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Event listings for Friday, November 24

Performing arts

PUTNEY A Farewell Performance of "Autumn Portraits": Eric Bass' award-winning solo and Sandglass' longest touring repertoire performs for the last time. "Autumn" is a metaphor for that time of life when our thoughts turn inward, when we feel the loss of summer warmth. Here, five interwoven puppet "portraits" present a moment in one character's existence. Funny, touching, some bizarre, all speak to the human experience as only puppets can. Bass' handcrafted puppets are characters in the "autumn" of their existence who share their stories in precise/evocative gestures as they meet their pasts, their selves, their deaths. Since its creation in 1980, Autumn Portraits won awards in Australia, Hungary, and a Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionette. In 2014, the show was presented in Cuba, the first puppet performance by an American artist at the International Puppet Workshop in Matanzas. Throughout the '80s, the piece was presented in countries behind the iron curtain. The show can be paired with the Putney Craft Tour. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, November 25. $18, $16 students/seniors. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Limited seating. Reservations: info@sandglasstheater.org, 802-387-4051.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Old-time Cajun Tunes with Pete and Linda Simoneaux: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

GREENFIELD Patty & The Cakes: This homegrown rockin' dance band features Patty Carpenter, vocals and keys, known to local audiences for her work in a number of musical genre bending forms, including jazz, R&B, blues, Americana, and originals. She also works and performs as a singer-songwriter and her last CD, "Come Over," is rooted in her life in Vermont and her friendship with co-writer, noted poet, Verandah Porche. The Cakes also features the New Orleans inflected vocals and guitar work of Tony Hecht, Jeremy Gold, fiddle; and Dave Fuller, harmonica, underscored by the strong rhythm combo of Wim Auer, bass, and Lou Trombley, drums. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $7 to $10. Hawks & Reed (The Wheelhouse), 289 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have 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 Indoor Walking Group: Fun and active workout walking and moving in place to an active walking DVD. Get a cardio workout, and get healthy. The class is structured so you can exercise for 15 minutes or for 45 minutes--choose your pace and time. 12 noon Mondays; 12 noon and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Free. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-257-3171.

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 Hogback Ski Trail Clean Up Day: Spend the afternoon on the mountain, getting the slopes cleaned up for do-it-yourself skiing and riding this winter. Bring your own favorite tool or borrow one from the Hogback stash. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the parking lot, south side of Rt. 9 just west of the gift shop, near the white distillery building. Hogback Mountain Conservation Commission, Rte. 9. Information: diana.todd@comcast.net.

Arts and crafts

PUTNEY 39th Annual Putney Craft Tour Vermont: Twenty-four renowned artists open their studios this Thanksgiving Weekend offering jewelry to ceramics to handwovens and woodworking to handcrafted cheese and wine and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through Sunday, November 26. Free. Putney Craft Tour. Information: www.facebook.com/putney-craft-tour.

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