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Performing arts

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's 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.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Fluxus Dialogue: Nye Ffarrabas (formerly Bici Hendricks and Bici Forbes) and Geoffrey Hendricks offer mixed media pieces documenting their time together and apart, a relationship and ongoing communication of 57 years. International, interdisciplinary and experimental, Fluxus has been an ongoing laboratory for artistic process and ideas since the 1960s. Both transcend neat categorization with their event scores (instructions for participants in group and solo improvisation settings), the visual arts, wall pieces, installations, everyday objects as art, everyday activities incorporated into ritual and performance pieces, ordinary objects seen anew, exploration that has been playful, contemplative, serious and with multiple meanings, both simple and complex at the same time. Nye/Bici started the Black Thumb Press, Bici and Geoff sending out event scores as postcards as mail art to their friends. They kept an ongoing joint journal during their road trips together called "The Friday Book of White Noise," conversation as art - the one not driving doing the writing down of the ideas and thoughts of both as they occurred. . Through Sunday, March 31. CX Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. Information: 802-257-7898,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Education for Social Transformation: A Ukraine Case Study: During International Education Week, join SIT International Education Professor Dr. Alla Korzh who draws upon her research in Ukrainian orphanage schools to discuss how the educational inequities faced by socio-economically marginalized children further disadvantage them as they transition into mainstream society. She will highlight the limits and possibilities of the hidden curriculum educators enact in and out of the classroom. This talk will be of interest to educators, parents, and community members who work with disadvantaged children. 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.

PUTNEY Walking the 1,000-Year-Old Camino Pilgrimage Trail in Spain: The Camino is nearly 500 miles long, running from the Pyrenees in France across the northern portion of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Running from village to village, across farm fields and beside streams and rivers, the path is now walked for many reasons by many people from many countries. Betsy Bates, Paul LeVasseur, Cicely Carroll, and Bob Lawson share their photos, experiences, and reflections from their own walks. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Third Thursdays: Sam Creigh, Local Singer-Songwriter: Enjoy a variety hour of performances and presentations. Then Creigh performs original music from his albums "Green Mountain Flyer" and "Wanted Man" and offers free signed copies of both CDs to audience members. 6 p.m. Variety hour, 7 p.m. Sam Creigh. Donations welcome. Thirty Three Bridge Street, 33 Bridge St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO The Mallet Brothers Band w/ The Big Empty: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 to $15. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Lego-Palooza: Create, build, and play with the Library Legos. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (3rd Thurs. of every month). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Surrealist Games hosted by Roger C. Miller: Roger will explain the simple yet odd rules that allow anyone to create works of art/poetry collaboratively with others sitting at the same table. The results are highly unexpected and sure to entertain and, at times, be profound. He's hosted the Surrealist Games at Mass MoCA; The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; Real Art Ways in Hartford; 3S Artspace in Portsmouth; First Night Boston; and many others. All ages. Everyone creates. 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $10. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Cheese Tasting and Demo: Discover L'Amuse Signature Gouda, a beautiful aged Gouda created by Fromagerie L'Amuse in Amsterdam. 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 Preschool Story Time: Susan Hessey will read and tell stories, do pass-arounds, and lead crafts (ages 2 and up). 11 a.m. every Thursday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Shop Local Community Engagement Press Event: This event is to raise awareness about "Shop Small Saturday" (taking place on 11/24, the Co-op and other downtown merchants encourage you to shift your shopping to locally, cooperatively, and independently owned stores in Brattleboro and our surrounding local areas). Reps from Local First/VBSR, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance and the Brattleboro Food Co-op will speak and answer questions. 12 noon - 12:30 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Mothers of Sons Against Misogny, Racism, and Homo/transphobia: For momma and momma-identified parents of boys to discuss and support raising anti-misogynist, anti-racist, anti-queerphobic men. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. every month. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:

PUTNEY Free Food Distribution (Nov. date change since Thanksgiving falls on 4th Thur.): All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

Arts and crafts

CHESTER Holiday Wreath-Decorating Workshops: Get ready for the holidays by decorating a pre-made evergreen wreath with specially collected greens, natural materials, bows, and other embellishments, plus all the wire, glue guns, and equipment necessary to make the decorating fun and successful. Bring clippers and glue guns if you have them. Enjoy homemade refreshments, camaraderie, and all the essentials to create a very personal, one-of-a-kind wreath. Choose between 4 sessions: 11/15, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; 11/16, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; 11/17, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Through Saturday, November 17. $40 (benefits the Church and Chester Conservation Committee youth environmental-camp scholarships). St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 313 Main St. Registration required. Lillian Willis: 802-875-1340,

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Thanksgiving Luncheon: Appetizer Trays, Roast Tom Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Butternut Squash, Assorted Bread and Assorted Pies. Hosted by The Brattleboro Senior Center and Brattleboro Senior Meals. 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation: $7.25 ($4.50 for seniors). Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Reserve early: 802-257-1236 or 802-257-7570.

TOWNSHEND Thanksgiving Community Meal: Townshend Dam Diner's Chef Stephanie presents her traditional Thanksgiving dinner, featuring turkey with all the trimmings. Sponsored by Senior Solutions. All ages. Also free blood pressure screening by Visiting Nurse/Hospice of VT/NH. 11:30 a.m. screening, 12 noon dinner. Suggested donation: $4, $3.50 ages 60+. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4321.



November 2018