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Event listings for Thursday, August 3, 2017

Performing arts

PUTNEY "Appropriate" by Brandon Jacobs-Jennings: Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. This production will be the regional premier. Winner of the 2014–2015 Obie Award for Best New American Play. 8/3-8/5: 7:30 p.m., 8/6: 2 p.m. (Repeats 8/10-8/12). Through Sunday, August 06, 2017. $15. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "The One-Eyed Man": Reading with Ron Currie: Currie's most recent novel centers on a man who, after his wife passes away, loses his ability to process metaphor, becoming so wedded to the notion of literal fact and is so dedicated to unmasking lies and delusions that he provokes strangers and friends alike. 5 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "From Vermont to Ethiopia and Back Again": Exhibition includes photography, Mobile Mural Project collaboration, and paintings by Meghan Rigali and Behulum Mengistu. Rigali is a San Francisco Art Institute graduate and interdisciplinary artist-educator. Mengistu is an international graffiti artist. This show highlights ongoing cultural partnerships between artists and educators in VT and counterparts in Hawassa, Ethiopia, who brought Rigali to Hawassa and Mengistu to VT in 2017. The Mobile Mural was conceived over a conversation depicting the cultural exchange through a mythological lens. It includes a dynamic engagement between the Ibex, the endangered ungulate of the Simien Mountains and the symbol of Ethiopia and the deer-chimera, a reference to the beloved denizen of the Northeast, reflective of the spirit of friendship between the artists and the act of cultural recognition. Paintings from Mengistu and scarves from the southern regions of Ethiopia will complement Rigali's photographs from UNESCO World Heritage site, the Simien Mountains, to offer a glimpse into this culturally, geographically, and geologically rich region of E. Africa. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon - 5 p.m. Sundays. Through Thursday, August 17, 2017. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Meghan Rigali:

BRATTLEBORO Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell: Oils and Watercolors: Jim will be showing new watercolors as well as salvaged, reworked, and revisited oil paintings. Petria will be showing a selection of new oil paintings that continue her exploration of the ethereal world through light and ambience. 8/3: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Opening Reception, 8/19: 5 p.m. Artist Talk. Through Sunday, September 17, 2017. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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, 2017. $15. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information:

PUTNEY Yellow Barn Concert: Works by Hosokawa, Smetana, Meltzer, Haas. 8 p.m. $18, $16 seniors, $9 students. Yellow Barn, 63 Main St. Information: 802-387-6637; Click for more info on Web in new window.

JAMAICA Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival Presents Trio Amphion: French and German Baroque chamber music. Jesse Lepkoff, baroque flute and recorder; Frances Fitch, harpsichord; Alice Robbins, viola da gamba. 7 p.m. Free. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information: 802-874-4743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Three-Step Dances" with Pianist Adam Bergeron: This program is the 4th part of Adam's "What's In The Name" concert series. It showcases pieces considered to be 3-step dances (such as minuets and waltzes), as an illustration of how this style of pieces have evolved and progressed since the early 1700s. Composers include Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Grieg, and Satie. 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.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Green-Up Girl Part 2--Podcasting for the Planet: Create your own video or podcast about an environmental topic you care about with the Green-Up Girl. This program brings together a child's love of technology and exploring the environment. Kids ages 8-14 will get the chance to create their own audio podcast and share their thoughts, speak their concerns, and share their solutions with the world. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Pre-registration required: 802-254-5290 x 110,


WILMINGTON Aging in Place: Lecture/Roundtable Discussion: Vision changes might be the first signal we have that we are not 25 anymore. Melinda Underwood from the Vermont Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired will share coping strategies to retain your independence and to deal with the practical, social, and emotional challenges of impaired vision. She will also talk about Peer Assisted Learning and Support, a monthly low vision support group. 3 p.m. in the downstairs Community Room. Free. St. Marys in the Mountains Episcopal Church, 95 E. Main St. Information: 802-464-5156.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Hospice offers "First Thursdays in the Memorial Garden": Community memorial service with reflections on grief and loss, an opportunity to decorate a memorial stone to place in the garden or take home, and some quiet time to enjoy the beauty of the garden. 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Guilford Street, on the hillside adjacent to the road). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Connie: 802-257-0775 x 104.

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