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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, November 

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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

PUTNEY Ailyn Hoey - "Passages; Charcoals": Growing up in rural Vermont, Hoey spent many hours exploring its woods, river banks and beaver ponds. In 2002, she started drawing landscapes in charcoal. The terrains that inspire her provide solitude. They are often remote, rugged, unspoiled. 11/18, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Artist Reception. Through Monday, February 11. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Reception for Canal Street Art Gallery: "Anniversary!": Celebrate the Gallery's first year achievements, friendships, and a collection of artwork from our areas' talented artists including Zoee Blossom, Jean Cannon, Sloane Dawson, Spaulding Dunbar Images, Karl Jacobson, Carol Keiser, Robert McBride, Lisa Mcnealus, Scott J. Morgan, Charles Norris-Brown, Bonnie North, MC Noyes, Gil Perry, Mark Ragonese, Phyllis Rosser, Matt Saxton, and Chris Sherwin. This show supports the Gallery's mission to represent and exhibit contemporary artists in all styles and mediums and offer an open space where all creative voices may be heard. Artists have included work appropriately sized and priced for gifts. 11/16: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. ("Anniversary" runs through 1/12/19, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wed.-Sat.). Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Is it a Drinking Problem or a Drinking Solution?: Turning Point of Windham County invites you to have a look at the trifecta of genetics, environment, and opportunity that leads to addictive behavior and how you can help someone avoid or survive that unhappy trap. 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

BELLOWS FALLS "The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan": This film is about war-torn Afghanistan and the life of a young boy growing up there. Over the course of a year, this film follows the story of one of the refugees who now lives in a cave among the ruins, an 8-year-old boy called Mir. In 2001, the Taliban government of Afghanistan destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the world's tallest stone sculptures. By the summer of 2002, after the fall of the Taliban, more than 250 Afghans, most of them Hazara refugees, were living in caves beside the rubble. Organized chronologically over four seasons, we follow a refugee family living there, including Mir, a smiling lad of eight. The landscape is stark, the winter is harsh, the refugees' stories are harrowing, Mir's school is crowded and ill equipped, helicopters move across the sky, and the roads carry mostly military vehicles, yet Mir's family hopes for a house and a bright future. For over 25 years, Afghanistan has been at war. Over two million civilians have been killed. In 2001, the ruling Taliban destroyed the tallest stone statues in the world, the 'Buddhas of Bamiyan.'. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $10. Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ray Mason: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Known as "one man and his Silvertone," Mason will perform original songs in the Old time Rock and Roll tradition. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Janel Munoa / Emma DeCorsey / I Love You: 8 p.m. $5 to $10. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: www.stonechurchvt.com/index.php/event/janel-munoa-i-am-the-polish-army-i-love-you.

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 Turkey Tasting: Sample one just out of the oven from Stonewood Farm and taste the goodness. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Chronic Pain and Recovery Group: Recovery-support group for people in recovery who also deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a difficulty for many people in recovery. The severity and frequency of chronic pain can often lead to opioid dependence because of the medications prescribed. Finding ways to manage pain that don't interfere with the recovery process can be a challenge, but group members can share the approaches that have worked for them. Facilitator is Cecil McLaury, who has been in recovery for 33 years and has been in daily chronic pain since 2003. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600, tpwc.1@hotmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Developing a Painter's Mindset - Gong Meditation for Creativity: 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, gong meditation with singing bowls will encourage deep relaxation. Following gong, participants will partake in a guided drawing/painting session. All materials provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (3rd Fri. of every month). $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Keep Yourself from Being a Victim of Medicare Fraud: With Kelly McElheny of the Community of Vermont Elders. 1 p.m. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Reserve your spot: 802-440-1528, kelly@vermontelders.org.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every Friday. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect - Bellydance: 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. Crystal fell in love with the joy of bellydance in 1989 and has been shimmying, twisting, and undulating ever since. She studied bellydance with dancers from North Africa and the Middle East in Paris, Boston, and across New England. She now teaches periodically at Sobo Studio and complements her love of Middle Eastern music by playing Arabic violin. 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 (Classes will pause for a few weeks after the 11/16 class). Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

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 session: 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. $40 (benefits the Church and Chester Conservation Committee's youth environmental-camp scholarships). St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 313 Main St. Registration required. Lillian Willis: 802-875-1340, lbwillisct@comcast.net.

GUILFORD Guilford Holiday Open Studio: Seven area artisans - John Dimick, Vicki Houghton, Mary Ellen Franklin, Susan Rosano, Hanako Jones, Susan Fenton and Carol Schnabel show their work at Carol Schnabel’s weaving studio. Free refreshments. Not handicapped accessible. 11/16: 3 p.m.-8 p.m., 11/17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Saturday, November 17. Carol Schnabel Studio, 410 Green River Rd. Information: 802 257-1894, carolschnabelhandweaving.wordpress.com.

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