CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Sunday, September
PUTNEY "Louis Riel - A Comic Stage Play": Riel sits in a courtroom; a judge stands ready to sentence him to death by hanging. He must plead his case. We get to witness an important piece of Canadian history. This is a bold portrayal of a young Canada going through some of its most difficult growing pains. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Chester Brown, this brilliant staging addresses the trial of Louis Riel, who led a 19th century rebellion of indigenous Métis people in western Canada against the English government in Ottawa, to retain the rights to their Manitoba land. An epic live-action version of the comic strip that is part adventure story, part history lesson, and a completely fascinating theatrical event, this show works with a new puppetry style and aesthetic inspired by Chester Brown's artistry. The two-dimensional puppets, whose simplicity belies their capacity for effective storytelling, play with our notions of what puppets can do, revealing a rugged and treacherous landscape both in life and politics. 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. $18 to $20. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: www.puppetsinthegreenmountains.com.
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.
BRATTLEBORO Robert McBride, Rockingham Arts and Museum Project & Chia-yin Cheng, Puppet and It's Double Theater: Enriching communities through the development of artist spaces in Taiwan and Vermont. This is part of the Access Through the Arts lunchtime interview series. 12 noon - 1 p.m. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: www.puppetsinthegreenmountains.com.
BRATTLEBORO Mid-Autumn Moon Festival of China, Korea and Vietnam: Potluck, stories, tai chi, paper lanterns, and more. All ages. Presented by the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont. 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. under the Kiwanis Pavilion. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-579-9088, accvt.org.
BELLOWS FALLS World-class Jazz featuring Draa Hobbs and John Stowell: Concert includes a cash bar and light snacks by Athens Pizza and a raffle to benefit Stage 33 Live and WOOL Black Sheep Radio. John Stowell will also teach a guitar workshop. All ages welcome. 2:30 p.m. guitar workshop, 4 p.m. concert. Admission to performance: $10 in advance, $12 at door; $40 for performance and workshop. Thirty Three Bridge Street, 33 Bridge St. Tickets: www.wool.fm.
KEENE Jose Lezcano & Friends - "A Garden of Musical Delights": Lezcano performs with KSC faculty pianist/collaborative artist Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanona, violinist Jennifer Ellowitich, members of the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and Ecuadorean flutist Karla Ortega. The concert presents music for guitar and string, flute and strings, and flute and piano, in works from Italy, Cuba, and Ecuador and features works sharing a sunny Italian lyricism. It includes the evergreen Vivaldi Concerto in D for Guitar & Strings, RV. 93, Luigi Boccherini's elegant and exciting Guitar Quintet in D, with its fiery concluding Fandango evoking 18th-century Flamenco, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's magisterial Guitar Quintet, op. 143, composed for the Spanish guitar virtuoso, Andrés Segovia. Highlights include Lezcano's "From the Garden to the Staircase" for flute and strings and "Mojito, Guitar, and String Quartet," inspired by Cuban dance genres of the 1940s/'50s. Karla Ortega performs the North American premiere of her father Carlos Ortega's Piccolo Concerto, with Dr. Wright-Ivanova on keyboard, who will also play continuo in the Vivaldi. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. $10, $5 students/seniors. Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way. Information: 603-358-2168, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Re-Homing: Acquire surplus reed organs and parts from the museum’s warehouse. Beautiful instruments looking for new homes and new uses. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "The Joshua Show: Episode 2": Joshua is known throughout US puppetry circles as the most sympathetic, honest, and inspiring performer for children since Mr. Rogers. His hand puppet, Mr. Nicolas, can never quite seem to find his place in the world, and his frank discussions with his puppeteer, Joshua, are warm, funny, and also very real. With singing, tap dancing, and a cast of zany puppets, Joshua sets out to convince Mr. Nicholas to stay, and in doing so, he brings glee to the masses. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $10 to $12. Hilltop Montessori School, 99 Stafford Farm Hill. Tickets: www.puppetsinthegreenmountains.com/category/events.
BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro: "Share the Harvest": The "Share the Harvest" stand is offering free produce, thanks to the generosity of local gardeners and farmers. We welcome donations from your garden. Bring your own bags. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, October 28. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Donations of fresh produce accepted at the stand or contact Marilyn to arrange a different time/location: email@example.com.