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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO The Met Live in HD: Massenet's "Cendrillon": 1 p.m. $22, $20 MET Forever members, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717,

BRATTLEBORO "Laramie: Ten Years Later": (See 4/27). . Brooks House. .

DUMMERSTON "The Last Five Years": (See 4/27). . Evening Star Grange. .

MARLBORO "Eurydice": (See 4/27). . . Marlboro College/Whittemore Theater. .

MARLBORO A Queer Journey: Take a trip down a queer rabbit hole to experience stories of struggle, silence, love, personal power, transformation, and more, part of a Plan of Concentration by senior Phoebe Okoomian. From a queer love triangle to a reclaiming of sensuality, to a not-so-evil queen, this performance seeks to subvert stereotypes and beliefs about gender and sexuality through movement, spoken word, and film. 7:30 p.m. Through Sunday, April 29. Free. Marlboro College/Serkin Center Dance Studio, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players hosts Improv Workshop: Led by Karlie Kauffeld, artistic director of Leland and Gray's Summer Performing Arts Exploration, a summer theater program for youth. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own own lunch. Snacks provided. Open to the public. 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. By donation ($5 to $35). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Register with Annie Landenberger: 802-348-7156,

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Independent Bookstore Day: Indie bookstores across the country are celebrating today. Not just stores, they are community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service. There will be special activities throughout the day plus a reading from a selection of titles including "The Lorax," and Jessie Haas will read from and discuss her newest book, "Rescue," a coming-of-age story perfect for horse fans. AudioBook partner, Libro, will be giving away free audiobooks. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (11 a.m. - 3 p.m. readings; 1 p.m. Haas reads). Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Meet and Greet: Lakota Sioux Hemp Pioneer Alex White Plume: Plume has over a 20-year history with hemp, starting when he grew his first crop in 2000 on the sovereign tribal land at Pine Ridge Reservation. The U.S. Government soon destroyed that crop as well as subsequent crops he attempted to propagate in the following seasons. After many years of legal battles, he and his tribe were finally allowed to grow a hemp crop in 2017, long after hemp was being grown legally in the U.S. outside the reservation. He believes hemp will help his tribe economically due to its recent resurgence and interest in CBD medicine. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Vermont Hempicurean, 8 Flat St. Information: 802-246-4367; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

W. BRATTLEBORO Bloomin' Spring Fair: Celebrate the start of the growing season with an event which will be fun for the public as well as its presenters. With educational workshops on garden related topics, the organizers are also selling spring wreaths decorated with dried flowers, a variety of handcrafted items both useful and decorative, as well as a light lunch of homemade soup and tea sandwiches, and tea and sweets. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. rain or shine. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Spring Fundraiser Dance Party: Celebrate with and dance to live classic rock, vintage funk, soul, and dance favorites with Sean Altman. Photo booth, cash bar, desserts. 7:30 p.m. $30 (proceeds benefit Next Stage programming). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SO. NEWFANE Jason Anderson Concert: Raw, soulful, literate anthems from Strand of Oaks contributor Anderson will be performed in a living room show-styled concert. BYOB and a snack to share if you wish. 7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. South Newfane School House, Dover Rd. Information:

KEENE Molly McCoy, Voice: McCoy will present her Senior Voice Recital featuring Baroque, Romantic, and 20th Century music including "Three Browning Songs" by New Hampshire native Amy Beach and arias from "Don Giovanni" and "La Boheme.". 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.

KEENE Spring KSC Jazz Combos: The concert features performances by multiple combinations of KSC jazz instrumentalists and vocalists as they present improvised and rehearsed arrangements of songs from the classic and modern jazz idiom. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free (family-friendly). Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.


BRATTLEBORO Cooking Afghan Foods: Assad Akhlaqi will lead this class with the intention of bridging the Afghan and US cultures through food. We'll make traditional Kabuli Pulao, a colorful dish including rice, carrots, raisins, meat and nuts, as well as other dishes served at Assad's home during the spring holidays. Assad, born in Afghanistan, came to the U.S. as a child. He loves to share food with others as a way of building community and family. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5 ($3 shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

GUILFORD Yoga for You: Yoga & Childcare: Class let by Marybeth Kover. Mats available. Childcare for ages 5 and under in the pre-K classroom. Offered by the Community Collaborative for Guilford and the Guilford Rec. Committee. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Saturdays in the gym. Through Saturday, May 12. $2 to $5 suggested donation. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd. RSVP:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Producer of the Month: Hidden Springs Maple Syrup: Hidden Springs makes delicious maple syrup right here in Vermont. Stop in for a sample and a story. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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

PUTNEY Traditional New England Contra Dance: Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginners' session. Dancing till 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Pat Baker: 802-387-0163.



April 2018