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Event listings for Friday, August 4, 2017

Performing arts

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. Siblings and in-laws engage in combat over love, marriage, and things bottled up for a lifetime. Sadie Fischesser is the lonely Annie with Bruce Holloway as her vapid next-door neighbor/boyfriend Tom; Nan Mann is the clueless Sarah with H. Sherman G. Morrison as her irritating husband Reg; and Mo Hart is the dominating Ruth, with Sam Murphy as her irrepressible husband Norman wants to make everyone happy. 7:30 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays through 8/19). Through Saturday, August 05, 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.

PUTNEY "Appropriate" by Brandon Jacobs-Jennings: (See 8/3). . Next Stage Arts Project. .

The written word

BRATTLEBORO From Brooklyn to Brattleboro by Flatlanders Who Made the Move: Former Brooklynites (actually anyone from any of the five boroughs): Kelley Murray is soliciting essays for a book based on your experience. Share anecdotes and essays about life in Brooklyn, why you left, and why you chose to live in Brattleboro. Refreshments provided. 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.

Visual arts and shows

READSBORO Beyond Readsboro: Contemporary Studio Glass (Opening and Reception): Works in glass by Lucy Bergamini, Ed Branson, Robert Burch, Gen Cole, Robert Dane, Robert DuGrenier, Josh Simpson, Randi Solin, and Jen Violette. 8/4 reception: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Open Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., and by appointment. Free. Confluence Gallery, Bullock Bldg., 7012 Main St (Rte 100). Information: 802-423-5600; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Eugene Uman Trio: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141,

DOVER Incurable Semantics: This quartet that plays an eclectic mix of original music and covers. Their repertoire includes folk and alt-country favorites from such notable songwriters as Kate Wolf, Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch, among others. Jennie Reichman on guitar, Chris Smith on drums and percussion, Jonny Sheehan on bass, and Greg Howe on guitars and mandolin. Incurable Semantics are known for their dynamic instrumental textures and warm vocal harmonies. 7 p.m. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Yellow Barn Concert: Works by Neuwirth, Gubaidulina, Mendelssohn, and Albert. 8 p.m. $25, $22 seniors, $12 students. Yellow Barn, 63 Main St. Information: 802-387-6637; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO 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. in the Atrium. Free. Brooks House, Crnr. Main Street and High Street. Information: 802-490-4950.

BRATTLEBORO Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival at The Latchis: Featuring the music of Schubert, Francais, and Hallman, plus poetry by VT Poet Laureate (2011-15) Sydney Lea and artwork by Vermont Cartoonist Laureate James Kochalka. 5 p.m. Donations to the festival and to Latchis Arts are encouraged. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717; Click to e-mail for more information.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND West Townshend Farmers' Market: Vendors, pizza-making in the outdoor oven. The Turkey Buzzards play Bluegrass and Country. EBT and F2F accepted. This Project is part of The West River Community Project, a nonprofit community center dedicated to promoting local agricultural, economic and social activities. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Caterpillar Lab: At this time of year, the traveling Caterpillar Lab, based in Keene, NH, is filling up with screen cages as giant silkworms explode in size, and containers, as caterpillar eggs hatch out into swarms of inchworms, prominents, and tussocks. 5:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Cookout: A Super Summer Supper: Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, corn on the cob. 6 p.m. $10, $5 kids age 6-12, free for under 6. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.


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.

BRATTLEBORO Sitting and Walking Meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: Offered by the Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. in Room 2E on Fridays. Donations welcome. Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Richard Brady and Elisabeth Dearborn: 802-387-2382,

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:

BRATTLEBORO A Vigil of Lovingkindness: Join us in a silent vigil in support of the values of a loving, compassionate world. When we become caught up in the evil and negativity of our world, we can lose sight of the importance of expressing and simply being our inherent heart values that are the basis of the wholesome society we want to live in. Although silent, this vigil is intended to give voice to these values and to speak up for them. It hopefully will remind us that as important as it is to resist the harm and suffering that human beings inflict on each other, it is equally important to be creating the caring alternative at the same time. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St. Information: 802-869-2141,

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 We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All Fundraiser: Fundraiser to fly the banner over Main Street in Brattleboro from 9/3 to 9/10. Come and see the banner. Stop by and tell us what you think about what we are doing. Talk to us about civil rights. Get postcards from us of the banner at the Brattleboro, Marlboro, and Putney post offices. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. outside during Gallery Walk. Vermont Artisan Designs, 105 Main St. Information:

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:

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