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Event listings for Friday, March 23

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. (3/23 and 3/24); 3 p.m. (3/25). Through Sunday, March 25. $15, $13 students/seniors. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations: 802-258-1344,

Film and video

LONDONDERRY "Time: Before the Flood": This National Geographic documentary from award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and environmental activist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio is a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change. The film puts forth actions we as individuals and as society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. Organic popcorn will be served and lively discussion follows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.


PUTNEY The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Acoustic/electric Americana music. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering, and fun. Joziah Longo (lead vocals, guitars, harmonica), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, uke, theremin, melodica), Sharkey McEwen (guitars, mandolin, backing vocals) and Felipe Torres (drums, percussion). Bandleader and songwriter Longo, known for tall tales and philosophizing, has written two musicals with Broadway legend Theodore Mann, headlined at Carnegie Hall, and was the first American musician invited to perform in mainland China in the early '90s ending a decade-long ban on Western music. 7:30 p.m. $20, $24 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; 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 Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community: Founded in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh by Richard Brady and Elisabeth Dearborn who lead the gatherings. 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. on Fridays. Donations welcome. Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic, 63 Western Ave. .

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Producer of the Month: Mocha Joe's Roasting Company: Meet the folks from Mocha Joe's Coffee Roasters and taste their coffee. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Greater Falls Connections: School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention: Presented by Heather Waryas, Student Assistance Prog. Coord., and Orianna Baez, Dir. of the AIM Afterschool & Summer Program. Hear about how the schools are making a positive impact on our youth. Lunch provided. GFC provides monthly informative presentations on issues related to substance abuse prevention and updates. noon - 1 p.m. Free. Parks Place Community Center, 44 School St. Open to everyone 802-463-9927; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Discussion with Emily Kornheiser, Vermont Commission on Women: What are the opportunities for our community, economy, and families as we move towards equal rights for all? All community members are welcome to share their perspectives on the place, needs, and strengths of women in our town. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Ten Female-fronted Bands to Play at Fundraising Concert for the Women's Action Team: The Women's Action Team and Promotorhead Entertainment present GRRRLS to the FRONT: live music, activism, education, and fun for all ages. This groundbreaking concert at the Stone Church will feature ten bands, each led by a woman artist. Rock pop, alt electronic blues, pop and covers. Performers include: Belle Machine, Cyndi Cain, Wooly Mar, and more. Sex educator Yana Tallon Hicks will lead a free Teen Consent workshop. Between sets, local performers and activists will offer short power-building activities on self-defense, poetry, and taking up space. Offstage, the audience can enjoy the interactive Women's History in Music exhibit featured in the Stone Church. All proceeds from door sales will go to the Women's Action Team, a grassroots feminist organization that aims to build social, economic, and political power for women and girls in Vermont. 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. $5 to $20 sliding scale. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.

DUMMERSTON Transition Dummerston Monthly Potluck and Program: Theme: "Thankful for our Harvest Times." Open discussion: What are we grateful for? What do we yearn for? How do values of Transition (ecology, cooperation, stewardship, creativity, community, frugality & resilience) and Joanna Macy's Connection and Active Hope, sustain and nurture us as we envision our common future? All are welcome. 6 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. conversation. Free. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd. Bill: 802-257-1020.


BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Dance Party: Salsa lesson and dancing to mixed rhythms. Refreshments. Carry in your dance shoes. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. upstairs. $12 lesson and/or dance. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990,

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