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Performing arts

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. $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-258-1344,

The written word

NEWFANE Local Author Reading - Dr. Blake Prescott: "Short Stories, Tall Tales, and Surprise Endings": Dr. Prescott will read from published and unpublished works that are soon to be published in a collection called "Short Stories, Tall Tales, and Surprise Endings." He'll also share his own illustrations of these stories (which will be part of the book). Join this entertaining storyteller as he reads from this charming collection. 11 a.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO How are Racial Justice and Climate Justice Connected?: This 350Vermont workshop is designed to support individuals and groups to dig into the roots of the climate crisis and explore how and why working for climate justice necessitates the dismantling of racism and white supremacy culture. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and consider next steps to support their own learning and concrete actions they can take within their own activism. Facilitated by Phoebe Gooding and Abby Mnookin. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Holton Hall, 4th fl. (Participants must attend for the full 4 hours). $0 to $50 sliding scale. Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Pre-registration required. Sonia:


BELLOWS FALLS "Evening Ragas on Indian Slide Guitar" - Joel 'Veena' Eisenkramer: Joel will play traditional North Indian evening ragas on a 20-stringed Indian slide guitar. He'll be accompanied on tabla by Rajesh Pai. Joel has spent the last 11 years studying and performing Hindustani classical music, traveling back and forth between his native southern VT and India to learn in the traditional Guru-Shishya (student-disciple) oral tradition. First having studied 10 years with master Indian slide guitarist, Dr. Ranjan Kumar of Delhi (disciple of Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt), Joel is now receiving advanced training from sarod maestro Pt Alok Lahiri of Kolkata in the Maihar gharana style of instrumental music. His performances have been noted for their beauty and accuracy in representing classical Indian music while his engaging explanations and demos of the instrument and music allow everyone in the audience a window inside understanding and appreciating North Indian classical music. Having released three studio albums, Joel Veena's music has been featured on Radio New Zealand, BBC Introducing, and NPR. Presented by Stone Church Arts. 7:30 p.m. 20, $15 seniors (prices increase $5 on day of show), $35 premium. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110,

BRATTLEBORO "Walk With Me" - Brattleboro Women's Chorus Annual Spring Concert: Cathy Martin on piano and Connie Green on flute join director Becky Graber and the 80-voice chorus of women. Last summer, a group of singers from the chorus traveled to MI to participate in the Sister Singers Festival, a gathering of women’s choruses from across the country. The "Walk With Me" repertoire was inspired by that trip and features songs of travel, migration, community, home. "Winnebago," by David Maddux, about an obvious means of hitting the road, was heard at the festival. The chorus will also sing "The Little Road" by VT composer/singer Moira Smiley. Additional songs include the concert's title piece "Walk With Me" by Maggie Wheeler, "I'm Gonna Walk It With You" by Brian Clafin and Ellie Grace, and "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus. There will be two songs arranged by the Natural Voice Practitioner's Network in England, "Different Ships" and "People Get Ready," the latter made popular by Curtis Mayfield. And a reprise of "A Garden of My Own" by Patricia McKernon and arranged specifically for the BWC by Daniel Kallman will feature accompanists Cathy Martin and Connie Green. 5/11: 7:30 p.m., 5/12: 4 p.m. Through Sunday, May 12. $12, $10 seniors/students, $20 generous. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Info/Tickets: 802-254-8994,,


TOWNSHEND "Spring Into Health" 5K: This family-friendly run/walk will benefit Grace Cottage Hospital. Flat, paved course (3.1 miles). Professionally-timed. Open to runners, walkers, strollers. Prizes, raffles, snacks, water. Free tees to first 100 to register. Special guest: 1968 Boston Marathon Champion Amby Burfoot. After the run, there will be awards, raffles, and a free Fun Run for kids 6 and under on the Common. 7:45 - 8:15 a.m: Event day registration: Start: 8:30 a.m. sharp (rain or shine). Free parking at Leland & Gray HS. $20 ($15 till noon on 5/9). Townshend Common. Register: 802-365-9109,

PUTNEY Wildflower Walk: Explore spring wildflowers found in the Putney Central School forest. Bring boots as walk may be wet. This free guided walk is co-sponsored by Putney Mountain Association and the Putney Conservation Commission. 1 p.m. Meet at the Kiosk on School Forest Drive (Rain date: 5/12). Putney Central School, 182 Westminster Rd. Pat Shields: 802-387-8595.

Farmers' markets

Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (on Western Ave.): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music by the Incurable Semantics). .


BRATTELBORO Climate Change Support Anonymous: The state of the world seems unmanageable, often chaotic. You may feel called to act but don't know how. Do you feel an urge to protect ecosystems and biodiversity? Yearn to preserve the best parts of being alive and pass them on to future generations? Feel the need to protect the voiceless? Feel the rights of animals and plants are unrecognized? Want to transform the status quo so it protects the rights of the majority of folks? Growing impatient/concerned with government's ability to take on climate change? Unsure of your skills/how you can use them to help the environment and community? We want these things too - in fact, we need them. If the government is frozen in inaction, we as individuals don't have to be! Join us for the first meeting. Group rules and format will be discussed at the start. Spiritual growth through small group meetings. We discuss the frustrations we face, the guilt and denial, but also to share the positive steps we're taking, and our hope for the planet and humanity. 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brattleboro Common Sense, 16 Washington St. Andrew: 802-490-4180.


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. $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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Windham & Windsor Housing Trust - Landlord Education Workshop: Topics covered include: Fair Housing rules, budgeting for vacancies, deductible expenses, retaining tenants, paying for repairs, community resources, record-keeping, and tax preparation. Leonard Howard, the Brattleboro Deputy Fire Chief, will be on-hand to speak about the Brattleboro Landlord Inspection Program. Landlords, or potential landlords, with 1 to 4 apartments will learn how to qualify for a low-cost loan for repairs to their rental apartments. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $99. Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, 68 Birge St. Register w/Erica Walch: 802-246-2118,

PUTNEY Putney Library Spring Book Sale: Come browse an eclectic assemblage of pre-loved books, children's books, DVDs, CDs and other media. All funds raised will benefit the library's programs. 5/11: 9 am - 2 pm 5/12: 11 am - 2 pm (Library closed for regular library functions). Through Sunday, May 12. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Meet Up for People Experiencing Infertility and Pregnancy Loss: The Perinatal Loss, Infertility and Grief Group - a local group comprised of members from the VT Dept. of Health, healthcare, mental health professionals, and community members - is organizing a tea and cookies meet up for people who have had difficulty on their journey to parenthood. Difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term and bearing a healthy baby is a very common problem. Approximately 10% of couples of childbearing age are affected by infertility, and 25% of pregnancies result in miscarriage. One in 100 pregnancies end in a stillbirth. For families who have experienced this, Mother’s Day can be a very painful time. This event is intended to give space for processing these and other feelings in an atmosphere of support and non-judgement. 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Free. Pine Heights, 87 Oak Grove. Robin: 773-220-7560,

GUILFORD Gazette Folding Party: Help prepare the Gazette for mailing Monday, and get your copy early. 9 a.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603.


BELLOWS FALLS Dance Party: DJ GlitterBear spins funky dance tunes in this nightclub party atmosphere. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St. Information: 802-489-0289; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Stand Up, Fight Back! (Sponsored by Spark Teacher Education Institute, Indigo Radio, Brattleboro Solidarity): Opening Presentation: Mesoamérica Resiste, artwork Beehive Collective, explores the legacy of colonialism/ impacts of free trade policies and resource extraction on communities/ecosystems. The stories/perspectives allow us to make connections between the struggles for justice in our communities and those happening all over the world. Keynote Speech: "Consequences of the Capitalist System: Toward a Vision of Collective Emancipation" with Fred Magdoff, Emeritus Prof. of Plant and Soil Science at the U. of VT. His interests range from agriculture, soil science, food, the environment, and US economy. His books include "What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism" and "Creating an Ecological Society." Followed by lunch and then panels: "Education as Liberation: In the Classrooms and on the Streets"; "Profit over People and the Privatization of Human Rights: "Housing, Healthcare, Education and Food for All"; "Solidarity in the Struggle - Resisting Occupation. Closing: Discussion, Music, Performance. 9:30am-6pm, Cusick Room. (9:30am Opening Presentation; 11am-12noon Keynote: "Consequences of the Capitalist System: Toward a Vision of Collective Emancipation" w/Fred Magdoff; 12noon-1pm Lunch provided; 1-4:30pm Panels; Closing: 4:45-6pm). Also see 5/10. Free. Windham Regional Career Center, 80 Atwood St. Information: 802-380-1463,



May 2019