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Event listings for Thursday, August

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "United We Stand Up"--An Evening of Political Comedy: Hosted by Kendall Farrell and Annie Russell. With Dan Boulger ("Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson) and Kate O'Connor (former campaign manager for Howard Dean and Brattleboro Selectboard Chair). 8 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Fantastic Wantastiquet Open Air Open Mic: Performances in music, spoken word (drama, poetry, readings), dance, comedy, mime, etc. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Whetstone Walkway, 2 Main St. (opposite the Co-op entrance). John Wilmerding: 802-254-2826, facebook.com/fantasticwantastiquet.

BRATTLEBORO LATCHfest: Showcase of local music, performers, and video art. Ten local bands offer an array of sounds and styles. Fri: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat. 4:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Through Saturday, September 02. $10 at door or at app.arts-people.com/ index.php?ticketing=larts. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: www.latchisarts.org.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Frank M. Costantino: "Watercolors and Illustrations--One Artist's Overview": This exhibit is an overview of 50+ Plein Air and Studio Watercolors, including a variety of subjects and locations around New England and the US, together with examples of professional architectural illustrations. 9/1, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m: Meet and greet Frank Constantino. Through Saturday, September 30. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-258-7070; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Reception for Art Costa's "New Works in Cardboard": Art Costa exhibits recent large floor figures. Reception: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St.

BRATTLEBORO "Constellations: Roger Sandes": Opening reception. Featuring 21 paintings created by the artist over the past 27 years. The exhibit is organized as a series of constellations, each consisting of a recent painting displayed alongside one or more older paintings upon which the recent one is based. (Exhibit runs through 1/8/18). 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Black, Rabbit, and Pie Holes": Recent work by Kirsten Ullrich, with Doug Lynch, Lauren Watrous, and Gordon Reinhard. 9/1: 5:30 p.m. opening. (Tues.-Thur. noon - 5 p.m. and by appointment). Through Friday, September 29. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Leonard Ragouzeos: "Faces from this Place": Ragouzeos continuously documents our mood with the veracity of a still camera, presenting the Face as metaphor. Often presented larger than the human body, vigorous ink portraits in black and white allow an intimacy of gaze with an involvement with the physicality of the painting process. By contrast, the tiny self-portraits are as if viewed in a very small mirror. 9/1. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m: Reception and music by the Moondogs. Through Wednesday, November 01. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Music Celebration: The Boys & Girls Club has a new stage, sound and lighting system. Musical entertainment includes: Faux In Love, an original four-piece surf-crash/doo-wop group (www.facebook.com/Faux-in-Love-1386253908288077), and The Pilgrims, a four-piece indie rock band (www/pilgrimsvt.com). Both bands are from the What Doth Life Collective. The show is sponsored by Guilford Sound. 7:30 p.m. local teen band, 9 p.m. The Pilgrims, 10 p.m. Faux in Love. Free; donations to the Club are welcome. Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St. Ricky Davidson: ricky.bgcbratt@gmail.com.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Franz Robert 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 Acoustic Music Played by Sharon and Daniel: With playful harmonies, acoustic guitars, percussion and upright bass, Sharon Leslie and Daniel Kasnitz perform acoustic versions of popular hits with a funky, jazzy twist. noon - 1 p. Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS "Your Rhythm, Your Life": Grammy-award-winning master drummer Glen Velez, vocal phenomenon LOIRE, and acclaimed cellist Eugene Friesen. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 seniors/children under 12 ($25/$20 at door); $45 premium seating. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

BRATTLEBORO "Is It So if You Think It's So?: Thoughts on Teaching and Performing Chamber Music, an Anti-Manual": Discussion with author/musician Robert Merfeld, who has toured the world as a concert pianist and taught for many years at Harvard, Boston University, and the Longy School of Music. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO The Great Canoe-dle Doodle: This Labor Day weekend, combine your creative impulses with your love of the great outdoors. Pick up simple sketching supplies at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Consider getting out on (or near) one of Brattleboro's beautiful waterways--the stately Connecticut River, the rambling West River, the lovely Retreat Meadows where the two come together, the rushing Whetstone Brook in the heart of downtown, picturesque Sunset Lake, or your own favorite spot--and sketch what you see. Cone back to share your work with other Canoe-dle Doodlers at a picnic in front of the Museum. Live music and a raffle for a $500 gift certificate to Sam's Outdoor Outfitters. 9/4: 5 p.m. Share your work/picnic at the Museum. Through Monday, September 04. Free. $5 optional kit (sketch pad,pencil,eraser,sharpener, raffle ticket,snack,discount canoe rental. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Art walks and tours

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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

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.

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.

BELLOWS FALLS 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. 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. noon - 1 p.m. (signs available). TD Bank (Bellows Falls), 22 Church St. Tim Stevenson: 802-869-2141, www.postoilsolutions.org.

BRATTLEBORO A Meditative Vigil of Lovingkindness: Join us in providing a meditative presence for the loving, compassionate society we are seeking. All are welcome to join us for a few minutes or for the entire hour. These silent vigils will be held under a banner that reads "May All Beings Be Free Of Pain And Suffering, May All Beings Know Peace And Happiness." This vigil is intended to give voice to these values that are the foundation of a wholesome society, and to speak up for the compassionate alternative that they represent. Stand, sit or kneel; bring a chair, cushion, or mat. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Wells Fountain, South side of the Windham County District Courthouse. Information: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

BRATTLEBORO "We Are Vermont!"--An Activist Calendar Reception: This calendar was created to benefit 350Vermont. The goal is to share the creativity, passion, diversity, and progressive activism of Vermonters through color images donated by photographers. Featuring images of organic farms, farmers' gardens, protests for climate and migrant justice, renewable energy, our outspoken and brave progressive elected officials, the Women's March, the 2016 pipeline protests, and more. Conceived by Nancy Braus, owner of Everyone's Books in Brattleboro. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Dianich Gallery (through the glass doors down the alley that leads to the Hooker-Dunham Gallery), 139 Main St. Information: http://greenwriterspress.com/book/we-are-vermont/.

BRATTLEBORO Meet Your Local Community Radio Station--WVEW: During Gallery Walk, DJ's will be on hand to talk about the station, sell baked goods, hand out schedules and give you the chance to visit the studio and take part in live radio. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. outside of the store. Free. Shoe Tree, 130 Main St. Information: daniel.quipp@gmail.com.

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