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Event listings for Friday, July 20

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Melodrama Festival: Villains, heroes, robbers, and victims alike abound in these hilarious tales, written and directed by former NEYT students and performed by current students ages 9-15. This year's festival opens with "The Last Night of Vaudeville," written and directed by Amy Majer and Casey Greenleaf, and features the Junior company, comprised of actors ages 9-11. When a hardworking group of vaudeville performers learn that their theater is replacing their acts with motion pictures, they do what any down-and-out troupe would do in their situation—concoct a magic trick to make visiting silent film star Charlie Chaplin disappear on stage. This entertaining farce is a rollicking look back at a bygone art form and a poignant message about dealing with change. The festival continues with the Senior company's performance of Deadwood Dick, or "The Game of Gold!," written/directed by Hayden Bunker and Raphi Shamas. Performers ages 12-15 play heroic cowboys, trusty sidekicks, dastardly villains who have come out of the desert and into the saloon to quench their thirst for mayhem. 7/20: 6 p.m. 7/21: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Through Saturday, July 21. $8. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

GUILFORD Coffee Break Fundraiser for the Dummerston Community Center: Anyone having been to the Dummerston Community Center for meetings, the library, music lessons, or other gatherings recognizes the importance of keeping the building in use. It's with the community's help that the building can remain open for the public. Donations of baked goods, snacks, fruit, veggies, coffee, coffee cream, bagels, etc., are needed. Donations of food, gift certificates, or money would be greatly appreciated. 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (9 a.m.-8 p.m. drop off donations). Guilford Welcome Center, 1235 Broad Brook Rd. Jean Momaney: 802-254-9212, moma@svcable.net.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Lakou Mizik - Haitian Musical Collective: Haitian music bursts at the seams with joy. Although the country has seen more than its share of trouble and misery in the past decade, its music is defiantly joyful—an act of communal healing, a smiling face against adversity. Lakou Mizik was founded in 2010 in the wake of the Haitian earthquake as just such an act of musical resilience. Described as Haiti's "Buena Vista Social Club" by the New York Times, this all-star inter-generational collective electrifies their audience with concerts that blend the soulful spirit of a church revival, the social engagement of a political rally, and the trance-inducing intoxication of a vodou ritual. Tonight's dance party is also a fundraiser and awareness-raiser for Brattleboro's own Haitian Orphanage Sponsorship Trust, whose mission is to support an orphanage of 35 children forever changed by the 2010 earthquake. Co-founded by two Brattleboro educators, HOST is a vehicle of compassion that directly supports the lives of a new generation of Haitians. 8 p.m. $15 to $40. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Session Americana: Folk/roots-rock band. Featuring Boston-based multi-instrumentalists and singers Ry Cavanaugh, Billy Beard, Dinty Child, Jim Fitting, Jefferson Hamer, plus a rotating collective of guest musicians, the band's raucous live shows are built around the community concept of traditional Irish seisiúns. The anything-could-happen feel is amplified with the on-stage collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; 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 fees apply to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Tasting - Summer Volcano Rice Salad with Vinaigrette: Buy this fragrant, nutty Volcano Rice in the Bulk Dept. On sale all month. And check out the Spiral Veggie Cutter. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Chronic Pain and Recovery Group: This is a new recovery-support group for people in recovery who also deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a difficulty for many people in recovery. The severity and frequency of chronic pain can often lead to opioid dependence because of the medications prescribed. Finding ways to manage pain that don't interfere with the recovery process can be a challenge, but group members can share the approaches that have worked for them. Facilitator is Cecil McLaury, who has been in recovery for 33 years and has been in daily chronic pain since 2003. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600, tpwc.1@hotmail.com.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect - Modern Dance with Francesca Bourgault: Move and Connect is a free movement class for all abilities, aimed to get your body moving in a fun judgement-free zone. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

Activism

BELLOWS FALLS "The Arts of Resistance" Multi-Dimensional Art Event: Local visual, musical, and lyrical artists celebrate the "creative meets political." The Closing Reception welcomes the original poetry and music of Verandah Porche and Patty Carpenter and look forward to their crowd favorite “Tweeting From the Tower” with a new verse. Attendees are invited to participate in creating postcards to be mailed to your favorite politicians and used in a public art project. The Arts of Resistance is organized and curated by local artist Jeanette Staley, of N. Westminster, in conjunction with the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Project Space 9 Gallery/Exner Block, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-463-3252, ramp@sover.net.

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