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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, March 

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Performing arts

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 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Graphic images of acts of violence might be disturbing to some audience members.). $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.

BRATTLEBORO International Stars to Grace NECCA's Annual Circus Spectacular Fundraiser: Doing something different for this 9th year, the lineup honors historical traditions as well as the breadth of what modern circus art brings to entertainment. From Charlie Chaplin to spoken word aerials, vaudeville exuberance to storytelling through high-flying aerials, this family-friendly show spans the ages of circus. It includes an animal act - a dog and her human - by clown Diane Wasnak. Celebrity host Ringmaster is Michael Trautman. From Canada, LEGacy Circus is a contemporary circus arts duo featuring artists Erin Ball and Vanessa Furlong. Jan Damm performs a high-energy vaudeville style diabolo act. Plus Eric Allen from Circus Smirkus, Susan Murphy low-to-the-floor dance trapeze, Lindsey Culbert-Olds with aerial straps, NECCA founders Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith performing their trapeze act, and mime Mario Diamond brings Charlie Chaplin to life. The Circus Spectacular raises funds to support NECCA's outreach programming/scholarships. Circus education offers aspiration, expression, empowerment, innovation, strength, grace, a place of belonging, and joy. 3/2: 7:30 p.m. 3/3: 1 p.m. Through Sunday, March 3. $15 to $50. Latchis Arts, 60 Main Street. Tickets: 802-254-9780, www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Gene Parulis - "Visions and Explorations": Gene Parulis has been photographing the world for 50 years. The two poles of his life are teaching and traveling, and photography occupies a central place in both. 3/2: Opening: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 3/23: Artist talk: 5 p.m. Through Sunday, April 14. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE A Photographic Journey through the Republic of Georgia: Dummerston photographer Stephen Tavella offers 16 images which convey a sense of that which is uniquely Georgian (despite Greek, Roman, Arab, Persian, Mongol, Turkish, Russian, Christian, Muslim, eastern and now western invasions and influences spanning over two millennia). Steve's been exploring and photographing landscapes and cultures from around the world since the Peace Corp in the '80s where he spent four years in the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Kiribati. His most recent work reflects six months in 2016 in the Republic of Georgia where he was strategic management adviser to the peace institute, The International Center for Peace and Integration. 3/2: Artist Meet and Greet, 1 - 3 p.m. Open 1 - 5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri.; 2 - 7 p.m. Thurs.; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat. Through Saturday, March 30. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

MARLBORO Wildlife Tracking Workshop: Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts George Leoniak, an internationally known and certified tracker, leads this tracking field session. This high elevation northern forest site is home to snowshoe hare, moose, fisher, mink, weasels, and more. Co-sponsored by the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Series continues 3/23). $25 / $20 per session (BEEC members). Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, Rte. 9. Register: 802-257-5785, www.beec.org.

Film and video

S. LONDONDERRY "The Story of Vermont's Quiet Digital Revolution": This short film features Front Porch Forum - helping neighbors connect and build community since its beginnings in 2006. There will be an opportunity to discuss the film with Front Porch Forum staff following the screening. 10:30 a.m. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.

Music

BELLOWS FALLS The Ali Ryerson -Joe Carter Duo: With a career spanning nearly five decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson has consistently ranked among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll for well over a decade. After several performance and teaching trips to Brazil, Joe Carter's current specialty is Brazilian Jazz, combining Straightahead and Bebop styles of jazz with samba, bossa nova, and Northeast styles of Brazilian music. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $15 to $45. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

WESTMINSTER Compass School Celebrates 20 Years with a Fiesta: Come to the Fiesta and celebrate 20 years of Compass history while raising funds to support our Global Connections program. Consider donating items for our silent auction and dust off your dancing shoes for live Latin jazz with Eugene Uman. Multi-course dinner and a silent auction which includes gift certificates to area businesses, fine arts, furniture, clothing, and more. Throughout the night, we're toasting to the founding spirit that has sustained the school for the past 20 years and keeps our learning community vibrant. All proceeds benefit the Compass junior class Global Connections trip. The Global Connections Program focuses on cultural immersion and international understanding and it is an integral part of the junior class curriculum, inspiring students to broaden their horizons as global citizens. This fundraising dinner and concert is key to making this travel program affordable to all 11th graders, regardless of family income. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. $18 ($48 family). Compass School, 7892 U.S. Rte. 5. Tickets in advance or at door: 802-463-2525, www.compass-school.org/events.

Farmers' markets

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 Gravel Road. Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (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, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org.

Kids and families

PUTNEY Winter Sunshine Series - "Milo the Magnificent": This highly engaging puppet show is about an aspiring magician. Using stunningly innovative puppetry and no text, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don't always go as planned. By Alex & Olmsted. All ages. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $9. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Reservations highly recommended: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

WEST DUMMERSTON Dummerston Community Center's Annual Pampered Chef Fundraiser: Kim Martin hosts the show with new Spring products, recipes, demonstrations of many cooking needs, also hands-on-cooking and tasting of spices, sauces and rubs. There will be a special drawing at 1 p.m. and drawings throughout the show. Proceeds will help with operating expenses for the Center. 12:55 - 2:55 p.m. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. RSVP appreciated by 3/1 if possible: 802-257-8602.

Dance

WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Back in Time: Refreshments served. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 ($8 members). Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, 802-722-9205.

Community meals

GUILFORD Sugar on Snow Supper: Seatings: 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. $12, $5 ages 5-12; $2 under age 5. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

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