News and Views




Life and Work


Submit your news

Submit commentary

Support us

Become a member


Print advertising

Web advertising

About us

Contact us

Privacy Policy

Event listings for Friday, July 7, 2017

Performing arts

PUTNEY Great River Theater Festival: 7 Theater Companies, 14 Shows, 4 Venues: . Through Sunday, July 09, 2017. Great River Theater Festival. Information: 802-869-2960,

BRATTLEBORO Open Air, Open Mic: Bring your music, dance, drama, comedy, or spoken word to Gallery Walk. Fantastic Wantastiquet and the Arts Council of Windham County are sponsoring this event. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. on 7/7; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on 7/8. Through Saturday, July 08, 2017. Free. Whetstone Walkway, 2 Main St. (opposite the Co-op entrance). Call John Wilmerding to book your show: 802-254-2826.

BRATTLEBORO "The Drowsy Chaperone": This story concerns a middle-aged, musical theater fan known only as Man In Chair as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit "The Drowsy Chaperone." The show comes to life onstage while he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. Laugh-out-loud funny, it lovingly skewers the tropes of early 20th century musical theater through the lives and action of the characters. Written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Directed by Rebecca Waxman, Mary Sugar is the Music Dir., Shoshana Bass, is the lead choreographer. (Continues 7/11-7/15). 7/7: 7 p.m.; 7/8: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; 7/9: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, July 09, 2017. $15, $13 seniors, $11 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Krakatoa Picnic" Reading with author James Heflin: "The unlikeliest thing keeps on happening so often you think it's normal." So states a line from the title poem of Heflin's original, searching, and wide-reaching debut volume, which dives right into the zeitgeist and tinkers with abandon. From a man who fashions a telescope only to look through the lens and see himself at an earlier time, to an unknown rider who dumps the bones of St. Thomas Aquinas into the Rhone; from a person who finds a tiny snake with jeweled eyelids under his tongue, to a night walk through a village of accordionists, Heflin’s world is bizarre yet recognizably our own, with dark and humorous underpinnings-- one step in a kitchen puddle, one step ahead of apocalypse. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Julia Zanes: Reception and Exhibit: "Red Houses on Islands": July 7 reception. Recent works--large oils and a multitude of works on paper. 7/7: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Thur. and Fri. and by appointment. Through Sunday, July 30, 2017. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Reception and Exhibit of Recent Linocuts from William Hays: July 7 reception. Hays' work captures the unique and magical landscape, architecture, and sense of place of Southern Vermont. Gallery in the Woods celebrates a banner year of accomplishments for the Brattleboro artist as he achieves national recognition for mastery in the complicated medium of linocut printing. 7/7: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. reception; The Moondogs will play music. Through Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Radical Wholeness" - A Talk and Weekend Workshop with Philip Shepherd: Shepherd is the author of "New Self, New World" and creator of The Embodied Present Process. On July 7, his talk, "Recovering Our Senses in the 21st Century," reveals our culture's long journey towards disconnection. More crucially, Philip shows how that disconnection is held in our bodies and is reinforced by our language, hierarchies, architecture, and values. But reconnecting with self and world can begin simply, by renewing our understanding of the body's intelligence--which in turn renews our story of what it means to be human. The evening includes simple, practical exercises to begin that process. 7/7: 7 p.m. talk. Through Sunday, July 09, 2017. $10 suggested donation for talk. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Workshop information (7/8 and 7/9): 802-387-5779,

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Summer Farm Supper: Salads, corn on the cob, strawberry shortcake. Eat in Memorial Hall or on the lawn. 6 p.m. $10, $5 ages 5-12, free for under age 5. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro's Tanabata-Obon Festival 2017: This festival celebrates two Japanese traditions--a double summer festival--in a single observance, downtown, during Gallery Walk. Obon is a celebration of ancestors and remembrance of loved ones and the departed. Tanabata is a star festival for communities to make wishes for the future (happening each year when the paths of two of the brightest stars, Vega and Altair, meet in the sky). The public is invited to walk a lantern-lit path to the Table of Remembrance. There will also be origami crane-making. All welcome and all ages. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St. Adam Silver: 802-257-7898,


BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Draa Hobbs 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 Yellow Barn Concert: Works by Jonsdottir, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Bartok, Janacek, and Shaw. 8 p.m. $28, $25 seniors, $14 students. Yellow Barn, 63 Main St. Information: 802-387-6637; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND West Townshend Farmers' Market: Vendors, pizza-making in the outdoor oven. The Merry Pranksters play fiddle tunes and folk. 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 together with a Brattleboro Food Co-op volunteer. Fridays. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free and open participation, but KidsPlayce fees apply if you want to stay and play afterwards. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Magic by George": George's fun-filled shows--exciting magic, lots of audience participation, and amusing family humor. Offered by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. 10:30 a.m. in the Living Memorial Park Rotary Theater (rain location: Nelson Withington Skating Facility). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext.

Community building

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,

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:

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Printmaking: Helen Schmidt and Leigh Niland teach this class which the public is invited to observe. The students in the sample class will be five adults and two children, some with printmaking experience, and some with none. A display on the walls features various type of prints with explanations of the processes used to make them. Printmaking, using a press or simply rubbing pressure, offers many ways to achieve interesting effects. It rewards experimentation with unexpected results, and also rewards precision with exact results. One print invariably leads to another in the quest to create interesting images. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., #201. Information: 802-257-1577; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Nicheibei Potters: Mikio Matsumoto and Cheryl Constantini: Working as a team and trained for several years in Japan, Mikio and Cheryl have been creating elegant, traditional high fire Japanese Folk Art Pottery since 1985. Classic tenmoku, ash, copper, and chabuten glazes meet contemporary design. . Through Thursday, August 31, 2017. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

We love and appreciate our advertisers!

... and we hope you do, too. This week’s Commons is brought to you by: