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Event listings for Friday, April 28, 2017

Performing arts

PUTNEY Sandglass Theater: "Babylon": This is the first full work-in-progress showing of Babylon, with an additional fundraising package for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program after the show. Babylon is a piece about refugees: their journeys, traumas, and challenges to resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas, known as crankies, with choral singing. Sandglass has been developing this piece for two years, and will begin touring in Autumn of 2017. Babylon is the name of an ancient city in what is now Iraq. Its ruins lie 59 miles southwest of Baghdad. This fallen, mythic civilization becomes, for us, a metaphor for the destruction and destabilization that is leading much of the world into a refugee crisis of mythic proportion. Babylon is a response to the rapidly escalating world crisis of asylum seekers. The piece looks at the relationship of refugees to their lost homelands, to their new homelands and languages, and to other migrants who are fleeing violence. Material has been developed through interviews with resettled refugees, and the piece intends to offer audiences an understanding of a refugee’s plight, the challenges to resettlement. Babylon also explores the challenges in our own lives and communities in response to this migration. In an effort to understand the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges that face refugees, Sandglass is working with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, one of 76 agencies in the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Friday evening’s performance is followed by a preview reception that includes dessert, conversation with Amila Merdzanovic, Director of VRRP, and time to meet the artists and directors of Babylon. Friday’s post show events are a fundraiser for the VT Refugee Resettlement Program. The show is co-directed by Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater and Roberto Salomon of Teatro Luis Poma, El Salvador. Music is composed by Brendan Taaffe, with a percussion score by Julian Gerstin. Cast includes Shoshana Bass, Kei Ching, Jay Gelter, Terrell Jones, and Kalob Martinez. The puppets are characters, but also metaphors for a world of strangers among us who do not always have voices we can hear or understand, and for whose stories we do not always have the time or attention span. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, April 29, 2017. $18, $16 seniors/students ($40 includes fundraising reception Friday after the show). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051,

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Poetry: April is National Poetry Month. Enjoy poetry from community members Nye Ffarrabas, Leigh Marthe, Bruce Hesselbach, Ross Thurber, Andy Burrows, and Megan Buchanan, and music. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048.


PUTNEY Club Night Fridays: Dance floor, light show, full bar, dinner, craft beer on tap, dancing. 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Fridays. No cover. Katys Great Food, 118 Main St. Information: 802-536-4196; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Eli Dworkin: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Eli Dworkin plays gypsy jazz, traditional folk tunes, and original music on accordion. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie; donations are appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

SAXTONS RIVER Big Woods Voices: These four singers share a passion for a cappella harmony: Soprano Amanda Witman, co-leader of the Brattleboro Pub Sing with Tony Barrand; alto Becky Graber, leader of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus and Animaterra Women's Chorus in Keene; tenor Will Danforth, singer-songwriter and traditional acoustic artist; and Alan Blood on bass, member of Blanche Moyse Chorale, I Cantori, Blue Moon, House Blend. 7:30 p.m. $12 ($15 at door). Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD Conway Tornado Relief Fundraiser: Trailer Park, Carinae, Headband, Rocky Hill Revival, Nate Martel, and more. 7 p.m. - midnight. $10 to $30 sliding scale. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD La Voz de Tres with Paul McCandless: Guitarist Jason Ennis, vocalist Natalie Bernal, pianist Michael Eckroth, and special guest, multi-instrumentalist, Paul McCandless (an original member of the Paul Winter Consort) combine elements of South American folklore with jazz, Brazilian music, Latin jazz, Nueva Trova, and Chamber music. 7 p.m. $15 to $20 sliding scale. Wendys Soiree. Call Wendy for directions: 802-254-6189.

BRATTLEBORO Acoustic Folk Blues and Gospel: Michael Hertz on guitar and Bunny Macauley, singer, on harmonica. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Patty Carpenter Dysfunctional Trio: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Lounge. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story (or a few) and make a healthy snack together with a Brattleboro Food Co-op volunteer. Fridays. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free and open participation, but KidsPlayce fees apply if you want to stay and play afterwards. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Basics Recipes: Feed four for under $10 with delicious dishes we're demonstrating. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Demo Counter, across from the Deli. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Sitting and Walking Meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: Offered by the Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. on Fridays in Room 2E. Donations welcome. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Richard Brady and Elisabeth Dearborn: 802-387-2382,

Community building

DUMMERSTON "Regenerating Our Soils": Transition Dummerston Monthly Potluck and Program: Learn how healthy living soil draws down carbon from the atmosphere, increases resilience to floods and drought, and improves food's nutritional value. With Edible Brattleboro's Marilyn Chiarello and Marlene Everingham. 6 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. conversation. Free. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd. Bill:

BELLOWS FALLS Greater Falls Connections: Drugged Driving: Discussion will focus on the latest state and national trends around high driving, which is a particular area of concern with the changing social norms around cannabis use. While the number of fatally injured drivers due to drinking alcohol has been on the decline, fatally injured drivers testing positive for drugged driving have been on the rise. Learn more about this issue and help the coalition take action. noon - 1:30 p.m. Free. Parks Place Community Center, 44 School St. Information:

BELLOWS FALLS TD Bank Vigil (Bellows Falls and Brattleboro): These peaceful vigils in front of the Brattleboro and Bellows Falls branches of TD Bank are intended to both inform our fellow citizens about and to protest the bank's financial support of tar sands and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Most importantly, the vigil is an act of public solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who take courageous and principled stands to affirm their treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, and the protection of their lands, waters, cultural, and sacred sites. We are also calling out the State of VT for its extensive financial involvement with TD which is at odds with its energy policy. In fiscal year 2014, for example, the State deposited almost 70% of its unrestricted cash in TD Bank (over $230 million based on average end-of-day balances) and during the 2-year period of FY13 and FY14, the state paid TD Bank almost $1.5 million in fees. The weekly Friday vigil at the Brattleboro branch has been highly successful in terms of educating people and convincing many to close their accounts or otherwise cease doing business with TD. We're hoping for similar results with the BF TD Bank vigil. noon - 1 p.m., 215 Main St., Brattleboro (signs available); 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Bellows Falls (bring signs). TD Bank (Bellows Falls), 22 Church St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141,

BRATTLEBORO Inclusion Center: Bring your own lunch, art, dance, Sadelle with teach about labyrinths and we'll walk one one, discussion. 11:30 a.m. lunch, 2 p.m. labyrinth. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information:

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:

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