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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO CircusNEXT: Youth Troupe Showcase: Top young students from the New England Center for Circus Arts' Youth Troupe perform We Will Rock You - inspired by Queen - channeling the excitement of one of the most iconic bands in history through high flying circus acts. Students showcase work they have developed in this end-of-year production in specialties including trapeze, trampoline, Chinese Pole, cloud swing, juggling, dance, and more. 12 noon - 2 p.m. $10, $15, $25. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

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. CX Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. Information: 802-257-7898; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Human Trafficking is Modern-Day Slavery: Linda Sullivan offers a training session to help us understand this complex issue and begin to figure out how we, at the grassroots level, can help end this crime against humanity. She has designed outreach programs for victims, designed/delivered training programs for judges and attorneys, served as an expert witness on every aspect of this topic, and directly supported victims of human trafficking. Presented by the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community and the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Alliance. 1 - 4 p.m. First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. RSVP by emailing:, (further info: 802-257-1959).


BELLOWS FALLS Patty Carpenter & Verandah Porche with Jon Weeks and Wheeler Lair: Patty and Verandah are lifelong friends/collaborators. They'll play songs they've written since the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band's "Come Over" CD, which they also co-composed. Patty studied with Archie Shepp and Max Roach, but wears influences ranging from Joan Baez to Billie Holiday on her sleeve. In addition to the Brooklyn-based Jazz/Americana/Soul/Folk collective Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band, she plays in Patty and the Cakes and The Patty Carpenter Jazz Band. Verandah is a poet and alt-lit creative collaborator. The Vermont Arts Council presented her with its Award of Merit; she received the first Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education; and Marlboro College honored her with a Doctor of Humane Letters. Her poetry volumes include "Sudden Eden," "The Body's Symmetry," and "Glancing Off.". 4 p.m. (3 p.m. doors open). Only 40 chairs available. Day-of-show admission available, but a chair isn't guaranteed (you can bring your own seating). $10 suggested donation (all of which goes to the performers). Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Windham Orchestra - "Human Condition": Works by Strauss and Shostakovich - a performance that is in part a tribute to the passing of Orchestra violinist Gudrun Weeks. Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs," are literally the composer's last works and include "Frühling" (Spring), "September," "Beim Schlafengehen," (When Falling Asleep) and "Im Abendrot" (At Sunset). Hugh Keelan, Musical Dir., notes, "The last music we think Gudrun played with us was the violin solo from the song "Falling Asleep"; this will be both difficult and essential for us to play." . 3 - 5 p.m. $15 ($40 preferred). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.


MARLBORO Hogback Mountain Conservation Area - Walk: Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for a morning walk to meet the arriving songbird wave and other harbingers of spring. Tune in to the plumage and song of each species and learn to notice where they prefer to perch and sing in the landscape. Our route will take us through several distinct and varied habitats, each with its own signature community of songbirds and plant life. This is about a two-mile loop with 500 feet of elevation change. We'll be moving at a leisurely pace. 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. (Meet in the field behind the white Distillery, just west of the gift shop.). Free. Vermont Distillers, 7755 VT-9. Information:,

GUILFORD Guilford Gravel Grinder: Hosted by Sunrise Farm. Forty-mile ride. The roads in Guilford where the race will take place will be Thomas, Hinesburg, Briggs, Lee, Bonnyvale before heading into Brattleboro and then Hale Road and Thomas Hill before going into Marlboro and Halifax and then back into Guilford on Deer Park, Hinesburg, Green River Road, Stage Road, Guilford Center Road, Carpenter Hill, Barney, Bonnyvale, Lee, Briggs, and finally Thomas. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. Sunrise Farm, 102 Thomas Rd. Steve Smith / Route:,

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. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Too Tired Project: Combatting Depression with Photography: The Vermont Center for Photography welcomes Tara Wray who will talk about her Project along with a Pop-up Slideshow of Instagram images (hashtag #TooTiredVermont) and a Panel Discussion on "Art as a Therapeutic Tool" with photographers Wray, Jonathan Schechner, Dana Stirling, Eli Burke (LICSW/ Art Therapist). This initiative offers a place for collective creative expression for photographers struggling with depression. After the release of Wray's photobook "Too Tired for Sunshine" (2018), documenting her experiences with depression/anxiety and illustrating the beauty, darkness, absurdity of everyday life, photographers contacted her to share their own work made under similar circumstances. Realizing there wasn't an outlet for people to connect around the combined topics of photography and depression, she launched the Project on Instagram and gained many followers and online submissions. Slideshow talks and exhibitions with photographers/art therapists/relevant experts have been held in the US and at the Leica Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. Refreshments will be served. 6:30 - 7 p.m: Wray talks about "Too Tired for Sunshine," 7 - 7:30 p.m. Pop-up slideshow, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Panel discussion on "Art as a Therapeutic Tool". Free and open to the public. Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St. Information: 802-251-6051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die. Provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (usually the 3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.

Community building

DUMMERSTON "Unfurling of the Ferns" - Dummerston Conservation Commission Celebration/Fundraiser: Author and Forester Lynn Levine and illustrator Briony Morrow-Cribbs will discuss fern identification. State Forester Tim Morton will discuss the history and forest community of Dutton Pines while taking people on walks around the park. There will be music by Vermont Timbre (Amelia Struthers & Mike Mrowicki). Attendees are encouraged to explore the Park with Lynn Levine's newly published field guide, "Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast." 20% of the sale price of the book during the event will be donated to the Dummerston Conservation Commission. The new CD from Vermont Timbre, "Songs to Light the Way," as well as their other CD's, will be for sale. Co-sponsored by the VT Dept. of Forest, Parks and Recreation. Refreshments provided. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Dutton Pines State Park, Rte. 5. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Soul Food Sundays (POC Gathering): This is a multi-generational People of Color gathering to heal and connect. Have fun, build strong relationships, share resources, and build social power among communities of color. This event is potluck so bring one of your favorite dishes to share (if you can), a game or instrument to play, and/or something you would like to share about yourself. 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Alcohol free). Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Shela: 508-737-8477.

PUTNEY Putney Mountain Association: Work Day - Invasives Control: We'll be hand-pulling Glossy Buckthorn on the Eastern Slope of Putney Mountain between Banning Road and the summit. PMA lands are relatively free of invasive plant species. Buckthorn is moving in off Banning Road and our quick action will help protect the ecosystems up slope. The more volunteers we have, the more we can accomplish. Please join us. 9 - 11 a.m. rain or shine. Meet at main parking area at the top of Putney Mountain Rd. Free. Putney Mountain Assn. Information: 802-387-5787; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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. Wednesdays and Sundays. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Lynn Hartwood and Jane Buchan. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,

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

BRATTLEBORO Fifth Annual Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Day: Six appraisers (Richard Michelman, Kit Barry, Charles Suss, Walter Tofel, Larry Simons, Stephan Brandstatter), specialists in their fields, will evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles such as books, sterling silver, art glass, objets d'art, china, oriental rugs (up to 6'x 9'), pottery, fine art, signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper goods, ephemera including postcards & documents, photographs, furniture, toys & dolls, Asian items, metalware, clocks, barometers, watches, coins, tchotchkes, more. Bulky furniture, firearms, knives, ammunition (or other weaponry) cannot be accepted. 1 - 5:30 p.m. No admission charge. $7 per item/6 for $36 (limit 6 items per person). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Stephan:



May 2019