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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Running on Top of the Water": A play of mania and mastery written by Charles Monette with words by Robert Lowell. 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.

Visual arts and shows

TURNERS FALLS "Spontaneous Combustion - The Improvisatory Art of Adam Bosse": Musician and music educator Adam Bosse explores improvisatory painting techniques where colorful chaos and black ink lines collide in an often explosive union. Bosse's art work is presented here for the first time along with sound tracks from Bosse's two music groups, 23 Ensemble and Fred Cracklin, accessible to gallery goers through a scannable QR code displayed with the artwork or played on the gallery speaker system. 4/14: artist reception: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Through Sunday, May 5. Free. Ninas Nook, 125 Avenue A. Information: 413-834-8800; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

PUTNEY Cannabis Grower's Workshop - How to Grow Indoors & Outdoors: On July 1, 2018 Vermont legalized adult personal possession of one ounce of cannabis and allows individuals to cultivate two mature plants and four immature plants per household. Whether you are a recreational user, want to learn to grow, or are interested solely in the health benefits of CBD-based products, this workshop is part of Next Stage's week of events that focus on cannabis. Workshop leaders: Pete McMahon is the owner of Liquid Sun, a grow shop located in Putney. He's an expert in growing cannabis. Brian Berry, an entrepreneur and aging hippie from the '60s who has been growing cannabis both indoors and outdoors for over four decades and is very knowledgeable in both. 9 a.m. - 12 noon. $35. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets:

BRATTLEBORO Who was Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche?: Chogyam Tungpa Rinpoche was one of the first and one of the most influential Tibetan Buddhist masters to bring Dharma to the West and he remains an enigma to many. John Perks, who was his attendant for seven years and author of "The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant," will speak about the Guru, Vajrayana Buddhism, and related topics. 6 p.m. in the Museum (Arrive before 6 p.m. as the door will then be locked and the shop closed). $25 suggested donation (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Beadniks, 115 Main St. Information: 802-257-5114.


KEENE KSC Chamber Singers present "Ubi Caritas": Sandra Howard, conductor; Emily McIntyre, student conductor; Vladimir Odinikokh, collaborative pianist. Performance includes guests Cecilia Ensemble, with Esther Rhodes, conductor; and Christopher Evatt, collaborative pianist. The performance also features the KSC String Ensemble. The KSC Chamber Singers is an auditioned ensemble of treble voices who strive for excellence in all styles of choral music. In 2017, members of this ensemble performed in a 7-day choral-cultural exchange in Einbeck, Germany, Keene's partner city, and in 2018, embarked on an outreach tour, performing in CT, NH, ME, Quebec. The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs' Cecilia Ensemble will also perform under the direction of Esther Holland. 3 p.m. $10 ($5 students). Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

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:


NEWFANE Sunday Restore: Taught by Reiki master and yoga instructor, Mikaela Marmion, Sunday Restore emphasizes restorative (mostly floor based) postures that are held for several minutes at a time, with the support of various props (bolsters, blankets, etc.). As the weekend comes to a close, but the energy of the week has not yet begun, enjoy an opportunity to rest in the pause. We'll center ourselves and restore balance to our mind, body, and spirit. The integration of healing Reiki energy and optional hands-on assists sets a soothing tone and further supports stress-relief, restoration, and balance of our whole being. All levels. 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. $18 drop-in. Newfane Village Yoga, 599 Rte. 30. Sign-up:

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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Soul Food Sundays (POC Gathering): This is a multi-generational People of Color gathering to heal and connect. Have fun, build strong relationships, share resources, and build social power among communities of color. This event is potluck so bring one of your favorite dishes to share (if you can), a game or instrument to play, and/or something you would like to share about yourself. 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Alcohol free). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Shela: 508-737-8477.

BRATTLEBORO Indigo Radio - 107.7 FM: Listen to a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. They talk about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connecting them to our lives and Brattleboro community. 12 p.m. every Sunday. Brattleboro Community Radio. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Common Ground for Climate Action: Soil is the glue that holds our landscape and our communities together. The soil carbon sponge is a critical component of adapting to our changing climate and mitigating the effects of flooding and drought. Join members of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, Living Earth Action Group, and Edible Brattleboro to hear about the overlooked superhero for climate correction: the ground beneath our feet. Presenters include author, educator, and organic consultant Grace Gershuny of Barnet, compost and soil health educator Cat Buxton of Sharon, and agroecologist and tree steward Tatiana Schreiber, Ph.D. of Westminster West. Bring snacks to share if you like. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. in Neighbors Hall. $10 suggested donation (no one is turned away). Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave. Information: RSVP:, Info: 802-359-3330.


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Diana Moore. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,

BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: An uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria and danced around the World. 8 a.m. Wed. and Sun. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.



April 2019