CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, September
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. $20, $18 students. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
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. $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.
BRATTLEBORO Changing our Perception of Disability through an Inclusive Theater Practice: This is the second Access Through the Arts lunchtime interview series: Laura Lawson Tucker, Theatre Adventure Program, NEYT; Darlene Jenson, Theatre Adventure Program, NEYT; Ben Pettit-Wade, Hijinx Theater (UK). 12 noon - 1 p.m. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: www.puppetsinthegreenmountains.com.
BRATTLEBORO Celebrate the 80th Birthday of the Latchis Memorial Building - Free Special Films, Live Performances, More: The Latchis Memorial Building opened with great fanfare in September 1938. Celebrate with family-friendly film screenings of "Sing" (a plucky band of talented animated animals who rally together to save an old theater) and "Gulliver's Travels" (1939 animation with artwork by Louis Jambor who painted the murals in the Latchis Main Theatre). Screenings of "Cinema Paradiso," a loving ode to the power of movies and "My Lucky Star," a Sonja Henie film shown on opening night of the Latchis Memorial Building. Live performance featuring the BMC Flute Choir, excerpts from the opera "Turandot," Gould & Stearns, performers from New England Youth Theatre, and Wanda Houston & The Mothership Trio playing standards from the Swing era. Screening of "Lil Balzac," a new film created and produced by Latchis Theatre staff members and shot in Brattleboro. Cake/cupcakes in lobby. Live performances: The New England Center for Circus Arts, the Windham Orchestra playing Copland's "Music for the Theater," and the youth rock band Moxie. Puppet Slam - "Puppet Mutiny" - in partnership with Sandglass Theater and its Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival. Sponsored by The Richards Group and Mark & Elizabeth Richards and Dead River Company. Media sponsorship: Vermont PBS. Regular commercial movies will run at their usual times for regular admission prices. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. $10 "Puppet Mutiny." All other special events/special films are free. Latchis Arts, 60 Main Street. Information: www.latchisarts.org.
BRATTLEBORO Stockwell Brothers Band 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.
BELLOWS FALLS The Steamboats: This is an ensemble of picker-singer-songwriters who combine reverence for the American vocal group with a progressive sensibility all their own. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $15 to $35. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO The Edd - Halves Baked Tour 2018: 8 p.m. - 12 midnight. $15 to $20. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3473188.
BRATTLEBORO Greek Supper to Benefit Carry Me Home: Carry Me Home is a nonprofit organization whose mission to support displaced people, primarily those fleeing zones of conflict. Gluten Free and Vegan options available. Handicap accessible. 7 p.m. Free for ages 6 and under, $7 ages 6-11, $15 ages 12 and up, $35 per family. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048.
E. DUMMERSTON 14th Vintage Camper Rally: About 45 fully restored and outfitted campers, including Air Streams, Scottys, Shastas, and tear drops, will be open to walk through. Their owners look forward to sharing their search and restoration stories. Some will have vintage items and crafts available for sale. Cameras are welcome as are well-socialized and leashed canines. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Brattleboro North KOA Campground, 1238 US Rte 5. Information: 802 254-5908.
BRATTLEBORO Sandglass - "Mr Ruraru's Yard": Puppet and its Double, Taiwan's premier international touring company, presents a family show without spoken words so everyone can understand this delightful and highly visual story. They bring a Japanese children's book to life in an evocative piece about an old man who tries to keep his backyard tame and free of nature and its critters. The animals, all made from abstract pieces of driftwood, finally win Mr. Ruraru over. He sees that, first of all, nature belongs in a garden, but also, that he learns to delight in nature. By getting to know nature, he discovers what it is and why it is wonderful. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Auditorium. $10 to $12. Hilltop Montessori School, 99 Stafford Farm Hill. Tickets: www.puppetsinthegreenmountains.com/category/events.
BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Somatic Breath Therapy: This is a tool that stimulates the natural healing of the body mind system, assists in neuro-biological integration of past experience to free the stimulus of the present, enlivens Innate Emotional Intelligence, balances the nervous system, and creates new neuron pathways to allow for effective change which in turn creates more joy, ease, and peace. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $55. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Pre-register: 413-512-0470, www.breathoftheheart.com.
BRATTLEBORO Mantra, Pranayama, and Gong Meditation: Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response-style chanting featuring harmonium, talas, and tabla - pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath, and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. every Sunday. $12 suggested donation. Se-tu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays), 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO The Root's Fifth Birthday Party and Second Annual Racial Justice Parade: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. 3 p.m: Sign making for the parade; 4 p.m: Racial Justice Parade; 6 p.m: Potluck dinner, performance, and short program. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Putney Cemetery Commision - Cemetery Restoration and Workshop: The afternoon begins with a brief tour and assessment of the vandalized cemetery followed by some instruction and work to repair the damage as time allows. Charles Marchant is known for his knowledge of old Vermont cemeteries and his skills in righting, cleaning, and repairing headstones. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Maple Grove Cemetery, Old Rt. 5 (near center of town). Nancy Hood: 802-387-2329.
SAXTONS RIVER Lights, Camera, Auction to Benefit Main Street Arts on its 30th Birthday: Silent auction of art work, local services, donated goods. Bill Stevens will auction off special items such as an evening of wine/hors d'oeuvres on a veranda overlooking a stream with a vocal concert by a Broadway actor, and two tickets to the Broadway musical "Anastasia." Appetizers catered by Harvest Moon. Cash bar. Among the artists who have contributed to the event are Charlie Hunter, Collin Leech, Jon McAuliffe, David Stern, Michele Ratté. Other items in the auction include piano tuning by Bill Ballard, haircut at Boccacio's, handmade jewelry, key lime pies from Café Loco, overnight stays at the Grafton Inn and the Latchis Hotel. Rick Cowan and Annesa Hartman serve as emcees. Event will be punctuated by show-stopping songs from MSA's upcoming productions of "Chicago" and "Final Curtain" and from recent MSA productions of "Little Shop of Horrors," "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," and more. A parodied song from "Urinetown" will spice up MSA's fundraising efforts for a new bathroom for cast member use during theater productions. 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $25. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Governor & Lieutenant Governor Candidates Forum: Sharing their views: Christine Hallquist, Democrat candidate for Governor; Emily Peyton, Liberty Union candidate for Governor; Stephen Marx, Earth Rights candidate for Governor; Trevor Barlow, Independent candidate for Governor; Murray Ngoima, Liberty Union candidate for Lt. Governor. There will be a series of prepared questions for each candidate to answer. The last part of the program will be dedicated to audience questions. Hosted by Windham County NAACP. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
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. Jacksonville Community Church, Rte. 112. Information: 802-368-7626.