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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Robin Hood": (See 2/16). . New England Youth Theatre. .

BRATTLEBORO "Man of La Mancha": (See 2/15). . Brattleboro Union High School. .

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY Next Stage Arts Gallery: "Thaw: A Conversation in Words and Imagery": Encaustic paintings by Evie Lovett. Poems by Diana Whitney. Lovett and Whitney have each drawn inspiration from the Connecticut River in their work. Lovett photographed the Connecticut River for the 2016 From the "River, To the River" public art project in Brattleboro. Whitney has written poems informed by the River's changing moods and states. In this multimedia exhibition they share their points of intersection on the muse of the river. 2/17: Opening reception 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. w/ 5 p.m. poetry reading. Through Tuesday, May 15. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GUILFORD Friends of Music at Guilford: "The Last Dance": Life, Love, and Loss in Words and Music: Consider love as it is woven inevitably through the weft of life and loss with elements of music, movement, and the spoken word in this Midwinter Musicale. "Death Speaks," a 25-minute song cycle by composer David Lang, will be performed by mezzo-soprano Jessica Gelter with violinist Michele Liechti, guitarist David William Ross, and pianist Keane Southard. Tom Baehr's settings of four gravestone epitaphs and Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" will be performed by The RIP Singers, an octet. Actors Adrienne Major and Tom Green recite inspirational poetry, including selected "Haiku for the Grieving" by Beverly Miller, with interpretive dance and hand-signing by the author. Verandah Porche reads her poetic essay on late husband Richard Coutant's close bond with the property they shared at Packer Corners; veterinarian Laurie Schneski reads a chapter from retired colleague Robin Truelove Stronk's irreverent memoir "Vet Noir;" and Valerie Abrahamsen shares an uplifting excerpt from her book "Paranormal: A New Testament Scholar Looks at the Afterlife," based on research into near-death experiences. 3 p.m. $15 at door includes homemade soups, hearty breads, assorted sides, festive desserts. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-254-3600,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO NAACP Meeting: This is the first meeting of the NAACP Windham Branch of 2018. Discussion and updates. Everyone is welcome. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:


WEST BRATTLEBORO Butterfly Swing Band: Hot jazz for listening and dancing. 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.

BRATTLEBORO Marquis Hill Blacktet: Jazz music influenced by hip hop, bebop, hardbop. Original compositions and jazz standards. Marquis Hill, trumpet; Joel Ross, vibraphone; James Francies, piano; Harish Raghavan, acoustic bass; and Jonathan Pinson, drums. 8 p.m. $20 to $40 ($15 for students with valid ID). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Ski Jump After Party with Sun Parade and Nomad vs Settler: 8 p.m. $8 ($10 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO UMASS Percussion Ensemble: Percussionist and marimbist Ayano Kataoka is known for her dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. A versatile performer, she regularly presents music of diverse genres and mediums. A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Kataoka has participated in several consortiums to commission works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble from such composers as Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Paul Lansky, and Alejandro Viñao. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society. She joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. 7 p.m. $5 (free for BMAC members and youth 18 and under). Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; 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.

Kids and families

PUTNEY "Punch and Judy on Ice": Mr. Punch is trying to beat the winter blues. He dances with his wife Judy, subdues a crocodile, trains his dog Toby (who looks suspiciously like a skunk), and more. Live music (played on everything from the ukulele to the bicycle pump) accompanies his hilarious journey. This skillful performance brings a puppet classic to life with a contemporary vaudeville flair and a modern family-friendly sensibility. Hand puppets. Modern Times Theater has been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows for over a decade. Founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander are a husband and wife duo, co-founders of Vermont Vaudeville, and alumni of the Bread and Puppet Theater. Parents themselves, they strive to present quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Ages 4 and up. 2 shows: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $9. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Reservations recommended: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Pet Adoption Event: Buddy's A Pet's Store is proud to present their pet adoption event, "My Best Pal," for the month of February. Every pet deserves the chance to find a loving family. Come view their new adoption center to locate a pet who is searching for a forever home. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays in February. Buddys A Pets Store, 76 Cotton Mill Hill. Information: 802-579-1616; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

TOWNSHEND Community Supper and Dance with Mardi Gras Theme: The band Bayou X will be playing Zydeco and Cajun music and teaching Zydeco dance lessons, so get ready to boogie. Beads and masks available. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. The dinner is cooked, and the event is hosted, by Community Hope & Action of Townshend. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music and dancing upstairs. Free. Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-7300.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by Playin' Possum: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794,

Community meals

BELLOWS FALLS Bellows Falls Rotary Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner: Food is freshly prepared and served by BFRC members. On the menu: homemade spaghetti sauce and homemade meatballs, salad with balsamic maple dressing, bread, dessert, and beverage. Vegetarian sauce also available, as is takeout. There will be a signup sheet for delivery of a dinner to Canal House and Riverview apartments. All proceeds support Rotary-sponsored community projects, scholarships for graduating students, sponsorship of foreign exchange students, and specific local programs such as Our Place, Parks Place. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. $8, $5 kids (free under age 5). Bellows Falls Moose Lodge, 61 Westminster St. Information: 802-376-9972.


February 2018


  • Winter Farmers' Market
  • Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by Playin' Possum
  • "Robin Hood"
  • "Punch and Judy on Ice"
  • "Man of La Mancha"
  • NAACP Meeting
  • Butterfly Swing Band
  • Community Supper and Dance with Mardi Gras Theme
  • Marquis Hill Blacktet
  • Ski Jump After Party with Sun Parade and Nomad vs Settler
  • Next Stage Arts Gallery: "Thaw: A Conversation in Words and Imagery"
  • Pet Adoption Event
  • Friends of Music at Guilford: "The Last Dance": Life, Love, and Loss in Words and Music
  • Bellows Falls Rotary Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner
  • UMASS Percussion Ensemble


February 2018