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Event listings for Thursday, March 2

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "Series": Artist's Talk by Ricia Gordon: Gordon’s series of paintings explores how the artistic process itself unfolds, and how she mines a rich theme and allows it to materialize over a series of pieces, including the layering over of surfaces as a kind of modern exorcising ritual in her series "I Cannot Fathom." (Exhibit with four other artists runs through 4/14). 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Free. Landmark College Fine Arts Center, 1 River Rd. So. Christie Herbert: cherbert@landmark.edu.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS Film and Discussion: "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise": Through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr, this film looks at the last five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories. Drawing on eyewitness accounts, scholarly analysis, and rare archival footage, the film illuminates our recent past and paints a complex portrait of black America since 1965, while raising urgent questions about the future of the African American community --and our nation as a whole. Discussion facilitated by Dottie Morris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity at Keene State College and Chuck Pizer, VT PBS’s Community Engagement Coordinator. 7 p.m. film, 7:30 p.m. discussion. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Kevin Parry: Open Mic: Participating musicians receive 50% off of their meal. Every Thursday. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Sign up: 802-257-7563; www.kevinparrymusic.com.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus: (See 3/1). 10 a.m. - noon. Centre Congregational Church. .

PUTNEY The Silver Schmetterling Swing Trio: Dave Sullivan, Mark Anagnostopulos and Scott Sizer will be performing hot jazz featuring violin, guitar, trumpet, 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 Latin/African Percussion and Rhythms: Julian Gerstin offers an overview of percussion instruments from African and Latin America and includes active jamming using authentic rhythms. This class is a hands-on approach to learning and playing many instruments and styles. He will introduce participants to instruments from Ghana, Cuba, Brazil and Martinique, from drums of many kinds to bells, shakers, and scrapers. Participants will learn basic techniques and grooves for each instrument. (Thursdays). 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Through Thursday, March 23. $250 for 8-10 weeks TBD. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Register with Ginger Morawski: ginger@vtjazz.org, www.vtjazz.org.

Kids and families

NEWFANE Playgroup: For babies and toddlers (and their caregivers). Thursdays. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948.

JACKSONVILLE Playgroup: Snacks and fun activities for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Free. Whitingham Free Public Library, 2948 VT Rte. 100. Information: 802-368-7506.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Bonebuilders -- An Osteoporosis Prevention Program: Light arm and ankle weights stem the effects of osteoporosis, increase muscle tone, improve balance, and enhance energy and well-being. Thursdays and Tuesdays. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., in the Exercise Room (Main Building). Free. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-254-7515.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Zumba: Latin Dance Fitness Program: Cardiovascular and body-shaping benefits while strengthening your core and increasing your balance. Fun and suitable for all levels. With Emily McLoughlin. Thursdays. Sponsored by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Through Thursday, April 27. $5/$7 non-Brattleboro residents. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808, www.brattleboro.org.

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