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Performing arts

GREENFIELD "Best of" Revival Musical of Rosemary Caine's Wilde Irish Women: Spanning millennia of history, the musicals celebrate Irish women of literature, legend, real life. From what's known as the Tain Epic, or The Ulster Cycle, they bring us Nessa, Deirdre, Macha, and Maeve - fierce women warriors, dispensers of curses and magic, memorable brainy beauties. Moving across the centuries, there are musical cameos from Grace O'Malley, the last High Queen of Ireland Gormlaith and The Pirate Queen, a contemporary of Elizabeth I who gave birth while commanding a fleet of ships against the Turks. Joining the fun is Molly Malone of fish, fame, dubious fortune, and even more dubious reputation. We learn of Elizabeth O'Farrell's bravery during the 1916 Rising. There are songs from James Joyce's real wife Nora Barnacle and his literary wife Molly Bloom, as well as the contemporary investigative reporter Veronica Guerin, tragically cut down by the Irish drug mafia. The poetry of WB Yeats and William Allingham enhance the stories, and all is overseen by the Doyenne of Dames, the Wildest Wilde Woman of all, Lady Jane Wilde. Known as Speranza, she holds these feminine icons to historical and hysterical account. 7:30 p.m., The Perch (4th fl.). $18 to $22. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS "Love Poems from Vermont" with author John Meyer: Reflections on an inner and outer state - poems and photos, demonstrates the authors love of nature and Vermont travel by pairing new poems with inspired color images taken in Vermont. Meyer writes the poems first, then searches for a Vermont scene appropriate to merge the photo image with the poem. His presentation will include a slide show of the photos and a reading of the poems. 6 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: Book and event reservations: 802-463-9404.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Margo Hrubec Reception and Exhibit - "The Medium Is The Message": 11/15, 5 - 7 p.m., Artist Reception. Open 7 days a week. Through Saturday, November 30. Flat Iron Exchange, 51 The Square. Information: 802-460-0357.

BELLOWS FALLS "Art For All" - Seasonal Group Show: Clare Adams, reverse painted and fused glass; Penelope Arms, oil painting; Zoee Blossom, screen printing; Deborah Bump, wood sculpture; Jean Cannon, watercolor and acrylic painting; Sloane Dawson, found object sculpture; Nancy Fitz-Rapalje, oil painting; Corinne Greenhalgh, oil painting; Joseph Hicks, ink drawing; Deedee Jones, pastel painting; Carol Keiser, acrylic painting; Steve P Kovach, oil painting; Carla Liguori, multimedia and ceramic sculpture; Marcie Maynard, oil painting; Robert McBride, multimedia painting; Jeanne McMahan oil painting; Susan McNulty, watercolor painting; Charles Norris-Brown, ink wash and drawing; MC Noyes, oil painting; Phyllis Rosser, wood sculpture; Melissa Rubin, solar plate etching; Matthew Saxton, oil painting; Chris Sherwin, blown glass; Rodrica Tilley, pastel painting. Some work is sized and priced for gift-giving. 11/15, 5-8 p.m. Opening Reception (Bellows Falls 3rd Friday Gallery Night) includes live music w/Kenneth Rokicki (jazz/Latin guitar). Open Wed.-Sat. 11-5., some Sundays. Through Friday, January 31. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO 5th Annual Ax Wound Film Festival - Women in Horror Month: These riveting, intense shorts directed by women are darkly funny and more likely to utilize experimental storytelling over the traditional narratives. Plus free giveaways, raffles, vendors, workshops, presentations, filmmaker Q&A, and more. Proceeds earned from the raffle go to the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and to the Scleroderma Research Foundation. 11/15: 7:30 p.m. doors open, 11/16: 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Through Saturday, November 16. $20 includes both days (students with ID receive 50% off). Cash only. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY The Suitcase Junket plus Kate Lorenz and The Constellations: The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz's internationally touring, throat-singing, slide guitar-playing one-man band working the border of Americana and rock, with image-driven songwriting, idiosyncratic storytelling, and effusive vocal presence. Artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Lorenz draws from a patchwork sonic palette, shaping his songs with elements of jangly folk, fuzzed-out blues, oddly textured psych-rock, dance-hall festivity. Despite being deeply attuned to the chaos of the world, he brings joyful wonder to his music and makes an undeniable case for infinite curiosity as a potent antidote to jadedness and despair. His 7th and latest CD is "Mean Dog, Trampoline." Kate Lorenz and The Constellations (rock/folk/country/blues) features Kate (vocals, guitar), Ben Falkoff (guitar), Max Adam (vocals, bass) and Don McAulay (drums). At home singing everything from gritty electric soul to tender country blues, she has added her harmonies to records by Chris Smither, Jeffrey Foucault, Caitlin Canty, Hayward Williams, and The Suitcase Junket. Beer and wine cash bar. 7:30 p.m. $22 in advance, $25 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO In Stile Moderno - "Come again: Lute Songs of John Dowland and his Contemporaries": Beloved and lesser-known lute songs by John Dowland and his contemporaries take on a new dimension will be performed in historical pronunciation using facsimile table book editions of the music. In Stile Moderno appears for the first time as a four-voice ensemble with lute, bringing to life the poetry of Elizabethan England with the original pronunciation of the time. Otherwise unheard rhymes and puns jump to the ear and a refreshingly direct and earthy timbre colors the language, while Dowland's virtuosic contrapuntal writing is showcased by the lute and four-voice texture. Join us around the table for a feast of whimsical, melancholy and touching music. Voices: Agnes Coakley Cox, Sophie Michaux, Corey Dalton Hart, Adam Simon. Lute: Nathaniel Cox. 7:30 p.m. $10/$20 at door or online; $5 off full-price tickets online with code "JOHNDOWLAND". Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Free Workshop - An Introduction to Specialized Math Instruction: Children receiving support through intervention or Individualized Education Plans require specialized math instruction. This means techniques for assessment and instruction that are different from the classroom. Educators/ learning specialists have many choices to support reading intervention, but far fewer for mathematics. This workshop, with Erica Moy and Glenn Patterson, addresses this need. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Refreshments and lunch provided. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 100 Chickering Dr. Register (limited to 50 participants):


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

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Sunny Lowdown: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. Sunny Lowdown sings and plays the blues. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 - 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.

BELLOWS FALLS Bellows Falls 3rd Friday: Celebration of Art, Music, Literary Events, Food, and late-night Shopping. 4 - 8 p.m. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information:

BELLOWS FALLS Community Radio Station, WOOL, Annual Silent Auction and Farmers Market: Art, household goods, furniture, gift certificates from area business including shops/restaurants, and many gift items - some for only a dollar. At a Silent Auction, bidders use an anonymous number to list their bids on a sheet associated with the item and then write a higher bid as other bidders surpass the original. There's suspense as the bidding goes higher. When the bell sounds at 8:00 p.m., the highest bidder wins the item, often for an unexpectedly low price. Athens Pizza of Bellows Falls will provide a cash bar of beer and wine to complement the food. Live music too. Enjoying its 13th year on the air, three as the largest full power community station in New England, WOOL 91.5 FM (aka Black Sheep Radio), is supported by memberships, underwriting, and fundraisers such as this. 5 - 8 p.m. Community Radio, 33 Bridge St.

BRATTLEBORO Windham County Media Panel Forum: Discussion about how well Vermont media coverage is serving our community. Topics will include a look at collaboration among media groups and shifts in how our community members access local, regional. and world news. Kate O'Connor, Moderator. Hosted by Strolling of the Heifers. 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.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Food Co-op Annual Meeting and Dinner: All 8,000 owners of our cooperatively owned grocery store are invited. 6-7 pm: Check-in, mingling, dinner. 7-8:30: Business meeting, kick-off to 45th anniversary w/ Shareholder stories, Q&A, raffle. 7-8:15: NECCA kids activities - hula hoops, juggling equipment, circus coloring for little kids. 8-9: Board of Dir. voting/bylaw voting. Free. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. RSVP by 11/8 or ASAP: 802-246-2821,



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