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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, May 

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Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE David Mamet's "Oleanna": Inspired by the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Senate hearings, yet well before the #MeToo era, this succinct 1992 play detonates the fury of sexual politics through a power struggle between a male college professor and a female student. Twenty-seven years later, the subject could not be more relevant. 8 p.m. Language and content unsuitable for ages 14 and under. (Repeats 5/18). $10, $8 students/seniors. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Reception w/ Artist Charles Norris-Brown - "Listen to the Wind": Norris-Brown exhibits his social anthropologist's original paintings and drawings from two of his illustrated books - "Did Tiger Take the Rain?" and "Thunder Basin." To best protect the tiger and the people, during several journeys to India doing fieldwork he created a children's book to explain how their shared plight was caused by human-wrought ecological changes in the land. All the original watercolor illustrations are on exhibit. "Listen to the Wind" shares a collection of studies and finished work in ink, watercolor, charcoal and mixed media along with multi-celled draft pages from the graphic novel offering a unique view of the artist's process in creating "Thunder Basin." Here an American girl loses her beloved cell phone in the forest. Trickster Coyote picks it up and runs away with it—leading her to explore the forest, and ultimately, herself. This quest unfolds in the Thunder Basin along the west flank of Mt Mansfield, VT. 5/17: 5 - 8 p.m. Reception w/the artist (Open Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104, www.canalstreetartgallery.com.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO How to Love Your Job: Tricks and Tools From the Science of Positive Psychology: How do humans flourish? In this first in a series of talks, Kirsten Beske, Owner of AProPositive LLC, shares how we can apply positive psychology practices to our lives and our jobs to improve happiness and well-being. Positive Psychology is the study of what is "right" with people. Let's take these findings, tools and interventions into the workplace to help support engaged, productive employees. 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.

Music

PUTNEY Les Poules a Colin & Pipers Den: Les Poules a Colin, a Montreal-based quintet, has toured Canada, US, Europe, the UK, Australia, Africa. They blend music drawn from Quebec's best trad musicians with North American influences, from old-time to jazz. Adaptations of traditional songs from Quebec, Brittany, Louisiana speak to their young generation yet retain the beauty of timeless music - mix of original/traditional songs, mainly in French. With fiddle, guitar, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass, foot percussion, they offer a modern perspective on Quebec culture. Pipers Den bridges the gaps between traditional and contemporary Scottish, folk and world music. Hazen Metro, Dan Houghton, and Tristan Henderson composers and multi-instrumentalists, who sing/play highland bagpipes, Scottish border pipes, small pipes, flute, whistles, guitars, bouzouki, bodhran, mandolin, foot percussion. Dan has toured/taught throughout Britain, Europe, Ireland, America, Asia, the Antipodes, and performs with Scottish power-trad band Cantrip, Salsa fusion band Salsa Celtica, Celtic rock band Prydein. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Bard Owl and friends: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. T. Breeze Verdant on guitar, vocals and stomp box and Annie Landenberger, vocals, are joined by Stephen Iachetta (the "Shaker fiddler"), Derek Gladding on bass, David LaPointe on percussion. 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.

Kids and families

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 Theatre Adventure - "Jill & Jack and the Beanstalk": Imagination rules in this classic fairy tale where wit, determination, and love triumphs over the villainous giant. Characters with panache for delighting in the unknown pepper the story throughout with fancy footwork and a song, or two. A dancing cow, a trickster peddler, a singing harp, a magic hen are but a few whom Jill and Jack meet in their quest to help Jack's mother. Their journey leads them to the unknown cloud world where danger and excitement abound. The actors, with a diversity of ages, interests, talent, needs, and abilities lead the audience in a theatrical telling of the tale with shadow puppetry, projections, dancing, singing, and acting. Theatre Adventure actors create theater that turns traditional roles upside down, presenting a fresh take on familiar stories and challenging audiences to open their thinking and delight in the unexpected. Sensory-Friendly. ASL interpreting provided. Wheelchair accessible. $10. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Camp for a Common Cause: Join us for this year's overnight camp out where we will raise awareness about homelessness in our community and raise funds to support Groundworks' efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The fun starts on Friday with live music and a community barbecue! Unable to camp overnight? Join us for food and music. Pitch tents starting at 5 p.m. Fri.; we must vacate by 10 a.m. Sat. after a light breakfast. No alcohol and no fires. Dogs welcome but must remain on a leash at all times. All contributions are welcome and are tax-deductible. Brattleboro Common, bet. Putney Rd. & Linden St. Information: 802-490-2951 (Julianne: Reservations), jmills@GroundworksVT.org, www.GroundworksVT.org.

BELLOWS FALLS Bellows Falls Open House Celebrating 20 Years of Revitalization 1999-2019: Join statewide/local partners who have played significant roles in revitalization efforts. Hear the stories of the businesses that make Bellows Falls vibrant and a prime example of the Creative Economy in action: Southern VT Economic Project, Windham Windsor Housing Trust, Housing VT, VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development, VT Arts Council, USDA, Preservation Trust of VT, Windham Regional Commission, VT Creative Network, Southeastern VT Community Action, reps from Sen. Leahy/Sander's offices. Through these creative partnerships involving renovation of the Exner and Howard Blocks, Bellows Falls Opera House, Hotel Windham, Bellows Falls Waypoint Center, and brownfield remediation, millions have been invested in downtown BF. The groundwork laid fuels future initiatives in BF as it continues to attract businesses to downtown, look to the island for future development, maintain a synergy between the industrial park/downtown businesses. The public is encouraged to hear firsthand opportunities and challenges they have faced and how their perception of Bellows Falls has evolved. 1:30 - 4 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Free. Waypoint Center, 17 Depot St. RSVP appreciated: 802-463-3964 x 1110, development@rockbf.org (enter in Subject line "Bellow Falls 20 Year Celebration").

Dance

BRATTLEBORO "Collide-A-Scape" - Brattleboro School of Dance Spring Dance Performance: All proceeds from this show will go towards funding financial aid and scholarships for those wishing to dance but cannot afford to do so. This is not your typical dance "recital" - it is a high quality performance that features dancers of all ages with stunning choreography by some of our most talented artists - plus two works from wonderful NYC-based artists. 5/17: 7:30 p.m.; 5/18: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; 5/19: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, May 19. $12 to $15. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4156679.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

JACKSONVILLE Rummage, Tag & Bake Sale: Come by for all the bargains. There will be four rooms of clothing and home goods, plus a huge indoor tag sale. Make sure to stop by the bake sale for some delicious goodies. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Through Saturday, May 18. Jacksonville Community Church, Rte. 112. Information: 802-368-7626.

Activism

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.

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