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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD Staged Reading of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike": In Christopher Durang's play, Vanya and Sonia are a pair of middle-aged siblings sharing their childhood home in Bucks County, PA, spending their days complaining about the state of their lives. A visit from their movie-star sister Masha along with her new boy-toy allows old resentments to flare. Add to the mix a sassy maid who can predict the future, a young aspiring neighbor actress whose prettiness worries the imperious Masha, toss in a costume party, and you have the ingredients for a hilarious weekend. Cast: Gregory Lesch, Wendy Almeida, Katrina Spenceman, Susan O'Hara, Clare Margand, Sam Murphy. (Repeats 8/25). 7:30 p.m. $10. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Tickets: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Riverteeth" - Storytelling through Crankies, Shadows, and Songs: Riverteeth is two musicians and artists, Mary Lauren Fraser and Kiah Mae Raymond. Named for the hardwood knots that resist decay, carried down rivers to the sea, Mary and Kiah collaborate to hold and tell the stories that still have a sharp bite. Weaving together storytelling, shadow puppetry, papercut visuals and traditional tunes, they perform ancient ballads, haunting tales and fiddle tunes from Appalachia, Scandinavia, and beyond. $12. 7:30 p.m. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Catherine Trieschmann's "Crooked": High school graduate Allison Vigue presents a directorial debut of this three-person contemporary one-act play telling the story of Laney, a 14-year old aspiring writer who has just moved with her mother to Mississippi. The cast explores the world of family, friends, and love. Part of a mentor project, this show is almost entirely student run, from its student director and actors to the technical design and the photography. 7 p.m. By donation. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "Invitations: My Other World" - Reception for Ines Zeller Bass: (See 8/23). Artist's reception, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Next Stage Gallery. .


WILMINGTON Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert: Featuring bassist Ron White, drummer Bill Matthews, guest vocalist Eithne Eldred, and series host, pianist Chris Bakriges. Music from the Great American Songbook benefits the Pool Learning Center, providing professional literacy instruction and support to students with learning differences, their families, and their educators. 8 p.m. Tax-deductible donation at door. Historic Memorial Hall of Wilmington, 2 E. Main St. Twice Blessed: 802-464-7500.

BRATTLEBORO Vibrant Ensemble: Listen to original compositions - improvised soundscapes that reflect nature's ambience and serenity. The compositions are inspired by World Music: Asia and the Middle East, the pulsations of Africa, and the spirit of Latin America. Stephan Brandstatter on gongs, chimes, bells, bowls, percussion, and ethnomusicologist Dennis Waring who plays flutes, reeds, and percussion. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. Superfresh! Organic Cafe, 30 Main St. Information: 802-579-1751; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Asante at Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.


MARLBORO Wildflowers of Late Summer with Allison Turner: Let's discover the late summer/early fall bloomers. We expect to see some interesting items, like a reddish-violet Bottle Gentian, an uncommon polygala, as well as the more common, but still glorious, late summer flowers. This will be a leisurely walk with some elevation gain and loss, but nothing tricky. We’ll stick mainly to the trails but may wander off-trail here and there, so long pants might be a good idea. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Meet in the parking lot. (Rain date: 9/1). Free. Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, Rte. 9. Information:,

BRATTLEBORO Nighthawk Sunset: A West River Paddle : Sunset paddle to watch for migrating nighthawks. This is the peak time for nighthawks’ southward migration. If we’re in the right place at the right time, it's possible to see dozens in one flock. Paddle the channels looking for herons, muskrats, beavers, waterfowl, and wildflowers. Bring your own canoe or kayak, binoculars, and a flashlight. If you'd like to come, but don't have a boat, let us know and we might be able to fit you in someone else's canoe. Sponsored by the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. 7 p.m. (event is weather-dependent). Free; donations very welcome. Brattleboro Outing Club, 202 Cedar St. Register: 802-257-5785,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Storytime Saturdays with Andy Tupper: 10:30 a.m. in the Picture Book area. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Last Saturday Contra Dance - Amy Cann and the All Comers Band: Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. There will be a workshop for new dancers. Also a jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians. Over the course of a contra dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary; traditionally dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening. 6:30 p.m. free jam session beginner/intermediate musicians, 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. workshop for new dancers, dancing 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10, $7 students/seniors. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro School of Dance Senior Company - "Together": (See 8/24). . Free. Living Memorial Park.



August 2018