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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, April 

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Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS "Chicago": The longest-running American musical in Broadway history, Chicago won six Tony and two Olivier awards. Based on a 1926 play about actual criminals, "Chicago" features the work of legends John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse. A sexy, cynical search for the American dream: Fame, fortune, and acquittal. 7:30 p.m. (Thur., Fri); 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Sat.). Through Saturday, April 6. $10 to $40. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: 802-869-2960, www.mainstreetarts.org.

The written word

MARLBORO "Refuge" - A Reading by Ming Holden: Ming's latest work, which won the Kore Press Memoir Award, is a book of lyric essays about a young woman's life as a budding writer and an international development and aid worker. In 2011, Ming founded the Survival Girls, a self-sustaining theater group for young Congolese women in the slums of Nairobi. Her book about the experience, the nonfiction novella "The Survival Girls," came out in 2013 through Wolfram Productions. She was invited by the U.S. Embassy to Suriname on a diplomatic speaking engagement under the U.S. Speakers Program to speak about creative writing and theater as tools for empowerment for Women's History Month in 2014. Additionally, she won the USAID worldwide essay contest for inclusion in the USAID Frontiers in Development publication alongside work by Bill Gates, Indra Noori, Paul Collier, and others. 7 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Apple Tree, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD "Chicks and Salsa": Read along story time with cooking and taste testing to follow at the senior meal program. "Chicks and Salsa," by Aaron Reynolds, is illustrated by Paulette Bogan. This event is sponsored by RiseVT, CC4G, and Guilford Cares. 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Elisha Underwood: 802-257-8867.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Painter Steve Redmond - "Sarasota Incognita": This show focuses on Redmond’s years working in Florida. 4/5: 5:30 - 9 p.m. Opening Reception. (Gallery hours on Saturdays from 12 noon - 4 p.m. and by appointment.). Through Saturday, March 30. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local media

BRATTLEBORO History of Vermont Agriculture - Brattleboro and Windham County: Roger Allbee will cover the history of Vermont agriculture from after the French and Indian Wars to today. He'll review the key events that have taken place over time and why agriculture has changed, and what were the reasons for the changes that have happened on farms and in our food systems. He will discuss where agriculture is today, the renaissance of the past that is taking place on the land, and products from the land. 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.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS Exhibition on Screen - "The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch": After 500 years, Bosch's paintings still shock and fascinate us. Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? Discover the answers to these questions. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $10. Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Tickets: 802-460-0110, www.stonechurcharts.org.

Music

KEENE Guitar Festival Concert: The Festival Guitar Orchestra features guest artist Dr. Tremura and is made up of students, faculty, and other participants. Keene State Professor Dr. Jose Lezcano and Welson Tremura play Brazilian guitar duets; Keene State Professor Ted Mann plays Renaissance Spanish music on the vihuela; John Zevos plays improvisational guitar; and the Keene State College Festival Orchestra, directed by Dr. Lezcano, performs works by Leo Brouwer (Toccata), Antonio Vivaldi (Concerto op. 3, no. 6 in A minor) and other pieces. 7:30 p.m. Free. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

BRATTLEBORO Dwight & Nicole : This is a three-piece original blues & soul band fronted by Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson. 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). $12 ($15 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Jazz Artist Greg Piccolo: Piccolo was one of the original members of Roomful of Blues. A vocalist and songwriter, he plays tenor sax, harmonica, guitar, and has been a major contributor to the blues and vintage music scene for the last five decades. His most recent recording, “Who Did This?”, is a tribute to the ballad. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $22 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: www.nextstagearts.org/event/greg-piccolo.

PUTNEY VT Shakedown - Afrobeat, Funk and West African Traditions: VT Shakedown's tight rhythm section interacts with rippin' horn solos, poly-rhythms laced among political lyrics, and groovy repeating bass and guitar lines underneath funky drums. Jay Cook, keys, percussion, vocals; Josh Francis, drums; Anders Burrows, trumpet, percussion, vocals; Jim Heffron, tenor and bari sax; Scott Griswold, bass; Evan Lincoln, guitar; Wendell Rheinheimer, guitar; Julian Gerstin, congas. 9 p.m. - 12 midnight. $5 cover at door. (Ages 21+). ClubVT, 55 Putney Landing Rd. Information: 802-387-0090; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Instruction

PUTNEY Puppet Building Workshop: Under the masterful guidance of Sandglass co-founder Ines Zeller Bass and Sandglass company member Jana Zeller, participants will learn the basics of a customized rod puppet. The process will include modeling a head and hand, techniques for painting puppet faces, and a fabric body. From this foundational structure, students will develop and discover their own unique puppet characters. Fri. 6-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Through Sunday, April 7. $250 plus $25 materials fee. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Reservations: info@sandglasstheater.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Adventures with Super Bee - Night at the Museum: A magical evening of live dance performance, storytelling, and interactive creative play for the whole family during Gallery Walk. Super Bee plays host and protagonist as she guides the audience on a harrowing adventure at the museum. Truth and fiction, real life and still life, sculpture and paint and collage go topsy turvy as the museum exhibits come to life. Help Super Bee save the day… and the art! Enjoy original dance pieces by Flip & Fly Dance and Circus Company, Leaps & Bounds Kids' Dance of SoBo Studio, the Junior Dance Company of Brattleboro School of Dance, Super Bee, and more. Stay to play and dance, explore the exhibits, partake in light refreshments, learn more about local dance opportunities in Brattleboro. This event has been made possible with the support of Vermont Dance Alliance and the Vermont Community Foundation. 5:45-6:30 p.m. Super Bee show. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Super Bee leads tiptoe mini tours for kids. Reception/open viewing of BMAC exhibits until 8:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

PUTNEY Tai Chi: Stephen Green instructs. Offered by Putney Community Cares. 9am-10am advanced, 10:15am-11:15am intermediate, 11:30am-12:45pm beginners (every Friday). $50 for 10 sessions. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-5593; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group w/ 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. every Friday. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: erika@outrightvt.org.

BRATTLEBORO Just Desserts: 2nd Annual Fundraising Friendraiser: The Friends will offer friendly conversation about all things library, a selection of desserts, as well as tea and coffee. Meet the hard-working volunteers who are the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, and consider becoming a Friend yourself! The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library raise funds for library programming, including the First Wednesday series and technology purchases and resources such as the Foundation Center, Ancestry.com Library Edition, and Lynda.com. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $10 includes dessert, coffee, 3 raffle tickets for prizes (many handcrafted by local artists). $1 each additional raffle. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Purchase tickets in advance on 4/5 at Library front desk. 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Youth 4 Change: ​This is a youth-led group, ages 12-22, for those interested in political organizing around local, state, national social justice issues. Brattleboro-area advocates and educators assist in building a strong personal tool kit to organize for change - tools for resilience, courage and compassion, while fostering your ability to speak up about issues that matter to you and to take action in the name of love and liberation for all people. Explore issues of racial, economic, and gender justice through art, movement, first-hand accounts and contemplative practices. (Y4C is focused on providing programming for youth from frontline communities - POC, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, poor and working class, differently abled, immigrant, etc.). 5:30 - 6:30 p.m: drop in, homework, art; 6:30 - 8 p.m: food and meeting (1st and 3rd Mon. every month). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: youth4changeaction@gmail.com.

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