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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Positivity Magic with Jonas Cain: When things don't go as planned, do you get frustrated? Or do you get fascinated? In a presentation entitled "The Hero's Journey to Happiness," this Facilitator of Fascination 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 Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO NEYT Production of "Rags" plus Your Family Immigration Stories: "Rags" tells the story of Jewish immigrants during the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from Eastern Europe in 1910. As they struggle to make a new life on Manhattan's Lower East Side, they are faced with inequality, intolerance, corruption. And while the city streets may not be paved with gold, they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism, hope in this inspirational saga of awakenings and disappointments, greed and power, strength and love. It examines the issues of prejudice, violence, hate that immigrants experienced upon arriving in this country and that still have relevance today. Whether your family has been here for generations, or arrived a few years ago; whether traveled many miles to set down roots or came from just over the border, NEYT wants to hear your story. If you have a picture or short description of your family's immigration story, they can be emailed to, bring them to the theater weekday afternoons, or to a performance. Stories and photos will be posted on the "What's Your Story" Immigration Wall in the lobby for audience members to enjoy as a part of the theater experience. 12/6-12/7: 7 p.m., 12/8: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 12/9: 2 p.m. (Continues 12/13-12/16). Through Sunday, December 9. $15, $13 seniors/students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:,

Visual arts and shows

GREENFIELD Paul Hoffman - New Paintings: Reception 12/7. Returning to one of his strengths - drawing - Hoffman's landscapes are boldly colored, intricate depictions that mix the familiar with the otherworldly. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Guatemalan Tapestry - Contemporary Mayan Tribal Artists: Curated in Guatemala by Lorna and Imre Kepes, this show features paintings from Lake Atitlan. Many of the artists draw upon the colorful patterns of the traditional textiles of the region and their rich natural environment and are also known for their unique art naif style. The show includes a diverse collection of works exploring connective threads between the deep roots of this ancient culture and its ability to adapt and survive. In Mayan Cosmology, the Goddess Ixchel, the weaver, is believed to hold the world together and maintain the continuum with her weaving. The Mayan Calendar recognizes change and the cyclical nature of life. In light of these profound systems of thought, the exhibition poses the question: How can the way of life, essential values, and timeless wisdom of ancient cultures survive globalization?. . Through Friday, February 1. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

Ideas and education

WESTMINSTER WEST "Dowsing and Geomancy - Our Divining Connection": Geomancy is the study or understanding of the energies of the Earth. The word is derived from the Greek words Gaia, meaning the Earth Goddess, and Manteia, meaning study or divination. Traditionally associated with sacred craft, geomancy today takes many forms, from the profane simple dowsing for underground water to the highly complex sacred ritual techniques employed in the enhancement and cultivation of the Earth's subtle yet vital force fields. Of all the geomancy traditions around the world, perhaps the best known is feng shui, although geomancy features prominently in the architecture of ancient Britain, Greece, and the Roman Empire. There is some evidence for geomantic principles applied to the layout of more recent cities, of which Washington DC has received the latest attention. Presenter Alice Harwood uses a number of techniques to address and release stuck energies to enhance the flow of beneficial energy, depending on the location and situation. Presented by Living Earth Action Group. Snacks will be served. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information:


WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ron Kelley and the Hot Noodles: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. 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.

PUTNEY Antje Duvekot and Brooks Williams: Antje, a contemporary folk singer/songwriter, has won top songwriting awards such as Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award, and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act. Her bicultural German upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette. They are the keys to the powerful, even revolutionary, empathy that informs everything she writes.Brooks, an Americana roots and acoustic blues singer/songwriter, recorded 28 solo albums on labels as diverse as Signature Sounds, Green Linnet Records, Reveal Records, and his own Red Guitar Blue Music. He's ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and was nominated for Best Male Vocalist by "Spiral Earth," one of the UK's most respected roots music publications. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Jazz Center Big Band Scholarship Fund Raiser - A Tribute to Artie Shaw: Enjoy an evening of dance music utilizing the original arrangements of the Artie Shaw Orchestra under the leadership of musical director Rob Freeberg. The three current members of the Orchestra who will perform with the VJC Big Band are vocalist Sarah Hayes, ASO Music Director and clarinetist Matt Koza and trumpeter Kerry MacKillop. Former orchestra member John Wheeler (and current trombonist for the VJC Big Band) will be showcased as a soloist. They have joined with the VJC's 16-piece big band to raise money for the VJC Scholarship Fund offering an average of over $17,000 in scholarships each year to help students attend ensembles, private lessons, and its annual summer jazz workshop. 8 p.m. $25 to $50. Admission includes complimentary dessert and snack buffet. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Reservations: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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,

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.

GRAFTON Preschool Nature Program: Leave, Sleep, or Bundle Up? What Do Animals Do in Winter?: The leaves are gone, nights become cold, and snowflakes fly as chilly winds begin to blow. The first signs of winter are at our doorstep. For us, that means getting out our winter coats, gloves, and hats. But what do animals do to be ready for winter? Learn which animals leave for winter, which animals sleep for winter, and which animals stay out and about. We'll use fur, feathers, and more for hands-on learning. For ages 3-6. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $8 per child ($5 in advance). Free for caregivers. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Registration: 802-843-2111,

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.

BRATTLEBORO 20th Anniversary Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale: Cotton Mill artisans open their studios so the public can look behind the scenes of creative local businesses and meet the people behind them. Plus, seasoned and emerging artists from Windham County offer exquisite handmade products from jam, to fine arts, to functional crafts. Alongside holiday shopping, this event features live performances from the Vermont Jazz Center, circus arts from New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Theater puppetry, local music, kids activities. Two cafe areas offer Titos Tacos and Vermont Crepes and Saxtons River Distillery alongside locally-produced artisan food items. This year, Cotton Mill Arts is partnering with Downtown Brattleboro Alliance to offer a free shuttle between the Cotton Mill, two downtown Brattleboro locations, and free parking at Brattleboro Union High School. Sponsored by Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, Vermont Public Radio, New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Theater, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, True North Granola, WR Metal Arts, Storymatic Studios. 12/7: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.; 12/8: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 12/9: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 9. Cotton Mill Artisans Open Tour, 74 Cotton Mill Hill #300. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Enhance Your Creativity through Gong Meditation & Poetry: The process of creating art requires one to relax, to focus, and to practice non-attachment - three attributes that are known to evolve through the practice of meditation. To create space for creativity, our gong meditation with singing bowls will encourage deep relaxation. Following gong, participants will partake in a poetry writing session, with prompts varying by month. All materials provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (1st Fri. of every month). $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Introduction to the Services at Safe Place: Alyssa Todd, Exec. Dir. and Forensic Interview Specialist, speaks about how Safe Place supports individuals who have been impacted by child abuse and by sexual assault. Todd will discuss options for reporting to the police and what to expect if you make a report. She will discuss resources available to those who do not want to report an assault. She will be available for questions from the group or to meet privately with individuals after the presentation. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; 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,

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Annual Children's Craft Fair: Organized by the Putney Area Homeschool Group to give children the opportunity to share their creativity with the greater community, to learn about commerce, and to earn a little money through the making and selling of craft items. This fair also provides a performance opportunity for children to share their music, if so inclined. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



December 2018