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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. 10/6: 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). 10/6: 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.

Celebrations and festivals

NEWFANE 48th Annual Newfane Heritage Festival: There will be over 90 crafters, a chance for everyone to win at the Super Raffle, a huge Flea Tent, plus lots of food, apple pies (by the slice or whole), music, and more. This is a benefit for the Newfane Church. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, October 7. Free. Newfane Common, Main Street (Rt. 30) downtown. Information: 802-365-4079,


PUTNEY Alki Stereopoulos, Virtuoso Pianist and Composer: Locally known for his work with the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, the New England Youth Theater, cellist Eugene Friesen and producer Billy Straus, Alki has a long and colorful history in musical theater, piano performance and the recording studio. On stage, Alki delivers musical intensity, imagination and big fun. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($22 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Decatur Creek at Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILMINGTON Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series : Concluding the season will be Chris Bakriges and Grammy award-winning violinist Zach Brock from the Stanley Clarke Band and super group Snarky Puppy performing music that reflects jazz and culture in a global age. This is a benefit for West River Habitat for Humanity. 8 p.m. By donation. Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-8591.

NEWFANE Kevin Parry: Classic and iconic blues and rock. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. Ricks Tavern, 386 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-4310,

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Re-Homing: Help the museum by finding new homes and new uses for surplus reed organs and parts. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., back of the building. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GRAFTON Fall Foliage Walk: The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association offers this guided walk on Athens Dome trails at the northern end of its protected properties, which now total around 2,100 acres. Hikers will then go up Bear Hill Trail to its summit view, onto an Athens Dome trail through the swamp, to Shortcut Road, and back to Kidder Hill Road and the parking area. This is a longer hike than usual, with several steep sections, so wear appropriate footwear, bring water, a snack, insect repellent, and possibly a walking stick. Meet at the Nature Museum parking lot to carpool to Bear Hill Trail kiosk on Kidder Hill Rd. Free. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Register with Camilla Roberts:,


BRATTLEBORO Mantra, Pranayama, and Gong Meditation: Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response-style chanting featuring harmonium, talas, and tabla - pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath, and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. every Sunday. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.

WARDSBORO "Just Breathe Out - Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You" with author Betsy Thomason: Local author Thomason will speak about her how-to-breathe guidebook featuring the BreatheOut Dynamic system (BODs) - revolutionary breathing focused on the active, spine-stretching outbreath. Using BODs in daily practice promotes relaxation as well as strength. If you want to manage stress and pain more effectively, improve your strength, or conquer an addiction, learning and using BODs can help you reach your goals. Book will be for sale. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Free. Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St. Information: 802-896-6988; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

PUTNEY 15th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner: This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Groundworks Collaborative's Food Shelf, providing high quality supplemental food for over 1,000 individuals each month. Each ticket includes a simple meal of local homemade soup, bread, and cheese in a handmade bowl to keep. Guests choose from signature bowls made by many of the region's talented potters. Over 15 local cafes/restaurants donated homemade soups to the dinner. Live music. Sponsored by Abbiatti Monuments, Against the Grain Gourmet, Basketville, Beadniks, Brattleboro Food Co-Op, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Burrows Specialized Sports, Caring Chiropractic, Costello, Dead River, Delectable Mountain Cloth, Flamingo Diner, Foard Panel, Gail Peach LCMHC, Hotel Pharmacy, King Arthur Flour, Guilford Country Store, Howard Printing, Kitchen Sync, Lawton Flooring, Richmond Auto Repair, Rod's Mobil, Savings Bank of Walpole, Side Hill Farm, SIT, Stop & Go Auto Sales, Stop & Go Instant Oil Change, The Richards Group, The Shoe Tree, Silver Forest of VT, Trust Company of VT, Twice Upon A Time, Valente & Gentry, P.C., West River Marina. 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (2 seatings). Each $25 raised can provide a month's worth of supplemental food for a family of five. By 10/5: $25 ($15 ages 7-15), free under age 6. At door: $30 ($15 youth). Landmark College, 1 River Road So. Tickets:

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

GRAFTON 37th Tag Sale to benefit the Grafton Volunteer Fire Dept: This popular sale is known for quality and bargains. It features furniture, linens, housewares, toys, books, small appliances, tools, and many other items. 10/6: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 10/7: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Items will be half-price on Sunday. Through Sunday, October 7. Grafton Volunteer Fire Dept., 711 Rte. 121 E. Information: 802-843-1112.



October 2018