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The written word

PUTNEY Next Stage Speaks: Authors Robin MacArthur and Lauren Markham: MacArthur is the author of a novel, "Heart Spring Mountain," out this month from Ecco Press, and a book of short fiction, "Half Wild, Stories" (2016). Markham will read from "The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life" (Crown, 2017). Before the readings, poet Chard DeNiord interviews the authors about their careers and recent works. A Q&A follows the readings. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Food Choices: Overfishing & Sea Vegetables (for Adults): We read and hear how we should eat more fish for health reasons, but with our growing population and modern technology, we're fishing some species close to extinction. The huge cod fisheries of the past have collapsed, and Bluefin Tuna is now an endangered species. Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. We'll also look at sea vegetables, another bounty of the sea. Learn the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables and taste some during class along with easy ways to incorporate them into your diet. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

BRATTLEBORO "Making Sense of Your DNA Test Results--The Good, Bad & the Ugly": DNA testing for ancestry has exploded in popularity, however, many people are unsure what to do with their results once they receive them. Genealogist Jennifer Stone Randolph, owner of NH-based Touchstone Genealogy, will discuss the types of information testing provides and how best to use it for family research. Real-life examples and case studies illustrate the kinds of questions testing can and cannot answer. She'll offer insights into matters of privacy, accuracy, the potential for unexpected results, and the importance of being an informed consumer. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Celebrate Mardi Gras: Creole cuisine and the Celebration Brass Band. Colorful masks a must--bring one or make one with us. Open to the public (ages 21 and up). 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Walk-ins welcome but RSVP preferred: 802-257-1872.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts: A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016": Exhibition on Screen features never-before-seen interviews with Hockney and behind-the-scenes access to his exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts. Considered to be Britain's most popular artist, this film features in-depth interviews with Hockney and rare insights into his work. It also offers a chance to explore two of his landmark exhibitions from his late career, guided by the exhibitions' curatorial team and the artist himself, with expert insights from art critics Martin Gayford and Jonathan Jones and curator Edith Devaney round out this film. 4 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Through Sunday, January 28. $12, $6 students. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Annual Northern Roots Festival: Drawing on Brattleboro's rich local scene as well as colleagues from across New England, Northern Roots presents traditional Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian, and French Canadian music in intimate settings. Highlights include English duo John Roberts and Tony Barrand, Franco American singer Josee Vachon, and New England fiddling veteran Skip Gorman. Teaching workshops, performances, and jam sessions. Presented by the Brattleboro Music Center. (Also see 1/28). 12 noon. $10 to $25. Brattleboro Music Center. Tickets and participants:

BELLOWS FALLS Emerald Rae, Fiddler and Folksinger: Rae is steeped in the traditional music of the Celtic countries, Cape Breton, and Appalachia. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20, $15 seniors, $45 premium ($5 more at door). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ceremonies and memoriams

WARDSBORO Afternoon of Music Benefit for the Cutts Family: In memory of Elizabeth Cutts and her father, Bruce Cutts. In honor of Sally Harris Cutts: mother, wife. The Cutts lost members of their family in a fire in Brookline and another family member is still hospitalized. Musicians: Alan Bills, Jimmy Knapp, Chuck Hamby, Ned Phoenix, Mary Beth Porter, Liz and John Wheeler, Big Marv Bentley, Little Marv Bentley, Dennis Warning--bluegrass, country, gospel, jazz. Pete Carlson will emcee. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Admission by donation; refreshments for sale. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Pete: 802-896-6141,

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.


BRATTLEBORO Tavernier Chocolate, Good Body, Yoga Locally: These three businesses have combined efforts to raise money for our local Planned Parenthood Clinic. Each participant receives a Tavernier Chocolate and is entered to win a selection of products from Good Body. Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Saturdays; 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. $10 to $25 suggested donation (all proceeds go to Brattleboro Planned Parenthood). Yoga Locally, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, The Loft #A-209. Information: 802-275-4403; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Traditional New England Contra Dance with Live Music: Foot in the Door String Band. Carey Bluhm, Caller. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginner's session, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. dancing. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.



January 2018