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is Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama enlightened Vermont with a rare visit last weekend, addressing full-house crowds at Middlebury College on Friday and Saturday. Staff writer Kathryn Flagg attended the Saturday talk and reported about it on Seven Days’ politics and news blog, Off Message. Flagg wrote that some ticket holders queued up well before 6 a.m. to get good seats to see Tibet’s spiritual leader. The day kicked off with remarks from Middlebury College president Ronald D. Liebowitz. But the president’s introduction was interrupted when the Dalai Lama, accompanied by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), appeared on stage mid-sentence. Led by a contingent of Tibetan Vermonters, the crowd leapt to its feet in the first of at least four standing ovations. “Here in Vermont, your Holiness, we think of you as our friend,” Leahy told the Nobel Peace Prize winner. The Dalai Lama’s talk — titled “Finding Common Ground: Ethics for a Whole World” — ranged from personal prayer to political beliefs, and hinged on the importance of compassion and mindfulness. “If you can help other, serve other as

Some Vermont syrup producers are resisting a new, internationally accepted maplegrading system. Guess they’re stuck in their ways.

1. “Vermont Twitter Users Blow the Whistle on a Social Media ‘Scam’” by Tyler Machado. A local man used social media to promote a crowd-funded film project. When it went bust, the Twitterverse pushed back. 2. “A Convicted Sex Offender Made a New Life in Vermont With a Soldier’s Stolen ID” by Andy Bromage. A Vermonter stole another man’s identity and used his name for six years, getting a job, making new friends and even joining the Vermont State Guard.

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Ken Picard’s WTF column last week contained a major error [“Whisky Tango Foxtrot: What’s up with that abandoned railroad car in Grand Isle County?” October 10]. I guess that’s what happens when you base your research on a UVM grad student’s work rather than local and state history sources. In fact, it is quite likely that the rail car in question did “rumble through Grand Isle.” The Rutland RR operated a regular passenger train through the islands throughout the early-to-mid-20th century — roughly 1902 to 1962. It was known as the Island Flyer, and many older islanders, many of whom are now deceased, used to reminisce about lying awake late at night listening to its distant whistle. Up until the 1950s, most of high-schoolaged islanders used to ride the train to school in Burlington on Sunday evening and then return home on Friday afternoon. The South Hero train station was a stone’s throw from where the Bushway car now sits (Iodine Springs St.). The Grand Isle station was about three miles north, and other RRR stations served North Hero and Alburgh. You can still follow the old Rutland RR right of way through most of the islands — and, of course, on the marble causeway from Colchester Point to South Hero, as well as those connecting the rest of Grand Isle County. The causeways, and the entire islands line, were constructed around the turn of

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the 20th century by the Rutland RR using marble from quarries in the greater West Rutland area. It was abandoned in the early ’60s, when governor F. Ray Keyser Jr. and the Republican legislature refused RRR a state subsidy that might have kept it running. Hundreds of jobs were lost, and the issue was used against Keyser in the election of 1962, which Phil Hoff won, becoming the first Democratic governor in Vermont since before the Civil War. Tim Searles

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In reference to Ted Rall’s so-called comic in the October 3 edition of Seven Days, which characterizes our veterans as “stupid” for defending our right to vote: I would remind Mr. Rall that they also sacrificed to ensure his, and Seven Days’, right to print ignorant opinions. Mike Leech

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[Re “An Anti-Abortion Attorney Challenges Burlington’s No-Protest Zone,” September 26]: Care Net states on its website that its purpose is to help women process their situation and access all of their options. Staff is available at their office to provide the tools and the information necessary to make a decision about pregnancy. While


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If the F-35s were based in Burlington, property values would not  be negatively affected. So claims the full-page real-estate ad in Seven Days on October 3. And “... while F-35 flight operations may represent six minutes of minimal inconvenience four days a week...” it is not as important as the economic investments in the VTANG and the 1100 associated jobs — at least that was my take on it. Housing sales and developments are profitable, so the real-estate support was a given. Were the effects of a high-decibel, super-powered F-35 versus a lower-level F-16 on a neighborhood actually tested in their research? These two variables are necessary to reach a conclusion. Ironically, as I was reading the article, two F-16s came screeching overhead and circled for a repeat. The present F-16s fly at all hours, several times a day and after 8 p.m., so I question whether the F-35s can promise “six minutes of minimal inconvenience.” Both my father and son are proud Marines, and I  respect the commitments of service personnel. What I resent is the actions of military decision makers, our representatives, and the people who will hugely profit from the F-35s and not consider the people whose health and homes are impacted. The whole economic future of Vermont is not based solely on the Guard, nor this airplane and the 1100 jobs it will generate, as some would like you to believe. The proposed F-35s are loud, high-precision machines that perform their low-flying, close maneuvers over densely populated areas. If we are to welcome them, develop an alternative flight route.

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There are two sides of this story [“Labor Pains: The VSEA’s New Boss Is Shaking Things Up,” October 10] … The veterans’ home folks are extremely happy with director Mark Mitchell, as are many other VSEA members. Lucinda Kirk is a disgruntled employee, and it’s a good thing for VSEA members that she has decided to move on. Mitchell was hired to take the VSEA in a new direction, and unfortunately there are those who will resist the changes. Kirk seems to be set on causing problems for VSEA rather than helping to make it stronger.

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ermont politicians handed in their final fundraising tallies Monday, just three weeks before Election Day. Final to you, that is. Candidates will keep bringing in the bucks, but the public won’t know who gave what to whom until after the last ballot is cast. Nevertheless, Monday’s report cards give at least some sense of which candidates are making the grade. And, quite clearly, Vermont’s A+ fundraiser remains e s s e x s h o p p e s & c i n e m a Democratic Gov. PETER SHUMLIN. For the umpteenth time in his bid for a FACTORY OUTLETS second term, the governor out-raised his opponent, Sen. RANDY BROCK (R-Franklin). Shumlin took home $173,000 in the past month, bringing his campaign total to $1.2 million. And the dude is straight hoarding it. Shummy spent a paltry $33,000 in the past month and still has more than a million bucks left in his campaign chest. That soon will change. On Tuesday, the 21 ESSEX WAY, ESSEX JUNCTION, VT WWW.ESSEXSHOPPES.COM | 802.878.2851 gov placed a $125,000 television ad buy, which campaign manager ALEX MACLEAN says will get him on air by week’s end for 8v-essexsoutlet101712.indd 1 10/15/12 You are cordially invited to aƩend an 4:02 PMthe first time this campaign. Does that mean Shummy’s worried educaƟonal workshop focusing on about all those Brock ads that show the gov imitating George Harrison? “No, we’re not concerned,” MacLean says. “The governor just wants to get his message of creating jobs and growing the economy out to as many Vermonters as Hosted by: possible. Television advertising is the most Janet Cooper & Uday Smith effective way to do that.” Registered RepresentaƟves The Brock campaign certainly agrees. “We’re putting 85 percent of our resources on TV,” his de facto campaign Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 manager, DARCIE JOHNSON, says, “because 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. it’s the most effective, most economical way to reach voters — bar none.” Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center But Brock has a little less to spend on One College Street the tube these days. In the past month, Burlington, VT 05401 he raised just $45,000 — his smallest haul since candidates began monthly reporting in August — and spent $177,000 of his camAs members of the LGBTQ community, paign total of $692,000. That leaves him we recognize the estate planning challenges with just $107,000. you may experience. This workshop will help Nevertheless, three days after Brock’s you to develop strategies to avoid common last ad buy went dry, he plans to release a planning errors. new spot Wednesday focused on Shumlin’s taxing-and-spending record. Which brings us to the $300,000 quesLimited Sea�ng ‐ Please RSVP by October 23rd to tion: Last week, Brock hinted to reporters that he might personally loan his campaign Trisha Froese: 802‐264‐6636 or Lisa Walker: 802‐863‐2801 even more cash — beyond the $300,000 he’s already coughed up. But no such loans Securities products are offered through Janet Cooper and were listed on Monday’s report. So what Uday Smith, registered representatives of New England Securigives? ties Corp., a broker-dealer (member FINRA/SIPC). Branch office: 302 Mountain View Drive, Suite 201, Colchester, VT “Wait and see,” Johnson says. “We’re working on a few things here and we don’t 8v-baystatefinancial101012.indd 1

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have anything right now to say about that.” As for Shummy finally investing in TV ads, Johnson simply says, “Welcome to the race.”

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The big story coming out of Monday’s campaign finance filings was Burlington’s Six-Hundred-Thousand-Dollar Woman. Last month, the mysterious megabucks donor LENORE BROUGHTON gave $548,000 to the conservative super PAC Vermonters First, for a total contribution of $682,500 (see this week’s cover story and accompanying profile). But Broughton’s not the only one making it rain. As he has throughout the campaign, Shumlin continued to haul in the special-

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— THE FIRST OF THIS CAMPAIGN. interest cash this month. Of the $173,000 he raised this period, a full $57,000 of it came from business interests. Among them? Honeywell ($6000), PepsiCo ($2000) and Mott’s ($1000). A trio of telecommunications firms called in a thousand bucks apiece: FairPoint Communications, Verizon and T-Mobile. And a pair of ski resorts — Killington ($2000) and Mount Snow ($2000) — also made it rain, er, snow. The Democratic Governors Association, which Shummy is expected to chair next year, hasn’t yet bought television ads for its next chief, as it did when Shumlin first ran for governor two years ago. But the group donated $6000 last month. And those crazy folks at the National Rifle Association also shot over $2500 to Shummy’s campaign. So what’s the governor’s special interest total this election cycle? He’s now raised $49,000 from advocacy groups, $57,000 from unions and $223,000 from corporations. As for Brock, when it comes to corporate money, he’s a man of the people. Which is to say, companies aren’t handing him the dough. No wonder he’s loaning it to himself.

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When it comes to special-interest cash, Congressman PETER WELCH (D-VT) has got Shummy beat by a long shot. Despite facing practically zero opposition in November, Welch reported Monday that he’s raised $894,000 throughout the two-year election cycle. Of that, a full $516,000 came from political action committees. That’s nearly 58 percent, folks. Asked to ’splain why he raised more from PACs than people, Welch’s campaign pointed out that if you look at the number of checks written, 84 percent of them came from individuals — mostly Vermonters. Um, yeah. But unlike Home Depot, which has given Welch a cool 10 grand this cycle, most individuals aren’t cutting fivefigure checks. Welch’s PAC money comes from a wide array of corporations, unions and advocacy groups. He’s been particularly successful at milking dairy groups and others with interests before the House Agriculture Committee on which he serves. Like the Dairy Farmers of America ($9000) Agrimark ($4500), the United Egg Association ($3000), Land O’Lakes ($2500) and, wait for it, the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative ($2000). Nothing beats Big Beet. He also raised money this cycle from the likes of Deloitte ($10,000), General Electric ($6000), AT&T ($6000), Lowe’s ($5000) and General Dynamics ($4000). Do the big corporate bucks make Welch indebted to his supporters? “No,” says campaign manager JON COPANS, arguing that Welch has a track record of taking on special interests. “Congressman Welch welcomes the broad base of support he has received for his agenda to restore our economy, grow the middle class, make college and health care affordable and end our dependence on carbon fuels.” Not to mention beet sugar for everyone!

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congressional comrade, Sen. also reported his quarterly fundraising figures Monday and, needless to say, they were simply absurd. Ol’ Bernardo brought in $753,000 during the past three months, for a total of $6.9 million raised throughout his six-year term. He also somehow spent $453,000 — most of which we presume went to pay for the pasta sauce at his famous spaghetti dinners. Unlike Welch, Sanders does not accept

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corporate PAC contributions, though he does take money from unions and other organizations that share his agenda, says campaign manager Phil Fiermonte. Such groups donated $69,000 to Sanders last quarter and $481,000 during the past six years. That’s about 7 percent of his total haul. The rest of it comes from mostly small-dollar donations. According to Fiermonte, Sanders has raised more individual contributions — 141,050 this cycle — than any other incumbent senator. Aside from pasta sauce, where’s that loot going? The ostensibly independent senator sent $50,000 of it to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last quarter, which works to elect big cohhhr-pa-reht interests — I mean, Democrats — to the upper chamber. “Bernie’s doing everything he can to prevent the Republicans from taking over control of the U.S. Senate,” Fiermonte explains. “If Republicans control the Senate, people like Jim inhoFe, who think global warming is a hoax, will become chairmen of the major Senate committees.” And that would be simply outrageous.

Touché! But you know who seems like the kind of guy who thinks a few election cycles ahead? Donovan, the up-and-coming Democrat who Sorrell edged out by just 714 votes. Donovan was quick to back Sorrell’s general election bid, with a fundraising letter and an election eve rally at Burlington’s St. John’s Club. “I’m supporting Bill,” Donovan says. “People who supported me should support Bill this November. It’s important that we have a Democrat in that office.” So does that mean Donovan wouldn’t run against Sorrell in two years if Davis is wrong and the incumbent runs again? “I’m just trying to get by today,” Donovan says. “I ran for attorney general this year. I lost. We’re back to working.” But, um, you’re not ruling it out? “You know, I’m focused on getting Bill Sorrell reelected this November.” Huh. Sure don’t sound like a “no” to us!

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After a bruising primary campaign against Chittenden County State’s Attorney t.J. Donovan, Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell has taken things down a few notches. The 15-year incumbent chose not to replace campaign manager mike Pieciak two weeks ago, when Pieciak announced he was returning to private practice, and the AG’s latest campaign finance report was rather slim. He raised just $12,000 last month. Meanwhile, Progressive opponent eD Stanak has picked up labor support, and Republican opponent Jack mcmullen loaned his campaign another $144,000. That had retired Middlebury College professor eric DaviS prognosticating on Vermont Public Radio over the weekend that Sorrell may fail to crack 50 percent of the vote, which Davis believes is symbolically important. “I think what it probably means is this is his last election and Bill Sorrell will announce his retirement prior to the 2014 election,” Davis told VPR’s Peter Biello on Saturday’s “Morning Edition.” Damn, Eric! Them’s fightin’ words. What say you, Mr. Sorrell? “I don’t see how one follows the other,” Sorrell tells Fair Game. Sorrell says it’s certainly possible he would win by a plurality, but “it’ll be a year from now before I start thinking about what I will do or not do in 2014. I don’t have this Machiavellian thing all mapped out and I never have had.”

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ass Gekas is the youngest majorparty candidate running for statewide office this year. And before her surprise, last-minute entry into the lieutenant governor’s race, the Progressive-Democrat was largely unknown outside of Montpelier’s political circles. Just 24 hours before the June candidate filing deadline, 30-year-old Gekas stepped forward to take on an assignment more seasoned Democrats had declined: a tough race against a popular Republican incumbent better known for stock-car racing than politics. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was well liked heading into his first term, and has done nothing to lose pole position in the two years since. Gekas spent years as a behind-thescenes player in Montpelier — with lobbying firm KSE Partners and as the Vermont Public Interest Research Group’s health care advocate — before stepping onto the campaign stage. Political insiders know her as a knowledgeable young advocate for single-payer health care. Now the firsttime candidate is trying to convince the public she’s ready to be Vermont’s secondin-command — and to run state government should the need arise.

“I think I really surprise [people] when they hear me speak, because they hear passion and knowledge and political savvy,” Gekas says. Vermont’s lieutenant governor is a parttime, ceremonial job responsible for presiding over the state Senate and breaking any tie votes — but also for assuming the responsibilities of the governor, whether he or she is out of state, incapacitated or dies while in office. The last is how Howard Dean got the state’s top job. It’s a role that voters see as both “meaningless” and “really important,” Gekas says. “On one hand, people are like, ‘What does the lieutenant governor do? He doesn’t even do anything.’” On the other hand: “‘Are you qualified to step in as governor?’ Which way is it?” Promising to treat the $60,000-a-year lieutenant governorship as a year-round job, Gekas is hoping voters will see her as someone who could address the “vacuum of leadership” in the office. She’s pledging to keep Vermont on track to be the first state to enact a universal health care system and proposes using the office as a “think tank” when the legislature is not in session to build policy on affordable childcare, renewable energy and economic

development. Gekas shares those priorities with Gov. Peter Shumlin, a connection she stresses on the campaign trail. But Gekas worries the race won’t be decided on issues. “I do wish that we focused a little bit more on what people have actually done with their position of leadership, and what they want to do, as opposed to who we would want to grab a beer with,” she says. “Because Phil is a nice guy, I don’t see people asking him a lot of questions or pushing back on him in meaningful ways.” At 5-foot-9, Gekas is statuesque and striking. The self-described “policy wonk” is also disarmingly optimistic about her vision for the lieutenant governor’s office and the issues facing Vermonters. Chatting over coffee at a Burlington café, she puts her elbows on the table and leans in close. She’s ordered a salad, but in the end appears too engaged in the conversation to take a bite. Friends and supporters describe her as a dedicated advocate who sends emails at 2:00 in the morning. “Her work ethic is amazing,” says James Moore, a former VPIRG colleague. “She definitely gives everything that she’s got, because she cares a lot about the issues that she’s working on.”

State Rep. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington), who helped recruit Gekas to run, calls her “an articulate champion of things she believes in.” Under Gekas, Pearson believes the lite gov’s office could be used, as it has in the past, as “a platform to raise issues that are currently being ignored.” State Sen. Anthony Pollina (P/DWashington) also helped draft Gekas. He says she understands grassroots organizing and thinks she could leverage that experience to help motivate more people, especially young Vermonters, to get involved in public-policy debates. Adds Pearson, “I think representative democracy should be about including a broader range of voices, and Cass fits that bill.” By her own admission, Gekas’ campaign is “scrappy.” Jumping in late meant most of Vermont’s experienced campaign managers had already been hired. So Gekas turned to Scott Kirby, a longtime friend with no political experience. Kirby’s a native New Yorker without a driver’s license, which means Gekas does all the driving. Their traveling office is a Subaru Impreza, the backseat of which is covered in dog hair. Gekas has two canines that she says “hate her right now” for being on the road so much.


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It’s a campaign focused on personal interactions rather than ad buys — a reality necessitated by finances, but which Gekas says suits her style. Her preference for one-on-one conversations with voters may not be closing the name-recognition gap, but Gekas believes there’s an underground “buzz” around her candidacy. “After people talk to me, they walk away 100 percent committed and excited,” she says. In moments of candor, she acknowledges the campaign has had some “hiccups,” including “trying to do this with not enough time or money.” Three weeks out from Election Day, the “issues” section of her campaign website still has a note that reads, “Stay tuned for more!” When she and her campaign manager were sick with the flu, neither returned messages for several days. Gekas is trying to make up for her lack of political experience with strong public performances. During a Vermont Public Television debate last week, Gekas was poised, easygoing and confident — as though the political newcomer had been campaigning for years. But running has cost Gekas. She lost her job at VPIRG in a very public way. Her boss said she quit; Gekas maintained she was fired. In an email leaked to the news media, VPIRG executive director Paul Burns told the nonprofit’s board that Gekas’ decision to leave her job and run was “an utterly unprofessional and dishonest move.” Asked how she’s getting by these days, Gekas replies, “I’m not, really.” She says she’s dipping into her savings, staying with friends and taking on a little freelance work to make ends meet. She’s even used campaign donations to buy clothes for her campaign. “It’s been incredibly challenging. I’m sacrificing a lot of things … financial security, personal life. It’s been really difficult,” she says, pausing before pivoting back to the political. “It’s really opened my eyes to the challenges of running for office.” Pearson, for one, thinks Gekas’ perspective —  “struggling under the weight of student loans” — could make her a more attractive candidate, especially to young voters. Gekas grew up in a large Greek and Italian family in Harrisburg, Pa., a place she calls “strip-mall country.” She developed an early affinity for politics and history and studied political science and women’s studies at Pennsylvania State University. She paid for her education by

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ow’s Mayor Miro Weinberger doing? Burlington voters will in effect be answering that question when they go to the polls on November 6. Ballot Item No. 1 is a yes-no vote on a proposed municipal bond that could be interpreted as a referendum on Weinberger’s performance after seven months on the job. He’s in full campaign mode as he seeks voter approval of the $9 million “fiscal stability bond” that would consolidate debt stemming from the BT fiasco into a single, 15-year financing instrument. Adding to the political drama is opposition from Kurt Wright, the Republican mayoral candidate who lost by a landslide to Weinberger in last March’s election. The New North End state representative only garnered 37 percent of the vote to Weinberger’s 58 percent. But 58 percent won’t be enough to win it for Weinberger this time. As is the case for all Burlington bond proposals, the Democratic mayor’s initiative requires a 66.6 percent majority to pass. And that’s “a very high bar to clear,” observes City Council President Joan Shannon, (D-Ward 5). Winning a two-thirds vote for the bond item is “very important to me,” Weinberger affirms. That could explain why he scheduled a Saturday interview at 6:30 a.m. to respond to criticisms from Wright and others. It’s essential, Weinberger argues, for the city to stop relying on short-term borrowing — which he likens to “credit card debt” — as a means of financing its basic operations. The city has turned repeatedly to the short-term lending market to fill a $17 million “hole,” the result of a still-outstanding loan the Kiss administration approved for Burlington Telecom from the city’s cash pool. The practice of spot borrowing to keep city services functioning is one reason Moody’s Investors Service steeply downgraded Burlington’s credit rating last June. And Moody’s might well consign the Queen City to the bond market junkyard within the next six months, the mayor warns. Voters can defend against that possibility by allowing him to take out what amounts to a $9 million loan with a 15-year payback at an interest rate of 5 percent, Weinberger suggests. That will result in a 2.3-cent city property tax hike — the equivalent of an additional $58 a year for the owner of a $250,000 home. Burlington voters are already being forced to pay higher property taxes due to increases in interest rates on existing bonds — a result of Moody’s lowering the city’s credit rating, Weinberger points out. By approving the long-term borrowing on November 6, voters will be saying that “the people of Burlington are serious about restoring their city’s good name,” the mayor declares. Being assigned deadbeat status is “beneath us,” he adds. “It would be as though we were some dying Rust Belt city, rather than the dynamic, wonderfully livable place we know Burlington to be.” Weinberger has mobilized political and business leaders in support of his fiscal stability bond. The city council voted 13-1 to place the item on next month’s ballot. Attorney John Ewing, the former president of Bank of Vermont, agreed to help lead a $15,000 fundraising drive to finance a postcard and Facebook campaign in favor of the bond.

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n less than three weeks, Burlington voters will decide whether they want to greenlight a waterfront face-lift or pay more taxes for a better bike path — or both. They’ll also express a collective opinion on legalizing marijuana. Ballot item No. 2 asks if the city should be permitted to use $6 million in tax-increment financing (TIF) to sort out what Mayor Miro Weinberger calls “an embarrassing jumble of potholed streets, industrial equipment and deteriorating recreational facilities” north of the Coast Guard station. A “yes” vote will allow remediation of contaminated soil, installation of a stormwater-treatment system, burial of electric power lines, expansion of Lake Street, and addition of new lighting and parking spaces in the waterfront TIF district. Construction of a new skate park is also part of the initiative. The city now has the go-ahead to build it following a recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by a skate-park opponent. Also included in this ballot item is a $2.5-million rehab of the roughly mile-long segment of the bike path between Perkins Pier and the northern end of the 40-acre Urban Reserve. Supporters of the measure emphasize that it will not result in any added tax on city residents. TIF projects are financed with bonds, borrowed against anticipated increases in property-tax revenues stemming, in this case, from waterfront development. It’s a use-it-or-lose-it choice, Weinberger says. Waterfront TIF funds have to be invested by the end of 2014 or the city could have to forgo this option in accordance with state stipulations, the mayor notes. Widening and restoring the most heavily used portion of the bike path is crucial to the sustainability of this

“much-loved resource,” says Chapin Spencer, director of the cycling and walking advocacy group Local Motion. The TIF item would enable the city to take “the first step in a many-step process” of improving the entire 7.5-mile path running from Oakledge Park to the Winooski River bridge, Spencer adds. Some lovers of the bike path had wanted more — specifically an end-toend overhaul that would cost between $11.6 million and $16 million, depending on how many amenities are provided. The Bike Path Task Force had proposed increasing the rooms and meals tax from 11 percent to 12 percent for three years to help finance the full-length rehab. Some city councilors also favored this move, but Weinberger argued successfully that the city’s difficult fiscal situation militated against that tax increase. In an email message, however, Weinberger notes that he instructed Community and Economic Development Office head Peter Owens to draft a plan that “commits us to designing and permitting the entire bike path rebuild, and to getting the section from ECHO to North Beach … rebuilt.” Spencer and Bike Path Task Force chair John Bossange accept the approach Weinberger has chosen. They and other cycling activists are simultaneously voicing support for the fiscal stability bond (see main story) because they regard the city’s current financial disarray as an impediment to a full bike-path rebuild. A third ballot item would increase the city property tax rate by half a cent, raising $180,000 a year for a fund dedicated to maintenance of the full bike path. Setting aside money for regular fix-ups will help ensure that “it won’t be necessary to come back to the voters in 15 years to ask for another

Ewing, who endorsed Wright in the mayoral race, says the city’s business community supports Weinberger’s move to address “a very serious situation. “Kurt’s wrong on this one,” Ewing adds in regard to his fellow New North Ender. George Thabault, a former Progressive city councilor who now advises Weinberger, suggests that the push in favor of the bond should be sufficient to assemble the needed two-thirds majority. The bond proposal “seems to be getting a good reception,” Thabault says. “There’s no organized opposition to it.”

major rehabilitation,” Spencer says. Ballot item No. 4 takes the form of an advisory referendum on whether marijuana and hemp should be legalized, regulated and taxed. The Burlington initiative coincides with similar statewide ballot measures in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. City Council President Joan Shannon (D-Ward 5) says she’ll vote “yes” on this item, which was placed on the Burlington ballot by the city council’s 11-3 vote. Outlawing marijuana “doesn’t seem to have inhibited its use,” Shannon observes. A couple of councilors expressed reservations about the initiative, citing concerns related to their role as parents. Weinberger says he’s “happy” to have the legalization question on the ballot, partly because “we have a problem in this country with too much imprisonment.” But the mayor won’t say whether he’ll vote yes or no on ending pot prohibition. Albert Petrarca, a nurse in Fletcher Allen’s intensive-care unit, says he’s leading the local grassroots legalization campaign because of its “jobs, justice and environment” dimensions. It’s inappropriate to frame the issue with “giggly” images such as “a dreadlocked 20-year-old smoking a bowl,” Petrarca argues. He instead emphasizes the economic benefits to Vermont from development of a marijuana industry. The cause of racial justice would likewise be served, he adds, by eliminating one of the drug prohibitions that result in imprisonment of disproportionate numbers of black and brown Americans. Allowing hemp to be used as a fuel source and for other purposes would be “one of the greenest things we can do,” Petrarca says.

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Wright, who’s running for a seventh term in the Vermont House, isn’t leading a charge against the bond, but he does want it known that he’ll be voting “no” on this item. Paying the city’s bills through short-term borrowing isn’t such a bad thing, Wright argues. He notes that the interest rate on these loans is only 2.5 percent — which, by the city’s own calculations, amounts to $500,000 a year in interest payments. That’s a lot less than the $900,000 the city will have to pay as debt service in each of the next 15 years on a fiscal stability bond that carries double the


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Why Is an Important Vermont Art Collection in Boxes and Not on Display? B Y KEV I N J. K ELLE Y

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ne of Vermont’s most significant art collections is languishing in a kind of limbo. Its 800plus works, some of them by prominent American painters, have all been out of public view for nearly a year, with no clear indication of when any of them might be placed back on display. The situation has local art experts worried about the conditions in which many of the pieces are being stored. Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903), an accomplished American genre painter, would surely not be pleased to see what’s become of the collection he vouchsafed to his hometown of Montpelier. The 117-year-old T.W. WOOD GALLERY has limped along for much of its history on a budget that barely allowed it to survive. Once Vermont’s preeminent art institution, the Wood was operating on an annual budget of less than $100,000 when it moved “To the Polls” by T.W. Wood out of its home on the campus of the VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS last December. The gallery relocated down the hill to a former Catholic school on Barre Street, where much of its collection is now stored in boxes. DAVID SCHUTZ, curator of the art collection in the Vermont Statehouse, is among several contemporary connoisseurs unhappy about the status of the artist’s own work, the original collection included gifts from a few of Wood’s the Wood. “I’ve been quite concerned about their well-known contemporaries, such as direction, or lack of direction, for quite a Frederic Church and Asher Durand. few years,” Schutz says. “I frankly don’t Following World War II, the gallery was know how they came to be where they designated as the official Vermont repository of scores of works produced are. All of us on the outside are definitely worried about what’s during the Depression as part happening with the Wood.” of a federal art-commissioning initiative. VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL executive director ALEX ALDRICH adds The gallery moved up the hill in 1985 at the invitation of what that the collection is of “great historical importance and in deswas then the campus of Vermont perate need of a home that will treat it the College at Norwich University. There it remained until late last year, when the galway it deserves to be treated.” The gallery’s holdings include more lery’s directors told officials at what’s now than 300 paintings, drawings and etchings the VCFA that they would no longer be that Wood made during a career spent in renting space there. Montpelier, New York and European cities. “They were really struggling,” comHis staged vignettes of life in old Vermont ments vice president of external affairs can look corny to a modern eye, but Wood’s LYN CHAMBERLIN. Aldrich agrees, saying the technical skills are of a high order, and the Wood had been losing money for a long political attitudes he conveys in some of time and “hadn’t made a concerted effort his works qualify as decidedly progressive to raise funds.” for his time. Lacking resources for marketing, the The T.W. Wood Gallery opened on State gallery only attracted about 5000 visitors Street in Montpelier in 1895. In addition to a year, according to former director JOYCE

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That’s less than 5 percent of the annual visitors to the SHELBURNE MUSEUM, which is open only five months a year, many Montpelier residents were not even aware of the Wood’s treasures, its overseers acknowledge. Even fewer know about it now. The Wood may someday have a higher degree of visibility in its new Barre Street location, which its leadership and that of the building’s other tenants — the MONTEVERDI MUSIC SCHOOL and RIVER ROCK SCHOOL, a private K-8 facility — are hoping to transform into an arts center. For now, however, the gallery has no public presence. The move down the hill in December was followed a few months later by the firing of Mandeville, who had been the gallery’s director for 12 years. Reached by phone at her home in East Hardwick, Mandeville declines to discuss the circumstances of her termination beyond saying she was given no notice. “I’ve moved on,” she says. “I don’t want to talk about the Wood.” JOHN LANDY, the Wood’s board treasurer, says he is reluctant to discuss personnel

matters. But he does offer, “The board felt we needed somebody with a higher level of entrepreneurial spirit who would bring new excitement to the gallery.” Right now, the Wood collection occupies five cinder-block former classrooms, each of which has a blackboard on one wall and a row of windows on another. The space looks nothing like an art gallery. And, in Schutz’s view, “It’s difficult to imagine that facility as a gallery” in the future. But that’s exactly what the board has planned. It will be at least a year before renovations can get under way, says BILL PELTON, the Wood’s acting director. The three other institutions sharing the building must first complete a purchase deal sometime in 2013, while simultaneously raising funds for extensive renovations. Neither Pelton nor Wood board president LIZ REARDON can say how much money needs to be collected specifically for a new T.W Wood Gallery to open its doors. Most of the collection is wrapped up and stacked in those classrooms. About three dozen other works — copies that Wood made of Old Master paintings in


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European museums — have been loaned a museum ought to go about that process,” to Burlington College. There they are also Schutz says in regard to Wood officials. “I being kept in storage, awaiting renovation don’t know why they didn’t give us [the of the former Catholic diocese building state art collection] the opportunity to on North Avenue. About 40 paintings purchase those pieces.” Landy, however, insists the sale was judged to be among the most important in the Wood’s holdings have been sent to handled properly. He adds that Schutz the Vermont HistoriCal soCiety in Barre was on hand for a presentation where the for safekeeping. A few works are hang- deaccessioning was discussed prior to its ing, or in storage, in Montpelier City Hall. completion. Reardon, who says she will soon step And several paintings from the Wood collection have long been on display in down as board president, urges the board to focus on where the the Statehouse — includWood wants to go, not ing the painter’s most where it’s been. famous piece, “The Quack The group is “enterDoctor.” Appraisers have taining bids from profesvalued that work at more sional storage systems” than $1 million. that will ensure the works Schutz says he isn’t are kept safe and properly worried about what’s conserved, Reardon says. been parceled out to the “We’re very aware that historical society. Its curaissues such as security, fire, tor, JaCkie Calder, confirms that the pieces from the and temperature and huWood are being well cared midity have to be properly for, although she notes addressed.” 8V-JacobAlbee062012.indd 1 that the society has no Reardon notes that the plans to put any of them Wood sponsors a “highly on display. successful” summer Schutz is less sanguine camp, and adds that the about the security and directors plan to make the preservation arrangeforthcoming venue a yearments for the other works round educational instituthat used to be stored at tion. As it did at VCFA, the VCFA. Conditions there gallery will continue to were also “not ideal,” display work by contemacting director Pelton porary Vermont artists, as says. “The storage facility well, and will offer some DAvID ScHuTz was kind of difficult to of those pieces for sale, she negotiate,” he recalls. “It says. was easy to ding the pieces The set of classrooms or the frames.” Works had to be “bundled on Barre Street can certainly be made into up and put in the vault” two or three times a pleasant place for viewing art, Reardon a year to accommodate student art shows asserts. Calder agrees that such an outthat the college hung in the gallery’s two- come could be achieved “with enough room space, Pelton adds. thinking and imagination.” She notes that Following a “deaccessioning” move a her historical society is housed in a former few months ago, the Wood now has four school that was renovated into an attracfewer pieces in need of temporary homes. tive exhibition space. The board sold them through a New York The future is bright for the T.W. Wood dealer for a total of about $400,000, Landy Gallery, Reardon promises, adding, “We’re reports. Included in the sale was a painting going to be absolutely fine.”m by Jacob Lawrence, an African American widely considered one of the most important U.S. artists of the 20th century. Although it currently lacks a physical Schutz is critical of that sell-off, even presence, the T.W. Wood Gallery though gallery board members say they maintains a website at twwoodgallery.org. decided to part only with works of unWhen it reopens, the gallery will be at 46 certain provenance that were deemed not Barre Street in Montpelier. Info, 249-5352, info@twwoodgallery.org. integral to the collection. “We do not be656-0750 • 61 Colchester Ave. lieve they were observing the correct way

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their interrelationships and how sensibility and technique develop from the first work to the last. Schubert lived only 31 years, but his first piano sonata, written at age 18, scarcely anticipates the emotional gravitas of his last three sonatas, composed two months before he died of syphilis in 1828. Exploring that range is “kind of like Mount Everest,” notes Fanning, for pianists such as Lewis, Alfred Brendel (Lewis’ mentor) and Ying Quartet Daniel Barenboim. Lewis’ project of recording the sonatas is ongoing; so far, he has done seven of the later works — including the last three on two different CDs — to serious critical acclaim. The pianist’s Middlebury concert now-defunct Vermont Mozart Festival and comes a few days after his appearance at continues to bring musicians to the area Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New through his agency, Melvin Kaplan, Inc. York City, among other venues worldwide. He particularly recommends the Budapest The Beethoven and Guarneri Quartets’ recordings. string-quartet cycle But Kaplan chose six groups — the will see a different Ying, Ariel, Leipzig, American, Parisii and treatment, with six Talich Quartets — to perform the cycle bedifferent groups each cause, he says, “It adds another dimension performing (roughly) [for audiences] to experience what someone early, one middle and one late quartet one who grew up in Prague, or Germany, from the composer’s output. Plenty of or the U.S. does with these quartets.” The quartets have performed and recorded the Ying Quartet, whose members include entire cycle, says Kaplan, who founded the three siblings, is resident quartet at the

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country, comes David Fine’s documentary Salaam Dunk (Wednesday, October 24; Saturday, October 27), about a thriving, diverse women’s basketball team. Want to see a surviving coral reef up close

You can at the Essex Cinemas, which screens the UK doc The Last Reef 3-D on Sunday, October 21. It’s one of a series of Films on the Environment at various venues that includes In Organic We Trust (Tuesday, October 23), Nuclear Savage (about the effects of U.S. bomb tests in the Marshall Islands; Sunday, October 21) and more.

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There’s a series of Films on Food, too. Celebrated chef Michel Bras passes his legacy to his son, Sébastien, in Step Up to the Plate (Saturday, October 20; Friday, October 26). The environmentally minded doc Sushi: The Global Catch (Thursday, October 25) could make you think twice about getting the raw stuff at the supermarket.

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political humor. It’s VTIFF’s only horror flick. But Sense of Humor (Sunday, October 28), a Québec comedy about a serial killer who enlists two jokesters to teach him their trade, could also get dark. For a whole different kind of horror, there’s Detropia (Thursday, October 25), an acclaimed doc that explores the crumbling cityscape of Detroit.

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A doc called Iranian Cookbook (Sunday, October 21) takes you inside seven of its home kitchens.

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Vermont Art Zine. He was smart, funny, inquisitive, passionate, gentle, kind and sensitive. And he never missed a deadline. Marc also once ran for Burlington City Council (and lost) as a Democrat, and was a justice of the peace. He even had an unlikely stint in real estate. But mostly, he was an indefatigable painter. Due to his poor health from diabetes, Marc “retired” from art criticism about a year ago, but continued to teach and make art. He had a large and lovely solo exhibit at Johnson State College’s Dibden Center

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and leapt at the clouds. Goodbye, Marc. You made an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of many in this community, and beyond. You will be missed. Thank you for the paintings, the poems and the memories you left behind. m It was Marc’s wish not to have a funeral. His family will plan a memorial event in the near future, however. Keep an eye on Seven Days for details.

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t is with deep sadness that I report the passing of Marc Awodey, longtime art critic for Seven Days. Just shy of 52 years of age, Marc died of a heart attack this past weekend. Marc was also a talented painter, an art teacher at area colleges, a poet — and haiku champion! — founder of the Minimal Press and one-time creator of poetry vending machines that served up tiny verses for quarters. He was a collector and seller of coins. He was a cofounder of the former Rhombus Gallery on College Street and, in recent years, of the online

develop on its own terms — so my pictures are very simple and direct. Marc’s art reviews were astutely analytical, with a deep respect for and knowledge of art history. He had an abiding, and amusing, disdain for navel-gazing artists’ statements. In August, Marc was  on Church Street  reading Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. It’s fitting that a photo of him doing so — and adopting the look of a 19th-century man — is his final Facebook profile.  From his chapbook, no, this ain’t no haiku (Minimal Press, 2000):

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Paul Lewis ends the Schubert piano-sonata cycle on Friday, October 26, 8 p.m. at Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Middlebury College. $6-25. Info, 443-6433. go.middlebury. edu/tickets

doing? Six showcases on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, will give you a chance. Check out new narrative shorts from Tim Joy (last year’s “Soul Keeper”),

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Want to see filmmakers sweat? Maybe it’s sadistic, but we always enjoy watching bleary-eyed film students screen movies they scripted, shot and edited in 24 sleepless hours. This year’s Sleepless in Burlington will end with four college teams presenting their quick flicks to the judges — and the public — on Sunday, October 28. m

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time,” Kaplan says. “They run from his early style to some of the most deep, intricate, complicated things that have ever been composed.” They’re even more wondrous, he adds, for having been written after Beethoven lost his hearing. In performance, Kaplan continues, the string quartets are “wonderfully rewarding in so many ways — as entertainment, as deep philosophical view of life. Having a chance to experience them, even if you don’t know anything about music, will enhance your life.” Such chances are rare. The last time Burlington saw a Beethoven string-quartet cycle was more than 30 years ago, says Kaplan, when he persuaded the then-new Emerson String Quartet to perform it on the basement level of the Church Street mall. There’s no telling when the area will be proffered its next array of jewels on black velvet. m

The drama Facing Mirrors (Saturday, October 20; Friday, October 26) is the first Iranian film to feature a major transgendered character. This Is Not a Film (Sunday, October 21) shows how the great director Jafar Panahi handles a government decree that forbids him from practicing his craft.

Michael Fisher and George Woodard (The Summer of Walter Hacks). Mira Niagolova’s feature doc Welcome to Vermont explores the lives of immigrant families, while Alison Segar’s “We Have to Talk About Hunger” asks why people go hungry in a famously healthy state. Earlier this year, a Vermont film made a big splash at the Los Angeles Film Festival: Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino’s A Band Called Death (Saturday, October 20). This doc about the “first black punk band” has its New England premiere at VTIFF. If you are a local filmmaker, check out VTIFF’s workshops on fundraising, grassroots distribution and legal issues (Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20), all sponsored by the University of Vermont’s Department of Film and Television Studies.


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last experiment with socialism, during the administration of that well-known Marxist Richard Nixon, was convincing proof that government-dictated price controls don’t work.  In August 1971, hoping to dampen rising inflation, Nixon declared a freeze on wages and prices. Initially the freeze applied to everything, later just oil and gas. World oil prices were fairly stable during this time; not surprisingly, so were gas pump prices. If you weren’t paying much attention, you might think the price freeze had worked. 

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Then came the real test. On October 6, 1973, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel, igniting the Yom Kippur War. Nixon sent money and supplies to Israel. Partly in retaliation, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced a 70 percent increase in the price of oil, and not long after, Arab countries declared an embargo on oil exports to the U.S. Oil production was cut 25 percent.  A cease-fire ended major fighting within weeks, but skirmishes continued through the winter, and the Arab states kept up the oil embargo till March. By then, world oil prices had risen from $3 a barrel to $12. Amid calls for rationing,

worried U.S. consumers formed long lines at gas stations; some operators ran out.  What effect did the Nixon price controls have on all of this? Not much. The pump price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. rose from 38 cents in May 1973 to 55 cents a year later — a laughable amount now, but a big jump then. Scholarly analysis of the Nixon controls suggests they had only a trivial impact on gas prices.  Why? The immediate reason is that Nixon’s price controls applied only to U.S. oil production. Domestic petroleum output was then in decline, dropping from 79 percent of U.S. consumption in 1970 to 64 percent by 1975. Even so, roughly two-thirds of the oil we used at the time was produced within our own borders, and a good chunk of that was subject to price controls. Why then did the rising price of foreign oil drive local gas prices so high? The answer has to do with a basic but often baffling economic concept called marginal cost. The idea is this: In a perfectly competitive market, price is determined by the cost of producing one more unit, in this case a gallon of gas. With U.S. demand greater than U.S. production, then as now, those additional units had to come from expensive foreign oil. Since gas was gas and nobody was willing to pay a price differential depending on where the oil was pumped, the price of all gas went up.

Your father may say, “Hold on. If the price of gas is effectively determined by the cost of the most expensive oil used to make it, that means oil companies with access to a lot of cheap domestic product made out like bandits.”  You got it, bubba. The Carter administration tried to address this problem with a windfall profits tax. Whatever may be said for the wisdom of that strategy, it had little impact on pump prices.  If you really want to keep the price of gas down, and I mean way down, the only proven solution is to nationalize the oil companies and control the price directly. Hugo Chavez did that, and the price of gas in Venezuela is the lowest in the world, recently under 10 cents a gallon. This may be your father’s idea of paradise. It’s also socialism, and we’re not talking about the current right-wing wacko idea of socialism, meaning “anything Obama does,” but actual socialism. Happily for us, and I say this without sarcasm, we don’t have socialism in this country, we have the free market. When gas prices are high, the market is telling us a lot of people are competing for a scarce resource. If you don’t feel like spending so much and don’t want to move to Venezuela, your only choice is to quit whining and figure out some way to use less.

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Dear cecil, my wonderful father, born in 1939, insists high gas prices are the only reason the economy is in the tank (no pun intended). He constantly tells me Richard Nixon was able to stave off economic hardship for our country because he froze gas prices during his presidency, and that if obama truly wanted to improve the economy, all he would have to do is freeze gas prices too. Did Nixon actually freeze gas prices? could obama, if he wanted to, do the same, so I could pay $2 per gallon instead of $3.30? or is obama really trying to destroy the country and push his socialistic/ communist agenda (my dad’s words, not mine) by making us pay higher prices at the pump? Naomi Byrne, texarkana, texas

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The Baker’s Apprentice Rémy to teach him how to bake — a very different culinary discipline. “So tell me about Rémy,” Mario said as we drove northeast on Route 15. “I never actually met him. We only spoke over the phone.” The question made me smile. Rémy was not easily describable in the course of a half-hour taxi ride. And truth be told, I felt somewhat protective of his privacy. In the time I’d been driving Rémy, our conversa-

a monk. Rémy seems to approach his craft with a Zen-like devotion and equanimity. If the guy has a shred of ego, I’ve yet to witness it, I’ll tell ya.” “Wow, that is amazing,” Mario said. “I can’t wait to get started. I brought him a loaf of bread I baked for his critical appraisal.” Three days later found me on Rémy’s road — essentially the long driveway leading to his home — for a morning pickup. A few years ago, the town named the road

He did not even know how to open the bag of flour. tions had ranged far and wide. I’d developed considerable affection for the man and didn’t want to betray any confidences he’d shared with me. But he had accepted Mario as an apprentice — a coveted position with a waiting list — so I figured a little biographical information was in order. “I can tell you this,” I began. “Rémy is one amazing dude. His list of accomplishments is hard to fathom. Growing up in postwar France, he studied bread making as a young man, but went on to become a competitive downhill ski racer and worldtrekking mountain climber. He managed the racing team for a big ski company before going on to run its North American operation. “When Rémy retired in the early ’90s,” I went on, “he could have bought a yacht and docked in some Côte d’Azur bay to spend his days running around with starlets.” I paused to chuckle at the imagery I had conjured. “Well, that’s my fantasy, anyway,” I admitted. “Instead, he’s devoted the past 20 years to perfecting his baking technique — literally working all night, five days a week, entirely on his own. I swear, he’s like

after him, a mighty tribute in its own right. Rémy was waiting outside for me, his two black Labradors, Max and Jacques, bouncing around him. The dogs engaged in a boisterous, if not hysterical, parting or greeting ceremony whenever their master left or returned. A lot of dogs, I’ve observed, appear to display the psychological makeup of toddlerage humans; a three-hour separation from their beloved might as well be three years. “Hallo, hallo,” Rémy greeted me as he approached the passenger door, fending off the Labs. The man is spry and eager, though his posture is bent and he walks with a pronounced limp — the residual effects of a 2004 stroke. “Bonjour, Rémy,” I called back as I jumped out to assist him into the cab. (He’s made clear that he’d rather I wouldn’t, but I can’t help myself.) He first put in the old ski pole he used as a cane, and then swung deftly into the shotgun seat. “So how is your apprentice working out?” I asked as we got under way, fully expecting a glowing report. “It’s a disaster,” Rémy said. “Perhaps he will cut short the visit.”

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“My goodness,” I said. “He seemed like a friendly guy when I drove him.” “He’s too friendly,” Rémy explained. “In the bakery, I will talk, but only about technique, about the business. He want to talk about everything. Plus, while he can cook, he has not even the basic skill for baking. He did not even know how to open the bag of flour. And, most important, I do not see a desire to learn.” “What about his bread that he brought with him?” “Awchh, the bread,” Rémy said with a groan. “From the outside it look beautiful. I mean, just perfect. But when I slice it and try a bite, it was terrible.” I said, “Rémy, isn’t that a perfect metaphor for Los Angeles? It’s like those movie towns where everything looks real on the surface, but, behind the walls, there’s nothing there.” My customer chuckled. “This is why I don’t go to the West Coast, why I live here. In Vermont — how do you say? — what you see is what you get. The people are authentic. I tell you, this is the last time I bring in a student without meeting him face-to-face before I decide. This guy talk me into it in a phone call, but never again!” We pulled up to Fanny Allen, and Rémy said, “Time to face my tormentor once more. This physical therapist is excellent, but, awchh, she push me so hard.” “How about this, Rémy? Just think of her as your dominatrix.” Rémy laughed and said, “I don’t know if that will help, Jernigan. I let you know when you pick me up later.” m

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ario paused in front of the organic-greens section of Healthy Living Market & Café, the Dorset Street naturalfoods supermarket, eyeing the produce like a groom on his wedding night beholding his negligéed bride. He picked up one variety after another — fondling and smelling each glistening specimen — before settling on a particularly felicitous butterhead. “I want to bring something to prepare for Rémy when I arrive,” he told me as we meandered over to the cheese department. Mario had just flown in from Los Angeles — aka the City of Angels, though to me that’s always come across as more ironic than laudatory. He was in Vermont for an informal, two-week training session with Rémy LaConte, a renowned local baker who has worked for some two decades out of his home and attached bakery in northern Vermont. Rémy’s bread has acquired a cultlike following, his reputation no doubt boosted by the limited quantity he produces. Each loaf is fashioned by hand and baked in a stone oven that wouldn’t have been out of place in a 15th-century French kitchen. I had been driving Rémy back and forth to physical therapy at Fanny Allen for a couple of months; he had told Mario to call me for transportation out to his place. Mario was quite tall, lanky and overflowing with enthusiasm. For a few years he had been the chef-owner of a small restaurant in Alhambra, Calif., with a following, he said, within the film community. “Ed Asner showed up like clockwork, two or three times a week,” Mario told me. He had recently sold the place, having become “totally burnt out,” and was now cooking for another LA eatery. Though a self-described “accomplished cook,” he was counting on


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ot two years after Vermont’s Republican governor Jim Douglas left office, the party he led through four terms is on

the ropes. Already beset by demographic shifts that favor its opponents, the Vermont Republican Party now faces structural problems that could limit its ability to counter the growing dominance of Vermont Democrats. The state GOP’s fundraising is anemic, its professional staff is nonexistent, and its candidate-recruitment efforts have stalled out. While much attention has been paid to the foundering efforts of the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee, Sen. Randy Brock (R-Franklin), the biggest blow to the party’s fortunes could be further losses in the legislature. With 10 of 48 House Republicans retiring, even party leaders concede they’ll be lucky if they maintain their already depleted numbers in the 150-member body. “We wanted to have a lot more candidates than we ended up recruiting,” says House minority leader Don Turner (R-Milton). “It is discouraging. We already have a super-minority — and we need balance. We gotta have balance in Montpelier.” Up and down the ballot, Republicans are struggling against the tide of an electorate that has grown more liberal and Chittenden County-centered over the past few decades. Adding to the challenge is the trio of popular liberals at the top of the ballot this year — President Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Peter Shumlin — not to mention the rightward tilt of Republican rhetoric outside Vermont. Even more glaring are the behindthe-scenes disparities. While Vermont Democrats have professionalized into a year-round political operation, the state GOP lost its sole paid staffer last March. And with the departure of Douglas, his loyal cadre of battle-hardened Republican operatives has mostly quit state politics. That leaves a handful of volunteers from the party’s activist wing running the show. This year, Republicans failed for the third election cycle in a row to muster a single credible congressional candidate. The party let first-term Democratic Secretary of State Jim Condos go unchallenged and let twice-failed U.S. Senate candidate Jack McMullen take on one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable candidates: Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Democrats, meanwhile, have reached a partial détente with the Vermont Progressive Party, which is shifting its focus toward growing its ranks in the legislature. Rather than dividing the left-leaning vote

in statewide races, the two parties this year collaborated on the candidacies of their lieutenant governor and state auditor nominees — and kept a Progressive candidate out of the gubernatorial race. This confluence of circumstances has some Republicans despairing. “This will be the year when the Vermont Republican Party truly becomes irrelevant,” says one elected Republican who was reluctant to voice such concerns on the record.

Additionally, the party has at least two promising statewide candidates with bipartisan appeal in incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Sen. Vince Illuzzi (EssexOrleans), who is running for state auditor. “There’s still a few of us left around that are gonna fight like hell,” says Jack Lindley, the irascible chairman of the Vermont Republican Party. “I’m not convinced we aren’t going to win up and down. And all my Democratic friends who think their boy Barack Obama is going to carry the day, well, he’s going to be lucky if he carries Vermont given the situation he’s in.”

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Long odds aside, it’s not over for the party that dominated Vermont politics for more than a century. The Vermont GOP may be down but it’s not out. Propping up its faltering central apparatus is a conservative super PAC led by an experienced Republican operative and funded by a generous donor with deep pockets. Acting as a sort of shadow party, the group, Vermonters First, has spent more than half a million dollars on a paid media strategy focused on two down-ticket Republicans and 41 legislative candidates. Its efforts have helped Rutland City Treasurer Wendy Wilton mount a surprisingly strong challenge against incumbent Democrat Beth Pearce in the race for state treasurer.

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Vermont was a different place during Lindley’s first stint as state GOP chairman, from 1978 through 1981. In the previous 120 years, the state had elected just two Democratic governors and a single U.S. senator: a young prosecutor named Patrick Leahy. The pace of politics has also changed, Lindley notes. “Life is sped up. We’ve moved from a little bit of a trot to a full dead run,” he says. “It’s all generated by the communications we have now, like the Twitter and the Facebook and the computer. People want to be 24/7. It’s kind of like moving from horse and buggy to the automobile.”

A Capitol Hill staffer in the late 1960s and a veteran of the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, Lindley walked away from politics at the dawn of the Clinton era to focus on his Burlington insurance business. But when state party chairwoman Pat McDonald stepped down last January, Lindley was coaxed back into the ring. “I said, ‘I have five sons and only one of them has been able to stay in Vermont,’” Lindley says. “I’m going to do my damnedest to get this straightened around to make sure the next generation has a chance to be successful.” A month after Lindley took over, executive director Mike Bertrand left his post amid speculation that the state party couldn’t afford to pay his salary. In perhaps the most consequential decision of his tenure, Lindley opted not to replace Bertrand, even as statewide and presidential elections loomed.   “Republicans traditionally have been a volunteer organization,” he explains. “I guess back in history we moved over to try to match the number of paid staff and paid chairmen. We’re not in that game anymore. That arms race is over.” Lindley has focused instead on opening local offices in Essex, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield and St. Johnsbury, where volunteers convene to make phone calls and organize door-knocking efforts. What Lindley lacks in party machinery, he makes up for with his trademark over-the-top rhetoric. In September, for instance, Lindley sent out a fundraising solicitation appearing to blame a single torn Brock for Governor lawn sign in Williston on Shumlin’s “arrogance of power.” Conceding in an interview that he hadn’t a lick of proof that Shumlin’s campaign was behind the vandalism, Lindley declined to withdraw the charge. “Obviously the command and control is the guy running for governor,” he said at the time. “And his staff and his reelection campaign. I’m really disappointed in them.” Lindley’s bombastic style rubs some in the Republican Party the wrong way. “He’s got a big mouth, but outside of that, what’s he got?” asks retiring state Rep. Adam Howard (R-Cambridge). “His vitriol is just bone-chilling when I hear it. And I just wonder who would be motivated to be part of his program.”


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its four-day get-out-the-vote sprint in November. In Perkinson’s view, a strong data and field program can really make the difference in down-ticket races in which neither candidate is well known to voters. It will be essential to Pearce — the state treasurer is experiencing her first campaign after being appointed to the post in January

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While Perkinson and the Democratic Party worked to elect Weinberger last winter, Republican political operative Tayt Brooks managed the campaign of Weinberger’s opponent, Kurt Wright. A former lobbyist and commissioner of economic, housing and community development in the Douglas administration, Brooks twice served as executive director of the Vermont Republican Party. This September, Brooks reemerged as treasurer, consultant and spokesman for a mysterious new super PAC called Vermonters First, which has in essence become a shadow Republican Party — spending heavily on television, direct mail, online advertising and robocalls. Thanks to the 2010 Citizens United decision and a slew of federal and state rulings since, groups like Vermonters First are free to raise and spend unlimited sums — so long as they don’t coordinate expenditures with political candidates. Soon after forming, Brooks’ group spent $100,000 on a trio of television advertisements supporting Wilton and Illuzzi and slamming Democrats’ health care plan. At first, Brooks declined to reveal who was bankrolling the entity, but subsequent campaign finance filings have shown that a Burlington resident named Lenore Broughton has donated all but $900 of the $685,000 raised as of Monday (see companion article). In the last few weeks, the role of Vermonters First has drastically expanded. It has spent at least $265,000 on TV ads, $200,000 on direct mail, $17,500 on polling and $2000 on robocalls. To put that in perspective: In the first eight months of this year, the Vermont Republican Party spent $99,000, while Vermont Democrats spent $320,00. In the past six weeks, Vermonters First has dropped $561,000. “You get a sense of an octopus of an operation that we don’t even really know about,” says Graff. To some Republicans, Vermonters First is doing the party a great service by swooping in and performing nearly all of its traditional functions — while sending the bill to a single donor. “Tayt’s doing everything the party should be doing,” says one top Republican. The underfunded Brock campaign is benefiting, too, even though Vermonters First has yet to explicitly back the gubernatorial candidate. According to Brock’s de facto campaign manager, Darcie Johnson, the campaign was poised to mail out absentee-ballot request forms when it realized the independent super PAC had already gotten the job done.

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Late last year, Lindley’s Democratic counterpart, Jake Perkinson, opened the party’s election-year headquarters in Burlington several months earlier than usual. With fellow Democratic operative Miro Weinberger running for mayor of Burlington in March, Perkinson sensed “an excellent opportunity to do a test run” of the party’s organizational capabilities eight months before the November election. In a remarkable departure from precedent, the Vermont Democratic Party was all over the city election, deploying its field, fundraising and communications staff to take back city hall. It worked. Weinberger decimated Republican city councilor and state Rep. Kurt Wright by a lopsided margin of 58 to 37 in an election many observers expected to be a nail-biter. “We wanted to kick the tires on the tools we have,” Perkinson said just days after the March election. “So I really did view it as an invaluable opportunity to figure out where any weaknesses might be.” A Philadelphia native and Vermont Law School graduate, the 42-year-old Democratic Party chairman is a study in intensity. Perkinson has juggled careers in securities law, real estate and political consulting — and though his role as party chairman is unpaid, he appears to treat it as yet another full-time job. If Lindley believes in a volunteer party, Perkinson believes in a professional, yearround campaign apparatus. The party’s permanent staff of four ballooned this summer to 16 — including 11 field-workers stationed at the Democrats’ nine regional offices. “A lot of what the parties do, we never see,” says Chris Graff, a former Associated Press Montpelier bureau chief who now works for National Life. “But the last few election cycles have shown that the Democrats’ coordinated campaign is stronger than the Republicans’ campaign.” Even some Republicans agree with that assessment. “The Democrats have just beat the Republicans on that for the last few cycles,” says state Sen. Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland). “I would say the last year the Republicans had a really, really good get-out-the-vote effort was 2000.” Perkinson’s goal this cycle is to consolidate the party’s organizational strengths by improving its chief asset: its voter file. “It can be a big waste of money and resources if you don’t know who you’re talking to,” says VDP executive director Julia Barnes. To that end, Barnes says the Democrats have already identified 30,000 additional voters this cycle and hope to ID another 20,000 by Election Day. That will bring their file to 150,000 identified voters the party can selectively target during

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documents available at websites such as Ancestry.com. According to those records, Broughton was born in Chicago in 1938 to Roger Follansbee and Nancy Avery, making her 74 years old. Her grandfather was the famous American businessman Sewell Avery, who made his fortune as president of U.S. Gypsum and Montgomery Ward, and later as director of J.P. Morgan’s U.S. Steel. Like his granddaughter, Avery had an apparent distaste for government meddling in the private market. In 1944, the Roosevelt administration used emergency measures to forcibly remove him from Montgomery Ward after he refused to settle a strike. That led to one of the war era’s most enduring photographs: helmeted troops carrying a defiant Avery out of his office buildDemonstrators ing in a seated position. He reportedly outside Broughton’s Burlington home retired in 1955 with a fortune estimated at $327 million. According to her friend Ruth Stokes of Williston, Lenore Broughton married T. Alan Broughton, who is now an English professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, but the couple divorced years ago. They have a son together, Camm Broughton. A former state lawmaker and head of the Vermont GOP, Stokes says Lenore Broughton is a generous philanthropist whose image as a right-wing idealogue isn’t deserved. “She does a lot of charity work that people don’t know about,” Stokes says. In 1999, Broughton hired Stokes to be executive director of the Vermont Student Opportunity Scholarship Fund, a Broughton-financed nonprofit that provided tuition assistance for K-8 students to attend religious and independent schools in Vermont. School choice has been a big cause of Broughton’s and, in effect, she took it upon herself to implement it. The scholarship fund provided as many as 100 tuition grants per year to students who were being bullied or for some other reason didn’t fit in at public schools, Stokes says. The maximum grant was $2000 — nowhere near enough to cover full tuition at most schools — so parents and schools had to come up with the difference. From 2005 to 2009, the scholarship fund received donations totaling $414,840 — most but not all of which came from Broughton, Stokes says. She shelled out another $130,000 for a separate school-choice project, creating an online catalog of independent education opportunities, according to John McClaughry, who worked with Broughton on the catalog. Broughton also remains president of a Chicago-based foundation called the Broughton Fund, which dispersed almost $835,000 in donations between 2005 and 2009, according to public tax records.  Politically, Stokes describes Broughton as a principled conservative who “believes passionately in this country” and in the defense of Israel. “It’s not just that she’s MATThEw ThORsEn

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ne of the most influential people in Vermont this election year is arguably the least known. Lenore Broughton, a Burlington heiress with a history of funding conservative causes, has shunned the spotlight while her money is drawing attention to a select group of Republicans running for office. Broughton is the bank account behind Vermonters First, a new conservative super PAC directed by the former executive director of the Vermont Republican Party. To date, she has donated a whopping $682,500 to buy advertising  to support her chosen candidates, and to oppose Gov. Peter Shumlin’s attempt to make Vermont the first state with single-payer, universal health care. Since Vermonters First started airing ads in September, Broughton’s name has appeared in dozens of news stories. But little is known about the woman herself. Even those who call Broughton a friend describe her as “very private” and claim not to have known that she’s the granddaughter of a major American industrialist. Though a dozen sign-carrying demonstrators recently found her house on Burlington’s Henry Street, there isn’t a single photo of Broughton on the web, and a Google search doesn’t reveal much about her background. “You can tell just by looking at her she’s a very guarded individual,” says Paul Decelles, a longtime friend of Broughton’s and one of two Republicans on the 14member Burlington City Council. A few things about Broughton are well known: She’s a self-described speech pathologist who converted to Orthodox Judaism and is devoutly religious. She’s also the founder and funder of True North Reports, a right-leaning website, and the erstwhile talk show “True North Radio,” which aired for years on Waterbury’s WDEV-FM. Broughton has steadfastly refused to speak with reporters about her super PAC’s activities. She also declined to be interviewed for this story — both through a spokesman and in person. On a bright autumn day last week, Broughton answered her door clad in a black sweater and politely declined yet another invitation to participate. Nothing, she suggested, could convince her to change her mind. But with her super PAC, Broughton has gone public in a big way. And she is fast becoming a target for Democrats and single-payer advocates eager to counter the conservative message her money is paying to broadcast to the electorate. Last week, single-payer health care supporters brought the campaign to Broughton’s doorstep, delivering a letter to her home that asked her to end her “radical” attempts to thwart health care reform. They congregated outside her house with news cameras in tow, while an unmarked Burlington police car monitored the action a block away. Though Broughton wasn’t home at the time, Vermonters First quickly condemned the visit as an act of “bullying” and “intimidation” by a group funded by an

Broughton is fast becoming a target for Democrats eager to counter the conservative message her money is paying to broadcast to the electorate.

out-of-state labor union. Broughton herself issued a rare statement, saying, “I support Vermonters First because I believed outside groups were coming into our state and drowning out the voices of the people who actually live here. Now I know it for a fact. They’re outside my house. We should not allow ourselves to be bullied in our state, and I’m sure Vermonters won’t.” Peter Sterling — the head of Vermont Leads, the group that organized the demonstration — rejects the intimidation charge, saying demonstrators were there for all of 10 minutes before peacefully disassembling. Sterling charges that Broughton is funding “false ads” against single-payer, adding that there is no evidence state-run health care would result in long waiting lines and rationing of care. “If she keeps spending at this rate, it would be a big problem,” Sterling says. “It could just start scaring people. Maybe it doesn’t change their minds, but maybe it scares them.” What is known about Broughton’s family history comes mostly from U.S. Census records and other public

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the far north. As one elected Republican notes, come January, only three House Republicans will hail from south of “We pulled back because we didn’t Rutland. need to duplicate an effort that was alTurner, the House Republican leader, ready going on,” she says. “We just shifted blames retirements and recruiting those resources.” struggles. The caucus lost 10 incumbents, But not everyone is thrilled that Brooks including rising stars such as the 38-yearand Broughton have crashed the party — old Rep. Howard and the 36-year-old Rep. least of all Lindley. Oliver Olsen of Jamaica. “I think [super PACs] are specifically “We were hoping to have more candidesigned to run parties out of business,” dates, but at the end of the day, we have 75 he says. “PACs are a function of individupeople running. I would say 65 are electals and whatever their particular bent in able,” Turner says. life is. Parties with volunteers are a broadThe minority leader says he feels “very based operation.” confident” about the chances of 30 of Skip Vallee, who served as a major those candidates, while another 10 to 12 fundraiser for former president George W. are “solid.” In a bit of a mixed blessing, he Bush and the Vermont Republican Party, says he’s communicated with five people agrees. “who chose to run as independents be“I think it is helpful for any entity that cause they didn’t think they had a viable is a political force to try to get maximum chance running as a Republican.” buy-in financially and otherwise from a He adds, “It’s very troubling to me to broad base of people,” says Vallee, a former have candidates feel that way. But it’s a ambassador to Slovakia. “To the extent reality.” that the political message is dominated by Howard, who believes the House will people who have congregated around the lose Republican seats this year, says he source of money, I think that’s bad for the understands the reluctance of candidates party.” to run under the GOP label. “Who wants to be recruited by a party that has some of this baggage?” he asks. Vermonters First’s unexpected avalanche “I know a ton of people who share my of ads could well make the difference values but don’t want to call themselves in the race for state treasurer, which is Republicans. How are being contested by you gonna get them to two little-known canrun as Republicans?” didates running their House Democrats first statewide races. are also facing 10 retireBut in the hyper-local ments, but they have recontests that will decruited 111 candidates. termine control of The ace in their hole, the legislature, what says Smith, is Vermont counts is candidate Democratic House recruiting, community Campaign director Nick engagement and door Charyk, who works knocking. year-round to support “If I was going to incumbent Democrats bet on a ground game with constituent correversus an air war, I spondence, recruit new would always bet on StAtE RE p. ADAm HowARD prospects and provide a ground game,” says candidates with onHouse Speaker Shap the-ground support. House Republicans, Smith (D-Morrisville), who leads a caucus meanwhile, have no paid staff. of 94 Democrats. Still, Charyk speaks cautiously of his Despite the air support from candidates’ chances, noting that in 2010, Vermonters First, observers on both sides nine Democratic House candidates won of the aisle believe Republicans could dip by fewer than 100 votes — and two of them below the paltry 48 House seats they cur- won by a single vote. rently control. The Vermont Progressive Party, In the Senate, where Republicans hold meanwhile, is squarely focused on just seven of 30 seats, they are bullish on building its numbers in the legislature their prospects in Franklin County but — particularly in the House. Like the could fight to a draw for the four seats Democrats, they count on a full-time spread across the Northeast Kingdom staffer, the party’s executive director counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia. Morgan Daybell, to provide support to “I don’t think there will be a sea change, their candidates. but we’re hopeful we’ll pick up one seat,” The Progs’ numbers are small — four says Mullin, the Rutland senator. of five incumbent House members are More and more, the Vermont GOP running for another term — but the party has retrenched to regional pockets of support — mostly in Rutland County and

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I think it’s a reality that the state has moved very definitely to the left.

is eyeing seven pickup opportunities in Burlington’s Old North End, Franklin County, Lowell and elsewhere. On the Senate side, 12-year Progressive House veteran David Zuckerman won a slot on the Democratic slate in Chittenden County’s crowded, six-member district. If elected, he would join fellow Progressive/ Democratic hybrids Tim Ashe (D/PChittenden) and Anthony Pollina (P/DWashington) in the upper chamber. “Our numbers are getting close to the Republicans in the Senate,” says state Rep. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington), with a hint of exaggeration. “If we could take over the Republicans as the opposition party, boy, would that be a fascinating political discussion.”

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party’s future success hinges upon presenting itself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal. “I think the party needs to be much more inclusive and needs to present a more moderate view on the social issues,” Olsen echoes. “It needs to put a renewed focus

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This isn’t the first time Republicans’ electoral prospects have looked dim. In his political memoir, Dateline Vermont, Graff recounts a speech he gave in 2001, not long after then-governor Howard Dean cruised to reelection over conservative Republican Ruth Dwyer. Asked by an audience member if he could think of a single Vermont Republican who could take the governorship, Graff said he could not. The party had so marginalized itself following fierce fights over Act 60 and civil unions, Graff writes, “that I thought years would pass before the party regained credibility with the broad middle that decides elections.” Minutes after Graff returned to his office, Douglas called to razz him about the comment. Two years later, Douglas took back the governorship. Vermont’s political pendulum tends to swing in both directions. Since 1961, every new governor has hailed from a different party than the one before. If Shumlin sets his sights on higher office or loses his luster after a few terms, a restive electorate might be ready for a Republican alternative. “When there’s an open seat, Republicans and Democrats will fight to the finish,” Graff notes. The question, however, is whether the traditional calculus has shifted as Vermont has steadily grown more liberal — and the national Republican Party has grown stridently conservative. Olsen suggests “the biggest impediment” to the state party’s chances is negative perceptions of the national GOP. “I think it’s a reality that the state has moved very definitely to the left,” says Neale Lunderville, who served as administration secretary and transportation secretary in the Douglas administration. “The party has to evolve with the times. We can’t be the party of the 1980s and 1990s.” Like many younger Vermont Republicans, Lunderville believes that the

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into its greatest asset: its ability to challenge the fiscal policies and fiscal direction in which the majority party is going.” Howard, who says all of his friends are Democrats, believes for the party to succeed “it must embrace the libertarian component of the party.”

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He and other moderates see Scott and Illuzzi as the kind of low-key, bipartisan Republicans who can still succeed in Vermont. In the Senate, Scott voted in favor of gay marriage and calls himself pro-choice, with certain exceptions. Illuzzi, meanwhile, staked out a role in the Senate as a champion of the working class and has received backing from all but one major labor union in his race for auditor. “The Republican brand is in large part identified by the action in Washington,” says Illuzzi, who briefly flirted with running as an independent. “And I, in particular, reel at some of the comments that are made. You know the 47 percent comment? I represent the 47 percent.” To illustrate his differences with the national party, Illuzzi tweeted last month that he hails from the party of “Aiken, not Akin,” distinguishing monopoly-busting former Vermont governor George Aiken from Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin of “legitimate rape” fame. Of course, not everybody feels that the Republican Party should move to the left — particularly within the activist ranks of the state party apparatus. Rev. Craig Benson, an outspoken anti-gay-marriage activist who chaired the state’s delegation to the Republican National Convention this year, calls the idea that Republicans should hew to the center “a whiny argument.” “We’re seeing something that’s been a historic shift over 40 years, but I think the shift has been pushed too far by Democrats and Progressives, and that will cause a fissure,” he says. “I think we have an opportunity to pick folks up. We just have to run good candidates.” While Mullin believes Republicans must run better, smarter campaigns, he does not think the party should mimic the Democrats. “I think we have to stand up and start defending why we are Republicans and stop Democrats from co-opting it and making it sound like it’s a bad thing,” he says. “How does that help if you just become them?” As time goes on, Mullin contends, Democrats will have to answer for the decisions they make as Montpelier’s party in power. “Certainly the Democrats can’t blame it on Jim Douglas or George Bush. They own it,” he says. “I think it’s going to be a pendulum swing, because I don’t think you can continue down the path of promising everything to everyone. At some point you have to deliver. And you can’t deliver everything. The day of reckoning is going to come.” m


Who Is Lenore Broughton? « p.30 a right-wing political zealot, because she isn’t. She just believes that, in Montpelier, it’s been very hard to get the other side heard.” On a personal level, Stokes says that while Broughton is “quite a wealthy woman,” she doesn’t live a lavish lifestyle. “She uses her money for what she believes are good things,” Stokes says. Whether — and how much — Broughton has given to other charities is not known. But the money she has pumped into politics has been behind the scenes and, apparently, without too many strings attached. “She’d talk to candidates and give them her point of view, but you weren’t going to see her showing up at strategy meetings,” says Paul Beaudry, a former host of “True North Radio” and a 2010 GOP congressional candidate. According to a recent analysis by VTDigger.org, Broughton has directly donated $68,250 to national Republicans in this election cycle alone, making her the sixth-largest donor — of any party — in Vermont. Among the recipients of Broughton’s largesse are hard-right Republican candidates such as Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and U.S. Senate candidate Richard Murdock, the Indiana Tea Party favorite who knocked off longtime Sen. Dick Lugar in a primary this year. She has also donated at least $8500 to the Vermont Right to

Life Committee in the past decade, according to Federal Election Commission records. Broughton founded True North Radio a decade ago and recruited Laurie Morrow, an English professor from Montpelier, to be one of the program’s first hosts. “Lenore wanted to get a conservative female voice out there because there weren’t any,” recalls Morrow, a self-described “notorious conservative.” “She gave me complete creative control. I told her later how grateful I was. And she said, ‘Laurie, I just believe in you.’” Some of the people closest to Broughton wouldn’t comment for this story. Tayt Brooks, the longtime GOP operative who is running her super PAC, did not return numerous phone calls seeking comment about Broughton. Nor did Rob Roper, who is news director of True North Reports and has served on numerous boards with Broughton. Ditto Wendy Wilton, the state treasurer candidate who also knows Broughton and has been a beneficiary of her super-PAC ads. Democrats, meanwhile, have been eager to fill in the blanks and portray Broughton as a radical, right-wing “millionaire” funding dubious ads. Dems pounced last week when Vermonters First ran afoul of an obscure state law banning use of the state seal in advertising. At least temporarily, it put a stop to commercials supporting Wilton and state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi. Despite her aversion to publicity, Broughton serves on at least one public board — Burlington Telecom’s Cable Advisory Council. She was appointed in January 2011 and has attended six of eight meetings in the past year

and a half, according to BT general manager Stephen Barraclough. Broughton opposed BT’s inclusion of Al Jazeera English in its cable TV lineup years ago, a cause taken up by a group she funded called the Defenders Council of Vermont. Broughton was treasurer of the nonprofit group from 2007 to 2009, during which time it received $150,300 in funds, according to public tax filings. According to its website, the Defenders Council of Vermont was formed to “educate the citizens of Vermont about the nature, reality and threat of Islamic Jihadism.” The website says the group would host “living room events,” in which a DCV representative would meet with concerned citizens in their homes or public spaces to discuss “the threats America faces from radical Islam and the explosive nature of Islamic Jihad.” But after two years, the group fizzled. “We didn’t have an Islamic incident in Vermont, except for that Burlington Telecom, Al Jazeera controversy,” says McClaughry, who served on the nonprofit’s board. “We didn’t really have something where radical Islamists were trying to slip stuff into the school system or anything where we might have raised a protest.” Broughton and her allies lost the Al Jazeera fight, but today have apparently taken up a new one. BT’s Barraclough says the Cable Advisory Council wants to remove Free Speech TV — a left-leaning network that broadcasts shows such as “Democracy Now!” — from Burlington Telecom’s lineup. “That’s simply not going to happen,” he says. m

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Lawn Spawn Critiquing the candidates' campaign signs B Y T Y L ER M A C HA D O

Bill Sorrell, incumbent candidate for attorney general (D)

Jack McMullen, candidate for attorney general (R) Diane Sullivan: I don’t like a serif font like that, all capitals. It just looks so ... argh. Celia Hazard: That’s not good. It’s too airy; it almost becomes like you lose the actual wording.

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DS: It just looks like a bunch of letters floating around. Is it the leading? Or the kerning. I don’t know, it’s all weird.

CH: I like the Sorrell font, that’s kinda nice. Like an old Western. The one thing I don’t like is that shooting star. DS: The star is so graphic-y, and then the shooting thing is like a smudge? CH: Everything else is super clean, and then that. You can tell that’s not a good stroke. DS: I do like the light blue over the blue. That’s kinda nice. If the shooting star looked different, maybe if it was a little cleaner, it would be better. Now it throws it off.

Bernie Sanders, incumbent candidate for U.S. Senate (I) Kit Andrews, candidate for state representative (P) Gene Bergman, candidate for state representative (P) David Zuckerman, candidate for state senator, Chittenden County (P/D) [Note: We loved seeing these three Progressives’ signs, plus “Prog-father” Sanders, displayed next to each other. Who knew Trebuchet was the official Progressive font?] DS: The little moose is cute. CH: See, I don’t really like the moose. It’s nice to see different shapes in there, but I feel like if you’re driving by, you’re not going to necessarily know it’s a moose. CH: The font that they chose for Bernie ... that’s nice. DS: It’s nice and friendly. I also like the formatting of “for U.S. Senate,” so it’s like “for us” and “for U.S. Senate.”


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olitical candidates can invest in television ads, email newsletters and hyper-targeted Facebook ads. But despite all the high-tech options available to modern campaigns, those old-fashioned lawn signs persist. Love ’em or hate ’em, these miniature billboards populate the Vermont landscape for weeks or even months every year, so the least the campaigns could do is come up with good-looking signs. We asked two of our graphic designers extraordinaire, Celia Hazard and Rev. Diane Sullivan, to critique the good, the bad and the ugly of 2012’s crop of lawn signs. To pick your own favorite, vote in the poll at sevendaysvt.com.

Peter Shumlin, incumbent candidate for governor (D) CH: The Shumlin font I like. DS: I like the “Peter Shumlin” font but the “for governor” font is throwing me off. A nice, cute, fat font, and then all of a sudden you’re going to a wedding. CH: The swoop is just weird. It makes weird shapes. DS: He should just never do anything except for a big nose and then call it a day. “The nose knows: Shumlin for governor.”

Randy Brock, candidate for governor (R)

Cassandra Gekas,

DS: See, now that’s good lookin’.

candidate for lieutenant governor (P/D)

CH: I think that’s probably my favorite one. Those lines, the little Vermont in there...

DS: I’m not keen on the mix of fonts.

DS: I like the big, fat name, and then the “governor” is not too skinny, not too fat, nicely spaced. He gets a check-plus.

CH: Yeah, I don’t know about all the fonts. From big and bold to thin and serif...

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DS: If I were her, I’d make a joke about Mama Cass. Vote Mama Cass!

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Dare to Be Stupid An unapologetic fanboy interviews Weird Al B y D an Bo lles

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get funny looks when I talk about “Weird Al” Yankovic. That’ll happen when you mention that he performed the greatest live concert you’ve ever seen. (About 10 years ago at the State Theater in Portland, Maine.) Uncertain amusement will morph to slack-jawed comprehension. Is he joking? Wow, he’s not joking. That’s usually followed by some variation of this sentence: “You do what for a living again?” It has never been “cool” to be a fan of Weird Al. His music has long been the province of freaks and geeks, dateless wonders who spend Saturday nights watching “Star Trek” marathons or embroiled in epic games of Dungeons & Dragons. It is decidedly not the type of thing a Serious Music Fan, let alone a professional music journalist, should enjoy or, God forbid, respect. To which I submit: Screw that. With a career spanning more than three decades, Yankovic is perhaps the greatest pop-culture satirist of his generation. He has long outlasted most of the artists he’s parodied. In many cases — “Amish Paradise” comes to mind — his parodies are more enduring than the originals — and they’re usually more clever. And then there are the polka medleys. Oh, the polka medleys! Where were we? Oh right. Weird Al rules. In advance of his performance at the Flynn MainStage this Saturday, October 20, Seven Days geeked out on, er, spoke with “Weird Al” Yankovic by phone. It was totally awesome.

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SEVEN DAYS: This is wildly unprofessional, but before we start I just wanted to say that you were a huge influence on my developing sense of humor as a kid. I’m a big, big fan. “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC: Oh, no kidding. That’s very flattering. SD: I think you were also the reason I didn’t date much in high school. AY: Yeah … I get that a lot. Sorry. SD: It’s OK! Anyway, some of my favorite Weird Al songs are your originals, the style parodies like “Melanie” or “Nature Trail to Hell.” How do you decide when to do a style parody versus a parody of a specific song? AY: Well, the straight parodies have to be topical and timely, as does the subject matter. The style parodies, or pastiches, there’s no rhyme or reason to those. If I’m doing an homage to a band, it’s usually a band that I like or find interesting. So I listen to their body of work and try to figure them out. I figure out some of the idiosyncrasies that make them who they are and then write a song in their style, but just a little more demented and warped. SD: It’s a legal gray area, but you don’t really need permission from artists to parody their songs. Yet you always ask, and cede to their wishes if they decline. Why is that important to you? AY: I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve been able to hang around as long as I have. I want to make sure

the artists are on board. I don’t want to step on toes. I want satisfied customers, as it were. I really don’t like drama. And I want the artists to be in on the joke and appreciate what I’ve done. So if they just flat-out don’t like parody, or think I’m desecrating their work, I don’t want to do it. Also, it helps with figuring out the credits and royalties and that stuff. But mainly I don’t want to burn any bridges.

SD: Lady Gaga’s management said you couldn’t do “Perform This Way,” but they never actually ran it by her. When she did hear it, she loved it and gave her blessing. That had to be flattering. AY: Absolutely. I’m thrilled that she liked the song. I read an interview she did in Rolling Stone where she said she thought it was empowering. It was great to hear.


SD: I bet. Has there ever been a pop song more tailor-made for a polka medley than “Poker Face”? AY: Nope. Probably not. In fact it was so obvious, part of me didn’t want to do it. As soon as that song came out, everybody on social media was saying, “You gotta do ‘Poker Face.’” I was like, “Yeah, I know.” By the time the thousandth person suggested it, I was like, “I’m not doing this.” Then after the millionth person, I figured I should probably just give them what they want.

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AY: Well, now I don’t know. He’s still active and popular, but he hasn’t had any mainstream hits for a while. The songs I really wanted to do were his hits in the ’80s, and there were a number of them that would have been good fodder for parody. In fact, in (the film) UHF, instead of the Dire Straits parody, the centerpiece was originally going to be a Prince parody. But he said “no” and we haven’t really approached him since. I’d like to think his sense of humor has improved since then, but I couldn’t tell you from experience. SD: The michael Jackson parodies were huge for you early in your career, but you’ve only done two. Did there come a point when it just didn’t seem appropriate to parody him? AY: It had less to do with his personal life and more that I had already done parodies of him. I felt like I needed to spread the love around, I guess.

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SD: What’s the most surprising reaction from an artist to a parody? AY: Well, I’ve heard a couple of times that Nirvana said they didn’t realize they had made it until they heard the Weird Al parody. That was pretty awesome. SD: You’ve tried to do Prince a number of times and he’s always balked. If you were going to parody one of his songs, which one would you do?

SD: Are there songs that are off limits, songs you feel are just inappropriate to touch? AY: As a satirist, the answer to that should be “no.” But in all honesty, there are certain lines I won’t cross. And good taste and common sense enter into that. I mean, I don’t think anyone wants to hear a “Tears in Heaven” parody. SD: Yeah … probably not. Switching gears, pop culture seems to be increasingly absurd and disposable. Does that make this a golden age for a pop-culture satirist? AY: Every age of pop culture is a golden age. There is always something ridiculous to make fun of. I don’t

think there is any one era of pop music that is any more ridiculous than another. The zeitgeist changes continually, but you never run out of source material, which is a nice thing about my job. SD: The speed of digital distribution must be a tremendous help to someone like you, who needs to stay current. Has that made your job any easier? AY: I haven’t taken full advantage of that, but I’ve experimented with it. I did my T.I. parody, “Whatever You Like,” as quickly as I could, just to see how fast I could get it out. Within two weeks, I went from getting the idea for the song to recording it and getting it on iTunes. And it came out while T.I.’s song was still No. 1 on the Billboard charts. In the old model of distribution, that would never have been a possibility. For someone who is trying to be timely, it’s a godsend. SD: I won’t ask you about a UHF sequel, but I wanted to bring up the twinkie Wiener Sandwich. Were you upset to learn that Hostess went bankrupt? AY: I was concerned. I know that there are now people hoarding Twinkies to have a lifetime supply of Twinkie Wiener Sandwiches. And considering the shelf life of a Twinkie is 20 years, I think that’s probably good for your fallout shelter to have a case of Twinkies or two. m

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participants in Operation Puma. The weekend-long military simulation, or MilSim, is being conducted by the Green Mountain Studies and Observation Group, or GMSOG. In Charlotte, a town better known for its apple orchards and luxury homes, GMSOG (pronounced “GM Sog”) offers 130 acres of diverse terrain for staging mock firefights, historic battle reenact-

founder Derek Chace. The 28-year-old former airline pilot and Air National Guardsman served in Iraq in 2006. Chace, who now has a 9-to-5 gig selling vintage Land Rovers, organizes airsoft operations, or “ops,” as a recreational pastime. “It’s just a hobby. I do it for the kids,” he says. “They build a lot of friendships here that they wouldn’t have otherwise.” Though often compared to paintball,

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airsoft tries to emulate actual warfare — without all that messy business of traumatized civilians, mass devastation, PTSD and debilitating injuries. While paintball is still more popular, airsoft is rapidly gaining followers. One reason, Chace suggests, is that it’s more eco-friendly. The BBs biodegrade quickly once exposed to water and leave behind no trace. GMSOG needs to be a clean inand-out operation; it’s prohibited from erecting permanent structures on its property, leased from a local farmer. Evidently,

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t’s 0920 — 9:20 a.m. to civilians — on a recent Saturday as a light rain falls on a muddy Charlotte pasture. Several dozen “soldiers” who bivouacked here overnight are breaking camp and moving out. Clad in full battle dress — combat boots, fatigues, helmets, goggles and tactical vests — many don’t look old enough to drive, let alone carry assault rifles. Fighting acne seems more like it. “Safety briefing, 10 minutes!” someone shouts from a nearby staging area, an open-sided tent erected beside a vintage 1966 field ambulance and cook trailer. The morning’s stillness is disturbed by the growl of an arriving military transport and occasional bursts of automatic gunfire. Combat hasn’t officially begun yet, but already some of the boys are firing their weapons — testing their range or venting nervous energy. In about an hour, I will become “embedded” with some of these soldiers, who will stalk their enemy, draw fire and take casualties. The operation pits the 1990s Serbian Army against NATO forces pushing into Kosovo. A war-games exercise for the Vermont National Guard? A military-tactics lesson for Norwich University cadets? Neither. It’s all just fun and games for the 140

zoning officials don’t object to low-flying helicopters strafing teenagers with M60 machine guns. For Operation Puma, Chace has arranged for me to tag along with a Serb unit. While I wait, I meet Seth, 46, and his son, Ian, 15, from Braintree. Both wear German Flecktarn, or spotted camouflage, designating them as Serbs. Like all players, the father and son brought their own weapons. Theirs are marksman rifles modified for increased range and accuracy. Though many players prefer machine guns, Seth and Ian are snipers. How does it feel getting tagged by an airsoft BB? Like a bee sting, says Ian, who participated in an earlier GMSOG op. “You either hear it or feel it,” his dad says. “Mostly feel it.” At 0930, NATO and Serb troops assemble, loaded for bear. To an untrained eye, many are indistinguishable from actual military. One player is dressed head to toe in a ghillie suit, looking like a dyed-green sheepdog. I hope he checks himself later for ticks. Chace, aka Tiger — during ops, players use a radio handle — is decked out in full camo gear. He’ll command NATO, while Alex Caldwell, aka Otter, will lead the Serbs. Chace climbs atop the ambulance and reviews the rules of engagement: Everyone must wear full-seal goggles. No shooting at wildlife, livestock, trucks, helicopters or reporters. I breathe a sigh of relief. Also, GMSOG has a no-surrender rule, which means everyone shoots to kill. There’s no minimum engagement distance, but Chace asks players to switch their guns to semi-automatic whenever they’re within 10 feet of an enemy. “Try to keep it civil,” he says. “You wouldn’t want to get shot in the face at 5 feet in full auto.” When a player gets hit, he or she must display a red rag and leave the game for 10 minutes. A wounded soldier may only return after being touched by a teammate for one minute. If the player “bleeds out” — i.e., is not rescued within 10 minutes — the “dead” soldier must return to a designated area and wait there for another 10 minutes. This simulates actual battlefield losses. “You don’t have to count it out. We all know what 10 minutes feels like,” Chace says. “It’s like one ‘Call of Duty’ match.”


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Patriot Games « p.39 The players laugh at his computer-game reference. I’m struck by how close many of these guys — and nearly all are male — are to enlistment age. That’s a change from years ago, remarks GMSOG staffer Jonathan Quiet, aka Outlaw, when airsoft enthusiasts were mostly guys in their thirties, forties and older. The cost of airsoft equipment has dropped considerably, he says, making the sport more accessible to its prime demographic. Most participants can get into it for $300, though Outlaw says, “I’ve seen guys quickly cross the $5000 mark.” I wonder aloud how many of them will actually join the military. (If anything, Chace claims, he talks more kids out of enlisting.) “Actually, we had a military recruiter at our last event,” Quiet says. “I don’t think he did much business.” Once the briefing is over, the players give Chace a cheer for organizing the event. “OK,” he says, waving them off. “Now, let’s go shoot people.”

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1010. I’m in an ’86 troop transport riding shotgun, which is ironic, given that I’m the only one in the truck without a gun. The bed is packed with Serbs, many of whom belong to a Vermont airsoft team called Death Jesters. (Other players have come from as far away as Maine and Connecticut.) Amped, they begin a Marine-like chant: “Whose house? OUR HOUSE! Whose house? OUR HOUSE!” I ask the boys their strategy for the day. “Shoot to kill!” someone yells, and they all laugh. We rumble through a metal gate, past a herd of cows, across a meadow, then down a steep ravine. We disembark along a swollen river and set off on foot, hiking across a creek and up a steep, wooded hillside until we reach a small, camouflaged outpost called Bill Hill. Our team leader is Angus Gates, aka Stag. The 27-year-old GMSOG staffer briefs us on our mission: Capture a downed NATO pilot before he gets rescued. “Now, let’s see if we can accomplish our objective before lunch.” While waiting for the game to start, I chew the fat with several guys in the unit. One is a jeweler in Middlebury; another works retail in a mall. They jaw on about rifle modifications, past ops and sandwiches left behind in the car. I hear stories about a legendary airsoft team from across the lake called the Adirondack Rangers: highly disciplined former military troops (rumor has it) who have tons of cool paramilitary hardware, including night-vision goggles. “Not the cheap ones,” emphasizes one Death Jester. “The $5000 kind!” Several guys mention Operation Blacksheep, a massive, 21-hour MilSim

kill-fest that’s held annually at the 10th Mountain Division’s urban-warfare training facility at Fort Drum, N.Y. I’m told that players show up with all sorts of neat toys like “tornado grenades,” which spin around and shoot 170 BBs simultaneously “for room clearing.” Talk about fun for the whole family. I ask the guys whether they think they’ll get killed today. “Dude, if you go through a game and don’t get hit, you didn’t do much fighting,” says Kelsey Dobson, aka Wolf. Airsoft got its start in the 1970s in pacifist Japan, where private firearm ownership was, and still is, illegal. At first, it was a way for Japanese gun geeks to collect authentic-looking weapons. By the early 1980s, airsoft enthusiasts were modifying their guns to shoot plastic pellets, first at targets, then at each other. By the 1990s, the sport had spread to the United States, mostly via military personnel. At 1100 hours, a squawk on Stag’s radio informs us that Operation Puma has begun, which coincides perfectly with increasing rainfall. We move out, hiking downhill and back across the creek. Within minutes, I can’t see anything through my goggles and am tripping over logs. Call it the fog of war. Ducking behind trees and scanning the battlefield with his M-16, Wolf takes the lead. He signals us to move ahead with a silent wave, or halts us with a raised fist. Wolf is a high school senior whose biggest responsibility to date was working as a seasonal lifeguard in Vergennes — “Dude, you would not believe the shit that goes down at the diving board!” he declares. He has joined the Marines and ships out next August. Up ahead, we hear several bursts of gunfire, followed by indecipherable shouting. Wolf and teammates Hunter Myers (Specs) and Quintin Lewis (QuiGon) advance, while I stumble behind, wary of removing my goggles and losing an eye to an errant BB. At a meadow’s edge, Wolf returns with a Serb I don’t recognize with a red bandana on his head — our first casualty. Apparently, he surprised a NATO soldier and got shot at point-blank range. He acts surprisingly calm. Suddenly, my three comrades pivot to the right. We’re drawing fire from downhill. Flanked! Several quick bursts of BBs whiz by, followed by single shots. Two nearby soldiers get tagged. From below, I hear a plaintive wail — “Medic!” — followed by more gunfire. Another Serb runs back and reports a “big gun” up ahead in a bunker. A machine gun thunders, and my unit retreats, leaving me alone. Despite my orange vest and the rule about not shooting journalists, I’m not about to test NATO’s adherence to the Geneva Conventions. I haul ass back to Bill Hill. 1150. Hiking through the woods, I


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“Lunch!” Several dozen soldiers, friends and foes, emerge from the trees. We hike together back to the staging area. There, Chace’s wife, Catherine, stands at a British cook trailer and dishes out her famous truffle burgers and cocoa to the boys. (During the week, she sells software.) I ask her if she ever gets into the game itself. “No!” she says, with an incredulous look. “I don’t want to get shot!” I notice more than a few arms and asses covered in mud — battle wounds caused by running too fast down slippery hillsides. And, as I reflect on how to report on the morning’s firefights, I already suspect that some readers will instantly condemn airsoft itself as a different kind of slippery slope: a pastime that simultaneously glorifies and sanitizes war, even as it co-opts the name of a notoriously ugly conflict. Granted, there’s been nary a mention this morning of ethnic cleansing, forced expulsions, mass executions or any of the countless other human-rights abuses that marked the real Kosovo. But that’s not the point. This conflict is about boys playing army, not a history lesson. It’s as detached from actual warfare as “Grand Theft Auto” is from a driver’s ed class. Notwithstanding my own aversion to war and to America’s military-industrial complex, I know I would have eaten up this shit as a kid — and been bummed that the helicopter got rained out. Still, by lunch I need to ship out. My own allied commander, aka my wife, has requested I redeploy to the Williston box stores on a resupply mission. m

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chance upon Ian, the 15-year-old I met earlier. Unlike some soldiers, he uses ammo judiciously. I watch as he patiently lines up a shot, then squeezes the trigger. Somewhere in the distance I hear a faint “Hit!” Ian fires a second round. “Ow!” someone yells. In all, Ian racks up eight kills. With sniper cover, our unit advances another 30 or 40 yards. For the first time all morning, we’re gaining real estate. As we pass enemy wounded, a NATO casualty complains that the Serbs aren’t “playing dead” for long enough. Hey, complain to the Red Cross, I think. I check in with Stag for a big-picture update. Evidently, the Serbs failed to find the downed pilot. However, we overran NATO’s river bunkers and forced their retreat. “So it’s very even right now,” he says. “NATO has a slight edge on us. However, the battle has turned. We’re now a real thorn in their side.” 1255. Shortly before lunch, Stag says, is when hostilities often spike — not unlike in real wars, when combatants try to gain the upper hand just before a ceasefire. Nearby, someone yells, “Five minutes!” Stag gets word via radio that the “friendlies” we were expecting as reinforcement got decimated. He decides to send four soldiers uphill to take out a NATO post. “Go! Go! Go!” he yells. I ask if it’s a suicide mission, sending inexperienced players to storm the hill. “Yeah, probably,” he says dismissively. The advancing soldiers instantly draw fire. BBs whiz by as I duck behind a tree. One hits my poncho but not skin. Am I dead? Suddenly, a collective cry goes up:


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last longer than two or three short pages, with one exception — “Let’s Talk” — which Budbill says in the afterword could work as a one-act play. And the dialogue of many (though not all) voices in Park Songs is full of idiomatic vernacular and candid, imperfect syntax, which contribute to a down-to-earth plainspokenness. These seem like people we can connect with, and it’s refreshing (as Budbill’s work generally is) to be offered regular ol’ simple beauty in place of incomprehensible, postmodern mumbo-jumbo, which contemporary poetry can so frequently be. Yet, when the park people speak of their personal lives, their utterances often feel too forward and abrupt to elicit any emotion in the reader. People come and go in the park, and when they sit down to chat, their conversations move too rapidly

in the direction of emotional divulgence. Even when we assume there is a backstory to justify their melodrama, we are caught off guard by their succinct, unhesitating confessions. Take, for example, the vignette in which Jeanie, a young waitress, and Sue, a mother, sit down together. Apparently, the meeting was prearranged, because Jeanie apologizes for being late. Sue asks, “Anyway, what’s new with you?” Jeanie replies, “Ah, I don’t know. Nothing. That’s the trouble. Nothing’s ever new. I’m 27 years old and I feel like my life is over.” She goes on to explain that she feels stuck at her diner job, and resents having to live with her mother. “Is this all there is, Suzie?” Sue responds: “I’m sorry, Jeanie. Look at it this way if you want: at least you got


a Mom. My mother died when I was 19 … I had so many things I wanted to talk to her about, things about my childhood, questions to ask her…” She explains that she wishes she had asked her mom if she’d ever had an affair, just to know. Then, abruptly, Sue says, “I got to get back to work.” This ultraconfessional style is barely tolerable in first-person verse; in dialogue it sounds forced and abnormal. The work sounds a disingenuous note again in passages where some of the park people wax self-consciously (and defensively) literary. On the more tolerable, though still tedious, end is Mr. C. A failed poet, he not only shares some of his compositions with us, but verbosely curses the literary elites in several freewheeling monologues: “If I choose to speak in an archaic tone; salubrious and beautiful, cadenced and melodious, I can! Which is to say: I actually, premeditatedly, deliberately and consciously speak in this harsher tongue…” We forgive Mr. C’s mistaking GRE word lists for eloquence because he is, after all, a “would-be poet.” Harder to stomach are his selfcongratulatory spiritual indulgences à la the drunken father in Nick Flynn’s memoirs, or his laundry lists of clever curse words. But, amid all his nonsense, Mr. C is a tragically funny voice, insofar as it’s funny to watch a failed poet justify his failure with false pride. On the less forgivable end, as shoehorned-in literary language goes, are parts of the awkward dialogue in “Let’s Talk.” Fred, who, according to his character description, “fancies himself a ladies man,” tries to strike up a conversation with Nancy, an overthinking mother and partner to Judy. Fred says he’s lonely, and Nancy declines to continue the conversation. He asks why, and she proceeds to talk his ear off explaining that when she talks with people, she always ends up playing the listener.

It’s a funny idea, but occasionally Nancy lapses into a strange, misplaced verbal self-consciousness that takes away more than it gives to the scene. Take, for example, the moment when, after several paragraphs of passionate confession, she corrects a prepositional ending. Or worse, when she compliments Fred’s “sensitive” wordplay in tedious detail: Yes. Loony. Lonely. The near rhyme. The subtle similarity in sound yet also the difference between the diphthong oo in loony and the long o in lonely. oo/o. And the same subtle similarity yet difference between the long e sound in loony and the ly in lonely. ee/ly.

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Hamlet, directed by Kim Bent, produced by Lost Nation Theater at Montpelier City Hall Auditorium. Thursdays through Sundays, October 18 through 28; Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, October 28, at 2 p.m. $25-30. Info, 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org

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results less compelling. Gertrude (Tracey Girdich) doesn’t earn Hamlet’s revulsion or contempt. Paul Molnar gives Claudius a cheerful, levelheaded quality — he seems to wonder if Hamlet is simply missing the point of court life. Probst finds nuance in the soliloquies and appears to relish the great challenge of Hamlet’s inconstancy. The feigned madness never runs the risk of carrying him off; he always retains control, the better to showcase animosity over sorrow. Probst also seeks the romantic in the role, looking for the points where Hamlet can glow with the heat of his own pain. Hamlet is too long a play to stage intact: The full play can run five hours. Besides making the cuts that polish the gem, Bent has pared the cast judiciously so that eight actors can play all the roles.

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Shakespeare’s soliloquies are not just windows into Hamlet’s thoughts but glimpses into how the mind works. Caleb Probst has the vocal and physical intensity for this role, and he convincingly conveys Hamlet’s ability to distance himself from others with sarcasm. He lets an angry undercurrent bubble up, then chases it with irony, revealing his character’s pained detachment from the world. Probst is at his best when a scene allows him to connect with a fellow actor, as in his cruel and crazed jilting of Ophelia (Kate Kenney). Kenney staggers in confusion, then collapses in misery; their interplay requires each to push the other more and more fiercely, until Ophelia is left wounded and hollow. When Probst takes on other targets, the connection isn’t always there, making the

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very character, scene and line in Hamlet has been debated endlessly. In some ways the genius of the play is its protean quality — it will conform to any psychology, envelop any philosophy, reflect precisely what interests you most. In that sense, you owe it to yourself to see Hamlet whenever you can, for each staging brings something new to the surface. In Lost Nation Theater’s current production, the emphasis is on the revenge plot, with Hamlet’s anger overshadowing his anguish. Vigorous pacing brings out the energy in Shakespeare’s text, while solid acting reveals the poetry of the language. The play begins with the words, “Who’s there?” and from that tense query onward, the Danish court is embroiled in intrigue. Hamlet is still in mourning for his dead father, the king of Denmark, when his mother Gertrude swiftly remarries — to his uncle Claudius, no less. A ghost confirms Hamlet’s suspicions about his father’s untimely death at Claudius’ hand, and, with some reluctance, Hamlet accepts the duty of revenge. To observe Claudius and Gertrude closely, Hamlet feigns madness, and carries his act to the point of antagonizing his love interest, Ophelia. To test Claudius’ guilt, he engages a troupe of traveling actors to stage a play that reenacts the crime. All in all, Hamlet includes poisoning, stabbing, an offstage drowning, a skeleton unearthed and a climactic sword fight that spares almost no one. Hamlet is a play about choices, but it doesn’t just pose dilemmas; it invites the audience to plunge into each character’s interior life and feel the pain of choosing. A director has choices, too: Should Hamlet embody the energy of revenge or the torpor of depression? How mad is he? Should the director steer us toward conclusions or let us reach our own interpretations? At LNT, director Kim Bent forgoes the heavy hand. If he leans toward any pole, it’s that of emphasizing Hamlet over the supporting characters. This is an understandable bias, because whenever Hamlet isn’t talking, someone is talking about him. Hamlet presents a remarkable combination of tense plot and intellectual exploration. The play gives each major character a moment of introspection, whether it’s about the compromise struck with a guilty conscience, the nature of loyalty or the balance between parental and erotic love.

You won’t miss the lost courtiers heaved overboard, but you may have some trouble with a single pair of actors handling the roles of Laertes and Horatio, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two of the traveling players, and pretty much any other character requiring a youthful countenance. Christopher Scheer and Eric William Love gamely tackle them all, but for all their enthusiasm, we are too conscious of the quick-change stunt. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are played for weak comedy; the play-within-a-play players vamp. But Love’s tender Horatio and Scheer’s strong Laertes do stand out as solid characters. Mark Roberts takes on the roles of the Ghost and Polonius, as well as assorted military and regal figures. More than quick change is necessary to pull that off, as Polonius must appear in the same scene in which Hamlet sees the ghost. Bent has a high-tech solution that I won’t reveal here, but it lacked the magic to dazzle this reviewer’s eyes. Roberts gave the ghost a rather petty urgency for revenge, without the necessary overtone of menace that spurs the philosophical Hamlet to bloody action. As Polonius, however, Roberts nicely avoids overdoing the character’s windbag tendencies. Robert Nuner ably handles seven roles, and is especially memorable as the Gravedigger. Bent designed the simple in-the-round set, and Donna Stafford painted the beautiful faux-stone floor. It’s not especially Elsinore-ish — there’s no sense of a castle’s cold, dark corridors — but it’s highly adaptable, and you look forward to the climactic sword fight from the moment you take your seat. When it comes, choreographed by Dan Renkin, the fighting does not disappoint. Renkin is good at building tension, and his repertoire of swordplay moves is impressive, including a few tussles with surprising outcomes. The swords blaze, but Renkin and Bent are always telling the story through the fighters, and Hamlet’s innocent pleasure in combat shifts to the dark realization that this battle has the highest stakes. Nancy Smith’s costumes are fine, especially Hamlet’s richly textured combination of black velvet against black fabric. Bent’s skillful use of space underscores his rhythmic sense for dramatic action, and Probst delivers a strong performance. Add this one to your collection of Hamlets. m


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Jarecki has always enjoyed tailoring new noodles to chefs’ specifications, he says. After several adjustments from both manufacturer and chef, the slightly sour-tasting noodles were ready to serve. They were such a success that, with Werneke’s blessing, VFP began selling its ramen to other clients. Crop Bistro & Brewery in Stowe and the Wooden

never expected to become the Green Mountains’ top pasta makers. Dedicated home cooks, they built Powderhounds Restaurant in the space that is now home to the Garlic. The couple and their nowgrown children lived in the building’s basement. The fresh fare they prepared included dishes with noodles from a local company called DiMartino’s Pasta. TOM MCNEILL

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ast fall, chef Michael Werneke was on the hunt for ramen — but not the loaves of dried noodles with flavor packets favored by college students. For his 2011 winter menu at the Rusty Nail Bar & Grille in Stowe, the cook planned to serve authentic Japanese noodle soups adapted from the recipe in David Chang’s Momofuku cookbook. He was surprised to find that none of his regular suppliers, including upscale specialty-foods giant Sid Wainer & Son, offered fresh ramen noodles. Sean Buchanan of Black River Produce recommended that Werneke contact Vermont Fresh Pasta, which sells both wholesale and retail. “I started talking to [co-owner] Tricia [Jarecki] about alkaline noodles,” Werneke remembers. “She said, ‘My husband is a chemist, so I think he’d be really into it.’” When the couple started Vermont Fresh Pasta in 1992, Ken Jarecki wasn’t just a former New York City chemist: He was a restaurateur. That combination of scientific know-how and culinary creativity has made VFP the state’s largest pasta manufacturer — and regional supplier to a national grocery chain. Today, 60 percent of VFP’s sales are retail to 40 percent bulk, so both home cooks and chefs appreciate its ever-changing roster of creative pastas and sauces. Werneke approached Ken Jarecki shortly after Tropical Storm Irene hit Proctorsville, washing the company’s delivery truck down the Black River. Making new pasta — a process that involved recreating the sodium carbonateand potassium carbonate-heavy water of China’s Lake Kanas — was a welcome distraction for the scientist and cook. But chemistry wasn’t the only appeal;

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Spoon Bistro in South Burlington have it on their menus, and the alkaline noodles have been a hit at institutions including Fletcher Allen Health Care, Williams College and St. Johnsbury Academy. “I’m a big open-source advocate,” says Werneke, who will soon leave the Rusty Nail (see this week’s Side Dishes), of sharing the recipe he helped create. “No one can compete with my broth, anyway.” When the Jareckis left New York City for Killington in 1986, they LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

When the small business closed, Jarecki and his then-business partner, David Bienstock, decided to take it over. At first, that meant producing pasta and sauces, including a popular Caesar dressing, for Powderhounds and its Killington neighbors. That is, until Whole Foods came calling. In the late 1990s, VFP became the northeast co-packer for the supermarket giant’s own pasta label. As the chain has grown, it has begun using larger factories to supply some of its stores, but the small

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Vermont company still makes and packages pasta for Whole Foods locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Healthy Living Market & Café in South Burlington and Wilson Farm in Lexington, Mass., also use VFP as their private-label pasta maker. Under its own name, VFP’s wares are sold at co-ops all over Vermont and New Hampshire and at other premium food purveyors, such as Shelburne Supermarket and the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Store. In the early years, the Jareckis used their basement home under Powderhounds as their factory. When they moved (they now live in Pittsfield), their bedroom became a walk-in cooler. Eight years ago, Black River Produce left Proctorsville for Springfield, allowing VFP to move into that much larger space. The company currently shares the expansive building with CMC Mushrooms, a fungus-growing business run by a pair of recent University of Vermont grads. When Seven Days visited the factory last Thursday, a team of 10 employees was coming to the end of a manufacturing cycle. Most of the ravioli had been pressed the day before and sent to restaurants via suppliers, including Black River Produce and Provisions International. Since losing its own truck, VFP has depended on other companies to get its pasta to clients. A pair of young women packed pasta sheets for retail, while another worker sent sheets of pumpkin-parsley fettuccine, the company’s monthly special, through a machine that looked and operated much like the automated version of a tabletop hand-cranked pasta maker. Across the factory floor, between one of two walk-ins and an industrial oven used for roasting ingredients, several USING THEIR NOODLES

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Hot New Thing hOt tamale rises FrOm the ashes — in mOrrisville

It wasn’t a good summer for Moana DIxon and her mother, ChEryl KahElEIlanI. On the night of Friday, August 3, a grease fire burned the pair’s Mexican take-out eatery in Johnson, hot taMalE Co., to the ground. The building was also their rental home. Now things are looking up. The duo has found a new location, and, if all goes well, hot taMalE Co. MExICatEssEn

will open in Morrisville in the first week of November. But not without some serious elbow grease. The

says, the 1000-square-foot space will have “a vintageindustrial cantina” look. Much of the wood is being reclaimed from area barns. A hybrid of full and counter-style service will help the pair save funds they need to “concentrate on local farms and keeping the food organic and local — not [on] all the bells and whistles,” Dixon says. The “Mexicatessen” in the name refers to the new restaurant’s retail section, where visitors will be able to buy frozen tamales, enchiladas and Kaheleilani’s famous salsas to take home.

Rust Adjustment blue DOnkey Owners purchase rusty nail bar & grille

and JIM GolDsMIth, owners of the BluE in Stowe, have purchased their Mountain Road neighbor, the rusty naIl Bar & GrIllE. According to Kaufman, the deal has been years in the making. “Seven years ago we tried to buy it from [former owner] BoBBy [roBErts]. It just didn’t happen,” she explains. “We tried to buy it from [current owner] stan [swIErzEwsKI] three years ago, but he decided he was going to run it for a while. This was our third shot at it and [we] got it!” KIM KaufMan DonKEy

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Current Rusty Nail chef MIChaEl wErnEKE plans to move on and says he has received more than one offer that will allow him to continue to explore his porky pursuits. General manager KatE wIsE, who helped remake the nightspot into a respected gastropub, says she’s excited to take on the new role of bartender at prohIBItIon pIG in Waterbury. The current regime will end on October 27 with a Halloween party featuring local band Pleasure Dome. Kaufman says she expects to open the reimagined Nail on November 21, the night before Thanksgiving. “Our plan is [to] revive the Nail to what it used to be — more of a rocking place with good music, good food and a chill crowd,” Kaufman says. “There’ll be a lot of rock and roll and blues.” Blue Donkey food and beverage director KErMIt MElEnDEz will oversee the new restaurant as well, with current MattErhorn sushi chef MIChEllE fullEr heading the kitchen. Melendez, who calls the menu “unpretentious and exciting,” says Cajun and Creole influences will be prominent. Southern-style dishes on an early version of the menu include crawdads in diablo sauce, a fried-greentomato BLT and decidedly Memphis-style barbecue spareribs. Kaufman and Goldsmith also have plans to build a fine-dining steakhouse adjacent to the Blue Donkey, but Kaufman says they have postponed the groundbreaking on that project until next year. In the meantime, their plates are sure to be full.

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employees prepared dozens of boxes of jewel-green fresh basil for the next day’s pesto-sauce-making session. Nearby, Ken Jarecki stood alone at the 4-foot-tall Rosito Bisani pasta extruder, a machine that squeezes out and cuts pastas like a futuristic Play-Doh Fun Factory, with eminently more edible results. He was working on a sample of elbow macaroni for a client — Richard Jarmusz, executive chef at FAHC. Jarmusz already uses 150 pounds of VFP tortellini each week in dishes for the hospital’s cafeteria and patients. Now he’s requested elbows for his kitchen’s gooey, turkey-bacon-studded macaroni and cheese. “All I can tell you is, price-wise, [VFP is] very competitive with [megasupplier] US Foods and suchlike,” Jarmusz tells Seven Days. “It was a no-brainer when we switched to them three years ago.”

Finding ways to cook with VFP’s quirkier offerings seems to have been a no-brainer for Jarmusz’s team, too. They boil ramen to make a noodle salad, which they serve at the hospital’s Main Street Café in an Asian trio with sushi and Vietnamese summer rolls. On Thursdays, the ramen lands in noodle bowls featuring Vermont Soy tofu. VFP’s artichoke-mushroom ravioli becomes a bed for braised pork. VFP’s sauces come in handy, too, giving the FAHC kitchen team a break from chopping mirepoix or reducing red wine for certain dishes. Jarmusz is especially eager to talk up the company’s most recent addition to its sauce line: roasted-almond-Asiago pesto. A pesto without herbs, it’s a buttery, cheesy

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laced with notes of black fruit and espresso; the Madagascar 70 percent is brighter and citrusy, while the Madagascar 70 percent Wild Pepper packs a punch of herbal Voatsiperifery pepper from the same island. At the demo and tasting, Lampman plans to encourage people to “Slow down, taste and think about what you’re eating,” he says. Stop by on October 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Lake Champlain Chocolates at 750 Pine Street in Burlington. — c. h .

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Restaurants close across the state

The last few weeks have seen a mini-wave of restaurant closures. In September, Stowe lost Lagniappe, a restaurant inside the Ten Acres Lodge that owners Frank and Robin Wilson opened in the summer of 2010 with a menu of gumbo, seafood étouffé, jambalaya and

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“It’s basically a cannoli filling,” Jarecki explains. The dessert has been a hit at the recently opened Bailiwicks on Mill in St. Johnsbury. Chef James Scharnowske says he goes through a case of the ravioli every week and a half. “Basically, we take four raviolis, [dip them in] flour, egg and panko and fry them in a fryolator [and serve them] with a Tahitian vanilla gelato and ganaches,” Scharnowske explains. “It is amazing; people have never seen it.” With 20 years behind them, the Jareckis have certainly found the formula that pleases customers. And that’s exactly why Ken Jarecki has no major expansion plans. “To get to the next level, we’d have to go to a frozen product,” he says. “The investment would be so big, I wouldn’t want to take the risk.” As it is, VFP continues to grow slowly and steadily; Tricia says she adds a new client or two every week. But Ken Jarecki wants to keep VFP in Vermont and its neighboring states. “I’m not interested in being a national brand,” he says. “I never planned on being a millionaire. I want to stay crafty, fresh and local.” m

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pumpkin and caramelized onion, especially during foliage season, Jarecki says. But he still has time to produce flavors such as chèvre with smoked fig pesto; curry-black-bean-sweet potato; and smoked salmon with chèvre with kalamata olives. The goat cheese comes from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, which makes it with lower-than-normal moisture especially for VFP. The low-moisture impastata ricotta that fills most VFP ravioli is not made in Vermont, but Vermont Butter & Cheese mascarpone pops up in some varieties. One such delicacy is the chocolate ravioli with mascarpone filling, VFP’s only dessert pasta. Its inspiration came from Tricia Jarecki’s upbringing in an Italian American home — where, she recalls, homemade pasta was always drying on the backs of dining room chairs. The chocolate pasta (also available as linguine) contains just enough cocoa powder to color and lightly flavor the dough. Inside the ravioli, mascarpone and impastata ricotta are mixed with cinnamon, vanilla and pistachios.

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That means making more than 100 phone calls every Monday and Tuesday, before the weekly manufacturing cycle begins. “Even if you’re very good, you can’t rely on a chef to call you every week,” Ken Jarecki says. “If they have Sysco or someone visiting them on the road, sometimes it’s just too easy [to buy from that mobile supplier].” Jarecki says he doesn’t sweat it too much if a chef stops using his product for a season or two. “We are not always on a menu at a particular restaurant, but we always end up back on the menu. Everyone comes back to pasta,” he explains. And, more often than not, what “everyone” is ordering is ravioli. Over the years, Jarecki says, he — in collaboration with Bienstock and their chef clients — has created more than 100 varieties. That number is always growing: As long as a customer buys 12 pounds of the product, Jarecki will make practically any type of ravioli, he says. Most chefs are happy to choose from the long roster. The most frequently requested ravioli is butternut squash,

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concoction that plays on the combination of nutty Asiago with milky-tasting chunks of almond. Another attraction of VFP products for FAHC and other large institutions is nutritional analysis prepared by Jarecki himself. The chemist doesn’t stop at listing calories and fat, as most packaged foods do, but offers specific vitamin and mineral information that helps dieticians at the hospital integrate VFP products into their patients’ meals. Jarecki runs the ingredients and quantities through his own database, rather than sending them to a costly lab. “Nutritionist” is just one of the hats he wears in the company: Jarecki also does the bookkeeping himself and repairs the machines. While much of the equipment has been upgraded over the years, some is older, such as the cutter and sheeter VFP acquired when it bought out Burlington’s floundering Vermont Pasta Company in 1997. “Running a small business, you need to be multitalented,” Jarecki says. Tricia Jarecki is in charge of coordinating with all the company’s clients.

other Cajun classics. Seven Days couldn’t reach them for comment, but Frank Wilson left a note on Tripadvisor.com explaining that “serious family issues” compelled the couple to close both the restaurant and lodge. He added that the inn was under contract to new owners and expected to reopen by December. In Essex Junction, the doors are locked and the phone is disconnected at Upper Crust. The pizzeria opened at 118 Pearl Street in December 2010. Down in Bellows Falls, the locally beloved hot dog eatery Fat Franks closed a few weeks ago, surprising community members who thought the “Wurst Place in Bellows Falls” was on the verge of expansion based on a recent permit application. Rockingham development director Francis “Dutch” Walsh says he now believes the business — name and building — is up for sale.

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Drivers passing along Route 7 between Shelburne Vineyard to the west and Fiddlehead Brewing to the east may not have noticed the yearlong construction project, which commenced in May 2011. But the Goldsmiths’ $1.65 million purchase of this former industrial and office complex — whose warehouse once turned out thousands of brass coffee-cup rings — jump-started an ambitious venture that could bring more traffic to Shelburne’s evolving culinary corridor. EatingWell, which moved in last February to anchor the complex, was only its first tenant. The Goldsmiths’ company, White Cap Ventures LLC, has so far poured $3.5 million into renovations, tearing down the ceilings and walls to transform a fusty 73,000-square-foot space into an environmental showcase that they hope will attract like-minded businesses. The Goldsmiths’ vision for the complex, now called Shelburne Green, includes a food hub; initially, there had been talk of aggregating a miller, baker and other food producers in one space. Macy Mullican, the wiry, dynamic Shelburne Vineyard project manager, who

has worked in and around Vermont agriculture for 20 years, has made it her mission to find those food-related businesses and connect them with the Goldsmiths. “The idea is to have a mix of production and retail,” Mullican explained to Seven Days a few months ago. “People can walk in and see someone making a few bars of chocolate, or milling some grain. It will be a center of education, retail and production that supports the food movement in Vermont. Yet filling the building has happened slowly, even with the developers eager to build out for prospective tenants. Despite the presence of EatingWell and another early office tenant, Global Maritime Transportation Services, the manufacturing “shell” out back remained empty for months. That wait tied the hands of Goldsmith Jr., who needed a critical mass of tenants before he could draw up architectural plans for individual spaces. (White Cap has priced office space in Shelburne Green at $13 per square foot, while production space is $8.50 per square foot.) “We hope to create a place for [the food businesses] to come together and


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THE ABUSE AWARENESS PROJECT: During Domestic Violence Awareness Moth, a collaborative mural of statistics raises awareness of survivors within our community. On the green, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3131.

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KELLEY MARKETING MEETING: 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.

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IMPROV NIGHT: 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. STEALING FROM WORK: The sketch-comedy troupe offers "immature humor for mature audiences only." See calendar spotlight. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15; not appropriate for kids. Info, 863-5966.

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COMMUNITY DINNER: 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 ROTA MEETING: Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery's latest happenings. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-0494.

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VERMONT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION FALL CONFERENCE: A public forum focuses on health care as an economic tool and factor in community development. An association business meeting follows at 1:30 p.m. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9 a.m. $35; preregister. Info, 229-9111.

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Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687. OPEN KNIT & CROCHET: 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. STRIDES HITS THE RUNWAY: Students and top stylists from O’Briens Aveda Institute make the catwalk purr in a fashion show benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer. Club VENUE, Colchester, 6:30-9 p.m. $15. Info, 658-9591, ext. 3.

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ARGENTINE TANGO CLASS, FILM & MILONGA: Elizabeth Seyler schools beginners in this sultry South American dance style before a screening of Tango: The Obsession and an evening social dance event with local dancers. North End Studio B, Burlington. $10 for 6:30 p.m. lesson; $3 for 7:30 p.m. documentary; $5 for 8:30 p.m. milonga; $10-15 for the whole evening. Info, 658-5225.

Wednesday, October 17, through Friday, October 19, 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 20, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington. $15; not appropriate for kids. Info, 863-5966. flynntix.org

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ALFRED HITCHCOCK & THE ART OF SUSPENSE: Ee-ee-ee-ee-ee! Film buff Rick Winston uses 12 movie clips to illustrate the evolution of the director's craft. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 'LOUIS MOYSE: A LIFE IN MUSIC': Janet Ressler and Linda Leehman's documentary chronicles the remarkable musical journey of this flutist and founder of Vermont's Marlboro Music School and Festival. A Q&A follows. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'WRETCHES & JABBERERS': Gerardine Wurzburg's 2011 documentary follows Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, two autistic men trying to change attitudes about disability. The film's subjects contribute to a post-film Q&A discussion. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6 p.m. Donations accepted for Vermont Family Network. Info, 876-5315.

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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, sargentsbearnecessities@gmail.com.

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Read It and Weep Skim any adolescent girl’s journal, and dreams, love and teen angst will likely be splashed across its pages. Put those emotions in the harrowing context of the Holocaust, however, and it’s obvious why The Diary of Anne Frank is a drama often revisited. Vergennes’ Little City Players put a familial twist on this production, directed and produced by Sue and Jeffrey Fox, respectively, and starring their daughter Josie. The close-knit cast and crew lend appropriate intimacy to this well-known stage play, in which the heart-wrenching ending underlines the importance of telling and retelling the tale.

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Bari ramirez: Battle of the bulge? The certified personal trainer demystifies conflicting fitness information in a discussion of exercise and healthy food choices. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. Community HerB Class: Certified yoga teacher Lisa Weiss helps participants experience the five Chinese elements — water, wood, fire, earth and metal — in a mat session. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100, info@vtherbcenter.org. Five Common Barriers to Healing: Nutritionist Alicia Feltus introduces nutritionresponse testing, which can detect chemical or metal toxicity, immune imbalances, food sensitivities and scar tissues in the body. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@hungermountain.coop. meditation & disCussion: Powerful energies arise from this participant-led session, which chases 30 minutes of meditation with a brief reading and discussion. Inspired Yoga Studios, Jay, 7-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 988-0449. PuBliC Flu CliniC: Adults immunize themselves against the infectious disease. Montgomery Town Library, 11 a.m.-noon. $35 for recipients without coverage. Info, 527-7531.

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BaBytime 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, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. growing mindFul: a Journey For young PeoPle: Little ones practice breathing techniques and interactive games designed to make them aware — and in control — of their surroundings. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, kids in grades K through 3 attend from 3:304:15 p.m.; kids in grades 4 through 6 attend from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Free; preregister (space is limited). Info, 878-6955. HigHgate story Hour: Gigglers and wigglers listen to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. may's world musiC & movement: Energetic children lace up their dancing shoes for a fun class with May Poduschnick. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. moving & grooving witH CHristine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. musiC & movement PlaygrouP: Youngsters tune in for six weeks of song, dance and fun

with instruments. St. Albans Free Library, 10:1511:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. musiC witH mr. CHris: Rug rats raise their voices to original and traditional sing-alongs with local musician Chris Dorman. There 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, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com. 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. story time For 3- to 5-year-olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and picture books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. story walk: Bookworms read a story along a trail to Lone Tree Hill. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $5-8; free for kids, members and Shelburne residents. Info, 985-8686. youtH media laB: Aspiring Spielbergs learn about movie making with Middlebury Community Television experts. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4097.

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drum CliniC witH todd suCHerman: Styx's master drummer keeps the beat as he reveals techniques and secrets for pounding success. Club Metronome, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $10; preregister (space is limited). Info, 863-8652. ensemBle Basiani oF georgia: Choir members represent one of the world's greatest singing cultures with a blend of sacred chants and ancient folk songs. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-40. Info, 603-646-2422. song CirCle: Community members chime in at a sing-along with Rich and Laura Atkinson. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@ gmail.com.

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monarCH ButterFly tagging: In 2007, a black-and-orange flyer identified 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. tHe great vermont Corn maze: Weather permitting, a 10-acre maze of maize lures labyrinth lovers outstanding in their field. 1404 Wheelock Rd., Danville, 10 a.m. $9-12; free for ages 4 and under. Info, 748-1399, info@ vermontcornmaze.com.

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eMPty BoWL dinner: Support at-risk and homeless youth with a delicious meal of soup, salad, bread and dessert provided by area restaurants. Music by Guagua, a cash bar and locally made ceramic wares — yours to keep and fill — augment the affair. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 5:30 p.m. $20-50. Info, 864-7423, ext. 330. Monkton CoMMunity PeChakuCha night: Locals chitchat about hobbies, interests and endeavors in narrative presentations of 20 slides, each projected for 20 seconds. Monkton Fire Station, 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 453-6067, monkton.talk@gmail.com.

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Master CLass With PoLLy MotLey: The Vermont dancer and choreographer melds mind and matter as she teaches improvisational scores related to a new dance department work at the "pre-audition" for Dancing Uphill. You do not need to be auditioning to attend. Mann Hall Gymnasium, UVM Trinity Campus, Burlington, 3-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2295, clare.byrne@uvm.edu.

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rozaLia ProjeCt: Marine deBris CLeanuP: Volunteers pull on their gloves, pick up trash and collect data to further the understanding of water pollution in Vermont. Allen Brook Planting Site, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 859-3413, patty@rozaliaproject.org.

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BaCon thursdays: Folks come for plates of bacon and creative dipping sauces and stay for music, conversation and a "Butttattoo Contest." Nutty Steph's, Middlesex, 7-10 p.m. Cost of food; cash bar. Info, 229-2090. ghosts oF uvM: Suspense builds as paranormal historian Thea Lewis spins campus tales of smugglers, madmen and hermits. Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966. 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. the 52 kids Foundation reCePtion & Fundraiser: On his first visit to the U.S., program director Frank Woitera offers a personal perspective of how local efforts have impacted this organization, which seeks to teach Ugandan children how to live positively and THU.18

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Bike Smut: A Film Festival of Radical Pleasure: Bike-curious? Inspired cyclists make transportation sexy in a touring showcase of independently made erotic bicycle films. The Firefly, Burlington, bike parade, 7:30 p.m.; doors at 8 p.m. $5; for ages 18 and up. Info, 279-1623. Films of Burlington's Sister Cities: As a prelude to the Vermont International Film Festival, folks screen short films representing Sister Cities Programs in Bethlehem, Arad, Puerto Cabezas and Yaroslavl. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6713. 'Sleepwalk With Me': Comedian Mike Birbiglia stars in this autobiographical story about an aspiring standup whose relationship issues spur a rampant sleepwalking streak. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $6-10. Info, 382-9222. 'Those Who Remain': Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman's documentary follows the daily lives of the families left behind in Mexico by migrants to the U.S. Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4964.

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

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Alburgh Playgroup: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Alburgh Family Center of NCSS, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Farmyard Story Time: 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. Franklin Story 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. Kids & Teens Cooking Class: Think flatbreads are strictly Italian cuisine? Think again. Accompanied by adults, youngsters make Mexican tortillas, Middle Eastern pita breads and Indian chapatis. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 861-9700. Middlebury Preschool Story Time: Little learners master early-literacy skills through tales, rhymes and songs. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4369. Montgomery Infant/Toddler Playgroup: Infants to 2-year-olds idle away the hours with

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A Gnostic Path to Spiritual Awakening: Religious thinkers discuss the "new mode of life" in a compelling PowerPoint presentation. St. Albans Free Library, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9706, vermont@goldenrosycross.org. Jason Clay: In "Feeding Nine Billion and Maintaining the Planet," this keynote speaker discusses implementing global standards for raw materials, in addition to his work on the environmentally sensitive practices of agriculture and aquaculture. Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free; RSVP at learn.uvm.edu/ aiken. Info, 656-3131. Jorge Silvetti: This speaker, whose Boston firm received an Award in Architecture from

the American Academy of Arts and Letters for 20 years of “boldly conceived and brilliantly executed urban projects," presents as part of the Cameron Visiting Architect Series. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Lunch & Learn: In "Occupied Amsterdam: Beyond Anne Frank," author and poet, Mary Fillmore reflects on the key questions raised by the Holocaust. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Donations accepted; lunch is provided. Info, 863-4214, jhersh@burlingtontelecom.net. Martha Hoppin: Known for his portraits of poor street children standing in sunshine, artist John George Brown's wide appeal and financial success are the subject of this author and curator's talk, "Hiding in the Old Oak: Country Children in Art." St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Patrick Keating: The author, whose awardwinning 2011 book Hollywood Lighting From the Silent Era to Film Noir examines every facet of this understated art form, presents "A Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Hollywood Cinema." Room 232, Axinn Center, Starr Library, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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'Best of New York: An Evening of Scenes': Budding thespians perform in the annual First Years' Show and present some of the greatest characters New York theater has served up in the last five years. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $4. Info, 443-3168. 'Boom': See WED.17, 7:30 p.m. 'Born Yesterday': See WED.17, 7:30 p.m. 'Deathtrap': Dorset Theatre presents Ira Levin's thriller about a Broadway mystery playwright who's lost his touch — and will do anything to reclaim his fame. Memorial Hall, Essex, 8 p.m. $12-16. Info, 291-0341. 'Hamlet': Lost Nation Theater presents the Bard's action-packed tale of political turmoil and family vengeance in Denmark. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492. Short & Sweet Showcase 2012: Actors take the stage in short plays penned by locals. Selections include Luc Reid's Some Words of Advice From Your Cat and Dog, Marj O'Neil Butler's Scavenger Hunt and Katherine Trahan's Sugar in August. Brick Meeting House, Westford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0112. 'The Diary of Anne Frank': The Little City Players present this harrowing Holocaust story based on the real-life diary of a 13-year-old girl. See calendar spotlight. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-12. Info, 877-6737.

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Loung Ung: The author's latest novel, Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing and Double Happiness, explores the process of moving past the trauma of the Cambodian genocide. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Woden Teachout & Susan Clark: The movement toward citizen-powered decisions

is at the heart of the authors' new book, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

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Fall/Winter Rummage Sale: Affordably priced outerwear, footwear and knit accessories ensure a warm-and-toasty season for the adults and children in attendance. St. Pius X Parish, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5879.

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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. DsantosVT Salsa Dance Party: The biggest Latin dance social in the state features only the best in live salsa, cha-cha, bachata, merengue, reggaeton and kizomba music. North End Studios, Burlington, free lessons, 8-9 p.m.; music, 9 p.m.-midnight. $5; cash bar. Info, 227-2572. 'Eat My Art Out': Paul Besaw, Christal Brown, Toby McNutt and Tiffany Rhynard unveil choreographic works-in-progress. Audience feedback and refreshments follow. Ballroom. Southwick Hall, UVM, Burlington, 8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, clare.byrne@uvm.edu. 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, 9-11:30 p.m. $7. Info, 658-5225. Technique for Animals: Modern Technique Class: Intermediate to advanced dancers take a walk on the wild side as they roll, flex, stretch and growl with Big Action Performance Ensemble's Tiffany Rhynard in a course intended to yield gutsy dancing. Dance Studio, UVM Patrick Gymnasium, South Burlington, 1:55-3:40 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2295, clare.byrne@uvm.edu.

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Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont: Ready to tackle the delicate subject of death? An informational session covers everything from affordable burials to writing your own obituary. Montpelier Senior Center, noon2:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 223-8140. 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. Vermont Hackathon: Student and professional computer programmers on a caffeine kick are given 24 hours to build a digital product, app, website or widget benefiting the community. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation; preregister. Info, tsorrentino@ mywebgrocer.com.

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'Nosferatu': The Andrew Alden Ensemble deliver an eerie live score to F.W. Murnau's 1922 Gothic horror film, based on the Dracula story. Merrill's Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 864-4742. 'The Cabin in the Woods': College friends on a remote weekend getaway find themselves


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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. 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. HarVest CeleBratIon PotluCk: Neighbors help put the community garden to bed for the winter before a feast showcasing the season's bounty. Community Farm, St. Johnsbury, 4 p.m. Free; bring a local-foods dish to share and garden gloves. Info, 748-9498. HarVest PotPIe dInner: Hungry? Sit down to a selection of savory pastries filled with beef, chicken or turkey. There are salad, drinks and dessert, too. St. Ambrose Parish, Bristol, 5-7 p.m. $4-8; $25 per family. Info, 453-2488. 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@ gmail.com.

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montgomery tumBle tIme: Physicalfitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. musICal tHIrds story tIme: Children read and rock out at this tuneful meetup. Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313. PresCHool story Hour: As part of the ongoing "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibit, little ones learn about race and racism through literature and personal stories. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. 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. story walk: See WED.17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. toddler yoga & storIes: Tykes up to age 5 stretch it out in simple exercise and reading activities. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


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'BeST oF new york: an evening oF SCeneS': See THU.18, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. 'BooM': See WED.17, 7:30 p.m. 'Born yeSTerday': See WED.17, 7:30 p.m. 'deaThTrap': See THU.18, 8 p.m. 'haMleT': See THU.18, 8 p.m. 'ShipwreCked! an enTerTainMenT': This production that the New York Times deemed a “a theatrical pop-up book,” tells the tale of reallife Louis de Rougemont and his incredible 30year adventure in the Australian outback after being lost at sea. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 8 p.m. $18-20. Info, 518-523-2512. ShorT & SweeT ShowCaSe 2012: See THU.18, HomeBrew_SevenDays_FINAL_Layout 1 8/20/12 12:16 PM2 Page p.m. &17 p.m. 'The diary oF anne Frank': See THU.18, 8 p.m. 'The vagina MonologueS': Cooter. Lady bits. Vajayjay. Whatever you call it, it's the subject of Eve Ensler's episodic play, performed by the Valley Players. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $12; for mature audiences only. Info, South Royalton 12v-ChampValleySkating101712.indd 1 10/12/12 5:10 PM 583-1674, valleyplayer@madriver.com.

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BleSSing oF The aniMalS: Well-behaved animal companions and their owners attend an interfaith ceremony celebrating interspecies bonds. Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, West Windsor, 1 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 484-5829. john dewey day: Artist Frank Gonzalez helps fans of the Burlington-raised educator-philosopher mark his birthday by fashioning paper masks before a parade down Church Street. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 865-7216. preServaTion BurlingTon hiSToriC walking Tour: Walkers and gawkers see the Queen City through an architectural and historic perspective. Meet in front of Burlington City Hall. Church Street Marketplace, 11 a.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259. Queen CiTy ghoSTwalk: darkneSS FallS: See FRI.19, 7 p.m. Snd BaSe CaMp: Psyched for snow? Folks stoke their winter spirit with a screening of Meathead Films' ski flick No Matter What alongside spirits tastings and presentations on everything from ski photography to backcountry safety. Smugglers' Notch Distillery, Jeffersonville, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 309-3077.

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handCraFTerS Fair: Vermont vendors set up shop with specialty food and unique handmade items. Proceeds benefit ACCESS, community education for all ages. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 482-7194. indoor CraFT Fair & Bake Sale: Local artisans sell one-of-a-kind gift items, holiday décor, felt goods and edible treats. Country Park Apartments, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 489-5196.

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'a SCreaMing Man': Winner of the 2010 Cannes Jury Prize, Mahamat-Salet Haroun’s examination of cloaked hostility between a father and his son catapulted cinema from civil-striferidden Chad to international prominence. Dana dance Auditorium, Sunderland Language TeChniQue For aniMalS: Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & Modern TeChniQue 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ClaSS: See FRI.19, 'Finding our voiCeS: Contemporary STorieS oF aMeriCan Dance & diSSenT': Martin Sheen Fitness Studio, narrates Huntington Montpelier, resident Holly Stadler's 12:30-2 p.m. $15; 2008 documentary about preregister. Info, eight Americans affected 229-4676. by U.S. foreign policy in Iraq. Discussion with the education filmmaker follows. On the diSCover goddard Rise Bakery, Richmond, 8-10 day: Prospective p.m. Donations accepted. students attend an inInfo, 318-5447. PO RA formation session to learn RY hoMe Movie day 2012: Amateur DA more about low-residency NC filmmakers share long-forgotten E AN D FITN O I BA, BFA, MA and MFA degree D ES S ST U family histories captured on eight- or programs. Meet with current stu16-millimeter motion-picture film. Dartmouth dents and faculty, tour the historic campus, and College animation professor Jodie Mack also enjoy lunch in the dining hall. Goddard College, leads a camera-free animation workshop. Howe Plainfield, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; RSVP required. Library, Hanover, N.H., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; Info, 800-906-8312. advance submissions requested. Info, 785-4118, rfedorchak50@gmail.com. environment 'noSFeraTu': See FRI.19, 7 p.m. rozalia projeCT: Marine deBriS Cleanup: projeCTionS: reel To real ConverSaTion: See THU.18, meet at the natural area about a Academy Award-winner Adam Elliot's claymaquarter-mile north of the parking lot, Starr Farm tion Mary and Max follows the ongoing correAthletic Field, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. spondence of two unlikely pen pals: a middleInfo, 859-3413, patty@rozaliaproject.org. aged, obese man and an 8-year-old Australian girl. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 875-1018. TE

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moonlIghT body/mInd/sPIrIT bIannual reTreaT: Vermonters follow their intuition to energy readings, healing workshops, music and food. Grange Hall, Milton, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; free for kids under 13. Info, 893-9966, moonlightgiftshoppe@yahoo.com.

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haunTed casTle FamIly nIghT: See FRI.19, 7-10 p.m. nIghTmare vermonT: See FRI.19, 6 p.m. ooky sPooky run: Costumed racers pound 3or 5K trails to the beach to win prizes and raise money for COTS. Rock Point School, Burlington, 8:30-10 a.m. $10; $25 per family; preregister. Info, 863-1104, jainsworth@rockpoint.org. The haunTed ForesT: See FRI.19, 6-11 p.m. ZombIe run 5k: Participants use speed, agility and their intact brains to overcome obstacles and avoid flesh-eating zombies. Nightmare Vermont's makeup artists create gruesome faces while Relic play hard-hitting music at this inaugural event. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-87 . Info, 752-7670.

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lunch WITh sen. bernIe sanders: The Vermont senator speaks about what's at stake for the country this November, with regard to economy, health care and the environment. Northfield Middle and High School, lunch, noon; meeting, 12:30 p.m.. Free. Info, 862-1505.

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bluegrass gosPel ProjecT: Impressing audiences since 2001 with their stunning vocal capabilities and wide stylistic range, this band presents an eclectic mix of songs in the acoustic tradition. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $19-22. Info, 728-6464. conrad samuel band: Lively tunes soundtrack a 6 p.m. pot-roast supper and 7-11 p.m. dance party. Proceeds benefit Moose charities. Moose Lodge, St. Albans. $10 buffet; $4 for just the dance. Info, 527-1327. IaIn macharg: Scottish bagpipes sound out as this accomplished musician plays the

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buTTer makIng: Shake, shake, shake! Children transform fresh cream 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. Fancy nancy ParTy: Boys and girls must dress in their best to see the famed children's book character as she celebrates with books, games and prizes. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; tickets are required and available umallvt.com; suggested donations benefit the Vermont Children's Hospital. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. meeT ladybug gIrl: The wing-wearing protagonist of the children's series by Jacky Davis and David Soman buzzes by for hourly story time and ongoing activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. musIc WITh raPhael: See THU.18, 11 a.m. PumPkIns & PIraTes: Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate helps little ones search for buried treasure before it's time to paint a jack-o'-lantern. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-2433. sTory Walk: See WED.17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. TerrIFIc TracTors & oTher cool Farm machInes: Little ones become farmers for the day as they climb aboard heavy-lifting vehicles. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular farm admission, $5-8; free to members, Shelburne residents and kids under 3. Info, 985-8686.

aerophone. 693 McCrillis Road, Marshfield, 7 p.m. $8-10; free for kids. Info, 426-3581. john doyle & oIsIn mcauley: Two of Ireland's most influential musicians, a guitarist and a fiddler, collaborate in a compelling dual performance. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $25-28. Info, 388-0216. vermonT choral Fall gaTherIng: Singers and directors from around the state raise a sweet symphony at a daylong discussion of new and favorite repertory, vocal polyphony, and choral arts of all styles. Jameson Marvin, the former director of the Harvard University To purchase tickets Glee Club, is the special guest. Bethany United or for more information Church of Christ, Randolph, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3540. Info, 468-1322. vermonT PhIlharmonIc orchesTra's annual oPera gala: 2012 Bel Canto Institute award winners soprano Laura Soto-Bayomi and 10/1/12 mezzo-soprano Jeanette Luna perform arias by16t-NightmareVT100312.indd 1 operatic masters Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini and Channel 15 more. Auditorium, St. Johnsbury School, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 244-6208. totally vermonT symPhony orchesTra sTrIng working out wednesdaYs > 10:00 pm QuarTeT halloWeen FamIly concerT: 'a symPhony oF Whales': A musical narration Channel 16 of Steve Schuch’s eponymous book tells the 2012 burlington story of gentle giants stranded in the Siberian book fest Sea and the heroic efforts to free them. Special thursdaYs 8:30 pm spooky selections are also played before a sundaYs 7:30 pm parade of costumes. Performing Arts Center. Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, 4 p.m. and Channel 17 meet the candidates McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, for vermont auditor Colchester, 11 a.m. $5-15. Info, 864-5741, ext. 10. Join the live audienCe or watCh WeIrd al yankovIc: Part singer-songwriter, online thursdaY, 10/18 at 7 pm part epic satirist, the humorous hitmaker makes light of pop culture on his Alpocalypse Tour. get more info or watch online at vermont cam.org • retn.org Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $35-55. ch17.tv Info, 863-5966.

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WaITsFIeld Farmers markeT: 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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2012 talent search: Juniors and adults exhibit their varied expertise at an annual showcase of community skills. Enosburg Opera House, 7 p.m. $7-10. Info, 933-6171. 'Best oF new york: an eVeninG oF scenes': See THU.18, 8 p.m. 'Boom': See WED.17, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'Born yesterDay': See WED.17, 7:30 p.m. 'DeathtraP': See THU.18, 8 p.m. 'hamlet': See THU.18, 8 p.m. 'shiPwreckeD! an entertainment': See FRI.19, 8 p.m. short & sweet showcase 2012: See THU.18, 7 p.m. 'the Diary oF anne Frank': See THU.18, 8 p.m. 'the VaGina monoloGues': See FRI.19, 7:30 p.m.

tara manDala Dance circle: Vermonters move in praise of the divine feminine spirit. Plainfield Community Center, 3-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 454-1461.

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'rear winDow': While stuck in his apartment with a broken leg, a man uses binoculars to spy archer mayor: The author of a Vermont-based on his neighbors — and begins to suspect one of them is a murderer — in Hitchcock's 1954 mystery series starring detective Joe Gunther thriller starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. introduces his latest whodunit, Paradise City. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7 p.m. $9. Info, 431Kingdom Books, Waterford, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 0204, outreach@chandler-arts.org. 751-8374. Vermont international Film FestiVal: kirk karDashian: The Woodstock author of See FRI.19, 12-8 p.m. Milk Money: Cash, Cows and the Death of the American Dairy Farm contextualizes why the staple commodity has proven so tricky to stabi- food & drink lize. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 4 p.m. Pancake BreakFast: Scrambled eggs, Free. Info, 457-2355. sausage, coffee and juice augment stacks of

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flapjacks for a filling first meal. Grace United methodist church, essex Junction, 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 878-8071 or 878-5923. 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, sbfm.manager@ gmail.com. Stowe reStaurant week: With cuisine praised by Gourmet, Bon Appetit and Wine Spectator, Vermont's quintessential ski town hosts its second annual celebration of local fare. Various locations, stowe, noon. $15-35 per prixfixe menu. Info, 253-7321. 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.

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Story walk: see WeD.17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. SundayS For FledglingS: Youngsters go avian crazy in hiking, acting, writing or exploring activities. Birds of Vermont museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission, $3-6; free for members; preregister. Info, 434-2167, museum@birdsofvermont.org. 'treaSured StorieS: eric carle': International mermaid Theatre company brings three of the acclaimed writer's most popular characters — a brown bear, a caterpillar and a moon — to life with superb puppet artistry. an enchanting musical score complements the magic of the black-light set. Flynn mainstage, Burlington, 3 p.m. $15-22. Info, 863-5966.

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French converSation group: dimancheS: Parlez-vous français? speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Fletcher Free library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.

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dartmouth college goSpel choir: overcoming adversity is the theme for "moving on, and stronger," an inspiring concert of traditional and contemporary gospel choir music. spaulding auditorium, Hopkins center, Dartmouth college, Hanover, n.H., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. $5-18. Info, 603-646-2422. Julian JaSter, Sarah mundy: local and regional artists deliver "post-springsteen intellectual power pop" and more in the gallery. RoTa Gallery, plattsburgh, n.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. kurn hattin homeS For children muSic enSemBle: Young musicians from a residential school for children in need offer a varied repertoire of layered harmonies, ballads and hymns. First congregational church, manchester, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 362-2709. vermont philharmonic orcheStra'S annual opera gala: see saT.20, Barre opera House, 2 p.m. Info, 476-8188. vermont Symphony orcheStra String Quartet halloween Family concert: 'a Symphony oF whaleS': see saT.20, mahaney center for the arts, middlebury college, 2 p.m. $5-17. Info, 443-3168.

weird al yankovic: see saT.20, paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $49-69. Info, 775-0903.

landing performing arts center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 355-5418. vermont international Film FeStival: see FRI.19, noon-9 p.m.

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women'S pickup Soccer: ladies of all abilities break a sweat while passing around the spherical polyhedron. miller community and Recreation center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; for women ages 18 and up. Info, 864-0123.

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'Boom': see WeD.17, 2 p.m. 'Born yeSterday': see WeD.17, 5 p.m. 'deathtrap': see THU.18, 2 p.m. 'hamlet': see THU.18, 7 p.m. 'the diary oF anne Frank': see THU.18, 2 p.m. 'the vagina monologueS': see FRI.19, 2 p.m.

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let'S make unSalted, cultured vegetaBleS: Go with your gut: personal therapeutic chef Tara carpenter shares recipes for probiotic-rich foods to counteract allergies, candida and digestive disorders. Hunger mountain co-op, montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@hungermountain. coop. Stowe reStaurant week: see sUn.21, noon.

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avoid FallS with improved StaBility: see FRI.19, 10 a.m. herBal Support For StreSS: Feeling tense? Join angie Barger to explore natural remedies for improved immunity and decreased anxiety and fatigue. learn how to make wellness soup stock, prepare adaptogenic treats and practice relaxation techniques. Vermont center for Integrative Herbalism, montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $1012; preregistration required. Info, 244-7100, info@ vtherbcenter.org. Qigong: Jeff cochran hosts a session of breathing-in-motion exercises. RoTa Gallery, plattsburgh, n.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872.

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Drop-In Story Time: Reading and rhyming activities help youngsters develop early-literacy skills. Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313. High School Book Lust Club: Bookworms dish on reads they love — and the ones they love to loathe. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Imagination Studio: Creative juices flow as school-age kiddos sit down to arts activities with naturalist and eco-crafter Rachel Klatzker. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Music With Raphael: See THU.18, 10:45 a.m. My First Yoga: Toddler-friendly poses meet storytelling and song in this program for kids 4 and under. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. 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 Hero Playgroup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Stories With Megan: Preschoolers expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Swanton Playgroup: 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. Tales, Tunes & Tots: Preschoolers begin the week with artsy activities. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 431-0204, outreach@chandler-arts.org.

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Recorder-Playing 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, info@prestomusic.net. Sambatucada! Open Rehearsal: 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. 'Songs of Struggle, Faith & Freedom': David Neiweem directs the University Catamount Singers, mezzo sopranist Evelyn Kwanza and accompanist Tom Cleary in solo and choral music from the traditions of African American spirituals. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. The Champlain 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. Vermont Fiddle Orchestra Rehearsals: New and established members of the nonprofit community ensemble fiddle around at practice time. St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. First rehearsal is free. Info, 223-8945, ext. 1.

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Coed Adult Dodgeball: 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.

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Elder Education Enrichment Fall Series: In "Perspectives in Conservation," the lead interpretive ranger at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park explores the power of dialogue. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 drop-in for all ages. Info, 864-3516. Jeffrey Gettleman: The Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist, also the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, reports on the global atrocities he has witnessed. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Loretta Capeheart: The professor at Northeastern Illinois University shares her legal fight for the first Amendment in "Shut Up and Teach: Using the Courts to Suppress Free Speech, Academic Freedom and Shared Governance." Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4171. Tim Brookes: In "Disappearing Alphabets and the Future of the Written Word," the Vermont author spells out one perspective on the effect of the digital age on writing as we know it. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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Auditions for 'Love, Loss and What I Wore': Girls Nite Out Productions' upcoming play involves a cast of five principal women performing a series of monologues about female relationships, wardrobes and, at times, the interaction of the two. 77 College Street, Suite 3B, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free; preregister an audition slot. Info, 734-5657, pamela.carter@uvm.edu. Staged Reading of 'Spark': MOXIE Productions breathes life into Caridad Svich's contemporary drama about the mess of a recent war's aftermath. Cork Wine Bar, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 371-7400.

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Marjorie Cady 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@ comcast.net. Monthly Book Group: Bibliophiles voice their thoughts about a shared read. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Peter Cole: The MacArthur Fellow speaks on and reads from his new book, The Poetry of Kabbalah, which explores the connection between poetic creation and mystical experience. Middlebury College Library, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5009.

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Burlington Garden Club: Speaker Jon Turmel offers a plan of attack in "Pest Invaders in the House and Garden." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6764.

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Stowe Restaurant Week: See SUN.21, noon.

'As Goes Janesville': Spend three years in this Wisconsin city, following the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders and a state senator, in Brad Lichtenstein's documentary that presents a polarized nation losing its grasp of the American Dream. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966. 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers': Foul play's afoot as a doctor investigates patients' suspicions that their loved ones have been replaced by aliens in Don Siegel's 1956 sci-fi horror. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 540-3018. 'The Dark Side of Chocolate': The title of this 2010 documentary doesn't refer to semisweet or bittersweet varieties, but rather the child trafficking and slave labor that help produce them. Fair trade hot cocoa provided; discussion follows. Room L207, Lafayette Hall, UVM, Burlington, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8. Vermont International Film Festival: See FRI.19, noon-10 p.m.

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Homemade Mozzarella: Dairy farmer Lindsay Harris shows how easy it is to concoct the three-ingredient cheese in a home kitchen. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 861-9700. Rutland County Farmers Market: See SAT.20, 3-6 p.m.

Chess Club: Pawn pushers of all ages strategize to better their games. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; bring your own board and pieces; kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Info, 518-268-9219.

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Introduction to Meditation: Instructor Sherry Rhynard shares handouts and tips for managing stress and improving health and inner peace. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@hungermountain.coop. Public Flu Clinic: See WED.17, CarePartners Adult Day Center, St. Albans, 10:30-11:30 a.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.

Alburgh Playgroup: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Alburgh Elementary School, 8:45-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Creative Tuesdays: 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.

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Classical for Kids The Vermont Symphony Orchestra uses whales, tales and costumes to connect kids to classical music in three concerts around the state. Copresented by Kids VT, the shows start with an introduction to the instruments, followed by a parade of costumed kids crossing the stage to the tune of “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Then Swanton music teacher Melissa Ewell reads Steve Schuch’s fact-based children’s book, A S Y MPHO NY O F WHALES , in which 3000 belugas are stranded in a narrow channel in the Senyavina Strait of SYMPHONY OF WHALES: Saturday, October 20, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Siberia. A rescuing ice Colchester, 11 a.m.; Bellows Free Academy breaker arrives, but Performing Arts Center, St. Albans, 4 p.m.; the whales won’t swim Sunday, October 21, Middlebury College Mahaney to safety without muCenter for the Arts, Middlebury, 2 p.m. $15 family, sical accompaniment. $7 adults, $5 seniors and children. Info, 864-5741, ext. 10, vso.org.

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FairFax Story Hour: 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. FroSty & FriendS tHerapy 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. Halloween CraFtS: Hauntingly cute creations — from masks to painted pumpkins — make for appropriately spooky fun for the 6-and-up crowd. Fairfax Community Library, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. HigHgate Story Hour: See WED.17, 10-11 a.m. internet SaFety For parentS & SelFdeFenSe For KidS: Experts help set healthy technology ground rules as youngsters practice personal safety with Kellie Thomas of TaeKwon Do K.I.C.K.S. Library. Mary Hogan Elementary School, Middlebury, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4369. preSCHool Story Hour: From fables to fa-la-las, kids up to age 4 strengthen their reading skills with Mrs. Rogers. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. riCHFord playgroup: 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. SCienCe & StorieS: Salmon Spawning: Kids have aha! moments regarding the dangerous upstream travels of these Lake Champlain swimmers. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. Story Hour: Three- to 5-year-olds craft during tale time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Story time For 3- to 5-year-oldS: See WED.17, 10-10:45 a.m. write Here! HomeSCHool Support in writing: Out-of-classroom learners ages 10 to 14 take a two-hour field trip into their imaginations in this collaborative workshop with writing prompts and outdoor activities. The Writers' Barn, Shelburne, 1-3 p.m. $25; preregister (space is limited). Info, 985-3091.

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Home-energy auditS: Eco-conscious folks learn about the inspection and analysis of energy flow, the cost and incentives, the common findings, and why it's important. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790.

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BeHind-tHe-SCeneS lunCH & diSCuSSion: 'u.S. drag': The cast and crew of this upcoming theater production join psychology-department professors in an examination of Gina Gionfriddo's snarky comedy about postmillennial New York City. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 12:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 443-3168. Steve CHaSe & polly CHandler: The University of New England speakers facilitate a group discussion about faith and care for the Earth. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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arCHer mayor: See SAT.20, Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, 7 p.m. Info, 472-5533. woden teaCHout & SuSan ClarK: The movement toward citizen-powered decisions is at the heart of the authors' new book, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774.

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maKe StuFF!: See WED.17, 6-9 p.m.

FrenCH 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 FrenCH 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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energy-eFFiCienCy Forum: Efficiency Vermont provides detailed information on locking in energy to help municipalities save money and improve their public buildings. Cole Hall, Shaftsbury, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-921-5990.

Brandi Carlile: The popular singer-songwriter tunes up her guitar for an intimate performance of rock-tinged country-folk. Blitzen Trapper open. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $34-58. Info, 863-5966. dartmoutH College wind enSemBle: A brand-new symphony and centuries-old masterworks showcase the development of wind ensembles through the ages. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-20. Info, 603-646-2422. poCatello, paul CarSon, marCo polio: Local and regional artists deliver folk rock, storytelling and "songs about feelings" in the gallery. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872.

aCt prep ClaSS: Practice makes perfect: Young scholars familiarize themselves with study strategies and tips for success. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; space is limited; first come, first served. Info, 878-6955.

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ItalIan ConVersatIon group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101. St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.

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Current Issues In eConomICs: a CrItICal assessment oF the CandIdates' eConomIC plans: Economics professors Reza Ramazani and Patrick Walsh critique Obama and Romney's plans, respectively, with a focus on taxes, deficits, jobs and trade. A Q&A follows. Farrell Room, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.

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BrIan mohr & emIly Johnson: The Vermontbased adventurer-photographers offer a multimedia slide show, "Two Wheels, Two Planks — Pedal-Powered Skiing in Arctic Norway," about their human-powered travels. Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5434. ChrIstopher steIner: The director of the museum-studies program at Connecticut College holds nothing back in "Censorship 2.0: Museums in the Participatory Age." Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. daVId goVatskI: In "Land Above the Trees: Alpine Areas of the Northeast," the naturalist looks at glacial forces and plant and animal adaptations related to our "islands in the sky." Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2436. kelley hunter: How are the star cycles affecting your daily life? The internationally known astrologer and mythologist gives the latest on cosmic news for 2012 and beyond. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. peggy & murray sChwartz: The coauthors of The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus look at the life, work and legacy of the trailblazing African American dancer/choreographer. Harmon Periodical Reading Room. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Oct. 15-29, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Mondays. Cost: $75/ three-part session. Location: The Writers’ Barn at Wind Ridge Publishing, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Publishing, Inc., Lin Stone, 9853091, lin@windridgepublishing. com, windridgepublishing.com. In this three-part workshop, author/ illustrator Sarah Dillard will give an overview of children’s book illustration. The course will look at a wide variety of illustration techniques and will discuss style, composition, character development, storyboards, book dummies and pacing. This is a workshop for people who have some artistic experience.

astrology INTRODUCTION TO ASTROLOGY: Nov. 5-26, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Monday. Cost: $75/4-wk. series. Location: Jungian Center, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 2447909, jungiancenter.org. A basic course for the novice. Study the ancient symbol system of the stars and learn how to read your own and others’ charts. Led by Patrick Ross, P.E.

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THE NORTH & SOUTH NODES: A LIGHTHOUSE ON YOUR LIFE PATH: Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $45/1day session. Location: Jungian Center, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909, jungiancenter. org. Learn about the crucial role of the Nodes as they clarify your Life Path. Includes an examination of the 12 Nodal Stories as mythical prototypes. Open to anyone with an acquaintance with the houses, planets and signs. Led by Susan J. Ackerman, author and astrologer. Individual sessions optional on Sunday, November 4.

beverages WINE DISCOVERY CLASS AT LEVITY: Oct. 22-Nov. 26, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $100/6-wk. class. Location: Levity Comedy Club, 9 Center St., Burlington. Info: Levity Comedy Club, Carmen Lagala, 318-4888, Carmen@levityvt.com, levityvt. com. Learn about food and wine pairings, deciphering wine labels, tasting techniques, and more about wine in general! Come explore the great wine regions of the world in our exciting Wine Discovery Class! Enjoy tasting five or six different wines per class. Led by Peter Kenseth, of TruthInJuice. com! $75 student rate.

bodywork JINSHIN JYUTSU SELF-HELP CLASS: Nov. 10-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $250/Early Bird special before October 22nd. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 Saint Paul Street, Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, 658-7715, touchvt@gmail.com, touchstonehealingarts.com. Includes history, theory and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu, taught experientially. Learn to work with the safety energy locks and their respective releases, the eight mudras of Jin Shin Jyustu, and the first-aid flows, while developing an understanding of harmonizing the attitudes of worry, fear, anger, grief and pretense.

DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN CS6: Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $185/person, $166.50/BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe InDesign, a creative computer program used for magazine and book layout, for designing text, and for preparing digital and print publications. Explore a variety of software techniques and create projects suited to your interests. For beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. DRAWING & PAINTING RETREAT W/ GAIL SALZMAN: Nov. 9-11. Cost: $850/retreat (member discount avail.). Location: Seyon Lodge, Groton. Info: burlingtoncityarts. org/BCACenter. Jump-start your creative process and enjoy a weekend of drawing, painting and artistic inspiration with professional artist and educator Gail Salzman. Participants will engage in a variety of activities including spontaneous drawing and writing exercises, the artistic interpretation of the surrounding environment, and energizing group discussions. Enjoy uninterrupted time in a contemplative environment, and be inspired. DROP-IN: SAT. YOUTH ART STUDIO: Drop in every other Sat.: Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 & Dec. 15, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $10/class. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Info: burlingtoncityarts.org. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to the BCA Center to paint, draw, sculpt and more. Participants may work on the special project of the day or work on an individual project to take home. Parents are welcome to stay or may drop their child off. All materials provided. No registration necessary. PAINTING: ABSTRACT PAINTING: Nov. 8-Dec. 20, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. (no class on Nov. 22). Cost: $195/nonmember, $176.50/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting. Use the paint of your choice (water-soluble oils, acrylics or watercolor), experiment and try adding other mixed media, as well. Learn from each other and discuss techniques and ideas in supportive critique. Ages 16+. PHOTO: ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS6: Nov. 1-Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $215/person, $193.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Gain confidence working in Adobe Photoshop.

Uploading images into Adobe Bridge, use of Camera Raw, imagecorrection tools such as color and white balance correction, layers, masks, selections, retouching and much more will be covered, as well as printing on our Epson 3880 printer. No experience required. PHOTO: PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: Nov. 7-Dec. 5, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $175/ person, $157.50/BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Improve your portrait-taking skills in this hands-on class. Camera techniques, composition, the use of studio and natural light, and more will be covered. Bring your camera and memory card to the first class. SILK-SCREEN CLOTHING DESIGN: Nov. 6-Dec. 18, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $200/person, $180/ BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Ages 16+. Fashion design meets printmaking in this class! Fashion designer and silk-screen expert Amy Wild will show you how to print on jackets, leggings, skirts, pants and T-shirts. Learn to transfer and print images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Includes over 30 hours of open studio. No experience necessary!

communication THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Presidential Race, Part 1: The Campaign. Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 23. Presidential Race, Part 2: The Election Results, Tuesday, November 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $15/class. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from Exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 4827194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org. Two-part series: Join CVUHS dynamic social studies teacher Chris O’Donnell for an exciting exploration/discussion of this unique and critical race. Historical perspective lens, important contemporary developments included. Undecided? Negative ads? Gridlock? Chris will lead a lively discussion of the political possibilities ahead. Come learn facts/historical perspective not found in media.

cooking SATURDAY MORNINGS W/ CHEF TONY: Pasta Fagioli: Sat., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Vegetarian Cannelloni: Sat., Oct. 27, 10 a.m.noon. Cost: $35/class. Location: South Village, 130 Allen Rd. East off Spear St., S. Burlington. Info: Tish DiRuocco, 861-7600, td@ southvillage.com. Now you can work side by side with this colorful award-winning Italian chef, taste the results of your labor and leave with a recipe you will enjoy for years to come. You may opt for a single class or take them all, but don’t miss this fabulous opportunity!

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@ salsalina.com. Salsa classes,


Brand new studio in Richmond offering diverse dance and Zumba daily. After-school classes (ballet and hip-hop), belly dancing (beginner) and yoga classes by Sila. Broadway tap and jazz, line dancing on Friday and Saturday by Dancin’ Dean, adult ballet, and hip-hop and break dancing by Calvin Walker.

drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@gmail.com. Montpelier Djembe class at Guitar Sam’s, Thursdays, October 11 and 18, 6:30-8 p.m., $18/class (lots of drums available!). Call for Thursday 9:30 a.m. conga class location. Taiko classes in Burlington begin Tuesday, October 30, with kids at 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks, and adults at 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Friday 5 p.m. conga and 6 p.m. djembe classes are walk-in classes for $15/class. Drums are provided. Call to schedule your own classes!

empowerment PUT YOUR HEART INTO 2013 GOALS: Nov. 3-10, 9-12 p.m. Cost: $99/two 3 hour classes, plus workbook, plus personal coaching session. Location: Hawks Meadow Apartment Complex, 17 Carmichael St, Essex Junction. Info: WorkLife-Purpose, Jim Koehneke, 857-5641, jim@worklifepurpose.com, jimkoehneke.com. Create a powerful new vision, overcome limiting beliefs, and live a more passionate life! Make 2013 the year the real you shines through. Clarify your Strengths, Passions, and Purpose to guide you in

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exercise WOMEN’S TOTAL BODY FITNESS: Daily. first group is free. Location: Artemis Fitness, 7 Fayette Dr., South Burlington. Info: Artemis Fitness, 448-3769, artemisfitnessvt.com. Maintain total body fitness with Artemis Fitness. Use the latest innovative tools, from battling ropes to kettlebells, from suspension trainers to power wheels. Artemis workouts are challenging, unique and fun. Get the strong, toned body you want now. Strong is the new beautiful! First group is Free.

healing arts HEAL W/ YOUR HANDS: REIKI: Sat., 9:30-5; Sun., 10:30-4. Love offering. Location: Venue will be sent to registrants, Middlebury. Info: Barbara Clearbridge, 324-9149, clearbridge@FeelingMuchBetter. org, FeelingMuchBetter.org. In two fascinating days of training, learn to bring energy into your hands to help yourself and others. Learn basic skills, beginning techniques, principles of the science underlying energy work and beginning Reiki (First Degree). Lots of hands-on practice. Optional follow-up. Satisfaction guaranteed. Instructor is Barbara Clearbridge. Limit 12 participants.

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LANDSCAPE OIL PAINTING: Oct. 19-Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $165/ series. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. This class is designed to develop the visual relationship with three-dimensional form and translate that form onto a canvas. Work will be developed progressively to learn various concepts and techniques each day. Each student can expect to complete a large landscape as well as a series of smaller color sketches. Instructor: Evelyn McFarlane. FALL LANDSCAPE WATERCOLOR: Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $120/1-day workshop. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Learn to paint the beautiful fall colors in this workshop. The class begins with a demonstration by the instructor, who will explain his technique for capturing the essence of the subject, as well as creating light and shadow. The class will paint for the duration of the class followed by a critique. All abilities welcome with some drawing experience recommended.

MONOTYPES: Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost: $95/ course. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Experience the fun and spontaneity of creating monotypes without a press. Using water-based paints and plexiglass plates, learn to mix and layer colors, create textural variety using tools, objects and brushes, and how to handtransfer the image onto paper. You will have time to create, reflect on your process and learn to loosen up. Instructor: Lori Hinrichsen. STILL-LIFE OIL PAINTING: Oct. 19-Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-noon, Weekly on Fri. Cost: $165/4-wk. series. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Students will learn basic concepts of mixing and applying color, effective painting of light and shadow, and refining of edges and form to create vivid and lively works. Each student can expect to complete a large still life as well as a series of smaller color sketches. Instructor: Evelyn McFarlane. THE BEST OF PRE-K ART PROJECTS: Oct. 20, 9 a.m.noon. Cost: $45/3-hr. class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. This will be an informative demonstration of several arts activities. Through this show-and-tell you will learn enough to teach these activities in your home, art center or childcare setting. Materials for each activity are included, including a children’s book that serves as the jumping-off point for the activity.

herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Open House, Sat., Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m., at Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St., Montpelier.

Now accepting applications for Wisdom Eight-Month Certification Program, Apr. 2021, May 18-19, Jun. 15-16, Jul. 13-14, Aug. 10-11, Sep. 7-8, Oct. 5-6 & Nov. 2-3, 2013. Tuition: $1750; nonrefundable deposit: $250; payment plan: $187.50/ mo. Applications for Wild Edibles spring term: Apr. 28, May 26, Jun. 23, 2013. Tuition: $300. VSAC nondegree grants avail. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool.com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com. 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 McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

language ASI APRENDEMOS ESPANOL: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, spanishparavos@gmail.com, spanishwaterburycenter.com. Connect with a new world. We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers lesson package. Our fifth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private instruction, student tutoring, AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS?: Location: Venue TBD, Burlington, Mad River Valley, Stowe, Montpelier. Info: 4967859, yvescompere@yahoo. com. Tired of your old routine? Need a fun new hobby? LANGUAGE

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martial arts AIKIDO: Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, burlingtonaikido. org. Adult classes begin on Tuesday, November 5th. This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and relieve stress. Classes for Adults, Teens and Children. Study with Benjamin Pincus Sensei, 6th degree black belt and Vermont’s only fully certified Aikido teacher. Visitors are welcome 7 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, vermontaikido.org. Aikido trains body and spirit 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. 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: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa.com, vermontbjj.com. 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 JiuJitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

massage TONGUE DIAGNOSIS FOR MASSAGE: Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $150/8-hr. class, 8 CE hrs. for massage. Location: Touchstone Massage School, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Jade Mounain Wellness, Brendan Kelly, 399-2102, jademtwellness@gmail.com, jademtwellness.com/classes. Chinese tongue diagnosis is a deep-reaching tool that allows us to understand the condition of the internal organs and emotions. Class will present Chinese medicine ideas including yin/yang and five elements. We’ll look at

several tongues and discuss them in-depth. Provides eight continuing education hours for massage.

meditation INTENTIONAL MANIFESTATION: Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $95/8hr. class. Location: Firefly Collective, 200 Main St., suite 9, Burlington. Info: Ambrosia Healing Arts, Nessa Emrys, 232-2062, contact@ambrosiahealingarts.com, ambrosiahealingarts.com. Do you want to learn how to manifest your desires and deepen into the joy, health and wellness that are your birthright? This is your invitation to delve into an easy four-step process that requires less than 10 minutes of practice a day. 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, burlingtonshambhalactr. org. 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. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION W/MEG: Monday, Oct 22 & 29; Nov 5 6-7 p.m. Cost: $35/ One meditative workshop. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 West Canal Street, Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, PURPLE SHUTTER HERBS, 865-4372, info@ purpleshutter.com, purpleshutter.com. Would you like to learn how to be more centered, present and aware? Join Meg for an introduction to Vipassana that is experiential and will give you tools to live more fully in a stress-filled world. This class is open to all. Three Monday sessions.

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tai chi HWA YU TAI CHI/ MONTPELIER: Oct. 15-Dec. 3, 5-5:45 p.m., Weekly on Monday. Cost: $90/eight week semester. Location: Montpelier Shambhala Center, 64 Main St, 3rd floor, Montpelier. Info: Ellen Hayes, 456-1983, grhayes1956@comcast.net. Hwa Yu is a rare style of Tai Chi in the liuhebafa (six harmonies, eight principles) lineage. It features exercises to ground and circulate the chi, dynamic interplay of postural sinking, rising and rounding, and beautiful, fluid movements with poetic names, such as Green Dragon Stretches its Claws. SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, iptaichi.org. The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/ class, $60/mo. Beginners welcome. $125/8 classes. 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.

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music INTERMEDIATE GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH IRISH GUITARIST JOHN DOYLE: Oct. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Cost: $30/1.5-hr. class. Location: Town Hall Theater, Merchants Row, Middlebury. Info: 3880216, afterdarkmusicseries. com. Intermediate and above students will learn different strumming techniques, along with chord substitution, fingerpicking techniques and

MINDFULNESS TOOLS FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS: MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS-REDUCTION PROGRAM: Oct. 22-Dec. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $180/series.

Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcit.com. In this eight-week program, participants learn mindfulness meditation practices known to reduce stress and anxiety and promote health and wellness including a body scan, mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga. Participants are asked to practice at home with guided CDs. Come hear about the class in a free information session. DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT) SKILLS GROUP WITH ADRIENNE SLUSKY: Nov. 5, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Monday. Cost: $185/six-week segments (insurance accepted). Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, South Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt.com. This ongoing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group meets on Mondays from 6-7:30. This group consists of four six week segments dedicated to each of the four DBT modules or skill sets: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Advanced registration and brief information session for this program is required.

writing CREATIVE WRITING FOR GROWN-UPS: Oct. 25-Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m., Weekly on Thursdays. Cost: $150/ five-part session (no class Thanksgiving). Location: The Writers’ Barn at Wind Ridge Publishing, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Publishing, Inc., Lin Stone, 985-3091, lin@windridgepublishing.com, windridgepublishing.com. This relaxed, positive, process-oriented creative writing workshop is appropriate for all writers of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Writers build confidence, craft, and results. Sessions include free writing, manuscript review, and creative exercises. Writer Sue Roupp has hosted this highly successful series in the Chicago area for many years. FROM VISION TO REVISION: Oct. 17-31, 6-8 p.m., Weekly on Wednesdays. Cost: $75/threepart session. Location: The Writers’ Barn at Wind Ridge Publishing, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Publishing, Inc., Lin Stone, 985-3091, lin@windridgepublishing.com, windridgepublishing.com. Aimed at helping you clearly identify the heart of your work. Emphasis on craft, the writing process and theories of revision. Suggestions for brainstorming, story and sentence structure, and organization will ensure that your piece matches your original intention. For those hoping to self-publish

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yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: $14/ class, $130/class card, $5-10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolutionvt.com. 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: classes 7 days a week. classes range from $5-$13, 10 class card $115, monthly unlimited $130. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, laughingriveryoga.com. The time is now. Study yoga with highly trained instructors commited to serving you. We offer Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vajra, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Dance and more. Deepen your practice with Sunday morning intensives or one of our beautiful yoga retreats. Yoga teacher training begins January. All bodies and abilities welcome. REFINE & ALIGN YOGA: Ongoing Wed., 9-10:15 a.m. Cost: $13/75-min. class. Location: Confluence, 654 Granger Rd., Berlin. Info: Massage And Yoga Vermont, Hannah McGuire, 565-8116, MassageAndYogaVT@gmail. com, MassageAndYogaVT. com. Align & Refine is a movement-based practice with emphasis in postural core, integrity of alignment and diaphragmatic breathing. We will learn about the inherent intelligence of the yogic postures as we open, stretch and awaken our bodies. Infuse your practice with integrious and dynamic movement; take Align & Refine Yoga!


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COURTESY OF THE BLUEGRASS GOSPEL PROJECT

If the Spirit Moves You The Bluegrass Gospel Project shine on

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t was supposed to be a one-night stand. In 2001, when First Night Burlington organizers approached veteran local fiddler Gene White about putting together a special bluegrass group for the annual celebration, he never imagined the band would last beyond that night’s fireworks. But now, after six albums, one lead singer change and concerts all over New England, the Bluegrass Gospel Project have become a Vermont staple. The band’s latest record, Shine, was released in late July. As part of a regional run of shows supporting that record, the BGP will play the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph this Saturday, October 20. “I would call it ‘organically developed,’” says White of the group’s evolution from one-off to Green Mountain music cornerstone. His previous band, the well-regarded bluegrass act Breakaway, had broken up earlier in 2001. At

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the time, White was taken with a recordJust like each of their previous aling by the Stanley Gospel Tradition fea- bums, Shine is a mix of classic bluegrass turing members of the legendary blue- and gospel numbers — by bands such as grass band the Stanley Brothers. Prior to the Louvin Brothers — juxtaposed with hearing that album, White says, he was modern tunes that have been reworked unaware of the DNA shared by gospel into traditional settings — think U2 with and bluegrass music. fiddle — plus a few originals. “For us, it’s all about the song,” White “I was shockingly naïve,” he admits. When recruiting members for the explains. “If it’s a well-written song and BGP and considering the band’s rep- isn’t embarrassing to translate into an ertoire, White says, he freacoustic setting, we’ll do it.” quently returned to that White says the band’s The Bluegrass experiments covering pop Stanley Brothers classic. Gospel Project perform at the music haven’t always been And the sound continues Chandler Music Hall in to inform the band now as successful. He recalls bringRandolph this Saturday, October 20, it expands into wider, even ing an arrangement of Cyndi 7:30 p.m. $19/22. contemporary, territory. Lauper’s “Time After Time” to the group. “That one never “It’s become our general got legs,” he says, chuckling. default preference,” says White of the band’s gospel-grass hyBut when it works, it really works. brid. “We’re fixated on the rich lore that Covering Brett Dennen’s “Heaven” on comes with both the bluegrass and gos- Shine, lead vocalist Colby Crehan — pel traditions.” flanked by Steve Light’s lilting banjo

— gives Dennen’s contemplative elegy a soothing texture with her plaintive delivery. “She really gets that song across,” says White, adding that “Heaven” is a good example of the band’s secular appreciation for gospel music. “We’re not particularly interested in the religious aspects of gospel, exactly,” he says. “We love the sound, but we’re not super Jesus-y, for lack of a better term.” Instead, the BGP look for music that is “spiritual in nature.” Crehan, who also fronts the local folk band PossumHaw, joined the BGP in late 2007. She succeeds the band’s original singer — a Vermont institution in her own right — songwriter Patti Casey. Initially, Crehan says, she felt intimidated by Casey, whose brassy, dynamic style had come to define the BGP. “She is a wonderful singer, but I was very careful not to mimic Patti,” says Crehan, who takes a softer approach. Cautious of the powerful influence of Casey’s inimitable style, Crehan immersed herself in the BGP catalog just long enough to learn the melodies for each song. “I needed to find a way to make these songs my own,” she says. “Colby considers every note she sings,” notes White. “But she’s also very naturally gifted.” He credits Crehan’s work ethic and humility for smoothing the band’s transition, which also included replacing original bassist Jim DiSabito with Kirk Lord. “I always freak out a little bit over personnel changes,” says White. “But as soon as Colby sang at the audition, any and all concerns evaporated immediately. When she sings, everybody just shuts up and listens.” Shine, like the BGP albums before it, is composed of live tracks recorded at concerts, making listeners feel like they’re at a show. “I’m always disappointed when I see a great concert and then listen to the record and it doesn’t sound anything like what I just heard,” explains White. “So with the BGP, we want our records to represent what you hear and feel when you see us live.” Which, some might say, is a kind of religious experience. 


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This week’s Band You Shouldn’t Google Image Search Award goes to … bastinado! Raise your hand if you knew the term “bastinado” refers to a sexual fetish involving rope and feet. I didn’t. And, oh, how my burning eyeballs long to return to those days of innocence! Anyway, Bastinado, the band, are an unusual live EDM duo that feature a didgeridoo and something called the Reactable Live. The latter instrument is what I imagine house DJs in Tron use at raves. It’s a tabletop setup that uses blocks to interface with a SoUnDbITeS

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Last week, NBC’s “The Voice” moved into its second stage of competition, the battle rounds. We’ll soon know whether Burlington-based contestant nicole nelson will make it to the show’s final rounds. (Note: “The Voice” airs Monday and Tuesday nights. This column is written on Monday morning, meaning we haven’t yet seen this week’s shows. It’s possible that by the time this column runs, Nelson’s episode will have aired. We’re just gonna go ahead and assume she’s moving on, because she’s Bastinado awesome. But if she doesn’t advance: “Forget” you, cee lo.) Regardless of how Nelson fares in the next round, her musical life Nicole the Reality TV Singer to fans of will certainly go on. We hope it’s as a Nicole the Hardworking Musician Who multiplatinum-selling superstar with Is Going to Have a Long and Rewarding a sweet new recording contract. But if Career No Matter What.” it’s only as one half of dwight & nicole, Amen. If you’ve seen Nelson on that’s pretty great, too. When you shoot television but haven’t checked out her for the stars, it’s important to keep work in Dwight & Nicole, go check your feet on the ground. Austin-based them out right now. I’ll wait… songwriter Rebecca loebe, who will be at Pretty awesome, right? Whatever Radio Bean in Burlington this Saturday, happens on the show, the talent and October 20, knows all about that. drive that got Nelson this far will Loebe was a contestant on “The continue to serve her well on any stage. Voice” last year. Like Nelson did, she As for Loebe, she’s gone back to the chose MaRoon 5’s adaM grind as a hard-touring levine as her coach and songwriter (she dubs her follow @ made it to the battle round, style “post-brontosaurus DanBolles on but Loebe didn’t advane. indie-folk/crunk”). Twitter for more Still, she had quite an music news. Certainly, the exposure experience. So we reached from “The Voice” has out to see if Loebe had any helped her. But she’s not sage words for our hometown favorite. resting on her laurels. Her latest album, “Enjoy the experience, but see it for Circus Heart, is delightful, with songs what it is: This is the entertainment that ooze wit and charm. She should industry, not the music industry,” writes find a receptive audience in the cozy Loebe. “Performing on the show feels confines of the Bean this weekend. different than a normal gig, I think Before we move on, Loebe has one largely because the environment is so more bit of wisdom for Nelson. heightened and judgment oriented. Be “Lastly, take pictures! Write in your aware of that energy but don’t let it get journal!” she writes. “Being on the show the best of you! Stay true to your art.” is an exciting blur and someday, when Pretty good advice, eh? But wait, you’re being inducted into the Rock and there’s more. Roll Hall of Fame, you’ll want to have “Once TV time is over, do your very some mementos to share!” best to connect with as many of your new fans as possible!” Loebe continues. “I have been honored by how many After a 10-year run, local roots-reggae new fans and friends I was able to make band Pulse PRoPhets are calling it quits. through my appearances on the show. In a recent email, bassist alex budney But I worked hard for it. In the weeks writes that there is no “Behind the after my episodes aired, responding to Music”-style infighting; it’s just time correspondence became my full-time to move on to other projects. The band job. Let your new fans know where they has two local shows left: one this Friday, can find you and your music, and try to October 19, at the Brewster River Pub convert them from being admirers of

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what many consider to be the greatest album in Canadian history, Twice Removed. And chances are you never heard it. Geffen Records, the band’s label at the time, refused to promote the album in the U.S. because it was poppier than the dour grunge sounds then ruling the airwaves. Also because the label’s honchos were idiots. While Neil Young and Joni Mitchell supporters may take issue with who really has the greatest Canadian record — just stop it, Barenaked Ladies fans — Sloan fans generally agree Twice Removed is still the finest album in the band’s own 20-year history, and that’s saying something. Touring behind a special re-release edition of the record, the band drops by the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge on Thursday, October 18.

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1/2 LoungE: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. CLub MEtronoME: Todd sucherman of styx (drum clinic), 5 p.m., $10. Kloptotoscope, Arpetrio (electro-rock), 10 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

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

t. bonEs rEstaurant anD bar: chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

tWo brotHErs tavErn: Go Ahead & make me Laugh (standup), 9:30 p.m., Free.

MonkEy HousE: The saturday Giant, Eat the monarchy, snails (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

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nECtar's: Jenke Jumpoff: Tommy Alexander, Bless the child, set up city, Face-One, Quiet Lion, J Kaine, Alanna Grace Flynn, mavstar (singersongwriter, rock, hip-hop), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. raDio bEan: Galen Peria (piano), 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. rED squarE: Jordan Hull Band (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. skinny PanCakE: Josh Panda & Brett Lanier (soul), 7 p.m., $5-10 Donations. 1

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bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam with the usual suspects, 6 p.m., Free. CHarLiE o's: saint Anyway (rock), 8 p.m., Free. gusto's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. PurPLE Moon Pub: James mcsheffrey (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.

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51 Main: Blues Jam with Dennis Wilmott, 8 p.m., Free. City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. on tHE risE bakEry: Julian chobot (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations.

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Moog's PLaCE: sweet and Lowdown (gypsy jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. rusty naiL: Easy star All-stars, the Aggrolites, serotheft (reggae), 9 p.m., $15/18.

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MonoPoLE: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. oLivE riDLEy's: Rick Davies (salsa), 8 p.m., Free.

CLub MEtronoME: muspost and WDYK? Present Youngbloodz: Flight Risk, J. Phlip, Kate!rush (EDm), 9 p.m., $5/8. Dobrá tEa: Robert Resnik (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HaLvorson's uPstrEEt CaFé: Friends of Joe: Rich D. & the Best of the VJE (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. HigHEr grounD baLLrooM: conspirator, Boombox, Abakus, cinnamon chasers (live EDm), 8 p.m., $18/20. AA. HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: sloan (rock), 8 p.m., $15. AA. LEvity : 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: maryse smith cD RElease, Paper castles, tooth ache., DJ Disco Phantom (indie folk), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

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nECtar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. $$ & ¢¢ A Tribute to Radiohead, Errands, DJ Luke skyrocker (rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. o'briEn's irisH Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. raDio bEan: Dave Fugal & Julian chobot (jazz), 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: something With strings (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free. saint Anyway (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Free. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squarE bLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. rí rá irisH Pub: Dan Parks (rock), 9 p.m., Free. skinny PanCakE: Phineas Gage (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. vEnuE: Thirsty Thursdays, 7 p.m., Free.

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They pour your drinks, they watch the door, they toast your bagel. Sometimes with a smile, even. They are the staff at Radio Bean. And their talents extend far beyond putting up with your demanding ass. This Friday, October 19, the Bean crew turns the tables, providing the night’s entertainment with the first-ever staff talent show. It’s a huge lineup, but some highlights include a collaboration between KAT WRIGHT and jazz pianist SHANE HARDIMAN, LEE ANDERSON’s delightfully strange APPALLED EAGLES, roughly 27 acts involving booking guru JOE ADLER, and the FONTANELLES WITH MATTHEW MINOR, who is the Bean’s longest tenured employee, FYI. One question, though: While all the employees are onstage, who the hell is gonna make my $5 shake? Speaking of Kat Wright, her folk duo with Maggie Clifford, the LOVEFUL

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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: aftdark@sover.net

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and MARK COVINO about the proto-punk band DEATH — a sleeper hit at the LA Film Festival this past summer — makes its local premiere at the Essex Cinemas T-Rex Theatre this Saturday, October 20. Following the screening, which is part of the Vermont International Film Festival, there will be a special performance by the band and a Q&A session. 

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We’re switching things up this week. Rather than hip you to whatever random bands have taken up residence on my hi-fi of late, I’m suggesting you tune in to the latest edition of Seven Days’ killer music podcast, “Tour Date With DJ LLU.” In this episode, Llu sits down with MONTY BURNS of local hip-hop band LYNGUISTIC CIVILIANS. It’s a great interview with a member of one of the state’s hottest bands, and you can check it out at 7d.blogs.com/ tour_date. While you’re there, listen to some of Llu’s other interviews, including chats with ANAÏS MITCHELL, GRACE POTTER and MYRA FLYNN.

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translucent display, creating a virtual modular synthesizer. By moving the blocks, you create different patterns, beats and loops — and look like a fucking wizard doing it. Juxtapose that futuristic instrument with the prehistoric didgeridoo, and you’ve got Bastinado, who will play Signal Kitchen in Burlington this Saturday, October 20. Oh, and wear good shoes. (For the dancing, pervs.)

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Banana winDs café & PuB: red stellar (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

Bagitos: sherri's Jubilee (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations.

green Mountain tavern: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

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BranDon Music café: yoron isreal's high standards Quartet (jazz), 7:30 p.m., $12. city liMits: trivia with top hat entertainment, 7 p.m., free. on the rise Bakery: Gabe Jarrett (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations. two Brothers tavern: DJ Dizzle (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

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MonoPole: Dynomatics (rock), 10 p.m., free. MonoPole Downstairs: Gary peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., free. olive riDley's: Karaoke, 6 p.m., free.

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cluB MetronoMe: no Diggity: return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. higher grounD BallrooM: The infamous stringdusters, Jatoba (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $15. aa. higher grounD showcase lounge: marco Benevento, superhuman happiness, home Body (experimental rock), 8:30 p.m., $15. aa. JP's PuB: starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. lift: Ladies night, 9 p.m., free/$3. Marriott harBor lounge: Dave Grippo (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Monkey house: pooloop, teleport, cameo harlot (rock), 9 p.m., $5. nectar's: seth yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Barika, Big mean sound machine (world music), 9 p.m., $6/9. Park Place tavern: in Kahootz (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. raDio Bean: radio Bean staff night (eclectic), 6:45 p.m., free. reD square: Gabe Jarrett trio (jazz), 5 p.m., free. starline rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 8 p.m., $5. DJ craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

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nectar's: Last october (folk), 7 p.m., free. spiritual rez, hi8us, fink (reggae), 9 p.m., $5. raDio Bean: Less Digital, more manual: record club, 3 p.m., free. you Knew me when (indie rock, indie folk), 5:30 p.m., free. curtis Becraft (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. rebecca Loebe (indie folk), 8 p.m., free. fred Gillen (folk rock), 9 p.m., free. Brad Byrd (singer-songwriter), 10:30 p.m., free. The pilgrims (rock), 1 a.m., free.

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reD square: seth yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 5 p.m., free. John fries (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ a-Dog (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

the Black Door: saint anyway (bluegrass), 9:30 p.m., $5.

reD square Blue rooM: DJ raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ stavros (eDm), 10 p.m., $5.

Bagitos: The well-trained monkeys, 6 p.m., Donations.

charlie o's: The pilgrims (rock), 10 p.m., free. green Mountain tavern: DJ Jonny p (top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

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city liMits: smokin' Gun (rock), 9 p.m., free. on the rise Bakery: Dan Lavoie (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Donations. two Brothers tavern: 10th anniversary party with the Grift (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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Bee's knees: cosa Buena (Latin), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Brewster river PuB: pulse prophets (reggae), 9 p.m., na. Matterhorn: Vt ski & snowboard museum Benefit with Jay nash (rock), 5 p.m., Donations. Moog's Place: willie edwards Blues Band, 9 p.m., free. Parker Pie co.: comedy in the Kingdom: spark improv troupe (improv comedy), 7:30 p.m., $8/10. 18+.

reD square Blue rooM: DJ mixx (eDm), 9 p.m., $5.

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

ruBen JaMes: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., free.

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rí rá irish PuB: supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

Monkey house: Dan st. Germain, phil Davidson, carmen Lagala, pat Lynch (standup), 8 p.m., $10. 18+.

MonoPole: eat sleep funk (funk), 10 p.m., free.

signal kitchen: The nektones, wombaticus rex (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $10.

olive riDley's: happy hour with neil Gillespie, 6 p.m., free. Bad Kittie (rock), 10 p.m., na.

skinny Pancake: sarah stickle (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

theraPy: pulse with DJ nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

rí rá irish PuB: Kenny mehler Band (rock), 10 p.m., free. signal kitchen: Bastinado powered by reactable, DJ rob ticho, DJ John Gonter (world music, eDm), 9 p.m., $7/10 18+. t. Bones restaurant anD Bar: open mic, 7 p.m., free. venue: 18 & up Destination saturdays, 8 p.m., free.

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Bagitos: Jeff parry (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Donations. the Black Door: Duke aeroplane and the wrong numbers, anna pardenik and the apologies (gypsy folk), 9:30 p.m., $5. Positive Pie 2: Benefit for highfields compost with D'moja (world music), 9 p.m., $20. PurPle Moon PuB: Bruce sklar & Geroge petit (jazz), 8 p.m., free. the reservoir restaurant & taP rooM: in Kahootz (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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city liMits: Dance party with DJ earl (top 40), 9 p.m., free. two Brothers tavern: 10th anniversary party with the Bud Leeds ensemble (jazz), 6 p.m., free. house Dance (house), 10 p.m., free.

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combined with Smith’s own seeming shyness and insecurity as a songwriter, gave the record a wonderfully human, familiar feel. On her eponymous new record, Smith has grown up. From the outset, the strutting, early rock-and-roll strains of “Garden Flower,” she sings with newfound swagger. It’s a sly confidence. But behind that teasing, seductive grin are sharp teeth and equally sharp wordplay. It’s precisely that incisive and insightful bite that suggests Smith has entered a new artistic phase. The characteristic melancholy of her debut lingers, but it’s girded with attitude, as though she has a chip on her newly straightened shoulders. Adding to that air of confidence

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surprise to find that these boys can play a mellower, gently sung song well. Country-tinged guitar breaks come and go throughout and, except on the power choruses, the drums only threaten to piss off the neighbors. “Snow Storm” also seems to be the Pilgrims’ best effort to write a serious, emotional song. Lines like “I’m painting pictures, burning bridges all over this town” and “I’m shaking like a runaway child when you hold my hand” stand out against the tongue-in-cheek lyrics found on the majority of the album. It’s Not Pretty ends much the same way it begins and, while I usually prefer those typically nostalgic, looking-back kinds of closing tracks, I respect the Pilgrims’ choice. “Saint Paul” is as simple and urgent as any of the tracks that came before it, and highlights the Pilgrims’ talent for arranging extreme rockers and playing them extremely well. The Pilgrims play Charlie O’s in Montpelier this Friday, October 19, and Radio Bean in Burlington this Saturday, October 20.  It’s Not Pretty is available at pilgrimsvt.bandcamp.com.

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of vibe. The bass line is maybe a little too funky and the beat is maybe a little too calculated to really call it punk rock, but there’s no question that it’s raw. Vocals, when they enter, alternate between whiny rude-boy — think Billy Joe Armstrong on 1992’s Kerplunk — and throat-shattering scream. It’s all there on the first track, 1978 to 1992. And while the Pilgrims don’t stray too far from this stylistically on the remaining 12 tracks, they do keep It’s Not Pretty moving at a fun, fast pace. “Snow Storm,” the album’s fifth track, provides a break from the in-your-face aesthetic with which the Pilgrims apparently feel most comfortable. It comes as a pleasant

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If you’ve heard of the Pilgrims before, there’s probably a solid chance that you’ve heard of an entirely different band that also happens to be called the Pilgrims. It’s just one of those bandaround-town kind of names. However, these Pilgrims, from Windsor, are far from your average Pilgrims — often folk-y, maybe a little obnoxiously historical or even perhaps a Spanish indie band. These Pilgrims are rock dudes who sound hell-bent on tearing down the barriers mysteriously constructed between every generation’s punk and alt-rock scenes. “That Gold,” the first track on It’s Not Pretty, the Pilgrims’ first full-length release — and second offering for Upper Valley collective/label What Doth Life — opens with some lone crunchy guitar chords reminiscent of the intro guitar part to the Clash’s 1978 “Clash City Rockers.” The full band’s entrance shifts the song’s 1970s punk throwback sound swiftly forward into an early R.E.M/ Replacements ’80s basement-rock kind

are Smith’s backing mates, including, in various forms, Nocturnals guitarist Benny Yurco, upright bassist Pat Melvin, drummer Ryan Hayes and ex-Rosesmith Paddy Reagan, also on drums. Ryan Power, who produced and engineered the album, turns up on a variety of instruments, as well. Collectively, they provide a sturdy backdrop, filling the space around Smith’s finely crafted new songs with tact and nuance. But Smith is the focus, and rightly so. Whether unloading on old flames (“Garden Flowers”), confessing her own transgressions (“Liar”) or mourning a fallen friend (“David”), Maryse Smith writes and sings with a rare combination of wounded grace and forceful reserve. Poetic, engaging and emotionally charged, Maryse Smith is an album worth waiting for. But, thankfully, the wait is over. Maryse Smith celebrates the release of her new album with a show this Thursday, October 18, at the Monkey House in Winooski. Maryse Smith is available at marysesmith.bandcamp. com.

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CluB MetronoMe: msr Presents: the jezabels, yukon blonde (indie), 7 p.m., $10. 18+.

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have their sights set on winning over American audiences. And Club Metronome this Monday, October 22, with yukon Blonde.

Monkey house: The shrine, Dirty fences (rock), 9 p.m., $8. 18+. red square: The hardscrabble hounds (americana), 7 p.m., free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

taBu Café & nightCluB: all Night Dance Party with Dj toxic (top 40), 5 p.m., free.

on taP Bar & grill: open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.

red square Blue rooM: Dj frank Grymes (eDm), 11 p.m., free.

radio Bean: eric hisaw (singersongwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. open mic, 8 p.m., free.

t. Bones restaurant and Bar: trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., free.

red square: industry Night with robbie j (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

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CluB MetronoMe: melvin seals & jGb (jerry Garcia band tribute), 7:30 p.m., $20/25. 18+.

neCtar's: mi yard reggae Night with big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., free. radio Bean: Queen city hot club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., free. Pete sutherland and tim stickle's old time session (old time), 1 p.m., free. bad accent (gypsy folk), 6 p.m., free. The fontanelles (rock), 7:30 p.m., free. Dan lavoie (acoustic rock), 9 p.m., free. Dented Personality (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

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neCtar's: metal mondays: atlatl, outer stylie, zombie fighter (metal), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

levity : regi b's unusual exceptional comedy Thing (standup), 8 p.m., Na.

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olive ridley's: bad Kittie (rock), 10 p.m., Na.

higher ground BallrooM: flobots, astronautilis, jaw Gems (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $13/15. aa.

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river house restaurant: stump! trivia Night, 6 p.m., free.

a.m., Donations.

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Bee's knees: rebecca Padula (singer-songwriter), 11 a.m., Donations. rebecca Padula (singersongwriter), 11:30 a.m., Donations. Danny ricky cole (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Danny ricky cole (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

ruBen JaMes: Why Not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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Charlie o's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

skinny PanCake: joshua Panda and brett lanier (soul), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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levity : live music open mic, 7:30 p.m., free. Monty's old BriCk tavern: open mic, 6 p.m., free.

radio Bean: ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., free. john craigie and leigh jones (folk), 11 p.m., free. red square: john craigie (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free. Dj cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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CluB MetronoMe: advance music singer-songwriter competition (singer-songwriters), 6 p.m., free. Ktr Presents: spit jack, 2nd agenda, seamus the Great (punk), 9 p.m., free.

neCtar's: jay burwick (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. farm fresh radio presents Delta moon (roots-rock), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

BaCk to verMont PuB: john Gillette & sarah mittlefeldt (folk), 7 p.m., free.

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

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Monkey house: Pocatello (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

two Brothers tavern: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. monster hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

Bee's knees: linda bassick (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's PlaCe: open mic/jam Night, 8:30 p.m., free.

t. Bones restaurant and Bar: chad hollister (rock), 8 p.m., free.

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Bagitos: acoustic blues jam with the usual suspects, 6 p.m., free. gusto's: open mic with john lackard, 9 p.m., free. Mulligan's irish PuB: ryan hanson band (rock), 8 p.m., free.

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1/2 lounge: rewind with Dj craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., free.

on the rise Bakery: open bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Donations.

burlington area

neCtar's: moonalice (roots), 7 p.m., $7/10.

CluB MetronoMe: brown Gold (Ween tribute), 9 p.m., $5.

on taP Bar & grill: trivia with top hat entertainment, 7 p.m., free.

franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

radio Bean: stephen callahan and mike Piche (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Dan blakeslee: Dr. Gasp's misshapen jacko-lantern tour (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

higher ground BallrooM: yonder mountain string band, brown bird (americana), 8 p.m., $23/25. aa. JP's PuB: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., free. Manhattan Pizza & PuB: open mic with andy lugo, 10 p.m., free.

City liMits: Karaoke with let it rock entertainment, 9 p.m., free.

two Brothers tavern: mid-Week music melodies: ryan hanson Duo (acoustic), 9 p.m., free/$3. 18+.

northern

Bee's knees: al 'n' Pete (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's PlaCe: Dale and Darcy (folk), 8:30 p.m., free.

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ulian Isaacson’s sculptural masterpieces are as deeply connected to Vermont’s people and land as is his picturesque art gallery. Stone Revival resides in a beautifully refurbished red barn at the edge of a field on Route 100 in Stockbridge. The gallery is filled with stunning bas-relief sculptures. Lifelike farmers, Native Americans, buffaloes, trees and birds appear on slabs of local marble and hardwood, revealing the artist’s preference for themes of nature and community. Isaacson’s particular focus is the connection of humans to the natural world. Bas-relief, or “low relief,” was popular during the Roman era in what is now western Europe. The technique involves cutting away background material from a flat piece of stone or wood so that the final scene looks raised, or set apart from the backdrop. Isaacson does bas relief the traditional way: “I use a hammer and chisel, which allows time for the material to speak to me,” he says. “Power tools take away too much too quickly.” Even for bas-relief, Isaacson’s pieces are unusual, combining rural Vermont and Native American themes with classically European mediums and techniques. At first glance, Isaacson, 57, appears as hard and unapproachable as the stone he shapes. He’s a broad-shouldered, 6-foottall, bald-headed man who looks like he could crush you with the flat of his palm. But, in fact, he is friendly, with a warm, wide smile. Isaacson readily sets down his tools to chat about his techniques, his latest piece or art in general. Isaacson has an open-studio policy and encourages curious passersby and aspiring artists alike to stop by and watch him work. Along the back wall of his gallery is a viewing window that overlooks his cluttered workspace: Hammers, chisels, mallets and hunks of stone and wood are strewn across tables covered with a thin film of marble dust. In the midst of it all, Isaacson works intently. During a reporter’s visit to the studio, he is hunched over a marble bas-relief of chickens in a barnyard, chipping at the stone to reveal the “story” that resides within it. Soon, an empty corner of the marble begins to resemble a chick pecking at the ground. The background is rough and textured, but the feathers of the chick are smooth and soft. If you were to run your fingers across the surface of the stone, you would almost feel the chick’s down. Seeing his work, you might assume that Isaacson was classically trained. But he

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never went to art school. His mother, Eileen, a Native American from the Osage tribe, was a sculptor. His father, Sidney, the son of a Russian Jewish immigrant, was a painter. Isaacson’s childhood home, in the backwoods of Hancock, Vt., was an incubator for artistic creation — it’s where he learned to sculpt. “I literally grew up in my parents’ studios,” he says. “I never would have developed into the artist I

am today without my parents’ influence.” Originally, Isaacson dreamed of becoming a painter like his father. But at the age of 13, when his father was trying to teach him the color wheel, Isaacson realized he was completely color-blind. His father encouraged him to become a sculptor instead. Now Isaacson combines traditional painting compositions with sculpting techniques. Indeed, his artwork reads like a painting trapped in stone. “I really fell in love with paintings that tell a story — pictorial paintings with hidden meanings,” Isaacson says. “So I morphed that painting principle into my artwork.” Five years ago, after a 27-year sojourn in Oregon, where he worked as a professional chef, Isaacson returned to Vermont to work on his art full time. He and his wife, Lee Ann, live in a small apartment above the gallery. They often host art parties, open houses and events on their stone patio, which serves as an outdoor showroom for Isaacson’s garden sculptures and landscape accents. The couple has four grown children, two of whom have also returned to Vermont — the place Isaacson considers his true home and wellspring of creative inspiration. In addition to fine art, Isaacson crafts functional items, generally on commission, including nameplates, memorials, mantels, altars, gates, doors, wainscoting and tiles. He also uses his skills as a stonemason to build traditional stacked-stone walls, patios and stairways. In all of his work, Isaacson makes a point of using materials native to Vermont. “I like to keep things local,” he says. “I want my pieces to reflect the spirituality of the people both in content and form.” For example, his piece “Deer Dance,” in Vermont marble, shows a man from the Osage Indian tribe running with a herd of deer, illustrating the connection between man and nature. Another Vermont marble piece, “The Guardian,” depicts a proud Green Mountain Boy, a member of the Vermont militia led by Ethan Allen in the 18th century. And “The Lion,” a selfportrait done in local black walnut, reveals the animal nature of the individual. “My pieces show that man is an integral part of nature,” Isaacson says. “Sometimes, we forget how connected we are to the world around us. We are, like animals, creatures on this Earth — and we need to respect the environment.”  Julian Isaacson’s Stone Revival gallery, 1354 Route 100, Stockbridge, is open to the public. Info, 746-8110. stonerevival.com


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'25th AnnuAl Art At the CoACh BArn': A retrospective of past participants in the barn exhibit, including Kathleen Kolb, Austin FurtakCole, Carol MacDonald and orah Moore. october 19 through november 4 at shelburne Farms. info, 985-8686. AAron Stein: "Food for Thought," work by the burlington artist. Curated by seAbA. Through november 30 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 862-9614. ABBey MeAker: "The unseen," color and blackand-white photography. Through october 30 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 488-5766. AlexAnder CoStAntino: Mixed-media paintings. Curated by seAbA. Through november 30 at speeder & earl's (pine street) in burlington. info, 658-6016. Ali BAddoe: Acrylic portraits and abstract paintings inspired by travels in haiti. Through December 14 at Community College of Vermont in winooski. info, 654-0513. 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. AutuMn group Show: photography, paintings, handmade paper, artist books, jewelry and sculpture by 35 Vermont artists. Curated by seAbA. Through november 30 at VCAM studio in burlington. info, 651-9692.

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Thursday, october 18, 6 p.m. info, 253-8358.

'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. howard Morphy, director of the Research school of the humanities at the Australian national university, gives a lecture about a sacred landscape in northern Australia, and the ways in which digital technology has enabled its people to bring images from the past back to life. A reception follows: Friday, october 19, 5:30 p.m. Collector and donor will owen leads a tour of the exhibit and discusses his 20-year exploration of the art and culture of indigenous Australia: saturday, october 20, 2 p.m. info, 603-646-2095. 'MigrAtion': Artwork and writing from switzerland, greece, the netherlands, italy and the united states addressing topics of immigration, emigration, migrant workers, refugees and visa holders.Chantal Akerman’s film From the Other Side is screened

'FroM Mourning to night: John Singer SArgent And BlACk in FAShion': An exhibit exploring sargent's role in popularizing the color black in America as a choice for high fashion rather than mourning. Through December 14 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. gioia Diliberto, author of I am Madame X, discusses sargent and the little black dress: wednesday, october 17, 6 p.m. uVM english professor Daniel Mark Fogel gives a talk called "Jamesian illuminations of sargent's world: The Art of Fiction and Fictions of Art": wednesday, october 24, 6 p.m. info, 656-0750. roBert CoMpton: A 40-year retrospective featuring fountains, hanging aquariums, large urns, sake cups, pitchers and housewares displayed together for the first time. Curated by Frog hollow. Through october 31 at 152 Cherry street in burlington. The potter discusses his work: Thursday, october 18, 6 p.m. info, 863-6458. 'FiVe FAll FridAyS': sip wines from Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard and winery while taking in local glasswork. part of a weekly series

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.

ChAMplAin College FACulty exhiBit: work in a variety of media by art professors geebo Church, Jill Madden, Marc nedal, Toni-lee sangastiano and bob selby. Through november 24 at black horse Fine Art supply in burlington. info, 860-4972.

dAn higginS: "puerto Cabezas," photographs taken in puerto Cabezas, nicaragua, over a 28-year sister-city program with burlington. Through october 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.

Chepe CuAdrA: Ceramic works that address our fragmented relationship with Mother nature. Through october 31 at block gallery in winooski. info, 373-5150.

deniS VerSweyVeld & AuStin FurtAk-Cole: white statuesque sculpture by Versweyveld; process-based abstract paintings by Furtak-Cole. Through october 28 at helen Day Art Center in stowe. info, 253-8358.

kirAnAdA Sterling BenJAMin: "Moon Ascending: Japanese Rozome batik," silk scrolls. october 19 through november 16 at AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h. The artist discusses her work: saturday, october 20, 1:30 p.m. info, 603-448-3117. MFA in grAphiC deSign Student exhiBition: installation, fabrication, animation and posters by students. wednesday through Friday, october 17-19, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Alumni hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier. info, 828-8600. pottery weekend: Functional and artistic work by Vermont potters Andrew snyder, Christopher Vaughn and susan Freeman; pottery wheel demonstrations and refreshments. saturday and sunday, october 20-21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., elmwood guest house, burlington. info, 540-0466. rolAnd BAtten MeMoriAl leCture on ArChiteCture And deSign: louis Mannie lionni, editor and publisher of 05401,

diAnne ShullenBerger: "outside influences," colored-pencil drawings and fabric collages inspired by the natural world. Through october 23 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. info, 985-3848. 'diSCoVery in our eVerydAy world': photographs by adults who took local photographer Dawn o’Connell's VsA Vermont "Can Do Arts Class." Through october 31 at penny Cluse Café in burlington. info, 655-4606. 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.

delivers “heResies: Cultural Criticism in the Context of the Commercialization, privatization and Militarization of a small new england City: A shaggy Dog story": wednesday, october 17, 6 p.m., williams hall, uVM, burlington. info, 656-2014. BeehiVe deSign ColleCtiVe: Members of the Maine-based artactivist collective, which creates anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools, discuss their work. saturday, october 20, 7-10 p.m., plainfield Community Center. info, 371-7239. 'the FirSt Step to FreedoM: ABrAhAM linColn'S preliMinAry eMAnCipAtion proClAMAtion': lincoln's handwritten document is displayed alongside a 1962 text of a centennial speech by Martin luther King Jr. Friday, october 19, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., burke gallery, plattsburgh state Art Museum, n.Y. info, 518-564-2474. AngelA MerCedeS BAilon: The guatemalan artisan and fair-trade nonprofit director discusses her work. Friday, october 19, 6 p.m., peace and Justice Center, burlington. info, 888-406-6151.

eriC eiCkMAnn: "Drive by love," new acrylic paintings. Through november 28 at speaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107. FAll group Show: works by nancy Dwyer, [michael smith], Ray brown, Clark Derbes, elizabeth nelson and Ron hernandez. Curated by seAbA. Through november 30 at The innovation Center of Vermont in burlington. info, 859-9222. 'FelineS, FeAtherS & FuSed glASS': oil paintings of birds by lydia littwin; paintings of cats by Teresa Davis; and fused-glass pieces by Alyssa oxley. Through october 31 at Davis studio gallery in burlington. info, 425-2700.

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BriAn JenkinS & phoeBe hAzen low: Jenkins' photos taken at local music venues; low's multimedia explorations of her dreams and memories. Through october 31 at nectar's in burlington. info, 658-4771.

of receptions and wine tastings hosted by waitsfield galleries. Friday, october 19, 5-8 p.m., Mad River glass gallery, waitsfield. info, 598-4819.

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‘Once Upon a Time … Impressionism: Great French Paintings From the Clark’

Robert Sterling Clark, founder of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., built his art collection in such secrecy that he was nicknamed “Mr. Anonymous.” But the secret’s out now. His collection of impressionist works is considered one of the top three of its kind in North America, and it’s visiting the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts through January 20. Expect works by all the French masters: Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Writes MMFA director and chief curator Nathalie Bondil, “More than a style of painting, [impressionism] crystallized the aspirations of an era of profound changes in society.” Pictured: “Danseuses au foyer” by Edgar Degas.

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'Frog Holloween': Artwork inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales by John Brickels, Wendy James, Kerin Rose, Amy Felske, Mark Dabelstein, Irene Lederer Lacroix, Robin Kent and Erik Rehman. Through October 31 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458. 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, Burlington Town Center. Info, 863-4600. Grace Cothalis: Mandalas, collages and works in pastels and colored pencils. Through November 27 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 862-2233. Gudrun Kleist-Reyna: Sculptures and embroidered fashions. Through October 31 at Salaam and the Men's Store in Burlington. Info, 658-8822. 'Id: The Object of Self': Self-portraits by photographers from around the world. Through October 22 at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686. 'Impressions of Lake Champlain and Beyond': New works by Carolyn Walton, Susan Bull Riley, Athenia Schinto, Gail Bessette, Betty Ball and Charles Townsend, plus jewelry by Tineke Russell. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Through November 28 at Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-8223. Jason Hanasik: "Fall in Line," photographs and video projections that aim to unpack traditional Western expectations related to masculinity, social class and valor within the context of the military. Through January 19 at BCA Center in Burlington. Info, 865-7166.

Jessa Gilbert: "In Real Time," a collection of watercolors, drawings and paintings through which the artist investigates different ways of capturing movement. Through October 27 at Skinny Pancake in Burlington. Info, 845-532-6533.

Lynda McIntyre & Joan Hoffman: McIntyre's mixed-media work, Skyway; Hoffman's oil landscapes, Gates 1-8 and Escalator. Through October 31 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166.

John Churchman & Jerry Lasky: "Autumn Glory," photographs. Through November 30 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222.

'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.

John Meinen: "Roadways and Pathways," photography. Through October 31 at New City Galerie in Burlington. Info, 735-2542. Joy Huckins-Noss: "The Texture of Light," oil paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through January 2 at Pompanoosuc Mills in Burlington. Info, 229-0832. Justin Atherton: Prints and paintings of monsters, fiends and other ghoulish creatures that spring from the artist's twisted imagination. Through October 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. Katharine Montstream: "L'art de Paris," paintings from the Burlington artist's recent trip to the City of Light. Through October 31 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Kerry O. Furlani: "Drawings for Sculpture," large charcoal drawings that have served as the embryo for the Vermont artist's sculptural slate carvings. Through October 21 at Village Wine and Coffee in Shelburne. Info, 855-7501. '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. Leah Van Rees: Landscape and seascape paintings. Through November 30 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166.

Open Studio Weekend Show: Work by mixed-media artist Donna Kunkel, watercolorist Cindy Gage Stotz, photographer Ashley Marie Barbeau and woodworker David Scrase. Through November 15 at The Gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction. Info, 872-7111. 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. Info, 399-2670. Robin LaHue: "October Moon," paintings that showcase the mysticism of the moon and trees. Through October 27 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. Info, 485-7770. Second Annual Alumni Art Exhibit: A student-curated exhibit featuring work in a variety of media by alumni from as far back as the class of 1946. Through October 25 at Livak Room, Davis Center, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 201-919-2947. 'Snow Mobiles: Sleighs to Sleds': Early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ’60s and ’70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; 'Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present': Quilts made by men; Elizabeth Berdann: "Deep End," miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory; 'Time Machines: Robots, Rockets and Steampunk': 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 October 28 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346. Terry Findeisen: Still-life and landscape paintings. Through October 27 at Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. Info, 862-1001. 'The Art of Horror': A variety of local artwork that explores the beautiful side of decay, the finer points of bloodletting and that special something inside a depraved mind. Through October 31 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, spacegalleryvt. com. 'The Return of the October Podge': Paintings and prints by Michael Tonn, Brooke Monte, Jason Osterhaut, Stephanie Holman Thwaites, Adrian Tans, Mattew Douglas and Kristen L'Esperance. Through October 31 at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005. Thornton Dial Sr.: “Thoughts on Paper,” early drawings by the self-taught artist; ‘Outcasts and Rebels: Prints by William Blake and Leonard Baskin’: Works dealing with a range of charged political, social and religious themes. Through December 14 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Vanessa Compton: Mixed-media works, shown in conjunction with the 20th Annual South End Art Hop. Through November 7 at Petra Cliffs in Burlington. Info, 657-3872. 'Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan': A traveling exhibit of large-scale paintings that memorialize Afghan civilian casualties, and drawings by Afghan high school students. Through October 31 at The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Info, 863-2345.


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'1861-1862: toWarD a HiGHEr Moral PUrPosE': An exhibition exploring the experiences of Norwich University alumni who fought in the Civil War, featuring photographs, artwork, weapons and equipment, including a cannon likely used by Norwich cadets. Through April 30 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183. 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. Through November 18 at Main Street Museum in White River Junction. Info, 603-469-3255. aNNE sCHallEr: Recent paintings by the Northfield artist. Through November 2 at Tunbridge Public Library. Info, 889-9404. art FaCUltY ExHiBit 2012: Work by Jennifer Baker, Kevin Bubriski, Jessica Cuni and Karen Swyler. Through November 10 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. Info, 287-8398. BrENt GoUlD: "Angels, Sneakers and Wheels,” digital photography. Through October 28 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@ capitolgrounds.com.

CaMEroN HoWarD: Hand-painted floor cloths. Through December 31 at Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. Info, 457-1298.

Call For ENtriEs: The Vermont Folklife Center announces the 14th annual gingerbread-house competition from November 30 through December 19. Registration due November 20. Info, 388-4964 or vermontfolklifecenter.org.

'EMErGENCE': Large-scale works by artists from Vermont and beyond make up the inaugural exhibit in the former Fellows Gear Shaper Factory building. Through November 1 at The Great Hall in Springfield. Info, 258-3992. GlEN CoBUrN HUtCHEsoN: "Drawings and Paintings of Sculpture," works in pencil, chalk and homemade gouache on paper. Through November 30 at The Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info, 223-5454.

CUltUrEHall NEW artists: Culturehall, a curated online resource for contemporary art, invites artists to submit work to an open application call. To apply, visit culturehall.com/ apply.html.

PHotoGraPHY BY DEsiGN: Darkroom Gallery. Deadline: November 14. Juror: Joe Baraban. There are principles of design that will make a good image much better. Info, darkroomgallery.com/ex36.

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iris GaGE: "Majestic Biology," photographs of flora, fauna and landscapes. Through December 1 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Info, 223-0043. lois BEattY: New monoprints made with collagraphic and solar-plate printing techniques. Through October 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901.

VErMoNt HiGH sCHool PHotoGraPHErs: Darkroom Gallery seeks photos by students. Send submissions to Ken Signorello, submissions@ darkroomgallery.com. rED sQUarE NEEDs art! Busy establishment on Church Street currently booking monthlong shows for 2013. All mediums considered. Info, creativegeniuses@burlington telecom.net.  art stUDios iN soUtH END: The South End Arts District has so much to offer! Working artist studios opening soon at various price points and locations. Application link: bit. ly/VhGP1q. 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. Call to artists: The Fletcher Free Library is looking for local, talented painters, photographers and sculptors for an October/ November exhibition. Info, 355-5485. 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.

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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@bryangallery.org or 644-5100. 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@ hotmail.com, with at least two images of your work or your web address. No charge to hang; no commissions. 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@ gmail.com.

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tWENtYsoMEtHiNG sHoW: Chandler Gallery in Randolph is holding a call for work by 20- to 30-year-old artists for a show on January 13. Deadline: December 5. Info, janetensia@ gmail.com.

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DaN BarloW & sCott BaEr: "Green Mountain Graveyards," photographs of Vermont's historic, artistic and spooky cemeteries. Through December 31 at Main Street Museum in White River Junction. Info, 356-2776.

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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. '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. MAGGIE NEALE: "Dances on Silk," hand-painted silk hangings and stretched silk. Through November 20 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676. 'NEW WORK': Paintings and other works by Paul Bowen, Joan Kahn, Celia Reisman and Fulvio Testa. Through November 18 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. 'PEOPLE AND PLACES OF GODDARD: 150 YEARS OF SHARED HISTORY': Photographs tracing the history of Goddard College, from its 1863 birth as the Goddard Seminary in Barre to its current location in Plainfield. The pop-up gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, noon-3 p.m. Through October 26 at 54 Main Street in Montpelier. Info, 322-1685. 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. 'ROCK SOLID': An annual exhibit showcasing stone sculptures and other works by area artists; VANESSA COMPTON: "Kingdoms in the Sky," collage; JOHN DAVID O'SHAUGHNESSY: "Freedom From Dilution," paintings. Through November 3 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069.

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‘LATITUDE/LONGITUDE: WEAVING THEMES, ASSEMBLING STORIES’: Reflections on identity and geographical coordinates by Bren Alvarez, Merche Bautista and Tina Escaja. Through October 31 at Living/Learning Center, UVM, in Burlington. Reception: Thursday, October 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 656-4200. ‘AZIMUTH’: A sculptural mural painted on a reconstructed silo by Marela Zacarías and 80 local students during the Mexican American artist’s monthlong residency. At Willowell Foundation in Monkton. Reception: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 p.m. ‘AFFINITY’: Narrative weavings by Cyndy Barbone, Deborah Frazee Carlson, Fuyuko Matsubara and Bhakti Ziek; KIRANADA STERLING BENJAMIN: “Moon Ascending: Japanese Rozome Batik,” silk scrolls; BARBARA BARTLETT: “The Art of Tea II,” mixed-media works that incorporate tea bags. October 19 through November 16 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Reception: Friday, October 19, 5-7 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117. JOHN M. MILLER: “Human/Nature,” recent photographs. Through November 3 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Reception: Thursday, October 18, 3-5 p.m. Info, 635-1469. ‘WE ARE VERMONT STRONG’: Artworks created in response to Tropical Storm Irene, first exhibited in Randolph to commemorate the disaster’s one-year anniversary. Through December 28 at Governor’s Office Gallery in Montpelier. Reception: Wednesday, October 24, 3-5 p.m. Info, 828-0749. FRANK WOODS: Paintings by the Montpelier artist. Through November 25 at Claire’s Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Reception: Monday, October 22, 4-6 p.m. Info, 472-7053.

RUTH COPPERSMITH: "Emergence: Assemblages of Natural Objects," photography. Through November 5 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338. 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. ‘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. 'SUPER MODEL/MODELING PRACTICE': A video and print-media exhibition curated by Glen Cummings and Silas Munro. Through October 20 at College Hall Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-8600. '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. 'TURNING LEAVES: NEW DIRECTIONS IN BOOK ARTS': Sculptural creations made from, or incorporating, books. Through November 10 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204. 'VISIONS OF PLACE: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOHN MILLER, PETER MILLER AND RICHARD BROWN': Work by the photographers who have each spent more than 40 years documenting the farmsteads, families and individuals of Vermont. Curated by the Vermont Folklife Center. Through November 30 at Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.

'LINE IN SPACE: JUST A CORNER OF YOUR MEMORY PALACE': Student sculptures that focus on the limitless, form-making possibilities of welded steel rod. Through October 18 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. PETER WOLF: "Country Life & Rock N Roll," a 33-year retrospective of the Jericho photographer's work, from black-and-white nature shots to a portrait of Carlos Santana. Through December 20 at Mt. Mansfield Community Television in Richmond. Info, 434-2550. '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. STEVEN P. GOODMAN: "Fleeting Moments/Stolen Glances," small-scale landscape paintings that suggest a lingering impression. Through November 11 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222.

'BARN PAINT OUT': Plein-air paintings of Vermont barns. Through December 28 at Jericho Center Town Hall. Info, 849-2049. BIFFIE GALLANT: "A Touch of Glass," stained glass, jewelry and mixed-media panels in silver, copper and glass. Through October 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 489-4023. CALEB STONE: Watercolors and oils by the Massachusetts artist. Through November 4 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. 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. 'CURTAINS WITHOUT BORDERS': Large-scale photographs documenting the history of painted theater curtains in Vermont. Through October 30 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. DOROTHY MARTÍNEZ: "We the People," more than 50 figurative paintings celebrating political change in America. Through November 12 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.

WARD JOYCE: "Human Landscapes," paintings and drawings that explore the forms of the city and the architecture of the human body. Through January 31 at Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College, in Randolph Center. Info, 728-1237. YVONNE STRAUS: Paintings and prints influenced by the cultures of Europe, South America and North America. Through October 31 at The Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-2902.

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'5TH ANNUAL AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST AND EXHIBIT': More than 150 photographs on the theme "portraits," plus work by professional photographer and Chaffee juried artist Tami Crupi Zeman. Through November 3 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. 'ARTISTS OF THE FOREST': Abenaki baskets, Acadian wood carvings, birch-bark canoes, dogsleds, snowshoes, furniture and more by 13 traditional artists from the Northern Forest region. Through December 22 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. '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. EL EMIGRANTE DE HIDALGO, MÉXICO: "Imagines de mi Alma/Images From My Soul," paintings, drawings and sculptures by one of the anonymous artists featured in last spring's migrant farmworker project, "Invisible Odysseys." Through December 22 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. 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.

'SWEET LIFE': Artwork exploring life's quiet moments by Cynthia Kirkwood, Kathryn Milillo and Jan Roy (through November 4); WOODY JACKSON: New works by the iconic Vermont artist including paintings completed during a yearlong stay in the Italian Alps (through October 31). 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.

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'ARTISTS FROM HOWARDCENTER': Work by self-taught artists. Through November 28 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857. 'AUTUMN IN VERMONT ART MASQUERADE': Paintings by Jane Ashley, Gary Eckhart, Evelyn McFarlane and Hunter Eddy. Through November 30 at Vermont Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-9653.

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expectations of masculinity with photographs and videos of a young African American military recruit named Sharrod. In one striking photo (pictured), Sharrod lies in bed, sleeping beside a toy gun. In an intriguing video, he salutes an imaginary officer as his body slowly rotates 360 degrees. The image, Hanasik writes on his website, was inspired by a boot-camp exercise in which recruits stand at attention for extended periods of time — often locking their knees and passing out. While filming Sharrod, Hanasik writes, “Suddenly I realized that my interest had more to do with the relationship of the salute to mimicry than a durational exercise.” Through January 19.

Lisa Forster BeacH: Paintings of the New England landscape by the National Watercolor Society member who lives in Stowe. Through November 18 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.

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.

stowe vermont PLein air octoBerFest 2012: Artists spend two days capturing the fall foliage, then present the results in a group exhibit. Through October 28 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696.

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'By Hand: two rivers Printmakers': Prints by members of the White River Junction studio. Through October 31 at Howe Library in Hanover, N.H. Info, 295-5901. Harry orLyk: "Like Friends, Long Known," paintings of American farmland by the plein-air artist. Through November 4 at Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. Info, 518-564-2474. 'once uPon a time... imPressionism: Great FrencH PaintinGs From tHe cLark': A traveling exhibit of paintings by Bonnard, Corot, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Millet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley and Toulouse-Lautrec. Through January 20 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. susan wHeLiHan: "Pieced Together," piquetteassiette, or broken-plate, mosaic works inspired by the rural landscape. Through November 30 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 508-332-0318. m

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'Harvest time': Works that reflect the fall colors by Ellen Powell, Jim Holzschuh, JoAnn Flanagan, Tausha Sylver, Sarah Rosedahl, Russ Fellows, Jeri Canfield and Doug Hoppes, among others. Through October 31 at Grand Isle Art Works. Info, 378-4591.

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Argo ★★★

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ill Clinton probably should have gotten credit of some kind in Ben Affleck’s latest production. The former president may not have written the true story on which it’s based, but he did declassify it. If not for the action Clinton took in 1997, everything that happens in Argo would still be a secret today. Not that everything that happens in Affleck’s third directorial effort actually happened. The film opens with a breathless recreation of the November 4, 1979, storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, in which 52 Americans were taken hostage by revolutionary forces. Everyone knows what happened to them over the following 444 days. What few people knew for nearly two decades, however, is that six State Department staffers slipped out the back door undetected and made their way to the relative safety of the Canadian ambassador’s home. They hid there for months while the CIA, the State Department and Jimmy Carter worked on a way to get them home without getting the hostages killed. Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, the reallife CIA operative and “exfiltration” special-

ist who concocted the improbable solution. His idea was to fly into Iran by himself and fly out with the six refugees posing as a Canadian film crew scouting Middle Eastern locations for a low-budget Star Wars rip-off called Argo. I kept waiting for somebody to say, “It’s so crazy, it just might work.” The picture is an almost one-of-a-kind mix of political thriller and Hollywood satire. Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio infuse the factual account supplied by Mendez in his 1999 memoir, The Master of Disguise, with fictional embellishments and tensioncranking plot devices designed to maximize the movie’s goose-bump factor. Chief among these is a story line in which menacing Iranian authorities little by little connect the dots and close in on the fleeing Americans just as freedom comes into view. Which makes for some white-knuckle final moments, but — minor detail — never actually happened. Comic relief is provided by the two tinseltown vets Mendez enlists to help pull off the ruse. John Goodman plays John Chambers, a makeup artist who won an honorary Oscar for his work on Planet of the Apes and had a

role in the design of Mr. Spock’s ears on “Star Trek.” Alan Arkin’s character, Lester Siegel, is a composite of several legendary personalities, including Chambers’ actual partner, effects wizard Bob Sidell, whose credits include E.T. These two help give the agent the cover he needs for his story by setting up a production office, arranging casting calls, holding script readings and even taking out a fullpage ad in Variety. Both performers do some of the most winning work of their careers. The acting in Argo is uniformly solid, as are the dialogue, the pacing and the dead-on period details. This is a picture that’s both well made and well meaning. If it falters to some degree — which I feel it does — that happens, ironically, because it succumbs in

places to the same fondness for Hollywood formula that it parodies. Hey, I’m as up as anyone for a fact-based tale of intrigue in which the CIA is on the side of right for once, and America gets the better of Middle Eastern zealots. But I’m not a big fan of having my buttons pushed, and Affleck has turned Mendez’s account into a well-oiled big-screen suspense machine that pushes them in all the usual places in all the usual ways. For a story about out-of-the-box thinking and high-risk heroism, Argo plays it surprisingly safe. RICK KISONAK

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even Psychopaths isn’t an easy movie to describe. The title says “horror flick”; the marketing says “Pulp Fiction knockoff.” Neither is accurate. If you try to pitch the movie to a friend, you may find yourself saying things like “Tom Waits carries a white rabbit wherever he goes, because he adopted it when he and the love of his life murdered the Zodiac Killer. He’s a psychopath, see, but a good psychopath.” It’s not unlike trying to convey the essence of an encounter with the fabled Men in Black. This is actually an encounter with Irish playwright Martin McDonagh — who, as anyone who saw Saints & Poets Production Company’s The Pillowman last fall can attest, has a brilliantly twisted mind. Seven Psychopaths is the first feature McDonagh has written and directed since the black comedy In Bruges (2008). Loosely structured and self-indulgent, but still highly entertaining, it finds him going in a Charlie Kaufman direction while pirating ideas from some of his own theatrical works, including The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. As in the former play, the protagonist is a writer and obvious authorial stand-in (Colin Farrell as Marty) who spins stories within

the story. As in the latter, the antagonist is a psychopathic gangster (Woody Harrelson as Charlie) with an incongruously tender attachment to his pet. What brings them together is Billy (Sam Rockwell), who is Marty’s best friend and, for all intents and purposes, his id. While Marty, a hard-drinking Hollywood screenwriter, frets about scripting yet another hyperviolent movie that glorifies psychopaths and their antics (yes, his project is called Seven Psychopaths), Billy goes out and finds real madmen to inspire him. Marty ponders the cinematic potential of peaceful psychopaths — Quaker or Buddhist ones, say — even as his loose-cannon friend puts him on a collision course with the other kind. An actor with a tendency to punch directors during auditions, Billy has a side job: kidnapping pampered pet dogs for the reward money, under the supervision of genteel, ascoted career criminal Hans (Christopher Walken). When Billy abducts Charlie’s beloved shih tzu, all three men find themselves squarely in harm’s way. If this sounds like a shaggy-shih-tzu story rather than a tightly plotted thriller, it is — and that’s part of the joke. Billy and Marty are one-note characters, petulant boys play-

MAN WITH A (PSYCHO) PLAN Rockwell tries to convince Walken and Farrell he knows what he’s doing kidnapping a gangster’s beloved pooch.

ing at grown-up violence. But their arguments about how to end the movie within a movie — bloody shoot-out? quiet epiphany? both? — obviously mirror the author’s internal debates. McDonagh has made a conscious choice to work in a film tradition that combines shocking brutality with equally shocking irreverence, yet he pokes fun at the genre’s conventions in scenes that it’s hard to imagine Quentin Tarantino writing. You know something weird is happening when Walken’s character is the gentle voice of reason. Hans critiques Marty’s writing of female characters (an analysis that applies equally to the film we’re watching) and asks why he wants to write about psychopaths, anyway: “They get kind of tiresome after a while, don’t you think?” Indeed, they do. For decades, we’ve made

fictional psychos of one kind or another into folk heroes: Norman Bates, Freddy, Jason, Tony Montana, Hannibal Lecter, Dexter Morgan. By inventing righteous killers who only hunt other killers (like Dexter or Waits’ character), we can even have our sociopathic cake and eat it, too. McDonagh doesn’t explain where pop culture’s boundless appetite for colorful crazies comes from, or what it has to do, if anything, with our feelings about genuine mental illness. But he does chase it back to the gleeful pleasure of spinning tall tales just for the hell of it. In the process, he spins a pretty good one himself, even if anyone who tries to recap it will find him- or herself not making a lick of sense. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N


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12:40 (3-D), 2:45 (3-D), 4:50 (3-D), 7 (3-D), 9:05. Pitch Perfect 1, 3:55, 7, 9:35. Taken 2 12:30, 1:15, 2:35, 3:20, 4:40, 5:25, 6:45, 7:30, 9:35. Hotel Transylvania (3-D) 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20. Looper 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20. Trouble With the Curve 9. friday 19 — thursday 25 ***A Band Called Death Sat: 7. ***The Last Reef 3D Sun: 2:30. *Alex Cross 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40. *Paranormal Activity 4 12:45, 2:50, 5, 7:15, 9:45. Argo 1:30, 4:15,

movies wednesday 17 — thursday 18 *Paranormal Activity 4 Thu: 9. Argo 1:15, 3:10, 4, 6:35, 8 (Wed only), 9:05. Here Comes the Boom 1, 3:45, 6, 6:55, 9:20. Sinister 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 9:05. Frankenweenie 1 (3-D), 1:10, 3:10 (3-D), 5:10, 7:15 (3-D), 9:20 (3-D). Taken 2 1:20, 3:35, 7:15, 8:25 (Wed only), 9:20. Pitch Perfect 1:05, 3:45, 6:40, 9:10. Hotel Transylvania 1, 1:05 (3-D), 3 (3-D), 3:15, 5:05, 6:30 (3-D), 8:45 (3-D). Looper 1:15, 4, 6:30, 9:05. Trouble With the Curve 5:35. friday 19 — thursday 25 *Alex Cross 1:15, 3:50, 7, 9:20. *Paranormal Activity 4 1, 3, 4:20, 5:10, 7:15, 8:35 (Fri & Sat only), 9:25. Argo 12:45 (Fri-Sun only), 3:20, 6, 6:45, 8:35 (Sun-Thu only), 9:25. Here Comes the Boom 12:30

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wednesday 17 — thursday 18 *Paranormal Activity 4 Thu: 9. Argo 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:25. Atlas Shrugged: Part II 12:30, 2:45, 7:15, 9:35. Seven Psychopaths 1:20, 4:15, 6:50, 9:40. Frankenweenie 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:05 (Wed only). Pitch Perfect 1:05, 3:45, 6:40, 9:15. Taken 2 12:35, 2:45, 4:55, 7:10, 9:30. Hotel Transylvania 1:30, 4, 6:35, 8:45. Looper 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10, 4:10, 6:55, 9:35. Arbitrage 5:05. The Master 12:45, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20. friday 19 — thursday 25 ****RiffTrax Live: Birdemic: Shock and Terror Thu:

wednesday 17 — thursday 18 Argo 3:40, 6:40. Here Comes the Boom 4, 6:50. Taken 2 3:50, 7. Hotel Transylvania 3:30, 6:30.

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wednesday 17 — thursday 25 Here Comes the Boom 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:20, 9 (except Fri). Hotel Transylvania (3-D) 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9.

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wednesday 17 — thursday 25 Argo 2:30 (Sat only), 4:30 (Sun only), 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). Taken 2 2:30 (Sat only), 4:30 (Sun only), 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). Looper 2:30 (Sat only), 4:30 (Sun only), 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only).

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friday 19 — thursday 25 *Samsara 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:30 (except Sat), 9 (Sat only). Searching for Sugar Man 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6, 8.

friday 19 — thursday 25 *Paranormal Activity 4 1:30 (Fri-Sun only), 4:10, 7, 9 (Fri & Sat only). Argo 1 (Fri-Sun only), 6:40. Here Comes the Boom 1:20 (Fri-Sun only), 4, 6:50, 9 (Fri & Sat only). Hotel Transylvania 1:10 (Fri-Sun only), 3:40, 6:30, 8:15 (Fri & Sat only). Taken 2 3:50, 9 (Fri & Sat only).

friday 19 — thursday 25 *Alex Cross 12:45 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9:10. *Paranormal Activity 4 12:50 & 3:25 (Sat & Sun only), 6:20, 9:05. Argo 12:40 & 3:35 (Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9:10. Taken 2 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:25, 9. Frankenweenie (3-D) 1:15 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30. Pitch Perfect 3:35 (Sat & Sun only), 9:10.

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wednesday 17 — thursday 18 Arbitrage 6, 8:15. The Master 6:30, 9.

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1:30, 4, 6:35, 8:45 (except Tue). Looper 4:25, 7, 9:35. Arbitrage 4:05, 6:25 (except Thu). The Master 12:45, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20 (except Fri).

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wednesday 17 — thursday 25 Argo 2 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30 (Fri & Sat only), 7 (Sun-Thu only), 9 (Fri & Sat only). Taken 2 2 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30 (Fri & Sat only), 7 (Sun-Thu only), 9 (Fri & Sat only). Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30 (Fri & Sat only), 7 (Sun-Thu only), 9 (Fri & Sat only).

*They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain Fri-Sun: 1:15, 9. Mon-Thu: 1, 5:20, 9:30.*Paranormal Activity 4 1, 3, 5, 7:10, 9:20. Argo 1:10, 4, 6:30, 9:05. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1:05, 3:20, 6:50, 9:15. Pitch Perfect 1:25, 4:10, 7, 9:25. Taken 2 3:40, 9:20. Looper 1:15, 6:40. ***See website for details.

8. ***The Rocky Horror Picture Show Fri: 9:30, midnight. ***The Story of Levi Leipheimer Tue: 7:30. *Paranormal Activity 4 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:40, 2:40, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30. Argo 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:25. Atlas Shrugged: Part II 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:15, 8:40 (except Thu). Seven Psychopaths 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20. Frankenweenie 12:30, 2:30. Pitch Perfect 1:05, 3:45, 6:40 (except Tue), 9:15. Taken 2 12:35, 2:45, 4:50, 7:05, 9:30. Hotel Transylvania

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friday 19 — sunday 21 Screen 1: *Paranormal Activity 4 at dusk, followed by House at the End of the Street. Screen 2: Hotel Transylvania at dusk, followed by ParaNorman. Screen 3: Taken 2 at dusk, followed by Looper.

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wednesday 17 — thursday 18 Argo 4, 7. Taken 2 4, 7. Hotel Transylvania 4, 7. Full schedule not available at press time.

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THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER★★★1/2 Stephen Chbosky directed this adaptation of his 1999 novel about a shy, troubled high schooler (Logan Lerman) who blooms when he joins a group of quirky friends. With Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. (102 min, PG-13. Roxy) PITCH PERFECT★★★ Bring It On with warbling? Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow play members of an all-female college a capella group who go for broke in their battle with the boys. With Rebel Wilson. Director Jason Moore makes his feature debut. (112 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN★★★★ Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary tells the incredible story of the hunt for Rodriguez, a Detroit singersongwriter who remained poor and unknown in the U.S. even as he became an icon in 1970s South Africa. (86 min, PG-13. Roxy, Savoy) SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS★★★★ Playwright Martin (In Bruges) McDonagh returns to film with a twisty drama about a screenwriter who finds himself in trouble after his friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved lapdog. Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish and Woody Harrelson star. (109 min, R. Essex, Palace) SINISTER★★1/2 Just in time for Home Movie Day comes a scare flick about a true-crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) who watches a box of found footage and learns way too much about the history of his new house. With James Ransone and Juliet Rylance. Scott (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) Derrickson directed. (110 min, R. Essex, Majestic) SLEEPWALK WITH ME★★★★1/2 Standup comic Mike Birbiglia brings the autobiographical tale he told on “This American Life” — about his problems committing to his girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose) while struggling with a sleep disorder — to the screen. With Carol Kane and Kristen Schaal. Birbiglia and Seth Barrish directed. (91 min, NR. Roxy; ends 10/18)

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. Essex, Majestic; ends 10/18)

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TAKEN 2★ If you thought Liam Neeson systematically eliminated every thug in the European Union in Taken — well, now he’s vacationing in Istanbul. And those thugs’ loved ones want revenge. With Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. Olivier (Colombiana) Megaton

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jibril (Alassane Sy) is a 21-year-old from Dakar, Senegal, who makes his living selling bootleg CDs at a stall on Canal Street. In his free time, he zips around the city on a Vespa, wearing sporty headphones that indicate his real passion: music. Djibril steers clear of trouble, which means he avoids taking loans from his supplier (Anthony Okungbowa), who runs whores, employs thugs and generally acts like the mob boss of the immigrant subcommunity. Then Djibril falls in love with one of those whores, Trini (Sky Nicole Grey), and realizes he needs the funds to record a demo of his music. Can he achieve his American dream without being sucked into the whirlpool of urban crime?

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Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store in Greentown, Ind., caught a break when one of the crooks left his credit card at the crime scene. When they executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home, they found evidence leading to the other three suspects, along with money, guns, clothing and other items associated with the robbery, as well as a home video-surveillance system. “Examination of the system’s memory showed all four suspects preparing for and returning from the robbery,” reported investigators, who arrested Luke K. Spence, 22, Elliott V. Shoffner, 22, Christopher A. Taylor, 26, and Gregory M. Riley, 25. (Kokomo Tribune)

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Shahid Mohammed Kalam, 22, deposited a $1,000 forged or stolen check at a credit union ATM in Hernando, Fla., then tried to withdraw cash, according to police, who noted his ATM card had expired and that he was using an improper personal identification number. When the machine took the card, Kalam backed his vehicle against the building, tied a seatbelt to the ATM and tried to rip it from the wall. When that tactic failed, he fired a stolen .25-caliber handgun through the front door. Police used the ATM surveillance camera to identify Kalam as the suspect and arrested him when he returned to the credit union for other business. (Hernando Today)

Looking for Loopholes

Nite Moves strip club in Albany, N.Y., is seeking to avoid paying $124,000 in back taxes by claiming its nude lap dances are exempt under state law as “live dramatic or musical arts performances.” An administrative law judge agreed with Nite Moves, pointing out, “The fact that the dancers remove all or part of their costume … simply does not render such dance routines as something less than choreographed performances.” But the state Tax Appeals Tribunal disagreed, as did an Appellate Division court, which ruled Nite Moves didn’t establish that private dances offered at its club are choreographed performances and noted Nite Moves dancers aren’t required to have any formal dance training. “It’s definitely a form of art,” one dancer, who declined to give her name, insisted. “Some girls are up there practicing for hours.” (Associated Press)

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billed his family $710 for the damage his body did to the vehicle. City officials eventually acknowledged the collection notice was sent in error and apologized. (New York Times)

Lost Soles

Neglect, termites, mold and tropical humidity are destroying the shoes of Imelda Marcos. After she and her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, fled the Philippines in 1986, they left behind his clothing and at least 1,220 pairs of her shoes. Two years ago, staffers at the presidential palace noticed the apparel was threatened, so they transferred 150 cartons of clothes and shoes to Manila’s National Museum for safekeeping. There, the items deteriorated even further because the boxes were abandoned in a padlocked hall that had no facilities to protect the relics and was inundated by tropical rains due to a leak in the ceiling. An extensive rescue effort is under way, although many of Imelda Marcos’s shoes are beyond repair. Meanwhile, in suburban Marikina city, where officials borrowed 800 pairs of the former first lady’s shoes in 2001 for a shoe museum, about 765 pairs survived floods and still look almost new due to the museum’s meticulous care, which includes displaying them in airtight and dust-free glass cabinets in an air-conditioned gallery, away from direct sunlight. Noting the shoe collection draws a daily crowd of 50 to 100 Philippine and foreign tourists, museum manager Jane Ballesteros said, “The first word they utter is, ‘Wow,’” adding, “Her shoes never fail to astound people years after.” (Associated Press)

Recipe for Disaster

In a recorded interrogation presented during the Los Angeles murder trial of David Viens, 49, the chef admitted boiling the body of his 39-year-old wife for four days until little was left but her skull. His motive was to hide evidence of her death. A jury convicted Viens of second-degree murder. (CBS News)

Fetish of the Week

Police who arrested Eric Carrier, 24, in Hampton, N.H., said he posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a female caregiver because he “could not control his bowel movements due to a brain injury.” According to investigators, he “indicated that he required assistance in changing soiled under garments.” After he met with a woman and asked her to change his soiled underwear, she became suspicious and called police, who learned that Carrier isn’t disabled and was convicted of a similar ploy this summer. (Boston’s WBZ-TV)


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taURUs

(april 20-May 20): The coming week could have resemblances to the holiday known as opposite Day. Things people say may have meanings that are different or even contrary to what they supposedly mean. Qualities you usually regard as liabilities might temporarily serve as assets, and strengths could seem problematical or cause confusion. you should also be wary of the possibility that the advice you get from people you trust may be misleading. For best results, make liberal use of reverse psychology, freaky logic and mirror magic. Halloween costume suggestion: the opposite of who you really are.

Libra

(sept. 23-oct. 22)

I am officially protesting you, Libra. I am staging a walkout and mounting a demonstration and launching a boycott unless you agree to my demand. And yes, I have just one demand: that you take better care of the neglected, disempowered, and underprivileged parts of your life. Not a year from now; not when you have more leisure time; NOW! If and when you do this, I predict the arrival of a flood of personal inspiration. Halloween costume suggestion: a symbolic representation of a neglected, disempowered, or underprivileged part of your life.

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(June 21-July 22): an avocado tree may produce so much fruit that the sheer weight of its exuberant creation causes it to collapse. Don’t be like that in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Without curbing your luxuriant mood, simply monitor your outpouring of fertility so that it generates just the right amount of beautiful blooms. be vibrant and bountiful and fluidic, but not unconstrained or overwrought or recklessly lavish. Halloween costume suggestion: a bouquet, an apple tree, a rich artist or an exotic dancer with a bowl of fruit on your head.

leo

(July 23-aug. 22): i hope your father didn’t beat you or scream at you or molest you. if he did, i am so sorry for your suffering. i also hope that your father didn’t ignore you or withhold his best energy from you. i hope he didn’t disappear for weeks at a time and act oblivious to your beauty. if he did those things, i mourn for your loss. now it’s quite possible

ViRgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): Do you know how

to tell the difference between superstitious hunches and dependable intuitions? are you good at distinguishing between mediocre gossip that’s only ten percent accurate and reliable rumors that provide you with the real inside dope? i suspect that you will soon get abundant opportunities to test your skill in these tasks. to increase the likelihood of your success, ask yourself the following question on a regular basis: is what you think you’re seeing really there or is it mostly a projection of your expectations and theories? Halloween costume suggestions: a lie detector, an interrogator with syringes full of truth serum, a superhero with X-ray vision, a lab scientist.

scoRPio

(oct. 23-nov. 21): “it’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas,” said French painter Paul Cezanne. Many writers make similar comments about the excruciating joy they feel when first sitting down in front of an empty page. For artists in any genre, in fact, getting started may seem painfully impossible. and yet there can also be a delicious anticipation as the ripe chaos begins to coalesce into coherent images or words or music. even if you’re not an artist, scorpio, you’re facing a comparable challenge in your own chosen field. Halloween costume suggestion: a painter with a blank canvas.

sagittaRiUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): as you contemplate what you want to be for Halloween, don’t consider any of the following options: a thoroughbred racehorse wearing a blindfold; a mythic centaur clanking around in iron boots; a seahorse trying to dance on dry land. For that matter, sagittarius, i hope you won’t come close to imitating any of those hapless creatures even in your non-Halloween life. it’s true that the coming days will be an excellent time to explore, analyze and deal with your limitations. but that doesn’t mean you should be overwhelmed and overcome

by them. Halloween costume suggestions: Houdini, an escaped prisoner, a snake molting its skin.

caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Does anyone know where i can find dinosaur costumes for cats?” asked a Halloween shopper on reddit.com. in the comments section, someone else said that he needed a broccoli costume for his Chihuahua. i bring this up, Capricorn, because if anyone could uncover the answers to these questions, it would be you. you’ve got a magic touch when it comes to hunting down solutions to unprecedented problems. Halloween costume suggestion: a cat wearing a dinosaur costume. aQUaRiUs

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The live Monarch Foundation made a video on how to fix a butterfly’s broken wing (tinyurl.com/ FixWing). it ain’t easy. you need 10 items, including tweezers, talcum powder, toothpicks and glue. you’ve got to be patient and summon high levels of concentration. but it definitely can be done. The same is true about the delicate healing project you’ve thought about attempting on your own wound, aquarius. it will require you to be ingenious, precise and tender, but i suspect you’re primed to rise to the challenge. Halloween costume suggestion: herbalist, acupuncturist, doctor, shaman or other healer.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): it’s not a good

time to wear super-control higher-power spanx, or any other girdle, corset, or restrictive garment. in fact, i advise you not to be a willing participant in any situation that pinches, hampers or confines you. you need to feel exceptionally expansive. in order to thrive, you’ve got to give yourself permission to spill over, think big and wander freely. as for those people who might prefer you to keep your unruly urges in check and your natural inclinations concealed: tell them your astrologer authorized you to seize a massive dose of slack. Halloween costume suggestions: a wild man or wild woman; a mythical bird like the garuda or Thunderbird; the god or goddess of abundance.

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gemiNi (May 21-June 20): i don’t have a big problem with your tendency to contradict yourself. i’m rarely among the consistency freaks who would prefer you to stick with just one of your many selves instead of hopscotching among all nine. in fact, i find your multilevel multiplicity interesting and often alluring. i take it as a sign that you are in alignment with the fundamentally paradoxical nature of life. Having said all that, however, i want to alert you to an opportunity that the universe is currently offering you, which is to feel unified, steady and stable. Does that sound even vaguely enticing? Why not try it out for a few weeks? Halloween costume suggestion: an assemblage or collage of several of your different personas.

that you were spared such mistreatment, leo. Maybe your dad gave you conscientious care and loved you for who you really are. but whatever the case might be, this is the right time to acknowledge it. if you’re one of the lucky ones, celebrate to the max. if you’re one of the wounded ones, begin or renew your quest for serious and intensive healing. Halloween costume suggestion: your father.


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Halloween Family Concert:

“A Symphony of Whales”

A VSO String Quartet Family Halloween Concert

his kid-friendly concert includes an introduction of the instruments and several seasonally spooky selections. The highlight of the performance is a narration with music based on the Costume book, “A Symphony of Parade! Whales,” by Steve Schuch. It takes its inspiration from a true story about whales stranded in the Siberian Sea, and the heroic efforts by villagers and a Russian icebreaker to free them. Music plays a key role in the heartwarming rescue — and audience members get to participate in a crucial decision! VSO String Quartet members are Sofia Hirsch and David Gusakov, violins; Hilary Hatch, viola; and Dieuwke Davydov, cello. Our special guest narrator is Melissa Ewell, a music teacher from Swanton. Enjoy this high-energy presentation, which includes a parade of costumes, and treats to take home afterwards!

Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21 •

McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m.

Bellows Free Academy Performing Arts Center, St. Albans, October 20, 4 p.m. Funded by St. Albans Society for the Performing Arts.

Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 21, 2 p.m.

Ticket Prices

There is a $1 MIddlebury College service charge per ticket or family ticket.

$7 for adults • $5 for seniors & children $15 for families (up to 5 people)

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College girl here with a serious problem that I don’t know how to handle. Last night I got really drunk and woke up next to my good friend wearing only my underwear (he was in his boxers). Don’t worry, I’m 21, so you’re not answering a letter from an underage drinker. I don’t think we had sex, but I can’t be sure that we didn’t mess around. At the very least, I’m worried that he has feelings for me and will think that my sleeping over indicates that I am into him. How do I ask him if anything happened without hurting his feelings, or our friendship?

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