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Event listings for Saturday, July 22, 2017

Performing arts

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: (See 7/21). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .

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

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall": While local Guilford, VT, filmmaker John Scagliotti was news director at WBCN Boston in 1975, he was arrested by the vice squad and charged with "soliciting to commit unnatural and lascivious acts." A jury quickly brought a verdict: guilty as charged. Scagliotti fought that conviction all the way to the Supreme Court of Mass., and with the help of the ACLU, the initial ruling was overturned. It was a landmark decision for gays and lesbians, and for personal freedom. In this film, he brings the Boston arrest full-circle while ruminating on a bit of ancient graffiti on the Greek island of Astypalaia. In addition to traveling the world to tell this story, Scagliotti drew on talent from the Brattleboro area for many aspects of the film. Michael Hanish shot much of the cinematography. Matt Bucy, was the film's digital colorist. Dave Snyder was the film's Dir. of Recording from his studio Guilford Sound, where many local voices were recorded, including those of Suzanne d'Corsey, as the poet Sappho, and Guilford Selectman Richard Wizansky, as literary giant Oscar Wilde. Many local artisans also contributed: Bookbinder Susan Bonthron created an intricate tunnel book to visualize a lesbian love poem from Imperial China. Photographer Liz LaVorgna with the help of HB Lozito organized and shot a re-enactment of Natalie Clifford Barney's Paris salon at the Latchis Theater. The Belden Hill Boogie Band (Jeremy Gold, Susan Bonthron, Dave Hall, Patty Carpenter, and Joan Peters) composed a rendition of "I'm Goin' Home" for the film's section on Walt Whitman's influence on the early call for gay liberation. After the screening, Scagliotti will be joined by members of the crew for a lively Q&A session. 4 p.m. $15 (proceeds benefit Kopkind Colony's CineSLAM LGBT Short Film Festival). Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Tickets:


WILMINGTON Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert: Benefit for the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club. 8 p.m. Free. Historic Memorial Hall of Wilmington, 2 E. Main St. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call: Nashville Singer-Songwriter David Olney and Hungrytown: The Hungrytown folk duo will be opening for "Americana Pioneer" David Olney. Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades. Daniel Seymour, bass player, joins him onstage. Visit and 7 p.m. $10 at door. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information:

MARLBORO Marlboro Music 67th Season: Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 50, No. 6. Stephen Tavani, violin; Sirena Huang, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Matthew Zalkind, cello. Carter: 8 Etudes and a Fantasy. Francesco Camuglia, flute; Emily Beare, oboe; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Catherine Chen, bassoon. Dvorak: String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48, B. 80. Stephen Tavani, violin; Scott St. John, violin; Rosalind Ventris, viola; Rebecca Albers, viola; Alice Yoo, cello; Judith Serkin, cello. For aspiring young professional musicians, this is where they get to work on a piece, that they or their colleagues have suggested, for at least three weeks. Rather than being coached by Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida and members of some of the world's leading string quartets, they get to play alongside them (a concept initiated at Marlboro), exploring works in a depth not possible elsewhere. 8 p.m. (Concerts continue weekends through 8/13). $15 to $37.50. Marlboro College, 2582 South Rd. Brian Potter: 802-254-2394,

TOWNSHEND Ron Kelley Retirement Music Fest: Presented by Leland and Gray Friends of Music. Featuring: Leland & Grey Student & Alumni Showcase, Rebel Clefs, Ron Kelley Quartet, Samba Band, Bread & Puppet Circus Band, Choral Singing, Barn Party House Band, On the Lam Band, Barishi, Celebration Brass Band. Plus a bake sale. 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Dutton Gym. Free. Donations to the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund are welcome. Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School, 2042 VT Rte 30. Information:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Ice Cream Social at the Co-op: The community of Brattleboro is invited to join us for a free ice cream social featuring Wilcox Ice Cream. Enjoy an ice cream sundae, some kids' entertainment and opportunities to donate to Kidsplayce, Boys and Girls, or Youth Services. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on the Whetstone Pathway (across from the Co-op). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Saturdays. 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 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. 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.

TOWNSHEND "Power of Thought, the Power of the Heart, and the Power of Energy": Linda Dierks shares techniques she has developed for replacing old patterns and triggers with peace and calm. She will inform participants on how to use the power of thought and bio-energy exercises to shape a life of vibrancy, wellness, and joy. Linda’s failure to heal after treatment for breast cancer fueled her search to find the source of core wellness. After studying several alternative health modalities and wellness philosophies, she found accelerated healing and joy in the integration of science and spirituality and the accompanying power of thought. Her studies led her to energy medicine pioneer Donna Eden at the Omega Institute, the Barbara Brennan Hands of Light program, and the American Society of Dowsers. Dierks recently graduated from the Stillpoint Foundation as a Certified Intuitive Healer. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Grace Cottage Hospital, Heins Conf. Rm., 133 Grafton Rd. Pre-registration required: 802-365-3649.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Letters Through Bars: Write letters to incarcerated friends, loved ones, and other pen pals. Don't have someone to write to? We provide lists of US political prisoners and/or LGBTQ incarcerated folks looking for pen pals. We also provide envelopes, stamps, and other writing supplies. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by The Visitors: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794,

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