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Event listings for Thursday, November 30, 2017

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro West Arts--17 Artists--Art Show and Sale: Jackie Abrams, Josh and Marta Bernbaum, Jason Breen, Kay Curtis, Lesley Heathcote, Chris Lann, Naomi Lindenfeld, Stephen Lloyd, Kris McDermet, Greg Moschetti, Sharon Myers, Gene Parulis, Walter Slowinski, Matt Tell, Jen Wiechers, Cai Xi. Media range from paintings, encaustics and photography to pottery, textiles, jewelry, and glass. Music, refreshments. 11/30: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., 12/1: noon - 8 p.m.; 12/2: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., 12/3: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 03, 2017. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: www.brattleboro-west-arts.com/next-big-thing.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO BrattleMasters (local Toastmasters club) Celebrate the Holidays: The club will celebrate the holiday season with a potluck supper. Eddie Sause will be the Toastmaster of the evening. The public is encouraged to attend, and all are invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking portion of the meeting. There will also be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. This organization is known for improving communication skills through public speaking. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (2nd and 4th Thur. of every month). Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 603-762-0235, http://brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

Film and video

MARLBORO Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock: Fidel Moreno will show a portion of his documentary chronicling the water protector movement and response to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The film was culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock--including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people, and non-Indian supporters. It explores the story of the water protectors at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American West. Screening will include discussion and performance by Fidel and special guests: First Nation activists and musicians who were water protectors at Standing Rock. 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.

BELLOWS FALLS "Canaletto & the Art of Venice": Immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. An authentic, signed Carnevale mask from Venice will be raffled off before the film begins. Plus, enjoy the music of famous Italian composer, pianist and conductor Nino Rota. Also an Italian musical performance featuring Allie McGahie, Zac Binney, Josh Delaney, and Lara Germana. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Nino Rota; 7 p.m - 7:30 p.m. musical performance; 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. film. $20 at door or online. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Information: www.rampartstickets.com.

PUTNEY Sembene!: In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a Senegalese dockworker and fifth-grade dropout, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. This is the true story of the self-taught "father of African cinema" who fought enormous odds to return African stories to Africa. Rare archival footage helps craft this true-life epic as an ordinary man transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized. After becoming a hero to millions, Sembene suffers a startling fall from grace. Can Africa’s storyteller reinvent himself once more? This is part of the [framed] documentary series. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

PUTNEY The Silverback Swing Quartet: Gypsy jazz featuring violin, accordion, guitars, and vocals. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. No cover. The Gleanery, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-3052; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO Indian Spice Blends Culinary Class: Join Lini Mazumdar for a fun, hands-on class on blending and using Indian spices. Make dry and fresh spice blends including Garam Masala and Panch Phuran (a fresh, basic, must-have spice blend). Learn how to make Ghee and an Ayurvedic Milk recipe for restful sleep. Lini will talk about how to use all of these ingredients in different recipes as well as their health benefits from an Ayurvedic perspective. Participants will receive recipes and spices to take home. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. $25. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: www.anjalifarm.com.

Recreation

PUTNEY Chess Club : Want to learn Chess? Want to improve your game? Just want to play? Damian V. Dierkes is a sophomore at BUHS and has been playing chess since he was 7. He has competed in many tournaments and will be available to teach, answer questions, or just play. Some chess sets available or bring your own. 4:15 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Sign-up: emily@putneylibrary.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Free Class for Kids: Fun Foods From Around the World: Poland: We will make pierogi, the national dish of Poland. These savory (or sweet), small, pillowy dough pockets are filled with cabbage, onions, and mashed potatoes. To honor the Vermont Harvest of the Month vegetable, we will make them with sweet potatoes. Lizi Rosenberg instructs. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Registration required:. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

PUTNEY Putney Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (5th Thursday this month but is usually the 4th Thursday). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

Dance

PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, putneycares@svcable.net.

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