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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO The Met Live in HD: "The Exterminating Angel": Thomas Ades' new opera: This is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. 1 p.m. $22, $20 MET Forever members, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717,

MARLBORO "Didi & Gogo": Adaptation of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot": (See 11/17) . . Free. Marlboro College. .

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Creative Writing Group: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, more. Bring original work to read and discuss. Newcomers welcome. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., top floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY Artist Reception--"Edgeland": Recent Drawings by Nancy Storrow: In this series, Storrow's linear abstractions recall the color, texture, and light across the land. Artist Reception: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Exhibit runs through 2/13/18). Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Mary B. Crowther: Rock Collector/Artist/Author: Crowther's book, "Gathering Rocks: A Collection of Memories in Word and Image," was created for anyone interested in how the landscape reflects the geologic cycles of building up and erosion. Many of her paintings are included in the book along with her poems and stories. She will have samples on display from her extensive mineral collection. 10:30 a.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO 2017 Ax Wound Film Festival Celebrating Women Horror Filmmakers and the Horror Community: (See 11/17). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .


WEST BRATTLEBORO The Butterfly Swing Band: Guest vocalist Kate Nicolaou joins the Band performing hot jazz for listening and dancing—dinner and music. 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.

BRATTLEBORO Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopators: Under the direction of Cuban piano virtuoso Villafranca, the Syncopators re-create repertoire from the evolution of New Orleans jazz, complementing the rhythms of Congo Square and Jelly Roll Morton's Spanish Tinge. 8 p.m. $20, $15 students with I.D. (contact VJC about educational discounts). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD Jesus Christ Superstar Singalong Screening: Take a peek at the documentary "Superstars: The Making of and Reunion of the Film," with rare behind-the-scenes footage and recent cast interviews. Meet and greet Ted Neeley and Bob Bingham in person, get pictures taken, items signed--they will also judge the costume contest. Winners receive a prize. Event is a tribute to the late Barry Dennen. 7 p.m. $20 ($25 day of show). Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD Sinkane and Shokazoba: Sinkane blends krautrock, prog rock, electronica, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop. Shokazoba aims to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive, topical lyrics. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. $15 ($20 at door). Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus: "Singing in the Light of Love": Directed by Becky Graber, accompanied by Cathy Martin on piano and by Lisa McCormick's Ukulele Orchestra. Sat: 7 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. Through Sunday, November 19. $12, $10 senior/student, $20 generous. First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. Information: 802-254-8994,


PUTNEY Fire and Shelter Workshop: For children and parents to learn the basics of fire making and shelter building. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Dress to be outdoors. Matt Mitchell, 5th grade teacher and outdoor curriculum coordinator, and Annie Schulzinger, 4th grade teacher, will lead the event. Students from the 5th grade will be assisting as the culmination of an integrated unit on survival. They've have been exploring, through a laboratory and experiential-based approach, the science of survival: food, water, shelter, and in some cases, fire. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free. The Grammar School, 69 Hickory Ridge Rd. S. Information:

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Greek Supper to benefit Carry Me Home: Enjoy home-cooked, authentic Greek food with vegan and gluten- free options. This New England-based non-profit organization that is run by volunteers. Their primary mission is to support children fleeing zones of conflict. To that end they collect, sort, package, and ship weather-appropriate gently used children's clothing, footwear, baby carriers, small toys, and ship footwear for adults. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. $12 ages 12 and over, $7 ages 6-11, free ages 5 and under. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Winter Farmers' Market: Vegetables, fruits, meat from local farms, a variety of baked goods, locally and regionally-produced artisan crafts, and freshly prepared food. Local musicians perform, cafe seating, restrooms, no pets. EBT customers can turn $10 into $20 with CropCash. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Sunday, March 25. River Garden, 157 Main St. Sherry Maher: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.

Kids and families

READSBORO Christmas Bazaar hosted by the Ladies of St. Anne: Event will feature an array of delicious holiday baked goods, lottery tree, auction, food basket complete with turkey and wine, several raffles, handcrafted items, boutique, ornaments and tag sale items. Santa will visit, too. Lunch selections include lasagna, quiche, soup, sandwiches, grinders and desserts--all freshly made. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Santa visits 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.). Joachim Parish Hall, 36 Tunnel Street. Gundi Bolognani: 802-423-7709.


BELLOWS FALLS Breath of the Heart: An Intro to Somatic Breath Practice: When we were newborns, most of us breathed easily, freely engaging our full breath system. We inhale fully into the belly then release and relax our exhale. As we experience life, we learn "coping" patterns which usually have a mirror image in our breath and become our "normal" way of breathing, often allowing little or no breath to some areas of the body. This can lead to physical, emotional, and mental im-balance or dis-ease. This conscious intentional tool assists the body to return to an open, healthy breath. Through gentle "coaching," the body and mind learn to relax into a connected full belly breath allowing the healing of the breath system and all the "bodies" to unfold. The body, through the breath, knows the way to wellness. Trusting the breath to lead the way is a key to allowing the pathway to each level of freedom in the body, mind and emotions. Kaiilama Morris instructs. 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $58. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

NEWFANE Newfane Community Forum #1: Newfane's Planning Commission needs to hear your ideas about your town--flood issues such as flood resiliency, transportation, land use, zoning, traffic, and housing. Special guest speaker, Caitlin Corkins, Grants Coord. from Vermont Community Development, will answer questions about Village Center benefits. Coffee and refreshments. All welcome. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. NewBrook Fire Station, Route 30. Information: 802-348-7984,

Arts and crafts

BELLOWS FALLS Artistic Embroidery with Cindy Bowler: Learn traditional stitches which will build texture, patterns, and character. There are no rules. Basic supplies included. Bring your own and there will be more for sale. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $65. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Guilford Holiday Open Studio: (See 11/17). . Guilford Holiday Studio Sale. .


PUTNEY Saturday Morning Zumba: Upbeat music and dance fitness with a Latin/world flavor. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are no mistakes in Zumba, it’s all about dancing, letting go, and having fun. Bring indoor dance shoes/low traction sneakers/shoes, a water bottle. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (no class 11/25). Through Saturday, December 30. $8. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Information: 802-869-3184.

DUMMERSTON "The Fogues": Community Contra Dance: Laurie Indenbaum, fiddle; Andy Davis, accordion; Larry Siegel, piano; Henry Chapin, guest caller and storyteller. Potluck supper. Part of the Village Dance Series. 5:30 p.m. potluck, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. music. $8, $5 children, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-254-1138.

DOVER Square Dance featuring the "Bills Band": Benefit for Jeremy Crafts. Raffles, food, family-friendly fun. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dover Town Hall, 102 Rte. 100. Information: 802-464.5100; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Annual Chili Cook-Off: Community Hope and Action Committee: Cornbread and salad provided. Feel free to bring a side or dessert. Board games and merriment. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. meal, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. entertainment. Free. Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Rte. 30. Contact Rebecca to participate in the cook-off: 802-365-4700.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar: Featured will be homemade crafts, tree ornaments, "Unique Boutique," food table with fresh homemade donuts from our kitchen, applesauce, frozen apple pies, many Christmas items. Coffee, tea, and doughnuts available. Proceeds from the bazaar will be donated to both local and church missions. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-4218,



November 2017