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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Tuck Everlasting": This musical is about 11-year-old Winnie Foster who yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence in Treegap, NH. But it's not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family that she gets more than she could have imagined. Discovering the magical secret of the Tucks, she embarks on an extraordinary adventure, which leads to making the biggest decision of her life--to return to her life or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey. Thur. and Fri: 7 p.m., Sat: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, December 17. $15, $13 students/seniors. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "A Christmas Carol": Vermont Theatre Company presents its fourth annual production of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser whose life is forever changed when visited by the three spirits of Christmas. Fri. and Sat: 7 p.m.; Sun: 3 p.m. Through Saturday, December 16. $16, $13 students/seniors, $5 ages 10 and younger. Donate a canned good and pay $1 less. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Tickets: 802-258-1344,

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump" with Bill Mares, Bob Stannard, Charles Norris-Brown: Vermont is a small state with a history of making a large impact. We're little, but we're loud. We recognize that we can't ignore Trump and his actions, but he won't be able to ignore us, either. Short of seceding from Union (we've already tried that to no avail), you can be sure that we're not just going to sit back. With the help of almost a score of "guest appearances," the literary duet of Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger have assembled a first-rate "posse" of VT writers, cartoonists, and politicians to add their intelligence and wit to this momentous task. In addition, the book has quizzes, quotations, escape literature, a Vermont tool box, and more. 7 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Reservations: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

SAXTONS RIVER "In the Very (Plein) Air": Artist Talk with Charlie Hunter: Hunter's talk is part of the Taste of the Arts series featuring dinner and a presentation by a local person. (Hunter and participants from his March plein air painting retreat have their work on exhibit through 1/5/18). 6 p.m. $25, $12 youth age 12 and under. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Climate Change Cafe: Citizen Emergency Preparedness Workshop: An important lesson from this year's hurricane/wildfire season is that the people of Houston, Puerto Rico, and CA would have been better served had they made preparations for such events before they occurred. Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) presents this workshop on how citizens/communities can best prepare themselves for the kinds of catastrophic weather and other climate-related events we're increasingly experiencing, plus other severe crises where emergency services are rendered unavailable and people are basically on their own to take care of themselves and their neighbors. Learn very practical steps we can take as individuals, families, and communities to make emergency and evacuation plans that can be acted upon promptly in a time of emergency. VEM will provide attendees with a booklet on emergency preparedness. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., downstairs meeting room. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information:

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians": This sci-fi holiday treat entered the cult canon when it was featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Early special effects create green Martians living on the planet Mars who capture Santa Claus from earth so that their depressed children can be happy. But in the end, Santa teaches everyone the true meaning of Christmas. All manner of holiday dress encouraged. Sponsored by RAMParts Presents. 6:30 p.m. doors open (run time: 69 min.). Free. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Information: 603-313-0052,


NORTHAMPTON Mia Bertelli & The Oshima Brothers: Bartelli is a singer of pop, soul, jazz, country, and folk collaborating with the Oshima Brothers--evoking the intimacy of a coffeehouse with the exuberance of the big stage. 7 p.m. $5 ($8 at door). The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St. Tickets:

BELLOWS FALLS Bellows Falls Union High School Winter Concert: Witness both ends of the musical spectrum as the BFUHS Concert Band, under the direction of Nick Pelton, performs symphonies and marches. Hear senior Ethan Lauricella perform his feature piece, "Dream Song" by Richard L. Saucedo on the grand piano. Listen to the BFUHS Jazz Ensemble swing low and scoop high on classic arrangements. You'll be enchanted by the Concert Choir, under the direction of Mary Westbrook, as they perform a selection of holiday favorites. A 50-50 raffle will be held to help fund the Music Department's trip to the competitive festival, Music In The Parks. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Bellows Falls Union High School, 406 High School Rd. Information: 802-463-3944; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Silverback Swing: Featuring gypsy jazz and other classics with guitars, accordion, violin, and vocals. (Repeats 12/21 and 12/28). 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.


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,



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