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Event listings for Friday, May 12, 2017

Performing arts

DUMMERSTON "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee": Vermont Theatre Company presents this musical comedy. 5/12 and 5/13: 7 p.m.; 5/14: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, May 14, 2017. $16. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Reservations: 802-258-1344,

WILLIAMSVILLE "The Shadow People": Rock River Players present this old-time radio drama. Audience participation for creation of sound effects is welcome. 7 p.m. Free. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Debbi Reed-Savory:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Reflections on Iran: The Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Agreement--through a photojournalist's lens": Would you like to know more about Iran than we learn from the headlines? What is the society like? How do the people differ from the government? What sorts of lives do Iranian women lead? How are foreigners treated? Photojournalist Randy H. Goodman captured life in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the hostage crisis and the Iran-Iraq war. She recently returned to Iran after 33 years to photograph yet another pivotal time in US-Iran relations: the signing of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Her portraits and street scenes, from both periods, present a unique perspective on that country's past and future, which she will share in this talk and slide show presentation. 6:30 p.m. coffee/tea/conversation, 7 p.m. talk followed by Q&A. Free. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 888-258-5665; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Mom's Day Out at the Co-op: Come to the Co-op to celebrate Mother's Day a few days early. There will be free goodie bags and carnations to the first 50 women, lots of samplings by producers from chocolatiers to cheese and health & beauty products, giveaways, free drawings, free classes, and lots of fun. Plus there will be a special yoga class. noon - 1 p.m. (11 a.m. yoga class in the Community Room). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-246-2821,

BRATTLEBORO Harlem Renaissance Ball: The event celebrates black culture and its significance to our collective U.S. history. Those attending are encouraged to wear garments that resemble the glamour and style of the Harlem Renaissance. Presented by SIT Graduate Institute’s Racial Justice Alliance. All proceeds will go to the Root Social Justice Center and the Refugees Welcome Group. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Free. Donations welcome. River Garden, 157 Main St. Steffen Gillom: 802-258-3358,


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.

BRATTLEBORO The 90th All State Music Festival: (See 5/11). . Brattleboro Union High School.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with the Turkey Buzzards: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Turkey Buzzards plays bluegrass and country rock. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 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.

BRATTLEBORO Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville: Traditional Quebecois music. The music of Quebec has had a profound influence on the dance music of New England and Lisa Ornstein, Normand Miron, and André Marchand are legends of Quebec's traditional music scene. Fiddler Lisa and guitarist/singer André first met as members of La Bottine Souriante, Quebec's longest-running powerhouse supergroup. Button-accordionist/singer Normand Miron and André have been bandmates in a number of groups, including the amazing a-capella trad band Les Charbonniers de l'enfer ("the coalmen from hell"). 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Info/tickets: 802-257-1819,


BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Quick Draw: Watch three speedy cartoonists go Sharpie-to-Sharpie to outdraw their opponents as they answer zany challenges by Quick Draw Quizmaster host Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange). See hilarious cartoon art cooked up right before your very eyes. Modeled on the famous crowd-pleaser at San Diego Comic-Con, this event showcases the talents of Mike Lynch (Playboy, The Wall Street Journal), Maria Scrivan (MAD, National Lampoon), and a special Mystery Guest. 802. $10. Whetstone Station, 36 Bridge St. Tickets: 802-257-0124 x 101,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Disney's "Alice in Wonderland Jr": Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature's most beloved heroines, on her madcap adventures in this fast-paced take on a classic tale by Lewis Carroll. This adaptation of the musical is set in a hospital, where a child's boredom gives way to imagination as the doctors, other patients, and hospital staff all transform into the strange characters of Wonderland. Featuring updated songs from Disney's animated motion picture, the worlds between make-believe and real become blurred as Alice is transported to a quirky, new, and wondrous world. From her first meeting with the White Rabbit, her adventures become increasingly strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!. Fri. 2 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 14, 2017. $13, $12 seniors, $10 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398,


BRATTLEBORO Jonas Cain: "Go The Distance!": Jonas Cain is a positivity expert, author, and comedy magician specializing in helping others live a more positive life. This new motivational magic show is about not accepting "good enough" as good enough and instead gaining the confidence needed to go further than you currently believe possible! This is accomplished by helping you identify at least one major "gap" that's holding you back from achieving more, and developing the confidence to overcome this gap and "Go The Distance.". 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.

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