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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Sweet Charity": Charity Hope Valentine is a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess looking for love in 1960s New York City. Originally conceived, directed, and choreographed by Bob Fosse, it premiered on Broadway in 1966, garnering 9 Tony Award nominations. This production features seasoned veteran NEYT performers and exciting up-and-comers who bubble with sass, packing loads of surprises for an audience who enjoys some grit and sparkle. Directed by Rebecca Waxman with conductor Riley Goodemote, musical director Cailin Manson, and choreographer Mucuy Bolles. (Repeats 7/12-7/14). $15, $13 seniors, $11 students. Through Saturday, July 14. 7/12: 7 p.m., 7/13: 7 p.m., 7/14: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 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 Artist Talk: Robert DuGrenier (presented in connection with his exhibit - "Handle with Care"): DuGrenier is a sculptor based in southern VT who works primarily in glass, metal, and marble. Much of his work is informed by nature and its effects over time on a variety of elements. Over the years, based on his strengths of creativity and knowledge of materials, he's worked in collaboration with architects and designers to create custom glass sculptural installations and chandeliers. These are installed in hotels, stores, museums, and private residences around the world. 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Gypsy Jazz and Brazilian: Musicians have come here from all over the world for an intense celebration of non-classical styles, techniques, and contemporary practice methods. Daily schedule includes lots of good food, conversation, jam sessions, classes, and performances. This year the emphasis is on Gypsy Jazz and Brazilian instrumental music - both great repertoires for classically-trained players to begin to understand new styles and improvisational concepts. Jason Anick, violinist and mandolinist with the "Rhythm Future Quartet," is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and active on the international concert circuit. Jason is a classically-trained player who has found his way into improvised styles and knows how to communicate this innovative pathway. Eugene Friesen will focus on Brazilian music and ways to make your playing an indispensable creative voice in contemporary ensembles. He'll share his approach to playing and accompanying in a variety of jazz and Brazilian styles. Retreat House and Chapel. Through Sunday, July 15. $625. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information:

Local history

DUMMERSTON Words Project Roundtable Discussion on Rudyard Kipling's Vermont Years: The Brattleboro Words Project explores Kipling's highly productive but difficult "American years" at Scott Farm Orchard, which neighbors his 'Naulakha' home. He lived with his Brattleboro-born wife Caroline Balestier and raised a family in Dummerston from 1892 to 1896 at 'Naulakha,' a house he designed and had built which still stands next door to Scott Farm. Prof. Charles Fish, Prof. Tom Ragle, and Naulakha's Kelly Carlin lead this talk. Refreshments served. Plus details on how you can get involved with making podcasts on sites of interest in our storied past for the "Brattleboro Words Trail" - a National Endowment for the Humanities-backed effort to create podcasts linked to important sites in and around Brattleboro. Scott Farm Orchard is a 571-acre gem with majestic views bordering the Kipling house. 6 p.m. Free. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is fully felt experience in the moment. No horseback riding involved. Facilitated by Denise Forkin LMFT and equine specialist Susan Manning Ross, they "hold space" for clients and horses to interact naturally. Explore and build relationships on equal footing. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Women's Support: Drop-in and confidential support group for women who have experienced domestic violence. 12 noon every Thursday. Free. Womens Freedom Center. Information: 802-257-7364; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Compassionate & Inclusive Living: Are you seeking ways to better meet various challenges in your life (relationships, recovery, self-esteem, etc.)? Would you find it of value to join with people who may have differing views but are united by a belief that compassion and inclusiveness provide key pathways in this search? Are you willing to share with others your experiences and gifts? Please join our self-led gathering. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. every Thursday in the Parlor. Free. All Souls West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Mike or Elizabeth: 802-257-7475,



July 2018