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Event listings for Friday, November 3

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The War of the Worlds" Radio Play: Shoot the Moon theater company's Halloween spectacular brings audience behind the scenes of Orson Welles' infamous presentation of H.G. Wells' novel which created varying levels of hysteria when it debuted in 1938. Many listeners who missed the disclaimers actually thought Martians were invading Earth, due to the simulated breaking news broadcast format created by director and narrator Welles in collaboration with Howard Koch, who is credited with adapting the 19th century work of literature. Elias Burgess, Sean Fitzharris, Josh Goldstein, Colin Grube, Jon Mack, Jon Ogorzalek, and Xoe Perra, along with stage manager Alistair Follansbee, bring the audience into the Columbia Broadcasting System studio, where performers read the script, play the scene music, and execute sound effects that panicked families gathered around their living room tables. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, November 04. $12 ($10 for Brattleboro Museum Art Center members). Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Reservations can be made in advance: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Clowntown's Newsreels of the 1930s": History's most famous events will be re-enacted in typical Clowntown fashion. The flight of Amelia Earhart, the breadlines of the Great Depression, the medal parade at the 1932 Olympics, and more are presented as classic newsreels from the '30s as seen through clown glasses. Director Doran Hamm has long been fascinated by the films and news clips of the early 20th century before the advent of television, Fox News, and Facebook. 11/3: 7 p.m.; 11/4: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; 11/5: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, November 05. $11, $10 seniors, $7 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" with author Mark Bray: In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, and Donald Trump's initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the "antifa" opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it, precisely? And where did it come from? In a smart and gripping investigation, historian/former Occupy Wall Street organizer Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day--the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, "Antifa" details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening Reception: In-Sight Photography Project's Photographic Exhibition and Benefit Auction: In-Sight Photography Project's 2017 Exhibition and Auction opens with a reception. In this, its 19th year, the show will once again bring together the donated works of some 200 international, national and local photographers, filling the gallery walls. Photography subjects range widely, from portraits and landscapes to experimental techniques. All artwork is available for sale through the online auction. View virtual walls online via www.32auctions.com/insight2017. This auction is the signature fundraiser with all proceeds supporting the In-Sight Scholarship Fund. It is also In-Sight's way to ensure that the photographic arts are part of our cultural landscape, and that generations of young people are empowered to find their creative voices through the photographic arts. 11/3: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. reception (open noon - 5 p.m. daily). Through Sunday, November 26. Free. Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St. Information: 802-251-9960, www.insightphotography.org.

BRATTLEBORO Interactive Winter Benefit Show: Roots to Resistance / Samantha Crawford: New Landscapes: Gallery 1: Akin to the indigenous and folk artists in the worlds she explores, Denise Beaudet works in strong color and simplicity of gaze. Roots to Resistance is a public art installation of 12 eight-foot portraits of women activists from across the globe, displayed to create a connection for the viewer to the pathways of social change; to imagine themselves stepping forward to make change in their own communities. By partnering with 50+ international organizations, the project has sent postcards and street postering materials across the globe, and these will be available free of charge. Gallery 2: Recent work on paper in goache and ink. Crawford interprets the landscape in hyper-real detail, revealing an intensely personal, dreamlike experience in the forest, in both black and white and color. 11/3 reception for the artists with music by The Moondogs. Through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

NEWFANE Maisie Crowther: Watercolors: . Through Thursday, November 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS An Introduction to Celtic Shamanism: This workshop will lead you into the hollow hills, the icy sea, and the splendor of the sky, as they once were experienced by the ancient Celtic races. Through discussion and shamanic journeying, we will unravel their unique and poetic vision, their wild and courageous heart, and their deep reverence for the natural world, both seen and unseen. We will ignite, align and draw inspiration from the three cauldrons of warming, motion and knowing. We will explore the Celtic Medicine Wheel, Samhain and the dark time of the year, the spiritual intention of ordeal, and the transmigration of the soul. With Jane Burns. 5 p.m. Friday - 1 p.m. Sunday. Through Sunday, November 05. $365 commuter, $415 shared room, $475 single room. Includes tuition, meals, all other costs. Currier Hall, Stone Church Arts, 12 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO GRACE Cares: Movies and Popcorn, Helping Local Heroes: Experience travel to Guatemala, Chile, and Kenya on your lunch break through films of three different initiatives of GRACE Cares, a Brattleboro-based charity that is a catalyst for empowering local heroes around the world. Zoe Koppand and Liz Peets will offer a short presentation and discussion. Learn and empower yourself. 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.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Battle of the Bands: Fierce competition between six area youth bands: Impending Exorcism, Raspberry Jam, Notion, Outer Space, Moxie, and Fiig. Opening will be Nomad vs. Settler, winner of 2015 Battle of the Bands. Judged on crowd appeal, musical technicality, stage performance, and originality. Includes refreshments and door prizes. Pizza for sale. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $8, $4 for young people under 18. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: www.youthservicesinc.org.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Walter Slowinski and Ron Bos: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Walter, who plays clarinet in the Brattleboro Swing Trio, is joined by Ron on mandolin, as they sing and play a variety of old time songs, great for kids and adults. 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.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Kids Yoga Workshop: Little Ommies Special Yoga Event: Little Ommies is for yogis ages 5-10 who want to play yoga. We will dance for the sun, play favorite yoga games such as Yoga Chief, Toe-Ga, Freeze Dance Yoga, Pom Pom Pose, I Am Yoga, Yoga Nagila, practice partner poses, and more. We'll create a sangha circle and yogis will practice mini mudras, mindful moments, and breathwork before relaxing with a guided meditative savasana complete with essential oil spray and sparkling meditation balm. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. $18 for one yogi ($10 per sibling). Bhava Yoga Center, 21 Elliot St., 2nd fl. Advance registration required: www.peacefulplanetyoga.com/yoga-registration.

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 Oils for Yoga & Meditation Workshop: Breathe, sample, sprinkle and blend certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Celebrate sisterhood as we learn how essential oils can support our emotional health, support your yogic lifestyle, and enhance breathwork, meditation, and your yoga practice. With Kristin Davey. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Bhava Yoga Center, 21 Elliot St., 2nd fl. Advance registration required: /www.peacefulplanetyoga.com/yoga-registration.

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.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Dance Party: Foxtrot lesson. Open dancing to mixed rhythms. Refreshments. Carry in your dance shoes. 7 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing (upstairs). $12 lesson and/or dance. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Ray Warren: 802 365-0233, ray@shallwedance.biz.

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