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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Running on Top of the Water": Written by Charles Monette, this play of mania and mystery explores the work and life of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Robert Lowell. 4/11-4/13: 8 p.m., 4/14: 3 p.m. (Repeats 4/19-4/21). Through Sunday, April 14. $15 cash at door. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

VERNON Reading Group - "City of Thieves" a novel by David Benioff: During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. 5 p.m. (2nd Thur. of every month). Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "By Words We Change": This is an exhibit associated with writings: Finn Campman - "I have spent the last year and a half painting a series of watercolor portraits of some of the authors that have been my teachers and guides and who have led me towards some kind of change or transformation." Finn studied printmaking, poetry, and literature and began working with puppets at Sandglass Theater. He is co-Artistic director of Company of Strangers, whose production Moth and Moon won an UNIMA Citation of Excellence. . Through Tuesday, May 14. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Eloise & Co. : This concert features the creative force of Becky Tracy and Rachel Bell, two of the country's most sought-after dance musicians. Becky: fiddle, octave fiddle, vocals; Rachel: accordion, piano, vocals. Their first recording, "More, Please," was released in 2018. Bal-Folk dancing follows the concert. 7:30 p.m. Carpool if possible (limited parking; only park in designated areas). No dogs or smoking. BYOB. $15 to $20 suggested donation. Rebop Farm, 1320 Sunset Lake Rd. RSVP:

BRATTLEBORO Open Mic for Musicians - Hosted by Kevin Parry: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. every Thurs. through the summer (Performers receive 50% off their meal). Free. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Sign-up in advance: 802-257-7563,

BRATTLEBORO 12 String Guitar Music by Burrie: Acoustic guitar in a variety of styles from jazz and baroque to blues and folk. 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.

PUTNEY Scottish, Celtic and Global Music by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas : Along with cutting edge fiddle/cello explorations, Alasdair and Natalie have a shared passion for improvising on the melody and groove of traditional tunes. Their debut recording "Fire & Grace" won the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, Alasdair has an over 30-year concert and recording career with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, feature performances on top movie soundtracks. He's been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland's music internationally, received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture/traditions and is a member of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. A California–based cellist, Natalie first attended the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11 and responding to Fraser's challenge to find and release the cello's rhythmic soul, she played her first concert with him four years later. A graduate of Juilliard, she's performed/recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. $26. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets: 802-387-0102,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Raising Our Voices Together": This original musical written by Rich Nethercott celebrates Theatre Adventure actors and their relationships and engagement in their community. Passionate and dedicated both on and off stage, the 21 developmentally challenged actors sing, dance, and perform from the heart about work, love, and friendship. Productions are developed in collaboration with the actors - their artistry and individuality inform, inspire new ways of thinking about differences and to helping to build a stronger spirit of connection and acceptance in the community. Sensory-Friendly - before each performance begins, the Director will talk about the lights, sounds, costumes, and characters in order to support the comfort level of the audience. A break room will be provided if needed for any audience member, and a social story is available before the performance, upon request. 4/11: 10:30 a.m., 4/12: 7 p.m. (ASL interpreting provided; wheelchair accessible). Through Friday, April 12. $10. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Tickets: 802-246-6398, www.neyt.orgt.


BRATTLEBORO MamaSezz Heart Beet Club - Whole Food Plant Based Transitioning/Lifestyle Support Group: Offering support, speakers, exercises, meditation, and 1-1 coaching. This is an active and fun support group for people who are interested in transitioning into a plant-based lifestyle or folks already eating this way. Come share your experiences and hear from others who are going through similar things as you. Cooking, delicious food provided, lots of laughs, and a whole lot more. 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays. By donation. MamaSezz, 127 Marlboro Rd. (Rte. 9). Information: 800-212-8913.

BRATTLEBORO Online Safety: Seniors are invited to join local law enforcement in a discussion of online safety. 1 p.m. on the ground floor. (4/18: Personal Safety, 4/25: Scams). Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO "Resilience - The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope": "The child may not remember: But the body remembers." Stress and burnout are such common complaints in today's society, too much to do, not enough to go around. This film highlights the best of today's science to describe why we may do too much at the cost of our own health and well being. This documentary chronicles the dawn of a movement to understand how toxic stress childhood puts us at great risk in adulthood for diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and some cancers. Resilience is the ability to thrive, adapt, cope despite tough and stressful times defines what it means to be resilient. It's a natural counter-weight to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that create toxic stress. This film takes explores current research on the physiological effects of stress and suffering and offers steps everyone can take to promote resilience in children and adults impacted by ACEs. Spiritual cultures have understood the relation between body and minds for eons and clinicians have observed and documented it for decades, and now we have the science to back it up. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Vermont Hall. Free. Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. RSVP appreciated: 802-257-7852.

NEWFANE Community of Vermont Elders - "Beware of Scammers": This workshop focuses on how scammers target the elderly and what can be done to avoid their schemes. 1:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

GUILFORD Gazette Meeting: Help plan the May issue. 9 a.m. Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information: 802-257-4603.



April 2019