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Performing arts

PUTNEY "The Mushroom Cure" with Adam Strauss: This is a Strauss' solo comedy about sex, God, OCD, quantum physics, and the fundamental uncertainty of everything. With this new show, he has reprised his hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending show "The Mushroom Cure: a "True Tale of One Man’s Attempt to Cure OCD with Psychedelics.". 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.

BRATTLEBORO "The War of the Worlds" Radio Play: Shoot the Moon theater company's annual Halloween spectacular brings audience behind the scenes of Orson Welles' infamous presentation of H.G. Wells' novel, which created varying levels of hysteria when it debuted in 1938. Many listeners who missed the disclaimers actually thought Martians were invading Earth, due to the simulated breaking news broadcast format created by director and narrator Welles in collaboration with Howard Koch, who is credited with adapting the 19th century work of literature. Elias Burgess, Sean Fitzharris, Josh Goldstein, Colin Grube, Jon Mack, Jon Ogorzalek, and Xoe Perra, along with stage manager Alistair Follansbee, bring the audience into the Columbia Broadcasting System studio, where performers read the script, play the scene music, and execute the sound effects that panicked families gathered around their living room radios. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats 10/27-10/28 and 11/3-11/4). Through Saturday, October 21. $12 ($10 for Brattleboro Museum Art Center members). Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations can be made in advance: 802-254-9276,

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Book Talk by Archer Mayor: "Trace": The Vermont Bureau of Investigation has been pulled into three cases at the same time. However, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother, so those cases are now in the hands of individual investigators Sammie Martens, Lester Spinney, and Willy Kunkle. This is Mayor's newest Joe Gunther novel. 7 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Write Action Open Readings: Read your own work: poetry, prose, and/or come to listen to local writers. There is an 8-minute time limit for each reader. Refreshments will be served. Third Friday of every month. 7:30 p.m. (next to SuperFresh! cafe). Free; donations welcome. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information:

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS "Home is Where the HeART is": Oil paintings by Fiona Morehouse: Opening reception. Common themes in Morehouse's work include stability, vulnerability, and freedom, depicted through child-like houses set in a variety of landscapes. With a vibrant palette and textured facets of saturated color, finger strokes and flat planes of color play tag in these explorations of home place. Visit 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Exhibit runs through 1/12/18). Flat Iron Exchange, 51 The Square. Information: 802-460-0357.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "The Axis of Evil Revisited: North Korea, Iran, Iraq (and Syria) Fifteen Years Later": Talk by Peter Galbraith (American author, academic, commentator, politician, policy adviser, and former United States diplomat who served as a Democratic Vermont State Senator from Windham County from 2011 to 2015, and was a candidate for Governor of Vermont in 2016), preceded by the annual members meeting of the Windham World Affairs Council (open to all). 6 p.m. meeting, 7 p.m. talk. Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Change the Story: Strategies to Advance Women and Vermont's Economic Future: Talk by Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women. She has worked as director of girls' programs for Vermont Works for Women, a nonprofit supporting education, training, and careers in non-traditional fields for women and girls; and directed the Women in Technology Project, a national summer technology camp for girls at Vermont Technical College. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. in El Cafe. Free. SIT Graduate Institute, 1 Kipling Rd. Information:

WALPOLE Walpole Historical Society--"Astride Two Worlds: The Odd Adventures of John Gyles" with Neill DePaoli: Hear the tale of a young man caught between two cultures. DePaoli tells the story of former Indian captive John Gyles who became one of provincial Massachusetts' leading interpreters and a player in negotiations between the English and Indians of Maine and New Hampshire. Gyles was a "culture broker," parlaying his knowledge of his own and other cultures as Europeans and Native Americans struggled to bridge the cultural divide that separated them from one another. DePaoli has over 30 years experience in the study of the history and historical archaeology of New England. 7 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.

Film and video

W. BRATTLEBORO "A Class Divided": Film and discussion about a unique anti-discrimination experiment. This is the first film the church is showing in the series "Looking Inward at White Power and Privilege.". 7 p.m. Free. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information:


BELLOWS FALLS Joe Davidian Trio: American Jazz: Mix of original works and jazz standards. 7:30 p.m. In advance: $20, $15, $45 reserved seats; $5 more at door. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ben Carr: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Ben entertains with songs from many musical genres, all on ukulele. 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. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Zumba: Latin Dance Fitness Program: This workout suitable for all levels offers cardiovascular and body-shaping benefits while strengthening your core and increasing your balance. With Emily Mcloughlin. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the gym. Through Thursday, April 26. $5 per class/$50 for 10-session punch card; $7/$70 for non-Brattleboro residents. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story (or a few) and make 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza every week. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:

BELLOWS FALLS Bellows Falls 3rd Friday: Stroll through venues of Bellows Falls and vicinity for Art, Music, Literary Events, Food and late-night shopping. With BF3f's renewed energy, events are scheduled at Windham Antiques (Victorian Hair Jewelry); Village Square Booksellers with Archer Meyor; River Artisans; Sherwin Art Glass, demos/refreshments; Popolo, hosting bobbing for apples on the deck (unless raining), mulled cider and pints of beer; M & M Carriage House Creations; Greater Falls Farmers' Market; Flat Iron Exchange hosts Putney artist Fiona Morehouse ("Sense of Place" plus RiverHALO plays music); Cafe 7 hosts the Scott J Mason art show plus live music and light dinner fare; and Anastasia's Closet. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Downtown Parking Plan: Andy Hill, the Town of Brattleboro's Parking Consultant, presents preliminary findings from the ongoing downtown parking study and survey effort and leads a discussion on how parking will play a role in downtown commerce and vitality. He's the Director of Consulting Services for Desman Design Mgt. and has been studying parking in downtown Brattleboro since June. 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.



October 2017