Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006



Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER Jesus Christ Superstar: (See 4/5). . Main Street Arts. .

BRATTLEBORO The Positivity Magic of Jonas Cain: We all want to achieve success, yet much of life is out of our control. What if there was a way to achieve positive outcomes regardless of circumstances? With Positivity Magic, Jonas shares three principles and strategies that you can start using today to develop and foster positivity so you can excel in your work, in your home, and in your life. More than just a magic show…this is a Life Show. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "The Laramie Project": In 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted over 200 interviews. From these interviews they wrote the play this play, which is a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder and has gone on to be one of the most performed plays on American stages. The play is meant to be different from other theatrical productions, and encourages audiences to engage in dialogue while urging them to action based on their response to the performance. (Repeats 4/13-4/15). 4/6: 7 p.m., 4/7: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 4/8: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, April 8. $13, $12 seniors, $10 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Spring Preview: "The Parallel Universe of Nancy Hayes": Hayes brings her "Edge" series of small, affordable paintings that can be randomly arranged in a series, previewing a larger presentation in June. Explosive and playful color and design, derived from organic cellular forms and interwoven patterns in a strong color palette. . Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

GREENFIELD 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 (4/27: life drawing demonstration and artist's reception). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m: Tues./Wed.; 12 noon to 8 p.m:Thur./Fri.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. Through Wednesday, May 30. Free. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Information: 413-772-9334.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Lil' Balzac": A Locally-Grown Comedic Film: Born in the imaginations of Latchis Theatre staff members Austin Rice and Alexander Passino, this wannabe rapper is willing to go the extra mile to realize his dreams of working with his favorite record producer. The trouble is, he needs $4,000 to pull it off and he's actually just a dirt broke stoner living in a tent. Determined to realize his dream, he jumps at the chance to raise the money by facing off against an undefeated beast of a man in an underground fight club. Followed by a Q&A with many of the people involved the film follows and a gag reel. 6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. film; 7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Q&A. $5 or more suggested donation. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WESTMINSTER WEST "Palomita" ("Little Dove"): Indigenous Women's Doll-making Collective in the Andes Mountains of Peru: Local filmmaker Teresa Savel's documentary is filled with vibrant cinematography and original Peruvian music, taking us from Southern Vermont to a village in Q'ewar, Peru, where the doll Palomita is one of hundreds handmade at the social/economic initiative called the Q'ewar Project (, which identifies the most at-risk and marginalized women, offers them training for jobs making heirloom quality, natural-fiber, multi-ethnic dolls, and helps build community. We're introduced to four courageous workers from the Q'ewar Project who share a glimpse into their heroic lives. The income earned by these women crafters brings them closer to economic independence and helps the project's goal of constructing an elementary school. The film makes it clear that even more important than the money that is being earned, the Project supports these women in regaining dignity for themselves and their families. 6:30 p.m. enjoy Peruvian "humitas" (little tamales); 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. film. By donation. Q'ewar dolls for sale for $10+ (tax-deductible). Westminster West Public Library, 3409 Westminster West Road. Information: 802-387-4682 o.

SAXTONS RIVER "Off the Street": In 1968, Jere Michael filmed a documentary about a summer arts camp at Vermont Academy. The camp was created by teachers from the Art Students League in New York with the support of Mike Choukas Jr., Vermont Academy's head of school at the time, and was designed to provide opportunities in the arts to talented New York City high school students from diverse backgrounds. The film remained in Michael's garage and was not publicly released until 2017 when it had its world premiere at the Hanson Film Institute in Arizona. Now this film celebrates its 50th anniversary. A Q&A session follows with one of the art students featured in the film, Bernard Stanley Hoyes, now an internationally known artist. 7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. film followed by Q&A (Nita Choukas Theater, Horowitz Performing Arts Hall). Free. Vermont Academy, 10 Long Walk. Information: 802-869-6200; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Robinson and Rohe: Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe are a Jazz/Folk songwriting duo. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. In advance: $20, $15 seniors, $45 premium (prices increase $5 at door). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Seymour Sisters and Singcrony: Two vocal quartets in concert to benefit the Women's Chorus. 7:30 p.m. in the Parlor. $10 to $20 donation. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

DOVER Shokazoba and Lunar Carnival: Shokazoba is a nine-piece horn-driven funk powerhouse. They began in 2005 in as a Fela Kuti tribute project and now produce original work aiming to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics. Lunar Carnival is a band of free-spirited musicians full of instrumentation, improvisation, soulful harmonies. Their energizing Bohemian sound is influenced by Gypsy Life, the Middle Ages, Classical, Southern Soul, Roots Rock, and Soul Ska. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $7. The Snow Barn, 294 Handle Rd. Information: 802-464-4266; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and One Part Luck: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. One Park Luck is a musical duo singing original country-folk songs, with lots of harmony, accompanying themselves on guitar, banjo, ukulele and bass. 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. Donation appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Jesse Lepkoff Guitar, Banjo and Vocals: Jesse sings early blues songs. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. McNeills Brewery, 90 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-2553; 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 Youth Services Annual Summer Camp Fair: Summer camp providers will offer activities and entertainment for children. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to arrange a fun-filled summer while being entertained. Parents and grandparents can ask questions and register their children for many of the camps listed in the Summer Resources Calendar. Youth Services is holding a free drawing for $100 credit toward a camp of the winner's choice and giving out free balloons. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

JAMAICA Leland & Gray Class of 2018 Benefit--Project Graduation Celebration: Bingo Night: The Masonic Lodge donates a generous portion of the night's proceeds to the L&G senior class. Food, beverages, baked goods and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. $10 for 16 games. Jamaica Masonic Lodge, 3580 VT. Rte. 30. Information:



April 2018