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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The War of the Worlds" Radio Play: (See 11/3). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .. ..

BRATTLEBORO "Clowntown's Newsreels of the 1930s": (See 11/3). . New England Youth Theatre. .

PUTNEY Sandglass Theater: "Babylon": As artists, how can one watch the millions of refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, not to mention countries in Africa and Asia, and not want to address this issue? Over 4 million from Syria; over 6 million from Afghanistan, and this does not include displaced people within those countries, nor address the thousands seeking asylum from Central America who are not considered refugees because their countries are not technically at war. Inspired by the current state of affairs in Europe, and later, the travel bans on refugees attempting to resettle in the US, Sandglass Theater founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass decided the company had to respond. After recently completing a collaborative project in El Salvador, the company was already sensitized to issues of displacement of populations due to violence, and Babylon grew out of this inundation of events/experiences. A collaborative work, each cast member and the creative team has been part of the investigative process. The extensive research and development process combined with a patient creation process has yielded a carefully crafted, thought-provoking narrative that intends to support and inspire public discourse around the world. 7:30 p.m. Free. Landmark College Greenhoe Theater, 1 River Rd. S. Reserve your seat: 802-387-7143,

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" with author Mark Bray: In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, and Trump's initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists, the "antifa" opposition movement is appearing all over. But what is it and where did it come from? As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism ("antifa)." Antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics and to protect tolerant communities from acts of violence promulgated by fascists. Critics say shutting down political adversaries is anti-democratic; adherents argue that the horrors of fascism must never be allowed the chance to triumph again. Historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day--the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists worldwide, it details the tactics and philosophy of the movement, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Poetry Discussion Group: November's poet is James Wright. No experience necessary; copies of poems provided. Led by Barbara Morrison. noon - 2 p.m. Free. Antidote Books, 120 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Creative Writing Group: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, more. Bring original work to read and discuss. Newcomers welcome. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., top floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Reception for Maisie Crowther: Watercolors: Exhibit runs 11/3-11/30. 11/4: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. reception. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "The Uncondemned": This documentary is about an underdog group of lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done--prosecute rape as an international war crime. Up until this point, rape had not been prosecuted as a war crime and was committed with impunity. Presented by the Brattleboro Film Festival. Screening will be followed with a discussion with film director Michele Mitchell and the Hon. Patricia Whalen. Whalen, has been a judge for more than 20 years, presiding over proceedings in the U.S. and serving as an international judge in the War Crimes Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is currently a Special Advisor to the Court in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on judicial education in international law, judicial management systems, trial management, hybrid legal systems, and judicial trial skills particularly in regards to war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and gender-based violence. Co-sponsored by Latchis Arts and the Windham World Affairs Council. 5 p.m. screening followed by discussion. $10, $8 seniors, $5 children 11 and under. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information:


GREENFIELD Jeff Martell and Libby Volckening CD Release Party: Heart Centered Kirtan offers a modern interpretation of the ancient practice of kirtan, devotional call-and-response singing, by weaving inspirational texts from ancient India into their own original blend of rock, blues, and reggae. In 2016, Martell died in an accident just a few months into recording a CD of original songs with his partner. Volckening has been working with Garrett Sawyer of Northfire Recording Studio to transform those last recordings of Jeff's voice into a tribute to the duo and the music they created together. She'll be joined by James Robinson, Garrett Sawyer, Dave Noonan, Melissa Stevens, along with special guests Brian DiMartino on electric guitar and Andy Soles on harmonica. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $10 to $15. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Pressure Drop: Experimental Music and Sound: Experimental bandleader Bonnie Kane hosts this all-night tornado of sound featuring her wild saxophone improv with performances by RJ Avallone (Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall), a trio from Rowe, MA, The Bonnyvale Racket from Brattleboro (Ben James, Bob Kannen, Cyrus Shaoul, John Loggia), and special guests from Brooklyn. A second wave of performances starts after bands play first set where groups have a series of musical exchanges that extend into the night. Light refreshments served. 7:30 p.m: Bonnie Kane and RJ Avallone, 9:30 p.m: more performances. Free; donations to musicians encouraged. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Emerging Artist Series: Camille Thurman and The Darrell Green Quartet: Original jazz and choice standards. Camille Thurman, saxophone and voice; Darrell Green, drums; David Bryant, piano; Rashaan Carter, bass. 8 p.m. $20, $15 for students with I.D. (contact VJC about educational discounts). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

SAXTONS RIVER Felted Slipper-Making Workshop: Each participant will make a pair of seamless felt slippers using a traditional Scandinavian technique that calls for preparing bats of carded wool, wetting them with warm soapy water, and gently shaping the soft felt. With Jenny Wright. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $75 ($63 members) includes materials. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Pre-registration required: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Saturday Morning Zumba: Upbeat music and dance fitness with a Latin/world flavor. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are no mistakes in Zumba, it’s all about dancing, letting go, and having fun. Bring indoor dance shoes/low traction sneakers/shoes, a water bottle. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (no class 11/25). Through Saturday, December 30. $8. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Information: 802-869-3184.

BRATTLEBORO AXIS Dance Company: Explorative Movement Workshop: Intense and fun movement workshop in dance theatre and disability through the use of inclusive language, improvisation, theatrical skills, partnering work, translation, learning existing repertoire and developing choreographic ideas and tasks to share with fellow artists. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, November 5. $250 for both days. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Swedish Meatball Dinner: Annual menu consists of Swedish meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes, pickled beets, mixed peas and carrots, homemade Swedish Limpa and Swedish desserts--Swedish braids & Spritz cookies. 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (2 seatings). $10 suggested donation. Trinity Lutheran Church, 61 Western Ave. Reservations: 802-254-4220.



November 2017