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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.). $10 to $40. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: 802-869-2960, www.mainstreetarts.org.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Poetry Discussion Group: No experience necessary; copies of poems provided. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: info@timetowrite.us.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers presents Home Improvement and Garden Expo: Home improvement professionals will answer your questions - contractors, furniture makers, landscapers, home decor and solar power. From house cleaning and gardening to full-scale renovation; you will be inspired by all the possibilities. If you're thinking about a home or garden project and don't know where to start, stop by the Expo. Participating businesses include Aerus Electrolux, All About Trees, Bath Fitter, Cleveland Electric LLC, Gill CC Woodworks, Integrated Solar Applications, LeafFilter North of New York, LLC, Rueter Foundation Repair, Southwest Tribal Arts. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

PUTNEY Soulsha - Next Stage Arts Annual Gala Dance Benefit Party: Featuring Soulsha, an Afro-Celtic Funk band from Boston - intricate rhythms, soaring bagpipe melodies, and New Orleans-infused horn lines. The music they've created is a conversation between cultures that breaks down boundaries, moving us to abandon assumptions and lose ourselves on the dance floor. Plus an online auction, dinner by Smokin' Bowls, beer/wine cash bar. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $35 ($60 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. 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.

KEENE Senior Recital / Junior Recital: Alexander Wilderman's Senior Recital also features fellow student musicians performing Alex's original pieces on trumpet, strings, Marimba, saxophone, and more. Later, two Keene State voice students, tenor Tyler Martin and soprano Laurel Mendelsohn, present their Junior Recital. 3 p.m. Senior Recital; 7:30 p.m. Junior Recital. Free. Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St. Information: 603-358-2168.

BELLOWS FALLS Iberi - Georgian Men's Choir: In the mountains and along the coasts of Georgia, the ancient country that straddles the Caucasus Mountains, songs have echoed for centuries. Villages and regions developed their own distinctive approaches to melody and harmony, to style and timbre. This men's choir from Georgia in Eurasia, will share their distinctive choral traditions. The six-person vocal and instrumental ensemble channels Georgia's multitude of sounds, exploring the emotional potential of age-old polyphony and traditional instruments. These are songs so beautiful, they were launched into space on Voyager 2's golden record and declared an intangible cultural treasure by UNESCO. Songs reflect Georgian life, even as many Georgians move in cosmopolitan urban worlds, far from the farms, orchards, and rural celebrations that birthed the music. The mood varies from dignified and somber to playful and fun, from earthy to otherworldly. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $35 premium ($25, $20, $45 at door). Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Tickets: 802-460-0110, www.stonechurcharts.org.

Recreation

BRATTLEBORO Youth Indoor Soccer Program (2nd and 3rd grade): Children will be broken into small coed teams to play pick-up games. Scores will not be kept. Shin guards and sneakers are required. Focus will be on having fun. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Through Wednesday, April 3. $15 ($30 non-Brattleboro residents) for the 5-week series. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Know the Dark: Join night owl Patti Smith to learn how to enjoy the outdoors at night without fear. Before darkness arrives, she will share some tools and skills that will help you navigate the night. Then head out to enjoy the nocturnal life of BEEC's fields and woods. Listen for the sounds of night, build a small campfire, and do some star-gazing from the summit of Heifer Hill. 7 p.m. Free. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Information: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Yoga Fundamentals for All: Join us for any or all of these yoga fundamental classes. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, you'll benefit from these basic flow classes. Learn basic principles, techniques and poses with a light approach and a sense of humor. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Saturdays in April). $18 drop-in. Newfane Village Yoga, 599 Rte. 30. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Spring Craft Fair: There will be about 30 vendors and the kitchen will be open. All proceeds are used to support programs for veterans and their families. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Lori Nelson: 802-380-6179.

BRATTLEBORO "A Taste of the Brattleboro Music Center": Event features a bountiful brunch prepared by chefs of Jack's Restaurant and Pub, as well as musical entertainment by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy, the BMC Flute Ensemble, and Gowan Brae. Auction items will feature an array of regional items, services, and experiences including: Two-day recording session at Guilford Sound; intro to woodworking class at HatchSpace; live Celtic music by the band Gowan Brae for your house party; a Fender 1994 40th Anniversary Stratocaster and Tube Amplifier; artwork from Mark Shaw, Brian Cohen, Gordon Jones, Gay Morris, Walter Slowinski, and others; voice lessons by Margery McCrum; Alsatian sauerkraut dinner for eight served in your home. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $40. Brattleboro Country Club, 348 Upper Dummerston Rd. Reservations: 802-257-4523, info@bmcvt.org.

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