CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, February
BRATTLEBORO Jonny Sheehan hosts Open Mic: Sign up for a 20-minute slot. Musical performers get discounted meals (no drums). 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Information: 802-257-7563.
BRATTLEBORO Baker Street Readers - "The Red-Headed League": Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are hired by Jabez Wilson, a simple pawnbroker who has recently been inducted into a mysterious organization for red-headed gentlemen. When any semblance of the organization disappears, Mr. Wilson is afraid he's been the victim of a bizarre practical joke. But Holmes soon realizes the League has a sinister figure behind all their strange doings and must race against the clock to stop a daring crime. This dramatic reading features James Gelter as Sherlock Holmes, Tony Grobe as Dr. Watson, with Eli Coughlin-Galbraith, Jonathan Kinnersley, Bruce Holloway, and Daniel Patterson as Jabez Wilson. 7 p.m. $5. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.
KEENE "A Dream Play": Directed by Keene State College Asst. Prof. of Theatre Jeannie-Marie Brown, this play was written by August Strindberg in 1901 and first performed in 1907. With humor and tenderness, Caryl Churchill delivers a beautifully crafted modern revision to challenge audiences in much the same way Strindberg had initially intended. Agnes, daughter of the Gods, travels to earth to cultivate a deeper understanding of the human condition. With childlike innocence and curiosity, Agnes clamors to experience all aspects of a wildly imaginative world which may or may not be a copy. These ever-morphing characters create a relationship with space and time that mirrors and refracts a contemporary and historical depiction of the human condition. The production emphasizes circular occurrences, confusion, violence, erratic and sometimes painful experiences as Agnes becomes weighted by constant challenges of human life. She perseveres with hope. In the end, she recognizes wickedness but chooses to alight from the darkness to reclaim happiness. Seventeen cast members play 53 characters. 2/28-3/1: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 3/2: 2 - 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Graphic images of acts of violence might be disturbing to some audience members.). Through Saturday, March 2. $10, $8 seniors/youth, $6 Keene State students. Keene State College, Theatre and Dance, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168; Click for more info on Web in new window.
LONDONDERRY The Milky Way's Super Massive Black Holes: Nothing escapes a black hole. The ones littering our galaxy are 10 to 20 times the mass of our sun. But the one at the core of our galaxy is gargantuan, and an effort is now underway to create the first ever image of that object. In a graphic-rich presentation, Claudio Velez, architect, astronomer, and president of SoVerA (the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group), reviews what is known about the structure of these staggering objects and why they are so significant in our quest to understand how the universe works. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.
PUTNEY "Bohemian Rhapsody": This 2018 film, directed by Bryan Singer and starring Rami Malek, is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn, Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his band mates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Attend the film and get 20% off your entree at The Gleanery. $10 suggested donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102, www.nextstagearts.org, 802-387-3052 Gleanery reservation.
W. BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus Open Rehearsal: All women and girls age 10 and over are welcome to attend the first rehearsal without obligation. Directed by Betty Graber. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-8994, www.BrattleboroWomensChorus.org.
BRATTLEBORO Free Kids Cooking Class: Fun Foods from Around the World - Polish Stuffed Cabbages: Kids will make warm, sweet-and-savory cabbage rolls. We'll stuff cabbage leaves with rice, herbs, and spices before braising them. No matter age or experience, every child will take part in the making of this traditional dish. We will also learn about the culture and language of Poland. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.
LONDONDERRY The Healing Power of Reiki: Margaret Miller of Jamaica Healing Arts will discuss and demonstrate the popular and beneficial healing modality that is Reiki. As an aid to stress reduction and relaxation, Reiki is a recognized complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings as part of a patient's wellness plan. 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click to e-mail for more information.
PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.
BRATTLEBORO Meet the Candidates for Brattleboro Selectboard: There are two open 1-year seats and one open 3-year seat. Q&A and moderated discussion. 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.