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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD "The Father": Florian Zeller’s internationally acclaimed play is an exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear. Each scene is an elliptical extended snapshot that seems to evoke a memory, but quickly the absurdist contradictions crowd in. We look inside the mind of Andre - an old man/retired dancer in his apartment with his adult daughter Anne, and her boyfriend. Or is it her first husband? And is she really moving to London? Laura, his new caregiver, the one he seems to like, keeps him company. So then why would she steal his watch? The play confounds expectations and works almost like a thriller as strangers keep turning up in Andre's flat. Whether he fully understands it or not, Andre is reaching the end of his time on this planet, and he's starting to lose grip on his sense of time and reality, starting to forget things both big and small. Sound grim? It’s not. Michael Fox Kennedy as Andre, along with Mo Hart, David Hiler, Jim Bombicino, Sadie Fischesser, Julie Holland. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, October 13. $15, $8 students. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO New England Youth Theatre - "She Kills Monsters": Inspired by the phenomenally successful role-playing game, "Dungeons & Dragons," Qui Nguyen's play is an action-packed adventure that weaves in and out of reality and fantasy. The story centers around Agnes, who stumbles upon a "Dungeons & Dragons" scenario that her recently deceased younger sister wrote before she was tragically killed. In getting involved in the game, Agnes embarks on an adventure that forces her to confront a personal tragedy, a finicky boyfriend, and fight to save her sister's soul from a shape-shifting monster. In battling creepy demons and blobs of very skilled Jell-O molds, Agnes discovers the importance of friendship in a world that is not so friendly. Droll, witty and geeky in the best sense of the word, the play is full of magical realism in the form of villains and scenarios familiar to "Dungeons & Dragons" fans, but with amazing costumes, masks and puppetry, plenty of exciting stage combat and '90s dance moves, you don't have to be a gamer to love this show. 10/12: 7 p.m., 10/13: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, October 13. $13, $12 seniors, $10 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO The BUHS Players - "DMV Tyrant", "Naomi in the Livingroom," "The Actor's Nightmare": Three one-act plays by Christopher Durange. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Through Saturday, October 13. $6 at door. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 802-451-3762.

PUTNEY Puppet Crimes - "Kasper and Gretel": This raucous puppet piece features traditional German hand puppet heroes Kasper and Gretel as they struggle to survive in an old shack on the margins of society. As the centuries pass through their little puppet booth, war is always raging and Kasper tries to avoid getting blamed, arrested and drafted, yet this petty puppet always ends up being the scapegoat for larger crimes. In a grotesque world of gun-runners, outhouses, and a declining monarchy, Kasper (with the humor and wit of the common man) ducks out from under authority and manages to survive another 200 years. This is an action-packed work in progress show, inspired by German, British, and Italian hand puppet traditions. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, October 13. $14, $12 students/seniors. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Reservations recommended:,

The written word

WILMINGTON Archer Mayor - "Bury the Lead": Discussion and book signing with Southern VT's own Archer Mayor. Author of the Joe Gunther detective series, in his just-released book, "Bury the Lead," Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation team investigate a murder and an arson case - both potentially related to an outbreak of Ebola. 6 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

TURNERS FALLS Julianne Jones - "Face Forward": Paintings and works on paper featuring anonymous decorative faces as well as self-portraits. These "funky face" pieces range in size from miniature canvases to full grown lengths of paper and medium sized canvases. The exhibit includes screen prints and lithography prints drawn on or pasted over with original and scanned doodles. This show aims to immerse the viewer with expressive characters brought to life from paper and paint; their inquisitive stares begging to be met. Jones' collage and print paintings incorporate print media like monotype, lithography, and screen prints with pieces of other paintings on paper, each adding diversity in texture to the paintings' surface; their mosaic-like pieces challenge the notion that painting and printmaking are separate artistic actions. A hallmark of this work is the complexity achieved through layering line, color, and shape. 12 noon - 5 p.m. Thur.-Sun. or by appointment. Through Saturday, November 17. Free. Ninas Nook, 125 Avenue A. Information: 413-834-8800; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO The 73rd Annual Disques de Lapin Cavalcade of Wonder: Featuring artists from the Brattleboro-area label and their friends: 10/12: Jon Shina (Western MA), Bendays (Providence), Thomas Nola (Brattleboro), New Parents (Western MA). 10/13: The Mothballs (Boston area), Dyr Faser (Boston area), Apibus (New York City), Jerome Deppe (Baltimore). Speaker: Slippy. Tarot readings from Miss Eva on Saturday afternoon. 10/12: 6 p.m.; 10/13: 3 p.m. Through Saturday, October 13. $10 per day. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Tickets at door or


MARLBORO House Concert: We're hosting The Twangtown Paramours, from Nashville. Mike and MaryBeth are incredible musicians. 7 p.m. $15 to $20 suggested donation at door. Wildwood Arts at MacArthur House, 1112 MacArthur Rd. RSVP to hold your spot:

BRATTLEBORO The Windham Orchestra performs Puccini's "Turandot": 10/12: 7 p.m., 10/14: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, October 14. $20 and up. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets:

BRATTLEBORO Solium Fatalis Record Release Show: Also includes Xenosis, Goldenhall, and Vaulted. 7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. $5 at door. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:

SAXTONS RIVER Vermont Ukulele Harvest 2018: Workshops, jam sessions, open mic. Performers include Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, Ben Carr, Bernadette McMahon, The Dirty Hillers, and Veronica Stevens. . Through Saturday, October 13. $25 to $150. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Schedule of events, workshops, registration:

BRATTLEBORO Christian McBride's New Jawn: Six-time Grammy Award-winning McBride leads an all–star quartet including Billy Hart on the drums and a frontline of Josh Evans (trumpet) and Marcus Strickland (sax). 8 p.m. $20, $15 students with ID (educational discounts available). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Slow Pony: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Slow Pony will play traditional music on accordion from different parts of the world. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 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.

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 if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Fridays with Katherine at the Co-op - Try Before You Buy!: Sample sale items including Fall Truckload products. (Continues 10/19, 10/26). 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Creative Thinking: Laughter, Dance, and Gong Meditation: The process of creation and meditation requires one to relax. Through laughter yoga and the Indian art of Indian Bhangra dancing, participants will have a chance to let loose and enjoy, working out excess energy in preparation of a relaxing gong meditation with singing bowls. No experience necessary. All ages are welcome. 6:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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



October 2018