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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?. 11/15: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.; 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:

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Independent Filmmakers' Horror Film Frenzy: The fourth annual Ax Wound Film Festival is a celebration of women horror filmmakers and the horror community. 11/9: 8 p.m.; 11/10: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Through Saturday, November 10. At door: $10, $20 for all-access-pass, 50% w/student ID. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Popolo Presents: Arc Iris w/ Benjamin Lazar Davis & Aubrey Haddard: Even casual listeners can tell that Arc Iris is not like the other kids. They build sonic landscapes according to their own rules and broad musical vocabulary. Their lyrics open doors of the imagination and their vocals are simultaneously otherworldly and salt of the earth. And to top it off, they believe in a captivating stage show. These aren't your cookie cutter pop fantasists. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 to $15. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:

BELLOWS FALLS Big Woods Voices: Reuniting four veteran area singers in celebrating their common passion for a cappella harmony: Alan Blood, long-time member of area groups including the Blanche Moyse Chorale, I Cantori, Blue Moon, and House Blend; Will Danforth, singer-songwriter, traditional acoustic artist, and the group's arranger/composer; Becky Graber, leader of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus and Animaterra Women's Chorus in Keene; and Amanda Witman, founder and co-leader of the Brattleboro Pub Sing with Tony Barrand. Reveling in vocal harmony, Big Woods Voices marries singing traditions from around the world with various American roots genres. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $45 premium (prices go up $5 at door). The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Gowan Brae: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Gowan plays traditional Celtic music. 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 First Degree Reiki Training: Reiki may be learned by anyone interested in this natural healing art. This class is taught by Rebecca Rueter, Reiki Master since 1988 in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki. 11/9: Free Intro, 7 p.m. Classes: 11/10: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 11/11: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Through Sunday, November 11. $200 (covers 11/10 and 11/11). Reiki Healing Arts Vermont, 137 Maple St. Information: 802-275-7434,

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 Creative Thinking: Laughter, Dance, and Gong Meditation: The process of creation and meditation requires one to relax. Through laughter yoga and the Indian art of Indian Bhangra dancing, participants will have a chance to let loose and enjoy, working out excess energy in preparation of a relaxing gong meditation with singing bowls. No experience necessary. All ages are welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (2nd and 4th Fri. of every month). $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Annual Brattleboro Food Co-op Shareholder Meeting: Enjoy a handmade meal from the Co-op's Deli team and hear updates about the Co-op from the General Manager and Board President. There will be a panel discussion with a wide variety of community members to share the many ways the Co-op has impacted their lives. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Voting starts at 8:30 p.m. Free (shareholders only). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-257-0236 x 821,

BRATTLEBORO Fourth Annual Out in the Open Summit for Rural & Small Town LGBTQ Folks: Sessions include emergent strategy, crafting a rural LGBTQ manifesto, food justice, bees have three genders, art for demonstrations, and more. Full- and half-day optional Friday Field Trips include: prisons & repression in the LGBTQ community; volunteering at The Root Social Justice Center; volunteering at Milkweed Farm; and oral history with Country Queers founder Rachel Garringer (wait list). . Through Sunday, November 11. Housing, childcare, and free/reduced registrations all available. Hilltop Montessori School, 99 Stafford Farm Hill. Registration:

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect - Let Your Yoga Dance with Sarah: Come Expand Joy! Sarah Lavigne is a teacher and an artist. She trained to teach Let Your Yoga Dance with founder and creator of LYYD Megha Buttenheim at Kripalu. But she fell in love with LYYD taking classes for nine years with Local teacher Kelly Salasin. 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.

W. BRATTLEBORO Fundraising Fashion Show for New England Youth Theatre's Theatre Adventure: Radiant style and a passion for performance will be on display. Be part of this fashionable and lively event while supporting our region's only inclusive theater program, now celebrating its 15th year. 7 p.m. $15, $25, $50 (your choice). Includes array of desserts. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WESTMINSTER WEST Conversation with Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Chair of the VT House Agriculture Committee: Find out what bills have the attention of the Ag Committee for the 2019 session, particularly the Regenerative Agriculture Bill that passed the House (but not the Senate) last session. If you're interested in improving agriculture in Vermont, please join us. Offered by Living Earth Action Group. Snacks available. 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-5779,


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:

BELLOWS FALLS Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil: A vigil of community, solidarity, and diversity. We are one cause of peace, freedom and social justice for all living beings. Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the corner, across from Flat Iron Cafe. The Windham Hotel, 36 The Square. Information: 802-869-2141,



November 2018