CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, May
DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - "Gaslighting": This psychological thriller by Patrick Hamilton is about a woman who is the victim of psychological abuse to the point where she believes she is losing her mind. Directed by James Gelter. 5/10-5/11: 7:30 p.m.; 5/12: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, May 12. $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-258-1344, www.vermonttheatrecompany.org.
BRATTLEBORO "Dear Edwina JR": This is an uplifting and heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up. A lovable heroine and advice-giver extraordinaire (think a spunky, singing Dear Abby), Edwina assembles a charmingly goofy troupe to stage a backyard advice-giving extravaganza. Along the way, the youngsters learn about proper dining etiquette, coping with an embarrassing sibling, meeting new friends, managing money and savings - even confronting issues involving unrequited love. The cast is made up of kids from 3 different states, 6 different schools, and a host of diverse experiences to become a true ensemble of players. While the characters are kids and the subject matter is kid-friendly, the show is filled with songs and laughs and enough musical comedy for general audiences to enjoy. Rebecca Waxman directs. With musical direction by James Pecsok and choreography by Katherine Partington, the show also boasts performances by singers and dancers of all levels. Silly, buoyant, and compassionate, this uplifting musical will delight audiences of all ages. 5/10: 7 p.m., 5/11: 2 p.m. Through Saturday, May 11. $13, $12 seniors, $10 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Positivity Magic with Jonas Cain - "Magic of Influence": When things don't go as planned, do you get frustrated? Or do you get fascinated? Join the Facilitator of Fascination Jonas Cain as he shares engaging comedy magic, empowering positivity principles, and encouraging daily practices for achieving the next level of enjoyment and excellence at work, home, and beyond. He'll outline key strategies for being a positive influence in the lives of those around us. 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.
PUTNEY Elayne Clift : "Around the World in Fifty Years -Travel Tales of a Not So Innocent Abroad": Clift's 13th book, "Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales of a Not So Innocent Abroad," is a collection of selected stories about her global travels, told in prose and poetry. An intrepid traveler who has visited almost 100 countries on every continent except Antarctica for both work and pleasure says she caught the travel bug as a youngster when her family took annual summer trips to Canada to visit relatives. Not a Fodor's guide, it shares personal stories, vignettes, photos, and postscripts that range from poignant to hilarious. Hosted by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Run for Life" - Lecture by 1968 Boston Marathon champion and author Amby Burfoot: Burfoot's talk will focus on two subjects. The first is a brief history of some of the most influential female runners throughout history. The second portion will focus on a lifetime running for health, fitness, and happiness. Autographed books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments provided. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd fl. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-365-9109.
BRATTLEBORO Windham World Affairs Council: "The Uyghurs of Xinjiang - Perfecting the Surveillance State in China's Muslim Borderland": Speaker: Eric Schluessel, Asst. Prof. of Chinese History and Politics at the University of Montana. He has researched and written about Xinjiang's past and present for 15 years. Since 2017, China has built a police state of unprecedented sophistication in Xinjiang, a vast region home to the Uyghur people. An estimated one million people have been disappeared, incarcerated, and forced into reeducation camps, while millions more are watched closely for thoughts and actions that might threaten the Communist Party's rule. This talk presents the stories of some of the disappeared, including friends of the speaker. It shows how parts of the Chinese government used American Islamophobia and the "War on Terror" to justify and enact a new kind of totalitarianism. We'll see how international corporations have fed this project; also what we can do to turn the tide. 7 p.m. coffee, tea, conversation; 7:30 p.m. presentation in the Parlor. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.
MARLBORO "Books on Tape: Making Radio Out of Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction": This is Marlboro College's Pre-Commencement Event. Sean Cole, '93, is a producer at National Public Radio's This American Life where he has reported on everything from war propaganda in Colombia to a psychological experiment that proved that ignorance is, in fact, bliss. He's also worked on many public radio programs including Radiolab, Marketplace, All Things Considered, Only a Game, and Studio 360. He'll discuss using books and poems as an inspiration for radio stories. 6:30-7 p.m. reception/cash bar on patio. 7 p.m. Talk by Sean, Whittemore Theater. (See 5/12 for Commencement). Free and open to the public. Marlboro College/Whittemore Theater, 2582 So. Rd. Information: 802-258-9219, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Mom's Day Out: Celebrate Mother's Day a few days early. The first 50 Moms to arrive will receive a free carnation and everyone can enjoy free samplings and giveaways from many local producers, including some of our favorite companies. Plus, enter a free drawing to win fabulous prizes chosen with Mom in mind. There will be lots of surprises, goodies, and flash sales. 12 noon - 5 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Spring Fling - Chocolates & Flowers Happy Hour: Sample Tavernier Chocolates boxed bonbons, pretty tablets and luscious chocolate charcuterie collections while sipping on sparkling refreshments. A variety of chocolates will be boxed, ribboned, and ready for giving. Pick up pre-ordered spring arrangements from Tanglebloom for Mother's Day. A selection of bouquets will be available. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tavernier Chocolates Factory Shop, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, #A124. Information: 802-257-5806; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ron Kelley, Walter Slowinski, Tyler Gibbons, Mark Anagnostopolis: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Ron, Walter, Tyler, and Mark join forces to bring you hot jazz and swing. Refreshments at the cafe. 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 Friday Samplings - Try Before You Buy: Try something new, something seasonal, something on sale. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (every Fri. in May at the Demo Counter). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO FinAllie Ferments - Brattleboro Co-Op Producer of the Month: Meet and greet Allie, owner-operator of FinAllie Ferments. Try a free sample. 5/10: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5/24: 2 - 4 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Hip Hop vs. Neoliberalism": Stand Up, Fight Back! Workshop and Concert: Rebel Diaz is a political hip hop duo out of Bronx, NY and Chicago, IL, consisting of the Chilean brothers Rodrigo Venegas (RodStarz) and Gonzalo Venegas (G1). They use their music as an organizing tool to spread knowledge about injustice. (Also see 5/11). Locations: 5 - 6:30 p.m. workshop at the WRCC, Cusick Room (childcare available); 8 p.m concert (child-friendly), Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Free. Windham Regional Career Center, 80 Atwood St. Information: 802-380-1463, email@example.com.
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: www.postoilsolutions.org.