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Performing arts

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

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

MARLBORO "A Queer Journey": (See 4/28). 7:30 p.m. . Marlboro College/Serkin Center Dance Studio. .

BRATTLEBORO Tales and Tunes--Benefit Performance for Cynthia Payne-Meyer: This event features a dozen professional storytellers and musicians from throughout New England. Payne-Meyer experienced a life-altering accident last year, and this fundraiser will help with the cost of much-needed physical therapy equipment. Her background as a storyteller and educator makes this a particularly appropriate fundraiser. The bill includes musicians Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, Becky Graber, Steven P. West, and Valerie Kosednar and Mark Grieco. The storytellers are represented by Rochelle Wildfong, John Porcino, Tim Van Egmond, Davis Bates, and Rob Peck. Michael Nethercott will serve as emcee. 4 p.m. $20. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Online tickets recommended: 800-838-3006,

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Pioneer Species": A Collection of Poetry by Ross Thurber: Thurber's poems have appeared in Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Chrysalis Reader, Vermont Life, and he was awarded an Emily Mason Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in 2012. He lives in Brattleboro and owns and operates Lilac Ridge Farm, a third generation organic dairy and diversified hill farm nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. "Pioneer Species" is his first book length collection, published by Green Writers Press this year. Also reading will be VT poets Julia Shipley and James Crews. Shipley's debut collection, "The Academy of Hay," was the winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2016 Vermont Book Award. Crews is the author of "The Book of What Stays," which won the Prairie Schooner Prize in 2011, and "Telling My Father," which won the Cowles Prize in 2016. 5 p.m. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "What Do I Believe?": A panel of faith leaders from diverse traditions talk about what guides them regarding the end of life. Presented by Brattleboro Area Hospice. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-257-0775,

SAXTONS RIVER Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association Program: "Cool the Planet: Food, Water, Soil, Climate, Hope": In a PowerPoint presentation, followed by Q&A, Henry Swayze and Cat Buxton discuss natural systems that allow for planetary cooling, factors that contribute to understanding healthy soil and watershed functions, and how the average person can effect positive change in the backyard and marketplace. Swayze has worked in sustainable agriculture and sustainable living for over 40 years. In the '70s-'80s, he and his wife resurrected a VT dairy farm, tripling the land's productivity and enabling it to offset the carbon footprint of 10 VT households. He's now focused on cooling the planet before reducing fossil fuel inputs and sequestering carbon have time to work. Buxton works to connect communities to affect positive food system change from the ground up. She operates Grow More, Waste Less/Food Systems Consulting, offering organizing and consulting for soil health, gardening, composting, farm-to-school. She's co-director of Soil4Climate-VT and founder of VT Healthy Soils Coalition. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. There will be a brief WHPA business meeting prior to the program.

BRATTLEBORO Apartheid in Gaza and on the Native American Reservation in America: Discussion with Middle Eastern scholar Norman Finkelstein and Lakota Sioux Elder Alex White Plume. Potluck dinner follows to allow the audience to spend time with the speakers. 2 p.m. $20 at door. Brick Church (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information: 802-254-9566.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Human Flow": This a sprawling and heartbreaking exploration of the global refugee crisis. Captured over the course of a year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent stories that stretches through Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Turkey, and beyond. Nationwide live webcast Q&A with artist/filmmaker Ai Weiwei follows. All proceeds support In-Sight scholarships for participants in all its programs that for 25 years have been offered without regard for ability to pay. 2:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. (closed captioning), 4:50 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. Q&A. Suggested donation at door: $10, $5 students. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 802-251-9960,


KEENE 17th Annual KSC Faculty Composers Recital: Program includes the world premiere of Elaine Broad Ginsberg's "Con Moto!" for tenor saxophone and piano, which was written for and will be performed by Craig Sylvern and Vladimir Odinokikh. The New Hampshire premiere of "Key West Suite" by José Lezcano, a new flute-guitar arrangement evocative of Key West landmarks and pastimes, will also debut. "Elator C" for crotales and electronics by Christopher Swist and "Song for Isaac" by Craig Sylvern, as well as works from Ted Mann and Heather Gilligan. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. $10, $5 students and seniors. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.


BRATTLEBORO (Usui-Holy Fire II) Reiki I Certification Class: Open to everyone. The class will be American Sign Language interpreted. . Winston Prouty Center, 130 Austine Dr. Information: 802-591-0507,

Kids and families

TOWNSHEND Bubble Soccer Benefit Event for Leland & Gray: Hosted by the senior class, the game consists of two teams of four players, individually surrounded by an inflatable bubble but playing together as a team to score goals. Multiple games are played on the fields simultaneously. Food, beverages, baked goods and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase. The proceeds from this event will be used to fund Leland & Gray’s Project Graduation. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $20 individual, $80 team; $5 spectator. Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School, 2042 VT Rte 30. Pre-register w/Tammy Claussen: 802-221-2141,


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Diana Moore. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,

BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: This uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria is danced around the world. 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.



April 2018