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Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE " 'night mother" presented by Rock River Players: The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; she lives with epilepsy and is unemployable; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last two jobs failed and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins, Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door. The 5/17 student matinee will have an alternate ending and post-show discussion to counter the glamorization of suicide that kids are exposed to. 5/17: 10 a.m.; 5/18 and 5/19: 7:30 p.m.; 5/20: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 20. 5/10 by donation; 5/18 to 5/20: $12, $10 students/seniors. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Info/advance tickets: 802-348-7156,

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "We Walk in Their Shadows" - Artist Talk by Gowri Savoor: Savoor is an artist of British-Indian descent living and working in VT. Her work involves many different materials and processes including sculpture, site-specific installation, 3D printing, drawing, painting. Her sculptures often incorporate natural objects such as seeds, seed pods, and wood, often juxtaposed with steel or other manufactured materials. In this installation, she explores the theme of human migration, drawing from her own experience as a first-generation immigrant. She also practices and teaches workshops in the ancient Indian ephemeral art of Rangoli. 5/17: 7 p.m. Artist Talk. Through Sunday, June 17. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY "Notes from the Universe" - Paintings by Liz Hawkes deNiord: Liz is a painter and potter who lives in Westminster, VT. (Also see 5/19). . Through Wednesday, August 15. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "Renoir: Revered and Reviled": This biography examines what happened when Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), one of the most loved Impressionist painters, decided to change his style of painting. Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist Parisian paintings. This film is based on the sensational collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Curators discuss why he shifted focus and how it created both an enraged and excited public response. Two icons, Picasso and Matisse, were highly influenced by Renoir's new direction. In the late 1800s, Renoir developed rheumatoid arthritis and in 1907, he moved to a farm close to the Mediterranean coast. Although his mobility became increasingly limited, he continued to paint and this, in part, required him to change his painting technique. Today, Renoir’s body of work recognizes the key link he played between the old and the new. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $10. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Information: 802-463-3252,


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept: Summer Program Registration: One stop, one check, one form. You now can register for summer programs--Summer Day Camp, Little Peoples Camp, "Hoop It Up" Basketball Camp, Baseball Camp, Gymnastics Camp, Track & Field, Mountain Biking, Challenger Soccer Camp, Baton Twirling Camp, Discounted Pool Passes, Lacrosse Camp, Mad Science Camp, and more--at one convenient location. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Conference Room. Free. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808,


BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Essential Oils by Lorie Cartwright: Lori will talk about essential oils for health and wellness and offer samples to the attendees. If time permits, attendees will make some health and beauty products using essential oils--such as insect repellent. 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.


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,



May 2018