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Event listings for Friday, September 8

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking" with author Elizabeth Minnich: A moral philosopher, Elizabeth began her quest to comprehend how ordinarily decent people make "extensive evils" (genocide, slavery) and "extensive good" possible when, as Hannah Arendt's teaching assistant, she went with Arendt to defend Arendt's controversial concept, the banality of evil. Music provided by local musicians Scott Ainslie, Peter Amidon, and a group of singers. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Guest Dancer Amirah Sackett from "We're Muslims, Don't Panic": Dancers, hip hop artists and movers/shakers of all sorts will want to join Amirah, who will teach a community workshop in collaboration with Southern Vermont Dance Festival and Sandglass Theater. Determined to shift the terms of the conversation, she teamed up with dancers Iman and Khadijah to create this three-woman performance group that executes flawless hip-hop numbers in niqab and high-tops. Standing up can be done in so many ways and one way is the arts. This is a great way to learn something new, open your mind and be part of the solution. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. $25. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-380-6675.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Julian Gerstin Sextet: Original jazz with influences from the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. With Don Anderson, trumpet; Jon Weeks, saxophone; Eugene Uman, piano; Wes Brown, bass; Ben James, drum set; Julian Gerstin, percussion. 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/.

GREENFIELD Charles Neville and the New England Nevilles: Charles, the second oldest Neville brother, has the most diverse musical background. His experience on saxophone has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular, and American Indian music. 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $10. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Anna Patton and Andrew VanNorstrand House Concert: Anna (clarinet, voice) and Andrew (fiddle, voice, guitar). American roots music, fiddle tunes, cowboy songs, early jazz, bluegrass breakdowns, and more. Explore some of the nooks and crannies of American music played in an intimate and conversational style. Enjoy the view; bring a snack to share (optional). 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10 to $15 suggested donation. Rebop Farm, 1320 Sunset Lake Rd. No dogs. RSVP appreciated: 802-365-1974.

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.

BRATTLEBORO Intermediate Chess Class for Youth: For players who know the basic checkmates, and at least a few tactics and strategies. Eric Strickland instructs. Sponsored by Rec. & Parks. 3 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Through Friday, October 20. $35 ($50 non-Brattleboro residents) for 8 weeks on Fridays. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

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, mountainsandriversmc@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Are You Ready to be More in Balance with Your Life: A Free Introduction to Synthesis Coaching: Robin White offers a powerful approach to self development based on the psychosynthesis model of wholeness, growth and change. Learn some of the tools and daily practices that support a greater sense of fulfillment, life balance, and personal well being. 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.

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.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO TD Bank Vigil: These peaceful vigils in front of the Brattleboro branch 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. noon - 1 p.m. (signs available). TD Bank, 215 Main St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141, www.postoilsolutions.org.

BELLOWS FALLS Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil: A vigil of community, solidarity and diversity. We are one cause of peace, freedom and social justice for all living beings. Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the corner, across from Flat Iron Cafe. The Windham Hotel, 36 The Square. Information: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

BRATTLEBORO Local Love Brigade Postcard Table: Join us at the Elliot Street Block Party. Drop by and make postcards to send out in an avalanche of love to support victims of hate. There will be plenty of materials to make a card. We'll have addresses for sending love to Charlottesville, as well as addresses for folks who went above and beyond to take care of their neighbors during Hurricane Harvey. All are welcome. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Elliot Street Park. Information: www.wecantogether.net.

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