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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, November 

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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Shoot the Moon Theater Company Annual Halloween Spectacular - "Frankenstein": The production is very funny but combined with terror. Company members portray multiple characters in the show, but the principle roles are Dr. Frankenstein (Sean Fitzharris), the Creature (Josh Goldstein), Elizabeth (Jennifer Moyse), Igor (Elias Burgess), Henry (Colin Grube) and Dr. Waldman (Jon Mack). 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, November 3. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations recommended: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Peter Pan & Wendy": Come fly with us out of Wendy's window and into Peter Pan's world of pirates, fairies, mischievous children, a giant crocodile, and endless make-believe. Adapted by Doug Rand and directed by Doran Hamm, this is a fun-filled retelling of this beloved tale of youth and lost innocence. 11/2: 7 p.m., 11/3: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, November 3. $11, $10 seniors, $7 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "The Hero's Journey to Happiness" - Positivity Magic with Jonas Cain: When things don't go as planned, do you get frustrated? Or do you get fascinated? In this presentation, Facilitator of Fascination Jonas Cain shares engaging comedy magic, empowering positivity principles and encouraging daily practices for achieving the next level of enjoyment and excellence at work, home, and beyond. 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.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "The Autographic Image" - New Art by Aron Namenwirth: Detailed line drawings on old and recently salvaged paper mark a departure from the political and socially conscious images Namenwirth rendered through a technical process of digital pixelation. This current work delves into a highly personal art, where each element is touched, edges felt rather than masked and taped. The inspiration for the work comes from closely watching trees as they grow, observing the landscape, their exterior bark and inner bark, finally inside to the growth rings. These observations are translated through a process of abstraction, drawing freehand in ink. Namenwirth has exhibited at The Bronx Museum, Momenta, VertexList, and Galapagos in New York, and his "Video and Animations" have been screened at Diva in Miami. He also ran an art moving company that made the moving the art. The truck painted as a conceptual message board while using it as a gallery and performance space during art happenings in Soho and Chelsea. 11/2: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Preview during Gallery Walk/Vermont Jazz Center Emerging Artists Festival. 11/3: 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Artist Talk. Gallery hours: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays or by appt. Through Thursday, November 29. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery at the Garden - "Farm and Field" - Paintings by Caryn King and Kristina Wentzell: Kristina and Caryn both graduated from Massachusetts College of Art. Kristina is known for her bold use of color in vibrant landscape and floral paintings. Caryn's art is recognized for its intimate look at animals. Combining the two styles and subjects makes for an energetic view of the beauty found in New England. . Through Thursday, November 29. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Vermont Pastel Society: 11/3: Reception, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Gallery hours: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri.; 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thur.; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat. Through Friday, November 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Film Festival: Offering 15 films from the U.S. and around the world that inform, challenge, entertain and inspire, emphasizing viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. 11/2: free, open-to-the-public reception in Latchis Hotel Lobby starting at 5 p.m. where trailers for all 2018 films will be shown continuously from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Through Sunday, November 11. $10, $8 ages 62 and up or those with college identification; $5 children, free for high-school students ($40 for 5 tickets). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Jazz Center - First Annual Emerging Artist Jazz Festival: During Gallery Walk, listen to high school and college-age groups at various Brattleboro venues. Collaborators include area schools, BrattRock, Youth Services, the Boys and Girls Club, 118 Elliot, Echo, The Lounge, and Strolling of the Heifers. Afterwards, Planet Kniffen offers a free concert for musicians who have performed during the Jazz Walk to come together with friends/family to enjoy top-notch jazz led by the Los Angeles-based drummer Darryl Kniffen, who will be flying in exclusively to perform and instruct at this festival. (Also see 11/3). 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (9 p.m: Planet Kniffen at the River Garden/Strolling of the Heifers). Free. Gallery Walk. Information: www.vtjazz.org.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with One Part Luck: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. This duo sings and plays original songs on banjo, guitar, ukulele and bass, with lots of great harmony. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

DOVER Soule Monde: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $12 to $15. The Snow Barn, 294 Handle Rd. Information: stonechurchvt.com/index.php/event/soule-monde.

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.

GRAFTON Mighty Acorns Club - "Connected to Nature: Learning From the Abenaki": Imagine a world without computers, cell phones, cars, stores, and houses. Here in Northern New England, there was a time when none of these things were around. Everything came from what you could find, hunt, gather, and make from the land. For thousands of years, the indigenous Abenaki people have lived in harmony with the land and have gained a deep knowledge and respect for it. Investigate artifacts, hear Abenaki stories, and go on a hike to connect with nature. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. This Club for preschoolers meets every month. Children should be dressed for spending some time outside. $5, $8 drop-in, free for caregivers. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. RSVP: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Baby Playgroup and Story Time: Emily Zervas reads simple stories and leads songs to delight and stimulate your baby's senses. Stay afterwards to play with other babies (birth to 2). 11 a.m. every Friday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Guess the Weight of the Wheel and Cut the Cheese with Joe: Join Joe for a little seminar about a very special 80-pound organic Parmigiano Reggiano wheel from Bio-Hombre. In addition to sharing his knowledge as he demonstrates modern and traditional ways of cutting the giant wheel, he’ll offer samples. Stop in during the days before to guess the weight of the wheel, which will be on display, and you could win a pound. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Cheese Island. 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect - Restorative Yoga with Walter: Enjoy a gentle series of supported postures designed to create space and ease in both our bodies and minds. Walter Hagedorn embraces the practice of yoga as a parent, entrepreneur, artist, and loving husband. For the past decade, Walter has personally experienced the healing transformation born of a yoga practice built upon self compassion and understanding. His 200-hr teacher training, ten-plus years of dedicated personal practice, and his experience as an innovator in the field of Sensory Integration have contributed to the practice he gratefully shares with others. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you freedom of movement. 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.

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Spaghetti & Homemade Meatballs: Salad, spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs, garlic bread and blueberry shortcake. Regular menu is also available as are take-outs. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. $10. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Information: 802-257-0438.

Activism

PUTNEY Next Stage Speaks - "Just Say No: Resistance in Life and Literature": This panel on Resistance features Mary Fillmore, author, lecturer; Rai d'Honore, scholar, writer, composer, performer; and Chard deNiord, Vermont Poet Laureate. Hosted by writer, lecturer, workshop leader Elayne Clift. Discussion follows. The Hubble will be present to register people to vote. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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