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Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players - 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. $10, $8 students/seniors. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk with David Rohn - Watercolors: Working from observation, Rohn creates elegant paintings from ordinary objects by using form, color, symmetry and rhythm. 5/18: 5 p.m. Through Sunday, June 9. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Remarkable Locations" - Nina Isabelle and Nye Ffarrabas: Opening reception, forum/discussion/Q&A with the artists with group participatory event and performance piece. Nina's 30 monoprints using Nye's linguistic combustions produced by Nina using an automobile for a printing press. Nina explores art objects that are result of shared languages of processes and processes of languages. Explore Nina's concept of the exhibition space as interactive sculpture. Celebrating Nye's Fluxus event scores, 60 years of visual and interactive art, 70 years of poetry. Reception: 5/18: 4 - 6 p.m. and 5/19: 1 - 3 p.m. Through Sunday, May 19. CX Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. Information: 802-257-7898; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY "Clearing - Recent Work by Barbara Garber": Garber is a painter, printmaker, installation artist. "I have worked in many diverse mediums. I'm influenced and inspired by music and dance and also by what I see around me in southern VT where I've lived for four decades. I start from a place of not knowing where I'm headed. Working on several sheets of Mylar at once, I begin with whatever caught my attention that day: something I found in a hardware store/on a walk/a scrape of paper on the floor. Spraying the outline or making quick marks into wet paint, I'm on my way. I exploit the translucent quality of the Mylar so that lines and textures may remain visible even through several layers. Shapes/patterns migrate from one piece to another as I cut and shift things from here to there, trying to keep the process active/in flux. Progress is slow. Gradually the work unfolds. Ordinary beginnings change into something else until, finally, clarity arrives. Through a sequence of collaged paintings, unexpected associations emerge. Capturing these transient, fragile moments is at the heart of my work: a series of visual haiku.". 5/18: 5-7:30 p.m. Reception with Garber. (Gallery opens 30 min. before each event, Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and by appointment with the artist.). Through Monday, August 12. Next Stage Gallery, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Open House and Tour - The Secrets of Freemasonry: Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world and evolved out of the stonemason trade guilds that went back to Biblical times. After the Renaissance, and with the start of the Reformation, and during the Age of Enlightenment, more individuals of learning, business people, and those from the nobility wanted to consider alternative ideas in philosophy, science, and government that were not considered acceptable topics for public discourse. Light refreshments. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open to everyone and families. Brattleboro Masonic Lodge, 196 Main St. Steven Farrington: 802-257-0464.


BRATTLEBORO Pedrito Martinez and Alfredo Rodriguez Duo: Two of Cuba's greatest young musical masters offer an incendiary duo performance. Martínez is the winner of the Thelonious Monk competition in percussion, and Alfredo Rodriguez has quickly emerged as one of the finest Cuban jazz pianists after being "discovered" by legendary producer Quincy Jones. Martínez's fame spread initially due to his work with the folkloric ensemble, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, which led to work with Jane Bunnett's Spirit of Havana in 1998. Since then, he has become one of the most highly regarded Afro-Cuban percussionists in the world. Pianist Rodriguez attended three music conservatories in Cuba, winning classical piano competitions in each. After performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2016, he was invited by Quincy Jones to collaborate on a project that was presented at the Shanghai World Expo. These two Grammy-nominated artists first worked together on Rodriquez's 2012 release Invasion Parade. Since that initial session, they've performed together as a duo. 8 - 10:30 p.m. $20+ general admission, $15 for students (Sliding scale policy). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.


NEWFANE MAY-ke Your Own Cleaning Products Workshop: Join Holly Bertram of Manylion & Magnolia for this DIY Natural Cleaning products workshop to learn how to make environmentally-friendly soaps. Making your own cleaning products can be easy, affordable, eco-friendly, and just as effective as store-bought cleaners. The cleaners use essential oils which boost cleaning power and offer a light, fresh, chemical free natural scent. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $55 includes all materials and a full supply of products to take home. Newfane Yoga, 548 Vt Rt 30. Information: 802-380-4133; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

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

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: The Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the physical and cultural heritage of the Estey Organ Company and to promote the continued use and enjoyment of Estey organs. The Estey Organ Company was one of the largest employers in southern Vermont, manufacturing half a million reed organs and over 3,000 pipe organs between 1852 and 1953. Come see (and play) organs that have made it back "home" to Brattleboro from all over the world. The Engine House displays a walk-through pipe organ, tools used by the female and male employees, timelines, photos, folding organs played by US Army chaplains during World War II, and adorable children's organs. 2 - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (Free parking). Through Sunday, October 13. $5 for non-members, free for children. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS "The Western Abenaki: History and Culture": Jeanne Brink will discuss how the first Vermonters lived and their important cultural traditions. This program is made possible through a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council and is co-sponsored by the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission and the Library. 12 noon. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Co-op Truckload Sale: Stock up during our giant truckload sale! These prices are available only twice a year at savings up to 50% off. Order sheets are available in store, in our Newsletter, and online. You can also order truckload cases to donate to Groundworks Collaborative with a separate order form in store. No further discounts apply. No rain checks available. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. orders must be picked up. Through Sunday, May 19. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Ninja Baseball Blast (Fuzzy Baseball 2)": John Steven Gurney is the author/illustrator of the picture book "Dinosaur Train" and the illustrator of "The A to Z Mysteries series." He will sign copies. His newest graphic novel is a sequel to my "Fuzzy Baseball," which is going into its second printing. 1:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Grassroots Fund's Rootskills Workshop: Today's theme will focus on racial and economic disparities as we discuss in/equity in rural New England communities. Grassroots organizers, colleagues, and supporters convene to network, share stories, and dig into both issue- and process-based skills-building sessions at these events. We work with a planning committee ahead of each event to ensure a broad range of lived experiences and perspectives weigh in as we set agendas, select workshop topics and invite speakers. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Workshop; 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Mix & Mingle. $35 to $150 ( self-identified, sliding scale from). SIT Graduate Institute, 1 Kipling Rd. Information:

WEST DUMMERSTON Annual Geranium Festival & Book Sale - Benefit for Lydia Taft Pratt Library: Choose from a colorful selection of geraniums provided by Walker Farms. Browse a diverse mix of hardcovers, trade paperbacks, children's books, DVDs, audiobooks, and a large selection of music CDs, both classical and contemporary. Visit the Library to browse the Silent Auction and bid on works by local artists and writers, gift certificates to area businesses and restaurants, music lessons, passes to the Retreat Farm, resume coaching, and more. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. . Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-258-9878,

NEWFANE Meet State Representative Emily Long : Emily Long (Windham-5) welcomes questions and looks forward to hearing from Newfane residents (and other residents of the Windham-5 District — Marlboro, Newfane, and Townshend) about what's on your mind relating to legislation. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO AIDS Project invites public to 32nd Walk for Life: This event will spotlight community efforts not only to support local people living with HIV/AIDS but also to reduce the risk of transmission to others. It features speakers honoring Lynn Martin for 30 years of unwavering support and commitment, music by local singing group The Harmony Lot, a brief period of remembrance and a light lunch. The AIDS Project, established in 1988, encourages individuals, businesses, churches, schools, and community groups to form teams to seek contributions for its work with clients in Windham, Bennington, and southern Windsor counties. This year's walk is sponsored by New Chapter Inc., West River Family Dental, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Brown Computer Solutions, Swiss Precision, Against the Grain Gourmet, and The Richards Group. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Karen Peterson: 802-254-4444,,

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Book Arts Workshops: Open to older children and adults. No previous art or book-making experience is required and drop-ins are welcome. Offered by the River Gallery School and taught by teachers Lynn Zimmerman and Jess Weitz. Join us in making beautiful and unique handmade books, but most importantly, to have fun! All art materials will be provided free of charge. This program has been funded by the Thomas Thompson Trust and the Kahn Mason Foundation. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-257-1577,


DUMMERSTON Village Dance Series - Community Contra Dance: Peter Amidon, caller; "The Full Catastrophe" Laurie Indenbaum, fiddle; Andy Davis, accordion; Jim Fownes, piano. 5:30 p.m. potluck supper; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. dancing (every 3rd Saturday). $8, $5 kids, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information:

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. $12 to $15. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Tickets:

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. Jacksonville Community Church, Rte. 112. Information: 802-368-7626.



May 2019