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Performing arts

PUTNEY "Gasping Whiteness" - Fundraiser for The Root Social Justice Center: This play, presented as a staged reading, tells the stories of two families (one white and one African-American) as they encounter divides of race and struggle to respond. The facilitated dialogue that follows explores how the themes of the play speak to our lives and our stories. The cross-racial, cross-generational ensemble includes playwright Will MacAdams and social justice educator/theatre maker Trenda Loftin (who co-direct and perform in the piece); two child actors, ages 10 and 11; and Atlanta-based visual artist Angela Davis Johnson, who developed its visual landscape. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. play, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. facilitated dialogue. Best for ages 10 and over. $5 to $50 sliding scale. All proceeds benefit The Root Social Justice Center. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4094508.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Blanche Moyse Chorale - "Clara, Robert, and Uncle Brahms": These choral works are from the German Romantic Period and refer to Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The program is built around two meditative works by Brahms: "Nänie" (Funeral Song) and "Schicksalslied" (Song of Destiny), both accompanied by piano. "Nänie" treats the inevitability of death and the healing role of song. "Schicksalslied" mulls over the random effects of fate in our lives. But contrast to these relatively somber topics is provided by three lighter song groups: Brahms' "Four Songs for Women's Choir," accompanied by harp and two horns; Robert Schumann's "Five Hunting Songs for Men's Choir," accompanied by four horns; and Clara Schumann's "Three Songs for Mixed Choir," sung a cappella. 2:30 p.m. $20 ($25 at door) $10 students. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die. Provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (usually the 3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Juniper Talbot and Dan. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108, www.brattleborocircledance.org.

WALPOLE "Dance Around Monadnock" English Country Dances: David Millstone instructs - beginners and singles welcome - from novice to experienced. Music provided by performers Carol Compton, piano, and Thal Aylward, violin. Dances taught throughout the session. Clean, soft-soled shoes required. Presented by Monadnock Folklore Society. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. $10. Hastings House, 14 Union St. Information: 603-876-4211, www.monadnockfolk.org.

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