CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, February
SAXTONS RIVER "A Night of True Stories": In the spirit of National Public Radio's The Moth Radio Hour, friends and neighbors will entertain with tales of pathos, mirth, adventure, loss, fright, and all the emotions in between. Stories are told live on stage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment. Scheduled storytellers are MSA Director Heather Geoffrey, Connie Connors, actor Marit Bjerkadal, Vermont Academy student Devin Goldstein, craftsman Toby Lampert and artist and educator Jennifer Meehl. The event is a fundraiser for Main Street Arts in a cabaret setting with refreshments. 7 p.m. $15. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WILLIAMSVILLE The Rock River Players - What's Love Got to Do with It? - A Valentine's Cabaret: Cabaret brings to mind a dark and intimate night club and an evening full of songs, laughter, scenes, and surprises. Feature music and comedy with Miriam Allbee, Mike Kelly, Stewart McDermet, Bill Lincoln, Annie Landenberger, T. Breeze Verdant, David Roberts and, from Leland and Gray Union High School's performing arts programs, Fairen Stark, Caroline Mehner, Ben Kelly, and others. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, February 16. $10 (sweets and savories included; bring your own beverage). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Reservations: 802-451-6283, email@example.com.
BRATTLEBORO New England Youth Theatre's Town Schools Theatre "Winter Festival": Three original 20-minute plays are packed into one show performed by local school children. "The Un-lost Island of Atlantis," directed by Putnam Smith/performed by students from Putney Central School, tells the tale of the clash of two groups of explorers who discover the lost island of Atlantis at the same time. "Death By Murder," directed by Jay Gelter/featuring Oak Grove Elementary students, is a comic mystery whodunit. In the dark comedy, "A Festival of Merriment and Joy for the Good King Heimlich," directed by Doran Hamm/performed by Academy School students, the good people of Chokeslandvilleshire rise up to overthrow their tyrannical king. Town School Theater is NEYT's free theatre experience for children in grades 4-6 attending local schools. The program recently added "Workshop Wednesdays," when the students come to the theatre for workshops such as lighting and sound design, improv, directing, costume design, acting. The program aims to engage children at all levels of production, inviting them to participate not just as performers, but as collaborators whose ideas and visions are both heard and respected. 7 p.m. Through Saturday, February 16. $8. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Photography Show: "A Moment in Frame": On 3rd Friday Gallery Night, take part in celebrating the artists - Ea Maples, Karl Jacobson, Jeffrey Spring, Kathy Carr, Marek Jagoda, Don Kalfus, and Linda Carlsen Sperry, members of The Brattleboro Camera Club, and photos from students at Vermont Academy. This show recognizes the use of the camera, as a tool for human expression and self-examination, as integral to our modern culture through this collection of artwork by local artists from VT, NH, MA. 2/15: 5 - 8 p.m. Gallery is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Through Saturday, April 6. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.
DUMMERSTON "Conservation Genetics - Applications to Wildlife Ecology": Lisa Komoroske, PhD, Asst. Professor of Environmental Conservation, UMass/Amherst will speak about "Genomics Applications in Wildlife Conservation" and Nadia Fernandez, MS; PhD candidate, UMass/Amherst will discuss "Conservation Genomics Applied to Raptors." Lectures include time for audience questions and discussion. Co-sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission and the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. $15. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-0012, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLOWS FALLS Escape from Luanda: In Luanda, one of the world's poorest and most dangerous places, three students from Angola's only music school work towards their end-of-year concert. The Music School houses some 80 students, most of them desperately poor. Many face disapproval and outright rejection from their families who can't see a future in music. This film asks if, despite the ravages of 27 years of civil war, musical passion can overcome terrible hardships. 7:30 - 9:15 p.m. in the Chapel. $10. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Rob Freeberg Trio: Rob Freeberg, trumpet; Dan Rothstein, guitar' and Jay Elfenbein, bass perform jazz standards, some of which are not heard too often, as well as original compositions. 7 - 10 p.m. No cover. The Lounge at Duo, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.
WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Gowan Brae: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Enjoy traditional Celtic music. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.
WALPOLE "Moved and Seconded - Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future": Author Rebecca Rule will tell stories of the rituals, traditions, and history of Town Meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution. She has been collecting and telling stories of New Hampshire and New England for more than 25 years. This event is courtesy of The New Hampshire Humanities Council. 7 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.
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 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Community Music Circle: Irena McQuarrie is trained as a Reiki practitioner and yoga/movement practitioner. In 2016, she became involved with Musicians Without Borders, an organization specializing in using music to heal wounds of war, and received training in community music leadership and conflict transformation, using music as a tool to bring people together regardless of language, ethnicity, geographic location, religion, age or upbringing. Join us in this unique experience. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Time to Eat: Marinated steak bites, salad, baked potato, vegetable, and apple turnovers for dessert. 4 - 6:30 p.m. on the canteen side. $12. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Information: 802-257-0438.