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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO The Fourth Annual Vermont Crankie Fest: Celebrate the magic/diversity of "crankies" with artists presenting their work. Crankies are illustrated scrolls that are hand-cranked within a small wooden theater, accompanying songs/stories. This show will bring together artists from far and wide, with crankies accompanying Scottish stories, original poems, Appalachian ballads, a barn quilt trail. There will be a community crankie-making workshop where everyone can work on one giant crankie for Si Kahn's song, "Here is My Home," reflecting what we value about our community. At the end of the evening performance, local legend Tony Barrand will lead the audience in the song while the group crankie is performed. Mary Lauren Fraser and Kiah Raymond are two young artists who make crankies together with a particular interest in the stories/music of the Scottish Islands and Highlands. Ellen Gozion is a singer of traditional American/British Isles ballads. Her paper mosaic crankie "Pretty Fair Miss" was part of the 2017 exhibit Banners and Cranks at Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in CT. Brendan Taaffe is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and visual artist. His paper-cut crankie "Man of Double Deed" was part of the 2017 exhibit Banners and Cranks. Sue Truman is a fiddler, guitarist, crankie artist. She works mostly with fabric, felt, lace but also creates crankie scrolls from "paper cut" images. Passionate about the history of moving panoramas, she created The Crankie Factory website to connect moving panorama historians to today's crankie artists. 7:30 p.m. (3 p.m. crankie-making workshop). $18 in advance or $20 at door ($5 to $20 suggested donation for workshop at door). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Tickets:

BRATTLEBORO Night of Comedy with NYC Comedians Eric Neumann and Marc Gerber: BYOB and laugh 'til the cows come home. This is a fundraiser for Strolling of the Heifers' Farm-To-Table Apprenticeship Program. 8 p.m. $20 to $40. River Garden, 157 Main St. Tickets:

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Open Mic: Poets take turns reading from their work. By sitting around a circle, there is no need to be nervous about standing in front of a room for newbie poetry readers. 1 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Reservations: 802-463-9404,

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Walk With Me": Inside the Monastery of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hahn: This film captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose--to practice the art of mindfulness. Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of presence, not just for themselves but for all those they love. As the seasons come and go, the monastics' inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. 4 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.


VERNON Message of Mercy: Vocal sacred concert. Followed by light refreshments. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Adventist Church, 1002 Ft. Bridgeman Hwy. Information: 802-254-5088; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Wycliffe Gordon's International All Stars: A master of traditional and straight-ahead jazz trombone, Gordon is a winner of four Downbeat Critic's polls and nine Jazz Journalist's Association as "Best Trombonist." He came to prominence as an original member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. 8 p.m. $20 $15 students with I.D. (ask about educational discounts). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass & Tour Finale Mer-Goat Birthday Bash:, 9 p.m. $5 to $12 sliding scale. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Piano Portraits and Vocal Images": Colorful Piano Classics and Soundscapes for Tenor: With William McKim, piano, and James Anderson, tenor, this program features the music of Ravel, Copland, Rachmaninoff, and segments of Moussorsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition.". 4 p.m. Free. Optional donation to Groundworks Collaborative for the homeless. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Twinkle Town Free Concert featuring The Fantastic Partnerz: Dust off your dancing shoes and celebrate our downtown Brattleboro community during this concert. Plus LED Hoop performer Kyla Call. The Downtown Brattleboro Alliance will be slinging hot cocoa with all the fixings while the Stone Church offers a full bar and specialty Hot Toddies. Get cozy and shake a leg. 6:30 p.m. Free admission. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Winter Farmers' Market: Vegetables, fruits, meat from local farms, a variety of baked goods, locally and regionally-produced artisan crafts, and freshly prepared food. Local musicians perform, cafe seating, restrooms, no pets. EBT customers can turn $10 into $20 with CropCash. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 24. River Garden, 157 Main St. Sherry Maher: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Tri Town Collectors Club: Coin, Comic Book, Sports Card and Postcard Show: Coins, currency, comic books and sports cards. Quiz for collectors at the coin club table with door prizes including collectible quarters. Three new coin collectors will be present as well as a dealer with fractional civil war currency and other paper money. Fun for the whole family. 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 100 Chickering Dr. Joe Fuller: 802-297-1274,


BRATTLEBORO Food Choices: Fat Facts (for Adults): Get the real facts on fats: Saturated and unsaturated, cholesterol, trans fats, and omega 3s, as well as their connections to disease. Learn how to make healthy fat choices and how to minimize the unhealthy fats. Discover why some foods contain less healthy fats today than they did in the past. We will "taste" easy ways to substitute healthy fats for unhealthy ones. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO BUHS Music Department Merry Mulch Christmas Tree Collection Service: Members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by the gardeners. Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, the service saves residents the hassle of transporting their own trees. This program, in its 27th year, is endorsed by the VT Dept. of Agriculture and the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Assn. Proceeds benefit a trip for the music department to New York City in April. (Additional pickup 1/20). . $10 donation. Brattleboro Union High School. Pre-arrange pickup at least 2 days in advance: 413-992-7384, 802-275-8934, 802-579-1071.

BRATTLEBORO Stone Soup Social: Brattleboro's Cure for Cabin Fever: This social, recreational, service fair is open to the public with a special invitation to all veterans. Come in and enjoy some hot delicious soup and visit with over 30 nonprofit groups participating. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. John Hagen: 802-251-0777.


BRATTLEBORO "MLK Speak Out for Justice": Join Brattleboro Solidarity in celebrating their annual Speak Out for Justice event in collaboration with the Brooks Memorial Library. Community Open Mic--let your voice be heard. Art, music, soup and bread afterwards. Family-friendly. Hosted by Brattleboro Solidarity and Brooks Memorial Library. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information:



January 2018