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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. Fridays and Saturdays. 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 The Vermont Theatre Company - "Art": This is Yasmina Reza's delightful comedy about what happens when three close friends discuss whether a painting one of them has just bought is really art. The discussion quickly turns from a critique of the painting to a critique of their individual short comings. 10/5, 10/6: 7:30 p.m., 10/7: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, October 7. $15, $13 seniors/students. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations: 802-258-1344,

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. (Repeats 10/12, 10/13). 10/5: 7 p.m., 10/6: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, October 6. $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 Positivity Magic - "The Hero's Journey to Happiness" with Jonas Cain: When things don't go as planned, do you get frustrated? Or do you get fascinated? Jonas shares engaging comedy magic, empowering positivity principles, and daily practices for achieving the next level of enjoyment and excellence at work, home, and beyond. 12 noon - 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.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO William Hays Prints and Edward Kingsbury III New Drawings: Since 2007, William Hays has been making his art by carving linocut blocks and printing colorful landscapes of New England. The complexity of his work is rarely seen in relief printing. This year, his prints have been featured in 16 juried national and international invitational shows across the US. He'll be at Gallery In The Woods during Gallery Walk and sign an edition of his latest print. For Ed Kingsbury, the act of making drawings has been a defining and healing force. Catapulted by a painful, incurable illness overturning his life, he turned to prayer and constant, meditative drawing in finepoint pen, transforming physical and emotional pain into a work of inspiration. Disciplined, rhythmic thread of unbroken lines move in and out of suggested form, like a flock of birds catching wind, just beyond the rational. His drawings elude genre - displayed as abstract art at university galleries/ museums, and as Outsider Art in the US and Europe. For this show, he presents his latest large scale work, and some new exploration using color layering and brushwork. 10/5: Reception for the Artists, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The Moondogs provide music. Through Friday, December 28. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

BRATTLEBORO 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. Included will be collaborative vessels created throughout the past year with Abrams. 10/5: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Opening; 10/27: 5 p.m., Artists' Talk. Through Sunday, November 18. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Opening of Five New Exhibits: Join us during Brattleboro’s monthly Gallery Walk. Emily Mason: "To Another Place;" Michael Poster: "If She Has A Pulse, She Has A Chance;" Elizabeth Turk: "Heaven, Earth, Home;" Orly Cogan: "Don't Call Me Princess;" Robert Perkins: "Every Day." Also on view is Angelo Arnold: "Displaced.". 5:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Michael Poster - "If She Has A Pulse, She Has A Chance" : This photography exhibit and series of related events sheds light on what it takes to recover from addiction - a daunting challenge facing individuals, families, and communities throughout the US. Supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and sponsored by the Brattleboro Retreat. This exhibit consists of 32 photographic portraits of Vermonters recovering from addiction and 13 printed text panels containing gripping first-person narratives by people in recovery. The photographs were taken and narratives collected by documentary photographer Michael Poster at Turning Point of Windham County. 10/5: 5:30 p.m. Opening Reception (no alcohol). Through Monday, January 7. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124 x 101,


PUTNEY Genticorum with Zoe Darrow: Over the past 18 years, Quebec-based Genticorum has become a fixture on the international folk and Celtic music circuit, releasing six albums and performing over 800 concerts in Canada, the US, and Europe. The energetic and original power trio also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, vocal harmonies, foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Visit 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Northern Harmony: Led by Larry Gordon and part of Village Harmony singing programs, this concert presents a thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape-note singing, and quartet gospel. It will also include contemporary shape-note songs by Will Danforth, Megan Henderson, and Bruce Randall. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $15 (suggested admission). Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-426-3210,

BRATTLEBORO Jackson Whalan: Jackson is a producer and lyricist. He brings a stunning variety of hip-hop and electronic music; inspiring dancing, social movement, thought-provoking ideas. Born in 1991, he's been rapping and making beats since age 11. His performances and recorded music often include special guests and live instrumentation, taking audiences on a dynamic journey with consistent momentum, and capturing the heaviness that is felt when live instruments and beats combine. Jackson also likes to freestyle and improvise rhymes on the spot for audiences. Includes a pre-show discussion and Q&A for aspiring musicians and producers. 7 p.m. discussion, 8 p.m. show. $7 to $10. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. 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 10/12, 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.

PUTNEY Baby Playgroup and Story Time: Emily Zervas reads simple stories and leads songs to delight and stimulate your baby's senses. Stay afterwards to play with other babies (birth to 2). 11 a.m. every Friday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Enhance Your Creativity through Gong Meditation & Poetry: The process of creating art requires one to relax, to focus, and to practice non-attachment - three attributes that are known to evolve through the practice of meditation. To create space for creativity, our gong meditation with singing bowls will encourage deep relaxation. Following gong, participants will partake in a poetry writing session, with prompts varying by month. All materials provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect - Bellydance with Crystal: Learn the basics of bellydance. Hip twists, drops, lifts, shimmies, figure 8s, and undulations, plus arm, torso, and chest movements. It's not just the belly that dances - it's the whole body. Get your body moving in a fun, judgement-free zone. New instructors and styles each week. No experience necessary. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Solidarity - Abolish Columbus Day: Many states and cities around the country have opted out of celebrating Columbus Day and instead remember Indigenous resistance to colonization, Brattleboro included. Changing the name is an important step, but is it enough? How do we resist the legacies of Colonization? How do we build a world where all humans have what they need to live healthy and happy lives? What is the legacy of colonization? Community conversation: What should be our collective resistance? And how do we stand in solidarity to Indigenous struggles? There will be short videos projected in the park and a place to discuss Indigenous People's Day, collective resistance, and the abolishment of Columbus Day. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect - Argentine Tango with Sally Wright: Join us for a taste of the deliciousness of Argentine tango. Tango's beauty, its grace and power, the close connection, the intricate improvisation - they all stem from communication made possible by the distinctive Argentine tango embrace. In this short intro class, we'll explore a bit of what makes tango so luscious. No partner needed; no experience necessary. Soft low-heeled shoes are recommended, or just socks. Get your body moving in a fun, judgement-free zone. New instructors and styles each week. No experience necessary. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.


BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information:



October 2018