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Event listings for Friday, May 5

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Christopher Grace: Interactive Comedy Mind Reading and Psychic Show: Experience hilarious demonstrations of Chris's "In Your Head" style of mind reading. Classic and daring stunts from the circus and carnival sideshows. Astounding psychology, math, memory, endurance skills, pain resistance (with Chris's 80-year-old bear trap!), interesting uses of a 5-inch nail, and more--combining mental psychology and hypnosis in one performance. 8 p.m. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD "Our Enemy's Cup": This play is a drama by Guilford playwright Michael Nethercott. It's a study of betrayal, loyalty, and accountability set in occupied France during the Second World War. In the wake of a compromised Resistance action, the citizens of a small town are forced to judge one of their own, and, in doing so, make a fateful decision. Fri. and Sat: 7:30 p.m., Sun: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 07. $10 at door or online:. Guilford Center Stage, Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Ctr. Rd. Information: http://bpt.me/2792718.

DUMMERSTON "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee": Vermont Theatre Company presents this musical comedy. (Repeats 5/12-5/14). 5/5 and 5/6: 7 p.m.; 5/7: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, May 07. $16. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Reservations 802-258-1344, vtcreservations@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO "Keeping Company with Songs and Poems": Verandah Porche and Patti Carpenter: Verandah Porche and Patty Carpenter (long time friends and local celebrities) present this a benefit performance for Brooks Memorial Library. Jon Weeks, Draa Hobbs, and Wheeler Laird accompany them. 7 p.m. $12, $15, $25 sliding scale. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Nika Feldman:Textile Installation / Alebrijes:Animals from the Dream / Jose Benitez Sanchez:Huichol Yarn Paintings: Feldman created "Shadow Soul Silhouettes" with an inspiration to examine cultural identity collectively. The Alebrijes exhibit offers painted wood sculpture from two generations and three villages in the Oaxaca valley of southern Mexico. Sanchez has revived and maintained a teaching tradition linking spiritual art and practice for the Huichol community. . Through Tuesday, August 01. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO The Moondogs: Cinco de Mayo Celebration during Gallery Walk: The Moondogs play original instrumental music with a mix of contemporary styles. They have chosen a special repertoire for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration--music with a Latin Tinge and South-of-the-Border flavor. Compositions based on musical styles from Cuba, the Caribbean, and cultures of South America will enliven the atmosphere. Tangos, sambas, and rumbas, to name but a few dance types, will keep the spirits high and the toes tapping. Dante Corsano composes the songs and plays intricate finger-style guitar, Dennis Waring on vintage silver clarinet delineates the sweet melodies, bassist Dave Rountree provides the thumping foundation, and Adam Gebb fills out the sound with grooving percussion. Because of their varied musical backgrounds, the blend is interesting, tuneful, accessible, and fun. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

LONDONDERRY "The Economics of Happiness": This documentary spells out the social, spiritual and ecological costs of today's global economy and makes a strong case for localization. Doreen Fabiano and Carlene Lindgren, local activists for the environment and other important issues facing our world today, will be hosting the screening. 6 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. Discussion follows. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: 5 Ambassadors of Light (Jamie MacDonald, Claire Arenius and Eugene): 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Lounge. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Bard Owl: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. T. Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger deliver sweet harmonies, driving rhythms, old tunes and new. 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.

BELLOWS FALLS "Brother Sun": Acoustic trio Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks. 7:30 p.m. $20/$15 seniors and children under 12; $25/$20 at door; $45 in advance for premium seats up front. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Dance Night Fridays: Dance floor, light show, full bar, dinner, craft beer on tap. 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 Windham Orchestra: "Delight" will feature Dvorak's Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1, Prokofieff's Violin Concerto No. 2 with David Horak, and Respighi's Fountains of Rome. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $50. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 802-257-4523, www.bmcvt.org.

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. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free and open participation, but KidsPlayce fees apply if you want to stay and play afterwards. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212.

PUTNEY "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown": (See 5/4). . The Grammar School. .

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! (Repeats 5/12-5/14). Fri. 2 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Through Saturday, May 06. $13, $12 seniors, $10 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398, www.neyt.org.

W. BRATTLEBORO Annual Tag Sale at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church: Clothing for women, men and children; household items (vacuums, toaster ovens, lamps, books, toys, jewelry and more). The proceeds will support special projects at the church. Fri: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Through Saturday, May 06. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.

JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville Community Church Rummage, Tag & Bake Sale: Bargains. There will be four rooms of clothing and home goods, plus a huge indoor tag sale. Make sure to stop by the bake sale for some delicious goodies. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, May 06. Jacksonville Community Church, Rte. 112. Information: 802-368-7626.

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, msbfc@sover.net.

SAXTONS RIVER Two Shorts: "The Frog Prince" and "Graceland": David Mamet's "The Frog Prince" has a cast of Bellows Falls Union High School students retelling this classic children's fables. "Graceland" by Ellen Byron deals with the rivalry between two Presley fans to be the first to enter their fallen idol's lavish estate. Students taking part are Simon Bupp-Chickering, Zoe Schemm, Ellie Guyon, Emily Wunderle and Ian Richardson, while the Graceland rivals are played by Libby McCawley and Allie McGahie, fresh from their success in the recent MSA production of Sweeney Todd. Director is David Stern. 5/5 and 5/6. 7:30 p.m.; 5/7: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 07. $10, $5 youth. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

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, mountainsandriversmc@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Pain-free Without Pills: Yoga Can Help: Emily Wiadro, local yoga therapist and proprietor of healixyoga, discusses yoga and how it can assist your journey toward ease in your body without pain medication. Got questions? Got fears? Never thought yoga might be for you? Let's talk about it. 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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