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Event listings for Friday, September 29

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.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Theatre Company: "The Receptionist": What is the greater good and how much of your humanity are you willing to trade to preserve it? This dark comedy takes place in the Northeast Office at the start of a normal day, as Beverly handles incoming calls and standard office drama and gossip. However, today their routine is unsettled when the Central Office sends a rep to investigate the mishandling of a client. Suddenly the company's true purpose is revealed and things take a dark turn as the play questions institutionalized evil and the rationale of those who are culpable. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. (Repeats 10/6-10/8). Through Sunday, October 01. $15, $13 students/seniors. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Reservations: 802-258-1344, vtcreservations@gmail.com.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO From the Boroughs to Brattleboro​ and ​Beyond 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 why you left and why you chose to live in the Brattleboro area. 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

BRATTLEBORO Opening Reception and Book Launch--Liz Hawkes deNiord: "Return as Ticket": Liz Hawkes-deNiord's recent paintings record the distillation of memory, dream, allegory and emotion into impressions using paint and mixed media. She studied fine arts and Asian studies in college and graduate work and developed her sometimes edgy, sometimes sublime painting style originally in oils and works now with viscous acrylics and metals. She also trained as a ceramicist and printmaker. In an attempt to understand conflicts and social issues experienced worldwide and as close to home as the classroom where she taught Art in Brattleboro, she journals and sketches "art as archeology," digging through using visual language to an abstracted painted image that she hopes transcends the object and translates one's understanding of where we are now. 9/29 reception: 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Exhibit runs through 3/11/18). Free. C X Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. Information: 802-257-7898. cxsilvergallery.com/liz-hawkes-deniord.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing": Dr. James Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, developed an innovative study program, “Prejudice Across America,” which was named by Pres. Clinton's Initiative on Race as one of America's Promising Practices for Racial Reconciliation. Many of the experiences from the study program are chronicled in two of Waller's books, "Face to Face: The Changing State of Racism Across America" and "Prejudice Across America." . 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. SIT Graduate Institute, 1 Kipling Rd. Information: 802-257-7751; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Michele Feldheim/Don Anderson 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/.

BELLOWS FALLS Continental with The Coprolites: Known mostly for his time as founding guitarist of The Dropkick Murphys, Boston-based rocker Rick Barton spent the last five years fronting Continental, his current soulful rock n' roll band. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.

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: erika@outrightvt.org.

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