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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Early Brattleboro Power Couple Royall and Mary Tyler - "True as Steel" Staged Reading: This is the "first act" of the 2018 Brattleboro Literary Festival. The play highlights the area's rich literary history as a partner in the Brattleboro Words Project. The focus on the Tylers includes an exhibit at Brooks Memorial Library (10/12-10/14) of books and documents, including original, handwritten letters, early newspapers, limited-edition pamphlets and books, and other materials from private and regional collections. Some will be shown at 118 Elliot the evening of the play. 7:30 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:,

WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players - "Twelve Angry Jurors": "Twelve Angry Jurors" (originally Men) is a play by Reginald Rose adapted from his 1954 teleplay of the same title for the CBS Studio One anthology series. The drama depicts a jury forced to consider a homicide trial. At the beginning, they have a nearly unanimous decision of guilty, with a single dissenter of not-guilty, who throughout the play sows a seed of reasonable doubt. Several of the jurors have different reasons for discriminating against the defendant: his race, his background, and the troubled relationship between one juror and his own son. The outcome? Come see for yourself. With Bahman Mahdavi, John Moran, Dawn Slade, Susan O'Hara, Dody Riggs, Miles Keefe, Addie Mahdavi, Kayla Williams, Stewart McDermet, Rose Watson, Johanna Gardner, Rebecca Musgrove, Bill Lincoln; directed by Annie Landenberger and assisted by Tanyan Avendano. 10/11 - 10/13: 7:30 p.m.; 10/14: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, October 14. $10 ($7 students and seniors). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information:

Visual arts and shows

GREENFIELD "Nukkua/To Sleep" - Ink Transfer Prints by Turners Falls Photographer Anja Schutz: The black and white ink transfer prints of photographs Schutz took at a month-long artist's residency in Finland this summer resonate with a dream-like quality. Small leaves seem to grow from a woman's hands, or a large leaf completely obscures a woman's face. The line between flora and fauna is shown to be arbitrary, transmutable. Embroidered elements in earth-toned thread add evidence of a human touch and a sense of three-dimensionality to the prints. Tues./Wed: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thur./Fri: 12 noon - 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 10/26: Artist Reception, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 10/27: Ink Transfer Workshop, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Monday, November 5. Free. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Information: 413-772-9334.


GUILFORD House Concert - Jacqueline Schwab - "Building Bridges: Vintage Music of Latin America": Jacqueline spins musical stories that build bridges connecting listeners to the different cultures that have formed our American music. Her distinctive playing infuses the sound tracks of Ken Burns' Grammy-winning PBS series on the Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, The War, among others. She's performed at the White House for President Clinton with Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," and on the CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman. She's played with the Bare Necessities English quartet, whose improvisational style has inspired new generations of dancers and dance musicians. In "Building Bridges," Jacqueline celebrates the sensual spirit, expressive melodies, and pulsing dance rhythms of vintage habañeras, tangos, and waltzes from Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Mexico. These styles were the forerunners of samba, salsa, and other Latin music of today. She'll perform familiar and less well-known melodies by composers Ernesto Nazareth, Ernesto Lecuona (made famous by "I Love Lucy's" Desi Arnaz), Ignacio Cervantes, Juan Jose Castro, and more in classical and folk arrangements. 7 p.m. Light refreshments. $15 to $20 at door. Wendys Soiree. Directions: 802-254-6189.


BRATTLEBORO NECCA Registration now Open for Free Taster Session (10/29 to 11/15): For the first time, NECCA is offering a short run of introductory classes designed for curious kids and adults to sample. The six-week session includes mixed aerials specifically for teens, try out trampoline or aerials for adults, bring your child for a non-competitive acrobatics class, join juggle jam. This is a perfect opportunity for complete beginners and those thinking about booking a longer course to give circus a try - meet some of our coaches, discover the space and feel the unconventional energy of the art and sport of circus. . Through Sunday, October 28. New England Center for Circus Arts (at the Austine School), 130 Austine Dr. Enroll: 802-254-9780,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival - "Hey, Kiddo": In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery - he doesn't know where to find him or even what his name is. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Vipassana (Insight) Meditation Group: This is an ongoing, open group consisting of silent meditation, dharma instruction, and discussion. 6:45 p.m. in the Chapel (2nd and 4th Thurs. of every month). $12 suggested minimum donation (no one is turned away for lack of funds). The Chapel, 20 Church St. Manny Mansback: 802-490-4599,,

BRATTLEBORO Self-Treatment for Pain Management with Ling Guan: Learn about the basic scientific mechanism of pain with easy techniques to apply at home for lasting effects. 12 p.m. - 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 2018