CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, February
BRATTLEBORO The Making of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men": Middlebury professor Tim Spears looks at the 1941 publication of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Depicting the lives of southern sharecroppers, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans resisted journalistic conventions to produce a book that raises important questions about the nature of documentary work and art. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Shakespeare's King Lear Study Group led by Gordon Jones: Gordon, a Putney School faculty member, offers this study of Shakespeare's King Lear - written and performed in 1606, a time of political and religious uproar in London. The play concerns an old man who won't listen - an autocratic/cranky fellow who has decided to hand over the running of his kingdom to his three daughters... and then there's a quarrel. In short order, he banishes his favorite daughter for her unwillingness to flatter him, only to be rendered homeless by the other two. This play asks many questions while offering no workable answers. It features torture and hilarity; sadism, tenderness, sexual intrigue; homelessness, mental illness, illusion; tears and mirth. Participants, who can be of any age, are expected to read one Act of the play per week and the discussion-based sessions will provide plenty of opportunity to practice speaking Shakespearean verse. Gordon, a UK citizen, has taught English literature on four continents. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. (6-week series on Wednesdays). Participants will need a copy of the play, any edition, print or digital (print copies available to Putney Library cardholders at the front desk). Through Wednesday, March 13. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Enroll/questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i?: With Marie Procter. 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.
DOVER Children's Room Toddler Time: In this new program, toddlers (infants and children through age 3) can interact with other children their own age while adult caregivers can meet and chat with other adults who care for little ones. Age-appropriate toys and activities will be available at that time in the room reserved for this event. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.
BRATTLEBORO Stop Climate Change: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey are planning to release a Green New Deal bill as soon as this week. A few months ago, hardly anyone outside of a few wonky policy circles had heard of a "Green New Deal." Now, it's one of the buzziest, most popular proposals in and outside of DC - and we're about to see real legislation to move it forward. Make no mistake: that incredible shift is 100% thanks to the grassroots movement - people like you - who have pressured elected leaders to step up and show the real climate leadership we so urgently need. In other words: we're winning. And we can’t stop now. 5 p.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.