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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The War of the Worlds" Radio Play: Shoot the Moon theater company's 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 sound effects that panicked families gathered around their living room tables. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats 11/3-11/4). Through Saturday, October 28. $12 ($10 for Brattleboro Museum Art Center members). Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations can be made in advance: 802-254-9276,

BRATTLEBORO The Forest of Mystery: "The Groovetastic Tale of the Phantom of the Forest": Halloween Season theatrical event on candle-lit trails through field and forest. The Groovetastic Tale is set in 1970 and the small town of Cooperdalefield is spooked. Everyone in town knows the local Nighthill Woods have long been haunted by a mysterious phantom, even if no one's ever actually seen it. The Sunshine Corporation thinks it's time to tear the old woods down, and the local flower-power set are camping in the woods to protest. But when the Phantom suddenly begins to appear, terror is struck into the heart of hippie and businessman alike. Is the Phantom real? If not, who is it? Why appear now? It's up to four teenagers, their dog, and you to figure it out. This is the fourth Forest of Mystery written and directed by the Gelters. 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every 15 minutes (Rain date: 10/29). Through Saturday, October 28. $6 to $15. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Reservations: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Clowntown's Newsreels of the 1930's": History's most famous events will be re-enacted in typical Clowntown fashion. The flight of Amelia Earhart, the breadlines of the Great Depression, the medal parade at the 1932 Olympics, and more are presented as classic newsreels from the '30s as seen through clown glasses. Director Doran Hamm has long been fascinated by the films and news clips of the early 20th century before the advent of television, Fox News, and Facebook. (Repeats 11/3-11/5). 7 p.m. 10/27; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 10/28 and 10/29. Through Sunday, October 29. $11, $10 seniors, $7 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO "Secret of the Seasons: A Climate Change 'Co-Opera' ": Based on songs written by SIT Professor John Ungerleider and Bill Conley, the SOS co-opera is a reflective, participatory musical journey that engages the audience with the external and internal challenges that global climate change is bringing to our lives. With special guest KC Golden, Senior Policy Advisor of Climate Solutions and Board Chair of 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $8 to $20 suggested donation includes a CD. Benefit for Strolling of the Heifers. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON Kevin Parry: Parry plays blues, rock and country on the guitar and harmonica. Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, plus originals. 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. in Phelps Barn. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2231; 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.

Flight Night! Fright Night Edition: Fly with the New England Center for Circus Arts. Ages 7 and up. Enter the raffle to win a free flying class. Whether you've done it before or this is your first time, you will have a night of family friendly fun regardless of the weather. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $10 per fly (3 for $20). .


WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk, includes poems or other readings, and chances to share. Led by Ro Corbin. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: 802-387-2681.

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:

DUMMERSTON Transition Dummerston Community Potluck and "Button-up, Weatherize for Winter" Program: A variety of local experts will familiarize us with how we can prepare for winter and make our homes more energy efficient. Sample merchandise. Bring a dish to share. 6 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. program. Free. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd. Information:

BRATTLEBORO 3rd Annual Out in the Open Summit: An expected 75 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people living in small towns and rural communities from around the Northeast will gather. This is a participatory day with no presenters/experts, rather we convene this gathering with the understanding that our daily experiences living, working, and organizing as rural and small town LGBTQ people make each of us an expert. This year, the whole Summit explores three themes through different discussion-based and hands-on sessions at the same time: Living on the Land, Art & Expression, and Organizing for Justice. These sessions will be facilitated but it's up to the participants in those rooms to discuss and strategize about how each issue comes up in their lives and intersects with their LGBTQ identities. The Summit is convened by Green Mountain Crossroads. 6 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Sunday, October 29. $35 for the weekend. Hilltop Montessori School, 99 Stafford Farm Hill. Registration required:

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Tag Sale: Featuring fall and winter clothing, household items, toys, books, games, and sporting goods at low prices. Sat: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sun: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Through Saturday, October 28. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.



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