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Event listings for Sunday, April 8

Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS RAMParts Presents National Theatre Live: "Hamlet": Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of this great Shakespearean tragedy. The classic title begins as a country arms itself for war, and a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father's death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Epic, lavish staging and costumes. 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. $20 at door. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Information: 603-313-0052, susan@svidol.com.

BRATTLEBORO "The Laramie Project": (See 4/6). . New England Youth Theatre. .

Ideas and education

WINDHAM Seed Starting and Greenhouse Management: Join Meadow's Bee Farm's garden and orchard manager Toni Kessler to learn about seed selecting for cold climates, making a seeding calendar, starting seeds, soil mixes, greenhouse equipment, managing pests and disease, transplanting, and more. The West River Community Project and Meadow's Bee Farm are sponsoring this workshop. 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free. Meadows Bee Farm, 4980 Windham Hill Rd. Reserve your spot: toni@meadowsbee.com.

Music

KEENE The Keene State Percussion Ensemble: "Departures": A journey through genres, instrumentation, and locales, the highlight of the show is a concerto for drum set and percussion quartet featuring senior Eric Dill. Drum sets, 5 hi-hats, electronic drums, washboard, spoons, bullwhip, big drums, small drums, marimbas, vibraphone with distortion pedal, and 40 small objects will round out the diverse instrumentation. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Windham Orchestra Spotlights the Twin Genius of Beethoven and Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15 by Brahms and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony-- are on the program. Brahms' work opens the concert, with Windham Orchestra Musical Director Hugh Keelan at the piano and Jessie Pierpont as guest conductor. The second piece is as gentle as Brahms' work is powerful. 3 p.m. Name your price ($5 to $50). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717; Click to e-mail for more information.

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