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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, November 

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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Friends of Brooks Memorial Library - Like-New Holiday Book Sale: Come on in and browse from the excellent selection of fiction, nonfiction, kids' books, CDs, and DVDs, and say hello to these hard-working library fundraisers. Proceeds help fund library programming (including the First Wednesday Lectures), as well as technology purchases, plus resources such as the Foundation Center and Lynda.com. Holiday gift basket raffle ongoing till 12/16. 11/29 and 11/30: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., 12/1: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Saturday, December 1. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

GREENFIELD Paul Hoffman - New Paintings: Returning to one of his strengths - drawing - Hoffman's landscapes are boldly colored, intricate depictions that mix the familiar with the otherworldly. Reception 12/7. 12/7: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Reception. Tues/Wed. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thur./Fri. 12 noon - 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Monday, January 14. Free. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Information: 413-772-9334.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Men, Patriarchy, and Capitalism: From the European witch hunts of the 1300's to rape culture, male violence has been a troubling theme of modern history. Thanks to the visibility gained by social mobilizations such as the MeToo movement, one would be hard-pressed to argue that we have made much progress in decreasing it. In mainstream discourse, male violence is explained away as the actions of deviant individuals, "bad apples." This explanation avoids questions that implicate the system in which we live. In order to really understand where male violence comes from, we need to situate our understanding in a larger analysis of history. Grounded in readings from (but not limited to) Angela Davis, bell hooks, Silvia Federici, and Jackson Katz, we will focus on the following questions: Is male violence a men's issue for men to analyze, discuss and end? What are the connections within the current political climate to historical events? How do our thoughts and ideology shape our actions and interactions? Does capitalism affect how men act in the world?. 11/29: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; 12/6: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; 12/13: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Men, please join us in doing this work. Readings provided. Refreshments served. Sign-up: brattleborosolidarity@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO Free Spanish Class: Learn the secret to acquiring a new language while experiencing an easy and fun Spanish class. Open to anyone curious about Express Fluency's unique approach to teaching languages. No prior Spanish experience required. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Express Fluency, 12 Flat St. Register: elissa@expressfluency.com, www.expressfluency.com.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Talk w/ Michael Poster - "If she has a pulse, she has a chance": Poster's intimate photographic and narrative portraits of individuals in recovery reveal the people and stories behind the disease of addiction. These are some of the fortunate few who, though they have suffered the effects and consequences of addiction - whether to opiates, alcohol, or other substances - have survived with help from people who refuse to give up on them. Poster’s work explores the trauma and the obstacles his subjects have experienced, but also the hope and strength they have found in themselves and their community during their journey. This event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Retreat and supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. 7 p.m. Talk (Exhibit runs through 1/7/19). Frfee. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

PUTNEY "Break the Silence, Reproductive and Sexual Health Stories": Part of the [FRAMED] film series, this film features raw, powerful, intimate interviews with 18 Southern Vermont women about their personal sexual and reproductive health histories. Vermont women from diverse backgrounds candidly recount their histories of sex ed, early sexual experiences, abortion, birth control, relationships, gender transition, menstruation, STIs, gynecological exams, sexual assault, pregnancy, pleasure, and much more. It challenges social taboos with unflinching candor, courageous vulnerability, and often great humor. Produced by Haptic Pictures and the Women’s Action Team. Directed, shot, and edited by Willow O'Feral. For those attending the screening, The Gleanery offers 20% discount with a reservation. $12. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Will Wood w/ If Not I Than Who Then & American Opera: 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. $5 to $10 sliding scale. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: www.stonechurchvt.com/index.php/event/will-wood-w-initwt-american-opera.

Recreation

WESTMINSTER Bingo at Compass School: Cash payouts and prizes in every game. Bake sale and food. Great family fun. All proceeds benefit the Compass School global connections program. 6 p.m. Compass School, 7892 U.S. Rte. 5. Information: 802 463-2525; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

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.

Well-being

GREENFIELD Calming Down Christmas: If you find yourself working harder in December than any other time of the year, just to wind up miserable and unhappy with your family, this workshop is for you. Practical strategies for making the holidays fun and harmonious for everybody, led by Janet McKenna Lowry, mom, nanny, and strategist. Presented by 9 to Thrive, a podcast about balancing work, community, and creativity. 6:30 p.m. $20. Studio 7, 229-231 Main St. Reservations: working9tothrive.com/events.

BRATTLEBORO Led Ashtanga Yoga: Experience the Indian tradition of yoga as taught by master teacher Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his daughter, our teacher, Saraswathi Jois. Students can expect to be led through part of the Primary Series practice. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. $15, $12 student/senior rate. Se-tu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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