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Event listings for Saturday, September 16, 2017

Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD Staged Reading of "A Delicate Balance" -- Tribute to Edward Albee: Both harsh and heart wrenching, this is a needling play that's of its time and yet still surging with post-modern vitality. The uneasy existence of upper-middle-class suburbanites Agnes and Tobias and their permanent house guest, Agnes' witty alcoholic sister Claire, is disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong family friends Harry and Edna, fellow empty nesters with free-floating anxiety, who ask to stay with them to escape an unnamed terror. They soon are followed by Agnes and Tobias's bitter 36-year-old daughter Julia, who returns home following the collapse of her fourth marriage. This drama premiered in 1966 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Albee passed away last fall. 7:30 p.m. $8. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Title and Deed": Michael Fox Kennedy, the speaker in Will Eno's one-character play, is a recent arrival on our shores, disoriented from culture shock and homesickness, and struggling to illuminate both sides of that map with a torrent of absurd, tragic, stinging, hilarious words. Presented by the Apron Theater Co. (Repeats 9/23). 7:30 p.m. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Nutcracker Ballet -- Open Auditions: Children (ages 7 and up) and adults are wanted for the party scene. Acting and/or dance experience is preferable but not a requirement. Additionally, there are a variety of other dance roles that will be cast, from advanced beginning through advanced intermediate levels of ballet and character dance. The performances will take place at the New England Youth Theater on 12/22-24. Rehearsals will be held throughout the fall, weekly to begin with, and more frequently as performance dates approach. Cast members must also be available each evening for a week prior to performance dates for tech rehearsals in the theater, as well as for other full cast rehearsals. All proceeds from the performance will go to the Brattleboro School of Dance scholarship fund. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 3rd fl. (Arrive 15 min. early to fill out forms). Brattleboro School of Dance, 22 High St. Holly Johnson: 802-952-9771,

BRATTLEBORO Musical Theatre Studio (Ages 12-19): MT Foundations I: Learn the basic technique of singing, dancing, acting and putting it all together. MT Foundations II: Take your musical theatre skills to the next level, with continued training in singing, dancing, and acting. MT Foundations III: For students with a strong musical-theatre skill-set who are ready for more, including preparing for college or professional auditions. Dance for Actors: Learn the basic techniques and styles of theatrical dance. No prior dance experience required. With Susan Hefner and Hallie Flower. Saturdays. Foundations I: 2:45-4:15 pm; Foundations II: 10:45 am-12:15 pm, Foundations III: 12:30-2:30 pm, Dance: 9-10:30 am. Through Saturday, November 04, 2017. $100 to $275. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Dig Infinity! The Return of Hipster Messiah Lord Buckley: Actor Oliver Trager channels Lord Buckley, ​the original hipster/rapper whose influential 1940s and '50s ​one-of-a-kind monologues combining African-American argot, beatnik slang, the King's English, and drawing on the Bible, Shakespeare, classics, myth, legend, history, and pure whimsy, made him a cult hero to the likes of Bob Dylan, Robin Williams, the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Roseanne. Trager's show ​takes place in a surreal radio station where, on a midnight after his death, Lord Buckley spins out his life story with flashbacks and signature material on American politics, religion, language, art, sex, drugs, and, perhaps most saliently, race. Music by Derrick Jordan.​. 8 p.m. $10. Reception follows. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

DUMMERSTON Long-Term Forest Management: Foresters from Long View Forest Management will lead tours of this 262-acre working forest that has been carefully stewarded by its owners and foresters for many decades. Choose between a mild walk or a steeper hike to see an active timber harvest. Wicopee Hill Farm was first settled in 1786. The productive forest has many kinds of habitats supporting a diverse array of mammals and birds. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Wicopee Hill Farm, 623 Kelly Rd. Register: 802-262-1222,

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Latchis Arts Salutes the Life and Comedic Legacy of Jerry Lewis: "The King of Comedy," is a dark 1982 film which in many ways marked Lewis' comeback after a period of setbacks. It stars Robert DeNiro as an inspiring comedian who strives to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk show host played by Lewis. Proceeds will be shared between Latchis Arts and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the cause which Lewis poured his heart and soul into for decades, ultimately raising more than $2 billion through telethons and other efforts. (Also see 9/17). 4 p.m. By donation. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call: Neptune's Car: Contemporary folk duo. 6 p.m. pasta supper, 7 p.m. music. $10 includes supper. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information:,

WILMINGTON Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert: Great American Songbook: This is a benefit for The Gathering Place, providing Adult Day, and other services, to promote empowerment, independence and quality of life for elders, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers. Saxophonist James 'Ace' Leonard, bassist Ron White, and drummer Denny Ray Pelletier join pianist and series musical director Chris Bakriges in an evening dedicated to interpreting the enduring songs from the 1920s-1960s. Special guest vocalist Eithne Eldred joins the band. 7 p.m. Free will donation. Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St. Twice Blessed: 802-464-7500.

BRATTLEBORO Fantastic Wantastiquet Festival Gala Keynote Gathering and Concert: Headliner is singer/songwriter and Indigenous Rights activist Lyla June of Taos, New Mexico. Proceeds will benefit indigenous groups' charities, particularly those addressing youth suicide prevention and women's issues. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. $10 suggested donation (no one will be turned away). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. John Wilmerding: 802-254-2826,

BRATTLEBORO Auditions -- BMC Madrigal Singers: This is a new, 12-voice a cappella vocal ensemble. Vocalize and sing a familiar song. First concert will include popular and rare Christmas carols, sacred and secular songs -- not too hard but not too easy. Douglas Frank is the artistic director. Auditions on Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Schedule audition: 802-257-4523,

WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call: Neptune's Car: Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes make up this acoustic folk duo. 7 p.m. $10 at door. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information:


BELLOWS FALLS "Bellows Falls Tangle & Doodle Safari" with Sadelle Wiltshire: This is both a design and drawing class that will focus on finding and learning to draw patterns from our everyday environments. Take a short walk with us from Currier Hall to Main Street in Bellows Falls and learn to find and see patterns and shapes that might become interesting designs to draw. Bring your sketchbook and phone/camera and record interesting patterns in nature, architecture and store windows. We'll then return to Currier Hall to view and break down found patterns into simple drawing steps and record these in our sketchbooks. This is a fun way to learn to notice patterns in the world, and begin to draw your own tangles and doodles. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $45. Currier Hall, Stone Church Arts, 12 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

DUMMERSTON Benefit Dance for Flood Relief in Texas and Louisiana: "Flicker": Hilary Weitzner and Ellery Witman, fiddles; Avery Witman, cello; Andy Davis, caller. Hosted by the Village Dance Series. All door proceeds go to Hurricane Relief in Texas and Louisiana. 5:30 p.m. potluck; 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. music and dancing. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-1819,

READSBORO Auction/Fundraiser: Auction items include antique pieces, Birdseye Maple chest/with mirror, desks, mirrors, collectibles, tools, toys, antiques, designer glassware, milk glass, frames and paintings--2 Betty Christianson original paintings, Art Deco wardrobe, furniture, and more. Auctioneers: Bob and June Tool. Fundraising event sponsored by Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc. All proceeds benefit the E. J. Bullock Building Restoration Project. 9 a.m. preview, 12 noon bidding begins. Historic Bullock Building, 7012 Main St.


BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Saturdays. By donation (all monies given to area non-profits). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WESTMINSTER WEST Accessibility Day Ride to a Private Overlook: This is an opportunity for those who cannot hike long distances over uneven ground to get to a rural site that always offers an awesome view. Once a year, the Windham Hill Pinnacle Association makes this trip possible by providing transportation to those who need it. This property sits atop the Windmill Ridgeline between the Pinnacle and Paul's Ledges, totally surrounded by Pinnacle Association lands, with a spectacular view of the ski mountains of Mt. Snow, Stratton, Bromley, Okemo, and beyond. For adults who have difficulty walking, this is the chance to visit--perhaps with a grandchild or friend--a spot that would have been otherwise impossible. 10:45 a.m. meet to carpool. Event will be cancelled if it rains/bad weather. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Riders must pre-register (hikers do not). Bev Major: 802-387-5737,


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by Playin' Possum: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794,

September 2017

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