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Event listings for Thursday, May 4

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY Artist Reception--"Views and Perspectives": Oil Paintings by David Rohn: Rohn is a watercolor and oil painter. Exhibit continues to May 24. 5/4 reception: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Before Words": Artist Torin Porter: "Art arrives at a part of ourselves which understands immediately and intuitively. It can take our breath (words) away, giving a feeling of being suspended from thought structures. It is at that moment we are most connected with the work."(6/10 Artist Talk). 5/4: opening: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.; 6/10: Artist Talk: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Through Wednesday, July 19. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Lecture: Muqarnas in Islamic Architecture: In conjunction with the exhibit "Luminous Muqarna: Soo Sunny Park," Mohammed Abdelaal will give a talk on Islamic architecture. Abdelaal is the co-founder of Hampshire Mosque in Amherst. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

DUMMERSTON "Lessons from the Long Trail, or How Twenty-five Days Changed My Life": Newfane resident and writer Deborah Lee Luskin will talk about her 2016 through-hike of The Long Trail, the oldest recreational footpath in the US. Walking and talking, Deborah and her friend reached the Canadian border with new ideas about how to live more mindfully. Sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission. 7 p.m. Free; donations appreciated. Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Rte. 5. Information: 802-257-0012, info@dummerstonconservation.com.

BELLOWS FALLS "Beyond Perennials: Using Woody Plants, Stone, Art and Whimsy to Enhance the Landscape": Henry Homeyer will also give tips for making trees and shrubs thrive, including old favorites and lesser known beauties. For over 17 years, Henry's been writing a weekly gardening column that appears in newspapers around New England. He's the author of four gardening books, some of which will be on sale after the event--along with his favorite weeding tool, the CobraHead. 6:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

PUTNEY "Betting on Zero" (Official Selection, Tribeca FF 2016): Billionaire hedge fund titan Bill Ackman takes a billion dollar short position in Herbalife, alleging it's a pyramid scheme destined to collapse. The film chronicles Ackman’s feuds with Herbalife CEO/investor Carl Icahn and the resulting controversy over both the short and Herbalife's business practices. Presented by Bloomberg News reporter Christine Richard. Part of the series [framed]. 7:30 p.m. - 9:10 p.m. Q&A follows. $10 ($12 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

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.

BRATTLEBORO Free-Style Piano Playing and Singing with Mickey Stewart: 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.

Kids and families

PUTNEY "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown": Charles Schulz's beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner's classic musical, presented by the 7th and 8th grades. The whole crew is here: bossy Lucy is desperately in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who is completely oblivious to her feelings, perfectionist Sally is still making fun of blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and inept but ever hopeful Charlie Brown is still searching for what it means to be a good person. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine's Day to Beethoven Day, and from wild optimism to utter despair. Watch as these entertaining characters navigate the joys and pitfalls of childhood: chaotic baseball games, unrequited valentines, World War I flying beagles, and five-cent psychiatry. 7 p.m. Through Saturday, May 06. $10, $5 students/alumni, $25 families. The Grammar School, 69 Hickory Ridge Rd. S. Reservations: 802-387-5364 x 101.

BRATTLEBORO Celebrate Star Wars: Make Star Wars crafts, participate in a scavenger hunt, and check-out your favorite Star Wars books. Wear costumes, but please leave your light saber at home. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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