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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Shoot the Moon Theater Company Annual Halloween Spectacular - "Frankenstein": This production is very funny but combined with terror. Company members portray multiple characters in the show, but the principle roles are Dr. Frankenstein (Sean Fitzharris), the Creature (Josh Goldstein), Elizabeth (Jennifer Moyse), Igor (Elias Burgess), Henry (Colin Grube) and Dr. Waldman (Jon Mack). 7:30 p.m. Repeats 11/2-11/3. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations recommended: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Acrobatic Conundrum: "The Fig Tree Waltzes": This is a moving exploration of indecision, desperation, and tenacity in the face of choice. This work features virtuosic athletics infused with relatable humanity. Add in choreography from Costa Rica's Jimmy Ortiz, and you have a blend of circus and dance that pushes the artists to the edge. In a world where stakes are high and time is running out, this performance is a paean to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds. 7:30 p.m. $15, $10 ages 12 and under, $25 front row. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information:

BRATTLEBORO The Green Mountain Mummers: Sword Dance and Mummers' Play. 10/27: 11 a.m. Samuel Elliot Apts., 11:45 a.m. Pliny Park, 1 p.m. Brattleboro Common, 2 p.m. Marlboro College Dining Hall (Marlboro). 10/28: 11 a.m. Town Ctr. (Williamsville), 12 noon: The Common (Dummerston), 1 p.m. The Gleanery (Putney). Through Sunday, October 28. Free. Samuel Elliot Apartments, 107 Elliot St. Directions: 802-254-9019.

BRATTLEBORO "Peter Pan & Wendy": Come fly with us out of Wendy's window and into Peter Pan's world of pirates, fairies, mischievous children, a giant crocodile and endless make-believe. Adapted by Doug Rand and directed by Doran Hamm, this is a fun-filled retelling of this beloved tale of youth and lost innocence. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $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.

TOWNSHEND Mongolian Culture Performance: Students and teachers from the Inner Mongolia Arts University, a college devoted to the preservation of the unique treasures of this nomadic culture, bring their arts to life. The brilliant, colorful costumes, exotic dance, and unusual and unique instrumental (such as the horse head fiddle) and vocal sounds will captivate audience members of all ages. Young girls will leave mimicking the dance moves and people will be trying to figure out how the sounds coming out of the throat singer's throats are possible. The program includes Mongolian throat singing (Hoomei), one of the world's most amazing art forms because of its overtone singing, where the vocalist utters two simultaneous voice parts by tightening the larynx. College students demonstrate, mixing high and low pitches that imitate natural sounds. The musical expression of the vastness, stillness and solitude of the grasslands is communicated in Mongolian long tone singing, which requires the singer to have a marvelous voice with an extraordinarily long range because the melodies reflect the spirit of the vast grasslands. 6 p.m. Free. Contributions to the "Maple Scholarship for Arts Education" are welcome. Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School, 2042 VT Rte 30. Information: 802-365-7355.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artists' Talk: Deidre Scherer - "Human Textures" / Jackie Abrams - "Collaborative Vessels": Scherer's collages, both in fabric and paper media, engage the viewer with the tenderness of being human. Abrams' collaborative vessels were created throughout the past year. 10/27: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Learn about Scherer's process, inspiration, and her collaborations with basketmaker Abrams. Exhibits on view through 11/18. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

NEWFANE Restorative Community Justice of Southern VT - Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC): Laurie Rabut provides an introduction to the concepts and principles of NVC. Participants will learn about: Noticing and working with judgement and fear around conflict, Introducing curiosity and the letting go of expectations, Understanding feelings and needs, Developing and expressing empathy for self and others. We'll discuss how these principles and practices can be applied to situations of conflict and how they can be used in restorative circles as per the work of Dominic Barter in Brazil. We will have opportunities to practice these skills with each other. The training is open to newcomers and experienced practitioners. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. Old South Newfane Schoolhouse, Auger Hole Rd. and Dover Rd. RSVP:


BELLOWS FALLS "The Neo-Trad Experience" with Flynn Cohen and Duncan Wickel: This show consists of multi-instrumental interpretations of traditional fiddle music from Appalachian and Irish traditions, old love songs, baroque and contemporary two-part inventions, as well as original fiddle tunes that fuse multiple influences. The bulk of their material comes from Flynn's four solo albums, including his most recent release, "The Lazy Farmer." . 7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. in the Chapel. In advance: $15, $20, $35. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Becky Graber - "Let's Fall in Love" - Brattleboro Women's Chorus Benefit: Becky is the founder and director of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, and also directs the Animaterra Women's Chorus, in Keene, NH. She is a teacher, pianist, storyteller, composer, conductor, and song-leader. Join Becky as she reveals her lifelong love affair with torch songs and steps into the spotlight with her first ever cabaret program. Just returned from a summer of music in Ecuador, Musical Dir., co-creator, and pianist Alki Steriopoulos is part of Becky's maiden voyage as a cabaret chanteuse. Proceeds benefit the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus scholarship fund. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($22 at door), $35 chorus supporters. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GREENFIELD Ink Transfer Workshop with Anja Schutz: Learn how to easily create your own transfer images to take your photographs in a creative new direction. Bring laser jet print-outs of the images you would like to use. All other supplies will be on hand. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Note: The process requires the use of wintergreen oil, which is highly fragrant. People with extreme fragrance intolerance should not take part. $45. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Register:


BRATTLEBORO Simultaneous Chess Exhibition: Vermont State Chess Champion, Ian Dudley, will take on all comers in an exhibition where he will play up to 25 players simultaneously, each on a different board. 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room. (Arrive early to get a seat). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Eric Strickland:

Kids and families

PUTNEY Halloween Party for Kids: Performance by the Annies (Annie Frelich and Annie Quest) including a "parade across the stage" to show off costumes. There will also be a treasure hunt and games. Contra dancing follows. 4 p.m. the Annies, 7:30 p.m. beginner contra lesson, 8 p.m. contra dancing. Kids' party is free; contra dance admission by donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Ann Kerrey: 802-387-5685.


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.

BELLOWS FALLS Winter Wellness Workshop with Carol Jean Jones: We will discuss winter wellness preparation for Body, Mind & Spirit and how to maintain it throughout the winter. We prepare our houses and cars for winter. How do you prepare yourself for winter? Early fall is the time when most people receive cords of wood to stack, have oil delivered, and make sure their vehicles have proper fluids and good snow tires. This is also a great time to think about the various types of fuels your body will need to sustain you through the winter months. Which foods maintain warmth in your body in cold winter months? Active participation is encouraged. Journal provided for note-taking. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Currier Hall. $35. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

GUILFORD Press the Vote - Hosted by Verandah Porche and John Scagliotti: Sponsored by Sarah Coffey for State Representative, this event includes cider pressing and apple pie and will bring together candidates for state offices and local supporters. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Kopkind Colony/Organ Barn at Tree Frog Farm, 158 Kopkind Rd. Information: 802-254-4859; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Halloween Party with Live Music by Bushwhack: 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.

PUTNEY Last Saturday Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance. Live music with Amy Cann with the All Comers Band. Andy Davis calling. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. workshop for new dancers, dancing 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.



October 2018