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Event listings for Friday, July 28, 2017

Performing arts

GREENFIELD "Chapatti": (See 7/27). . Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block). .

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Table Manners": A simple dinner at a family's country home evolves into a family squabble that Britain's playwright Alan Ayckbourn turns into delightful and thoughtful comedy. The house belongs to an unseen, tyrannical invalid woman whose unmarried daughter, Annie, cares for her. As the play opens, Annie's brother Reg and his wife Sarah have arrived to take care of Annie's mum so that she can get away for a weekend. Sarah assumes (incorrectly) that a tryst has been arranged with the local vet, Tom. Havoc ensues, especially when the rest of the family show up. The household explodes as siblings and in-laws engage in combat over love, marriage and things that have been bottled up for a lifetime. Featured are Sadie Fischesser as the lonely Annie with Bruce Holloway as her vapid next-door neighbor/boyfriend Tom; Nan Mann as the clueless Sarah with H. Sherman G. Morrison as her irritating husband Reg; and Mo Hart as the dominating Ruth, with Sam Murphy as her irrepressible husband Norman, who wants to make everyone happy. 7:30 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays through 8/19). Through Saturday, July 29, 2017. $15 ($8 students on Fridays). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Emily Monosson: "Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs to Protect Our Food and Health": For more than a century, we've relied on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. We rarely consider human and agricultural health together, but both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides. Patients suffer from C.diff, a painful, potentially lethal gut infection associated with multiple rounds of antibiotics; orange groves rot from insect-borne bacteria; and the blight responsible for the Irish potato famine outmaneuvers fungicides. Our chemicals are failing us. Scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature. Monosson explores science's most innovative strategies, from high-tech gene editing to the ancient practice of fecal transplants. There are viruses that infect and bust apart bacteria; vaccines engineered to better provoke our natural defenses; and insect pheromones that throw crop-destroying moths into a misguided sexual frenzy. Some technologies will ultimately fizzle; others may hold the key to abundant food and unprecedented health. Each represents a growing understanding of how to employ ecology for our own protection. Monosson gives readers a peek into the fascinating and hopeful world of natural defenses. Her book is full of optimism, not simply for particular cures, but for a sustainable approach to human welfare that will benefit generations to come. She is a toxicologist, a member of the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Dept. of Environmental Conservation at the University of Mass. Recently, her focus has turned toward the impact of industrial age chemicals and technology on food and medicine. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO ​Align with Your Best Self: ​Astrology helps people understand themselves in the context of time and cycle, as well as relationship and place. We as multidimensional beings have incarnated not just onto the 3-d earthly plane, but into the solar system. The planets are not separate from us. We are not separate from our environment, our world, each other, our heredity. The astrology chart is your personal map. Linda uses the language and art of astrology to help you understand yourself and function more effectively in the world. 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.


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,

PUTNEY The Seamus Egan Project: Featuring the founding member of the seminal Irish-American band Solas. Beginning with tunes from his 1996 album "When Juniper Sleeps," which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through music from his 20-year career with the band, and adding some brand new tunes, Seamus, with a band of friends and musical guests, continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond. Visit 7:30 p.m. $22 ($25 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: With MonoNeon (Prince), Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note) and Weedie Braimah. 10 p.m. $12 to $14. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Yellow Barn Concert: (See 7/27). . Yellow Barn. .

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND West Townshend Farmers' Market: Vendors, pizza-making in the outdoor oven. 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.

PUTNEY Storytelling: Storyteller Marv Klassen-Landis offers this children's program courtesy of the Children's Literacy Foundation's Summer Readers Grant and Putney Library. CLiF presenters tell stories, read aloud from books, and share their love of words, reading, and writing. Every child who participates chooses two books to keep from a wide selection of brand-new children’s books. For kids of all ages. 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. in the gym. Free. Putney Central School, 182 Westminster Rd. Information: 802-387-4407.

BRATTLEBORO Steven Lindholm: Kitara, Inc: Fun-filled and festive, Steven's songs and stories are brimming with humor, wit, and an engaging cast of characters. His albums have achieved critical acclaim, winning Children's Music Web Award, Parent's Choice, and iParenting Media Award. He performs nationwide for schools, libraries, theaters and other venues. Day Care groups welcome. Offered by TGIF Morning Matinees. 10:30 a.m. in the Rotary Theater (rain location: Nelson Withington Skating Facility). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808,


WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk, includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Led by Fred Taylor. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. (2nd and 4th Fri. of each month through 9/22). Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: 802-387-2681.

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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