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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON "The Last Five Years": Vermont Theatre Company presents Jason Robert Brown's musical about the amazing relationship between a rising novelist and a struggling actress. The show uses a fascinating form of storytelling in which one person's story is told in reverse chronological order, while the other's is told in chronological order. The characters do not interact except for a wedding song in the middle of the play. Fri. - Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Through Sunday, May 6. $15, $13 seniors/students. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Reservations: 802-258-1344,

GUILFORD "Spoon River": Premiere of stage adaptation by Michael Nethercott: 5/4 and 5/5: 7 p.m.; 5/6: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 6. $10. Guilford Center Stage, Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Ctr. Rd. Advance tickets: 800-838-3006,

BRATTLEBORO "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams: Presented by Shoot the Moon. Starring Elias Burgess, Josh Goldstein, Xoe Perra, Sean Fitzharris, and John Mack. Directed by Joshua Moyse. (Repeats 5/10-5/12). 5/4 and 5/5: 7:30 p.m.; 5/6: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, May 6. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "The Positivity Magic Show": Jonas Cain is a facilitator of fascination with decades of experience engaging, empowering, and encouraging corporations, organizations, and individuals to turn adversity into possibility. Today, Jonas performs his signature show. 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.

MARLBORO "Wine in the Wilderness": In this Plan performance written by Alice Childers and directed by senior Saron Zewdie, Bill paints three canvases on black womanhood during a 1964 race riot in Harlem. Tommy, who is assumed by all to represent the "Messed Up Chick," is the real "Wine in the Wilderness." When she speaks the truth about Bill's ideal of the African queen, who isn't real, and claims herself as wine in the wilderness, the others discover their true beauty. 5/4: 7:30 p.m., 5/5: 3 p.m. Through Saturday, May 5. Free. Marlboro College/Whittemore Theater, 2582 So. Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. (Repeats 5/11-5/13). 5/4: 7 p.m., 5/5: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, May 5. $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.

The written word

CHESTER First Friday Open Mic: Readers can choose any genre--non-fiction, poetry, fiction, or experimental--to showcase their talents. Writers of any age are welcome to come and read. Come to shop a little late, hear some local talent, or share your work. Light refreshments provided. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 The Common. Contact Anna if you would like to read: 802-875-3400,

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS "The Long River": Opening Reception: Photography, watercolor, monotype print, oil, acrylic, and drawing by Clare Adams, Spaulding Dunbar, Marcie Maynard, Charles Norris-Brown, MC Noyes, Gil Perry, Micah Schatz, Alyssa Schmidt. Meet the artists, see their work, enjoy tasty treats and refreshments. Honoring the river, falls, and canal which have attracted creative peoples to this place and the Gallery to its current location. (Exhibit runs through 6/9). 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Helen Schmidt and Collin Leech - Recent Work: This show reflects a long-term friendship between the artists, who have painted, taught art, and shared community together for almost two decades. Schmidt, one of the senior print makers in town, is showing work inspired by Japanese gateways: 19 Collographs in Dry Point that are inspired by the themes of transiency and arrival. Leech, a master of many media, showcases her encaustic and oil techniques in a celebration of the natural world. Combined, the two conjure an experience of entering a garden in bloom. 5/4 opening reception, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Gallery hours 12 noon - 3 p.m.). Through Monday, May 28. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Visionary Artist David Addison Small: Celebrating nature, life, and spirit with "Friars," a mystical series of oil paintings. David has studied with visionary Ernst Fuchs, Wang Hui-Ming, and Gregory Gillespie. Here he continues in the phantastic realist vein, with allusions to Italian Renaissance fresco, Persian miniature, and Taoist landscape. Whispered stories inhabit the journey of a posse of friars under skies undulating with visions and the huge presence of the natural world. Painted with finely layered oil glazes to produce jewel-like, refracted light. 5/4 Reception, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Music by The Moondogs. Through Monday, July 30. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

BRATTLEBORO "Raised Voices - Local Artists Resist!": Join Brattleboro-area artists for a show featuring art that responds to our current political climate. The 38 artists are donating a third of all proceeds from sales to the Vermont Workers' Center: Jackie Abrams, Sue Aldridge, Monserrat Archbald, Barbara Baribeau, Karen Becker, Ellen Bronstein, Stuart Copans, Kay Curtis, Sloan Dawson, John Dimick, Arlene Distler, Wayne Estey, Suzanne Flynt, Kathleen Harwood, Laura Kaye, Dolores Klaich, Isabel Lenssen, Lodiza LePore, Steve Lloyd, Naomi Lindenfeld, Mel Martin, Kris McDermet, Barbara Milot, Petria Mitchell, Greg Moschetti, Sharon Myers, Gene Parulis, Leonard Ragouzeos, Deidra Razzaque, Susan Rosano, Nina Rossi, Deidre Scherer, Helen Schmidt, Lori Schreiner, Kathleen Sims, Walter Slowinski, Jorika Stockwell, Toby Welch. 5/4 Opening Reception: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Through Saturday, May 26. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Stephen Lloyd: Paintings: Stephen Lloyd employs a variety of approaches in a dialogue between realism and abstraction. He is inspired by the light and landscapes of Vermont, New England, and the Southwest and by the ongoing conversation and support among artists of Brattleboro-West Arts. During a residency at the Vermont Studio Center last year, he began to employ his archival architectural drawings directly into his paintings, opening a new path for future work. Responding to nature as an architectural designer, he reimagines landscapes in terms of color and composition. In representational work, elements of geometry are often added. In abstract work, the rigor of the geometry is offset by the fluid nature of the paint. While his long career as an architect is a major influence, an equal force is the joy he finds in the natural world. 5/6 Artist Reception: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Through Sunday, June 10. CX Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. Information: 802-257-7898,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Experiential Approaches to Social Emotional Learning and Academic Engagement: Explore experiential, brain-based methods to actively engage students physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and more. Workshop includes lunch and a copy of workshop leader Jen Stanchfield's book, "Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons.". 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cusick Conference Rm. $125. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Register:

Celebrations and festivals

PUTNEY Legacy Putney: An Evening of Putney Stories with Mud by Sandglass Theater: (Also see 5/3). 7 p.m. Next Stage Arts Project. .


BRATTLEBORO "The Singing Atwoods of West Dover" Book Release Party and Concert: Tony Barrand and John Roberts: Local singer and folklorist Dr. Tony Barrand has a new book published by the Country Dance and Song Society of America--a collection of 93 songs from three generations of a local family he calls the "singing Atwoods." Many of the songs were collected by the late Margaret MacArthur of Marlboro, herself a singer of traditional folk songs. Several of her children who live and sing locally will be at the book release and concert. Susan Dedell, pianist/director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir will accompany John and Tony for some of the Atwood songs arranged for piano by Robert Wells Hughes as published in the 1919 book and as found in a 2010 reprint "Songs and Verse from the Hills of Vermont.". 7 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at door, $10 seniors. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. Ron Kelley and the Hot Noodles will be playing a sizzling mix of Jazz from the '20s, '30s and '40s featuring Ron on saxophone, ukulele and vocals, Ralph Denzer on trumpet, Roliy Goodenote on trombone, Tyler Gibbons on bass, and Jeremy Holch on drums. 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 Jeffrey Foucault with Zak Trojano: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $20 to $25. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; 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.

TOWNSHEND Preschool Story Hour: Hear a fun story and get to know other preschool kids and parents in the area. (Continues 5/18). 10 a.m. Townshend Public Library, 1971 Route 30. Information: 802-365-4039; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

Move and Connect: Free movement class. Get your body moving in a fun judgement-free zone. All abilities; no experience needed. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. .

Arts and crafts

WEST DUMMERSTON "Dabble, Dribble, Drip and Dot": Release your inner artist with Jamaica artist/teacher Elinor Katz. Acrylic paint on canvas to create your own original impressionist-style floral still life. 7 p.m. $35 covers all art materials, use of easels and aprons, your painting to take home, refreshments. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Register in advance at the Lydia Taft Pratt Library: 802-258-9878,

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,

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

W. BRATTLEBORO All Souls Tag Sale: Featuring clothing for women, men and children, household items, books, toys, jewelry and more. The proceeds will support special projects at the Church. Fri: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Through Saturday, May 5. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.



May 2018