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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO BUHS Players - "Sorry, Wrong Number": Lucille Fletcher's play will be performed as a Readers' Theater radio show. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.

BRATTLEBORO "Running on Top of the Water": A play of mania and mastery written by Charles Monette with words by Robert Lowell. 4/13: 8 p.m.; 4/14: 3 p.m. (Repeats 4/19-4/21). $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Blue Stockings": In Jessica Swale's play, directed by Hallie Flower, the year is 1896. Girton College, Cambridge is the first college in Britain to admit women, and the Girton girls study ferociously to match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'Blue Stocking' - an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and "unsuitable for marriage." Tess Moffat and her fellow 'first years' are determined to win the right to graduate, but they don't anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide, or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education. Performed by NEYT's Senior Company of actors ages 13-19, this witty and thought-provoking play is a timely examination of the rights of every woman - to an education, to her own autonomy, and to ride a bicycle, all set against the larger backdrop of women's suffrage. 4/12: 7 p.m., 4/13: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15, $13 seniors, $11 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Spring Plant Medicine for Body, Heart & Spirit: There are a plethora of wild herbs and flowers that emerge each spring that can awaken our bodies from their winter slumber. They get our livers flowing and our blood moving. These plants can help clear our body, heart, and spirit from our winter slumber so we can walk more clearly down our life's path. Join Herbalist and Educator Rebecca Golden to learn about these healing spring herbs. 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.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, Madame Pompadour's Underwear - The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables": Author Rebecca Rupp, who blogs on food science and history for National Geographic, will discuss the long and fascinating histories of some of the foods we commonly eat. The program is made possible through a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council and is co-sponsored by the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission and the library. 12 noon. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


NEWFANE Kevin Parry - New and Used Blues and Rock Standards: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. Ricks Tavern, 386 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-4310,

BRATTLEBORO Third Annual Solo Jazz Piano Festival 2019: A celebration of the piano in jazz, this program highlights the instrument's ability to convey beauty and capture melody, harmony and rhythm, all at the same time. The weekend features Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Kenny Werner, Julius Rodriguez, Rebecca Cline. Special Guests: Franz Robert, Cameron Campbell, Tom Cleary. Includes eight performances, five master classes, Q&A session, a piano forum for juried students, and a session on Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner. Now in its third year, this festival has become a treasure for lovers of music in general and is not just for pianists. Some of the greatest piano-jazz minds in the world will divulge their methods of preparation, learning and teaching; they will also relay personal narratives where top-level jazz players weave in and out of their colorful stories. Attendees will communicate directly with these artists in a nurturing environment that gives the artists the space and freedom to express what they do through words (in master classes and panels) and music (in concerts). . $95 for all events, $20 per concert/$30 for both nights. $40 for Sat. or Sun. daytime programs (not feature concerts). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Times/Tickets:

BRATTLEBORO Arc Iris w/ Dune Hunter: Arc Iris recently released Icon of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 to $13. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets:


BRATTLEBORO An Evening with Porcupines: Field session to visit porcupines at their spring den site. Pack a picnic and hike to the scenic ledge site with naturalist Patti Smith. 6 p.m. $20 ($15 BEEC members). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Registration required: 802-257-5785,

DUMMERSTON Saturday Hikes - Black Mountain: Moderate, sometimes steeper terrain, family-friendly, for adults and school-aged folks. Meet 10-10:30 a.m. at Rice Farm Rd. trailhead, 0.9 miles south from West River Iron Bridge or 1.8 miles north from Black Mountain Rd. Hikes run 1 1/2 hours-2 hours (through mid-June). Dummerston Conservation Commission. Information:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Super Bike & Fun Day: Children are encouraged to bring their bikes and ride through our obstacle course as well as have basic repairs and adjustments done. Bike registration, fun stations, bagels and more. Brattleboro Kiwanis will be selling new helmets at a significantly reduced price. 10 a.m. - 12 noon in the Multi-Purpose area. (Rain location: Nelson Withington Skating Facility). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808,


BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

NEWFANE Open House and Coffee Social: See how the library reorganization is going, learn how you can help by volunteering at the library, and have coffee and a sweet treat. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS BF Community Bike Project Hosts its 4th Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser: Many wonderful items to bid on, including local art and artisan wares, gift certificates and gift baskets. Enjoy live music by two hometown favorites - the Milkhouse Heaters and the Little Big Band. Cash bar by Athens Pizza and 50/50 Cash Raffle. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thirty Three Bridge Street, 33 Bridge St.



April 2019