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Event listings for Wednesday, July 12

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The Drowsy Chaperone": (See 7/11). . New England Youth Theatre. .

Ideas and education

KEENE The Truth About Cancer: "The NOCEBO Effect, Healing Vaccines, Advanced Detoxing and Going Inside a German Cancer Clinic": No patient should consider treatment of cancer without first doing research about alternative therapies as well as the conventional ones. While most physicians genuinely care about their patients, their training is primarily biased toward pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to treatment. This DVD series hosted by Ty Bollinger, TheTruthAboutCancer.com, covers the most successful alternative treatments to cancer and the powerful stories of the victors. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Country Life Restaurant, 15 Roxbury St. Judy Antell: 603-943-2195.

BRATTLEBORO "Democracy in America": This forum presents current strategies for reforming the campaign finance system and Citizen's United. Garrett Whitney, an activist in Our Revolution – Massachusetts (ORMA), brings his experience to this event as will a representative from Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). Other local leaders are invited to join the discussion. 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.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "Pirate Radio" (R): Benefit for Black Sheep Radio: This cult comedy screening is loosely based on the story of Radio Caroline, the floating radio station opened on the North Sea in the 1960s. Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman as the ringleader of a team of rogue DJs broadcasting the new pop music from international waters to the UK, it's a parable about freedom and its cost but the heroes are clearly those who buck the system. For an American audience steeped in free speech and unbridled entrepreneurialism, it's difficult to imagine a world in which broadcasters had to go to sea in peacetime to reach an audience. This goofy story isn't that far from the truth. With the government firmly in control of the airwaves throughout the UK, even pop music had trouble finding an audience as the national broadcasting regulators were in the pocket of large studios and labels. By 1965, several radio visionaries had put together investment in these floating transmitter ships; by the middle of the decade they had an audience in the UK of nearly 23 million people. Kept alive by advertising dollars as well as the rebellious spirit of youth culture, the stations fought the British government who finally forbade their operation under the Marine Broadcasting Offenses Act of 1967. By then, recognizing the unstoppable cultural and financial juggernaut that pop music would become, the government inaugurated BBC Radio One which took its model almost directly from the exploits of another pirate radio station, Radio London, also anchored in the North Sea. Much of the talent on the nascent BBC Radio One was pulled directly from Radio London including the BBC's longest serving presenter, John Peel. In America, the heyday of pirate radio was in the late 1990s after telecommunications deregulation led to the consolidation of the radio dial into the hands of just a few companies. By 1999, dozens of pirate stations had sprung up to diversify the local airwaves, including Radio Free Brattleboro, eventually closed by the FCC. After much national organizing and protest, the FCC created the new Low Power FM license in 2004, for which the folks who founded WOOL applied and were granted, making WOOL one of the first Low Power FM stations in the country. The spirit of rebellion, sandwiched between the ridiculous exploits in this much ballyhooed film, Pirate Radio, has inspired community broadcasters since the earliest years of radio. You can honor that spirit with your attendance. 7:30 p.m. $5. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Information: 802-463-4766; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

GREENFIELD Karaoke: 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. every Wednesday. Free. Hawks & Reed (The Wheelhouse), 289 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON Kevin Parry: Parry plays new and used blues and other tunes on barbecue night. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-234-8700, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Drop-in Scrabble: All game paraphernalia provided. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the History Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

CHESTER "The Abenaki and Nature": Thousands of years ago, Abenaki people relied on nature to survive, making clothing and building shelters from natural materials. Their food came from hunting, gathering, and fishing so knowing all about the natural world was very important. Come listen to Native American stories, play traditional games, make a craft, and imagine daily life before roads, stores, and electricity. Presented by The Nature Museum. 1:30 p.m. Free. Whiting Library, 117 Main St. Information: 802-875-2277.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Yoga with Dante: Relax and reinvigorate--the best of both worlds. Postures are accompanied by conscious breathing. Crystal bowl sound healing, meditation, some chanting. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. noon - 1 p.m. Free for shareholders. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

PUTNEY Al-Anon: For friends and relatives of alcoholics. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266; www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

BRATTLEBORO Changing Tides: Mental Health Peer Support Group: Confidential. Sponsored by Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tyler Conference Room on Wednesdays. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-579-5937, www.vermontpsychiatricsurvivors.org.

Arts and crafts

WARDSBORO Scratchboard Demonstration: Scratchboard art is a form of direct engraving on a hardboard covered in white clay after which a thin layer of black ink is applied? The artist then scratches off the dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. Jan Elliott, Artist of the Month, offers this demo. 7 p.m. Free. Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St. Information: 802-896-6988; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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