CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, January
BELLOWS FALLS "Brother Sun, Sister Moon": This inspiring film portrays St. Francis of Assisi's spiritual practice of devotion and his humble life of service. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. By donation. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110, www.stonechurcharts.org.
PUTNEY Yellow Barn - Songs of Earthly and Divine Inspiration: This residency explores Olivier Messiaens Chants de terre et de ciel and Oliver Knussens Op. 25, Whitman Settings, two works that speak to each other not only through the universal scope of their texts but also through their rhythmic rigor and carefully developed harmonic language. In Chants de terre et de ciel, for which he also wrote the poetry, Messiaen celebrates his earthly but eternal bond to his wife, Claire Delbos, and their exuberance and excitement at the birth of their son, Pascal. A devout Catholic, Messiaen weaves this expression joy with his deep sense of the sacred throughout the work. The texts for Oliver Knussens Whitman Settings are more explicitly earthbound, although each of the four songs muses on things in space or the sky. The narrator addresses the mysterious reach of the stars and the rain, compares himself to the spider, blindly sending out filament in search of something on which to anchor, and observes two eagles finding themselves in fiercely loving alliance. Kristina Bachrach, soprano, Daniel Anastasio, piano. 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students, $17 seniors. Next Stage Gallery, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Concert Choir - "Mozart, Beginnings and Endings": Jonathan Harvey, Asst. Prof. of Music and Dir. of Choirs at Fitchburg State University, named music director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir earlier this year, leads the Choir. The two pieces on the program are beautiful bookends of Mozart’s musical life. Allegri's Miserere mei, Deus holds a special place in the lore around Mozart's prodigious young talent. The piece was written by Allegri in the late 1630s specifically for worship in the Sistine Chapel where he was employed as a singer. According to legend, the piece was kept guarded there until a 14-year-old Mozart visited the Vatican in 1770. Upon hearing the piece once, and being stunned by its sublime beauty, he transcribed it perfectly and brought it to the wider world. From that early influence on Mozart, the program moves to his last and unfinished masterpiece - the Requiem. It contains some of his best-loved writing for the voice and takes everyone on a journey from the depths of violent hellfire to the heavenly softness of angel voices. The Brattleboro Concert Choir is the Brattleboro Music Center's oldest performing ensemble, and was created by Blanche Moyse, founder of the BMC. 1/11: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., 1/12: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Through Saturday, January 12. $20 ($18 students). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Mambo Trio: Latin jazz with Dan DeWalt, piano; Wes Brown, bass; Julian Gerstin, percussion. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. No cover. The Lounge at Duo, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.
BRATTLEBORO The Gaslight Tinkers / One Time Weekend: The Gaslight Tinkers: African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It’s the genre-bending future of the music of the past. Their blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. One Time Weekend: This an up-and-coming band from Connecticut. Ben Sullivan, Ian D’Arcangelo, Adam Eytan, and Zac Mulcahy combined their talent to create a fresh youthful vibe influenced by artists both past and present. The group has written many original songs that feature their funky, jazzy, rock, soul, rap, and reggae tastes while adding complexity to the mix, creating their own unique sound, and breaking the mold of modern contemporary music. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 to $12. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: http://stonechurchvt.com/index.php/event/the-gaslight-tinkers-one-time-weekend.
BRATTLEBORO Friday Samplings - Try Before You Buy - On Sale: Try something new, something seasonal, something on sale. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Demo Counter (every Friday in January). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
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.
PUTNEY Baby Playgroup and Story Time: Emily Zervas reads simple stories and leads songs to delight and stimulate your baby's senses. Stay afterwards to play with other babies (birth to 2). 11 a.m. every Friday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Creative Thinking: Laughter, Dance, and Gong Meditation: The process of creation and meditation requires one to relax. Through laughter yoga and the Indian art of Indian Bhangra dancing, participants will have a chance to let loose and enjoy, working out excess energy in preparation of a relaxing gong meditation with singing bowls. No experience necessary. All ages are welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (2nd and 4th Fri. of every month). $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
LONDONDERRY Managing the Winter Blues: Do you find that you have less energy, trouble concentrating, fatigue, an increased desire to be alone, appetite changes and trouble sleeping? You may be experiencing what is commonly called the winter blues. Join Cindy Gogan, who specializes in mind-body therapies for overall well-being, to learn coping skills intended to alleviate symptoms which are often associated with the darker months of the year. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.
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.