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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 Bruce 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.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Free Class for Adults: Food Choices - Overfishing and Sea Vegetables: We are fishing some species close to extinction. The huge cod fisheries of the past have collapsed, and Bluefin Tuna is now an endangered species. Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish and discover the pros and cons of aquaculture. Learn the many health benefits of consuming sea vegetables and taste some during class along with easy ways to incorporate them into your diet. Instructor: Robin Matathias, Adjunct Prof. of Environmental Studies at Keene State College. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Series continues 2/2). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

DUMMERSTON Tracks and Trees: Join Lynn Levine in these woods, which are a unique geological treasure. All workshop participants will be give their own copy of Lynn's book, "Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide." Sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (postponed till 1/27 if driving conditions are unsafe). $20 (pre-registration, with payment, required by 1/24). Black Mountain Nature Conservancy, 1112 Rice Farm Rd. Information: 802-254-4717,

NEWFANE Talk on Ephemera: Kit Barry, Dir. of the Ephemera Archive for American Studies, will give a talk on ephemera in general and Newfane/West River Valley ephemera in particular. Barry will also share information about the Ephemera Archive and how people can donate their materials or share their time as volunteers. 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival: A cornerstone of the traditional music calendar in New England, the Northern Roots Festival, directed by Keith Murphy, continues to offer a unique showcase of northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English, French Canadian. It musters the considerable local talent in the Brattleboro area as well as a roster of regional guests. 1/26: Workshops for all instruments, concerts, sessions, and dance band. Plus a Family Dance. Concert: Performances by Eloise and Co: Becky Tracy & Rachel Bell; Flynn Cohen & David Surette, Jenna Moynihan & Owen Marshall, Dominique Dodge. Traddleboro - Local musicians Amanda Witman, Paul Eric Smith, Kate Richardson, Kirk Dale. 1/27: Pub singing at McNeill's Brewery. 1/26: 12 to 5:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. concert) at BMC, 1/27: noon - 5:30 p.m. French Canadian, Irish tune jamming at McNeill's (90 Elliot St.). Through Sunday, January 27. $5 to $40. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information:


PUTNEY Juke Joint Blues & BBQ - Sunny Lowdown and The Ice Cream Men: Lowdown plays a raw, deep blues, drawing from the music of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and R.L. Burnside. Before acquiring the nickname "Sunny Lowdown," Sunny had achieved renown as Louie X. Erlanger, guitarist for the group Mink DeVille, during which time Mick Jagger called him one of his favorite guitarists. His guitar playing can be heard in many feature films and TV shows, including the popular Showtime series "Billions," and graced the theme song to VT radio's "Green Mountain Mornings." Sunny's latest release, "Down Loaded," nominated for a 2018 Blues Blast Music Award, continues the tradition he began with his critically acclaimed first CD, "The Blues Volume Low," selected as "Blues CD Of The Year" by Spokane Public Radio. "Down Loaded" contains 7 tracks penned by Sunny and five traditional tracks reaching back to bluesmen like Li'l Son Jackson, J.B. Lenoir and Lightnin' Hopkins. The Ice Cream Men are Ben Carr, drums; Luke Houk, bass; Paul Nadeau, keyboards. Dance floor. Top of The Hill Grill will provide the BBQ. 6 p.m. BBQ, 7 p.m. music. $10 in advance or by donation at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Harsh Armadillo w/ The Fantastic Partnerz: 8 p.m. $8 to $10. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:

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. Delicious lunch menu and live music with the Moondogs. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. music in the cafe). Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,

Kids and families

PUTNEY January Jamboree to benefit Wildflowers Playschool: Family event with music and fun with The Annies, Snow Pot, and The Cockle-Doodle-Donts. Scrumptious baked concessions, and silent auction featuring contributions from many local artisans and businesses. Everyone is welcome. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Parking across street at Putney Town Office). Free. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Information: 802-387-4102; Click to e-mail for more information.

WILLIAMSVILLE Dinner and Music with George Weir - "Heat the Hall": Chili (with or without meat), corn bread, beverage, and dessert. George plays music covering several decades. Proceeds help heat the Hall. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. music. $10 (family rate available). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Mother Up! Families Rise Up for Climate Action Monthly Meet-Up: Join us in building solidarity among parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of our collective future. What Joanna Macy calls the "Great Turning," or the third revolution, is this unprecedented time where we are called to stop the destruction of our world, to build new life-sustaining practices and ways of being, and to shift our collective consciousness. We especially wish to engage young parents in this vital discussion of how we can make positive changes to protect our planet for our children's future. A vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 8 and under will be provided. Hosted by 350VT and KidsPLAYce. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. monthly. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. RSVP helpful:


BRATTLEBORO Wellness Open House: Mini-sessions, mini-classes, demos, Q&A. Get your questions answered and sample practitioners' work to help you determine whether it will be helpful for you. Modalities include: Sound Healing Therapy, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, Gyrokinesis, Zero Balancing, YogAlign. Learn how these practices can help relieve physical, emotional, spiritual, energetic ailments and with relief from conditions such as depression and anxiety; chronic pain; concussion/traumatic brain injury, migraines/headaches, chronic neck/back pain, stress/tension-related disorders, motor-coordination impairments; chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, scoliosis, central nervous system disorders, ADD/ADHD, post-traumatic stress, orthopedic problems, more. Participating practitioners: Amber Arnold, Sound Healer; Niki Fletcher, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist; Andrew Hallal, Massage Therapist/Reiki Master; Aimée Hancock, Gyrokinesis Practitioner; Alison Lara Mott, Zero Balancing Practitioner & Health Coach; Rachel Scarano, YogAlign Practitioner; Emily Sweeney, Massage Therapist and Craniosacral Practitioner. 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free. Inner Heat Yoga, 464 Putney Rd. Information: 510-909-6504,

Community building

WEST DUMMERSTON Discuss Your Concerns with State Reps. Hashim and Mrowicki: Nader Hashim and Mike Mrowicki, representing Windham 4, are available to discuss your legislative concerns. Informal, drop-in opportunity. 11 a.m. - 12 noon (last Sat. of every month). Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-258-9878,

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. 1/26 - 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.

BRATTLEBORO The Root Social Justice Center - Groundworks Collaborative Huge Benefit Show: The bands - Space Camp: Their blastbeats, disarrayed and frantic vocals, scramz keyboard will blast you into the dimension in which everyone is moshing like crazy, Carinae: Beautiful psychedelic songs, Yellowfront: Local sparkling heart-rock with earnest and real content, I Love You!: Heavy and intricate queer-punk/post punk Brattleboro heroes, Perennial: Spirited and fast, their crunchy songs will knock u outta your socks, Lahnah: Avant-punk from Brattleboro with birds, cpu bells, guitars, lyrics, cello, This is a sober show. Please be respectful of the people and the space; cast aside any presumptions, prejudice, and fear before entering. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $5 to $10 suggested donation (If you can't swing that, food, blankets, winter clothing, toiletries, would be super helpful). Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 William St., 1st fl. Information:


PUTNEY Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance. Band: Old Sam Peabody. Caller: Dalia Clark. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. workshop for new dancers, dancing 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.



January 2019