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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Positivity Magic: The Magic of Influence - How to Impact Behavior to Achieve Positive Results: Jonas Cain shares three invaluable principles and practices gained from his three-decade career as a magician for increasing your influence. Whether you’re a performer, teacher, manager, parent, friend, or anyone else, you'll find something of value to apply to your own life circumstances. Come for the magic, stay for the message. 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.

DUMMERSTON "Bell, Book and Candle": Set in New York in the 1950s, this is a romantic comedy about Gillian Holroyd, a modern witch seeking to sample human romance. She enchants her neighbor, Shepherd Henderson, who happens to be engaged to one of her enemies. First produced in 1950, it was later made into a movie starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart. Written by John Van Druten, this Vermont Theatre Company production is directed by Robert Wellington with Brenda L. Seitz as stage manager and Michelle Page and Jonathan Kinnersley as producers. "Bell, Book and Candle" is an American classic. 11/8, 11/9: 7:30 p.m. 11/10: 3 p.m. $15, $13 students and seniors. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-254-1138.

BRATTLEBORO "Clown TV!": Written and directed by NEYT alum Doran Hamm, aided by Amy Majer, Putnam Smith, and all of the young comedians. Uproarius fun for the whole family. These 11 young actors learned from masters in clowning technique, experimenting with sound, pantomime, and movement to physicalize the telling of a story. Guest artists include NEYT founder and clowning extraordinaire Stephen Stearns; Nettie Lane, a circus arts expert; Shoshana Bass, NEYT alum and dance guru; Peter Gould, funnery master; and juggling wizard Tom Yahner. 11/8: 7 p.m., 11/9: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Saturday, November 9. $11, $10 seniors, $7 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 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.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Celebrate 35 years with Everyone's Books! : Enjoy food, music, and fun. 4 - 7 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160,


BRATTLEBORO Auxiliary Karaoke: 6 p.m. doors open, 7 - 11 p.m. karaoke. Open to the public. $5 cover. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Information: 802-257-0438.

BRATTLEBORO CV & JAB - Christina Vantzou and John Also Bennett: Brussels-based ambient classical composer Vantzou and NY musician Bennett offer drifting, surrealist soundscapes. They use synthesizers, field recordings, flute, piano to bathe their audiences in soft waves as well as sharp angles of sound and leave enough room for each listener to travel their own intimate interior journey. For this performance they debut music drawing inspiration from an ancient Greek pithos or vessel. They released their first collaboration, "Thoughts of a Dot as it Travels a Surface," as an LP on Shelter Press in 2018. 8 p.m. in the Sanctuary. $15 to $20 sliding scale at door. Epsilon Spires (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO "The Betrayal of the Kurds" with Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith: In this firsthand report from Northeast Syria and an analysis of the consequences, Gailbraith discusses Trump's green light, the Turkish invasion, the Rojava revolution, Russia's triumph, the loss of American dominance in the Middle East, and what it means for ISIS. He will also cover his efforts to get children out of the ISIS camps in NE Syria. Galbraith has had a remarkable history with the Kurds and since 2014 has made a number of trips to northern Syria because of his long-standing ties with the Kurdish people. 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Circus Dance Theater - "XOXO Moongirl": This autobiographically-inspired circus fantasia solo show won accolades at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a Barrymore Award in performer Nicole Burgio's hometown of Philadelphia. Burgio, who began her circus training at NECCA's Professional Training Program, tells the story of a girl in a troubled home through theater, circus, and dance in a compelling solo show. Recommended for ages 14 and up (contains themes of domestic abuse and unbreakable hope). $15, $10 Youth, $25 VIP. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Circus Workshop Weekend Plus: "Making Circus that Matters" - Free Seminars, Theatre, Circus Cabaret: In addition to taking classes on aerials, trampoline, handstands, German wheel, and flying trapeze, visitors can see circus shows that have meaning. This is a chance for students and community members to talk to artists who are making circus with a theme aimed at changing the world, to hear from authors and performers about their experience in contemporary circus, and for diverse performers to share their work with each other. . Through Sunday, November 10. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Schedule/Sign-up: 802-254-9780,

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with the Two Bit Froggy Orchestra: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. Two Bit Froggy Orchestra: Ron BosLun and Walter Slowinski - traditional and not so traditional folk songs on mandolin and clarinet. 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.


BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. What you can do in addition to attending the vigils: If you are a TD depositor, change banks. Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bio-region in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. Signs provided. TD Bank, 215 Main St.



November 2019