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Event listings for Thursday, August 24

Visual arts and shows

SAXTONS RIVER "Win, Lose or Draw: My Journey through Cancer": Artist JoAnne Russo used her love of nature and artistic talent to put a face on her cancer, using drawing as an outlet for the anger the illness caused her. Because she leads an active life and eats a healthy diet, Russo was taken aback by her cancer diagnosis. Her drawings feature bugs, plants and birds - things that she loves, incorporating creepy insects flying around or even hiding in plain sight. The early drawings have sinister and cadaverous overtones, but, as her treatment wound down, the flowers, trees and insects took on healthier appearances to match her own more hopeful feelings. Windham Gallery. Through Friday, October 13. Free. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Multimedia

PUTNEY The Silverback Swing Quartet: Dave Sullivan, Gus Hollingsworth, Alton Lathrop, and Mark Anagnostopulos, will be playing hot jazz featuring violin, accordion, guitars, and vocals. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Thursdays in August). No cover. The Gleanery, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-3052; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

WILMINGTON Scams and Schemes: Alan Baker addresses the wide array of scams and schemes that are just waiting to get to our computers, our telephones and bank accounts. Presented by The Aging in Place Initiative, which has been hosting lectures/roundtable discussions on subject matter of interest to elders as well as just about anyone else. 3 p.m. in the Community Room. St. Marys in the Mountains Episcopal Church, 95 E. Main St.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "Vermeer and Music--The Art of Love and Leisure": The National Gallery of London offers a fresh look at arguably one of the greatest artists of all time, painter of the "Girl with a Pearl Earring." In their exhibition, music is featured as one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting. This subject reveals much about Vermeer, who died in 1675 at age 43. A moderately successful Dutch painter known for his domestic interior scenes of middle-class life, which he painted in two rooms from his small home in Delft, a city in the Netherlands, He worked deliberately with attention to every detail. He used very expensive pigments which he could ill afford. Vermeer’s status as a painter was rediscovered in the 19th century when he was noted as a master painter of the Dutch Golden Age (17th century) alongside Rembrandt. Offered by RAMParts Presents in partnership with Exhibition on Screen. 7 p.m. $10. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: www.rampartstickets.com.

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. Through Thursday, August 31. $15. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: julian@juliangerstin.com.

BRATTLEBORO Lakou Mizik: This Haitian band plays a unique blend of traditional vodou music with modern pop/soul styles and high energy shows have earned them fans around the world. They just completed performances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Edmonton Folk Festival. Visit www.lakoumizik.com. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $15. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD Aliya Cycon Project--Album Release Concert: Founded and led by the first female 'oud player to graduate Berklee College of Music, Cycon's jazzy and soulful compositions combine characteristics of traditional Arabic music to create an unforgettable East-meets-West experience, and seeks to uplift and inspire listeners. Along with leading the band on her 'oud and voice, she composes and arranges all their repertoire. The band members represent many different countries and cultures, including Iran, Dominican Republic, and Palestine. As a natural result, the group's sound has taken on aspects of each member’s cultures. Each of her compositions create original twists on traditional rhythms and melodies which characterize Arabic music. Some pieces are up-tempo as they dance through intriguing rhythmic patterns, while others are deep and introspective and seduce listeners through repetitive melodic motives. She often performs on her Godin electric oud, furthering the fusion of traditional and contemporary. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10 to $15. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

DUMMERSTON "The Hurricane of 38" with author Stephen Long: On September 21, 1938, without any warning, the most destructive weather event ever to hit the Northeast pummeled the coast and blasted its way to Vermont and New Hampshire with torrential rain, flooding, and sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. In this book, Long tells the story of New England's Katrina. A journalist and co-founder of Northern Woodlands magazine, Long focuses on the devastation to the region's forests and the daunting challenge facing New Englanders still in the throes of the Great Depression. His presentation is richly illustrated with archival photos of storm damage and the unprecedented recovery operation. Presented by the Dummerston Conservation Commission. 7 p.m. Free. Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Rte. 5. Information: 802-257-8600; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Stories and songs for children 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays (April-Aug. and Oct.-Feb.) in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Southern Vermont Natural History Museum--Vermont Wildlife: Live animals, pelts, and skulls of local fauna. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

WILMINGTON Aging in Place: Lecture/Roundtable Discussion: David Warner and Abby Eldridge from Senior Solutions (formerly the Council on Aging) will explain what most of us do not know about our Long Term Care Insurance--all that fine print that poses limitations on its use. 3 p.m. in the downstairs Community Room. Free. St. Marys in the Mountains Episcopal Church, 95 E. Main St. Information: 802-464-5156.

Activism

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