CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, December
BRATTLEBORO "The Flying Nut, 'Tis the Season" - New England Center for Circus Arts: Join the Stahlbaum family as their children receive a gift that starts them on a journey to strange and fascinating lands, where crabs do trapeze and flamingos dance on an oceanscape far from their wintry holiday home. NECCA's annual holiday production showcases more than 65 performers and brings together NECCA's skilled youth performers, adults from the upper-level recreational programs, and international students from the school's professional training program. The mission of the Flying Nut is to support students through the educational process of putting a show together while strengthening the community of the school by combining the diverse cultures and perspectives that the students represent. Alongside flying trapeze, juggling, contortion, aerial silks, and more circus arts disciplines, a teeterboard act has been added this year (launching acrobats into the air). The result is a stunning acrobatic extravaganza featuring the future stars of circus. 12/20: 7:30 p.m., 12/21: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 12/22: 1 p.m. Through Sunday, December 22. $10 to $25. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780, www.necenterforcircusarts.org.
DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps": Inspired by the iconic film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of an ordinary man forced to go on the run after aiding a mysterious woman. A spy-caper spoof utilizing just four actors who transform - using costumes, accents, and physicality - into over 30 distinct characters. At first glance, the hero doesn't seem heroic at all. It's August 1935, and Richard Hannay is alone and adrift in London, bored with his ordinary life. But during a night out at the theatre, he stumbles onto an outlandish plot to steal government secrets. To thwart the conspiracy, he embarks on a madcap journey across the country. Hannay's quest is a dangerous one, and the odds are stacked against him. Starring Samuel Murphy, Clare Margand, Shannon Ward, and Jonathan Kinnersley, with musical accompaniment by Rich Smith. Directed by Justin Fetterman, managed by Katy Peterson, with support by Krista Coughlin-Galbraith and Alex Luckham. Produced by Brenda Seitz and Nichole Bliznak. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. VTC accepts donations of non-perishable food items for Groundworks food bank, and your donation is good for a $1 discount on your ticket. Through Sunday, December 22. $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: www.vermonttheatrecompany.org.
BRATTLEBORO "The Art of the Chop" - Collaborative Prints and Collages of the Sea: The Art of the Chop refers to the "chop" or seal, the embossed stamp pressed into the lower left corner of a print symbolizing where it was printed. Master printer Lisa Mackie presents this group exhibition of fine art prints chronicling 40 years of work produced at her studio in Manhattan. The exhibit features a diverse group of well-established artists and their largely experimental, innovative, and vibrant prints that each made in collaboration with Lisa Mackie. Mackie's philosophy is to be the catalyst for the creative process as she facilitates lithography, serigraphy, monotype, intaglio, and photo-based processes and encourages the artist to complete a print that mimics but does not necessarily replicate their style. Featuring prints by Elba Damast, Marylyn Dintenfass, Amy Ernst, Mary Frank, Grace Hartigan, Darryl Hughto, Margo Humphrey, Wolf Kahn, Sol LeWitt, Alisia Mackie, Peter Mackie, Leo Manso, Emily Mason, Bill Murphy, and Jack Youngerman. 12/20: 5 - 7 p.m. Artist Opening Reception. 1/25: 5 p.m. Artist Talk. Through Sunday, February 9. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS "Art for All": Meet the Artists / Seasonal Art Show: Meet the artists and share their creative process and experience: 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. They've included work appropriately sized and priced for gifts: $100, $50, $25. Plus enjoy live music with Ken Rokicki, jazz guitar, and Antoinette Rokicki, vocals, performing jazz standards and jazzy holiday tunes. 12/20: 5 - 8 p.m. Meet the Artists. Through Friday, January 31. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.canalstreetartgallery.com.
BRATTLEBORO Conversation Cafe - "Media Bias": We will discuss and compare news reports on one specific topic from different media sources. 11 a.m. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: Julie Tamler: 802-380-5484.
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 Assn. 12/19-21: 7 p.m., 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 Annual Holiday Roast Tasting: Sample a succulent cut of New England Raised Grass-Fed Beef. 4 - 6 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Food Co-op Producer of the Month - Hidden Bean Bakeshop: Meet Kelsey from Hidden Bean Bakeshop. Taste her incredible Gluten Free Baked Goods and learn about her business, located in Brattleboro. 4 - 7 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with The Woodpeckers: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. 5 p.m. pizza, 5:30 - 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 Downtown Development Alliance Not Just Men's Night & 3rd Friday: A night of shopping, dining, music, tastings, and a farmer's market. Don't forget to have your Shop Local Card stamped. Applegate Martial Arts Academy: Boxing & Martial Arts demonstrations, Refreshments, Trivia; Bellows Falls Opera House: Movie; Canal Street Art Gallery: group show plus live music with Ken Rokicki, jazz guitar & Antoinette Rokicki, vocals, performing jazz standards and jazzy holiday tunes; Corinne Fine Tailoring & Art Gallery: refreshments; farmer's market at 33 Bridge St.; Halladays: refreshments, free gift wrapping, personal shopping; Home Christmas; J&H Hardware & Sporting Goods: snacks; JoAnna Glamorama: $2 off men's cuts, 10% off retail products; Sherwin Art Glass: free adult beverage with purchase, 10% off everything; The Threaded Trunk Boutique/Katie's Jewelry & Gifts: specials & refreshments; Village Square Booksellers: jazz & holiday tunes with Maryann McArdle on keyboards & Fred Tipton on sax, plus store specials; Windham Antique Center: refreshments, 15% off jewelry & minerals and 10% off store- wide . 4 - 9 p.m. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information: www.bellowsfallsvt.org.
BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers presents Pop-Up Holiday Gift Shop: Start your holiday shopping and support local artists and artisans. Specialty foods, pottery, jewelry, woven/knit wear. Vendors: Barndoor Wreaths, Beautiful Things, Beeze Tees Screen Printing, Beverly Mittelstadt Dream Vacations, Brag Bags, Brothers Leather Co., Buddy's A Pet's Store, By The Dozen, Cabinfish Fiber and Art, Caitlin Burch Glassworks, Celeste Longacre (author), Cloverworks Farm, Designs By Diana, Earthen Herbal, Eclecticasia Creation, Extreme Concessions, Fashiopurse, FlatwareCreations, Gray Raven Farm, Harvest Mushrooms, Hooded Stranger by Shapeshifters, JM Fine Art Photography, Jabs Jazzy Nails VIP Color Street, Jaimie Scanlon/Ellen Tumavicus, Joy Farm Totes by Tracee, Knit Finery by Midge and Linda, Landmark College LEAP, Loved Ones (Names on Art Prints), Lukes Bee's Honey, Luminary Designs, Marisa Imon, Nova Luxe Studios, Owl Creek Farm VT, Parish Hill Creamery, Peaceful Snowfield Alpacas, Powderknits, Red Moon Artisans, Rolling Rock Salt, Saltbox Seasonings, Solus Studio, Steel Waters Healing, Stone Circle VT, Stowe Fabric & Yarn, SweetGrass, Sylvia Ryder, Taylored Design, Teresa Koziol T.O.P., Thicket, Touchstone Crystal by Linda Papineau, Vera Flora Farm, VT Country Candles, VT Mosaics, VT Weaving School, Who Framed Bob, Wild Hart Distillery, WildWood Acres Alpacas. 12/20: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 12/21: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, December 21. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.