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Event listings for Saturday, April 22, 2017

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Eugene Onegin": The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Soprano Anna Netrebko stars opposite Peter Mattei in the title role in Tchaikovsky's opera about a selfish hero who lives to regret his rejection of a young woman's love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend. 12:30 p.m. $22, $10 students ($20 for MET Club Forever members). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717; Click to e-mail for more information.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Letters Through Bars: Write letters to incarcerated friends, loved ones, and other pen pals. Don't have someone to write to? We provide lists of U.S. political prisoners and/or LGBTQ incarcerated folks looking for pen pals. We also provide envelopes, stamps, and other writing supplies. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Teen Poetry, Prose, and Pizza Slam: Presented by the Brattleboro Literary Festival, writers 18 and under are encouraged to sign up to read their original poem or prose. Winner receives $100 and will be published online at Green Mountains Review. Runner-up receives $50. Door prizes and a raffle featuring gift certificates from Duo Restaurant, J.D McCliments Pub, Vermont Country Store, Buzzy's Pizza, Amy's Bakery, Brown and Roberts, Baskin Family Farms, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, and more. Pizza from Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza will be served at intermission. Winners will be chosen by judges Tim Weed (author of Will Poole's Island and A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing), Heather Wells Peterson (Brattleboro author whose been published in American Short Fiction, Marie Claire, Subtropics, Bellevue Literary Review, Lit Hub, Lucky Peach and The Collagist), and Chard deNiord, (Poet Laureate of Vermont and the author of 5 books of poetry and a book of essays). Sponsors: Chroma Technology and Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, Silver Forest, New Chapter, Harlow Farm, Vermont Country Store, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Howard Printing, Guilford Sound, and the Boys & Girls Club. 7:30 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St. Information: 802-254-5990; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

ROCKINGHAM The Resistance Multi-Dimensional Art Exhibit: The Resistance is an exhibit of two- and three-dimensional art, poetry and song exploring the spectrum of art-making in social commentary and political action. From sublime contemplation to profane propaganda, the visceral reaction of artists to political change is historically intrinsic in the progressive march of culture and politics. The Resistance is an exploration of and reflection by current voices reacting to the cruel, primitive policies perpetrated by the current Trump Administration. Artists working in a variety of mediums within a 100-mile radius of Bellows Falls have created art in paint, collage, assemblage, poetry and song. Troubadours and poets will perform their originals and some beloved favorite protest songs. The community is invited to participate in a Call to Action--writing postcards to political leaders-- cards supplied by artists and featuring their work. The Resistance is organized and curated by local artist Jeanette Staley in conjunction with the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Rockingham Arts and Museum Project, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-463-3252,


BRATTLEBORO Just Dance: An Apocalyptic Dance Horror Comedy Show: Original dance works by Cyndal Ellis and Toni Nagy with live music by Maria Pugnetti, all interspersed within a three act play written and directed by Toni Nagy. The story follows a struggling artist desperate to save her dance company in the fallout of a volatile political climate. She faces an ultimatum that strikes at the heart of her art and core values, but the decision could make or break her career. 6:30 p.m. $15, $12 students/seniors. SoBo Studio, The Cotton Mill, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #346. Reservations: 802-258-7378,

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Film and Conversation on Earth Day: "A Will for the Woods" is the story of one man's quest for Green Burial. Sponsored by Taking Steps Brattleboro. 2:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GREENFIELD Dave Noonan's Green Island & Kate Lorenz Band: Earth Day celebration. 8 p.m. $8 ($10 at door). Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Alki Steriopoulos, Jazz Pianist: Alki has prepared a program of classical music re-imagined with jazz stylings and reharmonizations. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $17 general ticket in advance, $13 senior/student, $35 premium. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Dinner Music: Dancing hands, Marimba and bass, Jazz and improv, Brad Hammond, Eric Rhomberg. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Donations for music appreciated. Katys Great Food, 118 Main St. Reservations recommended: 802-536-4196; Click for more info on Web in new window.


LONDONDERRY Backyard Composting Workshop: There will be a limited number of backyard compost bins at a reduced rate for those who attend the workshop. Presented by the Northeast Resource Recycling Association and the Londonderry Solid Waste Group. 10 a.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Reserve your spot: 802-824-4343.


BRATTLEBORO Super Bike & Fun Day: Bike registration, fun stations, and bagels donated by The Works. Team East will put on a BMX Show. Staff from Rescue, Inc. will help with bike tuning; children should bring their bikes. Windham County Safe Kids will be selling helmets. Sponsorship of the reduced cost for helmets was made possible by the Kiwanis Club. Sponsored by The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks, Windham County Safe Kids, and the Brattleboro Police Dept. 10 a.m. - noon in the Multi-Purpose Area (Rain location is the Nelson Withington Skating Facility). $10; $5 for youth under 16. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Thoughtful Trasher Earth Day Celebration Art Class for Kids: Honor the Earth by learning how to dispose of our trash with awareness, compassion, and creativity. In this class, kids will learn to become a "thoughtful trasher" by becoming aware of types of trash, where to place each type at the Co-op and other places, and by helping us make creative models to place above our Café trash bins to guide others to thoughtful trashing. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

WESTMINSTER WEST Vernal Pool Walk on Earth Day: What better way to celebrate the bounty, fragility, complexity, and interconnectedness in the natural world than by taking a guided walk to examine some vernal pools and the fascinating creatures that depend upon them for survival and reproduction. Becky Chalmers, Wetland Ecologist for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, will lead this family-oriented program and discuss the different animals found in vernal pools and Vermont’s rules to protect those special places and their inhabitants. All ages welcome. Wear waterproof boots. 10 a.m. carpool to mystery site - noon (Bug repellent not allowed on hands if you handle creatures that we find). Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Register: 802-869-1166,,

BRATTLEBORO New England Center for Circus Arts Workshops: (See 4/21). . New England Center for Circus Arts. .

BRATTLEBORO Showcase of Circus: Spring 2017 Invitational: Works by visiting performers, PROTrack Performance Program graduates, and new works by current NECCA students. Performers confirmed to date include Angola Murdoch and Holly Treddenick, Xochitl Sosa, David Corlew and Kate Braland, and Christie Cahill and Amy Schulster. 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. $15, $10 kids under 12, $35 front row. New England Center for Circus Arts (at the Austine School), 130 Austine Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Rally for Science Brattleboro features Bill McKibben on Earth Day: Attractions include presentations and talks centering on science, education, and the environment. This presentation is an official satellite event of the national Rally for Science. The day centers on science, STEM learning (science, technology, education, and mathematics), and the environment. Bill McKibben, founder of and author of over a dozen books about the environment, will address attendees via a video message, recorded especially for this event. Presentations are family-friendly. Organizations appearing at the rally will include Community College of Vermont, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, and others. Positive Geek is sponsoring this event with Latchis Arts and Patch of Sky Farm of Guilford co-sponsors. noon - 5 p.m. Free. Positive Geek, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-246-1150,

BRATTLEBORO Development-Wide Yard Sale: Over 10 Households, maps, and listing available on-site. Sponsored by Westgate Housing. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Sunday, April 23, 2017. Westgate Housing Inc., 50 Westgate Dr. Information: 802-257-2430; Click to e-mail for more information.


PUTNEY "Spiral of Light": This store is a new local source for herbs, teas, tinctures, essential oils, jewelry, books, New Age, Fair Trade gifts, and more. Every other Saturday it offers a meditative space to bathe in healing light. With Eric Tackeff. noon - 1 p.m. Donations appreciated. Nightingale Upstairs, 126 Main St. Information: 617-901-5135,

BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. Saturdays. 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. By donation (all monies given to area non-profits). Yoga Locally, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, The Loft #A-209. Information: 802-275-4403; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Zumba Fitness: Cardio dance to Latin and world music. No experience necessary. Every Saturday. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $8, free for ages 14 and under. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Rachael Shaw: 802-869-3184.

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