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Performing arts

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. 10/4: 2 p.m. Repeats 10/5: 2 and 7 p.m., 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.

BRATTLEBORO Baker Street Players - "Hound of the Baskervilles": Dramatic reading of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary masterpiece. The good people of Dartmoor all know the legend. Hundreds of years ago, Hugo Baskerville offered his soul to the Devil in exchange for the woman he lusted after. But as he pursued her over the foggy moor, he found himself pursued by something terrible - a great demon hound with glowing jaws. Since that time, all the Baskervilles living in Baskerville Hall have met a cruel and unusual fate. Sir Henry Baskerville is the last of his line, he and his friends fear it is only a matter of time before the hound hunts him down as well. But Sherlock Holmes believes otherwise. Something evil is afoot, but it's not the work of demons. There is some sinister human force at work and Holmes and Watson will stop at nothing to solve the mystery - before it is too late. Featuring James Gelter as Sherlock Holmes, Tony Grobe as John Watson, with guest appearances by Alex Luckham, Kirby Landers, Christian Drake, Geof Dolman, Bruce Halloway, Shannon Ward, and Justin Fetterman. 6 p.m. Through Saturday, October 5. $15 (cash or check at door) covers both Sat. & Sun (this is a 2-part reading). Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information:

PUTNEY The Akwaaba Ensemble - Traditional African Drumming and Dance: The Ensemble's energetic, interactive, engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means 'welcome' in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. For the past 17 years, they've toured internationally and performed on many stages in the US, Mexico, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. They bring Highlife music, West African drumming, and dance to life. Artist, singer, poet U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo opens. 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.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Vermont Wild" with Megan Price: Author/publisher/storyteller Price reads from Volume 6 of her popular series. 7 p.m. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Archer Mayor Reading: Mayor will read from and sign copies of his latest Joe Gunther mystery, "Bomber's Moon.". 7 p.m. Free. Olde & New England Books, 47 West St. Information: 802-365-7074; Click to e-mail for more information.

PUTNEY Readings: Janacka Stucky and Samuel Ace: Antidote Books is an independent bookstore bringing the community into conversation through poetry and literature by featuring readings and workshops with emerging, underrepresented, and vital voices. Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and publisher. The founding editor of "Black Ocean," as well as the annual poetry journal, "Handsome," he's also the author of "O my prison." Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He's the author of several books including "Our Weather O­ur Sea" (Black Radish Books, 2019). 7 p.m. Free. Antidote Books, 120 Main St. Information: 802-387-2260.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening Reception w/ Jennifer Zackin - Communal Vortex Weaving and Works on Paper : For several years, Zackin has been weaving a vortex on a loom installed in a 10' square space using 2,880 ft of rope in her studio. This technique has been developed from years of studying weaving while visiting the Himalayas and living in the Andes. The next phase uses the Vortex Weave as a process for bringing people together developing spatial literacy and probes the potential energy generated through art-life processes by weaving in community, sharing skills, envisioning with others the kind of future we strive to collectively shape. By infusing our actions with purpose, together we can craft a healthier, more sustainable world. In physics, a vortex is the central axis of a spinning torus, a 3-dimensional ring or doughnut shaped-object around which energy can flow. Mathematical equations describe this process. This pattern can be found throughout the universe in hurricanes, galaxies, atoms. Nikola Tesla's experiments with energy employed the torus in the development of his famous coil. Thinking this way, Collective Vortex Weaving becomes an inquiry into the potential energy generated when art and life merge. This is an interactive art project. 10/4, 5-8 p.m. during Gallery Walk (Visitors are invited to participate in the weaving). Through Thursday, October 31. Free. CX Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. After 10/4, by appointment: 802-257-7898 x 1,

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk - Downtown Brattleboro & Nearby Exhibit Venues: Artist receptions for new and continuing shows at 30 or more exhibit venues, many with refreshments and a few with live music. Most exhibits continue throughout the month. Printed guides available at participating venues - look for large number signs in merchant/eatery windows. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1st Fri. of every month. Gallery Walk. Information: Listings and map:


BELLOWS FALLS Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry: Grammer, one of contemporary folk music's most beloved artists, recently had to cancel 22 shows in a dozen western states due to injury. This fundraising listening event features Tracy in performance with Jim Henry to offset her medical expenses and lost income. Will Stahl opens. 6 p.m. doors open; 7 p.m. music. Seating is not guaranteed. Attendees may bring portable seating to set up behind the house chairs. $20 ($25 at door). All proceeds go to the cause. Tipping encouraged. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND Farmers Market, Pizza, Music: Great vendors, pizza baked in the outdoor oven. Buy your plant starts, fresh greens, local produce, meats, bread, ferments, maple syrup and other groceries. Crafts and local treats. Sponsored by The West River Community Project, a nonprofit Center dedicated to promoting agricultural, economic, and social activities of the West River Valley. 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Market; 5 - 7:30 p.m. Pizza and Music with Aura Shards. Credit, debit, EBT payments accepted. Thrift shop open till 7 p.m. Through Friday, October 11. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Welcome to the Post-Truth World - Epsilon Spires screens "HyperNormalisation": This is a film by British documentarian, writer, editor Adam Curtis: "The anthropologist Alexei Yurchak, in his 2005 book, “Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation," argues that, during the final days of Russian communism, the Soviet system had been so successful at propagandizing itself, at restricting the consideration of possible alternatives, that no one within Russian society…could conceive of anything but the status quo until it was far too late to avoid the collapse of the old order. Yurchak coined the term "hypernormalization" to describe this process - an entropic acceptance and false belief in a clearly broken polity and the myths that undergird it." Featuring Henry Kissinger, Donald Trump, the Clintons, the Reagans, Vladimir Putin, Patti Smith, Ayatollah Khomeini, and more, Curtis delves into recent geopolitical history in an attempt to explain why these chaotic events are happening. The film is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. Prior to the screening, DJ Snack Attack will spin in the Social Engagement salon, and catered snacks from Lion's Tooth plus specialty cocktails will be available for purchase. 8 p.m. By donation. Epsilon Spires (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information:

Kids and families

GRAFTON Mighty Acorns Preschool Explorers Club - Autumn Learning Adventures: Learn about why fall is a special time for the many plants, animals, and humans who call Vermont home. Be ready to take an adventure into the fall forest where we'll explore and discover with new eyes. At the end, we'll share about our experience as we sip on some yummy local apple cider. These programs are geared towards children ages 3-5, but older children are welcome to attend. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $5 ($8 drop-ins). Free for caregivers and babes-in-arms. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Pre-registration encouraged: 802-843-2111; 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 - 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 The Gift of Reiki: Give yourself this beautiful gift of Reiki by receiving treatments or learning this healing art to treat yourself, family & friends. The wonder of Reiki gently brings healing energy to all parts of your being: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Fran Freeman offers treatments and classes. 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.

TOWNSHEND Hatha Yoga Class: Move through a series of standard yoga poses with coordinated breathing exercises for the benefit of mind, body and spirit. Mats and blocks provided. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. every Friday in the Heins Bldg. $5 per class. Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Information: 802-365-3649,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Inclusion Center Activities: Work Group meets to discuss all things related to the Inclusion Center. All are welcome. Make music with various instruments on hand. Board Meeting. All are welcome. 10 a.m. Work Group, 11 a.m. music, 12 p.m. Lunch, 2 p.m. unstructured activities, 2 p.m. Board meeting. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Ramblin' on the Rock River: This Weekend Rambles series recalls the wonderful workshops of the fabled Old Dominion Folk Festivals created by the Ramblin' Conrad's Guitar Shop & Folklore Center in the '70s and '80s. Founded in 2016 by Tidewater Troubadour Bob Zentz and song historian Jeanne McDougall Zentz, The Ramblin' Conrad Folklife Institute seeks to provide opportunities for all folk to explore the transmission of tradition among people, for people; to preserve documents, images, books, recordings, and other artifacts of folk production; and to unite people of all cultures by sharing and exploring our rich diversity while celebrating our commonality. Faculty concert, song circles, workshops, meals. Through Sunday, October 6. $12 to $25 for Open Events, $40 Fri. or Sun., $80 Sat., $150 full weekend. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: 757-622-8918,

GUILFORD L'Arche in Vermont?: This gathering is for anyone interested in communities of faith and fellowship for people with and without intellectual disabilities. Potluck meal, singalong, informal music-making, spiritual practice, and discussion of opportunities and challenges for creating a L'Arche community in VT. Currently there are 147 L’Arche communities in 35 countries. Open to all who are interested. 5:30 - 8 p.m. Free. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. The Rev. Duncan Hilton: 802-254-6048,

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

WALPOLE Rummage Sale: Good quality fall and winter clothing, household and tag sale items. 4 - 6 p.m. on the Common (Also see 10/5). First Congregational Church of Walpole. Information: Linda Smith: 603-756-4361.



October 2019