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Performing arts

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. $10 to $25. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780,

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. This spy-caper spoof utilizes 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. 3 p.m. VTC accepts donations of non-perishable food items for Groundworks food bank, and your donation is good for a $1 discount on your ticket. $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information:


BELLOWS FALLS Hiroya Tsukamoto - Guitarist and Composer: Innovative guitarist and composer Hiroya Tsukamoto plays a fusion of folk, jazz, and world music. Eclectic and immersive, he takes audiences on an earthy, organic odyssey. In addition to original compositions, his repertoire travels the world of traditional music. While his instrumental abilities are breathtaking, he also connects to audiences with his engaging personality. Tsukamoto leads concerts internationally, including multiple appearances at the Blue Note in New York City and on Japanese National Television. In 2018, he won second place in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship. Born and raised in Japan, Tsukamoto was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In Boston, he formed the group Interoceanico with musicians from different continents, including Latin Grammy-winning Marta Gomez- the group released three acclaimed records. Hiroya has also released three highly regarded solo albums. 2 p.m. (1:30 p.m. doors open). Attendees can bring portable seating to set up behind the house chairs (or use in place of reserved chair). $15 (w/chair up front until 40 are sold), $20 at door. 100% of tickets sales go to performer. Drinks/snacks by donation. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Tickets:

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO The Longest Night - St. Michael's Episcopal Church: A service of hope for all who carry sorrow of any kind. All are welcome for cello music, readings, candles, and chants. 12/22: 4 p.m. (Also see 12/24, 12/25). Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048,


GUILFORD Holiday Surrealist Games Plus Cookie Swap: Need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle? Release your inner artist. Hosted by Roger Clark Miller (Mission of Burma, Alloy Orchestra), learn and play riotous mind-bending games that were developed by Andre Breton and his co-conspirators during the 1920s and '30s, the heyday of Surrealism. Miller will not only explain and lead the games to kick off the event, but he'll also DJ – providing a surrealistic soundtrack. Says Miller, "A great virtue of these games is that they are not at all competitive. A person who is an experienced artist may interact with a more naive drawer to produce a brilliant composition. It's all about the collective work.". 1 - 4 p.m. Play games/leave with holiday cookies. All ages. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

Farmers' markets

PUTNEY Putney Farmers' Market 10th Annual Season: 36 Vendors bringing the finest/freshest local goods. Lively live music. Community, Commerce, Celebration!. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Last day this winter). Putney Farmers Market, Green Mountain Orchards, 130 W. Hill Rd. Information: ; 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. 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 Beginner Ashtanga Yoga Classes: Based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya and Pattbhi Jois in Mysore, India, participants learn a set series of dynamic postures that build connection between body, breath, and mind. Modifications given as needed. 8 - 9:15 p.m. on Sundays (also see 12/24). $15, $12 students (monthly memberships available). Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: (check for changes).

BRATTLEBORO Winter Solstice Meditation: Overwhelmed? Stressed? Come be nourished by stillness and the music of the Whetstone Brook, just outside the windows. Bring a cushion; chairs provided. 9:45 a.m. arrival Studio 4 (2nd fl.), 10-11 a.m. silent meditation. Free. Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 William St., 1st fl. Information:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Indigo Radio - Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7FM: Indigo Radio, deepening understanding and making connections! IndigoRadio is a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. We will be talking about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connecting them to our lives and Brattleboro community. Past shows: Brattleboro Community Radio. Information: Livestream:, Facebook:


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Winter Solstice dances led by Windsong. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,


BRATTLEBORO Shine A Light for Social Justice (Brattleboro Area Jewish Community): The inspiration for Shine A Light observes Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, as an opportunity to bring the community together in solidarity with the challenges faced today by all marginalized people in our country. Each night will be hosted by a different local business and focus on a different social justice issue. "Lighting leaders" from the Jewish community will lead the each evening's program which will include the traditional candle lighting and prayer and the singing of songs about Hanukkah and social justice. Discussion of the evening's theme is welcome. 5:30 pm: 12/22, Sam's Army/Navy (Religious Freedom); 12/23, Centre Congregational Church (Climate Crisis); 12/24, Brattleboro Food Coop (Mental Health); 12/25, Latchis Theatre (LGBTQ Rights); 12/26, Elliot St. Fish 'n Chips (Equality for Women); 12/27, Brooks House Atrium (Homelessness); 12/28, Gallery in the Woods (Racial Justice); 12/29, Everyone's Books (Immigrant Justice). Through Sunday, December 29. Sams Outdoor Outfitters, 74 Man St. Information: Laura Berkowitz:



December 2019