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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The Laramie Project": In 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted over 200 interviews. From these interviews, they wrote this play, which is a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder and has gone on to be one of the most performed plays on American stages. The play is meant to be different from other theatrical productions, and encourages audiences to engage in dialogue while urging them to action based on their response to the performance. 4/13: 7 p.m., 4/14: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 4/15: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, April 15. $13, $12 seniors, $10 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. BRATTLEBORO "Twelfth Night": (See 4/12). . West Village Meeting House. .

SAXTONS RIVER "Wayward Home" - A Musical: The story of how a flood affects a family is told through the eyes of three storytellers. Maizy Scarpa and Clara Strauch, the creators, met as undergraduates at NY University and began work on the piece via the internet after Strauch returned home to Sweden. Set in the mid-19th century, it explores how different memories of an event create different realities through the characters of Iris (Scarpa), Anna (Strauch), and Noah, played by Didrik Soderstrom. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, April 14. $15 ($18 at door), $10 ages 12 and younger. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

PUTNEY "How It Is: Selected Poems" with author Neil Shepard: Published by Salmon Poetry in 2018, this is Shepard's eighth poetry collection. 7 p.m. Free. Antidote Books, 120 Main St. Information: 802-387-2260.


BELLOWS FALLS Blanche Moyse Chorale: "Reflections on the Passage of Time": This is an eclectic program of a cappella and accompanied choral works. (Also see 4/15). 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $18 ($20 at door), $5 students. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Jazz Fridays: Stephen Page Trio: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge at Duo, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Sunny Lowdown: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Sunny accompanies himself on guitar and plays traditional blues numbers along with original songs. Sponsored by the West River Community Project promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donation appreciated by the musician. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Jazz Center 2nd Annual Piano Fest: The festival features master-classes, panels, learning opportunities and concerts. World-class artists include Kirk Lightsey, Helen Sung, Christian Sands, Harold Danko, and Vermont's own Joe Davidian and Franz Robert. Presented by VJC in collaboration with the Brattleboro Music Center. Fri. 8 p.m. Kirk Lightsey and Harold Danko; Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Through Sunday, April 15. $10 to $120. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-254-9088,

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Dessert Fundraiser for Brooks Memorial Library celebrating National Library Week: The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is offering a selection of desserts, as well as tea and coffee. Various prizes, many handcrafted by area artists, will be raffled off. Separate raffle for one of the Little Free Libraries. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $10 includes dessert, coffee, 3 raffle tickets ( $3 for 5 extra tickets). $5 for Little Free Librari. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; 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, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Community Meal, Health Fair, Health Care Meeting: Having trouble getting the care you need? Concerned about cuts in services? Questions about healthcare? This meeting will include information and an opportunity to connect with others in the community on the (in)justice of our healthcare system and to discuss how we can make a difference. Blood pressure and blood glucose screenings by registered nurses will be available as well as other mutual aid and healthcare resources. Rides, childcare, and ASL interpretation available upon request. Presented by the Vermont Workers' Center--a democratic, member-run, and dedicated to organizing for the human rights of the people in Vermont. The VWC seeks an economically just and democratic Vermont in which all residents can meet their human needs and enjoy their human rights, including dignified work, universal healthcare, housing, education, childcare, transportation, and a healthy environment. 5:15 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-257-4436,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO "Movements for Justice: Immigrant Rights and Black Lives Matter": Celebrate Diversity Day with National Student poet Juliet Lubwawa. 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.



April 2018