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Event listings for Friday, September 22

Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Uncle Vanya": Anton Chekov's comic and dramatic cautionary tale is about the courage it takes to overcome the invisible suffering of ordinary people, the futility of service to others, and the fragility of beauty and illusions. The story revolves around a retired professor who, returning to his estate to live with his young wife, Yelena, mindlessly manages to trip over 'sleeping dogs,' unleashing a whirlwind of passion and disillusionment. The estate once belonged to the professor's first wife, now deceased, and her brother and daughter, Sonya, still live there. Add the desolate and dispassionate physician Astrov, along with the household servants, and you have the setting for this classic of the Russian theater. Featured in the cast are Bob Gruen, Greg Lesch, Brenda Galenus, Heather Martell, Peter Eisenstadter, Gail Haas, Jerry Levy, and Veda Crewe. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Saturday, October 14. $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.

The written word

PUTNEY Next Stage Speaks: Victoria Redel, author of "Before Everything": Redel reads from her latest novel, "Before Everything." Interview and Q&A with host Chard DeNiord, Vermont Poet Laureate. 7 p.m. By donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Erik Rickstad, author, "Names of Dead Girls": Rickstad discusses his new book, a Canaan Crime novel sequel to "The Silent Girls.". 7 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i?: If you've never heard of it​ Baha'i​, you might want to find out, since it will be around for a long time. Or​ perhaps​ you have an inkling of it, but want to know more. With Lisa Blake. (Repeats 9/25, 9/27, 9/28). 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.

Celebrations and festivals

WILMINGTON Classical Music and Dessert: After strolling the Village sampling wines and foods from area restaurants, enjoy desserts and a concert of classical works. Among the works/performers are "Alphorn for Soprano, Horn and Piano," Marietta Formanek, soprano; Karen Horton French horn; and Barbara Lipstadt, piano; "Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Bizet's Carmen," Robin Matathias, flute, and Barbara Lipstadt; "Fantasiestucke" Kathleen Loomis-Ward, clarinet; and Richard Mattern, piano. Piano with Dennis Ainsworth "German Dance," "Hungarian Dance," "Arkansas Traveler" Also violinist Santo Patane, organist Peter Walker, and cellist Pedro Pereira with his Baroque ensemble, featuring Martin Hanft on flute and recorder, Gudrun Weeks on violin, and harpsichordist, Wendy Redlinger. 7 p.m. desserts and coffee, 7:30 p.m. music. Concert: Free-will donation benefist the Deerfield Valley Cares Heating Assistance program. St. Marys in the Mountains Episcopal Church, 95 E. Main St.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Ambassadors of Light 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, https://www.facebook.com/TheLoungeinVT/.

BRATTLEBORO Kirtan Leader Adam Bauer: Sacred Chants: This show is Bauer's unofficial release gig for his new album, "Wonderville." Joining him are Mitch Pashawari Cohen on drums, Eric Olsson on guitar, Joseph Kalidasa Getter (Mirabai Moon) on woodwinds and drums, Garrett Sawyer on electric bass, and Jacqueline Glen and Ananda Devi on vocals. 7 p.m. $15 to $20 suggested donation. Mahalo Arts Center, 972 Western Ave. Information: 802-451-9495; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

WALPOLE "Digging into Native American History in New Hampshire": Anthropologist Dr. Robert Goodby takes a look at what happened to the Abenaki culture after the arrival of Europeans. The audience will learn that Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Dr. Goodby will reveal archaeological evidence that will show their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface. Hosted by the Walpole Historical Society. 7 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.

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.

Well-being

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, mountainsandriversmc@gmail.com.

WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk, includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Led by Mike Mayer. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: 802-258-8598.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Greater Falls Connections--Coalition Meeting "The Power of Recovery": With Mike Johnson and Brandy Cheney from Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield. Lunch provided. Monthly meetings are open to everyone. noon - 1 p.m. Free. Parks Place Community Center, 44 School St. Information: 802-463-9927; Click to e-mail for more information.

WESTMINSTER WEST Flood Resilience: A Poignant Conversation: Since Irene, every town in VT is required to have a paragraph in their town plan about flood resilience. Has your town got one? Does it make sense? In light of recent hurricanes, we all need to be prepared. There are earth-friendly ways to prevent flooding, such as creating flood plains, rain gardens, making water-retarding earthworks such as swales, channeling rainwater into areas of natural plant growth instead of into rivers and streams. At this meeting we will have members of three town conservation commissions as well as John Broker-Campbell, the Flood Plain Manager for the State of Vermont and Jan Lambert from Water4Climate. Sponsored by The Living Earth Action Group . 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-5779, caitlin@sanctuaryvermont.com.

Dance

KEENE Neoteric Dance Collaborative--Let's Dance! '80s Edition: Transport yourself back in time to the era of big hair, leg warmers, and MTV at this dance party/performance. A guest DJ spins well-known tunes from '80s stars such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and more. Free food. 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center/Mabel Brown Room. $12 to $15 (free for KSC students). Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, Wyman Way. Information: 603-358-2168; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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