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Performing arts

GUILFORD "Alice - A Musical Play": This work is performed as a tribute to an iconic 1978 outdoor production in Guilford. Guilford Center Stage chose this play to celebrate the memorable work of The Monteverdi Players, which presented large-scale outdoor theater in Guilford from 1975-1981. John Carroll was the producer and director of those imaginative shows. Richard Epstein directs this production featuring a cast of 18 performing 36 roles. Music director is Evelyn McLean, who reprises her singing role from the 1978 production, and also is costume designer. John Carroll's script and Nicholas Humez' score are used, which consists of 40 minutes of songs and instrumental numbers. A few alumni of the earlier production are involved. The cast includes Evelyn McLean, Terry A. Carter, Jenny Holan, and Verandah Porche, all of whom appeared in the Monteverdi Players production. Also Jennifer Gagnon, Harral Hamilton, Ian Hefele, Julie Holland, Sheala Holland, Joel Kaemmerlen, Andrea Matthews, Aaron Morse, Michael Nethercott, Beth Kiendl, Maryann Parrott, Carolyn Taylor-Olson, Bob Tucker, and Robin Wolf. 4/26 - 4/27: 7:30 p.m., 4/28: 4 p.m. Through Sunday, April 28. $12. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

GREENFIELD Silverthorne Theater - "Tales of the Lost Formicans": Life is not organized around a coherent narrative, despite how much we would like it to be. Life can be messy, jumpy, nonlinear, fragmentary and discordant, and we might find ourselves desperately trying to make sense out of it. This play by Constance Congdon and directed by Yagil Eliraz reflects this messiness and the effort to make sense of it, both in its content and in its form. It explores existential themes like adolescence, aging parents, lost love and divorce, fragile memory, and the strength of the familial unit. All this is being unfolded in a collage of moving and hilarious encounters between the three generations of this family, the people around them, and some curious aliens. 4/25, 7 p.m: Opening Night - Meet the Playwright & Benefit for the United Way of Franklin County. 4/26-4/27: 7 p.m.; 4/28: 2 p.m. 4/25: $30; 4/26 - 4/28: $20, $18 students/seniors. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

PUTNEY Green Writers Press 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration/Reading: Green Writers Press is a locally-grown, Vermont publisher with a global reach and sphere of influence in creative arts and letters that extends beyond the mountains of VT. The evening will feature short readings by authors Water Wetherell, Bianca Stone, Tim Weed, Chard deNiord, Gary Margolis, Shanta Le & Maclean Gander, Cassie Fancher, Ehris & Velya Urban-Jancz, Neile Parisi, Stevie Z. Fischer, James Crews, Bill Mares, Sarah Wolfson, Charity Gingerich, Nancy Kilgore, Brian Adams, Marilyn Neagley, Sarah Ward. Plus book signings and cake. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation at door benefits Next Stage's education programs. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-380-1121,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Conversation Cafe - "What is Truth?": 11 a.m. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brexit - A Guide for the Perplexed: Join SIT President Dr. Sophia Howlett for a discussion about Britain's departure from the European Union. Dr. Howlett, who is British, will discuss why Britain choose to leave the EU, why leaving has become so complicated, and what will happen as the country moves toward yet another final deadline. This confusing topic involves different political systems, historical geopolitics, and external and internal antagonisms. Join Dr. Howlett for a conversation that will contribute to a fuller and more complex understanding of an issue that continues to perplex many people in the UK and around the world. 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.


GREENFIELD Dolunay and Cesni Trios: This is a double bill of Turkish music. The NY-based trio Dolunay (Turkish for "full moon") draws upon the songs from the Turkish people living across Rumeli, the former region of the Ottoman Balkans. Jenny Luna, voice, percussion; Adam Good, ud, tambura; Eylem Basaldi, violin. At turns romantic and elegant, vivacious and playful, the music of Çesni Trio is grounded in the flavors of Turkish makam music while remaining deeply personal and contemporary. Tev Stevig, tanbur, fretless guitar, oud, saz; Michael K. Harrist, contrabass, yayli tanbur, ney; Fabio Pirozzolo, darbuka, bendir, cajon, tombak, armenian dhol. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $35 reserved seats up front in advance ($25, $20, $45 at door). Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St. Information:

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ron BosLun and Walter Slowinski: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Ron BosLun and Walter Slowinski, otherwise known as the 2 Man, 2 Bit Froggy Went a Courtin' Orchestra, will be playing a variety of fun, funky songs, good for all ages. Windham School Strummers will open for Walter and Ron. Pizza Night is a fundraiser for West River Community Project. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO "Beauty Through Tragedy - The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Amy Beach": Amy Beach was the first American woman to publish a symphony and the first major American composer of any gender not to receive early training in Europe. She was seen in her time as a distinctly American voice. She is often compared to Brahms, especially for her rich harmonic language. Her Four Canticles op. 78 is a sumptuous setting of four psalms in English, leaning into their evocative descriptions of nature and music. As Beach was composing the Canticles, Williams was serving as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, driving an ambulance in France and Greece. He wrote Dona nobis pacem two decades later, in the years leading up to World War II, having witnessed firsthand the horror of "the war to end all wars." Presented by the Brattleboro Concert Choir. 4/26: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., 4/27: 3 - 5 p.m. Through Saturday, April 27. $20 ($18 at door), $10 students, free for kids under 12. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WALPOLE Rally 'Round the Flag - the American Civil War Through Folksong: The Hardtacks, a musical duo, set the tone at this Walpole Historical Society event and Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folk song as a means to enact living history, share perspectives and influence public perceptions of events. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. Refreshments available. This event is funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 7 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to attending this vigil (signs will be provided), if you're a TD depositor, you can change banks. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, founded in 2005, a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. TD Bank, 215 Main St. Information:



April 2019