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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Winter Group 2019: This exhibit includes Josh Bernbaum's large, blown-glass vessels inspired by cacti of the Southwest, and Campbell's kinetic sculptures which let us orbit the night sky on a tabletop. Lyell Castonguay creates a signature world of imagined avian beings, whereas Liz Chalfin adroitly constructs her spaces by selectively eliminating or manipulating objects and surfaces. Jon Gregg's stylized and heavily impastoed figures float and march to an unknown pulse while Emily Mason surprises us with her lyrical sensitivity and characteristic, innovative use of a brilliant palette. Petria Mitchell leads us into a landscape defined by atmosphere, where night and day share a delicate balance. . Through Sunday, February 24. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Talk - Orly Cogan - "Don't Call Me Princess": Cogan and Chief Curator Mara Williams discuss Cogan's latest body of work as seen in the exhibit "Don't Call Me Princess." As a leading member of today's fiber arts movement Cogan uses embroidery, painting, and drawing to create work that explores feminism, domesticity, and the constantly changing role of women in society. Her materials - vintage printed fabrics and found embroidery - speak to a history of women's work in the domestic sphere. Her hand-embroidered alterations and additions bring to the pieces a contemporary and fantastical slant, as she uses the fabric as space to create new worlds and provocative visions that probe the boundaries of traditional female stereotypes. 1/19, 2 p.m. Talk in the Marie Sommer Room (free w/museum admission). Through Saturday, March 2. $8 ($6 seniors, $4 students), free admission BMAC members and ages 18 and under. Free for all on Thursdays, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Free Class for Adults: Food Choices - Sugar: Learn about the history of cane sugar and how we have become so addicted to it. We will discuss the refining process of sugar, the land-use issues, environmental impact, and associated diseases, and discover how to satisfy your sweet tooth with alternatives. Instructor: Robin Matathias, Adjunct Prof. of Environmental Studies at Keene State College. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Series continues 1/26, 2/2). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Helen Sung - "Sung with Words": In a project funded by Chamber Music America, pianist Helen Sung has written a collection of songs to the poetry of the former NEA head and California Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia. Together they have crafted a synergistic repertoire that digs deep even while some of the material is playful and beckons the listeners to revisit their own jazz experiences in times gone by. The depth of the work can be found in the seriousness of the compositions, the complexity of the arrangements, and the multilayered meanings of the language. The playfulness can be discovered in some of the subject matter and the drama that unfolds in both the music and the narrative. The sum of the parts is a delightful journey of poetry and song woven into ingenious musical arrangements. The performers in the octet are Helen Sung (piano and composition), Jason Palmer (trumpet), John Ellis (woodwinds), Christie Dashiell and Alina Engibaryan (vocals), David Wong (bass), Kush Abadey (drums), Samuel Torres (percussion). 8 p.m. $16 to $41. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO 'Be Beethoven' Guest Conductors Take the Stage: Three guest conductors - selected through the recent 'Be Beethoven' promotion to take the stage and wield the baton at a special rehearsal of the Windham Orchestra. Windham Orchestra Maestro Hugh Keelan will be working with the lucky conductors on their chosen piece for the performances. 7 p.m. $10. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS B - Songwriter, Singer, Multi-Instrumentalist: B is a 17-year-old songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist with consummate skill and a powerful social conscience. Since childhood, B has shared the stage with a veritable who's who of the folk/bluegrass community. B's latest EP is "Ghosts Underneath My Skin," recorded/produced by Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier, Kim Richey, Amy Speace) with contributions by Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris) on guitars, Kira Small (Garth Brooks, Martina McBride) on keyboards and vocals, Eamon McLoughlin (The Grand Ole Opry band) on fiddle. Recorded mostly live in a few days, these six songs touch on issues ranging from gun violence to the refugee situation to growing up queer in America. Yet, this is no pedantic collection of political folk songs. The record grooves, excites, rocks, and fills with memorable melodic hooks. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20 to $45. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110,

WEST BRATTLEBORO The Butterfly Swing Band: Classic swing groove, fun, good-humored, sweet music from the 1920's.Ron Kelley on tenor sax, Walter Slowinski on clarinet, Brian Bender on trombone. 8:30 p.m. (Reservations recommended for dinner). No cover. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Accepts credit, debit, and EBT. Crop Cash turns $10 EBT into $20 every week. Delicious lunch menu and live music with Daniel Hartigan in the cafe. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. music). Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,


BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers - Fermented Food Fair: Celebration of pickles, sauces, krauts, cultures, and more. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Merry Mulch Christmas Tree Collection Service: The BUHS Music Dept. is once again offering the Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service to Brattleboro residents. Members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch used by gardeners. Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, this service saves residents the hassle of transporting them. Proceeds benefit future music department travel. This program, in its 28th year, is endorsed by the Vermont Dept. of Agriculture and the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Assn. Pick-ups can also be arranged for 1/29. Call at least two days prior to your desired date. $10 donation. Brattleboro Union High School. Information: 802-275-4403, 413-992-7384.

BRATTLEBORO Yoga & Chocolate Supports Local Planned Parenthood: After each class in January, yoga students will receive an artisan chocolate nugget from Tavenier Chocolate and a chance to win a variety of gifts from Good Body Products. Hosted by Brattleboro's Reproductive Health Advocates. 1/19 - 1/29 Yoga Locally: Tuesdays and Saturdays. Sat. classes: 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.; Tues. classes: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Through Tuesday, January 29. $15 suggested donation for the new Brattleboro Planned Parenthood clinic opening mid-Jan. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

TOWNSHEND Community Meal and Karaoke: Hosted by Community Hope & Action, the Bookies, a book club in the West River, will cook dinner. If you can, bring a side dish or dessert to share. This event is substance free and is open to people of all ages, from all towns. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Dinner, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Karaoke. Free. Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-4700,

BRATTLEBORO Martin Luther King - 3rd Annual Speak-Out: Embark on an engaging, dramatic journey as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. transforms from his early uncertainties about Civil Rights into the iconic figure he became through a dramatic presentation by actor David Mills. The program highlights Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, I Have a Dream, Promised Land, If I had Sneezed, and Early Days. Mr. Mills' stirring presentation takes a look at the public figure and the private man. After the performance, community members of all ages are invited to share poems, speeches, quotations, thoughts, and songs in the spirit of Dr. King's work. The program concludes with a communal supper of soup and bread. 3:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Valentines for Veterans: Join us to make cards for our veterans, some of the many men and women who have given so much in service to our country. Sponsored by the Brattleboro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Library. 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Free (all materials provided). Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.



January 2019