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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 5/25). $10, $8 students/seniors. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "D-Generation - An Exaltation of Larks": The final presentation of this full-length theater piece explores the rich creative potential/ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. It's based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with cognitive disorders. Their words, images, and creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous, mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters creating a piece that reflects the stigma and the acceptance, the despair and the joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers/family members. Performed by three puppeteers (caregivers) and five puppets (residents of a care-facility) set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, the stories, which are associative and non-linear, were gathered by Sandglass performers during 20 visits to care facilities as circles of people with dementia were guided through a collective story–making method called Timeslips. These stories reveal humor and playfulness as well as the dark reality of the disease. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, May 25. $18 ($16 students/seniors). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Kyrgyzstan: Heart of Central Asia": Silk road nomads. Russian-speaking Muslims. Kyrgyzstan, named for 40 tribes united by a folkloric leader (kirk is the Kyrgyz word for "forty"), is a small post-Soviet republic at complex crossroads of tradition and modernity. New York University faculty member Chris Edling will talk about his time as a Fulbright researcher in Kyrgyzstan, including his study of bride kidnapping in the region. 7 p.m. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO In Stile Moderno: Boston-based ensemble In Stile Moderno is gaining a reputation for its stylish and engaging performances of 17th-century music. For the final concert of their season, the group's early music specialists are joined for the first time by multi-instrumentalist Dan Meyers and Italian folk percussionist and singer Fabio Pirozzolo in an exploration of the musical landscape of southern Italy, combining rarely-heard works by Neapolitan composers Andrea Falconieri, Girolamo Montesardo and Simone Coya with traditional tarantellas. This exuberant concert marries the timbres of voice, cornetto, and theorbo with the driving rhythms of tambourine, castanets, and guitar. Fans of folk music and early music alike will find something to enjoy and something new to discover. 8 p.m. $20 ($10 for reduced income). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets at door or:

BELLOWS FALLS Contemporary Modal Music with Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma: Daly and Thoma, masters of the Mediterranean lyra, a bowed fiddle that also has more than a dozen sympathetic strings, will be joined by Tev Stevig and Michael K. Harrist of Çesni Trio. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20, $15 seniors, $35 premium. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

WEST TOWNSHEND West Townshend Farmers Market and Music with Bard Owl: Great vendors, pizza baked in the outdoor oven, live music and a Maypole. Come buy your plant starts, fresh greens, local produce, meats, bread, ferments, maple syrup and other groceries. Crafts and local treats to surprise you as well. Bard Owl will be performing with guest fiddler Stephen Lachetta. During their break, the Windham School Strummers will be singing and playing. All ages welcome. 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Friday night Market (5 p.m. music starts, 6:15 Maypole). Through Friday, October 11. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO United States Census 2020 Jobs with Chuck Johnson: Brief overview of the United States Census History, purpose, and jobs for the Census in 2019 and 2020. 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.

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 FinAllie Ferments - Brattleboro Co-Op Producer of the Month: Meet and greet Allie, owner-operator of FinAllie Ferments. Try a free sample. 2 - 4 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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:



May 2019