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Event listings for Friday, February 9

Performing arts

WARDSBORO Early Valentine's Day Celebration: "Love Letters": This A.R. Gurney play, is presented with the actors reading from the script as if from letters. The two childhood friends come from families of means (though Melissa's is wealthier, as she frequently points out) and their lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. For the next 50 years, through personal triumphs and despair, wars and marriages, and children and careers, they discuss--via letters--their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. Produced by Wardsboro Curtain Call, the hall will be set up cafe-style, BYOB, refreshments available. 7 p.m. (rescheduled for 2/16 if weather is severe). By donation. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information: 802-896-6055.

BRATTLEBORO "Robin Hood": Watch Robin Hood and his cohorts as they make the Sheriff of Nottingham suffer for his evil ways. Adapted and directed by Peter Gould. (Repeats 2/16, 2/17). 2/9: 7 p.m., 2/10: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, February 10. $11, $10 seniors, $7 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SO. NEWFANE Rock River Players: "Love Me! a Valentine's Cabaret": Director Annie Landenberger notes that "the cabaret, with deep roots in France and Germany in the early 20th century, has historically been a trend-setting form of entertainment featuring a variety of performance styles for an audience that's typically enjoying from small café tables, which we'll have. Cabarets are typically adult-focused with a heavy dose of subversion. The cabaret has been a hot bed of creative energy for decades. With a collection of scenes, songs, satire, and surprises--and in keeping with the mission of the cabaret--the RRP evening promises to be as full of laughs as it is of edgy provocation and sweet sounds." Featuring Sara Vitale, Stewart McDermet, Bill Lincoln, Annie Landenberger, T. Breeze Verdant, David Roberts, Tino Benson, as well as newcomers Rosalind Fritz, Mike and Miriam Kelly, Don Tretler, Alina Abraham, Kane Vitale, Louie Vitale, Louie Vitale, Jr. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, February 10. $10 includes treats (bring your own beverages). South Newfane Community School House, Dover Rd. Reservations: 802-348-7156 ext. 2, verbatimvt@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO "Positive Words": Jonas Cain Magic Show: Amazing magic demonstrations that can empower you with tools and strategies to develop and foster positivity at home, work, in your community, and encourage you to inspire others. 12 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.

Film and video

MARLBORO "Possible Algeria": This film recounts the life journey of anti-colonial activist Yves Mathieu, through the testimony of his former fellow combatants. Born in Algeria, Mathieu engaged in African independence movements and became the lawyer of Algeria's Front de Liberation National. After Algeria's independence, at a time when the new nation was called "a beacon to the Third World," Mathieu remained politically engaged. French director Viviane Candas, Mathieu's daughter, revisits the uncertain conditions of her father's death in 1966. A discussion with the director follows the film. 7 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Ragle Hall in Serkin Center, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-251-7644; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Rob Fletcher Trio: Curated by the Vermont Jazz Center. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Sunny Lowdown: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Sunny will sing and play the blues. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BELLOWS FALLS Candlelight Concert: Paul Sullivan on Solo Piano: Sullivan, a composer and pianist, creates a relaxed and intimate feeling with his audience through his pleasant and quirky observations about music and life. As a member of the Paul Winter Consort, he has played concert tours in most of the United States and Europe, as well as Croatia, Israel, Costa Rica, and Japan. His 13 CDs have sold over 300,000 copies and have won 3 Indie Awards. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $45 reserved (prices $5 more at door). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Blackjack Crossing & Winterland: Blackjack Crossing was born out of a bluegrass jam in 2009. Coretta Corbin Bliss, guitar; Ben Yelle, mandolin and guitar; Ben Ridgway, doghouse bass; Carey Bluhm, fiddle; and Eric Zablowsky. From foot-stompers and barn-burners to quiet ballads, the band mines the catalog of American Roots music, paying respect to tradition, but not being stuck in the past. Everyone sings. Winterland plays songs from the catalog of the Grateful Dead. 8 p.m. $7 online. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have 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; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect: Free movement class. Get your body moving in a fun judgement-free zone. All abilities; no experience needed. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

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. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

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