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Event listings for Friday, March 16

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Theatre Company: "The Road to Mecca": This play exemplifies a journey of forgiveness and understanding on many levels. Written by South African playwright Athol Fugard, it explores identity, aging, politics, and relationships that take place across the political spectrum, the urban-rural divide, young and old, as well as across cultures. We are implored to accept people for who they are and respect each other in spite of our differences. Directed by Ian Hefele, it is set in South Africa's Karoo Desert during the 1970s. SIT is the shows's sponsor. 7:30 p.m. (3/16 and 3/17); 3 p.m. w/ ASL interpretation (3/18). Repeats 3/23-3/25. Through Sunday, March 18. $15, $13 students/seniors. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations: 802-258-1344, vtcreservatioins@gmail.com.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS "Strength, Grace, Wit & Wisdom," Three Artist Exhibition: Sloane Dawson, Nancy Fitz-Rapalje, Abby Miner: Dawson works with found objects, creating assembled sculptures which both deny rationale and serve as a studied chronicle and cultural commentary on the artist's life of adventure and travel. She expresses the wit and vision of a woman who keeps her knapsack packed and sitting by the door, ready at once for the next expedition. Miner's oil paintings are explorations of the juxtaposition between movement and stillness. She works in layers of color and texture balanced precariously with clear, intentional brush strokes from which the structure, form, and grace of her subjects emerges through the eyes of a self-described homesteader, people watcher, and mischief maker. Fitz-Rapalje's work offers an intimate view of the solitary life of a dedicated oil painter. The strength and certainty of her compositions, lines, and shapes express the freedom found in the everyday when the compulsion to create flows so intentionally through an artist's monologue on her medium of choice. 3/16 Opening Reception, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. or by appt. Through Saturday, April 14. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104, www.canalstreetartgallery.com.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO The 27th Annual Women's Film Festival: Films by women and about women from around the world. All proceeds benefit the Women's Freedom Center, a nonprofit domestic and sexual violence organization in Southeastern Vermont. Screenings: Sat. & Sun: 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm; 3/16: 6 pm and 8 pm. Through Sunday, March 25. $40 for 5 film passes; $8 to $10 single ticket at door. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: www.womensfilmfestival.org.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Deadgrass: Multi-instrumentalist Matt Turk and Grammy award winner C Lanzbom have joined forces to form this acoustic five-piece band (bassist Dave Richards, banjo player Russell Gottlieb, and fiddler Michael Barrett Donovan) that celebrates the music of Jerry Garcia. 8 p.m. $12, $15 at door. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS St. Patrick's Fiddle Frenzy with the Red Fox Band: In true Vermont fashion, this band of four includes an innkeeper/golfer (Bones & Bodhran), a farmer/trash hauler/bagpiper (guitar), a beekeeper/math teacher/home health aide (fiddle), and a business manager/graphic artist/website creator (fiddle). 7:30 p.m. $15 to $45. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Celtic Music: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Gowan Brae (Antje Ruppert, Alison Schontz and friends) will play traditional fiddle tunes from the British Isles. 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 musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

GRAFTON The Stockwell Brothers Band: Bruce, Barry, Alan, and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms, and three-part harmonies. They cover straight-ahead bluegrass songs, finger-picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare--Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, neo-classical instrumentals. 7 p.m. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2231; 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.

BRATTLEBORO Latin American Dinner and Salsa Dance: Delicious Latin American entrees and desserts. Dance led by Lucinda Dee and Ray Warren from Shall We Dance. All funds raised go to scholarships for impoverished children in Centre Church’s Sister Parish in El Salvador. 5:30 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. dance lesson, 8 p.m. dancing. $25 dinner and dancing per adult (dinner only: $15, $5 ages 5-12, under 5 free), $12 dancing only. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Trauma Sensitive and Inclusive Yoga: Trauma Sensitive Yoga is inclusive, focuses on empowerment, making choices, and finding connection. This approach also focuses on creating a safe space for self-exploration. Sher Levesque has taught trauma sensitive and inclusive yoga to children and adults with mental health, developmental issues, acquired/traumatic brain injuries, and mobility issues. She's completed training through The Trauma Center in Boston, MA. 1 p.m. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-387-5285, www.saraswatisounds.com.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Good News for Vermonters aged 60+: Senior Solutions can help with Medicare information, case management, and transportation information. This agency helps people in Windsor and Windham Counties gain access to many programs that benefit aging Vermonters including Meals on Wheels, 3SquaresVT, wellness programs, Choices for Care applications, and caregiver support and resources. The Senior Companion Program benefits both the client and the volunteer companion. 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.

BELLOWS FALLS "Bellows Falls 3rd Friday": Stroll through various venues of Bellows Falls & Vicinity for Art, Music, Literary Events, Food, and late-night shopping. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information: www.facebook.com/BellowsFalls.3rdFriday.

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. .

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