Info, 234-5227. mouNt maNsFielD scale moDelers: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature-construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765. queeN city GhostWalk: tWisteD history: Haunted Burlington author Thea Lewis induces goose bumps with hair-raising tales of the city's fascinating — and spooky — past. Meet at the fountain, Battery Park, Burlington, 11 a.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966.


FraNkliN couNty chamBer oF commerce mixer: Networkers brush elbows as they tour the gardens at the bed-and-breakfast's 10th anniversary celebration. Back Inn Time, St. Albans, 5:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 524-2444, info@ VBsr NetWorkiNG Get-toGether: Attendees learn about Vermont Energy Investment Corporation's energy-efficiency efforts at a Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility meet and greet. VEIC, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-8347,


eDiBle Forest GarDeNiNG iN a Nutshell: Agricurious? Learn about low-maintenance garden ecosystems that mimic the architecture and functions of a natural forest in this workshop with Aaron Guman and Transition Town Montpelier. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. iNDoor herBs: Got a green thumb? At a lunchtime talk, experts offer tips for bringing planted greens in from the cold. Gardener's Supply, Williston, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.

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Hinesburg Lions Farmers market : Growers sell bunched greens, herbs and fruit among vendors of fresh-baked pies, honeycomb, artisan breads and marmalade. United Church of Hinesburg, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3904 or 482-2651. Homemade Yogurt : Dairy diehards make the protein-rich milk product in glass Mason jars with Family Cow Farmstead's Lindsay Harris. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. Jeric Ho Farmers market : Passersby graze through locally grown veggies, pasture-raised meats, area wines and handmade crafts. Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, new nort H end Farmers market : Eaters stroll through an array of offerings, from sweet treats to farm-grown goods. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-8072, Peac Ham Farmers market : Seasonal berries and produce mingle with homemade crafts and baked goods from the village. Academy Green, Peacham, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3161. w aterbur Y Farmers market : Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 522-5965,

cHess grou P: Novice and expert players compete against real humans, not computers. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2. Info, 324-1143.

health & fitness

Fitness Hu La-Hoo Ping : Hula-Hoopers wiggle their hips in a cardio workout aimed at improving coordination, balance and stamina. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. $10. Info, 255-8699.


aLburg H PLaYgrou P: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Alburgh Family Center of NCSS, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Farm Yard stor Y t ime: Cute cows, sheep and chickens look on as little ones flock to the Children's Farmyard for weekly activities. Shelburne Farms, 10:15-11 a.m. Regular farm admission, $5-8; free to members, Shelburne residents and kids under 3. Info, 985-8686. Frank Lin stor Y Hour : Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Hoora Y For Habitats : Youth sleuths explore swamps, forests and meadows as they learn about what makes up a healthy ecosystem. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068.


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'next to norma L': See WED.19, 8 p.m. 'tH e Year o F magica L tH inking' : Janis Stevens steals the stage in Joan Didion's theatrical adaptation of her best-selling memoir about grief and resilience, produced by Lost Nation Theater. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492.


Howard Frank mos Her : The Northeast Kingdom author introduces his lively new memoir, The Great Northern Express, which charts his three-month, 20,000-mile journey through America. Waterbury Senior Center, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Lisa aLt Her : The author of Stormy Weather & Other Stories excerpts sharp and witty observations from her first book of short fiction. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999.

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LigHt t He nigHt w aLk: Illuminated balloons brighten the way for folks raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on a leisurely stroll. The Annex, Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Donations accepted. Info,

Hike Hedge Hog Hi LL: Leaf peepers feast their eyes on foliage on a moderOU ate hike up into a historic RT ES sugar-maple grove. Meet at YO FB RAN Hedgehog Hill Trail, Little River State D ON M USIC Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, 233-0014. art sunset > moonrise aquadventure : Paddlers of all abilities relish the serenity of the tH e PiPe cLassic : See WED.19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & Waterbury Reservoir as they look for loons and 4-10 p.m. beavers in an educational outing. Little River State Park, Waterbury, meet at the Contact bazaars Station by 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m. FaLL/w inter r ummage saLe: Secondhand at A-Side Swim Beach. $2-3; free for kids under donations of cold-weather clothing and acces4; registration required; call to confirm. Info, sories support the church's local and global 244-7103, mission work. Fellowship Hall, Congregational tree mendous LY bri LLiant : What do carrots Church, Middlebury, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, and bananas have in common with fall foliage? 352-9042. Walkers find out on an hourlong exploration of the Nature Trail. Little River State Park, business Waterbury, 4 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; non Pro Fit Lunc Heon and media maven call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, greenwarbler@ kicko FF: In "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Data Visualization for Nonprofits," four panelists outline handy visual tools for seminars communicating hard facts. Channel 17 Studios, PHotogra PHing Your Products : Burlington, noon-2 p.m. $16.82 includes lunch. BPDesign's Brad Pettengill helps shutterInfo, 862-1645, ext. 21. bugs use simple cameras or other devices to photograph items for portfolios or promotional comedy purposes. Various locations, Burlington, 10 a.m.tH e second cit Y: The Chicago-based comedy noon. Free; preregister; call for specific location. troupe that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Info, 860-1417, ext. 113, Steve Carrell, Bill Murray and others runs on Pre Pare For Homeowners HiP: Part 2 : a pro-comedy platform in "Second City for Ready to buy? Property virgins learn about the President." Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, important roles of realtors, home inspectors and attorneys. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790. FRI.21 P.58


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Joe FLYnn : The Vermont Department of Public Safety's director of emergency management looks ahead in "Rebuilding Vermont's Infrastructure Following Tropical Storm Irene." Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 5:30-8:15 p.m. $25-35. Info, 735-5359. PoLLY c. darne LL: Shelburne Museum's archivist and librarian discusses the remains of the Otter Creek cotton mill in "Visualizing Middlebury's Industrial Revolution: Isaac Markham and His Drawings." Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 388-2117.


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bacon tH ursda Y: mar Ygoround : Folks come for plates of bacon and creative dipping sauces, and stay for jazzy piano tunes and rowdy accordion. Nutty Steph's, Middlesex, 6 p.m.midnight. Cost of food; cash bar. Info, 229-2090. Joe Locke : Drummer Ludwig Afonso, saxophonist Brian McCarthy, pianist Tom Cleary and bassist John Rivers accompany the awardwinning vibraphonist. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. JoHnson state coLLege concert band : Community musicians join an ensemble of college students, staff and faculty members, and select high schoolers in weekly rehearsals of contemporary compositions. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 821-0504, no second cHance, as w e w ere, no son o F mine, batting a tH ousand : A hardcore band on tour from the UK headlines this showcase of local and international bands. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. saYon camara & Landa Ya: A master djembe drummer leads his ensemble in infectiously joyful Guinean music. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $12; BYOB. Info, 465-4071, info@brandon. org.


LEARN S’MORE ABOUT CAMPING: Saturday, September 22, Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. No preregistration or day-use fee required; attendees check in with park staff at the gate for free admittance. Info, 241-3720.



It’s not too late to sleep out under the stars. In fact, there are some big advantages to late-season tenting, says Rochelle Skinner of the Vermont State Parks. It’s not swelteringly hot, for example, and most of the bugs are gone. Plus, campers will find plenty of vacancies at the two dozen parks open through Columbus Day weekend. Designed to break down barriers for first-timers, the camping clinic, LEARN S’MORE ABOUT CAMPING, sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports and the Vermont State Parks, offers some practically useful tools. It starts with a gear clinic and ends with an expert-led Q&A over campfireroasted marshmallows. In between, families pick up tips on site setup and camp cooking, as well as ideas for kid-centered outdoor activities.

montgomer Y inFant/ t odd Ler P LaYgrou P: Infants to 2-year-olds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. music w it H r aPHaeL: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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Queen city ghoStwAlk: DArkneSS FAllS: Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city's dark and twisted past. Meet at the steps, Burlington City Hall Park, 7 p.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966. Queen city ghoStwAlk: twiSteD hiStory: See THU.20, 11 a.m. the ghoStS oF the olD poStS: Brave souls follow the light of a lantern around the resting place of more than 100 unknown soldiers for spine-tingling ghost tales. Old Post Cemetery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

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Burlington Book FeStivAl: The Queen City puts on its reading glasses for three days of workshops, panels and social events focused on the written word. A host of eminent poets and authors — including Alison Bechdel, Syndey Lea and Madeleine Kunin — offer readings citywide. Various locations, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; visit for schedule. Info, 658-3328. killington hAy FeStivAl: See WED.19, 8 a.m.


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BAllroom leSSon & DAnce SociAl: Singles and couples of all experience levels take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. engliSh country DAnce: Those keen on Jane Austen's favorite pastime make rural rounds to music by Pam Bockes, McKinley James and Susan Reid. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, warm-up and workshop, 7 p.m.; open dancing, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring finger food to share. Info, 899-2378. FriDAy-evening DAnce SociAl: Kick up your heels in a half-hour mini lesson before open waltzing takes over the dance floor. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Info, 598-6757. 'miriAm': Set to an original score by Omar Sosa, Nora Chipaumire's new dance/theater piece is partly autobiographical, inspired by the artist's self-exile from her native South Africa. See calendar spotlight. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966. Queen city tAngo milongA: No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. North End Studio B, Burlington, 7-10 p.m.; beginners session, 7-7:45 p.m. $7. Info, 658-5225.

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'Ai weiwei: never Sorry': Known for his provocative political and social criticism, the Chinese artist and activist collides with the government as he prepares for exhibitions in Alison Klayman's 2012 documentary. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $58. Info, 748-2600. 'one For the money': Katherine Heigl stars as a broke Jersey girl whose new job as a bounty hunter leads her to an old flame in Julie Anne Robinson's 2012 crime comedy. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. 'the intouchABleS': After the death of his wife, a quadriplegic aristocrat hires an ex-con in Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's French

drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600. 'the Summer oF wAlter hAckS': Waterbury Center dairy farmer George Woodard's blackand-white coming-of-age film captures Vermont in the 1950s. Proceeds will be donated to the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. Bradford Academy, live music and food begin on the lawn at 4:30 p.m.; screening starts at 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 439-3562.

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. Burger night: Live music lends a festive air to a local feast of grass-fed beef or black-bean burgers, hot dogs, fresh-baked buns, salads, and cookies. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 4:307:30 p.m. Free; cost of food. Info, 985-9200. chelSeA FArmerS mArket: A long-standing town-green tradition supplies shoppers with eggs, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987, Five cornerS FArmerS mArket: From natural meats to breads and wines, farmers share the bounty of the growing season at an open-air exchange. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 5cornersfarmersmarket@ FooDwAyS FriDAyS: Historic recipes get a revival as folks learn how heirloom garden veggies become seasonal dishes in the farmhouse kitchen. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. hArDwick FArmerS mArket: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Granite Street, Hardwick, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 5332337, king Arthur Flour grAnD opening weekenD: Baking enthusiasts explore the new state-of-the-art facilities through three days of chef demos, cooking classes and kids activities, with edible samples and giveaways to boot. School and Store, King Arthur Flour Bakery & Café, Norwich, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 649-3361. luDlow FArmerS mArket: Merchants divide a wealth of locally farmed products, artisanal eats and unique crafts. Okemo Mountain School, Ludlow, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 734-3829, lfmkt@ 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, lyndonfarmersmarket@ plAinFielD FArmerS mArket: Farmers, cooks, herbalists and crafters attract grocery-shopping locavores with a bounty of fresh veggies, berries, meats, infused olive oils, breads, salsa and more. Mill Street Park, Plainfield, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8614. richmonD FArmerS mArket: An open-air emporium connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 603-620-3713,


cASino night & texAS holD'em tournAment: Feeling lucky? Dealers preside over rounds of blackjack, craps, roulette and wheel of fortune. Proceeds benefit local mentoring programs, food shelves and camps. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 7-11 p.m. $10 admission; $100 buy-in for tournament (preregistration starts at 6 p.m.). Info, 658-4182.


health & fitness

Avoid FAlls With improved stAbility: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477.


Children's story time: Budding bookworms pore over pages in themed, weekly gatherings. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. enosburg FAlls story hour: Young ones show up for fables and finger crafts. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FAirFAx Community plAygroup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. montgomery tumble time: Physicalfitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. songs & stories With mAttheW: Musician Matthew Witten helps kids start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. sWAnton plAygroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 'the pirAtes! bAnd oF misFits': Pirate Captain and his oddball band of buccaneers aim for the Pirate of the Year award in this animated comedy voiced by Hugh Grant and Salma Hayek. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



mAsterFul living: the elements oF liFe: Folks explore their inner relationship to earth, air, fire and water with local author and healer Kirk White. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 660-8060.


broWn bAg book Club: Bookish types get verbal about Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. hoWArd FrAnk mosher: The Northeast Kingdom author introduces his lively new memoir The Great Northern Express, which charts his three-month, 20,000-mile journey through America. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.

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hAndspring puppet CompAny: Live actors and hand-carved puppets transport audiences to 1950s South Africa in Woyzeck on the Highveld. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $1040. Info, 603-646-2422. 'next to normAl': See WED.19, 8 p.m. 'the pirAtes oF penzAnCe': The Pentangle Players "Pour, Oh Pour the Pirate Sherry" in their swashbuckling production of the high-seas Gilbert and Sullivan classic. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $18-22; $75 benefit tickets. Info, 457-3981. 'the tAming oF the shreW': The Aquila Theatre Company offers an accessible take on the ultimate dating drama: Shakespeare's tale of battling hearts, minds and wits. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-42. Info, 863-5966. 'the yeAr oF mAgiCAl thinking': See THU.20, 8 p.m.

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sunset > moonrise AquAdventure: See THU.20, 6 p.m. We WAlk the ColorFul Woods: Autumn coats Vermont forests with flaming hues as leaf peepers look at the foliage through the lens of their cameras. Meet at the History Hike Parking Lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.



bAnjo dAn And the mid-nite ploWboys: The New England bluegrass boys strum out string sounds at a 40th anniversary farewell tour. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m. $17. Info, 873-3022. snAke mountAin bluegrAss & the Connor sisters: Banjos, fiddles, mandolins and tight vocal harmonies figure prominently in a collaborative bluegrass bonanza. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $10-17. Info, 382-9222. vermont symphony orChestrA: mAde in vermont musiC FestivAl: The fiery foliage inspires a statewide tour of brilliant works by Michael Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich, David Feurzeig and Franz Schubert. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7:30 p.m. $626. Info, 863-5966.

Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 363-5442. 'deng to dollArs: the politiCAl eConomy oF ChinA's rise': Three of the world's leading China scholars — Harvard's Ezra Vogel, MIT's Yasheng Huang and Stanford's Scott Rozelle — explore issues critical to the global economy at the International Politics and Economics Symposium. Held in the McCullough Social Space, 12:15-5:15 p.m., and Room 216, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. elder eduCAtion enriChment FAll series: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Richard Isenberg offers insight on "The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 drop-in for all ages. Info, 864-3516. mArk dimunAtion: The chief of the Library of Congress' Rare Books and Special Collections Division discusses their lasting value in the digital era. Billings North Lounge, UVM, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2138, shAnnon miller: America's most decorated gymnast, now also an ovarian-cancer survivor, shares her life story in "Competing With Cancer." See calendar spotlight. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Info, 434-3979,



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Charlotte Albers. Gardener’s Supply Company, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 660-3505. Fall Bul Bs: Gardeners embrace flower power as in-house expert Ann Whitman explores late-season planting and landscaping, and how to prepare bulbs for indoor winter bloom. Gardener’s Supply Company, Burlington, 9:30-11 a.m. $10; preregister. Info, 660-3505.


The Pi Pe Classi C ViP awards Ceremony : Art enthusiasts cast their vote on functional glass pipes at the finale to a five-day competition. Nectar's, Burlington, 3 p.m. $20 for judge's pass (space limited). Info, 865-0994.


Bird Book exChange : Bibliophiles' hearts soar at a used-book sale that caters to avian interests. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2167. Fall/ w in Ter r ummage sale : See FRI.21, 9 a.m.-noon. Friends o F The sou Th Burling Ton Communi Ty l iBrary used Book sale : Readers restock their nightstands with fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6764. old nor Th end ar T marke T: Craftspeople display and sell their endlessly creative works. North End Studios, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 238-7994.



Tradi Tional-Cra FT saTurdays : Experienced artisans demonstrate their expertise in blacksmithing, weaving, cooperage and lace making. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.

'miriam' : See FRI.21, 8 p.m. norwi Ch Con Tra dan Ce: Adina Gordon calls the steps to tunes by Cuckoo's Nest. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 785-4607, rbarrows@

'ai w eiwei: neVer sorry' : See FRI.21, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ro Ta Filmmakers Clu B: Experienced or obscure, area directors, writers, actors, musicians, technicians and more come together in an inaugural meeting about potential projects. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 518-314-9872. 'The inTou Cha Bles' : See FRI.21, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'The kid w iTh a Bike' : A preteen is left parentless in Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's 2011 drama, and a kindly hairdresser takes him under her wing. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'Things w e don' T Talk aBou T: w omen's Voi Ces From The r ed Ten T': Isadora Gabrielle

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Chinese mediCine in auTumn : Jade Mountain Wellness' Brendan Kelly, an acupuncturist and herbalist, draws on age-old wisdom in an exploration of how to live in healthy harmony with the changing seasons. City Market, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. oneness mediTaTion : Spiritual energies awaken during this transformative experience resulting in clarity, joy, peace and inner silence. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. Donations accepted. Info, 893-4602. r .i.P.P. e.d.: An acronym for Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet, this class challenges participants' determination and strength. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $8-10. Info, 578-9243.


BuTTer making : Shake, shake, shake! Children transform fresh milk into butter in the age-old tradition. Shelburne Farms, 11:30 a.m. Regular farm admission, $5-8; free to members, Shelburne residents and kids under 3. Info, 985-8686. Curious george : Little ones monkey around with the protagonist of Hans Augusto and Margret Rey's children's series, who pops by for story time and kidsy-activity stations. Ten percent of book sales benefit the Vermont Humanities Council. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Pra CTiCe sa T exam : Young scholars prepare for the standardized test in two Princeton Reviewsponsored sessions. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-0313. The Cookie Craze : Little cookie monsters sample sweets in a baked-treat taste test and dessert-themed games. Proceeds benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $3 suggested donation. Info, 8631066, ext. 11.


CaTs under The sTars : The Burlington tribute band brings listeners onto the dance floor with Jerry Garcia covers. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 382-9222. 'good Vi Bra Tions' : The North Country Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus, Vocal Spectrum and Downtown Crossing deliver hearty harmonies at an a cappella concert. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-448-0400.


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green moun Tain Pug r esCue Pug soCial : Hug a pug at a party for pets and their people. Vendors, contests and a kids tent help support the rescue organization. See calendar spotlight. Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-10. Info, 626-8280. h is Tori C Tour o F uVm: Folks register online, then meet at Ira Allen's statue to tour the campus' modest early clapboards and grand Victorians, led by professor emeritus William Averyt. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 656-8673. kiTe Fliers meeTing : Common interests soar as fans of tethered aircrafts meet like-minded


Bris Tol Farmers marke T: Weekly music and kids activities add to the edible wares of local food and craft vendors. Town Green, Bristol, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 453-6796, Burling Ton Farmers marke T: 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, Burling Ton Food Tours : Green Mountain gourmands eat their way through tastings from local restaurants and food producers. Tours begin at East Shore Vineyards Tasting Room, Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 12:30-3 p.m. $45. Info, 448-2379. Caledonia sPiri Ts & w inery oPen h ouse : Visitors amble through the distillery, learning about the production of its mead, raw honey and honey vodka. Caledonia Spirits & Winery, Hardwick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8000. CaPiTal Ci Ty Farmers marke T: Fresh produce, pasteurized milk, kombucha, artisan cheeses, local meats and more lure buyers throughout the growing season. Live music and demos accent each week's offerings. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 2232958, Cham Plain islands Farmers marke T: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Joseph Church Hall, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291. Feas T oF our Farms h ar VesT Cele Bra Tion : An all-local grazing gala serves up live folk music and innovative, country-style dishes highlighting Vermont meats, cheeses, grains and produce. Mary's Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek, Bristol, 5-9 p.m. $55-60. Info, 453-2432. h ill Farms Tead Brewery h ar VesT FesTiVal : Beer advocates toast Vermont-made microbrews at a foliage-season gathering with more than a dozen beers on tap. Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, noon-5 p.m. $25 includes four tasting tickets; buy tickets in advance. Info, 533-7450. king ar Thur Flour grand oPening w eekend : See FRI.21, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. middle Bury Farmers marke T: See WED.19, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. moun T Tom Farmers marke T: Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Parking lot, Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2070, new Por T Farmers marke T: See WED.19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. nor Thwes T Farmers marke T: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821. norwi Ch Farmers marke T: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Route 5 South,



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Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, okToBer FesT 2012 kiCko FF Cele Bra Tion : The 'wurst is the best at this Austrian-inspired harvest dinner, featuring everything from German potato salad to Trapp Dunkel Lagermarinated steak to Linzer torte. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 3-8 p.m. $29. Info, 800-826-7000. r uTland Coun Ty Farmers marke T: Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods, and artisan crafts within arms' reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. shel Burne Farmers marke T: Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheeses, and local novelties grace outdoor tables at a presentation of the season's best. Shelburne Parade Ground, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2472, w ai TsField Farmers marke T: Local entertainment enlivens a bustling open-air market, boasting extensive farm-fresh produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027.



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Leidenfrost attends the Vermont premiere of her groundbreaking documentary about an emerging women's tradition. Songs, drumming and a sacred women's circle surround the screening. Free Spirit Retreat, Worcester, 3-10 p.m. $20. Info, 585-4030.

Vermon T Code Cam P: The web savvy gather for a variety of software sessions exploring .NET, PHP, Ruby, Java and more. Kalkin Hall, UVM, Burlington, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free; preregister; see details at Info, 310-4510. Vermon T h is Tori Cal soCieTy annual meeTing : "Vermont Votes: Historic Elections in the Green Mountain State" sheds light on some of our more unusual or significant ballots. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.4 p.m. $20-25 includes lunch. Info, 479-8505 or 479-8503. myameri Ca? an immigra Tion symPosium : See WED.19, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

peers. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, maPle View Farm al PaCas oPen h ouse : Fiber fans get up close and personal with the luxuriously fleecy South American camelid species. Maple View Farm Alpacas, Brandon, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 247-5412. Preser VaTion Burling Ton h is Tori C w alking Tour : Walkers and gawkers see the Queen City through an architecCO tural and historic perspective. UR TE Meet in front of Burlington City SY OF Hall, Church Street Marketplace, D EB BRAT TO N 11 a.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259. Queen Ci Ty ghos Twalk: darkness Falls : See FRI.21, 7 p.m. Queen Ci Ty ghos Twalk: Twis Ted h is Tory : See THU.20, 11 a.m. r uTland Train show : Choo-choo! Minilocomotives and railroad paraphernalia get on track to raise money for the Rutland Railroad Museum. Franklin Conference Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3; free for kids under 12. Info, 483-2813. The h idden h is Tory w alking Tour : Folks follow in the footsteps of soldiers, sailors and patriots as they hear forgotten stories of the historic downtown, including tales of murders, hangings, the epic 1814 battle and the Great Fire of 1867. Trinity Park, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6:30-8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577. Vermon T naTural r esour Ces Coun Cil 50Th anni Versary : Author and activist Van Jones keynotes a celebration of one of the state's oldest environmental groups. Wellknown environmental advisers Maude Barlow, John Ewing, Bill McKibben, Will Raap and Gus Speth also attend this lively evening of food and brews. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, 4-7 p.m. $35; free for children under 12. Info, 223-2328, ext. 116. Vermon T Quil Tsear Ch : The Vermont QuiltSearch documentation team — on a mission to locate and ID antique quilts before their oral histories are lost — examines quilted textiles from pioneer times through 1960. Middletown Springs Historical Society, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; $40 in-depth appraisal per quilt. Info, 235-2376.


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Herpes, Long Cat, Derive, MoutHbreatHer: Local and regional bands play hardcore punk and beyond in the gallery. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. peaCe ConCert: Harmony keepers mark the International Day of Peace with local musicians and community choir members. Bring a chair and a candle. Rain location: Bethany Church. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 225-6006. sing for peaCe: Members of six area choruses and Counterpoint get vocal in an annual song celebration supporting Volunteers for Peace. Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, 4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 540-1784. tHe aeroLites: Jeremy Harple, Victor Veve, Dannis Hackney, Micah Sanguedolce and Ian Wade play original folk-rock, funk, bluegrass and reggae at the school's homecoming and reunion weekend. South Lawn (rain location: Dibden Center for the Arts), Johnson State College, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1251. tHe stepH pappas experienCe: A veteran local rocker brings her "Who's Yer Cowboy Tour" to the Pride Vermont Festival. Battery Park, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 660-0826. tHe toD pronto banD: Born and raised in Newport, the singer-songwriter and storyteller delivers folk-rock refrains with his quintet. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m. $8-10. Info, 748-2600. uvM faLLfest featuring a$ap roCky: Hip-hop frontrunners Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown and the A$AP Mob join the rapper on his LONGLIVEA$AP Tour. Patrick Gymnasium, UVM, South Burlington, 10 p.m. $10-25. Info, 656-2076. 'verMont is WHere it's at': The Barre-Tones and Foreign Exchange deliver barbershop-style a cappella numbers in a high-octane showcase hosted by George Woodard. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. Info, 498-8545. verMont syMpHony orCHestra: MaDe in verMont MusiC festivaL: See SAT.21, Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m.


a CCC CaMp at Waterbury DaM: The Waterbury Historical Society's Anne Imhoff and nature interpreter Brian Aust lead tours through Little River State Park at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Historian Brian Lindner offers personal reflections on the Civilian Conservation Corps' local impact at a potluck gathering at Thatcher Brook Primary School, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Various locations, Waterbury. Info, 244-8433. Making traCks & seeing skins: Explorers look for signs of furry friends and make track casts to take home. Meet at the Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 4 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 2447103, oWL proWL & nigHt gHost Hike: Flashlight holders spy denizens of dusk on a journey to 19th-century settlement ruins, where spooky Vermont tales await. Meet at the History Hike parking lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 6 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, roCkin' tHe LittLe river: Visitors meet at the Waterbury Dam viewpoint and monument to explore a reforested encampment and learn about how the Civilian Conservation Corps saved the Winooski Valley from flooded ruin. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 1 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, WaLk WiLListon: A Winooski Valley Park District educator leads a leisurely woodland stroll on the first day of autumn, investigating

the surrounding wildlife habitats. Five Tree Hill, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5744.


introDuCtion to DigitaL viDeo eDiting: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692. Learn s’More about CaMping: A marshmallow roast caps a day of tent tutorials, camp cooking 101, gear clinics and outdoor activities for kids. Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte, 11 a.m.3 p.m. Free. Info, 241-3665. one-on-one CoMputer tutoriaLs: Seniors conquer newfangled technology in a no-stress environment. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955. open MeDia WorksHop: Professional or novice film editors learn about various programs for mixing and enhancing all of their video assets into a single project. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


pLattsburgH roLLer Derby: saveD by tHe beLL: Whip it: The North Country Lumber Jills roll around the track against the Capital City Derby Dolls' Dolly Rogers. Partial proceeds benefit Bailey Avenue Elementary School. U.S. Oval, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6-8 p.m. $5-12; free for kids under 6. Info, 518-534-2695. riot roDeo rounDup: roLLer Derby bout: Central Vermont's Twin City Riot defends its flat-track turf against Seacoast, N.H.'s Poison Pixies at the final home game of the season. Partial proceeds benefit the Central Vermont Community Action Council Food Shelf. Barre City B.O.R. Arena, 7 p.m. $10-15; free for kids under 9. Info, 498-8020. spartan beast: Only the toughest competitors can make it through this "obstacle race from hell," with more than 25 tricky roadblocks in 13 miles. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 9 a.m. $110-205. Info, 353-8129. stepHen Mount MeMoriaL 5k fun run/ riDe: A fast, looping course commemorates a Vermonter who died while competing in a triathlon. Williston Community Park, registration, 3 p.m.; race, 4 p.m.; awards ceremony, raffle and prizes follow. $5-10; $20 per family. Info, 8784641, WaLk/run for Lupus noW: Good Samaritans move toward a cure for this unpredictable, lifethreatening disease at a 5K outing. Oakledge Park, Burlington, registration, 10 a.m.; walk/run, 11 a.m. Donations and fundraising encouraged. Info, 244-5988. WaLter n. Levy CHaLLenge: Able-bodied participants tackle mental and physical obstacles, from mud crawls to pull-up challenges, at the oldest military college in the U.S. Norwich University, Northfield, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35; $120 per coed, four-person team. Info, 485-2194.


biLL MCkibben: The Vermont author and prominent environmental activist takes on the fossil-fuel companies in "The Fight We Should Actually Be Having," as part of the Burlington Book Festival. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8. Meet & greet WitH sHannon MiLLer: The seven-time Olympic medalist visits with Vermonters on National Gymnastics Day. Proceeds benefit the Eleanor B. Daniels Fund. See calendar spotlight. Green Mountain Gymnastics, Williston, 10-11 a.m. $10 donation; $25 donation per family. Info, 652-2454.


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liSt Your EVENt for frEE At SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTEVENT 'Next to Normal': See WED.19, 8 p.m. PuPPets iN the GreeN mouNtaiNs: Blackbox theaters, opera houses, arts centers and an apple orchard play host to Sandglass Theater's nine-day lineup of stunning international puppet arts. See calendar spotlight. Various locations in southern Vermont, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. $8-16 per performance; see for locations. Info, 387-4051. 'the Pirates of PeNzaNce': See FRI.21, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'the Year of maGical thiNkiNG': See THU.20, 8 p.m.


a BirthdaY PartY for BilBo BaGGiNs: Costumed Tolkien fans flock to a Shire-inspired celebration of Bilbo's birthday and the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit. Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. fall iNto a Good Book: Readers of all ages sample fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden or bring a picnic to this day of naturethemed storytelling, arts and crafts. Vermont Garden Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5251, ext. 117. milleNNial Writers oN staGe: Fifteen rising stars of the literary world read their creative work at this Burlington Book Festival event, hosted by theater professional Robin Fawcett and poet Reuben Jackson. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 324-9538. WolfGaNG mieder: The coauthor of The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs discusses language, structure, length and metaphors in "Think Outside the Box: The Fascinating World of Modern Proverbs." Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Writers WorkshoP: Tracy K. Smith, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection Life on Mars, reads from her work as part of a series featuring some of today's most dynamic writers of contemporary literature. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3056,

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Nature hike: How does a farm become a forest? Walkers rove through old fields and pastures with Addison County forester Chris Olson to see how nature is reclaiming this once-working agricultural landscape. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3406. rockiN' the little riVer: See SAT.22, 11 a.m. SUN.23


'ai WeiWei: NeVer sorrY': See FRI.21, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. chaNdler film societY: 'the ladY VaNishes': After a storm delays their travel, a socialite realizes an old lady has disappeared




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aNNual harVest diNNer: Turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing and all the fixings highlight the bounty of the growing season. Proceeds benefit Most Holy Trinity Parish. Municipal Building, Orleans, noon. $5-10; $30 maximum per family; takeout available. Info, 754-2274. iNterNatioNal diNNer: Neighbors break bread at an evening of traditional food and music native to Turkey. North End Studios, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. $12-15. Info, 861-2343 or 863-6713. kiNG arthur flour GraNd oPeNiNG WeekeNd: See FRI.21, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. octoBerfest 2012: An accordion player serenades folks as they feast on grilled 'wursts, German potato salad and Trapp lagers. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 800-826-7000. south BurliNGtoN farmers market: Farmers, food vendors, artists and crafters set up booths in the parking lot. South Burlington High School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, stoWe farmers market: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734, t.N. Vail clamBake & sileNt auctioN: Diners sample the sea's specialties at a buffet of lobster, New England clam chowder, corn on the cob, roasted red potatoes, strawberry shortcake and more. Proceeds support student scholarships. Softball Field, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, silent auction and cocktails, 4 p.m.; dinner, 5:30 p.m. $60. Info, 626-6458, jennifer. WiNooski farmers market: Area growers and bakers offer live music, ethnic eats, and a large variety of produce and agricultural products on the green. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, winooskimarket@gmail. com.


commuNitY oPeN house: Theatergoers test out the Flynn's newly installed seats and other facility updates at an afternoon of kids drama and dance workshops, and discussions by three prominent Vermont authors: Alison Bechdel, Tanya Lee Stone and Madeleine Kunin. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966. maPle VieW farm alPacas oPeN house: See SAT.22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Walk to eNd alzheimer's: Vermonters add momentum to the nationwide movement toward eliminating brain dementia. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer's research, care and support. Shelburne Museum, 9:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 316-3839.

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from the train in Hitchcock's 1938 thriller. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7 p.m. $9. Info, 4310204, 'the iNtouchaBles': See FRI.21, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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War of the Weeds! : Plant pullers say good-bye to invasive honeysuckle shrubs. A-Side Beach parking lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,


Cider h ouse r un/Walk : Athletic types stretch their legs along a fruitful two- or four-mile race course. All paid, registered racers receive a free pick-your-own bag for apples. Shelburne Orchards, 11 a.m. $5-25. Info, 985-4410.


Bret stephens : The Wall Street Journal's foreign-affairs columnist lends his extensive knowledge to a lecture on "Israel and the New Middle East." Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 2330556 or 863-5354.


puppets in the Green Mountains : See SAT.22, 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. 't he pirates of penzan Ce': See FRI.21, 2:30 p.m. 't he Year of Ma GiCal t hinkin G': See THU.20, 2 p.m.

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Green Mountain h aBitat for h uManit Y infor Mational Meetin G: Potential Habitat homeowners learn about eligibility and how to apply for a preowned Burlington home or a new Charlotte duplex. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8726.

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'ai WeiWei: never sorr Y': See FRI.21, 5:30 p.m. 't he f irst Year' : Davis Guggenheim's 2001 documentary charts the trials and triumphs of five rookie teachers in the Los Angeles publicschool system. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. 't he intou Cha Bles' : See FRI.21, 7:30 p.m.

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Bur Ger niGht : See FRI.21, 4:30-7:30 p.m. oCto Berfest 2012 : See SUN.23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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avoid f alls With iMproved sta Bilit Y: See FRI.21, 10 a.m. r .i.p.p.e.d.: See SAT.22, 7-8 p.m.


Musi C With r aphael : See THU.20, 10:45 a.m. paja Ma stor Y t iMe: Comfy-clothed kiddos get a bedtime tale and snack. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7147. shake Your sillies out : Tots swing and sway to music with children's entertainer Derek Burkins. JCPenney court, University Mall, South Burlington, 10:35 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. south h ero pla YGroup : Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grownup companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 'star Wars' Clu B: May the Force be with fans as they share their favorite moments from the

flicks. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:305:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. stories With Me Gan : Preschoolers expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1111:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. sWanton pla YGroup : Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


r eCorder- pla Yin G Group : Musicians produce early-folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, saMBatu Cada! open r ehearsal : New players are welcome to pitch in as Burlington's samba street percussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017. t he Cha Mplain eChoes : New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women's a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.


CoMMunit Y h er B Class : Under the guidance of Graham Unangst-Rufenacht, herbalistsin-training explore the tastes and smells of therapeutic plants to glean information about their physiological or spiritual impacts. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100, info@


Coed adult dod GeBall : Players break a sweat chucking and sidestepping foam balls at this friendly pickup competition. Orchard School, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $5. Info, 598-8539.


elder edu Cation enri Ch Ment f all series : Gregory Sharrow, the director of education at the Vermont Folklife Center, sums up the era in "Folklife in the 21st Century." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 drop-in for all ages. Info, 864-3516. t revor Weston : In "Music and Mysticism," the acclaimed composer considers the power of getting lost in a song. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.


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Gastrono MY Book dis Cussion : Readers gobble up mouthwatering novels about food and culture, such as this week's The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Marjorie Cad Y MeMorial Writers Group : Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through "homework" assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@ shape & share l ife stories : Prompts trigger true tales, which are crafted into compelling narratives and read aloud. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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Burlin Gton Garden Clu B Meetin G: Carol McQuillen speaks on instilling joy of the natural world in young children at this gathering of gardeners. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 1:15-3 p.m. Free. Info, 862-4435. t rees: plantin G & Care : Master gardener Lee Diamond reviews proper planting, pruning, maintenance and mulching techniques for keeping trunks healthy and hardy. Richmond Free Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.


Ballroo M & l atin dan Ce: Samir and Eleni Elabd guide a dance social in waltz and salsa styles. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $14. Info, 225-8699 or 223-2921. Modern square- dan Ce Classes : Participants do-si-do and swing their partners 'round at a wholesome evening of stress-relieving dance. Cafeteria, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-2485 or 985-2012.

Creative t uesda Ys: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. f airfax stor Y h our : Good listeners up to age 6 are rewarded with tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. f rost Y & f riends t herap Y doGs: Young readers share their favorite texts with friendly pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. h iGh Gate stor Y h our : See WED.19, 10-11 a.m. r iChford pla YGroup : Rug rats let their hair down for tales and activities. Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, Richford, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. suMMer stor Y h our : Three- to 5-year-olds craft during tale time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


Green drinks : Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. Lake Lobby, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0188.

f ren Ch Conversation Group : Beginnerto-intermediate French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088. pause-Café f ren Ch Conversation : Francophiles of all levels speak the country's language at a drop-in conversation. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.

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'ai WeiWei: never sorr Y': See FRI.21, 5:30 p.m. 't he intou Cha Bles' : See FRI.21, 7:30 p.m.

Buddhis M in a nutshell : Amy Miller serves up a comprehensive overview of the Tibetan Buddhist path in bite-size modules, combining meditation, lively discussion and practical exercises. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.

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killin Gton h aY f estival : See WED.19, 8 a.m.

h oMeMade apple pie: Champlain Orchards bakers distinguish among apple varieties as they craft perfectly flaky crusts and warm, sweet fillings. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. oCto Berfest 2012 : See SUN.23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. r utland Count Y f ar Mers Market : See SAT.22, 3-6 p.m.

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CoMMunit Y MediCal sChool : In "Handle With Care: Managing Traumatic Brain Injuries," assistant professor of surgery and trauma surgeon Margaret Tandoh speaks on her area of expertise. A Q&A session follows. Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2886. l au Ghter Yo Ga: What's so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 355-5129. protein 101 : Alternative Roots Wellness Center's Greg Giasson analyzes this section of the food pyramid in a class covering diet and food allergies and sensitivities. City Market, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. r .i.p.p.e.d.: See SAT.22, 5-6 p.m. steps to Wellness : Cancer survivors attend diverse seminars about nutrition, stress management, acupuncture and more in conjunction with a medically based rehabilitation program. Fletcher Allen Health Care Cardiology Building, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2176.



stor Y t iMe: See FRI.21, 10:30 a.m.

h oWard Coffin : In "Vermont and the Civil War," the historian and author offers a very local history. Book discussions of The Red Badge of Courage and Bull Run follow. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. shirle Y j ohnson : Green Mountain Audubon Society's resident globe-trotter transports listeners to the Galapagos Islands with a photo presentation on its living landscape. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4132.


't itani C: t he Musi Cal' : The “ship of dreams" leaves port for a tragic ending in this opulent Broadway National Tour production, complete with a sinking set. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $34.50-39.50. Info, 775-0903.


david Bud Bill : The local writer introduces his new book, Park Songs: A Poem/Play, which brings people from all walks of life together in a down-and-out midwestern town. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774. sal Gado Maranhão : Noted for his "metaphoric vigor," the Brazilian poet reads from his works, live-translated by Alexis Levitin. Farrell Room, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. stor YMatters : The crisp fall air inspires autumnal tales in this storytellers meetup with poet David Weinstock. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095, david. t ovar Cerulli : The Vermont author of The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance draws on his experiences as a hunter, a vegetarian and a vegan, not necessarily in that order. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.


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Improv NIght: See WED.19, 8-10 p.m.


CIrC AltErNAtIvE tAsk ForCE mEEtINg: The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Metropolitan Planning Organization hosts a public meeting to address transportation, safety, livability and economic development in the region. Town Hall, Williston, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4490, ext. 15, opEN rotA mEEtINg: See WED.19, 8 p.m. tropICAl storm IrENE support group: Berlin-area residents affected by the flooding share their stories and learn coping skills. Berlin Elementary School, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 279-8246.


mAkE stuFF!: See WED.19, 6-9 p.m.

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kIllINgtoN hAy FEstIvAl: See WED.19, 8 a.m.


'AI WEIWEI: NEvEr sorry': See FRI.21, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. 'huNgArIAN rhApsoDy: QuEEN lIvE IN BuDApEst â&#x20AC;&#x2122;86': A 25-minute documentary about the British rock band leads into archival concert footage and interviews more than a quarter-century old. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $11.50-12.50. Info, 748-2600. 'rIsE lIkE lIoNs': Jay Moore and Sue Morris spark a discussion about Scott Noble's powerful film documenting the Occupy Wall Street movement. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@ 'thE INtouChABlEs': See FRI.21, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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BEAtlEmANIA NoW: Note for note, this tribute band re-creates the Fab Four's defining songs of the peace-and-love era. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $26-46. Info, 603-448-0400. ClANNAD: Putting a contemporary-pop twist on traditional Irish music, this award-winning family band celebrates its 40th anniversary with a rare North American tour. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $42.25-52.75. Info, 863-5966.


moNArCh ButtErFly tAggINg: See WED.19, 3:30 p.m. WAgoN-rIDE WEDNEsDAy: See WED.19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


CrEAtINg A FINANCIAl FuturE: See WED.19, 6-8 p.m. moDEl rAIlroAD ClINIC: Tinkerers and hobbyists learn about installing DCC sound in a locomotive with Paul Allard. Northwestern Vermont Model Railroad Association, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 370-9617, calendarnwv@gmail. com.

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'lookINg BACk: thE vErmoNt INtErstAtE systEm': Research by a team of UVM students paves the way for a discussion of how the highway's construction altered our landscape. Room 219, Delehanty Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3396.


'NExt to NormAl': See WED.19, 8 p.m. puppEts IN thE grEEN mouNtAINs: See SAT.22, noon, 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.


Book DIsCussIoN sErIEs: INNEr JourNEys: Potluckers read into Stephen Crane's Civil War classic, The Red Badge of Courage, over a group dinner. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share. Info, 878-6955. BurlINgtoN WrItErs Workshop mEEtINg: See WED.19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. pAINtED WorD poEtry sErIEs: A series highlighting established and emerging New England poets features Cathy Park Hong and Neil Shepherd. Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0750. m

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BABy tImE plAygroup: See WED.19, 10:30 a.m.-noon. ENosBurg plAygroup: See WED.19, 10-11:30 a.m. FAIrFIElD plAygroup: See WED.19, 10-11:30 a.m. hIghgAtE story hour: See WED.19, 11:15 a.m. moNtgomEry plAygroup: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the



FArmErs mArkEt WEllNEss tABlE: Trained by the Aveda Institute, masseuse Laura Emerson demonstrates the health benefits of massage. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. hErBAl mEDICINE mAkINg: Herbal education coordinator Cristi Nunziata shares recipes for salves, lotions and massage oils using calendula and lavender extracts. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.

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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BArrE FArmErs mArkEt: See WED.19, 3-6:30 p.m. ColChEstEr FArmErs mArkEt: See WED.19, 4-7:30 p.m. mIDDlEBury FArmErs mArkEt: See WED.19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NEWport FArmErs mArkEt: See WED.19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. oCtoBErFEst 2012: See SUN.23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. WIllIstoN FArmErs mArkEt: See WED.19, 4-7 p.m.

company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. musIC & movEmENt plAygroup: Youngsters tune in for six weeks of song, dance and fun with instruments. St. Albans Free Library, 10:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. musIC WIth mr. ChrIs: See WED.19, 10 a.m. st. AlBANs plAygroup: See WED.19, 9-10:30 a.m. story tImE & plAygroup: See WED.19, 1011:30 a.m. story tImE WIth BIll & hIs CrIttErs: See WED.19, 10 a.m.

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art ART & POTTERY IN MIDDLEBURY: Location: Middlebury Studio School, 1 Mill St., Middlebury. Info: Middlebury Studio School, Barbara Nelson, 247-3702, ewaldewald@aol. com, middleburystudioschool. org. Adult: Wednesday-night wheel, Wednesday-night hand building, Monday and ˜ ursday oils, Wednesday-morning oils with Tad Spurgeon, Tuesday watercolors, ˜ ursday drawing, Digital Photography Workshop every third Saturday. Children’s: Monday wheel, Wednesday wheel, ˜ ursday hand building, Homeschool Pottery every fi rst Friday, Homeschool Painting every third Friday, Inventors Workshop September 24-October 29, Wearable Art October 17-November 14, What’s Your Favorite Color? November 28-December 19. ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Watercolor with Ginny Joyner, Drawings, Zentangle, Colored Pencil, Fabric Collage Cartooning, Calligraphy. Culinary arts: Onenight, hands-on classes where you eat well! ˜ ai Vegetarian, Vietnamese,Turkish, Holiday Appetizers, Greek Coastal, Korean, Ethiopian, Balkan, Indian, Hot Tamale, Mile-High Apple Pie, Pasta Bene, Italian Cookies, Halloween Cookies, Goat-Cheese Making. Yum! WATERCOLOR WEDNESDAYS: Sep. 5-26, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $30/3hr. class. Location: Studio Ginny Joyner, 504 B Dalton Dr., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. Info: Ginny Joyner, 655-0899,, Advance your skill or come as a beginner. Paint in a relaxed, beautiful, nonjudgmental atmosphere with Ginny Joyner in her home studio. Ginny will help you develop your own style and provide gentle encouragement and advice. Paint your own projects or work from still lifes set up in class. Bring your own supplies. Sign up for one class or all. Drop-ins welcome!, Is the shift into winter diffi cult for you? Join us for a gentle cleanse at Farrell Chiropractic, Jericho. We will use diet, lifestyle changes and gentle yoga in this guided program; this is not a fast! Free information session October 2, 6:30 p.m. Group meets October 9, 13, 19.

body ACCESS BODY & MIND CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Core Strength with Caroline Perkins (Tuesday and ˜ ursday), Weight Training, Weight Bearing and Resistance Training, Ski and Snowboard Fitness, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Yoga (four choices), Tai Chi, Swing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, African Drum, African Dance, Jazzercise, Jazz Guitar with Jim Stout, Voice-Overs, Guitar (two levels), Ukulele, Lullabies, Mindful Meditation, Winter Herbs, and Juggling. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Materials included. Look for “Access, Community Education” link. Senior discount 65+.

building BUILDING THE TOOLS TO CARVE: Oct. 12-14. Cost: $450/residential tuition (incl. accommodations, 3 meals a day & materials); $375/ nonresidential tuition (incl. 3 meals a day + all materials). Location: Knoll Farm, Fayston. Info: 496-5690, Workbenches, Hatchets, Knives, Spoons and More is a three-day, hands-on workshop that focuses on making the tools necessary to create a variety of hand-carved objects and will culminate in carving a wooden bowl or spoon. Designed for all levels of experience.

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ayurveda JOIN A GROUP CLEANSE THIS FALL: Oct. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $108/cleanse pkg.; info session free. Location: Farrell Chiropractic, 213-E Vermont Route 15, Jericho. Info: Adena Rose Ayurveda, Adena Harford, 310-7029, adena@

CLAY: HOLIDAY GIFTS ON THE WHEEL: Oct. 16-Dec. 11, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost:

$225/nonmembers, $203/BCA members. Clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag. Glazes and fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Handmade gifts for the holidays are the most fun to give and receive! Learn wheel and handbuilding techniques to create ceramic mugs, bowls, teapots, ornaments and more. No previous experience needed. Includes access to over 30 hours per week of open studio time to make gifts. Ages 16 and up. CLAY: INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED WHEEL: Sep. 27-Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $280/person, $252/ BCA member. Clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag, glazes & fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Refi ne your wheelwork in this morning class for intermediate and advanced potters. Learn individualized tips and techniques on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorating and glazing methods. Students should be profi cient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Over 30 hours per week of open studio time included. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Sep. 24-Nov. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $240/person, $216/BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. An introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. No previous experience needed! Class includes over 30 hours per week of open studio time to practice. Ages 16+. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING II: Sep. 27-Nov. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $240/person, $216/ BCA member. Clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag, glazes and fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Wheel Room, Burlington. Learn individualized tips for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing and beginning to intermediate trimming and glazing techniques. Students must be profi cient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Over 30 hours per week of open studio time to practice! DESIGN: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6: Sep. 18-Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $205/ person; $184.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, a creative computer program used to create interesting graphics, clipart and more! Learn how to lay out and design posters. Explore a variety of software techniques and create projects suited to your interests. For beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. DESIGN: GRAPHIC DESIGN BASICS: Oct. 10-Dec. 12, 3:305:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $225/person, $202.50 BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Info: 865-7166. Learn the basics of graphic design principles and elements and how

to use them in creating effective materials. ˜ is course will focus on development and execution of a concept. Whether you are interested in creating business cards, letterhead, brochures, greeting cards, calendars or just want to learn what makes a good design. DRAWING: FASHION: Sep. 27-Nov. 1, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $215/person, $194/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Ages 16+. Learn the basics of fashion drawing! Draw and paint using gouache, watercolor and more. Illustrate your own designs and experiment with a variety of fashion drawing styles. Mixed-level class, open to beginners and advanced students, prior drawing experience is helpful. Includes fi gure drawing with a live fashion model. DROP-IN: ADULT POTTERY: 2nd & 3rd Fri. of the mo.: Sep. 14, 21; Oct. 12, 19; Nov. 9, 16; Dec. 14, 21. Cost: $12/participant, $11/ BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room & Craft Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Curious about the pottery wheel? ˜ is is a great introduction to our studio. ˜ rough demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per participant. Additional fi red and glazed pieces are $5 each. ILLUSTRATION: Sep. 26-Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $200/person; $180/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Learn a variety of illustration techniques! Whatever your interest (children’s books, news stories, comics, sci-fi or political blogs), there’s a technique for you. Using traditional materials such as pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and watercolors, students will be encouraged to draw the human fi gure, likenesses, animals, landscapes, interiors and more. PAINTING: CONTEMPORARY FIGURE: Sep. 26-Nov. 14, 1:304:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $320/person; $288/ BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Ages 16+. Intermediate and advanced painters: Revitalize your painting practices with a contemporary approach to the fi gure. Work from live models each week, explore a variety of contemporary techniques with water-soluble oils and get supportive feedback in a small-group environment. Figure-drawing experience is very helpful. PAINTING: OIL: Sep. 25-Nov. 13, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $250/person; $225/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Ages 16+. Learn how to paint with nontoxic, watersoluble oils. With an emphasis on studio work, this class will consist of fun exercises. Discover a variety of painting techniques and learn how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to your work. PHOTO: ADOBE LIGHTROOM 4: Sep. 20-Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $250/person; $225/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Upload,

organize, edit and print your digital photographs in this comprehensive class using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Importing images, using RAW fi les, organization, fi ne-tuning tone and contrast, color and white balance adjustments, and archival printing on our Epson 3880 printer will all be covered. PHOTO: DIGITAL PHOTO BASICS: Sep. 17-Nov. 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $225/ person; $202.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of digital photography. Camera functions and settings, white balance, composition, uploading and organizing images, making basic edits in Photoshop, printing, and much more will be covered. Any digital camera is acceptable! Bring your charged camera with its memory card, cords and manual to the fi rst class. PHOTO: INTRO BLACK & WHITE: Oct. 10-Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $215/ person, $193.50/BCA member. Location: Community Darkroom, Burlington. No experience necessary! Explore the analog darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-and-white fi lm, process fi lm into negatives, and make prints from those negatives. Cost includes a darkroom membership for outside-of-class printing and processing. Bring a manual 35mm fi lm camera to the fi rst class. PHOTO: INTRO FILM/DIGITAL SLR: Sep. 19-Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $160/ person; $144/BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Explore the basic workings of the manual 35mm fi lm or digital SLR camera to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds and exposure, and learn the basics of composition, lens choices and fi lm types/sensitivity. Bring an empty manual 35mm fi lm or digital SLR camera and owner’s manual. PHOTO: MIXED LEVEL DARKROOM: Oct. 11-Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $275/ person, $247.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts, Community Darkroom, Burlington. Take your work to the next level in this eight-week class! Guided sessions to help you improve your printing and fi lm processing techniques and discussion of the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work will be included. Prerequisite: Intro to Black and White Film and the Darkroom or equivalent experience. PRINT: ABSTRACT PRINT: Sep. 24-Nov. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $230/nonmember, $207/BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Experiment with a variety of printmaking methods, such as etching and linoleum cuts, to create uniquely expressive artwork. ˜ is is a great way to start creating your own art or explore printmaking and no experience is necessary! Cost includes over 30 hours per week of open studio hours for class work. PRINT: INTRO TO SILK SCREENING: Weekly on ° u. Cost: $225/ nonmember, $203/BCA member.

Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Torrey Valyou, local silk-screen legend and owner of New Duds, will show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fi ne art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using handdrawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Includes over 30 hours per week of open studio. No experience necessary! PRINT: NONTOXIC ETCHING: Sep. 25-Oct. 30, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $200/person, $180/ BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn how to print using ImagOn, a user-friendly, nontoxic etching process that reproduces a range of graphic techniques from line and gouache drawings to photographic imagery. Since etching is a drawing process, emphasis will be placed on drawing and pictorial composition. Includes 30 hours of open studio time per week. VIDEO: DIGITAL FILMMAKING: Oct. 15-Nov. 26, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $250/person, $225/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Learn the basics of digital fi lmmaking, including HD videography, sound recording/mixing and video editing. Make a short narrative, experimental or documentary fi lm. Class involves aspects of photography, writing, composition, audio design, motion graphics, and video and sound editing. Taught in partnership with Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

business GETTING SERIOUS: INTRO TO BIZ: Oct. 4-25, 6-8 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $125/2 hrs./4 wks. Location: Mercy Connections Offi ce, 255 S. Champlain St., #8, Burlington. Info: Women’s Small Business Program, Mercy Connections, Gwen Pokalo, 846-7338,, mercyconnections. org/start-small-businessvermont.html. Have an idea for a business or wonder what it takes to own a business? Getting Serious can help you determine if starting and owning a business is for you. ˜ is four-week course will take you step-by-step through every facet of what’s involved in business ownership. Led by knowledgeable, caring instructors in a highly interactive, supportive environment.

computers ACCESS COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Computer and Internet Basics Tutorial, iWant iPods & iPhones, Improve Your Internet Experience, Windows Security: File and Control Panels, OpenOffi ce, Google Smarts, PowerPoint, Publisher, MS Word Basics and More, Smartphone Use, MS Excel Basics, Excel Up: ˜ e Next Steps, Excel Data Analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web Essentials, Understanding Game Design, Personalized Lessons. Low cost, hands-on,

excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online (look for “access, c ommunity education” link). s enior discount 65+.

craft Craft Classes at CVU: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 minutes from exit 12., 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, pottery (seven choices), Woodworking, Basic machining, electrical, Wood c arving, Basket Weaving, r ug Hooking, Wool Dyeing, 3 Bag s ewing, pillows, Needle Felting, c rochet, Quilting, monotype print, mosaic Garden Frame, mosaic Birdbath, c ake Decorating, Knitting (three choices), c artooning, Hand t ool Workshop for kids. s enior discount.



exercise strengt H t raining for w omen: Sep. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. Location: Artemis Fitness, 7 Fayette Ave., S. Burlington. Info: Artemis Fitness, 448-3769, artemis Fitness offers innovative group and personal training designed for women at any fitness level. s uper s aturday, s eptember 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free strength-training groups at 9 a.m. (advanced) and 10 a.m. (any level). artemis Fitness changes lives each and every day. c ome try us out and see for yourself!


herbs Her Bal w orks Hops & open HoUse: Open House Thu., Sep. 20, 7:30 p.m. Workshops on Mon. & Wed. evenings, 6-8 p.m. Cost varies depending on class; open house is free. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 250 Main St., suite 302, Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Laura Litchfield, 224-7100, info@, vtherbcenter. org. apply now for comprehensive herbalist training programs at Vermont c enter for integrative Herbalism. Visit website for course catalog and application and come to our open house on Thursday, s eptember 20, at 7:30 p.m. Join us for community herbalism workshops. preregister by email or phone. Workshop descriptions online. w isdom of t He Her Bs sCHool: Wild Plant Walk: Thu., Sep. 27, 5-6:30 p.m., $0-10. Wild Edibles 2-day program: Sep. 16 & Oct. 14. $200, $50 deposit. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122,, Wild edibles two-day program and Wild plant Walk, preregistration appreciated. Vsac nondegree grants available. earth skills for changing times. experiential programs embracing local, wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills and the inner journey. annie

after- sCHool art nat Ure explore!: Thu, Sep. 27-Dec. 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m., ages 5-12. Cost: $300/10-week class, incl. materials. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard Street-3rd Floor, Burlington. Info: wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 2337676, maggiestandley@yahoo. com, wingspanpaintingstudio. com. explore materials, mediums and ideas to cultivate creativity, confidence, fine motor skills, visual storytelling and critical thinking. Draw, paint and construct found-object sculptures outdoors and inside this beautiful working studio. Focusing on a child’s organic relationship to imaginative ideas, maggie s tandley both encourages and challenges her students and helps them spread their wings!

knitting knitting Classes : Classes starting in September (daytime & evening). Location: The Knitting Circle, 23 Orchard Terr., Essex Jct. Info: 238-0106, l earn to knit in a comfortable, helpful setting where you can purchase yarn and supplies. all ages and skill levels welcome!

language aCCess lang Uage Classes in Hines BUrg at CVU HigH sCHool : 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, French (four levels), Beginning s panish (two levels), intermediate s panish (three levels), immersion s panish, italian for t ravelers (two levels), Beginning mandarin (two levels), German (two levels), l atin alive! l ow cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online (look for “access, c ommunity education” link). s enior discount 65+. anno UnCing spanis H Classes : Cost: $175/10 1-hr. classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, s panish classes starting s eptember 17-20. Our fifth year. l earn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. l esson packages for travelers. s pecializing in lessons for young children; they love it! s ee our website or contact us for details. Bonjo Ur! f ren CH: kids/ adUlts: Youth French Fun! Tue., Oct. 2-Dec. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Adult Int. French, Tue., Oct. 2-Dec. 4, 5-6:30 p.m., Adult Beg. French, Tue., Oct. 2-Dec. 4, 6:45-8:15 p.m. Cost: $200/10week class. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard Street-3rd Floor, Burlington. Info: wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 2337676, maggiestandley@yahoo. com, wingspanpaintingstudio. com. s upportive, interactive,

martial arts aikido: Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 9518900, This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and reduce stress. c lasses for adults, teens and children. adult introductory classes begin on t uesday, October 2, at 5:30 p.m. c lasses are taught by Benjamin pincus s ensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified aikido teacher. Visitors are welcome seven days a week. aikido Classes : Cost: $65/4 consecutive Tue., uniform incl. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, aikido trains body and spirit

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f eldenkrais: Visit website for schedule information. Location: Ten Stones Common House, Charlotte. Info: 735-3770,

f all B Ul Bs: Sep. 22, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Info: 660-3505, Our in-house expert on bulbs, ann Whitman, will talk about planting and landscaping with fall bulbs, plus demonstrate how to choose, pot up and prepare bulbs for winter bloom indoors. preregistration required. growing garli C: Sep. 29, 9:3011 a.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Info: 660-3505, l earn how to grow your own garlic! Join c harlie Nardozzi as he shares his knowledge of how to select the best seed garlic; how to grow, harvest and store it; and about the many different varieties and forms. preregistration required. pUtting yoUr garden to Bed: Oct. 6, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Info: 660-3505, With a little effort in the fall, starting your garden up in the spring will be a lot easier. mike ather will discuss what you need to do in the fall to help make spring planting easier. preregistration required.


fun French classes in group settings or privately led by fluent speaker, an encouraging instructor who has lived in paris, France and West africa. Youth and adult. multiple modalities used to reach students of diverse learning styles. Held in beautiful Burlington atelier. f ren CH Classes t His f all!: 11-wk. term begins Sep. 24 & continues through Dec. 14; all classes held 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cost: $245/11-wk. class. Location: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, 302-304 Dupont Bldg. (Fort Ethan Allen), 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester. Info: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Micheline Tremblay, 497-0420,, French at the alliance Francaise of the l ake c hamplain r egion in c olchester. New fall schedule of French classes with offerings at six levels, evenings for adults, beginning the week of s eptember 24 for 11 weeks. Full details and easy registration at shtml, or call. j apanese l ang Uage Classes: Oct. 2-Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Every 10 weeks on Tue. Cost: $195/10 1.5-hr. classes & textbooks. Location: St. Michael’s College, 1 Winooski Pl., Colchester. Info: Japan-America Society of Vermont, Larry Solt, 865-3113,, The Japan-america s ociety of Vermont is again offering beginning Japanese language lessons. This class is an introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese with an emphasis on conversational patterns that occur in everyday life. s tudents will also be introduced to life in Japan and Japanese customs and culture. parlez- VoUs f ran Cais?: Location: TBD, Burlington, Mad River Valley, Stowe, Montpelier. Info: 496-7859, yvescompere@ t ired of your old routine? Need a fun new hobby? t ry French classes taught by native Yves c ompere for group classes, private tutoring. all ages and levels. s towe, Burlington, mad r iver Valley, and montpelier areas. r easonable rates. c all 496-7859 or it’s never too late to enrich your life!


t aiko, djem Be, Congas & Bata!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, Burlington classes: c all for weekly conga and djembe lessons in Burlington. Beginners t aiko starts t uesday, s eptember 11,

aCCess empowerment Classes in Hines BUrg at CVU HigH sCHool : 200 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 minutes from exit 12, 369 CVU Road, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, l ose Weight-Feel Great, Beekeeping, c reative Writing, poetry Writing, mystery Writing, c ampaign 2012 with c hris O’Donnell, c ontemporary mid-east l iterature, s olar energy 101, Bridge (two levels), c ribbage, cpr /First aid, Grief etiquette, eFt , s uburban Homesteading 101, motorcycle awareness, map and c ompass, Fly Fishing, astrology. Guaranteed. Full descriptions online. l ook for “access, c ommunity education” link. s enior discounts: 65+. preparing for t He great att Unement: Nov. 9-11: Fri., 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $295/3-day conference. Location: Best Western, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909, l earn how you can prepare for the great shift coming on 12/21/12 in this threeday conference that includes 16 presenters, a keynote address, a peace concert, a trade show, five meals and multiple practitioners. For more info or to register go to r egistration closes on October 5. tH e w ay of t He w ill: Sep. 29-30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $60/ wknd. class (incl. snacks & lunch both days & copy of e-book). Location: Jungian Center, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909. l earn how you can strengthen, renew and direct your will via simple exercises and practical applications. Using the will, you will be able to work with shadow energies and create lasting change in your life. l ed by l ee Kear, writer, consultant and trainer, visiting the Jungian c enter from australia.


mcc leary, director, and George l isi, naturalist.


introd UCtion to dreamwork: Oct. 4-25, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $60/4-wk. class series. Location: Jungian Center, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909. l earn how to work with your dreams, connect to your inner life and empower yourself in a safe, supportive setting. l ed by Dr. s ue mehrtens, teacher and author.

empowerment The Feldenkrais method, a form of somatic education, will help you overcome aches and pains, reduce muscle tension, and increase your self-knowledge of your body. anyone, young or old, physically challenged or physically fit, can benefit from the Feldenkrais method. c all or visit website for fall class and workshop schedule.



and October 30; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. monday advanced classes start s eptember 10 and October 29, 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. c uban Bata and house-call classes by request. please call for Friday 5 p.m. c onga class, and 6 p.m. Djembe class, as well as s aturday 10 a.m. Djembe class. montpelier classes: Thursday c onga, Haitian, t aiko and children’s drumming classes.

adUlt Ballet series: Sep. 27Nov. 15, 10-11 a.m. Cost: $96/8wk. class. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044, improve your coordination, posture and overall grace through the traditional dance form of classical ballet: each class will include barre exercises, short step combinations, turns, jumps and port de bras (arm movements). a relaxed atmosphere will allow you to feel comfortable as you learn or solidify the beginnings of ballet technique. Beginner swing dan Ce Classes: Sep. 26-Oct. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $30/3-wk. series per person. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Swings, Terry Bouricius, 864-8382,, Beginner s wing Dance lessons (east c oast style), taught by t erry Bouricius. No partner necessary. t erry has taught all styles of swing dancing to thousands of students using a fun but methodical approach since 1983. r egister by contacting t erry. dan Ce st Udio salsalina: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 5981077, s alsa 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! dsantos V t salsa: Mon. evenings: beginner class 7-8 p.m., intermediate 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, dsantosvt. com. add some spice to your life by learning to dance salsa club style. We also touch on bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. experience the excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. t rained by world-famous dancer manuel Dos s antos, we teach you how to dance and have a great time!

Hip-Hop C Horeo for adUlts: Sep. 27-Dec. 20, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $156/12-wk. class. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044, all the hottest moves set into a choreographed piece to be learned and drilled during the series. Hip-hop experience recommended, but not necessary. 15% discount will be given if signing up for both Hip-Hop t echnique and Hip-Hop c horeography classes. Hip-Hop t eCHniq Ue for adUlts: Sep. 27-Dec. 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $156/12wk. class. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 540-0044, t aught by Danielle Vardakas, this is an intro to fun and funky hip-hop social dances as well as B-boy/girl toprock, house and funk styles. s tudents will get fit and gain the confidence to break out some moves in the club. Danielle has trained extensively in street styles and allows students enrolled to choose which styles they want to improve upon; the first few classes are a sampling, then the focus will be on what everyone is most interested in. l earn to dan Ce w/ a partner!: Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,, c ome 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. r iCHmond dan Ce st Udio: Check website for full schedule. Location: Richmond Dance Studio, located in Round Church Corner Shops Plaza, 83 Huntington Rd., Richmond. Info: 434-3431, Brand new studio in r ichmond offering diverse dance and Zumba daily. after-school classes (ballet and hip-hop), belly dancing (beginner) and yoga classes by s ila. Broadway tap and jazz, line dancing on Friday and s aturday by Dancin’ Dean, adult ballet, and hip-hop and break dancing by c alvin Walker.



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together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt. com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. TRADITION CHINESE GONG FU!!: Sep. 5-Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $12/2-hr. class. Location: Tonkins Martial Arts, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Tonkins Martial Arts, Jason Carpenter, 871-3100, Our small group practices traditional Chinese Gong Fu: Long Fist, White Crane, Eagle Claw, Qigong and Yang Style Taijiquan. We are looking for a couple more adults willing to train hard and respectfully with this great material. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 6604072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National

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massage CRANIAL WORKSHOP 16 CEUS: Oct. 6-7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $275/16 CEUs ($250 when paid in full by Sep. 13). Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121,, This course focuses on the observation and exploration of movement within the cranial bones. The participant will learn how to work with the facial muscles and bones in addition to the bones and muscles of the cranium. Great for neck, headache and migraine work. No prerequisites required. ETHICS & EMOTIONAL ISSUES: Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $130/ course, 8 CEUs. Location: TBA, Burlington or Essex area. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, swaffordperson@hotmail. com, DianneSwafford. Participants learn skills for addressing, in an appropriate and professional manner, emotional responses that may arise during a session. In addition, participants discuss the guidelines for professional conduct and review Code of Ethics. Includes content required for NCBTMB recertification.

Shambhala Center, 64 Main St., Montpelier. Info: 595-1144, This will be a two-day program of Shambhala Buddhist teachings, discussion and meditation. To register or for more info, contact

parenting IT’S DUE TOMORROW?!: Oct. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $45/ seminar. Location: Stern Center for Language & Learning, 183 Talcott Rd., suite 101, Williston. Info: Stern Center for Language and Learning, Jenn Proulx, 878-2332, jproulx@sterncenter. org, This twoevening seminar will provide parents of middle- and high-school students with strategies to improve their adolescent’s timemanagement, homework, study and test-taking skills. Parents will be given techniques to try, and opportunities for discussion and feedback will be provided. Register today!

performing arts IMPROV FOR EVERYONE W/ WILL LUERA OF IMPROVBOSTON: Sep. 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $35/2-hr. class. Location: Spark Arts, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 373-4703, No matter what your skill level, learn the secrets of improvising a hilarious and compelling scene on the spot in this one-time-only workshop with Will Luera, improv expert and artistic director of ImprovBoston! Great for developing comedic timing and publicspeaking skills.

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meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. The Shambhala Cafe meets the 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every 3rd Fri. evening of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. SHAMBHALA TRAINING LEVEL 1: THE ART OF BEING HUMAN: Sep. 29-30, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $80/registration; scholarships avail. Location: Montpelier

WOMEN’S/COED CLIMBING CLINICS: Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m., Tue. & Thu. Cost: $175/6 classes, rental gear, 6 additional visits. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 105 Briggs St., Burlington. Info: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 657-3872, info@, Learn to climb or improve your skills this fall! Intro levels cover basic climbing skills: belaying, balance, footwork and route reading. Intermediate levels progress technique, endurance and strength. Clinics are a great way to learn with AMGA-CWI instructors and meet other climbers! Coed Clinics meet Tuesdays; Women’s Clinics meet Thursdays.


photographs with your iPhone with Dan Burkholder. Dan is the author of multiple photography books, including “iPhone artistry.” His workshops are well attended and sold out last year. This year you can attend for the entire day or choose one of the three workshops.

pilates PILATeS MAT & RefORMeR CLASSeS: 6 days/wk. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@, From gentle to vigorous, we have a class that is just right for you. Get strong; stay healthy! Not ready for Reformer? Just sign up for our private introductory series. Drop in for mat classes with Hermine, register for Nia, belly dance and modern dance, too! every body loves Pilates!

plants AuTuMn InTRIGue: PLAnTS fOR MAx. IMPACT: Sep. 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Info: 660-3505, learn how to extend the flower season through the fall with plants that will make maximum impact in your yard. expert designer Charlotte albers will discuss what you can plant now to keep your garden going throughout the fall. Preregistration required.

psychology fAIRY TALeS & THeIR DeePeR MeAnInG: Oct. 1-22, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $60/4-wk. class series. Location: Jungian Center, Waterbury. Info: 2447909. There is a lot more to snow White and Cinderella than the Disney cartoons would have you believe. Discover the depth of wisdom in some not-so-familiar fairy tales. led by sue Mehrtens.


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uSuI ReIkI: 1ST DeGRee: Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $175/6-hr. class (CEs avail. for NCBTMB). Location: Gathering Room, Hinesburg. Info: Vermont Center for Energy Medicine, Cindy Carse, 985-9580,, energymedicinevt. com. learn Reiki, a traditional Japanese healing art that facilitates health and transformation on all levels (body, mind and spirit). Reiki can be supportive of any life path or career. In this class, you will be attuned to Reiki and trained to practice Reiki for yourself and loved ones.

YAnG-STYLe TAI CHI: Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo. Beginners welcome. New Beginners Session starts Wed., Sep. 19, at 5:30. 8 classes $125. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immed. after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 434-2960. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. For more info, 735-5465 or 434-2960.

self-help HOPe HAPPenS!: Sep. 26, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $40/class sliding scale; $30-50. Location: Office Squared, 77 College St., Burlington. Info: Round Sky Solutions, Daniel Little, 734-5462243,, Care about the world but feel overwhelmed at the size of the problems? struggle with hopelessness and despair? Integral coach Daniel little and climate activist Kathryn Blume offer a healing, transformative, resource-building workshop for the environmentally engaged and climatically conscious. Come build focus, strength and resilience.

spirituality InTRODuCTIOn TO GnOSTICISM: Oct. 3-24, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $60/4-wk. class series. Location: Jungian Center, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909. Want new insights into Jesus’ character, personality and love life? Want new perspectives on Christianity? This course introduces the gospels that Carl Jung appreciated so much. led by Dr. sue Mehrtens, teacher and author.

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MIDLIfe TRAnSITIOnS: LeTTInG GO AnD MOvInG fORwARD wITH MARTY GARReTT: Oct. 3-24, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Cost: $120/ series. Location: Vermont Center for Intergrative Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcit. com. an interactive workshop for women 40+. We will use meditation, visualizations, coaching tools and group sharing to guide you on your journey. You will leave open to future possibilities and a renewed sense of hope. Please bring journal and writing utensil.

weight loss eATInG w/ GRACe wOMenS GROuP: Sep. 17-Jan. 28, 5:30-7 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $25/ group. Location: Anya Raven Hunter, LICSW, 88 King St., Burlington. Info: Eating with Grace TM, ANYA RAVEN HUNTER licsw, 318-4140,, eatingwithgrace. com. eating with Grace groups inspire women to take better care of their bodies and hearts, and then, naturally, food and weight come into balance. It’s a learning process, full of kindness and hope, and if you are ready to really change your relationship with food and weight, contact anya!

yoga evOLuTIOn YOGA: $14/class, $130/class card, $5-10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolution Yoga offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Breast Cancer survivor and alignment classes. Certified teachers, Massage and PT, too. Join our yoga community and get to know the family you choose. LAuGHInG RIveR YOGA: Yoga classes 7 days a wk. Individual classes range from $5 to $15; $115/10 classes; $130/unlimited monthly. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, Commit to yourself. Try yoga. We offer classes, workshops, and retreats in a spacious studio overlooking the Winooski River. experienced and compassionate instructors offer a variety of styles including Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Dance, Yin, Restorative and more. Want to go deeper? The next 200-hour teacher training begins in January.

writing MenTAL COnfLICT: TRAnSfORMATIOn & DeeP ACCePTAnCe: Sep. 28-Nov. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, South Burlington. Info: 658-9440, Does your mind fight with itself? With Wright Cronin and special guest Rebecca Weisman. This six-week workshop will use the simple teachings of Internal Family systems therapy and Iyengar yoga to support participants in transforming their relationships to the parts of them that limit their ability to fully and deeply embrace life.

fReeLAnCe wRITInG 101: Thu., Sep. 27 & Oct. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $20/class. Location: First Baptist Church, Friendship Room, 29 Congress St., St. Albans. Info: Joy Choquette, 782-5020, joywriter55@gmail. com, always wanted to write for publication? Here’s your chance to learn how! This introductory class will cover which publications to pursue, how to snag an assignment, how to find experts and write a compelling article, tracking your work and income, and how to make part or full-time job from writing.

SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages.. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Photoshop Basics, Digital Camera: Buttons/Menus, share Photos, aperture Info, shutter speed skills, Photoshop Basics, Digital spectrum, Next layers of Photoshop, advanced Digital Photography: Blending/Filters. Full descriptions online (look for access, Community education link). senior discount 65+. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I: Oct. 2-30, 9:30 a.m.-noon., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $150/series of 2.5-hr. classes. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@helenday. com, Improve your digital photography skills in this beginning-level class. students will learn the basics of digital photography, including camera operation, proper image exposure, file types, file editing, and preparation of photo files for web and print. students must have their own DslR or small digital camera with manual adjustments. limited to eight students. Instructor: Paul Rogers. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II: Oct. 2-30, 1-3:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $150/course. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@, For those with working knowledge of digital photography. Participants learn to manage and edit digital photos using adobe, discuss photo aesthetics, and receive weekly assignments. Digital basics are reviewed. Includes outdoor photo sessions when possible. students must have their own DslR or small digital camera with manual adjustments. eight-student limit. IPHOne ARTISTRY: Sat., Sep. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., & Sun., Sep. 23, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $125/3 workshops or $49/workshop. Location: Dark Room Gallery, 12 Main St., Essex Jct. Info: Darkroom Gallery, Ken Signorello, 777-3686, How to make killer


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Jackson says. “That percussive pattern was as beautiful and entrancing to me as the music.” He likens a talented radio jockey to a sherpa who guides the listener through the music and connects the historical, thematic and emotional dots. Thomas, he says, was a master. “Just like a musician might have idols he’d emulate, I have programmers I idolize, either because of their knowledge, or delivery, or both,” says Jackson. “George is one of those people.” The admiration is mutual. “He has a great voice and a great delivery,” says Thomas. “And he knows his music.” That’s an understatement. Before moving to Vermont in 2011 to take a job teaching English at Burlington High School, Jackson served as the curator of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian Museum for 20 years. He is also an accomplished music critic, having written for a number of prestigious publications, including Washington City Paper and the Washington Post, as well as JazzTimes, JAZZIZ and All About Jazz. His reviews have also been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Jackson was born in Georgia and moved to Washington, D.C., as a child with his family in 1958. He says he started his musical education underground, literally. “I heard everything from Earl Scruggs to [Italian violinist Niccolò] Paganini in my parents’ basement,” he says. Jackson’s father was a voracious jazz fan who would often invite friends to the family basement to listen to records. Jackson recalls sitting at the top of the basement steps and eavesdropping. But it wasn’t just the intoxicating notes drifting from the hi-fi that captured his attention. “I was intrigued by the names,” he says. “Thelonious Monk, Carmell Jones; they were musical in and of themselves. They




euben Jackson is almost painfully shy. As a photographer from Seven Days fl utters around him snapping pics from increasingly unpredictable angles, he smiles and nods politely, clutching a lukewarm cup of coff ee. He’s uncomfortable as the photog moves him into diff erent lights, trying to coax a less awkward pose. Jackson is clearly ill at ease as the center of attention. But put him behind the microphone in a radio booth, and this shrinking violet blooms. His thoughtful-but-hesitant speech pattern becomes smooth and easy, his words given weight by his rich, resonant voice. His cadence, though calm and almost hypnotically lilting, is self-assured and authoritative, especially when he’s riffing on his favorite subject: music. Jackson, 56, is the new host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Friday Night Jazz” program. He succeeds a man who was a virtual institution for local jazz afi cionados: George Thomas, who hosted “Jazz with George Thomas” on VPR for the past 11 years before retiring this summer. “I kind of feel like Larry Holmes after Muhammad Ali stepped down,” says Jackson of taking over for Thomas. “Who’s the heavyweight champion?” He’s joking … mostly. And for what it’s worth, Jackson could do worse than to emulate Holmes (metaphorically speaking), who is regarded as one of boxing’s all-time greats. “George is my hero,” he continues, his words shaded with genuine aff ection. Jackson admits to tuning in to Thomas’ program regularly over the years from his home in Washington, D.C., often while curled up in bed. It’s a habit he picked up as a kid, listening to late-night radio broadcasts both for the music and for what he calls the lyrical quality of a good DJ’s delivery. “I always tell people the fi rst rappers I heard were ministers and disc jockeys,”

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didn’t sound like Chubby Checker.” Neither did the music. “I would hear this sound,” Jackson says. “I was entranced.” “Under penalty of death,” he began sneaking his dad’s jazz records from their basement bin. Those risky childhood heists led him on a path that Jackson has followed ever since. “I’ve been chasing music most of my life,” he says. “It’s been a constant pursuit of that beauty and possibility.” Jackson graduated from Goddard College in 1978. The small Plainfi eld school is where he got his start in radio, DJing on the then-10-watt college station WGDR. But Jackson studied writing, not music, at Goddard. He’s an accomplished poet, which is a skill that Thomas says sets Jackson apart as a jazz scholar and DJ. “He thinks like a poet,” notes Thomas, who fi rst met Jackson through a shared love of poetry. He adds that the new host’s poetic instinct and gentle demeanor afford Jackson a broad appeal, something the oftstigmatized genre of jazz has struggled to achieve.

“Things happen on several levels, simultaneously,” says Thomas of his successor’s on-air style. “So someone who is new to the music can enjoy it because the music is really good, while someone who is into jazz can appreciate his selections because of how diverse, how intelligent and how from his heart they are.” Ultimately, Jackson hopes to use his new forum to challenge listeners, getting them to think beyond stodgy labels and outdated defi nitions and see jazz as part of the larger, always-evolving musical whole. “What I want to expose people to is that the art form is not relegated to a certain time period,” says Jackson, who generally has little use for the term “jazz” itself. (He quotes Ornette Coleman: “Rock, classical, folk and jazz are all yesterday’s titles.”) “The Winooski River doesn’t stop in Plainfi eld,” Jackson concludes, off ering a poetic metaphor. “It keeps going.”  “Friday Night Jazz” airs on Vermont Public Radio every Friday from 8 to 11 p.m.



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Nelson is home in Vermont, currently enjoying some downtime while the rest of the first-round auditions play out. But she’ll be back on the national stage soon competing in the battle round in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can catch her the next two Wednesdays, September 19 and 26, when she sits in at her partner dwight ritcher’s ongoing residency at Nectar’s. Nelson calls the weekly gig the “best hang she’s had in a long time.” (Cut to a single tear running down CeeLo’s cheek.) And I don’t doubt it. While you might not see Ritcher on “The Voice” or “Idol” anytime soon, dude is a tremendous vocalist and guitarist in his own right. Together, the two are among the finest — and previously underappreciated — acts currently calling Vermont home. In other words, Dwight & Nicole can spin my barstool anytime.


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In a related story, you probably didn’t know this — mostly because I’m making it up — but back in the 1980s, cockrockers led lo/co were finalists on “Star Search.” The band ultimately lost to teen pop idol tiffany. Well, technically they were disqualified for unseemly booze-fueled shenanigans involving a pants-less Ed McMahon that have no business being recounted in a family newspaper. But still, of the two musical acts, only one has since posed for Playboy, so there’s that. Anyway,



leonard cohen’s “Hallelujah,” was a unanimous choice, as all four judges requested her vocal services. Levine (and his tattoos) was first to chime in. The other three waited until she hit a spine-tingling, Jeff Buckley-ish high note at the song’s apex before dinging their buttons. Having never seen the show previously, I have no idea if a unanimous decision is common, though I suspect not. In any case, it’s a good sign, right? So what does it mean? Nelson, who chose Levine as her coach — and gets Mary J. Blige as a mentor — advances to the battle round, in which she and one of her teammates will square off head to head, singing the same song. Then, in the first of the live battles, contestants from each team duke it out, with home audiences voting for a winner. There are several hurdles in the rounds beyond that, but should Nelson win it all, she’ll get a big bag o’ cash as well as a record deal with Universal. I caught up with Nelson by phone over the weekend, and she was, unsurprisingly, overwhelmed by the national attention since her episode aired last week. (Her version of “Hallelujah” has been well within the top 100 on iTunes since.) Nelson said she was initially leery of competing on a reality show but that the format on “The Voice” was appealing. “I felt this show was different,” she said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to share music and every emotion in my heart with the entire world. To feel that connection is something that is so often missing when music gets too simplified or polished up. So I thought, It’s time to put your money where your mouth is, indie girl.”

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Ever watch the “The Voice” on NBC? Me neither. But methinks I may be tuning in over the coming weeks, even though it violates my standing rule against watching reality television — aside from “Top Chef,” of course. And that’s only because one day I will marry Padma Lakshmi and live out my days cooking for her and our 14 absurdly beautiful children. Ahem. Aaaanyway, in case you hadn’t heard — which likely means you’re not on Facebook or Twitter or have been in a coma for the past week — Burlington’s nicole nelson, of the über-excellent blues-and-roots duo dwight & nicole, is killin’ it on the major-network talent show. For the unfamiliar, “The Voice” is basically the Peacock’s answer to Fox’s “American Idol,” which was America’s answer to England’s “Pop Idol,” which was England’s answer to ed McMahon’s “Star Search,” which was the evolutionary cousin of the “Gong Show,” which … well, you get the idea. It’s a talent show. It involves voices. And celebrities! The format on “The Voice” differs from that of “Idol,” in large part because there’s no jerky British guy in a V-neck slinging jerky British insults at overwhelmed teenagers, or startlingly unhealthy-looking members of aerosMith as judges. Instead, the judging panel consist of cee-lo green doing flamboyantly Cee-Lo Green things, handsome country star Blake shelton being handsome, Maroon 5’s adaM levine and his tattoos, and christina aguilera’s cleavage. But the primary difference is in the varying stages of competition. The first is a blind audition in which the four judges sit facing away from the stage and can only pass judgment based on what they hear — the voice, get it? — which is actually a pretty awesome wrinkle. The judges are evaluating talent to put together a team of singers, which they will coach through the remaining rounds. When judges hear something they like, they hit a button, which spins their chair around and means they want that singer on their squad. If more than one judge wants a particular contestant, the contestant chooses which team to join. Ya dig? Nelson, doing a soulful version of

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Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. haLvorson's uPstrEEt CaFé: Friends of Joe: Jo mo Fo (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. highEr grounD baLLrooM: Zoso: The ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience (Led Zeppelin tribute), 9 p.m., $13/15. AA. LEvity CaFé: Open mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free. Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Hot Wax with Justcaus & Penn West (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. MonkEy housE: mallett Brothers Band, Headband Jack (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MuDDy WatErs: Ambient World Project (ambient), 9 p.m., Free. nECtar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Bluegrass Thursday: something With strings, 9:30 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. o'briEn's irish Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. on taP bar & griLL: Jenni Johnson & Friends (blues), 7 p.m., Free. raDio bEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.

rED squarE bLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. rí rá irish Pub: Longford Row (irish), 8 p.m., Free. vEnuE: Thirsty Thursdays, 7 p.m., Free.


bagitos: Dale cavanaugh (folk), 6 p.m., Donations. CharLiE o's: Wes Hamilton & Jesse Gile (rock), 10 p.m., Free. CLEan sLatE CaFé: clean slate Quiz (trivia), 7 p.m., Free. grEEn Mountain tavErn: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

Turn It Down In an age when louder is often

equated with better, the MiLk Carton kiDs are uniquely refreshing. While many modern acts overwhelm with all manner of aggressive

beats, synths and other sonic shenanigans, the California-based duo strips its music to the barest essentials, using little more than plaintive voices and sparse guitars to craft warm, compelling suites that succeed not through shiny bells and whistles but pure, thoughtful song craft. The Kids turn up at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Sunday, September 23.

nutty stEPh's: Bacon Thursday: mary Go Round (piano), 7 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

51 Main: David Bain (blues), 8 p.m., Free. branDon MusiC CaFé: sayon camara & Landaya (world music, jazz), 7:30 p.m., $12. City LiMits: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. on thE risE bakEry: Gabe Jarrett Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations.


bEE's knEEs: Audrey Bernstein & the Young Jazzers (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


Moog's PLaCE: Bob Wagner and D. Davis (singer-songwriters), 8:30 p.m., Free.

1/2 LoungE: Joshua Glass (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. The Harder They come (dubstep), 10:30 p.m., Free.

SUN.23 // miLk cArtoN kiDS [iNDiE foLk]

rED squarE: Blind Owl Band (string band), 7 p.m., Free. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

MonoPoLE: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

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burlington area

friDaYS > 9 pm

ParkEr PiE Co.: John-Parker compton with Geoff Goodhue (folk), 7:30 p.m., Free. riMroCks Mountain tavErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


MonoPoLE: Viva (rock), 10 p.m., Free. MonoPoLE DoWnstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. oLivE riDLEy's: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free. tabu CaFé & nightCLub: Karaoke Night with sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free. thEraPy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 LoungE: matt Ronan (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi (house), 10:30 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi (house), 10:30 p.m., Free.

baCkstagE Pub: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. banana WinDs CaFé & Pub: The Hitmen (rock), 7:30 p.m., Free. CLub MEtronoME: 2 for u and Seven Days present the mixmasters showcase (EDm), 6 p.m., Free. No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. highEr grounD shoWCasE LoungE: ZZ Ward & Zach Heckendorf, Wiliam Borg schmitt (pop), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. JP's Pub: starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEvity CaFé: Friday Night comedy (standup), 9 p.m., $8. LiFt: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. Marriott harbor LoungE: Queen city Quartet, 8:30 p.m., Free. FRi.21

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Sat, Oct 20 Fri, Nov 9 7:00/7:30 pm 6:30/7:30 pm PAG E $25 7 1 adv, $28 door $27 adv, $30 door Venue: Town Hall Theater, Middlebury


John Doyle is one of the most influential and important musicians in Irish music today. Oisin McAuley is renowned as having one of the finest fiddle traditions of the 21st century. Iris DeMent is one of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day.

John Doyle and Oisin McAuley Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. Town Hall Theater $25 advance, $28 at the door P.O. Box 684 Middlebury, VT 05753 e-mail:

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(802) 388-0216

(802) 388-0216 Tickets now on sale at: Main Street Stationery or by mail.

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Seven Days

show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Fall PreviewThe ad: art form has myriad 2.3 other styles, but x 5.56 vertical that’s the closest approximation to what 8.12 you can expect at Metronome. If you like what you see and maybe want to try it yourself, you can always drop in on the improv sessions at Spark every Wednesday. Last but not least, a little bit of shameless company shilling. As you may have seen, our annual — awardwinning! — college guide, What’s Good, hit the streets recently. In celebration, we’re throwing a big ol’ party and inviting several of our closest EDM DJ pals. The Mixmasters Showcase this Friday, September 21, at Club

Metronome features 10 of the area’s finest DJs. They represent styles from across the increasingly varied EDM landscape, from dubstep to moombahton to trap to whatever new iteration was just invented while I was writing this sentence. We’ll have cats from several of BTV’s best known DJ crews, including MUSHPOST, 2K DEEP and BONJOUR-HI!, Also of note, DJ Llu will drop by, both spinning and pushing the second season of her excellent interview podcast, Tour Date. The first episode, featuring indie pop duo Matt & Kim, drops Wednesday, September 19. Check it out at 

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I’m hesitant to mention anything about local comedy since hearing that my name came up more than a few times during the recent farewell roast of KIT RIVERS — I’m sure only nice things were said, right? Still, I really get a kick out of writing about the burgeoning local comedy scene — and I hope you do reading about it. Until now, though, the bulk of my comedic reporting has been centered on standup comedy, the most visible form locally. But nationally, standup’s unpredictable cousin, improv, has been exploding in popularity. For that we can likely thank comedians such as STEPHEN COLBERT, WILL FERRELL and TINA FEY, who started out in troupes like Second City or Improv Olymics. Anyway, Burlington, always charmingly behind on national trends, just might catch up this Saturday, September 22, when the SPARK IMPROV TROUPE from SPARK ARTS debuts its quarterly improvisational-comedy series at Club Metronome. The show will feature a crew from ImprovBoston, who will teach a workshop at the Spark Arts studio earlier that day. If you’re unfamiliar with improv, the easiest point of reference would be the TV


the boys are back in town for roughly their 1276th reunion gig. They’ll be at Nectar’s this Friday, September 21. And they’ll be at the drunk tank on the corner of Pearl and North Winooski early on Saturday, September 22.


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Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, eight-track player, etc., this week. Grizzly Bear, Shields

Menomena, Moms


The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter

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BackstaGe puB: sturcrazie (rock), 9 p.m., free.

nectar's: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Led Lo/ co (hard rock), 9 p.m., $5. on tap Bar & Grill: mitch & friends (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. Last Words (rock), 9 p.m., free. park place tavern: smokin' Gun (rock), 9 p.m., free. radio Bean: Alexis stevens (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Last October (folk), 8 p.m., free. Eleanor Krause (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. The Kinks: A Burlington Tribute (rock), 10 p.m., free. Twice on sunday (pop-punk), 1 a.m., free. red square: Andrew parker-renga (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., free. Kingsley flood (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. red square Blue rooM: DJ mixx (EDm), 9 p.m., $5. ruBen JaMes: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., free. rí rá irisH puB: supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., free. venue: pleasureDome (rock), 9 p.m., free.


BaGitos: Theo Exploration & Tiger swami, 6 p.m., free. tHe Black door: Zack dupont Band, michael chorney and Dollar General (indie folk), 9:30 p.m., $5.

cHarlie o's: spit Jack, the pity Whores, stone Bullet (punk), 10 p.m., 8/27/12 2:28 PMfree. Green Mountain tavern: DJ Jonny p (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.


purple Moon puB: James mcsheffrey (folk), 8 p.m., free.


Sheraton Conference Center

WHite rock pizza & puB: steph pappas Experience (rock), 8 p.m., free.

champlain valley

city liMits: 3 sheets 2 the Wind (rock), 9 p.m., free. on tHe rise Bakery: spencer Lewis (acoustic), 8 p.m., Donations. tWoSeptember BrotHers Thursday, 30th tavern: ryan Band • FullHanson Day of 101-Style Public(rock), Workshops10 • Tradeshow in Exhibit Hall • Dinner presentation with Michael Klare

p.m., $3.



Friday, October 1st • • • •



MatterHorn: Wolfpack (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

cluB MetronoMe: fall improv comedy spectacular: spark improv, improv Boston (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $6/8. 18+. retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HiGHer Ground BallrooM: farm fresh: The pride pary (house), 9 p.m., $13/17. 18+. HiGHer Ground sHoWcase lounGe: VT Drag idol (drag show), 8 p.m., $12/15. 18+. Jp's puB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free.

rí rá irisH puB: The Bi-polar Bears (rock), 10 p.m., free. siGnal kitcHen: Zammuto, Errands, Harmonizer (indie), 9 p.m., $12/15. 18+. skinny pancake: snake mountain Bluegrass (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation. t. Bones restaurant and Bar: Open mic, 7 p.m., free. venue: 18 & up Destination saturdays, 8 p.m., free. The Lynguistic civilians (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.


BaGitos: Tony mason (acoustic), 6 p.m., free.

levity caFé: saturday night comedy (standup), 8 & 10 p.m., $8.

tHe Black door: Dave Keller Band (blues), 9:30 p.m., $5.

ManHattan pizza & puB: Tommy Alexander (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., free.

cHarlie o's: Viva Deconcini Band (rock), 10 p.m., free.

Marriott HarBor lounGe: The Trio (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., free. Monkey House: infernal stronghold, ramlord, Aiia, Vaporizer (metal), 8 p.m., $5. 18+. nectar's: Joshua Glass (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. The Edd (live EDm), 9 p.m., $5. one pepper Grill: ryan Hanson Band (rock), 8 p.m., free. on tap Bar & Grill: The real Deal (r&b), 9 p.m., free. radio Bean: Les chiara (indie folk), 5:30 p.m., free. Amy collins (celtic blues), 7 p.m., free. Jerry falzone (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. The Braren Band (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. Quiet Lion (rock), 11 p.m., free. The move it move it with the David Brizendine Drummers (Afro-pop), 12:30 a.m., free. red square: Aaron flinn (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., free. Live music, 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

purple Moon puB: Bill shafer & friends (rock), 8 p.m., free.

champlain valley

Bar antidote: Hot neon magic (’80s new Wave), 9 p.m., free. city liMits: Dance party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., free. tWo BrotHers tavern: 3 sheets 2 the Wind (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


Bee's knees: Karen Krajecic & Jon rose (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. cHoW! Bella: The Best Little Border Band (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. MooG's place: The Hardscrabble Hounds (Americana), 9 p.m., free. parker pie co.: Electric sorcery, 8 p.m., free. piecasso: Dale cavanaugh (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Donations. riMrocks Mountain tavern: DJ Two rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

red square Blue rooM: DJ raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ stavros

Is It in Yet? If Jonathan Richman,

Cake and Starfucker had a (very) awkward but moderately satisfying tryst and then wrote songs together — say, with pitch-shifting autoharp and trampoline-bouncy electro-laced beats — the result might sound something like Asheville’s

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riMrocks Mountain tavern: friday night frequencies with DJ rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

tunes suggest that while these Lovers may be

innOVaTiOn ExchangE


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Monopole: Lucid (rock), 10 p.m., free. tHerapy: pulse with DJ nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

decent lovers. The band’s bright, pop-centric

merely adequate in, ahem, certain arenas, onstage they are thoroughly stimulating. Catch them this Friday, September 21, at the Monkey House in Winooski. dad open.


burlington area

1/2 lounGe: Aaron Burroughs (singer-songwriter), 3 p.m., free. flashback: pride Edition (house), 10 p.m., free.

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Monopole: roots collider (rock), 10 p.m., free. taBu caFé & niGHtcluB: All night Dance party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., free.


burlington area

1/2 lounGe: TBA, 10 p.m., free. cluB MetronoMe: royal family presents Alan Evans Trio (jazz, funk), 8 p.m., $10/12. 18+. HiGHer Ground BallrooM: Beats Antique, Lynx (world rock, EDm), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. AA. HiGHer Ground sHoWcase lounGe: milk carton Kids, Brendan Hines (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., $13/15. AA. Monkey House: sounduo (EDm), 8:30 p.m., $8. 18+. Monty's old Brick tavern: George Voland JAZZ: Dan silverman and Dan skea, 4:30 p.m., free. nectar's: mi Yard reggae night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., free. on tap Bar & Grill: sunday Brunch with Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 11:30 a.m., free. radio Bean: Queen city Hot club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., free. saloon sessions with Brett Hughes (country), 1 p.m., free. mind the Gap (rock), 8 p.m., free. Late night sneaky uncle, 10 p.m., free. red square: The fleeting Ends (indie), 7 p.m., free. nicos Gun (rock), 8 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. siGnal kitcHen: The Listening room series: maryse smith, Zack dupont (singer-songwriters), 7:30 p.m., $10. AA.

roadside tavern: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., free.

MooG's place: starline rhythm See the full agenda online: Boys (rockabilly), 9 p.m., free.

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Bee'sin knees: Tradeshow Exhibit Hall mcBride & Lussen In-depth Industry Conference (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Keynote address by Soren Hermansen Gubernatorial Debate

BayvieW eats: Dale cavanaugh (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Donations.

(EDm), 10 p.m., $5.


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Monkey House: Decent Lovers(pop), Dad (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

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Among the myriad genres, subgenres and sub-subgenres that make up the Greater Vermont music scene, glam is relatively underrepresented, particularly the glitchy, electro-pop variety. But that’s not to say the Green Mountains are completely devoid of throbbing, beat-centric fabulousness. Rue Mevlana, a self-described supergroup led by songwriter and front man Nathan Jarvis, have been keeping savvy Burlington audiences sweaty and sated since 2005. Earlier this summer, the band released its latest album, Synthetic Emotion. The effort comes on the heels of a deliciously devious holiday EP, Dancing to Keep Warm, released late last year, and marks the band’s fourth full-length album. Taken as a whole, the record’s 14 tracks represent a hypnotic 52-minute daze. Jarvis’ production is generally informed by house and techno, with

just enough occasional breakbeat snap to yank the listener out of a trance. That’s not to say Rue Mevlana’s tracks are dull. They aren’t. Rather, these cuts yearn to be blasted from the bassfortified speakers of a dance club. This is dance music, first and foremost. And the translation to the tinny confines of your earbuds might make for an underwhelming experience, at least to the casual listener. But there is good reason to listen closely. The crux of the Rue crew’s appeal, aside from those frenetic dance mixes, is its subversive nature. That quality

was made explicit on the band’s aforementioned Xmas romp, but it’s subtler on Synthetic Emotion. Jarvis and Your LocaL Source his bandmates, Marya Vallejos, Justine Since 1995 Crosby, Jess Mateik and Hannah Wall, specialize in cheeky, precocious 14 ChurCh St • Burlington,Vt songwriting delivered with a gleefully CrowBookS.Com • (802) 862-0848 shameless brat-itude that reminds this critic of a more brazenly churlish version of Burlington indie-pop band 16t-crowbookstore011812.indd 1 1/16/12 6:06 PM the Smittens — whose music is far less cute and cuddly than you think, by the way. Imagine a strung-out Colin Clary riffing on douche-y celebs (“Scumbag Slow down and Celebrity”) or a prickly Dana Kaplan come by today! taking Maverick to task (“Tom Cruise!”), and you’re in the ballpark. Synthetic Emotion is Rue Mevlana’s most complete effort to date. Though it likely doesn’t do their infamously salacious live act justice, it’s an ofttitillating album that serves as a worthy introduction to glam pop in Vermont. Rue Mevlana play Farm Fresh: the Pride Party at the Higher Ground Ballroom on Saturday, September 22.

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Disingenuous proclamations of faith in Jah and/or Rastafarianism? Check. Obligatory ode(s) to getting high? Check. Obvious fusion with paint-bynumbers jam and funk grooves? Check and check. If predictable, this stuff is merely mildly frustrating. But what really irks about the EP is that Soulstice are better than this. Aside from the obvious shifts in tempo and syncopation, what made reggae different from its comparatively simplistic predecessors — ska and

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Why, oh why, is there so much terrible reggae in the world? Perhaps it’s because the genre is presumed — incorrectly — to be easy to play. How hard can it be to just play on the upbeat, right? Or maybe it’s got something to do with the pervading drug culture surrounding the genre. (A great idea stoned is usually half-baked sober.) In fairness, irie island music holds no monopoly on egregious violations of taste or quality. But for some reason, it seems to fall victim to frustrating clichés masquerading as soul or ingenuity, time and time again. And it needs to stop. All of which brings us to the newest member of Vermont’s reggae community, Soulstice. On its self-titled debut EP, the Warren-based quintet offers 20 minutes of island grooves that demonstrate nearly every crime against reggae perpetrated in the last 50 years.

rocksteady — is that it introduced a subtly complex style. Soulstice seem to understand this. Their opening cut, “Tour the World,” is richly arranged and textured. So, too, are tracks such as “Gotta Be Good” and “Sensi Time” — both capture classic, undulating reggae feels fleshed out with intricate and understated accents. So why the reliance on every limp lyrical cliché in the book when Soulstice have the musical sense and creativity to do better? I (and I) don’t get it. Reggae is soul music. It is, pardon the chestnut, the music of the people, born of social and political unrest. (Look it up, kiddos.) Yet what Soulstice offer is the same pseudo-hippie bullshit that has surely caused Bob Marley to spin in his grave for decades — or, at the very least, made for this brilliant yet sadly telling 2005 Onion headline: “Bob Marley Rises From Grave to Free Frat Boys From Bonds of Oppression.” Sigh.

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Bagitos: sunday Brunch: sean murray, 11 a.m., Donations. PurPle Moon PuB: sunday night surprise, 7 p.m., Free.

radio Bean: Zej & calen (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free.

Bee's Knees: David Langevin (piano), 7:30 p.m., Donations. river House restaurant: stump! Trivia night, 6 p.m., Free.

red square: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. shady Alley Band (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free.


burlington area

sKinny PanCaKe: Ed Grasmeyer and Joshua panda (bluegrass), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.

CluB MetronoMe: WRuV & Two sev present motown monday (soul), 9 p.m., Free.


t. Bones restaurant and Bar: chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

1/2 lounge: Family night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., Free.

HigHer ground sHowCase lounge: The Word Alive, upon a Burning Body, Like moths to Flames, constructs (metal), 7:30 p.m., $13/15. AA. neCtar's: metal mondays: Elephants of scotland, ATLATL, Kairos (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on taP Bar & grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. radio Bean: Fiona Luray (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. red square: Bob Wagner Trio (rock), 7 p.m., Free. industry night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. ruBen JaMes: Why not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


Moog's PlaCe: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: Booty Trap stripper Rap with JJ Dante & Jordan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


neCtar's: Dwight Ritcher Trio, nicole nelson, milt Reder, Jesse Dee (blues), 9 p.m., $5 donation. 18+. on taP Bar & grill: Ryan Hanson Band (rock), 8 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam with the usual suspects, 6 p.m., Free.

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Book Smarts

gusto's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

folktronica act the Books. The quartet’s self-titled debut, released earlier this year, set the blogosphere into a tizzy and

sKinny PanCaKe: Funwaiser with Jay Ekis (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Donations.

elicited a response roughly summarized as “Whoa.” A densely glitchy affair, the record strikes a fine, if precarious,

champlain valley

zaMMuto are a new(ish) band led by Nick Zammuto, former front man of dearly departed

balance between accessible pop machinations and mysterious electronic experimentation. As part of a lengthy tour that includes dates with pop sensation Gotye, Zammuto stop by Signal Kitchen in Burlington this Saturday, September 22, with locals errands and HarMonizer. CluB MetronoMe: catamount classic VT Benefit: potbelly, Fridge & the $pins, karaoke (rock), 9 p.m., $5 donation. 18+. HigHer ground BallrooM: coheed & cambria, Three (rock), 9 p.m., $30/35. AA. HigHer ground sHowCase lounge: perpetual Groove, Tauk (jam), 9 p.m., $12/15. AA. Monty's old BriCK tavern: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free. neCtar's: catamount classic VT Benefit: potbelly, Fridge & the $pins, karaoke (rock), 9 p.m., $5 donation. 18+.

radio Bean: stephen callahan and mike piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Kwesi Kankam (folk rock), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3. red square: shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.

BaCK to verMont PuB: John Gillette & sarah mittlefeldt (folk), 7 p.m., Free. CHarlie o's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

two BrotHers tavern: Trivia night, 7 p.m., Free. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

t. Bones restaurant and Bar: Trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., Free.


on taP Bar & grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim recorded the smash hit “Daylight” in Johnson’s parents’ basement in Jacksonville, VT.

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red square Blue rooM: DJ Frank Grymes (EDm), 11 p.m., Free.

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ManHattan Pizza & PuB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.


Bee's Knees: Jen corkins (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's PlaCe: Open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free.


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1/2 lounge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. scott mangan (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Finnigan's PuB: progress, Jukebox Romantics (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

City liMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. on tHe rise BaKery: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Free. two BrotHers tavern: mid-week music melodies: Zack dupont Duo (indie folk), 9 p.m., $2.


Bee's Knees: silent mind (rock), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's PlaCe: nick Denoia (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free.


MonoPole: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. m

HigHer ground sHowCase lounge: Rupa & the April Fishes (world music), 7:30 p.m., $15/17. AA. JP's PuB: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free.


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big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE bLAck Door, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6479. brEAkiNg grouNDS, 245 Main St., Bethel, 392-4222. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. cAStLErock Pub, 1840 Sugarbush Rd., Warren, 5836594. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. ciDEr houSE bbq AND Pub, 1675 Rte.2, Waterbury, 244-8400. cLEAN SLAtE cAfé, 107 State St., Montpelier, 225-6166. cork WiNE bAr, 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8227. ESPrESSo buENo, 136 Main St., Barre, 479-0896. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. kiSmEt, 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646. kNottY ShAmrock, 21 East St., Northfield, 485-4857. LocAL foLk SmokEhouSE, 9 Rt. 7, Waitsfield, 496-5623. mAiN StrEEt griLL & bAr, 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188. muLLigAN’S iriSh Pub, 9 Maple Ave., Barre, 479-5545. NuttY StEPh’S, 961C Rt. 2, Middlesex, 229-2090. PickLE bArrEL NightcLub, Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035. thE PizzA StoNE, 291 Pleasant St., Chester, 875-2121. PoSitiVE PiE 2, 20 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453. PurPLE mooN Pub, Rt. 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422. thE rESErVoir rEStAurANt & tAP room, 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827. SLiDE brook LoDgE & tAVErN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1736. tuPELo muSic hALL, 188 S. Main St., White River Jct., 698-8341.

bEE’S kNEES, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 888-7889. bLAck cAP coffEE, 144 Main St., Stowe, 253-2123. thE brEWSki, Rt. 108, Jeffersonville, 644-6366. broWN’S mArkEt biStro, 1618 Scott Highway, Groton, 584-4124. choW! bELLA, 28 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-1405. cLAirE’S rEStAurANt & bAr, 41 Main St., Hardwick, 472-7053. coSmic bAkErY & cAfé, 30 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0800. couNtrY PANtrY DiNEr, 951 Main St., Fairfax, 849-0599 croP biStro & brEWErY, 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4304. grEY fox iNN, 990 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8921. thE hub PizzEriA & Pub, 21 Lower Main St., Johnson, 635-7626. thE LittLE cAbArEt, 34 Main St., Derby, 293-9000. mAttErhorN, 4969 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8198. thE mEEtiNghouSE, 4323 Rt. 1085, Smugglers’ Notch, 644-8851. moog’S, Portland St., Morrisville, 851-8225. muSic box, 147 Creek Rd., Craftsbury, 586-7533. oVErtimE SALooN, 38 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0357. PArkEr PiE co., 161 County Rd., West Glover, 525-3366. PhAt kAtS tAVErN, 101 Depot St., Lyndonville, 626-3064. PiEcASSo, 899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411. rimrockS mouNtAiN tAVErN, 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9593. roADSiDE tAVErN, 216 Rt. 7, Milton, 660-8274. ruStY NAiL bAr & griLLE, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6245. ShootErS SALooN, 30 Kingman St., St. Albwans, 527-3777. SNoW ShoE LoDgE & Pub, 13 Main St., Montgomery Center, 326-4456. SWEEt cruNch bAkEShoP, 246 Main St., Hyde Park, 888-4887. tAmArAck griLL At burkE mouNtAiN, 223 Shelburne Lodge Rd., E. Burke, 626-7394. WAtErShED tAVErN, 31 Center St., Brandon, 247-0100. YE oLDE ENgLAND iNNE, 443 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5320.

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giLLigAN’S gEtAWAY, 7160 State Rt. 9, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-8050. moNoPoLE, 7 Protection Ave., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-563-2222. NAkED turtLE, 1 Dock St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-6200. oLiVE riDLEY’S, 37 Court St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-2200. tAbu cAfé & NightcLub, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-0666. thErAPY, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-561-2041.


51 mAiN, 51 Main St., Middlebury, 388-8209. bAr ANtiDotE, 35C Green St., Vergennes, 877-2555. brick box, 30 Center St., Rutland, 775-0570. thE briStoL bAkErY, 16 Main St., Bristol, 453-3280. cAroL’S huNgrY miND cAfé, 24 Merchant’s Row, Middlebury, 388-0101. citY LimitS, 14 Greene St., Vergennes, 877-6919. cLEm’S cAfé 101 Merchant’s Row, Rutland, 775-3337. DAN’S PLAcE, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. gooD timES cAfé, Rt. 116, Hinesburg, 482-4444. ND’S bAr & rEStAurANt, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. oN thE riSE bAkErY, 44 Bridge St., Richmond, 434-7787. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1730.



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StArrY Night cAfé, 5371 Rt. 7, Ferrisburgh, 877-6316. tWo brothErS tAVErN, 86 Main St., Middlebury, 388-0002.

1/2 LouNgE, 136 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 865-0012. 242 mAiN St., Burlington, 862-2244. AmEricAN fLAtbrEAD, 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999. AuguSt firSt, 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060. bAckStAgE Pub, 60 Pearl St., Essex Jct., 878-5494. bANANA WiNDS cAfé & Pub, 1 Market Pl., Essex Jct., 879-0752. thE bLock gALLErY, 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150. brEAkWAtEr cAfé, 1 King St., Burlington, 658-6276. brENNAN’S Pub & biStro, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington, 656-1204. citY SPortS griLLE, 215 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 655-2720. cLub mEtroNomE, 188 Main St., Burlington, 865-4563. DobrÁ tEA, 80 Church St., Burlington, 951-2424. frANNY o’S, 733 Queen City Park Rd., Burlington, 863-2909. hALVorSoN’S uPStrEEt cAfé, 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278. highEr grouND, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, 652-0777. JP’S Pub, 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389. LEuNig’S biStro & cAfé, 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759. LEVitY cAfé , 9 Center St., Burlington, 318-4888. Lift, 165 Church St., Burlington, 660-2088. mAgLiANEro cAfé, 47 Maple St., Burlington, 861-3155. mANhAttAN PizzA & Pub, 167 Main St., Burlington, 864-6776. mArriott hArbor LouNgE, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 854-4700. moNkEY houSE, 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563. moNtY’S oLD brick tAVErN, 7921 Williston Rd., Williston, 316-4262. muDDY WAtErS, 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466. NEctAr’S, 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771. o’briEN’S iriSh Pub, 348 Main St., Winooski, 338-4678. oN tAP bAr & griLL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309. oNE PEPPEr griLL, 260 North St., Burlington, 658-8800. oScAr’S biStro & bAr, 190 Boxwood Dr., Williston, 878-7082. PArk PLAcE tAVErN, 38 Park St., Essex Jct. 878-3015. rADio bEAN, 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346. rASPutiN’S, 163 Church St., Burlington, 864-9324. rED SquArE, 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909. rEguLAr VEtErANS ASSociAtioN, 84 Weaver St., Winooski, 655-9899. rÍ rÁ iriSh Pub, 123 Church St., Burlington, 860-9401. rozzi’S LAkEShorE tAVErN, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342. rubEN JAmES, 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744. SigNAL kitchEN, 71 Main St., Burlington, 399-2337. thE SkiNNY PANcAkE, 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188. t.boNES rESturANt AND bAr, 38 Lower Mountain Dr., Colchester, 654-8008. VENuE, 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 310-4067.

thE VErmoNt Pub & brEWErY, 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500.


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Forever Young B Y P A MELA PO LSTON

09.19.12-09.26.12 SEVEN DAYS 78 ART

“Photoshoot” Below, “Scoop”






usty Boynton declares that when she fi rst began painting, at age 52, what emerged on the paper “looked like it was done by a 5-year-old.” Just a year later, in 1988, a New York Times review said she had “a childlike style that isn’t childish.” (It’s noteworthy that Boynton so quickly had an exhibit to be reviewed, and favorably.) What’s the diff erence between childlike and childish? A discerning viewer can pick up on the intelligence, wit and wisdom in Boynton’s loosely drawn yet emotive human and animal forms. But you also could say she has, over her lateblooming career, totally nailed painting like a 5-year-old. And you could imagine Picasso nodding with approval. “Every child is an artist,” he famously said. “The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Boynton, it seems, has blithely ignored that problem — along with the expectation that adults must make “mature” art. She is fully capable of doing so, as her realistic paintings in a recent catalog reveal. Instead, Boynton chooses to go at a blank surface with curiosity, openness and a great deal of energy. She likes the expression “abandoned but set free.” This from a woman whose previous (and lucrative) creative pursuit was making sophisticated miniature tableaux from wood in exacting 1:12 proportions. Over brunch at the Bee’s Knees in Morrisville, Boynton announces that she doesn’t like to talk about her work. In fact, she confesses, she hadn’t really wanted to meet with a reporter; her dealer talked her into it. But Boynton’s warm and gregarious nature wins out and, little by little, she reveals how she came to painting. She attributes three other words to Picasso that impressed her: “trust, trust, trust.” Along with the Spanish master, a community-workshop art teacher Boynton encountered years ago inspired her to have faith in what she produced. “I follow my heart and my subconscious and let the painting go where it’s going,” she says. Boynton is not the only artist to make this claim about her process. To be sure, the unfettered nature of her work is part of its appeal. But something else is at play here. Her paintings at first glance are joyous; at second glance, a sly seduction unfolds. From the scribbled portraits, personalities and attitudes emerge.

Dusty Boynton

Vt.-based The Hyde Park, Vt.-based artist, who will be 77 in December, exhibits and sells her work at Denise Bibro Fine Art in Manhattan, and for handsome sums. But the longtime former board member of the Vermont Studio Center recently had her fi rst-ever exhibit in her adopted state, at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. That show presented about a dozen of Boynton’s works — a selection curated by Rachel Morton — including large-scale paintings, special-edition prints and what Boynton calls “structured reliefs.” These last are reminiscent of children’s books in which the pages are divided horizontally in thirds, and the figures on them can be arranged in preposterous, giggle-inducing combinations. Boynton does just that with her reliefs: Having drawn heads, torsos and legs separately on paper and cut them out, she affixes random trios together in a process one imagines is just plain fun — for example, in “Scoop,” the head of a brown dog with cocked ears and rosy cheeks; the torso of a female with a cropped yellow shirt, holding an ice cream cone; and the crossed legs of an elephant wearing a mini-skirt.

Fun, yes, but gaze on these mongrel figures for a while, and you can’t help but ponder Boynton’s intentions. Is there a statement here? Does it mean anything that a “lady” with a flowerbedecked hat, pearls and a neat ponytail has a huge, avian beak, chicken legs and, most audaciously, bare breasts with bright-pink nipples? Boynton has banked her memories — from a childhood growing up on a farm in Amherst, Mass.; a stint with her first husband in a “community of tennis and beach houses”; and raising four children with her second husband, Sam Boynton, in New Jersey — and unleashed them in her characters. Boynton’s gleefully expressive work does not stand out because it makes you look, wonder and look some more. Rather, it stands out precisely because it is so gleefully expressive. Untrained in the academic sense — that community workshop was her only art class — Boynton packs a lot into scrawled lines and slashy brushwork. Many of her paintings are raw and crudely executed, à la art brut. Others are more carefully rendered, including a remarkable family-portrait-style composition titled “Photoshoot.” In the 58-by-72-inch oil on linen, a white cat in a dress with yellow polka-dots stares wildeyed at the viewer, while an impassive brown, doglike critter with dreadlocks grips her possessively. On their respective respective laps are a smaller brown dog and a black rooster. At the back, a large blue bird with a spatulate beak faces away; poking in from the right is a stout pink pig. You You recognize recognize traits in this “family.” With their own brood grown and raising grandkids, Dusty and Sam Boynton preside over a small menagerie in Hyde Park: an affectionate black cockapoo, a queenly cat and two adorable donkeys. Their home is exquisite and comfortable, filled with art and antiques; out back are lovely gardens and a sumptuous mountain view. But it’s in her high-ceilinged studio, facing a blank canvas, where Boynton is most inspired. “I can’t wait to get up in the morning,” she says. “I’m forever grateful that you find a passion at 52 years old.” 

Art ShowS

ongoing burlington area

'20 MediuMs': local artwork in 20 different mediums curated by s.p.A.C.e. gallery in honor of the 20th Annual south end Art hop. Through september 29 at soda plant in burlington. Alison Bechdel: "Dykes, Dads and Moms to watch out For," artwork spanning the Vermont cartoonist's career, including drawings from "Dykes to watch out For," Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Through october 27 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4510. Art hop exhiBition: paintings by burlington artists. Through september 30 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005. 'Artists FroM howArdcenter': work by self-taught artists presented by gRACe. Through september 28 at howardCenter Developmental services in burlington. info, 472-6857. BriAn collier: "The Collier Classification system for Very small objects," a participatory exhibit of things big enough to be seen by the naked eye but no larger than 8 by 8 by 20 millimeters. Through october 15 at Durick library, st. Michael's College, in Colchester. info, 654-2536. conrAd BAkker: "untitled project: seasonal economies," hand-carved and -painted facsimiles of objects related to maple sugaring, fall foliage tour packages and vintage Vermont collectibles. Through november 24 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. dAvid stroMeyer: "equilibrium," a retrospective of the Vermont artist's monumental-scale, steel-and-concrete sculptural works; 'eMergence': Digital and traditional artwork by members of the first graduating class of Champlain College’s emergent media MFA program. Through september 28 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. dierdrA Michelle: "peep show," tongue-in-cheek acrylic paintings celebrating the holiday marshmallows and the human form. Through october 1 at black horse Fine Art supply in burlington. info, 860-4972. dok wright: "The love of light," photographs. proceeds benefit Vermont CARes. Through october 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men's Room in burlington. info, 864-2088.

gerrit göllner: "Voiceovers," paintings and a transmedia exquisite-corpse narrative by the design firm's artist in residence. Through october 5 at JDK gallery in burlington. info, 864-5884.

JiM Moore: "eccentric Variety performers," photographs of new York City's fringe performers by the photographer who documented philippe petit’s 1974 wire walk between the world Trade Center towers. Through september 30 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. info, 865-7166.

kAtie grAuer: "Chairs," large-scale paintings of bright, patterned chairs. Through september 30 at The Firefly in burlington. info, 559-1759.

stone sculpture legAcy progrAM reception: Artists heather M. Ritchie and giuliano Cechinelli present their models for two new stone sculptures commissioned for the city of barre. Tuesday, september 25, 6-7 p.m., studio place Arts, barre. info, 479-7069. stowe FoliAge ArtisAn MArket: Artwork, hand-crafted products, specialty foods, and live music by the shady Trees. saturday, september 22, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Main street, stowe. ‘together Alone: politics oF indigeneity And culture in AustrAliA’: brenda l. Croft, hetti perkins, sonia smallacombe and Christian Thompson participate in a panel discussion, Friday, september 21, 3-5:30 p.m. Collector and donor will owen leads a tour of the “Crossing Cultures” exhibit and discusses his 20-year exploration of the art and culture of indigenous Australia,

receptions AdAM Blue: “Astroexplorer,” an exhibit featuring two narrative series: “Constellations for the new Millennium,” a night-sky installation made up of 70 drawings; and “how the white Cube hangs once the gallery has Closed,” photographs. september 22 through november 18 at Main street Museum in white River Junction. Reception: saturday, september 22, 6-8 p.m. info, 603-469-3255. ‘crossing cultures’: A survey of Australia’s contemporary indigenous art movement from the 1970s to the present drawn from one of the world’s largest collections of aboriginal art. Through March 10 at hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in hanover, n.h. Reception: oxford-based indigenous artist Christian Thompson performs, Friday, september 21, 6-8 p.m. info, 603-646-2095. ‘curtAins without Borders’: large-scale photographs documenting the history of painted theater curtains in Vermont. september 21 through october 30 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Reception: Friday, september 21, 5-7 p.m. info, 888-1261. diAnne shullenBerger: “outside influences,” colored-pencil drawings and fabric collages inspired by the natural world. september 21 through october 23 at

'lAndscApe AlternAtives': work by Vermont members of the American society of Media photographers including Carolyn bates, Raj Chawla, Caleb Kenna, brett simison, berne broudy, Andy Dubak, Don Ross and natalie stultz. Through september 30 at Draker labs in burlington. 'oceAnic Art And the perForMAnce oF liFe': intricately crafted objects, including masks, textiles and weaponry, from indigenous cultures of the pacific islands. Through May 24 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750. ‘originAl Juried show 20th AnniversAry retrospective’: work by artists who were part of the first Art hop’s juried show 20 years ago: Ryan bent, Dan Cardon, Rick levinson, David lindsay and

Performances Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.* This musical is not recommended for young children, unless supervised by an adult.

September 19 – October 6 Stowe Town Hall Theatre 67 Main Street Tickets and information: 802-253-3961

'MoBile-o-grAphy': * Special 6:30 p.m. show, Saturday, Sept. 22, followed by photographs taken on “Talk Back” session with cast and National Alliance on smartphones. Through Mental Health representative. september 23 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. Reception: Meet exhibit juror Dan burkholder, Friday, 12v-stowetheatreguild090512.indd 1 9/4/12 10:37 AM september 21, 6-8 p.m. info, 777-3686. roBert wAldo Brunelle Jr.: “what i have painted so Far,” a 30-year retrospective featuring 185 works. Through october 21 at winooski welcome Center & gallery. Reception: Thursday, september 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. info, 399-2670. rolF kielMAn: "Architecture: 1972-2012," a retrospective featuring drawings, photographs and models. Through september 30 at TruexCullins Architecture & interior Design in burlington. Reception: Friday, september 21, 5-8 p.m. info, 658-2775.

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susAn whelihAn: “pieced Together,” piquette-assiette, or broken-plate, mosaic works inspired by the rural landscape. september 20 through november 30 at Dartmouth-hitchcock Medical Center in lebanon, n.h. Reception: Thursday, september 20, 4:30-6 p.m. info, 508-332-0318. 'turning leAves: new directions in Book Arts': sculptural creations made from, or incorporating, books. september 23 through november 10 at Chandler gallery in Randolph. Reception: The artists discuss their work, sunday, september 23, 4-6:30 p.m. info, 431-0204.

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Todd lockwood. Through september 28 at Rl photo in burlington. info, 540-3081. philip hAgopiAn: paintings by the new england artist. Through october 3 at salaam and the Men's store in burlington. info, 658-8822. 'represent': An annual exhibit featuring examples of work by artists near and dear to the gallery; '5 And diMe': Artwork priced between $5 and $100, in the backspace gallery. Through september 29 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info,

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'lAke studies: underwAter explorAtions in conteMporAry Art': paintings, photographs, fiber art, sculpture and a site-specific installation inspired by Daniel lusk's book of poetry Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain. Through october 26 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 363-4746.

Figure drAwing And coMpositionAl study session: instructor Mark Merrill provides live models and still-life compositions suitable for any medium. Artists bring their own supplies and equipment. Thursday, september 20, 7-9:30 p.m., Main street Museum, white River Junction. info, 356-2776.

willArd Boepple: “Tower, Temple, shelf, Room and loom,” work by the sculptor known for his use of common utilitarian objects. The sculptor discusses his work: saturday, september 22, 5 p.m., Julian scott Memorial gallery, Johnson state College. info, 635-1469.

‘MigrAtion’: Artwork and writing from switzerland, greece, the netherlands, italy and the united states that address topics of immigration, emigration, migrant workers, refugees and visa holders; denis versweyveld & Austin FurtAk-cole: white statuesque sculpture by Versweyveld; process-based abstract paintings by FurtakCole. september 21 through november 25 at helen Day Art Center in stowe. Reception: Friday, september 21, 6-8 p.m. info, 253-8358.



kAthleen cArAher & erikA white: Art Affair by shearer presents acrylic paintings by the shelburne Community school art teachers. Through september 30 at shearer Chevrolet in south burlington. info, 658-1111.

‘Architecture As Art house: MuseuMs For A new generAtion’: Ann beha, founder and president of the boston-based Ann beha Architects, which is working on shelburne Museum’s new Center for Art and education, discusses the current state of museum architecture. wednesday, september 19, 4:30 p.m., Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College. info, 443-5258.

Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. Reception: Friday, september 21, 6-8 p.m. info, 985-3848.


group exhiBit: Diverse artwork by the tenants of the new studio collective. Through september 29 at studio 266 in burlington. info,

'Art in the Alley': Artists and vendors line the streets to sell their wares, exhibit their work and give demonstrations. This month's theme is "Taste of Fall." wednesday, september 26, 5-7:30 p.m., various locations, waterbury. info, 244-1912.

saturday, september 22, 2 p.m. indigenous Australian artist Christian Thompson discusses the intersection of his photography, sculpture and performance art and his academic practice at oxford university, Tuesday, september 25, 4:30 p.m. hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in hanover, n.h. info, 603-646-2095.

gAllery grAnd opening: Artwork and artisan food and crafts by Kimberly bombard, Karen barry, Annalisa parent, Ann McFarren, Chantal lawrence, Tinka Teresa Martell, ben Thurber and others. Through December 31 at Vermont Artisans Craft gallery in burlington. info, 863-4600.

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'Second Annu Al F Acebook Fir St 50' : o ne piece by the first 50 Vermont artists who answered a live call to artists on Facebook. Through s eptember 30 at u nion s tation in burlington. info, 660-9005.



'Shot S!': photographers Jon o lsen, Fred s tetson, Tom w ay, Victoria blewer and John Churchman interpret the same five themes to create 25 pictures. Through s eptember 30 at Frog h ollow in burlington. info, 863-6458. Sienn A Font Aine : "And i eat Meat," a gluttonous exploration of meat cuts, and the art of butchery, through graphic-diagram-style paintings. Through s eptember 30 at Red s quare in burlington. info, 318-2438. 'Snow Mobile S: Sleigh S to Sled S': early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ’60s and ’70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; 'MAn-MAde Quilt S: civil wA r to the Pre Sent' : Quilts made by men; eliz Abeth berd Ann : "Deep end," miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory; 't iMe MAchine S: r obot S, r ocket S And Ste AMPunk' : Toys, textiles and art representing the golden age of sci-fi, the 1930s to ’50s, as well as work by contemporary artists and designers. Through o ctober 28 at s helburne Museum. info, 985-3346. SuMMer Show : w ork by Joan h offman, l ynda Mcintyre, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Anne Cummings, Kit Donnelly, Athena petra Tasiopoulos, Don Dickson, Kari Meyer and gaal s hepherd. Through s eptember 30 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166. ‘South end Art ho P 2012 juried Show’ : w ork selected as the best of this year’s Art h op. Through s eptember 28 at se AbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222.

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t erry Abr AMS: photographs of Turkey. Through s eptember 30 at n orth end s tudio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.

‘Turning Leaves’ Crack open Cameron Davis’ 1962 edition of The Secret Garden and you’ll find more than Frances

Hodgson Burnett’s classic story. The Burlington artist has interspersed each of the novel’s 256 pages with her own paintings and drawings on delicate rice paper. “Secret Garden” is just one of the many intriguing, and diverse, works of book art on display as part of “Turning Leaves” at Randolph’s Chandler Gallery, September 23 through November 10. Look for haunting assemblages by Lorraine Reynolds, illuminated manuscripts by Maryanne Grebenstein, and “PodCast” (pictured), a clever assemblage of shells stuffed with crinkled book pages by Ania Gilmore and Annie Zeybekoglu. t erry Findei Sen: s till-life and landscape paintings by the Vermont artist and architect. Through s eptember 29 at l eft bank h ome & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001. t iM brooke S: "endangered Alphabets," five-foot wood panels displaying the alphabets of four languages nearing extinction. september 21 through 25 at Fletcher Free l ibrary in burlington. info, 865-7211. uv M St AFF Art exhibit : w ork in a variety of media, in honor of staff appreciation week. Through s eptember 27 at l ivak Room, Davis Center, u VM in burlington. info, 656-2060. vAneSSA coMPton : Mixed-media works, shown in conjunction with the 20th Annual s outh end Art h op. Through n ovember 7 at petra Cliffs in burlington. info, 657-3872. ver Mont Photo grou P Annu Al exhibit : l andscapes and images of nature by fine-art photographers. Through september 29 at pickering Room, Fletcher Free l ibrary, in burlington. info, 434-5503. violet A h inojo SA: "All That glitters is n ot gold," paper cutouts representing a delusional vision of female glamour by the peruvian artist. Through o ctober 14 at Chop s hop in burlington. info, 660-4343. w ylie So FiA gArci A: "Dazzle Camouflage," paintings, textile works and dresses inspired by the female body and the camouflage paint scheme used on w orld w ar i warships. Through s eptember 28 at l iving/l earning Center, u VM, in burlington. info, 656-4200.


'1861-1862: t ow Ard A h igher Mor Al Pur PoSe': An exhibition exploring the experiences of n orwich u niversity alumni who fought in the Civil w ar, featuring photographs, artwork, weapons and equipment, including a cannon likely used by n orwich cadets. Through April 30 at s ullivan Museum & h istory Center, n orwich u niversity, in n orthfield. info, 485-2183. 26th Annu Al Quilt exhibition : More than 50 quilts by w indsor County participants in a quilt challenge, plus ongoing quilting activities and demonstrations. Through s eptember 23 at billings Farm & Museum in w oodstock. info, 457-2355. 'AFter irene Floodg Ate S Art Project' : More than 250 6-inch-square artworks made by community members in response to Tropical s torm irene. o pen to the public on w ednesdays and s aturdays. Through s eptember 29 at 3 elm s treet in w aterbury. info, sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury. org. Anne Sch Aller : Recent paintings by the n orthfield artist. Through n ovember 2 at Tunbridge public l ibrary. info, 889-9404. 'bigbike Show' : An exhibition featuring new prints by edward Koren and custom bikes by Zak h inderyckx, in celebration of nearby green Mountain bikes' 25 years in business. Through s eptember 30 at bigTown gallery in Rochester. info, 767-9670.

chri S j enSen: An installation of colorful fluorescent lightbulbs incorporated into the interior architecture of the vacant storefront, illuminated daily, noon-12:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. Through s eptember 26 at 54 Main s treet in Montpelier. chri Sti An t ub Au Arjon A: "Textures of the earth," photographs that invite the viewer to contemplate the transparencies of autumn leaves, the colors of a stone's strata and the purple veils of light at dusk. Through s eptember 21 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. info, 272-0827. dAn bArlow & Scott bAer : "green Mountain graveyards," photographs of Vermont's historic, artistic and spooky cemeteries. Through s eptember 30 at big picture Theater & Café in w aitsfield. info, 496-8994. 'eMergence' : l arge-scale works by artists from Vermont and beyond make up the inaugural exhibit in the former Fellows gear s haper Factory building. Through n ovember 1 at The great h all in s pringfield. info, 258-3992. erik A lA wlor Sch Midt : "Rock paper s cissors," artwork by the performing artist. Through o ctober 2 at Feick Fine Arts Center, green Mountain College, in poultney. info, 287-8398. ger Ard r in Aldi : "h omage to giorgio," still lifes inspired by the italian artist giorgio Morandi. Through s eptember 28 at governor's o ffice gallery in Montpelier. info, 828-0749.

Art ShowS

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Laura Shaw: "Whimsical Watercolors," new works by the Vermont artist. Through September 30 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@

Sidney deLeVante: "The Whimsical World of Delevante (1894-1984)," paintings by the American artist, educator and poet. Through November 3 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.

Lynn newcomb: New works in a show titled "Anvils, Bridges and Steel." Through October 31 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-3278.

Stuart eLdredge & marion Schumann: "A Love Story in Paintings and Letters," artwork and correspondence by the Springfield couple, who met at New York City's Art Students' League in the 1930s. Through October 8 at Springfield Art and Historical Society at the Miller Art Center. Info, 885-4826.

'made in the Shade: the deSign of Summer Vacation': Examples of design excellence in swimsuits, sunglasses, fishing gear, surfboards and more. Through November 16 at Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design in Waitsfield. mariLyn ruSeckaS: "Pastels & Paints," vibrantly colored landscapes. Through October 13 at Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682. meLiSSa knight: "The Ballerina Series," batik-fabric collage and designs. Through October 11 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676. PSychoLogy & counSeLing art exhibition: Artwork by master's students in the psychology and counseling department. Through September 22 at Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311. ria bLaaS: Large-scale sculptures and installations, puppets, furniture, paintings, and tableware. Through October 23 at Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction. Info, 295-0808.

ted ZiLiuS: "Painting or Collage," collage-paintings on wood panel created by the Vermont artist and homebuilder in the late 1990s. Through September 28 at Local 64 in Montpelier. Info, 595-0605. 'the uncommon thread': Contemporary quilts and fiber art by eight of the region's top fiber artists. Through October 21 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018. Victoria herZberg & SheryL trainor: "Following the Muse," new hand-pulled monoprints and collagraphs. Through September 30 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. 'SLowLife': Time-lapse photography and videos set to an original musical score exploring the growth and movement of plants. Through November 25 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY SHOWS

caLL to artiStS caLL for artiStS and artiSanS: The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild invites artists and artisans to apply for an exhibition in our Backroom Gallery in 2013. Contact Joan Harlowe at redhorse@burkevt. net. Include a brief statement about yourself and your work, and a few JPEGs. Deadline: September 30.

oPen caLL for artiStS: Selection and application for art events in Basel, Venice and London. Visual artists will have their own stand in Basel or Venice. Info, galeriazero. info/program.html.

‘red’: A juried photography exhibition at Darkroom Gallery. Deadline: September 19. Jurors: LensWork’s Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher. Info, crafterS wanted! Annual holiday showcase and craft fair, on November 17, is seeking crafters and demonstrators. Registration deadline: November 1. Info, 782-6874 or fairfaxcraftfair@ new SPace SeekS fine art: Seeking 2-D art for Burlington location for one- to three-

creatiVe comPetition_004: Presented by the Root Gallery. $8 entry fee. People’s-choice vote; winner takes all (compounded entry money). Limit one piece, any size, media or subject. First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Vote for your favorite piece until awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Location: RLPhoto, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info, publicartschool@ riVer artS caLL to artiStS: Display your work at River Arts in Morrisville, which is an Open Studio Weekend hub site, October 6 and 7. Juried. Info, or 888-1261. 800.862.9616 12h-burlingtoncollege-2-091912.indd 1

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Sometimes to tell a secret… You first have to teach a lesson.

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caLL to artiStS: The Fletcher Free Library is looking for local, talented

5th annuaL amateur PhotograPhy conteSt: The theme of this year’s contest is “Portraits...” Deadline: September 19. Entry forms and rules can be found at

reStaurant art: Hang your work in a fine-dining atmosphere. Chow!Bella Restaurant and Twiggs @ Chow!Bella are looking for artists to exhibit their work on a three-month rotation. Chow!Bella is located at 28 North Main Street in St. Albans. If interested, email Wendi Murphy, wcmurphy06@, with at least two images of your work or your web address. No charge to hang; no commissions.

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Vermont hS PhotograPherS: 3rd Annual Vermont HS Student Photographer Exhibition. Darkroom Gallery: Personal Style. Free entry deadline: September 26. Juror: St. Michael’s photography instructor Jordan Douglas. Sponsored by Info, ex35.

PubLic art ProJect: BCA Center and Redstone are accepting proposals for new public artwork to be the defining landmark for a hotel planned on St. Paul Street in Burlington. Deadline: October 19, 5 p.m. Info, burlingtoncityarts. org/uploadedFiles/ BurlingtonCityArts-org/ Community/Art_in_Public_ Places/StPaulSculptureRFP Reissue.pdf.

caLL to art ownerS: Bryan Memorial Gallery requests the submission of privately owned fine art by deceased artists for exhibition and sales in its galleries this fall. Info, info@ or 644-5100.

All lectures in this series are free and open to the public.


VendorS needed: Artists and crafters needed for the Old North End Art Market on September 22. An 8-by-6-foot space is only $30, and a table and chair are provided. Info,  

chandLer hoLiday baZaar: Chandler Arts seeks submissions of arts, fine crafts, food products and more to be juried on October 8 for the holiday bazaar. Info,

month rotation beginning now. Please email three JPEG submissions, artist website and a brief description of the work to

Wed. / SeP. 26 / 6:15PM / BurLington CoLLege

exhibition ProPoSaLS: The Gallery at Burlington College is accepting exhibition proposals for 2012-2013. Deadline: October 5. Info,

painters, photographers and sculptors for an October/ November exhibition. Info, 355-5485.

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grew up all over the country, but one place felt like home: her great-grandmother’s

house in South Strafford, Vt., which she visited every year. Those visits are the reason that, after a successful graphic-design career in New York City and a period making art in Nantucket, Whelihan finally settled in Vermont’s Upper Valley. Her broken-plate mosaics reflect her migration, some depicting images of island life, others the covered bridges of the Green Mountain State. Her work is in a show called “Pieced Together” at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., September 20 through November 30. Pictured: “Covered Bridge.”


'Artists of the forest': Abenaki baskets, Acadian wood-carvings, birch-bark canoes, dog sleds, snow shoes, furniture and more by 13 traditional artists from the Northern Forest Region. Through December 22 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. 'Autumn LeAves': Monoprints by Casey Blanchard, jewelry by Bruce Baker and collage by Linda Durkee. Through September 30 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222.





'CAmerA Work: stiegLitz, steiChen, strAnd, And CompAny': An exhibit highlighting three luminaries of American photography — Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand — and featuring issues of Steiglitz's pioneering journal Camera Work, which was published between 1903 and 1917. Through October 28 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. 'ChinA modern: designing 20th-Century popuLAr CuLture': A touring exhibit developed by California's Pacific Asia Museum that explores the rich tradition of Chinese designs in advertising, packaging and promotional art for cinema, music, comic books, pulp fiction, fashion, games and toys. Through December 9 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. diCk & nAnCy Weis: Large-scale acrylic paintings by Dick, small-scale encaustic paintings by Nancy. Through October 5 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071.

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'environmentAL/figurAtive interiors': Large-scale depictions — in charcoal, ink, gouache, photo collage and found objects — of a live model posed in a theatrical tableau. September 26 through October 3 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168. 'fuLL house': Christine Holzschuh, Kitty O'Hara, Mareva Millarc, Meta Strick and Chikako Suginome each fill a gallery room with a completed body of work. Through September 29 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. JAmes vogLer: "A Trail of Breadcrumbs," abstract paintings inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales. Through November 2 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188. 'Living portrAits': Oil paintings and ceramic sculptures depicting people who have made a difference in the student artists' lives. Through September 25 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168. LizA myers: "Nesting Instincts," acrylic paintings depicting ancient stone engravings paired with the wild creatures they represent. Through October 31 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4337. nini CrAne: Vermont barn and landscape scenes in watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics. Through September 30 at Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. Info, 482-2878. 'sCuLptfest2012': An outdoor exhibition of sculptural installations by artists responding to the postindustrial landscape. Through October 21 at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097.

Art ShowS

Hey, I just met you… 'Sweet Life': Artwork exploring life's quiet moments by Cynthia Kirkwood, Kathryn Milillo and Jan Roy (through November 4); t.J. Cunningham: New landscapes and portraits by the local painter (through September 30). At Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. 'take me to the fair: an addiSon County tradition': Photographs of the 2011 fair by Markham Starr, plus 19th- and early-20th-century fair posters, ribbons, photographs and other ephemera from the Sheldon collection. Through November 10 at Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117. 'the deLight of deCoyS': A bird decoy for each of the 25 years the museum has been open. Through October 31 at Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Info, 434-2167. tom merwin & diane Lafontaine: "Maui Artist in Residence," Merwin's Vermont landscapes paired with LaFontaine's mixed-media works depicting Hawaiian plants. Through November 1 at Merwin Gallery in Castleton. Info, 468-2592. 'what'S hatChing in Brandon?': Artistenhanced depictions of roosters, hens and other barnyard fowl fill the gallery and appear in various downtown locations as part of the annual town-wide art project. Through September 30 at

Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4956.


CharLie hunter & SuSan aBBott: "Vermont: A Place Apart," new paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through October 31 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943. CheLSea Spear & marJorie kramer: Landscape, cityscape and self-portrait paintings by Kramer; landscape and floral paintings by Spear. Through October 8 at White Water Gallery in East Hardwick. Info, 563-2037.

henry kieLy: Large paintings of utilitarian objects on white, gessoed backgrounds. Through October 14 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

Cube Hangs Once the Gallery Has Closed,” Adam Blue documents the exciting life of minimalist sculpture’s favorite subject, the plain white cube. Blue’s cube, it turns hanging at the skate park, playing hockey with friends, ordering “baconators” at the drive-through and even raking the leaves. “By placing the cube into scenes from everyday life, an everyman is born,” this chill cube — as well as another series by Blue, an installation of 70 night-sky drawings




the New Millennium” — in his show “AstroExplorer” at Main Street Museum in White River Junction, September 22 Leaves Is, Like, Totally Zen.”

Saturdays at Gardener’s Supply in Burlington

L. miChaeL LaBiak: "Painter of Light," New England landscapes in watercolor or oils. Through October 7 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.

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mathew pardue: Paintings in oil of the Shelburne Farms area. Through September 23 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.

September 22 • 11:30–1:00pm Autumn Intrigue — Plants for Maximum Impact

pauL gruhLer: Paintings that explore line, form and color. Through November 5 at Brown Library, Sterling College, in Craftsbury Common. Info, 586-7711, ext. 124. riChard Brown: "Vintage Tasha Tudor," photographs of the Vermont illustrator's early-19th-century lifestyle. Through September 25 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 467-3701. SeptemBer artiStS: Work by fiber artist Jan Brosky, photographer David Juaire, printmaker Lyna Lou Nordstrom and potter Susan Delear. Through September 30 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403. 'the Vermont LandSCape': Work by self-taught Vermont artists Merrill Densmore, Lawrence Fogg and Dot Kibbee. Through October 9 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857.


katherine JohnSon: Nature-themed works made from found materials such as wood and stone. Through September 30 at VINS Nature Center in Quechee. Info, 359-5001, ext. 219.

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SeptemBer exhiBitionS: Paintings by Aline Ordman, Laurie Sverdlove, Kate Emlen, Marrin Robinson and Grace Ellis. Through October 12 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. tom weSSeLmann: "Beyond Pop Art," a retrospective of the American artist famous from the early 1960s for his great American nudes and still lifes. Through October 7 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. m

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'in our nature': Paintings, sculpture, monoprints and photography by Katy Schneider, Tom Cullins, Jim Sardonis, Sky Hoyt, Idoline Duke, Henry Isaacs, Bunny Harvey, Don Ross, Joe Salerno, Jane Parkes and Sharon Wandel. Through October 14 at Comfort Farm in Stowe. Info, 793-8372.

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'expoSed': This annual outdoor sculpture exhibit includes site-specific installations by 17 regional and international artists around the gallery grounds, along the bike path and throughout town. Through October 13 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.

John Caggiano: "Vermont: A Romantic Journey," paintings by the plein-air artist. Through September 26 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696.

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movies Bachelorette ★★


ith her feature-fi lm debut, playwright Leslye Headland makes a desperate attempt to squeeze a little more mileage from modern-day Hollywood’s most overused comic premise: Old friends get nuts and go through changes on the eve of a wedding. And a little — just a little — mileage is what she gets. Bachelorette is basically Bridesmaids meets The Hangover with more coke. The old friends this time around are Regan (Kirsten Dunst), a bossy-pants queen bee; Gena (Lizzy Caplan), a gutter mouth; and Katie (Isla Fisher), an airheaded party girl. The fourth member of the clique, Becky (Bridesmaids’ fabulous Rebel Wilson), may be the reason for the reunion, but she qualifi es as a friend in, at best, a decidedly secondclass sense. The other three women are affronted that she’s the fi rst in the group to get married and refer to her as Pig Face behind her back, just as they did in high school. The writer-director never does off er a plausible explanation regarding how or why the relationship among these mismatched

women — three narcissists and a sweet, tubby nerd — would still exist more than a decade after graduation. Maybe that’s because Headland was preoccupied with her need to push the female raunch envelope, the only plausible reason for this movie to exist. The problem is, she succeeds sporadically in the fi lm’s fi rst half and then caves to convention in the second. The opening scenes contain fl eeting moments of wit and imagination. Regan’s attempt to milk her volunteer work with young cancer patients for praise at a lunch with Becky is edgy-ish. Flying to New York from LA, Gena strikes up a hilarious conversation with a male stranger on the politics of blow jobs. The evening before the wedding, the three decide to post a photo on Facebook of two of them fi tting inside the bride’s dress. I’m not sure comedy history was made, but I chuckled here and there. But then the dress gets damaged, and the balance of the picture is devoted to a night of zany escapades, as the trio chug and drug their way from one end of Manhattan to the other in search of someone to repair it.

WEDDING BELLES Fisher, Caplan and Dunst play bridesmaids dismayed their friend got to say yes to the dress before they did.

Fond memories of funnier fi lms will likely be evoked as the ladies variously wind up in a strip club, require medical attention and behave badly on a bathroom sink. I know what you’re thinking: no tiger? Evidently Headland’s saving it for the sequel. Good luck with that. However, her most unfortunate move in adapting her off Broadway show for the commercial cinema was the decision to sell out totally in the fi nal act. What’s the point of creating such defi antly unlikable characters if you’re just going to declaw them and give them hearts of gold before the closing credits roll? A better title might have been Girls Gone Mild. Bachelorette, believe it or not, was conceived as part of a cycle of works based on

the Seven Deadly Sins. This chapter was supposed to serve as a meditation on gluttony — though, unless my research is off , every one of the seven transgressions is committed by our bitchy BFFs. They may even have invented a couple of new ones. My guess is that Headland’s freshman foray into moviemaking produced such uneven, ultimately forgettable results there won’t be six more fi lms to line up for. She had something in that fi rst act, but, from a Hollywood screenwriting point of view, what to do and where to go with it was a tricky proposition. She took the easy way out. In the end, the moral of this story has more to do with a little cardinal sin called sloth. RICK KISONAK






Resident Evil: Retribution ★


ive Resident Evil movies have been released since 2002. Global audiences can’t seem to get enough of these apocalyptic thrillers loosely based on Capcom’s popular series of video games. Out of curiosity — and because my only alternatives this week were a 3-D update of a Pixar oldie, an art fi lm already out on DVD and a message movie about how liberals are stealing Christmas — I decided to find out why. Full disclosure: I did not do my homework, i.e., view and take notes on the previous Resident Evils. This turned out to be a nonissue, because Retribution opens with a slow-motion, reversed replay of the explosive ending of its predecessor, Resident Evil: Afterlife. That sequence, the most visually exciting in the entire fi lm, is followed by a tutorial in which professor Milla Jovovich — or, to be precise, her Resident Evil character, a kick-ass security expert named Alice — recaps exactly what has happened to her since Movie No. 1, with visual aids. So, by the time the action started, I was up to speed. Granted, I didn’t quite grasp why the evil Umbrella Corporation keeps experimenting with creepy mutations even after the bio-weapon it created escaped from

a lab and turned most of the people on the planet into hungry zombies. The company is controlled by a rogue artifi cial intelligence called the Red Queen (played by Megan Charpentier and voiced by Ave MersonO’Brian), and we all know from Terminator and Matrix movies that computers are capricious masters. Retribution opens with Alice in the clutches of the Red Queen (expect no further Lewis Carroll references). She’s quickly freed through the infl uence of Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), a series bad guy turned good guy, who’s sent his gun-toting henchwoman, Ada Wong (Li Bingbing), and a group of operatives to destroy the Umbrella facility where Alice is being held. To reach the extraction team, she must punch and shoot her way through vast facsimiles of cities such as New York and Tokyo, created by Umbrella to test its armory of beasties. The trailer for Retribution plays up this virtual-reality element, highlighting a scene in which Jovovich appears to be living a cloyingly perfect suburban life with a husband and daughter (Oded Fehr and Aryana Engineer). But my hopes that director Paul W.S. Anderson would steal liberally from Inception and The Matrix were soon dashed.

FIGHT CLUB Jovovich does what she does best against many, many faceless baddies in the video-game-based series’ fi fth installment.

The suburban scenes prove to be merely an excuse for him to steal even more liberally from Aliens, with none of the suspense and dread of the original. So what’s the appeal of Resident Evil movies? They translate well around the world: Dialogue is minimal, and everyone except Jovovich, Engineer and Merson-O’Brian acts so woodenly, they might as well be dubbed already. That includes Michelle Rodriguez, back playing two clones of her character from Resident Evil. Indeed, characters in these fi lms have a chronic tendency to get themselves cloned and switch allegiances and identities — which prevents the viewer from caring about them, but also makes it a cinch to extend the

series indefi nitely. Are things getting boring? Bring back a series regular like Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), but make her evil! Bring on Nazi zombies! Put a digital blood spatter on the camera! In the end, it’s basically a movie about Jovovich in black-leather quasi-bondage gear doing acrobatics while fi ring her gun. There’s no doubt something pure and postmodern about this bloody digital circus, which doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not, and whose makers care about critics’ opinions about as much as Lars von Trier cares about tact. But low aspirations are their own reward. MARGOT HARRISON

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ARBITRAGE: Richard Gere plays a venture capitalist who finds himself in hot water for his dodgy dealings in this financial thriller from writerdirector Nicholas Jarecki. With Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling. (100 min, R. Palace) DREDD: The makers of this futuristic action thriller about a cop with powers of judge, jury and executioner, including writer Alex (The Beach) Garland, insist it’s an adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics with no connection to the notorious 1995 Stallone film. Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey star. Pete (Vantage Point) Travis directed. (98 min, R. Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace) END OF WATCH: David (Street Kings) Ayer, known for his gritty police dramas, wrote and directed this one about two young cops who find themselves the targets of a murderous cartel. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick star. (109 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace)

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2016: OBAMA’S AMERICA★★ Dinesh D’Souza takes a run at being the Right’s answer to Michael Moore as he explains where he believes four more years of the president will put the country. It’s already the top-grossing conservative documentary of all time. D’Souza and John Sullivan directed. (89 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic) THE AVENGERS★★★1/2 Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk team up to form a super-group and battle yet another global threat in this Marvel Comics extravaganza. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. Joss Whedon directed. (140 min, PG-13. Sunset; ends 9/23)

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BACHELORETTE★★ Three grown-up “mean girls” (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan) who are still single are asked to be bridesmaids for a woman they used to mock in high school in this dark comedy from first-time director Leslye Headland. (94 min, R. Roxy) BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD★★★1/2 This Sundance hit is a near-future fantasy about a delta community grappling with radical environmental change, told from the perspective of a 6-year-old girl (Quvenzhané Wallis). With Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly. Benh Zeitlin makes his feature directorial debut. (93 min, PG-13. Roxy)

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THE BOURNE LEGACY★★★1/2 Tony (Michael Clayton) Gilroy directs the fourth in the conspiracythriller series, in which Jeremy Renner (playing a new character) takes over Matt Damon’s punching and kicking duties. With Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen and David Strathairn. (135 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET: Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue learn that homes where someone killed their parents should probably be avoided, much like cabins in the woods, in this horror flick from director Mark Tonderai. With Max Thieriot. (101 min, PG-13. Capitol, Majestic, Palace)

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THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY★ In this long-shelved action thriller, Henry Cavill plays a young financier who discovers that his dad (Bruce Willis) is entangled in CIA shenanigans after part of his family is kidnapped during their vacation in Spain. Sigourney Weaver gets to shoot a gun. Mabrouk (JCVD) El Mechri directed. (93 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace; ends 9/20)


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CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER★★1/2 Actress Rashida Jones cowrote this relationship drama, in which she stars as an alpha female who divorces her slacker husband (Andy Samberg) but then finds herself needing his friendship. Lee Toland Krieger directed. (91 min, R. Big Picture, Roxy)

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THE CAMPAIGN★★1/2 Two schemers plot to run a naïf (Zach Galifianakis) against an established incumbent (Will Ferrell) for a seat in Congress in this comedy from director Jay (Meet the Fockers) Roach. With Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott. (97 min, R. Majestic, Palace, Sunset)

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TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE: An aging baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) reconnects with his estranged daughter (Amy Adams) and proves he can still spot talent in this drama that sounds like a counterargument to Moneyball. Robert Lorenz makes his feature directing debut. (111 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe)



THE MASTER: Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a midcentury guru who recruits Joaquin Phoenix for his new religion — or, some might say, cult — in this ambitious period drama from Paul Thomas (There Will Be Blood) Anderson. With Amy Adams and Jesse Plemons. (137 min, R. Palace, Savoy)

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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 celeste & Jesse Forever 8. ParaNorman 5. moonrise Kingdom 6 (Wed only). The Bourne Legacy 7 (Wed only). Full schedule not available at press time. Schedule changes frequently; please check website.

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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Finding Nemo (3D) 6:30. Resident Evil: Retribution 4, 7. The Words 3:50, 6:50. Lawless 4:10, 6:40. Full schedule not available at press time.

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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Finding Nemo (3D) 10 a.m. (Thu only; 2-D), 12:35 (2-D), 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35. Resident Evil: Retribution 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:35, 2:45 (3-D), 4:55, 7:05 (3-D), 9:30 (3-D). The cold Light of Day 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20. The Words 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1:05, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. 2016: obama’s America 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:30, 2:35, 7:20. Lawless 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 4, 7, 9:30. The Possession 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1:30, 3:35, 5:40, 7:45, 9:50. The Expendables 2 7:30, 9:45. The odd Life of timothy Green 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. ParaNorman 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1:05, 3:10, 5:15. The Bourne Legacy 4:40, 9:25. Hope Springs 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:50, 3:05, 5:20, 7:35, 9:50. friday 21 — thursday 27 *Dredd (3-D) 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu), 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45. *End of Watch 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20. *trouble With the curve 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:40. Finding Nemo (3D) 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only; 2-D), 12:35 (2-D), 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35. Resident Evil: Retribution 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:35, 2:45 (3-D), 4:55, 7:05 (3-D), 9:30 (3-D). The Words 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 1:05, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. 2016: obama’s America 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:55, 3, 7:20. Lawless 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 1, 4, 7, 9:30. The Possession 7:45, 9:50. The odd Life of timothy Green 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. ParaNorman 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 1:05, 3:10, 5:15. Hope Springs 5:05, 9:25.


wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Finding Nemo (3D) 6:25, 9. The Words 6:15, 9:05. 2016: obama’s America 6:25, 9. The Possession 6:30, 9:05. The Bourne Legacy 6:10, 9:10.


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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Finding Nemo (3D) 1, 1:30 (2-D), 3:40, 4, 5:45, 6:30, 9 Last ounce of courage 1:20, 3:25, 6:40, 9:05. Resident Evil: Retribution (3-D) 1, 3:40, 7, 9:25. The cold Light of Day 8:45. The Words 1:20, 3:50, 6:45, 9:05. 2016: obama’s America 3:50, 6:35. Lawless 1:05, 3:40, 6:35, 9:15. The Possession 1:30, 4, 7:10, 9:20. The Expendables 2 6:50, 9:15. The odd Life of timothy Green 1. ParaNorman (3-D) 1:15, 3:30. The Bourne Legacy 8:15. The campaign 4:15, 9:35. The Dark Knight Rises 1, 6:15. friday 21 — thursday 27 *Dredd (3-D) 1:40, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30. *End of Watch 1:15, 3:45, 6:45, 9:15. *House at the End of the Street 1:45, 4:15, 7:15, 9:35. *trouble With the curve 1:35, 4:05, 7, 9:25. Finding Nemo (3D) 1, 1:30, 2, 3:15, 4, 6:30, 9. Last ounce of courage 9:20. Resident Evil: Retribution (3-D) 1:10, 3:55, 6:50, 9:10. The Words 1:05, 6:35. Lawless 1, 6:25. The Possession 7:20, 9:45. The Expendables 2 3:40, 9:05. ParaNorman (3-D) 4:20. The Bourne Legacy 6:20. The campaign 3:30, 9:40.


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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Finding Nemo (3D) 7. Resident Evil: Retribution 7. The Words 7. friday 21 — thursday 27 Finding Nemo (3D) 2 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30 (Fri & Sat only), 7 (Sun-Thu only), 8:30 (Fri & Sat only). Resident Evil: Retribution 2 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30 (Fri & Sat only), 7 (Sun-Thu only), 9 (Fri & Sat only). The Intouchables 2 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30 (Fri & Sat only), 7 (SunThu only), 9 (Fri & Sat only).


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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Bachelorette 1:15, 3:10, 5:05, 7:05, 9:20. Sleepwalk With me 1:05, 3, 4:55, 7, 9:10. monsieur Lazhar 1:20, 3:20, 6:30, 8:30. The Words 5:10, 9:15. celeste & Jesse Forever 1:25, 3:30, 7:20, 9:25. Beasts of the Southern Wild 1, 2:55, 4:50, 6:55, 9:05. moonrise Kingdom 1:10, 3:15, 7:15, 9:30. friday 21 — thursday 27 *trouble With the curve 1:20, 3:40, 7, 9:20. Robot & Frank 1:15, 3:10, 5, 7:20, 9:25. Bachelorette 3:30, 8:35. Sleepwalk With me 1:05, 3, 4:55, 6:50, 8:45. monsieur Lazhar 3:20, 8:25. celeste & Jesse Forever 1:25,

wednesday 19 — thursday 20 ***Glenn Beck: Unelectable 2012 Thu: 8. Resident Evil: Retribution 1:45, 4:25, 7:15, 9:30. The cold Light of Day 9:05 (Wed only). The Words 1:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:15. Farewell, my Queen 3:45, 6:45. Lawless 1:15, 4:10, 6:40, 9:15. The Possession 4:20, 7:10, 9:25. Premium Rush 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:25, 4:05, 7, 9:20. The odd Life of timothy Green 1. ParaNorman 1:35. Ruby Sparks 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10, 3:40, 6:35 (Wed only). The Bourne Legacy 8:50. The campaign 1:40, 4, 6:55, 9:10. Hope Springs 1:05, 3:30, 6:30, 9. friday 21 — thursday 27 ***Glenn Beck: Unelectable 2012 Tue: 7:30. *Arbitrage 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:25, 4, 6:50, 9:10. *Dredd 1:30, 4:10, 7:05, 9:35. *End of Watch 1:15, 3:55, 6:55, 9:25. *House at the End of the Street 1:40, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40. *The master 12:45, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20. *trouble With the curve 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:55, 3:30, 6:45, 9:15. Resident Evil: Retribution 1:45, 4:20, 7:15, 9:30. Lawless 1:10, 9:05 (except Tue). Premium Rush 3:35, 9. Ruby Sparks 3:50, 6:40 (except Tue). Hope Springs 1:05, 6:35.

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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Last ounce of courage 6:30, 9. Resident Evil: Retribution (3-D) 6:30, 9:10.

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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Sleepwalk With me 6, 8. Ruby Sparks 6:30, 8:30. friday 21 — thursday 27 *The master 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. Sleepwalk With me 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6, 8.

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wednesday 19 — thursday 20 Lawless 7. Hit and Run 7. Hope Springs 7. friday 21 — thursday 27 *trouble With the curve 2:30 (Sat only), 4:30 (Sun only), 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). Lawless 2:30 (Sat only), 4:30 (Sun only), 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). Hope Springs 2:30 (Sat only), 4:30 (Sun only), 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only).

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES★★★★ Having defeated urban chaos and violated about a million civil liberties at the end of The Dark Knight, Batman went underground. What kind of threat will it take to make him Gotham City’s protector again, eight years later? Christian Bale returns as the Caped Crusader, and Christopher Nolan again directs. With Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Tom Hardy. (165 min, PG-13. Majestic; ends 9/20) THE EXPENDABLES 2★★1/2 The team of mature male action stars is back for another go-round, this time on a revenge mission in enemy territory. Butts are liable to be kicked by Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, while Liam Hemsworth is the token millennial. Simon (Con Air) Green directed. (103 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Welden) FAREWELL, MY QUEEN★★★1/2 One of Marie Antoinette’s servants fears for her beloved mistress as the French Revolution heats up in this costume drama from director Benoît Jacquot. With Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen. (97 min, NR. Palace; ends 9/20) FINDING NEMO (3D)★★★★1/2 Pixar’s 2003 animated fish story about a clownfish on an oceanic odyssey to find his son gets —you guessed it — a new dimension. With the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen Degeneres and Alexander Gould. Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich directed. (107 min, G. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis) HIT AND RUN★ And we have a winner for Most Generic Film Title of 2012. In this action-comedyroad-movie, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are lovers on the run; Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold stand in their way. David Palmer and Shepard directed. (85 min, R. Stowe, Sunset) HOPE SPRINGS★★★1/2 A long-suffering wife (Meryl Streep) drags her husband (Tommy Lee Jones) to a famous couples therapist in this comedy-drama from director David (Marley and Me) Frankel. With Steve Carell and Jean Smart. (100 min, PG-13. Essex, Palace, Stowe, Welden)

PREMIUM RUSH★★★ Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a bike messenger who finds himself delivering a dangerous package in this thriller from director David (Secret Window) Koepp. With Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez. (91 min, PG-13. Palace, Sunset)

LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE 1/2★ A war veteran is inspired by the death of his soldier son to combat the secular folks who apparently have a problem with his community celebrating Christmas in this message drama from directors Darrel Campbell and Kevin S. McAfee. With Fred Williamson and Jennifer O’Neill. (101 min, PG. Majestic, Paramount)

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION★ In the fifth film based on the zombie apocalypse video games, Milla Jovovich continues to try to save the world from an evil corporation’s virus, and if you avoided the previous installments, you don’t care what happens in this one anyway. With Michelle Rodriguez and Sienna Guillory. Paul W.S. Anderson directed. (97 min, R. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Paramount [3-D], Sunset, Welden)

LAWLESS★★ Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf play bootlegging brothers in 1930s Virginia in this gangster epic based on Matt Bondurant’s book The Wettest County in the World. With Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke. John (The Road) Hillcoat directed. (110 min, R. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe, Sunset) MONSIEUR LAZHAR★★★★ A Montreal teacher (Mohamed Fellag) tries to inspire his sixth-grade classroom in the wake of a tragedy in this acclaimed Québécois film from director Philippe Falardeau. (94 min, PG-13. Roxy) MOONRISE KINGDOM★★★★1/2 Writer-director Wes Anderson returns with this whimsical period drama, set in the 1960s, in which two kids on a bucolic New England island decide to run away together. With Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray. (94 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Roxy) THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN 1/2★ Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a childless couple who, instead of adopting, bury their wishes for their ideal child in their backyard — only to find said kid sprouting there. Peter Hedges directed this Disney drama. (104 min, PG. Essex, Majestic, Palace) PARANORMAN★★★ A boy who can communicate with the dead seeks a productive use for his ghoulish talent in this stop-motion animation from Laika, the studio behind Coraline. With the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Chris Butler and Sam (The Tale of Despereaux) Fell directed. (92 min, PG. Big Picture, Essex, Majestic [3-D], Palace, Sunset) THE POSSESSION★★1/2 A family makes the classic mistake of bringing a haunted box into their home in this horror flick. Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star. Ole (Nightwatch) Bornedal directed. (93 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Sunset)

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ROBOT & FRANK★★★1/2 Frank Langella plays a retired burglar who enlists his robot companion in a new caper in this fest favorite set in the near future. With Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler and Peter Sarsgaard voicing the robot. Jake Schreier directed. (90 min, PG-13. Roxy)


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TED★★1/2 A Christmas miracle brings a boy’s teddy bear to life — and, as an adult, he can’t shake the fluffy, obnoxious companion in this comedy with Mark Wahlberg, Joel McHale, Mila Kunis and Giovanni Ribisi. Seth (“Family Guy”) MacFarlane wrote, directed and voice-starred. (106 min, R. Sunset; ends 9/23) THE WORDS★1/2 What is it with casting Bradley Cooper as an aspiring Great American Novelist? In Limitless, he used a drug to give himself supercreativity; this time around, his character just plain plagiarizes, then feels guilty while enjoying fame and the company of Zoe Saldana. With Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid. Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal make their directorial debuts. (87 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy)

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL★★★1/2 Aging folks of limited means find themselves living in a ramshackle hotel in India in this seriocomic showcase for some of the UK’s best actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy. (124 min, PG-13)

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THE CABIN IN THE WOODS★★★★ Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard scripted this inventive horror satire about young people who take an ill-advised jaunt into the wild. Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Whitford and Kristen Connolly star. (95 min, R) CHICO & RITA: This Spanish animated film for adults, set in the world of midcentury Latin music, was nominated for a 2011 Oscar. Read our web-only review this Friday. (94 min, NR)

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ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT★★ In their fourth anachronistic animated adventure, the breakup of a continent sends the Paleolithic critters on marine adventures. Could it all be an excuse to introduce pirates? With the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Peter Dinklage and Jennifer Lopez. Mike Thurmeier and Steve Martino directed. (93 min, PG. Sunset; ends 9/23)

THE INTOUCHABLES★★★ In this hit from France, a young daredevil from the Paris slums (Omar Sy) brightens the life of a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) when he becomes his personal assistant. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano directed. (112 min, R. Marquis)





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at a fire station two hours after the incident. Fire officials called police, but, according to a police statement, “due to area patrol units being busy handling high-priority runs, no units were dispatched to the location.” The 36-year-old man eventually went to a police station, where he was arrested. (Associated Press)

Less than an hour after Richard Owens, 18, was released from jail in Land O’ Lakes, Fla., a sheriff’s deputy saw him trying to break into a car in the jail parking lot. “He knows Richard because he released him from jail earlier in the evening,” the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported, adding the car belongs to another deputy. (Tampa Bay Times)

Blind Faith

A man driving off a ferry in Whittier, Alaska, went about 400 feet, then obeyed his GPS unit directing him to make a hard right turn and drove down a boat ramp into the harbor. Whittier public safety director Dave Schofield said the Subaru was fully submerged, but a man jumped in the water and broke open a window, allowing the unnamed driver and his two dogs to escape. A cat inside a carrier drowned. (Associated Press)

After a man stole a 32-inch TV from a Walmart store in Port Charlotte, Fla., two detectives in separate vehicles spotted the suspect fleeing on a bicycle. One pulled ahead of him while the other gave chase on foot. While watching the detective behind him, the suspect failed to realize the vehicle in front had stopped and slammed into it. Walmart security personnel identified Jonathan Ryan Fontaine, 32, as the suspect, and he was arrested. (Sarasota’s REAL f REE WWSB-TV)

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Authorities who know Richard Henry Bain, 61, the man accused of opening fire at a political rally in Montréal, described him as “a little eccentric” because he wore a kilt. “Certainly, when you see someone in a kilt in this region,” Marie-France Brisson, the municipal director general in La Conception, Québec, where Bain lives, “it’s not like New York. It stands out a bit more.” (Reuters)

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aRIES (March 21-april 19): For every tril lion dollars the u.s. government spends on the military, it creates about 11,000 jobs. That same expenditure, if directed toward education, creates 27,000 jobs. personally, i’d rather have the taxes i pay go to teach ers than soldiers — especially in light of the fact that the u.s. spends almost as much money on its military as all the other nations in the world combined spend on theirs. i suggest that in the coming months you make a metaphorically similar move, aries. Devote more of your time and energy and resources to learning, and less to fighting. ironically, doing that will ultimately diminish the fighting you have to do. as you get more training and wisdom, you’ll become more skilled at avoiding unneces sary conflicts. ta URUS (april 20-May 20): now is an excellent time to cull, prune and winnow. i urge you to look for opportunities to pare down and refine. On the other hand, don’t go too far. be careful that you don’t truncate, desecrate or annihilate. it’s not an easy assignment, t aurus. you will have to be skeptical about any temptation you might have to go overboard with your skepticism. you will have to be cautious not to allow your judicious discernment to devolve into destructive distrust. Che Ck

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A small twin-engine plane crashed in Taylorville, Ill., killing the pilot but sparing all 12 passengers, who were skydivers and jumped from the plane before it went down. (St. Louis’s KSDK-TV)

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l Eo (July 23- aug. 22): Questions and more questions! w ill the monkey on your back jump off, at least for a while? w ill the sign of the zodiac that you understand least become an x-factor in the unfolding plot? w ill a cute distraction launch you on what seems to be a wild goose chase — until it leads you to a clue you didn’t even know you were looking for? w ill a tryst in an un sacred space result in an odd boost to your long-term fortunes? The answers to riddles like these will be headed your way in the coming weeks. you’re at the beginning of a phase that will specialize in alluring twists and brain-teasing turns.

ant to submit a letter to the editor of a major newspaper? The odds of you getting published in the influential w ashington post are almost three times as great as in the super-influential new york t imes. The post has a much smaller circulation, so your thoughts there won’t have as wide an impact. but you will still be read by many people. according to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re in a phase when you should be quite content to shoot for a spot in the post. please apply that same principle to everything you do.


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(sept. 23-Oct. 22): according to the asian spiritual traditions of t antra and t aoism, it’s unhealthy for a man to have too many ejaculatory orgasms. Doing so depletes his vital energy and can lead to depression and malaise. but medical researchers in the w est have come to the exact opposite conclusion: The more climaxes men have, the better. according to them, frequent sex even promotes youth fulness and longevity. so who to believe? h ere’s what i think: every man should find out for himself by conducting his own ex periments. as a general rule, i recommend the empirical approach for many other questions, as well — and especially right now for l ibran people of all genders. r ather than trusting anyone’s theories about any thing, find out for yourself.

Sco RpIo (Oct. 23- nov. 21): The 19thcentury norwegian playwright h enrik ibsen was an iconoclast who relished exposing the hypocrisy and shallowness of conventional morality. w hile working on one of his plays, he kept a pet scorpion in an empty beer glass on his desk. “now and again,” he testified, “when the creature was wilting, i would drop into the glass a piece of fruit, which it would seize upon in a frenzy and inject with its poison. it would then revive. are not we poets like that?” k eep these details in mind during the coming weeks, scorpio. you will probably have some venom that needs to be expelled. i hope you’ll do it like ibsen writing his brilliantly scathing plays or the scorpion stinging some fruit. Sag Itta RIUS (nov. 22-Dec. 21): “There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative

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painter than to paint a rose,” said French artist h enri Matisse, “because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” i’d love to expand this principle so that it applies to everything you do in the coming week. w hatever adventures you seek, sagittarius, prepare for them by forgetting all the adventures you have ever had. That way you will unleash the fullness of the fun and excitement you deserve.

cap RIco RN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): w here do you belong? not where you used to belong and not where you will belong in the future, but where do you belong right now? The answer to that question might have been murky lately, but the time is ripe to get clear. t o identify your right and proper power spot, do these things: First, decide what experiences you will need in order to feel loved and nurtured between now and your birthday. second, determine the two goals that are most important for you to accomplish between now and your birth day. and third, summon a specific vision of how you can best express your generosity between now and your birthday. aQUaRIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18 ): are you excited about your new detachable set of invisible wings? They’re ready. t o get the full benefit of the freedom they make available, study these tips: 1. Don’t attach them to your feet or butt; they belong on your shoulders. 2. t o preserve their sheen and functionality, avoid rolling in the muddy gutter while you’re wearing them. 3. Don’t use them just to show off. 4. it’s Ok to fly around for sheer joy, though. 5. never take them off in mid-flight. pIScES (Feb. 19-March 20): you know that leap of faith you’re considering? now would be a good time to rehearse it, but not do it. h ow about that big experiment you’ve been mulling over? imagine in detail what it would be like to go ahead, but don’t actually go ahead. h ere’s my third question, pisces: h ave you been thinking of making a major commitment? My advice is similar to the first two issues: r esearch all of its ramifications. Think deeply about how it would change your life. Maybe even formulate a prenuptial agreement or the equivalent. but don’t make a dramatic dive into foreverness. not yet, at least. This is your time to practice, play and pretend.

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A man suspected of fatally shooting two men and seriously wounding two others in Detroit turned himself in

People who aren’t on social networking sites are “suspicious,” according to increasing numbers of employers and even some psychologists, and may be abnormal and dysfunctional. The German magazine Der Taggspiegal pointed out that Colorado theater shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik lack Facebook profiles, and advice columnist Emily Yoffee cautioned young people against dating anyone who isn’t on Facebook. (Britain’s Daily Mail)


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The U.S. Postal Service wastes at least $2 million a year by printing more commemorative stamps than it sells and then destroying the unsold stamps, according to USPS investigators. It wasted $1.2 million in printing costs in 2009, for example, by issuing 1 billion 44 cent stamps commemorating television’s “The Simpsons.” It sold 318 million. Responding to the report, the USPS said it already addressed the problem by creating the “forever” stamp, whose value increases with postage rates. (Bloomberg News)

Fed up with Canadians crossing the border to use their high Canadian dollar to stock up on comparatively cheap gas, milk and other items, some residents of Bellingham, Wash., started a Facebook page calling for American-only shopping hours at the local Costco. It reports that Canadians not only are loading up on goods, leaving little for the locals, but also are taking up more than one parking space in the store’s lot. Some even complain that Canadians are behaving rudely. But Chamber of Commerce’s Ken Oplinger urged patience, pointing out, “In the last two years, our sales-tax generation has doubled or tripled the pace in the rest of the state, and it’s almost entirely because of the Canadians coming south.” (CBC News)

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h ot and sweet Attractive couple seeks NSA fun with attractive female. Looking for clean sexual encounters. 420 friendly. Pics will get our pics. No dissapointments or fakes here. amyl ee, 41 fI rst t Ime 3 sum Looking for a woman for our first 3 sum. If you’re interested, let us know:). Can exchange pics or meet up. Have a few drinks and see where it leads. Jt 3sum, 28, l t attooed uB er nerds Young, fun couple looking to add a female into the relationship. Open for a LTR. We love comic books, tattoos, movies and anything outside. Lots of love to give, expecting the same in return. Both clean and in shape. Batmanandr obin, 32, l

Kink of the eek: mIxed gender Versat Ile dem Isu B I’d love to offer oral pleasure, unreciprocated, to a woman or women (or couple). In fact, a secret fantasy is to be your handyman, the one you call when your regular just isn’t giving you what you need. But so many things to offer. Even just erotic e-mails would be a delight. cointreau, 60. my biggest turn on is... A clever, imaginative, kinky mind. And if there’s a dirty mouth that goes with it, so much the better.

hI l ad Ies! I’m looking for nice ladies who like to get wild and have great fun while getting off great. Who would like to have a great friend who can give amazing benefits. w illgiveug r8pleasure, 38, l f un th Is weekend Thought I’d give this a shot. Looking for some fun this weekend, maybe more if it works well. Let’s do it. peachmoney, 23 BBw to ro Ck my world Looking for an older woman to share a discreet, fun time with. If it’s good, and we like eachother, maybe turn into a FWB situation. Prefer woman between 30-45, size does not matter; I like them big. Must like younger men. Champ422, 22 look Ing for extra Curr ICular fun Looking for some fun times that work into my busy schedule. Ask and ye shall receive...hopefully. mnn Vkng 1, 41, l

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one two three We are a couple looking for a threeway partner. Women only, please. Must be: attractive, ddf, hwp, open for exploring. couple, 20 h ook up w/ us! We are a friendly, committed and totally fun married couple in the Burlington area. He’s straight, she’s bi. 30m&31f - clean/DD free. We’re both athletes, and hot. You should be too. We’re also both professionals in the community - so a couple of discreet, mature folks are exactly who we’re looking for. Send pics to receive ours. Let’s grab drinks! f allinVt , 30, l

thre for fun may Be 4 couple new to the seen of adding a person/persons to our sex life. my partner is very fit loves to hike.we really want to experence addind others to our fun,partner would love to see me with another woman. OK with a couple with men joining in on woman. My partner is very sexual.looking for fun, nothing long term. mamablueeyes, 48 Cur Ious Couple We are a curious couple interested in adding something extra to our play. Friends with benefits maybe? Very discreet, disease free. brisbooty, 48 seek Ing adult explorat Ions, may Be more Are you a happily married couple intrigued by what might lie beyond everyday life? We’re an attractive, educated, and fun-loving couple seeking a like-minded couple for friendly sensual exploration. We’re interested in meeting a smart, grounded, fit and committed couple who, like us, feel a mindful and secret connection could be exciting. CuriousCoupleseekssame, 48, l adVenturous w aVe rI ders Healthy, free spirited, all about fun, adventure, seeking seasoned 40+ yr. young couple seeking like-minded, ready for a new-to-all-of-us kind of play. We see a fit, vibrantly alive and curious woman on our horizon for a bit of 3-some play. Is this YOU? 2curious2contain, 49, l

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Burlington College Beauty You have a class where you think in a field. You helped me find where I was. You liked my dog, even though it was my friend’s. You caught my attention. You had to leave so soon. Normally I’d wait on chance, but I don’t want to miss this one. When: t uesday, September 11, 2012. Where: field behind Burlington College. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910641

kri SSy Vagabon from Vermont in South Dakota that I haven’t spoke with in 12 years, share a landline and got your message on the answering machine but you didn’t give a call-back number. Circle one: a) amicus, b) amicuses. When: t uesday, September 11, 2012. Where: playing Scrabble. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #910631

SaW you in fla MeS I lost my breath watching you dance. Spinning in circles, surrounded by fire, and you looked so relaxed. Had seen you around, thought you were cold, but I was wrong. Nothing that hot could ever be. What would it take to get you to burn me? When: f riday, September 7, 2012. Where: Speaking Volumes, art Hop. you: Woman. Me: Woman. #910640

Studying Beauty Just wanted to say hi. You: in a brown sweater. Were reading at Muddy’s by yourself, then your friend showed up with poster board, cutting it into squares. Could not take my eyes off you. Maybe I will get the courage to say hi next time. When: t uesday, September 11, 2012. Where: Muddy’s. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910629

outdoor Sy, f un and C Hill Man A picture is worth a thousand words ... a T-shirt that says “TOOL,” a handful of explosives, a headlamp and a can of beer. That is a hell of a package! When: f riday, September 14, 2012. Where: Seven days. you: Man. Me: Woman. #910639

nort H aVe. Hannaford Sunday We passed each other in the aisle. You had a red hat on but I’m not sure what else since I couldn’t get past the eye contact we made in passing. I had just gotten out of work and was wearing blue grungy work clothes. Don’t let the poker face fool you, I was taken aback looking into your eyes. Drinks? When: Sunday, September 9, 2012. Where: north ave. Hannaford. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910628

WHere t He SideWalk end S... Shel Silverstein reference? Not sure ... perhaps you should make an exception in the manufactured goodies department for a script to address the ADHD. You might attain your goals faster than you think ... just saying. You can have the last of the ice cream as long as I get one spoonful from the pint. When: f riday, September 14, 2012. Where: on here. you: Man. Me: Woman. #910638

Patrolling t raffi C You: a cop allowing cars out of the fairgrounds after the Jason/Luke concert. Me: commented on Luke’s nice behind. You: said thank you. Me: You’re welcome :)! When: Saturday, September 1, 2012. Where: f airgrounds. you: Man. Me: Woman. #910630

f irefly Wishing that it didn’t end like it did. I truly hope that you are well and that you are creating a positive new environment for yourself. I will always have love for you, respect for you, and I desire for you to find your dreams and follow them. I hope that I am not “a person that you used to know.” When: Thursday, September 13, 2012. Where: Ppie. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910637

Pink S Hort S on Mt. aBra HaM I passed you on the way up the trail and caught up to you on the way down. We hiked the last mile together. I would enjoy your company on a hike to Giant Mountain, followed by a swim at Split Rock Falls. When: Saturday, September 8, 2012. Where: Mt. abraham. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910626

dan Cing at Blue S for Breakfa St You: Beautiful woman in a dress, out with her friends. Totally grooving to the tunes. Me: Bearded guy with glo-sticks on his wrists. Also grooving quite a bit. I know you saw me checking you out, but you left before the end of the show and I didn’t get the chance to talk to you. Care to meet up sometime? When: f riday, September 7, 2012. Where: nectar’s. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910623

Your guide to love and lust...

mistress maeve

Dear Mistress,

I’ve been on three dates with a guy and I’ve decided that I’m just not attracted to him. I wish I liked him! He’s good looking, smart and successful, but I’m just not feeling it. I do not have his email address, and we’ve never talked over the phone; we planned our first date through an online dating site, and all future plans were made via text message. So, how do I call this off? It seems rude to follow through with our next date just so I can tell him I don’t want to see him anymore, and it seems awkward to call him, as we’ve never called each other. Can I end it via text message? One of my friends said that breaking up via text would be like breaking up via fax machine in the ’90s (i.e., terrible). Ugh, I hate this!

Dear Breakdown,

Them’s the brakes,

SeVen day S

Even though it’s only been a few dates, breaking up is still hard to do. It sounds like he’s a great guy, just not the one you’re looking for. Kudos to you for identifying your ambivalence early on and wanting to be forthright with him — others wouldn’t be so considerate. In most instances, after a short courtship, it’s best to end things via the vehicle of communication you’ve used the most (even fax machine, if that was your main mode of confab). In your case, it’s OK to send a text message — unless you’ve slept with him. If your dates have culminated in nothing more than a make-out session, a text message is not insensitive. However, if you had sex with him, spent the night and ventured out for brunch the next day, you should make a phone call. Even though you’ve never spoken on the phone, an intimate encounter necessitates a talk, even if it’s awkward. Put yourself in his shoes. If you slept with a guy and thought the relationship was going somewhere, how would you feel if he dumped you via text? Whether it’s text or talk, keep it short and sweet. Let him know that you think he’s awesome, but you’re not feeling that “thing” you need to feel in order to continue the relationship.




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Bro Wn-eyed Bird Painter I see you all over Burlington and South Burlington. Riding your bike to work, hanging out by the lake and chasing your nub-tailed cat all over the yard. Seeing you makes my day every time. When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Where: BVt. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910634

art Ho P HuStle You wore fluorescent yellow pants and my T-shirt smelled like wet laundry. I said your butt looked nice on that bike, you told me to f@ck off. You were so concerned about someone stealing that bike but you stole my affection and didn’t think twice. Call me. When: f riday, September 7, 2012. Where: art Hop. you: Woman. Me: Man. #910624


r al PH MaCCHio @ eart H Clo Ck I loved hanging out and doing freaky stuff in the earth clock together. You are so incredibly sweet and adorable. I don’t care that you’re so much younger than I am. Hopefully we can do everything this past weekend again ... preferably not in public though :) When: f riday, September 7, 2012. Where: art Hop. you: Man. Me: Woman. #910636 Well- dre SSed t auru S @ doBra You were outside sipping tea, possibly reading the Odyssey. I said hi and said I had remembered giving you a ride to UVM last year. I asked if you are a professor. You dress way too stylishly to be straight, but I’m kind of hoping you are. You should hang out with me while I’m still in town. When: t uesday, September 11, 2012. Where: dobra t ea. you: Man. Me: Woman. #910635

BeHind t He Bar I stopped in for an afternooner and a half with a friend to cap off a sunny Sunday. After I said I wanted to hang out with the guy in the beer commercial you told me you had beard envy. My friend thought you might be into me — was she right? When: Sunday, September 9, 2012. Where: Waterbury. you: Man. Me: Woman. #910627


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Bat Man Seeking Batgirl? Batman, if you want to see Batgirl again send pics of Where It All Started, Where She Said Yes and the Red Celebration Location. When: Saturday, September 8, 2012. Where: Burlington, Vt. you: Man. Me: Woman. #910625


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