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Event listings for Friday, July 21, 2017

Performing arts

GREENFIELD "Chapatti": (See 7/20). . Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block). .

WILLIAMSVILLE The Rock River Players present "The Fantasticks": (See 7/20). . Williamsville Hall. .

PUTNEY "Mother Courage & Her Children": (See 7/20). . Next Stage Arts Project. .

BRATTLEBORO "Trump's Fifth Avenue: A Political Fantasia" presented by Shoot the Moon Theater Co: Derived from speeches, interviews and tweets by Donald Trump, artistic director Joshua Moyse has conceived a non-linear look into the culture of the iconic Manhattan street that Trump once famously said he could stand in the middle of and shoot someone without suffering political consequences. The cast of Elias Burgess, Terry Carter, Corrine Elisabeth, Josh Goldstein, Colin Grube, Jon Mack, and Xoe Perra take turns embodying the title character in addition to playing supporting roles for the various scenes. Michel Moyse provides video projections and Alistair Follansbee stage manages. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, July 22, 2017. $12 ($10 Brattleboro Museum and Art Center members). Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Melodrama Festival: "A Titanic Heist Or: None Too Soon! A Tale of Titanic Proportions!" is the Junior Melodrama, written by Nick Bombicino and directed by Taylor Patno and Kristina Meima. What happens when classic melodrama villains have to change with the times? They head to where the money is: Hollywood. The Dry Gulch Duo, Sting Sharply, and Ivan Hoffa, decide to up their game to game the system in 1930s silver screen fashion with insurance fraud on the new, upcoming talking picture, Titanic!, a film about the famous voyage. Join grand actors, undercover police, mustachioed villains, and a Canadian Mountie on their journey to stardom. "Eventually on Napkins" is the Senior Melodrama, written by Hayden Bunker and directed by Hayden Bunker and Raphi Shamas. Paralyzed by anxiety that she will never out-do her early success, Beatrix, a once-great playwright, has struggled for decades to follow up her critically acclaimed debut with a second masterpiece. But when she’s commissioned to produce another work, she embarks—with the help of her husband and trusty butler—on a journey of whimsical imagination and self-discovery as her ideas and characters spring to life upon the stage. 7/21: 6 p.m.; 7/22: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Through Saturday, July 22, 2017. $8 for admission to both Junior and Senior shows. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON "Mirror, Mirror, Show Me the Fairest World of All": This is a rollicking tale of villains from folk and fairy tales around the world who have a change of heart and start a crusade to unite the world in peace. As an audience participation piece, you will have a chance to be a part of the solution. There will be keepsakes and a challenge for the audience to take away with them. The Summer Encore theater troupe is in its 20th year. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (bring a picnic and dine on the lawn if the weather is nice). Free. Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Cmn. Information: 802-843-2404; Click to e-mail for more information.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "Take Care: Tales, Tips and Love from Women Caregivers" with author Elayne Clift: This collection of prose and poetry has 21 contributors from all over the country. 6 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Reservations: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Write Action Open Readings: Read your own work: poetry, prose, and/or come to listen to local writers. There is an 8-minute time limit for each reader. Refreshments will be served. Third Friday of every month. 7:30 p.m. (next to SuperFresh! cafe). Free; donations welcome. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information:

CHESTER "Take Care: Tales, Tips and Love from Women Caregivers" with author Elayne Clift: This collection of prose and poetry has 21 contributors from all over the country. 2 p.m. Free. Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 The Common. Information: 802-875-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO The Fourth Corner Foundation: The Fourth Corner Foundation has an exhibit at the River Garden through July. Foundation founder, Robert Shannon, will discuss his non-profit's mission, projects and events. The FCF is dedicated to providing a physical institution where creative ideas concerning sustainable practices are paramount. 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.

Ideas and education

WESTMINSTER WEST "Nuclear Power: Fukushima and the Waters of the World": TV anchor and investigative journalist, Rolland Smith, facilitates a community conversation. In 2011, Fukushima Daiichi caused a nuclear meltdown and permanent damage to several of its reactors--and radiation leaks continue. Members of the Living Earth Action Group believe that the ecological threat posed by Fukushima is not Japan's problem alone--it is an issue for the world, and it raises similar concerns about waste from other nuclear power plants including our region’s own Vermont Yankee. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend, with a special invitation to those with knowledge of the similarities between Vermont Yankee and Fukushima Daiichi. 5 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-2334; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Lynne Meryl Trio: Curated by Eugene Uman of the Vermont Jazz Center. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141,

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND West Townshend Farmers' Market: Vendors, pizza-making in the outdoor oven. Fahey's Fields plays Traditional Celtic Music. EBT and F2F accepted. 4 p.m. market opens behind the Store; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. music. Through Friday, October 06, 2017. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story (or a few) and make a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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. in Room 2E on Fridays. Donations welcome. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Richard Brady and Elisabeth Dearborn: 802-387-2382,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza every week. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:

BELLOWS FALLS TD Bank Vigil (Bellows Falls and Brattleboro): These peaceful vigils in front of the Brattleboro and Bellows Falls branches of TD Bank are intended to both inform our fellow citizens about and to protest the bank's financial support of tar sands and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Most importantly, the vigil is an act of public solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who have taken a courageous and principled stand to affirm their treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, and the protection of their lands, waters, cultural, and sacred sites. We are also calling out the State of VT for its extensive financial involvement with TD which is at odds with its energy policy. In fiscal year 2014, the State deposited almost 70% of its unrestricted cash in TD Bank (over $230 million based on average end-of-day balances) and during the 2-year period of FY13 and FY14, the state paid TD Bank almost $1.5 million in fees. The weekly Friday vigil at the Brattleboro branch has been highly successful in terms of educating people and convincing many to close their accounts or otherwise cease doing business with TD. We're hoping for similar results with the BF TD Bank vigil. noon - 1 p.m., 215 Main St., Brattleboro (signs available); 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Bellows Falls (bring signs). TD Bank (Bellows Falls), 22 Church St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141,

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