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Performing arts

MARLBORO Marlboro Morris and Sword: Marlboro Morris and Sword perform their sword dance and mummers play on Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend at various places around Windham Country. The tradition, harking back to England, is a celebration of the seasonal cycle. Both dance and play are original compositions and have been performed in our area every autumn for the past 43 years. 10:30 a.m. Putney Grammar School Medieval Faire; 11:30 a.m. Holton Home (Brattleboro); 12:30 p.m. Junction of Washington St. and Prospect (Brattleboro); 2 p.m. Brattleboro Farmer's Market, 3:15 p.m. Newfane Heritage Festival. (Also see 10/13). Free (street performances) and spectators get a year and a day of good luck in return for watching. Marlboro Morris and Sword. Andra Horton: 802-254-2651.

BRATTLEBORO The MET: Live in HD - Puccini's "Turandot": 1 p.m. $22, $20 MET Club Forever members, $10 students ($200 for season subscription to all 10 operas). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets/Schedule: 802-254-1109 x 3,,

BRATTLEBORO "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind" - 30 Plays in 60 Minutes: 30 plays in 60 minutes? You bet! Written by the Neo-Futurists and directed by NEYT fan favorite Jane Baker, TMLMTBGB became the longest running show in Chicago and the only open-run Off-Off-Broadway show in NY. Starting in 1988, it ran 50 weekends of the year until 2016. The Neo-Futurist aesthetic demands that everything that transpires in their theater be non-illusory, which is to say that they pretend nothing; actors only play themselves. This large and vibrant cast of teens, ages 13-19, is an ensemble experiment, calling on the audience to participate in this interactive performance. each play is wildly different, touching on all tones and genres; they may be political, satirical, personal, tragic, comic, poetic, abstract, surreal or musical. 10/11: 7 p.m., 10/12: 2 and 7 p.m. Accessible theater with accommodations for wheelchairs and Assistive Listening Devices. This show was made possible through support from Experienced Goods. $15, $13 seniors, $11 children. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

MARLBORO Kay Fu: "Ordinary Mouths Made to Sing": Featuring recent mixed-media drawings on mylar informed by Chinese folklore told to Fay Ku as a child growing up in the US Midwest. The exhibit of this Taian-born, NYC-based artist draws its title from the poem "Notes on Longing," by Tina Chang. These figurative works begin intuitively but include fine-labor intensive details and unlikely material processes such as gilding and flocking. Recalling East Asian paintings where figures are isolated against untouched paper or silk, Ku's drawings of figures in imagined environments speak to how ancient folklore can shape the way we see ourselves in the present. Ku is the winner of the Marlboro College galleries' spring 2019 open call, juried by Marlboro College students, resulting in this unusual exhibit. 10/12, 6 - 8 p.m. Opening Reception. Through Friday, November 15. Free. Marlboro College/Drury Gallery, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

MARLBORO Photographer Nick Meyer - "The Local": Meyer's images in "The Local" serve as a poignant portrait of the Greenfield community he lives in, imaging the economic insecurity and opioid abuse that affect the lives of its locals, as well as the beauty of the area. Meyer writes, "In my life I have seen houses and shops erected, razed, burnt and rebuilt; but for all that trouble the feeling of stasis still looms. The landscape is shifting, not changing just shifting, stuck in its own history but touched by the world passing through.". 11/8, 5 p.m: Meyer is joined by Marlboro College Prof. of sociology Jennifer Girouard for a talk and interdisciplinary discussion of his work. Through Friday, November 15. Marlboro College/Snyder Center for Visual Arts, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Climate Change - Journalist John H. Cushman, Jr: Cushman, a former New York Times reporter and editor, is the author of the book "Keystone and Beyond: Tar Sands and the National Interest in the Era of Climate Change," which traces the history of the pipeline saga and its relation to global warming. He played a large part in the journal InsideClimate News 2015 investigative series on Exxon's knowledge and cover-up of climate change and the risks posed by fossil fuel emissions. This series was a finalist in the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His InsideClimate News articles explore every angle of the climate controversy including an ongoing review of the prospective presidential candidates stands on global warming. . 10:30 a.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

MARLBORO Marlboro College Alumni Present Talk on Shakespeare and "Party Bard" Podcast: Talk and discussion by alumni Molly Booth '14 and Jack Rossiter-Munley '12, hosts of Party Bard, a Shakespeare-focused podcast. They'll be joined by T. Hunter Wilson, Marlboro writing/literature faculty emeritus, who helped inspire their love of writing/Shakespeare. Party Bard, explores questions such as: Which Shakespeare mother stopped an army of men in their tracks and brought them to their knees with her words? What does Henry V's famous battle-rousing monologue have in common with Arrested Development? An author of Shakespeare-inspired young adult queer fiction, Molly signed a 2-book contract with Disney Hyperion based on a draft of her book, "Saving Hamlet." "Nothing Happened," a modern-day teen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," came out in 2018. Jack is a freelance writer, editor, podcast producer and producer for the 2016 documentary "Walk with Me," about Federal Judge Damon J. Keith and his civil rights movement legacy. He co-hosts the poetry analysis podcast "Close Talking" and produces the interview podcast Poetry Spoken Here. 7 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Whittemore Theater, 2582 So. Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Sunday, October 13. $5 adults and teens, free for younger children. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Nicholas Payton and Cyrille Aimee Duo: Nicholas Payton is one of the leading trumpeters of our time. His first major recording was with Elvin Jones. He received a Grammy award for an album he recorded with elder statesman Doc Cheatham. Payton is also a provocative thinker "I don't play jazz. I play Postmodern New Orleans Music." He has 15 albums out as a leader. Cyrille Aimee is winner of the Montreux Jazz Vocal competition, the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal competition, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk competition. She has 8 albums out as a leader. 8 - 10:30 p.m. $15 to $40 (sliding scale). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS "The Fire and the Ecstasy - The Music of Hildegard of Bingen": Experience the profoundly uplifting music of Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century mystic and composer. Featuring Ruth Cunningham and Melinda Gardiner, both performing on harp and vocals. Cunningham is a classically trained musician, sound healing practitioner, and founding member of Anonymous 4. Gardiner is a Registered Nurse and Certified Music Practitioner with nearly 50 years of study, teaching, work in integrative healing and medicine. This public concert is part of the workshop/retreat, "Hildegard of Bingen: Magistra, Mystic, Musician," taking place this same weekend (10/11-13). 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20 ($15 seniors) in advance; prices increase $5 at door. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110,


WESTMINSTER Fall Foliage Walk on Bald Hill: Vanessa Stern, member of the Bald Hill Committee and the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association Board, will lead this riverside walk where hikers can climb to a summit and venture down to get a closer look at the rock basins and Twin Falls. 1 - 4 p.m. Wear waterproof shoes. Free. Bald Hill Reserve (Covered Bridge Road) Trailhead, 232 Covered Bridge Rd. Register/info/weather check: Vanessa Stern: 802-463 4948.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (Western Ave.): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music with FiddleWitch). Through Saturday, October 26. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO 38th Annual Design-a-Plate Workshop : Design-a-Plate is great for children of all ages and a fun measure of your child's changes through the years. Make an 8-inch melamine plate, a 10-inch melamine plate, or 12-ounce melamine bowl. Plates/bowls will be ready for pickup in early December, just in time for holiday gift giving. Community Meeting Room. Stop in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (use rear entrance near Children's Room). No registration required. $6 per item (cash or check). Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290 x 1210,

Community building

PUTNEY 16th annual Empty Bowls Dinner to benefit Groundworks Foodworks: Each ticket includes a simple meal of homemade soup, bread, cheese and a handcrafted bowl you keep. Two seatings: 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. $25 adult, $15 ages 7-15, free under age 6 in advance ($30 for adult at door). 10/12 tickets at door only. Landmark College, 1 River Road So. Tickets in person or online:; Questions:

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

GRAFTON Tag Sale for Grafton Fire Department: Well-organized sale in its 38th year. Large variety of items and many bargains. Most of remaining items will be half price on Sunday. Grille, coffee, baked goods. This year, crafters and artisans will be on hand, plus raffle items. 10/12: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 10/13: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Through Sunday, October 13. Grafton Firehouse, 711 Rt. 121 East.



October 2019