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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Green Mountain Crossroads' Trans Book Group: Open to trans, gender-queer, and gender non-conforming folks. We read books by and about trans/GQ/GNC folks to discuss together. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (last Wed. of every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. HB Lozito:

BELLOWS FALLS Cocktail Continuum - An Evening of Expanded Poetics: Antidote Books launches its series with poets Bianca Stone, Seth Landman, and Ben Pease. Stone is a writer and visual artist. She collaborated with Anne Carson on "Antigonick," a book pairing Carson's translation of Antigone with Stone's illustration and comics. She authored the poetry collection "Someone Else's Wedding Vows," "Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours," and "The Mobius Strip Club of Grief." Her husband and collaborator, poet Ben Pease, and their daughter Odette run the Ruth Stone Foundation and letterpress studio. Landman is the author of the full-length poetry collections: "Confidence" and "Sign You Were Mistaken." He's a lifelong student and scholar of Herman Melville. Pease is the author of "Chateau Wichman," an epic saga of rebellion and romance for today's trying and exhausting digital times, and "Wichman Cometh." Presented by Antidote Books, Cocktail Continuum features outstanding contemporary poets and writers engaging the community in a series of readings and symposia. 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month. Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St. Information: 802-489-0289; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk: Jackie Abrams & Deidre Scherer: In connection with the exhibit "Connections" (on view through 6/16), Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer discuss their work: Age, wisdom, the accumulation of experience, and their imprints on the vessel we call the human body have interested each of us for decades. The fabric-and-thread portraits of elders and the sculptural baskets representing aspects of women's lives made it seem natural for us to collaborate on a series of three-dimensional objects that reflect the human form. To create each object, we agree on the general shape and size of the vessel. An image of the original fabric portrait by Scherer is printed onto heavy cotton paper. The printed image is cut into strips and carefully woven back together by Abrams as a three-dimensional vessel. Sometimes other materials, such as copper wire or transparent plastic film, are incorporated into the weaving. The resulting vessels' strong forms and subtle textures reflect the character that the human body acquires with experience and time. 7 p.m. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

MARLBORO Getting Your Ducks in a Row - Planning for Life After 60: The program presents three short segments - a handy guide for estate planning, a short film by Andy Reichsman ("The Garden Path Elder Living"), and a discussion on creating a written healthcare plan. 7 p.m. Free. Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

Film and video

WARDSBORO Front Porch Forum - "The Story of Vermont's Quiet Digital Revolution": Front Porch Forum (FPF) is the focus of a new independent documentary from Canadian filmmaker Peter Strauss. This film features a segment filmed in one of VT's public libraries and follows the stories of several FPF members, each from different walks of life. 7 p.m. Free. Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St. Information: 802-896-6988; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO The Full Catastrophe Band - Andy Davis, Laurie Indenbaum, Jim Fownes : Sharing the lively music found at a New England contra dance. Laurie on fiddle, Andy on accordion, and Jim on piano have decades of experience in town halls, granges, schools, and camps playing for country dances. They'll share some of the stories behind the music, anecdotes, and strange events in the travels of a rural dance musician. Who knows - maybe a dance will break out. 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.

MARLBORO Marlboro Slipstream Group: Marlboro College hosts this inaugural event for their new ensemble-in-residence featuring Marlboro music faculty Matan Rubinstein and three artists-in-residence. MSG was conceived as a musical meeting of four performers, composers, improvisers of wildly different musical backgrounds to make music that is betwixt and between. In addition to Matan on piano and electronics, the ensemble includes Jake Charkey (cello), Andrew Greenwald (drums, percussion), and Ned Rothenberg (reeds). The program will also include the world premiere of Terraplane, a multi-movement composition that is a tongue-in-cheek throwback to the Romantic era form of the tone poem. Inspired by Jack Womack's dystopian science fiction novel by the same title and written for the ensemble by Rubinstein, the piece brings together an angry blend of electronic music, improvisation, and composition. 7 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Ragle Hall in Serkin Center, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-251-7644; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO African Dance Vermont - Drum Class and Dance Class: All levels welcome. Wear clothes you can move in and bring a water bottle. Live drumming accompanies the dance class (drums available for those who need one). Teachers: Namory Keita and Seny Daffe. Drum class: 6 - 7 p.m. Dance class: 7 - 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12 drum class, $12 to $20 dance class (sliding scale). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


DUMMERSTON Wednesday Walks - Scott Farm: These walks, to different destinations, take place on easy terrain through mid-June. Meet 10:15-10:30 a.m. at Farm Market on Kipling Rd, 0.9 miles south from Middle Rd or 0.9 miles north from SIT Campus entrance. (If it rains, walks will be rescheduled for Fri. of the same week.). Dummerston Conservation Commission. Information:

Kids and families

JAMAICA Jamaica Village School Open House and Age 4 Pre-K Registration: 10 a.m. Jamaica Village School, 347 Depot St. Information: 802-874-4822; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Stories and songs for children age 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Meeting Room. Through Wednesday, August 28. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups: 5 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed. (There is also a Monday group: 12 noon every 2nd and 4th Mon.). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. One meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating is required. Cicely Carroll: 802-257-0775 x 108.

BRATTLEBORO Men's Grief Support Group: For men who are grieving a death loss of any type. Walter Slowinski and Neil Flynn co-facilitate. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. One meeting with a bereavement counselor is required. Lars Hunter: 802-257-0775 x 104.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Community Conversations on Compassion : Program: "Compassion, Town Government and the Police" with Peter Elwell, Chief Fitzgerald, a Brattleboro Selectboard member; Moderator: Doug Cox. This Compassionate Brattleboro Committee spring series is designed to highlight compassion issues in our town, responses to date, priority needs to be addressed. Our town voted overwhelmingly in 2017 to join the Charter for Compassion (70 cities/towns worldwide), organized by Karen Armstrong with input from the Dalai Lama. A "Compassionate Brattleboro" Committee of Selectboard members and reps of activist organizations was established and has been pursuing multiple initiatives including monthly compassion stories in local papers, a sister communities initiative, an upcoming Bridge4Unity project allowing individuals with differing perspectives to practice "active listening." Programs are designed to be interactive with community members and hope to attract persons from a broad array of backgrounds. Special attention given to: our understandings of compassion, ways in which compassion is practiced in particular organizations/programs, assistance and resources needed. 6:30 p.m. on the ground floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Jim Levinson: 802-254-2652,,


BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect: From dance to Tai Chi and Zumba to stretching, let's get moving together. Come early to check out the shop and stay late to build connections with other participants. Wear comfortable clothing. Water provided. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free (donations to instructors welcome). Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.

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. Wednesday and Sunday. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.



April 2019