CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, September
WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players present "Justice? Just Us": This original music theatre piece conceived, written, and composed by Dan Dewalt, is an exploration of how restorative justice can transform conflict and help heal those who have been harmed by conflict. It combines scripted action, improvisation, music, and songs to present the array of emotions and intricacies of feeling that most prefer to leave unacknowledged in daily life. The production delves into racism and xenophobia in America today, as experienced through events involving one family. Expanding on typical dramatic structure and the ingredients of music-theatre, we also also get a peek at the restorative process at work. Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont has been responsible for the training of actors to ensure that the audience gets an accurate picture of what restorative practice involves. Featuring Mike Kelly, Miriam Albee, Ayars Hemphill and Tino Benson as family members; Louis Vitale as a fiancé standing on shaky ground, and Rose Watson, Eileen Fahey and Laurie Rabut as restorative practitioners. Stewart McDermet is rhyming interlocutor. 9/21 and 9/22: 7:30 p.m.; 9/23: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, September 23. $10, $7 seniors and students (no one will be turned away for inability to pay). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WEST CHESTERFIELD "The Father": Florian Zeller’s internationally acclaimed play is an exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear. Each scene is an elliptical extended snapshot that seems to evoke a memory, but quickly the absurdist contradictions crowd in. We look inside the mind of Andre - an old man/retired dancer in his apartment with his adult daughter Anne, and her boyfriend. Or is it her first husband? And is she really moving to London? Laura, his new caregiver, the one he seems to like, keeps him company. So then why would she steal his watch? The play confounds expectations and works almost like a thriller as strangers keep turning up in Andre's flat. Whether he fully understands it or not, Andre is reaching the end of his time on this planet, and he's starting to lose grip on his sense of time and reality, starting to forget things both big and small. Sound grim? It's not. Michael Fox Kennedy as Andre, along with Mo Hart, David Hiler, Jim Bombicino, Sadie Fischesser, Julie Holland. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Saturday, October 13. $15, $8 students. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY "A Hunger Artist" (Puppets in the Green Mountains): Once cheered by thousands, the Hunger Artist is now forgotten by everyone except his one-time manager. What begins as a simple nostalgic story transforms into a startlingly inventive trip into the nature of memory, art, performance, spectatorship, as told by the only person who remembers an artist whose act was simply… to hunger. This darkly comic, visually-striking adaptation of Franz Kafka's short story uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry, simple props to support a solo performance. It throws light onto the extent of self-deprivation that a person or artist will go to feed the phenomenon of spectacle that we as audience consume, exploit, and forget. Sinking Ship Productions combines physical theater, puppetry, music and movement in delightful, strange, unexpected ways. Their productions grapple with concepts such as the creation and destruction of the universe as imagined by science fiction writers, how a person's search for connection could ultimately lead to complete isolation, and the limits of human understanding through the search for extra dimensions of space in theoretical physics. 8 p.m. Through Saturday, September 22. $20, $18 students. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "'Red Scare in the Green Mountains: The McCarthy Era in Vermont 1946-1960": Discussion with Vermont author Rick Winston. What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Far from the klieg lights of Washington D.C., Hollywood, and New York City, the Green Mountain state challenged the national narrative with its own fascinating stories. Here are nine of the most gripping dramas played out in Vermont during "scoundrel time," including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy's tactics, and a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS "A World Suspended in Color" - Glass Art Show Opening: The intention of this exhibit is to showcase a diverse and dynamic range of glass art from the many nationally renowned, awarded, and multi-talented glass artists of our region, including members of The Vermont Glass Guild. See techniques of blowing, etching, fusing, torching, hand-working, and cutting; along with goldsmithery, painting, and the use of materials such as wood, concrete, copper wiring, and silver and gold leaf. Celebrate with Clare Adams, Lucy Bergamini, Dominique Caissie, Robert DuGrenier, Alissa Faber, Nicholas Kekic, David Leppla, Melanie Leppla, and Chris Sherwin. 9/21: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Opening. Exhibit runs through 11/3. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Curious and Modern Inventions - Novelties, Oddities, and the Birth of the Baroque: Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano; Nathaniel Cox, cornetto and theorbo; Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo and guitar; Karina Schmitz, violin. The beginning of the 17th century saw a surge of innovative new musical techniques, as composers began to experiment with effects such as instrumental dialogues, echos, double and triple stops on the violin, the imitation of other instruments and even animals! Schmitz and Martyn-Ellis explore the eccentricities of early 17rh-century Italian composers such as Biagio Marini, Giovanni Battista Fontana, and Sigismondo d'India. 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students and others with low income). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3574467.
BRATTLEBORO The Edd - Halves Baked Tour 2018: 8 p.m. - 12 midnight. Through Saturday, September 22. $15 to $20. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3473188.
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 fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS "Bellows Falls 3rd Friday": Stroll through venues of Bellows Falls and vicinity for Art, Music, Literary Events, Food, and late-night shopping. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information: www.facebook.com/BellowsFalls.3rdFriday.
BELLOWS FALLS National Recovery Month - Songs & Stories of Hope and Open Mic Night: Featuring live music from Gillis Mills of Grafton, rooted in early country blues of Southeast Texas. Mills has played at The Woodstock Festival 2000, The New York Poets Society, and the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village. Bring stories of recovery and hope, songs, poetry, spoken word, and other art forms to the event as we celebrate the benefits of recovery from both mental and substance use disorders. This is one of several local events. The mission of Greater Falls Connections is to connect the community of Windham Northeast by inspiring and empowering people through education and collaboration to promote wellness and prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, with an emphasis on youth substance use prevention. The mission of Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield is to enhance the spiritual, mental, physical, and social growth of our community affected by any form of addiction. 5:30 p.m. Free. Flat Iron Exchange, 51 The Square. Information: 802-460-0357.
BRATTLEBORO Shall We Dance? - Friday Dance Party: Waltz lesson followed by dancing to mixed rhythms, Ballroom, Latin, Swing. 7 p.m. Waltz lesson, 8 p.m. -10 p.m. dancing. $12 lesson and dancing. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990; email@example.com.
JACKSONVILLE Fall Rummage, Tag, and Bake Sale: Four rooms of clothing and home goods plus a huge indoor tag sale. It's a great time to get your Halloween costume. Make sure to stop by the bake sale for some delicious goodies. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, September 22. Jacksonville Community Church, Rte. 112. Information: 802-368-7626.