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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,

Ideas and education

GUILFORD "Broken House, Broken Lives - Environmentally-Induced Displacement in Ecuador": This talk is about displacement research, earthquake survivors, rebuilding lives. Remerleitch volunteers with an Ecuadorian NGO surveying communities and coordinating volunteers to rebuild villages destroyed by a 2016 earthquake with sustainable anti-seismic dwellings. Climate change is speeding glacial melt in the highlands and threatening water shortages in major cities. Extractive industries in the Amazon region are displacing indigenous populations from their ancestral lands. "In this era of forced migration and displacement globally, Ecuador is a compelling microcosm of these global trends." She uses a cultural geography lens to examine: "With the effects of displacement, how is home and livelihood imagined and re-imagined? What is displacement's effect on one's emotional, economic, spiritual relationship to the environment?" Given climate irregularity, fresh water shortages, the predicted rise in forced migration, she hopes this research can inform a plan of action to lessen the conflicts/other issues that can accompany displacement, contribute to prevention efforts, and document solutions. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-2776.

Celebrations and festivals

MARLBORO Marlboro College 72nd Commencement: Celebrate the accomplishments of graduate and undergraduate students. Sean Cole '93 gives a commencement address. He's a producer at NPR's This American Life and has worked on many public radio programs. Artists Emily Mason and Wolf Kahn will receive honorary degrees. A longtime Marlboro trustee, Kahn is a world-renowned artist living/working in NYC and VT. Mason has spent over six decades exploring her distinctive vein of lyrical, luminous abstraction. 10:30 a.m. Marlboro College, 2582 South Rd. Register: 802-257-4633.


W. BRATTLEBORO Singalong Concert Celebrating Pete Seeger: Celebrating Pete Seeger's music and his life-long efforts on behalf of peace, justice, and the earth will be led by performers with deep connections to Seeger including Sally Rogers, Emma’s Revolution, Peter Siegel, Annie Patterson, and Peter Blood. Sponsored by All Souls Church and the Root Social Justice Center. . $20, $10 students/low income (No one will be turned away for lack of funds). All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Tickets: 802-490-2052,

SAXTONS RIVER Keelan and Jewett Face Off: Hugh Keelan on the piano and Joe Jewett on the violin. Concertgoers are invited to see all the action up close as Keelan interprets the music of Johannes Brahms on the MSA piano and Jewett matches him on his own instrument with works by Lou Harrison. 3 p.m. $17 includes a post-concert reception with the performers. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. $12, $10 seniors/students, $20 generous. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Info/Tickets: 802-254-8994,,

BELLOWS FALLS Decatur Creek with Nick Badaracco: This regional favorite plays original music influenced by roots and Americana, country, folk, and blues. 6 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.). $5 donation suggested for the band. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO New England Center for Circus Arts - Beta Night: Beta Night is a curated show featuring a variety of acts, with the aim of encouraging artistic risk-taking, creativity, art, and play with a welcoming and supportive audience. Each month has a prompt which performers can use as much or as little as inspires them. You'll be seeing new pieces, old pieces brought back to life, and works in progress. We welcome all skill levels, ages, and performance disciplines. 7 p.m. monthly (doors open 6:30 p.m.). Free (donations appreciated). New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

MARLBORO Hogback Spring Trail Cleanup - South Side: Take a hike with a purpose. We'll walk the entire trail system on the south side of Route 9, cleaning up as we go. We'll be tossing aside fallen branches, picking up any trash that may have been dropped over the winter, and dealing with minor drainage issues. If you have a favorite tool, bring it, or select one from our stash. Expect some muddy spots this early in the season. We’ll try to tread lightly as we ready the trails for the summer season. 9 a.m. - 12 noon (Distillery is just west of the gift shop). Vermont Distillers, 7755 VT-9. Information:,

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 a.m. - 2 p.m. 5/12: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Library will not be open for regular library functions.). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Mother's Day Celebration for Peace: Commemorate the first Mother's Day, a declaration for world peace following the Civil War. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. Live music, face painting, snacks, crafts. Peace and environmental organizations welcome to table. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Brattleboro Common, bet. Putney Rd. & Linden St. Information: 802-254-9403.


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:,



May 2019