CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, February
MARLBORO Prison Story Project: Marlboro College students, faculty, and staff offer a staged reading of scripts from the Prison Story Project, based on writing by incarcerated people living in northwest Arkansas. The performance is the culmination of a "pop-up" class and collaboration between faculty, students, and Matthew Henriksen, creative writing director (Death Row) of the NWA Prison Story Project. Matthew and other participants will lead a conversation about prison activism, writing, and theater behind bars following the performance. Created in 2012, the Prison Story Project is dedicated to bridging the gap between inmates and the communities they are members of through the healing art of story. Small groups of inmates meet regularly to explore the art of storytelling, articulating their own stories through writing, reading, poetry, mask making, song writing, and life mapping. These stories are shared through readings both within prisons, where they are a valuable source of reflection, and for outside audiences. 7:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Whittemore Theater, 2582 So. Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; 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. $10 (sweets and savories included; bring your own beverage). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Reservations: 802-451-6283, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. $8. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Ski Memoir at Harris Hill with The Brattleboro Words Project: Stop by the Brattleboro Words Project's table at this year's Harris Hill Ski Jump competition, where Project organizers will debut an evocative memoir piece by jumper Christopher Lamb and other Harris Hill segments for the Brattleboro Words Trail. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Sunday, February 17. Free. Harris Hill Ski Jump, Cedar Street. Information: www.brattleborowords.org.
WILMINGTON "Just Breathe Out - Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You": Listen to author Betsy Thomason whose how-to-breathe guidebook is appropriate for people of all ages and physical abilities. 4 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Winter Group 2019: This exhibit includes Josh Bernbaum's large, blown-glass vessels inspired by cacti of the Southwest, and Campbell's kinetic sculptures which let us orbit the night sky on a tabletop. Lyell Castonguay creates a signature world of imagined avian beings, whereas Liz Chalfin adroitly constructs her spaces by selectively eliminating or manipulating objects and surfaces. Jon Gregg's stylized and heavily impastoed figures float and march to an unknown pulse while Emily Mason surprises us with her lyrical sensitivity and characteristic, innovative use of a brilliant palette. Petria Mitchell leads us into a landscape defined by atmosphere, where night and day share a delicate balance. . Through Sunday, February 24. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY "By Words we Change" : A celebration of the Word and life-changes that are offered by what we read, this is an exhibit of Finn Campman's paintings with associated writings. On 2/16, a group of creators (including Chard deNiord, Helen Schmidt, Peter Mendelsund, Robert Merfeld, Ross Thurber, Tom Shaner, Evie Lovett, and Barbara Whitney) will share a quote from a text that has transformed them in some way and spend a few minutes discussing what that change has been. Finn studied poetry, printmaking, literature at Sarah Lawrence and began working with puppets in 1991 when he joined Sandglass. He's co-Artistic director of Company of Strangers, whose production Moth and Moon won an UNIMA Citation of Excellence. He created the video component for BMC's production of Devine Chemistry, and has presented his work in three Puppetry In The Green Mountain Festivals. He taught English and Art at Hilltop Montessori School for 18 years. Son of local artists and educators Barbara and Ric Campman, painting has always been part of his life. He has shown work in a number of local galleries, but this is his first solo show. 2/16: 5:30 p.m. Opening artist reception. 7 - 9 p.m. presentation in the Main Hall. Show hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Through Tuesday, May 14. Free. Next Stage Gallery, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102.
NEWFANE Windham County Beekeepers Club: Come meet other Windham County Beekeepers at this inaugural meeting. Open to all. 1:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Weis Batty Bees: email@example.com.
BELLOWS FALLS Alexey Alexandrov (domra) / Ekaterina Skliar (mandolin): Both masters of Russian domra and mandolin, Alexey and Ekaterina came together in 2015 to form a unique mandolin-domra duo that presents a repertoire that spans the globe - from Bach duets to Russian folk songs and from Alexey's own compositions to neo folklore and jazz. 7:30 - 9:15 p.m. in the Chapel. $15 to $25 in advance. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WEST BRATTLEBORO Butterfly Swing Band: Listen live to some great swing tunes from the '20s, '30s, and '40s and enjoy a great meal, beverage, or both. 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.
BRATTLEBORO In Stile Moderno: This Boston-based ensemble is dedicated to music of the 17th century and combines fidelity to historical performance practice with a drive to make early music accessible and relevant to modern audiences. Founded by Brattleboro native Nathaniel Cox and British-American soprano Agnes Coakley, they present "The Lily and the Rose: France and England Entwined," an intimate program for voice and lute featuring songs of love and loss from both sides of the English Channel. Presented with historical pronunciation of French and English and with the group's signature engaging style, the songs range from bawdy to sublime and from lighthearted to dramatic. 7:30 p.m. $25 ($10 for students and anyone with low income). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music with The Two-Bit Two-Man Froggy Went A-Courtin' Orchestra. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. music in the cafe. Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE Meet Rep. Emily Long: Rep. Emily Long (Windham-5) will be on hand to listen to constituents. As VT legislators don't have local offices, this is a great way to meet your elected official without traveling to Montpelier. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
VERNON Coffee with Coffey - Hosted by Rep. Sara Coffey: During the legislative session, Sara will hold monthly "Coffey Hours" with constituents to share updates, answer questions, and listen to ideas and concerns. Stop by for a few minutes or for the entire hour. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.
WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club: Live music by Playin' Possum. Refreshments served. Open to all. 7 - 10:30 p.m. $10 ($8 members). Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, 802-722-2905.