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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD Ten Minute Plays: "Kamasutra" by Tom Coash: Doris and Harold from Hackensack reexamine love and marriage while viewing the highly suggestive surroundings of the Chandela Temples in India. "Forget Me Not" by Myra Slotnick: A young girl shares a few "OMG" moments with two elderly women who enter her flower shop searching for more than just Zinnias. "Taking Up Space" by John Greiner-Ferris: Will comes home to find the new neighbor's Jeep in HIS parking spot. What is this world coming to? "Film Appreciation" by David Sussman: You meet a boy who speaks in quotes from one famous film after another. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship? "Quack" by Patrick Gabridge: A young man and his duck are inseparable until one fateful day. "Shaken By A Low Sound" by Darcy Bruce: A flood in an Alaskan town washes all sorts of truth to shore. "Dear Susan Love Harold" by James Walczy: Old love letters come to light and reveal more than just the past. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, June 23. $10. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855,

Visual arts and shows

GREENFIELD "Magic and Flow: A Collection of Contemporary Paintings" by Dave Hay: Hay's exhibit includes both abstract and "pop portraits," all painted in his bold palette. ​He recognized some similarities, or "flow," between the culture of black women and the culture of gay men. In recognition of the similarities between these often marginalized groups, and in acknowledgement that his reception is on the eve of Franklin County Pride, Hay and The Greenfield Gallery will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of the "Black Gurl Magic" series to the National Black Justice Coalition. NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. For his abstract work, Hay mentions Helen Frankenthaler and Cy Twombly as influences. He likes to work with a materials such as acrylic paint, ink, watercolor, and sometimes glitter. 10 am - 6 pm Tues. and Wed.; noon - 8 pm Thur. and Fri.; 10 am - 4 pm Sat. (6/22 Reception: 8 p.m.). Through Saturday, July 21. Free. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Information:

Ideas and education

PUTNEY Spoken Word Series - "Transforming My Family": This is TV writer Joan Rater's frank and humorous talk about having a trans son and her family's journey to understanding, acceptance, and ultimately a kind of grace that made them all closer and stronger. Her goal in sharing her experience is to educate people on transgender identity as well as discuss her struggles for more transgender visibility on TV. The "2015 U.S. Transgender Survey," published by The National Center for Transgender Equality, reports on the challenges facing transgender people - economic, discrimination, violence, and mistreatment, and negative physical and mental health effects (54% of transgender students reported being verbally harassed, and 24% reported being physically attacked). 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

PUTNEY "Freya - Love in the Time of Resistance": Freya von Moltke, widow of German resistance leader Helmuth von Moltke, died in VT in 2010. She was one of the last surviving members of the German resistance group the Gestapo dubbed "the Kreisau Circle." The Moltke family estate in Kreisau became a center of the German resistance to Hitler after Helmuth and Peter Yorck invited friends across the political spectrum to meet and discuss how to give German society a human face again after Nazism was defeated. This film by Antje Starost and Hans Helmuth Grotjahhn will be introduced by Ray Huessy. Ray met Freya in 1960, when she came to share his grandfather's life; he also spent much of the last year of her life working in her house in Norwich. Politics and the precarious financial condition of the Moltke family estate kept the couple separated for much of their marriage, but they wrote each other nearly every day. Their correspondence, more than 1,600 letters, is a witness to an era and their love for each other. Most of Helmuth's letters were published in "Letters to Freya" in 1990, but in accordance with Freya's wishes, their last letters, written while he was in prison, were published only after her death. The actors read their letters framed by vivid interviews with Freya, and with her surviving son, Helmuth Caspar. Freya's vitality, her sense of humor, and her forthrightness bring a sense of immediacy and to the terrible drama of this part of her life story. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO "Three-Step Dances" with Pianist Adam Bergeron: This program is the 4th part of Adam's "What's In The Name" concert series. It showcases pieces considered to be 3-step dances (such as minuets and waltzes) as an illustration of how this style of pieces have evolved and progressed since the early 1700s. Composers include Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Grieg, and Satie. 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.


TOWNSHEND Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group: This new monthly caregiver support group is launching today during Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Given the long duration of this disease, the strain on Alzheimer's caregivers can last several years and produce serious declines in caregiver physical, emotional, and financial well-being. In 2017, 16 million Americans provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care in the form of physical, emotional, and financial support. Led by trained facilitators: Claire Bemis, RN, of Grace Cottage and Alicia Moyer of SASH. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (1st Thur. of every month). Free. Grace Cottage Hospital, Heins Conf. Rm., 133 Grafton Rd. Registration appreciated: 802-365-3763.

BRATTLEBORO Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group: Share, obtain a support network, or just listen. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (1st Thur. of every month). Free. The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St. Sharon Snider, RN: 802-254-6559.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Peecyclers' Summer Kick-off Event: The Rich Earth Institute invites local donors, friends and families, and interested participants in the Urine Nutrient Reclamation Project to a community gathering. Over 100 local donors are completing the nutrient cycle by collecting their urine for use as fertilizer. The practice of diverting urine from the waste stream conserves water, prevents nutrient pollution, and provides a locally abundant source of fertilizer. Rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, people participate by installing urine collecting toilet systems in their homes or by using our portable urinals, which they bring to a collection depot on Birge Street. Rich Earth sanitizes the urine through pasteurization before applying to hayfields with farmer partners. This demonstration project serves as a platform for rigorous field research and has been funded by the USDA, EPA, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and currently, the National Science Foundation. Food, drinks, and live music provided. Equipment will be available for purchase to become a new participant. Hear about our latest projects and meet our extended staff. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 802-490-0258,

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Arlene Distler - Pottery: Co-founder of Write Action, poet, and in recent years, potter, Distler is the featured artist. Check out her bowls, tea cups, and tumblers (handbill and thrown), and while you're there, see Write Action display of mugs, book bags, T-shirts, and a selection of books from WA authors. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri., Sat., and usually (call first) Sun. Through Saturday, June 30. Artrageus I Gallery, 57 Elliot St. Information: 802-490-2277; Click to e-mail for more information.


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,



June 2018