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Event listings for Friday, October 13

Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Uncle Vanya": Anton Chekov's comic and dramatic cautionary tale is about the courage it takes to overcome the invisible suffering of ordinary people, the futility of service to others, and the fragility of beauty and illusions. The story revolves around a retired professor who, returning to his estate to live with his young wife, Yelena, mindlessly manages to trip over 'sleeping dogs,' unleashing a whirlwind of passion and disillusionment. The estate once belonged to the professor's first wife, now deceased, and her brother and daughter, Sonya, still live there. Add the desolate and dispassionate physician Astrov, along with the household servants, and you have the setting for this classic of the Russian theater. Featured in the cast are Bob Gruen, Greg Lesch, Brenda Galenus, Heather Martell, Peter Eisenstadter, Gail Haas, Jerry Levy, and Veda Crewe. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Saturday, October 14. $15 ($8 students on Fridays). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players: "I Used to Have a Cat": (See 10/12). . Williamsville Hall. .

BRATTLEBORO David Sedaris: David Sedaris, humorist and bestselling author, makes his Latchis Theatre debut. The skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves him to be a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. His newest book is "Theft By Finding." Sedaris will greet fans and sign books in the lobby following the performance. 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $42 to $47. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets: 888-757-5559, www.tickets.catamountarts.org.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Tracy Medeiros, "The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook" / Dede Cummings, "The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping": In celebration of the Brattleboro Literary Festival, meet Tracy while having your newly-published book autographed. She also writes "The Farmhouse Kitchen: A Guide to Eating Local" column for Edible Green Mountains magazine. Later, meet Dede, author of many books and a 28-year resident of Brattleboro. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tracy; 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Dede. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

TOWNSHEND The Friends of the Townsend Library: Book and Bake Sale: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, October 14. Townshend Public Library, 1971 Route 30. Information: 802-365-4039; Click to e-mail for more information.

BELLOWS FALLS "Summer Over Autumn" with author Howard Mansfield: Mansfield's collection of essays, "Summer Over Autumn," encourages readers to further explore their homes. He entices hidden stories from everything around him: neighbors, animals, tractors, trees, yard sales, funerals, money, and fidelity to time itself. In eight other books he's written, he's explored issues of preservation. 7 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Book and event reservations: 802-463-9404.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening: Five New Exhibits: "Touchstones, Totems, Talismans" features nine artists who incorporate animal images into their work, including Andy Warhol, Walton Ford, and others. Anila Quayyum Agha's "Shimmering Mirage" transforms the Mary Sommer Room into an enchanting environment inspired by Islamic architecture. Joan O'Beirne's "The Scarf" comprises a poignant meditation on personal loss and the grieving process. "In-Sight Exposed" celebrates 25 years of a beloved Brattleboro nonprofit. "Your Space: Flights of Fancy" invites visitors to create their own artwork inspired by birds. 5:30 p.m. Free for BMAC members. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Astronomy Classes: Series covers our place in the Universe, planets and galaxies, the possibility of alien life, and more. 6 p.m. on Fridays (no class 11/24). Through Friday, December 15. $15 per class, $125 for 8 weeks (financial aid available). Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-258-2808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Voices of Working Peoples"--Educators for Social Justice: Indigo Institute: Brattleboro Solidarity and community members read voices of working people's history, a play written by Western MA Jobs for Justice. There will be a dramatic reading of labor organizers, abolitionists, and civil rights organizers. Join us to remember the struggles of our ancestors and to have a discussion about current labor struggles and how this topic can be brought into the classroom. (Also see 10/14) . 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-380-6675.

BRATTLEBORO What Can You Learn From Horses?: It's very important to have a good relationship when the other participant weighs ten times more than you do! We'll discuss what causes aggression and how to deal with fear (yours and others). Gincy Bunker has provided Foundation Teaching to riders of all ages for 70 years. She's published books under the name of Gincy Self Bucklin. noon - 1 p.m. Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

LONDONDERRY "The Dhamma Brothers": This Frontline documentary relays one of the most astounding tales of social evolution in contemporary America as it sheds light on a group of convicts housed in Alabama's Donaldson Correctional Facility who began to engage in regular Buddhist meditation sessions which changed their lives and attitudes. 6:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). RSVP: 802-824-4343.

Music

WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call: Blues musician and historian Scott Ainslie: Moderated by Zon Eastes, Outreach and Advancement Specialist at the Vermont Arts Council. 7 p.m. $10. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information: kwkmdavis@yahoo.com, www.WardsboroCurtainCall.net.

PUTNEY Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton: A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Paxton's style draws from blues and jazz music before World War II and was influenced by Fats Waller and "Blind" Lemon Jefferson. He picks banjo and guitar, plays harmonica, piano and other instruments, including the fiddle, his first instrument. 7:30 p.m. $22. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story (or a few) and make a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212.

Well-being

WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk, includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Led by Fred Taylor. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: 802-387-2681.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza every week. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

MARLBORO "America in Transition": Screening and Discussion with André Pérez: This is a documentary series and community engagement campaign that explores community, family, and social issues for trans people of color across the United States. Director and Marlboro alum André Pérez founded the Trans Oral History Project seven years ago, motivated by the isolation he felt growing up in a military family in Virginia. This new project is about supporting the fight for trans liberation by hosting discussions and screenings in places where people most need to have these conversations: churches, high schools, rural community centers. They plan to work with community partners to develop tools for local organizers who want to activate allies in their own communities. 7 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Ragle Hall in Serkin Center, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-251-7644; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Activism

BELLOWS FALLS Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil: A vigil of community, solidarity and diversity. We are one cause of peace, freedom and social justice for all living beings. Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the corner, across from Flat Iron Cafe. The Windham Hotel, 36 The Square. Information: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

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