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Event listings for Friday, October 6

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.

GUILFORD "To Their Appointed End": These four short plays by Jean Stewart McLean were written about 70 years ago and have never before been performed. The production commemorates the centenary of the playwright--the mother of Center Stage co-founder Don McLean. A cast of 17 community actors will perform the plays. The show opens with "The Vine," a drama about a young man who has a deep-seated dependence on a large vine growing outside his family home. Two of the plays are based on the author's upbringing in a church family. "Happy Hollidays," is a fast-paced comedy about a theatrical couple who host a radio show from their NY apartment. To their listeners, they are a happy couple. Off the air is a different matter. William Stearns directs. 7:30 p.m. (each play is about 20 min. long). Through Sunday, October 08. $10 at door (cash or check). Guilford Center Stage, Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Ctr. Rd. Credit/debit: 800-838-3006, bpt.me/2792780.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Theatre Company: "The Receptionist": What is the greater good and how much of your humanity are you willing to trade to preserve it? This dark comedy takes place in the Northeast Office at the start of a normal day, as Beverly handles incoming calls and standard office drama and gossip. However, today their routine is unsettled when the Central Office sends a rep to investigate the mishandling of a client. Suddenly the company's true purpose is revealed and things take a dark turn as the play questions institutionalized evil and the rationale of those who are culpable. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Through Sunday, October 08. $15, $13 students/seniors. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Reservations: 802-258-1344, vtcreservations@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940": This is a classic "whodunit" (not a musical), full of confused identities and outlandish situations with a side order of mystery and intrigue mixed in. The story focuses on the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher." They assemble for a backer's audition, but as they prepare, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims into hiding, and accusing fingers point in all directions. Added to the chaos are a bumbling detective on snowshoes, Nazi agents, and a German maid who is apparently four different people--all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his reappearance. Written by John Bishop and directed by Julia Tadlock. (Repeats 10/14-10/15). 10/6: 7 p.m., 10/7 and 10/8: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Sunday, October 08. $10 to $15. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Jonas Cain: Magician: Back by popular demand, come enjoy a magical performance by magician Jonas Cain. 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.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Marilyn Allen: Paintings, Collagraphs, Prints: In between larger exhibits of her oil paintings, Allen experimented with different media to explore a variety of forms, uses of color and also the power of black and white. Most of these pieces are in a smaller format. Drawing has always been an important root of her painting practice. The drawing does not determine the composition of a piece, but it does offer an opportunity to explore the spiritual power of line without recourse to the sensory impact of color. This allows the composition to be internalized on a level that will be accessed in the process of painting. Collagraphs add three-dimensionality to the process of making the plate. The printing process can be done in both color and black and white, creating an opportunity to see the structure of the composition as it develops. The plate itself has layers of texture that vary with the amount of ink used in the printing process. Watercolor, encaustics, and oil paints side-by-side offer a unique opportunity for the viewer to choose the medium that resonates with her own aesthetic. Show opening; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St.

BRATTLEBORO Lauren Olitski Opening--Gallery Walk Reception: Lauren is known for the vibrant and exciting surfaces and bold colors of her abstract acrylic paintings. In this body of work, her masterful infusion of organic elements (garnet, pumice, and molding paste) into the plastic, inorganic acrylic gels and paints gives her work visceral authenticity. She lives and works in Marlboro. (Exhibit runs through 10/30). 10/6: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. opening reception. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 802-257-2757, lcmendelsund@gmail.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Astronomy Class: This discussion, for all ages and skill levels, will provide an overview of the science, as well as look at the history of our quest for knowledge and our place in the universe. 6 p.m. Free. Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-258-2808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Blanche Moyse Choral: Annual Bach Concert: J.S. Bach's "Mass in B-minor." Four vocal soloists from the Blanche Moyse Memorial Orchestra. (Repeats 10/8). 7 p.m. $10, $20, $40 ($10, $25 at door). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Robert Kuhn & Dem: Multicultural poet and musician Robert Kuhn was born in Houston, TX, and moved back in 2010 after bouncing around the world for 12 years. Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua all played home for him as different doors, jobs, occupations and art forms opened and led him on from an Academic All-American Line Backer to a vagabond fisherman farmer writing the critically acclaimed songs he has carried throughout the Americas. Broken hearts, broken backs, failed marriages, violence, riches, drugs, labor, poverty, music, poetry, dirt and salt; so it goes and continues. Dem is a roots reggae, rocksteady sextet based in Galveston, TX. Interested in the anthropological process of music, Dem embraced reggae upon its formation with influences such as The Gladiators, Desmond Dekker, The Meters, Orchestra Baobab, and Cultura Profetica to name a few. Freshmen to the Houston/Bay Area/Galveston, Dem have been performing since September 2014. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at doort). Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

Government

BRATTLEBORO "The Current State of Refugees and Forced Displacement in the World": Lloyd Dakin, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Ret.), will talk about the current state of refugees and forced displacement in the world. From his extensive experience, he has learned that not all refugee situations are the same, but ultimately their resolutions are very similar. Refugees either return home, stay in the country they fled to, or seek resettlement in another country. He will give us his perspective on how these processes are progressing globally and locally. Sponsored by the Windham World Affairs Council and Centre Congregational Church. Preceded by a pasta supper as a fundraiser by the church. 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. reflection and prayer related to peace in the Parlor, 6 p.m. supper, 7:30 p.m. talk. Suggested donation: $10, $5 children 6-10, free for under age 6. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

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

BRATTLEBORO Sitting and Walking Meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: Offered by the Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. in Room 2E on Fridays. Donations welcome. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Richard Brady and Elisabeth Dearborn: 802-387-2382, mountainsandriversmc@gmail.com.

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.

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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