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Event listings for Thursday, July 27

Performing arts

GREENFIELD "Chapatti": The only thing preventing Dan from committing suicide is his dog, Chapatti. But his faithful companion cannot fill the hole in his life caused by the death of his life-long companion. Full of sharp humor and prickly compassion, playwright Christian O’Reilly introduces Betty, a similarly lost soul, with unpredictable consequences. Presented by Silverthorne Theater Co. 7:30 p.m. on 7/27-29, also 2:30 p.m. 7/29. Through Saturday, July 29. $18 to $20. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS "Leonardo Live: From the National Gallery, London": This feature film highlights what is considered the most remarkable exhibition of the 21st century--the largest ever collection of Leonardo's surviving paintings at the National Gallery in London. Given exclusive access to the opening night of the exhibition, the film captures the excitement of the occasion and provides a fascinating exploration of Leonardo's great works. Art historian and broadcaster Tim Marlow offers his insight into the great masterpieces and invites the opinions of the curators, restorers, and other specially invited guests. Interwoven is an insightful biography filmed at the locations of Leonardo's life as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the preparations of what was undoubtedly a once-only exhibition which also included the first newly attributed Leonardo in over a century. Presented in partnership with RAMParts Presents and Exhibition on Screen. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $10. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: www.rampartstickets.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Making and Using Local Herbal Medicines: Local plant medicine, like local food, is an excellent way to support overall health for you and your family. Join Cindy Hebbard in an outdoor classroom (weather permitting) for practical talk about identifying and using powerful local herbal remedies. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Celebrations and festivals

BELLOWS FALLS Greater Falls Connections BBQ: This annual potluck celebrates inspiration, community, and prevention. There will be an official announcement of this year's Active Community Engagement winner. Bring a dish to share, if you like; hamburgers and hot dogs provided. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Recreation Center, 10 Playground Rd. Scott Sharland: 802-463-9927 x 213, scott@greaterfallsconnections.org.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Disturbing the Peace": Jerusalem Peace Builders and Windham World Affairs Council: This is a feature documentary on the personal struggles of Israeli and Palestinian soldiers who formed "Combatants for Peace." Introduction and discussion with director/producer Stephen Apkon, plus a group of Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth leaders participating in Brattleboro's Jerusalem Peacebuilders Interfaith Leadership Institute who will lead small group discussions with the audience, including a large group of Iraqi teenagers in town for a program at the School of International Training (SIT). 6 p.m. (arrive 10 min. early). Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Pre-registration required: /www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

PUTNEY "Where the Rivers Flow North": Special Screening honors Howard F. Mosher: Filmmaker Jay Craven will give a 20-minute talk about writer Howard Frank Mosher who passed away in January. "My Life, So Far, With Howard" details his often daunting exploits, making the films, and humorous experiences. Set in 1927 Vermont, the film tells the story of an old Vermont logger and his Native American mate who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land. It stars Rip Torn, Native American actress Tantoo Cardinal, and Michael J. Fox. Proceeds from Craven's tour will support digitization and preservation of the Mosher films and preparation and production of study materials for schools and communities. 7 p.m. $12. The Gleanery restaurant offers a 20% discount to those also attending the film. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Latin & Caribbean Percussion Class: Drums and songs of Cuba, Brazil, and elsewhere in the African Diaspora. Rhythmic skills and creativity. Instruments include conga, bongo, shekere, bells, guiro, claves, surdo, tamborim, and more. Traditional rhythms such as rumba, bembe, and samba de roda; band styles including son, salsa, samba, soca, zouk. Julian Gerstin has taught percussion for over 30 years and leads the Julian Gerstin Sextet. Instruments provided. Beginners to advanced; adults and mature teens. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays (except for 8/10). Through Thursday, August 31. $15. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: julian@juliangerstin.com.

PUTNEY Yellow Barn Concert: 7/27: Works by Widmann, Stockhausen, Haydn, and Brahms. 7/28: Works by Beethoven, Ligeti, Zemlinsky, and Widmann. 8 p.m. Through Friday, July 28. 7/27: $18, $16 seniors, $12 students; 7/28: $25, $22 seniors, $12 students. Yellow Barn, 63 Main St. Reservations: 802-387-6637.

Recreation

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Trail Walk for Seniors: Guided walk for seniors on the Weeks Forest Carriage Trail. Suitable for all who enjoy walking. It is short, smooth, level and shaded. Water and snacks will be available. There are benches along the trail and companions who will stay with slower walkers. We will drive folks a short distance from the Library to the trail head. Sponsored by Guilford Cares. 7 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Guilford Cares: 802-579-1350, gcares@comcast.net.

Kids and families

BELLOWS FALLS Summer Lunch: Youth 18 and younger eat for free every weekday. 11:15 a.m. - noon. Through Wednesday, August 16. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Green-Up Girl Part 1--Living a Green Lifestyle: Ages 8-14. Thrive Thursdays is a summer series. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Registration required: 802-254-5290 x 110, cr@brookslibraryvt.org.

PUTNEY Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of each month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Spiritual Purification with the Ascended Masters: Meet and Greet with Alley Brook: This is a preview to a workshop being held this weekend. Alley leads this discussion about how to evolve spiritually, what it looks like to unravel your onion, and how to connect to the Beings of Light while evolving your spiritual potential. 12 p.m. - 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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