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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. $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. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $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. $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. $14, $12 students/seniors. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Reservations recommended:,

The written word

TOWNSHEND The Friends of the Townshend Library Annual Book Sale: All subjects imaginable, a vast array of children's books, DVDs, and more. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Sunday, October 14. Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-7300.


BRATTLEBORO The 73rd Annual Disques de Lapin Cavalcade of Wonder: Featuring artists from the Brattleboro-area label and their friends: The Mothballs (Boston area), Dyr Faser (Boston area), Apibus (New York City), Jerome Deppe (Baltimore). Speaker: Slippy. Tarot readings from Miss Eva. 3 p.m. $10. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Tickets at door or


BRATTLEBORO DiTrani Brothers and the Hammer of Spring w/ Jagweed: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $8 to $10. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets:

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. . $25 and up. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Schedule of events, workshops, registration:

Art walks and tours

W. BRATTLEBORO Vermont Crafts Council's Fall Open Studio Tour - Fine Art and Craft: There are 19 participating artists and crafters in Brattleboro and its neighboring towns. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through Sunday, October 14. Free. Brattleboro-West Arts. Information:,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival - Children and Young Adults: "In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Million Years": David Elliott & Matthew Trueman illuminate some of the most fascinating creatures ever to evolve on the earth. With poems and illustrations too. "The Benefits of Being an Octopus" by Ann Braden: Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. "First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great" with authors Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Million Years"; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. "The Benefits of Being an Octopus"; 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. "First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great". Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Oak Meadow Open House: Families are invited to browse the K-12 homeschooling curriculum, speak with teachers about enrollment in their accredited distance learning school, and network with other homeschooling families. There will be crafts and activities for children of all ages and Vermont treats to sample. Open to anyone interested in learning more about independent learning. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Oak Meadow, 132 Main St. (Brooks House). Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays), 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Dog Owners/Dog Caretakers: Learn how to help fearful, shy, anxious, and reactive dogs with dog trainer and fearful dog expert Debbie Jacobs of Guilford. Find out how to use enrichment to give dogs more to do and reduce behavior problems with new Brattleboro resident and dog trainer Sara Matters, owner of Training Matters LLC. 10 a.m. $20. Upper Way Farm, 1104 Ames Hill Rd. Reservations: 802-689-0707,

Community building

TOWNSHEND Townshend Pumpkin Festival - "Stone Arch Bridge Exhibit": Learn about Townshend's six historic stone arch bridges built more than 100 years ago. Support the community effort to repair and preserve these special bridges. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Townshend Common.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Stephen Procter Ceramics - Exhibit and Sale of Garden Vessels: Procter will be at the show both days and demonstrate how he builds his large pieces in many sections on the potter's wheel. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, October 14. Inn on Putney Road, 192 Putney Rd. Information: 802-490-4983,


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Playin' Possum: Refreshments served. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 ($8 members). Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, 802-722-9205.

Community meals

WESTMINSTER Fall Crockpot Supper: Fundrasier dinner will be buffet style with many different entrees kept hot in crockpots. There will be something for everyone from meatballs, to chili, to vegetarian dishes. Dinner will be accompanied by bread, tossed salad, coffee, tea, milk, and dessert. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. $10, $5, children, free for under age 5. First Congregational Church of Westminster, Rt. 5.



October 2018