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Performing arts

PUTNEY Bold Women, Brazen Acts; A Staged Reading and Open Mic Event in honor of International Women's Day: When Rivka Solomon decided to edit a collection of women's and girls' real-life stories of gutsy acts they'd committed, she had no idea that the book, and the play that followed, would be read and performed around the world. The book placed all the stories, from frivolous to political, under the umbrella of freedom and empowerment. Produced by writer, journalist, workshop leader, and speaker Elayne Clift and co-directed with Rebecca Waxman. Actors include: Acadia Barrengos, Nan Mann, Nancy Stephens, and U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo. An essential part of the play is the Open Mic at the end of the scripted reading. Audience members are invited to come onto the stage and share a story about themselves or someone they know whose brazen acts deserve to be heard. Men are especially encouraged to tell a tale of courage--their own or in honor of someone they know or love--whose actions have inspired or encourage them, or made them laugh. 7:30 p.m. $12 suggested donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening Reception for Six Exhibits: Champagne brunch reception. Gowri Savoor's installation, "We Walk in Their Shadows," depicts a journey across boundaries, speaking to the complexity of the human condition. Spreading throughout the space, the work maps the plight of the human migrant and the barriers which exist as a result of geologic change, topography, distance, history, and human conflict. Richard Klein's sculptures in "Bottle in the River" incorporate found bottles and other vessels alluding to the passage of time and the disposable nature of our material culture. Plus Steve Gerberich, "Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulley"; Alfred Leslie, "Selections from 100 Views Along the Road"; Gloria Garfinkel, "3D Color"; Gowri Savoor, "We Walk in Their Shadows"; Susan von Glahn Calabria, "Hereandafter." . 11 a.m. (Exhibit runs through 6/17). Free to BMAC members and invited guests only. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information:

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO The Van Burens: Enjoy a debaucherous holiday celebration with the Stone Church family and the Van Burens--dedicated to the pursuit of fun, energetic shows that move folks to dance and laugh through an eclectic mix of reggae, funk, and rock music in the tradition of The Wailers, Parliament, and The Band. 8 p.m. $7, $10 at door ($5 pints of Guinness and Irish whiskey shots). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. BRATTLEBORO "Irish Songs of Wonder, Emigration & Resistance" for St. Patrick's Day - Concert and Workshop: Social justice organizations are hosting this Irish music benefit concert. Musical storyteller and political satirist Charlie King will join Peter Blood and Annie Patterson of Rise Up Singing fame to benefit the Community Asylum Seekers Project, which supports those fleeing violence and oppression in their home country and legally seeking asylum in the U.S. In the Irish tradition, the concert will combine performance and group singing with audience participation. The workshop "Gonna Take Us All: Building Community and Resistance through Song" provides an opportunity to talk and sing with these three musician-activists, along with a simple meal. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. workshop, 7 p.m. concert. $5 to $25 (no one turned away for lack of funds); $30 to $50 for workshop (25 people max.). All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information:

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

BRATTLEBORO Pediatric Chinese Medicine Series for Adults: This is a three-part series with acupuncturist Michaela Wood. Class 1 will focus on Herbal and Dietary Strategies to support kids' digestive and immune systems. Class 2 will focus on the 5 Element Theory and how these are reflected in kids’ personalities, behaviors and health. Class 3 will focus on cooking with the Elements and making her recipes for teas, broths and nourishing foods. 10 a.m. - noon on Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 31. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Buddy's A Pet's Store Lucky Raffle: Win a free Illuma LED Dog Collar and Leash. Buddy's A Pet's Store wants to keep all pets safe and secure this spring. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Buddys A Pets Store, 76 Cotton Mill Hill. Information: 802-579-1616; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Three-Day Cross-Class Dialogue Circle: These Circles bring together 10 to 15 community members with a diversity of class experiences, ranging from being homeless, to managing family foundations, and everything in between. Our goals in meeting together are to better understand class as part of an economic system, our own experience with class, and how it shows up in our daily life and communication; to learn and practice strategies for engaging with each other about difficult subjects; to learn and share practical tools for contributing to economic justice; and to build stronger community ties for economic justice. We approach these goals with courage, depth, humor, and sincerity. This project is hosted by ACT for Social Justice and is supported through fiscal sponsorship of Post Oil Solutions. Organizational co-sponsors: Marlboro College Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Youth Services, Hilltop Montessori and Resource Generation Praxis Group. 3/17, 3/31, 4/7 (Saturdays), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, April 7. Free. Childcare, transportation, and lunch provided. (Fragrance-free, nut-free). Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Sign-up: 802-254-3400,


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

Community meals

GUILFORD Sugar-on-Snow Supper: The menu features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, coleslaw, freshly baked rolls, sugar on snow, homemade donuts, pickles, and coffee, tea or milk. A half-gallon of maple syrup will be raffled off during each seating. 3 seatings: 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m. $12, $6 ages 11 and under, $3 preschoolers. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Reservations: 802-254-9019,

JACKSONVILLE Pancake Breakfast: The Whitingam-Halifax Lions are once again flipping pancakes, bacon, sausage, and eggs during the annual Maple Festival. A hearty Vermont breakfast including juice, milk, coffee and tea and, of course, real maple syrup. 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. $9, $7 seniors and kids ages 5-12, free under 5. Whitingham Municipal Center, 2948 Vt. Rte. 100. Information: 802-368-7887.



March 2018