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Event listings for Friday, May 25

Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE "Comic Relief: An Evening of Short Comedy & Improv": Featuring Rock River Players' David Roberts, Miles Keefe, Vicky Santiesteban, Mike Kelly, Susan O'Hara, Annie Landenberger, Bill Lincoln, Somara Zwick, Dawn Slad​e, and more ​in "Death Knocks," by Woody Allen; "The Philadelphia" by David Ives; and an original, "Call of the Wild" - Jack London's novel, refashioned for the stage by Miles Keefe, is a dog epic (featuring blizzards and a typhoon and the moon and its backdrop is a vast arctic tundra​. Its ​varied ​actors​ play show dogs, sled dogs, wolves, a moose, a gold prospector, dognappers, and a dog lady. There is a piano player). Rock River Players' Improv Posse - a newly formed wing of the Williamsville-based theater group - rounds out the evening. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, May 26. $8, $6 students/seniors at door. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: verbatimvt@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO "Too Many Heroes": This is an original play written and directed by Marcel Freda. Jess is tired of all these superheroes. Ever since SuperCorp developed a pill that gives everyone special powers, it seems like nobody is willing to let Jess figure out her life her own way. Her Mom and Dad aren't the flawed, loving parents she remembers, her best friend has betrayed her, and her sister is a pig - really! In a world where everyone's a superhero, it looks like Jess will have to save herself in this heartwarming, hilarious play. Town School Theater is NEYT's free theatre experience for children in grades 4-6 attending Brattleboro's elementary schools. This collaboration between NEYT, the Academy, Green Street, Oak Grove schools brings these students into NEYT's theater space for after-school, arts-based educational programming (free with transportation provided from their schools to the theater, removing the barriers for those who might not otherwise be able to participate). The program aims to engage children at all levels of production to participate not just as performers but as collaborators whose ideas and visions are both heard and respected. 5/25: 7 p.m., 5/26: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, May 26. $8. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Artist Reception - "Fifth Season" - New Works by Liz Hawkes deNiord: Liz's reception will be accompanied by a reading by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord. A fifth season suggests an extra cycle of seasonal time. This collection of paintings ranges from abstract to self portraits drawn during chemotherapy - mostly on wood or canvas in thick acrylic. (Exhibit runs through 5/30). 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Bonnie Kane's Experimental Music Tour: Featuring visiting artists Eric Zinman, Steve Niemitz, Federico Balducci, Eric Plaks, Aron Namenwirth, and local musicians: Ben James, Cyrus Shaoul, Norton Garber, Frank Sansone, John Loggia. Spontaneous sonic combustion. Snacks. 7 p.m. till late. $5. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND Townshend Farmers's Market: Opening today with lots of wonderful vendors. There will be pizza baked in the outdoor oven, a Maypole, and music by the Turkey Buzzards and the Ukulele Kids. 4:30 p.m. behind the store. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

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.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Turning Point: What is the Recovery Movement and Why Should I Care?: Lyman Bruce will talk about the country-wide Recovery Movement which caps the efforts of addiction prevention and addiction treatment. It's the management part of what has come to be seen as a chronic disease. 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect: Free movement class. Get your body moving in a fun judgement-free zone. All abilities; no experience needed. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Dance Party: Plus Foxtrot lesson. Carry in your dance shoes. Come join the wonderful world of Social Ballroom Dancing. 7 p.m. Foxtrot lesson, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing to mixed rhythms (upstairs). $12 lesson and/or dance. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990, ray@shallwedance.biz.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. The State of Vermont keeps most of our cash in TD. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information: www.postoilsolutions.org.

BELLOWS FALLS Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil: A vigil of community, solidarity, and diversity. We are one cause of peace, freedom and social justice for all living beings. Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the corner, across from Flat Iron Cafe. The Windham Hotel, 36 The Square. Information: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

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