CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, September
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 VSO Made in Vermont Statewide Tour: The Made in Vermont orchestra expands to include trumpets and timpani performing rousing works by Haydn and Brahms. Internationally-renowned violinist Soovin Kim treats us to a Mozart concerto in addition to conducting the ensemble. Again this year we collaborate with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, presenting a new film by Robin Starbuck paired with a world premiere by Matthew LaRocca. 7:30 p.m. $25, $10 students/children, free for children under 6. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets: www.vso.org.
SAXTONS RIVER Vermont Jazz Center Sextet: Five years ago the VJC Sextet was formed to take the VJC's Jazz in the Schools program to the next level. It's main mission is to bring jazz to populations who are less exposed to the arts. In weekly rehearsals, the ensemble developed fun programs actively engaging audiences in schools, libraries, assisted living homes. Last year they performed at the Cheshire County Dept. of Corrections in Keene, NH. In their school performances, audiences are given a glimpse of jazz's boundless nature, shown the potential of improvised music, encouraged to pursue their own musical development. In VT's rural, often economically underserved communities, these programs present this art form to youth/adults experiencing live jazz for the first time. This concert is a rare opportunity for the ensemble to perform in public. The audience will hear arrangements by several members, including some jazz tunes that aren't played too often. Rob Freeberg, trumpet; Bill Ballard, alto saxophone; Jim Heffron, tenor saxophone; Cathy Martin, piano; Jay Elfenbein, bass; Mike Patek, drums. 7:30 p.m. $10. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: www.mainstreetarts.org/vt-jazz-center-sextet.html.
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 National Recovery Month: "Courage & Compassion - Inspiring Stories of Recovery": Celebrating the benefits of recovery from both mental and substance use disorders. 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. This is one of several local events. 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Rockingham Health Center, 1 Hospital Ct. Information: 802-463-9000.
WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk includes poems or other readings and chances to share. Led by Fred Taylor. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Mike Meyer: 802-387-2681.
BRATTLEBORO Chronic Pain and Recovery Group: Recovery-support group for people in recovery who also deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a difficulty for many people in recovery. The severity and frequency of chronic pain can often lead to opioid dependence because of the medications prescribed. Finding ways to manage pain that don't interfere with the recovery process can be a challenge, but group members can share the approaches that have worked for them. Facilitator is Cecil McLaury, who has been in recovery for 33 years and has been in daily chronic pain since 2003. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600, email@example.com.
BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every Friday. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect: Bounce and balance your way through an easy-going Ballet sampler. We will find our alignment, warm and stretch our muscles, and practice gracefully moving to music. Surprise instructor. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.
BRATTLEBORO Turning Point Presentation - " 'Narcan Parties' and Other Urban Legends": Vent your frustrations about the opiate misuse crisis and learn what lies ahead for the people who survive it and what relatively recent innovations and treatments have helped them to recover. 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.
BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information: www.postoilsolutions.org.
BELLOWS FALLS Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil: A vigil of community, solidarity, and diversity. We are one cause of peace, freedom and social justice for all living beings. Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the corner, across from Flat Iron Cafe. The Windham Hotel, 36 The Square. Information: 802-869-2141, email@example.com.