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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, November 

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Performing arts

PUTNEY Fables Storytelling - Story Slam: Celebrating the six-month anniversary of Fables, hosted and curated by Fish, there will be a cash prize and a Fables Cup for the "best story" chosen from four 15-minute stories. Five judges will decide. 7 p.m. By donation. Next Stage Cafe, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

KEENE "Stop Kiss": Diana Son's moving, witty play about the ways lives can change when the opportunity to act on true and honest feelings arise unexpectedly. Sara, a transplant to New York from St. Louis, meets Callie, a native of the city, and the connection between them is unlike anything either has ever experienced. The choice of whether or not to embrace it and how it affects the two and those around them becomes Callie and Sara’s journey. First performed at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in NYC in 1998, it examines the boundaries of sex, gender, and sexuality, depicting the discrimination that existed 20 years ago and which remains an issue today. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., includes 2 p.m. matinee showing on 11/17 in the Wright Theater. (Recommended for high-school age and older). Through Saturday, November 17. $12, $8 seniors and youth, $6 KSC students. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

The written word

PUTNEY Dorothy Canfield Fisher New Book Group: This new book group, focusing on books on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award list, is for older elementary and middle school-age kids (some books are most appropriate for middle grades due to subject matter). Amber Paris facilitates. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Youth Dept. (2nd Wed. of each month). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. RSVP requested: amberlparis@gmail.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Democracy Forum: 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "In Between Mountains and Oceans": Directed by Masa-aki Miyazawa, this is a breathtaking tale of Japanese temples and forests. Embark on a journey into a sacred forest where every 20 years Japan's Shikinen Sengu ceremony reinforces the bond between humanity and nature in the rebuilding of the Ise Shrine. Part of The Architecture and Design series. 6:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: www.adfilmseries.org.

Music

KEENE Keene State Guitar Orchestra and KSC Latin American Ensemble "Cotopaxi": The eight-member Guitar Orchestra will perform music spanning four centuries, including "Here and Now" by the contemporary Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi; dance movements by the Renaissance composers Anthony Holborne and Pierre Attaignant; and a set of pieces from Peter Tchaikovksy's "Album for the Young," originally for piano and arranged for guitar ensemble. Also on the program is Ludwig V. Beethoven’s "Adagio," originally for mandolin and piano, arranged for guitar ensemble, featuring requinto and six-string bass guitar; its radiant lyricism recalls the style of his better known Violin Concerto. The program will begin with selections performed by 27-member Cotopaxi, named after an Ecuadorean volcano that towers over the capital city of Quito. Using authentic folkloric Andean instruments like Sikuri (panpipes), Charango (small Andean guitars), Bombo (drum), and Chachjas (goat-hooves rattle), will present works from the Andes, Colombia, and Cuba. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $10, $5 students/seniors. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School Music Dept. - Fall Concert: The concert begins with the band performing Erika Svanoe's imaginative work, The Haunted Carousel, Pierre LaPlante's setting of French folk tunes "In the Forest of the King," and Amir Molookpour's festive Persian Dances #1. Then the Jazz workshop offers renditions of Sonny Rollins' Tenor Madness and Josef Zawinul's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. The third ensemble will be Madrigals with jigs arranged by J. David Moore; Dwijavanthi, a traditional Indian Raga arranged by composer and conductor Ethan Sperry; and Owen Sound, a shape note tune written by Isaac Watts/arranged by VT's own Don Jamison. They close with a traditional Corsican paghjella (polyphonic song) Bernardinu. The jazz band follows with a program that includes Erik Morales' Latin original Alianza; John Lewis's blues Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West; and Don Menza's rock tune Beulah Wiitch. The concert closes with the chorus performing traditional music including Georgian, American Camp Song, Lithuanian, Irish, American Spiritual, South African songs. Elyse Wadsworth directs the choral ensembles. Eugene Uman and Rob Freeberg co-direct the jazz workshop. Steve Rice leads the concert band and jazz band. 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Scrabble: Stop by and play a game of Scrabble. All levels. 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

WALPOLE Treasures of the Walpole Heritage Museum: Local historian, antiques expert, and author Ron Patch will give an illustrated tour of items in the Walpole Historical Society's collection. Using a slideshow, Ron will talk about significant pieces in the Walpole collection, which he will compare to examples from other regions, using close-up slides illustrating differences in design and technique. He'll include the Society's Huntington tall clock, eagle weather vane, Hannah Davis hatboxes, the Sheraton two-drawer bag table, and more. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.

Well-being

NEWFANE Open Enrollment Information Session for Vermont Health Connect: Open Enrollment is the time when new applicants can use the marketplace to sign up for health and dental plans for the coming year. It is also an opportunity for existing members to change plans. You do not have to be a resident of Newfane or even a current VT Health Connect member to attend. 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Storytelling and Traditional Song to Celebrate VT Agricultural Literacy Week: With Roger Longtoe Sheehan. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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