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Event listings for Thursday, April 5

Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER Jesus Christ Superstar: This production features a cast of 50 who work against a dramatic but pared down backdrop that suggests the power of the authorities, the rugged terrain, and the horror of the coming crucifixion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Jesus is played alternately by Sean Roberts and William Sawyer, with Louis Vitale and Andrew Flaherty sharing the role of Judas. Gavy Kessler plays a larger-than-life Pontius Pilate as he struts around on dry waller's stilts in his black and silver outfit. Herod is brought to life in all his malevolence by Henry O'Connell dressed in a dandy's feather-decorated outfit, while Mary Magdalene is played dually by Allie McGahie and Hannah Hoffman. Directed by David Stern, with Ken Olsson as musical director and Annesa Hartman as choreographer. 4/5 and 4/6: 7:30 p.m., 4/7: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, April 07. $10 to $40. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Insurance Coverage: Mike Kelly, a local agent for Liberty Mutual Insurance (based in Brattleboro, VT and Keene, NH), serves customers in both states by providing comprehensive personal insurance coverage: auto, home, life, liability, and even pets. He'll speak about how he addresses customers' concerns and works to provide the best coverage at the best price. 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.

Music

KEENE Keene State College Concert Band celebrates American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein: As a composer, conductor, educator, and humanitarian, Bernstein is regarded as a singular figure in American cultural history. He created music that has echoed through generations. His contributions to the orchestral, choral, opera, dance, and chamber music repertoire have been championed by performers from around the globe. The arrangements of the Cuban influenced "Danzon" from the ballet "Fancy Free" and an homage to the conductor/cellist Mstislav solidified their places in the wind band repertoire. The featured guest ensemble, The Post Road Brass Quintet, will join the KSC Concert Band to perform Bernstein's "Suite from Mass" and the world premiere of "Journal of Occurrences" by Robert J. Bradshaw. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall. $10 ($5 students/seniors). Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way. Information: 603-358-2168, boxoffice@keene.edu.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO Ian Aucoin Memorial: Friends of Ian Aucoin are hosting this memorial in his honor. Open to everyone in the community who knew and loved him. You are invited to bring an object or photo that reminds you of Ian to display during the event. Ian, who was 35 years old, worked at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 5:30 p.m. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Government

BRATTLEBORO Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible households that earn up to $54,000 per year and who live or work in Windham County. . Through Thursday, April 12. Free. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in VT for appointment ..

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (1st Thurs. of every month). Free. The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St. Information: 802 254-6559.

BRATTLEBORO Suicide Loss Support Group: Suicide loss can be an especially lonely experience, and people experiencing this kind of loss find it helpful to talk with others who have been affected by it. This group is for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. Janet Schreiber, who has extensive experience running suicide loss groups, is the facilitator. Bereavement Support Groups offer a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences through discussion, readings, simple activities and suggestions for moving through grief. 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (1st and 3rd Thurs. of every month). Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. Drop-ins welcome. Pre-registration w/Connie Baxter appreciated: 802-257-0775 x 104.

Dance

PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, putneycares@svcable.net.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Everyone is Invited: Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the food is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Take-outs available. 12 noon. Suggested donation: $4, $3.50 age 60+. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.

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