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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Stephen Stearns - "Clowning Your Way To The Top": "Uncle Stevie" announces a One Time Only trial balloon house concert, a telling of comic stories from his "new book in the works," with clown shoes on the gas pedal. The evening may include stories of his becoming a clown, touring the world with Peter Gould (Gould & Stearns), and the founding of the New England Youth Theatre - steps, missteps, miracles, triumphs and comic disasters contained therein; plus his Sailboat Story about an ancient blue sloop and an old sailor from Down East Maine, told in blank verse and accompanied by his acoustic blues guitar. 7 - 9:30 p.m. Refreshments provided. No kids under age 9. $5 suggested donation. CX Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. Reserve your seat (limited to first 35 people; confirmation emailed back to you)

The written word

PUTNEY "What is it about Monsters? Beowolf, Tolkien": J.R.R. Tolkien devoted his professional career to reading, thinking about, and teaching ancient poems like Beowulf. When he wrote The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and the Silmarillion, he drew on his close familiarity with the Old English poem and the Anglo-Saxon world to give his fiction remarkable depth and power. Join Dean Easton, Prof. of Linguistics, for a two-part series on the epic poem and its echoes through literary history. We'll examine creative ways Tolkien makes use of Beowulf (monsters, a hero rising from obscurity, dragons, riddles, quests, a magical hoard, fate/providence, names, "northernness," etc.). We'll also look at clips from film versions of the poem and try on replica chain-mail to experience a bit of the Anglo-Saxon world firsthand. Continues 5/29, 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO A Doll for a Day - Growing Up in Post-War Korea: Hear a collection of stories of a girl who grew up in post-war Korea in the '50s and '60s and her unusual coming of age. We meet the people who influenced Kyung-Shin Choi's earlier life - teachers and family members. According to a Korean saying, like an ox, she worked hard to be useful and worthy to all around her. Her story begins at the start of the Korean War which resulted in her moving to Taegu from Seoul to escape the North Korean invasion, a city with no available family connections. It highlights the hardships she had to endure to attend school. The narrative is completed when she graduates from high school having had to support herself entirely on her own to realize her dream of being educated. 1 p.m. in the Lounge area. Free. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Katharine Breunig at the Piano: 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.


BRATTLEBORO Men's Grief Support Group: For men who are grieving a death loss of any type. Walter Slowinski and Neil Flynn co-facilitate. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. One meeting with a bereavement counselor is required. Lars Hunter: 802-257-0775 x 104.

BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups: 5 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed. (There is also a Monday group: 12 noon every 2nd and 4th Mon.). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. One meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating is required. Cicely Carroll: 802-257-0775 x 108.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Community Conversations on Compassion : Program: "Compassion and Healing" with Agnes Mikijaniec, Carolyn Taylor-Olson and Robert Tortolani; Moderator: Jim Levinson. This Compassionate Brattleboro Committee spring series is designed to highlight compassion issues in our town, responses to date, priority needs to be addressed. Our town voted overwhelmingly in 2017 to join the Charter for Compassion (70 cities/towns worldwide), organized by Karen Armstrong with input from the Dalai Lama. A "Compassionate Brattleboro" Committee of Selectboard members and reps of activist organizations was established and has been pursuing multiple initiatives including monthly compassion stories in local papers, a sister communities initiative, an upcoming Bridge4Unity project allowing individuals with differing perspectives to practice "active listening." Programs are designed to be interactive with community members and hope to attract persons from a broad array of backgrounds. Special attention given to: our understandings of compassion, ways in which compassion is practiced in particular organizations and programs, assistance, and resources needed. 6:30 p.m. on the ground floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Jim Levinson: 802-254-2652,,


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.



May 2019