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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead": The BUHS Players present Tom Stoppard's absurd comedy. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Through Saturday, October 19. $5 at door. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 802-451-3762.

GUILFORD "It Can't Happen Here" (Staged Reading): 10/18 and 10/19: 7:30 p.m.; 10/20: 2 p.m. Upstairs at Guilford Center Stage. Through Sunday, October 20. $12. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

The written word

MARLBORO Reading/Discussion - "The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great" with author Alex Gardner: In "The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great," Gardner provides an intimate glimpse into the world of this seminal teacher, arguably one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist teachers to have ever lived. Considered the most accessible work available on Jamgon Kongtrul's life, writings, and influence, it is written as an engaging historical biography. Gardner is a '92 Marlboro College alumnus. He graduated with a Plan of Concentration in Philosophy and Religion, focused on theories of "self" from Plato to Michel Foucault. He received his master's in American history from the University of Vermont, meanwhile making several trips to Asia to backpack in the Himalaya and stay with monks in India. 7 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Rice-Aron Library, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-251-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Canal Street Art Gallery Night - "A World Suspended in Color": Take part in celebrating with the artists and in sharing their process and experience with glass as a medium of expression at this Fine Art Glass Showcase. Enjoy live music with Fred Tipton on jazz saxophone. This year's show includes members of both The VT Glass Guild and the League of N.H. Craftsmen. The Gallery shares artwork by Clare Adams, Damon Bennett, Robert Burch, Robert DuGrenier, Nicholas Kekic, Jordana Korsen, Chris Sherwin, and Aaron Slater. Glass as a medium requires a large amount of energy to run furnaces and kilns. Especially notable this year is the use of renewable and alternative energy by over half of the artists to power their artmaking! Adams uses direct solar power to run her kilns. DuGrenier uses solar power for his furnaces and studio. Slater works in the Western Avenue Studio Complex, on the Pawtucket Canal in Lowell MA, a converted mill space renovated to include a full rooftop solar system. Sherwin and Kekic work within the location of 33 Bridge St. Both artists' furnaces and all equipment (except the torch) are powered by the hydro-electricity generated by the Bellows Falls hydro facility and dam. 10/18: 5 - 8 p.m. Show runs through 11/9 (Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: Mike or Emmett: 802-289-0104,

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival - "What Is Home?": Panel discussions with authors Amitava Kumar, E.C. Osondu, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, and Xu Xi. Moderated by SIT president Sophia Howlett. Thoughts of home evoke different feelings/ conjure different images of place and people. Neighborhood foods, smells, materials, structures can tell us a lot about who lives/works/visits there. Why do we feel we belong in some places, not in others? What is the shifting nature of home? Place and identity are inextricably bound as people come to identify with where they live. How does moving affect/change our identity? Exploring the relationship between place and identity deepens understanding of identity formation and the role of place in social and psychological development. The bonds between place and identity can influence cultural practices, political actions, social formations. Kumar's latest book is "Immigrant, Montana: A Novel." Osondu authored "Voice of America." Sudbanthad's new novel is "Bangkok Wakes to Rain." Xi is author of 13 books - most recently "Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories" and the memoir "Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City." Plus, "This Fish Is Fowl," an essay collection. 7-8:30 p.m. Cash bar. (For more events 10/18-10/20 see: Program-Bratt-Lit-10-2019.pdf). Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival: GennaRose Nethercott & Bobby DiTrani Book Launch: Nethercott's "Lianna Fled the Cranberry Bog: A Story in Cootie Catchers" transforms a traditional children's game into an interactive, fold-up fable of cruel beasts, daring thieves, lost sweethearts, and a family on the run. The cootie catchers (also known as fortune tellers, salt cellars, chatterboxes) are illustrated by artist DiTrani. Each features eight possible endings, but the endings are also beginnings, complications, transformations, and jumping-off points for other parts of the story. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Festival continues: see 10/19, 10/20. For more Festival events see: Program-Bratt-Lit-10-2019.pdf). Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival - Prose and Poetry: Though the prose poem and the flash story come from different traditions, those traditions have crossed boundaries and are now producing very interesting hybrid pieces. Prose poets appear in flash story journals and anthologies and, conversely, flash story writers are being published in prose poem anthologies and literary journals. The flash story and prose poem are both flourishing in our era, and the relationship between the two is complex and intertwining. 7 - 8:30 p.m. (Festival continues: see 10/19, 10/20. For more Festival events, see: Free. Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Pianist Ben Cosgrove and Guitarist Mark Kroos: Ben Cosgrove is a pianist whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment in North America. He's performed nationally and held artist residencies and fellowships with institutions including the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute. His recent album "Salt" is described by Junction Magazine as "a poetry of tones and turns and motion and play that transcends the gross signification of everyday language," and both Sound of Boston and Red Line Roots deemed it one of the best local releases of the year. Mark Kroos has developed a unique instrumental style playing two guitar necks characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures, complex tapping technique as entertaining to watch as it is to listen to. Drawing influence from folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock artists as well as great guitarists such as Michael Hedges, Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke, Kroos has developed his a dynamic and innovative approach to acoustic guitar. His live performances burst with energy and magnetism not typical of the genre. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

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 - 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212,

BRATTLEBORO Author Ann Braden discusses "Benefits of Being an Octopus": Braden's debut novel was listed as one of NPR's Best Books of 2018, received a starred review from School Library Journal, and was described by Newbery award-winner Karen Hesse as "a compassionate look at poverty, hard choices, and defending one’s right to be treated humanely." For kids (4th grade and up) and adults. 6:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


SAXTONS RIVER "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" - Documentary Screening and Discussion: October is National Mental Illness Awareness Week. This screening focuses on adolescents nationwide who are experiencing more issues related to anxiety. External pressures affect our students every day, even in activities that used to provide stress relief, like music and sports. As a group, high-achieving students can be at a much greater risk for anxiety, depression, substance abuse and risky behaviors. Through candid interviews, students discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives, as well as how they've found solutions and hope. The film includes an interview with Michael Phelps, one of the greatest athletes of all-time, who is now focusing his energy on mental health advocacy. Plus discussion with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources, and tools available to address the condition. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. screening in the Nita Choukas Theater followed by discussion led by local health experts. $10. Vermont Academy, 10 Long Walk. Tickets:

BRATTLEBORO Mindfulness Meditation - How to Practice It: Mindfulness has many benefits such as reducing stress and increased ability to be present in one's life. If we think of the mind as a muscle (which the brain is), we can expect to exercise it to develop its potential, just as we exercise our body to keep strong and healthy. Mindfulness is one way to achieve this healthiness by practicing the skills of attention. In this session, we'll learn and practice one technique of mindfulness. 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.

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with One Part Luck: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments in the cafe. Listen to original songs with lots of great harmony from this country folk duo. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 suggested donation for pizza pie. Donations also appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO NECCA hosts American Red Cross Blood Drive: Why is NECCA doing this asks Serenity Smith Forchion, who co-founded NECCA with sister Elsie Smith: "Our mother is a doctor and growing up we knew first hand that blood transfusions can save lives. She'd stop at car accidents and we'd pull people out of wrecks knowing all too intimately what a blood donation can do for someone in need." Each unit of blood a single person gives can save up to 3 lives. All blood transfused in hospitals comes from volunteer donors so there's a constant need. "Giving back to our community is important to us, and donating blood is an easy way to do that," shares Elsie. "We personally don't have a lot of financial resources, but we can give blood which is mostly painless and is very useful." Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, those battling cancer. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. "We'll hold your hand if you need it," says Serenity. "Just come and be daring and you can say you went to the circus and saved a life." . 3 - 7 p.m. (If giving blood is not your thing you can volunteer to help out: New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information:

Community meals

W. HALIFAX Senior Meal: Fruit with Cottage Cheese, Bar-b-que Meatballs, Baked Potato, Vegetable, Rolls, Dessert. All seniors welcome. 12 noon. $3 donation requested. Halifax Community Hall, 20 Brook Rd. RSVP appreciated: Joan Courser: 802-368-7733.

LONDONDERRY Community Lunch: 12 noon in the Friendship Room. All Londonderry residents welcome. Free (donations welcome). Second Congregational Church, Route 11/100. Information: 802-824-6453.



October 2019