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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams: (See 5/10). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .

BRATTLEBORO "James and the Giant Peach, JR": Based on one of Roald Dahl's most poignantly quirky stories, this is a brand-new take on this beloved tale. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean, and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks, and plenty of disagreements along the way. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by TONY Award-nominated team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, outrageously outlandish costumes by Sandy Klein and Monika Grist-Wiener, lighting and projections designed by local artist Maria Pugnetti, and musical numbers that will have you dancing in your seats, this show is a fun adventure for one and all. 5/11: 7 p.m., 5/12: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 5/13: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 13. $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.

SAXTONS RIVER "Charlotte's Web": This is E.B. White's classic tale adapted by Joseph Robinette. Charlotte is Allison Cooper-Ellis, bent on saving Wilbur (Ezra Holloway) from the butcher's knife. Other cast members: Victor Brandt (Templeton), Willa Dana (Fern), Aislinn Doran (Avery), Frank Sibley (Homer Zuckerman), Marit Bjerkadal (Edith Zuckerman), Connor Simonds (Lurvy), and Falko Schilling and Heidi Lauricella (Mr. and Mrs. Arable). Gail Haas, Ira Wilner, Lizzy Zavattero, Mary Margaret Jones, Christopher Leary and Iris Morehouse play various farm animals, fairgoers and spectators. Incidental music provided by ukulele players Ben Carr, Elliott Carr, Steven Vannoy, and Veronica Stevens. 5/11 and 5/12: 7:30 p.m.; 5/13: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 13. $15, $10 ages 16 and younger. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

PUTNEY Legacy Putney: Community Supper / The Stockwell Brothers & Friends Concert: (Also see 5/10). 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. supper, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. concert. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Joe Jencks - Acoustic Folk: Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives noted for their unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant "Lady of The Harbor," he's also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20/$15 seniors ($5 more at door); $45 premium reserved seating. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD The Soubrette Jazz Choir (House Concert): This is a women's vocal ensemble. Snacks and desserts afterwards. (See 5/10). 7:30 p.m. Free. Thirty-One Madison Circle, 31 Madison Circle. Information: 802-275-2142,

BRATTLEBORO The Suitcase Junket in Concert: From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks, and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound from Matt Lorenz' rock collection, "Pile Driver." A one-man band, this singer/songwriter debuts original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos, and dance-hall festivity. Image-driven songwriting is laid out on instruments built of broken bottles, thrift store forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, salvaged instruments, and an overhead compartment's worth of luggage. Matt's music puts him in the company of artists working the border of Americana and rock--Shovels & Rope, M. Ward, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Sam Amidon, Alabama Shakes, and The Record Company. 8 p.m. $17 to $20. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY The Stockwell Brothers & Friends: Contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet with guests Doug and Tim Harlow, Geoff Sather, Phil Bloch, Pat Holiday, Lou Trombley, Derrik Jordan and Maria Basescu. 7 p.m. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with the Windham Ukulele Kids and Stone Bridge String Band: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. The Windham Ukulele Kids are a group of children who practice their music at the Windham Elementary School. They will be followed by the Stone Bridge String Band, three local women who sing and play traditional old-time tunes and songs on fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. 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. 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 Windham World Affairs Council: "Revisiting the Nuclear Agreement between Iran and the US, the JCPOA": Major talk by Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former nuclear negotiator for Iran and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton University, at a decisive moment for our country as President Trump is getting ready to tell the world whether or not he will honor the agreement made by his predecessor with Iran and five other world powers and is also preparing for direct talks on denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jung-un. The May 12 deadline is rapidly approaching when President Trump must decide whether to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers --the US, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany. 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 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, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO We Love You, Mom!: Bring Mom to the Brattleboro Food Co-op for gifts, coupons, samples, and more. Enter to win prizes. The first 50 moms receive a carnation. 12 noon - 6 p.m. Free and open to all. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Compassion Fatigue: Caring can hurt when we provide caring support for others (personally or professionally, people or animals) without intentionally and adequately taking care of ourselves. Real and significant distress is likely to occur: self-destructive behaviors, lack of energy for self-care, and a range of damaging emotional states such as loneliness and despair. Fortunately there is something that can be done. Compassion Fatigue is not a "natural consequence" of caregiving. It does require practice and effort, but the steps toward personal well-being are doable. Learn practical strategies to help you help yourself, as well as ways to reframe your role and work. With Jen Jacobs from THRIVEeap. 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

Move and Connect: Gentle Flow Yoga with Kelly Therieau: Quiet the mind, strengthen the body, and honor the breath in this welcoming yoga practice for all bodies. Kelly has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and mixes her sense of humor and loving kindness with deep breathing and gentle stretching, offering variations for each pose. Move and Connect is a free movement class. Get your body moving in a fun judgement-free zone. All abilities; no experience needed. Move and Connect is a free movement class for all abilities, aimed to get your body moving in a fun judgement-free zone. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. .

Arts and crafts

ROCKINGHAM Bellows Falls applauds Artists in the Month of May: Music, performing artists, theatre, and open studios are featured during May in Bellows Falls, Rockingham, and Saxton's River. Participating visual artists and craftspersons include Robert McBride, Phyllis Rosser, Chris Sherwin, Cathy Tretler and Tsuga Studios of Bellows Falls; Clare Adams of Cambridgeport; Jeanette Staley of Saxton's River; and Ailyn Hoey and Mark Goodenough of Rockingham. Work will be on display at the Canal Street Art Gallery, Project Space 9, and the Flat Iron Exchange in Bellows Falls. During the Vermont Crafts Council's annual Open Studio Weekend on May 26 and 27, these artists will open their studios to the public and mount group shows in all three galleries. . Through Sunday, May 27. Rockingham Arts and Museum Project. Information: 802-463-3252,


BRATTLEBORO Friday Night West Coast Swing Dance Party: Plus Waltz lesson. Carry in your dance shoes. Shall We Dance?. 7 p.m. dance lesson, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing to mixed rhythms. $12 lesson and/or dance. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990,

BRATTLEBORO "We're Muslim, Don't Panic" and Hip-Hop Class: Sandglass and Southern Vermont Dance Festival introduce Amirah M. Sackett, who will give a hip-hop class (all levels). The next day, she'll perform a solo version of the program, including discussion and Q&A. Her work offers an intersection between contemporary forms and cultural, religious, and gender identity and addresses not only what it is to be Muslim, but also what it isn't. Sponsored by Sobo Studio, Brattleboro School of Dance, Windham Movement Apparel. 5/11: 6:30 p.m. hip-hop; 5/12: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performance. Through Saturday, May 12. $18 hip-hop, $20 performance. SoBo Studio, The Cotton Mill, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #346. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. The State of Vermont keeps most of our cash in TD. 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. 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,



May 2018