CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, February
BRATTLEBORO "The Pillowman": Martin McDonagh's dark comedy presented by The Vermont Theatre Co. A writer in a totalitarian state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories. This play questions the roles of art and violence in society, reflecting on all the ways innocence is lost. This minimalist production harnesses the power of storytelling and the humor of the absurd to confront the many faces of trauma and the role of art in all our lives. For mature audiences due to sensitive material and adult language. Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Through Sunday, February 10. $15, $13 students/seniors. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO The 5 Promises of Love : We tend to throw the "L" word around a lot, for seemingly anything and everything. "I love this song, I love this sandwich, I love this car, I love this movie, I love my friend, I love that smell, I love the weekend..." But what exactly is this "love" that we're talking about? Presented by Jonas Cain. 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.
DUMMERSTON Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Ecology Series - Salamanders and Voles: In this series, speakers describe how recent research describing the genetic makeup ("genomics") of animals and plants in our environment can be applied to improve conservation management outcomes. Speaker Dr. Sarah Emel initiated genetic studies with endangered water voles and other small carnivores at the University of MA, Amherst. Her work featured disturbed grassland landscapes along with salamanders and other amphibians. One of her interests is to learn how habitat alteration by humans affects the evolutionary genetic response of wildlife species. Co-sponsored with the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. 10 a.m. - noon. $15. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-254-1138.
BRATTLEBORO Wildlife Tracking Workshop: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts George Leoniak, an internationally known and certified tracker, to teach three workshops. This first session begins with an indoor introduction to the principles of tracking followed by an outing to interpret tracks and sign of wildlife of the Connecticut River Valley. 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Holton Hall. (Series continues 3/2 and 3/23 in Marlboro.). $25 for one session or $60 for 3 sessions / $20 for one session or $50 for 3 sessions (BEEC members). Winston Prouty Center, 130 Austine Dr. Register: 802-257-5785, www.beec.org.
LONDONDERRY New Thought Vermont Focus Group: This Weston-based not-for-profit organization offers retreats, seminars, and other programs and services that support the spiritual needs of those in our region. Last year the group updated their mission. They are now holding a focus group meeting to share information about new plans for programs and services and to hear the needs, interests, ideas, and suggestions from the community. 10 - 11:30 a.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.
WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Paul Bousquet and Friends (a.k.a. Buzzard Remnants): Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Enjoy a mix of folk, country, and Americana 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.
BELLOWS FALLS Trio Mambo - Latin Jazz: Piano, bass and congas - grooving and intricate at the same time. Classics like "Mambo Influenciado" and "Come Candela" mingle with brash originals such as "Soukwé soukwé" ("Shake it, shake it!" in Creole), romantic boleros, and 1950s soul bop grooves. If you've ever dug Ray Baretto's congas on a Hank Mobley tune, this band is for you. Trio Mambo features three veterans of New England jazz: Dan DeWalt on piano and trombone; Wes Brown, bass; and Julian Gerstin, percussion. 8 p.m. No cover. Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St. Information: 802-489-0289; Click for more info on Web in new window.
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 Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion 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. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information: www.postoilsolutions.org.