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Performing arts

PUTNEY "Puppet Crimes": This raucous puppet piece features traditional German hand puppet heroes Kasper and Gretel as they struggle to survive in an old shack on the margins of society. As the centuries pass through their little puppet booth, war is always raging and Kasper tries to avoid getting blamed, arrested and drafted - yet this puppet always ends up being the scapegoat for larger crimes. In a grotesque world of gun-runners, outhouses, a declining monarchy, Kasper (with the humor and wit of the common man) ducks out from under authority and manages to survive another 200 years. This action-packed work in progress is inspired by German, British, Italian hand puppet traditions. Jana Zeller of Spybird Theater is a second generation puppeteer who has researched this 400-year-old European tradition extensively. She's intrigued that these little puppets, who first appeared in the fairgrounds of Europe in the 1600s and spoke to the common people about politics, the church, society, have survived to this day, defying authority, economic hardship and censorship, and that the themes they addressed then still have relevance. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, December 1. $14 ($12 students/seniors). Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Reservations recommended: 802-387-4051,

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 Holiday gift basket raffle ongoing till 12/16. 11/30: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

W. BRATTLEBORO Holiday Bazaar - Festival of Wreaths and Greens: Holiday handmade swags, wreaths, table arrangements made from locally cut fresh greens and natural wonders to decorate spaces of all sizes will be available for sale. Berries, cones, and other items from nature adorn the wreaths, making a festive statement celebrating the beauty of VT. Handmade ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree. The Cafe on Friday offers a variety of chilies and corn bread to-go. On Saturday, the Cafe serves lunch with a menu offering soups, bread, desserts. Baked goods including holiday specialties such as Stollen, fruit cake made with real fruit, a Cookie Bar, and other goodies at the Artisan Bake Table. The Gift Emporium will offer crafts for sale such as felted and knit items, maple syrup, jewelry holders. Buy raffle tickets for theme baskets which make great gifts. The Eco Table will have homemade cloth gift bags, Fair Trade chocolate, DVD movies. All proceeds benefit the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at West Village Meeting House, whose building is the home of the Theater Adventure Program as well as a gathering for special occasions, community events, and conferences. 11/30: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 12/1: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (12 noon - 2 p.m. lunch). Through Saturday, December 1. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Holiday Bazaar at Centre Congregational Church: Find a holiday treasure, that special basket of treats in our silent auction, holidays greens, wreath or swag. Friday night: Enjoy a light supper, the bazaar, stay to hear Peter Galbraith speak at the Windham World Affairs gathering. Saturday: Breakfast of waffles, light lunch, Community Messiah sing, Children's Activity table, handcrafted quilt raffle, and baked goods. Fri: 5 p.m. supper and bazaar, 7 p.m. talk. Sat: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. breakfast, 11/30 a.m. - 1 p.m. light lunch followed by Community Messiah sing, plus Children's Activity table, raffle, baked goods. Through Saturday, December 1. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "Degas: A Passion for Perfection": Journey from the streets of Paris to an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum whose collection of Degas' works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas' pursuit for perfection through experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying past masters. Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight, but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas' drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas' artistic mind. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO "The Quilts of Gee's Bend": Set in the quilt-makers' homes and yards, and told through the women's voices, this music-filled film takes viewers inside the art and fascinating living history of this uniquely American community and art form. Filmmaker Vanessa Vadim will be on hand to discuss Gee's Bend history, the quilt-making process, and the making of this documentary. 5 p.m. - 5:30 screening. By donation. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Bard Owl: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. T. Breeze on guitar, vocals, and stomp box, and Annie Landenburger on vocals and percussion. Listen to old and new favorites, many originals, with sweet harmonies and driving rhythms. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Home Body / Patsy Clone / Deep Seize: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $8 to $10. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont - World AIDS Day: Those affected by the virus and those working to combat it offer a sidewalk candlelight vigil followed by Dora Urujeni speaking about working in Rwanda. Music will be provided by The Harmony Lot, a local a cappella group. The Brattleboro-based project, serving more than 80 clients in Bennington and Windham counties, is one of three AIDS service organizations in the state working to balance steady caseloads - about 600 people statewide are living with the human immunodeficiency virus that causes the disease - as the federal government shifts its financial assistance from smaller towns to bigger cities. At least a dozen or more Vermonters, nearly 40,000 Americans and 2 million people worldwide are newly diagnosed annually. But an infection that older generations once feared is now often dismissed as just another sexually transmitted disease. Local observers of World AIDS Day hope to change that. There are medications that help you live longer, but if you can avoid getting the disease, it's so much better. 12 noon. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4444,


BRATTLEBORO "The US versus Iran: Will a Proxy Fight in Syria, Iraq and Yemen lead to War?": The Trump Administration has cited Iran's malign activities in the region as the reason for withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. The unilateral US abrogation of its obligations under the JCPOA is driving Iran closer economically to Russia, China and India, all of which refuse to cooperate with renewed US sanctions. Within Iran, US sanctions have undermined Iran's moderates who negotiated the JCPOA and strengthened the hardliners. Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith will enlighten us by examining these questions: Can the Trump Administration accomplish its goals in Iran? Is there a risk of war, either because some in the Trump Administration want war with Iran or as the unintended consequence of muddled policy, broken agreements, harsh rhetoric and diplomatic isolation? Presented by the Windham World Affairs Council. 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information:

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.

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 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,

BRATTLEBORO Moltisanti Soul Singing - The Healing Power of the Human Voice: Singing has the extraordinary power to uplift, transport, and heal us, as well as to connect us to the Divine. It bypasses our mental process, both awakening and soothing us at the core, without effort. Among other benefits, we are able to access, release, and heal from the experience of trauma. Donatella will introduce the concept of Soul Singing, then she will guide participants through a Moltisanti Soul Singing program, and she will conclude with a Q & A session. 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Holiday Shopping Extravanza supporting Brattleboro Area Hospice: Items for sale represent a wide range in style, taste, and price. This eclectic collection is curated with an eye for gift giving. Think contemporary, tribal, vintage, antique. There is something for everyone. All gift items are donated by our community with the wish that proceeds of the sales of the items will benefit others by making possible free support services to people at and around end of life. Friday night will have live music by the Moondogs and sweet treats. All proceeds benefit Brattleboro Area Hospice, an independent, community-based, non-profit organization that provides a broad range of volunteer-based services for living and dying well, focusing on end-of-life, bereavement and advance care planning. Programs reflect our community's values of kindness, decency, and dignity. Founded in 1979 on the belief that no one should die alone, they are dedicated to offering all services free of charge. 11/30: 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; 12/1: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Atrium. Through Saturday, December 1. Brooks House, 41 Harmony Pl. (Main and High St.). Information:

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro-West Arts Fifth Annual Fine Art and Craft Sale: Original works: Paintings, pastels, photography, botanical etchings, pottery, textiles, woodworking, jewelry, glass. Among exhibitors offering fine art and craft for holiday purchase are those whose works have been on exhibit at Harvard University, Reynolds Fine Art Gallery in CT, the National Aviary's Wings & Wildlife Show in PA, and at the League of NH Craftsmen's annual nine-day fair. 11/30: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., 12/1: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., 12/2: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through Sunday, December 2. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Quilt Expo: The River Garden transforms into a cozy quilter's paradise, with works by local quilters on display, and quilts and supplies for sale. Faith Evans, a local quilter who has been leading quilting workshops for over 30 years, will be at the Expo both days offering ongoing demonstrations on how to make a crazy quilt square. Her "Trip around the World" quilt is being raffled off as a fundraiser for the Stroll's Farm to Table Apprenticeship Program. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Saturday, December 1. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information:



November 2018