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Event listings for Thursday, May 11, 2017

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Art Talk: Lauren Olitski Poster: Poster is a painter and sculptress who will talk about Light and Structure. We will trace the trajectory of her creative process, first by looking at photographs that capture an essence of light and form, and then by discussing her process in the studio. Finally, she will discuss how certain pieces by other artists have informed her philosophy. 6 p.m. $10. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Lisa Mendelsund:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Brattlemasters (local Toastmasters Club): "Responding to Change": There will be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Guests are welcome and invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. Lee Tice will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information:


PUTNEY Open Mic: 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Katys Great Food, 118 Main St. Information: 802-536-4196; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY The Silverback Swing Trio: Gus Hollingsworth, Dave Sullivan, and Mark Anagnostopulos perform hot jazz featuring accordion, violin, guitar, 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.

BRATTLEBORO The 90th All State Music Festival: This marks the fourth time Brattleboro has served as the host community for this event which brings together 425 of the state’s most talented high school musicians each year to rehearse and perform in the All State Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Chorus. On 5/11, students who earned top honors in the All State Scholarship competition perform. On 5/12, the All State Jazz Band performs. 5/13, the All State Chorus (featuring over 200 voices) performs as well as the All State Band. 5/11: 7:30 pm, 5/12: 7:30 pm in the auditorium. 5/13: 2 pm (All State Chorus), 4:30 pm (All State Band) in the gym. Through Saturday, May 13, 2017. Free on 5/11, $7 on 5/12, $10/$7 students/seniors for each 5/13 concert (or $15/$12 for both). Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 802-451-3511.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Jazz Center Ensemble Concert: For this end of the semester ensemble concert, six groups will perform a variety of styles, each in a 20-minute set. The Blue Note Ensemble will perform compositions that were released by the Blue Note record label during '50s and '60s. Examples could include themes penned and performed by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, and others. The women's Soubrette Jazz Choir (formerly The Vermont Jazz Center's Vocal Jazz Ensemble) will feature songs by Dan Hicks, Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen, Ben Patton, and more. The VJC Youth Jazz Ensemble is comprised of middle-school-aged youth led by Eugene Uman with a guest drummer. They'll perform compositions by Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island, Lady Bird (Tadd Dameron), and Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham). Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform compositions whose rhythms are based on the grooves from South American and the Caribbean. The Afro-Caribbean Percussion Ensemble will play three pieces from the folkloric repertoire of Cuba: rumba guaguancó, a flirtatious couple dance; bembe, music for the Afrocuban oricha deities; and rumba columbia, a virtuostic, competitive solo dance. VJC Sextet composes, arranges, and performs complex three-horn arrangements. 7 pm: Blue Note, 7:20: Soubrette, 7:40: VJC Youth Jazz, 8: Latin Jazz, 8:20: Afro-Caribbean, 8:40 VJC Sextet. $5 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Black Lives Matter: Members of Black Lives Matter VT and Lost River Racial Justice will sign up new members and discuss ongoing work for racial justice happening locally and around the state. The Lounge will offer a specialty cocktail for the occasion, with a portion of proceeds donated to BLM-VT. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Lounge, 4 High St. Ethan Hazzard-Watkins: 802-257-9234.

Kids and families

BELLOWS FALLS Community Meeting for New Youth Group: Friends for Change has begun creating an after-school and summer program that will serve the youth of Bellows Falls. This meeting is a chance to discuss all the great strides that have been made since last June's closure of the Boys and Girls Club in Bellows Falls. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Angel Card Readings with Linda Manning: Linda is a certified angel card reader and receives messages through a client's spirit guides. The client should leave the session with positive information and sometimes a sense of reassurance of what one already knows. noon - 1:00 p.m. (or 1:30 depending on participant numbers). Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

W. BRATTLEBORO West Brattleboro Association Meeting: Cassandra Holloway will follow the meeting by sharing the activities of the Prevention Coalition and its efforts to address and prevent substance abuse. Q&A. These monthly meetings are open to all residents and business owners, and anyone else interested in West Brattleboro. 6 p.m. in the Community Room. Free. Hayes Court, Garfield Dr. Michael Bosworth: 802-258-6475.

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