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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Laramie: Ten Years Later": New England Youth Theatre continues its presentation of the Laramie Project Cycle by Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Leigh Fondakowski, and Moisés Kaufman. The troupe revisits the town a decade after the brutal murder of a young gay college student named Matthew Shepard in 1998, finding a community struggling with its legacy and its place in history. These interviews focus on how Laramie has changed--politically, socially, religiously, and educationally, and how, in some ways, it has not. The two plays together comprise an epic and deeply moving theatrical cycle that explores the life of an American town over the course of a decade. This show was made possible through support from The Brooks House and The Samara Fund. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Through Sunday, April 29. $12 seniors, $10 students. Brooks House, Crnr. Main Street and High Street. Tickets: 802-246-6398,

DUMMERSTON "The Last Five Years": Vermont Theatre Company presents Jason Robert Brown's musical about the amazing relationship between a rising novelist and a struggling actress. The show uses a fascinating form of storytelling in which one person's story is told in reverse chronological order, while the other's is told in chronological order. The characters do not interact except for a wedding song in the middle of the play. (Repeats 5/4-5/6). Fri. - Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Through Sunday, April 29. $15, $13 seniors/students. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Reservations: 802-258-1344,

MARLBORO "Eurydice": Eurydice was the Greek heroine who died twice. In Sarah Ruhl's feminist adaptation, Marlboro student Erin Huang-Schaffer brings you a dreamlike show of love, loss, and absurdity. Join her for a surreal and magical evening of talking stones, a raining elevator, a room of string, an underworld, and characters from a classic Greek tragedy. Performance directed by Erin Huang-Schaffer. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. Through Saturday, April 28. Free. Marlboro College/Whittemore Theater, 2582 So. Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

PUTNEY Tim Kreider reads from "I Wrote This Book Because I Love You": This collection of essays focuses on Kreider's relationships with women throughout his life--from his students, to his friends, to his girlfriends, to his cat of 19 years (his most enduring one). He is an essayist, cartoonist, and frequent contributor to The New York Times. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

GREENFIELD Life Drawing Demo and Artist's Reception for Eric Grab: "Speaking Figuratively": Grab explores the human figure through spontaneous, bright pastel drawings as well as deeply layered, enigmatic paintings that reach back towards archetypal forms and symbols. Visit (Exhibit runs through 5/30). 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. demo; 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. reception. Free. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Information: 413-772-9334.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Aging in Place Without Isolation: Sharing Housing Option Workshop Aimed at Professionals Who Work With Seniors": Currently, aging boomers who live alone and have a fixed income are finding that affordable and safe housing is becoming is harder to find. In Vermont alone, 29% of seniors are on their own. The cost of living alone is high both for both the individual and for society. A cost-efficient solution is acquiring a home-mate. Sounds like a simple fix, but many people find themselves stumped on how to start their search, the tools they need, and how to implement them. Annamarie Pluhar is founder of Sharing Housing, Inc. and author of "Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates." This workshop can help assist local agencies and their clients on how to use available tools and the process of finding and keeping a good home-mate. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon (12 noon - 1 p.m. optional session for discussing next steps) in Holton Hall. $35. Winston Prouty Center, 130 Austine Dr. $50 at door; $30 pre-registration by 4/24 ($50 for 2 or more from same organization) 802-451-1941,

BRATTLEBORO What affect did Solar Power have on the Rebuilding of Puerto Rico?: Joseph Mangum, owner of Sunnyside Solar Store, discusses how solar helped thousands after hurricane Maria. Hosted by the Inclusion Center. 1 p.m., lower level. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Julie Tamler: 802-380-5484.


KEENE "The Children's March": The Chamber Singers of Keene and the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs present this community choral event on the 55th anniversary of The Children's Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama. In this powerful musical depiction of civil rights activism, composer Andrew Bleckner offers the New England premiere of his work featuring gospel, blues, and dramatic themes representing the historic music sung by 4,000 African American children as they were defiantly arrested protesting the inequality of the Jim Crow laws of the Deep South. The performance is narrated by Dottie Morris, VP of Diversity at Keene State College, conducted jointly by Matthew Leese and Esther Rhoades, joined by Walt Sayre, pianist, and Michael Day, percussionist. 7 p.m. By donation. United Church of Christ in Keene, 23 Central Sq. Information: 603-465-8602.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Viejos Amigos: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Viejos Amigos will be singing songs old and new. 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.

BRATTLEBORO The 2-1-2-5 Experimental Regional Music Tour: Featuring experimental music scene lifers and new artists Elka Bong (Al Margolis and Walter Wright); 4 Airports (Craig Chin and Nathan Yeager), and The Bonnyvale Racket (local musicians) for continuous sets. Produced by saxophonist Bonnie Kane. 7 p.m. till late. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

KEENE Student Jr/Sr Recital Series: Jacob Huggins, Piano: Playing for members of the public helps our students grow their technical skills, their ability to perform with grace and confidence, and contributes to increasing their performance expertise. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free (family-friendly). Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

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 "Vesta": This play explores the emotions and decisions a family must face through the end of a grandmother's life, followed by a discussion. Presented by Brattleboro Area Hospice. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Write Your Own Obituary": Presented by Brattleboro Area Hospice. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Greater Falls Connections Coalition Meeting: Discussion of the Opioid Summit: A group of Southern Vermonters attended the National Rx Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta earlier this month, and they will present takeaways and actions we can take as a community to address the opioid crisis. Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont (HCRS), and Springfield Medical Care Systems will join Greater Falls Connections in presenting key ideas and inspirations from the summit. Lunch provided. 12 noon - 1 p.m. (Fireplace Conference Room downstairs). Free. Rockingham Health Center, 1 Hospital Ct. Information: 802-463-9927 x 213.

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. .


BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Dance Party: Shall We Dance? introduces us to the wonderful world of Social Ballroom Dancing. Plus Waltz lesson. Carry in your dance shoes. 7 p.m. Waltz lesson, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing to mixed rhythms. $12 lesson and/or dance. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802 579-9990,



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