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Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER Auditions for "Cabaret": Set in a Berlin nightclub in 1931, "Cabaret" opens with a garish master of ceremonies welcoming the audience to forget their troubles at the cabaret. With the emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, "Cabaret" explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of the city's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Besides the emcee, roles include Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, English singer Sally Bowles, boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider, mild-mannered Jewish fruit seller Herr Schultz, and the male and female dancers of the Kit Kat Klub where Sally performs. Musical numbers include "Wilkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama," "Money," and "Maybe This Time.". Auditions: 12/12: 7 p.m., 12/14: 2:30-5:30 p.m., 12/15: 6:30 p.m., including call backs. Those auditioning only need to attend one session. Rehearsals begin 1/2020, typically two evenings a week and weekend mornings. Performances scheduled for mid-March. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. To arrange alternative audition time or to send video: 802-376-4761,

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Contemporary Issues Book Group: This new book group kicks off with a discussion of Matt Taibbi's latest non-fiction book, "Hate, Inc: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another." Described as a "smart dissection of a grim media landscape" by Publishers Weekly, the book contains much to discuss about the role of news media in the Trump era. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILMINGTON "Vermont Wild" Book Signing: This series offers true game warden stories. 4 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO 14th Annual Friends Holiday Book Sale & Basket Raffle: Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Chances are you'll find it in this wonderful selection of "like new" books, CDs, and DVDs for sale. All proceeds go toward supporting library services and high-quality programming. 12/12 and 12/13: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 12/14: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Saturday, December 14. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Singing Colors with Carlene Raper: Slide show and discussion of the fabric work of Carlene Raper, whose work is on display through the end of December. 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.

PUTNEY Michaela Harlow - "A Mind of Winter" - Paintings, Drawings, and Mixed-Media Collage: Harlow has exhibited her paintings and drawings in galleries and juried shows throughout the U.S. for 25 years. "Have you snowshoed through an abandoned orchard in a late December snowstorm? Winter is my secret love. I'm fond of frozen pools, filled with wind-strewn leaves and sediment. I like the crud patterns on dirty, winter cars and frozen cobwebs lacing barn windows. Yes, it's cold, but how easy it is to forget when you're focused on green ice dotted by frost flowers and glossy black seedpods." . In the Gallery. Through Tuesday, February 11. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Brattlemasters (Toastmasters) - Holiday Party and Verbal Wordsmithing/Potluck: Dora Levinson, introduces Suzanne Bansley, emcee for the the evening, who will introduce the timer, grammarian, ah counter, general evaluator, snack-master followed by three speeches (5-7 minutes long). There will be a speaking-off-the cuff exercise available to everyone, evaluations of the speeches, plus reports by the timer, grammarian, ah counter and general evaluator. The mission of a Toastmasters club is to to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. 6 - 7:30 p.m., Rm. 249. (Next meeting: 1/9/2020). Free. Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Pl. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Musical Improvisation for All: Create music through group improvisations, game-pieces, free play and more when Anna Patton and Dave Haughey prompt interactive sound making. For all instrumentalists and vocalists willing to experiment with improvisational play. No experience is needed as long as you have a curious ear and a willingness to make things up. Anna and Dave will engage participants in techniques that encourage participants to free creativity through spontaneity. Guest host Haughey will lead the group in some duo and trio improvising, expanding to full-group improvisation with a structure called Telephone Booth, followed by musical games the group has played before, led by Patton. Haughey's holistic approach to modern cello playing encompasses myriad genres and techniques, making him one of the most versatile young cellists in the world. Program Director Patton is a clarinetist who performs in a full spectrum of styles. She teaches vocal/instrumental ensemble classes and music theory. 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. This is a monthly series. Donations accepted. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:,

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Roundtable Discussion Series: Meddling Mrs. Nichols - Early Brattleboro Editor, Abolitionist, and Feminist: Mid-19th century Brattleboro resident Clarina Howard Nichols was no stranger to controversy. She was one of the first female newspaper editors in the nation and, as a lobbyist and public speaker, she contributed to all three of the major reform movements of her time: temperance, abolition, and women's rights. Explaining her fervor for justice to the readers of her Brattleboro newspaper, the Windham County Democrat, Clarina wrote in March of 1853, "And did you think that Mrs. Nichols 'meddles with politics because she finds their details congenial with her tastes, or for any reason but that politics meddle with the happiness of home and its most sacred relations, with woman and all that is dearest to the affections and hopes of a true woman!" The strength of Clarina's words, from her polemics to her poetry, was enough to move masses and sign reform oppressive laws of the time. At this last Brattleboro Words Project's Roundtable Discussion of 2019, Rolf Parker, Nancy Olson, and Dan DeWalt discuss the life and times of Mrs. Nichols. 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Matilda: The Musical": With a cast of 39 revolting children (ages 6-18) "Matilda" follows the story of an unlikely heroine who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Directed by NEYT Exec. Dir. Hallie Flower, this Tony Award-winning musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. This show was made possible through support from The Winston Prouty Center for Child & Family Development, Europa IT, Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association. 12/12-12/14, 12/19-21: 7 p.m., 12/14-15, 12/21-22, 2 p.m. Handicap accessible. $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 Gingerbread House Making - Building and Decorating Fun for the Family: Bring your holiday spirit to this class where we will build a gingerbread house with ready-made pieces made by Lizi in our Co-op kitchen. We'll assemble and decorate a gingerbread house together and have a snack while we work. Open to all families. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. or 5 - 6 p.m. (two classes). Use Canal St. entrance. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Register soon reserve your spot: 802-246-2821,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Outing Club: Annual meeting - the public is invited. Presentations: Cross Country Skiing, Paddling, Rowing, Tennis. Election of Board Officers, budget discussions, reorganization. Plus the planned expansion of the Nordic trails. 7:30 p.m. Refreshments served. Free. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Guilford Gazette Meets: Planning the February issue. New members invited. Bring an article you've written if you'd like it published in this or a future issue. 9 a.m. Free. Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information: 802-257-4603.

BELLOWS FALLS US Census 2020 Jobs: The US Census Bureau is now accepting online applications for Enumerators (Census Takers) at Work today directly on computers to initiate or complete the online application process. This is a Q&A session for prospective employees - flexible, part-time, temporary employment from April to July 2020 paying $16.50 per hour, plus $.58 per mile driven. Applicants must be 18 years old by March 2020. Brochures, Frequently Asked Question sheets, business cards are available to share or to follow up with the Census Bureau on the application process. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.



December 2019