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Event listings for Saturday, May 20

Performing arts

GUILFORD Play Auditions for Guilford Center Stage: Premiere 4 one-act plays by Jean Stewart McLean (1917-1963). Male/female actors age 20+. Prepare/bring dramatic reading 30 sec.-1 min. Also try a passage from a one-act. Stage helpers too. (Also 5/24). 5/20: 10 a.m. - noon; 5/24: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Guilford Center Stage, Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Ctr. Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Jonas Cain Presents: "Magic in Memoriam--4000 Years of Magic!": An interactive comedy magic experience that brings audiences through the fascinating history of magic. Experience the tricks that entertained ancient Pharaoh's. Witness the trick that stopped a 19th century Algerian rebellion. Be amazed by puzzling card demonstrations. 7 p.m. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Play Auditions for Guilford Center Stage: (See 5/20). . Guilford Center Stage, Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Ctr. Rd. .

Music

PUTNEY Caravan of Thieves and the Dupont Brothers: Songwriting duo Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, violinist Ben Dean, and double bassist Brian Anderson pay homage to the gypsy jazz of Django, the sweet harmonies of The Beatles and the '30s punk of Squirrel Nut Zippers, while creating their unique sound. Visit www.caravanofthieves.com. The Dupont Brothers play indie folk rock. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST BRATTLEBORO The Butterfly Swing Band: The band and guest vocalist Kate Nicolaou will be performing hot jazz for listening and dinner-dancing. 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Concert Choir: "Sanctuary": Under Susan Dedell's energizing direction, the Choir performs an inspiring and challenging repertoire, ranging from classic choral masterpieces to rarely heard, contemporary, or newly commissioned works. John Tavener Atma Mass; Ola Gjeilo Sunrise Mass (the spheres/sunrise/the city/identity and the ground); Paul Dedell, Sanctuary; Will Todd, The Call of Wisdom. With string orchestra and special guest Karen Guthrie, organ. Sat: 7:30 p.m., Sun: 4 p.m. Through Sunday, May 21. $15, $10 students. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-257-4523, http://bmcvt.org/concert-choir.

GREENFIELD Stephen Kellogg with Mikey Sweet: Kellogg has performed more than 1,500 concerts in more than a dozen countries, both solo and with a band. While he may not be a household name at present, he has persisted in building a substantial career which has landed him on stage with some of the biggest touring acts in the country (Train, Sugarland, OAR, Josh Ritter, to name a few), in the billboard charts, and with his songs as the backdrop of numerous films and TV shows (One Tree Hill, Men of a Certain Age, Mercy). Most importantly to him, he's ingratiated himself into the lives of his listeners. His Americana-tinged, sometimes folk, often rock, occasionally pop stylings can make him hard to define, and his most recent four part album "South, West, North, East" embraces the notion of genre splitting to the fullest. Sweet, with a sound characterized by deft guitar picking and a raw, haunting voice connects with listeners' hearts through the simple universal power of song. With a sound described as song-centric folk-Americana, he writes in the tradition of American storytelling shaped by such legends as Prine, Towns Van Zandt and Springsteen. 8:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. $20 to $30. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum Opens for the Season: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret the physical and cultural heritage of the Estey Organ Company and to promote the continued use and enjoyment of Estey organs. Come see the exhibits, including the Walk-Through pipe organ, play these beautiful instruments, and celebrate a portion of Brattleboro history. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. rear entrance. (Saturdays and Sundays through 10/8). $5 suggested donation; free for members. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge Street. Information: info@esteyorganmuseum.org.

Recreation

WESTMINSTER WEST Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association Hike to Vermont Champion White Ash: This tree is on WHPA property off Headwaters Trail. Hikers will be led to it by Carol Westing and Arthur Westing, a forester, who will discuss the factors that affect the health of this tree which is the largest White Ash in VT. Wear hiking shoes and bring water. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Meet at the church parking lot to carpool. (Rain date 5/21 at 10 a.m.). Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Registration requested: westing@sover.net, www.windmillhillpinnacle.org.

Kids and families

WILLIAMSVILLE Annual Williamsville/Newfane Talent Show: A decades-old tradition, this show features talented area performers, young and old. Dancing, singing, ukulele, guitar and piano playing, poetry-reading, juggling, and more. Among the acts will be Timson Hill School pre-schoolers; Bruce Rosow on classical guitar; David Roberts and Rob Hamm, vocalists; the Coynes, vocalists; Arik Clark, juggler; Chris Gray; vocalist; Ray and Lucinda Warren, dancers; Fred Lawrence, poet; Debbi Reed-Savory, actress; Fred Bacon, poet; Deb Feiner and Fred Homer, duo; Bahman Mahdavi and Gary Keiser, guitar and vocals; Johanna Gardner and Dan Dewalt, vocals and piano; Danny Brooks, song and story; Jason and Siena Sperling and students, vocals and instrumental; Breeze Verdant, foot drum, vocals, acoustic guitar; Annie Landenberger, vocalist; and Ned Phoenix and Marvin Bentley, The Barnstormers. Baked goods and refreshments--proceeds will support the Leland and Gray Players and Williamsville Hall. Sound is by Breeze Verdant; lighting courtesy of the Rock River Players. 7 p.m. $5 to $15 per family suggested donation. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Johanna Gardner: johannagardner@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Plant Sale: All plants come from the gardens of members of the Brattleboro Floral Arts and Garden Club. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Green Mountain Chapel, 480 Western Ave. Information: 802-254-5258; Click to e-mail for more information.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. Saturdays. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. By donation (all monies given to area non-profits). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO AIDS Project of Southern Vermont: Walk for Life: The Walk for Life will feature speakers, music by local singers Samirah Evans and Cyndi Cain, a brief period of remembrance, and a light lunch. The AIDS Project, established in 1988, is encouraging individuals, businesses, churches, schools and community groups to form teams to seek contributions for its work with clients in Windham, Bennington, and southern Windsor counties. This year's walk is sponsored by West River Family Dental, Caracal Consulting, Re-Pete Property Maintenance Service, and Brown Computer Solutions (who is donating an iPad for a $5-a-ticket raffle at the event). 10 a.m. - noon. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Karen Peterson: 802-254-4444, www.firstgiving.com/AIDSProject.

BRATTLEBORO Debtors Anonymous: For people who suffer from compulsive spending, chronic under earning, constant credit card debt, IRS problems, terminal vagueness about money and other financial issues. Debt coaches available. Free coffee. Saturdays. 10 a.m. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro School of Dance Annual Spring Concert: "Earth Dances": (See 5/19). . New England Youth Theatre. .

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