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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Pumpkintown: Pumpkintown is stories, music, and magic lantern projections from an imaginary New England village by Tim Eriksen, Peter Irvine, and Susan Brearey. This show of tales features Grammy-nominated ethnomusicologist and punk-folk pioneer Eriksen on an abundance of musical instruments along with Irvine's innate percussion and vocal harmonies and alongside Brearey's soulful artworks brought to life by 18th Century technology reincarnated in form of magic lantern projections. The trio take you to Pumpkintown, where the village is imaginary but the music is real - revealing an America that has never been simply black and white but evidences a deep-seated diversity. Be immersed in the sounds of a place that is at once imagined and deeply true: shape-note harmony by the first published Native American composer, fiery Scottish fiddle tunes, apocalyptic Afro-Celtic gospel, traditional and original songs of war, the sea, traveling, tragedy and love, that tie it all together. 8 p.m. At door: $18, $12 students. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SAXTONS RIVER Auditions for "Noises Off": Those auditioning should expect to read from the play and "work into" a scene or two. The 1982 comedy by Michael Frayn takes its name from the theatrical direction indicating sounds coming from offstage. The play deals with what's happening on both sides of the curtain as the characters play off each other off-stage to undermine the on-stage action, with plenty of slapstick thrown in. Auditions: 12/6: 6-9 p.m., 12/7: 3-6 p.m. Call backs: 12/8: 1-3 p.m. Rehearsals begin May 2020, typically two evenings a week and weekend mornings. Performances: 7/10-7/19. Contact director David Stern,, if you need to arrange an alternative audition time. Through Saturday, December 7. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Positivity Magic with Jonas Cain: The Magic of Influence: How to impact behavior to achieve positive results. Positivity Magic workshop Facilitator of Fascination, Cain will share 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.

BELLOWS FALLS Rushad Eggleston - Cello, Vocals, and Tomfoolery: Rushad Eggleston plays "fluffy rainbow unicorn metal from a magic green dimension whose mystic tongues growl the delapitude of the future across speedy spectrums of the wildest astral cello landscapes with oceans of glee, skies full of bats and forests full of strange melody monsters: does it even exist? Rusharguanox is a fierce maverick of nonsense magic and potatoes." Eugene Friesen says, "Rushad Eggleston is a vibrantly creative original solo artist who uses cello, language and fun to mesmerize.". 7:30 - 9:15 p.m. in the Chapel. $20 ($15 seniors). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Lydia Grey - New Woodfired Clay : Post Oil Process / Karen Gaudette - Animalia: "Welcome Yule": Lydia is a skilled, lifetime ceramicist, recognized by collectors of clay. She presents a mix of sculptural and functional pieces from earth stoneware and white porcelain. "I am most interested in the narrative, or story-telling work. What you see here is some of each. I am poised to go deeper into the narrative this year with all I have learned from the wood-firing." Gaudette offers joyful black and white drawings dedicated to the celebration of Yuletide, inspired by medieval illustrations. Animal minstrels welcome back the sun with song and dance, surrounded by starry winter night skies. Included in the show are the first in a series of Waterfowl and Raptor portraits, connected to her love of native New England birds. Gaudette's exploration of archetypal and mystical imagery is perfectly mated to scratchboard technique. The medium invites fineline drawing with the feel of vintage black & white storybook illustration. 12/6 Reception for the artists, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Music by The Moondogs. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk - Downtown Brattleboro & Nearby Exhibit Venues: Artist receptions for new and continuing shows at 30 or more exhibit venues, many with refreshments and a few with live music. Most exhibits continue throughout the month. Printed guides available at participating venues - look for large number signs in merchant/eatery windows. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1st Fri. of every month. Gallery Walk. Information: Listings and map:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Windham World Affairs Council - Two Marlboro College Students Present their Senior Research Projects: Leni Charbonneau will present "Japan and the Ainu: A Spectacle of Sustainability." Leni's been in the World Studies Program, traveling to conduct research and field work in Northern Japan and working with activists and organizations representative of Japan's Ainu community. Adam Weinberg will present on "Compassion for the Inconsiderate: Local Politics, Global Values." He immersed himself in the school's formal adjudicating body, its Community Court, serving five semesters on the seven-member panel of students, faculty, and staff, and ultimately serving as an elected Justice. 7 p.m. coffee, tea & conversation; 7:30-9 p.m. Presentations. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO First Wednesdays - "US Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective": Talk by Dartmouth professor Richard Wright. One would think that current anxieties about immigration in the US have never been more intense, but history teaches us otherwise. Prof. Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO "Walls of Sound - Ecology of the Borderlands": Alexander Meszler performs a piece on the Estey organ incorporating field recordings, video projection, poetry, scientific research to raise awareness of the negative environmental impact of a US- Mexico border wall. An original composition exploring the natural environment of the Sonoran Desert, "Walls of Sound," brings together collaborators across disciplines - musicians, scientists, activists, theater. It offers an immersive sonic/visual experience in contemplating the human impact of the militarization of borders and consequences for the natural environment. This work is a multimedia collaboration including musician Glenn Weyant, whose addressed the militarization of the Southern Arizona borderlands since 2006; video works of artist Erik Miller and videographer Samantha Lloyd; musical works composed for this program by Garth Paine and Huw Morgan. Program is narrated with the poetry of poet laureate of Arizona, Alberto Rios, and scientific research by Michael Schoon. 7 - 10 p.m. $15 to $20 (sliding scale). Epsilon Spires (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Holiday Acapella Extravaganza - The GrooveBarbers: The GrooveBarbers annual show has become a staple of the holiday season in southern VT and returns by popular demand. Featuring guest star/international opera diva Inna Dukach, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the lead role of Madama Butterfly, The GrooveBarbers offer a mellifluous vocal blend and close harmonies arrangements of holiday classics from the secular to the sublime. Each member of this quartet is a bona fide star in their own right: Sean Altman, Charlie Evett, and Steve Keyes are former members of the pioneering modern a cappella group Rockapella of "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" TV fame, and Kevin Weist is a renowned bald vocal guru. Collectively, they've established themselves as the go-to vocal group for rock, doo-wop, jazz, barbershop and - with the addition of guest soprano Inna Dukach - a new hybrid genre they call "doowopera.". 7:30 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments in lobby. $15, $7.50 under age 13, free under age 7 (1 free kid ticket w/ each adult ticket). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

GRAFTON Mighty Acorns Preschool Explorers Club - "Fantastical Feathered Birds": Investigate real bird wings, feathers, and nests to learn more about these high-flying creatures. You'll also try and build your own bird nest, observe real bird visitors at the museum's bird feeders, and make your own natural bird feeder to take home. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $5 per child, $8 drop-in. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Register:

VERNON Home For The Holidays Craft Fair: 12/6, 4 -8 p.m., 12/7, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, December 7. Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-254-5373.

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212,

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with The Buzzards: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. The Buzzards play bluegrass, country, Americana music. 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.

BRATTLEBORO New England Youth Theater - Community Potluck: The NEYT Mentors welcomes NEYT students, NEYT parents, and friends of NEYT. The Mentors will provide a pasta entree dish (including Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegetarian options) to share. Feel free to bring a dessert or a side dish to share. The evening will also serve as a food drive for Project Feed The Thousands, so please bring canned goods or other non-perishable items if you can. It's going to be a really fun night filled with community bonding games, great food, and lots of laughter. Hope you can join us!. 7 - 8:30 p.m. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY 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. 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 855-JOB-2020,,

BRATTLEBORO Centre Church Annual Christmas Craft Fair: Soups and desserts on Friday evening; coffee and waffles on Saturday morning. Silent auction, quilt raffle, hand-made items for adults and babies, handmade wreaths, Central American items, fabulous selection of homemade Christmas cookies, again. All available for purchase. 12/6: 5 - 7 p.m., 12/7: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. followed by the Annual Messiah sing. Through Saturday, December 7. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Main Street Flea - Pop-Up: Showcasing great gifts from local makers: Pottery, jewelry, prints and cards, Vendors include: AkimbaMade, Henry Ireland Photography, K.B. Ceramics, Luna Roots Botanicals, Rob Cartelli Ceramic, Sarah Rice Art, Scoffs at Gravity, Tavernier Chocolates, Tiny Pony Apothecary, Vale Burns Art, and more. Gift-wrapping at select times. Plus Ezra Distler's photo booth. 12/5: 4-8 p.m., 12/6: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 12/7: 10 a.m.-6 p.m; 12/8: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (next to Shin La). Through Sunday, December 8. Sixty-One Main St., 61 Main St. Information:

KEENE Annual Holiday Greens Sale: The greens table will feature locally made decorated and plain wreaths, Balsam roping, kissing balls, swags, and bundles of greens. Traditional New England Berry Bowls in many different sizes will be for sale. Holiday cookies and baked goods will be available for purchase. Reasonably priced menu includes soups, salad breads, beverages. The Book Nook offers volumes of hardcover and paperback fiction/nonfiction covering art, travel, children's, religion, philosophy, geography, and more - priced to sell. Crafter's table holds handmade treasures such as bookmarks, blankets, knitted throws, place mats and tableware, pillows and assorted knitwear for babies and adults. A Christmas-themed White Elephant table has a display of gently used items. In addition, Palestinian-made Christmas items will be for sale. 12/6: 5 - 8 p.m., 12/7: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Parish Hall. Hot lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Through Saturday, December 7. Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington St. Information: 603-352-1719; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. BRATTLEBORO All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Bazaar - Festival of Wreaths and Greens: Handmade Christmas Wreaths, Swags and Ornaments, Gift Emporium. Baked goods including holiday specialties such as Stollen, fruit cake (real fruit) and more at the Artisan Bake Table. Gift Emporium offers gifts handmade from fabric items, felted bags, and a few bunnies. Buy a raffle ticket for a theme basket. Homemade cloth gift bags and DVD movies on the Eco Table. 12/6: 3-7 p.m., 12/7: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Cafe - 12/6: Chilies and corn bread; 12/7: 11 a.m.-2 p.m: Homemade soups, bread, desserts.) All proceeds benefit the Church's West Village Meeting House, home of the Theater Adventure Program. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information: 802-365-7388.


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. Information:



December 2019