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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 in the Wright Theater. (Recommended for high-school age and older). $12, $8 seniors and youth, $6 KSC students. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Leonids: Autumn Stars and Meteors: Join star gazer, story teller, and night owl Bob Anderson to watch the Leonid meteor shower from the summit of Heifer Hill. We'll gather round a campfire and Bob will conduct a tour of the November constellations and tell the stories behind their names. The Leonid shower occurs when Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle, causing debris left in its path to vaporize when it enters the atmosphere. Dress very warmly and bring a flashlight (preferably with a red filter), and something to sit on. 7 p.m. Donations welcome. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. RSVP: 802-257-5785.


PUTNEY Wanda Houston and Samirah Evans Sing Classic Duets: Houston has worked in varying capacities with Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, John Tuturro, Eddie Izzard, Natalie Cole, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle and Sam Harris on the stages of Pasadena Playhouse, Universal Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall. Evans has become known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially in the jazz and blues genres. Her musical style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the city's most popular and in-demand singers for nearly 20 years. She's toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron and Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Poncho Sanchez, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Jaimoie (of the Allman Brothers), and Sam Kininger. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($25 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Kora Music, Songs and Stories with John Hughes: Whether playing elegant and stately pieces from the classical Mande Jeli repertoire or original compositions that mingle disparate cultural influences, John's kora playing has an uncommon beauty that is, at once, exquisitely intimate and bold. His signature pieces are rhythmically nuanced, laced with syncopations that cascade off the strings into whirlpools of mesmerizing sound that soothes and up-lifts the spirit. The kora is an ancient (nearly 1,000 years old) West African harp not often heard in the U.S. It's resonating chamber is made from a large gourd covered with a stretched hide sound board. It has 22 nylon strings in two separate rows that span 4 octaves. He plays koras that he builds himself. He's an internationally renowned composer, kora player, percussionist, vocalist whose style ranges from traditional West African rhythms and melodies to original hypnotic grooves that cross cultural boundaries and fuse disparate influences. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20, $15 seniors, $35 premium (All tickets are $5 more at door). The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.

KEENE Junior and Senior Voice Recital: Singing a variety of pieces, including classical arias, art song, and musical theater, the performance will be accompanied by collaborative pianist, Christopher Evatt. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. $5 students/seniors, $10 adults. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus - "Keep Hope Alive": Directed by Becky Graber, accompanied by Cathy Martin on piano, Julian McBrowne on bass, and Lisa McCormick on guitar and with her Ukulele Orchestra. 11/17: 7:30 p.m., 11/18: 4 p.m. Through Sunday, November 18. $12, $10 seniors/students, $20 generous. Brick Church (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information: 802-254-8994,

BRATTLEBORO Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron - Storytellers and Folk Musicians: Tom is a story teller who weaves an autobiographical sketch of satire and social commentary from his dairy farm roots to the Vietnam War, civil rights, liberation struggles in Central America and East Africa, border crossings, pipelines, guns, breastfeeding, parenting, sexuality, reproduction, humanism, lost loves and more. He's won music awards that include two Song of the Year Awards from Independent Musicians and a 2015 nomination for the UN Nelson Mandela Award for lifetime achievement in peace and justice. Last year he received the Arab American Women Assn. Award for Global Education through Performance Art. His wife Lynn Waldron performs with him. Visit 7 p.m. $10 to $20 suggested donation. Private location in Brattleboro, 773 Guilford St. Information:,

WEST BRATTLEBORO The Butterfly Swing Band : Joyous classic pre-1923 Swing. Walter Slowinski, clarinet; Rob Freeberg, trumpet; Robby Roiter, guita;r Lynn Lovell, bass; Joe LoMonaco, drums. 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.

BRATTLEBORO "Between the Lines" - Aron Namenwirth and Friends: Improvised music. Aron, whose artwork is also on display, will be joined by Blaise Siwula, Bonnie Kane, John Baily, Eric Plaks, Ben James, Cyrus Shaoul, Alex Taylor, Frank Sansone, Stephan Brandstatter, John Loggia, and others. Each pairing, chosen from a hat, will perform an improvised composition. The process will begin again only after all have played. The presentation of Aron's art as an environment where music is made completes a full circle in Aron's creative process. His new drawings are deeply influenced by his immersion in free jazz, something, he says, that echoes the creative process of nature. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market offers Music with Peter Siegel: New location for this weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Green Street School Craft and Vendor Holiday Fair: Raffle, food, and bake sale too. Over 30 local talents. Presented by the Parents and Teachers Organization. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Green Street School, 164 Green St. Information: 802-254-3737.


BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Somatic Breath: What is an Open, Healthy Breath?: Class includes three levels of the breath; breath anatomy; what is an open, healthy breath; connected breath description and demonstration; 30-minute facilitated connected breath session and debrief with follow up instructions. With Kaiilama Morris. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $65. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. To pre-register: 413-512-0470,

BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

NEWFANE Rep. Emily Long - "The November Elections": Rep. Long will talk about the elections and what's in the works for the 2019 legislative year. She welcomes questions and looks forward to hearing from Newfane residents and other residents of the Windham-5 District (Marlboro, Newfane, Townshend) about what's on your minds legislatively. 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

CHESTER Holiday Wreath-Decorating Workshop: 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. 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,


DUMMERSTON Community Contra Dance: Andy Davis and Louisa Engle calling. Music by "Flicker." Hilary Weitzner, Avery and Ellery Witman, with Jesse Ball. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Potluck supper. Refreshments. 5:30 p.m. potluck, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. music and dancing. $5 children, $8 adults, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-1819,

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Free Thanksgiving Potluck and Concert: Dinner will be from followed by a musical performance by Dan Fontaine. This is a potluck event, so feel welcome to bring your favorite side, meal, or dessert to share with friends, family, and neighbors, old and new. Substance-free and is open to people of all ages from all towns. Presented by Community Hope and Action. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. Free. Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-7300.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO First United Methodist Church Bazaar: Homemade doughnuts, apple pies and other baked goods, knitted items and crafts. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-4218; Click to e-mail for more information.



November 2018