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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. $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.


BRATTLEBORO Experiential Learning and Collaboration with The Oglala Lakota People: Nine members of the Marlboro College community ate, lived, and traveled together for a two-week trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation in March (co-led by Arthur Running Horse, currently a Marlboro College student who grew up on the Pine Ridge and helped guide the journey providing an inside perspective). They'll share excerpts from video interviews and thoughts on their experiences visiting various elders and families. They'll talk about the non-profit organizations visited, such as Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, White Clay Makerspace, B.E.A.R. Project (Better Education and Reading), and Lakota Solar Enterprises. 7 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

SAXTONS RIVER Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association Annual Meeting and Program: WHPA members and the public are encouraged to come early, enjoy refreshments, peruse maps on display, and attend the brief business meeting to learn about plans the Pinnacle has for the coming year. Following the business meeting, Dr. Cheryl Charles, published author and founding Director of the Nature-Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University, will present a program entitled "The Ecology of Hope: How Connecting with Nature Helps Us Care for Ourselves and the Earth." She'll draw on many decades of dedication and commitment to connecting children with nature in their everyday lives, as she offers practical suggestions for action by all of us who are concerned about the current state of childhood, the health of our communities, and the future of our planet. 4 - 6 p.m. Free. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS "The Sky Blue Boys": This old-time brother duo are Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner, founders of the legendary bluegrass combo "Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys." They will perform two full sets. 4 p.m. (Doors open at 3 p.m., only 40 seats are available). $15, $10 seniors/students. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Advance tickets double as chair reservations:

BRATTLEBORO Chamber Series - Violinist Soovin Kim and Pianist Gloria Chen: Kim and Chen join BMC's Artistic Advisers Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson for a concert featuring Mozart, Ravel, Faure, plus two quartets for piano and strings. 4 p.m. $20 ($40 preferred). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.


SO. NEWFANE Free Spring Medicinal Plant Walk: Celebrate Earth Day with a calm amble to meet the medicinal weeds of spring in Brattleboro. We will discuss how to find them, medicinal uses, and safety concerns. Children are welcome. 1 - 1:30 p.m. Free. Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. RSVP required:

NEWFANE Restorative Yoga Sound Journey: An evening of soothing and healing sounds paired with a supported, breath centered Restorative Yoga practice. The fusion of sound, stillness, and breath will leave you feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvenated. The vibrational experience includes the sacred sounds of the handpan, gong, chimes, crystal singing bowls, didgeridoo, and more. The evening will culminate with a long and inviting savasana as you allow yourself to be carried away by a deep, multi-instrumental sound experience. 5 - 6:30 p.m. $30. Newfane Village Yoga, 599 Rte. 30. Information:


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.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Conscious Dance: We are a community of intentional beings who practice free-form dance for our individual and collective spiritual awareness, healing, growth, and insight. We collectively create a safe container for a talk-free, improvisational dance practice inspired by ecstatic dance and 5Rhythms. Children are welcome with adult accompaniment provided they are mindful of their impact on others in the space. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 2nd, 4th, 5th Sun. of every month. $10. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information:,

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

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Brunch: Fundraiser for the Brattleboro Area Lions Club. Sponsored by the American Legion with 3 Generations Collaboration volunteers. 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $8, free for kids under age 5. American Legion Hall (Post 5), 32 Linden St. Information: 802-257-1872.



April 2019